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BESIDE THE SEASIDE A fascinating insight into the history of Mundesley

EASTER GIFTS GALORE Norfolk’s finest chocolatiers, from Hunstanton to Harleston

CHILL OUT, IT’S SPRING! Dream destinations for a peaceful weekend escape

AMELIA REYNOLDS The BBC presenter talks being a working mum




WHAT’S NEW? The Harper by Bijou has arrived in Langham!



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OUT & ABOUT Spring events and activities to keep you busy

15 | CELEBRITY INTERVIEW Pete Goodrum meets the lovely Amelia Reynolds

25 | VILLAGE FOCUS Scenic Mundesley is our coastline’s prize possession

30 | GIFT GUIDE Local chocolate shops to pick up your Easter goodies



Enjoy a walk along the coast and a pub lunch this month

34 | RECIPE OF THE MONTH Go on, whip up a delicious panna cotta egg for dessert




41 | TRAVEL GUIDE From London to Hertfordshire, enjoy a relaxing weekend break

47 | STYLE FILE Are you guilty of owning too many pairs of shoes?

54 | THEATRE TIME Hit musical Mamma Mia! is coming to town



57 | COMPETITION! Win a short family break worth over £100


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elcome to our first edition of 2017. They say time flies when you’re having fun. Well, 2016 must have been a blast, as it only seems like yesterday that we were launching our first issue of the year. Dedicated to bringing you all the latest news, events and exclusive interviews throughout the months ahead, it’s a really exciting time to be part of the team at Norfolk On My Mind…. Here’s to another great issue everyone! So, what do we have in store for you this spring? Well, there’s a venerable feast of fun-filled events and activities to keep you entertained this month (p8). Be inspired to visit the East Anglian Game & Country Fair, celebrate Mothers’ Day at Broads Tours, or go on an epic Easter egg hunt at one of our county’s National Trust properties. And when it comes to shopping for chocolatey Easter delights, we’ve got it covered! Check out our favourite local chocolate shops on page 30. Meanwhile, chefs Harry Farrow and Richard Bainbridge provide further inspiration for cooking up a storm in the kitchen this season on pages 32 and 34. Be wowed by Richard’s unique recipe for panna cotta egg on a nest of chocolate soil! Our cover star this issue is the delightful BBC Look East presenter and mum-of-two Amelia Reynolds. Pete Goodrum was bowled over by her charms when he met Amelia for coffee recently, and uncovered just what makes her laugh when the cameras aren’t rolling. You can read Pete’s interview on page 15. Plus, we’ve got just the place for a trip to the seaside (p25), a relaxing weekend break (p43), as well as top fashion advice from personal stylist Sarah Morgan (p47), and the latest motoring report from petrol-head Tim Barnes-Clay (p51). Wishing all our readers a lovely Easter


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NORTH NORFOLK’S NEW GREAT ESCAPE Summer 2017 will see the long-awaited opening of The Harper, North Norfolk’s newest boutique hotel. A local living room with two remarkable restaurants, a spa and 32 comfortable bedroom suites, The Harper will be like a breath of fresh North Sea air. The perfect mix of laidback luxury and old-fashioned service, it will be a place where anything goes and nothing’s too much trouble. Bedrooms will combine contemporary four-poster beds, life-changing Casper mattresses, sparkly Nespresso machines, fluffy rugs, opulent linens and capacious bathrooms, creating in the process a new definition of modern luxury. The food and beverage offering will consist of two different concepts – Stanley’s, a casual all-day bar, and The Stove, a more formal dining establishment. Both restaurants will focus on local produce and more traditional, sustainable methods of preparation. And then of course there’s the spa where locals can feed their yoga habits and visitors can enjoy a treatment or two before floating into oblivion. Bliss!

OBSESSIVE BEHAVIOUR One photographer, one painter, both obsessed with ‘The Tyranny of the View’, continually looking for a place that doesn’t exist but always aware of the difference between what you see, what you know something could be, and what you have finally made of it all. Painter Paul Darley and photographer David Morris have joined forces with a joint exhibition which draws on the similarities between their work. Both live in Cromer and have tried to capture the Cromer fishermen at work, both produce stunning images of Norfolk’s land and seascapes, and both drink in The Red Lion Hotel, so what better place to host an exhibition? Obsessive Behaviour will run from Friday 14th April to Sunday 23rd April… Check it out!

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A WARM WELCOME Home of country living and gourmet food, Red Lodge is a traditional country house reminiscent of days gone by. Roaring fires, comfy sofas, country walks and the feeling that you’re not so much a guest as a welcome friend await. Dating from the late 1800s, it forms part of Narford Hall, one of Norfolk’s oldest Landed Estates with over 3000 acres. Red Lodge was named after a Virginia Creeper that covered the building, turning a glorious ruby red in the autumn sun. Whilst the Virginia Creeper may have been lost in the mists of time, the history and tradition continue. Red Lodge offers an experience of life the way it used to be – relaxed and connected to the natural world, with food sourced locally and prepared according to traditional methods, curing their our own bacon and baking their our own bread. The venison served for dinner will come from the fields and woodlands on the Estate, and they even have their own flock of hens to provide your breakfast egg! And if it’s shooting you are looking for, find out more about the Red Lodge Experience Days, from clay shooting to archery.

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Be inspired by our round-up of exciting spring events.



Euston Estate, Thetford, Norfolk IP24 2QH. Tel: 01263 735828. Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd March, 8am to 6pm. Adult (£17), child (£6), family, (£46), under 5s (free).

Dalegate Market, Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk PE31 8FB. Tel: 01485 210305. Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March, 10am to 5pm. Free admission.

n annual two-day, family event, the East Anglian Game & Country Fair will be moving to its new home of Euston Estate near Thetford this year, by kind permission of The Duke and Duchess of Grafton. Known for its great selection of events and attractions, the 14th show promises not to disappoint, with the opportunity to get involved and have a go for yourself. Things to do include clay shooting, dog shows, fly fishing and archery. Plus, that’s not forgetting the popular falconry village, forestry area and country kitchen… See you there!

he North Norfolk coast is celebrating the start of spring with a seasonal market held over the last weekend in March. Dalegate Market in Burnham Deepdale will be hosting over 30 local artisans and producers in a large marquee, along with pop-up shops and many outside stalls, offering everything from arts and crafts, to food and drink. Of course, the wonderful resident shops and café at Dalegate Market will also be opening their doors too, so you can really make the most of your visit.



Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Castle Meadow, Norwich NR1 3JU. Tel: 01603 493625. Saturday 4th March to Sunday 25th June. Adult (£6.50), concession (£5.50), child (£4.50).

Sussex Farm, Burnham Market, Norfolk PE31 8AG. (Follow the signs as the satnav will take you the wrong way.) Tel: 01485 210070. Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th April, 8am to 7pm. Adult (Thursday and Friday, £10; Saturday, £12), child (Thursday and Friday, £4; Saturday, £5), family (Thursday and Friday, £24; Saturday, £30).



ake a peek behind closed doors and discover the small stories of the tiny inhabitants of 12 of the V&A Museum of Childhood’s most treasured dolls’ houses. Journey through 300 years of the history of the home, with the stories of each house brought to life by the characters that lived or worked there. Listen to tales of marriages and parties, politics and crime. Visit a country mansion, a Victorian town house, a suburban semi and a high-rise apartment. The finale of the exhibition is a specially commissioned Dream House, featuring magical miniature rooms created by Norfolk architects, artists and makers.


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orth Norfolk’s biggest equestrian event returns in April, with many of the world’s best event riders descending on Sussex Farm near Burnham Market including British number one Oliver Townend. A key prep run for horses heading to the famous Badminton Horse Trials, Burnham Market International is the perfect place to enjoy a bit of autograph hunting! What’s more, Cyril the Squirrel will be entertaining the children, along with a bouncy castle and bungee trampolines, plus numerous food outlets and trade stands to provide extra retail therapy.

JUST CRAFTS AT SANDRINGHAM Sandringham Estate, Sandringham, Norfolk PE31 6AZ. Tel: 01283 820548. Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March, 10am to 6pm. Adult (£7), concession (£6.50), child (£2).


he second year of Sandringham’s spring craft show, Just Crafts, was specifically created for artists, designers and crafters who design and make their own products. Here you will see some of the best in the country, demonstrating their talents, and also giving you the unique opportunity to buy an inimitable piece of creativity for your own home or garden. The rich variety of traditional crafters in attendance includes glass blowers, blacksmiths, coin jewellery makers and knitters. Be wowed by these master crafters and the amazing results of their hard work!

CELEBRATE MOTHERS’ DAY ON SUNDAY 26TH MARCH Mothers’ Day Special Boat Trip at Broads Tours, Wroxham Mothering Sunday Walk at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham Mothers’ Day Visit to Dinosaur Adventure, Lenwade Mothers’ VIP Day at Bure Valley Railway, Aylsham

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EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA We’ve got April covered! Thursday 13th April

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As well as being a great place to walk, jog, cycle, sail, picnic or birdwatch, Whitlingham Park also offers a huge range of other engaging activities such as its annual Easter egg event. Fun for all the family, plus furry-friends of all varieties!

Dust off those winter cobwebs for a family adventure at Blickling Hall’s 55-acre gardens. There’s a special trail with clues along the way to discover the creatures that live on the estate. Once you’ve found them, you’ll be rewarded with a chocolate treat!

Bunny has hidden clues around the West Garden for you to find. Are you clever enough to piece them all together? If you are, there’s a prize waiting for you at the end… Good luck!

Friday 14th to Monday 17th April

Friday 14th April, 10am to 4pm

Thursday 20th to Saturday 22nd April

Whitlingham Country Park, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8TR. Tel: 01603 756094. Free admission.


Holkham Hall, Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1AB. Tel: 01328 713111. Visit the website for further details on opening times and prices. Head over to Holkham Hall for four days packed full of fun things to do over Easter, including an Easter egg hunt and children’s games. And for those who would like to take a tour of the house, the hall will be open each day.


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Blickling Hall, Blickling, Aylsham, Norfolk NR11 6NF. Tel: 01263 738030. 10am to 3pm. £2.50 each.

Felbrigg Hall, Felbrigg, Norfolk NR11 8PR. Tel: 01263 837444. £2.50 each.



Follow the Easter egg trail around Salhouse Broad and hunt for clues to solve the puzzles as you go. Everyone is welcome and there’s no need to book in advance. What better way to make the most of the great outdoors this month?

Great Yarmouth’s popular Easter funfair returns for four days this April. All sorts of fairground rides will be set up on the Market Place and surrounding areas, along with plenty of shopping stalls to keep the grown-ups amused.

Salhouse Broad, Salhouse, Norwich NR13 6RX. Tel: 07795 145475. £4 per child (£7 for two).

Great Yarmouth Market Place, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 1NU. Tel: 01493 846346. Free admission.



ast Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) was delighted to welcome HRH The Duchess of Cambridge to its Quidenham hospice in January, with the charity’s Royal Patron seeing for herself why the nook appeal – which is close to the £5 million mark – is so vital. The Duchess was greeted by some 40 flagwaving children from local schools before being given a posy by four-year-old Nell Cork, whose brother Finnbar received care at Quidenham before sadly dying in August last year. Her Royal Highness was then taken on a tour of the hospice by EACH Service Manager Jane Campbell, observing Isabella Benton and Amy Hewett, both six, and Bradley Jackson, 11, taking part in an art therapy session, as well as Paige Scott, four, using sensory equipment. She also took time to meet each child’s family, including Finnbar’s.

The appeal aims to raise £10 million for a new purpose-built hospice – which will be known as the nook - at a five-acre site in Framingham Earl.

EACH Chief Executive Graham Butland said: “It was a pleasure for everyone at EACH to greet Her Royal Highness once again, on what was her first visit to our site in Quidenham.

EACH’s current Norfolk hospice was opened in 1991 and, due to the increasing numbers of children with life-threatening conditions and complex healthcare needs visiting Quidenham, the hospice has now outgrown its current site.

“The Duchess was given a really good insight into the difficulties our staff and volunteers face as a result of Quidenham having outgrown its home, and the huge difference a purpose-built modern hospice will make to the care they can provide to so many families.’

The new hospice, closer to the centre of the county, will help to provide more families with the same facilities as those offered by the charity’s hospices for Cambridgeshire, Essex and Suffolk.

To support the nook appeal visit or contact the EACH Norfolk Fundraising Team on 01953 666768 or at

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SCHOOL’S OUT Explore the magic of The Broads and beyond!

BOOK A WATERSIDE LODGE What better way to enjoy a beautiful holiday break in Norfolk than by taking a waterside apartment or cottage beside the river? Herbert Woods in Potter Heigham is offering discounted week-long breaks until the end of April, so be quick if you would like to take advantage of this amazing offer! Wagtail, Dragonfly and Swallowtail are attractive apartments situated in the iconic Broads Haven Tower with panoramic views of the marina, while Bittern and Mallard are modern two-storey cottages that are also pet-friendly. Perhaps a cosy riverside cottage appeals? Coot and Swan are perfect for families of four, while Heron and Swift both sleep six people. To book, call 0800 144 4472 or visit


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HIRE A DAY BOAT Day boats can be hired in advance at various boat yards, as well as booked on a first-comefirst-served basis on the day. Seating up to eight people, they offer the ideal opportunity to discover the magical waterways of The Broads and experience the scenic tributaries up close. You’ll also see Mother Nature in all her glory, as there’s plenty of wildlife to spot along the way, from kingfishers to otters. While cruising, be inspired to moor up at one of the many riverside pubs and restaurants, serving local produce and local ales.

out, plus all money raised supports their charitable environmental work.

EXPERIENCE HOW HILL The How Hill Trust offers a unique opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the distinctive and exceptional environment of The Broads. Set in a unique location with full access to the house and gardens, How Hill is a great educational day-

GO ON THE RAILWAY Bure Valley Railway is Norfolk’s longest 15-inch gauge line, which runs between the ancient market towns of Wroxham and Aylsham. The 18-mile round trip goes through the picturesque Bure Valley countryside, following the meandering river

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Bure Valley Railway

VISIT THRIGBY HALL Thrigby Hall in Filby provides stunning wildlife gardens for all the family to enjoy. The hall, which was built in 1736, is open all year round for visitors to explore. See animals from red pandas, tigers and monkeys, through to leopards and crocodiles. There’s even a café, serving light bites and refreshments, as well as a gift shop to pick up your souvenirs.

through meadowland and ancient pasture, stopping occasionally at small country villages, including Coltishall, Buxton and Brampton. ENJOY THE FINE CITY OF NORWICH The cultural city of Norwich has an unrivalled collection of heritage landmarks, spanning 1,000 years of history, which blends beautifully with outstanding 21st century architecture. With Norwich’s famous cobbled streets packed full of independent boutiques, the best high street fashion shops, and the hottest upcoming designers around, for any shopaholics looking for their next fix, Norwich is a must-see city. Planning a visit? Check out

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SEE HORSEY WINDPUMP This is one of the finest examples of the famous irrigation windpumps that were used around The Broads in the past to pump water out of the fields when they flooded. The view from the top is breath-taking! Take a walk across the fields from the windpump to finish your day on the beach. Prices are £1 for children, and £2 for adults. Opening times vary throughout the year, so be sure to visit the website ahead of your visit.

EAT THE LOCAL PRODUCE Norfolk has an excellent reputation for its home-grown food and ales. Try the Binham Blue cheese, Woodforde’s Norfolk ale (made using Norfolk’s very own water from the springs), Colman’s mustard, plus the famous Cromer crab and tasty Morston mussels! Head over to one of the county’s popular farm shops to create your own Norfolk picnic packed full of your favourite regional fare.

WATCH THE POWERBOAT RACING Powerboat racing started over 100 years ago on Oulton Broad in Norfolk. With some excellent racers going into battle in 2017, this exciting powerboat season is definitely going to be one not to miss! For fixtures for this year, please visit the website (www. Open 10am to 5pm on most days of the year, we’ll see you down at the marina! HEAD TO RANWORTH BROAD You can learn more about the history of the waterways of The Broads here. During the holidays, activities often take place and it is even possible to walk to the top of the church tower for fantastic views of the surrounding landscape. The reserve is open from dawn to dusk all year, whilst the visitor centre is open from Saturday 1st April, 10am to 5pm. To advertise call 01953 456789

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Pete Goodrum meets BBC Look East presenter Amelia Reynolds.

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’m waiting in the BBC reception area. It’s in the middle of a refurbishment. In truth, because it’s not finished yet, it’s a bit dull. A bit grey. And then the door opens and Amelia Reynolds comes in. She’s wearing a stunning purple raincoat, which colour-coordinates perfectly with her skirt, and a smile that could light a TV studio.

came to her first job. As did her travels. She found work with a production company who, amongst other things, made programmes for the BBC World service. “My boss there, who was very much a mentor, recognised my ambition, and with huge generosity, suggested I spend a day a week working at the fledgling Cambridge Red TV.”

Amelia was born in Fressingfield, Suffolk. She went to Stradbroke High School and then Thomas Mills High School, before taking a gap year before university to go travelling. “I have no idea how my poor, dear parents handled it”, she said. “They waved me off at Heathrow, a teenager with a friend, and that was it. I was gone!”

She soon got into her stride, hosting a show called The Red Debate. “It was on such a shoestring! I had an earpiece held together with sellotape, and I had to work the production desk and fader switches, like a radio broadcaster, while I was live on TV!”

Her back-packing travels were so exhaustive – Egypt, India, Nepal, China, Hong Kong, Hawaii, America, Canada, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore! Three important things emerge about that trip. Firstly, the two girls funded themselves. Secondly, she’s proud of what it achieved. “It was a huge experience. I learned so much about how people from different

Next on the CV was a spell in cable TV, working in the old Anglia TV building, before moving to BBC Look East, initially as a researcher. “It was great experience, and I was working with some talented people, but I never lied about my ambition to be on screen.” She got there. Her first on-screen job was as the Essex reporter.

seriously and when I mention the crazy hours she works (she won’t finish until 11.00pm tonight), she sees the positive in it. “Often when I’m working late, my kids are asleep. And I’m able to be at home with them quite a lot of the time, which is a bonus that many working mums don’t have.” “I didn’t realise the joy of having a family before it happened. And I do feel blessed to have such a wonderful family, as well as doing a job that I love. It is a balancing act, of course it is. Sometimes you think you’ve got it right, but there are plenty of other times when you panic that it’s not going to plan. Believe me, there isn’t a working mum colleague of mine, and I have lots, who doesn’t feel the same.” Work and family fill Amelia and David’s life to such an extent that there’s little time for outside interests. “I love skiing, but we haven’t been for ages. We do go to the gym though. We’re good at keeping fit.” In fact, she and David both completed the London Marathon in 2009. “He beat me! But

“I DIDN’T REALISE THE JOY OF HAVING A FAMILY BEFORE IT HAPPENED. AND I DO FEEL BLESSED TO HAVE SUCH A WONDERFUL FAMILY, AS WELL AS DOING A JOB THAT I LOVE. IT IS A BALANCING ACT, OF COURSE IT IS” cultures lived. It also gave me so much more confidence.” And thirdly, all the time she was travelling, Amelia was sending reports and pictures back to the East Anglian Daily Times. This was her first taste of journalism.

It’s at this point that I throw in what I assume will be a timely and relevant piece of information from my internet research. “And you won the Best Newcomer to Television Journalism Award?”

A university place was waiting for her at Exeter, where she studied drama and English. Whilst there, Amelia co-hosted a university radio breakfast show. There was, she says, “Never a dull moment.”

“No, I didn’t!” This is where the laughter kicks in. Amelia Reynolds has the sort of laugh that lifts you. It’s infectious. “I was nominated, but it went to, of all people, David Whiteley!” Why’s that funny? Because Amelia and fellow BBC presenter David are now married.

These early brushes with journalism and broadcasting stood her in good stead when it

We quickly cover her rise through anchor duties and presenting Look East, as well as The Politics Show, before she talks of her and David getting married in 2008. And adds “Despite the award! We had a lovely wedding in Trowse, where we were living. It was a fantastic day.” The children arrived; Annabel in 2010 and Cleo in 2013. They are, she says, wholly unimpressed with their parents being ‘on the telly’, and the slightly elder Annabel positively shudders with embarrassment if a public appearance comes up.

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Amelia’s children are plainly hugely important to her. Her conversation is dotted with references to events being ‘before’ or ‘after’ the children being born. She takes motherhood

only by a couple of minutes, and I stopped to fit in an interview. Does all of this make us sound super-competitive? We’re not. Honestly!” I turn the conversation back to her work. It’s demanding. She manages on five hours sleep between midnight and 5am, and the hours are flexible to say the least. Does she take the work home with her? No, she doesn’t. Not because she’s less than committed, but because she realises that she specialises in news. “It’s what’s happening on the day. Tomorrow the story will have moved on, so you can’t dwell on it once it’s done.” What she does dwell on is the research. “I do a lot of interviews. Ministers, chief executives, high-profile people. I’m totally conscious that I am in a privileged position. I can, and must, ask the questions that the viewer would want to ask. To do that I have to have the facts. They may or may not all be needed or come up, but I have to have them. I owe it to the viewer. I never wing it. I suppose to really answer your question about why I love my work, it’s because I love doing interviews.” No pressure there then, I think to myself. I’ve just interviewed one of the best interviewers in the media!

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am not a professional car reviewer, although I do have a passionate interest in cars, built up over 50 years of having owned many different vehicles, from old bangers to classics. As a household, we have always needed a second car, and way back in 1999 (while still living in London), the revolutionary Smart car was under development by Mercedes and Swatch. It seemed ideal for city living at a time

The most important thing was that we loved it, but it had to be sold when we moved abroad. On returning to the UK, to North Norfolk, we pre-ordered a new car to be picked up in Norwich. It soon became apparent that we still needed two cars, so the first car which came to mind was a Smart Fortwo. I asked our local garage if they could find us a secondhand example, and a week later, we were back to being Smart owners. This time, a Mark 2 version.

would have enjoyed had we spent considerably more, and the dealership even comes to Holt to pick up our car for servicing each year. At the beginning of 2016, the auto version came along. We received an email from Smart of Norwich offering a very good deal on swapping the black Mk2 for an exdemonstrator Mk3 auto. This seemed too good to miss, so we said yes to our fourth Smart. And, in fact, it made sense for us to


when the concept of the city car had not even been considered. I decided to take the plunge, importing a LHD car from Belgium, without even the possibility of a test-drive. There was no turning back. I was immediately struck by the amazing amount of space for two people in a car just over 8ft long, as well as the ease of driving thanks to its strange semi-automatic gear box. Of course, back in 1999, our unusual new car initiated a lot of attention, and even the odd rude comment. One neighbour said, “Love the car, and it will look even better when the back half is delivered!”

What a difference! The car had got a little longer and wider, and the engine had grown from 699cc to 999cc, but with the same charm. Increasingly, we found ourselves using the Smart instead of our four-seater, so a decision was made to buy a new model (our third). We therefore paid a visit to Smart of Norwich, where we were fortunate enough to get a good deal. This new car only served to reinforce our Smart experience. Jet black with a red interior, it came with satnav and heated seats, a rarity then for a so-called city car. The buying experience was identical to that which we

have two Smarts, so Fortwo number five duly arrived on our driveway soon afterwards. So, how does the new Smart compare to its predecessor? Well, without exaggeration, it is a totally different car. The suspension is smoother than the Mk2, particularly in a car with such a short wheelbase. Although the same length as the older version, it is wider, thus providing greater interior space. The turning circle is smaller than that of a London taxi, increasing maneuverability when parking, while the boot space is larger than that of some city cars. But, by far the biggest improvement is the new auto gearbox with a six speed dual-control clutch,

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making gear changes virtually undetectable. It is also remarkably economical – every model has an onboard trip computer to monitor fuel consumption. Sophisticated electronics also provide cross-wind assist, reducing any buffeting felt in the Mk2 in crosswinds, and you can now pay extra for a satnav or iPhone cradle. Had the current model been introduced in 1999, it would have flown out of the showrooms! That said, there were still well over 1.7 million Smarts on Europe’s roads by the end of 2015. Living in North Norfolk, the Smart makes just as much sense as a country car as it does in the city. There is never any problem in passing other vehicles on those narrow country roads, or even dealing with the occasional single-track by-road. OK, so it would not be ideal for fast motorway cruising over long distances, but Norfolk is one of the few counties in England that doesn’t have a motorway. Where this car really comes into its own is in ease of parking. Holt is well-known for parking difficulties, particularly during the height of the holiday season, but we never have a problem in finding a parking space, much to the annoyance of many 4x4 drivers!

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The only worry I had was how it would perform on snow. But, with two inches of snow on the ground, the weight over the driven wheels, coupled with its sophisticated anti-skid electronics, meant there were no problems at all. I have to be honest and say that this is not a family car, but it is ideal transport for two people (including retired empty-nesters!). Most owners I have spoken to have the same enthusiasm for this charismatic little car as I have, and the only mistake made in its marketing was the fact that it was not given a Mercedes-Benz badge. Blessed with superb fuel economy, cheap insurance and low emissions, in the not-too-distant future, there will also be the option of an all electric version of the Mk 3 – the ultimate environmentallyfriendly transport for two! Perhaps that might tempt me to Smart number 6?


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AN ARTIST OF SENSITIVITY Norwich-born artist, Michael Andrews, is the subject of a new exhibition at London’s Gagosian Gallery.



orn in Norwich in 1928, the second child of Thomas Victor Andrews and his wife, Gertrude Emma Green, Michael – who did his bit for his country serving his national service in the army between 1947 and 1949 – had an elder sister, Joyce, and a brother, David, who worked at the Norwich Union, following in his father’s footsteps.

By and large, Michael – who described painting as ‘the most marvellous and elaborate way of making up my mind’ – was a private, quiet and shy person who shunned publicity. He was, by his own admission, a painstakingly slow worker, producing fewer than 250 paintings and watercolours. Remarkably, he only had seven one-man shows during his lifetime.

Michael, sadly, passed away in London in 1995 at the age of 66. Although his burial took place at Glenartney, Perthshire, his funeral service was held at St Mary’s, Battersea – the church where Turner, who painted the Thames from the vestry window, was interred in 1851.

And for the last quarter century of his life, Michael was preoccupied with four series of landscapes – Lights, English Landscape and, of course, Ayers Rock and Scotland – as well as ‘School’, a series depicting different groups of fish.

Another house closely associated with Michael was 3 Chester Place in Norwich. In the drawing room of a large and comfortable Victorian terrace house, Michael set up a studio. It was in this studio while in his late twenties that Michael painted a grand and imposing work, ‘Late Evening on a Summer Day’, an imagined scene of languid and erotic decadence, influenced by the work of the French-born painter Pierre Bonnard.

Therefore, in Michael’s current exhibition at the Gagosian, selected works from the five related series are presented under three elemental themes: Earth, Air and Water. At the core of the exhibition, however, are paintings from the seven-part cycle of the 1970s which Michael called ‘Lights’.

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And another canvas partly worked on at Chester Place, ‘The Family in the Garden’, portrayed in a subtle way the restrained atmosphere and manners of middle-class domestic life, focusing on Michael’s family relaxing in their back garden.

Earth, Air and Water is running at the Gagosian Gallery until Saturday 25th March.


Written by Stephen Browning @returningperson

Stephen Browning explores one of the Norfolk coastline’s prize posessions.

Photography Daniel Tink

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WHAT’S IN A NAME? Mundesley appeared in the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was variously known as ‘Muselai’ or ‘Muleslai’. The name is likely to derive from the fact that the village of Mundesley is the final outlet point for the river Mun. The name of the river is conjoined with the word ‘leah’, which usually means ‘a clearing’ or ‘open ground’. THE VILLAGE TODAY The population of Mundesley has grown very slowly since its first formation as a very small cluster of dwellings, likely to have been only single-storey, simple huts. In the 14th century, there were less than 20 dwellings. By the 1841 census, however, the population had reached 455. THE RAILWAY Things were set to radically change when the railway arrived in 1898. The stylish station was designed and built with no less than three 600ft platforms. In the initial years, the station saw 16 trains arrive from North Walsham and beyond every day. In 1903, the large sum of £93,000 was invested in extending the line from Mundesley to Cromer, but 50 years later, the line was closed. Part of the old rail track is now a delightful public walking area known as Pigney’s Wood.

THE GOLDEN AGE Present day Mundesley has a population of approximately 2,700. In its late 19th century heyday, Mundesley, like its neighbour, Cromer, became such a fashionable coastal resort that no less than three new hotels were built to accommodate everyone; The Clarence, The Grand and The Manor. Prior to this, there was only one hotel, The Royal, which is an ancient building, with its origins dating back to the early 17th century. THE PARISH CHURCH A treasure awaits in the parish church of St. Peter. On entering, look up, and there above you, on well over 100 pairs of angels’ wings, hovers the most amazingly carved roof of any church in Norfolk. John Smithe gifted this to the church in 1503. It has been said that, on occasion, even the carved wooden eagle’s head on the readers’ lectern standing in the nave cannot resist twisting its neck up to look in admiration at the beauty above it. MUNDESLEY AND THE SEA As is the case with all communities on the North Norfolk Coast, the immeasurable and unforgiving ocean has played a starring role in Mundesley’s history. One particular episode concerned the Dutch coaster vessel, Jonet, which ran aground in a storm on Saturday

15th March 1969. She was thrown up on the beach and seriously damaged on a groin. As she was carrying at least 150 gallons of diesel, it was decided she would be set on fire to burn away the fuel, so as to avoid any risk of pollution to the precious golden sands and its inevitable damage to wildlife and plants along the coast. A very popular café and restaurant on Beach Road is named after the ill-fated boat. LIFEBOATS Mundesley has an in-shore lifeboat manned entirely by volunteers, including crew and back-up technicians. These admirable stalwarts are supported solely by public contributions, and the brave service they provide is run quite independently from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. The spirit of local unity is also very prevalent amongst the team of folk who man the coastal watch service. In the early 1990s, as part of the government’s desire to scale down the national coast-watching service, the station at Mundesley was closed. However, the village gained the doomed watch station a remarkable reprieve. It is now run solely by good-hearted local people. For their considerable achievement in providing a free and constant look-out facility, Her Majesty presented the local stalwarts with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in June 2009.



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Norfolk – Exploring the Land of Wide Skies by Daniel Tink and Stephen Browning is published by Halsgrove, priced £16.99. The authors would like to thank Norfolk historian and author, David Berwick, for his fabulous personal research, which resulted in this article.

DON’T MISS! Mundesley can arguably claim to have one of the smallest museums in the world. It is housed in the ground floor of what was the old coastguard look-out room, perched near the cliff top on the pretty lawned area on Beach Road. A small but perfectly formed museum and a memorial to the bravest of the brave, it is certainly worth a look.




Photographer David Morris is swept away by the power of the sea.


he closer we can get to the sea, the happier we seem to be. We are an island race after all, the sea never far from our thoughts. The national liturgy that is the shipping forecast – Tyne, Dogger, German Bight, Humber – is etched into our collective memory. The beach is where our dads took us to build our castles in the sand, and then when we grew up, some of us returned and were more than happy to settle, not for a flagged and ramparted castle, but a humble beach hut, just so long as we had a view of the sea.

But being grown-ups, we couldn’t let it rest there. We were never going to be content with a place that just allowed you to change into your swimming togs in private and shelter from the wind. No, before long, we’d introduced curtains and cupboards, tables and chairs, a bed, a small kitchen perhaps, and, of course, more knick-knacks than you could shake a stick at! The humble beach hut had become a second home, a place of retreat where you could forget the daily grind and only have

things and people around you that you really liked. And the huts do look lovely painted up and made special with the owner’s own personality and idiosyncrasies proudly stamped on them. So, after the big sea surge on the evening of Friday 13th January (well, it would be, wouldn’t it?), it was particularly upsetting to view the devastation the following morning. Smashed up wood littered the shore and

The Morning After


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A Line of Wreckage

promenade, beach huts turned over or smashed to bits, doors on hinges, great gaping holes in the tongue and groove, and people’s belongings exposed to the elements. Some beach hut owners had already been down, trying to salvage precious items before they were gone.

Cromer beach huts and their owners, and this felt like part of the story. But once down among the wreckage, it felt a bit grubby. This was people’s personal space that I, along with a whole bunch of other people with cameras, was invading, but the sea has no respect for privacy.

I was keen to get photographs of the wreckage before it was all cleaned up. I had intended, at one point, to do a small book on

These sea surges that wreak havoc on our shorelines have happened before. Each time, we worry the beach huts will never recover,

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but they do, and each time, they have come back better than ever. We are not a people to be beaten. We have a deep respect for the sea, and greet her occasional assaults and bad temper with a shrug. It seems a small price to pay for a place in the sun by the sea. People love their beach huts; they’ll be back. You can view more of David’s work at Early Morning


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CHOCOLATE HEAVEN Our top ten Norfolk chocolatiers for all your delicious Easter goodies. 1. CHERRY TREE CHOCOLATES




9 High Street, Hunstanton, Norfolk PE36 5AB. Tel: 01485 534992. Your first stop for luxurious Belgian chocolates, Sunny Hunny souvenirs and sweet treat hampers filled with your favourties.

2 Pauls Maltings, The Quay, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1AH. Tel: 07920 463643. Sip a warming hot chocolate and admire the stunning view from The Chocolate Deli’s new shop on the quay at Wells.


6 Garden Street, Cromer, Norfolk NR27 9HN. Tel: 01263 516802. An Aladdin’s cave of gourmet chocolates and confectionery including scrummy chocolate Cromer crabs!


22 Red Lion Street, Aylsham, Norfolk NR11 6ER. Tel: 01263 733015. A delightfully different sweetie emporium selling all manner of yummy goodies, cards and jewellery, with not a chocolate in sight!


6 Red Lion Street, Aylsham, Norfolk NR11 6ER. Tel: 01263 735737. ‘Click and collect’ gift boxes of luxury chocolates for every special occasion, as well as a great range of cake decorations and accessories.

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Fir Covert Road, Taverham, Norwich NR8 6HT. Tel: 01603 869911. The artisan chocolates, truffles, bars and novelties are expertly crafted in-house. Fancy a go? The Chocolate Experience Workshop is ideal for all chocaholics!

2 The Royal Arcade, Norwich NR2 1NQ. Tel: 01263 516802. Here you will find a truly amazing display of Belgian and English chocolates, each individually selected for taste, texture and appearance.


Howe Pit, Norwich Road, Brooke, Norfolk NR15 1HJ. Tel: 01508 558888. Booja-Booja’s chocolate recipe is organic, dairy-free and soya-free – just the job for vegans and those who are lactose or glucose intolerant.


Park Farm, High Green, Brooke, Norfolk NR15 1HR. Tel: 01508 550325. The Norfolk Truffle Company is dedicated to producing luxurious, high-quality truffles using the finest Belgian chocolate and carefully-selected ingredients.


The Pod, 3a Church Street, Harleston, Norfolk IP20 9BB. Tel: 01379 851933. Sumptuous chocolate truffles, wedding favours and bars in different flavours, with everything handmade on the premises in the heart of the Waveney Valley.



Written by Harry Farrow @HarryFarrowChef

Chef Harry Farrow shares his insider’s guide to making the most of the season ahead.


ow that the warmer weather is well on its way, there’s no better time to head out to explore the North Norfolk coast in all its glory. We really are so lucky to live in this wonderful part of the country, with its lovely walks, amazing wildlife and, of course, a choice of great local pubs on the doorstep. So, on my day-off, I relish the opportunity to step out into the glorious Norfolk countryside, leaving the pub kitchen behind.


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With Easter around the corner, The Hero is the perfect bolthole for a muchneeded break by the coast. We have three individually-appointed guest rooms available – Pollard, Cocklestrand, and that’s not forgetting our stunning Gun Hill suite, which boasts spectacular views over Burnham Overy harbour. Why not stay in one of our rooms and walk along the coast to Holkham? Then if you have tired legs, hop on the Coasthopper bus back! This fantastic service operates from King’s

Lynn to Cromer, making the whole of this fabulous stretch of coastline easily accessible to visitors. What’s more, did you know that Blakeney Point has the largest colony of Common and Grey seals in the UK? The ticket office for Temples Seal Trips can be found inside The Anchor Inn at Morston. Suitable for those of all ages, a seal trip is a must-do experience when visiting North Norfolk, with prices from as little as £6 for children and £12 for adults. For the full timetable of sailing times, visit the website.


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 The Street, Morston, Norfolk NR25 7AA

We are hiring! Visit our website for details

As for seasonal local produce at this time of year, the Norfolk waters are becoming warmer, which has seen an abundance in locally-sourced squid. A sustainable, new food for pub menus, our Norfolk fritto misto is delicious either on the go, or as part of a sit-down meal. Plus, Easter marks the return of the crab! Fisherman Willie Weston lands his famous Cromer crabs daily from his own boat. As well as delivering to hotels and restaurants across North Norfolk, Willie has a fish shop in Blakeney Village, where you will find a great range of fresh fish, seafood platters, quiches, pies and pâtés... It’s well-worth a stop off the Coasthopper! For further information on The Anchor Inn, call 01263 741392 or visit For further information on The Hero, call 01328 738334 or visit

CONTACTS Holkham Hall Tel: 01328 710227. Coasthopper Tel: 01553 776980. Temples Seal Trips Tel: 01263 740791. Weston’s Fish Shop Tel: 01263 741112.

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CHOCOLATE SOIL ANYONE? Written by Richard Bainbridge

Richard Bainbridge, chef-proprietor of Benedicts in Norwich, prepares an Easter treat with a twist.


aster is that time of the year when everyone can start to slowly peel off the layers of jumpers and thick socks and start to look towards the spring. As the dark nights drift away and we start dusting off the garden furniture, we may feel like venturing out of our holes from our winter hibernation. So, what better way to put a smile on your face than with this lovely Easter dessert that simply sings of spring?


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1l double cream 150g caster sugar 1 vanilla pod (seeds only) 1 chamomile teabag 2-4 chervil stalks 6 leaves of gelatine

100g caster sugar 50ml water 75g dark chocolate

METHOD Place the gelatine leaves in cold water to allow to soften. Place the cream, vanilla seeds, chamomile teabag, chervil stalks and sugar in a heavy based saucepan. Slowly bring to the boil, then remove from heat. Let it infuse for 10-15 minutes. Once infused, place back on the heat and bring back to a simmer. When simmering, squeeze your gelatine leaves dry and place in the simmering cream mixture. Whisk until fully dissolved, then pass your mixture through a fine sieve to remove the vanilla pod. Pour into moulds, which can be as simple as a vintage teacup or an eggshell which has been emptied and

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cleaned. Place in the fridge to set for 4-6 hours. For the chocolate nest soil, place the sugar and water into a pan and stir. Place onto a high heat and do not touch until the temperature reaches 141oc. Quickly add the dark chocolate and stir with a folk until the chocolate starts to crystallise. Pour out onto a tray and allow to cool. Once cold, place into a food processor and blend until a fine crumb. This will keep for up to a month and has 101 uses! To dress, place a large pile of the soil in the middle of the plate and nest your egg on top. Garnish with edible flowers (optional).


RURAL DIVERSIFICATION ADVICE FROM A RURAL PROPERTY AGENCY Sworders works alongside its clients to consider their property’s short, medium and long-term development and diversification opportunities in order to achieve the best result. If you are considering diversification options, please contact us: Sworders Holkham Studios Longlands Holkham Estate Wells-next-the-Sea Norfolk NR23 1SH E:

Successful conversion of listed farm buildings into offices at Widbury Hill


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armers and landowners have, for some time, acknowledged the need to look for alternative business ventures to either support or diversify existing rural businesses. Due to the increasing financial pressures placed on UK agriculture and the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, the role of rural diversification is now becoming an increasingly common and an important aspect of the overall farming business. Sworders has been involved in a number of different diversification projects over the years, from small to large scale projects. Whether it be the change of use of redundant agricultural buildings to a residential or commercial use, to looking at larger scale strategic residential development, it is important to fully assess the potential an agricultural holding might have from the outset, and the benefits and implications that any diversification project may have on the enterprise. Diversification projects often involve a number of different professional aspects, from planning advice and valuation matters, to the eventual sale or letting of the property or land. Here at Sworders, we have professionals working across the agricultural, commercial and residential sectors offering planning, development and architectural services. Identifying the most appropriate diversification opportunities for the type of assets under

consideration that suit the client’s objectives and available resources is key. In some situations, where an alternative rental income stream is sought, the importance of finding an end user plays a vital role. Attracting the right type of tenant is crucial for a good landlord and tenant relationship, and the success of a diversification project. We often look to secure pre-let commercial agreements due to the benefit that having the immediate security of a rental income provides. We work closely with our clients from the outset and are happy to provide as much or as little assistance as necessary to deliver a successful scheme, ranging from an assessment of the initial proposal or a feasibility appraisal, to a full service. This involves carrying out the necessary planning application, supervising the associated third party surveys, and managing any building works and, if relevant, whilst building works are carried out, we can commence the appropriate marketing. We can also advise on the different types of grants and aid available to those wishing to diversify. Sworders works alongside its clients in considering their property’s short, medium and long-term development and diversification opportunities in order to achieve the best result.



hether looking for a house as first-time buyers, moving up the ladder, downsizing, or buying a second home, one of the big wishes is often a place with a view. If you love town or city life, you may get pleasure from looking out onto different properties, or a lovely park, perhaps. In the countryside, you may wish to see hills and fields, trees and stone walls, or overlook a pretty village green with cottages around. Here in Norfolk, we are lucky to live in a largely rural county with wide, open skies, and a long coastline with magnificent views. A view of the sea – or even a glimpse of it – has always put pressure on demand, and prices today indicate why North Norfolk could be considered the ‘Gold Coast’.

Demand for housing is on the increase, making it important to remember that if you do not own the view, it could be subject to change over time. A tip is to look for a small village with septic tank drainage, as it is much more expensive to build developments where there is no mains drainage! The large estates in Norfolk, including Sandringham, Holkham and Houghton, preserve surrounding areas of countryside and open views, so these remain very popular areas to live. Setting out on our search for a house many years ago, we went to view a cottage with ‘open farmland views’. We found magnificent open views to one side, and the A14 roaring past on the other side! How many times is there disappointment on holiday when expecting a ‘room with a view,’ and finding that it can only be seen through a corner of the window in the far distance.

Looking for a property to suit your work life, family, budget and likes or dislikes can be difficult. The TV programme, Location, Location, Location, is so right when they say that a building can be changed or updated, but you cannot change the view!

With 35 years of experience, Malcolm operates Norfolk Property Search. For further information, call 07434 934 579, email or visit

COME TO THE NORFOLK PROPERTY EXPERTS Are you looking for a home in Norfolk and want to make it a reality? The Norfolk Property Search Team has over 35 years experience in the Norfolk Property Market. If you are looking to purchase a property in Norfolk, we are the property experts on the ground. Whether it is a dream beach holiday getaway, a village retreat or a family home, we can help you to find the perfect property. Norfolk Property Search is committed to providing a professional, friendly and reliable service for people looking to search for: Town, Country and Coastal Property Cottages

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WEDDING TIME Sue Huckle of Posh Plants can ensure the memories of your special day will be forever green! Written by Sue Huckle


s the daffodils shiver in the chill spring winds, the thoughts of couples in love turn to dresses, venues, cakes and all weddingrelated issues. That’s right, wedding fever is upon us! Of course, no wedding is complete without some beautiful Posh Plants. Large topiary and interior plants can be hired, offering an affordable means of decorating the venue. From a grand country manor to a marquee on the lawn, any setting can be instantly transformed by the addition of some carefully positioned foliage. There is something quintessentially English about the contrast of dark evergreen leaves against Norfolk flint, red brick or the cream

backdrop of a marquee, oozing style, sophistication and elegance. Even our lovely Norfolk churches can be enhanced with some cool dark green plants. Amongst the most popular choices are our tall bay trees with twisted stems. They lend themselves to being decorated with ribbons and bows, perhaps in the bride’s chosen colours. Strings of twinkling fairy lights can be wrapped around the ball to provide a fun focal point for the evening celebration. Meanwhile, olive trees offer an informal look with their soft blue leaves and wispy branches, while large cloud trees, neatly clipped, have an almost Alice-inWonderland feel.

For the table decorations, the Moth Orchid, planted in a stylish contrasting black planter, are the perfect option. Available to hire or to buy, these beautiful plants will offer a costeffective yet impressive centrepiece to any table. Delivered at a time to suit you, then collected after the wedding, Posh Plants is dedicated to helping couples achieve the dream setting for their big day. Visit the nursery to view the amazing selection for yourself! Posh Plants is at Seven Acres Nursery, Common Road, East Tuddenham, Norfolk NR20 3NF. For further information, call 07703 347014 or visit


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CELEBRATE! South Green Park is a versatile venue located in the heart of the Norfolk countryside, just a short distance from Norwich.


atering for all sizes of celebrations, from 50 to 250, whether it’s a small anniversary gathering or a large wedding reception, you will receive the same professional help and advice from South Green Park’s friendly team. Offering bespoke packages tailored to meet your requirements, whether it’s a fourcourse sit-down meal or a simple finger buffet, the experienced catering team is ready to help.

Whether it’s using one of the beautiful suites or a stunning fully-lined marquee, South Green Park holds wedding receptions, engagements, summer balls, charity events, anniversaries, christening and birthday parties. Set in a beautiful rural location with lots of free parking for your guests, South Green Park promises to provide an occasion you and your guests will never forget. Call 01362 857100 for further information.

It is important to celebrate those special moments in life, whether you are young or just young at heart! At South Green Park, Mattishall we have the facilities to help you make memories. Speak to our staff and see how we can really make your event one to remember! Wedding Receptions • Engagements • Birthday Parties • Anniversaries • Summer Balls • Celebrations • Christenings

South Green Park Limited. South Green Park Mattishall, Dereham, Norfolk, NR20 3JY Tel: 01362 857100 Email:


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RELAX & UNWIND Escape the stresses of everyday life with a restful weekend at one of these amazing retreats.

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THE MARYLEBONE 47 Welbeck Street, London W1G 8DN. Tel: 020 7589 6300. Bed and breakfast is priced from around £235 per room per night in a superior room.


Written by Daniel May

he ultimate hotel base for a leisurely shopping break in the capital this spring, The Marylebone is only a fiveminute walk from both Oxford Street and Bond Street. The hotel, which is part of the luxury family-owned Doyle Collection, hits you with style and sophistication as soon as you enter. Have an eye for designer living? You’ll love its well-planned décor, embracing cosmopolitan design and culture, with the public spaces being a winning celebration of contemporary art and furnishings. The perfect backdrop to a couple of days being spoiled rotten! Looking for even more luxury? Let us suggest the Terrace Suites (there are three in total). The suites feature private terraces with retractable roofs, plus spectacular views of the iconic London skyline. The heated terrace is fully furnished with a large TV and comfortable seating – ideal for sitting back with a cocktail in hand whilst taking in the sights and sounds of the city. Or better still, you can watch the sun rise over the Shard by requesting breakfast here on the terrace. What’s more, each of the suites enjoys marble bathrooms with heated floors, a Nespresso coffee machine, 100% cotton, crisp white bed linen, bathrobes and slippers… What more could you ask for? The Marylebone village is famous for its culinary delights, but we can certainly


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recommend a visit to the hotel’s 108 Brasserie for an evening meal. The restaurant is open seven days a week, serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. With a passion for seasonal cuisine made using the finest ingredients, from grass-fed British beef to artisan cheeses, the chefs source only the best fresh produce from a number of highly respected local suppliers such as Aubrey Allen and La Fromagerie. Be tempted by the 108 hamburger or the traditional fish and chips! Dietary request? Not a problem. The hotel caters courteously for the health-conscious traveller with free-from menus, plus juices, shakes and smoothies. With exclusive access to the Third Space gym, wellness area, spa and 18m swimming pool, after a busy day’s shopping, why not make the most of the hotel’s excellent spa and fitness facilities? With a range of complimentary fitness classes for all levels and interests, and a wonderful menu of health and beauty treatments, just take your pick! Delivering on style and grandeur, but backing it up with a feel of comfort and cosiness, be sure to make the stunning Marylebone Hotel your home-from-home on your next trip to London. Uniting unique interiors and opulent soft furnishings, together with helpful, friendly staff and a warm and relaxed vibe, you simply won’t want to leave!

CHAMPNEYS TRING Chesham Road, Tring, Hertfordshire HP23 6HX. Tel: 0843 5611 927. Spa breaks cost from £138 per person based on two people sharing for an overnight stay including breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus access to all classes, relaxation areas and spa facilities.


pa breaks cost from £138 per person based on two people sharing for an overnight stay including breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus access to all classes, relaxation areas and spa facilities. Britain’s original health spa, Champneys Tring is dedicated to providing a relaxing experience from the moment you step inside this unique world where walking around in your bathrobe is totally acceptable! Set in 170 acres of rolling Hertfordshire parkland, this exclusive hideaway has been a bastion of health since 1925, offering a variety of both innovative and traditional spa treatments, from massages and facials, to wraps and scrubs. With an impressive 62 treatment rooms available, including a double room for couples, prepare to be pampered! There’s even a dedicated manicure and pedicure salon, as well as a hairdresser. Fancy a dip? The 25-metre swimming pool is the perfect way to start your day. You’ll enjoy a leisurely swim without having to wrestle any children out of the way, followed by a Jacuzzi, sauna or steam room, perhaps. There’s both an indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi… What could be more romantic than a soak under those twinkling stars at night? Or, if you’re suffering from aches and pains, how about putting your name down for a therapeutic session in the thalassotherapy pool? When it comes to working out, you can do as much or as little as you choose, but remember to

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book up for classes in advance, as they operate on a first-come-first-served basis. With up to 20 fitness classes per day, whether it’s yoga, Pilates or circuit training that appeals, there’s a class to suit you. Prefer to go at your own pace? The fully-equipped gym allows you to burn calories using the latest state-of-the-art technology, with your own personal trainer on hand should you require any help. You can either visit for the day or stay overnight, with five types of room options available (standard, superior, premier, suite and deluxe suite), each including complimentary bottles of water and luxury Champneys toiletries. The Garden Suite is simply exquisite, complete with lounge area, desk, dining table, two bathrooms, outdoor patio area and a choice of three televisions (one of which is overhead the bath, so you can catch up on your favourite programme while washing away your worries!). Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the resort’s private restaurant, where healthy food is the order of the day. Rub shoulders with celebrities and other VIPs while indulging in the kitchen’s nutritious creations. Less than 45 minutes by train from London Euston, or just a few hours’ drive from Norfolk, a self-indulgent spa weekend is just what the doctor ordered!





serene sanctuary comprising a private garden with six-seater hot tub and comfortable sun loungers, The Hoste Spa is located in the courtyard of this much-loved Burnham Market hotel, open to residents and non-residents alike. Its recent expansion has paved the way for two new treatment rooms, a manicure and pedicure bar and hairdressing facilities, so you can enjoy a great range of specialist treatments in this lovely, peaceful environment. Offering massage and facials, body and face treatments, as well as waxing and tanning, the certified therapists use the finest skincare products by ESPA and Gatineau to leave you feeling refreshed and revived. With gift vouchers available, what better way to treat a loved, one or celebrate with bridesmaids ahead of your wedding day? The Green, Burnham Market, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE31 8HD. Tel: 01328 737022.



he Norfolk Mead in Coltishall opened two luxury treatment rooms last year, located in the grounds, just a short stroll from the hotel itself. Relax both body and mind with an exclusive treatment using the Natural Spa Factory product range, which is supplied to the world’s most prestigious spas and hotels. Choose from a custom-made massage (the signature warming bamboo massage is a must!), soothing facial, warm chocolate waxing, fig and vanilla manicure, deluxe honey gold pedicure, seasonal body scrub or full-body exfoliating wrap. There are even treatments specially created for men, as well as mums-to-be, so everyone is welcome to drop in for a spot of all-important pampering. Be inspired by the afternoon tea and treat package combining a 30-minute treatment and afternoon tea for £38 per person! Church Loke, Coltishall, Norfolk NR12 7DN. Tel: 01603 737531.



ombining a luxurious day spa with first-class leisure and fitness facilities, Imagine Health & Spa promises a welcoming and friendly atmosphere for you to exercise, relax and unwind. All packages are time-orientated, so you don’t feel under pressure to rush your visit, with plenty of free time to indulge in whichever treatments catch your eye. With five beautifully appointed treatment rooms, a hot stone Hamman table, aromatherapy bath and dedicated manicure and pedicure area, your therapist is trained to help you find the ideal treatment to achieve your goals. Plus, be sure to take full advantage of the unique thermal suite, mud chamber, relaxation room, swimming pool, steam room and sauna, whether you’re catching up with friends, hanging out with family, or delighting in a long-awaited time-out! Knight’s Hill Hotel, South Wootton, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE30 3HQ. Tel: 01553 670991.


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Our pick of Norfolk’s best spas for a big slice of much-needed me-time.

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Written by Sarah Morgan Ambra shoe, £75.95, at Moda in Pelle


Personal stylist Sarah Morgan unleashes her inner Imelda Marcos!

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’ve been doing some in-depth research about shoes among friends and clients. The outcome is this:

The average woman owns somewhere between five and 143 pairs of shoes, proving there is no average woman. Between 30 and 80 pairs was fairly common. Most men, on the other hand, own five pairs, including slippers, and wear them all.

Fly Yone boot, £89.99, at Blossom & Green

So, why do women own more shoes than they can possibly wear? I think it’s all about seduction; literally falling head-over-heels, and the glamorous life they signify. Which, sadly, bears no resemblance to the one most of us live here in Norfolk.


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Blue Lace-Up shoes, £45, at Next

Those I love and wear all the time because they are so comfortable (about three pairs). Those I love but seldom wear because they kill me. Those I don’t love but sit there because ‘I might wear them one day’ (the last two categories form the majority).

Punchout Lace-Up trainer, £45, at White Stuff

LTS Lola Combat boot, £70, at Long Tall Sally


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Moscow block-heeled sandal, £90, at Dune

SHOE SHOPPING GUIDELINES The square toe and block heel are big this season. Whether boots, courts or mules, you don’t need crushed toes to look elegant.

My chums also told me: ◊◊ ◊◊ ◊◊

‘High heels make my legs look nice.’ ‘I bought them for a wedding and never wore them again’. ‘They were half-price in a sale and I couldn’t resist them’.

And why do we keep shoes we don’t wear? Usually because we can’t justify getting rid of something we paid a lot of money for, or we’re happy to own something gorgeous, even if they’re in a shoebox. So, I’ve made it my business to find spring shoes that are beautiful and comfortable. Luckily, I don’t have to look far…

Ankle straps and ankle laces are everywhere. Add velvet to the mix, and you’re really on trend. For those days when winter boots are too heavy and sandals too light, go for a light coloured pixie boot. They look great with white jeans and a spring knit. Colour is key. Turn heads in bright yellow or red, or for something more subtle, dusty pink and soft metallics will go with anything and make your legs look longer. So, if you’re about to flash the cash on some heavenly footwear, stop and ask yourself if they will love you back, or spend their lives in a box? For further information, call 07919 608692 or visit

Sartine velvet heel, £69,95, at Moda in Pelle

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ARE YOU BORED BROKE OR JUST FED UP? Do you ever feel like you are worth more than you’re currently earning? Do you ever feel like there’s not enough time in the day? Do you ever feel like you have a greater purpose than the path you’re currently on? Do you want to make changes, make more money, have more free time, be with positive people and build a great future for yourself and your family?



f you want things to be different, YOU have to make the change. Life doesn’t have a remote control, so you have to get up and change it yourself. And of course if you do nothing, guess what... Nothing changes, you will be in the same place this time next year.

Compare this to what most people focus on earning: linear income, which is “one-shot” compensation or payment in the form of a fee, wage, commission or salary which is directly proportional to the number of hours invested in it - 40 hours of pay for 40 hours of work.

If you’d like More Money, More Free Time, build a better future for you and your family and you’re open mind enough to just look at how you can change your life and earn an unlimited monthly income which grows and grows every month, take a look at our website and get instant access to see how simple it is to be in control of your own destiny.

Here’s an example of Residual Income; In 1998 my college spent 35 minutes showing a friend of his how this business works. Last month he got paid for that conversation for the 216th time for that 35 minute chat, 18 years ago.

This is NOT a ‘Get Rich Quick Scheme’ but it is a ‘Get Rich Quicker System’ where you can earn a full time ‘residual’ income working just a few spare hours each week, and change your life in a very short space of time. Why should you work 40 plus hours a week for 40 plus years of your life? So what is ‘Residual Income’? Residual income (also called passive income) is income that continues to be generated after the initial effort has been made.


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So… how soon can you spare 10 minutes so I can answer all the questions I know you’ll have, and explain how you can get started immediately? Remember this: “If you think it’s too 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!” Take a look at our website and get instant access to find out more about this great opportunity.


Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

Motoring journalist Tim Barnes-Clay test-drives the latest Audi TT Coupe. To advertise call 01953 456789



udi is a car-maker of quality. From the strong – yet sophisticated – lines of its models, to the flawless interiors, the German firm always delivers. The TT Coupe is no exception. The current TT Coupe arrived in Britain in 2015. It looks angrier and is almost the same length as its forerunner, though its wheelbase has expanded, making for short overhangs. The TT Coupe 2.0 TFSI 230 PS S Line S tronic, under review here, has a virtual cockpit, which


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is based around a sizeable high resolution LCD display. It fills the instrument binnacle and supersedes the time-honoured analogue dials. It’s marvellous and clear as day. You can cherry-pick between two display settings. In the ‘classic’ view, the rev counter and speedometer are in the forefront. Then in ‘infotainment’ mode, the virtual instruments are smaller. The area that becomes free therefore provides sufficient room for other functions, such as the navigation map. At the lower edge of the Audi virtual cockpit, the

displays for time, outside temperature and mileage are perpetually visible. The Audi TT is comfy and the Alcantara and leather super sports seats are hip-huggingly supportive. The 2.0 TFSI 230 PS S Line S tronic also has manual climate control with functionality ingeniously incorporated into the air vents. Other interior tech highpoints include a music interface with Bluetooth connectivity, a touch pad for fingertip data input, and

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Max speed: 155 mph 0-62 mph: 5.3 secs Combined mpg: 42.8 Engine: 1984cc 4 cylinder 16 valve turbocharged petrol • Max. power (PS): 230 • CO2: 153 g/km • Price: £44,095 (as tested)

keyless go. Outside the cabin, attractive alloy wheels adorn the TT. Mine was fitted with 19-inch five-spoke ‘Blade’ design wheels. These are optional and cost £450 – but they do look awesome. Other features fitted include sports suspension, xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights, and a speed-dependent active rear spoiler. As a 2+2 seater, the Audi TT Coupe is a sports car that is suitable for real-world use. My three-year-old daughter sat in the rear, but you’ll probably use the back seats as an area To advertise call 01953 456789

to keep superfluous shopping. That said, with a load area capacity of 305 litres – 13 litres more than the old TT – the boot space is practical enough to load in a tot’s buggy, or a couple of flight cases. Behind the wheel, the first thing I noticed about the Audi TT is how well it drives. The 1984cc, 230PS petrol powerplant is domesticated in urban environments, but it’s still hard to disguise the rasping clout waiting to be set free. Open up the TT on the straights, and you’re pressed into your

seatback. Zero to 62mph arrives in an eyeballyanking 5.3 seconds, and the top speed is 155mph. The ride is firm, but not unpleasantly so, and the steering has a good weight to it, while the dual-clutch automatic transmission changes seamlessly. What’s more, the car grips like glue in the corners thanks to its all-wheel-drive ‘Quattro’ set-up. And if the Audi TT’s talent for turning heads and drivability is not enough, its average fuel economy figure of 42.8mpg and relatively low CO2 emissions of 153g/km are also to be applauded.



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MAMMA MIA! Written by John Bultitude

The hit show is all set to bring a feel-good holiday vibe to Norwich audiences.


his much-loved sunny and funny tale of family and friendship, combined with ABBA’s iconic and timeless music, has now been seen by over 60 million people worldwide.

Inset photo: Blaise Colangelo (Lisa), Lucy May Barker (Sophie Sheridan) and Micha Richardson (Ali)

Circled photo: Emma Clifford (Tanya), Sara Poyzer (Donna Sheridan) and Jacqueline Braun (Rosie)

Producer Judy Craymer’s ingenious vision of staging the story-telling magic of ABBA’s songs of the seventies and eighties, Mamma Mia! is a show with a big heart. Judy explained, “People love it, so they return. In the audience sometimes, one member will turn to the other and say, ‘Is this your first time?’. It’s like ‘welcome to the club’.” Set on a Greek island paradise, writer Catherine Johnson’s story features a daughter setting out on the eve of her wedding to discover the identity of her father. And in doing so, she brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. Cleverly and seamlessly woven into the storyline are hit after hit from the ABBA

songbook – Chiquitita, Does Your Mother Know, I Have A Dream, Knowing Me Knowing You, Lay All your Love On Me, Mamma Mia, One Of Us, Our Last Summer, Super Trouper, Take A Chance On me, Slipping Through My Fingers, and many more. From West End to global phenomenon, the London production of Mamma Mia! is one of only five musicals to have run for more than 10 years in the West End, while Mamma Mia! the movie, which starred Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan, is the highest worldwide grossing live-action musical film of all time. With a strong creative team, with music and lyrics by ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, it’s no wonder this juggernaut of a show has wowed theatregoers around the globe. Theatre-goers cannot help themselves but get up on their feet in the show’s finale to boogie to Waterloo and Dancing Queen, sung by Donna and the Dynamos in wonderful seventies spandex outfits. Judy Foster, of Norwich Theatre Royal, said, “We’re thrilled that this huge smash-hit musical is coming to Norwich. Everyone needs a little joy and escapism in their lives, and Mamma Mia! is one of those wonderful shows that gives you an inner glow. You leave the theatre walking on air. Plus, you really can’t argue with those amazing ABBA songs – they have stood the test of time and still have the ability to stop you in your tracks.” MAMMA MIA! is at Norwich Theatre Royal from Tuesday 28th February to Saturday 25th March. For further information, call the box office on 01603 630000 or visit

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TAKE THE FAMILY ON A GIANT ADVENTURE Norfolk On My Mind has teamed up with Gulliver’s Land theme park resort in Milton Keynes to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a short family break worth over £100.


ow would you like to pick the kids up from school on a Friday, and two hours later experience all the magic that the amazing Gulliver’s Land has to offer? With over 70 attractions to choose from, including rides and shows to enjoy each day, Gulliver’s Land is a great family day out. From the popular Runaway Train to the Jungle River Ride and classic dodgems, there’s something for everyone!

For your little dinosaur lovers, take your family on a Jurassic adventure… The cosy Dino Dens are the perfect base for exploring Gulliver’s Resort. Step into a prehistoric paradise complete with quirky dinosaur details! Lost World Dino Dens include bunk beds, sofa beds and shower room. Or, how do you fancy a Beach Den – a magical retreat that features a snug interior and a lovely outdoor area? Inspired by coastal adventures, you’ll enjoy golden sands and beautiful views. Plus, Beach Dens have their own shower facilities, bunk beds and double bed.

As well as accommodation, this competition prize includes entrance to Gulliver’s Dinosaur and Farm Park, as well as Gulliver’s Land theme park and Splash Zone – a fun indoor water play centre – for two days. Good luck! To find out more about Gulliver’s Land, call 01925 444888 or visit

ENTER THIS COMPETITION To enter, send your name, address and daytime telephone number on a postcard to:

With imaginatively themed accommodation available at the Adventurers Village, this fantastic prize is a one night stay in your choice of either a Dino Den or Beach Den, sleeping up to four people.

Norfolk On My Mind, Queens House, Queens Square, Attleborough, Norfolk NR17 2AE or email your details to: Competition rules: 1) One winner will receive a Gulliver’s Land break for a family of four including at least one adult and one child. The prize does not include travel, meals or drinks, spending money, or any other expenses. Accommodation must be left clean and tidy on departure. The winner will be notified after the closing date of Sunday 30th April 2017 to arrange their visit on a mutually agreed date. 2) There is no cash alternative, non-transferable or refundable, and subject to availability. Pre-booking is essential. Prizes cannot be taken on Bank Holiday weekends or used in conjunction with any other offer. 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’. 8) Theme parks and attraction opening times vary. Gulliver’s normal terms and conditions apply.

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DRESSED FOR SUCCESS We meet David Kingsley, director of Jonathan Trumbull, Hatters and Ginger in Norwich.

Were you born in Norwich? A. Sorry about this, but I was actually born in Ipswich! I moved to Norwich when I was 12 and joined (Norwich School) in the January, so I was a bit out of step. Needless to say that things were said about my crossing the border from Ipswich. Q. After school, you worked in menswear in London, before returning to Norwich to join your father, John, and brother, Roger, who were running Chadds. What are your memories? A. They excavated the basement of those premises and it was far from safe. There was a lot of work to do!

Q. Jonathan Trumbull is named after an 18th century American politician. Where did the name come from? A. Frankly, it didn’t matter where the name came from. It was right. So right for the times. As was the shop itself. It wasn’t over-lit like most of the high street boutiques of the time. It had a warm, muted, atmosphere, and although small, it was packed with high quality, very stylish clothes. Q. Tell us about the brands you stocked. A. Paul Smith – we were one of his first customers and still have his first business card. Armani – nobody in Norwich sold Armani before us. Ralph Lauren – we’ve always remained loyal to his clothes.

the way in which government drags its heels on business rates. They’re a major issue for us. But it’s still enjoyable. Still exciting. Q. What do the shops in your group stand for today? A. I love the idea that we sell quality, but above that, classic clothes. We honestly aren’t worried about high fashion. You can buy a piece from us and yes, it might, slightly, go in and out of style, but overall, it’s something you can keep forever. For further information, call 01603 629876 (Jonathan Trumbull) or 01603 626469 (Hatters), or visit

Q. By 1976, you had opened Hatters, and then, in 1978, came Ginger. What was the thinking behind the opening of your first ladies clothing shop? A. We began to wonder if there was room in Norwich for another menswear shop. We also realised that Van Gils, for instance, a label we’d long been associated with, had a women’s collection. It was time to enter that market. Q. John Kingsley started with Chadds, then you and Roger were the inspiration behind Jonathan Trumbull and Hatters, and both your wife and daughter are actively involved in the business. How important are your staff? A. Rod Canham, now a director of Trumbull’s, had glandular fever and missed his first few days at work. That was over 40 years ago and, to my knowledge, he’s not had a day off sick since! David Kingsley with his father John and brother Roger


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Q. Has the impact of the internet changed the way people shop? A. Honestly, the biggest challenge we face is

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Norfolk On My Mind - Spring 2017  

The Spring 2017 (March / April) edition of Norfolk on My Mind Magazine for North Norfolk

Norfolk On My Mind - Spring 2017  

The Spring 2017 (March / April) edition of Norfolk on My Mind Magazine for North Norfolk