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‘Able To Cook’ A celebration Cookery Book with recipes and stories from the ‘famous’ and the care staff of Able Community Care. Able Community Care was established by Angela Gifford in Norwich in 1980. The company provides live-in carer schemes throughout Great Britain and the Channel Islands, a true alternative to moving into a residential care setting. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the company a cookery book, ‘Able to Cook’ has been published with funds raised from the book sales going to Age UK (Norfolk) and Connects and Co, a charity which supports young carers. Angela Gifford explains the idea behind the book: “Over the years many recipes have been passed down to us from care workers and our clients and when considering how to celebrate our ‘pearl’ anniversary a cookery book made up of our care workers and clients dishes came to mind. Later, to enhance this idea and to help raise funds for our chosen charities, we decided to seek recipes from famous people who had a link with Norfolk, and ask them for a reason why they liked to cook their chosen recipe.” The result is ‘Able to Cook.’

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Recipes and stories are included from: Sir Richard Branson, Dame Judi Dench, Prunella Scales, Sir Ian Mckellen, Joanna Lumley, Sir John Major, Felicity Kendal, Joan Collins, Sir Michael Caine, Stephen Fry, Nicholas Parsons, Bob Flowerdew, to name but a few! The book enables cooks to have fun and cook with the stars whilst raising money for charity at the same time – the perfect combination! Cost per copy including delivery is £8 in the U.K. and £11.50 outside the U.K. (Please contact us regarding postage costs for multiple copies.) You can order online at or by sending a cheque to the address below. Please make cheques payable to Able Community Care and send to The Old Parish Rooms, Whitlingham Lane, Trowse, Norwich, Norfolk NR14 8TZ. Telephone: +44 (0)1603 764567. Fax: +44 (0)1603 761655. Web:

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Full Steam Ahead For Chairman’s Reception Busy Month Of Official Engagements For Breckland Council’s New Chairman, Linda Monument.

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A New Minister Rev. Julian Sanders Has Recently Been Appointed As A New Minister.


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Thetford Full Steam Ahead For Chairman’s Reception It was full steam ahead for Breckland Council’s new Chairman, Linda Monument, when she ended a second busy month of official engagements by holding her Chairman’s Reception on 31st July on board a train.

Above: Breckland Chairman Linda Monument on board the 0-6-0 Western Region pannier tank steam engine. Over 100 guests boarded the steam train trip which was run by the Mid Norfolk

Railway Society (MNRS). Linda’s guests included the Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk Mrs Jill Scott, MP George Freeman, the mayor of Wymondham and mayors of Breckland towns, chairmen of Norfolk and Suffolk district councils, Breckland district councillors, past chairmen of Breckland and representatives from the Armed Forces.

years ago to help get the venture off the ground. The Society’s dedicated army of volunteers have put in an incredible amount of work over the years restoring the line, renovating trains and stations and manning the service – even the engine drivers are trained volunteers. It is a real pleasure to see just how much they have achieved”

Linda explained why she had opted to hold her reception on board a steam train:

Guests joined the train at Dereham Station, were served a fish and chip supper and given a commentary as they travelled through the beautiful Breckland and South Norfolk countryside to arrive at Wymondham station. Watching the uncoupling and re-coupling of the steam engine for the return journey was all part of the fun for some of the guests, who disembarked to watch and take photos

“I wanted to offer my guests something a little different this year. As I live in Dereham close to the railway it seemed an appropriate venue, particularly as Breckland provided the Mid Norfolk Railway Society with funding many

before returning to their carriages for the journey back to Dereham. The 0-6-0 Western Region pannier tank steam engine, which is owned by MNRS member Dennis Howells and loaned by the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, was built for British Rail in 1952 and will be in service on the Mid-Norfolk line throughout the summer.

Above: Breckland Chairman Linda Monument (left back row), together with Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman (2nd left back row), Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk Mrs Jill Scott (6th left, front row) and mayors and chairmen from Norfolk and Suffolk authorities.

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The Breckland One Discover Hair Stop Bus – Your Mobile Council Office

Are proud to announce their support this year to St Nicholas Hospice ‘Girls Night Out 2010’...

Bringing services to local communities Breckland Council on behalf of the Breckland Partnership are delivering a one stop bus which has now been in operation for a month travelling around the villages of the Breckland area meeting many of you and helping you with your enquiries. The team of advisors on board have enjoyed visiting the community and helping people who may otherwise not have been able to visit one of our mobile offices. Enquiries on board have been many and varied from completion of benefit claims, reports of abandoned vehicles, planning related matters and tree conservation through to general internet access and usage and much more. The team have been trained to assist you with enquires relating to all district

council enquiries and in addition have links and knowledge in relation to other public services. Check the schedule and come along when the bus is next in your area whether you have an enquiry, would like to access the internet or would like to discuss something with the team, this is a community project and is being delivered to you by the Breckland Partnership to make accessing our services easier for you.

An 11.2 mile moonlit, circular sponsored walk around beautiful historic Bury St Edmunds starting on Angel Hill on September 18th, check-in between 7-7.30pm for an 8pm start.

and Matrix they are also donating over £4,000 worth of products and Discover Hair will be donating over £5,000 worth of vouchers to all the women who will take part in the moonlight walk.

Not only will Julie Elder (Director) be once again doing the 11.2 mile walk for charity but thanks to the support of their wholesalers Barkers of Norwich

The rest of Discover Hair also took part on the 19th August in a day long exercise challenge in the salon which raised extra donations for the Hospice.

Check the latest schedule online at www.breckland.

We’d also be interested to hear from you if you work in the area for the community, maybe we can help you and vice versas. If you have an enquiry relating to the bus you can call us on 07778 466652, 07778 467980 or 07778 476824 or alternatively email at

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Reverend Appointed As A New Minister

Go Trax At High Lodge Forest Centre

Rev. Julian Sanders has recently been appointed as a new minister for the United Reformed Churches in Diss, Wattisfield and Thetford and as part of the ministry team at Cloverfield Community Church in Thetford.

Get off the beaten track and Go Trax – the epic new forest adventure with a down-to-earth twist, from the creators of Go Ape.

churches comes at the end of four years training at Nottingham University and Westminster College in Cambridge. Julian moves to Thetford with his wife Louise and his two boys, Elliott (8) and Oliver (5).

Above: Rev. Julian Sanders Prior to this appointment he had been working as a buyer for a chocolate factory and involved in purchasing ingredients and packaging required to produce a range of chocolates and toffees for the major supermarkets. His appointment to this group of

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His ordination and induction service took place on Saturday 31st July at the United Reformed Church in Thetford and was attended by the Elders and members of the churches as well as Elizabeth Truss MP and the mayor of Thetford, Pauline Quadling.

Taking our primate ancestors’ lead, we’re bringing you down from the trees and onto solid ground, and then taking things one evolutionary step further: from two legs to two wheels – for the ultimate forest experience on a rugged all-terrain Segway. Go Trax takes you exploring off-road on the latest in clean green technology – selfbalancing, electric Segways – a totally unique way to tackle tough trails. You don’t have to be able to drive – our fully qualified instructors will show you how to make your way, and when you’ve cracked it, you can take off and explore. With all-terrain tyres and gyroscopic sensors to keep you upright, all you need to do is decide which route you’re going to take and then enjoy the ride. Join us if you’re… • Age 10 or over • Over 7 stone/45kg • Under 19.5 stone/125kg (this is to make sure the Segway gyroscopes keep their balance)

Child Riders (under 16s) must be supervised by a participating Adult Rider (over 18). Youth Riders (16 & 17 years) can ride unsupervised, but cannot supervise Child Riders. Subject to change - please see website for details. Floor Level Facts And Ground Rules • One Go Trax session lasts one hour and costs £20 per rider. • Make sure you arrive on time to get your full session. • Stick to the marked trails. • Riders aged over 16 must bring photo ID and proof of address before they can ride a Segway. • If we think you’ve been drinking alcohol or taking drugs, we won’t let you ride. • Wear secure, flat-bottomed shoes – no sandals or high heels please! • Riders have to keep their Go Trax helmet on for the whole session. • When it’s cold, we recommend you wear gloves. Book now at or call 0845 643 9059. Enjoy the adventure!

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Keystone Development Thetford Grammar Trust Announces First Junior School Set Of Community Grants

Thetford Grammar Junior School is a place where learning is full of surprises!

Keystone Development Trust is delighted to announce that £2,200 worth of grants has been awarded to six community groups benefiting the Keystone area. This is the first of three rounds of funding allocated from the 2010 Keystone Community Grants scheme. Successful organisations include Community Spirit in Thetford, which has received £350 to host chill out sessions for young people who live on the Abbey Estate during the summer holidays. Others include summer after school music lessons from the Thetford Music Project, summer outings provided by Fulmerston Family Project and running costs for Thetford Community Ballpark. Thetford Community Association based on the Redcastle Estate will receive £300 to light the Thetford Community Ballpark enabling use in the evenings. The Ballpark offers local young people a place to play sports, stay healthy and socialise with their friends free of charge. Approximately 250 people, mostly aged 10-15, use the Ballpark each week. This funding will ensure use of the floodlights until March 2011. Town Councillor, Terry Jermy, on behalf of Thetford Community Association said: “We are delighted to receive this money which will ensure that we continue to provide a safe and accessible place for young people to take part in sporting activities free of charge on the Redcastle Estate.” Keystone’s experience shows that significant, innovative and valuable work can be achieved with a small grant (£500 or less).

Neil Stott, Chief Executive of Keystone Development Trust, said: “Thanks to our social enterprises we are pleased to invest in the work of local voluntary and community groups which will deliver projects that improve people’s quality of life.” Other recipients include the Thetford Players, a new group, who were awarded £500 to support the production of an amateur dramatic pantomime in Thetford and Moulton Village Hall Management Committee, who will run a community landscaping project during the summer holidays around their new village hall development.

A co-educational day school located in East Anglia, the Junior School is an engaging, challenging and supportive learning environment committed to developing pupils’ individual strengths within a family community. Situated on the same site as our senior school, the Junior School pupils from Nursery to Year 6 enjoy a friendly and relaxed atmosphere in which many opportunities to mix with older pupils are provided.

incorporating both creative play and an introduction to a more structured education, which includes specialist teachers for subjects such as Music and Physical Education. An education at Thetford Grammar Junior School encourages pupils to be creative, to develop their skills and to share their talents with others in a confident and caring manner.

Academic success is at the heart of our activities and the development of the individual is central to our purpose. Small class sizes enable our dedicated staff to tailor learning to individual pupil needs. A broad curriculum is provided,

The Community Grants Programme adds to a package of small grant schemes that the Keystone Development Trust provides to support local people. These include the Fast Track Furniture Scheme which awards up to £100 to disadvantaged families and individuals to spend on furniture from the Green Ventures Shop. Local families experiencing difficult economic circumstances can also benefit from the Local Food Group Box Scheme which provides a weekly supply of seasonal vegetables, enabling those on a tight budget to eat healthily. This is available to fifteen families each quarter for twelve weeks.

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Garden Of Reflection A new “Garden” has been constructed at RAF Honington to commemorate all those who have served or who are serving at RAF Honington.

It is to recognise the dedication of those Men and Women who were stationed or detached to RAF Honington and who, in some cases paid the ultimate sacrifice. It includes those of the Commonwealth and of the members of the United States Army Air Force, who served at RAF Honington during the Second World War. It also remembers those who served at RAF Honington during the “Cold War”. The original “Garden” was constructed at the Sandringham Flower Show of 2009 and was to commemorate the “Help The Heroes” charity. It was subsequently moved to RAF Honington in 2010 and is located behind the RAF Regiment Garden of Remembrance. The Sergeants’ Mess Manager made the

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arrangements for the re-location and he has supervised the layout. He also used his considerable powers of persuasion by having had various plants donated and for some of the furniture to be put in place. One of the features of the Garden is a Sundial, donated by the Thetford and District Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association and the engraved plate reflects the focus of the Garden. On Monday 19th July 2010 the Station Commander, Group Captain Nick Bray, officially opened the Garden of Reflection and will allow (as indicated by its name) visitors to the garden to sit, reflect, and remember the days past; friends made, and to give thanks to all who have past through the gates of RAF Honington. The Thetford and District Branch was represented at the ceremony by the Chairman, Mr. John MacPherson and Mr. Frank Barrett. The picture is that of the Station Commander shaking hands with Mr. Frank Barrett, who together with his Wife Margaret have spent many

hours of their own time tending and maintaining the Garden. The Chairman decided that Frank Barrett would be the most appropriate person to represent the Branch at the opening ceremony.

Mildenhall Warren Lodge Open Day The annual opening of Mildenhall Warren Lodge this year is on Sunday 12th September, from 11am to 4pm, organised by Friends of Thetford Forest Park. The Warren at Mildenhall was established in the 1320s and this building is one of only two medieval warren lodges to survive, the other being at Thetford. Besides being able to go inside the lodge, you can view displays about the history of rabbit warrening and this warren in particular. The warren lodge is situated in Mildenhall Woods, on the minor road linking the A1065 and the A11 north of the Barton

Mills Roundabout. From the A1065, the minor road is signed ‘Household Waste Site, Elveden,’ and from the A11 it is signed as ‘Mildenhall.’ Turn in to the signed car-parking area. The Lodge is about ten minutes walk up the hill. For further information please contact Anne Mason on 01760 755685 or the Forestry Commission’s District Office on 01842 810271.

Homes & Gardens J&S Homeworks Garden patios and decking have never been more popular and are a great way to expand your living area into the garden Installing a deck or patio in your garden can be as rejuvenating to your house as building a new room. Similarly making improvements to your garden by laying new turf or revamping an existing patio area can open up your home, making it feel substantially larger, more social & accommodating. Solid structures give a garden a sense of both practicality and permanence. Whether you choose a deck or a patio depends on your site & style. A deck is ideal if your yard is sloped or has poor drainage; it provides a solid, level surface above uneven or soggy soil. A patio, in contrast, requires a level site for the cement, stone or paving slabs. Edge your patio with brick, stone,

metal or plastic. Whichever option you choose, use it elsewhere in the garden to link the areas together. With decking, balustrades can be added for safety & visual effect. Considerations to take into account when deciding whether to opt for a patio or decking & where to position it in your garden are; Review the advantages & disadvantages of placing your deck or patio in one area or another. Consider your climate, how it affects your use of the outdoors & what seasons you spend time outside.

requirements such as the need to keep a dog confined. Keep this list on hand as you make your decisions on design & material choices. For more information or a free no obligation quote please contact Jason of J & S Homeworks to transform your garden.

Think of how you like to entertain & for how many people. Keep your cooking style in mind, so that an often used BBQ isn’t inconveniently placed. Consider pet

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Homes & Gardens Thetford Garden And Allotment Club September the start of everything coming to an end in the garden and allotments bare ground is beginning to appear so we know that autumn is on its way, this will be when you can plant you winter green manure. Most of the harvest is either eaten or put in the freezer for the winter months, there will still be the odd things to harvest. The tomatoes are still coming and the cucumbers too, I would cut all the bottom leaves off so the tomatoes can ripen. Our Annual show is on September 4th at The Church On The Way, Thetford, if any one is interested please come along. For people who wish to enter, the competitions will be from 8.30am to 10am, judging will be from 10am to 1pm and the doors will be open to the public from 2pm. Prize giving will take place at

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3pm, some of the cups will be presented by our mayor Pauline Quadling. Also there will be a fete at Thetford Rugby club which Multiyork furniture will be holding, all the money taken on the day will go to EACH Charity (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices). The Thetford Garden and Allotment Club will be having a stall there for the day. Well that’s all for this month, happy gardening and hope to see some of you at our show. Yvonne. Contact or 01842 760244.

Supreme Bathrooms At Supreme Bathrooms you can have your bathroom completely refurbished as they carry out all work including plumbing and tiling all under one roof. From your very first visit to the showroom you can view all products to get a feel for what’s now available in this vast and designer led industry. Once you have filled your mind with new images for your planned bathroom, then it’s time to organise their free of charge home survey. This allows Supreme Bathrooms to view the room in question and to get all information required to plan the perfect new bathroom, tailored to your every need. Then it’s back to the drawing board to design the room making sure everything fits and works accordingly. Once the plan is complete Supreme Bathrooms can then match their ideas with your needs and produce a quotation upon which they can arrange

a convenient time for your viewing. Once you have chosen and approved all products it just leaves them the fitting dates to organise, ready for their in house fitters to arrive and take care of everything, closely supervised by their project manager. It’s really that simple at Supreme! Visit their showroom off the London Rd Wymondham.

CARING FOR THE ELDERLY Able Community Care Celebrating 30 years of providing Live-in Care Schemes to Elderly and Disabled People throughout the U.K.

Above: Angela Gifford Able Community Care is a provider of long term, live-in, care services to people with high dependency care needs who wish to remain living in their own homes. The company was founded by Angela Gifford in 1980 and provides services nationwide from its office near Norwich. The success of the company is based on the trust and confidence that they generate with their clients, and their aim is to create an

environment where clients have choice, respect, independence and a secure service delivery. The live-in service is an alternative to moving into a residential care home for many older people and used as a way to remain living in the community for many younger disabled people. Able Community Care provides care to people from all age groups and backgrounds. New clients come to the company by recommendation from previous or existing clients, or via Social Services or Health referral. Each prospective client is visited to ascertain their individual situation and requirements on a domestic, personal and social care level. Many of the company’s current clients have been with them for periods in excess of ten years. The company is under the remit of the Care Quality Commission and the Scottish Care Commission.

Age Concern Norfolk Becomes Age UK Norfolk Working to achieve even more for people in later life Since their merger in April 2009, Age Concern England and Help the Aged have been working with other local Age Concerns in the UK to develop a new organisation and partnership. On 19th April 2010 the merged national charity launched a new organisation called Age UK, with the aim of improving the lives of people in later life, both in the UK and abroad. Age UK will celebrate ageing and work to create opportunity in later life. It

If you would like to discuss our live-in carer service or would like our current brochure then please call us on 01603 764567 or visit our website at

will fight and challenge disadvantage and work with and for older people to help transform their lives for the better. As part of new partnership arrangements a number of local Age Concerns across the country will be changing their name. Age Concern Norfolk will be among the first to do so and we will be changing our name to Age UK Norfolk from 13 July 2010. We will also have a new logo and will slowly be changing our signs, leaflets and other information materials to reflect this. To find out more about Age UK Norfolk call 01603 787111 or visit

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Driving Abroad Don’t drive abroad unprepared – here are some tips for being prepared: Before You Go • Familiarise yourself with the driving laws of the country you are visiting – including local speed limits and which side of the road they drive on! • You should be aware that provisional licences are a national document issued within the framework of driver training and do not entitle the holder to drive outside the territory of the issuing member state. • Check with your insurance company that you’re fully covered to drive abroad including breakdown recovery and any medical expenses resulting from an accident. • Check whether you need a Green Card for the country you’re visiting – this provides minimum insurance.

• Check whether you need an International Driving Permit. • Check you can comply with the vehicle requirements of the countries you’ll visit. Find Out What You Need To Take: The regulations of what you need to carry with you in your vehicle when you’re abroad can differ very much from the UK. One example is your proof of vehicle ownership (V5 log book). In the UK, you are advised not to carry this in your vehicle, however in many European countries if you don’t then you could be subject to a fine. Whilst You’re Away: • Drive defensively and expect the unexpected – the local driving style may be different to that of the UK. • Don’t drive when you’re tired and take regular breaks on long journeys. • Don’t drink and drive – the alcohol limit may be lower than in the UK and in some countries there is zero tolerance for drink driving. • Don’t use your mobile whilst driving. • If you’re involved in an accident, contact your insurer immediately and

take photographs of damage to your vehicle. Driving Your Own Car You should have a GB sticker clearly visible on the back of your car if your number plate doesn’t include this information. You’ll also need headlamp converters if you’re driving on the right-hand side of the road. Hiring A Vehicle • Hire from a reputable company – the cheapest deal may not always be the best! • Insurance cover is often limited to the legal minimum of the country or state you hire in. You could be held personally responsible for any claim for injury or damage over this limit. • Ask your tour operator or insurer if they can provide top-up insurance to increase your cover. This may be cheaper than buying it abroad. Motorbikes • Make sure your travel insurance covers you before you decide to drive or be a

passenger on a motorbike. • Travelling by motorcycle, scooter or moped is significantly more dangerous than by car - if you’re not accustomed to riding a motorcycle you should not attempt to ride one for the first time abroad on unfamiliar roads. • If you do decide to hire a motorcycle or scooter, make sure you use a reputable hire company – check that they are licensed to hire bikes to tourists. • Always wear a helmet and protective clothing, whether you’re the driver or a passenger. • Never ride the bike when you have been drinking alcohol. • If you hire quad bikes check your travel insurance covers you for their use. Only hire them from a reputable company and find out whether it’s legal to ride them on the public road. • Ensure your insurance includes third party cover.

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