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Recruitment An Interview With... Ysobel, Jade & Dionne of S&M Personnel.


Homes & Gardens Looking After Your Property.

16th Wymondham Music Festival Festival Fortnight: June 25th To July 10th.



Keep The Countyside Free From Litter.


A Brand New Summerhouse For Star Throwers Supporting And Advising Families Affected By Cancer.

Wymondham Youth Music Society Summer Term Is Under Way...

Breckland Litter Wardens

It Pays To Pay By Direct Debit Mr Ward Won A Cheque For £250!


An Interrview With... Linda From Touch Of Class.

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WYMONDHAM Sixteenth Wymondham Music Festival Norfolk The 16th annual Wymondham Music Festival, centred on Festival Fortnight, June 25th to July 10th, celebrates professional Norfolk musicians, combined with a selection of national artists and showcases local talent in this historic Norfolk Market Town. The Festival’s summer programme promotes nearly 70 events, many of them free, featuring classical, folk, world, jazz, blues, pop, rock and soul music taking place in a range of venues across the town. Highlights during the Festival Fortnight include concerts at the 12th century Wymondham Abbey featuring Mercury Prize finalist Kit Downes Trio (June 30th), the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet (June 25th) and Madeleine Mitchell (violin) and Andrew Ball (piano) (June 29th). The newly refurbished Central Hall hosts The SweetBeats (July 2nd) Norfolk’s Lee Vasey Band (6th July), the Zimbabwean rhythms of the Anna Mudeka Band (8th July) and the Matt Wates Jazz Sextet (9th July).

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Open-air venues are well used. There’s the annual Midsummer Jazz Picnic at Becketswell featuring the Dixie Mix Jazz Band (June 27th). King’s Head Meadow hosts the Teddy Bears’ Picnic (July 3rd) with live music and storytelling. Hear Wymondham High School Jazz Band (June 25th) the Smokehouse Blues Band (July 2nd) and the Johnny Jump Band (July 9th) in The Market Place. The Full Festival programme details are at Web: Tel: 01953 601939. Wymondham Music Festival is supported by Wymondham Town Council, South Norfolk Council and Norfolk County Council. For more information about Wymondham contact the

Tourist Information Centre tel: 01953 604721. John Wood, Chair, Wymondham Music Festival said: “Wymondham is a real musical hotbed. Our Festival provides a wide range of music experiences, which promote fine Norfolk musicians, along with our many local music societies and musicians. We also showcase our historic market town and look forward to welcoming music fans of all ages and tastes to this beautiful part of Norfolk.” Wymondham Music Festival (reg. charity no. 1081375) is run by a committee of volunteers who give their time to organise and administer the programme, and is supported by grants, advertising, sponsorship and the generosity of its

patrons. The Festival began in 1996 as a small series of concerts and was called Wymondham Music Week. It has expanded to become the musically diverse festival that it is today, promoting the performance and appreciation of music, as well as offering music education for local people. The Festival committee links up with many other local music organisations to promote events throughout the summer months.

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Wymondham Arts Centre Southampton Solent University Sponsors a solo exhibition at Wymondham Arts Centre by its graduate Guy Wilkinson of spontaneous, intuitive and emotive abstract paintings and grand scale photography.

Exhibition title “The Unknown Interface” Sponsored by Southampton Solent University Private view: 6.45 pm to 9.00 pm 13th June Open to the public: 14th -19th June Tuesday to Saturday: 10 am to 5pm; Sunday: 12pm to 5 pm Wymondham Arts Centre, Beckets Chapel, 2 Church Street, Wymondham, Norfolk, NR18 0PH Guy Wilkinson seeks the creativity of the human spirit and emotion to create an authentic visual vocabulary that strives to be trans-cultural, exploring identity and perception in the contemporary world.

Coming from a mixed race background and growing up in North Norfolk, Guy Wilkinson’s work is inspired by life experiences and perspectives on identity. This is Guy Wilkinson’s first solo exhibition. He has previously exhibited at the Wymondham Arts Centre autumn Show 2010, where he made a positive impression, which has led to this opportunity. You can see his work online at http:// or call 07854963319 for more information.

A Brand New Summerhouse For Star Throwers! Star Throwers is a not for profit registered charity dedicated to supporting and advising people and their families affected by cancer. Part of the unique ethos of Star Throwers is that the centre is only run by unpaid volunteers, whether their role is clinical, administrative or therapeutic.

Based in Wymondham, the centre is set within a peaceful garden where a wide range of treatments and services are available. A new summerhouse has recently been very kindly donated and erected by Steve Hayes, and lots of hard work was also undertaken for the foundations by our volunteer David Dore. It is absolutely fantastic and will be a much used addition to our facilities, enabling visitors to enjoy the lovely garden in all weathers. We are most grateful to all those who helped with this gift.

As demand for our centre increases, we are currently looking for more volunteers to join us. There are a variety of opportunities including reception duties, fund raising and events organising, gardening and DIY. We are also in need of people with current healthcare experience including trainee or retired nurses and doctors. If you would like to find out more and can offer just three hours per week, please telephone or email us to arrange an informal chat. We look forward to hearing from you. Telephone 01953 423304 or

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Spooner Row Annual Village Fete

MBS Event Wymondham 16th & 17th July 2011.

Sunday 3rd July. profits will go towards the much needed new floor so please come along to a fun afternoon and support our efforts on Sunday July 3rd at 2.00pm.

We at Spooner Row work diligently throughout the year to raise funds to maintain and improve our Village Hall; we have recently re-surfaced the drive and car park and will shortly be putting in a beautiful new wooden floor. The Hall is one of the few facilities in the local area, serving Suton and Wattlefield as well as Spooner Row itself. We are always keen to see new faces both on the committee and at organised functions. It is a valuable and well used venue for school activities, children’s parties, ballroom and modern dancing, art, bowls, pilates and yoga. Following the success of 2010 this year’s annual fete will again be a joint effort between the School and the Hall,

There will be craft stalls, games, competitions, dancing display, local school and Church choirs, art exhibition, car boot sale, delicious refreshments - including local ice cream, teas and homemade cakes. For further details or to book spaces please contact Mavis on 01953 605569.

Above: Thomas Goodrum (R) British Schools Champion 2011, Nick Parker (L) British Schools Bronze 2011 Did you know that there is now the most fantastic Martial Art and Wellbeing Centre opened in Wymondham? This wonderful space has been created through the hard work of Chris Claydon who with the help of friends has turned an industrial unit into an impressive five roomed centre, with a reception area. It is a well lit space currently offering Judo and other Martial arts; Pole fitness, Zumba, Boxercise, as well a therapy room, a comfortable reception area and ample parking. To help bring funding and promote this centre, which is a registered charity, Spirit Essence is arranging a weekend of wellbeing and spiritual development through a Psychic Supper Surprise, Mind, Body, Spirit Fayre and Clairvoyant Evening. The weekend starts on Saturday 16th July with a Psychic Supper with a twist. 48 people are invited to come and learn about different skills of the psychic world and enjoy an entertaining evening including a hot supper. Some of the skills on offer are angels, past life regression, dowsing and chinese astrology. Tickets are £18 per person and include a 2 course supper and a goody bag. This is a ticket only event, starting at 7pm til 10pm (doors open 6.30pm). On Sunday 17th July you are invited to attend a day where you can sample

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different ways of improving your wellbeing. There are a variety of stalls offering therapies, readings and gifts, as well as talks and demonstrations providing an opportunity to learn more about your own well being. There is an entrance fee of £1.50 per person (£1 with this article, under 14’s free) which will be donated to the centre and The Brain Tumour Awareness charity. Refreshments will be available all day. Doors open to public 10am til 4.30pm. On Sunday evening there is an Evening of Clairvoyance with Tina Wilkins and her Developing Mediums. If you are interested in spirit communication or want to see if a loved one has a message for you then this event is an opportunity to open that doorway. Tickets are £6 prebooked per person, or £8 on the door. Evening starts at 6.30pm til 9.00pm (doors open 6pm refreshments available in the break). To find out more about this event or purchase tickets contact or call Tina Wilkins on 01603 414663 or Chris at the Martial Arts and Wellbeing Centre, Unit 4 Phillip Ford Way, Silfield Road, Wymondham, NR18 9AQ who can also tell you more about this amazing centre. www.

Above: Wymondham Judo Club Coaches and a few of the students

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Dying To Meet You! You deserve to die well – that was the message sent to Wymondham people from organisers of a series of taboo-busting workshops held during National Dying Awareness Week. “The aim of the roadshows was simply to make it easier for people to talk about death and dying. It’s not tempting fate to make plans and discuss your wishes with loved ones – it’s more about considering the inevitability and getting on with life.”

Above: Marion Baynton from Rosedale Funeral Homes. Rosedale Funeral Home hosted three free workshops, to mark Dying Matters Awareness Week providing free advice and guidance on issues surrounding death and dying. “In the next 12 months around 350 people in the Wymondham area will die and based on national statistics less than a third of those will have spoken about the sort of death and funeral they’d like,” explained Rosedale Funeral Arranger, Marion Baynton.

As well as being able to talk to staff from Rosedale, visitors were also able to pick up free fact sheets, checklists and information booklets, all designed to demystify death and help people make informed choices. A range of resources were developed such as ‘Funeral Party Planning Guidance’, and ‘To Do Lists To Help You Put Your House In Order’ which tackle subjects that many find difficult, such as Making a Will and Lasting Power of Attorney, making a funeral plan, planning for your future care and support and signing up as an organ donor. These resources were available during the week, and Rosedale was giving away complimentary copies of their very special book entitled “When We Remember”. This book provides an honest and sensitive guide to those planning a funeral and offers many

gentle suggestions of poetry, readings and music, as well as advice for those trying to compose a tribute to be read at a funeral service. 80% of funerals in the UK are cremations, at an average cost of £2,546, yet 82% of people do not have a pre-paid funeral plan and 46% have not made any financial provision for their own death. More than 50% of all adults in the UK have not made a Will. “None of us want to think about getting ill and dying, but equally, none of us want to make things difficult for our loved ones either, so it’s important for their sake, not to delay making significant arrangements like care, wills and funeral plans until it’s too late.” For more information about Dying Awareness Week visit or contact Marion Baynton at Rosedale Funeral Home.

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Chenery Travel Has A New Look!

The Bootleg Shadows Live!

Don’t worry, you will still be able to recognise the distinctive blue Chenery coaches as they pass through the city, towns and villages en-route to our extensive range of excursion destinations.

Unique ‘fantasy concert’ tribute to the worlds greatest instrumental group.

... but as the fleet is updated you may spot that we have given ourselves a modern makeover! A strong and colourful logo reflects our commitment to drive the business forward whilst continuing to offer our customers the quality of service they have come to expect of Chenery Travel over the past 60 years and more. Our ethos is further supported and re-enforced by our strapline ‘The Confident Choice’ and the company name has been projected into the 21st Century too... with a contemporary font that sits ideally alongside the up-to-date branding of our concert ticket and travel business, CheneryLive.

had the decorators in there too... and the fresh new colour scheme acts as a perfect backdrop to highlight the superb range of London shows, concerts and day trips on sale throughout the year. For those who prefer to stay local, then all you have to do to book yourself on a Chenery day out is to pop in to your Tourist Information Office. We are delighted that this service is now available to the local community in Attleborough, Diss, Thetford and Wymondham.

Date: Friday 1st July Time: 7.30pm Venue: Wymondham Central Hall Tickets £15 available from Reeves Book Shop, tickets or information also available by calling 01953 600563. All profits to the East Anglian Air Ambulance Charity Number 1083876.

The Regal Experience The Regal Experience’s next classic screening on Sunday 5th June (2.30pm) will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain. The show takes place at the old Wymondham Regal, now part of the local Ex-Services’ Club.

Pay us a visit on Castle Meadow in Norwich and you will see that we have

The main feature will be The Lavender Hill Mob – the top British film of 1951 and one of Ealing Studios’ greatest comedies. It won an Oscar for best screen play and stars Alec Guinness as a timid bank clerk who commits a gold bullion robbery, Stanley Holloway, Sidney James and Alfie Bass. And there’s a cameo appearance from a young Audrey Hepburn. Supporting will be a documentary made at the time featuring the Festival of Britain

Exhibition on London’s South Bank with its Dome of Discovery and Skylon, as well as the fun park at Battersea Pleasure Gardens and the then newly opened Royal Festival Hall. In addition there will be footage of the Festival parade in Norwich and a short film showing how Wymondham celebrated. Tickets are available from Maureen Dodman (01953 605593) or Michael Armstrong (01953 603246) and at the Wymondham Heritage Museum. They are priced £5 (£4 concessions).

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Food Review For Robert Kett By Stephanie Lees. to date décor, with a natural yet inviting division between the eating and drinking areas. We were greeted by the friendly landladies, mother and daughter Debby and Charlotte Casey. We were shown to a table and explained about the Chefs Special boards that are changed every other day. The thought of cooking dinner on a week day evening is always a chore, so to go for a meal that you don’t have to cook is a delightful alternative. This was the decision Lucy and I came to and decided to try the Robert Kett in the Market Town of Wymondham. It is located on the popular residential area of Lime Tree Avenue, near to the local shops and other amenities. With adequate parking at the Pub or opposite at the shops we were able to get a space and walk to the recently refurbished and inviting pub, in seconds. We arrived about half past 6, surprised to find that they serve meals from as early as 5.30pm til 9pm everyday except Mondays when they close. Once inside the deceptively large building, we instantly noticed the clean fresh up

We perused the menu, which pleasantly surprised with its choice of homemade dishes, chutneys and desserts along with a nice selection of vegetarian options. Although a meat lover, some vegetarian options can be very appealing and a refreshing change. In an attempt to guarantee leaving space for a homemade pudding we opted to skip on a starter and ordered our main meal. This in hindsight was a shrewd choice as the portions were hearty and well presented! I chose a good traditional dish, Steak and Ale Pie with a puff pastry crust with hand cut chips and vegetables. This was delicious with the large veg selection including braised baby leeks, Swede mash, broccoli and carrots served in a separate dish. The steak was tender and

piping hot with plenty of beefy ale gravy to dip the hand cut chips in… always a must! Lucy chose off the specials board, Homemade Smoked Salmon and Cod Fishcakes with the choice of jacket potato or chips, a tossed salad and crusty bread roll. Again, well presented and plenty to tuck into. The fishcakes were flavoursome and generous in both smoked salmon and cod, the salad was crisp and fresh and complimented the dish excellently. To be honest the crusty bread wasn’t necessary as there was plenty to keep you occupied without it. We had a break between, Debby and Charlotte were friendly and attentive but at no point did we feel rushed to order or leave. Offering a small but carefully selected choice of desserts, picking a pud to finish off the meal did not prove tricky… I opted for homemade Mixed Berry Pavlova, which was lovely with sharp berries complimenting the chewy, gooey meringue, just as homemade meringue should be. Lucy decided to be a little less greedy than me and chose the Homemade Honeycomb Ice Cream which perfectly finished her meal.

In my opinion a meal out should offer you a choice of dishes you wouldn’t necessarily have all the time at home and The Robert Kett certainly offers this in a pleasant, relaxed and clean environment. The pub is family friendly, without being over run, provides monthly promotions on drinks, a Sunday Carvery every week and an all you eat Oriental Buffet on the first Monday of every month. We both enjoyed our evening out at The Robert Kett and look forward to visiting again. To reserve a table and avoid disappointment please call 01953 602957.

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The Original Wymondham The Green Dragon Inn Town Guide 2011 - 2012 Thank you to every body who attended our beer festival and a big thanks to the following musicians:

As a Dispatch Magazine reader / advertiser, you know it’s Wymondham’s favourite, free local magazine. or know the local area at all, as they are almost in Suffolk, produce YOUR Town Guide. This company claims to be “Your Local Magazine”, but to be frank, they’re about as local as linguini!

You also know it’s one of the most effective ways of communicating your club, organisation or business information to as many local people as possible. We’re local people running a local business, just down the road from Wymondham, producing a truly local magazine, for local Wymondham people. As well as Dispatch Magazine and Wymondham Online (, for more than five years now, we’ve been publishing “The Official Wymondham Town Guide”. We know how effective it’s been because we keep seeing the same businesses advertising in it again and again every year. In fact, you could say we know exactly who’s who in Wymondham, and we let the locals know as well. However, this year, your Town Council have decided to appoint a new company, who have never worked in Wymondham,

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Quite why your Town Council does not uphold ‘Keeping Business in the Community’, and support a local company who is better placed to bring real benefits to the people of Wymondham, is beyond us, as this other company doesn’t know Wymondham at all, or the locals, quite the way we do. So this year, at the request of many local businesses and residents in Wymondham, we’ll continue to publish the “The Original Wymondham Town Guide” again. And here’s your chance to not only get your name in front of more local people than ever before, but to do your business with a truly “local” business, at a really “local” price! As we already operate in Wymondham, we already have 99.9% of the correct information we need, relating to Clubs, Organisations and Businesses. However, to ensure we do have your right information, please make sure the details in the last Town Guide, which we published, are correct, and contact us if they need changing. Do you have a view regarding your Town Council? If so Tweet us: @Dispatch_Mag and start your message with #WTC. We look forward to working with you again, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch 01953 456789.

Pennyless on the Friday An uplifting band – fiddle playing husband and wife duo. Nina Baker on the Saturday Her inspirational song writing, blended with her smooth piano and dulcet tones provided a listening experience like no other. This was Nina’s last solo gig, good luck Nina with your band! James Summerhill on the Sunday An extremely talented young Wymondham guitarist, with a huge range of songs spanning over 50 years. James has an amazing voice; he is certainly one to watch out for!

Tallis on the Monday A local 4 piece folk band, who kept peoples toes tapping for hours, this was their first gig at The Green Dragon, but we look forward to welcoming them back in the near future. Also a big thank you to all who attended the Vicar Street and Church Street Royal Wedding Party, we hope you all had a great time and enjoyed our BBQ! And finally, come and see our newly decked area in our beer garden this summer, this has provided us with extra space and we welcome your feedback.

Kerry Butcher Accountancy Services Did you know that the tax credit renewal forms being sent out by HMRC are due out any time now? According to HMRC these are running a bit late this year however you still have plenty of time to get your details in by the renewal date of 31st July 2011. Hopefully you have received your P60 if you are employed and you can complete this with no problems. If you are self employed or your situation is more complicated then this can be a slightly more tricky process. However don’t worry, we can help. If you are self employed we can help you calculate an estimate of your taxable profit for the year which we can then

confirm for you at a later date (by 31st January 2012 deadline at the latest). So instead of worrying about this, why not pick up the phone and book an appointment with us. We offer a free initial consultation which will hopefully help you to sort out any issues you have. Of course we offer lots of other services too so why not call 01953 457173 or email to ask about these or book an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Wymondham Youth Music Society

Anglia Computer Solutions

Summer term is under way with a programme of regular ensemble rehearsals and theory of music classes.

Has branches in Swaffham, Downham Market and Wymondham. At Anglia Computer Solutions we cover everything and anything computer related.

Finally, WYO members join with another orchestra on July 24th as a grand finale to Hethersett Olympic Weekend. So will end the 11th season of WYMS’ music Last term’s theory results were outstanding. making and the 23rd season of the Youth Congratulations to those candidates! Orchestra from which that bigger society grew. Did you know WYMS offers classes in Grade 6 Associated Board Theory and that We meet on Thursday evenings at passes at this level upwards figure in the Wymondham High School. Contact UCAS points system? Ceinwen Thomas – membership secretary – on 01603 452334 for The Spring’s Baroque Concert was a news of our September starting date splendid affair involving all ensembles and other information or see plus a choir and some gifted young soloists. Among these Charlotte Evans’ performance of Marcello’s Oboe Concerto was particularly memorable. In it she was supported by WYMS string sextet.

NEW @ Anglia Computer Solutions Ltd - After many years working with Sage products we are now proud to announce we are a Sage Business Partner. This gives us the best pricing on Sage products & upgrades. We can now offer Sage Accounts, Payrol & ACT etc, together with installation and training. Contact us for a FREE Quote.

connector and screen replacements. If it’s a problem which cannot be fixed in store, or it’s just too inconvenient to bring in – then we will come to you. Our callouts are £39.99 which includes travelling and labour. We cover both homes and businesses whether it’s setting up wireless broadband for personal use or twenty computers in an office.


We keep in a wide range of ink cartridges, cables, hardware components and peripherals in stock all ready to go, and if we don’t have what you need then they can often be ordered for the next day.

Summer Fare from the Wymondham Youth Orchestra will include a movement from a Mozart Horn Concerto and a work for solo Tuba in a varied programme for the Wymondham Festival. The date is Friday 9th July; the time is 7.30pm and the place is Hingham Parish Church.

Unfortunately computers do go down, whether it’s due to viruses and spyware, old age or things like electrical storms. We are here to help! Often these kinds of problems can be solved quickly, either by replacing key components or solving any software problems - its always recommended to get a quote for a repair before just going out and buying a completely new unit. Laptops are becoming increasingly popular and although they are a bit more of a challenge to repair we cover all aspects of them. Whether the unit won’t turn on, right through to keyboard, power

More and more people are now using internet and phone to make contact rather than face to face. This is why we have added telecoms to our list of services. We can now provide businesses with a much cheaper alternative to the standard BT systems and these have many more functions including, recording of calls, call divert, call queuing, call logging and the list goes on. Please phone us for a free no obligation quote to discuss your needs.

On Thursday 14th July, at 6.30pm in the studio at Wymondham High School other ensembles – flute, saxophone, brass – will perform as guests of the Junior Strings (whose rendition of Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons entertained us all in the Spring concert).

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Wymondham Lions Club Wymondham Lions Club will once again be holding their annual charity swim.

Now in its 6th year this event has become a fun filled night of fund raising. Previous swims have raised thousands of pounds for East Anglian’s Children’s Hospice’s, Ballons4Hearts, Chapel Road School and Clic Sargent (The charity that helps families deal with childhood cancer). This years principal charity is Sparks4Hearts at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. The Norfolk Heart Trust has launched this appeal to raise £400,000 to purchase specialist equipment used to cure heart rhythm disorders and has already pledged £100,000 to get things started. In October we hope to raise as much as we

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possibly can for this appeal by holding two swims. The first is on October 8th when we will hold our Junior Charity Swim at Wymondham College. The following Saturday (October 15th from 6.00pm) Wymondham Leisure Centre will host the second event, open to primary school, secondary school and adult fun swimmers who will be invited to swim as many “laps” of the pool as they can in relay for 50 minutes. So if you think you can raise a team of six and want to enjoy a fun filled evening of fund raising, would like more information or would simply like to make a donation please contact: Wymondham Lions Club by email at or telephone either Lion John Wilde 01953 788268 or Lion David Webster 07979 494284 or see Wymondham Lions website at: wymondham/

Abbey Fest 2011 New Guest Announced... John Hessenthaler of OEP Live! presents “IPSWICH HAS GOT TALENT WINNER 2010” – SIMON CHIVERTON ABBEY FEST 2011 The “Ipswich Has Got Talent” competition winner of 2010 will perform at Abbeyfest 2011. SIMON CHIVERTON who beat 13 other finalists to be crowned the winner in November 2010, will take to the stage to give another flawless rendition of the Luther Vandross song “Dance with my Father” that clinched the title. Describing himself as a soulman at heart, Simon, 31, has been singing since the age of 18 to establish himself within the music industry. He has performed with Liberty X, Blazin’ Squad, S Club 7 and many more at The Corn Exchange, Ipswich. Do not miss this opportunity to see Simon Chiverton perform live – Book your tickets now. Simon is available for interviews Abbey Fest will happen over three nights at the picturesque Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds.

Friday/Saturday/Sunday, 22nd/23rd/ 24th July 2011 Feel the groove and let good things happen. Further acts and guests to be announced soon. Listen to Gold Radio’s Motown – every Monday – Pure Summer ! Pure Entertainment ! You must be there ! Tickets Adult £32.50 Children under 14 - £10.00 Children under 5 – FREE Box Office – Tel: 01603 508050 Email: Collect tickets in person (no booking fee): Balaam’s Music Shop, 103 Risbygate Street, Bury St Edmunds - Tel: 01284 766933 Ticket Terms and Conditions see (website live from mid April). Timeless ! Soulful !! Electric !!! Euphoric !!!! Experience the chemistry of concerts from OEP Live !

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dereham Funding Available For Breckland Litter Wardens Countryside campaigners CPRE Norfolk have teamed up with Breckland Council to establish a network of litter wardens in local areas, helping to keep the Breckland countryside free from litter. 33 litter wardens have already been appointed in towns and villages across Norfolk including those in Dereham and Thetford. A new partnership with Breckland Council means that many more can now be appointed. The wardens receive a full set of litter picking equipment (litter picker, safety gloves, high visibility vest and bags) and £100 is paid to their parish or town council to contribute to the warden’s expenses or to other litter-related activities. The litter warden must be willing to undertake a regular litter pick, keep records and act as a point of enquiry on litter related issues in the local community. Cllr Lynda Turner, Portfolio Holder for

Environment at Breckland Council, says of the partnership, “We are delighted to team up with CPRE to help ensure that our villages and towns become even cleaner and greener. Through our Pride in Breckland campaign, many volunteers are already coming forward to do their bit in Breckland, and this partnership builds on the outstanding work our communities are doing.” James Frost, Director of CPRE Norfolk, says, “I am delighted to have secured this funding to help groups keep towns and villages in Breckland clean. Before Summer comes and the vegetation fully grows back, this is a good time to start regular litter picks. “I know that many parish councils, town

councils and resident associations across the county already employ a litter warden to keep their paths, village greens and countryside clean. However, we want to encourage other groups to join in and play their part.

application form from the CPRE Norfolk website ( or telephone CPRE Norfolk on 01603 761660 for further details.

“CPRE is working hard with our President Bill Bryson to raise awareness of the litterbugs, suggest practical solutions such as bottle deposit schemes and press local councils to penalise offenders. However, it is clear that the problem of litter is not going to be solved without an enormous effort to clean it up. Establishing a litter warden is one way to get started”, James concluded. Other Councils or groups that are interested should download an

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dereham Cottage Windows Ltd Cottage Windows Ltd is a small family business with a growing reputation in the Dereham area. Tony started the company in 2009 after working for a local firm for over 8 years and with his son Robert, installs top quality doors, windows and conservatories to a high standard at competitive prices. We can also offer a wide range of composite doors and we fit ‘A’ rated glass as standard. Cottage Windows Ltd is a member of Network Veka, a voluntary organisation within the double glazing industry, which monitors members’ work and covers all guarantees. This means, that should a member cease trading, Network Veka will arrange for another firm with the same high standard of workmanship to carry out any repairs. So your guarantee is worth the paper it’s written on.

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Because of our local building contacts, we are able to offer a complete service for conservatories or garden rooms. We can either put our customers in touch with local builders or deal with the builder on the customers’ behalf. If you are considering replacing your windows and doors or maybe adding a conservatory or garden room, please call Tony for a free, no obligation quote on: 01362 860331 or 07595 507244.

It Pays To Pay By Direct Debit Mr Ward from Dereham found out that it pays to pay by direct debit this week when he walked away with a cheque for £250.

Above: Breckland Council Executive Member Lynda Turner with Prize Draw winner Nigel Ward. The Anglia Revenues Partnership (ARP) ran a Prize Draw and all Breckland residents paying their Council tax by direct debit, whose payments were up to date, had a chance to win the prize. The £250 cheque, donated by The Co-Operative Bank, was presented to Mr Ward at the Breckland Council offices in Dereham.

Breckland Council Executive Member Lynda Turner said: “The Partnership holds a Prize Draw every year to encourage Council Tax payers to settle their accounts using direct debit. It’s a safe and secure way to pay and helps Breckland keep Council Tax low by reducing administrative costs”. ARP is a partnership of four local authorities that provides Council Tax and Benefits services for residents living in the Breckland, Forest Heath, East Cambs and St Edmundsbury areas. To find out how to arrange to switch to direct debit payments, call 01362 656871 or visit the Breckland website


New Chief Executive For East Anglian Air Ambulance A new Chief Executive has been appointed to lead one of the region’s largest and most vital charities. “I also want to ensure that the air ambulance helicopters can provide highly skilled and capable medical teams to any location in Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire, in sufficient time, to save lives.

Above: Tim Page, CEO of East Anglia Air Ambulance. Tim Page joins the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) having most recently worked for charities in London and Birmingham. He arrives with a wealth of knowledge and experience of leading successful teams and has ambitions to make the charity a beacon for others to emulate. On joining the charity, Tim Page said: “One of my aims is to develop close relationships with those organisations with whom we work in partnership: the hospitals, training providers and other emergency services.

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“Above all, I want to establish the East Anglian Air Ambulance as the most professional, competent, effective and valued helicopter-borne emergency medical service in the country, providing the best possible value for money service to those who support us and who, one day, may need our help.” Tim was previously the Director of Emmaus UK, a national charity based in Cambridge, supporting the development and operation of projects across England, Scotland and Wales. In a position he held for eight years he guided the development of a number of Emmaus Communities across the country which offer homeless people a home, work and the opportunity

to rebuild their lives in a supportive environment. Before working with charities, Tim had a long and successful military career. He was commissioned into the Royal Anglian Regiment in 1974 and commanded both the 1st Battalion The 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment and Old

College at The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He also held a variety of staff appointments including Chief of Land/ Air Operations in Bosnia Herzegovina and Director of Army Marketing at the MOD. He left the Army in 2002. Tim will be based at Cambridge Airport alongside the crew of the EAAA’s Anglia Two aircraft.

News from across your region

Is Your Will Worth The Paper It Is Written On? Testamentary freedom is the right we all have to say, in our Wills, what we want to happen to our property when we die, as long as we are fully aware of what we are saying and our wishes are freely stated. A couple of recent cases have thrown some light on how Courts may look at a Will where a non-dependent adult child has been written out. In the first a lady owned a farm worth some £2.5 million and gave it all away to the RSPCA disinheriting her only daughter who had, during her mother’s lifetime, spent time and money looking after her, working on the farm and receiving assurances that she would get the farm. The court found that the mother had made her Will without properly knowing or understanding what it contained. Because of that finding the mother’s Will was deemed invalid and the daughter, therefore, inherited the whole estate under intestacy laws. It seemed a crucial concern that there was no evidence to show why the mother would want to benefit the RSPCA over her only daughter. In the second case the testatrix left her estate to charities and nothing to her only daughter. The mother and daughter were estranged from each

other. The daughter knew that her mother had cut her out of her Will and had no expectancy (unlike the first case) of receiving anything. The issue, in this case, was not whether the Will was valid or not (it was) but whether the late mother had made reasonable financial provision in it for the daughter. The law does allow some people (like children) who might have expected to have received some provision but did not to make an application to the Court. The law is known as the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act.

daughter’s conduct was relevant when fixing the amount of any provision. The case therefore seems to reveal a focus on fairness from the claimant child’s point of view and thus a restricting of testamentary freedom. The two cases seem to reveal a lack of judicial sympathy towards charities when children are cut out in their favour. One may wonder whether the court in the second case would have taken the same view of the daughter’s claim if the beneficiaries under the Will had been other family members.

Although the cases were decided on entirely differently, in both the claims of non-dependent children who had been cut out of their parents’ Wills succeeded. If it is intended to make a Will in which a child is to be excluded from benefiting in any way it is crucial that it is prepared with great care, the fullest possible instructions given to the solicitor preparing it and, where parents are making Wills in similar form, each parent should be seen by a solicitor separately. It is a good idea still to leave a letter with a will setting out why someone is getting less than they might expect.

The Court said that the basic question to be asked was whether the Will produced an unreasonable result. The daughter was not in any way reliant upon her late mother financially and, in view of the estrangement, there was no moral obligation to make provision. From the mother’s point of view her decision to leave her daughter nothing was quite understandable. What seemed to have swayed the Court was the daughter’s straitened financial circumstances. The

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Welcome to


Time To Get Snapping Do you think you have what it takes to be the next David Bailey?

Above: Paul’s picture, the overall winner in the 2010 competition - taken at Gooderstone Water Gardens. Well here’s your chance to grab a camera, go out in the countryside and get snapping. If your picture is selected as one of the category winners you could win a £100 and, if you are declared the overall winner, your photograph will be seen by thousands of Breckland residents on the cover of Breckland Voice.

Adrian Stasiak, Breckland Council Member for Communities and Benefits said: “Our photography competition is now in its third year and it’s a great hit with residents. I’m always impressed by the level of talent displayed by competition entrants so I’m really looking forward to seeing what our residents come up with this year”. The Annual Breckland Photography Competition is open to all Breckland residents and photographs must be taken within the district. All images must be submitted in digital format by the closing deadline of 5pm on Friday 16th September 2011. After the competition winners have been announced, an exhibition of their photographs will tour the five Breckland

towns during October and November. The four competition categories are: • Humour • People • Landscapes and livestock • Young Snapper (16 years and under on the closing date)

For full details of the competition rules and the submission procedure, look on theBreckland Council website: breckland-photographycompetition.

Entries from ‘young snappers’ should be submitted under the Humour, People and Landscapes and Livestock categories. Each of the category winners will receive £100 and the overall winner of the competition will have their photograph featured on the front page of Breckland Voice. The photographs will be judged by a panel of professional photographers including last year’s competition winner Paul Giverin.

Above: Last year’s overall winner, Paul Giverin (right), being presented with his prize in October 2010, with 2010 judges Simon Edwards and Vicki Nunn.



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An interview with...

Linda from Touch Of Class Dresses, Bridesmaid Dresses, Prom and Eveningwear for hire or to buy, we also supply all the accessories. We have an all inclusive Wedding package, of dress, underskirt, Tiara, Veil and free alterations. We will never let two dresses the same go out to the same function.

Above: Linda from Touch Of Class. 1. Have you always lived around the area? I am originally from Bermondsey in South East London, but moved to Norfolk in 2003 looking for a slower pace of life and to spend more time with my family getting away from the rat race that had become London. 2. Tell us a little about what you do? We offer a large selection of Wedding

3. What inspired you to open Touch of Class? The inspiration came from Emma my Daughter after looking just about everywhere for a Prom Dress we called into Touch of Class at Halvergate and got Emma a dress. We were so impressed with the quality and service given we eventually bought the business. 4. What would you say is your most popular items? Currently it’s got to be the Proms as we are rapidly approaching the Prom season,

we have large ballgowns right the way through to straight fitting eveningwear, there has not been a major trend so far this season either in dress style or colour. 5. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? I would love to have some spare time, but after the proms end I will be looking forward to doing some gardening and cycling, spending time with my family, relaxing with a glass of wine. Hopefully a large one! 6. What is your favourite aspect of your job? Getting the reactions from the mum’s when they see their daughters in their Wedding Dresses - normally it’s get the tissues out time.

7. Are there any other services you provide or are looking to provide in the future? We offer free alterations on all our hired dresses, this ranges from taking the dress

up, to alterations on the bust, we have a fantastic seamstress who could make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. We can also store the Wedding Dresses up to a year in advance, and it will NOT go out. 8. If you could dress someone famous, who would you choose? Well Kate Middleton was going to hire from me but she had a better offer. Seriously, I would like to dress Kim Marsh (Corrie), she always looks good and carries herself well. 9. Is there anything else you would like to tell our readers? We have the largest stock of dresses for hire in East Anglia, we offer a personal service that is second to none. We hold Wedding Dresses to suit any budget. We are also retailers for one of the UK’s best Wedding Couture houses. If you are looking for a Dress for any function, why not give us a call.

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Recruitment Quality People

Job Interview Tips

We are based on Edenside Drive, in Attleborough Town Centre, only a minute’s walk from the free Edenside public car park.

Job interviewing never seems to get any easier - even when you have gone to more interviews than you can count.

All of our permanent vacancies are advertised in our window and on our website whilst the majority of our temporary vacancies are filled directly from our database of people registered with us. Our service to those looking for a new job We offer a wide range of both permanent and temporary employment opportunities throughout the Breckland & South Norfolk area. To register with us is totally free of charge – you simply complete a registration form, which can be collected from our offices or emailed out to you. Return it to us with your CV (if you have one) and we will process your details onto our database.

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Our service to Businesses To provide quality temporary staff to cover holidays, sickness, maternity and paternity leave, an additional workload of a specific promotion or project. To operate our full recruitment service, tailored to your specific needs, to supply you with permanent staff. To offer our “advertising only service”, where we will advertise your vacancy on our website, or in our window.

You are meeting new people, selling yourself and your skills, and often getting the third degree about what you know or don’t know. Here are job interview tips to help prepare you to interview effectively. • Pick out what you are going to wear on your job interview - After you choose your outfit, make sure it is cleaned and pressed and you have the appropriate accessories and shoes to go with it. • Research as much about the company as you can. • Arrive early for the interview. Plan to arrive for your interview 10-15 minutes before the appointed time. Arriving too early confuses the employer and creates an awkward situation. By the same token, arriving late creates a bad first impression.

• Have a good firm handshake. • Wait until you are offered a chair before you sit down. • Speak clearly and enthusiastically about your experiences and skills. Be professional, but don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through. Be yourself. • Remain interested and alert throughout the interview. • Be enthusiastic and show it in your replies and body language. • Stress your achievements. • Have questions of your own to ask the interviewer. • Follow up the interview with a thank-you letter. Employers regard this gesture as evidence of your attention to detail, as well as an indication of your interest in the position.

An interview with...

Ysobel, Jade & Dionne of S&M Personnel Three years on its going from strength to strength and we have employed Jade to oversee and build this division further.

Above: Ysobel, Jade, & Dionne of S&M Personnel. So, Please, tell us a little about yourselves? Ysobel: I was employed by S&M Personnel Ltd in June 2008 and was given the opportunity to manage our office in Watton just 10 months ago. I have had a varied career path over the years from general office through to sales, insurance and temporary contracts which have lead me in to recruitment industry with S&M Personnel Ltd. Having previously undertaken temporary work myself for nearly two years I feel my previous experience gives us an advantage when dealing with candidates new to the recruitment process, as I can relate to my own experience. Since working for S&M Personnel myself and my colleague Dionne have achieved qualifications in the Certificate of Recruitment Practice whilst continually growing our divisions and upholding our strong rapport with our Clients and candidates. I now oversee and manage the running of all of our divisions and have built up a strong team to which we are currently looking to expand, if you are looking for a change or would like to know more about working with us please contact me on

Dionne: I live locally and have worked for S&M Personnel Ltd for 3 years. Previous to this I worked for an estate agency in Dereham so I know the local area quite well. I feel that estate agency set me in good stead for Recruitment as it’s all about dealing with people & building good relationships. I was originally employed by S&M Personnel to launch the Industrial Division along with Ysobel. This took us about 6 months of permanent canvassing, approaching prospective clients and generally getting our name out there.

I am currently running the Driving Division providing all class drivers C&E, C, 7.5T and 3.5T for businesses in and around Norfolk and Suffolk. Jade: I am new to the recruitment industry having worked for S&M Personnel for nearly 8 months. I am originally from Felixstowe and I moved to Norwich 3 years ago. My career history has always been in sales from selling cars and mobile phones, through to gym membership, so joining the team at S&M Personnel seemed a natural progression and opportunity for me to progress and apply my strengths too. I feel I have an enthusiastic, fresh approach to my job and in my time at S&M Personnel I have built up a good knowledge of the local area along with the level of service our clients require by maintaining and building upon our strong relationships. I currently run and oversee the office and Industrial Divisions to which we are always seeking candidates for across the board.

Tell us a little bit about the S&M Personnel in general? S&M Personnel has been established since 2003. We have three main divisions: Driving, Industrial and Office. We moved to our offices in Watton 4 years ago and have a good presence on the high street. We currently employ an average of 100 candidates on a weekly basis across the 3 divisions.

We were very close last year and missed out marginally so watch this space... If Dispatch Magazine could grant you one wish each what would you wish for? Ysobel: More shoes!!! I love shoes!!! Dionne: - A large lottery win and continued sunshine all summer! Jade: Easy. Prince Harry!!

What would you like to see happening over the next few years? We are looking forward to growing our office in Watton, taking on more consultants & growing each division. We are hoping to supply an even larger coverage area and work more closely with our office in Loughton, Essex.

All: Of course, with regards to the company, we wish for lasting success and growth for the business and continued growing relationships with our clients and candidates.

We want to maintain and grow our client base and continue to provide a high class level of service and professionalism. This year we would love to pick up an award at the Norfolk Recruitment Awards.

I am currently seeking warehouse pickers, packers, production and general operatives through to office administrators if you are currently looking for work or a change in direction please send your C.V’s through to myself, How does S&M Personnel differ to other Recruitment Agencies? We are an Independent Recruitment Agency. We pride ourselves on the service we provide to both our clients and candidates. We are not individually targeted or pressured and work genuinely and honestly because we care. We take time to understand all our client’s needs which in turn enables us to provide a first class service! We do our best to match suitable candidates to the work we have and have a very successful placement rate often having a candidate in work very soon after registration.

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Homes & Gardens Palgrave Open Gardens Spend And Save Our Open Gardens with a few Scarecrows Weekend takes place on 25th and 26th June from 12 noon until 5.30pm. Admission is by programme which will be available from the Community Centre from 11.45 am on both days, and also from the gardens. Programmes are £4.00 per adult and are free for children under 16. Over the weekend, refreshments will be available in the Community Centre on the Saturday from 2-5 pm (organised by the church) and from 12-5 pm on the Sunday (including light lunches). Ice creams and refreshments will be available en-route in one of the gardens. As well as the odd scarecrow, you never know what you might find. The bog garden is not to be missed, as it is situated on the outskirts of the village, a

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car is needed to get there, unless you are prepared for a long walk! There will be flower arrangements in the church, metal sculptures by Ben Prior from Palgrave will be displayed in one of the gardens and on the Sunday, there will be a Plant Stall in aid of Palgrave Church in a garden. The event is organised by Palgrave Community Centre to raise funds to help keep the Centre running. So whatever the weather, please come along and see all that Palgrave has to offer.

When you want to get your interior looking right first time you need to do a lot of research.

Above: The Dulux Design Service. Tel: 0845 880 6888 Getting in a bit of professional interior design help can save you weeks of chasing around, will save you money and doesn’t cost a fortune. For just £295 you can have your room designed by friendly experts including plenty of consultation time and a full design pack which contains all the information you need to do it yourself You can also buy extra time for sourcing and they offer a full project management service too.

Stephen Lait based in Norfolk is an experienced interior designer with over 10 year’s practical experience; he undertakes residential, commercial and property development projects. The Dulux Design Service can help create a fresh new interior at any time of year. With the colour expertise you’d expect, the Dulux Designers aren’t tied to any brand so they can source a fantastic range of fabrics, furniture, flooring, lighting and accessories. Readers interested in finding out more about the Dulux Design Service should visit www. or call 0845 880 6888 to arrange a free initial meeting with their local designer.

News from across your region

Imperial Bathrooms Traditional Luxury Now In Stock Supreme Bathrooms have now become a stockist for the full range of Imperial Bathrooms products which are typically traditional styled for the East of England. With all their ceramics hand crafted in the old traditional way, you are not only buying a quality product but also simply a “timeless classic”. Cary Clayton of Supreme Bathrooms says “Their products are simply top quality and are very well made, one of the few English companies remaining that produce quality bathroom sanitary ware”. It’s not just the toilets and washbasins they supply but also baths, tiles, taps and furniture as well as matching accessories to complement your bathroom suite. With their range now on display, why not visit us to truly feel the quality which will only enhance your property for that once in a lifetime purchase.

May we also welcome our readers from the recently launched Bury St Edmunds Dispatch Magazine, where a short forty minute journey to our vast showroom will give you the ideas and the products for that all important bathroom makeover. With over 60 suites on display, we really are the bathroom specialists of Norfolk with years of experience within the Supreme team.

Feeling Lazy This Summer? And why not! It is not always necessary to punish yourself toiling under the hot summer sun to keep your garden looking its best. In fact, there are many opportunities to ensure your garden remains in tip-top condition throughout the year so you can spend time enjoying your ‘outdoor room’. Many techniques can be used to minimise the amount of work needed in the garden, such as retaining all planting beds, using lawn edging and applying a decorative surface on planting beds such as pebbles to retain moisture and add interest and texture. Similarly, by using hard-landscaping materials such as natural stone paving and hardwood sleepers that age gracefully over time adding their own distinct character to the garden, the heavy burden of responsibility is moved away from the plants that have traditionally been the central focal-point of the garden. The use of elegant, interesting and tactile materials within your garden adds a whole new dimension and contributes to the ease of upkeep without losing visual appeal. At Georgina Read Design & Landscaping we specialise in transforming gardens and our flexible approach means we can always meet your requirements for all aspects of landscaping. As we are also the driving force behind Paving Superstore ( and

Anglian Garden & Building Supplies (, both selling huge volumes of hard landscaping materials across the UK, including paving from Marshalls, Bradstone, Brett, Stoneflair, Stonemarket, Pavestone, Global Stone, Strata and Natural Paving, decorative stone, sheds, summerhouses, log cabins, garden features, hot tubs, pergolas, fencing, water features and lots more, you can be sure all our materials are at online prices, offering great savings! So why not let our award-winning, fully qualified landscaping professionals encompass your needs by creating a garden to match your lifestyle - whether you prefer modern and contemporary or timeless and traditional, we can fulfil your requirements. Contact us today on 01953 850802 to discuss your landscaping requirements See examples of our work at:

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Homes & Gardens J&S Homeworks No matter how small or large your building requirements, we can make it! Have you an awkward wasted space? Would a shed be ideal, but you just cannot find one to fit the area? Custom made garden sheds are a perfect way to utilise an area within your garden that otherwise would be wasted. By having a garden shed made to suit the area, you are making a once useless space into a useful storage or work area. We make garden sheds to any size, any shape and any design. Custom made sheds and buildings that suit your needs are as affordable as your regular standard sized shed you can buy at most DIY stores. Whether it is a

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custom size shed to fit your base, or you require extra/wider doors or windows, increased headroom, partitions, verandas, shelves, or whatever your shed may need, we are able and willing to adjust, remove, add or increase almost anything for your custom made shed. We can make almost any shape or size that you ask for, width, depth or height can be varied, roof pitch can be altered. We can make a multi purpose shed: i.e. half for storage and half as a summer house, or maybe a shed and green house combination.

Your shed can be built on site and our quote will include a complete installation service including preparation for a base and shed erection.

So if you’re looking for a custom made shed, summerhouse or workshop that fits your garden and your needs, call Jason on 01953 451169 or 07747 847606 for a free no obligation quote.

News from across your region

Can’t Afford To Move, How About Updating? Early 2010 we introduced our new premises at Eleven Mile Lane, Suton, Wymondham where we have put our building and plumbing ranges under one roof. To further strengthen our growing business we now have an exciting Kitchen and Bathroom Showroom demonstrating up to date Kitchens and Sanitary ware. We offer quality kitchens at competitive prices with a free design service and are happy to supply only or offer supply and fit including all plumbing and building work including tiling. We welcome both trade and retail customers and delivery is still free of

charge anywhere in South Norfolk, our excellent staff would be happy to assist you with all your building and house renovation requirements. Unique are a local independent merchant which means we care about our service, customers and reputation all of which are key factors to our business. Why not call us for a brochure on 01953 859895 or pay us a visit, we are open 8am – 5pm Monday to Friday and 8am – 12 on Saturdays.

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Homes & Gardens Network 4 Distribution Attleborough & District Horticultural Society Network 4 Distribution is a new local company specialising in Home Delivery and Domestic Removals. We are a 2 man team dedicated in offering the following services: • House Clearance • Garage Clearance Take the stress out of clearing a house or garage with our experienced team. We clear it all; from clothes, books and brica-brac; to sofas, wardrobes, and utilities. If you have any surplus furniture we are happy to buy this from you and take it off your hands. House Removals Moving can be extremely stressful and challenging, you can take away all the worries and problems caused by moving if you get professional help and services.

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We are fully insured and always take great care whilst handling customer’s items.

The annual Rose and Sweet Pea Show takes place on Wednesday 22nd June, at Peter Beales Nursery, London Road, Attleborough, starting at 7.30pm.

Contact us now for further details on all our services or for your free quote.

Admission is free to everyone and non-members are invited to submit exhibits.

Telephone: 01362 652758

For a show schedule and further details please contact the show secretary .


Betty Stacey on 01953 454790.

News from across your region

Felling By Joan Garnham, Waveney Tree Specialists.

Above: Alan Garnham being presented with his trophy by Andy Cambell. At the East Anglian Game and Country Fair in Norwich in early April was the East of England Tree Climbing and Felling Championships. This competition tests the skill and speed of the areas best tree surgeons. Alan Garnham of Waveney Tree Specialists once again is the East of England Tree Felling Champion. The first weekend in May saw both him and his son, Kristian, competing in the UK Championships in Devon. Kristian is now the UK Champion for speed changing the bar and chain on a chain saw, he did this in a mind boggling 13.74 seconds. To fell or not to fell, that is the question (apologies to Shakespeare!) Trees are plants like any other and no

matter how pretty the plant is, if it is in the wrong place we call them weeds. Trees are no different but because they have a greater impact on the environment there are laws regarding felling. This is quite right, if we felled indiscriminately the countryside would soon be denuded. Before making a decision it would be prudent to ask the advice of a recognised tree surgeon; this advice is usually freely given with no obligation attached. A good tree surgeon will be able to advise the best course of action. Whether the tree is diseased or threatening buildings or has overgrown the space. He will also find out if it is in a conservation area or has a Tree Preservation Order attached. Permission will be granted to work on the tree or remove it, depending on several factors. A good rule of thumb is to ask the question – is it dead, dying, diseased or dangerous? If none of these, but just too big for the garden, it is possible to reduce the tree to allow more light and to prevent overcrowding other trees. But beware; men with chainsaws can wreak havoc to a

beautiful tree. Just lopping the top off will encourage the tree to grow more quickly and the end result will be a lollipop even bigger than before. A good surgeon will keep the shape and bring it in to line with the rest of the garden. One of the biggest issues we deal with is ornamental trees that have grown too big and are stunting surrounding trees. Often the best policy is to remove it and plant another, this will give many more years of pleasure watching the new one mature and rejuvenate those around it. What about the stump? This is easily dealt with; most recognised firms have stump grinders. These literally chew the stump out without disturbing the surrounding ground and a new tree can be planted in the same place on the same day. We are fortunate to have a stump grinder that will remove a stump 3-4ft across in less than an hour. Expert advice is a phone call or e-mail away Tel: 01379 668 636 Mobile: 07990 801 388

Above: Kristian Garnham - UK Champion Competition news. Email: Web: Free estimates Realistic, competitive prices Check us out on our website We guarantee a first class friendly service by a team that is one of the best in the country.

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TUITION Socatots® SOCATOTS® is the world’s first soccer specific physical play programme for children from six months to school age. Aimed at giving children their very first start with the ball. SOCATOTS® was developed by Simon Clifford and is a truly unique programme. SOCATOTS® uses soccer or football as our medium and of course a child attending SOCATOTS® will greatly develop their skills in this area, however SOCATOTS® is about a great deal more than just developing a child’s affinity and control with the ball, it is about giving them a well-rounded start in their physical, social and educational development and developing the ‘whole child’. Attending SOCATOTS® classes has enormous benefits for young children and their parents, some of which are listed below: • Improvement of balance and coordination, as well as posture • Development of cognitive skills

• Increased self confidence • Improved social skills • Enhanced muscle and bone development • More body awareness and understanding of the benefits of exercise The benefits of taking part in SOCATOTS® go far beyond just the physical and research shows that children who are physically active from a young age are more likely to concentrate better in the classroom. Add this to SOCATOTS® focus on educational and social development as well as physical and soccer specific skills and you can see that SOCATOTS® really does give a great start to children.

SOCATOTS® sessions feature full parental participation and the emphasis is always on fun and structured play and development throughout each of the 3 SOCATOTS® phases.

For further information contact Jo on 07821 030106 or visit

Choosing The Right Nursery / Playgroup 1. Make sure the nursery/playgroup is registered with Ofsted. The registration certificate should be displayed together with a current certificate of insurance. 2. You are entitled to see copies of the recent Ofsted report, showing the quality of education and care.

A professional approach 1. Half the staff must hold relevant childcare qualifications such as NVQ Childcare Level or equivalent. One staff member should have a First Aid certificate and all of the supervisors must have an NVQ Childcare Level 3 or equivalent. 2. How much is it and what’s included?

Happy, safe and clean 1. Is there a safe and clean outside play area? Is the interior bright, clean and welcoming? 2. What sort of meals are provided and at what time? Are special diets catered for? Are the menus varied? 3. Do the children look happy and occupied? Are staff interacting well? 4. Are the staff happy, relaxed, well presented, calm and confident?

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3. How are your child’s activities and achievements recorded? Will your child have a key worker? Who is your main point of contact? 4. Ask about staff turnover - how long do members of staff stay and how often do they leave? Some children find a change of carer disruptive and unsettling. 5. Ask about diet, potty training, emergency procedures, discipline and other nursery policies.

CARING FOR THE ELDERLY Avoid Heat Related Illness This Summer Top tips for staying safe. • Keep out of the heat. Stay inside during the hottest time of the day – late morning to mid-afternoon. If you do go out, wear a hat and keep to the shade as much as possible. It’s very important to use sun screen of at least factor 15. • If you are travelling by car or public transport always take a bottle of water.

heat. Keep windows shut while it’s cooler inside than out and open them when it gets hotter inside. If it’s safe, you could leave a window open at night when it’s cooler. Fans can help sweat evaporate but do not cool the air itself. • Wear loose, lightweight, light-coloured cotton clothing. • Take cool baths or showers.

• Avoid strenuous activity and limit activities like housework and gardening to the early morning or evening when it’s cooler.

• Splash your face with cold water or place a damp cloth or scarf on the back of your neck to help you cool off.

• When inside, try to stay in the coolest parts of your home. Keep curtains and blinds closed in rooms that catch the sun. Remember that lights generate

• Drink lots of fluid – even if you’re not thirsty. Limit drinks with caffeine (like coffee and cola) and avoid alcohol as it can make dehydration worse.

• Eat normally but try to have more cold foods, particularly salads and fruit as they contain a lot of water. Heat exhaustion and heatstroke The symptoms of heat exhaustion include headaches, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, pale skin, heavy sweating and a high temperature. If you have any of these symptoms you must: • Find a cool place and loosen tight clothes • Drink plenty of water or fruit juice • Sponge yourself with cold water or have a cool shower.

Heatstroke can develop if heat exhaustion is left untreated - but it can also develop suddenly and without warning. The symptoms of heatstroke include hot and red skin, headaches, nausea, intense thirst, raised temperature, confusion, aggression and loss of consciousness. Source – Age UK.

If you’re having difficulty, or your symptoms persist for several hours, seek medical advice.

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CARING FOR THE ELDERLY The New Spring / Summer 2011 Menu From Wiltshire Farm Foods Celebrating 20 years of great service. We are delighted to be celebrating our 20th anniversary, and proud of the fact that we’ve been delivering quality meals to happy customers up and down the country for all that time.

appetites – has been expanded to include some tasty new additions like Hearty Pork with Sage Stuffing and the sublime Hearty Lamb Grill Steaks in Mint Gravy.

It’s a remarkable milestone, one that we could never have achieved without our superb staff and loyal customers, who remain at the heart of what we do.

And of course, there’s nothing better to round-off the perfect meal than with one of our tantalising desserts!

So, what’s on the menu this Spring & Summer? Our seasonal selection has something for everyone, from traditional classics like Chicken in Red Wine Gravy and Gammon with Pineapple to some exciting new recipes too. Our popular Hearty range – for those with bigger

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How about our delicious Clotted Cream Ice Cream or Zesty Lemon Meringue Pie? We also have a range of meals designed for special dietary needs – offering lower fat, higher fibre, moderate salt, diabetic and gluten free as well as other ‘freefrom’ options.

There’s no commitment, so order as often or as little as you like, the choice is yours. Meals are delivered free of charge and direct to your door by our friendly CRB police-checked drivers and if you wish, they will even pop the meals in the freezer for you. Whenever you’re ready, you simply heat your meal from frozen in an oven or microwave and enjoy! Gail Rowley from Wiltshire Farm Foods, Dereham, comments: “We’re delighted to have such a great range of tasty meals and desserts for Spring & Summer 2011. If you can’t decide which of our delicious meals to choose, why not try one of

our great value menu packs, offering a range of our most popular meals and desserts – it’s the perfect introduction to our range. Ordering is easy on the phone or online, and Wiltshire Farm Foods will deliver to your door free of charge. Give my team a call on 01362 699049 we’re happy to take your order or answer any questions you may have.”

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Old Peoples Home Next? Westfield House Not Necessarily

Westfield House is a registered care home for people suffering from Dementia. The home is able to accept both private and social services funded residents and is staffed by a dedicated and highly trained team.

Able Community Care, based in Norwich, is a countrywide, provider of long term, live-in care services to people with high dependency care needs who wish to remain living in their own home. The service, which was established in 1980 by Angela Gifford, is based on a rotational system of carers who support and stay with a person for one or two weeks at a time. Live-in care schemes can run for many years continuously enabling people to stay in their own home and community with regular carers returning throughout the period. Live-in care schemes are also available for people who wish for shorter term support, for example, during a period of ill health, for additional support after a hospital stay and for people who care for a loved one but need a break. Able Community Care’s live-in carers come from a wide range of care backgrounds and have a wide range of available skills. All carers are individually interviewed, face to face, regardless of where they may live. All staff are

company referenced and all have an Enhanced CRB Check. Bi-monthly, the company publishes a care Gazette containing news, tips, advice, etc. that is available free of charge upon application and a free, weekly, email newsletter titled The Newsflash. For information about The Gazette and The Newsflash plus other information visit our web site at or telephone to 01603 764567.

A majority of the 14 bedrooms have ensuite facilities. All bedrooms are furnished to a very high standard and residents are encouraged to bring in their own personal belongings to make it more like home. The Home provides a range of assisted bathrooms, showers and accompanying mobility aids. The Home also has a spacious lounge and conservatory both offering large flat screen televisions.

have included cinema afternoons, arts and crafts, external entertainment, quizzes and reminisce based events. Resident’s parties are organised on a regular basis and at all times the Home believes in maintaining social interaction between residents, their families and friends.

Meal times are an important part of the day and Westfield House offers a full choice of daily menus. A balanced and nutritious diet is offered with emphasis placed on fresh homemade meals. Hot and cold drinks and a range of snacks are available throughout the day. The homes menu is created by discussions between the residents and staff.

Westfield House is owned and professionally managed by Norfolk based company Black Swan International Limited that owns and manages 10 care homes in Norfolk and Essex. They are an experienced care operator that prides itself in putting residents needs and feelings first. It has a vast amount of knowledge within the industry and is extremely flexible in its approach to dealing with everyday living. The dignity and independence of each resident is promoted within all of the Company’s Care Homes.

The Home has a dedicated full time Activities Co ordinator in which activities are organised and held for all residents on a daily basis. These are led by resident’s requests and families suggestions and

For more information, to request a brochure or to arrange a visit please contact Westfield House on 01362 697828 or visit our website:

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CARING FOR THE ELDERLY York House Is A Care Home South Norfolk Mobility For Elderly Men And Women

If you are planning to visit any of the agricultural and other shows this summer, but have difficulty in walking, then a three or four wheeled walker may be an option for you.

Who wish to live in pleasant surroundings with the benefit of 24 hour care. The Home is able to accept both private and social services funded residents and is staffed by a dedicated and highly trained team. York House has recently completed an extensive extension and refurbishment. The majority of the 38 bedrooms have en suite facilities. All bedrooms are furnished to a very high standard and residents are encouraged to bring in their own personal belongings to make it more like a home. The Home provides a range of assisted bathrooms, showers and accompanying mobility aids. The Home also has two very spacious lounges both offering large

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flat screen televisions. The dining room is light and airy offering a full choice of daily menus. A balanced and nutritious diet is offered with emphasis placed on fresh homemade meals. Hot and cold drinks and a range of snacks are available throughout the day. The homes menu is created by discussions between the residents and staff. Activities and residents parties are organised and held on a regular basis. York House is owned and professionally managed by Norfolk based company Black Swan International Limited that owns and manages 10 care homes in Norfolk and Essex.

Made from light weight aluminium, the walkers fold easily for transport in the car. Designed to aid and give confidence with walking, the four wheel version has a seat to enable you to rest if needed. We also stock a range of light weight, foldable wheelchairs, both self-propelled and transit. Ideal for transport in the car.

They are an experienced care operator that prides itself in putting residents needs and feelings first. It has a vast amount of knowledge within the industry and is extremely flexible in its approach to dealing with everyday living.

We have many three and four wheel scooters, new and second hand - easily dismantled for easy transportation, to make your day out enjoyable. Whatever your needs, come and take a look at our products - we look forward to seeing you.

The dignity and independence of each resident is promoted within all of the Company’s Care Homes. For more information please contact us on 01362 697134 or our website





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