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Issue 90 April 2015

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East Anglian Brass Band Association Leyland band to perform in Norwich On Sunday 10th May 2015, the East Anglian Brass Band Association is proud to present its 77th Annual Gala concert. In 2015 the Association welcomes the famous Leyland Band, who are currently ranked 13th in the world, to St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich. For over sixty years the Leyland Band has been performing quality entertainment across the United Kingdom and abroad.

are now on sale. For more information and tickets email either the Association Chairman christine@scwade.eclipse.co.uk or the Association Secretary administration@eabba7. freeserve.co.uk or telephone the Association Secretary on 01473 626986.

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Leyland has won the “Brass In Concert Championships” five times which reinforces the band’s first class reputation on the concert platform. The band’s repertoire is extensive and broad to appeal to all tastes. The concert commences at 6.30pm. Tickets costing £14.00, £16.00 and £18.00 04 | April 2015

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We are very much aware that your wellbeing depends on having a service that is dependable, on time and with a quality finish We invest our resources to ensure that you receive the service levels that we are willing to back up with our three step guarantee. We Gurantee: • Price quoted in advance or you’ll pay nothing • Deliver on time, every time or you’LL pay nothing • Cleaned to your satisfaction - if not we will reprocess & give you a free voucher

No other laundry company is willing to guarantee their work. So why not give us a try to see just how unique we are? All items are inspected, and pre-treated where necessary, then dry-cleaned with the correct solvent or wet cleaning process to assure the best clean. Each item is then hand finished, inspected again and packaged to protect the item. We have our own in house tailor, who is based at our Wymondham branch and who specialises in repair and alteration of all garments. We can even organise them to visit you at your home or work just call 01953 607493 for more information.

Priory Insurance A look at Motor Insurance Whether you are a convicted driver, young driver, or have limited no claims bonus, we can find the policy cover specific to your requirements. We have negotiated special rates with our panel of Insurers for those careful drivers and special introductory discounts for those without any no claim bonus. We are always able to offer instalment facilities. We deal with many leading UK Insurers and Lloyds Underwriters to provide the best possible quotation and cover for our clients, regardless of the risk. Being totally independent means that we are not tied to a single provider and this allows us

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access to a range of insurance policies from our panel of carefully selected Insurers. Why not let us compare the market for you and deal on a personal level with your requirements. Priory Insurance Brokers are a locally owned, independent, professional organisation who have been based in South Norfolk for over 40 years. We would be pleased to provide quotations or advice for you and look forward to receiving your enquiry. For more information, please feel free to call in to our Wymondham Office.

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RetroKings is a new-for-2015 event, which features hundreds of classic cars taking part in displays, Gymkhanas and track action headlined by Retro Time Attack.

Friday 19 - Sunday 21 June MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship

Spectators will fill Snetterton’s panoramic viewing banks to catch a glimpse of their two-wheeled heroes fighting for glory, when the MCE BSB Championship season heads east.

Saturday 8 - Sunday 9 August Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship

The second half of the BTCC season kicks off at Snetterton with the drivers refreshed from their holidays and expect plenty of action across three races.

Saturday 22 - Sunday 23 August The British GT and BRDC F4 Championships

Exotic supercars hit top speed on the Senna and Bentley Straights as they battle for victory, with co-headlining action from the BRDC F4, the UK’s top single-seater series.

Saturday 19 - Sunday 20 September British Truck Racing Championship

The truckers turn off the A11 and race wheel-to-wheel in five adrenaline-fuelled races, with a packed support bill and offtrack fun for all the family.

Sunday 27 September The Snetterton Vintage Festival

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WYMONDHAM Kerry Butcher Accountancy Services There is lots going on in the world of tax and finance just at the moment Of course the budget was only a couple of weeks ago but some things have been in the planning stages for a bit longer and are being implemented sooner rather than later. One of the bigger changes that many people are talking about is Workplace Pensions and Auto Enrolment - this is going to be a big change for employers as the staging dates are looming ever closer. If you have employees or simply have a limited company and pay you and your family via PAYE then you need to consider the new automatic enrolment legal duties. The first step on the road is to understand if workplace pensions affect you – if you employ someone in your business and pay them using PAYE – then the short answer is yes! Hopefully by now you should have received a letter from the Pensions Regulator advising you of your staging date and inviting you to register a contact. With real time penalties kicking in for all employers, end of year submissions and auto enrolment just round the corner, now is a good time to hand over the reins of your payroll – we offer payroll services for weekly, two weekly, four weekly and monthly paid employees and the price starts from as little as £6.25 plus VAT per pay run. If you are interested in finding out more then please give us a call or an email. The start of the new tax year is a really good time to change the way you run your payroll. Hopefully we might be able to save you time and money but remember, the decision on your pension provider is yours to make! Once you have decided who to use we can help you operate your payroll scheme including the pension and tax deductions to be made. www.DispatchMagazine.co.uk

Now down the other end of the pension spectrum - the rules for anyone aged 55 or over who has a personal pension plan have changed from 6 April 2015. From this date you will be allowed access to your funds as and when you want and the best news is that 25% of this fund can still be taken tax free. Now of course we can’t give you financial advice here at KBA but we do know some lovely advisors who can!

In this edition of Dispatch we have tried to make sure that you are aware some of the changes that are happening in the 2015/2016 tax year. Of course some things still say the same: we all get our shiny new personal allowances for the next 12 months – the basic personal allowance for this tax year is £10,600 so make sure you use up all of yours! Other things staying the same are the initial free consultation of up to an hour that we offer here at KBA, and the same friendly relaxed approach to all of our clients old and new.

We still have the same telephone number 01953 457173 and the same email address kerry@ kerrybutcher.co.uk. We are still really grateful to the lovely people at Dispatch who allow us to write in their fabulous magazine each month and to all of you who have taken the time to read this article. Finally we still want to say another massive THANK YOU!! To all our clients who come back to see us each year and allow us to look after their affairs. We can’t wait to see you all again for another round of self assessments and tax fun!

Whatever you decide– it is possible that income generated may need to be declared on a tax return. Remember to take advice – as it is far better to contact HMRC and tell them you need to complete a tax return, than wait for them to ask you instead! HMRC are cracking down this year – rental income is big business with house prices still rising - if you have decided to invest in a rental property – don’t get caught out! Even if you are not making a profit yet, you still need to declare the income and remember it is only the mortgage interest that is allowable against tax not the full amount of the repayment. Over the past few years HMRC have been offering more and more services online which is great news for people like us here at KBA. No long hours of waiting on the phone – especially with the start of the new tax year and new tax codes – if you are not sure that your tax code is correct, then we can check this on your behalf and make any changes needed (authorisation procedure required). This is especially useful if you have a benefit in kind or more than one job – we all want to make sure that we pay the right amount of tax but none of us want to pay too much. We can also check tax codes for pensions and investment income. 2015 April | 09


GENERAL Sound Sleep Beds An interview with Andrew Bright from Sound Sleep Beds How do you know when its time to change your bed? Many of us don’t realise that our mattress has become uncomfortable over the years. I find the best questions to ask yourself are: Do you wake up feeling un-refreshed and aching? Have you slept better in another bed recently? Do you disturb your partner when changing sleep positions? Do you roll together? If you answer ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions, then I would certainly think about a new mattress or bed. How often should you change your bed? Generally, it is said you need to change your bed every 7 years. If you have a good solid top divan base or slats, usually you can just change the mattress. If your base is sprung, you would need to think about changing the whole bed. What is the best kind of mattress to sleep on? This is a very difficult question to answer. Mattresses are very personal. Before you buy a mattress, its best to speak to one of our mattress specialists who can help guide you. Pocket sprung mattresses are the more supportive mattresses, but these are available with different types of fillings which alter the comfort and support. What makes you a mattress specialist? As a family, we have had over 50 years in the bed trade

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and spent over 20 of those as manufacturers. We have designed dozens of mattresses through the years and work closely with manufacturers to have the best quality mattresses at great prices. We are also honest; as we know all about springs and mattress filings, we will advise what is suitable for you and what benefits different mattresses will have for you. I am also an accredited Sleep Council Sleep Advisor, in fact I was the UK’s first qualified one! What kind of mattress do you sleep on? I sleep on one of the new Sealy Hybrid mattresses featuring Geltex. It has a zoned pocket spring system with 8cm of geltex, this is a gel infused foam which is heat free and fast reacting. I have this because its the latest mattress technology, and as a specialist you need to try these things! But not only that, when moving beds and lifting all day, I suffer with aches and pains in my back and shoulders and I feel that the geltex takes the pressure off my joints and helps me get a good night sleep.

sleep more than anything is your iPhone! Those late night sounds coming from your phone or the screen lighting up the room are disruptive – even on silent, those vibrations may wake you. Turn it off, facebook and twitter will still be there in the morning! Beds are expensive, is it better to buy a second hand one? No way. Firstly, there are beds and mattresses suitable for most price ranges. Not everyone wants to spend hundreds of pounds on a bed, obviously you do get what you pay for but second hand beds are a big no. It’s not just the bed’s ability to provide proper support that declines with age; A build up of moisture (we lose a half pint or more of fluid each night) and skin scales (we lose a pound of skin or more a year) makes beds a favourite breeding ground for the common dust mite: bad news for the nation’s 2-3 million asthma sufferers; and a grim thought for those sleeping on second-hand beds and other peoples’ sweat and skin scales! Not forgetting that many beds made before 1988 don’t even

meet the UK’s basic fire safety regulations. At Sound Sleep we now offer 0% interest free credit, so that helps make more luxurious beds far more affordable. There is lots of publicity about unsafe beds at the moment, how do I know where to get a safe bed? Anyone buying a new bed from Sound Sleep doesn’t have to worry about that. All our beds are National Bed Federation approved, so they are safe, clean, hygienic and all meet trading standards requirements. We have informational videos on our website in the ‘Sleep Safe’ section of our website. We work closely with the Sleep Council and The National Bed Federation promoting the new code of practice. Sleep Safe. Sleep Sound. Sound Sleep.

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Bubbles... Which Wood and Why Waveney Tree Specialists look at the difference between wood and timber What’s the difference between wood and timber? None really; we usually refer to a standing, growing tree as ‘wood’, when it is felled and sawn as ‘timber’ and when we make things with it as ‘wood’. If you look round your home you will see many things made of wood. Obvious things like wood panelling, furniture, door and window frames; but the less obvious include paper, photographs and toothpaste. Toothpaste contains carboxymethal cellulose which is basically pulped up wood. In Africa, sticks of Diospyros are used for cleaning the teeth as it contains antifungal bacteria, which combat gum disease and tooth decay. From the very earliest times, man has used wood for tools and weapons, buildings, furniture or fuel for his fires. Archaeologists often date primitive cultures by the material men used for the cutting and shaping of timber – stone, bronze and iron axe heads. The axe head may have altered but the shaft has been the same for thousands of years – tough and supple ash. Mahogany Mahogany was first brought to Europe by the Spanish from Central and South America in the C16 and is the collective name from several species. It has a

distinctive red-brown colour with dark figuring. As well as being beautiful it is impervious to rot and woodworm and therefore prized in cabinet making. Walnut The heart wood is warm greyish brown timber with a hint of chocolate and pinkish hue and incredibly stable and durable. It is prized as a veneer and for making gun stocks and wood sculptures Teak Originally from India, Burma and Indonesia, it now is widely planted in Central America. It has golden brown heartwood and is extremely strong and durable. Teak is used in all manner of things including furniture, boats, staircases and sea defences, as it is resistant to fungal decay and even to termites and marine borers Ebony There are two main types of ebony; African which comes from West Africa and Madagascar and East Indian Ebony which comes from Sri Lanka and southern India. It is used in furniture and sculpture but probably best known for making the black piano keys, castanets and chess men. Oak There are more than 450 species of oak. The most popular are known as the ‘white oaks’ and


come from Britain, America and Japan. It has creamy sapwood, yellow brown heart wood with silver grey veining and is one of the world’s most popular timbers. Because of its strength and straight grain, it is used in construction – most of the tithe barns, churches and cathedrals have oak beams. Once, oak was the mainstay of boat building resulting in huge areas of oak woods being felled Beech Beech wood is hard strong and heavy but lacks toughness and is therefore rarely used outdoors. It is excellent for mass produced goods as it is easy to work in any direction. It is versatile wood for furniture, short tool handle and flooring. Is easy bent after steam treatment and suitable for laminating – when rotary peeled it yields large sheets of attractive veneer.

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Spruce This is a group of 20 evergreen conifers from the northern hemisphere. The 2 most popular are Norway spruce from northern Europe and Sitka spruce from North America. Both are used widely for interior building work and pallets. Sitka is favoured for pulp for newspapers. Pine Pinus sylvestris occurs right across Eurasia and is one of the heaviest softwoods. It is often used in the manufacture of economy furniture and for general building work. In Britain it is the main timber used for railway sleepers and telegraph poles. Elm Elm occurs right across northern temperate regions. The heartwood is dull brown with reddish tinge and irregular growth rings. It is water resistant and the Romans used elm for water conduits. The Rialto Bridge in Venice stands on Elm piles. Sadly because of Dutch Elm disease the timber is now in short supply. Willow The light weight, long fibres and straight grain of the willow is put to good use in making cricket bats. The ‘cricket bat’ willow, Salix alba, is grown mainly in Norfolk, Suffolk and Sussex. The basket willow, osier or withy is grown mainly in Somerset and is coppiced every year to make long straight lengths for basket weaving. Hazel is sometimes woven in to give extra strength. Expert advice is a phone call or e-mail away

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GENERAL East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) Ride for Life launched to support nook appeal and Quidenham hospice East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) largest and longestrunning fundraising event ‘Ride For Life’ returns for the 22nd time this summer. This year it’ll be in a new location, with new routes and is taking place in aid of both the nook appeal and the charity’s existing hospice in Quidenham. Cyclists and walkers are being encouraged to dust off their saddles and clean up their walking boots for the event which takes place on Sunday 14th June. Mayday in Thetford Forest is the new venue, having been previously hosted in Santon Downham, and participants can

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take part in 3, 6 or 12 mile forest walks, 5,10 or 25 mile off-road cycle rides and 16 or 38 mile onroad cycle rides. The 5 mile off-road cycle ride and the 12 mile walk will raise funds for the nook appeal, while funds raised from the other events will support the charity’s Quidenham hospice and current services in Norfolk. There will be stalls, activities, live music and well-earned refreshments available; making it a great day out for all. Green Ventures Bikes in Brunel Way, Thetford, which is a social enterprise run by Keystone Development Trust, will be at the event to offer cycle repairs and adjustments and will be asking

for donations to EACH. They will also be selling bike accessories and parts.

something new, please signup for a great day out with a charitable cause at its heart.”

Mark Loades, EACH Norfolk Partnerships Manager, said: “We’re really excited about this year’s Ride for Life which is going to be bigger and better than before. We’re at a new location at Mayday in Thetford Forest so there’s more space and the routes will de different, which is especially important for many of our supporters who attend every year.

Registration opens later this month, but you can register your interest now at www.each.org.uk EACH supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Suffolk.

“The event will raise funds for the nook appeal to build a new children’s hospice and will also raise funds to support our current services in Norfolk and this is a vital message we need to get across to our supporters that we need to keep our current services going as well as raising funds for our exciting new project. “Whether you’re a dedicated cyclist or rambler, or want to try

We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income and need to raise almost £6 million to deliver our services this year – £16,000 a day, every day of the year. EACH Royal Patron – Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge. For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds, visit www.each.org. uk or call the Norfolk fundraising office on: 01953 666767.

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GENERAL Spinal Injuries Association (SIA)

encourage paralysed people to rebuild lives after spinal cord injury.

Great British Fish and Chip Supper – Friday 15th May 2015 Want to eat Fish and Chips, while raising money for charity? Hold a fish and chip supper on Friday 15th May 2015 whilst raising awareness of spinal cord injury and supporting SIA’s vital services. You can hold a fish and chip supper in your own home, at work or hold a larger supper at your local community centre. SIA will provide a fundraising pack containing hints and tips, recipes, invitations and donation envelopes. By inviting 8 friends and asking them to donate an additional £5.00 means you will

raise at least £40.00 from your supper but we will also give you additional fundraising ideas to raise even more money for SIA. In 2015 we want to make the batter matter and raise £40,000 from everyone holding suppers. Last year we raised £20,000 from the suppers.

Every year in the UK over 1,000 people experience a spinal cord injury and there are an estimated 40,000 spinal cord injured people in the UK alone. Community Fundraising Manager, Elizabeth Wright, says, “The Fish and Chip Supper is a wonderful opportunity for a great evening with friends and family.

We are also encouraging people who work to hold a Fish and Chip Lunch in their work places to raise even more funds. You may be even a local community group wanting to run a fun evening with your group”. For more information or request a fundraising pack call Elizabeth Wright on 0845 071 4350 or email fundraising@siafishandchips. co.uk or visit www.siafishandchips.co.uk

The money raised from the suppers will help the Spinal Injuries Association offer support to individuals who become paralysed and their families, from the moment a spinal injury occurs, and for the rest of their lives. SIA provides services and publications which enable and

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GENERAL Make a choice to change if you want a better life! Isn’t it great knowing that you are totally responsible for how you live your life. We are not animals that have keepers. Where you live, what you do, the money you earn, the job you have, the people you associate with, are all your choice and your doing. There are some things that are learned behaviours that perhaps we don’t like, but you have a choice to change that; Who called it a monthly income when it lasts just 2/3 weeks for most people? How about earning more than you can spend? Who said weekends had to be restricted to two days? Why can’t they be 3, 4 or 5 days?

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Who said you can only have two weeks holiday a year? Why can’t you have two weeks every month? If you’re happy existing, that’s great. If you’re not, you have to change something before it’s too late, but firstly you have to choose to make that change. What I find fascinating is just how many people do choose…. to do nothing! They just accept that that’s the way it is, what’s my lot, these are the cards I have been dealt, I just have to accept this is the best it’s going to be.

But why? Why don’t you choose to be better, earn more, spend more time with your family and friends, or whatever it is that makes you happy. Time is only a one time experience when it’s gone it’s gone forever. Be very careful how you either live or waste each day. If something is not quite right change it, even if it’s only a small thing. The first sign of insanity is to do the same things everyday and expect a different result. • If you choose to want more time freedom, you can have it. • If you choose to want to earn more money this year than last, you can have it. • If you choose to want to better your life, you can do it. • If you choose to want to make a difference, you can do it. You just have to choose to do it first, then you’re halfway there. So if you have made a choice

that you want things to be different / better, what next? Well, I am looking to expand my already successful network by working with a just a few key people who are looking for change. Whilst no promises are made, because in the end your success depends on you, if you are in the market for an extra income, and you’re a person who wants personal development, wants to grow and wants a better life, then contact me. Ask Yourself This: If you have no time now how is that going to improve? If you do not have enough money now how will that change? Here is the answer. Create a Financial safety net for you and your family. Choose to Beat the Bills or become Extremely Wealthy - The choice is yours. So don’t delay. You will start the rest of your life one step at a time. Make sure your heading in the right direction.

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a detailed treatment plan, which is then tailored exactly to your needs. By taking the first steps at the Denture Clinic, Martin is able to offer you the advanced technical and clinical skills needed to carefully design every denture to your individual requirements. For ease and comfort appointments can also be made with a dental practitioner.

Martin qualified with the Royal College of Surgeons (Eng) and has been working with dentures since 1986. Martin is highly experienced in providing cosmetic dentures to his patients, giving advice in a friendly, caring and professional manner. Martin’s advanced knowledge helps him to solve the most challenging of dentures problems.

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GENERAL The Government is URGING you to switch your Energy provider Dual-fuel customers of the big energy firms have missed big savings by not switching suppliers, early evidence from a competition inquiry suggests. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been investigating the energy market since last summer. It says that from 2012 to 2014, more than 95% of dual-fuel customers of the big firms would have saved money by switching tariffs or suppliers. The savings they missed ranged from £158 to £234 a year per customer. Richard Lloyd of consumers’ association Which? said the energy industry had failed its customers and the regulator would have to be much tougher. “Politicians and regulators have put too much faith in competition driving keener prices for

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consumers - this simply hasn’t worked,” he said. The investigation by the CMA was formally launched last July in response to an earlier referral from the energy regulator Ofgem. Ofgem had been concerned because of widespread disquiet at the dominance of the industry by just six big operators. Currently the “big six” energy firms - SSE, Scottish Power, Centrica, Npower, E.On and EDF Energy - together account for about 92% of the UK’s energy supply market. Consumer groups and politicians have frequently accused the firms of using their

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GENERAL CheneryLive presents fine places to discover by coach in 2015. CheneryLive, based in Castle Meadow, Norwich, have been offering days out and live events by coach for many years Following its acquisition by Galloway three years ago, travellers now have access to a wide range of coach holidays. If you still hold the traditional view of coach holidays, think again! Comfortable coaches come as standard and new, interesting destinations are on the agenda. If you’re fed up with lengthy security checks and waiting times at airports, or like the idea of your holiday starting the minute you are collected from home, why not read on and discover the places you could travel to over the next few months? We’ve selected a few of the more surprising destinations from the latest Galloway brochure, all include home pick up. Tours to Europe The Paznaun Valley, Austria Departing Saturday 20 June or 22 August £799pp

Kaunertal Glacier Road high in to the mountains. With cable car rides, chair lifts and smuggling tours all on the agenda, you can discover all the valley has to offer. Swiss Chocolate Train & the Vaud Alps Departing Saturday 11 July £839pp The huge peaks east of Aigle and the Rhone Valley are collectively dubbed the Vaud Alps, they shelter many attractive little villages waiting to be discovered. Leysin is in a traditional Swiss resort with a location on a sunny ‘balcony’ and superb views of the Alpes Vaudoise. During your eight day stay, five nights are spent at the Hotel Central-Residence, the modern exterior belies an interior with several cosy areas decorated in traditional Swiss style and many rooms having views across the valley.

Short breaks Paris Weekends Departing Friday 12 June and 25 September £299pp No other European city has so much to offer – Notre Dame, the River Seine, the view from Montmartre and not forgetting the Eiffel Tower. Travel by Eurotunnel and stay at the Novotel La Defence on the banks of the River Seine. The price includes three nights, bed and breakfast accommodation. Best of British Motoring Departing Wednesday 5 August £239pp Delve into the history of British Motoring and enjoy a fascinating tour of the Morgan Motor Company, manufacturers of exciting sports cars based in the beautiful spa town of Malvern. Also included in this short break is a visit to the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon and discover the history behind the classic cars and commercial vehicles produced by Morris Minor in Oxford. Staying at The Fownes Hotel in Worcester, you’ll enjoy two nights half board in a prime location perfect for exploring this historic city.

Situated in the centre of the village of See in Austria, this is perfect for those looking for relaxing walks in the countryside, spectacular views from the mountain tops and the chance to join a tour of the Samnaun Valley in Switzerland.

As part of the itinerary, why not enjoy wine tasting at Vinorama in the Lavaux Vineyards, take the Berneuse cable car to the summit of the local mountain or the Aiguille du Midi for amazing views of Mont Blanc.

A firm favourite with Galloway customers, the nine day, half board tour is based at the 4 star Malllaun Wellness Hotel based in a tranquil village setting and recently refurbished to a very high standard.

Not to be missed, however, is the famous Swiss Chocolate Train as it winds its way through the majestic mountain countryside of Western Switzerland to the lovely town of Gruyeres.

Bring to life the history of the North East with a five day, half board tour this summer. Staying at the breath-taking 4 star Jacobean country house hotel, set in its own landscaped gardens and woodlands, you’ll enjoy some of the finest scenery in England.

Enjoy excursions to Innsbruck, the capital of Tyrol and visit the old quarter with its charming arcaded streets and famous Golden Roof, as well as an awe inspiring day travelling along the

Not content with visiting the world famous cheese factory, you also have the chance to visit Nestle’s head quarters in Broc. The price includes seven nights, half board accommodation.

During the stay, visit Crook Hall Gardens, a little gem of tranquillity in the heart of Durham, explore the Durham Dales and take in the collection of exquisite fine and decorative arts contained within

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the magnificent French style Chateau house that contains The Bowes Museum. Also included is a day at the unique and award winning Beamish Air Museum, set in over 300 acres of beautiful countryside, it is a living, working experience of life in the early 1800 and 1900’s. Irish Horses, Castles & Crystal Departing Sunday 30 August £469pp Spend four nights enjoying the delights of the four star Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort in Wicklow. While there, visit Kilkenny Castle, the new house of Waterford Crystal and spend the day in County Kildare visiting the home of the Irish National Stud, the Japanese Garden and the Newbridge Silverware Showrooms. Five days exploring a fascinating part of Ireland and all without the need to drive! What could be more relaxing? To find out more, head to www.travel-galloway.com call in to CheneryLive, 3 Castle Meadow Norwich or call 01603 679 010.

Five days to explore County Durham Departing Monday 20 July £449pp

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GENERAL East Anglian Game & Country Fair The 2015 East Anglian Game & Country Fair will take place on Saturday the 25th & Sunday the 26th April, at The Norfolk Showground, Norwich. There will be lots of new displays including The Essex Dog Display Team which is generally accepted as the premier and longest established dog display team in Great Britain and Europe. The team appeared at Crufts for a record breaking eleven years and they were also invited to display at the Five Nations Rugby Tournament at Twickenham for the Calcutta Cup, England – Scotland match. They are the only civilian dog display team ever to be selected to appear at The Royal Tournament in front of Her Majesty The Queen, Prince Phillip and the Royal Family. Working with many different breeds of dogs (the majority of which have been rescued); the team produce a professional highly entertaining, action packed and informative display. The central feature of the display is a 100ft long by 8ft high ramp, which the dogs negotiate at high speed through hoops of fire. There are excellent equestrian displays and workshops at the East Anglian Game & Country Fair. UK Horseboarding Arena Demos “somewhere between scurry racing and wake boarding” describes Arena Boarding. Teams take on the clock around a course of gates, set to challenge the best boarders and horse riders, from long straights into sweeping bends and ninety degree turns. In terms of motorsport it is more like rallying or Formula 1. Teams have to work together to achieve the right racing line to take the bends and complete the course. New board technology has meant that board riders can get 20 | April 2015

more grips in the corners, but as the track gets scrubbed out, you will still see them power sliding round the bends kicking up dust like a rally car. This part of the sport has become so technical that board set-up, and even tyre choice has become critical. The teams push their boards to the limit as they fight it out, trying to shave 100ths of a second off their times. As will always happen, when sportsmen push themselves and their equipment to the limit, sometimes they find the edge. Crashes are frequent, - with the teams’ motto seeming to be “we will not win by going slower.” An absolute must-see spectacle - you will not be able to take your eyes off it, as teams achieving already unbelievable speeds, get faster with each race. Richard Maxwell, our Horse behaviourist, was in the Household cavalry with “Monty Roberts” and he will be demonstrating twice daily in the round horse pen, where you will be able to see the special understanding and training techniques that Richard uses to help horses overcome some of their fears. This is a fantastic opportunity to see Richard using traditional and natural techniques on horses that have been brought to the game fair by their owners for Richard to work on and this will be the first time that Richard will have seen the horse he is going to be helping. N & J Heavy Horses is a family run business which has been running for around 10 years, performing horse drawn carriage work up and down the country, such as weddings, proms, fetes

and carriage rides in the town of Southold. Their two Perchons aged 7, three Shires aged 9 to 11 and one Clydesdale aged 6 will be performing musical demonstrations which are fun for all ages with all different types of music; modern and oldies and is set to be enjoyed by all in both the Main and Countryside Arenas Pine Lodge School of Classical Equitation (Sat) present an invitation to see working equitation ridden by the riders who have represented Great Britain in the European and World Working Equitation Teams. These fine horses will demonstrate the grace needed to be at the top of their sport. The quest of lightness on their hooves, no involuntary movement, any direction easily and the art of doing nothing will all be demonstrated during their arena time. We have a fantastic line up of more free events to watch in the Main and Countryside Arenas. Ring displays also include 6 times FITASC Sporting World Champion, European Champion and English Open Champion John Bidwell performing his world famous off the hip trick shooting with an automatic and pump action shotgun shooting from the hip over his shoulders and from between his legs, this is a rare opportunity to see John’s display. West Norfolk Hunt will be taking the hounds for a parade of the ring, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Flight of the Falcons, Ferret Racing, Fly Fishing, Berkley Owls, Sheep Dog and Duck Display, Lurcher Displays, Gun Dog demonstrations and much more. The Mid-Norfolk Gundog Club has been providing its members with training and competitions for 30 years and this year the Club celebrates its 25th anniversary as a Kennel Club Registered Society. The Countryside Arena demonstrations illustrate the stages of training for spaniels and retrievers as they are prepared to become working gundogs. Trained gundogs have a vital role in any form of responsibly conducted game shooting.

In the Main Ring, the roles and work of spaniels and retrievers are demonstrated in the context of the shooting field. Mid Norfolk Gun Dog Club will be running the Gun Dog Scurry competitions and a Team Gundog Working Test - a competition for trained gundogs that simulates the problems the dogs will encounter when working. The competition, introduced to the East Anglian Game and Country Fair last year, is an ‘Open’ standard competition for teams of three experienced dogs and handlers representing clubs and societies from across East Anglia and takes place over both days of the fair. Expect and enjoy first class work and a keen but friendly competition from some of the best gundogs and handlers in the region. Whether you are a practicing falconer, nature enthusiast or not the falconry village is sure to keep you entertained. There will be mini events going on all day in the arena, lure swinging competitions, talks on hunting and a chance to practice you skills at catching a ‘wild injured owl’ plus several stands to browse along with expert advice from falconers. The Forestry Villages hosts The East of England Cutters & Climbers Competition and Pole Climbing Competitions. The forestry arena will be a buzz of activity with chainsaw carvings, felling demonstrations, tree climbing and pole climbing competitions. Tree workers from around the UK will be competing at this rare opportunity to see a working forestry village. If Bear Grills is your thing then Woodland Ways Bushcraft & Survival will be demonstrating their vast knowledge of bushcraft & survival techniques. There will be opportunities throughout the day to get ‘hands on’ and learn some skills for yourself. They will also be running ‘Pigeon Plucking’ competitions on their stand over the weekend. Find out how quickly you can prepare a pigeon for the table without using a knife. www.DispatchMagazine.co.uk


GENERAL Norwich Vikings Trials Motorcycle Display will have a range of riders from those on modern bikes to those who prefer the classic bike and classes for all abilities. Riders will be taking their bikes around a purpose built obstacle course from old oil drums to large tree trunks. This will all take place within the forestry arena. Our game fair country kitchen has a great new line up with a variety of cookery workshops and demonstrations taking place over the weekend from a selection of local chefs, including Celebrity Chef Chris Coubrough, Roger Hickman, Andy Snowling, Eric Snaith and Na Hansell plus many more. The Cookery Theatre is housed in the centre of the busy food hall where you will find a wide variety of exhibitors from Norfolk and across the UK bringing unusual and mouth watering food and drink to the show for our visitors to sample, enjoy and purchase.

great selection of stands selling antiques, collectables, vintage and retro goods. They are the oldest, biggest and best monthly antiques fair in Norwich. Children of all ages will be able to take part in countryside activities and meet several animals. Stands at the event for little ones include Red Barn Farm, Woodbine Alpacas, Scratby Donkey Rides and of course Heart Radio. Join in and ‘have a go’ at a range of country activities from clay shooting with John Bidwell’s High Lodge instructors or enter the 40-bird re-entry shooting competition for men, women and juniors. Fly fishing with the Salmon and Trout Association, ferret racing and archery to paintballing and crossbows. Take a helicopter pleasure flight over the showground, try the air rifle range, hold a bird of prey or take a ride in a Landrover on the off road 4x4 course.

what is happening next in the Main Arena during the weekend or to save your car park location, the Game Fair app is your essential guide to a great day out for all the family, available to download FREE from ‘The App Store’. Ticket Information:

Fine & Country Educational Zone: - A wide variety of some of the best Independent schools from across the region will be on view in the New Fine & Country educational zone. This large marquee gives all the visitors the opportunity to meet some of the staff and pupils from these schools and see some of the teaching and learning environments in a friendly environment. Come & join the Fine & Country team in the marquee for a complimentary hot drink. There are over 300 shopping stands with a wide variety of products from fashion and footwear to gun makers, eco products, fishing products and home improvements. Plus craft halls and gift marquees. The main bar will be serving a great selection of local beers and drinks over the weekend and the Sheringham shanty men will be performing during the day. We are delighted to announce that Norwich Antiques Market has again been added to the line up for this year’s show. Visit their stand on Avenue E for a www.DispatchMagazine.co.uk

K9 Aqua Sports© will be holding its ‘K9 Jump Jet©’ Competition, which is the Long Jump for dogs into water, with Heats at 12.00pm (Midday) & 2:30pm on both days (Saturday & Sunday) of the show and the K9 Jump Jet© Finals will be held at 3.30pm on the last day (Sunday) of the show with the top Teams Dogs that have jumped the furthest distance within the 4 Heats Dogs, Fly ball Dogs, Gundogs, Obedience Dogs or even the Families Pet Dog are welcome, as long as they are over 6 months old and healthy. All K9 Jump Jet© Heat Participants will receive a Participant Rosette with Placement Rosettes for Top 6 Teams in each Heat. Enter your dog into the Dog Agility and Jumping competitions and ‘have a go’ arenas, the Pet Dog Show or even the popular Terrier & Lurcher Show which takes place on Sunday at 11am. This will be a qualifier for all major championships as well as the East Anglian Championship. Whether you want information about the Game Fair prior to buying tickets or want to know

Advance discounted admission tickets are available now online at www.ukgamefair.co.uk or by calling the ticket hotline number 0871 230 1102 Calls cost 10p per minute from a BT landline plus standard network charges. Adult £13.00, Children (5-16 Yrs) £5.00 and Family (2 Adults & 3 Children) £36, (offer valid until midday 20/04/14 and a small booking fee applies). Under 5’s are Free and Car Parking is Free for all. On the gate prices: Adult £17.00, Children (5-16 Yrs) £6.00, Family (2 Adults & 3 Children) £46, under 5’s are Free and Free Car Parking for all. Become a member of the show. Priced at a very attractive £26 per adult, £11 per child (5-16 yrs) or £76 for a family (2 adults & 3 children) its great value! Beat the queues with prioritised car parking & admission to the show plus entry into the ringside Members’ enclosure with luxury loos! Membership tickets, gift packages, experience days and

lunches are also available to book online at www.ukgamefair.co.uk or call 01263 735 828 for more information. Camping Weekend Tickets - Set in glorious parkland, The Norfolk Showground is a fantastic place to visit and camp for the weekend, conveniently situated just 5 miles from Norwich city centre. Just bring your Caravan, Camper or Tent and enjoy a fun filled short break in Norfolk with your friends and family! The Norfolk Showground provides excellent camping facilities plus you can enjoy two whole days at one of Norfolk’s most talked about family days out. Well behaved pets are most welcome too. Book early and save money on Camping weekend tickets visit www.ukgamefair.co.uk for prices and full details. Keep up to date with all the latest game fair news and offers at www.ukgamefair.co.uk Subscribe to our e-newsletter and join us on our social networking sites, or call 01263 735828 for more information.

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Elderly Angelica Place Angelica Place offers networking and support group for carers and those living with dementia Angelica Place is extending an invitation to carers and friends of local people living with dementia in the Griston, Watton and Thetford, Brandon, Ashill and Carbrooke areas, to come along to its new social group, the ‘Friendship Café’. From 13th April 2015, the ‘Friendship Café’ will be held from 10.30am to 12.30pm every Monday at Angelica Place day care centre in Manor Road, Griston. Following a relaunch last year, Angelica Place provides a supportive environment for people living with dementia. Specialist facilities include a 1950’s styled kitchen, a sensory room and garden, an Audrey Hepburn ladies’ beauty salon and

a barber shop. All toilet facilities are fully accessible and there is free parking on site. Designed for anyone who cares for a family member, friend or neighbour, the open minded support group offers a place where local people can talk to others who are also caring for a loved one living with dementia and share their experiences. Lyn Foulds, the ‘Dementia Champion’ who has been based at Angelica Place since it opened, will be available at the Friendship Café to provide advice, information and support to carers and to ensure that they have access to the right resources to assist them.

“Angelica Place is the ‘go-to place’ for advice, support and community-based services for local people who are living with dementia and those who are caring for them,” explains Lyn Foulds. “We are opening the café to all local people and would warmly welcome anyone who wishes to volunteer to help this to become a real hub for the community.” Each month’s activities will be published on the Manorcourt Homecare website and on the notice board at Angelica Place. The initial schedule of the Friendship Café is as follows:

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• Hair salon & barber shop • Reminiscence room • 1950’s kitchen and parlour • Chiropody & sensory therapy room

• Monday 13th April: getting to know you. Come and meet and talk to other people who care for someone with dementia, share your experiences, ask questions, share your advice. • Monday 20th April: move with us: a seated exercise class that everyone can participate in. Join in, or just come along and enjoy the music. • Monday 27th April: social activity: led by Angelica Place Demential Champion, Lyn Foulds.

can be provided on request. Transport to Angelica Place can also be arranged. Commenting on the Friendship Café, Mike Osborne, Managing Director of Manorcourt Homecare said: “Angelica Place already provides a vital day care support service, offering specialist facilities for 70+ individuals and their families from Griston, Watton and surrounding areas. It was always our intention to develop a community-based hub to enable carers to access support and information from people who have specialist knowledge and experience of caring for people with dementia. The Friendship Café is the first step in building that wider support network in our local community.” Angelica Place is open Monday to Friday from 9am – 4pm at Manor Road, Griston, Thetford, IP25 6RG. For further information on the activities and facilities at Angelica Place, please visit www.manorcourtcare.co.uk, call a member of the team on 01953 889230, or visit www. healthcarehomes.co.uk

• Art area & exercise hall • Adapted garden

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Specialist Dementia Care at It’s Best The Beeches care home in East Harling With a number of recent news articles portraying poor care within care homes, especially within the Dementia market, one Norfolk care home in particular is bucking the trend. The Beeches is a registered care home for the Elderly and those suffering from Dementia. The home is set in 2 acres of beautiful gardens in the town of East Harling. All rooms are furnished to hotel standards but are personalised to suit each new resident, with residents encouraged to bring in their own personal belongings. There are 44 bedrooms with a separate specialist dementia wing for 15 residents. The Home provides a range of assisted bathrooms, showers and accompanying mobility aids. The Home also has a number of spacious lounges and a conservatory offering large flat screen televisions. Meal times are an important part of the day and The Beeches 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, their families and staff.The Home has an Activities Co-ordinator who organises activities on a daily

basis for the Residents. These are led by resident’s requests and family’s suggestions and have included cinema afternoons, arts and crafts, external entertainment, quizzes and reminiscent based events.

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Black Swan International to expand with multi-million pound finance package. Norwich headquartered Black Swan International Ltd has secured a seven-figure funding package from NatWest as part of its continued expansion plans. Founded in 1994, Black Swan currently operates 13 private care homes across Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire − with a headcount of over 400.

 Rooms from £550 per week  Single En Suite Bedrooms  Permanent, Respite and

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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. The Beeches is owned by Norfolk based company Black Swan International Limited who have 13 care homes in Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. They are an experienced care operator that prides itself in putting residents needs and feelings first. The dignity and independence of each resident is promoted within all of the Company’s Care Homes. For more information, to request a brochure or to arrange a visit The Beeches can be contacted on 01953 717584 or visit their website www.blackswan.co.uk

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thebeeches@blackswan.co.uk www.blackswan.co.uk The funding arrangement and refinancing package with NatWest has enabled the firm to acquire The Beeches, East Harling. Following the deal, Black Swan has embarked on a 12-month re-development programme at the 44-bed care home, including physical improvement works. Tom Lyons, operations manager for Black Swan International, said “The funding stream agreed with NatWest is instrumental in helping us achieve our long-term ambitions, allowing us to invest in our care homes and prepare for future growth.

“It’s an exciting time for the business as we add The Beeches to our portfolio and upgrade the home for the comfort and benefit of residents.” Paul Barford, relationship director and healthcare specialist for NatWest, added: “A passion for putting customers at the heart of their business underpins the Black Swan team’s success. “We are proud to support them through an exciting period of growth, which will further cement the company’s strong position in the sector.”


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