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Issue 94 August 2015


Wymondham & Dereham

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Issue 94 Your community magazine

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The small, friendly school that gets results for individuals Thetford Grammar School is a friendly and family based community, a high achieving co-educational independent day school in East Anglia, from rising 4s to the Sixth Form. The strength of this “all through” school is that it enables us to place great emphasis on a supportive environment, one in which pupils take responsibility for themselves and for each other. Our pupils come from all round the region, Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, a testament to our popularity. But come and see for yourselves. Bring your children for a ‘taster’ day with us. Let them be the best judge of whether TGS is the right environment for them. We are confident they will say yes!

Whole School Open Morning Saturday 17th October To register your interest in our Open Event, request a prospectus or to arrange a visit please call 01842 752840 or e mail: 04 | August 2015

WYMONDHAM Kerry Butcher Accountancy Services There is lots going on in the world of tax and finance at the moment August is always a funny month every year I always think. When I was a kid I used to love August because it was the only month of the year when you NEVER had to go to school. Not that I didn’t like school, I really did, but somehow the summer holidays just seemed to stretch on forever, long summer days going out and having picnic, doing whatever you liked – coming home late and having no routine at all.

Other good news includes working parents receiving up to 30 hours per week free child care for 3-4 year olds from September 2017, changes in inheritance tax including a new main residence allowance and a freeze in fuel duty for the remainder of the year!

I’m guessing it probably wasn’t quite as good as I remembered, no doubt it did rain, it was cloudy and there were wasps, ants and I probably was bored some of the time (just ask my Mum!)

The Employment Allowance increasing to £3,000 from April 2016 (currently £2,000) – this is good news for businesses with employees as they will not have to pay the first £3,000 of employers national insurance contributions. However if you are a company with a sole director as the only employee, this change has a sting in its tail – as you will no longer qualify for employment allowance from April 2016.

As an adult working, August is still a strange month – first of all there is no traffic, families or even people around on the way to work. Journeys to and from work take hardly any time, there is always someone on holiday in every office and as they return, suntanned and relaxed, another excited staff member tidies their desk and heads out into the beckoning freedom! Of course July also unveiled the new summer budget – advertised as “the first conservative Budget in nearly 20 years”. Now here at KBA we do not make political comments or judgements but we did think it might be useful to tell you a few of the changes that are going to be implemented over the next few months and years. Of course the most publicised change was the new compulsory National Living Wage which will apply for those aged 25 and above from next April. The first change will come from 1 October 2015 when the minimum wage will rise to £6.70 swiftly increasing to £7.20 from 1 April 2016. If you employ staff make sure that you keep abreast of the changes – or ask a nice payroll provider to help you out.

Some changes for business owners including our lovely clients include:

Finally – I am sure that you have seen all the lovely bikes appearing round the town over the last few weeks ready for the Tour of Britain. We here at KBA are also joining in the fun so don’t forget to admire our creative masterpiece on your way through town. We think all of the bikes look great so well done to all the businesses that have joined in the fun.

August is a fun and relaxed kind of month – it feels like the whole world is on holiday! But don’t worry – we will still be here – working away – so if you need any help or advice – you know where we are. (Unless it’s a sunny day when we might go to the beach)

Other changes for companies and shareholders are the implementation of a new Dividend Tax Credit from April 2016. A new Dividend Tax Allowance of £5,000 will be introduced from this date. Above the allowance the rates of tax will be 7.5% for basic rate tax payers and higher for higher rate and additional rate tax payers. Finally a change for our rental clients as new legislation coming in from April 2017 will mean that landlords will no longer be able to deduct all of their finance costs from their residential property when they calculate their rental profits. However if you are part of the rent a room scheme there is good news as the Rent a Room relief will be increased to £7,500 (previously £4,250) from April 2016. All in all there are quite a few changes for all of us to get our heads round – at least life is never dull! 2015 August | 05

WYMONDHAM East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) Business boost needed for Norfolk children’s hospice dream East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) is calling for local businesses to join other companies from across Norfolk to help those who need it most. The nook business network is a corporate scheme which will help EACH deliver a new purposebuilt children’s hospice in the heart of Norfolk. The scheme has been developed to encourage local companies - whether small, medium or large- to commit to raising either £10,000, £15,000 or £25,000 over the duration of the appeal in return for a number of benefits from the charity. A range of business from across the county have already signed up to the network pledging their support for the campaign including: Watton-based family company, The Abel Group, which includes house builder Abel Homes and renewable energy company Abel Energy, has signed up to be part

to pledge the company’s support to raise funds and awareness for the appeal.

of the network. The firm has already donated £10,000 and has pledged a further £15,000 to the appeal by devising fundraising initiatives and ways to promote the appeal to their local community.

Mark said: “The support offered by EACH to families during incredibly difficult times is absolutely incredible and it is a pleasure to have the opportunity to help create a purpose built facility to enable EACH to continue its work in our community for generations to come.”

Mattressman are promoting the appeal in their 14 stores across East Anglia, as well creating a unique children’s mattress with a percentages of sales coming directly to EACH.

Gary Cook, the nook appeal corporate fundraiser, said: “We’re looking to Norfolk’s businesses to help make our vision of a new purpose built children’s hospice in the heart of Norfolk a reality.

Courtesy Taxis in Prince of Wales Road, Norwich have been proactively promoting the appeal to their customers and corporate clients using the TV screens in their waiting room. They also held a family fun day to raise valuable funds.

“Many businesses in the county rely on local people for their income, so it would be great if they were able to invest time and effort into the nook business network to give something back to their local community. We already have great support from the business community, of which we’re incredibly grateful, but there are countless other businesses out there that we’ve yet to engage with and hope this new scheme is an attraction for them.

Financial planning firm Loveday & Partners, based at Broadland Business Park in Norwich, have joined the network. Director, Mark Loveday, who attended the nook appeal launch event, was quick

“We won’t be able to realise our vision without the support of all elements of the Norfolk community – individuals, community groups, schools and of course the business community will play a vital role in this.” Anyone who is interested in finding out more about the nook business network or the appeal generally, should visit: www.each. or contact the Norfolk Fundraising Team on 01603 666767 or funding@each.


WYMONDHAM Sound Sleep Beds We spend a third of our lives asleep, is your mattress up to the challenge? For most of us a third of our life is spent asleep, meaning the wear on our mattress over time is considerable, yet a staggering 25% of people wouldn’t consider changing their mattress – even after more than 10 years. It is hardly surprising then that 58% of the population complain of waking feeling stiff and achy. How do you know if you need to replace your bed? • Is your bed more than 7 years old? • Is it uncomfortable? Or when you sleep in someone else’s bed, does that feel better than your own? • Do you wake in the morning with a painful back or stiff limbs? • Can you feel the springs beneath the surface of the mattress? • Do you and your partner roll together? • Is your mattress just generally warn and discoloured? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then it could be time to invest in a new bed! The key with mattress buying is to try out as wide a variety of options as possible to find the most suitable mattress for you (and your partner). Given the amount of time you spend in bed, it is important to spend a reasonable amount of time in store trying out new ones, especially if you have been experiencing pains that

could come from your existing mattress. It this instance, it may be worth having a chat with your chiropractor for some advice on what they advise is suitable for your back. At Sound Sleep, we stock a variety of brands and different types of mattresses, for example pocket sprung, memory foam, latex and so on. Each manufacturer has different mattresses that offer different levels of support and comfort. When mattress shopping, it is essential to ask for help. We are highly trained mattress specialists and are on hand to advise you, not to high pressure you in to buying something that may not be suitable. How do I know which one is right for me? A mattress that is supportive and comfortable is important, but remember, your requirement for support will differ depending on your weight and build. The best bed for your back is not always a firm one. You need a bed that will provide the right support and comfort for you. When laying on your side, ideally your spine should be parallel to the mattress and your spine should not sag down or bow up. Trying them out Give your self plenty of time and wear loose clothing, this helps you turn and get in and out of beds in store. Our

Mattress Specialists will point you in the right direction. Try the advised mattresses for as long as possible to get a good ‘feel’ for them. Remember comfort is very subjective. Some people like the sensation of being cocooned in a bed; others prefer to lie on top of them. Back sleepers may like a firmer feel than those that like to sleep on their sides. There are lots of ‘feels’ in store, we are here to help you find what works best for you. If you sleep together, shop together Always shop with your partner, the bed must be suitable for both of you. As it is inevitable one of you may have to compromise! Size matters It is scientifically proven that couples sleep better in a bigger bed. The more space you have the freer you can move without disturbing your partner. This is also a good idea if one or both of you get hot in bed. You should be able to lie side by side, with your arms behind your head and your elbows out, without touching each other. Did you know that two people sharing a standard sized double bed only have as much personal sleeping space as a baby in a cot? Check your base

It is always advisable to purchase a new mattress and divan base together, but not essential. Our mattress specialists will ask questions about your existing base, most bedsteads in good condition will be suitable for a new mattress. However, old divan bases, especially those that are sprung will more than likely need replacing as they could cause harm to your new mattress, in turn affecting the level of support that the new mattress will provide and could also invalidate manufacturers’ warranties and guarantees. Look for the NBF Mark of Approval For added reassurance that the bed you are buying is safe, clean and honest (meaning it is what it says it is) then look for the Approved logo which can be found on all beds at Sound Sleep. All members of the trade association, the National Bed Federation (NBF) must be independently audited to ensure they follow the procedures that comply with flammability, health and hygiene and trade descriptions regulations. More info at Now that you have chosen a new mattress, don’t forget that pillows are very important too. A cheap, unsupportive pillow can cause neck and back problems. These are just as important as your new mattress. For more help and advice, visit our in store Mattress Specialists who can talk you through all the pros and cons of various mattresses. We also pride ourselves on having the most up to date mattress technology as well as the old fashioned technology too! Research by British Chiropractic Association and The Sleep Council

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GENERAL Residual Income What is Residual Income and how does it work? You have probably heard the expression that “the rich get richer while the poor get poorer.” It’s often used to explain the unfairness when it comes to money. However I don’t think this is unfair at all. The reason it happens is because the rich focus on a completely different way of earning money. There are thousands of stories about poor people who accumulated great riches and this choice is available to all of us. Richard Branson, Alan Sugar, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Oprah were not born into riches. Yet over their lifetimes they’ve amassed huge personal fortunes. This is because they understand and use the power of leverage through residual income. What Is Active Income? Active income comes as a direct result of our efforts. This is when we work for one hour and get paid a certain amount for that hours work. This can be seen in wages, salaries, and selfemployed service providers like lawyers or doctors. There are many people who get paid vast amounts of money to become the CEO of a company, play professional sports, or star in a movie. Earning a high active income is often a lot of hard work and requires a dedication beyond most of us. It’s also limited because no matter how much money you get paid you still need to show up to work to earn your money. What Is Residual (Or Passive) Income? Residual income is when you continue to get paid after the work is done. This includes royalties from books, movies, or songs and also income that 10 | August 2015

comes from property or business investments where you don’t actually have to be present to earn it. For example, Bill Gates is still making a residual income from Microsoft even though he isn’t working there anymore. Residual income comes from building an asset that continues to pay you after the work has been done. A book, movie or song is an asset to the people earning royalties from it. A house is an asset to the landlord being paid rent and a business is an asset to the business owner who does not need to be involved in the day-to-day activities anymore. The Passive Income Myth Many people talk about passive income and create the impression that you never have to do anything to keep that income going. The truth is that you will normally have to keep your eye on things if you want it to run smoothly. For example Richard Branson doesn’t run any of the 400+ companies he started but he goes over the numbers each day to make sure they’re performing well and calls the CEO if there are any problems. There is also an idea that we should work to build a passive income asset and then sit on the beach relaxing for the rest of our lives. The truth is that most people would get extremely bored with this scenario and will be eager to find something to do. That’s why the world’s billionaires continue to work… they love what they do and it stopped being about the money a long time ago. How To Build Residual Or Passive Income The key idea here is leverage.

You must be able to leverage other people’s time or other people’s money in order to create a residual income. Richard Branson can run 400+ companies because he isn’t actually running any of them at all. His CEOs are. To create residual income, you need to create something that people will continue to buy on a regular basis long after you’ve created it. Utilities is a prime example of this as people will continue to pay for Gas, Electric, Phones and Broadband month after month after month. A business needs to have products that are sold over and over again rather than trading the business owner’s time for money.

business and create residual income tomorrow so you have to have some patience. As you make more residual income you can start to scale back the hours you put into active income. This will mean your residual income will grow even faster once you pay it more attention. As Jim Rohn was famous for saying: “I’m working full-time on my job and part time on my fortune. But it won’t be long before I’m working full-time on my fortune. Can you imagine what my life will look like?” For more information on Residual Income: or Call / Text me: 07802 690589

The First Steps To Creating Residual Income The first thing is to be aware of how you work for active or residual income. Then you want to decide a path that transitions from active to residual income over time. It’s hard to start a new

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GENERAL Attleborough Boxing Club Attleborough Boxing Club’s Grand Expansion Just 7 years on from their conception Attleborough Boxing Club’s growth and success has been truly amazing. Literally from an idea on a piece of A4 paper to 1 of the Eastern Counties leading Boxing Clubs with nationally regarded premises and a Community based sports hub that caters for all sectors of the public alongside a Boxing Academy. The club is based at its dedicated premises at Deopham Road, Attleborough and caters for all, both females and males and most age groups to enable people of all abilities to enjoy the sport in a safe environment. The impressive 3,000 sq ft main gym and training area has a large mirrored wall, two full sized boxing rings and a double bank of punch bags which is complimented by a vast selection of training and fitness equipment used in the sport of boxing. To add to this already impressive facility the club, with Sport England Breckland Council match funding, built on a high tech strength and conditioning room as well as a fully fitted classroom / conference area.  The club are also opening its facilities to local companies and the public for general hire, corporate days and as well as the use of its conference facilities. The team of volunteers that run the Club have worked tirelessly to maximise the club’s potential as a facility for the whole community. Boxing sessions for all levels are held 6 days a week, the club is fully inclusive and offers fitness training to members from aged 5 plus. The Club boasts a competition squad of over 30 dedicated boxers and expect this to expand to 40 for the coming season. Many of this Competition Squad train 4 to 5 times per week and have been entered into national and international competition this year 12 | August 2015

with some great results. This has put Attleborough on the Map in the world of boxing and the squad have exceptionally high expectations for the forthcoming season! The club once described as ‘Attleborough’s best kept secret’ has become a safe haven for many youngsters within the local community, providing fun, focus and valuable life skills. The club was also pleased to be mentioned recently in a report by the Local Police Force at a Attleborough Town Council as a contributory factor in a 12% reduction in anti-social behaviour within the Town. Another aspect of the club is that it consistently works to include and help those struggling in education and struggling to find work, seeing dramatic improvements in confidence, attitude, and self-control.   Young Rocky’s, Fit to Succeed  and Ladies Night are all specific sessions targeted at, and suitable for, the wider community to come along, have fun, keep fit and enjoy the social aspect and great influence that the club provides. Using boxing as a vehicle to promote and provide fitness, you certainly don’t need to step into the ring or have a desire to compete to enjoy the club and its improved facilities. With junior prices from just £2 per session its great value for money as well!    Want to box? Need to keep fit?  Need a focus? Looking to join a gym?   Looking for a conference venue? These are all great reasons to consider Attleborough Boxing Club.    If you have a business or would just like to look at hiring the facilities for a corporate day help the club with sponsorship or advertising, sponsor a boxer or take advantage of any other opportunities that we can offer

call our chairman Colin Kilby on 07789866781    For joining the club Attleborough Boxing Club Team would love to hear from you. To find out more information on opening times and the different sessions that we can offer please ring the club on 01953457329, email succeed@attleboroughabc., or visit our web site at www.attleboroughboxingclub., you can also follow us on Facebook page “Attleborough Boxing Club”, Twitter link “@ Abcsucceed”, or simply just pop in and see us at Attleborough Boxing Club, Wood Farm Deopham NR17 1AJ

GENERAL Norfolk Charity Motor Show Norfolk Show Ground. 15th & 16th August 10am to 4pm The 8th Norwich Charity Motor Show & Family Fun Event, this year reverts back to its regular August slot at the Norfolk Showground, (Red Car Park East), on 15th & 16th . The annual show is organised and run by Wroxham & Hoveton Lions Club, on a non-profit making basis, with all proceeds this year, being distributed equally between the East Anglian Air Ambulance, EACH (East Anglian Childrens Hospice, Quidenham) and Lions Charity funds, which will enable the Club to support some of the smaller local deserving causes. To date the event has raised approximately £64,000 for various charitable causes. One of the criteria when planning the first show in 2008, was to make it an enjoyable

experience for all the family and this philosophy has been the cornerstone for all the shows since. The move from the show’s original home at the `Norwich Rugby Club to the Norfolk Showground has provided additional space and gave the opportunity to make the show bigger and better with more attractions. Along with new cars from local dealerships, this year there is the added bonus of specialty cars from local manufacturers, under our “Made in Norfolk” banner. In addition to the new vehicles, there will also be a large number of classic cars as well as classic buses and commercial vehicles, military vehicles and much more. Regular features will include

craft and charity stalls, trade stands, live music, Police and Fire vehicles, children’s rides and amusements, magic shows and competitions, live auction and grand prize draw raffle. The ever-popular Star Wars Characters will also be attending again. Various food outlets will provide a variety of refreshments. Because the Lions do not have any paid executives and donate their time feely, all proceeds from events such as this, after deduction of essential expenses, are donated to the causes supported.

Opening times are 10am to 4pm, both days. Admission is only £5.00 for Adults with Children under 14 and Parking Free. For full details go to www. For more information contact Mike Clipston 01603 429389 / 07767810027 mikeandros@rockcakes.eclipse. If anyone is interested in becoming a Lion or finding out more on how we support local communities, please go to

This is the only dedicated motor show in the area and has something for all the family. IT’S A GREAT DAY OUT FOR ALL AGES!

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Featuring New & Classic Motor Vehicles Plus lots more to see & do for all the family

15th & 16th August 2015 10am to 4pm

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Gym Memberships

Commit to Get Fit in our gym. We have memberships to suit all pockets. Fully qualified instructors will guide you on the road to fitness with your personalised fitness programme. Want to achieve your goals sooner? Book in with our Personal Trainer who is available for one-to-one training. Take your first step and call reception now! As well as a comprehensive range of indoor racquet sports and outside pitches to offer, we also have various aerobic classes for you to choose from. Our social bar has pool, snooker and darts to enjoy – and don’t forget curry night on Thursday, and Fish ’n’ Chip night on Friday!

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Try our Gallery Bar Suite for your family event. Fully catered sitdown meal, buffet or room hire only available for your function. Corporate bookings now being taken – please ask about our delegate rates. Have a large function to plan? Why not try our indoor marquee situated in the main Sports Hall? No function is too big or too small – we have something for everyone.

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ELDERLY South Norfolk Mobility Centre A local, small independent company, making customer service their top priority With summer well under way, we are very pleased to be able to help our customers with their mobility problems.

chairs, so please come and see us and you will be able to try our products for yourself. Please visit www.

Even though the weather has been rather unseasonal at times, getting out and about is a priority for many of us. We stock a large range of new and second hand scooters, together with wheelchairs, 3 and 4 wheeled walkers, and electric wheelchairs and powerchairs. Our range of electric rise and recliner chairs, now stands at 14. They are luxurious, and make sitting and standing so much easier. We stock single and dual motor

The Denture Clinic Professional denture service based in Norwich Martin as a Clinical Dental Technician (CDT) is a registered dental care professional, trained and qualified to provide a range of denture services direct to the patient, previously only available through your dentist, although some treatment plans will require a referral from your dentist, partically if you have your own natural teeth remaining.

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.

We follow four principles: * Rebuilding your morale with personal dentures * Patient centered dentistry * Patient controlled dentistry * Highest quality standards in both clinical and manufacturing procedures

During your first appointment to the Denture Clinic, Martin will undertake a detailed clinical evaluation, enabling the diagnosis to be reached, in order to create

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Exciting new Luxury Retirement Village in Norfolk

Woodgate Park in Swanton Morley, Dereham is a charming retirement village in the heart of the beautiful Norfolk countryside. A selection of spacious two-bedroom bungalows are complemented by a range of high quality facilities designed for comfort, enjoyment and peace of mind. Isn't it time you treated yourself to the retirement you so thoroughly deserve?

On-site GP Surgery | Caring Support | Landscaped Grounds | Unspoilt Views

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To find out more call: 01362 620016 or visit: Woodgate Park Woodgate Road, Swanton Morley, Dereham, Norfolk, NR20 4NU

ELDERLY Castlemeadow Care The stress free retirement you deserve is the promise from the Woodgate Park Retirement Village at Swanton Morley, near Dereham. Spacious two bedroom bungalows are now available at this village style development which promotes independent living with care on hand if and when needed. The new bungalows build on the success of the first phase of Woodgate Park.

The retirement village is fully wheelchair accessible, and being in Swanton Morley village itself you will be able to take advantage of the many facilities it has to offer that include a traditional pub, general store, bakery and award winning butchers.

The unique retirement village development, brought to the mid Norfolk countryside by Castlemeadow Care, is designed to deliver peace of mind for its residents. The picturesque surroundings and traditionally designed bungalows are complemented by a range of top-quality services and facilities ranging from care support to GP medical care.

The aim at Woodgate Park Retirement Village is to ensure residents are offered just the right amount of support to help them live an active and enjoyable life, while enjoying safety, support and peace of mind.

Each bungalow has a generous open plan living space, underfloor heating, solar panels, kitchens and bathrooms designed for easy access and comfortable bedrooms with spacious fitted wardrobes. Each has patio doors leading to a private terrace and garden, all have views across the landscaped village gardens and several have garages available too. In this retirement village the exclusive Club House is the social hub, allowing residents to dine together when they choose, meet for coffee mornings or congregate for events and activities. There is a hair salon and nail bar on site if you need a little pampering plus an award winning GP Surgery with pharmacy. The village also has an on site care home, wi-fi in communal areas, fibre optic broadband available, a dedicated care and support service, domestic help and 24/7 nurse alarm call system.

The village is within easy reach of many of Norfolk’s attractions from the shops, attractions, arts and history of Norwich to the beautiful mid and north Norfolk countryside, the stunning beaches and the Norfolk Broads with its scenic waterways and rare wildlife. For those individuals or couples who are considering downsizing or beginning to worry about coping with everyday tasks or their general well being, Woodgate Park may be the key to an enjoyable new chapter in their lives. In the words of Gwyneth, a retired pharmacist and a resident of Woodgate Park. “I wanted to be able to stay in my own home, feel safe and secure and be reassured that I could rely on trained staff when I needed it. Woodgate Park ticked all the boxes for me. As a bonus I have made new friends and enjoy the social activities that take place in the Club House. I have been recommending Woodgate Park to all my friends!� To find out more call: 01362 620016 or visit:www.castlemeadowcare. Woodgate Park, Woodgate Road, Swanton Morley, Dereham, Norfolk, NR20 4NU 2015 August | 19

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.

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Refreshments will be available at the Friendship Café and lunch 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, call a member of the team on 01953 889230, or visit www.

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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.



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.

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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


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The Beeches 1 West Harling Road, East Harling, Norwich, Norfolk, NR16 2N Telephone +44 (0)1953 717 584 Fax. : +44 (0)1953 717 584 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.”

ELDERLY The Hearing Care Centre Ask the Audiologist Local Audiologist Karen Finch from The Hearing Care Centre, answers some of the most commonly asked questions she receives from her patients regarding hearing loss… Why do I have trouble only hearing certain words and not others? If you are missing certain sounds you may have some hearing loss and today’s digital hearing aids, audiologists such as myself are able to precisely program the hearing aids to only provide amplification at the pitches you need, allowing you to use the hearing you have remaining and boosting where you need it the most. Inability to hear some sounds like sh, s, th, t, etc. significantly

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impact your understanding of the overall word causing the dreaded “huh?” and embarrassing inappropriate responses to questions. What actually causes hearing loss? Most hearing loss is caused by the ageing process, however regular exposure to loud noises, heredity, and some illnesses can also cause hearing loss. Around 90% of all cases of hearing loss are because the microscopic hair cells in the cochlea (or inner ear) become damaged which limits their ability to detect soft, higher frequency sounds and means that they cannot send a complete signal to the brain. As a result, it becomes difficult to understand

the consonants that allow us to understand speech. One of my friends has two hearing aids and hates them and said I should never try them. Is she right? There are many factors that come into play when fitting hearing aids and therefore everyone’s experience is different. Every person has a different hearing loss, different size ear canals, different hearing aid technology etc… Hearing aid success depends quite a lot on the actual hearing aids. Perhaps your friend chose a basic hearing aid that is not technologically advanced enough to suit their needs. Or perhaps they have not followed up with their audiologist since their fitting and the hearing aids simply need adjustments.

While buying hearing aids off the internet may be less expensive, it is not advisable. By purchasing through these venues, you might be giving up the quality of care you will get by working with an audiologist. This includes things such as a qualified hearing evaluation, professional recommendations as to the most appropriate type of hearing aid, follow up care and much more. The Hearing Care Centre is a multi-award winning, family run private hearing care company with 20 centres across Suffolk and Norfolk. To book an appointment or for more information please call Freephone 0800 096 2637 or go online at www.

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Wymondham, Dereham & Watton - August 2015  

The Wymondham, Dereham & Watton edition of Dispatch Magazine for August 2015

Wymondham, Dereham & Watton - August 2015  

The Wymondham, Dereham & Watton edition of Dispatch Magazine for August 2015