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Issue 96 October 2015


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WYMONDHAM Kerry Butcher Accountancy Services There is lots going on in the world of tax and finance at the moment Norfolk has been a great place to be over the last few weeks with the excitement of the Tour of Britain coming through many of the towns and villages at the beginning of September. The build up was great with lots of businesses taking part and decorating bikes in Attleborough – it seems quite sad to think that these are now gone and Attleborough doesn’t look quite as pretty – a big thank you to all those who organised and joined in – here at KBA we were really happy to join in the fun and we hope that you saw our bike (even though someone pinched our windmills!). We can’t quite believe that we have arrived at October, the year is in its final months and before we know it everyone will be mentioning the C word. Of course one of the main changes in the financial world for October is the increase in the minimum wage effective from 1 October 2015. This year the rates will be as follows: £6.70 per hour for 21 and over £5.30 per hour for age 18-20 £3.87 per hour for under 18 £3.30 per hour for apprentices. Make sure that you don’t get caught out and pay your staff the correct amounts with effect from 1 October 2015. Of course we will be making sure that we advise all of our payroll clients of the changing rates so that they don’t get caught out. If you currently prepare your own payroll but find that this change is the final straw or that the task is becoming more onerous with all of the changes, then why not come and talk to us here at KBA, we offer a payroll service that we adapt to your needs. Costs are very reasonable and charged on a quarterly basis.

No more worrying about filing those real time summaries and working out the PAYE to be paid, or fines for missing deadlines you didn’t know existed – all of this can be taken care of by us and it will probably costs a lot less than you think. Why not come and talk to us about how we can help you? Of course October is also the deadline if you file your tax return in paper format. HMRC insist on all paper returns being filed by 31 October each year. It seems that each tax year, HMRC try to persuade more tax payers to file online – they really don’t like the paper versions. Here at KBA we complete all tax returns using the online filing facility – it really is very easy for us to obtain authority on your behalf, we use our own log ins but always send out the finished return for your approval prior to submission.

returns and will always check turnover each year to ensure that the VAT threshold is not looming, we can advise on payroll, we can help with tax codes both for the tax payer or their employees, and we help with rentals, making sure that all allowable costs are included. Of course the changes in finance costs that will be allowable for tax have been publicised already but no final rulings have been provided. There is great discussion at present about how this is going to affect property owners – we at KBA pride ourselves on keeping up to date with all current legislation so you can be sure that when any decisions are made, we will pass these decisions straight on to you as our clients. Other popular services that we offer are CIS returns and submissions plus lots of limited company services including preparation of limited company

accounts, annual returns, hosting registered offices, right down to incorporating companies and adding directors and shareholders. Life is never dull at KBA and we hope that if you have any queries or think that we could help you that you will give us a call, an email or pop in and arrange a free consultation – that way you can make informed decisions and hopefully we can save you some money at the same time. We love the work that we do here at KBA and we hope that it shows with the work that we produce and the service that our clients receive. We hope that reading this will spur you on to making some important decisions about the future and that we can be part of them.

We also send an explanatory calculation with the return to confirm any amounts that must be paid and the dates this is due. We also can help with any queries you have and we can call the tax office on your behalf and discuss any queries. This has to be good news since we know that many of our clients have tried on numerous occasions to call HMRC in the past, holding for hours at a time, only to be cut off. As agents, we at KBA have a priority number that we can call to speak to advisors about your affairs and put things straight once and for all. All in all we really hope that we can make life so much easier and you will wonder what you ever did without us! Of course we are not just about self assessment; we have many other services that we offer to our clients. We can assist with VAT 2015 October | 05

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WYMONDHAM Sound Sleep Beds Does Your Bed Go Bump in the Night? 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. Take our Bed MOT (Mattress Obsolescence Test) to find out if you need a new bed. Answer yes or no to the following questions. • Is your bed seven years old or more? • Would it be embarrassing if the neighbours saw it without the covers? • Does it make suspicious noises in the night? • Did you have your best recent nights sleep in a bed other than yours? • Are your waking up more frequently un-refreshed and aching? • Do you and your partner roll towards each other unintentionally? • Are you too close to your partner to sleep comfortably?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then it your bed has FAILED its MOT and a trip to Sound Sleep for some new bed or mattress advice is essential. 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.

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Following are just a few quick tips to consider when bed shopping.

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. Also remember as we age, our support requirements change. A very firm mattress when you were 35 may not be so suitable when you’re 45, comfort is important too! 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. 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. If you are thinking about just a new mattress, before coming to visit us in store, check what kind of base you have and it’s condition, as some bases may be unsuitable for a new mattress. We will of course be on hand to give you the correct advice and information. All of our divans and mattresses are sourced from National Bed Federation members, so what you are buying is exactly what it says it is, it’s made from new and clean materials and it meets the strict British Standard fire regulations. More information can be found at www.bedfed. Now that you have chosen a new bed and 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!). Sleep has never felt so good!

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BUSINESS PARK The Rookery Business Park Welcome to the first Rookery Business Park feature! Take time to read through the expansive services and products the businesses on the park can offer you; you may be surprised what we do! We are situated along Silver Street in the picturesque setting of Besthorpe between both Wymondham and Attleborough. The business park is situated within minutes from the A11 south and north bound which makes it easy to access from any direction. History Initially, Rookery farm was purchased by the late Mr Jack

Frost in 1983 to expand the size of the arable farm. The images on pages 30 & 31 show how far we have come in just over 32 years. The only building which have lasted relatively unchanged is the Farm house.

of the former Turkey sheds into industrial units was completed in 2006.

Ever since then we have been expanding our services, initially into rearing and processing Turkeys and then onto the largest project we have ever encountered: the transformation into Rookery Business Park.

Since then, Wolf Brewery has moved to other premises and in its place a plethora of businesses have joined us. Some of the marvellous transformations can be shown by the conversion of the straw barn at the rear of the site into what is now the Norfolk Academy of Gymnasts, opened by medal-winning Olympian Beth Tweddle in 2008.

From the arrival of Wolf Brewery, Rookery Farm took the form of a business park. The conversion

The very latest addition to the park is the new office building from where the business is run;

as a family-run business. There is almost always someone on call during the day, whether in the office or by phone. Our Record-Breaking Business Park The park boasts one of the largest solar schemes in the south of England with a 370 kw output per hour, per year. All this means that tenants receive cheaper electricity and the surplus is directed into the national grid in order to power your daily lives.



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This latest edition will produce enough clean energy to power 1500 homes. It is an investment for the park and in the future of sustainable energy.

pride ourselves in supporting local as well as national businesses: ranging from car hobbyists, gymnastics, upholsterers, the Besthorpe Motor Company to Ikea, Alliance Health Care (Boots) and Nationwide Platforms. Have a look at the map on the centre pages to find out exactly what we can offer you and in the surrounding pages within this feature are just some of the businesses on site.

What our business park can offer you as a customer The park has 30 tenants with a vibrant mix of enterprises. We

We started as a family-run business and, even with the expansion of Rookery Farm, we have kept that family ethos going.

Off the back of the “solar success” we are about to embark on a further 5 megawatt solar park (with the company Solar Centry) constructed on our land, covering approximately 25 acres, away from the sight of residents and tenants.

What started off as an arable farm has been thrown into the 21st century, into the industrial and information age. Our aim is to continue welcoming change and innovation and making sure that we give the surrounding towns a fine resource.

Do you want to rent a unit or self-storage? Rookery Business Park has recently opened a self storage facility for those people who need a secure place for short or long term storage. It is the newest addition to the range of services we can offer.

If you have a business which needs secure premises to house your product or service, with the added benefit of a close-knit community of business people, feel free to contact me on 01953 452154 OR 07770933234


Home Start Support and friendship for families What is Home-Start? Home-Start is a national charity with schemes in hundreds of local communities. We recruit and train volunteers to help families with young children. Our volunteers, who know about being a parent, support other parents by visiting them in their own homes for a couple of hours each week. We also run special family groups and hold social events for families.

As a volunteer what would I actually do? Usually you visit a family in their own home once a week for a couple of hours. How you help is really down to the family itself. Some might need someone to talk to... others may need more practical support with meal planning and cooking, reading to the children, going to the local park, or finding out about local services.

What kind of families would I be helping? All kinds of families can find it hard to cope for all sorts of reasons, maybe because of the illness or disability of a child or because of post-natal illness, bereavement or loneliness. At Home-Start we support any parent with at least one child under five who asks for our help. Our supported families, like our volunteers, come from all walks of life.

What would I get out of volunteering for Home-Start? Knowing you have helped; a boost to your self-esteem and confidence; even a foot on the ladder towards a job. How can I find out more about becoming a Home-Start volunteer? Contact your local Home-Start for an informal chat T: 01953 459892


“WE STARTED AS A FAMILY-RUN BUSINESS AND, EVEN WITH THE EXPANSION OF ROOKERY FARM, WE HAVE KEPT THAT FAMILY ETHOS GOING.” - PHILIP Norfolk Granite Works Editorial A small independent family run stone works, based 15 miles from Norwich. Supplying granite worktops to Norfolk and Suffolk. We have over 30 years experience within the stone industry. With our small team we can offer a very personal service thoughout your project. Our stone suppliers, import granite from all over the world. So if we haven’t got it, we almost certainly know someone who has. Therefore making your choice endless. We are authorised suppliers of Cimstone and Emperior Quartz. Who offer a wide range of quartz colours to choose from. We offer a full templating, supply, and fitting service for granite worktops, allowing us to see your project though from start to finish.

With have such a wealth of experience, we can offer a kitchen fitting service too. One project we have recently taken on was Dental surgery refit, with stunning results. If you would like a free no obligation quotation please use the contact details at the bottom of the page. Have the size of worktops you require or even better a kitchen plan, together with a rough idea on colour. We can provide a quote based on the information you give us. If your project requires the ‘wow factor’ and you would like a company who’s attention to detail is the same as yours, then look no further! From placing your order you will speak to the same people thoughout your project. Allowing us to offer a great professional working relationship. Offering support and guidance thoughout.


ChipsAway CarCare Centres specialise in repairing everyday car paint and bodywork damage and because we don’t deal with major crash repairs, we don’t have the expensive overheads that a traditional bodyshop might have - meaning we can pass these savings onto our customers

For a free no obligation repair estimate, pop into our Carcare Centre or call 0800 028 78 78 and 07908 637532

FIND US HERE ChipsAway Car Care Centre, Unit 1a, Rookery Business Park, Silver Street, Besthorpe, Attleborough NR17 2LD

Chips Away Professional quality repairs for less than your insurance excess Rob and Barry Hussey’s new ChipsAway vehicle body and paintwork repair Car Care Centre has gone from strength to strength since they opened it. The father-and-son team moved from Ipswich where they created a successful business to its new base in South Norfolk last December and has been building up the new franchise territory which includes Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds, Mildenhall, Thetford, Watton, Attleborough, Wymondham, Diss and West Norwich. They carry out paint chip and body repairs from their premises at Rookery Business Park in Silver Street, Besthorpe, near Attleborough. Their new, bigger unit can accommodate up to 10 cars and, now that their ChipsAway franchise is getting its name known in its much larger territory,

Rob and Barry Hussey are flying along. Rob Hussey has been an owner of a Chipsaway Franchise for 9 years with son Barry joining 5 years ago. Even though the ChipsAway name is well known, it was not the case in the new franchise territory as there has not been a constant presence. Barry Hussey said: “Getting this place going here and getting the word around was a lot of work. “We have basically started a new business and it has been hard work. Now the ChipsAway name is getting known in the area it is all coming together.” ChipsAway repairs include: Dents. Vandalism. Stone chips. Parking damage. Fading caused by sun bleaching.

Damage caused by bird droppings. Accident damage. Alloy wheel damage. All Repairs are 100% Colour Matched and even come with a Lifetime Guarantee. They can also apply Supagard Paint Sealant to lock in the original gloss and protect the paintwork guaranteed for 3 Years.

Rob and Barry Hussey’s ChipsAway franchise is based at Rookery Business Park, Silver Street, Besthorpe, near Attleborough, NR17 2LD. Telephone 07908637532, email rob.hussey@chipsaway. or visit the website at www. chipsawayrobandbarryhussey.


Agrikel Professional Agricultural Sprayer Engineers Agrikel started trading in 1996 and soon recognised the need for a specialist crop spraying engineering service in East Anglia. Agrikel is a friendly, helpful, forwarding looking small team of dedicated professionals that have vast experience between them. We have built our reputation over the last 2 decades on prompt customer service. We moved to our new premises in November 2014 due to an increase in customer demand. The new premises has allowed us to expand our services and the equipment we can work on to include larger machinery. The increased workspace has allowed us to expand our parts and agricultural consumables stores.

Due to the demand for our bespoke services we have developed a fully dedicated area for the Design and Build of innovative farm machinery and accessories. The team are regularly attending update courses to ensure they can adapt to the ever changing sprayer application technology. We also stock sealey tools and a wide variety of hoses for garden,irrigation and pond use We undertake all welding and fabrication work and stock all ppe and cleaning products including gloves,coveralls,paper rolls and rag. We offer a made while u wait service for hydraulic hose assemblies from a wide stock of fittings and hose. T: 01953 450279

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Fabri-coat Limited specialise in mild steel fabrication and powder coating. Our aim is to provide a quality product and service from start to finish all with a competitive price in mind. To achieve this we provide many of our services in-house giving us flexibility and control over the services we offer.







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Motorbitz Complete Automotive Solutions We have been a long-established family business in the motor industry. Out of our wide range of services, we specialise in servicing and repairs and our in-house team and fully-kitted workshop can fix almost any problems you have with your car such as performing any maintenance and welding jobs. We also offer M.O.T servicing for classes 4,5 and 7. We can

also cater for some of the more niche jobs such as servicing and repairing horse boxes and trailers including HGV horse boxes for 7 and a half tonne plus. We understand that repairs for cars can often be expensive, which is why we offer a supply and fit for second hand tyres. If you need any of these services or want to find out more, feel free to contact us!


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Gymnastics for everyone

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Dedicated training from qualified coaches

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Please check out our website: For more information, call us on 01953 453309 or email Unit 10, Rookery Business Park, Silver Street, Besthorpe, Attleborough, NR17 2LT.

Norfolk Academy of Gymnasts Come and join our record breaking club.. Opened in 2008 by Olympic medallist Beth Tweddle, the Norfolk Academy of Gymnastics (TNAG) has now operated for seven years in Besthorpe. What used to be an old grain barn is now filled with top of the range gym equipment including a sprung floor, sunken trampoline strip, bars, beams, vaults and a foam filled landing pit. This facility makes it the ideal place for anyone who wants to try out gymnastics – whether for fun, fitness, social interaction, developing confidence and core motor skills. The Academy is a member of the Norfolk and East Region gymnastics associations, and is affiliated to the national governing body, British Gymnastics, through which it has gained the prestigious club mark

accreditation – accrediting it as a safe and positive learning environment for children.

of beginner, recreational and intermediate level across the week.

All of our coaches are qualified to GB standards and have undertaken child protection training.

Children work have the chance to attain British Gymnastics badges and certificates, and to participate in the annual club competition.

For female gymnasts with high ambitions, we offer a chance to enter our squad system and ultimately compete at the highest level. Moreover, The Norfolk Academy of Gymnastics run pre-school classes for boys and girls on Friday and Saturday mornings. These include sessions with parents and independent classes, and a drop in play session to which all are welcome. Once children reach school age, there are classes for girls

At the competitive end, the Academy has 60 plus girls in squad training, devoting between 4 and 20 plus hours per week to their sport. The club has produced many county and regional champions in its short life with one gymnast representing Great Britain at senior international level. The high level of quality coaching delivered to all of the clubs’ members sets TNAG apart as the leading gymnastics club in the county.

Adults who want to try out the sport are catered for too, with Gym Fit adult gymnastics-based fitness classes taking place at intervals throughout the year. Come along and give gymnastics a try!



TCF Associates Bespoke Metal Work TCF (Associates) has been established in the industry for over 35 years, supplying bespoke metal work to the Agricultural, Architectural and Promotional Sectors; predominantly focusing on small and medium size projects. We aim to supply a friendly and professional service to all businesses and to ensure this we offer a face-to-face service to give you the best customer care possible. With a fully equipped workshop, we can carry out welding, pipe forming, CNC punching and folding, TIG welding and polishing to name just a few processes. We can create a plethora of products ranging from stairs to gates and kitchen equipment. All of our services, including design, are carried out in-house. We also provide a supply and

fix service for most steelwork requirements ranging from architectural metalwork to bespoke items. Our design and drawing office can provide detailed plans and calculations for most applications.



Besthorpe Motor Company Approved Used Cars We have been in the motor trade more than 20 years.and at Rookery Business park for little over 5 years. We are situated towards the rear of Rookery Business Park, just behind the Norfolk Academy of Gymnasts.



BESTHORPE MOTOR COMPANY Unit 20C, Rookery Business Park Besthorpe, Attleborough Norwich, Norfolk NR17 2LD

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We specialise in second-hand cars to suit all budgets. As a local company, we supply several private and public bodies with vehicles including: East Anglian Water, Norwich Council and the Norfolk Constabulary. But our main focus is to supply individuals with a great car, a fantastic service and a excellent aftercare. For individual customers we can offer you an all-inclusive warranty on every car bought, the length of which varies depending on the

car. Each bought car will receive a fresh service from our in-house team and we pride ourselves on our face-to-face customer care; come and down and see for yourself!

GENERAL Ringtons Serving up a cup of Ringtons While many still remember ‘the pop man’, butcher and milkman making regular deliveries to homes across the country, it seems today such traditional doorstep deliveries are a rare sight. However, tea and coffee expert Ringtons is bucking this trend and its traditional doorstep selling methods are just as popular today as they were in 1907 when the company first began. From its base in Diss, Ringtons’ friendly team keep traditional delivery methods in demand by offering a unique and personal service to each and every customer. Ringtons customers enjoy home deliveries of quality tea, coffee, biscuits and gifts on a fortnightly or monthly basis.

Although Ringtons has swapped its original horse and carts for vans, it remains just as committed to great service and the best quality products as it always has. The service is designed around its customers, delivery is free, there’s no subscription fee and there is no obligation to buy – it’s simply an easy way to enjoy great quality products which are delivered straight to your door by someone from your local office To find out more about Ringtons traditional doorstep experience or to sign up for a first no obligation delivery go to www.ringtons. or call Freephone 0800 052 2440.

Win a festive hamper with Ringtons Dispatch has teamed up with Ringtons to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a gorgeous Ringtons Festive Selection Gift Box. Packed full of Christmas essentials, Ringtons Festive Selection includes: Ringtons high quality Connoisseur Tea Bags (100), 250g Ringtons Northern Choice Loose Leaf Tea, Ringtons Premium Gold Instant Coffee (100g), Ringtons All Butter Shortbread Biscuits, Ringtons Chocolate Brazil Nut Biscuits, Ringtons Scottish Strawberry Preserve and Christmas Chutney To enter simply email or write to Freepost Ringtons LTD including the title “Dispatch / Fair City Competition” and include your name, address and phone number. If you do not wish to be added to Ringtons database to receive exclusive offers and discounts please state so clearly in your entry.

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ClarkBuild, For All Your Building Needs Chartered building company for whom no job is too small We provide professionalism and integrity, value for money, compliance with good building practice and with the proprietor/ director has been 35 years in business with a professional qualification. No job is too small for us. We offer bathroom and kitchen installation, loft conversions, renovations and extensions, as well as roofing, driveways, building maintenance and repair. • Wet Rooms • Free Survey • Fully Insured • Local Authority approved for disability grants • Adaptations • Alteration • General Building

• Extensions • Structural Repairs • Loft conversions • Property refurbishment At CLARKBUILD LTD we know you will receive a professional and personal service for all your building, wet rooms and maintenance needs. Please call us for a free quotation. T: 01953 601678 M: 07788 722151 Unit 15, Penfold Drive, Wymondham, Norfolk NR18 0WZ

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ELDERLY The Hearing Care Centre When was the last time you had a hearing test? Can you remember when you last had your hearing tested? If you can’t remember or have never had one, you certainly are not alone. A recent study* highlighted that in the United Kingdom over half the population (53%) have never had a hearing test carried out. If you asked yourself when was your last dental check-up or visit to the opticians, you would probably say in the last 2 years. So why do we not take the same care with our hearing? There are currently 10 million people in the UK who are hard of hearing and our lifestyle means that the condition is becoming increasingly prevalent. Once an issue associated with old age, now anyone can find

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their hearing isn’t what it used to be. Thankfully, with the use of accurate diagnostics and fantastic hearing assistive technology - it’s often an easily solved problem. A large part of the problem is that many of us presume, wrongly, that it isn’t something that could affect us. In fact, it’s thought that 18,000 of us are experiencing noiseinduced hearing loss caused by or exacerbated by our workplace environment or hobbies. If you suspect you or a friend is experiencing difficulties with their hearing consider the list below: • Do you ask others to repeat themselves?

• Do friends complain that the TV is too loud?

becomes easier and less stressful and they begin to enjoy life again.

• Does it become difficult to follow a conversation in background noise?

Our hearing allows us to connect with our surroundings and communicate with our loved ones. The ability to hear properly can go along way in helping to stay active. Correct communication with family and friends can mean the difference between a fun and enjoyable day out or a confusing and frustrating day.

• Does it seem to you as if people are mumbling? If you answered YES to any of these questions, you may have a hearing loss. If you have yet to have a hearing assessment, do not suffer in silence with an issue that can be readily addressed with hearing aids. If you are feeling hesitant about taking the next step remember that you are not alone. Consider the improvements in quality of life experienced by individuals who take action and address their hearing loss. The experience can be life changing - hearing aid users say they grow in confidence, communicating in groups

Book a hearing test with your local audiologist and start your journey to better hearing. FREE NORFOLK OPEN DAY EVENTS To encourage people with hearing loss who have yet to take action, The Hearing Care Centre has organised a series of events, whereby they will be offering many of their services free of charge, including hearing tests, professional advice, hearing

ELDERLY aid demonstrations and much more…

0800 096 2637 or visit www.

October Monday 5th Cecil Amey Opticians, Wymondham

Karen Finch is the Managing Director and lead audiologist at The Hearing Care Centre.

Tuesday 6th Cecil Amey Opticians, Dereham Wednesday 7th Cecil Amey Opticians, Attleborough

The multi-award winning, familyrun company has 20 centres across Suffolk and Norfolk. For more information visit or call 01473 230330.

Thursday 8th Cecil Amey Opticians, Harleston Thursday 8th Cecil Amey Opticians, Watton Friday 16th Thetford Healthy Living Centre, Thetford Appointments are essential. To book yours call Freephone

Able Community Care The Alternative to Moving into a Care Home Getting older sometimes means that a person needs to be cared for twenty four hours a day. Such care can be provided in a care home or in a person’s own home. Given the choice, many people would prefer to stay in their own home and Able Community Care has enabled thousands of people to exercise this choice. Our experience has shown that having a regular rota of experienced carers in your own home is often a much happier alternative than moving into a care home. Able Community Care has been providing an alternative choice to moving into a care home since 1980 by providing Live-in Carer Schemes throughout the UK. Our live-in care staff have enabled thousands of disabled and older people to remain happily within their own home. The role of our live-in carers is to provide domestic, personal and social

care tailored to each individual’s needs and wishes. Able Community Care’s website provides comprehensive information, including many moving and heartfelt client comments. There is also an option to sign up for our free email Newsflash, written by the MD. Angela Gifford each week, to keep up to date with the latest care information and news which may affect you or your family. If you have any questions about our Live-in Care Schemes please contact us on 01603 764567 or email to For a Free Information Pack, please don’t hesitate to contact Able Community Care on 01603 764567 or email ablemg@aol. com. Alternatively you can visit our website for more information at

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O VER £550,000

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.

 Single En Suite Bedrooms  Permanent, Respite and

Holiday Care Chiropody and Hairdressing in the Town Centre  Individual Centred Care  Home Cooked Meals  Daily Activity  Flat Screen TV in

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

 Rooms from £550 per week

Every Bedroom


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.”


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