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Editor: Jonathan Horswell



Issue 066 March 2013 Deadline for all submissions for the next issue is: March

8th 2013

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Design: Colin Jeffery ( Senior Designer )

Editorial: Dispatch Magazine Queens House, Queens Square, Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 2AE

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The Regal Experience ...Next presentation will have a local flavour with the screening of In Love with Alma Cogan, a gentle romantic comedy which was shot in Cromer, particularly on and around the pier, in late 2010. The show will be at the Wymondham Ex-Services’ Club (Regal Cinema) on Sunday March 10th (2.30pm). The movie stars Roger Lloyd Pack as Norman, the longstanding manager of the pier’s theatre who battles with the local council which wishes to put it under commercial management. But overshadowing his life is the ghost of singing legend Alma Cogan, whom he had met one night over 40 years earlier. Also starring are Niamh Cusack, Gwyneth Strong and Neil McCaul with Catrine Kirkman playing the part of Alma and legendary John Hurt making a cameo appearance.

Tony Britten, the director who also wrote the screenplay, will be on hand to talk about the film and one he has been making recently about Benjamin Britten. There will also be a display of memorabilia relating to films shot in Norfolk from the 1920s onwards and a short film of Alma Cogan singing three of her hits. Tickets are available from Maureen Dodman (01953 605593) or Michael Armstrong (01953 603246) and at Simply Cards, Market Street, Wymondham.

Wymondham Lions Are having a change of venue. Their meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of each month will continue to be held in The Feathers, Town Green, Wymondham at 8pm. However their meeting on the last Monday of each month (Bank Holidays excepted) will, from Monday March 25th be held at 8pm in the upstairs

room of The London Tavern, Church Street, Attleborough. Wymondham Lions include Attleborough in their area of operation and are keen to make it easier for local residents to come along and see what Lions do. All are welcome, the more people available to assist the more the Club can do to help those in need.

Wymondham Lions Thank W.T.C. At the recent Wymondham Town Council meeting Lion President John Wilde asked the Council to accept a Certificate of Appreciation for the Council’s help during 2012. Lion John said that is usual for the council, who work hard for the community, to receive complaints rather than praise but the Lions would like it placed on record the excellent assistance they have received.

nor the Christmas Fayre could have gone ahead.

Without the council providing storage space, the loan of some equipment and other help neither the Jubilee Celebration

Further information about the Lions can be obtained on

The Certificate was presented to Mayor Robert Savage at a meeting of the full Council in Fairland Hall.

Wymondham Lions Diary 2013 1st March - Town Quiz, Central Hall

10-11th August - Norwich Motor Show

1-2nd March - Marie Curie Collection

27th September - MacMillan Coffee Morning

31st March - Easter Egg Draw

12th October - Charity Swim

3rd May - Charter Celebration, Park Farm

28th October - Autumn Dinner

4th June DGs Lady’s Garden Party, Blickling

31-3rd November - Visit to Bad Orb

8th June - Taste of Wymondham 25-27th June Tagging Children, Royal Norfolk Show

2nd Dec December �������� Attleborough Christmas Carnival 5th December - Christmas Fayre 7th December �������� - Charity Ball

24th June - Midsummer Jazz Picnic President’s Handover

12-14th December �������� Waitrose Wymondham Collections

14th July - S. Norfolk Fun Day 16-18th December 4th August - Horse box parking, Wayland Show Care Home Carols & Santa For Information and booking through John Tel: 01953 788268 or Follow on Twitter: @Wymondhamlions Like on Facebook: Wymondham Lions LinkedIn: WymondhamLions Clubhouse Website: wymondham Email:

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The Race Is On To Help Life-Saving Charity Budding Jenson Buttons and Lewis Hamiltons are being urged to take part in a charity go-karting race to help raise funds that will be used to help save lives. The East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) Grand Prix takes place on Saturday 6th April at Ellough Park Raceway near Beccles, Suffolk, and the Charity is now looking for wannabe racing drivers to sign up and take part. Teams will consist of three to five drivers and are asked to pay an entry fee of £80 (per team) which will cover the cost of suit, glove and helmet hire for all those taking part. They will also be entered in to a one hour endurance race with winners entered into a Super Final. All teams are asked to raise £100 for the charity which will go towards ensuring that the two dedicated air ambulances operated by EAAA can continue to transport highly skilled

doctors and critical care paramedics to the scenes of emergencies across the region. Olly Larkin, from EAAA, said: “This event has been organised by the charity so that we can spend a morning having some fun with our supporters while raising money for this very worthwhile cause. The money raised throughout the evening will help us to continue to treat people at the scene of their medical emergencies, when and where they need us most.” For further information about the EAAA Grand Prix or to book a place for a team, contact Olly Larkin on 01603 489406 or email

Kerry Butcher

If you’d like to know more about the work of the East Anglian Air Ambulance visit or call 08450 669 999 to find out about the wide range of volunteering opportunities within the charity or for help organising an event. Follow us on Twitter at @EastAngliAirAmb or ‘like’ our Facebook page East Anglian Air Ambulance Charity.

Les King Presidents Trophy Charity Cricket Match Sunday 21st April 1pm. At Hardingham Cricket Club. Hardingham V Tony Selby’s Norfolk Select.

Match Sponsored by MW Surfacing Ltd. Proceeds to Star Throwers Cancer Charity.

Here at Kerry Butcher Accountancy Services we are pleased that March is finally here, we hope it means more sunshine, spring flowers and closer to spending time outside. In the office we are concentrating on getting all of our clients ready for the new Real Time System that starts in April 2013. This is the new PAYE system which requires all employers to file returns monthly instead of annually and requires that all employee information is accurate at all times. If you operate payroll then this will affect you so if you have been thinking about passing your payroll over to an accountant or payroll bureau then maybe this is the time to start

the ball rolling. Unbelievably it is also only a month or so to the end of the tax year so why not start early this year and get your books in. You don’t have to pay until January 2014 but wouldn’t it be nice to know how much you need to pay so you can start saving or making monthly payments to HMR with their budget plan. We still offer our free initial consultations so why not call us and spring into action.

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Priory Insurance Brokers Ltd ‘Celebrating 40 Years Of Excellence’. Priory Insurance Brokers Ltd was set up in 1973 by Trevor Whitmore and Michael Emmerson. They swiftly outgrew the office in King Street, Thetford and moved to Castle Street shortly thereafter which is where they traded for over 30 years. In the 1980’s they branched out, opening offices in Wymondham and Beccles and later in the 1990’s an office in Norwich. In 2006, due to technological advances and changing times in the industry the business was consolidated into the one main office in Wymondham. At this time the ‘Commercial Centre of Excellence’ was also established. Michael Emmerson retired in 2005 shortly followed by TrevorWhitmore in 2008. The business is now owned by Trevor’s son,

Mark Whitmore, who is MD, and who has been involved in the business for over 20 years and also Jon Briggs, also a Director, who joined the company as a junior over 33 years ago. The company have a long-standing presence in the personal insurance market insuring cars, vans, home , property (home and abroad) and holidays for individuals, several of whom have been on the books for over 30 years. The commercial centre of excellence is going from strength to strength, dealing with all clients business needs. This applies equally to sole traders, partnerships and companies of all sizes. Specialities include haulage, motor fleets, motor trade, commercial combined premises cover,

liabilities and professional indemnity. Priory pride themselves on delivering a real sustainable personal service, always providing a dedicated handler to each client who deals with that customer for the life of the policy. The staff of 9 are all fully trained, experienced, local and knowledgeable in

their fields. In this day of conglomerates , a welcome change. Priory Insurance Brokers Ltd continue to grow in these challenging times and have plans to expand organically in the not too distant future. A real local success story.

Attleborough Christian Aid Committee Invite you to their annual Quiz Evening. Saturday 9th March 2013 at the Connaught Hall, Station Road, Attleborough.

**** RAFFLE**** All profit for Christian Aid

Quiz Master Mr Pat Murphy TEAMS OF SIX FISH & CHIPS £7.50 Choice of fish/sausage/vegetarian Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start Bar available (please do NOT bring alcohol)

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Please Book Your Place In Advance by ringing Dorothy Woolliscroft on 01953 456211, giving the name of your team and a contact number. Please pay as a group, not individually; cheques payable Christian Aid.


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 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.

Computer Issue? Not Booting? Too Slow? Want A Change? Well we can help! New & Recon units - Each branch of Anglia Computer Solutions has just received new stock of all types of new and reconditioned PC’s. Whether it’s a desktop or laptop you are after we have it and at very competitive prices too! Recon laptops from £129! New Laptops from £299! Desktops through all price ranges. Speed up \ Upgrades - Have you already got a PC? is it running a bit slow or not quite up to spec for what you need? Well bring it into us. We will go through the unit, clear out anything that isn’t required, remove any viruses and give it a general speed boost. If you need something a bit extra ask for a RAM upgrade, this should have you typing away in no time. Backups - Are often forgotten, but when your computer crashes it’s no laughing

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matter. Every year we see hundreds of people that have lost their work, photos, music etc and without spending a small fortune it’s gone for good. For as little as £10 we can setup a backup system which will ensure you never lose all the hard work you have created. Just pop into one of our branches and have a chat, we will soon determine how much data you need to backup and provide the best solution for you. Home & Business Callouts - We have onsite engineers which can visit your home \ business and solve a whole manner of issues. For all your home and business computer needs call Anglia Computer Solutions on 01953 859753.



Hearing Loss Treatment: The Sooner The Better By Karen Finch, Audiologist and Managing Director of The Hearing Care Centre. One in six people in the UK has a hearing loss. This doesn’t mean that the day we turn 60, we wake up in the morning and can’t hear. The process is usually gradual and progressive. When it comes to age-related hearing loss, it may not always be preventable. However, not waiting too long before getting tested and - in case of need - getting fitted with hearing aids sooner rather than later, is a very smart move. Just like our joints and muscles, the use-it or lose-it principle applies to our hearing. Understanding hearing loss and treatment options, such as hearing aids, can assure you don’t lose it before it is too late.

Even if you are one of those people who insist they hear just fine, thank you, there is no harm (and a lot of benefit) in having your hearing checked. One of the many good reasons to get your hearing checked sooner rather than later is this: undetected and untreated hearing loss can diminish your quality of life by making it difficult to communicate and interact with people around you - be it at work or in family and social situations.

Book a hearing test and, if needed, treated with some of today’s fantastic digital hearing aids.

Tel: 0800 096 2637

The Hearing Care Centre Ltd | East Anglia’s Multi-Award Winning Private Hearing Care Company

Local centres in: Attleborough, Botesdale, Dereham, Eye, Halesworth, Harleston and Wymondham.


On the other hand, treating hearing loss as early as possible, before it starts to impact your emotional, psychological and social well-being, can improve your communication and language skills, allowing you to fully participate in all the leisure and work activities. So don’t wait until you have to cup your ear to hear people around you.

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Should You Invest Into ISA’s? Quite often we are asked by our clients if they should invest into an ISA for the current year. The allowance, currently up to £11,280, is available on a tax year basis (currently 6/4/2012 to 5/4/2013). The limits can change each year and the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement indicated that the allowance will increase to £11,520 in the next tax year. The benefits of ISA’s are that the interest (cash ISA’s) and growth (equity ISA’s) is not subject to tax. Mostly everyone prefers investments with tax benefits so ISA’s quite often have an appeal. As the rules covering how much can be invested into a cash ISA (up to £5640) and how much of the total allowance can be invested into an equity ISA can be confusing, please speak to us if you need any help. We can also advise on appropriate investment areas and the

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most suitable ISA provider for your needs. Should you invest into ISA’s? Quite often the answer to this question is yes you should but please speak to us to make sure that an ISA is the most suitable product for you. Your ISA allowance is a ‘use it or lose it allowance’ as it can only be used in each relevant tax year.

Wymondham Garden Club Wymondham Garden Club members meet on the third Monday of each month at 7.00pm in the Methodist Day Centre, Town Green, Wymondham. The Club holds regular Table shows as well as a Raffle and a Plant stall.

Annual membership fee: £14 Visitors: £2 per meeting. Tea & Coffee Complimentary. For further information about the Wymondham Garden Club please contact Mrs Marion Beesley. Tel: 01953 789427.

Wymondham Garden Club Programme For 2013 18th March Ben Potterton Shade Planting

19th August Peter & Rosemary Salt Rise & Fall of Costessey Hall

15th April Hoecroft Nursery - Hoecroft through the Seasons

16th September Ian Limmer Rambler Roses

20th May Paul Metcalf - Bees

21st October AGM & Plant Auction

17th June Quiz night

18th November Barry Gayton - Drought Tolerant Plants

We are here to help! ML Financial Associates Ltd Suite 4, The Old Dairy, Elm Farm Business Park, Norwich Common, Wymondham, Norfolk, NR18 0SW. Tel: 01953 711123 Fax: 01953 600479

15th July Robin McDonald - Orchids

9th December - Christmas Social



Attleborough Amateur Boxing Club

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Tickets for Attleborough Amateur Boxing Club’s Home Show on Saturday March 23rd are now on general sale.

Connaught Hall in Attleborough will be packed again for the show with a partisan crowd.

20 Bouts are being planned with up to 18 Attleborough Boxers scheduled to be on another full card. Competing against boxers coming from such clubs as Swales Gloves & Isle Of Thanet in Kent, Chadwell St Mary, Norwich Lads, Gold Star, Kings Lynn, Macclesfield and Hartlepool Clubs. It is expected that the

The doors are open at 7.00pm and Boxing starting at 8.00pm. Tickets are priced at £12 each and available from Kissinger Estate Agents, Exchange Street, Attleborough ( 01953 454272) and Salon FX in Edenside Drive 01953 451305 or alternatively directly from the Club Gym on the Reception Desk.

This we feel will give our customer base the opportunity to purchase a kitchen or bathroom through one established independent family business based in Wymondham Norfolk.

Supreme Bathrooms can also offer a supply only alternative if you have your own tradesmen upon which we can organise delivery of your new bathroom or kitchen at your own convenience.

This means our customers only have one port of call with their order, which leaves us to project manage all trades and labour involved in each installation contract giving the customer total piece of mind.

Why not get down to Supreme Bathrooms now to view our fantastic range where you can also book your free home survey if required.

Could You Spare Your Time To Help Horses?

Supreme Bathrooms have their own installation teams which take care of all trades including tiling, plumbing, electrics etc.

World Horse Welfare Hall Farm, at Snetterton. Are looking for people who would be willing to give a few hours regularly.

help out in the Visitor Centre, give yard tours or maybe help with the flower beds.

You don’t need to be a horse expert - we just need some friendly faces who could

Contact Justina on 01953 499104 for more information.

Tel: 01953 456789


Are pleased to announce that we are now able to supply and install kitchens to our already well established bathroom business.

Our showroom which currently displays around 80 bathrooms and showers will be refurbished early March to accommodate our fantastic range of new kitchens which will enhance our existing portfolio of products.

This service includes a home visit where we will measure your bathroom or kitchen before discussing your requirements. Then we can create your design on our proffessional CAD system before offering you a complete package price to carry out all work. We can even dispose of the old products and all rubbish before letting you sit back and enjoy your wonderful new Supreme bathroom or kitchen.


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We are looking for a full time dynamic office admin person to assist the sales team also a freelance Sales person for a fixed 6 week contract. For more information call Jonathan on 01953 456789 NORWICH




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Breckland Homeclean Breckland Homeclean, based in Attleborough Town Centre has been providing a Domestic Service throughout the area for the past 15 years! We provide a quality service to customers across the Breckland and South Norfolk area, covering the towns of Attleborough, Diss, Wymondham and Watton plus the surrounding villages. We offer a regular weekly or fortnightly service; however some of our customers need a more frequent service, so we visit them several times a week, and some customers on a daily basis. We also offer “One Off Sparkle Cleans” where team members come in and provide a full clean to your specific requirements. All of the Team Members are carefully selected, fully referenced checked and are subject to the CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) process. Some of the members have been part

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of the team for 10 years, whist many have been in excess of 5 years. The service provided appeals to a wide range of customers those who are no longer able to do it all themselves - those who have busy lives and don’t have the time to do it - and those who just don’t wish to do it!! We have customers who are at home whist we visit and those who are out at work, in those cases we hold keys and alarm codes. We have customers who work out of the area or overseas, whose homes we manage in readiness for return at the weekends. If you require assistance on a regular weekly or fortnightly basis we will ensure that you have the same Team Member on the same day and at the same time each time

we visit. Payment is simple - we raise an invoice at the end of the month for work done during that month. Payment can be paid by internet banking, debit/credit card or cheque. If you are looking for a quality service provided by a team who are focused on customer satisfaction, in the first

instance contact us to discuss your requirements. We can then arrange for one of our customer liaison team to visit you and detail your specific needs. To contact us telephone 01953 458447 or 01953 458443, alternatively email us

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Are You Interested In Joining The Team? If you can achieve excellent results and customer satisfaction, able to provide suitable references, willing to go through the CRB process - Contact us for an application form - 01953 458447/458443. March 2013


Countdown To The Breckland Book Festival Calling all would be authors and bookworms - a date for your diary - Friday 1st March is the date the second Breckland Book Festival kicks off a whole month of literary and creative events. Inspiration for many of the events this year has come from the Great Big Read Goes to the Movies, a celebration of books in libraries that have been adapted for the big screen. The opening event at Dereham Library 12.30pm - 5.00pm introduces you to the ‘Human Library’ and offers the opportunity to borrow a ‘Human Book’, a person, that has chosen to be a public representative of a certain group. Someone who has had to deal with and overcome unusual circumstances. Later that evening, festival goers will be treated to a fun filled night when Scary Little Girls bring literature to life with songs, music and plenty of laughter. Each show is a mixture of comedy sketches, story telling, music and songs, audience games and

participation…as well as additional mirth, high-jinks and give-aways! Described as ‘a performative romp conducted with tongues firmly in cheeks!’ The whole festival programme features a wide range of events including author talks and readings from the likes of renowned poet Simon Armitage, 2012 Booker Prize shortlisted author Alison Moore, crime writers Elly Griffiths and Tom Benn and children’s authors Sheridan Winn and Tom Blofield, creator of the magical ‘Bewilderwood’. Creative writing workshops for adults, art workshops for children and a whole host of film screenings are on offer throughout the month. The festival is full of fascinating events and there truly is something for everyone. Lynda Turner said; “There’s a real buzz about this year’s Book Festival. I hope all who come enjoy themselves learn

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something new and go away laden with books and new ideas for reading, inspired by our terrific authors. We are proud to support our local libraries and you will see many of the events are taking place in a library near you.

programme and that it will inspire you to get reading, writing and listening in 2013 - and for many years to come.

Our thanks go to Creative Arts East and Norfolk County Council Library Services for their passion, enthusiasm and support which is truly reflected in this fantastic festival.”

Each library has a box office facility and tickets can also be purchased online via

Organisers hope that many of you will take advantage of this terrific

Programmes and bookmarks are available at each town library and tourist information centre in the district.



Stacey And Partners Businesses in East Anglia face dangers and challenges in the year ahead, due to the biggest changes in the PAYE system since it was introduced in 1944. Whether you employ one person, or employ a large work force, the changes in the PAYE system that will take place in April 2013 will affect you. Are you ready? Under the new system, called Real Time Information (RTI), employers must send HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) monthly details of how much each employee has been paid and how much tax has been deducted under the PAYE system. Details have previously been sent just once a year. These details will have to be sent to HMRC in electronic format, and the first challenge that many small businesses will have is to operate a computerised payroll system, in order that the submissions are made correctly. The implications of the new system are that employee information must be accurate and submissions must be completed on time so that HMRC will

know how much PAYE and national insurance contributions are due at each pay date. Details of payments will need to be submitted on a timely basis. This will be a real challenge to some businesses, as this will mean that they will need to report payments to employees as soon as they are paid, rather than one a monthly basis as many have been doing in the past. As an example, a typical restaurant may pay its waiters at the end of a shift, and report this when doing a monthly payroll. In future, details of these payments will have to be sent to HMRC within seven days of payment, in electronic form. These changes will also enable HMRC to identify companies which are falling in arrears with the payment of PAYE and National Insurance leading to financial difficulties.

Many small businesses may delay making payments to HMRC in times of financial difficulty, to assist with cash flow.

most employers. Payroll alignment attempts to match up information HMRC holds with employers’ payroll records.

Now, they will have to “come clean” and negotiate if they are falling in arrears, as RTI will give HMRC the transparency it needs to more quickly tackle companies that are building up arrears.

All those who employ others will be required to make their first Full Payment Submission under the new guidelines on or after April 6th.

If coupled with a more aggressive approach from the taxman, it may see more firms going to the wall. Companies will also have to be a lot more careful as to the accuracy of the data they maintain and supply, as there will be large fines, not only for late submission and payment of PAYE tax and reports, but also for inaccurate reports. There are many issues employers must address before the system goes live. One is payroll alignment, which will probably be the biggest hurdle for

As such, there is not much time left to ensure the right payroll software and systems are in place. Mark Wallace is a Charted Accountant and a member of the Federation of tax Advisors partner in the accountancy firm Stacey and Partners, with offices in Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket and Thetford, and can be contacted on 01284 773400 or by email: Lots of useful business advice is on the website

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Make Sure The Easter Bunny ...doesn’t visit your dog!... Easter is just around the corner, meaning that it is important (just as it is all year round) to keep chocolate, cakes and chocolate-coated goodies safely away from your pets. Many people are not aware of the danger if their pet consumes chocolate, but the effects can be fatal.

Take your pet to a Veterinary Centre immediately where he or she will be induced to vomit unless the pet is twitchy, unaware of his/her surroundings or seizuring. There is no antidote for chocolate poisoning which is why it is so important to keep chocolate securely away from your pet. If your pet has ingested chocolate he/she may need to be hospitalised by your vet for supportive treatment and observation.

Spot the signs Clinical signs are usually seen within 6-12 hours of eating. Initial signs include increased thirst, vomiting, diarrhoea and restlessness. These signs can progress to hyperactivity, high or low blood pressure and in some cases a coma. Due to the high fat content of chocolate, it can also trigger pancreatitis in some animals. Fatality is usually due to changes to the heart rhythm, high temperature or respiratory failure. If you think your pet may have ingested chocolate…

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If the ingestion and the treatment are performed in the first 2-4 hours, the prognosis is usually good so it is incredibly important to contact your vet as soon as you suspect your pet may have ingested chocolate. Even if he/she has only eaten what you may think is a small amount, still contact your vet for their advice.

Preparing Pets For Spring Although it is not here just yet, spring is around the corner. Getting pets ready for warmer weather is a great way to keep pets comfortable and well-groomed, as well as cutting down on spring cleaning.

Trimming nails and claws Brushing All pet lovers have seen it at one time or another, and many dread it each year... pets shedding their winter coat in large clumps. Many breeds of dog (all of those with double-coated fur) and many cats will start shedding their heavy winter fur once the days start getting warmer and longer. Without some grooming, this fur will be shed in the house, creating more spring cleaning! An easy way to reduce the fur flying is to start a weekly brushing regimen outside if possible. Allergies

The Old Golfhouse Veterinary Group have 4 centres in Norfolk & Suffolk and are happy to answer any of your concerns regarding this, or any other concern regarding your pet.

the same symptoms people experience. Talk to your vet for help treating seasonal allergies in pets.

Watch your pet carefully for signs of allergies: watery eyes, runny nose, coughing, or sneezing. If these symptoms sound familiar, they should - they are

Trimming nails and claws is important throughout the year, but with pet’s spring ‘clean-up’ is a natural time to clip nails and claws closer than usual. Most pet owners who trim their pets’ nails at home only trim a bit at a time, resulting in the quick growing longer. The quick is the living portion of the claw or nail - much like the pink portion of human fingernails. For any pet owner who has ‘quicked’ a pet (cut the living part of the nail), it bleeds and causes pain for the pet. Subsequent nail trims are likely to be less and less aggressive, resulting in an overgrown quick. Suggestions for getting a really good nail/claw trim: go to the vet - for a nominal fee, nails can be trimmed at each visit if you like; use a professional groomer or pet salon; invest in a nail grinder (although some pets don’t like the noise). You can also get pointers from the vet or groomer to give better nail trims at home.

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New Buckenham Art Exhibition 2013 The Easter Weekend has become a popular time for art lovers as New Buckenham opens its doors for the annual Art Exhibition. It takes place in their spacious village hall not far from the church.

Norfolk landscapes and more recently her botanical work.

The facilities are ideal with good lighting and exhibits well displayed.

Here you can see a couple of her watercolours.

Artists come from various parts of Norfolk and Suffolk many are professional and some are hobby painters. There is a wide variety of work from traditional studies to the more contemporary approach.

She paints much of her work from life but uses other images and her own imagination to give scenes a mystical atmosphere.

Some artist’s work in watercolours others in oil and acrylics and then there are a good section of prints and photographs. This year for the first time artists have been asked to exhibit unframed pieces and also greetings cards. One artist exhibiting this year is Hazel Rush who has exhibited each year and was the person who started the exhibition over 18 years ago. She is also well known for her

This year the Opening Night is Friday 29th March from 7.30pm to 10pm. Admission is £3.00 including wine and nibbles. It is a very popular night and often many pictures are sold too. You can view the exhibition over the Easter Weekend Saturday 30th Sunday 31st and Monday 1st from 11am - 4.30pm. All proceeds from the event go to the Village Hall and St. Martin’s Church New Buckenham.

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South Norfolk Mobility Centre Let us help you enjoy your independence. Let’s hope that by Easter we may have some decent weather!

that a walking stick may give you the support you need.

give that extra bit of confidence to feel steady and in control.

With the prolonged cold of the winter and the snowfall, we are certainly ready for Spring (and some sunshine!)

We sell canes which fold up neatly to fit in a bag - you can choose from plain black to pretty floral designs.

Scooters are always popular and we stock the main brands such as TGA, Mercury, Rascal and Shoprider.

If your thoughts are turning to getting out and about, then perhaps we can help with your mobility. It might be

We stock three and four wheeled walkers and walking frames, all designed to aid you with walking and to

If you are not a car driver but would like a scooter that’s not a problem - we always give tuition, so that you

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are safe and feel confident. We will show you all the do’s and dont’s. So for your mobility needs come and see us. See more at:


Vauxhall Astra VXR 2.0i Turbo (280PS) By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Journalist.

THE LATEST Astra VXR from Vauxhall is exciting to look at and delivers supercar performance. The muscular stance, the crazily big 20 inch alloy wheels and the leather hip-hugging sports seats aren’t exactly subtle. And, if for some reason you’ve had a ‘senile moment’ and need reminding further that you’re not in any ‘normal’ Astra, don’t fret because ‘VXR’ is emblazoned on the steering wheel. So, in terms of looks, the Astra has done a good job of puffing itself up before even going anywhere - but does it deliver on the move? The answer to that is a slightly schizophrenic one: yes, and no.

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You see, whilst the VXR benefits from chassis modifications to cater for the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, which produces a whopping 276bhp and 295lb ft of torque, the front wheels sometimes find it hard to command the clout. This means when you hit the gas hard there’s a lot of torque-steer and the steering wheel can almost yank itself free from your grip. But this makes the Astra fun – in a challenging sort of way. After all, it is a thoroughbred from Vauxhall’s sizzling hot-hatch stable and excitable beasts need to be kept in check. On the straights, the viciously quick Vauxhall certainly attracts looks from fellow motorists and the deep rumble, building up to a turbo whistle, probably hurts their eardrums too. But through the bends is where you’ll grin like a Cheshire cat. This is because, compared with the 1.6-litre turbocharged GTC model, the Astra VXR’s springs have been stiffened by 30 per cent and the car lowered by 10mm, to


allow more driver connection on road and track. The result is exceptional traction when the way ahead starts going all twisty on you. And when it comes to scrubbing off speed - the almighty Astra has it covered. The vast cross-drilled, ventilated front discs and four-piston callipers demonstrate that Vauxhall and Brembo have worked hard to develop a braking system which will bring a car capable of 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds and 155mph to a swift stop. To make life behind the wheel of the mighty motor even more interesting you have the choice of three chassis settings which can be selected at the push of a button. ‘Standard’ delivers all-round performance for a range of road driving, with ‘Sport’ stiffening the dampers for reduced roll and tighter body control. ‘VXR’ is the most extreme mode. Not only does it enhance throttle responsiveness, and change the instrument backlighting from white to red, but the dampers are stiffened even more and tilt is further reduced during cornering. There’s no doubt about it, this is an exhilarating car to drive, and one that will get you lots of attention. Perhaps too much, judging from the amount of teen racers determined to take you on every time you want to

nip to Tesco. Great; but if you wanted the attention of spotty 18 year olds wearing baseball caps backwards then you’d have bought an old Nova GTE with a fake turbo whistler shoved up the tailpipe. No, in some ways the Astra VXR isn’t quite classy enough – but at nearly £27,000 on the road, you’ll need to have a fairly respectable occupation to afford one. PROS • Exciting • Powerful • Great Brakes CONS • Torque-steer • Image FAST FACTS • Max speed: 155 mph • 0-62 mph: 5.9 secs • Combined mpg: 34.9 • Engine: 1998 cc 16 valve 4 cylinder turbo petrol • Max. power (bhp): 276 at 5500 rpm • Max. torque (lb/ft): 295 at 25004500 rpm • CO2: 189 g/km • Price: £26,995 on the road


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