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April 2011 Issue 043



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Local Writer Kate Anders Sets Adventure Story In Norwich.


The Regal Experience


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Feel-Good Musical Easter Parade.


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The Pride Of Breckland

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Club Welcomes First Lady Member.


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WYMONDHAM Local Writer Sets Adventure Story In Norwich An exciting new children’s book Ninian Fire: Double Dutchman by local writer Kate Anders has just been launched. It is written for children aged 8 - 12. The story is narrated by Ninian Fire, one of three children who live in the heart of Norwich. Ninian’s parents run a language school and he and his cousins amuse themselves following some of the students who come to learn English. However what starts as a harmless game quickly develops into an exciting adventure as the three children discover a gang of international criminals. With a kidnapping, code messages and mysterious disappearances, the reader is swept through the streets of Norwich and will recognise several well-known buildings and streets before the final denouement at the airport.

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Kate Anders, a teacher, who lives in Wymondham, came to Norfolk a few years ago from the Netherlands with her Dutch husband. They have two grown-up children. She explains: “I think Norwich is a wonderful city, so I decided to set a children’s adventure story there. I hope the book will encourage readers to develop an interest in foreign languages as well as giving them the feeling that an exciting adventure is waiting for them just round the corner.” So does Kate plan to write more stories like this? “This is the first in a trilogy, and the publishers plan to bring the second out later this year,” She says. Are we allowed to know something about the next book? “It’s set in Norwich, and starts at the station. There’s a musician… but I’m not going to reveal too much!”

Kate is available to visit schools in Wymondham to discuss writing a book with pupils and to sign copies. Contact for further details.

The book is available at The Book Fountain in Wymondham, retail outlets elsewhere, and also from the website and Amazon.

Fashion Show Fashion Show by Ward-Robes in aid of The Mayors Community Fund at Fairland Hall, Wymondham on Tuesday 12th April at 7pm. Tickets £3 including refreshments available from Ward-Robes 20 Fairland Street, Wymondham tel: 01953 607831 or Wymondham Town Council Office. All items are for sale on the evening Clothes, scarves, bags, jewellery.

The show will raise money for the Mayors Charities which are Starthrowers the cancer charity in Melton Road, Wymondham and the Wymondham Parkinsons Disease Society.

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Wymondham Ex Services The Regal Club Celebration Experience Following the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on the 29th April, Wymondham Ex Services Social Club are holding their own ‘Regal’ celebrations. enjoy including for this year’s Festival, a special one off ‘Regal ale’. The Function room has recently been refurbished with a coffee and cream decorative finish to the walls and new carpeting. This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the building of the town’s former Regal Cinema, now the Ex Services Club Function Room. To commemorate this, the Club will be holding their annual Beer Festival from Friday 29th April to Sunday May 1st and have arranged to have on sale, suitably inscribed pint and half pint beer glasses depicting the original cinema and on the reverse the ever familiar Regal clock which has kept good time over the last 75 years. There will be lots of real ale and cider to

It offers a superb and comfortable room to hire for all occasions such as meetings, parties, dances and film shows as very competitive rates and full details may be obtained from the Club or from their website - The official re-opening of the Function Room is due to take place on Saturday May 14th at 8.30pm with ‘What’s Up’ one of East Anglia’s premier bands, on stage playing hits from the 50s 60s 70s 80s and 90s. The admission price is £3 and all are welcome to attend.

The rousing feel-good musical Easter Parade is the Regal Experience’s next presentation at the old Wymondham Regal, now part of the local Ex-Services Club, on Sunday 17th April (2.30pm). Easter Parade, the second biggest box office success of 1948, stars the incomparable Fred Astaire and Judy Garland, together with Peter Lawford and the stunning Ann Miller. Gene Kelly was originally scheduled to play the male lead but sprained his ankle in a volleyball game and at his suggestion Astaire took over the role. The film features some spectacular dance routines and, with Music and Lyrics by the legendary Irving Berlin, the songs include A Couple Of Swells, Everybody’s Doin’ It, When The Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves For Alabam, It Only Happens When I Dance With You, and of course, Easter Parade.

Easter bonnet and it is hoped there will be participants among Regal-goers. The supporting film, Capital Visit, was made in 1955 and follows a party of schoolchildren who spend three crowded but exciting days in London. For some it was their visit and made quite an impression. Tickets for the show are available from Maureen Dodman (01953 605593) or Michael Armstrong (01953 603246) and at the Wymondham Heritage Museum. They are priced at £5 (£4 concessions).

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Funeral Services Help ‘Help For Heroes’ Anglia Funeral Services, which operate 21 Funeral Homes across our region, incorporating branches such as Peter Taylor, Cossey, Rackhams and RJ Bartram & Son. Throughout 2010 each branch raised and collected money for Help for Heroes (H4H) and this work has been acknowledged by Bryn Parry OBE & Emma Parry OBE, the founders of Help for Heroes. H4H provides direct, practical support for our wounded. It funds projects and initiatives that make a real difference to the lives of our wounded heroes. Working closely with the Army, Navy and RAF, H4H provides support where it is most needed, spending all that they get, as all the admin costs are covered by selling H4H merchandise through Help for Heroes Trading. The staff at Anglia Funeral Services have added to the collection by selling the ever-popular wrist-bands and asking for voluntary donations for the memorial Christmas Trees which decorated the branches in December. Peter Taylor Funeral Service in Holt hires out some of the extensive car park for a donation

to H4H and Cossey Funeral Service in Beccles has a display in one of the front windows honouring the heroes and offering locally made and donated jams and chutneys, mugs, calendars and pens for sale to add to the on-going collection. After counting up the money collected for Help for Heroes the final amounts collected by each branch are: Breckland Funeral Service Watton: £41.51 Broadland Funeral Service Wroxham: £20.30 Bury & District Funeral Service: £14.22 Cossey Funeral Service Beccles: £882.00 Cossey Funeral Service Bungay: £59.74 Duckers Funeral Service Aylsham: £20.43 Gordon Rooney Funeral Service Norwich: £33.00 Jackson & Starling Funeral Service North Walsham: £46.43

Long Stratton & District Funeral Service: £30.52 Peter Taylor Funeral Service Holt: £240.00 Peter Taylor Funeral Service Norwich: £67.00 Peter Taylor Funeral Service Sprowston: £10.00 Rackhams Funeral Service Harleston: £29.32 RJ Bartram & Son Funeral Service Attleborough: £43.03 RJ Bartram & Son Funeral Service Dereham: £42.39 RJ Bartram & Son Funeral Service Wymondham: £84.71 Making a total of £1664.60 to Help for Heroes it is a fantastic contribution and one that we are all very proud of.

A Date For Your Diary Wymondham WEA The Wymondham Branch of the WEA will be running a summer day school in the Abbey Hall on 14th May 2011, starting at 10am until 4pm. Subject: Medieval Norfolk with special reference to Wymondham.

interesting 1 day course and the cost is £12 per person. All are welcome.

Lecturer: Emilie Vince.

Full details may be obtained from the Secretary Mrs M Johnson, Tel: 01953 606234.

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Murder At The Green Dragon Following on from last years very enjoyable Medevil Murder Mystery, the Green Dragon are looking for Wymondham’s Super Sleuths to piece the clues together again. It’s the 17th April 1941. The Blitz on London is in full swing and the locals in Wymondham have just been bombed for the first time. Here in the Green Dragon feelings are running high. The imposition of blackout, rationing, German air attacks and the threat of invasion has seen tempers flare and fists raised. No one seems to have an answer to Hitlers onslaught. To add to the tension, a body was found strangled in the Abbey grounds last week, Flying Officer Jack Ketch from 405 Sqn, Meteorological Flight, had recently returned on leave to the town, where he lodged with Mrs Babs Miller. Apparently Ketch, when examined by the Police, was found to be in possession of black market goods including petrol coupons, knicker elastic and silk stockings. The Admiralty had assumed operational

control of RAF Coastal Command on the 15th April, to the dismay of the RAF. Operation Garrotte is a new secret strike against the U-boats prowling the North Sea. This years menu is now available to preorder - Drop us an E-mail, call us or pop in to book your table. We’ll be kicking things off from 7pm, when the doors re-open on 17th April. £26.00 Per Person (inc Starters & Mains) for a great nights entertainment. Desserts can be pre-ordered or left until the evening. (Subject to availability and additional charge). Dress code is optional, but we’d love to see you all dressed up....

Starters: Dandelion, Nettle & Potato Soup Coronation Chicken Salad Pan Fried Field Mushroom, Topped With Basil Roasted Cherry Tomato’s & Melted Goats Cheese Mains: Chicken & Bacon Pie, With Chive Creamy Mash & Garden Pea’s Leek and Brie Gratin, with Crusty Bread and Wild Leaf

Herby Mince & Potato Pie in a Rich Gravy, served with Fresh Vegetables. Desserts: Classic ‘Nannies’ Trifle Sticky Toffee Pudding Strawberries & Cream Simonds are always pleased with the quality of advertising with Dispatch & their team is always friendly & professional. Simonds Coaches, Tel: 01379 647300

Charity Big Band Dance With the Jonathan Wyatt Big Band and support from the Old Codgers Jazz Band Where The Central Hall, Back Lane, Wymondham When Saturday 23rd April 2011 8-11.30pm Dance to the waltz, foxtrot, quickstep and

jive to celebrate St George’s Day. All profits to the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Charity Number 1083876. Tickets £12.50 from Reeves Book Shop in Wymondham or telephone 01953 600563.

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Hethersett Old Hall School

Autism Anglia

National Science and Engineering Week went with a ‘Big Bang’ at Hethersett Old Hall School.

Then please come along to a FREE OPEN MEETING to tell us your ideas for a parent support group in your area and what you would like from it. The meeting is to be held on 5th April 2011 from 10am – 12noon at Wymondham Central Hall.

Pupils were involved in an interactive drawing competition in a joint venture with the art department. Other activities included outings to the science museum, Cley marshes and an internet search which enabled pupils to learn more about our galaxy, whilst enhancing their IT skills. A copy is available to download at Why don’t you have a go yourself? Mr Crump, headmaster,

commented: ‘By taking part in National Engineering and Science week we hope to encourage some of our young students to continue the subject into higher education and help fulfil our nation’s requirements for more scientists’. If you would like more information about the school, receive a prospectus or book an individual tour please contact Mrs Kim Borrer, Registrar, on 01603 810390 or email

Do you have a child with Autism? Would you like to meet other parents of children with an ASD?

To let us know you will be coming or for more information please contact: Kathryn Ward tel: 07840 203161 or email:

The Robert Kett Is delighted to welcome our new full time chef, Kevin Codling joining us mid April. Kevin who is originally from Wymondham is an award winning Chef, and is returning after working and living abroad for the past 3 years.

Still great value for money and complete satisfaction for the entire family, all our meals will be home made using seasonal ingredients.

Here at The Robert Kett he will be offering you a range of traditional meals from home and afar.

Watch out all of you with a sweet tooth as we will be serving up some fantastic and very naughty home made desserts which have also won Kevin awards.

With a selection of grill meals, fresh fish, vegetarian dishes and a la carte to classic bar snacks, a little light tapas, light bite lunches and Sunday Carvery.

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Anne Ebbage from Autism Anglia will lead the meeting.

Please don’t hesitate to pop in and see us and have a look at Kevin’s new menus.


Internationally Renowned Wymondham Lions Floral Designer To Host Club Welcomes First Sportspark Event Lady Member Gregor lersch, an international floral designer will be staging a two day event at sportspark, based at the university of east anglia, this summer. The German designer is an established author and has won national and international awards for his work in floristry. He travels the world giving demonstrations to floral artists and will be holding a demonstration and workshop in Norwich this August. Hundreds of members of local flower arranging clubs will be attending the event at Sportspark on the weekend of 12th and 13th August. Thorpe Floral Design Club will be hosting the demonstration on Saturday 12th August in the Barclay Arena, which accommodates three sports halls and allows for 750 seated guests.

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Wymondham Lions Club has broken its 40 year history as a men only club to welcome its first lady member.

Workshops will be held in one of Sportspark’s largest conference rooms on Sunday 13th August. The event will be the first of its kind for Sportspark, which hosts national and international sporting competitions as well as conference events throughout the year. Tickets for the demonstration cost £30. The workshop is already fully booked. A celebration lunch to mark the clubs 10th anniversary is also available before the demonstration at a cost of £15 a head. All booking enquires should be made to Annette Watson by emailing or telephoning 01362 687109.

Above: From left to right: New Member Hayley Webster, Lion David Webster, Lion President Derek Fripp

At a meeting attended by club members and their wives, an induction ceremony took place at the Feathers Public House in Wymondham on 28th February 2011, conducted by Lion President Derek Fripp. New member Hayley Webster has been involved with the club for many years and follows both her father and husband into club membership. Lions Clubs International are the worlds

largest voluntary service organisation with members worldwide and Wymondham Lions Club is very active within it’s own local community and organising events such as the annual Dickensian Christmas Fayre, which has now been running for over 20 years. The Club is currently seeking new members both men and women and meet at the Feathers Public House every second Wednesday and last Monday of each month. To learn more about Lions Club International and Wymondham Lions Club, please visit the Wymondham Lions Website www. wymondhamlionsnorfolkuk/ or contact Membership Secretary Brian Bodiam 01953 607580. David Webster Wymondham Lions PRO.

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

Caister is renowned for its brilliant, dunebacked beaches this stretch of holiday coast spoils you for choice, and there’s nowhere better. The Holiday Park rivals the beach for lively holiday fun and action, with exciting slides, flumes and a bubble pool in the newly refurbished heated indoor pool and activities that include a climbing wall, abseiling and a zip wire. For time out, take a leisurely Norfolk Broad Tour or explore the nearby resort of Great Yarmouth. You can lunch out at a great little pub in Caister or pop into the Mash and Barrel: Lounge-Bar-Café on site. You certainly won’t find yourself bored with a range of facilities such as Crazy Golf, Mini Ten-Pin Bowling and more. Early evening you can enjoy a stroll on the large sandy beach, a sunset bike ride or a

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barbecue. Then head off to the Show Bar for a drink, live music and dancing. The modern 3 bedroom caravan is available throughout the summer months for fantastic prices whether it’s a short break or a week away you are looking for. Prices include Passes to the Club House and Swimming Pool on side, bed linen and all crockery and cutlery. For further information contact Alex on 07871 933621 or email

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

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


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

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

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

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State-Of-The-Art Fun We added all our most advanced features to iPod touch. Just for the fun of it. Share good times with friends over FaceTime. Shoot scenes in HD. Or play games on the highest-resolution iPod screen ever. In fact, iPod touch has so much technology, you’ll forget it’s an iPod. FaceTime FaceTime on iPod touch lets you hang out and catch up with friends in an entirely new way. With just a tap, you can see what your friends are up to - literally. Watch your friend on the other side of town crack up at your stories from last night - new iPod touch to new iPod touch or iPhone 4 over Wi-Fi. Two cameras, two views - you can never have, or see, too much fun. That’s why iPod touch has two cameras: one on the front, which focuses on you. And one on the back, which focuses on what’s in front of you. FaceTime lets you switch between them at any time during a video call. Retina Display The Retina display on iPod touch brings out the best in anything on it. That’s because it’s the highest-resolution iPod screen ever, with four times the pixel count of previous iPod models. In fact, there are so many pixels, the human eye can’t distinguish individual ones. Which makes graphics and images stunningly sharp, and text amazingly crisp. Just like the printed page. iPod Touch Is The Always-With-You HD Video Camera. “You should have seen it!” is a thing of the past. Because with iPod touch, you’ll always have a great HD video camera with you. Say you’re at a party and you see someone street-dancing. You’re ready to capture the moment in all its glory. In high-definition 720p video. You can record video in low-light settings, thanks to the advanced backside illumination sensor. You can even edit and create your own mini-blockbuster on iPod touch using the new iMovie app.

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Bill Pound LRPS of Norfolk Images is a Qualified Member of The Royal Photographic Society.

Cottage Windows Ltd is a small family business with a growing reputation in the Dereham area.

Having spent most of his life living in the lovely Chilterns near Henley on Thames, he has recently moved to Dereham where he intends to carry on producing Greetings Cards and Mounted Prints.

Tony started the company in 2009 after working for a local firm for over 8 years and, with his son Robert, installs top quality doors, windows and conservatories to a high standard at competitive prices. We can also offer a wide range of composite doors and we fit ‘A’ rated glass as standard.

Norfolk Images supplies Canvas Images and Mounted Photos in a variety of sizes, also photographic Greetings Cards of wildlife and Norfolk landscapes. These can be mailed direct to you, quality products at a reasonable cost, to view the range available visit Formal and contemporary Wedding Photography is also available with many packages to suit all needs and budgets. Bill Pound will be at the Norfolk & Beyond Photography Exhibition at Blickling Hall,

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Blickling, Norfolk from 3rd – 9th May 2011, pop along and meet Bill, view his varied range of canvas wraps, greeting cards and much more or discuss you photography needs with him.

Cottage Windows Ltd is a member of Network Veka, a voluntary organisation within the double glazing industry, which monitors members’ work and covers all guarantees. This means, that should a member cease trading, Network Veka will arrange for another firm with the same high standard of workmanship to carry out any repairs. So your guarantee is worth the paper it’s written on.

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


Celebrating The Pride Of Breckland The unsung heroes of Breckland have been recognised in the second Pride in Breckland Awards. An audience of almost 200 gathered in the Officers’ Mess at RAF Marham on Friday evening to witness the ceremony and pay tribute to the hard work, courage, unceasing dedication and caring nature of people from across the district. William Nunn, Leader of Breckland Council, said: “This was a truly humbling night where Breckland’s unsung heroes were given the recognition and thanks they deserve.” “One of the things which makes Breckland so special is the strength of its communities and these awards show just how strong those bonds are. “I know the judges had an extremely hard time in deciding on winners and everyone who was nominated this year deserves recognition and our thanks for what they have achieved.” Group Captain Pete Rochelle took time out from his exceptionally busy schedule to

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welcome people to the base saying RAF Marham was proud to play host to the awards. He said: “Awards and ceremonies like this are hugely important in the role they play in identifying and celebrating the often unsung heroes which make so much of a difference to our communities.”

The ten categories saw a diverse range of winners from community groups to children who had shown exceptional bravery. Nick Loades, from Colkirk, who is a full time carer for his wife and daughter as well as being an active member of his community, was awarded the overall Pride in Breckland Award 2011 after earlier in the evening being awarded the gong for Carer of the Year. In a surprise award at the end of the

The Equality Act 2010 Changes The Equality Act 2010 replaces nine major pieces of discrimination legislation and other ancillary measures that have been introduced over the last forty years to protect people from unfairness and discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and

sexual orientation. These are now called ‘protected characteristics’.

evening Mick Gault, from Dereham, who is the most decorated Commonwealth Games competitor of all time, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Greener Breckland – Old Buckenham Village Environment and Recycling Group (VERG)

The Act extends some protections to characteristics that were not previously covered and also strengthens some aspects of equality law. The core provisions of the Act come into force on 1 October 2010.

Architectural Excellence Award – Saxon Bank Development, Thetford

The award winners were as follows. Safer Breckland – Erica Reynolds Lifetime Achievement Award – Mick Gault Pride In Breckland Award – Nick Loades

Community Group of the Year – The Surge, Watton Volunteer of the Year – Roy Spalding

Carer of the Year – Nick Loades Good Friend / Neighbor – Hazel Holden Child of Courage – Harry Pitchford and Isaac Palmer

Sporting Excellence – Danny Nobbs

An interview with...

Terry Beales South Green Park’s Master Butcher and James Smith, South Green Park’s Apprentice Butcher.

(Butchering and providing meat for South Green Park’s Food Hall and restaurant Café Verde, based in Mattishall, Norfolk. The Apprenticeship is supplied by Poultec Training.)

jumped at the opportunity of completing a Butchery Apprenticeship. The Apprenticeship covers a huge variety of things such as mastering the different cuts of meat through to display and retail skills. Above: Terry Beales & James Smith. Terry: How long have you been a Butcher and what made you decide to take it up as a career? I have been a butcher for 45 years, I got into the trade with a company at an abattoir and really enjoyed it, I was learning the retail side of butchery at the same time and decided that butchery was the career for me. James: You are doing a Butchery apprenticeship with South Green Park, what made you decide to do this and what does it involve? I started working in the restaurant here (Café Verde) when I was 15; I’ve always enjoyed working with food so I naturally

Both: You provide all the meat for the Food Hall & Café Verde, where is this meat sourced from? We use locally sourced meat wherever possible. Our Pork comes from Blythborough, the beef from Longs of Scarning, our chicken is free range from Banham and when in season the lamb is from Green Farm Elsing. Both: Have you always lived around the area? Terry: Yes, I have lived in Norfolk all my life. James: Yes, I was born in Shipdham and have lived in the Dereham area ever since.

Both: How long have you been at South Green Park? Terry: I have been working with South Green Park providing butchery training and services for 4 years.

Both: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Terry: I enjoy Socialising, playing bowls, eating out and spending time with my grandchildren.

James: I have been working here for 7 years now, starting off as a kitchen assistant and progressing through different Apprenticeships.

James: I enjoy cycling and keeping fit, also shooting and socialising with my friends.

James: What is your favourite aspect of your job? I enjoy interacting and building good relationships with our customers and suppliers, along with developing and creating the new ideas/dishes to encourage sales. Both: Are there any other services or products you provide or are looking to provide in the future? We currently supply a number of other local farm shops with our superb meats; this is something we hope to develop and build on the near future.

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Broadland Council Training Services (BCTS) Is Your Local Training Provider Broadland Council Training Services (BCTS) is a successful, specialist training provider that delivers 3 different types of training programmes to people of all ages and abilities in Norfolk and the Eastern Region. Foundation Training for young people who attained few qualifications at school, Mainstream Training delivering NVQ’s and other qualifications mainly through Government approved Apprenticeship Programmes and Business Training. The Business Training (there are some lifestyle courses as well) are delivered from our training rooms at the Broadland District Council offices which is located in Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich. There is free car parking on site and also we are just a 15 minute walk from the train station. We offer over 75 different courses, which are competitively priced and delivered by independent, skilled, practical and

What Is Network Marketing? To this day, many associate Network Marketing unfairly as a pyramid scheme. In the UK it is regulated by The Direct Selling Association and is a respected means of achieving an income. Some of the longest-standing companies using this method include Body Shop, Avon and Kleeneze. More recently Dorling Kindersley and Richard Branson have started using this method to offer their products to people. How Does Network Marketing Work? It is a business in which ordinary people can invest a small sum of money and achieve what they want to achieve, be it £50 a month, £5000 a month or just more time to be with their family and friends.

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Rights To Views By W F Smith and Co Consultant Roger Sharp.

Above: Roger Sharp

developments of single or multiple housing allowed in towns and villages alike and views will be lost as a result. In a recent case, however, a person was successful in claiming a neighbour’s extension blocking a view of the Thames infringed a covenant in the neighbours’ deeds not to commit a nuisance. Planning permission for the extension had been granted. It is always important to examine the exact terms of the deeds.

It has become common for people with large gardens to sell off part for development and this has often become the cause of inter-neighbour complaint. The neighbour, amongst other things, often asserts that his rights to light have been interfered with by the proposed new building and therefore it should not be allowed to go ahead.

There is also a right to light that can be enforced over neighbouring landowners to enable someone to enjoy a reasonable amount of light through existing windows. The right is acquired automatically after the window in question has had 20 years of uninterrupted light through it. The rights do not have to be registered with the Land Registry to be enforceable.

Generally there is no right to a view. People, particularly those who have moved from cities to the country, have brought properties partly or even wholly because of views enjoyed. With social and political pressures to build new housing, increasingly there will be new

There is no hard and fast rule as to how much light is reasonable and it can be both direct and indirect. The reduction in the amount of light received must be such as to make the affected property less fit for purpose. A large amount of direct light can be lost before that level is

reached. Building a house or an extension on neighbouring land that can be seen from a neighbour’s window does not mean that the right to light is infringed. If there is sufficient light left for reasonable enjoyment of the affected property there can be no claim for infringement.

specifically state in the sale deed that the buyer will not acquire any rights which will interfere with the remainder of his land however he wishes to use it and add a covenant that the buyer will not do anything that will be a nuisance or annoyance of the part retained.

It is important for rights to light issues to be borne in mind when selling off part of land and retaining the rest. The person selling would probably wish to preserve as much freedom to deal with the part retained (including the ability to further develop in the future) without having to worry about the neighbour acquiring a right to light, and also to try and retain some right to view. It is very common for someone who sells off part of land to

Problems are more likely to arise with small scale developments such as extensions or the sales of garden land rather than with big developments. Often a small builder will not be fully aware of the issues. Advice should be obtained where there is possible doubt and it must not be assumed that merely because Planning Permission has been obtained that rights cannot be enforced.

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An interview with...

Heather Kaye Of Heart Felt Gifts photo frames, key cupboards, heart swags and garlands, alongside patchwork, appliqué cushions and hearts. You will always find something for that special gift or to tempt and treat yourself at individual affordable prices.

Above: Heather Kaye of Heart Felt Gifts

1. You have Heart Felt Craft & Gifts in Dereham, do you also live in Dereham? Yes, we enjoy living in this busy market town. We like to shop locally and there is plenty of choice. It is very easy to find what you want right on your doorstep.


2. What kind of products do you provide? A choice of distinctive and original trinkets, treasures and gifts. From cards and jewellery to new baby and wedding keepsakes. Vintage style home and interior products such as chalk and memo boards,

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3. What made you decide to open Heart Felt Craft & Gifts? I love sewing. Patchwork, appliqué and quilting are a bit of a passion. I am a member of the Norfolk Craft Guild, and for a long time I made my living selling my work at fairs and exhibitions including Sandringham, Worstead Festival, Blickling Hall and the Royal Norfolk Show but it was always my ambition to have my own shop. In August 2010, coincidentally on my birthday, out of the blue the opportunity presented it’s self. I just had to say yes! 4. What makes a difference? Being able to offer individual handmade creations and work by Norfolk Artisans such as Hazel Millington who makes beautiful jewellery and fused glass,

off any purchase over £10.00 until Easter with this voucher.

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alongside such branded designers including Gisela Graham. A warm friendly atmosphere and good service.

continue to support and promote the Norfolk Craft Guild and to encourage support of our local independent shops.

5. What part of your job do you enjoy most? I don’t really consider this a job, I enjoy everything about having my shop but if I have to pick out one thing then it has to be meeting people and interacting with my lovely customers. Browsing or buying I want everyone to feel welcome and to enjoy their visit.

8. What would you say is your favourite thing from your shop for spring? Oh, choosing one thing is very hard. I love the flower fairy Tea Light holders. The new handmade scented flower candles have been very hard to resist as has the new spring jewellery, I have just had to treat my self to a necklace or two. The new children’s collection is so cute if you haven’t got a little one to buy a gift for then you may wish you had!

6. What do you do in your spare time? Walking my two little dog’s in the surrounding country side. At home, if I haven’t got my nose stuck in a good book there has to be a sewing project on the go. 7. What plans do you have for the future? Endeavouring to ensure all visitors to the shop will find new, exciting and innovative collections to delight and inspire. To


Buckenham New Buckenham Art Exhibition 2011

Silver Band

Many visitors return year after year to attend this Art Exhibition held in their relatively new spacious hall at New Buckenham over the Easter Weekend.

This means we are unable to take on any engagements and therefore our income has decreased dramatically and like so many organisations at the moment, we find ourselves in a bit of a predicament. The Band has been playing for over 120 years and has a wealth of history and we feel very responsible as caretakers of the organisation, but are finding it increasingly difficult to keep going. As we are a charity, all our assets including instruments, stands, music and uniforms would have to be returned to The Charity Commission with the hope that some other band would benefit from them, but it would be a very sad day for the village of New Buckenham to lose such a splendid organisation. We are urging anyone - especially if you have past associations with the band - to think of any solutions

All the work displayed is for sale and if you are interested in buying a picture it is advisable to go on the Opening Night as many are sold on this evening. However the exhibition is open every day from 11a.m. – 4.p.m. and there will be refreshments too. The Dates For Your Diary Are: The same could be said of the artists, as there are some who have shown paintings there since the exhibition began sixteen years ago. However every year there is a good quantity of new artists who ask to exhibit. One such artist is Mark Poprawski who has exhibited at the New Buckenham Art Exhibition for a couple of years. He graduated at Norwich School of Art with an Honours degree in Fine Art. His recent work, which you see here, is focused on interpreting his experience of landscapes and seascapes. Norfolk is his great love and where his inspirations come from.

Opening Night Friday 21st April from 7.30pm-10.00pm. £3.00 including wine and nibbles. The exhibition is open over the Easter Weekend: Saturday 22nd April, Sunday 23rd April and Monday 24th April.

New Buckenham Silver Band is in grave danger of folding as we have so few members who are struggling to keep it going. to our problem. Would you like to rekindle your interest we would welcome one and all. Beginners would also be welcome as we have a selection of instruments to borrow. If there is a percussionist out there looking for an outlet to play, we have a full kit and selection of percussion instruments. Please help us to save this wonderfully historic band so that many future generations will continue to benefit. We have a wonderful musical repotoire with music to suit all ages. If you have any ideas that could help us or you would like to come to a meeting to air your views, please contact our Chairwoman Pauline Bott on 01953 860425 or our Secretary/Treasurer Elizabeth Abbott on 01953 452314.

Admission is £1.00. All proceeds from the event go to the Village Hall and St.Martins Church New Buckenham.

The styles of art on display are varied giving the visitor a really interesting experience. Works are depicted in watercolours, oils, print processes, collage, photography, ceramics and also some sculpture.

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Welcome to


S&M Personnel Red nose recruiters thank you for your support. This year in aid of comic relief we Red Nose Recruiters pledged to raise £1000 with a number of organised events. Through delivering delicious homemade cakes to our clients, holding a raffle, auctioning ourselves to clients for a mornings work, doing the Comic Relief sweepstake and wearing our Pyjama’s to work on Red Nose Day to date we have raised £575.00

We would like to thank everyone who donated, supported us and made a contribution to this very worthy cause. You can still see the team and show your support by logging on to their giving page at http://my.rednoseday. com/rednoserecruiters and making a donation. COME ON, GET INVOLVED AND DO SOMETHING FUNNY FOR MONEY WITH US!

Kerry Butcher Accountancy Services Since the end of January 2011 when all the self assessment tax returns had to be submitted we have been very busy preparing company accounts, submitting returns for those who didn’t quite make the deadline, completing payroll and end of year annual returns and lots of VAT returns. Now it seems impossible to believe but it’s the end of the tax year again and the tax return season starts all over again. Many people will receive a notice from HMRC on or about 6 April 2011 advising them that they need to complete a self assessment tax return. It is a good idea to get this completed sooner rather than later so that you know how much tax you

have to pay and how much profit you have made. If you need help with your tax return please call us today 01953 457173 or email Kerry@kerrybutcher. Don’t forget we offer a free initial consultation so we look forward to hearing from you.

I use Dispatch as my main source of advertising as I feel it reaches the people that I would like to be my clients – that is local people in the area carrying on their everyday business. It is perfect for me as it goes out to homes in the area and people keep it as source of information after they have read it. Dispatch has been one of my main sources of new clients over the past years and is perfect for me. Kerry Butcher Accountancy Services, Tel: 01953 457173.

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News from across your region

Camera Club

£24,000 Cash For Community Projects £24,000 has been awarded to 23 separate initiatives that will help create stronger and safer communities and benefit youth provision, schools, sports clubs, environmental projects and community groups in Breckland.

Smile this Spring Bank Holiday weekend as Bunwell and District Camera Club present their annual exhibition of members work. Held at Banham Community Centre on Sunday May 29th (10am-5pm) and Monday 30th (10am-4pm) the exhibition will showcase some fantastic photography with over 300 images on display. Visitors can also have a professional photo studio session at the venue for just £10, which includes a 10x8 print, thanks to photographs2art of Attleborough. Entry to the exhibition is just £1 per person with accompanied children free. Refreshments will be available including home made sandwiches, cakes and savouries, along with a tombola and raffle. Further details about the club and exhibition can be found at If anyone would like to support the exhibition please contact Jon White on 01953 788540.

Above: Claire Bowes, Breckland Council elected member for Watton and Paul Adcock from Project Rainbow. The funding came from the Breckland Partnership and Norfolk Constabulary through the Partnership’s Participatory Budgeting scheme, now in its second year. Following the success of the first Participatory Budgeting initiative, the Breckland Partnership agreed to allocate a further £30,000 - £6,000 to each of five Panels representing the Attleborough, Dereham, Swaffham, Thetford and Wayland areas. These Area Panels assessed the bids submitted from their areas; Panel members included representatives from town and district councils, the Police, area partnerships, faith and business

communities. In a move to open up the assessment process, having drawn up short lists, the Attleborough, Thetford and Watton Panels opened up the judging process to local residents who cast their votes after listening to presentations by project organisers. This proved popular with over 200 local people having their say on which projects they wished to support. Adrian Stasiak, Breckland Council Executive Member for Communities and Benefits said: “The Participatory Budgeting initiative has really given a boost to local groups, enabling them to move forward with their ideas and initiatives. With so many worthwhile projects to consider it has been a difficult job for the Panels this year so I thank them for their commitment to the process. Having local people assessing the projects coming forward for their area is crucial; they are the best people to judge which projects will meet local priorities”.

receive £1,066 to purchase costumes and equipment, hire a hall and stage three performances. An award of £1,800 will enable the Friday Youth Club in Dereham to purchase a TV, games console and a laptop computer. The Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind (NNAB) will use their £800 award to fund services at their new equipment and information drop-in centre at Wayland House in Watton High Street. Until now, people from the Breckland area with poor sight have had to travel to Norwich or wait for a home visit if they were in need of help or advice from the charity. NNAB’s Equipment and Information Centre Manager, Dorothy Bowen said, “People can now pop in and get the expert advice they need whilst they are out doing their shopping. We have a presence in Breckland for the first time, and it’s an extra dimension for them both socially and in terms of encouraging their independence.”

Attleborough Players were delighted to

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Homes & Gardens

Care And Maintenance Of Your Lawn Mower If you have a lawn mower and want to make your investment last it needs to be regularly maintained, this will keep it running more efficiently which in turn will save you money. Does your mower not start as well as it did? Does it run poorly? And is the quality of the lawn cut not as good as it was? Here are a few simple tips to help you keep your mower in tip top condition. Always try to use fresh fuel, fuel older than 30 days starts to deteriorate it loses octane and gains moisture which can lead to gum deposits in the carburettor causing poor engine performance. If you plan to leave your mower for any length of time you should use a fuel additive which will prolong the life of the fuel and prevents build-up in the carburettor. Replace the engine oil and oil filter as per manufacturer’s instructions but usually about every 50 Hrs. Check the engine oil level every 5 hours and top up if needed.

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Replace the spark plug every 100 Hrs, plug type and gap can usually be found in the operator’s manual. Service the air filter every 25 hrs or every season, whichever comes first, if the filter is dirty then the mower may run badly and could also cause damage. Remove the filter and gently tap it on a flat surface if the filter is very dirty, replace it with a new one. Service your deck and blades, it’s a good idea and safer to remove the plug lead from the sparkplug before commencing any service work on the deck or blades. Keep your deck clean and free from debris especially if your mower mulches, as a clogged deck will not mulch efficiently. Clean your deck with soapy water and a garden hose, it’s easier to clean if done regularly and will keep your deck from

corroding prematurely. Keep your blades sharp, this will make your mower more efficient and also give a better finish to your cut grass. Never attempt to sharpen the blades while still attached to the mower. Blades should be sharpened evenly taking special care to keep them balanced. An unbalanced blade will leave an uneven cut on the lawn and could eventually lead to mower or engine damage. Self propelled mowers or ride on mowers need a little more attention, they have drive belts which need to be check for wear or damage and also pulleys and belt idlers which have bearings that can become seized or worn. They often have gearboxes which have oils that need checking or changing. Ride on mowers

often have grease points on the steering axle and also Pneumatic tyres which should be checked for correct pressures. By caring and maintaining your lawn mower you will make cutting the lawn a more pleasurable and hassle free experience and the quality of your lawn will reflect this. If you haven’t the time or feel that your mower needs that extra special attention give us a call at Cranworth Farm Services and we will make sure your mower is ready for the season a head.

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Spring Is In The Air... Hopefully!

April Showers! With spring in mind, Supreme Bathrooms have seen the trend continue this month with more people wanting us to remove the old and redundant bath to install a new and modern shower enclosure.

April showers.....lets hope not!!! We all want to see a little sun now and feel a bit of warmth. At least the clocks have moved forward so we feel like there are more ‘light’ hours in our day.

If you are after plants that don’t need protection from the cold then come and choose something from our huge range of hardy plants.

In the garden many of our trees and shrubs are showing lots of signs of life, perennials are poking through the soil, many bulbs are flowering and all around is starting to look much greener. Such a lovely time of year, with so much to look forward to.

We have a fantastic selection of new season stock, hundreds of perennials and alpines and a great choice of trees and shrubs.

At the garden centre this is a very busy, exciting time for us. We are stocking up on bedding and basket plants - geraniums, fuchsias, sweet peas, begonias, petunias etc. We are making up hanging baskets, we make them early in the season so that they are good full baskets ready to hang out when the weather is warm enough, usually mid/late May. If you have your own empty baskets at home then bring them into us, we will fill them now and store them until the risk of frost has passed.

If you need advice about plants we are always ready and happy to help. As always we have a great range of fruit and veg to encourage you to ‘grow your own’ Don’t forget - you don’t need an allotment or a huge garden to grow something edible, lots of things can be grown in pots. Don’t be afraid to experiment, at home we try to grow a new vegetable every year, this year we’re trying spaghetti squash.......I’ll keep you informed on it’s progress...... Visit us soon, we look forward to seeing you, bring the sunshine with you please!

People lives have changed and we are looking to reduce the time we spend in bathrooms by installing showers which can save time and money, especially with water consumption the focus in our ever more energy saving world and our ever demanding complex lifestyles.

and tiling to electrics and removal of all site rubbish. If you are thinking of a new bathroom or shower then call 01953 600660 for your free onsite bathroom survey. May I also say a “Happy 16th birthday to my daughter April” and all other Dispatch readers with birthdays in April, from everyone at Supreme Bathrooms.

Supreme Bathrooms offers a full range of showers in all shapes and sizes to suit your very own bathroom requirements all fitted with solid shower trays and not the leaking plastic type you find in DIY stores. We can then install a new shower valve if required within your existing tiles or we can re-tile where required, or we can install the excellent wetwall shower panels which are easy to keep clean but really look the part in your new shower. We take care of everything from plumbing

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Homes & Gardens Myhills Pet & Garden

Garden Shows

Myhills Pet & Garden are Norfolk’s oldest & largest chain of Pet & Garden stores.

Bigger and better than ever before.

Having been established since 1937 and with 6 shops throughout central Norfolk, they pride themselves on being large enough to compete on price but small enough to care for their customers. All the shops carry a wide range of stock and for any unusual item the friendly staff will always try to obtain it for you. There are regular special offers for pet owners and all shops stock a range of “Myhill’s” dog and cat foods that all offer exceptional value for money. They also run a regular “Top 100 Garden Offers” throughout the main gardening season. All stores offer a fantastic range of pet foods and accessories and large garden line range for the keen gardener. The Dereham branch offers a huge fishing

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tackle department which is in a newly built extension where they cater for coarse, sea and game anglers with an excellent selection of tackle, clothing, rods, reels and fresh baits. You name it and Myhills probably have it. They also have a first floor showroom for larger items such as bivvies, luggage, chairs and trollies. All of the Myhills Pet & Garden shops (except Watton) also have a range of small animals for sale. Myhills also run a local delivery service 1 day per week at each shop when they will be pleased to deliver to you – please contact your local branch or visit. for more information on the service. So for all your pet and garden needs visit your local Myhills Pet & Garden.

With new show features and a greater range of products, the Norfolk Garden Show is a celebration of the great outdoors. Stroll through the stunning and artistic show gardens designed by local nurseries and landscapers for inspiration and ideas. Whether you have an established garden, small balcony or shady courtyard, there are thousands of products available to help create your own perfect oasis. Can’t tell your Petunia from your Primrose or your Freesia from your Fuchsia, don’t worry as there are plenty of experts on hand to guide you in the right direction. New for 2011 is the Garden & Home marquee with everything you could think of to turn your house into a home. Always popular with visitors, the Festival of Food is jam-packed with mouth-watering local and

national produce from sausages and cakes to cheese and wine. Floral experts display their competition entries in the wonderfully fragrant floral marquee in the new flower show organised by local horticultural clubs. Visit the Gift & Craft village bursting with affordable gifts and unique items from skilled local craftspeople; you can even watch a demonstration of their work. Everything you need for a fantastic day out whether you are a horticultural connoisseur or gardening novice can be at an Aztec Garden Show. Further information and advanced tickets can be found at

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Paving The Way If your patio paving has lost its colour and looks like old grey concrete, then why not consider the change to a natural stone alternative. Natural stone paving is often far more economically priced than traditional concrete paving and will stay true to colour and texture far longer than its manmade counterpart. There are many types of natural stone products to suit all tastes and budgets from sandstone in smooth, antique or riven finishes, to limestone, granite, travertine, slate, marble and many more. Our specialist consultants at Paving Superstore can help you decide on the best stone for your project and then our award winning landscaping team can lay your paving to create a spectacular finish – just in time for summer! At Georgina Read Design & Landscaping we specialise in transforming gardens and our flexible approach means we can always meet your requirements for all aspects of landscaping. As we are also the driving force behind Paving Superstore ( and

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

Welcome To GP Landscaping & Building Maintenance Using the best quality materials which last the longest! We are a local landscaping company and have now expanded to include building maintenance.

We have promoted the firm with Dispatch for years. Jayne and Lucy make it so easy – they are helpful and flexible. Krystyna Smithers, Jackaman Smith & Mulley, Tel: 01379 643555.

We cover Norfolk and surrounding areas and offer a combined 30 years experience, undertaking all types of work, for both domestic and commercial customers. The majority of the work we carry out has been secured via recommendations from previous very satisfied customers and building contractors. We use the best quality materials, honest work methods and can cater for all tastes and budgets. If you are interested in receiving a no obligation quotation or seeing a portfolio of our work then please call us on 07971 771204 or 01362 688159.

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Homes & Gardens When To Replace Your Windows It is sometimes difficult to decide if you should replace your homes windows, but there are a few clear signs that can help you reach a decision. Ask yourself the following questions: Do my windows have condensation or a frost buildup? If you touch the interior pane of glass is it cold in the winter or warm in the summer? When next to your window does it feel colder than the rest of the house? From inside, take a lighted candle and hold it in line with the window frame, slowly trace the entire frame of your closed window, does the flame flicker anywhere around the frame?

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Look at your windows outside; is the trim rotting, cracking or missing? Is the glass broken or cracked anywhere? Do your windows ever get stuck closed or open or won’t stay closed or opened? Are you unhappy with the way your windows look? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, it is time to replace your windows. Other reasons you may want to replace your windows are: Replacement windows help reduce your heating and cooling bills - The money

saved means they will have soon paid for themselves. Newer windows provide better UV protection and can prevent fading and home damage as well as keep your family safe from the sun’s harmful radiation.

Getting windows that look the way you want can increase the resale value of your home as well as create a more aesthetically pleasing environment. Call Jason of J & S Homeworks on 01953 458087 Or 07747 847606 for a free no obligation quote.

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Handy Tips When Choosing Your New Kitchen Things to consider... Installing a new kitchen in a home can totally transform the feel of your whole house and can add a hefty sum to the re-sale value. Choosing the right kitchen for your home can be an investment that can be turned around quickly if you are thinking of selling your home within the next few years. Choosing the right kitchen is a blend of a number of considerations: 1. Kitchens are often considered the ‘hub of the home’ - have you enough space? Could it be that by moving a wall, or incorporating a small side room, the space could be more productive and useful? If you are going to install a new kitchen,

then adding on a small amount of building work may only add a little extra cost to the project, but a lot of difference to how the kitchen can be used. 2. Plan your space - what do you want to use it for? Is this just to be a kitchen, or is to be a dining room as well? Do you need a comfortable seating area, a workplace for children’s homework, a mobile phone station, a computer desk? Write a list of what the space needs to accommodate - how well the family use it? 3. Decide on your kitchen cabinet style and overall look. Take a look at manufacturers and their styles - what are you looking for? A sleek modern look, or something more classic? Freestanding units or all integrated? Light and airy, or more moody and atmospheric? Have an idea of what you want before you start talking to a supplier. 4. Make early decisions on the big areas - floor and worktop. Kitchens are not just the cabinets - the flooring will change the look of the space dramatically,

as indeed will the worktops. Large areas need careful consideration and whenever possible floor the whole room before the kitchen is fitted. Look at worktop options and decide which you would prefer, the list is long so consider it well. 5. Choose a supplier who you like - then use their experience and trust their judgement. Choose a supplier who is ‘on your wavelength’, and who you like. During the process of designing and manufacturing your kitchen you will build up a working relationship, and this needs to be with someone you can talk to. 6. Set a realistic budget and work within your means. Budgets often grow during a project, so start with a realistic budget which covers as many areas as possible. If you are working in an old property there are often things hidden away which need sorting once you start ripping out existing kitchens. Be aware that the utility supplies cost money to move and the electrical and plumbing planning is essential. 7. It is good to work an element of fashion into your new kitchen that will appeal to

future buyers, as well as your own taste. This is a somewhat tricky thing to gauge – a kitchen unit that is all the vogue this year will not necessarily be so plush in five years time. 8. Don’t skimp on the basic structure and infrastructure, use your money wisely. If you have a limited budget - then spend it firstly on the room and getting the utilities in place - the electrics wired in, and the drainage all new and sorted. Ensure the room is heated, either with under floor heating or with traditional radiators, and that the walls are in good repair. The main structure needs to be sound before you put in your new kitchen.

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Homes & Gardens How To Use Colour One of the most common questions I’m asked is how colour can be used to make a space seem bigger, smaller, taller etc. There a few simple tips that you can follow, these include – • By using a dark tone/colour at the end of a corridor will have a foreshortening effect • Should you wish to lower a ceiling optically, simple paint it in a darker tone/colour • Another way to lower a ceiling height optically is to bring the ceiling colour down to a picture rail if one exists • If you want to make a large cold room seem smaller and warmer you can use dark, intense or warm colours. This will have the effect of drawing the walls in • It is true that low contrast (light) colours in a room does give the feel of openness but you should avoid simply painting everything in magnolia

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• Should your room have a picture rail, try taking the wall colour/wallpaper above it to the ceiling. This will give the impression of height making the room appear taller • If you have a low ceiling ensure that you paint it in a light tone, this will give the impression of height • A simple rule of thumb is dark or intense colours will bring walls in and lighter paler/muted colours will create a greater sense of space. Stephen Lait based in Norfolk is an experienced interior designer with over 10 year’s practical experience; he undertakes residential, commercial and property development projects. The Dulux Design Service can help create

Attleborough & District Horticultural Society April is a very busy month for the society and below are the events: On Saturday 16th April is the Spring Show. This takes place at the Connaught Hall in Attleborough, between 2.00pm and 4.00pm. Magnificent displays of daffodils take pride of place, but many other exhibits of flowers and produce. If you are interested in exhibiting please contact Betty Stacey, the show secretary, on 01953 454790, alternatively just come along and enjoy the beautiful exhibits.

On Wednesday 20th April we have our regular monthly meeting at Attleborough Junior School, starting at 7.30pm. The guest speaker will be Graham Benefer, who will be giving a talk on Bonsai.

a fresh new interior at any time of year. With the colour expertise you’d expect, the Dulux Designers aren’t tied to any brand so they can source a fantastic range of fabrics, furniture, flooring, lighting and accessories.

Readers interested in finding out more about the Dulux Design Service should visit or call 0845 880 6888 to arrange a free initial meeting with their local designer.

Finally, on Saturday 30th April is our annual Plant Sale. This is at St Mary’s Church Hall in Attleborough between 10am and midday.

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Willows By Joan Garnham, Waveney Tree Specialists Willows in Great Britain range from stately trees up 90ft high to ground hugging shrubs and have a variety of common names, osier, withy, palm, sallow or saugh (Scotland). They are not long lived trees – up to 50 years and are invariably found near water or wetland. The genus is Salix and there are more than 300 species in the world, several are native to the British Isles. The flowers or catkins are either male or female, each being borne on different trees. Salicylic acid (aspirin) was first discovered in the willow bark which may explain why willow trees are associated with healing and white magic. Since ancient times, willows have been associated with the moon and the feminine. Belili (Sumerian goddess of love), Persephone, Circe/ Hecate, Artemis and Hera all had sacred willow groves. The Nine Muses resided on Mount Helicon, which was named after helike, Greek for willow. In Irish legend willow plays a significant role as the provider of wood for harps. The harpist was the entertainer/historian and the harp

was a sacred object. The most famous is ‘Brian Boru’ and dates back to the 15C and now in Trinity College, Dublin. Willow wood is pale yellow or brown and not particularly durable but tough, pliant and light. This linking of lightness with strength leads to many uses – artificial limbs, baskets, garden trugs, coracles, cricket bats. Crack Willow S.fragilis is so called because the twigs are very brittle and easily snapped. This is beneficial to the tree as it can drop twigs in the water which then flow down stream and root when touching the banks. Charcoal made from crack willow is favoured by artists. It is often grown along river banks to help prevent erosion. Osier S.viminalis. This is a shrub rather than a tree and is coppiced regularly to grow pliant stems or withies for basket making. The withies are harvested after 1 year. White Willow S.alba. These were pollarded at head height to give long straight poles for fencing. For cricket bats the stems are felled at 12-15years and the

bat length is split (not sawn) from the trunk thus giving extra strength.

Smith on the banks of the River Ayr in the mid 19C

Corkscrew Willow S.babylonica ‘Tortuosa’. This was a sport cultivated in northern China where it is known as the dragon’s claw willow. It was introduced into France in the 1920’s, since then it has been widely planted as a curiosity. Loved by flower arrangers, the spring stems often being stripped of bark to show the white sap wood.

In Jewish tradition, the willow is one of the four trees used in the Feast of Tabernacles to give thanks for harvest. In folklore, the willow is said to taste bitter because the Christ child was once whipped with one; and because willows decay early, to beat a child with a willow rod was believed to stunt his growth.

Weeping Willow S.babylonica x alba. The most majestic of the willows planted along river banks; long thought to be symbols of mourning – Psalm 137 ‘By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept… on the willows there we hung our harps’

Waveney Tree Specialists are often asked to pollard willows. This can be a delicate task as they are often hanging well out into a river or lake. This is where our 20 metre hoist comes in useful; the wood is also brittle and often dangerous to climb. The men all wear life jackets just in case of a mishap.

Goat Willow S. caprea or pussy willow or great sallow; so named because goats favoured the young shoots. The branches are often used as decoration in spring with the large yellow male catkins called palm and the soft, silvery female catkins – pussy willow.

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Kilmarnock Willow S.caprea ‘Kilmarnock’. This is a weeping form of goat willow, first discovered by James

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Homes & Gardens Plant Heritage A Pink Theme at Spring Plant Fair, Helmingham Hall, Stowmarket, Suffolk. Sunday 29th May 2011 10.30-4pm The popular annual spring plant fair run by Suffolk Plant Heritage in partnership with Helmingham Hall Gardens has a ‘Pink’ theme this year. Eight hundred plants of the Alpine dianthus (commonly known as ‘Pinks’) Whatfield Gem and Whatfield Cancan will be given away free to visitors. An original watercolour of Dianthus ‘Alan Titchmarsh’, by artist Brenda Green will be raffled at the Fair. This is the twelfth year that Suffolk Plant Heritage (formerly NCCPG) has held its sale at Helmingham Hall in partnership with Helmingham Hall Gardens. Specialist nurseries including Fernatix, Harveys Garden Plants and Woottens of Wenhaston will be selling a wide range of unusual and popular plants.

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Several nurseries will be coming direct from exhibiting at the Chelsea Flower Show. The Plant Doctors will be holding a clinic during the day offering advice. National Plant Collections based in Suffolk including Dianthus (Malmaisons), Campanula, Hosta and Astrantia will be on display, as well as stands selling garden furniture and accessories, including Campaign and Wood Alfresco. Visitors to the plant sale can also enjoy Helminghams Grade 1 listed gardens. Entry to plant sale £6 including admission to Helmingham Hall Gardens. (9m NE of Ipswich on B1077.) Free parking. Home made lunches and teas.

Garden Design And Landscaping From Miles Garden Design, Wymondham. Whether you would like a complete design and rebuild or just want help with an individual bed or landscaping project such as a pond or patio, Miles Garden Design is on hand to help. We offer a professional and friendly garden design and landscaping service, combining a flair for design with extensive practical and horticultural knowledge. Many of our gardens utilise reclaimed materials which ensures that you end up with something a little different and is kinder to the environment. Miles Garden Design is run by husband and wife, Jamie and Jane Miles. Jamie

has a diploma in Garden Design from the Pickard School of Garden Design, an RHS Silver-Gilt Medal at Chelsea and over 10 years professional experience. See examples of our work at or contact us on 01953 425979 to discuss your requirements.

Pets & Equestrian Ginas Pet Shop


Gina’s Petshop has been managed by Gina since 1997 but since Gina bought the pet shop there have been a few changes.

Thank you for supporting our appeal

Gina breeds the majority of animals for sale in the shop and therefore you can be assured of the background of the pet you are purchasing. In most cases, both parents can be seen.

is a member of the Pet Care Trust. Hay and barley straw are sold in half bales. This bedding is chemical free and locally produced. We also usually have lots of products on special offer.

We also offer a claw and teeth clipping service. Gina’s Petshop also takes in small animals and birds for holiday boarding. Advice is freely given and Gina’s Petshop

We stock a large range of gifts for cats, dogs and small animals. We also sell advent calendars for your pet.

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who kindly donated or raised funds for our horsebox appeal: two and a half years after the campaign was launched, a new bespoke Oakley box ideal for large rescues is now ready and waiting at Redwings.

A further 500 equines are in Guardian homes. At Redwings we have a small fleet of horseboxes but we have been desperate to replace our ageing HGV Horse Ambulance for many years.

Adam Joslin, Welfare and Transport Manager, said: “Oakley build horseboxes to the highest standards and have a fantastic reputation. Our lorry was designed after very close consultation with us and is bespoke for our needs. We have no need of luxurious living areas for example; our focus is purely on providing the best possible transport for our horses.”

The new lorry has air suspension which will ensure a comfortable ride for the horses and will helpfully allow staff to drop the chassis height to make a gentler slope for loading. It was also built with red night travelling lights; electric fans to keep the air flow in the back of the lorry constant, detachable grilles between the partitions in case there is a need to travel stallions, and crucially, partitions that are the width of the horsebox and that drop right to the floor.

Redwings currently cares for just under 1200 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules, and rescues around 200 more each year.

Thank you to everyone who supported the appeal! Watch this space for what the new lorry has been up to!

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Health, beauty & wellbeing The Spa Barnham Broom Visiting a spa can do wonders for your mental and physical well-being; it is also a great way to escape from everyday chores, leaving you feeling relaxed, de-stressed and totally indulged. In this cold weather why not give your skin that luminous glow with an Espa Facial, to target your skins every needs. To compliment the treatment, introduce a mask into your home care regime like Espa’s Essential Cleansing Mask or Lift and Firm Mask, as a once a week treat this will improve your skins hydration levels and give you back that luminosity. Don’t forgot your body also needs that extra bit of attention so try out a luxurious body wrap to deeply nourish and warm the body. While at home use Espa’s Body Smoothing Shower gel to help brighten and soften the skin and finish with Deeply

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Nourishing Body Cream to lock in the moisture. Escape from the stresses and strains of modern life to the peaceful tranquillity of The Spa at Barnham Broom Hotel, call our Spa Therapists on 01603 757545, or visit our website

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A New Career For Diane After Losing More Than 4 Stones Sometimes all it takes is an unflattering holiday snap to kick start a healthy eating plan. pounds fast so I made up my mind that if things were to change for me too, then I must join my local group in Diss.”

That’s certainly what happened to Diane Feetham, from Roydon, after her husband took a picture of her on his mobile phone while on a day out at Longleat Safari Park. Diane said: “I knew that losing weight would help my mobility and that my BMI would be taken into account if an operation was to be offered for my back problem which I had been suffering from for some considerable time, but I still needed that final push. The photo in question I have to say has been my salvation because quite frankly, I just did not recognise myself! I looked bloated and old, I felt ashamed and angry for letting myself get so out of control. However, a couple of friends had joined Slimming World and were shedding

Karen, Slimming World Team Developer and Consultant in Diss added: “Diane wasn’t a ‘shrinking violet’ when she walked into my group but I could tell she lacked confidence and kept herself to herself for the first few weeks in group. However, as she learned more about Food Optimising and realised she could continue to eat normal, interesting meals without feeling deprived, her confidence blossomed and Diane soon became one of the member’s in group who always had amazing ideas for recipes that she experimented with and then lovingly shared them with the other members.” Whenever Diane is asked for a favourite meal, she says there are so many to choose from either from the Slimming World website or recipe books that you can easily make every meal a favourite one!

After losing four stones and reducing her BMI, she is no longer in pain and now walks without a stick; has lots more energy and movement and was delighted to be offered the back operation in December 2010. “I now have my life back thanks to Slimming World,” continued Diane, “this gives me the opportunity to rebuild my physical condition by working gradually through their Body Magic activity programme. I have enrolled in the gym, do pilates and aqua-aerobics (all with supervision), but the most exciting thing of all is that I am now well enough to go back to work and I relaunch the Harleston Slimming World group on Tuesday, 5th April, at the Archbishop Sancroft High School at 7.30pm. This will not only give me a new career but the opportunity to share my experiences with so many more people and spread the word about the fantastic and generous eating plans. For the first time in a long time, I actually feel ‘sexy’ and dropping

four dress sizes means that 2011 is going to be an incredible year!” If you are interested in joining Slimming World and would like further information then please contact Karen Gaul, 01379 677119 or the website: for your nearest group information

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Manor Court Day Care

NBR Scooter Brokers is a family run business which prides itself on their commitment to their customers (existing and new!!)

Manor Court Day Care Centre for the elderly is based in Griston, Norfolk.

Their main objective is to provide impartial advice together with a friendly and efficient service!! They offer the service of a free, no obligation, home demonstration for all of their products to ensure they are suitable for your needs. Whilst their core business is the supply of new mobility scooters, they also have a selection of pre-owned scooters as they offer a part exchange service. In addition to mobility scooters, they can also supply the following: • Stairlifts • Powered wheelchairs • Powerchairs • Rise & recline armchairs

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• Adjustable beds • Bathlifts • 3 & 4 wheel walkers • Attendant and self propelled wheelchairs Apart from selling, they also offer a hire service, together with repairs, servicing and insurance work. NBR scooter brokers are accredited with Norfolk trusted traders which is organised by Norfolk County Council.

It is open 5 days a week Monday - Friday from 9am - 4pm. We have around 36 guests per day all aged 55+, with social services funded and private places available. Our service provides transport either by social services or our own transport for our guests. We specialise in Dementia care, with quality specialist care delivered by a fully trained staff team who believe in promoting independence in all individuals

where possible. Reminiscence activities are available for individuals with dementia which recreate ‘life skills’. Extend exercise classes, musical entertainers, singing, dancing, quizzes, table top activities such as dominoes, card games etc, hairdressing and chiropody are some of the services and activities that we provide on a daily basis. Freshly cooked meals which are cooked on the premises are also provided to our guests.

Dispatch is my main source of advertising I have always been pleased with the feedback I have received in all the areas they cover. The sales team are friendly and extremely efficient. J & S Homeworks tel: 07747 847606

CARING FOR THE ELDERLY Barchester Care Home At Hethersett Hall we provide first-class 24-hour residential care alongside expert care for people with dementia in our Memory Lane Community for the elderly. Day care and respite care can also be arranged. Our team of highly-qualified and attentive staff really focus on the individual needs of our residents with a tailored care plan for each person. Our dedication can be seen across the board - in our cooking, hospitality and through the broad range of daily activities and events organised for our residents Our exciting new initiative, as part of the Barchester group of care homes, is Fitness with Care - a new innovative practice to support the care of our residents. Fitness with Care is a major Barchester initiative designed to deliver an activity programme which is positively benefitting our residents and increasing their health and well-being. We’re

delivering Fitness with Care in partnership with Help the Aged. ‘We’re working with Barchester on the Fitness with Care initiative to help older residents improve their overall health. The initiative is so important because our bodies are never beyond improving and respond surprisingly well to lifestyle changes, whatever our age. Keeping fit also forms part of a holistic approach to living life to the full in our later years. Physical exercise not only means we stay mobile for longer, but also has a significantly positive impact on our psychological well-being.’ - Dr Lorna Layward, Help the Aged. And key findings from independent researcher Prof Emeritus Roger

Clough have shown that Fitness with Care brings increased activity, more socialisation between residents, and between residents and staff. Another finding was that the Nintendo Wii games and DS Lite provided very new and fun experiences for residents!

Our home is rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC is the independent body that regularly inspects all care homes in England. It now publishes the ratings it awards each home - excellent, good, adequate and poor.

Hethersett Hall is late Georgian home, which boasts stunning views across the park to the surrounding woods and fields. Here, we enjoys all the benefits of the Norfolk countryside and yet we’re close enough to the A11 to make it easily accessible to family and friends. We think you’ll find we’re ideally suited to meet your needs now and in the future to ensure you get the most from your retirement years. Why not arrange a visit and see for yourself!

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CARING FOR THE ELDERLY York House York House is a care home for elderly men and women who wish to live in pleasant surroundings with the benefit of 24 hour care. The home is able to accept both private and social services funded residents and is staffed by a dedicated and highly trained team. York House has recently completed an extensive extension and refurbishment programme including 8 new en suite single bedrooms, new lounge, additional bathroom facilities and a new patio. A majority of the 38 bedrooms have en suite facilities. All bedrooms are furnished to a very high standard and residents are encouraged to bring in their own personal belongings to make it more like a home. The Home provides a range of assisted bathrooms, showers and accompanying mobility aids. The Home also has two very spacious lounges both offering large flat screen televisions. One lounge has

wonderful views onto the newly built large patio accessed via two large patio doors. Ideal for watching the birds feeding.

and at all times the Home believes in maintaining social interaction between residents, their families and friends.

The dining room is light and airy offering a full choice of daily menus. A balanced and nutritious diet is offered with emphasis placed on fresh homemade meals. Hot and cold drinks and a range of snacks are available throughout the day. The homes menu is created by discussions between the residents and staff.

York House is owned and professionally managed by Norfolk based company Black Swan International Limited that owns and manages 10 care homes in Norfolk and Essex.

Activities are organised and held for all residents on a regular basis. These are led by resident’s requests that are obtained from our regular residents meetings and have included cinema afternoons, arts and crafts, external entertainment, quizzes and visits to local tourist attractions. Resident’s parties are organised on a regular basis

They are an experienced care operator that prides itself in putting residents needs and feelings first. It has a vast amount of knowledge within the industry and

is extremely flexible in its approach to dealing with everyday living. The dignity and independence of each resident is promoted within all of the Company’s Care Homes. For more information, to request a brochure or to arrange a visit please contact York House on 01362 697134 or visit our website

South Norfolk Mobility Centre Here at South Norfolk Mobility Centre we don’t just sell new scooters and power chairs... We have a good range of pre-used vehicles as well, fully serviced and ready to go. Prices start from £440.00. We choose to stock only top quality pre-used products, anything less does not make it into our showroom. Currently we have models from Roma (Shoprider), Electric Mobility (Rascal), Pride Mobility and Mercury, both road legal, pavement scooters and power chairs. So, please come and visit us and let

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us see if we can help you with your mobility. We look forward to seeing you.





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Ten Essential Bank Holiday Driving Tips The upcoming Easter weekend will be one of the busiest of the year. Hundreds of thousands of motorists will be taking advantage of the longest weekend of the year and setting off in their cars. Here are ten things you must do when setting off on your journey. Check The Traffic Reports Listen to radio reports or visit the Highways Agency’s website for the latest traffic information. It could be the difference between a pleasant weekend away or several frustrating hours on a grid-locked motorway. The website also contains details of long-term road works and diversions. Plan Your Route Know where you’re going. We’ve all sat in lay-bys staring blankly at road atlases – half an hour spent planning your route can help avoid this. SatNavs are a modern miracle, but are not very useful if the batteries run out – charge it up before you set out on a long journey or keep a spare set of batteries. Recharge You Own Batteries Tiredness kills – caffeine is an effective way of combating fatigue. But be

careful - too much caffeine can lead to an increased heart-rate, anxiety and irritability. The only real way combat tiredness is to stop somewhere and get some rest. It’s amazing how much difference a powernap can make to your concentration levels. Take a 15 minute break for every two hours of driving. Spare Tyre And Tyre Changing Kit Check your tyre changing kit is complete, your spare tyre is present and correct, and all your tyres are properly inflated and don’t have worn treads. The minimum legal tread depth is 1.6mm.

a soft cloth in the car, and clean your wiper blades - front and rear. Look Out For Pedestrians With temperatures heating up, more people will be enjoying the outdoor life. The downside is they’re more likely to appear in front of your car - keep an eye out for cyclists, children and pedestrians. Entertainment A decent supply of CDs, handheld games consoles and travel games will save your passengers from bored chairkicking moments. If arguments over music cause too much stress, audio books are a great alternative.

Take Your Documents Take your driving licence and insurance details wherever you go in your car. If you’re asked to produce them it will save time later on. Sunglasses / Tinted Driving Glasses With brighter weather on the way, it’s a good idea to keep sunglasses (or prescription driving sunglasses) with you, especially for driving in the early morning and late in the evening, when the sun is likely to be directly in your field of view. It also makes sense to have a spare pair of glasses with you or at the very least a repair kit.

Check Your Brakes Check the responsiveness of your brakes before you start your trip rather than on the road. Make sure they’re responsive by tapping them lightly. Clean Your Windscreen Top up your washer fluid, test the windscreen cleaning mechanism, keep

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April Issue of Wymondham, Dereham and Watton Dispatch Magazine

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April Issue of Wymondham, Dereham and Watton Dispatch Magazine