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Editors Note Hello everyone and welcome to the latest edition of Dispatch!

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As you know, Dispatch prides itself on being a community magazine. Not only do we keep you informed of everything that’s happening in the local area, we also love getting involved ourselves. At the moment, nothing’s quite as exciting as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June, and the celebrations that our towns are putting together.

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There have already been a number of meetings to discuss a programme of events for each town and how each and every resident can get involved. I can tell you that it’s shaping up to be really varied and exciting! So, you can imagine how pleased we were when the event organisers in Diss and Attleborough asked us to be their official publicity sponsor. We will also bring you news of what is happening in Wymondham, Dereham and Watton as we will be dedicating a number of pages in Dispatch to helping promote the fantastic array of events, concerts, competitions and parties that will be taking place near you over the Jubilee Celebration weekend. We don’t want you to miss out on any of the fun, so if you know of any events taking place please send us details. Be sure to read Dispatch every month to keep up to date with all the latest news about what’s happening and how you can get involved. Jonathan Horswell Editor In Chief Jonathan@DispatchMagazine.co.uk

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New Buckenham Arts News Of This Years Event.

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Spring Homes & Gardens Looking After Your Property.

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Regal Experience First Show For 2012.

Love Wymondham Day First Love Wymondham Event.

Performers Wanted Aged Seven To Seventy?

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Funding For Olympics Community Trail Around District.

East Anglian Air Ambulance Extended Hours.

Music Festival Exciting Festival Planned For 2012.

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WYMONDHAM Too Many Crooks A classic British crime caper from 1958 will be the Regal Experience Group’s first show this year at the Wymondham Ex-Services’ Club ( Regal Cinema ). The screening will be on Sunday 18th March (2.30pm). The hilarious Too Many Crooks, which tells the story of a neglected wife who helps incompetent kidnappers rob her tax-evading husband, features an excellent car chase. A host of British stars appear, including Terry Thomas, George Cole, Bernard Bresslaw, Sidney James, John Le Mesurier, Nicholas Parsons and Terry Scott, as well as Vera Day who will be making a personal appearance at the show. Vera began her movie career in the early 1950s and appeared in films and on TV right through to the cult Lock

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Stock and Two Smoking Barrels in 1998. She has starred with some of the movie greats from Peter Sellers to Stanley Baker and, a bubbly blonde, she was once billed as Britain’s answer to Marilyn Monroe. Indeed, Vera appeared with Marilyn and Sir Laurence Olivier in Olivier’s 1957 movie The Prince and The Showgirl and she has some interesting tales to tell about Marilyn. Incidentally, the recently acclaimed movie’ my week with Marilyn’ was set during the shooting of The Prince and The Showgirl. The supporting documentary sees Sid James taking a fascinating tour of London markets around 1960.

Tickets for the show are available from Simply Cards in Market Street, Wymondham, and by ringing Maureen Dodman (01953 605593) or Michael Armstrong (01953 603246). They are priced £5 (£4 concessions).


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The Stigma About Hearing Loss One in six people in the UK experience hearing problems, equating to just over 10 million people! What’s even more worrying than this statistic, is the big stigma that still looms over the use of hearing aids, and the fact that many people with a hearing loss just don’t do anything about it. Many hearing-impaired people are subject to much prejudice and misconceptions: “they are old”, “less intelligent”, or “they only hear what they want to hear”. This just isnt true. Many people also think that hearing aids are unsightly, uncomfortable and expensive. In the past this was true. However hearing aid technology of today, has brought endless solutions to this problem. There is now a wide range of hearing instruments, some so tiny they fit completely inside your ear and cannot be seen. Hearing loss is a form of disability and our natural reaction is to shy away from admitting it’s actually happening to us. In the majority of cases the degeneration is gradual, so much so that we don’t realise how bad the situation has become until someone else points

it out for us. If people can relate to this problem and haven’t sought professional help then make a point of doing so. Contact your local audiologist and book a simple hearing assessment. The improvement to your quality of life will be dramatic. Half Price Hearing Tests The Hearing Care Centre have recently opened 4 new hearing care practices in the local area and to celebrate they are offering Dispatch Magazine readers the chance to have their hearing tested for just £10 (that’s 50% off!). The offer is available throughout March 2012 at the following locations: Cecil Amey Opticians, 11 Church Street, ATTLEBOROUGH Cecil Amey Opticians, 33b The Thoroughfare, HARLESTON Cecil Amey Opticians, 8 Market Street, WYMONDHAM

Cecil Amey Opticians, 3 Church Street, DEREHAM To book your appointment please call The Hearing Care Centre on Freephone 0800 096 2637 or for more information visit their website: www.hearingcarecentre.co.uk.

Love Wymondham Day Wymondham reflected the theme of Valentine’s Day on Saturday (February 11th) by staging it’s first “Love Wymondham” event. A short play entitled “Lonely Hearts” was performed in the Courtyard Café in Whartons Court by Richard Crawley and Georgette Vale, together with readings by local poet, Tina Chamberlain, in the Norfolk dialect. Members of the 4th Wymondham Guides sold homemade, heart-shaped biscuits, to raise funds for their summer trip to Derbyshire and Wymondham Warblers serenaded customers at Rudy’s Pizzeria, in nearby Griffin Court, with some well-known love songs. Emma Green, a staff member at the event sponsors, the

Heart of Wymondham pub, became “Queen of the Heart” for the day, to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation. She was presented with a posy of flowers by Anna Pickwell of Wymondham florists, Ragged Robin. The National Blood and Transplant Service also took part by displaying their mobile information unit at the Market Cross. The event was co-ordinated by locally based Activity Team, who specialise in linking businesses to their local community.

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WYMONDHAM News

Santon Downham

Wymondham Arts Centre

(Between Thetford And Brandon) Car Boots For 2012.

2012 season launches with Robin Welch.

Every first Sunday of the month 4th of March 1st of April 6th of May 3rd of June (Special Jubilee car boot).

Suffolk-based International Ceramic Artist Robin Welch, international ceramic artist from Stradbroke Suffolk is launching Wymondham Arts Centre’s 2012 season with a solo show, The Potter and The Painter from Saturday, March 24th to Sunday, April 15th, open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 12noon to 5pm, free entry, www.wymondhamarts.com.

These events will be held inside the hall and therefore tables will need to be prereserved on 01842 815213. For those who have come before it is important to note we are reverting to the old opening

times: 8am to 2pm due to popular demand. Outdoor Car Boots start Sunday the 1st of April, Sunday the 3rd of June and thereon every first Sunday of the month until November 8am to 2pm. Plenty of car parking available, plenty of space, disabled facilities and a Cafe on site.

Based in Stradbroke since 1966, Robin Welch has established an international reputation for his work, which combines his skills as a sculptor, painter and potter. In a career lasting more than more than 50 years, Robin Welch has exhibited throughout the UK and in the USA, Australia, Finland, Germany, Japan, Norway, Italy and Sweden. His work can be found in public collections in the UK, notably Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum, as well as collections in Australia and The Netherlands. He has had spells as a visiting lecturer in art colleges and universities in the UK, USA and Australia. Commissions include six

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large candleholders and three sand-filled bowls for Lincoln Cathedral, dedicated to St Gilbert. Robin Welch has concentrated on creating individual ceramics pieces and painting since 1990. Before that his studio produced a range of domestic stoneware pottery. Professor Arthur Lucas, Chairman Wymondham Arts Centre said: “We are thrilled to have someone of Robin Welch’s international standing opening our fourth season, and look forward to seeing his work set against the backdrop of our gallery, the 12th century Becket’s Chapel.” Wymondham Arts Centre is a project run by Wymondham Arts Forum. Now in its fourth season, the Arts Forum runs a varied programme of exhibitions and events in Becket’s Chapel, from late March to the end of November. Wymondham Arts Centre is at Becket’s Chapel, Church Street, Wymondham, Norfolk NR18 0PH, email: info@wymondhamarts.com website: www.wymondhamarts.com.


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Air Ambulance Charities ‘Extended hours’ collaboration proves a success. A unique collaboration between the East of England’s two Air Ambulance Charities, East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) and Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) to provide an extended service during the longer summer days has been shown to be successful with an additional 75 missions flown by the charities’ helicopters during the period. Our Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) pilots are scheduled to work a maximum of 10 hours on a shift so, during the summer, when days are at their longest, key hours of daylight, for instance during the morning and evening rush hours, can be left with no cover. By linking up and staggering their Crew start times, both Charities, each of which operate two helicopters, were able to provide a HEMS service from 7.00am to 9.00pm or sunset, whichever occurred first, right across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Essex and Hertfordshire between April and September. Missions they were able to support during the extended hours service included road traffic collisions

in the morning and evening rush hours as well as cardiac arrests and falls from height. The EAAA has two aircraft, based at Norwich and Cambridge Airports serving Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire and flies highly trained Doctor/Paramedic crews. EHAAT operates two aircraft, based at Earls Colne and North Weald Airfields and also flies Doctor/Paramedic Crews. Both Charities are tasked to the scene of major trauma and medical emergencies across the region by the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST). Tim Page, Chief Executive of the EAAA, said: “This is a great example of how charities can work collaboratively, in this case with our partner, the East of England NHS Ambulance Trust, to provide enhanced pre-hospital care across our region. We’re delighted that the scheme was a success and are also keen to explore similar initiatives that raise standards of patient care. We’re grateful to everyone in the region who helps to support both charities. We couldn’t

do it without you.” Commenting on the partnership, Cliff Gale, EHAAT Operations Director, said: “It took a lot of planning to implement the extended service but the results speak for themselves. By getting to incidents quickly and starting lifesaving treatment at the scene our Crews can make a real difference at major incidents and emergencies. By working together we were able to make a bigger contribution to patient care and outcome over a longer period. We will look to repeating this exercise this year and also explore other partnership working initiatives.” Tim Daniels, East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust Air Operations Manager, said: “EEAST is delighted with the progressive working partnership with the EAAA and EHAAT and would like to praise both organisations for the hard work that made the extended flying hours last year such a success. We are very keen to continue this work to ensure we deliver consistent and appropriate specialist care 24/7 across the East of England.”

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WYMONDHAM News

Chez Denis Prize Draw Anglia Computer Solutions Win a holiday to Nice, South of France. Have a Meal at Chez Denis Restaurant, Dereham Road, Easton and enter our free prize draw for a holiday to Nice, South of France this will be drawn every six months.

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Special offer - order a starter and main course and get a Dessert for free.

We are a computer company based in Norfolk with three branches who offer a personal service to businesses and the public.

Please visit our website, for our full menu and Sunday Menu.

We have many products and services available.

Visit: www.chezdenis.co.uk

Our aim is to provide you with high quality low priced products that will allow you to have reliable systems at a competitive price.

Email: denisr@hotmail.co.uk Tel: 01603 880966.

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PC & Laptop Sales: New and reconditioned units available at all stores. Reconditioned units start from £99 and new from £329, various makes and models. Upgrades \ Repairs & Virus: We offer virus, malware and spyware removal, setting up new software, reinstall or upgrade Windows, recovery of lost data, hardware faults, basically

anything from with equipment, we can help. Home & Business Support: Our fulltime onsite engineer is on hand to resolve your issues at your home or business premises whether it’s simply plugging a new printer in the home or disaster recovery when the server in the office has failed. We offer one of charges or support contracts. We are Cisco qualified for all your network and phone needs whatever the scale, please call for quotes. For all your home and business computer needs call Anglia Computer Solutions on 01953 859753.


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The Green Dragon

April Production will be Noel Coward’s wonderful astral comedy “Blithe Spirit”

We had another successful Valentines evening at The Green Dragon and are now looking at plans for the Summer, with Beer Festivals, Wymondham Music Festival, and maybe another charity day.

Written to raise the ‘spirits’ of the British people in the dark wartime days of 1941, Coward described this play as “an improbable farce”. The action takes place in the living room of the Condomine’s house in 1930’s Kent, and the period is invoked by the setting and costumes, together with the ‘plummy’ accents and Coward’s typically witty dialogue. The play is as much a take on love and marriage as on death and the afterlife. The title comes from Percy Shelley’s poem ‘Ode to a Skylark’ – “Hail to the blithe spirit, bird thou never wert ..”

efforts to disrupt Charles’s current marriage, while he finds the whole thing jolly amusing. As the play unfolds, the tension between Charles and Ruth increases, and she even threatens to call the Archbishop of Canterbury as a last resort to get rid of Elvira. The plot has more twists than a roller coaster and is a hilarious three-way repartee, but culminates in a spectacular ending. The final member of the cast, Edith, the Condomine’s new maid, has some wonderful comic moments, and her secret is not revealed until the end of the play. Tabi Paternoster and Alan Carpenter take on the Charles Condomine, a socialite and successful roles of the Condomines, with Georgette novelist, wants to research the occult for a Vale as mad Madam Arcati. Marianne novel he is writing, and he arranges for an London and Martin Drummond play their eccentric medium, Madam Arcati, to hold a guests - the Bradmans, and Leanne Neave is Edith, the ‘high-speed’ maid. Justine séance at his house. He expects it all to be nothing more than an amusing sham, and Kerry on her debut in a full production with invites the local doctor and his wife along Wymondham Players is Elvira. The play to share in the fun. However, at the séance, runs from 18th - 21st April at Central Hall, Madam Arcati inadvertently summons Wymondham, with curtain-up at 7.45pm. Charles’s first wife, Elvira, who has been dead for seven years. Only Charles can see or hear Tickets are £7 (£6 concessions) Elvira, and his second wife, Ruth, does not from Geo Reeves in Market Street, believe that Elvira exists until a floating vase is Wymondham; from the Box Office: handed to her out of thin air. The ghostly Elvira 01953 601198; or online at makes continued, and increasingly desperate www.wymondhamplayers.org.uk.

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friends” are made to feel welcome at the Green Dragon, where travellers’ tales, meets local gossip...

With our ever changing specials board you are guaranteed a wide range of homemade dishes to choose from and with 40 single malts behind the bar you may be spoilt for choice! The great cask-conditioned ales and extensive wine list can be enjoyed with a meal or on their own if you’re looking for a quiet drink with friends. At The Green Dragon we offer a very relaxed, cosy, traditional pub atmosphere with no Juke Box, Games Machines or Pool Tables just occasional background music and local tales of their secret underground passage to the Abbey. Liked by people of all ages and walks of life, everyone, including “Muddy Boots” and our “four legged

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The Future Of Wymondham Music Festival At a well-attended annual public meeting on Monday 6th February plans were outlined for a full and exciting Wymondham Music Festival in 2012, with an attractive programme brochure already being prepared for public launch at the beginning of May. Although the Festival’s present size and style will continue for the following year or two, Chairman John Wood gave notice that there will be changes in the 20-strong organising team in the next few years. These may have consequences for the nature of this major event in Wymondham’s social and cultural calendar.

publicity will be given to the call for new members, preparatory work will be done on procedures, systems and records, and volunteers who come forward will be briefed and given the chance to play a part at once in running the Festival on present lines. But what emerges may look very different from what we have now.”

Most trustees and some committee members are now well into pensionable age, many have been with the Festival for 15 years or more and some have expressed a wish to step back from the work involved in running a festival of the present kind. The Trustees and committee have decided to start a process of change intended to put a new management team in place within the next five years. Some of the present team wish to retire, some to take less onerous roles, some are very happy to continue. But it is essential that new members come forward to provide the Festival with new people, new ideas and new vitality.

He added; “If this process does not result in finding a new team then the Festival as we will have known it for 20 years will cease. However, the charity will continue. The trust deed does not refer specifically to running a festival and the objects refer only in general terms to music education. The Trustees could decide to offer other services to music in the Wymondham area, and a festival could be revived whenever there was the enthusiasm to do so.

John Wood said: “The Festival team hope that many of these changes will have taken place by 2016. Meanwhile wide

The next few years will be busy and interesting, and hold potential promise for the future of the Festival.

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Meanwhile, comments, suggestions and above all volunteers are invited.

Offers of help, comments and suggestions should be sent to: John Wood 01953 602051, e-mail: j.r.wood@lineone.net

Barbara Randall 01953 601939, e-mail: office@wymfestival.org.uk. More information is available from the Festival’s website www.wymfestival.org.uk

Pancakes At The Farmers’ Market Visitors to Wymondham farmers’ market on Saturday (February 18th) were able to sample pancakes. They were supplied by the 4th Wymondham Guides, as a fundraiser to support their summer camp trip to Derbyshire. Guide Leader, Fran Young, said that the group were very grateful for the opportunity to subsidise the cost of the trip and funds raised from the pancake sales will be added to that collected at the Love Wymondham event. Wymondham farmers’ market takes place at the Market Cross on

the third Saturday of every month between 9.00am and 1.00pm. The market will mark its 12th anniversary on St Patrick’s Day this month (March 17th) and it will coincide with a “Wymondham Goes Green” event in the town. Any business or community group who would like to arrange an activity for the “Goes Green” event should contact Activity Team on 01953 605434.


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Established Family Business Has IT Covered South Norfolk based IT Services Company Bailiwick IT Ltd is a small family business whose prime objective is to provide a personal, reliable, efficient and professional service to its customers. They have been continually striving to deliver this high level of service since their establishment in 2006 and are proud to say they have attracted a loyal customer base along the way.

Bailiwick IT is headed by Joe Richards, who has 8 years’ experience in the IT industry as a Network and Hardware Engineer. He works alongside his son Christian who is also an IT professional.

Satisfied customer Tom Browne of Beccles recently endorsed the business, saying that he found using Bailiwick IT “the most helpful PC experience to date” and went on to say “it’s just the sort of thing SMEs need without being blinded by science or sales patter”.

Joe’s wife Wendy is the Company Secretary.

The company has an impressive list of satisfied customers from a wide range of industry sectors including finance, logistics, agricultural, engineering and manufacturing. The team also boasts considerable experience in assisting home users and it prides itself on its flexible approach when it comes to delivering not only an impressive toolkit of skills and experience but also a range of products straight to customers’ desks, whether in the boardroom or the spare room.

Joe says “I am very proud of the fact that much of our work is through referrals. Six years down the track and we still get a real buzz when we exceed customer requirements to the extent that they recommend us to others. We are a small family business and it’s thanks to this that we can offer a personal, customer-focused service. When customers contact us they know they are going to speak to an actual person, one who makes it his business to fully understand exact IT requirements. We know the importance of getting IT issues sorted quickly and can normally respond to calls within 24 hours”.

The year has started well for the business with their customer base having grown since Christmas. The Company is now looking to extend its offering by providing a new repair service for Apple products including iPhones, iPods and iMacs. With Apple product users increasing every day the Company have recognised a need for these users to have a reliable and locally based service. Joe and Christian are fully aware of how dependent users have become on Apple devices and know the importance of a fast response as well as efficiency of repair. The team are also starting to explore opportunities within the education sector locally. Joe is CRB registered and is looking forward to the challenges of working with colleges and schools to provide a

fully mobile, reliable, cost effective IT service. The business plans to replicate the quality of service already being provided to small businesses in terms of commitment to supply the most relevant solutions to meet the needs of the organisation coupled with a rapid response service. The ever-changing world of IT product supply, repair and servicing is competitive and one in which industryrecognised training is vital. Bailiwick IT Engineers are fully certified by Microsoft, A+ Hardware and Network +. Christian is currently furthering his knowledge by undertaking Apple technical training. The Company’s expertise also stretches across all versions of Windows from Win95 right up to Windows 7, Windows Server products, Sage Line 50/100, QuickBooks, Farmplan, Sum-It and Apple OS X including Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion.

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dereham Performers Wanted Aged seven to seventy! Choreographer, Laura McGill, is on the look-out for people aged seven to seventy, who love to perform. Recruits can look forward to helping create and perform a unique, site specific dance production against the beautiful backdrop of Narborough Hall. ‘Spring Dances’ has been commissioned by Norfolk Dance in partnership with Breckland Council to provide opportunities for people of all ages to participate in an innovative production, and encourage visitors to look at the Hall and gardens in a new way. No experience is needed to participate, just enthusiasm, commitment and a love of movement and performing.

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This community dance project is part of the Council’s ongoing dance development work, to get more people dancing in the district. Breckland and Norfolk Dance have worked with Litcham High School over the last year, using their state of the art dance studio; the studio now has a regular adult contemporary class and a youth dance company. In this new project, Norfolk Dance will bring together people of all ages, with a common interest to dance. Lynda Turner, Breckland Council Executive Member for Localism, Community and Environmental Services said: “If you have always wanted to try dancing and or performing then this

is the ideal opportunity to have a go, together with like-minded people. We are particularly encouraging people who live in the Breckland area but anyone is welcome to apply”. A taster workshop will be held on Saturday 3rd March at Litcham High School, for anyone wanting to learn more about the project.

Rehearsals will take place towards the end of March and throughout April leading up to a performance in April 22nd. To book onto the taster workshop or for more information, please contact Laura McGill on 01603 283399 or email: laura@norfolkdance.co.uk.


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Funding Will Help Communities Blaze An Olympic Trail Local communities in Breckland can help blaze an Olympic trail around the district, thanks to a new 2012 Celebratory Grant Scheme. Beginning on 17th June, the Breckland Torch Relay 2012 will make its way around the district. Communities along the route can apply for grant funding to stage celebratory events to mark its progress. Groups in Breckland that are constituted and have a bank account are eligible to apply for funding up to £500 to hold events inspired by London 2012.

Services Lynda Turner said: “The grant scheme is there to help community groups who want to mark London 2012 by holding their own local events. We will be launching the Torch Relay in style. Former Olympic athlete Paul Evans will light the flame at the Village Games in Watton and then run with it along the first leg of its route. ”.

Eligible activities include -

The Breckland torch will travel through each market town in the district and designated surrounding area. Groups applying for a grant must hold their event during the week the torch moves through their area.

• Family sports days and community sports events • Art workshops to make flags, bunting or commemorative artwork • Film screenings on a sporting theme • Dance workshops and events to celebrate Big Dance • Community choir events • Village walks or trails • Joint celebration events between sports clubs and / or arts clubs Breckland Council Executive Member for Localism, Community and Environmental

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• Watton

17th - 24th June

• Attleborough 24th June - 1st July • Thetford

1st - 8th July

• Swaffham

8th - 15th July

• Dereham

15th - 22nd July

For further information about the or look on the Breckland Council scheme and designated areas call website www.breckland.gov.uk on Sam Dawson on 01362 656870, email the Communities pages. sam.dawson@breckland.gov.uk

Watton Craft Market At the Queens Hall. Saturday 3rd March 9.30am to 2pm Free Admission. The first Craft Market for this year will be held at the Queens Hall in Watton on Saturday 3rd March. Then every first Saturday, same day as the Farmers Market, until November. There will be a wonderful selection of locally hand made items on sale including cards, knitwear, wooden items, jewellery, sewing, toys and some unusual items as well. An opportunity to buy that special gift or to treat yourself. Craft supplies also available for the budding crafter. In aid of Macmillan Cancer Care and Support.

Refreshments with home made cakes and savouries will be served by the Inner Wheel from 9.30am to 11.30am. Then from 12pm hot lunches will be served by the Thetford based charity ASD - Helping Hands who are there for adults and children in the Norfolk area living with Autism. Please come and have a coffee and support these good causes. If you require any further information please call Brenda on 07776 364456 or e-mail wheelerevents@aol.com.


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Bursaries On Offer For The Best Of British Film Aspiring Sports Coaches At A Venue Near You In a year when British athletes will compete with the best in the world, a new scheme will raise sporting standards locally by helping sports coaches improve their skills and knowledge.

Cult classics, black & white greats and BAFTA winner Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Breckland’s second Festival will bring the best of British film to a venue near you!

The Breckland Sports Coach Development Bursary scheme, designed to celebrate London 2012, will help aspiring sports coaches to gain qualifications in a number of sports disciplines. Those who wish to obtain a coaching qualification in a ‘priority sport’ can obtain funding for 75% (up to £300) of the cost of the course; those applying for qualifications in other sports can receive 50% (up to £150).

Beginning on 3rd March the ‘2012 Breckland British Film Festival’ will celebrate the quality, unique humour and diversity of the great British film industry from the 1950’s to the present day. Organised by Breckland Council in partnership with Creative Arts East (CAE), the Festival will bring a range of films to villages throughout the district. Timeless favourites such as ‘The Railway Children’ and ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ will feature in the line-up together with Ealing Studios classic ‘The Lavender Hill Mob’ and cult comedy ‘Withnail and I’.

Lynda Turner said: “Sports of all kinds are a really positive interest for young people to pursue. Breckland values the many clubs in the district run for our younger residents and we want to support club coaches who wish to improve their skills. We are running the scheme now so that applicants can take advantage of the Active Norfolk Coach Education Week at the UEA Sportspark where there will be many excellent sports coaching courses on offer”.

‘Priority’ sports include basketball, tennis, archery, badminton, dodgeball and gymnastics. Applicants must be resident in Breckland and, after completing their qualification, must deliver a minimum of six hours of coaching free of charge to help the Council deliver their Sportivate and holiday activity programmes. Applications cannot be retrospective, should be received by Breckland by March 10th and should be made a minimum of four weeks before the course is due to begin. Applications will be assessed by the Council’s Sports Development Team and a decision made within two weeks. For more information contact Stefan Clifford on 01362 656870 or email stefan.clifford@breckland.gov.uk.

Using the model that proved so successful in the 2010 Festival, the council recruited ‘voluntary promoter groups’ last year to help roll out the Festival at a local level. Through CAE’s ‘Village Screen’ community film scheme, these promoter groups booked British films at a reduced cost to show at their local village halls and community centres. Groups received

support and training covering aspects such as promotion, pricing and ticket sales. Lynda Turner, Breckland Council Executive Member for Localism, Community and Environmental Health said: “We are fortunate to have so many enthusiastic and energetic individuals and groups in Breckland - seven new voluntary promoter groups came forward to support the 2012 Festival. We have found that local involvement makes all the difference to turnout so I’m sure that we’ll have another blockbuster on our hands this year”. Programmes giving details of the nine films to be screened at rural venues throughout the district can be picked up at libraries, council offices, tourist information centres and from the local promoters of each screening. Alternatively, look on the Breckland website, or call Sam Dawson 01362 656870 for more details.

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Legal & Financial Services Hood Vores & Allwood Solicitors Offer fixed fees for family law services. We at Hood Vores & Allwood recognise that Separation and Divorce can be a painful and unsettling time for you and your children, both emotionally and financially. Many individuals are familiar with the Legal Aid, but are unaware that the legal costs incurred under this scheme are often repayable by you upon conclusion of your case, plus interest currently at 8%. There is no way of knowing accurately how much these charges might be. We recognise that this gives cause for uncertainty. Hood Vores & Allwood understands that having to repay your legal costs from your divorce settlement can restrict your

planning for the future and impact on your financial position after divorce.

• Separation agreements • Pre-marital /nuptial agreements

Family law work can be unpredictable in terms of legal costs, which is why, where possible, we have devised a range of Fixed Fee Services for certain areas of our work. Our Specialist Family Law Team is committed to helping you through this difficult time by offering an affordable service without compromising your best interests. We offer fixed fees for the following service areas:

• Parental Responsibility agreements For an appointment or more information please contact us by: Telephone on: 08453 724240 Or email: enquiries@hoodvoreslaw.co.uk Or visit our website: www.hoodvoreslaw.co.uk.

• Divorce proceedings • Cohabitation agreements

Bradford House Are you now dreading the post awaiting the penalty notice from the Revenue or Companies House because you missed your filing deadline? Avoid this problem in future by giving our services a try. Our new premises in Little Melton are easily accessible with ample free parking and our ground floor offices will be ideal for those with mobility problems. Why face the traffic and parking problems in Norwich if it is not

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necessary. If you would prefer us to visit your home or office that can easily be arranged. We aim to provide a timely, cheerful and personal service to all our clients. We can prepare your accounts, vat returns, tax returns and payroll all at reasonable rates . Why not give us a call for a free no obligation meeting?


News from across your region

The Importance Of Making A Will

Make The Best Use Of Your Tax Allowances!

Making a Will enables you to provide for specific intentions that you have for the division or disposal of your property, money and possessions upon your death.

It is important to make sure that you make the best use of your tax allowances.

A Will is particularly important when you need to: • Provide for your children • Provide for an elderly or disabled relative • Make provision for a friend • Make a gift to charity • Minimise administration costs • Minimise tax liabilities If you die without a Will that is valid you will be regarded as having died ‘intestate’, which could mean that matters are not handled in the way that you would have wished. With our ‘In Home’ service you do not need to take time off work to visit the solicitor. A trained Estate Planning Consultant will take your Will instructions in the comfort and privacy of your own home at a time to suit you. All documentation is drawn up by Overburys Solicitors, a long established local solicitor’s practice, who

are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. This ensures that you receive the best possible protection and know that your Will has been correctly prepared to the highest possible standards. Here at Overburys In Home, our experienced team will ensure that your Will expresses your wishes in a clear and concise manner and is legally valid. We can also advise you on related matters such as: • Inheritance and taxation laws • Appointing executors and guardians • Making gifts and setting up trusts • Marriage and separation • Changing and updating your Will To make an appointment contact our Diss office on 01379 641221 quoting Dispatch or email dispatchenquiries@ overburysinhome.com.

Kerry Butcher

This is especially relevant if you receive pension income from multiple sources, as these can often be missed and if you pay into a pension and are also a higher rate tax payer. If you are married, where possible, you should attempt to make sure that your income is spread between both individuals to ensure that you both use your allowances to help towards avoiding paying to much tax. If you are married and one of you is over 65 years of age, the allowances increase so try to utilise the older spouse’s allocation to its full limit.

and with the interest rates quite low you may wish to speak to someone about all your available options. We can advise on the most appropriate type of ISA dependent on your needs and circumstances. Pension rules have also changed and we can also help with these. The Capital Gains Tax allowance is currently £10,600 each and most people do not use it. It is an allowance that you ‘use it or lose it’ so please speak to us about the options available. For more information contact us:

It is important that you make use of tax efficient investments, such as ISA’s and pensions.

David, Simon & Craig

ISA allowances have increased over time and are planned to increase again in the next tax year. The rules can be confusing

W: www.mlfinancialassociates.co.uk

T: 01953 711123.

E: info@mlfinancialassocates.co.uk.

Were you busy in January? We were, we completed lots of self assessment tax returns. We helped our clients get organised and filed their tax returns before the deadline. The reason why? Because this year HMRC got tough! Although 2 days were added, if you submitted your tax return even one day late, the fine was £100. Plus there are no refunds even if you owe nothing. Don’t put your return off because the penalties get worse. Leave it

till after 30th April and you get charged £10 per day, up to 90 days, and then more penalties apply. It could all get very expensive.Plus if you are an employer did you know that PAYE is also changing? You will soon have to provide more information and pay sooner. If you want more information or are concerned please email or give us a call, we want to help you save money and get things right.

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An interview with...

Louise Moore of ‘LifeMatters’ Can you tell us when LifeMatters began and about the different aspects of your business now.

Above: Louise Moore of ‘LifeMatters’ Louise you are the Director of LifeMatters can you tell us a little about your background and what you do now. I work as a practitioner in my two LifeMatters Clinics based in London’s Harley Street and here locally in Redgrave, Suffolk. I am qualified to an advanced level in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Counselling, Psychotherapy, NLP, and Nutrition Life coaching and Family Therapy. I work with clients from all walks of life both nationally and internationally along with the medical profession. My knowledge now allows me to work with any issue my clients may present however my specialist fields are: Anxiety and Depression, Weight Loss and Eating Disorders, Relationship and Family issues. I am a Tutor for ‘LifeMatters Training College UK’ on the Counselling and Clinical Hypnotherapy Diploma course, and Director of all other aspects of ‘LifeMatters’.

LifeMatters originally started out as one therapy clinic over 10 years ago, 5 years later we opened our Clinic in London’s prestigious Harley Street. Then just over two years ago we launched ‘LifeMatters Training College UK’ an independent complementary therapies college. Most recently we have launched our Hypnosis Program and our Family Dynamics program. What courses are ‘LifeMatters Training College UK’ currently running and who can apply? As an independent training college for complementary therapies we run professional qualifications courses and introductory courses in Counselling, Clinical Hypnotherapy and NLP, Holistic Massage, Aromatherapy and Anatomy and Physiology. Our courses are fully accredited and validated; we will take students from the age of 20-65 and support them on their journey from student to professional practitioner. We also teach a variety of Workshops as a taster to the certificates plus other complementary subjects. Tell us more about your Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy ‘LifeMatters Clinic’s in London’s Harley Street and Redgrave in Suffolk

visiting one of my LifeMatters Clinics in London’s Harley Street or Redgrave in Suffolk. I offer private consultations, couple or family therapy on a private basis. Usually clients can be seen quickly if the situation is of an urgent nature. I can work on any issue presented offering full support for as long as is necessary. Can you tell us about why Hypnotherapy is such a beneficial treatment? Hypnotherapy is a wonderful relaxing experience that taps into your natural Alfa brain state, the one you enter into when you day dream or focus intently on a particular task like reading, there are no side effects other than positive ones and a hypnotherapist cannot make a person do anything against there own will. It can help a person to quickly resolve many difficult issues deep down in the subconscious where the problem lies from fears and phobia’s, anxiety, depression, panic attacks to giving up unwanted habits like smoking, dealing with weight loss, eating disorders to insomnia. Hypno-analysis which is a combination of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy is an advanced therapeutic technique that is beneficial for those with unresolved past crisis, loss and trauma in their lives. You should always make sure that the therapist you see is registered with an appropriate governing body like the GHRGeneral Hypnotherapy Register.

This highly successful system includes the latest techniques in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Nutrition and Motivational Coaching to help you achieve your goals. This is not a diet but a change of lifestyle that my client’s embrace it. The HypnuSlim program is a proven success that is recommended by top celebrities to doctors within the medical profession. What do Family Dynamics have to offer the community? Our mission is to enhance the wellbeing and prospects of children and their families by providing access to child and family counselling and coaching around East Anglia. To offer education and support to parents on our Family Dynamics local Programs and to offer support packages for schools to helping teachers, children and parents. Using proven models of therapeutic techniques, up to date research and above all else a fully qualified team of experts in this field. Are you looking for help? Yes if there is anyone reading this who may feel they have the right experience to bring to any of our expanding ‘LifeMatters’ programs or training and would like to look into the possibility of joining us then i would be keen to hear from them. For further details contact:

Many people would benefit personally from taking up a therapy such as Clinical Hypnotherapy, Counselling, Psychotherapy or Personal Development Coaching by

You can check this out on line or ask to see a person’s qualifications and registration certificate.

Louise Moore 01379 897007

You specialise in Weight Loss can you tell us about your new HYPNUSLIM Hypnotherapy, Nutrition and Motivational Weight Loss Program?

07970 834446 louise@lifemattersgroup.com www.lifemattersgroup.com

Our HypnuSlim Programs comes in five different packages you can choose from Private consultations, Shared consultations for couples/friends, the HypnuSlim Virtual Gastric Band program; Classes that run over 8 weeks soon to commence around East Anglia or Workshop days with a cook and dine experience in London. All of the programs are headed by me both locally in Redgrave and in London; other professionals join me for the classes and workshop days.

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Synergy Solar Systems Ltd The directors of Synergy Solar Systems both had been concerned for some time by the selling techniques and the quality of work seen from some of the companies in the industry. They both knew there was a need for an ethical company that would guarantee their customers a high quality installation without costing the earth and between them they had the skill, knowledge and resources to be that Company. So Synergy Solar Systems Ltd was born. Operating from the premises of their sister company, the long established Yare Electrical Services Ltd, Synergy Solar Systems Ltd provide high quality Solar PV panel installations throughout Norwich, Norfolk, and East Anglia. Why choose Solar Energy? • Fuel is free • It produces no noise, harmful emissions or polluting gases • PV solar systems are safe and highly reliable • Requires very little maintenance • Saves using electricity and earns you money The government estimates a Tax Free return of up to 10% on your investment, compare that to your current savings! The company is an MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) accredited installer and takes their accreditation seriously and are happy to abide by the code of conduct that our membership of the MCS requires. You won’t find them using high pressure sales tactics or any of the other issues people experience. Synergy Solar Systems Ltd’s commitment to you is simply to give you

a quality service at a fair price for a solar PV system that is appropriate to your needs. Some companies offer a ‘rent a roof’ scheme. Synergy do not offer this scheme as responsibility of your own roof becomes a huge issue, especially if you intend to move or pass your property on. This system could be riddled with legal complications and is only offered so they can receive the lucrative FEED IN TARRIFF for 25 years instead of you. Because of the ownership complications of this scheme, the authorities are now looking into stopping it. Their in house design engineers use Amtech and Auto Cad the industries leading design software. All projects are designed to the latest British standards and CDM regulations. With a wealth of experience in Commercial, Industrial and Domestic Environments they can offer solutions to all your electrical requirements. Please call 01603 605542 for further information or visit www.synergysolarsystems.co.uk for your Free No Obligation Quote. As well as being a director of Synergy Electrical, Shaun is also Director of Yare Electrical Services and coming soon Yare Decorators Ltd providing project management and installation services throughout East Anglia. Please telephone 01603 626400 or visit www.yareelectricalservices.co.uk for further information of the services on offer.

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Buckenham Arts New Buckenham Art Exhibition 2012 Preparations are under way for the New Buckenham Art Exhibition. This well established event has become very popular over the years and hosts artists from both Norfolk and Suffolk. Now in its seventeenth year there has been a good response from both professional and semi professional artists to exhibit their work. The artwork is of a high standard and a variety of styles and mediums can be enjoyed. There are the traditional landscape painters often showing scenes from local areas and then you can find a more modern or abstract interpretation. Sandra Derry is an artist whose work can be seen regularly at New Buckenham She paints old farm machinery her

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favourite subjects you see here tractors and traction engines. Growing up on a farm kindled her love for these subjects. She told me she once sold a picture of a traction engine to a man who used to follow it as a child on his bicycle. These country scenes are popular with the visitors and many come from all parts of the county to view and buy paintings. Our records show people come back year after year. The Opening Night is on Friday 6th April Good Friday from 7.30pm to 10pm admission £3.00 including wine and nibbles. Last year people were queuing to get in so if you wish to buy a picture it is advisable to come early.

However the exhibition is open over the Easter Weekend on the Saturday 7th April Sunday, 8th April and Monday 9th April from 11am to 4.30pm admission £1.00 and there are refreshments available all day. With time on your hands this is an excellent event for your visitors and family. All proceeds from this event go to the Village Hall and St.Martin’s Church New Buckenham.


SPRING Homes & GARDENS Let J&S Homeworks Transform Your Garden As Spring is fast approaching, it’s a good time to create your perfect outdoor living space. Garden patios and decking have never been more popular. There are now an increasing number of styles of garden paving and garden products dedicated to help you gain the maximum amount of use and enjoyment from your patio garden. The biggest impact on patio gardens has undoubtedly been decking which is an easy to maintain area that provides an ideal surface for summer as the wood is near cold but at the same time never becomes excessively hot like some natural stone and manmade paving products. Whether you choose decking or a cement, stone or paving slab patio depends on your site & style.

When creating any area in the garden one of the first aims must be to add interest. Building a pergola in your garden can in its simplest form provide a focal point, however it can also provide an effective soft screen from the neighbours, additional shelter for a walkway or it can frame a view to another feature within the garden.

combination. Wood fencing helps to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home and garden as well as adding essential privacy. The garden fence may be the first thing people see when they come to your house.

Custom made garden sheds are a perfect way to utilise an area within your garden that otherwise would be wasted.

Garden fencing needn’t be boring and can really add character, whether it be traditional or contemporary it can be in a range of styles and materials. Screening can be used to hide an unsightly area - bins compost etc.

By having a garden shed made to suit the area, you are turning a once useless space into a useful storage or work area - half for storage and half as a summer house or maybe a shed and green house

For more information or a free no obligation quote please contact Jason of J & S Homeworks to transform your garden. On 01953 451169 or 07747 847606.

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Fresh New Ideas This Spring

Getting A New Shower Installed?

Your garden should be a real asset to your home and be considered as an additional room for al-fresco dining and entertaining or as an airy extension continuing the indoor theme. However many gardens are wasted space, never achieving their full potential.

Whether you are thinking of just updating your existing shower or contemplating taking out your old existing bath and replacing it with a good sized shower enclosure and new shower, Supreme Bathrooms can take care of it all for you.

Why not consider having your garden redesigned and constructed by our expert, award-winning design and hardlandscaping team to incorporate current contemporary trends or traditional classic features in a garden to love and tend or one that is easy to maintain. Let our imagination do the hard work for you to create a garden that suits your lifestyle and budget. Whether it is a small patio feature or rolling acres, we offer the skills and service to provide everything you need. 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 (www.pavingsuperstore.co.uk) and Anglian Garden & Building Supplies (www.gardenandbuilding.co.uk), both

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selling huge volumes of hard landscaping materials across the UK, including paving from Marshalls, Bradstone, Brett, 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: www.georginaread.co.uk.

From the plumbing to the tiling, or wetwall panels in the shower enclosure instead of wall tiles to the floor covering and all fixings, you just have one person to deal with to get all work carried out ready for you to use. With all work carried out to a very high level by our very own experienced installers, Supreme Bathrooms is the place to visit. Here are a two examples of the showers and shower enclosures available from Supreme Bathrooms.

• The shower has a Eco setting built in to save water! The Kudos shower enclosure is an ideal replacement for a bath as its width is only 700mm but with the curve of the tray means it gives a internal depth of over 800mm. This allows for a shower seat or grab bar to be fitted without taking up valuable showering space. The enclosure is available in two lengths of 1400mm or 1700mm. The latter being the size of a standard bath. Shower enclosure features,

Digital showers are a great investment if you require the most simplest of showers to use but with all the very best features built in, • Modern looks but easy to use and a doddle to install! • Power shower performance that is compatible with nearly all domestic plumbing systems!

• 6mm toughened safety glass • Lifeshield applied to all enclosures to repell limescale • Lifetime guarantee on all enclosures Visit our showroom now on the Wymondham business park to pick out your new shower!!


Breckland Windows With Breckland Windows ltd all sales either windows, doors etc and conservatories will be conducted by Ray which cuts out the time consuming process of the salesman! The company was started in 1988 by Ray Harman and has traded from the Dereham location covering all of Norfolk. The company specialise in PVCu windows, doors, conservatories, fascias gutters and now the very fashionable composite door range. Breckland Windows ltd has been installing quality home improvement products in Norfolk for over 23 years, and we take pride in consistent levels of real customer service. We have seen over the years many changes in the industry which has benefited the house holder enormously such as the introduction of Fensa to regulate the industry in 2002, and now the introduction of the minimum C crafted window. We have made the decision to only fit A rated products as standard. BRECKLAND WINDOWS ENERGY RATED WINDOWS will reduce heat loss and therefore save money every year on fuel bills, and all BRECKLAND WINDOWS doors and windows carry the official Police Security Accreditation-‘SECURED

BY DESIGN’ and have full 10 year etc insurance backed guarantee. Why not take advantage of our TRADE IN OFFER on any older style PVC or Aluminium windows and doors, secondary double glazing or even that old conservatory. You may have brought your property with windows, doors etc that you do not like or sealed units or hinges may be worn out. With this unique opportunity, I can offer you a discount on any old PVCu or aluminium because I have contact with a national company to re-cycle waste products from out industry, which means you save MONEY! Last but not least, have you got CONDENSATION inside your sealed units and your frames are still in good condition, then we are here to help with a great range of products to choose from. For further information, or a noobligation quotation, call Breckland windows on 01362 698035.

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SPRING Homes & GARDENS Diss Bed Centre And Furniture Warehouse ...Is a family owned business which has been established for over 36 years, based in Diss, Norfolk. Our new Furniture Warehouse on Sawmills Road, Diss offers a huge selection of leading styles of bedroom, occasional, dining and office furniture including Bedsteads, Sideboards, Wardrobes, Dining Tables, Chairs, Units, TV Stands, Nests of Tables, Desks and much more. All ranges are available in solid woods including oak, ash, beech, birch and pine. We also have a new exciting range of TV beds, electric beds and rise and recline chairs and with new lines being released regularly we are the place to visit for the latest styles and ranges. Big brands include Sealy, Silentnight, Hypnos, Myers, Staples and Healthbeds to name but a few. With over 10 ranges of furniture displayed in store you shouldn’t

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struggle to find what you are looking for, however if you can’t see it on the shop floor do ask as there is every chance we can order it in for you - orders placed before Wednesday will be in and ready for delivery by the Friday.

to assemble it yourself. With years of experience in the industry and fantastic customer service, we are best placed to give you any advice you need on the furniture you are looking for. We offer something to suit every taste and budget.

We have a large range of stock in at all times available for same or next day delivery meaning you haven’t got to wait weeks for your new furniture.

Store opening times are as follows: Sawmills Road:

You can also visit our website for our full ranges and our latest offers www.dissbedcentre.co.uk The store has easy access and parking and we offer free local delivery using our own specialised team, all of our furniture is ready assembled on delivery which saves you the time and stress of trying

Monday: Friday 9am-5pm Saturday: 9am - 4pm, Sunday: 10am -4pm.


Health, beauty & wellbeing Short Bursts Make Light Work If you don’t think you have the time for a long session in the gym or an epic run, then why not consider interval training? Personal Trainer Darryl Britton explains why short bursts of high intensity exercise may be an excellent way to burn calories, in less time. Interval training is essentially short, fast bursts of exercise to nearly

maximum capacity, followed by a shorter period of rest. For instance, if you have a little time in your lunch break try an interval run: sprint for 40 seconds, then walk for 20 seconds, then repeat at least eight times.

Post-Natal Clinical Pilates We think of Pilates as a relatively new form of exercise; however it has been used for many years. In 1914 a gentleman called Joseph Pilates developed an exercise regime for fellow soldiers who had become ill or injured and these exercises continued to develop until Pilates’ death. Today Physiotherapy is rapidly proving the importance of muscle balance and evidence in the nineties shows that imbalances and injuries of the lumbar spine and peripheral joints can be helped with Pilate’s exercises. Amongst Physiotherapists Pilates is now used not only as a form of treatment but also as an assessment tool, looking at where imbalances occur and treating them with specific exercises. Emma is qualified in ‘Modified Pilates’, which is a safe form of Pilates for anyone with a musculoskeletal condition or injury. Postnatal Pilates can be extremely

beneficial; it increases energy levels and improves stability and strength to aid the return of the woman’s pre-pregnancy body type.

Scientific evidence shows that short intensive bursts of cardio exercise burn just as many, if not more, calories as a sustained session, and continue burning calories for a longer time afterwards as the metabolic rate is increased. There are lots of methods to exercise in this way, including circuit training, but it is also easy to do on your own and keeps exercise interesting and manageable. Try it when running or cycling or even indoors, with squat thrusts and running on the spot an effective alternative. As with any exercise, it is important that you warm up fully beforehand and cool down afterwards.

It is a gentle form of exercise which can be built around the new Mum’s lifestyle to increase exercise tolerance. The breathing involved in Pilates helps to relieve the tension and stress of life with a new baby. A Pilate’s session with a qualified Physiotherapist can allow Mum a well deserved break! Emma is trained in Modified Pilates, she will take history and do a Physiotherapy assessment in your own home so that she is aware of your individual needs and can then go on to create a tailored Pilates programme postnatally. The best bit is, there is no need to find a babysitter!

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GENERAL News

What is Pilates...?

Spring Skin Care Tips

A floor based exercise class offering complete body conditioning comprising slow controlled, flowing movements targeting the key postural muscles of the torso.

As a new season is approaching, many of us start making various changes in our routines.

You will develop and improve mobility, flexibility, core strength, muscle tone, balance and so help to reduce stress and enhance emotional well-being. Pilates is a ‘commonsense’ mind-body approach to functional fitness.

combines fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body using an aerobics fitness approach to achieve a blended balance of cardio and muscle toning benefits. It’s dynamic, exciting, exhilarating and effective!

Penny’s friendly style of teaching makes this class a very enjoyable experience, although this class is a focused exercise program and a good workout Penny injects her own energy.

Penny adds her own flavour to the class creating a fun and energising programme; so why not come along and “Party yourself into fitness”.

Step aerobics… Penny’s step aerobics class in East Harling is a fun fitness class for all. An affective cardiovascular and toning class that uses the current chart toppers and classic pop hits. This class will not disappoint. So bring your friends, be prepared for a good time and a great workout. What is Zumba Fitness….? Zumba is a Latin inspired, easy to follow, dance – fitness class that incorporates Latin and international music and dance movement. The Zumba Fitness - Party ™

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Please wear appropriate work out clothing and footwear and don’t forget your water bottle! Penny runs many other additional classes around Norfolk. For further information and details of any of my classes please contact Penny Crook on 01842 815074 or 07796603643 Email: zumba-penny@hotmail.co.uk Prices start from £4 per class!!

Preparing our skin for the new season is essential in order to be able to look our best at any given moment. Although subtle, a few changes in our skin care rituals can make a great difference in the way our skin looks, so learn to prepare your skin for the spring season in a few easy steps.

Those who have oily skin might also want to invest in a mattifying gel, as it might serve as a good base for a long lasting makeup.

Moisturising is by far the most important aspect we should take care of. Although moisturising regularly is just as important during spring as it is during winter, it is generally smarter to switch to a lighter moisturiser.

If dryness is a problem, weekly facials are recommended to be able to get a natural glow and nourish the skin at the same time.

A rich moisturiser might have done a good job protecting your skin during the cold winter months, however, once the temperatures go up, it might feel a little greasy. Using a heavy duty moisturiser can still be a good idea for body areas that are prone to dryness; however, making the switch is still necessary. If you don’t want to purchase a new moisturiser, mixing a little rosewater in your moisturiser might do the trick.

For those who have other types of complexions, this idea might not work well as these gels can be too drying.

Sunscreen remains an absolute must during the warmer months, so looking for a sunscreen with a SPF of at least 20 is recommendable. A moisturiser with SPF is also a good alternative for those who are looking for versatile products. An important aspect to remember is that you should pay attention to the areas that are likely to be forgotten such as the back of the ears, the lips, your fingers and so on.


CARING FOR THE ELDERLY From The Field To The Freezer How Wiltshire Farm Foods’ carefully prepared frozen meals are helping people stay independent. For those who’ve worked hard all their lives, maintaining independence is particularly important - especially when it comes to mealtimes. Wiltshire Farm Foods is one company that’s keen to help those who can’t get out and about as much, so they can eat well and look after themselves. Established for more than 20 years, Wiltshire Farm Foods creates and delivers a delicious range of frozen meals that can be cooked in minutes. From the field, to the freezer, every detail is considered in order to offer nutrition, value, flavour and awardwinning personal service. Ingredients are selected from carefully approved suppliers and are then prepared by a

team of nutritionists and award-winning chefs in their Wiltshire kitchens.

Most dishes take 8-12 minutes in the microwave or 35 minutes in the oven.

Once cooked, the meals are placed into handy trays that fit easily into the freezer, then frozen almost immediately to lock in the freshness.

As they are cooked in their trays, there is no preparation, no pots and pans, just delicious meals that you can enjoy in your own time.

Convenience is a key part of the Wiltshire Farm Foods offering. All meals can be ordered over the phone or online.

Maintaining independence has never been easier.

They’re then delivered by a friendly, local delivery driver, who is always happy to put meals away in the freezer if preferred. With the freezer stocked up, you know that a hot meal is only ever a few minutes away.

For more information about Wiltshire Farm Foods in Norfolk and North Suffolk, you can call 01362 699049 or visit www.wiltshirefarmfoods.com for a free brochure.

Recently, national treasure Ronnie Corbett joined Wiltshire Farm Foods for a TV and magazine campaign promoting the delicious meals - and the independence they bring. The TV adverts also feature Edith and Eric, who talk to Ronnie about the benefits of the service. If you’ve not seen them yet, keep a look out.

Undernutrition In The Elderly Undernutrition is becoming increasingly prevalent in the ever-growing elderly population. Is poor nutrition just an inevitable consequence of ageing, or are there reasons which health professionals can address to deal with this problem? A national survey of older people in private household found that: Over half reported long standing illness or disability. One in five had difficulty seeing, even with glasses. One in ten were unable to walk down the road or manage stairs. One in five had been seen by a hospital doctor in the preceding three months. Half of the women and a quarter of the men aged 85 years and over were not able to cook a main meal alone. Only one in ten received ready meals delivered to the door. Not only do older people have practical disadvantages but they also have different nutritional requirements to that of the normal adult population. With increased age, people become more vulnerable to malnutrition for many reasons including these listed:

Swallowing problems from a stroke, Parkinson’s disease or other neurological disorder, Worsening dentition and periodontal disease, ill fitting dentures, Candida, Loss of use of hands from a stroke, Parkinson’s disease or other neurological disorder, Isolation - limited access to shops, Poverty, Taste changes, Less smell perception and reduced appetite. All these above risk factors may affect intake, digestion, absorption, utilisation and metabolism of food and nutrients. It becomes increasingly important for improved quality of the diet, as the total amount of food falls with age. Elderly are as risk if they are in an acute hospital, nursing or residential care or in their own homes. It is the health professional’s responsibility to highlight nutritional problems and act upon them appropriately.

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CARING FOR THE ELDERLY NBR Scooter Brokers

Able Community Care

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

Is a Norfolk company which has been providing live-in care services since 1980.

Their main objective is to provide impartial advice together with a friendly and efficient service!!

Our services are provided to people of all ages who want to remain living in their own homes and community rather than moving into a residential care setting.

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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