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November 2011 Issue 050

Dispatch Magazine Queens House, Queens Square, Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 2AE Tel: 01953 456789


Editor In Chief: Jonathan Horswell Advertising Manager: Jayne Ashby Advertising Sales: Kim Wild Design: Colin Jeffery.

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In this issue FEATURES




Competition Win A Mini Or £10K In Cash.



Book Now Christmas Is Coming Getting Ready For Christmas.


Health, Beauty & Wellbeing Looking After You.


Your Local Vouchers Cut Out & Use Vouchers.


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Wymondham Abbey The New Guide.

Dickensian Evening

An Interview With... Jessica From Coco’s Restaurant.

All Set For 1st December.


New Studio


Third Studio For Wymondham.

Call The Police New Number - Dial 101.

Have A Party Planning A Street Party.


Youth Council Applications Flood In.

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WYMONDHAM An Abbey Explained Visitors often ask how a small town like Wymondham came to have such a huge and magnificent parish church. Why is it called an Abbey, they ask, and why is part of it now in ruins? The answers to these questions, and many more, are to be found in the Abbey’s new Souvenir Guide, written by local author Richard BartonWood with the help of a team of church members.

almost 90 beautiful colour photos, many of them specially taken earlier this year, along with historic illustrations and even some artwork by High School students.

If you imagine a typical church guide as a rather dull-looking, fusty and specialised publication for architecture buffs, then think again.

The Abbey team took the view that the church is about people.

The Abbey’s 24-page guide uses a magazine design style and packs in

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The Guide adopts an engaging and very readable style, though there is plenty of information to satisfy seasoned “church crawlers” too. It is laid out to make it easy for visitors to use on site, as well as providing an attractive souvenir to take home.

It is not just a remarkable historic monument, it is a living part of the Wymondham community too. So there are people on every page, with special

sections on music, celebrations and “the hidden Abbey” - some of the things behind the scenes. Significantly, this is an all-local product, written in Wymondham and designed

and printed by Taverner Press, just down the road in East Harling. The price? Just £3, and available from the Abbey Shop (open Mon-Sat 10am – 4pm) and elsewhere in the town.

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Dickensian Evening Thursday 1st December Wymondham’s annual Dickensian Evening, organised by the Wymondham Lions, has been running for over 20 years and marks the towns official Christmas lights switch on. The event is the official start of the Christmas festivities in Wymondham and this year will be on Thursday 1st December.

6.45pm - 7pm: Dave Doughnut children’s entertainer.

The evening will proceed as follows:

7.20pm - 7.40pm: City of Norwich Pipe Band.

6.00pm: The procession forms up at the Town Green. The procession will consist of: City of Norwich Pipe Band, Father Christmas in his sleigh, Wymondham Town Mayor and Lion President in horse drawn Victorian Coach and Carol singers.

7.05pm - 7.15pm: Slow Theatre.

6.15pm: The procession commences to the Market Cross. 6.30pm: The procession and Father Christmas arrives at the Market Cross. 6.30pm - 8pm: Events on the Market Place and around the town centre. 6.30pm - 6.40pm: Father Christmas and Town Mayor to switch on the lights.

There will also be a pick up point around the town where you can pick up a copy.

If you would like to support this annual event and be featured in this years programme please call Jayne at The Dispatch Magazine on 01953 456789 or ��������� e-mail

7.45pm - 8pm: Livewire - songs from musicals. 8.05pm - 8.20pm: Dave Doughnut. 8.30pm: Event closes.

6.00pm - 6.20pm: Livewire to lead carol singing on the Market Cross.

produced by The Dispatch Magazine and will be delivered through your doors before the evening.

10.00pm: Road re-opens to traffic. Other entertainment and popular attractions around the town will be: Wymondham Library - events and book readings. Art Centre - music and entertainment. Poppa John - Lady Barber shop singers. Baptist Church - Brass Band with Tea and Coffee. Rides in the horse drawn carriage. A hog roast, Charity and Trader stands. This year’s programmes are being

Winter Fayre Wymondham College Parent Staff Association will be holding a Winter Fayre at the college on Saturday 12th November from 10am till 4pm. Over 40 local stall-holders will offer a wide range of quality handmade crafts and jewellery, brilliant Christmas gift ideas and delicious local produce. Tea, coffee, cakes and light lunches will be available, so bring a friend and get some shopping done!

Entry will be just £1 for adults, children and College students are free of charge.

The Fayre is to be held in the Sports Hall at Wymondham College, Golf Links Road, Morley, NR18 9SZ.

Contact org for further information.

There will also be a raffle, and all money raised will be put towards some of the varied projects supported by the PSA at Wymondham College.

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Wymondham Turns Yellow For Lemon Day Yellow is a colour usually associated with Spring but it will soon have another meaning in Wymondham. Shops, offices, schools and community groups are joining forces for the town’s first Lemon Day on Saturday November 5th. The aim is to turn the historic street line into a continuous wave of yellow, as a range of organisations in the town begin to formulate their plans for the day. It is the idea of Wymondham resident, Tony Vale, who specialises in devising themes to help care homes provide stimulating activities for their residents. Mr Vale’s company, Activity Team, is sponsoring and co-ordinating the Lemon Day event. He said: “Yellow is such an uplifting colour and it’s a theme that every business and community group can connect with. It will also be a way to encourage more people into the town centre on the first Saturday after the clocks go back.”

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The community initiative is being supported by Needlecraft in the Town Green, who are supplying kits to make yellow bunting, which will be sewn and sold to local businesses as a decoration. Any business or community group wishing to get involved in the Lemon Day project, by arranging an event in their premises, should contact Tony Vale on 01953 605434 or e-mail

Regal Cinema White Christmas. The top money-making film of 1954, will be the main feature of a special festive classic movie show staged by the Regal Experience on Sunday 4th December at 2.30pm. The screening will be at the old Wymondham Regal Cinema, now part of the local Ex-Services’ Club. Made by Paramount in Technicolor, the movie features a stellar cast of VeraEllen, Rosemary Clooney ( aunt of George Clooney ), Danny Kaye and the great Bing Crosby, as well as wonderful songs by the legendary Irving Berlin.

Among the numbers are Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep, Sisters and of course, White Christmas. Among the supporting shorts will be Christmas Under Fire, a morale-boosting documentary made in 1941 to highlight how people in this country were defiantly celebrating in the darkest days of the war. The most popular presents for boys in the toy shops were model R.A.F. planes! Tickets are available from Maureen Dodman ( 01953 605593 ) or Michael Armstrong ( 01953 603246 ) and on the door.

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Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal 2011 Operation Christmas Child is an initiative that sends boxes full of gifts to children around the world. Last year people from around the UK sent 1.19 million shoeboxes to 14 countries. The generous people of Suffolk sent 18,300 boxes to children in Belarus. These children generally live in poverty and have very little of their own. The gifts are the highlight of their year and are treasured long after we have forgotten about Christmas. Could you help us increase the number of boxes we send to Belarus this year? It is very simple to get involved. Get a shoebox (Shoezone and Stead & Simpsons are our partners and will be pleased to give you a box if they have one), cover it and choose an age group. Fill the box with small gifts that will delight a child. Simple things are the best - a cuddly toy, crayons, paper,

soap, flannel, toothbrush, toothpaste, hat, scarf and gloves. Add in a few treats like sweets and maybe a small doll or toy car, even a photograph of your family and you have a gift that these children will love and treasure. Add in ÂŁ2.50 to cover transport cost then the box can be dropped off at a local drop-off point and will be delivered to our depot in Bentley. We will pack the boxes into large cartons and load them on a lorry to transport them to Belarus ready to be distributed around Christmas time. If you want to find out more about this you can find all the details on the website

leaflets, posters and DVDs. Alternatively please ring the Area Coordinators John and Marilyn Coates on 01473 716437 or email You can take part as an individual but if you are part of a school, church or other group that would like to get involved there are many ways we can help you organise things. We have presenters who will come to your group and speak about the work of Operation Christmas Child. We can also arrange to collect larger numbers of boxes. All of this is free! The campaign runs until November 18th. Why not get involved and make a child very happy.

This gives you your nearest drop off point and the opportunity to order free

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Morley & Attleborough Methodist Youth Club

Norfolk & Suffolk Power Flushing

The club was established by Robert Hendry at Morley St. Botolph in 1974 and now meets Tuesday evenings at Attleborough Methodist Church, London Road, term time.

Any of these symptoms in my advert could indicate that your central heating system has problems from internal corrosion, rust, sludge and scale.

The Junior Group is for 7-10’s 6.00pm to 7.45pm, Senior Group 11-15’s 7.25pm to 9.05pm. All are welcome to join, £1 per session. A tuck shop is available. There are computer games, crafts for Juniors, pool, table tennis, table football and hockey or just come to chill out and meet your

A power flush can restore circulation and efficiency to your central heating system by removing these products.

friends. There are also some outings for roller skating or bowling. The next all age disco is 29th November 6.00pm to 9.00pm, members £1, non-members £2. For more information please contact Robert Hendry on 01953 603225.

Mary And Joseph Figures Using the idea of the Mexican ‘Posada’, 4 ft high figures of Mary and Joseph will be travelling around Wymondham in December. Look out for them in shops, schools and homes! If you would like to be a host for the Nativity figures email or call 01953 609106. You will need to say why you think you should have them, and how many

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people might see them when they are with you. The Posada figures will be ending their journey at the Carol Service in Wymondham Methodist Church on Christmas Eve at 6.00pm with their baby appearing in the Christmas Day service at 10.00am.

The process involves connecting a power flushing pump to the existing central heating pump valves, or across the tails of a radiator. Specialist chemicals are then pumped around the heating system to loosen and mobilise the unwanted debris.

Each radiator is then individually flushed until clean and on completion, an inhibitor is added to prevent further corrosion. The whole process is carried out with minimal disturbance and disruption. For more information on for a free no obligation quote, ring Paul on (01508) 532671 or 07879 414197. Or alternatively go to

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Kerry Butcher Accountancy Services

Wymondham Helicopter Group

The nights are drawing in, the clocks have gone back and Christmas is nearly here!

A charity barn dance with ‘SHINANIKINS’ will be held at Central Hall, Back Lane, Wymondham Friday 25th November 8pm - 11.30pm.

Of course in reality there are still a few weeks to go before the festive season but weeks fly by. This is always an expensive time of year, so wouldn’t it be nice if your self assessment tax return was submitted and you knew if you had tax to pay.

We can also advise the tax credits office of your taxable income (authorisation is required).

Tickets cost £7.50 from Geo. Reeves or call 01953 600563 / 07789 830918.

Then there are tax credits; you could well have had to estimate your annual income back in July before the review deadline. Your actual income needs confirming before 31st January 2012.

Call us on 01953 457173 or email and arrange that initial free consultation.

Here at KBAS we can complete your accounts and tax return.

In aid of the east Anglian Air Ambulance – charity 1083876.

Once this is done and your credit award is recalculated, you may even end up with an increase in your award.

Make sure your tax return is submitted by 31 January 2012 and let us help you avoid a fine.

Don’t forget to check out the Your Local Vouchers on Page 31

Charity Christmas Concert The Taverham brass band will be performing a Charity Christmas Concert at The Central Hall, Back Lane, Wymondham on 3rd December at 7.30pm - 10.00pm. In aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Tickets are £7.50 and available from Geo

Reeve bookshop or call 01953 600563 / 07789 830918.

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Perfect Your Party Look Want To Act With Naturtint!

But tired of having to travel to the city?

With the festive period fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about perfecting your party look! When it comes to your hair however, changing your colour to suit the season can leave it dry and damaged and can also be an added cost in this already expensive season. If you’ve been good all year however, then treat yourself to NATURTINT, the leading range of gentle permanent hair colorants free from Ammonia, Resorcinol & Parabens. The range consists of 30 shades, all of which cover 100% of grey and can be mixed to create an endless palette of colours. Each box is suitable for root touch ups and multi-application use, plus at only £9.99 (RRP) each, they are kind on your purse as well as your hair! For a more temporary colour, why not try Naturtint Reflex Non-Permanent colorants, available in 6 shades including

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Dark Chestnut Brown and Mahogany, they wash out by 2 to 4 weeks, so ideal for a quick flirt with a new shade for Christmas! They are also suitable for sensitive skin and ingredient discerning user as they are not only free from Ammonia, Resorcinol and Parabens, but Peroxide and PPD too. Naturtint Shampoo & Nutrideep Multiplier after-care products are also available and free from Sulphates, Parabens and Artificial Fragrances, helping to maintain your colour into the New Year! For more information, call 0845 601 8129 or visit

From September 2011 people of all ages can now enjoy the art of theatre craft and acting at the new Theatre Company starting up in Wymondham called Slow Theatre Company. This new Theatre Company offers classes for children, youths and adults; and at present has spaces available on the Youth Performance Group (13 - 18) which will be performing in the prestigious national festival by The National Theatre with a chance to perform in London. At Slow Theatre Company the ethos is co-operation, team building, and developing confidence whilst developing skills and performing at a high level. Laughter, fun, concentration and ensemble work is central to the way they work. At Slow Theatre there is a desire to slow things down from the speed of celebrity and instant fame we see and hear about so often in our electronic media; instead at this theatre company you will look at the technique of stage craft and explore

the world of theatre. The directors are trained and working in the industry and the company belongs to SAFER NORFOLK, regulated by Norfolk County Council as well as being a member of the National Association of Youth Theatres. If you like acting, looking at characters, would like to gain confidence whilst having lots of fun then why not give Slow Theatre classes a go. They have very competitive rates with reductions for families on low incomes. Waiting lists are now in place for the children’s & adult classes. As well as the weekly classes Slow Theatre will be running workshops and a holiday club during the school holidays from 2012. Classes are held at Wymondham High School and are open to all. Check out their website for more information

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Is Your Guttering Coping? Thinking Of A Laptop For Christmas? Is Your Computer Behaving? With our ever increasing rainfall.

UPVC guttering is a welcome addition to most homes, it is attractive, robust and requires very little maintenance, the most it should need is a clean to keep it looking its best. UPVC guttering is available in a range of colours and styles to suit most homes. The main colours are black, brown and white and the styles are half round, square, ogee and deep flow. If your gutters are overflowing and not blocked then this in itself is an indication the gutter is undersized for the capacity of water it is required to carry at that point. You may need to replace it with Deep Flow Guttering. Deep Flow guttering is a deep high capacity gutter system

designed for houses where existing gutter systems are struggling to cope under our ever increasing rainfall.

High capacity gutter systems also have the benefit of needing fewer down pipes which can improve the aesthetic appeal of your property. Deep Flow gutters are only marginally wider than standard round profiles but it’s increased depth is where the extra capacity is achieved. Weigh up the additional costs of fitting the Deep Flow gutter against the possible costs incurred by sorting out any damage caused by damp penetration from the overflowing rainwater. It could well be worth the additional costs to ensure the rainwater is drained away properly. Call Jason of J&S Homeworks on 01953 451169 or 07747 847606 for further information or a free no obligation quote.

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

Backups - Are often forgotten, but when your computer crashes it’s no laughing matter. Every year we see hundreds of people that have lost their work, photos, music etc and without spending a small fortune it’s gone for good. For as little as £10 we can setup a backup system which will ensure you never lose all the hard work you have created. Just pop into one of our branches and have a chat, we will soon determine how much data you need to backup and provide the best solution for you. For all your home and business computer needs call Anglia Computer Solutions on 01953 859753.

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Diss Bed Centre And Furniture Warehouse ...Is a family owned business which has been established for over 36 years, based in Diss, Norfolk.

Les King Charity Matches. Les King would like to thank all those who kindly donated for the president football and cricket charity matches.

A total amount of £850 was raised for Star Throwers Cancer Charity. Thank you,

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 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. We have a large range of stock in at all times

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available for same or next day delivery meaning you haven’t got to wait weeks for your new furniture. You can also visit our website for our full ranges and our latest offers 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 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. Store opening times are as follows: Sawmills Road: Monday: Friday 9am-5pm Saturday: 9am - 4pm, Sunday: 10am -4pm.

The cricket match did not take place, hopefully it will now be played next April.

Les King.

Santon Downham Village Hall Indoor Car Boot on the 6th of November - Tables by reservation ONLY: £6.00 per Table. The car boot is at 10am-2pm. Race Night-Saturday 19th of November starts at 7.30 pm. Entry is £2.00 per person. Christmas Bazaar, Saturday 3rd of December, Tables by reservation ONLY £6.00 per table, Starts at 10am-4pm. Admission is 50p per person. New Year’s Eve Buffet and Dance, 31st December starts at 7.30pm costs £12 per person to include a wonderful buffet

and dancing to Mindy’s Road show - Theme is 1970’s and costume is optional. Plenty of car parking places, toilets and a cafe in the hall. All enquiries for any of the above events please call 01842 815213.

Don’t forget to check out the Your Local Vouchers on Page 31

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De-Stress Your Garden Supreme Bathrooms Is the work involved in keeping your garden looking its best taking its toll?

New ranges are now in stock.

Why not consider having your garden redesigned by our expert design and landscaping team to incorporate many low-maintenance features such as raised beds, mulched or pebble-covered borders, easy-care paving and fully edged lawns.

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 of our materials are at online prices, offering great savings!

As one of the leading bathroom specialists in East Anglia with one of the finest showrooms in the area displaying over 80 bathroom suites and shower enclosures, now has never been a better time to order that all important new bathroom.

There are plenty of techniques that may be used to keep maintenance to a minimum whilst introducing design flair, interest and intrigue to your garden to improve its overall appearance.

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.

With the arrival of our new ranges from R2 Bathrooms, Kudos shower enclosures and Calypso bathroom furniture, the range of products on display is second to none with exceptional build quality and value for money being key factors.

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. and Anglian Garden & Building Supplies (www., both selling huge volumes of hard landscaping materials across the UK, including paving from Marshalls, Bradstone, Brett, Stoneflair, Stonemarket, Pavestone,

Contact us today on 01953 850802 to discuss your Landscaping requirements

We also display a vast array of wall and floor coverings including tiles and Karndean flooring, and all bathroom accessories which means you can shop

under one roof for all your bathroom requirements at great savings. At Supreme Bathrooms we can also undertake all aspects of your installation with our very own bathroom fitters, electricians etc at hand to take care of all work involved including plumbing, tiling electrics etc. This leaves you without the hassle of finding suitable tradesmen and let’s Supreme Bathrooms take care of all aspects of your eagerly awaited new bathroom. Have you been thinking of getting that Supreme Bathroom makeover? Call now for a free home survey!!

See examples of our work at: www.

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SNYA Radio Opens A Third Studio In Wymondham SNYA is pleased to announce the opening of our third broadcast studio in Wymondham. SNYA has teamed up with Woodshack Rehearsal studio’s on Postmill Close to engage with more young people along the A11 corridor. This new venue complements our studios at EPIC TV Centre, sponsored by E-CLIC, and Long Stratton Leisure Centre, sponsored by South Norfolk Council. Stephen Thomas, Station Coordinator, said “We held a taster session at the Woodshack on Wednesday 10th October 2011; this was well attended by young people and adults who expressed an interest in getting involved. I am very pleased with the initial take up and would be looking to increase our broadcasting times, from Wymondham, as we establish our self”.

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SNYA has always received great support from students at Wymondham High, Wymondham College, Attleborough High and Hethersett High Schools. The problem that local students have experienced, in the past, is that they have been unable to access our studios at Long Stratton and Norwich because of school finishing time and the schedule of the final bus home at night. With the opening of our Wymondham studio, we are now in the heart of the

community and we would expect to be able to work with even more young people. Woodshack Rehearsal Studios is the ideal partner for SNYA Radio. This relationship will give us the opportunity for future collaboration work, including live broadcasts of local bands and possibly live music events. SNYA Radio would welcome sponsorship from likeminded businesses or individuals who would like to support us in providing positive activities for young people in Wymondham. SNYA has been looking to open studios in Wymondham for some time. We are hoping to building on the work we have undertaken in partnership with Wymondham Town Council and Norfolk Constabulary. SNYA’s outside broadcast team has broadcast live from the Wymondham Arts Centre and the Wymondham Music Festival. On 31st October, SNYA Radio was out and about with South Norfolk District Council, Norfolk Constabulary and Wymondham, Harleston and Diss Town Councillors. Following on from the success of last years Halloween event, we were broadcasting

live, whilst accompanying Town and District Councillors on a ‘walk about’ through these South Norfolk Towns. Our reporters talked to young ‘trick or treaters’ to find out what is the best or even worst treat they received and spoke to residents to get their views on the evenings shenanigans. We took requests and shout outs from people we met from 4.00pm onwards. Residents could listen live on for all the latest updates and developments throughout the night. We welcome enquiries from people or community groups that would like to take part in SNYA Radio at any of our studios. Students can catch up with us for an informal chat at ‘Your Future in Digital’ on Wednesday 9th November 2011 and Thursday 10th November 2011 at EPIC in Norwich. The event is aimed at students in high school years 11, 12 & 13. Topics include: • Digital design and marketing. • Animation. • E-commerce. • Mobile technology and software. • Social media.

• Web development. • Online production. • Games design and development. The digital industry is constantly growing and evolving so how do students: • Find out about job opportunities? • Make sure they have the right skills and knowledge to work in the industry in the future? Students will meet and interact with Norfolk’s most talented digital entrepreneurs and professionals to find out about the diverse types of roles available, the challenges and rewards and receive top tips for entering the industry. Participants will share their ideas, experiment and fully immerse themselves in interactive activities. Further Education and Higher Education career professionals will be on hand to give advice and guidance on further opportunities to study. Early booking is essential as numbers will be limited and schools will be accepted on a first-come-first served basis.

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Contemporary Living At Heisker Gardens Award-winning company Bennett Homes, which has been building homes in East Anglia for nearly 65 years, has just released a charming terrace of three two bedroom cottages in an attractive courtyard development off West Carr Road in Attleborough. Ideal for contemporary living, all properties are traditionally-built and finished to a high specification with garages and good-sized gardens. Prices start from £135,995. There are also six spacious bungalows on the Heisker Gardens development; all but one of these are now sold and the first will be occupied during October. Edward Parker, Managing Director at Bennett Homes said: “We are delighted to be releasing these cottages at Heisker Gardens. The combination of contemporary living within easy access of excellent amenities is certain to prove a hit with our customers”. There are lots of advantages to buying a brand new home: Today, more than ever before, the construction industry in the UK is building homes of a very high quality both in terms of fitted features and improved energy efficiency.

When you buy new, you can really make your home your own. From choosing the wall colours through to fixtures and fittings such as kitchens and bathrooms, you can stamp your own style on the interior.

simpler transaction. Bennett Homes offers a range of schemes designed to help buyers and make moving easier, including an Equity Scheme where you can own 100% of your home but pay just 85% of the price, with 15 years to repay the balance and a unique LendA-Home Scheme where Bennett Homes

will provide a home, rent-free, which buyers can move into until their new home is ready. More details from Bennett Homes on 01284 766057

It also means that you don’t have to live with other people’s colour schemes and then carry out refurbishment later on. Buying an older property can mean that some of the fittings and fixtures are old and need replacing. With a new home, everything is brand new and comes with guarantees so there’s no worry about breakdowns. New technology can also be much more efficient. Moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do and anything that reduces this is a good thing. When you move into a new home, there’s no onward chain which makes for a

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A New Way To Contact Nest Residential Lettings And Management Your Police Beautiful Barns to Let. Clipbush Lane, Scoulton, NR9 - 5 bedroom Barn Conversion - £1000pcm A traditional Norfolk barn of brick and rendered elevations under a pantile roof set in in a sought after rural location in the Norfolk Brecklands. This beautiful 5 bedroom barn boasts a substantial 3296 sq ft of well laid out accommodation and is finished to an exceptionally high specification. Haveringland, NR10 - 4 bedroom Barn Conversion - £1250pcm Owl Barn is a spacious semi detached Victorian redbrick barn under a traditional pantile roof. The barn boasts 4 bedrooms and has been sympathetically converted; offering vaulted ceilings and large windows. There is also an annex available at an additional cost.

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Norfolk Constabulary has introduced a new telephone number for people who want to talk to the police about non-urgent issues. If you are interested in viewing either of these beautiful barns please call Nest Residential Lettings and Management on 01603 621180. Nest Lettings are always looking for new properties to let out in order to meet increased demand; and due to their independence are able to dedicate time to providing each property with the attention it requires to secure a quick and successful let. Therefore, if you have a property to let and would like any advice then please contact the team at any time on 01603 621180 or

Instead of ringing the current switchboard number of 0845 456 4567, people should dial 101. The introduction of 101 in Norfolk is part of a nationwide initiative which will see all forces adopting the number by the end of the year. It is designed to offer one easy way to contact your local police force to report non-emergency crimes, disorder or antisocial behaviour or to speak to your local police officers. Assistant Chief Constable Kevin Wilkins said: “Everyone knows to ring 999 in an emergency - but research shows that only half of the public know how to contact their local police if they want to talk to them about less urgent issues.” “The introduction of an easy-toremember, three-digit number should help address this.”

“By the end of the year, people will be able to use 101 to contact their local police force’s non-emergency service, wherever they are in England and Wales.” “It is also hoped that the introduction of 101 will help divert more non-urgent calls away from the 999 system, freeing up call handlers to deal with genuine emergencies.” The new number should be used to report issues which don’t require an emergency response. For example, people should ring 101 if: • Their vehicle has been stolen. • Their property has been damaged. • They suspect drug use or dealing. • If they want to give the police. information about crime in their area • If they would like to speak to a local Police Officer.

News from across your region

The Boars Pub & Restaurant The Boars or ‘The Three Boars’ originally stood on a site next door to the current building and dates back to the 17th Century. as ‘The Two Boars’ has changed ownership many times and been let by various breweries. Tony and Ruth Yeoman are now the owners after 15 years of being tenants, and having there children grow up in the village.

A fire in the original pub destroyed much of the original building and for a while The Boars license was moved to the Smithy next door, until a corrugated iron roof was put over the remains of the old house forming a single story building. Trade continued in the old premises until the new Boars opened in 1929, ‘built’ by Mrs Routh Clarke of the Wattlefield estate, and was completed alongside the original building. Its corrugated roof can still be seen next door to the current pub. The Boars which has also been known

The Boars treats its vegetarian options as a key part of its menu. Dedicated meat eaters will always find a vegetarian option to tempt them from the carnivore’s path! The food is a very high quality but not pretentious!

Children are always welcome. The Boars has a dedicated children’s menu and on a Sunday they are especially catered for with a children’s roast dinner with Ice-Cream and a drink for just £7.50. Can’t Wait To See You All There!

All the eating areas are relaxed and informal from our cosy, snug area through to the well designed lounge, to the light and spacious restaurant with patio doors through into the garden. The atmosphere in the restaurant is excellent, whether it’s during the Summer or Winter weather, Day or Night. Each of our rooms has its own atmosphere. Choose the one that suits your sense of style, occasion, or which one meets your mood for the day. The Boars try to make all its food as seasonal and as local as possible. In the winter try our Sticky Toffee pudding with Clarke’s Black Treacle and Ice-Cream.

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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

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.

• 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 (Micro-generation 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

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Please call 01603 605542 for further information or visit 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 for further information of the services on offer. Synergy Solar Systems Ltd is pleased to annonce there partnership with Breckland Windows Ltd.

Breckland Windows We are pleased to choose Synergy Solar Systems Ltd to be our partner company. This is a very exciting development in the home improvement market with the feed in tariff and day time free electricity; this is a fantastic opportunity for people to have an income very much higher than current Isa’s etc. As with Breckland Windows LTD all sales either windows, doors etc or solar panels 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, also as with the ever evolving industry.

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 GREAT AUTUMN OFFERS and for further information, or a no-obligation quotation, call Breckland windows on 01362 698035.

Above: Recent Solar Panel And Conservatory Installation.

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Cottage Windows Ltd Is a small family business with a growing reputation in the Dereham area. 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. Cottage Windows Ltd is a member of Network Veka, a voluntary organisation within the double glazing industry, which monitors members’ work and covers

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all guarantees. 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. Please call Tony for a free, no obligation quote on: 01362 860331 or 07595 507244.

An interview with...

Jessica from Coco’s Restaurant

1. Have you always lived around the area?

4. What is your favourite aspect of your job?

7. What Challenges have you encountered whilst setting up Coco?

9. What Plans do you have for the future for Coco?

Yes born and bread in Norfolk, grew up in Litcham, then moved to Dereham, then to Sheffield for four years whilst at University studing Hospitality Business Management and now live back in Dereham.

Producing home cooked food for my customers to enjoy.

One of the challenges has been finding the time to prepare home cooked dishes as well as being front of house until help arrives.

I plan to redecorate to update the style of the décor to give the café a fresh face.

5. Where do you source your products from?

2. What inspired you to start your business?

I aim to source as much of the food as possible locally, such as Goats Cheese from Great Ellingham and fresh meat produced in Norfolk.

I always wanted to run my own business from a young age and had a lot of inspiration from people around me.

Other examples include locally sourced cordials, hot chocolate & ice cream.

8. In your opinion tell us what is unique about your restaurant? Unlike all of the other cafes in town I have a licence to sell alcohol so customers can enjoy a glass of wine with their lunch.

10. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Don’t get much spare time but when I do, I like helping my boyfriend with his herd of cattle and I am also a member of Dereham Young Farmers which keeps me busy!

6. Tell us a little about your menu. 3. Have you always been in the restaurant/hospitality industry? Yes from the age of 16 where I waitressed at Norwich City Football Club until leaving for University. More recently I had been managing hotels in Wymondham.

The menu is a selection of typical cafe style dishes with a seasonal twist depending on the time of year. Dishes include Eggs Benedict, Fielding Cottage Goats Cheese Salad and Croque Monsieur.

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Welcome to


Have A Street Party! Having a street party is easier than you think! That’s because Breckland Council is running a series of workshops offering support and advice on how to host a street party to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee 2nd - 5th June 2012 will be a great excuse to hold a street party. One million people held street parties for this year’s royal wedding and it’s hoped that many more will organise one for the Jubilee. A street party is a great opportunity to meet your neighbours and have fun with the kids and adults playing together in a trafficfree street. Lynda Turner, Executive member for Localism, Communities and Environmental Services said; “The Diamond Jubilee is an excellent

opportunity for neighbourhoods to get together and celebrate - a good party can inspire people to work towards streets that are permanently more sociable and safer. We are delighted to be offering the workshops to give residents a good starting point” Breckland Council is holding a number of workshops in your local area to help you plan and organise the perfect street party. For details of a workshop near you please see; look in the Breckland Voice magazine or call Cat Lang on 01362 656870.

Applications Flood In For Youth Council Teenagers have responded to the call to become part of the Breckland Youth Council and add weight to efforts to improve the local area for youngsters. Over forty applications have been received from local youngsters keen to take part in local democracy. Councillor Lynda Turner, the executive member for Localism, Community and Environmental Awareness, backs the scheme. She said: “We are lucky to have so many young people who are hard working and eager to get involved in local issues in order to make life better for their peers and the wider community.” “Being a member of a youth council is an ideal way of making your voice

heard and having the opportunity to influence change for the better.” Current members of the youth council and Breckland Council’s Young People’s Champion Diana Irving will be reading through each application and taking a vote over who will be invited to an informal interview. After the interview process, present youth council members will also vote for the final number and co-opt the new members in. An evening reception has been planned for the 3rd November at the Eco Tech Centre in Swaffham to welcome the new youth councillors. For further information please contact Lisa Green on 01362 656330 or Pam Sayle on 01362 656813.

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Book Now... Christmas Is Coming! The Green Dragon Won the Community Pub of the year for Wymondham & West for the 2nd year in a row thanks to our Customers and Staff for their support this year. The Green Dragon Christmas menu will be available from 28th November until 23rd December, Mon - Fri and will be Prebooking only. Below is the menu available. Our Christmas day menu is also available at £49.95 per person, please contact us for a pre-order form and a copy of the menu and we will get it out to you.

Starter Chunky Winter Vegetable Soup - Served with a Granary Cobbler Homemade Pork Terrine - Served with the Green Dragons own Tomato Chutney & Granary Toast Nest of Smoked Salmon Ribbons with Ricotta on a warm Bellini and - Served with fresh Clementine

Christmas Menu 3 courses £19.95 2 courses £16.95

Sautéed Wedges of Brie - Served in breadcrumbs with a Cranberry Dip and Granary Toast

Main Course Traditional Crown of Turkey - Served with Pig in blanket, Chestnut & Sausage-meat Stuffing, Crispy Roast Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables and a Rich Red Wine & Onion Gravy

Dessert Luxury Christmas Pudding

Slow-Roasted Lamb Shank in Claret & Rosemary - Served with a Leek Colcannon Mashed Potato and Seasonal Vegetables

Tart Au Citron

Baked Fillet of Sea Bass with a Wholegrain & Herb Crust - Served with Buttered New Potatoes, Curly Kale and Fine Beans, with a Balsamic Dressing

(All desserts can be served with Custard, Brandy Sauce, Cream, or Ice-Cream).

Easily Scaled Mont Blanc (Dark Choc, Chestnut Puree, Whipped Cream & Meringue)

Warm Orange Sponge & Chocolate Sauce

Wild Mushroom with Leek and Chestnut Crumble - Served in a Gorgonzola Cream Sauce, with a Parmesan Crust and Herb Buttered New Potatoes, Fine Beans & Baby Carrots

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Book Now... Christmas Is Coming! Christmas Is Coming

Heart Felt Craft & Gifts

So why not book a meal for the beautiful occasion with all the family!

At Heart Felt Craft & Gifts we are definitely getting into the Christmas spirit!

Come and enjoy our lovely Christmas menu filled with treats that are sure to tickle your taste buds! The Festive menu is available on Thursday and Friday evenings between 7- 9pm in December, also bookings for lunchtime for over 10 people are available.

We are open daily from 8:30am to 5pm with our usual menu still being served, plus our daily specials: • Cooked breakfast • Hot lunches • Sunday roast • Homemade cakes. For bookings please call 01953 606433.

It might be cold outside but you will find a warm welcome in the shop which is decorated, lit up and packed with inspirational delights. You will find lots of lovely Christmas must have buys, from sparkling trinkets to adorn your tree to special keepsakes for babies first Christmas. Alongside individual creations by local artisans you will find a wonderful selection of gift ideas from branded designers.

Above: Station Bistro Team.

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Above: Outside Station Bistro.

Some of my favourites include the Dancing Tea Party musical box by Gisela Graham. From East of India, their Angel jewel box and from Ian Snow the antique gold jewel stand. Whether you are looking for something large or small

you will find an abundance of things to suit every pocket at individual affordable prices. With there being so much choice that you just can’t decide, a gift voucher maybe the answer, allowing your family or friends to enjoy choosing just what they want. Don’t forget our wish-list service. There is still time to register and it is the perfect way for relatives and friends, especially the man in your life to be able to select that special Christmas gift they know you’ll love. If you want Christmas all wrapped up we can even do that for you, with ribbons and bows to give that perfect finishing touch. Visit the shop to make your Christmas shopping enjoyable and easy.

Book Now... Christmas Is Coming! New Festive Fair Offers Region’s Finest Foods And Gifts This year Elveden Estate will be taking visitors back in time to re-discover the magic of a traditional Christmas. Preparations are underway to create a festive season to remember! With Christmas approaching, the Elveden Festive Fair on 19th November is guaranteed to get everyone in the spirit of Christmas. The fair will be a festive extravaganza of East Anglian food and drink, gifts, crafts, and Christmas themed entertainment. Admission to the Festive Fair is free and it will be open from 9.30am-5pm. Take a walk through the Christmas hall showcasing the best of local produce and an enchanting array of gifts and craft delights to fill your Christmas stockings. Indulge your senses with the

hand-picked food stalls, offering the very best of local food from a variety of artisan producers. Discover delectable Christmas essentials to suit every taste, from fruit cordials to local salami. Frances Armstrong, marketing manager at Elveden says, “For the discerning shopper, our gift and craft stalls have been selected for quality and originality. Whether you are buying for somebody else or just treating yourself, you are sure to find a unique gift at Elveden’s Festive Fair.” Elveden Estate is the home of local Christmas shopping, with the Elveden lifestyle shops offering a range of

unique and elegant ideas for the home and garden or just presents for the family. Choose from a selection of bespoke homewares, locally produced toiletries, traditional toys and much more. The Elveden food shop offers everything you need to fill your cupboards for Christmas. With many products hand made on the estate as well as a fantastic range of locally sourced fine food and drink. The Elveden shop has everything from an in-house butchery counter, to fresh cheese and even a traditional sweet shop. Frances continues, “If you aren’t full

from all of the delicious samples in the Festive Fair hall then why not try the Elveden Cafe Restaurant or the Courtyard hog roast. Our AA* restaurant offers an exciting range of delicious home-cooked food which is locally sourced wherever possible.” Whether its gift hunting you’re after, a chance to relax and enjoy good food and drink or a fun day out, the Elveden Festive Fair has everything you need for a perfect traditional Christmas. For further information about the Elveden Festive Fair, visit or call 01842 898068.

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Health, beauty & wellbeing Zumba Lou Lou

Slimming World

A fitness group based in Thetford, Norfolk have won the first prize worth £5,000.

Being A Consultant.

In a global video competition with over 1,000 entries, which highlights the Zumba dance fitness craze after creating a virtual film in their local Tesco store. Zumba is a dance fitness workout that uses Latin music and choreographed dance moves that helps all different shapes, sizes and ages get into shape. Louise Freezer from Zumba Lou Lou says “the competition required us to show how people were taking a “pause” out of their day to day activities to do Zumba and we wanted to feature as many people as possible from our Zumba classes”. Over sixty people turned up late in the evening at the Tesco store, Thetford to film the flashmob style video where shoppers were interspersed by dancers. The storyline for the film involved

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security guards not being able to capture the flashmob crowd as they dance through the store, with a view to being both comical and offering something completely different from the other competition entries. Louise continues “we wanted to create something completely different from the other entries and were thankful that the store manager and staff at Tesco where happy to help out”. Zumba Lou Lou and local video production company Digital Video PR created the award winning entry just 6 days before the entries closed and received over two thousand votes. You can find out more about Zumba Lou Lou classes at: http://www.

Have you got energy, drive & enthusiasm? Do you love working as part of a team?

existing members is being held at The Holiday Inn, Ipswich Road, Norwich on Saturday 5th November from 10am till 12.30pm where everything you need to know will be explained in full detail with absolutely NO obligation whatsoever.

Would you like to earn full time money for part time hours?

Make your world part of Our World - join our amazing team today!

Have you a spare 10 -12 hours per week?

‘The sky really is the limit’

Are you kind & empathetic; warm & friendly; motivational & inspirational?

If you can answer ‘yes’ to all of these questions we would love to hear from you today! We are recruiting new consultants in both the South Norfolk, North Suffolk and South Norwich areas. Our next Opportunity Event for previous and

Further details can be discussed with Karen Gaul, Team Developer by calling either 01379 677119 or 07590 560 953.


Able Community Care

Is A Care Home For Elderly Men And Women. Who wish to live in pleasant surroundings with the benefit of 24 hour care.

Has been providing live-in care services throughout mainland UK and the Channel Islands since 1980.

The Home is able to accept both private and social services funded residents and is staffed by a dedicated and highly trained team.

Our clients, who range in age from their early twenties to centenarians, have all chosen to remain living in their own home rather than moving into a residential care home. When we ask our clients why they have chosen to have a live-in care package rather than move into a home where they could also have 24 hour care, we receive comments such as:

York House has recently completed an extensive extension and refurbishment. The 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. 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. Activities and residents parties are organised and held on a regular basis. 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.

I can have independence in my own home. I can be spontaneous, if the sun is shining and I fancy being pushed round the park I can go. Having 1:1 care means that no day is the same. When I was more able I could choose how to spend my days. Having live-in care means I can still do that.

My family wanted me to stay in my own home, but they were worried about me on my own in case I fell. Having live-in care in my home eliminates their worries. I look forward to the same carers returning to me on a regular basis. My carers shop for the foods I like and cook them well for me. Able Community Care has provided just under fifty million hours of care and we have been able to help thousands of people and their families. If you would like our information pack or want to find out more about our care provision, please give us a call on 01603 764567 or visit

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CARING FOR THE ELDERLY New Forum Will Give Older People A Stronger Voice One in six of the UK’s population is over 65 years, but many older people believe they are under-represented when important decisions are made affecting their lives. A new Forum that will give older people a stronger voice was launched in Dereham on 5th October. Although the ‘Breckland Older Person’s Forum’ will be for people aged over 50 years living in and around the district, the launch event is also open to anyone with an interest in older people’s issues. Lynda Turner, Breckland Council Executive Member for Localism, Community and Environmental Services said: “We encouraged a whole range of individuals and organisations to come along to the launch event to share their knowledge and experience with others and to find out more about the Forum. With the current climate of cut backs

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and increased redundancies, especially amongst older folk, and the increased necessity for care in the home topics addressed by the Forum will be relevant to all. This includes those who may already care for others or who, looking ahead, need to plan for themselves or others. The Forum, as a voice for all, will help ensure that a variety of issues, however great or small, are listened to and taken to the appropriate authorities, including government”. A number of local speakers, well known for championing the cause of older people, helped get the Forum off to an inspirational start.

Emily Millington Smith, Chair of Norfolk Older People’s Forum has been instrumental in the foundation of similar forums, and spoke of her experiences.

constitution and, following the launch, the new organisation will become an independent body run by its members with an AGM held in the new year.

Other speakers included Annie Mosely from Age UK, Lynda Turner Breckland Council Executive Member and Older People’s Champion and James Bullian, Norfolk County Council Assistant Director of Prevention (Community Services).

It is hoped that the Forum launch will create a network of people in similar circumstances who will support each other and every member in different ways.

The launch meeting was organised by Breckland Council who will help to facilitate this independent Forum going forwards. A Shadow Committee was identified at the October’s meeting to establish a

The Council will continue to support the Forum as it becomes established.

News from across your region

NBR Scooter Brokers

Westfield House Westfield House is a registered care home for people suffering from Dementia. The home is able to accept both private and social services funded residents and is staffed by a dedicated and highly trained team.

NBR Scooter Brokers is a family run business which prides itself on their commitment to their customers (existing and new!!) Their main objective is to provide impartial advice together with a friendly and efficient service!!

• Powerchairs

They offer the service of a free, no obligation, home demonstration for all of their products to ensure they are suitable for your needs.

• Adjustable beds

• Rise & recline armchairs

• Bathlifts • 3 & 4 wheel walkers

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

• 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.

A majority of the 14 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 home.

included cinema afternoons, arts and crafts, external entertainment, quizzes and reminisce based events. Resident’s parties are organised on a regular basis and at all times the Home believes in maintaining social interaction between residents, their families and friends.

The Home provides a range of assisted bathrooms, showers and accompanying mobility aids. The Home also has a spacious lounge and conservatory both offering large flat screen televisions.

Westfield House is owned and professionally managed by Norfolk based company Black Swan International Limited who owns and manages 10 care homes in Norfolk and Essex. They are an Meal times are an important part of the day experienced care operator that prides itself and Westfield House offers a full choice of in putting residents needs and feelings daily menus. A balanced and nutritious diet first. It has a vast amount of knowledge is offered with emphasis placed on fresh within the industry and is extremely flexible homemade meals. Hot and cold drinks and in its approach to dealing with everyday a range of snacks are available throughout living. The dignity and independence of the day. The homes menu is created by each resident is promoted within all of the discussions between the residents and staff. Company’s Care Homes. The Home has a dedicated full time Activities Co-ordinator in which activities are organised and held for all residents on a daily basis. These are led by resident’s requests and families suggestions and have

For more information, to request a brochure or to arrange a visit please contact Westfield House on 01362 697828 or visit our website:

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Winter Is The Harshest Season For Any Vehicle The cold weather will affect any part that is weak. So before the winter months come around, it is best to check your vehicle and replace any parts that are weak.

your radiator this insures that the water the vehicle needs to cool down the motor will not freeze in the cold weather.

This will insure you are not left out in the cold. The first and most basic step in preparing your vehicle for winter is radiator coolant. By adding antifreeze to

If the water freezes, it is not able to cool down the motor, which could lead to a blown motor and also the radiator could crack because of the frozen water. You also check the battery condition, make sure all the cables are not torn or corroded, if so change before the winter months. Also, the vehicle takes more power to start in winter, it is best to do a battery test to make sure it has enough charge for the winter. If it fails a re-charge test, invest the money into buying a new one. Your windshield washer solvent should also be formulised for winter, it could also freeze and cause damage to the windshield wiper system. Also make sure all the hoses are not clogged and

clean the washer nozzles out with a thin piece of wire. This will insure if you need to use your windshield washer solution in a hurry - it is available. The electrical system of the vehicle should be checked. Check to make sure the distributor cap, points, condenser, ignition coil, spark plugs and spark plug cables are all in good shape. If any of these items are having difficulties in the summer, they will definitely go out in the winter. It is best to have them changed before winter. Check all the hoses and belts, if any of these have signs of extensive wear such as cracks, it is best to also replace them. Prepare for winter emergencies, if you live in a climate that there is heavy snowfall, keep extra blankets and water just in case of an emergency.

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