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ISSUE 039 Dispatch December 2010


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News from across your region Wishing all our customers and readers a

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In this issue FEATURES






Church Services Religious Calendar For Christmas.


Competition Page

Safety Advice From Breckland Funeral.


Spot The Reindeer.

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Be Seen, Be Safe

Pets & Equestrian Dog Trust News.


Health, Beauty & Wellbeing Detoxing For Christmas.


Rosedale Remembers

Churchills Club Music Night Given Monthly Slot.

Support During Christmas.


Customers Help Raise Money


ÂŁ1400 Raised For Self Help Groups.

Around Wymondham In WWII School Friends Team Up For Book.

Farmers & Crafts Market New Shopping Experience Success.


Pride In Breckland Awards 2011 Category Descriptions.

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WYMONDHAM Successful Parking Crackdown At School Police in Wymondham fined a driver for parking dangerously during an operation at a local school. Last month a police officer and Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) from Wymondham Safer Neighhbourhood Team (SNT) attended Robert Kett Junior School during the key pick up and drop off times for a week to monitor parking after complaints and were on hand to issue fines and words of advice to those breaking the rules.

warnings in relation to their manner of parking. According to the Highway Code you must not stop or park:

• In front of an entrance to a property

• Near a school entrance

• On a bend

• Anywhere where you would prevent access for Emergency Services

Mr Gray, Head teacher at the school said: “I hope that this week has highlighted to motorists where they can and can’t park around the school, and I fully support the local officers attending to assist us with this”.

During the week: • One driver received a £30 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for parking dangerously and causing an obstruction at a junction. • Twenty motorists were given verbal

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• Where the kerb has been lowered to help wheelchair users and powered mobility vehicles

• Opposite a traffic island or (if this would cause an obstruction) another parked vehicle • Opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction, except in an authorised parking space

You can contact Wymondham SNT on 0845 456 4567 or by emailing

Dickensian Christmas Fayre 2nd December 2010. Wymondham Lions will once again be holding their Dickensian Christmas Fayre. Around the Market square will be the usual array of craft, charity and various other stalls and attractions, with many local retailers also opening late for the evening. A varied programme of entertainment is also planned throughout the evening. Wymondham Lions would like to thank all our generous sponsors without whom, this event would not happen.

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Anglia Computer Solutions

Hethersett Old Hall School

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

Creating Opportunities.

We are expecting another big shipment of reconditioned laptops from £149 which should have arrived by the time you read this, they would make an excellent christmas present and we are now taking deposits! We also have Factory Refurbished Windows 7 laptops coming in on a daily basis. This gives us a massive range of New, Factory Refurbished & Used PC’s, Laptops & Netbooks. Free Data Transfer From Your Old PC \ Laptop To New!! Unfortunately computers do go down, whether it’s due to viruses and spyware, old age or things like electrical storms. We are here to help! Often these kinds of problems can be solved quickly, either by replacing key components or solving any software problems - it’s always recommended to get a quote for a repair before just going out and

buying a completely new unit. Laptops are becoming increasingly popular and although they are a bit more of a challenge to repair we cover all aspects of them. Whether the unit won’t turn on right through to keyboard, power connector and screen replacements.

Hethersett Old Hall School has a long tradition of success – and every year talented girls benefit from the wide range of scholarships on offer. What Is Available? These include awards to Year 7 pupils – academic, sporting and academic as well as a boarding award for new entrants to the school.

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

Spotlight On Success One girl benefiting from a sports scholarships is Lilyella, a current Year 7 pupil. She has an impressive list of sporting achievements including swimming for Norfolk and competing in the ISA National Championships in high jump.

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

This award was based on a practical test and a written piece on a sporting hero. The school’s head of P.E. commented: ‘Lilyella was awarded a scholarship because of her skills as a really talented all-rounder with the

potential to go further’. Other scholars have gained recognition for high academic ability and for their artistic talents. “We are a high achieving school,’ stated Headmaster Mr Stephen Crump, ‘but we celebrate achievement in all areas of the curriculum. Our scholarships help us attract and retain talented girls”. As a parent remarked: “We are delighted that the school has recognised and supported our daughter by awarding a scholarship; with two daughters in the school, we appreciate the financial support an award gives to parents”.

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Christmas Is Coming... Are Your Gutters Blocked & Overflowing? Great Shopping Ideas from Artichoke... Not sure about the goose but Andrea and I are definitely getting fat - next week is the start of our healthy living campaign - we both plan to lose five pounds by Christmas Day.

items are arriving daily. We already have branded short fit trousers in stock as well as a range of evening trousers and tops by Frank Usher. Sweatshirts, T shirts and knitwear is on the way.... plus a new addition to our ÂŁ10 rail - Alice Collins velour trousers perfect for relaxing in.

In The Shop At Hackford...

And If All This Is Not Enough To Get You To Hackford...

We have some great Christmas gift ideas.... Lovely Italian leather bags.... a selection of totes and bags by Lulu Australia... VIP handbag liners... as well as lots of lovely jewellery. Pure silk scarves, woolly scarves, thick socks, thick woolies and a range of kids clothes by Little Josh and Little Alice. I almost forgot Christmas Cards. This year we will again be selling these on behalf of Action Medical Res each. Mid Season Clearance If you are looking for something to spoil yourself with our mid season clearance

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Perhaps this will... Fantastic Shirts and great cords by ALICE COLLINS Jeans that actually fit and stylish jackets from OSCAR B. Boiled Wool coats and jackets from FRAGILE. Evening wear from MARBLE. Fun and practical gilets from GRENOUILLE. Beautiful Blouses from DOUBLE TWO. Plus 10% discount on all accessories in December! We Hope To See You Soon... Best Wishes, Andrea and Sarah, Artichoke.

Get your Fascia, Soffits & Gutters cleaned, inspected & maintained ready for the winter. The benefits of having UPVC fascias and Gutters installed is that, when maintained, they can provide years and years of service and can always be brought back to a like-new condition. Over time dirt, mould and mildew can build up on the exterior of your property which, in turn, can make UPVC look discoloured and unpleasant, this not only looks unsightly, but can also cause damage if not kept clean. Gutters can easily become blocked by leaves, feathers, dirt and debris blown into them. Once a gutter becomes blocked, rainwater will flow directly off the roof onto the walls and windows of your home, as well as onto access paths. Seriously neglected gutters often have

weeds growing in them, adding to the problem. Water constantly overflowing from blocked gutters damages bricks and mortar and can cause extensive damp on the outside and mould on the inside of your house as it is absorbed by the bricks, making even the most beautiful of homes appear unsightly. J & S Homeworks can bring your UPVC back to its original condition again. Our Fascia and Soffit Cleaning service really can make a difference to the look and feel of your properties exterior and help to keep it in good condition. The cleaning products we use are specifically designed to effectively and thoroughly clean exterior surfaces. Call Jason of J & S Homeworks on 01953 458087 or 07747 847606 for a free no obligation quote.

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Mid-Norfolk ‘Be Seen, Be Safe’... Railway Urges Breckland Funeral Services.

Santa is really looking forward to meeting you all this Christmas. All entertainment, refreshments and a visit to see Santa in his grotto will be on the train. The round trip will take about 1½ hours and all seats are reserved, bookable in advance. We hope that you will enjoy your trip with us! Make a New Year’s Resolution to travel on a Mince Pie Special. Travel from either Dereham or Wymondham and enjoy Sherry, Mince Pies, soft drinks and chocolate novelties for the children.

Advice on road safety is being given to Necton youngsters in a bid to help them stay safe on the roads as the dark nights approach. Breckland Funeral Services of Watton has teamed up with national road safety charity, Brake, to encourage schools to help make children aware about road safety. “We are helping to raise awareness of the importance of being visible on the road during dark nights.With the clocks having just gone back, darker mornings and evenings mean that children need to take extra care on their journeys to and from school,” said Eirlys Johnson, manager of Breckland Funeral Services.

talk to the children about walking to school when in the darker days to come, and they all listened attentively. It was then on to Necton Church of England Primary School, adjacent to Little Oaks, where Eirlys and her colleagues Laura Stevens and Michael Jones enjoyed a lovely morning assembly with all the pupils. At the end of the assembly, Eirlys told the children about the dangers of being invisible to approaching vehicles and she was helped by five pupils to demonstrate the badges. As they all filed out to enjoy playtime, each child was given a badge.

Above: Assembly at Necton Church of England Primary School

“We are delighted to be supporting this initiative by Breckland Funeral Services and Brake, which emphasises the importance of road safety to our pupils.” said Graham Steel, head teacher at Necton Church of England Primary School.

A new way to start a New Year. Breckland Funeral Services donated high visibility reflective badges to all the children firstly at Necton Little Oaks Playgroup, a playgroup and pre-school for 2 to 4 year olds on Thursday morning, October 21st, 2010. The children thought the reflective badges were great fun, and proudly wore them immediately. Eirlys, gave a marvellous

Above: Eirlys Johnson and Laura Stevens with some of the children at Necton Little Oaks Playgroup

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Live Music The Green Dragon 50s, 60s and Jive

David and Justin celebrate their first year at The Green Dragon.

When: 11th December, 8:15pm Where: Wreningham Village Hall, Mill Lane, NR16 1AN On Saturday 11th December 2010, Wreningham Village Hall there is a dance to the band WYPEOUT. Music 8.15pm until 11.45pm. Tickets ÂŁ5.50, licensed bar available.

David and Justin have been at the Green Dragon Inn for a year now and have settled well into the community of Wymondham, they would like to thank all of their customers for their support and wish them all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Christmas Day is now fully booked for lunch but there is still a few spaces left for the Pre-Christmas menu so please get in touch to book. The Inn will be closed on Boxing Day.

For further information please contact Christine Minns on 01508 488123.

With their 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! They hold regular Beer and Whiskey Festivals throughout the year, the next one being the 2nd-5th December 2010. The Green Dragon offers a traditional pub atmosphere with no Juke Box, Games

Machines or Pool Tables just background music and local tales of their secret underground passage to the Abbey. Justin and David are happy to cater for large parties, anniversaries, weddings, wakes or any event you are organising with various buffet packages and a free marquee on request; just give them a call to find out more. They can also offer a wedding photography opportunity for your special day, maybe in the garden, by the open fire or just with this historical Inn as the backdrop.

Above: David and Justin

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Tutti Fruitti Christmas Chicken By Ali, owner of “The Coffee Lounge” and “The Lounge”. • • • • • • • • • • • •

Chicken - 3kg – 5kg 4 medium onions finely sliced Small bunch of fresh coriander 200g dried apricots 200g mixed berries 1 x tablespoon of runny honey 4 x tablespoon of olive oil 1 x teaspoon cumin 1 x teaspoon ginger 1 x teaspoon cinnamon 1 x teaspoon turmeric ½ x fresh lemon

• Salt and Pepper In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix thoroughly, place the bird in the bowl and rub the spices all over it. Stuff the bird with some of the ingredients and leave to marinate with the rest for at least 2 hours. Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 5, 190C. and place the bird in an oven proof dish and cover with foil paper to keep the flavour in. Cook for 2 – 3 hours depending on the size

Floor It And Save Money Normally when you deal with larger flooring retailers it involves a lot of people in the chain, with Floor It its all done with one person, Russell Taylor. Russell has been fitting for nearly 11 years, he was trained to fit carpets by one of the best known family firms in Norfolk. He was also trained by Amticos training centre in Epsom to lay and Karndean, and by the best laminate manufacture there is- Pergo Top Lay Laminates in Oxford. Karndean and Amtico can offer a unique

look to match your requirements they are both beautiful and hard wearing. The great thing about contacting Russell for a quote is he has very low overheads, and can pass on those benefits to his customers meaning 99% of the time he can beat shop prices. Call him now for more information on 01328 863630

of the bird, allow 20 minutes to the pound. To serve place the bird in a large serving dish and pour the juice and all the

spices on the top and garnish with fresh coriander. Serve with roast/sautéed potatoes and vegetables.

Encore Celebrates Christmas Festive concert celebrates reopening of newly refurbished Central Hall in Wymondham. Following their successful Musical Revue ‘We Dream in Technicolor’ at the Studio Theatre Wymondham High School in October, Wymondham based ‘ENCORE’ (formerly South Norfolk Operatic Society) are returning to their home ground as one of the first groups to perform following the re-opening of the recently refurbished CENTRAL HALL in Wymondham. Their seasonal Christmas Concert which includes festive melodies and carols (with audience participation!) takes place on Saturday 18th December at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £7.00/£6.00 concessions (includes festive Mince pie/Sausage roll!) and are available from: George Reeves Stationers Damgate Corner Wymondham or Tel 01953 604881. Bar also available. Come along and help us celebrate this special event in Wymondham’s Christmas Calendar and enjoy the great new surroundings of Central Hall.

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Defrost Crime Prevention Officers from the Organised Car Crime team are warning Norfolk drivers not to leave their cars unattended whilst defrosting them as reports of cars being stolen come in from across the country. Knowing that, legally, all windows on vehicles have to be clear with no obstructions before beginning their journey; drivers are taking the risk of leaving their engines running to defrost on a chilly morning and heading back to

the warmth inside their homes. This is an opportunity for thieves to strike and often vehicle owners may find that not only have they lost their transport to work or school but also their insurance companies will not honour their claims. DC Chris Woodcock, Organised Car Crime, said: “As the weather gets colder, some motorists become careless and leave keys in their ignitions as their vehicles defrost, and go back into their homes.

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Supreme Bathrooms Supreme Bathrooms are an independent family run business now in their 12th year of trading, specialising in all the latest bathroom products from their terrific Wymondham showroom. We caught up with Mr & Mrs Seymour after Supreme Bathrooms had recently completed their new en-suite and cloakroom. 1. What made you choose Supreme Bathrooms for your bathroom makeover? Reputation and recommendations. 2. What did you think of their design service & were you happy with their ideas? Right from the start Neil was in tune with our ideas and the design reflected his flair for getting the right products in the right place.

“This is a perfect opportunity for a thief and even if you leave your vehicle for only a few moments you may end up losing more than just the ice on your windows.

3. Are you happy with the installation of your new bathrooms & all aspects of the work carried throughout to completion? Peter the fitter was very professional in his work and extremely neat and tidy throughout the job.

“Our advice to motorists includes covering windscreens overnight if frost is forecast and making sure you lock your vehicle, remove any valuables and take your keys with you.”

4. What products have you now got installed in your new bathroom and has the finished bathrooms matched your expectations? Complete reworking of the en-suite including

building work, new shower and enclosure, toilet, sink and a range of beech fitted cupboards. The flooring was also replaced. We now have a digital power shower with a larger bow shower enclosure, and a fancy LED mirror over our sink. 5. Would you recommend Supreme Bathrooms to our Dispatch readers? Without hesitation I would recommend Supreme Bathrooms to anyone wishing to have a new top specification bathroom designed and fitted by Neil and his team!!! Visit Supreme Bathrooms of Wymondham now for your bathroom makeover.

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Rosedale Remembers At Christmas Someone to talk to and support you during one of the most difficult times in your life is how the funeral directors at Rosedale Funeral Home see themselves. Created by experienced funeral directors who wanted to offer a caring and personal as well as a very professional service, Rosedale Funeral Home has established itself as a thoughtful company for families to honour and remember loved ones who have died. Christmas can be a very difficult time for the recently bereaved who cannot avoid the reminders that “tis the season to be jolly” but you miss the person who has died and you don’t want to be encouraged to go as if nothing has happened. For anyone facing their first Christmas without a loved one, Rosedale have available a small booklet entitled “A not so jolly Christmas” offering practical advice on reducing pressure, re-evaluating traditions, re-defining expectations and re-living the memories. There is even a special section for helping children with their loss at Christmas. The booklet is available free of charge from any Rosedale Funeral Home. Every December, Rosedale places a memorial Christmas tree in Diss Church,

and in each of their funerals homes in Attleborough,Wymondham, Bungay and Halesworth. These trees are a focal point for bereaved families at a time when their loss may be most acute. Rosedale provides attractive cards for families and friends to write messages for their loved ones, no matter how long ago, or where they died. Each card is carefully hung on one of their Christmas trees, a simple but thoughtful gesture. If you would like to receive a complimentary card, please telephone the funeral home nearest to you, listed below.

children as well as resources for parents and teachers – all free of charge. The dedicated staff have over 100 years of experience in arranging and conducting funerals between them, and the emphasis is on dedicated local people working for the rest of the community, with fair pricing, flexibility and exceptional service. Diss 01379 640810 Attleborough 01953 452538 Wymondham 01953 601103

Over the Christmas period, funeral directors at Rosedale will be working day and night ensuring that the bereaved receive the same high level of service, providing a peaceful family atmosphere for making funeral arrangements, either in a private sitting room at the funeral home, or by visiting the bereaved in their own homes. They don’t just stop with the funeral either; they can offer practical support to stop unwanted mail addressed to the deceased and provide memory boxes and work books for bereaved

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Knee Braces For Skiing Charity Concert Returning to skiing following an injury can be very daunting. The twisting and lateral forces put through the knee when skiing, are the cause of many knee injuries.

When: 10th December 19:30pm - 22.15pm Venue: Central Hall, Wymondham

With this high level of demand being placed on the knee, it is not surprising that many skiers decide to opt for a knee brace. The problem is how do you know which one to go for? Most knee braces are made from neoprene. This is a synthetic rubber which is elastic and moulds to the shape of the joint. It is heat retaining to keep the joint warm, promote healing and to be long lasting. High Protection The braces with the highest level of protection are hinged braces. These provide complete protection against twisting and lateral movements of the knee. This is important when skiing following a knee injury. Injuries for which you may need a hinged brace include ACL, PCL, other ligament ruptures and meniscus injuries. Medium Protection Medium protection braces have either steel springs or plastic stays embedded

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in the material down either side of the knee joint. These will help to prevent twisting and sideways movements and tend to be more lightweight and less bulky than hinged braces. Injuries for which you may need a medium level support include ligament sprains and patellofemoral pain. Low Protection The lowest level of knee support includes simple neoprene and elastic styles, with no additional supportive structures. This type of support is generally not suitable for skiing, as they provide very little support and no resistance to the twisting and sideways manoeuvres which cause injuries.

Tickets £15 from The Book Fountain or 01953 600563. All profits to The East Anglian Air Ambulance. Charity No 1083876.

Wymondham Helicopter Group present The Rock around the 60’s Show with The Honeycombs & Vanity Fare.

Feelgood Films And Photography Videography and photography by Suzie Long I am a videographer and photographer based near Wymondham and have recently launched my new website, I aim to create a style of work that is fresh, upbeat and relaxed and I take pride in my versatile and friendly approach. For more information and samples of my work, please visit Whether you’re planning a wedding for

2011 and need someone to film the day, or would like to organise a family portrait or perhaps have an idea for a promotional video for your business website, I would be delighted to hear from you. For further information contact Email: suzielong@ or Tel: 07887 744385.

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Complete Traditional Building And Modern Architectural Services The architectural division of TW Gaze is headed by Sarah Roberts who is a member of the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects). She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the conservation, alteration and extension of historic buildings, as well as modern design and eco buildings. The philosophy of the department is that any project can be considered a success

if the client achieves what they envisage, at a price they can afford, within a reasonable timescale. The practice is well respected and recognized for many successful and award winning projects throughout East

Norfolk & Suffolk Power Flushing Any of these symptoms in my advert could indicate that your central heating system had problems from internal corrosion, rust, sludge and scale. A power flush can restore circulation and efficiency to your central heating system by removing these products. 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.

Anglia and the South East. They have been responsible for industrial, commercial and community projects, as well as a wide range of residential commissions. As architects, they should be involved from the earliest stages of your project, as they are able to offer you the benefits of their experience in deciding how to maximize the potential of your existing property or indeed, to propose ideas for the property you are about to purchase.

on the specific area of your home or business that requires change, they will draw up the plans and submit these for Planning Approval and Listed Building or Conservation Area Consent. They have a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience in how these processes work and know how to satisfy the very demanding and specific requirements. Planning is followed by Building Regulations and then Tender documents.

They will discuss your needs in detail and then produce a design scheme either by CAD (Computer Aided Design), or by using traditional drawing for more sensitive projects. Once you have decided

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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£1400 Raised For Self Help Groups Sportspark customers have helped raise £1400 for two self help groups who use its facilities. Archant Norfolk has supplied Sportspark with copies of The Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News for the past two months. All proceeds from the sales have been donated to two selected groups. £1400 has now been collected and will be split between the Post Surgery Support Group and Parkinson’s Group. The Post Surgery Support Group for women, who have been diagnosed with cancer, meets on Wednesdays at Sportspark. They can partake in a choice of activities including Badminton, Hatha Yoga and Aqua Stretch and get together for a drink in the Sportscafé. Exercises are planned specifically for the needs of women who have been diagnosed with cancer and have had treatment or surgery. Coral Warren, organiser of the Post Surgery Support Group said: “Rehabilitation through sport action is beneficial, and Yoga is a class that often the most vulnerable of people with cancer turn to first. The money donated is a real boost to all of us, particularly those who are feeling low when diagnosed. We are very grateful and never expected to be supported like this.” The Norwich and District branch of Parkinson’s UK swim and attend a special Yoga class at Sportspark on Mondays. Parkinson’s is caused by the loss of nerve cells in the brain which can result in the loss of controlled muscle movement as

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well as problems with balance, breathing and mobility. The Sportspark exercise group also provides much needed social interaction for people with Parkinson’s and their carers. Joy Raymer, secretary of the Parkinson’s Group said: “The group is important because it motivates people to do exercise on a regular basis. It helps improve flexibility which can improve mobility. It’s also nice for the carers to come along so they can unwind and de-stress, by doing Yoga, swimming or just having a coffee and a chat in the café.”

We hope both the groups will continue to grow and help more members of the local community affected by these illnesses.”

For More Information On The Parkinson’s Group Contact: Joy Raymer on 01603 431757.

For More Information On The Post Cancer Support Group Contact: Coral Warren on 01953 605208.

For More Information About Sportspark Visit:

She added: “The group is open to anyone with Parkinson’s and their carers. We are really thrilled as the money will help to keep the exercise group going into next year.” Director of Sportspark, Keith Nicholls said: “We are delighted our customers have supported these two groups so well. Exercise plays an important part in the management of conditions like Parkinson’s and for people recovering from cancer.

Above: Keith Nicholls handing over a cheque to the two groups is attached. Left to right they are Coral Warren, organiser of Post Surgery Support Group, Christine Christian treasurer of the Norwich and District Branch of Parkinson’s UK, Joy Raymer secretary of Norwich and District Branch of Parkinson’s UK and Keith Nicholls, Director of Sportspak.

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What Does It Mean To You?

Barnham Cross Firework Display...

From the pen of Malcolm Ryan, Pastor of Attleborough Baptist Church.

Raises Money For Charity

What does the message of Christmas mean to you? Do thoughts of the baby Jesus asleep in his mother’s arms come to mind? Or do you think about presents being opened and family and friends enjoying Christmas dinner together?

his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:4-5; 11-12).

Larry Gray and his wife Natalierose from Larry Gray and Sons fun fair, who are based in Wymondham, held a free firework event at Barnham Cross on Sunday 7th November 2010.

The message of Christmas is all about God’s love given through the life of Jesus Christ. When applied to our lives it brings an opportunity for a new beginning, freedom from the grip of sin and the greatest sense of peace. To be sure, it’s a message of eternal love, and it’s one that never fails (1 Corinthians 13:7-8). It’s also one of reassurance. The young person who is feeling uncertain and insecure needs to know of God’s welcoming love.

Although the event was free to enter during the evening they collected money for good causes, £300 of which he kindly donated to Wymondham Mayor’s Community fund.

Christmas is a time for being together and demonstrating our love and care for one another. Yet we must never forget that it was God himself who first showed his love for us. And this hasn’t changed since his Son’s birth. God is still saying “I love you” to all who will listen. Jesus Christ came to bring an eternal light to a darkened world and offer a message of hope and love that could never be silenced. He is God’s answer to hopelessness and emptiness. “In [Jesus] was life, and that life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. He came to that which was

The man or the woman who has lost a marriage partner needs to know that life is still worth living. And whatever your greatest longing, only God can satisfy the cries of your heart.

very welcomed surprise and I am sure the money will be put to good use” The Mayor’s chosen recipients this year are Star Throwers a Wymondham based Cancer charity and The Parkinson’s Disease Society of Wymondham.

Mayor Cllr Colin Foulger said “It was a

Above: Mayor Colin Foulger and Larry Gray.

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Redwings Blind Boo...

How To Use Colour

Stars on Christmas card.

One of the most common questions I’m asked is how colour can be used to make a space seem bigger, smaller, taller etc. There a few simple tips that you can follow, these include –

Boo, a gentle giant of a horse whose story shocked the equine world and the public at large in March 2009 when he was was left blind by heartless thugs is now starring on a Christmas Card to raise money for the charity that saved him. The brave Clydesdale – who now lives happily at Redwings Horse Sanctuary’s headquarters near Norwich – is being celebrated by his charity carers for his braveness in adapting to his sightless world. Boo, already blind in one eye from cancer, was shot in his good eye by unknown attackers in a premeditated mindless act of violence whilst he was turned out at his home in Surrey. The pellet was so far embedded in the back of his eye it was likely that the shotgun’s barrel was held up against his eye. Boo’s owner was faced with a difficult decision and was even advised to put him to sleep, as at 16.1hh the heavy horse was potentially difficult and dangerous to care for. They had heard of Redwings’ expertise in this area and approached the Sanctuary for their help. After careful consideration, Redwings agreed to take him in as they could offer Boo all the specialist care and veterinary

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attention he might need. The charity is already home to 25 other visually impaired horses. Boo’s friend Oliver (who also features on the card) has unobtrusive bells in his mane so Boo can hear where he is. Every day, Boo’s feed is put in the same place and wind chimes act as a compass for where the water trough is. Boo’s paddock is next to the charity’s administration building so the staff can cast an eye over Boo regularly. “Even though Boo lives at our headquarters and not a Visitor Centre he has built up a fan base,” explains Communications Manager Nicola Markwell. “We took a lovely photo of him munching hay last year which we’ve decided to turn into a Christmas card as he looks so at peace. Despite the pain he has been through and his lack of sight he remains calm and friendly. His unwavering trust in humans is very touching.” ‘Boo and Friend’ is available as a pack of 10 Christmas cards for £2.99. To order please visit www.redwings. or call 01508 481010.

• By using a dark tone/colour at the end of a corridor will have a foreshortening effect. • Should you wish to lower a ceiling optically, simple paint it in a darker tone/ colour. • Another way to lower a ceiling height optically is to bring the ceiling colour down to a picture rail if one exists • If you want to make a large cold room seem smaller and warmer you can use dark, intense or warm colours. This will have the effect of drawing the walls in. • It is true that low contrast (light) colours in a room does give the feel of openness but you should avoid simply painting everything in magnolia. • Should your room have a picture rail, try taking the wall colour/wallpaper above it to the ceiling. This will give the impression of height making the room appear taller . • If you have a low ceiling ensure that you paint it in a light tone, this will give the impression of height. A simple rule of thumb is dark or intense

colours will bring walls in and lighter paler/ muted colours will create a greater sense of space. Stephen Lait based in Sporle, Norfolk is an experienced interior designer with over 10 year’s practical experience; he undertakes residential, commercial and property development projects. He is also a guest tutor at Ruskin University Cambridge, University College Suffolk and Interior Design school KLC at Chelsea Harbour in London. Stephen offers professional and affordable interior design solutions, the Dulux Design Service can help create a fresh new interior at any time of year. With the colour expertise you’d expect, the Dulux Designers aren’t tied to any brand so they can source a fantastic range of fabrics, furniture, flooring, lighting and accessories. Readers interested in finding out more about the Dulux Design Service should visit or call 0845 880 6888 to arrange a free initial meeting with their local designer.

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How To Be A Social Entrepreneur

Around Wymondham In World War Two

I’ve lived in Norfolk for more than 30 years...

Local historian and author Philip Yaxley has teamed up with his old school chum, publisher John Nickalls, to produce a new book about Wymondham – Around Wymondham in World War Two.

Early on, I was an active Young Farmer. Then later, a school parent Governor. I’ve also been a Trustee of several local charities and am currently a Trustee of Norfolk Community Foundation. I guess you’d say I’m someone who gets involved. For most of those years I’ve worked locally too. Right now I describe myself as a social entrepreneur, starting things, connecting things and striving to make the world a better place. It’s good for me too, as I’m paid to write, speak or advise groups and organisations trying to become more enterprising, without sacrificing social, ethical and environmental ideals. I work nationally too, but local projects are by far the most rewarding. Helping people achieve for their community things they thought impossible is great fun. We usually start with a problem, often financial and then find a creative solution. It’s much more than fundraising because by helping people become more entrepreneurial, future funding becomes less of a

challenge. One thing I know from experience is that ‘Big Society’ is something people here have been doing quite nicely for generations. The new big idea of localism, community ownership of public assets and community delivery of public services suits Norfolk well. I’ve met countless people doing just that and now countless more face new opportunities to do the same. But not every community can find the money to pay someone like me to help. That’s why I wrote ‘How to be a Social Entrepreneur.’ It’s an easy to follow, step by step guide to making a difference by becoming more entrepreneurial. Now people can find out how to do this stuff themselves, from a book costing £14.99. What’s more I live in South Norfolk, so when the book prompts you to ask the author question, you don’t have to go far to find me!

They have known each other since they both joined Thetford Grammar School in September 1948. It will be Phillip’s sixth book on Wymondham, though his last one on the town came out ten years ago. Using over 160 evocative illustrations, the book chronicles the town’s preparations for war, together with activities, events and scenes in the locality through the years of the conflict. From air raids to Americans, all aspects of the war as they affected the lives of Wymondham folk are highlighted. To set the scene each chronological section begins with a short list of major events in the global conflict. Appendices

list the top songs, radio programmes and, of course, the films seen at the Wymondham Regal during the war. The book serves as a nostalgic trip for the older folk and gives younger people an insight into what life was like in the Wymondham area at the time. The book is available from The Book Fountains, George R. Reeve Ltd and other local outlets in the Wymondham area, as well as Jarrold in Norwich it is Priced at £8.99. Author: Phillip Yaxley, Polperro, Silfield Road, Wymondham, Norfolk NR18 9AU Email: Tel: 01953 603549. Publisher: John Nickalls Publications, Oak Farm Bungalow, Sawyers Lane, Suton, Wymondham, Norfolk NR18 9SH Tel: 01953 603223 or 601893.

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Church Services St Andrew’s, Hingham December 15th

United Carol Service, 7.30pm.

December 19th

Holy Communion, 10.00am.

Christmas Eve

Light of the World Lit Procession, 4.30pm. Holy Communion, 11:30pm.

Christmas Day

Family Service, 10.00am.

Boxing Day

Informal Meditative Service, 10.00am.

Watton Pentecostal Church, Watton

St Wymondham Nicholas’ Church, Ashill Abbey

Sunday 19th December Christingle & Crib Service, 9.30pm. Sunday 19th December Christingle, 3.30pm. Tuesday 21st December Carol Service, 7.00pm. Christmas Eve Crib Service, 4:30pm. Midnight Mass, 11:15pm. Christmas Eve Holy Communion, 11:30pm. Christmas Day Prayer, 7:20am. Christmas Day All Morning Age Worshop, 9.30am. Eucharist (BCP), 8.00am. Boxing Day Group Morning Worship, 10.30am. Informal Communion, 9:15am. SungCarbrooke Eucharist, 10.30am. S.S. Peter & Paul’s Church, Sunday 12th December St. John Ambulance Carol Service, 3.00pm.

Sunday 12th December Family Carol Service, 10.30am.

Tuesday 14th December Carols Service, 6.30pm.

Sunday 19h December Carols by Candlelight, 6.30pm.

Holy Trinity Church, Spooner Row

Christmas Eve

Christingle, 6:30pm.

Sunday 19th December Christingle & Crib Service, 10.30am MondayDay 20th December Carols Around The Organ, 7:30pm. Christmas Family Communion, 10.30am.

Christmas Day

Christmas Service, 11.00am. Parish Communion, 10:00am.

St John The Evangelist Church, Ovington

Boxing Day

Christmas Communion, 10.30am.

Christmas Day Christmas Eve

Holy Communion, 11:00am. Carols by Candlelight, 6.00pm.

Sunday 2nd January

New Year House Party, 3.00pm

Christmas Day

There will be no service at St John’s Christmas Day.

Christmas Eve

Crib Service, 4:00pm.

St Mary’s Church, Watton

St George’s Church, Saham Toney

Monday 13th December Wayland Group W.I Carol Service, 7.30pm.

Friday 17th December

Sunday 19h December Holy Communion, 8.00am and 10.00am.

Sunday 19th December Christingle Service, 11.00am.

Christmas Eve

Christmas Service with Shine! especially for children and families, 4.00pm. Holy Communion, 11.30pm.

Christmas Eve

Christmas Day

Family Communion, 10.00am.

In Addition...

Also on Sunday 12th at 7.00pm The Town Carol Service in the Queen’s Hall, Watton.

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Christmas Day

Carols by Candlelight, 7.00pm. Holy Communion, 10.00pm. There will no service at St George’s on Christmas Day

Church Services Wymondham Abbey Sunday 19th December Christingle, 3.30pm. Christmas Eve

Crib Service, 4:30pm. Midnight Mass, 11:15pm.

Christmas Day

Morning Prayer, 7:20am. Eucharist (BCP), 8.00am. Informal Communion, 9:15am. Sung Eucharist, 10.30am.

Holy Trinity Church, Spooner Row Monday 20th December Carols Around The Organ, 7:30pm. Christmas Eve

Crib Service, 4:00pm.

Christmas Day

Holy Communion, 11:00am.

Dereham St Nicholas Sunday 28th November Advent Carol Service, 6:30pm. Sunday 19th December Carol Service, 6:30pm. Christmas Eve

Christingle Service, 3:00pm. Christingle Service, 4:30pm. Christingle Service, 6:00pm. Midnight Communion, 11:30pm.

Christmas Day

Holy Communion, 8:00am. Family Communion, 10:00am.

Boxing Day

Benefice Communion, 10:00am.

Competition EGAP Find The Reindeer And WIN A Tub Of Celebrations

Can You Find Santa’s Reindeer? The Naughty Elves Have Let The Reindeer Out! Can you help Santa find all his Reindeer in time for Christmas Eve? There’s lots of them, in fact even Dispatch Magazine don’t know how many there are! Rudolf, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen have all had help from the mischievous little elves and escaped... They are rumoured to be lurking in the pages of Dispatch Magazine - can you round them all up in time for Christmas Eve and let us know how many of them you could find? The lucky winner can get into the spirit of Christmas and win a tub of Celebrations to eat over the festive period.

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dereham Churchills Club

Cottage Windows Ltd

Churchills Club hosted its second music evening last month which is to be now a regular first Saturday of the month slot.

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

We had a great five piece band called Get the Folk Out, a very skilled flamenco guitarist came and other numerous really good singer /guitarists. We welcome singers, musicians and of course an audience. One of our strengths is that we are on a Saturday night so for most people there will be no concern about getting up early for work. Another strength is that you can move away from the music, round the corner to the bar for a chat so not disturbing the musicians. In a lot of venues you can’t do this and you can come away after a whole evening not having spoken to anyone. So we are a place where you can network, meet others and maybe form a band.

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We are not too loud; we don’t use a PA so your ears don’t ring as you exit. The next meeting dates are Saturday 4th December, January 1st 2011, February 5th 2011 and March 5th 2011. We start at about 8.30pm. Churchill’s Club is up a flight of steps in between a ticket selling office and a Kebab shop nearly opposite The Memorial Stone. There is a huge free car park near The Cherry Tree pub. For details please contact Simon on 01362 696914

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 all guarantees. This means, that should a member cease trading, Network Veka will arrange for another firm with the same high standard of workmanship to carry out any repairs. So your guarantee is worth the paper it’s written on.

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


A Winter’s Tale: Seasonal Risks We are approaching that time of year when there is a significant rise in the number of weather related accidents and injuries. It is appropriate to be reminded what rights and responsibilities are relevant. The law of negligence applies to everyone, from private citizens to public bodies. Everyone, in some way or form, during any day, has a legal duty towards someone else to ensure that person is reasonably safe from harm. If you do something that creates a risk of foreseeable harm to someone else then you may be legally liable. Here are some seasonal potentially negligent acts: • Driving too close to someone else in poor visibility or bad road conditions i.e. not driving within appropriate stopping distances. • Clearing snow from in front of your house without doing anything to prevent ice forming on the wet cleared area if it is icy weather. • Leaving driveways and paths on your property icy and a hazard for anyone coming to the house. • Not doing anything to check a tree

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that does not appear too healthy (or is obviously old or near the end of its life) which overhangs a neighbour’s property or the public highway and is then blown over in a gale causing damage or injury. • Not taking proper care to prevent water pipes from freezing that, on thawing, burst and allow water to escape and damage someone else’s property (e.g. in flats and apartments or terraced housing). • Throwing a snowball with a core of ice at someone. Legal liabilities, quite separately from the above examples, can also arise if you are a landowner of premises even if you don’t actually live there. There is an obligation to ensure that anyone visiting those premises is reasonably safe, e.g. meter readers, delivery people etc. The duty also might cover an absentee landlord of a rented property if, under the tenancy, he has responsibility for the structure or common areas such as car parks or paths.

An employer is under a duty to provide a safe environment for the workforce and where the place of work is exposed to the weather then extra care is needed to comply with that duty. There are also regulations that apply to workplace equipment. It must be properly maintained and if it is not, and a worker is injured, the employer is liable. Therefore items such as ramps and other equipment used outside in all weathers need to be regularly checked. Householders are also at risk under the law of nuisance if they do, or allow something to be done on their property that interferes with someone else’s land. The example of the potentially dangerous tree mentioned above could be both a nuisance and a negligent act. If the nuisance affects the general public it is called a Public Nuisance and is a criminal offence. Nuisances that might occur in winter could be for instance, allowing drains to become blocked so they overflow onto a neighbour’s land or diverting storm water on to a neighbour’s land. In one case the court said it was a public

nuisance for a landowner to allow snow to accumulate on a roof which then slid off and injured someone on the public highway. During the winter we are very concerned about the state of roads and footpaths and whether the authorities are doing enough. Authorities responsible for streets, roads and paths are not under a duty to ensure they are absolutely safe all of the time. The duty is to maintain them so they are in a state fit for ordinary traffic and what is appropriate depends on the type of road or path and the extent it is used. Also relevant is the state of repair an ordinary person would expect to find a road. Therefore greater attention will be given to city streets, major trunk roads and motorways than village streets and suburban paths. We cannot expect the council to keep all roads equally free of ice and snow. Take care, but if you are unfortunate enough to have suffered a personal injury we provide a professional and friendly service with a first interview free of charge.



Farmers & Crafts Pride In Breckland Market Great Hockham Awards 2011 Last month’s market was a great success with even more local stall holders attending the village’s new shopping experience. It was the village’s second market and again was very well attended, so come along to the Village Hall this month and support this new venture.

the BBQ, to set you up for the day! The market opens at 9.00 am and runs until 12:30 pm, we look forward to seeing you there...

This month we will have 21 Stalls, including Metfield Bakery, John Barnard’s Meats and Pies, Goat’s Cheese from Fielding Cottage, Wayland Free Range Eggs, Norfolk Apple Juice, flavoured vinegars from Scrubby Oaks and new this month two cake stalls, one of which are gluten free cakes.

Date For Your Diary: Christmas Market at Great Hockham 11th December 10am to 2.30pm

In addition to all of the stall holders there will be light refreshments tea, fresh coffee, cakes and bacon butties, from

See for more information.

Join the search for Breckland’s special people. The awards will recognise and celebrate the often unsung heroes who live and work in the Breckland district, people who help to make Breckland a special place. Nominations can be submitted by post using the form downloaded from or alternatively complete the form on-line at Finalists for all other categories will be informed of their short-listing during the week beginning 7 February 2011.

Marham on Friday 18 March 2011 where they will receive a unique award. Category Descriptions • Carer of the Year • Greener Breckland • Sporting Excellence • Volunteer of the Year • Child of Courage (Under 16’s) • Good Friend/Neighbour • Safer Breckland • Community Group of the Year The closing date for nominations is 31 January 2011

All finalists will then be invited to attend the glittering awards ceremony at RAF

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CARING FOR YOUR PETS Handsome Hooch Is Hungry For A Loving Home Dogs Trust Snetterton rehoming appeal Meet Hooch – a handsome oneyear-old Boxer who can’t wait to leap into a new home.

Dogs Trust Snetterton Supporter Relations Officer, Barbara Emons says: “Hooch is a loveable bundle of energy and would

Ginas Pet Shop Gina’s Petshop has been managed by Gina since 1997 but since Gina bought the pet shop there have been a few changes. Gina breeds the majority of animals for sale in the shop and therefore you can be assured of the background of the pet you are purchasing. In most cases, both parents can be seen. We also offer a claw and teeth clipping service. Gina’s Petshop also takes in small animals and birds for holiday boarding. Advice is freely given and Gina’s Petshop is a member of the Pet Care Trust. Hay and barley

straw are sold in half bales. This bedding is chemical free and locally produced. We also usually have lots of products on special offer. Coming up to Christmas, we stock a large range of gifts for cats, dogs and small animals. We also sell advent calendars for your pet.

be suited to new owners who have experience of caring for large breeds of dog. Hooch loves ‘clowning around’ and being made a fuss of - he needs confident, calm handlers who can continue his training and help him settle in.” Barbara adds: “With time, space and regular exercise Hooch will make a super companion for someone who isn’t house proud! He loves to be a part of the action and could happily live with older teenage children. He mixes well with other dogs but would be best suited to being the only dog in the home.” If you think you could offer this beautiful

boy a home, or would like to find out more about rehoming a rescue dog, please call the Dogs Trust Snetterton Rehoming Centre on 01953 498 377 or visit the centre between 12.00 midday and 4.00pm (any day except Mondays when the centre is closed). For further information please visit

A PACT Between People And Animals The PACT Animal Sanctuary based at Woodrising near Hingham care for over 600 animals of all species: from hamsters to horse and budgies to peacocks. PACT rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes after home checks, where possible, all species seeking help. PACT rescues injured wildlife and fledglings and if they cannot be released, they live the rest of their lives in a secure wildlife site at the sanctuary.

rabbits are neutered before leaving the sanctuary, in the fully equipped veterinary unit on site, by a visiting vet assisted by the PACT full time veterinary nurse. PACT also works closely with local schools and social agencies to provide work experience and animal therapy for many people.

Where possible all cats, dogs and There is a dedicated therapy centre at the sanctuary where people can interact with the animals. Since the recession started PACT have struggled to raise the £600 every day which is needed to care for the animals. Donations are down 40% and unwanted animals up by 50%. Everybody it seems wants to give up their animals and PACT, as all other rescue centres, are full to overflowing. PLEASE help by sending a generous donation and receive regular newsletters from the sanctuary. Visit or phone 01362 820775.

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CHRISTMAS Health, beauty & wellbeing Beauty Tips Introducing Parisa... Follow the tips below to ensure that you look amazing at all the Christmas parties this year. The right hair products vary from person to person, and what works for some people won’t work for others. If you’re looking for a change of hair style, or want to try some new hair products, then why not choose the Christmas Party season to experiment? There are plenty of salon quality products available now to get your hair in the best condition. Skin care is important as the days get colder. Making sure that your skin is well looked after, and that you are getting enough sleep. Drinking enough water and eating the right food is vital as well, however the Christmas party season makes this much harder! A good cleansing and toning routine will help to keep your skin in perfect condition at this time of year.

Want to look and feel younger, fresher, rejuvenated for Christmas and the New Year?... Known as Dr Ghanbari to her patients, Parisa decided to branch out from Primary Care and offer her services in facial rejuvenation techniques.

good about themselves – so many of my patients would say to me ‘Growing Old is a terrible thing!’ – well, here is a way to slow it down!...

Offering clients tailor made treatments to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles using Botox injections and semi-permanent dermal fillers containing hyaluronic acid – we catch up with her to find out more...

How do the wrinkle reducing injections work? I offer treatments to reduce the appearance of wrinkles using Botulinum Toxin injections – this is a chemical used frequently in medicine to effectively and safely treat a variety of conditions from cerebral palsy muscle spasticity to unstable bladders! It is particularly effective at paralysing certain facial muscles thus reducing the development of wrinkles especially in the forehead and crow’s feet area of the face. Botox injections take around two weeks to take effect and the results last for around three months.

What made you go into private practice offering facial rejuvenation techniques? I work as a General Practitioner in a busy Norfolk surgery and no two days are the same – I see a variety of medical problems and get to meet people from all walks of life – I love it but I felt I wanted to do that bit more to help clients feel

I also use semi-permanent dermal fillers containing hyaluronic acid which is the body’s natural ‘skin plumper’ – these can be used to fill out wrinkles around the face and also to give lips a natural fuller appearance – the results of these fillers are instant and last for 6-12 months – a good investment! If you would like to find out more and meet Dr Ghanbari for a free consultation please contact: Salon Gloss, Market Green, Wymondham, Tel: 01953 600111 Or Creations Salon, High Street, Attleborough, Tel: 01953 457744

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CARING FOR THE ELDERLY Remembrance Sunday Hears Remarkable Stories Of Heroes Living In Norfolk Home Residents of Oak Manor Nursing Home in Norfolk have been marking this year’s Remembrance Day with a look back in time to some of the fantastic achievements of residents by spending the day recounting memories and creating commemorative art work. Faced with unimaginable danger, the team courageously worked to take out German lines of communication, ensuring the success of the operation and saving countless Allied lives.

Above: Richard Frost Gordon Goodwin is 95 years old and has been at Oak Manor for two years. During the Second World War, Gordon was part of an elite mission that changed the course of history forever. The night before the D-Day landings, Gordon and a small team of soldiers were dropped behind enemy lines in Northern France.

Another veteran with a fascinating past is Richard Frost. During The War Richard fought in the invasion of Sicily, code named Operation Husky. The battle was a huge success and helped topple Mussolini from power. Now aged 86, Richard is very active and enjoys many of the activities at the home. As well as painting and singing, Richard has set up his own email account so he can keep in touch with his family in Australia.

Richard Frost said, “I love talking about the old days with our Activities Coordinator Billy, and reminiscing with other residents. Remembrance Day is such an important occasion and I’m proud to have done my bit.” Billy Mckee the Activities Coordinator at

South Norfolk Mobility One of our electric rise and recline chairs could be the answer to ensure comfort, as we spend longer evenings by the fireside. Here at SNMC we stock chairs from six of the leading manufacturers, so that you have a wide variety of styles and prices to choose from.

Take a look at our chairs on our website

Starting at £495.00 for a chair able to take a user’s weight up to 18 stone, these chairs help you to get seated by raising to an almost standing position, before gently lowering you down.

We look forward to seeing you...

You can then recline, with your legs gently supported and elevated - which can greatly aid circulation.

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Oak Manor Centre said: “Gordon and Richard have had such amazing lives and have done so much. I love hearing about their days in the Army and all the stories they have from that time. The sacrifice they and so many others made during that time is truly amazing and it should never be forgotten.”

Or call in at our showroom where you can try one for yourself.

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Local Care Homes Celebrate National Apple Day October saw a group of Norfolk care homes were joined by former Council Leader, Daniel Cox, to mark this year’s National Apple Day with a series of juicy activities. National Apple Day, held on October 21st, is the annual celebration of apples, orchards and cider.

Above: Former leader of Norfolk County Council, Councillor Daniel Cox, presenting Apple Limerick winner, Joan Garrod, with her prize of a selection of apple juices. Local people and residents’ friends and families were invited to come along and join in with a day of non-stop apple-themed fun, which took place at Oak Manor, Sanford House and Necton Grange. The five homes are run by the family-owned Caring Homes Group, which was founded in 1994 by mother and son team, Helena and Paul Jeffery.

Cedar House hosted the core of the celebrations, which included an array of apple activities, such as a delicious apple juice tasting session organised by a local orchard owner, a press where people made their own cider, and the chance to sample a host of tasty apple-based treats, like apple pie, apple cake and apple crumble.

Children from Alpington Primary School had been preparing for the event for weeks, by drawing and painting apple pictures. The budding artists came along to Cedar House to see their work exhibited on the day.

all my life! We want to say a big thank you to everyone who came along to help us celebrate – especially to Daniel Cox for judging the competition and to all the children from Alpington Primary School for their beautiful pictures.”

One of the highlights of the celebration was the grand finale of the Apple Limerick Competition. People from across the county were invited to write apple-themed poems for the chance to win a delicious selection of Norfolk apple juices. Former Council Leader, Daniel Cox, announced the winner of the competition, and their poem was read out to all the guests.

Tony Vale, Community Liaison Officer at Caring Homes, who helped to organise the celebrations, said: “Caring Homes is passionate about keeping our homes and residents at the heart of the local community. Our National Apple Day celebration was a wonderful opportunity to invite local people to join in with some delicious and healthy fun!”

To mark the end of the celebrations Mr Cox also planted a beautiful apple tree at Cedar House, to remind everyone of the fun they had and hopefully provide some home-grown apples this time next year. Cedar House Home Manager, Sarah Taylor said: “Apple Day has been absolutely fantastic. Our residents and guests loved taking part in the activities and I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many apples in

Above: Activity Co-ordinator, Jaki Alden, entertaining residents during the Apple Day event at Cedar House.

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CARING FOR THE ELDERLY NBR Scooter Brokers 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!! They offer the service of a free, no obligation, home demonstration for all of their products to ensure they are suitable for your needs. Whilst their core business is the supply of new mobility scooters, they also have a selection of pre-owned scooters as they offer a part exchange service. In addition to mobility scooters, they can also supply the following: • Stairlifts • Powered wheelchairs • Powerchairs • Rise & recline armchairs

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

This Winter Make Sure You Are Safe... From fire in your home by following these simple fire safety measures. • Never leave candles unattended, always remember to extinguish them before you go to sleep and always make sure candles are standing up straight and fixed firmly in an appropriate holder. • Switch heaters off if you are not in the room and when you go to bed, don’t place them near materials that could catch light. • Keep all flammables away from the cooker & if you use a chip pan consider changing this for a deep fat fryer. • Have your chimney swept before use. • Have your electric blanket checked.

• Keep all matches and lighters out of sight and reach of children. A thatched roof is always at risk from fire. Once a fire has taken hold in a thatch it will spread rapidly. For more information about how to avoid a fire in your property, especially if it is thatched, please see our website We also offer free Home Fire Risk Checks and also smoke alarm fitting for those most at risk, just call free on 0800 9178137 to request your free visit.

Brooklyn House Brooklyn House is just one of Caring Homes’ highly acclaimed modern purpose-built care homes. We also welcome visitors for a short respite, to simply enjoy a break or holiday at Brooklyn House.

The majority of the rooms have en-suite facilities and all of them have a ‘nurse call’ system and television point. Each en-suite has a shower/wet room which is ideal for people with mobility issues and there are assisted baths throughout the building so everyone can enjoy a choice of bath or shower. Specifically designed to care for elderly residents, Brooklyn House is equipped with every modern facility to ensure high standards of comfort. The landscaped gardens and patio areas are an additional venue for outdoor activities, such as sensory therapy, and are a calm and beautiful place just to relax in. Brooklyn House has a new sun room which enhances the communal accommodation and gives the residents an additional choice for somewhere to spend the day. The home’s central position means it is ideally suited for local amenities and public transport links. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide superior palliative care, offering 24-hour care to residents with serious illnesses to relieve their suffering and improve their quality of life, giving comfort to them and their families. Every resident is given a comprehensive, individual care plan, whether they are staying for a period of convalescence or are permanent residents.

Our dedicated multi-disciplinary team is on call 24-hours a day and pride themselves on the high-quality care they offer. Our key focus is to provide a safe, homely and supported environment based on a positive, person-centred approach. We place a high emphasis on dining at Brooklyn House, serving traditional cooking and offering a varied choice at every meal. Our fully qualified chef carefully plans the menus to make sure all the meals are nutritionally balanced. We are very happy to cater for special diets and individual preferences and, as well as breakfast, lunch and supper, hot and cold drinks and a range of snacks are available throughout the day. Brooklyn House’s dedicated Activities Co-ordinator ensures there is always something going on so residents can enjoy a full and interesting lifestyle and continue with their hobbies. Our active residents’ and relatives’ committee plays a key part in helping to develop new ideas and suggestions as to how Brooklyn House is run and the type of services available. Residents can also take advantage of the home’s close links to various local groups. For more information, to request a brochure or to arrange a visit, please contact Brooklyn House on 0808 166 1347 or visit the website at

part of the caring homes group

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CARING FOR THE ELDERLY The Priory Group Opens New Care Home In Watton Designed specifically to meet the needs of older people requiring general and dementia nursing care, Buckingham Lodge provides a modern and supportive environment for 70 residents. clinical challenges, it is equally important to understand the person; what motivates them and what their dreams and aspirations are. Priory care homes celebrate existing skills, knowledge and abilities and enable people as much as possible, whilst at the same time providing a safe and secure environment. Providing good quality care simply isn’t good enough for a Priory care home. The people living in the home, whether they are living with dementia or are in need of physical nursing care, are guaranteed a quality of life that all of us would wish for ourselves and our loved ones. Whilst it is essential to understand the

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Dementia care at Buckingham Lodge is led by the Dignity Dementia Champions who are highly trained and skilled to deliver ‘person-centred’ care. Staff follow the Nightingale Model of Enriched Care which encourages community links and positive relationships with family members and friends (old and new).

At Buckingham Lodge we understand that choosing a care home for yourself, a loved one, or someone in your care can be a difficult and sometimes daunting experience. We therefore offer an open and friendly atmosphere and our home manager would welcome the opportunity to answer any questions or show you around. To arrange a visit or for an informal, no-obligation discussion, please call 01953 858 750.





CALL 01953 456789 NOW!

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Reach Over 42,500 Potential Customers Low cost display advertising to meet the smallest budget. Reach over 42,500 homes and businesses in the Diss, Attleborough, Wymondham, Dereham, Watton and Thetford areas. From a single advert in one Dispatch Magazine, to a run of 3, 6 or 12 months in one or all three Dispatch Magazines.

PUT YOUR BUSINESS IN HERE - CALL 01953 456789 NOW! Call our Sales Team for more information today: 01953 456789

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Or email:

Reach Over 42,500 Potential Customers Low cost display advertising to meet the smallest budget. Reach over 42,500 homes and businesses in the Diss, Attleborough, Wymondham, Dereham, Watton and Thetford areas. From a single advert in one Dispatch Magazine, to a run of 3, 6 or 12 months in one or all three Dispatch Magazines.

PUT YOUR BUSINESS IN HERE - CALL 01953 456789 NOW! Call our Sales Team for more information today: 01953 456789

Or email:

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Motoring Advertising The Dispatch Magazine Tyre Tracks Section is designed to offer advertising for the motoring trade around the area. Low cost display advertising to meet the smallest budget. Reach over 42,500 homes and businesses in the Diss, Attleborough, Wymondham, Dereham, Watton and Thetford areas. From a single advert in one Dispatch Magazine, to a run of 3, 6 or 12 months in one or all three Dispatch Magazines.

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Prepare For Winter Wind and rain, ice and snow - winter can throw the very worst at us. So to help you prepare for travel this season, here’s some helpful advice from the Highways Agency. For A Smoother Journey Check Your Vehicle Is Ready For Winter Regularly servicing and checking your vehicle is in good running order before setting out, will reduce your chances of breaking down on the road. It’s worth making these checks regularly - and particularly before a long journey: • Check and replace the anti-freeze in the radiator

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• Make sure your lights are clean and check the bulbs • Replace the battery if it’s not reliable • Ensure your tyres are correctly inflated and replace them if the tread has reached the legal minimum. Be A Smarter Driver - Check Traffic And Weather Updates Before you set off it’s worth taking a few

minutes to make sure that there aren’t any problems on your intended route. You can check for live updates as you travel too - but remember not to use your phone while driving. • Visit traffic.aspx • Check the weather at

• Call the Highways Agency information line on 0300 123 5000 • Tune into DAB Traffic Radio Remember to take regular breaks from driving - tiredness and loss of concentration are major contributing factors to road accidents.

News from across your region

Don’t Drink And Drive This Christmas! If you drive at twice the legal alcohol limit you are at least 30 times more likely to cause a road crash, than a driver who hasn’t been drinking. Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive. There is no foolproof way of drinking and staying under the limit, or of knowing how much an individual person can drink and still drive safely.

campaigns every year, one in the summer and one at Christmas, using a variety of media including TV, radio, posters in pub washrooms, national press and online.

Each Person’s Tolerance To Alcohol Depends On A Range Of Factors Including: • Weight • Gender • Age • Metabolism • Current stress levels • Whether they have eaten recently • Amount of alcohol

The Campaigns Aim To: • Increase awareness of the personal consequences of a drink driving conviction • Encourage the belief that 1 or 2 drinks before driving is too many and not worth the risk • Reinforce and build the social stigma around drink driving

So the only safe option is not to drink alcohol if you plan to drive, and never offer an alcoholic drink to someone else who is intending to drive. THINK! strategy for drink driving The THINK! strategy for drink driving is to remind all drivers of the personal consequences of drink driving, and that a drink driving conviction can ruin your life. The campaigns focus on the ‘moment of doubt’ around the second pint, when drivers are considering whether or not to have another drink. THINK! runs two major drink drive

The current campaigns target 1-3 pint drink drivers, not ‘drunk drivers’, with a particular focus on young men aged 17-29 years old. They don’t focus on the increased risk of a crash, as our research has found that young men believe: • A crash is unlikely after 1 or 2 drinks • Drink drive ads showing a crash are not relevant to them but to people who drive when drunk • They’re more likely to be over the limit and caught after 1 or 2 drinks

Take A Different Way Home If you’ve been drinking, it’s better not to drive. There are plenty of alternative ways to get home - you could: • Book a taxi • Use public transport • Stay overnight • Arrange a lift with someone who isn’t drinking Sobering-Up Tricks Do Not Work Coffee and cold showers the morning after a night out don’t help you sober up. Time is the only way to get the alcohol out of your system and you could still be over the legal limit many hours after drinking. Drink Driving And The Law The legal consequences of a drink driving conviction are severe and long-lasting.

Driving Or Attempting To Drive While Above The Legal Limit Or Unfit Through Drink = 6 months’ imprisonment, together with a fine of up to £5,000 and disqualification from driving for at least 12 months (3 years if convicted twice in 10 years). Being In Charge Of A Vehicle Whilst Above The Legal Limit Or Unfit Through Drink = 3 months’ imprisonment, a fine of up to £2,500 and discretionary disqualification from driving. Refusing To Provide A Specimen Of Breath, Blood Or Urine For Analysis = 6 months’ imprisonment, together with a fine of up to £5,000 and disqualification from driving for at least 12 months.

Causing Death By Careless Driving When Under The Influence Of Drink Or Drugs = 14 years’ imprisonment, together with an unlimited fine, disqualification from driving for at least 2 years and a mandatory extended driving test.

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Dispatch Magazine - Wymondham, Dereham and Watton - Christmas 2010  

Dispatch Magazine - Wymondham, Dereham and Watton - Christmas 2010

Dispatch Magazine - Wymondham, Dereham and Watton - Christmas 2010  

Dispatch Magazine - Wymondham, Dereham and Watton - Christmas 2010