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ISSUE 036 Dispatch September 2010


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 Dispatch September 2010

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In this issue FEATURES






Nurseries & Schools Education For Little Ones.

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Wymondham Charity Gets Support.

Business & The Web Advice And Business Solutions.


Homes & Gardens Improving Your Property.


Caring For The Elderly


News And Advice.

Norfolk’s Non-Stop Rowathon

Wymondham Garage Sale

Local Scout Selected For Event.


Earn Cash By Selling Your Items.

An Autumn Delight

World Scout Jamboree

Breckland One Stop Bus Services For Communities.

Concert By Norwich Music Group.


Wymondham Words 2010


Line Up For First Literary Festival.

Breckland Launches Games Residents Have A Go At Village Sports.

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WYMONDHAM Norfolk’s Non-Stop Rowathon 26 miles 385 yards

A number of individuals, businesses and organisations in the Wymondham area united to help a charity based in the town, and visited by people throughout East Anglia.

A local businessman, John Blake of Abate Ltd. had experienced cancer within his own family. His Mother was diagnosed with tongue cancer, and his Mother-in-law with breast cancer. He therefore decided to raise money and increase the awareness and profile of the Star Throwers cancer charity

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John wanted to get himself fit, and combined his two objectives by going to Fit Club in Wymondham, which is also in Diss. The brother and sister team that run these helped John with appropriate training, diet etc, and supported him for months as he worked towards his goal of a NON - STOP- ROWATHON for over 26miles. He didn’t travel far over all those miles however, as it all took place recently at The Forum in Norwich.

Wymondham’s Got Talent Have you got a talent? If so we would love to hear from you. ‘Wymondham’s Got Talent’ will take place on Saturday 12th February 2011 at Central Hall, and will be a chance for the local community to take part in a competition with a panel of judges, including professionals in the Arts and local personalities. The night will be in aid of the Wymondham Abbey Development Fund. If you would like to take part in this exciting event then please pick up your application forms from: Toya Waterson, Hair Sense, No. 1 Town Green, Wymondham, NR18 0PN. Telephone: 01953 857500 Mobile: 07862983146

There is a minimum age of 15 years old to enter. The Closing date for applications is 30th September 2010. The first set of auditions will take place on Sunday 10th October 2010. So come and get your application forms from Toya now and look forward to a fun, entertaining night. This could be your chance to shine!

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Up Coming Events…

Eastons Coaches

Thursday 14th October 7.30pm A tribute to Sir Cliff Richard on his 70th birthday disco plus live singer, at The ExServices Club, Wymondham. Tickets £5.

NEW 2011 Holiday Brochure Available Now!

Friday 3rd December 8pm Dance at the Central Hall, Wymondham the C’mondeverybody Rock & Roll show. Tickets £10.

All profits from each event will be donated to the East Anglian Air Ambulance Charity Number 1083876. For tickets or further information please contact Helen or Norman on 01953 600563 or helen.Norman.I@uwclub.Net.

Friday 10th December 7.30pm Concert at the Wymondham Central Hall rock around the sixties show the Honeycombs, Vanity Fare + Mike Berry with compere Richard headingley. Tickets £15.

We aim to ensure you have the best holiday experience possible. We always keep in mind that your holidays are very important to you and try to make sure that it is really just what you are looking for.

Wymondham Garage Sale Busy Bees Playgroup (registered charity) are holding a Wymondham Garage Sale on Sunday 3rd October 2010. Earn easy cash by selling your unwanted items. Maps will be provided to ensure the public visit all participating properties.

Once again we have been working hard to ensure that we offer an exciting choice of holidays for 2011 – from a 2 day break in Yorkshire to a Christmas Holiday in Scotland! This time we have included all our holidays for the whole of next year, so you can make your travel plans way in advance.

For more information contact: Tabitha 07540 352234 or Mel 07889 317986.

We give the best service possible, from the time of your first enquiry with our dedicated tour office team, to your holiday departure with the top class tour drivers who excel in their professionalism, customer care and touring knowledge (and sense of humours!).

the ‘Runner up Tour’ award, proving to us that our efforts are worthwhile and not going unnoticed! We hope that we have managed to include a broad variety of destinations to entice you to join us for that special ‘getaway’ this year. You can book most of our day excursions and coach holidays from anywhere you fancy, at any time of the day via our secure website – Why not contact us on 01603 754155 for your FREE copy of our colour brochure.

A lot of time, dedication and sheer hard word is involved in organising our tour programme. This year we were pleased to be nominated for the ‘Coach Brochure of the Year’ category in the Coach Tourism Awards 2010. We were delighted to obtain

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A Vital Link In The Local Community Anglia Funeral Services has good links with the local community. These branches offer a service that provides much enjoyed entertainment for the residents (and staff) at homes and hospitals around our region.

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Above: Keith Thomas entertains Violet Grady’s 102nd Birthday. They consider it an important part of their role to help with charity fundraising and local groups. The caring nature of their staff means that they automatically help people from all walks of life. Rackhams Funeral Service in Diss, R J Bartram Funeral Service in Attleborough, Dereham and Wymondham, and Breckland Funeral Service in Watton are all involved with helping the local community in many ways.

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For many years now, Keith Thomas, Michael Jones and Laura Stevens produce ‘Sing-A-Long’ programmes of entertainment, where they go along to residential and nursing homes and local community groups and sing a variety of old favourites, from Frank Sinatra, Matt Munro, Perry Como & Nat King Cole to more modern classics. The residents are encouraged to sing-a-long and make requests. These events are sometimes tied in with a birthday celebration, and often requested. In September, as always, these events are fairly frequent, both in this area and further afield, but as we approach Christmas the performances are booked almost daily, sometimes with two bookings in a day. September Sing-A-Longs 3rd Studio Landia, Diss, 1.30pm 7th Brooklyn House, Attleborough, 2.00pm

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Salvation Army Hall, Dereham, 2.00pm Hethersett Hall, Wymondham, 2.00pm Westfield House, Dereham, 2.00pm Paddock House, Diss, 2.45pm Thorp House, Watton, 2.00pm Griston Community Centre, Watton, 1.00pm for 1.30pm

If you would like Keith and his colleagues to host a sing-a-long, please call Keith on 077333 96649 or email: Anglia Funeral Services hope that they can lend a hand to support your community and be there to help when you need them.

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The Green Dragon Inn Managing to be coaxed away from our homes on a dreary Sunday would usually be considered as quite an achievement by anyone who knows either of us well. However last Sunday was a little different as Jayne and I had decided to venture out for a Sunday lunch. dessert we chose to share a starter, which with hindsight proved wise, as even for a person with a keen appetite the portion size was impressive. After polishing off a delicious take on one of my favourite starters we were presented with our main courses. A traditional Sunday Roast consisting of a couple of generously sliced pieces of beef full of flavour and covered in gravy, a large homemade Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, a bacon wrapped sausage and a side dish of seasonal vegetables. It was certainly a very tasty plateful of food which didn’t leave us regretting the decision to venture away from home. The Green Dragon is located in the heart of the market town of Wymondham literally just a stones throw from the Ancient Abbey. Once parked in a nearby space and after a brief walk we were greeted surprisingly, by a small queue of eager hungry diners who unlike us, had risked not booking a table. Once inside the historic building which really is a treat for those people who

appreciate a Public House with real character, we were warmly greeted by a member of staff who promptly showed us to our table. Now part of the reason for our foray to the Green Dragon was down to several positive recommendations, so we had already made a decision on a chosen Starter of Garlic Mushrooms. In an attempt to leave room for our main course and

Offering a small but carefully selected choice of desserts picking a pud to finish off the meal did not prove tricky. I opted for a tarte au citron with clotted cream ice cream whilst Jayne choose a warm orange sponge with lashings of hot chocolate sauce. Both were delicious and perfectly rounded off our Meals.

Sunday lunch should be a small yet wellearned break away from home and with the choice of establishments on offer these days increasing rapidly picking a good one is getting harder. The Green dragon has a lot to offer the discerning diner and we both look forward to visiting again. By Stephanie Lees The Green Dragon are finalizing their Christmas menu’s which will be available at the bar and on their web site Also keep an eye out for details of events at Halloween and drop them an e-mail if your interested in learning more about Whiskey - They will be running a course later this year. The Green Dragon has a lot to offer the discerning diner and I look forward to visiting again soon.

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The Abbey Hotel The Abbey Hotel is situated just across from the historic Wymondham Abbey on Church Street in Wymondham town centre. This beautiful yet forgotten little Hotel has had its ups and downs over the last few years, but don’t despair! Since July last year husband and wife Nicky and Romain and their new team of staff have been busy bringing the Abbey Hotel to its former glory. Nicky our expert wedding and celebration cake maker has been overseeing the refurbishment of all the bedrooms. The refurbishment has included brand new en-suite bathrooms, bringing in king-size beds, new LCD flat screen televisions and free internet. Romain the Maitre D’hotel has been renovating the ground floor of the hotel. There are now 2 lounges for those wishing to sample our fine French wine and a lovely new patio area for soaking up the sun. Above all of that the biggest change is the restaurant, L’Auberge. L’Auberge is a very traditional French restaurant offering the finest products on offer. Maitre D’hotel Romain previously owned Cafe

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Pausien restaurant in Norwich. “We really enjoyed our time in Norwich but we had a major drawback in the size of the kitchen. However, now at L’Auberge we have a brand new kitchen at least 4 times the size of our previous one which will allow me to take my cuisine to a whole new level.” “Having strengthened our kitchen brigade with Gary our new head chef, who brings with him 25 years of experience in kitchens, we feel we are now ready to establish L’Auberge restaurant as a brilliant venue for all diners out there looking for that “Je ne sais quoi”!!” says Romain. So, A bientot, Nicky, Romain and the team at L’Auberge.

Unique Building Supplies Unique Building Supplies, Norfolk have opened their new one-stop depot at Eleven Mile Lane, Suton, Nr Wymondham. The new depot includes all our stock of heavy-side and plumbing materials. Managing Director, Andy Nicholls explains: “Location is very important in any business and our new site offers excellent access just off the main A11.” “Having established the business in Wymondham our new depot will enable anybody requiring building and plumbing materials in the Attleborough area easier access to a Builders/Plumbing merchant.” “At present there is the frustration of going through the one way system in Attleborough and often getting held up at the railway level crossing. Alternatively having to drive out of town two or three miles into the country. We specifically looked at easy access for customers, and have managed to source this with good customer parking. Together with this move our extensive stock range now

includes more timber, fencing panels and hard landscaping materials. We feel that the location is excellent for servicing both growing towns of Wymondham and Attleborough. However with our fleet of crane off load vehicles and transit vans we can deliver all over the county on a daily basis.” “We would be delighted to see customers, old and new, at Suton and look forward to you visiting our BUILDING AND PLUMBING SUPPLIES!” Andy Nicholls, Unique Building Supplies (Norfolk) Ltd Tel: 01953 857230

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Roll Up! Roll Up! An Autumn Delight To save £5 on a great circus read Did you ever dream of running away with the circus? Have you ever wondered what it’s like to drive the lorries from town to town, help put up the big top, sell candyfloss in the interval and then perform your daring deeds on the flying trapeze, high above the heads of an adoring audience?

trapeze artists, tight-wire walkers and tiger trainers about their lives, culture, superstitions and history. Britain’s most famous circus showman Gerry Cottle described Circus Mania as “A passionate and up-to-date look at the circus and its people.” Essential reading for anyone who ever dreamed of running away with the circus, Circus Mania retails at £14.99, but Dispatch readers can buy it direct from Peter Owen Publishers at the special offer price of just £10 postage-free. Just send a cheque or postal order to:

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Choral Concert by Norwich Music Group.

Wymondham based choir Norwich Music Group will complete their successful 2010 concert series with a performance at St Peter Mancroft Church Norwich on Saturday 25th September at 7.30pm. The programme will include Mozart’s Coronation Mass in C, Schubert’s Mass in G, and other choral delights from some of our great composers.

The group has chosen to support Norwich Door to Door and the Elsie Bertram Diabetes Centre at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital during 2010, and monies raised from previous concerts have enabled considerable amounts to be presented to both groups. Proceeds from the forthcoming concert will also be donated to the charities. We are a lively and friendly group, rehearsals are fun, but committed to learning and performing great choral works to share with wide audiences in the county.

Publicity and programme material for the concert series have been kindly sponsored by local company Williams Lea, Corporate Information Solutions - Abbey View Wymondham, and thanks go to them for their continued support.

If you are interested in joining the choir, you will be most welcome, regular rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Spooner Row. (We are especially looking for voices to enhance our Tenor, Bass and Alto sections).

Tickets are available from Elkin Music, Exchange St Norwich Tel 01603 666332 at £8.00 (Nave Centre) £6.00 (Nave Side) (Concessions £7.00/£5.00)

For further details, please ring the Musical Director Philip Aldred on 01953 600599 or the Publicity officer on 01953 605088, or visit the website

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The Consort Hotel The Consort Hotel is nestled in the heart of the busy market town of Wymondham. Staying at the Consort Hotel you have easy access to anything you may need, whilst easily being able to access other parts of this lovely area.

boasts an extensive and well thought out wine list with popular wines from all over Italy, which compliment the dishes from the menu.

Throughout the day it offers freshly baked cakes and scones served with delicious Italian coffee. For something more substantial we have recently opened Valentino restaurant serving Italian food for lunch and evening meals.

The hotel itself offers guests a lovely home from home stay, the rooms are warmly decorated and we offer a fantastic selection for breakfast from home-cooked full English breakfast to a variety of fresh pastries.

The menu includes a variety of Italian dishes; the Pizza’s are cooked in an authentic pizza oven using traditional Italian methods. The traditional selection of Italian food also includes a number of pasta dishes, salad and bruschetta providing a wide choice for the clientele. The chefs are looking forward to experimenting with new and exciting Italian dishes.

The location of the Consort Hotel makes it an idyllic stay for a weekend away, taking in all the sites and activities Norfolk has to offer from a perfect position.

The desserts entice the diner and offer a wide selection of delicious Italian desserts. Alongside the restaurant there is also a fully stocked and licensed bar, for the adults to enjoy. The restaurant

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Romain and his wife Nicky have a hugely successful history in the trade having run Café Parisien in Norwich, and alongside the Consort Hotel they also run The Abbey Hotel and L’Auberge restaurant in Wymondham. The couple moved to Wymondham a year ago with their three daughters, and have settled well here.

Top Tips For Running Safely Running is a reasonably safe sport. However you should keep your wits about you and be aware of potential dangers to ensure your running remains as safe as possible. Carry ID - Especially important if you are out running on your own. Of course you should let your nearest and dearest know where you are going to and for roughly how long, but still take some form of identification with you just in case. Carry your Mobile - They are a valuable emergency tool, if ever the need arises. Stay Hydrated – Ensure you carry enough water with you and drink before you are thirsty. Stay Focused - Keep your wits about you. Look and listen to what is going on around you. Face Traffic - When running on or near roads always run so that you are facing the oncoming traffic, if they don’t see you, make sure you see them.

Think conditions and unpredictable weather - Don’t take unnecessary risks. Never ignore Mother Nature! Beware the Dark! - Make sure that you can be seen by wearing reflective clothing, LED lights etc. Run in groups or with a partner, run in areas you are familiar with. Be safe, be seen! Warm Up, Warm Down and Stretch Even if you are limited by time always make sure you prepare your body for your run. You can get away with some light stretches and a gentle walk to start off with if you are really limited, but do try to set aside some of your time to your warm up.

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Impressive Line-Up For Wymondham’s First Literary Festival In mid September Wymondham is to host a weekend of literary events which would not disgrace any of the UK’s well established literary festivals. his native Hungarian. He won the T.S.Elliot Prize for poetry in 2005, and was short listed again in 2010. His New and Collected Poems appeared in 2008. Thanks to the high regard in which he is held by his peers, Wymondham Words 2010 has managed to attract some of the best writers from the region.

Wymondham Words 2010, a Wymondham Arts Forum project, will run from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th September. At its core is a series of well known writers who live in Norfolk or who have strong local connections. The festival is centred on Becket’s Chapel.

The festival opens at the Arts Centre on the Friday evening with an event called ‘Seven of the Best’. Nathan Hamilton, an influential young UK poet, publisher and critic will bring together six other young poets in one reading. Later these poets will move next door to the 15th Green Dragon, the town’s oldest pub, for a free and more informal poetry session which will encourage others to read their work.

Festival chairman is multi prize-winning poet George Szirtes who lives in the town. In 1980 he won the Faber Prize with his first book The Slant Door. He has since published fourteen books of poetry and many translations of poetry and fiction from

The Arts Centre will host ‘Place and Occasion’ with two highly accessible poets reading and in conversation. Anthony Thwaite, whose Collected Poems, drawing on fifty years’ work, was published in 2007 will be joined by Moniza Alvi whose

Above: George Szirtes Festival Chariman

work includes The Country at My Shoulder, shortlisted for the T.S.Elliot and Whitbread Poetry prizes, and Europa, a Poetry Book Society Choice. Maja Passchier (cello) will provide music for the occasion.

festival chairman George Szirtes. In ‘With Great Pleasure’ he will present autumnal pleasures, delights and meditations from books of all kinds. Andy Kirkham (guitar) will provide music.

Afterwards many in the audience will walk to The Feathers pub on Town Green for a free evening of poetry featuring Norwich poets Helen Ivory and Martin Figura. They will be joined by some poet friends, and there will also be an ‘open mike’ session.

In recognition of Wymondham’s first literary festival Wymondham Arts Centre will be the venue for a specially commissioned exhibition ‘Over the Moon’. Based in East Anglia. The exhibition will feature artwork by Ronald King, Derrick Greaves, David Gentleman, Jeff Fisher and Maggi Hambling and will run from Tuesday 14th until Sunday 26th September.

The library will be the venue for ‘Stories and poems for 6-11 year olds’ led by children’s author Mick Gowar, who will share some of his stories and poems and invite children to enter a competition for National Poetry Day. In the afternoon the library will feature storytelling for 4-7 year olds where Norwichbased children’s writer Paeony Lewis will share some of her stories and show children how an idea becomes a book. Wymondham Arts Centre will be the venue for a personal audience with

Programmes and tickets for Wymondham Words 2010 are available from the principal sponsor of the event, the town’s popular independent bookshop The Book Fountain. Tel. 01953 603663 Full programme details can be found on the Wymondham Arts Forum website

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Keep Your Vehicle Safe Keystone Development Trust Announces First Set Of Community Grants Police are reminding car owners to secure their vehicles and to remove valuables from display when leaving them unattended. It follows an increase thefts from and of vehicles in the South Norfolk area in the past few weeks.

Inspector James Brown who leads the policing teams in Wymondham, Hethersett, Mulbarton, Poringland and Loddon said: “It is important that people remember to remove anything from view from their vehicle that might tempt a passing thief and that cars should always be locked and secure, with they keys removed from the ignition - even if only leaving the vehicle for a few moments.” Additional crime prevention advice offered by Norfolk Police includes: • Don’t leave anything on display in your car. • Take your belongings with you when you leave the car- if you can’t, lock them in the boot before you start your journey. • Fit an electronic immobiliser- this will prevent the car from starting. • Mechanical immobilisers, such as steering wheel locks, are a good alternative to electronic immobilisers.

• Fit locking wheel nuts. • Get an alarm installed. • Consider marking all your valuables that you frequently take in your car. • Lock all doors and close windows and the sun roof every time you leave your car unattended. • If you have a garage, use it. If you don’t always try and park in a well lit open place. • Always lock your car and garage. For further crime prevention advice visit or contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team on 0845 456 4567

Keystone Development Trust is delighted to announce that £2,200 worth of grants has been awarded to six community groups benefiting the Keystone area. This is the first of three rounds of funding allocated from the 2010 Keystone Community Grants scheme. Successful organisations include Community Spirit in Thetford, which has received £350 to host chill out sessions for young people who live on the Abbey Estate during the summer holidays. Others include summer after school music lessons from the Thetford Music Project, summer outings provided by Fulmerston Family Project and running costs for Thetford Community Ballpark. Thetford Community Association based on the Redcastle Estate will receive £300 to light the Thetford Community Ballpark enabling use in the evenings. The Ballpark offers local young people a place to play sports, stay healthy and socialise with their friends free of charge. Approximately 250 people, mostly aged 10-15, use the Ballpark each week. This funding will ensure use of the floodlights until March 2011. Town Councillor, Terry Jermy, on behalf of Thetford Community Association said: “We are delighted to receive this money which will ensure that we continue to provide a safe and accessible place for young people to take part in sporting activities free of charge on the Redcastle Estate.” Keystone’s experience shows that significant, innovative and valuable work can be achieved with a small grant (£500 or less).

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Neil Stott, Chief Executive of Keystone Development Trust, said: “Thanks to our social enterprises we are pleased to invest in the work of local voluntary and community groups which will deliver projects that improve people’s quality of life.” Other recipients include the Thetford Players, a new group, who were awarded £500 to support the production of an amateur dramatic pantomime in Thetford and Moulton Village Hall Management Committee, who will run a community landscaping project during the summer holidays around their new village hall development. The Community Grants Programme adds to a package of small grant schemes that the Keystone Development Trust provides to support local people. These include the Fast Track Furniture Scheme which awards up to £100 to disadvantaged families and individuals to spend on furniture from the Green Ventures Shop. Local families experiencing difficult economic circumstances can also benefit from the Local Food Group Box Scheme which provides a weekly supply of seasonal vegetables, enabling those on a tight budget to eat healthily. This is available to fifteen families each quarter for twelve weeks.

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Dispatch Magazine Is Pleased To Be Supporting The Attleborough Festival!

Charlie The Clever Canine Dogs Trust Snetterton rehoming appeal skills and enjoying his new life at the centre. However, we know he would love to join a family who would enjoy challenging Charlie and teaching him new tricks.”

Attleborough Festival is a mainly free event for the people in and around Attleborough. (Some activities may require a small fee). The event takes place over the weekend of 18th and 19th September. This year we have a 1940’s and 1950’s theme and there will be something for everyone during the weekend.

We have a VE Day children’s tea party on the Sunday, tickets are 30pence each and are available from the Tourist Information Centre, but places are limited so hurry or you will miss out.

Over both days at the Town Hall there will be an art exhibition and also a fantastic display from the town archives, starting at 10am.

There will be lots of other activities for you take part in and don’t worry about getting from one event to the other as the Eastern Transport Collection are kindly providing us with some of their vintage buses again courtesy of Rosedale Funeral Homes.

On Queens Square on the Saturday there will be Morris dancers and a children’s story time starting at 11am and on the Sunday we have performances from the High School with bands and singers. There will be a Coffee and Chat at St Mary’s Church Hall on Saturday from 10.30am while at Connaught Hall the Heritage Group are putting on a wonderful display with a NAAFI style café area and some free quizzes to test your knowledge.

These will be running during the event taking people from Queens Square to Connaught Hall and back again.

Above: Charlie Intelligent Elkhound crossbreed, Charlie, is looking for new owners who will be able to keep up with his thirst for learning.

Charlie’s new owners would ideally be around most of the time and be able to dedicate time to helping him settle in. Having another confident dog who can show him the ropes would also be a dream come true for this beautiful dog.

The 14 month old rescue dog is currently being cared for by staff at Dogs Trust Snetterton who have been amazed at Charlie’s enjoyment of reward based training.

If you would like to offer Charlie a new home or are interested in finding out more about rehoming a rescue dog, please call the Dogs Trust Snetterton Rehoming Centre, on (01953) 498 377. For further information please visit

Dogs Trust Snetterton Supporter Relations Officer, Barbara Emons, comments: “Despite having spent his puppy years as a stray, Charlie is focusing his attention on learning new

Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for over 16,000 stray and abandoned dogs each year through its network of 17 Rehoming Centres nationwide.

Outside we have some old cars from the Old Timers Club based in Wymondham, some war time vehicles courtesy of local enthusiasts plus some old style tractors. We even have some old time fun fair rides such as swing boats courtesy of Larry Gray’s fun fair. On Saturday evening the Heritage Group have arranged a Cyder Heritage evening.

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DEREHAM 22nd World Scout Jamboree Sweden 2011 Steven Croxall, is an Explorer Scout at Central Norfolk Explorer Scout Unit and attends Northgate High School, Dereham. Scouting is the largest co-educational youth movement in the world, with over 500,000 members in the U.K alone and over 28 million Scouts worldwide. Steven is one of 36 Scouts selected to represent Norfolk and the United Kingdom at the next World Scout Jamboree at Rinkaby in Sweden 24th July to 10th August 2011. 4000 people from the U.K will attend the World Jamboree and will join over 30,000 others, from 217 countries stretching to all four corners of the globe, for an experience that will live with him forever. This really is a once in a lifetime experience as it only happens once every 4 years; last time Steven was too young and next time he will be too old to attend!! He is very proud to be one of the lucky ones to be representing Norfolk County and the UK in what will be a bigger event and have more countries represented than even the Olympic Games.

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The programme while they are there will explore three event ‘Themes’ as part of a balanced programme. These are: 1.Nature: - The campsite at Rinkaby in Sweden is in a woodland area famed for its beautiful, natural and unspoilt surroundings. 2.Meetings: - The fact that there are 217 countries represented will mean meeting, mixing and making friends with many different faiths and cultures. 3. Solidarity: - The chance to discover what it is like to live in a globally interconnected world. The cost of participating in this event is £2000. This includes air travel to and

from the event, two days in Copenhagen with the 4000 strong U.K Contingent. Two weeks of international camp and three days Home Hospitality, where each young person stays with a Scouting family in another European Country (probably Latvia or Poland). Steven is looking for donations towards this event, for himself and for the Norfolk Unit. Please write any cheques payable to ‘Norfolk Scouts’ thank you. He is also raising funds in other ways such as: offering help at Methwold High School in return for voluntary donations, washing cars, cake sales, sponsored hikes around the North Norfolk coastline, a sponsored swim in the North Sea at Christmas and recycling clothing. If you require any more information

regarding the World Scout Jamboree 2011 please do not hesitate to contact Steven or the Unit Leader Mr F Wolsey, on the e-mails below. Steven Mr F Wolsey (Unit Leader)

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Can I Have My Money Back? By W F Smith and Co Consultant Roger Sharp. clearly in the business of providing goods or services for a price even though there may still be a real problem in deciding what the “price” should be because noone has put anything in writing before the work was done.

Lawyers, more often than you may think, have to deal with situations where people have paid money (sometimes very large sums) to someone else and there is no signed document by them to show the reason why. It can happen between members of a family but it also occurs between people in business. Problems then arise when one of them demands the money back either as repayment of an alleged loan or because the receiver was supposed to have given something in return but did not. Obviously there is little difficulty in working out the relationship where the receiver is

Within family circles, incredible as it may sound, the law still discriminates between a husband and a wife. If the husband pays money to his wife the law presumes that it is an absolute gift to her. If the wife pays money to the husband the law presumes the wife is entitled to have it back. This is clearly discriminatory between husbands and wives. The same distinction does not arise between co-habitants or those in a civil partnership. The Equality Act 2010 is supposed to abolish that difference but the section is still not in force. The basic principle the court adopts, generally, is that whenever money is paid without the payer getting anything back, the receiver is presumed to be holding the money on trust and it is repayable to the payer. This assumption can be disproved by any evidence that something different was intended by the parties and

often there will be such evidence in a commercial setting. For example someone might hand over some money to another and, within a short time, that other has set up a business. There is still the difficulty of deciding whether the payment was a loan (to be repaid in full) or an investment where the payer runs the risk of losing all or part of his money if the business is not successful. The problem surfaces in relation to joint bank accounts either when the joint holders fall out or one of them dies. Who owns the account? On death, if the account was jointly owned the survivor does. If a falling out occurs they will be presumed to own equal shares. If both account holders are putting money in, it will be taken for granted that the account is jointly owned. If only one account holder pays in, that person is presumed to be the sole owner.

jointly) was still wholly hers on her death and therefore assessable to Inheritance Tax, or whether by survivorship the account was her son’s. Only the mother’s money went into the account. The court decided, partly (there was another, tax related reason), that it was held in trust for the mother. The solution is not to pay large sums of money over without making sure there is something in writing saying why. The best advice is to get a solicitor to help before payment is made!

Such a question arose in a recent case when it had to be decided whether an account (held by a mother and her son

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The Breckland One Stop Bus – Your Mobile Council Office Bringing services to local communities. Breckland Council on behalf of the Breckland Partnership are delivering a one stop bus which has now been in operation for a month travelling around the villages of the Breckland area meeting many of you and helping you with your enquiries. The team of advisors on board have enjoyed visiting the community and helping people who may otherwise not have been able to visit one of our mobile offices. Enquiries on board have been many and varied from completion of benefit claims, reports of abandoned vehicles, planning related matters and tree conservation through to general internet access and usage and much more. The team have been trained to assist you with enquires relating to all district council enquiries and in addition have links and knowledge in relation to other public services.

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Check the schedule and come along when the bus is next in your area whether you have an enquiry, would like to access the internet or would like to discuss something with the team, this is a community project and is being delivered to you by the Breckland Partnership to make accessing our services easier for you. We’d also be interested to hear from you if you work in the area for the community, maybe we can help you and vice versas. If you have an enquiry relating to the bus you can call us on 07778 466652, 07778 467980 or 07778 476824 or alternatively email at Check the latest schedule online at

Kerry Butcher As the summer holidays draw to a close and life gets vaguely back to normal – I suppose it’s time we all look at that list of things we conveniently put to one side as “I will do that later!” Later has arrived. Hopefully you have renewed your tax credits as the deadline was back in July but you still have until 31st October if you want to submit a paper tax return and 31st January if you want to do this on line. Or even better, why not come along, have a free consultation with us and get us to do it for you. We complete self assessment tax returns for all kind of

different people and I we can help you too. Don’t forget we also do payroll, company accounts and tax returns, bad debt chasing and VAT to name just a few. Give us a call on 01953 457173 or email Put contacting us on the top of your to do list.



Breckland Launches Norfolk Village Games Hundreds of Breckland residents of all ages turned up to enjoy the sunshine and have a go at the sports that will feature in Breckland’s first Norfolk Village Games, later in the year. The free, fun day for all the family was staged at Watton Sports and Social Club on Saturday 24th July to launch Breckland’s first Norfolk Village Games road-show. Organised by Breckland Council in partnership with Active Norfolk and the Wayland Chamber of Commerce, the launch formed part of the Wayland Celebration of Community and Culture. A five-a-side football tournament was hotly contested and saw Watton under 18’s (pictured) claim victory in a passionately, competitive final. There were free taster sessions in archery led by Under 12 national champion Joe Ground. A climbing wall also proved popular with children and adults alike as did tennis sessions and dance instruction. Another popular activity was short mat bowls which proved a surprise

hit with the youngsters including 5 year old Maddison Lurkin-Brown (pictured). For those that wanted to take a break from the energetic activities there were crafts sessions and a barbeque served up food all day. Norfolk Village Games is a three-year initiative, beginning with Breckland, Broadland, North Norfolk, and West Norfolk Councils holding inter-village games in each of their districts in 2010. Next year will see all Norfolk Local Authorities staging games within their districts, with the winners competing in the first Norfolk Village Games, with a Norfolk 2012 Olympic celebration event planned for the following year. Breckland Council and Active Norfolk are calling on villages in the district to sign up

and enter a team to participate in this years Games; set to be held at Watton Sports and Social Club on Sunday 19th September. Adrian Stasiak, Breckland Council Executive Member for Communities and Benefits said; “Taking part in the Village Games is less about winning, and more about being active, having fun and getting to know new people in your village. It’s a huge opportunity to bring people together and get more people playing sport in our rural communities. Everyone should have the chance to find a sport they really enjoy.” If you are interested in entering a team in the Norfolk Village games visit or call Active Norfolk on 01603 697008.

Above: Maddison Lurkin-Brown, 5 trying her hand at bowls.

Above: Five-a-side winners, Watton Under 18’s.

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Hethersett Old Hall School How to Prepare Your Child for Nursery School This September sees great change at Hethersett Old Hall School. After 72 years of successfully educating girls, boys are now staying on from the Pre-prep department, opened in 2001, to join the Junior department and continue their education in the nurturing and caring environment they are familiar with up to the age of 11. Headmaster Stephen Crump says: “It is a natural progression for our Pre-prep boys to continue to the Junior department; they already know the school, the teachers and their classmates, making the transition far easier than a move of school. This enables them to focus fully on their school work without the added pressures of making new friends and finding their way around.”

accessible and family-orientated education option; pupils are allowed to stay until 5.45pm in the Junior section of the school and 6pm in the Senior section to partake in extra curricular activities, while also having the resources and support available to complete their homework. This leaves the rest of the evening free for out of school activities! The next open day will be held on Saturday 9th October from 10am-12.30pm for Pre-Prep, Junior, Senior and Sixth Form. For a tour of our Sixth Form facilities and the opportunity to speak to specialist AS and A-Level subject teachers, join us for the sixth form open evening on Tuesday 12th October from 6.30pm-8.30pm.

Set in 16 acres of beautiful Norfolk Countryside, just off the A47 and 10 minutes from the centre of Norwich, Hethersett Old Hall School provides an easily

To receive further details and join our mailing list please call Mrs Kim Borrer, Registrar on 01603 810390 or email

Preparing your child for Nursery school may be a bit challenging for some and a breeze for others. Its all about the individual child. Listed are a few tips to help get you and your child started. Instructions 1. Separation: This may be especially challenging for some, parents and children alike. If your child is not already in a day care or other child care situation, it is important to practice separation. Leave the child with a trusted individual twice a week for an hour or two. 2. Following Directions: Nursery school is not especially difficult but if your child has difficulty following instructions it may be a bit challenging for your child. Practice by playing games such as “Simon Says”, “Freeze Tag”, “Chutes and Ladders” and “Candy Land”. 3. Arts and Crafts: Generally your child will come home with an arts and crafts project after each class. Start your child early with the basic skills by creating your own projects at home using glue sticks, crayons and pre cut paper. 4. Nap Time: If your child is still taking naps, it is a good idea to get them on a new nap schedule that will not interfere with their school schedule. If your child is cranky during school, he or she may not get the full experience of nursery school

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that you would expect because they are too tired to learn. 5. Story Time: If you are not already reading to your child, you should start right now. Books are typically read in nursery school and your child will be expected to sit still and listen during this time. Some teachers will even ask the children to draw a picture about the story they just heard. Practice doing this at home. 6. Nursery Basics: Although your child will probably learn his or her alphabet and to count to 10 in Nursery School, it is really a good idea if you try to teach them before they get to school if you child doesn’t already know these basics. Many of the other children will already know how and many will not, do not worry if your child hasn’t learned them before school.

BUSINESS & THE WEB The Importance Of Having A Website For Business The importance or significance of an internet presence through a website to the rapid financial growth and success of an individual or a company cannot be over-emphasised. An advantage that readily comes to mind is the greater market that the internet affords to everyone who is wise enough to exploit it to one’s advantage, especially now that the world has become a global village, whereby anyone can get access to the internet even in the remotest of all villages. The benefits of having a website are numerous. The internet gives you a 24/7 (24hrs a day / 7 days a week), 365/6 (365 or 366 days a year) access to everyone anywhere around the globe. And that means that even while a website owner may be sleeping, eating, playing or attending to the needs of the family, the website is always open for business and automatically attending to the demands of the site’s visitors without fail every single second, every single minute, every single

hour, every single day of every single year. With all these benefits, you would expect someone to incur a huge monthly bill as running cost and overheads, wouldn’t you? But, what do you actually incur as your “office” overheads or running costs? Nothing! All you spend in many instances is the time and cost of Spider Solutions building the website and hosting it on the internet on your behalf. At Spider Solutions our experience over the years has brought to the fore some reasons why many small businesses, do not have a website. Many of them may not yet be fully exposed to the internet. Additionally, they may know virtually nothing about the internet and, as humans, we tend to fear what we do not understand and hate what we cannot conquer.

Similarly, many small business owners are skeptical about the internet because, not only do they not understand how it works, but they equally see some site owners who appear not to have made any remarkable progress with their sites. Spider Solutions not only has extensive experience when it comes to designing and building websites, but they also offer the complete package including hosting of the site once built, domain name registration, email account set up and hosting and full maintenance of the website once it is live. Conclusively, having analysed the underlying causes of business stagnation and apparent lack of growth for many small businesses, Spider Solutions have highlighted the dire need of having a website as a huge boost for rapid growth

and financial success for small businesses. In order for any small businesses to embark on the road to sustainable growth and financial success and be well-equipped with the requisite “road map” blue-print for business success, it is imperative for such business to have a website. Bottom Line? Every business owner who decides to have a website built, hosted and maintained with an expert website building and hosting company like Spider Solutions, is destined for success even during these times of global economic recession. It costs nothing to chat, so call us to discuss your requirements: 01953 456789

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BUSINESS & THE WEB Read Dispatch Magazine Online Whilst Dispatch Magazine is very much a print based product, and designed as a coffee table magazine, which you can pick up and read and put down having read a couple of pages throughout the month; we also understand the importance of being able to access Dispatch Magazine at anytime and from anywhere. We have therefore established Dispatch Magazine live on the internet, where you can access and read the very latest editions for all 3 editions we publish; Diss & Attleborough, Wymondham, Dereham & Watton and Thetford. Simply head to www.dispatch-magazine. and choose the issue you would like to read live online. Dispatch will, without doubt, continue to be published, printed and delivered through your door on a monthly basis, however, we hope this enables more readers to enjoy Dispatch Magzine wherever you are.

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For advertisers, this now opens the door to a far greater readership, which gives a massive increase in exposure for your business. For advertising information call 01953 456789.

News from across your region

Bradford House The deadline for filing paper Self Assessment Tax Returns is the 31st October 2010 and although this may seem weeks away, completing and filing your tax return may not always be as straightforward as you may think.

Anglia Computer Solutions Ltd Has branches in Wymondham, Swaffham and Downham market.

Here at Bradford House Accountancy, we are well equipped to assist you with the completion of your Tax Return, and with our facility to file tax returns online, the filing date moves to the 31st January 2011. Please feel free to contact us on 01603 813988 should you wish to

discuss your Tax affairs. We also provide accountancy, bookkeeping and payroll services which we are happy to discuss with you. Our initial consultations are free of charge, and we have free on site car parking.

New Minimum Wage Rates New rates for the National Minimum Wage (NMW) will come into force on 1 October 2010. The revised rates are as follows: • The adult hourly rate of the NMW will increase from £5.80 to £5.93; • The development rate (which will cover workers aged 18-20 years) will increase from £4.83 to £4.92; and • The rate for workers aged 16 and 17 will increase from £3.57 to £3.64. In addition, an apprentice minimum wage of £2.50 per hour is to be introduced. The

new rate will apply to those apprentices who are under 19 or those who are aged 19 and over but in the first year of their apprenticeship. For advice on employment matters please contact Sarb Gosal on 0845 3724240 or email

The company specialises in all aspects of computing and relating technologies supporting both homes and businesses. All branches are fully equipped to repair both PC and laptop units for all known faults from hardware failure to software issues and viral infection. Each store stocks a large range of inks, peripherals, cables, accessories, software as well as new & reconditioned PC’s and Laptop computers. Currently we have over 175 PC’s & Laptops in stock across 3 branches. If the problem is best dealt with in the home or the equipment is too bulky to carry in store, then we come to you. Out on the road engineers cover all of Norfolk and can deal with most issues on site. Simply give us a ring or send an email and we will get an appointment booked for you. The internet is our other speciality. We offer services from web and email hosting through to the creation of brand new websites. Many options are available from a few simple information pages to full blown online shops. If you already have a website, how well is

it work? Is it easily found on Google? If not we can help! If your website is search engine optimized it will come up higher on the page rankings and be found more, this translates to more hits and then more custom. Give us a call on 01760 751041 for a FREE quote on any web design or hosting requirements you might have. With the introduction of VOIP many options have been opened up for telephones. We can now have up eight lines coming down one broadband connection. These lines can have all the usual features such as voicemail but now also call forwarding if one line is engaged, call waiting, call recording (incoming and outgoing) as well a choice of phone number from anywhere in the UK. If you operate from Norwich but want a Kings Lynn telephone number this is easily accomplished, all calls can go to one location. For more information on any of our services please contact us anytime between Mon – Sat 9am – 5pm in store, or via the phone or via email.

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Homes & Gardens Supreme Bathrooms At Supreme Bathrooms you can have your bathroom completely refurbished as they carry out all work including plumbing and tiling all under one roof.

Breckland Flower And Garden Club Boxes, boxes and more boxes was the theme at August’s meeting.

From your very first visit to the showroom you can view all products to get a feel for what’s now available in this vast and designer led industry. Once you have filled your mind with new images for your planned bathroom, then it’s time to organise their free of charge home survey. This allows Supreme Bathrooms to view the room in question and to get all information required to plan the perfect new bathroom, tailored to your every need. Then it’s back to the drawing board to design the room making sure everything fits and works accordingly. Once the plan is complete Supreme Bathrooms can then match their ideas with your needs and produce a quotation upon which they can arrange

a convenient time for your viewing. Once you have chosen and approved all products it just leaves them the fitting dates to organise, ready for their in house fitters to arrive and take care of everything, closely supervised by their project manager. It’s really that simple at Supreme! Visit their showroom off the London Rd Wymondham.

The table show of three stems from the border - first Shirley Penfold’s gladioli, second Sue Blackett and third Shirley Betts.

Five committee members were each given a box of plant material and a container - all previously unseen - from which to create an arrangement. From a great variety of flowers and foliage five quite different designs - traditional and modern - were produced. The competition for an arrangement in a box - New Hands class was won by new member Susan Thurlow, second Janet Skidmore. Old Hands was won by Shirley Penfold, second Ursula Jackson and third Sylvia Briggs.

Next month’s meeting will take place at Old Buckenham Village Hall on Thursday 9th September commencing 2p.m. when Nick Grounds’ demonstration title will be Flotsam and Jetsam and the competition title - A Seascape. The table show will be for any one flower, fruit of vegetable ‘harvested’ from the garden. Further information from Pat on 01953 457305 or Sally 01953 788712 or just come along and visit - you will be made welcome.

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.

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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.

both beautiful and hard wearing.

Karndean and Amtico can offer a unique look to match your requirements they are

Call him now for more information on 01328 863630

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.

News from across your region

J&S Homeworks Garden patios and decking have never been more popular and are a great way to expand your living area into the garden Installing a deck or patio in your garden can be as rejuvenating to your house as building a new room. Similarly making improvements to your garden by laying new turf or revamping an existing patio area can open up your home, making it feel substantially larger, more social & accommodating. Solid structures give a garden a sense of both practicality and permanence. Whether you choose a deck or a patio

depends on your site & style. A deck is ideal if your yard is sloped or has poor drainage; it provides a solid, level surface above uneven or soggy soil. A patio, in contrast, requires a level site for the cement, stone or paving slabs. Edge your patio with brick, stone, metal or plastic. Whichever option you choose,

New Kids On The Block Are you bored with your dull, concrete driveway blocks? Why not consider replacing them with an exciting new range of real clay pavers produced exclusively for Unlike concrete block paving, clay pavers stay true to colour and retain their original characteristics for years to come. And who better to lay them for you than this year’s Royal Norfolk Show ‘Best in Show’ winners – Georgina Read Design & Landscaping. At Georgina Read Design & Landscaping we specialise in transforming gardens and our flexible approach means we can always meet your requirements for all aspects of landscaping. As we are also the driving force behind Paving Superstore ( and Anglian Garden & Building Supplies (, both selling huge volumes of hard landscaping materials across the UK, including paving from Marshalls, Bradstone, Brett, Stoneflair, Stonemarket, Pavestone, Global Stone, Strata and Natural Paving, decorative stone, sheds, summerhouses, log cabins, garden features, hot tubs, pergolas,

fencing, water features and lots more, you can be sure all our materials are at online prices, offering great savings! So why not let our award-winning, fully qualified landscaping professionals encompass your needs by creating a garden to match your lifestyle - whether you prefer modern and contemporary or timeless and traditional, we can fulfil your requirements.

use it elsewhere in the garden to link the areas together. With decking, balustrades can be added for safety & visual effect. Considerations to take into account when deciding whether to opt for a patio or decking & where to position it in your garden are; Review the advantages & disadvantages of placing your deck or patio in one area or another. Consider your climate, how it affects your use of the outdoors & what seasons you spend time outside. Think of how you like to entertain & for how many people. Keep your cooking style in mind, so that an often used BBQ isn’t inconveniently placed. Consider pet requirements such as the need to keep

a dog confined. Keep this list on hand as you make your decisions on design & material choices. For more information or a free no obligation quote please contact Jason of J & S Homeworks to transform your garden.

Contact us today on 01953 850802 to discuss your Landscaping requirements See examples of our work at:

Above: Picture shows clay paving down for 16 years compared to concrete block paving down for 2 years.

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Homes & Gardens Things To Do In The Garden This Month

VPH Roofing & Scaffolding Ltd

BORDERS: Tidy them up by weeding, forking over, cutting back and dividing herbaceous perennials if needed.

VPH Roofing has been trading for 20 years and grown over this time from a one man band Vincent Harwood to now employing over 23 people.

COMPOST: Turn your compost heaps and empty ones that are ready for use. GRASS: Scarify, aerate and feed all grass areas. Re-seed or turf bare areas. MOWERS: Service the mower. Sharpen the blades and check the oil, spark plugs and air filters. MULCHES: Spread woodchip mulch over beds and borders to suppress weeds and conserve moisture. Top up existing mulches. POTTED PLANTS: Water your outside

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pots if you need to. SELF-SEEDED PLANTS: Dig up plants that have self seeded in the wrong place carefully and replant them in a more suitable position.

The company offers competitive pricing of any types of roofing works with quality and satisfaction guaranteed. As with many other companies who may dismiss small or remedial jobs VPH Roofing is proud to offer everyone the same service. VPH Roofing does not only carry out roofing works but also offers sales of new and reclaimed roofing materials. For a free quote, please contact: Tel: 01953 888 605 Mob: 07788 135077


NBR Scooter Brokers

Wiltshire Farm Foods is the UK’s leading meals delivery service. Our meals are prepared in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, frozen the moment they are cooked, and delivered across the UK & Northern Ireland through a network of local outlets.

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

How Wiltshire Farm Foods Can Help We can offer the perfect way for you or a relative to eat well, without having to worry about long trips to the supermarket, preparing food, or managing boiling pots and pans. Many of our customers have special dietary needs, so we work hard to make sure our meals and desserts meet the best nutritional standards. Our meals not only look and taste great, but they’re good for you too. How We Deliver Wiltshire Farm Foods hand delivers our meals direct to your door. Our team of drivers head out from one of our 70

local outlets around the country, and we try to go to every UK address weekly, although for much more rural areas, this is fortnightly. We know you don’t want a stranger arriving at your door, which is why our drivers go through an extensive training program, as well as a police security check, to make sure they are someone can you can trust and rely on. We deliver, for free, everywhere in the UK. Each local outlet is situated to make sure we can reach everyone. We normally get around to every mainland Great Britain & Northern Ireland address either weekly or fortnightly.

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.

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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.

In addition to mobility scooters, they can also supply the following: • Stairlifts • Powered wheelchairs • Powerchairs • Rise & recline armchairs

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Brooklyn House Brooklyn House is just one of Caring Homes’ highly acclaimed modern purpose-built care homes. or are permanent residents. 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

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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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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.

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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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News from across your region

Driving Abroad Don’t drive abroad unprepared – here are some tips for being prepared: Before You Go • Familiarise yourself with the driving laws of the country you are visiting – including local speed limits and which side of the road they drive on! • You should be aware that provisional licences are a national document issued within the framework of driver training and do not entitle the holder to drive outside the territory of the issuing member state. • Check with your insurance company that you’re fully covered to drive abroad including breakdown recovery and any medical expenses resulting from an accident. • Check whether you need a Green Card for the country you’re visiting – this provides minimum insurance.

• Check whether you need an International Driving Permit. • Check you can comply with the vehicle requirements of the countries you’ll visit. Find Out What You Need To Take: The regulations of what you need to carry with you in your vehicle when you’re abroad can differ very much from the UK. One example is your proof of vehicle ownership (V5 log book). In the UK, you are advised not to carry this in your vehicle, however in many European countries if you don’t then you could be subject to a fine. Whilst You’re Away: • Drive defensively and expect the unexpected – the local driving style may be different to that of the UK. • Don’t drive when you’re tired and take regular breaks on long journeys. • Don’t drink and drive – the alcohol limit may be lower than in the UK and in some countries there is zero tolerance for drink driving. • Don’t use your mobile whilst driving. • If you’re involved in an accident, contact your insurer immediately and

take photographs of damage to your vehicle. Driving Your Own Car You should have a GB sticker clearly visible on the back of your car if your number plate doesn’t include this information. You’ll also need headlamp converters if you’re driving on the right-hand side of the road. Hiring A Vehicle • Hire from a reputable company – the cheapest deal may not always be the best! • Insurance cover is often limited to the legal minimum of the country or state you hire in. You could be held personally responsible for any claim for injury or damage over this limit. • Ask your tour operator or insurer if they can provide top-up insurance to increase your cover. This may be cheaper than buying it abroad. Motorbikes • Make sure your travel insurance covers you before you decide to drive or be a

passenger on a motorbike. • Travelling by motorcycle, scooter or moped is significantly more dangerous than by car - if you’re not accustomed to riding a motorcycle you should not attempt to ride one for the first time abroad on unfamiliar roads. • If you do decide to hire a motorcycle or scooter, make sure you use a reputable hire company – check that they are licensed to hire bikes to tourists. • Always wear a helmet and protective clothing, whether you’re the driver or a passenger. • Never ride the bike when you have been drinking alcohol. • If you hire quad bikes check your travel insurance covers you for their use. Only hire them from a reputable company and find out whether it’s legal to ride them on the public road. • Ensure your insurance includes third party cover.

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