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South Norfolk edition

DEC / JAN 2017

COMMUNITY / LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR

200 MILES ACROSS NORFOLK

Walk raises money for local charity

BYGONE DAYS

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Dr. Hilary Jones’ secrets to a healthy & happy winter

Lovely walk at Reepham & The Marriott’s Way Ladies who lunch take a trip to Tasburgh Speedy Christmas cake recipe


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CONTENTS DEC/JAN 2017

Out & About 8

Good news from our region

15 Win tickets to see Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock – The Musical

49 A day in the life of a registered veterinary nurse 51 Christmas jottings from Ken 52 On your plot – protecting your garden from the cold

39 67 Doggie dinner appeal

16 Exercise your brain cells with our 55 Read part 5 of the Stowaway Cat 56 Dr Hilary Jones’ secrets to a crossword healthy & happy winter 19 WIN tickets to the panto with 59 Great recommendations for local Norwich Theatre Royal businesses 20 Roger Osbourne, a Suffolk boy

71 Health Q&A: why your hair could be thinning and dull

22 Village notice board

77 St George’s dementia support group

29 Ladies who lunch visit The Foundry Plant Centre

60 We review the all new Renault Megane GT 205 63 Babies at peace

Health & Beauty 75 Improve your hearing in time for Christmas

79 Skincare: cleansing wipes, convenient but not without consequence

32 Midnight blue homeware for the long starry nights this winter 35 Refreshing Waters speaks to Connects & Co about their ground breaking charity work

Shopping

Home & Garden

82 Faux fur fashion to keep you warm this winter

80 Regional reads - what we are loving this issue

39 Memories of Garboldisham & Kenninghall 44 Our stress-free timing guide to cooking Christmas meat 47 Thinking of selling your house at Christmas?

Jobs, Money & Business

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87 Smart money secrets – keeping the cost of Christmas under control 89 Read all about it – “Hatches, Matches & Despatches” 90 Charity walk around Norfolk 93 Take a walk around Reepham & The Marriott’s Way 94 Find a local business or service in our directory

80 Are you looking for a particular product or service? Check out our Local Business Directory on pages 94 & 95

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Welcome

OK, now it’s a sensible time to talk about Christmas! The local shops are packed full of exciting gifts to eat, wear and decorate your home. And if there’s one thing which I always source locally, it’s got to be a Christmas tree. Actually, we are slightly greedy here at VPHQ as we have two.

But Christmas is only one day and as usual, this issue includes some very inspiring stories of fantastic charitable organisations that do so much good in our local region. These run 365 days a year so do have a read and if something touches your heart please give what you can as this special time of year.

Happy Christm as from Lily, Ka ren & Sarah We’ve got some fantastic history of Garboldisham Manor in this issue. The manor house, built between 1869 and 1873 and designed by George Gilbert Scott junior, was demolished in the 1950s. Does anyone remember the house? If so, please feel free to chat to local historian Dennis Cross from Diss. It’s thanks to residents like Dennis that we have access to amazing history all around us. Our Ladies who Lunch declared ‘the best lunch’ that they have had in ages! Find out where they visited inside and I would suggest you book your table early as its sure to be popular with our readers. As usual the “What’s On” section on our website is packed full of details of everything going on in the area. To find out more and to add details of an event you may be organising (or helping to organise) do hop onto our website www.village-people.info. It’s fast becoming the one-stop shop to keep up to date with “What’s On” locally. I’d like to sign off by wishing everyone a fabulous festive time over December and do keep this magazine handy as it lasts the whole of January too. We’ll be back early February with our spring issue. Best wishes from your independent trio of hard working girls ;-)

Lily

Lily Goulder editor@village-people.info 01284 788623

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Good News FROM OUR REGION NORWICH ART SHOP MAKES ART AFFORDABLE Fifteen Norfolk artists are taking another step towards fulfilling their mission of making contemporary art affordable and accessible to local people by putting 100 pieces of their work up for sale at bargain basement prices. The group, which shares Norwich Art Shop on Upper St Giles in Norwich’s Lanes, has created 100 mini works of art and is urging the city’s shoppers and visitors to snap them up as“an unusual and very special Christmas present”for just £25. The show, sponsored by Les Garrigues French Food & Wine, Norwich, launches at 5pm on Friday 4 November when there will be a glass of wine for visitors until 9pm. It will then run right the way through to Christmas Eve, opening from 10am until 5pm, Monday to Saturday.

WYMONDHAM WYNTERFEST The Wymondham Christmas Lights Celebration has been held in the first week of December for the last 40 years and 2016 is no exception. This year, Wymondham Wynterfest will be held on Saturday 3rd December from 2pm to 6pm. Entertainment includes the musical talent of South Norfolk Symphonic Youth Band, Wymondham High School Band promoting their Christmas EP to raise funds for Star Throwers, the Invidia Rock Choir and

many more. There will be a children’s play factory, Christmas tree festival, street theatre, shop window display competition, fun fair, nativity scenes festival, art & craft fayre and lots more. A programme has been developed which will be on sale for £1 in the Wymondham Library from November. The Wymondham Wynterfest community volunteer team wishes everyone a very merry seasonal celebration.

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NORFOLK BUSINESS GETS A TWITTER BOOST FROM THEO PAPHITIS Catherine Gray Origami, a Norwich based fi rm, firm, has received a business boost from retail entrepreneur Theo Paphitis. The owner, Catherine, tweeted Theo about her origami sculpture and gift business during ‘Small Business Sunday’ and was one of six weekly winners to gain a retweet by Theo to his 500,000 Twitter followers. The weekly initiative, set up by Theo in 2010, now has 1700 #SBS winners and supports small businesses in the UK. Catherine said, “I work full-time for the NHS as well as running my own business. This year I took the leap from attending local art and craft events to supplying shops and galleries up and down the country but I can still be found at many local events in the Norfolk area. It is great

to have support from Theo.” Anyone looking for a re-tweet from Theo should tweet him about their business on Sunday between 5 PM and 7.30 PM and include the hashtag #SBS.

IF YOU HAVE SOME GOOD NEWS TO SHARE EMAIL US AT editor@village-people.info

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FIRST PINT AT THE GARBOLDISHAM FOX FOR NINE YEARS A pint was last served in The Garboldisham Fox in February 2007. But on Saturday 8 October, the pub was formally re-opened albeit for one afternoon only. It was a grand re-opening; the first barrel of beer was delivered by horse and dray cart, followed by speeches from Garboldisham Director Peter Smith and local MP Liz Truss. The ribbon was cut, 350 people piled in and the beer flowed. All this was achieved after a nine year effort by the villagers to buy the

pub, in order to prevent it from being turned into housing. The pub was recently made a community asset and the committee has sprung into action. It won’t be fully open for at least 18 months as there is £300,000 of refurbishment needed, but it will be open from December as a micro pub at weekends to raise money and awareness. Visit the Facebook page for more information or to get involved.

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SOUND SLEEP WINS NATIONAL AWARD Every September the National Bed Federation Awards take place at the Telford International Centre. In the category of Bed Retailer of the Year, Norfolk business, Sound Sleep won the runner-up award, missing the top spot by just one vote. As a business, Sound Sleep are very involved within the industry, with managing director Andrew Bright sitting on the prestigious Sleep Council’s Retailer Panel. The Bed Retailer of the Year award is the category with the most entries from up and down the UK, so Sound Sleep are rightly proud of their achievement. Sound Sleep don’t operate like your average bed retailer. Their dream team is made up of three family members; Andrew alongside his mother and sister, Trish and Amie. They are all mattress specialists so they can provide customers with valuable advice and expert knowledge. The dream team take a relaxed approach, so if you just want to have a look and a chat about your needs, you will be made very welcome by the team.

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RSPB LAUNCHES WINTER ROBIN FUN RUN IN NORWICH

CONGRATULATIONS TO CURTAINS AND TRACKS Village People would personally like to congratulate Cynthia and her daughter Jenny at The Sewing Room for celebrating 25 years in business. A move to bigger premises in Flordon complete with a new showroom tops off a fabulous year.

The RSPB have launched their very first annual Winter Robin Fun Run, to be held in the beautiful surroundings of Whitlingham Country Park on 4 December at 10.30am. The wildlife charity are offering participants the chance to run, jog, walk or push a buggy around a 5k, 3.5k or toddler route taking in the beautiful surroundings of Whitlingham Broad. Martin Rendle, Active in Nature Project Officer for

Norfolk, said: “It’s all about relaxed, enjoyable exercise, supporting local wildlife and getting into the Christmas spirit. The key word is ‘fun’ - our shorter routes are perfect for families and we’re actively encouraging participants to take part in winter robin themed fancy dress!” For more information or to book onto the RSPB Winter Robin Fun Run, visit www.rspb. org.uk/strumpshawfen

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Galloway to offer one lucky winner four tickets to School of Rock on a departure date of your choice before 31st December 2017. You and three friends or family will be picked up from a local departure point and taken to the West End for a matinee performance. To enter, visit www.villagepeople.info and follow the links to the competition. Good luck!

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DOWN 1 Ritual isolation of the sacred or accursed (5) 2 Gone by as events now finished and done some time ago (4) 3 Just sufficient and in the right quantity for the purpose (8) 4 Treatment of choice to make a body better (4) 5 Coax and solicit in order to win love or favour (3) 6 Alternating with 2,4,6 - strange (3) 8 Derby once aimed at Bond by an Oriental (6) 9 Contract permitting use for agreed period of time (5) 12 Elusive, mysterious and very hard to grasp (6) 13 Going round the houses to the point of destination (8) 15 Run away secretly to wed (5) 19 Small piece glowing in a dying fire (5) 20 Genuine, rightly or strictly so-called (4) 21 Anything regarded as confirmation or guarantee (4) 22 Colour or tint that might precede a chasing cry (3) 23 Fund-raising programme of stunts and entertainment (3)

LAST ISSUE’S SOLUTIONS: ACROSS: 7) Ferret, 8) Impede, 9) Stag, 10) A nice day, 11) Tactic, 13) Hive, 14) Ape, 16) Dart, 17) Allure, 19) Calendar, 21) Page, 22) Matter, 23) Oracle. DOWN: 1) Next day, 2) Brag, 3) Stray cat, 4) Hi-fi, 5) Upheaval, 6) Ideal, 12) Travesty, 13) Head room, 15) Fragile, 18) Kayak, 20) Dirk, 21) Peak.

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WIN TICKETS TO THE PANTO! Dancer, choreographer, celebrity jungle competitor and stage favourite Wayne Sleep will head the cast of this year’s Norwich Theatre Royal pantomime.

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he acclaimed performer will play the villain Phineas P Stinkworthy in Jack and the Beanstalk, Beanstalk which takes to the Norwich Theatre Royal stage from 13 December to 15 January.

It marks a return to the city’s panto spotlight for Wayne after he previously starred in Goldilocks and the Three Bears back in 1984 and Aladdin in 1987, opposite Bradley Walsh. Taking on the title role of Jack Trottalot is David Burilin, who returns to the theatre’s pantomime cast after playing Prince Frederick in last year’s production of Snow White.. As well as delighting panto audiences in the past, he is no stranger to the theatre, having also appeared at the Theatre Royal in Jesus Christ Superstar. Superstar Meanwhile the role of Joleyn Hiccup will be played by Mira Ormala. She will return to the panto cast fresh from a summer appearance with the National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company. One of Mira’s biggest productions was the West End production of Love Never Dies and she is no stranger to London’s theatre-land with appearances in You Won’t Succeed On Broadway, Broadway Cinderella and The Great British Musicals. Musicals Jack and the Beanstalk will also mark the return of David Gant to the panto cast as the Sheriff, Phil Hiccup. He last appeared at the Theatre Royal in Sleeping Beauty in 2011 and will be bringing a comic touch to the show.

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ROGER OSBORNE

a Suffolk village boy Roger Osborne scored the winning goal for Ipswich Town in the FA Cup Final at Wembley in 1978 but his is no ordinary story. In fact there is magic in the whole of Roger’s background that caused him to arrive in the right place at the right time. Roger did not come through the usual football channels. He was born at Otley, 8 miles north of Ipswich, to a caring mother and cowman father with a family of 14 to bring up. His father worked long hours and was not interested in ‘kicking a bag of wind about’ so Roger made his own entertainment, and started his employment upon the land. At the age of 20 he was still playing village football and the real magic started to happen. Not only did Roger mark players such as Johan Cruyff ‘out of the game’ but opportunity led

him to play in the USA with his boyhood heroes before coming back to Colchester United for five more happy years. He then played local football again until he finally hung up his boots at 45. Now a new DVD has been released, which features over an hour of footage about Roger. Prepared by Neil Lanham, the DVD is available from www.oraltraditions.co.uk or by post for just £12. To order, send a cheque for that amount to Neil Lanham at The Swallows, The Street, Botesdale, IP22 1BP (£1 of which will be given to the charity ACTIVLIVES of which Roger is the patron). Determined on the field and self-effacing and contented off it, Roger epitomises all that is typical of the natural Suffolk character and is now never happier than when enjoying the company of his wife Margaret, their three sons, daughtersin-law and three grandchildren.

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Out & About

Enjoyable Days Out throughout the Year! Major Attractions, Events & London Theatres Date

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John Rutter – Royal Albert Hall

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Fri 9th Dec

Thursford Christmas Spectacular

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Sun Dec 11th

Westfield Stratford

8am

£25

Thurs 15th Dec Blenheim Palace with Christmas Lunch

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£50

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André Rieu at SSE Wembley Arena

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Star Wars Exhibition - O2 Arena

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Mon 2nd Jan Garboldisham Village Hall

18th Dec – 2-5pm

Join us for our traditional new year’s walk to blow away the Christmas Cobwebs & learn something about the wildlife of the area. Meet at 10.15am for 10.30am start at Garboldisham Village Hall for a gentle amble lasting approximately 2.5hrs, followed by homemade soup & a roll.

This is a free walk but a donation to LOHP would be appreciated. beverly.blackburn@lohp.org .uk

07747 691285

Sunday afternoon record hop, tea, coffee, doughnuts & mince pies £4.50 on the door Hethersett Village Hall, Back Lane, Churchfields, Hethersett, NR9 3JJ

STEP INTO CHRISTMAS A musical cabaret of festive pop songs, carols & readings

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Mile Cross Methodist Church, Aylsham Rd, NR3 2RU

Phoenix Male Voice Choir, the only male voice choir based in Norwich performing a variety of Christm , will be as mus its annual Christmas concert ic in

Contact Alan Gidney on 01603

408393

£8 Adults £5 children (under 12’s)

Tas Well bar open in village hall (opposite church) before the concert & during the interval Bring a torch!

9th, 10th & 11th Dec

Forncett St Mary Church, NR16 1JG

Contact Graham Prior at graham_prior@yahoo.co.uk or 01508 481856

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Teams of six - tickets £10 adult / £5 child All proceeds in aid of Mo rley St Botolph Restora tion Fund Morley Primary School Hall Roger - 01953 602430 or Glenys - 01953 603 285 email: phoenix627@btin ternet.com

Christmas Fayre

St Mary’s Church, Newton Flotman 3rd Dec - 10am through to 3pm

Photo shoot - please book to have your children, family or friend’s photos taken. Face painting, craft stall, bric-a-brac, refreshments.

THETFORD VOICES CHRISTMAS CAROLLING DAY 22nd Dec @ 11.15am

Thetford Voices invites young singers from across the region to join them for their ninth Christmas Carolling holiday workshop. Singers aged from 6-16 meet at 11.15 in St Peter’s Church to rehearse carols & Christmas songs before an afternoon singing in residential homes across Thetford. The day ends back in St Peter’s Church, Thetford with guests joining us in a concert at 6.30 for families, friends & members of the public.

Lunch served from 12.30 Contact Vicky Ball at vmball@outlook.com or 01508 471506

There is no charge for the day, made possible through the support of the Pearson Family Fund and Coach Services of Thetford. St Peter’s Church, White Hart Street, Thetford, IP24 1RH John Weeks at thetfordvoices@gmail.com or 01842 820060

RoughCast Theatre Company A Christmas Carol A promenade performance of the seasonal Dickens’ favourite - with some audience participation - if you wish! Touring North Suffolk from Dec 9th -18th Pat Parris at pat@parris117.fsnet.co.uk or 01379 586745

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The Spirit of Christmas

reflections in words and music 10th Dec @ 3pm Caistor St Edmunds Church

With Cliff Norgate, Rachel Graveling & Acappella Tickets £5 (to include mulled wine & mince pies) in advance from Jani Wymer 01508 493572 In aid of The Big C and Caistor Church funds

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Performances on the 8th, 9th & 10th. Matinee at 2.30pm on the 10th. Tickets £8 / £7 concessions / £7 child New Buckenham Village Hall Contact Clive Rush on 01953 861438 Little Ouse Headwaters Project (LOHP) Annual Talk, AGM & Members’ Evening 6th Dec at Hinderclay Village Hall

Join us for our annual winter bash, with another great talk from Alan Walker (CEFAS) on the European Eel – a slippery tail. Starts at 7.30pm followed by seasonal refreshments. Contributions of finger foods much appreciated. Members and friends all welcome the evening is free but a non-members’ contribution of £2 towards costs will be welcomed. Contact Bev Blackburn at enquiries@lohp.org.uk

WOODFORDE’S CHRISTMAS OPEN WEEKEND 3rd – 4th Dec at 9am Woodbastwick

Woodforde’s will be offering the opportunity for beer lovers to look behind-the-scenes as it opens its brewery doors. A weekend of beer tastings, brew ery tours and Christmas gift inspiration from local food, drin k and craft producers. Christmas market stalls – show casing the region’s finest, cured meats to wines, chutneys to cheeses and a variety of different foods. Local choirs will be carol sing ing to get everyone in the festive mood.

Call the brewery on 01603

720353 email info@woodfordes.co.u k

CHRISTMAS WITH THE CATS 4th Dec @ 11am

An open day, lots of stalls with bric a brac, books & records for sale, games, refreshments, entertainment, tombola, raffle, feed the cats a christmas treat. Venture Farm Cat Rescue, Thuxton Road, Mattishall, Norfolk Contact Hazel Hatton at venturefarm@virginmedia.com or 01362 850352

Biggest wedding show on the Norfolk Coast!

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Sat 3rd & Sun 4th cards will be for Pictures, crafts & range of artists sale from a wide Entrance £1.50 ble freshments availa easy parking & re , ge Hall, Mill Lane Wreningham Villa 16 1AN Wreningham, NR at Contact Val Keel 508 488231 01 or ail.com art.at.wren@gm

Pennoyer’s 6th Annual

Beer & Gin Festival

From Friday 2nd Dec to Sunday 4th Dec (3pm The Pennoyer Centre, Station Road, Pulham St Mary, IP21 4QT Over 12 local beers from the best local breweries & micros and a Gin Bar with a selection of 10 gins to sample. Hot & cold food and snacks. Also our bar will be open serving a full range of alcoholic beverages & soft drinks, tea & coffees. Free Entry. Contact David Howlett at admin@pennoyers.org.uk on 01379 6766 60

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3rd Dec @ 9.30am Harleston’s Christmas Street Ma rket will have lots of seasonal stalls & street entertainm ent. Bazaar at St John’s Church (10am – 4pm), whilst Father Christmas will be in San ta’s Grotto at Harleston Information Plus from 1pm - 4.3 0pm. Including Christmas lights switch on by Carol Wiles MBE at 15.30pm. Contact Nicky Stainton at nmstainton@gmail.com 01379 855235

Christmas Shopping Evening Tacolneston Village Hall

1st Dec 19.30 – Free Entry Proceeds to Friends of Tacolneston School & Tacolneston Park Refurbishment FOTS (Friends of Tacolneston School)

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Thetford University of the Third Age Monthly Talk 26 January @ 1.45pm Carnegie Room, Cage Lane, Thetford, IP24 2DS

David Morton will give us an introduction to gemstones www.thetfordu3a.org

CASTON’S FROST FAYRE 3rd Dec @ 11am - 6pm – free entry

Seasonal food & refreshments available & a selection of handcrafted goods for that perfect Christmas gift will be on sale. Mini craft demonstrations throughout the day. Stay until darkness descends to soak up the atmosphere & marvel at the sights, sounds & scents of the Christmas season. Caston Village Hall & Holy Cross Church Caston

Rickinghall Christmas Craft Fair 4 Dec 10.30 Rickinghall Village Hall, IP2 2 1HD Unusual gift ideas from over 20 stalls, made & sold by local people Contact Bob Clark bobclarkonline@gmail.com or 07930 188472 www.rickinghallvh.onesuffolk.n et

Contact Lois Gill at loisgill@btinternet.com or 07881 783953

Wreningham Christmas Shopping Evening

Wreningham Village Hall 7th Dec from 5pm-8pm A great selection of stalls from local crafters, homemade cakes & refreshments to give you a fantastic Christmas shopping opportunity!

List your local event for FREE on our Village Notice Board Log onto www.village-people.info to send us details Do you have a child starting School in September 2017? Shelton with Hardwick Community School is a small friendly rural school promoting confident, capable and independent learners in a caring environment.

Find out what makes us special, call 01508 530331 to arrange a visit. Shelton with Hardwick Community School Low Road, Shelton, Norfolk, NR15 2SD

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Wayland W l d Dragonfly D fl Gallery G ll & Visitor Vi i Centre C Wayland House, Watton IP25 6AR 01953 883915 Exciting, exhibitions by local & regional artists across the year. Tourist information & support for the Wayland area and beyond. Wide variety of local, handmade crafts & cards

Bring this advertisement to the Gallery by Oct 31 2017 to be entered into bi-monthly prize draw.

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Eden Meadows Riding Centre Riding lessons for adults and children from 5 years (of all abilities) in our purpose built indoor arena. Adults trying something new, or re-kindling a childhood passion, can enjoy a fun and relaxing sport. For the more serious rider advanced tuition is available, providing a good workout as well!

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Tiny Tots fun classes now available for 3-4 yr olds Please call for information and brochure. Friendly, family-run business Sandy Lane, Rocklands, Attleborough NR17 1EN

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THE FOUNDRY PLANT CENTRE, ON A140 On A140, Tasburgh, Norwich, NR15 1NS • 01508 470357 • www.foundryplantcentre.co.uk The Foundry Plant Centre is on the A140 between Tasburgh and Newton Flotman. It’s a fast stretch of road and the main buildings are set well back, so it’s easy to whizz past – make sure you check the website for directions first! The coffee shop is clean, smart, bright and friendly. It actually offers a much wider range of food than other coffee shops, with sandwiches, jacket spuds and paninis, as well as proper cooked lunches like we had. Having spent more than I should on plants and bulbs, we retired to the café and ordered. I chose the salmon, new potatoes and salad, and my friend had a vegetarian chilli with rice and a salad garnish. As the café is not licensed we bought cool fizzy elderflower drinks but we were assured that we could bring our own alcoholic drinks if we wished. The staff were obviously very happy and therefore cheerful and willing.

her conscience by telling her that the courgette qualified as one of her five-a-day. My sponge was soaked in syrup – oh bliss! The fabulous old-fashioned taste of it reminded me of my granny’s treacle sponge; I could have cried! The chocolate cake was not over-sweet as it sometimes can be and not a crumb remained. Going back to the counter, I was pleased to notice that all the food preparation was done in plain sight with the salads being made to order. The bottom line was £36, which was great value. Best lunch for ages and great plants too!

There are tables outside but the weather was just too ‘challenging’to use them so we sat inside. The tables in the café each had fresh flowers, and at least half the tables were filled with customers. By the time we left the place was totally full – and that was on a Monday. When the food arrived we were both surprised at the size of the servings. My beautifully cooked salmon was generously proportioned, and my friend’s chilli was carefully balanced with the portion of rice, her salad‘garnish’was plentiful, and the chilli was not too fiery. Pudding! Oh how could I resist the idea of treacle sponge with ice cream? My friend had spotted a large chunk of chocolate, courgette and walnut cake and I eased

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Light, hope and mercy for young carers Norfolk journalist, Sandie Shirley, spotlights the inspiring stories of men and women from the region and beyond that have seen them reach for victory. For more stories visit: www.refreshingwaters.co.uk

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At the time, Sallie decided to open her front room to a handful of children with a box of Pringles and a video to provide shared respite but it soon paved the beginning for a far wider plan.

Connects & Co began with a modest £2000 grant. Today it supports children, teenagers and young adults who care for parents, siblings or both through six support groups in Norwich and Dereham.

There are currently 130 club members (and a waiting list of 40) from a diverse mix of backgrounds. Their lives are marked with growing confidence and purpose as difficulties are shared with fun, stressfree activities that include bowling, skating, crafts and residential adventure breaks. There are also workshops around bullying, self-esteem and sexual and mental health.

esus is the light of the world and the reason for the Christmas season. That life-changing message burns bright in the heart of Sallie Boyd – every day of the year. Her boundless Christian faith helps chart a course of light, hope and mercy through darkness and despair with a ground-breaking charity for young carers that she launched 16 years ago.

“Many are child carers who have been lonely and bullied but God has given us the ability to deal with these fragile, delicate lives which are so easily shattered. It is a privilege to build their trust and confidence as God uses us as a bridge of love,” says the Norwich street pastor and mum of six. The work, built on prayer and care, is not for the faint-hearted. “We are on call 24 hours, seven days a week and the lives of young carers are extremely challenging. These vulnerable young people often face a murky underworld of incredible darkness. Every way they turn it seems the pressures of this world try to suck them under but we have an opportunity to be real, open and honest so they know that they are cared for and accepted,” says Sallie. “It is not hard to love them and perhaps we love the most difficult kids the most.”

Sallie’s vision has won favour, recognition and financial backing for the non-statutory charity, and its monthly £6,500 running costs, as she has networked with outside agencies to help forge a ‘lifeline’ for youngsters and their families. “There is a unique plan and purpose for these youngsters’ lives; they have a story and voice to share that can make a difference. Now many have the wings to fly. Some have moved to Scotland, Bristol or Leeds. Others have gone to university or taken-up nursing or caring professions while another is a staff member at Connects,” says Sallie. Visit www.connectsandco.co.uk for more info.

As a child, Sallie cared for her seriously ill mother and a brother with a heart condition. Years later her own children supported her when she was diagnosed with ME, fibromyalgia and carpel tunnel syndrome.

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LOCAL HISTORIAN

Memories of Garboldisham & Kenninghall In this new series, local historian Dennis Cross from Diss shares with us his fascinating collection of old postcards, focusing on a different village in every issue. This issue, we take a walk down memory lane in Garboldisham and Kenninghall. Gardboldisham School 1908 Erected in 1872 for 120 children. The headmaster at the time was Mr Arthur Bolton-Knight.

Garboldisham Manor 1910 Built in 1873. George Gilbert Scott was architect of this magnificent building.

Garboldisham Fox Pub 1910 Morgans Brewery. Harry Womack was landlord at this time and was also a wheelwright. The public house has recently reopened.

Garboldisham Post Office 1912 Edwin Wilton is postmaster at this time. The post office is still open today.

The Norfolk Postcard Club meets regularly in Trowse in Norwich and new members are very welcome. To find out more please contact Ian Hurst on 01263 825053. The next meeting is on 14 December for a Christmas Social Evening

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Kenninghall Market Place 1928. The White Horse pub, shops and stores with a vintage vehicle in front. The road is being repaired.

Kenninghall Chapel Street 1910 The Chapel is now a private house still with original features

Kenninghall Windmill 1916 Situated along the Loddon-Kenninghall Road. Mr Herbert Bush was miller at this time and continued until the mill fell into disrepair.

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Kenninghall Workhouse 1906 At this time the building was home for boys with learning difficulties.

Dennis is also the author of several local history books and readers can still purchase Diss and District from the Tourist Information Centre in Diss. If readers have any local postcards of Diss or the surrounding villages, please get in touch with Dennis after 7pm on 01379 651897. Š


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Cooking Times At Christmas there is generally a larger than normal joint or unfamiliar foul to cook and getting it exactly right is of course very important. Below is a list of general roasting times and oven temperatures for a variety of meats, each assuming a pre-heated oven. Weights given are after trussing where appropriate, and should include any stuffing. BEEF: Fast roast at 425º F, 220ºC or gas mark 7 On the bone - 20 mins per lb + 20 Off the bone - 25 mins per lb + 25 VEAL: (Temperature, etc., as above) On the bone - 25 mins per lb + 25 Off the bone - 30 mins per lb + 30 LAMB: (Temperature, etc., as above) On the bone - 20 mins per lb + 20 Off the bone - 25 mins per lb + 25 PORK: (Temperature, etc., as above) On the bone - 25 mins per lb + 25 Off the bone - 30 mins per lb + 30 BACON AND GAMMON JOINTS: As pork CHICKEN: Up to 3.5 lbs: Roast at 375º F, 190ºC or gas mark 5 - 20 mins per lb + 20 From 4 to 6 lbs. Roast at 375ºF, 160/170ºC or gas mark 3 - 25 mins per lb. + 25

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have recovered from the chaos of Christmas and the spare time allows them to consider a new property. So in summary, any time is a good time to sell your property and due to the peak in online traffic post-Christmas, it is a great time to be sure your property reaches as many potential buyers as possible.

With thanks to Jonathan Wood, Manager and Valuer at Sowerbys

I must stress though, it is still so very important to register with agents, as often properties are sold prior to them ever coming to the open market. We get to know our applicants well and it is often the case that a property type, style or even location that an applicant has said they wouldn’t consider turns out to be their perfect home. The online property portals have now made searching for a property quicker and all at your fingertips. However, there are peaks and troughs. The summer months tend to see a drop in activity as a sector of the market goes on holiday. A peak that will surprise you is the increase in activity over the Christmas period. The leading property website reports that they see the highest level of annual traffic from Boxing Day onwards. Would be house hunters

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A day in the life of a registered veterinary nurse This issue, Emily Philpot from Uplands Way Vets Ltd walks us through a day in the life of a veterinary nurse. 8:30am Everyone arrives at the clinic to get started for the day. We start to get all the equipment ready for the operations that are booked in and then admit all the patients as they arrive for their appointments. As the patients come in we give them a check over and settle them into their kennel. 10:30am A dog with vomiting and diarrhoea has been admitted from the vet consultations so we put him onto intravenous fluid therapy and take some x-rays to try and shed light on what the problem might be. 11am A tiny kitten is brought in from a lady who found her alone on the pavement in the rain. She is quite cold and very hungry so we promptly warm her up and bottle feed her with some special powdered kitten milk. It doesn’t take long before she has a lot to say! 12:15pm All the operations are finished so theatre and the prep room are cleaned down and tidied. Keeping the clinic clean, tidy and ready is paramount as we never know when we may have emergencies that come in. Lunchtime Inpatients are walked outside,

fed and watered. The consultation rooms are cleaned down after morning consultations and everything is restocked. 2:30pm A ring tailed lemur is brought in for an emergency operation. It is anaesthetised so the vet can give it a proper examination and establish exactly what needs to be done. It is our job to monitor the anaesthetic, clip the hair and clean the area so it is prepared for surgery. 4:30pm We catch up on our administrative responsibilities and make an order to replenish all stock that has been used during the day. 6pm There’s a late admission of a dog with a possible pyometra – a very common and serious uterine infection. The nurse who is on call has to stay behind to take a blood sample and run it in our in-house laboratory so the vet can try and make a diagnosis. It may be a long evening… With thanks to Emily Philpot from Uplands Way Vets Ltd

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ashions come and fashions go. For most of the year any member of the conifer family is undeservedly out of vogue, but come December a select few of this diverse club become the most sought-after style statement. So much so, these generally overlooked plants are not even destined for a chilly garden but brought indoors to be the star attraction, bedecked with lights and dressed to delight. Yes, the humble Christmas tree is the ‘must have’ Christmas accessory! Choosing a real tree to share your home with over the festive season should be a fun experience, but with so many outlets offering all sorts of trees, here’s a few pointers to help you select your own special model U Know your limits… before setting off, measure the space you have available for your display, as tree sizes can be amazingly deceptive in different surroundings.

U Select your tree type… the traditional Christmas tree is the Norway Spruce which has a lovely pine fragrance, but as it suffers needle loss easily when warm it’s more suited to cooler rooms. These days an elegantly-tiered ‘non-drop’ tree such as Nordman Fir is ideal for family homes, its fragrance is fresh, and it really holds on to its soft glossy needles! U Fresh is best… once felled a tree starts to deteriorate, so buy a locally-grown one to ensure it was cut as late as possible. All of our cut Nordman Fir are Norfolk grown, whereas many large retailers

have trees transported in from overseas, cut many weeks before you see them. U Choose early… even if you’re not ready to take your tree indoors it’s a good idea to select the best shape and size for your home while there’s plenty of choice. Stand your tree temporarily in a bucket of water in a sheltered spot outside and remove its net stocking. U Take your time… bring the family and look through as many trees as you can in your chosen size range (every one if you wish!) Get someone to hold different trees out and give them give a spin to find their best side until you find the one for you. We’re happy to help if required. U Look before you buy… never buy a Christmas tree that you haven’t seen out of its netting and viewed from all sides, that way you’ll be sure you know what you’re getting. We’ll net your tree to protect it and to make transport home easy, or we can arrange delivery. U Keep it fresh… saw a thin slice off the bottom of the trunk (we can do this for you as well) and secure your tree in a stable water-retaining stand, position it away from radiators and open fires and check the water level regularly as real trees enjoy a good drink at Christmas! U Pay the right price… if you’re comparing prices, make sure you also compare quality (we’re excellent at both!) There’s nothing like having a real Christmas tree to enhance your home, but why not go the whole way and welcome your guests with a fresh fir wreath on the door, and some beautiful houseplants dotted about indoors. After all, there should be nothing artificial about Christmas, so make a real fashion statement, not a fashion flop! Merry Christmas!

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protect your plants with fleece or straw on colder nights; hardy salad crops like winter gem lettuce and any remaining leeks will benefit from some insulation. Prepare for next year by digging empty borders and piling on the manure – the worms will break up any clods of soil. You can also prepare the ground for growing beans next year. Dig a trench and fill it with compostable kitchen waste, which will rot down and create a perfect environment for your beans.

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The Stowaway cat In Part 4, Su had an embarrassing run in with her neighbour’s washing machine. This time, she’s getting ready to go on a date – as long as Milly the cat doesn’t get in the way…

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suppose it was because I didn’t think of Graham as a potential replacement for Roger that I did not give much thought to the proposed lunch date. There was none of the usual agonising over what to wear, or being ready way ahead of time. But on the morning of the date, I suddenly began to feel a bit nervous. It suddenly occurred to me that Graham might be hoping that this was the start of something big: I knew it never could be and was just running through a few stock excuses for not going, when Milly bounced in. I had just dialled Graham’s number and then chickened out and put the phone down before it had begun to ring. “Anybody important?” she asked. “Just Graham. We’re going out to lunch, remember?” “Well, don’t forget breakfast if you’re going out.” “I really don’t think I can face anything.” “Er ... my breakfast! Whatever is the matter with you?”

with water lilies and dragonflies. Now it was beginning to leak, but the remaining dampness round the edge still attracted small creepy-crawly things. I was watching her through the kitchen window and she seemed to be stretching forwards and backing away, at the same time. Her gaze was intense, and when I looked at what she was inspecting I sympathised entirely with the look of horror on her face. It was a snake. Long, thin and sinister, all 14 inches of it. The top part was standing upright and weaving from side to side – hissing probably. I ran outside to make sure no-one got hurt – the snake or Milly. She was just beginning to dismiss the idea of it forming part of her dinner, when it lunged slightly and gave one last spit at her. She ran across the lawn and up a tree. That would have been enough for any sensible cat, but just to be on the safe side she leapt from the tree to the bedroom windowsill. And that was when she got completely stuck… Part 6 continues in the next issue. Copyright Susan Lidster

“I’m not sure I really want to go now.” I said sombrely. She wasn’t really listening. “Well, make your mind up, I’ve got things to do outside.” And with that she bounced back out through the cat flap. Milly spent the rest of the morning quietly mooching about the garden, concentrating on the pond area. It used to be a large, healthy, productive pond

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When we wake up in the morning our muscles and brain need fuel to face the day ahead. I love eating bircher muesli with oats, nuts, apples and berries or a smoked salmon omelette packed with protein, vitamin D and omega 3 essential fatty acids.

Avoid the festive food coma

Gobbling down a large meal diverts blood from the rest of our body to our digestive system in order to break down food. Sensible snacking throughout the day can help you to avoid over-eating at dinner times.

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Did you know that staying warm is a surprising secret to feeling merry? Being cold can make us feel sluggish because our bodily functions slow down in attempt to retain heat. So bundle up to feel recharged!

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The Renault Mégane GT 205 is one of a kind when it comes to its interior touchscreen. It’s the only car in its segment to house a vast portrait oriented 8.7-inch screen. This is accompanied by other tech that raises the bar even higher. Kit includes traffic sign recognition, launch control and attractive LED headlights.

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Paving and Pathways Ponds and Water Features Lawn Laying Walls and Brickwork Timber and Decking Driveways, Fencing and Screening Garden Design by Georgina Read

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Babies at Peace

new community support group has launched in Diss for parents who have been bereaved through the loss of a baby. Whether it was through stillbirth, neonatal death or any other loss during pregnancy, Babies at Peace is designed to help.

The group holds monthly support meetings at different places throughout South Norfolk on the first Wednesday of each month. These meetings are held at different venues to reach as many people as possible, offering support at such a difficult and vulnerable time. During these meetings there is no obligation to speak about your loss if you don’t want to, but it’s a safe space where you’ll be with people who understand if you do want to talk. The group also provides a memory keepsake service for parents as well as very special cuddle cots for parents able to bring their babies home with them for some time before saying goodbye. There were two successful fundraisers in October and more are planned. The team would like to say a huge

From left to right Lisa Weller, Jacqueline Walker, Emma Shawcro ss and Lianne Hastings (plus baby Will, Emma’s baby) photo credit: Stuart Anderson.

thank you to everyone who supported these events, and to The East of England Co-Operative Funeral Services who has provided funding. For more information please get in touch on info@babiesatpeace.org.uk, visit www.babiesatpeace.org.uk or find the group on Facebook.

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Help us feed poor sick animals in care this Christmas!

Please give a donation to help sick animals get a decent meal this Christmas. Wetnose Animal Aid has been raising funds for 16 years to help animal rescue centres in the UK. With a 40% drop in donations and more than 117,000 strays in our kennels, we are now raising funds for centres like the 2 below and many more.

Why should we care? Without these rescue centres and

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My hair is thinning, dry, and dull and it won’t grow beyond a certain length – what can I do?

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Stress can also affect your hair. We are all stressed in one way or another. Stress quickly reduces vitamin B levels in the body which are important for hair health. If our body is using vitamins and minerals to keep us going and to keep our energy levels up, it’s not going to have enough for our hair as well. The body is very sensible because hair, fur and beautiful nails are all decoration or embellishments of the body. If our body is struggling nutritionally, hair and nails are

not that important. So problem hair is a good indication that something is going amiss and you’re a little bit nutritionally low in certain vitamins and minerals. That’s low iron, low thyroid and low vitamin B and D. Good liver function and avoiding dehydration are very important for proper hair growth. If you’re finding that your hair is getting dry and brittle, increase your water intake and consider taking Milk Thistle complex by Bioforce – a few drops into water will really improve and support liver function.

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Improving your hearing in time for Christmas By Karen Finch rhad fshaa frsa, Audiologist at The Hearing Care Centre

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here is nothing like the festive season with one social engagement after another. From the Christmas office party, drinks with friends and the buzz of the family gathering on the big day, December is a time for fun and social interaction.

If you or someone you know is struggling with hearing problems, don’t struggle through another festive season not being able to join in and have fun. I urge you to book a hearing test now and find out what could be done to help you in time for Christmas.

But is it? For those experiencing hearing loss, this can be something of an annual nightmare, causing a variety of communication issues!

Karen Finch is the Managing Director and lead audiologist at The Hearing Care Centre.

Imagine if you can, being unable to hear speech clearly because Christmas music is being played in the background or not being able to hear the excitement of children opening presents because they are all talking at once and you cannot separate the sounds clearly. Imagine dreading Christmas dinner on a large table with 15 other people because you won’t be able to hear what is being said around you.

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Over 119,000 people in Suffolk have a hearing loss but the number is far smaller for those who have sought professional help from their local audiologist. Hearing aids can make such a difference to someone’s quality of life at this time of year. Hearing aids are so much smaller and more discreet than they ever used to be and packed full of amazing features that will help during the festive period.

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St George’s Dementia Support Group

t George’s Dementia Support Group in Upper Stoke Holy Cross is an entirely voluntary organisation offering support, information and advice to people suffering from dementia – and their carers – in a friendly and supportive social venue. The group offers friendship, emotional support, refreshments and a variety of enjoyable activities to inform, stimulate and entertain, plus occasional subsidised group excursions.

The sessions are very positive and have a happy atmosphere. They are held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month from 10am to 12 noon at St George’s Hall, Long Lane, Upper Stoke Holy Cross, NR14 8ND. More volunteers are always needed, so get in touch if you can help – no experience needed. For further details about joining the group or becoming a volunteer, call 01508 493661 or simply drop in to one of the meetings.

They host musicians like Roger Eno to entertain members and the sing-a-longs are especially good for memory stimulation. Some members enjoy a range of craft activities like making Christmas cards and decorations, whilst others prefer jigsaws or a good chat over coffee and biscuits. The group also organises a carer’s meeting to provide invaluable sharing of ideas and practical support. Representatives from other organisations come along to give up-to-date information about the support available to dementia sufferers.

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hey’re quick to use and cheap to buy but the truth is that cleansing wipes don’t really clean the skin. Instead, they smear the dirt, bacteria, oil and make up from one place to another place. It’s like skipping the rinse cycle of your laundry. Cleansing agents are designed to break down debris within the pores, but it’s the rinsing action that actually removes it. Many make up wipes are packed with ingredients like denatured alcohol. These give products a quick-drying finish, immediately degrease skin, and feel weightless, so it’s easy to see their appeal, especially for those with oily skin. But those short term benefits have negative long term consequences.

When you see these alcohols among the first ingredients on a label, without doubt they’ll aggravate and be cruel to skin – for all skin types. Consequences include dryness, erosion of the surface of skin (which allows bacteria to thrive and that’s how dry skin can still be spotty), and a strain on how skin renews and rejuvenates itself. Alcohol just weakens everything about skin.

Not cleansing skin thoroughly means you leave a barrier formed of dead skin and dirt. Up to 30 per cent more active ingredients make it into the skin when it’s properly cleansed, meaning that even if wipes aren’t giving you more wrinkles, they’re preventing you from treating existing ones. Keep your wipes for things like plane rides or emergencies. Or babies’ bottoms. They should be tools of convenience, not necessity. With thanks to Geraldine Walters from Advanced Skincare in Diss

The fluid that wipes are soaked in contains chemicals that dissolve make-up and grime. If these are too harsh, they will irritate skin especially as, without rinsing, some of those surfactants will be left on skin. That results in soreness and flaking. Imagine lathering your face with soap and then not washing it off.

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Regional Reads

THIS ISSUE WE LOVE The A-Z of Curious Suffolk Sarah Doig

The History Press £12.99

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Edited by Mick Dennis £10

Eagerly awaited by supporters, this second volume of stories about Norwich City Football Club is now available. The stories are written by Ed Balls, Kevin Bond, Karen Buchanan, Adam Drury, Darren Eadie, Robert Fleck, Craig Fleming, Ruel Fox, Malcolm Robertson, Keith Skipper and Dave Stringer. All contributors have an affinity with the club, as does Mick Dennis, reporter and season ticket holder who has edited both volumes. Buy the second volume online at www.talesfrom.com/norwich

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his book romps through the rolling countryside and along the shingled coastline of Suffolk, unearthing the curious along the way. Sandwiched between ecclesiastical penances handed down to adulterers and fornicators, and the odd porcelain incendiary bombs commemorating the Zeppelin raids, is an alphabetical cornucopia of strange, spooky and mysterious facts about the county. Is the supposedly ancient game of dwile flonking quite so old? What did writers like Pepys and Defoe say about Suffolk cheese? Which tower was probably just built to curry favour with the monarch? And who was the unknown, self-taught archaeologist who made one of the most significant finds of all time? The A-Z of Curious Suffolk is a book to dip into, unless of course you can’t wait to turn the page and read more!

Norfolk’s War Frank Meeres

Amberley £14.99

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ar sent Norfolk men all over the globe. Women went into the factories, children went enemy plane and ship spotting on the coast, houses were requisitioned as hospitals and Zeppelins dropped bombs from the sky; life in Edwardian Norfolk changed forever. Archivist historian Frank Meeres shows how everyone did their bit by gathering together a collection of personal letters, diaries and images written by and relating to Norfolk people who rose to the challenge to defend their county, city and country. Jack Kier of Sheringham Hall wrote to his mother-in-law, “In a captured German dugout the luxury is compared to Heydon Hall, the size of the bunker to Dereham Corn Hall and food and cigars are plentiful.” A fascinating collection of private and personal accounts from Norfolk, this book really lets the voices of the First World War speak again.


View our region from a different perspective with this fascinating selection of local titles from Chris Rushby of Jarrolds’ Book Department

Norfolk Table: One County, Twenty Chefs A Cookbook and Food Lover’s Guide

Tessa Allingham and Glyn Williams

Feast Publishing £19.95

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cookbook celebrating the deliciousness of Norfolk food. Twenty of the county’s top chefs ‘champion’ a local ingredient, exploring what it brings to his or her menu. This book celebrates them, the local suppliers they love to work with and the ingredients they love to use. Through their own stories, recipes and anecdotes, it is bound to make you feel right at home. Featured chefs include Eric Snaith of Titchwell Manor; Vanessa Scott of Strattons, Swaffham; Ben Handley of The Duck Inn, Stanhoe; Stuart Tattersall of The Gunton Arms; Phil Milner of Shuck’s At The Yurt, Drove Orchard; Stephen David of The Fritton Arms; Fran Hartshorne of The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe; Matthew OwsleyBrown of Tipi In The Paddock, West Bilney and Gareth Crimmins of Roots, Norwich.

Capability Brown in Norfolk Edited by Sally Bate

The Norfolk Gardens Trust

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dited by Sally Bate and written by members of the Norfolk Gardens Trust Research Group, this is the first book to look at Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s work in the county. His three major Norfolk commissions – Kimberley, Langley and Melton Constable – each have their own chapter, describing the landscape history before Brown’s arrival in the 1760s before going on to look at his plans and documents which have survived. The book examines which of his proposals were carried out and the features still in existence today. Tom Williamson (School of Landscape History, UEA) has written an introductory chapter on Lancelot Brown, and ends the book by looking at other Norfolk sites with links to him and the fashion for park building in the eighteenth century. The text contains wonderful aerial photographs by Mike Page and photographs of paintings, plans and documents never seen in print before. This is an important record of Brown’s plans and achievements in Norfolk and has been written to coincide with the 300th anniversary of his birth in 1716.

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Black audio earmuffs House of Fraser £24 Tasselled wrap Wallis £30

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Smart Money Secrets Keeping the cost of Christmas under control By Andrew Hagger independent personal finance analyst from www.moneycomms.co.uk

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t’s so easy and convenient to put your shopping on your plastic in the run up to Christmas but it may be something you regret when the credit card statement thuds on the doormat in early January.

So this year, why not plan ahead to prevent the huge credit card bills and associated stress that can take the shine off your start to the New Year? The first task is to draw up a budget of how much you can realistically afford to spend on presents, Christmas food and going out. If needs be you can spread the financial burden by using a credit card offering 0% interest on purchases such as the Sainsbury’s Bank credit card which is interest free for 27 months. However, it’s best to not get too carried away, as you don’t want to still be paying for the Christmas tree, booze and presents come next July. One tried and tested money saving tip is to try and cut back on your food shopping during the first couple of weeks in December – by buying just the absolute essentials, not only will it save you some cash, but it’ll help you make space for your Xmas turkey and all those extra seasonal goodies.

you’re going to cut down on the cost of Christmas this year – either by imposing a limit on the amount you’ll spend or perhaps agreeing to only buy for the children. Alternatively rather than spending money on presents, you could design and send your own practical vouchers where you offer to give up your time to baby sit, provide a taxi service, clean the car or even walk the dog. It will cost you nothing but your time and a little creativeness. Be realistic and if you can’t afford it, don’t buy on the basis that you don’t want to lose face or are trying to keep up with the Jones’s – you won’t thank yourself for it when your January and February salary is all but wiped out paying back those Christmas excesses. Christmas is not about expensive presents, it’s a rare opportunity to relax and spend some quality time with your friends and family, so have a good time but don’t get into debt over it – it’s only one day and really not worth the stress.

Have a good rummage through your kitchen cupboards and your freezer and make use of some of what you already have; I’m sure you’ll find more than a couple of meals already there. Many of us have food buried at the bottom of the freezer that we’ve long since forgotten about so now’s an ideal time to use it up. Another way to keep the cost down is to agree with friends and relatives that

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Read All About It:

Hatches, Matches & Despatches

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Sarah Doig continues her exploration of old, local newspapers, this time looking at how our ancestors reported on births, deaths and marriages.

rom the very first local newspapers in the early 1700s through to the present day, one of the constant features has been a column reporting on recent births, marriages and deaths. And other news items in older papers show how people in this region reported the unusual occurrences of “hatches, matches and despatches”. In the late eighteenth century, there was a high infant mortality rate. Parents viewed the survival of their new-born baby as a real blessing and so the arrival of healthy twins was in itself a newsworthy event. The following account in the Bury and Norwich Post of 27 July 1791 celebrates a series of births and also allows some humour to creep in: The following rather extraordinary births have lately taken place in one parish. On the 4th ins. Mrs Felgate of Bildeston was delivered on twins, a boy and girl; on Monday the 11th, the wife of Mr John Hobart, schoolmaster, of the same place, presented him with a boy and girl; and on Monday the 18th, Mrs Ward had also twins, a boy and girl. Several ladies in the above town being in a pregnant state, their husbands are said to look very grave on the occasion. On the subject of marriage, an article in the Diss Express of 30 November 1928 reminds us of a time before easy communication by telephone, text and messaging. It tells of an unhappy couple – Miss Bendall of Walcot Green, Diss and Mr William Potter of Wortham - who, with their best man, bridesmaids, friends and family, waited in Diss parish church for a wedding ceremony which was

set to take place at 2.30pm on Saturday. But, to the dismay of all, no clergyman put in an appearance. Despite “feverish efforts” to find the priest who was supposed to officiate (or indeed any clergyman In 1928 a couple were left standing who might be able at the altar in Diss parish church to stand in for him), the ceremony had to be postponed until the following day, after the wedding reception had already taken place. And this rather disturbing report in the Bury Post in 1839 tells a gruesome tale of body-snatching, where graves were robbed and the corpses sold for medical dissection: On Saturday the body of a child aged seven years, the daughter of Robert Whitehead, was interred in the churchyard at Ixworth. On the Thursday following, in consequence of the sinking of the earth after the rain the grave was examined, when the coffin was found securely screwed down, but on opening it, the shroud alone remained, the body having been carried off. What renders this act more audacious and more revolting is that poor Whitehead’s cottage adjoins the churchyard. Such occurrences of this lucrative occupation of body-snatching were thankfully very rare.

Body snatchers in the act

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Walking Norfolk This issue, David Atthowe of Nomadic Lion tells the story of walking 200 miles around Norfolk for charity.

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e have just finished walking 200 miles in 19 days right around Norfolk in aid of local charity Musical Keys. Musical Keys offer music and arts activities to disabled people across Norfolk. Our organisation is called Nomadic Lion and we are “walking across countries to share happiness and joy of arts with all.” We have completed two previous projects; Walking Malaysia, 700 miles in 48 days and Walking Borneo, 1400 miles in 5 months.

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via Salhouse, Ranworth and Upton broads. We followed the Norfolk Coastal Path all the way from Happisburgh round to Hunstanton. From Hunstanton we made our way to Kings Lynn before coming down south to Thetford. From Thetford we finished off our journey in a big loop back at Norwich.

I was born and bred in Norfolk and decided to bring the walking back home to good ol’ Norfolk. We partnered with Musical Keys on the project as they are a very small charity that have a very direct and tangible effect on the lives of families with disabled members.

Throughout the journey we were blown away by the generosity of the people of Norfolk. Everywhere we went people gave us a pound or two as they walked past without us ever having to ask for money. People would walk pass us and seeing our bizarre trolley, red, gold and green flag ask what we were doing? Within a couple of minutes of explaining people were reaching for their pockets to make a donation.

Disabled people using Musical Keys’ services improve their social skills, motor skills, speech, and gain so much from each and every session. They offer a fantastic support network for families effected by disabilities and have become a community of friendly and supportive people that are always happy to welcome new members.

We were also warmly received by pubs, restaurants and cafes across the county. We would explain what we were doing and 9 times out of 10 the owner would give us a meal or a cup of tea to help us on our way. We managed to save over £100 extra through this generosity which we were able to add to the donation total.

Our journey began at home in Thorpe St. Andrew from where we made our way out to the coast

I am a keen photographer and try to get out and about around Norfolk as much as possible for


photography. Yet despite this we found countless new locations, landscapes and sights that we never knew were there. By walking on foot we took the time to slowly explore each and every area, and noticed lots of small and quirky things that just wouldn’t have been noticed if passing in a car. We were shown incredible hospitality throughout the walk but the community which came out and showed us the most support was the seaside town of Sheringham. We spent a night at the Lighthouse church who kindly allowed us to stay and brought us some delicious fish and chips. The next morning as we walked through the town we noticed how everyone was saying good morning to each other but they all seemed to know each other on a name-by-name basis. It felt like a truly connected community where people still looked out for one and another. We stopped off at Roy Boy’s cafe to ask if he might consider sponsoring our breakfast, we had barely finished explaining what we were doing when Roy smiled and said “Sure, please take a seat”. As we left the cafe we met Colin Seal, a key figure in the community and one of the key members of Sheringham’s community art projects. He spent 20 minutes giving us a guided tour of the town and explaining all the incredible projects they have going on. Colin and other local people have been doing an amazing job of revitalising the town and adding new colour and art everywhere, from the massive mural down on the seawall, to projects in local schools and street art around the town. We set out with a fundraising target of £1000 which we managed to reach in just the first first week! We ended up raising £2070 for Musical Keys, all thanks to the generosity of the people of Norfolk. A big thank you to each and everybody who was a part of the journey.

To follow the journey or to see what we got up to here in Norfolk please follow us on social media: Facebook: www.facebook.com/nomadiclion Twitter: @nomadic_lion Instagram: Nomadic Lion www.nomadiclion.com

We received a lot of donations online and will be keeping our Total Giving page up. If anybody would like to make a donation please visit: www. totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/nomadiclion What’s next for us? Walking India, starting March 2017, we are planning to walk over 3,000 miles right around the country in aid of CRY India, an NGO working to improve education in the country.

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Village wanderings Reepham & The Marriott’s Way

Starting near the small attractive market town of Reepham, the walk follows a section of the long distance ‘Marriott’s Way’, with its metal mile markers and still pristine-bricked Victorian bridges. Returning along high-hedged Green Lanes, the final part follows a footpath through ‘watery’ meadows. Distance: approximately 7 miles. Using OS Explorer Map 238. Start grid ref: TG 097234. Nearest postcode NR10 4LH.

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2 Green lanes or tracks (marked on the OS map as ‘Other routes with public access’) form part of this walk. In one section ( ),‘Off Road Vehicles’ appear to have been used, and have churned up the Right of Way. Suitable footwear may be required.

After a dry summer, recent rain had helped to produce a wonderful display of the ‘fruiting bodies’ of various fungi species. Fungi are neither plants nor animals, and in fact, have much more in common with the latter.

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Evidence of badgers, such as this footprint may be seen. Please respect the presence of our largest carnivore, whose favourite ‘meaty’ food, is in fact earthworms. 1 The Marriott’s Way is a 26-mile long footpath, bridleway and cycle route. Following the route of two disused railway lines from Norwich to Aylsham, it is named after William Marriott who, for 41 years, was Chief Engineer and Manager of the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway (M&GNJR). The rural network of the M&GN was affectionately referred to as the ‘Muddle & Go Nowhere’ line!

We walked in mid-October with the first hints of Autumn: a few trees were turning and shedding leaves; those ‘winter thrushes’ – Fieldfares and Redwings were feasting on Hawthorn berries. Yet still, the last Africa-bound Swallows were seen ‘hawking’ insects along blackberry decorated hedgerows.

Walked, written and designed by Kevin Parker (keeper.kev@btinternet.com) and Kaarin Wall (kaarin@wizgraphics.co.uk) © 2016.

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