Early Spring 2014
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CONTENTS EARLY SPRING 2014
Out and About out
8 Good News from our region 13 Ladies who Lunch visit Thetford Garden Centre 15 Amazing diet success 17 Robin Cousins on Ice 19 Latest film reviews 22 Village Notice Board d
Home and Garden
25 Garden Jottings from Ken 29 On your plot – now is the time to go undercover 33 Local walk around Geldeston & Beccles 36 Top tips for exploring your family history 39 Seeking out the signs of spring 41 Diss: no longer filthy, disgusting or oﬀensive! 43 NEW Crossword
57 Martin Lewis talks top eBay buyer’s tricks 45 WIN luxury wellies and umbrellas for the whole family 47 Great recommendations for local businesses 49 Oral hygiene for your pet
53 Book reviews, local titles 55 Great money saving tips
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Heath and Beauty
61 In good health 63 Ancient oriental astrology 65 Suﬀering prompts inspiring global mission
Jobs, Money and Business
69 Don’t let your ISA allowance go to waste 71 Everything you need to know about Equity Release
Services 75 76 77 78
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Sitting in our amazingly sunny office on this very bright mid January day, it’s hard to believe that the weathermen are predicting a hard winter. I just don’t like to hear the phrase ‘wintery showers’ and even worse ‘progressively cooler’! Roll on spring when we can finally get outdoors and into the garden. This issue is all about spring and enjoying the wonderful local countryside that we live in. Feeling lucky? Make sure you enter our fantastic family giveaway and win two pairs of luxury wellies and umbrellas for the whole family. Whether you’re interested in saving money, spending money or releasing money, make sure you read our tips and secrets including everything you need to know about eBay from the award-winning TV and radio presenter Martin Lewis. And for any readers considering making the most of your retirement by releasing funds from your property, our full page guide is a must read.
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We’ve been chasing round the county this month with our Ladies who Lunch popping over to Thetford and we discover that Diss hasn’t always been the lovely market town it is today! How about this for a good idea on a chilly evening, grab a cup of tea or a glass of wine and settle down in front of the fire with your new magazine and if there’s a pen handy try your hand at our new crossword feature. Your feedback is always welcome so if there’s anything you’d like to see in your magazine, do please get in touch and let me know. Read, enjoy & keep your copy handy over the next two months until we are back in early April.
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Good News FROM OUR REGION ALADDIN’S CAVE FOR ANIMAL LOVERS
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Local family business, Smylee Pets, has expanded to provide animal lovers of South Norfolk with all they need for their pets. Owner Jayne Benson said: “So many of our customers were asking for horse products that we decided to start stocking horse feed and accessories including clothing. This has been well received by customers who welcome the competitive prices, easy parking and vast range of products. With ever changing trends for pets and their lifestyle, new lines are arriving all the time including Nature’s Menu frozen food and Komodo reptile accessories.” You can visit Smylee Pets on Heath Road in Banham to explore the amazing selection of pet and equestrian food and accessories. www.smyleepets.co.uk
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SWAINSTHORPE COMES ALIVE THANKS TO THE PIGS Swainsthorpe, a small village 4 miles south of Norwich, has come alive since the Project Ideas Group (PIG) was formed following a major refurbishment of St. Peter’s Church to provide a community centre for the local residents. Formed as a sub group of the Swainsthorpe Community Charity Trust the PIGs consist of 18 members (mainly ladies) of the local community who meet regularly to plan and organise village events and activities. It is not unknown for the odd glass of wine to be consumed at their lively meetings! The most recent event organised was a 60’s night of music, dancing and cabaret at which the PIGs entertained an enthusiastic gathering of local residents who all had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Staﬀ from an opticians in Thetford have leant their vocals to a charity single in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). The single, entitled ‘I can count on you’ by indie band DryStoneWalls, features backing vocals by the team at Specsavers Thetford. The track will be officially released via iTunes on 1st February, with all proceeds going to the charity which supports families and provides care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Norfolk, Suﬀolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex. For more information about the charity single, visit the Facebook page for DryStoneWalls or download ‘I can count on you’ by DryStoneWalls at iTunes.
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MASTERPIECES: ART AND EAST ANGLIA PUBLICATION WINS PRESTIGIOUS EAST ANGLIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich is delighted that Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia has received the prestigious East Anglian Book of the Year Award. The publication accompanies the exhibition currently on view at the Sainsbury Centre until 24 February 2014. Edited by the curator of the exhibition, Ian Collins, Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia reveals the rich heritage of art and architecture in the region gi as well as the East Anglian tradition of producing, nurturing and inspiring artists. Thee book, which is more than a catalogue, showcases each masterpiece in the exhibition and includes over 250 colour illustrations and 125 scholarly essays by 84 distinguished authors. The exhibition, which opened in September 2013, has already attracted over 12,000 visitors. If you missed it, or really enjoyed it, then this wonderful book is a must! Ian Collins, curator and editor
GREAT ELLINGHAM CHIT CHAT CENTRE
A couple of years ago Ann Milner was convinced that Great Ellingham needed a ‘get-together’ centre for lonely folk and anyone who felt as if they were fo cut cut-oﬀ from the local community. “I decided to star start a Chit Chat Centre in our Village Hall 2 years ago and it is a huge success,” she says. “We have at least 60 people who pop in from time to time and every week expect 35-40 attending at any one time. It is a drop-in centre – I stress not just fo for the elderly but for anyone – who fancies a chat with local people. People do knitting and crochet, read the newspapers, have debates and play board games games. There are also some toys for children. Many ne new friendships have been formed and the group suppor support each other. I think every village should ha have a Chit Chat Centre.” Th The Chit Chat Centre is open at Great Ellingham Village Hall EVERY Wednesday morning from 10am to 12 noon. Contact An Ann Milner on 01953 882065 or annmilner@btin firstname.lastname@example.org if you’ve got an any questions.
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Good News FROM OUR REGION 71-YEAR-OLD YOGA TEACHER LAUNCHES NEW BOOK
Year’s If you’re struggling to keep your New should resolutions about getting fit, then this and nurse d retire a is r Olive n Eilee you! re inspi still is who m enha Buck Old chiropodist from teaching yoga aged 71. called ‘Yoga: She has just brought out a new book Simple stretches and postures for the less YOGA able’, which contains Simple Stretches and Postures for the Less Able stretches and yoga postures suitable for people who are not as fit and able as they could be or disabled. The book has been published by The Erskine Press in Eccles. Eileen Oliver If you would like to order a copy, call Crispin de Boos on 01953 887277 or visit www.erskine-press.com The book costs £9.95.
MOBILE GYM VISITS HETHERSETT North Norfolk District Council’s mobile gym service will be at Jubilee Youth Club on Backs Lane in Hethersett every Wednesday from 10am until 2pm. There is something to suit everyone from age 16 up and there will be two fully qualified instructors, Wyn and Karle, who will ensure that you have an eﬀective exercise session. They can provide you with a personal programme to suit your needs so if you have never used a gym before there is no need to worry. The sessions are meant to be fun and social and are only £3 per session. If you would like any more information please contact Wyn on 01263 516305 or 07795265671 or e-mail email@example.com
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THETFORD GARDEN CENTRE Kilverston Road, Kilverstone, near Thetford, IP24 2RL
hetford Garden Centre is not in Thetford itself, but if you can find the A11 (north), you’re almost there. It being almost Christmas, I was urged to go because of the fantastic range of Christmassy stuﬀ on sale there. Only later did I remember that I don’t do Christmas! But I did manage to buy enough strange things to have my credit card cowering in the back of my purse begging for mercy. We hastened to check out the café / restaurant and have coﬀee. The coﬀee was large, strong, hot and fresh. Thus revived we went in search of things to buy and there was a huge range on oﬀer! An hour later we met up again for lunch. In addition to the indoor tables, there is a large warm sun room which overlooks the late lamented wildlife park (now extinct) and we sat overlooking it. There is an extensive menu which includes brunches, lunches, salads, soups and baked potatoes plus a specials board. The menu makes much of local farms, homemade cakes and biscuits.
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Milkshake St. Clements Jacket Spud Panini Sponge pudding Strawberry tart 2 coﬀees
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There is a children’s section oﬀering favourites such as sausage rolls, baked beans and spaghetti, all for about £3, or an Activity Bag lunch with sandwich, fruit, biscuit and crayons (to play with, not eat… although who knows?) for £4. The three of us chose diﬀerent dishes. I was really hungry and went for a jacket potato with chicken tikka which was very tasty indeed and the accompanying salad was plentiful. ‘Old Friend’ chose vegetable soup which was almost a mini veg casserole, and came with 2 small rolls. ‘New Friend’ chose a panini with brie and red onion relish which was comfortingly large and came with salad garnish. We were all delighted with the cheery quick service and quite soon were best friends with the waitress! The restaurant is not licensed so I had a bottle of St Clements which was very citrusy with a gentle tingle on the tongue. My friends had an
ice cream milkshake each which they said were the best they’d ever had. Puds came next and I had seen some of those lovely big open fruit tarts with cream and jelly holding the strawberries in place. I do like a chance to see my pudding before I order, and had no hesitation in choosing this one. Both friends (who are noticeably thinner than I am) ordered blackcurrant and elderﬂower sponge pudding with custard which, although a little small, was delicious. I almost oﬀered to help clear them up, but was rapidly silenced by two hard stares. I really enjoyed this place, it was happy and a bit noisy, but that was hardly surprising considering it was Christmas (well, the end of November which amounts to the same thing nowadays!) There’s good parking, access all round is good and the loos are clean and fresh. It is incidentally a garden centre and I am sure there must have been plants outside. I’ll check - in the summer.
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Laura No Longer Unhappy Wit h Her Weight
AFTER LOSING FIVE AND A HALF STONE WITH ONE TO ONE SUPPORT
woman who lost 5 and a half stone now has the energy to enjoy go-karting and swimming with her young son. When hairdresser Laura Green, 31, weighed 18 stone 1 lb her feet would ache and her body hurt at the end of a day’s work. She would feel sluggish, unhappy with her weight, tired and so frustrated that she could not wear the clothes she wanted to. Most of all she was tired of not having the energy to play with her young son Brandon, 10, as much as she wanted to on holidays. Now, after losing 5 stone 7 lbs with diet coach John Howard using the Cambridge Weight Plan, Laura enjoys holidays, go-karting and swimming with Brandon.
Laura, from Stowmarket, who now weighs 12 stone 11 lb and who went from a dress size 24 to a 14 in 32 weeks by following a healthy eating plan with Cambridge, said: “I feel amazing and have lots more energy. It is a very big achievement for me as I have never lost this amount of weight before. When someone tells you that you look good it makes you feel amazing.” Award winning diet coach John Howard, 43, lost 7 stone in five months, has kept his own weight oﬀ for 7 years. He said: “You are not lost in a class and receive one to one support. This weight loss programme has been developed by health professionals at the University of Cambridge and has a track record spanning almost 30 years.
Before: Laura before losing 5.5 stone
“There are six diﬀerent calorie programmes with this plan. If you are unhappy with your own weight please contact me and I will support you one to one to be the size you want to be.” Dr Simon Rudland, a Stowmarket GP, said: “You and your consultant work one to one, which is a very important aspect of this diet’s success.” After: Laura celebrating her new look
Please contact diet coach John Howard today on 01379 678416, 0787 231 4653, or by email: email@example.com For further details: www.cambridge-diet.co.uk/johnh
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Mon 27 Jan – Sat 1 Feb ANYTHING GOES Amateur production of Cole Porter’s sparkling musical £5.50 - £21.50 Sun 2 Feb RAT PACK LIVE Swingsational tribute £5.50 - £23.50
Mon 24 Feb RUMOURS OF FLEETWOOD MAC All the brilliant hits £5.50 - £22.50
Tues 4 – Sat 8 Feb BARRY HUMPHRIES’ FAREWELL TOUR Dame Edna’s final curtain £6.50 - £47.50
Wed 26 Feb – Sat 1 March BARMY BRITAIN Horrible Histories come to life £5.50 - £16
Sun 9 Feb PUNT & DENNIS Satirical stand-up £5.50 - £22.50
Mon 3 March ESSENCE OF IRELAND Celebration of Irish music, song and dance £5.50 – £22.50
Mon 10 Feb CLASSIC ROCK SHOW Top 10 classic rock albums £5.50 - £22 Thur 13 – Sat 15 Feb CIRQUE BERSERK Daredevil circus spectacular £6.50 - £28
Tues 4 March BRITTEN SINFONIA Bartok, Brahms, Janacek £6.50 - £26
Wed 5 March JAMIE ALLAN iMagician – innovative modern magic £5.50 - £20 Fri 7 – Sat 8 March ENGLISH YOUTH BALLET Magical new production of Swan Lake £5.50 - £21 Mon 10 – Sat 15 March HAPPY DAYS Heidi Range, Ben Freeman, Cheryl Baker star in family rock ‘n’ roll musical £6.50 - £35 Wed 19 – Sun 23 March Robin Cousins’ ICE Dazzling ice show £6.50 - £31.50 Tues 25 – Sat 29 March PROPELLER Award-winning, all male Shakespeare £5.50 - £24 Sun 30 March NORFOLK SCHOOLS PROJECT Local schoolchildren perform opera Free
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Mon 17 – Wed 19 Feb SIBERIAN STATE BALLET Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake £6.50 - £32.50
Fri 21 – Sat 22 Feb RICHARD ALSTON DANCE COMPANY World class contemporary dance £5.50 - £19.50
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Robin C ousins on Ice
It could be said that Robin Cousins has done more to promote the sport of figure skating than anyone else in the UK – from Olympic arenas, to stage sell-outs to big screen successes; Cousins is synonymous with the word ice. his s pring, he brings his latest on-stage extravaganza, Ice, to Norwich Theatre Royal. We caught up with him for a chat.
As you might expect, winter is far from a season of hibernation for someone who has built their career around the frozen stuﬀ, but even by Robin’s standards this is set to be a busy one. He will once again be taking up the role of judge on ITV talent show Dancing On Ice, as well as heading over to Sochi to commentate on the Winter Olympics during February. Beginning in January and running all the way through to May will be his new ice stage show, Ice. With 33 years since his last ice stage spectacle, Electric Ice, this is a show that’s been a long time in the making. “I’ve probably had most of the show in the back of my head for those 33 years” he says. “Electric Ice was the first big theatrical presentation that I was able to create and since then I’ve done one or two other bits for other people. I’m now going to be able to bring everything together that I’ve learned in those thirty or so years. “The idea is that I can take everything I’ve learned from this sport that I’m so passionate about, bring it onto a theatrical stage and allow the skating to speak for itself.”
but at the same time, I’ve been very fortunate with my career. “I’ve been able to skate all over the world and now it’s my time to choreograph other people in a way that I would never have done myself. “I want to take the audience on a journey that has no purpose other than to give them pleasure and enjoyment and send them out of the theatre tapping their toes and thinking ‘that was money well spent’.” And with the relentless creativity and meticulous nature of the show’s creator-in-chief, that audience satisfaction should be a certainty for Ice.
Ice runs from Wednesday 19th March to Sunday 23rd March Tickets are available from the Box Office on 01603 630 000 or Book Online
Ice arrives at Norwich Theatre Royal on March 19-23 and features a cast of 14 international standard skaters handpicked by Robin. These skaters are then arranged and choreographed by Robin to create a stunning visual display of gliding, ﬂipping and ﬂying, all to a stellar soundtrack. “We have a mix of music. Some of it is well-known like Elton John and Lady Gaga, but maybe not played the way you would expect to hear them and might leave you thinking ‘who wrote that?’” Despite all the grandiose stage projects and Dancing on Ice some people will always associate Robin Cousins with his 1980 Winter Olympic Figure Skating gold medal in Lake Placid. But while Robin admits that a part of him longs to get his skates back on, he’s happy to be helping younger performers looking to emulate his success. “I’d be lying if I said that it wouldn’t be lovely if I could still do what I’m going to be asking my skaters to do
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2014 WEST END SHOWS 02 March Jersey Boys £65 12 March Wicked £65 12 March Charlie & the Chocolate Factory £70 12 March Lion King £75 20 March War Horse £70 GARDENS & GARDEN SHOWS 25 February Anglesey Garden & Cambridge £26 05 April Thriplow Daffodils £25 11 April Kew Gardens & Palace £46 24 April Hampton Court Palace & Gardens £45 22/23/24 May Chelsea Flower Show £75 14 June Gardeners World at NEC £46 11/12/13 July Hampton Court Flower Show £55 30 July Sandringham Flower Show (travel only)£15
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SHOPPING 16 February Westfield – Stratford 21 February London Shopper (or Museums) 22 February Bury St Edmunds 14 March France/Belgium via Eurotunnel 15 March Lakeside or Bluewater SHOWS & EXHIBITIONS 12 February The Cheapside Hoard Exhibition 15 February Motorcycle Show 19 February Harry Potter Studio Tour 22/23 February Camping & Caravan Show 6/7/8/9 March Crufts 20/21/22/23 Mar Ideal Home Show 12 April Cake International
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As an antidote to the awards season our resident film buff, Ian Kemsley from Suffolk, has previewed three of spring’s biggest blockbusters.
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One of those films which at first glance looks as though it is going to be a resounding failure - you know, like Titanic and Avatar. And then you see that the director is Darren Aronofsky, of Black Swan and The Fountain; and that the lead is Russell Crowe, in Gladiator mode and fresh from playing Superman’s dad in Man of Steel; and the cast includes Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Winstone and Emma Watson. It is a re-telling of the Noah’s Ark – when Noah (Crowe) experiences visions of a catastrophic deluge, he takes measures to save his family. Expect a great deal of CGI spectacle, but also poetry, spirituality and cinematic creativity.
Following the success of Thor - The Dark World we have a further Marvel sequel to enjoy, whilst we wait for The Av Avengers to reassemble in 2015. This time Captain Amer is joined by fellow Avenger Black Widow America (S (Scarlett Johansson), which can only add to the fun. Th first film was if anything slightly serious in tone, with The its Second World War setting, and this may well echo that in mood and style, though brought up-to-date into a post-Avengers world. It seems that the purpose of SHIELD itself is in doubt, and thrilling shenanigans ensue. Robert Redford costars, adding gravitas, and Samuel L. Jackson returns as Nick Fury. The Marvel universe gains from the diﬀerent styles of its component parts, and this one looks edgy, thrilling and just that little bit real.
Release: 30th March See it if you liked: Life of Pi (2012)
Release: 26th March See it if you liked: Marvel Avengers Assemble (2012)
Non-Stop The rebirth of Liam Neeson as an action hero in films such as Taken and Unknown has been one of the great joys of recent years. Here he is a sky marshal on a threatened airliner, so lots of predictable smack-down action should result, with no doubt one or two equally predictable twists and turns. And that is not a criticism you watch a film like this because you want it to do exactly what it says on the tin. On a ﬂight between New York and London, Neeson’s character starts to receive threatening text messages – one passenger will be killed every 20 minutes until $150million is transferred into a secret bank account. Julianne Moore adds class and Michelle Dockery from Downton Abbey joins in, showing that you can maintain your place in the cast of a successful TV series and forge a film career. Release: 28th February See it if you liked: Unknown (2011)
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pring is in the air and a gardener’s thoughts turn to…? Well, obviously I don’t know about you, but nervous anticipation may possibly sum it up for me! Will it be a good gardening year? Will the weather be warm and sunny (but not too hot)? Will there be just the right amount of rain so everything stays fresh, a gentle breeze to help keep mildew at bay, and will those hungry caterpillars, slugs and aphids keep their distance? I should be so lucky… but we can always hope!
slumbers to herald the new season. Don’t worry if you missed planting time, they’re available now in small ready-to-go pots. Snowdrops, crocus, narcissi and others interspersed amongst colourful primroses will soon lift our winter blues whilst providing early nectar for foraging bees and who can resist the charm of magnificent hellebores? Recent breeding has resulted in some stunning varieties of these easy-to-keep beauties.
Gardeners are generally optimistic about the coming season, looking forward to getting outside and tending their plots, lifting their first new potatoes, picking succulent and tasty fruit, or cutting ﬂowers for indoor vases. Many early flowering plants are fragrant to help insects locate them. Easy to grow choices include Christmas box, Witch hazel, shrubby honeysuckle, Wintersweet and beautiful viburnums such as V. bodnantense and V. burkwoodii. Try to plant them near to pathways so you get to enjoy their perfume as well! The natural world gains its own sense of urgency – your garden birds are beginning to pair up and look around for suitable nesting sites. Although breeding may not take place for a couple of months, this is a good time to put up a nest box – or several – since diﬀerent birds have diﬀerent housing desires. We have fabulous deals throughout February on all nest boxes (including camera and specialist types) as we once again extend the BTO’s annual National Nest Box Week promotion to the whole month, alongside our year-round great value range of feeds. Out in the borders, naturalised bulbs and those planted in autumn are now pushing their way up from dormant
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he days are getting a little longer, green shoots are starting to appear and we’re all just itching to get out in the garden now. Just one problem - it’s still likely to be blooming cold!
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t this time of year many people start delving into their family history, spurred on by tales told around the Christmas dinner table by the older generation. For some this turns into an absorbing and obsessive hobby trying not only to extend your ancestry back further in time but also to search for information which will put “ﬂesh on the bones” of your ancestors.
There is an amazing wealth of documentation stretching back many centuries which feature our forebears including parish registers, probate copies of wills, passenger lists, manorial court rolls and business directories, to name but a few. In this article I simply don’t have the space to give advice on all aspects of genealogy. Instead, I thought I would oﬀer three tips to help you on your journey of discovery:
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DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ IN OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS One of the key sources of information about our 19th and early 20th century ancestors are the census returns. My three times great grandfather, John Richards, appears to have suﬀered from delusions of grandeur, since after many decades stating to successive census enumerators his place of birth as either Shoreham or Brighton in Sussex, told the official compiling information for the 1881 census that he was born “on the High Seas”. But I suppose this was from the man who started life (although again according to what he told the census men) as a solicitor and ended his days as a lodging house keeper. He eventually died of gout. So don’t believe everything you read in official documents: the information is only as reliable as the person providing the facts.
FAMILY LEGENDS USUALLY CONTAIN AN ELEMENT OF TRUTH Local newspapers, and sometimes even national ones, can prove invaluable in seeking out the truth about family legends where other documentation no longer exists. I was asked recently by a client to try to find out whether there was any truth in the family story that her great, great grandmother died whilst walking through a snowstorm to the local farm to collect milk. Her death certificate of March 1892 referred to death from heart failure at the age of 47. However, it also crucially said that the death certificate was ordered by the coroner following an inquest into her death. Sadly the relevant records of coroner’s inquests no longer survived – very few do – and so I turned to local newspapers to see whether they had covered the inquest. Indeed they did. The local paper of 12th March 1892 reported that Fanny Brown had been walking with her husband up the footpath to the village, when she had experienced difficulty in breathing and had become too exhausted to continue. Her husband carried her to a nearby farm where she had died before the doctor arrived. I then checked the Meteorological Office’s archive of monthly weather reports to see whether there was any snow in March of 1892. Sadly none was reported. So although my client’s great, great grandmother did die after being taken to a nearby farm when she had become ill, the old family story of her dying in a snowstorm on her way to collect milk was largely untrue. Many of us have such stories handed down over the generations and most of these turn out to have an element of truth in them.
BE PREPARED FOR SOME SHOCKS The centenary this year of the outbreak of the First World War will no doubt see a surge in people wanting to know more about their ancestors’ war service. I had a client who wanted to know whether any records existed of what her grandfather did in the war: as with many others who survived the horrors, he had never spoken about it to her when she was a child. Sadly a large number of service records for those who served in the Great War were destroyed in the bombing of London during the Second World War. Happily,
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though, for my client’s grandfather I was able to locate a number of papers which comprise his pension record. It appeared from this file that he had actually joined the army some years before the war but had been discharged, unfit for duty, in 1917. His record lists each posting her grandfather had had during his army career, as well as promotions from private through to corporal. Further on, however, the reading became rather uncomfortable. It appeared that some time between enlistment and discharge, this married soldier acquired a tattoo on his right forearm bearing the name “Lizzie”. This was neither his wife’s nor his daughter’s name…. And the worse shock was still to come in the final few pages of the pension record which details the army doctor’s comments following a medical examination. He concludes that the soldier’s serious deterioration in his eyesight was most likely to have been caused by contracting syphilis. So the moral of this last tale is that when delving into your family history, you might find some unwelcome facts. Nevertheless if you are prepared for this, I am sure you will not be disappointed with the wonderful details you uncover which certainly put “ﬂesh on the bones” of your ancestors. If you would like to discover more about the history of your family or house then Sarah can help. Give her a call on 01379 890215 or visit www.ancestral-heritage.co.uk to find out more.
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Seeking out the signs of spring If you are weary of winter, fear not! This issue, Jon Tyler shows us where to look for the first signs of spring.
ebruary with its dark days and cold winds can give the impression that winter will be endless; but fear not! There are already signs that spring is just around the corner so take the opportunity to get out and get acquainted with them.
The early months of the year are when plants ready themselves for the leap into spring growth but some are out of the starting blocks more quickly than others. Nettles can be found as small leafy plants poking up amongst last year’s stems and detritus. They are the easiest of spring greens to identify being just as stingy when young as when fully grown. However at this stage they are also at their best for eating with the whole shoot being tender enough to enjoy lightly steamed.
Blackthorn (also known as sloe) heralds the passing of winter, at least in spirit if not in the transformation of the temperature. In true celebration style, blackthorn lifts the countryside mood with its champagne froth ﬂowers popping up along hedgerows and woodland margins throughout February and March. As with other species in the Prunus family the ﬂowers appear before the leaves. Hazel is another tree that gets going in February. Look out for its catkins which swell into golden lambs tails, releasing puﬀs of yellow pollen. Like many trees, hazel has separate male and female reproductive structures rather than a ﬂower which contains both. You will have to get close up to see the tiny green female catkins with crimson tufts at their tips. There is an old saying that March comes ‘in like a lion and out like a lamb’. At least it arrives with a splash of glorious sunshine-yellow colours as ﬂowers appear across fields, hedgerows and woodlands. Primroses and daﬀodils are the most prominent examples, but coltsfoot and lesser
celandine are also just as beautiful if somewhat smaller. But the grandest of the spring ﬂower pioneers is the marsh marigold. Growing in meadows and on stream edges, it’s also known as kingcup and with some justification as it’s truly the monarch of the buttercup family. With bare fields and less plant cover, early spring is the easiest time to seek out hares. Whether it’s spotting them lying up in a low growing crop field maybe with just their ears on show; or catching them indulging in their amazing boxing antics, a pair of binoculars will be handy as they are easily disturbed. It used to be thought that the ‘boxing’ pugilists were males sparing for territory. It now transpires that this strange ‘mad March hare’ behaviour actually involves female hares fending oﬀ amorous males. As well as being ace at sparing the brown hare is also our fastest wild land mammal, capable of speeds in excess of 45 mph, presumably for when they can’t box their way out of trouble. www.wildforwoods.co.uk
Alexanders is another early riser and could almost be the county plant of Norfolk and Suﬀolk such is its abundance anywhere near the coast. Its robust stems seem to appear in defiance of the cold with luxuriant glossy green leaves and pungent celery/ aniseed tinged aroma. A pot herb that arrived with the Romans, it has long since escaped into the wild. If you’re sure you can identify it correctly, the leaves and stems can be a tasty and substantial seasonal treat.
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Diss: no longer filthy, disgusting or offensive! Diss hasn’t always been the lovely market town it is today, says Glynn Burrows, owner of Norfolk Tours.
n 1850, a report into the sanitary conditions of the inhabitants of the town of Diss was published and it makes sobering reading.
The mere was, at that time, about five acres in size and up to twenty feet deep. It was exuding a vapour which was caused by the amount of animal and vegetable matter in it and chemical analysis proved that it was extremely unclean. The author of the report explains that the town had many places where “disease and death had accompanied the accumulation of decomposing filth” and he goes on to give lots of examples of where the disposal of waste was making the town a very uncomfortable place to live.
Norfolk’s best with a great deal to oﬀer including the many independent businesses and the pleasant surroundings. I was in town for the Battle of the Bangers and it was a lovely day, exploring the shops, visiting places of interest and, oh yes, eating the sausages! One place, very worthy of a visit next time you are in the area, is Diss Museum which is in the Market Place next to the Church. The Museum is not open till the spring but I am sure the volunteers who run it would welcome a hand. Why not contact them to see if you can help? email@example.com , The Museum, 11 Market Hill, IP22 4JZ or call (01379) 650618
It was also a very dangerous place for children especially, as in 1848, nearly 35% of all deaths were of under-5s. In the report, the words which are often used include: filthy, disgusting, oﬀensive, stinking, stagnant and injurious. There were 13 almshouses which were beautifully situated, with a southern aspect and green lawn in front but at the back there was a foul ditch, about six yards wide, full of the waste from eight cottages. A slaughter-house allowed all of its waste to run down the surface of Church Street. The Saracen’s Head had a large pool of filth, twelve feet in diameter, in the yard and Shelfhanger Lane was a colony of cottages surrounded with everything that is pestilential. Thankfully, that report was written in 1850 and, today, the town bears absolutely no resemblance to the description above! In 2014, it is one of
You don’t have to travel far from Diss to find places to visit to satisfy every interest: in Eye, you can find a motte and bailey castle to explore, in Wingfield, there are the ruins of a medieval manor house and you can spend a great time exploring the fantastic nature reserve at Redgrave & Lopham fen. So don’t forget about what’s right on your doorstep! There are so many places to visit without using much petrol and you will find that many attractions are free to get in too! By the way, I didn’t notice any vapours rising from the mere when I was in Diss eating those delicious sausages and I can’t say that any of the words used in 1850 applied to the beautiful town I saw that day either! Discover more of Glynn’s fascinating local stories or book a tour at www.norfolk-tours.co.uk
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Living in the country everyone needs a good pair of wellies so we’ve teamed up with Jileon, the specialist retailer of wellington boots to offer this great family giveaway. Whether you’re after funky boots, wide calf wellies or the ‘hard to find on the high street’ boots, they have it all. And who knew there was so much choice when it comes to umbrellas; walking, folding, designer, luxury, golf, the list goes on. We spoke to family-owned business The Umbrella Shop, who specialise in quality umbrellas. They’ve fast become known as the ‘one stop brollie shop’.
We have two pairs of gorgeous extra wide fit Polka-Dot Wellies worth £49 each. Their double gusseted patented design will easily accommodate calf circumferences of 50cm and are available in Multi
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A range of five umbrellas for the whole family including the hugely popular Hunter ladies bubble umbrella with yellow trim and matching handle worth £25. These birdcage umbrellas or bubble umbrellas are fantastic, and are very popular with people all over the world due to their transparent high grade PVC cover for ease of vision when walking. The bold Hunter logo and a wide fabric band gives stand out appeal. The steel shaft and fibreglass ribs are both strong and light, making this umbrella easy to use. The handle is solid acrylic, and the Hunter emblem features on the poppers and also on the fixing band.
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New Year, New Smile! The Importance of Oral Hygiene for Your Pet
magine how your teeth would look and how your breath would smell if you didn’t brush your teeth regularly – it’s the same for your pet. This spring, Tilly Morgan from The Old Golfhouse Veterinary Group shares some tips for keeping your pet’s mouth healthy.
Unless you’re regularly providing some form of dental care you are neglecting an important part of pet care. If plaque builds up and is left untreated your pet may develop the following symptoms;
Red, swollen and painful gums,
Periodontal disease can have serious consequences on your dog’s general health such as eﬀects on liver, kidney and heart. You will be surprised to read that by the time most dogs are 2 years old they have already developed dental problems.
Regular plaque removal at home will prevent the start of periodontal disease and tooth-brushing is considered the single most eﬀective method. It is best to begin brushing from a young age, usually when a puppy or kitten is between 8 and 12 weeks although it is never too late to start, even with geriatric pets. There are also several eﬀective chews available on the market and one that we recommend commend is a Stag Bar which is a natural, long lasting antler chew that cleans the teeth whilst also being kind to sensitive stomachs. It is important tant to use products that are specifically designed for pets.
The Old Golfhouse Veterinary Group are currently offering free dental checks with their nurses. the symptoms relating to periodontal disease then the first step would be to consult your vet.
Diet can also be a major factor in the development of plaque and tartar. Generally, dryy food is best for the removal val of plaque. It is thought that canned foods may actually contribute to plaque build-up and subsequent periodontal disease. If you are at all concerned that your pet may show signs of
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Local lady, Jo Withey runs www.save-money-guide.com, a website bursting with money saving ideas. This issue, she gives us some tips about losing weight and looking good without breaking the bank.
Now that 2014 has settled in after the festivities do you have a couple of guests refusing to leave after the party? Unfortunately many of us have met Miss Excess Pounds. She encourages us to produce curves in all the wrong places. She is quite happy with her rolypoly look but we can do without her company. To deal with this problem, have you considered taking up vegetable gardening? This new hobby will get your body working and you will have the added bonus of producing home-grown food. You’ll save money and get fitter at the same time!
nce you’ve got rid of Miss Excess Pounds, it’s time to meet Miss New Clothes. But looking good doesn’t have to mean an expensive trip to the shops. Shopping on a budget is all about value for money and buying what you need not what you want. Here are my top tips:
• If an on-line retailer is oﬀering return of goods free of charge, why not order two sizes so that you can gauge the best fit and return the unwanted one. Sneaky – maybe, but you would have this choice in a shop • Have some classic items in your wardrobe – a well cut pair of trousers, a classic shirt and a well-tailored jacket. These can be dressed up or down in a ﬂash by the addition of a scarf, or diﬀerent shoes or handbag
Here are my top tips for losing weight without hitting the gym: 1. While the adverts are showing on TV get up from the sofa and do a few stretching exercises. You don’t need to buy expensive weights - hold a can of baked beans in each hand instead! 2. Don’t drink fizzy drinks, drink water instead. It is cheaper, contains no sugar and is better for you. 3. It’s so important to eat your five fruit and veg every day but don’t waste money on vitamin tablets – nothing beats the real thing. Taking this problem right back to basics, there is unfortunately only one real way to lose weight –
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• Remember ‘high fashion fads’ disappear faster than they appeared. If you must have such an item, make sure it comes from a ‘budget’ outlet and does not break the bank. When you discard it, send it to the charity shop and let someone else experiment on the cheap • Don’t be in a rush to use a tumble dryer for drying clothes. Not only is this item a very high user of electricity, it also wears clothes out faster than normal • Guess who attended a board meeting smartly dressed entirely in ‘finds’ from the local charity shops?
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The ubiquitous giant online auction site eBay may seem a relatively simple beast. Yet beneath the shiny shop front there are a host of hidden secrets enabling you to pay less.
t all stems from the fact eBay’s a mammoth marketplace with millions of goods and hordes of buyers competing for the same items. It’s all too easy to get sucked into bidding wars, with your finger quivering on the mouse, and then just overpaying at the last minute. Yet a host of hidden tools and websites allow you to hone in on hidden uber-deals overlooked by rival bidders. Here are my top eBay buyer’s tricks…
Exploit speiling mistakes Typos and eeroars on eBay are incredibubbly common. Of course, that meanz fewer people searching for things, so the prices you get are rocc bottom. A host of mistake spotters, such as www.fatfingers.co.uk, www. goofbid.com and www.bargainchecker.com trawl eBay for all possible spelling mishtake combinations which have lower prices. While we’re on it, if you’re selling remember to use spell check. Find collection only bargains near you From designer sofas to skis and scooters, sellers often specify items are ‘collection only’. This means fewer competing bidders and serious local bargains. You can’t yet search for this on eBay, but if you go to my eBay Local Deals Mapper tool www. moneysavingexpert.com/localebay it finds these bargains for you and maps how close they are. There’s also an Android and iPhone app version. Results can be powerful, such as this from my site user Jen_Jen1985: “Had been looking for a double buggy, but most ended up selling for around £40. I found one via the Local Deals tool and ended up winning it for £1.24!” Bag no-bid 99p items Often sellers start auctions at 99p or less, hoping a tug of war will break out between buyers. Many items go unspotted and stay at these super-low prices. It’s possible to scour eBay just for these with 99p spotter www.lastminute-auction.com.
Do you need it? Before I go to much further with this, just a quick word of warning about not getting carried away with bargains. It’s worth following my money mantra before you spend cash. If you’re skint, first ask yourself “Do I need it?, Can I aﬀord it? Have I checked whether it’s available cheaper elsewhere?!” If the answer to any of those is no, don’t buy it. Find auctions closing in the dead of night Listings that finish at anti-social times often get fewer bids (a warning for sellers there too). Pick a time slot and a www.baycrazy.com’s Night Time Bargain Searcher cruises for these vampiric bargains. If you don’t fancy burning the midnight oil, combine this trick with auto-bidding tools below, which can bid on your behalf while you’re deep in the land of nod. Be an eBay sniper… Spotted something you want to buy on eBay? Bid too early and rival buyers bid back, forcing the price upwards. Sniping tools auto-bid for you in the last 10 seconds to seal cheaper deals. Top free auction snipers include Goofbid.com and www.gixen.com. A word of warning though - you need to give sniping sites your eBay password for them to work, which is a security concern. If you do sign up, never use the same password for eBay as you do for other accounts such as banks or email. Don’t assume it’s cheapest because it’s on eBay Never assume it’s a bargain until you’ve checked prices elsewhere first. Use shopbots (shopping robots), that whizz to scores of internet retailers to find the cheapest price. My MegaShopBot.com tool auto-searches the best of these for each category.
Double-check delivery charges, as some sellers hope to recoup the costs by charging a little extra. Though eBay has now set maximum delivery charges for many categories.
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The optimum time to exercise is in the late afternoon, when your body is at its warmest and your muscles are most flexible and strong. Your blood pressure and heart rate are low. Statistics show that people perform better in the afternoon. If you’re an early bird and can’t live without your early morning fix, my advice is to build up slowly, as muscles are cold and therefore prone to strains and other injuries. Having said that, morning workouts can really set you up for the day ahead. But how often you work out is far more important for your health than when you work out. The government recommends 30 minutes of moderate cardio-vascular exercise 5 times a week. But the western lifestyle over the last 20-30 years has become increasingly more sedentary and sometimes it can be hard to find the time. A great way to get active and socialise at the same time is to sign up to exercise classes. The instructors give you the motivation and like-minded people provide the social interaction. Circuit training and boot-camps are considered some of the best all
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There is no substitute for hard work Getting in shape requires hard work and there is no avoiding this. However it can be made easier if you know how to achieve your goals. That is where a personal trainer comes in. A trainer is basically a fitness tool box to help you get the job done as quickly and safely as possible. Having a trainer is a big advantage as people always work harder when they have somebody watching over them. A trainer will help with the two most important elements of getting results: intensity and consistency. You are capable of so much more than you think and it’s a trainer’s job to push you. Working out with a trainer can be one on one or in a small group. They both work well and you are guaranteed to work harder than if you were working out on your own.
If you want to get in shape but don’t know where to start, then keep it simple and go back to basics. By basics I mean exercises such as squats, deadlifts, bench press, press ups, chin ups, dips and lunges. These exercises are old but they work and there are endless variations and routines you can do with just these few exercises. They will improve strength, shape your body and build lean muscle tissue that will help reduce body fat. All that hard work will be worth it when you reap the rewards! With thanks to James Gale at The Fit Club Wymondham. Find out more at www. fitclubwymondham.co.uk or call 01953 606 665
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FOR A MODERN LIFE The 9 Star Ki yearly cycle begins on February 4th 2014 and marks the beginning of spring in the Chinese calendar and also the New Year in the ancient Chinese Solar Calendar used in this system.
9 Fire Star A deep, spiritual year ahead, a time to pay yourself some attention. It’s a year of planning and getting yourself ready for the next cycle. Take care of your health as you may find it harder than usual to recover from illness. Keep warm and avoid cold foods.
Health wise, take care of bones and ligaments, stay ﬂexible and sing!
5 Earth Star
From last years’ changes, you now find yourself in a stronger position for making those important decisions. Your renewed sense of authority may come across as overbearing so remember to listen too. You could receive an unexpected windfall this year.
8 Earth Star You made it to the
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4 Wood Star This is your year for change, reinvention and rebirth. Often a ﬂuctuating year, full of ups and downs, so stay as centred and grounded as possible. Not a great year for making major decisions, or to move house. Allow things to come to you! That said enjoy all the attention and possibilities.
7 Metal Star This year can reﬂect big changes and revolution in your life, often feeling like an up-hill struggle, but rest assured it will all pay oﬀ in 2015. Take care of all your communications outgoing and incoming. Don’t spend too long in your ‘cave’ and stagnate, take regular exercise.
3 Wood Star
6 Metal Star You’ve turned a corner and can finally relax, look back over things and say, I did that! 2014 is a year for socialising and taking is easy. Take care however, not to slacken the purse strings too much.
The key for this year is to pace yourself and not to change direction. Complete projects and odd little jobs as you will soon find them stacking up as you gather momentum. You may feel unstoppable and want to take on every opportunity, just remember to take time out!
2 Earth Star
Things are finally starting to shift for you now, forward movement,
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1 Water Star
This can often be a frustrating year, as it precedes ‘spring’ in this system. It’s a time to make sure all those stepping-stones are planted firmly and laid out in front of you to sprint along in 2015. Your patience will pay oﬀ and allow changes to happen; go with the ﬂow. Thank you for reading and please do email me with any comments or questions at firstname.lastname@example.org Full in-depth 2014 forecasts are available for only £6.79 – Please visit my website for more details.
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Deep tissue and remedial massage techniques improves suppleness and flexibility of muscles and joints, increases circulation to working muscles, speeds up healing of damaged or overworked tissues, reduces recovery time and improves performance.
Holistic massage addresses other areas such as stress. This affects people in different ways, both physically and emotionally. Holistic massage can help with emotional tension and the day to day stresses that life throws at us. These can manifest themselves in headaches, stiff necks and shoulders, and tension. Older people benefit too. For the elderly it can be difficult to get around, resulting in lack of exercise and muscle atrophy. Massage helps stimulate blood flow and releases
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oman of faith, Sarah Hobday, failed to make sense of the long-term illness that took her life by storm, sapped her energy and muddled her thinking. Yet during the dark, lonely times she gained divine insight that prompted a new direction as an amateur film maker with a world-wide audience. “I was sensitive, compassionate and artistic but how could I use this to express my faith when I was in the wilderness?” recalls Sarah, who suﬀers from ME and faces the daily struggles of the illness. She believes the resulting years, when she was too tired to continue as a nursery nurse, brought a treasury of inspiration from her creator’s loving heart. “They helped me cope with depression and short-term memory loss while renewing my mind,” says Sarah from Downham Market Christian Fellowship. Now they form the basis of short, three minute films that are used at church meetings, women’s conferences and are widely viewed through You Tube on the internet. Sarah uses video footage, photographs, bible text and music to convey the personal, divine messages that have given her courage and hope for the path ahead and now inspire others. She also produces a series of biblical stop-motion animations for youngsters.
While in her latethirties, she believes her timely creative urge began to be used for a mission of passion that helped underpin a new purpose. “Eventually I would like to launch my own website and create a library of short films for other Christians to access easily,” says Sarah. Without training or experience, Sarah has made a host of films in colour and black and white, as well as a variety as gifts for friends and acquaintances. Her avenue for creative outreach began four years ago at a church prayer day when a potter was on hand. Sarah stood in front of the potter’s wheel as the clay was being worked and felt prompted to make a film which came quickly and clearly without a hitch. By the end of the day she had used her daughter’s video camera to film a pot being thrown. Sarah explained that she continued to follow divine inspiration. Returning home, she used tracks from her new CD compilation as background which, miraculously, provided the exact length of the video footage. With help from her husband, the film was completed
within a few hours and shown at the church service the following day. “There are so many references to clay in the bible as we have an awesome God who shapes and forms us as he is intimately involved with our lives,” says Sarah, who is a living testimony of being re-shaped for divine purposes. Some of Sarah’s films, including King of Wonders Potter, Brave by Nichole Nordeman and You Are by Ben Cantelon are on YouTube so you can watch them too!
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By Andrew Hagger savings expert from www.moneycomms.co.uk
ith the new tax year just around the corner, it’s a good time to look for a suitable ISA (Individual Savings Account) for your tax free savings. The overall ISA limit increases from £11,520 to £11,880 from 6 April 2014, and for cash based tax free savings accounts the new allowance is up by £180 to £5,940 per person. Should I consider investing in a Stocks and Shares ISA to get a better return? At a time when cash savings rates are at rock bottom, there is understandably a bigger temptation to opt for stock market based ISA investments in search of a better return. However before committing your funds it is sensible
to speak to an Independent Financial Adviser to understand the costs, risks and the vast choice of products to choose from. Equity (Stocks & Shares) based products are considered a longer term investment and not suitable if you want instant access to your cash. You can choose to invest a lump sum or drip feed your investment on a monthly basis and there is a wide range of products with diﬀerent levels of risk, so unless you’re an experienced investor, it’s definitely worth getting some professional guidance. Cash ISA – Fixed rate or variable rate? It’s a tough call whether to opt for a variable rate or a fixed rate account this year. The best 1 year fixed rate ISA currently pays virtually the same as the top variable rate account, however with experts predicting a slight increase in savings rates over
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Make the most of your retirement Michael Boon is your local Equity Release Council member for professional independent advice. If you are interested in releasing a tax-free lump sum from your home then Michael will be delighted to guide you through the different types of equity release schemes available to find the best plan for your needs.
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Equity release schemes allow you to release tax-free cash from your home to boost your finances in later life • Many clients use this money to repay an existing mortgage, make home improvements, buy a new car and even go on a holiday of a life time, while others may wish to offer financial assistance to their children or to improve their own quality of life in retirement. • Business Matters is qualified and registered through the Financial Conduct Authority to offer a valuable equity release service for homeowners aged 55 or over. • Business Matters only recommend approved schemes from The Equity Release Council.
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e are all living longer and planning to do more with our free time, but a changing economic climate and pension provisions mean many people don’t often have the money to realise their retirement dreams. Equity release allows you to release tax-free cash from your home to boost your finances in later life and it is beginning to play an important role for home owners aged over 55. In my experience the most important factors for people seeking advice is to demonstrate and be able to guarantee the following: There must be a ‘no negative equity guarantee’ to safeguard your beneficiaries You are able to remain in your own home for as long as you wish You have the right to sell your home at any time to down-size or move into other accommodation, the amount owed is then repaid with any balance transferred to your bank account Money borrowed will be at a fixed rate of interest for life, is tax-free, and can be used for any purpose No monthly payments are made, as interest is rolled up on a lifetime mortgage. If a Home Reversion plan is more suitable you would sell a proportion of your property and remain in your home for life with no roll up of interest on the percentage of the value retained.
This can be checked on the FCA Register: www.fca.org.uk/register or telephone 0800 111 6768 Before deciding whether Equity Release is suitable for you, your questions should be answered to your total satisfaction, be prepared to take time over this, never be rushed into something if you are in any doubt. If you are single or living on your own, consider inviting a friend or a family member to be with you. This will enable you to discuss and reﬂect on the advice given. In my opinion you should not make any decision at the first meeting. This should be to establish whether the person giving you the advice is acceptable to you or not before asking him or her to obtain further information specific to your own needs. It is an FCA requirement that Keyfacts are given to you and thoroughly explained, this may be from two or three providers to assess the most suitable before making your decision to apply for either a lump sum of money, income or to secure a facility that will allow you to draw down sums as and when required. There are many options available to you hence the reason why it is necessary to be fully informed. For further information on how you can make the most of your retirement with equity release please call Michael on 01508 483983 or visit his website www.businessmattersifa.co.uk
There are many reasons why people raise money using Equity Release: to repay an existing mortgage, home improvements, buy a motor home, travel abroad, help their children with house purchase or to enhance their own lifestyle. Before making any decisions you are advised to seek independent professional advice from a person qualified and approved by the FCA.
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uality cars are identifiable straight away. Even if a premium vehicle had its badges taped over, all you’d need to do is sit in it. Instantly you’d sense the difference between an ‘average’ and a top class motor. Take the latest Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Inside, it’s positively palatial.
The German brand is famous for its refinement, but the A-Class is almost the runt of the litter – and therefore you might expect a more undeveloped set up inside and out. But that’s not the case at all. It may well have been the argument when the old model first appeared on our roads. It was upright, careful and dull. It certainly wasn’t a car you’d list as captivating. Nonetheless, it did sell – and that’s because it was aﬀordable – for a Merc – and practical for parents on the rug-rat run desperate to roll up outside the school gates in a Benz. Then the A-Class was completely re-thought for 2013. It rolled oﬀ the production line a totally diﬀerent car – not just one that had undergone PRoS ‘N’ CoNS . Athletic √ Attractive √ Great grip √ Safe √ Small boot X fAST fACTS Max speed: 130 mph 0-60 mph: 9.3 secs Combined mpg: 62.8 Engine: 1796cc 4 cylinder 16 valve turbo diesel Max. power (bhp): 136 at 3600-4400 rpm Max. torque (lb/ft): 221 at 1600-3000 rpm Co2: 121 g/km Price: £25,110
plastic surgery – it was poles apart from the old version. The entry-level Mercedes is now truly enthralling and a machine you want because of its alluring aesthetics. In some ways it’s lost its no-nonsense practicality because the boot, although conveniently rectangular, is nothing to shout about space-wise. But brush that aside and take a test drive, because the new model will seduce you – especially if you go for the A 200 CDI AMG Sport. This is a real driver’s car and includes a dynamic handling package with sports suspension, perforated disc brakes and cruise control. As well as this, the Merc has athletic bodystyling, 18 inch alloy wheels and a silver grille. Additionally, in A 200 CDI guise, it comes with a gutsy turbo diesel powerhouse. It also has a ﬂat-bottomed leather steering wheel, red stitching, sports seats, rain sensors, ambient lighting and a stereo system boy-racers would be jealous of. On the move, the A 200’s oil burner gets you to a respectable speed quickly, if not sensationally. Road
holding, however, is phenomenal. Steering is well-weighted and precise, and the six speed gearbox is slick, quick, and easy on your left hand. At the same time, the A-Class reinforces that safety is the priority for Mercedes-Benz. In addition to having an ‘electronic stability program’ (ESP), which detects and reduces loss of traction, it has adaptive brakes with hill-start assist. Standard specification also includes radar-based ‘collision prevention assist’, which can reduce the risk of nose-to-tail collisions, or minimise their eﬀects. The safety on the baby Benz isn’t just clever; it’s potentially life-saving. I certainly found the gadgetry helped to alert me when everything on the motorway ground to a halt without warning. The ‘collision prevention assist’ gives you visual and acoustic warnings if it senses an accident is likely to happen. It also primes the function called ‘brake assist’ to ensure maximum stopping power as soon as your foot touches the brake pedal. The A-Class has the vim and vigour that’s required to punch its weight in a highly competitive market. It’s an all-round performer and just the car that Mercedes-Benz dealers need to tempt new customers into their showrooms.
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Make your own Chicken Liver Parfait This indulgent chicken liver parfait is currently on the menu at Relish in Newton Flotman. This issue, their head chef Jeremy Parke shows us how to make it at home.
What you need: For the parfait :
550g chicken livers 5 whole eggs 400g unsalted butter 125ml red port 125ml Madeira 50ml cognac 15g fine salt 1 banana shallot, finely sliced 1 whole garlic clove, chopped 1 sprig fresh thyme
For the jelly:
12ml Madeira 1 Â˝ leaves of gelatine
Toasted brioche to serve
1. Preheat the oven to 100ď™ĄC. 2. Add the shallot, garlic and thyme leaves to a saucepan with the port, Madeira, brandy and salt. Put on a medium heat and reduce to a syrup. 3. Melt the butter in a pan. 4. Break the eggs into a separate saucepan and warm them to about the same temperature as the butter. 5. Warm the chicken livers in a wide-bottomed pan over a very low heat. You are not cooking them at this stage, just warming through. 6. Place the port, Madeira and brandy marinade into a food processor and blitz. Add the chicken livers and keep blitzing this mixture at a high speed. Begin to add the eggs a little at a time until they are all incorporated. Next, slowly add the butter until you have a glossy mixture. 7. Pass this through a fine sieve and then pour into individual ramekins. Place the ramekins on a tray and cook in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes until they are set. The mixture should wobble when you remove them from the oven. Refrigerate immediately and the mixture will set as it cools down.
For the jelly: 1. Reduce the Madeira to 1/3 of its original volume. Whilst it is reducing, soften the gelatine leaves in cold water. 2. When the Madeira has reduced sufficiently, whisk in the gelatine and spoon enough over the cold parfait to form layer of jelly (with our dish we kept the jelly separate as we wanted cubes of the jelly for presentation on the plate). 3. Refrigerate for a further 15 minutes to allow the jelly to set. Serve straight from the fridge with a slice of toasted brioche. Naughty but nice and in moderation -
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