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8 Good News from our region 13 Ask the audiologist 14 Ladies who Lunch visit Sweet Briar Bistro 17 Cinderella comes to Norwich 21 Local walk around Loddon and Hales 22 Village Notice Board 25 WIN a family ticket for four at the Circus 27 Mums the word visit Middleton’s in Norwich 29 Make sure your pets have a Happy New Year

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33 Christmas Jottings from Ken 37 Ask the experts chat to Smart Garden Offices 41 Discover some hidden treasurers this winter 42 Are you worried about home security?

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We’ve had a busy couple of months here at Village People HQ as we were thrilled to be invited to the prestigious Independent Publishers Conference in October. It was a chance to mix and work with many other independent publishers up and down the country and it was an absolute honour to have it confirmed that we are producing one of THE BEST community magazines in the country! Here’s a picture of me and Florence at the evening ‘do’ with Oscar!

As usual we’re bursting at the seams with fabulous local editorial as well as details of the businesses and services on offer in our area. There’s never been a better time to ‘Be Local and Buy Local’ so please make sure Village People is the first place you look when you need a service and let’s all support the local community in every way we can. We have two great competition prizes on offer but both have an early closing date so make sure you get your entries emailed over to us soon so you can be in with a chance of winning a very delicious Christmas Hamper or family tickets to the Hippodrome’s Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show. And as we come to the end of another busy year I’d like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and to say a BIG thank you to everyone who is involved in Village People, from the contributors to our graphic designers, our wonderful customers (without whom the magazines wouldn’t be possible), my fantastic team in the office, Royal Mail for delivering each and every copy safely through your letterbox, and of course YOU, our readers. I never cease to be amazed at how important Village People is to the community and the number of people who contact me to tell me how much they enjoy the magazines and how useful they find them. Village People plays a huge part in linking people together; helping local businesses to grow and providing readers with a continuous supply of local and interesting reading; bite sized chunks of good old fashioned pleasure each issue!

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Louise Mundford set up a group called New Mums Without Mums (NMWM) after losing her own mum during her pregnancy. Its 57 members support one another through regular meet ups and also raise money for charities close to their hearts. NMWM are currently working on a charity calendar with local photographer, Alison Armstrong. Each month will have a theme and will include photographs of the children from the group. Calendars will be available from early November at a cost of £6. The money raised will to go to Priscilla Bacon Lodge which has helped many families in the group. NMWM would like to sell as many calendars as possible so if you need a 2014 calendar please contact Louise at louisemundford@googlemail. com. If you know a new or expectant mum without a mum, please tell them about the

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Ask The Audiologist Managing Director and audiologist of The Hearing Care Centre, takes a few minutes out of her diary to answer some of the most frequently asked questions she hears from her patients. How do I know if I need a hearing test? As hearing loss is often a gradual process, its occurrence is not always obvious to us. Often it is those closest to us that notice we are not hearing things the way we once used to. There are a number of possible symptoms that may be indicative of an underlying hearing loss. If you recognise any of them, book yourself a hearing test: • It seems as though people are mumbling • Being told you have the TV up too loud • Having difficulty hearing people talking from other rooms • Hard to communicate in group situations • Asking people to repeat themselves often

How often should I have my hearing tested? To ensure optimal hearing we recommend you have your hearing reviewed every 2 years as your hearing is constantly changing. What happens during a hearing test? The assessment begins with an examination of the ear, the ear canals, and the ear drums. A measurement is then taken to assess your middle ear health and function. Speech Testing is then carried out to determine how clearly speech is perceived at a comfortable listening level. Lastly, Pure-Tone Testing is completed by having the patient listen for very soft tones or beeps. The Audiologist will then review the results with you.

How much is a hearing aid? The cost of a hearing aid is influenced by a variety of factors, but mostly by the level or sophistication of the hearing aid technology. An entry-level hearing aid will be less expensive and will also have fewer features, whereas a more advanced hearing aid may be more expensive and will have many more features that enhance sound quality and your ability to hear speech when in background noise. Hearing aids with The Hearing Care Centre start from around £300 and can go up to £2,500.

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finishing it that evening, I opted for one of the lighter bites from the table menu; crisp chicken and croutons with salad and chilli sauce.

was nothing like the charlottes my granny used to make – she would have been scandalised at the richness of this one. It was delicious.

On a rainy Monday in late October I assumed that there wouldn’t be many people buying roses, and maybe the little bistro attached might be empty. Not a bit of it! At least half of the tables were in use with couples and families enjoying a variety of tasty looking treats.

My companion chose loin of pork with Dijon cream dressing and mixed vegetables. When our food arrived, I can honestly say I have never seen so much salad on one plate! Wonderful – a mixture of leaves, all the usual salad items and grapes, peppers, cress and slices of lemon and orange to squeeze over. The chicken pieces were tucked away in the midst of the greenery. It was brilliant –really tasty and satisfying without being heavy. My companion’s pork was a generous tender serving, and her Dijon mustard dressing was lovely, as were her vegetables which included Romanesco cauliflower. (We swapped ‘tasters’ of course!) Unusually, I ordered a bottle of beer to go with mine, and that was super too.

To follow, we had about a dozen different coffees to choose from, including latte, Americano, espresso and something new that my friend chose – toffeecino. I had a mocha which came in a tall glass, and we mmmmmmm’ed our way through them. This was altogether a wonderful lunch, I was impressed.

n my birthday in 2010 I went to (and wrote about) Breckland Lodge on the A11 near Attleborough. At the end of the report I mentioned that just up the road was Peter Beales Roses – barely a couple of hundred yards. We called in for coffee and I thought at the time that I might go back there one day and have a lunch… how glad I am that I did!

It’s a bright, cheerful place with bright, cheerful staff and we were soon shown to our reserved table by a helpful young waitress. I thought that the menu might be a bit restricted; perhaps offering soup-and-roll type food, so when I spotted roast beef and Yorkshire pud on the specials board I was quite surprised. Not only roast beef, but a lamb and veg pudding, loin of pork, and a salmon dish. Having had a big heavy roast dinner on the Sunday, and knowing that I would be

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As you probably know by now, I do love a big helping of dessert, and there were half a dozen fabulous choices on the blackboard. Better still, they were on show at the counter, so we hurried down to inspect them and choose. There were two different meringue roulades and the lemon one was marked ‘gluten free’ which is very considerate. There was a satisfyingly deep treacle tart, something with a crumble topping, and an Irish cream cheesecake. My friend chose the Black Forest meringue roulade and I had the most amazing caramel and amaretto topped confection which was referred to as a charlotte, but

There is also a gift shop attached to the bistro with a wide range of decently priced items for sale – soaps, pictures, slippers, all sorts of lovely things.

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Cinderella comes to Norwich Seventies soul diva, Sheila Ferguson, is preparing to swap musical magic for pantomime powers to star in the Norwich Theatre Royal festive spectacular Cinderella.


ou name it and Sheila Ferguson has done it. During a packed career combining musical superstardom and stage success, most of the world has been won over by her soulful voice and larger-than-life personality. Sheila is best known for being a member of The Three Degrees. She recalled: “No matter what I do in life, I will probably be known best for being in The Three Degrees because they had such a strong impact, particularly in the music industry in England and Japan. We were huge. I am very proud of those years and very proud of the songs that are now classics and standards.” If Norwich has not experienced the ‘Ferguson Factor’ yet, it soon will as she is looking forward to taking on the role of The Fairy Godmother in the Norwich Theatre Royal pantomime Cinderella.

glamour of theatre. The dream starts there for many, many children and that is why I am a firm believer in pantomime being traditional and sticking to the script so no-one loses track of the story while having lots of laughs at the same time.” But it’s not all work and no play for Sheila, and she has definite plans for her panto downtime. “I haven’t had a date in over 4 years and it would be nice to go out with a guy, so I’ve put dating in my itinerary. Who knows, someone might even appear at panto. After all, if the magic of true love can happen for Cinderella, why can’t it happen for the Fairy Godmother? That would be my wish.” So who knows, the magic of pantomime could even be enjoyed by this legendary soul diva!

Sheila admits she cannot wait to cast a spell over audiences and be the force of good in the production opposite an all-star cast headed by former Emmerdale and Hollyoaks heart-throb Matt Milburn . “It will be my fifth time playing the Fairy Godmother when I come to Norwich. The fact I have been asked to play it so many times means I must bring something to it and also I really enjoy it because I love to make the children happy,” she said. But if you are expecting a traditional character, you may be in for a surprise. Sheila is aiming to put her own stamp on the character. She said: “I do a very sassy in-your-face Fairy Godmother. The children know they had better not mess with me!” Making sure younger members of the audience fall in love with the theatre is something that she takes very seriously when it comes to playing a pantomime part. Sheila explained: “Often it is the first time children are introduced to the stage, and the costumes and

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father who was in so much pain he had to retire in his 40s has lost four and a half stone allowing him to walk his only daughter down the aisle for her wedding. And he has recently celebrated his own wedding anniversary too in the best shape since he married his sweetheart Julie, 30 years ago. Paul Brett retired as a technician after ill health, suffering from intense pain, leaving him needing surgery to replace both knee joints. Unable to work, he needed regular painkillers and was short of breath walking. Now, after dropping from 16 stone 12 lbs to a slim 12 stone 5 lbs, and seeing his waist size shrink from 38 inches to 30 inches, he feels better at 50 than he did in his 40s.

Paul, who has two children Laura, 23, and Matthew, 21 and lives at Stowupland, said: “I felt so proud at my daughter’s wedding. I could walk Laura down the church aisle in the best shape since my own wedding, 30 years ago.” His award winning local diet coach John Howard, 43, runs his diet practice from both Eye, near Diss, and from a Stowmarket GP health centre. John lost 7 stone in 5 months himself with the Cambridge Health Plan, seven years ago. He said: “Paul is an inspiration to others who are unhappy with their weight and want one to one support to lose their weight quickly, safely and keep it off.” Dr Simon Rudland, a Stowmarket GP, said: “You and your consultant work one-toone, which is a very important aspect of this diet’s success.”

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After: Paul Brett pictured with his son Matthew at Stowupland parish church for his daughter Laura’s wedding to Tony.

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GREAT DAYS OUT WITH Sat 04 Jan Harry Potter - Warner Bros. Studio Sat 04 Jan Houses of Parliament Sun 05 Jan Disney on Ice Wed 08 Jan Matilda - Cambridge Theatre Sat 11 Jan London Boat Show - ExCel Wed 15 Jan France/Belgium via Eurotunnel Sat 18 Jan Westfield Stratford Shopping Wed 22 Jan Wicked - Apollo Victoria Theatre Wed 29 Jan From Here to Eternity - Shaftesbury Fri 31 Jan Beyond El Dorado - British Museum

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Celebrate Christmas by enjoying some warm, friendly hospitality in our proper old fashioned pub. Look out for our live music evenings and come and say hello to our wonderful new chef and managers, Steve and Jessie. CHRISTMAS MENU AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT DECEMBER.


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WIN tickets to the best family show in town! WOW – we have a very festive prize on offer for one lucky Village People reader to win a family ticket to the Hippodrome’s Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show.

The Unique Hippodrome, known as East Anglia’s mini Albert Hall, is Britain’s only surviving TOTAL Circus Building, built in 1903 by the legendary Circus showman George Gilbert. Throughout the century the intimate arena has played host to an incredible variety of entertainment, from amazing water spectacles and stage variety shows to cinema and cine variety and even wartime use as a military practice shooting range! Apart from always presenting the very best in Circus, Lloyd George held political rallies here, Lily Langtry sang, Little Titch clowned, Max Miller joked and Houdini escaped. The world’s finest clowns and circus personalities performed and ALL experienced the Hippodrome’s unique atmosphere. It’s likely that even Charlie Chaplin performed here as a child actor before finding fame in America!

WIN To be in with a chance of winning a family ticket to the show simply email us with the subject ‘Circus’ including your name, address and daytime telephone number: Closing date for entries is 13th December and the winner will be chosen at random. Usual Village People rules apply. The Christmas Spectacular runs from 14th December to 12th January 2014 and you can book tickets online or by calling the box office on 01493 844172


This voucher is available for any 5.30 or 6.30 show beTween14 December 2013 anD 12 January 2014 only.

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Held throughout the year - see our website for forthcoming dates or call us to arrange a mutually convenient time to visit

Christmas Craft Fair Thursday December 5th from 6pm in aid of Big C, Norfolk’s Cancer Charity

Richard Durrant in Concert Wednesday December 11th 7.00pm

One of the world’s most accomplished and experimental players

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Mums The Word

MIDDLETONS STEAKHOUSE & GRILL Middletons SteakHouse & Grill •11-15 Timberhill • Norwich • NR1 3JZ • 01603 920397


Carrie Barrett lives in Blo Norton, near Diss, right on the Suffolk/Norfolk border, with her husband and two children Maisie (10) and Olly (6). She has been dining out and about in our area for many years, seeking out restaurants that offer great value, quality and above all else are child friendly. If you would like Carrie to visit a particular pub or restaurant just get in touch with us at village people and we’ll ask her to visit.

ow many times have you been shopping in Norwich and at a loss for somewhere to eat that isn’t a pizza and pasta chain, or a department store café, or noodle bar? As with most high streets in the UK, it’s the big chains that usually take pride of place in our towns and cities.

At a loss for somewhere to head to one Saturday afternoon, I decided to try Middletons. I had been recommended this place to try by several friends, so we decided to give it a go. The fledging restaurant is tucked away yet still right in the heart of the shopping area. We visited on a busy Saturday but luckily I had used their booking online facility which was so easy and straightforward, and we were shown straight to our table.


We ordered from the set menu and both chose the beef tomato and goat’s cheese salad, followed by the minute steak with fries and salad. We found the food not only great value, but also absolutely delicious! My husband had the Eton mess, which was generous, fresh and fruity! The children’s meals are incredibly good value too. At £4.95 for 2 courses, this makes eating out for a family much more affordable. My only criticism is that the menu is slightly limited for children, despite being well priced. Having said that, both of my children were happy with the options of battered haddock, chicken nuggets, Middleton’s burger or meatballs. The main course comes with one side of their choice (apart from the meatballs), and not only is ice-cream offered as a pudding, but Eton mess and chocolate brownie too!

The staff were very welcoming and answered all questions I had, very attentive and above all else, seemed extremely happy in their work. The menu is extensive, very well priced and includes a lunch special for £9.95 for 3 courses, £8.95 for 2 courses or £6.95 for 1. You even have the option of adding a glass of house wine for £2! Even if you are not a huge carnivore there are lots of fish, shellfish and vegetarian options available. You can even treat yourself to lobster thermidor or whole grilled lobster if you so wish. All the food, including the children’s dishes, are homemade using fresh local ingredients. Most of the desserts are homemade in house, and the rest are made locally.

We are now trying to find an excuse to go back with adults only, as upstairs there are tables that could easily cater for a large party or group of friends. The décor is modern and glamorous, with a really buzzing atmosphere, which I can imagine in the evening is even more enhanced.


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Diss Veterinary Practice Care and treatment of all small animal species and horses

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Uplands Way Vets is a long established practice with clients throughout Norfolk and Suffolk. We care for all types of animals including household and exotic pets, farm animals and horses. Call 01379 642 865 for further information.

Uplands Way Surgery Diss 01379 642 865 Connaught Surgery Attleborough 01953 454 945 George Hill Surgery Stanton 01359 251 730

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First for Riding We believe that everybody should have the chance to enjoy horses, regardless of age, ability or background

Passionate about delivering an excellent professional and personal service to you and your pets Mon – Fri 8am-6.30pm (with appointment) Sat – 10am-1pm (no appointment necessary)

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Make sure your pets have a Happy New Year


bout 80% of our pets are afraid of fireworks. Here are some suggestions from The Old Golfhouse Veterinary Group about how to look after your pets during the party season:

l Provide a den or hiding place for your dog. Plug in an Adaptil diffuser near your dog’s den and start using it a few days before fireworks night or New Year . Adaptil also comes in a spray or collar. l Cats tend to find their own hiding place, but you can plug a Feliway plug-in near their chosen area (tends to be under your bed). Plug the diffuser in close to their favourite sleeping spots before the fireworks so they get used to it. Alternatively you can use the spray to spray around the room. l Ensure that all your doors, windows and cat-flaps are secured shut. This reduces the risk of your pet escaping. l Before dark and before the fireworks start it is a good idea

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to ensure that your cat has come home and is now safely locked inside until morning. Dogs would appreciate a nice walk with plenty of opportunities to go to the toilet before settling in for the night. l Try not to leave your pets home alone while fireworks are going off. They will be a lot more relaxed with a familiar friend around them during this distressing time. l Provide distraction during fireworks. You can use toys and chews. Close the curtains and put

some music or the TV on to help mask the noise. l Cats may be thankful of a few more litter trays around the house, especially if they are not normally used to being confined. l Try to ignore fearful behaviour such as panting, shaking and whining. Dogs can pick up on their owner’s anxiety, which can enhance the problem. l Zylkene can aid cats and dogs. It comes in capsules which can be opened and sprinkled on food or popped straight into the mouth whole. It can be administered to pets daily to relieve stress or predictable stress. It can be used short-term or long-term but will need to be given about seven days prior to the event in order to build within their system. If you do have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at The Old Golfhouse Veterinary Group on 01953 451100 for advice, we are always happy to help.

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Christmas Jottings from Ken Shh! a little bird tells me that Father Christmas is coming... So you better watch out, you better take care he can’t leave the presents if the tree isn’t there. For where can he put them if there’s no green bough to lay parcels beneath for that big Christmas ‘wow’! Now Santa is fussy, he likes only the best so buy locally-grown to ensure the tree’s fresh. With soft tactile needles that stay on the tree a beautiful Nordmann is the choice it should be.

To all our customers, suppliers & competitors, have a Magical Christmas & a Wonderful New Year!

We have tall ones & short ones, some fat & some thin, I’m sure we’ll have one that you can fit in to your hallway or corner, maybe a room with a view, in front of the window, whatever suits you. Always choose early for a shape that is great you want to be proud of your green festive mate. As all trees are unwrapped & none are the same it makes choosing so easy, a pleasure not pain. Now you’ve selected, it’s through the machine that neatly re-nets it to make transport a dream. Once home it will slip through your wreath-adorned door a process so simple, need I say more? Slide into a stand that’ll keep its feet wet place into position, & lift off the net. Decorate & cover with warm sparkly lights & your tree will look stunning on cold frosty nights. If you think chopping down trees is a little bit mean a new one will be planted, where that one has been. So visit us now, our trees don’t cost the earth, we wish you a Christmas filled with merriment & mirth!

Cheers, Ken

from The Garden Enclosure at Banham


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Fresh Christmas trees, fir wreaths, gorgeous gifts & goodies, beautiful basketware, floristry sundries, seasonal plants .... & more!

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Bracket Fungi

by Joan Garnham, Waveney Tree Specialists


racket fungi cause decay and rot in the heartwood of trees which weakens the tree and often results in the tree falling over. The brackets are the fruiting bodies of the fungus and appear in spring, summer or autumn depending on the species.

The brackets release enormous quantities of spores which germinate on wounded wood and penetrate into the heartwood. Many bracket fungi are specific to the particular host trees. Although there are many different bracket fungi they all cause similar symptoms.

External symptoms: Appearance of bracket fruiting bodies on trunk or main branches l Thinning of the canopy l Die back l Falling branches. l

Internal symptoms: White or brown rot in the heartwood l In advanced cases the tree may become hollow l Rot in the base of the trunk or root is particularly damaging because the tree is unstable and may fall l

Controlling bracket fungi Unfortunately little can be done by the time the brackets appear

because this means that the heartwood is already seriously affected. Pruning can often speed up the process by spreading the decay. Removing the brackets has no beneficial affect and may increase the spread of the spores Gardeners are legally responsible for their trees so regular inspection for rot is sensible. If there is any doubt it is wise to seek advice from a suitable consultant.


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his issue we chatted to Smart Garden Offices, a wellestablished, independent company in Suffolk, which has been creating purpose-built garden office buildings since 2001.

construction system, so the buildings are solid and robust with a great looking finish. They’re also designed to come under planning regulations – one less thing to worry about!

Can a garden studio/office be used in the winter? Yes, if you choose one from Smart Garden Offices! Our purposebuilt garden buildings are snug, comfortable and secure throughout the year, whatever the weather. They are double-glazed and fully insulated to be warm in the winter (and cool in the summer!)

How long does it take to build? All our garden studios and offices are manufactured in our Suffolk factory by skilled joiners, with 90% of the work undertaken before we arrive in your garden. So we can deliver and install in just 1-2 days – meaning minimal fuss and disruption to you.

How are Smart Garden Offices made? There’s nothing flimsy or rough around the edges about a Smart Garden Office/Studio. We use only high quality construction-grade materials and our very own “ISIS”

What about electrics and foundations? We have our own fully qualified electrician who will attend during the installation, so you will be up and running from the moment we hand over the keys. We also have our own groundworks team to

create the perfect foundation for your garden room. We can also undertake any pre-clearance too. We really do provide the full onestop-shop service! One size fits all? Not at all! We offer a full consultation service so each building is bespoke and you choose from a wide range of sizes, finishes, colours, carpets, as well as positioning the windows, doors and sockets to suit you. We have a wide range of options such as fitted furniture (desks, libraries, BookNook), decking and blinds.


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Discover some hidden treasures this winter As nature hunkers down and the days shorten, the natural world begins preparations for the next year. Yet there are still winter treasures to be found, even if there is less daylight to find them in.


own on the ground are some specialist winter fungi to look out for. Field blewit can be found on verges and other grassy areas, well into December. Its other name of blue–legs is an apt description for underneath a pale creamytan cap they do indeed have bright indigo blue stems.

Field Blewits

Velvet shank with its slimy orange cap should be obvious even in the wintry gloom, yet growing on dead tree stumps it’s still easily overlooked. This species is also known as the Winter mushroom and is well named as it can occur through to February, surviving being completely frozen to drop more spores when it thaws out again. Surprisingly this is also the Enoki Mushroom much cultivated in Japan; where it is grown under darkness in glass jars to produce a spindly cream fruit body far removed from its wild form.

Velvet Shank

tightly clasped hands generate an imitation sound good enough to bring curious owls within a few feet. However if you can’t make the noise – don’t despair – it’s still a great way to warm up your hands!


Meanwhile up in the tree canopy mistletoe becomes more visible as leaves drop away around it. Sort after by the ancient druids, but only to be harvested with a golden sickle as Pliny the roman author and natural philosopher tells it; mistletoe still has an air of enchantment about it. Defying the winter damp and chill with its bright verdant foliage and pearly white berries, in stark contrast to the bare empty boughs where it perches. Small wonder the plant has long been associated with virility persisting to this day with its use as a festive decoration and in the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe. However the life cycle of the plant is somewhat more sinister as it’s actually parasitic on its host and is most commonly found on apple and lime trees.

Less often seen but frequently heard during the long dark evenings are tawny owls. Their distinctive ‘tweets’ and ‘woos’ forming an eerie chorus floating across the still winter nights. You might like to try your hand at talking to the owls; some people can, blowing through

Other natural treasures more on show as darkness comes early are the stars, constellations and meteors in the night sky. December and January are the best months to see the northern hemisphere’s most distinctive groups of stars, the constellation of Orion the hunter. There are two particularly bright stars in the group; Betelgeuse, a reddish star found at the top left of the constellation and Rigel, a bluewhite star down to the lower right. The three stars in the belt of Orion point the way down to Sirius, which is the brightest star in the night sky. Sirius is also known as the dog star as it’s the main object in the constellation of Canis major (the great dog) which straddles the equator being visible in the north hemisphere for half the year and in the south for the other half. The Geminids meteor shower can be a spectacular sight during early December (reaching its maximum on the 13th) with up to 100 meteors per hour. If you miss that particular shooting star show there’s another one, the Quadrantids in January (with its maximum on 4th) proving that fireworks in the sky have been present long before the invention of gun powder. Jon Tyler (



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Never leave a padlock open with the code numbers on show as the code can be written down and used later on when in use l Try to chain ladders, bikes and large items like wheelbarrows all together; this makes it harder to move one thing without a disturbance l

Intruders are always looking for easy opportunities, without the risk of confrontation, so something as simple as leaving a light on to give the impression that someone is at home is often enough to deter them.


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We spoke to local security expert Peter George at Malthouse Security to get his top tips to help you step up the security of your property this winter. With 58% of intruder theft taking place in the evenings and the early hours, its makes sense to go ‘back to basics’ with your home security measures: Lock doors and windows every time you go out, even if its only a



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fter a diversion, in the last issue, to a view of the region though French eyes, I end the series with another Englishman’s view on East Anglia. William Cobbett was the son of a Surrey farmer and innkeeper who, after a spell in the army, became a political journalist. He saw himself as a champion of traditional rural society against the change brought about by the industrial revolution. In the 1820s, Cobbett was a radical anti-Corn Law campaigner and embarked on a series of journeys by horseback through the English countryside. His observations, from the point of view of both farmer and social reformer, were published in book form in two volumes under the title “Rural Rides”. “There is nothing in Essex, Suffolk, or this country [Norfolk] that can be called a hill.”

all placed on the highest spots to be found near where they stand; and, it is curious enough, that the contrary practice should have prevailed in hilly counties, where they are generally found in valleys and in low, sheltered dells, even in those valleys! “These churches prove that the people of Norfolk and Suffolk were always a superior people in point of wealth, while the size of them proves that the country parts were, at one time, a great deal more populous than they now are.” William Cobbett spent most of his time in Norfolk. He visited Norwich (“a very fine city”) where he saw the market and the once grand corn exchange in St Andrew’s Hall. His lasting impression of the farming in the region was more than favourable:

This is how Cobbett starts his Suffolk and Norfolk journal. I don’t think anyone can disagree with this observation! Whilst he clearly did not find much to recommend Essex, he continues: “It was not till I got nearly to Sudbury that I saw much change for the better. Sudbury has some fine meadows near it on the sides of the river Stour. The land all along to Bury Saint Edmund’s is very fine; but no trees worth looking at. The farming all along to Norwich is very good. The land clean, and everything done in a masterly manner.” Cobbett’s shrewd comments on the state of the region in the nineteenth century compared with earlier centuries also ring true: “The churches are generally large and the towers lofty. They have all been well built at first. They are almost

“Went from Norwich to London during the day, carrying with me great admiration of and respect for this county of excellent farmers, and hearty, open and spirited men. The Norfolk people are quick and smart in their motions and in their speaking. Very neat and trim in all their farming concerns, and very skilful. “Their land is good, their roads are level, and the bottom of their soil is dry, to be sure; and these are great advantages; but they are diligent, and make the most of everything. Their management of all sorts of stock is most judicious; they are careful about manure; their teams move quickly; and, in short, it is a county of most excellent cultivators.” Sarah Doig offers a family, house & local history research service (


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Jesus had died for me and life is more than we see around us. There is life after death and only Jesus can be trusted with our eternity. I gave my heart and life to my Saviour and was baptised a week before flying home to England.” Toby returned to education but renounced his old ways. Instead he became involved with the Christian Union leadership and helped to lead a mission trip to Rwanda before marrying his friend and Christian partner, Hannah. “I am not perfect, I am still learning and there have been hard times since becoming a Christian but they are far outweighed by my faith,” says Toby.

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Leonardo DiCaprio, one of America’s finest screen actors (and yet to win an Oscar), returns in Martin Scorsese’s drama about financial crime, corruption and scandal. I much prefer Scorsese’s larger scale dramatic films of the last decade to his earlier, over-praised gangster movies. DiCaprio has graced most of them Gangs of New York, The Aviator, the Oscar-winning The Departed and the superb thriller Shutter er Island - and manages to combine real acting with star charisma. Based on a true life story this co-stars Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey, with support from Joanna Lumley. Rumour has it that The Wolf of Wall Street could be in for Oscar success, but whether or not the Academy is watching – you should be!

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Paul Muncila of Tudor Bakehouse, who featured in the ITV programme Britain’s Best Bakery, will be running a Christmas baking workshop on 9 December and will demonstrate how to make traditional German stollen and lebkuchen, delicious spicy fruit loaf and shortbread biscuits. To book your place, call 01379 855376 or email

Christmas in Harleston In our new austerity age people are increasingly drawn to the handmade and home-grown. More and more people are growing their own veg, making their own clothes, recycling and up-cycling.

Sparkle & Flair, in the Old Market Place, have a large stock of beads and are offering three workshops to make Christmas-themed earrings and tree decorations on Saturday 30th November and 7th and 14th December. To book your place, call 01379 855491 or email welcome@ Wilderness Stores has a shabbychic furniture painting workshop on 7th December and five Monday afternoon workshops where you can make stylish Christmas decorations, cards and wrapping paper. To book your place, call 01379 853067 or visit for more information.

As well as lots of inspiring Christmas workshops to take part in, Harleston has got a lot to offer this Christmas. Head to the Market Square on Saturday 6th December to see the Christmas lights get turned on. To co-incide with the Christmas lights switch-on, there will be a Santa’s Grotto, hot drinks and late night shopping.

And to get you in the festive mood there will also be carol singing around town every Saturday in December, with a special event on 21st December.

Everything to sew & knit Alterations, repairs & dry cleaning service Hat hire Lots of gift ideas for the keen crafter Gift vouchers available

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Long-time resident David Fairhall explores a landscape that has inspired some of the greatest English painters. He follows gentle rivers that reach far inland from a coastline of marsh, sand and shingle, through fenland and farmland, to rural villages where the past is always present. It is a treasure trove of local history, endearing wildlife, fascinating architecture and friendly pubs, this book is written for newcomers and visitors interested in the waterside.

East Anglia Shores David Fairhall Bloomsbury Paperback 9781472903402 £12.99

Here is a sympathetic, but not uncritical account of her life in Norfolk. Through all her family problems and dealings with her often unsatisfactory publishers, she wrote and wrote and her sense of humour never left her. We see a character with many contradictions, both feminist and conservative, anti clerical but conventionally church-going, sympathetic to her farm workers but opposed to union agitation. A good, honest biography.


MEMa biography of Mary Mann Marion Aldis and Pamela Inder Larks Press Paperback 9781904006695 £10

Francis, the younger brother of Adrian Bell, author of many books on rural Suffolk life, was not known as a writer, yet the hidden cache of journals and photos he kept of his time in Argentina and his later diaries on his return to Suffolk in 1935 tell a quite different story. Poignant, funny and historically interesting this biography, woven with diary extracts, brings together local people’s memories, their own working days and the times they lived in.


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By daring to follow a dream and not letting fear prevail, Helen cycled across the Sahara, Sahel and the tropics of West Africa, paddled down the Niger river in a pirogue , hitch-hiked to Timbuktu and spent three months traversing the Congo. Over two years, Helen takes you on a journey of misadventures and marriage proposals; encounters with hippos, snakes, spiders, a lion and a Lost Cyclist. A world away and yet not so different at all.

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East Anglia was a distinctive English region during the Middle Ages, but it was one that owed much of its character and identity to its place in a much wider “North Sea World”. This collection of essays discusses this maritime framework, exploring the extent to which there was a community bound together by the shared frontier of the North Sea. A range of international scholars contribute from the disciplines of history, archaeology, art history and literary studies.

The stunning legacy of the Romans and Anglo-Saxons is well known and the region has an immensely rich and high-profile heritage of ecclesiastical art and architecture. In this broader view are exceptional works by ceramicists and goldsmiths, shawl-makers and silk-weavers, engravers and chair-makers, by product designers and engineers. Each work, as revealed in a short essay by an expert in the field, is a masterpiece in its own right.

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Make your own Glamorous Christmas Ornaments Rather than buy new ornaments for your tree, why not make your own? This issue, our crafty lady Caroline explains how she made her own decorations from a broken chandelier. You could use anything sparkly which you’ve found at a charity shop or car boot, or even in your home!

This year, rather than buy some new ornaments for the tree, I thought I would up-cycle a chandelier I found in a local charity shop. Some of the crystals were missing so I couldn’t use it as it was.

2. I decided what length and colour of ribbon I needed and proceeded to cut enough ribbon for all of the crystals so they were all the same length. 3. I then proceeded to tie the ribbon onto my first crystal…

1. I removed the crystals I needed from the chandelier and cleaned them using steam and a clean cloth, as I didn’t want to affect the wire that held the crystals together.

… and was rather happy with the result! After tying all of the ribbons onto all of the crystals, I dressed my Christmas tree.

You will need… • Old chandelier or some old jewellery • Ribbon • Scissors

I now have a rather sparkly and glamorous tree for an extremely reasonable price. The woolly baubles were a gift to me from one of the lovely Crafty Ladies of Wymondham, Shelley MarshallNichols. You can find out more about the Crafty Ladies of Wymondham on their Facebook page.

Merry Christmas & a Crafty New Year Caroline is a member of the Crafty Ladies of Wymondham. You can find them on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.



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WITH PILATES Pilates can help: ~ Strengthen your back ~ Flatten your stomach ~ Improve your posture ~ Ease pain and stiffness ~ Aid relaxation NEW Classes at Diss Methodist Church & Harleston Leisure Centre

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Manorcourt Daycare Open 5 days a week Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm (Division of Healthcare Homes) We provide a stimulating service in an informal and welcoming setting. We specialise in in individual care from the age of 55+ who have dementia and mental health needs. Our care staff are trained in all aspects of relevant areas in dementia care and they promote respect, choice and independence for each individual. Situated in a village location in the heart of Norfolk. Meals on wheels now being delivered.

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Ancient Oriental Astrology

FOR A MODERN LIFE Here are my last forecasts for 2013 and the current yearly Ki cycle. You can find out your Ki Star at In February 2014 a new Ki year begins and I look forward to providing you with a taster of the year to come.

9 Fire Star You may feel the onus of a certain lingering responsibility needing your full attention in December. Be influential but not pushy. January however, brings a time for re-invention and a fresh outlook on a purely personal level – ideal for initiating beneficial New Year’s resolutions. 2014 is all about you!. 8 Earth Star Even though it’s nearing midwinter, you really must make the most of this time. You’ve planned and prepared enough; push ahead now and begin the creative process of materialisation. Pace yourself in January however, where you may experience a drain on your resources and energy. Support heads your way in 2014. 7 Metal Star Family matters may come to the fore in December as you feel a need to improve any relationships. Tenderness and empathy brings beneficial results. The ambiance of January however, fills you with new purpose and a buoyant determination. Fill your boots and get ready for a climb in 2014! 6 Metal Star Your career

receives your full attention and focus in December, as you feel productive and in the groove. There could be a

moment of hesitation in January however, as relationship matters find you making a commitment one way or another. Keep a clear mind and a clear home at this time.

5 Earth Star

A surprise could be in store for you during December as something once hidden becomes exposed. While this is a highly sensitive time for you, there is a great chance that all your energy and skills will bring great rewards your way during 2014. It’s been a turbulent year, but hang on, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

4 Wood Star

Although you’ve had a pretty hectic year, one final push is needed for December, but pay attention to your communication levels. Even though you may feel reluctant to celebrate you will feel upbeat and much more fired up in January, where there is a surprise in store, a possible promotion or romantic involvement.

3 Wood Star

You are fully deserving of a break, and December provides you with just that. Take time out, recharge the batteries and reflect on what worked for you during the last year. January urges you to use this wisdom in a practical way, by changing tack if necessary, but do keep active on all levels; don’t stagnate.

2 Earth Star

You’ve been waiting a while now, for a moment of true clarity and insight, in order to finally make that important decision regarding your future. Use this improved focus wisely, but test the water first. The pace picks up dramatically for you in 2014 and January will provide a moment of calm before the fun starts.

1 Water Star

Your relatively quiet year takes an interesting shift in December, as connectivity to all those around you bursts into life. You seem to have all the answers in January, where your confidence and focus gains a new level of clarity, although be aware of any opinionated attitudes that may undermine this.

To discover your Ki Star and for more information about Ki Astrology please visit David Walters DIP. CHIRO Follow me on: @fengshuiflow


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Netherton Dental Practice Practice Philosophy • We are renowned for being a ‘gentle practice’ which is why so many patients come to us for treatment. • A personal service ensures a close, professional and caring relationship being developed with a dedicated dental practitioner. • Our preventative team, including our two hygienists, ensure oral health is given top priority. • At Netherton Dental Practice we actively listen to you, placing great emphasis on providing a thorough investigation, followed up with a written report and treatment planning options, if required, for complex dentistry. • We believe children should be treated from an early age and therefore we provide advice to parents and children regarding plaque control and preventative dietary habits.

Our Services Complete dental care for all ages including advanced restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Professionally placed restorations – Implants Tooth Whitening – Telescopic Overdentures –Sports Mouthguards – Fissure Sealants Facial Aesthetics – Veneers – Diagnosis and Treatment of Periodontal Disease – Orthodontic Treatment – Clearaligners – Treatment of Temperomandibular Signs and Symptoms.


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Q&A HEALTH Natural solutions for your health problems Q: A:

I lead a hectic lifestyle and tend to suffer from stress. Please! Help me to keep my cool!

Trish Stephenson from the Natural Food Store Norwich says, “When left to spiral out of control, stress can lead to a number of health complaints, such as muscle tension, sleeping disorders, nervous anxiety and mild depression.

But don’t let life get you down, fight back! Control your breathing. It may sound silly but most of us do not breathe properly, which can reduce our oxygen intake by up to a third and quicken our heartbeat unnecessarily. Italian research discovered that the optimum amount of breaths for a resting adult is 8 breaths per minute. This requires deeper abdominal breathing; your stomach should go out when you inhale and in when you exhale, and you should always try to breathe through your nose. By taking fewer but deeper breaths you will optimise your oxygen intake, helping you to relax and remain calm.

Exercise is also a great way of beating stress. Not only does it allow you to vent your frustration, it also causes the brain to produce more of the ‘happy hormones’ called endorphins. So, try to work up a sweat for at least 20 minutes a day. Eat a whole food diet containing lots of B vitamins or supplement regularly with a B Vitamin Complex tablet to support the nervous system and essential Magnesium Citrate to relax those tense muscles! Finally, herbal remedies can be very effective at combating stress. The Passiflora Complex from Bioforce combines Passiflora with Avena sativa, a traditional nerve tonic recognised for its restorative action on the nervous system and is a natural solution. Reassuringly this has no known side effects and does not interact with other medication.”

We are a small private dental practice providing treatment in quiet, calm and comfortable surroundings. This allows us to give you individual and personal attention, plenty of time and an excellent service. We would like to treat everyone as we would like to be treated ourselves. Our primary goals are to help you achieve and then maintain a preferred level of oral health. We hope and trust that your visit to the practice will be pleasant and relaxing. You and your family are welcome here. General and Family Dentistry Root Canal Treatment Implant Dentistry Partial /Full mouth Rehabilitation Crowns, Bridges and Dentures Tooth Whitening, Smile Makeover, Veneers Orthodontic Treatment

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We aim to detect the signs of these and other serious illnesses before any symptoms appear. We use highly advanced “open” CT scanners and each scan only takes a few minutes. As part of Spire Healthcare, we are now able to offer you a Lifescan health check* at Spire Norwich Hospital – a leading local private hospital. So get a Lifescan health check now - we want to help keep you healthy for longer

Over the last 10 years, Lifescan has checked over 65,000 people. To find out more or to book an appointment at Spire Norwich Hospital call us quoting reference NOR-VIL on

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Old Watton Road, Colney, Norwich, NR4 7TD *Before any booking can be confirmed we will need to ensure you are eligible for any aspect of the appointment against our clinical referral criteria. There are benefits and risks associated with the use of CT scans for medical investigations. Lifescan provides full information to all patients about CT scans and X-ray exposure. Lifescan is regulated under the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 and is registered as a provider of diagnostic and screening services with the Care Quality Commission.


Wymondham Martial Arts and Wellbeing Centre Wymondham Martial Arts And Wellbeing Cent on Oaktree Industrial Estate, is a Centre, co converted industrial unit that hosts a wide variety of activities and services. Th Centre is a registered, not-forThe pr profit charity that relies on hall hire fe to cover costs and overheads. fees The centre was founded by Chris and Karen Claydon in January 2011 after Wymondham Judo Club out outgrew its previous venue. With the help of some very generous volunteers, the venue was quickly turned into an impressive ‘dojo’ (physical training facility) which boasts the largest permanent matted area in East Anglia! Now, as well as Judo, the WMAAWC also offers other martial arts classes, including karate, battojutso, tai chi, aikido, kung fu and more. All classes are held by experienced instructors, manyy of whom have competed at a high level. le

and Nikki Stroud. There are also burlesque and belly dancing classes for adults as well as several classes for children including baby music, pre-school dance, preschool ballet, street dance and theatre dance. An array of alternative therapies are also available including Reiki and psychic development. lopment. What’s more, there is now a new fully licensed and registered tattoo studio, Lizard Ink Tattoos, which has been very popular since opening in August. Resident tattooist Duane Smith also runs fitness classes at the centre.

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A selection selec of fitness classes are also available, av including buggy boot camp, camp boxercise, boot camp fitness, spinning, spinning aerobics, pole-fit and yoga. Personal Pe training is also available from experienced trainers Duane Smith, Martin Brookman, Claire Gurney

He says, “This really is a fantastic place with so much going on. There is something for everyone. Chris and Karen are extremely welcoming and supportive to instructors and students alike. The instructo instructors are all great people and it’s a pleasure to be involved with the WMAAWC”. For more information, call Karen on 01953 604 385 or visit

Running makes you fat Now the title may seem sensationalised but it holds a lot of truth. I have witnessed it happen to countless gym trainers in my 11 years of experience.

My observations have showed me that the people who just go on cardio vascular equipment like the treadmills in a bid to lose weight are relatively unsuccessful. People believe that to lose weight or manage weight you have to do cardio. If only these people would believe that lifting weights would give them the body they are after with little traditional cardio required. I’m not here to suggest you quit running if it is your sport, but if you are only doing it for weight loss then I would suggest a different approach.

With the right food and supplements, weight training is all you need. Weight training only is also just as beneficial to heart health as endurance work as well as being much less time consuming! With thanks to Roscoe Hipperson at The Fit Club Wymondham.


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Nestled in the heart of Diss behind the facade of an ordinary house lies an oasis of calm and healing. Overlooking parish fields, Diss Osteopathy and Natural Health Clinic could well be in the countryside. But really, it is close to all the amenities of Diss with ample parking offered by its location near to the Shelfanger Road car parks. Once inside, you will be greeted by one of our team of friendly and experienced therapists and our clinic manager Julie will be on hand to assist you.

Our light and airy reception offers a comfortable place to wait with views over the garden and the parish fields beyond. You can read a magazine or help yourself to a drink while you wait. Children are welcome and there is always a supply of magazines for them to read, paper and pens for drawing and some toys for the younger ones. So, if you have pain or discomfort and you’re not sure if we can help you, please do call us. One of our team will offer advice as to the best approach for your problem and you

can ask as many questions as you need to. What we offer: Osteopathy, cranial osteopathy, sports massage, holistic massage, counselling, aromatherapy, reflexology, diet and nutritional advice, homeopathy, and now we are also lucky to have digital infrared thermal imaging for breast and body scanning.

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Plan ahead this Christmas and avoid a New Year financial hangover


Andrew Hagger Money expert from

t’s easy to get carried away with your plastic in the run up to Christmas and end up getting yourself in a financial pickle come January.

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.

So this year, why not plan ahead to prevent the all too familiar stress and money worries that take the shine off your start to the New Year?

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.

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 Tesco Clubcard credit card which is interest free for 18 months. However, don’t get too carried away, as you don’t want to still be paying for the xmas pud, crackers and presents come next summer. One tried and tested money saving tip is to try and cut back on your food shopping during the first

Another way to keep the cost down is to agree with friends and relatives that 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. Basically 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 virtually wiped out just to cover your Christmas excesses. Remember, 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 really not worth it.


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Leaving money to charit y in your Will


hanges to inheritance tax law in April 2012 mean that leaving a gift to charity in your Will can ultimately benefit both your local charity of choice as well as your nearest and dearest. East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) has to raise in the region of £6 million this year to care for children with a life-threatening condition and support their families across our region. Income from legacies provides an important revenue stream for the charity. In 2012/2013, 18p in every £1 raised came from a gift bequeathed to them in a Will.

The change introduced in 2012 gives those writing their Wills the chance to consider reducing their inheritance tax rate from 40% to 36% purely by deciding to leave at least 10% of their estate to charity. With inheritance tax being levied on every pound of the deceased’s estate over the threshold of £325,000 - the estate includes all the assets of the deceased; their house, possessions, money and investments - the tax man’s share can be quite considerable. The reduction of 4% can sometimes lead to charities benefitting hugely from a legacy with only a minor drop in the amount due to beneficiaries. Camilla Haycock, Fundraising Development Manager for EACH said: “When it comes to writing your Will, we understand that family and friends come first, but we would also love you to consider

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Winter Recipe In the first of a new series of recipes for Village People, Jeremy Parke, the head chef at Relish Restaurant in Newton Flotman, shows us how to make a warming Scottish dish using local East Anglian ingredients.

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20g unsalted butter 2 pints of fresh fish stock if possible if not stock cubes 2 banana shallots, finely chopped 100g leeks, white only, finely chopped 2 medium garlic cloves, crushed and finely chopped 200g potatoes, boiled until tender 750g smoked haddock, skin and bones removed - we recommend Cley Smokehouse 100ml whole milk 100ml double cream Freshly ground black pepper One egg per person If you are not vegetarian: Rushall Farm Shop homemade black pudding

1. Put a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the butter and, when melted, add the shallots, leek and garlic. Cover and sweat for 5-10 minutes, but don’t allow the vegetables to colour. 2. Add the cooked potatoes and the smoked haddock. Cover and sweat for a further two minutes. 3. Add the fish stock and season with freshly ground pepper. Bring to the boil and simmer for 8 -10 minutes. 4. Take the pan off the heat and allow to cool slightly. Then carefully pour the mixture into a blender and put on the lid. Take the stopper out of the hole in the lid and cover with a tea towel so it doesn’t cover your kitchen in Cullen. 5. Blend for a few seconds then gradually add the milk and cream through the hole. Blend until the mixture is smooth. 6. In a frying pan of hot oil add one thick slice of black pudding per person, around 1cm, and fry for a couple of minutes until warmed through. 7. Poach an egg per person so it’s still lovely and runny To serve: Spoon the Cullen into a dish, pop the slice of black pudding on top of the Cullen then rest the poached egg on top of the black pudding. Finish with a drizzle of peaty whisky. We love Talisker or Laphroaig, but if you want to use a local whisky try Chapter 11 from St George’s Brewery in Roudham, which is a perfect local alternative. You can find more of Jeremy’s recipes at













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