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Contents

August/September 2022

OUT & ABOUT 8

Good news from our region

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Time and Tide arrives in Norwich

29 HOME & GARDEN 20

Art - colour and composition from James Mayhew

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Garden Jottings from The Garden Enclosure

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Greenfingers with Alan Titchmarsh

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Nature - take up the tree challenge with Norfolk Wildlife Trust

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Book reviews - fiction for summer

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NEW: Five minutes with …. Ben Langley

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Seasonal food - 6 delicious courgette recipes

HEALTH, STYLE, FASHION & BEAUTY

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Recipe for Yotam Ottolenghi’s pappardelle with rose harissa, black olives and capers

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Skincare with Geraldine Walters

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Fashion - beachwear to be seen in this summer

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Health - top tips to cope with stress and anxiety

JOBS, MONEY & BUSINESS

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Fashion - the 80s revival

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Local walk to Howe from Brooke

Money on my mind with Martin Lewis

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Memories of Frenze & Thelveton

Finance - the wellbeing benefits of smart retirement planning

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40 Recipe for cherry raspberry almond cake

WIN £100 M&S voucher finding Bella the beagle

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Find a local business or service in our directory

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Exercise your brain cells with our crossword

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Village Notice Board

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Canine communications with Julia Collins

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’m writing this piece on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, with the sun shining and everyone’s energy on the up! At the same time we’ve been working on a piece to promote the charity calendar 2023 created by our local history expert, Dennis Cross. Time certainly flies, doesn’t it?! The calendar features old postcards from many of the villages that we deliver to, so plenty of fascinating history for you to enjoy. Raising funds for the wonderful Norfolk charity Big C, and priced at only £10, I do hope many of you will be able to support this great cause and have a whole year’s worth of local history to look at. We LOVE everything local, as you all know! Get your baking pinny on and try the Pennoyer Centre’s Cherry Raspberry Almond Cake, which scored 100% with all their tasters. That’s one I’ll definitely be baking this summer, especially as it can easily be adapted to gluten free. We know that hundreds of our readers always bake our cake recipes, so could I invite you to post a photo of this creation on Instagram and tag us so we can share @vpmagazine? As well as our regular Find Bella the Beagle competition to win a £100 M&S voucher, we are also promoting Norfolk Gin’s local refill service by giving away 8 bottles of their delicious gin. Plus, we have 4 pairs of tickets to give away to see the hilarious Ben Langley Show in Bungay. See inside for all the details. We have over 30 amazing new local businesses offering you

their products and services for the first time in this issue, so make sure you read the magazine from cover to cover and support everything local. And finally, just to let you know that our circulation has increased by another 1,000, taking us up to 64,000 country homes receiving the region’s largest circulating magazine directly to their door. Enjoy! Stay safe in the sun until next time.

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GOOD NEWS FROM OUR REGION: Even more at home

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shopping experience by creating a place to relax with a drink and snack or meal, because there is just so much to see in our superstore. Customers can explore the showroom at their own pace, take a break and stay for the afternoon or longer, without feeling the need to rush.” John Doe occup pies their own 45,000 ft2 superstore, and the family-run business, founded in 1983, caters for all home needs under one roof, including flooring, beds, sofas, furniture, curtains and more.

Alongside the new coffee house is a brand new lighting department, and a new soft furnishings department offering luxury towels and bedding, with brands like Sanderson and Joules, as well as an extensive range of curtains, blinds and shutters. Josh Morley adds: “We are confident that the recent exp pansion will put us firmly on the map as one of the UK’s leading home retail stores, as we have effectively doubled the size of our first floor.”

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orfolk Gin has come up with a novel idea to slash waste and allow fans of their wonderful tipple to refill their empty bottles at specific locations around the county – and save money too! Jonathan Redding, Norfolk Gin Director, says: “People have been asking us if they can refill our bottles, so we went about finding a solution. Reno Wines in Wymondham was the first place we worked with for refills, and it was so successful that we have added

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taboo-busting messages, always allowing room for the unexpected. Rego frequently describes her work as “ferocious and tender,” innocent on first look, but look closer and there is a brutal twist. The Tate gallery’s major retrospective of Paula Rego’s work last year confirmed her position as one of the most important post-war European artists and emphasised the role of socio-political in art, including a selection of her

etchings and lithographs. The Corn Hall, in Diss, is delighted to expand on this important aspect of her work by exhibiting a survey of her etchings from her famous Nursery Rhymes, prints, the renowned Jane Eyre suite of lithographs and preparatory studies. Curator David Case commented: “I was very fortunate to work with Paula for many years while a director of Marlborough Fine Art in London, so it's very pleasing to see such an important exhibition at the Corn Hall.” On the opening day there

will be a screening of the much acclaimed and intimate film, directed by her son, Nick Willing ‘Secrets and Stories’ – a vivid and frank account of Paula Rego’s personal life and career, from her childhood in Portugal to current international status.

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A master of colour and composition

Award-winning Suffolk author, illustrator and artist, James Mayhew, investigates inspiring art in the region

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hey say you should never meet your heroes, in case they disappoint! But when it comes to Dom Theobald, I needn’t have worried. It would be hard to find a more affable, warm and approachable person. I’d been aware of Dom’s work for some time, commanding attention wherever I’d seen it, so it was an enormous pleasure to visit him at his studio, hidden away like a forgotten chapter of The Secret Garden behind the magnificent Ditchingham House. Dom lived in an apartment in the house until recently, but maintains his barn-like studio there. Abstract paintings are hung from the rafters, glowing luminously on the walls and spilling their colour out into the landscape; walls and tables are crammed full of equipment. Printmaking tools, paints, brushes, and an enormous printing press stands in the midst of this cacophony of creativity. Dom’s paintings are often huge and the textures are as important as the images themselves. There’s a joy in the physical process and the physicality of the materials he uses. His old etching plates are objects of beauty, full of texture,

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form and interest. Among many etchings, a cat motif reappears. There’s an angular dog too, which Dom laughingly refers to as a kind of self-portrait. Born in Surrey and brought up in London, Dom describes himself as, “Not good at school, not academic…but always drawing.” He left school unsure what to do with himself, and initially got a job, keeping his interests in art alive with evening classes. But in his mid-twenties he was finally persuaded to apply to Camberwell School of Art for a foundation course, and then on to Norwich School of Art, where artist and tutor Derrick Greaves’ poetic and carefully considered image-making proved to be an important influence. This was followed by two years at the Slade, where he studied printmaking. Ever since then, painting (in oils and acrylic), and printmaking

(etching) have been joint passions. I was especially interested to talk to Dom about the journey from observational, representational drawing, to abstraction. Dom’s paintings are extraordinary in their balance, the space between things as important as the components of the images. There is clarity, yet ambiguity. It is considered, thoughtful work. Where does it begin? “I tend to see drawing as a finding of shapes, a finding of forms, a way of discovering the world,” explains Dom. “Inevitably, as an artist, you have a kind of ‘filtration system’. For me, abstraction became a process of filtering out a whole lot of stuff I didn’t want, and simplifying the pictorial space.” While Dom tries to avoid obvious symbolism, he recognises that viewers inevitably project their own thoughts and interpretations onto his work.


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Dom finds forms and inspiration in all kinds of places. One painting is made up of sequences of random iconography seen on a trip to Coney Island, New York, which explains the giddy, almost cartoonish colours and shapes. A trip to Florence also made a huge impression, the clarity and organised space of early Italian painting, and the dominating boldness of icons, taught him much. Music is also a huge inspiration – colours matching sounds like a kind of synaesthesia. Dom cites Miles Davis as a favourite, and throughout his work there is a sense of harmony, or discord, in the juxtaposition of colours. Recently, he has sensed his work is changing, a result of many years in the bucolic countryside of the Waveney Valley. Outside his studio, in the sunshine, are some work-

in-progress landscapes. The audacious colours and powerful forms make them instantly recognisable as Dom’s work. Yet they are also representational; horizons, skies in fantastical colours, organic forms like a split willow on a river bank, wrought in decoration and pattern. They dazzle and surprise, humming with colour and life. “There’s a battle going on,” says Dom cheerfully. “Forms are trying to surface.” Some paintings happen quickly, others take time and build up in layers. Sometimes he will return to a painting years after an initial phase. His current landscapes are already two years old, and I’m impatient to see how they end up. I suspect they will be very special indeed, but I’ll have to wait. As Dom says: “I think, for me, the best paintings are not entirely planned.”

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or a bit of gardening inspiration, there’s nothing better than taking a look at a display of show gardens, such as those seen at the Chelsea Flower Show, Britain’s pinnacle of horticultural excellence, or at Hampton Court, Tatton Park, some fantastic county events such as Sandringham, and the regional agricultural shows. Whether you attend and experience the atmosphere for yourself or just watch on TV (where I’m sure you see more of the show gardens) you can’t help but wish that your garden looked that good all year round – so why doesn’t it? Firstly, most display gardens are a bit of an illusion, they are a snapshot of one moment in time when everything is brought together at its peak (that’s not to say they are impractical or unreal). Secondly, budgets need to be generous as instant is expensive,

and thirdly, the attention to detail is very time consuming, requiring a skilled team to install and maintain the design. However, putting aside these minor details, there’s no reason why much of what you see cannot be created in some way in your own garden. Show gardens express the importance of structure, the balance between hard surfaces (patios, pathways, steps, features, etc) and the softer elements of the plants, creating an inviting and harmonious space. The majority of flower colour is produced by herbaceous plants, such as the beautiful sun-loving bearded iris, wonderful large-flowered oriental poppies, fragrant dianthus and carnations, centaurea (Knapweed), foxgloves and many other ‘cottage garden’ favourites. Green in all textures, shades and forms naturally creates the backdrop for these blooms

– lush hostas, soft conifers, bold fatsias, neat hornbeam hedges and sharply clipped box balls, interspersed with drifts of blousy lavenders or light and airy grasses moving gently in the slightest breeze. These borders look fantastic now, but for your own plot try to extend the season with planting that will reward you with successional interest throughout the year. If the opportunity arises, go and have a look at some local Open Garden events, where residents bravely open their side gates for a good cause, and allow the public a sneaky peek into their private space. These are genuine gardens maintained on an average budget in the owners’ spare time, giving you a realistic snapshot of what you can achieve in yours. At The Garden Enclosure, we stock all kinds of plants and have access to thousands more from our dedicated local nurserymen, so call in and turn your wish into reality, create a space that’s special, you don’t have to do it all at once, take one step at a time and your dream garden will no longer be an illusion!

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Horticultural inspiration, accomplished gardener, talented novelist and much-loved presenter, Alan Titchmarsh, talks about the most common mistakes we make in our gardens.

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always say, as a golden rule, prevention is better than cure, so with that in mind here are my top seven gardening mistakes… and how to avoid them! Firstly, you can have too much of a good thing! Less is more when it comes to good gardening, and if you cram too much together it’ll look a mess, or worse still, die! Another big error is over- and under-watering. Be regimented about your watering routine and adjust it depending on rainfall to ensure your garden is nicely hydrated at all times. Next, always ensure what you’re pulling up are weeds and not slow-developing flowers. We can sometimes find ourselves being particularly ruthless with what grows in our gardens, so remember, everything grows at a different rate and sometimes the most mundane of plants will flourish to become the most beautiful… but only if they’re left in the ground! Another big thing is failing to prepare your soil. Give your plants a chance by ensuring the soil they’re in is in good condition. A simple testing kit will let you know if you

need to re-compost, add fertiliser, or simply switch to a different soil type. You should also steer clear of what I call ‘the bullies’! Japanese knotweed and Russian vine are particularly unruly and will literally undermine not just your flowers, but nearby buildings too! And the same goes for our animal friends. Sure, we may like to see a hedgehog, bird life, even the odd fox, but the best gardens are those that manage to protect the food supply present! My final piece of advice is to try to spread the love around your garden. Few of us have an endless budget with which to run riot in our green spaces, and it’s better to do a little at a time across the board than blow it all in one part of the garden, leaving the rest of it looking forlorn and bereft.

Remember, no two gardens are the same, in much the same way that no two gardeners are the same, and you’re never going to get it right all the time. The most important thing is to be organised and put the effort in – if you do that, the rewards will very often follow close behind.

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RECIPE

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Pappardelle with Rose Harissa, Black Olives and Capers

INGREDIENTS 2 tbsp of olive oil 1 large onion, thinly sliced (220g) 3 tbsp Rose Harissa 400g cherry tomatoes, halved

Serves 4 I find there is no better dish to eat in the summer evenings than pasta. Al fresco, with the late sunshine and a glass of red or white wine, I struggle to think of a better combination with which to while away those elongated evenings.

‘Pappare’ means ‘to gobble up’, in Italian, which is the destiny of this dish. I like it spicy, but the quantity of harissa can easily be reduced. Make the sauce three days ahead if you like and keep in the fridge until needed.

55g pitted Kalamata olives, torn in half 20g baby capers 500g dried pappardelle pasta (or another wide, flat pasta) 15g parsley, roughly chopped 120g Greek-style yoghurt salt

METHOD 1. Put the oil into a large sauté pan, for which you have a lid, and place on a medium high heat. Once hot, add the onion and fry for 8 minutes, stirring every once in a while, until soft and caramelised. 2. Add the Rose Harissa, tomatoes, olives, capers and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and continue to fry for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently, until the tomatoes

start to break down. Add 200ml of water and stir through. 3. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium low, cover the pan and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the lid and continue to cook for 4–5 minutes until the sauce is thick and rich. Stir in 10g of the parsley and set aside. 4. Meanwhile, fill a large pot with plenty of salted water and

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 The Staffordshire Yeomanry was stationed at

Frenze during WW1, where they trained before shipping off to France. Here they can be seen in early 1914 with their horses, in a picture taken by official war photographer Ernest Abraham.

 Seen here in 1911, St Andrews Church, Frenze, is

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 Early 1914 – soldiers from the Staffordshire

Yeomanry butchering meat for the troops in Frenze.

 Frenze Hall is situated opposite the church,

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 Pictured in 1911, this splendid house, called The

Grange, was owned by Horace Willam Lascelles. Below right: Taken in the late 1920s, this photograph shows the school house, which was built by Mr T Mann for 48 pupils. The school is now a private house.

 Thelveton School, around 1927/28. Dennis Cross went to school with many of the children of these pupils!

Back row l-r: Margaret Kent, Peter Potter, Will Kent, John Moore, Charlie Ruddock, Miss Meadows. 2nd row l-r: Mrs Smith (headmistress)), Joan Sneesby, Sybil Lawrence, Bert Saunders, Frank Coulson, Freda Kerry, Violet Lawrence, Kath Emptage, Brenda Lawrence, Miss Cook (infant teacher), Marjorie Lawrence. Seated l-r: Dorothy Potter, Edna Lipson, Marjorie Race, Winnie Leeder, Vera Ruddock, Lily Saunders, Joan Smith, Miss Meadows, Ivy Coulson. On ground l-r: Sanford Race, Gerald Ruddock, Herbert Kent, Kenny Ruddock.

The Norfolk Postcard Club has been disbanded, and a donation of £430 has been sent to each of four charities; East Anglian Air Ambulance, Big C, Marie Curie Care, and Marie Curie Support.

A moment in time

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ur postcard expert Dennis Cross is unveiling his fourth calendar to raise money for Norfolk cancer charity Big C. The popullar ar calendars, calendars which feature fascinating historriical postcards of local villages, have raised £6,340 so far for the charity, and Dennis is confident that this latest one will be just as well received. “This is a calendar with a difference,” he says. “It goes from January 2023 to January 2024 and features four postcards per page. We have sought out the most unusual and interesting ones from Diss and surrounding villages, many of which are unique and never seen before. But some readers will recognise the scenes and places, and that’s what makes the calendars so

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popular; people love to see villages they know or grew up in captured in a moment in time. “We We have found a wonderful postcard of a local ice cream selllerr who had a bus converted und all the villages selling so he could go arrou both fish and cchiips and ice cream. No-one has sseeen this postcard before. There is another of a porter at Diss Station standing between two horses. I think b he contrast between life back th theen, and now, makes us all veery nostalgic for simpler times.”

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Cherry Raspberry Almond Cake

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Tip: Don’t bother to defrost the fruit, they work fine from frozen!

INGREDIENTS Cake: 225g butter, softened 225g caster sugar 4 eggs 175g self-raising flour 125g ground almonds 3-4 drops almond extract 175g amaretti biscuits 125g frozen raspberries 125g frozen pitted cherries A good handful (about 75g) flaked almonds To serve: Clotted cream or crème fraiche Fresh raspberries or pitted cherries

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Village Notice Board EVENT Sat 23 and Sun 24 July, 11am-5pm Open Gardens & Art Exhibition Weybread IP21 5TR mike@mikenottantiques.com 07890 032292

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MUSIC Sat 13 Aug, 6pm Fine Knack for Ladies Rickinghall Inferior Church A celebration of women and fashion in words and music, old and new, performed by The Shakespeare Singers and Hexachordia. Free admission. Contact: Sarah Doig, info@hexachordia.com

MUSIC Mon 15 Aug – Sat 20 Aug Senior Summer Musical The Workshop Studios, Unit E, Havers Road, Norwich NR3 2DU An intensive week with an awardwinning creative team to design, write, choreograph and direct a brand new musical, and perform to friends and family. Open to all young people aged 13-20. info@theworkshopstudios.co.uk, 07385 543892.

TALK Wed 17 Aug, 1.45pm Poor Law & Settlement, Diss Family History Group, Diss Bowls Club, Fair Green IP22 4BE Talk by Simon Pawley. Members £3, visitors £6. Refreshments included. Free parking. bettymorley@ btinternet.com, 01379 586434.

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Fri 26 Aug, 7.30pm The Ben Langley Show Fisher Theatre, Bungay NR35 1EE Norwich panto legend and BGT Misheard Lyrics funnyman brings his one-man variety show to the Fisher Theatre for one night only!! This hilarious family experience continues to wow audiences up and down the country and is an absolute must see! “Ben Langley, you are a very funny man!” Simon Cowell. To book: fisher theatre.org

FESTIVAL Sat 27 Aug – Mon 29 Aug Flordon Flower Festival: ‘70 Years of Change’ Flordon Church & Community Centre NR15 1RP Refreshments Saturday and Sunday only. Tea, coffee and homemade cakes 11am-4pm. Ploughman’s Lunches 12pm-2pm. Admission, suggested donation £3. janet. negal@outlook.com

ART Sat 24 September – Sun 9 Oct Norfolk Open Studios Across Norfolk. Over a hundred artists and makers across Norfolk welcome the public into their studios to see how and where they work. openstudios@nnfestival.org.uk or nnfestival.org.uk

HISTORY Sun 4 Sept, 10am-4pm Bringing Local History Alive Rickinghall Village Hall IP22 1HD Memories of life in our villages to listen to and read. Bring your own memories too! Illustrated talks, local history books for sale. Refreshments. quatrefoil.org.uk

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Stay Awake By Megan Goldin (9 Aug) Liv Reese wakes up in the back of a taxi with no idea where she is or how she got there. When she’s dropped off at her door, a stranger answers – a stranger who now lives in her apartment and forces her out in the cold. She reaches for her phone to call for help, only to discover it’s missing, and in its place is a bloodstained knife. That’s when she sees that her hands are covered in black pen, scribbled messages like graffiti on her skin: STAY AWAKE.

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