Late Summer 2013
HOMES • GARDENS • OUT & ABOUT • JOBS & MONEY • HEALTH • LOCAL SERVICES
Harleston and Waveney
in the River Waveney
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Sample thewild delightsof ourhedgerows
Local WALK around Weybread
Happy 5th Birthday to Village People
q Learn to up-cycle your vintage treasures q Mark Owen talks about his new album q Hairspray comes to the Theatre Royal in Norwich q Ladies Who Lunch: summer holiday special q Garden vouchers inside q Local history: Daniel Defoe’s visit to Norfolk
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Garden Jottings from Ken Sample the wild delights of summer Author’s new heart for a God-given mission WIN a Sunday carvery meal at the Maids Head Hotel Mark Owen talks about his new album Garden vouchers for you Wild swimming in the River Waveney Daniel Defoe’s tour of East Anglia in 1722
Carvery Lunch HEALTH & BEAUTY
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JOBS, MONEY & BUSINESS 73 Does the chancel repair liability affect you? 75 Will you pension last as long as you? 77 Choosing an independent mortgage broker
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Celebrate Village People’s 5th Birthday Car review: Chevrolet Orlando Find a local business or service Thinking of advertising? Delicious summer recipes cipes
54 Local book reviews 59 Craft page: upcycled photo frame 60 Summer in Harleston
Editor’s Letter Been reminiscing this week as this edition celebrates our 5th Birthday in publishing! WOW, what a long way we’ve come, from producing and delivering 5,000 magazines every issue back in 2008 to the massive 45,000 copies each issue today (and we’re still growing!) With the help of my calculator I’ve worked out that in the last 5 years we’ve produced 570,000 fabulous magazines; all packed full of local and interesting content. We know that Village People plays a huge part in linking people together; helping local businesses to grow and providing you with a continuous supply of local and interesting reading. To be able to say that we deliver our magazines to more homes in Norfolk and Suffolk than ANY other magazine is such a great feeling!
Good News from our region Lovely walk around Weybread Ladies Who Lunch summer special Latest film reviews Hairspray comes to Norwich Artactiv: a place of fun & adventure Ask the experts: choosing schools Village Notice Board Your local RSPCA branch
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We’ve packed as much ‘summery editorial’ into this issue as we could squeeze in so whether you like swimming, cooking, shopping locally or fancy a trip to the seaside, give it a good read so you don’t miss anything. Our fantastic competition offers you the chance to WIN a three-course Sunday Carvery lunch for a family four at one of the oldest hotels in Britain. Read more and make sure you enter. Do get in touch with your comments as this is, after all, your village magazine. We’re off to celebrate our birthday with cake and bubbles!
Cheers Lily Goulder
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Local Busker Takes Music Career to New Heights A Norwich busker has launched his first ever music video, after a brutal assault back in December. Felix Simpson was severely assaulted just before Christmas last year, resulting in a broken jaw that had to be wired shut meaning he was unable to sing. However, during this time, Felix was even more motivated to push his music career to new heights. Felix, who lives in Diss and is a cousin of Charlie Simpson (Busted), is a regular busker of the city and gigs around the Norfolk and Suffolk area. To celebrate his 21st birthday, Felix decided to record his first ever music video ‘Still Tied’, which you can watch on YouTube.
A Nor f ol k Doct or on t he Wester n Fr ont
Born into a doct or ’s family in Long Stratton in 1889 , Henry Owens served as a front line medical offi cer throughout the Great War, keep ing a diary that was used to assembl e this meticulous and graphic chroni cle of his experienc es. Owens tragi cally died after a sudd en illness aged just 31. A Doctor on the Western Fro nt: The Diary of He nry Owens 1914 -1918, edited by John Hutton, is the fir st ever publication of his unique eyew itness account and it is available from :www.pen-andsword.co.uk
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from our region Village Cinema Scheme a Success! Village Screen is a hugely popular and successful rural cinema scheme operating across Norfolk and managed by Creative Arts East. Every month at least 30 screenings take place with many sell-out events and many happy audience members. Over 50 community groups are members
of the scheme that aims to provide communities with high quality recent, classic and archive film screenings in village halls and other local venues. Audiences at Village Screen events don’t want, or often are unable, to travel to a conventional cinema, and can’t wait for the next screening locally. To find out how you could bring Village Screen to your community, or to see what’s on at a venue near you, go to www.creativeartseast.co.uk
Bringing in the sunshine
This summer, enjoy the good weather with a conservatory from Conservatories etc. Conservatories etc. is pleased to announce that it has opened a new showroom on Victoria Road in Diss. Specialising in conservatories, windows and doors, Conservatories etc. is a leading local home improvement company with 15 years’ experience in the industry. The family run business has built up a great reputation in the area and provides a dedicated, customer-focused service. If you want to create your dream home this summer, then head down to the new showroom and just think… “What could your family do with a sunny new room?” 01379 650517 www.conservatoriesetc.com
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Like traditional pubs? Look no further than Eye. If your idea of the perfect pub includes cask-conditioned ales, tasty home-cooked tapas, pizzas and bar food, and a truly welcoming atmosphere, you need to visit the Queens Head. Find us online or in the Good Beer Guide 2013. See you soon. It could be eye-opening.
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oris Rogg and Tobi Pfeiffer took over Sherbourne House in April 2012. Just over one year on, this splendid hotel and restaurant offers a dining experience with a real difference, a `German Special’ is always available on the menu and varies from one month to the next. Schweins Haxe, Schnitzel, Sauerkraut and Pretzel dumplings are just some of the examples to be seen. Seasonal food locally sourced and freshly prepared is at the heart of the menu. Meat is supplied by a local butcher, who being a fifth generation farmer, home rears the meat they supply. Fish is sourced from King’s Lynn. The Bavarian couple have just overseen a complete transformation of the main dining room, which showcases the fine architecture of this beautiful Georgian interior. The refurbishment continues throughout the rest of the hotel.
The best accompaniment for food is time to enjoy it. When you book a table at Sherbourne House, it’s yours for the evening. The restaurant is open from Tuesday to Saturday and booking is advisable. For more information, and the current menu visit their website at www.sherbourne-house.co.uk
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t’s August and the seaside is calling; time to pack the bucket and spade, the sun cream, the wet wipes… but if you go to Dunwich you can forget the picnic. What could be better than beachcombing in the morning, fish and chips for lunch, and a wander around what’s left of Dunwich in the afternoon, calling in at the museum, and then the Ship Inn for a drink on the way back to the car? We went last week on a cool, but thankfully dry day, as part of a coach tour with Spratts Coaches. The Flora Tea Room does coach trips brilliantly; the service is fast and accurate, and jolly. The proprietor enters the coach immediately on arrival and takes the order – cod, haddock and plaice, all with chips and a range of salads. We then made our leisurely way into the bright cheery tea room and took our reserved seats. First came the cup of tea or coffee, (oh, thank you for that!) then the main attraction, the fish and chips. I was pleased to see that the portion of chips was not ridiculously large as sometimes is the case and for those of a hungrier disposition seconds were soon brought round. There was bread and butter on the table for those who can’t resist
a chip buttie, and various sauces (in sachets) were offered with the added service of having the end opened neatly with a pair of scissors. Top-ups of tea and coffee were brought round, followed by the sweet, which was fruit salad and ice cream. This set menu is reserved for coach parties and costs £10.50 per person – but do book in advance; the tea room seats over 100 people but fills up remarkably quickly. For individual diners, a plate of cod and chips is £8.95, and desserts are about a fiver each. The choice of food is more varied; I bumped into a long lost friend there enjoying smoked mackerel which he declared was delicious. There is a variety of burgers and salads and a children’s menu caters for the kids. There is also a ‘specials board’ each day. It’s a long time since I saw ‘Sherry triﬂe’ and ‘Knickerbocker Glory’ on a café menu. Drinks include Earl Grey tea, coffee, cappuccino and hot chocolate. On a really nice day you might like to eat outside on the tables provided. The café is dog friendly; the car park and toilets are free but donations to local charities are welcome. This place is such a welcome blast from the past: apart from spotting the great golf ball of Sizewell Nuclear Power station in
the distance, through the haze, I could have believed that I had been transported back to the mid-1950s: only the smell of Jeyes ﬂuid was missing! Most of Dunwich (including 12 churches) is now under the sea, and you can find out all about this at the museum. Here you will find a detailed model of the original town with lines drawn across it to show its demise. Upstairs there is a short film show; whist the ground ﬂoor houses various ancient artefacts. This again is free (donations welcome) as is the Greyfriars friary and cliff top woodland where you can wander amongst the ruins of this important ancient monument. For one day, there is almost too much to do! Open from March to the end of November.
This issue, our resident film buff, Ian Kemsley from Suffolk, previews three summer blockbusters
The Lone Ranger
Matt Damon in full action-man mode and the always excellent Jodie Foster star in this sci-fi actioner. Set in the year 2154, the wealthy characters of this film live in a utopian metropolis, orbiting the earth, while the residents of earth suffer hardship and disease. It’s up to Damon’s character, Max, to bring the two worlds together in his battle to enter Elysium. Writer-director Neill Blomkamp had a breakout hit with South African sci-fi drama District 9, with its powerful real world parallels and Elysium is set to be another allegorical tale. Following the success of Avatar, studios have been hoping that sci-fi would appeal to a broader audience, but apart from Star Trek the more off beat stories ies - such as Tom Cruise’s Oblivion, Will Smith’s After Earth and even Ridley dle Sc Scott’s’s Prometheus - are finding it hard to break out into more general audience acceptance. It still takes a strong story to draw us in and make us care – could this be it?
Release: 9th August See it if you liked: Pirates of the Caribbean (2003)
Release: 23rd August See it if you liked: District 9 (2009)
The World’s End Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright complete their disparate ‘blood and ice cream’ trilogy of comedy shockers. After the success of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, it’s the turn of sci-fi to be loved and lambasted at the same time. A pub crawl, robots and middle age threaten to bring the world to an end and only our unlikely heroes can save the day. Rosamund Pike and Martin Freeman add strong support. Release: 19th July See it if you liked: Shaun of the Dead (2004)
It’s not always easy to pinpoint why some films work and others don’t - film-making is a collaborative process and not always the auteur-led art form film critics would like to pretend. But looking at the 4th Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and why it did not gel as well as the first three, you have one underlying reason (apart from the absence of Keira and Orlando of course): the replacement of director Gore Verbinsk Apart from the Verbinski. original trilogy, Verbinski has prov himself with quirky proven fare such as The Mexican and The Weather Man. So it is good news that he has helmed Johnny Depp’s lat weirdfest The Lone latest Ra Ranger, which is based on the classic TV series. This film aims to bring the western genre genr up to date for a new audience. Depp, who plays Indian chieftain Tonto, is looking for a hit after Tim Burton’s underwhelming Dark Shadows last year, let’s hope this is it!
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Wed 18 Sept BERT KAEMPFERT GALA CONCERT Celebration of popular big band sound £5.50 - £21.50 Sun 22 Sept HA HA HOLMES! Joe Pasquale in hilarious Sherlock spoof £5.50 - £20 Tues 24 – Sun 29 Sept HAIRSPRAY Feel-good musical comedy favourite £6.50 - £45
Mon 26 – Sat 31 Aug DREAMBOATS AND PETTICOATS The greatest hits from the rock ‘n’ roll era in popular musical £6.50 - £29
Sun 1 Sept JIMMY CARR Brand new jokes, same old Jimmy £6.50 - £25
Book online: www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk THEATRE STREET, NORWICH NR2 1RL
Hairspray comes to Norwich
Mark Benton is an actor with a varied CV. Fresh from playing popular teacher ‘Chalky’ White on the BBC’s Waterloo Road, he is now donning a fat suit, make-up and a wig to play Edna Turnblad in Hairspray.
head of taking on the (literally) largerthan-life role at Norwich Theatre Royal from September 24th to 29th, he talked to us about getting the chance to star in one of the most popular UK touring shows.
“The funny thing is that I am loving it, and I wake up in the morning and look forward to coming in!” So says TV name Mark Benton of his stage musical debut in Hairspray, with which the round-faced 47-year-old is now touring the country in a role played at different times and across different art forms by John Travolta, Divine, Michael Ball, and Harvey Fierstein. How did a veteran of Waterloo Road and Land Girls on TV and various Mike Leigh films on screen end up playing an overweight laundress living in racially segregated Baltimore, Maryland, in 1962 – and singing and dancing eight times a week with it? He laughs as he recalls one particular remark: “I remember when I left college, someone said, `Being big, don’t you worry about being typecast?’ and I thought, well, if I’m being typecast, I’m working.”
And, with Hairspray, on something that comes with “an awful lot of new challenges”. Benton did plays with music while studying at RADA, the prestigious London drama school, but he doesn’t read music so knew he was sailing into unknown territory on that front alone. What’s more, he has never before played an American. “But that’s all part of the challenge, and it’s a good one and it’s something as an actor where you can say, `OK, let’s go!’” Benton is coming to terms with a part that requires the physically capacious Edna to do a fair share of shimmying, all the while sporting a costume that can leave the actor absolutely dripping with sweat after a show. “I’ve had the fat suit on and it’s a killer, though it’s only when you take it off that you realise that your t-shirt is soaking wet,” says Benton, who on this topic takes the pragmatic view. “I’ve wanted to lose weight for a while now, so I think this is going to be an easy way to do it.” Benton lives on the south coast with his wife and three children, ages 14, 12, and 7. So, how does he feel about touring? “It was a tricky decision, if I’m honest, but we came to it together, and I thought, if I don’t do it now, I’ll probably never do it.” As it happens, Benton appeared just after Christmas on the ITV1 show Panto!, starring alongside Sheridan Smith, who’s won Olivier Awards for doing musicals on stage. So did she offer him any advice? “No,” he says with a smile. “She just said, `You’ll love it; you’ll enjoy it. Just throw yourself in there’ – and so, I am.”
Tickets are available from the Box Office
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The Artactiv cabins and grounds are available to hire from £96 for a full day. Beautiful location offering: Large paddock with secure boundaries, spacious activity room, dining area, kitchen and toilet/shower facilities. Bring your own entertainment or work from our supplier list.
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ArtActiv offers unique and inspiring experiences for people of all ages. These range from creative art workshops to outdoor pursuits like orienteering, birdwatching or even water-rocket building – or virtually anything else you can imagine. The beautiful Suffolk setting enables ArtActiv to be versatile ve in its offering, so whatever what you are looking for, fo be it a stimulating art studio, studio haven of natural tranquillity tranquillit or boisterous outdoor out adventure playground, playground it’s bound to fit the bill. It is ideal for a group celebration venue, school trip destination or residential corporate training or teambuilding site: there are endless possibilities to uncover. The on-site cabins offer comfortable and fully accessible hostel-style accommodation, with well-equipped and spacious living areas. The stunning grounds are perfect for camping, and if you don’t fancy lugging your yo own kit, they are happy to arrange range it for you! Similarly, ly you ly, can take your own food or arrange to stay on any basis up to fully catered with delicious home-made -made meals available for all sizes of group. oup. All packages are tailored specifically to what each group wants to do and the organisers are as hands on (or off!) as you like, to make your stay exactly as you want it. ArtActiv usually offers exclusive use of the entire venue to residential guests to ensure the perfect environment for creativity and discovery.
Birthday Parties at ArtActiv
ArtActiv is delighted to offer its wonderful grounds and facilities as the perfect venue for a birthday party. With its secure paddock it is perfect for children’s parties, either for a morning, afternoon, evening or even a whole weekend! The organisers will work with you to make sure it’s an occasion to be remembered.
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Ask The Experts
Helen Dolding is the Assistant Head (co-curricular) at Norwich High School. This issue, she answers our questions about how to choose the right school for your child. What should parents consider when looking for a school for their child? We understand that choosing the right school for your child is key. Whilst looking at results and standards in the classroom is important, you also want to find a school where you are confident your child will feel happy and safe. A combination of excellent academic standards and pastoral care is the perfect background to enable your child to reach his or her full potential, at whatever age. Norfolk offers a diverse range of possibilities for your child’s education, including state schools, independent schools and specialist colleges, so consider exploring your options to find the school which best fits your family and where you feel your child will have the chance to thrive.
How do I decide what type of school is right for my child? You will have to weigh up what type of school you want for your child – co-educational or singlesex, day or boarding, large or small, maintained or independent. Don’t automatically rule out fee-paying schools if you are concerned with cost as many offer Bursaries, Scholarships or Early Years Funding which can make them affordable.
responsibility and commitment, as well as to value themselves and others. The confidence and experiences pupils have in such activities can often have as great or even a greater impact than the formal aspects of their education.
How important is a good co-curricular programme?
Many Open Days for parents looking to find a school for their child to join in 2014 will take place this September so look out for dates now. Take your child along to open days too so they get a feel of what it would be like to learn there. Some schools also offer Taster Days for prospective pupils and that can be a great way for your child to have a fuller and more typical experience of what the school is like.
Co-curricular programmes play a crucial role in the life of a child. Participation in drama, dance, music, sport, art, school trips and volunteering (among others) not only enriches a pupils’ learning, but also opens their eyes to new opportunities, helps prepare them for life beyond school, and teaches
When is a good time to start my enquiries?
Norwich High School (3-18 years)
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hady areas are thought by many to be one of the most difficult parts of a garden to plant, particularly if the soil is poor and dry… But fear not, there’s a whole host of garden treasures which will thrive in ‘dingy’ places where, for instance, a building or fence causes a permanent shadow, or where the leaf coverage of mature trees shelters the ground beneath for many months of the year. Choose plants carefully according to whether the shady area is dry or damp, incorporate organic matter such as composted manure before planting to help get your plants off to a good start and water well during the first year to help them establish. Shrubs can be useful to give height and structure, and those with bright or variegated leaves are especially useful as they stand out from the crowd and lighten the area but keep numbers or types limited to avoid confusion when looked at as a whole. Easy and reliable shrubs include hollies, Sambucus (elder family) like ‘Sutherland Gold’, which has beautiful dissected foliage, Aucuba japonica (spotted laurel), and Viburnum tinus ‘Eve Price’ a tough evergreen shrub which produces white ﬂowers in clusters during winter.
For dramatic evergreen foliage try Fatsia japonica which has large light-green glossy leaves similar to a fig leaf in shape. Sweet box or Christmas box (Sarcococca) is a wonderful shrub with small but incredibly fragrant white ﬂowers during winter. Try cutting a ﬂowering sprig to take indoors for a natural air freshener!
For lower-growing interest, try Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ or ‘Haspens Cream’. Both have dramatic heart-shaped leaves and forget-me-not blue ﬂowers in spring. Hostas look fabulous in lush clumps, but watch out for slugs and snails. Keep them at bay with slug pellets which have been approved for organic use and are not harmful to birds, pets or children. You could try combining your Hostas with ferns and spring ﬂowering bulbs such as snowdrops, bluebells and dog-tooth violets for a woodland glade effect.
There are no parts of your garden where plants will not grow, it’s all about choosing the right plant to suit the location – get it right and you’ll be amazed by the results! If it’s groundcover that you need try Ajuga ‘Catlins Giant’, a large leaved bugle which will spread into a carpet of rich purple with blue ﬂower spikes rising above, plus pulmonarias (lungwort), lamium (deadnettle) or stylophorum (celandine poppies). Another great plant for shade is the curious ‘mouse plant’ which has glossy arrow shaped leaves and insect-pollinated bulbous ﬂowers which resemble small mice with long tails peeping out from amongst the foliage! Walls, fences and obelisks can be clothed with climbers such as honeysuckle and many clematis varieties will also put on a cheerful display. A large-leaved variegated ivy will adhere itself to a structure, as will the beautiful climbing Hydrangea petiolaris. Both of these can also be used as weed-suppressing groundcover. Shady areas can make a useful retreat on hot sunny days, so make sure you leave space to position a bench or, if room allows, a table and chairs where you can relax and admire your garden!
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rees are plants and therefore have flowers. The classification of trees is based on flower design. Flowers have four main parts; the stamen (male) producing pollen, the stigma (female), which receives pollen and the style, which links the stigma to the ovary. The ovary contains the ovules which develop into seeds. Some ﬂowers have male and female organs (hermaphrodite), like cherry, lime and laburnum. Some trees have separate male and female ﬂowers (monoecious) like beech, birch and hazel. Both of these are capable of self pollinating which can lead to genetic weakness. Other trees are totally male or female and
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Mammals – Trees pollinated by bats have large ﬂowers and vast quantities of nectar, like the African baobab. Perhaps the most unusual is the knobthorn acacia; its .pollen is spread by the giraffe! Wind pollination evolved in areas short in insects (temperate regions) and includes all conifers. They produce enormous quantities of pollen, often giving the impression the tree is on fire. Conifer stamens are on the tips of the new growth and stand upright like candles. Others like alder, birch and hazel produce drooping catkins which appear before the leaves, so they are easier for the wind the reach.
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he twists and turns of a modern-day family saga had Julie Prentice reaching for her pen and enabled her to write her fascinating biography. “On Earth as it is in Heaven has not been written by me, but by the spirit inside of me. I have received this gift from above,” says the former business woman turned author who saw her book launched at her church, Norwich Family Life Centre. Over the years she has fought rejection, pain, financial hardship, fear and bitterness. But today, at 55, she feels she has the life she always wanted with a loving husband, two teenage children and a purpose she could only have dreamed about. Julie has defied the obstacles to spearhead life from a desk clerk to a successful manager in the cosmetics industry with over 150 consultants. She also worked at pubs, clubs and London’s cosmopolitan markets to make the repayments on her first home 30 years ago. Her book details the challenges, heartaches and joys and tells how her faith turnaround changed her from a tough career woman. “God met me during a crisis that I could not solve. He replaced my heart of stone with one of ﬂesh. As he tackled long-standing emotional issues, he gave me my
life back. Until that time eight years ago, it was as if I wore a plastic mackintosh to protect myself from the outside world,” said Julie who now helps with church Alpha courses, supports her husband’s construction business and is a beauty representative. Her gripping biography also tells of the unique dreams and visions that have ushered her into a different world of angels and eternity as she has understood God’s mandate for loving others. “I have enjoyed every minute of writing this. My desire is to help others and inspire them with hopes and dreams for a greater future like God has given me. I firmly believe that with God, we can
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Mark Owen talks about his new album, The Art of Doing Nothing…
n 2011, when Take That finished their record-breaking, world-eating Progress tour, they all agreed to take a year off. For Mark Owen, this was a strange prospect: although he loves to be at home with his family, he finds it hard not to be doing, organizing and taking control of his life. He likes a plan. But this time he decided to pause, not to rush into anything. Instead, he went down to the bottom of his garden. There’s a circular bench there, where he sat and tinkered with a few ideas. He did some sketches for an animation, a spot of painting and messed around with some tunes. He thought about what it was like to hit your forties and tried to open up his mind rather than filling it with a schedule, an aim or a worry. “I was sitting at that bench for a bit, on my own,” he laughs. “It was a party for one. And then people started turning up.” The first to arrive were his long-time song-writing collaborators, Ben Mark and Jamie Norton. Mark told them that he wasn’t sure if he wanted to work, but that he was happy to sit around and chat for a while. So were they. Gradually, their chats developed into a concept: The Art of Doing Nothing.
“The important thing about all of this process is that it was open,” says Mark. “For a while it wasn’t going to be songs, but animation. Then for a while, I wasn’t even going to sing on the record. But I’ve been making songs for 20 years now and I don’t really know what else to do – it’s my hobby and my day job all in one. Still, it feels better somewhere in my psyche to call it a project rather than a solo album, because so many people have contributed. Before this, I didn’t know that could happen. I felt you had to do everything yourself, otherwise it wouldn’t be real.” Not a solo album, then, though everyone is bound to focus on Mark. “I can cope with that,” he smiles. “I’ve relaxed into my shoes a little bit more. Instead of thinking these are not my shoes, I’ve realised they are. No one’s stealing them off me!” Instead, The Art of Doing Nothing is a toast to the joy of collaboration, three cheers for easing off the accelerator, for letting things unfold rather than taking control. It’s an album full of surprises, with depth and perspective, optimism and wisdom about our “massively significant, tiny little speck life”.
The concept is of creating by not forcing things, by just letting the moment take over. From that, a few songs emerged: scrappy demos and small creations, but nothing too concrete or definite. “We didn’t think too hard about them,” Mark says. Where in the past he would have obsessed over them, worked them up and niggled over details, this time he thought he’d let them ﬂy. Someone suggested that a couple of producer friends, Charlie Russell and Brad Spence, might be good for the project, so the demos were sent there with a few notes. “See what came back,” says Mark. “Let them experiment without us looking over their shoulder.” What came back sounded great, so he and Jamie and Ben added a little more.
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Wild Swimming in the River Waveney
On a summer’s day, what could be more refreshing than slipping into the cool clear waters of a local river or lake?
ild Swimming is becoming more and more popular, so this summer, why don’t you give it a go? “The health benefits of wild swimming are increasingly well known”, says Daniel Start, author of Wild Swimming. “Taking the plunge reawakens the senses, boosts the immune system, increases blood ﬂow and provides a natural endorphin high that creates an addictive urge to dive back in”. If you dream of a summertime tour through the wildest and most beautiful regions of Britain – boating, camping and swimming along the way, then you’ll love Daniel Start’s book, Wild Swimming, which is
being re-launched this summer. And according to Start’s book, our region is the perfect place to enjoy wild swimming. The River Waveney was the local river of Roger Deakin, environmentalist and modern founder of wild swimming. Deakin, who lived near Diss, was inspired by the Waveney to write Waterlog, a record of his experiences while swimming the waterways of Great Britain. If you would like to follow in Deakin’s watery footsteps, then head to Outney Common, which is one of the best places to swim on the River Waveney. You can find this idyllic spot by turning off the A143 at the
Ditchingham roundabout. Park at the Duke of York pub, and follow the footpath along the river, to find a large pool with a willow tree. Children will love the rope swing and canoe hire is available from a nearby caravan site. There is excellent riverside access for over a mile, so even on a sunny weekend, you’ll be able to find a secluded spot to enjoy a dip. This summer, there’s another way to enjoy the River Waveney. The River Waveney Trust, which aims to make the river accessible for the enjoyment of local residents, has announced that a new river study centre will open at the former Otter Trust HQ in Earsham. The centre will enable the RWT to host educational and entertainment events as well as a variety of courses on environmental issues and traditional rural crafts, from raft building to brickmaking. The Centre will also be working with local schools to teach children about wildlife on the river. So make the most of your local river this summer. If you want to relax, cool down or experience nature in a different way, then you know what to do; pack a picnic and your swim suit and take the plunge!
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t might feel like summer has only just arrived and the last thing you are thinking of is lighting your fire, but those cold, long nights will soon be upon us and a warm, cosy fire is a must. Here are my top tips for preparing for winter. You should have your chimney swept annually, even twice annually if you run your stove or open fire continuously over winter. Having your chimney swept will remove any soot and tar build up and allow the appliance and ﬂue to work safely and efficiently. Check the door rope and glass gasket seals on a stove. Worn out seals will allow excess air to enter the firebox and result in a fierce burn with limited control.
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Lastly, if you do not currently have a stove and are thinking of getting one before the winter, now is the best time to start looking and don’t worry if you haven’t got a chimney; providing that regulations permit it a stove can be fitted without a chimney stack. The first step if you are looking for a stove is to arrange a site visit; this is something which we can arrange for you. A qualified HETAS engineer will visit your home to do a site survey which will allow us to prepare an estimate. If you would like any more advice or a service engineer to give your stove a once over and sweep the chimney feel free to come into our showroom or give me a call!
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In the third of a series of five articles, Sarah Doig dips into the account written by Daniel Defoe following his tour of East Anglia in 1722.
he journalist and novelist Daniel Defoe is famous for his fictitious account of shipwrecked Robinson Crusoe’s life on a desert island. However many people are unaware that he travelled extensively in Europe, and in later life he embarked on an epic journey around Great Britain. Defoe’s delightful account of his travels in 1722 through East Anglia portrays rural and maritime life a few decades before the industrial revolution changed the face of our region forever. Daniel Defoe
“This county of Suffolk is particularly famous for furnishing the City of London with turkeys, and it is thought there are more turkeys bred in this county and the part of Norfolk that adjoins to it than in all the rest of England.” Defoe was fascinated to hear first-hand accounts of up to 300 droves of turkeys on the road from Ipswich to London. “They begin to drive them generally in August, by which time the harvest is nearly over, and they may feed in the stumbles as they go. Thus they hold on to the end of October, when the roads begin to be too stiff and deep for their broad feet and short legs to march in.” After a visit to see the “exquisite” memorial to Sir John Holt in Redgrave Church, Daniel Defoe crossed into
Norfolk. “Between the frontiers of Suffolk and the city of Norwich on this side, which is not above 22 miles in breadth, are the following market towns, viz: Thetford, Hingham, Harleston, Diss, West Dereham, East Dereham, Harling, Attleborough, Watton, Bucknam, Windham, Loddon, etc. Most of these towns are very populous and large; but that which is remarkable is, that the whole country round them is interspersed with villages, and those villages so large, and so full of people, that they are equal to market towns in other counties; in a word, they render this eastern part of Norfolk exceeding full of inhabitants.” The weaving industry, centred on Norwich, was at its peak when Defoe visited Norfolk in 1722. “An eminent weaver gave me a scheme of their trade on this occasion, by which, calculating from the number of looms at that time in the city of Norwich only, he made it appear very plain that there were 120,000 people employed in the woollen and silk and wool manufactures.” He describes the crisis which had hit the Norfolk textile industry a few years earlier because of the fashion of wearing imported painted calicos and cotton. An Act of Parliament the year before Defoe’s visit, prohibiting the use of calicos, had saved the local industry. “The manufacturers assured me that there was not, in all the eastern and middle part of Norfolk, any hand unemployed if they would work, and that the very children after four or five years of age, could every one earn their own bread.” The eighteenth century was to prove the heyday of the Norfolk textile industry which sadly started it’s gradual decline in the following century. Sarah Doig offers a family, house & local history research service (www.ancestral-heritage.co.uk). In the next issue, Sarah looks at the observations made by the Frenchman, Francois de la Rochefoucauld, who visited Suffolk and Norfolk in 1784.
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Have you ever picked up a bargain at a charity shop or boot sale, but it’s just the wrong colour or style for your home? This issue, our crafty lady, Caroline, shows us how to up-cycle our second-hand ﬁnds! I saw this pretty yet dated frame in my local charity shop and felt it had potential. Firstly, I removed the glass and picture from the frame. Use masking tape and newspaper to avoid painting areas you don’t want to paint. Make sure the frame is clean and dust-free.
With matt emulsion, dab a light layer of paint onto the frame, ensuring to get into all the nooks and crannies. I chose to go for a minimal look with matt white, but you could try a different colour, or even use some paints from a craft shop to create a colourful new design. I did this several times, allowing the coats to dry in between applications until I was happy with the finish. Sunny weather helps with the drying process! Ooh, that’s better, one up-cycled photo frame! Find a treasured family photo or rummage through old postcards at a charity shop for a retro shot. I’ve chosen some old sheet music, which looks a treat with the plain white frame!
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Summer in Harleston Harleston Information Plus celebrate 10th anniversary Another date for your diary is Saturday 21st September, when Harleston Information Plus is celebrating their 10th Anniversary at The Apollo Rooms in Harleston. Harleston Information Plus (HIP) is a community group committed to enhancing life for those who live, work or visit the area. The centre supports job seekers, carers, over 60s and other voluntary groups, encouraging everyone to participate in the community.
Harleston and Waveney Festival
he annual community arts festival runs from 19th – 26th August and aims to bring an impressive variety of fine artistic performances to Harleston and other inspiring locations in our beautiful area. This year’s headliner is the acclaimed jazz singer, Jacqui Dankworth, who has connections to this area and even an honorary doctorate from UEA. Jacqui will be appearing on 23rd August in the auditorium of the Archbishop Sancroft School with the Charlie Wood Trio. Considered to be “one of the classiest acts in British jazz singing” (The Guardian), Jacqui is a diverse songwriter, and incorporates elements of folk and blues into her songs. Throughout the week, you can experience everything from a lesson in oil painting to talks on local history and wildlife. If your little ones love nature, they will enjoy Famous Five Birds on 21st August, a beautiful shadow puppet show which teaches children about different bird calls with songs and films.
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The festival culminates in a Fun Day at Harleston Recreation Ground on Bank Holiday Monday. Here, you can enjoy all the best flowers, cookery and vegetables which the town has to offer at the Produce
Show, which is part of the Fun Day. If you make the best cakes around, or have grown the juiciest veggies, then why not enter the produce show for the chance to win the coveted ‘Best in Show’ shield? Just pick up an entry form from The Swan Hotel or the Harleston Information Centre. If you would like to find out more about the festival, or book tickets, then call the box office on 01379 851917 or visit www. harlestonandwaveneyfestival.co.uk.
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Geoff’s talk, which is part of the Harleston and Waveney Festival, will take place at the Swan Hotel on 23rd August. If you prefer art to adventure, then discover some of the talented artists working in our area at the Wortwell Art Group Exhibition at the Swan Hotel on 19th August. You could even give painting a try at ‘How to Paint in Oils’, a demonstration by Peter Knights at the Swan Hotel on the same day. So get involved, and make the most of all that Harleston has to offer, this summer and beyond!
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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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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.
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9 Fire Star Not a lot escapes your attention in August as you see the truth of any situation. It’s also a time for romance and indeed recognition for your recent hard work; as the cosmic spotlight shines on you. September however, brings an inner focus; time to look at yourself and if necessary, make changes.
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August is a month for getting your house in order, accounts done and all that clutter cleared. September on the other hand brings a needed burst of energy your way, and you could easily find yourself too busy or indeed willing to hold yourself back with boring mundane chores.
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You may feel less outgoing and reluctant to socialize during August. It’s a time for soul searching and spiritual development. Picture a seed building its core strength in readiness for growth. Act swiftly if you feel the effects of any illness, it can take much longer to shake off than normal.
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t may surprise many homeowners to learn that the historic obligation to contribute to the cost of chancel repairs still exists in many areas. Given the high cost of maintaining the buildings concerned, the financial implications for individuals required to make a payment t owards the upkeep of a parish church can be extremely serious. Historic Origins
Chancel repair liability stems from the English Churchâ€™s entitlement to collect tithes, granted by King Ethelwulf in 855, and given statutory basis in the Statute of Westminster of 1285. Under medieval canon law, the rector of a parish church was responsible for the maintenance of the church chancel, which was largely funded from the rectorial tithes received. Over the centuries tithes were, in most cases, substituted for a rent charge liability which was ultimately abolished in 1977. However, the underlying liability to pay for chancel repairs was not abolished but remained attached to former rectorial land and does so to this day.
Modern Chancel Repair Liability For properties in England located in an area with a continuing liability, the Parochial Church Council can apply to exercise the right to demand payment for the cost of repairs. Anybody in the process of buying property should ensure that their conveyancer performs a chancel repair liability search so that a suitable
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insurance is likely to be unattainable. Furthermore, those receiving property as a gift or through an inheritance will not benefit from the exemption even . has not in cases where the church placed a notice against the property.
One of the difficulties predicting whether a property is affected today is that the land to which the liability relates will not necessarily be close to the church to which the liability relates.
Chancel Repair Liability from 12 October 2013 At present the church does not have to take pre-emptive action to safeguard their right to demand a payment for chancel repairs. However, as from 13 October 2013 the church will be obliged to protect the right by placing a notice on the title register of registered land or lodging a caution against first registration in cases involving unregistered land. Unless the church has preserved their right to demand payment for repairs in this manner, a purchaser of land for valuable consideration will take the property free of any liability.
The end to Chancel Repair Liability? The change is designed to bring greater certainty for purchasers so they know exactly what liabilities they are taking on. However, the change will not bring a complete end to the liability. Chancel repair liability will continue to bind the owners of land purchased or registered before 13 October 2013. If the church protects their position through a notice requiring a contribution to chancel repairs,
How can I protect myself against a claim? Existing property owners may wish to perform a chancel repair liability search against their home so that if a potential liability is identified an insurance policy can be put in place. From 13 October 2013 onwards this may not be possible where the church has placed a notice against the property. Whenever purchasing property you should always ensure that you instruct an experienced, qualified conveyancer so that all the necessary enquiries and searches are made before completing the transaction.
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CAR REVIEWS Chevrolet Orlando 2.0 VCDi LTZ
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HEVROLET’S compact Multi-Purpose-Vehicle (MPV) brings a touch of pizzazz to the sector. It adopts a daring look with its squat rooﬂine and crossover inspired profile, while keeping the distinct Chevrolet‘face’portrayed by the divided radiator grille and bow-tie emblem. Based on the show car concept first seen back in 2008, the Orlando is an honest family car for 2013, combining seven-seat practicality, interior elasticity and liberal load space. There’s no question that the Chevy offers an invigorating alternative to many of the MPVs presently on the market. The sturdy projecting wheelarches enhance a‘body in, wheel out’ appearance, while at the same time ensuring an agile stance. But, design is nothing without wellthought-out functionality, so the ‘theatre-style’seating configuration of the Orlando’s three rows of seats, and the abundant storage solutions will grab your attention if you’re a family motorist.
The interior seating is referred to as ‘theatre-style’ because, regardless of the sweeping roof-line, designers have succeeded in raising the second and third rows which allow your passengers to get an even better view, both forwards and to the side - and without compromising head-room. Numerous seating arrangements are possible with either the second or third rows folded independently or together to make a ﬂat load area. The second seat tier also has a rolland-fold facility to allow easy access into, and out of, the third row. And when the time comes to shifting large loads of cargo, the Chevrolet’s boot is one of the most capacious in the compact MPV class, with 1,499 litres available when both rows of seats are collapsed. Being based on Chevrolet’s successful and award winning Cruze saloon, already proven to offer excellent ride, handling and safety, the Orlando gives a rewarding drive. It pulls well with its 2.0-litre, 161bhp diesel engine, on test here. Maximum speed when mated, as
my car was, to a six speed manual transmission, is 121mph - and zero to 62mph comes in a reasonable 10 seconds. Emissions and fuel economy are competitive at 139g/ km and up to 53.3mpg. The MPV is also comfortable, and it soaks up road surface imperfections admirably. But sit in the cabin for a long journey and you can’t help noticing a few cheap and ﬂimsy areas here and there. Of course, safety is always a chief consideration for this category of car, and in the Orlando you’ll be reassured. Its body structure is constructed of high strength steel to form a passenger safety cage, providing protection in the event of a collision to the front, rear and side. Should the worst happen, you’ll also be shielded by six airbags – twin front, side and curtain. This Chevy is an undeniably practical and safe vehicle to transport your family around in – and you’ll be able to buy a brand new Orlando, in top of the range LTZ guise, for under £22,000.
PROS ‘N’ CONS Practical √ Safe . √ Economical √ Spacious X ‘Budget’ feel in cabin X FAST FACTS Max speed: 121 mph 0-62 mph: 10 secs Combined mpg: 53.3 Engine: 1998 cc, 4 cylinder, 16 valve, turbo diesel Max. power (bhp): 161 at 3800 rpm Max. torque (lb/ft): 265 at 2000 rpm CO2: 139 g/km Price: £21,990
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