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Village People is different from other magazines because we deliver to rural communities rather than towns, reaching over 28,500 homes in South Norfolk. In this edition you’ll find some great articles on country living, from gardening tips to local walks and much more.

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volution is amazing; over the millennia nature has shaped and adapted everything on our planet into the world we know today. Natural selection and survival of the fittest have prevailed to create a hugely diverse heritage of unique environments, filled with magical fauna and incredible flora, of which many species and cultivars adorn our gardens today. Quirks of nature such as variegated leaves may look a bit strange in the wild, but they can be particularly attractive when in cultivation as they create seasonlong interest outside of normal flowering times. Sun-loving shrubs such as Pittosporum tenuifolium (try the variety Elizabeth which takes on pink hues during autumn and winter), Rhamnus Argenteovariegata and Osmanthus Tricolor will retain their leaves all year round, while herbaceous perennials for sunny situations may include Polemonium Stairway to Heaven and Lysimachia punctata Alexander. Surprisingly there are also a large number of varieties happy to grow on the shady side of your garden, this is especially useful as they help to brighten up otherwise dull areas and will thrive with a bit of moisture at their roots. Perennials such as brunnera, polygonatum (Solomon’s Seal), hostas and convallaria (Lily of the Valley) to name just a few have selections with variegated leaves,

as do wonderful shrubs including euonymus, fatsia, hollies and pieris, plus climbing trachelospermum, large and small leaved hedera (ivy), solanum and jasmine. It’s not just variegation that nature has provided for us gardeners, attractive bark and contorted stems also make stunning features, and many plants have different coloured leaves which create contrast and add interest away from the normal 100-plus shades of green. Brilliant splashes of yellow from Physocarpus Dart’s Gold, Cornus alba Aurea and Ligustrum Lemon & Lime are great for semi shade, the silver leaves of Convolvulus cneorum, Buddleja Silver Anniversary and lavenders look good in sunny positions, and the red/purple hues of Cotinus Grace, Prunus cerasifera and Berberis atropurpurea certainly stand out to great effect.

breeding have resulted sulted in a fantastic array of new plants; edibles with increased flavour, ur, heavier yields and greater resistance to problems, and ornamentals with different habits and foliage types, plus more impressive flowers rs produced over er longer periods of time in a bewildering range of shades. These masters of breeding have selected the finest of garden plants and made them even better, so take advantage of their achievements and use them to improve your environment. As with all plants, to reach their full potential it’s important to place them where they will be happy, so call in for advice if you’re not sure.

We have many of the finest choices available locally at prices that don’t cost the earth. As mankind’s influence and impact has spread across the globe, natural change has been reduced to the slow lane in comparison to the fast track of progress, resulting in climate change, pollution and destruction of habitat, but amongst all this negativity many positives can be found. Science and plant

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honey fungus - ash leaved maple (Acer negundo), walnut and Irish Yew (Taxus baccata).

This includes all the fungi; you will have seen the fairy rings appearing. Trees have their fair share of these flowerless plants. Perhaps the most striking is the Fly Agaric found in pine and birch woods forming a symbiotic relationship with the root system of the trees. No harm is done, but this is not so with some fungi.

There is a common fungal attack on horse chestnut where the leaves turn brown and blotchy in late summer. This is caused by the fungus Guignardia aesculi. Although unsightly, the damage occurs after most growth has taken place and therefore has little effect on the health of the tree.

The latest to invade our countryside is oak wilt, which is caused by Ceratocystis fagacearum. It comes to us from America and can be controlled by expert surgery.

One fungus that changed the look of the countryside is Dutch elm disease, (Ophiostoma ulmi and Novo ulmi). It enters the bark through spore carried by the elm bark beetle. If caught soon enough the tree may be treated with injections of fungicide.

The larch tree has recently come under attack by the fungus Phytophthora ramorum, this was first spotted in the West Country but appears to be spreading. Originally this fungus only attacked rhododendron, camellia and viburnum.

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lants are nature’s great chemists, producing a bewildering range of chemicals. These chemicals are mostly toxins that deter feeding animals, from insects to grazing mammals. They can be found in all parts of a plant, most commonly in the leaves, but also in the roots and seeds. Many of these chemical compounds have been extracted for a wide variety of human uses, including for medicines, dyes, flavourings and foodstuffs.

melatonin is released into the blood by the pineal gland in the brain, and acts to regulate the sleep-wake cycle by chemically causing drowsiness and lowering body temperature. Therefore, it can be useful for treating some types of insomnia and to counter jet-lag.

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The Solanaceae family contains some of our most important food crops: potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, aubergines and some quirkier goodies like Cape gooseberries.

The chemical melatonin can be used to treat sleep disorders. It is found in large quantities in the common garden plant feverfew, Tanacetum parthenium. Melatonin does not have a defence function, but regulates the plant’s response to photoperiods (the length of night and day). In animals,

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At this time of year, with vegetable plots and allotments overflowing with bounty, it is interesting to reflect on the fine line between friend and foe in the plant world.

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derived. Capsaicin activates the same pain pathway as tarantula venom, stimulating the heat sensors in the body chemically, although body temperature is not actually raised. Similarly, menthol, from mint, Mentha, in the Labiatae family activates the cold sensors in the body, without actually lowering the body temperature. The Botanic Garden is open 10am – 6pm during September, October 10am – 5pm, November - January 10am – 4pm. Adult admission is £4.50 (Giftaid admission £4.95) or join the Friends, get free admission & help the garden grow! For news and events, detailed information about the garden or to discover this week’s Plant Picks from the Head of Horticulture, please visit the website at

Dangerous plants Solanaceae members also include henbane, Hyoscyamus niger, which we grow at the Botanic Garden out of reach in the centre of the family beds on Systematics. It produces scopolamine, which has reputedly been used as a truth drug. In 1910, it was detected in the remains of Cora Crippen, wife of Dr Crippen and was believed to be the cause of her death. Tobacco plant, Nicotiana tabacum, is another member of the potato family. It contains nicotine, an alkaloid which constitutes 0.6-3.0% of the dry weight of tobacco. It acts both as a stimulant and a relaxant. Initially, nicotine causes the release of adrenaline and may block the release of insulin and increase metabolic rate. Dopamine is also released which increases feelings of well-being. However, tobacco smoking is linked to increasing incidence of many diseases, including many cancers and circulatory and respiratory diseases.


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On October 1st 2012 there will be an auction of donated bicycles to raise funds for the EACH hospice at Quidenham. For the last four years Paul Riches of Braconash garage has been spending his time making over 100 donated bikes roadworthy ready for the sale. Amongst the range of bicycles going to the auction is a beautiful ladies’ going-shopping bike, complete with basket and side stand. So far, Paul has raised £23,000 for the charity and says he hopes to get to £50,000 by the time he’s finished. To donate a bike for future auction, contact Paul on 01508 570642. The auction will held at noon outside the Lower Common Room at the University of East Anglia.

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oxne is a picture postcard village and an absolute treasure trove of history with a unique and ancient past. This is where the tools of early humans were first recognised, the largest hoard of Roman treasure in the UK was discovered, and where legend has it that Saint Edmund’s martyrdom took place. The combination of lovely countryside and intriguing historical events makes this the definitive Treasured Suffolk Walk. St Edmunds Hall (1) commemorates Kind Edmund of the Eastern Angles, who, according to legend, was killed by invading Vikings in AD 869. He was venerated as a saint soon after his death and Bury St Edmunds is named in his honour.


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From St Edmund’s Hall walk over the historic Goldbrook Bridge (2), where St Edmund hid from his enemies. Note Hoxne Hall (3) on your left before the Swan Bridge. Formally a grand, moated hall, this was once a palace of the Bishops of Norfolk. Bear right towards Swan Bridge (4) into the village centre.

Keep to the right side past the village green, uphill on a lane to the B1118 and across to the Church of St Peter and St Paul (5).From the rear of the church you can view the medieval moat which surrounds the 15th century vicarage (6). From the church retrace your steps back through the village and out on the Eye Road, passing the side road to Goldbrook Bridge on your left. Continue walking uphill until you round a corner at the top – on the right you will see a house set into a sunken area that is an old brick pit and on the left you will see a number of redundant industrial buildings (7). This is where the

tools of early humans were first recognised.

In 1992, in the field to the right of the road (8) a metal detector discovered the greatest collection of late 4th and 5th century coins found anywhere in the Roman Empire – The Hoxne Roman Treasure! Take the signposted footpath on the opposite side of the road to Chestnut Lodge, and head down it across the arable field, over a wooden bridge. Go right, then left over a stile, up a short climb to a small footbridge on the right and then through a small copse to eventually meet the road at Mill Mound (9). Leaving Mill Mound on your left, head down Nuttery Vale onto Eye Road until you reach a signposted footpath on your left. Follow this footpath, along the edge of arable fields and the rear of Gissing Farm to cross 2 stiles to a small country lane, where you turn left and follow footpath signs through Redhouse Farm (10). Turn left at a break in a copse, behind some cottages on the former south edge of the green, to a small bridge.

HOXNE ROMAN TREASURE Continue on past Low Barn and on to Denham Low Road where you can make a short detour to the tiny Church of St John the Baptist (12).

up the driveway of the impressive Abbey Farm (14) and, further along, take a short walk along a permissive path across the field to the St Edmund Monument (15).

Returning to Denham Low Road walk past The Leys Fish Ponds (the ample willows are testament to their presence), and immediately after a bridge over the Goldbrook, turn left on to a footpath which leads you up the field edge towards the hamlet of Cross Street. As you climb out of the valley along a tree-lined grass path, turn back to see the site of the Chapel of St Edmund (13) on the top of the facing valley side.

Continue down Abbey Hill, fork right onto a driveway which leads to a footpath that goes through a small wood, across a footbridge over the Chickering Beck, and keep left to return to Hoxne Low Street at The Swan Inn.

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Can you believe that we’ve left summer behind, the nights are drawing in and we’re already heading into the depths of autumn?

But don’t worry, there’s still plenty of fun to be had over the next couple of months Spooky goings-on

Halloween is one of autumn’s very best consolation prizes; there are always plenty of fancy dress parties, competitions and local events to go to. This one, at Holkham Hall, is one of our favourites... Head to the Courtyard and Bygones Museum to rub shoulders with spooky skeletons, wicked witches and ghastly ghosts. You’ll have a chance to mix a magic potion with a wizard, create your own spell, listen to ghost stories and watch some amazing fire juggling. Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea Saturday 27 to Wednesday 31 October. 10am - 5pm For further information contact the

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Petrol-head heaven The Charity Race Experience Day at Snetterton is an absolute must for petrol heads! From just £10, passengers can take their pick from an impressive line-up of classic cars, performance cars, racing cars and supercars and then be driven at break-neck speed for three laps of the Snetterton circuit.

There are also children’s activities, refreshments, car club exhibits, trade stands and the chance to admire some beautiful cars up close. The whole day raises money for the Ronald McDonald House Charity, which provides free accommodation close to hospitals and hospices for the families of seriously ill children. Entry is £5 per vehicle. Passenger rides are available to adults and children over 12. Some height restrictions may apply. Snetterton Race Circuit, nr Norwich - Sunday 18 November. 9am - 4pm.

Beer-illiant ales The 35th Norwich Beer Festival, organised by the Norwich & Norfolk Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), will be held at St. Andrew’s and Blackfriars’ Halls from October 29th to November 3rd 2012. With over 200 cask-conditioned ales from Britain’s independent brewers on sale, it’s the largest provincial beer festival in the country! There’ll also be over 40 varieties of traditional ciders and perries (an alcoholic drink made from pears) from East Anglia, the West Country and other parts of Europe. Entry costs between £1 and £6, depending on what day (and time) you attend. St. Andrew’s and Blackfriars’ Halls, Norwich – Monday 29 October to Saturday 3 November. festival/festival.htm

Otter spotting If you’re a nature enthusiast then this is the perfect activity for you. Paddling around the Broads National Park in a canoe with an expert guide gives you a fantastic chance of seeing one of the countryside’s most elusive residents – the otter. You can paddle down miles of quiet, undisturbed tributaries and streams with nothing but the Kingfishers and Bitterns for company. Prices are £40 per adult and £25 per child Horning Lock to Barton Broad, Norwich - Sunday 28 October.

Preserving history Steam drifters once filled the Norfolk and Suffolk harbours as they worked down from Scotland fishing for herring… but now, sadly, there’s only one left. Built in 1930, the world’s last surviving steam-powered herring drifter, Lydia Eva, has been lovingly restored and is available for day trips until the end of October. Early booking is recommended. Moored at the South Quay, Gt Yarmouth. Email enquiries@ or visit for details.

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Haunted Norfolk

ith Halloween around the corner, Glynn Burrows delves into Norfolk’s haunted past to uncover tales of the legendary Shuck, a witch’s heart, headless horses, a brown lady and even a queen of England. The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall?

Starting at the top, so to speak, is the tale of a headless queen. Anne Boleyn’s family came from Blickling Hall in Norfolk and her ghost is said to haunt the drawing room of the house, head in hand. As the story goes, her father, Sir Thomas Boleyn, was doomed to spend one night a year driving a coach with four headless horses around the area. Supposedly, this takes place every year on 19th May, which is the anniversary of Anne’s execution. Unfortunately, the calendar changed in 1752 and, if nobody told Sir Thomas, he is probably going on the wrong night! Coming down the ‘Rich List’ a little, we have the Brown Lady of Raynham Hall, near Fakenham. According to legend, she walks the staircase and corridors in a brown dress and has just empty sockets where her eyes should be. She is supposed to be Dorothy Walpole who married the second Viscount

Townshend. Legend goes that the viscount was a jealous husband and faked Dorothy’s death in order to keep her locked up in the house. It is said that a guest at the Hall fired a pistol at her but the bullet went straight through and lodged in a door! Head to the Tuesday Market Place in King’s Lynn for another reminder of Norfolk’s shadowy past. Margaret Read was burned at the stake as a witch in 1590 and the heat was such that her heart burst from her body, hitting the building that stood there. Although the building has been altered, the spot is still marked by a heart in a diamond on the brick-work above a window. Beside the graveyard of St Nicholas’ Chapel, is a quaint little cottage, known as the Exorcist’s House. This picturesque cottage is supposed to be where the priest lived and performed exorcisms. Norwich has more than its fair share of ghost stories and an article on Norwich murders could fill a whole book. Another phantom coach with headless horses are supposed to be regular travellers along the road towards Mousehold Heath and as with poor old Thomas Boleyn, even the coachman is headless! Why all of these poor horses have to be without their heads I have yet

Kings Lynn

to ascertain, but it does make the stories that bit more gruesome! One of the most famous local stories is that of Norfolk’s very own Black Shuck. Shuck is a huge dog, as black as night and with just one great big red eye. He roams the coast on stormy nights, howling along with the wind. A fearful sight - especially because those who do see him are doomed to die within the year! If this small selection of stories from Norfolk has inspired you to find out more, check out www. or contact me on glynn@norfolk-tours. Norfolk Tours can help you find accommodation in haunted buildings and take you on a nighttime tour of ruined castles and churches. We cannot guarantee that you will experience anything ghostly but I’m sure that we will find some spirits in one of the ancient inns! Blickling Hall



n a previous piece in Village People (early summer issue 2012), I wrote about the divide and the divisions between Norfolk and Suffolk, in terms of boundaries, historical divisions and dialects. In the late summer issue, Iain Dale’s book on ‘Norwich City – When Football was Football’ was briefly reviewed, as ‘a nostalgic look at the Canaries before the Premier League and satellite television, prior to the billionaire owners, huge transfer fees and Sky-high wages’. It reminded us of ‘Bovril at half-time, muddy pictures and leather footballs and Saturday kick-offs at 3 o’clock’ and standing at the Barclay End.

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So its about time we considered the traditional local East Anglian Derby between the Canaries and the Tractor Boys – between Norwich City FC and Ipswich Town FC – as a typical regional rivalry. First though, why ‘derby’? A local ‘derby’ It’s widely thought that the phrase originally referred to the town of Ashbourne in Derbyshire, where, as early as the 12th century, two teams from opposite ends of the town have played a rough and tumble variety of ‘football’ match every year. This match is known as the Royal Shrovetide Football Match and involves pits the ‘the uppers’ against the ‘the downers’, from opposite sides of the river that runs through Ashbourne. The goals are three miles apart and one of the very few rules is that ‘un-necessary violence’ is frowned upon. Another possible explanation derives from that well-known premier English horse race, the Derby, founded by the 12th Earl of Derby in 1780, which attracts the attention (for a ‘flutter’) of even those not normally keen on horseracing. But whatever its origin, it is the case that, since as early as 1840, the term ‘derby’ has been used to refer to any kind of sporting event involving local rivals. The phrase is generally applied only to football. The famous ‘boat race’ that takes place every year between Oxford and Cambridge on the Thames, is not generally referred to as a ‘derby’; nor is the equally bitterly contested ‘Varsity’ Rugby match at Twickenham. But it is used to refer to matches between, for example, Celtic and Rangers, Manchester United and Manchester City, or Everton and Liverpool – indeed one of the first references in print to ‘a local derby’ (in the Daily Express in October 1914) referred to a match between Everton and Liverpool.


Written by: The East Anglian derby Our ‘local derby’ is between Norwich City Football Club and Ipswich Town Football Club. This important event is followed intensely by the supporters and fans of the two rival clubs - and even by those who do not normally follow football. This is ‘the match that matters’, perhaps more than any other - even when the teams are not competing in the same division (as is the case at the present) and can only meet by chance, in a cup competition, for example. When the two teams do meet, it is known as ‘the East Anglian derby’ or, informally, as the ‘old Farm Derby’, a comic reference to the ‘Old Firm Derby’ played between Scottish teams Celtic and Rangers. The other professional clubs in the region – Colchester United, Peterborough United and Cambridge United – do not really count! The two rival teams have contested the East Anglian ‘derby’ 138 times since 1902 – when the first of such encounters took place. Ipswich have won 59 of these matches, Norwich 53. On their first encounter, on 15 November 1902, both teams were still playing as amateurs. The Norfolk and Suffolk League fixture was

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21 (with 11 drawn); out of 74 played at Carrow Road, Norwich won 32 to Ipswich’s 21 (with 16 drawn). Ipswich has scored five goals in a ‘derby’ game five times; Norwich only once. The highest aggregate goal tally in a match is seven, with Ipswich winning 3-4 in a Division Two match at Carrow Road in 1968-69. Out of the six players who scored hat-tricks (3 goals) in an East Anglian ‘derby’ match, four were Ipswich players and two were Norwich City team members. Particularly when both were in the same division (which has been the case for much of the last 110 years - the longest gap being a period of six seasons between 198687 and 1991-92), matches between these two great rivals have brought their supporters to Portman Road and Carrow Road (their respective football grounds) in exceptional numbers. In the 2008-09 season, for example, Ipswich recorded an average attendance of 18,873 (the 7th-highest in the Championship) but the highest attendance of the season was nearly 10,000 more - 28,274 - in the local derby against Norwich City. The highest attendance of all in the history of the ‘derby’ was at Portman Road in September 1975, with a total of 35,077 in a First Division match.

David Seddon played in Norwich, and Norwich City won by 1-0 on their home ground. Norwich turned professional in 1905; Ipswich not until 1936. Ipswich were elected to the Football League in 1938 and the first league game between the two clubs (both in the Third Division – South) was on 2 September 1939. Played at Portman Road, the result was 1-1. The war ensured and the league was abandoned. As the two clubs have tended to play in the same division over the years, the ‘derby’ has been contested in most seasons since 1902. But they have also clashed in cup competitions. Out of eight encounters in the League Cup, Norwich won four, Ipswich two, and two were drawn. The two clubs have played a total of only three matches in the FA Cup, of which Norwich has won two; one was a draw. The statistics reveal the home advantage, particularly for Ipswich Town: out of 71 games (including ‘friendlies’) played at Portman Road, Ipswich won 39 to Norwich’s

The fans not only come to watch the matches; they also come to show the fans of their rival clubs their enthusiasm and their commitment. The matches have been, all too often, an excuse for clashes between the fans off the field, both before and after the match, while ‘the Blues’ and ‘the Canaries’ fought it out on the field during it.

Each team and its fans consider their club to be ‘the best’. In Ipswich, much is made of the fact that their club has won a greater proportion of the ‘derby’ matches played over the last century or more – 45 per cent to 37 per cent – giving them the right to the title ‘Pride of Anglia’. But even that title is fiercely contested; for another, different basis for acquiring the title is being the highest placed East Anglian side in the Football League, and Norwich claimed this position in 2010-2011, by finishing second in the Championship. Being the only East Anglian team in the Premier League at the present time, Norwich will probably claim the ‘Pride of Anglia’ title for the third successive year in 2012-13, regardless of their final league position. Which team is really ‘the Pride of Anglia’ is a matter of debate - it all depends, at the end of the day, on which of the two you support and, of course, where you live.


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Film reviews

We check out the best of the new releases

Anna Karenina Keira Knightley plays another of literature’s great heroines in this spectacular new adaptation of Tolstoy’s epic love story. Anna Karenina is a beautiful Russian aristocrat who falls for the dashing Count Vronksy (Aaron Johnson). Only one problem – she is already married to Alexei (Jude Law). Anna’s passion for Vronsky causes scandal in Russian high society – is she prepared to lose everything for the man she loves? This is a must see for fans of costume drama. Director Joe Wright’s third collaboration with Knightley is a sumptuous portrayal of 19th Century Russia which whirls from glittering ballrooms to dramatic snowscapes. Release: 7th September Director: Joe Wright See it if you liked: Pride and Prejudice, The Duchess, Dr Zhivago



50 years after James Bond first appeared on our screens in Dr. No, the infamous spy is back and better looking than ever before! MI6 is under attack and Bond’s loyalty tested as M’s past comes back to haunt her. Oscar winning actor Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men) proves to be more than a match for Bond as the villainous Silva whilst Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe play the glamorous Bond girls. Sam Mendes becomes the first Oscar winning director to take on Bond, bringing with him a stellar cast of actors including Ralph Fiennes and Judi Dench. Filmed on locations all around the world, including Turkey and China, Skyfall is sure to be bigger and better than ever.

This Halloween, Tim Burton brings us a creepy-butcute comedy all about a young boy who loses his beloved pet in an accident and decides to bring him back to life.

Release: 26th October Director: Sam Mendes See it if you liked: Quantum of Solace, Casino Royal, The Bourne Legacy

Release: 17 October 2012 Director: Tim Burton See it if you liked: A Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands

Victor (Robert Capron) loves two things - monster movies and his pet dog Sparky. When Sparky is killed in an accident, Victor is heartbroken, but refuses to accept that his beloved pet is gone. In a child-friendly twist on Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein story, Victor attempts to bring Sparky back to life. Using Burton’s signature stop-motion animation, Frankenweenie is a quirky and heartwarming creation which you can watch in either 2D or 3D.


Mums The Word Southwold

Carrie Barrett lives in Blo Norton, near Diss, right on the Suffolk/Norfolk border, with her husband and two children Maisie (8) and Olly (5). 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 Magazine and we’ll ask her to visit.


This lively and vibrant restaurant really hits the spot when you fancy something a little bit more than fish and chips. With daily fresh fish specials like sea bass, mussels and slip sole, there is always something different to tempt you.

Whether its fish and chips on the beach on a sunny summer day, or a huge hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows in the winter, we always head to the pier…

Children are very welcome in this restaurant and it’s usually crammed full of families. With a relaxed and lively ambiance you don’t need to worry if the younger children make too much noise!

Southwold Pier was built as a landing stage for the Belle steam ships travelling from London in the 1930s. During a terrible storm in 1934 the landing stage was swept away and was never replaced.

As you would expect with such resources right on your doorstep, fish factors highly on the menu. The Fish Platter - smoked Lowestoft prawns, Cromer crab cakes, salt cod paté, cured salmon, chilli salsa, sour dough bread, aioli dip went down very well (and quickly) with all our family including the children… so much so that we had to order another one!

The pier was subjected to numerous storms throughout the decades, reducing its size dramatically until 1987, when the Pier was privately bought. It wasn’t until 2001 that work was completed but it was worth the wait – Southwold Pier was named Pier of the Year in 2002! It was re-sold in 2005 to the current owners Stephen and Antonia Bournes, who continue to run this family business. They have stamped their own style and design all over the pier, from the quirky metal work, right down to the fabulous colourful designs and layouts of the shops and restaurants.


The Boardwalk Restaurant

his edition I have decided to continue on up the Suffolk coastline to another family favourite and tourist haven, Southwold. Southwold is a wonderful destination whatever the time of year. With its shops, beaches, lighthouse and award winning pier there is plenty to do whenever you decide to visit.

My children love the Under the Pier Show, which includes a collection of hand built amusement machines that have the whole family in fits of laughter! Test your skills on the ‘mobility masterclass’ and get your revenge on ‘wack a banker’! Don’t forget the Water Clock that chimes every half an hour at the end of the pier with its own little show.

Southwold Pier

I had the special of slip sole and found it was cooked perfectly and served with beautiful crisp veg. The children’s menu is varied and offers smaller portions of many of the adult choices.

If you are too late for lunch or fancy something a little lighter, the restaurant is open for coffees, afternoon tea and delicious homemade cakes. It’s open from 10am

every day and in the winter months supper is served from 5pm, catering especially for families who want to feed their little ones before heading off on their journey home.

The Clockhouse

With lovely comfy sofas, and beautiful artwork to look at, it’s a great place to come and relax. And for all those that cannot eat gluten, they have an assortment of gluten free cakes on sale too!

Southwold Pier

If you just fancy a coffee and something to nibble on then The Clockhouse would be best suited to you. It serves speciality coffees and teas, paninis, cakes and smoked fish from the UK’s oldest smokehouse in Lowestoft. The Clockhouse is also fully licensed and it’s the perfect place to sit with a glass of wine and watch the world go by!

The Beach Cafe Southwold Pier

If it is fish and chips you want, this place. is one of the best! The Beach Café is open for breakfast every day of the year (apart from Christmas Day), serving fantastic ice cream sundaes which the children love, freshly made sandwiches, drinks and other goodies to take away. Gluten free fish and chips are available on the first Sunday of every month, so everyone can have a treat! Southwold Pier has something for everyone, so next time you visit, ditch the picnic of soggy sandwiches and treat yourselves to a feast of local produce that’s fresh, original and tastes amazing!

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Ladies Who Lunch AMANDINES


or once I remembered to phone to book a table and the young lady I spoke to was very polite and welcoming. She offered us a table inside the main restaurant or out in the conservatory, then rattled off the menu together with details of the puddings. The place is easy to find on St Nicholas Street, quite near the bottom, in Norfolk House Courtyard - full of fascinating small independent shops. The restaurant is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. (Tuesday is half-day closing in Diss).

Each restaurant or pub that I have visited has its own ‘best feature’. With some it is simply the food that is outstanding, with others it’s the old oak beams and wood fire that shine out. At Amandines it is certainly the laid-back friendly atmosphere. We chose to be seated in the courtyard, which had been created by glassing over the gap between two buildings and offered a light, quirky alternative to the main rooms. There is limited disabled access to the courtyard, which is down a few narrow steps. The restaurant was quietly full, but

not crowded, and a wood burning stove promised heat for winter dining. During pauses in our lunch we were joined in conversation by diners at neighbouring tables. One family were playing happily with some of the games provided. The menu was chalked on a blackboard and I chose a four cheese & thyme tart which came with various Amandines salads and lovely tiny roast new potatoes. My companion chose a goat’s cheese tart garnished with lemon and thyme dressing and the same salads and potatoes. The two tarts were generously sized and the salads plentiful; there was coleslaw, a tasty beetroot and chick pea salad and a fresh green salad too. Everything was beautifully presented and tasty and we both tucked in eagerly. For dessert my friend chose pancake with wild cherry ice cream which was absolutely fabulous (she very kindly let me have a taste) and had the most aromatic cherry flavour I have ever encountered. I happily chomped into a vanilla cheesecake with sharp juicy mixed

berries that was equally delicious and generously sized. Our coffees were big enough to swim in, and were hot, strong and fresh. So why haven’t I mentioned that this is a vegetarian restaurant? Well simply because from the minute I entered the place I completely forgot! Unless you are a fan of a 12 ounce steak every day of your life, you will not notice that there is no meat or fish. Vegans are also catered for, but it might be wise to phone in advance to discuss any dietary concerns. Only one thing about the place worried me slightly, and that was the serving of food on wooden platters. For some reason mine was on an ordinary plate but other meals were on large wooden ones. The place has a food hygiene certificate rated at 5 (the highest) and my contact-in-thetrade says it’s perfectly O.K. – lots of places do it. So if you are bothered, ask for a ‘proper’ plate when ordering. Also slightly disconcerting was the fact that they only take cash. Be prepared for that, I was nearly embarrassed!

£15 £10 £4 £2 £4



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Out & About

Julius Caesar

The power of the people, the rise of dictators and the need to be in control… Sound familiar?


his autumn, the Royal Shakespeare Company will explore these themes in a ground-breaking production of Julius Caesar at the Norwich Theatre Royal from October 16. We caught up with director Gregory Doran and some of the cast to find out more about this exciting production, which has been created to tie in into the World Shakespeare Festival and the London 2012 Festival. Transplanted out of ‘doublet and hose’ and into a contemporary setting in modern Africa, director Gregory Doran wants to give a brand new hook to Shakespeare’s tale of the battle between public duty and the private lust for power. He said: “It is a fantastic political thriller. You go to Julius Caesar and the one thing you know is that he is going to be assassinated. It’s probably the single most famous event of the ancient world. “I needed to find a way in which the second half would be the climax, not the anti-climax.” And this led him to look at the upheaval in the Middle East – the so-called Arab Spring. Gregory said: “Watching it all unfold, the question wasn’t ‘are they going to get rid of Gaddafi?’ It is about what happens next in Libya, in Tunisia, in Syria. That gave us a completely different focus to the second half of the play.”

Nelson Mandela famously had a copy of the play during his imprisonment on Robben Island and kept certain lines of Julius Caesar underlined during his period of incarceration. “Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. It seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come.” Gregory drew on the parallels with African life and politics for this production. He explained: “Countries all over Africa from the late Fifties and early Sixties were getting rid of the yoke of colonial rule and gaining independence.” A top-class cast are bringing Shakespeare’s poignant and powerful piece to life with Jeffery Kissoon taking on the lead role. Paterson Joseph and Cyril Nri play conspirators Brutus and Cassius, whilst former Coronation Street mechanic Ray Fearon plays ‘the people’s champion’ Mark Anthony. Paterson’s passion for his part is clear. “The thing that really narks me off is that Brutus performs this speech in front of the crowd and the crowd are wowed by it. But then Shakespeare writes this huge dialogue between Antony and the crowd and he changes their mind. I’m just burning as an actor thinking can I just come on again? I had more to say!” Meanwhile Ray gets to play the charismatic man of the people Mark Antony and perform the famous ‘Friends, Romans, Countrymen’ speech. He said: “It is one of those famous scenes in the Shakespeare canon and everyone will know it when they hear it. It is just so well-written.” But is there any rivalry between Ray and co-star Paterson? Ray said: “I don’t think we compete against each other even though I think our character Mark and Brutus do. As individuals, we don’t compete. Well, I am not anyway.” So while there is harmony among the cast, prepare for political For more info or to machinations, BOOK ONLINE betrayal and murder on-stage at Norwich Theatre Royal Tickets £6.50 - £25 this autumn.

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Choosing the best school for your child

xtra-curricular activities can be a key factor in finding a school which is right for your child, and one of the most popular reasons for choosing an independent school. Of course, you want your child to achieve as much as possible, but schools are well aware that education is not just about grades. It’s also about new interests, experiences and opportunities. Rachel Hill from Hethersett Old Hall School says, “School should be a time and opportunity in life when you enjoy and experience as much as possible.” At Hethersett, pupils have the opportunity to participate in sports, drama, public speaking and much more. “These activities can lead on to life-long hobbies and passions”, says Rachel.

The Headmaster of Riddleworth Hall Prep School, Paul Cochrane, says, “Our ethos is to always consider the individual needs of the child. Every child may not be academic but they can find their niche in another area of the curriculum.” Students at Riddlesworth have the opportunity to try a huge range of activities, from Ju Jitsu to Jewellery Making.

their skills and knowledge to approach learning with abundant enthusiasm.”

You can find out more about what these schools offer by visiting their website or attending an open day.

The benefits of these activities are clear. Not only have pupils excelled in their exams, but at Thetford Grammar School, children were described in a recent inspection as “showing excellent personal development and confidently using


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Shopping exciting reads for ages 9 – 12 by local author Kate Anders set in Norwich

Double Dutchman: Ninian and his cousins Tabi and Miles are enjoying what they think is a harmless game. However with the arrival of a coded message they are swept into an exciting adventure involving international criminals. Can they crack the case? Fool’s Gold: The children begin their second adventure when Tabi spies a mysterious musician on a train coming into Norwich station. Why is the same tune played over and over again? Who is the man hanging round the ancient cloisters of the cathedral? And will they find the gold? £4.99 each from The Book Fountain, Wharton’s Court, Wymondham and other outlets.

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This book traces the development of Kieron as an artist, but also attempts to give the background story as to how his parents came to terms with bringing up a prodigy whose talents attract the world’s attention and considerable financial reward. His paintings are triumphs of observation, skill and imagination as he responds intensely to the landmarks and light of Norfolk. This is Kieron’s story.

Coming To Light

Kieron Williamson Halstar Hardback 9781906690397 £24.99

The three floods covered in this book occurred in 1912, 1938 and 1953 giving a full and illustrated (250 dramatic photos) history for the first time. The author traces the story of these catastrophes, linking a chronicle of actual events with personal stories by those who were there when the floods came. In each the tragic loss of life was accompanied by the destruction of houses, farms, roads and bridges by the unstoppable surge of water.


Norfolk Floods Neil Storey

Halsgrove Hardback 9780857041593 £19.99

Bishop Joseph Hall of Norwich was appointed by King Charles 1 in 1641.This book seeks to redress the public humiliation meted out to this fine man by Puritannical sympathizers during the troublesome era of the English Civil Wars. In an age of bitter factional in-fighting within the Church, his great skills as an arbitrator were recognized both here and abroad. He penned seminal works of national literary importance, but he was to become well acquainted with drama and intrigue.


Divine Delinquent David Berwick

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Images of War – Norwich Blitz Martin Bowman Pen & Sword Paperback 9781848847552 £14.99


his autumn, learn more about art and local history with six great new titles from some of our region’s most respected authors.

Roland’s Norfolk legacy begins from 1923 with his first studio at Willow Farm, Hickling Broad, painting watercolours of his much-beloved birdlife. By 1939 he had illustrated many bird books and 25 of them are listed here. His work has instant appeal, working entirely from observation, which may explain why his flying birds are so much more realistic than that of modern painters. He always showed them in natural habitats displaying their unique characteristics.

Between July 1940 and November 1943 bombs were dropped on almost every part of the city, with 340 deaths and 1092 injured. Over three-quarters of these occurred during the Baedeker raids of 1942 upon Cathedral cities and historic administrative capitals of the provinces. Through a series of stark and evocative images, drawn together by the revered historian Martin Bowman, the reader is able to discern a real sense of the damage inflicted upon the city.

Strangers –

A History of Norwich’s Incomers Frank Meeres

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This book looks at the contributions incomers have made to the city over many centuries. The author delves into the history of some of the groups who have added to the richness of city life; the Romans, Saxons and Vikings, medieval Jewish communities, the “Strangers” who arrived from the Low Countries and others from all over the world. Also included is a fascinating walk around Norwich illustrating features where incomers have left their mark upon today’s urban landscape.

Homage To Roland Green David Joel

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The golden rules

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Tim Charters from Picture Fair describes his top tips for choosing the right art for your home. Choosing the right pictures for your walls can really add the finishing touch to a space, creating a point of interest and tying the theme of a room together. This is not about having a huge budget, more about making clever choices to add impact or dictate a style. Shop online The great thing about the internet is that you can pick your picture in the room it’s destined for, giving you a far better idea of whether it will go. Size matters


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The space in which a picture hangs is as important as the art itself. Make sure you measure this before you pick your piece – something too big could overpower a room, too small and it’s in danger of getting lost. Mix and match

Enhance the existing design Pick something that will stand-out while enhancing the existing design elements. If the area is modern, minimal and neutral, why not choose something colourful and bright to add impact. The art of matching If you want to go for a more cohesive look, with pictures dictating the colour of a room, choose a tone that’s in the image, but not the main hue and not prevalent along the border to ensure contrast.

A popular and effective trend is to hang a number of smaller pictures together on one wall, using a range of styles and frames. The trick here is to make the wall look stylishly jumbled – symmetry will not do. Hit the right height If art is hung above furniture, such as a sofa or table, it needs to be high enough to clear people’s heads but low enough to feel connected with said furniture. In general, pictures are often placed to high, so go unnoticed as they are out of viewers’ eye lines.

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Observing the


inter is on its way! Autumn is a time when many animals are preparing for the long months ahead. Food resources will be sparse and temperatures drop and many species are frantically stocking up on food. Shorter daylight hours and cold mornings make wildlife photography challenging but also offer rewarding opportunities to capture certain species, such as this bank vole busy in its daily fight for survival.

For some of the autumn I’ve been following and photographing red deer. These deer are undertaking what I think is one of the great natural spectacles occurring in Norfolk, the annual rut. Between late August and early September bachelor groups of male red deer (stags) break up and males compete to gain control of groups of females (hinds). This period of competition peaks in October providing the best opportunities to watch or photograph these magnificent animals in action.

Trials of Life males weighing up to 150kg this impressive display of power is quite something to witness. The winner rounds up a herd of females known as a harem and will guard them from other stags until they come into season; an event which only occurs for a matter of hours. He will then mate with the females in his herd and pass on his strong genes to the next generation. All in all this is amazing and fascinating behaviour to watch and document and it is well worth visiting your local deer park to take a look. Ripe berries on the trees combined with a scarcity of other food means that my woodland bird hide is a flurry of activity. Visits from greatspotted woodpeckers, nuthatches and an array of other small colourful birds are a daily occurrence. A sparrowhawk has taken advantage of the abundance of birds in the area and can be seen swooping down to capture prey. My next edition will arrive in the middle of winter when life is toughest for nearly all species; only the strongest will make it through.

Jonathan Lewis is a wildlife photographer based in South Norfolk. His company, Norfolk Wildlife Photography, offers a range of local and international courses and tours. For more information please visit or norfolkwildlifephotography

Stags do not always enter into physical contests but instead first use behaviour such as walking side by side and bellowing to assess the strength of their rival. If two males consider themselves equal in strength they will enter into combat clashing antlers. With



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Vets Warn Dog Owners of Mystery Illness


he Old Golfhouse Veterinary Group is warning dog owners of a mystery illness that has claimed the lives of several dogs in 2009 and 2010.

The cause of Seasonal Canine Illness is still unknown but cases are generally seen between August and November and the illness can affect any size, breed or sex of dog. In the Norfolk area, cases are rife in and around Sandringham Estate and Thetford Forest.

For more information on Seasonal Canine Illness go to, alternatively, you can speak to our Head Nurse at our Watton branch who has assisted the Animal Health Trust in their research since they launched the investigation.

It causes dogs to become very ill very rapidly and symptoms include sickness, diarrhoea and lethargy. The Animal Health Trust has launched an investigation to ďŹ nd out more about the mystery illness that has also affected dogs in Clumber Park and Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire. Their ultimate aim is to identify the killer and to eventually eradicate the illness. The Old Golfhouse Veterinary Group are asking owners within the next few months to keep a close eye on their dogs, especially if they have exercised them in the above areas and if any owners suspect that their dog may be showing symptoms of SCI they must contact their vet immediately.

The Old Golfhouse Veterinary Group Attleborough branch is moving! The Attleborough branch of The Old Golfhouse Veterinary Group is moving just down to the end of Edenside Lane. We are moving to bigger premises which will therefore offer our clients a better service including in-house routine operations.

The move is to take place during October. We hope to see you there! For more information about our services please contact 01953 451100


Health & Beauty

Welcome to a New Era in Dentistry Netherton Dental Practice is pleased to welcome Peter Clark to the team in Long Stratton. He joins Auriel Gibson and Adam Stacey, adding to the existing wealth of knowledge and experience on offer to patients at the practice.

Practice Philosophy • Many patients come to us because we are known to be a gentle practice. • Our personal service ensures that a close professional & caring relationship is developed with a dedicated dental practitioner. • Our preventative team, comprising hygienists & an oral health educator, guarantees that oral health is given top priority. • We actively listen to you & place great emphasis on thorough investigation sending you a written report & treatment planning options for complex dentistry. • Children are treated from an early age & advice is given to parents & children on plaque control & preventative dietary habits.

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Dr Auriel Gibson BDS. MSc. FDSRCS (Eng), MGDS, FFGDP. Auriel’s focus is on complex restorative treatments & dental implants. She teaches advanced dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons and is a national postgraduate examiner. Auriel is a past president of the British Society for General Dental Surgery and actively engages in postgraduate study.

Dr Adam Stacey BDS (Lond), DPDS (Brist). Adam has 17 years of experience in general practice including an advanced diploma plus a forsensics now working through an M.Sc in restorative and cosmetic dentistry.

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“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.” Try the following steps to keep your stress in check. Control your breathing. It may sound silly but most of us do not breathe properly. The optimum amount of breaths for a resting adult is 8 breaths per minute which requires deeper abdominal breathing. Inhale until your stomach goes out and exhale through your nose. 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

Natural solutions for your health problems endorphins. So, try to work up a sweat for at least 20 minutes a day. Diet is important and whole foods containing lots of B vitamins or a B Vitamin Complex supplement will help to support the nervous system. Do try to avoid all coffee and tea as caffeine only makes things worse! A homeopathic remedy called Kali Phos 6x can be very soothing and restorative too. Take four of these pleasant tasting tiny pills every half an hour if needed to calm and relax you. These are perfectly safe for children too and dissolve instantly like sugar granules in the mouth. Herbal remedies can help reduce stress. Passiflora has been used for centuries as a mild sedative and antidepressant and is particularly beneficial when mixed with other sedative herbs. For more information or advice ask at the Natural Food Store or call on 01603 613228


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o you want to get the most out of your workout? Or do you just need some help getting started? We understand that everyone is different, so here are some of the best fitness tips from experts in our region, whatever your level.

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1. How many reps to do depends on whether you want to look like Brad or Arnie, Jessica Ennis or Martina. For strength, go for three sets of three reps and work at 90% of your maximum. For muscle growth, go for three set of twelve reps at 80% of

your maximum. For lean muscles, try three sets of 15 reps at 60-70% of your maximum power. 2. For maximum calorie burn hit the treadmill. On average it takes 16 minutes of running for a male to burn 200 calories, 18 minutes on a cross-trainer, 21 minutes on a rower and 27 minutes on a bike 3. For the best warm-up – get on the cross trainer! You’re trying to increase blood flow to all the major muscles and add elasticity to muscles and tendons. 10 minutes on the cross trainer will use lots of muscle groups and is low in impact.

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ave you always got a reason why you can’t exercise? Too much to do, too little time? Here are some tips for creating the most efficient training especially for YOU! 1. Set goals. This is number one for good reason, if you do not know where you are going you will not know when you have arrived. Also be specific with your goals for example, ‘I want to drop 3 inches from my waist in 2 months’ as opposed to ‘lose some weight’. 2. Nutrition. Many people get confused about nutrition as there is so much conflicting research out there on what we should and

should not eat. Take the common sense approach and keep things simple. Eat real food that grows in the ground and avoid all processed food. Lean and green is an easy way to remember when you are in doubt about what to eat, particularly meat, fish, fruit, veg, eggs and nuts. 3. Cardio- Shorter and higher intensity. This is the modern way to burn fat. Gone are the days of long boring runs on the treadmill. You can get better results by stepping up the pace and going for a shorter period. Whether you are performing intervals (1min slow/1min fast) or just going for it at a high speed for 15 minutes, both ways work, it is all about increasing the intensity.


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Village People Magazine is 4 years old!

Who’d have thought that what started off as a hobby (working from the end of my dining room table in Tacolneston) has grown so quickly into a thriving local village magazine? And not just one magazine as many of you will already know that we launched a second version of our popular magazine to serve another 14,500 village homes just over a year ago so we now reach a MASSIVE 28,500 homes in over 140 villages in South Norfolk and on the Norfolk / Suffolk border. It’s a good thing we have Royal Mail to deliver these days as I used to do the distribution myself!

And we don’t work from my dining room table anymore! Meet the team:

Natalie Brough-Darby is currently on maternity leave with her gorgeous second daughter Tabatha but she’ll be back part time soon!

Sylvia Smith has over 15 years’ experience in advertising, so if you want to promote your business – why not give her a call? Sylvia is a real country girl and even has her own smallholding!

Florence Kemsley

grew up in a Suffolk village and loves everything that village life has to offer, from country walks to cosy pubs.


And of course where would we be without the very talented design work from both Gary and Paul.


ur plan is to keep on growing so if you have any suggestions about how we could improve, please feel free to write to me at or call 0330 660 0325 for a friendly chat. If you are really internet savvy, then why not follow us on Twitter @VPMagazine for all the latest local news and gossip.


illage People is a celebration of all that is great about life in the East Anglian countryside, from delicious local produce to wonderful wildlife. We’re passionate about supporting local business and with so many independent shops and services in the region, who can blame us?

WIN £50 Jarrolds Voucher I’d like to thank all readers, contributors and of course advertisers for your support over the last 4 years with the chance to win a £50 shopping spree voucher from Jarrold of Norwich!

Just answer this question correctly: Who sung the hit song “Y.M.C.A.”? A: Elton John B: Village People C: Cliff Richard

Email your answer to including your name & address. Closing date for entries is 31 October and the winner will be chosen at random. Usual Village People rules apply.


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Divine encounters, miracle healings, enormous courage and heartfelt sacrifice Norfolk journalist, Sandie Shirley, spotlights the inspiring stories of men and women from the region and beyond that have seen them reach for victory. For more stories visit:

Emma Stevenson – More Than a Beauty Consultant


hen Emma Stevenson converted part of her Barnham Broom home into a beauty sanctuary it was always going to be more than a place for massage and makeup. Having done a variety of training courses with the Norwich Academy of Beauty, Emma also uses her business - Esther’s Beauty, for such a time as this - as a listening ear, a tool for prayer and a powerful lever for her faith.

surgeons said an operation could kill him or leave him as a vegetable, recalls Emma. News of her son’s condition sent her into shock. “It was the worst day of my life – I felt physically sick.”

Exclusively for women, the quiet, rural bolt hole with its own parking and large garden is a welcome beauty retreat that also helps those with illness and difficulties. Emma shares the amazing testimony of her son’s healing from a brain tumour to speak into the lives of those afflicted with a similar disease, various cancers and other problems. Such empathy has gone a long way to sowing seeds of faith in many that have stood on the side lines of belief but return time and again.

Family and friends prayed too and asked countless others to do the same including an American aunt and her church. Meanwhile, three surgeons tackled an invasive 14hour operation to remove most of Thomas’ tumour while being careful not to damage his eye. “Medics expected him to be in intensive care for six weeks but he came round immediately and soon joined the normal ward. He was hailed as a miracle boy,” says Emma who has seen God continually heal the nerve damage in his face since the operation.

Emma from Hope Community Church, Wymondham, has a winning testimony from her Saviour when her son Thomas was just three yearsold. His life hung in the balance and

Together with husband Chris, she scoured the country for a cure. Emma also mounted a publicity campaign and newspapers carried the story of the little boy with slurred speech, who was in excruciating pain, to encourage people to pray.

Today Emma’s faith is as strong as ever. She has seen her son snatched from death and has known God’s hand on her own life when she was tempted to look at alternative paths to healing. “There was a time when I did not want to go to church and preferred the gym. But when my husband became a Christian I saw a real change in him. Soon afterwards I found a note in my son’s pocket asking God to let me come to church.” The hand written note deeply touched Emma. She

soon became a committed church member and six months of intensive counselling and prayer helped to heal the hurts and wounds that had built-up since childhood. Nowadays she asks God to bring clients to her door. “I have a thriving business with many regular customers. I see many who are vulnerable but I can listen to their stories, pray with them and bless them with free treatments that shows that I love them because Jesus loves them,” says Emma who offers pamper parties, princess parties for teenagers, spray tanning, manicures, pedicures and facials for example. “Esther (the biblical character) who had 12 months of beauty treatments was a beautiful young woman used by God to save a nation. I hope those who come here leave confident and with a skip in their step as their natural beauty is enhanced because God loves women and can use them today,” she adds. For more information, call 01603 758216


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Smart Money Secrets STUDENT INSURANCE Andrew Hagger


oung people going to college this year will be faced with soaring fees and learning to cope with debt, but take a look in the average student’s room and there’s a good chance you’ll discover an Aladdin’s cave of hi tech gadgets.

Included on the list of ‘must have’ new technology you’ll find laptops, IPads, MP3 players, TVs, digital cameras and smartphones. In fact the latest survey from Endsleigh Insurance in conjunction with the National Union of Students (NUS) revealed that the average person now takes almost £2000 worth of belongings to university. Students increasingly rely on technology to help get them through their time at university, with a laptop now seen as an absolute must-have for their course work. But despite taking their expensive kit with them to college, recent research shows that almost 4 out of 10 students admitted to not having any insurance cover in place for their contents.

Unfortunately it’s a sad fact of life that students are a prime target for thieves and street robbers, with a reported one in three being a victim of crime each year. And for those with no cover in place, not only will they have the stress and inconvenience to deal with, but will also be faced with the worry of how they will be able to afford to replace their lost or stolen items.

Smart Money Top Tip: Keep a separate back up of your coursework, precious photos and music in case your laptop is stolen.

The chances are you’ll have your smartphone and laptop out and about with you every day so only having basic cover which only covers items in your room simply won’t be enough for many students. So if you or someone in your family is off to University this autumn, what are the options available if

you want to protect your possessions? Some students will just assume that their parents’ home insurance will come to the rescue should things go awry, but that could prove a risky strategy. While some mainstream insurers including Aviva, Direct Line and Esure offer student extensions on parents’ policies, not all home and contents policies give you this option, so check the small print before you go away, rather than waiting until you make a claim and then finding that you’re not covered. Alternatively you could consider a specific student insurance policy from providers such as Endsleigh, E&L Insurance and Barclays. If you’re thinking about taking out insurance to cover you at university but are put off by the premium, just add up the cost of all your possessions and think about how hard it would be to replace everything should the worst happen – this will hopefully make the decision a no brainer!


Jobs & Money

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Does hygiene make you happy? Is tidiness your thing? If the answer is YES to these questions then we need YOU! If you prefer things to be pristine, then we may have the perfect job for you! We are looking for enthusiastic people who love to clean to join our team! Providing flexible daytime work in private homes in the local area, we are offering you the chance to fit work around your other commitments, with long-term, regular, weekly work and hours to suit you.

You can choose where and when you work, from a minimum of 2 hours a week up to full time; and there’s no upper age limit. We are looking for cleaning crusaders who have a genuine passion for cleaning and who are honest, motivated and reliable.

If you’d like more information about this great opportunity, please call 0845 504 9133 for a friendly chat about what we can offer you.


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Diss based HR Consultancy PA R AMO UNT HR Our support includes.... • Contracts of Employment • Policies, procedures, HR documentation • Redundancy, disciplinary, appraisals, grievances • Ongoing telephone and e-mail support For the peace of mind you’ve been looking for and to ensure you remain legally compliant, call Marion James today for further information on how we can help you.

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Self Assessment always a headache? Don’t worry, give it to us and get on with running your business. We specifically support the smaller business in all accountancy and tax matters. For a free, no obligation initial meeting call us today

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InHerITance Tax

f you own property or other assets that you’d like to leave to family members after you die, it’s vital that you know where you stand with inheritance tax (IHT)… or your loved ones may find themselves dealing with a hefty tax bill.

Many of us think we won’t be affected by inheritance tax; we assume it’s something that only the wealthy need to worry about. But IHT can affect people just like you. Do your assets exceed the IHT threshold? The chances are, they do! Have a think about what your house is worth right now. The IHT threshold (officially known as the ‘nil-rate band’) currently stands at £325,000. So, for some of you, your property alone is enough to tip you over the threshold… and that’s before including any other assets you might have. What can you do to reduce your liability? Thankfully, there are a number of things you can do to reduce the burden of IHT... 1) Get married! If you’re married or in a civil partnership, you’ll be pleased to know that you can pass assets to each other, without paying IHT. A fairly recent change of rules also allows you to transfer any unused portion of your nil-rate band to your spouse when you die. This means that it’s now possible for your surviving spouse or partner to leave assets of up to £650,000 before IHT has to be paid. (It’s important to remember that the full nil rate band of £650,000 isn’t available to unmarried couples.) 2) Get a proper Will UK taxpayers waste an estimated £448m a year in IHT payments which could have legally been avoided by drawing up a will that contains simple tax-planning measures. (Source: Telegraph 28/4/12). So, your will is clearly a good place to start! Everyone should consider having a will and, preferably, one that’s IHT-efficient. If you don’t have a one, or if it contains mistakes, you might end up being taxed in ways that could easily have been avoided.

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3) Leave money to charity Your will is the perfect place to take advantage of the new rules on charitable legacies, (in place as of 6th April 2012). From now on, if you leave 10% or more of your taxable assets to charity, the IHT rate on what remains is lowered to 36%. The rules can be quite complicated so it’s a good idea to get professional advice. 4) Give assets away while you’re alive Giving portions of your assets away as gifts during your lifetime is another great way to reduce IHT. It reduces the size of your estate and, as a result, the size of the IHT bill you leave behind. Every tax year you can also give financial gifts up to a total of £3,000. On top of that, you can make small yearly gifts of up to £250 to as many people as you like. Why not consider investing the money into a Junior ISA for your grandchild or godchild? IHT is a complicated area and, without professional help, it can be easy to get things wrong, which might result in your loved ones having to pay weighty tax bills that could have been avoided. If you’d like to make sure you’re doing everything you can to protect yourself and your family against the threat of IHT, talk to a financial advisor today.

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full of useful info about Inheritance Tax Planning, contact Ian Farrant of Anglian Wealth Management on 01603 752500 or email

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Later Life Services Mears Care specialises in domiciliary care providing personal care through to help with domestic tasks for older people, people with disabilities, mental health issues and people with a terminal illness in the Norwich and South Norfolk areas.

Our Carers receive full training and mileage allowance to provide excellent support. For our Norwich/Loddon branch we are currently recruiting in and around Milecross, Bowthorpe, Earlham, Heartsease, Silver Road, Mousehold, Tuckswood, Lakenham, Loddon, Poringland, Harleston, Hempnall, Scole, Bungay, and Ditchingham Tel: 01603 309060


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The property market can be very strange. It is like no other I’ve ever worked in. Normally, being able to buy goods or services at a discount is seen as a good thing. If an electrical store halves the price of a flat screen TV in a sale, watch people fill their cars with them. Within the service industry, and make their living finding comparable services at the cheapest cost. martin Lewis, the, created a community of people involved in passing on names of companies providing good products or services at vastly reduced costs. Yet when it comes to estate agent fees, the norm doesn’t always seem to apply. In fact, sellers seem apprehensive about lower fees, despite the widely held feeling that

estate agents charge too much. so why is this message so hard to accept? because you’re not expecting it! estate agents, typically, don’t promote reduced fees; their survival depends on charging a high fee from a small number of sales, so their marketing message is always ‘sold with waiting buyers- call us now’. house revolution’s business model is different. We charge just 0.75% no sale, no fee, no contract. If you’re paying more than that, you’re simply paying too much! We will sell your home as effectively as the next agent, perhaps even more so, as many of our happy customers will tell you, and at a cost which is up to half that of a typical high street agent!

In these tough economic times it must make sense to reduce your moving costs. A low fee is a good thing - don’t fear it! Please call our friendly and professional team in Norwich on 0845 017 6060 or visit

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Kerry has prepared my accounts for three years and during that time she has been most courteous, friendly, helpful and efficient. A major plus with me, is that she endeavours to understand the workings of my business and will always answer any queries I may have.

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If you’re looking for first class comfortable travel & a great selection of excursions I highly recommend spratts coach hire. I booked the making of harry Potter Warner bros studio tour which was perfect for the whole family and very good value for money. We were picked up at a destination to suit us and a really nice touch was that we watched a harry Potter film on the journey! I’ll be keeping an eye on their upcoming excursions as we’ll deFInIteLY book with them again.

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Village People Magazine is passionate about supporting local businesses so we have started a new page to celebrate the success of businesses in our community. Here is what you had to say about some of the local businesses which advertise in Village People. With great recommendations like this, why look further afield?

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Day 2 Day Building Services

We honestly thank our lucky stars for the day we found Glenn. he is an absolute gem, both as a person and as a builder. he is a craftsman with every conceivable building skill mastered. Glenn is totally reliable and trustworthy and we have no hesitation in highly recommending him.

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As a postlady, being afraid of thunderstorms made my job difficult - following my hypnotherapy session, I’m absolutely fine in storms, it’s great.


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CAR REVIEWS A decent cAr doesn’t hAve to be GermAn

By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Journalist Twitter@carwriteups For many years German cars have been envied for their engineering, design and luxury. of course, there is no denying that the country produces some amazing machines, but there are plenty of other countries making decent motors too. With the state of the global economy, we thought it would be worth looking at two nonteutonic cars which have a perfectly good image, but won’t cause you to dig too deep into. your pockets.

New Hyundai i30 Style 1.6 CRDi

Honda Accord Saloon 2.2 I-DTEC ES GT Within the last decade the honda Accord has flourished. It has turned from a nondescript, albeit dependable car into a striking, solid executive carriage with real road presence. It looks businesslike and it’s a proven, economical, motorway milemuncher. the latest Accord saloon, especially in Gt guise is a car you’ll be pleased to have as your company car. It is the perfect bmW or Audi alternative and projects a successful but self-effacing image.behind the wheel, the Japanese motor has well damped switchgear and a comfortable driving position. the seats are supportive and the half-leather upholstery is sporty, yet elegant. the easy-to-operate central sat-nav unit is a boon for business trips into the unknown, and the thick leather rimmed steering wheel is a pleasure to grasp on those expeditions. the drive is smooth, with lots of pull from the 2199 cc diesel engine. the car will accelerate from 0-62 mph in an unruffled 9.4 seconds, and it will power onwards and upwards to 131 mph. the four-door saloon takes corners well, soaks ups potholes, and generally feels well planted at all times. the Accord is not quite as engaging to drive as a rear-wheel drive bmW and it doesn’t have the ‘string-of-pearl’ lights first introduced by Audi, but it’s a honda – a firm with a long-standing reputation for good reliability. And you’ll only need to spend upwards of £21,000 to get a new one.

the new Generation hyundai i30 is similar in size to the Audi A3 or vW Golf and its appearance is quite ‘cutting edge’. the Led running lights are very 2012 and the cabin looks as if it’s from space-age 60s cartoon - the Jetsons. It’s all good fun and practical too. the motor is fine for ferrying colleagues to business meetings - there’s plenty of room for two adults in the front and sufficient space for a couple of passengers in the rear. Lift the hatch and the boot is also big enough to gobble up your essential items.the i30 is comfortable and holds the road well. the steering is a little vague, but the hyundai glides across our patchy british country roads acceptably and sits on motorways perfectly happily. For £19,860 your new hyundai i30 style will come loaded with gear. You get duel-zone climate control, an intelligent, fuel saving, stop and go system, parking sensors and hill-start assist control. some of this kit only comes on the options list of rival marques. the i30 has also recently been awarded ‘car of the Year 2012’ and all hyundai cars come with a five star triple care package, which includes a five year, unlimited mileage, manufacturer backed warranty. If that’s not enough peace of mind offered by the south Korean motor company, you also get five years of roadside assistance and five years of annual vehicle health checks. now that’s impressive stuff – especially if, at the very least, all you’re after is a hassle-free car for business.



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