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elcome to the first edition of “Wymondham’s Way Ahead” magazine. From this small beginning our aim is to promote all the good things that make this market town a unique, precious and priceless place to live, work and play. The bad news needs little encouragement. We don’t intend to give you much of it. Now and then it may poke its head up to such an extent we can’t ignore it. But for the most part “Wymondham’s Way Ahead” will be looking for the good news… In this issue we have the positive side of the housing development story… news of how the farmers’ market is defying the economic trends… an insight into how school and commerce are linking together to offer youngsters a head start with their careers… and, perhaps most importantly, amid the troubles besetting Star Throwers - Wymondham’s favourite local charity – news of how it continues to meet what are often people’s most desperate needs. As “Wymondham’s Way Ahead” grows we want to hear from our readers about the good things that are happening around us. Tell us what it is that’s going to make Wymondham in 2013 an even better town for you – and perhaps for everyone – making 2013… A Happy New Year!

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT

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his magazine would still be a mere dream but for the support of the businesses that have put their faith in an untried and unseen venture…

I hope they will not be disappointed. From this small beginning our aim is that the magazine should prosper along with both its readers and advertisers. Many people have helped with its production. In particular I would like to thank my daughter, Emma Harvey, whose graphic design skills have brought it to life…

Ivor Harvey Contact details To advertise or to place your community news and information, call Ivor on 01508 489280 or email: ivorharvey @btinternet.com While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of material published Wymondham Way Ahead Magazine takes no responsibility for the accuracy of statements made by contributors or advertisers or for loss arising from non-publication of any advert. This publication may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form in whole or in part without the express written permission of the publisher. Products and services advertised in Wymondham Way Ahead do not carry any endorsement or recommendation by Wymondham’s Way Ahead.

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Property News

Here’s the route to a thriving housing market

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Prospects for the housing market in the new year are analysed by Mark Chaston, senior valuer at Arnold Keys.

o-one can pretend that the property market has been easy over the past three or four years, but for the A11 corridor at least, 2013 promises to be a year when things become more robust.

be considerably less than an hour away from the A11 corridor, and this is certain to open up this part of Norfolk as a viable place to live for people working in that over-priced and cramped city.

The big news is that January finally sees work start on the long-awaited dualling of the remaining section of the A11, removing Norwich’s longheld and unenviable record of being the largest urban area in Britain not yet connected to the country’s trunk road network.

Alongside the road improvements will come a new rail franchise; this time around it will be a 15 year deal, which should mean considerable investment – at last – in our Cinderella rail service. First in line for that extra cash will be the Norwich to Cambridge line, bringing much of the county into sensible commuting distance.

Although this development will certainly benefit the economy of Norwich, from a property point of view, the biggest effect will be to bring our part of the county closer to Cambridge. Suddenly that city will 04

Wymondham from the air - looking south Photo courtesy Mike Page www.mike_page.co.uk

All of this is likely to boost the market, attract buyers and even drive up property values at last.

Look out for the 2013 hotspots Prices in the Wymondham area have held up well during the recession, and we predict that they will fare much better than the general market in 2013. Of course, their character could be put at risk through overdevelopment, but the fact remains that our county – and the A11 corridor – desperately needs more homes. Whilst many people prefer small, local developments over large ones brought forward by national housebuilders, there is room for both. This year could see the emergence of some real hotspots: places like Hethersett, which offers a great


November News

Supermarket approved

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outh Norfolk Council’s development management committee approve the application for a supermarket in Postmill Close while plans for another store on the former sale ground site in Station Approach are turned down. Three un-named supermarket chains are said to be in the running for the Postmill Close store.

Mark Chaston is senior valuer at Arnolds Keys’ Eaton office. He can be contacted on: 01603 506697 mark.chaston@arnoldskeys.com

location coupled with fantastic facilities. Boasting good schools, shops, a library and a thriving, active community, it is very close to Norwich and the A11, yet has a village character which is still much sought-after. The bigger developments bring considerable new infrastructure benefits through Section 106 agreements – ‘planning gain’ - such as a new school for Cringleford. And that in turn benefits the secondhand market. We should not believe the ‘all development is bad for house prices’ argument; appropriate schemes can enhance quality of life and the economy simultaneously. So an optimistic outlook for the new year, probably the first time we estate agents have been able to say that for five years.

Hethersett takes Pride in Norfolk award

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n the 2012 EDP Pride in Norfolk awards Hethersett, wins the over-5,000 category. Gary Wyatt, vice chairman of the parish council, says: “There are dozens of different organisations working together in Hethersett, and this reward is really for all those unsung heroes in our village – those working behind the scenes to make it such a thriving community.”

Coin hoard could date back to Kett uprising

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t an inquest in Norwich coroner William Armstrong rules that a hoard of coins found by metal detector enthusiasts near Wymondham is treasure .The value of the collection will now be assessed by a committee, who will decide what compensation is due to finders Stephen Clarkson and Mark Turner and the landowner. A report from Dr Adrian Marsden of the Brittsh Museum says the coins “quite likely were hidden during the Kett uprising”.

Another 275 homes on the way

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utline planning consent is granted to Persimmon Homes Anglia to build 275 homes at a site on Norwich Road, near Waitrose. The homes will range from one bedroom flats to four bedroomed houses and the plans include four areas of public open space on the site.

Ten votes seal Rustens election

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ndependent Melvyn Elias, of Turner Close, Wymondham, is elected to fill a vacancy on Wymondham Town Council caused by the resignation of Coun. Kevin Cooper through ill health. Mr Elias receives 194 votes in the Rustens Ward election. Mark Walker, of Ashleigh Gardens, Wymondham, who was also standing as an independent, received 184 votes. Turnout for the election was 18pc. 05


January Charity

In a series of special articles “Wymondham’s Way Ahead” magazine is putting the focus on exceptional charities that need – and are receiving – generous support from all sections of the community.

Where support is given throughout it all A local charity with a strange name* is bringing hope and comfort to hundreds of people in and around Wymondham.

Star Throwers - dedicated to supporting and advising people affected by cancer – was founded by Dr Henry Mannings, who has years of experience working on the oncology units at Norfolk and Norfolk Hopsital and as a part-time specialist oncology doctor at the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston. It depends entirely on charitable giving and since it its early beginnings in 2009 the charity

has won over the hearts of countless individuals and organisations who now raise thousands of pounds each year to fund the unique cancer treatment and support centre in Melton Road, Wymondham. “Our purpose,” says Dr Mannings, “is to help people over the worst period of their lives. We do our best to address the emotional suffering as well as the physical suffering involved.” The centre’s objective is always to offer support and options to patients

Official opening of the Star Throwers

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through all stages of their cancer, based on the latest scientific evidence. “There is always something we can do for you,” he says. In a carefully planned, relaxed setting the centre is run by a small team of staff complemented with its passionate volunteers. It provides FREE professional consultations, counselling and a wide range of complementary therapies to enhance wellbeing and manage symptoms.

One way to help Star Throwers Star Throwers has recently opened a charity shop in Middleton Street, Wymondham and welcomes donation of goods.

*The legend that gave the charity its name… After a heavy storm, a boy walked along the beach throwing the stranded starfish back into the sea. A man watching shouted “there are too many of them - it won’t make any difference.” As the boy threw another starfish back into the sea, he smiled and replied “it made a difference to that one!”

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The use of the premises was offered to the charity by Wymondham businessman Les King who says he was prompted to make the offer by a friend who has since died of the disease. Donations of goods can be made directly to the shop or at the charity’s centre at 30 Melton Road, Wymondham. Stock needed is second-hand clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry, toys and games, books, DVDs, CDs, bric-a-bas, kitchenware and ornaments.


December News

How to add your name to the Star Throwers petition

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upporters of Star Throwers have responded in force following a complaint by an oncologist at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital against clinic founder, Dr Henry Mannings. A petition fully backing the work of Dr Mannings has been launched in response to conditions imposed by the General Medical Council restricting his use of immunotherapy.

Big plans for Abbey go on show

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lans are put on display outlining how Wymondham Abbey intends to invest Heritage Lottery Fund money. The plans to bring the abbey more into the heart of the community have already received £168,000 from the fund and a bid for a second round of funding, which could see the Abbey being given a £1.6m grant, have been submitted.

Dr Mannings

To support the petition, visit: www.ipetitions.com/petition/in-support-of-dr-henry-mannings You can also email info@starthrowers.org.uk or write to Star Throwers at 30 Melton Road, Wymondham, NR18 0DB

HOW TO FIND HELP

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he Star Throwers centre is based at 30 Melton Road and is open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Visitors are always welcome at any time, but for consultations please phone for an appointment first. If you, or someone you know, is living with, or supporting someone with cancer, centre staff will be happy see you and explore if they can help in any way. To visit the centre for a cuppa and an informal chat call 01953 423304 or email: info@starthrowers.org.uk

More development in Mulbarton

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lans to build another 180 homes in Mulbarton are approved by South Norfolk Council’s development management committee. Objections to the development on land east of Long Lane are led by Peter Leigh, chairman of Mulbarton Parish Council. Grounds for objection include the site being outside the village’s development area and the fact that the application pre-empts the completion of the village neighbourhood plan detailing appropriate areas for development.

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Market Cross

Under the Market Cross with Ivor Harvey

Fifty years ago as a young reporter in an Essex market town I wrote a column from our tiny office under the Corn Exchange entitled “Under the Clock” – because it was literally under the huge timepiece that topped the building. With all due modesty, I have to say It was the most popular page in the paper and brought in lots of tit-bits of “news” from readers. Now – after half-a century working as reporter, subeditor and finally editor on local newspapers – I find myself “Under the Market Cross”. Not quite literally, but in spirit any way, so it seems an appropriate title for a column that, I hope, will serve as a mouthpiece for all those who have a close affinity with Wymondham. So here goes…

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The council that’s ‘not quite sure’

Signalling a sign of the times

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he December meeting of the town council - the first I had attended - was quite an eye-opener for me.

I must admit to feeling a degree of sympathy for a body battered and bruised by the Kings Head Meadow saga – and which has ended up back where it started. As a result, however, rather than take any more risks the council is in danger of getting nothing done. Take the quest for new council offices… The meeting was told by their “working group” that five or

Cobbles or cobblers?

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ymondham’s skateboarders are having a field day. Since the Market Cross cobbles were replaced with a modern resin- based smooth surface youngsters have found it ideal for a fast skating run – right into the traffic. An accident waiting to happen? But don’t blame the town council for this one – apparently its all the responsibility of the county council.

six alternatives - they were not quite sure whether it was five or six – had been looked at but none was suitable. So they are to go on dithering, sorry - looking… Meanwhile we have to fork out for an increase in rent at the present premises. Sorry to mention the Kings Head Meadow again but here, too, after months of turmoil, in order to sort its future the council is to - yes, you’ve guessed it – set up another “working group” . How long before words turn to action. Answers on a postcard, please…

t was ages ago that we heard high tech advancements on the railway meant goodbye to old-fashioned signal boxes and their iconic signals. Wymondham’s award-winning station, it was said, would lose these nostalgic links with the past. But it seems the credit crunch may be the saving grace for this little bit of history. The box and the signals remain firmly in place. Every cloud, as they say, has a silver lining. Meanwhile big bold plans are taking shape to improve the NorwichCambridge rail line service that runs through Wymondham. Let’s hope this news moves on a bit quicker than the signal box saga.

One Dickens of a difference…

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he Christmas lights went on with a flourish in the town centre and hundreds of people turned out on a freezing night – another success for the organisers, Wymondham Lions. At least that’s what I thought until reading comments on the social networking site Streetlife. Among the moans and groans was the not-so-novel idea of holding the lighting-up event at the weekend rather than on a Thursday. Is there, perhaps, a germ of good sense in this idea.

That’s it for now… next time I hope I’ll have more to report of what you have to say – and less of my own ramblings. Meanwhile… Best wishes for a happy and more prosperous New Year! 11


Academy

Doing the business students move into the world of work

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ymondham High Academy is pioneering new ways of linking up with business and the local community – bridging the gap between school life and a working environment.

The school’s aim is to get students involved in the way local businesses operate - seeking direct involvement with local groups and organisations. Leading the school’s drive to work with enterprising businesses is the school’s recently appointed Director of Enterprise and Community, Justin Smith.

Pictured with The Grow chief executive Alex Cosgrove and chief operating officer, Jacqui Starling are students Jacob Freshwater, Dan Burnage, Karl Francis, Rowan Stringer, Alannah Pummel and Eleanor Girling.

Justin Smith, leading the initiatives as the academy’s Director of Enterprise and Community.

based award-winning social enterprise business, The Grow Organisation. Jacqui Starling, Grow’s chief operating officer, is working with a group of Wymondham students on revamping The Grow website and producing new marketing literature. “This is a wonderful opportunity to work on a real life project that also links with their ongoing studies,” said Mr. Smith.

He says: “At Wymondham we passionately believe extraordinary things can be achieved when people work together…We will be adventurous in providing the best possible environment for our students to reach their potential.” The school’s first collaborative initiative is with the Bowthorpe12

In another project students are working with Wymondham-based training company Britannia Training. Managing director Colin Wright is working with the students to produce a range of DVDs demonstrating the company’s training courses. “This once again illustrates perfectly the partnerships that are possible between our

school and commercial business,” said Mr Smith. “With initiatives like this the aim is that the school becomes a hub for community involvement, sitting at the heart of local life.”

In September 2011 Wymondham High completed its conversion to an Academy, funded directly from central government and independent from direct control of the local authority. The school is a registered charity. Whilst Wymondham High buys some services still from the local authority, academy status allows the school to be more independent and operate more freely than state controlled schools.


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Events

Community efforts bear fruit with the help of a lemon Diamond jubilee celebrations up and down the counry proved how community spirits can be revived and thrive. Wymondham was no exception and now efforts are being renewed to keep that same spirit alive and flourishing. TONY VALE tells how events such as “Lemon Day” - a day of activities in the town last November – can provide the focus for friendship and fun and act as a catalyst for drawing the community together.

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hat do you love about Wymondham?

these diverse communities in Wymondham. The first Saturday after the clocks go back is ideal, so that it can inject an air of spring into a winter’s day.

This assumes that you have reached the stage where you are happy to admit that you have falling in love with this delightful market town. If asked why it’s captured your heart, you’d probably say it’s because there’s always something going on and the town has a community spirit that is second to none. How do you define community? Wymondham has got lots on them. There are schools, churches, social clubs, sports clubs, care homes, sheltered or supported housing complexes, health centres - and that’s just the voluntary and social care side of things. When it comes to professional services, there are financial institutions, accountants, solicitors, estate agents, consultants, vets, funeral directors and opticians. Then we have the retailers (regional and local), computer shops, pet shops, cafes, restaurants (eat in and take away), pubs, card shops, florists, hairdressers, butchers, craft shops, carpet and furniture shops, 14

FLASHBACK: Turning the town red for Love Wymondham day in 2012

charity shops and more. Each of these categories is a community of common purpose but collectively they form the wider community of Wymondham. How do you bring all these together in a single community event? When is easier. It can be at Christmas, Easter, annually such as St George’s Day (or less frequently), during the World Cup, Olympics or the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. That’s where Wymondham Lemon Day comes in. Lemon can be a colour, a flavour or a fruit. As a fruit it’s even flexible enough to change into a melon (if you rearrange the letters). What better theme then to choose as a means to bring together

Every organisation needs a Lemon Day. The BBC has one. How else can Look East link with Radio Norfolk and The One Show? They call it Children in Need. The next lemon day in Wymondham is actually coloured red. It will be on Saturday 9 February 2013 and will coincide with the British Heart Foundation’s, Love Your Heart month. So if you are happy to wear a red buttonhole, your team plays in red or with a red ball, you can serve refreshments with a red serviette, sing a song with “red” in the title or if you can make anything using red materials, you can “Take it as Red” that you have all you need to get involved. And as it’s a few days before Valentine’s Day, you can use it as an expression of your love for the town. PS. The next (lemon) Lemon Day is 2 November 2013.

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Events

Players’ calendar helps Star Throwers

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ymondham Players celebrate their 60th anniversary in June and to mark this milestone, they have chosen to perform Calendar Girls by Tim Firth, which will be on stage in Central Hall, Wymondham, from April 17 to April 20. The play has been released to amateur companies for 18 months only. And the licence to perform purchased by amateur companies will raise funds for Leukeamia and Lymphoma Research, the charity of the original Calendar Girls. It seemed a natural development when the ladies of Wymondham Players mooted the idea of also doing a calendar. The idea soon took hold and in no time volunteers were signing up. Not wanting to copy the original Calendar Girls, the Wymondham Players calendar depicts the process of putting a play together, from January’s publicity shot

through auditions and rehearsals, to December’s after show party. Under the creative eye of photographer Sarah Bush, surrounded by appropriate props and fortified by large glasses of fizz, the ladies soon abandoned their bathrobes and bared all. Profits from the sale of the calendar will be donated to Star Throwers, the locally based cancer support centre. The calendar, which is £5, is available from various Wymondham outlets including; Geo Reeve, Market Street, Wardrobes, Fairland Street and The Book Fountain, Whartons Court or online at www.wymondhamplayers.org.uk/calendar

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Festival aims for a flying start to 2013

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and other social networks are to be used in an effort to attract younger members.

ymondham Music Festival’s organisers are already working hard on arrangements for 2013 - and looking at new developments even further ahead. News of what’s in store will feature at the festival committee’s annual meeting in the Fairland Church Centre from 7pm on Monday 4 February. There will be a report on the Festival’s initiatives to recruit new members, develop new methods of publicity and look to the longer term future. While there are no plans to do away with the Festival’s very popular programme brochure, the website is being revamped and more use of social networking media is being developed. There will be stronger presence on Facebook and Twitter

The Festival is always on the lookout for ways to involve younger musicians.The classical tradition is already well provided for with the annual Young Musicians concert in the Abbey, performances by the Wymondham Youth Music Society and a lunchtime recital by the Norfolk Young Musician of the Year. A Saturday morning performance in the Market Place by the Wymondham Area School Brass Band moves the music to a less formal setting, and Wymondham High Academy also entertain market place audiences when they combine their Jazz band with a visiting German high school band.

This year the festival hopes to develop the ‘Kickstart Sessions’ piloted successfully in 2012. These give the opportunity for local rock bands to perform in public, sometimes for the first time, before a supportive audience. This year the event will take the form of a competition, with judges commenting on performances and awards given. Each band will receive an audio CD and a DVD giving a permanent record of their efforts. For more details about Festival matters contact Barbara Randall on 01953 602051 or visit the Festival website at www.wymfestival.org.uk

Classic tale at the Theatre Royal

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or professional theatre-goers the Theatre Royal in Norwich has the globally-renowned all-male Shakespeare company Propeller making their long-awaited return to the theatre from January 24. Their 2013 tour sees them performing two of the Bard’s best-known plays. They will present The Taming Of The Shrew, a classic tale exploring the difference between marrying for love

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and marrying for money. The tour will also see them bring the classic tale of love and mistaken identity – Twelfth Night – to the stage, with both plays under the direction of Ed Hall. This tour will also mark the Propeller debut of Norfolk born-and-bred actor Joseph Chance, who lived in South Norfolk and is a former pupil of The Norwich School.


Events

U3A on the move to Central Hall U

In next issue:

The group is moving in March from its meeting place at the North Wymondham Community Centre to Central Hall, Back Lane, Wymondham. Meetings are normally held at 2pm on the first Thursday of the month but the June and September meetings in 2013 are being held on the second Thursday. There is a charge of 50p for members and £2 for non-members with tea/coffee and biscuits included.

“I believe our town can be the hub of a vibrant modern economy with thriving entrepreneurial small companies” -

3A Wymondham organises monthly meetings at which talks are given on a wide range of subjects. It also has a range of informal learning groups, most of which meet monthly in members’ homes.

The provisional list of meetings for 2013 incudes: Thursday, Feb 7: “The Weather” Chris Bell, Weatherquest UEA Thursday March 7: annual meeting Thursday, April 4: “Sights from around the world” – Brian Salmon. For further details contact Margaret on 01953 453645

Back to 1953 – it’s Shane on screen

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here will be a special western film show in aid of the local Heritage Museum on Sunday February 10 (2.30pm) at the Wymondham Ex-Services’ Club. The main feature will be the western epic Shane (1953), which is full of realism and revolves around the story of a mysterious stranger helping a family of homesteaders in their battle against a cattle baron. In the title role the diminutive Alan Ladd, a big star from the 1930s to 1960s, plays the archetypal hero, while Jack Palance is the menacing villain.

George Freeman MP explains his vision of how Wymondham can create a prosperous future.

Also featuring: * Where lack of business is good news * Money to give away in the Tiffey Valley * What’s cooking in one Wymondham restaurant * Revealed – a vast store of ancient typewriters * Grand plans for a grand building * Why we need to welcome more housing development

Supporting will be Frontier Days, a B western from 1945 starring the sultry Dorothy Malone. Tickets can be obtained from Maureen Dodman (01953 605593) and Michael Armstrong (01953 603246) or from Simply Cards, Market Street, Wymondham. They are priced £5 (concessions £4). 17


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The great ash tragedy - on our doorstep

Tree care expert, BEN CLARKE, has come face to face with a killer disease that threatens to decimate our East Anglian landscape. Here he explains how we are facing the enemy on our doorstep.

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t is likely that in recent months you have seen reports on the spread of Ash die back in the UK, and spread it has!

at some point over the last five years. But soon cases were emerging in a “wider environment” including mature trees.

“Chalara Fraxinea,” commonly known as Ash die back, is a serious fungal disease, posing a genuine threat to what is a common and iconic tree in the British landscape.

The disease is particularly taking hold in East Anglia. Out of more than 220 confirmed cases 40 – 50per cent can be found here. This is clearly Illustrated in the diagram based on information from the Forestry Commission.

Since about 1992 trees throughout Europe in all environments such as parks, cities and woodlands have been dying in large numbers. In February 2012 a batch of infected ash trees were found to have been be delivered to the UK. It seemed initially that infected sites had all received stock from the same nursery

Diagram of East Anglia showing ash disease locations

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Perhaps the closest case to home is in the 37 acres of Ashwellthorpe Woods. Lower Wood is one of Norfolk’s few ancient woodlands which, is also a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). The name Ashwellthorpe is evidence of an early settlement here, perhaps of Danish origin and hints that ash trees have been part of the landscape here for over a thousand years. Approximately 40percent of the trees in Lower Wood are ash. The disease causes leaf loss and crown dieback in affected trees, and it can lead to tree death. Experience on the continent indicates that it kills young ash trees very quickly, while older trees tend to resist it for some time until prolonged exposure causes them to succumb as well.

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At this time of year the leaves on ash trees turn brown and fall off but the symptoms of Ash dieback are different from the natural autumn leaf fall. Ash trees produce bunches of seeds. Care must be taken not to confuse these with dead leaves. Diseased saplings typically display dead tops and/or side shoots. At the base of dead side shoots, diamond shape lesions can often be found on the branch or stem. Lesions which girdle the branch or stem can cause wilting of the foliage above. Mature trees affected by the disease initially display dieback of the shoots and twigs at the periphery of their crowns. Dense clumps of foliage may be seen further back on branches where recovery shoots are produced.


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The true extent of the disease in the UK may be difficult to establish until the spring The Disease is being treated as a quarantine pest under national emergency measures, and it is important that suspected cases of the disease are reported. Your help spotting and reporting this disease could make all the difference and help save this native species.

For more information go to: www.forestry.gov.uk/chalara Chalara helpline: 08459 33 55 77 (8am-6pm every day) email: plant.health@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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Restaurant Review

The carriage that gives you a great time out - without going anywhere! The first in a series of reviews featuring restaurants in and around Wymondham. Future issues will include comments from readers. If you would like to contribute email the editor of “Wymondham’s Way Ahead” magazine at ivorharvey@btinternet.com

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eople whizz by it in their hundreds every day and relatively few have time to stop and stare… but the unique charm of Wymondham’s Station Bistro is something no-one should miss. We – a party of five fussy eaters – found the blackboard specials and a menu of unpretentious dishes passed all the tests in a unique setting… the restaurant overlooks the Norwich-bound station

platform and the occasional sight of a train pulling up right outside all adds to a vibrant atmosphere. The home-made pies using locallysourced meat were a popular main course choice among the five of us. They are priced at around a tenner and were voted top class. When it came to the desserts the choice had become shortened by the popularity of the home-made puddings – we were late diners – but the last portions of apple pie were delicious and the ice cream made at nearby Wattlefield went down well. The restaurant was buzzing on the night we arrived - both in the

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main restaurant area and the cosy “railway carriage” which closely resembles the real thing with reclaimed carriage seating, luggage racks and other paraphernalia in the cosy compartments. All that’s missing is the rumbling noises from train on track – and the bumps! The Pilgrim family, Jenny, Kate, and Simon,– who took over the Bistro formerly known as “Brief Encounter” in 2011 - have closely followed the traditional formula created by former owner David Turner, winner of numerous awards during his long ownership. Opening in the evenings on Friday and Saturday is a new departure, adding another arm to the all-day service that starts with a full


Restaurant Review breakfast menu, continues with lunch and afternoon tea - and includes a take-away service provided from a kitchen hatch right next to the platform.

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Farmers Market

Where the credit crunch meets its match… There’s no stopping the Farmers’ Market

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appy and prosperous - that’s the Farmers’ Market’s prospects for the new year. While elsewhere in Norfolk some farmers’ markets have been hit by the economic crisis Wymondham’s is flourishing.

fresh fish, free range eggs, home made fudge and chocolate, fruit and vegtables, honey, herbs and spices, cheeses, apple juice, pies, preserves, jams marmalades and pickles plus seasonal fruits when the market welcomes a surge of summer tourists. Wymondham is bucking the trend in other market towns . Watton’s farmers’ market, for instance, closed last summer after trading for more than a decade when its numbers of stalls dropped to only four.

The reason, according to Town Clerk Trevor Gurney, is maintaining a diverse range of stalls that provides plenty of choice. “We realize the importance of holding shoppers’ interest, “ he said. “That comes from having stalls that reflect a variety of tastes.” The market, run by Wymondham Town Council, boasts more than 20 stalls with a wide range of products including organic lamb and beef,

Wymondham’s success, according to the stallholders, can be attributed in part to the friendly atmosphere where shoppers meet to engage gossip as well as stock up on a unique range of foodstuffs. It has a number of prize-winning stallholders too, including former consultant paediatrician Tim Kinnaird, who came to fame as

runner-up in the TV Masterchef competition three years ago. He sells his prize confectionery products under the banner Macarons&More and is now opening a shop in Norwich. “We have some very loyal customers here,” said Tim. “Every month we see lots of familiar faces who enjoy the friendly atmosphere.” The market started life more than a decade ago when the concept was gaining much popular support across Norfolk and it has flourished ever since, bringing together farmers and other businesses who benefit by selling their products directly to to discerning shoppers who appreciate dealing with local producers At the same time the market brings benefits to other traders in the town as Wymondham defies the economic woes and aims for a prosperous 2013.

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Farmers Market

2013 Farmers’ Market Calendar January 19th February 16th March 16th Apri 20th May 18th June 15th July 20th August 17th September 21st October 19th November 16th December 21st in the Market Place. FLASHBACK to 1932 – when Harwood’s fish and chip van was stationed

Wymondham’s Way Back Extracts from “A chronicle of Wymondham life” compiled from early newspapers by Mary Miller. WHIPPED FOR FOWL STEALING: At the sessions for the county of Norfolk, John Gooderham, for fowl stealing, was sentenced to be publicly whipped in Wymondham market. - Jan 18,1783.

FLASHBACK to the 1960s when the Market Place was serving as a car park. The King’s Head Inn,which closed in November 1962, can be seen almost demolished. A Woolworth Store was built on the site in 1980-81.

Through the centuries…

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he first market charter was issued by King John in 1204, although there was probably a market before that date. The charter was renewed by Henry VI in 1440 and a weekly market is still held every Friday. Wymondham was the first town in Norfolk to stage a Farmers’ market in March 2000. Farmers’ markets are now held on the third Saturday of every month from 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

LOAVES HANDED OUT TO THE POOR: The poor inhabitants of Wymondham return their sincere thanks to Mr Stephen Child for 40 threepenny loaves, which was distributed to as many people, out of the money he received of Jeremiah Wiffing and Robert Doubleday for stealing and carrying away wood from the property of a gentleman’s estate at Wymondham. Jan 17, 1784.

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