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LIFESTYLE, STORIES & EVENTS IN NORFOLK & SUFFOLK

BUNGALOW TOWN PRODUCTIONS BURY ST. EDMUNDS BEST OF BRITISH DESIGN THE COCK INN, DISS MAR 14

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CONTENTS Welcome 5 Stories ENDURING ENIGMA 7 FOCUS BURY ST EDMUNDS 9 Book Club 15 Q&A BUNGALOW TOWN 16 GOLF 19 Out & About THE CRAGg 22

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GREAT BRITISH DESIGN 25 THE COCK INN, DISS 28 MOTHERS DAY TREAT 31 SUSAN WHYMARK 33 CAPTURE 36 COMPETITION TIME 37 Dream On 39

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NATURE BUGS 41 FLEUR ARTISAN 42 SPRING CLEANING 51 VENTURE 55 MANUAL OVERIDE 57 UPDATES & EVENTS 60

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It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. – Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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very happy welcome to the spring and the march issue of ylm! This is my favourite time of the year, a time of colour coming back and the season of new life. i have loads of thank yous & some congratulations this month. more than a few to do with my head shave, words cannot express my gratitude to everyone who sponsored me. i have been overwhelmed by the support and encouragement. Donna Taylor coloured my hair a couple of weeks before my hair was shaved off so i could enjoy my bright red crazy hair before it went. The days before having my head shaved, my tummy was in knots. But as soon as my hair began to be chopped off, the anxiety went and it felt really liberating. afterwards if i caught a glimpse of myself in a mirror or window i had to do a double take, i didn’t recognise myself. my hubby took me out that night for a valentines meal at our local pub, i was so nervous about walking into the pub and people staring at me/laughing at me. i felt very insecure walking in but i had a really positive reaction to my new look and lots of compliments and a very close friend of mine, Joan, gave me a huge hug and i felt like everything was ok! By the end of the night i had forgotten i had even had my head shaved, apart

from the odd time i tried to tuck my hair behind my ears ha ha. Thank you so much to all the team at Dream on for allowing me to have my head shave done at one of your make-over days and to Sam for doing it and Dionne for the invaluable advice about how to apply make up to get the best from my new look. most of all for the love and support i get from Bridget and her amazing team! you can read about Susan Whymark Funeral Services and melisa gooderham of Fleurs artisan as they both celebrate 10 years of their businesses in eye: and Sophie and Ben Bobby of eye Flooring are celebrating being open 3 years, won’t be long and you’ll be celebrating your ten years too! a huge congratulations to you all, you do a great job! This is for mr. Bobby: “ What did the

rug say to the floor?...Don’t move, i’ve got you covered.” ha ha ha Please keep on getting in touch with us, we love receiving your letters and emails with local stories past and present. Hope you get to enjoy some lovely spring weather.

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ENDURING ENIGMA CODE-BREAKERS RECEIVE OFFICIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT By Geir Madland

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o you thought your grandmother was a stranger to computers. Well, maybe she wasn’t, once. An 87-year-old Framlingham lady recently received a commemorative badge and a certificate from the Prime minister, recognising her contribution towards winning the Second World War. One hundred years after the start of the First World War and threequarters of a century since the beginning of the Second, the long-kept secret work of the code-breakers has finally been recognised. Bletchley Park – or Station X, as it was codenamed – didn’t officially exist until the 1980s. What must it have been like for liz Arnold, a 17 year-old Suffolk girl, to be part of that world, and what was life like for the Wrens at Bletchley Park and its outstations? “Working during the war at such a young age was hard, with very long hours, working through the night and lots of secrecy,” recalled mrs Arnold, who was called up on her last day at school. After a short spell of training at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire, in the use of ciphering and encryption machines, the young Wren was moved to Eastcote Outstation in middlesex. The project to decode the German Enigma machine had begun modestly in 1940 at Bletchley Park, with just three staff, one from each of the Services, and just one bombe machine, developed by Alan Turing to find the secret settings of Enigma. The following year, more bombes were manufactured and Wrens, members of the Women’s royal Naval Service, were brought in to operate them. For security reasons it was decided to

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site machines in out-stations, rather than have them all at Bletchley. As the war progressed, outstations were set up around london, at Adstock, Wavendon, Gayhurst, Stanmore and finally Eastcote. During the life of the Section, nearly 3,000 Wrens were trained. The Eastcote outstation at the end of lime Grove was heavily-guarded and fortified with a high wall topped with barbed wire. ‘A Block’ had eight cabins, named after royal Naval Aircraft Carriers, where the Wrens lived. The bombes were housed in ‘B Block’. American soldiers, rAF officers and Post Office engineers also worked there. Wrens were issued with a special pass bearing their photograph, which they had to show to the guard to enter. large rooms, called bays, branched off the main corridor, each named after a country; and the bombe machines were named after towns in that country, so Wrens worked 8 hour watches, moving around from ‘rotterdam’ in ‘Holland’ to ‘Split’ in ‘Yugoslavia’. The bombe had colour-coded drums corresponding to the Enigma machine’s rotors: i red; ii maroon; iii Green; iV Yellow; V Brown; Vi Cobalt (Blue); Vii Jet (Black); Viii Silver. At each position of the rotors, an electrical current would or would not flow in each of the 26 wires, and this would be tested in the bombe’s comparator unit. For a large number of positions, the test would lead to a logical contradiction, ruling out that setting. if the test did not lead to a contradiction, the machine would stop. The Wren would record the positions of the drums. The candidate solutions, or ‘stops’, were processed further to eliminate false solutions. At the end of each bay was a small room where the Wrens went

to test ‘stops’. if they came up with a good stop, they sent it over a scrambled line to Bletchley Park. What was it like to work there? “it was quite noisy and it was quite hard work,” remembered another Eastcote veteran, Pam Finlayson. “You had to pull the drums on and off the

Pam Finlayson chiefly remembered the companionship: “There were a lot of people there and they were all very young, and of course we were there at the time of flying bombs and doodlebugs over london. We were not supposed to go into london but we didn’t pay any attention

“i worked a computer long before they did, thank you very much!”

machine each time, and you had to be extremely accurate. You had to be meticulous because you couldn’t make mistakes, and you had to plug up the back of the machine as well according to value. i’ve told my children and grandchildren many times that i’m making a mess of the computer but i worked one long before they did, thank you very much!” According to a third Eastcote veteran, Audrey Wind, “The pressure was enormous. it took me a long time after the war to get over it and i’m sure it did for everyone. it was terribly stressful. We were so whacked, we couldn’t do anything else. it really was a tremendous strain keeping the secret all the time. We had to grow up very, very quickly but we did it and i’m glad we did it.” And how did it feel to break the code? “i think we were very pleased but we didn’t know what was in it most of the time of course, we weren’t privy to what was in it.” But

to that! i wouldn’t have missed it for anything at all, but i’d forgotten all about it really, as everyone did, until the last few years.” How many other unsung heroes of that wartime intelligence effort are living in our midst? Sadly many of them have passed away by now, without the recognition they deserve. Bill Tutte, the son of a Newmarket gardener, is to be honoured with a memorial but others, like Norwich telephone engineer roy robinson, who helped to build the world’s first electronic computer, Bletchley Park’s Colossus, and Wren Betty Denise Skinner, née Topham, who lived in Downham market and Cromer, have died without public recognition. Although certificates have been issued since Gordon Brown was in charge, their sworn secrecy means some of those gasmask geeks might still be holding out on us. Ssssh, walls have ears!

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BuRY ST. EDMuNDS “a town famed for its pleasant situation and wholesome air, the montpellier of Suffolk, and perhaps of england” — Daniel Defoe on Bury St edmunds

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Edward is one of the patron saints of England; a shrine was built in his memory at the Abbey which then became a pilgrimage location.

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he picturesque town of Bury St Edmunds is steeped in history. Its original Anglo Saxon name was Beodericsworth; ‘worth’ was a saxon word meaning enclosure, so Beadericsworth literally meant the ‘dwelling of Beoderic’. It gained the name Bury St Edmunds when, in 869 the King of East Anglia, Edmund - who had been crowned there – was slain by the invading Danes and buried there. According to some legends Edmund may have been slain at Hoxne, Suffolk. Edward is one of the patron saints of England; a shrine was built in his memory at the Abbey which then became a pilgrimage location, visited by many Kings. Unfortunately it was destroyed in 1539, during the dissolution of the monasteries. The Abbey ruins however are still there. The Abbey Gate in particular, which is where visitors still enter today, looks spectacular, although it had to be rebuilt in the mid-14th century. The beautiful and unique Abbey Gardens is where the Abbey ruins are situated. Not only are the gardens a peaceful place to visit for all the family, with an aviary and play area, but they are also the venue to many events such as plays, concerts, festivals and fireworks. Many people may also remember that the gardens were home to the world’s first ever internet bench which was installed in 2001. Unfortunately the bench is no longer in use as technology has greatly

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advanced in the last 13 years but at the time it was cutting edge. Also on the Abbey site is St. Mary’s Church, one of the largest in the country and the resting place of Mary Tudor, Queen of France, sister to Henry VIIII and also Duchess of Suffolk. St. Mary’s is famous for its outstanding hammer-beam angel roof. As well as St. Mary’s Church Bury also boasts a majestic cathedral on the grounds, which happens to be Suffolk’s only cathedral. The gateway to the cathedral is the Norman Tower, which is virtually unchanged. The Tower houses the bells for the Cathedral and is still used today. As well as its vast history Bury St Edmunds has a strong arts heritage. Designed and built by William Wilkins in 1819, the Theatre Royal is beautiful and exquisite. “The Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds holds a unique place in the history of theatre in this country as well as a special place in my heart” Dame Judi Dench CBE Greene King, who still own the Theatre Royal and are one if the biggest British owned breweries, purchased the freehold in 1920. However, due to high competition it was closed in 1925, and Greene King used it as a barrel store up until the 1960’s. Now the theatre is managed by Bury St Edmunds Theatre Management Limited and is thriving, with constant performances of all kinds and new dramas being presented all the time. The theatre also plays a huge part in local education and activities. >

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“There are so many places to stay in Bury St Edmunds, from hotels through to Bed and Breakfasts and self-catering, you will be guaranteed to find somewhere just right for you.” If live music is your thing then you are in luck with the award winning venue, The Apex, situated in the Arc shopping centre. Being right in the heart of town it is close to both the bus and the train station and near to numerous car parks. “Hosting a variety of music, entertainment, community and corporate events, The Apex offers the local community and wider environs a unique and exciting space from which visitors can see a great selection of artists, bands and events. From classical music to pop, rock, jazz, blues, world, country and folk to comedy, The Apex offers a truly diverse programme throughout the year” (www.theapex.co.uk) Abbeygate Picturehouse is a lovely newly refurbished cinema that also houses a café and deli. It is located on Hatter Street, which is thought to be the medieval Jewish quarter, and first opened in 1924. After being modernised and then made into a complex it eventually became the Hollywood Cinema in 2005. It was bought by Picturesque cinemas and thus became the Abbeygate Picturehouse. With the wide range of films and clubs for all ages there is something for everyone. There are several unique, independent shops on Hatter Street. In fact Bury has a great deal of independent businesses and boutiques, many can be found on St Johns Street and Whiting Street as well.

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Also in the heart of the town is Smiths Row, a modern, exciting art gallery that houses local art, jewellery and ceramics. The gallery is situated in a Grade I listed building that used to be Market Cross theatre. It is absolutely beautiful and the perfect place to display art work of all kinds. If you would like to take a look admission to all exhibitions is free. On 29th March they will be hosting an exhibition launch for the opening of Sound Matters. “Sound Matters, considers the connections between craft practice and sound art through seven contemporary works which have been selected and commissioned to illustrate ways in which these two distinct practices can collide. Exploring the physicality of sound, the works are characterised by both their sonic properties and materiality.”(www.smithsrow. org) With such an immense and elaborate history it is only right that Bury St Edmunds should have a museum, and it does; Moyses Hall Museum. The museum stands over the market place and has done for years. The building itself was actually built in 1180 and is the ideal housing for a museum exhibiting Bury’s history. There are displays on many things from crime and punishment to local history, coinage and the Suffolk Regiment. There is even one on the Red Barn Murder. There are so many places to

stay in Bury St Edmunds, from hotels through to Bed and Breakfasts and self-catering, you will be guaranteed to find somewhere just right for you, regardless of your budget or taste. For the more adventurous of you why not try West Stow Pods on the outskirts, for luxury glamping. I would highly recommend it. If it’s a place to eat that you are looking for then we would suggest the excellent ‘Pea Porridge’ winner of the UK Best Newcomer Award 2011 or for top quality real ale why not head down to Canon Ale on Canon Street. You might even like to visit The Nutshell which claims to be the smallest pub in Britain! Bury St Edmunds has its own twice weekly street market, with over 80 stalls. It is classed as one of the best provision markets in the whole of East Anglia; with stalls including fruit and vegetables, fabrics, pet foods and hardware through to seafood, flowers, shoes and many more. Coaches arrive from all over East Anglia to visit the market. On Saturday 19th April the town are hosting the Taste of Bury Market event. There will be street entertainment, an Easter egg hunt and other family events in Bury St Edmunds town centre as part of a celebration to promote the 1000-year old provisions market. Many of you are probably quite energetic I’m sure, and with certain school holidays coming up then the ideal place to blow off

steam would be Curve Motion. At Curve Motion you can enjoy so many activities such as roller skating, body zorbing, a 6M vertical drop slide, a bistro and the biggest play frame in East Anglia! This includes a sports arena, ball canon battle zone, the brilliantly named snake slides and ladders, a disco zone and lots more. Not only is there lots to do in Bury St Edmunds but it is also a beautiful place to live. Property in Bury is in hot demand. Mark Ewin recently opened an estate agents office in St Johns Street, Bury St Edmunds. Mark says “It has been an incredibly busy start to 2014 with a real demand for all types of property, in particular for two and three bed properties in town where demand is largely outstripping supply. With so many good buyers on the books we are finding some properties are selling before they hit the internet or the local press”. Something to look forward to in the future is the Bury St Edmunds food and drink festival on the 24th and 25th August 2014. With two celebrity chefs already booked – Aldo Zilli and Mark Poynton – a chilli festival, farmers market, street entertainment and more it’s set to be an exciting couple of days and a foodies dream. There is so much to see, do and experience in Bury St Edmunds that we can barely do it justice…. So why not pay a visit for yourself and enjoy all that it has to offer. 

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ungalow Town Productions was formed in 2004 by producer Rachel Wexler and her partner director/producer Jez Lewis, and is based in the Suffolk countryside. Together they have produced and coproduced many critically acclaimed films, and have won many awards including an Emmy for the film ‘The English Surgeon’ which also won the Dupont-Columbia Silver Baton Award in 2011. ‘The English Surgeon’, which was shot in a Ukrainian hospital, is a portrayal of brain surgeon Henry Marsh and the battles he faces with the doctor/ patient relationships. Rachel also produced ‘Out of the Ashes’, an interesting documentary that follows the Afghan Cricket Team from refugees to international stage, which became winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Peace and Sports Awards in 2010 and the Best Newcomer Documentary, Grierson Awards 2011. They have more recently made a piece about Norfolk entitled ‘Living with PovertyCountry Kids’. The short documentary tells a story of child poverty in the seemingly prosperous town of Holt. Here they tell us more about their work, how they started and reveal a bit about a very personal film…

How did you both meet, and why and when did you decide to start up Bungalow Town Productions? We met twenty years ago through mutual friends when I was just starting a Masters degree in Science & Technology Policy. We became a couple and it was not until ten years later that I moved across to work in film alongside Rachel. Rachel had been a freelancer for several years by then and an opportunity came for her to produce a documentary film with a director she was keen to work with, but in order to do so she needed to set up a limited company. That was the start of Bungalow Town: I was actually working with film-maker Nick Broomfield so although we set up the company jointly, Rachel was doing virtually all the work for the first year or so. At the time we lived in Shoreham-by-Sea, near Brighton: in the early twentieth century there had been film studios there on a section of the beach called Bungalow Town, and so we named the company after it, not realising that just a couple of years later we would move away! What made you decide to do the film ‘Shed Your Tears and Walk Away’? I felt I had no choice. I’d lost several friends to suicide and drugs, always people from my home town

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in Yorkshire. I’d always hoped it would end but it seemed to be getting worse, and I did some research which seemed to confirm that it was not normal. I felt someone had to join the dots and ask why it was happening. I only intended to make a short journalistic piece but events spiralled and I just kept filming and trying to help a couple of friends who were at risk of death. Rachel supported me throughout even though she was working on several other films at the same time. Jez, it is about your childhood town and friends, did you find it hard or emotional to do? Yes, I was naïve really. I didn’t anticipate how I would get pulled into this vortex of tragedy and how deeply affected I would be emotionally. It was very painful and I wasn’t really myself for a couple of years – but I was always very aware that it was so much harder for the people I was filming with, and driven on by the courage and dignity they showed. What film festivals did this film feature at and has it won any awards? It premiered at London Film Festival plus several others around the country. It won UK First Feature film at London’s East End Film Festival which






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Pictured L to R: Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, Shoreham-by-Sea, Henry Marsh in ‘The English Surgeon’, Shed Your Tears and Walk Away, Out of the Ashes.

“The most important thing is that you really believe in the film to the extent that you’re willing to dedicate yourself to it for several years, which, in turn, makes you feel like the film could be socially beneficial in a way that’s close to your heart.” was a surprise because that is normally a fiction category and the film is a documentary (I had tried to give it a narrative drive like a fiction though). It was also nominated for a British Documentary Award (they’re usually known as the Grierson Awards) and was listed among various critics’ top choices. It was listed alongside Toy Story 3 in one of the end-of-year roundups, which seemed completely surreal! What is it that draws you to do a particular film? It’s really, really hard to raise funding to make a film, and I personally find it terrifying to do as there’s so much that can go wrong and you’re opening up your work, and really yourself, to very public judgement. So the most important thing is that you really believe in the film to the extent that you’re willing to dedicate yourself to it for several years, which, in turn, makes you feel like the film could be socially beneficial in a way that’s close to your heart,



or that it’s a personal passion, or simply that it’s something surprising and fascinating. I’ve done quite a lot of quite ‘earnest’ work, for want of a less selfcondemnatory word, and I’d really like to do something funny or to do with my own personal interests. We were with other film-makers last night and one of them is making a really ‘earnest’ feature documentary, but we were talking about other stuff and chuckling like ridiculous schoolboys, and it would be great to express that light, daft, absurdist view of life for a change. What would each of your favourite films that you have worked on be, and why? Our next film, because that’s where the excitement lies, and, if we can make it the way we envisage, it will be a dream come true for us. Did you do any formal training or qualifications? Yes, I did some training in my early twenties, although I do

wish I’d gone, or could go, to film school. Having said that, people at film school would probably love to spend a couple of years mentored by Nick Broomfield, as I was, and I have to say Nick remains my greatest influence. What is your ethos and what is it that makes you do what you do? Not sure I have an ethos, I don’t think I’ve ever tried to articulate one. My family comes before everything else. In terms of work, I think it’s the same as life in general, that treating people right must be the most important thing. Are you working on anything at the moment? We’re developing a film for me to direct – that means putting together the various elements to help to raise the money to make it. It’s a feature documentary but of a very different style to Shed Your Tears And Walk Away, but it’s too early to go into details. How long did you know that this was what you wanted to do? Funnily enough when I was in my early twenties I fancied being a news cameraman, travelling the world and all that. That’s when I did some training, but then I realised that going to disaster areas, seeing children suffering

terrible things and that sort of experience would be too harrowing for me. And around that time I asked a college friend what she wanted to do afterwards and she said she wanted to be a director. I was stunned and asked if she meant a film director, to which she said yes: I had been to a smalltown northern comprehensive school and we were now at the Polytechnic of East London, not RADA or Saint Martin’s, and I thought she was literally mad, that there was no chance whatsoever. What advice would you give to any budding film makers, directors, producers? I saw some very demoralising advice recently, and although it was actually very realistic about how competitive and difficult this line of work is, if nobody tried hard then no film would be made. I’d say aim as high as possible and try your luck – not push your luck, but test it, give things a go. I got to work with Nick Broomfield by calling him and giving it a go. After that I was thrilled to see a young lad from a very ordinary background just approach Nick at a book signing, arrange for him to speak at the lad’s college, and then get a job on the film we were making.

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ith spring nearly upon us our thoughts start to turn towards outdoor pursuits; with an extremely popular one being golf, especially after the last few months which have not been good with greens becoming flooded and muddy. Did you know that golf balls go further in hotter weather? The modern game of golf originated in Scotland in the 15th century but was banned by King James II as it interfered with archery practice needed in case of invasion. However, at the start of the 16th century the ban was lifted and King James IV started to play (I bet he never dreamed that it would be played on the moon!) The first golf balls were made from a hard leather but later they were stuffed with feathers. Now there are many types of golf balls, divided into two categories; recreational and advanced balls. There are also different brands to choose from and colours. Nowadays golfers

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‘Tee-off’ but before golfers used Tees they would play off hand built sand piles. Golf is not just for men and the first Ladies Golf Union, which was formed in the UK in 1893, is still running. Contrary to some theories GOLF does not stand for Gentleman Only, Ladies Forbidden. In fact, the first famous female golf player was Mary Queen of Scots. However, even today there is contention over this and some golf clubs will not allow women as members. “Golf is a game of coordination, rhythm and grace; women have these to a high degree. Good golf is easier to play - and far more pleasant - than bad golf...” Babe Didrikson Zaharias, professional woman golfer. Things have become more and more advanced and more and more popular, to the point where golf will be played at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. This will be the first time since the summer of 1904. The famous actor, Samuel L

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Jackson, known for his roles in Pulp Fiction and Star Wars, is a very keen golfer. He has a special clause in his contract to play golf twice a week whenever he his filming. The game is in actual fact very good for you. Not only does it get you out into the fresh air but if you were to walk all of the 18 holes you would have walked approximately 4 miles, even better if you carry your own clubs. Many people also find it therapeutic as did Arnold Palmer, American professional golfer: “What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive” There is more to the game than most people realise. If you haven’t tried your hand at golf before then maybe this is the year to give it a go. We are very lucky to have lots of clubs, greens and professional shops in our local area. So let’s all get out there and start aiming for a hole in one!

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hosting a Charity Ball on May 23rd 2014 with all the proceeds going towards Asthma UK & Local Charity Parkside School. We are limited to 240 guests, don’t miss out on what is sure to be a fantastic night. A table of 10 is £400.00 or £45.00 per ticket. The evening will involve a Drinks Reception from 19.00 in the Sunningdale Suite, a 4 Course Meal followed by Coffee & Mints. Afterwards there will be a charity raffle & auction and to finish the evening off there will be entertainment provided by our Live Band – Scratch the Cat. Carriages 01.30am To book please contact Richard Tidy, Golf Shop, De Vere Dunston Hall, Ipswich Road, Norwich NR14 8PQ or e-mail richard.tidy@deverehotels.com. Telephone 01508 473846

Ufford Park Woodbridge offers all year round golf Nestled in the heart of Suffolk Ufford Park Hotel, Golf & Spa offers all year round play due to excellent natural drainage so this time of year when weather conditions can stop many golfers playing, Ufford Park shines through. This award winning top winter 18 hole, par 71, parkland golf course is open to everyone with fabulous practice & shopping facilities and onsite its 2 storey floodlit driving range & American Golf Superstore. This 18 hole 6485 yds golf course is set in 120 acres of parkland and is described by its players and members as ‘Challenging yet beautiful’ with spectacular views and its 12 water features and undulating fairways. For those who need a little help to cope with such a challenge visit the onsite Doctor-

golf Academy run by Head PGA professional Stuart Robertson. Visit www.doctorgolf.co.uk for more information. Ufford Park Hotel offers a wide choice of onsite facilities including 90 bedrooms, Leisure and Spa as well as a wide choice of bars and food. Golf Membership starts from as little as £180 and the course welcomes Pay and Play visitors. For those living further afield why not take advantage of a 1 night golfing break, prices start from only £89pp (Dinner, B&B, Golf & unlimited access to the Health Club) – it is also the perfect venue for your Society or Corporate Golf Day. For more information or to book a tee time call 0844 477 6492 or visit www.uffordpark.co.uk

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STOWMARKET GOLF CLUB CONTINUES ITS SUCCESSFUL AND DYNAMIC GROWTH PROGRAMME Following last year’s very successful management re-structure, Stowmarket Golf Club is going from strength to strength. One of its first actions was to form a membership and revenue Committee who compiled and then implemented a marketing plan aimed at increasing both membership and revenue. Alongside this a Strategic Business plan was also formulated. As a direct result the club has recorded an intake of more than 50 new members in recent months as well as recording an increased number of golfers taking advantage of special rate green fees and twilight golf packages

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and the club will finish their year with a very strong set of financial accounts. recognising the need to attract people to take up the game of golf and become members with all its friendly and enjoyable benefits a Beginner’s Academy course is in the process of being constructed comprising 6 holes. This will take about an hour to play and is ideal for those with limited time. it is aimed at attracting the novice golfers who want to get into the game without incurring heavy initial cost. The special membership package includes full use of the club’s top quality practise facilities, lessons from our fully qualified PGA Professional, members discount card, as well as use of the comfortable clubhouse, well stocked bar, dining facilities and recently re-furbished locker and shower rooms. Proving very useful to members too is the club’s recently launched new web site www.stowmarketgolfclub.co.uk which provides members with instant competition results, detailed and up to the minute diary covering all events, fixtures and tee reservations, the useful links including BBC golf and sports news, national open com-

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With the South East of England in the grip of the heaviest rainfall for more than 250 years, January and February has been a washout. Courses have been forced to close. On the rare times they’ve opened it’s been a case of mud-golf rather than good golf. if you simply must play all year round, look to Suffolk’s Heritage Coast. Just 30 minutes north of ipswich on the A12 you’ll discover the holiday village of Thorpeness, home to Suffolk’s iconic “House in the Clouds” - a water tower converted into a private residence on a giant stilt among the clouds – and better still, a well-kept golfing secret, that hosted 3 PGA events in 2013. A rare micro climate, low lying coastal plain and sandy fast draining soil mean that Thorpeness Hotel and Golf Club’s James Braid designed heathland course stays in exceptional condition year round. The course opened in 1922 and winds through pine, gorse, heather and silver birch trees in an area of outstanding natural beauty. A par 70, the course appears short at 6,421 yards but only because there are two par five’s, four short holes and 12 par-fours, the best of which – the dogleg 18th – finishes right

below the ‘House in the Clouds.’ The course hardly ever closes, in fact it’s only been shut for around 8 days in the past five years and that was because of snow and ice. Thorpeness is the perfect winter golf course, it has one of the lowest rainfall rates in the Uk, with Suffolk’s annual rainfall only half of that of the South Coast. The soil is sandy and quick drying, it’s located on a flat low lying coastal plain and gets around two hours more sunshine per week than the rest of the Uk. Thorpeness Hotel and Golf has a 36-bedroom golfer’s hotel, Tee-View restaurant and classic clubhouse with wood panelled honours board, roaring fire and well stocked bar. in winter you can play the course from £24pp for a fourball and there are a range of ‘Early Eagle’ offers and golf breaks packages available at www.thorpeness.co.uk Flexible winter membership are available, check out Thorpeness’ unique points based Jubilee membership scheme with varying price points depending on how often you want to play.

petitions booking sites, the latest club news, social calendar, seniors calendar and results, members’ hub, local weather, our pro’s excellent monthly newsletter, free monthly golf tips and much much more. Helping Stowmarket buck the national trend of diminishing membership is of course, its top quality course, a warm clubhouse and a reputation for being friendly and welcoming. The course continues to win praise from far and wide and is a testament to the club’s policy of investment in good course maintenance, attention to detail and skilled staff. known for delivering high quality greens the course provides

a challenge to the experienced golfer but equally accommodates the less experienced providing all the elements for enjoyable and satisfying golf and boasts the longest par 3 in England. The club places much emphasis on adding value and hope to encourage people of all ages to take up the game and early results and reaction auger well for the future of Stowmarket Golf Club. For more information and membership details contact our club manager Geoff Scott on 01449 736473 or e-mail secretary@stowmarketgolfclub.co.uk or fill in an application form on our web sitewww.stowmarketgolfclub.co.uk

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When I was young I told my parents that I was going to be a rock climbing photographer. I had some rather grand ideas and obviously this one didn’t really pan out but nevertheless I was really looking forward to rock climbing at The Cragg in Stowmarket this month. When we arrived at Mid-Suffolk Leisure Centre, which is where The Cragg is located, we were greeted by Dick Bond, one of the instructors, and then we met Nick Hart, the manager. After an initial talk Dick helped me into my harness and I looked up at the 30ft high walls. It was at this point that my legs started to shake. I was suddenly reminded of all the times I had attempted to climb trees and my Dad had to come up and rescue me, or of getting stuck halfway up ladders and climbing frames. I was going to have to tackle some fears… My first climb was a flat, vertical wall and I was only to use the brown holds. Eek, I thought, you mean I can’t use them all?! My harness was connected up to the rope using a figureof -eight knot and a Karabiner: Dick was belaying the rope at the other end – which means he was exerting friction on the rope so that I couldn’t fall. I began to climb. Then halfway up I had to stop, my legs and arms were shaking so much.

Oh dear, perhaps I should cancel the whole thing?! No, come on Sarah, you can do it, keep climbing. On I climbed to the very top, and off onto a ledge. Then I looked down. Fatal mistake. I was close to tears and thought I was going to have a panic attack. Now what do I do, I can hardly ask Dick to climb up and rescue me like my Dad used to? So instead I squeaked “how do I get down?” “Just hold on to the rope and abseil down” came the reply from below. Great! Well here goes, I thought, hold the rope, close your eyes and pray. But I did it, without my eyes closed, and before I knew it I was back down on solid ground. I felt absolutely elated! I had done it, I had conquered my fear and I actually loved it! Next up was a climb with an overhang. This is going to be embarrassing; I’ll never get over that… I was not going to let it beat me though. Again, I had to use just one colour and again I was shaking like a leaf. This time I started to get a feel for the balance and foot placement (which is pretty good for me as regular readers will know!) And I did get past the overhang, right to the very top. By now I was fired up and determined and yes, I was really enjoying myself. Which was good as the next one was a constant overhang all the way

to the top. My legs and arms had still not stopped shaking. When I reached the top of this one though I felt completely liberated, like I could do anything, conquer anything. Once I had returned to the bottom, even though I was like jelly, I wanted to do a little celebratory dance! Lastly, after some more climbs and some falls, we went to the boulder room. I was very surprised when we entered as the floor was like a slightly deflated bouncy castle with soft carpet on top. This was because in the boulder room you don’t wear a harness and it’s not as high. Wow! I managed the simplest route in the room but it felt amazing! So unbelievably free… I will most definitely have to go back and try and achieve some of the harder things that I couldn’t do (so frustrating!) If you would like to have a go then they offer adult introduction courses from 10:00-15:00 on the first Sunday of every month at only £50 or perhaps an hour-long taster session to get a feel for it. I would highly recommend it and I would like to thank both Nick and Dick for such an awesome day, one that has made me freer and more positive! For more info please visit, www.everyoneactive.com/thecragg 01449 674980

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ver the last few years we have had lots of things to celebrate in this country from the Royal Wedding and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee to London hosting the Olympics and of course the birth of Prince George. All of these things have really put Britain in the spotlight, caused an interest in the ‘Best of British’ and created a trend for independent designer makers to be in demand. Every year we visit the tradeshows to find new suppliers for our showroom and get particularly excited about new talent in product design. It is lovely to talk directly to the designer and hear the process that they have gone through to create the finished textiles or furniture and then we can pass those stories on to our customers. One such story that really touched me was told by Louise Body, a Brighton-based fabric and wallpaper designer. Louise’s wallpaper features illustrations that she has drawn of vases she owns that have been passed down through her family alongside pictures of flowers drawn by her artist grandmother - I loved the story so much that I have wallpapered the stairwell in the showroom with that design! Another great wallpaper designer is Staffordshire-based Katie Bourne with just two designs in her collection. We instantly fell in love with ‘Cluck a doodle farm’ with illustrations based on her childhood growing up on the fam-

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ily farm - this of course is a really popular design locally too. Living in such a beautiful part of the country we are surrounded by small workshops throughout Norfolk and Suffolk with artisans producing beautiful handcrafted pieces. Suffolk still has silk mills used by Barker & Barker, one of our independent fabric companies amongst others and some of our wallpapers are printed in Long Stratton by a husband and wife team. There are many fabulous cabinet makers and joiners producing hand-built kitchens and other items of furniture to bespoke designs, Terry at Storm Furniture has been working in the bespoke furniture industry for 15 years working with solid woods

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ranges include our exclusive farmyard collection of plates and coasters as well as her brightly coloured hanging chickens that make great gifts. The most popular item in the range is the celebration plate that is made to order with the names and dates of your choice hand-stamped using old printing press letters bought locally at T W Gaze auction house. The decorative dove motif in the centre is the standard design but this can be personalised - we have had commissions for pigs, Labradors and teddy bears. The plates make a really unique and special gift for a wedding, anniversary or Christening. Prices start at £40, as a bespoke item we always like to allow 4 weeks for them to be made.

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and beautiful veneers from his Halesworth workshop. Terry has now developed a range of floor lamps that really are a work of art. Different shapes have been developed and different wood veneers have been applied such as walnut, maple and Zebrano along with steam-bent trims. We are pleased to be a stockist for such amazing locally crafted pieces. The lamps are made to order and take two to three weeks with prices starting at £1260. Another of our local Artisans is Claire Porter who creates beautiful ceramic pieces from her studio that is just across the road from our showroom. Claire’s ceramic

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e chatted to Jody this month and he told us a bit about his passion for landscape gardening, what we can look forward to in the future, and offers his advice to anyone wanting to enter into the world of landscape design...

What aspect/s of landscape gardening do you love the most? This is a difficult question to answer. I would say that the challenge of being creative and fresh with new clients is one of the most rewarding aspects of my work. Everybody is individual with their own aspirations and views of what they want in their gardens. Taking these thoughts away and producing a design or giving ideas ensures everyday is different. However there is another element of our work that really does get me fired up, creating a garden or space that is driven by plants. Structure division and cadence can be created through the use of cleverly designed planting schemes. Planting is always regarded as the mystery of horticulture. Everyone aspires to having a beautifully planted garden, but few

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achieve this nirvana-like paradise. I call the majority of gardens I visit “accidental gardens”, put quite simply the majority of our gardens develops and evolves over a period of time in a sporadic fashion. You can work around existing features like paving and pathways and still create an outstanding makeover using plants as your canvas. It takes a great deal of time to build up plant knowledge, it is this area of expertise that the industry dearly needs more of, and also gives me the greatest pleasure. What would be your ideal design project? My ideal design project would involve working within an educational or public space where the focus would be vibrant swathes of perennials in a fantastical landscape of their own: let the plants do the talking, bend the rules, break the rules of colour and form, really go for it in stimulating the senses as only a truly inspired planting scheme can. Tall spiralling plants plummeting down to low rivulets of scrambling colour foaming around islands of stiff clump-forming specimens, pom-

pom heads dancing through swaying drifts of grasses, self-seeding beauties allowed to display their acrobatic talent for leaping around the garden! A scheme where we are watching nature at her most creative, allowing plants to compete and be outcompeted! Most importantly a place where people can kick back and feel close to the garden without the hassle of picking up a hoe or a rake! Do you work with an understanding of nature and the environment in a sustainable way? I believe it is very important to step as lightly as possible on our projects, experience has taught me that you can never cheat nature and one should try to be sympathetic to your surroundings. It is always prudent to plan ahead for the consequences of our Landscape works, looking forward in terms of decades rather than years. How important do you think it is to retain skilled, hands-on crafts? Vocational hands-on crafts are vital to the continued maintenance of our heritage and culture, I really enjoy sharing knowledge and teaching others the craft of landscape gardening, it is a career and discipline that requires a whole raft of skills and qualities to truly appreciate. Any tips for budding landscape designers? Go for it and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, there are courses out there to suit everybody or you may have a natural affinity with the landscape. The world is literally waiting for you to make your mark, whether you are a young person leaving

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school or a second career person looking to make a change, leave no stone unturned, network your socks off and keep on dusting yourself down after every knock-back. Be inquisitive of everyday design; ask yourself if you are looking at good design or poor! Never assume a landscape feature, be it in a garden or a city centre, works simply because it is there! If we accept mediocrity in landscape design we will eventually allow the very ordinary to be the norm. What things can we look for in the future in the world of landscape gardening? This is always the million dollar question, if I knew with certainty I would be in great demand. One area we are finding ourselves involved with more and more is that of sustainable urban drainage or SUDS. As the start of the year has shown us, the weather is becoming more and more unpredictable with wetter winters and dryer summers to contend with. Rainwater gardens, water storage with attached pumps for drier periods and green wall systems all help slow down storm water from reaching the drains. Edible gardens in the form of forest gardens and kitchen gardens are more popular than ever, with people from all generations wanting to “grow your own” at home. Television chefs have really boosted the demand here, we have worked on individual raised beds where strawberries have been grown up, to larger installations where a crop rotation system, fruit and chickens have been in the brief. With the right know-how and guidance we could all grow more at home than we feel possible.

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et on the beautiful Fair Green in Diss, the picturesque Cock inn is owned by Chris Gissing. With a roaring fire, stunning beams and relaxed friendly atmosphere you immediately feel at home at The Cock. They have maintained the traditional characteristics but blended them effortlessly with the clean and contemporary to create a relaxing and peaceful place to eat and drink. One of the new features is the Tap House. This is the perfect example of the old and the new combined. it is a stunning visual feature in The Cock; with the barrels lined up behind the glass panels, customers can see their ale being tapped and as The Cock inn are members of the Cask marque you know you will be drinking top quality ale. The Cock inn has a welcoming ambience, with character and charm. You can sit in comfort by the fire on the cosy leather sofas or have a drink at the bar. it is a real community pub and all of the staff are local. There are regular events held, including buskers’ nights, band nights and quizzes. The Cock inn is also hosting a Beer

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Festival, taking place Easter weekend which will include live music. For more information please visit www.cockinndiss.co.uk Now you can enjoy food too with The Cock inn’s lunch menu, all cooked by Chris Gissing himself. With their newly designed restaurant and its close proximity

“One of the new features is the Tap House. This is the perfect example of the old and the new combined. It is a stunning visual feature in The Cock; with the barrels lined up behind the glass panels, customers can see their ale being tapped and as The Cock Inn are members of the Cask Marque you know you will be drinking top quality ale.”

to the town it is the ideal place to enjoy a delicious lunch. All of the ingredients are fresh and sourced as locally as possible and everything is cooked from scratch. in the following food review you can see just what Wendy and i thought of the new lunch menu…


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THE FOOD REVIEW This month chris gissing, owner of The cock inn, very kindly invited Wendy and i to do a food review of his new lunch menu. There was a good selection and variety on the menu and it was very hard to pick just one thing but i eventually chose the Parmesan and Tomato risotto cakes topped with mozzarella, with a side order of chips, and Wendy picked the Seafood chowder served with rustic bread; both very reasonably priced. While we waited we enjoyed a lovely drink by the fire. When the meals arrived – which they did in very good time but long enough that you knew they were cooked from scratch - the aromas were amazing and they were both presented on beautiful wooden boards, with such attention to detail. in fact they looked so stunning i almost didn’t want to cut into mine… almost! But cut into it i did; through the golden, crispy crust and into the rich, creamy risotto centre, which was complimented delightfully by the melted mozzarella. They say that nothing is perfect but this was seriously close to it! The coleslaw accompaniment was very well

seasoned and unlike any coleslaw i had tasted before, it was divine, and the salad – which i finished and i don’t usually eat salad – was full of colour and flavour. Wendy’s chowder looked luscious and silky; served in a gorgeous, traditional tureen. i asked Wendy what she thought as she ate it “it’s so good” she said with a dreamy look “it’s comforting and homely, proper moreish, amazing”. The generous side order of handmade chips were delicious and quite frankly the best that we had ever tasted! That’s saying something! For dessert i had a soft, warm, melt-in-the mouth sticky toffee pudding with homemade smooth, creamy vanilla ice-cream. This was just as a dessert should be and was polished off very quickly indeed! So, what did Wendy say about the overall experience? “nice food but shame about the company”. Humph… just realised that was me! in all seriousness, we would both highly recommend the lunch menu at The cock inn. The prices are extremely reasonable, the food is absolutely delicious and the atmosphere was so relaxing, we really couldn’t fault it. We will definitely be going back and would like to thank chris very much for a thoroughly enjoyable lunchtime.

The new lunch menu will be available Tuesdays – Saturdays 12pm-2pm.

ParmeSan anD TomaTo riSoTTo cakeS makes 6/8 cakes INGREDIENTS 1/2 onion 1 stick of celery 2 cloves of garlic 1/2 glass of white wine 1pt vegetable stock 100g grated parmesan 100g sun blushed tomatoes 200g arborio rice mozzarella flour egg breadcrumbs METHOD Using the oil from the tomatoes, soften the onions, celery and garlic, add the rice and cook for a further minute, add the wine. Slowly add vegetable stock (small amount at a time) and cook until the rice has absorbed all the stock (this should take approximately 20 minutes). Once cooked add the chopped tomatoes and parmesan, season to taste and allow to go cold. Once cold roll into balls or cakes and pass through the flour, egg and breadcrumbs. Deep fry for four minutes. Lay a slice of mozzarella on top and melt in the oven. Serve with a fresh green salad.

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hink of all the things your Mum is to you throughout the year – an extra pair of hands, a babysitter, a taxi driver, a launderette, a sounding board, a cook, a cleaner, a bank, a friend. This year Mothering Sunday falls on the 30th March – how will you show your appreciation? Centuries ago it was considered important for people to return to their home or “mother” church at least once a year. It was the custom of working children to be given the day off to visit their family. As they walked back home along the country lanes on Mothering Sunday, children would pick wild flowers or primroses to take to church and give to their mothers. Often they brought a gift with them, a “mothering cake” – a kind of fruitcake with two layers of marzipan, known as simnel cake. By the 1930s the keeping of many of the old Mothering Sunday customs had lapsed in many English parishes. Its revival was brought about just a decade later through the influence of the American servicemen stationed in East Anglia during the Second World War. Thousands upon thousands of American airmen called East Anglia their second home. Away from their families, these young men were

surprised to find the English did not have a Mother’s Day. They often regarded their English hostess as a kind of foster-mother and each year on the second Sunday in May they did what they would have done for their own mother – gave her presents and flowers to thank her for her kindness and care. British sons and daughters caught on to the idea and continued the practice, reverting back to marking it on the fourth Sunday in Lent. Thus the Americans based in East Anglia helped to revive the centuries-old tradition of paying homage to mothers with a bunch of flowers. My Mum is not a fan of marzipan, so it had to be chocolate cake – her favourite! With a few sandwiches, savouries and other sweet treats, we had a lovely Afternoon Tea. Happy Mother’s Day Mum – thanks for everything!

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usan Whymark started up her own funeral service, completely from scratch, in march 2004. Susan, who grew up in the area, attended Hartismere High School and now resides in riddlesworth, had been a funeral director for 8 years but knew that she wanted to own her own business. This march will be their tenth anniversary. “Starting out on my own was very scary but my mum, Dianne, a retired palliative care nurse, was a big support” says Susan. “As a small independent funeral service i can draw on different things and have more flexibility to cater for different needs”. This is why at Susan Whymark they can provide everything, whatever you want. “if someone comes up with an idea we will try to cater for it”. Nothing is too much and they will try their best to meet every request. in July 2013, it became clear that the business needed a new home. With the business expanding all the time, The Old Stables just became too small to house everything. Susan explained, “ideally i would have loved to move into Eye Town Centre, but because Eye has always been a thriving little Town, there are never any free shops that would suit our needs, i therefore had to find somewhere big enough with all our boxes ticked. >

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It was then I found these light roomy offices on Progress Way. We are now settled in after all the renovations have been made to suit us and it feels like we have always been here. We have plenty of free parking in our own car park, everything is modern and easy to maintain. I named the building Chestnut House so we will never forget where we came from and remind me how we have grown. I have to admit I never imagined we would need to move, I am not one for forecasts and projected figures etc, my goal was and always will be to serve the community I was brought up in, at a time in their lives when they need all the help they can get. If I could I would do funerals for free but don’t tell the accountant!” There are so many ‘products’ available now and things can be a lot more personal in the funeral. At Susan Whymark they can provide horse drawn hearses, differ-

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ent coloured coffins, memorials, cardboard coffins that you can decorate or write messages on; they can organise pre-arranged funerals, where you arrange and pay for your funeral in advance, or even provide coffins for pets. It’s important to Susan that they meet standards and not targets “We just want families to have what they want, I’m happy to do whatever I can” says Susan. In fact Susan will go above and beyond. She is on call 24/7 and she answers all calls after hours, if she is unable to then her mum will, and at any time. She will be the one of the team bringing the deceased into their care, to prepare the body and arrange and conduct the funeral. She does it all from start to finish. As Susan Whymark Funeral Service is a small, independent business owned by Susan herself it is much more personal and is not tied to specific suppliers. It

is completely down to the family’s choice and they will always source the best they can as locally as they can. Everything must be perfect and constant. “We just want to be able to support people. Our prices are kept as reasonable as possible, if not I would not be able to sleep at night, It’s important to me”. There are 13 staff members in total at Susan Whymark Funeral Service and all are local. They all know the area and all the local villages, making you feel comfortable and confident in them. Susan Whymark also has a second branch located in Harleston, which they opened 3 years ago. The company is a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) and adheres to its strict code of practice. To be a member of the NAFD you have to have a diploma in funeral service which Susan has. It also means that the company and its prem-

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ises are regularly inspected. “I love my job and am so passionate about it, it’s never a chore” reveals Susan “it can be very emotional but it makes you feel very grateful.” Everything about her job is important to Susan and you can see it in her face when she is talking about it. With funerals being such a personal thing it’s a blessing to have someone that you know and can trust. Susan will always make time for you. “To celebrate our Anniversary we are holding a party for our staff, local clergy, celebrants, friends and all the services we draw on to make the funerals happen and thank them for all their support over the years. I would also like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all those who have been so supportive over the years. I look forward to the next 10 years of service.”  n

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capture Billingford Mill was built in 1860 to replace an earlier post mill blown over in 1859. The mill is at present without sails, the local community have formed a committee to raise funds for the replacement. Please visit the www.norfolkwindmills. co.uk for more information.

I have lived in the area most of my life and have always taken an interest in local history. Due to an accident two years ago I had to give up work, this gave me the time to pursue my passion for photography and print finishing; this came easy to me as I had had experience as a printer. I managed to sell a few pictures and this inspired me to start a small local business – Canvas Framed Prints – specialising in finding the right solution for your pictures; prints, photographic enlargements, acrylic and aluminium mounting and framing. The above photo was inspired by the Harleston Camera Club. Starting with religion I focused on local churches. After several sessions I turned to night time photography and with careful planning I found the results inspiring, as clear nights gave me the opportunity to capture star formations as a back drop to my pictures. To achieve this photo I had to leave the warm family home at night, into unknown territory, cold and wet (boots and warm clothing essential) and set up my camera using a steady tripod. I framed the windmill against the stars and took several shots at various exposures up to 30 seconds, with pleasing results as you can see.

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o you sometimes wish you were able to find a unique gift for Mothers Day? Perhaps you feel a bunch of flowers or box of chocolates just doesn’t say how much you appreciate what she has done for you and others over the past yearwhen she stepped in to baby sit at the last minute, tackled the tricky piece of needlework that you couldn’t bring yourself to do or even just called to check that you have recovered from a bout of flu. I recently heard about one friend who decided that the best thing she could give her Mum this year was simply some of her time. In our busy lives it is so easy to let months slip by without spending time with the people that mean so much to us. At Dream On they feel that they may have the answer… over the past three years many daughters have bought Makeover Day vouchers for their Mothers. Most of them make the comment that they feel they rarely treat themselves

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and they want them to have a very special day. Quite often the daughter goes too, sometimes both daughters! One lady lead a very hectic life; the pressure of a career and distance had prevented her from spending time with her Mother so she decided that the Makeover Day would be a great opportunity to do this. The other side of this is a Mother that came along with her teenage daughter as she realised that the time spent with her now would be very precious memories for the future. The day offers a unique experience that you can enjoy together. The stylists will spend time with you both looking at styles that suit you. You may be looking for a smart casual look and your Mum may want to look for an outfit for a summer wedding. The collections, which are not normally found on the high street, enable them to offer something a bit different. You will then both

have your hair cut and styled by Sam from John Olivers, Ipswich. Sam is great at interpreting the style you are looking for and how it would work for you. Dionne is the makeup artist who will show you what colours suit you, she’s great at advice and makeup tips too. The day also includes a delicious lunch (with wine), 10% discount off any clothes purchases together with beautiful relaxed and informal ‘after’ photos which they will take individually and together so you have a lovely record of your day. But the very special part of it all is that you spend some very treasured time together which in our hectic lives we can sometimes overlook. If you would like to know more or would like to see some more ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos then please do look on their website www.dream-on.co.uk, call on 01379 678483 for a chat or drop in to see them.

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NATURE Bugs Looking for signs of Spring Spring is well on its way now. It is a great time to get outside and discover the wonders of nature. Look for those spring flowers, pussy willow, bulbs pushing through the ground, birds collecting nesting material and buds ready to burst with new life. Use a spotter sheet like the Woodland Trust nature detectives downloadable ‘first signs of spring’ - www. naturedetectives.org.uk/ download/hunt_spring_early.htm Take a stroll and see what you can find. All you will need is a Spotter sheet and an enthusiastic adult to share your adventure!

We’ve got lot’s of lovely activities planned for the spring. Come and join us on a Thursday morning. Forest school sessions will be starting as soon as it’s light enough in the evenings.

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melissa originally set up her floristry business from her home premises in Occold in a small workshop, where she built her business for five years alongside working full time at her usual job. She worked extremely hard to achieve her goal and in Easter 2004, she was able to purchase the shop premises in Eye, which is now celebrating its tenth anniversary. A very big achievement in today’s climate and testament to melissa’s hard work and passion. melissa herself is a local girl, born and bred in the heart of mellis. She grew up with a flower arranging and horticultural back ground knowledge from her mum, Christine, who arranged church flowers and organised flower festivals raising funds for mellis Church for 17 years. i asked melissa why she chose to take up floristry; she replied “i find it very therapeutic”. So naturally she and

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her mother went on to study for 3 years at Otley College, gaining a B-Tec National Diploma in floristry. As well as her commitment to her shop melissa also teaches Floristry at Beyond the Wall at Thornham magna, working with children with barriers and learning difficulties. You can see in her eyes that she is passionate about her work with the children and nothing is too much trouble in assisting the goals for her students. Fleurs Artisan caters for all your requirements. As you look around the shop you will be sure to find exactly what you want, from top quality cut flowers and floral arrangements, which are made and delivered daily, nationally and internationally, but you will also find fruit and vegetables - with local seasonal grown greengrocery, and home grown vegetable plants available from late march.

melissa also offers a range of fruit baskets and vegetable baskets and boxes, along with a full choice of ribbons and cellophanes, a wide variety of pots, bags, covers and boxes, hangings baskets, pot e fluers, accessories and even bird feeders made with the children at Beyond the Wall. my particular favourite is the bird feeder wreaths. “i came up with the idea for the Apple Festival wreaths, to raise money for beyond the wall and made them into bird feeders for Christmas gifts with the children” explains melissa “it’s a simple moss wreath but instead of the usual decoration it has different types of bird feed attached to the base”. These wreaths are a brilliant idea and look pretty with it. look out for her mothers day and Easter range idea’s! melissa and her team prepare and plan for both corporate and wedding work; they actually did my own wedding and the flowers were perfect, they understood exactly what we wanted. melissa will work with you and discuss your requirements; at Fleurs Artisan they make beautiful bouquets, hand ties, corsages, buttonholes,

and church and venue flowers. They offer a range of items for hire such as - vases, pedestals and even an archway to decorate the entrance of a church, venue or marquee. Also offered is a bespoke and personal range of funeral work. Again they will work alongside you, helping you to choose the right flowers and designs and making a very hard time a little bit easier for you. There are two staff members who work at Fleurs Artisan, both local, and melissa’s mum who also helps. it is a very friendly and family run business. melissa makes you feel completely at ease and is very helpful and polite. if you would like to take an in depth look at what they offer at Fleurs Artisan, and i would highly recommend it, then please see their advert for full contact details, visit www.fleursartisan.co.uk with a new exciting webshop which has been recently launched or email fleursartisan@btconnect. com with your requests. melissa would like to say a big thank you to all her customers and she looks forward to being of service to them in the future.

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Keep Yer Heel Down Bor! How are yer diddlin? Fair t’ middlin I hope. As I write (7th Feb.), the rain is battering against the back door, which means the wind is northwesterly. I measured 2 inches of rain in January and now February’s rainfall is fast approaching the 2 inch mark already. ‘February fill-dyke’ living up to its name! However, March is here, yay! And you know what that means don’t you, readers? It means you have to go ‘haring’ into your gardens to get all the seeds in at once! ‘Steady on, now’s your chance,’ what am I saying – that’s a Norwich City song – and it shouldn’t even be in my head! (apologies to people who don’t follow local football). Back to gardening (“yes Mark”), and I’m quite pleased with myself as this year I didn’t let January pass without getting some seed sown. Normally, when the dark evenings come, I sink into a warm, comfortable feeling that gardening’s over for months. However,

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this year I resolved to ‘do different.’ So I DID get some sweet peas in at last! Chitted them first and now they’re growing away nicely. Also I’m having another go at germinating the difficult Meconopsis (Himalayan Poppy). This is a seed which germinates in the fridge; which means in Finland you could sow it outside! Dew yew keep on troshin’ and here’s a question for you: every weed is a wild flower, right? (bar horsetail I suggest!). So what does that make your common or garden flower? Answer: invisible! Mark dayburst@diss.co.uk

Norwich Sunblinds is a successful, family-run company with over 33 years’ experience installing blinds for both the domestic and commercial market. We are an independent company which means we can offer a much wider selection of blinds, curtains, roman folds, shutters and awnings – both manual and motorised. Our blinds are manufactured inhouse to a high standard by fully trained crafts people. This gives us the ability to manufacture bespoke blinds in unusual shapes and sizes. We will be delighted to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each type of product, and advise you on the perfect solution for your needs. The company has outlets in Norwich and Attleborough, from these 2 bases we are able to cover the whole of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. We are committed to being environmentally friendly and

source the majority of our fabrics and components in the UK, thus reducing our carbon footprint. We can supply and install blinds with advanced specifications that can reduce the heating bills in your home by up to 15%, helping to save you money, and to save energy! If you order your blinds from us you will be safe in the knowledge that they will combine the best of British design and functionality with green and ethical manufacturing processes. For further details please visit our website www.norwichsunblinds.co.uk

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What’s Happening in Gabriel’s Garden The Almond tree is one of the first trees to flower in the garden: delicate pink blossom appears well before any leaves and, set against the bluest of skies on a bright March morning, is truly stunning. The almond blossom is one of the first available foods for the honey bee, alongside the snowy white buds of the pussy willow and the highly fragrant flowers of the honeysuckle Purpusii Winter Beauty. The garden is alive from first light to dusk with the lyrical song of the male blackbird, chattering sparrows and the blue tits busy in and around the nest boxes –spring is on its way March is one of the busiest months in the garden. It’s time to have a tidy up and cut back the herbaceous perennials. I’ll be dividing any plants that have got too big and compacted and I’ll be cutting back shrubs like the fiery cornus (dogwood) you can take them down to the ground to encourage lots of lovely spring growth. The dahlia tubers that have been stored over the

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winter will be potted up and brought back to life and with a little warmth and water, the first vibrant green shoots will soon appear. It’s good to get out of the wind and weather and the greenhouse is the place to be, the propagation beds are set at 18 degrees and the seed sowing starts in earnest. I use a combination of homemade compost blocks, good potting compost and root trainers to get my plants off to a good start. If you’re interested in growing beautiful flowers for cutting this year and would like some help and advice with planning and growing, why not come to a Gabriel’s Garden ‘grow your own flowers for cutting’ workshop? Mother’s Day falls on 30th March this year, the same day the clocks change to Summer Time. Traditionally called Mothering Sunday it was a day when people returned to their ‘mother-church’ and celebrated by giving gifts of wild flowers to their mothers, grandmothers and mothers-inlaw. Servants were given the day

off to visit their mothers and simnel cakes were made and offered. Today flowers are the most traditional way of saying thank you to mothers, especially bouquets or posies of early spring flowers such as daffodils, narcissi and tulips. Gabriel’s Garden is celebrating the start of the season and this special festival with an exclusive bouquet of fragrant and beautiful seasonal flowers, hand-tied and gift-wrapped for collection or next day delivery. Gabriel’s Garden will be at The Pennoyer Centre Wedding Fair on the 16th March 11am – 4pm. I will be there to talk wedding flowers, favours and petal confetti: and get a voucher for a free flower consultation in the garden. You

can also find me at The Wyken Vineyard Farmers’ Market Saturday 29th March for a wonderful range of Mothering Sunday bouquets and posies. Gabriel’s Garden is now offering a seasonal special deal: buy a Mothering Sunday Spring Bouquet and get a voucher entitling you to a free summer posy for later in the year. Order by phone or online by Tuesday 25th March. Please go to the Events page for more details about The Pennoyer Wedding Fair, Wyken Farmers’ Market and our Gabriel’s Garden flower workshops. Gabbi 01379 677793 www.gabrielsgarden.co.uk

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Peel to Reveal Chemical peels. What are they - and how could they work for you? If the idea of skin peels make you wince, it could be time to think again, says Advanced Skincare Therapist, Geraldine Walters, because they can be one of the skincare therapist’s most flexible and impressive tools. Simply, chemical peels produce a level of injury to the skin which promotes growth of new cells and an improved appearance to combat a wide variety of skin ailments including acne, superficial wrinkles, age spots, pigmentation, and much more. The important thing to remember is that this ‘injury’ is controlled damage, causing an exfoliating action by breaking up the bonds that bind the dead skin cells to the surface – a bit like removing the grouting between your bathroom tiles. Removal of the top layer stimulates the production of collagen and elastin below, leaving

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skin smoother, softer and thicker. Less than the diameter of a human hair, individual dead cells that are shed are not even visible to the human eye. Also, different peels target different skin concerns and can involve the destruction of the epidermis from just the very top to several layers down. The client should have control over the skin concerns they treat and the downtime or side-effects they’re willing to consider. If you are offered a ‘one-size-fits-all peel’, go and look elsewhere. Many peels aren’t as dramatic as they sound. Superficial ones often come from fruits such as pineapples and papayas. Their proteolytic enzymes are well known for gentle re-surfacing properties which work by digesting the very superficial layers of old, dead cells. You might feel some tin-

gling after removal, but they are unlikely to cause pain so they’re ideal for hypersensitive skins or a first peeling procedure. Medium peels may cause some redness and flaking and the deeper peels, often shown for dramatic effect on TV, may require 10-14 days to recover. A variety of acids are used as peeling agents, which often originate from natural sources, (such as willow bark, bitter almonds and sugar cane) and it’s these varieties that let us produce varying degrees of injury to the skin. The type of acid applied, the lower its pH, and the number of coats will all affect the depth of peel achieved. Preparation is essential prior to the procedure. Priming with topical Vitamin C and Vitamin A products helps to reduce wound healing time and reduces the risk of complications. It’s a vital step for good results and aftercare. Don’t try to cut costs and leave this out. You’ll probably need a series of treatments, but with common sense and care, your peel can lead to a truly fresher, firmer skin. Call 01379 658982 for more information or to book an appointment at Diss Osteopathy & Natural Health Clinic or Eye Complementary Medicine Centre.

by Geraldine Walters

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It’s All In The Mind The mind-set towards mental health has dramatically changed in the last 50 years. In fact on January 29th 2014 the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) launched an inquiry examining the Government’s implementation of equality for mental health and physical health in the NHS. There are many types of mental health: depression, anxiety, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, to name a few, and most of them are misunderstood. It’s important though as a society that we realise that these illnesses are just the same as a physical illness. Sometimes if you haven’t experienced a mental illness it’s hard to understand and emphasise but it’s vital that you are there for your friend or family member, very often a big symptom is a feeling of loneliness. Often the symptoms and the coping methods can seem a bit alarming from the outside e.g. self-harm, alcohol or drug abuse, extreme anger, panic attacks etc. However, as with a physical illness, there is help and treatment out there. First and foremost, don’t

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 ever be afraid to seek help. From experience, I can say that talking about it is the best thing that you can do and people are more understanding than you think. Trying to hide it and deal with it yourself might feel like the right thing but trust me; you won’t start to get better until you begin to share it. Another key to getting better is exercise. This may be the last thing you feel like doing but it will help to release some of the adrenaline that builds up and causes panic attacks. Start moderately – whenever you go upstairs run instead of walk. If it’s easier, start exercising with friends, who can help you to keep going, to make it more enjoyable. Regular exercise will help you to sleep better and something like Yoga will help to release tension enabling you to relax more. It more often than not helps to express yourself; through forms of art, writing a journal, music… it doesn’t matter how good it is, it’s about finding yourself and discovering how you feel, then releasing those feelings. For more advice on helping yourself then please visit dbtselfhelp. com Please, please don’t suffer alone; take the step today to tell someone how you are feeling and you won’t regret it…

Hearing Loss - What to do? Hearing accompanies us throughout our lives; it shapes and influences every part of our world. Hearing enables us to communicate with others. Sounds are there with us in our daily life – some relax us, others cause stress. Much of what we hear we enjoy. There are everyday sounds we no longer even notice, and other noises we would rather just avoid. We need our ears to communicate with other people, and when we want to listen to music or make music ourselves. Suffice to say that our sense of hearing is so important! If you have the feeling that you no longer hear as well as you used to, then don’t hesitate, go and have your hearing tested! The longer you wait before you start to actively do something against your hearing loss, the longer it will take you to regain better hearing. Why? It’s because your brain accustoms itself to the restricted hearing ability. Most people do not recognise their hearing loss as their hearing slowly reduces over

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a long period of time. The brain then assumes the reduced hearing is “normal”. When the person is fitted with a hearing aid it can then take some time for the brain to get accustomed to hearing all the sounds again. Modern technology makes it possible to improve your hearing; there are now numerous hearing solutions available, which can be adjusted to meet the individual needs and way of life of people with hearing loss and thus ensure a greatly improved quality of life. With the aid of stateof-the-art technology, many people with a hearing loss are able to hear and actively take part in life again. To fully understand where your hearing levels are at and to see what fantastic hearing aid technology is available, book a free hearing test at The Hearing Care Centre’s Norfolk Open Days between 17th and 20th March 2014 (Attleborough, Dereham, Harleston, Wymondham). To book your appointment call Freephone 0800 096 2637 or visit www.hearingcarecentre.co.uk By Karen Finch RHAD FSHAA FRSA, Audiologist and Managing Director - The Hearing Care Centre Ltd

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Carbohydrates are not the Enemy Carbohydrates are an ideal source of energy. They can be converted more readily into glucose (the body`s main energy source), the form of sugar that’s transported and used by the body, than can proteins or fats. It is the type of carbohydrate you eat and the calories you burn that determines how much is stored as fat Even so, a diet too high in carbohydrates can upset the balance of your blood sugar level, resulting in fluctuations in energy and mood. It is better to balance your carbohydrates with protein, a little fat and fibre. There are two types of carbohydrate: complex and simple. Complex carbohydrates are often referred to as starch or starchy foods. They are found naturally in foods: bananas, barley, beans, brown rice, chickpeas, lentils, nuts, oats, potatoes, root vegetables, whole grain cereals, wholemeal breads and cereals, wholemeal flour and pasta; or as refined starches found in: biscuits, pastries and cakes, pizzas, processed breakfast cereals, white bread and flour, white pasta, white rice. Simple carbohydrates are also known as sugars. Natural sugars

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are found in fruit and vegetables. Refined sugars are found in: biscuits, cakes, chocolate, honey and jams, cane sugar, pizzas, sauces, soft drinks and sweets . All carbohydrates form glucose when digested. Glucose is transported around the body via blood and taken into cells to be converted into energy. The pancreas gland secretes the hormone insulin, which controls the uptake of glucose. If you have excess glucose, this is converted into glycogen – which is stored in the liver or in fat around the body. The key to weight management is to regulate the amount of glucose in your bloodstream by eating carbohydrates low on the glycaemic index and to exercise to use up the calories ingested as carbohydrates. The glycaemic index (GI) is a measure of how quickly blood glucose levels rise after eating a particular type of food. At Fit Club we can advise you on how to improve your diet and how to lose extra pounds through eating a balanced diet and exercising at the right intensity to burn off excess fat and carbohydrate.

When the Sun is not so Fun Have you ever been advised to ‘get some sun’ for your skin or to ‘avoid sunlight to help your skin’. You may even have been told both. The ‘photodermatoses’ are a group of skin conditions that erupt with sun exposure. They are often unfairly all lumped as ‘sun allergy’ when in fact there are numerous different skin conditions. They have colourful labels like lupus, polymorphic light eruption, rosacea, chronic actinic dermatitis, solar urticaria, to name a few simple ones! Then there are the mouthful eruptions such as phytophotodermatitis, porphyria, dermatomyositis, actinic prurigo and even juvenile spring eruption! Unsurprisingly, there is a range of causes including genetic, autoimmune and external (mainly medicationinduced). Sometimes there’s no understanding of what initially causes the rash but it is known that the sun contributes greatly to the condition. Be aware that some rashes improve with sun exposure for most patients, but deteriorate for others. Psoriasis and eczema are classic examples.

The main areas affected are the sides of the face, upper chest, upper back and hands, although any part of the body exposed to sunlight is at risk. Often the problem clears up within a couple of days of sun avoidance but, not infrequently, it can persist throughout the winter. Protection is the best first-line remedy with a host of products from sun blocks to window filters, and appropriate clothing. However, creams and tablets are often needed. Ironically, some eruptions are ‘cured’ with controlled exposure to increasing intensity of light. The culprit light source is frequently sunlight, occasionally fluorescent light, with TV never reported as a problem!

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wrapped in matching wrapping paper or wallpaper to the room look super and is very cost effective. Hat boxes and baskets are also great to organise your bits and pieces into. You can pick up cutlery trays at a very low price - these can be used for organising your jewellery or make up. Over the door hooks are great for hanging scarves or necklaces on – so much easier to access than in a drawer or box. I have a large blanket box that I keep all my winter jumpers in, separating your summer and winter wardrobes and vacuum packing them away until needed saves loads of space.

A place for everything and everything in it’s place A place for everything and everything in its place makes life so much easier! Organising and de cluttering your home not only helps clear your space but your mind also. There are many great storage solutions available in many retailers, but there are also

HEALTHY CARPETS When we do our spring cleaning it is actually our carpets that are the most neglected. ‘I vacuum my carpets regularly thank you very much’ is what you’re probably thinking. Is vacuuming enough though? No, is the answer. Carpets themselves act as brilliant filters in our home; they collect all the dust and allergens that are naturally occurring in the air. Every day we bring stuff into our homes: fumes, bacteria, skin, hair and dirt from pets, dust mites, all of this collects in our carpets.

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many simple things you can do yourself. For under the bed storage why not use old drawers and screw casters on them to wheel them out with ease? I have done this in my daughter’s bedroom and ours, in one I have my daughter’s DVDs allowing us to see

Again, you’re probably still thinking ‘I vacuum my carpets so everything’s ok’. Vacuuming is simply not enough. The dust and allergens work their way deep down into the base of the fibres and when you vacuum it only lifts from the top. This is why keeping your carpets properly clean is essential. When your carpets are professionally cleaned all of the dust and allergens from deep down are flushed out. It gets everything out, even from the very base. So as part of your spring clean it is essential to have your carpets/

the titles clearly and another with toys. Under my bed I have 4 drawers on casters with all my fabulous shoes in them, so I can find them easily. I have seen people doing the same with old suitcases on casters. I have stacked vintage suitcases in all different sizes on top of a bedroom unit, for my hats, scarves etc. it’s a good idea to label them with luggage tags. In a couple of them I have put keepsakes in or as my friend likes to tell me my ‘sentimental rubbish’! Try and utilise overhead storage especially on top of wardrobes. Gift boxes or old shoe boxes

upholstery deep cleaned. It can be hard to know when this should be done because the dust and allergens sink down to the backing and by the time the carpet actually looks dirty it is completely full. Depending on the traffic it is good to deep clean your carpets every 6-12 months. Deep cleaning your carpets will also make them last longer; any dirt, dust etc. left in the carpet/upholstery will be abrasive and damage the fibres and will make the carpet/ upholstery look worn. Another very important reason to deep clean every 6-12 months is to avoid air pollution and thus

My grandfather used to screw glass jar lids to the bottom of shelves in his garage. In the jar part he kept his nails and screws. This is such a clever idea; you can see the contents and it’s so much quicker to access what you are looking for. Why not do this in the office for paper clips, elastic bands etc., or at home for all your craft bits? I love to think outside the box and if like me you are inspired by pins on Pinterest, just search storage ideas and some fantastic ideas come up. Have fun sorting out and getting organised and remember “A place for everything and everything in its place!” Wendy Aiken

protect your family, especially those with illnesses such as asthma. Your carpet can only hold so much and if left the dust and allergens accumulate, the carpet gets full and it’s all released back into the air every time someone walks on the carpet. Also the microsplitters that are used to split the dirt particles are odour free, non-toxic and soap and detergent free. When finished an anti-bacterial sanitising spray is used, they can also use insecticide if required. It is also very important to sanitise your mattress and upholstery. This all helps to keep your carpet/upholstery, mattress, home and family healthy. Mark Crystal Clean

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A good local Bank Manager can be worth their weight in gold, so do your research to see who is offering the best package.

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am often asked what are the key areas a new business should have in place at start up or soon after. One of the first things to do if you are serious about setting up a business and you have a robust business plan is join the Federation of Small Businesses, they can and will help with every aspect of your business setup and it is very cheap to join and there is a massive list of benefits. Once you have your FSB membership in place check your chosen company name availability at Companies House. If you are unsure how to do this speak to an accountant, I would recommend Haines Watts in Diss but going on a recommendation from someone you know and trust is always a good start. An accountant will also advise on whether you should be Limited or not, VAT registered and help with setup of the company.

Secondly I would check the domain name availability and at least buy the .com and the .co.uk of your chosen company name, this is so important that I would consider

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a change of name if the domains are not available. Next I would look at what insurance you may need. This is sometimes the last thing that people do but you may find that the insurance cost scuppers your plans as it costs too much or you may find you have not thought of an area that you may need cover on. I would use Merrick Hill in Diss but again take advise from other business people you know. Now we come to a very controversial part of business setup THE BANK. I know that bankers have had bad press of late and I am not sticking up for the super bonus, high flying investment bankers in the City but a good local Bank Manager can be worth their weight in gold and you have to have a bank account, so do your research interview them and see who is offering the best package. Don’t just go to who you mortgage with, again speak to people you know who are already using these services, take your time on this one, it’s so hard to change once you are entrenched. While you are

choosing a bank it may be worth thinking about how you are going to take payments, are you going to accept cards? Will you deal in cash and what about cheques? Lots of companies don’t take cheques anymore and this is because they are not a sure fire way of getting paid, they bounce sometimes, they could be bogus and clients sometimes write them out incorrectly... all hassles. Cards on the other hand are great if combined with chip and pin, so investigate the costs of excepting payment via a PDQ machine. There are a few pitfalls though remember taking cards over the phone your payment is not 100% guaranteed, neither is a signed payment and you are liable for this money to get charged back if there are problems. Check out the rates that the banks charge and also check the independent transaction companies as they are often cheaper. The next thing to consider is how you will get seen by your potential clients? A high street position is great but expensive and you may not be

that type of business. Working from home is cheap but how will anyone know you exist? The internet is the obvious place to start, it’s cheap, gets seen by (potentially) millions and can be updated as your business grows. You may want to combine this with some printed media advertising and leaflets work well for us so explore these. Also the BNI and other networks are a brilliant way to introduce yourself to the local business community. Lastly, in all of the above use professional advice, speak to other business people and use you FSB membership for services like Free Banking for life, Factoring, IFAs, Card Payment Processing, Telecoms, Employment Lawyers, Health Insurance and a myriad of other services. I don’t use them for everything as I like to shop locally where possible but there are key areas where they can’t be beaten and are worth having on your team, check them out at www.fsb.org.uk. Alex Ulric Web Design

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neering lineage back to somewhat was the occasion that left thing much simpler like a Cortina an oily handprint on page 56? or Mini. In most instances the How is the virtual manual on complexity is in the electronics my computer going to acquire that refine the parts and systems patina - is there a hole somethat have been around for years. where on the hard drive where I For example, the electronic can squirt some blackened ABS system is only an engine oil into to mark ’add-on’ to the type a particularly desperate episode? of brakes that your Cortina may have Definitely grumpy Remember that had - you can still old man tendentodays cars are only an change your brake cies… evolution of yesterdays Customers at the pads on the drivegarage often comway without too much difficulty, espement that these days it’s impossible for them cially with the help of a good workshop manual. to do any DIY repairs due to the complexity of modern cars. John Haynes famously started to produce his workshop manuThat’s not strictly true though. als in the 1960’s, each manual Remember that todays cars are being based on a complete only an evolution of yesterdays, and most can trace their engistrip-down and re-build of the

car. The manuals are still produced in exactly the same way today, with plenty of pictures to help and nice paper to record all those oily thumb prints. You might ask ‘What is a garage owner doing encouraging people to do their own repairs?’ The garage is here for those of you who have no interest or desire to fix your own cars, and of course for all the nasty electronic faults we love to hate. But to those of you who are keen DIYer’s, I salute you - buy a manual (paper of course), ask advice and work within your abilities. The achievement can be very rewarding and that sense of independence that is so much part of our island mentality is given a boost! Leighten

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ON WITH THE SHOW Miss Nightingale ARRIVES IN TOWN

Stage transforms into a Rock gig for bold adaptation of Twelfth Night First performed at the RSC in Stratford in 2006 as part of the theatre’s Complete Works season, cutting-edge theatre company, Filter, are bringing their electric adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night to the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds stage between Tuesday 18th - Saturday 22nd March. Influenced by the no-holdsbarred festival celebrating the coming of Epiphany and the twelve days of Christmas, William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is known as his greatest and most chaotic comedy. Twins Sebastian and Viola are separated by a shipwreck but when they are both washed up onto Illyria’s shores, disguise, deception and passion wreak havoc as the two twins’ identities are confused. Devising theatre company Filter have emphasised the

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mayhem of both the play and the well-known festival by transporting this classic comedy to the modern setting of a rock gig- somewhere where social restrictions really do get left at the door! Using the play’s music as a driving force, this adaptation embraces Twelfth Night as you’ve never seen it before- where anything and everything goes. Filter Theatre Company is known for its experimental approach to new works and adapted classic texts. As one of the leading devising theatre companies in the country, their previous works include the sellout production Water (Lyric Hammersmith 2007) and their touring adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters (2010). Their modern twist on Shakespeare’s classic embraces the joie de vivre of the piece, and is full of chaos, fun, laughter and romance bursting from the stage - Shakespeare as you will never experience it again. For tickets and further details 01284 769505 www.theatreroyal.org

Mr Bugg Presents Miss Nightingale in co-production with the New Wolsey Theatre. After taking the UK and the West End by storm in 2013 Miss Nightingale - the musical comes home to roost. Peter Rowe’s nationally acclaimed production of the hit show is back by popular demand! And it’s now funnier, more moving and has some amazing new songs and costumes. Feisty singer Maggie and her songwriter, George, are struggling to find their big break. She longs for stardom and the high life. He’s hiding a dark secret in the shadows. Everything changes when they are picked up by wealthy socialite Sir Frank Worthington-Blythe who needs an act to launch his new nightclub. Maggie is transformed into saucy cabaret star ‘Miss Nightingale’ - her outrageous outfits, saucy songs and scandalous love life make her the toast of London. But away from the showbiz glamour, heartache and secrets threaten to be more devastating than the Blitz. Miss Nightingale is a glorious show, where saucy humour highlights a moving tale of love, loss

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and hope - when every day needs to be lived as your last, and the best you can do is stand up and be counted. The original songs, from hilarious tongue-in-cheek music hall numbers to tender ballads, performed cabaret-style by a cast of actor-musicians perfectly capture the style and spirit of the Forties. “Jig For Victory! Matthew Bugg’s fun and flirty post-war production… Miss Nightingale has better names than a Harry Potter novel and it’s just as magical. Set in London in 1942, the production was infused with jazz music that was performed by the actors themselves, creating a vibrant atmosphere that really captured that sense of music hall performance on stage… Overall, the night was full of fantastic music, comical entertainment as well as bringing the darker social issues present in WW2 Britain to the surface. This is an incredible production” — Exposed THU 27 MAR - SAT 5 APR New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich 01473 295 900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

The Angles Theatre, Wisbech’s Ratzcool Ratzcool is a word combining ‘RATz’ (Right Angles Theatre Company – the name for the Theatre’s in-house amateur performing arm) and ‘school’. Children between 5 and 19 sign up for classes on Saturdays and Wednesdays to learn and improve their skills in the performing, creative and technical arts. The most significant aim of Ratzcool is promoting ‘developing your WHOLESELF’. Children from Wisbech, March and Downham Market, attend Ratzcool. They all enjoy themselves and they all grow in confidence and self-assurance as is witnessed by parents and friends at Ratzcool’s annual Showcase Event. Acting, singing and dancing students perform; Techie students design and operate all the lighting and sound; Arty students put up displays and publicity material. Students can also enter for

LAMDA (London Academy of Music and the Dramatic Art) exams at varying levels in Acting and Musical Theatre. Last year Ratzcool achieved 10 Distinctions, 14 Merits and 2 Passes – with NO fails. Techie and Arty students can enter for Trinity College Arts Award certification. All these qualifications are relevant on CVs and earn UCAS points for children progressing onto further education applying to university. We are very proud of our results and to quote last year’s LAMDA examiner “This is a lovely situation and opportunity for children in such a seemingly deprived area of the country. I have travelled the length and breadth of this country, and abroad, as an examiner and I am really pleased with what I am witnessing today.”

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MORE ACTS at LATITUDE 2014 Winner of Line-Up of the Year at the UK Festival Awards, Latitude returns for its ninth edition, taking place from Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th July 2014 in the stunning grounds of Henham Park, Suffolk. Following the recent announcements including headliners Two Door Cinema Club and Damon Albarn, Latitude is thrilled to reveal many more names joining the incredible line-up. Tame Impala make their longawaited appearance at the festival this year and Latitude is hugely excited to welcome them for an exclusive UK festival appearance. The band’s psychedelic hypno-groove melodic rock music is as much informed by The Beatles as it is beat poetry, Turkish prog and English folk. Both their albums Innerspeaker and Lonerism have won the Rolling Stone Australia Album of the Year Award and have gone Gold in their native Australia. Fresh from their induction into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame, ‘rock and soul’ duo Daryl Hall & John Oates will treat festival goers to a set drawing on more than 30 years of transatlantic chart hits in this, their exclusive UK festival

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appearance. From Sara Smile to Maneater and I Can’t Go For That, their distinctive combination of soulful vocals and cool orchestration has influenced everyone from Chromeo to Brandon Flowers. National treasure and the voice of Radio 4’s Poetry Please, Roger McGough will be performing some of his own poetry at Latitude this year. President of the Poetry Society and a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, McGough was one of the leading members of the Liverpool poets in the 60’s and has been awarded both the OBE and CBE for his services to poetry. The national poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke joins Latitude’s spoken word line-up. Awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2010, some of her recent books include A Recipe for Water, and a prose collection, At the Source and in 2012 her book of poetry Ice was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize. Latitude is thrilled to announce one of Africa’s most famous authors, the award winning Nigerian writer and poet Ben Okri will be reading from his latest collection of poems Wild at this year’s festival. Ranging from war to love, from nature to the difficulty of truly seeing, Okri’s poems aim to show humanity in a new light and our modern world in all its richness and its agony. Okri, who

won the Booker Prize in 1991 for The Famished Road, is a VicePresident of the English Centre of International PEN, a member of the board of the Royal National Theatre, and was awarded an OBE in 2001. His first-hand experience of civil war in Nigeria is said to have inspired many of his works. Hollie Mcnish is a UK Slam Poetry Champion and World Slam finalist. She has been commissioned to write poetry for Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, the WOW Festival, Channel 4’s Random Acts and the BBC Poetry Diaries. We are hugely excited to announce that former Children’s Laureate and award winning poet, Michael Rosen best known for his Children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt will appear at the festival this year. Rosen has made some of the UK’s best loved children’s books and during his Laureateship, Rosen created the Roald Dahl Funny Prize for children’s fiction, with the aim of promoting laughter and humour as a feelgood factor when children read.

would not be able to happen without the help and support of local people and local businesses. It is advised to enter early for this event as numbers are limited to 150 participants. There is no entry on the day. To take part visit the website: www.sportrelief.com. Participants should arrive ready to take part as there will be no storage facilities on the day Sports Relief is Nationwide and runs from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March with the aim of bringing the entire nation together to get active. On Friday 21st May, the BBC will treat the nation to a special night of Sport Relief TV with many famous celebrities featuring. The idea is to have fun and raise life-changing cash as money raised is spent by Comic Relief, to change lives at home and abroad. In the UK, the money will help give shelter to young people living on the streets and protection to those living with domestic abuse. Across the world, the money helps children into education, and provides communities with fresh water and life-saving vaccines.

Mere Mile On Sunday 23rd March, Diss based Heywood Joggers are hosting the Sainsburys ‘Mere Mile’ as part the Nationwide Sport Relief 2014. The Diss event will take place at The Pavilion next to the Mere. Setting off from the Mere’s mouth. The event is aimed at attracting families of all abilities and ages. One, three or six-mile courses will be available and people will be able to don their trainers knowing money raised will help to change the lives of people across the UK and in some the world’s poorest countries. Richard Houston from Heywood Joggers Group is organising the event and said “this is the second time that Diss will host the event and it is set to be an entertaining event for all of the family”. The event which is sponsored is sponsored by local businesses, opens at 9.30am and is due to finish at around noon. Diss Town Mayor, Neil Howard will get the first runners on their way at 10am. The Park Radio road show will be entertaining in the Pavillion with games on offer and refreshments will also be available from The Pavillion Kiosk. Richard said “if you don’t fancy running why not come down to the park to offer the runners some support and also to join in the fun.” Richard said that the event

Suede in the woods Britpop pioneers Suede have announced gigs this summer as part of the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live concert series where an eclectic mix of acts perform in magnificent woodland locations around the country. Suede bounded onto the British music scene with the eponymous No 1 debut album released in 1993 that sold over 100,000 in its first week of release, kick-starting the Britpop revolution and going on to become a Mercury Music Prize winner. Success continued throughout the nineties with further No 1 albums like ‘Coming Up’ and ‘Head Music’ and top 10’s ‘Dog Man Star’ and ‘Sci-Fi Lullabies’. Fronted by the charismatic Brett Anderson, top 10 singles like ‘Animal Nitrate’, Stay Together’, ‘Trash’, ‘Beautiful Ones’, ‘Saturday Night’, ‘Lazy’, ‘Filmstar’ and ‘Electricity’ epitomised the vibrancy, edge and excitement of the band and ensured an impressive chart presence across a decade before going on indefinite hiatus in 2003.


 After re-forming for some wellreceived live shows in 2010-11, Suede got down to recording their sixth studio album. ‘Bloodsports’ was released in 2013 to overwhelmingly positive reviews, marked as one of the great rock comebacks and regarded as one of the best albums of the year. Friday 13 June: Thetford Forest, Nr Brandon, Suffolk. Tickets cost £42.35 (inc booking fee) and are on sale now via the Forestry Commission box office: 03000 680400 or buy online.

AYLSHAM SHOW SEEKS FOOD AND DRINK HEROES The Aylsham Agricultural Show Association calls upon the public to help seek the county’s next heroes, who make great food, produce delicious drinks or provide a first class home grown menu. It’s today, Tuesday 11 February, that the Aylsham Show launches this year’s search for its Norfolk Hero Food and Drink Award winners. The scheme was the first of its kind in the county when it started in 2007. Everyone can nominate a hero, whether it is their local pub, shop or neighbour who makes outstanding food or drinks with passion and enthusiasm. People can vote online on www.theaylshamshow.co.uk or fill in any of the leaflets that are available at cafés, pubs and shops across the county. Norfolk Hero Food and Drink Awards Committee Chairman, Jacinth Rogers, said: “It’s once a year that we honour creative individuals and businesses in the farming, food and drink industry from our beautiful county and it’s such a pleasure to award them for their hard work. “These awards have only been going for eight years but they bring great benefits to the winners and nominees, which is vital to our local economy, tourism and the quality of our produce.”



 Helen Bailey, General Manager at the National Trust’s Blickling Estate said: “We’re delighted to support all these local businesses, many of whom are close neighbours of ours at Blickling. A passion for food is part of Norfolk’s heritage and we’re proud to be part of this community of great local producers. The appeal of the Norfolk Hero Food and Drink Awards is that as well as being able to see, taste and buy the products, the public also have the opportunity to encounter the producers in their local community.” Newly elected Aylsham Show President Phillida Hurn together with Chairman Simon Evans launched the new hero awards on Tuesday 11 February at the National Trust’s Blickling Estate in Aylsham. Last year’s winners served their food and drinks to celebrate this special occasion. The public can nominate until 1 June 2014 and the winners will be announced at the next Aylsham Show on Bank Holiday Monday 25 August 2014 at Blickling Park, Aylsham. The Awards have started a Facebook page, to reach more people across Norfolk and beyond and to inform them about the competition and winners throughout the year (www.facebook.com/norfolkherofoodanddrinkawards)

A new season, a new approach The Museum of East Anglian Life is launching its exciting annual Membership scheme this March, allowing unlimited year round access to the museum site and exhibitions during open hours, alongside a number of new and exciting benefits. Members can enjoy free entry to a packed programme of daytime events, along with entry to the annual Beer Festival and Blues Festival. Members can take advantage of priority tickets and discounts to a fantastic range of talks and workshops, from wildlife to 1970’s costume and windmills to Suffolk

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Surnames with Charlie Haylock. There is something for everyone to enjoy. Members can keep up to date with happenings at the Museum by signing up to a monthly enewsletter. As regular supporters of the Museum, our Members can take advantage of new, unique benefits such as 10% discount on entry at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse in Norfolk, Child Member goes free when they have their birthday party at the Museum and an annual Members’ day summer party. Membership will replace the previous Season Ticket holder scheme, with current supporters being invited to renew their support through this new and improved scheme. The Museum of East Anglian Life is more than a museum. It’s not just a good day out but a major contributor to the well-being of the community. Please support our work, become a member and ‘grow with us through history’. For more information on events, talks and activities, or children’s birthday parties visit www.eastanglianlife.org.uk

The special £10,000 fundraising campaign got off to a flying start late last year when a bingo night organised by Rosedale attracted 200 people and raised £1250 for Wymondham-based cancer support charity Star Throwers. “Ideally we would like to carry out at least one major event in each of the six communities that we serve,” said Derrick. “We have already organised a Charity Golf Day at Bungay and Waveney Golf Club on Friday April 4th 2014 in aid of the Norwich and Norfolk Association for the Blind and now we want to hear from other local charities that would like to challenge us to organise an event, and work with us to make it a success. Rosedale has also launched a ‘My 10 days’ scheme enabling staff to apply for an additional 10 days’ annual leave – as long as they spend the 10 days doing something worthwhile, such as volunteering or fundraising. For more information – or to make your Rosedale charity challenge – contact Pippa Hardie by ringing 01379 640810, or email pippa@rosedalefuneralhome. co.uk

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An independent Norfolk and Suffolk funeral firm which celebrates its 10th anniversary during 2014 aims to mark the milestone by raising £10,000 for local charities. Rosedale Funeral Home was launched in Diss and now has five further funeral homes in Attleborough, Beccles, Bungay, Halesworth and Wymondham. Over the past decade Rosedale has received numerous awards and national recognition for its caring ethos and community involvement. It is also a former winner of the Eastern Daily Press’s community impact award. “It doesn’t seem possible that 10 years have passed already,” said Derrick Leeder, one of Rosedale’s founding funeral directors. “We have been involved in our local community right from the beginning, when we started donating books for bereaved children to local schools and organised a memorial Christmas tree in Diss Church. “We thought it would be nice to do something really special to mark our 10th anniversary, and this challenge seemed to fit the bill.”

Brides searching for creative ideas to make the big day unique and memorable should visit Barnham Broom on Sunday 2nd March as it holds a Wedding Fayre between 10.30am and 3pm. Cakes, rings, dresses, photographers, make-up and cars will be showcased by 30 exhibitors who will be on hand to offer expert advice and top tips on making the day run smoothly. Specialist exhibitors already confirmed include Antora Bridal, Eventiss Cakes and Oops! A Daisy Florist. Deborah Lannon, wedding and event co-ordinator at Barnham Broom hotel says: “Our Wedding Fayre will feature Norfolk’s best wedding suppliers to give inspiration to visitors. Prospective brides and grooms will also be able to discuss their wedding plans with us and get guided tours around our romantic hotel which sits in 300 acres and can accommodate up to 150 guests. We’re expecting over 300 people to attend.” The Wedding Fayre is free to attend. To book or for more information please call 01603 759 393 or visit barnham-broom.co.uk. www.ylm.co.uk

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meals & raffle available. Apollo Social Club, Harleston | 7.30pm - 10.45pm | Cmc members £5 / non members £6 | 01379 854205

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Every Monday Pennoyers Odd Balls Knitting Club Fancy some company? Then do come along to this relaxed, fun club; whether it’s knitting, crochet or just a chat. Held in the Café ~ just bring along your needles and ‘knit & natter’... and it’s free! Pennoyer Centre, Pulham St. Mary Ip21 4Qt | 1pm – 3pm | Pulham St. Mary Ip21 4qt | 01379 676660 | Info: www.pennoyers.org.uk | Email: admin@pennoyers.org.uk

PC Help Club One-to-one PC help from keen and knowledgeable volunteers. All abilities welcome. Pennoyer Centre, Pulham St. Mary Ip21 4Qt | 1.30pm – 5.30pm | £4 For one hour | 01379 676660 | www.pennoyers.org.uk | admin@ pennoyers.org.uk

Last Monday Senior Citizen’s Lunch 2-course full roast meal. Booking essential. Pennoyer Centre, Pulham St. Mary Ip21 4Qt | 12.30pm | £8.50 | 01379 676660 | www. pennoyers.org.uk | admin@pennoyers.org.uk

EVERY 2nd Monday Senior Citizen’s Lunch 2-course full roast meal. Booking essential. Pennoyer Centre, Pulham St. Mary Ip21 4Qt | 12.30pm | £8.50 | 01379 676660 | www. pennoyers.org.uk | admin@pennoyers.org.uk

EVERY TUESDAY Tuesday Time Together Come along for a chat, fellowship, refreshments or quiet space. Informal singing weekly at 11.00am. Light lunches on 3rd Tues of month. Sewing group on 2nd & 4th Tues of month. St John’s Church, Harleston | 10.00am-4.00pm | FREE | 01379 851148

FIRST & THIRD TUESDAY DISS & DISTRICT CAMERA CLUB Grasmere Club, Denmark Street, Diss | 7:30PM9:45PM | www.disscamera.org.uk

First Tuesday Waveney Bereavement Group Number 7 - Prayer & Counselling Centre, 7-8 Mere Street, Diss | 2pm | 01379 658956

Diss Computer Club At the Residents’ Meeting Room, Taylor Road | 7.00pm - 10.00pm I Bob Morgan 01379 650977 | disscomputerclub@gmail.com

Third Tuesday Buskers Night Would you like to perform to a live audience? Come along to this relaxed evening with all types of music including modern, blues and folk. Bring along your instrument & speak to Dave when you arrive. Bar with real ale & bacon butties. All welcome. Pennoyer Centre, Pulham St. Mary Ip21 4Qt | 7pm | Free | 01379 676660 | www.pennoyers. org.uk | admin@pennoyers.org.uk

Every Thursday Tea & Chat Pop in for a cup of tea or coffee, a chat and make new friends Harleston Information Plus 8 Exchange Street | 1-4pm | Carole Tilston 01379 851920

2nd Thursday Comedy Night Get ready for a belly full of laughs! Fantastic new

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Mon 3rd Blood Donors Sessions. Bookings advisable. Apollo Social Club, Harleston | 01379 854205

comedians every time! A scrumptious three course meal followed by hilarity and tomfoolery for just £30.00 per head, this is a sure to be a great evening! Advance booking is advised as we often sell out. Jimmy’s Farm | Pannington Hall Ln, Ipswich, Suffolk Ip9 2Ar | 7PM | £30 | 01473 604206 / jimmysfarm.com/event

First Friday & third Sunday African Djembe Drumming Lessons ‘Backspace’, Angel Cafe, Fair Green, Diss | Friday: 10-12pm and Sunday: 2:30-5pm | £12 per session | Jane 01379 641233

Every SaturdaY PC Help Club One-to-one PC help from keen and knowledgeable volunteers. All abilities welcome. Pennoyer Centre, Pulham St. Mary Ip21 4Qt | 9.30am – 12 noon | £4 For one hour | 01379 676660 | www.pennoyers.org.uk | admin@ pennoyers.org.uk

The Wyken Vineyard Farmers Market The Wyken Farmers’ Market is about farmers, producers, bakers, makers, friends and family. Wyken Road, Stanton, Bury St Edmunds, IP31 2DW | 9a.m - noon | 01359 250262

1st Saturday Harleston’s Indoor Flea Market Stalls of vintage, antique, collectables, etc. Swan Hotel | 9.00-1.00PM | Stalls £10 | 01379 855486

2ND Saturday Jazz Breakfast Come and enjoy a leisurely weekend breakfast with the soothing sound of live Jazz in the background. We have a great selection of talented local Jazz bands who join us for these dates. Why not try our famous Greedy Farmer’s Breakfast, plus we have some lighter options to suit every taste. Booking Essential. Jimmy’s Farm | Pannington Hall Ln, Ipswich, Suffolk Ip9 2Ar | 9.30Am - 11Am | 01473 604206 / bookings@Jimmysfarm.com / To View Our Breakfast Menu: jimmysfarm.com/Menus

Every Sunday Stonham Barns ALL YEAR CAR Boot Sale Stonham Barns, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal IP14 6AT | 8am for Sellers / 9am for Buyers | £3.50 cars / £5 Vans / £7.50 Large Vans | Simon Tilley 07817 539168

Sat 1st Messy Church Theme: Our Homes. Explore “being welcomed” through crafts, painting, maps, songs, and stories. For all ages, children with a carer Diss United Reformed Church | 10-12am | free | Gabrielle 01379 650770

Diss & District Rotary Club Presents: The Counterfeit Beatles Diss Corn Hall | 7.30pm | £15 / £13.50 / £12.50 | 01379 652241

Tues 4th Cash Prize Bingo All welcome - Just come along. Cash Prizes. Pennoyer Centre, Pulham St. Mary Ip21 4Qt | 6.30pm for 7pm | FREE | 01379 676660 | www. pennoyers.org.uk | admin@pennoyers.org.uk

Wed 5TH FILM: Le Week-End (15) Diss Corn Hall | 8pm | £5 / Under 18s £2.50 | 01379 652241

5-28TH Norman Ackroyd RA - The Furthest Lands An exhibition in Diss Corn Hall Gallery. Evening viewing Wednesday 5 May 6.30 pm-7.45pm Diss Corn Hall | Box Office Opening Hours | FREE | 01379 652241

Thurs 6TH National Theatre Live presents: The National Theatre’s original stage production of War Horse The National Theatre’s original stage production of War Horse, broadcast live from London’s West End. Also on March 13th and March 28th. The Fisher Theatre, Bungay | 7PM | £12 | 01986 897130

The Merry Opera Company Presents: Kiss me, Figaro! The soprano diva has hated the handsome tenor ever since he jilted her at the altar - but now he’s returned and wants her back. An evening of love, laughter and classic favourites by Mozart, Handel, Donizetti, Puccini, Monteverdi, Delibes, Irving Berlin and more. Diss Corn Hall | 7.30pm | £15 / Concessions £12 / Family £45 | 01379 652241

6TH – 15TH This May Hurt A Bit A journey through the digestive system of everyone’s favourite institution - the NHS! A surreal, funny and searching production written by Stelly Feehily. This play was inspired by the stroke had by her husband (renowned director and director of this piece, Max Stafford Clark) and the consequent journey that he took through the NHS system. Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds | For times see website | £25 £21 £16 £8.50 | 01284 769505 / www. theatreroyal.org

Fri 7TH the muppits One of the hottest party bands in the East Anglia area. The Muppits generate energy and excitement everywhere they perform their shows. The White Horse, Framlingham | www. themuppits.co.uk

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Sun 9th Come Dancing If you love to dance this is for you! Great music from our professional DJ & a superb large dance floor. All welcome. Apollo Social Club, Harleston | 7.00pm 10.00pm | £5 | 01379 854205

The Silver Dollar Country Music Club presents BUDGIE COLEMAN AND THE MUSTARD BAND The Park Hotel, Diss | Doors 7pm Music 7.30pm 10.30pm | Members £5 / Non-Members £6 | John and Teresa Stannard 01603 433918

Wed 12TH FILM: In a World (15) Diss Corn Hall | 8pm | £5 / Under 18s £2.50 | 01379 652241

Thurs 13TH The Reduced Shakespeare Company Presents: The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) Diss Corn Hall | 7.30pm | £17.50 / Concessions £15.50 | 01379 652241

Fri 14th Quiz Night Popular quiz night with Fish and Chips Teams of up to 6. Booking essential Pennoyer Centre, Pulham St. Mary Ip21 4Qt | Bar from 7pm for 7.30pm | £7.50 (£4 without food) | 01379 676660 | www.pennoyers.org.uk | admin@pennoyers.org.uk

Sat 15TH The Saturday Club Teasel Productions presents: Grisly Tales from Tumblewater Diss Corn Hall | 2pm | £6 / £4 (8+ yrs) | 01379 652241

Disco with music from the 90’s - modern day Let your hair down & show us all your favourite dance moves! Apollo Social Club, Harleston | 8.00pm til Midnight | £3 | Over 18’s Only | 01379 854205

Fun Pool Competition Apollo Social Club, Harleston | 8.00pm | £3 | 01379 854205

THE ENCORES Licensed bar, tea, coffee and rolls. Wreningham Village Hall | 8.30pm - MIDNIGHT | £6.50 | Christine Minns on 01508 488123

Sun 16th Apollo Country Music Club presents ‘Marc James’ A great night of country music awaits with the fabulous Marc James. Bar, hot meals & raffle available. Apollo Social Club, Harleston | 7.30pm - 10.45pm | Cmc members £5 / non members £6 | 01379 854205

Evening Inn Come along to this popular monthly event. Guest ale and of course bacon butties! Pennoyer Centre, Pulham St. Mary Ip21 4Qt | 6.30pm–11.30pm | FREE | 01379 676660 | www. pennoyers.org.uk | admin@pennoyers.org.uk

60’s & 70’s Disco Dance & sing along to the great hits of the 60’s & 70’s Apollo Social Club, Harleston | 8pm - midnight | Free admission for club members or just £1 non members | 01379 854205

Sat 8th Annual Winston Cup Mens & Ladies Darts Competition Apollo Social Club, Harleston | 7.45pm registration / 8.00pm start | £3 | 01379 854205

Sun 2nd Apollo Country Music Club presents ‘The Westerns’ Fantastic nights entertainment with bar, hot

Bingo For Cash Prizes All monies paid out in cash prizes. . . so the more the merrier! Apollo Social Club, Harleston | Eyes Down

8.00pm | £6 for 6 games |

Wedding Fair Planning your wedding? Then come and meet the wedding team and discuss your ideas for your special day. Florists, photographers, bridal wear, wedding cakes, food sampling, prizes and much more. Pennoyer Centre, Pulham St. Mary Ip21 4Qt | 11am – 4pm | FREE | 01379 676660 | www. pennoyers.org.uk | admin@pennoyers.org.uk

Tues 18th Doughnut Church A Cafe Style Church: Theme: Being welcomed into our homes. Free entrance and Doughnut. For all ages, children with a carer. Diss United Reformed Church | 3.45-5.30pm | free | Gabrielle 01379 650770

Wed 19TH FILM: Wadja (PG)


 Diss Corn Hall | 8pm | £5 / Under 18s £2.50 | 01379 652241

ThurS 20TH House presents a Weeping Spoon production: The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik - Deep Sea Explorer Direct from sell out seasons in New York and Sydney, this multi award-winning piece of ‘theatrical magic’ (Sunday Mail) is a heartwarming, one-man micro-epic about enduring love and the end of the world. Diss Corn Hall | 7:30pm | £12 / Concessions £10 / Family £40 | 01379 652241

New Buckenham Players presents Rough Justice James Highwood, a television commentator, is on stand at the Old Bailey for the murder of his severely disabled child. He refuses to obtain legal representation, despite his solicitors plea, and carries out his own defence. This courtroom drama was performed at the Theatre Royal in 2013 and starred Tom Conti. New Buckenham Village Hall | bar FROM 7pm and the performances start at 8pm | £7.50 / £6.50 for concessions | ALSO Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd of March Irish Country Night with ‘John Mc Nicholl’ One of Irelands favourite singers! Bar, hot meals & raffle available. Apollo Social Club, Harleston | Doors 7pm / show starts 8pm | £TBC | 01379 854205

Fri 21st Film Night – About Time In this romantic comedy, a young man discovers he can travel back in time to change his past in order to improve his future. Although his lovelife improves dramatically, he is unable to save himself from the ups and downs that affect all families. Written and directed by Richard Curtis. Ices on sale at interval. Booking advisable. Pennoyer Centre, Pulham St. Mary Ip21 4Qt | Bar From 7.15pm for 8.00pm | £4 Advance, £4.50 Door | 01379 676660 | www.pennoyers.org.uk | admin@pennoyers.org.uk

Sat 22nd craft show Come and see the entries of local Girlguiding members. Join in the fun! Easter egg Raffle – Tombola – Stalls – Games - Refreshments Connaught Hall, Attleborough | 11am – 12.30pm | Free Bingo For Cash Prizes All monies paid out in cash prizes. . . so the more the merrier! Apollo Social Club, Harleston | Eyes Down 8.00pm | £6 for 6 games | 01379 854205

Faustus Diss Corn Hall | 8pm | £12 / Concessions £10 | 01379 652241

Sun 23rd Come Dancing. If you love to dance this is for you! Great music from our professional DJ & a superb large dance floor. All welcome. Apollo Social Club, Harleston | 7.00pm 10.00pm | £5 | 01379 854205

The Silver Dollar Country Music Club presents JULIE DAWN The Park Hotel, Diss | Doors 7pm Music 7.30pm 10.30pm | Members £5 / Non-Members £6 | John and Teresa Stannard 01603 433918

Sun 23RD Sat 29TH - Sun 30TH Lambing and Spring Bulbs New lambs and massed spring bulbs in Kentwell’s Gardens and Farm. NB: Lambing dates are provisional, and depend on the timely arrival of the lambs! Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, CO10 9BA | 01787 310 207 www.kentwell.co.uk

Wed 26th A Well Being/Indulgence evening All proceeds in aid of East Anglia’s Children’ Hospices. There will be a variety of stalls at the event offering advice & treatments on a range of therapies. Pay bar and tombola. Park Hotel | 7.30pm | £5.00 | Pauline 01379 650938

WHAT’S ON

WAR HORSE | THURSDAY 6TH | The Fisher Theatre

FILM: Philomena (12A) Diss Corn Hall | 8pm | £5 / Under 18s £2.50 | 01379 652241

Thurs 27TH Eastern Angles Presents: Palm Wine & Stout Diss Corn Hall | 7.30pm | £11 / Concessions £10 | 01379 652241

THU 27TH - SAT 5 APR MISS NIGHTINGALE – THE MUSICAL After taking the UK and the West End by storm in 2013 Miss Nightingale - the musical comes home to roost. Peter Rowe’s nationally acclaimed production of the hit show is back by popular demand! And it’s now funnier, more moving and has some amazing new songs and costumes. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, IP1 2AS | 01473 295 900 | www.wolseytheatre.co.uk Fri 28TH Corn Hall Comedy Club John Moloney headlines at all the major comedy clubs around the world, including London’s prestigious Comedy Store. He’s also featured in Channel 4’s ‘World Top 100 Stand Ups’, won ‘Best Live Performer’ at The London Comedy Festival – twice. Abi Roberts and her big hair exploded onto the scene in 2011, now she plays to packed houses up and down the country. Mark Dolan (compère) is resident MC at the legendary Amused Moose comedy club in Soho and can regularly be seen on your TV hosting the iconic ‘Balls of Steel’ and ‘The World’s…and Me’. Diss Corn Hall | 7.30pm | Advance £9 / Door £10 | Min Age 18 | 01379 652241

Sat 29th Pub Games Night Fancy something different? Why not come along to our fun pub games night - Roll the penny, race the toad, pass the orange to name but a few! Great fun & lots of laughs! Apollo Social Club, Harleston | 01379 854205

Sun 30th Mothers Day Lunch Treat your mum to a delicious 3 course lunch, followed with coffee and a special gift for every mum. Bookings in advance please. Apollo Social Club, Harleston | £15 per head / £8.50 under 10yrs | 01379 854205

Kiss me, Figaro! | Thursday 6TH | Diss Corn Hall

Apollo Country Music Club presents ‘Brian Mann’. Enjoy the great voice of this very talented singer. Bar, hot meals & raffle available. Apollo Social Club, Harleston | 7.30pm - 10.45pm | Cmc members £5 / non members £6 | 01379 854205

Mon 31st Lloyd Cole Through both his lauded work fronting the Commotions and his highly respected solo material, Lloyd Cole has established himself as one of the most articulate and acute songwriters of the post-punk era. Born January 31, 1961, in Buxton, England, Cole formed the Commotions in 1982 going on to storm the UK charts with a string of wellwritten art-pop hits such as Perfect Skin, Forrest Fire, Brand New Friend, Lost Weekend. The Apex, Bury St. Edmunds | 7.30pm | £20 advance / £22 on the door | 01284 758000 / enquiries@theapex.co.uk



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