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Contents Welcome STORIES Artistic Memories 7 OUT & ABOUT Microlight Adventure 11 Q&A Griff Rhys Jones 13 Midwich 15

HOMES & GARDENS Swank Interiors 23 Paul Works 4 U 24 Eye Flooring 27 Gabriel’s Garden 31 Winter Fuel 33 HALLOWEEN Ghost Story 35 FOCUS Diss Rugby Club 37

FOOD & DRINK Thatcher’s Needle 47 Cherry Catering 49 Aspall Cyder 51 Christmas 53 ARTS Angles Theatre 55 MOTORING Motor Codes 57 UPDATES 60

Dayburst 17

VENTURE BNI 42

CALENDAR 62

Book Club 19 Dream On 21

HEALTH Duathalon Man 43

DIRECTORY 64

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Welcome Thank you for such great feedback on the new look, bigger, better September re-launch issue of YLM. It was so encouraging and our team here are working hard to make each month's issue better than the month before. So what have we got in this month’s YLM magazine; we have a great Q & A with Griff Rhys Jones who I was very excited to answer Sarah’s mobile phone to, as she was driving, and get to speak to him! I was bored of Alice, our Carnival Queen, having an easy time with beautiful dresses and stunning

photo shoots, so I took her to combat paintball, who I’d like to thank for letting us go crazy in the Zombie Zone, it was such fun. She had to crawl through mud and leaves with grave stones and zombies. I’m now trying to think of more fun things Alice can do. Haha!

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Artistic Memories Bill Titcombe is a prolific artist and a true gentleman. We visited him, and his little dog Dorcus, at his home in Beccles and it was a rare pleasure. At the age of 15 he joined the Amalgamated Press as a ‘tea boy’. However, by the time he was 16 he had his first half page published, ‘Our Ernie – Lad from Wigan’. It didn’t stop there and his next project was ‘Buster, Son of Andy Cap’ which he worked on for 6 months. From there he moved to Williams House to work on TV Comic and Tom and Jerry under contract for 20 years. Due to the oil crisis in 1974 they had to free him. So he joined Look In for 17 years and then BBC Fast Forward for 5 years. Unfortunately by this point no one was publishing weekly magazines anymore so Bill was only able to work on pencils for Action Man and Marvel. It was during this time that he responded to an advert in the Guardian looking for a children’s artist. They said ‘come on up to London and the BBC’. Things really kicked off again for Bill. He began to work on Teletubbies (you may have heard of them!), including the American version. During an interview with BBC Worldwide they happened to see his pictures, which he had brought with

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him to see about selling to Bonhams. They loved them and asked if he would do the Tweenies. “I loved doing the Tweenies and my favourite was Jake” says Bill. He also did Bill and Ben and Andy Pandy and finally finished his career with The Fimbles, with his favourite being Roly Moly. The BBC were only accepting online work at this point so Bill decided it was time to call it a day, this was 6-7 years ago and he has just celebrated his 75th birthday. However, he has never stopped and currently works on painting horses, wildlife and flowers as well as portraiture. You can see Bill Titcombes work at his Exhibition at the Earsham Street Gallery in Bungay from the 27th September for one month. You may recognise some of Bills work which includes Tom and Jerry, Scooby Doo, Inspector Gadget, Dogtanian, Wind in the Willows, Willow the Wisp, Teletubbies, Andy Pandy, Bill and Ben, The Tweenies, The Fimbles, Thunderbirds, East Enders, Birds of a Feather and Dad’s Army. “I was good friends with the Dad’s Army cast and would often go up when they were filming at Thetford.” “I got on with them so well.” Bill also illustrated his wife, Audrey’s, books ‘Tat the Cat’ and ‘The Absent Minded Mallard’.

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Volunteering is key Volunteers are welcome at All Hallows Healthcare Trust to work and play a part in the success of the Hospital, Nursing Home, and Daycare Centre. Volunteers help to provide the highest standard of support for the patients, residents and clients. Volunteering can help build new skills, it is useful experience towards further training and career choices and it can also help to increase confidence and people skills too. One of the existing

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volunteers said “it feels good to do something good, to give something back, and it is very rewarding.� If you have any time you are able to give, All Hallows Health Care Trust would love to hear from you. There are plenty of free parking spaces and both sites are within walking distance of a main bus route. There are a wide variety of volunteer roles available something to suit everyone! For further information and an application form please contact the Trust.

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Out & About

Out & About One of my all-time favourite films is ‘Fly Away Home’. I have watched it over and over again. For those of you who have never seen it, a very loose description is that a flock of baby geese imprint on a young girl, and she and her father lead them South using their microlights. So when I was asked if I would like to go up in a microlight, owned by Matt Howe of Howe’s Carpentry, my first thought was “awesome, all we need now is a flock of geese!” I was incredibly excited! I couldn’t wait to do it. When the day finally arrived, however, I think it became nervous excitement as my legs turned to jelly and my mouth seized together. Nothing was going to stop me doing it though. So, I was zipped into my suit, donned headphones and a helmet and nervously clambered into the back. Fortunately, I was not controlling the microlight, Matt himself piloted from the front seat. By this point my nerves were starting to turn back into pure excitement again, especially as the engine was started and we slowly began to move. This quickly became very, very fast! Or that’s how it felt! It was such a thrill though! And then we were airborne. It didn’t disappoint. I’ve always wanted to be able to fly

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( just a small ambition!) and it felt like this was the closest I could get, to feel the wind on your skin and birds flying beneath you. Even though there was the sound of the engine it felt so completely peaceful, everything else just disappeared from my mind, up there nothing else mattered. I struggled to get my bearings as to where we were until I saw Diss mere. Diss looked so small from above, it was very surreal. We circled over Diss a few times and saw several familiar sites; I tried to pinpoint our office in Hales Yard. As we flew away we went through some turbulence which I absolutely loved, it was an adrenaline rush, just like you experience on a roller-coaster! We flew for about an hour and I loved every second of it! It was magical and I was very lucky as there was a beautiful sunset. All too soon though, it was time to come in to land. This was perhaps the scariest moment of the whole adventure, I’m sure my eyes were very wide at this point!! But, we landed safely and I soon got the use of my legs back. I was sorry it had ended. Finally achieving my ambition to fly was an absolutely amazing experience and one I will not forget in a very long time! For my next Out and About I think I will attempt to wing walk! What do you think? Please send in any suggestions...

Date For The Diary Hostry Festival 24th October – 3rd November Theatre-Music-Dance-Film at The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral

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The Art Craft & Design Show 25th, 26th & 27th October, The Millenium Grandstand, Newmarket CB8 0TF

The Ipswich Crafts and Food Fair. 2nd & 3rd November, Suffolk Showground, Trinity Park, Ipswich IP3 8UH

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Q&A

Q&A

Griff Rhys Jones

Love of Rivers Griff Rhys Jones takes us on a trip down our rivers and tells us why they are so important.

Q. Where are you from originally?

Q. What is it that you love most about rivers?

A. I was born in Cardiff but we moved when I was only 6 months old. We lived in many places but I have now settled in Suffolk.

A. I love the way that you always seem to be in the backwater and you get to see towns and cities from a different angle than you would usually. Over 90% of towns were originally built on rivers as this was the best form of transport. It feels like a slightly forgotten place.

Q. So, what made you decide to move to Suffolk?

“Over 90% of towns were originally built on rivers as this was the best form of transport.”

to put something in that you might regret further down the line. Q. In your opinion what is the best thing about Suffolk? A. Suffolk has a huge river system running through the countryside which preserves Suffolk, the peninsulas are unchanged. Also, as there is no coast road there is no building been done.

A. When we lived in North Essex we used to sail up and down the estuaries. I saw all the little white houses and knew that it was just what I wanted.

Q. Our owners live in Hoxne and regularly spend time at the river swimming; you yourself swam in the river Waveney, would you recommend river swimming?

Q. You are the Vice President of the River Stour Trust, when did your love of rivers start?

A. I did wild swimming with Roger Deacon. To start off with it felt very weird but after a while I loved it! However I would still prefer to be in a boat.

A. I have a house on Oxford Street and a house in Suffolk and I love them both. I am happy to be in the heart of the city or the depths of the countryside but not the suburban areas.

Q. Do you have any plans to do restorations in Suffolk?

Q. Lastly, what is your next venture?

A. Actually, we are currently doing big repairs to our own house as well as adding an extra bit. We will try to keep as much of the old house as possible. Everything is dominated by fashion but you don’t want

A. I am, at the moment, filming a programme about Wales where I shall be travelling all over the country from the North to the South. I will also be coming up to Diss in the near future.

A. It started when I was very little; we used to sail in the East from the Blackwater to the Stour. However, I really started to love rivers after canoeing in the Dordogne. I enjoyed it so much and I thought ‘why don’t I canoe the rivers near to my home?’ So I started exploring the river Stour. I really rather love rivers and I find it such a shame that 95% of English rivers are out of bounds!

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Midwich

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Flying Colours Above: Alan Baxter (Volunteer for EAAA and Alex Ward, Midwich Commercial Director

Anyone looking at the Diss skies on 6th September would have seen a colourful sight as 200 balloons were released from Midwich Limited to raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA). Each balloon was labelled so that when it lands whoever found it could ring in and say where it is. The person whose balloon gets the furthest is the winner. This balloon race raised £228 on its own but with £400 sponsorship from Kyocera this made a grand total of £628 raised. On the same evening a small party was held for all the children that had entered the Arts and Crafts Competition. The winners were announced at the party, as follows: 13-16 Age Group – Hannah MacDonald. 8-12 Age Group – Martha Wattam. Under 8’s – Rhys Chisman.

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We spoke to Alan Baxter, a volunteer for the EAAA, who told us that Midwich had raised in total £4,100 “we really value every donation no matter the size, Midwich have helped us a great deal, and we very much appreciate these generous donations”. Midwich would like to thank everyone for their generosity and support. They would also like to thank Park Flowers, Roy Allen Engineering and Kyocera for their help and donations. We asked Alex Ward, Commercial Director, why they chose the EAAA and he said that all the staff chose it “The buy in from the staff was excellent. It wasn’t just about raising money but also about fun for the children. We are really pleased with the way it has turned out”.

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Dayburst

Dayburst 10th Anniversary What started as a hobby and a way of keeping fit has become a little more than that for Dayburst's Delivery Manager, Mark Aiken. After retiring from Royal Mail after 35 years (23yrs a Postman and 12yrs as Delivery Manager), he was not about to hang up his boots! The opportunity came up in October 2003 to deliver a free community magazine, now YLM, in Diss & Roydon. And so, with his wife, Paula, Mark set up Dayburst Couriers. What Mark didn't realize at the time was just how fit he would need to be. In delivering to every property in Diss and Roydon, Mark walks 60 miles and cycles 33 miles each month. In the 10 years the business has been running (pun intended) that's 7,200 miles walked and 3960 miles cycled! He hasn't even measured Eye, Harleston and Long Stratton which have been delivered regularly as well. The business has blossomed, and Dayburst Couriers are now the main distributors for YLM, Diss Town Council and Diss Corn Hall. That's as well as delivering direct mail items for over eighty local firms and organisations. As a way of putting back something into the community, Dayburst has also made free deliveries for Park #40 October 13

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Radio, Mere Players and Diss Corn Hall. Mark says, “All the businesses that have used our services are local which is something we're very proud of.” Dayburst also offer a sameday nationwide courier service of course, and the strangest consignment they've had is a pair of black swans to Edinburgh. “Because it was livestock, we had documentation to show police if we were held up in a traffic jam. I was almost sorry I didn't have to use it!” Dayburst haven't, as yet, had the classic sameday job – a forgotten passport. Still time! So what does the future hold for Dayburst Couriers? Mark says, “We're so busy now that we've had to take on staff

– which wasn't the intention in the first place – but we're trusted and recognised as a professional courier company with our blue logo-embossed uniform and conscientious work ethic.” “As a Diss businessman once said, we hardly need to advertise, but with a professional photographer as a daughter-in-law we can't resist 'pulling something out of the bag' as previous adverts shown again here attest.” Mark is seventy in December and he and Paula are celebrating their Ruby Wedding anniversary, but both are hoping to continue while “God gives us the strength.” Though they are looking to perhaps slow down a bit!.

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Book Club

book club Title: Collected Ghost Stories Author: M.R. James Price: £14.99

M. R. James is the master of suspense fiction. As the cold weather sets in, this beautiful hardback collection is perfect for curling up with – just be prepared to be chilled to the bone! Many of these fantastic stories take their inspiration from the everyday, but have lost none of their power to menace or disturb with the passing of the years. With stately homes with locked doors, ancient churches and remote inns, all the tropes of good classic ghost fiction is in place, but in favourites like ‘Oh, Whistle and I’ll Come to You, My Lad’ residents of the Eastern Counties will certainly recognise the settings. This definitive edition is a treat, including all of the published stories, along with an appendix of James’ writings on the ghost story. Perfect for avid readers and want-to-be writers alike. By Sally Alexander.

Title: Spooky Winnie Author: Laura Owen Illustrated by Korky Paul Price: £4.99

This is the latest installment in the hilarious Winnie the Witch Series! Tying in perfectly with the Halloween season this is Winnie at her spookiest best. Join Winnie as she tells ghost stories, battles with wands and gets ready to go trick-or-treating. She even manages to turn back time! Laura Owen’s Winnie stories are a great mix of crazy, mad cap adventures with a touch of humour and real dram too. Korky Paul’s black and white illustrations perfectly suit the crazy adventures that Winnie gets up to. A perfect book for young, independent readers and equally enjoyable to be read out loud – guaranteed to get you in a spooky and scared mood for the Halloween season. By Renée Kingdon.

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Dream On

Local business woman Charlotte benefitted from a Dream On funded programme.

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Dare to Dream Local business woman Charlotte benefitted from a Dream On funded programme and this is her story: Charlotte came into the programme because she wanted to get that elusive work/life balance. She had started her dream business, running a lovely teashop but soon realized that the business was taking up too much of her time - working seven days a week, with very little holiday and no time for herself and her family. She needed to make some changes if her business was to survive and flourish. Charlotte had 1 to 1 coaching sessions with Jackie and they first looked at the basics of her business - opening hours, menu selections, shift patterns etc. Once this had been addressed it became clear to Charlotte that she could take some time off for herself and the business would not suffer. They then looked at areas to diversify her business. With her newly found

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“Today the teashop is going from strength to strength. Charlotte loves the fact that she has been able to run a successful business in difficult times, which offers much to the local community and beyond. “

confidence, Charlotte started to put in place her ideas - running different events and offering more than you would expect from your local teashop. Today the teashop is going from strength to strength. Charlotte loves the fact that she has been able to run a successful business in difficult times, which offers much to the local community and beyond. As for finding time for herself… Charlotte has started horse riding lessons and is able to spend more quality time with her family. Charlotte’s story is a great example of how Dream On can help women to achieve viable and sustainable change in their lives. In fact, earlier this year Charlotte won the Blossom Award to celebrate her success. Set up for women in the East Anglian region the Blossom Charity runs side by side with Dream On to help women who are wanting to make changes that can lead to long lasting differences to their lives and wellbeing.

Part of the work supported by The Blossom charity is the Blossom Development Awards. These are offered to individual women who know they have a great business idea, for example, but are not sure how to turn those dreams into reality. Working with women who face personal, financial, location and other barriers and offering them opportunities to build their confidence and skill. To help them be the best they can be. Each award is tailored to the specific needs and strengths of the individual, using a wide selection of workshops and 1 to 1 coaching. If you think you would benefit from one of Dream On programmes please contact them for an initial chat and to explore what programme would be most suitable for you. Start to change your life right now! Just pop into see them or check them out on their website, www.dream-on.co.uk

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Homes & Gardens

homes & gardens SWANK INTERIORS

Holding onto Summer by Jane Michie.

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The evenings are drawing in but that Summer feeling will definitely last far longer in my pretty cottage bedroom. After a Summer holiday spent preparing our home for its first ever central heating installation, the floor boards are finally back down and the house has been returned to its former glory. This provided the perfect opportunity whilst it was empty to freshen up the walls, lay carpet upstairs and finally assemble a new bed that had been patiently stored away. Once the new bed was built it was obvious how much the previous bed had dominated and stolen much needed space around the room. Even the slim curved metal frame made the king size bed appear smaller and

more delicate. This influenced my desire to change the soft furnishings to reflect the gentle feel of the room, and the softened fall of the new carpet. Luckily this time I was able to plunder my collection of curtains, bed throws and cushions to create a new, lighter, fresher look, yet still maintain the shabby chic feel that compliments the age and style of the lodge house. To complete the look of the new room I pulled out my trusty sewing machine and turned some vintage effect lace panels into pinch pleat curtains, which I hung alongside a pair of pink and white linen curtains that I had previously made. After seeing how pretty

the whole room looks I am contemplating purchasing a new curtain pole and have fallen in love with the designs of the ‘Floral Romantics’ my favourites being the ‘Rose’ and ‘Peony’ styles in either ‘New white’ or ‘Burnished silver’ colour ways. The overall effect lets the sunlight filter prettily into the room making it feel like summer all year round, even when it’s raining outside, and now with the new heating the house will be warmer too. If you fancy changing a room remember you don’t always have to replace everything, in this case a new carpet, bed and being able to swap the soft furnishings was enough to create an entirely different look.

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Introducing Paul Works 4U

Q. Where are you from originally? A. I was born in Scotland the family moved down south to Wheathamsted and then to Suffolk. Then I decided to live in France, Paris. Q. Where do you live now? A. I live in Great Glenham, Suffolk.

HAND PAINTED FURNITURE BY PAUL ROADLEYBATTIN

Q. Have you always done design & painting? A. I went to Lowerstoft college to study graphic design, and after that I had my own business in traditional songwriting. In 1990 I left for Paris, I did some work for myself designing my own apartments. Came back to England in 2011 and saw there was a market for hand painted furniture but the style of painting was simple colours. I thought I could produce a better quality with more intricate designs.

Q. Do you do murals? A. I do murals for children's bedrooms and trompe-l'oeils. Q. What is your most favourite project? A. I don't have one in particular. I like to transform objects and walls so people see them in another light. The larger the transformation that's when it becomes one of my favourites. Q. What is the biggest? A. My works on murals for children's bedrooms and detailed trompe-l'oeils. Q. Do you have a particular favourite style? A. No. I like old and modern simple and complicated styles. For further information please contact Paul Roadley-Battin on 07849 391774.

Q. Did you do any training? A. No. A question of trial and error. Q. What sort of items of furniture do you paint? A. There are no limits. Old or new if a piece of furniture has a nice design,that will inspire me.

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Homes & Gardens

Neil Binks Gardening & Landscaping Jobs this time of year depend on the weather. This year has been mad, none of the seasons have been ‘usual’, the weather's been all over the place. There are, however, certain jobs which will need to be sorted to prepare for winter. Leaves have been dropping throughout the summer because of the drought. Now is the time to start clearing leaves and gutters and cutting back dead flowers and plants that have died back. If you have a greenhouse you will need to be cleaning the glass

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and putting up bubble wrap to hold the heat over the winter, in preparation for moving delicate plants, pots and fruits in. By October the cutters on the mower should be raised a bit and your beds need to be weeded and the soil turned over. Any fruit that has dropped from trees should be cleared up to prevent pests and rotting fruit affecting the lawn. Some people like to leave them for the birds but they will attract vermin and turn the lawn brown where they lay.

Village Green Blinds and Shutters The change from summer to Autumn can be one of the most beautiful times of the year, as the colours around us begin to mellow and the smell of autumn starts to drift across the countryside, we turn our thoughts from the garden towards our homes. Keeping warm and getting better use out of the heat we pay so much for is becoming a priority for many. Let's look at a couple of products that, whilst beautiful also offer real thermal protection too. Plantation shutters - Hardwood interior shutters bring an elegance to your room that cannot be

beaten and because our shutters are made to measure you can choose a design that suits your house. Many people don' t know they have thermal property's very similar to secondary glazing! Thermal Conservatory blinds Thermal conservatory blinds are a must for people who want to use their conservatory in hottest and coldest times of the year. In the summer they deflect up to 78% of solar heat and then in the winter they retain the heat that you want in leaving your conservatory warmer for longer. For more information call 01379 669209.

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Homes & Gardens

Eye Flooring Quality & Care So Ben, what made you decide to set up Eye Flooring? I set the business up in early 2011 and opened the shop on 3rd March 2011. I had a mortgage to pay and a wife 6 weeks away from giving birth. It was make or break really. But with the help from my mum, my wife’s family and friends we did it. Sophie, my wife works in the shop on a Tuesday morning and my Mum works for us on a Wednesday and Thursday. I do all the measures and fittings myself so the customer knows who they are dealing with from start to finish. You can build up a good relationship with your customers this way. Business is good at the moment; we are seeing growth all the time. It’s been stressful, but it’s hugely rewarding seeing it grow from nothing. We supply all types of flooring. Bleach cleanable carpets, 80% wool 20% nylon carpets, 100% wool carpets, natural flooring like sisal and seagrass, luxury vinyl tiles such as Karndean, vinyl flooring, safety flooring for wet rooms and commercial use and contract carpets and carpet tiles for offices and schools. We stock many underlays so the right one is always used for the right type of carpet and

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usage. We also have a huge range of door mats that are available next day. Our quotes include everything, even fitting, gripper and doorbars at no extra cost. We will beat any genuine like for like quote. What has been your favourite project so far? That’s difficult to answer. There have been many where it’s taken a lot of time and skill to get right but look amazing when they're finished, like The Kedge in Southwold which was a whole house refurbishment completed by Swank Interiors, who we work very closely with. Then there’s larger projects that need a lot of preparation time like Worlingworth Village Hall, we fitted the main hall itself as well as the entrance, hallway and bar area in a luxury vinyl tiles. Any future plans? Future plans will be to hopefully continue growing, slowly though. I think you can grow too quickly and then you run the risk of forgetting your customers who were there from the start supporting you. We treat every customer the same whether it’s selling a door mat or re-carpeting an entire office block.

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A Finnish woodshed and rock pool in the forest.

Keep Yer Heel Down Bor! Terve! I'm writing this from Finland, hence the change of greeting. I'm at a family home in central Finland, very much the lake district part of the country. The weather's been changable while I've been here, and they certainly haven't lacked for rain! As regards gardens it has been a good year I'm told. Harvest hasn't started in this area yet, and I notice some of the corn has been flattened by the heavy storms. Barley and oats are the biggest part of the corn harvest here and they get

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three cuts of silage. As you can see from the pictures, there's no lack of wood here...or rocks! I photographed both on a walk in the forest this morning (20th). The boulder outside Morrisons originates from Finland I believe - although Mike Webb may not agree! Dew yew keep on troshin and for all you farmers out there, a Finnish farmer told me yesterday that he dries his corn DOWN to 14%. Feel better?

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What’s happening in Gabriel’s Garden... I am making the most of any light sunny days to get out in the garden to finish off the weeding of the perennial flower beds, I like to leave the old flower heads, especially the Amaranthus, Echinacea Sunflowers and Echinops for the garden birds to have a good feed before the cold weather sets in, the stalks are great hiding places for all sorts of insects and can be cleared away in the following Spring. The Dahlia’s and Zinnia’s are giving a last splash of bright colours and the range of pinks and purples from the asters cosmos and cleome continue to give a showy display. I love these show stoppers as their bold and brilliant colours create bouquets that are full of autumn vibrancy and make for a dazzling finale. It’s time to start ordering the seeds for next year’s planting, but best of all I love to walk round the gardens with paper bags and a pen collecting seeds from this year’s annuals such as Cornflowers, Larkspur and Ammi Major. This is the month I start to plant a variety of spring bulbs. I particularly like Erlicheer and Winston Churchill and the lovely Bridal Crown all of which have a fabulous fragrance and are stunning in wedding bouquets, and if potted up now can give you some truly beautiful flowers as early as Christmas. Please visit Gabriel's Garden's website www.gabrielsgarden.co.uk with photography by Nick Read.

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Winter Fuel

winter fuel “East Anglia could provide 25% of the UK’s energy requirements, whilst creating 60,000 jobs.”

East Anglia is the most diverse energy region in the UK. It has 40 years’ experience in offshore oil and gas. It offers one of the UKs largest gas terminal and processing complexes in the UK. There is also a strong infrastructure of 13 conventional generation power stations with an established skilled workforce. East Anglia is in close proximity to the Southern North Sea where there is a large carbon storage capacity. It is also close to key areas for offshore wind energy with leading wind energy projects.

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A report by AEA Technology has found that a renewable energy scheme in East Anglia could provide 25% of the UK’s energy requirements, whilst creating 60,000 jobs. The study, entitled Sea Wind East, will be jointly promoted by several organisations including NGO Greenpeace and power company TXU on a tour to demonstrate the potential of renewable energy in the area. A series of geographical features make East Anglia a prime location for a large renewable project, which could be one of the largest providers of green energy on the planet. Increased renewable capacity will reduce dependency on fossil fuel and nuclear power stations, and bring down greenhouse gas emissions. The promising statistics of the report will be noted in Whitehall, who may alter emissions targets in light of the findings. Extract taken from greenconsumerguide.com

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Zombie Fest... COMBAT PAINTBALL

YLM would like to thank Combat Paintball for letting us use their paintball arena for taking pictures with Alice Cater, the Diss Carnival Queen.

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Halloween

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Deep in the heart of Suffolk is where our Ghost Story begins The Red Barn Murder happened in Polstead, Suffolk in 1827. Maria Marten, age 24, was the daughter of a mole catcher from Polstead. She was an attractive woman and had already had several relationships with men in the village when she formed an attachment to William Corder. William Corder was a notorious fraudster and a ladies’ man. William Corder wanted to keep their relationship a secret but in 1827 Maria Marten gave birth to his child. After this she was very keen that she and William should marry. When the poor child died William convinced Maria that they should elope to Ipswich to marry, saying that the constable wanted to prosecute her for having bastard children (this was not true). They arranged to meet in secret at The Red Barn, so, disguised as a man Maria set out for the rendezvous. This was the last time she was ever seen alive! William Corder fled the area but continued to write letters to Marias family, saying that they were married and living on the Isle of Wight. He produced various reasons as to why she could not write herself. Meanwhile, back in Polstead, Maria started appearing to her stepmother, Ann Marten, in her dreams. So Ann told her husband that Maria had been murdered and buried in The Red Barn and persuaded him to go and dig in one of the grain barns. Sure enough Marias father found the remains of his daughter buried in a sack. Marias body was formerly identified by her sister and

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evidence was uncovered implicating William Corder. Corder was tracked down in London, running a boarding house with his wife, whom he had met through a newspaper advertisement that he had put in The Times. Here they found 2 pistols, letters containing warnings about the discovery of the body and a passport from the French Ambassador. Corder was taken back to Suffolk and tried in Bury St. Edmunds. It was unsure as to how Maria was killed; Williams’s handkerchief was round her neck, she had shot wounds to her body and it looked as though she had been stabbed in the eye. However, William was convicted of the murder and sentenced to be hung and then afterwards to be dissected! While in prison William confessed to the murder saying that he had accidently shot Maria in the eye while she was changing out of her disguise. On 11th August 1828, William was hung in Bury St. Edmunds in front of a large crowd of spectators. He was then taken to the courtroom and his body was laid out so that the crowds could file past and view it. His body was dissected in front of students from Cambridge University. His skeleton was then reassembled and used as a teaching aid in the west Suffolk Hospital. His skin, however, was tanned and used to bind a book of the account of his murder!! And here ends the gruesome tale of the woeful end of Maria Marten.

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Kicking Off A New Season

Norfolk Cup Winners 2013

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Diss Rugby club have started the Season with a new coaching team led by Simon Hill, with the combined experience of Paul Richardson, Tim Groom, Gavin Brock and Simon Cooper backing him up. Paul Cochrane, as Director of Rugby, also has a good team around him and is optimistic of a good season ahead. This year the club is captained by Giles West, the first captain to follow in his father’s footsteps. George Porter, as well as doing a fantastic job with the ground, also runs the 150 club raising much needed funds for the club and

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hosting two social events where large cash prizes can be won. George is always delighted to welcome new members and details can be obtained through the club office. Terry Cracknell continues to raise money for the club, his efforts enabling them to build their splendid new clubhouse. Alex Richards has taken over the social committee and already has a full itinery of events for the season. She also would like to hear from anyone prepared to help or who may have a suggestion for another event. They are fielding 4 adult sides and occasionally a Vets team. As ever they have a thriving youth section fielding teams from under 7 through to under 18, new players are always very welcome, no experience is necessary as qualified coaching is available. Particularly welcome are players for the under 18 team. Please join Diss Rugby Club at their Quiz Night on 26th October at 6.00pm or nearer Christmas go along to the Christmas Dinner Dance on 13th December at 7.00pm or the Christmas Disco and Karaoke on 21st December starting at 6.00pm.

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Social Aspect My name is Alex Russell and I run a web design business called Ulric. Over the next 6 months I am going to cover making your business visible on the internet. I am a long standing member of the BNI in Diss (Business Network International, it's a referral networking group) and as part of the mandatory training you learn about the VCP process, (Visibility, Credibility, Profitability). Ivan Misner the founder of the BNI says the first step to making a business profitable is getting seen... visability. After all how can anybody buy your products if they don't know who you are, what you do, where you are or how to contact you. I'm going to start with Google+ which

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“Google+ is the secondlargest social networking site in the world, having surpassed Twitter in January 2013.�

incorporates Places & Local. Google+ (or Google Plus) is a social networking and identity service owned and operated by obviously Google Inc. It is the secondlargest social networking site in the world, having surpassed Twitter in January 2013. With 359 million active users. The main reason I am writing about Google+ is because as a business person you may not know that Google have already given you a Google+ account and you may already have customers reviews on it. Now, these reviews may be great (hopefully they are) but they may not be. You could have had a customer leave a bad review and it has been on Google+ for months and you didn't know anything about it.

So here's what you need to do today, type into Google your profession and your location i.e. Plumber Diss. You should then see a section of Google with red pins on a map and your business should be one of them. Click on Google+ page, this will take you to your profile. On the right hand side you will need to click on Manage this page and follow the get started wizard. This will allow you to take control of your business account and register your personal account along with a Gmail address. Now you will be able to answer the reviewers if there is an issue and input offers or services. Of course there is a lot more to cover, but if you have a business, do one thing today, take control of your Google+.

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Business Networking International BNI - Great people in Great Businesses If you happen to be walking past the Park Hotel in Diss at 6.30 on a Friday morning, you may see many eager businessmen and women heading in for breakfast. Why? This is the home of the Diss Mere Chapter of the BNI - Business Network International - where these highly talented professionals pass round business leads and referrals to their trusted colleagues over a meal.

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Only one member per trade is permitted, and this group of exceptionally friendly people make a conscious effort to gain business referrals for one another. The whole ethos of the Network is “Givers Gain�. They hand out member's business cards when meeting someone new who could potentially use that member's products or services. Essentially, it's like having a large team of people working on your behalf to promote your business at every

available opportunity! If you are interested in applying for membership – the Diss Chapter currently has openings, amongst others, for a Solicitor, a Glazier, a Florist, a Printer and Graphic Designer, or if you would like to participate by being a visitor because you have a project which may require one or more trades, please contact Gemma on 07824 818363. Either way you will be very warmly welcomed.

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health Duathalon Man Isn’t it every athletes dream to be able to compete for their country? Well for Angus Wilkinson it is no longer a dream but a reality as he qualified to join the Great British Duathalon Team in Ottawa, Canada for the World Age Group Championships in August 2013. Gus, who resides in Mellis has always loved sport and from the age of 18 until he was 30 he played hockey for the Harleston Magpies. After his first son was born he stopped doing the hockey and just stuck with running and going to the gym in any spare time. However, a friend at work had started to do triathlons and knew how much Gus loved sport so asked him if he’d like to give it a go. So he did. He very quickly moved up the ranking and when an opportunity arose to do a duathalon in Cambridge he thought he would give it a try. This was the first time he had entered a qualifying race and he qualified to be in the GB team! “I wasn’t sure

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whether to go or not but I just couldn’t pass on the chance to wear the GB suit” says Gus. The race was a 10k run followed by a 40k cycle and ending with another run of 5K. In Gus’s age group there were 33 people and out of all these Gus came in 7th! The oldest age group was 85+; the gentleman who won gold in this group had only had a hip replacement last year!! To be able to do the triathlons and duathlons Gus has to train 8-12 hours a week. He always runs in his lunchtimes and cycles 20 miles to work twice a week. If training for a triathlon he will swim at least twice a week. In actual fact, Gus was the 2nd Brit home and as such he has qualified for Spain in May next year. “I really love the trips as it’s great to meet together with like-minded people. Next year I will be taking my whole family with me”. All of us here at YLM would like to wish Gus every success in Spain.

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Bones; Osteoporosis things you should know It's never too late to start a bone-healthy exercise program. Although people with osteoporosis may believe that exercise increases the risk of injury the truth is quite the opposite. That's because exercise strengthens bones and muscles. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, the best exercises for building and maintaining bone density are: • Weight-bearing exercise, such as walking. • Muscle-strengthening exercise, such as weight lifting. Nonimpact activities such as balance and posture exercises also may benefit people with osteoporosis. Although these exercises don't build or maintain bone density, they may increase muscle strength. Before beginning any exercise programme, it's important to undergo a thorough medical examination to determine which activities are safe for you. Programmes that maintain muscular strength can slow the

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loss of bone mineral density. Examples of muscle-strengthening exercises include functional movements and the use of equipment such as: • Elastic exercise bands • Free weights & weight machines Symptoms of Osteoporosis In the early stages of osteoporosis, you probably will not have symptoms. As the disease progresses, you may have symptoms including: • Back pain. • Loss of height and stooped posture and a curved upper back (dowager's hump). • Broken bones that might occur with a minor injury, especially in the hip, spine, and wrist. • Compression fractures in the spine that may cause severe back pain. But sometimes these fractures cause only minor symptoms or no symptoms at all. Get started today in preventing Osteoporosis with a structured exercise programme at Fit Club.

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John lost 7 stone in 5 months – and 7 years on has kept his new look When John Howard went on holiday he was teased by other beach lovers who made whaling noises and cried “Don’t harpoon him, he’s human.” At only 36, John’s weight had ballooned to almost 21 stone, he was wearing size 50 inch shorts, and was suffering from early stage arthritis because of the pressure on his knees. His doctor prescribed blood pressure tablets, he became so breathless he needed inhalers, and he would sweat so much that he would secretly have a change of shirt with him at work. John started suffering chest pains so sharp his GP warned him he would not make old age and he vowed he did not want a heart attack or stroke. His friend Paul Marks, who ran a post office, had lost 3 stone with

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Health the Cambridge Weight Plan. Paul the wrong foods, especially when I inspired John who had tried other am tired or in a stressful situation, diets, lost weight slowly, and then but I know if I have a few extras still put all he had lost back on I need to go for a walk, or simply again. cutback slightly the next day. John, who lives just outside “The feeling of being in control, Diss, would go on to lose 7 stone feeling fit, like I have a little motor in just 5 months. running inside me, Seven years on he is far more precious has followed a plan than a big bag of to keep the weight crisps which I used off and is now a diet to turn to, to cheer coach offering one to myself up!” one support to help The weight others reach their plan, developed at own goals. the University of He said: “I spoke Cambridge nearly 30 John Howard before weight with my GP first and loss, at 21 stone. years ago, has five then started and programmes. It works never imagined I would lose 7 by replacing just some, or up to all stone, and drop from a size 50 pair meals, with delicious vitamin rich of trousers with an elastic waist, soups, milkshakes, chocolate bars to a size 36. and mousses for quick and safe “I am now off all my weight loss, with the support of medications, my knees do not one to one coaching. hurt, I don’t get chest pains. I have GP says one to one support maintained my weight for seven works for dieters years and going passed the big 40 Dr Simon Rudland, a held no fears. I now do not fear Stowmarket GP, said: “The having a heart attack or stroke. Cambridge Weight Plan works “Of course I am tempted to eat very well for some dieters.

John Howard after weight loss at 14 stone, showing what just 5lb of fat looks like.

“You and your consultant work one to one, which is a very important aspect of this diet's success." After losing weight John felt comfortable to go on holiday again - and no-one is making whaling noises anymore. To start your weight loss journey please contact award winning diet coach John Howard today. John is available on 01379 678416, 0787 231 4653, or available by e-mail: johnatoakcottage@hotmail. co.uk More details are also available online at: www. cambridgeweightplan/johnh

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food & drink Keeping it Local “We want to be involved locally as much as we can” John Paul, General Manager of the new Marstons Bar and Restaurant, The Thatcher's Needle, in Diss, is talking about the future of the restaurant which will be opening on 14th October this year. Around 50-55 jobs have been created by the opening of The Thatcher's Needle, all of which have been offered to people from the local area. Even the deputy managers Sadie and Carla are from Newmarket and Pulham and both assistant managers Bec and Andrew are based in Diss. The head chef Simon Linacre-Marshall, is from Watton and has been a chef for 30 years. John Paul himself, originally hailing from the North East, has had experience running pubs for twelve years. The Thatcher's Needle is a rotisserie restaurant. The rotisserie

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itself will be front of house, creating an amazing ambience. In fact, chicken will feature highly throughout the menu, which will be fresh and exciting, especially for this new venture. The restaurant will be child friendly, with a small area for children inside, with seating nearby for parents and a children’s area outside. There will also be an outdoor seating area with beautiful pagola style enclosures for outside dining. At the front of the building there will be three booths with wooden surround. Everything has been really thought out. “The focus at The Thatcher's Needle will be mainly on the food with full service at your table, however there will also be a good bar area for those who just want to have a drink” says John At The Thatcher's Needle, they will work with the local people and they are open to ideas. They will also be supporting a local charity.

THE THATCHER'S NEEDLE

Below: John Paul, General Manager and Carla Watts, Deputy Manager.

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CHICKEN AND ROASTED PEPPER CASSEROLE

INGREDIENTS 4 chicken joints

Preheat the oven

Seasoned flour

Toss the chicken pieces in the seasoned flour. (Putting them all in a bag is the easiest method for coating them.) Heat the oil in a pan and brown the chicken pieces on both sides. Remove from the frying-pan and place in a casserole dish.

Olive oil 2 red peppers 2 large onions 350 g tomatoes Freshly ground salt & pepper 1 teaspoon caster sugar 1/4 pint chicken stock Mixed herbs Juice from a quarter lemon

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Add more oil to the frying-pan if necessary before adding the onions and peppers. Allow them to cook gently for about 10 minutes until they begin to soften. Meanwhile skin the tomatoes, halve and remove the seeds. Roughly chop the flesh. Add the onions, peppers and tomatoes to the casserole dish. Season and add the sugar, mixed herbs, lemon juice and stock. Cover and cook for about 1 hour until the chicken is thoroughly done. Serve with freshly cooked pasta and broccoli.

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THE CHERRY CATERING COMPANY

Taste of Autumn by Gemma Harvey

Autumn is my favourite season – blustery days drawing in, beautiful sunsets, wrapping up warm in my favourite jumper, snuggling down for the evening with some gorgeous comfort food. October sees an abundance of apples here is a simple recipe the whole family will love.

Toffee Apple Tart Ingredients Pastry 175 g Plain Flour 100g Butter 1 Egg Yolk Splash of water Or you can use 375g Ready-made Shortcrust Pastry if you prefer Filling 2 x 397 g tins of Caramel Condensed Milk 2 Large Bramley Apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced 20g Icing Sugar

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Method • Preheat the oven to 180C/375F or Gas Mark 4 • If making the pastry place the flour, butter and salt into a large clean bowl. • Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, working as quickly as possible to prevent the dough becoming warm. • Add the water to the mixture and using a cold knife stir until the dough binds together, add more cold water a teaspoon at a time if the mixture is too dry. • Wrap the dough in clingfilm and chill for 30 minutes. • Once rested roll out the pastry and line a 23 cm/9” loose bottom flan dish.

• Prick the base with a fork and line with grease proof paper and baking beans if you have them (if not use rice) and bake for 12 minutes. Remove the paper and beans and bake for another 2 minutes. • Whilst baking the case slice the apples and toss in the icing sugar • Remove the base from the oven and spread the caramel from both tins over the base and arrange the apple slices on top. • Return the tart to the oven on a low shelf for 40 minutes • Fabulous on its own, delicious with vanilla ice-cream!

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Nature Bugs Top left: Joanne Atkins, founder of Nature Bugs.

Nature Bugs run an outdoor toddler group at Thornham Walks. “We are outdoors whatever the weather, making use of natural shelter. We play and explore, with activities and craft thrown in. There is always a picnic snack, with hot chocolate in the winter and a seasonal story with singing” says Joanne Atkins. Joanne founded Nature Bugs in 2009. She is a qualified Forest School Leader and passionate about nature and getting people outside. She loves bug hunting, mud and fires! “Forest School is child led, it’s about exploring and discovering nature and taking

‘safe’ risks. The beauty of it is that it happens all year round, in all weather. There are activities that children may participate in, or they can just play, explore, climb, feel and just ‘be’ if they want to. It is very much supported self-exploration.” Some of the things at Forest School include: den building, rope bridges, crafts, mud play, woodcraft, singing, and much more. Forest school is £4 per child per session, payable half termly in advance. To find out more contact joanne@naturebugs.co.uk 01449 780369.

Thornham Walks, Gislingham Road, Thornham Magna, Nr Eye, Suffolk IP23 8HH Meet in car park at Thornham Walks, Thursday 10.15am - 12.00pm. 0-5 years £3per family per session. Family Forest School, Thornham Walk, meet in car park at 4pm 5-8 years £4 per child.

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Food & Drink

cyder apples

Taste of Suffolk Aspall Crisp Draught A slightly more golden colour with a little extra sweetness, an almost toffee apple quality. Makes the perfect accompaniment to heartier fayre such as bangers and mash, especially when a splosh is added to the onion gravy. Equally would work well with a slow cooked casserole. If not looking to eat so much then it works well with savoury pancakes.

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Norfolk has a long history of quality cyder making. In our Eastern Region the cyder is traditionally made from culinary and dessert apples. This means that our local cyder is stronger as there are more natural sugars in dessert apples that can be converted into alcohol. It is more like an apple wine. This is different from the west who use actual cyder apples. This cyder has higher tannin levels. Suffolk also has a long history of cyder with Aspall Cyder based in Debenham, which was established in 1728. In fact, if you look at Aspalls Cyders you will note that the majority of them are made from dessert and culinary apples. Please see our Aspall Cyder reviews for some recommendations. As Jimmy Doherty said in last month’s interview, his favourite thing about Suffolk is that “it’s the home to Aspall Cider – it couldn’t get any better”.

Aspall Perronelle's Blush Not just “a fruit based drink for the ladies” but a great alternative to the apple only cyders. There are obvious Kir Royale comparisons to be made and you could drink this as an entrée before moving on to something else but this fruity cyder can stand up on its own. Excellent on sunny afternoons in the garden but equally at home on winter evenings by the fire.

Aspall Dry Premier Cru Fresh floral notes with an almond aftertaste it really is a champagne quality cyder. Excellent on its own and great when drunk as an accompaniment to food; particularly with the salty sweetness of dry cure hams and olives etc. Also makes a great combination with oysters or fresh seafood.

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Two of Norfolk’s Finest Restaurants running to become the UK’s Favourite Tapas Venue With time running out to find the UK’s Favourite Tapas Venue, two of Norfolk’s most popular Spanish restaurants – Don Pepe and Lolitas - are fighting it out for the prestigious title. The competition is being run by artisan Andalusian beer brand Alhambra with consumers asked to nominate or vote for their favourite all-round tapas venue. The final winner along with regional winners will be announced on the 12th October 2013, Spain’s National Day. Don Pepe (NR2 4AQ) is a family-run Spanish restaurant in Norwich with over 40 years’ experience serving fantastic food. The friendly restaurant is situated in the city centre and offers delicious traditional Spanish food and drink. Lolitas Tapas Bar & Restaurant (NR19 1BX) opened its doors on 19th October 2012 and is an independent restaurant which sources fresh, local &

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Spanish ingredients to create authentic Spanish tapas cuisine. The restaurant’s menu features classics including King Prawns fried in oil, chilli and garlic and homemade meatballs. To vote or to nominate visit www.facebook.com/ CervezasAlhambraUk and follow the instructions. Anyone lodging a vote will be entered into a monthly prize draw each month to win a £100 restaurant voucher and the winning restaurant will receive £2000. Andalusia in Southern Spain is where the Alhambra beers hail from and is also thought to be the birthplace of tapas. Literally meaning “Lid”, it is thought by many that tapas first came about in Andalusia when plates were placed on top of glasses to stop the fruit flies spoiling the sherry. Soon morsels of food accompanied the plates before bars started to compete with each other, offering their own speciality tapa.

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Christmas Bookings You may not feel in the Christmas spirit at the moment but now is the time to start thinking about it! Most restaurants will already be taking bookings for Christmas so if you don’t start planning now you might not be able to have the restaurant or the date that you would really like, or you may miss out altogether. Especially if you are planning a works Christmas function, with a larger group the sooner you book it the better it will be. If you are planning to cook for Christmas then there are many ingredients that you can be buying now. For a start, October

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is the time to start making your Christmas cake. Wrap it in a double layer of greaseproof paper or baking parchment and then a double layer of foil and store it in an airtight container in a cool dry place and it will be ready for Christmas. You can also start purchasing ingredients for your Christmas pudding, Pickle, and Mincemeat. October is also a good time to start budgeting for your food and drink for the Christmas period. That way you will be able to make sure that you can afford everything that you need. Also, drink can be bought in advance so that you don’t have to buy it

all in one go! Why not try something different this Christmas? Jazz up everyone’s favourite, the Brussel sprout, using Jamie Oliver’s ‘Brussels with hustle’ recipe. Finely sliced sprouts fried with bacon, sage, garlic and a dash of Worcestershire sauce. Yum! Check out www. jamieoliver.com for more inspiration like the Winter Pudding Bombe. Perhaps break with tradition and have something instead of Turkey, like Jamie’s Easy Christmas Roast Duck, Venison, Beef Wellington or for the vegetarians a Mushroom Wellington.

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Long Lost & Found Eastern Angles’ The Long Life & Great Good Fortune of John Clare got great reviews from the press when it toured East Anglia earlier this year. Now there is another chance for local audiences to catch this outstanding production. The story centres on John - he is obsessed with Neil Diamond, pub menus but mostly the ‘peasant poet’ John Clare. His psychiatrist, Melody, is swotting up on the history of Clare trying to fathom the reasons behind her patient's unusual preoccupations. Meanwhile, Melody’s partner, would-be TV writer and literature graduate Rafe, is fixed on his own version of the Clare legend. In their search for the truth all three people reveal some startling characteristics. We think we know all about Clare -

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EASTERN ANGLES

'innocent poet’ sent to the asylum by the ‘evil Skrimshire'. On one hand he was our most loved pastoral poets, chronicler of change and recorder of nature, an ecowarrior for his time, railing against the enclosure land grabbers. But we also see him as a man robbed of his birthright, the patsy of publishers and professionals and a lunatic unfairly locked up for his visions. Clare is remembered for his life more than his poetry – lime-burner, labourer, womaniser, walker, depressive. But, in Tony Ramsay’s play, a new John Clare emerges, set free from the story of his life. Catch this acclaimed production when it tours across East Anglia and to London from October 14th onwards. For full tour dates visit: www. easternangles.co.uk

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Jack The Ripper A musical play by Ron Pember and Denis De Marne. By Harleston Players. Autumn, 1888, and in the grimy streets of London’s East End a serial killer is on the loose. At the Steampacket Music Hall, a magic show seems to go horribly wrong with deadly consequences, but can we trust our eyes? In the murky world of the London Docks, the boundaries between truth and reality are rarely clear. Based on the true events of the Ripper murders, Jack the Ripper allows the citizens of Whitechapel to tell their story and speculate on the identity of the killer in their midst. Could the local ‘psalm-singing do-gooder’ have a darker side? Might a woman be behind the killings? Or does the Ripper have blue blooded connections...? This being the East End, the locals are rarely able to sustain the tension for long before breaking into song and generally

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having a knees up, making for a highly entertaining show that combines knockabout comedy, rousing music and...murder. Performances at Archbishop Sancroft High School Friday/ Saturday 25th/26th October. Thursday/Friday/Saturday 31st October/1st/2nd November at 7.30 pm. Tickets adults £8 and concessions £6. Available in person from Harleston Pet Stores, or by telephone - Val on 01379 852845

Halesworth Arts Festival The Halesworth Arts Festival, which runs from 12th – 27th October 2013 and is based at The Cut Arts Centre, originated 12 years ago. Now a major force in the arts in North Suffolk, it attracts capacity crowds every October, who come for the chance to see top quality artists in small, intimate surroundings. The HAF is a non-profit making charity, relying on the generosity of many local businesses and individuals essential to help fund an event of this nature. Unlike many other Festivals, it receives no Arts Council, Lottery or other central Government help. It works closely with local schools, staging an annual themed art exhibition, featuring the best work our local educational establishments can offer. The festival is proud to have as Patrons: Bernard Hill, Maggi Hambling, Diana Quick, Kenneth Sillito and Julia Blackburn. The HAF is run by entirely voluntary people, both on the organising committee and at the venues. For a full list of events and any further information please visit www.halesworthartsfestival.org.uk

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motoring motoring Quality Guaranteed Looking for a new Garage for quality service and repair? There are many choices to be made when selecting a new garage to service and repair your car, but the good news is that even for new car owners there’s now much more choice out there. Once upon a time, only main dealers were authorised to service new cars during their warranty period – if the car went elsewhere, the guarantee would be invalidated. The powers that be in Europe viewed this as restrictive practise, and in October 2003 new legislation came into force, giving motorists much more freedom in their decision as to who should look after their cars. So what does this mean? Well, if you own a vehicle that is still covered by the

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"Motor Codes are committed to a code of practise backed by Trading Standards and are regularly audited by the RAC.”

manufacturers own warranty, then you no longer have to have it serviced at a main dealer to preserve the warranty. It is now perfectly acceptable to take your car to a quality independent garage with qualified technicians who use the manufacturers servicing data and matching quality parts – its part of European law! But how do you choose a quality independent garage? Personal recommendation is always a great start, but the internet is excellent too. A good place to start is Motor Codes – visit their website at www.motorcodes.co.uk to search for local independent garages. All the garages on Motor Codes are committed to a code of practise backed by Trading Standards and are regularly

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audited by the RAC. Alternatively, The Good Garage Scheme has listings for local garages. On both sites you’ll find more details plus feedback from customers – just like Trip Advisor. Check what is on offer by each garage to make sure they can cater for your vehicle – diagnostics is an integral part of car maintenance these days, so make sure your chosen garage are up to date with the equipment and training required. Guarantees on workmanship can vary too. Unipart Car Care Centres perhaps offer the best guarantee on repairs - a minimum of 12 months/12,000 miles nationwide – so if you break down away from home, one of over 700 Unipart Car Care Centres around the UK can respond to your needs.

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Collect Something Different About 20 years ago I started to collect something different. I had accompanied my wife to the local Sainsbury's and on getting out of the car I noticed, scattered across the car park, a number of perforated, date stamped, coloured discs. They were, of course, motor vehicle tax discs. I studied them more closely and found they are not only perforated and date stamped but also bear a value. In fact, they could be regarded as revenue stamps. Tax discs as we know them were introduced in October 1921 and the fee paid was determined by the vehicle's “horse power.� Having picked up a few 1990's discs, the hunt was now on for earlier ones and after pestering friends and family, I obtained some from

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the 1980's and the 1970's. These were all duly mounted up and added to my display which I showed to various philatelic societies up and down the country. The other good thing about displaying is that people give sell or swap their surplus tax discs to you and after several years I had examples going back to the 1930s. The difficult ones were the period 1940 to 1945, the war years. It was not until I displayed in a club that I managed to get some. During the interval a member approached me and said that his father had been a doctor in Belfast during WWII. As a doctor he had a car and as he was self-employed he had kept tax discs for his yearly accounts. The family, he said, still had them for the same vehicle and dated 1939-1945.

On a visit to a society in Wales a few members disappeared out to the car park and returned with a handful of their old discs which were stuffed behind their current ones. Welsh discs differ in the text on the back, N.I. discs depict the Red Hand of Ulster and Jersey, Guernsey and the I.O.M all produce their own distinctive discs. Other interesting examples are for heavy goods vehicles, agricultural vehicles, emergency vehicles, armed forces vehicles etc. What do you do with yours, why not keep them and start a new collection? This article (condensed) first appeared in 'Stamp Lover' magazine April 2013 and is used with permission. Stamp Lover is published by the National Philatelic Society, ukphilately.org.uk

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(An age where people mattered) Those who follow my articles will recall that in the late sixties I worked in a hospital as an anaesthetic technician so no wonder I enjoy hospital programmes such as 'casualty'. Recently I enjoyed the repeats of 'The Royal' which was filmed in and around Scarborough and to me it much mirrored my time working within the medical field. The writers and researchers of that whole series got their facts totally correct for example the nursing staff in their smart uniforms crisp white aprons and coloured belts each denoting the student nurses year of training along with the light blue staff nurses uniform and the dark blue one for the ward sister. I remember so clearly no one called the medical staff by name only, Nurse, Doctor or Mr for surgical consultants and they in turn always called their patients Mr/Mrs etc. There was total respect for one another in those times and helping patients to get well again was their upmost priorty whereas today it seems power and money are the main concerns and patients seem to come lower down the ladder. I suppose it takes one to be a patient before you can make this sort of statement and you can only speak as you find. Now as with all my articles I always have a complete contrast and look at whether people really matter in this 21st century, well it depends which direction you look, the parish church of Diss for example has services in a style which I grew up with as a boy and we do try and keep standards high and respect all who work for and minister to the general public as it was years ago. On our social side we have taken a big leap and the majority of event organisers now put on popular occasions that we know people will enjoy as we live in an age where people do matter. St. Marys Diss tries to listen to what people require and therefore an interesting Autumn and Winter programme, although not as big as the Summer one, is now in advanced stages of planning. More next month. Gerry Hosking.

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Diss W.I. Garden Party

Diss W.I. held their annual Garden Party on a lovely, sunny afternoon in August. Set up in one of our member’s beautiful garden there were gazebos, decorated tables and chairs set out ready for use. When everyone started arriving in an assortment of hats, sun hats, decorated hats, funny hats and some very swish hats it was a very colourful scene. One or two had to pay a forfeit for not wearing a hat! We had lots of fun and games on the lawn, a book stall, plants for sale and of course lots of chat over a strawberry tea. As always a lovely way to spend an afternoon and one of our favourite events of the year. Contact: Sue Morgan (President Diss W.I.) Telephone: 01379 650977. Email: suzyqmorgan62gmail.com

sister Victoria decided to tackle the North East’s 140-mile coast to coast cycleway. And they completed the journey this week – after six days pedalling, riding tandem with mum and dad Anne and Simon. “They’ve seen us get involved in all sorts of things for charity and decided they wanted to do something themselves. They started off saving birthday money and doing odd jobs before deciding on the cycle challenge to really give their fundraising a boost,” said mum Anne. “It was totally their own idea so we made sure they certainly did their share of the pedalling,” she added. As directors of Rosedale Funeral Home, Anne and Simon are well known locally for their support of local charities, regularly raising money through marathons and iron man challenges. www.rosedalefuneralhome.co.uk www.each.org.uk

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Tom And Victoria Saddle Up

Simon and Anne Beckett-Allen with actress Pam St Clement host of The Good Funeral Guides Awards Night 2013.

Gearing up: Tom and Victoria, front, pictured with parents Simon and Anne Beckett-Allen.

Two Scole children saddled up for their first major charity fundraising challenge – to help sick youngsters at Quidenham Hospice. Inspired by their challenge-loving parents, Tom Beckett-Allen, 10 and his seven-year-old

Staff at award winning funeral home Rosedale had everything crossed on Saturday night in Bournemouth. They had been short-listed in four categories at this year’s Good Funeral Awards hosted by Pam St Clement, well known for playing Pat Butcher in BBC TV’s EastEnders. There was great applause as Rosedale’s Dee Beesley was announced Best Funeral Arranger of the year with Paul Rackham just being pipped at the post as best grave digger of the year. “I am just speechless” said Dee “It is such a

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Journey through the Holocaust

Frank Bright, a local Holocaust survivor and researcher.

Sixth form students from across Suffolk will attend a Holocaust conference at University Campus Suffolk (UCS) presented by academic experts and a local Holocaust survivor to discuss the ways in which we remember the genocide of approximately six million Jews and other targeted groups during World War II. ‘Making a Journey: a Holocaust Conference for sixth forms’, which takes place on Saturday 21 September at the UCS Waterfront Building in Ipswich, includes guest speakers Frank Bright, a local Holocaust survivor and researcher; Professor Rainer Schulze, an expert on the Holocaust from the University of Essex; and Tony Penrose and Ami Bouhassane, who will tell us the story of ‘Lee Miller’s War’ and her journey through the aftermath of the Nazi concentration camp system. Dr Ed Packard, UCS History lecturer, said: “One of the key aims of the day is for students to think about a project to enter

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into the 2014 Dora Love Prize competition. Dora Love, a Holocaust survivor, spent much of her life raising awareness that the attitudes which made the Holocaust possible – intolerance, discrimination and outright hatred of those regarded as ‘different’ – are still alive today.” Dora died in 2011, but the Dora Love Prize continues her work and is awarded annually to the best Holocaust awareness project by a school in Essex or Suffolk. Farlingaye High School was awarded the inaugural prize in January 2013 at a presentation evening held at the University of Essex during Holocaust Memorial Week. The Farlingaye project - ‘More Than Just a Number’ - included assemblies with every year group; the sale of wristbands with a number referring to a Holocaust victim who could be researched on the school intranet; and asking students to make a pledge on specially designed postcards. To help generate ideas for the Dora Love Prize, students will participate in a range of workshops at the conference, hosted by guest speakers and UCS academics from the BA (Hons) English and History courses. Members of the public are welcome to attend the talks in the morning: this part of the event starts at 9am and ends at 12noon. To reserve a free place, please contact Dr Ed Packard (e.packard@ucs.ac.uk).

Park Radio On Monday night 9th Sept at The Swan Hotel in Harleston a team from Park Radio presented their plan to include the town, as well as Diss, in their Ofcom application for a full time 5 year broadcasting licence. Many community and business leaders included town and county councillors attended to hear from Directors and Presenters from the radio station as well as Diss Ambassadors, and Diss businessmen, Ed Nottingham & Pete Gillings who spoke in support of the benefits of having a truly local radio service for the Waveney Valley. The evening was arranged in conjunction with the Harleston Town Team/Harleston's Future Chairman Paul Stephen.

At the top of Park Radio's agenda is to provide community cohesion and help improve the economy and tourism potential of the area it hopes to serve. There was much interest shown and a wide selection of audience questions which concluded the presentation.

Pub of the Year Award...

(Left) David Williamson, CAMRA Branch Chairman presenting the award certificate to Yaxley Cherry Tree landlord Andy Watts.

One of our local pubs has been awarded the inaugural Mid-Anglia CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) Pub of the Year. The award is voted for by members of each branch of CAMRA and takes into account criteria such as the pub welcome, it's community involvement and of course the beer quality and consistency. The Branch Chairman David Williamson presented the award certificate to Cherry Tree landlord Andy Watts at a recent branch meeting held at The White Horse in Rickinghall. The Mid-Anglia area is new to CAMRA and covers around 70 pubs in the Diss area and promotes the virtues of Real Ale through events, meetings and publications. Winning Landlord Andy Watts said "It is a privilege to have won the first Pub of the Year Award for the region and we are proud that the ale drinkers of the area have voted for us". By winning the local branch award The Cherry Tree, Yaxley, was entered into the Suffolk Pub of the Year shortlist and finished second to The Dove in Bury St.Edmunds. For more information regarding CAMRA in the local area, email midangliacamra@live. co.uk

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OCTOBER Every Sunday. Stonham Barns ALL YEAR CAR Boot Sale. 8am for Sellers, 9am for Buyers. Stonham Barns, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal IP14 6AT. £3.50 cars, £5 Vans & £7.50 Large Vans. www.fishface.co / Simon Tilley on 07817 539168. First Tuesday of every month. The Art Of Life. Voluntary-led group supporting local people living with cancer and their caregivers. Roydon Village Hall, High Road, Diss. Starts at 1.45pm. Each month new activities offered; see website www.theartoflife.org. uk. Concludes around 4pm. Minimum donation £2. Info: Jay 07786 833916 or 01379 640598 First Tuesday every month. Waveney Bereavement Group. 2pm at Number 7 - Prayer & Counselling Centre, 7-8 Mere Street, Diss. Ring 01379 658956. First & third Tuesdays every month. Diss & District Camera Club. Members meet twice a month to enjoy a fun and informative programme featuring a variety of photographic events. Details visit: www. disscamera.org.uk or call John on 07808 052188. Third Thursday of each month. Harleston Friends Group. King George's Hall, Harleston 2pm, with a talk or demonstration, raffle & refreshments. Contact 01379 854099. First Thursday of every month. Diss Computer Club. At the Residents’ Meeting Room, Taylor Road, from 7.00pm to 10.00pm. Contact: Bob Morgan on 01379 650977. Email: disscomputerclub@gmail.com First Friday & third Sunday of the month. African Djembe Drumming Lessons. Friday: 10-12pm and Sunday: 2:30-5pm at 'Backspace', Angel Cafe, Fair Green, Diss. £12 per session. Jane on 01379 641233. Mondays 1.30-5.30pm & Saturdays 9.30-12 noon. PC Help Club. One-to-one PC help from keen and knowledgeable volunteers. £4 for 1 hour session. Call to book 01379 676660. The Pennoyer Centre, Pulham St. Mary IP21 4QT. Phone: 01379 676660. 1st-19th. Exhibition: David Tipling photographs - Birds & People. An exhibition in the Corn Hall Gallery. Box Office hours. Free Entry. Box Office 01379 652241. www.disscornhall.co.uk 3rd, 17th & 31st. Mixed Media Art Workshops. 10am - 3pm. All welcome to join this lovely group, run by local artist & illustrator, Angela Rawson. £15. Call 01379 676683 to book. The Pennoyer Centre, Pulham St. Mary IP21 4QT. Phone: 01379 676660.

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4th. Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia. 7.15 for 7.45pm In Thornhams Village Hall. An illustrated talk by Dame Elizabeth Esteve-Coll and Ian Collins on this major new exhibition on show in the Sainsbury Centre's refurbished gallleries, UEA Norwich from 14th September 2013 until 24th February 2014. Tickets £8 including a glass of wine and canapes on arrival. Booking essential Tel: 01379 788207. 4th. Evening Inn. 6.30pm–11.30pm. Come along to this popular monthly event. Local ale on tap & of course bacon butties! Free entry. The Pennoyer Centre, Pulham St. Mary IP21 4QT. Tel: 01379 676660.

6th. The Silver Dollar Country Music Club, The Park Hotel, Diss presents THE BUDGIE COLEMAN BAND. Doors 7pm. Music 7.30pm until 10.30pm. Members £5. Non £6. Contact John & Teresa Stannard, Committee Members on 01603 433918 or Maureen and Peter Devereux, Chairman) on 01379 643381. 6th. Bread Making Workshops. Pennoyer Centre - Traditional British Breads 1-5pm. For more information or to book on one of the workshops please telephone 01379 688374 or see the website: www. breadworkshops.co.uk 8th - 20th. Paintings and Sculpture – Brüer Tidman and Bridget Heriz. Becket’s Chapel, Church Street, Wymondham NR18 0PH. Open: Mon to Sat 10am to 5pm and Sunday 12noon to 5pm: full exhibition programme at www.wymondhamarts.com.

4th - 6th. Wreningham Village Hall, Mill Lane, Wreningham, NR16 1AN there is an Art Exhibition. Preview Evening, Friday 4th - 8pm until, 10pm. Sat: 10am until 5pm. Sun: 10am until 4pm. Info & to exhibit contact Christine Minns on 01508 488123.

9th. Film: I’m So Excited! (15). 8pm. Tickets £5 / Under 18s £2.50. Box Office 01379 652241. www. disscornhall.co.uk

5th. Music: A Night of Queen - The Bohemians. 7.30pm. Tickets £16.50. Box Office 01379 652241. www. disscornhall.co.uk

9th & 23rd. Police Drop-in Session. 11am - 12 noon. Have a cuppa with a copper in the café. General advice, enquiries or just a friendly chat. All welcome. The Pennoyer Centre, Pulham St. Mary IP21 4QT. Phone: 01379 676660.

5th. Jakes Quiz Night. £1 entry per person, winner takes all. Starts 8pm. Apollo Social Club, Harleston. Tel:01379 854205.

9th & 26th. Scrapbook Workshop. Held at Taylor Road Community Hall, Diss.

5th & 1st Saturday monthly. Harleston's Indoor Flea Market. Swan Hotel. 9.00-1.00pm. Stalls of vintage, antique, collectables, etc. Stalls £10. Enquires: 01379 855486. 6th. Come Dancing. If you love to dance come along and join us for a night of dancing to all your favourite music from our professional DJ. 7pm10pm, admission £5. Apollo Function Rooms, Harleston. Tel:01379 854205. 6th. Music: SNYSB - Songs from the Shows. 7.30pm. Tickets Tiered £9 / Level £7. Box Office 01379 652241. www.disscornhall.co.uk 6th. Music At Thornham: Orlando Jopling's Cello Pilgrimage. St Mary Magdalene Thornham Magna. Welcome back Orlando Jopling to Thornham for this recital of solo suites by J.S..Bach & Benjamin Britten whose centenary is celebrated this year. Orlando first played here in 2009 to great acclaim; since he has made a complete recording of the Bach Suites & copies will be available to buy at the concert. Tickets £10 seating unreserved. tel: 01379 788130 / mail@musicatthornham.org.uk

10th. World Culture Osiligi Maasai Warriors. 7pm. Tickets £9 / Children £6 /Family £25. Box Office 01379 652241. www.disscornhall.co.uk 10th. Attleborough Town Hall Craft Fair. Open from 10am-2pm. Tea & coffee will be available to stall holders for a donation. Free entry. For more information contact: Tricia on 01953 456323. 11th & 12th. Festival: 5th Corn Hall Beer Festival with Grain Brewery. Friday 11th: 5-11pm & Saturday 12th: Noon-11pm. Entry free. Box Office 01379 652241. www.disscornhall.co.uk 12th. Wreningham Village Hall, Mill Lane, Wreningham, NR16 1AN there is a dance to the band THE ENCORES. £6. Licensed bar, tea, coffee and rolls. Contact Christine Minns on 01508 488123. 12th. Bingo For Cash Prizes. £6 for 6 games, all monies taken paid out in cash prizes. Eyes down 8.00pm, at the Apollo Social Club, Harleston. Tel: 01379 854205. 13th. Apollo Country Music Club presents 'Bear Faced Country'. Bar, hot meals and raffle available.

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CMC members £5/non members £6. 7.30pm10.45pm. Apollo Function Rooms, Harleston. Tel: 01379 854205. 12th-13th. A Country Harvest Flower Festival. All Saints Church Thorpe Abbotts, IP21 4HS. 11am-4pm. Free Admission. A Church full of glorious flowers & floral decorations. With refreshments, produce and a warm welcome. Contact Chris on 01379 669116. 14th. Stoptober Event. Give up smoking in October with The Health Trainer. Feel the health benefits to you and your family & lessen the impact on your wallet. At Harleston Information Plus. 1-3pm. Further information : Tina Rodwell on 01379 851920. 15th. The Acoustic Session. 7pm. Another evening of all types of music including modern, blues and folk....and some jamming, featuring visiting and local singer/songwriters. Dave Thomas will be coordinating the performers on the night - just bring along your instrument. Bar with real ale & bacon butties. All welcome. The Pennoyer Centre, Pulham St. Mary IP21 4QT. Phone: 01379 676660. 15th. Information Talk With N.N.A.B. (Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind). Informative talk, discussion and demonstration of aids with Bill Dickson. 2pm at King Georges Hall. Refreshments available. information: Tina Rodwell : 01379 851920. 16th. Film: Side Effects (15). 8pm. Tickets £5 / Under 18s £2.50. Box Office 01379 652241. www.disscornhall.co.uk 17th. Theatre: Bram Stoker’s Dracula! 7.30pm Tickets £8 / Children £5 (8+ yrs). Box Office 01379 652241. www.disscornhall.co.uk 18th. Film Night - Song for Marion. Bar open from 7.15pm for 8pm start British-German comedy-drama film written and directed by Paul Andrew Williams & starring Terence Stamp, Gemma Arterton, Christopher Eccleston, & Vanessa Redgrave. Ices on sale at interval. Booking advisable - £4 in advance, £4.50 on the door. The Pennoyer Centre, Pulham St. Mary IP21 4QT. Phone: 01379 676660. 18th. Word: Luke Wright’s Stand-up Poetry Club. 8pm. Tickets £8 / Students £6. Box Office 01379 652241. www. disscornhall.co.uk 18th. The Cockrills of Great Yarmouth. Yarmouth's late 19th Century development by David Summers. Diss Musuem. Roland Buggey on 01379 641759. 19th. Family: Saturday Club - Creepy Crawly Story House. 2pm. Tickets £5 / £3 (4-8 yrs). Box Office 01379 652241. www.disscornhall.co.uk #40 October 13

19th. Karaoke Night. Come along and sing to your hearts content with our fabulous Karaoke night. Starts at 8.00pm. Free admission for members or just £1 non members. Apollo Social Club, Harleston. Tel: 01379 854205.

23rd. Film: Summer in February (15). 8pm. Tickets £5 / Under 18s £2.50. Box Office 01379 652241. www. disscornhall.co.uk

19th. Forncett Craft Fair. Forncett St. Mary Church, 11am-3pm. Admission 50p. A wide range of craft stalls, including wrought iron work, handmade jewellery, gift boxes, cards, china and linen gifts ,and home-made cakes. Refreshments and tombola. Proceeds to Forncett St. Mary and Forncett St. Peter Churches.

25th. Comedy: Shappi Khorsandi - Live! 8pm. Tickets £14. Box Office 01379 652241. www.disscornhall.co.uk

19th. Word: Griff Rhys Jones One Man in Three Boats. 8pm. Tickets £9 / Concessions £8. Box Office 01379 652241. www.disscornhall.co.uk 20th. Dumplin Country, Wreningham Village Hall, Mill Lane, Wreningham, NR16 1AN presents BLACKMORE. £5. Doors 1pm. Music 2pm until 5pm. Licensed bar, tea, coffee and light refreshments. Contact John & Teresa Stannard on 01603 433918. 20th. Come Dancing. If you love to dance come along and join us for a night of dancing to all your favourite music from our professional DJ. 7pm10pm, admission £5. Apollo Function Rooms, Harleston. Tel:01379 854205. 20th. The Silver Dollar Country Music Club, The Park Hotel, Diss presents THE DAVE DRAIN BAND. Doors 7pm. Music 7.30pm - 10.30pm. Members £5. Non-Members £6. Contact John & Teresa Stannard, Committee Members on 01603 433918 or Maureen and Peter Devereux (Chairman) on 01379 643381. 22nd. Diss Craft Club. Held at Taylor Road Community Hall, Diss.

26th. The "1066" Model Railway Show. Held at Roydon Village Hall, High Road, Roydon, Norfolk IP22 5RB (1 mile west of Diss on A1066) by Diss & District Model Railway Society, from 10am-4pm. Contact: David Hall on 01379 643045. 26th. Music: Whole Lotta Led. 8pm. Tickets Advance £13 / Door £14. Box Office 01379 652241. www.disscornhall.co.uk 26th. Bingo For Cash Prizes. £6 for 6 games, all monies taken paid out in cash prizes. 8.00pm, at the Apollo Social Club, Harleston. Tel: 01379 854205. 26th. Farmers’ Market. 10am-1pm. Locally sourced fresh produce: meats, preserves, fruit & veg, homemade cakes, Madurai curries & the Bread Brigade! Free entry. Café open all day. The Pennoyer Centre, Pulham St. Mary IP21 4QT. Phone: 01379 676660. 27th. Apollo Country Music Club presents 'Texas Tornedos'. Bar, hot meals and raffle available. CMC members £5, non £6. 7.30pm-10.45pm. Apollo Function Rooms, Harleston.Tel: 01379 854205. 29th - 3rd November It’s Not All Black and White – Jacquie Petrie and Dee Evans. Becket’s Chapel, Church Street, Wymondham NR18 0PH. Open: Mon to Sat 10am to 5pm and Sun 12noon to 5pm: full programme at www.wymondhamarts.com.

22nd. Drop In Surgery with South Norfolk Council. If you need help and general advice with Housing, Benefits or Bedroom Tax Come along to: Harleston Information Plus. 1-3pm. Everyone welcome. Further information: Tina Rodwell on 01379 851920.

30th. Diss Flower Club. Demonstration by Susan Horne. Title "Finding Inspiration." Trophy Competition "Christmas Sparkle." We meet 3rd Wednesday of the month at Roydon Village Hall at 7.30pm. Chairman, Mrs. Eileen Jacob on 01379 687608. Secretary, Mrs. Jenny Hubbard 01379 741372. New members welcome.

22nd-25th. Exhibition: Fenners Artists. An exhibition in the Corn Hall Gallery. Box Office Hours. Free Entry. Box Office 01379 652241. www.disscornhall.co.uk

30th. Film: Behind the Candelabra (15). 8pm. Tickets £5 / Under 18s £2.50. Box Office 01379 652241. www.disscornhall. co.uk

22nd - 27th. Sticks and Stones – Annette and Dan Morgan. Becket’s Chapel, Church Street, Wymondham NR18 0PH. Open: Mon to Sat 10am to 5pm and Sunday 12noon to 5pm: full exhibition programme at www.wymondhamarts.com.

31st. Theatre: As You Like It Transport Theatre Company. 7.30pm. Tickets £12 / Concessions £10. Box Office 01379 652241. www.disscornhall.co.uk

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YLM October 2013 Edition  

Featuring local news, information and interesting articles produced by experienced local staff who know the area. Covering Diss, Roydon, She...

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