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September 2012 • Issue 27


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Your Local Magazine • September 2012



LOCAL INFO 4 Diss & Attleborough Council News 5 Diss Picture House 9 The PACT Animal Sanctuary


Attleborough Tourist Info Centre

Old Buck Aerodrome


10 Attleborough Tourist Information Centre 12 Collectors 13 Events: Out & About 15 Merryfields Playschool 16 Pub Guide 18 Food & Drink 20 Planning Your Wedding 27 Property 31 Homes & Gardens 38 Senior

LOCAL BUSINESS Planning Your Wedding

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Diss Town Council News

Many of you will have noticed the new flag pole in Diss Park which is proudly flying the Green Flag Award 2012/13. The Green Flag Award was set up in 1996 and since that time it has become the benchmark of excellence for a diverse range of green spaces in the UK. It not only recognises public parks but also other open spaces such as nature reserves, ecology sites and cemeteries and even Buckingham Palace Gardens have been given the award, so Diss is in very good company. Achieving Green Flag status for the Park has been an aspiration of the Town Council for a number of years and a great deal of work has been involved to bring it up to the high standard required. An exciting new play equipment


scheme was created in 2006 and this year a new roundabout and replacement swings have been installed. Information Boards have been placed around the Mere and behind the scenes the Town Council has developed a Park Management Plan which will ensure that the Park continues to be maintained to a high standard now and for future generations. The flag was raised by Town Clerk Deborah Sarson and Maintenance Manager Robert Ludkin at a ceremony on 17th July to celebrate the Town Council’s success in gaining the award at the first attempt. The Town Mayor said that the success had been due to a team effort by staff, Councillors and partner organisations including the Safer Neighbourhood Team. The Council will have to reapply every year to retain the Green Flag and show that recommendations for improvements by the judges have been put in place, so the work continues. We are also pleased to report that the fountain is now back in the Mere having had to be removed earlier in the summer for essential repairs and it's good to see it working again and taking pride of place in the beautiful Mere.

Attleborough Town Council News Local Planning for Gypsy and Traveller Provision The Attleborough and Snetterton Heath Area Action Plan (ASHAAP) includes reference to the provision of possible further official gypsy and traveller facilities in the locality. A public meeting called by residents and held recently at Connaught Hall heard that a possible site on West Carr Road was being evaluated for gypsy and traveller provision. Whilst this site remains just one of a number of possible sites, the Council is looking to ascertain whether a public meeting with attendance from all appropriate authorities and agencies ought to be held to fully discuss the proposals and invites the views of residents accordingly. Please contact the Council on 01953 456194 or by e-mail at enquiries@ if you wish to support the holding of a public meeting on this matter. Deputy Town Mayor Councillor Eddie Wright has been elected Deputy Town Mayor for the remainder of the 2012/13 municipal year. Mr Wright replaces Shane Schucroft who stepped down as Deputy Mayor and as a town councillor in July.

Community Award The Town Mayor, Sam Taylor, presented a Community Award to Mr Bob Elkes at the July Town Council meeting in recognition of his many years of sterling service to the community. Code of Conduct The Town Council adopted a new Code of Conduct in July, following changes to the law. All Town Councillors have provided declarations of pecuniary interests and these will be available to view through a link provided on the Council’s website. Click on http:// attleboroughtc.norfolkparishes. to visit our homepage. Mayoral Engagements The Mayor, Cllr Sam Taylor, had a fairly full schedule of engagements in July, the highlights being the Mayoral Civic Service held at St Mary’s Church and being made a member of the Lions. Mrs Taylor stated ”I also enjoyed attending Holly Court’s 40th Anniversary and the Boxing Club’s award evening when it was wonderful to see the dedication and hard work of all the young members being rewarded”.

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Two More To Go

Finger-licking good for Year Six Leavers

September already and that means there are just two more lunchtime concerts left of this summer season.

Bressingham Primary School.

If you are a fan of these concerts then you need to head to St Mary's church, Diss on Friday the 21st September at 12.30 when you will be entertained by Mr John Farmer who will be giving an organ and piano

recital. Once again, as every month, following the concert there will be an optional ploughmans lunch with sweet, tea and coffee for just £3.50. Enjoy a different lunch break at St Mary's church.

Diss Picture House I have a recurring dream that Diss Picture House is open again. Even in my sleep I know that this is not possible because it closed for good on March 3rd 1973. I was there that night to see a film about Darwin, called The Voyage of the Beagle, and Robert Redford and George Segal in How to Steal a Diamond in Four Uneasy Lessons (known in the USA and on TV as The Hot Rock). When Redford sauntered off with the diamond at the end it was the close of an era for me. In 1965 I went 50 times. Life was simpler in those days. Anyone who went to see films knew that the height of ambition, the goal of life, was to get the girl and a recording contract. My younger brother and I must have seen Zulu 10 times over the years and could probably supply the dialogue if the sound was turned down. I realise now that it was not an accurate representation of Victorian times; but it was the best British action film of them all. In the 1950s we used to go on Saturday mornings. Old cinemas have a distinctive smell which still excites me. Jack Jones, the proprietor, would be there in his cap and our tickets would be taken by a girl who sometimes wore a cowboy hat. We cheered the heroes, booed the bad ‘uns and heard the sound of rolling Coke bottles and cries of “Put a shillin’ in the meter!” when the projector broke down. I can remember our bewilderment when Hopalong Cassidy kissed a girl. “Why did Hoppy do that?”

Bressingham Primary School’s Headmaster Mr. King served end of term treats to his Year Six pupils on their last day of term. “They’ve worked really hard to achieve our best ever SAT results,” he commented. “And when they requested ice-creams to celebrate I was happy to oblige.” The children will continue their education locally, either at Diss High or Hartismere High, however their memories of

Bressingham Primary school will return every time they eat an ice-cream. Facts for information Bressingham Primary School is located in Bressingham Village and welcomes children from Diss and the surrounding areas until 11 years of age. For further information visit www.bressingham.norfolk. or contact Head Teacher Gavin King on 01379 687318.

we wondered aloud as we walked home. The town’s first cinema was built in 1916 and rebuilt in 1934, the first film in the new building being the talkie Greensleeves, with Jessie Matthews. I remember the queues to see Cliff Richard in The Young Ones. A dozen years later the place closed because nobody was going. Films are not the same on television. There is something special about a large, hushed audience watching a film in a cinema. Certainly horror films lose much of their impact. I had a sleepless night, at the age of 17, after seeing The Reptile. When I saw it again on television I wondered what had bothered me. I wish the picture house was open again. As we came out, brother Simon would say, “Good, wa’n’t it”. When we got home my mother would say, “Was it good? Many there?” Poignant moments from films stick in my mind: the Borstal boys singing Jerusalem in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner; the moment at the end of The Great Escape when the guard turns, touched by the sound of Steve McQueen’s baseball taptapping against the ‘cooler’ wall; the ‘freeze’ on Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as they fall to three volleys by half the Bolivian army. Basil Abbott. (Reprinted from the 1989-91 Diss Town Guide.)


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Could we? Should we? Breckland residents’ budget consultation. Local Authorities throughout the country are facing difficult financial circumstances, and extremely difficult decisions. Breckland’s settlement from central government, which makes up about 70% of our funding, will reduce by 29% by 2015. We have no option but to review all the services we currently provide and have looked at every potential cost-saving and revenue raising opportunity; to see if things could be done differently or possibly not at all. By mid September, we will have identified a number of measures we could adopt over the next five years that would meet the funding shortfall. We are holding a series of public meetings, one in each market town, to explain these measures to our residents and businesses and to get their views as to how we should make the savings needed. Which services do local people value most and think we should retain, and which are less important to them? Change is inevitable. We cannot continue to deliver services as we do now, but we want to make sure that the

views of local people are taken into account when we re-shape the council and its role in Breckland. Meeting dates Monday 17 September at 7pm Thetford Carnegie Rooms Thursday 20 September at 7pm Dereham Memorial Hall Monday 24 September at 7pm Attleborough Town Hall Wednesday 26 September at 7pm Swaffham, Assembly Rooms Tuesday 2 October at 7pm Watton Queens Hall The feedback from the open meetings and from the online survey will be used to help inform the budget setting process and to ensure that the decisions made by Breckland take into account the views of local people. Anyone who is not able to attend a meeting can make their views known by taking part in our online survey. This will be advertised on the front page of the Breckland Council website from Monday 17 September. The Communications Team, on behalf of Breckland Council.

Calling all past and present Scouts & Leaders It’s 1st Attleborough (St Mary’s) Scouts 100th year of scouting in Attleborough. Do you have any old photos or memorabilia? Maybe you have uniform or a camp blanket hidden in your loft or perhaps you could write a short story about your time in Attleborough Scouts. As you can imagine there are a lot of gaps in our 100 year history and if you could help us fill them we would

love to hear from you – we hope to cover every decade from 1912 to 2012! Please contact our Group Scout Leader – Sue – at 1st Attleborough (St Mary’s) Scout Hut, Station Road, Attleborough NR17 2AS or email at

Charity Fun Cycle Ride All proceeds to WheelPower - British Wheelchair Sport. Sunday 30 September 2012 Start and finish at The Youth and Community Centre Shelfanger Road Diss. Start between 10.00 and 11.00 am. Register from 9.30


am. 6,10 or 20 mile circular routes Entry forms at or 01379 652825 or register on the day. Organised by Diss Rotary Club to provide sports wheel chairs.

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Supporting Quidenham Children’s Hospice Quidenaham

New Catholic church opens for Mass Quidenaham

Up coming events... Well Being / Indulgence Evening

The Park Hotel, Diss. Thursday 20th September 7.30pm onwards. A variety of therapists and stands including reflexology, massage, an introduction to yoga, the Bowen technique, Aloe Vera, handmade soaps, aromatherapy, fashion accessories, colour analysis and much more! Pay bar and raffle. Tickets £5.00 are available in advance from Pauline on 01379 650938 or Pieternella on 01379 890955.

Antiques and Collectables Valuation Day

The Park Hotel, Diss. Saturday 6th October 10am-4pm. Entrance Free Maybe you missed the Antique Roadshow when they came to Marham recently. If so, come along and have your precious items professionally valued by a team of valuers from Durrants. For only £1 per item you can have an unbiased opinion of their value and some background history. There will also be a valuation quiz with a fantastic prize and a bric-a-brac stall selling vintage items.

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) supports families throughout their experience of caring for children with life-threatening illnesses or complex healthcare needs. Fundraising office: Quidenham: 01953 715559. Email: Web:

The Catholic parish of the Most Holy Trinity, Diss on the Norfolk-Suffolk border is celebrating the opening of its new church. Dedicated to one of the 40 English Martyrs, the church of St Henry Morse is delighting parishioners who have been following its progress since building work began last November. The new church was designed by Framlingham architects Hollins, and building contractor was Blackburns of Harleston. “Our parish has been on a journey and it's very satisfying to be arriving at our destination,” said Father Simon. “I'm looking forward very much to celebrating our first masses here in this building that has surpassed my expectations in its noble simplicity.” The church of St Henry Morse replaces an older building in the town which was home to the parish for nearly 60 years, and whose sale, along with a loan from the diocese of East Anglia, provided the £1 million for the project. A large stained-glass window, baptismal font and Stations of the Cross from the old church are being used again. The altar stone is from the Carmelite convent at Langham in north Norfolk, while the figure of Jesus on the cross comes from RAF Marham and has been restored by parishioner Tony

Tanousis. Four stained-glass windows from Stowmarket's Catholic church have been restored by local artist Terri Lockton, and local craftsman and parishioner Peter Dunsmore has designed and built a series of oak benches to seat the congregation. “The late Bishop Michael Evans foresaw that a growing population in this area, together with the possibility that priests would need to say Sunday masses in other parishes as well as their own, meant we would need larger churches to bring parishioners together at any one mass,” said Father Simon. “We have implemented his vision.”


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Olympic Fever Continuing our serialisation of historical editions of the Diss Express (supplied by the Rackham family), we look at how the paper covered London's first Olympic Games in 1908‌ Opening Ceremony 'The King declared the Olympic Games of London open in the Great Stadium at Shepherd's Bush on Monday. The ceremony took place in the presence of about forty thousand spectators. It was the occasion for the most picturesque and memorable pageant of athletic sport that has ever been seen in this country.' The Cycle Race 'Another interesting event was provided by the cycle race of 20 kilometres (12.427 miles) in which there were six heats. Some beautiful racing was done by L. Meredith, of Great Britain, in the first heat. In the fifth heat there was an exciting incident when Texier, a French cyclist, was thrown over the wheels of Santorinaios, of Greece. The latter seemed to be hurt, and fell


out of the race, and Texier picked himself up and went on. 1,500 metres The most exciting event of the afternoon was the 1,500 metres flat race, being the final heat of those run on Monday. There was a general feeling that the contest lay between Hallows and Wilson, both Britishers. However, Sheppard, one of the American representatives, came through at the finish with a magnificent spurt and won. The Marathon Race The Marathon Race was won on Friday by an American J.J. Hayes, on the course from Windsor Castle to the Stadium. Never before has a contest been carried out in the presence of such an enormous concourse. The Stadium was filled with a vast audience of 100,000.

After Italian athlete Dorando collapsed and was helped by friends before going on to win, a protest was lodged. The protest was upheld and the win given to JJ Hayes. 'Thus the honour of the

greatest victory in the whole Olympic Games went to the United States. The Queen, who witnessed the finish, graciously determined to give a special cup to Dorando.

A New President... Rotary Club of Diss & District. The outgoing president of Diss & District Rotary Club, Simon Noble, installed the new president Keith Day. Keith has already shown that he has a great enthusiasm for Rotary and an energy level to match. He and his wife, Vicci, are well known throughout the area and they can doubtlessly expect keen support from all angles of the community and the club itself, of course.

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The PACT Animal Sanctuary People for Animal Care Trust.

Was founded in 1995 as a partnership between people and animals, and is now one of the largest animal welfare organisations in the country. Our aims are to relieve the suffering of animals of any species in need of

care and attention and to provide facilities for their reception and care. PACT not only helps animals to a new and better life but our animals also help people who come to the Sanctuary to benefit from interacting with our rescued animals in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. People of all ages and backgrounds, whether suffering from physical or emotional problems and those with learning difficulties, can gain or regain confidence and self-respect. The rabbits featured here are



Eric and Ernie

called Eric and Ernie, two neutered males who are seeking a caring home where they can remain together for life. They came to the Sanctuary when PACT were called by a local hospital concerned that a patient had told them that he had some rabbits that had not been fed or watered since his emergency admission. When we investigated there were over seventy rabbits,

many of whom were pregnant, living in old filing cabinets in a disgustingly filthy rat infested shed. The rabbits were suffering from a variety of diseases but with intensive care almost all of the bunnies survived and most of them have found loving new homes, but there are still a few like Eric and Ernie waiting for that special person to give them a second chance.


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Tourist Information Centre Want to know more about the local area?

Then why not pop to the Attleborough Tourist Information Centre‌. You might be surprised to know just how many leaflets about local and regional attractions, events and places of interest in Norfolk and Suffolk we hold in the Attleborough Tourist Information Centre. So, if you're planning a day out, come in to see us. The Tourist Information Centre is on the ground floor of the Town Hall and is open daily from 10am - 2pm except Wednesdays and Fridays when it closes at 12noon. It is staffed entirely by volunteers who are only too happy to help with your queries. Included in our comprehensive stock of leaflets is information promoting Attleborough and the


surrounding villages with maps, local guidebooks and magazines. We have a wide range of activities for both the young and those in their prime varying from museums, churches, National Trust properties, walks and cycle routes, animal parks, theme park etc. If you're looking further afield we have a few brochures pertaining to some major cities and other counties. There are also many brochures for coach excursions and a variety of bus and train timetables. Although we have knowledge of local accommodation, particularly bed and breakfast, and are happy to point you in the right direction, we are unable to make any bookings.

If you're interested in the arts and entertainment we can provide leaflets on theatre productions and concerts in and around Norfolk, although again we do not book tickets. We have an events book and noticeboard and are happy to display posters advertising any of your forthcoming activities. We also sell merchandise such as fridge magnets and key rings alongside postcards and greetings cards depicting photographs of Attleborough and, in the future, we hope to sell maps of Norfolk. Did you know that Attleborough has its own Community Car Scheme for those

who do not have access to a car or where there is no suitable public transport to enable them to attend medical appointments. Bookings for a community car to the Doctors surgeries, dentist, optician, Norfolk and Norwich Hospital etc can be made through the Tourist Information Centre on 01953 456930. It is helpful if you can give as much notice as possible as we have a limited number of drivers but we will try to accommodate in an emergency. You will need to pay but at a subsidised rate which varies depending on where you're going. So why not pop in to see us, you will be amazed at the information we can provide.

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LOCAL LIFESTYLE | attleborough tourist info centre

As the summer moves into autumn... We all start to think about school, work and business rather than planning holidays and days out. Here at KBA we have been expanding our offices over the last few weeks and hope that our clients will feel even more relaxed and energised when they come to see us to discuss their accountancy affairs. At KBA we always try to offer a friendly and relaxed approach but at the same time we offer a great service with competitive prices.

We still offer that all important free consultation so you can see who we are and how we work. With changes taking place to PAYE, the paper tax return deadline looming and the January tax return deadline not far away, why not come and see us and enjoy our new facilities at the same time. Call 01953 457173 or email


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Collectors & Enthusiasts Your Local

Viv Westwood


I Collect handbags! ... You cannot leave the house without one!

Gucci Your handbag must hold the entire contents of the house even if you’re just popping down the road and I regard them as my gadget of choice as after all I can never get near the remote control! Vary rarely can you find the object or item you’re looking for (I say looking for, but I really mean feeling for, you never really look in your handbag unless it’s taken you over five minutes to locate the phone, lipstick, keys - the list is endless) without emptying everything out. I have always admired handbags, but I do wonder if any other women are like me in thinking that if my bag does not weigh the same as a small child, it must be empty? My earliest memories of my gravitation to handbags came from my admiration of the smartlydressed women I watched go by


as I played as a child outside my home. I wished that the only bag I owned was not a huge ugly brown heavy satchel containing my homework, but something much more glamorous… By the mid-seventies my older sister Elaine was a working teen with an eye for fashion and bought many lovely bags with one that clings to the memory in the style of a rolled-up magazine, oh - the wonderment I had with that one!! As soon as I started work I put a small amount by each week until I had enough to purchase a black strappy handbag, I was now officially a grown up, if anybody had checked the contents it would have been plain to see that it was stuffed full of sweets, chewing gum and a rolled up copy of Jackie, so having a bag did not make me an adult!!! Over the years I have bought bags for all sorts of reasons, a


memorable purchase came during a stressful time whilst moving house, The Impulse Panic Buy!!! Gallivanting off, mincing down to Bond Street, for some much needed retail therapy, I found myself rushing into Fendi, where I bought the first bag to hand. On reflection back home I realised that this bag was neither practical or elegant so, wrestling with the price tag and my conscience, I wearily wandered back the next day. The shop assistant was most helpful and she exchanged it for a far more sensible and thought-out option which I still have to this day.

Fendi The birth of my son witnessed the “Baby Bag Years” where not only did a bag have to contain my world but also that of my infant son’s! For years I could pull out baby wipes, nappies, toys and a full set of clean clothes from a lovely Prada handbag. Even though all I really needed was a debit card to pay for the shopping.

My favourite handbag is my much treasured Mulberry Bayswater handbag in a natural colour which was purchased as

Mulberry a surprise present by my partner James. The joy and wonderment of this bag is apparent with every outing. With age and usage the leather gets softer and the odd mark here and there gives it character, it’s even roomy enough so I can even feel for my reading glasses and headache tablets (how the necessities have changed) without the big turf-out. I have several that I have purchased for special occasions such as the brightly coloured Vivian Westwood bag; it was the musthave to accompany the matching shoes and lovely dress I was wearing. The handbag has to my shame been waiting patiently for its next outing... As I have never worn the dress or shoes again, Ah Shoes!! Now there’s another passion...

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Events Your Local

Out & About Flying high at Old Buckenham Taking to the skies in a vintage Boeing P-17 Stearman Biplane, courtesy of Old Buckenham Aerodrome.

When I was given the opportunity to go up in the skies in an old vintage WWII Boeing P-17 Stearman Biplane I just couldn’t resist. The thought of flying in an open cockpit at 500 feet with the wind rushing past was a childhood dream come true. Upon arriving and looking around this glorious 1941 flying machine, with its 7 cylinder 220hp radial engine up front and its beautifully hand-carved Canadian Birch propeller, I was blown away by its sheer magnificence and could not wait to get airborne. I was introduced to Gerry Honey, Chief Flying Instructor who talked me through all the safety procedures and where we would be flying. Also if I was ok, he would perform some aerobatics, which consisted of wing overs, loop the loop and then going straight in to a stall turn, and I would feel the effects of approximately 3.5G - with that I couldn’t wait to get in the sky! With flying hat and goggles on and the engine fired up, we began to gently roll down towards the runway. Before I knew it we were up in the air, gliding gracefully – at about 60-80 knotts at 550 feet.

We headed towards Attleborough then continued to Great Ellingham where Gerry banked the plane to 90 degrees and pulled hard back on the stick to create a very tight turn to head towards Banham. Once levelled out, it was my turn to take over at the controls! Very hesitantly I slightly moved the stick to the left and the craft responded smoothly, then I straightened up and pulled back to get my horizon levelled up and made a few more turns, and hey I was flying… but I was glad when Gerry said he was taking back command of the plane!... With all this excitement I forgot about the aerobatics… Gerry raised the altitude to 1,500 feet and proceeded to do a few wing turns, followed by a loop the loop and straight in to a stall turn… all I can describe is seeing the horizon one moment then seeing nothing but sky then the exhilaration of seeing the ground and experiencing the G force as the plane pulled back up until we were pointing vertically upwards again. Then the aircraft slowed until it was hanging in the sky and a gentle touch on the rudder brought its nose round into

a vertical dive. Gerry, of course, always had complete control and once again we levelled out. At this point the adrenaline was pouring through my veins and for those who are wondering if I used the sick bag… no I didn’t - although I was glad I didn’t eat anything before I went up! After the aerobatics, Gerry flew back to Old Buckenham Aerodrome to land. Once we taxied to our final position and the engine was turned off it was time to get out, and I remember I wanted to do

it all again! I can honestly say that was the best experience I’ve ever had and all I can say is “Wow what a breath-taking experience – totally awesome!” I would recommend this to everyone. The friendliness of all the staff at Old Buckenham Aerodrome, safety and control of the plane was second to none, and to Gerry Honey, who I had complete faith in. This would make an amazing gift, or even if you would like to experience a piece of history go on and book your trial flight, it’s absolutely out of this world. By Matt Bignell.


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LOCAL LIFESTYLE | merryfields playschool

Merryfields Playschool Places now available at local playgroup

Merryfields Playschool is a registered Charity which was established in 1989 and started in the Cornhall in Diss. We are now situated at the Sports Pavillion on Shelfanger Road, Diss. We have a secure outdoor space which leads off the main room for children to free flow inside and out. At Merryfields we aim to offer a warm and friendly environment. All Children will have a Keyperson who works with each child and their family. We chart children’s progress through the Early Years Foundation Stage in a learning journey with observations, photographs and

examples of work. We have a team of dedicated staff who are all trained in childcare and education to N.V.Q. Level 3, first aid, S.E.N.C.O. (Special Education Need Co-ordinator), Child Protection and attend regular update training courses. We are registered for a maximum of nineteen children per session. Ages range from two to five years. We are regularly inspected by Ofsted and maintain a high standard of care and educational needs. We welcome all new families, parents and carers to come along and meet us to have a chat and look at what we offer.

Merryfields Competition... 1ST PRIZE Mookie Swingball set worth £24.99 - donated by Toy Box Toys NEW PREMISES 36 Mere St, Diss, Norfolk. Contact us: 01379 640003 Simply answer the question: What year did Merryfield Playschool open? All you have to do is send your answer to Merryfield Competition, Your Local Magazine, 3 Hales Yard, Diss, IP22 4AF by 19th September to be in with a chance of winning. Usual Circuit Media competition rules apply.

Merryfields Playschool, The Sports Pavillion, Shelfanger Road, Diss Norfolk, IP22 5XT. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9:15-12:15 (Term time). 01379 650001 / 01379 783784.

"My son really enjoyed his time at Merryfields, so Happy Palace would like to wish Merryfields all the best for the future" Neil, Happy Palace.

"Ashton & Co would like to support Merryfields and wishes them good luck" Marie, Aston & Co. Letting & Estate. Agents..

‘Good luck and we wish you every success in running Merryfields. Potter & Buck, Chartered Surveyors, Estate Agents & Valuers’ Bill, Potter & Buck.

2ND PRIZE £20 gift voucher for Albright of Diss - donated by Albright of Diss. 23 St Nicholas Street, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4LB. Contact us: 01379 642066 3RD PRIZE £10 meat voucher - donated by D.A Browne and Son Butchers 29 St Nicholas Street, Diss IP22 4LB. Contact us: 01379 642105.



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The Chequers Inn at Bressingham Operated by the Scottie Pub Group which has 12 units throughout the UK. Our Headquarters are in the ‘Kingdom of Fife’, Scotland.

The Group has been in existence for 3 years and operate bars in Edinburgh plus Hotels and Restaurants in East Lothian, Lockerbie, Penrith and Yorkshire. We are currently shortlisted for the Scottish Licensed Traders News annual award for the


Independent Multiple Operator of the Year. Tony Heavey (our Operations Director) and his wife Stephanie (who live in Norwich) are the on-site managers of the Chequers Inn. The Scottie Pub Group believe that the only brand worth having is that of excellent customer service which, together with the quality of food and drink on offer and the customer focus of our staff, ensures that your visit to any of our units are consistently successful.

The Red Lion, Caston In the heart of a pretty rural Norfolk village. The Red Lion nestles in the heart of Caston, a pretty rural Norfolk village, overlooking the church and green. It has been serving the local people for 300 years and we are pleased to be continuing that tradition. Although it has recently been refurbished in 2011 the building retains its fine original beams and flint stonework. A woodburner has been added to the bar to warm you in winter and there is also an open fire in the restaurant and lovely oak floors. The Red Lion serves 3 locally brewed ales alongside lagers, cider & Guinness on draught plus there is a small but perfectly formed wine list! Our aim is to offer delicious

homecooked food with an original twist at reasonable prices. As well as the full menu we offer freshly made sandwiches served with salad or fries plus our lunchtime special such as cold gammon ham, free range eggs & handcut chips or pork & leek sausages with mustard mash & roast cherry tomatoes. The Sunday roasts are already popular so it's advisable to book a table in advance. We are planning on creating an ever changing menu based on what seasonal and local produce is available for us. Please call Caston Red Lion for reservations on 01953 483858.

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LOCAL LIFESTYLE | food and drink

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Food & Your Local


A flair for Fish and Chips!

For fantastic fish and chips, head to Market Place Fish & Chip Shop and Restaurant in Diss.

It seems fish and chips have come a long way in the last few years! Long gone is the lingering smell of grease and dinners wrapped tightly in sheets of newspaper. At least that's true if Market

Place Fish & Chip Shop and Restaurant, located on the MarketPlace - as the name would have you believe - in Diss is anything to go by. Four members of the Your Local team headed in for lunch one Tuesday and were very impressed with the spotlessly clean restaurant and the welcoming and friendly staff. Someone commented that it felt much more like a proper restaurant with sturdy tables and chairs than a typical fish and chip

restaurant and we all agreed. The menu was varied and - most importantly - very good value for money. One ordered cod and chips, another went for plaice and chips and the other two went for the scampi. When the food arrived, the portions were all extremely generous and well-presented. As we tucked in, we discovered that the food was really tasty - just as good as it looked! Even the extras such as onion rings and curry sauce were declared to be

delicious. The all-important chips were really good too, in fact we couldn't fault the meal at all. Despite the huge portions, two staff decided to go for desserts too both of which were amazing. The chocolate fudge cake was huge and delicious as was the honeycomb and chocolate ice cream sundae. All in all, the whole experience was fantastic. Everyone agreed it was great value for money and decided a return trip was necessary as soon as possible!

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Ask the Chef! Dear Simon, "Lots of my home grown tomatoes fail to ripen and don't turn red. What can I do with all the green ones?" - regards Jackie Morris. Hi Jackie, a way of using up some of those green tomatoes you are always left with is to make your very own tasty green tomato chutney, its great with cold meats or just added to rice. Please find the recipe to the right, enjoy...

Competition! You could win Sunday lunch for two at The Bell Inn, just by sending your food question in for Simon to answer! Send your question along with your name, address and daytime phone number to Ask the Chef, Your Local Magazine, 3 Hales Yard, Diss, IP22 4AF or email Whatever your food query, Simon can help!

LOCAL LIFESTYLE | food and drink

Green Tomato Chutney Ingredients: 2½ kg green tomatoes 500g onions 1 rounded tbsp salt 500g sultanas 500g cooking apples 500g light muscovado sugar 1.14 litre jar spiced pickling vinegar Method: Slice the green tomatoes (you can skin them if you want, but I don't usually bother). Next finely chop all of the onions and layer the tomatoes & onions in a large mixing bowl and sprinkle with salt and leave for at least 1 hour Chop up the sultanas using a sharp knife, then peel, core and chop up all of the apples. Place the sugar and vinegar into a large saucepan and bring to the boil, stir the mixture so all the sugar dissolves. Add the sultanas to the apples and simmer for about 10 mins. Strain the tomatoes and onions in a colan der (but don't rinse), then transfer the mixture into the sauce pan and return to the boil. Simmer for about 1hr, stirring occasionally until the mixture is thick and pulpy.

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LOCAL LIFESTYLE | planning your wedding

Your Local Magazine • September 2012

Wedding... Planning your

Exclusive venue for your special occasion

Church Farm is situated in the sleepy Suffolk village of Thrandeston, just off the village green and opposite the church. If you dream of a magical wedding reception in an elegant marquee nestling in a beautiful country garden, with a menu created especially for you, then Church Farm Thrandeston is the perfect choice of venue. Each Summer Season Sharon and Andrew Colchester make their beautiful Suffolk garden available for wedding receptions. Church Farm is exclusively yours for your special day. The delights of the garden are revealed from behind an old red brick wall. Enter through the arched front gates and


walk along the arbour and you will find yourself in the front garden, where a fountain plays on the lawn surrounded by herbaceous borders. The garden offers many beautiful areas for photo opportunities and is the ideal setting for champagne and canapĂŠs on arrival. The marquees have been designed specifically for Church Farm and are located in the garden so that you can enjoy beautiful views while you dine and dance. Your reception will be tailored to your wishes with a menu created especially for you. We pride

ourselves on our friendly personal service and attention to detail to make your special day perfect.

"Whatever the celebration we have the imagination to make your special occasion an event to remember."

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LOCAL LIFESTYLE | planning your wedding

One of the most thought about aspects of any wedding is the wedding cake Every bride wants their wedding cake to be the focal point of the wedding reception table and something that guests will admire and talk about even after the wedding day. sculptured cakes becoming a speciality. Kelly recently introduced Candy Buffets and sweet trees to the business giving you some extra treats for your guests on your special day.

With so many designs and styles available the options are truly endless. Before you visit your cake designer it is worth making some decisions before hand. Having an idea of what your budget is and what sort of

cake you’d like could save you a considerable amount of time. Kelly from Eventiss Wedding Cakes has been making wonderful wedding cakes for over 7 years. The company’s reputation for extraordinary creations has become well known throughout Norfolk and Suffolk. They mainly specialise in Contemporary and Novelty cakes and chocolate


LOCAL LIFESTYLE | planning your wedding

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Your special day Trust Austin Weddings... I trained to become a photographer at the Norwich School of Photography and continued to hone my skills working closely with Brian Barrett AMPA at various studios as a portrait and wedding photographer. I have qualified for membership with both the Master Photographers' Association (MPA) and the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP). This means that you can rest assured that you employ a fully qualified, insured and professional photographer for your special occasions. As such I am often called upon by Norwich City Football Club to photograph the players for Kit launches and the shop catalogues alike and you can often see my work in their club shops and brochures. I am often complimented


by my clients that I have a natural talent in connecting with people, making them feel totally relaxed around the camera. In my experience most people do not enjoy having their photograph taken, however they really appreciate my non-intrusive manor, particularly when photographing Bumps and Babies. I am well known for my work as a photographer in Norfolk & Suffolk, but my work often takes me into Cambridgshire, Hertfordshire and Essex and last year I was fortunate enough to photograph a wedding in Antigua. As you can see I am happy to travel to wherever in the world your special day is taking place. I love taking pictures, and I love being able to capture the happiest days of people's lives, creating images that will be enjoyed for years to come.

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LOCAL LIFESTYLE | planning your wedding

A cut above the rest Looking for a top class barber. Head to Gavin Doe in Diss. With a successful barbers shop in Norwich and a familyrun barber's shop in Bury St Edmunds, Gavin saw Diss as the perfect opportunity to expand the business. Catering for males of all ages from babies up to senior citizens, Gavin Doe offers a welcoming, friendly atmosphere. 'We are happy to provide a range of haircuts and beard trims from the more modern styles to

something more traditional,' says Gavin. 'Our prices are also very competitive.' There's no need to book an appointment and you can even check your emails with the broadband service offered in the salon. Open Monday to Friday from 8.30-5.30 and Saturday from 8-4, why not pop in for a trim. For more information, call 01379 640680.


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Drew Xander Photography

Call the profesionals... Call JP's

It’s all about the couple. Whatever you want, we’ll find a way to make it happen.

Catering expertise at an affordable price.

Relaxed and professional from consultation through to final product (great range for any tastes). A career in hospitality has helped hone my people skills to ensure that everyone is relaxed and enjoying themselves. Being passionate about photography since an early age and studying


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it through to art school, it’s great to be able to share my passion for this craft with people on their big day. Many people have different preferences when it comes to how they want to remember their wedding day, formal poses, natural reportage style or something a bit different.

If you are looking for a caterer for your wedding, one that provides a professional service with the flexibility needed to accommodate even the most unusual requests; you are in the right place. Here at JP’s we understand that planning your wedding can be a very stressful time and we are here to help. We will always remember that it is YOUR day so although we will offer you advice we will never try to tie you down with a set menu or limited options. From a cold buffet to silver service or something in between we have the experience needed to

make your day run smoothly, and give you and your guests a day to remember. With our focus on service, value and customer satisfaction we pride ourselves on being able to deliver a catering service that is affordable and as individual as you are. We can cater for parties up to 200 people. So don’t compromise on your catering call 01953 859968 and talk to the professionals or email

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LOCAL LIFESTYLE | planning your wedding

Treasured memories Let Canvas Prints turn your favourite photo into a work of art.

Canvas Prints, based in Scole near Diss, turn your favourite photos into canvas prints ready to hang on the wall. Just email or deliver the photo, slide or digital image and within two to three days, Canvas Prints will have turned your photo into a work of art. It works brilliantly for wedding photos, pets, children, holiday snaps, landscapes or family portraits. They also make the perfect present for a friend or loved one. Choose the size that suits you best from 10"x8" right up

to 20"x30". You can also have it printed in black and white, colour or sepia or even have text laid over a photo. Prices start from as little as £20. If you can’t choose just one photo, you can even have a selection put onto one canvas. Canvas Prints only use high quality products and each photo is wrapped around the edges of the frame for a professional finish. So if you’d like to preserve a memory forever or display your favourite photo in a stylish way, give Canvas Prints a call on 01379742899 or 07850 088743.



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Eye care at its best Fancy using an opticians that has the latest state-of-the-art technology? Then head to Adkins Opticians of Market Hill, Diss. They are the first opticians in the local area to offer the new 3D-OCT (Ocular Coherence Tomographer) instrument. It uses state-ofthe-art technology to detect and diagnose many common eye conditions, often long before more conventional eye examining techniques normally could. The procedure itself only takes seconds and is entirely painless without any need for dazzling lights or dilating drops. 'This has been the biggest leap forward in eye care in many years and having seen the benefits that this technology can bring


to eye health, we felt that it was just too important not to be able to offer this extra service to our patients,' says Ed Adkins, Optometrist. 'OCT technology is only normally found in hospital eye departments and our service is unique to the Diss area.' OCT is particularly useful for patients who have been diagnosed with or have family histories of glaucoma and age related macular degeneration (AMD), although it’s equally relevant to diabetics and anyone who wants the reassurance of the best eye care that technology can provide. Adkins Opticians is a family run practice that has been looking after the eye care needs of the local community for the past 20 years. Their policy is of continual improvement to reflect changes in medical and product technology. For more information log onto or call 01379 650899.



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The Energy Performance Certificate is celebrating its fifth birthday The Energy Performance Certificate is celebrating its fifth birthday. Phil Glasse has been there since the beginning providing EPCs for local homeowners and businesses. We consider honesty and trustworthiness vital to the profession; after all, the surveyor will be in your home sometimes unaccompanied, so you have to be trustworthy. Phil says “You can always find cheap EPCs from

online providers, but you will have no idea who will be in your home, or even if you will get what you’ve paid for. There’s plenty of fraudulent EPCs produced and it’s the unsuspecting property owner who ends up paying twice. PEC provide energy assessments for almost all types of buildings, whether selling, letting or new build. For more information call or email Phil or visit our websites.


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LOCAL LIFESTYLE | homes and gardens

Homes & Gardens Your Local

Colour choice? When redecorating your home choosing colours can be quite a challenge, with so many decisions to be made especially if you are investing in new furniture and furnishings. If you have recently moved to the property I would always advise that you spend a couple of months getting used to the feel of the space and how you actually use the rooms before making any major decisions- most of our clients who are looking to do their first complete refurbishment of a room have lived in their home for 10 years + ! When it comes to colour we all have our likes and dislikes but where do we go from there? For me the starting point of any room is the view from the window. If there are a lot of windows overlooking a beautiful garden or courtyard, look at the colours of the flowers.

The natural partner for flower inspired colours such as fuchsia, Lilac and rose is green, a colour that can be relaxing or refreshing depending on the shade that you choose. Trees and plants are a constantly changing with the season so don’t feel restricted to the summer shades. As we move into autumn you will see the leaves turn copper and this might be the time that you are inspired! Very few of us are lucky enough to have every room overlooking a beautiful garden but where we do I think it’s lovely to bring those colours inside to be enjoyed all year round.

The colours for our studio and branding were inspired by the view from my original home office - the beds of heather look beautiful against the lush grass.


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LOCAL LIFESTYLE | homes and gardens

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New homes in Attleborough and Kenninghall Try these Bennett Homes developments. Oak Trees, Attleborough Building on the success of its first development in Attleborough at Heisker Gardens, Bennett Homes has just announced Oak Trees, a development of 22 properties including houses, large bungalows and chalet bungalows set around a central area of open space. Located off Slough Lane, Oak Trees offers homes to suit all ages and stages – from growing families to independent retirees. All traditionally-built properties are finished to a superior specification and include contemporary features such as rainfall showers, built-in wardrobes and stylish kitchens with matching worktops and upstands. Energy efficient air source technology with even-temperature underfloor heating on ground floors provides a flexible and ecofriendly alternative to fossil fuel boilers with the added benefit of lower energy bills. All properties have generous gardens and garages and to support the environment, roosting boxes are installed on some garage eaves. The public open space is retained by Bennett Homes and home-owners simply contribute an annual sum to cover the management and maintenance of the area. Attleborough, located

between Thetford Forest and the historical city of Norwich, has an impressive high street with a wide range of shops, amenities and opportunities for leisure activities. An attractive station provides regular rail links to Norwich, Ely, Cambridge and London and road networks give easy access to East Anglia’s towns and cities including a park-and-ride service into Norwich city centre for first class shopping. Nearby there is the surrounding Breckland countryside, the unique wetland landscape of the Broads and the Norfolk Heritage coast. Millfields, Kenninghall Bennett Homes has just released the final phase of homes at its popular and established development at Kenninghall in Norfolk. On offer at Millfields is a selection of ten properties: seven three storey four bedroom townhouses in a Norfolk-style terrace of cream and salmon render and brick; two four bedroom detached homes with generous reception rooms, garage and garden and a two bedroom gatehouse. Prices start from £149,995 for the two bedroom gatehouse. The family-run company offers exceptional quality and

craftsmanship with all homes architecturally-designed and covered by the NHBC 10-year warranty. To enable customers to make their home their own, they can also choose their internal fixtures and fittings including kitchen unit doors, worktops, tiles and taps in a comfortable setting at Bennett Homes’ dedicated Customer Choices Centre at its Nowton headquarters. Millfields combines the charm of a country lifestyle with the benefit of homes for contemporary living. Located in a picturesque village setting, there is easy access to other towns and cities offering a broad range of amenities. Eccles Road railway station is only three miles away with regular train services to Diss, Norwich, Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge and London. Local facilities include a primary school, pre-school nursery, doctor’s surgery, village shop, post

office, garage and two pubs. Bennett Homes was recently named House Builder of the Year 2011 by the National Federation of Builders. It currently has sites at Mundford, Downham Market, Wereham and Attleborough. Further information from Bennett Homes on 01284 766057.




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Keep Yer Heel Down Bor! Wotcha!... The question is often asked, “where were you?” on an important date in the world's calendar. I'm going to ask where were you on Monday 6th August at 5pm? That was when we had almost an inch of rain in 3hrs. I hope you weren't cycling home from work! It was an amazing storm – I stood at the kitchen window and literally watched the rain gauge fill up. Thankfully we've had a bit of summer since then, especially on Saturday 18th Aug. when temperatures soared to 30C+ (86F). Always experiment in gardening. I started three experiments this year – one I told you about last month – discovering that, yes, smaller seeds do produce less yield. The second experiment was a complete flop – namely trying to discover whether french marigolds keep carrot fly from destroying your carrots (as I've always doubted it). This might have been a success had any carrots germinated! But for some reason, despite being sown in absolutely perfect conditions they didn't. Ho-hum. And the third experiment? Everyone knows you can't compost weeds – the seeds will live on in the compost and then germinate when you put the compost back on your garden – but what you can do is make a compost heap of weeds only. Make the weeds work for you! Above you can see butternut squashes healthily growing from a compost heap of weeds. You will need to cover the composted weeds with black plastic to prevent the weeds from growing, then makes holes for your plants. Keep on a troshin' and remember, a bulb is a potential flower buried in autumn never to be seen again! Mark Aiken.

LOCAL LIFESTYLE | homes and gardens

Tools wanted... The Vine Church, Eye are appealing for old (or new!) tools for their Harvest Celebration on Sunday 9th September at 10.30am. This is because the charity they will be supporting is Tools With A Mission (TWAM). With headquarters at Ipswich, TWAM are very much locally based and for over 25 years have been collecting and refurbishing tools and sending them overseas. The difference the tools, sewing machines, cycles etc

have made to people in poorer countries is almost immeasurable, but in many cases has enabled a recipient to start their own business or join a co-operative group to help lift them away from poverty. The Vine Church will be open all day on Saturday 8th September 9am – 5pm (this is also the Churches Cycle Ride day) to receive any carpentry tools, gardening tools, cycles, sewing machines etc, that you can spare.



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Senior Section Your Local

Nationwide carers

Who am I ?

Services provided to adults since 1980.

I could be old, but I could be young, or anywhere in between. I could be male, or female. Am I stupid?

Angela Gifford MD, Able Community Care

Able Community Care has been providing live-in care services nationwide since 1980. Their services are provided to adults who want to remain living in their own homes. In addition to providing permanent live-in care at home on a long term basis, Able can also provide the following care packages: • Respite care for family carers who need a well-earned break.


• A carer to accompany a person who wants to go on holiday or to visit relatives. • Long term care to a person who wishes to share the care. For example, Able can provide one or two weeks of care, then the family the next period etc. on a flexible, rotational basis. • A "Home From Hospital" care package offering convalescent live-in care at home. Able's website com provides a broad range of information on social care and you can also subscribe to the free weekly care Newsflash. Angela Gifford MD, Able Community Care.

I don’t think so, nor do most of my friends. Do I look any different than you do? No. Do I feel emotions any differently to you? No. Have you guessed who I am yet? No? I will tell you. I was the person sitting next to you who did not own a computer, nor know how to use one. Shocked? Some people are, they think I’m very strange. There are many ways that I could have reached this point in my life with this problem. Mine was quite easy, computers just seemed to pass by me. My family didn’t have one, so I didn’t have one. They didn’t need to use one, so they didn’t. My life is more complicated, I did need to know how to use one, but I couldn’t. It was made worse by the attitude of some people who are lucky enough to know how to use one. As I tried to learn, they laughed, they called me ‘stupid’ or ‘slow’, making fun of what was basically just a lack of knowledge. Even they had to start somewhere! And it hurts to be treated like a fool when I know I am not. I wanted to be like you! But perhaps with a bit more sympathy for those like me. So what did I do about it? How could I learn this difficult art of computing?

First, I had to overcome my fear of ridicule. I didn’t deserve it, and it was not helping. I can learn just as much as you can, I just need the right tuition and conditions in which to learn. Someone sympathetic to my plight, with patience and empathy. And were there any of these teachers around, and if so where did I find one? I found one in the local Library. It used to be just books, but now they have computers you can use free, and someone to show you how to use them. There are other places too, just ask in your local Information Centre, they’ll know. I’m like you now. I will soon know as much as you, but I will help others who were like me, so we can all join in the electronic life. Remember, you can find those who will share their knowledge and skills sympathetically, I did! A synthesis of the stories of people struggling to learn how to use a computer when everyone else seems to know already. Barry Woods.

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…the public not only have the right to know, they NEED to know!

Gary Streeter There are some aspects about Wills, Powers of Attorney and estate planning generally that are routinely accepted as fact, but are either not true all, or are different to what we perceive them to be. But alas no one bothers to put us right, and so we blithely carry on making important, possibly life changing decisions, based on duff information! Here is one very good example: Most couples own their homes as joint tenants thinking


this to be the best option (and only option?) because no one bothered to explain things to them. Wherein In fact it’s usually more beneficial to be tenants in common; and if more home-owners had known this then fewer homes would have been lost to nursing care fees! A newer development concerns the decision making of about health treatments for adults who are unable to make or indicate their own wishes. Despite popular belief the medical authorities have no need to heed the wishes of the family/spouse or next of kin. The final decision rests completely with the medical team unless the adult patient has a Lasting Power of Attorney (welfare) or an Advance Directive (Living Will) in place. Families can, and do disagree about someone else’s medical treatment. Therefore the medical team will examine all other evidence to help them determine

what the patient’s own wishes would have been. For this reason the presence or absence of Lasting Powers of Attorney are now being seen as a good indicator of the patient’s wishes. No LPAs of any kind gives a strong message that the patient doesn’t want his/her family to make any decisions on their behalf, financial or medical. An LPA (property) only, and you want your family to make financial decisions for you, but not medical ones! All of which may be the complete opposite to your true wishes. An LPA (property) is an incredibly useful document and can save a family from a massive financial headache. However it now appears that by not arranging an LPA you are potentially misleading your medical team (and possibly the courts) about who you prefer to make medical decisions for you! We want everyone to have the protection of BOTH types

of LPA, and so our LPA price is competitive and a second LPA even lower. Having both LPAS is the only way to ensure ALL your decision making will be in the hands of someone you trust rather than the state! Incapacity can strike without warning. Make sure you have your arrangements in place NOW and ensure your family avoid any additional problems. Garry Streeter Beauwater Estate Planning & Services 01953 451930 or 01223 322278.

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Motoring Your Local

The New Yaris Hybrid now available to test drive... At Dingles Toyota Attleborough.

"Most desirable Yaris in the range. Stylish, well equipped and refined with the lowest emissions and ownership costs of any city car." The new Yaris Hybrid provides the same ingenious packaging and agile handling that’s prominent with the Yaris, combined with the high efficiency and refined driving experience of the Toyota Hybrid Synergy power train that drives the Prius.

The Yaris Hybrid features a smaller, lighter version of the HSD technology, with a new 1.5 litre engine and more compact electric motor and battery pack. The Yaris Hybrid offers CO2 emissions from just 79g/km and amazing fuel economy from 80.7mpg. Key Specification includes Front Fog Lights, 16" Alloy Wheels, Rain Sensing Wipers, Electric Windows and Dual Zone Climate Control. For further informaton please contact Dingles Toyota Attleborough, Buckenham Road, Attleborough, NR17 1NB, 01953 458200 or visit





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Charity run

Harleston Jobs Club

See 'Your Local' run...

Every Wednesday, drop-in 10am – 2pm.

The staff from Your Local Magazine are taking part in a charity run for the East Anglian Air Ambulance in Tibenham Airfield on the 30th September, and would be pleased to receive any sponsorship or donations... Please call Karen on 01379 648010 for more information or visit yourlocalmagazinerunwayrun2012 for online sponsorship.

Over the last 4 weeks the Jobs Club has welcomed 12 new jobseekers and has seen an average of 17 members attend the coffee morning each week.

Learn Karate ‘Richard Vince began teaching Karate in Diss, at the Youth Centre, in 1979. The classes thrived and he soon expanded to Harleston in 1980. These two classes are the root of what has now become ‘The Black Belt Academy’ which has a permanent, full time headquarters in Norwich. Diss classes are taught by Richard’s son Tom who has been involved in Martial Arts since the age of 3. Tom has helped develop the ‘Little Dragons’ programme for

3 to 6 year olds which is thriving in both Diss and Harleston. Karate is a great tool to build self esteem & confidence, as well as being a fantastic family activity. Beginners classes are forming now for adults, children & families. Go along to 2 classes free of charge to find out if you enjoy Karate. It could be the best thing you ever did!’

Summer Success The Jobs Club team have been very busy during the summer months helping their members find employment and offering additional support in order to aid this process. They have helped 9 members create a new CV to send out to potential employers and 11 members have received professional 1:1 support from a Careers Advisor. They have also held a ‘Start your own Business’ workshop which was very well attended and they are looking to hold more of these workshops in the future. Finally, they would like to offer congratulations to 9 of their members who have found permanent employment and wish them every success.

What’s on in September Careers Advice – Tuesday 18 September 9.45am-3pm – please book. A professional Careers Advisor will be holding 1:1 appointments offering additional support if you are looking for work or seeking training/learning opportunities. IT Help – Wednesday 12 September 12.30-2pm – please book. Help with anything IT from sending emails to job searches. EMPLOYERS – advertise your vacancy for free at the Jobs Club and reach local jobseekers. For more information and up to date details of events please contact Lucy Marjoram on 01379 851920 or email jobsclub@


LOCAL BUSINESS | focus on wills yard

Your Local Magazine • September 2012

Focus On Wills Yard Your Local

What was there before?

A Brief History of the Yard... Wills Yard has been the home for many businesses over the years but this photograph taken in the 80's shows the businesses that were operating from the yard then. Discount Bed Centre was in the main building, Andy’s Aerials was where the cardboard store used to be. Diss Lawn Mowers and Michael Wilby Carpenter on the left hand side. At the turn of the century, the yard now known as Wills Yard in Chapel Street was the Diss Fire station. The main building was where the fire carts were kept, and the horses that were used to pull the carts were kept in the stables that used to be the

right hand side of the yard. It must have been quite a performance for the fire officers to harness up the horses as fast as possible to reach the fire. The yard was then eventually owned by the local council, who used it as a building yard. In the late 50s it was put on the market and purchased by Mr G.A.M. Wills, who used the double storey main building in the yard as a new and second-hand furniture shop, beyond the front showroom to the right was the office and new mattress department, which had a very small coal fire which was the only form of heating in the whole building.

This was in the days before ebay, and flat pack furniture was in its infancy, so the furniture of the day was good, solid, war time utility stuff. He bought the furniture either from local people who were clearing out or from his once a week trips to London, where he bought at the auctions. All the prices were open to bargaining and he would deliver for no further cost. Before the extension of the building at the front of the car park which is now Sundown Guitars, three of Semmences Coaches would bus people into the town and park up there every Friday. What is now Orchard Frames was the lino

department and where Rushall Dolls House shop now reside, was previously a store for China and Glass hire. The main building is now home to the recently expanded Diss Furnishing Fabrics Jeff and Liz having moved from next door where the Rushall Dolls House shop is now. Over in the opposite corner used to be the paper and cardboard store. Mr Wills, or Gammy as he was called, was really ahead of his time, as he used to collect all the old newspapers and cardboard boxes from around the town flatten, tie up and store until he had enough to fill a lorry and then it would go for recycling.

For all your framing requirements Step in to Orchard Frames.

ORCHARD FRAMES Quality Picture Framing Service and Gallery Prints - Oils - Water Colours - Moulding Ornate Frames - Mountboard - Glass We make frames to fit your Embroideries - Oils Watercolours - Posters - Medals - Photos - etc

Wills Yard, Chapel Street, Diss Tel: 01379 644968


Orchard Frames has been trading in Wills Yard since 1993, and current owners Mark and his wife Stacey are happy to spend time with each customer to find frames to suit a piece of art, either with a stock frame made on the premises or produce bespoke frames to suit customer requirements. Previous customers have wanted everything from clothing and swordfish bills to fossils framed. The shop has 450 different mouldings in stock and 80 colours of conservation mountboard. Orchard Frames offers a dry mounting service for commercial prints, posters and non-gloss

photography which keeps the work flat and greatly improves presentation in the frame. Dry mounting can improve the appearance of creased and crumpled art work, but the remedial aspect of this process does have limitations. There is an art gallery as part of the shop offering prints, originals and limited edition prints by local and national artists.

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It's a small world Rushall Dolls House recently moved to Wills Yard to join the other specialist shops in this attractive location. With over 10,000 different products available, the range extends from model houses and an assortment of other buildings to interior and exterior decoration, lighting, soft furnishings, flooring, furniture and accessories. It boasts a great selection of DIY products, including adhesives, paint, fimo, wood, electrical tools, hardware and all sorts of bits and pieces for model makers and hobbyists. The miniatures serve as unusual cake toppers for that special occasion! Rushall Dolls House specialises in fine quality British made and handcrafted miniatures and have items available for all historical eras back to Tudor times. They also stock a large range of imported

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Calling all musicians Sundown Guitars Music Store at 7 Will’s Yard is a real musical treasure trove.

furniture and have something for all tastes and budgets. Not forgetting the younger ones, there is a selection of dolls houses, shop boxes and furniture suitable for children. For those who would like assistance with their project, they will build, electrify and/or decorate the model. Just ask for a quote. Owner Bryan Pearson has run the business for three years and sells an extensive range of guitars. He also offers a range of accessories including cases, amplifiers and microphones, not to mention pre-owned guitars. You can also buy instruments on an interest free credit scheme, “Take it Away” New teaching rooms allow for on-site tuition of guitar, piano, saxophone, ukulele and drums. There is a resident guitar wizard and

tutor, Will Hilton, who gives lessons to people of all ages, abilities and styles. Sundown Guitars also offer guitar set-up, maintenance and restoration for both electric and acoustic guitars. For more information call 01379 871530 or 013799 644888 or log onto www. sundownguitars.



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Broadland District Councils Eco & Business Training Centre Broadland Council Training Services (BCTS) are pleased to announce that the new Eco and Business Training Centre in Rackheath is open for business. The environmentally friendly building has been built to a very high standard utilising local companies and services wherever possible. With triple glazed windows, substantial insulation, solar PV and solar Thermal panels. Rainwater harvesting and an Air Source Heat Pump, the building achieves extremely high eco standards. Two state of the art business training rooms are fully equipped with the most up to date facilities and in addition there is an ecolaboratory and an eco training kitchen. A wide selection of business and personal training courses are available to companies and residents including social media, health and safety, digital


photography, IT, customer service and the free business start-up training programme. BCTS are currently offering a selection of free training to Broadland businesses employing more than one and less than fifty employees, to help businesses in the economic downturn. Whether you wish to learn for business or pleasure and would like further information on courses, please contact the BCTS Team on freephone 0800 389 1113 or visit trainingcourses


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Networking Your Local

Business Network International Help your business to grow

21st September

Ever wondered how BNI membership could help spread the word about your business to potential customers? Then read on... 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? Because this is the home of the Diss Chapter of the BNI. The BNI - Business Network International - was formed 26 years ago. Around the world there are now 6,866 chapters and 139, 971 members. Each chapter allows only one person from each trade or profession to join. The way that it works is that all members carry copies of each of their fellow members cards with them. When they meet someone new that could use a fellow member's products or services, they hand over their card and personally recommend them. It's like having dozens of sales people working for you! 'In the UK and Ireland alone, there are 611 BNI Chapters that in 2011 gave 670,222 referrals, leading to business worth £269 million.'

Dan Kelly, Managing Area Director, BNI Norfolk explains how the BNI works and the benefits of membership. 'The BNI is an organisation that exists primarily to help its members find good quality business leads through a structured word of mouth program. The principle that all members operate by is ‘Givers Gain’ – in other words they recognise that if they help find members business it is highly likely members will help them find business in return.' So how does someone become a member? 'To take part in the BNI referral system program the first thing to do is to visit a chapter,' explains Dan Kelly. 'It is very important for potential members to understand exactly how a BNI chapter works and what is involved in order that they can make an informed decision as to whether to apply for membership or not. They will be warmly welcomed and have every aspect explained.'

Visitor Day

But how do you arrange to visit a chapter? 'The thing to do is contact a member of the chapter and express that you would like to visit and they will book you in at a convenient time for you,' says Dan Kelly. 'Don't forget

Contact: Lanassir Lawes 01379 687542

that you will need plenty of business cards as the members will be very keen to know how to find you business. You will also need £10 for the meeting fee which does include a lovely breakfast.'

Here, members of the Diss Chapter explain the benefits of BNI membership: 'I find BNI is more than just about getting new business, it helps with confidence levels and make you think about the way you run your business. BNI works because we meet every week and really get to know about what each others business is all about. In my business I find it really useful to have a bank of tradesmen that I know and trust that I can call on to do a good job for my clients. Lanassir Lawes, Swank Interiors. 'Waveney Tree Specialists joined the BNI 3 months ago because I attended a meeting as a visitor and was impressed by the total professionalism of the group. The BNI works because everyone tries to help each other by personal referrals. This is far better than advertising as the customer knows they are getting qualified experts that have been tried and tested. It has certainly worked for us.' Joan Garnham, Waveney Tree Specialists. 'Since I have joined my business has grown from strength to strength. It has given me the confidence to go out and network and it has made me think about how I see my business grow and where I would like to be in 5 years from now. I would always recommend BNI but would also suggest people look at the individual chapters first to see which one is most suited to their business needs.' Matt Porter, gr8glass. ‘There are, and there is room for many different types of network organisations. The beauty of BNI is that it is run like a business and the members of each chapter all have a vested interest in making sure everyone in the chapter gets value for money from their membership’ Stuart Silkstone,

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Diss on View

Businesses on Parade - Gold Medallists All! Diss on View 2012 presented by DBF and Hales Group Ltd.

Do shaky economics shake East Anglian business? With the date of DBF's popular Diss on View business fair fast approaching, title sponsor Hales Group Ltd weighs in on the Anglian economy, jobs market and the relevance of events like DOV. Hales Group Ltd Diss branch manager, Michelle Denny says, "The jobs outlook in the East Anglian region remains buoyant despite national press talking down the economy – the latest Report on Jobs commissioned by the Recruitment and Employment confederation saw businesses giving an audible sigh of relief as official employment figures indicated some signs of


improvement. However there is still a high degree of uncertainty in the jobs market and it is likely that the “Olympic Effect” is combining with the traditional seasonal period to distort figures. What we can say with certainty is that there is a higher demand across private businesses offsetting the slowdown in the public sector recruitment market meaning that thriving entrepreneurial areas like South Norfolk are amongst the best places to be looking for a job. Hales Group are delighted to support Diss On View again and look forward to meeting other local employers and discussing ways to make sure Diss retains its diversity

and dynamism in these complicated times." Taking Part on the Day Although exhibitor places for this 6th incarnation of DOV sold out quickly, visitors can still enjoy the best of British business while doing some business themselves. Tickets at £15pp are available for the Networking Brunch 11.30am - 1.30pm, an excellent opportunity to entertain clients and colleagues just prior to the Official Opening at 1.30pm by South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon, and Diss Town Mayor, Graham Minshull. And after the close of DOV, wind down and consolidate networking at

the fizzy Cocktail Workshop, £12pp. A range of exhibitors from across East Anglia ensures universal appeal from test-driving a brand new BMW or MINI to interior design, taste treats, foodie demos and the service businesses that keep everyone on track. Full details of the day and the booking form can be found at Bookings close 7th September. Jenna Cox, spokesperson for DBF, also notes "how proud DBF is that so many of those involved in this year's Fair have added their support for our two Charities of the Year, Diss First Responders and Macmillan Cancer Support. Our businesses have hearts of gold!"

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Chapel Doors New door opening

It's an exciting time for local family-run business Chapel Doors as they move into their new home. industry for 30 years, the company is doing so well it has just moved into new, larger premises at Unit 21, Court Industrial Estate, Vinces Road, Diss. In 2003 Phillip's wife Jayne joined the company and they now employ 8 staff, covering the whole of Phillip Ramsay with his wife Jayne East Anglia. 'On July 2nd 2012, we For the past twelve years local business Chapel Doors has made moved into our new premises off Vinces Road, which is quite quite a name for itself. Set up in 2000 by Phillip an achievement in this present Ramsay, who has been in the climate,' says Jayne Ramsay.

'The premises allow us to have a larger office space and a showroom area where clients can come in and discuss their door, gate or awning with samples and brochures readily available.' The business started with garage door repairs and installations. Soon it expanded into automatic gates, shop doors and, most recently, awnings. For residential clients, Chapel Doors specialise in the installation,

repair and servicing of automatic garage doors, automatic gates and automatic awnings. They deal with a wide range of doors from roller doors to up and over and sectional doors.


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'Both Phillip and I are passionate about the company and care about our clients. We pride ourselves on a great aftercare service.'


Over the last 18 months, the company has also launched CDL Entrance Solutions to cater specifically for their commercial clients. CDL Entrance Solutions specialises in the installation, repair and servicing of aluminium shop fronts, automatic doors

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(including swing, sliding and revolving), roller shutters and barriers. The company has a range of accreditations including Safe Contractor, ADSA (Automatic Door Suppliers Association) and DHF (Door and Hardware Federation). All engineers have several years experience and are

highly qualified in their field. 'We are on hand 24/7 should you have any problem with your entrance, so you can be assured of a prompt service,' says Jayne. 'Our aim is to satisfy all client requirements and we promise you a friendly service and a high level of after-sales service.' For more information on CDL Entrance Solutions, log onto their new website Residential customers should look onto or call 01379 651959.

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LOCAL EVENTS | diary of events

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What’s On... In September! To add your event, please email New Modern Line Dance Class. Wednesdays at Attleborough Snooker Centre, London Road, Attleborough NR17 2BX. Come along to a fun, social class learning how to dance to all styles of music in a friendly and fun atmosphere. No partner required, all ages, male or female. Beginners 12-1.25pm Intermediates 1.35-3pm. £4 per session. Wear comfortable shoes. 07851 350704 for any further details. 3rd-15th. An exhibition in Diss Corn Hall Gallery. 11am-4pm Mon-Sat Free. The Waveney Springs Art Collective. All works are for sale. The exhibition runs consecutively with the Art Trail and Art in Diss shop windows. Diss Box Office 01379 652241., www. 7th. Feline Care Charity Bingo Night. 7.30pm, Function Room, Attleborough Snooker Centre, London Road, Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 2BX 7th-8th. Heritage Open Days. 11am-4pm Free. Diss Corn Hall is a Grade II listed classical hall built in 1854, and is believed to be the last corn exchange in England to be used for its original purpose. Diss Box Office 01379 652241. www.disscornhall., 8th and 9th. Shimpling St George annual national Heritage Open Days between 10am and 5pm. The Norman round-towered church of St George. – Open Day, during the afternoon there will be someone on hand to share some of the stories the building, and people associated with it, have to tell. Contact: Maurice W Philpot on 07817 108239 ( or Sheila Cooper on 01379 740990. 8th. Messy Church. From 10-12pm at Diss United Reformed Church. (opp Co-op), Mere Street. The Story of Joseph and his brothers. Make a coat of many colours, dream pictures, loaves of bread, a goblet and silver coins. Enjoy a light lunch together. For all ages, entrance free. 9th. 96th Bombardment Group Museum Open Day. New Eccles Hall School, Quidenham, NR16 2NZ. Visit


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9th. 'Come Dancing'. Enjoy a night of dancing to all your favourite music from our professional DJ. 7.00pm - 10.00pm, admission £5. Apollo Rooms, Harleston. Tel: 01379 854205. 9th. The Silver Dollar CMC, The Park Hotel, Diss presents THE BARHOPPERS. Doors 7pm. Music 7.30pm until 10.30pm. Members £5. Non-Members £6. For further information please contact John and Teresa Stannard, Committee Members on 01603 433918. 12th. Illustrated Talk: WHO WERE THE HAN? China’s Han Dynasty: notes on an exhibition by Dr Michael Loewe. At Thornhams Village Hall, Thornham Magna at 7.30pm. Tickets including a glass of wine and nibbles £7. Tel: 01379 678409. 12th. The Artist (PG). 8pm and Saturday matinee 15 Sept 2pm Tickets £4 / Under 18s £2. The thought of a silent film sweeping the board at the Oscars sounds preposterous. But The Artist is not quite silent – it has a great musical score. Diss Box Office 01379 652241. 14th. Baroque Theatre Company presents Veronica’s Room By Ira Levin. 7.30pm Tickets £10 / £9 Concessions. This chilling thriller by the author of Rosemary’s Baby, takes you into an absorbing web of fantasy and reality. http:// Diss Box Office 01379 652241. 15th. Steven Finn. 8pm Tickets £8 / Concessions £7. Described as ‘One of the best young acoustic guitar players on two legs’, Steven Finn has played with Martin Carthy, Watermelon Slim and Elvis Costello and in 2010, he was number one in the UK Blues chart. English folk and Delta blues provide a backdrop to Finn’s songs. Diss Box Office 01379 652241. 15th. Wreningham Village Hall there is a dance to the band MISTER BUSS. Music 8.30pm until midnight. £6. Licensed bar, tea and coffee. For further information please contact Christine Minns on 01508 488123.

16th. Apollo Country Music Club presents 'American Spirit', plus country disco. Bar, hot meals & raffle available. 7.30pm - 11.00pm. Admission £5 Members / £6 Non Members. Harleston, Tel: 01379 854205. 16th. Feline Care Autumn Open Day - 123pm. Feline Care Cat Rescue Roudham Road. Come along to our Autumn Open Day and help us raise funds for our moggies. Entrance is £1 for adults or 50p for under 16's. We look forward to seeing you there! 16th. 1st Diss Cub, Scouts, Beavers and Guides are holding a Car Boot Sale on the Diss Mere Park. 7am-1pm. This is to raise funds for The Heywood Road Headquarters and equipment for activities (inc. outdoors) and camping. 16th. Dumplin Country, Wreningham Village Hall, Mill Lane, Wreningham presents LONGSVILLE. Tickets £5. Doors 1pm. Music 2pm until 5pm. Food available, tea, coffee and licensed bar. For further information please contact John and Teresa Stannard on 01603 433918. 17th-29th. An exhibition in Diss Corn Hall Gallery. 11am-4pm Mon-Sat Free. F/6 - Debut.This is the first exhibition by F/6, a group of local enthusiastic photographers. Evening viewing Wednesday 19 September 6-7.45pm. Meet the members and share their enthusiasm. com. Diss Box Office 01379 652241. www. 19th. Le Havre (PG) – subtitled Film. 8pm Tickets £4 / Under 18s £2. Marcel Marx (André Wilms), a shoeshiner plying his trade in the street, comes across a young illegal immigrant on the run (Miguel). He hides him from the authorities, standing up to officialdom in the guise of Inspector Monet (Darrousin). Diss Box Office 01379 652241.

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What’s On... In September! To add your event, please email 20th. Paul Sturman Promotions presents 'John Mc. Nicholl and his Band', at The Apollo Rooms, Harleston. Bar, hot meals & raffle available. 7.00pm - 11.00pm. Tickets available from box office on 01502 715617. 21st. Waveney & Blyth Arts presents Translated by Reeds - with Richard Mabey. 8pm. Tickets £10 / £8 Concessions. A new choral composition inspired by the haunting landscape around the Waveney and Blyth rivers, and their journey from source to sea. It will be performed by the Waveney & Blyth Arts Community Choir. Diss Box Office 01379 652241. www.disscornhall. 21st. "Building the Millenium Tower on St. Edmundsbury Cathedral". A talk by Horry Parsons. Contact: 01379 650618. 22nd. Country Gold, Pulham Market Memorial Hall presents JOHN C KING. Doors 7pm. Music 8pm until 11.45pm. £6. No Bar - Please bring your own. Tea and coffee. For further information please contact Jesse on 07880 995199 or Allan on 07545 166760. 22nd. Jactito Theatre presents The Frog Prince. 2pm Tickets £5 / Children £3 (2-7 yrs). Yes, we have a handsome Prince turned into a Frog by a wicked fairy called ‘Honey’. She has turned the land into a beehive and herself into a Queen Bee… What a sticky mess! Can our Princess – a mermaid who lives in her Water Kingdom – defeat the fairy and save our Frog Prince with a kiss? Diss Box Office 01379 652241. 22nd. At 7.30 at St Mary’s Thornham Parva. Music at Thornham: A concert ‘British Music from the 17th and 18th Centuries’ Tickets £12 01379 788130, (advance booking recommended – numbers limited). 22nd. SNYSB – Songs from the Shows. 7.30pm Tickets Tiers £9 / Level £7. South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band is a mixed ability band, currently with over 100 members aged between eight and 23. Formed by Mike Booty – still Chairman and Musical Director – in 1974, the band has raised many thousands of pounds for charities and gives around 30 concerts each year. This concert sees the welcome

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return of guest vocalist Jayne May-Sysum. Diss Box Office 01379 652241.

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23rd. The Silver Dollar CMC, The Park Hotel, Diss presents BRIAN MANN. Doors 7pm. Music 7.30pm until 10.30pm. Members £5. Non-Members £6. For further information please contact John and Teresa Stannard, Committee Members on 01603 433918.

28th. Red Card Comedy Club – On the Road. 8.15pm Tickets Advance £9 / Door £10. With Tom Allen, Carly Smallman and Damian Clark (compère). www. Food and full bar from 7.15pm. Line up is subject to change. Diss Box Office 01379 652241.

23rd. 'Come Dancing'. Enjoy a night of dancing to all your favourite music from our professional DJ. 7.00pm - 10.00pm, admission £5. Apollo Rooms, Harleston. Tel: 01379 854205. 26th. An American in Paris (U). 8pm Tickets £4 / Under 18s £2. A muchloved, classic Hollywood musical appears fresh as Technicolor paint in a gorgeous restoration. Gene Kelly is the ex-GI who wants to be an artist in a Paris reminiscent of Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec; Leslie Caron provides the main love interest and some of the wonderful dancing. Diss Box Office 01379 652241. 28th. Your Local Trade Fair, at The Apollo Rooms, Harleston. A fantastic way to advertise your business. For further info. contact Jean or Gary on 01379 642044. 28th. Forncett Music Festival. At Forncett Steam Museum, Goldheart Assembly, with special guests Binko Swink. Doors open at 7.30p.m. Limited tickets available at £12 01508 488277 or 28th. Diss Cornhall Charity Craft Fair. 9.30am-2.30pm. Entrance is free to the public. There is a wide range of locally handcrafted items. Stalls currently include Glass Wares, Jewellery, Pressed Flowers, Cakes, Preserves, Needlecraft, Handknitted Items, Cards, Wood Turning & Carving, Soft Furnishings, Wooden Toys, Pottery, Decorative Boxes and Bags. 28th. This year’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. You can organise one anywhere – at home, work, your village hall... Have cake, have coffee, have fun! Money raised will go towards helping people living with cancer both locally and nationally.

29th. The Keeper’s Daughter presents: Hound of the Baskervilles. 7pm Tickets £8 / Under 18s £5. The Keeper’s Daughter company is back, applying anarchic wit and sublime physicality to Sherlock Holmes’ most treacherous adventure. Suitable for ages 7+. www.thekeepersdaughter. Diss Box Office 01379 652241. 29th. The 'Mee-Kats'. £8.00 at The 'Starfighter' Rock & Roll Club, Wreningham Village Hall, Mill Lane, Wreningham, Norfolk. Contact: Roland on 01603 812637 or Tonya on 01508 494735. 30th. The Red Feather Club, run by the 95th Bomb Group Heritage Association. Open day, 10am-4pm - with vintage softball game - The 95th BGHA ‘Wallopers’ versus the 1285th Military Police Re-enactment Group ‘Snowdrops’. Open days on the last Sunday of the month till October (inclusive). Open 10am to 4pm. Tel: 01728 860930 Email: Website: 30th. Apollo Country Music Club presents 'Kevin Barry', plus country disco. Bar, hot meals & raffle available. 7.30pm - 11.00pm. Admission £5 Members / £6 Non Members. Harleston, Tel: 01379 854205. 30th. St. Mary's Church, The Quill, with special guests The Pearl handled Revolver. Doors open at 7.30p.m. Limited tickets available at £12. Call 01508 481856 or graham_prior@ Special price for both concerts £20 available at Forncett Steam Museum.


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