THOPRE DIRECTORY MAY 2021

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May / June 2021

Your local magazine and business directory, delivered

FREE to 6000 homes in Thorpe St Andrew and Thorpe End

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We’ll help you through every step with clear and

practical advice.

Nicholsons Solicitors offer expert advice on family law

including the following areas :-

• Divorce

• Separation

• Children

• Financial & property disputes

• Disputes involving non-married couples

• Living together agreements

• Pre-nuptial agreements

Contact Steve Fordham on 01603 302856

or email rsapey@nicholsonslaw.com

to arrange a free initial consultation

Nicholsons Solicitors LLP

Prospect House, Rouen Road

Norwich, Norfolk NR1 1RE

www.nicholsonslaw.com

FREE parking by arrangement

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What’s inside.. Welcome

07 Sudoku challenge

With Broadland Aerials

10 Meeting outside?

Time for a picnic!

13 Home & Interiors

Add colour to your kitchen

16 Thorpe History Group

News & upcoming events

19 Gardens

Perfect planting

24 Travel

Island escapes in the U.K.

27 House Works

Choosing a professional

30 Word search puzzle

The human body

32 Seasonal food

What’s fresh in May

40 Book Review

Coming-of-age tales

42 Recipe

Cherry Layered Parfait

44 Teabreak crossword

Test your general knowledge

47 Gardens

Biological bug-blasting

50 Fun Quiz

Clothes

57, 58 & 59 Community Board

60 Astroguidance

Your Stars for May

61 Puzzle solutions

62 Business Directory

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to the May & June issue of your Thorpe Directory.

Now that local shops are all able to open again,

isn’t it a breath of fresh air to be able to get out of

the house, visit a real shop and have a proper look

at what you’re buying, rather than shopping online?

If I had a quid for all the clothes I’ve bought online

which are still hanging in my wardrobe unworn I

could probably nance my next holiday - whenever

that might be!

So just a reminder that using local shops and

businesses is good for you and is appreciated by

the business owner so much. Support your

community by shopping local and by using your

local tradesmen!

Well that’s enough of me on my soapbox, so I’ll say

bye for now - we’ll be back with you again in July,

Take Care,

Dawn & Mark

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Need your

gas boiler

serviced?

Stay safe and prolong the life of your

boiler with an annual service

Contact John today to book your

appointment:

07803 051908

john@aquathermheating.co.uk

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• Trusts

• Executor Duties

• Probate

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Aspire Hair Salon

01603 426744

39 Cannerby Lane, Sprowston, Norwich, NR7 8NG

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BABIES & TODDLERS £5

GIRLS UP TO 16 £10

FRINGE TRIM £5

SHAMPOO & SET £20

SHAMPOO, CUT & SET £30

FULL HEAD COLOUR from £30

HALF HEAD/ROOTS COLOUR from £20

FULL HEAD FOILS from£50

HALF HEAD FOILS from£40

PERM from £40

HAIR UPS from £25

OPENING TIMES

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BABIES & TODDLERS £5

BOYS UP TO 16 £10

BEARD TRIM £5

HIGHLIGHTS from £15

COLOUR from £20

ASPIRE HAIR DISCOUNTS

(PROOF REQUIRED)

10% DISCOUNT FOR THE OVER 65’S,

STUDENTS, NHS STAFF & SERVING/EX

SERVICE PERSONNEL.

CAFLON EAR PIERCING £30

INCLUDING 2 PAIRS OF EARRINGS

& AFTERCARE LOTION

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MJS Home Improvements

Local customer recommended multi-experienced team

Complete Service From Dream to Reality

Home Projects

Electrical

Carpentry

Plumbing ( Not Gas)

Plastering/Coving

Kitchen Installation & Design

Bathroom Installation & Design

Bedroom Installation & Design

Garage Conversions/Building work

Decorating Interior/Exterior

Tiling Wall & Floor

Garden Projects

Patios

Decking

Garden Lighting

Fencing/Partitions

Brickwork Projects

Garden Balustrades

Landscaping

Water features

And much more..

Contact Mick Elvin on 01603 436858 Mobile/Text 07783 056335

Email mjselvin9@btinternet.com No job too small or too large.

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Reassuring care for you or your loved one

Ellacombe

Specialist residential care home

We have rooms available at our well-respected care home in Norwich, where we offer dedicated

full-time and short-term residential care, specialising in supporting people living with dementia.

For more information:

01603 519730

Ella Road, Norwich NR1 4BP

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We can finally meet up with other

households but it’s going to be

outside only for a while yet. Let’s

make the most of it then with good

planning and some fun accessories.

Create some

evening atmosphere

with Outdoor

TruGlow® Candles,

£26.99 for 3 from

lights4fun.co.uk è

• Research your perfect picnic spot carefully. How

far is it from the car park and is there a charge

for parking? Are there toilets? Can you bring your

dog? Is there somewhere to shelter if it’s too hot

or there’s a sudden shower.

• Pack everything you need for the day: water,

sunscreen, a lightweight waterproof (just in case),

warmer layers and the all-important face mask

and hand-santiser. A plastic bag for your rubbish

will be handy too.

• Decorate your picnic area with battery-powered

fairy lights, lanterns and some bunting. Get comfy

with camping chairs or deck chairs, using your

picnic basket as a handy side table. Music adds

atmosphere so take a Bluetooth speaker.

• Bring along games that all the family can play.

Rounders and croquet are great, or organise a

treasure hunt, play hide and seek, or set up an

old-school egg-and-spoon or sack race.

• The best picnic food? Anything you can eat with

your fingers. Sandwiches, mini pies, kebabs,

chopped vegetables with dips, plus fruit and

something sweet, for example.

ç With compartments for dippy

sauce & sections so the peas

don’t touch the carrots this little

car is perfect for turning fussy

eaters into foodies. £32.99 at

bluebrontide.com

é Giant picnic blanket means

plenty of room for social distancing!

£59.95 annabeljames.co.uk

ç This pirate themed kit allows children to build their

very own pirate’s hideaway. £45 at thedenkitco.com

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Floral Design

By

Violeta

• Wedding flowers

• Event Arrangements

• Funeral Arrangements

Please Call Violeta on - 07423 639849

Instagram- Floral design by Violeta

Wioletta86@yahoo.com

Driveway & Patio Restoration

Bring your old Driveway, Path,

Pao or Wall back to life with

a Professional Surface Clean

Driveway Dips Re-Levelled,

Paos Re-Grouted.

Save pounds on the cost of a new one!

No obligaon, free esmate.

“For that old-fashioned service you used to get”

Call Paul on 01603 416524

Mobile 07834 850115

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Couture Construction Ltd

• New Build Homes

• Extensions

• Roofing Works

• General Building and Maintenance

• Project Management

9 The Street, Ringland, Norwich, NR8 6AB

WWW.COUTURECONSTRUCTION.CO.UK

luke@coutureconstruction.co.uk

Telephone

Office: 01603 260896

Mobile 07908 562697

Matt’s General Handyman Services

No Job

• General Handyman Too Small

• Tiling

• General Construction

• Bathroom Installation

• Kitchen Installation

• Wiring • Electrical

• Plumbing

• Flat Screen TV Installs

• Patios Laid • Fencing

• Gardening

• Man With A Van

• Bicycle Servicing & Repairs

• Loft Boarding

• Flat Pack Furniture Assembly

“WE LOVE THE JOBS YOU HATE!”

BASED IN DRAYTON

WE ARE RELIABLE, CLEAN AND ALWAYS ON TIME.

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Tel: 07789 267 860

E: matthewhead@btinternet.com

Some of the things we can do for you...

• Full or Part Rewires

• Interior & exterior lighting installations

• Smoke, heat and carbon monoxide detectors

• TV and data point installations

• Electric shower installations

• Consumer units

• Storage and immersion heating installations

• Outdoor electrical installations

• Minor work & extra plug sockets

• Installations condition reports

Free Surveys & No Obligation Quotations

Tel: 01603 594984 Mob: 07515 256118

www.amelectricsltd.com

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By Katherine Sorrell

If your kitchen is feeling bland and

boring, there are plenty of ways to add

colour, whether you’re planning a major

renovation or just want a quick fix.

Kitchen cupboards and appliances

Add colour with glossy, flat-fronted modern units

or commission a traditional painted kitchen in

any paint colour under the sun. Alternatively,

just specify a coloured island unit combined with

plain cupboards elsewhere. If replacing freestanding

appliances, consider less usual colours

– ice cream-coloured retro fridges, for example,

or an Aga in a jewel-bright enamel. This look is

best teamed with neutrals in other areas of the

room so as not to overwhelm.

Worktops and splashbacks

Teamed with understated kitchen cupboards,

a colourful worktop or splashback can give a

welcome lift. Sleek toughened glass can be

painted on the back in a range of shades with

some showrooms offering a colour-matching

service at extra cost. Others options include

a dramatic shade of natural stone, stone

composites (often called quartz), man-made

solid surfaces (such as Corian), and laminates

(generally the least expensive option), all in a

range of interesting shades.

Painting free-standing furniture is a quick and cost-effective

way to change your colour scheme. These pieces are

by The Painted Furniture Company: 01285 656 041;

paintedfurnitureco.co.uk.

Walls and floors

A simple way to add oomph is to paint a wall

or two in a strong colour, or replace wall tiles –

choose dramatic colours for impact even over

a relatively small area. Another cheap trick is to

use plain white tiles with brightly coloured grout

(lemon yellow and sky blue are great). One way

to add instant colour for flooring is with a small,

washable rug with an underlay to stop it slipping.

If it’s a complete renovation, vinyl and rubber

flooring is available in many colourways, while

poured floors – polished concrete or resin – can

be dyed in any colour.

A vividly coloured seating area and a painted island

unit add colour to this otherwise neutral space.

Twickenham Framed Handleless Shaker kitchen,

Higham Furniture: 020 73810 488; higham.co.uk.

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Free-standing furniture

Painting wooden furniture is straightforward

but needs preparation – sanding, cleaning

and priming – and a steady hand for

painting. It can make a phenomenal

difference, especially with a change of

knobs, handles, hinges and other hardware.

Window treatments and soft furnishings

Roller blinds are practical and inexpensive

where humidity and splashes are inevitable;

alternatively, wooden shutters can be bright

and breezy. Add colour to seating areas in

the form of upholstery, fabric-covered chair

seats or scatter cushions.

Finishing touches

Create colourful displays in glass-fronted

cabinets or on shelving, perhaps cookbooks

arranged in a rainbow or some vintage

glassware. Add colourful pendant shades

over a kitchen island or dining table, or

accessories such as bread bins, canisters,

knife blocks, cupboard handles, plant pots,

wall art or flowers to bring more colour into

the heart of your home.

A stylish chevron splashback introduces a dose of blue

to this minimal white kitchen. Savanna Petrol gloss

wall tiles, £39.96 per square metre, The London Tile

Company: 0333 320 8048; londontile.co.uk.

BUILDING MANAGEMENT

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Thorpe History Group

As we emerge from the lockdown the History Group is restarting its

activities with two summer walks. The first is a guided walk titled ‘A

Time to Build’ led by Dale Wiseman who will explain the development

of upper Thorpe. This is on Sunday 20th June at 1pm and again at

3pm.

The second is a guided walk up Chapel Lane by Joanna Barker whose

research has revealed much of interest about the lane which has

been in use for over a century. This is on Sunday 18th July at 2pm

and again at 3.30 pm.

Numbers on both tours are restricted so booking is required in

advance via Nick Williams(details below). There is a modest charge of

£3 per head payable on the day.

Copies of our illustrated book ‘Thorpe People’ are still available. It contains biographies

of 24 people associated with the area over the last two centuries. They range from well

known figures such as John Harvey of Thorpe Lodge, to Thomas Clarke, an engine

driver killed in the railway disaster of 1874 who is buried in the Yarmouth Road

cemetery. Priced at £8.50 it’s available from Nick Williams who will deliver within

Thorpe.

If you would like to know more about the Thorpe History Group please contact Nick

Williams on 01603 438766 or by email at spinney72@aol.com. Our website at

www.thorpe-history-group.org contains details of our activities and you can also

see us on facebook by Googling Thorpe History Group.

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JAMIE GOOCHLTD

Paving Our Way Through Norfolk

All our patios and driveways are laid on solid concrete bases and apply to planning regulations

Patios & Landscaping

Brick-weave & Alpha Sett

Driveways

Fencing & Gates

We are partners for Trulawn Artificial

Grass installing and supplying

residential and trade customers in

the Norwich, Norfolk area.

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For all your paving, fencing, driveways & landscaping needs,

Call Jamie Gooch on 01603 891 544 or 07732 065 693

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Now that the weather has well and truly warmed

up and you’re spending more time in your

garden, you may feel the need to make a few

additions to it – perhaps something to bring a

little more architecture or structure, to clothe a

wall or fence, or something to bring perfume or

perhaps colour at an ‘off’ time of year. Whatever

it is, there is sure to be a good selection of

trees, shrubs and climbers available right now.

At any time of year good planting is important

if the plants are to get off to the best possible

start, and to grow away well for years to

come. But if you plant at this time of year it is

all the more essential to do it correctly, since

temperatures are increasing and the soil is

more inclined to be dry. So, what are the top

tips for tremendous planting?

Make sure the plant is properly suited to the

space you have available (check the label or in

a good book). Dig the planting hole, making it

bigger than the current root ball. On clay soils

dig out the hole using a fork, as this is less likely

to impede drainage, and make sure the hole is

large enough to incorporate some bulky organic

matter plus some grit. Fork over the sides of the

planting hole. Use garden compost, well-rotted

manure or proprietary planting mix to improve

the soil texture and add nutrients. If the soil

is really poor then you could also use some

general fertiliser.

Tease the roots out well before planting. If

necessary, soak the root ball in water for a

couple of hours first. This helps to loosen up a

congested root ball and makes it much easier for

the roots to move out into the planting hole and

surrounding soil.

Lower the plant into the hole and gradually add

the soil mixed with planting compost. Check

that only the roots are buried, not the stem, as

planting too deep can kill and will always make

the plant suffer and perform poorly. (The only

exception to this is clematis, which do better if

planted a few inches deeper than this.) Placing

a cane over the top of the planting hole makes

it easier to judge the correct height of the soil

level. Firm the soil around the roots. The surface

of the compost on the existing root ball needs to

be level with the soil surface.

Re-check the planting depth and water in well

– this is really important – and once the soil is

thoroughly moistened, apply a 7.5cm (3”) deep

mulch all over the root area. This will reduce

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moisture loss from the soil and also help to

keep weeds in check.

There is only a need to stake very lanky or large

trees, and if you do this make sure that the

stake goes in so that root damage is minimised,

holding it in place with a tree-tie and buffer.

Short stakes are now generally believed to be

best in the long term.

Make sure that the new tree or shrub is kept

really well watered and that the soil is not

allowed to become dry, as in this establishment

phase watering is the key to success.

Don’t forget that it’s good to have a garden

that’s productive as well as pretty, so save

some space for growing a few of your own

delicious vegetables. At this time of year, you

can still raise some plants from seed yourself,

but you may also want to buy some gardenready

plants to get things moving even more

quickly and ensure they crop before the season

ends. For a selection of my favourite varieties

of tomatoes, sweetcorn, broccoli, runner beans,

climbing French beans, lettuces, beetroot,

peppers, chillies, courgettes, squash, onions

and more, accompanied by my weekly tips and

advice, you can take a look at my new website

and select what you want to grow from the UKgrown

range!

At www.pippagreenwood.com you’ll find stylish cloches, Nemaslug, practical and pretty plant supports, the fantastic

SpeedHoe, Grower Frames and the ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa’ system.

PETHERICK

DIGGER HIRE

Family run plant hire business offering:

Self-drive mini & micro digger hire, Also available to hire

Barrow dumpers , Whacker plates, Rotavators & more

Free delivery for diggers and dumpers

within a 10 mile radius of NR8

Fully insured for hired plant and members of the

Construction Plant-Hire Association.

Contact us on 07803975185

for hire of equipment for your building, gardening and

landscaping needs.

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TSA Garden Services

• Garden Design and Landscaping

• Regular Garden Maintenance

• Fences erected

• Grass Cutting

• Garden Clearances

• Hedge Trimming and Pruning

• Pressure Washing

• Tree Surgery

Call Keith for a

Reliable and Friendly

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Call 01603 702720

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To request a free no obligation

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Extensions

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Chris Thrower

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Over 40 years experience. Fully Insured

07748 592480

01493 751295

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Islands are synonymous with

holidays. But did you know that you

could get your dream island escape

without needing to leave the UK? It’s

time to discover some of our most

beautiful islands.

The UK is home to not hundreds but thousands

of islands, big and small. From Scotland’s

archipelago of rugged isles to sun-soaked

islands off the south coast, these hidden gems

could be perfect for your next escape. Here are

three islands you won’t need your passport for.

Isle of Wight

Easily accessible by ferry from Southampton,

Lymington and Portsmouth, a mere two-hour

journey from London, there’s no better place for

a British bucket-and-spade break than the Isle

of Wight.

It may be our biggest island, but it’s still small

enough to explore in a few days. Start in the

west with a walk to the Needles, three stacks of

chalk and a lighthouse rising impressively out of

the ocean. Soak up the views across Tennyson

Down before jumping on a speedboat at Alum

Bay to see the Needles up close.

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Isle of Skye è

Isles of Scilly ê

Then there’s the magnificent Osbourne House

in the north, Queen Victoria’s family home, and

Ventnor and Shanklin beaches in the south. With

zoos, dinosaur trails, museums and adventure

parks, there’s plenty for families too.

Isle of Skye

Scotland has no shortage of beautiful islands,

but most visitors will agree on which is the most

breathtaking: Skye. Spanning 50 miles from top

to bottom, Skye is adored worldwide for its lush

green moors, jagged mountains, sparkling lochs

and towering sea cliffs.

The weather up here is not always cheery, but

the frequent shrouds of mist only add to the

island’s serene, mystical presence. On good

days, climb to the iconic Old Man of Storr for one

of the island’s best viewpoints, or trek along the

Quiraing, drinking in the outstanding scenery.

When the mist closes in, rest up in one of the

island’s cosy pubs or take a tour of a castle or two.

Come rain or shine, Skye won’t let you down.

Isles of Scilly

If you’re looking for somewhere off the beaten

track, the Isles of Scilly are just the ticket, a

peaceful pocket of paradise just 28 miles off the

coast of Land’s End in Cornwall.

With white-sand beaches, subtropical

gardens and some of Britain’s best

weather, you could be forgiven for thinking

you’ve left the UK entirely. There are

five main islands: St Mary’s is the

largest, followed by Tresco, with

very few people living on Bryher, St

Martin’s and St Agnes.

Visiting the Scillies is like stepping

back in time. Quiet, beautiful

and completely unspoilt, you’ll

have almost every pristine beach

to yourself. The walks are

outstanding and the islands are

popular with nature-lovers too,

thanks to the Atlantic grey seals

that breed here, not to mention the

flocks of rare seabirds.

You can reach the islands by ferry

or plane. Planes depart from Land’s

End, Newquay and Exeter airports,

or you can take the three-hour ferry

crossing from Penzance to St Mary’s.

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Using the professionals for home

improvements and renovations

If working from home has now become a

permanent arrangement or you’ve just decided

to make home improvements rather than move,

remodelling your property could be in your 2021

plans. Whether it is an extension or knocking

down a wall to make a barrier-free space –

separate dining rooms are out, kitchen/diners

are in – you are likely to need more than DIY

skills to bring your dreams to life. As a rule, you

should plan twice, execute once, and for that you

will need to call the professionals.

Interior Designer

You may imagine the interior designer to be

the final person to be involved, just applying

the finishing touches. This is certainly a service

most will offer, but often the designer is best

engaged at the start of the project. If you can’t

quite see how you are going to achieve what you

want, they will help you plan your living space

to suit your own lifestyle, even coming up with

innovative ideas that you’d never considered.

This is going to save you time and money when

you engage other professionals as you’ll have

a much clearer idea of what you want, why and

where you are going to be placing fixtures and

furnishings.

Architect

An architect will focus mostly on the artistry and

design of your proposed changes and they’ll bring

your ideas to life with architectural drawings.

You will have someone who knows the

construction industry’s working methods and

standards, and can guide you through the

complex procedures of planning, building

regulations and contractual arrangements.

Architect/Planning Agent

The architect will handle the planning permission

process for you, either dealing with it themselves

or through a separate agent.

Some changes to your property can be

done without planning permission (known as

‘Permitted Development’ but you will still need to

notify the local building control department) but

for most larger external alterations you will need

to submit a planning application to your local

authority. The planning agent will be your liaison

with the council’s planners, and will assist you in

preparing the application, providing the council

with relevant information, responding to raised

concerns and negotiating any changes.

Small applications are usually processed

within eight weeks, but most local authorities

are seeing a large number of householder

applications and the bigger and more

controversial the changes are, the longer the

process can take. A refusal of permission is

not always final as there is a right of appeal in

the UK planning system, and a good agent will

be able to tell you whether you have a realistic

chance of winning an appeal should your

application be refused.

Structural Engineer

The key difference between an architect and

an engineer is that an architect focuses more

on the artistry and design of the building, while

the engineer focuses more on the technical

and structural side. The architect is concerned

with making the building aesthetically pleasing;

an engineer makes sure that the building is

functional and safe. Particularly if you need bigger

modifications, this technical element is essential.

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Builder

All the services involved in preparing for the

work will cost, but the actual build itself is likely

to use the bulk of your budget. Sometimes the

designer or architect will be able to give you a

recommendation but whoever you use, ensure

you follow due diligence. The quality of the work

is important but, amongst other checks you

make, you will want to know that your builder is

reliable and open to discussing your ideas.

Note that is your responsibility to request an

itemised schedule of works and have a clear

process on how variations from that schedule

will be dealt with, including payments.

Project Manager

Project management is not as simple as

saving some money by ordering materials and

engaging the trades yourself. There are many

Health & Safety and Construction Design &

Management principles that need to be adhered

to. Your builder will usually offer to project

manage or you can engage a separate person.

They will ensure that everything is happening

on time, deal with the inevitable snags that

come up during the work and help you reach

the finish line without feeling too frazzled.

Keep a record

Finally, make sure you have contracts in place

as this protects all parties. Remember that as

the homeowner you are legally responsible for

ensuring that all structural or alteration work

complies with building standards and, when you

come to sell your property in future years, your

buyer’s solicitor will want to see that paperwork.

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Whether is is a full

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Soffit

Whether it is a solid

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we can provide a

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Our gutter comes in

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The end of spring and the start of summer is

perfect when it comes to seasonal produce.

Expect plenty of fresh greens and early fruits.

Gooseberries

Just coming into season in May, you are unlikely

to pop a ripe gooseberry into your mouth as

they have a very sharp flavour. However, with

the addition of sugar in pies, puddings and the

famous gooseberry fool, the tartness is perfect.

Still Wonderful

Asparagus, Jersey Royal new

potatoes and fresh peas came into

season in April and have plenty of

delicious flavours to give well into May.

Strawberries

Although June is thought

of as peak season for

British strawberries, some

early fruiting varieties will

be in season now. There’s

really nothing imported that

ever beats the flavour of

the locally grown varieties

– it’s hard to believe

something tasting that

yummy is good for you.

Spinach

Popeye’s favourite is deserved

of its reputation as a superfood.

Loaded with nutrients and low in

calories, it makes a great addition

to so many dishes and salads and

is really quick to cook.

Cherries

Eating cherries (as opposed to

sour cherries, which are better for

cooking) start appearing during

May. Some people don’t like them

because of the stone but here’s a

little tip if you don’t own a stoning

tool: pull off the stem, insert the loop

end of a paperclip into the hole and

scoop the stone out.

Watercress

Rich in vitamins A and C, magnesium, iron,

calcium and folic acid, watercress is most

commonly eaten raw in salads and sandwiches,

but watercress soup is also delicious. Eat as

soon as possible after harvesting.

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Elderflower

Elderflower’s distinctive scent

and flavour is a popular addition

to deserts and drinks. Cordial,

wine, gin and champagne often

feature this plant, but it will give

a distinctive and tasty flavour to

most drinks.

Baby Vegetables

Vegetables are

wonderfully sweet

before they are fully

grown and carrots

and broad beans are

excellent examples that

are just in season now.

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Set the mood for summer with

gorgeous furnishings and accessories

in bright and cheerful shades.

Intentionally clashing colours and patterns add drama and

interest. Frida Kahlo-style Flower Crown canvas art, £102; Aziza

gold console table, £255; Marilyn Blush velvet armchair, £545;

colourful Berber-style rug, from £172; all audenza.com. è

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standout pinks and reds with subtler shades of

the same tones – a palette that will add verve

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lamp base contrasts with a bright

red fabric cable. Immediately eyecatching.

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• Update any room instantly with some vivid

wall art. There is a huge choice available

both in the high street and online, including

very affordable printable art that you

simply download and print out yourself.

Alternatively, you might even want to make

some art of your own: buy blank canvases

from an art shop and choose co-ordinating

tester pots of paint for some modern

abstract originals.

• Accessories such as throws, cushions,

vases, plant pots or lamp bases can make

all the difference, even in a relatively neutral

room, adding colour to liven up your day.

Group small items together for greater

impact, and don’t worry too much about

conventional good taste – a few clashing

colours can be exciting and uplifting.

• The floor is one of the largest visible areas in

any room, so a new rug will have a dramatic

impact and can completely change the look

and feel of the space. A flat-woven rug in

a single block or colour, wide stripes or a

geometric pattern is a great choice.

• If you are feeling particularly bold, consider

repainting wooden furniture, such as chairs,

wardrobes, chests of drawers or even

kitchen cabinets. To do the job properly,

remove handles, knobs or other hardware

first, sand down thoroughly and prime before

painting. Use a mini foam roller on any large,

flat surfaces for a perfectly flat finish.

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ç An eye-catching artwork in fresh,

modern colours will look great in any

room. Bold Jungle Tiger art print, £15,

abstracthouse.com.

Add a bold throw to the

back of a sofa or chair for

a pop of brilliant colour

and pattern. Arizona

terracotta throw, £23,

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against a brightly coloured wall. The

range pictured is from dobbies.com.

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upholstered in a colour that you adore. Reece

armchair in orange velvet, £229.99, daals.co.uk.

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Stories of grit, determination, friendship and hope

Careless – Kirsty Capes

Bess is fifteen, a foster child and

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it’s about friendship, resilience

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teenager and feeling like the

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Lex Gracie is Girl A. The girl

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her twenties with a successful

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her former home into a

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agreement and to confront

her own past. This is far from

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Like all the other girls she knows,

Celeste was born with a pattern

of birthmarks setting out her

future, and with it, the future of

her family. At some point, those

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Celeste will enter a transition to

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King of Rabbits is a story of

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When her mother walks out, Kya

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Celebrate the first cherries in season with

this delicious treat. A creamy, naturally

sweet layered pudding. Delicious as a

breakfast option or snack too.

Makes 2

INGREDIENTS

• 150ml pure pomegranate juice

• 2 tsp gelatine

• 200g coconut yogurt or thick Greek yogurt

• 250g pitted frozen or fresh cherries

• 1 tbsp goji berries to decorate

• 1 tbsp coconut flakes to decorate

1. Bring the juice to a simmer and whisk in the

gelatine. Simmer, whisking until the gelatine

dissolves completely. Allow the mixture to cool

to room temperature. Pour into a blender with

the yogurt and half of the cherries. Blend until

smooth. Cool in the fridge until it starts to thicken.

2. Place the remaining cherries in a pan and simmer

gently for 1-2, minutes breaking them up a little

with a spoon. To serve, layer two glasses with a

little of the coconut mixture. Top with a spoonful

of the cherry compote and repeat the layering,

finishing with the compote. Scatter over the goji

berries and coconut to serve.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING: calories: 398kcal, protein 8.4g, carbohydrates

42.6g (of which sugars 41.7g), fat 22.4g (of which saturates 16.2g).

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General

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Group of countries in special alliance (4)

US city famous for entertainment

and gambling (3,5)

Clouding of the lens of the eye (8)

Child of Adam and Eve (4)

Country called Cymru in its

own language (5)

City and port in south-western England (7)

Former monetary unit of Portugal (6)

Fisherman (6)

Preserved in vinegar (7)

Ring-shaped bread roll (5)

Skewer for holding meat over a fire (4)

One of Jesus’ followers (8)

City in northern Pakistan at the

eastern end of the Khyber Pass (8)

Strong sweeping cut made with

a sharp instrument (4)

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Down

2 South American cudchewing

animal (5)

3 French castle (7)

4 Metallic element, symbol Pb (4)

5 Division of the weekend (8)

6 Chris ___, ex-husband of

Billie Piper (5)

7 Plant also known as

the windflower (7)

12 Variety of melon (8)

14 Apply (paint) in small touches (7)

16 Reducing to shreds by rubbing

against a perforated surface (7)

18 Sailing vessel with two masts (5)

20 ___ Island, New York Bay

area, formerly the principal

immigration station (5)

21 Russian emperor (4)

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1. Group of countries in special alliance (4)

4. US city famous for entertainment and gambling (3,5)

8. Clouding of the lens of the eye (8)

9. Child of Adam and Eve (4)

10. Country called Cymru in its own language (5)

11. City and port in south-western England (7)

13. Former monetary unit of Portugal (6)

15. Fisherman (6)

17. Preserved in vinegar (7)

19. Ring-shaped bread roll (5)

22. Skewer for holding meat over a fire (4)

23. One of Jesus’ followers (8)

24. City in northern Pakistan at the eastern end of the

Khyber Pass (8)

25. Strong sweeping cut made with a sharp instrument (4)

Down

2. South American cud-chewing animal (5)

3. French castle (7)

4. Metallic element, symbol Pb (4)

5. Division of the weekend (8)

6. Chris ___, ex-husband of Billie Piper (5)

7. Plant also known as the windflower (7)

12. Variety of melon (8)

14. Apply (paint) in small touches (7)

16. Reducing to shreds by rubbing against a perforated

surface (7)

18. Sailing vessel with two masts (5)

20. ___ Island, New York Bay area, formerly the principal

immigration station (5)

21. Russian emperor (4)

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Warmth and protection – just what most of

us need, plants too – but sadly now that

the warmer weather has arrived, plants

growing in the protected environment of a

greenhouse or conservatory are especially

likely to suffer attacks from a whole host

of pests and diseases. If you want to get

on top of the situation it is essential to act

promptly, and what better way than to try

to tackle some of the more common pests

using biological controls? They work well,

provided you have not been using chemicals

in your greenhouse or conservatory too

recently, and can refrain from them once

your green controls are in place.

Biological controls may sound high-tech,

but they are actually a straightforward

and great way to sort problems out, as

you are simply introducing tiny creatures

in to control the pests – and of course

it means there is no need for chemicals

and therefore no chemical residues left

on edible crops either. They’re safe for

humans, pets and wildlife too!

There are great controls for many outdoor

pests, including slugs (Nemaslug), chafer

grubs and leatherjackets, and one control

with a wide range of vegetable-crop pest

controllers in it.

If vine weevils are the bane of your life there is a

nematode control that can be watered on to the

compost of edible or ornamental plants. This is

best used in spring and autumn because higher

levels of the grubs are around at that time. It is

easy to apply using a watering can and is not too

expensive either.

In greenhouses, red spider mite and glasshouse

whitefly numbers soon build up as the weather

gets warmer, and your plants are quickly

wrecked if you don’t take action to stop the

pests in their tracks. Whitefly also have a nasty

habit of producing a very sticky excreta called

honeydew and this causes a sugary layer to

appear on the plants, often followed by black

mould growth known as sooty mould. I’ve used a

tiny parasitic wasp, Encarsia, with great results.

This extremely small wasp lays her eggs in the

young stage of the whitefly (often called the

whitefly scale), killing it in the process, and then

new Encarsia wasps hatch out of the parasitised

whitefly scales. Provided there are some whitefly

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Red spider mites (which cause that minute but

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the devastation they cause. These pests thrive

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Clothes

1. A sporran is a type of pouch that is

commonly worn on top of which pocketless

item of clothing?

2. What style of baggy trousers gathered at

the ankle was named after a traditional

character in 16th-century Italian comedy?

3. Following Matt Smith’s early appearances on

Doctor Who, fashion retailers reported that

sales of what items of clothing had doubled?

4. Flip-flops are known by what name in

Australia, which in the UK would mean items

of underwear or swimwear?

5. First featuring in the 1936 film Keep Your

Seats Please, which song was banned

by the BBC, who labelled lyrics such as

“pyjamas lying side by side, ladies nighties I

have spied” as smutty?

6. A laundry symbol featuring a circle inside a

square with a cross through them indicates that

you should not do what with an item of clothing?

7. What is the only item of clothing that Bugs

Bunny normally wears?

8. What did the letters stand for in the name of

the online fashion retailer ASOS when it was

first founded and sold imitations of clothing

from the world of TV and film?

9. Which of the following wasn’t a colour of one

of the skirts worn by the female members of

Bucks Fizz that were ripped off during their

performance at the 1981 Eurovision Song

Contest?... a) blue; b) yellow; or c) green?

10. In 2004, which famous tennis player launched

a line of designer clothing called Aneres?

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An introduction to e-bikes

E-bikes are like normal bikes given super

powers: you still pedal them, but they have an

electric motor that gives you some extra help.

It feels rather like having bionic legs: you can

pull away from traffic lights quickly and easily

tackle steep hills.

That makes them brilliant for commuting and

urban cycling, and a great choice for people who

want to improve their fitness and haven’t been

on a bike for years.

What kind of e-bikes are there?

Commuter bikes are all-rounders while MTBs

are mountain bikes and road bikes are racing

bikes. The former have big tyres and great

suspension, while the latter use super-light

materials and aggressive geometry to achieve

high speeds. Cargo bikes are for carrying loads

that are too big for panniers or a backpack, and

usually have bigger tyres and better brakes.

How do I get the right e-bike size?

E-bike sizes are usually expressed as S, M, L

and XL. Small bikes are generally suitable for

riders up to 5’5” while XL bikes are designed for

six footers and above. Some e-bikes have very

adjustable seats and handlebars that enable

them to skip between sizes.

Is there more than one kind of e-bike motor?

Crank drives connect directly to the bike chain,

while hub drives sit in the wheel hub – usually

the rear wheel. Crank drives are more energy

efficient and feel more natural when pedalling

but hub drives are usually much cheaper.

What about gears?

E-bikes come with the same kind of gear

systems as ordinary bikes and the gears adjust

how much pedalling is needed – in higher gears

you pedal less because you’re going faster.

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lights but Eco (or equivalent) when on a relaxing

country ride.

How do I know what battery to choose?

Most manufacturers provide a battery range

estimate, or you can calculate the range by

dividing the battery’s power by 20 – a battery

with a 400Wh rating should give about 20 miles

on full assist, which is when the electric motor is

operating at full power. Most e-bikes have a little

bike computer that shows battery charge and the

range remaining before recharging is needed.

When the battery runs out of power, your e-bike

behaves like a normal bike, albeit a heavier one.

Typical recharge time is three to four hours and

batteries typically last for two to four years.

How much should I spend?

You can get perfectly decent e-bikes for around

£500, or you can spend over £4,000 on a carbon

road bike. The more you spend the lighter the

bikes become and the better the hardware:

where cheaper e-bikes are designed for

everyday use, the most expensive e-bikes are

serious bits of sporting equipment with matching

price tags. Whatever you buy, make sure you

also acquire a very good U-lock: sadly, all

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Laser Facelift at the Coltishall Clinic

More and more patients with busy lives are

looking for less invasive treatments with less

downtime to improve their profile and

tightness of their face and neck. The laser

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effective, and safe option for patients who

wish to tighten the skin and underlying

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We like it best as it avoids a tell-tale skin

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Laser assisted facelifting is great for men or

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Skin tightening alone can be accomplished

on underweight patients. Dr Gheyi will

examine your face and neck to determine if

you are a good candidate. A laser facelift is

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traditional full face or neck lift.

How does the Laser Facelift Work

Two different types of lasers are used. One

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another fractional laser tightens the skin

from outside. Dilute solution of a local

anaesthetic is used to numb the areas

treated on the face and neck. This can be

done with minimal discomfort. You can be

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Once the area is numbed, three or four tiny

1 mm openings are made, one behind each

earlobe, and one or two under the chin.

Then, a tiny 0.6 mm laser fibre is passed

through fat between the skin and the

muscles. The laser energy heats the

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Typically, only one treatment is required to

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if they have significant sagging in the jowl

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thread lift for additional tightening.

After the Laser Facelift, you will be fitted

into a facial compression garment. Under

most circumstances, compression will be

recommended for three to four days followed

by nightly use only. Compression

helps to push out swelling, decrease scar

tissue formation, and promote smoothness

of the treated tissues.

Laser facial sculpting is less invasive and less

traumatic to tissues than a traditional

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recovery.

Most patients are able to resume work in

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Snugness of the skin may be experienced for

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Stars for May 2021

Flavour of the Times

The second part of April will have been causing many of us to experience a number of personal challenges,

anticipating the new moon in Taurus on 11 th May. Taurus is an earth sign so the effects of this are likely to involve

some sort of grounded work to develop new directions. Taurus likes familiar predictability so this will feel weird and

definitely out of most of our comfort zones. It’s a case of: get you’re head down and get on with it. You can tell

everyone how it’s been after 21 st when the sun has gone into Gemini.

The above may affect you particularly strongly if your sign is Aquarius, Leo, Scorpio or Taurus. I can only give very

general advice in this column but to really understand what this means for you on a personal level in the next 12

months, there really is no substitute for having a personal astrological consultation that is completely specific to you

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Taurus

Perhaps this month is a time for calming emotions that have

been raging for a while – a bull in a china shop? If this is not

actually you, then there are plenty of other people out there who

need to come down to earth and not go crazy now the

restrictions are easing. There is only going forward now and

nothing at all to be gained by going back. The past is dead.

Gemini

It won’t really be until the end of May that you will get back to

socialising as you used to but life has moved on significantly now

and some old habits should be left well behind. Don’t let yourself

be pulled back into the past by people who don’t seem to have

learnt anything from what has happened to us during the

lockdown and the effect it’s had psychologically. It’s time to be

who you really are!

Cancer

Mars in your sign now may make you react too hastily and over

emotionally to situations where you really should ‘take a breath’

and consider what you are getting up to. Petulance and having

an emotionally thin skin won’t endear you to others so try to stay

grounded in the real world and be the compassionate and caring

person you are known for being.

Leo

The new moon in Taurus on 11 th of this month will again be

challenging for Leos, even if the atmosphere lightens when the

sun goes into Gemini later in the month. Saturn is still putting the

brakes on you – and for a purpose - and there is little you can do

except learn the lesson of acceptance. Being in denial is

pointless and never a viable strategy!

Virgo

Not many signs are going to be particularly comfortable this

month but Virgos should do ok with the grounded Taurus energy.

There are still various unexpected imponderables that may

bounce into your life unannounced but you know the value of just

keeping going and staying organized and real. You will probably

be satisfied with the progress you make.

Libra

The madness of April gives way to a slowing down in May and

this will cause you to make various adjustments accordingly.

You may have re-evaluate income streams as some will be

drying up. Look for the new ones though because it’s a time to

rebuild not retreat. There is no viable ‘return to normal’ strategy.

Scorpio

The recent full moon may have ruffled feathers belonging both to

you and significant people around you but things slow down a bit

in May, giving you an opportunity to re-evaluate things and

choose a slower and more methodical pace for the moment.

Trouble is, the sun then goes into Gemini and I very much doubt

that ‘bubbly’ is what you will need when this happens.

Sagittarius

Tapping your fingers impatiently is the image that comes to

mind! Far too plodding, can’t go where you want to go, irritated

by continuing restrictions, these are all likely. It won’t be til the

end of May that things take a turn for the better for you so you

will have to learn patience and sit it out. Do something practical

that requires persistence while you are waiting!

Capricorn

You get a brief hint about the transformations that are possible

mid-month so use that realisation to rethink creatively and ‘out of

the box’. Try a few things out that might just work now even if

they failed in the past and you could suddenly find that you have

found some answers while others are blundering around in the

dark.

Aquarius

If you were hoping that the heaviness of Saturn in your sign was

going to ease, May is not likely to be very encouraging as the

earth energy of Taurus that typifies at least the early to mid part

of the month brings what feels like more plodding through mud. It

won’t be until the end of May that the cloud feels as if its lifting.

Pisces

Put your wellies on and go out in the rain, walk through the

metaphorical mud and puddles of your life and splash about a

bit. Feeling better now? Now you can get on with a few practical

things that you have meant to do for ages. Then when the sun

hits Gemini you can have a good whinge to everyone about the

state your life is in!

Aries

This is always the time of year where you have to put your

money where your mouth is and follow up the frenetic activity of

last month with some sustainable grounded actions to create

something productive out of your whirlwind mind. Towards the

end of May you will no doubt discover that you can’t achieve

your goals without working with other people and taking them

into account. Now there’s a challenge for you!

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