Thursday, 2 November 2017

A Moment in Time - 50 stories that bring East Anglian history to life - publishing update

Peter Sargent with A Moment in Time at Jarrold Norwich book department
We launched Peter Sargent's A Moment in Time - 50 stories that bring East Anglian history to life at Jarrold Norwich book department on Wednesday, October 4.

In November's Let's Talk magazine, Editor Angi Kennedy said: "From Norfolk's bare knuckle boxers to the sailors who fought a huge sea battle off the Suffolk coast, Peter Sargent has gathered together 50 stories from our past for a brilliant new book."

Angi Kennedy continued: "A Moment in Time is a book that readers will want to dip into time and again to discover and rediscover the people and places that have helped shape our story."

The book is on sale at these shops: Jarrold Norwich, Jarrold Cromer, Jarrold at The Forum NorwichWaterstones Norwich, The Book Hive Norwich, Revelation Bookshop Norwich, City Bookshop Norwich, The Holt Bookshop, The Aldeburgh Bookshop, The Adam and Eve pub Norwich, the Maids Head Hotel Norwich, Halesworth Bookshop, Ceres Bookshop and Tearoom Swaffham , Kett's Books Wymondham and Diss Publishing Bookshop .

A Moment in Time can be purchased online at www.allthingsnorfolk.com.

An ebook version is also on sale in all major ebook stores including Amazon and Apple iBooks.

Peter Sargent will be at the Festive Fair in The Forum, Norwich on Sunday, November 26, signing copies of A Moment in Time.

 

A Moment in Time rrp £12 paperback, £5.99 ebook was published by Paul Dickson on 2 October 2017 . ISBN paperback 9780995618718, ebook 9780995618725.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

A Moment in Time - 50 stories that bring East Anglian history to life


On Monday 2 October 2017, I am publishing Peter Sargent's A Moment in Time - 50 stories that bring East Anglian history to life. I used to be an avid reader of Pete's history columns in the Eastern Daily Press and now I am very pleased to be working with him to publish a first collection of these columns.

Here's an introduction to the book: 


It only takes a moment to change the world. Our past is littered with these moments; from the grandest in the land – a Queen claiming her crown at a Suffolk castle – to the humblest – a workman whitewashing religious pictures in a church.


These moments in time helped create our history in East Anglia. In this book, former journalist Peter Sargent takes us on a journey in time, from the mysterious ancient figure of the Green Man in Norwich Cathedral, via the day King Charles II rode a winner at Newmarket’s racetrack on to Second World War soldiers preparing for the D-Day landings in woods on the Norfolk-Suffolk border.


In this series of short stories, many of which first appeared in the Eastern Daily Press newspaper, you will encounter famous figures who made their mark. Here is Oliver Cromwell raising an army in his own backyard, Queen Elizabeth I on a Royal Progress, while highwayman Dick Turpin goes about his nefarious business.


You’ll also meet less familiar figures and veer well off the beaten track. Here are tales of a Cambridgeshire Iron Age ‘hill fort’, Norfolk’s raffish 19th Century bare knuckle boxers and the sailors who fought a huge, but barely remembered, 17th century sea battle off the Suffolk coast.



Peter Sargent’s interest in history was sparked when he studied the subject at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, during the 1980s. After working in Peterborough and Cambridge, via spells in Malta and Hong Kong, he later returned to Norfolk to work as a journalist on newspapers and magazines. From 2004-11 he wrote weekly articles on local history which appeared in The Eastern Daily Press, and was production editor on Let’s Talk magazine for six years. He lives in Norwich. This is his first published book.
 
A Moment in Time, price £12 can be ordered here at allthingsnorfolk.com

ISBN Paperback: 9780995618718, 160 pages + 8 pages colour illustrations.



Monday, 10 April 2017

Take a Tandem Parachute Jump for Norfolk Deaf Association

Norfolk Deaf Association (NDA) is marking the start of Deaf Awareness Week 2017 with a Tandem Parachute Jump on Sunday, May 14 at Ellough Airfield, Beccles to raise funds for its vital services supporting people with hearing loss in Norfolk.

NDA is dedicated to improving the lives of young people and adults with all degrees of hearing loss. This is achieved by providing hearing aid maintenance, advice on assistive listening technology and communication methods, befriending, and support and information on hearing loss and other related conditions, such as tinnitus.

Aliona Derrett, Chief Executive, NDA explained: “Demand for our services continues to grow, in particular for the Hearing Support Service. Between April 2015 and March 2017, the number of people we support grew by 70%, from 5,528 to 8,642. So initiatives like the Parachute Jump are very important in helping secure funding for our work. We need more people to come forward and take part in the Parachute Jump, or just come along on the day and support the tandem jumpers. Because of the growth in demand, we are also very keen to recruit more volunteers to assist with our Hearing Support and Befriending Services.”

Ellie Parfitt
Ellie Parfitt from near Wymondham, also known online as Deafie Blogger, has booked to take part in the parachute jump. Ellie said: “I'm 20 years old and profoundly deaf. I write blogs for the Phonak Hearing Like Me community blog, as well as my personal blog. I am passionate about deaf awareness, deaf culture and issues around it. Ever since I started blogging, and becoming involved in the deaf community, I've always wanted to do some fundraising for a deaf charity. The opportunity arose for me to do this tandem skydive for NDA, and I feel the funds raised will allow the charity to provide valuable support to those with hearing loss across Norfolk.”

For more information about the Tandem Parachute Jump or volunteering opportunities contact Norfolk Deaf Association, t. 01603 404440, email nda@norfolkdeaf.org.uk. There is a fundraising page for the Parachute Jump at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/ndaparachutejump. For more information about what is involved in a Tandem Parachute Jump see http://ukparachuting.co.uk/tandem-skydiving.

Ann Harrod
Ann Harrod from Norwich has first hand experience of the support that NDA can provide. Her father, George Barber, who died last year aged 95, was a regular visitor to the Hearing Support Service clinic in Norwich. George was a pressman in the local shoe industry, working in a noisy environment. He spent his whole employment in the shoe industry, except for war service.

“When my Dad’s hearing began to fail,” said Ann, “ I suggested he needed a hearing aid, but it had to be his decision. It was fitted at the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital and eventually he had hearing aids fitted for both ears. Dad had problems with his hearing aids, they whistled a lot and he needed to get them cleaned and maintained. I found out about NDA when they were on Silver Road. I began volunteering at Pabulum Alzheimers support, which was below the NDA office.”

“It was becoming very difficult for me to take Dad to the Norfolk & Norwich clinic, so imagine my relief, when NDA offered to send a Hearing Support volunteer to visit him at home and look after his hearing aids, cleaning the tubes and checking the batteries. Sadly my mum was suffering from dementia and Dad wasn’t keen to leave her, so getting a volunteer to do home visits was a real bonus.”  

After my Mum died in 2008, I began taking Dad to the Hearing Support Clinic at NDA’s Head Office, which is now on Thorpe Road. He loved to chat with volunteers and find out how they were getting on, while they checked and cleaned his hearing aids. Margaret, Sylvia and Norman were a wonderful support. Dad really appreciated what they did for him and he enjoyed their company. They were his friends. The volunteers sent me a lovely card when he died.”

“NDA’s Assistive Listening Technology Clinic also proved very useful. Dad was finding it difficult to hear an ordinary telephone. We were able to get advice from NDA on what was available and purchased a telephone with a higher volume and large press buttons.”

“I always publicise the work of NDA whenever I can and have introduced David and Pete, who live by themselves after their wives passed away, to NDA’s services. David suffers from tinnitus and both he and Peter are helped out with their hearing aids.”

Whilst many of us take our hearing for granted, the Action on Hearing Loss Fact Sheet (April 2016), showed that hearing loss affects over 11 million adults and 45,000 children in the UK. This has an enormous personal, social and economic impact. Of this figure, over 5 million people are of working age. NDA aims to support those with hearing loss to enable them to engage fully in all aspects of life.

Norfolk Deaf Association was established in 1898 and currently has a team of 11 staff as well as more than 50 essential volunteers.
 More than 124,000 people in Norfolk have some degree of hearing loss. This equates to 1 in 7 people.
 NDA provides the following services: Hearing Support Service, Befriending Service, Tinnitus Support Group, Hard of Hearing group (HUSH! Club) and Hearing Loss Awareness Training for commercial and public sector organisations as well as individuals.
 Of the two million people in the UK that have a hearing aid, only 1.4 million wear it regularly.
 It is estimated that by 2031, 14.5 million people in the UK will have hearing loss (approx. 20% of the population)

Norfolk Deaf Association is based at 120 Thorpe Road, Norwich, NR1 1RT. T. 01603 404440.


Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Great Days Out in Norfolk & Suffolk – English Tourism Week Launch


Launching Great Days Out 2017 at Framlingham Castle: Fiona Siddall, Easton Farm Park, Martin Dupee, Africa Alive and Abbie Connell-Smith, English Heritage (photo James Bass Photography)
Norfolk and Suffolk Tourist Attractions (NSTA) launched their 2017 Great Days Out in Norfolk & Suffolk booklet at Castle Acre Priory and Framlingham Castle (English Heritage properties) on Tuesday, March 28, to mark English Tourism Week (March 25 to April 2).

The Great Days Out booklet features 51 attractions across Norfolk and Suffolk and £260 of discount vouchers.  New members featured in 2017 are the East Anglia Transport Museum, English Heritage (Norfolk and Suffolk) and Southwold Maize Maze.

Norfolk and Suffolk's attractions continue to invest in new projects demonstrating significant confidence in the region’s tourism offer. Examples of these include English Heritage embarking on a two-phase £1.2 million visitor facilities improvement scheme at Framlingham Castle, including a new café and extended shop. English Whisky’s St George’s Distillery is developing a new restaurant and shop, which will open in the autumn, as will Dinosaur Adventure’s explorer-themed restaurant.

City Sightseeing Norwich is unveiling an upgraded DDA compliant bus, with easy wheelchair access in April. Banham Zoo will be opening its new £400,000 Californian sea lion enclosure later this summer and Amazona Zoo is opening Cromer Camping in July, the only campsite in the heart of Cromer.

On the events front, the legendary Tom Jones will be at Holkham Hall on July 23, Houghton Hall is hosting an exhibition by acclaimed British sculptor, Richard Long from April 30 and, once again, the Thursford Christmas Spectacular, the largest Christmas show in the country, returns on November 8.

Launching Great Days Out 2017 at Castel Acre Priory: Julie Enefer, English Heritage and Martin Dupee, Banham Zoo (photo James Bass Photography)
Martin Dupée, Chairman NSTA said: “This is looking like a fantastic year for all of Norfolk and Suffolk’s attractions. The Great Days Out booklet features 51 excellent reasons for day trips and short breaks in the region. It's such good news to see both large and smaller attractions continuing to invest in new facilities and innovative events, improving the visitor experience and giving a boost to our £4.8 billion tourism economy in Norfolk and Suffolk.”  

The Great Days Out booklet offers an unrivalled menu of activities from boat trips on the Broads, family theme parks, top museum collections and country houses and gardens to zoos and animal collections, heritage railways, fabulous live shows and much more.

Some 400,000 booklets will be distributed across the six counties of the East of England and to Tourist Information Centres nationwide. Great Days Out in Norfolk & Suffolk can also be downloaded from www.norfolkandsuffolkattractions.co.uk.


Monday, 27 March 2017

New Floating Common Tern Breeding Platform Launched at Fairhaven Garden, Norfolk Broads


Trevor 'Tabs' Taberham (left) and John Debbage secure the platform on Fairhaven broad 
A new floating breeding platform for common terns was secured on Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden’s broad today (March 27) at South Walsham in the Norfolk Broads. It was attached to posts that survive from an old 1960s installation, designed to deter waterskiing.

The platform comprises a 3m x 2m pallet and six large fruit juice barrels (for buoyancy) donated by Britvic, Norwich, along with two ‘air raid’ shelters, so that chicks can hide from aerial predators and a hinged ramp into the water. The ramp will take the weight of a chick, but not otters, to deter them from attacking.

Trevor ‘Tabs’ Taberham, volunteer wildlife warden at Fairhaven Garden explained: “Two years ago, just after I started working her, five pairs of common terns tried to breed on the island in Fairhaven broad, but greylag geese wrecked the nests. So last year, we experimented with a single standard size pallet, attached to the waterskiing posts. It attracted two pairs of common terns; one pair stayed to nest, three chicks fledged, but unfortunately one was taken by a Herring gull.”

Common tern chicks on the 2016 platform
“The new platform, which has been built by John Debbage, one of the gardening team at Fairhaven, is much larger.  We hope that John’s air raid shelters and chick ramp will keep the birds safe, should they decide to breed this year. We can expect the common terns to start arriving in mid April and will be keeping a close eye on activity out on the water.”

John Debbage, Fairhaven gardener added: “We have developed a much more substantial and stable platform this year. I would like to thank Phil Denman and Luke Davey from Britivic for their support and have my fingers firmly crossed for a more successful breeding season than last year.”

 Job done - Trevor 'Tabs' Taberham (standing) and John Debbage with the secured platform 
Fairhaven Garden’s daily boat trips, which started for the season on Mothering Sunday, will take visitors past the common tern platform, so they can keep an eye on progress.

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is at South Walsham, nine miles east of Norwich, signposted off A47 at B1140 junction, t. 01603 270449, www.fairhavengarden.co.uk.

The garden is open daily all year 10am to 5pm (closed Christmas Day and closes 4pm during the winter), also open Wednesdays until 9pm from May to the end of August.  Garden entry is adult £6.75, concessions £6.15, child £3.85 (under 5 free). Free entry to tearoom, gift shop and plant sales. 

There is wheelchair access throughout the garden, including a Sensory Garden and accessible boat trips (April to October, additional charge). Visitors requiring special facilities are advised to telephone in advance, mobility scooters available. 

Dogs are welcome on leads; small charge to cover poop scoop.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Nelson's Gold Launched at the Maids Head Hotel Norwich

Left to right: Matt and Steph Brown, creator's of Nelson's Gold with Adam Youngman, Maids Head Hotel and the Nelson's Golden Apple Cocktail. 
Nelson’s Gold, a brand new spirit drink from Norfolk’s Wild Knight English Vodka, was launched today at the Maids Head Hotel in Tombland, Norwich.

The new spirit drink combines Wild Knight English Vodka and caramelised East Anglian sugar beet. It takes its name from the story behind the predecessor of Horatio Nelson’s HMS Victory, which was sunk in 1700 containing around £500m worth of gold coins.

Adam Youngman, Restaurant and Bar Manager at the Maids Head has devised a cocktail to celebrate the launch of Nelson’s Gold.

Nelson’s Golden Apple is now on sale in the historic Maids Head bar, where it is believed that Horatio Nelson imbibed his first alcoholic drink. The cocktail combines Nelson’s Gold, fresh apple juice and cinnamon syrup, shaken and served in a chilled martini glass and garnished with apple.

Matt Brown, co-founder of Wild Knight Vodka said: “We were really pleased to launch Nelson’s Gold at the Maids Head. The hotel was our first customer last year, when we produced our Wild Knight Vodka and it was great to come back today with our new spirit drink to a historic bar, with links to Horatio Nelson.”





Friday, 17 March 2017

Fairhaven Garden – Great Broadland Breakfast – English Tourism Week


Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden at South Walsham in the Norfolk Broads is marking English Tourism Week from Saturday, March 25 to Sunday, April 2, 2017 with the Great Broadland Breakfast, celebrating a cooked start to the day with the best of local produce.

Breakfast is served in the tearoom from 9.15am until 12noon, giving visitors the chance to enjoy their meal before exploring the garden, which opens at 10am.

Norfolk and Suffolk businesses supplying breakfast produce are New Oven Bakery, Great Yarmouth, bread and croissants; Green Farm Coffee Rackheath, tea and coffee and Broadland Hams, bacon. Eggs come form Hoxne in Suffolk and mushrooms from Capel St Mary (also Suffolk). Fairhaven supplies it own tomatoes, in season, from the garden’s vegetable patch.

Louise Rout, Manager, Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden said: “The garden has always been managed sustainably using organic principles and traditional Broads practices. Our green ethos also features strongly in what we offer for visitors and we always use local suppliers whenever possible. Our local breakfast is proving popular and we look forward to welcoming visitors during English Tourism Week to celebrate our Great Broadland Breakfast.”          

Fairhaven Garden Breakfast

Breakfast Menu
Great Broadland Breakfast, £5.70: mushrooms, bacon, fried egg, tomatoes, baked beans and toast.
Muffin Breakfast, £4.25: buttered muffin with bacon and fried egg.
Scrambled egg on toast, £3.95.

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is at South Walsham, nine miles east of Norwich, signposted off A47 at B1140 junction, t. 01603 270449, www.fairhavengarden.co.uk.
The garden is open daily all year 10am to 5pm (closed Christmas Day and closes 4pm during the winter), also open Wednesdays until 9pm from May to the end of August.  Garden entry is adult £6.75, concessions £6.15, child £3.85 (under 5 free). Free entry to tearoom, gift shop and plant sales.

There is wheelchair access throughout the garden, including a Sensory Garden and boat trips (April to October, additional charge). Visitors requiring special facilities are advised to telephone in advance, mobility scooters available.

Dogs are welcome on leads; small charge to cover poop scoop.