Monday, 19 July 2010

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden Eleventh Annual Green Festival

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham is staging its 11th annual Green Festival on Sunday, August 1, 10am to 5pm. An action-packed day of entertainment and fun environmental activities is on offer in this beautiful Broadland garden. Admission is adult £5, concessions £4.50 and child £2.50 (under three free). Photograph: The He Hews at last year’s Green Festival.

Green Festival visitors will go on a woodland trail and will meet the 950 year-old King Oak, many other ancient oaks and beeches and the spectacular giant gunnera plants. Fairhaven gardeners will be demonstrating traditional Broads management practices like dyke clearing and leaf soil turning.

Other activities include bird watching with the RSPB, Norfolk Wildlife Trust woodland games, Razz the Clown, Stevie Spud’s circus school, music from The He Hews, The Pedant’s Revolt Morris Dancers, The Green Man Storyteller, making Green Man masks, face painting, canoe hire and have a go archery with The Canoe Man (additional charge), Garden Organic, Norwich Bat Group, Wing and a Prayer bird rescue sanctuary, master composting demonstrations and a wide range of craft stalls featuring Norfolk produce and handmade goods.

Boat trips on the Fairhaven Private Broad and South Walsham Broad on the ‘Primrose’ will be available all day (additional charge).

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is at South Walsham, nine miles east of Norwich, signposted off A47 at B1140 junction, tel. 01603 270449/270683,

There is wheelchair access to most of the garden, including the Sensory Garden. Visitors requiring special facilities are advised to telephone in advance. Mobility scooters available. Dogs are welcome on leads; small charge to cover poop scoop.

The garden is open daily all year, 10am to 5pm (closed Christmas Day), also open until 9pm on Wednesday and Thursday until the end of August. There is a tearoom, gift shop and plant sales.

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is organic, only garden leaf soil, farmyard manure and the product of the annual dyke clearance are used as fertilisers. There are 30 species of tree, and more than 95 species of bird, 11 species of butterfly and six species of dragonfly have been recorded. The garden was created by the Second Lord Fairhaven from 1947 until his death in 1973. A charitable trust was then set up to care for the garden, and open it to visitors.

Friday, 9 July 2010

Norwich Dragon Boat Race

I'm taking part in the Norwich Dragon Boat Race on 25 July raising money for the Anthony Nolan Trust - sponsors very welcome!

Monday, 5 July 2010

World Music in Southburgh, Norfolk, Saturday, July 31

Anna Mudeka, Zimbabwean singer, dancer and drummer is staging her second international music festival, World Music in Southburgh at Burton Manor Barns, Southburgh (south of Dereham), Norfolk on Saturday, July 31, 12noon to 10pm.

Anna will be selling t-shirts, calendars and intriguing banana ketchup on the day to raise money for the Mudeka Education Project, supporting orphans at Rugare Primary School, Zimbabwe.

The day is going to be fun filled with performances and workshops all through the day from Bangra dance, Salsa dance, Samba drumming and circus workshops. Kasaï Masaï from London is headlining the festival. Awards for All, Breckland District Council, Norfolk County Council and Cranworth Farm Services are supporting World Music in Southburgh.

Tickets for World Music in Southburgh are £10 adults before July 14 and £12 after that, £5 under 12 (under 5 free). Workshops are £5 per workshop for adults and £4 for children. Tel. 01362 822194, email The event is being staged at Burton Manor Barns, Cranworth Road, Southburgh, IP25 7SU,

Kasaï Masaï is named after the river Kasai is the Congo. Based in London and led by percussionist, singer and dancer Nickens Nkoso, Kasaï Masaï performs the traditional sounds of the most remote equatorial villages with an urban twist.

The band plays ancestral music which has been passed on from generation to generation and is rooted in the healing power of percussion and chanting combined with the sound of the Congolese folk guitar. The saxophone and an MC have been added to bring a new element to the music – essential urban groves from Kinshasa.

Anna Mudeka said: “This year we have really gone to town and booked a brilliant line up to follow last year’s successful event. Both adults and children will have a lot of fun and help raise money for a really good cause in Zimbabwe.”

Other acts on the days include Jugnu Bhangra dance group from Essex, United Reggae Band from Ipswich, Black Sharks, Front Porch and Horse’s Brawl from Norfolk.

There will also be stalls selling African crafts, Chinese lanterns, hand made Jewellery, handbags, sweets and books. Caribbean and Philippine food, beers by Elm Tree brewery and tea and cakes by Southburgh Church volunteers will be on offer.

Able to Cook – Norfolk Charity Cook Book Features Stars of Stage and Screen

Norwich business, Able Community Care, has published, Able to Cook, a charity cook book featuring more than 120 recipes, including contributions from stars of stage and screen, Norfolk personalities, friends and colleagues, to mark its 30th anniversary.

Able to Cook, featuring recipes from Sir Richard Branson, Sir Michael Caine, Joan Collins, Dame Judi Dench, Stephen Fry, Felicity Kendal, Joanna Lumley, Sir Ian McKellan, Prunella Scales, Susannah York and many other local and national celebrities, is published on 2 July, price £6, and is available from Able Community Care online at or tel. 01603 764567.

Proceeds from book sales will go to Age UK Norfolk and Connects & Co, a local charity supporting young carers in Norfolk.

Able Community Care was established by Angela Gifford in Norwich in 1980. The company provides live-in carer schemes throughout Great Britain and the Channel Islands, a true alternative to moving into a residential care setting, providing people with an opportunity to stay in their own homes.

Angela Gifford explains the idea behind the book: “Over the years many recipes have been passed down to us from care workers and our clients and when considering how to celebrate our 'pearl' anniversary a cookery book made up of our care workers and clients dishes came to mind. Later, to enhance this idea and to help raise funds for our chosen charities, we decided to seek recipes from famous people who had a link with Norfolk, and ask them for a reason why they liked to cook their chosen recipe.”

“The response has been fantastic. I hope people enjoy cooking Sir Michael Caine’s Bread and Butter Pudding and making Joan Collins’ Festive Christmas Egg Nog, along with favourites from a whole host of other stars of stage and screen and Norfolk personalities, as well as our own staff and friends.”

Enjoy…for example…
Branson’s Bramble Apple Pie – Sir Richard Branson
Favourites Pudding – Sir Ian McKellen
Bread and Butter Pudding – Dame Judi Dench
Trout with Almonds – Prunella Scales
Norfolk Braised Beef in Beer with Dumplings – Jake Humphreys BBC Motorsport
Kentish Hot Rabbit Casserole – Fredrick Forsyth
A different bread and butter pudding – Sir Michael Caine
Festive Christmas Egg Nog – Joan Collins
Mexican Spiced Chocolate Ice Cream – Joanna Lumley
Chunky Apple Walnut Cake – Felicity Kendal