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The Patch, selection of vegetables.

Best seasonal veg

The Patch in Sheringham, a not-for-profit smallholding working with schools and the community, won the Best School Food Project award, sponsored by The Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association. Matthew Smith, its director, shares his tips on the best seasonal vegetables to serve – and how.

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Historian Dr David Starkey PA Photo : John Stillwell.

Horrible history?

How is Henry VIII like Nigel Farage, what should every Norfolk schoolchild should know about their county and why has David Starkey become an expert on childbirth? Rowan Mantell interviewed the famously controversial historian ahead of his visit to King’s Lynn this month.

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Panpepato, step by step with Richard Hughes. Photo: Bill Smith

Panpepato

Enjoy an Italian treat with a sophisticated flavour from Richard Hughes of the Lavender House in Brundall

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Veteran iced oak  by Neville Yardy

The pace of nature

A visit to Thursford Wood puts time in perspective for Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s wildlife evangelist Nick Acheson.

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Poringland. Photo : Steve Adams

Making a move to . . .

Poringland, Framingham Earl and Brooke. Rowan Mantell looks at these three thriving villages, south of the city.

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Volunteers at the Norfolk Family History Society. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Time detectives

If you want to discover more about your ancestors in the county, a great place to start is the volunteer-run Norfolk Family History Society in Norwich.

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Sticking to New Year's resolutions

A happy and healthy New Year

Our new health columnist Dr Matt Piccaver, an East Anglian GP, gives us his advice on making and sticking to New Year’s resolutions.

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Pawnbroker sign

The dawn of pawn

James Hawkins of the Gold Shop at Diss reveals the history behind “the world’s second oldest profession”.

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Mature couple looking out to horizon

Hot topic

Auto-enrolment – what does it mean to you as an employee? The team at Lovewell Blake chartered accountants in Norwich explain.

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Millie Mackintosh and Stephen Manderson aka Professor Green. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Sweet music

Ahead of his visit to Norwich, rapper Professor Green talks about his music and his marriage to the confectionery heir Millie Mackintosh.

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Party canapes

Canapés without tears

Don’t despair at the thought of hosting a party, with these simple but stylish canapes from our food writer Mary Kemp.

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Basil roast rump of lamb

Winter warmer

With award-winning chef Daniel Smith at its helm, The Ingham Swan is a must-visit restaurant on Norfolk’s culinary map, writes Rachel Buller.

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Goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis, feeding from a garden feeder

A watching brief

Fill up your feeders, station yourself at the kitchen window and have your binoculars at the ready, the Big Garden Birdwatch comes to Norfolk, as Rupert Masefield from the RSPB in Norwich reports.

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A seagull flying over Cromer Pier.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

A quick get-away

Need a little seasonal tonic, a chance to escape the chaos of Christmas planning? Treat yourself to some time out with these 31 cool ideas for a cold winter’s day from Visit North Norfolk.

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Economy Car Hire

Made in Norfolk

Norfolk entrepreneur Rory Sexton was barely out of his teens when he launched a car hire business. Now his success stretches across Europe, as Rowan Mantell explains.

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Shawl from The Mercerie

Stylesheet

Norfolk best boutiques and loveliest labels, by Rachel Buller

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Quatuor Parisii

Five minutes with . . .

Roger Rowe of the Norfolk and Norwich Music Club which promotes an annual series of classical chamber music concerts, and will be hosting a Chamber Music Weekend.

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Correa backhouseana

Garden guide

Plant specialist Keith Clouting from Taverham Nursery Centre brings you his guide to getting the best out of your garden.

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