A staycation break can be just what you need to relax and recharge...the feel of getting away from it all but without the hassle of travelling too far. Whether you choose a weekend break or mid-week getaway, we've got it covered with local staycations.

Luxury Yurt Grand Tipi Stylish

Bell Tent

Luxury 6 & 8 Birth


Diglea is a Friendly family run campsite on the N.W. Norfolk Coastline.

For further details T: 01485 541 367

E: BOOK ONLINE: Lawns Lane, Beccles Road, Belton Great Yarmouth

01493 601180 07941 623710

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The Grove Glamping started in 2015, and has gone from glam to glammer. The five yurts are huddled around a fire pit, which has a convivial atmospheric feel in the evenings. Each yurt has its own undercover cooking and eating area with gas hobs and its own charcoal BBQ. A short walk through our private woodland path leads you to the award winning Cromer beach or if you prefer there is access to the indoor heated pool.

For booking and more details

01263 512412

Each yurt has a double bed with a proper mattress & duvet & bunk beds.

The Mongolian yurts, which have oak doors, are surrounded by a wooden lattice with a window looking up to the stars. Each is fitted with all your creature comforts, a wood burning stove so you can snuggle up & low wattage 240-volt electricity courtesy of solar panels.

Unique Treehouse & Glamping Holidays

Tucked away in the heart of the Norfolk countryside our treehouses and bell tents will bring childhood dreams alive, each individually and lovingly designed, they certainly put the glamour into glamping. Ranging from stunning two story treehouses complete with fitted kitchens and en-suites to cosy bohemian bell tents, there is something for everyone.

West Lexham Manor, Nr. Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE32 2QN Z Tel: 01760 755 602 Z

Luxury self-catering caravans in the heart of Suffolk behind the Wissett Plough.

To book or for any further details please contact Carlea.

T: 07880 805005

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Drink Sleep

Wangford Road, Reydon Suffolk IP18 6PZ

T: 01502 723603 E: Loddon

Community Gym


EASTERN Rivers Community Gym at Loddon celebrates its fifth birthday in April.

Formed in 2014, the Gym now has over 120 members and during the five years has had over 15,000 visits.

Serving Loddon and surrounding villages, the Gym is open to all over 16. The not-for-profit Gym is well equipped and affordable and enables its members to get fit at their own pace in a friendly

place guidance.

Under their Exercise Referral Scheme they are also specially qualified to help those referred by local Medical Practices to improve their fitness levels and well being. Run from the Jubilee Hall in

George Lane the Gym is open on Mondays 13-30 to 18-00, Tuesdays 16-30 to 20-30 and Fridays 10-00 to 13-00. For details either call Louise on 07534946143 or just drop by to see us. We are also at www.loddoncommunitygym. com. SPECIAL OFFER: BRING


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investment of time, big impact

SUPPORTING young people in rural Suffolk is key to a careers mentoring programme, recently set up by Woodbridge-based charity the Seckford Foundation, to run alongside their wellbeing mentoring programme. It focuses on skills

and routes into the

workplace. Both programmes follow a structure which includes plenty of resources and support for mentors together with a clear start and finish point for mentees, so they can actually see how far they have progressed, what they have achieved and what their next step might be.

Could you listen? Seckford Foundation is now searching for volunteer mentors to join the team. It is a mutually rewarding programme for both mentor and mentee. No previous mentoring experience is needed as training and development is ongoing. All that is needed is some life experience, a non-judgemental attitude, a listening ear and a desire to make a positive difference to someone’s life. Both mentoring programmes are funded jointly by the Seckford Foundation, Prince’s Countryside Fund and Salvation Army, and they are available to young people aged 25 and under to access for free. Could you be the difference a young person needs? To find out more, call 01394 615199/07831120873 or email enquiries@seckford-foundation.

Antiques & Collectors Fair 2019 Jubilee Hall, George Lane, Loddon NR14 6NB


Sunday Feb 17th, April 28th, July 7th, Sept 29th, Nov 24th 9am-4pm

Entrance £1 adults (trade free with card) children free Over 40 stalls, hot and cold refreshments K.C. Fairs & Events wish

Loddon Community Gym continued success Contact K C Fairs & Events

01502 711174/715771 for more details. MARCH 2019

Beccles Lions Founder Member honoured in Club’s 50th year

IN 1917 a Chicago business leader Melvin Jones asked a simple


question – what if people made a commitment to

world-changing improving

their communities. 100 years later, Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organisation, with more than 1.4 million members, with over 46,000 clubs worldwide. Founded in 1969 Beccles and District Lions Club is one of the 46,000 clubs which today make up Lions Clubs International and the Melvin Jones Fellow- ship - named after the Chicago businessman who created the first club in 1917, is the most prestigious award given to an individual Lion member. It was therefore fitting that in the Beccles Lions Club’s 50th year one of its founder mem- bers - Lion Norman Garrod, should be presented with the

Melvin Jones Fellowship by Club President - Lion Chris Lambert. The ceremony was held at the Broadlands Residential Care Home, in Oulton Broad, where Lion Norman - now 92, is a res- ident. Members of Beccles Li- ons Club, along with Norman’s nieces and other family mem- bers attended the presentation to offer their congratulations. Lion President, Chris Lambert said, “It is a great honour to present this award to Lion Nor- man, in recognition of all the time and dedicated service he has given to the Beccles and District Lions Club as well as to the people of Beccles - serv- ing for over 40 years as our Club Treasurer. People join the Lions in order to help others within their

local community

and Lion Norman has certainly done that.”

A delighted Lion Norman add- ed, “What a surprise this is I’m so overwhelmed and honoured to receive the Melvin Jones Fellowship. I have never regret- ted the day we started Beccles Lions Club and to think from a small conversation 50 years ago the people of Beccles are still supporting the Club. Over the

years people’s time has

become more precious and yet new members willingly join Li- ons and continue with the good work that all Lions Clubs do within their local community as well as around the world - help- ing others where they can and when it is needed. In addition I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions I and the other founder Members made - to start Beccles Lions Club. I have met some wonderful people and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my time being involved with the Lions. The thrill of helping others cannot be expressed

in words, you

have to experience it to truly understand the feeling of joy you get and joining the Lions gave me that.” Lion President Chris thanked the Manager of Broadlands Residential Care Home, along with the staff and residents for allowing and assisting with the

presentation, plus providing

some refreshments. If you wish to know more about the Beccles Lions and the work they do please con-

tact the club secretary Janet Ramsden on 01502 514284 or visit our club’s website at

A West End Night Out

Cast of “A West End Night Out” – Waveney Light Opera Group, Beccles. Photo John Gallagher

AWARD winning local musi- cal theatre group "Waveney Light Opera Group" presents their next full stage production “A West End Night Out”. This colourful, full-blooded presen- tation of over 30 songs from recent and current West End musicals ranging from School of Rock, Hamilton and Heath- ers to Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables

with a

very talented cast of singers and dancers giving their all to

the production. A "must see" for all musical theatre lovers! The show is being per-

formed at Beccles Public Hall & Theatre from April 2nd - 6th and all performances start at 7.30pm. Tickets are available in person from the hall box of- fice, by phone 01502 770060 or on-line at www.becclespub- Tickets range from £9 - £13.

Tel: 01986 872882 Email:

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