As is often the case the weather on the coast is behind inland Norfolk - I see no hazel out near me but around Norwich (Southern bypass) I saw some yesterday. There's a little gorse around.
I have just put a kg of fondant on one of my plywood mini-nucs which was very light. As it was cold, the bees didn't move at all and stayed in cluster - no veil required. This is one of those colonies that I don't really need - the queen was an emergency one of some sort - although of a fair size - however if she survives she might help someone out in spring if they have a DLQ.
May your bees read the same books as you do.