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Aylsham’s Alice Hoare commemorated with blue plaque

The Broadland District Council Blue Plaque Scheme launched today (11 January), with the unveiling of three plaques commemorating women from Broadland’s past who made valuable contributions to their community.

Alice Hoare, Lucy Sewell, Mary Sewell, Margaret Sewell, and Anne Wright were selected to be the first people memorialised by a panel made up of Broadland District Council’s Chairman, Heritage Champion and Economic Development Portfolio Holder, with the help of information provided by the council’s Economic Development and Conservation teams.

The Blue Plaques, which were made by local business The Anglia Sign Casting Company, were unveiled by Broadland District Council Chairman Judy Leggett, Vice Chairman and Member Champion for Heritage Karen Vincent, and Portfolio Holder for Economic Development Jo Copplestone at a special event in Hayman Lodge, Catton Park.
The plaques will be installed in early 2019 in the parishes that have relevance to the women being commemorated – Old Catton, Buxton and Aylsham.

The launch focused on celebrating the achievements of remarkable local women as a way of honouring the recent centenary celebrations of the first women to vote. Future plaques installed as part of the scheme will commemorate both men and women from the district.

Broadland District Council Chairman Judy Leggett said: “This very special initiative commemorates notable people from all walks of life, who have made an important contribution to our district historically. With the first plaques we are installing, we hope we have created a fitting tribute to women who made an impact on the lives of others. They stand out in Broadland’s history for different reasons but they all shared a common desire to help those less fortunate in their communities.”

Broadland District Council Vice Chairman and Member Champion for Heritage Karen Vincent added: “We are very grateful to the kind contributions of many of our local parish councils, the record office, volunteers, families of the women, and other organisations who helped us research the lives of the women we unveiled plaques for. We’re looking forward to exploring the backgrounds of more people who served their communities throughout our district’s history and the panel is ready to welcome more submissions.”
In attendance at the event was Chloe Smith MP, relatives of Alice Hoare (one of the women being honoured), children from Sewell Park Academy, local historians, and councillors.


Launch of the new Broadland District Council Blue Plaque Scheme at Hayman Lodge in Catton Park. The first 3 plaques in the scheme were unveiled by Judy Leggett, Broadland DC Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Member Champion for heritage Karen Vincent and Portfolio Holder for Economic Development Jo Copplestone.

Mark Wallinger’s latest work arrives in Aylsham

One World, a new work by internationally-acclaimed artist Mark Wallinger, has arrived in Aylsham as a football!

The work was commissioned by Liverpool Biennial and 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary and was inspired by the famous Christmas truce of 1914, when soldiers from both sides emerged from the trenches and met in No Man’s Land to exchange gifts and play football.

Wallinger has taken the football itself as his canvas. He has transformed it into a globe of the world using photography courtesy of NASA. He also takes inspiration from the celebrated image of earth taken during the Apollo 8 lunar orbit on December 24 1968. Captured at the moment of earthrise, it is an image of enduring beauty, depicting a peaceful planet floating in the vastness of space.

The Football Foundation, which has thousands of grant recipients across the country, selected Aylsham Community Sports which runs Youngs Park, home of Aylsham FC at random, to receive two of the balls. They will be on display at Youngs Park for a period before a decision is made about what to do with them.

Mark Wallinger said: “It is just over 100 years since the Armistice was agreed in 1918, and 50 years since the earthrise photograph was taken on Christmas Eve 1968. One World is my contribution to the legacy of those precious moments – spreading a message of peace for the world. Time to stop fighting and start playing; playing the beautiful game. Let’s take that image of a precious and fragile world into the future and celebrate the joy of playing together.”

Stephen French, Chairman of Aylsham Community Sports (Youngs Park), said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to receive two of these specially-commissioned footballs.

Youngs Park is open every weekend and anyone is welcome to come and see them”

£860,000 artificial pitch plans approved for North Walsham

Plans for an artificial grass sports pitch in North Walsham were approved at a meeting of North Norfolk District Council’s cabinet.

The facility, which would be available primarily for football, but with other sports depending on wider demand, will cost an estimated £860,000. It will be developed as a joint project between the council, the Football Foundation and North Walsham High School.

The pitch will be available for both school and public use. The facility will be floodlit and fully enclosed, and provide improved parking and changing facilities on the school site.

Under the proposals, the school will provide the land with North Norfolk District Council paying 40% of the capital cost, and the Football Foundation paying the remaining 60%.

A feasibility study commissioned by the council identified an initial cost estimate of £810,000 for the pitch plus applications for funding, design and planning; plus another £50,000 to add a “shock pad” system so the facility can cater for other sports such as rugby.

The latter £50,000 cost was not eligible for Football Foundation funding, meaning NNDCs contribution would be £374,000 and the Football Foundation contribution £486,000.

North Norfolk District Council will submit a funding application for an April 2019 deadline, with a decision being made by the FA in July 2019 and completion before the end of 2019.

The council will largely recoup its capital costs via user income. The income will also provide a fund for future renewal of the pitch surface which has an estimated lifetime of around 10 years.

A council spokesman said: “We have been working with the Football Association (FA) for some time on this proposal and the need for the artificial grass pitch was clearly made. There is good demand from clubs locally and a particular emphasis on girls’ and women’s football.

“There is also a growing emphasis on walking football for older people.”

Christmas birds to go under the hammer in Aylsham

A Christmas tradition which is now in its 66th year is to take place on Thursday 20th December, when hundreds of turkeys, geese, chickens and ducks from local producers go under the hammer at Keys annual Christmas poultry sale.

The annual sale dates back to 1953, when Geoffrey Key held the first Christmas sale just months after the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The sale has taken place at Keys’ Aylsham saleground in every year of the Queen’s reign, and is traditionally the firm’s last sale of the year.

Hundreds of people are expected to descend on the town to bid for the birds
– mostly private individuals there to buy the main attraction for their Christmas lunch.

The majority of the birds, which include Norfolk Black and Bronze turkeys, and free-range geese and ducks, have been raised by small-scale local farmers.

Keys director Kevin Lines said, “We love the Christmas poultry sale, as it really marks the start of the festive season for us – and for the many, many people who come to the sale to buy the bird which will be on their Christmas Day table.

“It is really nice to bring together local producers and local consumers, especially in these days when people want to know where their food has come from. It remains very popular with farmers and producers, as well as those who come to bid.

“Unlike much supermarket poultry, those coming to our sale will know exactly who has raised their bird, and in many cases will be able to chat with the producer themselves.

“Our business has been transformed in recent years by innovations such as online bidding, but it is good to see some traditions living on and remaining very popular.”

Keys started out in 1953 as a small livestock market selling mainly poultry, and by the end of the 1950s had become one of the largest of their type in the country. A young Bernard Matthews purchased his first turkeys from the firm.

The Keys annual Christmas poultry sale takes place on Thursday 20th December from 11am. Viewing of the birds on offer starts at 9am on the morning of the sale. More details at Auctioneer David Gould on the rostrum at the Keys annual Christmas poultry sale[/caption]

Body of missing North Walsham man found

Police confirmed the body of a man was found in North Walsham this morning (Friday 23 November 2018).

It’s after officers were called by a member of the public reporting a body of man had been discovered in a field off Happisburgh Road.

While formal identification is yet to take place, it is believed to be that of 46-year-old Julian Gaunt who was reported missing from the area on Monday (19 November). His next of kin have been informed.

The death is currently being treated as unexplained, but detectives do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances.

Dancers tap towards world record

Around 60 tap students recently took part in a nationwide event to try and break a world tap dancing record.

The Tapathon event was in aid of Children in Need and raised funds through T-shirt sales and sponsorship.

Tapathon is held in hundreds of different locations throughout the UK and involves dancers of all ages and fitness levels in attempt to break a world record as well as raising funds for the BBC charity.

The current world record is 7,596 dancers all doing the same routine to the same music.

The Aylsham part was hosted by Broadland School of Dance and took place at the ACT Centre last Sunday afternoon.
Before the record attempt, the students were also invited to the regions recording of Children in Need live from Norwich Castle. Some of the students and dance teacher Michelle appeared on the TV.

Whilst hopeful that this year’s attempt is good enough to beat the current world record, the dancers will have to wait a week or two for the exact number of participants to be verified.

Katy Carroll, who owns the dance school in the town, said she was delighted with how the day went: “A big thank you to all of my tap dancers. Today has been so much fun and everyone had a big smile on their face as well as having them painted like Pudsey Bear!”

The Tapathon dancers

Michelle with dancers at the BBC broadcast.

Sprowston Lidl opening date announced

Lidl UK has today confirmed that its new supermarket on Blue Boar Lane in Sprowston, will open its doors for the first time on Thursday 22nd November.

Customers are invited to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8am and will be offered the chance to sample some of Lidl’s award winning products throughout the day, along with exclusive deals and offers on selected products for the first week of opening. These include a cordless drill driver (£29.99, RRP £49.99) from Thursday 22nd, vintage-style drawers (£19.99, RRP £39.99) from Friday 23rdand an espresso machine (£39.99, RRP £79.99) from Saturday 24th November.

The new supermarket forms part of the company’s ongoing expansion and regeneration plans in the UK and has created up to 40 new jobs for the local community. The store has a 1,424m² sales area and features facilities such as an in-store bakery, longer-style tills with dual packing, customer toilets, baby changing and ample parking for both cars and bicycles.

Lidl UK’s Regional Head of Property, Andrew Hodgkinson, commented: “We would like to thank all those who have played a part in bringing this new Lidl store to Sprowston. It is great for us to be able to create more jobs and investment opportunities in the area, and we can’t wait to start serving our multi-award winning products to the local community.”

Lidl UK has experienced continued growth over the years as consumers flock to the supermarket to discover its great value products – more than two thirds of which are British sourced – ranging from quality fruit and vegetables, to premium wines from its much coveted Wine Tour collections. Its ongoing success shows no signs of slowing, with the latest Kantar Worldpanel results highlighting Lidl’s continued success with increased sales year on year and market share high of 5.6%.

Broadland District Council announces event to commemorate the World War One centenary

In the first of its plans to celebrate this year’s landmark anniversary, Broadland District Council has announced a week-long event to be held in November to mark the World War One centenary.

Broadland Remembers will feature an exhibition and other activities to highlight the efforts made by the people of Broadland during the First World War and how the conflict affected local people.

The event will be held at Whitwell and Reepham railway station over the Armistice weekend and the week following, from Friday 9th – 16th November.

The exhibition will be open to the public everyday and other planned activities throughout the week include talks from local historian, Neil Storey, a reading of ‘Sister Poppy At The Front’ by Brenda Gosling and a wartime poetry workshop with Norfolk poet, Sue Burge.

Additionally, as part of ‘Battle’s Over’ – the national tribute put together by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR – at 7pm on Sunday 11th, a Beacon of Light will be lit in tribute to signify the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of four years of war.

Broadland Remembers will also support Lord Dannatt’s ‘There But Not There’ campaign and will see a Tommy silhouette statue hosted at the venue as well as others at different locations across Broadland.

Cllr Shaun Vincent, Leader of Broadland District Council, said: “We are proud to announce our plans to support the armistice commemorations this year. With Broadland Remembers we hope to create a fitting tribute to all of those affected by World War One in Broadland and beyond.

“We are also glad to add our support to Lord Dannatt’s ‘There But Not There’ campaign and believe the presence of the Tommy silhouettes will add poignancy to our celebrations.”
For more information and please contact 01603 430496.