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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.

Just Regional celebrates first decade!

Yes that’s right, it was 10 years ago when the first issue of Just Aylsham first popped through letterboxes.

For those who don’t know the story, business owner Lee Todd was keen to see a local magazine full of local stories for his home town and so the idea of the hyperlocal Just name was established.

The Aylsham magazine was soon joined by one dedicated to North Walsham and the business then expanded along the coast, into other parts of Broadland and finally around the outskirts of Norwich.

Today, the Just magazines hits 50,000 dooormats in 10 areas, with free pick-ups in libraries, information centres and shops.

Just Regional serves 10 towns and city suburbs in Norfolk with four-weekly titles (three-weekly in Aylsham) and also covers all of those communities with Summer and Christmas special publications.

Built on a belief that hyperlocal news can be presented using high specification paper, quality journalism, excellent photography and professional sales, the business has grown from two part-time staff to 10 office staff and 120 distribution staff with their offices in Aylsham, a location central to all of the areas covered.

Lee said: “We’ve done an incredible job in Norfolk showing how hyperlocal can work, in a competitive marketplace, both for advertisers and readers.

“A lot of publishers have talked about hyperlocal for a long time – we have actually done it and made a success of the model.

“However we couldn’t have done it without our advertisers who have supported us right from day one. A big thank you to them and a happy anniversary to us!”

A big fan of the publications is BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Nick Conrad, who said: “Just Regional produce outstanding magazines run by wonderful people who love and champion their towns and villages. As the owner of a local business who has worked with Just Regional, these guys really get behind you and believe in you. Over the past decade they have woven themselves into the fabric of the communities they represent”.

The first issue of Just Aylsham from October 2008.

Aylsham business man jailed

A man has been jailed for four years after he stole nearly half a million pounds from his elderly mother to pay off loans and fund his lifestyle.

Gary Woodley, 66, of Norwich Road, Aylsham and formerly the owner of The Forge and Aylsham Garden Centre, pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position and theft following a previous hearing at Norwich Crown Court.

The court heard how Woodley became a power of attorney, along with his brother, for his mother in 2013 in relation to property and financial affairs after 89-year-old Kathleen Woodley was unable to do this herself and was moved into a care home.

In February 2016, Woodley’s brother raised concerns and invoked his power of attorney after significant withdrawals of money had been taken from a number of the victim’s bank accounts over a number of years. In total Woodley stole £480,000 from his mother.

Police were informed and Woodley was arrested on September 15, 2016. He was subsequently charged on December 19, 2016 with one count of fraud by abuse of position and one count of theft.

Mrs Woodley sadly passed away during the investigation in March 2017.

Today (Thursday, October 11), Woodley was sentenced to four years for count one and 12 months for count two to run concurrently. A Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) confiscation hearing will take place in due course.

Det Con Bridget Milne, from Norfolk Constabulary’s adult abuse investigation unit which carried out the investigation, said: “Gary Woodley abused the position that he held as power of attorney to his elderly, vulnerable mother. Instead of managing the victim’s money in her best interests and providing for her, Woodley used the money very much to further his own lifestyle.

“Norfolk Constabulary will continue to work with partner agencies to protect the most vulnerable members of our community from these types of crimes.”

All systems go for Aylsham Food Festival!

Music and magic are on the menu at this year’s Aylsham Food Festival, presented by Slow Food Aylsham.

The ever-popular event returns this week with a packed weekend of old favourites and family entertainment.

Alongside regular features like the Country Market, Farmers’ Market and Slow Brunch will be the walkabout musical act Banana Ukulele Band and magician and children’s entertainer, Robbie James.

Organised by Slow Food Aylsham (SFA), the festival will be in its customary early October slot, from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th.

SFA chairman Patrick Prekopp said: “While the focus of the festival will, of course, be on food and particularly local produce, we want to make people think differently about food. It should be fun, and we hope to sprinkle a bit of magic and stardust around too.”

The programme kicks off a week earlier with a “fringe taster”, Rosie With Cider, on Friday, September 28, at the Town Hall. Rosie Warren and her dad David, from Aylsham, will demonstrate the art of cider-making using a cider press – accompanied by Aylsham folk musician, singer and cartoonist, Tony Hall on melodeon. Bring your own apples and sample fresh apple juice, or David’s home-made scrumpy, or buy from the barrel. It starts at 6.30pm and tickets are £1 at the door.

The festival proper starts on Friday morning (October 5) with the weekly Country Market in the town hall where you can sample a wide range of home-baked, home-grown and home-made products.

Later, it’s An Evening with Richard Hughes at Aylsham High School (6.30 for 7pm). Celebrated Norfolk chef Richard will talk about his 40 years in the business – from pot-washer to proprietor of the Lavender House Restaurant, Norwich Assembly House and his renowned cookery school. This will be followed by a beef and ale pie supper prepared by the Slow Food group. Cost is £15 per person.

On Saturday morning, come and say “Yellow!” to the Banana Ukulele Band who will entertain visitors to the monthly Farmers’ Market, where there will also be a variety of attractions for adults and children. On hand, too, will be the popular local jazz band, One Foot in the Groove, making sure there are no gaps in the entertainment.

Saturday evening is devoted to wine tasting. Led by Brian Sullivan, from Harper Wells, wine merchants of Eaton, there will be a selection of wines and cheeses in the Heritage Centre at 7pm. Tickets are £17 per head from the Heritage Centre.

The Big Brunch on Sunday not only features the famous fry-up and the all-you-can-eat continental buffet, but table magician Robbie James as well. Catered and served by members of Slow Food Aylsham at the Town Hall, this family event usually sells out fast. Tickets are £7 per person.

All tickets available at Barnwells Newsagents in the Market Place or phone 07519 361812. Watch for updates on www.slowfoodaylsham.org.uk or search on Facebook and Twitter.

The Banana Ukulele Band who you can see Saturday morning in the marker place.

Richard Hughes who will be giving a talk on Friday evening.

New Norwich restaurant open for business

The Ivy Collection has announced that reservation lines are now open for The Ivy Norwich Brasserie, opening on Tuesday, 21 August.

To celebrate the announcement, The Ivy Norwich Brasserie team enjoyed a toast with the Lord Mayor of Norwich, Cllr Martin Schmierer and the Sheriff of Norwich, Ros Brown outside the restaurant. Team members including General Manager, Katie Miller and Head Chef, Andrius Buinickas, were joined by waiting staff to celebrate in the heart of the city.

Situated on London Street, The Ivy Norwich Brasserie will offer an elegant dining destination in the heart of Norwich’s bustling city centre. Open seven days a week and featuring extensive all-day menus and a beautiful bar, the brasserie will offer sophisticated yet relaxed all-day dining for locals and visitors alike. The brasserie will accommodate for up to 149 guests across the main restaurant, bar and terrace, and will hold back a number of tables each day for walk-ins, allowing locals to drop-in at any time of day.

The Ivy Norwich Brasserie will feature eye-catching yet refined interiors designed by the acclaimed Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, with the brasserie’s signature green colour palette sitting against striking leather banquettes, polished marble floors and bronzed antiques.

Norfolk Police urge people to stay safe over warm World Cup weekend

With Norfolk being promised more warm weather across this World Cup weekend, officers are reminding people to stay safe and think about personal safety.

Temperatures having been soaring across the county over the last couple of weeks and with sights set on the 3pm kick off on Saturday (7 July) officers are warning people not to put themselves at risk during all the excitement.

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard said: “This is an exciting weekend for Norfolk, not only because England are in the quarter finals of the World Cup but also because we have a number of events being held across the county.

“In Norwich many people will be out to enjoy the Lord Mayor’s celebrations. If you are heading into the city please plan your day ahead, make use of public transport and be aware of any road closures which will be in place for the procession which will now start at 6pm, an hour later than originally scheduled.

“If you are heading out to enjoy the sunshine elsewhere please ensure you secure your vehicle and remove all valuables from display and from the vehicle where possible. At this time of year opportunistic thieves will be on the look-out for homes and cars with open windows and unlocked doors.

“For those who will be watching the football on Saturday we know an increased amount of alcohol and intensified emotions can sometimes lead to an increase in public order offences. We encourage everyone to enjoy the World Cup, but want to remind people to be considerate and tolerant of others.

“If you go out to watch the match we want you to have a good day out and make sure you stick with your friends. Excessive drinking leading to anti-social behaviour can have very damaging consequences for those concerned, and sometimes for their families.

“Norfolk has specific policing plans in place. Officers will deal robustly with any issues, but we hope there will not be a need to do so. People need to take responsibility for themselves and their friends. Make sure you plan ahead, if you’re going to watch a match at a pub pre-book safe transport home and do not accept lifts from strangers.

“There will be an increased police presence during the match in the city and town centres throughout the county to minimise the risk of any alcohol-related disorder.”

Chief Inspector Barnard is also warning people heading towards the broads or the coast this weekend to stay safe near the water: “Norfolk is well known for its maze of open waterways and on a hot day the water may look an inviting place to cool down. Please remember the rivers around the broads are unsuitable for swimming in and have hidden dangers such as a sudden change in depth, decreases in temperatures and unseen objects and currents, which can cause even the strongest of swimmers to get into difficulty very quickly.”

You can get more information about home and personal security across the summer months on the Norfolk Constabulary website at www.norfolk.pnn.police.uk

England Manager Gareth Southgate. Fans will be out cheering his team on across the city and county on Saturday.

Hare-Raising Sunday morning of family fun in Aylsham

Aylsham Market Place will be packed with family fun and games this Sunday morning, June 24.

The Hare-Raising Sunday action is centred on Humphry Hare, the town’s very-own GoGoHare, who will be officially unveiled at 9am outside Barnwell’s newsagent, where the town Christmas tree usually stands.

Humphry’s unveiling will be the cue for the fun to begin, lasting until midday. It includes a giant skittle alley, children’s crafts and games, a teddy tombola, card game, Aylsham Gym activities, face painting and a Hare and Snail race where everyone can place small change on the line beside either an ornamental hare or snail who will then race along a marked course. The Royal British Legion (RBL) will also be running a pop-up Poppy Shop selling RBL merchandise.

At 9.30am Aylsham High School’s drama group will sing, followed by Bure Valley School’s choir at 10am and the Broadland School of Dance will perform two dances at about 10.15am.

There will be Country Market tasters to sample and the chance to take part in Aylsham’s Snail Trail – finding a coloured, laminated collection of paper snails dotted around businesses in the town. Each snail bears a letter of the alphabet and all together they spell out a phrase.

All the activities are outdoors while bacon rolls and a tuck shop will be available in the town hall.

Painted by artist Lisa Kirkham, Humphry is one of 18 decorated models dotted around the county, as well as 50 in Norwich, plus 164 Norfolk leverets, forming part of this summer’s GoGoHares trail in aid of the charity Break, which supports vulnerable children and young people.

Hare-Raising Sunday has been co-ordinated by Aylsham Town Council and involves 17 different local organisations. They will be raising money for their own causes and making a donation to Break.

The entire Norfolk GoGoHares trail also launches on Sunday at 9am and the hares, including Humphry, will be in place until September 8. County-wide trail maps will be available in the Market Place.

A tantalising glimpse of Humphrey’s eye – the only part of him that’s been revealed so far!