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Slow down message from St Michael’s youngsters

Youngsters at St Michael’s Nursery and Infant School are getting the safety message across.

There is a new “children crossing”’ sign on Blickling Road, which has been made possible thanks to the Town Council and the school governors.

“The original artwork comes from Eben and Eloise (pupils at the school and pictured here) and is designed not only to be a reminder to motorists but also to brighten their day a little,” said headteacher Catherine McMahon.

She added: “Enormous thanks go to the Town Council in the shape of clerk Sue Lake and to St Michael’s School governors, especially Mark Boyd, for making this happen.”

CCTV appeal following alcohol and cash theft in Hoveton

Police are appealing for help to identify a woman following an incident in Hoveton earlier this month.

Between the times of 7.20pm and 7.30pm on Sunday 2 April 2017 a quantity of alcohol and cash has been stolen from the VB of Wroxham Ltd store in the Riverside Centre.

Officers would like to speak with the woman captured in the CCTV images in connection with the incident.

Anyone who may recognise her, or anyone with information, should contact PCSO Laura Charter at Hoveton Police Station on 101.

Alternatively contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their anonymous online form at

New roundabout due to open tomorrow

The long awaited new roundabout on the Aylsham bypass is due to open tomorrow (Saturday 8th).

The A140/Burgh Road junction works will pave the way for town’s new filling station and pop-in Marks and Spencer store.

The £575,000 project, which was funded by David Wilson Homes, was carried out by Norfolk County Council’s Community and Environmental Services Department and their contractors.

It’s widely believed the roundabout will make the junction safer, but will also mean traffic being slower and therefore safer at the nearby Buxton Road junction.

The new petrol station at Aylsham which is already beginning to take shape.

Aylsham gets ready to party again

Aylsham will have another market place street party this summer, following the success of similar parties last year for the Queen’s 90th birthday and in 2012 for the Diamond Jubilee.

The “bring your own” Sunday lunch will be held on June 11 from noon to 5pm and follow the same format as 2016.
This year, a Big Lottery Fund grant of £1,886 under the Celebrate England banner will help fund the event, plus a £500 grant from Broadland District Council.

This means there will be little or no expenditure for the town council to find from its own budgets, explained town clerk Sue Lake.

So far, popular rock and pop covers band Agent Orange have been booked to play at the party, with further details of other entertainment to come soon.

“The success of both 2012 and 2016 meant we were very keen to have a repeat,” said Mrs Lake.

“The lunch shows Aylsham in its true colours of community spirit and we are all very much looking forward to June 11.”

Booking forms can be found on the town council website – booking is mandatory.

Everyone in Aylsham is invited to the lunch, although it will be on a first-come, first-served basis through the booking system.

Sprowston neighbours share postcode lottery win

Four Sprowston residents are celebrating thanks to their lucky postcode!

The Creance Road neighbours, who play with the postcode NR7 8JW, won People’s Postcode Lottery’s Street Prize on Sunday (2 April 2017).

Roger Barron, who plays with two tickets, couldn’t believe it when the team at People’s Postcode Lottery showed up to present him with his cheque for £60,000. “I was very surprised,” he said. “I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it.”

Roger (76), a retired heating engineer, has three children and five grandchildren to treat with his winnings and is thinking of treating himself to a holiday.

“I usually go on holiday with my friend,” he said. “We both lost our wives at similar times and enjoy each other’s company. We’re off to Turkey this year but winning the money means I can plan something extra special for next year.”

Peter Longman (51) was equally shocked when he realised he had won £60,000 by playing with two tickets. “I’m delighted,” he said. “And my daughter was over the moon to meet Jeff Brazier!”

Peter, who works as a lorry driver, is looking forward to planning a trip with his two daughters and wife with his winnings.

Anne-Marie Pound was delighted with her £30,000 win. “This has come at such a perfect time,” she said. “My daughter Charlotte has just been accepted into Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts and I was worried about affording the fees – I don’t have to panic now.”

It really is life-changing for me. It’d been a pipe dream for a while to visit Australia to visit my uncles and cousins who I haven’t seen for over 20 years,” she said. “Now I’m planning the trip for Christmas with my son and daughter.”

And finally, Margaret Shergold was thrilled with her £30,000 cheque. “We have our golden wedding next year so we’ll plan a big holiday,” she said. “It’s great that so much money goes to good causes from playing.”

Jeff Brazier, People’s Postcode Lottery Ambassador, said: “We had a really fun day meeting Peter, Roger, Anne-Marie and Margaret and surprising them with their winnings. For a chance to have me knocking at your door, sign up today!”

A minimum of 30% of ticket sales goes directly to charities and players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised more than £182 million to date for good causes across Great Britain and internationally.

A project near the winners that has received support from players is The Bramerton Society, which was awarded £1,169 last year for the Bramerton Community Orchard.

Margaret Shergold was shocked with her £30,000 win

People’s Postcode Lottery Ambassador Jeff Brazier with winner Anne-Marie Pound

Peter Longman celebrates with Jeff Brazier

Roger Barron with his winning cheque

The Creance Road winners with their cheques

Cromer Hospital celebrates treating its millionth patient

Cromer hospital is delighted to be celebrating a big milestone this week by treating its 1,000,000th patient. This celebration coincides with the 150th anniversary of the hospital opening in 1867.

The newly developed Cromer Hospital opened its doors to the public in March 2012 replacing the 1930s founded hospital. The £15 million development was made possible by two generous legacies; Sagle Bernstein left £11.4 million and Phyllis Cox left £1.3 million.

Mark Smith, 58, from Trunch near North Walsham has been attending Cromer Hospital for just over two years to receive chemotherapy once a week and is the 1,000,000th patient. He said: “The care that I have received over the years has been so friendly and professional and everyone has always gone the extra mile in making sure that I am as relaxed as possible. They have made everything more manageable for my family and I and I can’t thank them enough.”

In addition to Mark’s chemotherapy appointments, he also receives weekly tele clinic support relating to his chemotherapy with Muriel Thoms staff.

Mark added: “Cromer hospital is such an important part of the north Norfolk community and it’s fantastic that it is celebrating 150 years of providing care.”

Anita Martins, Matron of Cromer Hospital said: “It’s been a fantastic few years in the new hospital and we’re absolutely delighted to be celebrating Mark as our 1,000,000 patient!

“We’ve got so many amazing services on offer at Cromer, and it’s important to celebrate how important they are for our patients.”

Services at the hospital include an ophthalmic operating theatre, a permanent renal dialysis unit plus diagnostic services including a permanent on-site mammography (breast screening) service, a DEXA scanner for osteoporosis diagnosis and an MRI scanner.

Iain Young, Cromer Hospital Operational Manager said: “Cromer Hospital is such a cherished facility in the local community and this year we are thrilled to be celebrating both the 1,000,000th patient in the newly developed hospital, and the 150th anniversary!”

To highlight the 150th anniversary, Cromer Hospital will be holding a fete on June 24th from 10am-3pm. The activities on offer will include games, stalls, musical entertainment and a raffle. There will also be face painting and outside games for younger visitors.

Iain added: “The fete will be held on the Cromer Hospital site and we’re really looking forward to the day! It will be a great time to celebrate the 150 years of the hospital and we’re hoping to have as many people as possible celebrate with us.”

Mark Davies, NNUH Chief Executive said: “Cromer hospital provides such a fantastic service to its patients and we are delighted to be celebrating the 150th anniversary and patient number 1,000,000 this year. I want to thank all those teams at Cromer who provide such professional and dedicated patient care.”

From left to right: Paul Blencowe, Mark Smith, Jill Smith,, Anita Martins (Matron at Cromer Hospital

Angels beat rivals Aylsham to take local pride

Last night in front of a huge crowd North Walsham ran out 3-1 winners against Aylsham.

The Angels were in control for most of the game with their pacey wingers causing problems to the Aylsham back four, once they got ahead Aylsham were always facing an uphill battle, one that became even harder after they received two red cards.

Angels chairman Alex Brady said, “What a win last night for North Walsham. From the first minute to the 90th, every single member of the management team and playing staff battled and fought to ensure the 3 points stayed at Greens Road, with the goals coming from Matty Downing (2) and Liam Clarke.

Credit has to go to Aylsham for bringing over 100 fans, and with the overall crowd in excess of 300 it was a brilliant occasion with lots of friendly banter between the two sets of fans.

A special mention has to go to the referee for controlling the game well in the tough conditions – and he certainly played his part in a very entertaining game.

With crowd numbers at record levels in 2017, it certainly serves as a reminder that football is alive and well within the town, and that improved facilities should continue to remain the aim for the club and the town”

It was in stark contrast to the Aylsham camp whose promotion push has slipped away in recent weeks, manager Martin Meek said, “We were all gutted and disappointed in the changing room after the game, we let ourselves and the fans down. But fair play to North Walsham who were the better team on the night.”


Review: Abigail’s Party at Norwich Theatre Royal

I went to the drinks party from hell last night – and I loved it!
I will never forget my parents’ laughter at Abigail’s Party. I have to admit I wasn’t even born when it was first aired on the television in 1977, but at some point in my teens I recall watching it and, not surprisingly, not really getting it. However, the obvious pleasure my parents took from it was enough to make me re-visit it in adulthood, when I finally got it!
So when I heard the play was coming to Norwich Theatre Royal, and with Amanda Abbington playing the vulgar Beverly no less, I was straight on the phone to my dad.
Abigail’s Party was devised and directed by Mike Leigh and opened at Hampstead Theatre in April 1977 before being recorded and aired by the BBC in November of the same year, bringing it to a huge audience. And if the sell-out first night at Norwich Theatre Royal is anything to go by, 40 years on its popularity is enduring.
A satire on the new middle class of the 1970s, the play sees housewife Beverly and her estate agent husband Laurence hosting a drinks party at their suburban Essex home for new neighbours, Angela and Tony. Also invited is fellow neighbour and divorcee Susan, whose 15-year-old daughter Abigail is having her first party a few doors away.
As Beverly plies her guests with alcohol, cigarettes and cheese and pineapple on sticks, the party starts to spiral out of control. The well-mannered Susan is forced to listen to speculations about what antics might be taking place at her daughter’s party, while also being tactlessly questioned over her failed marriage. Ang, as Beverly inevitably calls her, is in awe of her neighbour’s home – complete with fibre-optic light, shag-pile rug and pull-down drinks cabinet – and will do and say anything to impress her new friend.
Beverly, meanwhile, shamelessly flirts with the monosyllabic Tony while chastising her husband at every opportunity. As the nights wears on, Laurence gets increasingly angry at his wife’s inappropriate behaviour and lack of culture and ultimately loses his temper with disastrous consequences.
Amanda Abbington had a big challenge to step into the shoes (or should I say platforms) of Alison Steadman in the iconic role of Beverly, but she was amazing! I was sold on the performance from the moment she put Donna Summer on the turntable and lit her first cigarette!
There’s still time to be a guest at Beverly’s party. The play runs until April 1 at Norwich Theatre Royal. Call the box office on 01603 630000 or visit

The cast of Abigail’s Party.