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Free support afternoon in Cringleford for carers

A care home in Cringleford is inviting the local community to a free event offering support and advice to family carers.

On Wednesday  November 14, from 1.30pm–4pm, the team at Care UK’s Cavell Court on Dragonfly Lane is welcoming people to its first ‘Communication for Carers’ event, designed to help local family carers to get to know each other and share ideas and experiences.

Gina Brown from Age UK Norwich will be hosting the interactive workshop and will discuss the different types of dementia, behaviour changes in loved ones, and tools for effective communication.

Carers are also encouraged to bring their loved ones along to the event, who will be able to take part in a range of activities delivered specially by Cavell Court’s lifestyle team.

After the event there will be a Q&A session with Gina and the opportunity to meet the friendly team at Cavell Court, as well as take a closer look at the care home.

Cavell Court home manager, Jennie Rodger, said: “Here at Cavell Court, we strongly believe that being informed and sharing experiences can make a real difference to those caring for a loved one, and it can often be a great comfort to hear that others understand your situation.

“Our free advice events always prove to be incredibly popular with local people so I’m hopeful that our first Communication for Carers workshop will also be a success. We look forward to welcoming Gina to Cavell Court for what promises to be an interesting and inspiring afternoon of information and guidance.”

For further information on Cavell Court, or to book your free place, please call customer relations manager, Samantha Woods on 01603 856 835, or email samantha.woods@careuk.com.

Cavell Court.

 

Becky brings Swing Train craze to Norfolk

It’s so new it hasn’t even got a Wiki page yet.

But Swing Train – dance/fitness set to belting Charleston, swing, gospel, electro-swing and jazz tunes – has reached Norfolk from London thanks to Sprowston resident and former North Walsham-area schoolgirl Becky Powell.

With the growing popularity of vintage fashion and music Becky hopes those who love that era, and anyone looking for a new, strictly-fun way to work out, will give it a whirl.

Swing Train borrows moves from vintage dance styles such as lindy hop which are blended into a cardio workout suitable for all levels of fitness.

Becky, who grew up in Worstead, discovered it while living in London where she trained as an instructor in several forms of fitness.

She has been dancing, and loving it, since joining the north Norfolk-based Footnotes school as a 12-year-old. Later, as a student, she was an active member of York University’s ballet society.

Initially, it didn’t look as though Becky would follow her feet into a career. An academic high-flyer, she gained four As at A-level and went on to graduate from York with a first-class honours degree in maths and physics.

Convinced she wanted to become a school teacher, Becky studied for her post-graduate certificate of education at Cambridge University and landed a job at a primary school near Watford.

“I wanted everyone to love learning and they didn’t,” she remembered. “The teaching part was OK but it was everything else – I was in work at 7am and left at 7pm with a load of books to mark – and I found behaviour management difficult. I spent Boxing Day drawing up a seating plan for seven boys who couldn’t sit next to each other!”

She left to take up a post as an “explainer” at the Science Museum in London, spending 18 months bursting balloons, blowing bubbles and breaking eggs to help children understand everything from why it hurts to sit on one nail but not hundreds, and the manufacture of poo in the digestive system.

Next came a brief spell back at university when Becky began and soon gave up an MSc degree course in aerodynamics and advanced computation.

After a lot of soul-searching, she then decided to follow her passion and become a dance/fitness teacher.

Becky funded her training in London with a part-time job and gained qualifications as an instructor in Swing Train, Booty Barre and bbarreless – the last two being combinations of dance, pilates and yoga.

Since moving back to Norfolk Becky has started teaching at White House Farm, Sprowston; County Hall, Norwich; and in North Walsham, where she also runs an adult beginners’ tap-dancing class.

“I absolutely love it all,” she said. “Dance and fitness make me feel free and wonderful and I love passing on that passion.

“I’m pleased I’ve given so many things a try. I would regret more not giving something a go. It’s better to be brave and bold – and see what happens!”

  • Visit: https://www.inertiafitness.co.uk, email becky@inertiafitness.co.uk or text/call: 07748300091.
  • PICTURES BY JACQUELINE HARMER

 

 

Free parking for Remembrance Sunday

Parking in North Norfolk District Council car parks will be free on Remembrance Sunday (November 11) in response to local community wishes.

Posters will be put up in advance in all car parks to give notice of the event. The payment machines will be covered up on the day to make it clear to users that the car parks won’t require payment.

Parking charges in North Norfolk District Council car parks usually apply from 8am to 6pm.

A council spokesman said: “It’s important to North Norfolk District Council that we are able to make it easier for residents to be able to attend local remembrance services more easily, hence the decision to provide free parking on this date.”

 

Police appeal on A11 crash involving young Aylsham woman

Police are renewing their appeal for anyone with information about a serious road traffic collision on the A11 this month to come forward.

A black Renault Clio and a white Vauxhall Corsa collided near to Station Lane in Ketteringham at approximately 8.30pm on Thursday, October 11.

The driver of the Vauxhall Corsa, Laura Bocking, age 21, of Aylsham, is in a stable but critical condition at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. She has life-changing injuries.

The driver of the Renault Clio was uninjured and their passenger received minor injuries.

The occupants of the Renault, a man and woman aged in their 20s from Norwich, were arrested on suspicion of burglary and causing serious injury by dangerous driving. They were taken to Wymondham Police Investigation Centre for questioning, and later released under investigation.

Officers are still carrying out enquiries and have spoken to a number of witnesses but are appealing for anyone who has yet to come forward or who may have dashcam footage to contact PC Gemma Hamilton-Rout at Wymondham Roads and armed policing team on 101.

New youth production of musical favourite

The award-winning Norfolk Youth Music Theatre’s is bringing its latest production, the Lionel Bart musical Oliver! to the Maddermarket from October 31 – November 3.
Younsgters from Norwich, Aylsham and North Walsham are amonf those involved in the production, based on Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist. It features many much-loved classic songs including Food Glorious Food, Where is Love? Consider Yourself, and Reviewing the Situation.

Callum Adkins, 18, who plays Mr Bumble, said: “Oliver is my favourite musical. I went to Aylsham High School and was in four of the school musicals, including King and I in my final year, where I played the King. I have just finished studying drama, business and film studies at Paston College, where I got 2 As and a B. I am currently in my gap year and am once again applying for drama schools this year, as my dream is to become a stage and screen actor.”

Georgia Stannett, 17, was also a pupil at Aylsham High, where she appeared in many shows, including Guys and Dolls and The Sound of Music. Ted and Lottie Lake, from Cringleford, are also looking forward to show. Ted, 11, who is playing the Artful Dodger, was recently Fat Sam at Sherringham Little Theatre’s production of Bugsy Malone. Lottie is eight.

Sophie Millington, 10,  said she was really looking forward to performing in Oliver! her second production with Norfolk YMT. “As well as taking part in school productions I have performed in Bill Kenwright’s touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and have sung with Blake, Tenors Unlimited, Rebeca Newman and Classical Reflection.  My biggest interest is theatre and performing and my favourite sport is netball.  In the future I would love to be in more of Adrian’s shows and hopefully become a performer when I am grown up,” she said.

For tickets ring the box office on 01603 620917 or visit www.maddermarket.co.uk

Cast members Sophie Middleton, Callum Adkins, Ted Lake, Lottie Lake and Georgia Stannett

 

 

Taverham to mark Armistice centenary

Taverham is planning a major event to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, on November 11.

Taverham Parish Council, in conjunction with Wensum Valley Golf Club, is holding a Battle’s Over celebration at the golf club from 3.30pm to the lighting of the Taverham beacon at 7pm and beyond.

Tickets are limited and people are advised to book early to avoid disappointment. The £10 per head charge includes a sit-down, two-course, authentic wartime meal that could well have been on the menu 100 years ago.

Tickets are available from Taverham Parish Council office, Wensum Valley Golf Club, Abbotts at Victoria Road, Pyms and Co at Acres Way,  and at William’s Way in Drayton.

Taverham Band will provide entertainment and there will also be a slideshow.

Organisers are looking for First World War memorabilia to display and any photos etc of street parties. Contact parish council chairman John Pennells on 01603 261681 if you have any items