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Lights! Camera! Action! for Eaton pupils

Sixty Year 6 students from Eaton Primary School hosted a special screening at Cinema City on Wednesday, June 21, that featured a series of the children’s adverts, music videos and short films made in conjunction with City College Norwich’s creative media department.

The 10- and 11-year-olds invited their parents to watch the work that was produced during a week-long project with 30 Level 3 creative media production students from City College Norwich. After a pre-production day at Eaton Primary School, the young pupils spent three days working with the students in the college’s virtual television studio and media editing suites to put together their final projects.

The aim of the project was to give the Eaton Primary School children a taste of media production and to also open their eyes to the opportunities open to them beyond school.

Eaton Primary School pupil Poppy Dawson, 11,said: “We’ve learnt how to use cameras, how to act and how all the technology works. My favourite bit was filming all the different types of shots with the cameras. Our film was about ninjas kidnapping the Queen and I was very excited to see the final product at Cinema City. Having our film shown on the big screen felt really weird because I was the one filming it so it made me feel kind of important.”

City College Norwich media production student Mia Dann, 18, said: “I’ve enjoyed seeing how enthusiastic the children are about the project and it’s been great to see how passionate they are about something that I’m passionate about too. Having our work shown at Cinema City has been really good and it was really nice to actually see our project being played on a bigger screen.”

Cara MacDonald, creative media production lecturer at the college said: “We’ve been doing this project for a few years now and have found that both sets of students get so much out of the experience. The children from Eaton Primary School have been so creative throughout the project and have produced some excellent quality work. I’m really impressed with the work that they have produced and was so proud to see their final edits on the big screen at Cinema City.”

 

 

Literary talent at Open Academy festival

Some of the county’s best and most diverse literary talent will visit Open Academy, Norwich, during the sixth Literary Festival running from July 3 to 7.

Events begin with a From the Horses’ Mouth workshop run by The Norwich Writers’ Centre, which will involve students investigating the life of Anna Sewell. On July 4, former scriptwriter of EastEnders, Casualty and Holby City and novelist, Lilie Ferrari, will be taking students through the difficult process of creating an effective book cover.

On July 5, increasingly popular writer Heidi Jo Swain, whose work has just been published in Germany as well as England, will be introducing students to the concept of using their favourite books as a platform for writing and July 6 will see UEA’s Dr Epstein discussing the comic genre with some enthusiastic students.

In addition, members of The Garage in Norwich will be putting a cast of Oompah Loompahs through their paces for their supporting performance in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which will be performed later in the month.

Not to be limited to purely literary scripts, singer and songwriter Tom Ryder will be performing and discussing the art of songwriting.

Students will also be doing literary battle when they showcase their talents in a Literary Death Match, a Director’s Challenge and a Slam Poetry Competition to be held in school during the week.

“The aim of the week is to help students develop their own literary skills,” said Angela Taylor, Head of EPAC Faculty at Open Academy.

Min’s going bald for change

Domestic Abuse campaigner Min Grob is facing a close shave to help a charity for those affected by  domestic abuse in Norfolk and Waveney.

“You know that song ‘I want to wash that man right out of my hair’? Well I want to cut him out.

“It’s taken some time to get up the courage to do it but now is the right time,” she said. “You always know when something has happened because people change their hair… well I was 50 this year and I wanted to go into the second half of my life unencumbered –  and that includes hair!”

She will be losing her long, dark hair at Leeway’s domestic violence conference on July 14 and she hopes to raise at least £2000.

“They have had a 27 per cent increase in demand, but not the corresponding funding,” said Min, founder of Conference on Coercive Control.

She is already making plans for her new hair, when it grows back but for now she plans a summer “swathed in scarves, maybe a panama” with a collection of bobble hats for the colder winter months.

Anyone who wants to sponsor Min should visit: virginmoneygiving.com/BaldForChange.

Public consultation over Paston merger

Paston Sixth Form College in North Walsham is launching a public consultation to seek views from members of the community on plans for a proposed merger with City College Norwich.

The two colleges have been in talks to work together since the start of the year, as part of the Area Review of Post-16 Education in Norfolk and Suffolk led by the FE Commissioner, Richard Atkins.  Due to the success of these discussions, and following a recommendation from the Area Review, there is now a proposal that the colleges merge by December 2017 and a formal consultation about that  plan is being announced today.

The consultation invites students, parents, staff, local employers and the wider community to express their views on the proposals which aim to expand the choice of post-16 education options in North East Norfolk.

Overall, the plans will result in the creation of a “resilient and financially sustainable organisation that will widen the educational offer for existing and prospective students, employers and the community in North East Norfolk”. The merger will also “ensure a skilled future workforce for the local area”.

The final decision  will rest with the governing  bodies of each college.

Kevin Grieve, principal of Paston Sixth Form College, said: “This is all about growth. By becoming one institution, we want to work together to become an even stronger educational force than we currently are. We have a proud history and we are determined to build on this history by joining with City College Norwich.”

Corrienne Peasgood, principal of City College Norwich said: “We are very excited about the proposal and are looking forward to hearing what members of the local community think of our plans. Both institutions have a strong history and it is our aim to maintain, develop and celebrate their individual strengths and specialisms following the merger.”

A document setting out the full proposal and the consultation arrangements (with details of how to make your views known) is available at: www.pastonccn.co.uk or on request via email (pastonccn@gmail.com). It can also be obtained from FOUR Agency, Hill House, 20 Hill House Road, Norwich NR1 4BE.

The principals from both institutions will be available at Paston Sixth Form College to discuss the merger with members of the public 1-6pm on Thursday, June 22, Friday, June 23 and Monday, June 26.   Please report to the college’s reception at the Griffons site in North Walsham.

Replies to the consultation need to be received by midnight on Saturday, July 22. Both colleges will consider all responses received by that date and will publish a summary of the consultation and its outcomes by September 23 (to be available at www.pastonccn.co.uk).

Kevin Grieve and Corrienne Peasgood.
PICTURE: CCN

A sweet thank you to Sprowston fire crews

A Norwich resident has been delivering cakes to the county’s fire service to say thank you for their dedication to the job.
Linda Cullum lives in Markham Tower, which suffered extensive damage during a blaze in 2011 that was attended by 80 firefighters.
Linda said: “With the Grenfell Tower fire last week, it reminded me what a fantastic job the fire service does and I wanted them to know how much the public appreciate what they do.”
Her gift comes after fire service staff spent the weekend visiting residents of high rise blocks in Norfolk to chat through any concerns about fire safety in light of the London fire.
Linda, who works at Tesco in Drayton, made cakes in the bakery there on Wednesday morning iced with thank you messages, and delivered them to Green Watch crews at Earlham and Sprowston at lunchtime.
Linda’s flat was heavily water damaged in the 2011 fire and she lived in a hotel for 13 weeks.
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service’s Assistant Chief Fire Officer Les Britzman said: “We appreciate the thought and the show of support for the service from Linda.
“Over the weekend our staff visited 10 high-rise blocks in Norwich and Kings Lynn to provide advice and reassurance around fire safety, following the Grenfell Tower fire. We would remind all Norfolk residents of the importance of regularly testing their smoke alarms.”

Cromer ambulance station open day for children’s charity

Cromer ambulance station open day will return next month to give visitors a unique insight into the work of the emergency services in Norfolk.
Ambulance, fire, police, critical care charities and a host of other organisations will be at the free event, in Middlebrook Way, Cromer, on Sunday, July 2, 10am-3pm.
The open day provides an opportunity for people to find out more about the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST), meet ambulance staff and volunteers, and explore inside an ambulance and rapid response vehicle.
Proceeds will go to Nelson’s Journey, a charity that supports bereaved children in Norfolk.
Daisy the vintage ambulance will be on show as well as Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, Norfolk Police, RNLI, Norfolk Accident Rescue Service, and East Anglian Air Ambulance will also have a stand.
There will also be live music and refreshments and tea and cake stalls.
Organiser Dale Meacham-Roberts, who is a duty locality officer for EEAST, said: “The open day is a great opportunity to welcome the community to the station and get all our partners together to celebrate the work of our emergency services and charities.
“People will get a behind the scenes look at the ambulance service as well as raising money for a very worthy cause.”
For more information about the work of Nelson’s Journey, visit http://www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk/default.aspx

Sheringham theatre’s tribute to movie legend Sir John Hurt

The acting talent of the late legend Sir John Hurt is being celebrated on the community theatre screen which he launched.

Sir John officially opened the digital projection system at Sheringham Little Theatre four years ago.

The actor, who died aged 77 in January lived in North Norfolk and was a supporter of the venue’s film and stage drama work.

During a week starting on Friday (May 26) the theatre will show a short season of some of his best work including an early role in the Tudor classic A Man for All Seasons, and leads in the poignant Elephant Man and spy drama Scandal.

Theatre director Debbie Thompson said: “Sir John was a great supporter of our theatre, and we miss him very much, so we wanted to remember him through screening some of his best films at a place we know he was fond of.”

Sir John visited the venue regularly to chat to the actors appearing in the summer repertory drama season and during a launch event for the local-filmed movie In Love with Alma Cogan, in which he played a theatre manager.

He also played a “part” as the pre-recorded voice of the Magic Mirror in its Snow White pantomime in 2013.

Debbie added: “We are also hoping to display photographs of Sir John during his visits here – and would invite any members of the public who have memories or anecdotes involving Sir John to share them with us in a memory book we have in the foyer.”

Send any pictures or memories to: Sir John Hurt Memories, Sheringham Little Theatre, 2 Station Road, Sheringham, Norfolk, NR26 8RE or email debbie@sheringhamlittletheatre.com (The theatre cannot return original photographic prints, so please send copies – or scan and email them as 1 to 2MB jpegs).

Tickets for each film are £5 through the box office on 01263 822347, or visit www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com

Sir John Hurt showing old and new technology when he launched Sheringham Little Theatre’s new digital projection equipment in May 2013.
PICTURE: RICHARD BATSON

 

 

Driver clocked at 100mph by Aylsham speed sign

A driver was clocked at 100mph on Henry Page Road earlier in the year, according to statistics collected by Aylsham’s moveable speed sign.

Aylsham Town Council bought the SAM 2 speed awareness system last summer to raise awareness of speed limits around Aylsham.

The unit is positioned on various roads around town for up to four weeks gathering data and warning drivers if they need to slow down, before it is moved to another spot.

The data includes maximum speeds measured, the volume of traffic, average speed and the percentage of drivers breaking the speed limit.

Some of the most notable statistics are:

  • A staggering 100mph registered on Henry Page Road towards the A140 on February 10 at 4.55pm. The limit is 40mph.
  • Another speeder was registered at 80mph in the other direction on Henry Page Road on January 27 at 1.25am.
  • Someone driving at 55mph in the 20mph limit on Millgate at the bottom of Gas House Hill at noon on April 9. At this same location, Sunday was the worst day in terms of the percentage of drivers going over the limit at nearly 56%.
  • A speed of 75mph recorded on October 26 at 1.50pm in the 30mph limit on Norwich Road, travelling towards town.

The sign has recently been on the Blickling Road going out of town so there will be another set of data produced for that location.

The data collected from the units by the town council is reviewed and passed to local police.

Clerk Sue Lake said: “The town council is recording all the information gathered and forwarding it to the police who can identify any issues and immediately address persistent regular offenders if any are identified. This is only one aspect of speed awareness and the council is still keen to re-establish speedwatch in the town but require the public to volunteer.”

That data can be viewed on the town council website at www.aylsham-tc.gov.uk/sam-2-traffic-analysis.

The speed sensors that have been moving to various location around the town.