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Chance to become a North Norfolk councillor

An event to help and inform prospective candidates considering standing for election at North Norfolk District Council next May will be held on September 20.

The evening is designed to:

  • Inform prospective candidates of the positive difference they can make to their communities.
  • Inform prospective candidates of the varied work of North Norfolk District Council – including housing, licensing, economic development, tourism, culture, health, environment, coast and electoral services.
  • Ensure key dates in the run up to May 2019 are understood by all prospective candidates.

The event will be held at North Norfolk District Council’s headquarters at Holt Road, Cromer, NR27 9EN, from 6.30-8.30pm.

For more information about becoming a councillor, visit north-norfolk.gov.uk/becomeacouncillor.

If you are interested in attending, please contact emma.denny@north-norfolk.gov.uk or call 01263 516010.

There will be refreshments available on the evening.

Councillor Hilary Cox

 

1,300 Norfolk drivers caught during speeding crackdown

More than 1,000 drivers were caught speeding during a week-long enforcement campaign in Norfolk earlier this month.

Officers from the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit and vans from the Norfolk Safety Camera Partnership were deployed across the county to carry out checks as part of a week-long European-wide campaign co-ordinated by TISPOL between Monday and Sunday August 6-12.

During the campaign a total of 1,300 drivers were caught speeding, 1176 of whom were caught by fixed or mobile camera sites, while 124 were caught by officers on patrol.

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, head of the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing and Firearms Operations Unit, said: “Speeding is recognised as one of the ‘fatal four’ offences which leads to people being killed or serious injured in a collision along with drink driving, using a mobile phone and not wearing a seatbelt.

“We target these and other types of offences all year round but these campaigns allow us to raise awareness among drivers and explain the consequences of speeding.

“Drivers should adjust their speed to suit the conditions on the road and be aware of hazards. The higher your speed, the less time you have to react. Think…could you stop in time if something unexpected happened in front of you?”

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Lorne Green, who launched the #Impact campaign in a bid to educate young people about road safety, including the dangers of speeding on Norfolk’s roads, said: “Dangerous driving kills – whether through excessive speed, being drunk or on drugs, failing to wear a seatbelt, or not giving the road your full attention. There is simply no excuse for it.

“It is incredibly disappointing that, despite the warnings, some 1300 people were caught speeding in the county in the space of just one week. Such carelessness is simply unacceptable and just not worth the risk.”

Motorists caught speeding will be issued with a TOR (Traffic Offence Report) and face a fine, points on their licence or even court action. Some drivers can opt to take part in a speed awareness course.

Free event to keep older people safe

A care home in Cringleford is inviting the community to its free event aimed at keeping older people safe – particularly those who live alone.

On Wednesday September 12, from 1.30pm-4pm, the Care UK team at Cavell Court (pictured) on Dragonfly Lane will welcome visitors to the home’s first Safety in Older Age event.

Norfolk police and trading standards will be on hand to share information and helpful tips on scam awareness, cold calling, and protection against fraud. There will also be advice on offer about a range of alarms and equipment to help older people to maintain their independence in their own homes.

The care team is also welcoming representatives from Age UK Norwich and South Norfolk Council’s Help Hub to the home. They will provide expert advice and guidance on staying safe at home, as well as sharing information on support available in the community.

There will be information to take home, and the opportunity to meet the team at Cavell Court, as well as take a closer look at the care home.

Jennie Rodger, home manager at Cavell Court, said: “Here at Cavell Court we strongly believe professional knowledge, insight and shared experiences can make a real difference to the everyday lives of older people and the loved ones who may be caring for them.

“Our free advice events always prove to be popular occasions for the local community, and while this is the first time we’ve held an event on this subject, we feel that  it is very topical and relevant in today’s society.

“We are looking forward to welcoming local people to Cavell Court for what promises to be an interesting and inspiring afternoon of information and guidance.”

 

Free family day out at Greenbuild spectacular

Up to 100 exhibitors will pack the grounds of the National Trust’s Felbrigg Hall, near Cromer, on September 8 and 9 for the ever-popular, family-friendly, Greenbuild event.

Attractions at the green lifestyle extravaganza will include a craft and farmers’ market with local, homemade, fresh and organic produce, a catering area and children’s entertainment.

Greenbuild, organised by North Norfolk District Council, is a fantastic way to find out how to lead a greener lifestyle.

There will be exhibitors of green technologies like solar PV panels, biomass boilers, ground and air source heat pumps, electric cars and bikes, and experts in local and traditional products such as heritage plastering, handmade terracotta tiles and willow-basket making.

Talks and advice from exhibitors and volunteers will cover everything from Tesla battery storage, reducing food waste, plastic pollution and growing fruit and veg in a changing climate. A timetable for talks can be found on the Greenbuild website.

There will also be practical demonstrations and lessons for children throughout the day in basic wood carving and fire-starting using flint and steel, ferro rods and bow drills.

Council officers from planning and building control, environmental protection, elections and HR, economic development, community-led housing, commercial, coastal, revenue and benefits, waste and recycling, civil contingencies and leisure sports hubs and clubs, as well as the countryside team will be ready to chat with visitors and answer any questions they may have, and to offer advice.

There will also be job opportunities available for the forthcoming elections in May next year, help to sign up online to revenue and benefits services as well a mini election where visitors can vote for what they would like to see at next year’s Greenbuild event, and vote for the Graham Allen Award winner.

And you can take away three bags of compost on leaving the site for just £3 (subject to availability).

Parking and entry to Greenbuild are both free. Opening hours are 10.30am-4.30pm on Saturday September 8, and 10.30am-4pm on Sunday September 9.

For further information including a list of exhibitors and directions to Greenbuild 2018, visit: www.north-norfolk.gov.uk/tasks/greenbuild/greenbuild-celebrating-norfolk/

This year’s 14th Greenbuild event is sponsored by Crayford and Abbs (gold sponsor) and Floodsense (bronze sponsor).

Below: a scene from last year’s Greenbuild.

 

Countdown to Sprowston’s Brickfest

Sprowston music pub the Brickmakers is hosting its annual Brickfest major charity event on Monday August 27, from noon until midnight.

The event, now in its 12th year, will see 38 live bands playing on three stages, raising money for Sprowston Youth Engagement Project and The Lodge residential children’s unit. Both causes need recreational equipment to improve the lives of the young people who use their services.

As well as music of all genres, there will be a giant prize tombola, a face painter, giant bouncy slide and castle, ice cream, street food and stone-baked pizzas. Entry is £2, children under 12 free.

Everyone is invited to turn up dressed as their favourite video game character.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/thebrickmakers/?ref=br_rs

 

Bank Holiday fun on Eaton Park Railway

Eaton Park Miniature Railway will be holding its second fund-raising day for the Norwich Lord Mayor’s charity.

Miniature trains will run during the afternoon of Monday August 27, with all fare revenue being donated to the Lord Mayor councillor Martin Schmierer’s chosen charity, The Feed Foundation.

Local steam, electric and internal combustion locos will be present and it is hoped that visiting locos will attend.

The railway already holds a popular Children in Need Day at the end of the season and the Lord Mayor’s Fund Day has now also become a regular fixture.

Trains will be running from 1pm until 5pm and will operate every few minutes, weather permitting.

The Lord Mayor will open the proceedings at 1pm at Parkside Station on the mainline track.  Park visitors are invited to bring a picnic and watch the trains go by.

The Lord Mayor’s charity will also have a publicity stall outside the miniature railway station.

In the event of foul weather, alternative arrangements will be made.

Below: a scene from last year’s event.

NHS wants your views on health-care changes

The NHS wants the views of Drayton and Taverham residents on changes to local health care.

A roadshow is taking place on Tuesday September 11, from noon to 3pm, at Taverham and Drayton Children’s Centre, School Road NR8 6EP.

The public consultation has been organised by the NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) about its Your Norwich New Model of Care plans.

There will be information on hand, and senior CCG staff and some of its partners in health and care, to explain more.

The consultation has two main aims:

  • to ensure people understand transformations in health and care services which the CCG has put in place, or developed with partners, since 2013
  • to ask for people’s opinions into how these can be developed.

The CCG is proposing a formal alliance to bring partners in the Norwich health and care system closer together and help to integrate service further.

The CCG believes there should be an emphasis on preventing ill health and helping people remain well, or manage their conditions better. This could be achieved by public services working together, to help people self-care and self-manage existing conditions.

However when people do need NHS or social care, the vision is for further integration of services. This could be achieved by developing ‘integrated neighbourhood care’ hubs for local health and care staff to work together in multi-disciplinary teams.

The chair of Norwich CCG, Tracy Williams, said: “Patients and members of the public often have insights and experiences that can help us shape services and how they are delivered in the future, so we shall be very interested to hear what they have to say to help inform the way forward.”

Visitors to the roadshow can fill out a consultation response form, or they can do it online at www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/NHSNorwichCCGnmocConsultation/ . You can also ask for a paper copy from the CCG.

Toy fair coming to Hellesdon

Lego, Star Wars, Transformers, Pokemon, comics and merchandise from popular TV, film and video-game franchises will be among items on sale in Hellesdon next month.

The Norwich Vintage and Modern Toy Fair is preparing for its 11th show and has found a home at Hellesdon Community Centre. The fair will be there on Sunday September 2 from 9.30am (various entry fees apply).