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Stonemason repairs Drayton War Memorial for free

Stonemason Paul Miles has pledged to clean and repair Drayton War Memorial for free, in tribute to those who gave their lives in the First World War.

Drayton Parish Council contacted several stonemasons, including Paul, and asked them to tender for the work.

Paul, who lives in Taverham and has a workshop in Drayton, said: “I just said if they liked I would do it free of charge as a gift to Drayton.

“Those soldiers were mostly youngsters who thought they were off on a jolly holiday. They gave so much for us. They are all heroes.”

Paul has already cleaned the memorial and will ensure that any missing lettering is replaced and all letters painted in fresh black enamel in time for The Armistice centenary weekend.

Graham Everett, chairman of Drayton Parish Council, said they were very grateful to Paul.

He added: “Having received quotes for hundreds of pounds for cleaning the war memorial, the parish council was delighted to take up Paul’s very generous offer. We know his work will be appreciated by all those in the parish and this is a lovely gesture to honour those who gave their lives for their country.”

An Armistice Commemoration Afternoon Tea will start a weekend of events in Drayton to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

The parish council, village hall committee and parish church are working closely together on the programme, which will also include a church service featuring poignant silhouettes of Drayton’s war dead from the 1914-1918 conflict.

The tea will be held in the village hall on Saturday November 10. Doors open at 2.15pm for a 2.30pm start. The afternoon, sponsored by the parish council, will include musical entertainment from accordionist Alan Sisson, as well as period poetry and a community commemoration.

Tickets cost £3.50 each (phone 01603 867987) including tea/coffee and light refreshments. All proceeds will go to Drayton Village Hall.

On Armistice Day, Sunday November 11, St Margaret’s Church, Drayton, will hold a service at 10.30am when the congregation will be joined in the pews by Perspex silhouettes of soldiers, representing each of the nine men whose names are recorded on the churchyard memorial,

The shapes, part of the national There but not there commemoration, are sponsored by the parish council. Pen portraits of each man will also be read and displayed.

After the service, refreshments will be served in the village hall, opposite the church, with catering provided by The Partea Hut.

All are welcome at the weekend events and organisers hope people will bring along any First World War memorabilia passed down through their families.

Paul Mason at Drayton War Memorial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REVIEW: Dangerous Corner, Sheringham Little Theatre

Sheringham Little Theatre had the first performance JB Priestley’s classic drama, Dangerous Corner last night.

The play is performed by members of the Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society, affectionately known as CSODS.

The action takes place in the drawing room of Freda and Robert Caplan’s country house. The other guests for the evening are Gordon and Betty Whitehouse, Olwen Peel, Charles Stanton and novelist Maud Mockridge. The men are all members of the same publishing firm with Olwen as an executive.

The drama opens with the women sitting listening to the end of a radio play which concludes with a gunshot and a woman’s scream. Maud expresses an interest in the group of friends, remarking how close-knit and cosy they all appear.

When the men enter the room a chance remark leads to a discussion about the suicide of Robert’s brother Martin. The group decides to tell the absolute truth about Martin and the different relationships they all had with him and each other, which turns out to be very revealing.

The drama builds up over the play with twists and turns. The actors give a riveting performance, superbly acted, which keeps the audience guessing as what the outcome will be. With clever scenery, beautiful costumes and talented actors this is an evening not to be missed. Dangerous Corner is on at the Little Theatre Sheringham until October 20.

See more at www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com.

The Cast : Robert Caplan Played by Paul James, Freda Caplan played by Philippa Baillie, Gordon Whitehouse played by David Duncombe, Betty Whitehouse played by Emma Wright, Charles Stanton played by Samuel Starsmore, Olwyn Peel played by Kerry Davis, Miss Mockridge played by Thelma Torr.

Kevin and Sandra Stone  (Just Regional Magazines)

Aylsham businessman 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.”

 

 

Motor-racer Jaden, 7, is a rising star

Schoolboy Jaden Ketteringham is already something of a veteran in the world of motocross and grasstrack racing.

The Falcon Junior School pupil recently finished seventh in the British grasstrack finals, just a week after his seventh birthday.

The event was the most prestigious of many in which Jaden’s taken part since getting his first motorbike for his fourth birthday and obtaining his race licence on his sixth birthday.

He became what is believed to be the youngest rider in the country to race with an ACU (Auto Cycle Union) licence when he took part in an event only eight days after turning six.

Jaden, who lives on Sprowston’s Manor Park estate, caught the motor-racing bug from his dad, Alex, a former Eastern Centre motocross rider who takes part in a few grasstrack events each year.

From a very early age Jaden would travel with his dad to practice days and also attended some race meetings with the family, which includes his mum Gemma and little sister Mia, two.

“He never had stabilisers and by the time he was three-and-a-half he was already cycling by himself,” said Alex who works in the motor industry and also maintains, tunes and builds racing bikes.

Jaden practises motocross on several local tracks and is a member of a private club for the sport.

He is also the youngest member of the Norwich New Stars Grasstrack Club which offers a training school and bike hire for children aged six and over.

It’s not a cheap sport – Jaden’s already on his sixth bike.
“We travel across East Anglia mostly but we did travel to the South Midlands to compete in the British final,” said Alex.

“Like any motorsport racing it’s costly, with entry fees, practice-track hire, maintenance, machines, tools and transport,” he added.

“We do have a few sponsors who help out when they can but we’ll be trying to obtain some more for 2019.”

The family has been grateful over the years for sponsorship from Hobbit Classic MX, Bandit Racewear, Rock Oil, Scott Goggles, Wulfsport and DB Wright.

At present Jaden’s using a KTM-make motocross bike which he’ll be able to use for grasstrack too for the next couple of years. It’s capable of reaching speeds of up to 60mph.

Apart from a few cuts and bruises, he hasn’t suffered any major injuries while on the bike although during a grasstrack race in Ipswich last year a stone flew up from the bike in front and hit him in the mouth. “He came in with blood dripping from his tongue,” said Alex.

Undaunted, Jaden has his sights set on qualifying for the British grasstrack finals again next year and this time taking the title.

So far his greatest achievement is to finish fourth out of 12 competitors in the Norwich championship, racing against children one or two years older than he was, and only taking part in 12 of the 18 races.

Jaden says he loves grasstrack racing because it’s “fast and fun” and enjoys motocross because of the jumps, and challenging nature of some of the tracks including undulating ground, natural obstacles and riding in wet weather!
If you’re interested in sponsoring Jaden, email mxgtservices@gmail.com


 

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Pictures from top: ALEX KETTERINGHAM,  MICHAEL COPESTAKE, STEVE MURRELL

 

 

Warning after spate of vehicle break-ins

Police have warned Hellesdon drivers to make sure their vehicles are kept locked, even if parked on a driveway, after a spate of thefts overnight on Thursday October 4.

Cars were targeted in Wood View Road, Gowing Road and Kinsale Avenue. Bank cards stolen from one vehicle were later used in fraudulent transactions in Norwich.

Most the vehicles targeted had been left unlocked.

It is believed two suspects were involved. They are described as white males, wearing dark clothing and they had pushbikes with them.

Police are urging anyone who believes they’ve been a victim who hasn’t yet reported it to do so, and they are asking for people to check any CCTV covering the areas mentioned.

Anyone with information should contact the police on 101.

Swimming treat for Cringleford’s brave Nikki, 54,

Nicole De Greef, a 54-year-old resident at Cavell Court care home, on Cringleford’s Dragonfly Lane, has impressed fellow residents and staff with her unwavering resilience in the face of serious illness.

“Nikki” was diagnosed with cancer in May 2017 and has vowed to stay strong and live her life to the full – declining medical treatment for the disease.

She moved to the Care UK home earlier this year and is an active member of its community.

Nikki has always lived an active lifestyle and particularly loves swimming. The Care UK team arranged for her to visit the UEA Sportspark pool for a morning, in the hope it would give her enjoyment and ease some of the pains she lives with as a result of the cancer.

Nikki said: “I’ve missed swimming so much and the feeling of freedom it provides. There is something about being in the water that makes me feel so calm and relaxed – it really is my happy place.

“I knew it wasn’t going to be easy battling cancer without treatment, but I want to enjoy my life while I’m still able to, so I really can’t thank the care team enough for helping me to do this. When I came to Cavell Court earlier this year I was blown away by the kindness and compassion of the whole team, and how they are all genuinely dedicated to ensuring people are treated as individuals and are able to enjoy a good quality of life.

“I felt amazing after my swim and my confidence soared. For the first time in a long time I felt refreshed and like me again – I can’t wait to go back!”

Jennie Rodger, home manager at Cavell Court, added: “Nikki is one of our younger residents and is simply a joy to have around. She is forever pushing boundaries and going out of her way to get the most out of her day – and helps others to do the same. We were delighted that we were able to help Nikki do something we all know is so special to her, and it was clear how much the time in the pool meant to her.”

Nikki (centre) with Care UK staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cringleford home puts kettle on for Macmillan

A Cringleford care home is asking local residents to join them for coffee, cake and a chat to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

From 10am-4pm, on Friday September 28, Care UK’s Cavell Court on Dragonfly Lane is taking part in the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and hopes local people will join them in supporting the millions of people facing cancer in the UK.

Residents and visitors will be able to enjoy a relaxing day sharing a cuppa with friends, along with a tempting selection of homemade cakes and treats – all of which will be available for a small donation to Macmillan.

Every year Macmillan organises the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in kitchens, offices and village halls across the globe to fundraise for people living with cancer. Since the very first coffee morning in 1990, over £200m has been raised for the charity, enabling it to support individuals from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond.

Home manager Jennie Rodger explained why Cavell Court is taking part in the Macmillan coffee morning: “We understand how cancer impacts the lives of not only the people battling the illness themselves, but also the lives of all those around them – a sad reality which many of us know far too well.

“Taking part provides us with an opportunity to show our support to the fantastic Macmillan nurses and give thanks for all of the incredible work they do. It also creates a lovely occasion to invite local people, family and friends to join us for a cuppa and a catch up while raising funds to support the vital services provided by Macmillan. It’s set to be a great event and we hope to see lots of people from the community here on the day.”

 

Cecil Gowing School opens its (out)doors

Cecil Gowing Infant School is inviting parents with children planning to start school in September 2019 to open sessions to look around the school and see for themselves the varied outdoor areas.

The open events are on: Tuesday September 25 4pm-5pm; Thursday September 27 1.30pm-2.30pm; and Thursday September 27 7pm-8pm.

Pupils have been making the most of the warm September sunshine by enjoying the open air, including making use of a slide area, maze, adventure trail, mud kitchen and climbing wall.

Outdoor learning sessions begin again after the October half-term holiday when pupils take part in a range of activities each week including cooking bananas and marshmallows on the fire, archery, pond dipping, litter-picking, woodwork and birdwatching.

There will be a further open evening on Thursday November 15 from 7pm-8.30pm, and an open afternoon the following day, Friday November 16, from 1.30pm-2.30pm.

Picture: Enjoying campfire cookery