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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.

 

Search is on for young dancer to star in family show

The search is on for a local performer to join the cast of a laugh-a-minute family show featuring characters created by David Walliams.

The producers of Gangsta Granny, which comes to Norwich Theatre Royal on July 13-15, are looking for someone to play the role of Diane in the show opposite the professional cast.

The successful performer will have a short solo dance in the middle of the show as well as being part of the finale routine. They must be 16 years old in August this year but be able to play a character who is 11-12 years old.

The successful dancer will get a video link to learn the routine. They will not need to rehearse with the cast but will need to commit to each performance of the show in Norwich.

To apply for the role, just email gangstagranny@birminghamstage.com and the production team will get back with more information.

Alison Fitzjohn, of Birmingham Stage Company which is producing the show, said: “It is a fun role to play. It will also be great for an up-and-coming dancer to have a show like this on their CV. Gangsta Granny is creating a buzz around the country and audiences are loving the chance to see this favourite book brought to life.”

The show itself tells the story of Ben who usually spends Friday evening with Granny eating cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake. But his weekly visit gets much exciting when Granny reveals a secret which sees the pair of them embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

To book, log onto www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or call the box office on 01603 630000

 

Aylsham beer festival back this weekend

It will soon be time to raise a glass to the 12th Aylsham Round Table beer festival.

The event which seems to go from strength to strength will open its doors at 6pm this Friday (12th May).

A total of 35 ales and 15 ciders will be on offer this year and as always it will be held at County, also known as the Youth Club on Cawston Road.

Opening times are:
Friday 12th – 6pm – 11pm
Saturday 13th – 11am-11pm
Sunday 14th – 11am – 3pm.

Prices:
Bronze £10 includes 2 pints
Silver £15 includes 4 pints
Gold £20 includes 6 pints

Food will be available all weekend and there will be live music on the Friday and Saturday.

REVIEW: Running Wild is ‘a feast for eyes, ears and emotions’

The Children’s Touring Partnership took to the stage in Norwich last night with Running Wild, an adaption by Samuel Adamson of the Michael Morpurgo book of the same name.
This was a feast for the eyes, ears and emotions. Laughter, sadness and at times fear are felt through the scary rainforest adventure of of nine-year-old Lilly. The story has a serious message of both animal conservation and relationships and love, between humans and animals – elephant Oona, who is puppeteered by four people,  orangutans, a tiger, a crocodile and rainforest birds.
The audience is totally immersed into the sights and sounds of the Indonesian rainforest. The clever set design and lighting along with the sound effects add to the experience. The physical theatre skills of all the puppeteers was pure genius. You literally watch them breathe life into the puppets… they actually come to life before your eyes. I became so invested that I no longer saw the puppeteers.

The movements, motion and animal sounds are created by the cast and you just know that they must have spent hours watching and researching real animals in order to recreate and mimic.

A special mention must go to 12-year-old Annika Whiston, who played the lead role of Lilly and rarely left the stage. She portrayed the role beautifully and with great maturity. Every emotion and relationship she had I felt, bringing me to tears, more than once, much to my own daughter’s horror.

Morpurgo was inspired to write this modern-day Jungle Book by the real-life story of Amber Owen, who was on holiday in Phuket with her mother and stepfather in 2004, and enjoying an elephant ride on the beach when the Boxing Day tsunami hit.  The elephant ran inland and saved her life. When the author read of Amber’s story, he said it was “the one bit of hope amid the destruction”.

The production will be working during the tour to support the Born Free Foundation’s global elephant conservation projects.

There has been great take up by schools with a number of performances throughout the day times but it is most definitely not just for children.
There are still tickets available, if you have not seen it then I urge you to make the time. I promise you will not be disappointed. It will make you laugh and possible cry but most of all it will make you think.

A must-see piece of theatre.

 

Running Wild is on until April 29. Wed, Fri and Sat 7.30pm, Wed & Sat 2.30pm, Thur 11am. Tickets £7-£21.  BOX OFFICE 01603 630000.  www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

 

KIM and RUBY CHAMBERS

 

 

 

 

 

Pictures: Dan Tsantilis

Nominate your food hero before June 5

It’s time to get those entries in for this year’s Norfolk Hero Food & Drink Awards at the Aylsham Show on August bank holiday Monday.

The deadline for entries into the eleventh annual competition which is sponsored by Lovewell Blake is June 5, so get scribbling or typing – it’s easy to enter either in writing or online and the promotional rewards for businesses are very real.

There are five main categories, which are listed below:
• Best Specialist Food or Drink Producer, sponsored by Barclays.
• Best Use of Norfolk Produce on Menu, sponsored by Gressingham Foods.
• Best Food or Drink Supplier/Retailer, sponsored by Dewing Grain.
• Best New Food or Drink Venture, sponsored by For Farmers.
• Individual Food or Drink Hero

The category judging will take place during the week commencing 19th June and the championship judging will take place during July, with the overall winner announced at the Aylsham Show on 28th August.

The individual Food or Drink Hero winner will also be announced at this time.

Chair of the Competition, Jacinth Rogers, said: “Over the years, the Aylsham Show food heroes awards have gained an excellent reputation for identifying and rewarding some of the very best food and drink producers, suppliers and linked businesses in the county.

“We have an amazing array of food and drink in this county and it is an incredibly important part of the county’s economy and employment provision. We love celebrating that array and would encourage as many entries as possible to these fabulous awards.”

Ellie Savory from Norfolk Quail, who last year won both the Best Food or Drink Supplier/Retailer and the Overall Championship, said: “It was a real honour to receive this level of recognition from the Aylsham Show team and to appear on the day itself to hear we had also won the Championship.

“Local promotion and awareness is of course very important to a business such as ours, so I would certainly recommend the competition.”

Last year’s winners were Scrummy Pig based at Wroxham Barns in Hoveton, Rocky Bottoms seafood café at West Runton, GF White butchers in Aylsham, Truly Local farm shop in Stalham, Norfolk Quail of Great Ryburgh and Catherine Temple, from Mrs Temple’s Cheeses.

Mike Fish of Scrummy Pig said: “It was a real coup for us to win as such a young business and it definitely helped spread the word around the county that we were here.

“We have just been featured on the front of a new publication The Norfolk Cook Book – so we must be doing something right!”

You can nominate online at www.theaylshamshow.co.uk and clicking on Show Competitions, where you can view a brochure, printable nomination form and online nomination form.

Aylsham High students take to catwalk

Year 11 students from Aylsham High hit the catwalk on Friday to raise money for their summer prom.

The students modelled prom dresses and suits from The Wardrobe in Horsford, then showed more casual wear from Blossom and Green in Aylsham and Roys of Wroxham to raise £1,800.

Organiser Diane Wade, from the school, said: “It was just so lovely to see the Year 11s relaxing as they prepare for the busiest period of their school career.”

She added: “It was fabulous to work with alumni as our sound and lighting guys, all of whom are now going off to study film/theatre production at uni or in the case of James Hubbard, to a full-time apprentice cameraman at Epic Studios.”

The funds were raised for the Class of 2017 Prom, on July 1 at Mannington Hall, and also a donation is made to Water Aid.

The next event on the prom fundraising calendar is An Auction of Very Real Things at the school on Thursday, May 4. Browsing will be from 7pm and the first lot goes under the hammer at 7.30pm.

For more information emal shebditch@aylshamhigh.norfolk.sch.uk#

Pictures: CALLUM WELLS

 

 

Join the charge this bank holiday for the East Anglian Air Ambulance

The Archdeacon’s Charge, an annual sponsored fun run or walk founded by the Venerable John Ashe, Archdeacon of Lynn, will take place on Monday (May 1) at Wolterton Hall, raising money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) and the Diocese of Norwich Church of England.

All are welcome to walk or run the circuit. There will be a circuit of 2.5 miles available to walk or run, or if you feel up to a challenge you can complete the circuit up to four times completing a distance of up to 10 miles.

Alternatively, families can go along and enjoy a picnic and entertainment. There is plenty to do and see, such as a scenic walk around the grounds of a rarely-seen private stately home, food and drink on offer, classic cars, live music, craft market, and have-a-go activities such as archery.

Their Royal Highnesses’ Prince & Princess Michael of Kent will be attending this year, as special guests of Peter Sheppard and Keith Day, the owners of Wolterton Hall.

Holly Lambert, fundraising manager for EAAA in Norfolk, said: “We are honoured, once again, to be one of the chosen charities for the Archdeacon’s Charge, and always look forward to this fantastic event.”

See more at www.dioceseofnorwich.org/news/events/archdeacons-charge/.

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.”