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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.

Just Regional celebrates first decade!

Yes that’s right, it was 10 years ago when the first issue of Just Aylsham first popped through letterboxes.

For those who don’t know the story, business owner Lee Todd was keen to see a local magazine full of local stories for his home town and so the idea of the hyperlocal Just name was established.

The Aylsham magazine was soon joined by one dedicated to North Walsham and the business then expanded along the coast, into other parts of Broadland and finally around the outskirts of Norwich.

Today, the Just magazines hits 50,000 dooormats in 10 areas, with free pick-ups in libraries, information centres and shops.

Just Regional serves 10 towns and city suburbs in Norfolk with four-weekly titles (three-weekly in Aylsham) and also covers all of those communities with Summer and Christmas special publications.

Built on a belief that hyperlocal news can be presented using high specification paper, quality journalism, excellent photography and professional sales, the business has grown from two part-time staff to 10 office staff and 120 distribution staff with their offices in Aylsham, a location central to all of the areas covered.

Lee said: “We’ve done an incredible job in Norfolk showing how hyperlocal can work, in a competitive marketplace, both for advertisers and readers.

“A lot of publishers have talked about hyperlocal for a long time – we have actually done it and made a success of the model.

“However we couldn’t have done it without our advertisers who have supported us right from day one. A big thank you to them and a happy anniversary to us!”

A big fan of the publications is BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Nick Conrad, who said: “Just Regional produce outstanding magazines run by wonderful people who love and champion their towns and villages. As the owner of a local business who has worked with Just Regional, these guys really get behind you and believe in you. Over the past decade they have woven themselves into the fabric of the communities they represent”.

The first issue of Just Aylsham from October 2008.

Aylsham business man 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.”

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.”

 

 

Restaurant plan for Clarkes Aylsham

Plans have been submitted to convert the former Clarkes store in Aylsham to a restaurant and Air BnB.

An application has been lodged with Broadland District Council for change of use of the ground floor to restaurant with kitchen and use of the first and upper floors for nine rooms for holiday letting.

The application also includes alterations to the roof and partial demolition and construction of new pedestrian entrance to serve the first and upper floors.

The town council will discuss the plan in detail at an extra meeting to be held on Tuesday, October 2, at 7pm in the Town Hall.

There will be the opportunity to receive comments from the public before the councillors discuss and agree the response they wish to make to Broadland District Council, who will make the final decision.

The plans are available to view in the town council offices above the Town Hall from 9.30am-3.30pm (Monday to Thursday) and 9.30am-12.30pm on Fridays.

They are also available to view on the Broadland website via planning application searches. Enter the planning application reference 20181362.

Delight at Anglia in Bloom ‘gold’ for Aylsham

It’s Gold for Aylsham’s entry into the Britain in Bloom Anglian regional competition!

The awards day was held in Bury St Edmunds and Aylsham in Bloom team members were delighted to receive the award on behalf of all the many people of Aylsham who had helped make it happen.

Chairman Wendy Sadler said: “I am thrilled to report that Aylsham was awarded a gold Medal at the award ceremony. Thank you so much to all the folk who worked so hard to achieve this outstanding result.

“As well as entering the general competition we also put forward several projects for Special Awards.  We did not win any of these but I am pleased to report that two of them got to the shortlists. They were:

  • The Weavers’ Way conservation project
  • The Aylsham High School “Green Plan It” challenge

“This was a significant achievement. We saw pictures of all the shortlisted projects and the standard was very high so we should be proud that these projects were included in the shortlists.”

The judge’s comments on Aylsham’s entry were very complimentary. They particularly highlighted the outstanding displays arranged and sponsored by the businesses, which included the Unicorn Pub, Broadland Consultants (by the “blue loos”) Postle’s Henry’s and Budgens new display. They were also amused by the Inside Out displays such as the floral frames outside Broadland Framers. Aylsham Heritage Centre and the parish church’s Repton200 Festival were also highlighted, as was the Repton-themed Humphry Hare.

Marks also went to children’s and young people’s projects so the judges were pleased to see the Cub’s Drill Hall planting, the work the Scouts had done on Weavers’ Way and the Aylsham High School pupils joining in the Marriott’s Way work.

The Aylsham in Bloom members attending the awards – Wendy, Shelley, Judy and Ian – thought Aylsham should be doubly proud of its achievements as it is all done on a voluntary basis with minimal funding.

They said, “It was obvious that many of the entrants were run and funded by professionals via their local authorities. These spend thousands and thousands of pounds to achieve the same result as us so we ought to be proud that our small number of Aylsham volunteers can encourage so many of Aylsham’s residents, businesses and organisations to contribute to Aylsham’s brilliant offering. You are all Gold Stars!!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 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.