Angels beat rivals Aylsham to take local pride

Last night in front of a huge crowd North Walsham ran out 3-1 winners against Aylsham.

The Angels were in control for most of the game with their pacey wingers causing problems to the Aylsham back four, once they got ahead Aylsham were always facing an uphill battle, one that became even harder after they received two red cards.

Angels chairman Alex Brady said, “What a win last night for North Walsham. From the first minute to the 90th, every single member of the management team and playing staff battled and fought to ensure the 3 points stayed at Greens Road, with the goals coming from Matty Downing (2) and Liam Clarke.

Credit has to go to Aylsham for bringing over 100 fans, and with the overall crowd in excess of 300 it was a brilliant occasion with lots of friendly banter between the two sets of fans.

A special mention has to go to the referee for controlling the game well in the tough conditions – and he certainly played his part in a very entertaining game.

With crowd numbers at record levels in 2017, it certainly serves as a reminder that football is alive and well within the town, and that improved facilities should continue to remain the aim for the club and the town”

It was in stark contrast to the Aylsham camp whose promotion push has slipped away in recent weeks, manager Martin Meek said, “We were all gutted and disappointed in the changing room after the game, we let ourselves and the fans down. But fair play to North Walsham who were the better team on the night.”


Aylsham man raises £1500 for local scout groups

A Boxing Day swim at Cromer has helped Norfolk Scouts with £1,500 raised by Aylsham Freemason Robin Rush.

The money raised was split equally between the 1st Buxton and Lamas Sea Scouts and the 46th Norwich Scout Group. Norwich Masonic Lodge Royal George Chapter also donated £500 to 46th Norwich.

Robin is 76 years old but still active, regularly cycling hundreds of miles locally and abroad each year. He has taken part in the Cromer Boxing Day Swim for more than 10 years, with the majority of the money raised by local Masonic Lodges and their members.

A keen Scout in his youth and a member of the Scout Lodge in Norfolk, Robin has supported Buxton Scouts for several years raising thousands of pounds. This year he decided to share the money with 46th Norwich, which is a group specifically for the disabled.

“Scout Lodge has been giving regular assistance and this year I wanted to give them my personal support”, said Robin. “There are so many youngsters with disabilities wanting to join in with activities, so this will be my charity focus in our tercentenary year”.

This year Freemasons are celebrating 300 years since the formation of the United Grand Lodge of England, with celebrations being held both locally and nationally.

Dean Butcher, Scout Leader of 46th Norwich said: “This is a great boost for our members and will go to help fund field trips and weekends away as each Scout must bring a carer.”

Graham Breeze, Group Scout Leader of Buxton Scouts said: “This donation will help us upgrade and expand our facilities to enable even more young people enjoy Scouting in and around the Buxton area”.

Peter Leggett of Royal George Chapter said: “The 46th Norwich Scouts were one of the charities nominated to share in the proceeds of our Benevolent Fund. Scouting has the same principles as Freemasonry and we are pleased to support their good work for disabled young people in Norfolk.”

Robin Rush (middle left) and Peter Leggett of Royal George Chapter
(middle right), presenting cheques to members of 1st Buxton Sea Scouts and 46th Norwich Scout Group.

It’s all green and gold for Barnwell Print

Just Regional printers Barnwells has been recognised for its exceptional environmental performance by being the first company to receive the Norfolk Carbon Charter at Gold level.

Barnwells of Aylsham, which has been printer for Just Regional since it launched its first magazine in 2008, is the oldest family-run printing company in the UK and consideration for the environment is central to their business from the management down.

In awarding them the highest level of the accreditation, the panel noted how a wide range of measures was behind the reduced footprint they’d achieved, ranging from a bio-mass boiler to energy efficient printing equipment.

They also highlighted the firm’s commitment to engaging with clients, notably through offering the county’s first carbon balanced printing service through the World Land Trust.

The Norfolk Carbon Charter was formally launched on March 7. Speaking at the launch, director Julian Barnwell described how his personal passion lay behind the measures they had taken.

“We are immensely proud to be the first company to achieve the Gold level of the Norfolk Carbon Charter. As a keen scuba diver I’ve seen first hand the impact of climate change to coral reefs and by achieving the gold award we feel this is a conscientious and positive step in making a contribution to safeguarding the environment for future generations. I would encourage all Norfolk businesses to champion the Norfolk charter as a standard for their business, not only is it the correct moral ambition, but it also has an economic benefit.”

The Norfolk Carbon Charter provides independently validated recognition for the work businesses are doing to reduce their energy consumption. This allows companies with genuine green credentials to share their achievements with their customers, staff and suppliers.

The award of the Gold level Charter is reserved for exemplar businesses, where environmental management is fully embedded in their operations and they can evidence significant measures adopted to reduce impacts. All Charter awards follow a fully independent onsite assessment of the business, which is then validated by an expert panel.

Martin Wilby, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Environment, Development and Transport Committee congratulated the business on their achievements, and welcomed the Charter as a valuable support for local businesses, saying: “The Carbon Charter’s success has been founded in assisting businesses to celebrate their own good practice and innovation. The funding available through BEE Anglia opens up this valued endorsement to many more businesses in Norfolk. We know there is a lot of good practice out there and I look forward to awarding many more charter accreditation’s in Norfolk”

Currently assessment for the Carbon Charter is free to eligible businesses, with costs fully covered by the Business Energy Efficiency Anglia project. BEE Anglia is co-financed by the European Union European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Businesses interested in the Carbon Charter can find out more details at

Julian Barnwell and Martin Wilby

Walk the walk and help cure Parkinson’s

People in Norfolk are being asked to pick up the pace against Parkinson’s this year at Walk for Parkinson’s – Blickling Estate on Saturday, May 13.
It is one of a series of walk events to be held across the UK for Parkinson’s UK during 2017.
Walk for Parkinson’s offers the opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to get involved in a fun and active day out, while helping the charity step ever closer to a cure.
There are a range of distances around the grounds of the estate on offer to suit everyone, including a 2.5-mile and 5.5-mile walk to choose from.
Last year, 114 people took part in the walk at Blickling Estate to raise an impressive £11,000 between them, and the charity hopes to boost the fundraising total even more this year.
Sky Sports presenter and champion of walking for Parkinson’s UK Dave Clark was diagnosed with the condition himself in 2011. Dave is encouraging as many people as possible to step up at the event.
He says: “In 2016 I completed my own 200-mile coast to coast walk for Parkinson’s UK. It was tough but the sense of achievement when I crossed the finish line was fantastic.
“I know not everyone can walk that far, which is why our Walk for Parkinson’s at Blickling Estate with a choice of distances, is perfect for everyone.
“This year is going to be our most ambitious yet for the Walk for Parkinson’s series. With every pound that we raise we get closer to a cure. So please join us at Blickling Estate and help us step closer to our goal of improving the lives of every person affected by Parkinson’s.”
The registration fee is £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s. Everyone who registers will receive a free Parkinson’s UK T-shirt, fundraising pack and at the end of the walk, a finishers medal.
The charity is hoping to raise over £400,000 from the 32 events, so suggests walkers aim to raise at least £50.
All money raised from Walk for Parkinson’s – Blickling Estate will help Parkinson’s UK’s work to provide support and information for people affected by the condition and to help find better treatments, and ultimately a cure.
As well as walkers, the charity is on the lookout for volunteers to help register people at the start/finish area or to be a walk marshal at various points on the route during the day.
To find out more and to sign up to walk or volunteer visit:, call 0207 963 9367 or email

Do you know everything that’s on offer in Aylsham?

A Community Expo is being held in Aylsham on Saturday, March 4, aimed at anyone who lives or works in and around the town and who wants to find out what is on offer in the area.

Hosted by Aylsham Town Council at the Town Hall, the event will include stalls from voluntary and community sector organisations and will give old and new residents an opportunity to come together to discover the variety of what goes on in the town.

Doors open at 9am and refreshments will be available.

The event coincides with the 15th anniversary of the farmers market, so there will also be a special market with regular stallholders alongside past stallholders.

There will be a colouring competition for younger residents, held through the Town Council Information Stand on the day.

Some of the exhibitors are listed below;

Aylsham Care Trust
Aylsham Gym
Aylsham First Response
Aylsham In Bloom
Aylsham Roman Dig Project
Aylsham Heritage Centre/History Society
Aylsham Library
1st Scouting Aylsham
Aylsham Girl Guiding
Trefoil Guild
Aylsham Picture House
Aylsham Rotary Club
Aylsham Church
Aylsham and District Flower Club
Aylsham Country Market
Slow Food
Sutton School of Dance
St Giles Cricket Club
Aylsham Football Club
Aylsham WI

Aylsham Town Hall where the Aylsham Expo will be held next Saturday.

The search is on for Aylsham Show Food Hero 2017

The Aylsham Show launched its 2017 Food Hero Awards today (Feb 15) at Blickling Hall by toasting the success of last year’s winners.

2016 show president Simon Evans praised last year’s success stories, including 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 Ltd, of Great Ryburgh, which was also the Overall Championship winner and Catherine Temple, from Mrs Temple’s Cheeses, who was Individual Food or Drink Hero Winner.

Organisers will now be looking for nominations for this year’s event, the judging of which will take place during June 2017, when category winners will be announced.

The championship judging will take place during July 2017 and the overall winner announced, as usual, at the Aylsham Show on Monday, August 28.

They will be presented with the Ken Dye Memorial Salver by Sally Dye and the 2017 show president John Wootten. The individual Food or Drink Hero Winner will also be announced and receive the Aylsham Show Presidents Tankard.

Launching this year’s event Food Heroes chairman Jacinth Rogers said she was looking forward to this, her eleventh, event (six as chairman) after originally saying she would help out for a year. She will be standing down this year and handing over to Alex Haswell.

“I think I have done enough now and it’s time somebody else took over,” she said. “Alex and I will be working together this year and she will take over after this year’s show for 2018.”

New president John said he was delighted to be taking the role for 2017. “I have a long association with Blickling with running events for the last 20 years including the classical concerts,” he said. “I am certainly hoping this one will be as good as last year.”

Championship sponsors are again Lovewell Blake and Chris Solt, who is responsible for agriculture, food and drink with the business, said: “We have had an office at Aylsham for many years and are proud to play an active part in the community. We know how important the food and drink sector is to Norfolk. It is what helps our county to thrive. The Norfolk Hero Food & Drink Awards celebrate the very best of this industry.”

You can nominate your hero now by visiting

Left to right last John Savory from Norfolk Quail, Jacinth Rogers Food Heroes Chairman, John Wootton 2017 Aylsham Show President, Simon Evans 2016 President and Judge, Catherine Temple Mrs Temples Cheese.

Cat dies after being caught in trap

A cat has had to be put to sleep after he got his face stuck in a trap in Burgh.

The RSPCA was called after the tabby male was seen by a passing motorist crossing the road in Wood Lane on Saturday (February 11) with a fenn trap caught on his head.

Two of the charity’s officers spent more than 40 minutes searching the surrounding gardens and hedges, and eventually found the adult cat in the corner of a wood store in clear distress. He was taken straight to a vet, where he was nicknamed Curiosity, and was taken into intensive care because of the extensive damage caused.

Sadly, his injury was so severe and he was suffering so much the vet made the difficult decision to put him to sleep.

Curiosity did not have a microchip and it is not known who had owned him. The RSPCA is appealing for information about where he may have come from as well as any information about who may have left this trap.

RSPCA inspector Dean Astillberry said: “This poor cat had somehow got his head completely stuck, face-down, in this lethal trap. We don’t know how long he would have been wandering about like that. His face was swollen out of all proportion. He could not open his eyes at all, and his mouth just a small distance.

“His claws were completely worn away from trying to escape – it must have been so distressing and painful for him to be trapped in this painful way.”

A fenn trap is a spring trap commonly used for trapping wildlife such as grey squirrels, stoats, rats and mice. Killing or injuring a domestic, non-target animal with a fenn trap is an offence and the RSPCA is opposed to the manufacture, sale and use of all snares and any trap which causes suffering.

Llewelyn Lowen, scientific officer for the RSPCA, added: “There are strict legal conditions on setting these types of traps and not setting them in the right way can mean that you are committing an offence. These traps should be set in such a way to prevent them killing or injuring a domestic animal and so we urge people to think carefully before using them.

“In theory, cats should not get caught in fenn traps if they are being set properly. Those using the traps should be fully aware of the legislation regulating their use and of codes of practice that should be followed to ensure that non-target species are not captured.

“Legally, these traps need be set inside real or artificial tunnels so as to avoid catching any non-target species.”

Anyone who has any further information about the owner of the trap or if you think you might be the owner of the trap, please contact the RSPCA on the inspector appeal line, in confidence, on 0300 123 8018.

The RSPCA can only investigate cases like these with your help. To donate please visit: or text LOVE to 87023 to give £3 (text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).

Dance school hip hops into theatre festival date

A North Norfolk hip hop crew has been selected to be part of a major international festival coming to Norwich.

Parallel Dance Studios have been chosen to perform at the Breakin’ Convention hip hop event being held at Norwich Theatre Royal on May 13, alongside Legacy and Fly No Filter.

They were among seven different crews who applied to star in the show, which is one of the most highly anticipated events in the British dance calendar. The groups took part in an audition in front of the Breakin’ Convention team and had to perform a piece they had created themselves.

Now the successful groups are looking forward to taking to the stage alongside some of the biggest names in hip hop including the South Korean super crew of poppers and b-boys Just Dance, Canadian urban contemporary duo Tentacle Tribe and South Africa’s renowned Soweto Skeleton Movers.

Parallel Dance Studios was set up by North Norfolk sisters Lucy and Emma Cook and is based in Holt and Reepham. They set it up to bring the fun and benefit of dance for all, and teach a wide range of different styles and techniques at classes around the county. They compete in a number of national and regional competitions in all styles and have also appeared on Sky 1’s Got To Dance. They aim to be creative and choreograph in an interesting and entertaining way while working in a strong family atmosphere.

Emma Kuiiri (Cook) said: “There were seven acts that auditioned for only three spots on stage and our P Diddys group were one of the three successful groups. The youngsters, aged from eight to 11, worked very hard to achieve this and now have lots more work ahead to prepare for the grand performance. The children are so excited and really can’t wait to perform. Their piece is themed around video games featuring Pokemon, Street Fighter and Mario. This is a massive achievement for a small dance school.”

As well as the performance itself, the theatre will be transformed into a hip-hop zone during May 13 with a host of activities planned including graffiti walls, DJ workshops and dance battles, with full details of these additional events being announced in the weeks ahead.

Victoria Jenkins, Norwich Theatre Royal’s education manager (projects), said: “We are so excited to have some of the region’s hottest hip hop talent sharing the stage with some top international acts. The hard work starts now to prepare for this exciting day of performance and creativity which everyone can enjoy.”

Parallel also had success in the UK Street Dance Championshps in London, competing against people from the UK and Europe. The team came home with a second place in the under nine duos with Tianna Kuiiri and Skyela Barden.

Breakin’ Convention, Saturday 13 May at 7.30pm. Tickets £7-£24. Discounts for Friends. Band A-D tickets half price if paid for by the end of February. To book, call the box office on 01603 630000 or log onto