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Police and Crime Commissioner tackles road safety in North Norfolk

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green has welcomed the introduction of a scheme to tackle speeding drivers on rural roads in North Norfolk.

Members of the Special Constabulary are joining forces with Community Speed Watch (CSW) volunteers to carry out high visibility enforcement checks in the Cromer area.

The team of 14 will focus their efforts on areas where speeding has been raised as a local concern and those not currently covered by CSW.

PCC Lorne Green, who went to meet the newly formed team during a crackdown in Felbrigg last week (Thursday 20 July), said: “At our Police Accountability Forum in Cromer earlier this year a number of people raised their concerns about cars speeding through their villages.

“I hope the introduction of a scheme in the Cromer area will help to reassure residents we are listening and taking direct action.

“This is community spirit and partnership working at its best with members of Speed Watch working alongside the Special Constabulary Speeding Team to protect their local community from unsafe driving.”

The scheme is one of a number of community policing projects being supported through the PCC’s Early Intervention Fund. The fund is open to policing teams across the county to help them work with communities to tackle local crime, disorder and community safety issues.

PC Pete Davison, Norfolk Constabulary’s Engagement Officer for the North Norfolk area, said: “We work closely with our partners all-year round to target speeding drivers and schemes like this help us to enforce the law whilst also raising awareness of the dangers.

“Speeding is serious whatever the road, but through rural villages the dangers can be intensified. Pedestrians and other hazards are often closer and therefore your reaction time can be reduced. Speed limits are in place for a reason so I would urge motorists to stick to them.”

The scheme is the third of its kind to be funded by the PCC with other initiatives already launched in the South Norfolk and Great Yarmouth areas.

Specials and Volunteers Manager Sue Goode, added: “This is a great example of how our committed volunteers get to experience the world of policing while helping to support local communities and organisations such as Community Speed Watch.

“It’s pleasing to see the specials getting involved with local communities and help to address issues of concern.”

Lorne Green pictured with members of Cromer’s Special Constabulary Speeding Team/Community Speed Watch.

Get ready to rock out at Bodham

They’re all ready to rock in Bodham as its charity music festival gets under way at the weekend.

Rock Bodham will be held at the village playing field on Saturday, July 22, and the village’s Red Hart pub on Sunday 23rd.

Britpop covers band The Stereotypes, local bands Generals and Soul Alliance are among the bands to have been confirmed alongside DJ’s Naughty Daughty and 2016 Sheringham battle of the bands winner Liberty Popey. The headline acts are Bloodshake Chorus on the Saturday and, on Sunday, Red Leaf.

Festival secretary Callum Ringer said of this year’s line-up: “Bloodshake Chorus played for us last year, in the middle of the afternoon, and went down really well it was a no brainer to ask them back, and to put them higher up the bill.  We are also looking forward to welcoming back Soul Alliance, and Generals from previous years, but we also have some new acts, and I’m really excited for Knotted, The Stereotypes and The Dulcet Tones.”

On Saturday, alongside the live music which starts from 1.30pm, there will be a children’s entertainment, stalls and fete games, bouncy castle and circus skills for the afternoon.  There will be a licenced bar and barbecue all day and into the evening as well as a raffle on both days. The event gave away more than £3,000 last year to a range of local charities and has given away more than £15,000 since its inception in 2012.

The event organisers have put out a plea for more volunteers for the weekend.  Callum said: “To be able to make as much money as possible, we really need as many people to help as possible. We have stalls and games ready to go but they won’t run themselves.”

Tickets for Saturday are £5 for adults and £1 for under 12s.  Under threes free. it’s free entry to Bodham Red Hart on Sunday, donations taken on the day.

Cool customers needed for Norfolk competition

Electrical retailer JB Postle has a cool competition with a Norfolk theme this summer.
They want people to make use of their artistic skills to create a wrap-around design on a Smeg fridge. The only criteria is that the design has to be Norfolk linked hence #FabNorfolk as the competition title!
Nikki Filby said: “The design #FabNorfolk could be anything people associate with our lovely county, maybe Cromer Pier, the crabbing industry, the lovely landscape, the seaside, our iconic buildings in the city or just simply a chance to promote your Norfolk Charity, Business or Organisation”
The competition, which runs now until September, has two winning categories – an individual entry and one for organisations. The group category could mean a business, charity or sports organisation and you can enter as many times as they wish!
The individual winner will receive a bespoke day or night out in Norfolk for four people worth at least £200 and will depend on the interest and age of the individual winner! It could be anything from a trip to the zoo or a night out on the town! Whatever you choose, you are guaranteed to have fun in our home county!
The group design chosen will receive £200 to donate to a local Norfolk charity of their choice, so if you want to raise money for an important cause, get your thinking hat on!
“We wanted a way to engage with the community and celebrate our wonderful county so we thought this would be a great way to find out what Norfolk means to people whether they live here or are visiting” said Nikki.
JB Postle have a Smeg blackboard fridge which has been touring JB Postle’s local branches in Aylsham, Cromer, Sheringham and North Walsham and has even been seen on Cromer Pier. The team will be taking the fridge to Worstead Festival on July 29 and 30 where there will be some surprises on the day and a chance to take part in the competition.
Nikki said any business which might like to have the fridge to visit them should get in touch to give staff the chance to get artistic with chalk pens.
The competition was launched on Cromer Pier and entries have now started to come in.
“We’re really looking forward to seeing what people come up with,” said Nikki. “Look out on social media for news!” You can follow each of the JB Postle branches on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by searching @JBPostle
Call the Cromer store on 01263 512134 to find out more about hosting the Smeg blackboard fridge and if you would like to volunteer as a competition judge, call Nikki on 01263 735326.

Free child seats checks

Norfolk County Council’s road safety team and crews from Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service are once again taking to the road during the school holidays to host more than a dozen free child car seat checks across the county.

More Norfolk children are killed or seriously injured whilst in a car than they are as a pedestrian or cyclist. One in three child car seats are incorrectly fitted in Norfolk but almost all of these can be fixed immediately.

Child car seats are a legal requirement in the UK and make children far less likely to be seriously hurt in a collision. But they must be correctly fitted and adjusted to offer maximum protection, and it is easy to get it wrong. The events are running until August 16, 10am until 2pm at the locations listed below.  Families are invited to come along to get their child seats checked and to ask our team of experts about any aspect of road safety.
The county council’s road safety experts are also using the 18 free child seat safety checks to encourage parents to keep children rear facing in the car for much longer than families traditionally do in this country.
Scandinavian countries routinely keep their children in a rear facing seat until they are four or five years old. Research proves this is five times safer than the UK approach of putting a child in a forward facing seat at around nine months old.
Iain Temperton, the county council’s road safety manager, said: “I would urge anybody carrying young people to visit one of our events. It will only take five minutes but that will be time well spent if it improves the safety of the next generation of road users.”
Alistair Steele, consultant anaesthetist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn said: “During my time as an air ambulance doctor and as a trauma doctor I have seen too many children severely injured from car accidents. In addition to the messages about driving safely we really want to help parents and carers get the right advice about child safety in cars, and there is a confusing array of restraints and booster systems available.
“The best thing to do is to take advice from a professional car seat fitter to ensure you’ve not only chosen a safe seat but also it is installed correctly.”
Child seat safety check events are taking place in the following locations from 10am until 2pm:Mon 24 July  Norwich – Tesco Harford Bridge
Tue 25 July  North Walsham – Sainsburys
Wed 26 July Sheringham – Tesco
Thu 27 July Aylsham – Tesco
Fri 28 July  Stalham- Tesco
Sat 29 July Holt – Budgens
Mon 31 July Norwich – Longwater Sainsburys
Tue 1 Aug Wymondham – Waitrose
Wed 2 Aug  Thetford – Sainsburys
Thu 3 Aug Diss – Morrisons
Fri 4 Aug Great Yarmouth – Asda
Mon 7 Aug Dereham – Tesco
Tue 8 Aug Downham Market – Tesco (2pm-6pm)
Wed 9 Aug Kings Lynn – Sainsburys
Thu 10 Aug Fakenham – Tesco
Fri 11 Aug Swaffham – Tesco
Tue 15 Aug Norwich – Sprowston Tesco
Wed 16 Aug Norwich – Hall Road Asda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review: Cromer Summer Show

The famous Cromer Pier Summer Show show is, this year, celebrating its 40th year of unstoppable fun, glamour and mystery.

The gala night beginning weeks of superb entertainment was on Saturday (June 24), a sparkling magical variety show.

The show’s compere and lead comedian is Phil Butler, a man of many talents who also juggles and is a ventriloquist . . . in fact a one man show> He returns this year to host a fantastic show. Also starring is comedian Joey Howard who has brought his “melodic multitude of madness and mirth” to Cromer from venues around the world.

The show also sees the return of James Bustar, a young man who juggles with anything – axes, knives and even a chainsaw, working of course. The show wouldn’t have the romance and glamour without the fabulous dancers who take the audience to another world.

Cromer is very fortunate to have performing again this season Emily Yarrow, a vocalist who can take you on a journey with her voice, through popular ballads to well-known songs from the opera. Joining Emily is a talented vocalist Lee Bright, whose range of music and songs entertain all.

What goes to make the show what it has become are the wonderful costumes designed by Laura Whyte, the choreography by Di Cooke, the scenery designed by Ian Westbrook and the music played and directed by Nigel Hogg, not forgetting the youngsters of Marlene’s School of Dance.

This year’s show is the best ever and Cromer is so lucky to have the only end of the pier show in the world in its Pavilion Theatre.

Kevin and Sandra Stone

Shakes, Rattle and Roll to whip up a sweet treat in Cromer

A new, American-themed takeaway milkshake bar is opening its doors in Cromer on Saturday (July 1) and is offering free taster shakes to celebrate.

Shakes, Rattle and Roll, the first of its kind to launch in Norfolk will offer customers the chance to create their own milkshake with 20 different flavours and an extensive menu of sauces and toppings to choose from.  Dairy-free and gluten-free options will also be available.

Located in Hamilton Road, the takeaway has been designed with a retro 1950s feel with a vibrant décor and a nod to the future with sustainable, eco-friendly cups and straws.

Shakes, Rattle and Roll owner, Leon Walder, from Roughton, said: “I am excited about the new bar and I cannot wait to open and welcome customers. Pop along, support a local, independent business and enjoy a fabulously-delicious milkshake made with locally produced ice cream.”

After Saturday’s launch, Shakes, Rattle and Roll will be open daily from 10am until 6pm, milkshakes will be charged at £3.50 each.

 

Sign up now for summer holiday sports challenge

The summer holidays are on their way – what are you going to do with your time?
A full week of active, healthy fun will be on offer this summer for young people who sign up to Challenge 23.
Challenge 23 is an action packed week of sporting activity for children aged six to 14, based at Stalham Sports Centre.
For the 23rd year this summer North Norfolk District Council’s expert coaches will create a whole week of fun games, sports and activities, in the form of the ever popular Challenge Week.
Challenge 23 kicks off on Monday, August 7, and runs every day until Friday, August 10, It costs £90 per head.
The week combines a safe and welcoming environment, the chance to make friends, excellent coaching and lots of opportunities for adventure. Days run from 9am-3pm, except for Friday which is 8am-5pm.
Friday will include a trip to the Horstead Centre and include canoeing, crate stack, tower experience and team challenges.
This will be followed by an end of week presentation back at the sports centre and a party for everyone to enjoy.
Maggie Prior, cabinet member for leisure, health and wellbeing, said: “Challenge Week is a fabulous, excellent value opportunity to take exercise all week, trying out different sports, games and activities, while having a thoroughly enjoyable and fulfilling experience.
“It’s delivered by our highly talented staff who know how to combine learning new skills with lots of fun.”
There is a Challenge 23 open day in advance of the full event where you can come and meet the team, learn all about Challenge, ask questions, sign up and try out activities for free. This will be held on July 16 10am-2pm, at Stalham Sports Centre.

For further information, there is a dedicated Challenge 23 event page on Facebook, visit www.north-norfolk.gov.uk/book, call 01692 580864 or email john.hall-galley@north-norfolk.gov.uk.

Cromer ambulance station open day for children’s charity

Cromer ambulance station open day will return next month to give visitors a unique insight into the work of the emergency services in Norfolk.
Ambulance, fire, police, critical care charities and a host of other organisations will be at the free event, in Middlebrook Way, Cromer, on Sunday, July 2, 10am-3pm.
The open day provides an opportunity for people to find out more about the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST), meet ambulance staff and volunteers, and explore inside an ambulance and rapid response vehicle.
Proceeds will go to Nelson’s Journey, a charity that supports bereaved children in Norfolk.
Daisy the vintage ambulance will be on show as well as Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, Norfolk Police, RNLI, Norfolk Accident Rescue Service, and East Anglian Air Ambulance will also have a stand.
There will also be live music and refreshments and tea and cake stalls.
Organiser Dale Meacham-Roberts, who is a duty locality officer for EEAST, said: “The open day is a great opportunity to welcome the community to the station and get all our partners together to celebrate the work of our emergency services and charities.
“People will get a behind the scenes look at the ambulance service as well as raising money for a very worthy cause.”
For more information about the work of Nelson’s Journey, visit http://www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk/default.aspx