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Taverham to mark Armistice centenary

Taverham is planning a major event to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, on November 11.

Taverham Parish Council, in conjunction with Wensum Valley Golf Club, is holding a Battle’s Over celebration at the golf club from 3.30pm to the lighting of the Taverham beacon at 7pm and beyond.

Tickets are limited and people are advised to book early to avoid disappointment. The £10 per head charge includes a sit-down, two-course, authentic wartime meal that could well have been on the menu 100 years ago.

Tickets are available from Taverham Parish Council office, Wensum Valley Golf Club, Abbotts at Victoria Road, Pyms and Co at Acres Way,  and at William’s Way in Drayton.

Taverham Band will provide entertainment and there will also be a slideshow.

Organisers are looking for First World War memorabilia to display and any photos etc of street parties. Contact parish council chairman John Pennells on 01603 261681 if you have any items

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

CS Lewis satirical comedy comes to Drayton

Searchlight Theatre Company returns to Drayton in October with the The Screwtape Letters, written by CS Lewis, most famous as the author of The Chronicles of Narnia.

The Screwtape Letters have been adapted for stage by Nigel Forde.

The award-winning satirical comedy brings to life CS Lewis’s classic book, in which a senior devil, Screwtape, instructs his junior apprentices in the fine art of temptation.

The story is set in Professor Screwtape’s study. It remains faithful to the original text, characters and themes created by Lewis and holds three Edinburgh Fringe Sell-Out Show awards.

The Screwtape Letters is a thought-provoking entertaining, bitingly satirical and comedic exploration of profound issues of right and wrong.

Sly and funny, it will appeal to theatre-goers of any or no religious persuasion and has been described as “Everything you could want from a night out at the theatre!”

Drayton-based Together Loving Christ is hosting The Screwtape Letters on October 4, 7.15pm, at Drayton Hall, Hall Lane NR8 6DP. Tickets are £10 and are available by emailing kiera@tlcnorwich.church or telephone 07778 065639.

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.

NHS wants your views on health-care changes

The NHS wants the views of Drayton and Taverham residents on changes to local health care.

A roadshow is taking place on Tuesday September 11, from noon to 3pm, at Taverham and Drayton Children’s Centre, School Road NR8 6EP.

The public consultation has been organised by the NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) about its Your Norwich New Model of Care plans.

There will be information on hand, and senior CCG staff and some of its partners in health and care, to explain more.

The consultation has two main aims:

  • to ensure people understand transformations in health and care services which the CCG has put in place, or developed with partners, since 2013
  • to ask for people’s opinions into how these can be developed.

The CCG is proposing a formal alliance to bring partners in the Norwich health and care system closer together and help to integrate service further.

The CCG believes there should be an emphasis on preventing ill health and helping people remain well, or manage their conditions better. This could be achieved by public services working together, to help people self-care and self-manage existing conditions.

However when people do need NHS or social care, the vision is for further integration of services. This could be achieved by developing ‘integrated neighbourhood care’ hubs for local health and care staff to work together in multi-disciplinary teams.

The chair of Norwich CCG, Tracy Williams, said: “Patients and members of the public often have insights and experiences that can help us shape services and how they are delivered in the future, so we shall be very interested to hear what they have to say to help inform the way forward.”

Visitors to the roadshow can fill out a consultation response form, or they can do it online at www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/NHSNorwichCCGnmocConsultation/ . You can also ask for a paper copy from the CCG.

FREE child safety seat checks – list of dates/places

Families are invited to attend FREE child safety car seat checks across the county.

Teams from Norfolk County Council Road Safety and Norfolk Fire and Rescue will be kicking off their child safety seat roadshow on Monday  July 30 in Norwich and invite parents, grandparents and carers to come along for advice and fitting guidance.  The team will be running 19 events in total across Norfolk.

Every year the team carries out safety checks on around 1600 child seats in Norfolk.

Last year it was revealed that 40pc of these are incorrectly fitted, either in the way they were fitted to the vehicle or adjusted to the child using them. Fortunately, the team were able to fix virtually all of them on the spot.

The team will also be promoting the benefits of keeping children rear facing for longer, a practice which is common in Scandinavian countries. This alone will keep a child five times safer than the forward facing equivalent

In addition if you have any questions about driving and using car seats abroad the team will be on hand offering useful holiday information and advice.

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.

Child safety seat tour dates – 10am-2pm

Monday  July 30 – Norwich, Sprowston Tesco,

Tuesday July 31 – Sheringham, Tesco

Wednesday  August 1 – Cromer,  Morrisons

Thursday August 2 – Stalham, Tesco

Friday August 3 –  North Walsham, Sainsburys

Monday  August 6 – Dereham, Tesco

Tuesday  August 7 – Swaffham, Tesco

Wednesday August 8 – Downham Market, Tesco, (note change of time 2pm-6pm)

Thursday August 9 –  Kings Lynn,  Sainsburys

Friday August 10 – Hunstanton, Tesco

Monday August 13 – Thetford, Tesco

Tuesday August 14 – Harleston, Co-op

Wednesday August 15 – Wymondham, Waitrose

Thursday August 16 – Great Yarmouth, Asda

Friday August 17 – Diss,  Morrisons,

Monday August 20 –  Norwich Harford Bridge, Tesco,

Tuesday August 21 – Holt, Budgens

Wednesday August 22 – Norwich Longwater,  Sainsburys

Thursday August 23 – Aylsham, Tesco


Dentist home after helping Syrian refugees

Earlier this year Drayton resident, dentist Dr Gautam Sharma appealed to Just readers for toothbrushes, toothpaste and toys to take out to Lebanon where he was due to volunteer his time treating Syrian refugees with the charity Dental Mavericks. He’s back from his trip and reports on his experiences.

“As many of you in the community will know, I recently took part in a special mission to provide dental treatment and advice for displaced families in Syria.

“I want to thank each and every one of you from the Drayton and Taverham area who contributed donations to the local collection point, and in doing so, made such a difference to the lives of those I met.

“My experience has been absolutely humbling, emotional, exhausting – and a very stark reminder of why we all need to live our lives with more compassion and kindness.

“With a huge 40kg of luggage, I arrived in the Bekaa Valley, and began slowly taking in the enormity of the project I was involved with, and the huge level of need among families and individuals.

“I spent two weeks delivering treatment and education within the area’s hospitals, clinics and schools – always receiving a grateful (and hugely heart-warming) smile and handshake from those I assisted.

“In total, our group mission helped some 1,000 patients during that time, and I am utterly privileged to have been invited into the homes of those living in the camps.

“My overwhelming learning from this experience was that there is so much misconception around the way people are managing their lives in this part of the world.

“Every facility or home I saw was meticulously maintained, and the level of pride and gratitude was shining from every single person with whom I had contact. Will I go back? Absolutely. I now feel part of a journey in the lives of these people. I realise more than ever how fortunate myself and my own family are, and how someone like myself has a potential role to play.

“I thank you all – from the bottom of my heart – for your support and donations in recent weeks and months.

“Of course, if you would like to know more about the ongoing mission, or think you may want to contribute in the future, please do get in touch with me at my surgery.

“I would also be delighted to share my experiences further with you.”

Contact Dr Sharma at: smiles@westearlhamdental.co.uk