Archives

Min’s going bald for change

Domestic Abuse campaigner Min Grob is facing a close shave to help a charity for those affected by  domestic abuse in Norfolk and Waveney.

“You know that song ‘I want to wash that man right out of my hair’? Well I want to cut him out.

“It’s taken some time to get up the courage to do it but now is the right time,” she said. “You always know when something has happened because people change their hair… well I was 50 this year and I wanted to go into the second half of my life unencumbered –  and that includes hair!”

She will be losing her long, dark hair at Leeway’s domestic violence conference on July 14 and she hopes to raise at least £2000.

“They have had a 27 per cent increase in demand, but not the corresponding funding,” said Min, founder of Conference on Coercive Control.

She is already making plans for her new hair, when it grows back but for now she plans a summer “swathed in scarves, maybe a panama” with a collection of bobble hats for the colder winter months.

Anyone who wants to sponsor Min should visit: virginmoneygiving.com/BaldForChange.

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

 

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

Armed officers arrest man at Norwich Airport

Police are investigating an incident at Norwich International Airport which happened in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday 25 April).

Officers were called shortly before 2.30am following reports a man had accessed a secure area of the site and had assaulted two people in a hanger and verbally threatening a third person. Two victims suffered minor injuries, the third was uninjured.

Armed officers attended and a man, aged in his 30s, was detained shortly after 2.40am. and arrested on suspicion of assault. He remains in custody at Wymondham Police Investigation Centre where he will be questioned.

The hanger has been sealed off while officers carry out initial enquiries.

No public areas of the airport have been affected by this incident – Norwich Airport remains open and flights are operating as normal.

DJ Sara Cox joins the race on Ladies’ Night

Radio 2 and BBC TV presenter Sara Cox, a keen amateur horse rider as well as a professional DJ, is hosting a night of music at the seaside course’s July 19, Ladies’ Night.

Racecourse executive director Glenn Tubby said: “Ladies’ Night is always a special event in our summer calendar but Sara’s dance music will really be the icing on the cake. We are hoping fans of 80s music will turn out in force to enjoy their favourite sounds after an evening of racing action.”

Sara, a farmer’s daughter from Bolton, is well known for her festival DJ-ing as well as for her Sounds of the 80s show on BBC Radio 2 and also now for her live 24-hour danceathon which raised more than £800,000 for Comic Relief in March.

But she is also an equestrian sports fan. Sara has ridden in charity races at Goodwood and beat top jockey Frankie Dettori – a regular rider at Great Yarmouth – in a training ride ahead of the QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot.

Sara took part in a fun showjumping competition, Only Fools on Horses, for BBC Sport Relief in 2006. Now fully recovered, four years ago she broke a collar bone in a riding accident.

At Great Yarmouth Racecourse she will DJ after an evening of flat racing and play a set featuring dance-driven music ranging from the 80s up to today’s chart hits.

Sara said: “I’m really looking forward to my visit to Great Yarmouth racecourse. I’ll hopefully get to see some magnificent race horses before getting the Ladies’ Night crowd dancing with tracks from some of my favourite bands and artists from the 80s. Who doesn’t like 80s music? It was the soundtrack to my generation, with classic songs from music legends.”

Tickets and packages (£16-£34, with group discounts for 15 or more) and information available at www.greatyarmouth-racecourse.co.uk or call 01493 842527.

Road in Hellesdon to close for 12 weeks for footway maintenance

Works will begin on or shortly after Monday, March 6 to carry out essential maintenance on the footway on Bernham Road, Hellesdon. This will involve reconstructing the footway including replacing all kerbs. It is anticipated that these works will take approximately 12 weeks to complete.
The works will be undertaken under a road closure at Bernham Road (north east-south west section only).
Access to properties within the works will be maintained at all times. Emergency services and bus operators will be informed of the works so that alternative arrangements can be made.
Norfolk County Council recognises that the works may cause some disruption and apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.
The works, which will cost £106,000, will be carried out by Norfolk County Council’s Community and Environmental Services Department and its contractors.

Bernham Road in Hellesdon will be closed for up to 12 weeks for essential footway maintenance.

Hellesdon and Sprowston among most desirable places to live

If you live or work in Hellesdon or parts of Sprowston then you should be the envy of the rest of the country, according to a study by Royal Mail to identify the most desirable places to live and work in England based on postcode.

The findings were released on the last day of February and highlight the NR6 postcode as the second most desirable place to live and work in England, behind CH63, Bebington, Wirral.

The study, which was undertaken by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr), looked back at the past two years and calculated the most desirable areas based on a range of factors including good schools, access to green spaces, good employment prospects, working hours, affordable housing and average commuting times.

The research was conducted by reviewing a number of data sources at the local level, including the 2011 Census, the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Indices of Multiple Deprivation, General Land Use database and numerous releases from the Office for National Statistics.

The inclusion of NR6 in Norwich leads an increase in the number of areas in the south included in the top ten. In 2015, there were just three postcodes from the south compared to six this year. Good local schools and lower unemployment helped facilitate the change.

Hellesdon Parish Council chairman Shelagh Gurney said: “Whilst it is undoubtedly flattering to be rated so highly in this study, it is a testament to the tireless work of civic, community leaders and groups, and the residents of Hellesdon as a whole that this has been achieved. However, it comes with a price. As soon as a community becomes desirable to live in, for all the right reasons, housing prices escalate and consequently affects the opportunity for first time home buyers to afford to live in Hellesdon.

“Hellesdon has many desirable qualities as mentioned in the report, but we should not become complacent about the need to continuously improve services and the environments for our residents. Schools are very good, with high levels of achievement. Community facilities are good, but I know that residents want better recreational opportunities which other areas already offer, such as sports halls and running tracks.

“Shops are varied and offer good service levels to support our community. There are also many small businesses which offer high stands of service to our residents.

“Employment statistically is very high. Home ownership is at a high level, but Hellesdon does need more social housing to cater for growth. The loss of the green open space of the golf club, although not publicly accessible, will, in my view, have a detrimental effect on our community, and although we will eventually see the build of 1,000 new homes, this will come with consequences which many will perceive as most undesirable, such as more traffic and more stress on our community services.

“As a councillor I am conscious of the need to maintain and enhance the parish in which I work and live, but clearly this is not sustainable without the dedicated support, devotion and efforts of the people who work and live in my community, so in essence this accolade is a delightful recognition of the community spirit which dwells in the heart of our parish of Hellesdon.”

Top ten most desirable places to live in England:
1. CH63 – Bebington, Wirral
2. NR6 – North and North West Norwich
3. BH18 – Broadstone, Bournemouth
4. M33 – Sale, Greater Manchester
5. PO32 – East Cowes, Isle of Wight
6. SO53 – Eastleigh, Hampshire
7. IP5 – Ipswich, Suffolk
8. LS18 – Horsforth, Leeds
9. S18 – Dronfield, North East Derbyshire
10. RG6 – Earley, Reading

GREEN SPACE: Mountfield Park in Hellesdon.


GREEN SPACE: Harrison’s Wood in Sprowston.


Hellesdon Parish Council chairman Shelagh Gurney.

Norwich Airport posts 10% passenger increase for last year

Norwich Airport is celebrating a 10% increase in passenger numbers, passing the half a million mark for the first time since 2008.

Figures just released by the CAA show that Norwich handled 506,007 passengers in 2016, up 43,343 on the year before, an increase of 10%.

The growth is being attributed to the launch of several new routes in 2016 including the return of year-round sunshine flights to Malaga and Alicante last Easter, the first in almost 10 years.

The flights were made possible by an innovative partnership between Exeter-based airline Flybe and Regional & City Airports (RCA), the airport management division of Rigby Group PLC, which owns Norwich Airport and Exeter Airport.

This saw the introduction of one of Flybe’s E195 118-seater jet aircraft on the routes, which operate year-round.
The addition of winter ski flights to Chambery, a year-round service to Exeter and holiday flights to Gran Canaria and Cyprus have also played their part.

Norwich Airport managing director Richard Pace said: “We’ve had a great year and every month saw passenger growth of between 4% and 19%.

“The return of the Spanish sunshine flights has been a huge success with double digit increases in March, April and May. July and November were among our best ever, both up by 19%, and Chambery has proved popular helping us to end the year 9% up in December and 10% overall.”

Richard said that he was hopeful of continued growth in 2017 with the launch of a new weekly service to the Greek Island of Rhodes, increased flights to Jersey, and special flights to Dubrovnik in Croatia and Venice in Italy.

He added: “Growing our route network to include more international hubs and leisure destinations remains our priority, and the completion of the Northern Distributor Road next year will make it even easier for people to travel from their local airport.” For more information about scheduled and holiday flights from Norwich Airport please visit www.norwichairport.co.uk

Nowich Airport MD Richard Pace