Hellesdon High’s A-level results success

A spokesman for Hellesdon High said the Wensum Trust school’s A-level results showed that students had made excellent progress in the sixth form, across a range of challenging academic and vocational subjects. Many students exceeded their target grades and achieved outstanding results. Overall, the year group achieved 76pc A*-C grades, with a 100% pass rate. Richard Taylor, director of sixth form, said: “We are really pleased again this year with the results students have achieved. There have been some excellent individual results and the students I spoke to this morning have gained places at their first choice universities, which is fantastic news. “My thanks go to all my colleagues and parents who worked hard to support the students in achieving these grades. To the students themselves – my very best wishes as you embark on university, apprenticeships or employment.”


NDR disruption update – A140 Cromer Road

Traffic lights on the A140 Cromer Road at the Norwich NDR junction construction site will be lifted for the opening weekend (August 12-13) of Cromer Carnival, which runs from Saturday August 12  to Friday 18.

Traffic lights will be needed on the A140 again next week, but only during the day. Where possible, they will be used out of peak hours, and will be manually controlled if they have to be used during busy times. They are needed because work on the approaches to the new north roundabout and bridge over the NDR is very close to live traffic on the A140 Cromer Road.

Motorists are advised to allow for similar delays on the A140 Cromer Road over the coming weeks as construction teams carry out as much work as possible ahead of two weeks of A140 overnight closures (8pm to 6am). These are scheduled to start on Monday 4 September to tie-in the new roundabout and bridge over the NDR to the existing road.

Buxton Road, Spixworth

On Buxton Road, Spixworth, 24-hour two-way traffic lights will remain in use until the closure of the road to vehicles for two weeks from Monday 21 August to tie-in and surface the new bridge over the NDR. Cyclists and pedestrians will not be affected since the separate cycling and pedestrian path over the bridge should be complete next week.

Holt Road closure – diverting traffic

Additional signs are being added on Church Street, Horsford, directing all traffic from the A140 to turn left at its junction with the B1149 Holt Road. Drivers heading for Horsford and towards Holt can then use the New Drayton Lane roundabout to return north. This avoids a build-up of traffic on Church Street caused by right turning vehicles.

Plumstead Road, Thorpe End footway and mini-roundabout Work on a footway extension and mini-roundabout that was postponed this week because of the bad weather will resume in Thorpe End on Tuesday when a vacuum excavator will start excavating around buried service pipes and cables. Two-way temporary lights will be needed during the footway works, and three-way lights when work moves on to the mini-roundabout at the junction of Plumstead Road with Broadland Drive. The work, which is part of the main Northern Distributor Road project, will take up to six weeks altogether. Norfolk County Council and Balfour Beatty apologise for the disruption caused by these and other traffic management measures during construction of the new road.

Arson attack at Hellesdon Community Centre

Police are appealing for information following an arson attack at the public toilets at Hellesdon Community Centre on Wood View Road.
On Friday August 4 between 7am and 3.40pm a toilet roll was set alight and the holder melted to the wall.
Because of a similar incident the week before both sets of toilets at the centre have had to be closed for repairs.
Anyone with information is asked to please call PC Sue Weatherburn at Taverham Police Station on 101. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Road closure will put pressure on roads in Hellesdon, Drayton and Horsford

Extra long-term pressures on roads through Hellesdon, Drayton and on Church Street, Horsford, are expected following the permanent closure of the B1149 Holt Road, south of Horsford.

The closure has been brought forward to Wednesday August 9 after BT Openreach announced earlier dates for moving their fibre optic cables. The closure had been put back until late August after BT said diversion of the cables would not begin until after the World Athletics Championships (August 4-13). However, that work has been rescheduled by BT to start on July 31. This will allow more of the complex final phase in constructing the major A140 Cromer Road/A1270 Northern Distributor Road (NDR) junction to be carried out in the school summer holidays. Altogether, it is expected to take around three months to complete the junction. Following the B1149 closure, traffic will be diverted via New Drayton Lane – which has recently opened – on to Reepham Road. This diversion will remain in place until traffic can use the NDR dual carriageway and A140 junction, or part of it, to restore access to the A140. Norfolk County Council and Balfour Beatty has apologised for the unavoidable disruption to normal travel.


Hedgehog ‘hogspital’ gets a boost over the finish line

A Hellesdon-based campaign to raise money to build a hospital for poorly hedgehogs has been given a final boost by children from West Sussex, meaning work can get started sooner than expected.
Paula Pithers runs Hellesdon Hedgehog rehab, Hellesdon Hogwatch and Hodmedods Hedgehog Support and was heavily involved in the campaign to raise £5,000 for a purpose-built hospital for sick hogs at the Hallswood animal sanctuary, in Stratton Strawless.
She said they were delighted to announce that, thanks to children from Steyning Primary, who chose the appeal to receive the £2,500 they raised by taking part in the Walk4Wildlife, the appeal had not only hit that target – it had exceeded it by around £1,000.
“Not only can we build it, we can start to equip it too,” said Paula. “We hope that we can start getting things in place at the end of August.”
Paula and Hallswood are overwhelmed by the number of hedgehogs brought in needing specialist care, with 12 being brought in just last weekend.
“Liz at Hallswood overwintered 140 last year and that number is rising all the time,” said Paula. “We try to spread awareness about hedgehogs but the more people know, the more hedgehogs we have in because people know what to look for.”
She said hedgehogs were having an especially hard time because their habitat was under threat, with smaller gardens and greater use of slug pellets and other pest controls. With this in mind she is launching an awareness campaign which will teach schoolchildren what they and their families can do to help their prickly neighbours.
The campaign will be launched at Hellesdon High School on September 9 between 11am and 1pm and leaflets are being printed.
“We want to let more people know what they can do to make their gardens more hedgehog friendly and what to look out for if they see a hedgehog who needs help,” said Paula. “We will see a lot of juveniles who are not big enough to make it through the winter.”


Have your say on plans for the River Wensum

Local people are being encouraged to have their say on plans for the River Wensum.
Enhancing the River Wensum has been at the heart of a project to develop a strategy aimed at breathing new life into the river corridor.
The draft strategy will be published on Wednesday, July 26, and its publication will be combined with the start of a public consultation.
The launch will also include an open house event at Blackfriars Hall, featuring display boards illustrating main sections of the draft strategy and Norwich City Council would like to get views from local people along with offering the chance to speak to some of the partners involved in the project.
Mike Stonard, cabinet member for sustainable and inclusive growth, said: “The River Wensum is such an important feature of Norwich which needs to be championed along with raising awareness about all the fantastic benefits it can bring to our vibrant city.
“The draft strategy reflects various aspirations and sets out possible ways to revitalise the river corridor with improved access and a high quality environment so we very much want to hear people’s views on it.
“Such improvements have the potential to contribute to the city’s regeneration by attracting private sector investment as well as making it an even better place to live, work and spend leisure time.”
The draft strategy and questionnaire will be available on the council’s website from Wednesday at
The consultation will run from July 26 to September 15.


Libraries help beat loneliness

Norfolk’s pioneering library project to tackle loneliness has been recognised in a national report by Arts Council England. The Library and Information Service’s Libraries Loneliness project was among five national schemes singled out for praise in the report, which looked at the contribution organisations make to combat isolation in our communities.
One in five people aged over 65 in Norfolk is believed to be lonely, and local libraries and mobile libraries are part of Norfolk County Council’s In Good Company campaign, which aims to promote positive ways in which people can connect with others.
Since the libraries started their part of the project last November, they have almost doubled the number of activities for older people, from 57 to 113.
This ranges from creating a welcoming atmosphere where staff listen and talk to visitors and weekly tea and coffee sessions to a timetable of regular activities.
These include: Just a Cuppa, which provides companionship and allows staff to identify signs of loneliness and offer support; Knit and Natter and Crochet and Chat sessions; and games of Scrabble. Some libraries also hold Colour Me Calm activities, colouring sessions where participants can talk as little or as much as they like in a relaxed atmosphere. Jan Holden, Head of Norfolk Library and Information Service, said: “It is really fantastic that the great work our libraries do to support communities has been recognised by Arts Council England. It gives other libraries across the UK a good example of a great project. Our libraries are places where vulnerable people will always be welcome and our staff are brilliant at ensuring our service responds to their needs.”
Margaret Dewsbury, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Communities Committee, said: “It is great that our loneliness project is leading the way nationally and helping to ensure that people in our Norfolk communities feel less isolated.”
Research by the Local Government Association shows being lonely can increase your risk of premature death by 30pc. It also suggests that being lonely is more harmful to your health than smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

Hellesdon residents – have your say on Norwich Airport’s future plans

Hellesdon residents have until August 17 to make their views known on Norwich Airport’s plans for the next 30 years, which include extending night-flying times.

Hellesdon  Parish Council is hosting an exhibition about  the airport’s draft Masterplan from Tuesday July 25 to Friday July 28 from 10am to 4pm, at the Parish Office, Diamond Jubilee Lodge, Wood View Road, Hellesdon, Norwich NR6 5QB.

The council will have copies of its own questionnaire available on the exhibition days.

The 140-page Masterplan makes the case for expansion hopes which include:

Flights from 6am to 1.30am up to four days a week in the summer months.

A 500m eastern extension to the runway to be earmarked for the future, to accommodate larger aircraft.

Extra parking for aircraft to the north-east of the terminal building.

Identifying land for future expansion of maintenance, repairs and operations .

Possible upgrade of the airport’s Delta taxiway.

An extra 750 car-park spaces by 2030, taking the capacity to 1,734 spaces.

Passenger numbers at Norwich Airport broke the 500,000 barrier last year for the first time since 2008, and chiefs say they could rise to 1.4m by 2045.

The draft Masterplan says the airport is worth about £70m to the local economy and this could increase to £170m in the same period.

It is estimated it supports 1,240 jobs in the local economy and contributes approximately £70m to the regional economy. If the airport grows as predicted, jobs would  increase to 1,950 by 2030.

Current destinations from Norwich Airport include Bulgaria, Corfu, Gran Canaria, Guernsey, Ibiza, Jersey, Majorca, Malaga, Menorca, Paphos, Rhodes, and Tenerife.

And a number of specialist charters fly to destinations including Croatia, Friedrichshafen, Lapland, Naples, Venice, and Verona.

The airport is also a transport hub for the southern North Sea offshore gas, oil and windfarm industries.

The new International Aviation Academy – Norwich (IAA-N) – opened in April near the airport offering training facility for careers in the aviation industry.

The airport dates from 1933 when it was opened on Mousehold Heath. The current site was opened in 1939 as an RAF bomber station.

The draft Masterplan can be viewed on Norwich Airport’s website:,masterplan where consultation response forms can be downloaded.

Hard copies of the draft Masterplan are available to read at the Hellesdon Parish Council and Broadland District Council offices.

Completed questionnaires can be emailed to or posted to Norwich Airport Masterplan c/o Barton Willmore LLP St Andrews House St Andrews Road Cambridge CB4 1WB.

Hard copies of feedback forms are available at: Broadland District Council, 1 Yarmouth Road, Norwich, NR7 0DU; Hellesdon Parish Council, Diamond Jubilee Lodge, Wood View Road, Norwich, NR6 5QB; Mile Cross Library, Aylsham Road, Norwich, NR3 2RJ; Norwich City Council, St Peter’s Street, Norwich, NR2 1NH; Old Catton Parish Council, The Pavilion, Church Street, Old Catton, NR6 7DS; Spixworth Parish Council, Village Hall, Crostwick Lane, Spixworth, NR10 3NQ; The Black Swan Inn,  25 Norwich Road, Horsham St Faiths, Norwich, NR10 3HJ.

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