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Get involved with sensory garden project

Everyone is invited to a meeting at Sprowston Library on Monday January 7 at 4pm to talk about transforming a dull, bare piece of land outside the building (pictured) into a sensory garden.

The project will be carried out by the community, for the community.

With special consideration of how a garden can appeal to all senses, a sensory garden can be particularly enjoyed by those living with dementia or the visually impaired.

If you or your organisation would like to involved with the project in any way, just turn up for the meeting.  Contact claire.sharland@norfolk.gov.uk for more information.

  • Every Tuesday, from 10.30am-noon the library hosts a Just a Cuppa Coffee Morning. If you’re at a loose end and fancy some company, drop by for a chat over a cuppa and a biscuit.

 

Extra funding for North Norfolk market towns

Funding for a wide range of projects designed to improve the economic vitality of North Norfolk’s four inland market towns has been approved.

A meeting of North Norfolk District Council’s Cabinet agreed to a set of recommendations today which had been put forward by the Market Towns Initiative working group.

Each town was able to bid for £100,000 to spend on projects enabling them to take part in the development of their economic future. The money comes from a total pot of £400,000.

Around £130,000 remains in the Market Towns Initiative fund and a second round of applications will be opened to access this money, with the closing date for these applications being February 12.

The amount any one town can receive in total will remain at a maximum of £100,000 – so if a town received £50,000 in the first round, it would be able to bid for up to £50,000 in the second round.

Sarah Butikofer, leader of North Norfolk District Council and chairman of the MTI working group, said: “I was delighted by the range of projects that were put forward and very pleased that cabinet ratified the recommendations of the working group this morning. All of our communities deserve our support.”

The nine successful applicants included:

The Holt Society – £7,210 to design and print a pamphlet and five notice boards to provide information on the Holt Owl Trail to residents and visitors.

Love Holt – £26,000 to implement a major marketing campaign for the town designed to increase visitors and trade.

Holt Town Council – £17,514 for projects including an accessible Yellow Brick Route, and a Holt park-and-ride scheme.

Regenerate North Walsham and North Walsham Town Council – £99,575 to implement three major improvement projects split between improving St Nicholas Court, the town centre and attracting more visitors to the town.

St Nicholas Court in North Walsham

Why Cromer has ‘the magic’ for the BBC this Christmas

Cromer was in the TV spotlight this evening with the first airing of a short film made in the town focusing on togetherness this Christmas.

Written by BBC creatives Edward Usher and Xander Hart, the two-minute film aims to encourage families and friends to make the most of their time together during the holiday season.

Wonderland follows the story of a teenage boy who lives with his family in a small seaside town. The demands of everyday life mean that he and his mum don’t get to spend as much time together as they used to. But one day, with Christmas fast approaching, everything changes and they get to spend a unique afternoon together that they’ll never forget. The message is simple; when you do manage to get some time with the ones you love, be sure to cherish it.

The feeling was that Christmas is a time to slow down, pause life and spend time with family,” said Edward. “We wanted to see them take a moment and really cherish it.”

The team chose Cromer for filming as “it had the magic”. “We wanted it to be filmed at a traditional seaside town. The seaside is very much associated with the summer and holidays but we wanted to focus on the feel of these places for the people who live there all year round. We loved the timeless feel of Cromer.”

They decided on the town as a location through research. “We wanted a quintessentially seaside town with a pier. We went to see all of them and they were all amazing but when we saw Cromer it had the magic,” said Edward.

The 70-strong crew spent four days filming, staying at the Cliftonville and eating out locally. There were also local extras and crew involved. As well as the two-minute film, they created shorter vignettes to use between shows over the Christmas period celebrating the BBC’s “oneness”. The first showing of the two-minute film was tonight between Strictly Come Dancing and Michael McIntyre’s Big Show.

Xander said: “We were amazed by the interest we created and how many people showed up to watch the filming. The locals were absolutely wonderful, everyone was so friendly. We are so grateful for that.”

The production has meant the pair have been thinking about Christmas since April when they started writing the script. Now they hope everybody in the town and local areas likes the end product.

Edward and Xander’s work can also be seen in a promotional trailer for the World Cup.

If you missed it you can see it here https://youtu.be/j3G0UCk3DFA

Second baby for MP Chloe

Chloe Smith (pictured), MP for Norwich North, is expecting her second child in May next year.

Chloe, 36, and husband Sandy, 40, are looking forward to a brother or sister for toddler Alastair, now 2.

 Chloe, who is in her tenth year representing Norwich North, says:

 “We’re really excited and delighted. Alastair will love having a little brother or sister to play with. It’ll be hard work but a source of joy.”

 As with their first child, Chloe and Sandy hope to take six months each of shared parental leave. Chloe will make arrangements for her constituency work to be fully covered.

 

 

Use your phone in Aylsham church on Sunday!

Using a smartphone during a church service? It’s no longer a cardinal sin in Aylsham where Sunday (November 25) morning’s congregation will be encouraged to look at their screens and send messages as they sit in the pews.

Rev Canon Andrew Beane will be using the latest Swedish technology at the 10.15am service to find out what his parishioners think.

As churchgoers arrive at St Michael’s parish church they will be able to download a free app and enter a code displayed on a screen.

During the service Canon Beane will be asking various questions and, by pressing buttons on their smartphones, the congregation’s answers will be almost-instantly recorded and displayed for all to see, for example in the form of numbers and bar charts.

The “interactive presentation platform” is called Mentimeter and is widely used in business boardrooms but is a rarity in British churches.

Nicholas Baines, a spokesman for Mentimeter, said: “It’s breaking the taboo of using phones in church. I believe Andrew might be talking about perceptions of Advent and his questions will be around that theme. Depending on people’s answers, he might adapt his sermon. It allows him to interact with his congregation virtually instantly.”

 

 

 

 

 

Body of missing North Walsham man found

Police confirmed the body of a man was found in North Walsham this morning (Friday 23 November 2018).

It’s after officers were called by a member of the public reporting a body of man had been discovered in a field off Happisburgh Road.

While formal identification is yet to take place, it is believed to be that of 46-year-old Julian Gaunt who was reported missing from the area on Monday (19 November). His next of kin have been informed.

The death is currently being treated as unexplained, but detectives do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances.

Dancers tap towards world record

Around 60 tap students recently took part in a nationwide event to try and break a world tap dancing record.

The Tapathon event was in aid of Children in Need and raised funds through T-shirt sales and sponsorship.

Tapathon is held in hundreds of different locations throughout the UK and involves dancers of all ages and fitness levels in attempt to break a world record as well as raising funds for the BBC charity.

The current world record is 7,596 dancers all doing the same routine to the same music.

The Aylsham part was hosted by Broadland School of Dance and took place at the ACT Centre last Sunday afternoon.
Before the record attempt, the students were also invited to the regions recording of Children in Need live from Norwich Castle. Some of the students and dance teacher Michelle appeared on the TV.

Whilst hopeful that this year’s attempt is good enough to beat the current world record, the dancers will have to wait a week or two for the exact number of participants to be verified.

Katy Carroll, who owns the dance school in the town, said she was delighted with how the day went: “A big thank you to all of my tap dancers. Today has been so much fun and everyone had a big smile on their face as well as having them painted like Pudsey Bear!”

The Tapathon dancers

Michelle with dancers at the BBC broadcast.

‘Vote for Cringleford’s Acts of Kindness’ plea

Cringleford Hub’s mission to unite the new community has led organisers to launch a year-long Acts of Kindness project in 2019 – and they’re appealing for your votes.

The scheme aims “to promote mindful compassion in order to help everyone to lead happier, healthier, more connected lives.”

Organisers are urging residents to vote for the project in the Aviva Community Fund 2018 scheme at www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/voting/campaign/getinvolved before the November 20 closing date.

A hub spokesman said: “Having a year-long project promoting and enabling opportunities for individuals, families, groups, clubs, businesses and organisations to ‘pay it forward’ in our rapidly-expanding village, will enable the practice of kindness to become a habit; a way of being.”

Funding from the Aviva scheme would help create a “pledge register” for the Acts of Kindness, publicise the project and buy items for craft activities, gifts and props to take out to local organisations.

“Cringleford Hub’s story has grown out of the conviction that people can have a real and beneficial impact on the communities where they live and work and beyond, with practical and committed loving service,” the spokesman added.

The hub currently runs a community café, a weekly toddlers’ group, a children’s film group, in conjunction with Cringleford Parish Council; a weekly worship group, and community events from picnics to art trails.