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REVIEW: Relatively Speaking, Maddermarket Theatre

The Norwich Players put on a great performance on Friday (February 16),  giving the Maddermarket audience plenty of laughs.

Relatively Speaking, which runs until Saturday (24th)  is one of Alan Ayckbourn’s earliest successes, but this production has been updated from the original 1960s to the early 1980s by director Jo Edye.

The action centres on the lives of two couples, both of whom share a dark secret that they don’t realise is connected.

The four actors, Teresa Baron who plays Ginny, Rohan Gotobed who plays Greg, Russell J Turner who plays Philip and Jo Davis who plays Shiela, interact with great skill and superb comedy timing.

The twists and turns in the play tie the characters in hilarious knots, which has the audience laughing as they work their way out of the muddles they get into.

A surprising and inspired interlude was the first scene change, which had a strong 1980s feel with the hit songs from the era, and four women in 1980s dress, who managed the scene change in true and comical style. Fabulous.

A great night and a great performance by the Norwich Players.

The play runs until Saturday. For tickets, call the box office on 01603 620917 or see www.maddermarket.co.uk.

 

Kevin and Sandra Stone

CCTV of keyless Lexus theft from Taverham

Police have released CCTV of a Taverham vehicle being stolen in a bid to warn car owners after a number of thefts of keyless entry vehicles across the county.

The incident captured on CCTV happened at approximately 12.50am on Friday February 9 when a vehicle parked at an address on Sandy Lane in Taverham was stolen.

The Lexus RX, registration number SL13 XOX, remains unaccounted for and the investigation is on-going.

Sergeant Toby Gosden said: “Norfolk is seeing a steady rise in the number of high-value vehicle thefts which use a keyless entry system. Criminals are exploiting the vulnerabilities of keyless entry system using pairs of radio transmitters by capturing the signal from the car’s fob.

“Keyless entry are those that allow drivers to open and start the vehicle without even touching the fob or even removing it from their pocket.”

Keyless entry systems on cars offer convenience to drivers, but can in some situations be exploited by criminals. Concerned drivers should contact their dealer for information and guidance, and follow the police’s recommended simple security steps:

  1. Contact your dealer and talk about the digital features in your car. Have there been any software updates you can take advantage of?
  2. Check if your keyless entry fob can be turned off. If it can, and your dealer can also confirm this, then do so overnight.
  3. Store your keys away from household entry points and windows. Keeping your keyless entry fob out of sight is not enough – thieves only need to gain proximity to the key to amplify the signal. Drivers are also being urged to keep both sets of keys in a faraday cage or pouch which blocks the signal from the fob.
  4. Be vigilant. Keep an eye out for suspicious activity in your neighbourhood – and report anything unusual to the Police.
  5. Review your car security. Check for aftermarket security devices such as mechanical locks (steering / gearstick/ pedal / wheel clamp) and trackers, which are proven to deter thieves.”

If you would like any advice or have any information regarding these offences please contact Sgt Toby Gosden on 101. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Sparkling start to a special year for Eaton

Sparkling wine, a three-course meal, party games and a singalong were among attractions at a weekend of activities marking the official launch of St Andrew’s Church, Eaton’s, Year of Celebration.

The congregation is celebrating 700 years since the first recorded incumbent of St Andrew’s, Geoffrey de Boton, began his ministry. And it is also 25 years since the addition of the extension known as the “new church” to St Andrew’s.

Some 60 people enjoyed a launch meal in the church hall. There was lots of laughter and friendly competitiveness between the tables with various party games including the impromptu creation of bonnets. The evening ended with a singalong of celebratory songs accompanied by Scott Morrison on the keyboard.

The following day the congregation was joined by friends from Christ Church and other visitors for the 10am launch service. The dean of Norwich Cathedral, the Very Rev Jane Hedges, joined the vicar, Phil Rodd, to officiate at the service during which the newly-installed organ was dedicated.

Afterwards everyone enjoyed coffee and a piece of a special cake, baked for the occasion by a member of the congregation.

The next events to commemorate the year include preparations for the Eaton Primary Academy Art Project – Stations of the Cross. Pupils and staff at the school will work alongside Phil Rodd, Andrea Woods (St Andrew’s children’s and youth worker), and Norwich-based artist Martin Cottam.  Finished works will be exhibited in the church over the fortnight leading up to Easter.

A spokesman said: “St Andrew’s extends a very warm and friendly invitation to anyone wishing to attend any of the events coming up during 2018.

“Or why not come along to any of regular services held throughout the week or take some moments out of a busy day to sit in the quiet beauty of this beautiful building?”

Celebration events in February and March

  • Saturday February 24, 7pm for 7.30pm, Quiz & Puds, St Andrew’s Church Hall, a community fundraising quiz in conjunction with Eaton Village Residents’ Association in support of the new Eaton Green playground project. Tickets from Andrea Woods (07526 728301, or andrea@eatonparish.com).
  • March 9-11, Sew Spiritual, a team of Norfolk quilters return with a new display of beautiful stitching, based on experiences in praying the Psalms, free exhibition in the church, Friday afternoon, all day Saturday, Sunday 10am service until noon.)
  • March 16 – April 1, The Way of the Cross, a special, free exhibition in the church for Easter featuring the work of children from Eaton Primary.
  • Sunday March 25, 10am, traditional Palm Sunday service with procession, guest preacher: Archdeacon Karen Hutchinson.

For further details, see: www.standrewseaton.org.uk, or contact the vicar, Phil Rodd: 01603 455778.

 

Do you know him? Wanted after Drayton pharmacy thefts

Police are appealing for help to identify a man following a number of thefts in Drayton.

The offences happened on Saturday January 27 when a man visited Lloyds Pharmacy, in School Road, on four occasions and stole a number of boxes of medication.

Officers have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

Anyone who recognises him, or anyone with information, should contact PC Pauline Gray at Aylsham Police Station on 101.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Token way to help Holt Rugby Club

Holt Rugby Club is bidding to bag a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.
Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.
Holt Rugby Club will use any money awarded towards its plans to upgrade its changing rooms with new showers and toilets.
Treasurer and project manager David Hitcham said: “Over the last two-and-a half years we have spent nearly £500,000 from our own money and donations from members and various grants, to fully refurbish and extend the clubhouse and ancillary facilities.
“Apart from the normal rugby activities, we are regularly hiring out these facilities to members and the local community. We continue to raise money and the completion of the changing rooms upgrade will bring everything up to the same standard. We hope to carry this out during the summer. This is required for large rugby festivals where we have touring sides from throughout the country staying locally and using many local facilities, and use by caravan clubs and cycling events.”
Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout March and April. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.
Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered more than £43 million to more than  10,000 projects up and down the UK.
Alec Brown, head of community at Tesco, said: “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for March and April. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”
Groundwork’s National chief executive Graham Duxbury said: “We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.
“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”
Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities.
Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

Exercise highlights issues for blind in North Walsham

The group of people making their way with caution through North Walsham might be have attracting plenty of attention from passers-by, but half of them had no idea.

They were taking part in an awareness exercise to highlight some of the problems the blind and partially-sighted have when navigating the town on a day-to-day basis.

It was organised by Guide Dogs East Anglia and involved local police officers, police cadets and two members of the community Scott Vallance with his guide dog German Shepherd Benji, and Paul Monaghan with Gizmo, the more usual Labrador. Pauline and Doug Parker were also in attendance with trainee puppy Duffy.

Helen Sismore, community engagement officer for Guide Dogs East Anglia, said: “Today we have been able to raise awareness regarding obstacles that people who are blind or partially sighted face on a daily basis. These can be A-Boards, vehicles parked on kerbs or tactile pavings, overhanging parked vehicles into the pavement space when parking, cyclists, and the impact of dog attacks on Guide Dogs.”

There are two million people registered with sight loss in the UK. This is set to double by 2050 and 180,000 people with sight loss rarely leave their homes because of the above hazards and the feeling of not being safe when out and about.

Helen said: “The exercise today helps to build awareness in the community and highlight what the issues are. With a little bit of foresight we can help to make our communities safer so they become inclusive to all especially people who are blind or partially sighted. Think about where you are parking, think about where you are placing your A-board. Does it make the pavement too narrow? If you are a dog owner does your dog lunge or bark at working dogs? Correct it or move away! As a cyclist respect the person you are cycling behind either dismount or tell them you are behind them. Simple steps make all the difference.”

PC Davison said: “I found it terrifying. When you can’t see the traffic seems so loud and so very close to you. I was completely dependent on the person who was guiding me around the town and had to trust them completely to describe hazards around me.”

Chief Insp Wes Hornigold said: “For me, it was great to be able to get involved with members of the blind community, having already been invited to talk at the North Walsham guide dog forum. I was amazed how difficult it was to simply navigate around the town and showed to me how important it is for our paths and walkways to be clear of obstructions.”

The 10 police cadets who took part were all members of the local group which meets on Thursday evenings during term time.

The group is open to youngsters aged 13-16 and sessions are held at the police station. An open evening is planned for Thursday, March 1, at 7.30pm for those interested in finding out more about the group and joining.

For more information email NNCadets@norfolk.pnn.police.uk.

West End stars put Aylsham dancers through paces

Two stars from the West End hit musical 42nd Street have given the cast of Aylsham High School’s own production a tap dancing masterclass.

Adam Denman and Becky Herszenhorn spent a whole afternoon with about 25 members of the cast, going through complex tap routines and giving their choreography some extra pizazz.

The show is pulling in massive audiences in London after opening in the West End in October. And by coincidence, Aylsham High School bought the rights to perform the show. The cast has been perfecting its tap dancing since September and youngsters managed to wow the two stars from the West End during the coaching session.

Adam said: “I didn’t expect this calibre of skill. They are absolutely fantastic.” Becky added: “We found out today some of them had never worn a pair off tap shoes before rehearsals. Hopefully we have been able to pass on some of then energy and excitement of the West End show.”

Adam and Becky spent three hours working with the students, making sure the split-econd timings were spot on and that Aylsham’s stars hadevery bit as much glitz as their professional counterparts in London. When the show opens in Aylsham there will be a cast of 40 plus a professional orchestra.

42nd Street is a musical about a musical, the cast of a show battling against the odds to put on a hit. It’s packed with famous numbers such as We’re in the Money, Lullaby of Broadway and, of course, the big hit number 42nd Street.

Director and Aylsham High drama teacher Hazel Martin said: “To have two stars from 42nd Street in the West End come all the way out to Aylsham to help us perfect our show has been a really amazing experience for all of us, our cast have been buzzing with excitement. Adam and Becky have been wonderful, they’ve really helped us raise our game to new heights.”

Producer Tanya Wiseman has worked tirelessly to get the sets built and arranged for Becky and Adam to come to Aylsham for the coaching session. She said: “I’m so immensely proud to see the students achieving those extra finishing touches and can’t wait for opening night.”

42nd Street at Aylsham High School runs from March 14-17. Tickets from the school or Ticketsource.co.uk

Picture: TIM CURTIS

£30,000 break-in at Cromer antiques shop

Police are investigating the theft of thousands of pounds worth of jewellery from an antiques shop in Cromer early this morning.

Fair Deal Antiques and Collectibles on New Parade was broken into between 1am and 8.30am this morning (Tuesday, February 13) and approximately £30,000 worth of jewellery was taken from the window display.

Christine Graham, who runs the shop with her husband John, said the back door had been drilled and kicked in and the thieves had crawled through a space between bars on the door. The inside door of the shop had suffered the same fate.

Christine urged members of the public and other shop owners and dealers to be on the lookout for anyone selling the jewellery, some of which is distinctive.

“One of the items is called the jewel of India and is a ring with three different coloured diamonds in it,” she said. “There is also a gold skull ring which has a face with a lopsided grin and we think we are the only stockists in Norfolk of silver jewellery with zultanite, a Turkish gem which changes colour. There is a silver necklace and bracelet.”

Christine is convinced the burglars knew what they were doing as they had cut the power and telephone lines to the shop and flats above and seemed to know what they were looking for.

But she is upbeat saying: “We will still be trading as we have built up our stock over the last five years.” She added: “The police have been brilliant, absolute diamonds. I couldn’t have wished for better, they have been very supportive.”

She had also been heartened by the support from fellow traders, who have promised to keep an eye out in the marketplace in Norwich and King’s Lynn areas.

DC Kevin Maskell said: “This is a high-value crime and I would urge anyone with information regarding the burglary to contact police. I would particularly like to hear from anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area in the early hours of this morning.”

Anyone with information should contact DC Kevin Maskell at Great Yarmouth CID on 101. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111