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Motor-racer Jaden, 7, is a rising star

Schoolboy Jaden Ketteringham is already something of a veteran in the world of motocross and grasstrack racing.

The Falcon Junior School pupil recently finished seventh in the British grasstrack finals, just a week after his seventh birthday.

The event was the most prestigious of many in which Jaden’s taken part since getting his first motorbike for his fourth birthday and obtaining his race licence on his sixth birthday.

He became what is believed to be the youngest rider in the country to race with an ACU (Auto Cycle Union) licence when he took part in an event only eight days after turning six.

Jaden, who lives on Sprowston’s Manor Park estate, caught the motor-racing bug from his dad, Alex, a former Eastern Centre motocross rider who takes part in a few grasstrack events each year.

From a very early age Jaden would travel with his dad to practice days and also attended some race meetings with the family, which includes his mum Gemma and little sister Mia, two.

“He never had stabilisers and by the time he was three-and-a-half he was already cycling by himself,” said Alex who works in the motor industry and also maintains, tunes and builds racing bikes.

Jaden practises motocross on several local tracks and is a member of a private club for the sport.

He is also the youngest member of the Norwich New Stars Grasstrack Club which offers a training school and bike hire for children aged six and over.

It’s not a cheap sport – Jaden’s already on his sixth bike.
“We travel across East Anglia mostly but we did travel to the South Midlands to compete in the British final,” said Alex.

“Like any motorsport racing it’s costly, with entry fees, practice-track hire, maintenance, machines, tools and transport,” he added.

“We do have a few sponsors who help out when they can but we’ll be trying to obtain some more for 2019.”

The family has been grateful over the years for sponsorship from Hobbit Classic MX, Bandit Racewear, Rock Oil, Scott Goggles, Wulfsport and DB Wright.

At present Jaden’s using a KTM-make motocross bike which he’ll be able to use for grasstrack too for the next couple of years. It’s capable of reaching speeds of up to 60mph.

Apart from a few cuts and bruises, he hasn’t suffered any major injuries while on the bike although during a grasstrack race in Ipswich last year a stone flew up from the bike in front and hit him in the mouth. “He came in with blood dripping from his tongue,” said Alex.

Undaunted, Jaden has his sights set on qualifying for the British grasstrack finals again next year and this time taking the title.

So far his greatest achievement is to finish fourth out of 12 competitors in the Norwich championship, racing against children one or two years older than he was, and only taking part in 12 of the 18 races.

Jaden says he loves grasstrack racing because it’s “fast and fun” and enjoys motocross because of the jumps, and challenging nature of some of the tracks including undulating ground, natural obstacles and riding in wet weather!
If you’re interested in sponsoring Jaden, email mxgtservices@gmail.com


 

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Pictures from top: ALEX KETTERINGHAM,  MICHAEL COPESTAKE, STEVE MURRELL

 

 

Cecil Gowing School opens its (out)doors

Cecil Gowing Infant School is inviting parents with children planning to start school in September 2019 to open sessions to look around the school and see for themselves the varied outdoor areas.

The open events are on: Tuesday September 25 4pm-5pm; Thursday September 27 1.30pm-2.30pm; and Thursday September 27 7pm-8pm.

Pupils have been making the most of the warm September sunshine by enjoying the open air, including making use of a slide area, maze, adventure trail, mud kitchen and climbing wall.

Outdoor learning sessions begin again after the October half-term holiday when pupils take part in a range of activities each week including cooking bananas and marshmallows on the fire, archery, pond dipping, litter-picking, woodwork and birdwatching.

There will be a further open evening on Thursday November 15 from 7pm-8.30pm, and an open afternoon the following day, Friday November 16, from 1.30pm-2.30pm.

Picture: Enjoying campfire cookery

 

 

 

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.

Countdown to Sprowston’s Brickfest

Sprowston music pub the Brickmakers is hosting its annual Brickfest major charity event on Monday August 27, from noon until midnight.

The event, now in its 12th year, will see 38 live bands playing on three stages, raising money for Sprowston Youth Engagement Project and The Lodge residential children’s unit. Both causes need recreational equipment to improve the lives of the young people who use their services.

As well as music of all genres, there will be a giant prize tombola, a face painter, giant bouncy slide and castle, ice cream, street food and stone-baked pizzas. Entry is £2, children under 12 free.

Everyone is invited to turn up dressed as their favourite video game character.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/thebrickmakers/?ref=br_rs

 

FREE home-grown veg and herbs in Sprowston

Free herbs and vegetables will be on offer in Sprowston later this summer thanks to young gardeners helping with Sprowston’s Grow Your Community greenhouse project, supported by Broadland District Council.

The young volunteers, members of the Sprowston Youth Engagement Project (SYEP), have made a raised bed beside the road at the project’s base, the Sprowston Community Hub, on Aslake Close.

Once the plants have matured, members of the public will be welcome to help themselves, leaving a donation if they’re able, according to project co-ordinator Mike Ellard.

The project – which makes use of two redundant greenhouses and surrounding land – is going from strength to strength, according to retired horticulturalist Mike.

Tomato, pepper and courgette plants, bedding plants, hanging baskets, fresh lettuce and rhubarb have all been selling well on the project’s trolley which goes out at weekends outside the hub. Proceeds are ploughed back into the project.

The young group has also been working on a trial vegetable patch which only needs 30 minutes’ attention each week. They have also been experimenting with growing edible lupins.

“Our wild patch has started to flower which was once a lifeless piece of ground,” Mike added.

 

 

GREEN FINGERS: volunteers planting one of the project’s raised vegetable beds.

 

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


New youth drama group for Sprowston

Sprowston Parish Players are celebrating the silver jubilee of their first production with a host of events and they’re inviting residents to join the fun.

The amateur theatrical group was set up by parishioners of St Cuthbert’s Church, Wroxham Road, to entertain the people of Sprowston and to raise money for local charities.

Their first show, in 1993, was The Wind in the Willows.

Since then the players have performed nearly 100 pantomimes, plays and concerts at St Cuthbert’s, and donated many thousands of pounds to good causes throughout Norfolk. Most recently, £500 was given to Guide Dogs for the Blind from the proceeds of the players’ 2018 pantomime, The Princess and the Pea.

Planned celebrations for the players’ 25 anniversary year will see:

  • Old Time Music Hall. A classic evening of scatty sketches and saucy songs to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, devised and directed by founder member Sheila Tuffield. Performances are at 3pm and 7.30pm on Saturday July 14. Tickets are £6 (children £3), which includes interval refreshments, available from Toni Morina on 01603 484 554. Audience members are encouraged to dress in Victorian/Edwardian costume for the evening and founder members of Sprowston Parish Players are invited free of charge.
  • On Saturday July 21, from 3pm-5pm, the players are throwing a silver anniversary tea party at St Cuthbert’s Church. All past and current members are welcome and the players would especially love to see anyone who has lost touch with the group. For more details ring Toni Morina 01603 484554.
  • Sprowston Parish Players’ Youth Theatre. In September the players are launching a new group for young people aged seven to 18. Led by Carol Rowell and Becky Harris-Cook, the youth theatre will offer youngsters tuition in drama, music and dance, as well as the chance to perform in players’ productions. Classes are free (subject to a £5 subscription) and will take place every Thursday from September 13, 6.30pm to 7.15pm. For more information, email sppyouth2018@gmail.com
  • Panto 2019: Cinderella. Next year the players present panto classic Cinderella, written by member Paul Allum, who has returned to the group after six years. The show will be a traditional potty panto, with slapstick, silliness, awful jokes, pratfalls, shouting, boos and hisses, calamity and kisses … and a dollop of sauce!

Casting will take place with two workshop auditions at St Cuthbert’s on Thursday August 30 and September 6, from 7.30pm to 10pm.

Paul said: “We are always on the look-out for new, enthusiastic members to join our merry and friendly band of thesps.”

Rehearsals are every Thursday evening, leading up to the performances on Friday January 25, (7.30pm), Saturday January 26 (2.30pm and 7.30pm) and Sunday January 27 2019 (2.30pm).

Paul added: “Are you an actor, singer, dancer? Or maybe you’re all three?  If you’re more at home away from the boards, we’d still love to hear from you – our shows take a great amount of work to put on and helpers are always welcomed and cherished.

“Be you a set builder/painter, technician, stage crew member, wardrobe person, make-up artist, or just want to join our front of house team, do let us know.”

Contact chair Toni on 01603 484554, or Paul directly on paulallum81@gmail.com

Scene and characters from the players’ last panto.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Norfolk library events help loneliness misery

Research has shown that loneliness can be as harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and is associated with depression, high blood pressure and dementia, according to Margaret Dewsbury, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s communities committee.

Since Norfolk County Council launched its In Good Company campaign to tackle loneliness in the county, the library service has more than doubled the number of events it runs which are suitable for people who may be experiencing loneliness or social isolation.

And from June 21-23 more than 20 council libraries will be hosting In Good Company events and activities as part of the national Great Get Together project.

It’s an approach which earlier this year drew the praise of Arts Council England which highlighted the way it was helping to build community cohesion and promote positive ways that people can connect with their neighbours – recognised nationally as the most important way of tackling loneliness and social isolation.

Jan Holden, head of libraries and information, said: “From afternoon teas, knit and natter and board games to colour me calm sessions and book groups, our regular programme of events encourages people to enjoy the company of others whilst taking part in a fun activity or simply chatting over a cuppa.

“For the Great Get Together weekend, we’ve incorporated some extra events into our programme, including Open Gardens at Blofield, Making Music Day at Aylsham, and a sing along and invitation to write a letter to an isolated person at Hunstanton.  We hope lots of people will come along and join – it’s a great way to connect with people and make new friends.”

The first Great Get Together took place last year.  It was the idea of the friends and family of murdered MP, Jo Cox, to mark the first anniversary of her death.  The event aims to bring friends, neighbours and communities together to celebrate everything they have in common.

Councillor Dewsbury added: “Loneliness is a major national issue and we know that it affects people of all ages.

“We are leading the way with our In Good Company campaign and recently announced £2.4m funding to tackle loneliness in the county.  Over the next three years we’ll be working with partner organisations to develop new and innovative ways of improving the health and wellbeing of people affected by loneliness and social isolation in our communities.

“It’s great to see our libraries taking part in the Great Get Together again this year and offering such a varied range of events and activities to help to ensure that no one needs to spend a lonely day in Norfolk if they don’t want to.”

For more information about how you can get involved with In Good Company, visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/ingoodcompany

For events and activities in Norfolk County Council’s libraries visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/libraries

For more information about the Great Get Together visit www.greatgettogether.org