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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


 

Danceathon for Sprowston’s brave Sophie

More than 200 people have taken part in a danceathon to help a brave little Sprowston girl who is fighting cancer.

Dance teacher Carly Fryman, who owns Dynamic Dance in Sprowston, organised the event to raise cash for four-year-old Sophie Taylor, who has recently undergone surgery on her leg after being diagnosed with bone cancer.

During the fund-raiser, held in Spixworth Village Hall, dancers received a Facetime call from Sophie, who was in hospital recovering from her operation, and she was able to watch some of the action.

“We managed to raise over £1,500. It was a lovely, family atmosphere. A lot of the girls I teach go to school with Sophie. We played different types of music, including a lot of Little Mix, who are Sophie’s favourites,” said Carly.

Of the 200-plus dancers, 20 had lasted the whole 12 hours, she added. Dance school members collected sponsorship while others paid £5 to take part in the danceathon.

Sophie has an older sister, seven-year-old Evie, and a three-month-old baby brother, Connor. Mum and dad Kirsty and Alex have launched a Super Strong Sophie Facebook page to chart their cheeky little girl’s courageous battle.

They are inviting everyone to show their support by “Taking a Sophie” – posting photos of themselves sticking out their tongues to cancer.

  • Anyone who wants to donate money to help Sophie can do so at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/superstrongsophie Any money not needed for Sophie’s journey will be donated to a charity for the research, treatment and support of those affected by bone cancers (osteosarcomas) and children’s cancer. #takeasophie photos can be posted on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter along with the hashtag #takeasophie and #standuptocancer

 

 

 

 

 

‘Learning to live again’ Tiff Youngs exclusive

Claire Mutimer and Suzy Coulson, of The Backstory podcast, with an exclusive interview with Tiffany Youngs, wife of international rugby star Tom, about her cancer diagnosis, treatment, terminal prognosis, shock remission and the impact it has had on her four-year-old daughter and family.

At the age of 28, Tiff Youngs appeared to have an amazing life – recently married to Tom Youngs, the England, Lions and Leicester Tigers rugby player, with a new baby girl Maisie and a lovely family home in Leicester.

However this was all about to be turned on its head when she found out in 2014 that she was suffering from Hodgkin Lymphoma.

The latest Backstory podcast, which went live today (May 22), tells the remarkable story of how Tiff dealt with three years of ill health and numerous different treatments, including a stem cell transplant, only to be told the devastating news in May 2017 that her cancer was terminal.

Tiff said she told her daughter: “I said you know mummy hasn’t been very well, unfortunately mummy has got to go to heaven….and she was like ‘Oh OK so I never see mummy again’.” She was, at one point, given between four weeks and a year to live.

In the interview, Tiff talks to Claire about her health and emotions, and the extraordinary turnaround which sees her now in remission from the disease. This conversation with her daughter was quite different. “I said you know mummy was ill and lost all her hair, mummy’s all better now and so mummy isn’t going to heaven any more….and you suddenly just saw a different person in her…just a spring in her step,” she said.

Lymphoma is a type of blood cancer that affects the development of lymophocytes (a type of white blood cell) in the blood, bone marrow and lymph glands. It affects the immune system and is often first diagnosed on finding swollen lymph nodes in your armpits or groin. Around 12,000 people are diagnosed with a type of lymphoma every year. Hodgkin Lymphoma refers to the specific lymphocytes which are affected.

Tiffany’s husband Tom plays for Leicester Tigers Rugby Club, is the current club captain and has received 28 England caps, as well as Lions success. Younger brother Ben also plays for Leicester and England. Ben opted to miss the 2017 British & Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand following Tiff’s terminal prognosis in order to support Tiff and Tom. The brothers grew up in Aylsham. Youngs Park in the town is named after the family after they donated land for the park.

Tiff’s backstory podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, Acast and other podcast directories.  Find out more at thebackstorypodcast.co.uk or follow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. If you would like more information then you can get in touch with Claire and Suzy on hello@thebackstorypodcast.co.uk or by calling 07990 582683/07595 335855.

Tiffany with husband Tom and daughter Maisie

Picture: Claire Mutimer

Search for children to star in Miss Saigon

Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical Miss Saigon is looking for boys or girls to play the role of Tam when the show heads to Norwich Theatre Royal from August 15 to September 15.

The character is small, cute, confident and South-East Asian looking. He is not younger than four and not older than six, and children must live within a commutable distance of Norwich.

Anyone who wants further information or to apply should email Joanne Hawes on joanne.hawes2013@gmail.com including a small head and shoulders photograph.

Set during the last days of the Vietnam War, Miss Saigon tells the story of 17-year-old Kim who is forced to work in a Saigon bar run by a notorious character known as The Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American GI called Chris but they are torn apart by the fall of the city.

For the next three years, Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris. Tam is Kim’s son.

This new production of Miss Saigon opened in London in May 2014 to record-breaking advance sales and critical acclaim. The show swept the board at the 2015 Whatsonstage.com awards winning a record-breaking nine awards including Best West End Show and Best Revival of a Musical and gained the most awards ever won by a single show in the 15-year history of the awards.

Since its London premiere in 1989, Miss Saigon has become one of the most successful musicals in history. It has now been performed in 28 countries, over 300 cities in 15 different languages, has won over 40 awards including three Olivier Awards, three Tony Awards, and four Drama Desk Awards, and been seen by over 35 million people worldwide.

Miss Saigon, runs August 15 to September 15 at 7.30pm, and Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. There are no Sunday performances. Tickets are £8-£60, with discounts and special performances avialable.

Book now at www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or call the box office on 01603 630000.

‘Join us to protect Sprowston’s heritage’

Sprowston residents worried about the amount of new development in their parish are being urged to join a club set up to serve and protect the community.

The non-political Sprowstonite Community Club was formed with those aims 22 years ago but has lain dormant for many years.

Moves to reinvigorate the club follow fears about the long-term future of the popular Sprowston Sports and Social Club (SSSC) on Blue Boar Lane.

The site, on land owned by the Gurney family, is slowly being encircled by bulldozers as hundreds of new homes are built, according to Terry Toomer, who has been associated with SSSC for 30 years and is also one of the Sprowstonite club’s founding members.

Negotiations are under way with the Gurney Estate to renew SSSC’s lease.

But Terry and other SSSC chiefs are worried that the site, which has been used by the community for about 100 years, is vulnerable and could be sold off.

He would like fellow residents to join the Sprowstonite club to demonstrate the amount of local support there is for the SSSC and for protecting Sprowston from too much development.

The SSSC, run by volunteers as a non-profit making organisation, has between 600-800 members and is used by residents of all ages every week, for a large range of sports activities, plus parties, wedding receptions, christening celebrations, and wakes.

Football and cricket teams have been playing on the land, known as Harrison’s Meadow, for about a century, according to Terry.

During his time in Sprowston, Terry, a former SSSC chairman, has seen the club blossom from what he described as “a wooden building like a Scout hut” to a multi-purpose asset for the community.

Three extensions have been added, plus a toilet block, upgraded dressing rooms, a sports court, and bowls lawn. About 95pc of the work was carried out by volunteers and funded by the club.

“Sprowston is quite a special place to be and the people who live here need protection. Because of the development taking place round Sprowston, the fear is the club site would be used for houses and Sprowston would lose 100 years of history. This is our heritage and I hope that thought will spur people on to get together to support it,” said Terry.

“My dream is that Sprowston Town Council or Broadland District Council buys the site for the community. It would be a wonderful gesture by the Gurneys if they would let that happen.”

  • Anyone interested in finding out more can contact the Sprowstonite Community Club on 07510 1490 22.

Sprowston Sports and Social Club

Sprowston Sports and Social Club’s outside facilities include a full-size football pitch, two mini-soccer pitches, a sports court and bowling green.

Through the week the club is used for short-mat bowls, pilates, soccer tots, yoga, football, darts and pool, as well as a variety of private celebrations and other functions.

Over the years the club has raised many thousands of pounds for good causes.

What the councils say

Terry Toomer and Richard Shorten, another former chairman of Sprowston Sports and Social Club, have asked Sprowston Town Council and Broadland District Council whether they would consider buying the site to safeguard its future for the community.

Sprowston Town Council told Just Sprowston Terry had been asked by the council to find out whether the premises were for sale and, if so, to give the landlord the council’s contact details.

“Mr Toomer has not been back to this office to advise of the outcome of this conversation,” said town clerk June Hunt.

“The council felt it would be ill advised to ask the question of the landlord with a tenant already in situ at the club.

“The town council has requested Broadland District Council to place this property on the Community Asset List for Sprowston but this request has been refused.”

Just Sprowston asked Broadland to explain why it had been refused. A spokesman said: “The nomination for listing was refused on November 22 2016. The reasons for refusal were: The Gurney Family Trust had owned the property for many years and had a commitment to make it available on long leases for sports and leisure use.

“The club lease was secured under the 1954 Landlord and Tenant Act so the club had an entitlement to remain in occupation for the foreseeable future, subject to the lease terms being adhered to.

The present lease was due for renewal and the club had been offered a new 10-year lease.

“We appreciate that circumstances may have changed since the time the decision was made and it is open to Sprowston Town Council to resubmit a nomination.”

JOIN US: Sprowstonite Community Club founder members pictured in 1996. From left: Beverley Stebbings, Nigel Stebbings, Terry Toomer, Terry Haigh and Sharon Poynter


FOOTBALL: a Sprowston team pictured in 1920. Back, from left: Captain Raper, Charlie Wegg, Stanley Fowler, Walter Shorten, Bob Guymer, Berto Blyth. Middle: Lenny Shorten, Arthur Carter, Geoff Key. Front: Robbie Young, Teddy Dawson, Bob Pointer, George Duffield, Jimmy Carter

CRICKET: a Sprowston cricket team in 1922. Back, from left: Cecil Clabburn, Arthur Humphrey, AR Humphrey, Berto Blyth. Middle: Donny Wright, Eddie Dawson, Stanley Pointer, unknown. Front: Jack Carter, Arthur Wegg, Walter Shorten, Stanley Medler

CONCERN: Terry Toomer

 

 

 


 

EVER NEARER: distant building work can be seen in this view across part of Sprowston Sports and Social Club’s bowling lawn and football pitch