Sprowston-area children sing out for Grenfell tower victims

Hundreds of schoolchildren from the Sprowston area have been singing their hearts out to help victims of the Grenfell Tower  tragedy in London.

The pupils have recorded a CD of the inspirational anthem Believe which is set to go on sale in aid of those affected by June’s fire disaster which claimed more than 80 lives and left 74 people injured.

Claire Munday, assistant head teacher of Sparhawk Infant and Nursery School, Sprowston,  said: “The children were blown away by making the recording. They were all really excited.”

The recording date followed a successful Sing Up concert in June, organised by Claire and staged by about 300 pupils, aged from five to 18, in a packed St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich.

Master of ceremonies was Alison Corfield, head of the Norfolk Music Hub, who was so impressed by the event that she asked if the children would record Believe, a song which encourages everyone to reach for their goals, written for schools’ music organisation Sing Up,.

The young singers gathered in the St Martin at Oak Church for the recording session and the finished CD, “Believe”, will be available as a download via a link from the Norfolk Music Hub: www.

This year’s Sing Up concert involved 15 schools, ranging from infants to high schools, including the Hall School for children with special needs.

Former Sparhawk headteacher Carina Ingham first conceived the idea and this year’s concert was the sixth.

“It’s not a competition, it’s about coming together and celebrating singing,” said Claire.

Schools paired up for rehearsals in the months leading up to the concert, but the only time they all came together to practise was in St Andrew’s Hall on the day of the event.

  • Sparhawk Infant and Nursery School is inviting past and present pupils and staff to a 40thanniversary garden party on Friday September 22 from 3pm.







North Walsham Road closure cancelled

The  B1150 North Walsham Road will not be closing overnight tonight (Friday, July 21), after the early completion of surfacing at the new Norwich Northern Distributor Road roundabout.
The road will not have any traffic management in place over the weekend, but temporary  lights will be in use as needed from Monday, July 24, for work on verges, traffic islands, paths and signs.
During peak hours the lights will be manually controlled, but as work progresses they will mainly be used outside the busiest periods.

Police warning after Sprowston burglaries

Police are urging residents to keep their doors and windows locked after two homes were burgled in Sprowston.
Between 11.25pm on Tuesday, July 18, and 7am on Wednesday , July 19, properties on Colindeep Lane and Recreation Ground Road were entered through unlocked doors and an Ipad, cash and the contents of a handbag were stolen.
Broadland Engagement Officer PC Andy Mason says people need to be more security conscious during the summer months.
“During the warm weather windows and doors will often be opened but it is important to make sure they are shut and locked when your home is left empty and before you go to sleep. Criminals are opportunists who will seize any chance they get to take advantage of an insecure residence. Don’t give them that opportunity.”
If you saw anything suspicious during those times, contact Det Con Scott Malcolmson on 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Award for Sprowston woodland

A popular area of woodland in Sprowston has won an award for its biodiversity.
Harrison’s Wood, which borders Blue Boar Lane and Salhouse Road was opened to the public in May and was given the award by the Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership.
Accepting the award, town council chairman Ian Moncur said there were big plans in store for the plot, saying: “This is just the start.
“We intend to increase involvement of community groups so that we can manage the woodland and realise our ambitions which include the bridging over of the existing ditch, provision of a car park and maintaining and improving the habitats of the woodland as a priority for conservation.” Public access to the 27-hectares of mixed woodland was made possible through a partnership of the town council with Broadland District Council and the Norwich Fringe Project.
The wood features a network of paths through mixed evergreen and broadleaf trees including oak, rowan, silver birch and scots pine and is home to birds such as chiffchaffs, treecreepers and great spotted woodpeckers.
David Willmott, Broadland District Council’s member champion for community engagement, added: “This is a great project and we were pleased to work with our partners to create a community asset which we hope residents will enjoy for generations to come.”

Children from Cecil Gowing Infant School, councillors from Broadland
District Council and Sprowston Town Council and the Norwich Fringe Project
at the opening of Harrison’s Wood.


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.

Norwich Airport


Cool customers needed for Norfolk competition

Electrical retailer JB Postle has a cool competition with a Norfolk theme this summer.
They want people to make use of their artistic skills to create a wrap-around design on a Smeg fridge. The only criteria is that the design has to be Norfolk linked hence #FabNorfolk as the competition title!
Nikki Filby said: “The design #FabNorfolk could be anything people associate with our lovely county, maybe Cromer Pier, the crabbing industry, the lovely landscape, the seaside, our iconic buildings in the city or just simply a chance to promote your Norfolk Charity, Business or Organisation”
The competition, which runs now until September, has two winning categories – an individual entry and one for organisations. The group category could mean a business, charity or sports organisation and you can enter as many times as they wish!
The individual winner will receive a bespoke day or night out in Norfolk for four people worth at least £200 and will depend on the interest and age of the individual winner! It could be anything from a trip to the zoo or a night out on the town! Whatever you choose, you are guaranteed to have fun in our home county!
The group design chosen will receive £200 to donate to a local Norfolk charity of their choice, so if you want to raise money for an important cause, get your thinking hat on!
“We wanted a way to engage with the community and celebrate our wonderful county so we thought this would be a great way to find out what Norfolk means to people whether they live here or are visiting” said Nikki.
JB Postle have a Smeg blackboard fridge which has been touring JB Postle’s local branches in Aylsham, Cromer, Sheringham and North Walsham and has even been seen on Cromer Pier. The team will be taking the fridge to Worstead Festival on July 29 and 30 where there will be some surprises on the day and a chance to take part in the competition.
Nikki said any business which might like to have the fridge to visit them should get in touch to give staff the chance to get artistic with chalk pens.
The competition was launched on Cromer Pier and entries have now started to come in.
“We’re really looking forward to seeing what people come up with,” said Nikki. “Look out on social media for news!” You can follow each of the JB Postle branches on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by searching @JBPostle
Call the Cromer store on 01263 512134 to find out more about hosting the Smeg blackboard fridge and if you would like to volunteer as a competition judge, call Nikki on 01263 735326.

Free child seats checks

Norfolk County Council’s road safety team and crews from Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service are once again taking to the road during the school holidays to host more than a dozen free child car seat checks across the county.

More Norfolk children are killed or seriously injured whilst in a car than they are as a pedestrian or cyclist. One in three child car seats are incorrectly fitted in Norfolk but almost all of these can be fixed immediately.

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. The events are running until August 16, 10am until 2pm at the locations listed below.  Families are invited to come along to get their child seats checked and to ask our team of experts about any aspect of road safety.
The county council’s road safety experts are also using the 18 free child seat safety checks to encourage parents to keep children rear facing in the car for much longer than families traditionally do in this country.
Scandinavian countries routinely keep their children in a rear facing seat until they are four or five years old. Research proves this is five times safer than the UK approach of putting a child in a forward facing seat at around nine months old.
Iain Temperton, the county council’s road safety manager, said: “I would urge anybody carrying young people to visit one of our events. It will only take five minutes but that will be time well spent if it improves the safety of the next generation of road users.”
Alistair Steele, consultant anaesthetist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn said: “During my time as an air ambulance doctor and as a trauma doctor I have seen too many children severely injured from car accidents. In addition to the messages about driving safely we really want to help parents and carers get the right advice about child safety in cars, and there is a confusing array of restraints and booster systems available.
“The best thing to do is to take advice from a professional car seat fitter to ensure you’ve not only chosen a safe seat but also it is installed correctly.”
Child seat safety check events are taking place in the following locations from 10am until 2pm:Mon 24 July  Norwich – Tesco Harford Bridge
Tue 25 July  North Walsham – Sainsburys
Wed 26 July Sheringham – Tesco
Thu 27 July Aylsham – Tesco
Fri 28 July  Stalham- Tesco
Sat 29 July Holt – Budgens
Mon 31 July Norwich – Longwater Sainsburys
Tue 1 Aug Wymondham – Waitrose
Wed 2 Aug  Thetford – Sainsburys
Thu 3 Aug Diss – Morrisons
Fri 4 Aug Great Yarmouth – Asda
Mon 7 Aug Dereham – Tesco
Tue 8 Aug Downham Market – Tesco (2pm-6pm)
Wed 9 Aug Kings Lynn – Sainsburys
Thu 10 Aug Fakenham – Tesco
Fri 11 Aug Swaffham – Tesco
Tue 15 Aug Norwich – Sprowston Tesco
Wed 16 Aug Norwich – Hall Road Asda