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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.

 

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.

 

 

Becky brings Swing Train craze to Norfolk

It’s so new it hasn’t even got a Wiki page yet.

But Swing Train – dance/fitness set to belting Charleston, swing, gospel, electro-swing and jazz tunes – has reached Norfolk from London thanks to Sprowston resident and former North Walsham-area schoolgirl Becky Powell.

With the growing popularity of vintage fashion and music Becky hopes those who love that era, and anyone looking for a new, strictly-fun way to work out, will give it a whirl.

Swing Train borrows moves from vintage dance styles such as lindy hop which are blended into a cardio workout suitable for all levels of fitness.

Becky, who grew up in Worstead, discovered it while living in London where she trained as an instructor in several forms of fitness.

She has been dancing, and loving it, since joining the north Norfolk-based Footnotes school as a 12-year-old. Later, as a student, she was an active member of York University’s ballet society.

Initially, it didn’t look as though Becky would follow her feet into a career. An academic high-flyer, she gained four As at A-level and went on to graduate from York with a first-class honours degree in maths and physics.

Convinced she wanted to become a school teacher, Becky studied for her post-graduate certificate of education at Cambridge University and landed a job at a primary school near Watford.

“I wanted everyone to love learning and they didn’t,” she remembered. “The teaching part was OK but it was everything else – I was in work at 7am and left at 7pm with a load of books to mark – and I found behaviour management difficult. I spent Boxing Day drawing up a seating plan for seven boys who couldn’t sit next to each other!”

She left to take up a post as an “explainer” at the Science Museum in London, spending 18 months bursting balloons, blowing bubbles and breaking eggs to help children understand everything from why it hurts to sit on one nail but not hundreds, and the manufacture of poo in the digestive system.

Next came a brief spell back at university when Becky began and soon gave up an MSc degree course in aerodynamics and advanced computation.

After a lot of soul-searching, she then decided to follow her passion and become a dance/fitness teacher.

Becky funded her training in London with a part-time job and gained qualifications as an instructor in Swing Train, Booty Barre and bbarreless – the last two being combinations of dance, pilates and yoga.

Since moving back to Norfolk Becky has started teaching at White House Farm, Sprowston; County Hall, Norwich; and in North Walsham, where she also runs an adult beginners’ tap-dancing class.

“I absolutely love it all,” she said. “Dance and fitness make me feel free and wonderful and I love passing on that passion.

“I’m pleased I’ve given so many things a try. I would regret more not giving something a go. It’s better to be brave and bold – and see what happens!”

  • Visit: https://www.inertiafitness.co.uk, email becky@inertiafitness.co.uk or text/call: 07748300091.
  • PICTURES BY JACQUELINE HARMER

 

 

Sprowston Lidl opening date announced

Lidl UK has today confirmed that its new supermarket on Blue Boar Lane in Sprowston, will open its doors for the first time on Thursday 22nd November.

Customers are invited to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8am and will be offered the chance to sample some of Lidl’s award winning products throughout the day, along with exclusive deals and offers on selected products for the first week of opening. These include a cordless drill driver (£29.99, RRP £49.99) from Thursday 22nd, vintage-style drawers (£19.99, RRP £39.99) from Friday 23rdand an espresso machine (£39.99, RRP £79.99) from Saturday 24th November.

The new supermarket forms part of the company’s ongoing expansion and regeneration plans in the UK and has created up to 40 new jobs for the local community. The store has a 1,424m² sales area and features facilities such as an in-store bakery, longer-style tills with dual packing, customer toilets, baby changing and ample parking for both cars and bicycles.

Lidl UK’s Regional Head of Property, Andrew Hodgkinson, commented: “We would like to thank all those who have played a part in bringing this new Lidl store to Sprowston. It is great for us to be able to create more jobs and investment opportunities in the area, and we can’t wait to start serving our multi-award winning products to the local community.”

Lidl UK has experienced continued growth over the years as consumers flock to the supermarket to discover its great value products – more than two thirds of which are British sourced – ranging from quality fruit and vegetables, to premium wines from its much coveted Wine Tour collections. Its ongoing success shows no signs of slowing, with the latest Kantar Worldpanel results highlighting Lidl’s continued success with increased sales year on year and market share high of 5.6%.

Just Regional celebrates first decade!

Yes that’s right, it was 10 years ago when the first issue of Just Aylsham first popped through letterboxes.

For those who don’t know the story, business owner Lee Todd was keen to see a local magazine full of local stories for his home town and so the idea of the hyperlocal Just name was established.

The Aylsham magazine was soon joined by one dedicated to North Walsham and the business then expanded along the coast, into other parts of Broadland and finally around the outskirts of Norwich.

Today, the Just magazines hits 50,000 dooormats in 10 areas, with free pick-ups in libraries, information centres and shops.

Just Regional serves 10 towns and city suburbs in Norfolk with four-weekly titles (three-weekly in Aylsham) and also covers all of those communities with Summer and Christmas special publications.

Built on a belief that hyperlocal news can be presented using high specification paper, quality journalism, excellent photography and professional sales, the business has grown from two part-time staff to 10 office staff and 120 distribution staff with their offices in Aylsham, a location central to all of the areas covered.

Lee said: “We’ve done an incredible job in Norfolk showing how hyperlocal can work, in a competitive marketplace, both for advertisers and readers.

“A lot of publishers have talked about hyperlocal for a long time – we have actually done it and made a success of the model.

“However we couldn’t have done it without our advertisers who have supported us right from day one. A big thank you to them and a happy anniversary to us!”

A big fan of the publications is BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Nick Conrad, who said: “Just Regional produce outstanding magazines run by wonderful people who love and champion their towns and villages. As the owner of a local business who has worked with Just Regional, these guys really get behind you and believe in you. Over the past decade they have woven themselves into the fabric of the communities they represent”.

The first issue of Just Aylsham from October 2008.

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