Police are appealing for information following a serious collision
at Horstead yesterday (Sunday 19 January 2020).
A white Peugeot Partner was
involved in a collision with a grey VW Golf on the B1150 Norwich Road at
The driver or the Peugeot, a man
in his 60s, was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital with serious leg
injuries, whilst the driver of the Golf, a woman in her 50s, was also taken to
hospital with serious arm, leg and chest injuries.
Anyone who may have
witnessed the collision, the manner of driving of either vehicle prior to the
incident, or has dashcam footage, should contact PC Andrew McDonnell at Acle
Roads Policing on 101 quoting incident number 178 of Sunday 19 January.
To adjust the title of one of the best known songs in Les Misérables, Dean Chisnall is not Dreaming A Dream but living it. Ahead of the lavish production’s Norwich arrival, Dean tells JOHN BULTITUDE he has fulfilled a career ambition by playing Jean Valjean.
Norwich Theatre Royal is a venue which has a place
in the heart of Dean Chisnall. On his visit to the city in 2015 where he played
the title role in Shrek, he told journalists one of his career dreams was to
portray Jean Valjean in Les Misérables.
Five years on, he is poised to do just that when
Cameron Mackintosh’s iconic production returns to Norwich Theatre Royal for a
“I still can’t really believe it. This is the
reason why many of us do what we do. It is the reason why I got into musical
theatre and it is one of the first shows I ever listened to,” said Dean.
“It is not a role, it is a privilege and I have
always thought of my work like that. This show is really the ultimate
privilege. There is no greater feeling and no greater responsibility.”
The touring role follows a successful run in the
West End in the same role for Dean plus a glittering career which reads like a
Who’s Who of best-known musicals including Blood Brothers, Mamma Mia, Love
Never Dies, La Cage Aux Folles and Never Forget.
But his current part is one he has aspired to and
takes very seriously. Dean explained: “The wonderful thing about the production
is that you get to come in and put your own take on it but you never lose sight
of why you do it. When the orchestra strikes up, you are very aware of the
honour, the privilege and the history of the show’s last 35 years.”
But the journey to portraying this iconic
character comes after an awful lot of preparation to ensure every member of the
audience enjoys the perfect performance. He said: “The one thing I can say with
my hand on my heart is that I have worked hard. Cameron Mackintosh is the
definitive producer and he is the boss. He is so wonderful in what he brings to
people’s lives as he produces shows of the highest order and he won’t allow
anybody else in them without his say so. I find that is sensational for someone
who has been doing it for such a long time.
because he cares. There is no greater privilege for an actor to know that his
producer cares to that extent and that is a great pay off for us all.”
That dedication is repaid by the reaction of those
who see it. Dean admits the audience are thoroughly immersed in the story. He
said: “You can hear the audience’s emotion and you can sense it. Even though
the clue is in the title, it is a very sad piece. It is the most uplifting
piece of musical theatre as well because you get that shared experience and,
although it is a really physical role, you feel wonderful when you come off
“Mentally, it is also a real drain. There may be
some productions where you can, to an extent, fake it but you cannot fake this
show. There is such a journey for Jean Valjean. If you think about it all at
once, you will go crazy but if you think about it step by step, I find that is
the best way to portray it and to tell the story.”
The epic story, which takes to the stage from
March 4 to April 4, is set around the French Revolution and is also an ideal
way to escape the stresses and strains of life, according to Dean. “People can
just come and forget. Whatever the reason you have come to see it, it is
relevant and it is pure escapism. For three hours, you can escape from what is
going on in the world as it is a tricky place to be right now. That is why our
job is an ever bigger privilege,” said Dean.
Les Misérables will mark a welcome return to the
Norwich Theatre Royal stage for Dean after previous visits saw him play The
Narrator in Blood Brothers and the iconic role of Shrek.
His time playing the green giant certainly helped
broaden his skills. Dean laughed: “Sitting there for two hours before each show
being transformed into Shrek was very hard. The onstage part was a privilege to
do but the off-stage part meant you really had to zone out and it was also so
hot. You would come off stage with half your chin hanging off. I remember when
I came to Norwich, it was extremely hot and we had a real heatwave.”
And Dean is also looking forward to spending more
time in Norwich. He said: “I love the city. It has such a lovely vibe. When I
have been in shows there before, I have not been there for long and so I did
not get to see too much of the city. With this one, we will be there for a nice
period of time and I am looking forward to exploring.”
So while it may be intense and moving but uplifting on stage, there is a definite air of excitement for Dean as he makes his long-awaited return to Norwich in a part he enjoys playing day after d
Les Misérables runs from Wednesday March 4 until Saturday April 4, 2020 at 7.30pm with Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets £10-£66.50. Discounts for Friends, Corporate Club, Over-60s and Under-18s.
BSD, which holds classes in Aylsham and
Wroxham, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
The school’s show is called Icons and will
feature more than 230 students, from aged three upwards, taking part in 50
individual routines and songs.
Former pupil Rose Mason, now a professional
dancer, will also be taking part with some of the school’s most advanced
Rose, and fellow professional dancer Rachael
Crocker, has also helped the teachers with choreography.
The show is a celebration of iconic music,
song and dance – which organisers say will have you dancing in the
“We have ballets from iconic composers and
musicals old and new, with some favourites you are sure to recognise!” said
teacher Katy Carroll.
“We hope you will enjoy our spectacular display of talent featuring dance genres from ballet, modern, jazz, tap and contemporary and new to BSD Acrobatic Arts. You will also see some of the singing talent within the school.”
Community projects could benefit from up to a £5k investment as the Victory Housing Trust Community Fund opens for its latest round of funding.
The fund, which is offering £15k in total, is inviting bids for activities and initiatives which are making a difference in Victory’s area of operation, which is mainly in North Norfolk. The funding can be used to meet different needs, such as for capital projects, venue hire, equipment, start-up expenses, and training across themes including health and wellbeing, community cohesion and tackling disadvantage. A key criteria is that all applications should involve or have the potential to involve residents of Victory Housing Trust. The fund was launched in 2008 to make a difference to people’s lives and since then Victory has awarded more than £500,000 through 174 grants. In the most recent round of funding, in April 2019, £20,500 was awarded to six projects. This included £2,500 to Lighthouse Charity Trust to set up a Men’s Shed in Sheringham. The deadline for applications is September 27 and all the bids will be assessed by a panel made up of Victory residents, supported by the Norfolk Community Foundation which administers the fund on Victory’s behalf. Lisa Collen, interim managing director of Victory Housing Trust explained: “We are looking forward to offering this investment to some great causes in our area an,d if you have a community project which fits our criteria, please do make an application.” Applications for grants can be made by any organisation or group established for charitable purposes, provided there is a formal structure which allows for monitoring of activity and feedback – official charitable status is not necessary. Anyone wishing to find out more and apply can do so via the Norfolk Community Foundation website: https://www.norfolkfoundation.com/funding-support/grants/groups/victory-housing-trust-community-fund/
Wroxham FC and Victory Housing
Trust have joined forces to develop and promote junior and women’s football in
an exciting new partnership.
Building on the club’s recent
successes in the area, the partnership will allow Wroxham FC to establish three
new teams for different age groups – Under 6s, Under 14s, Under 16s – and
launch a brand new women’s team.
The partnership between the North
Norfolk based housing association and the club will also bring kit, training,
and enhanced facilities for the whole community of Wroxham, and the surrounding
Club Chairman Lee Robson explained
“I’m delighted that Victory has partnered with us. It takes a lot of volunteer
hours, hard work and money to set things up buying kit, equipment and making
sure coaches are qualified and developed.
“In 2018/19 we invested around
£14,000 in setting up our junior section and we are keen to invest again this
year to build a sustainable club. The partnership will help to provide kit for
the women’s team, coach education, and establish our Wildcats Centre for girls
at Rackheath which starts at the end of August.”
Victory decided to get involved
with the partnership as it supports its work in the local community, as
Managing Director Christine Candlish explained: “We are excited by this new
partnership, our involvement hopes to aid not only in the growth of a local
football club, but also increase the offering of both physical and social
activities in the area.
“It is important that we continue to promote participation
through sport in our communities and particularly women in sport. The club has
shown an ability to inspire people to develop, achieve and make lifelong
friendships through football, and this is something we want for both our
residents and communities”.
A father of a six-year-old
boy is taking on a formidable challenge to raise money for the Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit where his son spent the first week of his life.
Henry Hume was born at the
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in March 2013 following what had been a
routine pregnancy for mum, Justina and dad Tom as they waited for the birth of
their first child.
However, things quickly took
an unexpected turn for the worse and baby Henry was rushed to NICU with
persistent pulmonary hypertension which is a failure of the normal circulatory
transition that occurs after birth.
Now, Tom, who is a vet and
director at Westover Veterinary Centre, and his business partner Toby, an
experienced triathlete, plan to run, cycle, swim and canoe about 250 miles
starting on July 11 to raise money for NICU as a thank you to the staff on the
unit for caring for Henry who is now a happy and healthy six year old.
Tom explained how joy quickly
turned to fear following the birth of his son: “In layman’s terms, Henry’s
lungs hadn’t inflated so his blood kept choosing the easy route, through the
hole in the heart that all babies are born with, but in the process it was
bypassing the lungs and circulating around his body without being
Being a vet I had some
limited understanding of the numbers on the intensive care monitors. The figure
that I will never forget is the level of his oxygen saturation. In animals,
anything less than 98% is abnormal and below 90% we would be pretty worried. I
am fairly sure the numbers are similar in human medicine and I was watching as
Henry’s number fell and fell, eventually bottoming out at 45%.
The NICU team were
incredible, there were five of them crowded around this tiny baby. He was too
small to get intravenous access via his arms so they had to cannulate his
umbilical vessels to establish IV access.
He was then anaesthetised and placed in a coma to allow them to mechanically
ventilate and inflate his lungs. Henry was in the coma for a week, but slowly
the support machines were withdrawn and he went from strength to strength.”
Tom added: “We will both be
eternally grateful for the lifesaving care in the first six hours after his
arrival and then ongoing during that week.
“Ever since that day I have
wanted to raise money for NICU to show my appreciation for such an incredible
service and also to try and help their resources and enable them to help
Tom and Toby will take on
some huge challenges after setting off on July 11:
Day 1 – set off from North
Walsham, run seven miles to Aylsham before swimming eight miles of the River
Bure to Coltishall where they will camp for the night.
Day 2 – canoe 35 miles from
Coltishall to Yarmouth.
Day 3 – cycle of 130 miles to
Day 4 – run 30 miles from
Hunstanton to Stiffkey.
Day 5 – run 30 miles back to
Tom said: “The biggest
challenge in training has been getting enough time to get the miles in. I have
come to the conclusion that it will be ‘alright on the night’ and that my
memories of Henry’s battle to survive will be all the motivation I need to keep
In the past, money raised for NICU has helped to pay for incubators, kangaroo chairs for parents and babies, enabled us to enhance the environment and also provided specialist training for staff.” If you would like to sponsor Tom and Toby and support NICU, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/toby-and-tom-westover-vets
I never got to see the Beatles perform live, possibly due to
the fact that I wasn’t born until 1966.
My discovery of the Fab Four came much later when, as a 12-year-old, I found a stack of LPs and a portable record player belonging to my stepmum, a huge fan who also never got to see them live.
So last night’s performance Let It Be at the Theatre Royal
was a right treat for us both.
The show looked back at the musical history of the “mop tops”
through the recreation of signature performances such as the Royal Variety Show
and Shea Stadium, interspersed with newsreel and adverts from the time. How we
chuckled as the newly-married bride lit up with the voiceover slogan “time for
The four performers were faultless musicians, swapping from
guitar to piano and back. The joke back in the day was that Ringo Starr wasn’t
the best drummer in the world, he wasn’t even the best drummer in the Beatles. You
certainly couldn’t have said that about Ben Cullingworth as a believable Ringo.
He was joined on stage by Richard Jordan as John (he passed the test with my stepmum,
John was her favourite), John Brosnan as George and Emanuele Angeletti as Paul.
The first half was a tour through the Beatles’ back catalogue
from early days to the Sgt Pepper years, the second half an imagined reunion
for John’s 40th birthday taking in each band member’s solo material.
This included a stunning version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps with the
guitar solo masterfully played by ‘George’. George didn’t event play that on
the original, it was Eric Clapton.
The audience ranged in age but had one thing in common, they knew the words to all the songs and were encouraged to sing along and get up, clap and dance.
A couple of crowd pleasers ended the concert – Let It Be and
Hey Jude – before a standing ovation. A truly uplifting evening of music from
one of the worlds best and biggest bands.
“Kill* for a ticket” – Patsy Webster (stepmum)
(*Don’t actually kill someone, obviously. The show runs until Saturday and tickets are still available. www.theatreroyal.co.uk)
The Great British Prom will be taking a break this year with a view to returning to the Blickling Estate in 2020.
Lisa Ward of organisers Revival Productions said: “We have been running this type of concert for many years and experience shows us that sometimes it’s good to have a break, with a view to coming back with renewed vigour.
“The Great British weather worked against us last year, however, we know that this event has become a firm favourite in the Norfolk calendar and so we are planning to come back bigger and better in 2020!”
Jo Bosch, visitor experience nanager at Blickling said “Our summer concerts are something we look forward to all year and are a highlight of our annual programme.
“Classic Ibiza promises to be even bigger and better this year and we really welcome the approach our partners at Revival Productions are taking in asking what their loyal supporters would like to see at the Great British Prom event at Blickling in 2020.”
Revival Productions are asking the Great British Prom audience what they’d like to see for 2020. The traditional proms event or perhaps something different? You can have your say by visiting the Great British Prom Facebook page and commenting there, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts.
Lisa added: “Tell us what you’d love to see! We have a year to plan something very special for our Norfolk audience.”
Classic Ibiza will be returning this year on Friday August 9. For full event details please visit www.classicibiza.co.uk or call 01283 841601.
Blickling Great British Prom 2017, Photo by Simon Finlay Photography.