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Chance to become a North Norfolk councillor

An event to help and inform prospective candidates considering standing for election at North Norfolk District Council next May will be held on September 20.

The evening is designed to:

  • Inform prospective candidates of the positive difference they can make to their communities.
  • Inform prospective candidates of the varied work of North Norfolk District Council – including housing, licensing, economic development, tourism, culture, health, environment, coast and electoral services.
  • Ensure key dates in the run up to May 2019 are understood by all prospective candidates.

The event will be held at North Norfolk District Council’s headquarters at Holt Road, Cromer, NR27 9EN, from 6.30-8.30pm.

For more information about becoming a councillor, visit north-norfolk.gov.uk/becomeacouncillor.

If you are interested in attending, please contact emma.denny@north-norfolk.gov.uk or call 01263 516010.

There will be refreshments available on the evening.

Councillor Hilary Cox

 

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.

Free family day out at Greenbuild spectacular

Up to 100 exhibitors will pack the grounds of the National Trust’s Felbrigg Hall, near Cromer, on September 8 and 9 for the ever-popular, family-friendly, Greenbuild event.

Attractions at the green lifestyle extravaganza will include a craft and farmers’ market with local, homemade, fresh and organic produce, a catering area and children’s entertainment.

Greenbuild, organised by North Norfolk District Council, is a fantastic way to find out how to lead a greener lifestyle.

There will be exhibitors of green technologies like solar PV panels, biomass boilers, ground and air source heat pumps, electric cars and bikes, and experts in local and traditional products such as heritage plastering, handmade terracotta tiles and willow-basket making.

Talks and advice from exhibitors and volunteers will cover everything from Tesla battery storage, reducing food waste, plastic pollution and growing fruit and veg in a changing climate. A timetable for talks can be found on the Greenbuild website.

There will also be practical demonstrations and lessons for children throughout the day in basic wood carving and fire-starting using flint and steel, ferro rods and bow drills.

Council officers from planning and building control, environmental protection, elections and HR, economic development, community-led housing, commercial, coastal, revenue and benefits, waste and recycling, civil contingencies and leisure sports hubs and clubs, as well as the countryside team will be ready to chat with visitors and answer any questions they may have, and to offer advice.

There will also be job opportunities available for the forthcoming elections in May next year, help to sign up online to revenue and benefits services as well a mini election where visitors can vote for what they would like to see at next year’s Greenbuild event, and vote for the Graham Allen Award winner.

And you can take away three bags of compost on leaving the site for just £3 (subject to availability).

Parking and entry to Greenbuild are both free. Opening hours are 10.30am-4.30pm on Saturday September 8, and 10.30am-4pm on Sunday September 9.

For further information including a list of exhibitors and directions to Greenbuild 2018, visit: www.north-norfolk.gov.uk/tasks/greenbuild/greenbuild-celebrating-norfolk/

This year’s 14th Greenbuild event is sponsored by Crayford and Abbs (gold sponsor) and Floodsense (bronze sponsor).

Below: a scene from last year’s Greenbuild.

 

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


Students put MP in the hot seat

Norman Lamb is known for his strong beliefs on topics from Brexit to mental health. Work experience students Sophie Smith and Evie Cowling, from Aylsham High School, interviewed him to find out more.

 

Norman Lamb is not known to follow the crowd. The North Norfolk MP stands up for what he believes in and speaks out on those beliefs.

We chose to talk to him about some of the issues which affect young people today, including Brexit and the problems facing teenagers with mental health problems.

Norman campaigned to stay with the EU. He said: “Brexit is a dangerous time, a big mistake and now the government has no plan for how to reach an agreement with the EU.”

He believes Brexit will be hugely damaging to young people, as it could affect those who wanted to travel, work abroad or move to another part of Europe. “Brexit creates barriers,” he said.

Norman has been a massive advocate of improving provision for mental health, which is seen as a big issue within our generation.

He agreed it was an important priority but said care quite often fails young people and families, with services not understanding and treating complex conditions.

“It’s wrong that families and individuals can be left waiting for long periods of time to receive health care and in some cases being turned away if, for instance, with someone with an eating disorder, their body mass index is not low enough to be treated, in terms of having an eating disorder,” he said. And one step we should take, he believes, is to get the subject onto school curriculums. “We can then tackle mental health with young people so that they can understand causes and recognise signs.”

Knowing which career path to take is another big issue for teenagers as they choose school and college courses and universities and we wanted to find out what inspired Norman to become an MP.

He told us he had been interested in politics since a young age and when he was a teenager he got involved in an election and then worked for an MP after leaving university. He loved it but wanted to represent his own beliefs. Most importantly, Norman wanted “to fight for change and make an impact on the world” and he feels privileged that he is able to do what he is doing.

His advice to young women our age was to “reach beyond as there is no glass ceiling”. He added: “In your lives you will have many opportunities and you should learn to reach for the stars.”

One issue for young people is student university loans. Norman explained his party’s ambition had been to make student finances “fairer”. But he accepted that his party had made a big mistake in making a pledge and not sticking with it.

He explained that, in his opinion, the system was fair in that those who went into high-paying jobs paid more and those who were in low paid jobs would sometimes never get to the point where they had to pay.

“We changed the system to get students paying more but only if they went into higher paying jobs as a result of their degree.” Norman then explained: “I see no problem with people who go on to receive very high salaries paying the full whack for their degree.”  He stated that if you don’t earn sufficient income to pay back your university loans they will be written off. “I completely understand why people get worried and anxious about the size of the loan, but the loan does get written off if your salary throughout the year hasn’t been high enough to repay it.”

His toughest question came at the end of the Facetime interview. We asked: “If you reached the final of I’m A Celebrity, what would you have as your final three-course meal?”

So, if you are cooking for him anytime, Norman likes a starter of scallops or Norfolk crab, for main Indian or Thai food and for dessert strawberries and ice cream.

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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


 

A different look at Alice for Coltishall gallery

Nostalgic, original wood engravings for Lewis Carroll’s famous Alice stories are to be exhibited at a gallery in Coltishall.
Capital Culture gallery is to present a show of John Tenniel’s whimsical engravings from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There (1871).
In 1981, after being presumed lost for decades, the original wood blocks from the 19th century were rediscovered unexpectedly in the books’ publisher’s old bank vault.
The prints on display at Capital Culture gallery were made from these original wood blocks, which are now in the British Library’s collection, in 1988.
Becky Demmen, from the gallery, said: “Tenniel’s clear and detailed style lends itself well to such iconic and fanciful tales. His experience creating political cartoons and caricatures for Punch magazine is implicit in his exaggerated and imaginative style.”
She said Carroll himself directly guided Tenniel in the depiction of each character, and Tenniel’s images have endured for a century and a half, becoming the inspiring basis for countless reproductions and adaptations of Carroll’s stories.
The show will run June 21 to July 7, with the gallery open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm, closed Sunday and Monday.
During the exhibition opening hours there will be a trail activity for families to complete.
The gallery is also holding a family fun weekend on June 30 and the July 1. There will be a range of activities for children and parents, with the chance to have a closer look at the prints with magnifying glasses and also complete the trail and receive a certificate. Families can also play croquet in the gallery garden and create their own art work.
John Tenniel (1820-1914) was born in London and worked during the latter half of the 19th century as a cartoonist and illustrator.
Capital Culture Gallery is run by artists Rachael Dalzell and James Sparshatt.
The gallery was founded in 2005 and champions art that represents culture, landscape and diversity. After a decade in London, Capital Culture moved to Norfolk.
James said: “We welcome all art lovers, whether they are collectors or possible first-time buyers to enjoy looking at our diverse collection of art in a relaxed and friendly environment.”
Rachael added: “As well as gallery exhibitions we take part in numerous art fairs across the world. Over the last dozen years we have exhibited at art fairs in London, Los Angeles, New York, Singapore, Paris, Milan, Stockholm and Hamburg among others.”
The gallery also holds evening events, artist talks and workshops.

‘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