Angels beat rivals Aylsham to take local pride

Last night in front of a huge crowd North Walsham ran out 3-1 winners against Aylsham.

The Angels were in control for most of the game with their pacey wingers causing problems to the Aylsham back four, once they got ahead Aylsham were always facing an uphill battle, one that became even harder after they received two red cards.

Angels chairman Alex Brady said, “What a win last night for North Walsham. From the first minute to the 90th, every single member of the management team and playing staff battled and fought to ensure the 3 points stayed at Greens Road, with the goals coming from Matty Downing (2) and Liam Clarke.

Credit has to go to Aylsham for bringing over 100 fans, and with the overall crowd in excess of 300 it was a brilliant occasion with lots of friendly banter between the two sets of fans.

A special mention has to go to the referee for controlling the game well in the tough conditions – and he certainly played his part in a very entertaining game.

With crowd numbers at record levels in 2017, it certainly serves as a reminder that football is alive and well within the town, and that improved facilities should continue to remain the aim for the club and the town”

It was in stark contrast to the Aylsham camp whose promotion push has slipped away in recent weeks, manager Martin Meek said, “We were all gutted and disappointed in the changing room after the game, we let ourselves and the fans down. But fair play to North Walsham who were the better team on the night.”


Aylsham man raises £1500 for local scout groups

A Boxing Day swim at Cromer has helped Norfolk Scouts with £1,500 raised by Aylsham Freemason Robin Rush.

The money raised was split equally between the 1st Buxton and Lamas Sea Scouts and the 46th Norwich Scout Group. Norwich Masonic Lodge Royal George Chapter also donated £500 to 46th Norwich.

Robin is 76 years old but still active, regularly cycling hundreds of miles locally and abroad each year. He has taken part in the Cromer Boxing Day Swim for more than 10 years, with the majority of the money raised by local Masonic Lodges and their members.

A keen Scout in his youth and a member of the Scout Lodge in Norfolk, Robin has supported Buxton Scouts for several years raising thousands of pounds. This year he decided to share the money with 46th Norwich, which is a group specifically for the disabled.

“Scout Lodge has been giving regular assistance and this year I wanted to give them my personal support”, said Robin. “There are so many youngsters with disabilities wanting to join in with activities, so this will be my charity focus in our tercentenary year”.

This year Freemasons are celebrating 300 years since the formation of the United Grand Lodge of England, with celebrations being held both locally and nationally.

Dean Butcher, Scout Leader of 46th Norwich said: “This is a great boost for our members and will go to help fund field trips and weekends away as each Scout must bring a carer.”

Graham Breeze, Group Scout Leader of Buxton Scouts said: “This donation will help us upgrade and expand our facilities to enable even more young people enjoy Scouting in and around the Buxton area”.

Peter Leggett of Royal George Chapter said: “The 46th Norwich Scouts were one of the charities nominated to share in the proceeds of our Benevolent Fund. Scouting has the same principles as Freemasonry and we are pleased to support their good work for disabled young people in Norfolk.”

Robin Rush (middle left) and Peter Leggett of Royal George Chapter
(middle right), presenting cheques to members of 1st Buxton Sea Scouts and 46th Norwich Scout Group.

Arts North Norfolk charity to close

Arts North Norfolk is to close the charity, it was announced today.

A statement from the trustees of The Atrium North Norfolk Ltd (Arts North Norfolk issued today said: “On Wednesday, February 23, at an extraordinary general meeting the company members present voted unanimously to close the charity.

“It was with great sadness that we, the company directors (trustees), determined this to be our only viable and appropriate course of action given the financial and organisational uncertainty and outlook. The decision was taken in accordance with the procedures set out in our Articles of Association. It was not taken lightly and is binding.”
The move has come after a turbulent time for the charity following the resignation of CEO Joseph Ballard in September 2016.

The trustees said in the statement: “We have worked extremely hard to sustain the charity in difficult circumstances with increasingly limited financial and human resources. The enormity of the task has been overwhelming – both emotionally and practically – and the obstacles are now, in our considered opinion, insurmountable.”

There have been calls for the collective resignation of trustees. “Our response is that, with the charity in such financial crisis, we would have been (and would continue to be) in serious breach of our responsibilities to do so at any point since the AGM in December 2016, when we were (re)elected by a very solid majority,” the statement reported.

It went on: “We firmly believe that we have acted with complete integrity to perform our prescribed obligations as trustees and have remained utterly committed throughout to the fulfillment of ANN’s core charitable purposes. We have endeavoured to deliver on promises made; but we know that we have not always done so. To those people that we have let down, we extend our sincere apologies. We have, with the invaluable help of a few dedicated volunteers, tried our very best to maintain a programme of theatre and concerts at The Atrium.”

ANN has not held a Licence to Occupy The Atrium since January 2016 and thus has had no direct involvement in the management or hiring of the facilities since that time. As such, all booking enquiries should continue to be sent direct to

They thanked the school governors for their support and Suzie Sharpe, who manages bookings.
There are currently hopes to continue and develop the Atrium Cinema Club.

The closure of the charity could take up to six months. Once all our bills are paid, trustees will have to dispose of any remaining assets (cash and physical) in accordance with the Articles of Association i.e. to registered charities with the same or similar charitable objects.

“We are committed to finding the most efficient way to ensure that these assets remain for the continuation of The Atrium Cinema Club and for the development and delivery of arts and educational activities and events for the benefit of the communities of North Walsham and North Norfolk. The charity is closing but the work will live on,” said the statement.

Trustees chairman Katrina Cole said: “We have tried to continue with a very restricted and limited programme because that was all we had available in front of us. We have no money to programme for the future as there are no grants or other funds in place or applied for so we are in a completely untenable situation.”
The organisation had been waiting for the final payment of a grant from Arts Council England of around £7,000 which has already been spent on North Walsham Festival 2016.

Katrina added: “To find myself in a position where I am overseeing the closure of such a historically vibrant and achieving charity is an absolute tragedy but regrettably we are left with no choice. I am so sad and so very aggrieved that this should have come to being.”

It’s all green and gold for Barnwell Print

Just Regional printers Barnwells has been recognised for its exceptional environmental performance by being the first company to receive the Norfolk Carbon Charter at Gold level.

Barnwells of Aylsham, which has been printer for Just Regional since it launched its first magazine in 2008, is the oldest family-run printing company in the UK and consideration for the environment is central to their business from the management down.

In awarding them the highest level of the accreditation, the panel noted how a wide range of measures was behind the reduced footprint they’d achieved, ranging from a bio-mass boiler to energy efficient printing equipment.

They also highlighted the firm’s commitment to engaging with clients, notably through offering the county’s first carbon balanced printing service through the World Land Trust.

The Norfolk Carbon Charter was formally launched on March 7. Speaking at the launch, director Julian Barnwell described how his personal passion lay behind the measures they had taken.

“We are immensely proud to be the first company to achieve the Gold level of the Norfolk Carbon Charter. As a keen scuba diver I’ve seen first hand the impact of climate change to coral reefs and by achieving the gold award we feel this is a conscientious and positive step in making a contribution to safeguarding the environment for future generations. I would encourage all Norfolk businesses to champion the Norfolk charter as a standard for their business, not only is it the correct moral ambition, but it also has an economic benefit.”

The Norfolk Carbon Charter provides independently validated recognition for the work businesses are doing to reduce their energy consumption. This allows companies with genuine green credentials to share their achievements with their customers, staff and suppliers.

The award of the Gold level Charter is reserved for exemplar businesses, where environmental management is fully embedded in their operations and they can evidence significant measures adopted to reduce impacts. All Charter awards follow a fully independent onsite assessment of the business, which is then validated by an expert panel.

Martin Wilby, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Environment, Development and Transport Committee congratulated the business on their achievements, and welcomed the Charter as a valuable support for local businesses, saying: “The Carbon Charter’s success has been founded in assisting businesses to celebrate their own good practice and innovation. The funding available through BEE Anglia opens up this valued endorsement to many more businesses in Norfolk. We know there is a lot of good practice out there and I look forward to awarding many more charter accreditation’s in Norfolk”

Currently assessment for the Carbon Charter is free to eligible businesses, with costs fully covered by the Business Energy Efficiency Anglia project. BEE Anglia is co-financed by the European Union European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Businesses interested in the Carbon Charter can find out more details at

Julian Barnwell and Martin Wilby

Do you know everything that’s on offer in Aylsham?

A Community Expo is being held in Aylsham on Saturday, March 4, aimed at anyone who lives or works in and around the town and who wants to find out what is on offer in the area.

Hosted by Aylsham Town Council at the Town Hall, the event will include stalls from voluntary and community sector organisations and will give old and new residents an opportunity to come together to discover the variety of what goes on in the town.

Doors open at 9am and refreshments will be available.

The event coincides with the 15th anniversary of the farmers market, so there will also be a special market with regular stallholders alongside past stallholders.

There will be a colouring competition for younger residents, held through the Town Council Information Stand on the day.

Some of the exhibitors are listed below;

Aylsham Care Trust
Aylsham Gym
Aylsham First Response
Aylsham In Bloom
Aylsham Roman Dig Project
Aylsham Heritage Centre/History Society
Aylsham Library
1st Scouting Aylsham
Aylsham Girl Guiding
Trefoil Guild
Aylsham Picture House
Aylsham Rotary Club
Aylsham Church
Aylsham and District Flower Club
Aylsham Country Market
Slow Food
Sutton School of Dance
St Giles Cricket Club
Aylsham Football Club
Aylsham WI

Aylsham Town Hall where the Aylsham Expo will be held next Saturday.

Cat dies after being caught in trap

A cat has had to be put to sleep after he got his face stuck in a trap in Burgh.

The RSPCA was called after the tabby male was seen by a passing motorist crossing the road in Wood Lane on Saturday (February 11) with a fenn trap caught on his head.

Two of the charity’s officers spent more than 40 minutes searching the surrounding gardens and hedges, and eventually found the adult cat in the corner of a wood store in clear distress. He was taken straight to a vet, where he was nicknamed Curiosity, and was taken into intensive care because of the extensive damage caused.

Sadly, his injury was so severe and he was suffering so much the vet made the difficult decision to put him to sleep.

Curiosity did not have a microchip and it is not known who had owned him. The RSPCA is appealing for information about where he may have come from as well as any information about who may have left this trap.

RSPCA inspector Dean Astillberry said: “This poor cat had somehow got his head completely stuck, face-down, in this lethal trap. We don’t know how long he would have been wandering about like that. His face was swollen out of all proportion. He could not open his eyes at all, and his mouth just a small distance.

“His claws were completely worn away from trying to escape – it must have been so distressing and painful for him to be trapped in this painful way.”

A fenn trap is a spring trap commonly used for trapping wildlife such as grey squirrels, stoats, rats and mice. Killing or injuring a domestic, non-target animal with a fenn trap is an offence and the RSPCA is opposed to the manufacture, sale and use of all snares and any trap which causes suffering.

Llewelyn Lowen, scientific officer for the RSPCA, added: “There are strict legal conditions on setting these types of traps and not setting them in the right way can mean that you are committing an offence. These traps should be set in such a way to prevent them killing or injuring a domestic animal and so we urge people to think carefully before using them.

“In theory, cats should not get caught in fenn traps if they are being set properly. Those using the traps should be fully aware of the legislation regulating their use and of codes of practice that should be followed to ensure that non-target species are not captured.

“Legally, these traps need be set inside real or artificial tunnels so as to avoid catching any non-target species.”

Anyone who has any further information about the owner of the trap or if you think you might be the owner of the trap, please contact the RSPCA on the inspector appeal line, in confidence, on 0300 123 8018.

The RSPCA can only investigate cases like these with your help. To donate please visit: or text LOVE to 87023 to give £3 (text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).

Frustration as town wakes up to no water supply

Frustrated residents in Aylsham woke up this morning to discover that they had low water pressure or no water at all due to a burst water main on Red Lion Street.

The problem was being repaired by Anglian Water in the early hours of the morning and was fixed, with water returning to the affected homes and businesses by 11am.

An Anglian Water spokesperson said: “The cold weather at the moment means we have a lot of bursts and leaks to deal with. The temperature shift from the very cold nights to the comparatively warm days is causing the ground beneath our feet to expand and contract much more than usual. This puts stress and strain on our pipes, which means we’re dealing with more leaks than usual.

“We’ve sent extra leakage repair specialists out so we can handle this – they’ll be there for as long as the cold weather lasts. We’re also prioritising our work so that we get to the bursts that waste the most water first.

“We’re grateful for everyone’s patience.”

The biggest impact for the town was the closure of three of the schools: Aylsham High, Bure Valley and John of Gaunt. St Michael’s was unaffected.

Whilst Red Lion Street is closed buses will be picking up from Bure Valley Railway.

Red Lion Street today

Aylsham Show distribute over £30,000 to good causes

The organisers of the Aylsham Show handed out an impressive £31,500 to a range of charities on January 17.

After a lean couple of years on the back of awful weather at the August bank holiday event in 2014 and 2015, last summer’s event was a huge success and created a healthy surplus.

The Aylsham Agricultural Show Association held its distribution of cheques at Aylsham Lodge, with representatives of 36 groups invited to attend, pick up their money and give their thanks.

Chairman and outgoing president Simon Evans said he was handing out the cheques on behalf of two former presidents Tony Bambridge and Phillida Hurn, who had not had the opportunity to make such presentations in their years because of the inclement conditions.

“I am delighted to be giving cheques out this year, it is hugely rewarding to those who work so hard to put the show on that we can start this annual tradition again,” added Mr Evans.

“We all look forward to the 2017 show and hope to be back here in a year handing out more charity cheques.”
Cheques of various amounts were given to a range of charities.

Reepham Rotary Club received £2,500; Norfolk Army Cadets £2,000 and Rotary Club of Aylsham and East Anglian Children’s Hospice £1,500.

£1,000 each went to Aylsham and District Flower Club, Aylsham Boxing Club, Aylsham Youth Club, Norwich and District Group RDA, Alzheimer’s Society, Farming Community Network, Marie Curie, Diabetes UK North Norfolk Group, Aylsham and District Care Trust, the YANA Project, RABI, East Anglian Air Ambulance, Blood Wise, Norfolk Heart Trust, Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind and Nelson’s Journey.

£500 each went to Aylsham Football Club, Sainsbury’s North Walsham Fundraising, 3rd Aylsham Guides, North Walsham Young Farmers’ Club, the Market Surgery, Aylsham Recreation Ground, Aylsham Community Partnership, Benjamin Foundation, Fishing 4 Schools, Happisburgh Owl Trust, Multiple Sclerosis, Thornage Hall, SSAFA, Blickling Church, 1st Aylsham Scout Group and Banningham Crown Defibrillator.

Among those saying thankyou for the cheques was Alisdair Ryding of Norfolk Heart Trust, who explained the money would be used to create videos to help educate patients.

Rob Wright of Aylsham Boxing Club, which helps with the perimeter fencing security during the show, said the money would go towards a planned extension.

Jenny Manser of Aylsham and District Care Trust said: “The many hundreds of people we support on a daily basis are extremely grateful for this contribution.”

Gemma Strange of 3rd Aylsham Guides said the money would help continue their work towards encouraging the independence and self-esteem of their young members.

Will De-Feyter of North Walsham YFC said: “We do enjoy parking the horse boxes at the show, whatever the weather! And we look forward to helping in the future.”

And Peter Dawes, of 1st Aylsham Scout Group, said the donation would help install external floodlights.

After the handout the annual general meeting was held. Retiring show secretaries Chris and Ann Self were awarded life vice presidencies in recognition of their 40 years of service to the event.

And with Mr Evans finishing his year as president, John Wootten was elected president for the next year.

Outgoing Show Secretaries Chis and Ann Self with their Life Vice President awards.

Simon Evans (left) hands over the presidency to John Wootton.

Around 40 charities, clubs and good causes received donations from Aylsham Show President Simon Evans.