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Police appeal on A11 crash involving young Aylsham woman

Police are renewing their appeal for anyone with information about a serious road traffic collision on the A11 this month to come forward.

A black Renault Clio and a white Vauxhall Corsa collided near to Station Lane in Ketteringham at approximately 8.30pm on Thursday, October 11.

The driver of the Vauxhall Corsa, Laura Bocking, age 21, of Aylsham, is in a stable but critical condition at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. She has life-changing injuries.

The driver of the Renault Clio was uninjured and their passenger received minor injuries.

The occupants of the Renault, a man and woman aged in their 20s from Norwich, were arrested on suspicion of burglary and causing serious injury by dangerous driving. They were taken to Wymondham Police Investigation Centre for questioning, and later released under investigation.

Officers are still carrying out enquiries and have spoken to a number of witnesses but are appealing for anyone who has yet to come forward or who may have dashcam footage to contact PC Gemma Hamilton-Rout at Wymondham Roads and armed policing team on 101.

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.

Aylsham business man jailed

A man has been jailed for four years after he stole nearly half a million pounds from his elderly mother to pay off loans and fund his lifestyle.

Gary Woodley, 66, of Norwich Road, Aylsham and formerly the owner of The Forge and Aylsham Garden Centre, pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position and theft following a previous hearing at Norwich Crown Court.

The court heard how Woodley became a power of attorney, along with his brother, for his mother in 2013 in relation to property and financial affairs after 89-year-old Kathleen Woodley was unable to do this herself and was moved into a care home.

In February 2016, Woodley’s brother raised concerns and invoked his power of attorney after significant withdrawals of money had been taken from a number of the victim’s bank accounts over a number of years. In total Woodley stole £480,000 from his mother.

Police were informed and Woodley was arrested on September 15, 2016. He was subsequently charged on December 19, 2016 with one count of fraud by abuse of position and one count of theft.

Mrs Woodley sadly passed away during the investigation in March 2017.

Today (Thursday, October 11), Woodley was sentenced to four years for count one and 12 months for count two to run concurrently. A Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) confiscation hearing will take place in due course.

Det Con Bridget Milne, from Norfolk Constabulary’s adult abuse investigation unit which carried out the investigation, said: “Gary Woodley abused the position that he held as power of attorney to his elderly, vulnerable mother. Instead of managing the victim’s money in her best interests and providing for her, Woodley used the money very much to further his own lifestyle.

“Norfolk Constabulary will continue to work with partner agencies to protect the most vulnerable members of our community from these types of crimes.”

Aylsham businessman jailed

A man has been jailed for four years after he stole nearly half a million pounds from his elderly mother to pay off loans and fund his lifestyle.

Gary Woodley, 66, of Norwich Road, Aylsham and formerly the owner of The Forge and Aylsham Garden Centre, pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position and theft following a previous hearing at Norwich Crown Court.

The court heard how Woodley became a power of attorney, along with his brother, for his mother in 2013 in relation to property and financial affairs after 89-year-old Kathleen Woodley was unable to do this herself and was moved into a care home.

In February 2016, Woodley’s brother raised concerns and invoked his power of attorney after significant withdrawals of money had been taken from a number of the victim’s bank accounts over a number of years. In total Woodley stole £480,000 from his mother.

Police were informed and Woodley was arrested on September 15, 2016. He was subsequently charged on December 19, 2016 with one count of fraud by abuse of position and one count of theft.

Mrs Woodley sadly passed away during the investigation in March 2017.

Today (Thursday, October 11), Woodley was sentenced to four years for count one and 12 months for count two to run concurrently. A Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) confiscation hearing will take place in due course.

Det Con Bridget Milne, from Norfolk Constabulary’s adult abuse investigation unit which carried out the investigation, said: “Gary Woodley abused the position that he held as power of attorney to his elderly, vulnerable mother. Instead of managing the victim’s money in her best interests and providing for her, Woodley used the money very much to further his own lifestyle.

“Norfolk Constabulary will continue to work with partner agencies to protect the most vulnerable members of our community from these types of crimes.”

 

 

All systems go for Aylsham Food Festival!

Music and magic are on the menu at this year’s Aylsham Food Festival, presented by Slow Food Aylsham.

The ever-popular event returns this week with a packed weekend of old favourites and family entertainment.

Alongside regular features like the Country Market, Farmers’ Market and Slow Brunch will be the walkabout musical act Banana Ukulele Band and magician and children’s entertainer, Robbie James.

Organised by Slow Food Aylsham (SFA), the festival will be in its customary early October slot, from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th.

SFA chairman Patrick Prekopp said: “While the focus of the festival will, of course, be on food and particularly local produce, we want to make people think differently about food. It should be fun, and we hope to sprinkle a bit of magic and stardust around too.”

The programme kicks off a week earlier with a “fringe taster”, Rosie With Cider, on Friday, September 28, at the Town Hall. Rosie Warren and her dad David, from Aylsham, will demonstrate the art of cider-making using a cider press – accompanied by Aylsham folk musician, singer and cartoonist, Tony Hall on melodeon. Bring your own apples and sample fresh apple juice, or David’s home-made scrumpy, or buy from the barrel. It starts at 6.30pm and tickets are £1 at the door.

The festival proper starts on Friday morning (October 5) with the weekly Country Market in the town hall where you can sample a wide range of home-baked, home-grown and home-made products.

Later, it’s An Evening with Richard Hughes at Aylsham High School (6.30 for 7pm). Celebrated Norfolk chef Richard will talk about his 40 years in the business – from pot-washer to proprietor of the Lavender House Restaurant, Norwich Assembly House and his renowned cookery school. This will be followed by a beef and ale pie supper prepared by the Slow Food group. Cost is £15 per person.

On Saturday morning, come and say “Yellow!” to the Banana Ukulele Band who will entertain visitors to the monthly Farmers’ Market, where there will also be a variety of attractions for adults and children. On hand, too, will be the popular local jazz band, One Foot in the Groove, making sure there are no gaps in the entertainment.

Saturday evening is devoted to wine tasting. Led by Brian Sullivan, from Harper Wells, wine merchants of Eaton, there will be a selection of wines and cheeses in the Heritage Centre at 7pm. Tickets are £17 per head from the Heritage Centre.

The Big Brunch on Sunday not only features the famous fry-up and the all-you-can-eat continental buffet, but table magician Robbie James as well. Catered and served by members of Slow Food Aylsham at the Town Hall, this family event usually sells out fast. Tickets are £7 per person.

All tickets available at Barnwells Newsagents in the Market Place or phone 07519 361812. Watch for updates on www.slowfoodaylsham.org.uk or search on Facebook and Twitter.

The Banana Ukulele Band who you can see Saturday morning in the marker place.

Richard Hughes who will be giving a talk on Friday evening.

Delight at Anglia in Bloom ‘gold’ for Aylsham

It’s Gold for Aylsham’s entry into the Britain in Bloom Anglian regional competition!

The awards day was held in Bury St Edmunds and Aylsham in Bloom team members were delighted to receive the award on behalf of all the many people of Aylsham who had helped make it happen.

Chairman Wendy Sadler said: “I am thrilled to report that Aylsham was awarded a gold Medal at the award ceremony. Thank you so much to all the folk who worked so hard to achieve this outstanding result.

“As well as entering the general competition we also put forward several projects for Special Awards.  We did not win any of these but I am pleased to report that two of them got to the shortlists. They were:

  • The Weavers’ Way conservation project
  • The Aylsham High School “Green Plan It” challenge

“This was a significant achievement. We saw pictures of all the shortlisted projects and the standard was very high so we should be proud that these projects were included in the shortlists.”

The judge’s comments on Aylsham’s entry were very complimentary. They particularly highlighted the outstanding displays arranged and sponsored by the businesses, which included the Unicorn Pub, Broadland Consultants (by the “blue loos”) Postle’s Henry’s and Budgens new display. They were also amused by the Inside Out displays such as the floral frames outside Broadland Framers. Aylsham Heritage Centre and the parish church’s Repton200 Festival were also highlighted, as was the Repton-themed Humphry Hare.

Marks also went to children’s and young people’s projects so the judges were pleased to see the Cub’s Drill Hall planting, the work the Scouts had done on Weavers’ Way and the Aylsham High School pupils joining in the Marriott’s Way work.

The Aylsham in Bloom members attending the awards – Wendy, Shelley, Judy and Ian – thought Aylsham should be doubly proud of its achievements as it is all done on a voluntary basis with minimal funding.

They said, “It was obvious that many of the entrants were run and funded by professionals via their local authorities. These spend thousands and thousands of pounds to achieve the same result as us so we ought to be proud that our small number of Aylsham volunteers can encourage so many of Aylsham’s residents, businesses and organisations to contribute to Aylsham’s brilliant offering. You are all Gold Stars!!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aylsham in Bloom traders’ prizes announced

Tubs and baskets spilling over with colourful blooms have earned the Unicorn pub top prize in Aylsham in Bloom’s 2018 traders’ competition.

It’s a second triumph for the Hungate Street pub, which also won the Outstanding Floral Display plaque in 2016.

The impressive displays, set against the pink pub walls, are the work of Sue and Will Frazer who run the Unicorn.

There were 35 entries for the competition and Richard’s Hair Design, on Blofield Loke, was runner-up. Judge Steven Downes congratulated the winners on their wide variety of plants and the fact that they had  kept displays well watered and dead-headed.

He asked that The Dog Stop and Broadland Consultants should receive highly commended certificates.

Coxfords butcher, on Market Place, won the Inside Out prize, with Bonds Chip Shop, on Red Lion Street, as runners up. Highly commended certificates went to Budgens and the Aylsham and District Ex-Servicemen’s Social Club.

Wendy Sadler, chairman of Aylsham in Bloom, praised all those who had entered the competition.

“The colours and vibrancy, plus the wittiness of some displays, benefit the town’s appearance and make people smile,” she added.

Anglia in Bloom judges visited the town last month and the town will hear in September whether it has won a prize in the regional competition.

 

 

Shirree Russell, who works at The Unicorn, with some of the pub’s floral displays.

 

 

 

 

 

Bouquet of praise for Aylsham from judges

Anglia in Bloom judges visited Aylsham on Friday July 20, and were delighted with the town’s efforts in the annual regional competition.

The pair, Chris Durham and Nolan Mills, toured Aylsham in bright sunshine to view its many displays, sustainable planting and other projects.

“It’s all very, very good indeed – I’m very impressed with how you’ve kept the centre of town so clean and tidy,” said Mr Mills.

And his colleague added: “Community spirit and enthusiasm were on show right through our route – the schools, traders making an extra effort to make it look so attractive around the Market Place – so much drive and pride everywhere, it’s such an achievement.”

Their judging route included Marriott’s Way – where Aylsham High School pupils have helped clear brambles to allow wild flowers to grow – the new Bure Meadows pill box memorial garden, the allotments, Humphry Repton’s grave in Aylsham churchyard, and ended with lunch in Aylsham Heritage Centre.

Wendy Sadler, chairman of Aylsham in Bloom, is crossing her green fingers that the town has done enough to earn more recognition in the strongly-fought contest. Aylsham’s first entry, in 2016, saw it take home a prestigious Silver Gilt award.

“We thought we’d have another go at getting top marks this year as so much has been going on, especially with the Repton Festival,” she said.

Aylsham had played a key role in celebrations to mark the bicentenary of the death of Repton, the famous landscape gardener, and the judges had taken away a festival guide packed with events.

“Keeping everything watered when we haven’t had rain for so long has been a struggle,” she added. “We’ve had as many people involved as possible doing extra.”

The judges said they would be making allowances for all entrants’ drought-hit outside areas such as parks.

Aylsham will have to wait until September 12, when the regional results will be announced at Bury St Edmunds’ Apex Theatre, to find out whether it’s won another award in the Small Towns category.

Pictured: Wendy Sadler, chairman of Aylsham in Bloom, with Anglia in Bloom judges Nolan Mills (left) and Chris Durham. Also pictured: a post box and flower display outside Aylsham Town Hall.