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FREE home-grown veg and herbs in Sprowston

Free herbs and vegetables will be on offer in Sprowston later this summer thanks to young gardeners helping with Sprowston’s Grow Your Community greenhouse project, supported by Broadland District Council.

The young volunteers, members of the Sprowston Youth Engagement Project (SYEP), have made a raised bed beside the road at the project’s base, the Sprowston Community Hub, on Aslake Close.

Once the plants have matured, members of the public will be welcome to help themselves, leaving a donation if they’re able, according to project co-ordinator Mike Ellard.

The project – which makes use of two redundant greenhouses and surrounding land – is going from strength to strength, according to retired horticulturalist Mike.

Tomato, pepper and courgette plants, bedding plants, hanging baskets, fresh lettuce and rhubarb have all been selling well on the project’s trolley which goes out at weekends outside the hub. Proceeds are ploughed back into the project.

The young group has also been working on a trial vegetable patch which only needs 30 minutes’ attention each week. They have also been experimenting with growing edible lupins.

“Our wild patch has started to flower which was once a lifeless piece of ground,” Mike added.

 

 

GREEN FINGERS: volunteers planting one of the project’s raised vegetable beds.

 

Winner of Aylsham by-election announced

Liberal Democrat candidate Sue Catchpole (pictured) has won a seat on Broadland District Council to represent Aylsham.

She gained 1,018 votes in yesterday’s (May 24) by-election in the town. Conservative Hal Turkmen came second with 865 votes and Labour’s Peter Harwood was third, with 328 votes.

The turnout was 34.13pc and there were six spoilt votes.

Sue and her husband Richard have lived in Burgh Road, Aylsham, for four years, moving from Hellesdon where she was a parish councillor.

She has two adult sons and used to run a village shop and Post Office servining Bradfield and Antingham. Since then she has started a business in machine manufacturing (Samplex, now Tekpro, in North Walsham).

More recently Sue has had a small tourism business arranging and managing coach tours to France.

She volunteers part-time with a local advice agency.


 

‘Join us to protect Sprowston’s heritage’

Sprowston residents worried about the amount of new development in their parish are being urged to join a club set up to serve and protect the community.

The non-political Sprowstonite Community Club was formed with those aims 22 years ago but has lain dormant for many years.

Moves to reinvigorate the club follow fears about the long-term future of the popular Sprowston Sports and Social Club (SSSC) on Blue Boar Lane.

The site, on land owned by the Gurney family, is slowly being encircled by bulldozers as hundreds of new homes are built, according to Terry Toomer, who has been associated with SSSC for 30 years and is also one of the Sprowstonite club’s founding members.

Negotiations are under way with the Gurney Estate to renew SSSC’s lease.

But Terry and other SSSC chiefs are worried that the site, which has been used by the community for about 100 years, is vulnerable and could be sold off.

He would like fellow residents to join the Sprowstonite club to demonstrate the amount of local support there is for the SSSC and for protecting Sprowston from too much development.

The SSSC, run by volunteers as a non-profit making organisation, has between 600-800 members and is used by residents of all ages every week, for a large range of sports activities, plus parties, wedding receptions, christening celebrations, and wakes.

Football and cricket teams have been playing on the land, known as Harrison’s Meadow, for about a century, according to Terry.

During his time in Sprowston, Terry, a former SSSC chairman, has seen the club blossom from what he described as “a wooden building like a Scout hut” to a multi-purpose asset for the community.

Three extensions have been added, plus a toilet block, upgraded dressing rooms, a sports court, and bowls lawn. About 95pc of the work was carried out by volunteers and funded by the club.

“Sprowston is quite a special place to be and the people who live here need protection. Because of the development taking place round Sprowston, the fear is the club site would be used for houses and Sprowston would lose 100 years of history. This is our heritage and I hope that thought will spur people on to get together to support it,” said Terry.

“My dream is that Sprowston Town Council or Broadland District Council buys the site for the community. It would be a wonderful gesture by the Gurneys if they would let that happen.”

  • Anyone interested in finding out more can contact the Sprowstonite Community Club on 07510 1490 22.

Sprowston Sports and Social Club

Sprowston Sports and Social Club’s outside facilities include a full-size football pitch, two mini-soccer pitches, a sports court and bowling green.

Through the week the club is used for short-mat bowls, pilates, soccer tots, yoga, football, darts and pool, as well as a variety of private celebrations and other functions.

Over the years the club has raised many thousands of pounds for good causes.

What the councils say

Terry Toomer and Richard Shorten, another former chairman of Sprowston Sports and Social Club, have asked Sprowston Town Council and Broadland District Council whether they would consider buying the site to safeguard its future for the community.

Sprowston Town Council told Just Sprowston Terry had been asked by the council to find out whether the premises were for sale and, if so, to give the landlord the council’s contact details.

“Mr Toomer has not been back to this office to advise of the outcome of this conversation,” said town clerk June Hunt.

“The council felt it would be ill advised to ask the question of the landlord with a tenant already in situ at the club.

“The town council has requested Broadland District Council to place this property on the Community Asset List for Sprowston but this request has been refused.”

Just Sprowston asked Broadland to explain why it had been refused. A spokesman said: “The nomination for listing was refused on November 22 2016. The reasons for refusal were: The Gurney Family Trust had owned the property for many years and had a commitment to make it available on long leases for sports and leisure use.

“The club lease was secured under the 1954 Landlord and Tenant Act so the club had an entitlement to remain in occupation for the foreseeable future, subject to the lease terms being adhered to.

The present lease was due for renewal and the club had been offered a new 10-year lease.

“We appreciate that circumstances may have changed since the time the decision was made and it is open to Sprowston Town Council to resubmit a nomination.”

JOIN US: Sprowstonite Community Club founder members pictured in 1996. From left: Beverley Stebbings, Nigel Stebbings, Terry Toomer, Terry Haigh and Sharon Poynter


FOOTBALL: a Sprowston team pictured in 1920. Back, from left: Captain Raper, Charlie Wegg, Stanley Fowler, Walter Shorten, Bob Guymer, Berto Blyth. Middle: Lenny Shorten, Arthur Carter, Geoff Key. Front: Robbie Young, Teddy Dawson, Bob Pointer, George Duffield, Jimmy Carter

CRICKET: a Sprowston cricket team in 1922. Back, from left: Cecil Clabburn, Arthur Humphrey, AR Humphrey, Berto Blyth. Middle: Donny Wright, Eddie Dawson, Stanley Pointer, unknown. Front: Jack Carter, Arthur Wegg, Walter Shorten, Stanley Medler

CONCERN: Terry Toomer

 

 

 


 

EVER NEARER: distant building work can be seen in this view across part of Sprowston Sports and Social Club’s bowling lawn and football pitch

 

Police aware of Aylsham travellers’ encampment

Norfolk Police are working towards serving a civil notice on travellers who have set up camp at Aylsham Lodge Hotel.
A spokesman said police were aware of a traveller encampment and were working with partners, the landowner and their representatives.
Officers will continue to monitor the situation, but are satisfied that no criminal activity has taken place at this stage.
About five vehicles, including caravans, were reported in the car park of the hotel, which closed late last year.
A spokesman from Broadland District Council said they were making efforts to contact the owners of the site because it is private property.

Aylsham councillor steps down after a decade

Aylsham will be looking for a new member on Broadland District Council as councillor Ian Graham (pictured) steps down after more than 10 years representing the ward.

Mr Graham has decided to dedicate more time to a charity he has been supporting for many years following the sad loss of his wife last summer.

In his resignation letter Mr Graham said how much he had enjoyed his work representing Aylsham and on the committees at Broadland but felt he couldn’t continue to support constituents in Aylsham as he would like alongside his charity work.

Councillor Andrew Proctor, leader of Broadland District Council said: “Ian was a dedicated member of the council with a great commitment to Aylsham and its residents.

“I know that he was most proud of his leading role in the development of Forward Court, staffed by the Benjamin Foundation, which provides a safe space for homeless youngsters to gain the life skills they need for a new start in life.”

Mr Graham will continue to develop his work supporting children with special needs through Mnarani Aid in Kenya and through Rotary International which is helping to provide secondary education to needy children in the country.

An election for a replacement will be held on May 24, with nomination papers due at Broadland District Council between April 19 and 26, by 4pm.


Broadland householders facing council tax rise

 

Councillors at Broadland District Council have agreed a 4.3pc council tax rise, the equivalent of an extra £4.99 per year for an average Band D property.

Earlier this month Norfolk County Council agreed a 5.99pc rise in its share of council tax and a 5.5pc budget increase has also been approved for policing in the county during 2018-2019.

Broadland also increased its share of the council tax last year, following a  seven-year freeze.

“No one wants to see a rise in council tax. However, it is important that we are able to help those most in need and continue to maintain high quality services,” said councillor Trudy Mancini-Boyle, Broadland’s portfolio holder for finance. “We have restricted our increase to £4.99 in order to achieve this, although I appreciate that residents will see a rise in other aspects of their bill.” 

The council will continue to look for other sources of income and, following the success of the Carrowbreck Meadow development, has recently secured help from central government for a new housing development in Great Plumstead through its company, Broadland Growth Ltd.

For the second year, residents will be receiving a Buy in Broadland discount voucher booklet with their council tax bills. Designed to support local business, the voucher booklet will provide residents with 96 different discounts and offers for Broadland businesses, giving them the chance to discover new places to enjoy and perhaps rediscover some old favourites.

The council tax rise will be included in bills for 2018/19 which residents will be receiving in the coming weeks.

 


 

Fascinating photos from Hellesdon past

Fascinating glimpses into Hellesdon’s past can be seen in these photographs from Tony Adams’ family album.

Tony, of Reepham Road, a Broadland District Councillor for Hellesdon South East and a member of Norfolk County Council, has lived in the parish since moving as a little boy with his family from Exeter in 1947.

Many of the places he was familiar with during his childhood are now lost under housing estates.

CORONATION TEA: This party scene was taken in June 1953 at a children’s tea celebrating the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The venue was the old Firs Stadium, famed for its speedway racing. It’s been replaced by homes on Meadow Way and Meadow Close. Do you recognise any of the faces?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOUNDARY STADIUM: In the following photo, Tony and his older brother Geoffrey are pictured behind their home on City View Road with the Boundary Greyhound Stadium in the background.

Tony remembers that there was a football pitch in the stadium where he used to go and watch Norwich City’s B team play.

The area behind his home was completely open space where children would throw down a couple of coats to mark goal and play their own football matches.

That open land is now Coronation Road, Coronation Close and Sceptre Close.

 

 

 

 

 

CITY VIEW ROAD: City View Road pictured in the early 1960s:

 

 

 

 

 

 

AIRMEN’S BARRACKS: Once airmen’s barracks for men stationed at RAF Horsham St Faith, these Fifers Lane buildings were used from the 1960s onwards as accommodation for UEA students. They’ve since been redeveloped with housing.

  • If you’ve got old photos and/or memories of Hellesdon and don’t mind sharing them with fellow residents, please email them to news@justregional.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hellesdon’s winning housing on Channel 4 today

A ground-breaking housing development in Hellesdon is featuring tonight (Tuesday November 21) on Channel 4’s Grand Designs House of the Year.

Carrowbreck Meadow, a Passivhaus development in Hellesdon, can be seen as part of the programme which airs at 9pm.

The programme was interested in the development for its architecture, its energy-efficient qualities and also for its affordable homes, which make up 43pc of the site which includes two, three and four-bedroomed family homes in a woodland setting. Carrowbreck Meadow, was masterminded by Broadland Growth Ltd – a partnership between Broadland District Council and Norfolk County Council’s NPS Group. It was created to offer carefully- planned, affordable, high-quality developments in Broadland, while maintaining the highest public-sector values.

The Hellesdon homes have won a host of awards, including the RIBA East Award 2017.

Councillor Andrew Proctor, leader of Broadland District Council and chairman of Broadland Growth Ltd, said: “Carrowbreck Meadow is an exciting development which raises the bar for local authorities in the delivery of housing.

“We are making a difference to our communities, while offering something different to the marketplace and meeting the demand for housing in Broadland. This also creates significant social value for our district.”

Richard Gawthorpe, Director of Broadland Growth Ltd, said: “A key aim of the Carrowbreck Scheme was to create a positive intervention in the marketplace by providing more affordable mixed tenure housing and creating homes and lifestyle choices, not just houses. “These dwellings are built to nationally recognised space standards and are places that people choose to live in due to the comfortable conditions created by their highly sustainable Passivhaus design.” ​Sarah Lewis, Carrowbreck Meadow project architect from Hamson Barron Smith, said: “These homes are at the leading edge of low energy design, joining a small elite group of super low energy Passivhaus projects across the UK and act as exemplars for future development in the area and beyond.The provision of affordable housing for the local community which exceeds planning requirements and is truly tenure blind demonstrates the inclusive nature of the development which will help to achieve a sustainable, energy efficient and a mixed community.”
 Awards already won by Carrowbreck Meadow: 

National RTPI awards – national award category Excellence in planning to deliver housing

RTPI Awards (East of England) – East of England Award for Planning Excellence 2017

RIBA McEwen awards – shortlisted in final 12

RIBA National – won one of 47 national awards

RIBA Awards – East of England – won RIBA East project award

Norfolk and Norwich Eco-awards – Highly commended in best eco-house category

Norfolk Design and Craftmanship Awards 2017 – best ‘new residential’

RICS Award (residential category) – awarded ‘highly commended’

SPACES (Society for public architecture, construction, Engineering and Surveying) –Been shortlisted from 110 submissions down to 18 finalists

National Housing Design Awards 2017 – DEFRA Award for rural housing

LABC East Anglia Building Excellence Awards – best new housing development in East Anglia and shortlisted for national awards

Norfolk Constructing Excellence Awards – Norfolk Constructing Excellence Club Award for Excellence and Project of the Year

Passivhaus Trust Awards – entry submitted for 2018 awards

Housebuilders Awards 2017 – shortlisted in Best Sustainable Scheme and Best Design for three storeys or fewer

Inside Housing (top 60 developments) – submissions in the Partnerships category, Best Residential Development and Best Architectural Design

Building Awards 2017 – shortlisted under Housing Project of the Year

24 Housing Awards – shortlisted for Best Green Scheme

Energy Awards – shortlisted for Residential Building Award

AJ Architecture Awards – shortlisted for Housing Project of the Year

AJ Footprint Award for Sustainability – submitted

RIBA Regional RSAW – submitted

Civic Trust Awards – submitted

Andrew Proctor, leader of Broadland District Council, is pictured during filming for tonight’s show.