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Gresham’s Girls release new single

A year after releasing their first single, Gresham’s Girls have recorded a cover version of the Depeche Mode song, Enjoy the Silence, to help raise money for school charities.

In 2016, a group of school friends at Gresham’s School, Holt, recorded their first single, a soulful version of Sit Down by James’ raising £1,000 for the charity YoungMinds. Following the success of this release, the group decided to record another single for Christmas 2017.

This year Gresham’s Girls are Maria Butcher, Clementine Chapple, Iris Croft, Ella Fairbairn-Day, Amelia Fox, Rachel Heath, Sophy Kenyon, Jemima Porter, Molly Sankey and Romy Sipek.

Using the school’s state-of-the-art recording studio in the Britten Building, the girls recorded and produced the single with the help of music teachers Chris Cooper and Justin Myers.

Douglas Robb, headmaster, said: “Gresham’s Girls have produced an enchanting cover version of this song and I hope their efforts will be rewarded by raising lots of money for our school charities. I will watch with interest the progress of the single over the coming months.  It’s something for everyone’s Christmas list!”

The single is now available as a download from Bandcamp and iTunes and all proceeds will go to this year’s school charities, the Opalagilagi School, Kenya and I Afrika Boy’s Home in Nairobi.

To download a copy click on the following link: https://greshamsgirls.bandcamp.com/track/enjoy-the-silence

Gresham’s Girls recording the song in the recording studio at Gresham’s School.

 

National Trust says thank you to National Lottery players

The National Trust is opening its gardens at Blickling Estate for free to National Lottery players on Wednesday, December 13, as a thank you to people who have raised money for its conservation work by buying a Lottery ticket.

National Trust places throughout the East of England have benefited from support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, meaning vital conservation projects and work to improve how we tell the stories of these special places can be completed.

Jo Bosch, marketing and visitor manager at Blickling. said: “Without grant support like this, we wouldn’t have been able to undertake some of our most important and innovative conservation work. Grant income, as well as help from members, supporters and volunteers allows us to look after special places for ever, for everyone. This is a small gesture of our thanks to National Lottery players.

Ros Kerslake, chief executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “December is a wonderful time to experience the UK’s rich, diverse and exciting heritage, which has been transformed by more than £7bn National Lottery funding since 1994.  This is a small gesture of thanks and a way of giving something back to the people who buy tickets.”

Any visitor who presents a National Lottery ticket or scratch card on December 13 will be admitted for free to participating National Trust places. Full terms and conditions, including the sites participating, can be found on the National Trust website.

This offer is part of a National Lottery celebration where a host of organisations which have benefited from Heritage Lottery funding offer free access, special offers or activities to say thank you.

 

 

More than £30,000 raised at Sleep Out

More than £30,000 has already been raised for The Benjamin Foundation, with more money still coming in, following their biggest ever fundraising event.
On Friday, November 17, a record-breaking 125 people braved freezing conditions as they took part in the largest annual Norwich Sleep Out in Norwich.
Chris Elliott, marketing and fundraising manager, said: “We are humbled by the number of people who gave up their Friday night to brave freezing conditions and join us at this year’s Norwich Sleep Out. We are also absolutely delighted at the amount that has already been raised and we would like to thank everyone not only for taking part but for all your hard work in getting friends and family to sponsor you.
“This money will help the vulnerable young adults living with us in practical ways such as providing some essential food items when they arrive with us; helping fund training courses and then buying items like toasters, kettles and crockery when the young people move into their own place.”
The event is part of a national Sleep Out initiative for the End Youth Homelessness campaign. There are 14 Sleep Out events taking place across the UK and the expectation is that over 2000 people will take part and collectively raise over a million pounds. The Sleep Outs aim to give those participating a taste of what it feels like to be homeless, as well as raising much-needed funds to tackle homelessness. All funds raised at the Norwich Sleep Out will go towards the work The Benjamin Foundation does in Norfolk and Suffolk.
Chris said: “In today’s climate of funding cuts and political uncertainty, fundraising has become more important than ever if we are to continue the work we do in this region.”
Martina (Tina) Maguire and Gary Johnson (below) have taken part for all three years of the Norwich Sleep Out. Tina said: “Believe it or not I enjoyed doing it but I would be petrified if I was homeless and sleeping on the street. You realise that cities never sleep.”
Gary explained that he supports the event because 10 years ago his son had mental health issues and was referred to The Benjamin Foundation. He said: “There’s an assumption about homelessness. People don’t look at what is behind it. Sometimes people just need a leg up, some support and a kind word.” Gary’s son is now happily married with a job and a home of his own. He adds : “If it wasn’t for The Benjamin Foundation it could have been a different story. I do this to give back.”
One of the biggest supporters of this year’s Norwich Sleep Out was law firm Mills & Reeve (below left), who brought 27 people, including senior partner Justin Ripman, his wife and his three grown-up children, one of whom travelled from London to take part.

Travel agents launch fifth annual gift appeal in aid of Break charity

Hays Travel, in Aylsham and Sheringham, has launched its fifth annual Santa’s Sleigh appeal to spread cheer and change the lives of vulnerable children and young people this Christmas.

The team is asking people to pop into either branch and donate new, unwrapped items such as toys, gift sets, toiletries, household goods, stationery items or books in aid of the children and families that Norfolk-based charity Break supports throughout East Anglia.

Break supports young people in care, children with disabilities and families who need support, helping them through difficult times and securing a brighter future.

Branch manager of Hays Travel Aylsham (former CAS Travel) and initiator of the appeal Jo Dobbie said: “I like to be involved with the local community and there is nothing better than supporting a local charity especially in the festive season. I absolutely love Break’s ethos and this is a great opportunity for us to show support.

“I initially started Santa’s Sleigh at the Aylsham branch, and then got Sheringham on board with it too. It created bigger awareness for ourselves and for the appeal and we’re pleased to say they will be joining us again this year.”

Danielle Gravestock, senior fundraising officer for Break, said: “We can’t thank Hays Travel enough for the support they give us each year by organising their Santa’s Sleigh appeal.  We are very grateful to all their staff for organising the appeal and everyone who is contributing goods to support it. These gifts really do make a difference to the children and young people we support.”

Santa’s Sleigh started on Saturday and will run for four consecutive weeks until December 9.

Pictured are branch manager Jo Dobbie, Sam Antoniades-Cork, Mark Heffer and Karen Ashford.

 

Hares trail heads for North Norfolk

North Norfolk will play host to two of the Moongazer Hares planned for a countywide trail next year in aid of the charity Break.

The decision to support the charity was made at a meeting of North Norfolk District Council’s cabinet.

Break is 50 in 2018. Following the successful GoGoGorillas in 2013 and GoGoDragons in 2015, the charity has devised a new sculpture trail for 2018.

In addition to a Norwich trail of Hare sculptures called GoGoHares, Break is for the first time establishing a countywide Moongazer Trail. Sponsors are being sought for the event, which will start on June 24 and run until September 8.

NNDC has agreed to sponsor two hares and set aside £15,000 to cover the project.

It is believed the most suitable locations for the NNDC Moongazer Hares are likely to be Holt Country Park and Bacton Woods.

Nigel Dixon, NNDC cabinet member for economic development and tourism, said: “The advantages are multiple – generating funds for a charity which has long and historic links with North Norfolk, attracting large numbers of visitors to the locations where the hares are sited and benefiting local businesses.”

Maggie Prior, cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “This is an incredibly exciting project for the whole county from a cultural point of view, appealing to families and people of all ages. “We would love to see a hotspot of several hares created in North Norfolk, with ‘our’ two being just part of a greater number in the district.”

There will be an app for each trail and a map available to download. There will be a reward for completing the entire trail – each plinth will have a 4-digit code to collect. All of the city trail hares will have their ears pointing upwards, whereas all of the county trail hares will be looking up to the sky – or gazing up at the moon – with their ears flat against their backs.

Children get inspired to help Children in Need

Primary schools all over Norfolk will be bringing colour to the lives of less fortunate youngsters with a charity effort through Inspired Youth.

The group is staging a Pudsey Challenge from November 13-17 in 10 primary schools across North, South, East and, West Norfolk as well as hosting an event in central Norwich.

It is estimated 300 Year 2 students will be taking part in the two-hour sessions which will involve decorating 100 Pudsey Bears.

Inspired Youth project delivery manager Melissa Dunning called on the business community to help reach their fundraising goal.

She said: “We are looking for 100 business people to give an hour of their time to come to the schools and help support the decorating of the bears.”

There’s also the chance for businesses to sponsor the events for £50 and have their name added to a giant Inspired Youth cog from its logo or to donate pens, glitter and the like for the events.

The bears are A1 size and three children plus a business helper will be assigned to decorate each bear using arts and crafts. There will be special prize for the best bear awarded on Friday.

The aim is to raise £500 for Children in Need.

To pledge an hour of support email Admin@inspired-youth.co.uk. Also use that email if you have items to donate for decorating the berars/

To pledge £50 sponsorship for Children in Need go to https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/pudsey100 or send a cheque payable to Inspired Youth projects, Inspired Youth, Henderson Business Centre, 51 Ivy Road, Earlham, Norwich, NR5 8BF.

On Twitter use @inspired__youth, @BBCCin and #pudesy100 to promote the event


Norwich North MP Chloe Smith is supporting the event. She is pictured her with Inspired Youth CEO Natalie Davies

See in the autumn with colour and inspiration

This autumn sees women from all over the area coming together for two “inspiring” events.

First on the agenda is the Inspired Women BIG Conversation on September 26.

Inspired Youth has been running various Inspired Women projects in schools across Norfolk and Suffolk, involving hundreds of young women and local businesswomen.

This will be the second Inspired Women BIG Conversation and the chance to hear from some of those who have been involved with Inspired Women in schools and in the world of work.

The events is free and gives women the chance to share their thoughts on subjects including what makes a person inspiring and how they can help young women, how self-esteem and self-confidence impacts on life choices and the next step for the organisation.

The events will run from 8.30am to noon at The Space, Roundtree Way, Norwich. For more information see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/inspired-women-big-conversation-2017-26-sept-tickets-31061388449.

On October 12, the venue switches to Sprowston Manor Hotel and the emphasis is on colours for the Inspired Women charity event Girls Night Out 2017.

The theme is I’m Every Colour to celebrate all the different colours that represent women. Marketing manager Jenna Rich said: “We’d love everyone who comes along to dress in your favourite colour to help us make the event as colourful as each of you.”

It’s the third year for Girls Night Out, which aims to give local young women the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of an audience, to be pampered and entertained.

The funds raised on the night will be used to support the Inspired Women mentoring programme for young women across Norfolk, as well as raising money for partner charity BREAK.

The evening will include a fashion show, pampering stands, shopping stands, goody bags for the first 50 through the door, a raffle plus more.

Earlybird tickets are available for £8until September 27, after which the full ticket price will apply of £9. Group discount bookings are also available.

See more and book at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/girls-night-out-2017-sprowston-manor-12-october-2017-tickets-33660168470

Jenna Rich is ready with a smile

Fitness sessions will help sick children

Enjoy an exercise class and help poorly children at a special fitness fundraising day at Hellesdon Community Centre.
Matt Philpot, of ATP Health and Fitness, in Taverham, is organising the day – Let’s Move – to raise money for the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (Each) Nook appeal. He hopes to raise more than £1000 towards the appeal to build a new hospice at Framingham Earl, near Norwich, from a day of classes and taster sessions on September 9.
“There will be nine exercise classes on the day, running from 9am and finishing at 4pm,” said Matt. “Each class starts on the hour lasting 50 minutes each and all members of the public are welcome to join at any point of the day. They can stay for one class or participate in more depending on how they are feeling.”
Classes cost £3 and all proceeds go to the charity.
To book yourself on a class please contact Matt on Info@healthandfitness.uk.com or call 07785105381