Pudsey’s back at Eaton Park Miniature Railway

Pudsey Bear will return to Eaton Park Miniature Railway Mainline  this Sunday, October 8, to entertain families and raise funds for Children in Need.

This will be Pudsey’s sixth annual visit to the railway, owned and operated by Norwich and District Society of Model Engineers, where he will ride on trains and make small children smile!

There will be all sorts of hand-made steam, electric and internal combustion engines in operation, pulling passenger trains around 800m of track.

Club chairman Barry Fane said: “The Children in Need fundraiser is a big day for us. We always look forward to Pudsey’s visit and the children love to meet him!”

Mike Riches, owner of a replica BR Southern Region Class 73 locomotive said: “Children in Need is always a super day for us drivers. It’s always great fun taking the public around for this worthwhile cause and at the same time working my locos really hard”

October 8 will be the final formal operations day for the railway until Christmas so it’s a great opportunity for families to come and have some fun, all for a good cause. Last year the society was able to donate over £500 to the appeal.

Trains will operate every few minutes from 1pm-5pm, , weather permitting. Pudsey will be there until around 4pm. Bring a picnic and watch the trains go by.

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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 Also use that email if you have items to donate for decorating the berars/

To pledge £50 sponsorship for Children in Need go to 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

Conrad finishes his coastal challenge to cheers

He arrived at Cromer Pier still full of beans and ready to chat to the crowd of people who had been waiting to greet him.

BBC radio presenter Nick Conrad completed his four-day run along the Norfolk Coast path this afternoon, accompanied by local running club members and BBC weather presenter Elizabeth Rizzini, who ran with him for the last day from Cley to Cromer.

Nick is raising money for Children in Need in what has become an annual fundraiser of various sporting and other events, including in past years singing in public and a triathlon.

This the fifth year of his efforts was a 45-mile run from Hunstanton in four days, accompanied, along with others, by trainer Neil Featherby, from the North Norfolk Beach Runners.

“I have been joined by different people every day which has been lovely,” said Nick, who arrived in Cromer just before the rain to cheers from the Radio Norfolk listeners, who had come along to see him, and the cast of the Cromer Christmas Show.

He added: “We have been really looked after at all the starting points this week by the National Trust, Cley Windmill and Wells Beach Café and cheered along en route.”

He admitted to being “a little tired” after running solidly for three hours a day, but was delighted to have completed his challenge and is looking ahead to next year already. Maybe you have some ideas?

Here is how you can donate

To show your support for Conrad’s Coastal Challenge text the word CONRAD to 70705 (UK only). Each text costs £5 plus your standard network message charge. The full £5 will go to BBC Children In Need. You must be 16 or over and please ask the bill payer’s permission.

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