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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.

 

Free child seats checks

Norfolk County Council’s road safety team and crews from Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service are once again taking to the road during the school holidays to host more than a dozen free child car seat checks across the county.

More Norfolk children are killed or seriously injured whilst in a car than they are as a pedestrian or cyclist. One in three child car seats are incorrectly fitted in Norfolk but almost all of these can be fixed immediately.

Child car seats are a legal requirement in the UK and make children far less likely to be seriously hurt in a collision. But they must be correctly fitted and adjusted to offer maximum protection, and it is easy to get it wrong. The events are running until August 16, 10am until 2pm at the locations listed below.  Families are invited to come along to get their child seats checked and to ask our team of experts about any aspect of road safety.
The county council’s road safety experts are also using the 18 free child seat safety checks to encourage parents to keep children rear facing in the car for much longer than families traditionally do in this country.
Scandinavian countries routinely keep their children in a rear facing seat until they are four or five years old. Research proves this is five times safer than the UK approach of putting a child in a forward facing seat at around nine months old.
Iain Temperton, the county council’s road safety manager, said: “I would urge anybody carrying young people to visit one of our events. It will only take five minutes but that will be time well spent if it improves the safety of the next generation of road users.”
Alistair Steele, consultant anaesthetist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn said: “During my time as an air ambulance doctor and as a trauma doctor I have seen too many children severely injured from car accidents. In addition to the messages about driving safely we really want to help parents and carers get the right advice about child safety in cars, and there is a confusing array of restraints and booster systems available.
“The best thing to do is to take advice from a professional car seat fitter to ensure you’ve not only chosen a safe seat but also it is installed correctly.”
Child seat safety check events are taking place in the following locations from 10am until 2pm:Mon 24 July  Norwich – Tesco Harford Bridge
Tue 25 July  North Walsham – Sainsburys
Wed 26 July Sheringham – Tesco
Thu 27 July Aylsham – Tesco
Fri 28 July  Stalham- Tesco
Sat 29 July Holt – Budgens
Mon 31 July Norwich – Longwater Sainsburys
Tue 1 Aug Wymondham – Waitrose
Wed 2 Aug  Thetford – Sainsburys
Thu 3 Aug Diss – Morrisons
Fri 4 Aug Great Yarmouth – Asda
Mon 7 Aug Dereham – Tesco
Tue 8 Aug Downham Market – Tesco (2pm-6pm)
Wed 9 Aug Kings Lynn – Sainsburys
Thu 10 Aug Fakenham – Tesco
Fri 11 Aug Swaffham – Tesco
Tue 15 Aug Norwich – Sprowston Tesco
Wed 16 Aug Norwich – Hall Road Asda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NHS staff deliver welcome boost to North Norfolk charity

A charity that seeks to improve the lives of disadvantaged children in North Norfolk has received a welcome boost – thanks to the baking and yoga exploits of NHS staff.
Employees at North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) took part in two fundraising activities: monthly bake-off events and staff yoga sessions.
Over the course of four months, they collected more than £170 through staff donations – and this week they presented the money to the North Norfolk Radio Kids Trust.
Staff at the CCG chose the trust as their nominated charity for 2017 after hearing about its valuable work with schools, youth groups and local families. Every penny it receives or raises is spent in North Norfolk, with the aim of helping under privileged or disabled children.
North Norfolk Radio’s breakfast show presenter Rob Chandler visited the CCG’s offices in Aylsham to receive a cheque for £159.14.
The North Norfolk Radio’s breakfast presenter said: “The North Norfolk Radio Kids Trust always take great pride in letting successful grant applicants know that it’s through the generosity and support of local people and organisations that we’ve been able to help them.
“We’re therefore absolutely delighted with the money raised by the team at the North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group – it really will make a difference to a child living in our area.”
As well as their successful monthly bake-off events, employee Fiona Craig has been hosting staff yoga sessions after work to raise funds for the kids trust.
CCG engagement manager Rebecca Champion – whose cake-making skills saw her crowned the ultimate Baking Queen in the bake-offs – said: “We were all aware of the fantastic work carried out locally by the North Norfolk Radio Kids’ Trust so we’ve been very happy to support it.
“We all enjoyed the fundraising. It was a great team effort – everyone got involved in some way. We hope our efforts will enable the kids’ trust to help more disadvantaged children in North Norfolk.”
For more information on the North Norfolk Radio Kids Trust Charity, and details of how you can support its work or apply for a grant, visit its website: www.northnorfolkradio.com/charity

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Sign up now for summer holiday sports challenge

The summer holidays are on their way – what are you going to do with your time?
A full week of active, healthy fun will be on offer this summer for young people who sign up to Challenge 23.
Challenge 23 is an action packed week of sporting activity for children aged six to 14, based at Stalham Sports Centre.
For the 23rd year this summer North Norfolk District Council’s expert coaches will create a whole week of fun games, sports and activities, in the form of the ever popular Challenge Week.
Challenge 23 kicks off on Monday, August 7, and runs every day until Friday, August 10, It costs £90 per head.
The week combines a safe and welcoming environment, the chance to make friends, excellent coaching and lots of opportunities for adventure. Days run from 9am-3pm, except for Friday which is 8am-5pm.
Friday will include a trip to the Horstead Centre and include canoeing, crate stack, tower experience and team challenges.
This will be followed by an end of week presentation back at the sports centre and a party for everyone to enjoy.
Maggie Prior, cabinet member for leisure, health and wellbeing, said: “Challenge Week is a fabulous, excellent value opportunity to take exercise all week, trying out different sports, games and activities, while having a thoroughly enjoyable and fulfilling experience.
“It’s delivered by our highly talented staff who know how to combine learning new skills with lots of fun.”
There is a Challenge 23 open day in advance of the full event where you can come and meet the team, learn all about Challenge, ask questions, sign up and try out activities for free. This will be held on July 16 10am-2pm, at Stalham Sports Centre.

For further information, there is a dedicated Challenge 23 event page on Facebook, visit www.north-norfolk.gov.uk/book, call 01692 580864 or email john.hall-galley@north-norfolk.gov.uk.

Children’s charity gets £10,000 from Roys

Charity Nelson’s Journey has received a £10,000 donation from Roys of Wroxham to help its work with bereaved children.

Nelson’s Journey was chosen as Roys charity of the year to receive all donations raised through sale of 5p carrier bags at Roys’ eight stores and Highway Garden and Leisure.

Sarah Hyde from Nelson’s Journey said: “We are absolutely amazed by the incredible support offered from Roys and their customers. We are pleased to have the backing of such a wonderful organisation, full of staff enthusiastic about our charity.”

The £10,000 can fund 40 children to attend one of the therapeutic residential weekends at Hilltop in Sheringham. The weekend is packed full of team building, coping strategies and memory work with other children and young people of a similar age, giving them the right tools and confidence to move forward positively with their lives.

Ed Roy, managing director at Roys, presented the cheque, saying: “We are very pleased to be helping such a worthwhile cause, Roys would like to thank each and every customer that has donated money by purchasing a carrier bag and we look forward to being able to present Nelson’s Journey with future donations throughout the year.”

If you would like to donate or would like help from the child bereavement support team at Nelson’s Journey then you can find more details at http://www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk/

Photo left to right: Ed Roy (Managing Director Roys), Simon Wright (Chief Executive Nelson’s Journey), Sarah Hyde (Community Funding and Marketing Officer Nelson’s Journey)

Half-term fun to help parents

The regular school holiday programme of sporting activities for children run by North Norfolk District Council has been given a fresh look for February half term.

A new focus on full days of activities running from 9.30am-3pm has been adopted after feedback from parents, instead of a mix of mainly shorter sessions and an occasional full day.

The same feedback has also led to the sports teams offering early drop off and late pick up, meaning the day can be extended to 8am to 4.30pm.

The full days are priced at £10, plus £2 for each of the extended 90 minutes at either end of the day.

Full days will be held at Cromer, North Walsham and Stalham community sports centres, with one half day at Stalham. Activities include ball games, football fun day, multisports and street dance. The days will serve different age groups ranging from four to 12 years old.

Full details of locations, dates, times and costs can be found at http://www.north-norfolk.gov.uk/sports/docs/Sports-and-winter-17.pdf
Maggie Prior, cabinet member for leisure, health and wellbeing, said: “We have listened to the views of both parents and young people, and used that information to change what we offer in our sports centres during half term and holidays.

“There was a clear desire for longer sessions to help busy families and we’re delighted to be able to tie that in with offering healthy, active fun at a very reasonable cost.

“All sessions are led by qualified and dedicated staff who know how to make sure young people of various ages have lots of active fun.”

Diverse elementary gym class

 

Boosting youngsters’ confidence is childs’ play

A fun children’s drama delves into the reason words disappear off the tip of your tongue.

And for the trio staging The Sentence Snatchers, their visit to the Sheringham Little Theatre is a “homecoming ” to the county where they met.

Director Gwen Hanauer and cast members Jonathan Cobb and Sophie McKenzie formed Flat Pack Productions in 2013 while studying  English and drama at the UEA.

The play follows a determined young girl called Frank who has a terrible fear of speaking. But when a mysterious figure offers her a deal to take those nerves away, everything changes.

Trapped in a “contract” where even the clauses have claws and the Syn-Tax is far too expensive, she must go on a big adventure, across lexical fields and letter seas, to defeat her fear and take back her voice from the sneaky Sentence Snatchers.

The imagination exploding family fun performance for six to 12 year olds but which can also be enjoyed by adults, is jam packed with puppets, music and magical storytelling.

The show was nominated for the International Youth Arts Festival’s Best Family Show award in Brighton, where it premiered last year, and is in now on tour in Norfolk and Suffolk, supported by Creative Arts East.

It comes to Sheringham Little Theatre on February 11. Tickets for the 2.30pm performance are £6 through the box office 01263 822347 or website www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com

Video:  See a rehearsal and development showreel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi–N_lwrKg

Action from the Sentence Snatchers.
Picture: Flat Pack Productions

 

 

Theatre panning for gold in search for Lost Boys actors

The search is on for some Lost Boys to join a the pantomime cast at Sheringham Little Theatre for Peter Pan.

At least a dozen Lost Boys are needed, as well as four youngsters to take the speaking parts of John and Michael, Wendy’s brothers who join the magical journey.

Theatre director Debbie Thompson said the panto provided opportunities for youngsters to join the professional cast and gain experience.

“We normally get lots to auditions but can only take a few. However, this year there are many more opportunities, which we are thrilled about because we like to get the community involved,” she added.

One youngster who has reaped the benefits of getting involved in youth drama productions is 12-year-old Joe Oxtoby from Bacton. “Being involved in the theatre has really boosted my confidence, given me life skills and I have made a lot of friends,” said Joe. He has also gone on to win coveted summer school places with the National Youth Music Theatre and the National Youth Choir. Joe’s ambition is to be a commercial airline pilot – with the stage as a hobby in the wings.

Youngsters keen to be among Pan’s panto Lost Boys should be aged eight to 16 and should enjoy acting and singing, though no experience is necessary. The part of John is aged about 12 and Michael six to eight. Girls have not been left out. There is also a need to find a Tiger Lily, aged about 16, who is a strong singer as well as a good actress.

Peter Pan runs from December 7 to January 1, and sees the “boy who never grows up” helping Wendy and her brothers fly to London, via Norfolk – encountering pirate Captain Hook and two troublesome crocs Tick and Tock along the way.

Cast members need to be available from October.

Auditions are on September 18 at 10am at the theatre. Hopefuls need to come dressed to move and with a song prepared. They will be taught a short dance routine and given a piece to read. There is no need to register in advance.

For more information see updates on the theatre website www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com

Picture: Richard Batson

Picture: Richard Batson