Coltishall/Sheringham smashes on ungritted roads

Car smashes in Sheringham and Coltishall in icy conditions this morning (Friday January 26) were among dozens of collisions after Norfolk County Council failed to grit roads.

Two people were taken to hospital after the two crashes which were among 37 reported to Norfolk police this morning.

The council says its forecasting service did not predict there would be a freeze but says the gritters will be out tonight across Norfolk, from 7pm, with more sub-zero temperatures predicted.

This morning’s road chaos followed a light-hearted tweet yesterday from Norfolk County Council which said: “The sun has got its hat on, the weather’s mild and bright, the sun has got its hat on, there’s no gritting tonight.”

But in fact temperatures took a steep plunge overnight. Among smashes was a three-vehicle accident at 7.15am on the A149 Weybourne Road, Sheringham, involving a Ford Transit van, and Vauxhall Astra and Toyota IQ cars which blocked the road until just before 11am.

A woman was treated for back pain by an East of England Ambulance Service Trust crew and taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for further treatment.

Earlier, just before 7am, emergency services were called to the B1354 Wroxham Road, Coltishall, where a red Renault Megane had left the road.

A man in his 20s was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich by ambulance suffering hip and head pain. His condition is not believed to be life-threatening.

A county council spokesman said: “We buy a weather forecast service from a specialist provider which we use to inform our decision on whether to grit, and also where and when.

“While it’s usually very accurate, the forecast for last night suggested road temperatures would not dip below freezing, so on this occasion we unfortunately didn’t have the information needed to send the gritters out. We’re sorry if some people experienced difficult journeys this morning.”

Earlier this afternoon the council tweeted: “Freezing temperatures forecast across the board tonight so the gritters will be going out on all county gritting routes – that’s more than a third of the county’s roads – at 7pm”.


Cars damaged after being moved

A car was damaged after it was moved from the roadside and into a front garden in Cromer overnight on Saturday (22/23 October).

A blue VW Polo, parked on Bond Street, was moved by suspects and found about 50ft away outside the bakery with damage being caused to the bodywork of the vehicle.

Officers believe it may be linked to similar incidents which have happened in the north Norfolk and Broadland areas recently where vehicles have been moved overnight on 18/19 October, possibly after being hit by another vehicle.

In Kings Road, Coltishall, suspect(s) moved a Renault Clio from the roadside where it was parked into a neighbours’ front garden, causing bodywork damage.

On the same evening a Mitsubishi Colt parked in Norwich Road, Horsham St Faith, was pushed to the opposite side of the road, causing damage to the front and rear bumper.

In Newton St Faith a Ford KA was pushed off a grass verge and into a telegraph pole in Newton Road causing damage and in Frettenham, a vehicle has been used to ram a parked car, causing it to be moved 30ft along the road, damaging the rear bumper.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed any of the incidents or has information concerning them.

Witnesses should contact PC Adrian Craske in relation to the Cromer incident or PC Daniel Still for all other incidents on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at

Princess Royal visits Scottow Enterprise Park

Scottow Enterprise Park was visited by HRH The Princess Royal today (September 21). The event marked a significant point in the transition of the former RAF base into an Enterprise Park for local businesses.

Norfolk County Council had great pleasure in welcoming Her Royal Highness to Scottow Enterprise Park, an economic development initiative playing an important role in growing the economy particularly in the sector of advanced engineering and high value manufacturing.

The visit focused on the redevelopment of the former RAF Coltishall site as well as the positive effect it is having on the tenants and the local community. The site itself covers 600 acres and has 510,000 square foot of lettable office, workshop and storage space. To date the Enterprise Park has 62 tenants, 9 of which are start-up businesses, and has helped to create and safeguard 112 jobs.

Accompanied by the Deputy Lieutenant Mr Richard Butler MBE DL, Her Royal Highness was greeted by High Sheriff of Norfolk Sir William Cubitt KCVO CBE, The Chairman of North Norfolk Council, Mr John Lee, The Chairman of Norfolk County Council, Mr David Collis and the Managing Director at Hethel Innovation, Mr Simon Coward.

Her Royal Highness met a small group of individuals who have been responsible for developing one of the largest field of solar panels in the country in a way that is economically sound, sustainable and wildlife-friendly and saw first-hand how Scottow Enterprise Park aims to engage with the local community by meeting the team behind the Gamechangers and Activate Workshops. These workshops are aimed at both start-up businesses and high school students and aim to gain wider involvement from local communities in business.

Finally, the visit concluded with a group of key individuals who are currently supporting the park, including Mrs Davina Tanner from the Anglia LEP who explained how the Park will benefit the local community.

It is hoped that this visit will continue to stimulate interest in Scottow Enterprise Park and reaffirm the long term commitment to the businesses on site and that in years to come the provide a location that can be appreciated and enjoyed, not just by local businesses, but by the local community at large.


Enjoy a sky high view in Coltishall

There’s a chance to see Coltishall in a new light on September 11 with a special event throughout the whole village.
On Sunday, September 11, Coltishall will be holding its annual garage sale throughout the village to raise funds for the Coltishall and Horstead Preschool.
Again, the church will be open to visitors for refreshments, various stalls and, best of all, trips to the top of the tower.
Editor Gay Webster and work experience Molly Foss took a trip up the tower to get these pictures recently to give an idea of what you can see.
There will also be the chance to see the working mechanism of the bells and even have a go.
The church will be open from 10am-3pm.
Audrey Weston said: “Come along and chime the bells, see the clock tower, bell chamber, ringing chamber and of course take some amazing pictures from the very roof top, the views are really great. Inside the church there will be various stalls, raffle prizes, tea/coffee, soft drinks and cakes to keep you going.”
One stall will be selling pre-loved items to raise funds for St John’s Church.
For the garage sale, the preschool will be producing a trail map and co-ordinating various pitches around the villages, of which St John’s Church is one.
Base camp is Coltishall Village Hall, where visitors will be able to buy their trail map for the day and check out a table-top-sale, toy sale and refreshments.
All the money will go towards providing early learning education for local tots at the preschool.
To book in for the sale call 07747 663565 or email

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Full colour for Big C at Hoveton Hall

There a chance to bring some colour into the lives of cancer patients as Big C launches its first ever Colour 5K fun run at Hoveton Hall Estate.
It doesn’t matter if you have never run before, the idea is to get into the outdoors and have some fun, walking or running around the woodland course and support Big C. It is not a speed trial or race. Colour bandits blast different colours of paint at every 1km interval to transform white T-shirt wearing participants into individual moving works of art and encourage them on their way.
The route is off-road on a woodland trail, promising glimpses of the Repton-designed Hoveton Hall between the trees. There’s even a special separate 1km course for little legs aged over six who will run their race first at midday.
Spaces are limited and with just four weeks to go, prospective participants need to act fast.
There will be plenty of family entertainment throughout the day so runners are urged to arrive early to collect their free Colour 5k T-shirts, Big C headbands and goody bags. Warm ups for both distances begin at least 15 minutes before the start.
Face-painting, rodeo bull, bouncy castle, hot and cold local food and drink stands, outdoor games for children are among the attractions. Each vendor is also donating 10% of its profits to Big C.
Big C events manager Dan Bell said: “It’s not too late to get into training. If you’ve never entered a sponsored run before, this is your perfect entry as 5k is an achievable target for beginner runners. The colourful paint extravaganza at the finish line is the perfect opportunity to celebrate your achievement in style.”
Rachel Buxton of Hoveton Hall said: “We are delighted to welcome back the Colour 5K. This event is fabulous fun, the atmosphere is always one of great anticipation and it lovely to see whole families get involved to help raise money for such a worthwhile charity as the Big C.”
First time runner currently in week three of training for the Colour 5K is Big C’s PR Consultant Stephanie Renouf. “Week after week I write stories about amazing and selfless people of all ages and walks of life who have lost family members to cancer and undertaken incredible challenges in their memory. I felt it was time that I signed up and got out of my comfort zone.  I never run for anything except a bus or train or if the village shop is about to close and I need to buy supper.”
Colour 5k run is going ahead at Hoveton Hall on Saturday (July 9). Gates and registration open at 10am. Individual tickets cost £22, under 16s £16, kids fun run £10, family ticket £60.
To register in advance and for more details visit

 Events Manager Dan Bell and fundraising administrator Lauren Self with sweatbands and medals given to all participants in the Big C Colour 5K.jpg

Events Manager Dan Bell and fundraising administrator Lauren Self with sweatbands and medals given to all participants in the Big C Colour 5K.jpg

REVIEW: Night Must Fall by the Jubilee Players

Night Must Fall, Tithe Barn,  Horstead

The Jubilee Players presented their latest summer production, Night Must Fall by Emlyn Williams, on  Tuesday (June 21). The final date is tomorrow.

The Players never disappoint and always produce a superb evening’s entertainment. This production is one of their best, an atmospheric thriller set in the 1930s centring onan elderly lady, Mrs Bramson (Cynthia Gosling) who rules over her small household of her niece Olivia Grayn e(Michelle Jay), her housekeeper Mrs Terence (Sue Furness) and maid Dara Parkoe (Hannah Cunningham) from her wheelchair.

She is a blatent hypochondriac with a wicked tongue but is open to flattery. The action takes place in the bungalow home of Mrs Bransom which is situated in an isolated part of a dark wood. She is a wealthy but mean woman who is only concerned with her own well-being. Her niece Olivia, who is at her beck and call, is employed as her companion, Hubert Laurie (Paul Skippings) an amiable but boring man is Olivia’s suitor. Mrs Terence, the housekeeper, knows how to handle Mrs Bramson so sparks fly between them. Dora the maid has been seduced by Dan (Ray Tempesta), a bell boy and finds herself pregnant. Dan is summoned to see Mrs Bramson to account for his actions and marry Dora, but he charms the old lady with attention and flattery and becomes part of her houshold.

There is the discovery of a murdered woman in the grounds of the bungalow which causes fear and suspicion amongst the residents of the bungalow. As the day turns into night the tension and fear build up. The atmosphere of the period is produced by the stage set of period furniture and music of the 1930s. The costumes also provide the feel of the period. Ray Tempesta gave a powerful performance as Dan decending into confusion and madness. A moving edge of your seat performance by the Jubilee Players, a very talented company.  

Kevin and Sandra Stone
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Margie’s in training for Coltishall pre-school

Coltishall and Horstead Preschool staff member Margaret Bullock is not letting age or illness stop her tackling a physical challenge in aid of the group she works for.
Affectionately known as Margie, the 72-year-old, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last autumn, will be competing in the Victory Sprint Triathlon hosted by Victory Swim and Fitness Centre North Walsham on July 17.
Trudy Hubbard Fines, from the pre school, said: “She is a remarkable woman who has not let this faze her when most people would crumble.”
Margie’s message is no matter how old you are or what shape you are, everyone can exercise – even just a little – to improve their health. Trudy said: “She is a true inspiration to me with how she treats life’s problems in such a matter-of-fact fashion.”
Margie’s current daily routine involves getting up at dawn to get in a long cycle ride, followed by a jog/walk on the treadmill while she builds up her skill level to complete the required 17Km cycle ride and 3Km run.
For Margie, it all started when she went to support her daughter and son-in-law do their first sprint triathlon at North Walsham.
A sprint triathlon is 300m swim, 17k cycle ride and a 3k run.
She said: “I thought I would like to do the triathlon and enjoy a celebratory party afterwards. Unfortunately at the time I was having hip problems and did not feel I could do the run. However, I did think I would like to do it before I was 70 years old. Again, it did not happen. At the beginning of 2015 my daughter talked me into going to a Zumba class with her and I loved it. I then progressed on to Piloxing which suited me better. The more I did the less my hip hurt.”
Then, in October Margie was diagnosed with breast cancer. “I was operated on to remove the tumour beginning of November and was back at my classes after two and a half weeks. The surgeon was pleased with my recovery and said it was probably down to my fitness.
“When I saw adverts for the North Walsham triathlon I decided this is it, now or never, I will do it before my 72nd birthday in August.”
She started to think about how she could best use this opportunity to put something back into the community. “As I have connections with the preschool and have spent many happy days there I felt that if I could raise just a little money to the benefit of the preschool all my training would be worthwhile.”
She has a supportive network of friends helping her train, including one who gets her out swimming once a week, another, her mentor, contacts her every day to ask what exercise she intends doing. “Sometimes I beat her to it by going out at 6am on the bike and am back before she has a chance to message. My partner goes walking/jogging with me, more walking than jogging, but I keep telling myself this is not a race, this is for me and the preschool. Just so long as I can get to the end before the organisers clear up and go home I shall be happy. Oh and have a celebratory party afterwards.

Anyone who wishes to support Margie can do so via BT My Donate. Just search for Coltishall and Horstead Preschool.


North Norfolk celebration for Queen’s 90th

Everyone living in North Norfolk who was born in 1930 or earlier is being invited to a special royal tea party to celebrate The Queen’s 90th birthday.

The party will be hosted by Annie Claussen-Reynolds, chairman of North Norfolk District Council on April 21 at Swanton Novers Village Hall 2-5pm, with tea, cake, a tea dance, entertainment and reminiscing.

To register for the party, go online at or call Lydia Hall on 01263 516047.

Mrs Claussen-Reynolds said: “I am really looking forward to meeting and celebrating this unique occasion with North Norfolk’s octogenarians, nonagenarians and perhaps we will be lucky enough to welcome some centenarians.”

Registrations need to be complete by March 14. Formal invitations and further information about the event will be sent by March 31. Organisers are particularly keen to invite people who, like the Queen, will celebrate their 90th birthdays this year.

Companions, spouses and carers are welcome, but their details must be included on the registration forms.