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Drayton among targets in burglary spree

Police are urging residents to be vigilant following a series of burglaries in the Broadland and north Norwich areas.

Ten incidents have been reported in Acle, Drayton, Norwich, Salhouse and Horstead since December 18 and in the majority of cases suspect(s) have forced entry by smashing windows or doors.

Local policing commander Chief Inspector Wes Hornigold said officers were investigating whether the incidents were linked and that some of the properties targeted had been holiday homes.

He said: “We would urge anyone living in these areas to be vigilant and take the necessary security measures such as ensuring doors and windows are locked. Residents can also help us by notifying police about any suspicious activity or behaviour they may witness. You know your communities better than anyone else so will be best placed to notice if something or someone is out of place.”

A watch and jewellery were stolen from a home in Old Market Close, Acle, on December 18 while overnight on Friday December 21 suspect(s) targeted a property in Orchard Bank, Drayton, stealing van keys before taking the vehicle.

Jewellery and watches were stolen from a property in Norwich Road, Horstead, between December 14 and 29.

An untidy search was carried out at a property in Blenheim Crescent, Norwich, targeted on Christmas Day, although it appears nothing was stolen.

Cash was stolen from a property in Thunder Lane, Thorpe St Andrew, between 1.30pm on Boxing Day and 9.50pm on  December 27.

Between  December 21 and 27 a property in Barn Piece Close,  Salhouse, was targeted by burglars who stole jewellery and watches while jewellery and a mobile phone were taken from a house in Woodside Road, Norwich, on December 30.

Attempted burglaries have also been reported in Ling Way, Coltishall, and The Street,  Brundall, between December 23 and 28.

Officers are urging homeowners to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police.

Anyone with information should contact Norfolk Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.

Don’t miss local firms’ Christmas video

It’s back by popular demand! Drayton estate agent’s William’s Way very special video take on the Twelve Days of Christmas has been released.

The fun frolic features William’s Way and 11 other businesses, mostly from Drayton, Taverham and Hellesdon, each filmed for a different day of Christmas, sounding their own firm’s particular trumpet in festive fashion.

“It’s a lot of fun, with out-takes on the end!” said Wil Barber, owner of William’s Way which launched the first video last year.

“We got just shy of 1,300 views last year and the community really enjoyed it,” said Wil. “Unlike many businesses which get very busy at this time of year, in our industry we’re quieter at Christmas so we were happy to facilitate this.

“Everyone was so excited and appreciative and couldn’t believe there was no charge for it! It’s just a fun way of helping give local businesses a bit of an extra boost.”

The only non-local business taking part this year is the online punditry site Talk Norwich City. “Everyone round here’s a Norwich City fan so it is kind of local!” said Wil.

Also among the featured businesses is HexCam drone photography and video, based in Drayton, which turned one of its drones into a Santa’s little helper for the video. The firm works with clients including the BBC and English Heritage.

To watch the 12 Days of Christmas Jingle, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xln0ycPFW74

 

 

 

 

CS Lewis satirical comedy comes to Drayton

Searchlight Theatre Company returns to Drayton in October with the The Screwtape Letters, written by CS Lewis, most famous as the author of The Chronicles of Narnia.

The Screwtape Letters have been adapted for stage by Nigel Forde.

The award-winning satirical comedy brings to life CS Lewis’s classic book, in which a senior devil, Screwtape, instructs his junior apprentices in the fine art of temptation.

The story is set in Professor Screwtape’s study. It remains faithful to the original text, characters and themes created by Lewis and holds three Edinburgh Fringe Sell-Out Show awards.

The Screwtape Letters is a thought-provoking entertaining, bitingly satirical and comedic exploration of profound issues of right and wrong.

Sly and funny, it will appeal to theatre-goers of any or no religious persuasion and has been described as “Everything you could want from a night out at the theatre!”

Drayton-based Together Loving Christ is hosting The Screwtape Letters on October 4, 7.15pm, at Drayton Hall, Hall Lane NR8 6DP. Tickets are £10 and are available by emailing kiera@tlcnorwich.church or telephone 07778 065639.

NHS wants your views on health-care changes

The NHS wants the views of Drayton and Taverham residents on changes to local health care.

A roadshow is taking place on Tuesday September 11, from noon to 3pm, at Taverham and Drayton Children’s Centre, School Road NR8 6EP.

The public consultation has been organised by the NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) about its Your Norwich New Model of Care plans.

There will be information on hand, and senior CCG staff and some of its partners in health and care, to explain more.

The consultation has two main aims:

  • to ensure people understand transformations in health and care services which the CCG has put in place, or developed with partners, since 2013
  • to ask for people’s opinions into how these can be developed.

The CCG is proposing a formal alliance to bring partners in the Norwich health and care system closer together and help to integrate service further.

The CCG believes there should be an emphasis on preventing ill health and helping people remain well, or manage their conditions better. This could be achieved by public services working together, to help people self-care and self-manage existing conditions.

However when people do need NHS or social care, the vision is for further integration of services. This could be achieved by developing ‘integrated neighbourhood care’ hubs for local health and care staff to work together in multi-disciplinary teams.

The chair of Norwich CCG, Tracy Williams, said: “Patients and members of the public often have insights and experiences that can help us shape services and how they are delivered in the future, so we shall be very interested to hear what they have to say to help inform the way forward.”

Visitors to the roadshow can fill out a consultation response form, or they can do it online at www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/NHSNorwichCCGnmocConsultation/ . You can also ask for a paper copy from the CCG.

Dentist home after helping Syrian refugees

Earlier this year Drayton resident, dentist Dr Gautam Sharma appealed to Just readers for toothbrushes, toothpaste and toys to take out to Lebanon where he was due to volunteer his time treating Syrian refugees with the charity Dental Mavericks. He’s back from his trip and reports on his experiences.

“As many of you in the community will know, I recently took part in a special mission to provide dental treatment and advice for displaced families in Syria.

“I want to thank each and every one of you from the Drayton and Taverham area who contributed donations to the local collection point, and in doing so, made such a difference to the lives of those I met.

“My experience has been absolutely humbling, emotional, exhausting – and a very stark reminder of why we all need to live our lives with more compassion and kindness.

“With a huge 40kg of luggage, I arrived in the Bekaa Valley, and began slowly taking in the enormity of the project I was involved with, and the huge level of need among families and individuals.

“I spent two weeks delivering treatment and education within the area’s hospitals, clinics and schools – always receiving a grateful (and hugely heart-warming) smile and handshake from those I assisted.

“In total, our group mission helped some 1,000 patients during that time, and I am utterly privileged to have been invited into the homes of those living in the camps.

“My overwhelming learning from this experience was that there is so much misconception around the way people are managing their lives in this part of the world.

“Every facility or home I saw was meticulously maintained, and the level of pride and gratitude was shining from every single person with whom I had contact. Will I go back? Absolutely. I now feel part of a journey in the lives of these people. I realise more than ever how fortunate myself and my own family are, and how someone like myself has a potential role to play.

“I thank you all – from the bottom of my heart – for your support and donations in recent weeks and months.

“Of course, if you would like to know more about the ongoing mission, or think you may want to contribute in the future, please do get in touch with me at my surgery.

“I would also be delighted to share my experiences further with you.”

Contact Dr Sharma at: smiles@westearlhamdental.co.uk

 

Drayton garden open for NGS and CF Trust

Palms, pergolas, cannas and cakes will be among the attractions at a National Gardens Scheme (NGS) open garden in Drayton on Sunday, July 8.

This year Chris and Wendy Fitch’s garden is the only one in Drayton or Taverham taking part in the prestigious scheme which sees some 3,700 of the country’s best private gardens opening to the public in aid of NGS charities.

The couple will also be selling plants and refreshments on the day to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Trust, a charity dear to their own hearts.

Jacob Hart, the seven-year-old son of their close friends Lucy and Andy Hart, was born with the life-limiting, incurable inherited condition.

Lucy grew up and went to school in Drayton and Taverham and her dad, former postman Ian Manning, still lives in Drayton.

The Harts, Ian, Lucy’s mum Carol and step-dad, plus Lucy’s sisters Emma and Laura Manning, are all dedicated fundraisers for the CF Trust.

In the past Lucy and Andy have organised three charity balls for the cause at Norwich City FC’s Carrow Road ground.

This will be the fourth year that Chris and Wendy have opened their garden for NGS and the CF Trust, with friends and Jacob’s family helping out to produce a range of homemade cakes and savouries to serve with a cuppa on the large decking area which overlooks their transformed garden.

When the couple moved to Drayton eight years ago the quarter-acre plot was dull, tatty, unloved and neglected with no structure.

But the pair set to work and have created a stunning garden with different areas, and on different levels.

Chris built all the infrastructure – including walls, fences and a pergola – himself, using recycled materials for much of it.

The garden, which backs on to St Margaret’s churchyard, includes a hot, tropical border filled with exotic plants such as the large-leafed tetrapanax, windmill palms, cordylines, bamboos, eucalyptus and acers.

Lavenders, a grapevine and an olive tree are among many Mediterranean plants and there is also a more traditional border with masses of scented roses, plus a shady woodland corner.

A terraced upper garden is planted with fruit trees and vegetables and the garden includes a secluded courtyard area.

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

What: NGS open garden

Where: 9 Bellomonte Crescent, Drayton NR8 6EJ

When: Sunday July 8 11am-5pm

Cost: £3 per adult in aid of NGS charities. Accompanied children free.

Plus: Plant sales, tea, coffee, homemade cakes and other goodies in aid of CF Trust.

WHAT IS CYSTIC FIBROSIS?

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited condition, caused by a faulty gene, that leads to a build-up of sticky mucus in the lungs and digestive system.

The condition gets slowly worse over time, with the lungs and digestive system becoming increasingly damaged.

Treatments are available to help reduce symptoms, but life expectancy is shortened.

People with cystic fibrosis also have a higher risk of developing other conditions including weak and brittle bones, insulin, liver and fertility problems. They’re more likely to pick up infections, and complications if they do develop an infection.

 

Pictured: scenes from Wendy and Chris’s garden, Wendy and Chris Fitch and the Hart family – Lucy, Andy, Jacob and Harrison.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Curtain up in Drayton on comedy play

A comedy play which has received high praise will be performed by a professional touring company in Drayton later this month.

The curtain goes up on Searchlight Theatre’s production of Would You Adam and Eve It? at Drayton Hall on June 22 at 7.15pm.

The plot shows what happens when two men dramatise all 90 chapters from the first two books of the Bible.

With a few strategic speedy bits to help it achieve a 90 minute running time, the show has entertained audiences around the world for the past nine years, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it received five-star reviews last year.

The performance is being hosted by the Together Loving Christ Church. It is described as suitable for children aged nine and above. Tickets cost £10 and can be bought from the theatre company online: www.searchlighttheatre.org or special offer tickets, costing £8 each, can be bought by contacting kiera@tlcnorwich.church or ring 0777 8065 639. The church is subsidising the cost.

A scene from the play

Another life-saver for community is installed

A new defibrillator has been installed outside Thorpe Marriott Village Hall and community chiefs want to make sure residents know it’s there.

The life-saving device was bought by Drayton Parish Council and will be available 24/7 in case of emergency.

Mandy Marshall, chairman of the village hall, thanked the parish council for the donation. She added. “The defibrillator is located outside, on the right-hand side of the front entrance to the hall, which is located by the shops and pub in Acres Way.”

A number of people underwent training to use the machine under the expert guidance of a representative from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust. As well as learning how to use the defibrillator they were taught basic CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation).

Mandy added: “When someone has an emergency situation where a patient has stopped breathing, by dialling 999 the ambulance service can direct someone to the nearest defibrillator, provide them with a code to open the protective cabinet, and the defibrillator device will ‘talk’ them through exactly what to do, potentially saving lives. Having fully-functioning units available locally really will help to ensure the safety of everyone.”

Graham Everett, chairman of Drayton Parish Council, and fellow councillor Carl Brown also attended the training session.

Graham said “I found the training very informative and it included the opportunity to practise CPR and how to put a unconscious but breathing casualty in the recovery position”.

  • There are also Drayton defibrillators in the pavilions at the King George V Playing Field and Longdale, inside the Bob Carter Centre, and at the junior and infant schools.
  • PICTURED: from left: Sylvia Turner, chairman of Thorpe Marriott Village Hall fundraising committee, Mandy Marshall, chairman of Thorpe Marriott Village Hall, Graham Everett, chairman of Drayton Parish Council, and parish councillor Carl Brown.