Sparkling start to a special year for Eaton

Sparkling wine, a three-course meal, party games and a singalong were among attractions at a weekend of activities marking the official launch of St Andrew’s Church, Eaton’s, Year of Celebration.

The congregation is celebrating 700 years since the first recorded incumbent of St Andrew’s, Geoffrey de Boton, began his ministry. And it is also 25 years since the addition of the extension known as the “new church” to St Andrew’s.

Some 60 people enjoyed a launch meal in the church hall. There was lots of laughter and friendly competitiveness between the tables with various party games including the impromptu creation of bonnets. The evening ended with a singalong of celebratory songs accompanied by Scott Morrison on the keyboard.

The following day the congregation was joined by friends from Christ Church and other visitors for the 10am launch service. The dean of Norwich Cathedral, the Very Rev Jane Hedges, joined the vicar, Phil Rodd, to officiate at the service during which the newly-installed organ was dedicated.

Afterwards everyone enjoyed coffee and a piece of a special cake, baked for the occasion by a member of the congregation.

The next events to commemorate the year include preparations for the Eaton Primary Academy Art Project – Stations of the Cross. Pupils and staff at the school will work alongside Phil Rodd, Andrea Woods (St Andrew’s children’s and youth worker), and Norwich-based artist Martin Cottam.  Finished works will be exhibited in the church over the fortnight leading up to Easter.

A spokesman said: “St Andrew’s extends a very warm and friendly invitation to anyone wishing to attend any of the events coming up during 2018.

“Or why not come along to any of regular services held throughout the week or take some moments out of a busy day to sit in the quiet beauty of this beautiful building?”

Celebration events in February and March

  • Saturday February 24, 7pm for 7.30pm, Quiz & Puds, St Andrew’s Church Hall, a community fundraising quiz in conjunction with Eaton Village Residents’ Association in support of the new Eaton Green playground project. Tickets from Andrea Woods (07526 728301, or
  • March 9-11, Sew Spiritual, a team of Norfolk quilters return with a new display of beautiful stitching, based on experiences in praying the Psalms, free exhibition in the church, Friday afternoon, all day Saturday, Sunday 10am service until noon.)
  • March 16 – April 1, The Way of the Cross, a special, free exhibition in the church for Easter featuring the work of children from Eaton Primary.
  • Sunday March 25, 10am, traditional Palm Sunday service with procession, guest preacher: Archdeacon Karen Hutchinson.

For further details, see:, or contact the vicar, Phil Rodd: 01603 455778.


Tots learn proper science in Eaton & Cringleford

Children’s brains are like sponges – soaking up information – and every child is a natural scientist, with an enquiring mind.

So says Dr Lucy Catto, known as Professor Lucy to the very young scientists who flock to her Mini-Professor sessions in Eaton and Cringleford.

In fact the two monthly Saturday sessions in Eaton have proved so popular that Lucy is introducing a third class for 2018.

Dressed in miniature laboratory coats and wearing protective goggles, children aged from two to five take part in real experiments, using proper equipment, and learn about everything from blood to polymers, chromatography, engineering, chemical reactions, bones and engineering.

“We don’t dumb down at all. If a child can say ‘Tyrannosaurus Rex’ they can say any scientific word we can give them,” said Lucy.

Experiments are conducted, with parents’ help, using chemicals and instruments such as pipettes, digital microscopes and stethoscopes. “A key part are the hands-on experiments.

“They are measuring, pouring – it’s brilliant for manual dexterity and fine motor skills,” said Lucy, who has a PhD in biochemistry and a background in research science.

“They learn socialisation and confidence, and it extends their powers of concentration which is excellent preparation for nursery.”

She is also aware that, as a female scientist, she is a positive role model for girls who accept from a very early age that science is not just a boys’ subject.

The national Mini Professors concept was developed by two scientist mums in Winchester who couldn’t find any science-based activities for their young children.

The 40-minute sessions must be pre-booked and are held in Eaton Park Community Centre on one Saturday a month at 9.45am, 10.45am and 11.50am – each aimed at a different age group.

They also take place in Cringleford Pavilion on Wednesdays at 11.30am and 1pm, and in Hayman Lodge, Old Catton, on Fridays at 10.30am and 11.30am.

For more information email Lucy at or ring 07793 817355 or visit



Eaton’s woodland wonder workers

It began with a hugely-successful community effort to reclaim a neglected ancient hedge.

Six years later, it’s led to the formation of a Friends group which is nurturing a much-loved woodland.

And the hard work of the Friends of Danby Wood was recognised when the group was awarded a silver gilt certificate and hand-turned wooden trophy for Best Woodland in the Anglia in Bloom competition, announced this autumn.

Although the Friends group was only formed last year, its 30-odd volunteers have already carried out a lot of clearance work and litter-picking in the wood, as well as planting hundreds of native trees, thousands of bluebells, putting up bat boxes and improving access with two sets of steps.

And on Saturday November 25, at 10am, everyone is invited to meet in the Marston Lane car park and join other volunteers planting 450 more young trees in the 4.5ha wood.

The Friends are guided by Matt Davies, project officer with Norwich Fringe, which manages the wood on behalf of its owner, Norwich City Council.

Kathleen Rowlands, a committee member of Eaton Rise Residents’ Association (ERRA) and co-ordinator of the Friends of Danby Wood, said the project had brought the community together. Volunteers aged from 10 to people in their 80s, worked side by side, with jobs allocated according to abilities. Clearance work usually ended with a big bonfire and a tea break with homemade flapjacks.

ERRA and Kathleen were the driving forces behind the earlier Ipswich Road Ancient Hedge project which saw volunteers improve the soil, and plant fruit-bearing trees along part of the line of the hedge, which had been damaged in a 2003 storm.

The project caught the imagination of local people and thousands of pounds were donated to a Hedge Fund. Supporters also managed to get grants, donations of trees and other help from businesses, the city council and charities.

Kathleen said the soil was now vastly improved and the trees bore berries which attracted birds, butterflies and other insects.

She added: “As with the hedge we aim to improve the biodiversity of the wood and create a peaceful environment for wildlife and visitor alike. “

Eaton dementia marketplace event a big success

Visitors to a Marketplace event organised by Eaton Dementia Friends were able to take part in exercise sessions, bowling, enjoy free tea and cakes, and browse a large number of information stalls on a huge range of topics.

One outcome of the event is the launch this month of CAMEO, an initiative to organise social activities for people living with dementia, and their carers.

Councillor Caroline Ackroyd, the driving force behind the Marketplace, said: “It was brilliant to watch so many conversations going on and to see people bowling with Sportspark and exercising with Tracey from Extend – I believe that the oldest participant was 96!”

She thanked everyone who had helped make the event a success, including stallholders and the church, which provided the venue for free.

Another marketplace is planned for the spring.

CAMEO (Come and Meet Everyone), a programme of get-togethers events for those who are lonely, isolated or getting increasingly forgetful, has launched in Eaton this month.

Committee members of the Eaton Village Residents’ Association (EVRA), in collaboration with St Andrew’s Church, Eaton, have worked hard over the summer to organise the project.

“We know that keeping our social contacts alive, getting out and learning something new, are all ways to keep mentally fit into old age,” said spokesman Naomi Godding.

“There has been immense goodwill shown to this project already, with contributions of time, expertise and resources from individuals and organisations such as Reality estate agents who have kindly paid for our advert in this month’s Just Eaton and Cringleford.

“We shall be seeking enough funds to ensure that, once the project gets off the ground, it remains airborne.”

  • The Eaton CAMEO project held its first session in St Andrew’s Church Hall, Eaton, on October 25 and the next will be on November 22, from 2.30pm to 4pm, and then on the fourth Wednesday of the month from January 24 2018. Contact the organisers at Tel: 01603 464937  



Police plea after Eaton road crash

Police are appealing for witnesses to a road traffic collision which happened in Eaton last week.

A maroon car and a white moped were involved in a collision at approximately 4.37pm on Friday  September 22 at the junction of Colman Road and Jessop Road.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision should contact PC Jason Ellis at Wymondham Roads Policing on 101 quoting ref 350 of 22 September 2017.

Business as usual after fire at Eaton pub

Two fast-acting bread delivery drivers have averted a fire disaster at Eaton’s historic Cellar House pub.

The grade two-listed building, which also houses Eaton Post Office, was open for business as usual today after a blaze broke out in an upstairs office shortly before 3am this morning.

Pye Baker drivers Paul Goodwin and Jamie Hamilton were delivering bread to the 19th-century pub in the early hours when they heard an alarm sounding.

Matt Cowling, Pye Baker manager, took up the story: “When they went towards the door they could hear that it was an inside smoke alarm. They looked around a bit and smelled what they thought was burning so they called the fire brigade and waited ’til they arrived”.

Crews from Earlham and Carrow raced to the scene and put out the blaze, which is believed to have started in a tumble dryer, and damage was contained within one room, according to pub manager Ben Topping.

A pub spokesman said they sent their heartfelt thanks to both Pye Baker and the fire service, adding: “You were guys were brilliant.”

Pub landlady Victoria MacDonald phoned the bakery later in the day to thank the two delivery men.

Photo of fire engines at the scene:  The Cellar House


Boy’s jaw broken in Eaton Park attack

A boy needed hospital treatment for a broken jaw, damage to his hearing and a cut head after he was attacked by a group of people in Eaton Park.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the assault which happened at approximately 9pm on Monday September 18 in Eaton Park, South Park Avenue.

The 14-year-old was approached by the group, some of whom were known to him.

He is now at home recovering from his injuries.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and may have witnessed the assault.

Anyone with information should contact PC Emma Gray from Norwich CID on 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Suspicious man seen at time of Eaton burglary

Police are keen to find a man wearing dark clothing who was acting suspiciously at the time of a burglary in Eaton.

A watch was stolen from an address in Hardwick Close at around 10pm on Monday  September 4.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have any information and in particular, anyone who may have seen the man.

Anyone with information should contact DC Hayley Jennings at Norwich CID on 101.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.