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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.

 

Lights! Camera! Action! for Eaton pupils

Sixty Year 6 students from Eaton Primary School hosted a special screening at Cinema City on Wednesday, June 21, that featured a series of the children’s adverts, music videos and short films made in conjunction with City College Norwich’s creative media department.

The 10- and 11-year-olds invited their parents to watch the work that was produced during a week-long project with 30 Level 3 creative media production students from City College Norwich. After a pre-production day at Eaton Primary School, the young pupils spent three days working with the students in the college’s virtual television studio and media editing suites to put together their final projects.

The aim of the project was to give the Eaton Primary School children a taste of media production and to also open their eyes to the opportunities open to them beyond school.

Eaton Primary School pupil Poppy Dawson, 11,said: “We’ve learnt how to use cameras, how to act and how all the technology works. My favourite bit was filming all the different types of shots with the cameras. Our film was about ninjas kidnapping the Queen and I was very excited to see the final product at Cinema City. Having our film shown on the big screen felt really weird because I was the one filming it so it made me feel kind of important.”

City College Norwich media production student Mia Dann, 18, said: “I’ve enjoyed seeing how enthusiastic the children are about the project and it’s been great to see how passionate they are about something that I’m passionate about too. Having our work shown at Cinema City has been really good and it was really nice to actually see our project being played on a bigger screen.”

Cara MacDonald, creative media production lecturer at the college said: “We’ve been doing this project for a few years now and have found that both sets of students get so much out of the experience. The children from Eaton Primary School have been so creative throughout the project and have produced some excellent quality work. I’m really impressed with the work that they have produced and was so proud to see their final edits on the big screen at Cinema City.”

 

 

Can you walk like a Jedi?

A Jedi Walk at Eaton Park must be up there with the best ways to spend a Sunday for many boys and girls. It certainly would have been for Finnbar Cork!
The fundraising event will take place on Sunday, May 21 and is being organised by Finnbar’s mum and dad, Tristan and Claire, to raise awareness and hopefully a bit of money for the charity they have set up in his memory.
Sadly, Finnbar died, aged five, last August – less than 10 months after the first symptoms of what was ultimately diagnosed as a terminal brain tumour.
His family are determined to do everything they can to do something good in Finnbar’s name and memory.
“Finnbar loved Star Wars,” explained Tristan. “From about the age of three he liked nothing more than dressing up in his Stormtrooper and Darth Vader outfits.
“By the time Force Awakens came out he was so excited. We took him to the cinema to see it in November 2015, which was when he first started getting dizzy spells.
“That Christmas, all he wanted was Star Wars stuff. We must have watched Force Awakens 100 times when it came out on DVD – it was a big part of our last few months with him.
“We were looking for a name for the charity, and we knew that we wanted to do some Star Wars themed events, and the idea for Finnbar’s Force popped up.
“We hope that we can use his force to make things better for other families that find themselves going through similar, heartbreaking situations, and ultimately to bring about an end to childhood brain tumours.”
Since Finnbar passed away the family has received more than £12,000 in donations, and Tristan and Claire have put a lot of thought into what Finnbar would have liked when coming up with ideas for events.
Even his funeral was Star Wars themed, with his dad and other family members flying him into the church in a special X-Wing coffin to the Star Wars music.
“We want to create fun events for children in return for donations and think the Jedi Walk at Eaton Park will really ignite the kids’ imaginations,” said Tristan, who grew up close to the park and, despite now living in Hethersett, also spent a lot of time there with Finnbar.
“We have such a connection with the park; I spent a lot of my childhood there, it was the last place Finnbar rode his scooter, and I think it’s the best park in Norwich.”
Everyone is invited to come along anytime between 10.30am-1.30pm and complete the hunt for Star Wars characters. Don’t forget to dress up and bring a picnic (and your lightsaber). The start point is opposite the children’s play area and the suggested donation is £2/3 per child/adult.
The family are holding various activities throughout the year, including a family activity day at Eaton Vale on September 10.
For full details visit the charity Facebook page facebook.com/finnbarsforce.

Finnbar enjoying the play equipment at Eaton Park.

Finnbar Cork with mum and dad, Claire and Tristan, and his sister, Nell.

Finnbar in his Darth Vader costume.


Reunion: CNS class of ‘79

The 1970s are back… at least for the CNS class of 1979, with former Eaton CNS students heading back from half-way across the world for a reunion on May 28.
Who remembers the ‘S’ year production of Oliver, lunch in the Barn, making the Jubilee mosaic or Mr Wilkinson’s purple crimplene trousers?
The Class of ’79 and those who carried on into sixth form, leaving in 1980 or 81, will gather at the Unthank Arms and the organisers are keen to spread the word to anyone from their year.
The reunion has been organised by former students, brought together by Donna Jayne Leverett, who now lives in Australia but set up a Facebook group last year. “I come back to Norwich regularly, and I’m still best friends with people from my class at CNS,” said Donna. “Many have stayed in Norwich, but others have gone as far afield as Dubai, Canada and The States.
“Catching up has been quite surprising at times, but we’ve all found we have more in common than we expected.”
Nick South, from Norwich, is one of the people helping to organise the night and will be running the disco, replete with hits from the days when many attendees had a little more hair and a little less waistline. “We’ll be meeting at the Unthank Arms from around 6pm onwards and everyone’s welcome – including families and children,” said Nick.
“It’s been a long time and not everyone from our year photo is still with us, so we want to make the most of meeting up now. We can guarantee we’re a friendly group and we’d love to see everyone!”
Anyone who’d like to find out more is welcome to check out the Facebook group: CNS – the Class of ’79. Tickets for the evening are £18.50, which includes a barbecue and disco.
For PayPal payment details, please email martha@halashby.co.uk and Andy Langran will send you the paying details. For those without PayPal, please email Andy or Nick South (n.south@icloud.com) directly, and chat through other means of payment.

Organiser Kathy Fricker (nee Potter) middle row, third from left, Gordon Chambers top row, third from left, will be coming over from Canada and several others in this photo are planning on attending the reunion.

Front row, fourth from left is Donna Jayne Leverett, with Dawn Coleman (nee Metcalf) to her left, who are responsible for coming up with the idea of a reunion. Jayne Boyden (nee Middleton) is on Donna’s right, Andy Langran (back row, third from right) although living in Wales, is another major organiser for the reunion, just in front of him is Radhika Holstrom, who has been helping with organising, and to the right of her is Nick South, who will be the DJ on the night. Centre of the middle row is Jenny Bartlett, who is currently living in Dubai but will hopefully attend the reunion.

GET-TOGETHER: A group of former CNS students are organising a reunion, (left to right) Rebecca Calcutt-Saunders (nee Bartram), Nick South, Kathy Fricker (nee Potter), Donna Jayne Leverett, Debbie Calver (nee Heyhoe), Jayne Boyden (nee Middleton) and Les Rix.
PICTURE: STUART BEARD PHOTOGRAPHY

Ofsted joy for CNS

Following an Ofsted inspection in October 2016, the City of Norwich School, An Ormiston Academy (CNS) has announced the findings of the first Ofsted report since its conversion to an academy.

The overall grading of the Academy is ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ judgements in Leadership and Management, and Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare. The academy’s popular and successful sixth form is also graded ‘Good’.

The Academy was last inspected in 2013, when it was rated as ‘Requires Improvement’, and therefore the latest inspection marks a key milestone in the academy’s development.

The report highlighted many of the strengths at CNS including:

“Leaders work tirelessly towards fulfilling the motto of ‘excellence in all.’”

“Effective teaching has a positive impact on learning and pupils make strong progress in a wide range of subjects as a result.”

“Pupils feel safe and are well looked after in the school.”

“Pupils look after the school site very well and are unfailingly polite and courteous to adults and each other.”

“From their different starting points, all the differing ability groups in the school make strong progress. The most able pupils consistently make the greatest progress.”

“The progress of students currently in the sixth form is accelerating and they are making good progress in a wide range of subject areas. Disadvantaged students make particularly strong progress.”

“Governance is highly effective.”

“Governors undertake their responsibilities rigorously.”

In particular, the leadership of the academy was picked out as a key strength, with the inspectors finding “the excellent leadership of the Headteacher, Head of school and other senior leaders, has precipitated the academy’s rapid improvement”.

Furthermore, the Academy has been shown to be an excellent place for teachers to progress their careers. The report found that the “academy’s professional development programme is meticulously tailored to help improve the skills of individual teachers” which has led to a high retention rate of staff.

The support from the academy’s sponsor Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) was highly praised, with the report stating that it has been successful in supporting the Academy’s improvement, and “the reciprocal sharing of effective practice across the trust academies has contributed significantly to raising standards and motivating staff.”

Jim Nixon, Headteacher at CNS said: “As always, I feel incredibly proud of the school and it’s great to receive such glowing praise for the excellent work that takes place at CNS on a daily basis, both in the main school and in the sixth form.

“From my own point of view, what was particularly pleasing was how our personal development, behaviour and welfare was graded outstanding. It reflects the importance that we place on the care and welfare of our young people.”

Nicole McCartney, Managing Director of Ormiston East said: “Since joining Ormiston Academies Trust, Jim Nixon, Jo Philpott and the CNS team have worked hard to create a learning community that is vibrant, supportive and challenging.

“This report clearly highlights the quality of provision at CNS, and reaffirms its 106 year old tradition and its motto ‘Excellence in All.’ ”

Toby Salt, Chief Executive of Ormiston Academies Trust said: “We are thrilled with the progress made at CNS and we look forward to continuing to support the staff team to ensure that all students have access to an excellent education.”

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