Watch out for the bears…

If you go down to Drayton, Taverham or Thorpe Marriott in August, you’re in for a big surprise…
The latest Fun Hunt will feature paper teddy bears displayed in windows around the area to give youngsters something fun – and free – to do during the summer holidays.
Organiser Sophie Garrod said: “Lots of people, including businesses, create a teddy bear, decorate it however they want to, put it in their front window and children go around and try to spot them.”
She is putting together an online map of where all the bears will be between August 1 and 15 so the hunters can follow it.
“The idea is for the children to find as many as they can and then their parents can reward them any way they like – maybe a treat for spotting 10… It’s just something fun for them to do and, most importantly, it’s free!” said Sophie, who has three young sons  – George, Harry and Alfie.
She said she already has 46 people who will have bears on display, but more are welcome.
“There’s a template which people can use – just let me know through our Facebook page,” she said. “It’s great fun and it doesn’t take long. We had an Easter egg hunt at Easter and it was lovely getting all the photos afterwards.”
She said she also planned to do a snowman hunt at Christmas.
Anyone wanting to decorate a teddy or look at the map should get in touch by searching for Teddy Bear Hunt – Taverham, Drayton and Thorpe Marriott on Facebook.





Hellesdon residents – have your say on Norwich Airport’s future plans

Hellesdon residents have until August 17 to make their views known on Norwich Airport’s plans for the next 30 years, which include extending night-flying times.

Hellesdon  Parish Council is hosting an exhibition about  the airport’s draft Masterplan from Tuesday July 25 to Friday July 28 from 10am to 4pm, at the Parish Office, Diamond Jubilee Lodge, Wood View Road, Hellesdon, Norwich NR6 5QB.

The council will have copies of its own questionnaire available on the exhibition days.

The 140-page Masterplan makes the case for expansion hopes which include:

Flights from 6am to 1.30am up to four days a week in the summer months.

A 500m eastern extension to the runway to be earmarked for the future, to accommodate larger aircraft.

Extra parking for aircraft to the north-east of the terminal building.

Identifying land for future expansion of maintenance, repairs and operations .

Possible upgrade of the airport’s Delta taxiway.

An extra 750 car-park spaces by 2030, taking the capacity to 1,734 spaces.

Passenger numbers at Norwich Airport broke the 500,000 barrier last year for the first time since 2008, and chiefs say they could rise to 1.4m by 2045.

The draft Masterplan says the airport is worth about £70m to the local economy and this could increase to £170m in the same period.

It is estimated it supports 1,240 jobs in the local economy and contributes approximately £70m to the regional economy. If the airport grows as predicted, jobs would  increase to 1,950 by 2030.

Current destinations from Norwich Airport include Bulgaria, Corfu, Gran Canaria, Guernsey, Ibiza, Jersey, Majorca, Malaga, Menorca, Paphos, Rhodes, and Tenerife.

And a number of specialist charters fly to destinations including Croatia, Friedrichshafen, Lapland, Naples, Venice, and Verona.

The airport is also a transport hub for the southern North Sea offshore gas, oil and windfarm industries.

The new International Aviation Academy – Norwich (IAA-N) – opened in April near the airport offering training facility for careers in the aviation industry.

The airport dates from 1933 when it was opened on Mousehold Heath. The current site was opened in 1939 as an RAF bomber station.

The draft Masterplan can be viewed on Norwich Airport’s website:,masterplan where consultation response forms can be downloaded.

Hard copies of the draft Masterplan are available to read at the Hellesdon Parish Council and Broadland District Council offices.

Completed questionnaires can be emailed to or posted to Norwich Airport Masterplan c/o Barton Willmore LLP St Andrews House St Andrews Road Cambridge CB4 1WB.

Hard copies of feedback forms are available at: Broadland District Council, 1 Yarmouth Road, Norwich, NR7 0DU; Hellesdon Parish Council, Diamond Jubilee Lodge, Wood View Road, Norwich, NR6 5QB; Mile Cross Library, Aylsham Road, Norwich, NR3 2RJ; Norwich City Council, St Peter’s Street, Norwich, NR2 1NH; Old Catton Parish Council, The Pavilion, Church Street, Old Catton, NR6 7DS; Spixworth Parish Council, Village Hall, Crostwick Lane, Spixworth, NR10 3NQ; The Black Swan Inn,  25 Norwich Road, Horsham St Faiths, Norwich, NR10 3HJ.

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Chance for walkers to glamp it up on the coast

Ginny Wilson-North couldn’t wish for a better office or commute to work.
And it’s all down to a new business she has started with husband Mark based on walking the Norfolk coast path.
The couple, from Colby, launched MarGins in December, a selection of walking and glamping holidays appealing to both dedicated trekkers and casual tourists looking for something a bit different.
Starting point for the holidays is Hunstanton, and the drive from their home village is just part of the job Ginny loves.
“There’s such a diversity in our coastline from the cliffs at Sheringham and Cromer to dunes and marshes,” she said.
Ginny has been walking various sections of the 84-miles of Norfolk coastline to add to the pack they give the walkers, making notes of signage, places of interest and places to eat.
Guests can choose from three holiday options – a three day, 38 mile walk from Cromer to Hopton-on-Sea; a four day, 46-miler from Hunstanton to Cromer; and the full 84 miles of the Norfolk Coast Path from Hunstanton to the Suffolk border, taking six days.
The glamping accommodation is set up each day on established campsites on the Norfolk Coast Path, with luggage transferred to the next destination each day.
The sturdy tents have comfy chairs and padded camp beds with soft, cosy duvets, plus, MarGins supplies a hamper of local Norfolk produce each day for breakfast.
Ginny said: “We’ve designed the routes to appeal to all levels of walker.“Ramblers and experienced trekkers can stick to the route or go further by checking out some of the many ‘off-piste’ paths. The less experienced can do as much or as little walking as they like – and even pop on the Coasthopper bus if they want a rest.
“The Norfolk coast is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in Britain. For anyone interested in wildlife there are world-renowned reserves all along the coast. It’s the perfect place for walking and glamping – especially when it’s relaxed and hassle-free.”
Add to that the fact that the trips are dog friendly and MarGins will supply everything you need – “except the dog”, said Ginny.
The couple decided to launch their holiday business after Ginny was made redundant from her job with the Red Cross. “I went from one kind of tent to another,” she said. “I was walking Hadrian’s Wall and had time to think about my future and what I wanted to do was something that I really enjoyed, and this is it.”
Their season runs from May to September, but their first guests took a B&B option so they could come this winter. They already have guests booked for the summer.
And the couple is hoping to branch out to offer family options and specialist breaks, including those for bird watchers.
Ginny added: “We have had some great feedback including from local people who want to walk the coast path but are not sure how to organise themselves. We do all that for them.”

For more information visit MarGins can be contacted direct by email, or call 07787 534809.  You can also find them on Twitter (@MarGinsholidays) and Facebook (marginswalkingandglampingholidays).