Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped presenter Kate Quilton will officially open the Garden Kitchen Cafe in the picturesque grounds of Hoveton Hall this Sunday (May 1).
The cafe is the latest venture by Norfolk chef Alex Firman and is housed in the old dairy barn. He said: “It’s real food cooked by real chefs using quality local and seasonal ingredients. It’s home cooked food with heart. We’re about flavour not flounce.”
Firman and his team, including front of house manager and former city florist Libby Ferris, grow their own produce in the nearby Hoveton Hall walled garden and source much of their ingredients locally including lamb from the neighbouring Hoveton Hall farm and locally caught fish.
“We want eating in the Garden Kitchen Cafe to feel like drawing up a chair to the best farmhouse kitchen table you can
imagine,” said Alex, who is catering for Kate’s wedding later this year. Kate will carrying out the honours at around noon.
The cafe has a diverse menu including Norfolk Plough Pudding, Tuscan-inspired Sunday roasts and classics like ploughman’s lunches with sour dough bread, Norfolk Dapple cheese and home-made bread and butter pickle. Signature ice cream sundaes will feature innovative flavours like rhubarb and custard ginger crumble.
Children can play in an enclosed field opposite which Alex plans to fill with a mini street of colourfully painted play houses and old wooden boats with sand.
Two independent financial advisors from Norfolk have been charged with a total of 14 fraud offences by officers from the Eastern Region Specialist Operations Unit (ERSOU).
Alan Taylor, aged 36 and of St Stephens Street in Norwich, has been charged with seven counts of fraud including conspiracy to defraud and fraud by abuse of position whilst Russell Taylor, aged 35 and of Old Hall Road in Witton, has been charged with seven separate counts of fraud including conspiracy to defraud and fraud by abuse of position.
The charges relate to the handling of investments between their businesses, namely Taylor and Taylor Associates Ltd, based in Hoveton, and Vantage Investment Group, between January 2008 and July 2015.
Investigations have revealed so far that the fraud charges are likely to run into millions of pounds.
Taylor and Taylor have been charged today (Monday 18 April 2016) and have been released on conditional bail to appear before Norwich Magistrates Court on Friday 24 June 2016.
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.
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.
Work is under way on the first phase of the Three Rivers Way, an ambitious project to create a safe walking and cycling route joining up villages across the Norfolk Broads.
Ultimately, this will connect Wroxham, Hoveton, Horning, Ludham and Potter Heigham along the same network, opening the area up to locals and visitors alike.
This first phase runs for 3.7km between Hoveton and Horning and is being built primarily along the northern side of the A1062. It will provide improved local travel to school, work and shops, as well as an attractive route for visitors, and should be ready in time for the peak holiday season.
For those arriving by train, car or bus, the route will be supported by cycle hire at Hoveton, Horning and Ludham Bridge, giving access to healthy countryside cycling, including riverside amenities and Bewilderwood, a nationally-recognised tourist attraction. The scheme will open up access to the Norfolk Broads for those without boats and allow visitors and locals to visit areas that are traditionally less accessible.
It is hoped that a safe route will encourage a wider range of people on to bicycles, including families and the active retired. Their spending power will support village outlets, particularly those supplying food and drink. Increased spending in traditional local businesses will also help support the rural economy. The Three Rivers Way will ultimately connect to the Bure Valley Way and the Weavers Way in the Norfolk Trails network.
Nigel Dixon, county councillor for Hoveton and Stalham, said it was an important step forward in improving sustainable transport options in the area: “Proposals have been adjusted to address some local concerns, but I hope that working together we will be able to deliver an acceptable scheme that will benefit the wider community and tourism sector, helping attract more visitors to the area. This is the first significant step in eventually linking Hoveton to Potter Heigham.”
Peter Howe, Chairman of the Three Rivers Way Association, said: “This is a fantastic day for the Three Rivers Way Association and for the area. We have been working on this project for around eight years, so it is wonderful to see building work taking place at last. It’s a much-needed improvement that will allow people to get out into the countryside.”
Police are appealing for witnesses after a pedestrian was injured in a collision in Hoveton.
The female, aged in her teens, was walking along Tunstead Road around 3.30pm on Tuesday 8 September 2015, when she was involved in a collision with a blue Kia at the zebra crossing near to the junction of Horning Road West.
The pedestrian suffered leg injuries, which required hospital treatment.
Officers are keen to trace the occupants of the car, which failed to stop, and would also like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision.
They should contact PC Russ Tupper at Sprowston Police Station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.