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Min’s going bald for change

Domestic Abuse campaigner Min Grob is facing a close shave to help a charity for those affected by  domestic abuse in Norfolk and Waveney.

“You know that song ‘I want to wash that man right out of my hair’? Well I want to cut him out.

“It’s taken some time to get up the courage to do it but now is the right time,” she said. “You always know when something has happened because people change their hair… well I was 50 this year and I wanted to go into the second half of my life unencumbered –  and that includes hair!”

She will be losing her long, dark hair at Leeway’s domestic violence conference on July 14 and she hopes to raise at least £2000.

“They have had a 27 per cent increase in demand, but not the corresponding funding,” said Min, founder of Conference on Coercive Control.

She is already making plans for her new hair, when it grows back but for now she plans a summer “swathed in scarves, maybe a panama” with a collection of bobble hats for the colder winter months.

Anyone who wants to sponsor Min should visit: virginmoneygiving.com/BaldForChange.

Public consultation over Paston merger

Paston Sixth Form College in North Walsham is launching a public consultation to seek views from members of the community on plans for a proposed merger with City College Norwich.

The two colleges have been in talks to work together since the start of the year, as part of the Area Review of Post-16 Education in Norfolk and Suffolk led by the FE Commissioner, Richard Atkins.  Due to the success of these discussions, and following a recommendation from the Area Review, there is now a proposal that the colleges merge by December 2017 and a formal consultation about that  plan is being announced today.

The consultation invites students, parents, staff, local employers and the wider community to express their views on the proposals which aim to expand the choice of post-16 education options in North East Norfolk.

Overall, the plans will result in the creation of a “resilient and financially sustainable organisation that will widen the educational offer for existing and prospective students, employers and the community in North East Norfolk”. The merger will also “ensure a skilled future workforce for the local area”.

The final decision  will rest with the governing  bodies of each college.

Kevin Grieve, principal of Paston Sixth Form College, said: “This is all about growth. By becoming one institution, we want to work together to become an even stronger educational force than we currently are. We have a proud history and we are determined to build on this history by joining with City College Norwich.”

Corrienne Peasgood, principal of City College Norwich said: “We are very excited about the proposal and are looking forward to hearing what members of the local community think of our plans. Both institutions have a strong history and it is our aim to maintain, develop and celebrate their individual strengths and specialisms following the merger.”

A document setting out the full proposal and the consultation arrangements (with details of how to make your views known) is available at: www.pastonccn.co.uk or on request via email (pastonccn@gmail.com). It can also be obtained from FOUR Agency, Hill House, 20 Hill House Road, Norwich NR1 4BE.

The principals from both institutions will be available at Paston Sixth Form College to discuss the merger with members of the public 1-6pm on Thursday, June 22, Friday, June 23 and Monday, June 26.   Please report to the college’s reception at the Griffons site in North Walsham.

Replies to the consultation need to be received by midnight on Saturday, July 22. Both colleges will consider all responses received by that date and will publish a summary of the consultation and its outcomes by September 23 (to be available at www.pastonccn.co.uk).

Kevin Grieve and Corrienne Peasgood.
PICTURE: CCN

Cromer ambulance station open day for children’s charity

Cromer ambulance station open day will return next month to give visitors a unique insight into the work of the emergency services in Norfolk.
Ambulance, fire, police, critical care charities and a host of other organisations will be at the free event, in Middlebrook Way, Cromer, on Sunday, July 2, 10am-3pm.
The open day provides an opportunity for people to find out more about the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST), meet ambulance staff and volunteers, and explore inside an ambulance and rapid response vehicle.
Proceeds will go to Nelson’s Journey, a charity that supports bereaved children in Norfolk.
Daisy the vintage ambulance will be on show as well as Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, Norfolk Police, RNLI, Norfolk Accident Rescue Service, and East Anglian Air Ambulance will also have a stand.
There will also be live music and refreshments and tea and cake stalls.
Organiser Dale Meacham-Roberts, who is a duty locality officer for EEAST, said: “The open day is a great opportunity to welcome the community to the station and get all our partners together to celebrate the work of our emergency services and charities.
“People will get a behind the scenes look at the ambulance service as well as raising money for a very worthy cause.”
For more information about the work of Nelson’s Journey, visit http://www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk/default.aspx

Driver clocked at 100mph by Aylsham speed sign

A driver was clocked at 100mph on Henry Page Road earlier in the year, according to statistics collected by Aylsham’s moveable speed sign.

Aylsham Town Council bought the SAM 2 speed awareness system last summer to raise awareness of speed limits around Aylsham.

The unit is positioned on various roads around town for up to four weeks gathering data and warning drivers if they need to slow down, before it is moved to another spot.

The data includes maximum speeds measured, the volume of traffic, average speed and the percentage of drivers breaking the speed limit.

Some of the most notable statistics are:

  • A staggering 100mph registered on Henry Page Road towards the A140 on February 10 at 4.55pm. The limit is 40mph.
  • Another speeder was registered at 80mph in the other direction on Henry Page Road on January 27 at 1.25am.
  • Someone driving at 55mph in the 20mph limit on Millgate at the bottom of Gas House Hill at noon on April 9. At this same location, Sunday was the worst day in terms of the percentage of drivers going over the limit at nearly 56%.
  • A speed of 75mph recorded on October 26 at 1.50pm in the 30mph limit on Norwich Road, travelling towards town.

The sign has recently been on the Blickling Road going out of town so there will be another set of data produced for that location.

The data collected from the units by the town council is reviewed and passed to local police.

Clerk Sue Lake said: “The town council is recording all the information gathered and forwarding it to the police who can identify any issues and immediately address persistent regular offenders if any are identified. This is only one aspect of speed awareness and the council is still keen to re-establish speedwatch in the town but require the public to volunteer.”

That data can be viewed on the town council website at www.aylsham-tc.gov.uk/sam-2-traffic-analysis.

The speed sensors that have been moving to various location around the town.

 

Paul and Bluebell hit the road again

The fastest milk float in the East will be off on her travels again as Paul Thompson and Bluebell head to Cornwall in aid of Cancer Research.

The Sheringham-based singer/songwriter will be driving the souped-up vehicle all the way to Land’s End, performing gigs along the way on a tour which he hopes will raise £5,000 for the charity.

With a top speed of 19mph, Bluebell is 4/5mph faster than the average milk float – but Paul won’t have his foot down all the way. He expects Bluebell’s Busking Bonanza tour to take most of the summer, at a more sedate 10mph.

“I think it’s going to take about two months to get there because I’m playing lots of gigs on the way,” he said. “I am aiming to do about 30. I called it the Busking Bonanza but it’s mainly not busking. I will be doing some busking, but lots of the gigs will be proper gigs in pubs with gardens or festivals and artisan markets.”

Events lined up already are a classic car festival near Oxford and a session with radio legend Bob Harris for his online TV channel . Paul is also waiting to hear if he has nabbed a coveted spot at Glastonbury. A dream gig which, he said, would be “absolutely brilliant”.

The tour will start with a launch party at the Harnser, in Cley, on June 2 where there will be food from 7pm and music from 8pm. Paul and Bluebell plan to hit the road on June 3 – a poignant anniversary .

“My dad, Terry, passed away from cancer a year ago so I wanted to do something really positive to commemorate him. Having seen what cancer can do to someone I wanted to help the next generation,” he said.

Fitted out with a stage and solar panels to power the gear needed for Paul’s performances, Bluebell has most of the mod cons needed for the journey but Paul hopes to hear from people who can put on a gig, host him for a night or help to keep Bluebell charged up.

He is already grateful for those who contributed £80 towards his challenge as he busked outside Budgens in Holt, courtesy of Bakers and Larners, last Saturday.

Anyone wanting to follow Bluebell’s route can visit www.paulsmusic.co.uk for his blog and keep up with live updates on Facebook and Twitter. Donations can be made at http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paulsmusic.

PICTURE: CHRIS TAYLOR PHOTO

 

Search is on for young dancer to star in family show

The search is on for a local performer to join the cast of a laugh-a-minute family show featuring characters created by David Walliams.

The producers of Gangsta Granny, which comes to Norwich Theatre Royal on July 13-15, are looking for someone to play the role of Diane in the show opposite the professional cast.

The successful performer will have a short solo dance in the middle of the show as well as being part of the finale routine. They must be 16 years old in August this year but be able to play a character who is 11-12 years old.

The successful dancer will get a video link to learn the routine. They will not need to rehearse with the cast but will need to commit to each performance of the show in Norwich.

To apply for the role, just email gangstagranny@birminghamstage.com and the production team will get back with more information.

Alison Fitzjohn, of Birmingham Stage Company which is producing the show, said: “It is a fun role to play. It will also be great for an up-and-coming dancer to have a show like this on their CV. Gangsta Granny is creating a buzz around the country and audiences are loving the chance to see this favourite book brought to life.”

The show itself tells the story of Ben who usually spends Friday evening with Granny eating cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake. But his weekly visit gets much exciting when Granny reveals a secret which sees the pair of them embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

To book, log onto www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or call the box office on 01603 630000

 

It’s all quiet for North Walsham pub plans

Ssshh, there are plans for a new micropub in North Walsham.

The concept for the former taxi office at 2 Market Place shuns all forms of electronic entertainment with the idea to “keep it simple”.

The application to North Norfolk District Council is for a change of use of the empty building to drinking establishment.

The micropub will sell cask ale on gravity from the barrel, also real cider and limited bottled beer, mostly speciality foreign beers, plus serve traditional pub snacks.

There will be no TV, fruit machines or recorded music and as such little noise, other than conversation. The plan is to steer clear of lager and alcopops and also not brew beer on site.

The application sates: “The Market Street Tap will be a throwback to the traditional ale houses of the mid-19th century. It will be a single room micropub with limited space (room for approximately 25-30 people) and limited opening hours.”

The business will be based primarily on three core themes – local cask ales served straight from cask to glass; traditional snacks such as pork pies, scotch eggs, crisps and cheeses sourced from local artisan businesses; conversation between locals and tourists alike.

It is not intended that there will be any structural changes to the property, inside or out, other than hanging pictures on the walls

The application says: “A micropub is a small freehouse which listens to its customers, mainly serves cask ales and promotes the art of conversation.”

The first micropub opened in 2005 in Herne Bay, Kent and since then the concept has gone from strength to strength.

There are currently more than 280 micropubs listed with the Micropub Association and news of further openings continues to buck the recent trend of pub closures.

Get your 60s groove on in Cromer, dudes

The 1960s was full of great music, great clothes and great new ideas, and this year the dudes at North Norfolk District Council and Cromer Pier are inviting you to celebrate the decade in style.

From Mods to mini-skirts, The Beatles to The Beach Boys, flower power to flares, Mini Coopers to mood rings, the 60s were a gas! So why not relive some of that magic at Cromer’s 60s Festival on The Pier and Promenade on St George’s Day, April 23.

Maggie Prior cabinet member for culture, leisure, health and wellbeing at North Norfolk District Council said: “Whether you remember the 60s or want to know what all the fuss was about, Cromer’s 60s Festival is set to capture the flavour, sights and sounds of that era.

“We’re so pleased this community event has attracted such support from groups, entertainers and businesspeople wanting to make the day special. Keep looking at our Facebook and Twitter posts for more confirmed activities and stands. As they used to say in the 60s – be there or be square!”

The festival will be officially opened by TV presenter Helen McDermott and showcase live music and dance, vintage vehicles, screenings of the 1966 World Cup, vintage clothes, Punch and Judy and great food. And in The Pier bar there will even be 1960s happy hours with beer at £1 a pint.

Nigel Pearce, ward member for Suffield Park, Cromer, who has championed and promoted the 60s festival for Cromer, said: “The 1960s is the decade when Britain led the world in music and fashion; that really was a time when we ruled the airwaves. St George’s Day is a time to feel proud and holding this new event on St George’s Day should make us all feel proud of Cromer and the people who make our town and our district so amazing.”

The event will feature:

  • Photographs, film footage and memorabilia
  • Beatles exhibition
  • Vintage mopeds, scooters and motorbikes
  • Live music
  • 1966 World Cup final screenings
  • £1-a-pint happy hours
  • Music and video tribute to the 1960s
  • A display of Gerry Anderson memorabilia featuring Stingray, Thunderbirds, Supercar, Fireball XL 5, Captain Scarlet and more
  • Vintage cars
  • BBC Radio Norfolk’s Wally Webb complete with Lambretta and Parka coat
  • Hog roast
  • Punch and Judy
  • Vintage clothing stalls
  • RNLI Lifeboat exercise, and so much more!