Mobile phone signal boost for North Walsham

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb has welcomed news of a big improvement to mobile phone reception in North Walsham.

The MP has recently been informed that a new communications mast is being built at the town’s Anglia Water Marshgate sewage works , and is forecast to become operational by the end of the year. It will be used by mobile phone operators 02 and Vodafone.

Norman said: “This is a major boost for the town’s residents and for those who need mobile phones for their work and businesses. I also thank residents for their support in the long campaign that helped to bring this about.”

A large part of the town should benefit from improved mobile phone signal. In particular, a swathe of the town from Marshgate to Spa Common and the Brick Kiln Estate which has had poor mobile phone signal should see a significant improvement.

It follows a long campaign by residents, supported by Norman Lamb and local councillors led by Eric Seward, for better mobile phone reception in North Walsham. Earlier this year a planning application for a new communications mast at the town’s sewage works was made. It received widespread public support and planning permission was given by North Norfolk District Council in June.

Norman Lamb to run again at next election

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb has been backed to run again at the next General Election.

The Liberal Democrat MP has represented North Norfolk since 2001. At the election last year he finished more than 4,000 votes ahead of the Conservatives. He served as a minister in the coalition government and won a national reputation for his work to promote better mental health care.

A packed meeting of Liberal Democrat members backed him unanimously to be their local candidate at the next election. Mr Lamb told the meeting in Aylmerton that there was a greater need than ever for moderate, common sense voices to be heard in Parliament and politics.

“Jeremy Corbyn is dragging the Labour Party to the far left but it is really dangerous to have one party in power which is completely dominant. There is a massive risk of arrogance and complacency on the part of the Conservative Government. Those of us who care about delivering high quality, affordable public services and making sure that everyone’s voice is heard need to work together to provide a common sense alternative,”he said.

“It has been an unbelievable privilege to represent North Norfolk people in Parliament since 2001. It’s a great honour to be chosen as Liberal Democrat candidate again. But in uncertain times I know local people need a strong and experienced voice in Parliament more than ever. I have just completed my annual ‘village tour’ of street corner advice surgeries and this year saw a record turn-out of people. They raised a huge range of issues with me from poor quality roads to our creaking health and care services, worries about the challenges we face following Brexit and much more.

“I am looking forward to continuing my work for North Norfolk and on vital issues like finding a sustainable future for the health and care services we all rely on.”


The music festival on your doorstep

The crew behind the Trunchonbury music festival have kicked the 2017 event into action with a launch party.
Invited guests and friends, including MP Norman Lamb and his wife Mary, came along to the party at the club house at MADRA sports ground in Knapton on Sunday, August 28.
The evening included music, food and plenty of fun as a precursor to the 2017 event planned for the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Trunchonbury all started back in 2007 in the little village, near North Walsham.
Steve Randell, one of the organisers said: “Then, it was a very modest beginning where a handful of friends enjoyed camping and dancing in a private garden, now it has grown into what is a full-blown music and arts spectacular catering for all tastes and ages.”
In 2009, more than 1,000 people enjoyed a fun-packed weekend when Trunchonbury came alive.
“Early on it was felt Trunchonbury should be more than just fun,” said Steve. “We wanted to help good causes as well, and thanks to the fantastic support from our guests and patrons on this occasion we managed to donate £3,500 to Big C cancer charity.”
By 2014, Trunchonbury was really on the festival calendar and, with the support and help from an army of local people, more than 3,000 attended.
Music, drama, entertainment, food and drink, kept folk and their children occupied for the whole weekend – which proved to be an exceptionally successful family event.
That year Trunchonbury was able to donate £10,000 to causes such as the Mundesley inshore lifeboat and Trunch Village Hall.
“With our contacts, fantastic local support, and festival team (our tribe of smiley people) we were encouraged to continue with the Trunchonbury festival so 2017 looks to become the biggest and most magical weekend yet,” said Steve.
He said thanks to MADRA and “wonderful local farmers” the event now had a considerably larger venue. “There will be extra days, more camping, and many more quality acts and entertainments. In 2017 we will cater for 5,000 people a day and will continue to help raise funds for good causes. This year we particularly want to support the Mundesley inshore lifeboat again along with MADRA (Mundesley and District Recreational Association).
“If we are as successful as we have been we can contribute to even more nominated causes and charities. Expect first class music from all genres with bands playing throughout the day, there is a dance tent each evening, the ‘live lounge’ in the main bar along with wonderful beers from all over, a drama and arts stage, a superb market place with an array of products, services and foods all linked to a fully equipped campsite, diverse children’s area including some exciting acts, magic workshop and more, healing fields, tepees, and who knows what else?” said Steve.
He encouraged potential sponsors and performers to get in touch to “make this festival even more magical”.
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Jungle night raises £14,000 for Holt charity

The Auden Theatre was transformed into rainforest for a night for a charity event which raised a huge £14,227 for Holt Youth Project.
The Madagascan Rainforest Ball welcomed 163 people, including patron of the charity Norman Lamb, to Gresham’s School theatre on Saturday, January 23, to enjoy the themed event and raise vital funds for the project in association with Ormiston Families.
The night was organised by Alison Mawson, Catherine Scott, Diana Jacob and Karen Siddall, our front cover stars, who said they were “delighted to have raised so much money for such a worthy cause”.
Diana said: “Gresham’s School catering team Chartwells produced a delicious Madagascan-themed feast. The Auden Theatre was imaginatively transformed into a rainforest and us four dressed in traditional Madagascan lambas. Last Lemur Standing was played by almost everyone and the winner kindly donated his winnings back to Holt Youth project.”
Many local businesses and individuals supported the event by lending decorations and donating raffle prizes and a wide variety of promises for an auction.
“Auctioneer James Glennie managed to persuade bidders to dig deep into their pockets for the charity. Sally Taylor and her Midnight Soul Band kept the dance floor full with their lively playing and everyone had a fantastic evening,” added Diana.
The total profit will be used to help young people struggling with mental health issues, who are taking part in the Achieving Confidence Training provided by the charity.
Mr Lamb said of the evening: “It was great to spend the evening raising money for Holt Youth Project. I would like to congratulate the organisers for arranging such a fantastic event and raising such a considerable amount.
“Holt Youth Project is a great cause and I hope to visit again in the near future”.
The four organisers are going to trek through Madagascar in October to raise more money for the charity. Collection boxes are at the Holt Medical Practice and Siddalls of Norfolk in Holt. All funds donated will go directly to the Holt Youth project. The organisers will be covering all their own expenses for the trek and travel.
The pictures are all by Rodney Smith from the Photographers’ Gallery in Holt, who donated his services and photographed the evening’s festivities.