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!

Six months in and they still mean business

Norfolk business support organisation, Genix will celebrate six months of hosting its monthly business networking event, Coffee Means Business, in March.

Held at various locations across North Norfolk the event was established in September 2016 and was commissioned by North Norfolk District Council. It attracts more than 30 businesses who network informally over coffee.

The next Coffee Means Business will take place on Friday, March 24,  on the first floor of The Prince of Wales Stand, Fakenham Racecourse, 9.30am-11.30am and the speakers will include Gin Wilson-North (pictured) of Walk and Glamp providing stress-free walking and glamping holidays around the whole coast of Norfolk.

Gary Parker, who hosts Coffee Means Business said, “We’re extremely pleased to be celebrating six months of Coffee Means Business, Norfolk.  The feedback we’ve had from attendees has been extremely positive, businesses appreciate meeting different people every month, and they enjoy the informality, friendliness and low cost which we’ve maintained at just £2 per person, with no membership or joining fees.”

Nigel Dixon, from North Norfolk District Council, said: “We’re extremely pleased to have commissioned Coffee Means Business as a way to support freelancers, self-employed, business owners and companies alike. It’s a great format to meet new business people, build professional relationships and expand your client base.”

Genix is a not-for-profit organisation which has been supporting businesses for more than 20 years with business skills masterclasses, advice and events.

For more details of Coffee Means Business go to or phone 0800 096 3013.

Name and shame those dog foulers in Cromer

North Norfolk District Council is calling on people in Cromer to help identify irresponsible dog owners near a popular local park.

The roads leading to Fearns Field in Suffield Park are repeatedly being contaminated by dog excrement with council patrollers discovering 15 in one morning last week.

Fearn Field itself, a favourite spot for children to play, is also suffering from dog fouling.

Angie Fitch-Tillett, cabinet member for environment said: “We have patrols all through the day trying to check on dog fouling and trying to identify the owners responsible for this. But we don’t have enough people to cover every foot of the roads and park at every moment of the day and night. So we’re calling on the communities of Cromer to help us help them. If you know who’s doing this, please tell us. If you see someone letting their dog foul and not picking up, report it with as much detail about the owner and the dog.”

The roads affected by significant fouling are Station Road, Carrington Road, Park Road and to a lesser extent Northrepps Road. Council officers are patrolling the area and have added path stencils along pavements to remind people they need to bag it and bin it. Dog excrement is also being sprayed different colours so officers can immediately identify new offences.

If you see someone leaving their dog’s poo report it here: with as much information about the timing, the identity of the owner, location and dog. If you feel it is safe to take a photograph of the owner and dog, please send that to us at

North Norfolk District Council has been running a #NoMessing campaign to raise awareness of dog fouling in North Norfolk. For more information see

A festive message but the sentiment still stands

Council takes steps to keep tax down in North Norfolk

Potential development at sites in Holt and Cromer will be part of a wider strategy announced by North Norfolk District Council to keep the district’s element of council tax frozen.
Budget proposals to maintain a zero council tax rise for the seventh year in a row at £138.87 for a Band D property will be considered by the council’s cabinet when it meets on Monday (February 6). Any decision will then be referred to full council.
On the agenda cabinet members will consider two key budget reports – the 2017/18 Budget Report and the Strategic Property Development Partner and Work Programme.
These two papers set out how the council could operate with no council tax increase in 2017/18 at a time when other authorities are planning to increase their charge.
The strategy looks to take a more commercial approach to council-owned assets and considers developing four key sites in the district.
These include a residential development at Grove Lane in Holt and a commercial development at Cadogan Road in Cromer.
The Holt site is a former council depot, more recently leased to Norfolk County Council for office use, a two-storey office building, two workshop or storage buildings and a yard area. The property has been vacant for two years.
The site would require significant investment to be re-let for business use and would have a greater value through accommodating a residential development, subject to planning approval, the council said.
Two proposals have been examined, one for five houses to be sold and the other for eight houses to be rented.
The Cromer site is a central car and coach park facility with public toilet block, set back from the seafront.
The site has been identified to accommodate a development, subject to planning approval, by a national hotel chain, while allowing some continued public parking. There has been interest by two hotel operators in recent years – Premier Inn and Travelodge. Both operators are understood to be seeking to develop an 80 room hotel in the town.
Any development of the car park to accommodate a hotel would require alternative coach parking and it has been suggested alternative facilities could be provided on the surfaced area of the nearby Runton Road car park.
Tom FitzPatrick, leader of North Norfolk District Council said: “North Norfolk is a well-run, financially sound authority that delivers excellent services: by continually working to ensure that we are innovative, efficient and effective across all our operations, we are able to bring forward budget proposals that would freeze our council tax rate for the seventh year in a row.”
The council is in a strong financial position for 2017/18 and 2018/19 but Government funding to the council is reducing and there is a forecast deficit of £700,000 in 2019/20 and £1.3m in 2020/21. This figure already includes the council raising income or identifying savings totalling £3 million pounds.

Half-term fun to help parents

The regular school holiday programme of sporting activities for children run by North Norfolk District Council has been given a fresh look for February half term.

A new focus on full days of activities running from 9.30am-3pm has been adopted after feedback from parents, instead of a mix of mainly shorter sessions and an occasional full day.

The same feedback has also led to the sports teams offering early drop off and late pick up, meaning the day can be extended to 8am to 4.30pm.

The full days are priced at £10, plus £2 for each of the extended 90 minutes at either end of the day.

Full days will be held at Cromer, North Walsham and Stalham community sports centres, with one half day at Stalham. Activities include ball games, football fun day, multisports and street dance. The days will serve different age groups ranging from four to 12 years old.

Full details of locations, dates, times and costs can be found at
Maggie Prior, cabinet member for leisure, health and wellbeing, said: “We have listened to the views of both parents and young people, and used that information to change what we offer in our sports centres during half term and holidays.

“There was a clear desire for longer sessions to help busy families and we’re delighted to be able to tie that in with offering healthy, active fun at a very reasonable cost.

“All sessions are led by qualified and dedicated staff who know how to make sure young people of various ages have lots of active fun.”

Diverse elementary gym class


Who deserves a Big Society award?

Do you know someone who deserves to be thanked for the work they do in the community or an organisation which deserves praise?

North Norfolk District Council is organising a Big Society Awards Night to thank the people and the projects that help to create a strong community.

The Big Society Awards Night, which has the support of North Norfolk Radio, will be held at Sheringham Little Theatre on  March 23 to celebrate the Big Society community spirit that helps to make North Norfolk such a great place to live.

People are being asked to nominate a project or a person that has made a difference in their community by January 27.

Categories open to public nomination are:

  • Community Project Award – for projects that are based in or benefit people in the district.
  • Voluntary Services Award for Sport – for someone who has made an outstanding contribution to sport in the district.
  • Voluntary Services Award for someone who has made an outstanding contribution for young people in the district.
  • Voluntary Services Award for someone who has made an outstanding contribution for older people in the district.
  • Voluntary Services Award for someone who has made an outstanding contribution to their neighbourhood.

NNDC will also be inviting projects which were awarded a Big Society Fund between 2014 – 16 to make nominations in two other categories which are:

  • Outstanding Contribution to a Big Society Funded Project – by an adult.
  • Outstanding Contribution to a Big Society Funded Project – by a young person aged under 18.

The council will also be presenting a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tom FitzPatrick, leader of North Norfolk District Council and chairman of the Big Society Fund Panel, said: “The Big Society is all about supporting community projects and these awards are all about recognising the exceptional community spirit in our area. Everyone who contributes to their community and helps others deserves recognition and I hope people will come forward with their nominations and publically thank the people who help others.”

A Big Society Awards event was held for the first time in 2014. For this the second event, members of the public are being asked to make nominations. The project or person does not have to be connected to a Big Society Funded project.

To put forward nominations:

Council car park to open for Cromer fireworks

North Norfolk District Council will be opening its headquarters’ car park for Cromer New Year’s Day fireworks, creating 250 extra car parking spaces.

The car park will open at 2pm and entrance will be £2 per vehicle. The display itself takes place at 5pm from Cromer Pier and is free, although there are bucket collections. The car park will close and be secured at 9pm.

The decision was made following an enquiry from the committee which organises the fireworks.

Tom FitzPatrick, leader of North Norfolk District Council, said: “The Cromer Pier fireworks have become a highly successful annual event. Thousands of people come to visit the town from a wide area. Providing these extra car parking spaces will help spread the pressure on car parking. We hope everyone enjoys the fireworks and their time in Cromer on New Year’s Day.”

North Norfolk District Council car parks will have normal charges except for Runton Road which is a set fee of £2 after 2pm.

Last year's display in full flow

Last year’s display in full flow

New football pitch and facilities at Cabbell Park

Cromer’s Cabbell Park improvement works are on track for an early completion, with the pitch relocation completed on Friday (December 2).

North Norfolk District Council commissioned Renosteel Construction, Thrower & Rutland and Redhill Services to carry out work on Cabbell Park after MedCentres received the go-ahead for the multi-million pound medical centre this autumn.

Work was scheduled with Cromer Town Football Club, to ensure it didn’t disrupt the playing schedule.

As well as moving the pitch the council has:

Drained land at the western end of the park to ensure the realigned pitch is to the required playing standard;

Provided a new match officials’ changing facility on the Cromer Academy site;

Refurbished and improved the team changing rooms at Cromer Academy as a replacement for the dated facilities at Cabbell Park;

Provided a new path and gate linking Cabbell Park to the changing rooms;

Moved the floodlights and ducting to ensure the pitch is playable in the evenings;

Moved the pitch, goals and dug-outs to comply with football league regulations;

Put up new posts and rail to match the new pitch layout;

Put in a new electricity supply.

Tom FitzPatrick, leader of North Norfolk District Council, said: “We have been working hard to put the new facilities in, to support the provision of a modern health centre for the people of Cromer and to ensure that the club and football supporters have the facilities they need.

“The before and after photographs tell the story of our investment in Cabbell Park. We will have improved football facilities, the clubhouse is available to be used and there will be a modern medical centre to serve the people of Cromer. The council is also working to identify a long term home for community sports facilities that can serve the people of Cromer.”

The pitch has been moved westwards within the site. Part of the ‘old’ pitch forms part of the ‘new’ pitch.



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