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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.

Angels beat rivals Aylsham to take local pride

Last night in front of a huge crowd North Walsham ran out 3-1 winners against Aylsham.

The Angels were in control for most of the game with their pacey wingers causing problems to the Aylsham back four, once they got ahead Aylsham were always facing an uphill battle, one that became even harder after they received two red cards.

Angels chairman Alex Brady said, “What a win last night for North Walsham. From the first minute to the 90th, every single member of the management team and playing staff battled and fought to ensure the 3 points stayed at Greens Road, with the goals coming from Matty Downing (2) and Liam Clarke.

Credit has to go to Aylsham for bringing over 100 fans, and with the overall crowd in excess of 300 it was a brilliant occasion with lots of friendly banter between the two sets of fans.

A special mention has to go to the referee for controlling the game well in the tough conditions – and he certainly played his part in a very entertaining game.

With crowd numbers at record levels in 2017, it certainly serves as a reminder that football is alive and well within the town, and that improved facilities should continue to remain the aim for the club and the town”

It was in stark contrast to the Aylsham camp whose promotion push has slipped away in recent weeks, manager Martin Meek said, “We were all gutted and disappointed in the changing room after the game, we let ourselves and the fans down. But fair play to North Walsham who were the better team on the night.”

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North Walsham students enjoy gig by rising star

Singer-songwriter brings show with online safety message to school.

300 North Walsham school students enjoyed a concert by an up and coming singer-songwriter at the school’s Atrium.

Essex-born Tom Ryder performed a number of songs including his new single ‘Here We Go Again’, as well as sharing his own experiences of cyber bullying and exam pressures.

The 27-year-old described how the pressure to perform during his own schooldays led to bouts of insomnia, anxiety and depression.

He advised students to confide in parents teachers or friends if something was worrying them. “You need to talk to someone about it. If you keep it within yourself, it will just grow,” he said.

Tom also shared a number of tips and strategies about staying safe online and avoiding cyber bullying, which he defines as using the internet to make people feel uncomfortable or threatened. He called on victims of such bullying not to respond or believe in what was being said about them, and to feel confident in who they are.

“The internet and social media are great things; if I want to say something, I can get it out there,” he told the audience. “But as soon as you put something up, it is out there. So before you share, make sure it’s something that you’re happy for people to see.”

The performance is part of a schools tour being undertaken by Tom to assure young people that anything is possible and that they need to not only work hard but also enjoy their time at school, rather than fearing it and being worried about the outcome of exams.

He described NWHS’s Atrium auditorium as “the nicest room I’ve played in so far in schools.”

Tom Ryder performing at The Atrium at North Walsham High School

Arts North Norfolk charity to close

Arts North Norfolk is to close the charity, it was announced today.

A statement from the trustees of The Atrium North Norfolk Ltd (Arts North Norfolk issued today said: “On Wednesday, February 23, at an extraordinary general meeting the company members present voted unanimously to close the charity.

“It was with great sadness that we, the company directors (trustees), determined this to be our only viable and appropriate course of action given the financial and organisational uncertainty and outlook. The decision was taken in accordance with the procedures set out in our Articles of Association. It was not taken lightly and is binding.”
The move has come after a turbulent time for the charity following the resignation of CEO Joseph Ballard in September 2016.

The trustees said in the statement: “We have worked extremely hard to sustain the charity in difficult circumstances with increasingly limited financial and human resources. The enormity of the task has been overwhelming – both emotionally and practically – and the obstacles are now, in our considered opinion, insurmountable.”

There have been calls for the collective resignation of trustees. “Our response is that, with the charity in such financial crisis, we would have been (and would continue to be) in serious breach of our responsibilities to do so at any point since the AGM in December 2016, when we were (re)elected by a very solid majority,” the statement reported.

It went on: “We firmly believe that we have acted with complete integrity to perform our prescribed obligations as trustees and have remained utterly committed throughout to the fulfillment of ANN’s core charitable purposes. We have endeavoured to deliver on promises made; but we know that we have not always done so. To those people that we have let down, we extend our sincere apologies. We have, with the invaluable help of a few dedicated volunteers, tried our very best to maintain a programme of theatre and concerts at The Atrium.”

ANN has not held a Licence to Occupy The Atrium since January 2016 and thus has had no direct involvement in the management or hiring of the facilities since that time. As such, all booking enquiries should continue to be sent direct to lettings@nwhs.uk.

They thanked the school governors for their support and Suzie Sharpe, who manages bookings.
There are currently hopes to continue and develop the Atrium Cinema Club.

The closure of the charity could take up to six months. Once all our bills are paid, trustees will have to dispose of any remaining assets (cash and physical) in accordance with the Articles of Association i.e. to registered charities with the same or similar charitable objects.

“We are committed to finding the most efficient way to ensure that these assets remain for the continuation of The Atrium Cinema Club and for the development and delivery of arts and educational activities and events for the benefit of the communities of North Walsham and North Norfolk. The charity is closing but the work will live on,” said the statement.

Trustees chairman Katrina Cole said: “We have tried to continue with a very restricted and limited programme because that was all we had available in front of us. We have no money to programme for the future as there are no grants or other funds in place or applied for so we are in a completely untenable situation.”
The organisation had been waiting for the final payment of a grant from Arts Council England of around £7,000 which has already been spent on North Walsham Festival 2016.

Katrina added: “To find myself in a position where I am overseeing the closure of such a historically vibrant and achieving charity is an absolute tragedy but regrettably we are left with no choice. I am so sad and so very aggrieved that this should have come to being.”

New head for North Walsham school

St Nicholas House Prep School in North Walsham has welcomed a new head to take the school into the future.

Philip Oldroyd has taken over the helm of the independent school and is “looking forward to leading St Nicholas House into its next exciting phase of growth and development”. The appointment comes after headmaster Martin Castle decided to leave his position to enable the school to move forward to the next phase of its life.

Philip lives in Horstead with his wife, Niki and two sons, Dan (17) and Tom (19). The family moved to Norfolk from Sevenoaks, in Kent, six years ago to be closer to Niki’s parents. Philip is a graduate of Leeds University with a BA in PE and business studies and gained his PGCE from the University of Surrey.

His career in education has spanned 28 years, 10 of which as a head eacher. He successfully led Sevenoaks Prep, a co-educational school for children from nursery to Year 8, for seven years and more recently, was headmaster of Langley Prep School. Under his leadership both schools flourished, growing in both numbers and reputation.

Currently, Philip is head of the lower school at Langley, in Loddon, where he has the responsibility for both the pastoral and academic education of the children in Years 6 to 9.

Outside of school, Philip enjoys sports coaching and spectating, having “hung up his boots” a few years ago.  He has coached at both Sevenoaks and North Walsham Rugby Clubs for the past 12 years and cricket for Otford CC until his move to Norfolk.

“I am very excited to be joining such a fantastic school,” he said. “The children clearly benefit from being members of a small community and the family feel of the school is evident Small class sizes allow for more individual attention from well qualified staff who spend quality time with every child.”

There’s a chance to meet the new head at the school’s open day on Saturday, March 18.

Davenport’s Magic Kingdom closes

The magic-themed family attraction, Davenport’s Magic Kingdom, in North Walsham, has been closed and placed into voluntary liquidation following a legal dispute.

An ongoing dispute with a former consultant to the business resulted in a legal bill of almost £60,000 and as a result, the business was unable to continue trading and the directors took steps to appoint Jamie Playford of Leading Corporate Recovery as liquidator of the company on 23 February 2017.

The attraction housed the Davenport family’s extensive magic collection of artefacts and memorabilia spanning almost 500 years, as well as providing a fun and interactive space for museum displays, a magic theatre, gift shop and café.

Prior to opening in May 2013, the Davenport family committed over £1m to building the attraction.

In 2015, visitor numbers decreased and operational costs had increased, causing some cash flow difficulties. The business sought a financial rescue package from the director and his family and friends in order to fund ongoing trading.

The business had accumulated creditors of £1.7 million, of which £1.4m was owed to the Davenport family. The closure resulted in two immediate redundancies although other staff had been laid off over recent months.

Fourth-generation magician and current managing director, Roy Davenport, is currently in talks with Mr Playford to produce a rescue package.

Mr Playford said of the closure: “It is always sad to see a local attraction such as this forced into liquidation, however the local community have expressed their support for the Davenport family and so we are hopeful that a rescue package can be formulated over the coming weeks. We are looking at the detail of the proposals and hope to make a decision in the next week or so.”

Mr Davenport added: “Of course it is very unfortunate to have to go through this process. I am grateful to everyone who has supported us in so many ways over the last years. We are putting all our efforts into a possible rescue package and are hopeful that we can save our unique British magic collection and continue to make it accessible to all.”

A flashback to the opening of Davenport’s in 2013

Coffee Means Business in Cromer

Coffee Means Business is in Cromer this week for networking, hosted by Genix the business support agency for Norfolk’s business community.

January’s Coffee Means Business attracted more then 35 business people from a wide area who made new contacts over tea and coffee in the conservatory at Scarborough Hill Country Inn, North Walsham.

The speakers included Paul Brittain, who has recently established his company, Norfolk360. He’s a trusted Google supplier of 360 degree videos for Google Streetview. Paul showed how easy it is to increase footfall and sales by improving your online presence with internal and external tours of business premises. He showcased two companies who he has recently with worked onsite, Deer’s Glade Camping and Caravan Park and at Heydon Village Tea Shop, to bring both businesses to life, online.

Andrew Winship of Andrew David Photography, a new Genix patron, shared examples of both still life photography and videos to show how the most mundane products and business services can be improved and enhanced with great photography for print, social media and websites to encourage potential customers to buy. Short videos are becoming a must for business websites and Andrew showed different ways they can be used to get a business message across.

North Norfolk District Council commissioned Genix to organise and host Coffee Means Business in the North Norfolk area as they could see there was a need for a regular networking opportunity for businesses which didn’t involve expensive membership fees.

Genix were chosen because it is a not for profit organisation which, for more than 20 years, has been supporting businesses. In Norfolk, the organisation provides free business advice sessions for established businesses and start-ups, subsidised business skills courses and events for ambitious small businesses and self-employed people.

Nigel Dixon, cabinet member for business and economic development said: “It was a good informal session and a chance to hear directly from companies in our region. I’d encourage other businesses to come along to the next Coffee Means Business on Friday (February 17) at 9.30am at the Red Lion in Cromer.”

For more details regarding Genix and its subsidised services go to www.genix.org.uk or call 0800 096 3013.

Paul Brittain of Norfok360 at Coffee Means Business

Ruth Lowe of Ruth Elizabethevents.co.uk at CMB North Walsham

Emma’s dares for charity are creating a stir

It’s a fact of life that parents embarrass their children.

But Emma Mortimer is taking that a step further by generally making a fool of herself in the name of charity.

She came up with Emma’s Dares for Dosh, alongside training for the London Marathon in April to raise money for the charity Get Kids Going, which gives disabled children the chance to participate in sports.

“I wanted to do something fun to raise money and the idea of Emma’s Dares for Dosh came to me. It would appear my friends and family have taken great delight in sponsoring me to humiliate myself in public.”

They have been daring her to carry out weird and wonderful tasks in return for their donation to the cause.

So far that has included singing Annie show tunes on the town clock in the centre of North Walsham, a run around Cromer to the Rocky theme tune, having a moustache for a day, a Beyonce dance video (trust me that’s worth a watch), Christmas shopping dressed as the Grinch, having her 10-year-old son and his friend giving her a haircut and challenging strangers to arm wrestles whilst dressed as Hulk Hogan.

“I’ve got so many more dares lined up to do, I won’t have a shred of dignity left by April,” she said, clearly not worried about that fact.

“Annie was definitely the most embarrassing. I had cars beeping horns as they drove past. As for Beyonce, well I get my dance moves from my dad (butcher Icarus Hines),” she said.

“My children are mortified by some of the dares I have been given, mainly because they are shared on social media for all to see. Isabelle, my daughter, said the other day: ‘Is she really my Mother?’ with a look of dismay on her face. But I like to think its teaching her and Felix (my son) a valuable lesson – even if they have disowned me.”

Emma, who owns bespoke jewellery company Beach Hut Charm, first started running a couple of years ago with a few friends. “I really needed to lose weight and get fit and we did the Couch – 5k running app. I couldn’t even run down the road before I started but after that I really got the running bug.

“I have met some amazing friends through running and am now a member of the Colitshall Jaguars Running Club (they are awesome). I would really encourage anyone wanting to get fit to give running a go. It doesn’t take long to build up your stamina and miles and if I can do it anyone can.”

She’s the second family member to raise funds for her particular charity. “My mum ran the London Marathon for them a few years ago and I was fortunate enough to secure a place with them for this year. It’s a great, some of these young people have made it through to the Paralympic games.

“The training is going really well so far I am really looking forward to the Marathon day itself, although am sure the nerves will kick in nearer the time.”

Emma needs to raise £2,000 for her marathon charity place and is already past the halfway mark, with the promise of more money on its way.

She said: “I’ve been completely blown away by people’s generosity and support.”

Emma has a Virgin Money giving page at www.virginmoneygiving.com/EmmaMortimer1. See her truly awe-inspiring Beyonce video here https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=emma%20dares

 

Check out the March issue of Just North Walsham when we hope to have a dare for Emma.