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Motor-racer Jaden, 7, is a rising star

Schoolboy Jaden Ketteringham is already something of a veteran in the world of motocross and grasstrack racing.

The Falcon Junior School pupil recently finished seventh in the British grasstrack finals, just a week after his seventh birthday.

The event was the most prestigious of many in which Jaden’s taken part since getting his first motorbike for his fourth birthday and obtaining his race licence on his sixth birthday.

He became what is believed to be the youngest rider in the country to race with an ACU (Auto Cycle Union) licence when he took part in an event only eight days after turning six.

Jaden, who lives on Sprowston’s Manor Park estate, caught the motor-racing bug from his dad, Alex, a former Eastern Centre motocross rider who takes part in a few grasstrack events each year.

From a very early age Jaden would travel with his dad to practice days and also attended some race meetings with the family, which includes his mum Gemma and little sister Mia, two.

“He never had stabilisers and by the time he was three-and-a-half he was already cycling by himself,” said Alex who works in the motor industry and also maintains, tunes and builds racing bikes.

Jaden practises motocross on several local tracks and is a member of a private club for the sport.

He is also the youngest member of the Norwich New Stars Grasstrack Club which offers a training school and bike hire for children aged six and over.

It’s not a cheap sport – Jaden’s already on his sixth bike.
“We travel across East Anglia mostly but we did travel to the South Midlands to compete in the British final,” said Alex.

“Like any motorsport racing it’s costly, with entry fees, practice-track hire, maintenance, machines, tools and transport,” he added.

“We do have a few sponsors who help out when they can but we’ll be trying to obtain some more for 2019.”

The family has been grateful over the years for sponsorship from Hobbit Classic MX, Bandit Racewear, Rock Oil, Scott Goggles, Wulfsport and DB Wright.

At present Jaden’s using a KTM-make motocross bike which he’ll be able to use for grasstrack too for the next couple of years. It’s capable of reaching speeds of up to 60mph.

Apart from a few cuts and bruises, he hasn’t suffered any major injuries while on the bike although during a grasstrack race in Ipswich last year a stone flew up from the bike in front and hit him in the mouth. “He came in with blood dripping from his tongue,” said Alex.

Undaunted, Jaden has his sights set on qualifying for the British grasstrack finals again next year and this time taking the title.

So far his greatest achievement is to finish fourth out of 12 competitors in the Norwich championship, racing against children one or two years older than he was, and only taking part in 12 of the 18 races.

Jaden says he loves grasstrack racing because it’s “fast and fun” and enjoys motocross because of the jumps, and challenging nature of some of the tracks including undulating ground, natural obstacles and riding in wet weather!
If you’re interested in sponsoring Jaden, email mxgtservices@gmail.com


 

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Pictures from top: ALEX KETTERINGHAM,  MICHAEL COPESTAKE, STEVE MURRELL

 

 

Cecil Gowing School opens its (out)doors

Cecil Gowing Infant School is inviting parents with children planning to start school in September 2019 to open sessions to look around the school and see for themselves the varied outdoor areas.

The open events are on: Tuesday September 25 4pm-5pm; Thursday September 27 1.30pm-2.30pm; and Thursday September 27 7pm-8pm.

Pupils have been making the most of the warm September sunshine by enjoying the open air, including making use of a slide area, maze, adventure trail, mud kitchen and climbing wall.

Outdoor learning sessions begin again after the October half-term holiday when pupils take part in a range of activities each week including cooking bananas and marshmallows on the fire, archery, pond dipping, litter-picking, woodwork and birdwatching.

There will be a further open evening on Thursday November 15 from 7pm-8.30pm, and an open afternoon the following day, Friday November 16, from 1.30pm-2.30pm.

Picture: Enjoying campfire cookery

 

 

 

Castle to glow gold in Sprowston girl’s memory

A group of friends has arranged for Norwich Castle to be lit up in gold in memory of a Sprowston girl who died from leukaemia.


September is international Childhood Cancer Awareness month, which has a gold ribbon logo, and the castle will be bathed in gold lights from September 8-15 to remember Emily Gibson who died three days after her 10th
birthday in May 2016.


The group includes Deanne Mann whose twins Paige and Abbie were good friends of Emily at Sprowston Junior School.


Last year the twins, now 12, and their little sister Amber, now seven, decided to have their hair cut off to send to the Little Princess Trust which makes wigs for children who have lost their hair during cancer treatment.


The idea snowballed and took place in Norwich’s Castle Mall in May 2017. Others joined in, a tombola helped boost sponsorship raised, shoppers were generous with donations and around £1,100 was collected for the trust with a similar amount sent to Beads of Courage, a charity which helps seriously-ill children stay positive by giving them a string of beads spelling their name which is added to, with colourful beads, each time they reach a milestone in their treatment.

“It was an amazing day – phenomenal. I didn’t expect it to be as big an event as it turned out to be. I was handed 24 lots of hair to send to the Little Princess Trust by people who had had their hair cut too!” said Deanne.


She and the other group members all knew Emily’s mum, Mel FitzPatrick. They had wanted to support her and raise awareness of childhood cancers, she added.


“We hope people in the city after dusk during that week will stop and look at what we are doing in honour of our dear friend’s daughter and for the many thousands of other children who are affected.”

The Mann sisters

 

 

 

 

 

 

The girls after their haircuts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Countdown to Sprowston’s Brickfest

Sprowston music pub the Brickmakers is hosting its annual Brickfest major charity event on Monday August 27, from noon until midnight.

The event, now in its 12th year, will see 38 live bands playing on three stages, raising money for Sprowston Youth Engagement Project and The Lodge residential children’s unit. Both causes need recreational equipment to improve the lives of the young people who use their services.

As well as music of all genres, there will be a giant prize tombola, a face painter, giant bouncy slide and castle, ice cream, street food and stone-baked pizzas. Entry is £2, children under 12 free.

Everyone is invited to turn up dressed as their favourite video game character.

For more visit: https://www.facebook.com/thebrickmakers/?ref=br_rs

 

FREE home-grown veg and herbs in Sprowston

Free herbs and vegetables will be on offer in Sprowston later this summer thanks to young gardeners helping with Sprowston’s Grow Your Community greenhouse project, supported by Broadland District Council.

The young volunteers, members of the Sprowston Youth Engagement Project (SYEP), have made a raised bed beside the road at the project’s base, the Sprowston Community Hub, on Aslake Close.

Once the plants have matured, members of the public will be welcome to help themselves, leaving a donation if they’re able, according to project co-ordinator Mike Ellard.

The project – which makes use of two redundant greenhouses and surrounding land – is going from strength to strength, according to retired horticulturalist Mike.

Tomato, pepper and courgette plants, bedding plants, hanging baskets, fresh lettuce and rhubarb have all been selling well on the project’s trolley which goes out at weekends outside the hub. Proceeds are ploughed back into the project.

The young group has also been working on a trial vegetable patch which only needs 30 minutes’ attention each week. They have also been experimenting with growing edible lupins.

“Our wild patch has started to flower which was once a lifeless piece of ground,” Mike added.

 

 

GREEN FINGERS: volunteers planting one of the project’s raised vegetable beds.

 

New youth drama group for Sprowston

Sprowston Parish Players are celebrating the silver jubilee of their first production with a host of events and they’re inviting residents to join the fun.

The amateur theatrical group was set up by parishioners of St Cuthbert’s Church, Wroxham Road, to entertain the people of Sprowston and to raise money for local charities.

Their first show, in 1993, was The Wind in the Willows.

Since then the players have performed nearly 100 pantomimes, plays and concerts at St Cuthbert’s, and donated many thousands of pounds to good causes throughout Norfolk. Most recently, £500 was given to Guide Dogs for the Blind from the proceeds of the players’ 2018 pantomime, The Princess and the Pea.

Planned celebrations for the players’ 25 anniversary year will see:

  • Old Time Music Hall. A classic evening of scatty sketches and saucy songs to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, devised and directed by founder member Sheila Tuffield. Performances are at 3pm and 7.30pm on Saturday July 14. Tickets are £6 (children £3), which includes interval refreshments, available from Toni Morina on 01603 484 554. Audience members are encouraged to dress in Victorian/Edwardian costume for the evening and founder members of Sprowston Parish Players are invited free of charge.
  • On Saturday July 21, from 3pm-5pm, the players are throwing a silver anniversary tea party at St Cuthbert’s Church. All past and current members are welcome and the players would especially love to see anyone who has lost touch with the group. For more details ring Toni Morina 01603 484554.
  • Sprowston Parish Players’ Youth Theatre. In September the players are launching a new group for young people aged seven to 18. Led by Carol Rowell and Becky Harris-Cook, the youth theatre will offer youngsters tuition in drama, music and dance, as well as the chance to perform in players’ productions. Classes are free (subject to a £5 subscription) and will take place every Thursday from September 13, 6.30pm to 7.15pm. For more information, email sppyouth2018@gmail.com
  • Panto 2019: Cinderella. Next year the players present panto classic Cinderella, written by member Paul Allum, who has returned to the group after six years. The show will be a traditional potty panto, with slapstick, silliness, awful jokes, pratfalls, shouting, boos and hisses, calamity and kisses … and a dollop of sauce!

Casting will take place with two workshop auditions at St Cuthbert’s on Thursday August 30 and September 6, from 7.30pm to 10pm.

Paul said: “We are always on the look-out for new, enthusiastic members to join our merry and friendly band of thesps.”

Rehearsals are every Thursday evening, leading up to the performances on Friday January 25, (7.30pm), Saturday January 26 (2.30pm and 7.30pm) and Sunday January 27 2019 (2.30pm).

Paul added: “Are you an actor, singer, dancer? Or maybe you’re all three?  If you’re more at home away from the boards, we’d still love to hear from you – our shows take a great amount of work to put on and helpers are always welcomed and cherished.

“Be you a set builder/painter, technician, stage crew member, wardrobe person, make-up artist, or just want to join our front of house team, do let us know.”

Contact chair Toni on 01603 484554, or Paul directly on paulallum81@gmail.com

Scene and characters from the players’ last panto.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danceathon for Sprowston’s brave Sophie

More than 200 people have taken part in a danceathon to help a brave little Sprowston girl who is fighting cancer.

Dance teacher Carly Fryman, who owns Dynamic Dance in Sprowston, organised the event to raise cash for four-year-old Sophie Taylor, who has recently undergone surgery on her leg after being diagnosed with bone cancer.

During the fund-raiser, held in Spixworth Village Hall, dancers received a Facetime call from Sophie, who was in hospital recovering from her operation, and she was able to watch some of the action.

“We managed to raise over £1,500. It was a lovely, family atmosphere. A lot of the girls I teach go to school with Sophie. We played different types of music, including a lot of Little Mix, who are Sophie’s favourites,” said Carly.

Of the 200-plus dancers, 20 had lasted the whole 12 hours, she added. Dance school members collected sponsorship while others paid £5 to take part in the danceathon.

Sophie has an older sister, seven-year-old Evie, and a three-month-old baby brother, Connor. Mum and dad Kirsty and Alex have launched a Super Strong Sophie Facebook page to chart their cheeky little girl’s courageous battle.

They are inviting everyone to show their support by “Taking a Sophie” – posting photos of themselves sticking out their tongues to cancer.

  • Anyone who wants to donate money to help Sophie can do so at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/superstrongsophie Any money not needed for Sophie’s journey will be donated to a charity for the research, treatment and support of those affected by bone cancers (osteosarcomas) and children’s cancer. #takeasophie photos can be posted on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter along with the hashtag #takeasophie and #standuptocancer

 

 

 

 

 

Location, Location, Location looking for buyers

TV property experts Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer (pictured) are looking for homes in the Norwich area for a new season of Channel 4’s Location, Location, Location. The presenters will be helping people find their dream home this spring. Chain-free buyers struggling to find the right property are welcome to apply.  Programme chiefs will be talking to potential buyers over the next few weeks. A spokesman said: “Whether you’re upsizing or downsizing, buying your first property or hoping to find your ideal forever home, you could have two top property experts on your side. Whatever the budget and however tricky the search – we would love to hear from everyone! Phil and Kirstie may be just the helping hand you need! The online application form can be found via: www.shortaudition.com/Location-Location-Location