Sprowston-area children sing out for Grenfell tower victims

Hundreds of schoolchildren from the Sprowston area have been singing their hearts out to help victims of the Grenfell Tower  tragedy in London.

The pupils have recorded a CD of the inspirational anthem Believe which is set to go on sale in aid of those affected by June’s fire disaster which claimed more than 80 lives and left 74 people injured.

Claire Munday, assistant head teacher of Sparhawk Infant and Nursery School, Sprowston,  said: “The children were blown away by making the recording. They were all really excited.”

The recording date followed a successful Sing Up concert in June, organised by Claire and staged by about 300 pupils, aged from five to 18, in a packed St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich.

Master of ceremonies was Alison Corfield, head of the Norfolk Music Hub, who was so impressed by the event that she asked if the children would record Believe, a song which encourages everyone to reach for their goals, written for schools’ music organisation Sing Up,.

The young singers gathered in the St Martin at Oak Church for the recording session and the finished CD, “Believe”, will be available as a download via a link from the Norfolk Music Hub: www.

This year’s Sing Up concert involved 15 schools, ranging from infants to high schools, including the Hall School for children with special needs.

Former Sparhawk headteacher Carina Ingham first conceived the idea and this year’s concert was the sixth.

“It’s not a competition, it’s about coming together and celebrating singing,” said Claire.

Schools paired up for rehearsals in the months leading up to the concert, but the only time they all came together to practise was in St Andrew’s Hall on the day of the event.

  • Sparhawk Infant and Nursery School is inviting past and present pupils and staff to a 40thanniversary garden party on Friday September 22 from 3pm.







North Walsham Road closure cancelled

The  B1150 North Walsham Road will not be closing overnight tonight (Friday, July 21), after the early completion of surfacing at the new Norwich Northern Distributor Road roundabout.
The road will not have any traffic management in place over the weekend, but temporary  lights will be in use as needed from Monday, July 24, for work on verges, traffic islands, paths and signs.
During peak hours the lights will be manually controlled, but as work progresses they will mainly be used outside the busiest periods.

Police warning after Sprowston burglaries

Police are urging residents to keep their doors and windows locked after two homes were burgled in Sprowston.
Between 11.25pm on Tuesday, July 18, and 7am on Wednesday , July 19, properties on Colindeep Lane and Recreation Ground Road were entered through unlocked doors and an Ipad, cash and the contents of a handbag were stolen.
Broadland Engagement Officer PC Andy Mason says people need to be more security conscious during the summer months.
“During the warm weather windows and doors will often be opened but it is important to make sure they are shut and locked when your home is left empty and before you go to sleep. Criminals are opportunists who will seize any chance they get to take advantage of an insecure residence. Don’t give them that opportunity.”
If you saw anything suspicious during those times, contact Det Con Scott Malcolmson on 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Award for Sprowston woodland

A popular area of woodland in Sprowston has won an award for its biodiversity.
Harrison’s Wood, which borders Blue Boar Lane and Salhouse Road was opened to the public in May and was given the award by the Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership.
Accepting the award, town council chairman Ian Moncur said there were big plans in store for the plot, saying: “This is just the start.
“We intend to increase involvement of community groups so that we can manage the woodland and realise our ambitions which include the bridging over of the existing ditch, provision of a car park and maintaining and improving the habitats of the woodland as a priority for conservation.” Public access to the 27-hectares of mixed woodland was made possible through a partnership of the town council with Broadland District Council and the Norwich Fringe Project.
The wood features a network of paths through mixed evergreen and broadleaf trees including oak, rowan, silver birch and scots pine and is home to birds such as chiffchaffs, treecreepers and great spotted woodpeckers.
David Willmott, Broadland District Council’s member champion for community engagement, added: “This is a great project and we were pleased to work with our partners to create a community asset which we hope residents will enjoy for generations to come.”

Children from Cecil Gowing Infant School, councillors from Broadland
District Council and Sprowston Town Council and the Norwich Fringe Project
at the opening of Harrison’s Wood.


Get scam aware with Norfolk Trading Standards

People will get the chance to boost their scam awareness this month as a series of events take place aiming to give people the knowledge to spot scams themselves and allow them to help, friends, neighbours and relatives to be scam alert.

Nationally the cost of scamming to UK consumers is between £5bn and £10bn a year so, as July is Scams Awareness Month, Norfolk County Council’s Trading Standards officers will be in Wroxham, King’s Lynn, and in and around Norwich giving scam awareness advice.

Margaret Dewsbury, chairman of the communities committee, said: “We want to be as helpful as we can by giving people the best chance of spotting a scam and avoiding the financial loss and worry often caused by scammers. Do remember if something seems too good to be true – it probably is!

“Our knowledgeable Trading Standards officers will be on hand at the events this month to give face-to-face advice to anyone who thinks they may have been contacted by a scammer whether it’s over the phone, on the doorstep, or by post. And do bring along any letters you think may be a scam and we’ll take a look and suggest how best to deal with it.”

Also at the events people will be able to pick up free stickers for their front door telling cold callers they are not welcome. And Trading Standards officers are keen to help people to become a Friend Against Scams – this is a national scheme Norfolk County Council Trading Standards and the Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board have joined forces to promote here in Norfolk. It’s open to anyone who wants to protect themselves, their neighbours or their loved ones against scams. Sign-up is easy and training is free. Visit for more information.

The top tips to follow to protect yourself or others from a scam:

Get advice

from the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06 or at who can provide advice and pass details on to Trading Standards


scams or suspected scams to Action Fraud at 0300 123 2040 or visit


a friend, neighbour or relative about any scams you become aware of

See the offers at:

Friday 7 July – Wroxham Library Health Fair: Wroxham Library – 10.30am-2.30pm

Tuesday 11 July – NatWest Scams and Friends Against Scams Awareness Event: NatWest, Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn – 10am-3pm

Wednesday 12 July – Scams and Friends Against Scams Awareness Event: Tesco, Blue Boar Lane, Sprowston – 10am-4pm

Thursday 20 July – Scams and Friends Against Scams Awareness Event: Tesco, Harford Bridge, Norwich – 10am-4pm

Friday 21 July – Barclays Fraud and Scams Awareness Event: Barclays, Drayton Branch – 10am-2pm

Monday 24 July – Barclays Fraud and Scams Awareness Event: Barclays, Aylsham Road Branch, Norwich – 10am-2pm

Problem parking not a matter for the police

Police have said they can do nothing to deal with motorists parking outside the Tesco store on Wroxham Road, Sprowston.
People had expressed safety concerns about drivers ignoring the double yellow lines and the Sprowston and Old Catton Safer Neighbourhood Team have issued a statement saying the issue is a civil matter.
PCSO Kane Casburn said: “Sprowston SNT have been aware of the ongoing issue with vehicles parking on double yellow lines on Wroxham Road for a number of years. Parking enforcement around double and single yellow lines was decriminalised in November 2010 and the responsibility has been passed to the Local Authority (Broadland District Council).
“Whilst we will still issue words of advice to people, we cannot enforce the restrictions in place with the double yellow lines. The police will still deal with direct obstruction offences and a variety of other traffic related matters”.

Dan’s bacon butties are the best in Britain

Everyone loves a bacon sandwich – and the best in the country can be bought from a van in a layby in Sprowston.

Burger Dan’s bacon butties have been voted as the best in Britain in a survey of tradespeople who stop off for snacks all over the country.

His spotless shiny van, parked near Sprowston Manor Hotel, is a welcome sight for hungry lorry drivers, businesspeople and anyone driving along Wroxham Road who is feeling a bit peckish.

But although he has lots of regulars who love his butties, burgers and bangers, Dan Ball is not sure why his bacon baps are the considered Britain’s best, saying he just tries to give the customers what they want.

“I ask people how they want them and I make them for them,” he said.

The contest was launched following research by IronmongeryDirect, which found that the classic bacon sandwich was the breakfast of choice for the nation’s tradespeople. As part of the nationwide competition, people were asked to nominate the establishment they felt made the country’s best butty – be it a grand hotel or a simple roadside van.

And Dan streaked ahead of the pack.

From his retro-style van, Dan offers a choice of soft white or granary baps, proper branded sauces – and three succulent rashers per roll.

“I don’t get many complaints,” said Dan, who has had the stall for six years. “I get the odd greedy one but it keeps the truck drivers happy!”

Dan believes the fact that he uses quality ingredients from local suppliers is what keeps his regulars coming back for more.

His bacon is from Broadland Hams and the bread is from the Crusty Corner bakery – both suppliers he has used for years.

“I like nice things; I don’t cut corners,” he said.

So when he gets time for a bacon bap, how does Dan like it?

“I like a granary roll and plain bacon,” he said. “Let it speak for itself.”

Sprowston teenagers need your help to make a difference

Young people in Sprowston are joining forces with the Sprowston Dementia Friendly community to organise activities to help people with the condition.

Sprowston Youth Engagement Project will be holding a 1950s tea dance on August 10 for people living with dementia and their families.

In order to make this a really special occasion they are hoping people will donate their time, some bunting, tea sets, flowers, cakes,1950s decorations, games, 1950s clothes… and someone to teach the youngsters how to dance!

They would also like to hear from a singer or anyone with other 1950s attractions.

They also plan to paint the annexe at St Cuthbert’s church and are hoping for donations of paint, brushes and rollers.If anyone has magnolia and blue gloss or trade paint they no longer need, Clare Lincoln, project lead for SYEP, would love to hear from you.

There is also scope for more young volunteers to join the group.

Contact Clare on 07917 517 405 or email