Pair plead guilty to Taverham chemicals burglary

Two men have pleaded guilty to a burglary where Nitros Oxide was targeted in Norwich last week.

On Wednesday July 26  a property on Fir Covert Road was broken into and nitros  oxide and entonol containers stolen.

Police conducted an area search and detained two men in connection with the incident.

18-year-old Leif Doolan-Notschild, of Winalls Yard in Norwich, and 19-year-old Nicholas Winter, of Empsons Loke, in Winterton-on-Sea, were later charged with burglary.

They were remanded in custody and appeared in front of magistrates in Norwich on July 27 where they pleaded guilty.

They have now both been bailed until Thursday August 24 when they will appear at Norwich Magistrates’ Court for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

Detective Inspector Darren Tate said: “Nitrous oxide is a gas with several legitimate uses, but if used inappropriately there is a risk of death as a lack of oxygen can occur.

“I hope this crime highlights the fact that NOS is being targeted by thieves. If you are a business which uses this gas please make sure it is sufficiently secured and where possible with CCTV covering its location.

“I also hope this sends a strong message to those thinking of stealing these canisters. We will do all we can to identify offenders and will make sure they are brought before a court.”


Watch out for the bears…

If you go down to Drayton, Taverham or Thorpe Marriott in August, you’re in for a big surprise…
The latest Fun Hunt will feature paper teddy bears displayed in windows around the area to give youngsters something fun – and free – to do during the summer holidays.
Organiser Sophie Garrod said: “Lots of people, including businesses, create a teddy bear, decorate it however they want to, put it in their front window and children go around and try to spot them.”
She is putting together an online map of where all the bears will be between August 1 and 15 so the hunters can follow it.
“The idea is for the children to find as many as they can and then their parents can reward them any way they like – maybe a treat for spotting 10… It’s just something fun for them to do and, most importantly, it’s free!” said Sophie, who has three young sons  – George, Harry and Alfie.
She said she already has 46 people who will have bears on display, but more are welcome.
“There’s a template which people can use – just let me know through our Facebook page,” she said. “It’s great fun and it doesn’t take long. We had an Easter egg hunt at Easter and it was lovely getting all the photos afterwards.”
She said she also planned to do a snowman hunt at Christmas.
Anyone wanting to decorate a teddy or look at the map should get in touch by searching for Teddy Bear Hunt – Taverham, Drayton and Thorpe Marriott on Facebook.





Open day at Taverham nature reserve

Taverham Mill Nature Reserve will be holding its annual open day on Saturday between 10am and 4pm.
Across the day there will be screen printing on the front lawn with a portable print studio coming from London to get involved in some wildlife inspired printing. The RSPB will also be offering information on how to give nature a home in our gardens and urban areas. Wild Touch Animal Sanctuary will be along to show children and adults the variety of animals they care for.
Various food and craft stalls will also be on the front lawn and the entire day is free of charge.

Fitness sessions will help sick children

Enjoy an exercise class and help poorly children at a special fitness fundraising day at Hellesdon Community Centre.
Matt Philpot, of ATP Health and Fitness, in Taverham, is organising the day – Let’s Move – to raise money for the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (Each) Nook appeal. He hopes to raise more than £1000 towards the appeal to build a new hospice at Framingham Earl, near Norwich, from a day of classes and taster sessions on September 9.
“There will be nine exercise classes on the day, running from 9am and finishing at 4pm,” said Matt. “Each class starts on the hour lasting 50 minutes each and all members of the public are welcome to join at any point of the day. They can stay for one class or participate in more depending on how they are feeling.”
Classes cost £3 and all proceeds go to the charity.
To book yourself on a class please contact Matt on or call 07785105381


Fun day to celebrate tearoom’s birthday

A year ago, friends Amanda Medler and Sarah Douglass came up with the idea of opening a tea room in their local pub.

And now the pair are celebrating their first birthday with a charity event to help an autism charity.

Once they got permission from the landlord of the Silver Fox, on Fakenham Road, the pair got to work setting up their business, opening last July.

Offering all day breakfasts, toasties, paninis, sandwiches, jacket potatoes, afternoon teas, delicious cakes and ice cream they are also popular for baby showers, birthdays, christenings and wakes.

Their birthday party, on July 15, will be a fun day with stalls, a bouncy castle, face painting a raffle and much more.

Stalls will include crafts and pampering and, of course, cakes.

All proceeds are going to Norfolk Autism Society and everyone is welcome to go along, enjoy the day – which runs from 9am to 4pm – and help raise money for charity.

If anyone wants to have a stall at the event they can call Sarah or Amanda on 01603 868212.

Top honour for Taverham band man!

Back in July last year we reported in the Just Drayton & Taverham magazine that Ian Colman had been included in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2016. Six months later and Ian enjoyed a trip to London on Friday, February 27 to attend a Royal Investiture at Buckingham Palace to receive his MBE from the Prince of Wales.

The honour was bestowed on Ian for “services to the community in Norwich” and the nomination was made around two and a half years ago by a group of people from the various organisations that Ian is involved with, including Taverham Band, Taverham Scouts and Ringland Parish Council.

Ian has also been a governor at both Taverham High School and Drayton Community Infant School, and is the founder of IC Travel, which provides a locally-based travel service to take people door-to-door from Taverham or Drayton to London and other places of interest. It’s a highly valued service which enables people to meet new friends and embark on a trip that they would never have the confidence to do themselves.

Ian attended the Royal Investiture with his wife Lisa and daughter Emily. He said: “It was a nerve wracking but very proud experience not only to chat to the Prince but also the other recipients, including Ant and Dec who received the OBE!”

Taverham speed camera catches a quarter of speeders in the county

Statistics released under the Freedom of Information Act have revealed that the speed camera at the top of Taverham, on the Fakenham Road, recorded more than a quarter of Norfolk speeding offenses over the eight months from April to November 2016.

Nearly 19,000 speeding violations were recorded on the 23 permanent speed cameras around the county during this time, with 5,147 of those recorded on the Taverham camera.

This is a considerable increase when compared with the previous 12 months, from April 2015 to April 2016, when 1,802 drivers were caught by the same camera.

A new digital camera, called a Truvelo, was installed at the location in March 2016. Road safety and safety camera team manager for Norfolk and Suffolk, Anne Pointina, said: “Norfolk Safety Camera Partnership reviewed the camera technology two years ago and made the decision to invest in a replacement programme which meant replacing all of the current Gatso wet film cameras with new Truvelo digital cameras. This may be part of the reason for the increase, as the new camera is bi-directional, recording motorists exceeding the 30mph limit in both directions, and a lot of the other cameras don’t have that facility yet.

“Because it’s digital it also doesn’t require a film, which previously had to be manually replaced in the old-style Gatso cameras. Instead it can send the photos straight back to our servers for processing continuously with no break in service.

“We will be speaking to colleagues at the council in the new year to check that signage informing drivers of the speed camera is sufficient, in particular when coming from the Fakenham direction where the speed limit drops from 50 to 30mph.

“The ultimate aim of speed cameras is to slow drivers down, not catch them out. Hopefully people will start to be more aware of the speed limit on this stretch of road and the number of drivers caught will go down.”

In order to make everything as transparent as possible, the safety camera team are currently working on a website where the public can find information and figures for all the speed cameras in Norfolk. It is expected to go live in the next few months and will be hosted from the main Norfolk Constabulary website.

The camera on Fakenham Road

The camera on Fakenham Road

Winners announced at Broadland Community at Heart Awards

The second Broadland Community at Heart Awards run by Broadland District Council were presented at a ceremony at The Space in Sprowston on Wednesday, October 26. The awards were attended by more than 120 guests and featured a performance by the Broadland Youth Choir.

The awards, which were sponsored by The Space and The Romanian Wine Company Ltd, celebrated the achievements of Broadland residents who have many an exceptional contribution to their community.

Winners were chosen for 11 categories from nominations made by members of the public. They were presented with a trophy and £100 in shopping vouchers. Highly commended nominees were also presented with certificates at the event.

Opening the ceremony was council chairman, Cllr John Ward who addressed the awards finalists; “I hope you all feel proud of your achievements this evening. Whether you have been nominated for helping less fortunate members of your neighbourhood, for excelling in sport or for improving the environment for us all to enjoy, your actions will inspire those around you and have contributed to making our area what it is.”

Mike Ellard from Sprowston received the Good Neighbour of the Year award. Mike has led Broadland District Council’s Grow Your Community Project’s greenhouse scheme in Sprowston, ensuring that redundant greenhouses are accessible to everyone and teaching residents new gardening skills. He also helps regularly with his neighbours’ garden and plays an active role in the Horticultural Society.

The Carer of the Year award was presented to Sherena Skedge who was nominated by an elderly resident who she cares for in her role as a carer with Leaf. The people she cares for always appreciate how Sherena goes the extra mile.

The Friends of Cremer’s Meadow were named as Environmental Champion of the Year for their work for all their work over the past two years turning a nearby disused meadow into a beautiful public space for residents in Brundall to enjoy.

Amelia Williamson of Hevingham secured the award for Sporting Achievement of the Year for her achievements in golf over the past year, placing highly in many tournaments over Europe and becoming the National Champion U18 in English Schools. Amelia holds three course records at nearby golf courses; Belton Park, Weston Park and Royal Cromer. Amelia was unable to attend the ceremony due to training but her father, Mark Williamson, collected the award on her behalf.

The Burgh Reading Room Social Committee was named as Community Group of the Year for all they have achieved in their small community, organising events for residents including summer fetes and film nights. They are an inclusive group who welcome every resident to the Reading Room, making Burgh a better place to live.

The Acle Community Resilience Group received the Safer Broadland Award for the support they gave to local residents who were affected by surface water flooding in the summer. Whilst the rescue services were at work, the group ensured that residents who had to leave their homes were had everything they needed.

The Business Community Support of the Year award was given to the White Horse Development Trust who opened a community shop within the White Horse pub in Upton in 2015. The shop is run by 23 local volunteers and provides a vital service to residents.

17 year old Megan Blazer was presented with the Young Person of the Year award. Over the past three years, Megan has been volunteering with the Sprowston Youth Engagement Project, helping other young people in her community and has become young committee chair. She has also been key in leading a campaign of support for a new skate park in Sprowston, speaking at town council meetings and speaking to objectors.

The Personal Courage of the Year award was presented to John Graves for his great weight loss of 35 stone over the last ten years as he participated in the council’s Broadly Active scheme. John started by participating in just ten minutes of exercise per day and can now do up to three hours as he continues to improve his fitness.

Also receiving an award is Christine Chapman who has been named as Volunteer of the Year for all her hard work as a Girl Guide leader in Thorpe Marriott over many years. Christine was unable to attend the ceremony due to taking her Guide group on a trip to Paris but will be presented with her award by the council’s Chairman at an upcoming Guide meeting.

This year, award judges were especially impressed by the achievements of Cantley resident, Alfie Hewett and created a special Outstanding Achievement of the Year award to celebrate his accomplishments. Alfie has excelled in his sport of wheelchair tennis, winning a number of impressive accolades. Alfie and his tennis partner, Gordon Reid, secured the title of wheelchair men’s doubles champion at Wimbledon earlier this year. The pair then went on to win the silver medal in the Rio Paralympics where Alfie was also awarded the silver medal in the men’s singles tournament. Alfie is currently competing in California so asked his grandparents, Ann and David Hooper to collect his award on his behalf.

Ahead of the ceremony, Alfie said: “It’s been an incredible year for me, winning two silver medals at my first Paralympics and doubles at Wimbledon with my partner Gordon before that. It really has been an amazing six months for me in tennis and I am even further ahead than where I thought I would be at this point, having won two out of three of my recent tournaments and now holding a top eight spot. I am so thankful for the support which I have received from my family and all of Norfolk and it is an honour to have my success recognised with a Broadland Community at Heart Award. Thank you to the judges and everyone who has supported me, it really does mean such a lot.”

Council Leader, Cllr Andrew Proctor, closed the ceremony with thanks to all the participants and those who made the event possible, including: Rob Chandler of Radio Norwich, master of ceremonies, the Eastern Daily Press who agreed that all finalists will be entered into their Stars of Norfolk Awards, and sponsors, The Space and The Romanian Wine Company Ltd.

Broadland Community at Heart Awards 2016 Good Neighbour or Friend of the Year winner Mike Ellard, from Sprowston, with Cllr Shaun Vincent.

Broadland Community at Heart Awards 2016 Good Neighbour or Friend of the Year winner Mike Ellard, from Sprowston, with Cllr Shaun Vincent.