Token way to help Holt Rugby Club

Holt Rugby Club is bidding to bag a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.
Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.
Holt Rugby Club will use any money awarded towards its plans to upgrade its changing rooms with new showers and toilets.
Treasurer and project manager David Hitcham said: “Over the last two-and-a half years we have spent nearly £500,000 from our own money and donations from members and various grants, to fully refurbish and extend the clubhouse and ancillary facilities.
“Apart from the normal rugby activities, we are regularly hiring out these facilities to members and the local community. We continue to raise money and the completion of the changing rooms upgrade will bring everything up to the same standard. We hope to carry this out during the summer. This is required for large rugby festivals where we have touring sides from throughout the country staying locally and using many local facilities, and use by caravan clubs and cycling events.”
Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout March and April. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.
Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered more than £43 million to more than  10,000 projects up and down the UK.
Alec Brown, head of community at Tesco, said: “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for March and April. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”
Groundwork’s National chief executive Graham Duxbury said: “We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.
“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”
Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities.
Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit

Staff praised after toddler is rescued from hot car

Staff at Tesco on Blue Boar Lane, in Sprowston, rushed into action when a toddler was locked in a car at their store – and have earned a huge thank you from his relieved grandmother.
Carol Martin, who was visiting the area on Saturday, was putting her shopping into the car and had given her two-year-old grandson her keys to play with while she did so.
“You can guess the rest – he got locked in,” she said. “As the weather was hot and there were no windows open I went to the store for help. Immediately they went into action and the manager and staff were outside with me and had brought one of their phones for me to use.
“I called my roadside recovery but even after I told them the situation they still took time asking me questions before they would put a call out. Finally I was made a ‘priority one’ but was told they would not be with me for about 30 minutes. My grandson was getting hot and flushed so I made the decision to call for the fire brigade.”
But she said the manager had already called them – as well as fetching water, a fire engine toy and ice lollies for when the little boy was freed.
Carol went on: “Red Watch from Sprowston fire station arrived and they, too, were brilliant. After he was out and sorted, they offered him a seat in the fire engine.”
Store staff also brought out some plastic to cover the broken window.
“I was overwhelmed by all the support Tesco Staff and the fireman gave me,” said Carol.



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”.

Tesco pitches in with food to help charities

Every day food goes to waste as supermarkets close up at the end of a working day.

But Tesco is Aylsham is planning to put its leftovers to good use with a new scheme open to charities.

Each day, charities will be given the chance to come and take the short date produce to distribute as they wish.

In charge of the Aylsham Tesco project are Kay Harwood and Dawn Bence and they are keen for charities and good causes to get in touch with the store.

“We hoping to create a really good partnership with the community to help,” said Kay. “Our Community Food Connection is a way we can help out and stop more waste going into landfill.”

Each evening at 7pm, the duty manager at the store will pack the food into boxes and contact a charity, a different one each day, to come and collect.

The scheme is also being run in other Tesco branches.

It’s just one of several ways the store is hoping to give something back to the community.

The Aylsham branch is also planning to organise regular cream teas for older people, the first of which was on July 20.

Staff are also keen to get involved in the town’s community garden and will be offering help to the community through volunteers doing odd jobs.

Anyone interested in finding out more about any of the above can contact Dawn on 07718 522476 or contact the store and ask for the duty manager on 01215 197165.


Pictured are Kay and Dawn. Picture by Molly Foss