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

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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

Children’s charity gets £10,000 from Roys

Charity Nelson’s Journey has received a £10,000 donation from Roys of Wroxham to help its work with bereaved children.

Nelson’s Journey was chosen as Roys charity of the year to receive all donations raised through sale of 5p carrier bags at Roys’ eight stores and Highway Garden and Leisure.

Sarah Hyde from Nelson’s Journey said: “We are absolutely amazed by the incredible support offered from Roys and their customers. We are pleased to have the backing of such a wonderful organisation, full of staff enthusiastic about our charity.”

The £10,000 can fund 40 children to attend one of the therapeutic residential weekends at Hilltop in Sheringham. The weekend is packed full of team building, coping strategies and memory work with other children and young people of a similar age, giving them the right tools and confidence to move forward positively with their lives.

Ed Roy, managing director at Roys, presented the cheque, saying: “We are very pleased to be helping such a worthwhile cause, Roys would like to thank each and every customer that has donated money by purchasing a carrier bag and we look forward to being able to present Nelson’s Journey with future donations throughout the year.”

If you would like to donate or would like help from the child bereavement support team at Nelson’s Journey then you can find more details at

Photo left to right: Ed Roy (Managing Director Roys), Simon Wright (Chief Executive Nelson’s Journey), Sarah Hyde (Community Funding and Marketing Officer Nelson’s Journey)

Full colour for Big C at Hoveton Hall

There a chance to bring some colour into the lives of cancer patients as Big C launches its first ever Colour 5K fun run at Hoveton Hall Estate.
It doesn’t matter if you have never run before, the idea is to get into the outdoors and have some fun, walking or running around the woodland course and support Big C. It is not a speed trial or race. Colour bandits blast different colours of paint at every 1km interval to transform white T-shirt wearing participants into individual moving works of art and encourage them on their way.
The route is off-road on a woodland trail, promising glimpses of the Repton-designed Hoveton Hall between the trees. There’s even a special separate 1km course for little legs aged over six who will run their race first at midday.
Spaces are limited and with just four weeks to go, prospective participants need to act fast.
There will be plenty of family entertainment throughout the day so runners are urged to arrive early to collect their free Colour 5k T-shirts, Big C headbands and goody bags. Warm ups for both distances begin at least 15 minutes before the start.
Face-painting, rodeo bull, bouncy castle, hot and cold local food and drink stands, outdoor games for children are among the attractions. Each vendor is also donating 10% of its profits to Big C.
Big C events manager Dan Bell said: “It’s not too late to get into training. If you’ve never entered a sponsored run before, this is your perfect entry as 5k is an achievable target for beginner runners. The colourful paint extravaganza at the finish line is the perfect opportunity to celebrate your achievement in style.”
Rachel Buxton of Hoveton Hall said: “We are delighted to welcome back the Colour 5K. This event is fabulous fun, the atmosphere is always one of great anticipation and it lovely to see whole families get involved to help raise money for such a worthwhile charity as the Big C.”
First time runner currently in week three of training for the Colour 5K is Big C’s PR Consultant Stephanie Renouf. “Week after week I write stories about amazing and selfless people of all ages and walks of life who have lost family members to cancer and undertaken incredible challenges in their memory. I felt it was time that I signed up and got out of my comfort zone.  I never run for anything except a bus or train or if the village shop is about to close and I need to buy supper.”
Colour 5k run is going ahead at Hoveton Hall on Saturday (July 9). Gates and registration open at 10am. Individual tickets cost £22, under 16s £16, kids fun run £10, family ticket £60.
To register in advance and for more details visit

 Events Manager Dan Bell and fundraising administrator Lauren Self with sweatbands and medals given to all participants in the Big C Colour 5K.jpg

Events Manager Dan Bell and fundraising administrator Lauren Self with sweatbands and medals given to all participants in the Big C Colour 5K.jpg

REVIEW: Night Must Fall by the Jubilee Players

Night Must Fall, Tithe Barn,  Horstead

The Jubilee Players presented their latest summer production, Night Must Fall by Emlyn Williams, on  Tuesday (June 21). The final date is tomorrow.

The Players never disappoint and always produce a superb evening’s entertainment. This production is one of their best, an atmospheric thriller set in the 1930s centring onan elderly lady, Mrs Bramson (Cynthia Gosling) who rules over her small household of her niece Olivia Grayn e(Michelle Jay), her housekeeper Mrs Terence (Sue Furness) and maid Dara Parkoe (Hannah Cunningham) from her wheelchair.

She is a blatent hypochondriac with a wicked tongue but is open to flattery. The action takes place in the bungalow home of Mrs Bransom which is situated in an isolated part of a dark wood. She is a wealthy but mean woman who is only concerned with her own well-being. Her niece Olivia, who is at her beck and call, is employed as her companion, Hubert Laurie (Paul Skippings) an amiable but boring man is Olivia’s suitor. Mrs Terence, the housekeeper, knows how to handle Mrs Bramson so sparks fly between them. Dora the maid has been seduced by Dan (Ray Tempesta), a bell boy and finds herself pregnant. Dan is summoned to see Mrs Bramson to account for his actions and marry Dora, but he charms the old lady with attention and flattery and becomes part of her houshold.

There is the discovery of a murdered woman in the grounds of the bungalow which causes fear and suspicion amongst the residents of the bungalow. As the day turns into night the tension and fear build up. The atmosphere of the period is produced by the stage set of period furniture and music of the 1930s. The costumes also provide the feel of the period. Ray Tempesta gave a powerful performance as Dan decending into confusion and madness. A moving edge of your seat performance by the Jubilee Players, a very talented company.  

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Presenter to open new Hoveton cafe

Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped presenter Kate Quilton will officially open the Garden Kitchen Cafe in the picturesque grounds of Hoveton Hall this Sunday (May 1).
The cafe is the latest venture by Norfolk chef Alex Firman and is housed in the old dairy barn. He said: “It’s real food cooked by real chefs using quality local and seasonal ingredients. It’s home cooked food with heart. We’re about flavour not flounce.”
Firman and his team, including front of house manager and former city florist Libby Ferris, grow their own produce in the nearby Hoveton Hall walled garden and source much of their ingredients locally including lamb from the neighbouring Hoveton Hall farm and locally caught fish.
“We want eating in the Garden Kitchen Cafe to feel like drawing up a chair to the best farmhouse kitchen table you can
imagine,” said Alex, who is catering for Kate’s wedding later this year. Kate will carrying out the honours at around noon.
The cafe has a diverse menu including Norfolk Plough Pudding, Tuscan-inspired Sunday roasts and classics like ploughman’s lunches with sour dough bread, Norfolk Dapple cheese and home-made bread and butter pickle. Signature ice cream sundaes will feature innovative flavours like rhubarb and custard ginger crumble.

Children can play in an enclosed field opposite which Alex plans to fill with a mini street of colourfully painted play houses and old wooden boats with sand.

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Broadland joins together to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday

Tea parties, picnics, concerts and street parties will take over the streets of Broadland this spring and summer, as its residents get together to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday on Thursday 21 April, with celebrations also taking place around her official birthday on Sunday 12 June.

Broadland communities are getting together to commemorate the occasion with a series of special events and street parties, including a Queen’s birthday beacon lighting in Thorpe St Andrew on Thursday 21 April and a Queen’s 90th birthday concert at Aylsham Town Hall on Saturday 11 June.

Salhouse residents will host a Picnic Street Party on Sunday 12 June at Jubilee Hall, as well as a Celebration in Flowers display at Salhouse church across the weekend. Taverham get into the celebratory spirit with an Open Gardens event on Sunday 12 June themed around the royal birthday, with some gardens offering barbecue lunches, cream teas, giant games on the lawn, and even a ‘find the royal corgi’ competition for children.

Broadland District Council is encouraging communities and businesses to organise their own events and parties to celebrate this unique occasion, and has produced a handy guide to putting on your own event. The guide includes information on licences, road closures, safety, risk assessments and publicity and helps you make the most of your event.

The council has also awarded a community grant of £500 to organisers in Blofield Heath, who will host a Queen’s birthday tea party and crown competition on Saturday 4 June, bringing residents together and new visitors to the Heathlands community centre. A limited number of Community Small Grants of up to £500 are available and can be applied for up to two weeks before the event (subject to availability) through the Economic Development team on or (01603) 430620.

The Chairman of Broadland District Council, Councillor Ken Leggett MBE, said “The Queen’s birthday celebrations are a great chance for Broadland communities to get together, whether it’s a street party or picnic, a royal tea party or concert. We’d love to see people celebrating in their village or town for these special occasions and urge communities to put on their own events.”

Whether you’re a local resident organising a street party, or a community group arranging a concert or throwing a royal garden party, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.

Find out how to arrange your own celebration, view the events happening within Broadland, and download the handy events planning guide via


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Archive dream becomes reality for Guiding

Work has started to create a Girlguiding archive centre in Coltishall.
Girlguiding first came to Norfolk in 1915 and for many years the organisation has wanted to find a permanent home for its vast archive.
The unique collection, dating back to 1911, contains elements of genealogy, social history, photos, log books, paperwork and badges which reflect the history of women across the county, their changing past times and personal stories.
The archive has been in storage for many years with the ultimate aim of building a centre that would allow the resources to be accessible to all members of Guiding and used as a piece of living history. That dream has now become a reality with work starting on building the Girlguiding Norfolk Archive Resource Centre (ARC).
As well as mementos showing long-standing links with the Royal family the archive also contains legacies from well-known former local members including Beryl Cozens-Hardy OBE who was County Commissioner from 1958-1960 and went on to be the Chairman of the World Association of Girl Guide and Girl Scouts (WAGGS) overseeing a global membership of more than seven million.
The ARC is to be built on land owned by Girlguiding Norfolk adjacent to Patterson Lodge, the county’s Activity Centre, in Coltishall.
It will be a self-contained pre-fabricated building with storage space for archive boxes, a multi-use activity room, office and kitchen.
The building will cost about £190,000 with the majority having already been raised through donations and generous legacies from past members.
To make up the rest, the county’s 8,000 strong membership have been tasked with raising £5 each. There is, of course, a badge available for when they complete it.
Former County Archivist and volunteer guider Kit Tranter says: “We are a youth movement, run and lead by women and the archive is a window onto the role of women in our society over time and a vehicle by which the next generation can enjoy, learn and be inspired to greater things by looking at their own past.”
Pictured above is the turf cutting of the new building on March 1 by the current County Commissioner Pat Pinnington, who has been a member of guiding for more than 50 years.
An official opening of the ARC will be in June in which a number of new members and long serving volunteers will be attending.

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Free event publicity for Broads businesses

Free high-profile promotional opportunities are available for organisers of events as part of the annual Broads Outdoors Festival.

Now in its sixth year the festival is an umbrella for special events, activities and offers which are organised to take place any time from May 7-22 inclusive – whether for one hour or the full 16 days.

They could include anything from art exhibitions, walking or boating trails, activity taster sessions, openings of buildings not normally accessible by the public, a music event or even just an Outdoors Festival tea and cake offer.

Even if your event is already scheduled it can still be part of the festival, which has become a staple on the Broads calendar with the simple aim of celebrating the wealth of activities on offer.

Lorna Marsh, Head of Communications at the Broads Authority, said: “Events benefit from a huge amount of free publicity. It will be promoted through the Outdoors Festival website, which will also host all the event listings on an interactive calendar, and hosted on the Enjoy the Broads website.

Those wishing to take up this opportunity should contact Lynne Finnigan, Festival Co-ordinator, on 07717 290307 or

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