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Ken Munro is the news editor. Please let him know about village news and events via Contact Us on the main menu or on 07880801674.

Mill Road (Shotesham Ford) closed. Many people wouldn’t use it at this time of year anyway, but please be aware that Mill Road will be closed for repairs for approx a month. 
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Bin Collection Calendars – South Norfolk have discontinued sending out hard copies,  full info here

 🎄🎅🏼🎄Brightened up for Christmas 🎅🏼🎄🎅🏼…But now back in lockdown 😩

Thanks to those who joined in with lighting  up Shotesham and decorated our trees🎄helping to brighten up our Shotesham Christmas, click on the photo for lots more!F

Pleased to say that our Christmas Carols event was a great fun evening, if a little ‘off the wall’, which brought a semblance of normality in our strange Covid times. Our thanks, as always, to everyone who helped out, to Dawn who, despite the widespread group of carollers, managed to give us a Christmas blessing, and to everyone else who came along and stuck by the rules. Hopefully back to ‘normal’ next year!?🤞

Despite the sometimes wet conditions, Santa’s Shotesham Sleigh ride, the children’s’ spirits weren’t dampened and they still managed to ask Santa some searching questions, even the slightly older ones! Many thanks to everyone who came out to see him and hope you didn’t get too wet while he was running a little late! 🎅🏼🔔🎅🏼🔔🎅🏼

Donations were being taken at both of these events for new local charity Hopestead who are helping homeless people in and around Norwich. A total of £93.14p was taken so far, but if you missed it and would still like to donate, you can do so online at www.homestead.org 

Update on the Shotesham Christmas Letter Hunt to come soon, thanks to everyone who put up a letter and to those who took part! 

And finally, finally, it is intended to have our New Years Eve, 5 mile Shotesham Fun Run. STOP PRESS! Unfortunately, due to our ‘Happy’ New Tier the Fun Run is, at best, postponed until the New Year! 

Shotesham Parish Council with PCC and SVA – In the light of another lockdown, a reminder that various volunteers are available to offer help to any Shotesham residents who might be struggling during these difficult times. A list of services provided is linked below and if anyone finds themselves in need of some assistance, please let us know. Contacts are:-

Bob Harris.         550672.   hill.cottage@btinternet.com
Jeff Gough.        550358.   clerk.shotesham@outlook.com
Heather Jackson 550785.   heatherbelljackson@btinternet.com
Ken Munro         550736.   resotan@aol.com

Services available in or around the village.. some suppliers available for anyone not wishing to visit shops, click this link 

Important info from Norfolk Council
– please use this link to find how you can get some help over our COVID hit winter period www.norfolk.gov.uk/covidwintersupport 

Parish Council Vacancyclick here for details 

Petty Theft – message from a neighbour – ‘I can’t believe I am actually writing this, but someone has taken my mini greenhouse from my back garden! It’s of little value, only about 5 ft tall, a metal frame covered with transparent plastic with zip closure. It had a couple of bricks on the bottom rack to stop it from blowing away in the wind. It’s laughable really! They left the shelves, it’s not much use without them. I just thought people in the village should be aware and lock up your valuables.’

The DIARY – Click here

As COVID 19 restrictions continue, Norfolk Association of local Councils have provided info on help for people who are self isolating, details here and the latest Government guidance is available here

Walking in Shotesham – Off again until further notice…😩, but there’s a treat for those who walk High Ash Farm! Our very own Simon and Jo are now operating a Coffee Van at the top of the hill opposite Caistor Roman Camp.
In the meantime, here’s a reprise of our 2020’s walks, courtesy of Judie…… 


…and here’s a thought from a regular walker…   ‘Well it does feel a bit like Groundhog Day as we slowly go through lockdown again. The main difference is that the fields are very muddy, rather than cracked and parched, and the days are getting shorter, rather than longer! Meanwhile for those of us who leap/crawl out of bed early for a walk, we have been rewarded by some beautiful misty views, enjoy!

Winter Sunrise…

…beautiful sunsets…

Spooky days…(don’t go off t’road lads!)

…a very wet Saturday morning……… fancy a duck race?……..take a look here!

Where’s the bridge gone dad?                        Knight in shining wellies (Joy’s Loke)

…and winter wildlife, courtesy of Tom Higgin

Wildlife Blog – you may be interested in visiting this blog by Shotesham resident Andy Musgrove….some fascinating creepy crawly things! http://andymuspsl.blogspot.com/ 

Other Information –

Even with the world wide crisis, some people are still looking to take advantage of any weaknesses. As always, please keep an eye out for any unusual activity, remember that if you spot anything suspicious the police can be contacted by phoning 101. 

SCAM AWARE! Due to the increasing occurrence of scams, we’ve decided to feature a log of examples on the site which will feature examples of things to avoid, and hopefully give a general of the types of scams that are out there. If you experience anything suspicious, please send evidence via email (Contact Us above) and we’ll add them to the list. Thanks for your help and, as always, don’t respond to anything you’re not sure of, and you can always look up the Scam Aware website or Google the company name (other search engines are available). REMEMBER, if it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck, it’s probably a DUCK! Click on the links for some examples – text msg – Email ProviderLetters promising $millions!!
To emphasise the extent of the SCAMMING problem,  click here  for an up to date message from our Community Police Engagement Officer, and advice from NLC on scam avoidance – see it here. Look out, other scams are available!! 

Community information….

Hornsea Three Offshore Windfarm has been approved. This decision marks the culmination of over four years of project development, including extensive pre-application consultation with local stakeholders and statutory environmental bodies and a detailed examination, run by an independent Examining Authority,  info here.

Norfolk Local Councils’ Wellbeing Group have produced an excellent article on Carbon Footprints and some actions which can be taken, click here, and they have also provided a pamphlet of Finance Awareness and Scam avoidance – see it here 

South Norfolk’s latest bulletin containing a lot of good advice can be found at their website here….too big to attach!.

Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital’s ‘Settle in Services’ are looking for dedicated volunteers who wish to give something back to their local community. Volunteers meet patients on their day of discharge from hospital to help settle them back in to their own environment. Click here for more information 

Rural Services NorfolkNovember bulletin

South Norfolk older people’s forum, details here.

For assistance with power cuts, please click this link from UK Power Networks

Thinking Fuel – If you feel you may be paying too much for your oil, Community Action Norfolk (CAN) have a scheme that may assist. Click here to see how you might save and here to see how it works, or go directly to the CAN website for more details.

Our local police officer is PC 1151 Sherry Locke who now holds the position of Poringland Beat Manager, contact details for all our local officers – click here.

Local Police info – December Newsletter and a December Community Update

News from Norfolk Police Commissioner – October Newsletter . And, once again, NP&CC is looking for your input into their budget review, you can contribute via this link. 

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