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Our Bells are back, update below!     Bridge over the (river) Beck, message from Common Trustees below    South Norfolk Show, 30th June, click here for info

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Anti-crime message from South Norfolk Policeclick here

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Spring has indeed sprung (despite some occasional weather difficulties!), and to prove it….a baby woodpecker spotted in Heather’s apple tree. Everybody say ‘awwhhh’!

The Common is alive! On behalf of the Trustees of Shotesham Common, it’s a pleasure to report that the circular path has been re-instated on the south end of the common and a new footbridge installed, thanks to the hard work of Ed, Tony, Alan and Mike. Everyone is welcome to walk the common. With the newly cut path and the bridge over the beck, you can walk a complete circle on the church end of the common and enjoy the beautiful wild flowers and grasses: wonderful habitat for bees and butterflies. On a recent wild flower identification walk led by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, over 40 species were recorded! A new pedestrian gate is being installed to allow access to the common opposite Joys Loke. Please take care to respect the wildlife and keep dogs under control.  

And, coming soon….Norfolk Wildlife Trust are organising an event on Shotesham Common on Sunday 14th July 2-5pm. Bernie Fenn is working with NWT organiser, Gemma Walker, who is looking for volunteers to help set up and to give a hand on the day. Bernie says “Some people have already put themselves forward, but we could use a few more. We are not looking for ‘experts’, NWT will be providing their own people too. If you have some time to spare either on Saturday 13th or Sunday 14th, could you please let me know so that I can put you in touch with Gemma to discuss how you can help. Thank you in anticipation!
Bernie Fenn floracot@btinternet.com

Our event is however, only the culmination of a week of NWT Commons’ celebrations across Norfolk, please see message below from Gemma, and links for all the other Commons events.

‘Hi Everyone, the countdown to Commons Week (Saturday 6th to Sunday 14th July) has begun with just under a month to go. With over 30 different activities planned we hope there will be something to take your interest.

As well as the event programme we are also running a photographic competition during July, with prizes donated by Cley Spy and Jessops. For further information on the competition please see our website:  https://www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/commons-week#WinCComp

Commons Week now has a dedicated webpage with information on all the activities (https://www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/commons-week ) or click here for a full list of the events with links giving further information. I hope you are free to attend some of them. Best wishes, Gemma

Ps. Please help us spread the word about Commons Week and the photographic competition – thank you.’
Gemma Walker
Living Landscape Project Officer
Office: 01603 625540
Web: www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk

SHOTESHAM SCREEN…closed for the summer, back in September! 

Room with a Brew! will be back on Tuesday 16th July from 10.30 – 12pm at Trinity Hall, everyone is welcome to pop in for tea, coffee and a chat with fellow local residents, don’t miss it!

On the afternoon of Sat 22nd June we’ll once again be having what will hopefully become an annual event in honour of Max Muntingh who, after fighting with cancer, very sadly passed away in July 2017 aged 10. It’s planned to be a fun day out watching Max’s favourite sport being played by his school friends, while having some barbecue food and fun & games for the family, and also raising money for EACH and Brain Tumour Research. Come along and see some budding ‘Yellows’ in the making, Martijn and Emma look forward to you joining them there.

A fine morning for the Shotesham Gardeners Annual Bring and Buy Plant Fair with lots of interest for the flora on offer as well as coffee and delicious cakes!     

Walking Group. Circumstances have, unfortunately, led to the cancellation of our walk on the 12 June, but next up is the annual picnic walk, led by Tom and Jane on Sunday June 30th. Hopefully summer will have returned by then!

All Saints Bell Project final update……and it couldn’t be expressed better than this quote from Shotesham resident – Judie Olivier…..“Just heard the bells ring out over the village for the first time for months. What joy! Thank you Bob and everyone else involved in completing this mammoth task and restoring the tapestry of joy which we enjoy in Shotesham.” 

A service of Thanksgiving and Rededication will take place on Sunday 30th June, 6pm at All Saints Church. Everyone is invited so please join us and enjoy a glass wine afterwards. 

Community information….

South Norfolk Show, click here for details

Norfolk County Council update on the North Western Linkroad here, results of last year’s Children’s Services consultation here.

South Norfolk older people’s forum, details here.

Norfolk campaign to S.C.R.A.P. fly tipping…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, Sherry can be contacted at;

Local Police info – May Newsletter

News from Norfolk Police Commissioner – May Newsletter

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