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Bollywood movie night, 8th Dec, themed dress, BYO Glass of wine! Christmas events, details below

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Major Roadworks! Anglian Water are replacing approx. 2km of watermain in Shotesham Road, Poringland starting on 11th September with an anticipated duration of 11 working weeks. END DATE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 1 DECEMBER! To complete the works efficiently and more importantly safely, the road will be closed for the entire duration. Please see attached draft design drawing which identifies the route from point A – C, but simply put, the diversions are via Long Lane in SHC or Brick Lane, both to Upper Stoke, or Grub St and Leafyoak Lane to Poringland.

Shotesham Village Fete? After a few years (including COVID impacted years…) the SVA is considering bringing the Shotesham Village Fete back – however we need your help!! 
The date is yet to be decided but it would take place during July 2024, before the schools break up for the summer, with proceeds from the fete going to a charity to be decided.
In order to gauge interest, could you please respond to the following poll.
Many thanks, The SVA
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Black dog, yellow meadow                                      Same space, different colours

A Shotesham Warm Welcome – resumed in October and continues on Thursday afternoons at the Trinity, we look forward to seeing you there.

Shotesham yoga –  yoga continues on a weekly basis from 18.30 – 19.30 on Wednesdays. Enquiries via our very own Shotesham Yoga teacher, Kendra –kendracollier0@gmail.com or 07748009411

And Pilates Class coming soon…NEW CLASS Pilates Sculpt

Walking in Shotesham –  next walk will be on Sunday 10th December, and a Village ramble on Thursday 28th. in the meantime here’s three of our walkers enjoying a warm if blustery Picnic walk in July.

Shotesham Screen on Friday 8th December, 7.30 at The Trinity.see poster below  for  details.
Polite Society
throws, kicks, and punches the genre etiquette book out the window to deliver a fun film that blends Bollywood splendour and British wryness.You can read Critics Reviews here –https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/polite_society/reviews?intcmp=rt-what-to-know_read-critics-reviews. Film goers are invited to embrace the Bollywood theme and to dress accordingly should they wish to.

And for Christmas…
Christmas Eve Carols round the Tree,
 featuring carol singing with live music and our very own children’s handbell extravaganza, will take place on Sunday 24th Dec. As always All Saints Church will be open for mulled wine, mince pies and other sweet treats, and our village barista will be serving coffee and delicious hot chocolate. Goodies will be served from 5.15pm, with carols etc starting at 5.30. Can all able bodied people please arrive on foot, wearing suitable clothing and footwear, as there are only limited parking on the hill for disabled or infirm, and don’t forget to bring a torch!

Practice for the handbell ringing, along with crafting decorations for the church, will take place this year at Church View Barn, Hawes Green, courtesy of hostess Anna. Lessons for both will be from 3pm – 5pm on Sundays, with the first hour for craft with Lesley, followed by bell ringing practice with Anna. First one will be Sunday 3rd December, and all children between 2 & 18, are invited. If your children are interested, please contact Anna on 07939 422301. Apologies and please note the corrections from last month’s Contact. 

Our Old Year’s Day Fun Run will be run on Sunday 31st Dec, starter’s gun at 11pm on Church Hill, but please turn up around 10.50 for registration. The course is 3 x round half of the village, map below and available on the day.

And could last year’s winner, Steve Blomfield, please return the trophy (engraved) beforehand and we hope to see you there.
Great night for a Barn Dance…
And…Great night for a quiz, very much enjoyed by all attendees, winners were Team Haslam…. the rest shall remain nameless 😀

Hints and Tips for correct recycling – click here What goes in your recycling bin. 2023

Shotesham Common – The Trustees of Shotesham Common have been given permission by Natural England and will be continuing to carry out some work on the common over the following months. Just to explain what we are doing and why:
We will be manually cutting back sections of the banks of the beck on an annual basis, where Willow Herb has dominated, to enable birds and mammals to have access to the water.
We will be manually cutting Alder saplings and trees. Over the years these have changed the open landscape and caused drying out of the wetland meadows, which is contrary to the management agreement we have with Natural England.

After the floods at Brookfield in December 2021, a ditch was dug and a bank built up around the cottage. Alternative flood alleviation work has now been carried out at Brookfields, so this is no longer required. The ditch will be filled in and the bank removed.
If you would like any further information, contact either Ed Howard edhoward54@gmail.com or myself floracot@btinternet.com.

Bernie Fenn, for Trustees of Shotesham Common

In the meantime, the gate onto the Common by Flint Cottage is damaged, and will therefore be out of operation while repairs are carried out.

Wildlife in Shotesham – who knew we had so many different wildlife species on our doorstep?! Village resident, Andy Musgrove is busy collecting and collating them all and, whilst in his own words he hasn’t got them all yet, click here for a few to be getting on with. Careful though, it could make your hair stand on end!!

…And in Joys Loke….

Courtesy of Tom Higgin

St Martins Church looking good – also see video at St Martin’s Church sub menu via Churches and the PCC heading above – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMfP1tx642g  (copy and paste link) 

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! – A number of new scams have been notified by Norfolk Association of Local Councils, some of which I certainly haven’t heard of before and are well worth checking out – click on this link for details – https://mailchi.mp/52e6f8561225/scams-dont-get-fooled-again?e=7f9e357c98

Community information….

Info and consultation on Greater Norwich Local Plan….

National Grid. – the second non-statutory consultation on Norwich to Tilbury (formerly known as East Anglia GREEN) has been completed, South Norfolk Council’s response attached here for your information.
Our response will also be placed on 2022/1116 a planning application which has specifically been set up to enable documents and responses to be placed in the public domain.
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you wish to discuss.
Kind regards
Claire Curtis
Area Team Manager
t  01508 533788 e  claire.curtis@southnorfolkandbroadland.gov.uk  

All further info is available on AW website at https://www.nationalgrid.com/electricity-transmission/network-and-infrastructure/infrastructure-projects/norwich-to-tilbury/public-consultation

Hornsea3update from Hornsea Community

Review of Residential Care across Norfolk, read more here

Anglian Water’s Priority Services Register is in place to help lots of people with different needs and is completely free, click here for more info

Local Council ‘stuff’

An important message from Local Councillor Allison

Dear All,
Please see attached a flyer (at the link below) promoting our current engagement with users of Adult Social Care. We want to know what works, what needs to change and anything else people wish to share with us. This will help ensure that the services we develop in the future meet the needs of those we seek to support. 
If you are able to share this with your network it would be most appreciated.
Kind regards
County Councillor for Stratton Division
Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care
..and one from Care Choices on behalf of Norfolk Council, click here

Norfolk Citizens Advice have launched a new initiative to assist individuals in need – Grants for Individuals in need database. The database is funded as part of the Coordinated Community Support Programme and is open access on the Norfolk Citizens Advice website. The database contains largely small local grant giving organisations that operate in Norfolk.
The webpage contains:

  • Brief information on how to use the database
  • A short video demonstration
  • A tips document on maximising successful applications with hints and tips from grant organisation trustees
  • A feedback link to report out of date information, suggest organisations to include,  or just give feedback on your experience of using the database


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

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 

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 new local police officer is  PC 665, Andy Sneddon who now holds the position of Poringland Beat Manager, contact details for all our local officers – click here.

Norfolk Police & Crime Commissioner’s – October news update – click here

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