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Some more road works…Surprise!! Saxlingham Nethergate STRO7727 PT

Hornsea Three Offshore Wind Farm – link to website and community event info here 

Some practical help in local libraries courtesy of Norfolk Councils – click here

Help from Norfolk Local Councils – a lot of helpful information, including some financial assistance for certain cases, click here for more information 

The DIARY – Click here

(Brief) Invasion of Scouts – Shotesham Residents please be aware that Scout Explorers will be at large overnight between 15.00 on Saturday 18th Feb until 09.00 on Sunday 19th. We have been assured of proper and adequate supervision for their activities which while in Shotesham will be centred around a base at St Marys Church (which is to be open) and St Martins. This walking event involves 6 bases from Eaton to Mulbarton. The total number of Scouts is 100-150. There should not be more than 30 at a base at any one time, and most of the night there will be less than 10 at a base.
Total number of Leaders is estimated to be 50. Typically 5-6 leaders at each of the 6 bases, If you see activity overnight please do not call the police.  The event leader is David Cartwright 07799 881595
 
A Shotesham Warm Welcome – By popular demand, our programme of Shotesham ‘Warm Welcome’ sessions on Thursday afternoons at the Trinity will restart on the 5th of January. it’s open to all ages, whether you’ve lived in Shotesham for a year or 80 years, and you can come by for 2 minutes or 2 hours. There’s no charge for your tea/coffee and cake, and you can meet some old or new friends, have a chat, sit quietly, or join in the jigsawing.
We look forward to seeing you there and don’t forget that if you need some assistance to get there, please contact Jeff and Rosemarie Gough on 550358 or 07748527984 for help, In the meantime very best wishes for 2023. 
 

Walking in Shotesham – Sunny walk and a belated but excellent Christmas lunch at the Globe! Christmas Lunch walk     Walkers Christmas lunch

Shotesham Screen – February’s movie is the 2021 Iran/Persian comedy/drama Hit the Road, featuring an Iranian family on a mysterious and chaotic road trip – “All of Iranian life on four wheels” , click here for a full reviewFriday 10 February 7.30 Trinity Hall, Ice cream on sale, tickets £5   Raz 550122 razwoollacott@gmail.com    
                                      
 

Shotesham yoga – returns on 11th January 2023. One session per week for the winter, 18.30 – 19.30 every Wednesday. Enquiries via our very own Shotesham Yoga teacher, Kendra -kendracollier0@gmail.com or 07748009411

Christmas Events –
Carols round the Tree
 – we were treated to some fine weather and some excellent entertainment at the event on Christmas Eve. Mulled wine, mince pies and hot chocolate was served and a collection of donations raised £166 for EACH. Many thanks to all who helped out, particularly Christine and Ted, Nick and Sue and Lindsay, and to everyone who turned out to sing and appreciate. 

New Years Eve Fun Run once again collected a number of hardy souls of many different ages and sent them out into a reasonably pleasant (for running) day…..and welcomed them back just as the rain had started to fall. The pre race favourites took a back seat as Steve Blomfield finished first in 38.12 after a sprint up Church Hall, with previous winner Dominic Copping 5 secs behind, and brother Jasper another 12secs after that. Anna Lloyd was first lady in under 49mins, and the two seniors winners were Mike Laurence and Liz Blakie, with Anna’s son Zach the first junior in 49.49. A special mention for Emi Muntingh who, although her running coach(!) would only let her run one lap, she completed it in 13mins!!! Definitely one to watch for the future! 

Shotesham Open Gardens – We have some consolation following cancellation with some garden photos as memories of a hot, hot summer! Real live Open Gardens coming soon!!

 

Shotesham Common – The Trustees of Shotesham Common have been given permission by Natural England and will be carrying 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

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

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!  Hopefully we are now well used to the occurrence of scams, but the best of us can still be caught out. Here’s a message from a Shotesham resident of a very recent attempt – ‘I had a call asking if I had received my new debit card in the last 7 days which I hadn’t. He wanted me to hand my card to someone who would came round to collect it! This person was obviously watching to see me return home and came to collect my card. I was so gullible not to see so many signs of a scam, but all is OK, I have rung Barclays and the police who were very understanding. I have never been scammed before and learnt a lot from my experience.’
Luckily our neighbour did figure it out in time, but this shows how convincing scammers can be!!

Community information….

International Women’s Day on March 8th, info here

Review of Residential Care across Norfolk, read more here

Norwich Western Link Road – Norfolk Council can now confirm that the Norwich Western Link consultation event in Costessey has been rearranged to take place on Friday 30 September . The event will run between 1 and 8pm and will be held in the Stafford Hall of the Costessey Centre. This event was originally due to take place last Friday (9 September) but was postponed as a mark of respect following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II the previous day. You can also continue to find out more about the consultation, view the proposals upon which we’re consulting and give us your views online via www.norfolk.gov.uk/nwl

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’ – 

Looking to get back to work?  Choices_A5 SNC Sept 2022

Norfolk Local Councils (NLC) – Go wild in the Country with Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Environment agency – Winter Flooding Report, read here

Pylons East Anglia – Norfolk Parish Movement for an OTN: September Update here

ALSO, 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 County Council – info, advice and links  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 

Bin Collection Calendars – South Norfolk have discontinued sending out hard copies, full info 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 

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.

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

Selected older news items are retained on the “News archive” page)