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from the editor There’s a Hellesdon hat-trick of fantastic females in this month’s edition – the brave and determined ‘Trash Girl’, Nadia Sparkes (pictured and page 5), Jen Smith, who’s cycling 50 miles a day in all weathers for charity (page 13), and Karen Dolby who’s got back into the world of work after nearly 30 years (page 17). Movement at last on the saga of the Bull pub (page 9). Let’s hope such a large and prominent building, closed and looking sorry for itself for a year now, will once more become a warm and welcoming part of the local community.

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A Hellesdon schoolgirl has defied bullies to make litterpicking cool – around the world. Nadia Sparkes, 12, used to put up with bottles being thrown at her and sneering shouts of “Trash Girl” and “You’re weird” as she cycled to and from Hellesdon High School picking up rubbish dropped by other people. But when her story hit the headlines, international praise poured in for her actions and the bullying stopped overnight. Now Nadia’s “Trash Girl” image is celebrated in a cartoon and pop-art drawing and she has a Team Trash Girl Facebook group with more than 900 global members who encourage each other to pick up rubbish and post pictures of their efforts. Nadia’s litter-picking began when she started at the high school last September and began to notice the amount of discarded rubbish along her route. She would put it in her cycle basket and bring it home, sparking cruel taunts from some who saw her. Mum Paula Sparkes believes litter-picking has a stigma because rubbish is dirty and

people feel embarrassed to bend and pick it up. The bullying eventually reduced Nadia to a fit of sobbing one day after school. “I sat and talked to her and said what she was doing was admirable but it was up to her to decide whether she wanted to stop because of the bullying, or carry on and own the name ‘Trash Girl’. “She thought about it and said: ‘I’m going to carry on. They can call me ‘Trash Girl’ but with respect.’ Her story first hit the headlines in Norfolk and then went national and international, with articles in The Daily Mail and Times, as well as in publications as far afield as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Sweden and Malta. “It just went bonkers!” said Paula. “She’s had people asking her about it in the street and adults and children all over the world saying ‘You were right and now I’m picking up litter too, because of you.’ I’m incredibly proud of her, and of her independent thinking.” Nadia has an older sister and two younger brothers. A statement about Nadia

COLLECTING: Nadia Sparkes with the bin she uses at home for the rubbish she collects going to and from school.

SHE’S GOT BOTTLE: Nadia Sparkes with some of the litter she finds dropped by others. from Tom Rolfe and Mike Earl, the principals of Hellesdon High School, a member of the Wensum Trust, said: “Her determination and commitment

HIGH PRAISE: “We think she is a Super Hero for putting the planet first, in the face of the bullies who chose to criticise rather than help her and get involved. “We created this image for her to say ‘thank you’ and to offer our support for her fantastic work. Go Trash Girl! We think Trash Girl would make a great cartoon and would inspire more young people to do the same fantastic work,” Alex Jeffery, of Suffolk-based company Creative Nation.

to the cause is truly remarkable and we are hoping it will inspire other students to respect the environment with the same dedication.”

INSPIRATION: “Nadia is doing some excellent work and when I heard that she was bullied, I just wanted to do something for her. I’ve worked with vulnerable young people and children for many years and have done lots of artwork for them. The picture itself was inspired by the artist Jamie Hewlett,” Lynsey Cole (Damsel Dragonfly Art).

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IMPRESSED: Norman Lamb MP (centre) at the exhibition with Jake Whitbread and Clara Price.

Slimmers’ big success

BEFORE AND AFTER: Anika Cooper who lost two stone in six months. A group of 18 Hellesdon slimmers has together lost nearly eight stone in two weeks. The new Slimming World group, led by Anika Cooper who lost two stone in six months, started on January 4. In the first fortnight they collectively shed 110lbs. On average the members lost 6.5lbs each, with one member losing almost a stone - 13.5lbs. Anika’s group is held at Firside Junior School, Middleton’s Lane, Hellesdon, every Thursday at 7:30pm. Ring Anika on 07827 913528 or visit Hellesdon Slimming World with Anika on Facebook.

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Patients’ art display wins MP’s praise An exhibition of artwork by patients at Hellesdon Hospital has been praised by former health minister MP Norman Lamb, who is a vocal campaigner on mental health. Mr Lamb, MP for North Norfolk, spoke at the opening last month of the two-week exhibition Expect Sunshine. It featured work by Rollesby Ward patients, past and present, ranging from paintings and drawings to sculpture and music. After spending some time admiring the artwork and meeting staff and patients, he said he had great admiration for staff at the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, who had worked to make the exhibition happen, adding: “this exhibition shows what can be achieved by

people with mental ill health working with dedicated therapists.” The exhibition was organised by art psychotherapist Jake Whitbread and Clara Price, occupational therapist, who have been working with patients on the ward, a psychiatric intensive-care unit. It aimed to highlight the benefits of art therapy and how it can help people who might have experienced trauma and find it difficult to clearly communicate their own thoughts, feelings and emotions. Jake said each piece represented the artist’s personal journey. He added: “It has been a privilege to be able to share that journey with some truly incredible human beings, and this exhibition is testament to what they have achieved.”

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Fresh hope for shut pub The Bull in Hellesdon, which closed a year ago, may be reopening. A spokesperson for owners Ei Publican Partnerships said: “We are in discussions with an experienced operator who is interested in taking on The Bull in Hellesdon and are exploring options around a joint investment plan for the pub.” The move has been given a cautious welcome by Richard Grady, vice chairman of Hellesdon Parish Council. He said: “It’s one of the hubs of the community and it would be nice to see some life breathed into it again but it would depend on what the plans are. It needs to cater for the local community.”

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ORIGINAL: The newly-built Boundary Garage in the 1960s.

DEMOLITION: Hellesdon Mission Church being knocked down in the 1930s. It was later replaced by St Catherine’s Church.

JUNCTION: The Bull and crossroads pictured in 1961. They probably thought the roads were busy then!

CELEBRATION: A party in Bush Road to mark the Queen’s silver jubilee in 1977.

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HARD LABOUR: workers for Hobrough & Son river contractors clearing a dam at Hellesdon Mill in 1895

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TALENT: Local band The Vampires rehearsing in the Scout hut in 1960.

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Tree felling bid is refused PEDAL POWER: Jen Smith pictured this month in Aylsham Library. She has also visited Hellesdon Library to cycle 25 miles on a static bike in each, and answer questions on fitness as part of the libraries’ wellbeing week.

Jen’s nearly finished cycling marathon

A gruelling 50 miles for 50 days through all weathers Gales, rain, sleet – nothing has deterred Hellesdon resident Jen Smith from saddling up every morning since January 7 and pedalling at least 50 miles. Jen has already clocked up more than 2,100 miles – that’s the equivalent of cycling from Norwich to Beirut – in her bid to raise money for the charity Break. Superfit Jen, 30, set herself the challenge of setting out from home each day at 5am for 50 days to cycle 50 miles – that’s 2,500 miles in total. She wanted to mark this year’s 50th anniversary of Break, the Norwichbased charity which supports vulnerable children, young people and families. “It’s going well, but I’m pretty tired and run-down,” said Jen, on day 33 of her challenge. “The hardest day was when it was blowing 60mph gusts. “It felt like I was sprinting but when I checked I was only doing 6mph and still had to do 25 miles before I got home. I even had to climb over a tree which was blocking the road!” However, on a couple of occasions Jen has managed to clock up 100 miles, which has made her wonder whether, health and weather permitting, she might be able to reach 3,000 miles by the end of her challenge. Highlights have included reaching the

half-way point, being joined by friends for stretches, and chatting to other cyclists along the way about what she is doing. Jen has battled mental ill health and shed 12 stones over three years to become a qualified personal trainer and fitness fanatic who also enjoys boot camps, running and boxing. She volunteered at Break’s charity shop in Aylsham for 10 years and wanted to thank her Break colleagues for their support through difficult times in her life. She had originally hoped to raise £500 in sponsorship but has already been pledged £860 and is now hoping she might be able to reach £1,000. Jen will finish her epic feat by taking part in Break’s Hunny Bell five-mile cross country run at Stody on February 25, after cycling her final 50 miles. She admitted the undertaking had, at least for the time being, severely dampened her love of cycling. “People keep asking what I’m going to do when it’s over,” she said. “All I know is I think it will be a long time before I get on a bike again! But I’m really proud of myself for having done it and glad that I’m raising money for Break because they have been brilliant to me.” To support Jen visit: www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ JenSmith2018

Broadland District Council has refused a Hellesdon resident’s application to fell a large beech tree which is covered by a Tree Protection Order. Ian Drake had wanted to chop down the 18m-20m-tall tree at 16 Gowing Road because he said it was causing damage to his boundary wall, creating a heave which put passing pedestrians at risk of serious harm. Fitting a brace would be very expensive. But the council said the section of damaged wall had been dismantled at the time of a site visit “and the immediate risk of serious harm has been abated.” A method of reconstruction incorporating an opening and lintel would allow the tree to be retained while reinstating the wall and would also allow for the tree’s base to expand. The council also dismissed Mr Drake’s arguments that he had received complaints from neighbours about leaves blocking gutters and drains, saying their clearance “would not be considered impractical or a valid reason to remove a healthy protected tree.”

INDOOR Car boot SALES RAISE £1,200-plus for SCHOOL PTA Hellesdon High School’s PTA chiefs thank all parents and residents who supported their two February indoor car-boot sales. A spokesman said: “Despite the chilly weather, many people went home with bargains. The hot bacon rolls went down a treat too – special thanks to Mick. The two events combined made over £1,200 profit.” For further information about PTA events, contact: pta@hellesdonhigh. norfolk.sch.uk You can also follow the PTA on Facebook: Hellesdon High School PTA, Twitter: @PTAHHS or via the School website at www.hellesdon. net

Ex-golf club application Persimmon Homes is seeking planning permission from Broadland District Council to erect a sign at the former Royal Norwich Golf Club advertising its forthcoming development. If approved, the 5.1m-high sign would say “Coming soon. White Rose Park. Marketing suite in golf club car park.” Persimmon wants permission for the sign for a five-year period. The company has paid £17m for the site and has permission to build up to 1,000 homes on it.

Competition winner The winner of our competition for two tickets to see Paul Young and China Crisis at the Waterfront, Norwich, on February 17, was Sarah Randall, of Cottinghams Drive, Hellesdon. The answer to the question “What year was the Live Aid concert at Wembley?” was 1985.

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We meet Terri from Norvic Healthcare who talks about her job and why, despite the tough times, it can be the perfect job for so many people. Terri – what job do you do? I work for Norvic Healthcare as a Domiciliary care worker. That sounds very complicated – what do you actually do in your day job?

I visit and care for people in their own homes. Because I can work flexibily it fits in perfectly with my life. Its why I recommend it. I provide a range of care, sometimes it’s getting people up and dressed, making sure they have something to eat and drink. Whilst on other days I could be taking a client shopping, sorting out their bills or medication. I love it, because it’s so varied.

What’s the best bit of your job? The flexibility and the varied nature. I love being out in the community. I can work as many hours as I like. Norvic’s a great employer like that. However, I have my set clients and I don’t like to let them down. Sometimes I’m the only person they see, and that’s a huge responsibility. ..and the worst bit? I know it sounds cheesy but there isn’t anything I don’t like, hence why I have stayed working at Norvic for so long. I have a great relationship with the people in the office, many of those have been at Norvic for over 10 years. They know the clients as well as I do and so we all have a collective responsibility for the work we do.

Care work is notoriously underpaid, what’s the pay really like? The pay is good. If I work a full week, I can earn in excess of £400. Working for Norvic means you get paid per week too! That can be really helpful for budgeting, if you work extra hours, you don’t have to wait to get paid for these either.

If this sounds like the job for you, but you have no experience, how do you go about becoming a care worker? Norvic is great about encouraging people into the industry. There are stringent checks and references that are undertaken, to What about the bad press about care make sure that patients are safe and will be work? well cared for. Once these checks are ..but there must be tough times? I have read a lot in the papers about poor Of course, but not the things you’d imagine. complete, and you have undertaken the care, but it just makes me more deterright training, (arranged and paid for by mined to provide quality care. I think about What I find hard is when a client suffers a set-back or when you lose someone you Norvic) your shifts can start. At first, Norvic my family and how I would want them looked after. I work hard at getting to know were caring for. The day-to-day work is ensure that you are shadowed by an so rewarding. In some cases I can ensure experienced care worker who offers all my clients and they get to know me. that clients are able to stay in their own That way I feel I can provide the best care support and guidance on the job. homes. for them.

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Roadshow date on NEW SITES FOR MORE HOMES Plans for large numbers of new homes and other proposals affecting Hellesdon will be under the spotlight at a roadshow in Hellesdon Community Centre on February 28 from 2pm-8pm. The event is part of the public consultation process on the Greater Norwich Local Plan which will shape the area’s future between now and 2036. The Greater Norwich area still has to identify sites for 7,200 new homes and a number of plots in or close to Hellesdon are among those being considered. Hellesdon Parish Council is urging residents to have their say before the consultation ends at 5pm on March 15, either by visiting www.gnlp.ork.uk or by collecting a response booklet from the council’s Diamond Jubilee Lodge office. The council is concerned at proposals for homes which could see valuable recreational space lost on Cottingham’s Park and part of its allotments. Councillors also fear a large proposed development in nearby Horsford would put extra strain on Hellesdon’s under-stress infrastructure.

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