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from the editor Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Just Eaton and Cringleford. It’s great that we can lead this month’s magazine with the wonderful news that the Eaton Park Miniature Railway is running again (front page and page 7). This hugely popular attraction has been closed to the public for five months and many park regulars will have missed it.

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We’re also pleased to give some coverage to the sterling community work performed by Jo Foulger of Cringleford Stores and Councillor Caroline Ackroyd. The pair, along with a dedicated team of volunteers, have ensured vulnerable people across the area have had their shopping delivered during these hugely difficult times (page 4). The impact of Covid-19 is still there for all of us to see but there are so many people throughout the community doing their bit to help others.

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HELPING HAND: Jo Foulger (left) outside Cringleford Stores, with Eaton Councillor Caroline Ackroyd.

Shopkeeper Jo provides a vital lifeline to residents Back in the beginning of lockdown, Fred, representing residents in a local retirement complex, got in touch with me, writes Eaton Councillor Caroline Ackroyd. Residents wanted to be able to order groceries and pay by card over the phone. I approached several shops – large and small – but it was Jo Foulger from Cringleford Stores who was willing and able to help with this particular problem. She and Fred came up with a rota for his 23 shoppers. I acquired a group of volunteers who would deliver the groceries and we were on our way. I have got to know Jo during these last few months and am increasingly amazed that she was willing to take on our scheme which went wider throughout Eaton than the original request. Her day starts at 4am when the papers arrive and ends when she closes the shop, with Jo often making deliveries to nearby residents on her way home. I say it ends but then of course

there are accounts to be sorted, not forgetting that she also has a family. How she finds the time to take orders, have a chat and have all those bags packed, ready and waiting, when one of us arrives to pick up I will never know. I have learned that Jo knows all her regulars by name and has added recognising the voices of our group of customers to her list. Jo is always cheerful and helpful. Her view of life is: “I’m only too pleased to be able to help people in whatever way I can.” She has provided a lifeline to residents during lockdown so, as we try to move into some semblance of normality, let’s not forget Jo and all those local businesses who were able to step up and help when we needed it. Now, more than ever, we need to get behind our local businesses whenever we can, show our support and help save jobs and livelihoods. So, when you go shopping, think local!

The delivery scheme continues and you can phone your orders to Jo Foulger on 07921 565686 or for any information about the scheme contact Cllr Caroline Ackroyd on 07941 259502.

ABOVE: Eaton Councillor James Wright deliveries groceries to a local resident.

CRINGLEFORD WI Cringleford WI members and guests were keen to seek the shade on their August picnic at the Recreation Ground. Thankfully, they were able to relax in the cool of a copse of trees and catch up with old friends. The picnic replaced the summer tea party traditionally held in the Pavilion, so no overflowing buffet table this year. Members adapted by maintaining social distance and taking their own picnic, showing that fellowship


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WE’RE BACK: The Eaton Park Miniature Railway has started operating again. PICTURES: STUART BEARD

Park’s train rides resume Families can once again enjoy rides on the popular miniature railway at Eaton Park following a five-month shutdown. Enthusiasts who run the railway were delighted to welcome back passengers for the first in a series of pop-up events, which are set to run on Sundays during rest of year, when staff are available. Mark Rhodes, of Eaton Park Railway, said: “It was great because we missed doing it all. We enjoy running the trains and laying them on for the public more than anything else. “They were all very happy we were running the train. It’s an essential part of the park life.” Mark said Covid-19 meant many volunteers were in

CARE: Volunteers clean down the train’s carriages.

vulnerable groups and still not attending on Sundays – hence the pop-up services. “If we’re there, we’re there. If we aren’t there’s no disappointment,” added Mark. Trains are being run in a Covid-secure manner, approved by Norwich City Council. Each carriage will accommodate just one family group or bubble and are all spaced by a minimum of onemetre from the next group. Those aged over 11 must wear a face covering. Hand sanitizer is available and carriages are cleaned after each ride. Looking ahead, the Children in Need Day event and Santa Specials have been cancelled but it’s hoped the pop-up Sundays will run through to the end of the Christmas holiday. The Eaton Park Miniature Railway is operated by Norwich & District Society of Model Engineers (N&DSME) and is always looking for new members, including younger people. For more information about services and membership, visit the society’s website at www.ndsme.org or see its Facebook page.

TWO MAJOR CITY EVENTS CANCELLED Two of Norwich’s remaining flagship events for 2020 have been cancelled due to the ongoing effects of Covid-19. The Halloween spectacular, called Spooky City, and fireworks display, Big Boom, have both been cancelled due to the current guidance on social distancing. Norwich City Council leader

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Choir members back on song Members of Christ Church, Eaton choir were able to sing together for the first time in months, following a change in the government’s COVID-19 rules regarding public performances. Six members of the choir, pictured above, sang during a recent Evening Service of Holy Communion at the church, observing social-distancing. They were accompanied on the piano by Christ Church choirmaster and organist, Matt Wright. Choir member Rosalind Wright said: “It was great to be able to sing in the church again. It felt a bit exposed, as there were only six of us and we were socially - distanced but it was,

nevertheless, a positive and memorable experience.” Fellow choir member Carol Morgan added: “It was just great to feel part of the church community in a more meaningful way.” It is hoped small groups can continue singing in the next few weeks. Information about Christ Church, Eaton’s activities is available from the Christ Church Facebook page; other information is available from the Christ Church website: https://christchurch-eaton.org. uk/ and from the Revd Patrick Richmond: vicar@christchurcheaton.org.uk

The University of East Anglia Music Centre Choirs and Orchestra are looking for new members and welcome all, whether from the University or beyond. If you are a keen singer or orchestral player, you are being encouraged to submit an audition. UEA Choir, Chamber Choir, and Symphony Orchestra rehearse weekly in the UEA Music Centre and perform a number of concerts, each year, in St Andrew’s Hall and other Norwich venues. Although the 2020-21 season will be affected by COVID-19, the aim will be to provide a varied programme of online events from October to December and then from January (provided it is safe to do so) restart live rehearsals and work towards a concert in March. Due to ongoing social

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Church burial ground appeal Work is continuing to make an Eaton burial ground more nature friendly and beautiful for people living in the community. St Andrew’s Church has called for practical and financial help to maintain Eaton Burial Ground after revealing existing money in the maintenance fund will be used up within two years. A statement from the vicar and church wardens at St Andrew’s said experiments had been taking place this summer to make the area more nature friendly, “improving the biodiversity of what is already a beautiful resource for our community here in Eaton.”

The statement adds: “This will involve simply cutting some paths between the lines of graves and trimming the hedges only once. In the autumn the area will be scythed and raked by conservation volunteers. This will promote the rapid growth of an attractive wild flower meadow.” Any practical assistance or financial help would be greatly appreciated by the church. Gifts should be labelled for St Andrew’s Eaton PCC Burial Ground and posted to the Church Office, 41 Church Lane, Eaton, Norwich, NR4 6NW.

Important new role for local estate agent A well-known local estate agent has been promoted to a new role as a Partner with haart in Norwich. Joanne Pennells has been with the company and its sister agencies for two decades, previously managing the Golden Triangle branch in Earlham Road. Joanne will be covering the south-west of Norwich including the Golden Triangle, where she used to live, as well as the university and hospital area, Eaton, Cringleford, Hethersett and Wymondham. “It’s a fantastic opportunity,” said Joanne, “It gives me greater flexibility and allows me to be far more responsive to customers’ needs at times that suit them. Antony Lark, Managing

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chamomile, the same as the wildflower found in the UK, sometimes called True or Roman chamomile. It used to be a widespread plant in grassland areas, but has undergone declines due to changes in land use and is now classed as ‘vulnerable’. Chamomile lawns look and smell beautiful and, as an added benefit, the flowers can be used to make chamomile tea and the foliage can be used for flavouring. If bought from a responsible source, you could provide a small haven for this declining wildflower. If you are also thinking about making your lawn more biodiverse, I buy my wildflower plugs online from British Wild Flower Plants – a Norfolk based company that grows all plants using peat-free compost.

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GOOD DEEDS: Members of GoodGym Norwich at Eaton Park.

Fitness group helps out A group which aims to get fit by performing tasks to help local communities has helped to spruce up Eaton Park. GoodGym Norwich, which was launched in 2017, is a community of people who run, walk or cycle to carry out their good deeds. Steven Hitcham, GoodGym’s Norwich Trainer, said 13 members met up at Eaton Park. “We separated into small

groups and did tasks such as litter picking, cleaning benches and cleaning the park signs - to make the park look refreshed.” Steven said tasks have traditionally included gardening, weeding, litter-picking, painting, bingo at care homes, sorting donations at the foodbank, Christmas carol singing, leaflet dropping and many more. “Since March, we’ve had to adapt what we do and currently

we are doing two to three tasks a week in smaller groups where people walk, run or cycle to a task and meet there, instead of having a led session.” As well as helping community projects and organisations, Good Gym supports older people. You can find out more information about GoodGym Norwich at www.goodgym. org/areas/norwich .

A charity is urging people in the Norwich area to take part in a new virtual fundraising challenge in the wake of Covid-19. The Benjamin Foundation is asking participants to stay up through the night in support of their work to tackle youth homelessness. Taking place on October 9, STAY:UP will raise money to help local, vulnerable young people who haven’t had the best start in life. The Benjamin Foundation’s much-loved annual Sleep Out events in Norwich and Ipswich are unable to take place this year, because of the pandemic but the charity says the need for fundraising is more important than ever. To register, visit https:// benjaminfoundation. co.uk/event/stayup/

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Tree removal Nine horse chestnut trees in Eaton Park are being cut down because they are posing a risk to the public. The trees, along the central avenue of the park, are suffering from die-back disease and decay. At the time of going to press, notices had been placed on the trees, pictured above, and work by Norwich City Council to cut them down is expected to start shortly. They will be replaced with lime trees. Councillor Matthew Packer, cabinet member for health and wellbeing at the city council said: “There are more than 1,000 trees in Eaton Park and they vary widely in terms of species and ages, as well as

their expected life-spans. While it’s, of course, sad when a tree comes to the end of its lifespan, losses like this are to be expected and it’s critical that these are removed when they pose an unacceptable risk.” The new lime trees are expected to be planted in November or December. Eaton city councillor Judith Lubbock said: “When trees have either reached the end of their life or have die-back problems it is essential that action is taken to remove any risk to park users. Eaton Park is well-used and well-loved especially during these difficult months under Covid and it’s good to know the council is looking after this important asset.”

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LETTER REVAMP OF ST STEPHENS STREET Residents in Eaton and Cringleford will soon have a chance to ‘have their say’ over Council plans to revamp St Stephens Street and its surrounding area. At the latest meeting of the Transforming Cities Committee, I heard details of a £4.8 million scheme which officers claim will improve bus journey times into the city centre, as well as cutting air pollution. New ‘sawtooth’ bus bays will be created, which it is hoped will make it easier for buses to drop off and collect passengers. Pedestrian crossing areas on St Stephens Street will be widened, and Surrey Street will be made one-way northbound for motorised traffic with a contraflow cycle lane enabling two-way cycling to remain. Earlier this year, Norwich missed out on its initial bid to get in the region of £75m to £162m from the Government’s Transforming

Cities fund. However, it has subsequently submitted a revised bid for a three-way share of £117m, and is currently waiting for further news. I am sceptical about the new plans for St Stephens Street. Above all, I’m not sure that the scheme represents good value for money, and I remain to be convinced about anticipated improvements in air quality until we have newer, less polluting buses. Space for introducing the new bus bays will also be very tight, and this may lead to new safety concerns as well. However, maybe other people will see things differently and I support the move for the plans to go out for public consultation in the next few weeks. Lib Dem County Councillor Brian Watkins Member for the Eaton Division

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Inspiring young students Norwich High School for Girls launched its first online conference event during the summer, with more than 45 guest speakers participating. The Inspiring Change Makers Online Summit was accessible to young people across the UK via a bespoke website, with speakers including celebrity chef Prue Leith and chartered engineer, Yewande Akinola.

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social change. Other big names included Sunday Times luxury content director Lorraine Candy and Olympic hockey champion Kate RichardsonWalsh. The event also had a contingent of Norfolk “change makers”, including Genevieve Raghu, founder of Into Opera, and lawyers Naomi Newell and Rebecca Bond from Birketts LLP. The website reached 26,000 young people of whom 95pc said that they felt empowered to become a future change maker. Feedback from the young people who took part included: “We all have the power to make a difference”; “Accept who you are”; “Be the best version of yourself”; and “Always try and improve the lives of others.” t The programme content is still available to view for free at www. inspiringfemales.org.uk t Find out more about Norwich High and register to attend an October Open Event at www.norwichhigh.gdst.net

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