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from the editor Well done to new mayor Barry Hester and deputy Mart Seward. There will be a Civic Service for the Mayor at St Nicholas Church, North Walsham on June 17. His chosen charity for this year is North Walsham War Memorial Hospital League of Friends.
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Our front page picture is of friends Lilly Seargent and Libby Lock who are going to have their heads shaved to make a difference to sick children’s lives and help them fulfil their wishes. The shave will take place at the North Walsham Infant and Junior School fun day on July 8 and they would welcome any support. “We’d really appreciate any donations big or small, if you’re free on the 8th please come and support us, if that’s not possible we will be doing it via Facebook live,” said the girls. “We want to transform the lives of 1,000 children this year by granting their One True Wish.” We’ll let you know how they go in next issue.
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into the archives North Walsham and District Community Archives has a wealth of fabulous pictures which it shares regularly on its Facebook page. Just North Walsham takes a regular peek into these, courtesy of Wayne Beauchamp. See more at www.facebook.com/groups/NorthWalshamArchive. Here’s a couple of pictures from Cornish & Gaymer ecclesiastical builders, Norwich Road, North Walsham. It was a remarkable business which in 1880 employed more than 1,000 men in joinery and masonry specialising in ecclesiastical work, notably Charles Simpson (right) whose work can be seen in Norwich and Durham cathedrals and Winchester College Chapel; he carved the altar here in the parish church aged 16. The second photo from 1948 shows Leonard Walter Roper, of Cherry Tree Lane, at work on his 1939-45 war memorial which is now in the Memorial Chapel of St Nicholas Church, North Walsham. Mr Roper was taught his craft by Charles, who carved the oak 1914-18 war memorial when he was employed by Cornish & Gaymer. Mr. Roper later served with the builders EJ Sayer for around seven years before becoming one of three partners in the building firm of Foulser, Roper and Self in Bank Loke. Mr Roper served as a church warden and was a member of the parochial church council.
Plant sale for pedal power Glorious weather and a great turnout ensured Support Cambodia’s seventh annual plant sale at North Walsham’s Catholic Hall on Saturday, May 19, was a great success. The fact that a certain royal couple were getting married in Windsor that day seemed to make no difference as people from all over North Norfolk and beyond poured in to take advantage of hundreds of quality plants at low prices, many generously donated by local nurseries and private growers. The target for the day, £800 for bicycles to enable poor students from remote locations in rural Cambodia to access education, was easily reached, with £1000 taken on the plant stall alone. This was in addition to proceeds from the cafe and the bake, produce and craft stalls, every penny going
to the Bike Project as Support Cambodia takes no administration costs from charitable donations. Royal watchers were able to keep up with events on TV while enjoying drinks and food in the cafe. The Great Wedding Raffle (well done the Roving Raffle Man, aka Giles Keane) was drawn as the ceremony began in Windsor. Congratulations to Harry and Meghan (and Matt Smith) from North Walsham, the lucky winner of a magnificent two-tier wedding cake made and donated by supporter Veronique Cornish. This phenomenal response now means
Support Cambodia can fund over twice as many bikes as originally planned, thereby giving many more Cambodian children the passport to a brighter future. Organisers thanked the many people who “supported Cambodia” by donating plants or cakes and to everyone who came, spent, supported, worked incredibly hard, prepared or cleared up afterwards and especially to those local businesses who donated their time, services and products. The next event is a table top sale at Aylsham on Saturday, July 7. For more information go to www. supportcambodia.org.uk North Walsham
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Flying the flag A flag has returned “home” to a former First World War hospital which nursed injured soldiers. The Red Cross flag once flew over Wellingtonia in Mundesley Road, North Walsham, where staff and volunteers cared for Great War heroes. Now faded original flags have been replaced with replicas which will be displayed at the current hospital, and the parish church, as reminders of the town’s nursing heritage. They have been paid for by funding from the North Walsham War Memorial Hospital League of Friends plus a donation from wellknown local shopkeeper and musician Denis Payne, a supporter of the hospital, who died in 2016 aged 86. The church’s two flags were due to be dedicated at the town civic service and the hospital’s will take pride of place in the day room, where the Friends are funding an upcoming refurbishment. Friends’ chairman Keith Jarvis said: “The centenary of the ending of the war is a
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A new group has been set up in Lessingham for people living with dementia and their carers. The Forget-me-not-Group runs at the Methodist Church in Chapel Loke on the third Thursday of the month, 10.30am-2pm and costs £5 per person. The aim is to give those with dementia and their carers support and the chance to make new friends and enjoy games and activities as well as music and lunch. Please book in advance by contacting lay pastor Ros Peedle on 01692 405591 or 07976 720440 or email email@example.com.
NEW LOOK: Hospital Friends chairman Keith Jarvis, Wellingtonia resident Sarah Swann and Friends secretary Angela Batson with a replica flag outside the former hospital. Soldiers outside Wellingtonia (below).
poignant time to remember this piece of hospital history in North Walsham.” Sarah Swann, who lives at Wellingtonia with husband Paul, added: “It is lovely living
in an historic house like this and remembering its hospital heritage through the flags is a great idea.” North Walsham had two Red Cross auxiliary hospitals which nursed injured troops. The other, Lower House, was also on the Mundesley Road nearer the town centre at what is now Greenway Close. The old flags were stored in the parish church, where vicar The Rev Paul Cubitt teamed up with the Friends to seek funding for replicas.
Amazing news for family It’s still very early days in a very long journey but local boy Michael Holyland has returned home after having bone marrow transplant on May 4. He is pictured here saying a final farewell to one of his favourite nurses at Bristol – Emily. Fundraiser Karen Gregory said: “Michael will remain immunodeficient until completely weaned from the multiple drugs he is taking and his own immunity takes over. Early test results look positive for a successful transplant.” She said Michael and his family will still be required to travel to Addenbrooke’s Hospital at Cambridge two to three times a week for blood tests and check ups.
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Mum Laura said: “After a long seven weeks away in Bristol, separated from family and friends here in North Walsham we are ecstatic to be home. It has been a very long and emotional journey.” She added: “The doctors have stressed the importance of keeping Michael away from any risk of infections and avoiding large crowded areas.” Michael will return to Bristol on August 24 (day 100 post transplant) for a review. Everyone in the Michael’s Journey team wish the very best to Michael and his family. They will continue to hold events and fundraising to support the family through this time as it is such early days with many obstacles still to negotiate.
North Walsham Community Shop has made the following grants at its June grants committee: w Friends of the Federation of North Walsham Junior, Infant School and Nursery – £200, sponsoring refreshments at their fundraising summer fair. w Men’s Sheds – £150 for publicity materials to promote their newly formed group w Raise Norfolk – £450 to improve the publicly accessible garden beside St Benet’s Hall. w North Walsham Community First Responders – £1,000 to fund an additional volunteer to improve coverage and response to incidents to deliver life-saving help. w Millfield School – £800 to help them construct an eco garden as an outdoor education area. w Think Carer Network – £245 to establish a website to publicise their support to caters.
On May 3 and 31, Stephen Brown and Susan Bond collected £153 in North Walsham market on behalf of Prostate Cancer Research Centre. No additional expenses incurred.
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The next event is Michael’s Orange A’peel Day 2018, a fun-packed day for all ages at The Manor Hotel, Mundesley, on Saturday, July 21, 11am4pm. The day will include entertainment and a fun dog show, plus a sponsored wax.
Norfolk Wildlife Trust will be holding a series of free guided walks at Pigneys Wood. They will last around two hours on Tuesday, July 24, 2pm; Friday, August 17, 10am; Saturday, September 22, 2pm; Friday, October 26, 10am; Saturday, November 17, 10am; Monday, December 10, 10am. The area is a variety of woodland, wetland, grassland and heathland. You can reach the site via the Paston Way from the end of Mundesley Road in North Walsham. It’s about a mile. Or park at the nature reserve at Hall Lane, Knapton.
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Tuesday 3rd July, 7.30pm FILM: THE BOOKSHOP (PG)
Set in a small town in 1959 England, it is the story of a woman who decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop, a decision which becomes a political minefield.
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This musical version of Louisa May Alcott’s classic tale was adapted by Allan Knee with lyrics by Mindi Dickstein and music by Jason Howland. It follows the story of the four March sisters; traditional Meg, wild Jo, timid Beth and romantic Amy, as they challenge the expectations placed on them as women in 19th century America.
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Open day success Pouring was the operative word during the first day of the North Walsham and Dilham Canal Trust’s open weekend on Saturday, June 2. Not only was a pint of Woodeforde’s Wherry ale poured over the bow of the trust’s new pleasure boat, Ella II, but it poured with rain for much of the day with flash flooding affecting the nearby town of North Walsham. Happily, the sun shone for the second day, drawing the crowds to picturesque Ebridge Mill pond to enjoy boat trips, canoeing, displays, food, drink and a chance to “gongoozle” -– idly watch canal life. Undaunted by the first day’s deluge, trust members and supporters dashed out of the marquee during a lull in the downpour to ceremonially launch Ella II. She has been named in honour of The Ella which, in 1934, was the last wherry to sail the 19th-century canal before it fell into disuse and became choked with vegetation.
ALL WHO SAIL IN HER: Lilian Smith prepares to christen its namesake Ella II. Nat Bircham, skipper in 1934 of The Ella, pictured at Wroxham Bridge. Lilian Smith, daughter of The The trust runs weekend Ella’s skipper, Nat Bircham, afternoon pleasure trips poured a pint of Woodeforde’s along a one-mile stretch of Wherry over Ella II to christen the waterway, from Ebridge her, watched by four of Nat’s Mill Pond to Bacton Wood granddaughters. The family lock, when passengers can then took a short boat trip sit back and enjoy the peace along the canal which has and wildlife. Proceeds are been under restoration for ploughed back into trust more than a decade. projects and restoration Trust chairman Ivan Cane work began during the open said: “It was fantastic to weekend on Ebridge lock, one be able to welcome the of six locks along the canal descendants of Nat Bircham which was once nearly nine to come and name Ella II in miles long. memory of that last wherry on For more information on the this canal.” boat trips ring 07585 160772.
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The open weekend saw a reunion of two old schoolmates from the Paston class of 1944 – Roy Webster and Glyn Sutton. On this picture from a “few” years ago Roy is back row, third from left, Glyn is next row, third from left. He has all the class signatures on the back of the photo. Glyn is left on the picture right. North Walsham
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North Walsham hits carnival pitch Four days of fun will soon be under way courtesy of North Walsham Funday committee. With the funfair back in the town and the marquee on the park it must be Funday time again. This year’s Funday is from June 21-24, with the funfair operating each day. The Family Fun Night sponsored by North Walsham Community Shop will also feature the carnival prince and princess selection. Saturday will see
roads temporarily closed from the industrial estate to the park to enable the carnival parade to make its way through the town. Look out for the parade King Rob Emery and Queen Jade Paget-Woods who were chosen at a Zumbathon organised by Sarah Yendell to help make the carnival a permanent fixture. Jade, a non-Zumba dancer, raised £100 in
sponsorship money and earned her chance to become queen. Rob was chosen as carnival king as he decided to go that extra mile and come along and dance dressed as a woman. Following the parade on the Saturday evening there will be music in the marquee (£5 on the door). Sunday will see the usual fete event, featuring live music, stalls, vintage vehicles, dog displays and much more.
Pictured here are St Nicholas House head boys Oscar and Stirling cutting the ceremonial ribbon to officially open a new Early Years outdoor learning environment. The new EYFS area will provide a common play and teaching area that will further allow integration with older children when appropriate. Headmaster, Philip Oldroyd said: “There is no doubt about the critical importance of early years education, of supervising and nurturing the first steps. The children are already enjoying the majority of their lessons outside and I am confident this new area will boost their learning at such an important time in their lives”.
Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can’t…you’re right.” Those words, spoken by Henry Ford, the American business magnate and founder of the Ford motor company, perfectly capture the importance of self-belief in achieving success. His statement underpins a lot of what I know to be true from my experience in education. What interests me is how to help children and young people who think that they can’t, believe they can. This week, our Year 9 students displayed this as they embarked on their journey to achieve Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Bronze. It’s a fantastic opportunity and one which many students grasped with both hands. The DofE gives young people a structure and framework to contribute to the community through voluntary work, whilst improving skills and developing confidence, commitment, resilience and teamwork. The students worked with great passion and enthusiasm to complete the preparation which included tent building, cooking and map reading and then walk 15 miles over the two days in the blazing sun. I believe in the potential of every single student at North Walsham High School is to achieve great things. Telling the students that and showing them that belief in our actions is the most powerful thing that we as grown-ups can do. Follow North Walsham High School on Twitter at @NWHS
Water work to stop flooding
Drainage improvements are being made to a culvert under Lyngate Road after flooding in the area. The improvements consist of widening the culvert under Lyngate Road and strengthening and straightening the ditches entering and leaving the culvert. The work is expected to take up to nine weeks and will cost in excess of £300,000. That part of Lyngate Road containing the culvert will be closed to enable a new one to be installed. The scheme is being funded by Norfolk County Council from a £1.5 million budget, approved in February 2018, to improve drainage systems in Norfolk market towns to alleviate the risk of flooding. North Walsham
Apart from the improvements to the culvert some other drainage improvements in the vicinity of the Lynfield Estate are scheduled to be done in the autumn from a £450,000 allocation to the town.
Local councillor Eric Seward said: “Currently the system cannot deal with sudden and large volumes of water with the result that water backs up through the system. It results in flooding of residential homes and roads on the Lynfield Estate as well as some industrial units at Lyngate.” “It has been a 10- year struggle to get significant improvements to help prevent flooding of residents properties and local factories. “It has been a long wait. I am very pleased that work to improve the situation is now taking place. More however, needs to be done and, along with Norman Lamb, I shall be pressing the county council and Anglia Water for this to happen”.
Bob and Jan White are marking 10 years in North Walsham Market Place with their business Showcase gallery. Bob spoke to GAY WEBSTER about how they intend to celebrate this occasion and their journey here.
History helps business celebrate 10th birthday Opening the Showcase Gallery was quick work for husband and wife team Bob and Jan White. “From the first day of finding out the shop in the middle of the Market Place was going to become empty, it was just three days until we had agreed the lease,” said Bob. “We started in the first week of May getting ready for our June opening (it was a market day) and unusually for a Thursday the sun shone.” The couple opened a gift shop and art gallery because contractual obligations from Bob’s previous employer preventing him from selling anything a newsagent would sell for six months. He said: “Jan had always wanted to have a gift shop and we both liked art so the Showcase Gallery was born. “From the very beginning we wanted to be different, having spent all our working life in national companies with strict company procedures that had to be obeyed to the letter. The freedom was the biggest thing we had to get used to and still cherish to this day.” From their original plans came the idea of focusing on products that were unique to the shop and connected to the town, such as North Walsham guides, history books and mugs. Being unique in an age of mass production is unusual and the couple achieved this by “knocking on doors and asking”. “This has been the key for us,” said Bob. “We were also lucky enough to have had the support of Virden Glass who designed exclusive glassware for us featuring the market cross and many other designs on both glasses and vases.” They also had lots of other products exclusively made for them, such as tea towels,
mugs and assorted gifts all celebrating North Walsham, showing their great support for the town. “Jan and I started working in the town over 20 years ago and moved into the town eleven years ago, and we never forget how lucky we are to live here, with such lovely customers and a low level of crime. “Travel in any direction and you’re bound to find wonderful scenery and contrasting environments.” Two artists, in particular, have been huge supporters – Andrew Dibben, whose paintings the couple bought (after saving for many weeks) before opening the gallery, and Herbert Sandell, a long-time resident of the town who has now moved to Wiltshire. “Andrew’s paintings depict Norfolk scenes throughout the county are still our best sellers plus he has now published his third book which we are very pleased to stock,” said Bob. “Two of Herbert’s paintings are now featured on our gift packs of biscuits and toffees which are very popular with visitors, one for the summer and one
for winter, which we have also featured on our North Walsham Christmas cards.” Another aspect of the shop is books. As well as the local guides and maps it stocks, they have exclusively reprinted four local history books, which have all been successful and still continue to sell well. “Special thanks must go to Neil Storey for allowing us to reprint two of his,” said Bob. “We have recently started to stock cycling maps and exclusive walking maps which are greatly appreciated by visitors and locals alike,” he added. So what’s next for the Showcase Gallery? Bob said: “To coincide with our 10 years of opening we are reprinting our fifth local book which Michael Ling helped put together in the 1980’s, titled North Walsham in Old Picture Postcards, which is on sale now for £8.50. Bring in this article for a £1 off. Bob added: “Also, after the fantastic success of the town’s first colour calendar we are busy compiling next year’s. We are also pleased to announce Herbert Sandell will
have his own calendar for 2019 showcasing his local scene paintings.” Looking back on the last 10 years, Bob says: “This is a great opportunity to say a few well-deserved thank you’. Firstly to Icarus Hines, our landlord, who from our very first meeting encouraged, supported and believed in us and Pana Epos for supplying our tills from the very start, and continuing with their great customer service.” He thanked past and present staff, including Megan Batterbee, Rebecca Wakeham and current members of staff Josh Roper, Alice Shearing and Molly Smith, plus much-valued and long-serving key holders David Gayfer and Amy Smith. “Then of course our customers, both the ones that we see on a near daily basis and those that pop in to pay their delivery accounts, our sincere thanks to you all, said Bob. Later in the year the business will be marking another milestone – 10 years in the newsagent side of the business in November. Now that’s another story. North Walsham
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The latest charity football match (#Match4Mark 2018) at North Walsham Football Club on Greens Road raised £500 this year. The event was held on June 2, with £250 each going to the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK. The score this year was North Walsham 7-0 Lincoln Uni and the two teams are pictured above with Marlene’s School of Dancing, which put on a performance just before kick off. Organiser Nathan Hill said: “It really
helped us liven up the event and draw in a decent crowd.” He added: “My team’s performance was absolutely faultless, dad would’ve been so proud. Shame the scoreline was so one-sided though, unfortunately several of Lincoln’s winning team from last year were absent this time.” He thanked everyone who helped and donated. “I’d like to particularly thank Marlene and Natalie and their dance class for coming down and putting on a great show which,
like I say, made a huge difference to how successful the event was. I’d also like to thank our photographer Leigh Caudwell who took some great pictures which are available on his Facebook page @ LeighsPhotography (you can also find his Flickr link on there), Neil Coop for letting us hire the pitch and the facilities and Rhys Lloyd for putting on a fantastic pub quiz to end the day which proved to be very popular with entry fees making up a big chunk of the total raised. “Roll on next year.”
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Youngsters go wild Children from Worstead Pre-school celebrated the Royal Wedding in style and then got back to nature in the woods. They made crowns or busbies and flags, dressed up and re-enacted the special day, including the vicar and singing. They even had a street party, with red, white and blue fruits! There was then beautiful weather for a sponsored Woodland Walk. They enjoyed looking for minibeasts and counting their legs/ spots or wings, examining flowers, climbing trees and were lucky enough to see a newt close up. Parents and children walked approximately two miles to raise money to buy some exciting resources, including balance bikes,technological toys and resources for the specialist speech and language work that takes place North Walsham
North Walsham Infant and Junior school on Manor Road will be holding its annual summer fair on Sunday, July 8, from 11am to 3pm. This year's fair is looking to be the biggest one yet for the school with lots of activities on offer such as an inflatable obstacle course and slide, donkey rides, football challenge, sand art in our craft tent, face painting and lots more. There’s also the chance to have a selfie taken at the photo booth. There will be plenty of
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at the pre-school. Anyone who would like to visit this “outstanding” pre-school, the family open day is Wednesday, September 5, 10am-1pm or call Karla or Paula on 01692 535692.
Staff, governors, parents, carers and pupils at Swanton Abbott Primary School are delighted that it has maintained its “good” rating with Ofsted. The inspector drew attention to the headteacher’s leadership skills, dedication and drive for school improvement. Teachers and teaching assistants know the children well and make sure that targeted support is available to all children. Pupils were congratulated on their attitude to learning
and new innovations to support them were popular, including a recent maths week learning yoga. They were also thrilled at their success in the Norfolk Music Festival. One parent stated it was “an amazing little school where all of the pupils are happy and thriving both emotionally and academically”. Another said that the school was “implementing new and interesting ways to educate the children”.
A great match! An exhibition match and dinner reflecting on 40 years of Squash at Rossis and featuring Commonwealth Games Gold Medal winner James Willstrop was held on May 26. Players included Daryl Selby, Matt Sumner (standing in for the injured Tom Smith), Craig Aldred, Matthew Bolt and Henry Geaves, plus Malcolm Willstrop, James’ father. Malcolm is inducted into the Coaching Hall of Fame, is England’s Elite Coach of the Year 2016-17 and was a squash coach for four years from 1983, helping to put North Walsham Squash Club on the map. James hit his first squash balls as a twoyear old at the North Walsham club, going on to become England’s best-ever Junior, culminating in winning the World Junior Championship in 2002, World Player of the Year 2007, and World No 1 in 2013 and, of course, his Gold medal at this year’s Commonwealth Games. As a Junior, Daryl Selby became a member of the of the most successful England group of players ever and was instrumental in the England World Junior Team Championship win in Milan in 2000. He remains in the world’s top 20 players,
has won 12 World Tour titles and a bronze medal in this year’s Commonwealth Games. The event was a sell-out with a fantastic atmosphere as past and present Rossis Members and Norfolk squash fans enjoyed watching both match and coaching action on court. The match between James and Daryl, refereed by Rob Thirst, was full of excitement and resulted in a draw. Malcolm coached Rossis up-and-coming young player Henry Geaves, just 17, and gave some of the older players some hints and tips to raise their game. The exhibition match was followed by a sociable evening for around 150 people and an opportunity for Rossis members past and present to share 40 years of memories and a lively Q&A with James and Daryl. Owner of Rossis Leisure, Bruce Rossi, thanked everyone for coming and hoped the event would help to
MATCH: James Willstrop and Daryl Selby. inspire the next generation of squash players. He thanked Rossis’ members and supporters who sponsored the evening – David and Heather Attew of Deer’s Glad Caravan and Camping Park, Stuart Brighton of RBR Crops, Ivor Braka of The Gunton Arms as well at Karl Graves of Norfolk butchers HV Graves and Steve Randell of Randells Footcare. He recalled the early days when Malcolm was coaching and how his own wife, Clare, was one of his protégés, as well as Malcolm’s forthright chats with his father, John Rossi, who started the business in 1978 as North Walsham Indoor Bowls Club.
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North Walsham group Nelson Quilters has donated 40 handmade quilts to local domestic abuse charity Leeway. They are part of a wider Facebook group called Helping Hands – stitching and sewing for good causes, and they donated the quilts to be used by the women and children in Leeway’s refuges. Many of the women and children in refuge flee domestic abuse with very few or no personal belongings as it is not safe to stay in the family home. Leeway is very grateful to Nelson Quilters for donating their beautiful quilts which they said would provide great comfort to service users on their first steps into a life free from abuse. Leeway has supported more than 9,000 adults, children and young people in the past year, and currently has seven refuges across the county. Nelson Quilters meets on the first Wednesday of the month in the Community Centre, 9.30am-12.30pm.
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Mental health support week Victory Housing Trust at North Walsham laid on a week of activities and support for its staff to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, with mindfulness sessions, wellbeing workshops and hand massages among the events. The business, which employs around 90 people, decided to take full advantage of the national awareness week to help boost the wellbeing of staff – and to raise money for mental health charity Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind at the same time. Director of housing Christine Candlish
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Speaking of success
Georgie Starkings of North Norfolk Speakers Club recently celebrated giving her first speech in public. She is pictured above with president Stuart Richards. “I was thrilled to receive a certificate for my first speech. It was a huge milestone for me as I was terrified of speaking in front of an audience. With the guidance and support of club members my confidence has really grown,” she said. The club meets on alternate Wednesdays, 6.45pm, at North Walsham High School. www.nnsc.co.uk.
north walsham rugby CLUB The curtain finally fell on North Walsham’s season on the final Sunday in May, with around 2,000 piling into Scottow for the Dardan Security Rugby Sevens and beer festival. They were treated to a feast of exciting rugby and excellent refreshments. Wymondham Wasps won the ladies competition and The Dardanites the mens. The latter go forward to the regional play offs of the England Rugby Secure Trading 24/Seven, a qualifying event for the national finals being held on July 29. “Pleasing at times, frustrating at others,” was departing head of rugby James Brooks’ verdict on the Vikings’ season. “They showed they could compete with the league’s best, but struggled sometimes to overcome weaker sides. They rarely looked like achieving 2016/17’s top-four finish, dropping to sixth with five fewer wins.” Injuries to a small squad were a much bigger problem than last season and the quality of the league had risen. Brentwood and Chingford were outstanding, and mid-table teams like Fullerians and Priorians had improved significantly.
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