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from the editor Congratulations to the Muddy Boars team (page 4), from Sprowston’s Blue Boar Tesco, who have raised a phenomenal amount for Cancer Research UK over the past five years. If you’re planning a fundraiser or want to celebrate finishing a challenge, please get in touch.

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As you’re reading this two stalwarts of the Sprowston community – Clare Lincoln from Sprowston Youth Engagement Project (pictured) and the parish’s vicar, Rev Canon Simon Stokes – are among a local team scaling the Yorkshire Three Peaks in aid of SYEP projects and the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind. The team also includes five young people from SYEP and if you could spare any amount to support them, they would be very grateful. To contribute online visit: We’ve got two pages of nostalgic Sprowston photos (pages 18-19) this month. If you’ve got any old snaps of local places and people, please send them in.


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Team from Tesco gets all mucky for charity Staff, family and friends from Sprowston’s Blue Boar Tesco store have raised more than £10,000 for Cancer Research UK for the second year running. A team of more than 70, dubbed The Mucky Boars, tackled the charity’s Race for Life Pretty Muddy 5K obstacle course at the Norfolk Showground and raised £11,068.64 with the challenge. The Mucky Boars team was founded five years ago and has grown from just 12 to 71 team members. Over the years they have raised an impressive £34,388.09 for the cause. This year the team, which has traditionally

been all-female, welcomed 16 male colleagues, including store manager Eric Keeler, to join them. Group leader Donna Page said: “The men were great fun, definitely enhanced the team and really rocked the pink! It was a real carnival atmosphere, with many colleagues, family and friends supporting us on the day. “We all know someone who has been affected by cancer in some way. “Taking part in these events enables like-minded people to get together, to remember those lost, to celebrate the lives of those who have survived and to help

make a difference to those with cancer right now. “Our Tesco Mucky Boars are a superb team, highly motivated, committed and enthusiastic. We are all very proud of our fundraising achievements. We all joined ranks and had a fabulous time, having lots of fun whilst raising lots of money for a charity so close to our hearts. “The Mucky Boars would like to say a massive thank you to all our customers, colleagues family and friends for all their ongoing valuable support. It really couldn’t be done without you all!”

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Help to stay healthy over Christmas A special Why Weight? course is planned for Sprowston, focusing on maintaining a healthier lifestyle over the festive period. The Broadland District Council course, lasting four weeks, will provide a guide on tips and tricks to help stay on track while still enjoying the best bits of Christmas cuisine. It will cost £7 per session, or £20 for all four weeks. Broadland is set to launch


another of its regular Why Weight? courses on September 16, at Carrowbreck House, off Drayton High Road, from 10am11.30am. Why Weight? has no forbidden foods or unsustainable calorie counting. It offers various techniques to help participants learn healthier eating habits and increase their physical activity to try and stay fit for the long term. One of the sessions includes a

trip to the local supermarket to help put into practice the different aspects of healthy living taught on the course. Sessions cost £7 each or £60 for all 12 weeks in advance. More courses will also be held in Sprowston next year, from January through to April, and Spixworth, from April to July. For more information, or to book, email whyweight@

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Another royal letter for school’s collection Children in Cecil Gowing Infant School’s Squirrel Class were thrilled to receive a royal letter just as they broke up for the summer holidays. They had made a card in May to congratulate Meghan and Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, on the arrival of their new baby, Archie, and were delighted to receive a photograph and message from the family. Squirrel Class had also written to Harry and Meghan to congratulate them at the time of their engagement and received a reply then too. In fact, both staff and pupils at Cecil Gowing enjoy corresponding with Britain’s royalty and are proud to have a “royal wall” in the foyer for visitors to enjoy. Head teacher Isabel Stubbs first wrote to the Queen in 2015 after asking the children in an assembly who else they should invite to the opening of their new library, which was due to be opened by author Nick Butterworth and features murals by Norfolk artist Samuel Thomas. She was expecting the children to suggest local footballers but instead they thought the Queen would like to attend. Mrs Stubbs wrote to invite her and everyone was incredibly excited and a little nervous when a letter from Buckingham Palace arrived. The Queen couldn’t attend but she sent her good wishes and hoped “everyone at school would enjoy using this splendid new library”. In 2016, the children sent her photos of the tea party they held to celebrate her 90th birthday and then in 2018, when Mrs Stubbs was organising the 50th birthday of the opening of the school, she found another letter from the Queen thanking pupils for their letter of congratulations on her silver wedding anniversary in 1972.

ROYAL MAIL: Correspondence from members of the royal family to children and staff at Cecil Gowing Infant School. Cecil Gowing is inviting parents of children starting school in September 2020 to visit on September 24, from 4pm5pm; September 26, from 1.30pm-2.30pm; and October 1, from 10am-11am.

Search is on for top local heroes Nominations are open for this year’s Community at Heart awards, run by Broadland District Council.The annual awards celebrate the district’s community heroes, acknowledging the valuable contribution of volunteers, businesses, individuals or community groups and the work they do in the district. Previous winners have included sports clubs, fundraising groups, and carers in the community. Categories this year are: Inspiration, Young Person (aged 25 or under), Sporting Achievement, Carer, Business Community


Support, Safer Broadland Award, Environmental Champion, Community Group, Volunteer, Good Neighbour or Friend. Nominations will close on September 29. All shortlisted nominees will be invited to a special awards evening held at The Space in Sprowston – venue sponsors for the awards. The winners in each category will receive £250 to give to their chosen community group or voluntary organisation. To nominate someone for a Community at Heart Award visit uk/heart or email heart@

NOMINATION TIME: Karen Vincent (centre), chairman of Broadland District Council, at the launch of the awards with John Warren and Alice MarshallClarke, of event sponsors Price Bailey. PICTURE: SIMON FINLAY Paper nomination forms can also be collected from, and returned to, Sprowston Library.

MOVIE AFTERNOON Fighting With My Family, the heartwarming comedy based on the story of Norwich wrestling superstar Paige, is the next Movie Afternoon offering at Sprowston Diamond Centre. It will be shown on Monday, September 2. Doors open at 1pm when complimentary refreshments will be served. The screening starts at 1.30pm. Tickets cost £5 from the council office, Recreation Ground Road.

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PEDAL POWER: Some of the students went for an educational visit to Berlin as part of the activity days.

Learning and having fun combine for activity days Sprowston Community Academy held a week of activity days at the end of the summer term. Students were able to choose from a variety of activities including paintballing, climbing, fishing, golf, musical theatre, a Harry Potter extravaganza and many more. They also had a group of students set off on an educational visit to Berlin for the week and another attending the Netball World Cup. There really was something for everyone and students and staff all had an amazing time. Headteacher Liz Wood said: LOTS TO DO: Fishing, “I am delighted that this year netball and climbing were we are bringing back Activities also on the agenda. Days. It is important to us that students get a wealth of experiences at school including a chance to take part in different activities with their peer group that they might not otherwise experience. “I would like to thank Miss Kersey, who has been instrumental in designing and organising the programme for this year. It has been a massive task but she has done it with her usual passion and determination!�






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ABOVE: David Bridge with BronI. RIGHT: David Bridge with his pet, Barclay Boy.

Family business is carrying on It’s business as usual at Sprowston’s John Brown Funeral Services after the sudden death of its owner. David Bridge, 57, suffered a cardiac arrest and died on July 19. He and his partner, Trish Belsey, had five children between them and their daughter Broni, who has been learning the trade for the past two years, has stepped into his shoes. As befitted a funeral director, David was given a magnificent send-off which included a hearse drawn by plumed black horses, and a release of live doves. David had been a Norwich City FC fan since his father took him to his first match, aged five. His beloved Canary colours of yellow and green featured heavily at FAREWELL: Barclay Boy, in his Norwich City FC colours, his funeral. says goodbye to his master at the funeral service. A wake afterwards was held on top of the terrace at city’s Carrow Road the business so that he could cut back his hours ground, from where David’s seat in the Barclay and enjoy more holidays and time with his family, Stand could be seen. who were the most important thing in the world to His pet bulldog was named Barclay Boy, in city’s him, according to Trish. honour, and David liked to dress the pooch in a He was an excellent cook, baking cakes and yellow and green bandana on match days. barbecue food for family occasions, and loved After leaving Blyth-Jex school at 16, Norwichwalking on the beach. born David found work making coffins and “David was a joy to be with,” said Trish. “He was had been in the funeral business ever since, very kind, very generous and very funny. He ran according to Trish. the business immaculately. He joined John Brown at his North Walsham “Even in the saddest situations he knew how to Road, Sprowston, funeral director’s, buying the combine being very respectful with managing to firm when John retired. make people go away feeling uplifted, perhaps David, who also had 12 grandchildren and a with a little smile on their face and a lighter heart.” great-granddaughter, had been training Broni in

Soft toy owners are invited to take them along to a Teddy Bears’ Parachute Drop which will take place at St Mary and St Margaret Church, Church Lane, Sprowston, on Sunday, September 15, from 1pm-3pm. The event is free and owners can either make their own parachute to take along or borrow one at the church. The teds will be plunging from the church tower. Light refreshments will be available and everyone is invited to take along a picnic. An informal, fun, service will be part of the afternoon’s activities.

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ABOVE LEFT: Alice Tinker (Becky Harris-Cook) and Hugo Horton (Andrew Boston). ABOVE RIGHT: Geraldine Granger (Sarah Mckeown) with David Horton (Dean Akrill) and his son Hugo (Andrew Boston).

Comedy classic takes to the stage Sprowston Parish Players will be performing a British comedy favourite in October, translated from TV to stage. The Vicar of Dibley follows the Rev Geraldine Granger and her flock in the rural village of Dibley. Geraldine “always the vicar, never the bride” is supported by her verger, Alice, who displays new depths of dim-wittedness. Then there’s David Horton, rigid, old-fashioned, efficient, callous and punctual, who becomes lovable and endearing. Other favourites include David’s son Hugo, bumbling, shy and well-meaning, and parish secretary, the dull but friendly Frank Pickle, “The Most Boring Man in Britain”. Owen Newitt is a big fan of the


vicar and anything to do with swearing, but not such a big fan of personal hygiene while Letitia Cropley is infamous for her terrible cooking and outrageous floral arrangements. Last, but by no means least, there’s the stuttering Jim Trott. Will you enjoy this performance? No, no, no, no, no, YES of course you will. The production can be seen at St Cuthbert’s Church, 2 Wroxham Road, Sprowston, on Friday, October 4, at 7.30pm; Saturday, October 5, at 3pm; and Saturday, October 5, at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £7 (under 16s £3) either online or via Sheila Tuffield on 01603 419896.Visit: www.sprowstonparishplayers.

ABOVE: Owen Newitt (Luke Fairweather) and Geraldine Granger (Sarah Mckeown). RIGHT: The Vicar of Dibley, Geraldine Granger (Sarah Mckeown).

20,21 and 22, between 9am-5pm. The Ketteringham centre, on Station Lane, Sprowston residents can get rid of Hethersett, NR9 3AZ, can take hazardous unwanted household chemicals, which are waste on October 11,12 and 13, between not normally accepted at recycling centres, 9am-4pm. at special waste events in September and To find out more visit: October. uk/hazardouswaste Items can be taken to seven county recycling centres on specific dates. The nearest to Sprowston are at: Mayton Wood and Hethersett.The annual events give people the chance to safely dispose of items such as wood preservatives, insecticides, weed killers, paint, thinners, varnishes and special cleaning products. Items can be taken to Mayton Wood, Little Hautbois, NR12 7JX, on September

DRUG DEATHS SHOCK Drug deaths in Norfolk have risen in the past five years by 54pc. Drug addiction experts from the UK Addiction Team (UKAT) blame “drastic and unnecessary cuts” to drug and alcohol treatment services across the East for the rise in deaths. UKAT’s data shows that of the councils in the East of England which replied to their FOI, £48.8m was being spent on helping those struggling with addiction back in 2013. This number has dropped to £40.8m this financial year, a 16pc loss of funding.


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Football and a boat trip were summer highlights July was very busy for the Sprowston Community Dementia Café. On the 10th of the month, the members joined up with those from the Thorpe St Andrew café for a day trip on the Norfolk Broads. Around 100 family members/carers of those living with dementia plus volunteers and helpers took to the water and enjoyed a two-hour trip and lunch on a lovely sunny day. While on board there was a bit of a sing-song with many old favourites and Thorpe is now developing its own choir for everyone – including those living with dementia – to come along and experience the joy of singing. At the regular café meeting they celebrated the promotion of Norwich City FC to the Premier League with a football themed morning. There was a yellow and green cake, and a visit from Tami Evans, whose father-in-law, Dougie, was a former Canaries player. Tami was able to talk about Dougie, his time with the team and what he is up to now. There was also a display of flags, books and other memorabilia on display for members to look at. A football themed sing-song brought back vivid memories for one member of her time in the St John Ambulance, where she was on duty on Saturday afternoons at West Ham matches.

FUN TIMES: A Norwich City themed morning and a boat trip were highlights in July. Organisers said it was amazing how many stories people had to tell of their past lives. Even the local beat officer PC Tupper joined in for coffee and cake and promised to return. The dementia café meets on the third Thursday (10am to noon) every month at the Diamond Centre. Anyone who would like further information can find the club on both Facebook and Twitter, or can email them at

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SPROWSTON HISTORY Ross Patzelt, who runs the Sprowston History website and Facebook group, shares more of his collection of local memorabilia with readers. The original CJ Ball petrol station opened around 1969. In the ’60s it was managed by Alfie Shailer and it was originally called Woodland Car Sales. It got redeveloped in the late ’80s so that it was just a BP Petrol Station, with an added car wash round the back (Picture 1). Thanks to Ray Gimbert, who helped me with some of the research. He says: “I used to work on the pumps at Woodland Car Sales and my dad, Bob Gimbert, ran it. “As far as I can recall it’s always been a BP filling station. “Dad is long gone now but when he bought into the company he had a showroom added to the workshops (where the main CJ Ball shop is now) which, after several successful years of trading, was pulled down and rebuilt into its current configuration (Picture 2). After dad retired, it was split into two businesses. Dad’s partner retained the petrol sales but sold on the workshops and new showrooms.” In the early ’90s The Lind Group acquired the business and franchises, moving them to Heigham Street. The forecourt continued for several more years, run by Paul Caston who also ran the BP petrol station next to The Blue Boar. CJ Ball opened in 2012. It had been established back in the ’50s in Hales. Other petrol stations in Sprowston included Duffield’s Garage (Picture 3), on Constitution Hill, where Norwich Pine And Oak is now. Mr Day first ran the petrol station, opened in 1929. It later became Duffield’s Garage. Desira Motors, on Wroxham Road, opposite St Cuthbert’s Church, used to be Texaco Petrol Station & Pointers (Picture 4). The other Desira showroom, next to The Blue


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4 Boar, used to be Blue Boar garage (Picture 5), then it became Mobil. Sometime around 1996, it became a BP petrol station before it was demolished to make way for the car sales showroom you see on the site today.

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Here they are again – this time with names Thanks to Gerry Best who sent us this: “I was very interested to see in the August edition a photo of my class at the Secondary Modern School from 1957-8 and I must say it is one of the best I have seen. I went to school with John Grand, in fact I am standing next to him in the picture. “I can name most of the boys fairly confidently but I recognise very few of the

girls, so here goes (Editor’s note: We’re running the photo again so that you can match Gerry’s names to faces): boys, from left: Jeremy Smith, William Girling, Peter Foster? Peter Steward, Dennis Howard, Michael Watson, Richard Ames, Kenneth London, Michael Pratt, Gerald Best (me), John Grand, Robin Burrows, Colin? Ross, Raymond Hammond, David Brown and

David Wade?? Girls: immediately to the right of Mr Howman is Susan Lamas, second from left back row is Jill Brighton, fifth left back row is Pauline Reeve. Mr Howman, our form teacher, was also the school’s religious knowledge teacher and he was still there when my two daughters went to the high school in the ’80s.”

ABOVE: Thanks to Caroline Baron who sent this amazing picture of the old Esso garage, on Mousehold Lane. Please get in contact with any memories or photos that we can feature in future editions. You can email or message on or post photos to the address on page 3.


Family ties led to local novel A Sprowston author has delved back into his family tree for the plot of a novel set in the area. Marcel K Andrews, 57, started tracing his family tree when he got a computer in 2007 but had no idea how to use it... To learn, the bricklayer decided to trace his ancestry using the various sites available and, to his astonishment, he found that his ancestors actually came from Sprowston. Two family members were parish clerks and church sextons at St Mary and Margaret’s Church. After tracing his tree he was then

inspired to write a novel using his findings. Now, several years later, his work, The Broadland Tree, has been published by Austin Macauley and will be on sale from August 30. Set in and around Sprowston, Crostwick and Wroxham – from the late Georgian to early Victorian period – many local historical events and facts have been added to the story. The book is available from Austin Macauley publishers, Amazon and most good local bookshops including web bookshops, price £12.99 paperback or £3.50 on e-reader.

DIGGING DEEP: A project researching his family tree led to Marcel K Andrews writing his first novel, The Broadland Tree.




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Sun 29 DES & JIMMY Two legends of television, show-business and the Royal Variety Performance reunite for one night only! Mon 30 ARMISTEAD MAUPIN The legendary LGBT activist and author of ‘Tales Of The City’ comes to Norwich for his first UK tour

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