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from the editor What a lot of talent there is in Sprowston – and what a lot’s going on! This is my first month at the helm of Just Sprowston and I’m very impressed at the community spirit. I hope to get out and about in the area and meet some of you over the coming months. Meanwhile please keep your information and photos coming so that we can celebrate your successes, let everyone know the latest local news, and plug your events.
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Talented young Sprowston fashion designer Becki Ball will be a name to look out for in the coming years – remember that you read about her here first! Some 300 Sprowston schoolchildren have been singing their hearts out in aid of the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy victims in London, while Open Academy students have been immersing themselves in all sorts of culture during their action-packed literary festival. They, and their school contemporaries across the country, are now enjoying the long break. For all those going on holiday in the coming weeks, may you have safe journeys, hot summer days, balmy evenings and come home with a suitcase full of happy memories.
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Metallic and iridescent fabrics, crop tops and “bralettes” – Becki Ball is beginning to make a name for herself as a fashion designer. Sprowston teen Becki (pictured in the round frame) showed off her latest collection at this year’s Norwich Fashion Week and is looking forward to September when she will start a three-year fashion design course at Norwich University of The Arts. Becki, 19, a former Sprowston High School and Thorpe St Andrew Sixth Form pupil, has been spending her gap year working on her BECCI FASHION brand, selling clothes, especially special occasion wear, that she buys in from other sources. Her dream is to find a company that will make up her own designs to sell and perhaps one day to exhibit at London Fashion Week. This year’s Norwich Fashion Week was Becki’s second. Aged just 17 she designed a tie-dye collection for the event in 2015. “I’ve always liked clothes and being creative,” she said. “When I was little I used to make things for my toys to wear! “My own style is a bit over the top. When I dress I like something with a lot of embellishments, bold and a bit different –
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Teen’s designs on the future but practical at the same time.” Becki took an A-level in textiles at school, plus a Gold Arts Award enrichment course which also included textiles and gave her the chance to organise a fashion show. “I spend a lot of time looking at Instagram to see what’s trending and what famous people are wearing,” she said. Inspiration for her metallic collection stemmed from a picture of a top on the social network site Pinterest. Becki prefers to produce rough sketches, rather than detailed designs, and then work with the fabric to see how it will adapt to her ideas. She is looking forward to learning more about design and sewing techniques at university. Becki’s online fashion shop can be found at www.beckifashion.com
Band bonanza at Brickfest Dozens of bands will be taking to the stage at the Brickmakers’ pub, Sprowston, later this month helping to raise money for a special project to help children with autism. The popular live music venue will be hosting its 11th annual Brickfest event, on Bank Holiday Monday August 28, featuring 38 bands performing on three stages, from noon to midnight. “It’s huge this year,” said manager Emma Teasdale. “When last year’s Brickfest finished
we already had bands signing up to take part this year. We still can’t fit them all in. We already have a waiting list for the 2018 event.” Landlady Charley South added: “Every Brickfest we always say that it just can’t get any better, but it just does. This year we will be running a weekly internet radio show every week leading up to the event. It will feature special news and spotlight some of the bands playing this year’s event. You can hear them via a link on our website.” A bouncy castle, inflatable boxing ring, acoustic tent, face painting, raffle, barbecue, pizzas, ice cream and a giant inflatable slide will be among added extra attractions at the event. All proceeds will be donated to Sprowston Infant School’s Turtle Class to help fund their new garden refurbishment. Entry is £2 on the door, under 12s free. The theme is superheroes and all children under 12 in superhero fancy dress will get a free superhero goodie bag. The Brickmakers’ pub is at 496 Sprowston Road, Norwich, NR3 4DY. Visit: www.thebrickmakers.com, www. b2.com. Email: email@example.com
Would-be knights, princes and princesses are in for a treat later this month at a special Medieval Madness holiday club. From August 22 to 27, youngsters aged from five to 11 can enjoy some fun activities with a medieval theme at the Proclaimers Church, in Sprowston. From 10am to 12.30pm there will be games, cookery, challenges and bible stories for the children and a café for their parents and their little brothers and sisters if they want to stay and join in. The event will be at The Space, on Roundtree Way, Norwich - and it’s free. For more details, and to register for a place, visit http://proclaimers.com/event/ free-summer-holiday-club/
Singing out for charity Hundreds of schoolchildren from the Sprowston area have been singing their hearts out to help victims of the Grenfell tower tragedy in London. A choir of Sprowston-area pupils has been doing its musical bit to help victims of the Grenfell tower disaster. The pupils have recorded a CD of the inspirational anthem Believe which is set to go on sale in aid of those affected by June’s fire catastrophe which claimed more than 80 lives and left 74 people injured. Claire Munday, assistant head teacher of Sparhawk Infant and Nursery School, Sprowston, said: “The children were blown away by making the recording. They were all really excited.” The recording date followed a successful Sing Up concert in June, organised by Claire and staged by about 300 pupils, aged from five to 18, in a packed St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich. Master of ceremonies was Alison Corfield, head of the Norfolk Music Hub, who was so impressed by the event that she asked if the children would record
Believe, a song which encourages everyone to reach for their goals, written for schools’ music organisation Sing Up. The young singers gathered in the St Martin at Oak Church for the recording session and the finished CD, Believe, will be available as a download via a link from the Norfolk Music Hub: www. norfolkmusichub.org.uk/ This year’s Sing Up concert involved 15 schools, ranging from infants to high schools, including the Hall School for children with special needs. Former Sparhawk headteacher Carina
Ingham first conceived the idea and this year’s concert was the sixth. “It’s not a competition, it’s about coming together and celebrating singing,” said Claire. Schools paired up for rehearsals in the months leading up to the concert, but the only time they all came together to practise was in St Andrew’s Hall on the day of the event. Sparhawk Infant and Nursery School is inviting past and present pupils and staff to a 40th anniversary garden party on Friday September 22 from 3pm.
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Pupils’ inspiring week A showcase of talent at this year’s Open Academy Literary Festival Visiting authors, singers and literary experts inspired Open Academy students at their recent Literary Festival. The week began with a visit from Louis Buxton, from the Norwich Writers’ Centre, who discussed the concept of creating a character through a carefully stepped approach to writing. Experts provided by BBC Voices were also busy with a group of film students who created three videos whose stars included vice principal Betsy Fowler in her alter ego as Joyce Grenfell. These have been uploaded to the website. Students were introduced to Lilie Ferrari, whose literary credentials include writing for TV series EastEnders, Casualty and Holby City. She is hoping to launch a new soap soon, on one of the digital TV channels, which was originally set in Eaton Park. Lilie is also a writer and demonstrated to students the difficulties of selecting an appropriate book cover. Local author Heidi Jo Swain inspired students with writing workshops. Heidi has recently had her fourth book published, Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage, and one of her books has been released in Germany. Singer/songwriter Tom Ryder, whose soulful voice has earned him recognition from rock superstar Rod Stewart, performed original songs for the students.
Students discussed and created their own comics after a workshop led by Dr Epstein, a University of East Anglia expert in the genre. And local theatre group the Garage put students through their paces to create some Oompa Loompa dances to be performed as part of a production at the end of term. The week also gave students a chance to showcase their own work. A Literary Death Match was fought to the bitter end with only three marks separating first, second and third place entries. Year 7 students became film directors and, having come up with ideas for new films, they pitched their ideas to a highlycritical staff team of dragons. The winners
created a comedy horror called Knock Knock Scream! Interesting examples of slam poetry were created by Year 9 students. The winning entry, Slithering Snakes, was an insightful metaphorical poem about being led astray by fake friends. The week finished with an afternoon of performance by Year 7 students who had spent the day rehearsing a summarised version of Romeo and Juliet. The Oompa Loompas and the Year 8 cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory also gave Year 7 pupils a taster of the eagerly-anticipated end-of-term show. “The response to the Literary Festival by the students has been amazing this year,” said Angela Taylor, head of English.
Libraries tackling loneliness Norfolk’s pioneering library project to tackle loneliness has been recognised in a national report by Arts Council England. The Library and Information Service’s Libraries Loneliness project was among five national schemes singled out for praise in the report, which looked at the contribution organisations make to combat isolation in our communities. One in five people aged over 65 in Norfolk is believed to be lonely, and local libraries and mobile libraries, including Sprowston, are part of Norfolk County Council’s In Good Company campaign, which aims to promote positive ways in which people can connect with others. Since the libraries started their part of the project last November, they have almost doubled the number of activities, from 57 to 113, for older people. These range from creating a welcoming atmosphere where staff listen and talk to visitors and weekly tea and coffee sessions, to a timetable of regular activities. These activities at Sprowston now include: Just a Cuppa, which provides companionship and allows staff to identify signs of loneliness and offer support; Knit
and Natter and Crochet and Chat sessions; and games of Scrabble. Some libraries also hold Colour Me Calm activities, colouring sessions where participants can talk as little or as much as they like in a relaxed atmosphere. Jan Holden, Head of Norfolk Library and Information Service, said: “It is really fantastic that the great work our libraries do to support communities has been recognised by Arts Council England. It gives other libraries across the UK a good example of a great project. Our libraries are places where vulnerable people will always be welcome and our staff are brilliant at ensuring our service responds to their needs.” Margaret Dewsbury, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Communities Committee, said: “It is great that our loneliness project is leading the way nationally and helping to ensure that people in our Norfolk communities feel less isolated.” Research by the Local Government Association shows being lonely can increase your risk of premature death by 30pc. It also suggests that being lonely is more harmful to your health than smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
Local wildlife enthusiast barry madden explains just how interesting moths really are Moths are fascinating. Really they are. They are wonderfully diverse and far more numerous than butterflies. It’s just that they generally occupy the night shift and therefore go about their business unnoticed. A few facts: there are fewer than 60 regular breeding species of butterfly in the British Isles whereas there are well over 2,000 species of moth. The largest British butterfly, the delightful Norfolk speciality, the swallowtail, has a 90mm wingspan, the death’s head hawk-moth beats that at 110mm and most other hawk-moths are quite close in size. Butterflies and moths have similar lifecycles: egg, caterpillar, pupa, adult - but without the huge numbers of moth caterpillars available during spring many birds such as blue tits and great tits would struggle to raise young. Some moths do not have mouthparts and do not feed, their only purpose as an adult is to find a mate and breed. Moths in all their variety of shapes and colours really are worth getting to know. Moths will visit your garden in large numbers seeking nectar and breeding sites. You can look for them quite easily by simply taking a torch out with you at night and shining it on flower heads. Buddleia is a good starting point and will attract several species. Fallen fruit will also attract good numbers that can’t resist the allure of an intoxicating sugar-rich meal. You can also bait moths with thin ropes soaked in a solution of cheap red wine and syrup - ummm who could resist that! Perhaps the best way to become acquainted with the world of moths is to visit an organised moth-trapping session where an expert will be on hand to identify the catch. The moths are not harmed and are released as soon as the trap is closed. Norfolk Wildlife Trust runs such events at their Weeting, Cley and Hickling reserves, see www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk for events listings. Closer to home I hope to run moth events at NWT Ranworth Broad every Friday morning. If you want to find out more about these surprising, colourful and interesting insects please come along to the floating visitor centre between 10am and 1pm. I’d be very pleased to see you.
Staff save the day for trapped toddler Staff at Tesco, on Blue Boar Lane, Sprowston, rushed into action when a toddler was locked in a car at their store and have earned a huge thank-you from his relieved grandmother. Carol Martin, from Caister, was putting her shopping into the car and had given her two-year-old grandson, Charlie, her keys to play with while she did so. “You can guess the rest – he got locked in,” she said. “As the weather was hot and there were no windows open I went to the store for help. Immediately they went into action and the manager and staff were outside with me and had brought one of their phones for me to use. “I called my roadside recovery but even after I told them the situation they still took time asking me questions before they would put a call out. Finally I was made a ‘priority one’ but was told they would not be with me for about 30 minutes. My grandson was getting hot and flushed so I made the decision to call for the fire brigade.” But she said the manager, Steve Gray, had already called them and he and Laura Robinson, who works in the phone shop, had also fetched water, a fire engine toy and ice lollies for when the little boy was freed. Carol went on: “Red Watch from Sprowston fire station arrived and they, too, were brilliant. After he was out and sorted, they offered him a seat in the fire engine.” The family have sent a cake to red watch – where Carol’s nephew is a firefighter – to say thank-you. “They were brilliant,” said Carol. “I was overwhelmed by all the support Tesco staff
ADVENTURE: Charlie - back behind the wheel! and the firemen gave me.” A spokesman for Tesco said it had been an unusual event but that staff had been more than happy to help. Charlie was none the worse for his experience and was soon back to his usual self.
Police issue burglar warning Police are urging residents to keep their doors and windows locked after two homes were burgled in Sprowston. Between 11.25pm on Tuesday, July 18, and 7am on Wednesday , July 19, properties on Colindeep Lane and Recreation Ground Road were entered through unlocked doors and an ipad, cash and the contents of a handbag were stolen. Broadland Engagement Officer PC Andy Mason says people need to be more security conscious during the summer months.
“During the warm weather windows and doors will often be opened but it is important to make sure they are shut and locked when your home is left empty and before you go to sleep. Criminals are opportunists who will seize any chance they get to take advantage of an insecure residence. Don’t give them that opportunity.” If you saw anything suspicious during those times, contact Det Con Scott Malcolmson on 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
High-visibility patrols to take place Police will be cracking down on anti-social behaviour on Barker’s Lane and speeding on Proctor Road, Spixworth Road and Wroxham Road. The new priorities follow the latest meeting
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Help solve RAF riddle The picture of a ration book in the last issue prompted one reader to contact me on another wartime subject: “Did I know where RAF Old Catton was?” The answer was quite straightforward, “No”, but I did proffer that I knew where the ATC used to be and still met. Ray, the reader in question, pointed out to me that this was RAF Old Catton. Now why should I be confused? That’s simple - it’s in Sprowston, begging the
question “ Why not RAF Sprowston?” Many RAF stations were only near the place they purported to be. Was this a government strategy? All the signposts were removed during the war so perhaps it didn’t make that much difference. Ray is trying to compile the history of RAF Old Catton but somehow what happened there often seems confusing and contradictory. At least there was one bit of luck.
A friend of mine who had worked for the Post Office Telephones during this period was able to supply information on the station’s role during the war. Seemingly control facilities at nearby airfields could be transferred to this site if their own control facilities were disabled. This of course only explains a small portion of what happened there. Was it just kept on a care and maintenance basis, just in case, or did it have other roles during the war? Once again, can I ask you the readers if you have any knowledge of what went on at RAF Old Catton? Part of the site is still in use by the ATC, the rest was obliterated by the building of Chartwell Road, during ring road improvements, and by the construction of several homes. To get in contact with me email bevthebinder@ gmail.com or telephone ABOVE LEFT: WACs at RAF Old Catton during WW2. ABOVE RIGHT: View of entrance prior to 01603 408594. Chartwell Road being built.
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Reader’s newspaper find gives a fascinating insight into the excitement of the NORWICH RACES in the days of Queen Victoria.
A top day at the races Regular readers will recall that in last month’s issue we asked if anyone had information on horse racing in Norwich and Sprowston. Thank you to Sprowston resident Mrs Mann who has lent us a framed image of a newspaper flyer dated April 1860. We know when the race happened but there are no details on where it took place. Here’s what the flyer says: NORWICH RACES! APRIL 3rd, 1860 “MANN`S WILL STAKES.” Mr. Wilkin`s “Fortitude,” by Trusty, O`Malley 1. Mr. Jarvis`s “Malice,” by Slander, (Grandsire Bailiff, Dam Winecup, Grandam Washerwoman.) Parry 2. Mr. Wright`s “Folly” Day 3. Folly took the lead at starting, closely followed by Malice, For titude well up. After a short struggle Fortitude took a decided lead, pulling hard, Malice trying all he knew to head him, but came not near his quarters. Folly then broke down, directly after which Malice exhibited symptoms of lameness. Parry did all an experienced Jockey could effect to reach the winning post first, but Fortitude kept the lead. O`Malley feeling the race safe, and that his horse had plenty of stuff left in him, reduced his speed, and with hands down came in an easy winner. Malice looked unutterable things, and was much distressed. Before the race, Malice had no backers, all the knowing ones thinking from the condition he was in, his owners would not let him start. Fortitude`s backers on the contrary, had great confidence in him, and the way in which he won the race will show that he is a formidable opponent, and that the confidence reposed in him by the public was not misplaced. Betting at Starting, 20 to 1 on Fortitude but no takers.
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These photos show fruit pickers at White House Farm in 2004, Church Farm and its buildings in 1906. Thank you to everyone who lets us copy their photographs for our archive. We are
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Award for a wonderful woodland A popular area of woodland in Sprowston has won an award for its biodiversity. Harrison’s Wood, which borders Blue Boar Lane and Salhouse Road, was opened to the public in May and was given the award by the Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership. Accepting the award, town council chairman Ian Moncur said there were big plans in store for the plot, saying: “This is just the start. “We intend to increase involvement of community groups so that we can manage the woodland and realise our ambitions which include the bridging over of the existing ditch, provision of a car park and maintaining and improving the habitats of the woodland as a priority for conservation.”
Public access to the 27-hectares of mixed woodland was made possible through a partnership of the town council with Broadland District Council and the Norwich Fringe Project. The wood features a network of paths through mixed evergreen and broadleaf trees including oak, rowan, silver birch and scots pine and is home to birds such as chiffchaffs, treecreepers and great spotted woodpeckers. David Willmott, Broadland District Council’s member champion for community engagement, added: “This is a great project and we were pleased to work with our partners to create a community asset which we hope residents will enjoy for generations to come.”
BRANCHING OUT: Pupils from Cecil Gowing Infant School were among the first to enjoy Harrison’s Wood when they helped with the opening in May.
A HELPING HAND: Sprowston Town Council chairman Ian Moncur helps with den building at Harrison’s Wood.
Our new editor has tales to tell She will be spending her working day telling your stories to the readers of Just Regional magazines, but our new editor has tales of her own to tell. Alex Hurrell, who has recently joined the team editing our four magazines in the Norwich suburbs, has worked as a journalist for many years and has a wealth of experience – and experiences. One of these was her time earlier this summer volunteering for the Refugee Community Kitchen (RCK) in Calais, France, whose motto is “feeding people without judgment” and which helps refugees living in camps. Alex was inspired to become a volunteer after one of her four sisters, a chef from Texas, volunteered in Calais at the height of the crisis. She came back horrified and recruited Alex and another sister to go back with her. Within half an hour of arriving, Alex started on the job. Her tasks while she was out there included cutting vegetables, washing up - which, she says, her hands still have not recovered from - and making socks out of donated
jumpers in response to the trench foot epidemic many of the refugees were facing. Calling it ‘an eye opening experience’, she said the most shocking thing came on the day she was given the chance to distribute meals. She witnessed an injured refugee, who had dislocated his shoulder after falling off a lorry which he was using as a possible way out of Calais. An ambulance was called – and with it two police vans. Alex describes this as being one of the most intense scenarios she faced whilst she was out in Calais as armed police with guns and pepper spray stood watching, which, she said, felt intimidating. She added that many volunteers told her this had happened previously and the police had sprayed their blankets and clothes with pepper spray so that they couldn’t use them. Alex said that, for her, this portrayed the lack of humanity shown towards the refugees by those in authority. Set up in the autumn of 2015, RCK volunteers take on many job roles such as event organisers, chefs, caterers, doulas and activists, but their main aim is to help deliver care to refugees, in providing them with meals, cooking every day and serving more than 570,000 in kitchens including Grande Synthe Camp, Belgium Kitchen (Calais), Ashram Kitchen (Calais), Kitchen in Calais (Calais), The Syrian Kitchen in
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