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Our Wroxham Office is soon to open As readers may know, the N&P in Wroxham has closed. Having acquired it, the building is to undergo a facelift which I hope will be completed by the beginning of March.

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from the editor We’re hurtling towards Christmas now and all that it entails. Our front page pictures are from this year’s Gingerbread Go! trail, which was great success. Well done to all concerned. There was good news for a couple of local charities with Roys handing over its final cheque for Nelson’s Journey and announcing its charity for 2018. More on page 13. There was delight, too, for the local Guiding archives with a huge award towards sorting out all their amazing artefacts. See page 7 for more.

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Whatever you are up to as 2017 heads towards a close, we hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you in 2018.


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Facing up to anxiety If you don’t know Karl Minns, you’ll certainly be aware of his comedy creations. Whether it is She Noo speaking broad Sprowston while pontificating on life, pacing the stage as a slightly inept councillor or even bringing Norwich’s famous Puppet Man to life, Karl is responsible for helping Norfolk (and beyond) laugh at itself. As one-third of The Nimmo Twins with Owen Evans and Nigel, he has helped poke fun in an affectionate but occasionally barbed manner on the quirks and perks of being Norfolk born and bred. But now he is taking on something very different in a new season of work to highlight the issues around men’s mental health. Karl is set to share the story of his own battle with anxiety in conversation with Norwich Theatre Royal chief executive Stephen Crocker, interspersed with comedy and songs. The event on January 26 is part of the theatre’s Creative Matters season, which aims to highlight the issues around men’s mental health after figures showed it is a particular problem in Norfolk. Norfolk’s public health team and Norfolk County Council are joining forces with the theatre for a month-long season of events to enable the issue to be explored creatively within the safe space of the Theatre Royal’s Stage Two building. Karl admits he had reservations when the idea was first suggested. “When Stephen put the idea to me, I said ‘no’ at first followed by ‘maybe’ and then ‘yes.’ I do have a platform to share my story through my fan-base and audience. Because statistics show that men in East Anglia are less likely to reach out, I felt I couldn’t withhold my own story of mental health. If I could help others or encourage them by saying ‘I have that too,’ it might help other men to do the same,” he said. It is no doubt a very brave thing to do, but did Karl worry it would be just too daunting? “I actually didn’t realise just how daunting


He is one of the country’s most respected comedy writers and well-known as a member of comedy favourites The Nimmo Twins. But Karl Minns is preparing for a very different performance sharing his experiences of battling anxiety in a challenging and deeply personal new show, as he tells John Bultitude. it would be. As I talk about it, I am feeling some emotion and pain and feel moved. People are used to seeing me on stage with wigs and silliness and getting laughs but that is a tiny, tiny part of my life. I am also in Tesco’s or am in a relationship or driving the car while suffering from anxiety or mild depression or bad depression. It just depends what is going on. “I thought that to sit on stage and be interviewed talking about it is the most naked I can be. I hope Stephen will ask questions that will allow me to talk about things that I haven’t talked about before. I hope it will cause me to talk about what having anxiety has caused me to think and how it has caused me to feel and how to behave. I am nervous but I am determined to do it.” Karl believes part of the reason for the need for help in this area is the isolated nature of the region, particularly outside Norwich. He said: “If you are in the middle of the sticks in a small town or village and there isn’t much of a support structure around, it can be quite isolating. Norfolk people by their nature often take the attitude ‘I am all right’ and Norfolk people are generally not as voluble as Northerners who are more expansive. “We also live in a world where we are all connected. You can go on Facebook and Twitter and it is all Kodak moments. It isn’t real. It is connection on a superficial level.” There is no doubt there is an issue in Norfolk itself but what about Karl himself? When did he first realise that anxiety was something he was suffering with? He recalled: “I think it has always been there. I was an anxious child. “During my adolescence when everything

was black, I was crimping my hair and listening to The Cure, I thought it was OK to feel depressed because every teenager goes through that phase. That is normal and part of understanding and growing and finding what emotions mean. “As I got into my twenties, it became more of an issue We created this show called the Nimmo Twins and we took it to Edinburgh. Within two months, we went from having no money to being on TV and being feted as the next big thing. We were being whisked around the world and playing in New York and Singapore and it polarised things for me. “I couldn’t understand all these people saying ‘you are amazing’ and ‘you’re great’ and yet I didn’t feel great and I was still the same insecure hurt person on the inside. It is something that continues to plague me. “Since the age of 40, I have decided that I needed to make some changes because the way I was living was unhealthy physically, mentally and emotionally. The last seven years are when I have been at my most content.” Now his focus is on the future and planning the new show. He is determined to make sure it is honest but not selfindulgent. “I don’t want people to think this is another pampered neurotic artist who wants us to know how he suffers for his art,” he said. “If one person comes forward and says ‘I am glad you have done that and it has helped me to tell my wife or my workmates or my friends’, then it is job done.” To book, log onto www. or call the box office on 01603 630000.



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£60,000 for Guiding heritage Girlguiding Norfolk has been awarded a National Lottery grant of £60,000 to conserve and share their archives. Girlguiding Norfolk holds one of the largest collections of Girlguiding memorabilia in the UK, from uniforms and badges to magazines and scrapbooks. Dating from 1911, there are more than 10,000 items in the collection, including letters from Agnes Baden-Powell, sister of Scouts founder Robert Baden-Powell and president of the Girl Guide movement. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the archive will be catalogued, properly stored and made accessible to the public for the first time. The OUTARC project will widen the use of the purpose-built Archives Resource Centre in Coltishall by opening regularly for research and the wider community. Artefacts will be digitised and repacked, and brought to new audiences through a programme of activities and events. Young guides will be trained to interview and capture the memories of older members to add to and enhance the archive. The intergenerational groups will work together to deliver traditions activities – the heritage skills practised to gain badges, such as knot tying, hoisting a flag and pitching a tent – for groups across the county. The National Lottery grant, which was awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), will also enable a learning and outreach programme to engage more people with the history of the guiding movement. OUTARC will transform archive highlights into a Museum in a Box for schools, Girlguiding units in the county, and the general public, along with a pop-up exhibition for display. Local schools will be

offered tailored sessions on the work of the Norfolk guides during the Second World War. A new heritage trail around the county, exploring the history of the Norfolk Guides over the last 100 years, will be created from contributions of members of all ages. The project will also create reminiscence boxes for visits to care centres and residents’ homes to help people with dementia. Robyn Llewellyn, Head of HLF East of England, said: “This fascinating collection is of national significance and shines a light on the social history of Norfolk and the UK, particularly the evolving role of women in the community. It’s with huge thanks to National Lottery players that we’re able to support this project to protect the archive for future generations and share it with a

TEAM: Helen Green (right) with ARC volunteers. Left: A uniform donated to the archives. wider audience.” Helen Green, from Girlguiding Norfolk, said: “We are thrilled to have received such amazing support from National Lottery players and look forward to sharing our unique resource in a truly creative way over the coming three years. We know those who have come to see the ARC have been very impressed with what we have achieved so far thanks to our generous volunteers and we look forward to making our history even more fun and accessible for all.” Sarah Hawkins, a young Norfolk Leader aged 26, said: “I am very happy that the items in the archive are going to be properly conserved for the interest and enjoyment for future generations to come. The purpose-built building was one big step to start with, then the real work began and the volunteers have been visiting different places to find out what would be the best ways to store and preserve the items within the archive building.”

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Food for thought With Christmas on the way, spare a thought for those who might not find it the easiest time of year. Every year, Foodbanks are being used by more and more people, even more poignant at this time of the year. We find out more about how they work. During 2016/17 the local Foodbank fed 2,858 clients, 1,035 of those were children. They are not “scroungers” but people who are disadvantaged by financial crises that leave them unable to buy food. It might be an illness, loss of a job, incapacity. Each are referred to the service by statutory agencies, including health visitors, social workers, CAB, schools, welfare officers, police and probation officers and the district council. Towns and villages in this area are covered by the Cromer and District Foodbank, which is based in the town but has collection and distribution points throughout the area. Trustee and fundraising officer Fiona Hall said: “It’s a real misconception that people come along to Foodbanks are scroungers. These are people who, for whatever reason, have found themselves unable to buy food and who really need our help. We do not accept self-referrals. Our clients are given a Foodbank voucher by the issuing agency which they can exchange for three days’ supply of emergency food. Without a voucher no food is issued.” The Foodbanks keep a detailed database that records the cause of each crisis. Fiona said “Nearly half of those we supplied with food needed help more than once. In addition to food, we provide sanitary products, toiletries, nappies, formula milk and other essential items for babies and toddlers.” The group also ran a pilot last year for FuelBank. Peter Wenham, chair of trustees, said: “Our intention is to repeat and expand this successful pilot this winter. Many of our clients are faced with the choice of heating or eating. According to the Government's own figures there are still more than five million people in fuel poverty today.” The organisation operates on a similar basis to the Foodbank with the CAB issuing FuelBank vouchers to clients who then present them at one of the distribution centres. The Foodbank tops-up fuel cards or key cards. The Foodbanks are always pleased


to receive any items but particularly, at this time of year, tinned ham, UHT milk, tinned fish, Christmas crackers, pickle and chutney, festive Christmas chocolates and treats, sponge puddings, washing up liquid and washing powder. Fiona said: “Any food donations will be welcome, but these items will be particularly appreciated. Please make sure all items are totally alcohol free.” The Cromer and District Foodbank, a franchise of The Trussell Trust, was set up in 2012 to provide emergency, essential food items for people in crisis within North Norfolk. It operates within an area totaling 200 square miles, covering a total population of approximately 70,000. As well as helping local individuals and families, the group provides welcome packs and ongoing support for young people (16-24) living in supported accommodation provided by Flagship Foyer and the Benjamin Foundation. The main causes of need are low income or seasonal work, followed by benefit changes and delays during reassessment due to changed circumstances, one off crisis such as the family car breaking down or gas boiler giving up, debt, domestic violence, and homelessness. Short-term support is also needed in the case of sickness, unemployment and when school meals are not available during the holidays. All the food is donated from businesses, churches, schools, voluntary groups, individuals and supermarket collections.

The main warehouse distribution point is in Cromer, where volunteers weigh and sort the items before packing it into boxes for storage. The supplies are then transported to seven food distribution centres in Aylsham, Cromer, Holt, North Walsham, Sheringham and Stalham. In some parts of North Norfolk, the Foodbank can deliver food if necessary and also operates an outof-hours service for urgent needs. While their food is being packed, volunteers can chat to clients and sometimes direct them to other agencies who can offer additional help. It is now developing a programme whereby representatives from other organisations can come along to distribution centres so clients can receive on-the-spot advice. At present, a CAB adviser attends three of the seven distribution centres. All the services and the management of the charity are carried out by trustees and its 150+ volunteers (including former clients), working a total of approximately 9,650 hours per year. The only paid employee is a project manager, a full-time post which became necessary as the number of users increased. The Foodbank is supported entirely from voluntary income. Fiona said: “Only with ongoing and new funding is it possible for us to provide the service we do and expand it in line with needs in the community. We’d like to thank everyone who has supported us over the last year.”

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There’s a welcoming home from home setting awaiting new and regular members of ACT Care Services at Meeting Hill, near North Walsham Formerly known as Worstead Day Care Centre, the service is designed for older adults who may find it challenging to manage independently at home and anyone over the age of 18 who may otherwise be isolated and lonely. It is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and provides a safe, supportive, and cheerful environment. We have a maximum of 30 places per day. Whilst places are limited, we currently have availability remaining across all four days. Trustee Helen Saunders said: “People attend the centre for a variety of reasons, including the care that can be provided and for the company of others.

Relatives can also work or take part in their own activities, while their loved one is in safe hands at the centre.” Staff are fully trained, DBS checked and dementia aware and are on hand to offer as much or as little care support as required, to make sure the day is a comfortable and enjoyable one. The day begins with a cup of tea or coffee in the lounge. The morning session offers activities like creative arts, games or gentle exercise or, if they prefer, people can chat with others or read. We offer a freshly prepared and cooked two-course lunch. In the afternoon there are more activities, perhaps some musical entertainment, quizzes, bingo or some reminiscence, followed by tea and cake. “Staff make everyone feel welcome and encourage people to come and try out

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Big loss for Martin Super slimmer Martin Reynolds is a shadow of his former self after shedding five stone in weight. Through Slimming World classes held at Buxton/ Badersfield on Thursday evenings, Martin has improved his health and learned how to cook healthy meals without the ting of a microwave. Proud consultant Jane Keil said: “He won our Mr Sleek 2017 Competition this month and has gone forward into the Slimming World National competition.” Martin said: “I’ve always been of a larger build but since my early teenage years I started to put more and more weight on. “Over the years I’ve tried and failed at doing a few different diets.” He said there was heart disease and high blood pressure in his family and he always knew he wasn’t doing myself any favours with this. “I lost my dad when I was six. He was 35 he had MS. Being at the age now that he was when he died I knew I had to

do something to give myself as long a life as possible.” With his weight at its highest point last December he knew come January it was going to be time to try another diet. He joined the Badersfield slimming group on January 19 this year. “This was the first diet where I was actually going to go to a group so I had mixed feelings,” he said, but added: “Since joining I’ve had some lovely consultants, met some fantastic people who are all in the same boat as me (many I now term as friends) lost a good amount of weight, become a healthier person, learned and grown an interest in cooking (something which I didn’t have before) and won some fantastic awards for my weight loss, including Man of the Year 2017 and Mr Sleek 2017. “I’ve been so lucky having such a kind, caring supportive group. Without them I don’t think I’d of got to where I am today.” Contact Jane on 07437 672231 to find out more about classes.

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Each month we are inundated with questions from vendors and buyers alike. This issue we look at the election.

Is there anything I can do to help my home sell? It is wise to try to look at your home through a buyer’s eyes; I know it sounds crazy but buyers can be put off by the strangest of things. Start by standing outside the front of your home and work from there. Those jobs you have been putting off for years are now well worth doing.

Do I find my next home before putting my house on the market or the other way around The housing market is ever changing and there is no right answer to this one. It is prudent to discuss the marketing of your property with your agent and potentially have all the necessary paperwork completed, even if you don’t go to the market until you have found, because this reduces the chance of losing your onward purchase. No good agent will push you to move unless you are ready.

I have been left a property that must be sold. Can I sell it before Probate has been granted? You can certainly place the property on the market and indeed agree a sale for it. However you cannot exchange contracts until Probate has been granted.

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Fundraising bonanza Roys of Wroxham presented Nelson’s Journey with a massive donation of £11,478 on December 1, bringing the grand total donated to £31,478. Phil Kerridge, chair of trustees at Nelson’s Journey said: “Over the last year, Roys has supported us with the utmost passion. It’s a wonderful local business that wanted to make a difference to a local charity and we are thrilled to say they have done so in abundance, to support Norfolk’s bereaved children and young people. “We have received referrals for almost 900 children so for this year, which is another increase on figures last year, as the demand for our service is on the rise. It shows just how much we need supporters in the community like Roys to help us continue to provide a free service to those children that need support. “We are incredibly grateful to Roys. We have enjoyed working with them and meeting their customers, they have made a significant impact to the children we see, leaving a

BIG CONTRIBUTION: Roys’ managing director Ed Roy, Paul Roy, buying and marketing director, Phil Kerridge, chair of trustees Nelson’s Journey, Sarah Hyde, community funding and marketing officer. Left: The memory jar and frame. lasting legacy of support given over the year.” Ed Roy, managing director of Roys said: “We are very grateful that we have been able to donate such a vast amount of money to such a worthwhile cause. Nelson’s Journey has been a wonderful charity to work with and has been incredibly appreciative of the money donated. We are thankful to our customers and staff for making the donations possible, their kindness is overwhelming. We wish Nelson’s Journey all the best for the future and we hope to be able to help them again.” Nelson’s Journey presented Roys with a memory jar filled with different coloured sands, each colour representing a memory of Roys and their

time working together. This is a tool that is used by Nelson’s Journey with bereaved children to remember lost loved ones. Roys stores along with sister company Highway Garden and Leisure have announced they will be supporting East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) from December 2017 to January 2018. After the success of supporting Nelson’s Journey previous to this, the staff chose EACH as the new charity of the year. All money from the sale of 5p carrier bags along with any additional fundraising throughout the year will be donated to the charity.

Ed Roy, managing director of Roys, said: “It was important to us that the staff chose an East Anglian charity that works tirelessly for people in need within the communities surrounding Roys stores. EACH was an excellent choice and we hope to donate lots of money that can be used to support families and care for children and young people with lifethreatening conditions.” Sophie Mayes, EACH Corporate Fundraiser (Norfolk), said: “A huge thank you to Roys for selecting EACH as their Charity of the Year for 2018. We rely on the support of local businesses to continue our vital services caring for children and young people with life-threatening conditions and supporting their families.”

Dancers tap it out for Pudsey Forty one dancers from the Broadland School of Dance (Aylsham and Wroxham) took part in a tapathon on Sunday, November 19, joining others across the country to raise money for Children in Need. The event took place at the ACT Centre in Aylsham at 1pm and involved thousands more people tap dancing simultaneously at venues across the country. They attempted to beat a world record, but also to raise as much money as possible. Dance school leader Katy Marriner, known as Miss Katy to her students, said it was the second time the school had taken part in a world-record effort after a nationwide attempt last year fell short of claiming the title. She said: “We’ve been learning the routine over the last few weeks and kids were painted up like Pudsey and wearing vibrant blue tapathon T-shirts. “Most importantly we were raising money for Children in Need.”

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largest tap dance currently stands at 7,596 people, dancing simultaneously. The Broadland School of Dance has more than 220 students across North Norfolk.


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Christmas at the Barns Santa and his elves are visiting Junior Farm at Wroxham Barns and will be in Bella’s Barn on December 16, 17, 21, 22 and 23 at 10.30am,1pm and 3.30pm. Visits last 1.5 hours, with singing and games, Santa’s Magic Show and Christmas crafts, plus a gift from Santa. Prices start from £7.50 and include admission to Junior Farm for the whole day. Wroxham Barns is also open 10am-5pm for Christmas shopping, with plenty of free parking. There’s also the chance of a special festive afternoon tea

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The local Lions group is keen to welcome new members to its regular meetings. Wroxham and Hoveton Lions meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm, in Broadland Youth and Community Centre, Stalham Road, Hoveton. Recent events have seen the group raising funds for good causes. The total achieved by the Mobile Tombola and Luv a Lion game at the Lighthouse Inn fireworks display in Walcott was £190, which has gone into the charity fund to help the local community. The club has packed and donated 60 Christmas shoeboxes to the Samaritans Purse charity to help towards changing the lives of children throughout the world. Santa and his sleigh has been out and about and will be in Hoveton on December 15 and then Coltishall on the 20th, from around 4.45pm. In case of bad weather, Santa will normally visit the following night but check the group’s Facebook page, which will have regular updates.

The Lions charity shop is open for business and is after good quality bric-a-brac or clothing. Contact them on 01603 784093. The November £100 shop draw went to the Lullaby Trust, nominated by Samantha Dipple, from Wroxham. Anyone who would like to volunteer in the shop can call the number on the left or drop into the shop and talk to a member of staff. President Mick Holden said: “Finally, as this is the final report of 2017, may I, on behalf of all the club members, thank all who have supported our efforts during the year and wish everyone a Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.” or more information call Mick on 01603 781310 or membership chairman Ron Hill on 07753 382410.

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Young carers get a boost from Masons Young carers charity Connects & Co has received two Masonic donations. Members of the Wayford Lodge of Freemasons based in Wroxham has given £1,800, while the national Masonic Charitable Foundation awarded a grant of £3,000. The money will support children and young people who are caring for a family member with a learning disability, terminal illness, mental health or addiction problems. The Wayford Lodge donation was raised at the Provincial Fun Day, a lodge barbeque, raffles, and personal donations. Plus a major contribution came from Wayford Lodge Senior Warden Chris Eldridge, who raised £500 with members sponsoring the donation of his 100th pint of blood. Worshipful Master Simon Hall said: “I chose Connects & Co because my wife Helen, while working as a teaching assistant, met a young girl who was part of a family who received assistance due to the mother's disability. The girl who is now 16, became a volunteer and fundraiser for them. I needed to nominate a charity for the focus of our fundraising and Helen

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Deciding to drink and drive could cost you dearly this Christmas – that’s the message from Norfolk police. A monthlong operation against driving under the influence of drink or drugs from December 1 to January 1 will see officers carrying out extra patrols and roadside checks. Any driver who is stopped due to concerns over the manner of their driving, a vehicle defect or is involved in a collision will be breathalysed. Specific time slots at Norwich and Ipswich Magistrates Courts have been reserved to deal with those caught drink or drug driving. This effectively means that offenders could now lose their licence within 24 hours of being breathalysed whilst facing additional fines. Throughout the campaign roads policing officers will be using social media to share messages and provide updates on campaign results using @ NSRoadsPolicing and via Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies Facebook pages. Chief Inspector Kris Barnard said: “Think seriously about how having no licence could affect your life; would you lose your job? How would you get the kids to school? How are you going to see family or friends this year?”

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The Broads Authority has agreed a 3% increase for tolls for all categories of boats in 2018 in line with the current rate of inflation (CPI) following consultation with the Tolls Review Group and the Navigation Committee. The increase is predicted to generate an income of £3.3 million in 2018 providing funds for additional work to maintain the navigable waterways. It was also agreed that no further changes were required to the pricing structure of tolls following a major review this year and that the printing of adhesive toll plaques would be stopped permanently (other than for short visit tolls) following a successful two-year trial. The new simpler toll structure based on the size of boats in square metres was implemented this year and effectively reduced the charges for smaller boats.

Get your entries in for new business awards North Norfolk District Council has launched inaugural business awards. They are open to businesses of all sizes and across all sectors and the aim is to promote and celebrate the vibrant business community across North Norfolk. There are seven categories – Agricultural, Business Growth, Business Development & Innovation, Environmental, New Businesses, Tourism & Hospitality and Young People & Skills. Entries can be submitted until January 15, with the shortlisted businesses invited to an awards ceremony at Gresham’s School on February 15.

Tom FitzPatrick, Leader of North Norfolk District Council, said: “We regularly deal with some very successful and very exciting ventures, but too often these successes don’t get the recognition they deserve. “This inaugural project will reveal some of the hidden business stories across North Norfolk, and give the district as a whole the chance to celebrate the vibrancy of our business community.” The awards night will be hosted by Chris Sargisson, chief executive of Norfolk Chamber of Commerce. He said: “Norfolk businesses are in great

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Stay safe at home in winter Norfolk residents are being reminded to stay safe in their homes this winter by the fire prevention team at Norfolk Fire and Rescue service (NFRS). Traditionally, winter sees an increase in calls made to the fire service to attend incidents in homes as people light open fires, use candles on dark evenings and switch on electric blankets. As Norfolk residents are starting to put up Christmas trees inside and outside their homes which potentially pose extra fire risks. Garry Collins, head of fire prevention and protection, said: “Historically, December and January account for the highest number of accidental fires in the home across Norfolk. Our advice remains, in the event of a fire in your home, residents should get out, stay out and call us out.” Norfolk's fire prevention team offers home safety checks to residents in a bid to reduce the risk of fires occurring. They include working with Public Health to offer information about smoking cessation, falls prevention and wellbeing support. Community volunteers help to spread the messages with rural home safety checks in isolated areas, including advice on staying warm, safe and well.

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The Members of the Rotary Club of Broadlands wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Our New Year’s Resolution is to grow our club and we hope yours is to join us. Christmas lunch is on December 14 soon followed by our New Year Lunch on January 11. We also support those in need and support those making a real difference to others. The next story is all about just that. Elaine Brown, who runs Acle St Edmund Youth Orchestra (SEYO), received an invitation from the BBC Proms and BBC Orchestras for SEYO for a bespoke coaching day with the BBC Symphony Orchestra on December 2 at BBC Maida Vale Studios in London. The day is a followup for some of the young musicians who impressed the BBC when they took part in the Ten Pieces Coaching Scheme (pictured). The scheme has

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