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Keep your kids learning through the summer

 Count on Norfolk

Count on Norfolk

We know that between the end of one school year and the start of the next, pupils risk losing some of their learning achievements. With the summer holidays about to start, Norfolk County Council is determined to help keep kids learning throughout the six week break with our new campaign, ‘Raising Learners’.Making maths a fun part of everyday life is a great way for children to learn and essential for understanding that we use maths all the time. This summer, why not try some of the simple but fun activities on our Raising Learners website to keep them learning throughout the summer?

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Write on Norfolk

Helping to keep writing skills sharp, our 500-word writing competition is back for a second year.

To enter, children aged from five to 13 are encouraged to submit a piece of original creative writing – a poem, a story, a letter or anything in between – no more than 500 words long.

There’s only one rule: Norfolk has to appear at some point in the piece. Entries close on 31 August.

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Get reading this summer with the Animal Agents

Animal agents

Have you heard about the strange goings-on at your local library this summer?

Meet the Animal Agents, and join the Summer Reading Challenge – solve a mystery and catch a crafty crook.

The annual reading challenge for primary-age children is taking place all through the summer holidays at libraries across Norfolk. It encourages youngsters to keep reading throughout the summer while schools are closed.

It’s easy to take part, just sign up for the challenge at your local library and receive a free collector folder to start you off.

As you borrow books and read over the summer, you’ll use your wits and powers of observation to sift through the clues and pick up stickers along the way.

There is even an Animal Agent adventure for pre-school children.

Visit any Norfolk library or mobile library from Saturday 15 July to start the adventure. There is something for all the family at your library this summer.

If you and your children aren’t already a member, visit your local library and join for free.

Did you know you can return items to any of Norfolk’s 47 libraries or eight mobile libraries, not just the library you borrowed them from?

Find out more

Illustration © Tony Ross for the Reading Agency

 

Volunteer call for reading project

Volunteers are needed to help Norfolk residents learn to read in a £100,000 project. The Norfolk Reading Pathway run by Norfolk Library and Information Service will help 750 adults and children over eight learn to read.

Now up to 150 volunteers of all ages are needed to help them. No previous experience is needed to become a reading mentor. Session times are flexible and volunteers are asked to spare 30 minutes twice a week. Full training will be given and sessions will be held at every Norfolk library.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Norfolk Reading Pathway contact customer services on 

0344 800 8020 or email volunteercontact@norfolk.gov.uk

First word

First Words

Cliff Jordan

Summer is well and truly here, bringing with it the warm weather, the flowers in full bloom and the thought, for many, of summer holidays.

For children coming to the end of their summer term, they can look back on a hard year’s work. Results for Norfolk’s students were hugely encouraging last year, and doubtless many fingers will be crossed for this year.

I would like to thank head teachers, teachers, governors and other school staff, for all their hard work, alongside the students they teach. Their role, in helping to nurture our young people through their formative years, is invaluable.

We want our young people to have the best possible chance for success, to be able to build a life and career in our county. The work that goes on in our schools is central to making that possible.

In this edition of Your Norfolk, there is lots of excellent information, not least about learning and development, both for young people and those, like myself, who are that little bit older. As a piece on page four states: It’s never too late to learn!

Our cover story is all about our ‘Count on Norfolk’ campaign, helping make maths a fun part of everyday life. I know for many, the very word brings a dose of the shivers; but it is profoundly important and, with some help, the fear that many feel about maths can be overcome. We can all play our part, and you can read more about that on page three.

Whatever you do this summer though, keep safe, enjoy the sunshine and, speaking as a Norfolk man through and through, do consider avoiding the stress of travel by spending your summer holiday here in our wonderful county: I know I will, and there really is nowhere better.

Cliff Jordan

Leader of 
Norfolk County Council

News

Encouraging more people to make caring their career

Caring as a career

Are you interested in pursuing a career in care or know a friend or relative who might want to find out more?

Norfolk has seen an increased demand for adult care, especially homecare services. In response to this, Norfolk County Council has developed a new website to encourage more people to work in care across the county. In partnership with care providers, the website shares stories and experiences from people working in the sector, answers questions candidates may have and promotes the opportunities available.

Since the launch of the website in March, care providers have been busy hosting events and coffee mornings to promote their recruitment drives. These are advertised on the Norfolk Care Careers website, Twitter and Facebook page, so check online and social media for updates.

The Prince’s Trust has also supported adult care recruitment by introducing young people between the ages of 16 and 25, to their Get Into Healthcare scheme and Get Hired events.

To understand the skills and compassion required for roles in health and care, young people got involved with activities such as hands-on workshops and interview practice with visiting independent care providers.

We asked care and support workers in Norfolk to tell us what motivates them – you can view their videos on the website.

Twitter @CareSectorNfk
Facebook NorfolkCareJobs

New service to support children

Norfolk County Council and Barnardo’s have joined forces to create a new ‘Edge of Care’ service, which will support families in crisis and help return children home from care, wherever this is safe and in their best interests.

This new approach is bringing innovation and national expertise to the way Norfolk County Council works with children and families, further building on improvements made to children’s services in the county.

The service will support children and adolescents to live at home safely or to return to their families, where this is appropriate.

Is your business or community 'In Good Company'?

Does your business or community go the extra mile to help those who might be lonely or isolated?        

As part of our campaign to combat loneliness in the county, our In Good Company kitemark for businesses and communities is now open for applications.

Simply log on and click on the link for the kitemark application form.  Applications will be reviewed by our In Good Company panel and then awarded quarterly.

In good company

£6 million funding available for rural projects

Rural businesses and community groups in Norfolk are invited to apply for funding through a scheme managed by Norfolk County Council. The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development funding is delivered by Local Action Groups (LAGs) under the LEADER approach, which enables support of the rural economy at a local level.

To be eligible, projects need to meet LAG criteria and must be looking to achieve one or more of the following: support an increase in farm or forestry productivity; support micro and small enterprises and farm diversification; support rural tourism; support the provision of rural services; support for cultural and heritage activity. All approved projects will be fully funded, even if they continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU.

£1.2 million has already been awarded to projects including Belmont Nursery in Terrington St Clement, The Brisley Bell near Dereham and Paws for Coffee in Wymondham. There is still almost £6 million of funding available to be allocated in the next two years.

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Household hazardous waste days

 Haz Waz

You can dispose of hazardous waste such as paint, weed killers and other household chemicals free of charge at specific recycling centres this September and October.

Seven events will be held across weekends at different recycling centres and you can find all the dates online.

In the meantime, if you have old paint use it up yourself or offer it to friends, family or neighbours. Alternatively dry it out by adding absorbent material such as cat litter or soil – once fully dried it can be disposed of in your normal general waste bin at home.

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Spotlight on

Keeping families together

Keeping families together

Kate’s* grandson Ben* was four when he came to live with her. Her daughter had a chaotic lifestyle and concerns had been raised about Ben’s wellbeing – he was neglected, had poor school attendance and there was violence at home.

Kate and her husband stepped in as kinship foster carers. This was originally intended as a short-term arrangement to keep Ben safe and cared for until his mother’s situation improved. But after a long investigation, a court decided that Ben should not return to his mother.

“Ben could have gone into foster care or be put up for adoption,” recalled Kate. “We couldn’t bear the thought of losing him so we started the process of becoming Special Guardians.”

Special Guardianship means that a child lives with carers who have parental responsibility for them until they are grown up. A Special Guardian is often a grandparent or close relative but can also be a family friend or foster carer.

Norfolk County Council wants children to be looked after within their families, wherever this is safe and in their best interests. The number of Special Guardianships has increased in the county so children who may otherwise have been taken into local authority care benefit from staying with their extended family.

Although the court case and its aftermath were traumatic, Kate believes they made the right decision. “We had to put Ben first. Things are now heading in the right direction – he’s settled down and is making progress at school which is great for his confidence.”

*Names have been changed to protect confidentiality.


Support for Special Guardians

Support groups run in Norwich and King's Lynn, with more venues planned.  For more information and advice, call 01603 224131.

Private fostering
If a child under 16 (or 18 if the child has a disability) lives with someone who is not a close relative for 28 days or more, Norfolk County Council has to make sure the child is safe and supported. You can let us know about a Private Fostering arrangement by calling 01603 224131 or emailing cs.kinshipteam@norfolk.gov.uk

 

Helping you to get out and about in our beautiful county

Map with numbersSummer is the perfect time to explore Norfolk. We’re continuing to invest tens of millions of pounds in the county’s roads, cycle paths, walking routes and public transport.

1) Making journeys safer and quicker
With the help of local funding, we’ve just completed a new roundabout at Felbrigg near Cromer. It’s one of three new roundabouts in north Norfolk, all helping to reduce congestion and cut journey times.

2) Transforming Norwich city centre
More pedestrianised areas, a new and award-winning multi-storey car park, swifter bus journeys and safer cycling routes – there are lots of changes in Norwich designed to help everyone get into the city and enjoy it when visiting.

3) Helping you to get cycling
Get a free copy of our pocket-sized Great Yarmouth cycle map from the tourist information centre on Marine Parade.

4) Keeping vital rural bus services running
We’re spending around £4 million on subsidising bus routes – mostly serving rural communities. We also fund community transport, including £150,000 on four new minibuses for the Flexibus service in and around Wymondham, Wayland and Harling.

5) Enjoy the countryside on foot
We’ve made improvements to Peddars Way, making it easier to explore the beautiful Breckland countryside.

6) Repairing our roads
Maintaining and repairing Norfolk’s 6,000 miles of roads is a continuous task. The council has received extra funding from the Government to rebuild roads in the Fens affected by subsidence and has a further bid in for funds to repair damaged roads in west Norfolk.

 

Making Improvements
We’re committed to continuing to find ways to improve transport routes around Norfolk. This can be anything from large-scale funding bids, such as our current plans for a third river crossing in Great Yarmouth, through to working with parish councils on local road schemes. We know that even the smallest investment can make a huge difference to people and will keep you updated on improvements in Your Norfolk.

Roads and transport

Norfolk Trails

Road safety - be a safe rider

Safe rider

 Whether you’re a new rider wanting to build confidence or an experienced biker looking to sharpen your skills, Norfolk County Council offers a range of road safety training specifically for motorcyclists.

We work with Norfolk Constabulary on the Safe Rider course which includes an assessment of your riding and a demonstration ride by a police motorcyclist. Courses run until October.

Mark Yates, 62, from Watton has been a motorcyclist since he was 16. He found out about Safe Rider at a local bike show. “I thought it would be a good opportunity to get some constructive advice on my riding. As well as improving my skills, I had a chance to find out whether I’d picked up any bad habits over time. The course was very informative, fun and great value.”

If you prefer one-to-one tuition, Hugger’s Challenge is a good option. This course is ideal if you’ve recently passed your test and want to progress to the next level.

To book a course, tel. 01603 638115 or email roadsafety@norfolk.gov.uk
Gift vouchers are also available.

Find out more

Norfolk County Councillors 2017 to 2021

How the council works

Norfolk County Council has 84 elected Members each representing an electoral division.

Every four years the people of each division elect one councillor to be a member of the County Council.

The political makeup of the County Council is:
Conservative 55
Labour 17 
Liberal Democrat 11

Find all the latest information and see the councillors representing you on Norfolk County Council for the next four years here

What’s my division?
Find out which division you are in here
Click on ‘county councillors by area’. Put in your postcode and it will tell you who your councillor is.  Alternatively, call 0344 800 8020.

Introducing Norfolk’s Police and Crime Plan

Police and crime plan

Lorne Green has published his first Police and Crime Plan as Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

The Plan, which sets seven core priorities for Norfolk, outlines the PCC’s vision for tackling and preventing crime, protecting the most vulnerable and supporting victims.

“During my election campaign, I pledged to be the PCC for every man, woman and child in Norfolk and give everyone a voice in how our county is policed. I started to do this through an eight-week countywide consultation on crime and policing priorities last summer, the responses to which I have drawn upon to help set the priorities in Norfolk’s Police and Crime Plan.”

Why do we need a Police and Crime Plan?

Victim of crime

As your PCC, Lorne is required by law to issue a Police and Crime Plan setting out strategic objectives for reducing crime and disorder and supporting victims during his four-year term. The PCC must do this in consultation with the Chief Constable and the people of Norfolk.

The objectives within the Plan provide the foundation upon which Lorne will work with communities, police and other community safety and criminal justice partners to keep Norfolk a safe place for all who live and work here.

“Due to the work and commitment of Norfolk Constabulary and other partners, we are fortunate to live in one of the safest places in the country. But as I travelled the length and breadth of Norfolk hearing from people about their concerns and the issues they face, it made me more determined than ever to lead the fight against crime, to give our police force the resources it needs to invest in frontline policing, to ensure it has the capacity to tackle domestic abuse, sexual offences and cyber-related crime, and to support and protect victims of crime helping them recover from their experiences.”

What’s in Norfolk’s Plan?

Rural policing

Alongside his own pledge to be visible, accessible and accountable to the people of Norfolk, the PCC has set the following priorities:

  • Increase visible policing
  • Support rural communities
  • Improve road safety
  • Prevent offending
  • Support victims and reduce vulnerability
  • Deliver a modern, innovative service
  • Good stewardship of taxpayers’ money.

“Tackling crime and disorder, protecting the vulnerable and supporting victims – these things can’t be achieved by any one individual or organisation in isolation. We all have a part to play and I intend this Police and Crime Plan to be the foundation upon which we – police, partners and communities – join forces to achieve our shared goals, making Norfolk a safer place for everyone.”

Monitoring progress

Public meeting GY

Pictured: Public meeting in Great Yarmouth

The PCC has set a number of local policing objectives for Norfolk Constabulary, and the Chief Constable has translated these into an operational policing plan against which Lorne will hold him to account.

The Chief Constable provides updates on progress against that policing plan at meetings of the Police Accountability Forum. Members of the public are welcome to attend these meetings and hear those policing updates first-hand. These meetings also provide an opportunity for members of the public to ask their crime and policing questions of the Chief Constable and PCC.

For details visit the Norfolk PCC website.

Just as the PCC holds the Chief Constable to account, it is the members of the Norfolk Police and Crime Panel who are responsible for holding Lorne to account for his work as PCC.

Progress against the Police and Crime Plan is reported to the Panel – made up of councillors and independent members – through the PCC’s annual report (which will be published later this year), as well as through regular performance reports at public meetings.

You can find out more about the work of the Police and Crime Panel on the Norfolk County Council website

Want to know more?

You can download the Police and Crime Plan, or a summary version, from the Norfolk PCC website.

If you’d prefer a hard copy or an alternative format, please get in touch 

Website

Telephone: 01953 424455 Email: opccn@norfolk.pnn.police.uk

Written by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk 

People

Could you be an on-call firefighter?

Retained firefighters

What have a Norfolk tree surgeon, HR officer, plumber and PA all got in common?

They’ve just trained as retained firefighters to help meet a shortage of part-time staff

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service has 42 stations across the county, with 39 relying on retained personnel.

Being a firefighter is about much more than tackling blazes and getting cats out of trees. And firefighters don’t meet the traditional stereotypes any more than their work does.

As well as tackling blazes and freeing motorists after collisions, Norfolk firefighters co-respond with the ambulance service to emergency calls as part of a national pilot. This means if someone collapses in their local shopping centre, it might be a firefighter on the scene first to deliver lifesaving first aid.

The beauty of being a retained firefighter is that it attracts people from every walk of life. And you can have two careers at the same time. Retained firefighters offer cover at certain times (days/evenings/weekends) or round the clock. The retainer they receive is 10% of an equivalent wholetime firefighter plus payment for a weekly training evening, as well as callouts and training.

When retained firefighters are called upon, there must be a crew of four available or the engine cannot respond. To apply to be a retained firefighter you must live or work within five minutes of a fire station and because Norfolk is so rural, recruiting people local enough is challenging.

Those applying for duty during their usual working hours would need an understanding employer.

“Allowing a member of staff to become a retained firefighter has benefits to the workplace too. The training gives our new recruits many transferable skills. They have a good sense of discipline, knowledge of fire safety, health and safety and hazardous materials training, as well as excellent trauma care training and regular fitness and health checks,” said chief fire officer David Ashworth.

Watch manager Terry Pinto, who trained the latest recruits, said: “There is no ‘type’ of person we are looking for. Anybody with a reasonable level of fitness who wants to do a rewarding job and can commit some time should consider becoming a retained firefighter. You would be providing an invaluable contribution to keeping your community safe.”

Find out more

It’s never too late to learn

Firefighters Simon Field and Chris Fletcher

Going back to the classroom in your 30s or 40s might not be the easiest thing to do, but that’s exactly what retained firefighters Simon Field (above left) and Chris Fletcher (above right) did to help them achieve their dream of becoming full-time firefighters.

Needing GCSE English and maths to apply, as a first step they enrolled on Level 1 English with Norfolk Community Learning Services.

Chris said: “Having been diagnosed with dyslexia I was not looking forward to taking my English Level 1 and 2.

But from the start, my tutor made the class very welcoming for everyone.”

Simon also admitted to feeling anxious about returning to the classroom after 28 years: “If I’m honest, I felt a little scared about enrolling on an English course. I can’t believe I now look forward to the class. This course has helped me immensely, giving me the tools and confidence to help myself and others.”

Chris and Simon will go on to take GCSEs alongside applying to become full-time firefighters.

Find out more

 

Healthy mind, healthy body

Healthy mind healthy bodyInfographic by Active Norfolk.  

Improving wellbeing and quality of life

Most of us experience some level of stress – it’s a normal part of everyday life. But too much stress can make us feel worried, fearful and anxious and even that we can’t cope.

There’s no quick-fix for stress but there are simple things you can do to reduce it like taking exercise, having a healthy diet and talking to someone.

If you are worried about your stress levels, are anxious or experiencing low mood or depression, Wellbeing Norfolk & Waveney offers a range of free help and support. Staff will work with you and help you make changes to improve your wellbeing and quality of life.

Find out more

 

Staying active into older age

Mobile me

Older people are improving their health, mobility and confidence playing indoor bowls, table tennis and New Age Kurling, thanks to a project run by Active Norfolk.

Mobile Me takes physical activities to residents in sheltered housing and residential care homes in Norwich and Broadland.

Redmayne View Housing with Care manager, Sandra Spanton said: “Having Active Norfolk staff here encouraging movement, together with plenty of laughter, creates an amazing atmosphere. Even tenants who are usually reluctant to join in have taken part – smiling and chatting to others.

Find out more

Supporting healthy lifestyles

Julian before

If you are struggling to lose weight and are aged between 40 and 74, you may be able to take part in a weight loss programme funded by Norfolk County Council’s Public Health team for the first 12 weeks.

The programme is currently only available to people who have had an NHS Health Check, have a BMI over 30 and are ready to change their lifestyle to support their weight loss.

Slimming World has been commissioned to deliver the scheme which includes 12 group sessions, offering support and advice with lifestyle changes, including physical activity and motivation to meet your agreed weight loss target.

To find out if you are eligible for the programme, book an NHS health check at your local GP surgery or pharmacy.

When Julian Bryant, 53, from Taverham went for his NHS Health Check, he was overweight and had health problems such as chest pains, acid reflux and breathlessness. He was unhappy with his weight gain, fitness and general appearance and was ready to change.

The nurse referred him to the Slimming World programme. Julian said: “The group was really supportive and motivational. 
I made new friends and it felt like we were all in it together.

The approach to eating worked well for me and I have changed my diet, cutting out all unhealthy snacks between meals. Since losing weight I feel more positive about myself in every respect. My fitness has improved and I cycle and go for long walks. I’m no longer breathless and apparently,don’t snore as much – which makes my wife very happy!”

Julian after

Pictured: Julian has lost over over five stone since joining the programme in January.

Research project helps to Change Minds

 Change minds

 A project studying the lives of people in a 19th century Norfolk asylum has provided county residents with a fascinating insight into local heritage, mental health and identity.

Change Minds is a two-year project working with people in north Norfolk who are living with mental health conditions and on low incomes. It is a partnership between Norfolk Record Office, the Restoration Trust, and Together, a national mental health charity.

Two groups of participants have been researching casebooks from the Norfolk County Asylum in Thorpe, which later became St Andrew’s Hospital until its closure in the 1990s.

Each participant chose one person and then learnt how to research them, using archives at the Norfolk Record Office and online census records in Norfolk libraries to track them and learn about their lives through visits to Gressenhall Museum and Norwich Castle Study Centre. They then explored history through creative workshops in Overstrand, writing poetry and producing art works, before learning from The Norfolk Sound Archive about how to make an oral history.

This autumn, the groups will come together to create exhibitions in north Norfolk, The Forum in Norwich, Norfolk Record Office and online as part of the project finale. They will also attend a reception at the House of Commons.

Georgina had previous experience of researching her family history and her support worker suggested the Change Minds project might be for her.

“She came along with me and although it was daunting at first, people understand and don’t judge me. It has been a really interesting project and has helped to improve my confidence. I’ve made some new friends and hope to continue as a volunteer,” says Georgina who has post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression.

It is hoped further funding will be secured for similar projects elsewhere in Norfolk.

Find out more

Pictured above: Change Minds project co-ordinator David Pullin.

Take time to volunteer

Benji Grapes volunteer

Thousands of Norfolk residents give their time for free as volunteers in their communities. As well as being a huge help to society, volunteering also offers the chance to learn new skills, improve your confidence and meet new people. Norfolk County Council does not just seek help from volunteers for indoor roles. We have plenty of outdoor opportunities to get involved in improving services and helping local communities.

This includes working with our Norfolk Trails team where there are lots of opportunities to help, such as walking the trails routes, reporting any problems or carrying out small repairs to walkways.

Our volunteer Benji Grapes has been helping us to improve disabled access to Holme beach.

Find out more

Competitions and offers

Win tickets to Blickling's Great British Prom

Blicking concert

The Great British Prom returns to Blickling Hall on Saturday 12 August and Your Norfolk has five pairs of tickets to give away.

This year, the National Symphony Orchestra, Classical Brit award winners Only Men Aloud and soprano Annette Wardell will be wowing the audience with a programme of music from around the UK.

Hear much-loved classics including The Dam Busters March, Bread of Heaven, Danny Boy and Flower of Scotland as well as Proms favourites like Rule Britannia, Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem.

Renowned as one of the best in the country, the 50-piece National Symphony Orchestra, led by Britain’s favourite conductor, Anthony Inglis, brings the thrilling atmosphere of the Last Night of the Proms to the heart of Norfolk.

Only Men Aloud is a ‘honed and toned’ vocal ensemble with a repertoire ranging from Welsh folk songs and hymns to barbershop, swing and pop.

Sparkling soprano Annette Wardell is a rising star who combines charm and humour with a truly world class voice.

Joining this great British musical tribute is the City of Norwich Pipe Band with rousing tunes to lift the spirits.

And to round off a fantastic evening’s entertainment, there’s a spectacular fireworks finale over the lake.

Enter our prize draw here

Or write with your name, address and telephone number to: Great British Prom Competition, Communications, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich NR1 2DH.

The closing date is Friday 21 July 2017.

Terms and conditions
• No cash alternatives available
• Norfolk County Council staff may not enter

Only men aloud

Pictured top of page: National Symphony Orchestra
Pictured above: Only Men Aloud

Pushing Ahead - win a bike

Residents in greater Norwich and Great Yarmouth are being encouraged to take up cycling or walking as part of Pushing Ahead, a three-year project funded by the Government. If you’re thinking about cycling but haven’t yet taken the plunge, here’s a chance to win an adult bike up to the value of £399, courtesy of Pedal Revolution.

To be entered into this fantastic prize draw, all you need to do is sign up for the Pushing Ahead e newsletter here

 

What's on

Celebrating Nelson with unique display

Nelson

Visitors of all ages can get up close to Norfolk history with a summer exhibition focusing on the county’s most famous son.

The Nelson and Norfolk display at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery runs from 29 July to 
1 October.

It includes an enormous French Tricolour flag captured by Admiral Lord Nelson from a French warship in 1800, which has not been on show for more than 100 years. Other objects connected to Nelson tell the story from his childhood through to his death.

Alongside the Tricolour flag, other important objects on display include the black velvet drape from Nelson’s funeral carriage, a uniform worn by a Greenwich Volunteer who guarded Nelson’s coffin during his two day lying-in-state and the sword surrendered to Nelson by the Spanish Admiral Xavier Winthuysen after the Battle of Cape St Vincent on 14 February 1797. The same sword is also featured in the large, iconic portrait in oils of Nelson by the artist William Beechey, commissioned by the City of Norwich, completed in 1801 and also included in the exhibition. So too, is the hat given to William Beechey by Nelson after he sat for the famous portrait.

Personal items on display from the collection of Strangers’ Hall Museum in Norwich include a lock of Nelson’s hair, a napkin bearing the monogram of NB for Nelson Duke of Bronte, an honour conferred to him after the Battle of the Nile, as well as scraps of the British Ensign and sailcloth from HMS Victory.

Nelson’s famous coat, worn at the Battle of the Nile, will also be on display. Made in wool and linen with large brass buttons and gold alloy braiding, this is a typical flag officer’s undress coat of the period. It is one of the important pieces kindly loaned by the National Maritime Museum Greenwich.

Find out more

Picture credit: William Beechey, Horatio, Viscount Nelson, 1801
Oil on canvas
© Norfolk Museums Service

Rembrandt: Lightening the darkness

Rembrandt

Nearly 100 etchings by Rembrandt will be on show at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery later this year.

The exhibition will focus on aspects of Rembrandt’s use of light and shade. As well as the 93 etchings, selected oil paintings and drawings will also be on show.

The display runs from 21 October 2017 to 7 January 2018. Find out more 

Picture credit: Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, Self-portrait wearing a soft cap, full face, head only ("Rembrandt aux trois moustaches"), 1634
Norfolk Museums Service (Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery).

Action-packed outdoor fun

Whitlingham

Children and young people aged 8+ can enjoy a huge range of outdoor activities at Whitlingham Adventure in Norwich this summer including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, raft building, archery and climbing. Sign up for a multi-activity day, a whole week, or take an accredited course.

Funboats, kayaks and canoes are available for hire too for a leisurely trip on the lake.

Activities available from 24 July to 5 September.

Find out more

Email whitlingham@educatorsolutions.org.uk or call 01603 632307

Facebook Whitlingham Adventure

Norfolk Record Office:The Archive Centre

Tuesdays 1 and 29 August (2 to 3.30pm)
Bobbin’ on the Broads
Look at pictures of boats on the Broads and make your own model boat to take home.

Wednesdays 2 and 30 August (2 to 3.30pm)
Coded kites
Make your own kite and write a secret message to attach to it.

Advance booking essential by phone (01603 222599) or online

Norfolk Museums

Village at war

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse
01362 869251

Sunday 27 and Monday 28 August (10am to 5pm)
Village at war
Step back to the glitz as well as the Blitz of the 1940s with military vehicles, costumed characters and music.

Norwich Castle
01603 495897/493625

Monday to Saturday 24 July to 5 September 
(10.30am to 3.30pm)
Pirates and seafarers
Swashbuckling seafaring fun.

Pirates

Saturday 15 July (10am to 3.30pm)
Family archaeology day
Talks, costumed characters, metal detecting and flint-knapping.

Lynn Museum
01553 775001

Tuesday 25 July (10.30am to 1pm)
Awe-ful archaeology
Try your hand at archaeological skills and explore real objects.

Tuesday 29 August (10.30am to 1pm)
Carousels and candy floss
All the fun of an Edwardian fair.

Ancient House Museum
01842 752599

Tuesday 15 August (10.30am to 1pm)
Top secret! Living in World War Two
Learn about code breaking skills and life in wartime Thetford. £2/£1.

Saturday 19 August (10am to 4pm)
Tudor tunes
A day of music and dancing.

Time and Tide Museum
01493 743930

Punch and Judy

Wednesday 26 July (11am to 4pm)
Seaside family fun day
Punch and Judy, face painting and souvenir making.

Wednesday 2 August (11am to 4pm)
Sci-fi science day
Turn yourself into a human battery and make slippery slime!

Cromer Museum
01263 513543

Wednesday 9 August (10am to 12.30pm and 1 to 3.30pm)
Seaside selfies
Use silly seaside props to pose for a perfect selfie.

Wednesday 23 August (10am to 12.30pm and 1 to 3.30pm)
Monsters and minibeasts
Creepy crawly handling session.

Strangers’ Hall (01603 667229) and the 
Museum of Norwich (01603 629127)

Monday 24 July to Sunday 6 August
To celebrate 700 years of the Freemen of Norwich, they are offering free admission to these two museums. See website for opening times.

Museum events are drop in and free with admission unless otherwise stated.

Find out more

 

Heritage Open Days

Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 September
See behind the scenes of historic buildings. Plus tours, guided walks and more – all FREE.
Find out more 

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