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Celebrating the achievements of young people in our care

In Norfolk, we have just over a thousand children in care. Approximately a third are teenagers – many of whom are preparing to leave care and live independently.

Having someone who believes in them can make a real difference to a young person’s life and help them realise their ambitions. Here, we celebrate the achievements of three young people in our care.

As well as studying for A levels in maths, further maths and politics, Daniel (16) is a keen sportsman and is captain of Yarmouth and Lowestoft under-17s rugby team. Daniel has been living with his foster carers for almost five years. “Since coming to live with Paula and Stuart, I’m much more settled. They help me get the best out of life. I used to get angry and act impulsively and that sometimes got me into bother at school. But now I’m calmer and more able to judge situations. My carers give me lots of support and encouragement with my studies and my ambition is to go to university.”

Jess (17) has been in foster care for six years. She is very committed to achieving her personal ambitions and is delighted with her recent GCSE results which include A grades in maths and science. “I’m really appreciative of all the encouragement and support I receive, particularly from my carers, my social worker and my school. I am proud of myself and feel positive about what I want for the future and my education. I would like a career in mental health and will soon be starting my L3 course in Health and Social Care to work towards this goal”.

Fern (20) used to be so socially anxious she couldn’t leave her flat, so the council provided funding for two home study A level courses. “This raised my confidence enough to start an Access course at Wensum Lodge. I enjoyed all the studying and after getting a distinction on the Access course and good grades at A level, I was accepted by the University of East Anglia to study psychology.” What’s more, Fern has achieved all this whilst also being a full time mum.

Change a life – foster in Norfolk
As part of a campaign to recruit foster carers, we’ve produced a short film showing how a foster carer helped change the life of one teenager. To watch it, go to and click ‘who can foster’. 

First word

First words

Cliff JordanI’m proud of all the work the council does for the people of Norfolk. You’ll find some great examples in this edition.

My team was elected under the banner of caring for our county – we care about our residents and the services we provide to them. Caring means doing the best we can, even as we have to make savings of £125 million.

Things will have to be done differently – in different buildings and in different ways. We’ll help people live as independently as possible as we recognise that day centres or care homes are not the best option for some older residents of Norfolk.

What’s most important to you – the building, or the service? Imagine if we ran several services from each building. That could save money and help to join things up.

I hope you’ll read this edition of Your Norfolk and learn more about our ideas.

We’re also running a series of roadshows, where you can hear what I’m proposing and tell me what you think. More information will be available on our website soon, so please come along and give us your ideas.

Last but not least, I’d like to wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Despite the challenges, there’s lots to look forward to in 2018.

Cliff Jordan
Leader of Norfolk County Council


Gritters ready to go

GrittingWe’re ready to tackle wintry roads, with approximately 17,000 tonnes of salt stockpiled. A full gritting run covers over 2,000 miles and takes about three hours. We treat all our A and B-class roads, plus a few C-class roads.

Priorities are commuter and major bus routes and, as far as possible, one route into all villages. Some central pedestrian areas in King’s Lynn, Great Yarmouth and Norwich are treated too. The A11 and A47 are gritted by Highways England.

Find out which routes are treated and find the locations of more than 1,800 grit bins which you can use on public pavements, cycle paths and roads. winter logo

Drive sober - why wouldn't you?

Drive sober

Last year, Norfolk Police charged over 600 people for drink driving. In the run-up to the festive season, Norfolk County Council’s road safety team is supporting a campaign to remind people of the dangers of driving whilst over the legal limit for alcohol. Don’t be a statistic for 2017. winter logo


Change a life – Foster in Norfolk

Change a life – foster in Norfolk
As part of a campaign to recruit foster carers, we’ve produced a short film showing how a foster carer helped change the life of one teenager. To watch it, go to and click ‘who can foster’. 

Longer opening hours at your libraries


We listened to your comments about Norfolk’s libraries and are pleased to extend our Open Libraries service, to include 32 of our 47 public libraries. This ensures more libraries can be used at a time convenient to you.

The scheme allows customers wider access to library materials, public computers and quiet, creative spaces to meet or study, even when the building is unstaffed.

Open libraryUsers need to register with staff and agree to the user policy for access to Open Libraries. Your library card can be scanned and your PIN number entered, to allow you into the building. Only cards belonging to people aged 16 and over can be granted access, although children can of course go along if accompanied by an adult. Items can still be borrowed to take home from the self-service machines.

Ask staff at your local library to see if it is an Open Library and enjoy the benefits of visiting when it suits you best.


Meet Libby

Borrow e-books and audio books with a new app available from Norfolk Libraries. Go online to, download the app, enter your library Libbycard details and start borrowing straight away, day or night. Loans are for 21 days and books are automatically returned unless you renew them. So no late payment fees – ever!

Shorter, safer journeys ahead

Good roads and transport links are essential to Norfolk’s future. We’re working hard to win funding and investing money to make it easier and safer for people to get around the county by car, bus, bike and on foot.

West Winch relief road
Together with King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council, we’re looking into creating a new stretch of road which would reroute the A10 to connect to the A47 east of West Winch. This would take traffic out of the village and support housing growth planned in the area.

Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NDR) and Norwich Western Link
This new 12 mile dual carriageway from the A47 at Postwick to the A1067 north of Taverham is due to be fully open in spring next year. The road will take traffic off congested roads in and around the city and enable the creation of new jobs and homes.

We’re also assessing options that could connect the NDR from the A1067 to the A47 west of Norwich, which should take traffic out of local roads. We’ll carry out a public consultation on these options in 2018.

A47 improvements
Highways England, which manages the A47, has committed £300 million to improve the road, including dualling stretches between North Tuddenham and Easton and Blofield and North Burlingham. They expect to start work in 2020. We’re pushing the Government to make further, much-needed improvements to the road, particularly dualling road sections between Tilney and East Winch and Acle and Great Yarmouth.

Long Stratton bypass
We’re working hard to get a bypass built and completed as quickly as possible. As well as shortening journey times along the A140, this will take traffic congestion out of the heart of this large village. This project is currently being led by a housing developer who is seeking to build 1,800 new homes in the area over a number of years. And we have just won £3 million of Government funding to replace the A140 crossroads at Hempnall, between Norwich and Ipswich, with a roundabout.

Hales roundabout
Work is set to start in January to create a new roundabout on the A146 at Hales. The T-junction it will replace has the worst accident record for a main road in the county. So when the roundabout opens in the spring, it’s expected to be much safer for all those who use the road and shorten journey times.

Great Yarmouth transport improvements
Getting around the town is set to become much easier, as we’ve started work on £9 million of transport improvements.

These improvements, together with a planned third road bridge over the River Yare, will help keep traffic moving and bring significant investment and skilled jobs into the area.

Protecting our coastline

Sand dunes

We want our coastal sand dunes to thrive – as well as being beautiful, they’re an important sea defence for our wonderful coast.

To help protect our coastline for the future, the council is now part of ENDURE – an innovative, £1.9 million European project, working with organisations in Belgium, France and the Netherlands over three years. ENDURE is set to improve our knowledge of how to ensure coastal dunes provide better long-term protection to coastlines made vulnerable by climate change.

We’ll be reducing the impact humans and the sea have on dunes by building extra boardwalks to reduce erosion and looking at effective methods to help dunes thrive.

Spotlight on

What we do - the council's role

The council plays a crucial role in the county’s life – here are some examples

  • We look after 6,000 miles of roads and repair more than 7,000 potholes per year.Potholes
  • Around 12,000 people received support commissioned by adult social services over the last year.
  • The council found adoptive parents for 60 children under the age of 10 last year.
  • Around 40,000 tonnes of waste is recycled, reused or composted through 20 recycling centres each year.
  • The fire and rescue service attends more than 7,000 incidents per year.
  • We fixed more than 7,000 potholes on our roads last year
  • In the last 12 months we placed 80 children with ‘forever families’ through adoption

Since May, the council has:

    • Opened the first stretch of Norwich’s Northern Distributor Road and successfully campaigned for £300 million to dual parts of the A47.
    • Agreed plans to invest £35 million of Government funding into adult social care, including the recruitment of 50 social workers.
    • Formed a partnership with Barnardo’s to support young people at risk of going into care.


  • Approved £162 million of capital investment in school building improvements.
  • Obtained £308,000 of lottery funding for domestic abuse champions and £776,500 for our museums’ Norfolk Journeys project.



The budget challenge

The council’s budget:
£1.4 billion – the council’s annual spending, including funding that is passed straight to schools.Budget 1
£359 million – the council’s running costs, this year.

Where does the £1.4 billion come from?
Council tax - 26%
Income from fees, charges, interest and other income - 25%
Grants for schools - 27%
Government grants - 12%
Business rates - 10%

The proportion of the council’s budget spent on specific services:
Support services, eg property, ICT and finance - 5%
Children’s services (non-schools) - 13%
Schools - 28%
Corporate costs, eg pensions and capital financing - 3% Community and environmental services - 24% Budget 2
Adult social services - 27%

Why does the council have to save money?
Rising costs: The council’s costs have risen by £319 million since 2011/12, especially in adults’ and children’s social care.

Falling funding:
The Government’s grant has reduced by £189 million since 2011/12 and will fall to zero in 2021/22.

How much does the council have to save?
£334 million – the total amount the council has had to save since 2011/12, including £224 million of efficiency savings.

£125 million – the amount the council expects to have to save by 2021/22.

Have your say…
You can have your say on the council’s latest budget proposals. Visit for more information.  The budget and next year’s council tax precepts are due to be finalised by the council in February.

Planning for the future

Cliff Jordan pic 2Cliff Jordan answers the key questions about the council’s latest position and its plans for the future.

You’ve saved lots of money before and nothing seems to have changed. Aren’t you just crying wolf?
No. We’ve saved £334 million since 2011, mostly by making the council more efficient. It’s very likely that we’ll have to continue to make savings until 2021. We’ll keep looking for efficiencies, but the easier savings have been made already. We’ve got to look at how we run services and see if we can help people take more control of their own lives.

Shouldn’t you argue for more money?
I said we would care for the county, so I will always stand up for Norfolk. I’ve spoken to the Government about our challenges. We’ve had an extra £35 million for adult social care, which is welcome but nowhere near enough. We can’t sit back and assume we’ll get more. We’ll plan on the basis we have to save £125 million.

Are you in this position due to mismanagement?
No. Every county council is facing this. We’re all in this position because the costs of providing services like care are rising and demand for those services is rising – at the same time as our Government grant is ending.

What ideas have you got?
We’re working out the detail. Our ideas include getting services into fewer buildings and using technology more. We need to be smarter and we need to be clear with the public about what’s going to change and why. We’ll continue to care for the county but we’ll have to do it in different ways.

Haven’t you ruled out cuts to key services?
I don’t want to cut key services but we may do them differently. In four years’ time, we’ll still play a massive role in Norfolk – including caring for the most vulnerable, repairing our roads and working with partners to attract jobs. We’ll be able to do this with fewer buildings, joining up services, encouraging more people to contact us online and by generating money from commercial ventures, such as building houses. We’ll still have a big, positive impact on Norfolk’s life.

Elderly lady


Fit for the future - some options for change

Here are some of the ideas that are being explored, to make the council fit for the future…PC training

Greater use of technology
Many of us increasingly use technology to make our lives easier. Enabling transactions to take place on our website, such as ordering Blue Badges for disabled parking, will make things quicker, easier and cost-effective. Offering more assistive technology – such as alarms that let you know your elderly relative is safe – will enable people to live more independently.

Smarter information and adviceTeen with dadThe council can do more to signpost people to support and information within their communities, to help people be independent, rather than using costly services. This will include links to community groups and online information, enabling people to get a quicker response, closer to home.

Helping people live independent lives
We want to help people play to their strengths, rather than their weaknesses. If we help more people live independent lives in their own homes, we will need fewer residential care places. We can do this through greater use of assistive technology and support known as re-ablement, to help people get back to independence following health problems.Swimming

Being more commercial
The council is looking to work in a more business-like way. Some of its operations could be set up as stand-alone businesses, operating commercially, to generate income to support services. Existing examples set up by the council include Norse
and Hethel Innovation Limited. All of these create income to invest in frontline services.

Developing the right types of housingBricklaying
Norfolk is growing and will need more housing. The council needs to gather evidence about the types of housing required. This will help the council to support economic regeneration and, potentially, make money from its own properties. We are setting up a company, Repton Development Company, to carry this out. 

Having services in fewer buildings
The council owns lots of buildings – many of which are only used by one service. If we offer several services from some buildings, we can sell surplus property and reduce running costs. It will also mean a better result for the public, with more joined-up services, in one place.

A new deal for families in crisisReading together
When life gets tough for families, providing earlier support will mean fewer children have to go into care. And if we have more adoptive parents, we will have fewer children in care. We’re investing £12 million to work up these plans.

Save money - cut food waste this Christmas

Roast chicken

Save money – cut food waste this Christmas
Many of us add to the cost of Christmas by throwing away leftovers. Here are three top tips from Plan Eat Save to make your festive food budget go further.

Make room in the freezer
In the run-up to Christmas, start using up your freezer items to create storage space. Most food can be frozen so freeze any leftover cheese, turkey, ham, sausages and even gravy to use later.

Make a list
Check your cupboards before doing your Christmas food shop, so you only buy what you really need. Try not to deviate from your list when you get to the shop and avoid being tempted by special offers.

Plan, plan, plan
If you’ve got guests coming to stay, it’s even more essential to plan meals. If you’re not used to cooking for so many people, take care when working out how much food you need. If you end up with leftovers, they’ll keep in the fridge for two days, so include ideas for meals to use them up.

Almost 400 Norfolk households have already taken part in the Plan Eat Save food waste challenge and saved around £20 a month. Take the challenge at

For weekly tips, recipes and ideas about avoiding food waste, follow Plan Eat Save on Facebook and Instagram.

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk

PCC’s busy first year
During his first year in office, Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green consulted with Norfolk residents, businesses, police and partners on the crime and policing issues of most concern to them. Using feedback from that consultation, the PCC put together a Police and Crime Plan, setting out the core priorities for the county. Lorne has recently published his annual report on progress against that Plan. Here are some highlights from that report, which you can read in full at

Improving road safety
Having made road safety a priority in his Plan, Lorne launched the #Impact campaign to educate young drivers about what can happen when things go wrong behind the wheel.

Touring schools and colleges across Norfolk, #Impact reached more than 2,000 young people in the last academic year, with a new round of visits having started this September.

The campaign also trialled virtual reality goggles which take the user through a simulated car crash experience to highlight the potential impact of being distracted by a mobile phone while driving.

In a bid to tackle speeding, Lorne has also funded a number of Special Constabulary Speeding Teams across the county to complement the work carried out by a growing number of local Community Speedwatch volunteers.

Impact 1

Supporting rural communities
Lorne pledged to tackle the crime and policing issues affecting Norfolk’s rural communities.

He hosted a Rural Crime Summit to explore community concerns and help shape a new Rural Policing Strategy for the county. That strategy has reinvigorated and intensified the work of Norfolk Constabulary’s Operation Randall team – a dedicated rural crime task force.

The PCC also joined the National Rural Crime Network and, alongside neighbouring PCCs, signed a Rural Crime Concordat pledging to work across county borders to tackle rural crime issues.

More recently, Lorne has been hosting a series of ‘Barnstorming’ events where those living and working in rural areas are invited to have their say on policing and crime-related issues.

Supporting victims and reducing vulnerability
The PCC is responsible for providing support services for victims of crime in the county. Lorne has commissioned Victim Support to provide a victim assessment and referral service available to all victims of crime in Norfolk. Lorne has also commissioned specialist support services for those affected by crimes such as domestic and sexual abuse. More information on these support services can be found on the Norfolk PCC website.

The PCC also funded the appointment of an additional mental health nurse for the Norfolk Police control room, bolstering the existing mental health team. As well as providing expert help for vulnerable callers, the new post will help the Force to better support the mental health needs of its officers and staff.

Preventing offending
The PCC brought the innovative StreetDoctors project to Norfolk in a bid to educate young people about the dangers of knife crime. Streetdoctor

Lorne has also been working with prisoners and ex-offenders to reduce crime rates and help keep Norfolk safer. The WONDER Project is working with female offenders to support them in addressing the issues which make them vulnerable to committing crime. Through the PCC-funded Community Chaplaincy scheme – the first of its kind in Norfolk – volunteer mentors are working with prisoners offering guidance for life beyond the prison gates to help them make positive choices once released.

And the Gateway to Employment (GtoE) campaign recently reached the significant landmark of 75 Norfolk employers having signed up. GtoE secures training, apprenticeships and employment opportunities for ex-offenders to help them into work – a strategy which has been shown to significantly reduce reoffending.

More visible policing
Lorne holds regular surgeries across the county to allow Norfolk’s residents to share their views and discuss any concerns they may have.

He has also introduced a fresh approach to holding the county’s Chief Constable to account by hosting regular Police Accountability Forum meetings where the public can quiz the PCC and Chief Constable on crime and policing. Public meeting GY

Lorne’s introduction of 21st century technology to make policing more efficient and effective, alongside the appointment of police community engagement officers in each district and increased opportunity to engage with the PCC and Chief Constable have all provided more visible policing.

Delivering a modern, innovative service 
As part of his pledge to provide 21st century tools to tackle crime in the 21st century, Lorne initiated the roll-out of body-worn cameras for police officers across the county, and the deployment of drones in the skies above Norfolk to assist officers on the ground. 




Investing in children and families

Boy jumping

The council is investing £12 million over the next four years to transform the way we work with children and families and reduce the number of children coming into our care.

We want more children to have the chance to live at home with their families. For those who do come into our care, we want to ensure they can live with foster carers wherever possible, rather than in residential homes.

This means investing in intensive support for families whose children are at risk of care proceedings and recruiting more foster carers. We also want to develop more early help services that can work with families before they come into contact with social care.

The programme is based on a successful scheme in East Sussex and also includes additional support for those leaving our care.

Without this level of investment, we estimate that demand for our services will continue to rise, costing an extra £5 million each year by 2021-22. So by reducing demand and investing now, we avoid costs going up in the future.

Putting carers at the heart of our service

A new carer-led service to support Norfolk’s 100,000 unpaid carers has been unveiled as part of efforts to increase the support available to carers in the county.

The service has been commissioned by the council and Norfolk’s five NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Carers Matter Norfolk is led by Voluntary Norfolk, in partnership with Carers Council Norfolk, FamilyCarersNet and Norfolk and Suffolk Care Support. Carer-led in design and delivery, the guiding principle is Nothing About Us Without Us, ensuring carers are at the heart of everything.

Carers can get information online, by calling a freephone number or in person in the community. A focus for the new service is to reach ‘hidden carers’ to ensure they have the appropriate support at an early stage, helping them to care with confidence.

Locally-based teams of Carer Connectors and Carer Support Volunteers will work with carers to make sure they can access local sources of support.

If you’re an unpaid carer, telephone support is available:
Monday – Friday 8am to 8pm
Saturday 4 to 8pm
Sunday 8am to12pm

Freephone: 0800 0831 148

Help us fight back against scammers


Lonely people are more likely to fall victim to scams – and we can all do a little bit to help protect ourselves, our neighbours and loved ones against the financial loss and worry caused by scammers.

Scams are a national issue, with the cost of scamming to UK consumers estimated to be between £5 billion and £10 billion a year.

Over the past three years the council’s Trading Standards team has received nearly 2,500 scam cases or complaints in Norfolk.

We’re calling on people to join the 400 county residents who have already become a Friend Against Scams to help support some of our most vulnerable neighbours.

There’s a short, free online training session which is open to anyone. The training contains lots of great scam awareness advice, information on how scammers target people, as well as how you can spot possible victims of scams in your community. We can also offer your company, staff, service, organisation or group, Friends Against Scams training.

We are continuing our #nolonelyday campaign to help vulnerable people in our communities. You can get involved here:

Remember: If someone contacts you online, over the phone or on your doorstep with an offer that seems too good to be true – it probably is!Friends against scams

Helping older people with their finances

Could you spare a few hours to volunteer with Age UK Norfolk’s Money Matters service and help older people stay safe and independent by assisting them with their finances?

Money Matters volunteers help people manage their day-to-day finances – helping prevent money worries becoming a burden, and the demands of keeping up with paperwork becoming too much to cope with.

Volunteers need to have a basic knowledge of household budgeting and will be trained by Age UK Norfolk, who will also organise Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks.Age UK logo

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please call 01603 785210.

Ensure No Lonely Day this winter

Playing chess

As the days get shorter and the weather colder, we’re asking people to remember those who may be on their own or feeling lonely. Our award-winning In Good Company campaign has been running for over a year and we’ve seen some great examples of people going the extra mile by volunteering to help tackle loneliness in Norfolk.

Things you can do to ensure people are not lonely

1) Living alone can be extremely difficult, particularly in winter.
So why not pop in and see if your neighbour needs any help or just stop by for a chat?

2) Don’t wait until Christmas day to invite your great aunt round for dinner – any evening or weekend could make all the difference to a lonely person.

3) In the run-up to Christmas there are some great volunteering opportunities to help lonely and vulnerable people. Check the Norfolk Directory for opportunities
near you.

4) Anyone can feel lonely – not just older people. Look out for the signs and ask people how they are, so they know somebody cares. Norfolk winter logo


Stay well this winter

Stay Well this Winter is a public health campaign to help people with long-term health conditions and those over 65 prepare for winter.Stay well

  • At the first sign of a cough or cold, get immediate advice from your pharmacist, before it gets more serious.
  • Ask your pharmacist about medicines you should have in stock for winter.
  • Pick up prescription medications before the Christmas holidays, as many GPs and pharmacies will be closed.
  • Keep warm – heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F).
  • Get your flu jab. It’s free of charge for some people – check to see if you’re eligible.
  • Look out for friends, family and neighbours, to check they’re doing these things.

I am (really not) okay

Depressed male
Working to prevent suicide in Norfolk

In Norfolk, there are around 77 suicides each year – a worrying figure which is all the more disturbing as it’s higher than the UK average. With 75% of allNo okay logosuicides being men, the council’s Public Health team has launched a campaign targeting males, and in particular, older men who are especially vulnerable.

I am (really not) okay is the multi-agency strategy for suicide prevention in Norfolk. As part of this strategy the social media campaign signposts people who may be at risk to organisations that can help, such as Mind or Samaritans. The website also provides information and resources for professionals as well as support for anyone worried about a friend or relative who may be thinking about ending their life.

Steven Foyster, pictured, is a suicide survivor who has now turned his life around. “Thirty-two years ago I went into a period of deep depression and was regularly self-harming. I felt there was no other way out and, in 1986, I tried to take my own life by jumping 50 feet from the top of a multi-storey car park in Norwich. Miraculously, I survived but was in hospital for three months with multiple injuries.Steven Foyster

“When I came out, I got a lot of help from my GP, saw psychiatrists and also took medication.  Now, I’ve turned my life around – I’m off medication and living a fulfilling, enjoyable life. Cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness and meditation have been hugely helpful for me. So much so that I now run mindfulness courses as a peer tutor, helping others at the local Recovery College based at Hellesdon Hospital.

“There is life beyond the blackness and depression – I can vouch for that. Suicide is most definitely not the answer. Simple things can make a big difference and there is help out there.”

Your say

Norfolk Youth Parliament elections are coming

Do you want to be a champion for young people in Norfolk and get involved in national youth campaigns? In March 2018, we’re holding elections for Norfolk CharlotteYouth Parliament and this could be your opportunity to make a real difference.

Charlotte Snell (pictured), Member of Youth Parliament for Norwich North, says: “Youth Parliament is a great opportunity to stand up for other young people and become active in making a change. If you want to make a difference, then definitely get involved.”

Find out more about Norfolk Youth Parliament and apply to stand in the elections

Have your say on the council's latest budget proposals

You can have your say on the council’s latest budget proposals. Visit for more information.  The budget and next year’s council tax precepts are due to be finalised by the council in February.

Competitions and offers

Win tickets to fantastic festive shows

Jack and the Beanstalk

Here’s your chance to win family tickets to one of these fantastic festive shows. There are three family tickets to win at each venue – each one for two adults and two children.Guaranteed to amaze, the Hippodrome, Great Yarmouth Christmas Spectacular and Water Show promises thrills and excitement for the whole family, with an array of international artists, from 9 December to 7 January. Not available New Year’s Eve, 8pm show.


Join intrepid Jack on the adventure of a lifetime as he scampers boldly up the beanstalk to do battle with Giant Blunderbore at Alive Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn. The winning tickets are for performances of Jack and the Beanstalk between 26 and 31 December, subject to availability. The show runs from 8 to 31 December.

Set off on a magical musical ‘road trip’ in Sheringham Little Theatre’s action-packed Wizard of Oz, from 9 December to 1 January. Be ready for Wizard of Ozsurprises, special effects and a double dose of dames.

Panto double-act Richard Gauntlett and Ben Langley and EastEnders actor Gillian Wright star in the enchanting Sleeping Beauty at Norwich Theatre Royal from 13 December to 14 January. The winning tickets are for the 7.30pm show on 15 December.

How to enter
To enter online, visit or write to Your Norfolk Competitions, Communications, Ground Floor, South Wing, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DH. Include your name, address and telephone number and mark your envelope Christmas Spectacular, Jack and the Beanstalk, Wizard of Oz or Sleeping Beauty. The closing date is Friday 8 December.

Terms and conditions
No cash alternatives.
Performance dates subject to availability.
Norfolk County Council staff may not enter.
We are unable to accept one postal entry for multiple competitions. Tel. 01493 844172 Tel. 01553 764864 Tel. 01263 822347 Tel. 01603 630000

Sleeping Beauty



What's on

Rembrandt’s etchings on show at Norwich Castle


 More than 80 etchings by Rembrandt are on display at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery until 7 January. Rembrandt: Lightening the Darkness includes the museum’s own collection, plus national loans. Before becoming known as a painter, Rembrandt built a strong reputation across Europe as a printmaker and is widely considered the most accomplished etcher of all time.

Image credit: Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606-1669), Etching with touches of drypoint, © Norfolk Museums Service 

Celebrating our suffragettes

Some of the most prominent women from Norfolk’s history will be celebrated in Norfolk museums early next year, to mark 100 years since the Suffrage Pioneers.

In preparation, staff from Norfolk Museums Service (NMS) and Norfolk Record Office have been researching the life of Norfolk suffragette, Caprina Fahey, who they recently nominated for the Suffrage to Citizenship project organised by the Women’s Local Government Society.

An exhibition will showcase costumes of the suffragette era and will include a programme of events and activities relating to fashion and politics, as well as Textiles Takeover: Dress to Protest.

What's on near you

Norfolk Record Office
01603 222599
The Archive Centre
Monday 18 December (2 to 4pm)
Behind-the-scenes tour
£5 per person. Advance booking essential by phone or online.

Norfolk Heritage Centre
Tuesday 12 December (1 to 2pm)
The Norwich Apocalypse
Heritage Hour talk by Dr Rebecca McGann at the Millennium Library, Norwich. Admission free but spaces allocated on first come, first served basis.

Norwich CastleFour Humours
01603 495897/493625
Wednesday 20 December – Wednesday 3 January 2018 (10.30am to 3.30pm;
Sunday 1 to 4.30pm)
From field to feast
A celebration of medieval feasting with fun, foodie activities. Programme changes daily.

Strangers’ Hall
01603 667229
Wednesdays 6, 13 & 20 (10am to 3.30pm) and Sundays 3, 10 and 17 December (1 to 4pm)
Festive fun
Enjoy the museum decked in Christmas finery and make seasonal crafts to take home.

Saturday 16 and Wednesday 20 December (10am to 3.30pm)
A Strangers’ traditional Christmas
Meet Father Christmas in his workshop. Plus parlour games, music, dancing and magic lantern shows. £5 per child to meet Father Christmas, plus museum admission.

Strangers Hall

Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life
Tel. 01842 752599
Saturday 20 January 2018 (10am to 4pm)
Happy Birthday, Prince Frederick
Enjoy fun activities in honour of our patron, Prince Frederick Duleep Singh’s 150th birthday. Admission free.

Lynn MuseumShoe
01553 775001
Until 9 June 2018
A delightful exhibition of shoes in all their glory.

Time and Tide Museum of Great Yarmouth Life
01493 743930
Friday 8 December (5 to 8pm)
Christmas Time and Tidings
Festive songs, crafts and Christmas characters. Admission free.

Until Sunday 15 April 2018
Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr
Humorous yet melancholy photographs of a disappearing way of life.

Museum events are drop in and free with admission unless otherwise stated. Please check museum website for opening times.

Only in England

Picture credit: Tony Ray-Jones, Blackpool, c1967. National Media Museum Collection 

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