Summer Reading Challenge
Children’s favourite the Beano features in Mischief Makers which is this year’s FREE Summer Reading Challenge offered at all Norfolk libraries.
Youngsters aged five to 11 are given stickers for reading books, which they can stick on their own Beanotown treasure map. Medals and certificates are given for completing the challenge. There is also ImagiNation, a reading challenge for 11-18 year olds, and reading activities for very young children.
The aim of the project is to encourage children to continue reading throughout the long break from school. Reading has proven health benefits for people of all ages and the reading challenge is put together by The Reading Agency and delivered by libraries across the UK. Sign up from 14 July at your local library.
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Characters from Beano © DC Thomson Ltd (2018)
Cut price composting
Our cut price compost bin offer is making it much easier for people to start composting. You can buy a reduced price compost bin from just £11.99 while stocks last.
The Baker family from South Lopham has already pledged to give composting a go and dad Gavin (pictured below right) wants to get his three-year-old daughter involved too. The family used to have chickens that ate up their vegetable and salad scraps. But now they no longer have them, they’ve noticed they throw a lot more waste away. They are starting composting to help improve the environment for the future.
Find details of how to buy a bin and hints and tips about composting at
Having a clear out?
There’s loads you can bring to the recycling centre for FREE: sofas, mattresses, carpet/underlay, green garden waste, all your electricals, free-standing household furniture and scrap metal. DIY waste has a small charge.
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High blood pressure – the silent killer
Public Health experts estimate that one in six adults in Norfolk are unaware they have high blood pressure because there are often no obvious symptoms. The problem can lead to stroke, heart attack or heart disease.
Norwich resident Ian Williams (55) was on holiday in France when he developed a headache he couldn’t shake: “When I got home, I went to the walk-in centre and the first thing they did was check my blood pressure. They were shocked at how high it was. I was told to go straight to Accident and Emergency as my blood pressure was going up and up.”
Ian ended up in hospital for five days and was given medication to help bring his blood pressure down. The scare made him look at ways of changing his lifestyle to improve his health: “I took up cycling and now I do a lot of walking – it helps that I don’t own a car. I stopped eating salt, swapped sugar for sweetener and generally cook everything from scratch.
“Thanks to the medication and my lifestyle changes, my blood pressure is now normal. I have annual checks and advise everyone to get their blood pressure checked. Don’t ignore nagging symptoms, it could mean something isn’t right.”
If you’re an adult and haven’t had your blood pressure checked in the last five years, you can go along to a participating pharmacist to have it done. The check is quick and simple and the results are immediate, meaning support and guidance is offered straightaway.
Wish we were dualled
Thousands of you have shown your support for getting the A47 fully dualled over the last few months by backing our Just Dual It! campaign.
Just 47% of the A47 between Peterborough and Lowestoft is dual carriageway. We believe getting the whole route dualled would hugely benefit Norfolk, improving road safety and making journey times along the road and onwards to the Midlands shorter and more reliable.
We’ll be leaving the Government in no doubt about how important this is to Norfolk by taking the thousands of messages of support we’ve received for getting the road dualled down to Westminster later this summer.
Here are just a few of the reasons people have told us they want the A47 fully dualled as soon as possible – fingers crossed the Government listens to you all and we get some good news later this year.
“It will reduce congestion particularly during the summer months. It will be safer for motorists, eliminating ‘blackspots’…
It will improve transport links to the Midlands, and will make the port of Great Yarmouth more attractive
for trade.” T Skinner, Wymondham
“It is a vital connecting route for commercial and holiday vehicles in Norfolk. Therefore to improve this connection will increase business and prosperity for the region.”
M Rayner, Sheringham
“It is a main artery for the county as it is, in places it is dangerous. It has cost our local economy millions in delays by the poor layout of the road.”
Jacqueline Vincent, Kettlestone
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Do you struggle to get a strong enough mobile signal to make phone calls where you live? Or maybe you try to browse the internet on the go and the data connection keeps dropping out?
If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. We know this is a problem that affects lots of people in Norfolk, so earlier this year we commissioned an independent survey to map what mobile coverage is really like across our county.
The results provide clear evidence that the signal for voice calls and data connections for using the internet are both really patchy. Attempts to make a mobile phone call in locations across Norfolk are likely to be unsuccessful nearly one in five times.
Clearly, this isn’t good enough for the way we live and work today and we want improvements to be made quickly.
So we’re using the information we’ve gathered through the survey to work with the main four mobile network providers:
EE, Telefonica/O2, Three and Vodafone. We’re trying to make it easy for them to improve their network coverage by matching their ‘not spots’ with structures and buildings owned by public sector organisations in Norfolk, where they could install new mobile infrastructure.
We’ve also published an interactive map on our website so you can check what the signal and data network coverage is like by local area and by network provider, according to our independent survey. You can find this map at www.norfolk.gov.uk/mobilemap
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk
Written and funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk
Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care
Your Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Lorne Green, is responsible for commissioning support services for victims of crime in Norfolk.
If you or someone you know has been affected by crime, help is available from the new Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care service.
What kind of help is available?
Together with his Suffolk counterpart, PCC Lorne Green has teamed up with Victim Support to provide a free, confidential support service for victims and witnesses of crime.
Whatever has happened to you, whatever you may have witnessed and whenever it took place, the Victim Care team is on hand to work with and support you to help you cope and recover.
Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care can provide emotional support, giving you a safe place to confidentially talk through your thoughts and feelings and ask any questions you may have.
The team also offers practical support, like help with filling in paperwork, fitting home security measures, getting medical treatment or repairing damage to property.
It does not matter if you have reported the crime to the police or not, or previously turned down offers of support – whatever you need, Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care is there for you.
What about specialist support?
Your PCC and Victim Support work with a number of organisations across Norfolk which provide specialist support to people affected by crime. You can get more information on the support services available by getting in touch with Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care.
How do I get help?
Report a crime
For information on reporting a crime, visit the Norfolk Police website: www.norfolk.police.uk
You can get advice and support to report a crime from Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care too.
Contact Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care
Call: 0300 303 3706 Monday to Friday 8am-5pm.
Out of hours, contact Victim Support on 0808 1689 111
Young people given a voice about policing and crime in Norfolk
More than 1,600 young people from across the county have had their say on how to shape policing following the introduction of the Norfolk PCC Youth Commission.
The Commission, launched by Lorne Green last year, enables young people aged 14-25 to support, challenge and inform his work as the county’s PCC and, in turn Norfolk Police.
Over the past few months, members of the 42-strong Commission have toured the county asking young people ‘What Matters Most to You?’ – #WMM2U.
Members then organised and hosted a conference in April to reveal their ‘Big Conversation’ findings.
PCC Lorne Green said: “When I was elected in May 2016, I promised that I would give every man, woman and young person in Norfolk the opportunity to influence policing and help shape my work as PCC.
“To deliver on this promise, I created the first ever Norfolk PCC Youth Commission to ensure the views of young people across the county could be heard.
“Having asked the Commission to identify six key areas within policing that they felt mattered most to young people in Norfolk, I set members the task of gathering the opinions of other young people on those six priorities.
“Youth Commission members have worked hard over the last 12 months, committing hundreds of voluntary hours to give 1,600 young people the opportunity to have their say on policing and crime.
“The views of those young people have been heard and, as we go forward, will be heeded in my office as we work together for a safer Norfolk.”
The six priorities identified by the Norfolk PCC Youth Commission were:
- Journeys through the Justice System
- Relationship with the Police
- Mental Health
- Abusive Relationships
- Substance Misuse
- Peer Pressure & Social Media
What the Commissioners said
Thomas Lynn, 16, said: “I was quite nervous when I first began working with the Youth Commission but I’ve built a lot in confidence and really enjoyed meeting other young people. The word ‘police’ can seem quite negative to some young people but some of the feedback we got was quite positive about police and helped a lot. I believe young people deserve to have a voice.”
Louise Cooke, 18, added: “The work of the Youth Commission is something I think highly of. I hope it can help other children, as if we understand why they may find it difficult to approach the police we can hopefully try to make their experience better. I’m really hoping we can help improve the relationship between police and young people. I hope we can help them to see that police are human, all they do is wear a uniform just like they wear a school uniform, it’s just part of their work and they are approachable.”
Oliver Simmons, 21, added:
“I hope we can help break down any barriers between young people and the police so that young people feel confident to speak
to the police and the police in turn feel more confident to speak to young people, as it’s a two way system.”