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Still young enough...

Still young enough (cropped)Getting older doesn’t mean we have to stop living a healthy and fulfilling life. In fact, it can be a great time to try new and different activities.

That’s why we’ve launched a new campaign, Still young enough…

It’s designed to promote the huge variety of opportunities in Norfolk for older people – and those approaching retirement – to keep our minds and bodies active, whether through physical activity, learning new skills or even volunteering.

Still young enough is also positively celebrating healthy ageing and shining a light on the many older people in our county who are challenging age-related stereotypes.

Read more about the benefits of staying active.

The benefits of staying active

Staying active mentally, physically and socially can help you stay healthy, push back frailty and allow you to enjoy an independent life for as long as possible.

All adults should aim to be active every day and take part in 150 minutes of moderate activity a week.

Moderate activity is anything that raises your heart rate or makes you a little bit out of breath. Mowing the grass, walking, cycling and swimming are all examples of moderate activity.

The key is choosing something you enjoy, that you can incorporate into your daily routine, whether it’s walking the dog, gardening, taking up a new active hobby or playing with your grandchildren in the park.

Oh we do like tai chi beside the seaside…Tai Chi on Gorleston beach

In October, almost 100 people aged 50 plus gathered on Gorleston beach at sunrise to take part in a special tai chi session to launch the campaign.

Tai chi is suitable for all ages. It can help build muscle strength, improve balance and mental health - all of which are important factors for helping to reduce falls in later life.

Activities like tai chi, bowls, yoga, Pilates, dance, gardening and even bell-ringing all help build muscular strength and balance.

Meet Pauline Peters and Caroline Jacobs, who are staying active by doing things they enjoy.

Choose an activity you enjoy

Meet Pauline Peters, volunteer bell-ringer at St Giles Church in NorwichPauline Peters

80-year-old Pauline took up bell-ringing as part of a national volunteer recruitment campaign to honour those bell ringers who lost their lives during the First World War.

“It feels important to do this and carry on the tradition.

“The exercise of moving the bell rope right up in the air and making sure you’re steady on your feet to bring it down certainly helps with your breathing.

“Being part of the group makes me feel ten years younger. You don’t stop doing things because you’re old, you get old because you stop doing things.”


Meet Caroline Jacobs from the Sex, Rock ‘n’ Roll ‘n’ Weeding Gardening Group, Thetford

Caroline JacobsThetford gardening club, Sex, Rock ‘n’ Roll ‘n’ Weeding, started in 2014 with the aim of improving the neglected flower borders in the market town.

Caroline, 63, is a member of the group, which meets in a different area of Thetford each week to weed, tidy and litter pick.

“It is very satisfying to see the difference we have made to the area. We also have good fun and plenty of light-hearted banter. It definitely keeps us fit and gets those joints and muscles working.

“Get out there, have fun, get fit in the process and do something to help your local community!”

If you, or a group you’re part of, are challenging age-related stereotypes and want to show others that you’re Still young enough we’d love to hear from you. Email us at marketing@norfolk.gov.uk or write to us at: Still young enough, Communications, Ground Floor, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DH

Find out more about keeping active as you get older at www.norfolk.gov.uk/stillyoungenough

First words

First words

Andrew ProctorWelcome to the latest edition of Your Norfolk, which highlights the wide range of ways in which we support our communities.

Since I last wrote to you, we have started to implement our business plan, Together, for Norfolk, which outlines our ambitions for the county and our specific plans to achieve them.

I’m keen to listen to you and understand what you think about key issues. That’s why we did a survey of more than 1,100 residents, which makes for interesting reading.

The headlines are encouraging – 88 per cent of you are satisfied with the local area as a place to live and 75 per cent are satisfied with how the council does things.

In terms of what could be better, you are clear that we need to improve roads (37 per cent), activities for teenagers (30 per cent) and affordable housing and renting (33 per cent).

You can read more in this edition – plus updates on a variety of initiatives, including our new early childhood and family service, our healthy ageing campaign and our latest must-see exhibitions.

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Councillor Andrew Proctor                                                          Leader of Norfolk County Council

News

New roundabout replaces notorious A140 junction

Hempnall roundaboutThe vital new Hempnall roundabout on the A140 is now complete after work started in May this year.

In the past, many drivers made long detours to avoid using the old junction which had a poor injury accident record. Eleven personal injury accidents in the last five years had resulted in 15 casualties, with one categorised as serious.

Thousands of drivers a day are now using the new roundabout which was built to help unlock economic growth, reduce journey times, ease traffic congestion and improve road safety.

Keep a look out for the finishing touches, which will see us planting 23 trees, 1,470 hedge plants and 520 shrubs over the coming months.

For more information visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/hempnallcrossroads

Just down the road, the Long Stratton bypass has recently been given a boost with over £500,000 from the Department for Transport to move the project forward to the next stage where we hope to secure full funding.

The Long Stratton bypass is one of four improvement schemes we’re prioritizing – the others are the Norwich Western Link, West Winch housing access road and upgrading the A47/A17 Pullover junction near King’s Lynn.

Update on Norwich Western Link

Beech Avenue, TaverhamWork continues on our project to create the Norwich Western Link, a new dual carriageway road between the A47 and the western end of Broadland Northway (formerly the Norwich Northern Distributor Road).

With aims including improving the quality of life for local communities and reducing congestion, as well as improving access to some key sites like Norwich Airport, Norwich Research Park and the hospital, the Norwich Western Link is one of our top infrastructure priorities.

Earlier this year, we agreed a preferred route for the road and the project was made a regional priority, which means we’re hopeful of gaining national funding for most of the costs. Further surveys and design work are being carried out and we’re working towards starting construction in late 2022 and opening the road to traffic in early 2025.

For more information visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/nwl

Norfolk says ‘no’ to cold callers

NCCZWith more than 11,000 homes across Norfolk now in a No Cold Calling Zone, more people than ever are saying no to cold callers. Recent feedback shows the zones really work with a drop in the number of cold callers seen in 99% of areas.

No Cold Calling Zones give householders the confidence to tell rogue traders they are not welcome and are likely to be reported to Trading Standards if they do call at homes in a zone.

Figures show that 85% of people in a No Cold Calling Zone felt able to tell a cold caller they were in a zone and should leave.

Find out whether your road or street meets the criteria to become a No Cold Calling Zone at www.norfolk.gov.uk/nccz or call 0344 800 8020 and ask for an application pack.

Maintaining our rural roads

Farming and the highwayFarming activities can have a significant effect on our rural roads and Norfolk County Council is keen to work with the farming community to help ensure our roads are safe for all users.

The web pages at www.norfolk.gov.uk/farmingandthehighway outline how we can work together to help improve road safety and the roadside environment.

They include information on:

  • Cleaning of mud and spoil
  • Moving livestock
  • Maintaining ditches, drains and hedges
  • Fire and straw burning
  • Agricultural vehicles on the road
  • Use of agricultural road signs

We have annual contracts with local farmers in allocated areas to help with snow clearance so please contact us if you would like to help (particularly in the west of the county) by emailing NorfolkHighways.WinterServices@norfolk.gov.uk

Safer and greener celebrations

Sky lantern charterNorfolk County Council has already banned the release of sky lanterns or balloons on our land or property.

We’re now encouraging businesses, communities, landowners and individuals to sign up to a charter and do the same.

Sky lanterns and helium-filled balloons can cause many problems:

  • Sky lanterns pose a significant fire hazard to buildings, woodland and farmland
  • Some 'degradable' items can last for months or even years
  • Leftover parts from sky lanterns and balloons can trap or choke wildlife and livestock

There are many fun alternatives to balloon and sky lantern releases such as tree planting, flag flying, or even releasing giant bubbles!

Visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/balloonsandskylanterns to find out more and support the charter.

Stay safe this festive season

Festive lightsTwinkling fairy lights are always appealing but can be a cause of house fires. By following a few simple tips, you can help your family stay safe this festive season.

  • Only buy lights from a reputable retailer and inspect them each year to check for damage
  • Don’t use indoor lights outside
  • Avoid trailing wires under carpets and across floors where they can be damaged
  • Turn all festive decorations off before going to bed or when leaving the house

You can find more safety tips at www.rospa.com/christmas

Improving digital connectivity

We’re improving all types of fixed and mobile connectivity across the county to help increase the quality of life for all residents as well as support business growth, social mobility and tourism.

Our new website explains all the ways we can help you become better connected now and in the future.

TabletIt includes work we’re doing with operators to improve mobile phone coverage, as well as information on a range of schemes to help improve broadband speeds and access for homes and businesses across the county.

Some of the fastest, most reliable broadband services in the UK are heading to Norwich, after the city was named amongst 29 new locations to benefit from Openreach’s nationwide investment programme.

Rural areas will benefit from £8 million funding from the Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport to connect high speed fibre to 372 public sector locations across the county. This will increase opportunities for residents and businesses in those areas to take advantage of the extended fibre network by applying through the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme.

You can also find out about our plans for public access wifi, 5G and our work with the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership to accelerate the development of the Internet of Things (IoT) in Norfolk.

IoT technology involves connecting devices with a sensor to the internet to collect data to monitor, manage, control or report. This technology has multiple uses – everything from detecting if a kettle is turned on before a certain time (if it's not, a member of the owner’s family is alerted to check on them) to monitoring road surface temperatures to enable more efficient gritting of roads.

Visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/digital to find out more.

Transforming Norwich Castle keep

Castle keep
Artist's impression of the transformed Castle keep

Norwich Castle keep’s £13.5 million transformation, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, is underway. Here are five reasons to get excited as we look forward to the keep’s grand unveiling in 2021:

  1. Royalty revealed: We’re recreating the palace of Norman Kings – one of medieval Europe’s most important buildings
  2. The people’s palace: For the first time in 900 years everyone will be able to explore all five levels of the keep – from basement to battlements
  3. Medieval treasure: The British Museum’s first medieval gallery outside London will bring treasures of international importance to Norwich
  4. Keep learning: Events and activities will open up the medieval world to all ages
  5. A jewel in the crown: Norwich Castle will take its place as one of the UK’s premier heritage attractions

While the keep itself will be closed during the works, the rest of the museum will continue to welcome visitors and schools.

Find out more at www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk

Spotlight on

We asked, you said...

During June and July, an independent research company carried out 1,148 doorstep surveys asking people for their views on living in the county, the services we provide and how we communicate with you. Interestingly, over a third of respondents like to receive information from us through council publications like this magazine. The results are helping us understand how we are performing and what we should focus on in the future – here’s a summary of the other findings:

We asked, you said

* National scores are taken from the February 2019 Local Government Association telephone survey. 2014 scores are taken from our previous postal survey. These comparisons are indicative due to the difference in data collection methodology.

The budget challenge

Norfolk County Council wants Norfolk to be a county where businesses, organisations and communities work together to create a better place to live and work.

Our business plan, Together, for Norfolk, sets out how we are planning to grow our economy, manage development and achieve better futures and outcomes for everyone in Norfolk.

Where the money comes fromDay to day, we provide services to give children and young people the best start in life, support vulnerable and older people, maintain our transport network, provide library, waste disposal and fire services, and work in partnership to grow the economy.

We are currently delivering these services in a changing financial climate that has seen a huge amount of money taken out of local government since 2010. Like all councils, we have come to the end of a long-term funding deal and are awaiting announcements from the Government about the level of funding we can expect in the future.

Although we are faced with financial uncertainty we are not sitting back and doing nothing. We have been investing the money we do have on making our services more efficient, keeping families together and helping vulnerable people remain independent. We continue to ask the Government for fairer funding, a better way to pay for social care for older people and more investment in transport links and broadband so we can help grow our local economy.

Where the money is spent

* Includes money set aside for interest and repayment of loans for capital projects (eg schools and roads) and pension payments

Making decisions about how we spend your money is never easy. We have focused our budget on the needs of vulnerable people by increasing the proportion of our budget we spend on social care for children and adults. However, as demand is rising all the time this increase is still not enough to stop our services feeling the squeeze. Even increasing council tax, by the amount we’re allowed to without a local referendum, won’t balance our budget. There are statutory services we need to protect and a limited choice of where savings can be made. This means we must find around £40 million of savings in 2020-21.

By listening to you we know which services you value. And by developing our budget proposals in line with your priorities and our strategy of changing services to make them more efficient, we can make most of the savings we need without directly affecting services.

Have your say…

We want to hear your views on our council tax and budget approach to help us agree a balanced budget for next year.

Visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/budget for more information and to have your say. The budget and next year’s council tax precepts are due to be finalised by the council in February 2020.

New Early Childhood and Family Service

Our new Early Childhood and Family Service (ECFS) is now up and running, providing support and advice to families with young children across Norfolk.

ECFS logoRun in partnership with Action for Children, the service focuses on helping families with children aged 0-5, who need extra support. There is a range of activities and courses on offer such as play sessions, baby massage, healthy relationships courses and programmes to boost self-esteem. One-to-one support will also be available in people’s homes and community centres, or in venues where people feel most comfortable.

ECFS staff will be making contact with local communities, so they can meet families who might not have used services in the past but who need some extra help. Staff will also work out of 15 bases across the county and advice will be available online.

Information about early childhood in Norfolk is available on our website at www.norfolk.gov.uk/earlychildhood or by calling 0344 800 8020.

More loving homes needed

AdoptionLynsey and Martin have two children - Isla is two and Felix is one. They are brother and sister and were both adopted through Norfolk County Council’s foster-to-adopt scheme.

“To start with we were fostering Isla, but about nine months later the adoption order was granted. Soon after, we discovered that Isla’s birth mother was pregnant and unable to provide a safe home for the new baby. Wanting to keep the siblings together, we brought Felix home when he was just five days old and Isla had just turned one.”

We currently have several sibling groups looking for their forever family. There are different options for anybody looking to adopt. To find out which might be right for you and more about the children waiting for adoption visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/adoptionandfostering

“We always knew we wanted a family and came to adoption after being unsuccessful at conceiving through IVF. We had so many questions and were very unsure about whether it would be right for us. However, some friends had a really positive experience adopting through Norfolk County Council, which gave us the confidence to go for it.”

There are a lot of misconceptions about who is eligible to adopt. If you have any questions or doubts over your suitability, contact us and speak to one of our staff on 01603 638343.

“It was less than a year from sending the paper work in that Isla was with us. Although the process was quite intense at times, we were so well supported by our social worker that it very quickly felt like we were talking to a friend.”

Making the decision to adopt is a huge step and it makes sense to gather as much information as you can. One of the first things you will discover is that there are no short cuts, but our friendly and professional staff are available to help you through the process.

"Adoption has given us two beautiful children who we delight in and marvel at every day. Of course there are hard moments and we are often exhausted, but's that's what parenthood is, regardless of your route to it."

Find out more at www.norfolk.gov.uk/adoption

Norfolk Winter

Norfolk WinterHelping people in Norfolk keep happy, healthy and safe in winter

Although we didn’t experience anything like the conditions of 2018’s ‘Beast from the East’ last winter, our gritting teams were still busy keeping you safe and moving on wintry roads.

Norfolk Winter stats

Keep up-to-date with Norfolk Winter, including weather warnings, gritting details and road safety advice:

www.norfolk.gov.uk/norfolkwinter

Twitter: @NorfolkCC #norfolkwinter

Facebook: www.facebook.com/norfolkcc

Have a more eco-friendly Christmas

From food waste to packaging, the festive period can have a real impact on the environment but there are lots of ways to have a greener Christmas.

Wrapping paper - if you scrunch wrapping paper into a ball and it stays scrunched, it can be recycled. If it bounces back, it can’t be recycled and needs to go in your rubbish bin.

Christmas catChristmas trees - you can take your Christmas tree to any of our recycling centres for free. If it's a real tree, put it in the green waste container. You can put artificial trees in the container for metals - but if it's still in good condition, you could donate it to one of our reuse shops instead.

Christmas cards – these are mostly recyclable if free from glitter and decorations. Remove any embellishments before recycling or place those cards in your rubbish bin at home.

SproutsFood waste – for tips on how to be food savvy at Christmas including recipes and ideas on what to do with ingredients such as leftover sprouts see www.foodsavvy.org.uk

Our recycling centres will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day but open for business as usual during the rest of the festive period. Check www.norfolk.gov.uk/recycling for more recycling tips and the opening hours at your local centre.


We love reuseReuse shop

To help good quality items find a new home we’re growing our network of reuse shops – there are now 13 reuse shops at recycling centres across Norfolk. They’re a great place to pick up a bargain! Find your closest shop at www.norfolk.gov.uk/reuseshop


Having a clear-out? Dispose of your waste responsibly

Fly-tipping is an offence that poses a risk to people and the environment. Don’t forget there’s lots of waste you can bring to your local recycling centre for FREE: sofas, mattresses, carpet/underlay, green garden waste, all your electricals, free-standing household furniture and scrap metal. There’s a small charge for most DIY waste – more information at www.norfolk.gov.uk/typesofwaste

Ten years of Norfolk Trusted Trader

Trusted Trader logoLaunched by Norfolk County Council’s Trading Standards team in 2009, Norfolk Trusted Trader has been helping consumers in Norfolk to make informed choices for the last ten years – and it now has a fresh new logo.

Since it started, more than 21,000 reviews have been posted on the website by customers for work worth almost £23 million. Traders from a wide range of services feature in the directory – from home improvement to personal care services – and it’s growing all the time.

Using Trusted Trader is a great way to avoid getting scammed by a rogue trader. Search for a trader you can trust and read reviews from their customers at www.norfolk.gov.uk/trustedtrader

You can find out about joining the scheme or recommend a trader for inclusion at www.norfolk.gov.uk/becomeatrustedtrader

People

Plans for new special schools

Ambitious proposals to build up to four new special schools in Norfolk are gaining pace.

Norfolk County Council is investing £120 million in creating more than 500 school places for children with special educational needs and disabilities, including hundreds of places in specialist bases at mainstream schools.

Artist\'s impression of GY SEND school

Artist's impression of the new special educational needs school on the former Alderman Swindell school site in Great Yarmouth © NPS Property Consultants

We are hoping to build a new school for children with social, emotional and mental health needs in Great Yarmouth; and a new school for children with autism in Fakenham. Extra government funding is also enabling us to plan a new school for children with complex needs in Easton.

The schools are proposed on the former Alderman Swindell school site in Great Yarmouth; the site of the former Fakenham VI Form; and on the Easton College campus in Easton. These will all be subject to planning agreement.

We are also working in partnership with the county’s schools to ensure that more children with special educational needs are getting the support they need in mainstream schools.

For more information on the proposals visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/newsend

New extra care housing

Extra care housing
L-R: Louie Wyver, Fakenham Junior High School; Tracy Jones, Head of Extra Care at Housing 21; Lilly-May Bettles, competition winner

Earlier this year, pupils from Fakenham Junior School were invited to take part in a competition to help housing provider Housing 21 come up with a suitable name for a new extra care housing scheme based in the town.

The development of 66 apartments for people aged over 55 has been funded by Norfolk County Council and North Norfolk District Council. Scheduled for completion in January 2021, it will offer facilities including a hairdresser and café.

This is the first scheme of many which will help people to live independently for longer with the reassurance that, should you need care, staff are on hand 24/7. These new homes will enable people to stay close to community, family and friends.

Out of 75 entries, the winner was announced at a special naming ceremony in October. Nine-year-old Lilly-May Bettles won with her colourful picture, Meadow Walk, which was based on the nature of Fakenham.

Norfolk County Council will invest £29 million to provide Norfolk with 3,000 more of these types of homes.

Drive safer for longer

Norfolk County Council’s road safety team offers guidance for older drivers (GOLD) to help address specific driving issues - whether it’s lack of confidence in your driving, a medical condition or you just want some reassurance that you are still driving well. The sessions take place in your own car and are tailored to individual needs and concerns.

Jill Blackburn, aged 83 from Coltishall, enjoys driving and was keen to be able to continue living as independently as possible:Jill Blackburn

“My children had been a little worried about my driving and suggested I go through the assessment. I didn’t feel nervous at all and the instructor gave me some excellent advice. I would really recommend anyone concerned about their driving ability to take part in the assessment. It really isn’t difficult, and it certainly helped me to be a little more confident when driving.”

Book a session at www.norfolk.gov.uk/gold or email roadsafety@norfolk.gov.uk

Could you be an on-call firefighter?

On call recruits
Norfolk's latest on-call firefighters with Chief Fire Officer Stuart Ruff

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service is searching for more potential new recruits to join them in helping to keep rural communities safe.

Of Norfolk's 42 fire stations, 39 are reliant on on-call staff, either wholly or in part, who can be called upon when there is an incident in their area.

As well as the retained fee on-call firefighters receive, they are paid per call-out and for their weekly training session.

If you think you’ve got what it takes and want a rewarding career and to become part of the fire service family, visit www.oncallfire.uk

Learning for life and leisure

Adult learningOur new-look adult learning service has some great courses starting in January 2020 to help you gain a qualification, move to a new job or up the career ladder. Courses range from basic IT skills to GCSEs and other professional qualifications.

If it’s a new hobby or skill you are after, there’s also a varied programme of leisure courses for all ages. These include anything from silversmithing and pottery to photography, arts and crafts or learning a new language.

To find out more and book your place, visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/adultlearning and search for the course you would like.


Training for personal assistant carers

CarerOur Direct Payments Support Service (DPSS) offers training for anyone currently working as a personal assistant (PA) carer or who wants to work as one.

It’s free if you earn less than £16,009 a year and have lived in the UK, EU or EEA for three years before the start of the course.

You may also be eligible for funding if you don't meet these criteria but do support someone who has their care needs met through a direct payment.

The training is provided through Norfolk County Council’s adult learning service. There are various courses covering topics like safeguarding, moving and lifting, health and safety, and mental health awareness.

Some courses lead to accredited qualifications and others are certified by adult learning.

Each course consists of a three-hour classroom-based session at various locations throughout Norfolk. You can sign up for multiple courses or just one.

Find out more and book at www.norfolk.gov.uk/patraining

Helping keep Norfolk warm this winter

Having somewhere warm to live is essential for keeping healthy. Living in the cold leaves you vulnerable to illness and can affect mental health Norfolk Warm Homestoo.

Not everyone can afford to keep their homes warm, which is why we’re working in partnership with other Norfolk councils to offer central heating system grants or advice for anyone struggling to heat their home.

Households without central heating could be eligible for help with bills or the installation of first-time central heating.

The money comes from National Grid’s Warm Homes Fund, which provides affordable heating solutions for fuel poor households which don’t use mains gas as their primary heating fuel.

Visit norfolkwarmhomes.org.uk or call 01603 430103 for more information and to find out if you qualify.

The Warm Homes Fund is provided by National Grid and administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions CIC across England, Scotland and Wales.

Are you eligible for the free flu vaccine?

NHSThe flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.

Flu can be unpleasant, but if you're otherwise healthy, it'll usually clear up on its own within a week.

It can be more severe in certain people, such as:

  • Anyone aged 65 and over
  • Pregnant women
  • Children and adults with an underlying health condition (such as long-term heart or respiratory disease)
  • Children and adults with weakened immune systems

Help us Help YouAnyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu so it's recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to help protect them.

Find out if you are eligible for the free flu vaccination at www.nhs.uk/fluvaccine

Check your blood pressure

One in six adults in Norfolk don’t know they have high blood pressure. Are you one of them?

High blood pressure rarely has noticeable symptoms and, left untreated, can lead to strokes, heart attacks and other serious diseases.

If you haven’t had your blood pressure reading taken in the last five years, make sure you get checked.

Many pharmacies offer blood pressure checks or will check your blood pressure for you as part of a wider health check.

Find out more about checking blood pressure and what to do if it’s high at www.norfolk.gov.uk/getchecked

61-year-old John Atkins from Blofield was shocked to discover he had high blood pressure:

John tkins“I led what I thought was a relatively healthy lifestyle, I enjoyed the odd glass of wine but I was pretty active and ate a good diet, so when I found out I had high blood pressure I was pretty shocked.

“It’s not something that any of my family suffer from and, as I’d not had any of the symptoms, it wasn’t something I thought would affect me. Thankfully my GP prescribed me medication and my blood pressure is now at a normal level.

“I would encourage anyone to get themselves checked so they can get it treated and potentially avoid something much more serious, like a stroke.”

Your say

The budget - have your say

Together for Norfolk - front imageWe want to hear your views on our council tax and budget approach to help us agree a balanced budget for next year.

Visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/budget for more information and to have your say. The budget and next year’s council tax precepts are due to be finalised by the council in February 2020.

Keeping you safe – have your say

Our fire and rescue service has to produce regular plans showing how it will achieve its goals of improving public safety, reducing the number of emergency incidents and saving lives.

We are putting together our latest plan and have set out our proposals for things we think will help to enhance safety across our county.

We are asking for your views on the draft plan and you can have your say at www.norfolk.gov.uk/irmp

Competitions and offers

Competition

Here’s your chance to win family tickets to one of these four festive shows. Three family tickets are up for grabs at each venue – each one for two adults and two children.

CinderellaExpect magical twists, fun, and adventure with Norwich Theatre Royal’s stunning production of Cinderella (17 December to 19 January). Amanda Henderson (Robyn in Casualty) will swap taking pulses for panto as one of the Ugly Sisters in this timeless tale of the servant girl who falls in love with Prince Charming. Winning tickets are for the 7.30pm show on Thursday 19 December.

Dick WhittingtonDick Whittington is setting off on a fun-packed journey from north Norfolk to London in Sheringham Little Theatre’s panto (7 December to 1 January). Dick’s famous cat is joined by a dog and an invasion of rats on a rollercoaster ride filled with music, comedy and special effects.

AladdinAt King’s Lynn Corn Exchange Widow Twankey wants a husband, evil Abanazaar wants the magic lamp, Aladdin wants adventure and Wishee Washee wants a new vest. Find out if the Genie can grant their wishes at their magical performance of Aladdin (10 December to 5 January) featuring Twist & Pulse, winners of Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions.

Christmas SpectacularThere’s plenty of festive fun and excitement to be had at the Hippodrome Christmas Spectacular in Great Yarmouth (7 December to 5 January). The show combines the unique water spectacle with comedy from Ben Langley and sensational acrobats. Winning tickets not valid on 24 December or 8pm New Year’s Eve shows.


How to enter

To enter visit www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/FestiveShows19 or write to: Your Norfolk Competition, Communications, Ground Floor, South Wing, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DH. Include your name, address and telephone number and mark your envelope Cinderella, Dick Whittington, Aladdin or Christmas Spectacular. The closing date is Wednesday 4 December 2019

Terms and conditions

No cash alternative. Performance dates subject to availability. Norfolk County Council staff may not enter. We are unable to accept one postal entry for multiple competitions.


Find out more about the festive shows:

www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk - Tel. 01603 630000

www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com - Tel. 01263 822347

www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk - Tel. 01553 764864

www.hippodromecircus.co.uk - Tel. 01493 844172

What's on

Not just for sailors

Tattoo exhibition

A new exhibition at Time and Tide in Great Yarmouth looks at the history of tattoos and tattooing.

Around one in five people in Britain today are tattooed, and tattoos and tattoo art have always held a significant place in our history and imagination.

Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed brings together more than 400 original art works, photographs and historic objects – some of which have never been seen in public before alongside special events.

From ruffians to royalty, sailors to socialites, pilgrims to punks, people from all areas of society have been tattooed.

The exhibition, which is curated by The National Maritime Museum Cornwall, challenges long-standing myths and preconceptions about tattooing especially relating to race, gender and class.

On show until Sunday 8 March 2020, find out more at www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/time-tide

Image courtesy of National Maritime Museum Cornwall

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A Turner for the East

TurnerJMW Turner, Walton Bridges, oil on canvas, 1806

On show at Norwich Castle until March 2020, see Walton Bridges, an early masterpiece by JMW Turner, which has been saved for the nation thanks to generous grants from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Art Fund.

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Norwich Castle

Light it UpLight it Up

Saturday 21 December - Saturday 4 January (not Sundays) - 10.30am to 3.30pm

Celebrate colour and light across the city with a sparkling array of activities including twinkling tours of the collections, storytelling and much more.


NelsonCOMING HOME: Nelson

Until Sunday 26 January

Sir William Beechey’s famous portrait of Nelson is on show at Norwich Castle as part of the National Portrait Gallery’s COMING HOME project, which sees 50 portraits of iconic individuals loaned to places with which they are most associated.

www.npg.org.uk/cominghome

Horatio Nelson by Sir William Beechey

Oil on canvas, 1800

© National Portrait Gallery

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

Strangers' Hall

A Visit from Saint Nicholas – 'Twas the night before Christmas...Strangers\' Hall

Saturdays - 30 November; 7, 14 and 21 December; Friday 20 December - 10am to 4pm

Meet Father Christmas, then follow the trail of verses from Clement Clarke Moore's famous poem as you explore the beautifully decorated museum – with stories, crafts and characters to entertain you on the way. £10 per child to meet Father Christmas (includes gift and admission). Booking advised - norfolk-museums.arttickets.org.uk


Deck the Halls - tour

Wednesdays - 11 and 18 December - 2pm

Discover the origins of Christmas traditions and see this historic house bedecked with seasonal greenery, followed by festive refreshments in the Great Hall. Adult £8.50, conc. £7.95. Booking essential - 01603 495897/493625.

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

Time and Tide

Time and TideChristmas Time and Tidings

Friday 13 December - 5pm to 8pm

An evening of festive songs, crafts, Christmas characters and a surprise visitor. Admission free. Meet Father Christmas £5 per child (includes gift).

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

Ancient House

Ancient HouseChristmas 1939

Friday 29 November - 5pm to 8pm

Costumed characters, object handling, crafts and a chance to make Christmas treats from the 1930s.


Family Trail – Twelve Days of Christmas

Friday 29 November to Saturday 21 December - 10am to 5pm

Museum admission only plus 50p per trail.

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

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

GressenhallVictorian Family Christmas

Thursday 19 and Friday 20 December - 10am to 2.30pm

Turn back the clock and enjoy a traditional festive celebration with a complementary glass of mulled wine and a mince pie. £10 per person, Museums Pass £9 per person, under 4s free. Booking essential – norfolk-museums.arttickets.org.uk

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

Lynn Museum

Lynn Museum - Victorian ChristmasVictorian Christmas

Saturday 30 November - 10am to 4pm

Find out about Christmas traditions, meet costumed characters, handle artefacts and try your hand at Victorian crafts.


Lynn Museum - mini museum clubMini Museum Club

Tuesday 10 December - 10.30am to 11.30am

Christmas activities for children aged 4 and under – an hour of singing, exploring, stories, communication and play. 50p per child, accompanying adults free.

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

Norfolk Record Office: The Archive Centre

King Street SoundsKing Street Sounds – talk

Wednesday 4 December - 1pm to 2pm

Sam Hodgson and Helen Busby share oral history recordings revealing the lives and work of people living in King Street, Norwich. Free; no need to book.


Duleep SinghSovereign, Squire and Rebel: The Story of Maharajah Duleep Singh – talk

Wednesday 5 February - 1pm to 2pm

With Peter Bance. Free; no need to book.


Espionage and Intrigue – family event

Thursday 20 February - 2pm to 3.30pm

Make your own spy kit with periscope and decoder as we look back over 150 years of spies and spying in Norfolk at this intriguing family event. £3.50 per child.

For more information about Norfolk Record Office events see the website

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