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Categories: Norfolk

NDR Extra No 13

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 16:26
                                                                                       No 13 - March 2017 Railway bridge beams arrive safely

Five braced pairs of the massive steel beams that will carry the NDR over the Norwich to Sheringham railway at Rackheath have been safely delivered to the site compound off Plumstead Road.

They are scheduled to be lifted into place on Sunday 9 April, when Bittern Line trains will be replaced by buses. The main risk to the lift is windy weather, and the following Sunday (Easter Sunday) has also been reserved in case it is needed to complete the job.

Unavoidable disruption during key phaseWide effects of A140 Cromer Road junction works

Construction of the big A140 junction with the A1270 NDR is moving into a key stage, with implications for residents and road users across a wide area.

Horsford residents and users of the B1149 Holt Road will be the most directly affected, but the impact will also spread on to the A140 Cromer Road, Reepham Road, and with knock-on effects at times through Felthorpe, on Shortthorn Road and through Hellesdon.

Holt Road signals and closure

Monday (27 March) sees 24-hour traffic lights on Holt Road (from about 9am, after the morning peak) at the site of the new roundabout with the realigned Drayton Lane. These signals will remain in use as two-way lights, with two days as four-way lights controlling the Church Street and old Drayton Lane junction, until the closure of Holt Road from 10 to 13 April (four days) to complete surfacing and the tie-in of the roundabout to the existing road.

Drayton Hall Lane, Drayton Lane & Reepham Road

The current  closure of Drayton Hall Lane for traffic calming works (see side article) will continue until the 31 March. The southern section of Drayton Lane will also remain closed as work moves from a mini-roundabout at the southern end, to the bigger Reepham Road roundabout.

The official diversion is via Fir Covert Road, but there has been considerable pressure on School Road, making it difficult for parents at the start and end of the school day, and through Thorpe Marriott. Drayton Parish Council has offered parents the option of parking at the Longdale playing fields or at the Bob Carter Centre (with the Centre's permission.)

Hall Lane will reopen around 31 March, but Drayton Lane will remain closed until around 5 May to allow construction of the Reepham Road roundabout. Work on this roundabout will also lead to the closure of Reepham Road from 17 April to 5 May.

New Drayton Lane, Holt Road and Holly Lane

The realigned Drayton Lane is programmed to open around 22 May. This will be followed by the closure of Holt Road and Holly Lane from 29 May to allow construction of the slip roads serving the A140/NDR. All B1149 Holt Road traffic will be redirected on to the improved Holly Lane. This will become the permanent route for B1149 traffic, but until the NDR is complete this traffic will have to continue to Reepham Road (where the new roundabout will be in use). This will put pressure on routes through Hellesdon and Drayton.

From late summer the NDR will provide a route back to the A140 Cromer Road, using the newly-constructed slip roads.

Secretary of State views NDR progress

Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport, visited last week to see how we are spending over £100m in national funding. He is pictured at the top of the bridge over Plumstead Road, which offered good views all round, including the five pairs of beams ready to be lifted into place over the railway

Drayton Hall Lane traffic calming - Why now? 

A condition of the NDR Development Consent is that Drayton Hall Lane is traffic calmed before the new road opens. The funding for the work is only available this financial year (2016-17) so the work had to be carried out before the end of March.

Buxton Road, Salhouse Road closures and other traffic management

The closure of Buxton Road originally scheduled for May has been put back until early June with the intention of reducing the closure from three to two weeks.

A one-week  closure of Salhouse Road for roundabout surfacing and tie-in is scheduled to start on 8 May.

Closure of Green Lane West is planned for the weekends of 6/7 and 13/14 May.

Overnight closures will be used on a number of roads over the summer, including North Walsham Road in June, Wroxham Road in August and Cromer Road later in August. Details nearer the time.

Temporary traffic lights may be encountered on any of the roads where junctions with the NDR are under construction. Where possible, these will be kept off-peak.

Apologies for the inconvenience caused.

Latest Mike Page aerial tour of NDR available on YouTube

Mike Page continues to chronicle progress on the NDR, and his latest aerial tour of the route can be found on YouTube. Click the link, or search for 'NDR Progress'.

Feedback from NDR Forum

Representatives from many of the communities along the route of the NDR were at yesterday's (23rd) Forum at County Hall. As well as being updated on progress and the future programme through video filmed with Mustard TV*, they gave useful feedback on a number of issues including:

The pressure on Shortthorn Road, especially from HGVs, when Holt road is closed.

A request for traffic lights to stay in place longer, or all day, when Holt Road traffic has to turn right from Church Street on to Cromer Road.

A request for traffic lights to stay in place all day at the Crostwick Lane, North Walsham Road junction  when Buxton Road is closed.

Also on North Walsham Road, the need to avoid having lights at both the Crostwick Lane junction and the main construction site at the same time.

The need for measures to encourage HGVs to move from the B1140 to the NDR.

*We will be making the films available for wider viewing - watch out for details in the next edition or on social media.

Next Public Traffic Management Workshop

Managing traffic during construction of the NDR can be very challenging, which is why traffic management workshops are held in public on the first Thursday of every month.

The next will be held at Sapphire House, Roundtree Way, Norwich NR7 8SQ, on 6 April, starting at 8.30am. .

Visit our Facebook page

The NDR Facebook page is a good way of getting up to the minute information on the project, as well as providing a lively discussion forum. 

~ Follow NDR progress on Facebook and Twitter @NorwichNDR.
~ Visit our web pages at .
~ Email, or call 0344 800 8020.

Anyone with an email address can sign up to receive the 'NDR Extra' and 'Transport Matters' newsletters - simply email

Categories: Norfolk

Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin 24 March 2017

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 15:00

Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,

Welcome to the 24 March 2017 Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin. Below you will find information on jobs, opportunities, and funding for the arts in Norfolk.

In This Issue:Job OpportunitiesStartEast Invitation to Tender

StartEast is seeking exciting, dynamic leaders and change-makers to help ‘build the cultural economy’ and make a significant impact to creative enterprise across Norfolk and Suffolk. This is an invaluable opportunity for creative people to thrive and to learn from those who have relevant expertise, experience and passion. We think this could be you!

We are looking for INNOVATORS and VISIONARIES in the creative and cultural sector who can inspire, nurture and support artists and creative people planning to develop and grow a cultural business. You have been sent this by a cultural leader who identifies you as an industry expert. Perhaps you have led or currently lead an Arts organisation, or you have significant experience as a Producer, Stage or Technical Manager, Writer, Festival Organiser, Musician, Arts Educator or Dance specialist. Maybe you are a leader in the field of business development with the passion and knowledge to build resilient, enterprising and sustainable business in the cultural sector. If you think this is you then we want to hear from you.

Let’s work together. Let’s make a difference and make StartEast the success we know it will be.

To apply, please visit

The deadline for submissions is the 7 April 2017.

 If you have any queries or questions regarding the tender process and/or the advisor role; please direct these via In-tend as detailed in the tender documents  (see Section VI.3 of the Contract Notice).

Head of Finance, Writers’ Centre Norwich

4 days / week (0.8 fte). Days / hours can be flexible by agreement. Permanent.

£33,000 - £38,000 dependent on experience (pro rata = £26,400 - £30,800)

Writers’ Centre Norwich (WCN) is a leading literature organisation in England’s first UNESCO City of Literature. We are committed to developing the artistic and social impact of creative writing, reading and literary translation. We believe that creative writing, creative reading, and the literary arts can inspire, educate and bring people and communities together.

Linked to the city’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature, we are currently working on the development of a National Centre for Writing which includes an enhanced artistic and learning programme and a £2.76m capital programme due to be completed in summer 2018.

The post of Head of Finance will play a key role in helping to steer the organisation through this next period of change and transition. The role will lead on the long term financial planning as well as managing the day to day financial systems and processes ensuring organisational stability and viability. We are looking for someone who holds a professional accountancy qualification, has at least 2 years experience at a senior level in financial management, has experience of the accounting and governance requirements of a charity and limited company and can support WCN’s charitable objectives, values and ambitions.

Closing deadline: 9am Monday 3 April 2017

Selection interviews: Tuesday 18 April 2017 at Dragon Hall

To apply for this position please download a Job Application Pack and Application Form from

Opportunities at The Garage, Norwich

To complement our long-standing programme of skills and performance classes, The Garage is launching a suite of accredited courses for students aged 14+.  Spearheading this initiative are HNC Level 4 Performing Arts courses (18+) with Acting, Dance & Musical Theatre Pathways alongside a GCSE Dance offer.

We are recruiting four new posts to form an outstanding Performing Arts Faculty of experienced, innovative and passionate teachers to drive forward this initiative and provide excellent opportunities for our students. 

Lead Lecturer – Performing Arts (Dance or Acting Specialism)
Full-time, fixed term (Aug 2017– Feb 2018)
£26,000-£30,000 pa pro rata

Lecturer – Performing Arts (Dance or Acting Specialism)
Part-time (0.4), fixed term (Aug 2017– Feb 2018)
£22,000-£25,000 pa pro rata

Singing / Voice Coach
Part-time (0.2), fixed term (Aug 2017– Feb 2018)
£22,000-£25,000 pa pro rata

Freelance Tutor – GCSE Dance
Part-time contract (Jan 2018 – June 2019)
Fee: £3500

Full job descriptions, person specifications, prospectus, policies and application details available to download at

For enquiries, please contact:
Toni Bentley, Learning & Inclusion Director
T: 01603 283382

Application deadline 10th April for interviews w/c 17th April.

East Gallery at Norwich University of the Arts Administrator

£11,247 to £13,026 per annum
18.5 hours per week

The University seeks to appoint a highly motivated administrator to provide comprehensive support to the East Gallery at Norwich University of the Arts and its Curator. The successful candidate will have experience in a similar role and be able to work in a busy office environment.

You will be a highly organised individual with excellent communication skills, with the ability to plan and prioritise work effectively in a dynamic environment within exacting deadlines. The successful candidate will be highly proficient in working with Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel and Outlook. Experience of diary management and of delivering administrative support to project managers is essential.

The ability deal with a variety of gallery enquiries on a day-to-day basis, efficiently and professionally is essential.You will also be able to demonstrate experience of committee servicing and document preparation.

Closing Date: Monday 10th April 2017

Interview Date: Wednesday 3rd May 2017

For more information visit:

Course Leader: Architecture, Norwich University of the Arts

Full time
Salary: £39,324 to £46,924 per annum plus Course Leader Allowance

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) offers students the opportunity to study architecture within the context of an arts based University and an environment of studio practice.  Architecture at NUA is housed in a recently restored, award-winning grade 2 listed building. Creativity, technical and making skills are integrated into design projects to enable students to learn the discipline of architecture holistically. The Course was introduced in 2012 in response to industry demand for high quality architectural education in the region and was awarded Architects Registration Board (ARB) Part 1 Prescription status in 2015.

The University is seeking to appoint a dynamic Course Leader with a comprehensive understanding of contemporary industry practice and significant experience of teaching Architecture at undergraduate level. The successful applicant will support the continuing development of architectural education at NUA through strong team leadership, course organisation and management, and curriculum enhancement. The person appointed will have experience of leadership within Higher Education and evidence of having worked effectively with relevant professional bodies.

The Course Leader will work collaboratively and under the direction of the Dean of Faculty of Design and Architecture in continuing to develop a distinctive and contemporary curriculum that meets the expectations of professional bodies and industry practitioners.

You will be able to demonstrate your commitment to contemporary pedagogical approaches and an ability to work closely with a variety of internal and external stakeholders. The successful candidate will be student-focused and committed to providing excellence in architectural education.

Closing date:  Monday 24th April 2017

Interviews will be held on: Monday 15th May 2017

Application packs and further details for the above post are available at

Commercial Manager, St George's Theatre Great Yarmouth

Full time (40 hours per week)
£25000 per annum

St George’s Theatre provides a year round programme of music, comedy, film, dance, theatre, family and community activity. As a registered charity it is supported by income generated by St George’s Trading Ltd which manages the commercial use of the theatre, the adjacent café and the outdoor space, all of which provide essential income for the success of the organisation. The Commercial Manager will work closely with the theatre’s Artistic Director/Executive to maximise the use of the facility and to develop a vibrant community arts hub for Kings Street and Great Yarmouth.

The role is to develop a commercial strategy for the organisation, maximising the opportunities via both income streams to ensure financial stability but also to deliver the charitable aims of the trust
Take special responsibility for developing and delivering Wedding Packages, and tailor
solutions to suit use by individuals, corporate, civic and community organisations. Create new and additional commercial opportunities for St Georges Theatre, its café and outside spaces and manage their delivery.

Closing date: 10th April 2017

For more information and to apply visit:

Development Assistant, Cambridge Arts Theatre

Full time
Salary: £20,000 per annum

We are seeking a Development Assistant to support the development and fundraising activities of Cambridge Arts Theatre. The Development Assistant will play a key role in implementation of all the Theatre’s fundraising and development plans. Duties will be broad and varied and it will provide an excellent grounding in fundraising.

Closing date: Thursday 30 March 2017

For a full job pack, go to

Design Services, Aldeburgh Museum

Salary: To be agreed

Following an in-depth investigation into Aldeburgh Museum's options for improvement, and the results from a 2015 visitor survey and 2016 public consultation, the Museum Trustees and Town Council are planning a wholesale re-development of the Museum to reinvigorate the visitor experience and boost visitor numbers. The Museum has been successful in its bid for a Stage 1 grant from the HLF and is now looking to appoint key roles for the development phase of the project.

Aldeburgh Museum is advertising for Design Services role with a view to appointing by end of April 2017; the services for the development phase are expected to run from then until February 2019.

A contract extension to include the delivery phase of the project, will be subject to a successful completion of the development phase and obtaining an HLF Round 2 delivery grant. Capital costs for the project will be in the region of £565,000. The Museum is situated in the Grade 1 Moot Hall. Although architectural works are limited listed building consent will be require. It is however understood a full planning application will not be required.

The Services required are for

- 3D & 2D display design (including initial advice on digital displays)
- Architectural design & Heritage Statement
- Lighting design

The organisation chosen must have proven experience in the heritage sector working with Grade 1 listed building and exhibition design. Experience of HLF projects and working with volunteer-run organisations will also be advantage. They will need to work closely with the Project Manager, Quantity Surveyor, and volunteer teams and must be able to communicate well and advise clearly on cost effective solutions. An ability to travel to Aldeburgh for meetings is essential.

If the role is of interest, further details (Including individual briefs for the separate elements and an Initial Design Study) are available by emailing

Closing date for expressions of interest/request for details: 31 March 2017
Closing date for applications: 12 April 2017
Interviews: 20 & 21 April 2017

For further details and to apply:

or for postal applications:
Aldeburgh Museum
The Moot Hall
Suffolk IP15 5DS

Education & Outreach Assistant
University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology


Part-time 2.5 days per week, fixed term until 31 March 2018
Salary: £21,843 - £25,298 per annum pro rata

The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is seeking to appoint a part-time Education and Outreach Assistant.
Working with the Outreach Organiser the postholder will undertake a broad range of duties to support the work of the Museum's education and outreach team.
This will include teaching children and young people visiting with their school or college to support the curriculum, widening participation sessions, activities and events for families, or increasing access to the collections for visitors with additional needs.

The closing date for applications is 7 April 2017.
It is anticipated that short-listed candidates will be interviewed during week commencing 18 April 2017.

Informal enquiries about this vacancy and queries about the application process may be addressed to the Museum Administrator on Please quote reference JU11699 in any correspondence.

For more information and to apply visit:

Development OpportunitiesVoluntary Arts Week

This year's Voluntary Arts Festival takes place from 5 - 14 May 2017. Find out more about how to list your events for the festival, check out our tips on getting organised and get planning with your friends or local creative group by clicking here.

Funding Fair

28/04/2017, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket

This FREE mini-conference for staff, volunteers and trustees working in the heritage and arts sector is open for bookings now! 

It is a must-attend event if any of the following applies to you: 

•          thinking of/have applied for an HLF grant
•          exploring new ways of fundraising
•          would like to meet with potential funders
•          want feedback on fundraising proposals
•          keen to develop your fundraising skills
•          researching top tips from experts
•          new to fundraising and want to learn some basic dos and don’ts

As well as practical workshops and presentations, the day will include the chance to quiz a panel of experts and the opportunity to book 1:1 clinic sessions with HLF Development Manager, Kate Brown, and fundraising consultant, David Burgess. 

To view the full programme and to book a free place, click here.

Creative United

Creative United have launched Prosper - a new business support programme for the arts, museums and libraries. A free morning briefing will be held at the Writers’ Centre, Norwich on 31st March where you can learn more about the programme and meet the partners.

Prosper is an Arts Council England-funded programme designed to improve confidence and capabilities with business planning and strategy. It offers the opportunity for around 70 arts and cultural organisations, companies or individual entrepreneurs in England to participate in nine months of free, dynamic and impactful business support activities, such as 1-to-1 business advice, masterclasses, workshops, webinars and meetups.

To launch the programme, Creative United are hosting a morning briefing event at the Writers’ Centre on Friday 31st March, 9:45am-11:00am. Anyone who’s interested in finding out more about Prosper is welcome to attend and you can RSVP via the Creative United website, where you can also find more info:

Creative Minds North

Creative Minds North - The learning disability arts conference will take place at HOME Manchester on 15th June 2017.

At the conference you can see performance, film and visual work and take part in discussions. Artists will present their work and there will be opportunities to talk or address the conference themes in a variety of accessible ways.

Creative Minds brings together artists and performers with learning disabilities and a range of people from the wider arts world to look at quality, leadership, inclusion and collaboration.

Don't miss out - Early Bird tickets on sale until 31 March. For more information and to book please visit:

Opportunities for Artists/Writers/PerformersNorfolk Contemporary Craft Society call for applicants 2017

The NCCS is putting out a call for new members.

Founded in 1972, Norfolk Contemporary Craft Society (NCCS) is the leading Norfolk association of designer-makers. Members encompass traditional to cutting-edge designer crafts.

Selection for membership will take place June based on a collection of craft work exhibited to the panel.  Applications are welcome from local crafts people and supporters or who have links with the Region.

For more information visit:

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Funding OpportunitiesPostgraduate Research Degree Bursary 

Building on our success in the REF 2014, Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) is pleased to offer a PhD fees-only Student Bursary to a research student who is offered, accepts and takes up a place on NUA’s research degree programme in 2017/18.

This PhD fees-only bursary is open to EU and UK applicants who wish to pursue either practice-based or text-based research, and will be awarded to a candidate whose proposed area of study broadly aligns with the University’s research theme Pattern and Chaos.

The Preliminary Application should demonstrate the applicant’s experience and skills in one or more of the following associated areas:

• Algorithmic Design
• Materials Exploration
• Structure and Form

For more information please visit:

Closing Date: Monday 3rd April 2017

Funding for theatres to carry out urgent repairs

The Theatres Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications to the Urgent Repairs Scheme is the 16th September 2017. The scheme which has been set up in partnership with the Wolfson Foundation allows both large and small theatres to make urgent building repairs. Theatres with leases of more than 15 years that are in need of immediate repair and maintenance, and which could otherwise face closure, will be able to apply for grants of up to £15,000. The scheme is open to all theatres operating a year-round programme of live performance with no less than 30 performances a year; theatres that are not statutory listed will need to demonstrate the architectural significance of their building.

Read more at: 

PRS for Music Foundation Open Grants Programme

Not for profit organisations based in the UK with projects that involve the creation, performance and promotion of new music of any genre have until the 8th May to apply for up to £10,000 of funding from the current round of the Open Fund for Organisations. The Open Fund is available to any not-for-profit organisation based in the UK with an eligible project, this includes:

• Promoters
• Festivals
• Orchestras and large ensembles
• Talent development or composer development organisations
• Venues
• Curators.

The programme's priority is to support an exciting range of projects which have clear musical outcomes and tangible benefits for music creators of all genres and backgrounds and at different stages of their career. The funding can be used to support touring, recording, promotion and marketing, commissions of new music by UK based creators, music creators' residencies and live programmes featuring new UK music. The activity that you are requesting funding for must start at least 12 weeks after the deadline.
Read more at: 

Greggs Foundation - Local Communities Projects Fund

The next application deadline for the Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund is the 24th June 2017. The foundation is a grant making trust which distributes around £1.8 million per year to organisations throughout England, Scotland and Wales. The Local Community Projects Fund makes grants of up to £2,000 to not for profit organisations with a turnover of less than £300,000 a year who work to reduce the disadvantage of the most deprived people in the community such as the disabled, those living in poverty, voluntary carers and isolated older people. The Foundation are more likely to make grants to local organisations based near Greggs shops.
Please use the shop locator on the Greggs website to find their nearest shop. Read more at: 

Funding for artists & bands

PRS for Music Foundation has announced that the next application deadline for the Momentum Music Fund is the 16th May 2017. The Momentum Music Fund offers grants of £5,000-£15,000 for artists/bands to break through to the next level of their careers. Activities eligible for support include:

• Recording
• Touring
• Marketing.

Applications can be submitted by the artists themselves or those who are working on their behalf, e.g. a manager, an independent label or publisher. Priority will be given to those that haven't been funded by PRS for Music Foundation in the previous 12 months. Artists/Bands applying for the Momentum Music Fund must be at a crucial tipping point in their careers, showing current progression and growth as an artist with the potential to significantly develop their careers over the next two years.
Read more at: 

Volunteering OpportunitiesNorfolk and Norwich Festival
Take part: Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring.

There are things in life you can’t rehearse for...

Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring. is a quartet about the human life cycle - living, dying, and our relationship with time - from internationally renowned theatre company Quarantine.

Comprising three live performances and a film, this piece of mass portraiture is epic in scale, ambition and subject.

Each piece has a distinct focus: Summer. sees dozens of people on stage responding to this very day; Autumn. unfolds as a two hour interval in history, full of food, conversation and clairvoyance; Winter. meets a woman preparing for death and Spring. is performed by pregnant women and imagines lives as yet unlived.

Summer. and Spring. will both feature local people. Want to take part? Please fill in the Google form here.

Important information:

You don’t need to have had any past experience.
We are specifically not looking for actors.
You need to be comfortable to appear on stage in front of a live audience.
There won’t be any lines to learn.
You will need to be available for rehearsals and performances all of which will be in Norwich during April and May.

We can help support transport costs.

Email or call 01603 877764 for more information.

Norfolk and Norwich Festival
Take part: We meet in paradise

Are you or have you been a refugee or asylum seeker?
Do you or have you worked closely with refugees or asylum seekers?
Are you interested in the performing arts, mask theatre and storytelling?

We meet in paradise is a theatrical collage of escape and exile. Berlin-based theatre company TheatreFragile are looking to work with local refugees and support workers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, to gather their stories and experiences, and to participate in this moving, poetic masked theatre piece. Through interviews, mask performance workshops and interventions in local public spaces, the show will bring unheard voices to the centre of an interactive performance that poetically presents the complex issue of exile.

It is free to participate and we can help cover transport costs.

Email or call 01603 877764 for more information.

The Wells Maltings

The Wells Maltings is breaking ground on a two-story extension providing spaces for retail, reception, café, visitor facilities, community room and an exhibition and gallery space. We are responding to a Heritage Lottery Fund and community initiative that will coincide with the reopening of the new facility in Spring 2018.

There’s lots YOU can do at the Wells Maltings, even before our new facility opens! 

Did you know that cargoes from ships on the Quay at Wells Harbour reached the shores of Japan laden with malted barley?  Sugar beets grown in Norfolk were loaded on barges that passed through Wells and came by road or rail. If you are interested in History, Arts or Culture, consider giving your time and talent and become a volunteer at the Wells Maltings. To chase away winter gray days, come make a few new friends and perhaps even learn a new skill.  Wells Maltings is adding a little spice to the cultural landscape of our north Norfolk coast with a variety of Heritage Lottery Fund activities that include a reconfigured website that will be hub for all our programming at the Maltings. Also we are creating an eco-friendly Arts Heritage Trail. We will gather lively Spoken Histories from local residents and bring arts-related educational programming to the Centre.  There’s lots of work to be done before the opening, so we need “all hands on deck”.

Our Volunteer Programme will have a variety of teams to suit your many skills and talents.

Please see here for more information or contact Mary Blue Brady at the Wells Maltings Trust ( or 01328 711378) to express your interest.

Collections Volunteer
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Cambridge

Closing Date: 2 April 2017

The Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology (MAA) is in the process of improving a discrete archaeological collection of Palaeolithic material, for which it is jointly responsible, in the form of updating the collections management database entries, barcoding storage boxes and repacking where necessary.

To assist in this project, we are recruiting two volunteers from 10 to 21 April 2017.

This is an excellent opportunity for individuals who are interested in a museum career to gain valuable experience in the practical elements of collections management.

Volunteers from all backgrounds and experience are welcome, especially those who have an interest in archaeology. This role will involve being on your feet for most of the day, manoeuvring trolleys, climbing ladders and carrying heavy boxes.

Time involvement: An Introduction Session will be held on 4 April 2017 at 11am. This volunteer project will run from 10 - 21 April, not including the Bank Holidays.

For more information and to apply, please visit:

Ancient Egyptian Coffins Volunteer
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Closing Date: 12 noon on 21 April

The Fitzwilliam Museum's Egyptian collection is looked after by members of the Antiquities Department. This includes a world-class collection of coffins that are actively under study at present in preparation for a full scholarly publication. Work on the coffins includes technical analyses of their construction and decoration, as well as study of the motifs and texts. A great deal of work has already been carried out and the process of collating material will now begin.

Volunteer tasks
- Checking brief descriptions of coffins
- Checking transcriptions of texts for errors and omissions

For More information and to apply, please visit:

Norfolk Arts Forum


Categories: Norfolk

Get ready for Mother's Day with your Friday Takeaway

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 13:13

   A flavour of NCC's week...                         24 March 2017

The road ahead for Children's Services

Matt Dunkley, Interim Executive Director of Children's Services (pictured), and Cllr Roger Smith, Chair of Children’s Services Committee, talked to Radio Norfolk this week about the future of Children’s Services.

Matt said he has a positive, professional and forward-looking workforce and he is confident he (and the whole of Children’s Services) can create conditions for success- at the rate and pace we need to do this. He talked about the recruitment of 28 newly-qualified social workers, the social work academy and a consistent approach to supporting our families across the county.

Education standards in Norfolk and DfE plans to change funding for schools (including the Norfolk Primary Headteachers’ Association and the Norfolk Secondary Education Leaders’ letter to parents this week) were also discussed. You can hear the full interview here, listen from 8.20am, Radio Norfolk, the Nick Conrad show, 23 March.

Twitter success as we celebrate our social workers

Our #socialworkers twitter day on Tuesday (21 March) was a social media success – with over 70,000 twitter impressions (normally there are around 8,000 on a typical day), 100 retweets and 75 likes.  

The day coincided with World Social Work Day 2017 and over the course of the day, staff and partners tweeted their experiences of typical day as a social worker from working with a young person leaving care, to making arrangements for an older person to return home from hospital. We have over 600 social workers helping some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and this week we celebrated the amazing work they do to make a real difference to people’s lives. 

ACE funding for our libraries

Congratulations to our Library and Information Service which has been awarded £98,000 to set up a mentoring programme to help adults and children aged 8+ who cannot read. The Norfolk Reading Pathway is expected to help more than 750 residents learn to read through a phonics-based reading scheme and by recruiting volunteer mentors to help. The money was announced this week by Arts Council England.

Taking data security seriously - play your part

This week’s £60,000 fine from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for a historic data breach (in 2014)  is a reminder of just how important data protection is, not only in monetary terms but also the potential risk to personal information. It’s important that we all keep data protection at the front of our minds. This is everyone’s responsibility. 

Our data protection practice has improved a lot since 2014 but there is always more to do.  The ICO, in their inspection of our practice last year, gave us their second highest rating around the processes and procedures that are in place for delivering data protection compliance. The audit identified some scope for improvement, mostly about ensuring that we keep up the momentum and consolidate good practice.

This is where you come in. We all have an important part to play in preventing breaches like this from happening again:
-Make sure you comply with our policies and procedures for information management.
-Read our top tips for keeping personal information safe.

Get voting to help people explore their roots

Adam Flack, a Residential Children’s Practitioner in Dereham, and his colleagues are looking for funding via the National Lottery’s People’s Project. Adam’s project - Explore Your Roots - will help people experiencing difficult and complex challenges to connect to local green spaces, waterways and areas of natural beauty in Norfolk via active and engaging learning experiences. You can vote here.

On the road to a healthier lifestyle

You can sign up to the Cycle2work scheme between 1 April and 31 May and make savings on the cost of a new bike and safety accessories. Visit or PeopleNet for more information.

If you’re new to cycling and want to buddy up with an experienced cyclist email  For more information on cycling visit our staff travel pages.

And finally… it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday

Free cream tea for all mums at Gressenhall this Mothering Sunday. So treat your mum to a special visit @GressenhallFW

Missed last week's edition? Don't worry - you can find all editions at The Friday Takeaway

CLT out and about this week:

Wendy is attending the Policy and Resources Committee and is sitting on the final panel for the Strategy Director interviews.

Matt will be involved in the Essex Stocktake, visiting teams based at the Professional Development Centre and will also attend a union meeting.

James will attend the Promoting Independence Programme Board. He's also meeting the Motor Neurone Disease Association and attending a meeting about integrated working with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Borough Council.

Simon will attend the Great Yarmouth Locality Board and the Police and Fire Technical working Group at Chartered Institute of Public Finance, London.

For more information on CLT, visit Our Leadership Team.

One minute’s silence for Westminster attack

Yesterday, following the events that took place in Westminster on Wednesday, we (along with all Whitehall Government buildings) observed a one minute's silence (and the Union flag was at half-mast at County Hall) to remember those affected by the attack.

Norfolk Rewards – claim your Park & Ride cashback by 29 March

The holdall smartcard website, and payment service provider, is changing on 30 March so if you have made a purchase, which is eligible for cashback via Norfolk Rewards, you need to claim this straightaway or by 29 March at the very latest. Read more.

Apprenticeships - book your manager session now 

Find out how apprenticeships can benefit you and your team by booking on the manager information sessions on 27 and 28 March.  Book now

Join the vote - it's your Norfolk 

We’re urging residents to register to vote for the County Council elections in May. Residents will head to the polls on Thursday 4 May to vote for which Norfolk County Councillors they would like to see elected to form the new Authority and take responsibility for services such as adult social care, education, roads, waste disposal, Fire and Rescue, trading standards and libraries. Residents have until Thursday 13 April to register.

Don’t forget purdah starts on Monday

A reminder that purdah starts on Monday 27 March, here’s what you need to know.

Wendy's blog

Wendy Thomson, Managing Director
The week has, of course, been dominated by the appalling attack in Westminster on Wednesday. I know many of you share my sense of the importance at such a time of demonstrating our solidarity with those affected by the terrible events which unfolded so close to the heart of our democracy. Read more

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April at Norfolk Museums

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 08:30
April at Norfolk Museums Norwich Castle

New Exhibition: Small Stories: At home in a dolls' house, Sat 4 Mar - Sun 25 June. Discover twelve of the V&A Museum of Childhood’s most treasured dolls’ houses. Journey through the history of the home and hear tales of marriages and parties, politics and crime. Explore through audio stories, or experience daily life in the past in our room recreations. The finale of the exhibition is Dream House, featuring magical miniature rooms created by local artists, makers and school groups. Continuing at Strangers’ Hall with special displays and events.

Continuing Exhibitions: From Norfolk to Nubia: the watercolours of E T Daniell, and 'To watch the corn grow, and the blossoms set' The art of Claughton Pellew plus Norfolk Contemporary Art Society: Sixty Years On, Highlights from Norwich Castle's Collection.

Easter Holiday Activities: 10.30am - 12.30pm & 1.30 - 3.30pm. Small Story Soundscape, Mon 3 Apr. Transform everyday objects into a symphony of sound with Michael Ridge.  Small Stories Live! Tues 4 & Mon 10 Apr. Create a mini, animated adventure.  Big from Little, Weds 5 Apr. Join Norfolk Community Learning Services, to make big crafts from little things. Miniature Norwich, Fri 7 Apr. Explore the city’s buildings with Norfolk Record Office and junk-model your own, construction.  Perfect Paper, Tues 11 Apr, create miniature block print wall paper.

The Stonemasons' Craft, Thurs 6 Apr, 10.30am - 3pm, The Guild of St Stephen & St George create carvings, both outside and inside the Castle.  A Tale of Two Households, Thurs 6 Apr, 11am, 12 noon, 1.30 & 2.30pm. Join our mini-drama school and bring exhibition characters to life. Courtroom Drama, Weds 12 Apr, 12.30 & 2.30pm. A re-enacted 19th Century Norwich trial. Booking essential. 12+. Plus Guilty or Not Guilty? Help furnish the accused's abode.  Mighty Miniatures, Thurs 13 Apr, Workshops 11am, 12.10, 2 & 3.10pm, create your own dolls’ house furniture. 7+. Booking essential.

Workshops for Adults: Castle Art, Weds 19 Apr, 11am - 12.30pm. Art classes for beginners and improvers. Booking recommended. Adult £6.50, Conc £6, Museums Pass £5.50. In the Parlour with the Candlestick, Sat 29 Apr, 10.30am - 1pm, Writing Workshop with Henrietta Rose Innes.  Suitable for beginner and improving writers. Adult £8, Conc £7.50, Museums Pass/CTA £7. Booking essential.

Exhibition Talks: Decorative Arts and the History of the Home, Sat 22 Apr, 2 - 2.30pm, 12+. Upstairs Downstairs, Tues 25 Apr, 12.30 - 1pm.

Tours: Shirehall Courtroom Tour, Weds 26 Apr, 2 - 2.45pm. Booking essential. 12+. 

Spring Bank Holiday Events: Out-side-in Design, Sat 29 Apr & Mon 1 May.  See display models created by Norwich University of the Arts, Interior Design Students, where exterior architectural features, are used to create intriguing, interior spaces.  Meet the Stonemasons, Sat 29 Apr, 10.30am - 3pm. The Stonemasons' Guild of St Stephen & St George share their knowledge of stone carving and medieval construction.  City Architecture, Sat 29 Apr & Mon 1 May, 10.30am - 3.30pm, plan your own structure and build it into our Conurbation. 

Talking Textiles: April Showers, Thurs 20 Apr, 11am - 12.30pm. Discover the ingenious methods used to guard against all types of weather: Booking essential. Adult £8, Conc £7.50, Museums Pass/CTA £7.

To book Norwich Castle events tel. 01603 495897 / 493625.

Time and Tide

Exhibition: Titanic: Honour and Glory, Sat 1 Apr - Sun 24 Sept, 10am - 4.30pm. Exhibition exploring the most famous ocean liner in the world - from its conception to tragic demise, her sister ships, and owners the White Star Line, as well as the local links of some of its passengers.

Trail: On Board the Titanic, Sat 1 Apr - Sun 24 Sept, 10am - 4pm Discover what life was like on board this 'ship of dreams'.

Event Days: Lost at Sea, Weds 5 & 12 Apr, 11am - 4pm. Learn the art of navigating from our maritime collections; try Morse code and learn how to attract attention.  That Fateful Night…, Sat 15 Apr, 11am - 4pm. On the 105th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, meet costumed characters, hear passengers' tales, try deck games, and hear a talk by John Balls of the Norfolk Survivors Association. 

Workshop for Adults: Draw Me like One of your French Girls'…Life Drawing Class, Sun 30 Apr, 9.30am - 1pm, join our professional tutor and model to try your hand at life drawing. Suitable for all levels. Booking Essential, tel: 01493 743930. Limited Spaces Available. FREE.

Cromer Museum

Event Day: Fair Fisher Folk, Tues 4 & 11 Apr, 10am - 12.30pm & 1 - 3.30pm. Meet our friendly fisherman in his cottage to learn about life on the sea. See if you have what it takes to be fair fisher folk! 

A Picture Perfect Trail, Sat 1 Apr - 31 Oct, 10.30am - 3.30pm. Find photography equipment hidden around the museum.

Let's Go Camera-less, Thurs 6 Apr, 10am - 12.30pm & 1 - 3.30pm. Learn the art of basic print photography without the use of a camera. Great for all ages! 

Fossil Finders, Thurs 13 Apr, 10am - 12.30pm & 1 - 3.30pm. Uncover your own fossilised creatures from the sand. 

Ghost Walk, Sun 30 Apr, 7 - 8.30pm, Listen to legends and ghostly tales whilst discovering Cromer's atmospheric sights. Meet at the museum 15 minutes before start. Advance booking essential: 01263 513543. £3, Museums Pass £2.50.

Ancient House

Exhibition: Pulp - Pin Trays, Pails and Pots: The Story of Thetford Pulp Ware. Discover the secrets of Thetford's unique industry. 

Talk: A Portrait of the Artist J M W Turner in East Anglia, Tues 11 Apr, 2.30pm - 3.30pm. With Richard Hogget. Booking essential tel. 01842 752599. £5, Members FREE.

Discovery Day: Easter Crafts, Tues 11 Apr, 10.30am - 1pm. Egg-citing crafts.  £2, Members £1.

Trails: 50p per trail + admission. Hopping Mad! Sat 1 - Sat 8 Apr, Easter Fun. Tues 11 - Sat 15 Apr.

Crafts for Adults: Booking essential tel. 01842 752599. £2, Members £1. Knit & Knatter, Tues 4 & Thurs 20 Apr, 10.30am - 12 noon.
Dolls House Club, Tues 4 Apr, 1.30 - 3.30pm.

Under 5s: Mini Museum Club - Teddy Bears' Picnic, Thurs 27 Apr, 10.30am - 11.30am. 50p per child.


Sat 29 April – Mon 1 May

Norwich Historic Churches Trust are running an exciting festival weekend, celebrating Norwich’s outstanding collection of medieval churches.  There are over 50 FREE events across the city, including performances, family activities, exhibitions, talks, walks and trails.  Visit the Flintspiration website>>  for more details.

Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse

Easter Holiday Activities: School’s Out! Sat 1 - Bank holiday Mon 17 Apr, 10am - 5pm. Search for Gressenhall's wild side and get closer to nature. 

Day with a Difference: Gressenhall Goes Wild, Bank Holiday Mon 17 Apr, 10am - 5pm. Become a nature detective, venture into the woods and get up close to fascinating animals and insects.  

Sing at the Workhouse, Sat 22 Apr, 10am - 7pm. Explore our new Voices from the Workhouse galleries and sing the songs Victorian inmates would have sung 150 years ago.  Age 14+.  £10, Museums Pass £8.

Strangers' Hall

Displays: Small Stories at Strangers' Hall: Showing until Sun 25 June. As part of the Small Stories, At Home in a Dolls’ House exhibition at Norwich Castle, see the newly conserved Norwich Baby House, and follow a trail to see dolls’ houses, furniture and miniatures from our collections. OFFER: Show your Castle ticket and receive 50% off your Strangers’ Hall admission.

School Holiday Activities: The House that Dolly Built, Sun 2 - Sun 16 Apr. Make tiny things for your own dolls’ house: paper folding, matchbox rooms and peg dolls (varies day to day).  Betty's Dolls' Hospital Clinic, Weds 12 Apr, 10am - 3.30pm. A drop-in clinic for minor, on-the-spot doll repairs. 

Workshop for Adutls: Traditional Feather-work Dolls' House Furniture, Fri 28 Apr, 10am - 12 noon. Learn traditional techniques and create examples to take home. Booking essential, 01603 495897 / 493625. Adult £12, Concs £11.50, Members £11.

Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell

School Holiday Activities: Blitz Stories, Tues 4 - Sat 15 Apr, 10am - 4.30pm. Seventy five years since the Second World War Baedeker raids, find out how Norwich people coped – with trails, crafts and activities. 

Age Friendly Tour: Welcome Walk, Thurs 20 Apr, 10.30am. Join our specially trained staff for a wander around the museum in this relaxed introductory tour aimed at those living with dementia, and their carers. Refreshments included. Booking essential 01603 629127.

Elizabethan House

Ruffs, Cuffs and Crowns, Mon 3 Apr, 11am - 4pm. Make jewels and accessories fit for a queen! 

Eggstraordinary Birds, Mon 10 Apr, 11am - 4pm. Create your own miniature birds.

Tolhouse Gaol

Catapults and Castles, Fri 7 Apr, 11am - 4pm Make catapults to break the barricades. 

Event Day: Terrible Transportation, Fri 14 Apr, 11am - 4pm. The truth about transportation, from Draconian sentences to the interminable voyages to the colonies.

Lynn Museum

Exhibition: Little Lives: Snapshots of Childhood From 1800 to the Present. Stories of childhood over the last two centuries told through objects, photographs and paintings.

Child's Play, Tues 4 Apr, 10.30am - 1pm. Handle childhood objects from the past, meet costumed characters, plus crafts to take home. 

Trails:  Out of the Toy Box, Sat 1 - Sat 8 Apr; Easter Fun! Sun 9 - Sun 16 Apr.

Easter Crafts, Tues 11 Apr, 10.30am - 1pm.   

Wednesday Talks: 2.30 – 3.30pm. £2, Members Free. Booking essential, 01553 775001. 12 April  “Don't Panic!" The Norfolk Home Guard in WW2; 26 April, Wearing Anglo-Saxon Art: the Pentney Brooches in Context.

Stories of Lynn

Curious Creatures, Tues 11 Apr, 11am - 3pm. Discover animals in the collections. Follow an Easter-egg hunt, make an animal mask and bird feeder, and more! Stories of Lynn>>

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Norfolk County Council News Update

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 17:20

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The following news has recently been added to our website:

Hopes that new 50mph limit on A146 Trowse bypass will cut collisions

NDR Traffic Update No 40 - B1149 Holt Road long-term lights, A140 lights during beam lifts

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Norfolk County Council Trading Standards Consumer Scam, News and Information Alerts

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 17:10

Latest Consumer Alerts and Trading Standards news

We’re highlighting the following consumer news and scams:

Email scams and phishing alerts

Look out for the following email scams which are circulating: 


If you receive one of these emails delete it without clicking on any links in the message. You can report scam emails to Action Fraud, details below.

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Reporting scams

Reporting any scams you receive can help to build up intelligence on the scammers and how they target people. You can report scams to:

Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline 03454 04 05 06 or
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Norfolk County Council - Planning (Regulatory) Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 16:25

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Planning (Regulatory) Committee. The Agenda for the meeting due to be held on Friday 31 March 2017 is now available.
Please note that Norfolk County Council is moving towards more paperless working and printed meeting papers are not generally available at our public meetings. Please click on the highlighted link above and then, within the site that opens, click the relevant date under the “Scheduled Meeting Date” column to see these papers.
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Norfolk County Council - Norfolk Joint Museums Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 13:33

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Norfolk Joint Museums Committee. The Agenda for the meeting due to be held on Friday 31 March 2017 at 2pm in the Edwards Room, County Hall, Norwich, is now available.

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Norfolk County Council - Norfolk Records Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:26

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Norfolk Records Committee. The Agenda for the meeting due to be held on Friday 31 March 2017 at 10:30 in the Green Room, the Archive Centre, County Hall, is now available.

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Looking for advice on your Driving For Work Policy?

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:37
Spaces now available

We know you realise just how important it is to provide driver assessment and training to your staff.  With the recent mobile phone legislation having just been introduced it’s even more important that your staff are well informed when it comes to driving for work.   

Need some help reviewing your driving for work policy?  We offer a FREE consultancy service.


Taken on new staff? We're now taking bookings for our driving for work workshops - check out all our training options here

Whatever the reason for getting back in touch we'd love to offer you support and advice on our Driving for Work training options. Our team of professional driving instructors offer advice and guidance on all aspects of driving for work including : 

  • Skid avoidance training
  • Expert hands-on tuition on how to drive in tricky conditions
  • Eco safe (fuel saving) training
  • Driving for work policy writing consultancy service
Please get in touch now to discuss your driving for work training needs.

    We look forward to seeing you again soon.

    Kind regards

    Sally Plail

    Driver and Rider Development Manager

    Road Safety and Education Development Manager 

    Norfolk County Council


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    Recycle for Norfolk e-zine Spring 2017

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:29
    Recycle for Norfolk E-zine Spring 2017 Welcome to the latest edition of our e-zine!Be a Love Food Hate Waste Champion

    Feeling passionate about food? Then why not join our network of volunteers and become a Love Food Hate Waste Champion?

    As a volunteer, you will be able to help your friends, family and community to make their household budgets go further by cutting down on the amount of food they throw away.

    You will receive training to equip you with the know-how and tools you need to offer people advice on making small practical changes that can save them money and help make the most of the food they buy.

    Anyone over the age of 18 can apply to join the volunteer scheme and take part in the training. Our next training course will take place on Saturday 10 June 2017 at the Nightingale Centre in Framingham Earl.

    Please get in touch if you are interested in becoming a Love Food Hate Waste Champion by emailing or call us on 0344 800 8020.

    Electricals now available at reuse shops

    Reuse shops, based at 7 main recycling centres, are selling electrical goods for the first time. 

    So if you need a new hoover, TV or dvd player, now would be a great time to come and have a look! All items are professionally tested before sale and prices start from just £6. 

    Reuse shops selling electricals are Caister, Mayton Wood, Hempton, Dereham, Kings Lynn, Thetford and Ketteringham. 

    Visit for directions to your nearest site and more information. A proportion of the proceeds from reuse shops are donated to Norfolk Wildlife Trust.

    Reuse events for electricals

    Look out for household electricals reuse events in your local area!

    The events will take place throughtout the coming year. They are designed for residents to bring their small household waste electrical items to local community locations for reuse and recycling. They will be run in partnership between local District Councils, their charity partners and Norfolk County Council.

    Some events will be ‘bring’ only, with any donated items being taken away for reuse or recycling by charity partners. Other events will be ‘give and take’ events. Householders are given the opportunity to come back a little later than the start time to take away electrically tested items for reuse (a small donation for charity will be requested). Any leftover items will be taken away for reuse and recycling.

    Please keep an eye on for information about when and where events are running.

    Recycling centres

    The season to get out in your garden or have a Spring clean is upon us. When visiting your local recycling centre please remember to wear sensible shoes (no flips flops however warm it is) and gloves if handling garden waste or sharp/breakable items like glass or ceramic tiles. 

    From 1 April all recycling centres are operating the summer opening hours of 9am to 5pm, with the exception of Mile Cross Recycling Centre in Norwich which is open until 7:30pm.

    Finally, if your Spring clean involves a bit of redecorating, please be aware of our restrictions on DIY waste and that paint isn’t accepted at any recycling centres (unless the can is empty or the paint dried out). To dry out paint simply add absorbent material, such as sawdust or cat litter, and then it can be bagged and disposed of in your general waste bin at home.

    Please visit for more information.

    Transform your textiles

    As well as helping to save you cash, getting creative with your clothes can give you a fabulous unique style that nobody else can match!

    We recently partnered with the Norfolk Museums Service to trial some ‘make do and mend’ style textile repair and upcycling workshops. Using examples from the museum costume collection to inspire creative ideas, the sessions focussed on teaching techniques like patching, dry felting and decorative embroidery to help to prolong the life of clothing.  

    We are planning to run more workshops later in the year and would love to hear from you if you’d be interested in attending one, or if you have some existing skills that you may like to share with others. Please email us at .

    If you’re keen to get started right away then please take a look at for repair guides, project ideas and details of local adult education courses.

    Norwich and Norfolk's Eco Awards 2017 - winners announced!

    Shiitake mushroom growing, car sharing and food recycling were just some of the winning projects at this year's Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards ceremony, which celebrates outstanding commitment to sustainability and environmental excellence across the county.

    The ninth annual Eco Awards, run by Norwich City Council and Norfolk County Council, drew entries from a diversity of businesses, schools and community groups from across Norfolk, and the winners were announced at a buzzing award ceremony at The Forum on 16 March.

    This year’s winners were: 

    Eco primary school: East Ruston Infant School 

    Eco secondary school: Flegg High School

    Eco food producer: Woodfruits of Norfolk

    Eco small/medium business: Ltd

    Eco community group: FoodCycle Norwich 

    Eco home: Victorian terraced retrofit project (Silver road, Norwich) owned by Matthew White

    Eco hero: Ltd

    Highly commended entries were: Rackheath Primary School, Reepham High School and College, Friends of Train Wood and Marriott’s Way, The Master Composters, Little Ouse Headwaters Project, Eastgate Larder, Barnwell Print, East View Farm Holiday Cottages, Old Brick Kilns Caravan and Camping Park, East View Farm, Hamson Barron Smith.

    To read the full article please visit
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    Norfolk County Council - Economic Development Sub-Committee

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 10:32

    You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Economic Development Sub-Committee. The amended Agenda for the meeting due to be held on Thursday 30 March 2017 at 10 am in the Edwards Room, County Hall, Norwich is now available.

    Please note that Norfolk County Council is moving towards more paperless working and printed meeting papers are not generally available at our public meetings. Please click on the highlighted link above and then, within the site that opens, click the relevant date under the “Scheduled Meeting Date” column to see these papers.

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    Norfolk County Council News Update

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 17:33

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    Norfolk County Council and partners mark the 5th Anniversary of the signing of the Norfolk Armed Forces Covenant

    Library project teaching Norfolk residents to read gets £98,000 boost


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    Norfolk County Council - Economic Development Sub-Committee

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 17:17

    You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Economic Development Sub-Committee. The Agenda for the meeting due to be held on Thursday 30 March at 10am in the Edwards Room, County Hall, Norwich is now available.

    Please note that Norfolk County Council is moving towards more paperless working and printed meeting papers are not generally available at our public meetings. Please click on the highlighted link above and then, within the site that opens, click the relevant date under the “Scheduled Meeting Date” column to see these papers.

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    Norfolk County Council - Communities Committee

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 17:15

    You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Communities Committee. The draft Minutes for the meeting held on Wednesday 8 March 2017 are now available.
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    Norfolk Social Care Academy newsletter - March 2017

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 16:19
    Norfolk Social Care Academy Newsletter - March 2017 Be part of embedding a learning culture

    The NSCA is all about offering you opportunities to develop and to share your knowledge and expertise to help others improve their practice.

    The QA team is proud to offer the exciting development opportunity to join us on a rota basis to become part of a Peer Audit Team and share the breadth of knowledge across all teams. The programme aims to be a critical friend, improve outcomes for the most vulnerable children and young people and involve all social care staff at all levels in continuously seeking to improve practice and embed a culture of continuous quality improvement.

    If you are interested to learn more, please click the link presentation.

    Please do also contact Debby McKechnie and Rachel Cogman directly for a further conversation and if you are interested in attending our first peer audit workshop please email us telling us about your motivation for this, why you should be a part of the team and what you can bring. Dates of the workshops will follow.

    Celebrating sparkling moments

    Teams around the county have started sharing those moments that bring a smile to your face and make you proud of the work you do, as seen in the above picture from the FIT1 Team in Norwich.

    Another FIT1 Team, this time from the West, has shared these moments when they 'sparkled'... 

    Jenny - A parent told how much she valued Jenny’s support through her leaving a violent partner

    Justine - An 11 year old female with very low self-esteem and confidence was able to talk openly and contribute at her LAC review with Justine’s support

    Catalin - A case of five children have closed to Public Law Outline, due to good relationship based practice. Without this, the case could have easily escalated to Care Proceedings

    Sharon - A Child Protection Chair thanked her for her support in concentrating other professionals to think of the impact the situation has on the family

    Kaya - A challenging family has told her this week that they value her support

    Rachel - Has managed to encourage a child who is reluctant to go to school to attend for the last four days in a row

    Steph - A six year old child with complex needs, recently placed in his adoption placement, was able to identify all the important people in his new family, within some direct work completed with him. He is integrating very well and is very happy

    Maurice - Managed to get a father who never attends core group to a core group this week

    Neva - Extended family who have put themselves forward to become Special Guardian for two siblings stated at the LAC review how supported they felt by Social Worker

    Mari - On receiving copies of W’s special book, school staff were all very impressed with the delightful simplicity of the book, stating they felt it was just right for W and gives staff the reassurance that we are all giving a consistent message

    Natalie - Positive feedback received from an Independent Reviewing Officer, Hayley Griffin (Head of SW West) and Cathy Mouser (Asst. Director Social Work) regarding the support from Natalie and life journey work completed by Asst. Practitioner Kaya.

    Thank you and well done to all the team. Apologies if we missed anyone - we simply ran out of space!

    Recruitment & Retention Faculty

    Gail Woodward has been in post as Children’s Social Work Recruitment Lead for the past 10 weeks and it’s been a busy time. Recruitment and Retention is firmly on the agenda with the support of managers, heads of social work and senior leaders.

    What’s happened so far…………

    January 2017 – Meetings with HR and Comensura about the recruitment of social workers. Elly Starling has been working with Community Care and Norfolk will be the lead sponsor at the Community Care Live Event 2017. An agreement has been made for social work, management and specialist posts to be advertised. Gail has been talking to social workers, agency workers and team managers in the localities about staff retention and vacancies and working with Lorna Cottingham around the vacancies. Adverts have been written for team manager and assistant team manager posts and are live on our jobs website.

    February 2017 - A new schedule offers interviews every Wednesday for social work positions. Applications for vacant positions are now being shortlisted and contacted within 2/3 days of their application. We’ve had applications from external applicants, internal candidates and a number of agency workers wishing to secure their futures with us and there has been training for managers to support with the interview process.

    March 2017 – The adverts are about to go live in Community Care for social work positions. Interviews continue to take place on a weekly basis and we have appointed senior social workers, team managers and assistant team managers.  In the coming weeks, Gail plans to visit Dereham, Cromer and Breckland social work teams. Gail has also been working with Paul Brock to consider agency staff recruitment from a central pool. Norfolk’s jobs page will be updated regularly, so keep a watch for job and secondment opportunities on this page and in the improving times. We need the support of team managers in contacting Gail with any changes to staffing in their team to keep the establishment update. This is critical in knowing where social work agencies are at all times.

    If you have any questions about recruitment and staff retention please contact Gail Woodward on 01603 306877.

    Use them or lose them

    Don’t forget to make the most of the sessions being held across all localities, to help develop and improve our practice in using the Signs of Safety approach & methods effectively. Full details can be found here. If there is an area of practice which is not being covered by the sessions already planned, please let us know.

    There are still a few places available on the SofS Practice Leads training taking place on 18-21 April 2017. Please contact us to book a place.

    Introducing our new faculties

    As you know, work has begun on developing new faculties, for staff who may not be social work qualified but play an equally valuable role in supporting the families of Norfolk.

    The Residential and Young People Faculty, led by Lee Napper, will focus on the skills & opportunities needed by those working within our residential services and those working with the adolescent age group.

    Phil Beck will be leading the Family Practice Faculty for those who work directly with families providing vital support services.

    A third new faculty is still under review and further information will be provided in due course.

    Don’t forget to put forward your nominations for the NSCA Awards, celebrating & promoting good practice across Norfolk. Nomination forms are now available online, in the General Information section of the NSCA iNet pages.

    NSCA calendar

    If you’d like to know when & where faculty meetings are being held, please check the NSCA calendar for information. This can be found at the bottom of the General Information section of the Norfolk Social Care Academy iNet pages.  As things develop, it will also include any events or seminars being arranged for faculty members.

    Training courses can still be found via the Learning Hub and the NSCB.

    New National Assessment and Accreditation System

    The consultation on the NAAS has now closed. Our response and comments were based on consultation with 11 focus groups of social workers across the county and taken from on majority. A copy is available on request. We’ll keep you updated on any developments as they become available.

    Where do your skills lie?

    The Academy are developing a centralised database around the skills and knowledge of Norfolk’s Social Care staff, which will also assist in developing the Faculty offers, according to identified needs and wishes. To feed into this, a survey has been created and the link can be found in your letter welcoming you to the Academy. Please take some time to complete it as it provides valuable information. If you have not received your letter yet, don’t worry, it just means your faculty is not quite ready, but you will get an opportunity to complete the survey once your faculty is launched.  

    Children’s Services Procedures

    We are pleased to announce that our internal site for procedures, forms, templates and guidance now has an easy to use A-Z search function.

    If you think any particular document needs to be renamed to make this search function easier, please email and we will ask the document owner.

    Further work is on the horizon to improve the overall use and functionality of this website – so watch this space.

    Children’s Services Performance Framework

    The performance framework is now available to view online. It confirms Children’s Services’ commitment to improved performance and the quality of intervention as being everyone’s business and describes the activities that routinely take place to drive consistency and challenge whilst promoting improved performance and quality.

    The aim of this framework is to make clear to everyone that without a joined up approach between our business, service planning, performance and quality, we will not be in a sound position to continue our improvement with the pace required for the maximum benefit to children and their families.

    Please take time to read the framework and discuss at your regular performance and challenge meetings.

    Do you have a good idea for the next Improving Times? Send it to and see our back copies here.
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    Your Norfolk spring issue now available online

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 16:06
                                                                                           Spring edition - online now!

    Here's a taste of some of the items you can read in the spring issue of Your Norfolk online.

    Read the full issue here

    Tackling loneliness in Norfolk

    Norfolk businesses and community organisations are being encouraged to apply for a new quality accreditation mark for their work to combat loneliness in the county.

    The In Good Company quality mark will recognise the vast array of businesses, communities, voluntary and statutory organisations that run services or events for lonely people, or which support their work – for instance by encouraging employees to volunteer.

    Read more.

    Budget protects vital services

    Norfolk County Council will invest just under £1.4 billion in the county over the next year. The 2017-18 budget will support the council’s four priorities – Excellence in Education, Real Jobs, Good Infrastructure and Supporting Vulnerable People – and continues to support a shift towards earlier intervention services which reduce the long-term demand for council services.
    Read more.

    Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls' House

    Come and discover the secrets behind 12 of the V&A Museum of Childhood’s most treasured dolls’ houses and see their tiny inhabitants.

    On show at Norwich Castle until 25 June, this fun, family exhibition has detail to delight all ages.
    Find out more.

    Norfolk Libraries - Great Big Read

    Re-discover the joy of reading with the Great Big Read. This year’s promotion runs until 22 April and features the most in demand books requested from Norfolk libraries over the last year.
    Read more.

    Win family tickets for the East Anglian Game and Country Fair

    We’ve teamed up with the East Anglian Game and Country Fair to give you the chance to win one of 20 family tickets (admits two adults and three children), which this year takes place in the stunning grounds of Euston Estate, near Thetford on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 April.

    To find out more about how you can enter, click here.

    Delve into the Stories of Lynn

    Stories of Lynn – King’s Lynn’s newest attraction – takes visitors on a journey through 800 years of history with tales of the seafarers, explorers, merchants, mayors and miscreants who have shaped the town.

    Read more.

    May the fourth be with you

    Most people have a view about the community in which they live – things they love and things they don’t. Make sure your voice is heard by voting in this year’s County Council elections – it’s your chance to choose who makes decisions in your community.

    Find out more.

    Also in this issue

    Foster caring - have you got what it takes?

    Activate your business at Scottow Enterprise Park

    £1.5 million boost for cultural enterprise in Norfolk and Suffolk

    Boardwalk makes it easier to enjoy Roman Fort 

    In Good Health


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    Norfolk County Council News Update

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 17:08

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