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MPs backing rail changes

MP Norman Lamb has added his voice to the campaign to improve the Bittern Rail Line, which runs from Norwich to Sheringham, stopping at Hoveton and Wroxham. The campaign is being led by Liberal Democrat district councillor Eric Seward and has been adopted by North Norfolk District Council as policy.

He is campaigning to ensure that significant

improvements to the Bittern Line are going to be included when a 15-year rail franchise is being decided in 2014. Mr Lamb highlighted the importance of the Bittern Line, saying: “It is used not only by local people commuting or travelling for leisure, but also by the thousands of tourists that visit Norfolk each year. Beyond the obvious direct benefits for those that use the service,

MONSTER MUNCH Wroxham Barns will be playing host to a Macmillan Monster Mince Pie Munch on Sunday, December 11, all in aid of Cancer Support. There will be mince pies on offer in return for a donation as wel as seasonal music and fun activities. Director Ian Russell said: We will have 2000 “free” fresh mince pies on offer, all made in our kitchen. I don’t want any left!" The event is one of many festive treats at the Barns. Call 01603 783762 for more details or go to

Charity expansion is child’s play

The Benjamin Foundation is gathering a host of new young fans as they expand their childcare services in both the north and south of the county. ‘Kidzone St Johns’ – a

breakfast and after-school club – opened its doors at Hoveton St Johns Primary School has transferred business ownership to the charity. Kidzone St Johns is a brand new service, launched in response to local need. The club is housed in a specially converted mobile classroom building in the grounds of Hoveton St John’s Primary School.


The building has been converted with the support of the school who installed a kitchen and toilet – and has been completely transformed by the staff team into a welcoming and friendly space for children, ages three to 13 years, to be cared for before and after school while having fun. It is approved by Ofsted for the care of 16 children and is already proving popular with busy working parents. Teresa Turner, play work manager with The Benjamin Foundation, says it has been a hectic time getting the

services operational within the charity but describes it as really exciting too. “We have been able to appoint three excellent people to help deliver our service at Hoveton St John’s. “We recognise how important it is for parents to be able to access trusted, quality childcare at affordable rates and are really excited to be expanding our services.” The Benjamin Foundation

currently runs Kidzone, offering wraparound care, and Town Tots pre-school nursery at North Walsham Junior School.

enhancing the line will therefore bring wider economic benefits to the region, where tourism is a major issue.”

Among the changes that Norman Lamb and

Councillor Seward are calling for are:  Trains to run every half hour during peak

periods.  A better late night service from Norwich.  An hourly service throughout the year on

Sundays.  Ensuring people are able to buy their tickets

in advance.  Enhancing car parking at some stations.

Councillor Seward welcomed Mr Lamb’s support on the campaign. Mr Lamb has already written to the Department of Transport to declare his support for this campaign.

LOW TOLLS RISE Tolls on the Broads will increase by 2.85% in the next financial year, the lowest rise for 17 years. Broads Authority members unanimously agreed the below- inflation rise in recognition of the financial pressure on many boaters. It has been made possible by unanticipated extra income from the growth in the hire boat fleet.

The number of boats registered on the Broads is up by 151 on 2010, with 31 more motor cruisers for hire. The new charges will mean a £12 increase for a large motor boat (48m2) currently paying £425 but only an 80p rise for a canoe paying £28.


A quiz and chips night at The Diplomat, Badersfield, has raised £1,041 for the charity Nelson’s Journey.

It was organised by HMP Bure prison officers Kim and Andrew Yeaman, who were delighted with the “fantastic support” they received from the prison staff, who made up 99% of the attendees.


Budding and accomplished artists have the chance to join a new group being set up in Buxton. The art group will run from January in the village hall, 2- 4pm, and anyone interested in getting together with other artists is asked to call 01603 279877.

DADS GO MAD Dads in Broadland were being invited to “go mad” with their children at a special event in Hoveton.

The Go Mad with Dad event took place on November 13 at Broadland Community Centre with the aim of bringing together fathers and their children for a bottle rocket workshop. The event was organised by Broadgrace Church, in partnership with Norfolk County Council’s Hoveton and Broadland Area Children’s Centre and was part of range of activities being organised by the children’s centre, which are focused on supporting fathers.

MODEL DONATION The Model Landscapes Co charity train, based at its shop at Wroxham Barns, has recently received a certificate from Macmillan Nurses to thank them for collecting £400 so far.


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