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Free bus passes are being offered to Ukrainians being hosted by families in Great Yarmouth, thanks to a tie up between the local council and First Bus. Great Yarmouth Borough Council leader Carl Smith heard first hand from families staying in the town how difficulties with transport was making it difficult for them to settle in and asked First Bus if they could help. Now thanks to their generosity, Ukrainian guests will now be able to apply for a free one month pass for travel across the borough, and as far out as Norwich or Lowestoft. Head of operations and engineering Chris Speed has donated an initial 20 passes for the scheme, which is being coordinated by the council. One of the first families to benefit from the passes will…
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A floral display has been created in King’s Lynn to mark the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen. Created by Jason Wells with help from Sam Martin, who work for the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk, a specially created badge bed in Tower Gardens marks the occasion with flowers. There are a mixture of plants such as Begonias, Pelargoniums, Marigolds, Dahlias and some Cannas as centre pieces. Cllr Brian Long, Cabinet member for Corporate Services, said: “The message in the Tower Gardens display is to mark the historic occasion of the Queen’s 70 years of service and I’m pleased that everyone in the borough can visit and see it. These plants add a nice splash of colour to our green spaces. It looks stunning and should…
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Children from St Martha’s Catholic Primary School in King’s Lynn have been learning about the town’s history through a fun activity to recreate some of its buildings using recycled materials. Developed as part of the five-year Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) project, the lessons aim to inspire today’s young people to learn about and protect their historic environment. Speaking after a visit to see the children working on their buildings, Cllr Richard Blunt, the borough council’s cabinet member for development and regeneration and chair of the HAZ project board, said: “King’s Lynn has a rich and varied history that is important to preserve, from its associations with King John to its strategic importance as a medieval trading port. This project is helping to educate future generations about our local heritage and…
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Businesses in and around the borough of Great Yarmouth are being encouraged to join their local council in the journey towards Zero Waste by using wormeries to dramatically reduce food wastage. Thanks to funding from “circular economy” scheme called FACET, local businesses can choose between a completely free-of-charge wormery set up or a compost unit to help convert waste to valuable compost with ongoing vermiculture and composting support from experts in the field, Garden Organic. Great Yarmouth Borough Council has seen its own wormery rise in popularity since it was first introduced back in 2019. Initial feedback showed that staff really embraced the new initiative and as an impressive amount of food waste was being recycled, a further two wormeries were ordered. The wormery is an efficient, low-maintenance method of…
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Over 6,000 new trees have been planted near Lynnsport in King’s Lynn. A further 500 trees have been replanted in King’s Reach. Cllr Paul Kunes, Cabinet member for Environment, said: “This is the first large-scale planting programme as part of the borough council’s strategy to tackle climate change and offset carbon dioxide emissions. “We started the year by planting a small number of whips in The Walks, followed by more than 400 trees being planted in Sedgeford. It’s a great way of helping our environment, through planting native species, and will help towards being net carbon zero by 2030."
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Work to create a new library, university and learning centre in the heart of Great Yarmouth has stepped up a gear thanks to a £3.5m partnership with the University of Suffolk and East Coast College. Plans were unveiled in 2020 for a new education and community hub in the former Palmers department store in Great Yarmouth Market Place, including an enhanced Norfolk County Council public library. Last year Great Yarmouth Borough Council bought the building and began initial planning for the new centre. Now East Coast College and the University of Suffolk have formally committed to the scheme, with a £3.5m contribution that will see the college teach degree level courses at the new centre, accredited by the university. The University of East Anglia is also backing the project, with…
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A school in Rackheath has received a hedgehog home donation for National Hedgehog Awareness Week, to help reverse the decline of the species. Developer Barratt and David Wilson Homes donated the habitat as part of the annual National Hedgehog Awareness Week, which took place at the beginning of May. The awareness week is organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, and aims to highlight the issues hedgehogs face, whilst providing solutions for what people can do to support them. Following the society’s suggestion to buy or build a hedgehog home, the housebuilder donated a ‘hogitat’ hedgehog home to Rackheath Primary School, located on Willoughby Way near the developer’s Woodland Heath development.
Monday, 09 May 2022 00:00

Breckland Mobile Food Store launches

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A new mobile food store is launching to serve the rural communities of Breckland. The service will provide a way to shop for healthy, nutritious food and store cupboard staples at a reduced price, to help residents tackle increasing living costs or difficulties getting to other shops due to isolation. Friendly expert staff on the bus are trained to offer wider support such as advice on debt management, isolation & loneliness and mental health, and will signpost customers to a range of services that can offer further help, where needed. Informed by data, the bus will begin its route in early May, stopping in Swanton Morley, Bawdeswell, Shipdham, Carbrooke, Saham Toney, Ashill, Necton, Narborough, Weeting and East Harling.
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This Jubilee year, South Norfolk Council, are tripling the amount of funding they are giving to community groups to support local initiatives. Grants of £1,000 to £15,000 are available through their Community Action Fund for projects that will enhance residents’ quality of life. Cabinet Member Cllr Alison Thomas, Chair of the Community Action Panel, said: “Over the years we have helped countless projects come to fruition through these grants, funding everything from skate parks to befriending schemes and as seed funding to support larger scale projects like the Pennoyer Centre. This year to mark the Jubilee and to help give our communities a boost, we have tripled the money in the pot.”
Wednesday, 20 April 2022 00:00

GRIDSERVE opens new Electric Forecourt® in Norwich

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GRIDSERVE, the tech-enabled sustainable business that runs the GRIDSERVE Electric Highway - one of the UK’s leading electric charging networks, today opens a new state-of-the-art Compact Electric Forecourt® in Norwich. The first-of-its-kind EV experience facility delivers the latest charging technology, supplied by 100% renewable energy, and helps to pave the way for mass EV adoption well ahead of the 2030 ban on new petrol and dieselcars. The new Electric Forecourt® is one of the most advanced EV charging facilities in the world, hosting 36 EV chargers, including 22x high-power chargers with up to 350kW of power – the fastest chargers commercially available today, capable of adding up to 100 miles of range in only five minutes. The Norwich site forms part of GRIDSERVE’s £1 billion UK-wide investmentbeing rolled outintoitscharging infrastructure…
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