The Community spirit is alive and well in Loddon and Chedgrave as a sponsored walk to Hardley Mill organised by a newly formed support group raised £700 for a Women's refuge, and the mills restoration project.
The sale of covid masks in a cafe also brought in a further £800 to help the support group ChetChat as well.
ChetChat, who organised the walk, have been a positive outcome borne out of the pandemic lockdown. They were originally conceived to support the isolated, lonely and housebound by offering help and friendliness. Their aim was to help people in need by doing simple things for them like their shopping, weeding their gardens or collecting their prescriptions. However, having become aware of both Leeway the Women's refuge being in need of financial support and local landmark Hardley Mill costing up to £8,000 a year to be maintained they decided to organise the walk to raise much needed funds for them as well.
A South Norfolk manufacturing company which switched production to PPE face shields to support the NHS and frontline workers is now making them available for a wide range of sectors where staff will interact with the public post-lockdown including retail workers, schools and businesses.
The team at Panel Graphic converted their production facilities after the Government called on manufacturers for help in providing face shields and protective clothing for NHS workers. In less than a week the Loddon based business was making 10,000 face shields per day which were distributed to hospitals across Norfolk and Suffolk and the East Anglia Ambulance Service.
The company produces specialist plastics for Bentley Motors and McLaren Automotive, industrial technology equipment, marine aviation and electronic displays. The managing director Steve Earl initially contacted South Norfolk’s Business Support Team who were able to put him in touch with the relevant departments.
A multi award winning former Business community champion of the year, and pillar of her local community is about to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her incredibly popular tearooms.
Caroline Dwen opened Rosy Lees Tearooms in early December 1999 little realizing that 20 years later she would not only still be there but that she would have a long list of awards and nominations to her name, including being named the 7th best café in the UK by the Times in November 2011.
From a business perspective she has also won the Best Broadland café three times in 2009, 2010 and 2014, The Business community champion of the year at the South Norfolk Community awards in 2017 and 2018, and was a finalist in the Best Food and drink Tourism attraction categories at the EDP Tourism awards in 2012 and 2013.