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www.VisitAcle.com

 

Refurbishment at Acle Post Office

ACLE POST OFFICE SET FOR MAJOR REFURBISHMENT

 

The Village’s Post Office will be closing for 6 days in November to enable final refurbishment work to be carried out.

New Subpostmaster Neal Gurney has been working tirelessly to improve Acle Post Office since he took over in June.  Improvements have been made to the exterior and the shop now offers a lovely selection of quality greetings cards and gift ideas. Now the branch is about to undergo a major facelift which will see it close for 6 days from 6th November  to 11th November.  The new look branch will then reopen at 1:00pm on Wednesday 12th November.

Mr Gurney is delighted that Post Office Ltd has agreed to invest in the branch. He said “We’ve been making improvements since we took over but these final works will really make a difference”.  Mr Gurney says the refurbishment will include a new semi-automatic door along with new front windows, updated signage, new flooring throughout and a suspended ceiling which will help provide better lighting.

He added “This work should help the Post Office remain a vital part of the community. We’re hoping that the improvements will encourage people to visit more frequently and see the great products we sell and variety of services we now offer over the counter.”

At age 21 Neal took over his first Post Office and staked his claim as ‘Britain’s youngest Sub Postmaster’. His branch on Thunder Lane in Thorpe St Andrew has just been crowned ‘Best Agency Branch’ in a field of over 8000. Now he hopes he can do the same with Acle Post Office. “The staff at Acle are great, they have a massive amount of knowledge on all the various products and services we offer in the Post Office. I see no reason why we can’t put Acle on the map and make it an Award winning Post Office too.”

To celebrate the work being completed, local MP Keith Simpson will be cutting the red ribbon at an official reopening ceremony on Friday 21st November. Mr Gurney is encouraging local residents to come along and join them for a champagne celebration.

In addition to the work, the Post Office is now open until 5:30pm on Saturdays, meaning it is now open 6 full days a week from Monday to Saturday from 9:00am to 5:30pm.

 

Agenda for 27th October 2014

27th October 2014

Acle Winter Wellbeing Fair on Wednesday 29th

10 – 3 at Acle Recreation Centre

Free event. Come along and find out more. Bring your friends and neighbours.

Wellbeing Fair

Registering to vote

There have been some changes to how you register to vote. Most of you will have already received a letter from Broadland District Council telling you whether your previous registration still stands or whether you need to re-register.

You will  need to be registered in order to vote at the Referendum on Acle’s Neighbourhood Plan, probably in early 2015, but also for the Parish Council, District Council and National Government elections on 7th May 2015.

You can register online at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or ring Broadland District Council on 01603 430424

More details are on this leaflet:

IER_transition_leaflet

 

Broads Authority public lecture at UEA

The evolving cultural landscape of the Broads will be the subject of a special free public lecture to celebrate the Broads Authority’s 25th anniversary

The free evening lecture will be delivered by Professor David Matless, who in his research of the Broads befriended the late Dr Joyce Lambert, the woman who discovered the waterways were manmade, and draws on the archive she gave him.

Scheduled for Monday 3 November it follows an event at the University of East Anglia earlier in the day looking at the relationship between science and society, which is also organised by the university, the Science in Public network, the 3S research group and the Authority.

Professor Matless is author ‘In the Nature of Landscape: Cultural Geography on the Broads’ and will discuss this first cultural geographic study of the area.

He draws upon in-depth original research, spanning almost two decades of archival work and addresses regional cultural landscape through the origin of the landscape, debates over human conduct and the animal and plant landscapes.

 

Professor Matless, who was brought up in Norwich, developed a love of the Broads as a boy and later became friends with Dr Lambert, who gave him a substantial part of her archive.

 

The lecture follows a Science in Public event which starts on the evening of Sunday 2 November at the Playhouse in Norwich with Tales from the River, an evening of songs and stories about waterways and the people who live and work in them.

 

The event continues on 3 November with the Environments in Public(s) workshop at the UEA which will look at how models of multiple ‘publics’ interacting with particular, situation-specific scientific ideas might offer a better way of understanding scientific communication. By focusing on Norwich and the rivers, farms, broads and coasts of the East of England it will discuss public engagement and policy impact.

 

  • In the Nature of Landscape free public lecture will take place from 6.30pm to 7.45pm at the Julian Centre at the UEA.
  • Environment(s) in Public workshop, will take place from 9.30am to 5.30pm at the UEA Sportspark.
  • Tales from the River will take place from 7pm to 9pm at the Norwich Playhouse Bar.For further information visit http://scienceinpublic.org/environments.

Flooding at church corner

The flooding at church corner has been reported to NCC Highways. They have said that they are overwhelmed with work following the recent heavy rains, but that they will clean out the drains on The Street as soon as possible, once the waters have subsided a bit.

“Courier fraud” reported in Acle

This week saw an offence of ‘courier Fraud’ take place within North Norfolk and Broadland area. Thankfully this type of fraud is still quite rare in Norfolk but still noteworthy of bringing to everyone’s attention. Courier Fraud is when fraudsters call and trick you into handing your cards and PIN numbers to a courier on your doorstep. There are many variations of the scam, but it usually follows this method:

  •          A fraudster will cold call you on a landline, claiming to be from your bank or the police. They state their systems have spotted a fraudulent payment on your card or it is due to expire and needs to be replaced.
  •          In order to reassure you that they are genuine, they suggest that you hang up and ring the bank/police back straight away. However, they don’t disconnect the call from the landline so that when you dial the real phone number, you are actually still speaking to the fraudster.
  •          They then ask you to read out your PIN or type it on your phone keypad.
  •          Finally, they send a courier to you to collect your bank card. The fraudster will have then obtained your name, address, full bank details, card and PIN.

So what can you do to protect yourself against courier fraud?

  •          Your bank will never send a courier to your home
  •          Your bank and the police will never collect your bank card
  •          Your bank and the police will never ask for your PIN
  •          If you receive one of these calls end it immediately
  •          Report this to Action Fraud
  •          If you have handed over any details to the fraudster, call your bank and cancel your cards immediately.
  •          If you want to call your bank, then do it from another telephone.

Reedham Road is closed

Norfolk County Council has just announced that Reedham Road is closed under the railways bridge for the next week, for urgent repairs

 

Additional dates for disposing of paint

Norfolk County Council has arranged an additional weekend for the disposal of paint and other chemicals. Please note that previous “amnesty” days have been extremely busy and you may be required to queue:

Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 October 2014 (9am – 4pm)
Caister
, Pump Lane, NR30 5TE

What you can and can’t bring:-

NCC will be able to accept the following types of hazardous waste free of charge:

  • Garden pesticides and fertilizers
  • Wood preservatives, treatments and varnishes
  • Household chemicals and cleansers
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Photographic chemicals
  • Paint
  • Aerosols

http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/Environment/Waste_and_Recycling/Waste_disposal/Hazardous_waste/index.htm

Update on Acle’s Neighbourhood Plan

Acle’s proposed Neighbourhood Plan is currently being scrutinised by an independent examiner. Once this is done, and any recommendations considered and adjusted, a date will be set for a referendum so that Acle people can vote on whether the Plan should be adopted.

The process of drawing up the Plan was done by a committee made up of parish councillors, representatives from local schools and groups, church leaders, Broadland District Council officers, Norfolk County Council officers and Broads Authority officers, facilitated by planning consultants.

Two public consultation events were held in the village, and the various drafts have been on display at the library and at the Recreation Centre.

The process involved looking at Acle from all angles; for people who live here, those who work here, and those who visit for holidays.  It included considering access to the countryside, looking to the future, planning for growth and aiming for continued prosperity.

If adopted by Acle’s residents, Acle’s Neighbourhood Plan will become planning law and will have to be taken into consideration by Broadland District Council when they decide on a planning application within the parish boundary.

You will receive a polling card when it is time to vote on the Plan, and there will be posters around the village. Please do go to vote. A majority of those who vote is needed to adopt the Plan.

If the Plan is adopted, not only will future development in the village benefit from the policies in the Plan, but the parish council will receive an additional 10% of the Community Infrastructure Levy on new market housing, to be spent on capital projects within the village, which could come to several thousand pounds extra.

The proposed Plan can be seen at:

http://www.broadland.gov.uk/housing_and_planning/6136.asp