August 2017

Macmillan Cancer Support – 7th September

We’re in your area.

No appointment necessary. Come and talk to our friendly specialists.

Thursday 7 September
War Memorial Recreation Ground Car Park
Bridewell Lane, NR13 3RA

10am to 4pm

 Or pick up some of our free leaflets

Or phone our free support line on 0808 808 00 00

Or visit

A47 roadshows

Highways England, the government company charged with operating, maintaining and improving England’s motorways and major A roads including the A47, has announced it will hold four roadshow events in Norfolk. The details of these are:

• Monday, 14 August – King’s Lynn Market Place (outside the Dukes Head), PE30 1JS,11am – 6pm;
• Tuesday, 15 August – Attleborough Sainsbury’s, High Street, NR17 2EH, 12 – 7pm;
• Wednesday, 16 August – Great Yarmouth Tesco Extra, Pasteur Rd, Southtown, NR310DW, 12 – 7pm;
• Thursday, 17 August – Gorleston Morrisons, Black Reach, NR31 6SA, 12 – 7pm.

The £300 million of improvements to the A47 announced by Highways England comprise six schemes, with work slated to start in 2019/20 financial year. Four of the six schemes will be on sections of the road in Norfolk, these are:

• Dualling the A47 North Tuddenham to Easton;
• Dualling the A47 Blofield to North Burlingham;
• Improving the A47/A11 Thickthorn junction;
• Improving A47 Great Yarmouth junctions including reconstruction of the Vauxhall Roundabout.

Further information on these improvements is expected to be announced by Highways England in the near future.

For more information on the A47 Alliance, visit ;

Draft minutes of the meeting on 31st July 2017

31st July 2017

East Coast Truckers – 27th August – A47 closures

There will be a rolling road closure of the A47 for the East Coast Truckers convoy on Sunday, 27th August.

The convoy starts from County Hall in Norwich at 10.00 and travels to Lowestoft arriving about 12.00. The return convoy leaves Lowestoft for Norwich at about 17.15

Tes & Talk – 10th August

August’s Tea & Talk will be at the Gallery Tearooms opposite the Post Office, tomorrow, Thursday, 10th August, from 2.00pm. Come along for a chat and a cup of tea…

New community hub in the centre of Acle

Acle residents will shortly receive the green Community News which raises the idea of a Community Hub in the centre of Acle. This is a copy:

You will all be aware that the East of England Co-Op has relocated to the larger store on the Norwich Road. They have now opened a funeral services office in the left-hand part of the building at The Green,  but the Co-Op has offered the village the opportunity to take on the remaining space at the old store, for use as a Community Hub.

The space available is large – approximately 2/3rds of the old store and back storeroom, totalling about 1,635 sq.ft.; room enough for sub-division into two or three areas….

The Parish Council needs to know if you would support the creation of a Community Hub at this location. There would be costs involved, which would need to be shared by residents via the precept, such as rent and rates, and perhaps a small salary for staff.

Ideas for the space so far include:

– a small convenience store, selling Co-Op basics range for those residents who find it difficult to access the new store in Norwich Road – such as bread, milk, eggs etc

– a display area for the archive collection, with changing displays of local photos and maps

– a tourist information centre

– a drop-in café

– a meeting room which could be hired by village groups.

The parish councillors think that the Hub could be run by a part-time, employed manager, together with a team of volunteers, rather like the successful community-run shop at the White Horse in Upton. So, what we need to know is:

Would you be willing to give up an hour or so of your time to help run the Hub?

What uses would you like to propose for the space?

We’re not sure yet if the Hub would be run by the Parish Council, by a charity or by another type of community-interest organisation.

Please speak to any of the parish councillors, or the clerk. Any ideas would be very welcome….

Clerk: Pauline James – Beech Farm, Marsh Road, Upton NR13 6BP

01493 751070

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