Recruitment to Norfolk Local Access Forum
The Norfolk Local Access Forum is comprised of up to 22 people covering a range of interests in countryside access in Norfolk, including walking; cycling; horse riding; landowners; conservation; other interests (including health, tourism, business, access for all, heritage, education). The Forum provides independent advice to a number of organisations including Norfolk County Council on improving access to land in Norfolk.
We are looking for enthusiastic and proactive people with a passion for the outdoors with good communication skills to fill 5 vacancies on the Forum. In particular, we are keen to find new members from the following interest areas: landowners and managers, younger people (or those who can represent young people), equestrians and local business/tourism.
Further information and a link to the online recruitment form can be found here: www.norfolk.gov.uk/nlaf
If you have any queries, please email email@example.com or contact 0344 800 8020
The closing date for applications is 31st January 2019.
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Walpole Parish Council Notice of Conclusion of Audit 2018
The Walpole Parish Annual Governance & Accountability Statements and Return can be found here
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Membership Call for all Film Lovers
The new season of films from King’s Lynn Community Cinema Club (KLCCC) commences with the award winning black comedy, The Party, which will be screened at St George’s Guildhall on Thursday 10th May at 7.30pm. Starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Timothy Spall, The Party is an ensemble piece, set in the home of a recently-promoted Cabinet Minister, as her private life disintegrates in front of her and her closest friends.
Cinema Club membership is open now, and anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to join. There will be eight films screened in the new season and members have free admission for themselves plus two accompanied guests for each of the eight films. Membership for the full season costs just £30.00.
Alongside the films, the Club runs a series of Close-Up film appreciation events on different themes, led by guest speakers, and has a comprehensive range of social events that take place throughout the year.
Ian Barton, Chair of KLCCC told us, “KLCCC screens at least one film every month, with an extra film this August and October. We have a mixture of genres, and we usually try to include at least one foreign language film and a classic in every season, so there is something for everyone. It’s important to emphasise that we are a very friendly group and run several organised social events as well as meeting for a drink after every screening. We are really keen to attract new members to the Club, but are also happy for people to attend on a one-off basis, and have introduced £5.00 day-membership so that people can come along to see any film or to see if they want to join”
Full details of how to join the Club and of the new season of Films, Close-Ups and Social Events can be found on the Club’s website www.klccc.uk
Walpole Parish Council
Walpole Parish Council recently undertook a community consultation as to how residents would like to see the Community Contribution of £90,000 from the developers of the Solar Farm spent on community projects.
Click below to view the presentation slides from the Public Meeting held on Thursday 16th February at 6.30pm in The Community Centre, Summer Close, Walpole St Andrew.
Fix My Street
FixMyStreet is primarily for reporting things which are broken or dirty or damaged or dumped, and need fixing, cleaning or clearing, like graffiti, dog fouling, potholes or street lights that don’t work.
Your email address is required, so that the council can get back to you. Also, messages sent via FixMyStreet go into council systems. In most cases a full name is a mandatory field, and your report may be rejected without it. Your email address is not published, and you can opt to submit your report anonymously – just uncheck the ‘show my name publicly’ box on submission. This will mean that your name is not displayed on the FixMyStreet website, although it is still sent to the council.
You will find a link to FixMyStreet at the bottom of the right hand column.
Walpole Parish Council Receives Funding
Thanks to the Rose & Crown Solar Farm Development, Walpole Parish Council has received a ‘one-time’ grant in the amount of £90,000 for use towards the improvement of our facilities. The council will be distributing, along with the December issue of the “Walpole Village Crier”, an envelope asking residents for their suggestions as to what they would like to see this fund being used for.
Walpole Parish Chairman, Richard Broden is quoted as saying “we need to ask residents for their ideas before committing funds of this value. We can collate the feedback and report back at the monthly Parish Council meeting. We urgently need their feedback as to what the best way would be to use the money. This will be a decision that will benefit all the residents and not just a selected few”
In the envelope, we have explained some of the projects that the parish council has developed over the past few years and current projects that we are actively seeking grants. We are asking residents to complete the ‘post-paid’ return card with their suggestion(s) and contact details.
The Walpole villages are growing and it is important that whatever we do does indeed benefit the families that are living here now and others that will be choosing the Walpoles as their home in the future.
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Car Link Volunteer Drivers needed in your area
Car Link is a partnership between ERS Medical and Voluntary Norfolk, providing non emergency patient transport throughout the majority of the county. Our volunteer drivers provide an essential service, transporting up to one hundred patients to their destination each day.
We are looking to recruit new volunteer drivers to join our busy team, and would love to hear from caring, calm and reliable individuals with their own car. As well as driving journeys to hospitals in Norfolk and East Anglia, we are also looking to find volunteers happy to go above and beyond the usual, by taking on early morning appointments, and appointments in London. All expenses are reimbursed, and training is provided. Please call Jules on 01603 883860 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are particularly short of drivers in your area, so any support you may be able to give, would be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions about the service, please do not hesitate to contact me, either by email, or by calling 01603 883860.
‘Choose Me Not A&E’
A high-profile campaign has been launched across West Norfolk and the Wisbech area to help people choose the right NHS service for them.
The ‘Choose Me Not A&E’ campaign aims to provide people with vital information about which health care service is right for the symptoms they have.
Figures show that about 250 people a month attend A&E at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn (QEH), but are sent home requiring no treatment.
This means, every year, about 3,000 local people wait for hours in A&E when they could have got quicker and more appropriate treatment closer to home.
Not only are residents wasting hours of their valuable time waiting, but they potentially block access to services for other people in more urgent need.
The Choose Me Not A&E campaign is being led by NHS West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group and Wisbech Local Commissioning Group in collaboration with the QEH.
Dr Ian Mack, Chair of West Norfolk CCG, said: “This campaign has a powerful, local message: Help the QEH save lives this winter. We want people to understand that A&E is for serious, life-threatening emergencies only. Inappropriate use of A&E increases waiting times for those patients who are genuinely in need of urgent medical attention.
“Many people could easily be treated by a local pharmacist, GP, or even just by staying at home and looking after yourself. Our message is simple – if it’s not a serious medical emergency, A&E is not the right choice.”
“If you are not sure which service to use log on to our new website ChooseMeNotAandE.co.uk to find out more, or pick up one of the campaign leaflets to see your options. You can also use the NHS 111 number which can put you in touch with the best service for you.”
The first defence against ill health is self-care and prevention. Here are some top tips from local GPs for staying healthy over the winter:
Eat healthily – food is vital for keeping you warm.
- Take some exercise – we know it’s getting cold but even staying active in your home makes a difference.
- Wrap up warm when you go outside – it’s often a good idea to layer your clothing.
- Stock up on medicines – paracetamol, aspirin, ibuprofen decongestant and aspirin.
- Get a flu jab – the vaccine is free for those in an eligible group. To find out if you are in an eligible group visit www.nhs.uk
- Keep your home warm – your main living room should be between around 18-21C (65-70F) and the rest of the house at a minimum of 16C (61F). For more information about Warm and Well visit www.norfolk.gov.uk
Streetlife – a Social Network for Local Communities
Claire Elsden from Streetlife, would like to introduce you to Streetlife, a website for local communities that we’d like to invite your residents to join. Here at Streetlife we have a simple aim: to help people make the most of where they live by connecting with their neighbours. Our site has over 100,000 users nationwide, and approaching 13,500 people in Norfolk use Streetlife to share practical information and advice. Over the past few months, conversations on Streetlife have helped to expose doorstep scammers, find lost pets, and support threatened local services. The site also encourages real-world connections, from recommending local businesses and sharing gardening equipment, to forming book clubs and social groups. A recent survey of Streetlife users found that 81% feel more connected to their community, 75% are better informed about local news, crime and public services, and 62% are in touch with neighbours they wouldn’t otherwise know.
Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Business Support Programme
TCHC (The Consultancy Home Counties Ltd) is launching a new service with King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council to help people become self-employed or start a new business. The service will help anyone with a business idea make it a reality. It is specifically targeted at budding entrepreneurs from West Norfolk, and includes informative workshops covering all the points that you will need to consider when deciding to become self-employed or setting up your own business, as well as providing the opportunity to discuss your ideas and questions with an experienced business adviser. Click here to visit their web site for more details.