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Christmas Bin Collections in South Norfolk

Rubbish & Recycling bins:  All collection on week commencing 25 December will be one day late.

Usual Collection Day Revised Collection Day Change
Tuesday 26 Dec Wednesday 27 Dec 1 day late
Wednesday 27 Dec Thursday 28 Dec 1 day late
Thursday 28 Dec Friday 29 Dec 1 day late
Friday 29 Dec Saturday 30 Dec 1 day late

Garden Waste bins: There are no collections from 25 December to 5 January.

And don’t forget you can recycle more than ever this Christmas! Make sure your recycling is clean, dry and don’t bag it. For advice and tips on what you can and can’t recycle this Christmas visit:

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Get Ready for Winter

Winter readiness checklist – 12 things you can do to prepare

It always pays to be prepared for winter. There are a few simple steps you can take to prepare yourself, your vehicle and your home or business. And is there anyone else you can help prepare for winter? Perhaps a neighbour, friend, elderly relative?

1. Get your flu jab

Flu affects people in different ways. If you are healthy you will usually shake it off within a week, but for young children, older people with chronic health conditions, it can be very serious.  The annual flu vaccination is offered free to people who are most at risk from the effects of flu. Find out more about flu vaccinations and who is eligible for a free one.

2. Top up anti-freeze screen wash

It is advisable to use a screen wash additive as this helps to keep the windscreen free of dirt and winter road grime caused by road salting and gritting which can cause visibility issues. There is also the risk of a frozen windscreen which is another reason to ensure you use a proper anti-freeze screen wash. Read more about preparing your car for winter.

3. Check your tyres

Not only is it dangerous to drive in winter conditions with low levels of tread on your vehicle’s tyres, it’s also illegal. Check your tyres regularly to avoid a fine of £2500 and three penalty points per tyre found below the legal depth. Read more about tyres and vehicle checks to make before a long journey.

4. Think about a winter kit for your car

If you get stuck in your car in winter it could be dangerous, so get a winter car kit ready: ice scraper, de-icer, jump leads, shovel, blanket, sunglasses (for winter glare from the low sun), torch. Get all these things ready before the start of winter and then keep them in the car – you never know when you might need them. For longer trips think about food, water and medicines too. Here’s what should be in your winter car kit.

5. Consider alternative commuting plans for severe weather

It’s worth thinking about how you might get to work in the event of severe weather. Sometimes roads may be more affected than the rail network, but on other occasions the opposite may be true. Can you work from home if travel is not advised? Consider your alternative options and discuss with your employer so if the weather does turn you’re already prepared.

6. Check your heating – your home should be heated to at least 18 °C

Cold weather can be a risk to your health, particularly if you are over 65 or have health conditions. The cold thickens blood and increases blood pressure, and breathing in cold air can increase the risk of chest infections.

Your home (and those of your elderly relatives and neighbours) should ideally be at least 18 °C. During cold spells, keep your windows closed at night as this could cause a real drop in the temperature indoors.  If you have a heating boiler consider getting it serviced before the coldest weather arrives. Find out more about heating your home and ways you can save money.

7. Consider how you would access vital information if a storm takes out power and phonelines

We are so reliant on the internet, but if a storm meant power and mobile phone networks were affected, what would you do?  Consider a separate battery charger, and you could store key information such as the power cut helpline number (105) on your phone. Find out more about dealing with a power cut.

8. Check your pipes are insulated

Insulating pipes has two benefits – you’ll keep the heat in, saving you money, but it also means reduced risk of frozen pipes which can burst, causing flooding, damage and leaving your home without water.

9. Know where your stoptap is

Do you know where your stoptap (also called stopcock) is? It’s something you should know so you can turn off the water to your home quickly should there be a problem. Most are under the kitchen sink, or sometimes in a cupboard, garage or cellar. Read more about frozen or burst pipes.

10. Think about what may be impacted by strong winds – guttering, pipes, roof tiles/slates, garden items

In windy weather surprising things can become dangerous. Trees or branches can come down, cast iron guttering could be lethal and so can roof slates. Garden furniture and even children’s toys and trampolines can fly around causing damage and potential harm. Read more about preparing your property for winter weather and storms.

11. Check whether you are at risk of flooding

Check if you are at risk of flooding using a simple postcode search. Sign up for free flood warnings: if you live in an area at risk of flooding you could get free flood warnings direct to your mobile, home phone, or email. Know what to do in a flood: download the Environment Agency’s ‘Prepare Act Survive’ flood guide. Find out more at and read about protecting your property from flooding.

12. Freeze a loaf of bread and pint of milk for times of bad weather

Thinking about a few freezer-friendly foods and how to combine them with store cupboard staples means you can still serve up a feast for the family – even if you can’t get out to the shops. Read more tips for sensible stocking up and making the most of what’s in the cupboards.

Get Ready for Winter joins up messages from Government and voluntary sector partners to encourage individuals, families and communities to think about winter preparations they can make to help them stay warm, healthy and safe.

Members of the public visiting the Met Office website for the latest weather forecast are able to access up-to-date expert advice from carefully selected organisations to ensure they can prepare for and respond to the weather, to stay safe and protect their property.


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The Parish Council has a vacant allotment for hire on Tunbeck Close.
If you would be interested in taking on the tenancy, please send your
application (in writing please) to the Parish Clerk, Mrs Lua Leggett at
The Old Village Hall, 65 High Road, Wortwell, IP20 0EF. Thank You.

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Are you interested in local current affairs? Would you like to volunteer in your local community? Could you provide a voice for residents?

If you would like to be considered for co-option to the Parish Council, please apply in writing, telling us a little bit about yourself, to Mrs. Allison Copeman, 9 Sancroft Way, Wortwell, Harleston, IP20 0HR or email

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The hard work over three decades of the retiring Parish Clerk of Wortwell Parish Council was recognised with a presentation at her home recently.
Mrs Jane Pearce was presented with an engraved vase and bouquet of flowers by the Chairwoman, Allison Copeman, and Councillors Daphne Cook and Lua Leggett, in thanks for her service to the local community.
Mrs Pearce’s successor from November is Mrs Lua Leggett.

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On Saturday, 16 September, the Wortwell Silver Festival was held to celebrate 25 years since Wortwell Community Centre was opened.

The event was an opportunity to showcase our wonderful village asset, with the help of our local community and, despite the weather not being all that kind to us, it was well supported and everyone who attended had a good time.

The Silver Festival opened at Midday with the unveiling of a plaque by Mr Les Sandeman and Dr Murray Gray, two members of the original working party committee who managed to create, gain planning approval, build and open the amazing suite of rooms that we enjoy today.

Visitors to the Silver Festival were able to visit a number of stalls, some of which represented the many clubs who use the community centre, and take part in ‘have a go’ sessions. There was a plentiful choice of food on offer as well as a raffle, silent auction of promises, children’s storytelling, writing competition and treasure hunt, music and performances and much more.

The fun continued into the evening with a Ceilidh led by Mr Chas Emmens and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone – young and old.

Thank you to everyone who helped out and a special mention to those who were involved in months of planning and organisation.  Just a few volunteers took on an enormous amount of work and without everything they did, events like this could not happen.

Please help us to go forward by supporting future events.  The more people involved, the more events we can organise and villagers will benefit.

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Derek and family send sincere, grateful thanks for the many cards and kind messages received following the sad loss of Lorna, a resident of Wortwell and contributor to the village for over 50 years.  Donations in excess of £725 have been sent to All Hallows’ Nursing Home, who cared so well for Lorna during her final months.

In addition, Lorna’s granddaughter Kira  took on the challenge of running 100km throughout August  to raise money for the Running Down Dementia campaign in memory of her nan.  Kira raised over her set target of £500 which will now be used to help research and support those suffering with this terrible disease.


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Sun  5    Nov      Morning Worship                                 9.00 am
Sun 12   Nov      Evening “Remembrance” Service      6.00 pm
Sun 19   Nov      Morning worship                                  9.00 am
Sun  26  Nov      Pulham Market  (Partnership)         10.30 am
Sun    3  Dec      Redenhall Church                                 9.30 am

Sun  10  Dec     Christmas Performance and carols    6.00 pm
Sun  17  Dec     Morning worship                                   9.00 am
Sun  24  Dec     Christmas eve at Redenhall                4.00 pm
Sun  31  Dec     Morning worship                                   9.00 am

ALL are very welcome to join our small but welcoming congregation at any of these services.

The Harvest festival service on 8th October saw the Chapel beautifully decorated with local flowers and produce.

The Partnership choir are working hard to produce a fine performance of a Christmas musical: “The Inn Crowd” on 10th December here at Wortwell Chapel. Please come along and bring your friends for a good (free) night out.

Why not come along and sing with the choir?  Tuesdays at 7p.m. Join lots of local Wortwell residents for a rousing sing.  “Carol Singing” at The Bell Inn on Wednesday 20th December from 7.30 p.m.  Traditional carols to put you in the Christmas spirit, led by Nigel Tuffnell.

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The next Joint Meeting of the Alburgh, Denton, Earsham, Topcroft and Wortwell parishes will be held at  Alburgh Village Hall on Tuesday 7 November at 7.30pm.   Our County and District Councillors will also be attending and will be available to answer your questions.  We also hope for police attendance. All members of the public are welcome to attend this meeting.


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