Big South Norfolk Litter Pick 2018

Each Spring, South Norfolk Council works with communities and
community groups to help reduce litter in South Norfolk by asking them to take part in the Big South Norfolk Litter Pick.  All community groups taking part receive £20 to spend on their community.  The Council also selects 20 groups at random  to receive £200 to also spend on their community.

The ‘Wortwell Womblers’ litter pick is taking place on
Tuesday 3 April. Villagers are invited to take part.
Meet at The Knoll at 10am .   All equipment provided


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South Norfolk Community Awards 2018

Volunteers are the stars of our communities. Nominate your shining star for a South Norfolk Community Award and they could be in with a chance to win £250 for the charity or community group
of their choice.

Nominations open on Monday 19 February and close on 29 April 2018.

To nominate go online to  or call 01508 533945


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Calls Friday’s every 4 weeks
Next visits to Wortwell:

16 March 2018   and   13 April 2018

Willow Close        14.15 -14.30
Sancroft Way       14.35 -14.45
The Packway       14.50 -15.15


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Sunday  4 March      9 am         P. Williamson  Morning Service
Sunday  11 March  10.30 am    Combined Service at Denton
Sunday  18 March    9 am         D. Courtis      Morning Service
Sunday  25  March   6 pm         Partnership Choir Perform: “The Journey”
Sunday    1  April      9.30 am    Easter Day  at St. Mary’s  Redenhall
Sunday    8 April       6 pm         Village Praise  P. Williamson
Sunday   15 April      9 am         Holy Communion   J. Evans
Sunday   22  April     9 am         Morning Service
Sunday   29 April      9 am         C. Basham   Morning Service

There is a Choir for Wortwell that meets regularly every Tuesday evening at 7 pm in the Chapel. We sing Christian – based songs for regular performances locally.

The next performance is a set of songs and readings telling the Easter story
entitled “The Journey”. This is at the Chapel on Sunday 25th March at 6 pm.
Free admission and free refreshments.

Wortwell URC Chapel is the only place of Christian Worship in Wortwell.
ALL are very welcome, any Sunday, of whatever denomination, or none.
A Bible – study group meets at The Bell pub each Thursday throughout March at 2 pm. All welcome.


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Sun 4 March     9.30 am Holy Communion (BCP)
Sun 11 March   No service – 6.00 pm Joint Village Praise at Wortwell Chapel
Sun 18 March   4.00 pm Compline
Sun 25 March   (Palm Sunday)  11.00 am Morning Prayer
Fri 30 March     (Good Friday)    12.00 noon Devotional Half-hour
Sun 1 April        (Easter Sunday)  9.30 am Holy Communion (CW)
Sun 8 April        No service – 6.00 pm Joint Village Praise at Wortwell Chapel
Sun 15 April      6.00 pm  Evening Prayer (BCP)
Sun 22 April     11.00 am Morning Prayer (CW)

We are now on FACEBOOK.   To get news of all our events please go to:


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Wortwell Bowls Club

Are you interested in playing Lawn Green Bowls? Did you try outdoor bowls at the Silver Festival and want to learn more?   Wortwell Bowls Club would be delighted if you would join them on Monday afternoons or other times by arrangement to learn how to play.

If you want to find out more please contact Robert Hadingham on 01986 788622.


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Tip or skip? County Council urges DIYers to make waste part of their project plan

Keen DIYers are being urged to make sure they plan how they will get rid of their old kitchen, shed, bathroom or fence when organising their next project.

For many years people have been able to take along a very small amount of DIY waste – which is classed as construction and demolition waste, not household waste – to their nearest household waste recycling centre and leave it for free.  For larger amounts of DIY waste people have a range of options to choose from, including hiring a skip, employing a licenced waste carrier or using the county council’s ‘pay as you throw’ service.

Following a decision by full council, on Monday 12 February, the County Council will be extending charges from April 1 to all DIY waste by removing the concession which had seen people allowed to take one large item or up to 80 litres of waste for no charge to their local household waste recycling centre.  This includes materials such as rubble, plasterboard and flat glass and items such as fence panels, doors, fitted units and bathroom suites – basically fixtures and fittings to a house.

The removal of the one item/80 litre concession is expected to save the authority approximately £280,000 a year.  The charges will be kept small and it is not anticipated that these charges will bring in any money.  The fees will simply help to offset the cost of waste disposal from household waste recycling centres which totalled £7.5m last year.

Martin Wilby, chairman of the Environment, Development and Transport Committee, said:  “We’re proud of our network of 20 recycling centres which surveys consistently tell us that people are satisfied with.  However our services need to reduce their costs and we prefer to save money by changing our policies rather than by reducing opening hours or closing a recycling centre.  Removing the free DIY concession will help us to do this.

“Our recycling centre staff will be on hand to assist people to dispose of their waste properly.  And I would suggest to people that it’s well worth checking our website before you head to the recycling centre so you have all the latest information to help you plan your trip.

“We have made this decision as we are not legally required to take people’s DIY waste.  I would urge people to make sure they are factoring in the cost of disposing of waste when they are spending on their latest DIY project.

“We know that there has been a lot of confusion around the concession over the years and it has been very tricky for site staff to administer so it is hoped that the new clearer system will help remove this confusion that has existed.

“I must stress that this change will only affect DIY waste.  Our recycling centres will still take all household waste for free which includes furniture, sofas, white goods and other electrical items, and garden waste.”

Over the coming weeks Norfolk County Council will be working to help make sure people are aware of the change before it comes in on 1 April.

Relevant legislation

Under current government legislation DIY waste is classed as ‘construction and demolition’ waste and falls under the category of ‘industrial’ waste.  By law, councils do not have to accept industrial waste at their recycling centres.  We can’t charge for waste classified as household waste however we don’t have to provide a free service for materials that are not household waste.  DIY waste from construction and demolition type activities falls into that category and other County Councils have already implemented policies based on that distinction.

This is based on the relevant legislation:

  • The Environmental Protection Act 1990, Part 2, section 51 requires the County Council to provide residents with sites for the disposal of household waste
  • The Local Authority Charging Order 2015 prohibits charging residents for the disposal of household waste or for entering or exiting recycling centres
  • Controlled Waste Regulations 2012, Schedule 1, Part 3 classes construction and demolition waste (or DIY waste, as we refer to it) as industrial waste, and not household waste, and therefore we can make a charge for it.

What is DIY waste?

DIY construction and demolition waste that will be charged for from April 1 2018:

  • Timber – including kitchen units, fitted furniture, doors, laminate flooring and floorboards, sheds, fence panels, decking, garden structures
  • Rubble – including sinks, toilets, bricks, concrete, stones, tiles
  • Flat glass – including glass from windows and doors, greenhouses, shower screens
  • Plasterboard – all plasterboard and plaster
  • General waste – including roofing felt, plastic guttering, fibreglass insulation.

Illegal dumping of waste

Fly-tipping, the illegal dumping of waste, is a crime that should be reported to your local district, city or borough council.  Both businesses and householders have a legal duty to dispose of their waste correctly.  Evidence from previous changes to our recycling centre service, such as making sites part time, has not shown an increase in illegal dumping of waste.

The majority of fly-tipping is of items that would have been accepted free of charge at our recycling centres such as sofas, white goods and other electrical items and garden waste.  This waste will continue to be accepted for free.  Fly-tipping can also be waste deposited by rogue waste operators who charge people for waste disposal but won’t pay to use the commercial waste sites that they are supposed to use.

Norfolk data from incidents on public land shows that only around 4.1% of incidents of illegally dumped waste relate to construction or demolition waste such as rubble.

Pay as You Throw – price guide from 1 April 2018

Cost per item or per 80 litre bag or equivalent

  • Rubble – £3
  • Timber – £3
  • Flat glass – £5
  • Plasterboard * – £9 (£15 at Mile Cross Recycling Centre)
  • General waste – £5
  • Tyres*  – £4 per tyre
  • Metals – free

* only available at main plus sites

For more information visit:

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Officers urge residents to be vigilant after cold caller scam continues

Police have issued a further warning for residents to be vigilant to cold callers claiming to be police officers following an incident in the Norwich area.

It comes after an elderly resident received a call on Wednesday 21 February 2018 from someone claiming to be a ‘Detective Sergeant John Carod’ stating he ‘intercepted some males who had her credit card details’.

He then asked the victim to put together all her gold items and jewellery and he would arrange for them to be collected.

At approximately midnight a man came to the victim’s door and took her gold and jewellery. The estimated value of the items is in the tens of thousands of pounds.

Similar incidents have been reported throughout the county and it has been known that suspects request cash is posted or for residents to purchase high value goods, and to then meet the people purporting to be officers to hand over the goods.

Investigating officer, Detective Inspector Chris Burgess of Norwich CID, urged for residents to be vigilant to this scam.

He said: “We’re urging members of the public, particularly the elderly who are primarily being targeted, to be vigilant to cold calls made on the telephone.

“Genuine police officers or staff would never approach residents and ask for cash withdrawals to be made or for people to purchase items on their behalf.

“I would ask people with vulnerable relatives, friends or neighbours to make sure they are aware of this type of scam.”

Officers have this advice

•        Never give out personal information about your bank account to anybody over the phone.

•        If someone calls claiming to be a police officer, ask for their identification number and police force. Hang up and call 101 using a different phone. If you can’t use a different phone, wait at least five minutes before calling back. A genuine police officer will not mind waiting while you check.

•        Police and banks will never ask you to give out personal details such as account numbers or PIN numbers.

•        If you have given out information which could compromise your bank account security in any way, call your bank to cancel your cards as soon as possible.

•        Never hand over money to someone at the door to be sent off elsewhere.

Anyone with concerns about such calls should contact Norfolk Police on the non-emergency number 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress. Alternatively, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

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