VACANCY – WORTWELL PARISH COUNCIL

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

There is a vacancy on Wortwell Parish Council and if you would like to be considered for co-option to the Parish Council, please apply in writing to the Parish Clerk.

Applicants are asked to give brief reasons for offering their services to the Parish Council.  The successful applicant will be chosen following consideration by the Parish Council.

Applicants should note that Councillors are expected to attend regular monthly meetings on the last Monday of each month (except August and December) and any additional meetings as may be arranged and to represent the electors of Wortwell in raising and discussing those issues of interest and concern of which the Parish Council is empowered to act.  Applicants should also note that membership of the council is open to electors who are citizens of any state in the European Union or of the Commonwealth and:-

Whose residence is in Wortwell or within three miles of Wortwell, or

Whose principal place of work is in Wortwell, and

Who is not disqualified (by reason of a criminal record, bankruptcy
or involvement in corrupt practices).

For further information, please contact the Clerk to the Parish Council:-

Mrs Lua Leggett
The Old Village Hall
65 High Road
Wortwell
IP20 0EF

Tel: 01986 788789
Email; wortwellpc@gmail.com

 

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WORTWELL UNITED REFORM CHURCH

7 Jan   9 am      Rev’d J. Evans       Holy Communion

14 Jan   6 pm      Rev’d J. Evans       Village Praise

21 Jan   9 am      P. Williamson         Morning Service

28 Jan   9 am      C. Basham             Morning  Service

4 Feb  9.30 am  Joint Service at St. Mary’s,  Redenhall

11 Feb  6 pm       P. Williamson   Village Praise

18 Feb  9 am       Rev’d K. Jackson   Holy Communion

25 Feb  9 am       Rev’d J. Evans       Morning Service

The “Partnership Choir” – open to everybody and completely free – meets at the Chapel in Wortwell on Tuesdays at 7pm, usually for about one hour.

(The Choir gave a fine performance of a musical “The Inn Crowd” at Wortwell URC for Christmas.)

Rehearsals will start again on Tuesday 9 January, when we will start to practice songs and readings for the next performance at Easter time.

We would LOVE to have some new faces to join us each week

There is a “Bible Study” group which meets at The Bell pub on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 2pm

Wishing you ALL a very Happy New Year from Wortwell United Reformed Church.

 

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MOBILE LIBRARY

Mobile libraries are free to join and are open to people of all ages. Items can be chosen from the vehicle or reserved via the online catalogue for collection from a mobile library. They can be returned to any branch library or mobile library in Norfolk. All mobile libraries are equipped with a lift for people with mobility problems and wheelchair users.

Calls Friday’s every 4 weeks
Next visits to Wortwell:
19 January 2018
16 February 2018

 

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WORTWELL TOWN LANDS CHARITY

SECRETARY NEEDED

This small charity awards monetary gifts at Christmas to deserving people,  The  Trustees meet in November and there may be an extraordinary meeting called during the year when minutes need to be taken but there is little else for a secretary to do.  Most of the Trustees can be contacted by email.  What is needed is somebody with an interest in Wortwell, has a few hours to spare each year and has access to the internet  For this, they would receive a small fee.
If you would like to help the charity, please contact Mrs Daphne Cook on 01986 788303 or email daphnecook47@icloud.com.

 

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Plan ahead this Christmas

Shoppers travelling to Norwich this Christmas are being asked to plan their journeys ahead to help keep the city’s roads moving as freely as possible.

It’s part of efforts by a partnership including the city and county councils, local business representatives and transport providers, which is preparing for the busiest time of the year on the Norwich road network.   Traffic marshals, extended hours on Park & Ride and electronic messaging signs are all being used to help share information and keep people on the move.

In addition, an online journey planning page bringing together a range of useful websites is available at www.norfolk.gov.uk/journeyplanning. It includes links to bus timetables, liftshare, on-street parking options and real-time availability for the city’s multi-storeys.   Councillor John Fisher, Norfolk County Council chair of Norwich Highways Agency Committee (NHAC), says: “We understand that shoppers want choice when it comes to their Christmas trips but by asking people to plan ahead and make informed choices, we hope it will spread any pressure on the network more evenly.   “Whether it’s using Park & Ride or checking in advance the best place to park, these small steps could make a big difference when it comes to reducing traffic congestion in the city centre.”   Councillor Mike Stonard, Norwich City Council vice-chair of NHAC, says: “Christmas is always going to be a busy time for the city’s roads but by working together and with the help of shoppers and visitors, we hope to keep traffic moving as freely as possible.   “A break in all planned road works from mid-November will also keep any disruption to a minimum during this time.”

Stefan Gurney, Executive Director of Norwich Business Improvement District, said: “We are really pleased to continue working with our city partners to reduce possible delays during this peak Christmas period. The embargo on roadworks will work for all modes of transport, along with clear transport information in large signage at key routes allowing customers and visitors to make an informed decision on how to get into the city and reduce possible delays.”

Variable Messaging Signs (VMS) are being used to let drivers know when city centre traffic is at its peak so they can opt to use Park & Ride before reaching the centre, rather than facing possible delays.   The Forum and John Lewis are also using traffic marshals at the entrances to their car parks to help make sure any queues don’t obstruct general traffic, while Norwich police will have officers on hand to provide support for traffic management if needed.   Traffic management for the Transport for Norwich improvements to the Dereham Road/Sweetbriar Road roundabout will be removed and off-carriageway work will be progressed during this period instead.

Norfolk County Council and Norwich City Council are working in partnership with: Castle Mall, First Eastern Counties, the Forum, intu Chapelfield, John Lewis, Konectbus, Norfolk Constabulary and Norwich Business Improvement District.

Konectbus will be running an extend Norwich Park & Ride service on the run-up to Christmas, including the 501 Airport/Thickthorn bus operating an hour later on Thursdays (until 9.30pm) and every 20 minutes on Sundays throughout November and December. For full details click here.

First Eastern Counties website with information on timetables, maps, fares and tickets:
www.network-norwich.co.uk.

Please
click here for real-time parking information for Park & Ride sites and the city centre multi-storey car parks.

Norfolk Liftshare: Norfolk Liftshare has been set up by Norfolk County Council to help people get around the county by sharing car journeys. For more information, please visit https://liftshare.com/uk/community/norfolk

 

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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: www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/recycling-at-christmas.

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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 https://floodsdestroy.campaign.gov.uk/ 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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ALLOTMENT VACANCY

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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RETIREMENT OF WORTWELL PARISH CLERK

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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