News Alert –Avian Influenza Prevention Zone

On 18 January 2018 the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) implemented an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone that covers all of England.

If you keep poultry or birds you can find full advice and information on what this means and required action you need to take on the website

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South Norfolk Council Annual Consultation

South Norfolk Council is carrying out its annual consultation on setting its budget for 2018/19 and would welcome responses from residents and local businesses.  Would you be kind enough to circulate details of this wherever possible in your parish and amongst local contacts and consider completing yourself please?  The link to the online survey is here: and should take under 5 minutes to complete.  Hard copies are also available from Accountancy Team, South Norfolk Council, Swan Lane, Long Stratton, NR15 2XE or by calling 01603 533855 and a pdf version is attached.

The survey closes on 2nd February.

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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?

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
IP20 0EF

Tel: 01986 788789


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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 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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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


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Welcome Pack for new villagers and useful information

Welcome Pack

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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 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:

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


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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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