Greater Norwich Local Plan (GNLP)

The Draft Greater Norwich Local Plan (GNLP), if endorsed by the Greater Norwich Development Partnership (GNDP) Board and approved for consultation by district councils in mid-January, will be consulted upon from Wednesday 29 January to Monday 16 March 2020.

Parish Councillors will be attending a briefing at South Norfolk Council on Thursday 23 January, which will explain the Draft Local Plan and associated consultation and provide an opportunity to ask questions about the plan.

In the meantime, the documents for the Greater Norwich Development Partnership (GNDP) Board meeting, which will be held at Broadland District Council on Monday 6 January 2020, are available here. Please follow the instructions at the top of the web page. These papers are published now to allow members, development interests, partners and the public the opportunity to view them ahead of the GNDP meeting.

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A New World Odyssey – Bringing the Mayflower story to life


A FREE fun taster session led by experienced theatre practitioners for adults of all ages and young people (aged 9 years +) to find out more about taking part in this community play about the voyage of the Mayflower
At Jay’s Green Community Centre, Off School Lane, Harleston IP20 9HH
We are also looking for people interested in researching local history to unearth fascinating stories about local people living c.1620.

For more information contact Eileen Ryan ([email protected]) or 01379 853831 or Nicky Stainton ([email protected]) or 01379 855235)

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Jane Pearce, Wortwell Parish Clerk for over 3o years until her retirement in 2017, sadly passed away suddenly at home on November 19th aged 79 years. Our thoughts are with her family.

Funeral service at Alburgh Church on Tuesday 10 December at 2pm followed by interment in the churchyard.  Family flowers only but donations, if desired for Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

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Flood Alert: The River Waveney from Diss and the River Dove to Ellingham, including Bungay

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency.

Flood Alert in force: The River Waveney from Diss and the River Dove to Ellingham, including Bungay.

Flooding is possible for: The River Waveney from Diss and the River Dove from Mendlesham, to Ellingham, including Bungay.

Be prepared.

This message has been issued because there is a possibility of some minor flooding to low lying land, roads and riverside areas from now until tomorrow morning, Friday 29th November. River levels are expected to continue to rise. We are not currently expecting the situation to escalate, or to issue any further warning messages for this area at this time. The forecast is for continued unsettled weather over the next couple of days. Flood water is dangerous. Don’t put yourself or others at risk. We are monitoring the situation and will update this message as necessary.

To check the latest information for your area

* Visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast: https://flood-warning

* Or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 213500.

* Follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter.

* Tune into weather, news and travel bulletins on local television and radio.

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

10 January 2020
7 February 2020
Willow Close 14.35 – 15.05
The Packway 15.10 – 15.40

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Harleston & District U3A

The end of the year is always a busy time for Harleston U3A. As well as the general seasonal celebration which is held instead of the usual monthly meeting, most of the interest groups organise a “jolly” of their own.
The Ukulele band is, also, in demand to add to the festive spirit of other local groups.
The social side of U3A is an essential part of the organisation. The committee recently held a coffee morning in the Swift Bar of the Swan Hotel in order to properly welcome new members, give them any information required and find out what their expectations are of membership.
To find out more, contact Kim on 01986 89788149 or log on to our website at Apart from December, our meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at St. John’s church at 2pm.

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Dog Fouling

Dog fouling in the village is on the increase and owners are reminded that it is offence for a person in control of a dog not to clear up the dog mess immediately on any land that is open to the air and to which the public is entitled or permitted to have access.
Please also be reminded that Wortwell Parish Council has a byelaw applying to the playing fields whereby no person in charge of a dog (other than a registered blind person in charge of a dog) shall permit the dog to enter or remain in the grounds.

The Parish Council has agreed that until dog owners can prove to be responsible, there can be no further consideration to a dedicated dog area where the problems would likely be magnified.

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Excite Solutions have now completed their work on clearance and levelling of the site. On Sunday 20 October, a group of allotment holders met at the site. All plots and the access road have been marked out with posts and string. The site is to have a number of areas of community access 1) orchard 2) compost area 3) seating/meeting area 4) water tap and 5) parking/dropping off zone.
Take up of allotments has been excellent but there remains 2 ½ plots
unallocated. Any interested parties are invited to put their names forward to Mrs Lua Leggett, Parish Clerk.

There is quite a bit to do on the site to get it fully functioning, however a very positive start has been made and some allotment holders have already made a start on their plots.

Further updates of progress will follow.

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Any Senior Citizen of Wortwell who would like to be considered for a Christmas payment under the Wortwell Town Lands Charity conditions should firstly apply to our Secretary, Mrs P Swinden of Four Winds, Tunbeck Road, IP20 0HP, telephone 01986 788977 by Friday 8 November. Parents/Carers of Wortwell Children/Young Persons in receipt of state education are also invited to apply for assistance with residential educational trips and/or transfer to secondary education that have taken place in the past 12 months. Please don’t delay in writing in now in time for Christmas.

The above village charity gives a small Christmas gift in the form of Co-op vouchers every year to our Senior Citizens of the village. If you have not received anything in the past, we probably haven’t had you on our Christmas list. If you would like to be considered, please contact the Clerk to the Charity, Mr C Thomas, Tunbeck Farm, telephone 01986 788209 by Friday 8 November.

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