Cream Teas at Caistor Church and Services for August

With summer still in full swing, you are reminded that Cream Teas continue at Caistor Church on each of the Sundays in August from 2pm-5pm. Do come along for a respite from the sun and enjoy a delicious home made scone. The fresh produce stall is always popular and there will be cakes to tempt you too.

Sunday services in August are as follows:

5th August Traditional Holy Communion 09:00

12th August Praise and Worship 09:30

19th August Venta Group Family Communion Service at Stoke Holy Cross Church 11:00

26th August Traditional Holy Communion 09:00


9pm Routine

Could you please spread the message wide and far about our ‘9pm Routine’ – simply set a daily alarm reminder on a watch, mobile phone / tablet device to remind you to check your cars, sheds, doors, windows etc are locked. This started from a police pilot that began in Florida, which was incredibly successful.

Hopefully it will lead to a reduction in crime.

Temporary road closure in the Parish of Stoke Holy Cross

NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL has made a Temporary Traffic Order affecting the U78044 Chandler Road from a distance 300 metres west of its junction with U78193 Valley Farm Lane for a distance of 50 metres westwards in the PARISH OF STOKE HOLY CROSS because of a new electrical connection.

The road will be temporarily closed (except for access) from 13th August 2018 to 17th August 2018 for the duration of the works, expected to be 5 days within the period.

Alternative route is via: Chandler Road, Valley Farm Lane, High Ash Lane, Caistor Lane, Wash Lane (Stoke Holy Cross, Caistor St. Edmund).  Further details attached – Stoke Holy Cross STRO1807 HM (1)

South Yare Wildlife Group – Summer Walk and Picnic – 11th August

We invite you to join us for a Summer Walk and Picnic at Hellington & Rockland St Mary Community Reserve on Saturday 11th August;

Join us for a circular walk of approximately 3.5 miles, stopping en route to enjoy the Hellington and Rockland St Mary Community Reserve. Bring your own picnic and rug. Tea and coffee, with scones, cream and jam will be available at the Reserve!

Meet at 2pm at Rockland St Mary Staithe; parking is at the Staithe (NR14 7HP) or Rockland Green Lane Playing Field (NR14 7HW).

Free and everyone is welcome, but sorry, this event is not wheelchair friendly.

Date for your diary!

What’s in Your Pond? Our pond wildlife workshop on 23rd September at Wheatfen. Booking essential 01508 538157, non-members £10, Members £6.

Level 3 Hot Weather Alert for East of England

As a member of the Norfolk Resilience Forum we will be aligning our messaging with EEAST:

Stay out of the heat:
• keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
• if you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hatand light scarf
• avoid extreme physical exertion
• wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes

Cool yourself down:
• have plenty of cold drinks, and avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks
• eat cold foods, particularly salads and fruit with a high water content
• take a cool shower, bath or body wash
• sprinkle water over the skin or clothing, or keep a damp cloth on the back of your neck

Keep your environment cool:
• keeping your living space cool is especially important for infants, the elderly or thosewith chronic health conditions or who can’t look after themselves
• place a thermometer in your main living room and bedroom to keep a check on thetemperature
• keep windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day, and open windowsat night when the temperature has dropped
• close curtains that receive morning or afternoon sun, however, care should be takenwith metal blinds and dark curtains, as these can absorb heat – consider replacing orputting reflective material in-between them and the window space
• turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment – they generate heat
• keep indoor plants and bowls of water in the house as evaporation helps cool the air
• if possible, move into a cooler room, especially for sleeping
• electric fans may provide some relief, if temperatures are below 35°C2consider putting up external shading outside windows
• use pale, reflective external paints
• have your loft and cavity walls insulated – this keeps the heat in when it is cold and out when it is hot
• grow trees and leafy plants near windows to act as natural air-conditioners

Look out for others:
• keep an eye on isolated, elderly, ill or very young people and make sure they are able tokeep cool
• ensure that babies, children or elderly people are not left alone in stationary cars
• check on elderly or sick neighbours, family or friends every day during a heatwave
• be alert and call a doctor or social services if someone is unwell or further help is

If you have a health problem:
• keep medicines below 25 °C or in the refrigerator (read the storage instructions on the
• seek medical advice if you are suffering from a chronic medical condition or taking
multiple medications

If you or others feel unwell:
• try to get help if you feel dizzy, weak, anxious or have intense thirst and headache;
move to a cool place as soon as possible and measure your body temperature
• drink some water or fruit juice to rehydrate
• rest immediately in a cool place if you have painful muscular spasms (particularly in the
legs, arms or abdomen, in many cases after sustained exercise during very hot
weather), and drink oral rehydration solutions containing electrolytes.
• medical attention is needed if heat cramps last more than one hour
• consult your doctor if you feel unusual symptoms or if symptoms persist

Community & Environmental Services

Public consultation notice: “A Case for Change: a better way of working for a safer Norfolk”

Legislation passed by Parliament in 2017 included a new duty for emergency services to collaborate, and a specific opportunity for Police and Crime Commissioners to apply to the Secretary of State to allow them to take on responsibility for the governance of their local fire and rescue service, if it appears that it is in the interests of effectiveness, efficiency, economy or public safety to do so.

Given this, it was decided that a review of the governance of the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service and a benefits assessment of the options for change should be carried out.

A local business case has been prepared and is now published for public consultation. The consultation is your chance to tell us what you think about the benefits of change in Norfolk. The consultation runs from 11 July – 5 September 2018.

You can view the local business case, all consultation materials, find further information and respond to the consultation survey at

Responses to the survey must be received by 5 September 2018. If you require assistance in completing the survey please call the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk (OPCCN) on 01953 424455 or email .

Further information on the proposals can be requested by calling the OPCCN on 01953 424455 or emailing .

We look forward to receiving your comments.


Roman Car Park – Norwich Road

The Parish Council has been advised by Poringland Police Station of some current issues with the Roman Car Park on Norwich Road.  They have received contact from several parties advising of suspicious behaviour and theft from motor vehicles.  We have been asked to advise that it is worth calling 101 or 999 in an emergency if there is something going on that requires police attention.


Kickstart Norfolk – Alternative Transport Provision for Individual Residing in Rural Communities across Norfolk

As a charity, Kickstart Norfolk understands that to reach out to individuals residing across Norfolk and provide them with information about our transport service and potential funding, we require the assistance and support of local authorities, parish and district councils. Having access to transport is crucial for those residing in remote, rural locations of our county who often state that without it, they are left to feel isolated and have little chance of moving forward with their lives. With your help and support in advertising our transport provision during 2017/2018 our charity has had a record year, assisting 481 individuals across Norfolk with transport, many of whom have used this to secure employment, training or education provisions, or to address their complex barriers to work.

As a charity, we have a number of funding opportunities that are available to continue providing individuals within your community with transport, transport that gives them the flexibility and independence they need to go about securing a better future for themselves and their families. Further information provided on attached 2 promotional flyers – Kickstart Norfolk Potential Funding Poster (1) and The Rural Scheme Flyer A4 Size (1).