South Norfolk Help Hub Bulletin 37

Please see attached edition 37 of the South Help Hub bi-weekly bulletin – south norfolk help hub bulletin 18012019 (1)


Your South Yare Wildlife Group

South Yare Wildlife Group is an open membership group organizing fun & engaging wildlife events, walks, talks & practical conservation tasks for all ages. What you may not be aware of, is that involvement in shaping these activities and gaining friends, skills and experiences along the way, is also just as accessible. The Group is run as a charity, so a level of accountability needs to be maintained. There is also the fun part of getting involved in events and participating in the future of the how SYWG connects with people and wildlife in our local patch.

What you gain includes greater awareness of your local area and meeting new people. You also get to increase your conservation skills and wildlife knowledge.

What is involved? A sociable meeting is held once every couple of months to set up future activities, decide on how best to spend the income we generate and meet our charitable objectives. Would you like to come to a meeting on a no commitment basis, to see if it’s your sort of thing? If you would, any of you are more than welcome to come along. Please contact Dan Hoare on 01508 538157 or via our email.

Services at Caistor Church – January 2019

Please find below details of services at Caistor Church for January.

Sunday 6th January 0900 Traditional Holy Communion

Sunday 13th January 0930 Praise and Worship

Sunday 20th January 0930 Family Christingle Service

Sunday 27th January 0900 Traditonal Holy Communion

We would love you to join us at these services and would especially like to invite you to our Family Christingle celebration on Sunday 20th January.

With very best wishes for a happy and healthy 2019.

Would you pay more for policing in Norfolk? Consultation now live

As he launches the 2019/20 police budget and council tax consultation, Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Lorne Green asks….

Would you be prepared to pay more for policing in Norfolk?

The PCC will soon have to decide whether to increase or freeze the policing element of council tax. First, he wants to know what the Norfolk public thinks and is asking how much people would be willing to pay.

“I want to hear from the people of Norfolk. Do you support keeping the policing part of the council tax at last year’s level, or do you support a rise? And, if so, how much would you be prepared to pay?” asked Lorne.

“I have spent a great deal of time over the past year listening to Norfolk communities. They tell me not only do they want to be safe, they want to feel safe. Our constabulary has a responsibility to offer that assurance in our homes, on our streets and in our communities.

“At the same time I recognise the financial situation for policing continues to be extremely challenging. The nature of crime continues to change and is becoming more complex. Ahead of December’s police funding announcement, I made representations to the Home Secretary, Policing Minister and Secretary to the Treasury to impress upon them just how serious the financial picture here in Norfolk is and the threat it poses to our policing service.

“The Chief Constable has told me that a precept freeze would, inevitably, lead to police officer and staff reductions. He has also said that were I to raise the council tax by the maximum amount of 46 pence a week, this would allow significant investment in the force, including the addition of 40 extra officers. I would urge people to listen to what the Chief Constable has to say before having their say.

“To help inform my budget decision, I would like to know your views. Some 56% of Norfolk’s policing budget is funded by central government, meaning your council tax makes up the rest – so I want all Norfolk residents to have the opportunity to have their say.”

For more information and to have your say, please visit

There will also be a chance to give your views when the PCC and Chief Constable Simon Bailey answer questions from the public at their first Q&A session of 2019. Lorne will host the event at The Forum in Norwich on Wednesday 9 January from 6pm.

Recruitment to Norfolk Local Access Forum

Norfolk Local Access Forum is seeking new members

The Norfolk Local Access Forum is comprised of up to 22 people covering a range of interests in countryside access in Norfolk, including walking; cycling; horse riding; landowners; conservation; other interests (including health, tourism, business, access for all, heritage, education). The Forum provides independent advice to a number of organisations including Norfolk County Council on improving access to land in Norfolk.

We are looking for enthusiastic and proactive people with a passion for the outdoors with good communication skills to fill 5 vacancies on the Forum. In particular, we are keen to find new members from the following interest areas: landowners and managers, younger people (or those who can represent young people), equestrians and local business/tourism.

Further information and a link to the online recruitment form can be found here:
If you have any queries, please email or contact 0344 800 8020

The closing date for applications is 31st January 2019.

Yes, you can get better Broadband now!

South Norfolk Council and our partner InTouch Systems ( have been working together to make fast wireless broadband available to everyone in South Norfolk.

InTouch Systems’ hassle-free service gives you download speeds to get you streaming and gaming, generous data allowances (more than you need we think) and a robust network built with the latest technology.  Further details attached – SNC and InTouch Systems Poster

Crimerstoppers is looking for volunteers

Crimestoppers are looking to recruit volunteers in the community to Crimestoppers Co-ordinator roles, co-ordinators provide a useful link with Crimestoppers Regional Mangers.

‘if you are interested in becoming a volunteer for Crimestoppers as a Coordinator, or other roles please look at the following links: and which gives some more details about volunteering for Crimestoppers ’

South Norfolk Engagement Officer