Kickstart Norfolk – Funding Secure for Residents of Rural Norfolk & Relevant Suffolk Areas

With recent government cuts to rural transport and community support, rural social networks are breaking down with a consequent increase in social isolation being experienced amongst many young people residing across Norfolk and Suffolk. Statistics show that the lack of transport is proving to be a major barrier that is preventing individuals from moving forward with their lives, this is due to their inability to attend appointments, engage in community led activities or secure provisions such as employment, education or training.

Kickstart Norfolk and members of the 5 Local Action Groups (LAGs) have recognised this and we are delighted to state that funding has now been secured via the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, to provide a dedicated Rural Scheme for unemployed individuals residing across rural Norfolk and relevant Suffolk areas. As a charity, Kickstart Norfolk can now provide individuals with the opportunity to be issued with their own moped for a period of up to 6-months, and this will allow them to seek and secure the provisions they need to move forward towards employment. It may be the case that an individual requires specialist support and therefore, the transport can be used to attend appointments or to socialise.

Whilst on the Rural Scheme, a dedicated Communication Officer will mentor each individual for up to a period of 2-years, this will provide much needed support to the service user whilst they participate on education or training courses, engage with support provisions or secure employment. Kickstart Norfolk understands that a clients’ needs are best met by having access to a strong and diverse network of experts and over the years, we have forged excellent working relationships with many organisations, foundations and trusts. Should referrals be required to secure the service user additional specialist support, referrals will be made with the consent of the service user.

Further Information:
As a charity, Kickstart Norfolk seek and secure funding to ensure we can provide much needed transport to individuals at an affordable cost and to ensure you are provided with other funding opportunities.

The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and Kickstart Norfolk can provide a much-needed transport provision to the residents of your community, removing a major barrier faced by rural residents without transport. The Rural Scheme will enable service users to make a positive move forward with their lives, whether this be by engaging in employment, education or training provisions or engaging on programmes to address personal issues such as mental health or addiction.


Norfolk Community Biodiversity Awards 2018

The Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership’s Community Biodiversity Awards scheme is now accepting nominations for 2018. Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their voluntary efforts to improve their local patch for wildlife? If so, now is your chance to put them forward for a prestigious Community Biodiversity Award! This year’s five award categories are: Saving Species; Groups; Young People’s Achievement; Nature for Health and Wellbeing; Churchyards and Cemeteries.

The Community Biodiversity Awards raise awareness of Norfolk’s wonderful biodiversity, the sense of community and wellbeing that can be found through voluntary activities and championing community efforts to conserve and enhance biodiversity for the common good. The scheme has been running for 15 years, and over that time has celebrated many wonderful groups and individuals who are making a real difference for local wildlife and communities. Winners attend a summer celebration evening which takes place in July in Norwich to receive their award.

Download a nomination form and flyer from or enter online here:
Nominations close on 30th April 2018.

This year’s Awards have been generously sponsored by: Kelling Heath Holiday Park; The Landscape Partnership; Norwich Community Green Gym; Pensthorpe Natural Park; R and J Hogg; Norfolk Wildlife Trust.

The Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership is a well-established partnership working to co-ordinate and share initiatives to conserve biodiversity across Norfolk. The Awards are organised annually to recognise people’s voluntary efforts to give nature a helping hand and to help people connect with nature.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch:

NBP A4 Flyer – 2018

South Norfolk Older People’s Forum – Meeting Wednesday 21st March 2018

New members always welcome

Next meeting Wednesday 21 March at 10 am for coffee for 10.15 am start.

At South Norfolk Council Offices, Council Chamber, Swan Lane, Long Stratton, NR15 2XE

Main topics of the meeting will include :

  • Details of a recent Housing Project
  • Up to date information from “n able” who provide specialist equipment for Older People
  • The Handyperson Scheme and also Digital Heritage Trails supported by South Norfolk Council,

Time will be allowed for the usual question and answer session after each talk

If you find it difficult to get to the meeting, free transport could be available from where you live. To take advantage of this please call Ann Baker on 01508 481819 by 5pm on 12 March

The meeting is expected to close by 12.30

Hornsea Project Three – Community Newsletter February 2018

Please find attached a copy of the latest Hornsea Project Three community newsletter – Hornsea Project Three – Community Newsletter – February 2018

In this edition, we provide an update on how our plans are progressing. This includes an overview of how your consultation feedback has helped refine the project proposal, updates on our most recent consultation, how you can continue to get involved in the process, and what’s next for the project.

We have also published our onshore cable route and will provide you with an update on some of the key changes we have made to the project as a result of your feedback. You can view the proposed cable route on our Interactive Map on our website ( and hear more about the refinement process from our Site and Land Rights Manager –

All the project documentation can be found on our website in the Documents Library ( We’ve also updated our FAQs based on your questions.

You are welcome to share this newsletter more widely with anyone you think may have an interest in our proposal.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Kind regards,

The Hornsea Project Three Team
Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy)

Anglian Water – Update

Further reinstatement work is required on The Street, which unfortunately means that we are going to need to use traffic lights again.

This work will start on Wednesday 14th February and will be completed within two weeks.

We will have a reinstatement team on site as well as traffic management engineers between 7:30am and 5:30pm Monday to Friday. They may also work at the weekend, however; if they don’t, I have requested that all traffic management is removed to reduce the disruption to the community.

The team will begin with three way lights at the junction with Shotesham Road and continue along The Street until they reach Framingham Earl High School.

They team are hoping to complete approximately three sections a day, making up a total of 150 metres a day, therefore, the lights will be moved throughout the day and will not impact on one location for very long.

I am so sorry for this further disruption but hope that you understand the importance of us ensuring that we reinstate the road to the highest possible standard, in agreement with the Highways Authority, before leaving site.

They are a very hard working team and will do everything possible to complete this final reinstatement work in the shortest timescale possible

South Yare Wildlife Group – February Events

Despite the cold, snowy weather the Spring bulbs are popping up. Spring is coming! We have two events for you this month, an ever popular ‘Hands-on Day’ at Ducan’s Marsh, and Iconic Wildlife of the South Yare Valley. Hope you can join us!

Hands-on Day at Ducan’s Marsh, Sunday February 11th, 10am – 2pm
There is no parking at the site so please meet at Claxton Village Hall at 10am. Ferrying will be available if required. The site is wet, so stout waterproof boots are advisable. Coffee/tea and flapjack provided. Full details can be found on the website; please email as soon as possible if you would like to attend.

Iconic Wildlife of the South Yare Valley, Thursday 22nd February, 7.30pm
Ben Lewis, Warden from Strumpshaw Fen RSPB Reserve, will talk about some of the wildlife that inhabits and visits this stretch of the River Yare and the surrounding countryside. The talk will be held at Poringland Community Centre, with the bar opening at 7pm. Members £2, non-members £5 and under 16’s free. Full details can be found on the website.

Our full calendar of events can be found on the website; get them in your diary now!


Greater Norwich Local Plan – Site Submissions for Caistor St Edmund

The Parish Council is keen to ensure that residents are aware of the Greater Norwich Local Plan (GNLP), and the site submissions for Caistor St Edmund so those who wish to do so can respond to the consultation (preferably online) before the deadline of 15th March 2018.  If you can’t respond online you can ring 01603 306603 to get a General Response form or a Site Submission form.  Further details attached – Resident Leaflet Drop GNLP

Services at Caistor Church – February 2018

Please find details below of services at Caistor Church for February 2018:

Sunday 4th February Traditional Holy Communion 09:00

Sunday 11th February Praise & Worship 09:30

Sunday 18th February Family Service 09:30

Sunday 25th February Traditional Holy Communion 09:00

In addition the Venta Group Communion Service for Ash Wednesday will be held at Arminghall Church at 10:00 on Wednesday 14th February. Please come and join us to reflect and pray, and share communion as we enter the season of Lent. Or you may want to come along to Stoke Church Hall at 19:30 on 14th for a reflective evening for Ash Wednesday.

You are most welcome to join us at any of these services.


Hornsea Project Three South Norfolk Parish Meeting Minutes 6/12/17

We would like to thank everyone who attended the Parish Councils briefing and Q&A session on Wednesday 6 December 2017 at Glen Lodge Family Golf Centre, Norwich. This session was part of the further statutory consultation period for our Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm development.

Please find attached the meeting minutes from the session, which you are welcome to share more widely with your parishioners – 20171206 – HOW03 – South Norfolk Parish Council Meeting Minutes

This session provided representatives from your parish with an update on our proposal and gave an opportunity for you to comment on the new areas presented.

Please also be aware of our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), which have been updated in response to common questions and themes that have emerged during the consultation. We will seek to expand and update the FAQ document as and when more information becomes available. The updated FAQs can be found on our website.

We will be publishing more information regarding the Project shortly and will seek to hold another briefing and Q&A session in February / March 2018 to provide a further update on our proposal.

Kind regards,

The Hornsea Project Three Team