South Norfolk celebrates community champions CommsTeamRSS 15 February 2019
South Norfolk Council’s Community Awards are back and the search is on to find our community champions.
These popular awards celebrate South Norfolk’s unsung heroes and pay tribute to the valuable contribution that volunteers make to the district.
Last year, there was an overwhelming number of nominations received, so please don’t delay in voting for your hero. Anyone can be nominated and several nominations can be made by one person.
Cabinet member Keith Kiddie said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to say thank you to the people who give up their time to make South Norfolk such a wonderful place to live, work and visit. I would urge local residents to take a few moments and nominate someone they know who deserves to be recognised for these awards. These people inspire others to take action and get involved in their community.
“If you know of someone who is doing a great job in your community, then please nominate them and show them how much you appreciate their hard work.”
There are eight categories you can nominate people for:
• Volunteer of the Year - for an individual who has volunteered their time to make an outstanding contribution to their community within the last year.
• Young Volunteer of the Year - for a young person, aged 18 or under, who has volunteered their time to make an outstanding contribution to their community in the last year.
• Community Group of the Year - for a group of people, working together, who have improved or brought benefits to their community within the last year.
• Community Fundraiser of the Year - for a group or individual who has undertaken innovative and tireless fundraising which has benefited South Norfolk community groups or residents directly within the last year.
• Business Community Champion of the Year - for a local business which has made an exceptional contribution to its community, by supporting it with funding opportunities, hosting events, or providing advice and resources within the last year.
• Community Wellbeing Champion or Group of the Year - for an individual or group that has championed wellbeing within their community, either through providing sporting/exercise opportunities, helping to develop lifestyles, or inspiring others through their sporting and lifestyle activities within the last year.
• Environmental Champion of the Year - for a school, business, community group or individual who has made a positive impact on their environmental in the last year.
• Lifetime Community Hero of the Year - for an individual who has had a long term impact
Nominations open on 18 February and close in April. The award evening will be held on 4 June at Dunston Hall.
Winners will receive grants of £250 to give to their chosen charitable organisation
You can make your nomination by visiting www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/champions or call 01508 533945
South Norfolk Council's Kids Camp opens for half term. CommsTeamRSS 14 February 2019
South Norfolk Council’s Kids Camp is back for half term at Wymondham Leisure Centre.
South Norfolk Cabinet member Yvonne Bendle said: “We understand the importance of keeping children entertained over the half term in a safe, friendly environment. Kids Camp is a fantastic opportunity for children to get involved in different sports and craft activities, to learn new skill and make new friends.”
From 18 February until 22 February, children aged from 5 to 15 can enjoy the range of exciting challenges. All of the children’s favourite activities will be available, football, volley ball and swimming are just a few of the sports included, alongside more creative activities such as clay modelling, and making 3D jellyfish.
Monday to Friday, from 8am to 6pm, children can enjoy either a full or half day at the camp. For a full day of activities, it’s just £27 and £18 for a half day. Leisure passports holders and those with childcare vouchers will receive discounts.
For more information and to book visit www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/kids-camp
Norfolk councils work together to tackle fuel poverty CommsTeamRSS 13 February 2019
More than one in 10 households in Norfolk1 are living in fuel poverty due to a combination of low household income, expensive sources of heating, poorly insulated homes and rising fuel costs.
Norfolk’s Warm Homes Fund Partnership, led by Broadland District Council and South Norfolk Council is working together to tackle cold homes and improve the lives of Norfolk residents, using £3.1 m of funding from National Grid’s Warm Homes Fund.
Broadland District Council successfully bid for the funding last year, on behalf of all Norfolk councils.
Six months into the project, more than 50 new heating system installations are underway in eligible2 privately-owned or privately rented homes that had no central heating and more than 225 Norfolk residents have been supported by the Norfolk Warm Homes team. This support includes helping to lower fuel poor households’ outgoings through energy switching, grants and accessing benefits to keep them warm at home.
Social housing provider Clarion has also invested in air-source heat pumps in 25 of their social housing properties so far as part of the project.
Cllr John Fisher, on behalf of the Norfolk Warm Homes fund said: ‘We’re pleased that this funding enables Norfolk councils to invest in affordable heating solutions for fuel-poor households and improve some of the coldest homes in the county. We are supporting #FuelPovertyAwarenessDay on 15 February to highlight the potential health problem and avoidable illnesses linked to living in a cold home and encourage anyone struggling to heat their homes this winter to ask us for help.”
One resident who has benefitted from a grant from the Warm Homes Fund is Mrs Green from Hellesdon, who home was fitted with a gas boiler and central heating for the first time, replacing old and inefficient storage heaters. She said: “I am sure there are elderly people living alone who may hesitate to apply for this grant, worrying about who they may be dealing with. May they be reassured that they will find kindness from the time of applying to the finished job.”
For more information visit www.south-norfolk.gov.uk
Vehicle charging points switched on in South Norfolk CommsTeamRSS 21 January 2019
Electric vehicle charging points are now up and running in South Norfolk Council’s car parks in Long Stratton and Wymondham and will be online in Harleston, Diss and Loddon by the end of January.
The Council is working with Vattenfall and BMM Energy Solutions to make InCharge charging stations available to residents across the district.
South Norfolk Council Cabinet member Lisa Neal said: “We are working with our partners to ensure that South Norfolk residents and businesses can benefit from modern technology and help the environment at the same time. Our network of charging points will make it easier for electric vehicle owners to visit our market towns, knowing that they will be able to top up while they shop.”
The availability of the charging points in town centres, combined with a lower overnight charging rate will give residents who, currently, would not be able to charge a vehicle at home, the opportunity to consider using clean energy and buy an electric car.
Vattenfall will operate 20 charging stations – and all of the power used to charge vehicles will be supplied by its British wind farms. The partnership with British-based BMM means that Vattenfall is working with one of the UK’s most experienced installers of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
Electric vehicle drivers with Vattenfall’s InCharge mobile application or charge card can charge at any Vattenfall InCharge charging point on a pay-as-you-go basis. Vattenfall plans to roll-out the InCharge network in Britain in partnership with public bodies, commercial property and commercial fleet operators.
Vattenfall plans to make roaming agreements with other operators or driver service providers in the UK, meaning that InCharge drivers will have access to an expanding, reliable and easy to use network across the country and northern Europe.
For more information about InCharge please visit www.goincharge.com/uk/
South Norfolk Business Awards, shortlists announced. CommsTeamRSS 17 January 2019
The shortlist has been announced for South Norfolk Council’s new “Business Awards”.
These new awards build on the council’s very popular Independent Retailer Awards, widening the scope and focus to reflect the diversity of businesses that flourish in South Norfolk.
Businesses nominated themselves for an award in one or more of nine categories and residents showed their support for their favourite business by nominating them as ‘South Norfolk Retailer of the Year’.
South Norfolk Council’s Deputy Leader, Michael Edney said: “It has been fantastic to see so many businesses get involved and nominate themselves for one of our awards. There is a huge confidence in our local economy and South Norfolk is proud to be the home of so many successful companies.
“As a Council, we actively support and encourage inward investment and business growth and the district is home to multi-national organisations, cutting edge tech and bio science companies and a great range of independent shops and traders.”
Sponsored by Fosters Solicitors LLP, The South Norfolk Business Award shortlisted companies are:
Excellence in Digital Creative and ICT
• Greenwood & Bell
• Netmatters Ltd
Excellence in Life Sciences
• Cambridge Oncometrix Ltd
• Iceni Diagnostics
• Leaf Expression Systems
Excellence in Advanced Manufacturing
• Ansible Motion
• Panel Graphic Ltd
• Proeon Systems
Innovation in Agriculture, Food and Drink
• Bace Foods Ltd
• Harleston Cider Co.
• Pepperell's Meats
Visitor Economy Experience
• Lotus Driving Academy
• The Corn Hall
• Waveney River Centre
• Centre Paws Norfolk
• OakVilla Distillery
• Pasta Gusto
• Face to Face Finance (Anglia) Ltd
• Netmatters Ltd
• Panel Graphic Ltd
International Business Growth
• Cobalt Aerospace Ltd
• Midwich Group Plc
• Snelling Business Systems
Business in the Community
• Clinks Care Farm
• Cup-O-T: Wellness and Therapy Services
• Netmatters Ltd
Retailer of the Year
• Little Boutique, Wymondham
• Our Slice of Country Life, Diss
• Wymondham Garden Centre