Luca is top banana CommsTeamRSS 16 April 2019
Six-year-old Luca Webb from Wymondham was celebrating last week after winning top prize in a Council-run competition.
Luca won a year’s free membership at South Norfolk Council’s Bananas Soft Play at Long Stratton Leisure Centre after coming up with the name for the soft play’s monkey – Mango.
Mango met Luca at the newly-refurbished Centre last week and presented him with his prize.
Luca’s mum said: “Luca and his sister absolutely love the new soft play area, it’s a fantastic addition to the leisure centre, so having a year’s free membership is just brilliant.”
Nearly 400 people entered the competition to name the monkey, with 2-year-old Noah Gibbs winning a runner up prize of 1 month’s membership.
The Centre has recently undergone a £2million refurbishment, which includes a brand new 80 station gym with state-of-the-art equipment, a new air-conditioned fitness suite, new changing facilities and showers, a café and the soft play area for children.
The soft play is proving a hit with the little ones and their parents, for more information visit www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/bananas
The search is on for Community heroes CommsTeamRSS 3 April 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.
Jamie Sutterby, Director for People and Communities said: “So many people do so much to help improve the lives of others living in our communities. These awards offer an opportunity for us all to say thank you.
“Please take a few moments and nominate someone who deserves to be recognised for these awards. 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 close on 28 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
Long Stratton Leisure Centre is now open email_registra… 22 March 2019Released On DateOriginally released on 18/03/2019
Long Stratton Leisure Centre has opened following a £2 million improvement scheme.
The new up-to-date centre boasts a new 80 station gym with state of the art equipment, a new air conditioned fitness suite, new changing facilities and showers, a soft play area for children and a café.
Cabinet member Yvonne Bendle said: “This is a fantastic example of how South Norfolk Council is continuing to invest in the health and well-being of our residents. Long Stratton Leisure Centre will be a community hub, offering something for everyone and will be a great place for families and friends to spend time together. I am also delighted that the centre is dementia friendly, ensuring that those living with dementia and their carers will be able to take advantage of this fantastic facility.”
South Norfolk Council has recently invested £4 million in its Wymondham Leisure Centre and has also just opened a fantastic 3G football facility at kett’s Park, following an investment of £1.2 million.
To celebrate the opening the Council is giving away a year’s memberships to one lucky member. Everyone who joins before 18 April 2019, will be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win this great prize.
The new centre offers a bright new multi-tiered Bananas Soft Play and toddler area, to keep little ones entertained while parents and carers enjoy a coffee and a catch up with friends in a new café - that will also be offering light lunches and healthy snacks.
A brand-new class programme featuring over 40 classes, will mean fitness enthusiasts will have plenty of choice and there really will be something for everyone.
Find out more by visiting www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/leisure
Ping! served up across South Norfolk CommsTeamRSS 20 March 2019
Last year, South Norfolk Council’s Ping! Festival saw four permanent outdoor table tennis tables being homed in Mulbarton, Hethersett, Poringland and Harleston.
This year the Council will roll out the sporting initiative to communities across both South Norfolk and Broadland following news that Table Tennis England have awarded funding for six new permanent tables.
Two tables will be placed in the Broadland area and four in South Norfolk, in locations which will see high footfall and where impact will be greatest.
South Norfolk Cabinet member Yvonne Bendle said: “This is really good news and we will prioritise communities where there is limited access to health and fitness facilities. The six new tables will be available to help residents of all ages increase their fitness levels and encourage residents who are not currently physically active to have a go.”
Improving the health and wellbeing of residents is a priority for South Norfolk Council and Ping helps people take small steps into fitness. The council then helps support residents to participate more regularly in other activities.
Councillor Bendle added: “Our new Ping! tables will allow us to provide opportunities for people to get fit in our more rural communities. Table Tennis is loads of fun and it’s surprising just how physical and energetic it can be.”
For more information about Ping! visit www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/ping
Eggcellent fun at Kid’s Camp this Easter CommsTeamRSS 20 March 2019
South Norfolk Council’s Kid’s Camp is back for the Easter holidays at the newly refurbished Long Stratton Leisure centre and at Wymondham Leisure Centre.
Kid’s camp keeping children is an opportunity to keep you children entertained over the half term in a safe, friendly environment and it’s fantastic way to get children involved in different sports and craft activities, learn new skill and make new friends.
From 8 April until 18 April, children aged from 5 to 15 can enjoy the range of exciting challenges. All of the children’s favourite activities will be available, football, roller disco and Kwik Cricket are just a few of the sports included, alongside more creative activities such as mask designing, badge making and Easter egg fun.
There is also swimming at Wymondham and fun at Bananas soft play at Long Stratton.
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