LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 09/10/2019
Written by Mike Stewart on 9 October, 2019
TOWN’S LAST BANK IS TO STAY OPEN
The last bank in Harleston has been saved from closure.
Barclays has decided to keep its branch in Market Place open, after originally earmarking it to close. It’s one of a number of branches in the region, which Barclays has decided will remain open for the next two years, at least.
DEAL MEANS NEW OWNERS FOR LOCAL TRAVEL SHOP
The Thomas Cook shop in Diss town centre may be re-opening.
The shop is among hundreds around the country bought by Hays Travel, a large independent family-owned holiday company, in a deal announced today. The company says it hopes to employ as many former Thomas Cook staff as it can and keep all the shops open in the long-term.
The Diss branch closed its doors nearly three weeks ago, after the Thomas Cook group went into liquidation.
TWO VILLAGE SCHOOLS SET FOR MERGER
Two small village schools in South Norfolk are being merged.
The trust that runs the two schools in Tivetshall and Burston says the move will ensure their sustainability and help continue locally-based education. The two schools are among the smallest in the county and have a total of just 45 pupils. They already share a headmaster and governing body.
A consultation into the plan has started. Meetings are planned for Tivetshall this evening and at Burston tomorrow afternoon.
COMMUNITY CHAMPION RECEIVES HER MEDAL
A Brockdish woman has been presented with the British Empire Medal, as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
75 year old Janet Croxson received the medal from the Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk at a special ceremony in Norwich. She’s been given the honour for her community work in Brockdish, where she’s lived and taken part in local life for 40 years.
FUNDING FOR RETAINING COUNTY’S HERITAGE
Lottery funding has been secured by Norfolk’s Records Office to help preserve part of the county’s heritage.
A grant of £200,000 has been awarded for the creation of community archives. The money will be used to take on two archivists to work across the county for three years to ensure cultural memories are preserved for future generations.
DISS GOES THROUGH IN CUP COMPETITION
Diss Town moved into the last 16 of theThurlow Nunn first division cup with a confidence-boosting win; following three successive defeats. They won their home tie 4-2 against Great Yarmouth, with two goals from Ryan Fuller.