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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 23/2/2018

Written by on 23 February, 2018

WINTRY WEATHER BLAST ON THE WAY

There’s a warning of snow showers as well as bitterly cold weather for Norfolk and Suffolk next week.

The Met Office has issued a yellow alert for freezing temperatures and settling snow showers from 4 o’clock on Monday afternoon through to Tuesday night. And it could get worse later in the week.

ELDERLY DAY CARE SERVICE TO END

The Denny Centre day care service in Diss is to come to an end shortly.

Age UK Norfolk says it has made the difficult decision realising it will come as a shock to users of the service.

It’s hoped to offer other options for elderly people through the county council after the Denny day service stops at the end of March.

Age UK says it wants to focus its limited financial resources on supporting the widest number of people in Norfolk.

VIEWS SOUGHT ON EYE PADDOCK HOUSE

People in Eye are now being asked for their views on the future of Paddock House in the town.

Mid Suffolk Council bought the building in the centre of Eye a year ago…and has been in talks with the town council and neighbourhood planning steering group about possible uses for it.

As part of a public consultation, local people can visit a special drop-in session next Tuesday in the Eye Community Centre between 430 and 630pm.

DISS FOOD STORE GOES NATIONAL

A gluten-free food store in Diss has gone nationwide.

The specialist food store in Cobbs Yard is selling products around the country after the successful launch of its own website.

The Gluten Free Food Store was started 18 months ago by mother and daughter Kirsty and Chloe Howard after they had problems finding coeliac products locally.

They now make their own in-house food.

FINAL STEAM RUN DOESN’T TURN OUT AS PLANNED

The final run for steam locomotive, Oliver Cromwell on the London to Norwich line didn’t quite run according to schedule yesterday.

The train broke down on the way up from London and finally arrived in Norwich about 45 minutes late.

A diesel engine then had to be brought in to take the carriages back to Liverpool Street in the evening.

The loco, built in 1951, once travelled the same route years ago, pulling express services but is being retired next month.

EASTER ENGINEERING WORKS

And there’s a warning for rail passengers of likely delays to travel on the Norwich to London line over Easter.
Work will be taking place over the four-day holiday period as part of a Network Rail major improvements project.

Passengers will have to use replacement buses between Ingatestone and Newbury Park and then London Underground to complete journeys.

SIGN GAFFE CORRECTED

Barclays Bank has done the right thing and replaced a sign outside its branch in Framlingham with the town’s proper name.

It caused quite a few sniggers and queries a few weeks ago when a new sign went up: Welcome to Barclays Framlington !!

At least, local people knew where they were.

LOCAL SPORT

Football…and Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he hopes the club still wants him to stay on and he won’t be driven out by a small number of fans. Town have a difficult away game tomorrow at Preston.

Norwich City are at Carrow Road and take on a Bolton side, which has now climbed out of the relegation places.
And Diss Town are at home to bottom side, Team Bury tomorrow afternoon.

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