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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 25/03/2019

Written by on 25 March, 2019

HOSPITAL PETITION HITS THE TARGET FIGURE

A petition, calling for All Hallows Hospital in Ditchingham to be saved from closure, has now passed its target figure of 5,000 signatures.

The figure was achieved early this afternoon, a few days after the on-line campaign was launched late last week.  The hospital, and a nursing home at Bungay, are currently run by a charity, the All Hallows healthcare trust, which is in financial trouble.

Organisers are now pushing for a total of 7,500 signatures, with the aim of sending the petition to South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon.

COMMUNITY HUB PETITION COLLECTS HUNDREDS OF NAMES

About 850 people have so far signed an on-line petition to re-open the former Apollo club in Harleston as a community hub.

The petition has been started by Hope Church, which has offered to buy the building and has also applied to make it a community asset.  It’s now asking the Apollo’s owners to re-consider plans to demolish the building in Mendham Lane.

CONSERVATORY COMPANY GOES INTO LIQUIDATION

A local conservatory company with a showroom in Diss has gone into liquidation.

Conservatories Etc., a family-owned firm based in Wymondham, had gone into a company voluntary arrangement with its creditors last year, to continue trading and pay off its debts.  The owners now say that a new firm has been set up to complete any work already underway.

POLICE WARNING ABOUT SPEED ON COUNTRY ROADS
Police have warned motorists to drive carefully on country roads.

It comes after two accidents on narrow rural roads last week in Mid Suffolk…both blamed on speeding.  A van overturned and ended on its roof at Homersfield and a car finished in a ditch at Bedingfield. No one was hurt in the accidents.

VILLAGE SHOP CLAIMS TOP AWARD

The village shop in Kenninghall has picked up a prestigious national award.

Kenninghall Stores has been chosen as Britain’s best off-licence in the 2019 Convenience Retail awards, run with Grocer magazine.

The shop was given the award for the huge choice of drinks on sale there and also made it to the final of the best small store category.  The store has been run by Mike and Karen Humphries for nearly eight years and the couple also run the village shop at Dickleburgh.

PUB HAS CLOSED FOR NOW

A well-known South Norfolk pub has closed its doors.

The Kings Head in Brooke is closing until further notice and has cancelled any bookings, including on Mother’s Day this Sunday.

HARLESTON HAMMER HOME THEIR TITLE CLAIM

Harleston Town have moved closer to claiming the Thurlow Nunn First Division North title.  They maintained a seven-point lead at the top of the table with a 7-0 home win against Debenham.  Striker Nathan Cheese netted a hat-trick.

Diss Town also won at home. They beat bottom-three side, Needham Market reserves 1-0, with 18 year old Bradley Hunt scoring a goal in his first game at this level for the Tangerines.

In rugby, Diss first team put in another improving performance with one of their highest points total this season, but lost to Old Priorians by 29 points to 46.

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