LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 4/5/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 4 May, 2018
A major speed-watch campaign will take place in south Norfolk and other parts of the county tomorrow.
Several community speedwatch schemes have been funded with £12,000 with the aim of improving road safety.
More than 40 teams including members from Speedwatch groups, police and road safety officers will be out on roads in the area throughout the day.
Road safety is seen as a main priority in the Norfolk police and crime plan, especially reducing speeding in rural villages.
HALF-MILLION POUND FUND FOR DEPRIVED COMMUNITIES IN NORFOLK
A fund of half a million pounds is being offered to charities in Norfolk to support work helping deprived communities in the county.
The funding is aimed at developing new initiatives to regenerate deprived areas and have a positive effect on communities in Norfolk.
Groups can apply for up to £50,000 from the ‘Make A Splash’ fund, provided by the Virgin Money Foundation.
SPENDING ON NEW SECURITY MEASURES DENTS CO-OP GROUP PROFITS
Spending on new security measures has cost the East of England Co-op group in the past year.
The company has had to take the action after a spate of ram-raids on cashpoints at its stores, many in Suffolk.
The extra costs saw trading profit fall by £200,000, even though turnover increased by £6 million in the year to the end of January.
The company says the overall profit figure before tax increased by half a million pounds but would have been higher without having to invest in additional security.
CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS
The citizens advice bureau in Diss is looking for new volunteers to help with its work.
They’re hoping to find recruits to act as trustees to ensure that the bureau is properly governed by overseeing its management including finances, staff, buildings and the delivery of services to the community.
They’re also looking for new members to help with advisory, support and reception work.
The volunteers play a vital part in maintaining the advice service which is free and confidential.
SPECIAL MATCH TO HONOUR FOOTBALLER
A special match will be held this weekend in memory of a Beccles footballer who died in a car crash at Gillingham last year.
23 year old Aiden Lowe made over 100 appearances for Bungay Town and was voted Player of the Year by club supporters last year.
The match takes place, as part of a family fun day, at Ditchingham on Sunday afternoon with proceeds going to charity.
WEEKEND WARM UP
Warmer temperatures are on the way for the bank holiday weekend.
It’s expected to just climb into the 20s celsius for the next two days and then go up higher to 23 degrees on Monday and Tuesday.
If you’re looking to go to the coast, it should be slightly cooler there.
Football…and former Ipswich Town manager George Burley says he’s now officially applied for the job again and he plans to appoint another Blues legend Terry Butcher as his assistant, if he gets the post.
This weekend, Ipswich complete their season with a home game against one of the play-off teams, Middlesboro, managed by Tony Pulis. Norwich City are away at Sheffield Wednesday.
All championship kickoffs are at 12.30 on Sunday.
Diss Town have no match this weekend but the club is inviting supporters to join them at the Brewers Green Lane ground on Saturday evening, for an end-of-season get-together when Player of the Year awards will be presented.
And there’s a rugby festival at Diss rugby club when the annual Norfolk big rugby weekend takes place at the club’s Mackenders ground. Senior action is tomorrow with junior finals on Sunday. Proceeds go to charity.