LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 26/09/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 27 September, 2019
OLD THATCHED PUB GOES ON THE MARKET
Another historic local pub is up for sale.
The Kings Head in North Lopham has been put on the market for just under £400,000, after owners Angie and George Estcourt decided to retire. The couple ran the Cross Keys in nearby Redgrave before moving to North Lopham.
The thatched building dates back to the end of the 18th century, when it was used by a weaver, before being sold to a brewery in 1876.
POLICE SAY STOPPING BAD BEHAVIOUR IS A PRIORITY
Police in Diss say that they are making a priority of tackling anti-social behaviour in the town.
They say that they’ve been out in communities to gather information and have spoken, where necessary, to individuals involved. They have also recently stepped up patrols around the town and carried out stop searches.
The latest incident, involving teenagers in the town, took place last month at Diss Fair Green, when a young man was arrested and a girl taken to hospital, after fighting broke out.
VILLAGE SCHOOL TO STAY CLOSED
A school in South Norfolk has been closed – for good.
Shelton-with-Hardwick primary school has been shut by Norfolk County Council, because the number of pupils has fallen in recent years. Children had already been transferred to new schools, including nearby Hempnall, for the start of the current term last month, but now the council has confirmed that it is no longer viable to re-open.
The decision follows a consultation with parents, governors and the community.
HOUSING TRUST BRINGS IN CHANGES
A housing trust is introducing a new strategy for elderly people living in its homes at Diss.
Saffron Housing Trust has started a consultation on changes, which include a reduction of some communal facilities and an end to a warden call-system. The trust says alternatives will be available, but some residents say that the changes are ‘disappointing’.