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Straw bales on fire between Ranworth and South Walsham. Photo: Ian Thompson
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Reports of fires being set deliberately have piled more pressure on the fire service this weekend…

Transport Secretary in Norfolk to see government road investment …

News story Transport Secretary in Norfolk to see government road investment providing faster, more reliable journeys From: Department for Transport and The Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP 1 2 First published: 3 March 2016 Part of: Road network and traffic , Rail network and Aviation and airports 3 4 5 Patrick McLoughlin visits 3 Department for Transport backed major road projects that will help the county s thriving economy. work on the 179 million Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NNDR) has started and will transform journeys around the city the 6.8 million Great Yarmouth link road, completed in December 2015, has eased congestion and is supporting offshore wind farm development A47 improvements, including dualling and major junction works will be started by 2020 along the crucial cross-county road link Patrick McLoughlin was in Norfolk today (Thursday 3 March 2016) to see how the government s investment in the road network is delivering a major boost to the economy and paving the way for thousands of new homes and jobs to be created. Building the infrastructure that will help the east of England to grow and delivering better journeys is a key part of the government s long-term economic plan for the region.

He visited the NNDR, which is forecast to deliver more than 10,000 houses and 12,000 jobs once completed. Meeting with Norfolk County Council and contractors Balfour Beatty at the construction site, he saw first-hand how the Department for Transport s (DfT) 78 million investment will help clear congestion, improve air quality levels and enhance residents everyday lives. The investment for the NNDR follows the 105 million upgrade to the A11 dual carriageway which opened in December 2014, improving the key road link between the M11 and Norwich.

The Transport Secretary then travelled to Norwich International Airport to meet local businesses who will benefit from the NNDR opening up opportunities and providing faster, more reliable journeys. The airport is also gaining a new government-funded air route between Norwich to Exeter, which will start in time for Easter 2016. In Great Yarmouth, he saw the positive impact the town s new link road has made upon businesses and residents since it opened in December 2015.

The new link between the A12 and the A143 south of the resort received 4.8 million of DfT funding. The road is spurring the development of new housing and business opportunities, such as the Beacon Business Park which is expected to generate 3,400 jobs. Patrick McLoughlin said: It is about time the people in Norfolk benefit from a road network fit for the 21st century and that is exactly what the government is delivering.

The east of England is central to our long-term economic plan and it has seen the fastest employment growth in the country outside London since 2010. These schemes across Norfolk will support that trend continuing. Our investment will ensure faster, more reliable journeys and create thousands of new jobs and houses.

As part of the visit, the Transport Secretary drove along the A47 to Great Yarmouth to see how Highways England is developing detailed plans for 6 improvement schemes on the road, including dualling and major junction improvements from Wansford in Cambridgeshire to Blofield in Norfolk. The road projects form part of a transport-wide investment programme for the east of England, which will also see rail passengers benefiting from enhanced services. The successful bid for the East Anglia rail franchise will be announced in Spring 2016 and will include faster journeys on state-of-the-art trains and better connections across the region.

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I'll think of something later: Norfolk Churches 150-166: Cromer to …

The first of our annual September walks to raise money for the Norfolk Churches Trust back in 2002 focused on the area around where our cicerona Jill’s mother lived, Burnham Thorpe. Since then Jill’s Norfolk bases have been King’s Lynn and now Southrepps, where her moving-in coincided with an astonishingly good August festival 1 featuring top young musicians I’d met earlier in the summer. The plan this time – executed in full despite poor prognostication of the weather – was to cover 16 churches and chapels in 18 miles.

The Friday, when we travelled, was hot and sunny; Saturday, the scheduled day of the walk was scheduled to be wet until at least mid-afternoon. We persuaded Jill that we could do half of it in sunshine and the other half later on Saturday. But this plan was kiboshed – serendipitously, as it turned out – by the second of several carelessnesses which marked the long weekend: at Norwich we went straight to what looked like the platform where the branch line to Gunton and Cromer has its terminus.

Or so we thought until the familiar-looking two-carriage train left five minutes earlier, and as we moved off we saw there was another platform further up to the left where the one we should have caught was sitting. So we got out at the first stop on the way to Great Yarmouth heading east rather than north, Brundall Gardens, and found out that the next train back to Norwich was in precisely an hour. Phoned Jill, who had to drive a long way to pick us up, and had the chance of exploring two more churches I suppose I could have added to the list.

The first was petite St Lawrence Brundall, with its 13th century double bellcote, its lead font and a 16th century roundel of the gridironed saint. The second was hugely impressive and, along with Trunch, the glory of the weekend, St Andrew and St Peter Blofield. Chief of its delights are a tall tower, a stupendous octagonal font with carved scenes from the life of Christ, and some fascinating 1930s windows in memory of local benefactor Margaret Harker, including a scene of fisher girls working at Great Yarmouth.

My own photos of all these treasures and of the day of the walk itself – which turned out absolutely fine much earlier than originally forecast, clear by noon – are lost along with my precious Nokia (precious inasmuch as there were other pictures I hadn’t downloaded). The hope of its turning up has been the reason for delay in posting here. I’m hugely grateful to our fourth regular walking companion, Cally Brooke Johnson, for most of the shots featured here; I hope she’ll forgive me for having fiddled around with them.

Her first contribution is of the main temple in Cromer, Britain’s best pier according to some poll our other, which we reached by train from Gunton. We ticked off four chapels in the rain – one with boarded-up windows in the ‘new’ cemetery to the south, the one belonging to the Methodists who gave us a warm welcome as they always do, one converted into Cromer’s impressive library, and a red-brick Baptist place of worship in the High Street. But the obvious religious high point, in more ways than one owing to its tower (record-breaking for Norfolk), is St Peter and St Paul.

This snap courtesy of Discover Norfolk . A busy coffee morning was in full swing inside, and I’m grateful to the kindness of the local ladies; walking backwards to snap the very odd west window with its bleeding greens, I fell over a step and bruised my spine. By this stage my three companions had exited.

The ladies came rushing, sat me down, gave me a coffee and offered me some cake. Pevsner calls the interior ‘a little disappointing’ after the external display, but I liked its height and light. The angel roof is Victorian, but splendid.

The best glass is workshop of William Morris, c.1874, with fine angels and prophets. Since I’ve had no reply yet to my call for help from Simon Nott, whose Norfolk Churches site always has the most comprehensive images of every church he’s visited, I settled for this one of the lower panels (note the fine angels) posted on Twitter by Caroline Arscott. As I don’t do Twitter, I couldn’t ask her permission, but I hope she doesn’t mind.

Two of the parishioners told me not to miss the early 20th century Catholic church on the road to Overstrand. That meant walking along a road rather than a bit of coastline, but the building’s woody, airy interior was worth seeing. Overstrand itself turned out to be quite a religious centre, owing to the Christian Endeavour holiday home lodged within one of three Lutyens buildings in the village.

On the way we saw St Martin, ruinous in the 18th century and well restored in the early 20th. St Martin’s one curiosity, not mentioned by Pevsner, is the bread oven in the bell tower. The curious unfolded in abundance when we walked up the drive of the aforementioned CE home, the Pleasaunce.

It’s an awkward conjoining of two villas into one home for Lord Battersea, the Liberal MP, and his Jewish (Rothschild) wife, a much-loved philanthropist. The family coat of arms, splendid in itself, is somewhat out of proportion to the rest of the facade, worked on by Lutyens in 1897-9, but here I’ve taken Cal’s picture and focused in on it. The motto is ‘God tendeth the flowers’ – ‘not, we hope’, says the guide by Monica E Sykes, ‘a pun on the family name’, but why not?

Opposite are the stables with a massy tower that seems in harmony with the marine surroundings. Just beyond the porch is one of the Moroccan doors Lord Battersea brought back from his travels, looking good against a background of (I presume) William De Morgan tiles. We had the CE man in charge’s permission to wander the grounds.

The present planting has little to do with Gertrude Jekyll’s work alongside Lutyens, though the outlines of the circuar sunken garden remain, and the so-called ‘cloisters’ are rather monstrous but presumably a nice shady spot to sit in the heat of summer. Although it’s not consecrated, we thought we could claim the chapel into which the rather charming gatehouse was converted, with its odd little homage to Palladio inside (no shots from Cal to give a good impression of the interior, sadly). Returning on Sunday, we tried to see another Lutyens building, Overstrand Hall, but were warned off at the security intercom by the gates.

Lutyens’ only Nonconformist design, the Methodist Church of 1898, is, as Pevsner says, ‘a very curious design’, at least in its clerestory with its ten lunette windows, four of which you can see here.. The ladies inside were predictably delightful, and seemingly grateful that their Sunday congregation of nine sometimes got bulked up by the Christian visitors from The Pleasaunce. Bliss it was to be in Overstrand at lunchtime, because the crab and lobster shack was open and we had lashings of both, probably the best and certainly the freshest I’ve ever tasted, in the little yard at the back.

I had some rather detailed shots of the fare, all lost; there’s the Lumix camera sitting on the table beside me as a sad reminder. More walking frustratingly close to the coast led us to the real charmer of a church at Sidestrand, moved inland in 1880 from a site now eaten away by the sea. The tower counts in the list of round-tower pursuers – we saw their logo – despite the octagonal upper part.

The inside was so harmonious, making good use of Jacobean panelling. No shot of that, so – having dropped our plan to make an inland detour to St Mary Northrepps, which we saw the next day, in a lovely situation but with nothing to impress inside – onwards towards the coast, looking back towards Overstrand while here we are making our way along the path to Trimingham, where it hasn’t been eroded. As with the so-called ‘Jurassic coast’ of Dorset, the cliffs are rich in fossils, and the hunters come out in force whenever there’s a landslide, which is often.

I have my own photo of the outside of the Church of St John the Baptist, since we walked here from Southrepps on our first visit (though we saved the interior for this time). Its short west tower and the well-kept, very green churchyard make an attractive ensemble. Strictly this is the Church of the Head of John the Baptist (San Giovanni Decollato), because one such stone reproduction provided a point of pilgrimage on the way to Walsingham; where the head has gone I’m not quite sure.

Jokanaan’s face does feature in a tiny detail of the c.1500 rood screen with its eight saints. Cally didn’t snap that, but here are four of them; note the dragon and beast detail above in the second picture. We now retraced our summer steps up to a point by heading inland across the mildly hilly country no-one seems to associate with Norfolk – not so ‘very flat’, pace Coward – and after some miles passed a fine old mill to reach All Saints Gimingham.

It looks alluring flanked by trees across a field in the late afternoon light but apart from its font and a couple of benchends didn’t have much to say for itself. There was no-one to sign our forms, and – worse – no refreshment, a black mark, though it seems that everyone was up the road at Trunch preparing for the concert to be led by the vicar as part of a folk band. So we moved swiftly on in the hope of finding St Botolph’s open after 5, which of course it was.

And yes, the best of the churches came last. Trunch’s treasure in the centre of a triangle which is part village green, notes Pevsner, ‘will always remain in one’s mind as the church with the font canopy. There is however much else to be enjoyed’.

There certainly is: a fine rood screen of 1502 with much of the original colouring which fits into the lofty early Perpendicular whole very beautifully, fine stalls with misericords and imaginative benchends, their backs now up against the screen and a fine hammerbeam roof with angels. The font itself, of 1350, can easily be overlooked, given the glory all around it, which dates, like the rood screen, from half a century earlier.. The cover is one of what Pevsner cites as only four in England, locating the others are in Norwich’s St Peter Mancroft, Luton and Durham Cathedral, though I’m sure the unique font cover we saw in Terrington St Clement 2 with its 17th century Flemish paintings ough to count.

It seems astonishing that such a treasure of carving in oak is accessible to all within a much-visited church. The eight posts are decorated with vine, lily, thistle and the odd bird and beast – very odd in the case of the monkey holding a crozier, a dig at the vanity of bishops (though of course I praise the one in the Lords who voted against the scale of Osborne’s invidious tax relief proposals). The guide I bought, ‘Trunch Miscellany: A Walk Around Guide’, told us to look for the pig wearing a mitre.

We did, but in vain, for he doesn’t exist, as another guide we saw a bit later confirmed.Anyway, the posts rise up to ‘a fan-like vault with a pendant and very much cusped fields’ (Pevsner) ‘The upper stage has eight big, somewhat heavy, tripartite, hanging vaulted canopies’ (Pevsner again). And, as in the screen, traces of the original painting. With the setting sun lighting up the church tower, we set off on the last, green-lane stage of the walk – always a joy, usually yielding a sunset, though we were too much in trees to catch it entirely.

A barn owl glided and swooped around a field just past the oaktree-framed signpost featured up top (I had a couple of good shots, o Weh!). We didn’t actually reach St James Southrepps until 8.30pm, having freshened up back at Jill’s before walking across the fields in the semi-dark to the excellent pub for supper. Candles lit up the church from within, but here’s a bit more from the first visit: another outside shot to add to the one I put up in the chchugging blog notice 3 , more of the scallops friezed close to the base of the building (only collect with the St James trail starting at the Cathedral in Le Puy 4 ) and the one original fragment of glass.

Sunday morning dawned bright, and stayed so just in time for me to have a dip in the North Sea at Overstrand – childsplay compared to the waters off Fife back in July. I’d have no shame being caught at closer quarters, but the diplo-mate’s usual modesty, though he was fully clothed, forbids anything nearer than this. Then we went and spoiled the uniqueness of Saturday’s crab lunch with more of the same.

I look forward to more of that next year, when we strike out from Southrepps further north-east. I’ve finally written this up as a belated push for more contributions. If you want to help, you know where to find me – or you can always leave a message which I won’t publish and I’ll get back to you.

Previous chronicles: Mileham to Bittering, 2014 5 Beechamwell to Gooderstone, 2013 6 Ingoldisthorpe to Thornham, 2012 7 East Rudham to Helhoughton, 2011 8 Wormegay to Castle Acre, 2010 9 Walpoles to Wiggenhalls, 2009 10 King’s Lynn to Sandringham, 2008 11 Earlier walks back to 2002 BB (Before Blog) References ^ astonishingly good August festival ( ^ Terrington St Clement ( ^ chchugging blog notice ( ^ Cathedral in Le Puy ( ^ Mileham to Bittering, 2014 ( ^ Beechamwell to Gooderstone, 2013 ( ^ Ingoldisthorpe to Thornham, 2012 ( ^ East Rudham to Helhoughton, 2011 ( ^ Wormegay to Castle Acre, 2010 ( ^ Walpoles to Wiggenhalls, 2009 ( ^ King’s Lynn to Sandringham, 2008 (

Over £2billion to improve A14, A11, A12, A47, A1 and M11 …

Road upgrades planned across the East of England 12:04 Tuesday 29 September 2015 More than 2billion of Government money will be spent on improving roads in East of England, including the A14, A47, A11, A12, A1(M) and M11. Highways England, along with suppliers and stakeholders have today, Tuesday September 29. set out how and where the investment will be spent to bring road improvements and repairs between now and 2021.

Plans include major improvements on the M11, A5 and M1, A1(M), A12, A14, A47 and A428. Schemes due to start in the region by 2019/20 include : * A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon major improvements this scheme, subject to statutory processes, will involve building a new bypass to the south of Huntingdon and widening some of the existing carriageway near Cambridge, as well as the A1 between Brampton and Alconbury. * Upgrading six sections of the A47/A12 corridor in Norfolk across a 115 mile section of the A47 between Peterborough and Great Yarmouth. This will include converting almost eight miles of single carriageway to dual carriageway and making improvements to three junctions, relieving congestion and increasing journey time reliability. * Increasing capacity on the A1(M) providing an additional 14 lane miles to relieve congestion in Hertfordshire, including Stevenage and Welwyn Garden City. * Upgrading technology at junctions on the M11 across Essex and Cambridgeshire , from Stansted Airport to Cambridge, which will improve safety, relieve congestion and support plans for additional housing.

We will also improve junction 7 for Harlow to increase capacity. * Providing technology along the A12 in Essex and Suffolk from the M25 to Ipswich and widening the stretch between Chelmsford and the A120 to three lanes, adding 30 miles of additional lane capacity, improving safety, reducing congestion and supporting economic growth. * Providing a new 13-mile stretch of dual carriageway on the A428 between western Cambridgeshire and the north east of Bedfordshire , relieving congestion, improving safety and supporting significant levels of planned economic growth in the area. * Building 17 new cycle paths across our region including along parts of the A12, A47, A120 and A5 . The work is part of the government s Road Investment Strategy to triple levels of spending on England s roads by the end of the decade, which was announced last year. Roads Minister Andrew Jones said: As part of our long-term economic plan, we are making the biggest investment in roads in a generation.

The 2 billion investment in the East of England between 2015 and 2021 will significantly improve journeys and help create jobs. Through schemes like these we are creating opportunities for hardworking people across the nation and driving economic growth. Ken Simmonds, Highways England s Director of Major Projects in the South and East, added: These improvements will bring significant long-term benefits to road users on motorways and major A roads in the East of England, as well as to local residents and the economy as a whole.

They will create vital links at local, regional and national level to unlock growth, increase capacity and tackle congestion. We ll look to deliver these schemes with local communities in mind, using designated funds where relevant to address environmental issues and air quality. The construction work will, of course, bring some disruption in the short term but we will ensure that we keep this to a minimum to keep traffic flowing.

When the schemes are completed, road users will experience safer, more reliable and less congested journeys. Highways England East Divisional Director Catherine Brookes, added: It s vital that we continue to improve the existing road network which is why we re also investing millions of pounds on resurfacing, safety barriers and other maintenance projects across the whole Eastern region. We ll be spending more than 81 million this year alone on maintenance and smaller scale improvement schemes.

Motorways and trunk roads form the backbone of the region s economy and this huge investment will ensure they remain healthy for many years to come, as well as improve safety and journey reliability. And because our roads aren t just about cars and lorries, we re also investing 4 million in the East to improve facilities for cyclists. More details : * A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon – Major upgrade between the A1 and A10 at Milton, widening to dual three lanes, creating a bypass for Huntingdon and new distributor roads for local traffic and remodelling key junctions * A47 North Tuddenham to Easton – Dualling to provide continuous dual carriageway between Norwich and Dereham; combined with the Blofield to North Burlingham scheme, this will provide full dualling between Dereham and Acle * A47 Blofield to North Burlingham dualling – Dualling to complete a gap in the dual carriageway between Norwich and Acle; combined with the North Tuddenham to Easton scheme this will provide full dualling between Dereham and Acle * A47 & A12 junction enhancements- Junction improvements, including reconstruction of the Vauxhall roundabout * A47/A11 Thickthorn Junction – Junction improvement of the interchange to give improved access to Norwich * A47 Guyhirn Junction – Creation of a new larger junction linking the A47 with the A141 * A47 Wansford to Sutton – Dualling the A47 between the A1 and Peterborough * A 47 Acle Straight – Safety improvements at key hotspots and joint working with Natural England to establish environmental impacts and mitigation measures for the medium and long term which could include installation of safety barriers, junction improvements and road widening or capacity improvements. * M11 Junctions 8 to 14 – technology upgrade – Technology improvements, including emergency roadside telephones, signals on slip roads, Motorway Incident Detection and Automatic Signalling, Variable Message Signs, CCTV cameras and gantries; work to take place in three phases * M11 Junction 7 upgrade – Extra capacity on junction 7 near Harlow through significant upgrades and more technology * A12 Chelmsford to A120 widening – Widening to provide three lanes of capacity between Chelmsford and the A120, improving safety and reducing congestion * A12 whole-route technology upgrade – Traffic management technology improvements along the whole route, including detection loops, CCTV cameras and Variable Message signs to allow better information to drivers and active traffic management of traffic on the route * A1(M) Junctions 6-8 – Smart Motorway – Upgrading to Smart Motorway including widening of two lane section to dual three lane and hard shoulder running * A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet – Dualling of remaining single carriageway section between Caxton Gibbet west of Cambridge and the M1, including a grade separated junction at the A1 Black Cat roundabout * A12 Colchester Bypass widening – Widening the Colchester bypass to three lanes and junction improvements * A12 carriageway between the M25 and the Chelmsford bypass Widening to three lanes and providing technology to provide greater traffic information and potentially ramp metering at junctions.

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Norwich City medals stolen

01 May 2015 A former manager of Norwich City Football Club is pleading for the thieves who burgled his Blofield home to return his stolen medals. Ken Brown, 81, who managed the Canaries between 1980 and 1987, reported the burglary to police this morning (Friday 1 May) after a variety of items, including the 1985 Milk Cup winner s medal he won as Norwich City manager, were stolen from his home. Police in Great Yarmouth are currently investigating the burglary, which occurred sometime between Wednesday 29 April at 6.15am and Friday 1 May at 12.30am.

In addition to his Milk Cup medal, the suspect(s) also stole four other football medals belonging to Ken, including a 1964 FA Cup winner s medal and 1965 European Cup winner s medal that he won as a player while at West Ham United. Also stolen from the address were a set of Winston Churchill gold medals, a Modavo ladies watch, various items of jewellery and cash. Ken said: “I had such a great time with both Norwich City and West Ham United and feel a huge amount of pride when I look back at my medals and to think that someone has entered my home and taken them hurts me a lot. “To me it s the sentimental value of what s been taken that matters more.

I have grandchildren who play football and I love being able to show them the medals when they come and visit.

They won t like to see their granddad upset but unfortunately that s how I feel at the moment. “My wife and I feel violated that someone could take items of such personal significance and I can only hope those responsible for doing this can see how pointless it is to take something that has no value to them and such great value to us.

Police are appealing for further information and asking anyone who thinks they may have come into contact with any of the stolen items to contact DC Matthew Jenkins at Great Yarmouth CID on 101, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police warn motorists to be on their guard following 11 thefts of …

Police warn motorists to be on their guard following 11 thefts of catalytic converters Sophie Biddle 1 Wednesday, March 11, 2015 2:02 PM Police are urging motorists to be on their guard after a spate of catalytic converter thefts. The warning comes after 11 thefts across the county since Friday. Three thefts were in Dereham, one in Blofield, six in Narford and one in Acle.

Officers are urging people to call police if they witness anyone acting suspiciously around vehicles, particularly around vans and pick-up trucks. South Norfolk cistrict commander, chief inspector Stuart Armes, said: Catalytic converters are prime targets for thieves because they contain premium metals. I would urge drivers of 4x4s, pick-up trucks and vans, which seem to be a prime target, to be vigilant and take sensible measures.

Officers are currently employing a number of tactics to identify and apprehend those responsible and we would be interested to hear from anyone who may have information. Officers have this advice: -Keep vehicles in a well-secured garage where possible, and if no garage is available, in a well-lit, public area. -Vehicles can be parked in such a way as to make access to the catalytic converter difficult, or parallel with another vehicle if you own one. -Commercial vehicles should also be kept in a locked building or compound. -Use alarms, lighting and CCTV to deter thieves. -Mark your catalytic converter – etching the part and spraying with heat-resistant paint. Anyone who sees anything suspicious should contact Norfolk Constabulary on 101 or call 999 if you witness a crime.

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