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Norfolk and Suffolk schools set to compete in literature competition …

Norfolk and Suffolk schools set to compete in literature competition …

Teams from thirteen schools in Norfolk and one from Suffolk will head to Thetford Academy on Thursday 12th November 12 to compete in the regional heat of a children s literature quiz that is organised by Norfolk County Council s School Library Service. The Kids Lit Quiz is in its thirteenth year in the UK and is an international competition that aims to improve literacy among young people by encouraging them to read widely. The winning teams from 16 regional heats will compete in a national final in London on December 4, with the national winners then going forward to represent the UK in the world finals in New Zealand in August 2016.

James Joyce, Chairman of Norfolk County Council s Children s Service Committee, said: Our School Library Service staff do a wonderful job of organising the local stage and I m sure those taking part are inspired by Litcham High s achievement last year, when they won the UK competition and went on to compete at the world finals. The Kids Lit Quiz continues to be a great way of encouraging children and young people to read and embrace a range of literature, whilst also working effectively as a team. I wish all those taking part the best of luck.

The teams of 11-13 year olds taking part in the Norfolk heat on Thursday will be tested on a wide range of children s literature, including myths and legends and comic strips as well as classic and contemporary books. The ten-round quiz session will run between 3pm and 6pm and will be attended by authors Alex Scarrow, Alexander Gordon Smith, and Helen Moss. The winning team will be announced at the end of the day and the top three teams will receive book tokens worth 80, 60 and 40 respectively.

Books (donated by Penguin Random House publishers) will be given out to the winners of each round, as well as prizes to winning members of the audience which will include parents, teachers, children and school librarians. The quizmaster of Thursday s event is Wayne Mills, a senior lecturer in education at University of Auckland in New Zealand and former English teacher who came up with the original idea for the quiz. He was awarded the Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2012 for services to education.

Visit 1 for more information and a live blog. Schools taking part from Norfolk are Dereham Neatherd, Flegg High, Hethersett Academy, Jane Austen College, Litcham School, Long Stratton High, Ormiston Venture, Taverham High, Terrington St Clement s High, Thetford Academy, Thetford Grammar, Thorpe St. Andrew High, Wymondham High Academy.

And from Suffolk: Culford School.

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Nigel Bertram wins Norfolk FWAG Conservation Farming Award …

Nigel Bertram wins Norfolk FWAG Conservation Farming Award …

Nigel Bertram from Kempstone Manor Farm, Litcham, was celebrating last night after being awarded a top conservation Norfolk farming award. Nigel was presented with the Ian MacNicol Memorial Trophy at the annual Norfolk FWAG members evening on November 4th. This coveted award celebrates the very best of conservation farming in Norfolk and is organised by Norfolk FWAG.

The trophy is awarded to the farmer whom the judges consider has made an outstanding contribution to nature within their farm business. The evening was jointly sponsored this year by Birketts and Savills. The generous support of these two major players in the industry has enabled improvements to be made to the award including better quality certificates and metal farm gate plaques for the winner and both runners-up.

Central to the presentation evening was a video which was shot during the judging process. This high quality production by Brian Morris Productions was sponsored this year by Bayer CropScience. The keynote address was given by Jake Fiennes of the Raveningham Estate who shared his experiences of delivering for both shooting interests and conservation.

The trophy was then presented to Nigel Bertram by Charlie MacNicol. The judges for this year s award were: Sir William Cubbitt Hoveton, Chris Coupland Birketts LLP, Richard Wright RG Wright & Sons, Heidi Thompson Norfolk FWAG The judges were impressed by the range of measures which have been adopted at Kempstone Manor Farm, and the extent to which they coexisted happily with an extremely efficient farming enterprise. The protection of the historic environment was particularly outstanding, as were several projects to restore ancient green lanes and drove ways.

Heidi Thompson from Norfolk FWAG said Nigel approaches his nature conservation with the same professionalism and gusto that he applies to growing crops. The wildlife measures extend right across the farm, providing an extensive network of corridors for nature immediately alongside outstanding crops of wheat. The shortlisted finalists for the 2015 award were: Winner: Nigel Bertram Kempstone Manor Farm, Litcham Kempstone Manor Farm is a 277ha holding growing only combinable crops.

The farm is farmed under a management agreement with a neighbouring contractor, Robert Salmon. Great attention is given to soil structure and timeliness of operations using large low-pressure machinery for quick in/out operations especially in the autumn. Yields are high, but in this professionally run operation, space has also been found for wildlife.

The farm is in ELS and HLS with extensive 6 m grass margins, field corners management and arable reversion. The significant archaeological interest on the site has been protected and boundaries hedges and ditches are all well managed. Runner Up -Martin Hammond G.S.

Shropshire & Sons Ltd, West Dereham Shropshires is an intensive salad and vegetable production enterprise of 1200ha on highly organic fen peat. They supply salads; lettuce, salary and Chinese leaf, and onions through G s Fresh to most of the major retailers: Tesco, Sainsbury s, M&S, Waitrose, Asda, Aldi and Lidl. They also supply potatoes to packers for supermarkets and sugarbeet to British Sugar at the nearby Wissington sugarbeet factory.

Wheat and winter been go to Fengrain at March. The farm is in its 10 th year of ELS and is due for renewal next year. ELS features include over 200 miles of managed hedgerows and ditches, 60 ha overwintered stubbles, pollen and nectar mixes and field corner management areas.

They have been members of the LEAF Marque Scheme for many years. The judges were astonished at the extent of hedgerow and ditch infrastructure in every field which in addition to providing habitat for wildlife, is in effect the irrigation system for the salad growing operation and protects against soil wind erosion. Runner up -Joe Mitchell Hall Farm Repps with Bastwick, Great Yarmouth Hall Farm is a 4 th Generation family farm, growing a wide range of crops, wheat, winter and spring barleys, sugar beet, potatoes and vining peas.

They run a herd of 39 suckler cows and 9 ewes. The farm is in its 4 th year of HLS. Farm woodland is subject to a Woodland Management Plan, largely untouched, but used for 3 non-commercial family game shooting days.

There is considerable public participation and education activities on the farm with visits from schoolchildren, local villagers and local clergy.

The judges liked the range of habitats that have been protected and conserved on the farm, from arable margins to wetland creation on marshes and woodland.

Five see real side of work in Finland

Five see real side of work in Finland

Five security students in the uniformed services section of the College of West Anglia have just returned from a five-week stay in Finland where they learned about how the Scandinavians operated. The teenagers, pictured taking some time to relax, spent time in a college, night club and even an oil refinery where they were shown many different practices. It was funded by the EC, yet another project which has seen students from CWA involved in cross-Europe exchanges.

Among skills the local students were shown were baton training, restraint, Finnish law, shadowing night club security guards, operating CCTV, car and foot patrols and translation. Earlier this year four students from Finland spent time with the uniformed services department of the College of West Anglia. Those who visited Finland were: Ben Edwards, 19, from Litcham; Joss Calderbank, 19, St Neots; Artur Milosv, 19, Shouldham; Adrian Sowa, 18, King s Lynn and Karol Kornafel, 17, Lynn.

Ben and Ross wrote their own review. They said: On the April 22 five of us security students headed off from Heathrow airport for our Finland security exchange. When we arrived in Finland we were all shown around the work placements where would be spending our five weeks.

Karol was the first one to see his work placement this being at Lovisa College. Karol spent his time at the college being trained with batons and learning how to restrain an individual using pain compliant techniques. He was also shown how to use CCTV operating equipment.

Karol also spent some time in the classroom where he learned about Finnish law and how to conduct a search using metal detectors and X ray machines. The second workplace was a music venue called Nosturi. The music played varied from pop music to rock and it was based in Helsinki.

Ben and Joss were working there for five weeks with varied tasks; they were shadowing the security guards and learning about their job role and the problems they face. They were also able to get involved and experience the music by standing on the barrier between the artist and the fans. The last work placement was for Adrian and Artur.

They were both based in Khipilati oil refinery, and the oil refinery is absolutely massive! The lads had many different roles while working there; these include operating the CCTV, checking passes at the gates, translating, car patrols and foot patrols. The boys usually worked eight-hour shifts.

However, they got to see the real side of work and were given some long 16 hour night shifts! Each one of us gained lots of experience, learned new skills and had a great time! We all thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would do it all again!

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