PUBLISHED: 15:30 18 July 2019 | UPDATED: 15:35 18 July 2019 Ruth Lawes Alan Crouch outside the closing TSB branch on Unthank Road. Picture: Ruth Lawes Archant A petition launched by a Norwich newsagents has received more than 1,000 signatures in a bid to save a bank branch from closure. Alan Crouch has started a petition which has over 1,000 signatures. Picture: Ruth LawesThe closure of the branch - a TSB on the corner of Gloucester Road and Unthank Road - was announced in April but will continue trading until September.Following the announcement, Alan Crouch, who works at independent newsagent Peter Sears on Unthank Road, started a petition to stop the bank's closure.The petition has more than 1,000 signatures and has been sent to the chief executive of TSB Debbie Crosbie. Mr Crouch said: "It is important to the community. Closure of the branch will have a catastrophic impact on our local shops which will wither away if their customers go elsewhere."The … [Read more...] about ‘It will have a catastrophic impact’
A council-owned property investment company's plans to increase its annual income is due to be debated by two councils next week.Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils will consider their joint-owned company CIFCO's business plan at meetings on Tuesday and Thursday respectively.The plan will form the basis of the company's trading over the next 12 months - including the investment of a further £50million agreed by both councils in February.CIFCO was formed in 2017 to generate income from property investment and plough it back into council services.The 2019/20 business model describes a 'strong first full year of trading' but the company's chairman Chris Haworth admits that there are further challenges to be faced.“This year has presented a number of challenges, in particular the disruption in the retail sector and the growth in the warehouse sector, driven by the expansion of on-line shopping," he said."This has meant that the board has had to consider acquisitions very … [Read more...] about Councils to discuss property investment company’s future plans
PUBLISHED: 15:56 18 July 2019 Katherine Heslop Children had a go on space hoppers at the High Roding summer fete. Picture: CONTRIBUTED Archant The annual High Roding summer fete was hailed a success, wih children enjoying space hoppers and traditional games such as skittles, bowling and a coconut shy. Children and adults alike enjoyed the steam train at the High Roding summer fete. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDThe fete, which has been held for nearly 80 years, saw families take part in a hobby horse race on June 29, enjoy the steam train and a dog show, which organises dubbed a "hot dog show" due to the scorching heat of the day. You may also want to watch: Guests were also able to sample cakes, tea, sandwiches and ice cream, served by the Women's Institute. Lesley Viggers, an organiser, said: "Hardly an ice cream was left. Nobody went hungry or thirsty that's for sure. Biggest seller at the bar was ice cold lager, unsurprisingly! We are already working on next … [Read more...] about High Roding summer fete better than ever after nearly 80 years
PUBLISHED: 15:34 18 July 2019 | UPDATED: 15:34 18 July 2019 Disgruntled parents in Chatteris have slammed council bosses after they were told their children as young as five will face a 10-mile round trip to a village school from September. Picture: GOOGLE EARTH Archant Disgruntled parents in Chatteris have slammed council bosses after they were told their children as young as five will face a 10-mile round trip to a village school from September. Reception classes at Glebelands and Kinglands Primary School are full, meaning parents will have to settle with the "nearest alternative school" in Wimblington.Cambridgeshire County Council say that late applications by those within the catchment area meant that places were already taken by "out of catchment children".Transport for children to be taken from their home direct to school will be offered - which could see a five-year-old child being put in a taxi. The decision has angered Chatteris Town Councillor Florence Newell, who said: … [Read more...] about Parents’ anger as no school places in Chatteris
Video PUBLISHED: 15:55 18 July 2019 Rebecca Phillips-Bartlett and Joe Brown dress as Woody and Buzz for the Maize Maze Launch showing Toy Story at over 150mtrs high, Wimblington, March Thursday 18 July 2019. Picture by North London Skydive Centre / Terry Harris. © North London Skydive Centre / Terry Harris Parachutists dressed as Buzz Lightyear and green soldiers from Toy Story parachuted in to officially open the giant Toy Story tribute maize maze at Skylark Garden Centre, Wimblington today. Edenham Pre-School join Buzz and Woody for the Maize Maze Launch showing Toy Story at over 150mtrs high. Pictured L2R Otto Fox (4), Eric (4) Amelia (4) and Evie (4) navigating the Maze Wimblington, March Thursday 18 July 2019. Picture by North London Skydive Centre / Terry Harris.Edward Gowler and his team at Skylark Garden Centre haven painstakingly cut over 3km of pathways in their 12 acre field of maize plants. The paths have been carefully cut out using GPS technology and when … [Read more...] about An amaz-ing Buzz in the Fens!