Parents outrage at proposals to close five children’s centres in the Great Yarmouth borough

If proposals are to go ahead, Caister children’s centre, Priory children’s centre, Greenacre children’s centre, Gorleston and Hopton children’s centre and Village Green children’s centre will all close causing chaos for hundreds of parents and youngsters.

Seagulls children’s centre in Gorleston is the only centre proposed to remain open. Acle Marshes children’s centre is also under threat.

A consultation which is ongoing has revealed plans to close 46 of Norfolk’s 53 children’s centres.

This follows a decision made by Norfolk County Council in February to halve the budget of children’s centres from £10m to £5m.

Workman recovers after wall falls on him

Emergency services rushed to the scene of an industrial accident where a wall fell onto a workman in the Cobholm area of Great Yarmouth.

Police were called to Mill Road at 2.30pm yesterday after the wall toppled over on a site where homes are being built.

Norfolk Police said it was believed that the workman is believed not to have suffered serious injuries.

A resident said they ‘heard a loud bang’ around the time of the incident and later saw a large emergency response.

Police described the incident as an industrial accident and the Health and Safety Executive has been informed.

Woman repays most of stolen £26,000

Susan Thynne, 52, was in charge of bank accounts for her parents, who both had dementia, withdrew cash over a two year period when she and her husband unexpectedly found themselves out of work, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Thynne, of Beccles Road, Gorleston, was jailed for 10 months back in May, this year, after admitting theft of £26,711 between April 2015 and July 2017.

Andrew Oliver, for the prosecution, said that most of the cash had been already been repaid as a county court order had been obtained to recover some of the money owed for unpaid care home bills, leaving an outstanding amount left to pay of £6,277.

He said that it was an agreed order and Thynne already had the funds in place to repay the outstanding amount.

Judge Anthony Bate agreed the order and said she should serve two months in default if she failed to make the payment.

Mourners asked to bid a colourful farewell

Mourners are being invited to wear colourful clothes at the funeral service for Julie Reynolds on Friday September 28.

Julie’s husband, well-known coach operator Charles Reynolds, said the request had come from the couple’s daughter Emma ahead of the final farewell at Caister’s Holy Trinity Church, a stone’s throw from the Reynolds’ Coaches depot where Mrs Reynolds, 60, was a key figure.

It will be followed by a private service at Gorleston Crematorium.

The wake will be held at the Imperial Hotel in North Drive, Great Yarmouth.

Her death after a short illness came as Mr Reynolds copes with his own bombshell cancer diagnosis which lead to the sale of his beloved fleet of vehicles, all famously named after important and deserving people in his life.

Ruddy Muddy Norfolk Day tribute auctioned for county charity

Much-loved Norfolk artist Ruddy Muddy and his partner Damsel Dragonfly were commissioned to create the tribute by Totally Dynamic, a national vehicle wrapping business.

The one-off piece was painted live at the Royal Norfolk Show in front of spectators, and depicts George Vancouver from King’s Lynn, Cley Windmill and Nelson’s Monument in Great Yarmouth.

After the show it was auctioned off on social media.

Becki and Adam Carpenter from Tasburgh placed the winning bid of £250, money which will go to family support charity Home-Start Norfolk. It was presented at Totally Dynamic’s Norwich centre this week.

Take a mindful and informative walk around Great Yarmouth

A guided heritage walk will be held around Great Yarmouth as part of a Mindful Monday event.

The walk on Monday, September 24 starts at 11am from the Town Hall and involves Great Yarmouth and Waveney Mind, a heritage society and the Time and Tide Museum.

Linda Symonds, adult community services team manager at Great Yarmouth and Waveney Mind, said: “We’re really excited to be involved in Mindful Monday and to encourage more people with mental health problems to get engaged with physical activity.

“We will be delivering, in collaboration with the local heritage society and The Time and Tide Museum, a guided heritage walk around the town, connecting the historic South Quay to the sea front and silver darlings herring industry and the merchants houses and rows.”

Anyone interested in taking part in Mindful Monday should meet at Great Yarmouth Town Hall at 11am. For further information, email or telephone 01493 842129.


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