Charity receives £25,000 after work ‘touched the hearts’ of directors

A charity that works with people living with disabilities in Great Yarmouth has received a surprise donation from a building contractor.

Centre 81 received the donation of £25,000 from Beccles-based contractors Ovamill after its work “touched the hearts” of the company’s directors. Centre 81 runs a skills and activities centre in Tar Works Road, Great Yarmouth, for about 70 members with a wide range of physical and sensory disabilities.


Forecasters warn of flooding risk as 50mph winds hit Norfolk

Forecasters are warning of coastal flooding across Norfolk this week prompted by a cocktail of 50mph winds and high spring tides. Forecasters say parts of Norfolk could be affected by “localised flooding” throughout today.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency (EA) said some flood alerts were likely and there could potentially be one flood warning on the Norfolk Broads.

Fears vulnerable seal pups swept away by high tides

Volunteer wardens are today scanning the sands to see if any seal pups were separated from their mothers during this morning’s high tides.

Although the breeding season has passed its peak there are still some  pups that are dependent on their mothers and have not yet weaned.

The seals at Horsey are said to be most at risk. The last count saw 451 pups on the beach. In all over 2,000 have been born along the coast this year.

Could new NHS plan see an end to Norfolk’s IVF postcode lottery?

A “cruel and desperately unfair” postcode lottery which locks some Norfolk families out of accessing fertility treatment on the NHS could come to an end after announcements made as part of a long term plan for the health service.This week, Theresa May hailed the launch of a 10-year plan for the NHS in England as a “truly historic moment”.

Health chiefs say that up to 500,000 lives could be saved under the plan, which involves greater use of high-tech treatments and diagnostic testing and could prevent 150,000 heart attacks, strokes and dementia cases.

But it could also mean joy for women who are struggling to conceive, as differences in access to IVF could end.


New trains set for overnight tests between Norwich, Diss and Yarmouth

Overnight test runs between Norwich, Diss and Great Yarmouth are set to be carried out by two of Greater Anglia’s new trains. Road-users are warned to remain vigilant at level crossings where they not used to trains operating in the early hours in the next couple of weeks as the tests get underway take place.

Initial testing is taking place over night so that it does not clash with passenger services.

The “bi-mode” trains, which switch between diesel and electric power, will travel between Diss and Norwich and Norwich and Great Yarmouth on various nights over the next fortnight, between 11.59pm and 5am.













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