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Tuesday, 05 May 2020 00:00

VE and WWII Commemoration Van

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To commemorate WWII, VE and VJ Day anniversaries, one of our Mobile Libraries has had a refresh; the van is now complete with photographs taken during WWII both at home and abroad – we have included photos of the Home Guard, the American troops stationed in the Old Buckenham airbase, the Land Army, and a street party taking place in Walsingham to celebrate VE Day. Although completed before the current grounding of our fleet, we hope to proudly display our Commemorative van when we resume our stops across the county in the future. We invite you all to share a moment in remembrance and commemoration of VE Day.
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Forty iPads are being donated by Broadland District Council to help patients on the Covid-19 wards of Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital keep in touch with their families during isolation.Deputy Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Cllr Trudy Mancini-Boyle said the role of Councillors is to support the community and what better way than helping keep families together by being connected during this difficult time.Cllr. Mancini-Boyle said: “ I cannot imagine what it must be like to be poorly in hospital and not able to see your family. We wanted to support the hospital in their efforts to keep people in touch with their loved ones – albeit virtually - and donating the iPads made sense. The old iPads are available as a result of the Councils ongoing programme…
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Local Councillor Clayton Hudson has been praising the efforts of unsung hero Phil Pearce. When the owner of the local shop Bossyboots in Pulham St Mary had to isolate due to health issues, carpenter Phil offered to help. Councillor Hudson said: “Phil has been making deliveries to local people who are isolating in the Pulhams and surrounding villages. He has also been collecting food and goods for the shop at the Cash & Carry. Without any fuss, he has quietly helped keep Bossyboots going and ensured local people can still use their shop, he should be applauded for his selfless efforts.”
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South Norfolk Council’s Leisure Team have recently launched a brand-new YouTube channel to help residents keep fit and active during lockdown. The Council’s 3 Leisure Centres in Diss, Wymondham and Long Stratton were forced to close in March, but the team have been busy creating free content to help inspire residents to try new ways of exercising and keep fit at home.Over the coming weeks, the team will post Pilates, Yoga, HIIT workouts and much more on their South Norfolk Leisure channel.
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South Norfolk and Broadland Help Hub came to the rescue of a local mother desperately in need last week, after she was struggling to feed her young daughter.The Coronavirus lockdown restrictions had meant mum Anne-Marie Stone was unable to provide food for herself and her 1-year-old daughter Violet, so she called the Council for help.She said: “I was absolutely blown away by the generosity of the Help Hub. Never did I imagine I would be in a situation, where I couldn't give my 20-month-old daughter a basic necessity - food! The Help Hub was able to supply us with a care package and I was expecting some bread, milk the basics. 
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South Norfolk Council have rebranded three of their bin lorries to help get crucial messages around Coronavirus out into the community.Two of the lorries carry the message that if you need support or advice call 0344 8008020 and feature a young boy at a window holding a picture of a rainbow – an image that has come to symbolise hope and togetherness during this crisis.The other contains the contact details for Voluntary Norfolk, with the message that if you can help and want to volunteer visit voluntarynorfolk.org.uk. The image is of someone dropping off boxes of food outside a vulnerable person’s house, something that is being done every day by hundreds of selfless volunteers throughout south Norfolk.
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Norfolk’s largest coastal resort is running an eye-catching social media campaign over Easter to remind would-be tourists to stay away and safe at home to help protect the NHS and save lives during the coronavirus pandemic. While the Easter bank holiday weekend normally marks the start of Great Yarmouth’s season, the message this year from the borough council and tourism businesses is that the resort is closed to visitors, with attractions, seafront car parks and holiday parks shut to the public as part of national social distancing measures. The campaign will run over the four days and is aimed at those who might be tempted to break the restrictions by making unnecessary journeys to Great Yarmouth, Gorleston-on-Sea, or the local village resorts, and potentially congregating on the seafronts and beaches.
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Staff from across Great Yarmouth Borough Council are forming a new Community Team that is working with volunteers to ensure all residents can stay safe indoors during the Coronavirus pandemic. The Town Hall has been transformed into a storage and distribution hub for non-perishable food, which is all going to keep community-run food banks stocked up and ensure they can continue their good work during a time of increased demand. Residents who require food parcels delivered must continue to access these via the food banks, as the council is not supplying food parcels directly to the public. More than 100 council staff are being redeployed from non-essential roles into supporting the Community Team with priority work, including assisting food banks, resident welfare checks, medicine delivery, administering Government relief funding and…
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Residents in Breckland who are looking for ways to support members of their local community during the coronavirus pandemic are being encouraged to register as a volunteer. Breckland Council has created a new Community Support Hub Network which will seek to co-ordinate a team of volunteers to help some of the most vulnerable local people. This includes those who have been isolated but need deliveries of medicines and food, people who would benefit from welfare phone calls, or simply to cascade updates on latest guidance within communities. It will be managed by officers from the council who are either community-focused as part of their day to day roles or have been redeployed from non-essential functions to boost the public-facing support available. The hub will also draw on the invaluable expertise…
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The Voluntary Sector and Great Yarmouth Borough Council are appealing to the community for volunteers and donations to help support residents as part of the local response to Covid-19. The borough council is working hard with community and public sector partners, both at local and county-wide levels, to continue to support our communities, particularly those who are considered vulnerable and/or self-isolating without any other means of neighbourly or family support. Further information about the new Community Team for Great Yarmouth will be released in the coming days.
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