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Cancer specialists to answer questions in town centre

Macmillan bus & teamCancer information and support is coming to the people of Lynn on Wednesday 20 July courtesy of Macmillan Cancer Support’s mobile service.

A team of cancer information specialists will be stopping off in the Vancouver Quarter to answer questions, provide support and inform people about local cancer services. It’s open to anyone, no matter what your concern – whether you’re living with or beyond cancer, or are a loved one or carer for someone who is.

Now that summer is here, the team will also be providing specialist advice and information about sun safety and skin cancer.

The number of people developing melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, is continuing to rise, with around 110,330 people living with malignant melanoma in the UK, and 13,500 people diagnosed every year. That’s around 37 people every day. It is the fifth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK, and slightly more common in women than in men. With all of the varying types combined, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK.

Wendy Marchant, a Macmillan Information and Support Specialist on the unit, explains; “Skin cancer, if caught early, is very treatable and actually has one of the highest survival rates of all cancers. Being sun aware is key. Our advice is to avoid sun beds, wear a high SPF sun screen with a four star rating or more so it will block out UVA as well as UVB rays, and cover up in the sun.”

“We’re also there for anyone else with any worries or concerns, no matter what type of cancer. Whether you’ve just been diagnosed, are going through treatment or are living beyond cancer, feel free to pay us a visit – and we welcome carers, family members and loved ones as well. We can provide information on a range of issues, including different treatments, financial advice, exercise, getting back to work, or what local services might be on offer for you. You can even just stop by for a chat, no appointment needed.”

Macmillan’s four mobile information units travel around the UK visiting local communities, providing cancer information and support on the ground. Last year they helped around 74,000 people in over 565 locations across the UK.

For further information about Macmillan’s mobile information service, and planned visits, Check out the MacMillan website.

Planned visits in this area:

Wednesday 20 July
Kings Lynn, outside Vancouver Quarter Shopping Centre, PE30 1DL 10am to 4pm

Thursday 21 July
RAF Marham Families Day, Royal Airforce Marham, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE33 9NB
11am to 5pm


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‘Brexit’ ~ Are you ready to vote?

brexit 300Local voters are being reminded to make sure they are ready to take part in the EU Referendum on 23 June.

Across King’s Lynn and West Norfolk
• There are 113,209 eligible voters
• 107 polling stations will be open
• 274 polling station staff will be on duty

Ray Harding, Counting Officer for King’s Lynn and West Norfolk said: “Putting a cross in a box might seem simple, but there are plenty of things voters need to consider in order to be ‘referendum ready’.

“Your poll card will tell you the location of your polling station, and you will find more information on how to take part at Voters can also get in touch with the team here with any further queries”.

Ben Brook, Head of the English Regions at the Electoral Commission, said: “The Electoral Commission has sent an impartial voting guide to every household in the UK which is full of information on what to expect on polling day and how to take part.

“On 23 June, voters across the UK will get the chance to have a say on an issue of real importance, and we want everyone to feel confident in casting their vote”.

The question on the ballot paper will be ‘Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?’. Voters will be instructed to put a cross in the box for their preferred outcome- ‘Remain a member of the European Union’ or ‘Leave the European Union’.

Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 23 June. Voters who have opted to vote by post need to make sure their postal ballot pack is returned by 10pm on 23 June. Voters can hand it in at their polling station if they have not left enough time to return it by post.

The Electoral Commission advises voters not to take photos inside their polling station as they could potentially breach the secrecy of the ballot requirements.

There is more information on or you can call the Electoral Services team on 01553 616280.

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CANCELLED ‘Brexit’ debate

Sir Henry Bellingham

Sir Henry Bellingham

This debate at the King’s Lynn Academy has been cancelled in light of the tragic death of MP Jo Cox.

A debate aimed at helping those still undecided on whether Britain should leave or stay in the European Union is being held in King’s Lynn next week.

North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham and Toby Coke, the UKIP’s group leader in Norfolk, will champion their cases for Brexit at the King’s Lynn Academy next Friday.
Peter Smith, chairman of the Norfolk Labour Party and parliamentary candidate for South West Norfolk in the 2010 and 2015 elections, and West Norfolk Green Party spokesperson Michael de Whalley will explain why they think people should vote to remain.

The 90-minute debate, which has been organised by journalist David Blackmore with the support of the Queen Mary Road-based academy, the College of West Anglia, and the Church in the Woottons, will start at 6pm. Mr Blackmore will chair the debate.

Toby Coke

Toby Coke

“The EU referendum is the biggest political decision in a generation and yet I’ve been concerned by the number of people I’ve spoken to in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk who still don’t know whether they will want to leave or remain in the EU,” Mr Blackmore said.

“I’ve chaired similar debates in London in recent weeks where we’ve polled people coming in and leaving, and we’ve seen a huge number make up their minds having heard the speakers.

“Helping people make up their minds one way or another has been my sole focus in organising this debate for King’s Lynn. But, unlike the other debates, I’ve invited four speakers – two from each side – because even though Sir Henry and Toby want the UK to leave the EU, they have differing views as to why and I think people would benefit from hearing these arguments. The same can be said for Peter and Michael.
Each speaker will give opening and closing remarks and will each be allocated the same amount of time to answer each question.

Mr Blackmore added: “We are asking for people to submit questions in advance and we hope they will be happy to ask their question to the panel on the night. We will also invite questions from the audience towards the end of the debate.”
Mr Blackmore has asked that those submitted questions include their full name and indicate whether they will be happy to ask their question on the evening.
Questions need to be submitted to by 12noon next Thursday.

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Juggling Jim documentary goes live on YouTube

A short video documentary about the King’s Lynn street performer popularly known as “Juggling Jim” has gone ‘viral’ on YouTube with nearly 20,000 hits on YouTube in just a few days.

In the video, produced by 17-year-old media student Brodie Rake, Jim is asked various questions about his life, and comes across as friendly and likeable. According to popular myth he was once a millionaire, but is this really true?

Brodie, who studies at the College of West Anglia, said “I’m planning to study abroad once I finish at CWA, with a life ambition of being a director.”

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Teacher will climb mountain for MIND

Lee Bigland 4A 23-year-old guitar teacher from from King’s Lynn is planning to climb one of the world’s tallest mountain to raise money for local mental health charity MIND.

“Other than having a passion for teaching music, I love to raise money for charities close to my heart.” said Lee Bigland.

“Last year, I decided to cycle from London to Paris in September with the aim to fundraise for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust charity. Through my work in both teaching and performing, it’s become more apparent that many people around me suffer with different forms of mental health and I have decided to try help those in my local community.

“Because of this, I’ve given myself the challenge of trekking the 19,000ft Kilimanjaro – the world’s tallest freestanding mountain on the 18th of August 2016. Raising money for West Norfolk Mind in just 10 days.”

If you would like to support Lee, donations can be given by clicking through to

More information about West Norfolk Mind and their work can be found at

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New tea party group for older folk in Lynn

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With many older people in Kings Lynn suffering from loneliness, leading UK charity Contact the Elderly is launching a new tea party group for people aged 75 and over to provide a regular and vital friendship link every month.

To help support the newly founded group, the charity is urgently appealing for volunteers in the local community to help by sparing just a few hours each month to help with the running of local tea parties – and enjoy a cuppa and cake themselves!

The charity aims to relieve the loneliness of isolated older people who live alone, by organising monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups within local communities. Each older guest is collected from their home by a volunteer driver, and is taken to a volunteer host’s home where they join a small group for tea, chat and companionship.

To help kick-start the new group in Kings Lynn, Contact the Elderly is looking for volunteer drivers who are able to collect older guests from their homes and accompany them to the tea party each month, volunteer hosts to welcome the group into their homes for tea once or twice a year and a volunteer coordinator to help organise the monthly tea parties.

Contact the Elderly’s East Anglia Development Officer, Katy Szita, said: “We’re delighted to be opening a new group in Kings Lynn and to ensure these tea parties are as successful as others held across the UK, we urgently need the support of the local community.

‘’Anyone who can spare a couple of hours one Sunday a month, has a driving licence, a car and loves drinking tea is eligible! For those interested in becoming a host, it would just involve a couple of hours once or twice a year and the coordinator role only involves a little extra regular commitment each month.

‘’It’s not a big commitment, and our volunteers genuinely get as much out of the experience as our older guests so I’d encourage anyone interested in giving something back to their community to please get in touch with us as soon as possible.

‘’We’re also looking to invite people aged 75 or over in the area to come along to our tea parties. For those living on their own, and who can sometimes feel lonely or isolated, the tea parties are a great way to get out of the house, enjoy a social occasion and make friends.

‘’Also, if anyone knows of any older people who may benefit from the tea parties, then they can refer them to our service very easily.’’

Kings Lynn residents interested in volunteering for Contact the Elderly, or joining the group as a guest, can contact Katy Szita, East Anglia Development Officer on 0208 530 0494 or email

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Video: The Bishop of Lynn’s Rock Song for Bangladesh

The Bishop of Lynn has been “turning it green” at St Faith’s church in King’s Lynn. He has recorded his own unique version of the Rolling Stone’s Paint It Black in support of Christian Aid’s focus on Bangladesh for Christian Aid Week.

Bishop Jonathan said, ‘The situation for people living on the rivers in Bangladesh is shocking. I wrote the words to this song as a reflection on the plight of people facing terrible conditions which could lead to despair but with love and the work of Christian Aid there is hope. I hope people will respond generously.’

Many people are facing devastation to their homes and lives along the rivers in Bangladesh as the snow from the Himalaya’s melts.

The video footage shows what life is like for individuals before Christian Aid’s intervention and after.

Every year people in Kings Lynn raise money for Christian Aid in May. In Norfolk last year £130,000 was raised to make a difference to some of the poorest communities in the 40 countries where Christian Aid works. The money is raised through collections, fundraising breakfasts, fashion shows, concerts, soup lunches and curry nights to name but a few.

If you would like to find out more or contribute to Christian Aid Week you can visit their website

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King’s Lynn Samaritans Annual Bike Ride

samaritans bike rideLast year’s Bike Ride in aid of the King’s Lynn Samaritans attracted 200 riders and raised almost £5000 and this year they are hoping to do even better.

This year’s event will start as usual from the Visitor Centre at Sandringham on Sunday May 15th , registration from 09.30 am with pedals being pushed at 10.00am.

The Bike Ride takes a circular route starting and finishing at the Visitor Centre and is 14 miles long, there is a shorter 8 mile route ideal for younger riders or those of us who have not been on a Bike for a while! The course is marshalled, St. Johns Ambulance are in attendance and a Radio controlled vehicle follows the last rider so in the event of mechanical failure no-one is left behind.

Sir Henry Bellingham, who is a great supporter of King’s Lynn Samaritans, will once again be in charge of the start and will be influential in selecting the winners of the Fancy Dress competition. This year’s theme is Historical (Hysterical) Figures. Fancy dress is not compulsory but those that do dress themselves and their bikes have great fun in doing so and help create the unique atmosphere that the Bike Ride has.

Last year’s defending champions “Team Lemon”, who created a witches cauldron on four wheels complete with smoke, have already teased the organisers with the promise of “something really special” for this year’s event so it should be worth coming just to see what their imagination has cooked up.

Entry to the Bike Ride is FREE, refreshments for all riders are FREE, every rider will receive a medal and if the younger, or even the not so younger, riders would like a free certificate as well that can be arranged too.

If you would like more detail or a sponsorship form please contact Chris Livesey 01406 364765 or Jenny Storf 01553 773099

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Getting into GEAR to remember Bobby Moore

GEAR David BlackmoreWest Ham United fan David Blackmore is gearing up to take on another challenge to raise money for the Bobby Moore Fund.

The Gaywood resident will take part in the 10km Grand East Anglia Run (GEAR) on May 1, and is training hard to make sure he beats his previous best time of 46 minutes and 12 seconds.

GEAR organisers decided to award the 29-year-old the race number 1966 after hearing he wanted to run it in memory of Bobby Moore, and to mark the 50th anniversary of the footballing legend holding aloft the World Cup.

David’s connection to the cause is not just the obvious claret and blue one – he has previously fundraised and volunteered for the Bobby Moore Fund on school building projects in South Africa (2010) and Namibia (2011).

With it being five decades since England beat Germany to win the World Cup for the first time, the Editor of West Ham magazine Blowing Bubbles Monthly hopes to raise £1,966 for the charity. People are being invited to make a financial pledge by texting BBFB66 £5 (or any amount you wish) to 70070, or by visiting

“I’ve got first-hand experience of the work the Bobby Moore Fund does, and how it can utterly transform people’s lives, and give them an opportunity which they might never get otherwise,” explained David, who works as marketing and events assistant at the Vancouver Quarter Shopping Centre.

“Bobby left an unparalleled legacy at West Ham, and also with England. By taking part in GEAR, this is another chance for me to help the charity leave a lasting legacy too – by changing the lives of other people, and helping bring about an end to the curse of cancer.”

David is keeping a blog of his training for GEAR. See how he has been getting on at

David would also like people to help raise more awareness for the Bobby Moore Fund by showing their support for another fundraising campaign he started called Blowing Bubbles for Bobby campaign. which has received the backing of internationally acclaimed writer Irvine Welsh, actress Danniella Westbrook, TV presenter Matthew Wright.

All people need to do is film themselves blowing bubbles in an imaginative and unlikely place, call out five friends to do the same, explain how people can donate by texting BBFB66 £5 to 70070, and upload their video to your Facebook, Twitter, YouTube account and help spread the news about this fundraising drive.
For examples of videos other people have recorded

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New charity video set to go viral

Recording the new charity single. Photo: Jon Seymour

Recording the new charity single. Photo: Jon Seymour

A new charity video, produced by Lynn music teacher Lee Bigland, could be set to go viral on the Internet.

Lee, who teaches at the West Norfolk Academy of Music, gathered together 40 musicians over the weekend to produce a cover version of Toto’s “Africa”, which it is hoped will raise lots of money for local mental health charity West Norfolk MIND.

Lee Bignall. Photo: John Beck

Lee Bigland. Photo: John Beck

The single was recorded at Sickroom Studios in Pentney, and the music video should be going live on YouTube within the next two weeks.

“To get 40 people to get involved and help on a weekend was truly amazing.” said Lee

“A lot of people suffer from depression or anxiety but mental health has a dark stigma behind it, and people don’t really want to talk about it.

“People need to know that West Norfolk Mind really does help. There are some great people down there. I’ve spoken to a people who have really benefited from the service. I’m so glad we have something like that around here to help.”

In August Lee will be climbing up Mount kilimanjaro over an 11 day period to help raise yet more money for West Norfolk MIND.

“I cant wait to get to the top, it will be so worth it. I’m trying to get fit enough to do it although I’m really a rugby player.”

To help with Lee’s fundraising efforts go to

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Volunteers’ work acknowledged at civic awards

civic awards for volunteersThirty-nine people, who between them have clocked up decades of voluntary and community service, were acknowledged with a special award from the Mayor of the Borough of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk. The award ceremony took place at the town hall on Wednesday 30 March.

The judging panel consisted of the mayor, deputy mayor Cllr David Whitby, Mrs Jill Bennett of BBC Radio Norfolk, Mrs Alison Croose, and retired borough council Civics Officer, Mrs Penny Harrison. A record number of nominations were submitted to the judging panel this year; over twice the number submitted last year.

Speaking about the awards ceremony, Mayor Cllr Colin Manning, said: “It was a real pleasure and privilege to meet, and present awards to, so many local people who have made such a difference to their local communities. Often we hear of negative stories and so it was particularly nice that these volunteers have been recognised by their local communities for their good work and sincere dedication.”

The award winners were – Mick Akers, Stina Burger, Lydia Brice, Steven Cable, Melanie Carter, Vanessa Cock, Edward Dore, Susan Fearn, Gloria Fenton, Marie Jackson, Vicki Fletcher, Michael Frost, Sheila Fysh, James Garner, John Garner, Dr Steven Grove, Emma Gibson, Martin Goodchild, Ann Gotts, Norma Grand, Michael Harpley, Angela Irwin, Ann Johnson, Paula Kellingray, James Lewis, Jean Parkes, Rosemary Orphanides, Beverley Randall, Sue Renwick, Dudley Scott, Trudie Smart, David Smith, Michelle Smith, Patricia Stanley, Christine Twell, Bridget Wells, Lynne Wheeler, Thomas Wheeler and Elizabeth Wheeler.

The Mayor’s Civic Awards for Voluntary Service were first established in 1995 by the then Mayor Cllr Fred Juniper. They were designed to recognise the time and effort given by people in the borough to help and support others and to raise funds for charity. In his memory, each award certificate depicts a branch of a juniper tree.

The awards are supported by Your Local Paper and BBC Radio Norfolk.

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Vital service launched for elderly in West Norfolk

extra handsPeople with dependent elderly relatives in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk are being offered an entirely new form of daily check-up service through one of Norfolk’s leading home care providers.

The award-winning Extra Hands is the first in the county to offer a regular ‘well-being check service’, made on as many days of the week as people require.

Hazel Evans, Director, said the service being offered by the Heacham-based company would provide a new dimension to care of the elderly and other members of the community who may need support.

“Extra Hands’ reputation as a care provider is built on reliability, trustworthiness and quality, and I believe our new visiting scheme will reinforce all of those aspects for both the people we care for and their friends and families,” she said. “We aim to share responsibility and deliver peace of mind for everyone associated with the service.”

The service has been designed specifically to help and support family members or neighbours who currently fulfil a caring function, but who may need to take a break for any period of time, or whose daily routines make regular visits inconvenient.

From the point of view of the people being visited, Mrs Evans said that knowing a regular, dependable professionally-trained Extra Hands staff member is coming to see them would provide reassurance and comfort.

In addition to the monitoring function, there is also the benefit of regular social interaction, which can so easily drop off for the elderly or isolated, and those who live alone.

What is different about Extra Hands’ new service, continued Mrs Evans, is the way it provides a degree of reassurance and security that others cannot equal.

“Our service guarantees not only to ensure that people are checked, but also that they are looked after, and provided with regular social interaction, which can make a huge difference to their lives,” she explained. “The nominated person would be contacted straight away about any changes to the condition of their friend or relative, and electronic monitoring ensures no call will be missed.

“We are proud to be offering this innovative extension to our current services as we truly believe it will have a positive impact helping to alleviate the pressures faced by our healthcare service.

“Our thinking at Extra Hands is ‘prevention is better than cure’. This visiting system aims to minimise the potential for problems arising, and to allow everyone associated involved in the caring relationship to be secure in the knowledge someone is keeping an eye and raising concerns so nothing is being left to chance.”

Discover more about this service and Extra Hands at

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King’s Lynn Samaritans Annual Bike Ride

samaritans bike ride 2016King’s Lynn Samaritans are hoping local groups and businesses will take up the challenge of taking part in their annual Bike Ride.

The annual Bike Ride is the major fund raising event of the year and with help from supporters they are hoping to make this year’s event even bigger! So they are ‘throwing down the gauntlet’ by asking locals to enter a sponsored team.

They are also asking media suppliers in King’s Lynn if they will take up this challenge so the ride will take on an element of competition and bragging rights because there are awards to be won.

2016 will be a hugely important year in the history of King’s Lynn Samaritans. Currently the branch is planning a move to new premises in the town and they hope to announce shortly all the details including the location and opening date.

In order to maximise the move the intention is to completely refurbish the new premises including a total upgrade of their communication methods to reflect how callers contact the Volunteers not just now but to make this a future proof as possible.

The King’s Lynn Samaritans Annual Bike Ride takes place on Sunday May 15th 2016 at the Sandringham Visitor Centre from 9.30 am.

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Emilia aims to become next Miss England – by wearing charity clothes

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emilia_MG_0040 - 300West Norfolk girl Emilia Symington is hoping to be crowned the next Miss England by modelling outfits exclusively from charity shops that cost less than ten pounds.

Emilia, 20, comes from Massingham but is currently a student at the University of Nottingham.

Emilia said, “All of the clothes I buy come from charity shops. Taking part in Miss England is one of the most exciting opportunities I’ve ever faced. One of the aspects of the competition is raising money for Hope Against Cancer, which is an amazing charity. The fact that the money I raise will fund research into the causes and treatment of cancer just makes it so much more worthwhile!

“I’m probably the least likely person to be a model; I’m clumsy, I’m curvy, I’ve got acne, my hair’s constantly a mess, and I don’t know the first thing about fashion! But, this competition is giving me the opportunity to show that beauty doesn’t have to have a huge price tag. All of the clothes I’ll be wearing on the catwalk have been bought from a charity shop and the entire outfit will cost less than ten pounds.

“It just goes to show that looking great doesn’t have to cost a fortune, and it doesn’t matter who you are; you can do something incredible if you put your mind to it.”

The next step for Emilia is to take part in the regional finals in Nottingham. The winner of the 2016 Miss Nottingham gong, announced next Thursday, will represent the city for a year and also be entered for the Miss England competition, and potentially Miss World.

To vote for Emilia TEXT ‘MISS NOTTS16’ to 63333
(Texts cost 50p plus your standard network rate)

Visit Emilia’s Fundraising Page raising money for Hope Against Cancer.

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Jobs at the Purfleet Trust

Purfleet Trust logoThe Purfleet Trust have two job vacancies currently available:

Bookkeeper/Finance Administrator

The Purfleet Trust are currently recruiting for a Bookkeeper/Finance administrator to join our team. This role requires an individual willing to take on a wide range of tasks and responsibilities from administering and recording petty cash for the office and projects to assisting the Chief Executive in the preparation on budgets.

Diligence, attention to detail and accurate accounting are very important qualities.

We are looking for someone with a minimum of 2 years experience in Sage 50, able to multitask, can manage finance including the banking of cash and cheques to the appropriate bank and able to help the Chief Executive put together a financial report to present to the board of trustees.

Based at: 5 St Ann’s Fort, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1QT

Job type: Part-Time (20 hours over 4 days per week)

Salary: £16,574 (pro rata)

Closing date for applications: Friday 22nd January

Interviews held: Wednesday 27th January

The full job description and application form is available on our website – for an informal
chat regarding the job please contact us on 01553 767829 and ask for either Mandy Mills or Paula Hall. Any questions please email us at

Please note: No CV’s will be accepted.

How to apply: download our application form from our website and return to


An opportunity has arisen for a confident, capable and motivated Receptionist/Administrator.

The ideal candidate must be able to deal well under pressure in our busy environment, and have the ability to multitask as well as being friendly, sympathetic and approachable. 

Your duties will include helping our small, friendly team with the smooth running of The Purfleet Trust and working professionally with both visitors and clients. As the receptionist of our charity you will be the first point of contact for both visitors and clients.

Based at: 5 St Ann’s Fort, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1QT

Job Type: Full-time (37.5 hours per week)

Salary: £14,338

Closing date for applications: Friday 22nd January

Interviews held: Thursday 28th January

The full job description and application form is available on our website – for an informal
chat regarding the job please contact us on 01553 767829 and ask for either Mandy Mills or Paula Hall. Any questions please email us at

Please note: No CV’s will be accepted.

How to apply: download our application form from our website and return to

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