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Borough Election Results 2015

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Conservatives retain control of Council
Final Result: Conservatives 50, Labour 10 Independents 2

(Those Elected are shown in BOLD)

Old Gaywood

Graham Middleton (CON) 338,
Gary Howman (LAB) 278,
John Corden (UKIP) 239,
Rachel Lawson (GREEN) 141

North Wootton

Greville Howard (CON) 796,
Rosalie Costin (UKIP) 320,
Deborah Holman (LAB) 294

Walpole

Richard Blunt (CON) 668,
Trevor Roberts (UKIP) 501

St Margarets with St Nicholas

Bambridge (CON) 714,
Kittow (LAB) 554,

Wilson (CON) 531,
Terrey (LAB) 523,
Archer (GREEN) 402

Wiggenhall

Marcus Hopkins (CON) 529,
Bob Scully (UKIP) 370,
Kevin Holland (GREEN) 229

Gaywood Chase

S. Collop (LAB) 753,
J. Collop (LAB) 724,

Goodson (CON) 712,
Stone (UKIP) 649,
Wherrell (CON) 503

Gayton

Alistair Beales (CON) 755,
David Costin (UKIP) 398,
Nigel Walker (GREEN) 165

South and West Lynn

Charles Joyce (LAB) 833,
Gary McGuinness (LAB) 802,

Claire Garrod (CON) 799,
Peter Pooley (CON) 583

Priory

Jim Moriarty (LAB) 816,
Samanda Davison (CON) 568

East Downham

Jackie Westrop (CON) 865,
Heather Fouracre (LAB) 490

Grimston

Sue Fraser (CON) 572,
Andrew De Whalley (GREEN) 454,
Alan Bedwell (UKIP) 295

North Downham

Geoffrey Wareham (CON) 723,
Jonathan Toye (LAB) (338),
Eamonn McCusker (GREEN) 163

South Wootton

Nick Daubney (CON) 1648,
Elizabeth Nockolds (CON) 1607,

Verity Connolly (GREEN) 734,
Ed Scholes (GREEN) 575

Watlington

Peter Hodson (CON) 507
Ashley Collins (UKIP) 373,
Triston Finnis (LAB) 332,
Ellen Taylor (LIB DEM) 103

Mershe Lande

Brian Long (CON) 752
Fred Agnew (UKIP) 505

Springwood

Toby Pentelow-Wing (CON) 446
Ken Hubbard (LAB) 300,
Clifford Walters (UKIP) 210,
Ian Swinton (LIB DEM) 160

Rudham

Michael Chenery of Horsbrugh (CON) 800,
Andrew Carr (UKIP) 428

Upwell and Delph

David Pope (CON) 1277,
Vivienne Spikings (CON) 1197,

Colin Rose (UKIP) 1009

South Downham

Don Tyler (CON) 788,
Ira Rose (UKIP) 383,
Mike Larcey (LAB) 276

Wissey

Colin Sampson (CON) 737,
Bill Whitmore (UKIP) 334,
Kellingray (LAB) 268

Gaywood North Bank

Mark Shorting (CON) 1451,
Patrick Rochford (CON) 1213
Thomas Smith (CON) 1040

Barclay (UKIP) 1021,
Barnard (LAB) 983
Davies (LAB) 899,
Pritchard (LAB) 847,
Hall (IND) 570,
Franklin (IND) 541

Clenchwarton

David Whitby (CON) 654,
Alexandra Kemp (IND) 597

Valley Hill

Mike Tilbury (IND) 899,
Gary Hart (CON) 466

Hunstanton

Bird (IND) 1522,
Beal (CON) 1193,
Bower (CON) 1178,

Jamieson (CON) 816,
Maiden (IND) 791,
Fincham (UKIP) 700

Spellowfields

Kunes (CON) 1,174,
Young (CON) 865,

Williams (UKIP) 756,
Everett (LAB) 150

Denton

Lawrence (CON) 1,745,
Storey (CON) 1,738,
Peake (CON) 1,538 (CON),

Polhill (LAB) 606,
Ryves (LAB) 588,
Davies (LAB) 467

Downham Old Town

Kathy Mellish (CON) 562,
Gipson (LAB) 258,
Brown (UKIP) 252,
Doyle (IND) 164

West Winch

Anota (CON) 1,305,
Gidney (CON) 1,286,

Leamon (UKIP) 882,
Foster (CON) 854

Burnham

Sam Sandall (CON) 654,
Simon Wilson (LIB DEM) 276

Docking

Andrew Morrison (CON) 761,
Jeremy Wilson (LAB) 293

Airfield

Hipperson (CON) 1,256,
Howland (CON) 843,

Cooper (UKIP) 755,
Scott (UKIP) 482,
Barclay (GREEN) 414

Emneth and Outwell

Chris Crofts (CON) 1,226,
Harry Humphrey (CON) 1,208,

Tony Jackson (UKIP) 999

Dersingham

Bubb (CON) 1,419,
Collingham (CON) 1,274,

Houston (UKIP) 855,
E. Coward (LIB DEM) 478,
R Coward (LIB DEM) 435

North Lynn

Andy Tyler (LAB) 770
Sandra Buck (LAB) 757

Bowers (UKIP) 685,
Tweed (CON) 420,
Dobson (CON) 362

Fairstead

WILKINSON Margaret LAB 753
GOURLAY Ian LAB 727

PERKINS James Albert (UKIP) 599
MORTIMER Ronald Barry (CON) 593
WILLIAMSON Jonathan (CON) 469

Heacham

COLVIN Peter CON 1817
MANNING Colin (CON) 1313

RUST Emilia (LAB) 736
RUST Holly (LAB) 679

Snettisham

DEVEREUX Ian Frank (CON) 1537
WRIGHT Avril Pauline (CON) 1354

PENNINGTON (LAB) 636
SHEARS Jean Eva (LAB) 474


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ELECTION RESULTS 2015 – North West Norfolk

2015 RESULT

Henry Bellingham (Conservative) 24,727
Jo Rust (Labour) 10,779
Toby Coke (UK Independence Party) 8,412
Michael de Whalley (Green) 1,780
Hugh Lanham (Liberal Democrat) 1,673

ELECTION CHART

CON majority: 13,948 29.4%
Turnout: 65.4%
Vote share %
CON 52.2
LAB 22.8
UKIP 17.8
GRN 3.8
LD 3.5

KING’S LYNN & WEST NORFOLK COUNCIL ELECTIONS 2015

(Awaiting results)

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• The Conservatives won the North West Norfolk constituency at the 2010 General Election with a majority of nearly 15,000 votes.

• It’s the safest of the nine seats in the county.

• Conservative majority in 2010: 14,810

• NW Norfolk is the safest seat in Norfolk and the 14th safest seat of the 69 in the Anglia region

• Labour would need a swing of 21% to win in 2015 and the Lib Dems would need a 16% swing

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North West Norfolk – Election 2015

2015 Candidates

Henry Bellingham (Conservative)
Toby Coke (UK Independence Party)
Hugh Lanham (Liberal Democrat)
Jo Rust (Labour)
Michael de Whalley (Green)

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• The Conservatives won the North West Norfolk constituency at the 2010 General Election with a majority of nearly 15,000 votes.

• It’s the safest of the nine seats in the county.

• Conservative majority in 2010: 14,810

• NW Norfolk is the safest seat in Norfolk and the 14th safest seat of the 69 in the Anglia region

• Labour would need a swing of 21% to win in 2015 and the Lib Dems would need a 16% swing

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Freedom of borough granted to local historian

Deputy Mayor Colin Manning presents award to Dr Paul Richards

Deputy Mayor Colin Manning presents award to Dr Paul Richards

Local historian, Honorary Alderman and former Mayor of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Dr Paul Richards was granted Honorary Freedom of the Borough on Thursday, 23 April 2015, following a unanimous decision at the specially convened council meeting.

Nominated by Cllr Nick Daubney, Dr Richards is the first individual to have this honour bestowed upon him since St John Barbirolli in October 1969.

The Honorary Freedom is the highest award the council can bestow and it must be agreed by resolution at a special meeting of the council passed by no less than two-thirds of the members at the meeting.

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The granting of this honour is an exceptional event and in this case was granted because of Dr Richards eminent services to the town. He was a borough councillor from 1991 to 2003. He was the first and only Mayor of the borough of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk to serve two terms in succession 1998/99 and 1999/2000. He is a well known author of historical books on the area and has worked tirelessly to promote the history of the borough and its links with the Hanseatic League. He is a town guide, Chairman of the North End Trust and a supporter of many other worthy organisations including the Purfleet Trust. He was appointed as Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk in 2014/15.

Deputy Mayor Colin Manning who presented the award said: “It was my privilege to chair last week’s full council meeting in the town hall. When the normal business was concluded I opened the special meeting when I asked Dr Richards to join me and stand in front of the dais together with the council leader Cllr Nick Daubney and the Chief Executive Mr Ray Harding.

“I presented Dr Paul Richards with the scroll confirming his Freedom of the Borough. Paul Richards gave a few words and the whole council chamber gave him a standing ovation. It is an understatement to say he was a first-class, unanimous choice to receive this honour.”

Dr Paul Richards, on receiving the award, said: “When I received a letter from the Council Leader, Cllr Nick Daubney, saying I might have the Borough Freedom bestowed on me, I was lost for words – an unusual occurrence!

“The grand event on 23 April, at the Town Hall, coincided with St George’s Day. The gallery for visitors was full.

“After welcome by the Deputy Mayor and the reading of the Resolution by the Chief Executive, Ray Harding, followed by a speech by Cllr Nick Daubney, Council Leader, I addressed the audience in our magnificent Assembly Rooms.

“For me, it was simultaneously an awesome and humbling experience, a unique event in my life, never to be repeated. I was born and bred in Lynn and returned to my home town after 7 years at university. My end line was that I was proud to be English, a Norfolk man and a “Lynn Boy” and (cheekily borrowing Nelson’s phrase) – I glory in so being!”

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Missing woman’s body found

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Police searching for a missing woman in Kings Lynn have confirmed yesterday they had found a body.

Officers were called at 3pm yesterday to reports of a body on the bank of the River Ouse near the Sluice, off Saddleborough.

Police believe the body is that of 80-year-old Margaret Bodger who was reported missing after she was last seen at her home address on Lady Jane Grey Road at around 8.45pm on Sunday 19 April.

The death is currently being treated as unexplained. Formal identification and a post mortem examination will take place in due course.

Margaret’s family are very much in shock, but would like to thank all the local people in Lynn who helped in the search for her.

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Appeal to trace missing King’s Lynn woman

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Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a missing 80-year-old woman from King’s Lynn.

Margaret Bodger was last seen on Sunday evening at about 8.45pm at her home address on Lady Jane Grey Road in King’s Lynn.

She is described as white, around 5ft 7, of medium build, with shoulder length blonde hair and believed to be wearing a mauve coat and purple shoes and carrying a black handbag.

Margaret has links to the Wisbech area and it is also believed she could have travelled to the Peterborough area.

Officers are keen to speak with anyone who may have seen Margaret or has information concerning her whereabouts.

Anyone with information should contact Norfolk Police immediately on 101.

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Queen to open new fire station

South Lynn Fire Station

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service’s brand new £2m station in King’s Lynn will be officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh next month.

The South Lynn Fire Station on Horsley’s Fields will soon be fully operational helping serve the south of the town and surrounding areas, and as a result, reduce response times for crews attending emergencies.

On 2 February, Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will be greeted by the Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk, Mr Richard Jewson. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will then meet Nigel Williams, Chief Fire Officer for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, who will introduce them to some of the King’s Lynn-based firefighters, a group of young people who are undertaking a Princes Trust Programme, as well as a number of Fire Service Cadets.

Before departing, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will unveil a plaque to commemorate the official opening. Nigel Williams will then invite Her Majesty and His Royal Highness to sign a portrait for display in the station.

The new fire station has been made possible thanks to £2 million of funding from Norfolk County Council as part of an agreed three year Fire and Rescue Service Plan. The funding has been used predominantly to build South Lynn Fire Station but training facilities at the sister North Lynn Fire Station have also been improved for crews. This includes for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service’s Youth Development projects including the Princes Trust partnership, as well as major improvements to the workshop facilities to improve vehicle maintenance across the County Council’s fleet.

Nigel Williams, Chief Fire Officer at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, said; “The new South Lynn Fire Station is situated less than 7 miles from The Queen’s Sandringham Estate so we are delighted that Her Majesty and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh are able to join us and are honoured that they will formally open the station.

“The new station will provide a welcome boost to the Fire and Rescue Service and more importantly to the residents of Norfolk. With the current financial pressures on all public services, it is reassuring that the County Council and Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service are still committed to improving the safety and service to the people of Norfolk.”

Station Manager for King’s Lynn, Bob Ayers, said: “The official opening of the South Lynn Station gives us the opportunity to showcase some of the work we do in the West of the county. Representatives of both the Princes Trust and Hunstanton Fire Cadets will be present on the day. Both these schemes provide an opportunity for the Service to work with and develop young people in our area.

“The new station will be home to the Technical Rescue Unit and Surface Rescue Boat which was deployed to assist with flooding along the West Norfolk Coast during the tidal surge of December 2013, and also in Windsor during the widespread flooding in early 2014.”

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£4 million Innovation Centre plans unveiled

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Plans for a new £4 million Innovation Centre in King’s Lynn have been officially unveiled.

The King’s Lynn Innovation Centre will support the local community by delivering a landmark building designed to support new and growing businesses, together with a comprehensive package of help to overcome the barriers to starting up.

The centre will be owned and operated by Nwes, the country’s leading enterprise agency and provide high-calibre one-to-one advice, mentoring, workshops, and access to financial support for local businesses. A state-of-the-art commercial workspace, the centre will act as a catalyst for further highly skilled employment opportunities on the Nar Ouse Regeneration Area site.

The innovation centre has been made possible with a £2.5 million loan from New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership’s, Growing Places Fund, and £1 million of funding from the Borough Council.

The building will be environmentally sustainable – embracing sustainable practices throughout the design, construction and operational phases.

Nwes CEO Kevin Horne said “We first started the discussions to build an Innovation centre in Kings Lynn in 2004. It has taken ten years of hard toil to identify a suitable site and specification to bring the very best to West Norfolk. This Innovation Centre will link with our 23 other centres across the region to form a network which will exploit the undoubted talent available locally.”

Cllr Alistair Beales said: “The submission of these plans marks an exciting step forward for the project. We hope the proposals will be greeted with support not only from the existing community at Nar Ouse but also from other local businesses. It will provide a superb space for businesses to grow and develop which will in turn create jobs, support the local economy and raise aspirations locally.”

The public are invited to view plans which will be on display at the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk between 4-7pm within the Committee Suite, Chapel Street, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1EX.

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Hillington Square Show Flat goes on display

Relaxing in the Show Flat: Designer Wayne Hemingway, Freebridge Chief Executive Tony Hall and Construction Manager Michael Saunders.

Relaxing in the Show Flat: Designer Wayne Hemingway, Freebridge Chief Executive Tony Hall and Lovell Construction Manager Michael Saunders.

The people of West Norfolk have been invited to have their first look at the exciting new internal layout for homes in Hillington Square.

It’s the first opportunity tenants have been able to see the work that’s been taking place as part of the £30 million regeneration project being carried out by Freebridge Community Housing.

The show flat has been impressively dressed by Gerardine and Tilly Hemingway, of Hemingway Design, giving the flat a modern and spacious feel.

Tenants will be moving into their new homes at Millfleet Court later this year. In the meantime the show flat can be viewed on Wednesday and Thursday, September 10 and 11, between 3pm-7pm at 149 Norris House, Hillington Square.

 

 

A work still in progress: Designer Wayne Hemingway stands outside Hillington Square

A Work still in progress: Designer Wayne Hemingway stands outside Millfleet Court.

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£4 million state-of-the-art Innovation Centre a step closer

Artists impression of the new Kings Lynn Innovation Centre.

Artists impression of the new Kings Lynn Innovation Centre.

A £4 million state-of-the-art business help centre is one step closer to reality in King’s Lynn, with lead architects having been appointed.

The King’s Lynn Innovation Centre, will support the local community by delivering a comprehensive package of help to overcome the barriers to setting up business, including one-to-one advice, mentoring, workshops, and access to financial support.

The commercial workspace will be owned and operated by leading enterprise agency Nwes, and act as a catalyst for further highly skilled employment opportunities on the Nar Ouse Regeneration Area site.

The innovation centre has been made possible with £2.5 million of funding from New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership’s, Growing Places Fund, and £1 million of funding from the Borough Council.

Operators are hoping the high-spec facility will provide the “optimum environment for business, enterprise and innovation to flourish.”

Lead Designer Philip Bodie, said “Helping to create a new King’s Lynn landmark is both a challenge and a privilege”

Cllr Alistair Beales, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Industrial Assets, said: “This is a really exciting step forward for the town. Creating an environment in which business can thrive is vital to the long-term success of the local economy. The construction of the King’s Lynn Enterprise and Innovation Centre gives a clear signal that King’s Lynn is serious about developing business excellence and promoting growth.”

The King’s Lynn Innovation Centre is due for completion in 2016, providing a local hub for business formation and growth for generations to come.

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50,000 Norfolk premises now have high-speed broadband

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More than 50,000 Norfolk homes and businesses now have access to high speed fibre broadband, thanks to Norfolk County Council’s and BT’s Better Broadband for Norfolk (BBfN) programme.

The milestone comes just 10 months after the first superfast services were made available in the village of Croxton, near Thetford. Since then, BT engineers have been installing fibre optic cabling and new green roadside fibre broadband cabinets in communities across the county.

Some of the latest areas to be upgraded to receive faster broadband are in and around Downham Market, Hunstanton, North Walsham and Watton. Later in the year, properties in and around Fakenham, Dersingham, Heacham and Poringland, among others, are due to join them.

The BBfN programme is set to continue until December 2015, with the ambition of ensuring over 80 per cent of the county’s homes and businesses can access high speed broadband services of 24Mbps and above.

The council is hoping to extend the reach of the programme to bring superfast broadband to even more parts of Norfolk and is currently in discussions to secure match funding in order to bring in millions of pounds of extra central Government investment on top of the £15 million already committed by the Government agency Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK). An announcement about this is due over the summer.

George Nobbs, Leader of Norfolk County Council, said: “It’s impressive how much has been achieved by this public-private sector partnership in a relatively short space of time. Norfolk is ahead of most other counties that are part of the BDUK programme and we’re really starting to shed the ‘poor cousin’ tag in terms of our broadband connectivity. The importance of this cannot be overstated – it makes Norfolk a more attractive place to live, work and do business, increases educational opportunities and decreases social exclusion.

Tony Sutton lives in south Norfolk and now receives a faster broadband service after a fibre broadband cabinet was installed nearby by Better Broadband for Norfolk. He said: “Faster broadband has helped to make our lives easier. I’m deaf and rely heavily on the internet to make phone calls, contact people and businesses, organise interpreters and appointments, and to keep up-to-date with the news. Our old broadband speed was dreadfully slow, always buffering or losing connection.

“We can now use Skype to stay in contact with family and friends using British Sign Language. My son is deaf and he can now use BBC iPlayer to watch Magic Hands and Mr Tumble. We also use the internet to access applications to help our son develop his speech and language. Our daughter is hearing and we will be using the internet to help her to learn sign language to communicate with the rest of her family.”

The high-speed network installed by Openreach is available on an open, wholesale basis to all communication providers, therefore offering Norfolk households and businesses the benefit of real choice from a highly competitive market.

Each roadside fibre broadband cabinet serves homes and businesses in a very localised area such as part of a village or town. As faster services become available, people will be able to check whether their home or business can receive them via the Better Broadband for Norfolk website.

For more information about the Better Broadband for Norfolk programme, visit www.betterbroadbandnorfolk.co.uk.

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Lynn’s vintage ‘Cooper Car’ launches new event

Cllrs Chris Crofts and Nick Daubney try out the Cooper Car.

Cllrs Chris Crofts and Nick Daubney try out the Cooper Car.

One of King’s Lynn’s true hidden gems was rolled out onto the car park of Cooper Roller Bearings on Friday. The ‘Cooper Car’ is one of only 6 ever made at the Cooper Factory in the early 1900s, and is the only surviving example.

The car will be taking part in the first ever King’s Lynn Classic Car Day, taking place on 14 September 2014, as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days.

King's Lynn Councillors and representatives of Coopers launch the new Classic Car Day.

The Mayor of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, Councillors and representatives of Coopers launch the new Classic Car Day.

The new event is the brainchild of Cllr Chris Crofts, who himself owns a classic 1973 Vauxhall Viva 4-door saloon.

He explained: “Hundreds of people visit the town for Heritage Open Days and I felt that by putting an additional attraction on along the waterfront that people would also head there and enjoy the environment, support the businesses in that area, and take advantage of visiting the historic buildings that surround the waterside. The quay front is perfect for lining up the classic cars for people to view.”

The drivers view looks very different to modern cars!

The drivers view looks very different to modern cars!

The event was launched launched on Friday, to encourage owners of classic vehicles to get in touch and register their vehicle online atwest-norfolk.gov.uk.

Cllr Crofts added: “Many people will be unaware that cars were ever made in King’s Lynn. To be able to display the only surviving example at our Classic Car Day means a great deal to us, and we are confident it will attract people to the event. We are truly grateful to Cooper’s for agreeing to this opportunity.”

Pat Smith, Site Director at Cooper Roller Bearings Company Ltd, said: “Cooper has over 120 years of history in the town, having been continually based on the Wisbech Road site. Today the company is known throughout the world as the leader and specialist in the design and manufacture of split bearing technologies. However, in the early days Cooper also produced Steam Diggers, Bombs, Clutches and even a few Cars!

“We are proud of our engineering heritage and long association with King’s Lynn. Therefore we welcome the opportunity to participate in this event by displaying the Cooper car, and greatly look forward to joining the many classic car enthusiasts and visitors for the day.”

The event will take place between 10am and 4pm on Sunday, 14 September. Anyone wishing to show their vehicle will need to complete the online exhibitor’s entry form by 10 August 2014.

Alison Gifford, Chair of the King’s Lynn Civic Society, which organises the Heritage Open Day, added: “This really is an exciting addition to what is already a very popular day.”

The Mayor, Cllr Barry Ayres, said: “As Mayor and a keen classic car enthusiast myself, I am absolutely delighted to be involved with this event. I am really looking forward to the day and hope that many enthusiasts like me, will come along to exhibit their vehicles.”

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New apprenticeships announced for Norfolk

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Young people aged between 16 and 23 and businesses in Norfolk are being encouraged to find out more about a new apprenticeship scheme.

Norfolk County Council’s Adult Education team and Swarm Apprenticeships are inviting young people and potential employers to events in King’s Lynn, Norwich and Sheringham next month to find out more about a new programme that will create 36 new apprenticeships.

Starting in July, the new apprenticeship programme will run for 14 months and provide young people with real work place experience and the opportunity to achieve a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Enterprise Skills in a Business Environment with Norfolk Adult Education. It is also backed by the Government’s Growth Accelerator partnership programme.

Norfolk Adult Education service will deliver the training and Swarm will be working with businesses to identify a specific project for the apprentices to work on, thereby providing a focus for the training for the benefit of the apprentice and the employer.

Margaret Wilkinson, Norfolk County Council’s Cabinet member for Communities, with responsibility for Adult Education, said: “Our Adult Education team provides a comprehensive skills and qualifications’ programme, including significant learning opportunities for young people not in education, employment or training.

“Given our experience and expertise with young people, this collaboration with Swarm is very exciting because it will help us to reach more of Norfolk’s young people as well as provide us with the opportunity to look at different ways of delivering services with innovative partners.

“I appeal to any young person who may be unsure about their next step to come along to one of these events, and find out more information.”

To qualify for the apprenticeship, young people need to be aged between 16 and 23 and ideally have (or be predicted) five GCSEs at grade D or above, with a good standard of English and maths.

Robert Ashton, Swarm’s founder, said: “We’ve set out to overcome many of the barriers that currently hold small business owners back from taking on an apprentice.

“We want young people with get up and go to help businesses grow… additional help can be given if exam results have let someone down. This qualification focuses on the business; training is delivered locally and flexibly and there’s lots of support for both employer and apprentice.”

The new apprenticeship follows a successful pilot last year with 12 apprentices from across Norfolk.

Employers and potential new apprentices are invited to attend the following information evenings at:

– Providence Street Youth Centre, King’s Lynn, from 4pm to 6pm on Friday, 2 May. For more information on this event, please follow this link: http://ow.ly/w40IP

– The Forum, Norwich, from 5pm to 7pm on Thursday, 8 May. For more information on this event, please follow this link: http://ow.ly/w40OH

– Oddfellows Hall, Sheringham, from 4pm to 6pm on Tuesday, 13 May. For more information, please follow this link: http://ow.ly/w40V9

Events are free to attend but please book your place by visiting www.swarmapprentice.org.uk or telephoning 01953 609752.

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Old Pilot Cinema ~ Going Going Gone!

From Picture Palace to Pile of Bricks …

The Pilot Cinema in 1937.

The Pilot Cinema in 1937.

The building as it appeared before demolition.

The building as it appeared in 2012, before demolition.

Workers start to demolish the old Pilot Cinema

The old Zoots nightclub sign lies on one side of the site.

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The front of the building disappears in a pile of rubble.

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Half demolished!

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Nothing left standing – time to bring on the rubble crushers!

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New Borough Mayor announced

 Deputy Mayor, Councillor Barry Ayres - Speeking at Trues Yard. Photo:  Alan T Shearer

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Barry Ayres – Speaking at Trues Yard. Photo: Alan T Shearer

Councillor Barry Ayres will be nominated as Mayor and Chairman of the Council for the forthcoming year at the Mayormaking ceremony on Thursday 8 May at King’s Lynn Town Hall.

Cllr Ayres has lived in the borough with his wife, Christine, for 27 years and took early retirement in 2006 from Terrington High School, after 32 years in the teaching profession.

Fully involved in the local community, Cllr Ayres has played in local folk music clubs, founded a West Norfolk motor club, has been a parish councillor in Tilney St Lawrence for 17 years and has chaired the Parish Council for the last 14 years. As a Borough Councillor for the last 11 years, he has served on various panels and committees, including the Cabinet Scrutiny Committee, chairing the Standards Committee and vice chairing his local Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel working with Parish Councils and Police liaison.

Having held the position of Deputy Mayor in 2013-14, Cllr Ayres is familiar with the Mayor’s civic duties. He said: “I am very much looking forward to my year as Mayor of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk. I shall do my best to serve the people of this borough in a fitting and proper manner. I am particularly keen to work with members of the community at all levels and feel honoured and privileged to be nominated for this role.”

Cllr Colin Manning, who has represented the Heacham ward for nearly 3 years, will be nominated as the Deputy Mayor.

Outgoing mayor, Cllr Elizabeth Watson reflected upon her time as Mayor. She said: “My year as Mayor has really opened my eyes to all that is good in West Norfolk. We have a huge amount of talent in the borough and there is an army of volunteers who do so much for the community; it all adds up to making this a brilliant area in which to live. I wish Cllr Ayres all the best in his new role and I know he will be a great ambassador for us all.”

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Reduced to rubble – old Pilot Cinema

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Less than half of the old Pilot Cinema building was left standing on Friday evening … making way for 25 new homes by the end of the year.

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