About Michael Hill

Wreningham Parish Council Chair

The Wreningham Churchwarden, Christine Minns, writes: “Unfortunately the Upper Tas Valley Benefice is not able to print and distribute the June/July copy of the church magazine. This can be found, once prepared, on the “a church near you” website. For details of this and other church contacts see the Church page here.


Our District Councillors have provided the following:

The “call for sites” for the Village Clusters has been completed with some 350 applications put forward. These have been assessed but no decisions have been made regarding their suitability to be included in the Emerging Local Plan.

South Norfolk Council is currently being run by an Emergency Committee. This is made up of senior officials and some members of the council.

The Council’s finances have taken a hit. Income is lost because of closure of the Leisure Centres and loss of Rate income amongst others. Some of the shortfall will be made up by Central Government.

It is anticipated that economic Growth in the District will fall by some 25%. This is better than most Local Authorities but will have to be addressed when the position becomes clearer.

Most applications for Business Grants have been paid. However, if there are any businesses having difficulty sourcing these, I will be happy to help.

On the last point, contact Nigel Legg at nlegg@s-norfolk.gov.uk


Recently I have received scam e-mails attempting to encourage me to give away my account details. Others in the village have received similar attempts. Please take care.

Co-incidently, this morning an email came from Lastpass (a password manager I use) about a “world celebration” for passwords. I thought I might share their blog item on the subject here. And, in the spirit of even-handedness: there are other password managers available!



What is Healthwatch Norfolk?

There is a statutory requirement for Healthwatch organisations to exist in each top tier local authority area in England. Healthwatch Norfolk is a registered charity and a statutory member of Norfolk’s Health and Wellbeing Board and has a role to represent the voice of patients, service users, carers and the public at the highest strategic level.

Your experience of accessing information, care and support during COVID-19

Healthwatch Norfolk are encouraging you to share your experience of using health and social care services since the outbreak of COVID-19. They will use this to pass constructive and supportive information to service leaders.

The spread of the virus has led to unprecedented changes to the way patients and service users receive care: pharmacies are struggling to keep up with demand for medication; many GP appointments have been postponed or conducted remotely; and strict protocols have been implemented in hospitals and care homes to prevent infection.

The survey is an opportunity for you to say anything relating to care and support since the outbreak of the virus. Healthwatch Norfolk are particularly interested in hearing about:

  • Quality of local information and advice about coronavirus
  • Your experience of urgent and emergency care
  • Experience of health and social care routine appointments
  • Communication from NHS Trusts, councils and charities
  • Managing your mental and physical health at home
  • Advice for individuals and families in self-isolation
  • Caring for someone in isolation
  • Access to dentistry in Norfolk
  • Positive experiences and messages of support for health and social care staff

As emergency plans to support Norfolk’s population are rolled out across the county, Healthwatch argue that listening to the public is pivotal to ensuring that the health and well-being needs of people are met.

Survey

Survey: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/hwncovid19-survey/

HWN page: https://healthwatchnorfolk.co.uk/hwn-covid-19-survey/


National Archive free downloads

While the National Archive Kew site is closed, signed-in users can download digital records for free: Read about our fair use policy and why we are doing this.

What sort of documents can I download?

You will be able to download records digitised by The National Archives and published through Discovery, their online catalogue. These include:

  • First and Second World War records, including medal index cards
  • Military records, including unit war diaries
  • Royal and Merchant Navy records, including Royal Marine service records
  • Wills from the jurisdiction of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury
  • Migration records, including aliens’ registration cards and naturalisation case papers
  • 20th century Cabinet Papers and Security Service files
  • Domesday Book

Norfolk ALC Well-being Task & Finish Group has asked us to bring this to your attention.

Looking for work or needing staff? New Anglia LEP has over 60 vacancies advertised by its partner organisations see https://newanglia.co.uk/employment-opportunities/

This Employment Opportunity page is part of New Anglia LEP’s work to help businesses through the COVID-19 crisis. Other areas include:

·         helping to source PPE (see box below),

·         promoting grants available to businesses

·         supporting key sectors.

Anyone needing impartial business support – including guidance on the new Government schemes – can contact the New Anglia Growth Hub to speak to a business adviser on 0300 333 6536 or email It’s free. growthhub@newanglia.co.uk

Personal Protective Equipment

Anyone wanting to source PPE can access the New Anglia LEP database. Email supply.chain@newanglia.co.uk to request a log-in for the system.

If you make or sell PPE, you can register your stock/interest at https://newanglia.co.uk/data-capture-for-ppe-supply during covid/



District Councillor, Nigel Legg, reports on 11 April 2020:

There have been no recent formal Council meetings at South Norfolk. The Council is currently being run by an Emergency Committee.

There have been proposals as to how certain Statutory functions of the Council might operate during the present crisis. It is proposed that the DMC [aka Planning Committee] will reduce to five members. Meetings will take place via Skype or similar. They will be time limited. For this reason there may be fortnightly meetings. Outside speakers such as PCs will be advised a week in advance of the meetings and will be given a specific time to speak.

The number of planning applications is broadly unchanged. The Council is anxious to promote the application process so as to encourage building work to resume.

The “call for sites” for the village clusters is complete. There have been some 350 expressions of interest. These have been scored. The next stages will be allocation and then consultation.

Calls to the Help Hub were being diverted via Norfolk County Council. This has changed so that calls are now answered by SNC staff. The number is 01508 533933.