Over this weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, Lotus tested a car on their track. They had promised to advise the local community of extra track events which may create some noise. Indeed, the email was sent but not until mid-morning on Saturday (see extract below), and, I did not read it until Sunday evening!

Obviously this is post-event, but whether or not you were inconvenienced by the track testing noise please contact Lotus (details given below) and let them know. This way they can have real feedback about their actions and its impact on the community.

Email extract:

… as previously agreed, we would advise you should there be a requirement for some extra-ordinary track use outside the track calendar as circulated at the start of the year. 

You may be aware that Lotus has developed an Emira GT4 racecar which will campaign in various series around the world.  

More details can be found here:


And here:


I have just been informed that, in readiness for a number of activities and events over the next two weeks involving the Emira GT4 race car, our engineers need to conduct two “shakedown-tests’ today and tomorrow (Saturday and Sunday 08 and 09 July 2023) at around midday for around one hour on both days. Being a race car for global competition, it is louder than a road car and the engineering team here are veru much aware of our neighbours, especially with it being a weekend. 

As always, if you have any questions or queries please contact me. 

Should you wish to submit a formal report of noise (or indeed any other environmental nuisance at any Lotus site) to our Safety, Health & Environment Manager via https://app.uk.sheassure.net/lotuscars/p/Lotus-Contractor-sOXoZgioUm/forms/12404 

for investigation and discussion at the Group SHE Steering Group Meeting. Acknowledgement of receipt will be sent to the complainant and feedback will also be provided to the complainant following conclusion of the investigation. 

In addition, issues can be raised via the Security Lodge at any time – 01953 608000. 

UK Power Networks (UKPN) maintains the electricity network in the South East and East of England. In the light of Storm Fionn, due to hit the area this evening, they have re-issued advice to remind its customers about what to do in the event of a power cut.

The electricity network is built to be resilient but extreme weather can damage overhead power lines resulting in some customers losing their electricity supply.  Where this happens UKPN work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. Their contact centre is there to help customers whose electricity supply might be affected by adverse weather, and UKPN deploy additional engineers to repair the overhead lines and poles as soon as it is safe to work.

Regular updates on the website www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk and social media @UKPowerNetworks throughout periods of windy weather.

If you experiencing a power cut you should:

  • Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power)
  • Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk for the latest updates
  • Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercut and type in your postcode to view the live power cut map
  • Tweet @ukpowernetworks to report a power cuts or to receive updates.

UKPN advise you to stay clear of power lines and report damaged power lines immediately by calling 105 free from a landline or a mobile phone. If you see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public you should call 999.

UKPN provide extra help to customers on the Priority Service Register during a power cut. Households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity as well as other reasons can join the register. Further information about the Priority Service on the website: ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority.

If you would like to share information about preparing for the storm or the priority service register on social media you might like to use the following:

  • @UKPowerNetworks has extra staff on hand 24/7 to deal with the impact of storms
  • Call 105 to report a powercut and visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercut for the latest updates

Do you, or someone you know, need extra support during a power cut? @UKPowerNetworks provides free services to vulnerable customers. Visit ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority for more information.

Preparing for a power cut

  • Add 105 to the contacts on your mobile phone
  • Keep our Freephone 0800 3163 105 number handy
  • See www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercuts for useful videos and advice during a power cut.
  • Locate a torch, check it is working and that you have spare batteries. Take care if using candles.
  • Charge up your mobile phone, and a rechargeable mobile ‘powerbank’ if you have one
  • Use a phone with a cord if you have one, cordless phones don’t work in a power cut
  • Keep fridges and freezers closed, with a blanket over as they will stay cold for many hours
  • Switch off all your electrical equipment, except one light which will let you know when the power comes back on
  • Street lights may also be off so take care if you go out
  • Dress in warm clothes
  • Look out for vulnerable neighbours

The Bird in Hand has been a public house since the early 1800s. There was a period of closure in the 1980s, following which a major transformation was undertaken by Mr & Mrs Turner. This provided the layout of the Bar and Restaurant areas as you see them today. The business prospered immediately it opened has been a popular destination for eating and drinking ever since.

In 2014 the Brake family undertook another major transformation providing a New Kitchen, 8 En-suite Letting Rooms and New Courtyard Area. These works were completed in the Spring of 2015. The Letting Rooms are all doubles and are fitted out to a high standard. All have Hypnos king-size beds, TVs, Wifi, Tea & Coffee making facilities

During excavations, 2 Roman Ovens were discovered. These were carefully avoided and are preserved under Bedroom 7. Interesting to note that almost 2000 years ago the Romans could have been baking bread on virtually the same spot where our Chefs bake bread today! East Anglia is steeped in history with evidence from the Iron Age and the Iceni tribe, the Roman occupation, the Anglo Saxon period, the Viking invasions, the Norman Conquest, through the Middle Ages to more recent times.