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Bressingham Village Hall

Work on the village hall roof

You may have noticed that work is being done to our village hall roof. This work has been ongoing for several weeks now and unfortunately, removal of the tiles and felt has revealed deterioration of the roof trusses. Therefore, further work is necessary to strengthen the ageing timber structure and this will involve installation of a temporary enclosure (a ‘tin hat’) to protect the building while the roof is renovated. Installation of the enclosure will start on Monday 2nd August. As might be guessed, the additional work has significantly increased the costs of the project over the original budget.

Norfolk County Council launches new mobile coronavirus testing service

10 May 2021

Norfolk County Council is asking people to climb aboard one of four new buses to get tested for COVID-19.  This can help to identify the one in three people who may have Covid without any symptoms so they can avoid passing the virus on to family, friends and colleagues.

The authority is the first in the country to commission and deploy multiple units of the specially converted mobile clinical buses, which are out and about in Norfolk from Monday (10 May).  The buses are for people who aren’t showing any symptoms of coronavirus, to have rapid lateral flow device (LFD) tests.

The buses have been converted by Project MOVE, a scheme created to help provide mobile clinical services in more locations.  The converted Oxford Bus Company vehicles will be operated by Norfolk Go-Ahead Group sister company Konectbus.

Each bus has the capacity to undertake up to 100 observed rapid tests a day.  Observed tests are where people swab themselves under the guidance of a trained operator who then processes the test, reads the result and records it.

People may want to get an observed test because:

  • It is more likely to get an accurate result as a trained operator is present
  • They’re simple and supervised to help get it right
  • People just need to turn up or book at a site
  • The team register the test onto the national NHS Test and Trace system

Director of Public Health Norfolk, Dr Louise Smith said: “This is great news for our county and means testing is even more readily available.  By identifying those who are carrying the virus without symptoms, we can help break the chain of transmission.  Testing is one of the key ways to help us return to normality so it is imperative that people take regular tests, regardless of whether they’ve been vaccinated.”

Norfolk County Council COVID-19 Mobile Testing Units will be in place at the following between 10-15 May:

  • Waitrose, Eaton Centre, Church Lane, Eaton, Norwich, NR4 6NU
  • Next, Longwater Business Park, William Frost Way, New Costessey, Norwich, NR5 0JS
  • Tesco Superstore, Thetford Rd, Watton, Thetford, IP25 6BQ
  • Tesco Extra, Blue Boar Lane, Sprowston, Norwich, NR7 8AB

Man pleads guilty for suffering

Man pleads guilty for suffering caused to foal in heart-breaking horse welfare case

13 May 2021

A man has today, Wednesday 12 May, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a foal at a trial at King’s Lynn magistrates court.

The court heard today how the defendant Mr Oliver Jones, 31, formerly of Leys Lane, Attleborough, and currently of Somerville, Peterborough, severely neglected a foal. A vet who examined the emaciated horse found it was suffering multiple health issues caused by the neglect.

Mr Jones was sentenced to 10 weeks in custody, suspended for 12 months, and has been banned from keeping horses for 20 years.

Sophie Leney, Head of Norfolk County Council Trading Standards said “This is a satisfactory outcome of a very sad case. It’s very welcome that Mr Oliver Jones will be disqualified from owning or keeping horses following the neglect and suffering he caused. In this extreme case there was no choice but to seize the animals immediately and take them to a place of safety. We would like to thank World Horse Welfare for their invaluable assistance in this matter”.

World Horse Welfare contacted the Norfolk County Council Trading Standards team on 29 July 2019. Due to the nature of the concerns, council officers, alongside World Horse Welfare, visited a site near Attleborough on 30 July 2019.

Officers found a mare and foal in a small paddock containing 13 horses. There was no grass, the area was full of muck, and had rubbish lying around. A vet who examined the pair at the scene was so concerned they were immediately taken away for emergency treatment.

A thorough inspection identified multiple health issues caused by a failure to seek veterinary advice on nutrition, worming, basic care, and for the malformation of the foal’s legs. Sadly, the mother of the foal had been severely affected by the neglect causing a chronic heart defect which later led to her sudden death. Happily the foal, now named Hercules, has recovered well in the care of World Horse Welfare.

Today’s judgement also saw Norfolk County Council Trading Standards granted a deprivation order giving the service the ownership of the foal – which will hopefully now be rehomed by World Horse Welfare.

Jacko Jackson of World Horse Welfare, said: “Although this is great result, and Oliver Jones finally pleaded guilty, it has been a frustrating two years to get to this point. For the first two years of his life, as part of an on-going prosecution, World Horse Welfare were only allowed to offer maintenance care to little Hercules once he had been recovered to a healthy weight. Now that the case is over he can be gelded and his education can begin, with the aim for him to be offered for rehoming in the future, where he can lead the life he deserves.”

If you find a welfare issue on a farm report it to our partners Citizens Advice immediately on 0808 223 1133.

The outcome

In addition to the guilty verdict the court also disqualified Mr Jones from owning animals, keeping animals, participating in the keeping of animals, being party to an arrangement under which he is entitled to control or influence the way in which animals are kept, dealing in animals, transporting animals and arranging for the transport of animals. The order is in respect of all equines for 20 years.

Norfolk County Council Trading Standards also obtained a deprivation order giving the service the ownership of the foal.

The Court awarded the county council £5,000 in costs (which have to be paid within 2 years). Mr Jones was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £122.


  • Norfolk County Council Trading Standards contacted by World Horse Welfare on 29 July 2019
  • Multi-agency visit carried out 30 July 2019
  • Horses were seized on 30 July 2019
  • Formal investigation started on 4 August 2019
  • The first court hearing of the case was on 4 February 2020
  • Trial started 12 May 2021

The offences

  • Two offences contrary to Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 for causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, by failing to provide basic care and failing to seek veterinary advice in relation to feeding/nutrition and worming and that Mr Jones knew or ought reasonably to have known that such failure would have the effect of causing unnecessary suffering or be likely to do so. A further offence contrary to Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 for causing unnecessary suffering to the foal by failing to provide veterinary care for severe malformation of the carpal joint and hind fetlocks of the animal
  • Defendant previously pleaded guilty to one offence of failing to keep an equine namely a dark bay/black mare without the required identification documentation (horse passports) – contrary to Article 3(1) of EC reg 504/2008 by virtue of S2(1) European Communities Act 1972

The foal, now named Hercules, is pictured in July 2019 and in May 2021.

Business fires in Norfolk caused by portable heaters as venues utilise outside space

28 April 2021

Business owners across Norfolk are being asked to check their fire risk assessments following incidents since pubs and restaurants reopened for outdoor dining in the county.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service has attended two fires involving the use of outdoor heaters at licensed premises this month. There have also been several incidents across the county of fires in residential gardens as people use barbecues, patio heaters and fire pits to allow outdoor socialising in cool weather. Accidents in the last week have led to fires spreading to sheds, fences and homes.

One of the incidents, at a hotel in in Hunstanton, saw the gas canister from a patio heater ignite while placed under a gazebo.

In another incident, a patio heater caught fire in a marquee outside a pub near Aylsham.

Thankfully, nobody was injured in either incident.

“It is great news for Norfolk and for businesses that life is starting to return to normal. As pubs and restaurants are currently operating outside, many will have changed the layouts of their outdoor space or may be using temporary structures with heaters of some kind. In recent days we have attended two incidents where outdoor heaters have caused fires. Thankfully the damage was minimal and there were no injuries,” said Group Manager Jon Wilby, of NFRS.

With the bank holiday weekend approaching, Norfolk Police are encouraging people to enjoy themselves safely and responsibly.

Superintendent Nathan Clark at Norfolk Constabulary said: “Our journey out of lockdown has been overwhelmingly positive, with people enjoying their new freedoms sensibly, as the last two weekends has shown. I’m sure venues will be even busier this bank holiday weekend but it’s important we continue to play it safe, follow social distancing guidelines and stick to the rules.”

Business owners should:

  • Ensure they have reviewed their fire risk assessments if you have changed layout or use, including the temporary structure risk assessment for outdoor events via the National Fire Chiefs Council website
  • Make sure any outdoor heaters are correctly installed and that you have followed the manufacturers guidance for use
  • Check servicing and maintenance on all heating appliances
  • Position heaters away from flammable objects
  • Ensure there is adequate signage and lighting for escape routes
  • Make sure any temporary structures are fire retardant
  • Use and store gas bottles in line with the appropriate code of practice

Business owners needing fire safety advice can contact the community fire protection team, who will gladly offer support during a time of great challenge to Norfolk’s businesses.

Please get in touch via 0300 123 1669. Business safety advice can also be found at

Community Hubs

Community Hubs

We have worked with district and borough councils across Norfolk to set up community hubs to help people who are feeling vulnerable and need support during the coronavirus situation.

If you are finding one or many aspects of life difficult to manage, or know someone who is, our community hubs will link you up with voluntary or community organisations that can help you with a range of tasks and support.

If you or someone you know needs any of the above help, contact us on 0344 800 8020 or visit our website for more information

Please note, community hubs are an addition to, not a replacement for our normal social care and safeguarding services for adults and children.

Neighbourhood Support

We are here to help…

If you are unable to get to the shops to get basic supplies then please contact me via email:, phone: 01379 688413 or mobile: 07902846772/07736345006.

Everyone involved is a volunteer, but we will do our best to give you the assistance you require.

Also, please remember!  If you are going to the shops, then call on your neighbour to see if you can be of help yourself.

Many thanks,

Karl Traynier