Can you help us find Private Pumping Stations in your parish?

We may have some good news for those of your parishioners who have a private pumping station on their property, and have not yet registered it with Anglian Water.

Currently, homeowners spend hundreds of pounds every year for electricity running costs, maintenance and repairs to look after these private pumping stations. They may even have been flooded if it’s broken down in the past.  

As of 1 October 2016, many of these private pumping stations automatically transferred over to Anglian Water and became our responsibility. We have taken over all of the maintenance and the running costs too, saving customers hassle, worry and money.

To help customers identify and report the pumping stations, further information can be found: www.anglianwater.co.uk/privatepumpingstation

Morningthorpe Recycling Centre – Temporary Closure

Morningthorpe recycling centre near Long Stratton will need to close for eight weeks from 13 June for essential maintenance work to improve the drainage and carry out substantial repairs to the hardstanding.

The work will allow the site to continue to operate safely and meet environmental regulations.

Unfortunately there is not a way of keeping the recycling centre open while the work is carried out so the recycling centre will be closed from Tuesday 13 June and is set to reopen on Saturday 5 August 2017.

The nearest alternative recycling centres which are open seven days a week are:
• Ketteringham (near Hethersett), Station Lane, NR9 3AZ
• Mile Cross (Norwich), Swanton Road, NR2 4LH

Other nearby sites that are open Fridays to Mondays only are:
• Bergh Apton – Wellbeck Road, NR15 1AU
• Wymondham – Strayground Lane, NR18 9NA

All of the alternative recycling centres are between 10 to 11 miles from Morningthorpe Recycling Centre.

The work which will cost £90,000 will be carried out by Norfolk County Council’s Community and Environmental Services Department and their contractors.

The County Council thanks people for their patience while these essential works are carried out.

Mobile Library Service

For mobile library timetable information, please click on the link: www.norfolk.gov.uk/libraries-local-history-and-archives/libraries/your-local-library/routes-and-timetables  and choose the relevant village(s) from the list.

The mobile library service provide residents living in more isolated rural communities that do not have a library building, with the opportunity to borrow books and access other library and council services.  Mobile libraries are free to join and are open to people of all ages.  Items can be chosen from the vehicle or reserved via the online library catalogue or the Norfolk libraries app for collection from a mobile library, then can be returned to any branch library or mobile library in Norfolk.  All vehicles are equipped with a lift for people with mobility problems, wheelchair users and prams/buggies.

Our mobile libraries offer:

  • Fiction books for adults and children (book request: adults – 60p, children – free)
  • Non-fiction books for adults and children (subject requests are free)
  • Large print books (book request 60p)
  • DVDs for adults and children (a small charge applies)
  • Audio books on CD and cassette tape (tapes – free, a small charge applies for CDs for adults, children – free)
  • Jigsaw puzzles (free)
  • Long loan periods

15 books can be borrowed free of charge at any one time per person.  Mobile libraries do not charge for overdue books, although a repeat loan charge may apply for hired items (principally DVDs, CDs, and spoken word formats) not returned on the due date.  A replacement charge may apply if items are lost or stolen.

We offer a free e-mail reminder system to advise our customers that the mobile library will be in their area within the next two days.  Anyone wishing to be added to the mailing lists should ask their mobile library driver for the green e-mail slip to complete, or alternatively contact us direct with their name, e-mail address and route number or village name.

We are keen to recruit more ‘Mobile Library Friends’ – volunteers who help us to promote the service by doing any of the following:

  • telling their friends/neighbours about the mobile library
  • delivering fliers locally
  • putting up posters
  • suggesting improvements/alternative stops.

If you know of anyone who might be interested, please ask them to speak to the mobile library driver or to contact us direct.  

Tools with a Mission

If you have any unwanted gardening tools, workshop tools or sewing machines TWAM can refurbish them and send to people overseas so they can earn a living.  Just Google TWAM to see their website.  Keith Lain will be taking a load to the Ipswich depot in the Spring.  Please phone him on 01508 470620 to arrange delivery or collection.

Woodton Village Hall

Are you looking for somewhere to run an art or exercise class or are you thinking of holding a meeting or organising a party?  Woodton Village Hall offers a spacious and well-equipped venue for any occasion.  We have a large room with a stage – suitable for classes or parties – and we also have a smaller meeting room available.  There is a kitchen for all your catering needs and plenty of parking.  We offer competitive hire rates please contact Jill Youngman on 01508 482237 or M Barrie at Woodton Village Stores for availability.

Norfolk ‘Open Churches’ Run – Classic Cars

Our churches in the Hempnall Group are always open for visitors, we have a special ‘Open Church’ day on Saturday 5th August when Classic Cars will be visiting some of our churches.  The cars will be leaving Norwich Cathedral at 9.00 am, arriving at Woodton Church at 9.30 am.  The on to Morningthorpe Church for 10.00 am and lastly arriving at Topcroft Church by 10.30 am.  More details to come….