Volunteer Officers in Police Special Constabulary

Are you looking for a new challenge in 2020?  Breckland and Kings Lynn Recruitment Campaign for a new cohort of volunteer Officers in our Special Constabulary has started. We will be holding a Show Case Information Event on Saturday 8th February at RAF Marham between 9am – 5pm where you can find out more about volunteering, meet the team, take part in practical exercises and speak to serving Specials about their experiences and how they fit their duties in with everyday life. We are already fortunate to have remarkable volunteer officers who provide a great service to the community and learn new skills in the process. If you are curious about becoming a Special pop along on 8th February to find out more!

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The Little Book of Big Scams

The Metropolitan Police have provided a booklet to further raise awareness of some of the ever-evolving ways to scam the public out of their hard earned money. Some useful contact details are below:

Action Fraud – 0300 123 2040 or www.actionfraud.org.uk

Little book of Cyber Scams available at www.met.police.uk/fraud

Job adverts at www.safer-jobs.com

Ticketing fraud at www.star.org.uk

Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Elder abuse on 080 8808 8141 or www.elderabuse.co.uk

Age UK on 0800 169 8787 or www.ageuk.org.uk

Alzheimer’s Society on 0300 222 1122 or www.alzheimers.org.uk

Travel Agents at www.abta.com

Citizens Advice Bureau on 03444 111 444 or www.citizensadvice.org.uk

Cifas at www.cifas.org.uk

Cyber Aware at www.cyberaware.gov.uk

Financial Conduct Authority on 0800 111 6768 or www.fca.org.uk

Coach Services

Coach Services will be running an additional service on the 40 via Mundford on Mondays to Fridays, as of 3.2.20 (this is subject to agreement from the Traffic Commissioners Office that it can start on that date – If we do not get this, then it will be a March Start).

We have used the funding from the various ceased services to support this and there is a further amendment, which will allow a change at Thetford and onward travel to Bury St Edmunds.

From 3.2.20, a new 0948 pick-up has been added Monday to Friday from Mundford to Kings Lynn, with a new return from Kings Lynn at 1310, allowing a 2hr30 in Kings Lynn. For those that wish to stay in Kings Lynn longer, they can use the existing 16:30 departure from Kings Lynn, back to Mundford.

It may not be known to local people, but the current 0855 from Mundford to Thetford, on the current Coach Services 40 service, is available to concessionary pass holders. This arrives in Thetford at 0910. There is an 1100 departure from Thetford, allowing 1hr50 in Thetford. There is also a return at 1405 to Mundford for those that require more time. As of 3.2.20, the 1405 return will be amended to 1425. This will allow passengers to change at Thetford to Coach Services routes to Bury St Edmunds and will allow around 2hr45 in Bury St Edmunds.

Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to get these service changes earlier, but I trust this is beneficial to the residents of Mundford and that they will use it. Obviously, there is already an option to Thetford as mentioned above and this can be viewed on the current 40 timetable https://www.coachservicesltd.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/40-Aug19.pdf.

For further information about the service and through ticket details, it is best to contact Coach Services on 01842 821509.

Rural Funding Digest

The Regeneration Team at Breckland Council receive an email on a monthly basis which details any Funding available for the rural area from the Rural Services Network.  Not all of the grants may be of use to yourselves but could be useful to a group or business within your parish. 

Please read the Rural Funding Digest January 2020 to check if any grants are available to you,

Police Witness Appeal

Police are appealing for witnesses to a police pursuit which took place between the A47 at Hockering and the A1065 near Brandon earlier today (Thursday 2 January 2020).

A white Vauxhall Astra failed to stop for officers on the A47, at the junction with the B1108 at Hockering at approximately 10.15am. As a result, officers pursued the vehicle along the A47 towards Dereham before the vehicle turned off towards Mattishall. The vehicle was then located on the B1108 and the pursuit continued on the A1065 before ending near Brandon.

Two teenage boys from Essex and a teenage boy from Cambridgeshire have been arrested in connection with the incident. All three are currently in police custody. Officers would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the pursuit, or has any dashcam footage. Anyone with information should contact PC Ben Hawkins at Swaffham Roads Policing on 101 quoting incident number 78 of Thursday 2 January 2020.

Christmas Lights Switch On 2019

This year’s Christmas Lights Switch-On took place on Saturday 30th November.

Riley Mower won the raffle to help Santa turn on the lights and a present.

The Village Voices Choir sung carols

Thank you to all those who donated raffle prizes, sponsored the event…

The following amounts were raised for charities.

  • The Crown = £80
  • Cake stall and Fish Bar donation = £102
  • Father Christmas light switch on raffle and main Parish Council raffle = £93
    (donated to Mundford Primary School who are giving it to Young Minds)
  • Lynford Hall = gave ginger bread men and an afternoon tea for two voucher as a goodwill gesture
  • Methodist Chapel collection box = £43
  • Yallops = £64
  • Manor Court Care Home – We are awaiting a final figure

Neighbourhood Watch

Message sent on behalf of Mr Peter Evans, Chairman of Norfolk Neighbourhood Watch:

Our next Norfolk Neighbourhood Watch meeting will be taking place on Thursday 9th January 2020 at Breckland Council Offices, Elizabeth House, Walpole Loke, Dereham, NR19 1EE.

All coordinators, members and anybody who would like to set up a new scheme are invited to attend.

Tea and coffee available from 7:00pm for a 7:30pm start. We hope to see you there.

Food Savvy Champions – We need you!

Whether you are passionate about food or simply want to make the most of the food that you have bought, you might be interested in getting involved in our Food Savvy project.

We are looking for people who would like to become Food Savvy Champion volunteers who are willing to share their knowledge with others to help to reduce the amount of food we waste.

In the UK each year households throw away seven million tonnes of food and drink.  This costs the average family with children about £810 a year or the equivalent of £70 per month. 

As a Food Savvy Champion you will be trained in issues regarding food waste and equipped with tools and ongoing support to help others in your local community to make the most of their food, reduce food waste and save money.

Anyone over the age 18 can join the scheme; you will receive free training and resource pack and ongoing support from your programme coordinator and waste reduction officers.

The next training course will be held on Saturday 25 January 2020 at County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich NR1 2DH.

If you would like more information or are interested in becoming a Food Savvy Champion please email lovefoodhatewaste@norfolk.gov.uk