Here's a story of how Facebook came to the rescue of a family in distress. Well - not Facebook but those who use the site. Hayley Potter, her partner and four children were saved from a blaze that completely destroyed all their possessions. Nothing of any value remains behind the boarded up window on the city limits. This is their friend Paula Hunnam who, through Facebook has received massive response from people offering items to the family. Big Box Storage have given her a unit rent free to store much of it whilst the property is repaired. The family are in temporary accommodation and meanwhile all the excess is going to the local church rooms and in February Paula will have a sale with some of the proceeds going to the Fire Service so that they can fit smoke alarms to similar houses. If you wish to help in any way check out this link.
Clare Virden of Honing is a carer for Michael her husband who's 72 and has had Parkinsons for the past 15 years. A new group is now being set up to support Clare and the 82,000 other adult carers in Norfolk. To start with it's a one stop shop in the North Walsham Area and if successful will be extended across the county. Just next door to Honing I dropped in on Briggate to see how the villagers are getting on with the reclamation of the old mill. The North Walsham & Dilham Canal group have been busy digging out the old mill pond and mill race and hope to start clearing some of the ivy that's grown over the remains of the mill. There's a working party there next Tuesday 8th if you want to help from 0930 onwards.
Thursday and after a mild night it turned cold for a trip to Felmingham near North Walsham where local councillors are objecting to eight new affordable homes being built on the former allotments. Putting the arguements against the plans is Parish Councillor Neil Thrush.
Friday already and at the Woodland Burial Park, Director and co-founder Nick Taylor tells me of their plans to find new land around the city to put more green burials. This one on the Watton Road/Southern bypass is almost full but there's a small bit of land that can be added for now. I remember that our dear colleague John Mills is buried here.
Finally, in Surrey Street I'm sent to look over the former Aviva building that will soon become a free school. It's a Grade II listed building designed by Mathew Brettingham in the 1760's but as you can tell has been completely restored.