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9 reasons why this Liverpool lass loves Norfolk

Reporter Abigail Nicholson infront of Norwich Castle. Picture: Archant

Reporter Abigail Nicholson infront of Norwich Castle. Picture: Archant

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Before moving to Norwich to work for this paper, the most I knew about it were the names Delia Smith and Alan Partridge.

Norfolk Day merchandise includes bunting and flags. From left, Abbie Smith, Ben Craske, Abigail Nicholson, and Marc Betts. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYNorfolk Day merchandise includes bunting and flags. From left, Abbie Smith, Ben Craske, Abigail Nicholson, and Marc Betts. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Now, almost two years later, Norfolk is a place I happily call home.

Here are some of the reasons why I fell in love with Norfolk:

Reporter Abby Nicholson enjoying French's Fish & Chips. Picture: Victoria PertusaReporter Abby Nicholson enjoying French’s Fish & Chips. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

1. The coast

Bethany Wales, left, and Abigail Nicholson, enjoying a bus tour with City Sightseeing Norwich. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYBethany Wales, left, and Abigail Nicholson, enjoying a bus tour with City Sightseeing Norwich. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

That wonderful seaside smell of salty air and a mix of fresh fish and chips… nothing can beat it.

And when it comes to coastlines, Norfolk’s is one of the most vast and beautiful.

Norwich Lanes Summer Fayre 2019. Picture: Jamie HoneywoodNorwich Lanes Summer Fayre 2019. Picture: Jamie Honeywood

Being from Merseyside, I have always lived by the sea and could not imagine being any further than an hour away.

The Black Horse in Earlham Road is one of the Norwich pubs offering takeaway draught beer Picture: The Black HorseThe Black Horse in Earlham Road is one of the Norwich pubs offering takeaway draught beer Picture: The Black Horse

2. The people

As a Scouser, I was quite nervous when I first moved away from home as I didn’t think I would find anywhere as friendly as Liverpool.

High speed action from the British Superbike Championship at Snetterton in 2019 Picture: LAURA STEVENSHigh speed action from the British Superbike Championship at Snetterton in 2019 Picture: LAURA STEVENS

I was wrong.

Norfolkians welcomed me with open arms – with a few digs about my accent – and made me feel right at home.

3. Market towns and the shop local mindset

Some of Norfolk’s markets have been serving locals with fresh fruit, vegetables, produce and plants for centuries.

I love that this culture still exists in Norfolk today, especially as it is so easy for people to go to the supermarket or shop online.

Something I especially love about the county is how keen the public are to celebrate and champion their local businesses.

4. The city

Norwich is the best-preserved medieval city in Britain and the home of wonderful people and beautiful architecture.

Everything from the historic Norman castle and cathedrals to the bustling high street and market – Norwich has something for everyone.

I can’t help but be amazed at how much greenery the city has managed to keep.

5. Music and food

I have never eaten as well as when I first moved to Norfolk.

The local produce being sold and cooked in local pubs, restaurants and cafes is second to none.

The music scene in Norwich especially is also thriving and something the county is very proud of.

6. Green space

As mentioned a little further up, I love that our countryside has been preserved and locals are able to enjoy walking, cycling and driving past the scenery.

It’s so easy to get lost in the brilliant parks and gorgeous walking routes in the county, and it’s something I will never get bored of.

7. Trains

Before I came to Norfolk I had never seen or been on a steam train.

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The fact that the county has been able to keep its history alive with heritage railways is wonderful.

It’s great to see how these trains have adapted over time with the addition of The Polar Express.

8. Wildlife

From seals at Blakeney Point to the array of rare birds, Norfolk is a wildlife lover’s dream.

Even though I don’t know much about animals, I love seeing beautiful photographs being sent in by our readers of various creatures they’ve spotted.

9. Snetterton Circuit

As an avid motorsport fan, having Snetterton Circuit on your doorstep is pretty amazing.

Whether you’re a fan of bikes, cars or trucks, the track has dozens of events each year for petrol heads.


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Coronavirus in Norfolk, UK: The independent businesses offering food and drink delivery in Norwich

Mike, Debs and James Read at their stall on Norwich Market, which will offer home deliveries for those who need them. Picture: Sonya Duncan

Mike, Debs and James Read at their stall on Norwich Market, which will offer home deliveries for those who need them. Picture: Sonya Duncan

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, lots of shops, food and drink suppliers and wholesalers across Norfolk have adapted how they operate to offer click and collect or delivery services.

Bread Source, which has shops in Norwich and Alysham, has launched an initiative called The Bread Source National Loaf Scheme which aims to help the most in need access fresh bread during the coronavirus outbreak. Picture: ArchantBread Source, which has shops in Norwich and Alysham, has launched an initiative called The Bread Source National Loaf Scheme which aims to help the most in need access fresh bread during the coronavirus outbreak. Picture: Archant

In Norwich businesses have risen to the challenge of Covid-19 and are helping to ensure people can still get the items they need by offering home delivery services, no contact pick ups and more.

Here is a list of places in the city offering home delivery or click and collect services. Think we’ve missed one of the list? – Let us know by emailing sabrina.johnson@archant.co.uk

The Greengrocers, Earlham Road

Owner of Bread Source, Steve Winter, and General Manager, Isabel Brentnall, inside their Bread Source store on Upper St Giles Street. Picture: Ella WilkinsonOwner of Bread Source, Steve Winter, and General Manager, Isabel Brentnall, inside their Bread Source store on Upper St Giles Street. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

The Greengrocers are offering home delivery, with a minimum order value of £20 to the postcodes NR1-NR7. Items available include fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, meat and dairy. Visit www.thegreengrocers.co.uk to download a delivery form.

The cafe is also offering takeaway pizza on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

Norwich Farmshare

Luke Coathup, owner of The Green Grocers in Norwich’s Earlham House shops. Picture: ArchantLuke Coathup, owner of The Green Grocers in Norwich’s Earlham House shops. Picture: Archant

Norwich Farmshare, which offers a subscription scheme for vegetable and fruit boxes and free range eggs, is in the process of moving its operation to 100pc delivery. www.norwichfarmshare.co.uk

Bread Source

Bread Source is offering a 24-hour contactless pick up point at its Norwich bakery unit for NHS and social care staff. Other staple foods including milk, eggs and butter will be available with a 20pc discount on presentation of their ID card.

Redwell Brewery Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017Redwell Brewery Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

The bakery has also launched an online shop allowing all members of the community to click and contactless collect from their bakery and are offering a delivery service in Norwich, (minimum order £15) for those in isolation, the elderly and other at risk groups.

www.bread-source.co.uk

Tofurei

Tofurei tofu producers in Norwich is now offering a home delivery service of vegan products across most areas of Norfolk, including ‘bake at home’ versions of the pastries and a selection of its cafe cakes and confectionary normally available from the Pottergate grab and go. www.tofurei.co.uk

Mike, Debs and Sons Fruit and Veg

Mike, Debs and Sons Fruit and Veg, of Norwich Market are offering fresh Fruit and Veg deliveries in Norwich. Call 01603 305841 or message the stall on Facebook to order. Deliveries of £20 or more are free. Card payments taken over the phone and orders will be dropped on doorsteps to avoid contact.

https://www.facebook.com/MikeDebsandSons/

•Mr Fruity

Mr Fruity is now offering a home delivery service people in and around Norwich and Norfolk. Items available include bread, milk, eggs, yoghurt and fresh fruit and vegetables.

Payment is required up front and deliveries are contactless. There is a 48-hour turnaround on deliveries. To order visit; www.mr-fruity.co.uk or email orders@mr-fruity.co.uk

•Little Shop of Vegans

Little Shop of Vegans on St Benedicts Street is offering home deliveries within five miles of the shop for £2.99. The turnaround for orders is currently 48 hours. For the list of items available and details of how to order visit: www.littleshopofvegans.com

Archer’s Butchers

Norwich-based Archer’s Butchers is operating a local delivery service on items including free-range high welfare meats, ready meals, cheese, pies and more throughout the city and the surrounding area (phone 01603 434253). The minimum spend for free delivery is £30. www.archersbutchers.com

• Hazel’s Butchers

Hazel’s Butchers in Norwich is offering home deliveries across Norfolk. The shop requires at least 24-hours notice for orders and there is a minimum order value of £20. orders can be placed over the phone (01603 427161). For full details see; facebook.com/hazelsbutchers.

Howard and Son

Howard and Son fishmonger in Fye Bridge Street, Norwich, is still open with a strict policy of only allowing one person in the shop at a time and is also offering a knock and drop delivery service. See their Facebook page, call 01603 624928 or email gary@fishmongersnorwich.com for details.

•Anglia Culinary Suppliers

Anglia Culinary Suppliers in Spar Road on the Vulcan Road Industrial Estate in Norwich is offering contactless collections on a wide range of chilled and frozen products and storecupboard staples. See their website for details; www.acsnorwich.com

•Redwell Brewery

Redwell Brewery in Trowse is doing beer and pizza takeways on Fridays and Saturdays from 4-8pm and beer can be ordered via their website.

redwellbrewing.com

PB George Butchers

PB George Butchers in Norwich is offering a home delivery service. Their product range is available on their Facebook page. facebook.com/pbgeorgebutchersnorwich

•Linzers bakery

Norwich bakery Linzers is offering free delivery on any order over £15 within a five-mile radius of NR3 2FA for anyone in self isolation. For all enquiries, or to place orders, ring 01603 483742 or email sales@linzers.co.uk www.linzers.co.uk

Little Haven Coffee Shop

Little Haven Coffee Shop in Norwich is open for takeaway and home delivery in and around the city.

To order call or text Simon on 07710 183024 and keep up to date on their Facebook page.

facebook.com/littlehavencoffee/

•Kofra Coffee and Roasters

Kofra Coffee has closed all of its cafes but is continuing to run its online shop and is offering free shipping on orders of two bags of coffee or more whilst stores are closed. www.kofra.co.uk/

•Strangers Coffee

Following government guidelines Strangers Coffee has closed all of its high street shops and cafes but is continuing to fulfil coffee orders through its online store. www.strangerscoffee.com

•Sir Toby’s Beers

Sir Toby’s Beers of Norwich Market is offering delivery around the city.

www.sirtobysbeers.co.uk

•Belgian Monk

The Belgian Monk in Norwich can arrange home beer deliveries. Phone 07501 504848 for details.

www.thebelgianmonk.com

St Giles Gin

Norwich-based St Giles Gin has created a range of self isolation packs of two bottles of selected gins, plus eight assorted bottles of tonic for £75 (postage and packing free). stgilesgin.com

•Gnaw Chocolate

Norwich-based chocolatiers Gnaw Chocolate are continuing to deliver to stores and are taking online orders. gnawchocolate.co.uk

• The Duck Truck Norfolk

The Duck Truck is offering fans of it crispy duck wraps the chance to make their own with ‘cook at home’ kits. The kits contain everything needed to make crispy duck wraps for 4-6 people together with the simple instructions and cost £20 including delivery. For more details visit: facebook.com/theducktrucknorfolk

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Cafe Britannia liquidation

16 November, 2019 – 06:15

Davina Tanner at Café Britannia. Picture: Matt Keal / mattkealphotography

Davina Tanner at Café Britannia. Picture: Matt Keal / mattkealphotography

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The doors to some of Norwich’s best-loved cafés have firmly shut, but their closure leaves many questions still open. Tom Bristow reports.

Cafe Britannia was owned by Britannia Enterprises which has fallen into liquidation. Picture: ArchantCafe Britannia was owned by Britannia Enterprises which has fallen into liquidation. Picture: Archant

‘Mollie’ is sitting in a car park behind the Fiveways pub in Earlham.

Café Britannia’s once proud blue, cream and red food truck marks a sad end for a business which for the last five years has been praised for helping prisoners and ex-offenders get back into work.

At the start of the month Britannia Enterprises Community Interest Company (CIC), which was behind five cafés at Norwich Prison, the Guildhall, Waterloo Park, Gibraltar Gardens and Norwich Crown Court appointed a liquidator and published a state of affairs document, showing how much money it owes.

The figures are eye-watering and open up many questions about how the company collapsed.

Cafe Britannia vehicles parked behind the Fiveways pub in Earlham last week. Photo: ArchantCafe Britannia vehicles parked behind the Fiveways pub in Earlham last week. Photo: Archant

It has assets of just over £9,000 but owes almost £630,000.

How did it rack up such large debts when it had so few assets to borrow against?

At what point did its directors realise it was never going to be able to pay back the hundreds of thousands of pounds owed to other businesses?

We have sent a series of questions to the CIC’s director, Davina Tanner and the company’s liquidator, Stewart Bennett, but they refused to answer.

Cafe Britannia food van at Waterloo Park. Picture: Cafe BritanniaCafe Britannia food van at Waterloo Park. Picture: Cafe Britannia

The CIC, which is run as part-profit, part-charity was facing problems before it went into liquidation.

Police are investigating an alleged fraud at the company dating back to 2018 and have interviewed one man in his 60s.

But in its last accounts, for 2017, Britannia Enterprises owed £91,000 to trade creditors; less than two years later that figure has tripled to £270,000.

Meanwhile the assets of the company have collapsed since 2017 from £357,000 to £9,000.

Café Britannia at HMP Norwich. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYCafé Britannia at HMP Norwich. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

In its last accounts its assets included £244,000 in investments and £83,000 worth of vehicles.

One of Ms Tanner’s companies, called Moody Deals Ltd, runs the Fiveways pub, which would explain why the Café Britannia food truck is there, but what has happened to the rest of the company’s assets? That question was not answered.

Ms Tanner said in August that it was her intention to pay suppliers back, but the liquidator’s documents show this will not be possible.

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We also asked Ms Tanner why such large amounts were owed to individual businesses.

Two of its biggest creditors, owed almost £42,000 and £45,000, are finance leasing firms who fund vehicles and equipment, called Academy Leasing Limited and Credo Asset Finance.

More than £90,000 is also owed to one of Ms Tanner’s companies Brand Strategy Partners Ltd.

It lists its function as “management consultancy activities”. We asked why this company was hired by the CIC and what work it did? Again no response was given.

Another £90,000 is owed to HMP Norwich, where Café Britannia was based. We asked how long has this amount had accrued over and what exactly it was for? No answer.

Employees are also owed £65,000, directors are owed £45,000, while the taxman has lost out by £40,000.

Another £16,000 is owed to Norwich City Council.

The biggest losers are other businesses which were hired by the CIC.

But speaking in August, when the closure of the café was announced, Ms Tanner said she was the “biggest loser” from the collapse.

“I stupidly invested my own money into this and I’ve had to make my peace with the fact I’m not getting it back,” she said at the time.

She also said she had not taken a salary from the company for two years.

Ms Tanner has an OBE for her work rehabilitating prisoners at Café Britannia.

She also has a long track record in business, including as manager at Chapelfield shopping centre, but this is the third business she has been a director of which has gone into insolvency.

The most recent one was last year, called D T Properties Great Yarmouth Ltd.

While The Park Britannia at Waterloo Park has now been taken over by a sole trader, the other outlets have shut with the loss of around 50 jobs.

However the Café Britannia name could still live on.

Several other companies with its name are registered on Companies House as still being active including, Britannia Holdings Norwich and Café Britannia Limited.

Safety fears grow on Earlham Road after mustang car crash

People on Earlham Road have been campaigning for speed cameras for years to prevent accidents. Picture: Peter Woodhead

People on Earlham Road have been campaigning for speed cameras for years to prevent accidents. Picture: Peter Woodhead

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Fed-up homeowners say crashes are becoming a regular occurrence on their “nightmare” Norwich road, despite two decades of campaigning for better safety.

A car smashed into the front garden wall of a house on Earlham Road in the early hours of the morning. Picture: Peter WoodheadA car smashed into the front garden wall of a house on Earlham Road in the early hours of the morning. Picture: Peter Woodhead

People living on Earlham Road say the road is dangerous for both drivers and pedestrians, and have called on authorities to make desperately-needed changes.

The calls were reinvigorated after a red Mustang destroyed the front garden wall of a family home earlier this month.

The car also knocked over a lampost in the central reservation on Earlham Road. Picture: Peter WoodheadThe car also knocked over a lampost in the central reservation on Earlham Road. Picture: Peter Woodhead

The homeowner Robin West, who works at Roy’s Motor Company on Sprowston Road, was left speechless after the crash, which also damaged his Porsche and Toyota.

The 50-year-old said: “I heard a big bang and I was bolt up wide awake. When I saw the damage, well, you wouldn’t be able to write my initial reaction. My dream car was covered in bricks. We’ve had plenty of issues. It’s definitely a dangerous road and should be an A road – that’s the simple crux of the matter.”

Mr West has had a nightmare week trying to sort out insurance for the damaged porsche. Picture: Robin WestMr West has had a nightmare week trying to sort out insurance for the damaged porsche. Picture: Robin West

For Peter Woodhead, head of the residents association, the crash comes as no surprise.

The 68-year-old said: “It’s just one after another. The road is just a nightmare. There’s no room on the road for HGV drivers so they drive up on the pavement, which is extremely dangerous. When I was walking, I had a near-death experience with a vehicle.”

Local residents on Earlham Road are once again calling for action to control traffic after a car drove into a wall. Picture: Neil DidsburyLocal residents on Earlham Road are once again calling for action to control traffic after a car drove into a wall. Picture: Neil Didsbury

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Three members of his family have had cars written off while parked on the road.

Peter Woodhead had a near-death experience while walking on the Earlham Road. Picture: Peter WoodheadPeter Woodhead had a near-death experience while walking on the Earlham Road. Picture: Peter Woodhead

He added: “There’s just car after car doing horrendous speeds. I’m deeply depressed about it all and it’s frightening.”

His neighbour, Morris McCormick, who has lived on the road since 1986, said traffic had worsened.

Mr McCormick said: “It’s dangerous and we’re disappointed there isn’t a proper crossing and there’s no action to slow down traffic. It just whizzes along and it’s constant.”

And driving instructor James Cornwell, 49, described the street as “hazardous”.

A Norwich City Council spokesperson said: “Clearly, Earlham Road is a very busy road with lots of demands placed on it due to the positioning of the likes of the UEA, the hospital and the research park.”

They said they would try to manage the road “as best we can” and would encourage people to use alternative means of transport, including walking and cycling.

A spokesperson for Norfolk police said the Camera Safety Partnership dealt with speeding issues and that they had not had complaints about Earlham Road.

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'It's just accident after accident'

People on Earlham Road have been campaigning for speed cameras for years to prevent accidents. Picture: Peter Woodhead

People on Earlham Road have been campaigning for speed cameras for years to prevent accidents. Picture: Peter Woodhead

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Fed-up homeowners say crashes are becoming a regular occurrence on their “nightmare” Norwich road, despite two decades of campaigning for better safety.

A car smashed into the front garden wall of a house on Earlham Road in the early hours of the morning. Picture: Peter WoodheadA car smashed into the front garden wall of a house on Earlham Road in the early hours of the morning. Picture: Peter Woodhead

People living on Earlham Road say the road is dangerous for both drivers and pedestrians, and have called on authorities to make desperately-needed changes.

The calls were reinvigorated after a red Mustang destroyed the front garden wall of a family home earlier this month.

The car also knocked over a lampost in the central reservation on Earlham Road. Picture: Peter WoodheadThe car also knocked over a lampost in the central reservation on Earlham Road. Picture: Peter Woodhead

The homeowner Robin West, who works at Roy’s Motor Company on Sprowston Road, was left speechless after the crash, which also damaged his Porsche and Toyota.

The 50-year-old said: “I heard a big bang and I was bolt up wide awake. When I saw the damage, well, you wouldn’t be able to write my initial reaction. My dream car was covered in bricks. We’ve had plenty of issues. It’s definitely a dangerous road and should be an A road – that’s the simple crux of the matter.”

Mr West has had a nightmare week trying to sort out insurance for the damaged porsche. Picture: Robin WestMr West has had a nightmare week trying to sort out insurance for the damaged porsche. Picture: Robin West

For Peter Woodhead, head of the residents association, the crash comes as no surprise.

The 68-year-old said: “It’s just one after another. The road is just a nightmare. There’s no room on the road for HGV drivers so they drive up on the pavement, which is extremely dangerous. When I was walking, I had a near-death experience with a vehicle.”

Local residents on Earlham Road are once again calling for action to control traffic after a car drove into a wall. Picture: Neil DidsburyLocal residents on Earlham Road are once again calling for action to control traffic after a car drove into a wall. Picture: Neil Didsbury

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Three members of his family have had cars written off while parked on the road.

Peter Woodhead had a near-death experience while walking on the Earlham Road. Picture: Peter WoodheadPeter Woodhead had a near-death experience while walking on the Earlham Road. Picture: Peter Woodhead

He added: “There’s just car after car doing horrendous speeds. I’m deeply depressed about it all and it’s frightening.”

His neighbour, Morris McCormick, who has lived on the road since 1986, said traffic had worsened.

Mr McCormick said: “It’s dangerous and we’re disappointed there isn’t a proper crossing and there’s no action to slow down traffic. It just whizzes along and it’s constant.”

And driving instructor James Cornwell, 49, described the street as “hazardous”.

A Norwich City Council spokesperson said: “Clearly, Earlham Road is a very busy road with lots of demands placed on it due to the positioning of the likes of the UEA, the hospital and the research park.”

They said they would try to manage the road “as best we can” and would encourage people to use alternative means of transport, including walking and cycling.

A spokesperson for Norfolk police said the Camera Safety Partnership dealt with speeding issues and that they had not had complaints about Earlham Road.