NORTH NORFOLK PRIMARY CARE TRUST
Are you living with a long term health problem? Diabetes, MS,
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME), arthritis, depression, HIV, back pain, osteoporosis,
psoriasis, angina, ulcerative colitis, epilepsy, incontinence. Do you feel angry,
frustrated or fearful about
your health and the life it enables you to lead? Are you striving to be the person
you were 5, 10 or 20 years ago when your health was better? Do you feel that your
health controls the way you live your life? Would you like some practical ideas to
help you take back control? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, find out
about a FREE self-management course running over 6 consecutive weeks in 21/2 hour
sessions. You will learn about how to change areas of your life such as diet,
exercise, relaxation and planning. You will also find help and support from others with
long-term health problems.
The following courses have been booked for 2006:
Cromer started 5th April
Hoveton starting 20th April
Wells starting 17th May
North Walsham starting 20th June
Holt starting 6th July
Sheringham starting 23rd August
Sutton starting 7th September
Fakenham starting 2nd October
Hoveton starting 4th October
Holt starting 26th October
There is free transport for those who need it. Phone today for more information, or talk
to someone who has been on the course. Or we do Group Talks by Volunteer
Representatives to Clubs or Organisations on Request Clare Maynard 01692-651474 (Wed &
Thurs & answerphone) 0775 4778882 (anytime).
SHERINGHAM IN BLOOM - but the bloomin' container was damaged
A lot of people freely give of their time keeping the flowers and their
displays throughout Sheringham in prime condition. Why is it then that the display
and signege of the blooms at the Sheringham boundary on the Cromer road have recently been
trashed? What mindless dipstick bends the sign and damages the fixings? He/she
also stamped on the container and its holder leaving it broken and tilted over like a
drunken garden gnome. Don't give me a story about finger prints, try foot prints.
These have been left behind on the sign by the perpetrators.
No doubt many will say it's drink related. Other will blame the young hooligans of
which Sheringham is thought by some to be anybody between the ages of 13 and 20years old.
Rubbish. The vast majority of the 'youngsters' are well mannered, considerate
and kindly in their outlook although they can sometimes take a bit of getting used to in
It is unlikely that the person(s) concerned will ever be brought to task over this matter.
However somebody somewhere knows who did it and perhaps thinks, on reflection, that
it was a moronic thing to do. Perhaps the majority of the youngsters can begin to
rule behaviour patterns and maybe change for the better the behaviour of the minority by
exerting peer pressure on them. Being 'cool' does not have to mean being a vandal. I
for one would like to find the idiots who did this and to make them stand there and watch
me trash their mobile phones in front of them. This in itself would not be 'cool'
but it would perhaps make them think before repeating the damage.
Peter Fitch, Beeston Regis
FREE BUS TRAVEL FOR OVER-60S AND DISABLED
North Norfolk District Council has joined Norfolk's other District and
Borough Councils in offering free bus travel for North Norfolk residents over the age of
60 or who have a disability. From 1 April, 2006, the new arrangements will allow
those with bus passes to travel free between 8.30am and 11pm, Monday to Friday, and all
day on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, as long as their journey starts or ends in
Norfolk. Blind people will get free travel at all times.
Last year the Government announced plans to make bus travel free for eligible people after
9.30am. Norfolk's councils were already running a scheme giving over-60s and
disabled people half-price travel on buses, and agreed to extend the eligibility period by
an hour, starting at a more helpful 8.30am.
Bus passes, which must be shown on boarding a bus to claim the discount, can be obtained
from North Norfolk District Council and are valid for two years. Anyone with a pass
for the existing concessionary fare scheme can keep using it (until it expires) to travel
for free after the new scheme comes into effect at the start of April. The passes
are issued for free, but applicants must supply a passport-sized photograph of themselves.
Councillor Peter Moore, NNDC's Cabinet Member for Resources and Older People's Champion,
said, "This Council's contribution of over £500,000 to the scheme in 2006/07 is a
reflection of our priorities: building active communities at a time when rural services
are in decline, protecting the environment that is so important to North Norfolk's success
and appeal, and using resources wisely for maximum benefit. This scheme helps people
who might otherwise have difficulty travelling, certainly, but has other benefits, in
keeping buses running through our parishes for everyone to use."