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This Grade II listed water tower is only one or two left in Norfolk. It is situated on Cemetery Road in Dereham and is one of the oldest in the UK. Plans have been given to the local Council with plans to transform the building into a home. Should the application be approved it will see the metal water tank that resides in the building removed.

The tower was built in the 1880s and aided in preventing the spread of cholera by increasing the water pressure in the surrounding town. This allowed the locals to reduce their reliance on wells. A local historian, who has looked at the proposed renovations, has said that it appears that minimal work will be done to the outward appearance and any changes will be inline with the original architecture.

When the tower was originally built, local residents did in fact provide resistance citing that it was too expensive. Whilst the original building is no longer used the site does still provide water for the town via the modern concrete tower that now towers over its predecessor.

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The Maids Head Hotel, on Tombland, has won a prestigious second AA Rosette for its WinePress restaurant following an unannounced evaluation. The Norwich Hotel claims to be one of the oldest hotels in the country and now has a second claim to fame after earning the coveted award for its food.

The hotel now has a 4 star score overall and have increased their rating of 78pc from last year to 81pc this year. This rating covers all aspects of the hotel including service, accommodation as well as the food.

The team behind the acclaimed WinePress restaurant are Head Chef Marcin Pomierny, food services manager Katherine Renhard as well as their supporting team members. Togther they strive to design and create ever changing menus based on the season, carefully selecting from the very best of local produce.

Just how hard is it to earn a second rosette? The AA say that a mere 10% of restaurants throughout the UK are able to earn one rosette or above so tip our hats to Head Chef Marcin Pomierny and his team!

This event is hosted by the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum and provides the opportunity to do some digging into your ancestors who served in the Norfolk Regiment. Members of staff will be present to provide assistance and walk you through the Museum’s collection. Refreshments will be provided at the event along with a free guide that contains helpful tips and guidance on the most effective ways of going about your research into your First World War military ancestors.

Cost of Admission

Adult £15.00, Concessions £13.00, Museums Pass £10.00.

Venue

The event is held at the Norwich Castle Study Centre.

Address:Shirehall, Market Avenue, Norwich, NR1 3JQ
Website: www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk

Some of Norwich’s 2000+ scientists will be on hand this Saturday at The Forum.

The free discovery day for families includes how to make slime, fake wounds and astronomy.

There are also a variety of talks, exploring topics such as the maths behind magic.

Science shows will be shown in The Curve Theatre, suitable for children aged 5 upwards. Demonstrations and activities will be run by scientists such as bubbles, science busking, robots and engineering.

Free Talks Timetable:

10:00 – 16:00

Shows in The Curve Auditorium
No Need to book. Just turn up. Suitable for all ages

Music to your ears 10:00 & 13:00

How do we make sounds, record sounds and see sounds? This exciting presentation reveals the secrets from the basics of sound to the latest in music technology. Witness the ultimate ‘hands-free’ instrument and find out how to make musical straws! Uncover the maths in music and see how numbers tell us what sounds nice.
by James Piercy, Science Made Simple

Mathamagic Show 11:00 & 14:00

Pick a card any card, How does that work? Is it really magic? Or does it come down to dexterity in mathematics? Amazing tricks ….Revealing maths. Card counting, Rubik’s cube, juggling patterns, shape shifting numbers and other stunts.
by Dr Ken, Inspirational Science Company

Things that make you go eeuww!! 12:00 & 15:00
by Shell, Camouflaged Learning

A local primary school has secured over £200,000 of funding for an outdoor play area.

It’s the result of a campaign, petitioning the council to make use of derelict land nearby.

Since 2007, pupils at Henderson Green Primary School, just off Bowthorpe Road, have only had a small playing field to play on. The school grew larger when Norfolk County Council reorganised schools from the middle school system.

Last year, a petition with 800 signatures was handed into Norfolk County Council, asking for use of an area of derelict land as playing fields. Norfolk County Council has now agreed to allocate £225,000 to create the play area.

Green Party County Councillor for Wensum ward, Marcus Hemsley, who helped with the campaign, said: ”I’m really glad the administration at County Hall listened to local people on this issue. It shows that even in these difficult economic times, if enough people come together we can make big things happen. This will make such a difference to the children at the school.”

A consultation is due to start on plans to develop an area of parkland off Dereham Road.

A residents’ group want the space at Wensum View Park to serve the whole community, and are getting help from a successful project on Grapes Hill.

Norwich City Council has agreed to fund a consultation on the future use of Wensum View Park off Turner Road. If approved, then work will begin designing and creating a community garden.

The newly-formed Wensum View Park Community Garden Group want the park to serve as many of its community as possible, keeping space for dog walking, a play area for children and developing a community garden for residents to enjoy, where they can grow and share food and plants together.

Residents who helped create Grapes Hill Community Garden, which will celebrate turning one with a public event on Sunday 8th July, are offering help and advice to the new group. They successfully transformed a derelict piece of land just off Grapes Hill into a garden for the whole community.