Acle library re-opens

Our new opening hours at Acle are Tuesdays 10am-6pm Thursday’s 10am-6pm Fridays 2-6pm Saturdays 1-4pm. Open Libraries is not currently available.

Please be patient with your fellow customers and staff this week as we all adjust to a new service.

We very much look forward to welcoming you all back!

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Acle library re-opens

Our new opening hours at Acle are Tuesdays 10am-6pm Thursday’s 10am-6pm Fridays 2-6pm Saturdays 1-4pm. Open Libraries is not currently available.

Please be patient with your fellow customers and staff this week as we all adjust to a new service.

We very much look forward to welcoming you all back!

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Play area re-opens

The play area is open again! Please remember that your children must wash their hands when they get home, or bring sanitiser for them. Be courteous to other users and keep your distance, but enjoy!

Discretionary Grant Funds via Broadland District Council

Local Discretionary Grant Fund

The Government have provided funding to help support some of the businesses and charities that did not qualify under the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund. The total sum available to be distributed is £1,223,000

Government have requested that Broadland District Council prioritises certain types of businesses and charities from this fund, and have set out guidance under which there are some criteria that a local scheme must comply with. However, local councils are also able to support businesses that are important to the local economy and are able to set their own criteria for these.  Subject to the criteria your business may be eligible for support.

This scheme cannot help all businesses who are likely to seek support and we are inviting applications for the local discretionary grant with a fixed time period for applications. Please see below for further information.

Applications will be open from 9 June 2020 to 23 June 2020

Click here for the link to their website

Report from County Councillor

Unfortunately, Covid-19 still dominates daily life.  However, there are green shoots emerging; this includes the reopening of garden centres, 12 recycling centres (including Mayton Wood near Coltishall and Strumpshaw), outdoor markets, car showrooms and many children returning to school.

As of 31/05/20 Norfolk has 2168 and Broadland 299 confirmed cases of Coronavirus and a total of 377 deaths (133 in care homes) in Norfolk.

Norfolk County Council, working with Adult Social Care, Public Health and the NHS have developed a Care Homes Support Plan.  Over £12m has been secured from Central Government to help keep care home residents and staff safe and manage any outbreak of Covid-19, access testing and personal protective equipment (PPE).  A multi-agency team has been set up to help manage any outbreak of Covid-19 and help care providers.

Track and trace has now been launched and testing has been extended to include anyone showing symptoms, including under 5 year olds.

The Help Hub for BDC remains open seven days a week.  If you need support including financial support or would like to make a claim for Council Tax Reduction or Housing Benefit call 01508 533933 or complete the online form at

BDC continues to support local businesses with Business Support Grants.  Call (01603) 430449 to discuss your situation with one of the team or complete the online form at  BDC are working together with SNC and Breckland District Council to offer advice to local businesses and support them to re-open and start trading again, as soon as possible.

Broadland District Council (BDC), South Norfolk Council (SNC) and all District Councils have been working together with NCC as part of the Norfolk Resilience Forum.  The NCC helpline for vulnerable residents is 0344 8008020, Monday to Friday 9 AM to 5 PM , more information at

Unfortunately, many families will be under additional strain and this can lead to domestic abuse, adult and child abuse. NCC recently started a campaign ‘See Something, Hear Something, Say Something’.  Everyone should be safe in their own home but this isn’t always the case.  Call 0344 800 8020 to raise a concern about abuse or 999 in an emergency.  The National Domestic Violence Helpline is available 24/7 on 0808 2000 247.  Remember you are not alone.

While we are all finding our way during this current difficulty, we must work together to find move forward.  As some semblance of normality returns, we must recognise those in our communities who has helped keep us going, kept our morale up and made us smile.  BDC have launched COVID-19 Community Heroes.  Tell us about someone, or a group, who have gone above and beyond to help at: .

If I can be of any help please contact me.

Take care.

Fran Whymark, District and County Councillor.


The parish council is leaving the various benches available around the village. We know that some people need to sit down to rest, when out on a walk. Obviously only members of the same household can sit on a bench at any one time….We would recommend that you wear gloves and of course to wash your hands thoroughly once you are home.

Need help?

For Upton residents who are self-isolating, please remember that the community shop will deliver food to your door.

Call the shop on 01493 751827, give them your order, they will ring back with the amount, you pay over the phone with your credit or debit card, they arrange the time for delivery.

If you need other support, you can ring parish councillor Laura Davey on 07711 562 174 or email: [email protected]

Laura is co-ordinating a team of volunteers to support local residents so if you want to be involved, please contact Laura.

Broadland District Council also has a helpline on 01508 533933

Norfolk County Council has a phone number for support on 0344 800 8020 and lots of information here

Lloyds Bank mobile branch – cancelled for now

Recycling centres shut

All Norfolk recycling centres will be closed after 24 March until further notice due to coronavirus.

The safety of customers and staff is very important, therefore in accordance with current government coronavirus guidelines of avoiding non-essential contact and preventing a risk of infection to others, the sites will be closed. It is essential that we do all we can to slow down the spread of the virus.

Much of the waste that goes through the recycling centres is bulky waste (large items such as furniture, wood and metals) and garden waste. People should hold onto these items until the sites reopen. Do not put any electrical items in any of your bins at home.

Where possible you should compost grass cuttings and hedge trimmings. If you can’t do that keep your garden waste until we reopen.

Please do not leave any waste outside the recycling centres – leaving waste outside the centres or anywhere else is classed as fly tipping and is a criminal offence for which people will be prosecuted.

BDC setting up community hubs

I’ve just listened in to Broadland District Council’s town and parish councils briefing. Just to let you know that they are working on setting up the local community hubs, as set out by the Government. They do need to know about vulnerable residents who may not yet be on their radar. If you or someone you know is in need of support, please contact BDC on 01508 533933 or click:

The Cargate Lane Play Area is closed until further notice

All play areas are closed, but order of HM Government