Better Broadband

May 2013 – Update – May Info Sheet 11-003

March 2013 – Update

January 2013 – Update

Update of 4 March 2013:

Karen O’Kane from the NCC Better Broadband Team had provided the following update to the Parish Council on 4 March.  There will be several BBfN (Better Broadband for Norfolk) programme rollout phases and each phase will follow the same sequence of events:

  1.  Survey, design and detailed planning
  2. Implementation
  3. Services available from Internet Service Providers (ISPs)

BT has started its survey, design and detailed planning work for the first phase of the BBfN rollout and services from ISPs for Phase 1 are due to be available by the end of this year.  Once survey, design and detailed planning for each phase is complete, information concerning the areas that will benefit will be made available (for Phase 1 this is expected summer 2013).  Information for each subsequent phase will be released approximately every three months.  Once services are available from ISPs information on speeds at an individual premises level will be available.  The programme will share information regarding the availability of better broadband in the county via the BBfN website (at: as soon as it can.





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Parish Council Meeting Dates 2013

Proposed Parish Council Meeting dates for 2013:

12 March – Annual Parish Meeting

21 May – Annual Parish Council Meeting followed by Parish Council Meeting

23 July

5 November

All meetings will take place in Village Hall at 1930 hours.

Dates will be confirmed soon


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Become a Road Safety Volunteer for your local community

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General Charity Page

Blo Norton Parish Council Policy re Charities seeking Donations

 “Requests for financial donations from any charity which would not benefit each individual within the village should be politely refused, stating it is the policy of the Parish Council not to give a monetary donation.  Requests from the charities for financial donations which may benefit every individual within the village should be tabled on the next suitable agenda.  Alternative assistance could be volunteered ie a small advertisement in the Bugle or notices put up on notice boards”

Agreed at Parish Council meeting 17 May 2011

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Norfolk RCC: Cold Weather Alert: How to stay warm & well and help others

Cold Weather Alert

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Close Air Support Exercise

A close Air Support exercise is due to take place between 10th-14th of December 2012 at Hinderclay this time British and American fast jets will be involved (no helicopters). As the American aircraft are far noisier than ours please could you warn all concerned as to the extra volume

Helicopter Training (60sqn)

Dear all, we have some training now booked for the 28th of October which involves Griffin helicopters, this squadron is an advanced helicopter training unit that flies at low level, and are distinctive by their black and yellow livery.  The unit will be operating out of RAF Honington and propose to land three helicopters at a time, on the grass field at the back of the farm. The timings are 10.30am, 12.30pm&14.30 respectively. As usual the weather will have the last word, but would all pony/ horse riders please be aware of their presence at and around those times . Anybody wishing to come and watch obviously feel free but please let me know as I am not sure which part of the field they will be definitely landing on this is at the discretion of the lead pilot.

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Local Policing Update for Diss and Attleborough neighbourhoods



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Electric Blanket Testing


Get your Electric Blanket safety checked – click here for further details.


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History Group Programme 2013

BNLHG 2013 Programme

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The next Blo Norton Local History Group event is a Blo Norton mapping day:


Sunday 15th September at 2.00 to 4.30pm  – at the village hall. Free admission

Come and help make a map of the village.

Bring old photographs, documents, your memories and ideas of what makes Blo’ Norton special for you and your household and help create a map of our heritage.

Refreshments will be available

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Drivers Offered Security Marking – South Norfolk message from Norfolk Police Direct

Drivers offered security marking – South Norfolk

Police in South Norfolk have teamed up with three garages to offer motorists free catalytic converter marking next month.

Drivers of 4x4s, motor homes and vans will be able to visit garages in Tharston, Diss and Harleston every Friday throughout June to get catalytic converters security marked.

The aim is to reduce the number of thefts and make it more difficult for offenders to dispose of them at scrap metal sites.

Local beat manager PC Jim Squires said: “Catalytic converters are prime targets for thieves because they contain premium metals platinum and rhodium. These marking events will make it difficult for criminals to dispose of.”

The garages taking part are:

  • Stratton Quick Fit, Salamanca Road, Tharston Industrial Estate
  • Tread First Tyre and Exhaust, Vinces Road, Diss
  • Harleston Tyre Service, Fuller Road, Harleston Industrial Estate

Vehicle owners will need to sign a disclaimer before converters are marked.

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