Village Screen Showing a Comedy “Lady in the Van” Saturday 12th March 2016

Village Screen Showing a Comedy “Lady in the Van” Saturday 12 March 2016

Starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings on Saturday 12 March at 7 pm for start at 7.30 pm at Postwick Village Hall (Bar Open).

Tickets (£5.00) available from Brundall Hardware Shop from 1 March 2016 Contact Details below.

For further details of films coming soon including “Spectre” please see

Thanks to Su Allport for the information.

Critic reviews

Unshowy to a fault, Hytner delivers a fine, moving comedy of English manners between a writer and his eccentric tenant, which slowly deepens into an exploration of human bonds. Full review

Ian Nathan·Empire

Low on narrative drive, and marred by a misjudged final-act swerve into extravagant whimsy, Nicholas Hytners amiable luvvie-fest is enlivened by Smiths signature irascibility. Full review

Guy Lodge·Variety

Figuring out what is true and what isn’t is one of the pleasures of “The Lady in the Van,” but the foremost one is watching Maggie Smith gloriously reprising her acclaimed stage performance. Full review

Release date: November 13, 2015 (United Kingdom)
Running time: 1h 44m

Postwick Newsletter February 2016

Postwick Coffee Shop

Postwick Coffee Shop is on Tuesday mornings at the Village Hall between 10.30 and 12.00 noon. All welcome.

N.B. Any Christmas cards for recycling? Bring them along.

Mobile Library

Alternate Tuesdays, 11.05 to 12.00 noon – Village Hall.

Forthcoming dates:  26/1; 9/2; 23/2; 8/3; 22/3; 5/4.

Close that door!

Now that the heating is on, could all users of the village hall please close the outside door after they pass through? Hopefully, this will help to keep down the heating costs.

Too much fun?

Evidently someone had a very good party over the holiday – about 15 bags of rubbish were left beside the glass bank on New Year’s Day: bottles, tins, miniature shot bottles, also unopened bags of crisps and even tablecloths!

Thanks to those who sorted all this into the relevant recyclable materials and waste bins – what a shame that the people who enjoyed the party didn’t do the same! Surely a village resident wasn’t responsible? Please keep an eye out for such litter louts!

Who’s top dog?

Postwick with Witton Parish Council are supporting Broadland Council’s ‘Top Dog’ Campaign.  Our residents can lead by example and sign up to the new campaign.  We have free Top Dog packs available at the village hall for all those that pledge their support.  The packs contain a special ribbon they can attach to their dog’s lead or collar, some free dog poo bags and the chance to win an iPad mini.  Please see for more information

Panto returns to Blofield

The BAD Players return to Margaret Harker Hall in Blofield with ‘The Wicked Witches of Oz’ by Peter Nuttall, courtesy of Lazy Bee Scripts. A fun-filled, cheeky, family show. Performances are on Friday 19 February at 7pm, Saturday 20 February at 2.30pm & 7pm and Sunday 21 February at 2.30pm.Tickets cost just £6 (adult) or £4 (under 14) and are available from S & S Mitchell Newsagents, Blofield and Brundall Home Hardware or the BAD Players’ website

Tea, coffee, soft drinks, sweets and snacks will be available.  Proceeds from the raffles to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.

Starting your own business?

If so, a free programme is offered by Broadland District Council, including a 3-hour Business Start-Up Workshop, for those interested in self-employment.  New courses every month. Contact 430449 or check website:

Flyer also on Village Hall noticeboard with more details

Recent Events

A big “thank you” to everyone who contributed to the Village Christmas Card. Also a very special thank you to the two sponsors: Green Solar Footprint (Solar Panel Installers), Postwick and Blofield Farm Shop, Yarmouth Road, Leisure Village, Blofield. Please mention you have seen their sponsorship if you see them. If anyone would like to sponsor next year or has an idea or image for 2016 card, please contact Julie Woods sometime before September!

Friends of Postwick Church would like to thank all who came and supported them on the weekend of 5/6th December – the Christmas Tree Festival and Fair.  The grand sum of £589 was raised, which will help to keep the lovely church in good order.

Up and Coming Events

Rumble in the Jumble

Saturday 27 February 10-12 – Village Hall

Come and Bag a Bargain! Proceeds to Postwick Church.

Refreshments available. Any nearly new clothes or clothing accessories (no bric-a-brac) you would like to donate

please bring to Postwick Village Hall on Friday 26 February at 7 pm or alternatively contact Su on 07587152857 or by email for pick up

Postwick Village Screen

Saturday 12 March 7pm for 7.30 start – Village Hall

“The Lady in the Van”, a comedy, starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings.  Bar open!

Tickets (£5.00) available from Brundall Hardware Shop and Postwick Coffee Shop from 1 March 2016

(For further info about films coming soon including “Spectre”, visit website)

Organic Gardening Talk

Friday 18 March  7.30 pm  Village Hall

The Postwick Green Group has arranged a talk by Charlotte Philcox (a regular columnist for Let’s Talk Magazine).  Charlotte, a keen organic gardener, interested in edible and useful plants and their history, is an entertaining speaker.    For more information ring Ann Brownlee on 702438.

Quiz & Chips

Saturday 9 April 7.30pm – Village Hall

Please diarise immediately! Further details next time  but why not reserve your table now?

Bar Roster  

29/1 Jamie; 5/2 Reuben; 12/2  Di; 19/2  Mathew;  26/2 Jamie;  4/3 Reuben;  11/3 Di; 18/3 Mathew

Bar Open  Friday   8.30pm – 11.00pm

                  Sunday 5.00pm – 7.00pm

Traffic restrictions at Postwick A47 junction

January 2016

Various traffic restrictions will be in place at the new Postwick A47 junction as work to finish the project continues.

These will include off-peak lane closures on the new eastbound ‘off’ slip road tomorrow (Thursday 7 January) and Friday 8 January, and next week if necessary.

There are a number of night-time (8pm to no later than 6am) closures and restrictions next week including:

  • Lane restrictions on the eastbound A47, and closure of the eastbound off slip, from Monday 11 January to Friday 15 January (Friday if necessary)
  • Closure of the westbound A47 overnight on Wednesday 13 January (and Thursday 14 if necessary). Diversion will be via the slip roads
  • Closure of the old bridge over the A47 overnight on Wednesday 13 January (8pm to no later than 6am) to remove the temporary concrete barriers

Norfolk County Council apologises for any inconvenience caused by these restrictions which will be in place off-peak or overnight to reduce the impact on traffic.

Postwick junction on course for completion. Comments Please

10 December 2015

If you have anything to say then by all means leave comments below. Villagers would be interested in your views on the project.

The new Postwick Hub junction improvement is on course for the main works to be complete by Christmas, with the traffic lights at the new junction south of the A47 scheduled to go live on Wednesday 16 December.

Although this is another important milestone in the scheme, it will take time for this complex junction* to work efficiently at peak hours. This is because the switch-on of the traffic lights will provide alternative routes through the junction for some motorists, and it will take time for patterns of use to settle down.

At the same time, the traffic lights – which are linked to the County Council’s traffic control centre – will be adapting to the changing traffic flows and gradually establishing optimal timings. When first switched on, traffic signal engineers will be on hand to help this process by making on the spot adjustments based upon their own observations.

In the early days after the new signals have been switched on it may also be necessary at peak periods to maintain temporary traffic control at some points to assist traffic through the junction. Peak flows are expected to ease through the Christmas holiday, but will build again when most people return to work on Monday 4 January. On site monitoring will be carried out so that a swift response can be made if there are any developing issues.

Ahead of the traffic light switch-on at the junction, there are a number of restrictions in place to allow the completion of the new slip road off the eastbound A47. These include overnight (8pm to 6am) closure of the slip road and lane closures on the eastbound A47 on Thursday night (10th) and Friday night (11th).

On Monday night (14th, 8pm to 6am) there will be a full closure of the eastbound A47 for final work on the slip road and removal of traffic management from the A47.

Notes for Editors
On-site interviews will be possible by arrangement on Tuesday (15th) either before 9.30am, or after 3pm. To make arrangements please contact Norfolk County Council’s media team on 01603 228888.

About the Postwick Hub scheme
The Postwick Hub scheme was developed to overcome significant capacity problems that have been holding back business park expansion and housing developments in the area. It will also connect the Norwich Northern Distributor Road to the A47.

On its own, the improved junction will provide a significant boost to the local economy, unlocking already approved planning permissions for 1,600 homes and 5,000 jobs, and a potential £80m in private investment.

Finding a junction layout that would provide the capacity improvement and meet mandatory design standards proved extremely challenging. A public inquiry confirmed that, given the constraints of the site (see below), the final design was the only one possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

*Why is the junction so complex?
The layout is the only one that provides the increase in capacity while meeting national design standards. The scope for different layouts is severely limited by the nearby A47 bridge over the River Yare, the railway line, a high pressure gas main, land levels, the current road layout and the position of the original junction bridge over the A47.
Over a dozen designs and a range of variants were looked at, but the 2013 public inquiry confirmed that there is no other workable layout.

The old junction seemed to be coping, so did it really need to be changed?
The old junction was suffering from significant peak time traffic queues and delays on the westbound exit slip road. Trying to resolve this issue placed pressure on the old eastbound exit slip road (discussed below). The Highways Agency put a brake on housing and business park expansion in the area to prevent even worse problems.

Why did the old eastbound off slip road have to be closed?
This below-standard slip-road was too short and could not be extended, creating an increasing risk of peak hour traffic queuing back on to the 70mph A47. The closure of this slip road and alternative options were considered at the public inquiry. Since then, approval for Norwich Northern Distributor Road has underlined the need to improve junction capacity.

Overnight restrictions and closures at A47 Postwick junction

9 December 2015

Motorists are warned of overnight restrictions and closures as the major works at the A47 Postwick junction near completion. These restrictions will mainly affect eastbound traffic.

For the next three nights, Wednesday 9 December to Friday 11 December (8pm to no later than 6am) there will be eastbound lane closures on the A47 and the full closure of the new slip road, with traffic diverted around the A47 Cucumber Lane roundabout and back to the Postwick junction via the westbound A47.

These restrictions are to allow surfacing, white lining and the installation of new signs to complete the tie-in of the new slip road with the main eastbound carriageway.

A47 eastbound overnight closure

Next week, the A47 eastbound will be closed overnight (8pm to no later than 6am) on Monday 14 December for completion of the new slip road and removal of traffic management from the main A47. (Tuesday 15 and/or Wednesday 16 may be used if completion that night is not possible).

The signed diversion route will be via the A146 from Trowse, the A143 and A12, re-joining the A47 at Vauxhall roundabout, Great Yarmouth. The closures are taking place overnight to avoid peak daytime traffic.