December Newsletter 2014

Postwick Hub Work

Work has started on the new roundabout at the top of Oaks Lane. Re-opening of the road was scheduled for the new year – watch this space (that space?) for updates.

Village Hall Car Park Extension

A big thank you to Balfour Beatty for the construction of the extension to the Village Hall car park, which they have carried out generously at their expense, in recognition of the disruption and inconvenience we are all suffering due to the Hub work. This will ease the parking situation greatly.  Particular thanks to Jamie Haywood for his help in this matter.

Arthur Gunton

Older residents will be sorry to learn that Arthur Gunton, who lived most of his life in Postwick at Rosary House, 19 Church Road, passed away on Nov 3rd in a Wroxham nursing home where he had been living recently with his wife, Thelma, to whom he was devoted.  He was 98 years old.  Arthur joined the army before WW2, was badly injured & captured by the Germans at Dunkirk, and then spent a harrowing five years as p-o-w; an ordinary man who lived through & survived an extraordinary wartime experience.

Postwick Village Screen – Projectionists Needed

We are looking into having a Village Screen on a Friday Night at Postwick Village Hall.  We will be using professional equipment and are looking for parishioners to get involved in this. If you are interested please email Su via web site contact page. You will have to complete a free two hour course.

Village Christmas Card

As previously mentioned, this is the 10th year of the Village Christmas Card, and this time the printing cost has been very generously sponsored by Caroline and Richard Clover of Clover Greetings, Acle; Blofield Farm Shop of Leisure Village, Blofield; and NHV, Norwich Airport. Please acknowledge if you see them!

Recent Events

Postwick Green Group Tree Planting

On Saturday 8th November twenty Postwickians and residents from other villages turned out to plant some low-growing native species of trees round Postwick Recreation Ground. It was good to see so many give up part of their Saturday morning for such a worthwhile activity and a jolly time was had by all. Thanks to the Woodland Trust who donated the trees and all who took part.  Special thanks to Lloyd Southon and Jeremy Halls for their advice.

Up and Coming Events

Postwick Christmas Tree Festival.

On Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th December there will be a Christmas Tree Festival in the church. Everyone is invited to enter a tree decorated in the theme of A Christmas Carol.  All ages welcome and the trees will be judged on the Sunday afternoon at 4pm.  Prizes given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. The festival will close by singing a few Christmas Carols.

Christmas Bazaar

Sat, 6th December – 10.00 – 12.00, in the village hall (running concurrently with the Xmas Tree Festival). All the old favourites: Christmas Hamper, Cake Stall, Tombola and many more. Donations for the Tombola, Hamper and cake stall will be much appreciated.

Anyone wishing to book a table for the Bazaar, please contact Lynne on 434065.

Carol Singing around Postwick Village

Monday 15 December at 6.30 pm at the Lych Gate  Postwick Church.

We would very much welcome families/parishioners

to come along for this fun festive event. In aid of the Pat Atkinson’s Vidyial Trust.   Bring a torch!

A “Wine and Soup Evening” – Now with correct Date!!

Friday 19th December.  For the ticket price of £10 you will be able to taste, and drink, a variety of wines and also hot, homemade soup will be available.  For those who prefer cheese and wine, or alternatives, please feel free to bring along your own choices – the wine will still be included in the price!  The bar will also be open.

N.B. Those of you with the incorrect date of 12th Dec in your diaries – why not come to the bar then anyway?!

Postwick Donkey Service

Sunday 21 December at 4.30 pm

A lovely service to get you into the Christmas spirit.

Especially appealing to families and donkey-lovers!

Christmas Day:  The bar will be open as usual from 12:00- 2:00pm.

Bar Roster  

Steven 31/10, Reuben 7/11, Derek 14/11, 21/11 Mathew, 28/11 Di, 5/12 Steven, 12/12 Reuben, 19/12 Derek, 26/12 Mathew, 2/1/15 Di, 9/1 Steven, 16/1 Reuben                More volunteers always welcome!

Postwick Hub Newsletter Number 14

12 & 13 didn’t get sent to me by email but here is 14.

Click the graphics below to view jpegs. Sorry but the filesize was above 2mb this month so I couldn’t attach the actual pdf to the post.

Thanks to Su for passing the info on.

Info from Nikki Bunnewell of broadland business park via Su (Parish Administration)

Fibre Optic Frustration

Well it’s the year 2014. We have several millions pounds worth of infrastructure being installed about ¼ a mile away from the village. BT Openworld men bustle around the neck of the village terminating numerous fibre optic cables. One problem our number 13 cabinet still remains unlucky when it comes to fibre greatness.

It was a year and a half ago now since I talked to a BT engineer who was visiting my business premises in Norwich. He looked up the roll-out schedule and said ours would be done just inside 2014.

Having got a fibre optic cable to the cabinet next to our old phone box our speeds could increase by vast amounts.  Users would have a choice of connection options. Use their old telephone line and put new copper to fibre optic box in supplied by BT. Or for those who wish to pay more a month then another service is available where by BT pulls in a fibre optic cable from the cabinet to your premises. This way you would be guaranteed speeds on par with your bragging virgin friends in central Norwich.

All I can say is come on BT. All this work being done at the top of the road and no signs of our little village being brought up to speed with technology.

With on demand from sky / bt etc all being used. Your friends come around and wish to connect their ipads etc when they stay. We don’t just collect emails anymore in the village. Sure you can just about download an episode of something in about 1 and a half hours providing nobody else is doing anything in the house with the internet. The internet is more than just a giant TV as well if I need to video call anyone from home to work or vpn into a site from work it is painful. 2.5mb is not enough for today’s household traffic.

Get with the times BT and pull your socks up. This is 2014 not the early nineties. I appreciate we are a small village but putting fibre in would help at least myself and other net users both for business and leisure time.

Please voice your opinions by replying to this post. Surely other people can see the benefits of having faster broadband these days.


Adrian – Ferry Lane

2 comments - Latest by:
  • Adrian A great response John. I don't think broadband is the hot topic of debate in our sleepy little village. Although …
  • John Felton I completely agree with this! Having previously lived in Norwich (as a Virgin Cable customer) I have first-hand experience of …