Local Services

Mobile Library Service Routes and Dates

The Norfolk County Council mobile library service has published new dates for all its services.  For the latest timetable for South Lopham and surrounding areas please see the route information on their website.

Any South Lopham resident in need?

SOUTH  LOPHAM  ESTATES  CHARITY

(Registered Charity No. 221724)

Part of the purpose of this charity is to give modest sums of money (say up to £100 – but could be increased in appropriate cases) to residents of South Lopham who have a specific financial need.

We are particularly interested in helping young people with the expenses of education and training, including travel.

Other applications for consideration could include (a) anyone suffering as a result of a bereavement or an unforeseen setback; or (b) problems or expense as a result of illness in the family such as travel to a hospital or care home; or (c) to assist any resident who has insufficient disposable income to enable him/her to enjoy the occasional treat; or (d) any other cause which the Trustees consider deserving.

If you believe that you or someone in your family may qualify for such assistance would you please contact the Secretary Keeley Chapman on 01379 687985 for further details and a simple application form for completion.

If you are aware of any other resident in specific financial need please let the Secretary know so that we can approach that person to see if we can help.

Please be assured that all applications will be treated sympathetically and with complete confidentiality.

Issued on behalf of the Trustees

Changes to scrap metal collection – How will this affect you?

From 1 October 2013, a new law called the ‘Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013’ commences across England and Wales.

As a member of the public who may come into contact with collectors in the area you live you need to be aware:

  • Mobile collectors need a licence from every local authority in which they collect scrap metal.
  • ‘A licensed Collector’ will display in their vehicle a valid photographic collector’s licence issued by Breckland Council – this notice should be visible to you from outside the vehicle and will include the Council logo.
  • From 1st October 2013 a collector can no longer pay you in cash for any scrap metal he collects from you.
  • Payment can only be made by cheque or electronic transfer.
  • If you are taking scrap metal to a licensed site, you will need to take formal ID with you, and the site manager must record these details.
  • A valid local authority site licence must be displayed in view of the public at any site that you take your scrap metal to.

If you think an offence is being committed please contact Norfolk Constabulary on telephone number 101.

Please contact Breckland Council’s Licensing Team for further information on 01362 656876

In Case of Emergency – Know Your Grid Reference

To help the Emergency Services get to you as quickly as possible in an emergency, particularly in rural areas it is good practice to have the grid reference for your home clearly displayed next to your telephone.

You can print out and use this Grid Reference Card (PDF document opens in a new window) and enter your address and Grid Reference to keep by the telephone.

To find out your Grid Reference you can use www.gridreferencefinder.com to find your house on the map and get the grid reference.

Please help friends, relatives or neighbours who don’t have access to the internet by completing a Grid Reference Card for them.

If you need assistance please contact the webmaster, Parish Clerk or any of the Parish Councillors who will be happy to help.

“The Art of Life” voluntary-led cancer support group in Diss

Founded by a secondary cancer survivor and Macmillan Cancer Voice, Jay Hurley, The Art Of Life is a volunteer led group that helps people who are living with Cancer.  They run regular art and colour therapy sessions and other activities in the Diss area.

See their website at www.theartoflife.org.uk (opens in a new window) for more information, how to get involved in their activities or how to support their work by making a donation or volunteering some of your time.

Are you prepared for an emergency?

Norfolk County Council have published a leaflet with information, advice and contact numbers to help Norfolk residents be prepared for unexpected emergencies such as flooding, power cuts etc.  To download and print a copy click here (PDF, opens in new window).

Free family advice and guidance

Norfolk Family Information Service (FIS) is Norfolk County Council’s online, telephone and face-to-face service providing support to families with children aged 0-18 or 0-25 for those with additional needs.

Information on offer includes:

  • Advice on choosing and paying for childcare
  • Details of out-of-school clubs and holiday play schemes
  • Help for families of children with additional needs
  • Activities and advice for young people
  • Support for mums, dads, lone parents and parents to be

www.norfolk.gov.uk/fis | 0344 800 8020 | information@norfolk.gov.uk

A new way to contact your police

Norfolk Constabulary has introduced a new telephone number for people who want to talk to the police about non-urgent issues.

Instead of ringing the current switchboard number of 0845 456 4567, people should dial 101.

The introduction of 101 in Norfolk is part of a nationwide initiatlve which will see all forces adopting the number by the end of the year.

For more information on the new non-emergency phone number click here.

For more information about the Norfolk Constabulary visit their website (opens in a new window).

Alternative Transport – Where can I get to?

Provides information on alternative methods of transport on demand.

You will be surprised just how much is on offer and how flexible it can be, so why not try and see where you can get to.

Tel: 0344 800 8020