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Necton celebrates Volunteer Stars at its Community Spirit Awards 2018

Necton Parish Council hosted their Community Spirit Awards 2018 at the Annual Parish Meeting on 25 April 2018. Cllr Nigel Wilkin, District Councillor for Necton, presented the awards.

Listen to Cllr Wilkin’s presentation of the nominations:

 

Five local people were nominated by residents for their special and unique contributions in helping other residents, local groups and generally making Necton a good place to live.

Bernard Bell for his tireless work and fundraising efforts for the old village hall committee,
Derek & Kim Woodbine for their many years’ energetic commitment to Necton Sports & Social Club,
Jill Luongo for her life-long volunteer involvement in all things Necton,
Jenny & Tony Smedley for their massive efforts for NSAG (Necton Substation Action Group),
Georgie Bell for her many years of dedication to the Merle Boddy Centre in Swaffham.

All of these people have given their time, energy and enthusiasm for the benefit and enjoyment of others and the Parish Council is delighted to recognise their contribution to life in Necton.

Jenny & Tony Smedley receiving their certificate and Windmill vouchers from Cllr Wilkin.

Georgie Bell receiving her certificate from Cllr Wilkin.

Jill Luongo receiving her certificate from Cllr Wilkin.

Bernard Bell, who received his certificate and Windmill vouchers at home.

Based upon the number of nominations, two of these people stood out as this year’s Community Stars – Bernard Bell and Jenny & Tony Smedley. In recognition, they each receive a small gift of vouchers for a meal at The Windmill, Necton.

Community Spirit Award 2018 nominees & representatives of Necton Parish Council.

Community Spirit Awards is an annual event run by the Parish Council and nominations for next year are welcome.

Breckland Lottery – Support Necton Little Oaks

A community lottery that will help Breckland-based groups raise much-needed funds will have its first draw this weekend, on Saturday 31 March.

Since the lauch of Breckland Lottery on 1 March, more than 700 tickets have been sold, which directly benefit local ‘good causes’, and Necton’s Little Oaks are part of this exciting initiative.

As part of the purchasing process, players can choose one of the good causes registered with the scheme to receive 50p of every £1 ticket they buy.

In addition, a further 10p of every £1 ticket goes into a general community funding pot, which Breckland will release as grants.

For every £1 ticket sold:

50p will go to local good causes that are signed up to Our Breckland Lottery
10p will go to a general fund, which Breckland Council will distribute locally as grants
20p will go to the lottery prize fund
20p will go towards running costs and VAT
Players have until 23:59 on Friday 30 March to buy tickets and be in with a chance of winning up to £25,000.

In addition, players who take part in the draw this weekend can also win the special lottery launch bolt-on prize of a year-long Parkwood Community Leisure membership, worth £389. This can be used at both Breckland Leisure Centre and Waterworld in Thetford and Dereham Leisure Centre, and includes access to gym, classes and swimming.

Breckland Lottery was created by Breckland Council to provide a free and simple online platform for charities and not-for-profit organisations to raise awareness of their work and sell tickets that directly benefit their cause. By promoting the online lottery to their supporters and members, and engaging their local community, organisations can increase the amount of money they will receive through ticket sales.

Prize draws will be held weekly and tickets are only available to buy online. Visit Our Breckland Lottery to buy tickets and follow @OurBreckland on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with the latest draw results.

 

https://www.ourbrecklandlottery.co.uk/support/necton-little-oaks-preschool

 

Kids Activities for Easter Holidays

Training & Awareness Session on CPR & Community Defibrillator

Necton Parish Council in partnership with Community First Responders have arranged a training & awareness session on CPR and Defibrillator.  This training is open to local residents and particularly anybody involved in local community groups or carers for family members.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018, 7 PM at Necton Community Centre.

Book your free place with Cllr Joe Sisto on 01760 722168/077857 46682 or by email to [email protected]

Limited numbers, so book today to secure your place.

Sing your Song at Necton on 23 February 2018

Necton remembered its fallen heros

Members of Necton Parish Council joined residents at our village memorial yesterday to remember those who gave their lives in the protection of our freedoms.   The service at the memorial was conducted by Rev. Stephen Thorp.  Commemorations continued with a full service within the church.

 

New: Silver Social comes to Necton

The Silver Social is bringing something a little different to your daily village life.
It offers an exciting range of activities for older residents, who may like to meet new
people over a cuppa and take part in new social pursuits.


Arriving in your village periodically from mid September 2017 until late 2019, The Silver
Social will bring daytime workshops and performances by world class artists.
Absolutely no experience is required.

Necton Community Centre thanks Festival 2017 organisers

Necton Festival 2017 was a great success despite the rain and entirely due to the work of all the great volunteers who gave their time, enthusiasm and energy into making this event happen.

We had a dedicated event management team who brought the vital ingredients together, sourcing sponsorship, planning layouts, securing bands, negotiating with contractors, building the site, all the less-glamorous but essential elements in the months leading up to the event.

On the day, we had wonderful stewards who ensured people parked safely, sold tickets, issued wristbands, managed the entry gate, looked after the performers, monitored safety on the field and generally helped in whatever was needed to provide a good and safe event for all who attended.   Everybody’s good work and good humour made the day flow to the beat of the music.

As with any great event, there’s always the tidy-up; people stayed on well after the gates closed to litter-pick, dismantle equipment and secure the site.  This tidy up continued the following day with dismantling of gazebos, stage screening and fencing, making sure the contracted equipment was made ready for collection during that coming week.

We want to say a BIG Thank You to all the following people who all played a vital role in making this a great event:

Event Management Team – Paul Young, David (Scooby) Whitehair, Gabbie Joyce

Stewards and other volunteers on the day – Helen Phoenix, Amanda Wright, Stuart Sharman, Nigel Wilkin, Jean Bass, Denise Axham, Fraser Bateman, Joe Sisto, Phil Hayton, David Matthews, Ian Thompson, Frank Stopp and Adam Manly.

Around the site, there were other local residents who contributed to the success of the event; the volunteers of the Sports & Social Club who rang the bar, our local Butcher Andy who ran the hog roast and Ken Tarling who provided professional light and sound services.

We had sponsorship from local companies, The Windmill Necton, Westcotec, Cottonworld, White Ash Design, Necton Management Ltd and Steward Safety Supplies, plus a grant from Necton Parish Council.

And, yes, there will be a Necton Festival 2018 – the date is Saturday, 21 July 2018.  If you would like to sponsor this local event, please contact our Parish Clerk.

Help us design our new Community Garden

Necton community Garden – Help get the project designed.

Join us for a discussion with the garden designer, share your ideas of what you would like to see in our new community garden.

The unloved space we want to transform into a garden for all to enjoy.

9.30 am to 10.30 am

Friday 19 May @ Community Centre

Free refreshments

Thank you Chrissie for keeping Necton Bingo alive

Chrissie has been running bingo at Necton Community Centre for over 8 years.  Usually the first and third Saturday of the month, for the past few months, she has increased this with the second Saturday too and people love it.  So for 2017, Chrissie will continue to call the numbers 3 times a month in Necton.  Chrissie loves doing this, never missing a session, even when she’s feeling a little poorly.  “I couldn’t let the people down” she says.

Chairman David Matthews and a very surprised Chrissie.

Chairman David Matthews and a very surprised Chrissie.

Tonight is Christmas Bingo – always a full house and David Matthews, Chairman of Necton Parish Council, paid a surprise visit, interupting play at bingo ball number 26, to present Chrissie with a small Christmas gift in recognition of her outstanding committment to the bingo players of Necton.