Mid Norfolk morning update: Icy blast continues to ease

Gressenhall Pond. Photo: Mary Turner-Jeong Gressenhall Pond. Photo: Mary Turner-Jeong

Monday, January 21, 2013
8:46 AM

Life is returning to normal in the heart of the county today as the worst of the icy blast seems to have gone.

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Breckland bin collections

Breckland District Council said the collection crews are working today.

But bin lorries may not be able to safely access many estate roads and untreated roads.

The council advise is if your bin has not been emptied please leave it out for collection and they will try to collect when conditions improve.

There has been no fresh snow but temperatures have dropped as low as -10C in places.

Motorists are being advised to dry with care in the tricky conditions. There have been no reports of any real problems.

All schools in the Dereham, Fakenham and Wells areas are open although Fakenham Infants and Junior schools are opening at 9.30am.

On Monday frozen pipes caused Dereham, Wells and Docking recycling centres - as well as six others in Norfolk - to shut. But Hempton stayed open.

Clearly not a morning for using the bike, Dereham. Picture by Bill PoundClearly not a morning for using the bike, Dereham. Picture by Bill Pound

The weather has forced Dereham Flower Club to rearrange its AGM and lunch due to be held at Barnham Broom Country Club on Thursday, (January 24). It will now be held on Thursday, February 7 due to the adverse weather conditions.

Breckland Council has given an update on bin collections.

It said: “All our collection crews are working today emptying green and brown bins in the district. However we are still experiencing some difficulties accessing estate roads and rural roads due to the poor road conditions.

“Please leave your green and brown wheeled bins out for collection on your normal collection day and we will empty your bin as soon as it is safe to do so.

Falling over sledging on the Fen in ToftwoodFalling over sledging on the Fen in Toftwood

“We were unable to complete all recycling collections in the district last week due to the adverse weather. Please return unemptied bins to your properties and we will collect the black bins along with any additional recycling on the next scheduled collection - week beginning 28 January.

“We apologise for the inconvenience caused.”

Dereham DIY in the High Street said it had sold out of 60 sledges and was waiting for more stocks to arrive.

Meanwhile, a Dereham cafe has been going door-to-door to drum up business during the cold weather and thank workers who have struggled in through the snow.

Flour and Bean, in the Market Place, found it was wasting a lot of produce because of reduced footfall since the snow arrived, and decided to try something new while its delivery van was off the road.

Catering assistant Laura Elliott spent this morning visiting about 50 businesses in the town centre promoting hot drinks at 99p and hot savoury items at half price for people working in Dereham, and offering to deliver to them.

She said hot chocolate had proved to be the most popular item, reduced to 99p from it usual £2.60, and sausage rolls, at 75p instead of £1.35, were also proving a hit.

She said: “We wanted to say hello to people, and tell them they don’t have to come to us, we will come to you. It is to cheer people up a bit.

“It’s for everyone who works in Dereham and who has dragged themselves to work because a lot have not. It’s our reward to them.

“People have been happily surprised that we are offering a delivery service as it stops them getting their feet wet.”

She said the shop would be repeating the offer on Tuesday.

Have you got a photo or snow story from the Dereham, Fakenham or Wells area? If so, please send it to Ian Clarke at ian.clarke@archant.co.uk

8 comments

  • acenditcantu. Its a good job companies dont act like this then. The teachers and so called heads dont live in the real world as they are paid for by public money. Any excuse not to go into work. What would they do working in the real world ?. What are they going to do to "catch up" on lessons then ?. Give up their holidays ?.

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    "V"

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • 'V' please try to remember that the days of employing children in companies, have I hope, long past. And I too remember walking 25 miles (each way) through 10ft snow drifts and blinding blizzards in temperatures of -25C just to get to school. And I used to live in a hole in middle of road too :-)

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    micklynn

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Thank you TFG. Apologies for the error.

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    RosaMcMahon

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • Garvestone Primary is OPEN as it was yesterday.

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    TFG

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • OK to those who live in the past and come out with the old 'in my day' rubbish remember that there was not the legislation that exists today which places legal responsibilities on organisations such as schools for the Health & Safety of staff and pupils. There were not so many vehicles around then and most staff and pupils lived relatively local to their schools. Also, it is a management responsibility to close or not, it is not the decision of the majority of the staff. On the flip side, I don't feel sorry for parents at all, it comes as part of the responsibility of having children, parents look after your own children and stop whingeing, you chose to have them accept YOUR responsibilities and that includes when you can take them on holidays.

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    micklynn

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • You have to sympathise with the parents, especially those who have had to juggle their work commitments because of school closures. It must be frustrating for those whose children have missed school this week when, in contrast, one of the schools in the area made a determined effort to operate as normal.. Why doesn't Dereham Neatherd High School wait until the morning to see what the weather actually is before making a decision? I can't think many parents will be happy to keep their children off school if the weather does not materialise to be as forecast and the children could have gone to school after all.

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    Musto_Fan

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • It's not getting to school that's the issue. It's saftety at the school and getting home again if the conditions deteriorate.

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    Norfolk Lad

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • I think the stall holders have to be congratulated (and thanked) Not only did they turn up but they spent the day out in the cold AND kept a smile on their faces. Well done to all of them and we do appreciate you coming to our town every Tuesday and Friday

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    sallybeehappy

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

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