Volunteers needed to grow community in Aylsham

Artists and crafters at the Aylsham Community Fair from the Aylsham Art and Craft Group. From left,

Artists and crafters at the Aylsham Community Fair from the Aylsham Art and Craft Group. From left, Eric Pritchard, Marguerite Statham, and Kathy Worsencroft. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

More than 40 local clubs, groups, charities and organisations were represented at a free event in Aylsham aimed at improving the community's health and wellbeing.

Health visitors Liz Stirling, left, and Kate Hillman, on their 0-19 Norfolk Healthy Child stall at

Health visitors Liz Stirling, left, and Kate Hillman, on their 0-19 Norfolk Healthy Child stall at the Aylsham Community Fair. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Broadland District Council's Grow Your Community Project's hosted the community fair in Aylsham town hall on Monday.

It told visitors about what is on offer in the area - from volunteering opportunities to different ways of keeping fit to tips on how to reduce your energy bills.

Action for Children ran a pop up shop of clothing and accessories. Visitors learned how to request tokens to spend.

Aylsham in Bloom held a raffle and the Methodist Church Arts and Craft Group displayed some of their work whilst inviting new members to join.

Organisers of the Aylsham Community Fair from Grow Your Community, from left, Sally Hoare, project m

Organisers of the Aylsham Community Fair from Grow Your Community, from left, Sally Hoare, project manager; Rose Waterman, officer; and Lara Williamson, Early Help Children's Services, Norfolk County Council. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016


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Sheila Merriman, chairman of Aylsham in Bloom, said: 'Everyone admires the flowers we plant and maintain around the town and today gave us the chance to talk with local residents. It was great to be able to display Aylsham's silver gilt award from Anglia in Bloom and tell people about all the groups that have contributed to this tremendous success. We're a registered charity so all of us are volunteers and we always have room for more in our friendly team.'

Other organisations who attended included Leeway, Norfolk Carers, About with Friends, Aylsham Band and Broadland District Council.

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Sue Lake, the Aylsham Town Clerk, said: 'We've been able to tell people about things that the Town Council provides, such as all the new allotments that are now available, and to offer volunteering opportunities such as Speedwatch.'

Everyone involved commented on the excellent opportunity to meet new people and explain how enjoyable volunteering can be.

Enjoying a chat over a cuppa at the Aylsham Community Fair. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Enjoying a chat over a cuppa at the Aylsham Community Fair. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Dr Vic Morgan, manning stands for both the Aylsham Local History Society and for the Heritage Centre, said: 'We live in a town filled with hundreds of years of history. This event helps highlight resources that are available to everyone who wants to know more about Aylsham. And, of course, the Heritage Centre always welcomes volunteers.'

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