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Friday 7th August

New Shopping Site - Pottery studio and children’s play therapy centre lodge a bid to open at the White House Farm in Sprowston. They could be the latest in a string of businesses housed in converted barns on the site at the edge of Norwich, which already include a florist, beautician, hairdressers and dance studio. Charlotte Gurney, who owns the family farm with her husband, Oliver, says “We hope that the farm will become a place to visit for the whole morning, or even day, as there are lots of things to do and we have plans for even more in the pipeline”.

Cathedral Restoration - Restoration work began on the upper parts of Norwich Cathedral’s spire for the first time in four decades on Tuesday. Maintenance work will include replacing damaged stonework and filling in failed mortar between stones of the Grade I listed building which has stood in the city for almost 900 years. In order to ensure the cathedral remains attractive on the eye while work is being carried out over the summers, WallWalkers have set up a specialist rope system which will be used throughout the project to access the spire instead of scaffolding.

Eat Out to Help Out - Business is booming for cafes and pubs as customers have been making the most of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. The government scheme implemented on Monday with the aim to boost income for eateries has proven to be “a wonderful incentive” in its first week for cafes and pubs in Norfolk. Around 4000 businesses in the east of England have signed up to take part in the scheme, with 10 in Wymondham, the Station Bistro in Wymondham happy to be seeing a 30-40% increase in customers since the start of the week.

New Cycle Route - Families have been enjoying a new £1.1m cycle route. The Blue Pedalway, which connect connects Wymondham with Sprowston via the city centre, opened in July after the completion of the final 1.3km stretch along the B1172 at Hethersett. Norfolk County Council said the scheme aims to “encourage more walking and cycling by making people feel safe”, while also providing improved access to sustainable transport.

Reducing Waste in Norwich - Norwich is set to be one of the two UK cities leading a pioneering trial to become a greener city by reducing waste and recycling. The city’s business improvement district has joined the European ‘Interreg 2 Seas’ project, which will see it work with businesses to recycle 20% of their waste. This project is the first of its kind in Norwich - the up-cycling programme will run over three years and aims to support small or medium-sized enterprises in reducing their running costs by handling and transforming their waste into new resources for the community.


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