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July/August 2015


The Painted Lady Butterfly

migrates in May from Africa.
if it breeds the offspring emerge in August
when a huge new migration from the Continent
is expected this year.
Painted ladies are often seen on Buddleia bushes
and they especially love to feed on thistles .
Some gardeners are now saving their thistles
instead of weeding them out.


Thursday 23rd July group 101 at Clover Hill Village Hall 1pp.
Trips to be paid for on this day. *
Thursday 30th July coach trip to Lowestoft beach 9.154.30
2.50 per seat.*
Thursday 6th August 10-1 group at Clover Hill Village Hall 1pp
Thursday 13th August 10-1 group at Clover Hill Village Hall 1pp
Thursday 20th August 10-1 group at Clover Hill Village Hall 1pp
Thursday 27th August coach trip to Thetford Forest 9.154.30
2.50 per seat to be paid for in advance at group.

Volunteers needed to run weekly sessions. Please contact Bev. on

Funky Families Bowthorpe Facebook page.
Funky Families will then be officially closed. Thank you to
all of our past supporters.



Community Day Out

Society Alive introduces Community Day Out.

A day for all members of the community.
Date: 29th August 2015


Time: 11am 4pm

Venue: Clover Hill Village Hall.

Watch out for more detail.

Appreciation: We at Society Alive would like to thank the good people

of Bowthorpe for attending the Bowthorpe Feast 2015 in great number.
It shows the community spirit and supportive nature of Bowthorpe.
Thank you all.


Includes *Workshops on Gruffalos/Map-making/ Dragons/Face-painting/
*Camp and picnic cooking *Mini-Olympics *Water games *Roller disco
*Inflatables *Back-to-School Party
For More information call us on
01603 442059 or pop in and visit us! Or visit our website

Get Involved Week, 28th September 4th October 2015

Volunteering has a considerable positive impact across our city.
In recognition of this the City Council is launching Get Involved Week.
This will run from 28th September to 4th October 2015. The week will
showcase the wide array of opportunities on offer to residents who want
to get more involved in their neighbourhood, whether this be about getting
their hands dirty in a community garden, becoming a Scout leader, joining
a community centre committee or something completely different. We are
inviting community and voluntary groups to take part simply by
scheduling their normal activities during this week, and opening
them up so that residents can get a taster of volunteering.
A programme detailing all the activities taking place in the week will be
published and Norwich residents will be invited to sign up and take part.
Think of it a bit like Heritage Open Days for community activities! Our
hope is by focusing on one week, we will generate more interest in
volunteering and see more residents getting involved in the activities you
If you would like to take part, or would like further information, please dont
hesitate to contact Max Griffiths on email
or on 01603 213169. Once you have completed an activity form, it needs
to be submitted

by 17th July.

Dear Bowthorpe Community

We have some exciting news! In the next few months there will be
a new Dementia caf opening within the Grow Organisation, at the
Bowthorpe Community Hub.
The Dementia Caf will provide information about living with
dementia and other services available locally in an informal and
comfortable environment. A Dementia Cafe is also a place to
relax, socialise and meet other people with dementia and their
carers, in a friendly relaxed atmosphere within a secure, safe
More information in the next edition of Bowthorpe News.
Best Wishes , Clare Stiles
Dementia friendly Communities Coordinator

Our charity: in Africa With Love.

Please can we put in an appeal for any large, clean suitcases for shipping
clothes over to Uganda. They can be dropped here or we will collect
locally. Thank you.
Kevin and Liz Lansdowne 01603 951940
2 Drury Close Bowthorpe NR5 9DD
We have a village in Uganda where we have 3 schools, a Health Centre and
boarding houses for boys and girls. Each year we visit the village and take
donations given to us. Also during the year we ship clothes and educational goods
out and we like to send in suitcases then these cases are used to keep the
childrens clothes in under their beds, so any donations would be very gratefully



Sundays any time
from 2pm on
July 12 and 26
August 9 and 23
September 6
Please come and

AGM Wednesday
July 15th 7.30
in Bowthorpe
Church Centre
All members
welcome to

The Neesa Project in association with Cotman

Housing, Norwich Mind and supported by Norfolk
Community Foundation are holding their 4th
Wellbeing and Fun Day at Bowthorpe Hall,
Norwich NR5 9AA (The beautiful old building behind
the big red brick wall near Roys of Bowthorpe that's next
to St Michael's Church).

The event is on Saturday 19th September 2015

starting at 11am until 4pm. Lots of free activities for
the whole family and lots of useful advice from
local service providers such as Norwich Mind,
Dementia Care, NHS, Police and Fire Service.
Bouncy castles, storytelling, archery, massage
therapies and survival skills to name but a few of
the activities lined up for this years event. Look out
for the September edition of this magazine for
further details.


Stalls, Games, Face Painting
Bouncy Castle, Bar-B-Que
In the grounds at Ashwell Court
(if wet will be held inside)


As numerous exasperated residents know, construction of the
new roads and infrastructure on Three Score fields is at a
standstill, and the closure of the lower end of Earlham Green
Lane continues. The reason for this is as follows: the design for
a retaining wall near the oak tree at the bottom of Earlham
Green Lane was found to be unworkable. Lafarge Tarmac were
given the design, but now have to await a new one. A new plan
is currently before the planners pending approval. A further delay
of at least a month is expected before work recommences.
Lafarge Tarmac are mindful of the inconvenience and frustration
caused by the blocking off of the lane and the fields.
Discussions have taken place to see if additional passageways
can be opened up for pedestrians and dog-walkers to use.
One cut through the tree belt is proposed, and another near
Earlham Green lane. For this to happen some new fencing is
needed, and should be brought in from another site in the near
(Thanks to Matthew Watkins of Lafarge Tarmac for supplying this information
on 22/7/15.)



We are looking for a reliable cleaner for 2 - 3 hours on a Thursday

afternoon 1pm onwards
The successful applicant will need to complete a DBS (Disclosure &
Barring Service) form.
If you think you could fill this role then please apply in person to
Saint Michaels Workshop, Bowthorpe Hall Rd. Bowthorpe NR5 9AA
or telephone 01603 746106 . Alternatively email us on

Bowthorpe Police Station Norfolk Constabulary

Wendene Norwich NR5 9HA
non emergency Tel: 101
In this months issue I have chosen to cover the topic of bogus callers.
It is a common misconception that all burglars break into homes there are
some who try to trick or con their way in and they are known as bogus
callers. These individual will pretend to be on official business from
respectable concerns such as the Utility Companies - Gas, Electricity and
Water - or they may claim to be from the Council. Bogus callers succeed
because they sound believable, so don't be fooled; make sure in your own
mind that they are whom they claim to be by following these simple steps:
Think before you open the door. I recommend that you use your chain and
spy hole or look out of the window to see if you recognise them. Do not be
embarrassed to ask callers for proof of identity, remember a genuine
tradesmen should carry an identification card with their photograph on.
Check this carefully. If you are unsure, telephone the company the caller
claims to represent. The Utilities now offer a password identification system
and any caller from one of these companies should be able to give a prearranged password as additional proof of identity.
Beware of callers who attempt to distract you by claiming that they have
seen something untoward in your rear garden or somewhere which may
encourage you to leave your house. They may have an accomplice
awaiting this distraction.
If you are not convinced of the identity of the caller, don't let them in and ask
the caller to come back later and arrange for a friend, relative or neighbour
to be present on their return or ask the caller to contact this person.
Treat every stranger with caution. If
you are still worried, dial 999
immediately and ask for the police.
Should you require any additional
advice on this matter or any other
topic, please feel free to telephone
the Bowthorpe Safer Neighbourhood
Team on the non-emergency number
101 or by emailing me direct on
Tony Lester PC 1403
Bowthorpe Beat Manager

Main Service 10 : 30 am Sundays

Sunday Evening Service Usually 6 : 30 pm Check on website
Wednesday 10 am Service of Holy Communion and Healing


In recent months our news has been filled with stories of refugees
fleeing their homelands on unseaworthy vessels in the desperate
cry for a better and safer life. Although many have drowned, the tide of people
seeking a life of hope continues day after day.
People crying out for help in fear of their lives is echoed in the story of Jesus stilling
the storm. In that story, it was the disciples of Jesus, seasoned fishermen, who
cried out for help in fear of their lives. On the Sea of Galilee a ferocious storm
suddenly appeared, which threatened to engulf them. They were terrified. But then
Jesus spoke to the wind and waves, saying, Quiet! Be still! The sea became calm
Who is this? Even the wind and waves obey him! (Mark 4:41). This is the question
asked by Jesus own disciples. Only God had the power to still and subdue raging
waters and deliver his fearful people. So who was this person with such God-like
When Jesus silenced the stormy winds and calmed the wild waves, the people saw
the God who was there at the beginning. Who is this? is exactly the right question.
Who is this who has power and authority to speak to the wind and waves? John
says of Jesus Through him all things were made (John 1:3). The wind and waves
obeyed Jesus for he created them! In Jesus we see the God of creation.
The disciples on board the boat that night would never have forgotten that boat trip.
Jesus dealt with their fear and he can deal with our fears too. Jesus understands
our world and the storms we face. He can restore the calm for us just as he did for
them. Are you facing a storm in your life that threatens to overwhelm you and sink
you? It is often in the storms of life that in desperation we cry out to Jesus. It is also
in those times that we can recognise Jesus most fully. For it is then that we see his
power, know his presence and hear his voice. Why dont you
cry out to him today?
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, you calmed the raging sea and showed
your power. Please calm the storm within me today. Amen.
Every blessing, Rev. Mark Elvin
For Roman Catholic services please contact Rev. Bill Dimelow Tel. 743476
or Fr. David Ward, The Presbytery, Townhouse Rd, Costessey Tel. 742812



Sue Borrell 1st April 2015

We think of you as living
In the hearts of those you
For nothing loved is every
And you were loved so

Keith Llewellyn and Philippa Thomas both

of Bowthorpe St. Michael, married at
Saint Peters, Holton, Suffolk on 20th June
Matthew Dodman and Emma King both of
Bowthorpe St. Michael, married at St.
Mary & St. Margaret, Sprowston on 26th


Alternate Mondays 2.30
Bowthorpe Church

Christian Aid Week in May

1520 was raised through street
collections, the Quiz night and
collections outside Roys.
In addition 500 was raised for the
Nepal earthquake appeal. Many
thanks to all who gave.

July 13th Party







West Norwich
Lions, together
with other local
Lions clubs,
have been part
of Norwich for the last 40
years, providing help and
support for vulnerable/
needy people and groups
within the community.

We need help to
increase our charitable
pursuits while providing
interesting social
activities for members,
families and associates.
People, male and female
of all ages, with the time
and abilities to improve
the club are needed.
We need those that are just
willing to join our vision as
a non-religious/political
organisation to help
increase our revenue and
The Lions realise that in a busy world, your
occupation and family needs come first.
However, during times of unemployment,
for example, raising funds for the Lions
may be the way of improving your CV by
helping others.
Join us and learn more:
The Lions of West Norwich meet at the
Brook Hotel at Bowthorpe at 7.30pm every
2nd and fourth Wednesday of the month.

For further info contact either Rodney

Barrett on 01603 767258 or Derek
Goodswen on 01603 743709

Roys have donated the following

amounts to the shown charities
within Bowthorpe area using our
MADL fund:

Cotman Housing
Association 70th
Anniversary of VE Day (via
Bowthorpe).... 250

Ormiston Victory Academy

Play Park (Via
Bowthorpe) ....500
JUNE 2015


23 Earlham West Centre, NR5 8AD

Open 9am to 4pm Mon. & Wed. 9am to 1pm Tues. Thurs. & Fri.
Tel. 01603 501301 Web Site:
Email: Faceboook WestNorwichCreditUnion


Male carers Must seek help.

Thousands of male carers in Norfolk may be struggling because they find it difficult
to talk about their caring role and dont seek the support that they need.
A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to
illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their
support. Around 42% of the countys 95,000 carers are male.
Local carer Alan (67) is looking after his wife Rita (68), who is in a wheelchair and
has emphysema he says: You dont feel that you want to burden other people, but
I did admit that I was finding it difficult to cope with cooking from scratch and so got
help from my daughter and also took some cooking lessons. Carers like me
shouldnt keep it to themselves but must go out and seek help.

The CAP Helpline for carers is available on 0808 808 9876 and the
website is; www.

Hello Everyone,


Well at long last we have sunshine and blue skies but unfortunately at
present there is still a nasty, chilly wind around. Nevertheless it seems that
summer has really arrived.
We have already had a visit to the seaside. Several of us joined in a whole
days outing with our friends from Bradecroft. We went to Hunstanton for
lunch and had a coastal ride to Sheringham for tea. As usual it was a lovely
day out, beautifully driven as always by Matt and so well organised by
George. Unfortunately it was not warm enough to tempt anyone to paddle
but we are looking forward to our outing to Dunwich at the end of June,
when surely the weather will have warmed up.
We have, however, celebrated glorious June with a delicious Strawberry
Tea, followed by entertainment by Dick High. It was all very enjoyable and
thanks as usual to our entertainments team for the lovely strawberry tea.
Yet another visit by the South Park Stompers, demonstrating their
excellent line dancing, was also enjoyed recently.
All our usual activities are continuing. Tuesday and Thursday mornings see us
stretching and marching (from our chairs) as we do our usual exercises.
The Luncheon Club is also prospering with full tables for our delicious
lunches, cooked by Christine. Our thanks also to Maggie for all her help and
also to Paul and Mary for their assistance.. With our Book Club, our Knit ad
Natter Group and various other activities, such as singing in the Community
Choir and Scrabble fortnightly, we are certainly very busy at Ashwell Court!
That is all for now. We hope you all have a very enjoyable summer.
Best wishes from all at Ashwell Court.

Leyham Court

With the promise of an English summer looming! Many folks will be
planning trips to explore the great outdoors and one of the most interesting
pastimes for some is digging up the past.
Norfolk & Norwich Archaeological Society When browsing the societys website, it becomes apparent that
there is much more to archaeology than one might first imagine
Aims & Aspirations The Societys aims are to study the history, architecture and antiquities of Norfolk, and the
preservation of all kinds of objects of archaeological value. They also provide information on the counties ancient
arts and monuments, while actively encouraging individuals and public bodies alike in research
and excavations.
Membership Members include both professional and amateur archaeologists, but the vast majority of
members are simply those who are fascinated by the history in the area in which they live.
Young People The society also sponsors and organises the YAC branch, which is a kind of 'archaeological
youth club', providing activities and experiences for young people, aged 8-16, interested in archaeology.
Lectures & Excursions The society offers monthly lectures every autumn and winter, which are held at the
Town Close Auditorium, Castle Museum, Norwich. Lectures are free to all members; non-members are most
welcome and are asked to leave a small donation. Excursions to various parts of Norfolk and elsewhere are
organised in the warmer months.

The Society's Library The Society has its own library containing books,
journals and pamphlets of local interest. The Society also publishes its own
annual journal Norfolk Archaeology which is one of Britains
oldest established journals of archaeology and local history
and has been published every year since 1846.
If you would like to know more, why not - dig a little deeper!
Happy days! John
I would like to take this opportunity of sincerely thanking both Mark
and Bruno for leading an Alpha Course and Bible Study over the last few
months at Leyham Court. Im sure everyone who attended either one or
both courses, including myself, found it a wonderful experience and grew
in faith from it. Sadly, all good things come to an end, and Bruno has now
moved on to become an Ordained URC Minister responsible for 3
churches. We will miss both of them very much. Please join with me in
wishing Gods Richest Blessings on Bruno in his new post. If anyone
would like to take up the challenge of learning more of the Bible, please
speak to Mark Elvin (Bowthorpe Church Centre) who will put you in contact
with a suitable group.
Margaret Gibbs, Scheme Manager.


When the sun goes down in the dusk creatures of the night come out.
They live parallel lives to us in our own familiar woods and
countryside but we seldom see them. They exist in a largely different
time: a time of darkness. There are some 18 different bats in the UK.
And world wide it is thought there are as many as 160000 species of
moths. They are predators and prey, hunters and hunted, in a largely sightless world.
Like modern fighter jets the bats use a kind of radar to detect and hunt down the
moths. The moths have a short flying life, often of just a few nights, dedicated to
finding and being found by a mate so they can lay their eggs. But as they come out in
public they run the risk of being found by the bats. Some moths can detect the bats
ultrasound radar clicks and take evasive action: some it seems even emit their own
clicks to confuse the bats in this life and death struggle. And all this while we switch
on our lights and screens and settle down comfortably indoors.
Moths are attracted to light. Maybe they use the light to orientate themselves or as a
navigation aid. But when they get to a light they seem to be trapped and fly
constantly at or around it.
So it is possible to catch,
observe and identify
moths in a light trap.
Many are surprisingly
beautiful. Bats can be
seen flying above you,
silhouetted against the
still-light sky at dusk. .
Im told that you can see
them feed by throwing
mealworms in the air.
And there are batdetectors that track them
and allow you to hear the
ultra-sound clicks they
make. These devices will
even identify the kind of
We will be observing
moths and tracking
bats on Saturday July
4th in Twenty Acre
Wood. Come to St
Marys Church Hall on
Hutchinson Road, West
Earlham at 8pm for
some refreshments
before we make an
excursion into the
night-time wood. No
charge, all welcome.




Drayton Village Hall, 7.30pm10pm. 6.00 at the door.
Tuesday 28th July 2015
Chiho Sunamoto Originally
from southern Japan Chiho
studied classical organ, piano
and opera singing, won
contracts with two of Japan's
major TV stations where she
composed and performed for
a variety of shows and
became an overseas
demonstrator for Yamaha,
touring 42 countries.
Do come and join us for an
evening of good musical
entertainment with likeminded friendly people, you
will be very welcome.
Martin Drake Chairman
01603 745544




Five-Star Award for Chapel Break

Community Centre!
This is to certify that your association
manages your centre in an outstanding way.
The star awards reflect how each
community centre is run, acknowledging
and celebrating the level of hard work
voluntary committees do in managing
excellent centres.
The Award was given on 1st June. Centre
manager Sara Harrison writes, We are so
very proud to have been awarded this
tonight; only 3 out of 14 centres within
Norwich City Council were awarded 5

Chapelbreak Pre-school had an afternoon

of celebration on Saturday May 9th to celebrate
30 years in the community. This is their 30th
academic year of running a pre-school in
Bowthorpe and in excess of 130 people came
through the doors on the day, people that had
worked at the pre-school in the beginning to
more recent staff came to reminisce. Parents
and children past and present visited. There
were several parents who came to pre-school
as a child themselves and they now have
children who attend the pre-school. During
the week that followed the children did hand
prints which have been turned into a
commemorative t-towel and sang happy
birthday to the pre-school monkey and helped
him open presents.

Become a Record Breaker

this Summer
Go for a personal best this
summer with Records Breakers,
Summer Reading Challenge
2015 at your local Norfolk library
and mobile library.
Discover AMAZING world records
as you read your way through
your choice of library books,
collecting stickers as you go to
complete your fold - up poster.
New for 2015 a Record Breakers
challenge for pre school children
get the whole family reading
this summer.
Pick up your poster at any Norfolk
Library or mobile library and look
out for special Record Breakers
themed events. For library
opening times visit :
Find out more at the Summer
Reading Challenge website :
For 11 18 year olds let your
ImagiNation go wild with ideas for
art, music, photography, poetry
inspired by the books you enjoy
over the summer. Pick up your
ImagiNation booklet at your local
library and mobile library over the
Record Breakers, Summer
Reading Challenge 2015
produced by the Reading
Agency , in association with
Guinness World Records TM and
delivered by libraries.
Tina Cook Library Manager
Costessey and Hethersett


Bowthorpe Scout Troop is

Re-opening on a Wednesday evening
in the Autumn 2015
Be part of the worlds Largest uniformed Youth organisation, and join the
For young people
aged 10 to 14 years.
If you would like more information or to register your young persons interest
email and well send you more details and let you
know our opening date.


News from St Michaels VA Junior School.

Talk for Writing Showcase
The teaching of writing this year has been through a new, creative
approach called Talk for Writing by Pie Corbett. Children have loved
the fun and active approach to writing and will be showcasing their
favourite stories they have learnt. Families are invited to the
different year group performances. Look out for the event flyers.









marvellous pieces of art.




Diary Dates
02/07/14: The summer
fayre will take place on
the school playground/


field in the afternoon.

exceptional. The artwork has been

There will be many of

exhibited in the school for families

different items for sale

to see and will remain as a showcase

of their talents.







come along, enjoy and


help support the school.

At St Michaels we will be having a paper

0 3 / 0 7 /1 4 :

free day. We have organised this to

morning we will have our

encourage everyone to think of new

annual Awards Ceremony.

creative ways to reduce the amount of

In the afternoon Y6 will

paper we use and reduce waste.

have their leavers BBQ

Is there anything you could do

differently at home?





organised and run

by our year five

Sarah Claflin - Assistant Head



Hi there everybody. Oz is so excited it is nearly his holiday time again
and he really is ready for a break. I thought the wordsearch this time
could feature some of the major rivers of the UK, as Oz was thinking
about having a river cruise holiday. Wonder if you have been on any
of them? See how you get on with this wordsearch.






Well thats all from me until September now. Hope you all
have a really good summer holiday and that the break from
school is very relaxing. Do good things, enjoy yourselves and
stay safe. Until next time
. Bye Oz



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