Hay making at Cremer’s Meadow 6th SeptemberThe Friends of Cremer’s Meadow are holding the annual cut of the water meadow which enables us to continue to provide an environment for a rich range of meadow flowers and wildlife. Due to successful management, the Southern Marsh Orchids have continued to thrive – with 7000+ counted this year.Volunteers are needed to help with moving the cut hay on Wednesday 6th September.No experience or tools are required, all will be provided.Join us in this rewarding task and then have a free light lunch provided by the Central England Co-op.Hay Making poster 2023 (2)
Postwick Park and Ride
17 July 2023
Postwick park & ride to re-open in September on a trial basis
Norfolk County Council will open Postwick park & ride from Monday 4 September. The service will run every 20 minutes starting at Postwick at 07.30am and with the last journey back from the bus station at 18.10pm, Monday to Saturday.
The site has remained closed since the start of the covid-19 pandemic as it was first a testing centre and now passenger numbers across all park & ride sites have not returned to their pre-pandemic level. However, despite passenger numbers remaining low a decision has been made to re-open the site on a trial basis to see what the demand is like for the service. Norfolk County Council has committed to the site being open for a minimum of four months for the trial.
Councillor Graham Plant, cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and waste said; “This really is a case of use it or lose it. We know how important this service is – particularly to those living in villages to the east like Brundall, Blofield and Acle. People have been asking for a return of this service – and that’s why we have decided to open it on a trial basis. In these difficult financial times though we have to be honest that budgets are limited and so we need to see passenger numbers increase across all of our sites to help keep Norwich park & ride sustainable and running for the future.”
Gavin Smith, Konectbus’ Managing Director said: “The park & ride is a great way to get into Norwich with easy to access sites situated on the outskirts of the city – Harford, Sprowston, Norwich Airport and Thickthorn. We’re thrilled to be providing the Postwick 503 service to residents again and we really hope that people make the most of the fantastic service. Using the park & ride means not having to worry about traffic or lengthy car park queues, it’s quick, easy, and stress-free travel direct into the city centre and we hope to encourage more people to travel into the city by bus.”
A review of ticket prices is currently taking place with plans to use some of the money secured from the Department for Transport for the Norfolk Bus Service Improvement plan to reduce fares. More detail on this will be published soon.
Cremer’s Meadow Orchid Day 17th June 2023
Air Quality Report for Brundall 2023
John Evans Good Citizen Award 2023 – Friends of Cremer’s Meadow
The Annual Parish Meeting was held on Wednesday 5th April at the St Laurence Centre.
During the proceedings an annual award is given to an individual or group that is deserving of recognition for their voluntary efforts for Brundall.
The 2023 recipient was the Friends of Cremer’s Meadow group.
The Chairman of the Parish Council spoke in tribute to the Friends:
“Brundall Parish Council was fortunate to be able to purchase land from Shirley Cremer in 2014. The land was beautiful but required significant work to enable it to be opened as a community space for the village and its visitors.
To enable that work to take place, a Friends of Cremer’s Meadow group was established and set about the various tasks at that time.
A great deal of very heavy work was initially required including the removal of unstable buildings, dismantling seemingly miles of fencing and the odd washing machine and bathtub.
The caravan in the meadow was removed along with a number of other vehicles which had almost rooted to the spot.
The Friends did not hesitate to roll up their sleeves and over many months the site we see today started to appear.
Cremer’s Meadow was eventually safe to open to the public in 2016 and the work of the Friends turned predominately to maintenance and ongoing improvement.
Over the past few years, the Friends have met weekly on a Friday morning to follow the maintenance plan. The expertise within the group is utilised to ensure that the development of the site follows the correct environmental pathways. Sometimes the work is heavy and dirty, sometimes it is about preserving a precious specimen. No matter what the task, the group works together with good spirit and takes a great pride in what they are doing and achieving.
The Friends also provide education about the site to groups of young children from the Guides, Scouts and school. It gives guided tours on occasions such as Orchid Day and also monitors how the wildlife on the site is being sustained and improved.
Major, very exhausting, events such as the Cut and Clear work on the water meadow is enabling a rare and valuable piece of land to continue to produce a variety of wild flowers including the famous Southern Marsh Orchids.
Occasionally the Friends will do a piece of work in the wider community, for example tending the garden outside the Memorial Hall. But the main focus is always the site itself.
Over the years the membership of the Friends group has fluctuated with some people leaving and some joining. There remains, however, a stable nucleus who were there at the beginning and who maintain a dedication to Cremer’s Meadow today.
Without wanting to single out anyone as this is a group award, I do feel that I should make special mention of the work that Gill Buckley has done with the Friends Group since inception. Gill we are very grateful for all of your ongoing work.
The Parish Council is extremely grateful to all of the Friends of Cremer’s Meadow for the enthusiastic and dedicated way they continue to support and develop Cremer’s Meadow and the model established by the Friends of Cremer’s Meadow is one which the Parish Council would like to extend to other sites.
The Parish Council thanks each and every member of the Friends of Cremer’s Meadow for all of their achievements at this wonderful site and is delighted to present them with John Evans Good Citizen Award for 2023”
Notice of Parish Council Elections
Annual Parish Report 2022
Operator for Brundall Sports HubBrundall Parish Council is seeking an Operator for Brundall Sports Hub.Please see link below to our website with information on the Sports Hub. Expressions of interest to the Clerk of Brundall Parish Council by midday 18th January 2023 on 07809 144342 or email [email protected]”:
Cost of Living Crisis 2022- Help and Information
Memorial Service for HM Queen Elizabeth II