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Popular North Norfolk head teacher retires

‘Mother Goose’ to focus on her English country garden…

The head teacher of one of Norfolk’s most successful primary schools is to retire after 12 years hard graft.  Tina Casburn has spent her working life in schools in Norwich and Norfolk and has been a very popular head at Aldborough Primary School, near Aylsham.

Under her stewardship the school has grown and has been extensively rebuilt.  Only this year the Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, minister of state for school standards, wrote to Mrs Casburn to praise Aldborough’s standards of reading, which put it in the top 1% of schools nationally.  (more…)

Foodservice PR in splash for Hospice Ethiopia


“Hospice Ethiopia is an incredibly worthy cause,” he says.  “It’s not sexy or trendy, but it’s helping people who are truly desperate.  Ethiopia has a population of 100million.  It has one hospice.  Many thousands of Ethiopians have incurable diseases.  They are dying in distress, often in pain, with nowhere to turn.  Hospice Ethiopia is their only hope.”   

Hospice Ethiopia provides free drugs, so that the dying have relief from pain.  It provides medical attention to alleviate the worst symptoms.  It gives support, so that patients can care for themselves and, in many cases, their children. 

Tim says, “What’s really, really important is that Hospice Ethiopia is training doctors, nurses and other medics about palliative care – care for the dying – so that they can help the thousands more who need it, across Ethiopia.”

Hospice Ethiopia has no government funding.  It needs £70,000 a year to survive.  “It’s not much, in the great scheme of things, but they struggle to get it,” says Tim. 

“All the money raised goes straight to Hospice Ethiopia.  Every penny makes a real difference.  Every donation makes a real difference.  Please, splash your cash!” 

You can donate at: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/timandjohndotheswimathon




Lights, camera, head teacher!

North Norfolk village school looks to attract new head with promotional video – with help from parents, family, friends, governors and a passing Norfolk rock band!

A North Norfolk primary school is going the extra mile to attract the right candidate to take over as head teacher.

aldborough-school-dr-doak-helping-school-children-understand-3d-printingAldborough Primary School is a very successful village school with 140 pupils, a great reputation and strong support from parents and the local community.  So getting a new head should be easy, right?  Wrong.  Sadly recruiting head teachers for smaller rural primaries is increasingly difficult.

aldborough-school-head-teacher-promo-video-drone-shotSo the school governors decided to push the boat out and create a promotional film to try to build a picture of the real school, and attract the right candidates.  By uploading the film to YouTube and other social media sites, including Facebook, they’ve managed to reach thousands of people and have had considerable interest – including one potential candidate who is returning to the UK from Africa.

Dr David Doak, chair of governors, is the creative genius behind the film.  In a previous life he was a director of a highly successful computer game company and his CV includes the renowned ‘GoldenEye 007’ game.  “We wanted the film to encapsulate what’s great about Norfolk, as well as what makes our school so special,” he says.  “We filmed it over a few days. It was easy to get great footage because Aldborough School is a fantastically positive and happy place – the hard part was editing it down to three minutes!

“We know how hard it will be to get a new head teacher.  So alongside conventional recruitment methods, we took the decision to use social media to push the message to as many potential candidates as possible.  Parents, friends and family have all shared the video through a variety of social media and that’s given us a huge ‘reach.’”

Filming included some aerial shots of the school.  “We had a bit of luck there – a Norfolk rock band, Morganway, was filming their own music video in the area and we managed to persuade them to fly the camera drone they were using over the school,” says Dr Doak.  “In return they used a cellar owned by one of the parents for part of their shoot!”  The band also provided a backing track for the school video.

The Aldborough School film can be found at https://youtu.be/yRkMpUrkiYA

Anyone interested in the vacancy can find more information at the Aldborough School website, www.aldborough.norfolk.sch.uk/office/recruitment/.  The closing date for applications is September 26 2016.  The successful candidate will take up the post in September 2017.

If you’d like more information, please call the school office on 01263 761264 or email office@aldborough.norfolk.sch.uk.

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Press Contacts:

Dr David Doak, Aldborough Primary School, 01263 761264, or


The Publicity Works, 01263 761000 / teaboy@publicityworks.biz



Precision sponsors Triathlete aiming for Olympic glory

Francesca Hall’s talent and dedication secures help from British refrigeration manufacturer

Francesca Hall is sponsored by PrecisionPrecision is sponsoring a triathlete who’s aiming for gold at the 2024 Olympics.  21-year-old Francesca Hall is already representing Team GB – for example, she’ll be wearing the Union Jack in Austria in August, when she’ll take part in the European Middle Distance Championships and then the Zell-am-See Ironman, which covers 70.3 miles, including a 1.9k swim, 95k bike ride and 21k run.


Morganway to release debut EP “No Tomorrows”

Morganway EP launchOur video editor Callum plays in a band called Morganway. This summer its debut EP “No Tomorrows” is going to be released, and they’ll be playing a load of cool gigs to celebrate, including the rather spectacular Secret Garden Party. The festival’s lineup is pretty impressive this year; not only are Morganway performing, Air and Primal Scream are too! Find out more about the band at www.morganway.co.uk. We’d also recommend the EP, which comes out in July. Had a cheeky listen in the office the other day and we were most impressed…

The official launch of the debut EP is at Norwich Arts Centre on July 7th! Support from Addison’s Uncle, SJ Mortimer & Tony Brook Band! Get tickets via this link https://norwichartscentre.co.uk/events/the-tilting-sky-presents-morganway/

Ali Group partners with the prestigious Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2015

Williams Refrigeration provides event’s catering coldrooms and foodservice refrigeration

The Jane, Antwerp, was best restaurant in the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2015, which were partnered by Ali GroupNow in its seventh year, the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2015 is the only worldwide event dedicated to recognising the excellence in design and innovation for every imaginable food and beverage space.

Williams Refrigeration’s parent company, Ali Group, was delighted to partner this year’s event, held at the Old Truman Brewery, and themed around “A Story – Building Emotions’’.  The venue was transformed into a spectacular event space for this foremost hospitality design awards function. (more…)

Williams installs massive solar energy system

New system will cut CO2 emissions by 297 tonnes per year

Kings Lynn based Williams Refrigeration installs PV Solar energy systemKings Lynn-based refrigeration manufacturer Williams has had a massive photovoltaic solar panel system installed across two of its factory’s roofs.  The system, comprising 2,298 panels, is one of the largest rooftop installations in Europe.  The solar panels are expected to generate 496,000kWh of electricity per year, reducing the company’s annual CO2 emissions by 297 tonnes while cutting energy costs dramatically.  (more…)

Aylsham Ahoy! Join in ‘Dazzling’ arts project that will set town alight AND afloat…

Spectacular installation on medieval fish-ponds will be a highlight of Aylsham Festival – everyone can sponsor a lantern featuring their own home or office we are!

AYLSHAM AFLOAT_LANTERNS ON WATER MARCH 2015An inspirational art project in Aylsham is calling on local people to sponsor a lantern and get their property in the frame – or in the pond!  ‘Aylsham Afloat’ will culminate in an exhibition and a spectacular display of floating lanterns, featuring pictures of Aylsham properties drawn by local people, on the medieval fish ponds in the gardens of Burgh House, during this year’s Aylsham Wide Sky Festival (22nd – 26th May).

Organised jointly by Aylsham High School (AHS) and the Aylsham Festival, the project is supervised by local artist Jessica Perry.


“We are inviting people to get drawing and ‘Sponsor a Lantern’ for £3.00,” explains Jess.  “It’s open to all ages, with proceeds going to the Aylsham Festival.


“Aylsham Afloat is the chance for everyone to get involved in a community arts project that will be dramatic, extravagant and dazzling.”


In return for the £3.00, sponsors get an Aylsham Afloat kit, which includes the bag (or lantern) and full instructions.  It is available from a variety of outlets in Aylsham, including Aylsham Library, Coxfords Butchers, Bure Valley School and Woodgate Nursery.


“All you need to do is draw the front of your home on the paper bag provided and return it to Aylsham High School by the deadline of 10am, on Monday April 13th,” says Jess.  “Use felt tips, biros or crayons. Draw it from the bottom right up to the roof and, if you want, add drawings of the people who live in the house too.”


All the bags, along with others made by AHS students featuring Aylsham’s shops and businesses, will be waterproofed.  Once that’s done, they’ll be floated at night on the school’s swimming pool, with pictures and film footage being taken by local professional photographer Debby Besford, working with AHS students.


The photographs will be on exhibition in the Town Hall during the Aylsham Festival, and available for sale as cards and prints.


The lanterns will then be re-floated on Burgh House’s medieval fish ponds during the Aylsham Wide Sky Festival as part of the Art of the Garden event, when visitors will have the opportunity to take part in guided tours of the gardens.


“This is a really exciting arts project,” says Helen Homewood, Head of Art at AHS.  “We have already had a trial run, floating lanterns illustrated by students on the pool, and the results were brilliant.”


Sue Sharpe of the Aylsham Festival says, “What is really fantastic about this project is the way so many people and organisations are working together to make it happen.  It’s a true community event.  And as an art installation, it’s going to be amazing.”


The Art of the Garden walks take place at Burgh House, Burgh Road, Aylsham, on Saturday 23rd May and Monday 25th May.  Tickets are £2.50 with all proceeds to the festival.  For more information visit www.aylshamfestival.co.uk or call the festival box office on 01263 733441.   Numbers are strictly limited, so booking will be essential.

More information:

Aylsham Festival: sue.sharpe@aylshamfestival.co.uk / 07796 519987

Jessica Perry: jessica531@btinternet.com / 07502 368 715

The Publicity Works: teaboy@publicityworks.biz / 01263 761000



please contact Jessica Perry. It will not be open to the public, but you would be welcome to come to take pictures, film, etc.

It will take place on Tuesday April 14, from 7.30pm.



Aylsham Afloat has been devised as a collaboration across the Aylsham community, in support of the Aylsham Festival. Thanks and appreciation go to Jessica Perry (artist and project originator), Debby Besford (photographer), Helen Homewood (head of art at AHS), Sue Sharpe (Aylsham Festival), Richard and Maureen Burr (Burgh House garden hosts), The Publicity Works, Broadland District

Colby Church: not normal, even for Norfolk

Colby Church Open Day Saturday 19th July 2014, 10am – 5pm Traditional afternoon teas and stalls, Homemade cakes, jams & marmalades

Open day allows visitors to enjoy church’s unusual features, as well as traditional English teas and local walks

In a county blessed with beautiful village churches, Colby stands out.  In 1749 it was in such a bad state of repair that the north and east walls were pulled down.  So Colby St Giles is a mix of 13th century flint and 18th century brick.  As a result, and thanks also to a slightly lopsided aspect, it’s a true celebration of that great Norfolk axiom: do different.

Ada Hooker is one of the organisers of the Colby Church Open Day on July 19 #2

“And it’s all the better for it!” says Ada Hooker who, at 93, has been a church stalwart for over 70 years.  She is is one of the organisers of the Open Day on Saturday 19th July, when visitors will be able to come and enjoy the unusual features of a church that is usually locked up.  The delightful surrounds will be turned into a traditional English Tea ‘room’ and there will be stalls including homemade cakes and jams.

“It will be a lovely day out, for young and old,” says Ada.  “The church has some interesting architectural features and the village has some seriously good cooks!”

There will also be free walking guides with maps of local routes, mostly off-road, lasting from 10 minutes to around one hour.  For anyone wanting to have their cake then walk it off, the Open Day is the ideal event.

The reason for the frivolity is partly to celebrate the church, and partly to raise funds.  “Back in 1749 they sold two of the three big bells to pay for the repairs,” says Ada.  “We don’t have that option, but we have to do some major repair works and need to raise £20,000 – so please come along if you can!”

The church will be open from 10am until 5pm and entry is free.  There is parking on site.  Colby Church can be found just off Long Road, Colby, about one and a half miles east of the A140, four miles north of Aylsham, NR11 7DY

For more information call Rachel Crampton on 01263 731093.





Employees clock up 260 years at Williams Refrigeration

Williams – the company that no-one wants to leave

Williams long-serving employees with, far right, Group Managing Director Tim SmithWilliams Refrigeration in King’s Lynn recognises the outstanding contribution its loyal employees have made to its success in a special Long Service Award Lunch on Tuesday 3rd September at the company’s showroom.

Dave Britton, John Freestone, Domonic Mace, Mark Rippon, Ray Woodhouse and Keith Panks have each been at Williams for 30 years, while Steve Bradbury, Angela Mowles, Carl Muffett and Lee Parkin have run up 20 years apiece. (more…)