NHS Winter advice


Just a reminder from the NHS in Norfolk and Waveney about how to help us help you this winter.

All of us should be making sure our medicine cabinets are stocked. It’s also sensible to order any regular medicines you need in good time so you don’t run out, taking care to only order what you need.

But if you do feel poorly, seek advice from your local pharmacist before it gets worse.

If it’s urgent, then a call to your GP or NHS111 is the next step, and they’ll advise you what to do.

Common sickness bugs

Suffering from norovirus or other common sickness bugs? Don’t spread it around by visiting your GP or other public places. Stay at home and rest. #HelpUsHelpYou

Find more advice here 

HomeFirst – your bed is the best bed!

None of us want to go into hospital or a care bed, but if we do it’s good to get home if we can. The NHS and social care across all of Norfolk and Waveney are stressing that if someone needs a hospital or temporary care bed they will get one, but our aim is always to help people get back home as soon as possible. This is because older people in particular can lose independence rapidly. Being back home can also help a speedier recovery. So if you know a friend or relative, particularly if they are older, who has to go into hospital it would be kind to make sure they have all they need to get back home, including checking the heating works and they will have food in the house, the washing is done and they feel OK. 

New Year, New You

With the start of a New Year people’s thoughts turn to getting fit and improving their health. To stay healthy or improve health, adults need to do two types of physical activity each week: aerobic and strength exercises.

How much physical activity you need to do each week depends on your age. Adults aged 65 or older who are generally fit and have no health conditions that limit their mobility should try to be active daily by doing at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or walking, and strength exercises on two or more days a week.

Why not join a local walking group, go for a swim or join a local class, your library should have information about groups near you.

There are many local services that can enable older people to be more active. A wealth of information can be found through the Norfolk Community Directory.

Calendars for bin collections

The annual calendars for all bin collections have now been made digital, so can be accessed by residents via the Broadland District Council website and be printed at home or downloaded onto computers/mobile devices.

This change has been made due to increased online access and the issues we’ve had when delivering the calendars during the bad weather we typically experience at this time of year. As calendars are left under residents’ bin-lids rain can damage them and results in many calendars being unusable. To counter this we have made the decision to put the calendars online only and we will not be delivering calendars under the bin lids as normal. Residents will be able to find the calendar relevant to them by using the online bin finder.

If there are issues surrounding computer/internet access we are able to print copies internally and send them to residents via post.

Collection Days over Christmas 2018

Residents whose collection day change is before their normal collection day will be sent a flyer highlighting that their collection day is being brought forward. Those whose collection day change falls after their normal collection day will be able to find out this information online and in the Broadland News.

Normal Collection Day Temporary Collection Day
Monday 24th December Saturday 22nd December (2 days early)
Tuesday 25th December Monday 24th December (1 day early)
Wednesday 26th December Thursday 27th December (1 day later)
Thursday 27th December Friday 28th December (1 day later)
Friday 28th December Saturday 29th December (1 day later)
Monday 31st December *As Normal*
Tuesday 1st January Wednesday 2nd January (1 day later)
Wednesday 2nd January Thursday 3rd January (1 day later)
Thursday 3rd January Friday 4th January (1 day later)
Friday 4th January Saturday 5th January (1 day later)


There will be no brown bin collections over this two week period.

Notice of Public Local Inquiry – Public Footpaths

Section 53 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 – Norfolk County Council (Great Witchingham) Modification Order 2017

Norfolk County Council confirms the Planning Inspectorate is to consider the above Order at a Public Inquiry scheduled to commence at  10.00 am. on 16th January 2019 in Great Witchingham Village Hall.

For more information please click on the Notice and Order Map below

The inquiry has been scheduled for 1 day. If you wish to attend, please note that refreshments may not be available and therefore you may wish to bring a drink/lunch although these items should only be consumed during the breaks provided during the course of the day.

Site notice

Order Map

At the inquiry Norfolk County Council will take a neutral stance. This means that although the Council will attend to deal with any queries which the Inspector may have, it will neither actively support nor oppose the case. The Council believes that it can contribute nothing further to the process with regard to the evidence and it is for the applicants and the objectors to present their respective cases.


Vacancy for Parish Councillor

Great Witchingham Parish Council is looking to co-opt three parish councillors to fill the current vacancies. This is an exciting time to join a dynamic council and we would love to hear from you if you would like to make a real difference in your community. Ordinary meetings of the Council are normally held in Great Witchingham Village Hall commencing at 7.30pm on the second Thursday of every odd month.

Please refer to the Co-option Notice in the first instance.

Co-option Notice Dec 2018

Co-option Policy