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The Norfolk and Waveney Health and Care Partnership are keen to hear the views of local people on starting conversations about future care preferences 

The national Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment (ReSPECT) initiative was launched in Norfolk in March 2020, just before the UK went into lockdown due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.  Although take up of ReSPECT has started there is still the need to raise awareness among the public about the initiative, and encourage everyone to start thinking about having ‘the conversation’.

What is ReSPECT?

ReSPECT is a personalised process to plan a person’s clinical care in the event of a future emergency. It results in a document that contains the person’s wishes and care preferences along with appropriate clinical recommendations. It will also record when a ‘Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation’ (DNACPR) decision has been made but it is important to note that a person can have a completed ReSPECT form and still be ‘for’ CPR. For further information, including frequently asked questions, please see https://www.resus.org.uk/respect/

Who is it for?

ReSPECT can be for anyone, of any age. It is most likely to benefit people:

·         with complex health needs or

·         at risk of sudden collapse or cardiac arrest or

·         nearing the end of their lives or

·         who want to record their preferences for any reason.


Why is this being introduced?

At present, conversations with those living with serious illness tends to focus solely on decisions relating to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) which can result in misunderstandings about treatment plans.  There is variation across Norfolk and Waveney in how these decisions are documented. 

Few people go on to discuss what other types of care they would or would not want in an emergency situation. The ReSPECT process has been developed by the Resuscitation Council (UK) collaboratively with many organisations including patients, the public, and the Royal Colleges with the intention of designing a process that is more acceptable to patients and that standardises processes and documentation across organisational boundaries.

How can I help promote ReSPECT in Norfolk and Waveney?

The Norfolk and Waveney team really want to hear how they can encourage people to have ‘the conversation’. Please take the time to complete the survey and share this with your friends and family.


The survey will be open until September 14th.
ReSPECT can be for anyone, of any age.

Proposed development around the lake on the Ashwicken road.

The following is an extract from a 'scoping' document for a proposed development between East Winch and Ashwicken.

Description of Proposed Development

Wellness Resort would comprise an e€co-leisure facility development including c 125-150 floating and land holiday lodges, a clubhouse on the water and associated boat house, and c. 50 treehouses accommodation, together with related ancillary development including access roads, car parking, outside recreational facilities, renewable and low carbon energy generating facilities and landscaping.
(The entrance to the site would be on the Ashwicken Road)

Located within the administrative jurisdicticn of the Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk. the site is a restored former gravel extraction workings located between the villages of Ashwicken. Leziate and East Winch. The Site is located some 9.6 Km east of King's Lynn which is well connected by road to the south via the A10 to Ely and Cambridge {M11}, to the east to Norwich via the A47 and to the East Midlands via the A17.

The nearest postcode is PE32 1LZ 1LZ.- and the National Grid Referenee of the approximate centre of the site is 569330E, 317715N. A Site Location plan is shown below.

Parish Council - Clerk's note

Wellness Resort.
It is a very large Centre Parc like development on the Ashwicken Lake site amounting to something like accommodation for some 700 visitors at a time. We will work with the Ashwicken  PC and I have asked East Winch PC for their views, as it effects East Winch because the planned entrance is on the Ashwicken Road.


03 July 2020

Play areas remain closed, while clarification sought

Play areas can open from Saturday, 4 July 2020, according to a Government announcement, but in west Norfolk, play areas managed by the borough council will remain closed while further clarification and guidance is sought and covid-19 risk assessments are carried out.

There are over 80 council-owned play areas across the 550 square miles of the borough, and around 1400 individual pieces of equipment.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Deputy Leader of the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk and cabinet member for culture, heritage and health, said: "We obviously want to open the play areas and ensure they are as safe as possible for children to use. However, the lack of clarity in the Government guidance as to what constitutes a reasonable level of cleaning and sanitisation means that opening all the play areas in the borough is neither practical nor achievable.

"We have sought clarification and further guidance from Government. In the meantime, we have Covid-19 risk-assessed the play area in The Walks, King's Lynn, as this is the only play area where we have staff on site daily who can manage entry and exit from the area and undertake frequent cleaning. I want to thank the staff involved for their efforts in getting the play area ready to open on Saturday.

"We will look at all the other play areas on a phased basis, undertaking Covid risk assessments as we go. We will only open play areas where we are satisfied that the measures we have in place ensure the safety of those using them."

"Many play areas are managed by parish councils and community groups, who I am sure are facing the same dilemmas as we are. We have shared the current guidance with the parishes and will keep them informed of our approach and any revised guidance or clarification we receive."

The council is urging people to respect the signage, barriers and tape that are in place on closed play areas. They are closed for people's safety as play equipment is considered to be high touch and therefore carries an increased risk of spreading the virus through contact.


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EDUCATION - Ontrack for September -

A guide for students approaching the end of Year 11 - 'Things you need to know'.

Worried about grades expected in August?

Not received an offer of a place in education or uncertain about plans for September?  
Find useful information  look here

Norfolk County Council: Help You Choose Helpline - Tel: 0344 800 8022
We can talk through your options and if you need more in-depth help, put you in touch with an Adviser for advice about courses, jobs, apprenticeships and other opportunities in your area to sort out the right choice for you.
Available from Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm and Fridays 9am-4.30pm.

06 June 2020.

Borough Council virus update.  The Playground at Town Close remains CLOSED

The council is issuing a plea to local residents not to remove signs or tape from play
areas as the Government Guidance is still that they should remain closed.

The Government released restrictions a few weeks ago on football pitches, tennis
courts and multi-use games areas so that people could play sport with people in their
family and one other person.  Now this has been extended to up to six people as long
as social distancing is maintained.  However, the restrictions on play areas with play
equipment, including outdoor gyms and parkour areas, remain.

If anyone notices that a play area has had signs removed please report it to
cleanup@west-norfolk.gov.uk so that signage or locks can be replaced.

Gatherings of people who are not from the same household and not socially distanced should be reported to the police using the 101 non emergency number.

03 June 2020

West Norfolk coast ready for the new normal

As lockdown restrictions are eased across the UK the borough council has put many measures in place to help visitors to our coast adhere to Government guidance.

Regular hand washing/sanitising is recommended, along with the wearing of face coverings where appropriate. The Government has issued guidance on safe travel, which includes a checklist of planning a journey and what to take. The council is encouraging visitors to follow this advice.

Cllr Stuart Dark, Cabinet Member for Emergency Planning/Covid-19 Response at the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk, said: “When travelling restrictions were eased earlier in May we knew people would choose to come and visit the beautiful coast around west Norfolk.

“Although we did not actively encourage day trippers we wanted to make it safe for visitors who choose to come here while also keeping it safe for residents who live in our coastal communities and minimise the impact on them.

“Signage was placed around Heacham North and South Beaches, as well as Hunstanton, reminding visitors to follow social distancing guidance and to keep 2 metres apart where possible. In addition the path from the Cliff Top car park to the beach in Hunstanton has been widened and external wash basins placed in the resort.

“Car parks are open, so that visitors can get in, get parked and easily get to the beach, promenade and The Green with as little affect as possible on the local community. There is also a one-way system on the ramps to and from the beach for pedestrians to use to maintain social distancing.

“Borough council officers have been patrolling the coastline from Brancaster, round to Hunstanton, Heacham and Snettisham each weekend to help vendors and ensure social distancing occurs.

“I appreciate the responsible businesses who have had to close to contain the virus and look forward to seeing them reopen in the future. I would also like to thank the traders who have been able to operate within the new guidelines and have adapted their businesses to keep customers and staff safe.”

“An external wash basin has also been placed on North Beach in Heacham for visitors to use to keep their hands clean and another is planned for South Beach in Heacham.

“If people choose to come to West Norfolk we want to create a safe environment for visitors and residents to reduce the risk of infection. I ask that all tourists respect local residents and stick to Government guidance which includes limiting contact with others, keeping your distance if you go out, 2 metres where possible, and washing your hands regularly.”

Until further guidance is received, many retail and leisure premises will remain closed, including the chalets in Hunstanton. No entertainment has been booked for The Green. Public toilets are open, but people are advised that maintaining social distancing in public toilets is virtually impossible. People may wish to take this risk into account when making their decision to travel.



A message from the editor.

For the first time in our history, the Parish News is only available online. The continuing restrictions on public life to stop the spread of coronavirus meant that it would not have been possible to distribute hard copies of the June/July edition to households in the normal way.

In addition, the suspension of most social activities and events meant that there was limited material for inclusion this time round.

I am grateful to our three Parish Councils for again making the magazine available via their websites. I hope in this way that as many residents as possible will be able to view the magazine. *

Hopefully, there will be sufficient improvement in the public health advice over the coming weeks to enable the next edition (August/September) to be printed and distributed in the normal way

Thank you for your understanding and please stay safe.
Chris Hudson, Editor

* The magazine may be seen here