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Love West Norfolk campaign: So many heroes in our community

Love West Norfolk column, by Lorraine Gore, borough council chief executive

When I wrote my last column, in March last year, the borough council had just launched our summer events season but, unfortunately, days later the first national lockdown was announced.

Now we find ourselves in a new year and in another necessary lockdown. There is light at the end of the tunnel though as vaccinations have been taking place in west Norfolk since mid-December and as the vaccination programme rolls out, I hope to see the return of some normality and, fingers crossed, some of the events that we missed last year.

Lorraine Gore, WNC chief executive (43853256)
Lorraine Gore, WNC chief executive (43853256)

I know that lots of people will enjoy their local open spaces for their daily exercise during the current lockdown. Throughout the pandemic the value of our amazing coastal and countryside walks and open spaces have been even more appreciated and are important for the health and wellbeing of our West Norfolk communities.

Please however do follow the Government guidance and limit your daily exercise to once per day, and this should be done locally wherever possible.

I would like to thank all residents for continuing to follow the Covid guidance to keep our communities safe. It can seem tiring keeping up with the new rules, and especially hard as this has gone on for so long, but it’s vital that we stick to them now more than ever.

The new, more infectious, Covid-19 strain is in our community and we all need to do everything we can to slow the spread and protect everyone throughout West Norfolk.

One person who truly loved West Norfolk was Chris Bamfield. I was fortunate to work with him at the borough council for many years. He retired during the pandemic. I was pleased that we could coax him out of retirement briefly to see the new Corn Exchange Cinema open, one of the many projects that he led.

His passion for our area was clear to anyone who ever met him and I was devastated when I heard he had gone missing while windsurfing in Hunstanton. Chris lived life to the max, we miss him and send our love to Vanessa and family.

We also send our thoughts to anyone who has lost someone through this pandemic, whether that’s through Covid or other reasons.

Some are feeling a sense of loss because they can’t visit or see their loved ones who are in care or not part of their bubble. Anyone who is struggling should visit our Lily website to find sources of support who may be able to help.

I’ve overseen the borough council response to the pandemic and been impressed by the actions of our teams.

I was extremely surprised to receive a Love West Norfolk Hero award myself and I was pleased to receive this award not for myself but on behalf of all my colleagues at the borough council who have worked tirelessly on behalf of all of west Norfolk, they truly are my heroes.

I would like to acknowledge that there are many people in west Norfolk who have done amazing things during the pandemic, however big or small, each one is a hero in their own right.

Please look at the Love West Norfolk Facebook page to be inspired by some great local heroes from what has been an incredibly challenging year.

Please keep yourselves and your loved ones safe and healthy this year.

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