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Dear Residents of Belton and Burgh Castle

This letter is to inform you of a scheme I would like to introduce to Belton and Burgh Castle. It is called a Community Land Trust or(CLT) for short. A CLT is a not for profit organisation that is set up for the people and ran for the benefit of the people and, by the people of that ward.
One of the housing issues that villagers face is “where are my children who are born in the village and went to school in the village going to live when they are older”. It invariably means that they have to move away from the village and family to find affordable accommodation. A CLT can help alleviate this, a CLT can buy land and build homes either to buy or rent (it is up to the trust to decide what is best) and keep them at affordable prices for Importunity. For example at today’s rates the weekly rent would be around £84.00 for a house.
A Belton/Burgh Castle CLT run by the people of those villages will be able to build specific houses to meet the specific needs of the village and allow the children of that village to continue to live there in their own property. Why would this be advantageous? because it would mean that families can stay closer together and offer support to each other thus relieving pressure on social and community care and actually start creating communities again instead of them being fragmented by family members being forced to move away. A CLT is completely free from council and government control, and interference, its assets will be owned by the community. A CLT can provide all forms of affordable housing including

– Discounted rent – Shared ownership – Fixed market value homes. The trust will determine what homes it wants based on the needs and aspirations of the villages.

A CLT can also own other properties and facilities such as pubs, allotments and play areas. I would like to form a Belton and Burgh Castle CLT, but it is something that I cannot do on my own. It will require dedicated members from the community to get involved. Anyone who lives and works in Belton/Burgh Castle can join the CLT, the CLT is made up of members and a Trust board and is entirely open, transparent and non-political.
To form a CLT I need to set up a steering group before holding a public meeting to discuss the needs for Belton/Burgh Castle. If you believe we need more affordable homes for our village residents, if you have any skills that you believe could help drive this or you would like to get involved please get in touch. A CLT takes time and commitment to take shape but in the long term I hope that we end up with several affordable housing schemes that will benefit all ages and generations in our villages and to help ensure that people from those villages can stay in them.
There are grants available for legal support in setting up the trusts and these have been applied for and accepted in principle.
Cllr Andy Grant is seeking to set up a CLT in Hopton to achieve the same positive outcomes that I wish for our villages, so if you know of anyone who lives there and might be interested then please, either direct them to the Hopton News magazine or this letter.

Yours Sincerely
Cllr Adrian Myers Cllr.adrian.myers@great-yarmouth.gov.uk





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Mark thanks all who supported him on this great event





The death occurred on February 16th at the age of 63 of John Rudrum, Chairman of Belton with Browston Parish Council.John was born in Burgh Castle but had lived in Belton for many years. Having bravely fought against Motor Neuron Disease for 16 years and carried on despite the problems that it caused in latter years. He passed away from complications, in the James Paget Hospital. As well as being a member of Belton with Browston Parish Council since 2001 he had been its Chairman since 2011. John was also a member of Burgh Castle Parish Council and a Trustee of Belton Poors Allotment Fund. He was a former member of the Village Voice management board and a past Chairman of the John Green Institute Hall Trustees.John had been a widower since the death of his wife, Sandra in 2012 and leaves one brother, Martyn.

John will be greatly missed by the local community. We send our sympathy to Martyn and his family.


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Earlier this year, the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile in Burgh Castle saw local people running one, three or six miles in aid of Sport Relief. The money has been counted up and Burgh Castle raised a total of £ 972.20

This year’s Sport Relief was a record breaking year with the campaign raising a total of £ 972.20  The money raised will help disadvantaged people living incredibly tough lives, across the UK and the world’s poorest communities.

Margaret Greenacre,  Mile Organiser said “We are delighted with the total amount of money we have raised this year. It’s brilliant to have been part of such a successful Sport Relief year and know that we are helping to make a difference to people’s lives.”

Jess Kirke, Events Manager at Comic Relief said, “We want to say a huge thank you to all of our local mile organisers. They work tirelessly to organise successful events up and down the country and we are truly grateful for all their efforts and hard work – Sport Relief wouldn’t be the event it is without them.”


Ali Minto  Tel: 020 7820 2523    Email: a.minto@comicrelief.com



My daughter is Jessica-Jane Applegate MBE, in 2012 she represented Great Britain at the Paralympic Games in London. She won the S14 200m Freestyle & choose to have her Gold post box situated outside the John Green Institute in Belton, as a thank you to everyone in Belton who had supported her & raised funds towards her attending the 2012 Games. In the November she was named in the Queens new years honours list & was awarded an Mbe in recognition in everything she had done for the sport.
Jessica-Jane qualified for the Rio Paralympic Games back in April this year & her events and schedule have now been released
She lives in Burgh castle where lots of the neighbours are displaying posters of support in their windows along with shops & residents of Belton too
All of the events will be screened at the railway tavern on station road in Belton where everyone is welcome to cheer her on amongst family, friends & team mates
The heats begin at 1.30pm & finals begin around 9.15pm & will be shown on Channel 4
Jessica-Jane supports as many local events a she can, helping out with fun days, carol services & the most recent was the Belton fete (which was featured in the last issue of the village voice).
Thank you very much for taking the time to read this
Dawn Applegate

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London 2012 - Princess Anne

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St Edmunds Church Fritton —  Roof Appeal
Message from Marion Binding
As Fritton Church PCC Secretary I would like to make an appeal to  anyone who has a past link to St Edmunds, whether baptised, was married or a family connection. If so please contact me on marion.binding@gmail.com


82 year old  Malcolm Metcalf, a member of Belton and District Historical Society and the popular the nature contributor for Village Voice Community Magazine for more than three years  has recently traveled for 29 days on 60 buses covering 33 counties throughout England riding on scheduled bus services to raise funds by sponsorship and donation for The East Coast Hospice, and is  using his bus pass for his adventure, he returned to Gorleston on April 29th
Before departing he attended the Belton & District Historical Society March meeting to receive a cheque from the club for £100, he was further surprised to receive a second cheque, also for £100 from the board of Village Voice.

Should you wish to donate to Malcolm (before he left he had raised over £2500) you can do so through https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/malcolmmetcalf






If you would like to know more about the Norfolk Archaeological Trust and the Burgh Castle Fort please click here. Burgh Castle