Announcing new Norfolk County Council Information Service

October 2012

Norfolk County Council PR 9639 - 12/10/2012       

New early evening Heritage Hour sessions to make history available for more people
The first of a series of new, free early evening ‘Heritage Hour’ sessions is starting next Thursday at the Heritage Centre in Norwich’s Millennium Library.
An ‘Ask an Archive Specialist’ session will kick off the new twilight series on Thursday (18 October) and run every other Thursday at 5.30pm. At these clinics, visitors will be able to use the Heritage Centre’s extensive records to make discoveries about their family tree, the history of their home, or research into a local industry or community.
On alternating Thursday evenings talks designed to help people with different aspects of historical research will be held. Run by staff from the Norfolk Heritage Centre in partnership with the Norfolk Record Office, they will cover topics such as the 1911 Census, genetic genealogy, researching the history of your house, introduction to the poor law and workhouse and free church records.
Derrick Murphy, Leader of Norfolk County Council and Chairman of the Norfolk Records Committee, said: “I’m very pleased to see the Norfolk Heritage Centre offering something new and hope that the early evening sessions will appeal to newcomers to the Heritage Centre and regular visitors alike, many of who would not be able to visit during the typical working day.
“The evening Heritage Hours will make the plethora of records at the Norfolk Heritage Centre easier to access, and their copies of selected records of the Norfolk Record Office available to many more people interested in local history.”
The new twilight sessions on Thursdays will run until Christmas and follow on from the successful lunchtime programme, which will continue every Wednesday at 12.30pm (for a full list of the twilight and lunchtime Heritage Hour sessions see notes to editors).
All the sessions are free and no booking is necessary, although there is a limit of 45 attendees. The research clinics operate on a ‘first-come first-served’ basis. The Norfolk Heritage Centre is welcoming all comers, from first-timers in genealogy to experienced researchers. The centre can be found on the second floor of the Millennium Library, in The Forum, Norwich.
To find out more, please call the Norfolk Heritage Centre on 01603 774740 or visit our website at Alternatively, get in contact through the @NorfolkRO twitter feed.

Notes for Editors
Full list of the sessions and dates:
Thursday Evenings (at 5.30pm unless listed otherwise)
18 Oct: Ask an Archive Specialist
25 Oct: 1911 Census*
01 Nov: Ask an Archive Specialist
08 Nov: Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
15 Nov: Ask an Archive Specialist
22 Nov: Researching your house at NHC*
29 Nov: Ask an Archive Specialist
06 Dec: Poor Law & Workhouse Introduction*
13 Dec: Ask an Archive Specialist
20 Dec: Free Church Records
*These sessions will run at the earlier time of 5pm.
Wednesday Lunchtimes (all at 12.30pm)
10 Oct: The NHC Map Collection
17 Oct: No session
24 Oct: Resources for Agricultural Labourers
31 Oct: Ask an Archive Specialist
07 Nov: Picture Norfolk Image Collections
14 Nov: Ask an Archive Specialist
21 Nov: Military Resources
28 Nov: Ask an Archive Specialist
05 Dec: Irish Family History
12 Dec: Ask an Archive Specialist
19 Dec: Scottish Family History
26 Dec: No session.

September 2012      

Role of Police and Crime Panel to discuss local ways of working this week ahead of Norfolk Commissioner appointment

 As the county prepares to go to the polls to vote for Norfolk’s new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), councillors will later this week discuss their role in working together with the newly appointed person.

The newly elected Commissioner will be charged with securing efficient and effective policing in Norfolk. On Thursday 15 November between 7am and 10pm members of the public will be able to vote for who they would like to see elected as the county’s Commissioner. A full list of the people nominated will be published by 12 noon next Tuesday (23 October).
Members of the recently created Norfolk Police and Crime Panel (PCP) will host a meeting at County Hall on Friday (19 October) to discuss a range of issues including the procedures that it will need to be follow if it decides to exercise its power of veto in relation to the proposed precept or the proposed appointment of a Chief Constable.
For instance, as and when a new Chief Constable is appointed by the Police and Crime Commissioner, the Panel, within three weeks of receipt of the notification, will need to consider whether the candidate should be appointed. However, before a recommendation takes place the candidate must attend a public meeting to answer questions in relation to the appointment.
Councillors will also hear how the Panel has the power to veto the appointment of a particular candidate. In this instance the Commissioner will need to propose another person as a candidate for the Chief Constable position.
Once the new Police and Crime Commissioner is in their role, they will be responsible for setting the police budget and precept. At the meeting, councillors will hear how the Panel will be notified by the Commissioner of the precept they propose for the coming financial year. This precept can be supported by the Police and Crime Panel or vetoed by the majority (by a two thirds majority of the Panel).
In addition, a number of options will be discussed by the Panel at the meeting regarding how future complaints will be dealt with.
To ensure that the new arrangements are effective, the Panel will also be looking to agree local ways of working with the new Commissioner when they take office.
Alec Byrne is Interim Chairman of the Police and Crime Panel and said: “The Panel’s role is a significant one and we intend to support the newly appointed Commissioner as much as possible but equally we are there to scrutinise the actions and decisions they make to ensure Norfolk is receiving the best service possible. We are currently in an exciting transitional period and very much hope that the people of Norfolk will turn out to the polls and vote for who they would like to see elected.”
The Police and Crime Panel has been set up to maintain a ‘check and balance’ on the performance of the Police and Crime Commissioner and will meet at least four times a year to carry out its functions.
The Panel will next meet in the Edwards Room at County Hall at 10am on Friday 19 October with members of the public welcome to attend.
Norfolk’s new Police and Crime Commissioner will be announced on Friday 16 November.

For further information
For more information about Norfolk's Police and Crime Panel please visit:

Lou Chapman
Media Officer
Norfolk County Council
Tel: 01603 222716