Join in the jingle bells fun

Come along to a Christmas funday this Thursday, 13 December, for free festive entertainment, including Santa’s grotto, face painting, make your own Christmas decorations, and much more!
The entertainment gets underway from 4pm at West Earlham Community Centre, in Earlham with Christmas games, children’s entertainers, Marlpit Community Choir and free refreshments.
There are prizes to be won for all ages – including Christmas hampers and decorations for the adults – and every child who visits Santa’s grotto not only gets a chance to meet Father Christmas himself but will also receive a free gift.
This free family event, which runs until 8pm, has been organised for residents by Norwich City Council housing officers in partnership with council contractors Norse, Gasway, Foster Property Maintenance, SCCI Alphatrack and Anglian Building Products, as well as Cotman Housing, and tenant and community groups.
Event organiser and tenant involvement officer Natasha Norman said: “This is our fourth and final funday of the year and we hope to see lots of people from the west of the city getting into the Christmas spirit. All our previous fundays we’ve held around the city have attracted hundreds of residents and we hope this event is just as successful – not least because Santa is our special guest! Why not come along and chat to us over a cup of tea while your children enjoy the free entertainment and take home a present.”
Look out for our Christmas event poster in the west city area or contact the tenant involvement team on 0344 980 3333 or for more details.

Spooky fun for all the family

Thrills and chills await Norwich children at Norwich City Council’s spook-tacular Halloween event on Wednesday 31 October.

The Jubilee Centre on Long John Hill in Lakenham will host the half-term day of ghoulish games, prize draws and face painting, with treats to delight children of all ages.

The fun starts at 11am, with pumpkin bowling, apple bobbing, a children’s entertainer, free refreshments – and much more – promising to draw in the crowds.

Children should come dressed to impress in their favourite Halloween costume to take part in our fancy dress parades – with prizes up for grabs – and parents can get in on the action by trying their luck in prize draws for Love2Shop vouchers (accepted at over 20,000 stores).

This free family funday, which will draw to a close at 3pm, has been organised by housing officers in conjunction with council contractors Norse, Gasway, Foster Property Maintenance and Anglian Building Products, and tenant and community groups.

On the day, council officers and Cotman Housing will be on hand to give housing and money advice, where they will jointly offer a prize for a money-saving activity. In addition, Cotman Housing will be there to discuss an outreach scheme for older people. There will also be local groups on hand to offer community and tenant involvement advice.

Look our for our Halloween funday poster in the south city area or contact the tenant involvement team on 0344 980 3333 or for more details.

Games, prizes & sunshine at funday

Word had obviously spread about the last successful housing event Gasway supported because council officers were greeted with a queue of excited children when they threw open the doors to our Olympic summer funday.
Catton Grove Community Centre was filled with local children and their parents on Thursday 16 August, with about 200 local residents stopping by throughout the day to enjoy free entertainment and try their luck in the big prize draws. Our face-painting station proved popular, as did the fun, old-fashioned Punch and Judy show.
Along with another of the council’s contractors (Foster Property Maintenance), Gasway got in on the action by providing a host of activities, including splat the rat and beat the buzzer, awarding prizes such as a gas BBQ and moshi monsters.
In keeping with the nation’s Olympic spirit, the games and competitions also provided chances for children to win their own ‘gold’ medals, and pose for photos with an official Olympic Torch, thanks to guest appearances from two local Torchbearers who took part in the Olympic Torch Relay.
Daniel Browne, chairman of the Catton Grove Residents’ Association, who carried the Olympic flame as part of the Torch Relay, said: “It’s been absolutely packed and families have been taking part in the activities on offer. We’ve been really lucky with the weather and the children have been amazing. They have enjoyed all the events and have been having their photo taken with me and the torch.”
GasSafe representatives, the Fire Service, and members of the Catton Grove Residents’ Association also attended to chat with residents.
Rachael Warnes, the council’s business improvement team leader and one of the event’s organisers, said: “The day couldn’t have gone better and it was brilliant to see the kids enjoying themselves in the sunshine.”







Win a gas BBQ at council family funday!

An Olympics-themed event offering free children’s entertainment, games and big prizes is set to be held in the north of the city on Thursday 16 August.

Inspired by the Games, the funday offers a penalty shoot out competition, a host of activities where you can win your own ‘gold’ medal and the chance to hold an official torch carried in the Torch Relay thanks to our Olympic Torchbearer special guests.

Organised by Norwich City Council, entertainment gets underway from 11am at Catton Community Centre on Jewson Road and includes a Punch and Judy show, face paining, an exciting fire demonstration and the chance to learn about summer gas safety and identify health risks in your home.

What’s more, there are exciting prizes up for grabs with Gasway, the council’s main contractor for gas repairs and maintenance, giving away a gas barbeque and Foster Property Maintenance, its contractor for housing improvements and upgrades, awarding Love2shop vouchers (accepted at over 20,000 stores) to lucky winners.

Councillor Victoria MacDonald, cabinet member for housing, said: “This is the second in a series of free family fundays we have organised for tenants across the city, with valued support from contractors. The event represents a great opportunity for people to chat face-to-face with council officers and contractors about housing issues or ideas while their children enjoy the free activities and entertainment on offer.”

Catton Residents’ Association and the local fire service will also be lending a hand on the day, which will draw to a close at 3pm. Refreshments will be served.

Look out for the council’s funday posters or contact the council’s tenant involvement team on 0344 980 3333 or for more details.

See you there!

Norwich families enjoyed the Mile Cross Festival

Gasway and Norwich City Council attended the very successful Mile Cross festival on Saturday 30 June. We hope everyone who attended enjoyed it as much as we did!

All set up and ready to go!


A gas BBQ was up for grabs in our big prize draw


Splat the rat proved popular


It was a great opportunity for us to meet local residents


The games were a big hit with the children


Lucky winners


The prize draw winner receiving his new BBQ


Norwich City Council's tenant involvement team's stall


A great day was had by all