No need for plastic. The first zero waste shop opens in North Norwich. The story of Graham Rutherford.

“We made tiny changes at a time and it grew from there.  We found it difficult to find products we wanted and started to research that.” Introduction Ethical Ernie’s zero waste shop opened last week (May 2019) on Magdalen Street in Norwich. The tagline is ‘Ethical Ernie’s vegan plastic-free products for your body and home’.Continue reading “No need for plastic. The first zero waste shop opens in North Norwich. The story of Graham Rutherford.”

How history can give roots. Bringing Norwich’s past to life for now and the future. The story of Bethan Holdridge.

Introduction “We need to be collecting the present for the future.  We have a focus on different cultures and while this is under-represented in Norwich currently, if it isn’t done well in 30 years time, there will be serious questions as to why not.” This week’s post is about community outreach and encouraging people inContinue reading “How history can give roots. Bringing Norwich’s past to life for now and the future. The story of Bethan Holdridge.”

Helping refugees and asylum seekers to feel at home in Norwich. The story of Rosie Sexton.

‘English+ has changed my life by reducing communication barriers and cultural gaps.’  Introduction Norwich has a long and proud history of supporting refugees and asylum seekers. You only have to look around the city to note ‘Strangers’ Museum, ‘Strangers Hall’ and my personal favourite ‘Strangers Coffee…’. ‘Strangers’ was the name given to the Dutch andContinue reading “Helping refugees and asylum seekers to feel at home in Norwich. The story of Rosie Sexton.”

Surviving a stroke; how to cope with a sudden disability. The story of Eddie Pleban.

The culture shock of becoming suddenly disabled – to any degree – is very difficult to get used to, particularly if you were very active before. Introduction In 2011, Norwich resident Eddie Pleban suffered a life changing stroke on a flight to Australia.  In a medical centre in Dubai, he was given 48 hours toContinue reading “Surviving a stroke; how to cope with a sudden disability. The story of Eddie Pleban.”