Monthly Archives: January 2012

Jack and the Beanstalk special signed performance for the deaf

Spixworth Amateur Players are encouraging people to watch their signed performance of Jack and the Beanstalk

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
6:43 PM

A Norfolk amateur dramatics group wants to encourage more people to come and watch its pantomime show’s special signed performance.


Spixworth Players rehearsing for their production of Jack and the Beanstalk Photo: Bill Smith

For a number of years the Spixworth Amateur Players has done signed performances to give the hard of hearing the opportunity to enjoy their shows.

This year its production Jack and the Beanstalk is being signed by
a British Sign Language interpreter on Thursday, February 16 at 7.30pm at Spixworth Village Hall.

The show’s director Lynne Jeffrey said that while the pantomime run was proving popular in general, less interest had been shown in the signed show than in previous years and they were trying to get news of their signed performance out to a wider community of people. We would very much like to carry on with the signed performances, but if we do not get the people coming to watch then we can no longer justify them,” she said.

Age UK warning over lack of spending on elderly care

The dignity of elderly people is being lost because of a lack of spending on social care for elderly people, charity bosses have said.

by DAN GRIMMER Tuesday, January 31, 2012
9:39 AM


The charity Age UK this week published a report called Care In Crisis, which said councils have only budgeted for £7.3bn for social care in the face of substantial reductions in central government funding.

And Phil Wells, chief executive of Age UK Norwich, said it was time to work out a way to support the next generation of elderly people.

He said: “We, as a community in Norfolk, have got to get together and find out what is the best way of supporting the people who need help.

Easyjet makes changes to assist disabled passengers

Easyjet Changes Rules For Transport of Disabled Passengers

Published on Tuesday, 31 January 2012 07:30
Written by Roberto Castiglioni

Following a recent series of incidents involving disabled passengers, budget airline Easyjet are introducing changes to their handling rules for passengers with reduced mobility.


In recent weeks, Easyjet has been under the spotlight for allegations of discrimination against the disabled.


Wheelchair bound Martin Sabry, 39, was thrown off his Easyjet flight from London Gatwick to Montpellier, France. “I explained I am paralysed from the chest down and even though I am quite active, I cannot walk,” Martin said. “We will not take you,” the purser told him.