GRIMSTON, West Norfolk

Welcome to Grimston Parish Council’s website covering the villages of Grimston and Pott Row

Covid- 19 Pandemic – Help and Advice 

The Government has lifted some lockdown restrictions and changed the advice to Stay Alert  Control the Virus  Save Lives.  Social distancing remains vital to protect you and our community. Please see the Borough Council website for full Stage 1 instructions as to what is and what isn’t permitted.

“NEED A HAND”
For those that the Government has advised should be in self-isolation and those being shielded as advised by the NHS a support group is available to help you in Grimston, Pott Row, Congham and Roydon with shopping/supplies etc. Please phone any one of the following contacts between the hours of 9am-1pm, 7 days a week, to speak one of your friendly Village coordinators who will then organise these services for you:

Jenny & Roger. 01553 630301
Helen. 01485 600153
Jan. 01553 630129
John & Val. 01485 600175

Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk –
Bin emptying service will continue to operate but food waste should be added to the black waste bins until further notice. The Brown Bin service is operating as normal. For much more information please check the website: https://www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/coronavirus

Freebridge Community Housing
https://www.freebridge.org.uk/News/coronavirus.html

Age Concern – UK Advice Line – 0800 0556 112 Free to call 8.00am-7.00pm

Library  – All Libraries have closed including the Mobile service, overdue fines have been suspended. Online services remain in operation.

Government Helpline – HMRC helpline for self-employed and businesses –
0800 0159 559. Please also see Borough Council Website

COVID 19 – Key Messages

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of (COVID-19), however mild, stay in your home for 7 days from when your symptoms started – dry Cough, High Temperature, loss of Taste or Smell
  • if you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms, then you must stay in for 7 days, all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
  • for anyone else in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.
  • if you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible

If you have coronavirus symptoms:

  • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
  • testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home
  • if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999

 Queen Elizabeth Hospital
The hospital remains open to treat all emergencies, but you should not go to QEH unless it is absolutely necessary. If you have questions about your care at QEH please contact the hotline 01553 214545. Operational 9am-3pm Monday to Friday.   Appointments and consultations at QEH. Cancer and clinically urgent patients are being prioritised. If you have an outpatient appointment, please assume you will hear by telephone at the time that you would have been due to be seen at the hospital. Most of the (non-urgent) outpatient consultations will be carried out by phone from now on. Only surgery and other procedures relating to cancer or clinically urgent cases will go ahead as planned.  Visitors are severely restricted, please check first http://www.qehkl.nhs.uk/

ABOUT GRIMSTON AND POTT ROW

The Parish of Grimston is a few miles east of King’s Lynn, stretching from the Eastern by-pass nearly to Massingham. The valley is viewed as one of the most important landscapes in West Norfolk, and can be seen while passing around the Knights Hill Roundabout and heading towards Fakenham, and also when coming from the Gayton Road (B1145) and over Annie Green’s Hill.  Grimston was the main village with the hamlet of Pott Row to the west (Pott Row is now the larger half of the parish). The population is around c. 2,000 (c. 2,500 with our sister parishes of Roydon & Congham).

The archaeology of Grimston reveals pottery which was made in Grimston/Pott Row and known throughout Europe.   Grimston pots have been found in Trondheim and Bergen, Norway where around 30% of the pots that have been found of that era were made in Grimston.   Other places of export include Germany, Belgium, Sweden and Iceland, as well as throughout East Anglia.  Typically they were inscribed with a cartoon face.  One of these has been copied onto a recently carved misericord in the church. The potters flourished particularly from 1200-1350, beginning in the area south of the church, though later moving West to what is now called Pott Row, although the best seam of clay runs in a narrow strip north to south, near the spring line, which the present B1153 follows.