Norfolk, Norwich and Waveney Branch



Forthcoming events





We will be holding virtual coffee mornings on the third Wednesday of every month from 11:30am for around an hour and a half for the foreseeable future. Please email to request the link. The next coffee morning is on Wednesday 21 April.


Coffee Mornings

Coffee mornings have moved online and will start at 11:30am on the third Wednesday of each month until further notice. Face to face coffee mornings at Notcutts and Cherry Lane are cancelled on the advice of the MND Association, we hope to resume them as soon as we are advised it is safe to do so.


The online coffee mornings are informal gatherings for people with MND and their carers. Email if you would like to receive a link to one of the meetings, which will be held using Zoom. Please send a fresh email for each date so we know who to expect, it doesn’t matter whether you would usually have attended Notcutts or Cherry Lane - there is space for everyone in a virtual meeting! We hope you will feel welcome and find them a relaxed way to meet and socialise. If you need to talk to someone after the meeting just let us know and one of us will get back to you.


Advance notice of future dates

21 April 2021 - Online

19 May 2021 - Online

16 June 2021 - Online


Advanced notice of Open Meetings for 2021

Sunday 18 April 2021 Open Meeting and AGM 2pm - 4pm


Everyone is invited to join us at our next online Open Meeting. Liz Cooper will host the meeting using Microsoft Teams. Malcolm will chair the meeting. Judy Burns-Thomson will email the link shortly before the meeting to those who respond to our invitation using the Branch contact details.


The meeting will include a brief AGM, followed by a short talk. We are delighted to be welcoming Chris Wade, Director of Engagement with the Association. He will focus on our forthcoming strategy for increasing membership numbers and providing new opportunities for members to play a role in shaping our work locally and centrally. We hope to record Chris’ talk and would like to take some screenshots during the meeting to use in our next newsletter and on social media. Let us know if you don’t wish your image to be used.


As always there will also be an opportunity to chat and ask questions.




Watch for a new date in 2021 - Wymondham U3A Coffee Morning

Wymondham U3A were holding regular coffee mornings every Thursday between 10am and 12 noon in Wymondham Central Hall, Back Lane, Wymondham, NR18 0QB. They kindly offered to host a coffee morning in June 2020 to raise funds for our Branch, sadly the event has had to be postponed until 2021. Like us they have had to take their coffee mornings online.


Hopefully everyone will be invited to swell the numbers in June 2021, as close as possible to Global MND Awareness Day. There will be a small entry charge to cover tea/coffee. There is plenty of paid parking in the car park behind Central Hall, which is a wheelchair accessible venue.


This gives us longer to plan our fundraising, so if you have raffle prizes, or ideas for activities that you think might be suitable for raising money, please contact Sue Heal on 01953 606569 or email


Postponed until 2021 One Way Ticket with MND - A craft fair to raise funds for the MND Association

Lisa Wilson was organising a Craft Fair at St Andrew’s Church, Roman Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 2DQ. However, it has been agreed that safety is paramount and in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic has reluctantly postponed the event. She is now working hard to ensure it is a bigger and better event that will hopefully take place around Easter 2021. Watch for further details.


Norfolk, Norwich and Waveney Branch committee and supporters take A Winter Walk


Join us on a Branch fundraising event - everyone is invited to take part - alone or as part of a socially distanced group in line with local government guidelines. Anne Gillett was the first to start our virtual event when she walked nearly 11 miles during the last weekend in November. Sue Heal and Jo will go next taking a walk on Saturday 5 December. We are waiting to hear when the other committee members plan to take their walks.


We hope family, friends and supporters will join us in a virtual walk - just tell us when you plan to walk and share our JustGiving page if you are able to gain sponsorship for our collective effort. Even if you decide that walking is not for you perhaps you can share the link and seek donations on our behalf.


We look forward to sharing stories of your winter walks and approximate distances covered. We are very much hoping that between us we can reach a target of £1,000.


Thank you in anticipation of your help and support.


2021 Lisa’s MND Fundraising - Brighton Marathon, Endure 24 Reading and Great North Run

Lisa Wilson had planned to take part in the 2020 Great North Run, but like so many events it has been cancelled due to Covid-19. However, she has planned a spectacular year of fundraising in 2021. Lisa is raising money in memory of her husband, Steve. You can read her story and help her reach her target HERE


Wednesday 28 April 2021 - Youngs Brothers Testimonial

Initially planned for 29 April 2020, the Youngs Brothers Testimonial at The Great Room, Grosvenor House, London W1 has now been rearranged for next year. Tom and Ben Youngs have played for Leicester Tigers together as well as England and the British and Irish Lions. Once again you are invited to celebrate their achievements in the company of stars from the worlds of rugby, sport and entertainment. The full details of this event are available here.


The money raised during the Testimonial Year will be donated to Tom and Ben’s chosen causes – the blood cancer research charity Bloodwise and the MND Association. The latter has been chosen in support of their cousin, Jake van Poortvliet, who is living in our Branch area.


29 and 30 May 2021 Thurning Hall’s owners are opening their walled gardens and hosting an artisan craft fair in aid of the MND Association.

The gardens will be open from 10:30am - 4:00pm. Entry costs £4, children under 10 are admitted free of charge. Dogs are not allowed, though an exception is made for guide dogs. Refreshments will be available. Over 21 local artisans will be showing their hand made wares.


Opening is subject to COVID-19 restrictions allowing the event to take place. Please check for updates on their Facebook page.


More information about Thurning Hall and the event are available here. There is also an excellent piece advertising the event in the Fakenham and Wells Times that you can read here.



David Banks is raising money for the MND Association

David Banks has created some fascinating booklets about a golden era on the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads. A series of four booklets called 'memories' feature stories, both fact and fiction, about Norfolk and Suffolk. The first is now available for purchase for £6 with £2 from every copy sold coming to the Branch. More details can be found here  The page gives an email address and link to his JustGiving page where you can purchase the booklets.