Norfolk, Norwich and Waveney Branch



Forthcoming events





Monthly support

We have been holding virtual coffee mornings on the third Wednesday of every month from 11:30am for around an hour and a half. Please email to request the link.


The next coffee morning is on Wednesday 20 October.

Looking after you


Coffee Mornings

Branch coffee mornings have moved online and will start at 11:30am. The next will be held on Wednesday 20 October. We had hoped to meet face to face at the end of July, but the consensus at our last meeting was to remain cautious and continue to hold events online.


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

15 September 2021 - Online


Cancelled Sunday 8 August 2021 - Open Meeting at Upton Village Hall

We were planning to have our first face to face get together on Sunday 8 August at the Upton village hall, a venue that we have used in the past. Sadly the number of COVID-19 cases in Norfolk is rising rapidly. We discussed the event at our Branch Committee Meeting, and with our Area Support Coordinator, and have agreed that the best option is to cancel in the light of our concern for the safety of those attending and for the volunteers.




Tickets are now sold out, if you would still like to volunteer there are a few remaining slots - please email to express interest and your availability.

29 August 2021 Charity Garden and Petite Craft Fair, Thurning Hall

On 29 August the gardens at Thurning Hall will be home to a select number of beautiful craft stalls who are supporting the event. This is a CASH ONLY, OFF GRID EVENT, in the wilds of North Norfolk!


We are grateful to the owners who are opening their gardens at the end of August in aid of the Norfolk, Norwich and Waveney Branch of the MND Association.


The gardens will be open from 10:30am - 5:00pm on 29 August 2021. Entry costs £6. Tickets should be purchased before attending by following the link which will direct you to Eventbrite to book. Ticket numbers are capped at 250 and, as of today 20 July, there were just 50 remaining!


Shetlands live on site so dogs are not allowed, though an exception is made for assistance dogs. The gardens are accessible for wheelchair users, but may not be suitable for everyone as the terrain is grass only with uneven landscape.


Refreshments will be available to purchase - tea, coffee, savouries, cakes and treats. There will also be a bar for those who wish to consume something stronger! A number of local artisans will be showing their hand made wares, the current estimate is that there will be 11 or 12 stall holders.


The Branch will also be hosting a stall, so come and say hello! We have been given a signed Norwich City shirt from 2016 (we think) and will be holding a silent auction - please put your bids in a sealed envelope together with a contact name and phone number. We also have a beautiful double quilt with cushion to raffle.


Whilst we are now feeling more confident that the event should be able to go ahead we would suggest that you check for updates on their Facebook page.


More information about Thurning Hall and the event are available here. The event had been planned for May 29 and 30, but had to be postponed. There was an excellent piece advertising the earlier event in the Fakenham and Wells Times that you can read here; it gives a flavour of what will be on offer on the day.


If you are able to volunteer with us on the day please contact - we need people to staff the branch stall and 4-6 people to act as stewards/friendly faces in the gardens to talk to people and help direct people as there will be a one way system taking people to visit the craft stalls, gardens and house. Even if you are only able to come for a couple of hours your help would be appreciated. Volunteers are not expected to buy a ticket. Parking will be available on site.


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 October 2021, as close as possible to the anniversary of the founding of the MND Association on 6 October. 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.


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


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.