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This year involved the Chamber of Trade getting stalls set up around the streets of central Cromer during Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd. Which made this event even more fun for a good turnout of merry souls.

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From The Editor 236 Issues later or should I say 236 fortnights later, Lis and I call it a day. I draw readers attention to Bye Bye on Page 18 It is going to feel very odd going to local events as Joe Citizen without a camera & note pad to hand. I have very fond memories of the many situations that I have found myself in. I recall Pat Nearney phoning me up just hours after one of the very early issues was out. “Philip, I have just had the EDP on the phone asking me if John Major was attending the opening night of the Mundesley Panto” I headlined that issue’s front page article with: Mundesley Panto Rumour has it that a Former Prime Minister is attending the show. I also remember going out fishing with John Jonas one early morning & asking him if he could swim to which he replied: “Yes, but we have not come out here to swim.” Talk about a put down. Richard Davies informed me a few weeks later that John would not be able to swim across Garden Street to save himself.

I have met so many lovely people and have always felt very welcome, wherever I have been. Having upset a few people along the way with those dreadful jokes, I decided against filling the last issue with the jokes we thought better to not print. As Winston Churchill said : “You cannot please all the people all the time, only some of the people some of the time” Thank you very much to everyone whether as an advertiser, a distributor, a photo, a drawing a letter or article contributor and of course all our readers, without you it would have all simply been hard and rather boring work, producing an equally boring publication.

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Just a note to say how much you will be missed in the Crab Line. Your off-the-wall style is so refreshing and you have taken such a close interest in the goings on in North Norfolk, supporting so many of the organisations and events that you featured. I am sure that I speak for most of your readers in wishing you well in your retirement. I hope that it will be long and rewarding for you and Lis - long may she reign!

As the rumour goes this will be your last Crab Line. It’s the end of an era which has been for John & myself a ‘jolly good read’. On behalf of the organisations I am involved with Pageant, Paston Heritage Society and Sophie’s Norfolk Fitness, I would like to thank you both for your support and enthusiam and marvellous sense of humour. You coined the phrase : ‘the Magic that is Mundesley’ and we hope you continue to enjoy Mundesley in your ‘retirement’. To both of you ‘Cheers’ and all the best for whatever you wish your future to hold. Whatever is Nigel (of the new cartoon strip) going to show off now???? With love, Jo Berry

Very best wishes from Paul and Christine Damen P.S. I’ve attached a snap that I took of you at the Mundesley street concert and market on Friday 9th December (see above) probably Miss Crabbie’s final public appearance?

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Letters Continued From Page 3 Dear Editor, The Mundesley Christmas Day Lunch looks set to be a fun event. Thirty diners have already signed up for the free Christmas Day lunch in the Church Rooms on Cromer Rd., Mundesley. There are a few spaces still available for people (single or couples) on their own on Christmas Day. Transport is available if needed. Our thanks go to Mundesley Butchers, The Lobster Pot, Country Pickings, The Corner House, The Manor Hotel, The Tasty Tavern Swafield, Lidls & Roys of North Walsham, Mundesley Parish Council & Mundesley Pageant and the kindness of organisations and individuals who have made generous donations or are giving their time. If you would like to join our merry party, call Kathryn on 01263 722 381 for availability. Details: Sunday 25th December, 12.30pm for 1.00pm sit down. at Mundesley Church Rooms

Dear Philip, Just to update you on what has been voted the best pub in Mundesley..that may be helped by the fact that it is the only pub in Mundesley! We have a new manager, Elise Faiers. Elise was our head chef and is already stamping her feminism on the place with a Winter ‘spring clean’ (which started in the kitchen & achieved a 5 star hygiene rating from the NNDC) plants and fresh flowers about the place! Elise is also starting a ‘beer appreciation club’. The members of which will be choosing the regular guest ales, going on brewery trours, organising beer tasting evenings etc. To reward the regular supporters of the pub Elise has started a loyalty card scheme. A great initiative which has been enthiusiastically received! Sunday afternoons can be even more relaxing and enjoyable now with a couple of hours of gentle, live music. ‘Mundesley has talent’ competition winner Tye Bowles quickly changes from his chef ‘whites’ in the kitchen and takes the microphone to melt the hearts of the ladies young and old. Us ‘old boys’ aren’t forgotten when the gorgeous Louisa Norman (our new pub assistant manager)

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Dear Editor, I’m writing to say that the Nth Norfolk Beach Runners are once again organising the Boxing Day Dip at Cromer. This has become a huge event attended by hundreds of people and despite being the coldest Boxing Day for many years, there were over 100 people dipping last year. This year we have chosen the Big C as our official charity in memory of Jeff Dodds, one of our runners that died this year. Out of respect for him we want to raise as much money as possible. I am the nominated Beach Runner organising the event and I would be extremely grateful if you could assist with any publicity. The morning starts at 10am with a jog along to beach to “warm up” with the official dip being at 11am. All are welcome to join us of course!! Kind regards, Clive Hedges

and I’m thinking why would they not wear some sort of high visibility jacket. It beggars belief that these people do it night after night, death wish or what. Please ask them to give some thought for the driver who has to live with the fact that they killed a pedestrian when it would not have been their fault. What will the family think when a police man knocks and tells them, sorry the driver did not see them. Whose fault would it be ? All the best for Christmas Dave Thorne Mundesley.

Dear Philip I would like to refer to the reference of the reference by Paul Blencowe of the letter from Janet Munro which he referred to and the response to the reference to the letter from Janet Munro by Paul Damen and the actual letter from Janet Munro referring to the reference of the accounts referred to that can be reference on a web site. Who IS this Janet Munro that we are all referencing and why has she not been made Prime Minister? Yours in deference. Nigel Holmes

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Mundesley Volunteer Inshore Lifeboat are holding their annual Boxing Day Dip from the Boathouse, Beach Rd, Mundesley. Their guests this year are: Youth in the Community who will join them for the dip at 11am. Come along and join in the fun in fancy dress if you like. There is a prize for the best adult and one for the best child. Refreshments will be served from 10.30 am. This is always a popular event. May we wish you and all your staff a very Happy Christmas. Many thanks, Yours sincerely, Mary Renwick-Forster

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Dear Editor, It’s that time of year again when people seem hell bent on being killed. They dress up in the darkest clothes in the wardrobe & go off walking in the darkness, often taking the dog with them. Some of them will let you know they are there by waving a torch. As I and many other drivers come whizzing around the corner, what do we see? Nothing because its like trying to see the invisible person. Black onto a black background equals black. It makes it very hard to see these idiots

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I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this years 90th Anniversary Poppy Appeal for Aylsham & District. This years total to date stands at £15,766.83, 22% up on last year at this time. I would also like to thank all the house-to-house collectors, shops, schools & those who collected at the supermarkets and street collection. All who took part in our Festival of Commemoration at the High School, especially the Bure Valley School choir who gave a memorable performance and all who attended and took part in our Parade and Church Service on Remembrance Sunday. My special thanks must go to Paul McGrath for his amazing effort in staying awake for 90 hours prior to 11 minutes past 11 on the 11.11.11. Paul’s effort alone raised £3,585.75 to date. I would also like to thank everyone who visited the marquee in the Market Place during Remembrance week and for their generous donations. Well done everyone. Carole Matthews Poppy Appeal Organiser Aylsham & District Many thanks

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It Was October.. ........and the Indians on a remote reservation asked their new Chief if the coming winter was going to be cold or mild. Since he was a Chief in a modern society he had never been taught the old secrets. When he looked at the sky he couldn't tell what the winter was going to be like. Nevertheless, to be on the safe side he told his tribe that the winter was indeed going to be cold and that the members of the village should collect firewood to be prepared. But being a practical leader, after several days he got an idea. He went to the phone booth, called the National Weather Service and asked :

A week later he called the National Weather Service again. "Does it still look like it is going to be a very cold winter?" "Yes," the man at National Weather Service again replied, "it's going to be a very cold winter."

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It’s a cracker. The work behind the scenes together with the cast had made this production sooooo good. To summarize : Well if that ent a caution, fare satisfoid an orl bewtiful an now- bent it. Ennyhow thass is goos, yiss thass vera vera good moy bewities. Fare y’ well tergether. Cindy Johnson The Editor would like to thank Cindy very much for writing this review. She and I went to the Opening Night on December 3rd. PK

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During the switching on of the Cromer lights Lucky’s opened it’s door for numerous good people to check the place out, including Meena from Grovelands with friends. (Pictured Above) The most important person in any estabishment is of course the cook (Pictured On Left) is Lucky, doing his thing. This place is really looking pretty good and if the aroma from the kitchen is anything to go by, we will soon be diners. PK

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Anne Matin. I am writing to request help with a situation I am experiencing in my capacity as Clerk to Mundesley Parish Council. I have had problems for many years now with certain members of the public, but was always supported by my Members when these persons attacked me at every meeting. Unfortunately, the situation has recently changed as there have been various changes on the Parish Council and new Members have been appointed. Several of the new Members are very friendly with the members of the public concerned, and I am now being regularly bullied at every meeting by both the public and approximately half the Members. This situation is very unpleasant especially since the new Chairman, Christopher West, is the main instigator. The other Members who are also causing a real problem with bullying are Mia McKean, who claims to be a Barrister specialising in Employment Law but is one of the main leaders of the bullying which is taking place at present, Peter Gray, who I have already reported to the Standards Board when my claim against him was upheld by the Standards Committee, Peter Briggs and Dot Smith.

Dot Smith is married to District Councillor Barry Smith and last year whilst I was nursing my sister through cancer when she only had nine months left to live, I was very badly bullied at one of the meetings. I had spent most of the day with my sister, who was then in hospital, and during the meeting I broke down and started to cry. Dot Smith told me in the public meeting, that if I could not cope with the job, then I should not be there and perhaps I should go home. She was perfectly aware of my personal situation. Peter Briggs has been on the Parish Council for many years now and has always been a problem so far as not treating me with respect is concerned, but in isolation this is something with which I could cope. He has now joined the other four Members in the bullying tactics. Mia McKean is very friendly with the two members of the public concerned namely Janet Munro and Philip Keddell. Philip Keddell runs a local paper called The Crabline and constantly publishes letters from Janet Munro complaining about all sorts of issues. They both come to the meetings and in public participation work together to intimidate and bully me and my Chairman backs them up. I would be very grateful if we could meet and discuss the matter in more detail and hope that you will be able to assist me with this very serious problem as it is now beginning to affect my health. The document ends at this point. I will pass no view or judgement, other than to say that this cannot, surely, be the way to work with your employers particluarly when they are a publically funded body. Having been put onto the website on around November 10th, this year, the said document thankfully, was removed from their website sometime around December 4th. PK

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Farewell Crab Line An ominous black cloud hangs over the community right now... Today is a sad day for Cromer; today is the end of an era for Cromer; today we say “Goodbye” to ‘The Most Popular Freebie in North Norfolk’. Permit me to say, at the outset, that the Crab Line is a victim of its own success. Its growth, which bucks the trend of the current economical climate, has made it too big for just a husband and wife team - Philip and Lis - to manage on their own. As the saying goes in entertainment circles, “Go out on a high leave ‘em wanting more!” Before the Keddells became close, personal friends, the Crab Line lent itself to being the ideal platform for my jottings, anecdotes and rock reviews yet, extraordinarily, none of my scribblings were ever edited or cut-short. One of the 1st paragraphs of the very first article I ever wrote for the C L - about a collision, from my personal perspective as a railway guard - read “(Signalman) Answer the bloody phone, p-l-e-a-s-e !!!” I had no idea what state the front of 1P43 was in - it was, after all, 10 coaches away, but I imagined we were spread over both tracks and that a fast approaching train was bearing down on us from the opposite direction doing a ton. Well I would, wouldn’t I? (This, btw, was the same eventful night that the barge smashed through the Pier). As stated, I then ran a series of gig revues as Mikki Rokk - each week the number of ‘K’s’ in the pseudonym varying, according to mood. I was given a completely free reign, for which I am eternally grateful but this is what the Crab Line was all about, what it thrived & succeeded on - no parish magazine style reporting. Philip took chances, stuck his neck out and was not afraid to introduce contentious issues either from his own personal beliefs or, mischieviously, as Devils Advocate. I can confess now that on more than one occasion, my arse would pucker for a fortnight waiting for the sky to fall in as a result of my ghostwriting certain entries for the paper. The words “as I understand it” and “allegedly” being my only ‘protection’ from the libel squad. Unfortunately, I cannot imagine anyone else having the ‘edge’ or the risk factor, that our Mr Keddell has, he is a cocktail of maverick and, some may say, a loose cannon; his publication a cross between Viz and Private Eye. He’s ruffled quite a few feathers but feathers that indeed needed to be ruffled and I know that, even those who unjustifiably thought they were harddone-by in print, couldn’t wait to get hold of the next edition to view the response. By the same token, however, if you played it fair with him, he’d bend over backward to give you all the help and encouragement he possibly could. Not forgetting Lis, in this respect, too. Only three or four months ago I accompanied Philip to a summoned audience, with the Chief Executive Officer of North Norfolk District Council, to apologise for and give a solemn undertaking that no more non-PC jokes would be published. We neither apologised nor agreed his demands - Philip, instead, relaying a couple more jokes, for the CEO’s personal benefit. I raise a toast to Philip and Lis but especially to the Crab Line. From Ed: Thank you very much Micky P, I will however correct you and say that the Crab Line will live on - just with other people running it.

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Don’t Squash The Frogs “The frogs?” The armed police officer looked bemused. “What do you mean ‘don’t squash the frogs’?” The member of the public who had raised the froggy issue was persistent: “Your vehicles have been squelching frogs on the road. Can’t you drive smaller vehicles?” The officer looked momentarily as though he could not make up his mind whether to shoot or placate. Fortunately he chose the latter and apologised on behalf of the Ministry of Defence police for crushing the village frogs but said that sadly they did not have any smaller vehicles. Like frogs Parish Councils are strange creatures. I don’t of course mean that Parish Councillors are strange creatures – at least not the ones I share a table with every month. Despite their name (and the episodes of the Vicar of Dibley) parish councils have nothing to do with the church. Quite the reverse. They were created in 1895 specifically to take authority for running village matters away from the church. Parish Councils are the lowest rung on the ladder of local government. There are about ten thousand of them up and down the country – almost as many as there are firms of solicitors. If the fears about our profession are realised when alternative business structures come on stream, the number of solicitors’ firms will fall dramatically but parish councils will go on for ever. Indeed they are on the increase. There are 200 more local councils than there were 10 years ago, and the National Association of Local Councils encourages the creation of more – especially in urban areas with its Power to the People campaign. For some reason, parish councils are often home to inflated egos. There is one parish council in Norfolk where the chair of the Council sits on a raised dais and wears a chain of office (at our council meetings we roll up in jeans and the chair is in shirt sleeves).


on the body, a very welcome idea for many suffering from the effects of stress and tension. Do give him a ring on 07766 515 751 or visit I have always like the Randells, going back to when Steve was a member of the Mundesley lifeboat. I wish them both well in Aylsham. PK

check out: Many of us suffer from bad backs, stiff necks, joint injuries and other musculoskeletal problems over the years. One way of obtaining relief & recovery is found in Osteopathy, a system of physical therapy that uses hands-on techniques to help the body’s own healing mechanisms. Oliver Bell has been in Aylsham for 8 years and has joined the Randells in the new clinic. He can be contacted on 01263 731 246 or look at Vince Coffey provides holistic massage, using a broad range of massage techniques to help reduce stress levels and the effects of stress I spent several years being the clerk to a village parish council at a salary of £100 a year which worked out at about 25 pence an hour for my efforts. During that time I saw off two chairmen, the first of whom famously told me : “I am the Chairman of the Parish Council, and what I say here goes”. I resigned, he went, and then I unresigned. The second Chairman would ring me late at night after becoming well oiled with the best Chateau Lafite and torment me in exactly the same way that our cats torment the mice they catch. I resigned again and the parish council disposed of him too. Parish councils also carry long memories. Feuds of this generation originated in the century before last when Mr Crabapple had an interesting tryst with Mrs Barleymow behind several stooks of hay, or Ezekiel failed to buy his round at the Lamb and Whistle when it was his turn. The vitriol makes the disputes between the Montagues and Capulets seem like afternoon tea with the vicar. When things get too bad there is a facility in these parts called running to teacher. In official parlance it is a referral to the Standards Committee. This covers the complete range of local authority transgression from corruption downwards but our standards committee spends a disproportionate amount of time handling the equivalent of a play-ground fight – allegations that X failed to treat Y with due respect. Hours then have to be spent on investigation, interviewing witnesses and writing up notes before we solemnly pronounce on the issue that unless X kisses and makes up with Y we will….. well it would be a damned bad show if he doesn’t. Local councillors are volunteers and if you push them too hard they will resign, so there is not a lot that can be done to punish transgressors except to encourage them to be nice to each other and let the bygones of the last century be bygone this century. So much for the downside. We live on the Norfolk coast. From time to time the North Sea pays a visit. This happened at my first meeting of the council.

The parish councillors were sitting at tables at the top end of the room and members of public were at the back. There had been a flood the previous week and several homes had had some flood damage, including the home of one councillor. There was particular unhappiness because the flood sirens (installed after the 1953 floods) had not been sounded at any time and - on top of that - a sophisticated system of phoning, emailing and texting, introduced by the Environment Agency for those who had registered, did not work either. No warning had come through. The representatives of the police did not know who presses the button to sound the alarms. Nobody knew. Somebody had heard that they decided to silence the alarms because they did not want to spread panic (countered by someone else who pointed out that only the previous week there had been a full scale exercise at the Gas Terminal which was accompanied by a cacophony of alarms which rent the air for an hour or more). Then a voice at the back suggested that the button was pressed in London, but by whom no one knew. So there was then debate about what to do about it, and a resolution was passed to write to our local MP. It was exactly the sort of thing that parish councils are good for. We can be a focal point for village concerns and enthusiasm. We are currently engaged in projects to facilitate a bmx track, provide a base for a parent and toddler group and even adopt a telephone kiosk. Even though parish councils have little power and a tiny budget (our entire budget is not much more than the annual minimum wage for one person), we can make quite lot of noise on behalf of our village to try to make sure that the voice of its inhabitants is heard. And that means that we are continuing to press for flood alarms (curiously the county authority seems suddenly more receptive to such things following the Japanese Tsunami) and to fight for the rights of our frogs. Richard Barr This article was first published in the Solicitors Journal.

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Many people choose to leave their heating off as much as possible over the winter simply because they can't afford to heat their home. It is essential to heat your home properly, especially for older people or children, as they're more vulnerable to illnesses caused by the cold. The best way to make savings on your heating, without having to suffer in the cold, is to switch supplier - it can save you as much as £200. You might think this is an obvious one, but many people don't realise that the best way to keep warm is by wearing lots of thin layers of clothing, rather than just one bulky item. Slippers indoors are a great way of keeping you toasty and it's also a good idea to wear a hat or headscarf outside, as lots of heat is lost through the head. Also don't just presume a hot water bottle is for bedtimes. Make a hot water bottle and then sit with it at the base of your back, this will heat you throughout quite quickly. Your body needs food to keep itself warm so what you eat can make a real difference. Try to eat a balanced diet with hot dinners and don't forget that hot drinks can help too. Exercise does wonders to get the blood flowing and keep you warm. However, you don't have to sign up at a gym in order to keep fit; doing a little housework will keep you moving and help to keep you warm. Sitting for long periods makes you colder so you could try spacing activities out through the day, so that you can alternate between rest and activity. Many people forget the importance of keeping wrapped up and warm at night but you don't need to keep your heating running all night though. Just set it to come on about half an hour before you get up, and wear bedclothes and socks.

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Bridge Club 7pm Fri 7.15pm t: 761 308 Country Market each Friday 8.50-noon Cricket Club indoor Sun 3-5pm all ages & standards t: 510 102 Evening WI 7.30pm 1st Thurs Town Hall. Exercise with Sally Free taster session t: 01603 432 487. Extend Over 60’s Exercise Fridays Jubilee Family Centre t: 01692 407 851 Farmers Market 9am-1pm 1st & 3rd Sat Market Place F.I.T. group 2nd & 4th Weds pm of month t: 731 177 Flower Club 2nd Wed of mth 7.30pm Town Hall Fitness Yoga/Pilates Tues & Thurs Friendship Hall t: 01692 538 569 Gym Club Fri 5pm High School t: 576 609 Lammas KC Lodge ROAB Tues 8.15pm Sutton School Of Dance, Mill Row. Monday Stall Parish Church 8.30-noon RBL (Womens) 1st Mon of month Salvation Army Hall t: 734 091 N.N. Speakers Club 7pm alt. Weds. High School t: Lynne Goddard 01692 402 662. Scalextric Club Presto Park Weds 7.15 - 9.45 pm. t: 01603 754 319 Quaker Meetings Sun 10.30am Pegg’s Yard Yoga Tues 7.30pm Quaker Meeting House Peggs Yard. t: 732 426


Age Concern Fri 10am The Cottage. Aqua Therapy Classes Mon 11-12 Wed 7-8pm Country Club t: 501 914 Air Training Corps. 7pm Mon & Thurs, High School t: 515 452 Baptist Church Sun10.45am & 6.30pm Tues Coffee morning 10.30am t: 576 524 Bingo 7pm Sunday Football club Bridge Club (Duplicate) Mon 7pm t: 822 778 C.A.B. Appointments: t : 01692 405 847 Chesterfield Hall Cabbell Rd Mon 10am Parent & Toddlers Sun 11.45am Family Service & Children’s Club Christian Fellowship Sun 10.30am former Gospel Hall t: 838 180 Cromer Chamber Orchestra 7pm Mons ( term time) High school t: 511 600 Cromer Forum 1st Tues 7.30pm Methodist Church New Hall t: 515138 Diabetes UK 4th Thurs 7.30pm Cromer Hospital (outpatients) t: 01692 403 351 Elderberries Badminton & Short Mat Bowls 3-5pm Mon & Fri. t: 519 030 Flower Club 7.30pm 3rd Mon Junior School. t: 513 408 Extend exercise for over 60’s Tues 2.30pm , St. Martin’s Church Hall, Mill Rd. t:768 159 Folk Dance Club 7.30-9.30pm Tues Community Hall t: 578 224 Garden Society 7.30pm 3rd Thurs Methodist Church Hall t: 511 211 Hockey Club Mondays u16s & u13s 6.30pm Adults 7.15pm Sports Centre Korean Martial Arts t: 07765 282 981 Lip reading classes Thurs 10 - 12noon Methodist Church Rooms t: 0344 800 8002. N & N Assoc.for Blind 9.30-1pm Tues Merchants Place.




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Special Events DECEMBER Saturday 24th 5pm : West Runton, Holy Trinity Church Crib Service ~ The children will decorate the Crib. 11.30pm : West Runton, Holy Trinity Church Midnight Mass for Christmas Sunday 25th 8am : West Runton, Holy Trinity Church Christmas Morning ~ Holy Communion 10am : Paston Church Christmas Morning Service ~ All most welcome. 10.15am : Sheringham Baptist Church The Christmas Day Celebration ~ All welcome. Monday 26th 10am : Cromer Beach Boxing Day Dip ~ starting with a jog along the beach to “warm up” with the official dip being at 11am. 11am : Mundesley Boathouse, Beach Road Boxing Day Dip ~ Refreshments served from 10.30am. Come along and join in the fun in fancy dress if you like. 11.30am : Bottom of Overstrand Gangway Overstrand Boxing Day Swim ~ Bucket collection, Mulled cider / Wine available. In aid of Overstrand Millenium Playground. Just come along & join in...or come along to watch these brave people go for it! Tuesday 27th 7.30 for 8pm : Trimingham House Quiz Night ~ Max in team 4, £1 pp. In aid of Village Hall

JANUARY 2012 Friday 6th 2.30pm :R.C. Church Hall, N.Walsham North Walsham U3A ~ Peter Maggs will talk of “Henry’s Trials - The Extraordinary Story of John Hatch, First Chaplain of Wandsworth Prison” Free to members. Visitors £2. We welcome visitors & prospective members. Saturday 7th 10am - 4.30pm : Merchants Place, Cromer Day of Meditation ~ Start the New Year with warmth & kindness towards ourselves and others, through meditation.The day will follow teachings of Sogyal Rinpoche. Sessions incl. videos from the teachings, discussion led by experienced meditation instructors, opportunities to begin guided practice and chance to ask questions in a warm, supportive & friendly atmosphere. Please bring friends, lunch to share with others, or eat locally. Advance Bookings: Merchants Place - £20 or £15 concs. For information email : Monday 9th 10:30am : Foundry Arms Car Park, Northrepps Northrepps Airfield Walk ~ Grade 4. Approx. 4.5 miles. Arrive in good time (20 mins early if new) Info on 07826 869 377. 1:30pm : Foundry Arms Car Park, Northrepps Northrepps Hungry Hill Walk ~ Grade 2 . Approx. 2.75 miles Arrive in good time (20 mins early if new) Info on 07826 869 377. Tuesday 10th 10am -12noon : Merchants Place, Cromer Keeping Abreast Group ~ Coffee & Chat Drop in Session. Find out about Breast Reconstruction following breast cancer. Volunteers on hand to offer support, info & chat about reconstruction in an informal & relaxed atmosphere. Wednesday 11th 10:30am : Village Inn Car park West Runton. West Runton to East Runton Walk ~ Grade 3 to 4 Approx. 4 miles. Arrive in good time (20 mins early if new) Info on 07826 869 377.

From Wednesday 11th January From 10am : The Cottage,Louden Rd, Cromer The Cromer Society ~ Enrolment for 10 week Extended Lecture Course: “The Churches of East Anglia” Presented by Gerald Randall From Wednesday 11th January 2 - 4pm : Friends’ Meeting House, Yard, Aylsham Aylsham Wea Spring Course ~ Music In Venice Tutor Andres Hernandez-Salazar on five centuries of music created at & inspired by the Most Serene Republic, from the Gabrielis & Monteverdi to Vivaldi, Rossini & Reynaldo Hahn. £45.60 for 8 sessions. Contact Ann Dyball : 01263 732 637 for info. Thursday 12th 11am : Free Car Park Felbrigg Hall, NR11 8PR Felbrigg East Walk ~ Grade 1. Approx. 1.3 miles – A beginners walk on grass and tracks with a gentle gradient. Please book by 3pm Weds Jan 11th on 07826 869 377. Saturday 14th 11.30am – 3pm : The Copeman Centre, Briston Jigsaw Day ~ Come & do a Jigsaw - or two? or swop or buy. Free Entry. Refreshments & Lunch available. Contact Anne on: 861 004 Tuesday 17th 10.30am – 12noon ~ Cromer Museum Mardle at the Museum ~ Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee & mardle about Cromer past & present. Bring along your photos and memorabilia for us to record and help to identify faces and events from our community archive. Admission Free. Wednesday 18th 10:30am : Alby Craft Centre Car Park Alby Walk ~ Grade 3. Approx. 3.5 mls. Arrive in good time (20 mins early if new) Info on 07826 869 377. 7pm : Suffield Park Bowls Club, Cromer The Cromer Society ~ Recorded Music Section “It’s an Odd Choice” Presented by Robin Selwyn. Tuesday 24th 10:30am : Aldborough Green Post office Aldborough, Hanworth & Alby Walk ~ Grade 4. Approx. 4.5 miles. Arrive in good time (20 mins early if new) Info on 07826 869 377. Thursday 26th 10:30am : Saracen’s Head Car Park, Wolterton Wolterton Walk ~ Grade 3. Approx. 3.5 miles. Arrive in good time (20 mins early if new) Info on 07826 869 377. 2pm : Wolterton Hall Car Park, nr. Erpingham Wolterton Lake Walk ~Grade 2. Approx. 2.2 miles. Arrive in good time (20 mins early if new) Info on 07826 869 377.


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Saturday 28th 7 for 7.30pm : Aylsham Town Hall Burns Night Supper ~ Celebrating the birthday of the great Scottish poet, Supper will include traditional haggis, followed by cranachan - a whipped cream & raspberry-based dessert. Alternative of shepherd’s pie, including vegetarian version. Entertainment by Sandy Reynolds-Mckay.Bar offering wine & soft drinks. Tickets : £12 pp. from Salad Days Fruit & Veg stall in the Market Place on Mon, Tues, Fri & Sat. info: 733 354

The Brilliant White Horse is the Best Pub in Town Friday 23rd December 9pm: Porky’s Cristmas Crackers Saturday 24th December


9pm - Late: Trak Attak Karaoke

Friday 3rd 7pm : Erpingham with Calthorpe Village Hall George Don’t Do That ~ A selection of Joyce Grenfell’s brilliantly observed and wonderfully funny nursery school sketches, brought to life by Jo Sessions, from the Cut Out & Keep Theatre. The performance takes place after a School Dinner of sausages and baked beans! Bring your own drink. Booking essential Tickets £10 – in advance only. Phone (01253) 768 073 or 768 992 or 761 350

New Year’s Eve 9pm - 2012: Trak Attak Karaoke


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Bye Bye & Thanks On September 14th 2002, the first issue of a new publication hit the streets of Cromer and the surrounding hamlets and villages. The Crab Line was born as a MONO fortnightly paper printed in Eye, with spot colour green on it’s cover. Having worked for another paper for around 8 months & seen how a free paper worked, with no other experience, I could see that readers could and hopefully would, enjoy a more interesting fortnightly read. Within a matter of days after giving in my notice, the first issue came out. I have to say that 236 issues later, it is embarrassing to look at a copy now, of that first issue. I promised back then, to not use a font smaller than 12, whilst having headlines in about 32. I write this in a size 9, after years of using a size 9.5 font and 18 for headlines. The first issue included numerous dreadful photos of the volunteers during the Cromer Carnival and people having fun. I can hear several people saying as they read this “So the Pictures have not changed” When first setting up the business, I told myself that if I did not make a profit by the time Issue 04 came out, I would pack it all in. At about 11.30pm the day Issue 002 came out, I calculated that I had made the princely profit of £3.50. I had not, of course, included all the hours I had spent in getting it all up and running Sadly the White Horse was not open at that time of night to celebrate with my riches. Time flies when you are having fun,‘they’ say. Over the last 9 plus years, I have made a great many good friends and learnt a great deal. The success of this publication is down to, I hope, to being different and original, so that readers can enjoy every issue. So often you see papers with pages full of people standing behind large cheques to a local charity, with very little about how they raised the money. The background is usually more interesting than the foreground, as it reflects what and who has done the work. The success of this paper is far from being down to me, but so many others which include the all important advertisers who pay the bills to pay the printers, Warners PLC, and the people (a brilliant team of 5) who get it out to everyone, every fortnight. Also the people who stock the paper, whether it is Morrisons or the lovely lady who delivers 75 copies around Felbrigg. Those wonderful letter writers and suppliers of jokes, however bad they are, those good folk who send photos of themselves up a mountain or whatever, holding their Crab Lines.


I understand that no one has been arrested for doing this. Without all those wonderful people it would never have been possible. THANK YOU. To all those good people who’ve been given the wrong name, or it has been spelt incorrectly. All I can say is SORRY. I am in no doubt that I have upset a few people, many of whom have been upset by payment requests or whatever, including those upset by a photo of a fellow wearing a mankini or a joke they thought untasteful. I will again say SORRY. As someone recently said of me: You are a bit like Marmite. People love you or hate you there is no middle ground My response to this has to be: You cannot please all the people all the time, you can only please some of the people some of the time. Unless, at the moment, you are Nick Clegg. I have to say that the vast majority of my time running the Crab Line has been a great deal of fun and reasonably hard work. Over the last few months, I feel that I have lost the edge and the wish to continue to cover, for example, the selection of the Carnival Queen as I have for the last ten years running, bar one, when I was in France with an advertiser at the 24 hr Race in Le Mans. My lovely wife Lis has been setting the pages and correcting most of my too many spelling mistakes for all the issues, after the first 12, when our typesetters wanted to charge a great deal more than the market rate. Lis has been very supportive of the business, despite not intending to be involved originally. Thanks Lis very much. So what of the future? Lis is going back to textile design and I am planning to sort out and build a couple of flats in Cromer, before going into the leisure market place. At time of going to press, I am unable to tell our loyal readers and advertisers who I have sold the Crab Line to as it is an organisation answerable to its partners every time whch tends to take a while. We/they will let you know via the Crab Line website, before they bring out their first issue on January 28th. Like any business they will be making several improvements to the Crab Line by refreshing it more than I have over the last few months. I wish them all the very best and encourage everyone to continue to send in everything that make a good paper get even better and of course to advertise with them. Thank you everyone. Philip Keddell


and win a Family Swim voucher from ‘SPLASH’ in Sheringham ( 2 Adults & 2 kids) If you are under 12, tell us your name, age & address, where the Crab is hidden and on which page. OR - If you are a pensioner, SPOT THE COD and win COFFEE & CAKE FOR TWO at the Aristocrat Tearooms, Bond Street, Cromer. Hand in your Entry, on a postcard please,to: K. Hardware in Cromer, or post it to: The Crab Line, 30 West St. Cromer NR27 9DS, before the next issue comes out.

The first entry out of the hat wins ! ISSUE 234 WINNERS!

Congratulations to Mrs Joy Manners, from Cromer, who found the Cod in CAS Travel’s Ad on Page 13 & to Charlie Thomas, aged 9 yrs from Bacton, who spotted the Crab on Page 7, in the Digital Phone Company’s advert.


Entries for Spot the Crab, written by children themselves (at least their name) will always be drawn before the rest.

Did You Hear..... ..about the Pre-School teacher who was helping one of the children put on his "Wellies"? He asked for help and she could see why. Even with her pulling & him pushing, the little "Wellies" still didn't want to go on. By the time they got the 2nd "Wellie" on, she had worked up a sweat. She almost cried when the little boy said : "Miss, they're on the wrong feet." She looked, and sure enough, they were. It wasn't any easier pulling the "Wellies" off than it was putting them on. She managed to keep her cool as together they worked to get the "Wellies" back on, this time on the right feet. He then announced, "These aren't my Wellies." She bit her tongue rather than get right in his face and scream, 'Why didn't you say so?' Once again, she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting "Wellies" off his little feet. No sooner had they gotten the "Wellies" off when he said: "They're my brother's "Wellies", my mum made me wear them."

Now she didn't know if she should laugh or cry. But, she mustered up what grace & courage she had left to wrestle the "Wellies" on his feet again. Helping him into his coat, she asked : "Now, where are your gloves?" He said : "I stuffed them in the toes of my “Wellies”".

Thanks to Ingrid Campbell for this.

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