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405 8th September 2012

What it was really like at the Olympics

As, I have said so many times since returning home: Amazing, awesome, brilliant, wonderful, fantastic, outstanding, terrific, writes Games Maker Tracey Khalil.

On the morning of Thursday 26th August, car packed to overflow, tent, clothes, uniform, paperwork all double checked and ready for the trip, I set off for Eton Manor Rugby Club Wanstead.

Excited and anxious, it was finally here, I was actually going to be a Games Maker at London 2012.

I have to admit, after all the planning for office and trip, I wondered whether it would ever be possible but, thanks to family, friends and colleagues, I was on my way and about an hour and a half into the journey I found tears streaming down my face; it finally dawned on me that the dream of two years was here - it was happening and I was on my way! I was going to the London Olympics.

Arriving at Eton Manor on a gloriously hot Thursday afternoon I found other Games Makers already pitched and making friends, my spot marked out by those I had met on facebook and before I knew it they had all joined in and my tent was pitched and ready;

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New competition - Win 2 tickets for Theme Night at Mackenzie Hotels in December. Answer a simple question and the prize could be yours - Entries must be in by October 2nd.

Games Maker spirit started here! Tracey meets Marlon Devonish.

Unfortunately, no cars were allowed on the grassed camping area (rugby pitch areas) so with the prospect of several long hot trips collecting equipment from the car to the tent we needed a plan. Fortunately the Club house (bar) was on the way so, Kirsty (tent sharer) and I decided, that each time we made the trip to the car we would have to have a drink to make sure we kept hydrated, essential on such a hot day! Second trip in and only 1 cider each later, we spotted the site manager with a large sack barrow , just what we needed to ease the task. Once borrowed it saved the day only 1 trip needed to the car, spoilt our hydration plans, but helped with the equipment movement. Continued on page 11...

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CROMER AIR TRAINING CORPS meet at Cromer High School 7pm Mon and Thurs. Tel: 01263 515452. CROMER ARMY CADET FORCE parade Tues nights 7.30pm-9.30pm at the cadet Centre, Cromer High School. For more information please call on 01362 656919 ROYAL NAVAL ASSOCIATION Cromer Branch, Royal British Legion, Halsey House, Cromer 1st Fri each month noon winter, 7.45pm summer. New members welcome. CROMER BRIDGE CLUB - Play Duplicate every Monday evening. Novice players very welcome. For more details ring 01263 822778 Cromer Parish Hall COFFEE BAR open to all on Mon, Wed and Fri 10am to 12noon. Coffee, tea, light refreshments. Relax, make friends & stay as long as you wish. SEAVIEW PRE-SCHOOL five morning sessions per week 8.45-11.45am. Ages 2 1/2 - 5yrs. £5 per session (government funding for 3-yr olds Tel: 01263 514028 CROMER W.I. meet every second Thursday at The Community Hall in Garden Street. 2.30pm. Visitors welcome. St JOHN Hall, Bond Street - St John Adult Division, Tues. 7.30 - 9.30pm. Cadets, Tues. 5.45 - 7.30pm. ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Cromer & District branch meet every 1st Wed of month at The Cottage P.H., Louden Rd. at 7.30pm. New members welcome. Age UK North Norfolk, Information and Advice Drop In service. At Cromer library second Thursday each month 10am - 12. No appointment needed. Submariners Association (Nflk) meet first Wed every month 8pm at The Kings Head, Horsham St Faith. Contact Peter Cudby 01603 715449. 1st CROMER SEASCOUTS - Beavers meet Fri 5.30 6.45pm. Cubs meet Wed 6 - 7.30pm. Scouts meet Fri 7.30 - 9.30pm at Overstrand Rd 01263 514562 or 514052 MINNI-HOUSE CLUB of North Norfolk meet second Thursday of month at 2pm in Bodham Village Hall. For further information phone 01263 713328. Norfolk and Norwich Assoc. for the Blind - Information and Equipment Centre opens every Tuesday 9.30am 1pm in Merchant’s Place, 16 Church Street, Cromer. Cromer Chamber Orchestra is looking for players (no age limit), all sections woodwind, brass, strings. We meet at Cromer High School on Monday evenings at 7pm (during school term) No audition necessary. T: 01263 511600 Chesterfield Hall, Cabbell Rd PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP Mondays 10 - 12, mothers (or fathers) can bring young children and have a chat while the children play with the toys. Throughout the year in school term time. Cromer St John Ambulance Table Top Sales every second Friday of each month at St John Hall, Bond St., Cromer 9am - 3pm. All proceeds in aid of Cromer St John Ambulance Division Funds. Cromer Flower Club meetings held on 3rd Monday of each month at Cromer Junior School 7.30pm (no meeting in August). Visitors always welcome. Contact 01263 513408 for more information. Royal British Legion, Women’s Section 1st Thursday each month at 2.30pm at The Cottage Hotel, Louden Rd, Cromer. New members welcome. Cromer Christian Fellowship - Former Gospel Hall corner of Station Rd/Norwich Rd. Sunday Service 10.30am. Cromer Youth Football Club - welcomes new players of all abilities aged 6 - 18 for training sessions and matches. For details contact John Seton on 512276 or visit Cromer & District Parkinsons Disease Society meets at the St John's Ambulance Hall, Bond Street, Cromer starting at 10.30am on the second Wed of each month. All welcome. Contact 01263 515138 for more information. REME Association Cromer & District Branch meet every 1st Tuesday of the month at The Cottage PH, Louden Road, Cromer at 2pm Ballroom, Latin Classes. Red Lion Hotel, Cromer, Wednesday afternoons 2pm - 4.30pm. £5 per person. For information call 07526 883776 or 07538 801813


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Events at Cromer Museum - September Guided Walks

Saturday 15 September, 2 – 4pm Weasenham Barrows The remote heathland of Weasenham Lyngs was once the site of one of East Anglia’s biggest barrow cemeteries. Meet outside Weasenham VC Primary School, School Lane, Weasenham All Saints (grid reference TF 853 214). Cost: £4.00, Museums Pass £3.00. Advance booking essential.

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Friday 21 September, 10am – 3pm Hands-on Fossils: A Beginner’s Guide to Fossils Find out how to collect, curate and identify fossils using the museum’s collections. Discover how they came to be preserved and what they can tell us about our geological past. Cost: £15.00, Museums pass £14.00. Advance booking essential.

Tuesday 11 September, 10.30 – 12noon Mardle at the Museum Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and have a mardle about Cromer past and present. Bring along your photos and memorabilia for us to record and help to identify faces and events from our community archive. Admission Free.

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Fit Together Walks Fri Sept 14th – 10:30am - Cromer Town Walk – Grade 2-3 – Approx. 2.8 miles – A walk with moderate/steep gradients on pavement, dirt, grass and gravel paths. Meet at the North Norfolk Information Centre, Louden Rd, Cromer, NR27 9EF (parking charges apply). Mon Sept. 17th – 10:30am - West Runton to East Runton Walk Grade 3 to 4 - Approx. 4 miles – A mixture of grass, concrete, gravel and woodland paths with moderate/

steep gradients up Incleborough Hill. Meet at the Hillside Animal Sanctuary car park (free), West Runton, NR27 9QH - NEW START POINT.

Weds Sept. 19th – 10:30am Northrepps Cottage Walk – Grade 3 – Approx. 3 miles – A walk with gradients, through woods and along grass tracks and minor roads. Meet at the Northrepps Cottage Country Hotel Car Park (free), Nut Lane, Northrepps, NR27 0JN.


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CROMER MUSEUM We are hoping to recruit some volunteers with a particular interest in textiles. The group would meet every two weeks at the Museum on Mondays from 11am-1pm. If you have an interest in craft-work, sewing, etc., please come for an initial short meeting on Monday 17 September at 11am. The aim is to make a patchwork cover for our Victorian bedroom, using traditional methods. Training will be arranged. Future projects to be planned. Cromer Museum, East Cottages, Tucker Street, Cromer, Norfolk NR27 9HB Tel: (01263) 513543

Tues Sept. 25th – 10.30am – Cromer Pier Bookable Walk – Grade 1 and Introductory – any distance to 1 mile – A gentle walk along the promenade with lift access to the prom. Meet outside the Merchants Place, 16 Church Street, Cromer, NR27 9GW. Please book for this walk on 07826869377 by 3pm Mon Sept. 24th. and please arrive 20 mins early if you are new.

Sunday Sept. 30th - 10.30am Felbrigg Sunday Walk - Grade 3 - Approx. 3 miles - A walk through

Sunday in the St John Ambulance Hall, Bacton Road, North Walsham. All welcome. Northrepps 'Poppyland' Royal British Legion Meets first Monday every month 7.30pm at Northrepps Country Cottage Hotel. New members always welcome. Tel: 01263 579633 CROMER LIBRARY is free to join, and offers book loans, DVD, CD and games hire. Once a member your card is valid at all Norfolk libraries, and free internet access is provided! Prince of Wales Road, Cromer, NR27 9HS. Tel: 01263 512850, email: Open: Mon, 9.30- pm; Tue 9.30-5pm; Wed 9.30-1pm; Thur 9.30-5pm; Fri 9.30-7pm, Sat 10-1pm Regular events are: Family History Drop-In Group, meeting 10 - 12pm on the 1st Saturday of each month. Age Uk Drop In between 10.30 and 12.30pm on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Carers Support Advice between 2 and 4pm on the 3rd Monday of each month. Every Friday DVDs and music CDs are on special offer hire 2 for the price of 1. Every Saturday Xbox 360, wii and DS games are £1.00 off normal hire price. Reading Groups which meet in the library are Cromer Crime Scene group, and the NNAB listening book group please contact the library for more details if you would like to join. North Norfolk Speakers Club meets every other Wednesday, 7pm at North Walsham High School, Spencer Ave. For dates and further information visit or contact Gillian tel. 01692 650250 Morley Lunch Club Sheringham on the third Tuesday of the month. 2 course lunch for £7.50. Sittings start from

woods, open parkland and lowland lakeside. Meet at the main Felbrigg Hall car park, Felbrigg, NR11 8PR. Parking charges apply to non-National Trust members.

Please arrive 20 mins early if you are new.

For more information contact Melanie Brown on 07826869377.

The Local Pick Up Point for the full Fit Together walk programme is Cromer Tourist Information Centre.

12am till 2pm. Please call in to find out more or phone 01263 822087 to book. Monthly Mondays - Sept 17th (Oct 15th, Nov 19th, Dec 17th) – Art Afternoons - Trunch NR28 0QE – 2-4pm – Join our local artist, Jan Ellmore, for an afternoon of art! A variety of genres will be covered including drawing and painting. Jan will provide all the mediums unless you want to bring your own! Each week Jan will welcome the group but will instruct one-on-one so that you can choose your genre. Jan would like you to bring along any photographs that you would like to copy from. Cost £4, and booking required by 3pm the Friday before on 07826869377. Weekly Tuesdays - The Fit Together Tea Dance - 2-4pm at the Copeman Centre, Hall Street, Briston, NR24 2LG. No partner and no booking necessary. Call Claire Carter on (01263) 861340 for directions. £2.00 including tea/coffee/biscuits/cake. Weekly Thursdays - Fit Together Badminton - 1pm to 4:30pm at the Gresham Village Hall, East Beckham Lane, Gresham, NR11 8RT. The time is divided between different abilities. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available. Please call 07917596797 to find your time slot and book your place – all equipment provided. £2.50 Cromer Forum meets on the first Tuesday of the month in the Lower Hall of Cromer Methodist Church, Hall Road, Cromer at 7.30 pm. Everyone is warmly welcomed to meetings Bridge at Weybourne Village Hall. The Acol Club meets Tuesdays 2pm. Chicago movement means no need to bring a partner. All abilities welcome. Details 01692 404064 or 01263 825061.



AYLSHAM CELEBRATES THE BEST OF BRITISH. A concert of words and music to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee SATURDAY 20 OCTOBER at Aylsham High School at 7pm. All tickets £5

The Poppyline Education Group invite you to a 1940s-style musical tea party with a Dig for Victory Harvest Home theme, at The Railway Institute, North Norfolk Railway, Holt Railway Station, Kelling. on Wednesday 31 October from 2.15pm till 4.15pm. There is live music with The Simon Miller Sound and a cream tea. Plenty of free parking. Tickets are £6 each and advance booking is essential. For further details and to book please tel 01263 820800.

The Hawk and Owl Trust, Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve - Words on wildlife Literature and poetry workshop Sunday 23 September 2pm-4.30pm Enjoy and discuss some great wildlife writing from literature and poetry, bring along your favourite wildlife writing passages to share. Be inspired by the wonderful natural environment of Sculthorpe Moor and have a go at creating some 'word pictures' of your own. This workshop is very informal and no previous experience is required. Some time will be spent outdoors and it will include some inspirational and creative activities to help to connect you with the natural world. £15 Places on courses are limited and must be booked in advance. Tel. 01328 856788 or email Wildlife Book Fair at Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September 10am-4pm New and pre-loved books, DVDs etc. for sale on wildlife and related topics and other goods at sale prices. All proceeds go towards the upkeep of the reserve

Cromer Society Wednesday 26 September Extended Lecture Course: "Roman

Britain and East Anglia: 1st Century BC to 5th Century AD" presented by Ian Groves. Enrolment as from 10am at The Cottage, Louden Rd, Cromer Thursday 27 September Illustrated Talk: "The Unseen World of a Norfolk Wood" presented by Mike Stew at 7pm Suffield Park Bowls Club, Station Road, Cromer

TRIMINGHAM VILLAGE HALL FUND RAISING COMMITTEE Tuesday 11 September Quiz Night at Trimingham House Caravan Park 7.30pm for 8pm, £1/ person, teams of four. Thursday 13 September Whist Drive, Pilgrim Shelter, Trimingham from 1.45pm, £1.50/ person inc. refreshments and raffle. Friday 14 September Knitting/Craft Circle, Pilgrim Shelter, Trimingham from 2pm, £1.50/person inc. refreshments. Wednesday 19 September Crib Session, Pilgrim Shelter, Trimingham from 1.45pm, £1.50/person, inc. refreshments and raffle. Thursday 20 September Whist Drive, Pilgrim Shelter, Trimingham from 1.45pm, £1.50/person inc. refreshments and raffle. For all above please contact Liz 01263 834965 Art Exhibition on 15 September at Trimingham Church from 10.30am to 3.30pm, with tea, coffee and cake. Followed by Afternoon Tea from 4pm in Pilgrim Shelter, both for Church Funds. Contact Dot 01263 833249

WEA Course. 89 years old and still going strong! This year's programme marks the 89th year of adult education courses organised by volunteers in Sheringham. Starting life as the 'Sheringham Lecture Society' in 1923 with the University of Cambridge Department of ExtraMural Studies, lecturers travelled on the direct train route from Cambridge to Sheringham and back! The WEA (Workers' Educational Association – now provide us with their professional lecturers. Our ten week course starting on 18 September is The Early Church and the Roman Empire with tutor Angela Parkes on Tuesdays between 2.30-

4pm at St Joseph's Catholic Church Hall, Cromer Road, Sheringham. Angela describes her course: From the Apostles to Constantine. How the encounter with the secular power of Rome formed and influenced the development of the Christian Church in the first four centuries. Topics will include the effect of Christian ideas on Roman society, the development of the New Testament documents, house groups to church buildings, persecutions, and prominent figures, from Paul to Athanasius. Cost: £48 for ten weeks. Our Autumn Term Day School is The Earth on Fire with tutor: Charles Lewis on Saturday 29 September between10am-4pm at St Andrew's Methodist Church Hall Cromer Road Sheringham. Charles describes his day: From awe-inspiring and terrifying to curious and playful, volcanoes and their associated processes represent the most important forces in nature. We shall look at the science and history of volcanoes, their causes, variety and distribution and their influence on the origins and development of the earth and the activities of man. Cost: £15 for the day. Tea and coffee provided but please bring your own lunch. To book a place on these courses contact Nicky Diggle on 01263 825696. We look forward to meeting you!

Diabetes UK North Norfolk Voluntary Group. Our speaker on Thursday 27 September will be Alirae Bunkle, Diabetes Specialist Nurse from Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kings Lynn. The meeting starts at 7.30pm at Cromer Methodist Church Hall. For more information please contact Jackie or David on 01692 405492

Coffee Morning with stalls! Saturday 8 September 10am to 12 noon. Friends Meeting House, Cremer Street, Sheringham. Why not take a break from shopping and come along for ‘Fairtrade’ coffee, tea and cakes. Stalls also available, with local produce and crafts. Fundraising in aid of Practical Action and Working for Peace in Palestine

Macmillan Biggest Coffee Morning will be held at The Community Centre Garden Street Cromer on Friday 28 September from 10am until 12noon. Tombola, Raffle Cake Stall All are welcome. Organiser Diane Burdett & Friends

“Autumn Medley” presented by North Norfolk Chamber Opera on Saturday 29 September at St Andrew’s Church, Holt - a selection of songs from Ivor Novello, West Side Story, Opera Choruses and more. Starts at 7.30pm. Refreshments. Retiring collection “Autumn Medley” presented by North Norfolk Chamber Opera on Friday 28 September at Holy Trinity Church, West Runton - a selection of songs from Ivor Novello, West Side Story, Opera Choruses and more. Starts at 7.30pm – Tickets on door £5.00 to include refreshments Ceilidh dancing to Shindig on 20 October at Northrepps Village Hall 7.30pm Refreshments Hot Dog, bring your own drinks (don’t forget to bring a glass) Cost £7 Tickets available from Tricia Telephone 01263 826880 or email

Cromer Forum 2 October John Needham ‘Medals’ in the Lower Hall of Cromer Methodist Church, Hall Road, Cromer at 7.30 pm

Wanted - Bowlers. Winter short mat up to competition level. If interested please contact John or Ros on 01263 510177

Cromer Twinning Association are holding a Fish Supper on Friday 28 September at 7.30pm at Cromer Community Centre. £14 pp, bring your own drinks. Tickets from Hilary on 01263 515848 or Mary on 01263 513757

Quiz at The Cottage, Louden Road, Cromer on 20 September at 2.30pm. Teams max of 4, free entry prizes, raffle, retiring collection, free nibbles. Quizmaster Johnny (Grumpy) Groom. Proceeds to Normandy Veterans Association

First Year Celebration - Saturday 22nd September - Psychics and Scones! Merchant’s Place, Cromer. 10am-4pm. Taster Sessions as usual from £5! A year ago, the first Mind Body and Spirit Event was held at the wonderful venue of Merchant’s Place, Cromer, and was so successful that several other of these events have taken place. To celebrate their first anniversary, the group now known as “North Norfolk Therapists and Psychics” are holding a Psychics and Scones Day on Saturday 22nd September at Merchants Place, Cromer, from 10.00 – 4.00pm. The usual suspects 6

will be there – Clairvoyants Caroline Senter and Tina Fredericks, Astrologer and Palmist Jennifer Stevens, Cranial Sacral Therapist Mike Harrison, Bowen Technique with Cornelius Van der Does; there will also be Indian Head Massage, Neck and Shoulder Massage, Reiki Healing, Reflexology, Card and Rune Readings, crystal hand crafted wands and gifts for sale. In the entrance, as usual, will be crystals for sale

from the Cromer shop of Little Gems, plus a Tombola Raffle. Cakes will also be sold. Refreshments are available... oh and not forgetting the Scones!!!

Entrance is free. The atmosphere is friendly and informal. So do come and visit, have a reading or two, a bit of healing or just have a cup of tea or coffee with a scone.

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Grab Your Rhythm Sticks for a Knickerbocker Glorious Day of Tasty Music From Deckchair Productions, the team that produced ‘Heads Down No Nonsense Boogie’ and ‘Rock and Blues on the Pier’ and continues to organise the highly acclaimed ‘Folk on the Pier’, comes a new afternoon and evening event which will climax in a first visit ever to Cromer by a legendary ’70s band who are currently celebrating their 35th Anniversary! ‘Rocktober Sundae’ features a heady mix of acoustic dexterity, Rock, Latin Rock Fusion and a dash of humour building up to very special first Cromer visit by the one and only Blockheads.

The afternoon headline slot features a return to Cromer of the blistering rhythms of the highly acclaimed Viva Santana, an authentic tribute to the music of Carlos Santana personally endorsed by the actual band. Super-hot versions of Samba Pa Ti, Black Magic Woman and Soul Sacrifice will be amongst the numbers from an outfit that is that good you can just close your eyes and believe it’s ‘the real deal’ at the Pier Pavilion.

The first acoustic slot of the event will be more than adequately filled by Michael Chapman whose pedigree dates back to ’60s Harvest albums such as ‘Fully Qualified Survivor’ and ‘Wrecked Again’. Mr Chapman is a superlative guitarist and songwriter and many will remember his classic song ‘Postcards from Scarborough’.

In the evening a lighter side of the show will see a welcome return to Cromer by Peggy and PJ. Dave Pegg (Fairport Convention/Jethro Tull/Dylan Project) teamed up with P J Wright (Steve Gibbons Band/Little Johnny England/Dylan Project), a double act that mixes some quirky humour, instrumental dexterity and a few takes on the way we are today.

Closing the event will be the Blockheads featuring both original members such as the one and only Norman Watt-Roy on bass as well as some later additions to the line-up. ‘Derek the Drawer’ has recently taken up the challenge of fronting this formidable band and for the very first time the Pavilion Theatre will enjoy classic songs such as ‘Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll’, ‘Wake Up and Make Love With Me’, ‘Sweet Gene Vincent’, ‘Reasons to be Cheerful’, ‘Clevor Trevor’ and of course ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’.

Cementing the day together will be two fine local acts - The Divide from Yarmouth and Cromer’s very own Rade Stamatov and his band.

Running order: 2.00pm onwards Rade’s Band, Michael Chapman, Viva Santana! 5.00pm BREAK 7.30pm onwards Peggy and PJ, The Divide, The Blockheads

‘Rocktober Sundae’ Sunday 21st October 2012 Pavilion Theatre, Cromer Pier, Cromer Tickets: £14 afternoon concert £16 evening concert - all day ticket £25 Box Office 01263 512495

National Trust in September Blickling Hall

RAF Blickling Saturday 15 September 11am – 4pm Help us celebrate the connection between Blickling and the RAF with all manner of memorabilia and costumed interpretation. In addition to our permanent RAF Oulton museum, come and hear the stories of the men and women who were stationed here in the 1940s. Meet bomber crew, see how vehicles were repaired and learn all about escape, evasion and the role of the Land Army. With music of the era, talks about the role that 100 group played at nearby RAF Oulton, tours of the attics, cycle rides to the former airfield, there will be much to learn and enjoy. Normal admission applies extra charge for attic tours, cycle rides and games.

Objects in Focus Times vary, please call for details Each Wednesday in September Staff and volunteers tell us about their favourite piece from the magnificent Blickling collection. Normal admission applies.

Sheringham Park

Historical Walk 16 September, 2pm Take a guided walk to discover the fascinating history of Sheringham Park. Learn about the Upcher family who owned the estate from 1811 and the landscape gardener Humphry Repton who 200 years ago designed the magnificent coastal views you see today. Includes a fun quiz for children Price Adults £2, Children free Autumn Birdwatch Sunday 23 September, 9am – 1pm Join us as we explore the diverse habitats of the Sheringham estate at this busy time for migrating birds. 4-5 miles approx. Free as part of Walking Festival. Cromer Times #405 September 8th 2012

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WANTED All Corgi, Dinky, Matchbox toys, cars, lorries etc, boxed, all others considered. Tel 01263 825027 All train locomotives, train sets, buildings etc, all considered. Tel 01263 825027 Broken games consoles, Nintendo, Sony, Xbox in any state considered. Will collect locally. Mobile:07780649282 Can you help to save our songbirds? We need anything saleable for Songbird Survival (charity no 1085281). Tel 01692 400780 COINS wanted all pre decimal British coins in good condition, can collect Tel 01692 402547 2x white bedside tables preferably vintage looking Tel 01692 615069 Upright piano Tel 07900 166506 Records – 45s, LPs and 78s all considered Tel 01692 405756 External wooden door, wooden or metal garden furniture and large garden ornaments, must be very reasonable price please Tel 01263 834381 Free DVDs and CDs in aid of Air Ambulance and East Runton Funday Tel 01263 511697 Double bedstead frame (not divan) either wood or metal mattress not important Tel 01263 823914 Lock-up garage to buy in Cromer or Sheringham area Tel 07961 415418

FOR SALE Gas cooker excellent condition offers £60 Tel 01263 720982 Red & black maxi cosi cabrio car seat with head hugger and hood like new £50ono Also have the seat fixers for it to an icandy £20 Tel 07717 502500 Wet suit unused-full length medium ladies Speedskin soft touch Camaro cost £120 Accept £35 Tel. 01263824297 Neff for building in electric hob four solid plates good working order £10 Tel 01692 405927 One Valletta large sofa, one Valletta regular sofa and one Valletta recliner chair all in brown leather effect all as new & in excellent condition cost £790 accept £300 Tel 01692 405945


Button £1.50 a bag. Peacock feathers 7 for £1. New Churchill china white cups saucers teaplates £2 a setting. Tel 01692 405663 Eckman telescopic electric hedge trimmer with shoulder harness £40. Double wrought iron gates 8ft wide 3ft high £40 Tel 01263 720747 Two chests of drawers three handles missing £5 the pair. Electric room heater £5 Tel 01692 402597 Powabyke electric folding bicycle dynamo lights new battery excellent condition £300 Tel 01692 405200 Miele vacuum cleaner upright S7000 series excellent condition + bags & filters 1800 watts £60. Golf flight bag excellent condition used once £20 Tel 01692 407857 Nest of tables dark wood £12.50. New mixer taps. Men’s jackets size 40 inch chest vgc Tel 01692 402324 Toshiba music centre radio record player 33 & 45s twin cassette player twin speakers £40 can be seen working Tel 01692 403779 Wooden futon double sofa bed cream mattress as new £75. Two electric lawnmowers (Bosch Rotak 320 & Flymo Easimo) gwo £25 each selling due to now having petrol mower. Tel 01692 400899 Two men’s shirts 1 blue check 1 blue stripe neck size 19 both new. Electric fire style ‘Hallaton’ by Burley £25 perfect condition. Tel 01692 404278 DVDs – The Best of Dave Allen The Best of Les Dawson, The Best of Victor Meldrew & Ronnie Corbett Live all four for £10 Tel 01692 500938 or 07776 217780 De’Longhi 3kw (Dragon) oil filled radiator as new £45. De’Longhi 2kw oil filled radiator as new £30 Tel 07919 577717 Flymo Micro Compact 300 £25 Tel 01692 403393 Teac mini hi fi cd tape radio with 2 speakers and remote control mainly black in colour £25ono. Golf kit left handed clubs full set irons drivers putter also golf bag £50ono Tel 07825 955083 (East Runton) Five reams of high quality A4 white 100gsm copier paper will to run on all printers and copiers £3.50 per ream (500 sheets) or £15 per box of 2500 sheets Tel 01263 826264 Raleigh Superbe 1951 gents cycle rebuilt receipts for parts frame size 22" hub dyno lights 3 speed rear carrier £195 Tel 01263 823093 Headboard for double bed in cream faux suede and modern table 36"x36" beech colour both in excellent condition bargain at £10 each proceeds to charity Tel 01263 823288 Zimmer disability wheelchair self propelled £50.Creda spin dryer £35. Camp bed folding used once only from Argos £25.Tel 01263 761272 Saxon Kassima ladies mountain bike £35 for quick sale 01692 403981 Pine wooden rocking crib incl all linning £45. Travel cot £25. Travel cot new £20. Baby bath £2. Mamas and Papas car seat 0-9months £5. Baby carrier £7. Baby carrier new £8. Blow up play ring £3 plus lots more Tel 07766 954114

Two fish tanks 12.8ltr rectangle and globe with accessories £10 both. Wicker picnic hamper with various accessories £10. Small 2KW fan heater hot/cold blow £7. Brass and globe effect electric oil lamp £12. Small brass and globe pendant light fitting £5. Table lamp no shade blue and floral ceramic 12" high £6. Small square ottoman light green velour 13" square by 13" high Tel. 01692 501078. Round dining Table teak extends to seat eight good condition £25ono Tel 01692 403099 Dog Crate/Cage size 42"(L) x 28"(W) x 32"(H) plus gabadine cover £42ono. Tel 01263511742 Student violins one half size, one three quarter size good condition with bows and hard cases £15 each. Self propelled lawn mower Efco with good Briggs & Stratton engine easy starter new clutch cable large collection box good used condition £60 Tel 01692 404476 Childs PVC outdoor wendy/playhouse 1200 L x 1150 H x 1000 W £20. John Deere 6920 pedal tractor with tipping trailer £40 Tel 01263 823825 or 07833 682917 Coffee table in waxed pine £30. Uplighter, black, floor standing, with frosted shade £15. Oak barrel, full size £20. Marble fire inset and hearth Free to collect. Tel 07855 097829 3ft single divan bed with luxury mattress headboard mattress protector duvet and duvet set unused as new £100 Tel 01692 407977 Various garden tools & hand tools from £3. Mountain bike vgc £50. Tall free standing fan £10. Tall chrome pedal bin £10. Cane magazine rack £5. Pine swivel dressing table mirror £15 Tel 01692 402961 Alba 16 inch HD ready TV excellent condition ideal child’s 1st TV £50ono. CD & DVD stand pink/white 102 CDs & 75 DVDs £6 each or £10 pair Tel 01692 405781 18 gear men’s cycle. 2 seater sofa. Standard lamp. Nest 3 tables. Curtains. Many other items some still boxed all excellent condition Tel 01692 538251 Pifco/Salton electric double cooking/boiling unit free standing 2 rings good condition as new £25ono Tel 01692 406231 Vax upright vacuum cleaner ‘ideal for pets’ complete with accessories £30 Tel 01263 720467 Bosal 2 bike Carrier locks onto tow-bar bikes lock onto the carrier excellent condition still under warranty genuine sale cost £290 new accept £150 Tel 07784 448048 Bobbin bicycle classic upright Dutch style in black 3 gears basket dynamo lights back pedal brake and stand vgc £195 ideal for the girl about town! Tel 01263 823914 Maver mx seatbox with footplate in new condition £40. Middy landing net handle £10. 14 ft sea fishing rod used once £25. Tel 01692 402107 Recliner sofa £70ono. White dressing table & stool £20. Set white drawers £10. Two Vax hoovers £15 (upright) and £25. Tel 01692 405047 Ducal round pedestal table 45" and 4 chairs recently re-upholstered in excellent condition £160ono. Tel 01263 731213

Wheelchair lightweight self propelled quick release wheels folds very small for transport as new £125. Transit wheelchair small wheels £75. Ladies traditional bicycle £55. Hostess trolley £45. Tel 01692 500988 Two single divan beds with mattresses £20 each or £30 for the two. Parker Knoll suite three seater & 2 single recliner armchairs light flower pattern vgc £130. Tel 07753 412888 Bedroom vanity unit with tilting mirror & storage compartment in cream melamine to stand on dressing table 63cm x 60cm £25. Portable air conditioning unit Vortice Polar M9 10,000 BTU/h 75cm x 41cm x 40cm price negotiable. Tel 01263 824622 Maxi-cosi Priori XP car seat Argos price £149 sell £40. Triang child’s trike with parent handle used at grandparents £15ono Tel 01263 820379 New black leather ¾ jacket XL with hood bought as a gift for me far too heavy for me to use! £25 Tel 01263 820900 Sofa bed pale gold stainguard protected memory foam mattress seldom used vgc £200. Two Habitat modular shelving units in beech £20 pair. Tel 01263 825738 after 4pm Table top electric sewing machine £20 Tel 01263 825772 Black overcoat medium size £5. Two unused Daewoo 5w speakers £5. Firegem Visa 2 gas fire £50. Pickaxe £5. Mattock £5. Various hoes. Tel 01263 822624 Stihl strimmer petrol used only once vgc £125 Tel 01263 822569 Titan LP1200 plastic oil tank 8 years old good condition small quantity of oil buyer empties and collects £100ono. Tel 01263 823184 Bomb hoist £60. Generator £65. Hostess trolley £25. Cane silver sofa purple £50. Blanket box wicker £10. Cast garden table chairs wooden £40. Set garden swing seat £25. Tel 01263 579326 Henselite bowls, size 4 heavy £20. Jessops tripod, 2-sided screen, silver a& white double sided. £15 Tel 01263 826964 Gator case for mixer 19inx17inx6in £30. RP90 modelling guitar processer £40 Trantec head set radio mike£50. Electro harmonic rhythm 12 £15. All open to offers Tel 01263 579663 Electrolux brown built in gas oven with separate grill in very good condition little used H885mm W595mm Depth 540mm £75. Qualcast Punch Classic 35S cylinder electric mower 14" cut c/w grass box gwo. £50. Tel 01263510269 HP Photosmart C3180 printer scanner copier works perfectly have upgraded to wireless £30ono Tel 07825 955083 Washing machine gwo £65. Fridge freezer clean and tidy £60. Tumble drier £50. Tel 07435 434006 Rolator walking aid with seat and shopping bag good condition £25. RASCAL P320 power chair good condition very comfy captain's seat £150. Pair of PORTARAMP 200kg wheelchair ramps very sturdy £125 Tel 01263 511000 Large ginger jar table lamp with new shade £20 or offers excellent condition Tel 01263 824910 continued on page 24...

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North Walsham and District Branch of Cats Protection

Although we have re-homed over 50 kittens this year we still have plenty more in care and several litters waiting to come in as soon as a pen is free. Sadly four have died in care because they have not had appropriate care and food before joining us or they have had a serious problem due to inbreeding which could not be treated. Understandably, our fosterers are very upset when this happens as they become very fond of their charges (even when this happens after only a day in care). For six other kittens a successful outcome has been reached and they are now all thriving, either in care or in their new homes. One little kitten named Dollar is, however, still not fully fit and will have had an operation to see what is causing his “heavy breathing” by the time this article is published. As he came in with the kitten with the damaged eye called Tuppence (plus sister Penny) he is indeed a fortunate little cat to have landed on our doorstep. As you are aware all our kittens visit the vets before they leave for their new homes, to make sure they are fully fit. They are treated for fleas and worms, have had their 1st vaccination (the second will be paid for by us) and will leave with four weeks free Pet Insurance plus a commitment by their new owner to have them neutered. We also blood test either the mother cat or one of the kittens to check that they do not have FIV or FELV. Despite re-homing so many kittens already this year we still have lots waiting to be chosen and several more litters waiting for a pen to come free so that they can come into care. These include a mum and five kittens born in the garden of a lady who used to run an independent charity. What a clever little cat! We are now finalising our plans for the Branch Open Coffee Morning on 8th September at Stephanie’s (our first one since her fire) and hope to see lots of our cat loving friends there on the day. If you are looking for a cat or kitten please give Stephanie a call on 01692 535858. Alternatively, for a description and photographs of the cats, you can visit before giving us a call on the above number.

Adopt a Chicken at The Patch

Come along to The Patch at Sheringham High School on Saturday 15 September between 2-4pm and you could adopt an egg laying chicken. There will be lots to do at this free open event including organic gardening advice, environmental art, family activities, refreshments and a plant/produce stall. For more info please visit or phone Sue Penlington on 822363. Hope to see you there!

Poppy the Basset Hound

Last November we adopted a retired Basset Hound from the Albany and West Lodge Bassets, a wonderful pack of hounds who receive the very best individual care and attention. They absolutely live for their trail hunting but all good things come to an end and they eventually have to retire. It is unbelievable how well they settle into home life. I adopted Poppy with the hope that she would become a Pets as Therapy visiting dog. She passed her assessment with flying colours and was described as a kind and sweet natured dog. She really has the loveliest temperament and is a great family hound - you could not meet a nicer dog - we love her to bits.

If you are looking to find a canine companion do contact Jeremy Ward - Master of Basset Hounds, telephone 01462 432120.

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Beautiful and Peaceful

Melbourne House Country Estate, set in the heart of the countryside on the North Norfolk Coastline, is the perfect venue for weddings, conferences, or those seeking a peaceful break, reports North Walsham Times roving reporter Eric Hayton.

I found it hidden away on the outskirts of North Walsham. You can relax outside on a sunny day to the peaceful lilt of nature or, if it’s a little chilly, retreat indoors to splendid Georgian rooms. It offers a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of modern living...

It is a family run concern; the owners are Tracey Hipperson and Kevin Fleming and Son Gary is Managing Director of Melbourne House Country Pursuits. Gary has pursued his passion since a child of shotguns, clays and firearms in general, and is now a firearms dealer and clay shooting instructor. He also carries out vermin control for local farmers. There are currently four generations of the family at Melbourne House. Tracey's parents, Wendy and Alan Barber live on site.

Kevin and Tracey are Norfolk born and bred and I asked Tracey why they wanted to buy Melbourne House.

"We both wanted to retire to the North Norfolk coast and come back to our roots, looked for two years to find a property and then found Melbourne House."

And what is your philosophy for operating this splendid building and grounds? "We will endeavour to make our visitors' experience

simple with easy choices, no hidden extras and endless service - we just want them to relax and enjoy themselves. During the summer months we have beautiful flower gardens where guests can sit outside in the sun or under the shade of the tree."

The Estate is also a venue for weddings (licensed for the ceremony), conferences, training rooms, funerals, also private parties such as birthdays, anniversaries, work celebrations, etc.’

The beautiful Georgian house is set in eight acres of woodland and private gardens with nine bedrooms, three function rooms, two bars, and a beauty spa. This family-owned manor is an ideal setting for business, leisure and those special occasions.The manor is an attractive Grade II listed country property dating back to the early 19th Century.

"The property was a family home until 2010 and is now a fabulous venue for all occasions.” Tracey continued. "With only one wedding a day we can guarantee that you and your guests will receive first-class service and our full attention to ensure that yours is truly a day to remember. Our wedding planning team are always on hand to discuss ideas and offer advice, and we can ensure that arrangement of your special day will run as smoothly as the day itself. All function rooms have direct access to the gardens so your guests will be able to enjoy drinks and canapés on the lawns surrounding the hotel during the warmer months.

What about the winter though? "During those winter months guests can take coffee and liquors in our lovely Georgian rooms, full of atmosphere."

Melbourne Manor is surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens which make it the perfect venue for your special day.

Last word from Tracey; "At Melbourne House Country Estate we are realistic and understand that times are hard. Being a family-run venue we can be adapt to your budget; we have introduced fantastic inclusive wedding packages ensuring you can still go ahead with your special day without cutting back on the quality and style. From the most extravagant to intimate; we can tailor our service to meet your needs. Stylishly decorated and situated in peaceful attractive grounds. There is no better party than a Melbourne stag or hen party."

North Norfolk Turns the Clock Back to the ’40s There’s a war on. It’s a time of rationing and make-do-and-mend, of Spam and NAAFI tea, of glad hellos and sad farewells. The ’40s Weekend on North Norfolk’s Poppy Line (this year on September 15th and 16th) is the county’s biggest, most spectacular re-enactment event – supported by specialist enthusiast groups from all over the country.

The Bulldog Spirit is well to the fore wherever you look. Sheringham, Weybourne and Holt stations are all protected against attack. Dads’ Army troops practice their drill, even though rifles are in such short supply that broom handles have to take their place. Despatch riders are out in force. GI Joes strut their stuff alongside our army, navy and air force lads. Civilians in typical period dress do their best to keep calm and avoid the ubiquitous spiv (the

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black-market reverse of VIPs). NAAFI caterers help feed body and soul – they’re not in a stew, even if their tea is.

There’s impromptu jitterbugging to wind-up gramophones, close harmony singing, Sunday best dresses and damn the coupons – stiff upper lips are winning through. And all the time the rural railway carries on, with intensive steam services ferrying troops and key civilian workers. But not a word to Bessie – be like Dad, keep Mum!

Come along in period dress and join the fun! Don’t forget, you can buy ’40s gear and ephemera at the fleamarket by Holt station. And don’t forget, too, to listen for the comforting roar of the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine as an aircraft from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight swoops low on

Sunday (weather permitting) to check on the railway.

All day hop-on, hop-off Rover tickets are £16 adult, £15 senior citizen, £10 child 5-15 and £41 family (2 adults + 2 children, or 3 adults + 1 child). Under 5s travel free. Sorry, but the £5 refreshment voucher that’s normally given with the family ticket is not available for this event. Platform tickets at each station are £2 a head. And admission to the “let your hair down” Saturday evening party at Sheringham station is also £2 a head, hot food and drink on sale all evening.

There’s 10% off all travel tickets for the ’40s Weekend bought before September 8th. So make sure you don’t miss out – book online at or call 01263 820 800.

Restricted Pedestrian Zone, Cromer

In January 2012 Council Wardens took over responsibility for parking enforcement in North Norfolk. At this time Council Wardens do not enforce the Restricted Pedestrian Zone which includes New Street, High Street, Jetty Street, Jetty Cliff and Garden Street (from Mary Jane’s), Cromer. Due to numerous complaints regarding parked vehicles in this area, Police have taken responsibility for this area. Vehicles parked in this area are liable to be issued with a fixed penalty notice (£30) unless exceptions apply Vehicles parked within this area do cause obstruction to larger vehicles and danger to pedestrians, who often have to walk in the road to avoid parked vehicles. Your co-operation in this matter is appreciated, but should you wish to speak to us regards this matter, please do not hesitate to contact us on the Non-Emergency telephone number 101. Cromer Safer Neighborhood Team.

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What it was really like at the Olympics Continued from front cover...

The Club members, employees and players young and old were the most fantastic hosts, they worked tirelessly for the two weeks providing 5am breakfasts and evening meals, they arranged entertainment, held barbecues and generally made us extremely welcome and comfortable.

Over the next two or three days most of the Eton Manor Facebook group of friends arrived and pitched. I planned my journey to Stratford and familiarised myself with Wanstead and the walk to and from the station; about half a mile through

mainly well established residential streets. I could not resist a quick look at the Wanstead estate agents just to see; £500K for a modest semi - couldn’t be a bad area after all. Watched the opening ceremony in Victoria Park with other GMs on the Friday evening where the atmosphere was electric and so friendly. Went into London to see the Super High Definition screening at the BBC and whilst walking along Oxford Street spotted another Games Maker walking towards us, who turned out to be Steve Baker from Cromer. My friend I was with thought I was a touch mad marching up to complete stranger, calling him by name and starting a conversation, until I explained that we both came from Cromer. What are the chances of that happening?!

Back to the campsite for an evening of relaxation before my first shift in the morning and Radio 5 Live are broadcasting from our site. Their main guest of the night is Marlon Devonish; an Olympic gold medalist. For those of you who don’t know, Marlon was going to be a torch bearer in Cromer - in fact, he was due to receive the torch right outside my office but wasn’t able to come on the day. Again what are the chances of that happening?

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So I couldn’t miss this chance to ask what had happened and let him know just how disappointed we all were when he didn’t arrive – I had a duty to Cromer to make our feelings known. So I did, and he explained that it was the day he was trying to convince team GB to include him in the squad and he did go on to carry the torch somewhere in London. He was most apologetic and I have his autographed and written apology for this unfortunate diary date clash and he has promised to try and come and see us sometime soon. I can honestly say he was a very charming polite man and I do hope he is competing for team GB again soon.

First day Sunday 29th, 7am start. Wanstead Station was a sea of red and purple uniforms at 6.20am, as it was for the remaining two weeks, early mornings, mid afternoon and late evenings; never a walk alone or without seeing that now familiar uniform. Easy threestop journey to Stratford using my Oyster card, supplied by LOCOG, and a short walk through the shopping centre to the Olympic Park for the first time, and then breezed through security, which was professionally and happily done by the army.

Another 10 minute walk to workforce operations to sign in, be allocated my position for the day and my meal voucher. Quick briefing before commencing work. “I DO ACT”... frantically I try to remember what it stands for as we are asked to chant it out loud and where the emergency evacuation points are, what the colour radio code words mean and what we do in various positions. I - Inspirational, D - Distinctive, O - Open, A - Alert, C - Consistent, T - Team. We find our Team Leaders and proceed to the Aquatics Centre for the days competition.

Wow, I am inside the seating bowl, on the internal concourse monitoring the poolside seating areas. Wow, Wow, Wow! I couldn’t believe my luck. Fantastic spot for my first day, not going to get any better than this. Meet, greet, seat; Meet, greet, seat; Meet, greet seat. My seating area is full, my clients with accessibility needs all greeted and seated. Ingress is complete, competition started, now to enjoy the view WRONG - spend the next three hours asking people to return to their seats and not block the concourse or linger taking photographs, working alongside paid stewards, who

have yet to undertake the social or customers skills training and I spend most of my time apologising for their rudeness and unhelpful ways.

Egress, more arguing about taking photographs the pool is an amazing building, people are awestruck by it, have paid a lot of money for their tickets and enjoyed an amazing few hours watching the competition. Allowing them one moment to take a photo and then asking them politely with a smile to move along makes their day; a lasting memory of their amazing time before making the homeward journey.

The steward staff don’t see it and I find myself apologising again and again. Something I found out later was the same experience for all volunteers, so much so that we start telling clients they are the paid stewards and that if they are unhappy they should complain to Sword Event Services, the company providing them. Pool cleared, lunch breaks finished, now for the next session and ingress all over again, once all are seated we hand over to the evening crew and head home.

Today I met hundreds of excited people who had an amazing time, who took memories home to cherish. I met and spoke to a very nervous Canadian lady whose son was swimming - Blake Worsley. I couldn’t imagine how she felt. I know how anxious I was when Tara swam in a small local gala, but to be there watching your son compete for his country at the Olympics must be an overwhelmingly proud moment in your life.

Today I saw: GB swimmers’ Heats - Robbie Renwich and Iusen Llyod – Renwick made finals for sixth place; Georgia Davis and Gemma Spofforth - both made semis, Gemma made the final, finished fifth; Kate Hayward and Siobhan Marie O’Connor, Chris Walker Hebborn, Liam Tancok - made the final (fifth); Rebecca Adlington - made the final BRONZE medal; Joanne Jackson, Simon Burnett, Grant Turner, James Disney May, Craig Johnson. What a first shift! More in the next Cromer Times... 11


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Over 1,500 people living in north Norfolk have signed a petition against changes to the ambulance service, which would see a reduction in services at their local ambulance bases. The proposals - planned for later this year - will come into place despite the service being told it has to improve response times in rural areas.

The Chief Executive of the Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST), Hayden Newton, has confirmed that the hours of the ambulance service in Cromer will be reduced and North Walsham will lose its ambulance altogether. Instead there will a focus on Rapid Response Vehicles (RRV), which cannot transport patients to hospital.

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The nearby town of campaigners petitioning in Cromer. Fakenham will also see a reduction of five hours per day for its RRV. Last year Hayden Newton acknowledged patients in rural areas were receiving "a second class service", but claimed these forthcoming changes would bring improvements for residents. This is despite the changes coming at the same time the Ambulance Service face £50m of government cuts over the next five years. Local residents have been signing the petition on the streets over August and online at Stephen Fry has also thrown his weight behind the campaign.

Denise Burke, chair of North Norfolk Labour Party which launched the 'Act on Ambulances' campaign, said: "The Chief Executive of the Ambulance Service Trust has now confirmed our fears about ambulance cuts in North Norfolk. North Walsham will lose its only ambulance, in Cromer an ambulance is to go part-time and Fakenham also faces cuts. This is on top of concerns already about response times in North Norfolk where we have an ageing population in rural communities that need a better ambulance service, not fewer ambulances." She added: "There is no indication that this reduction in services will provide the improvements that the Care Quality Commission requested for rural Norfolk.

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CROMER CARNIVAL The curtain has fallen on Cromer’s Carnival for another year. Chairman Tony Shipp said “it has been a fabulous week, the sun has shone on the carnival and people have turned out in their thousands to enjoy the carnival and take part in all the events that have been planned by the Carnival team”.

Chairman Tony Shipp said “it has been a fabulous week, the sun has shone on thecarnival and people have turned out in their thousands to enjoy the carnival and take part in all the events that have been planned by the Carnival team”. The organisers would like to thank all the Carnival Sponsors, supporters, helpers, volunteers and above all, the thousands of people, both locals and visitors alike, who take part in the Carnival and make it the celebration that it is. All photos on this page courtesy Andy Yiasimi.



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It’s all happening at Downtide The Downtide Centre is a place everybody passes on route from coast to Norwich or vice versa, with the Alby Craft Centre on the west side of the road and Downtide on the east, next to the petrol station. Familiar landmarks both. But inside Downtide things are changing somewhat.......

Downtide for Caravans & Pianos

David West, otherwise known as ‘Downtide’, a family nickname, owns and runs the centre, specialising in everything to do with Caravans and Motorhomes. You can buy one, sell one, have it serviced and repaired - you can even store it there during the winter months in a secure environment. But that is only one side of the business - there is also an extensive range of piano fortes, the latest Casio digital pianos (for as little as £499) and guitars too - something to suit all tastes. If you want to know more, pop in and see the quality available and while you’re about it, ask David about his nickname - it’s a good story.

Lizzie’s Opens 2nd Shop

Famous throughout Cromer, Lizzie’s Fruit and Veg shop has opened a second shop next door to Moonlight, within the Downtide Centre. If you don’t want to drive all the way into Cromer for the highest quality produce that Lizzie’s provides then stop off on the way to pickup the best fruit and veg. “It’s more of a Farmer’s Market than a Fruit & Veg shop,” commented Lizzie. “We will have local produce grown locally and picked daily.” On site most of the time will be Gaynor Houlton, and she added, “There will be Letheringsett Flours, apple juice, jams, chutneys, honey and farm fresh free range eggs.

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Moonlight Aquatics have been resident for some time, nearly three years. Debbie and Lee Payne own the shop that specailises in Tropical and Cold Water fish with a huge range of delightful species. As well they stock live plants, tanks and accesories, in fact everything that the fish hobbyist would hope to find. “It was our dream to own the shop,” said Debbie. “We felt that we could give that little bit of extra customer service to all Aquatics lovers that would make the difference.” And they offer a free water checking service, so essential, as all fish owners know.

Just moved in is Karen Molyneux. She moved to Banningham from Chester 14 years ago and always kept pets, but now only has a little Miniature Schnauzer called Poppy who will be joining her at the shop, ‘to earn her keep’. She also tests the dog treats. “It has been a dream of mine to have my own business and it is a plus point to have found one that I love,” Karen enthused. “ I hope to cater for many animals from dogs to chickens and wild birds too. And I promise I will go the extra mile in customer service.” Local delivery is another feature Karen offers - everything for your pet, whether furry or feathered.


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Dear Margaret

The Chief Executive of East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST), Haydn Newton, has claimed that there will be no cuts overall to our ambulance service in north Norfolk, but at the same time Cromer will see one ambulance reduced from full-time to part-time, and North Walsham will lose its full-time ambulance altogether. The ambulance service will instead increase the Rapid Response Vehicle to cover some of the cuts, but these cannot take sick patients to hospital, and should come in addition to ambulances and not as a direct replacement to those cut. The fault, however, does not lie with the ambulance staff, who are doing their best under the circumstances. These changes, as EEAST states, are a result of government cuts to funding. North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb has said he has "real anxiety" about the changes, but these are direct implications of his votes for cuts to the NHS in Parliament which come into effect at the same time there is a costly reorganisation of our health service. Yours sincerely Timothy Adams, Aylmerton

Dear Margaret

The 70th anniversary of the Normandy D.Day landings is rapidly approaching and the local Norwich/Norfolk Branch of the Normandy Veterans Association is hoping to raise £20,000 by various fund-raising events to enable them to subsidise any veteran who wishes to attend the celebrations. Your readers will appreciate that as all the survivors of this momentous event are now in their late ‘80s or ‘90s, the cost of travel, accommodation and travel insurance is prohibitively high. Also, it is likely, that due to age and infirmity, this will be the last chance that the veterans will have of visiting the scene of this turning point in WW2 and to pay their respect to their fallen comrades. With this in mind it has been decided to ask members of the Association to organise an event in their area. Here in Cromer there is to be a Quiz at the Cottage public house on 20 September at 2.30 pm. There will be prizes for the winning team and a grand raffle. Entry is free but there will be a retiring collection. The Quiz Master is Johnny (Grumpy) Groom. We are of course hoping that the event will be well supported by local people. One further point, I know and am in touch with three other local surviving Normandy veterans but would like to hear from any others in the Cromer locality. Please call me on 01263 515675. Yours sincerely George Gallagher, ex Royal Engineers

Dear Margaret

We would like to say a big thank you to all the local people, shopkeepers and businesses who donated prizes for the Carnival Bingo Raffle. We sold 7000 tickets and still had people wanting to buy more! The total raised for Carnival funds was a record £653.20 so thanks also to the people who continue to come along and support us each year. Yours sincerely Trevor & Valerie Pells and Jim & Janice Woolston

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Dear Margaret

I can completely commiserate with the ‘Readers Write’ person in The Cromer Times issue 403 – perhaps the sign in question could be placed somewhere before the turn off for Cliff Avenue? As a resident of many years in Cromer I would like to pass comment on behalf of residents living on the ‘upside’ of Norwich Road where the double yellow lines stop. Even though white lines have been painted across the entrance to our drives, cars still park over them and block the sight line of traffic travelling both ways. We also receive abuse and fist shaking and several ‘near misses’ when trying to leave the drives. Perhaps the Highways Department could look into this problem and replace the white lines with double yellows before there is a major accident here! Yours sincerely Mrs S Rayner, Secretary Reabourne Residents Group

Dear Margaret

Having seen the official proposals for the East of England Ambulance Service Trust from October it appears to confirm that this is not a matching of services to where the demand lies, as the Chief Executive has claimed, but cuts as a result of government which our local MPs voted for. Nowhere in this part of the county, where improvements have to be made, will gain from these proposals. This indicates that they are not “matching” services. North Walsham will lose its only ambulance vehicle, to be replaced by a Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV) which cannot transport patients to hospital; Cromer will lose 136 hours of its ambulance to be replaced by 52 hours from an RRV, and Fakenham will lose 35 hours a week of its RRV. Where is this “demand” that will benefit from these changes if it's not in north Norfolk? Jennifer Hamilton-Emery, CROMER

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Tel: 01692 407021 Mob: 07747 033337 Tapas with a twist is on the menu as the EDP Adnams Norfolk Food & Drink Festival comes to Cromer Welcome to the Cromer Safer Neighbourhood Team from Inspector Matt Dyson, Insp Matthew Dyson

This area is one of the busiest coastal rural areas in the county with many challenges that require a forward-thinking and flexible policing style.

In addition to the Beat Managers and PCSOs, every Safer Neighbourhood has five teams of Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) Patrol officers who will respond to your calls for service 24 hours a day, investigate the crimes in your area and work with the Beat Managers and PCSOs to deliver your local priorities.

The Cromer Safer Neighbourhood Team prides itself on providing an excellent service for the local community.

We continue to see reductions in crime and deal positively with the community priorities set at the Cromer Poppyland Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel (SNAP) meeting.

This is one of the safest places to live, work and visit in the country and we strive to build on this by working with our partner agencies to improve the quality of life in your neighbourhood.

Speak to our local officers at any public event that we attend or contact us by phone, email or online. We are your Safer Neighbourhood Team and we are here to help.

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– featuring one of the town’s up-and-coming restaurants and one the of region’s premier jazz trios.

On Saturday 15th September, The Grove on Overstrand Road is hosting a night of Norfolk Jazz Tapas for the festival, the largest event of its kind in the UK, which runs from 1st September to 7th October and celebrates the best of local food, Norfolk producers and healthy eating. The restaurant at The Grove only opened to the public at Easter and is fast gaining a reputation for quality food and wine – and the Norfolk Festival looks to be the perfect fit for this stylish new eatery.

Head Chef Gary Parrett will be creating a special range of food served in tapas-style portions, including fresh Norfolk oysters grilled with lemon and parsley, Woodforde’s ale-battered cod with homemade tartare sauce, East Rudham cured bacon salad and courgette and fennel seed fritters with chive mayonnaise. Desserts include Middleton blueberry brulées, Norfolk wine-poached pears and Autumn raspberry mille feuille with butter cream. And the background music will be provided by the legendary Chris Cooper Piano Trio.

Owner Richard Graveling said The Grove is right behind local producers. “Gary makes sure that as much as possible of our food is sourced from Norfolk – and, to be honest, the quality of produce that can be found in the county is exceptional. Our diners and guests love knowing that what’s on their plate is the finest that the region has to offer, and we’re absolutely delighted to be hosting an event for the Norfolk Food Festival this year. We’re also very much looking forward to welcoming Chris’s trio to The Grove. They are probably one of the best jazz outfits in the country and we’re very exciting about teaming up with them for what promises to be a great evening.”

Tickets cost £25 per person for Norfolk Tapas and jazz; please call 01263 512412 to book.

The full menu is available from The Grove, and downloadable from and Cromer Times #405 September 8th 2012

Cromer Marrams Bowls Club Tales from the Bowling Green ...

... and congratulations must go to John Laskey and Janet Morton in reaching the National Final of the English Bowling Federation Mixed Pairs competition. Unfortunately they were unable to bring home the trophy and finished a very good run in the competition as Runners Up. This is the first time that the club has had competitors in the Mixed Pairs finals at Skegness and we are very proud of their achievements.

At the club John together with Graham Hall organised a club Australian Pairs Competition for Carnival Day. This a changed format for pairs and most people enjoyed the experience. So many club members wished to play that the green had to be set out for 7 rinks to cover the numbers involved. The day started with what bowlers call a ‘Spider’ and this was won by Les Kiss. No skill involved its pure luck!! A white jack is placed in the centre of the green and on the shout of “1, 2, 3 GO” all participants, who are standing all round the green, bowl one bowl towards the centre and the one finishing nearest the jack takes the prize. All bowls get in each others way so no practice required. However it is a good way of raising money for charity or club funds. The winners of the Australian Pairs event were Janet Morton and Fred Weller and Les proved

he did have some skill after all by being Runner Up with Edna Bunkle. Two players went through the

contest and scored no points at all so the organisers decided to embarrass them, and make it known to all who they were, and gave a nominal Booby Prize to Peter Bird and Peter Hazelwood. Yes one was me so they insisted it be reported; it’s the other Peter I feel sorry for.

Following the game we introduced many holiday makers to bowls by giving them a chance to bowl and score points to win prizes. Club members provided cakes and sandwiches and Janice and her helpers in the kitchen were kept very busy making bacon rolls, coffees and teas. It was very well supported and proved to be a really successful Carnival Day. Over the Carnival period we also had a visit from a Mr O’Leary from Suffield Park wearing what seemed to be an Australian hat without the corks! Good to see the opposition calling in even when we are not playing them. I have to apologise to the Federation Crows team as I misreported their final League result last time. At home against Reepham Town Bernard’s Crows WON 9 – 0 and did not lose as was stated in the report. The NANSA team has played two more games. Away at Aylsham they recorded a 6- 2 win and then away again, this time at Holt, they recorded another 6 – 2 win. It is very tight at the top of their league

Fitness League at Overstrand

Has watching the Olympics inspired you to get fitter? Have you been active during the summer and want to keep up the good work? Would you like to improve your health but worry that you are not fit enough to hit the gym?

The Fitness League provides safe and effective exercise sessions. The system on which the classes are based helps to establish good posture, flexibility, mobility, strength and stamina. It has stood the test of time, as it was developed by Mary Bagot Stack in the 1930s as the basis for the Women’s League of Health and Beauty. Laura Duncan, your local teacher, says: “Classes teach an understanding of the body so that we can keep it working well and looking good. With great music and low impact movements, they are really accessible to all. You don’t need to get sweaty, or risk injury, to be fit and healthy.”

Fitness League classes provide exercise for good health and exercise for life, with a lot of friendship and fun along the way. They are suitable for all ages and abilities, so the best way to find out about them is to ring Laura on 01263 578244 and come along to the Parish Hall in Overstrand on Mondays at 7pm from 3 September for a free introductory lesson. Hope to see there!

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Visiting a Suffolk seaside town the other day We were shocked at the rubbish we have to say Their sea front walk was a pleasure it must be said Providing you looked out to sea or straight ahead But if your gaze dropped sometimes to the ground Much, obviously old, rubbish could be easily found. This very sad fact made us appreciate even more The cleanliness of Cromer town`s well used floor The promenade, refreshingly, each morn is litter free And surely a great plus for our visitors to see Congratulations to the team who clean all year long Especially to Bob, who, even on Sundays, cleans the prom.

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and a number of clubs could win the title. Roger tells me that if they can win their one remaining game against West Runton by a similar score they will be looking very closely at other results. Portuguese John let slip that he was once known as ‘Bubbles’ but I could not seem to establish why. Surely it could not have been anything to do with his hair. John the Birder and also a keen chef produced a very tasty meal for partner and family only to discover when it had all been consumed that the breadcrumbs he used were out of date. Problem is you see you don’t use them very often and they sit at the back of the cupboard! Fred we discover has a liking for sculpture. He admires the skill involved and has even been known to have a go himself. It is the smooth round finishes that he so admires.

The Ladies are this year hosting the Federation League end of season Tournament on Wednesday 10th September. All the clubs who are members of the Federation league send players plus plates of food and play off against each other to establish the overall winner. Sounds like a good friendly end of the season social as well. Our Club Finals are to be played over the weekend on 15th and 16th September.

Let me list the few remaining fixtures that you may wish to come along watch and support:

Wednesday 12th September 2.00pm Ladies Federation Tournament

Saturday 15th September 10.00am Club Finals

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CALLING for an ambulance can be one of the most anxious moments in your life, but it is thankfully something most of us will only do once or twice in our lifetime.

Before reading further, please note: This article has been submitted by Mr D Rowlands, with the assistance of a serving paramedic. It is not an official communication from any organisation, just some helpful advice.

People ring when they are worried, stressed or anxious, which is why it is best to be prepared with the answers you need, to help the ambulance 999 call taker.

Most people who reach for the phone to call for an ambulance think they know how it's supposed to work. They'll dial 999, get connected to the appropriate service, give their address, then wait for the screaming sirens. The role of the call-taker, meanwhile, goes far beyond merely asking for the address.

When you call 999, an operator will ask you which emergency service you need.

In a medical emergency, ask for the ambulance service and you will be put through to one of our call takers. Call takers answer 999 calls from the public and GPs. Working quickly and calmly, they take essential details about the patient's condition and the exact location, logging them onto a computer system. This information is then passed onto an emergency dispatcher and used to make important decisions about how best to handle the call. Dispatchers are responsible for ensuring that the nearest, most appropriate vehicles and crews are sent to the emergency. This is achieved using a Priority Based Dispatch system and other protocols to maintain the optimum use of the resources available. Ambulances and Rapid Response Cars are not in unlimited supply. Dispatchers have to use their resources wisely.

You will need to have the following information available when you call 999:

1. The address where you are, including the postcode

2. The phone number you are calling from 3. What has happened

As soon as these three pieces of information are obtained an ambulance response will be sent to the patient’s location. At this point the call taker will say:

“I’m organising help for you now, stay on the line and I’ll tell you exactly what to do next. The next questions I ask will not delay any help.”

As soon as we know where you are, the call taker will then ask a series of carefully structured questions to determine the exact nature of the problem, so we can send help to you.

You will also be asked to give some extra information, including: 1. The patient’s age, sex and medical history

2. Whether the patient is conscious, breathing and if there is any bleeding or chest pain and 3. Details of the injury and how it happened

Answering these questions will not delay us but will help us give you important first aid advice, while our staff are on their way. The extra information also helps us to make sure that we send the most appropriate help to you. Help us to find you quicker.

Please ensure that your house number can be seen from the road. It is very frustrating for crews when properties do not have either clear numbers or house names visible from the road. Ultimately this may delay the time it takes for us to get to you as well.

After calling 999, there are a number of things that you can do to help us find you quickly:

► Stay with the patient until the ambulance crew arrives and call back if their condition or location changes

► Get someone to alert the ambulance crew by opening doors and pointing them in the right direction. If possible turn on car hazard lights outside the location or driveway

► If it is dark, turn all your house lights on and pull back the curtains

► If the location is not obvious, try to place a torch or a light at the end of the drive


A large percentage of patients who call for an ambulance can be dealt with more effectively in their local community by their GP, NHS Direct or an Out of Hours Service. Please think before you call an ambulance and remember you should only call one in a real emergency – for example when someone has chest pain, difficulty in breathing, severe abdominal pain, or has collapsed or had a serious accident or fall, or overdosed. While an ambulance crew is on one side of town dealing with a minor problem, someone elsewhere could be experiencing a lifethreatening condition. An inappropriate call can cost a life.

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Introducing our ‘Grumpy Old Man’ ...

Here’s a little tip ... when about to pay for your trolley full of purchases at the supermarket and joining what you perceive may be the shortest queue, just pause and check out the cashier and the customers preceding you. If the till is manned by a sweet silver haired lady, make sure the folks in front of you are not of the same ilk as they may well be friends and dealing with their custom becomes a social occasion. Speed is forgotten as amid much friendly banter items are carefully put in extra wrapping and conversation continues through the ritual of an agonisingly slow payment procedure whilst the blood pressure of those of us waiting with growing impatience steadily rises as we watch the flanking queues overtake us and worry about our frozen food thawing out whilst on the conveyor belt. This happened twice to me this week – in M&S food in Norwich and our local supermarket in Cromer and is a lesson to be learned! Once her two mates had departed with cheerful hand waving farewells, our local cashier made up for lost time by firing my shopping items at me like bullets from a gun in an attempt to overwhelm the speed of my packing ... and I reckon I’m pretty slick at the job! Gosh, that feels better, there is nothing like a good grumble to restore one’s mood...

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Our programme of summer visits ended with 26 members visiting two gardens in West Norfolk. The weather was perfect which was a bonus given the uncertainties of the summer. Our first stop was at Gooderstone Water Gardens. This eight acre garden is made up of a number of ponds linked by a series of small bridges. This allows visitors to wander at will rather than follow a fixed route and this added to the charm of the garden. The range of plants and shrubs was impressive. Some members caught site of the resident kingfisher from the hide near the River Gadder. There are many opportunities to stop and sit in order to take in the tranquil surroundings.

On the way back to Cromer we stopped off at West Acre Garden and Nursery between Swaffham and Fakenham. This has a fantastic range of plants and shrubs for sale and most members took the opportunity to top up their own collection from the plants on display. The coach driver was very understanding when confronted with passengers carrying armfuls of plants and thankfully they all survived the journey home.

Our next meeting is on Thursday 13 September in the Community Hall in Garden Street. Tony Leech will be talking to us on “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”. Sounds interesting so why not come along and see what he has to say. The meeting starts at 7.30 pm and the charge for visitors is £2.

Diesel thefts prompt 1st Year Celebration Saturday 22nd September – Psychics and Scones! security warning Merchant’s Place, Cromer - 10.00am – 4.00pm

Police in Broadland and North Norfolk are urging farmers to be vigilant following a series of diesel thefts in rural areas.

The warning comes after thieves targeted several farming vehicles in Beighton and Wroxham stealing several hundred litres of diesel.

Officers are urging farmers to be vigilant and report any incidents of suspicious activity to police using the non-emergency number 101. If you believe a crime is in progress dial 999.

Here’s how you can help avoid becoming a victim of crime:

■ Store diesel in a secure fuel tank within a bund and use good quality locks. ■ Avoid siting storage tanks in isolated areas such as outlying buildings. ■ Consider using a mobile bowser that could be re moved to a secure place when not in use. ■ Consider the use of a ‘diesel dye’ that makes your diesel traceable and therefore less attractive to thieves. ■ Report incidents of suspicious activity to the Police and if possible record vehicle details and descriptions of the people involved.

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Taster Sessions as usual from £5! A year ago, the 1st Mind Body and Spirit Event was held at the wonderful venue of Merchant’s Place, Cromer, and was so successful that several other of these events have taken place. To celebrate their first anniversary, the group now known as “North Norfolk Therapists and Psychics” are holding A Psychics and Scones day on Saturday 22nd September at Merchants Place, Cromer, from 10.00 – 4.00pm. The usual suspects will be there – Clairvoyants Caroline Senter and Tina Fredericks, Astrologer and Palmist Jennifer Stevens, Cranial Sacral Therapist Mike Harrison, Bowen Technique with Cornelius Van der Does; there will also be Indian Head Massage, Neck and Shoulder Massage, Reiki Healing, Reflexology, Card and Rune Readings, crystal hand crafted wands and gifts for sale. In the entrance as usual will be crystals for sale from the Cromer shop of Little Gems, plus a Tombola Raffle. Cakes will also be sold. Refreshments are available oh and not forgetting the Scones!!! Entrance is free. The atmosphere is friendly and informal. So do come and visit, have a reading or two, a bit of healing or just have a cup of tea or coffee with a scone. For further information please telephone Tess Hardie on 01263 576525 CELEBRATE WITH US ON SATURDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER AT MERCHANTS PLACE, CROMER The North Norfolk Therapists and Psychics 1st Anniversary entitled PSYCHICS AND SCONES Time 10.00 4.00pm - Entrance is free - Taster Sessions from £5. Clairvoyants, Card Readings, Reiki Healing, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Bowen Technique, Palmistry and Astrology, Rune Readings, Crystals for sale, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology and more …….. Refreshments available - Free Entrance



Walking around town in late summer among the commonest garden flowers in bloom are the invasive, orange crocosmia (often referred to as monbretia) and its spectacular red hybrid Lucifer which was bred by Alan Bloom in Bressingham, Norfolk in 1966.

amazing 35 hybrids had been bred at Earlham Hall winning many awards and RHS medals. Jack Fitt, the Head Gardener, was bequeathed the collection of plants and took them with him to Breccles Hall upon the sale of Earlham Hall to Norwich City Council. From 1924 until 1939 Fitt bred thirty six more cultivars calling them Earlham hybrids in memory of Sydney Morris. Fitt’s ambition was to breed a pink and white form but unfortunately he did not succeed and he died in 1964.

In 2002 a Norfolk Crocosmia Heritage Garden was developed in the garden of the Assembly House in Norwich containing over 50 varieties and species that led to the development of the In fact there is a long and interesting Earlham Giants. Plants in the garden include connection between Norfolk gardens and the many Norfolk hybrids such as Norwich crocosmia which begins in 1895 with George Canary, Star of the East and E.A.Bowles. In Davison, the head gardener at Westwick Hall 2008 it was decided to lift and split the hybrids who imported French and German plants and as they had grown so well and surplus plants bred around thirteen new varieties before he were given to Easton College to sustain and donated his collection to Sydney Morris and promote this part of Norfolk’s heritage as well his head gardener George Henley at Wretham as provide a learning aid for horticultural Hall in 1908. They bred six new varieties at students. In 2009 an information display Wretham before the work continued at was created as part of the Royal Horticultural Earlham Hall in Norwich, now part of UEA. Society’s Britain in Bloom competition to show the history, people and developments From 1916 to 1924, when Morris died, an of crocosmias in Norfolk. The garden has continued to develop and exotic plants, ornamental grasses and spring TILED ROOFS, SLATE ROOFS, LEAD ROOFS, bulbs have been FLAT ROOFS, CHURCH ROOFS, LEAD FLASHINGS, added.


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One of the best houses in Cromer, 5 bedrooms, Reception hall, drawing room, kitchen/ breakfast, stunning private gardens, highly sought after location, garage & parking, no onward chain


Childs Way, Sheringham


1 bedroom house, living room, kitchen, double bedroom, bathroom, private garden, parking, great location, double glazed windows and gas central heating


Instruct Harrisons the No 1 Letting agent in your area to let your property before 31st August 2012 to receive one of the following special offers. 1) 0% Managment fees for first three months 2) Free rent guarantee & legal protection for 12 month 3) Free Gas safety certificate or EPC

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Coast Road, Overstrand


Beautifully presented 4 bedroom detached house, 2 Reception Rooms, Kitchen/ Breakfast, Conservatory, Private Gardens, Amazing location for beach and village centre, no onward chain.


Back Lane, Roughton


4 Bedroom barn conversion, stunning decor great location large garden.


Advertise your property with Harrisons to over 26,000 NHS staff throughout Norfolk. Call today to find out how Harrisons can get you the very best tenant at the very best market rent.

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Central Road, Cromer


3 bedroom terrace cottage in excellent order throughout, Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Bathroom, Garden, No Onward Chain


Prince of Wales Road, Cromer £575 pcm

Newly renovated 2 double bedroom apartment with outside space, living room, kitchen. breakfast, bathroom, beautiful inside. NEW INSTRUCTION

New Street, Cromer


Stunning newly decorated ground floor 1 bedroom apartment, sea views, central location for beach and town centre.

Cromer Times #405 September 8th 2012


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