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Here’s a request from one our readers to you all. Could you please save stamps and send them to Jayne Manning, 111 Mill Road, Cromer, NR27 0AD. She would be most grateful. What a stunning shot for our front page this issue. Thanks Brad for this. The pier was adorned by the BBC for some festive filming though they’re not saying what for yet. We’ll keep you posted and let you know when to look out for it on the telly box. Enjoy the read and see you in four weeks.


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Pier all lit up for BBC festive filming BBC cast members and crew turned Cromer Pier into a sparkling festive set for filming at the beginning of the month. The teams arrived in town on Tuesday, October 2, to film a Christmas-themed show, finishing at 2am on the Friday. Many of the locals and visitors watching the filming were

delighted to see a Christmas tree on the pier, so much so there has been a call to introduce one this year. The pier is owned by North Norfolk District Council. A spokesman said: “Following the very positive response to the Christmas tree erected for the filming by the BBC on Cromer Pier earlier this month,

NNDC will be placing one there in early December.” The BBC said it would be

revealing all the details about filming later in the year and why it chose Cromer as a venue.

Smart way to save planet Smart, reusable, environmentally-friendly cups are now on sale in North Norfolk – and they should prove a popular choice for people who want to do their bit to save the planet. The cups have been produced as part of North Norfolk District Council’s #whatSUP campaign – a push to slash the use of single-use plastic (SUP) in North Norfolk and beyond. The Refill not Landfill branding is designed to spread the message that it’s easy to cut down on how much SUP


we get through. As well as helping the environment, using one of these cups can quickly pay for itself. Many coffee outlets, for example, give a discount to customers who provide their own reusable cups. Reducing SUP use is particularly important in North Norfolk. No district in England has more Blue Flag beaches, and helping to reduce the amount of SUP can only help the district’s beaches and the marine life in the sea. The cups are available for £5 from the North Norfolk Information Centre in Cromer.

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Students have green goals Students at a Cromer school have been showing off their progress towards their vision of a totally eco-friendly school. Cromer Academy's senior prefect team welcomed Kate Haselton-Glee, from North Norfolk District Council’s environmental team, on Tuesday, September 18, to discuss the steps they’d made towards a greener school, following a visit from the council’s cabinet member for the environment Hilary Cox in June. Kate heard about the steps that the

school has already taken to reduce its environmental impact, such as using metal cutlery rather than plastic knives and forks in the canteen. Keen to make the school even more ecofriendly, the students outlined proposals to reduce the amount of packaging on foods, increase the amount of waste that’s recycled, and introduce a school composting scheme. Headteacher Antony Little said: “Students are very knowledgeable about the

Tasty start to the day Pupils at Cromer Academy school are starting the day full of beans (and toast, egg, and fruit juice) thanks to a new breakfast club. The school's breakfast club opened its doors at the start of the autumn term, offering pupils a wide menu of nutritious food and drink before the start of the school day. Prices start at 20p for buttered toast or baked beans, with cereals, bacon rolls, eggs, pastries, and juice also on offer from 8am to 8.25am every day. Pupils who are receiving free school meals don’t pay a penny for their breakfast. Headteacher Antony Little explained: “Research tells us that children who eat a good breakfast do better in school than those who don’t, with better concentration and Cromer

attendance. “We’re delighted to provide this opportunity for our pupils to join us every morning for a tasty, sociable, and healthy start to the day.”

environment and want to do more to help. “The message from Kate was clear – we need to be looking at reducing our waste, reusing what we can and then recycling what is left. “We are grateful for the help and support of the council, and others, in making this happen.” He added: “The transformation of the environmental footprint of the school for future generations will be a great legacy for our highly eco-aware students.”


Cromer Academy has appointed a team of 15 students who have been selected to become prefects and will become ambassadors for the school. Within this team, five students have been selected as senior leaders for demonstrating strong leadership skills and the ability to confidently lead others. All students from the year group were encouraged to apply and had to submit application forms using a job description so that they obtained some “real world” experience. All staff members then helped to identify the strongest applicants to invite to interview formally. The 15 students who were successful in these positions showed maturity and determination during the interview stage and were delighted with their appointments, staff said. They have been given different ties to the rest of the school as well as badges so that they are easily identifiable around the building. The prefects will have weekly duties ensuring the school site is calm and friendly during break and lunch times as well as assisting with official meetings and interviews. Headteacher Antony Little said: “We are very proud of our students and feel having 15 leaders within Year 11 we will ensure all students feel welcome and valued here.”

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Coastal harmony for good causes Coastal harmony is all set to break out at the end of Cromer Pier for the fourth year running. Sheringham Shantymen crowned their 25th anniversary celebrations in 2015 with a sell-out show “over the border”. Now they’re warming up for another rousing return to the Pavilion Theatre stage on Sunday, November 4. This time, their tuneful foray under the cloak of darkness will see profits go to Sheringham and Cromer Lifeboats and the Cromer Hospital Charitable Fund, an arrangement hailed by Shantymen’s musical director Brian Farrow as “another big step towards extracting any lingering sting out of Crab Wars history”. He hopes the event, Another Big Wave, can inspire fresh bouts of cross-border

co-operation and lasting friendship. “There are clear signs that the United Nations peace-keeping force stationed at West Runton in blue sou’westers may soon be redundant. Another grand session of hope and harmony can work wonders,” he said. Cromer-based writer, broadcaster and entertainer Keith Skipper (right) will again extend a cordial welcome to “exemplary musical missionaries” and remind them of certain obligations in what many shrewd judges still regard as North Norfolk’s premier seaside resort. “There’s a very thin line between local rivalry and bad-tempered open warfare. As an honorary ‘crab’ for 30 years, I approach such cultural bridge-building fixtures in a completely unbiased frame of mind. “I aim to make it run as smoothly as

possible – although a few cheap laughs at Sheringham’s expense should settle the nerves” said Skip. “It’s an honour to organise safe passage yet again for the Shantymen at the end of their latest fundraising round of gigs near and far”. Tickets are £10 for Another Big Wave on Sunday, November 4 (7.30pm) from the Pavilion Theatre box office on 01263 512495 or There may be passport checks before the curtain goes up.

cromer flower club Our demonstrator at our September meeting was Vicki Hease, an area demonstrator and a national teacher. Her subject was That’s Not What It’s For and her first arrangement was not the usual use for a chamber pot but it looked splendid with fatsia leaves, blue conifers, phormium leaves at different heights, michaelmas daisies, bright orange germinies, green hypericum and orange chinese lanterns. She then produced a flower bucket and covered it with an old cardigan, sounds terrible but looked great. Spiralling orange germinies and superb orange roses, begonia leaves and variegated euonymus completed the look. Out came a lime green shopping basket which she filled with foliage, pretty grasses, hydrangea heads just turning burgundy,


white lilies, deep plumb pittosporum, magenta spray carnations and deep purple dahlias. Next was a wacky container made out of covered chicken wire, spray painted and dotted with jigsaw puzzle pieces. Pittosporum and manipulated aspidistra leaves to completely cover the floral foam. She added deep chocolate kangaroo paws, rubus, yellow roses and boom boom pom pom dahlias in sherbert lemon for a bright finish. Out of the pantry came the old plastic vegetable rack transformed into a thing of beauty with weigela, asparagus fern, green spray chrysanthemums, white carnations and white roses. Last was an old loo roll stand with colanders attached, phormium leaves, loncicera, ivy trails, white edged pittosporum were arranged and the flowers

were gypsophila, dahlias, white roses with a pink flush, and fabulous anthuriums white with a pink fringe along with delicate waterfall grass. The vote of thanks was given by Jill Breese. Best in show in our competition Upcycle was Janice Pope. The arrangement was in a container covered with wooden pieces and tied with twine, with a lovely red gladioli at the centre and surrounded with gimminiea and pittasporem. On October 15, 7.20pm, the group will welcome Barbara Collins who will show us some Floral Moments. The meeting at the primary school is free to allcomers, so if you have any interest in flowers or gardening please come along. Maureen Amies Cromer





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Dangerous times for cast members Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society (CSODS) are hard at work putting the finishing touches to their next play, JB Priestley’s Dangerous Corner. From the writer of An Inspector Calls and When We Are Married, a seemingly happy gathering’s afterdinner conversation leads to a chance to remark about a cigarette box, the once property of Martin. The subsequent discussion about the circumstances surrounding Martin’s untimely death leads to dark secrets begin exposed with revelations, accusations and repercussions a plenty. This play sees a return of CSODS Chairman Robin

Sweaty Eddie in the summer musical on Cromer Pier Sister Act. Paul is playing the role of Robert Caplan, who is blistery unaware when a chance remark leads him on a journey of new truths that he now needs to understand and comprehend. Around every corner a new revelation comes towards to his climatic exit. Taylor as director. Robin has recently led the team for recent shows such as Made In Dagenham and Breezeblock Park. The production also see the return of Cromer’s Paul James (pictured). Paul recently appeared for CSODS as

CSODS Presents Dangerous Corner at Sheringham Little Theatre from October 17-20. Evening performances are at 7.30pm with a matinee on Saturday 20th at 2.30pm. Tickets are £10 and £11 available from the box office on 01263 822347.

Keeping active and healthy is an important part of any child’s development, so North Norfolk District Council has put on a week of fun-packed and affordable activities for children this October. The events will take place during the October halfterm across three sports centres – Cromer, North Walsham and Stalham. Children from ages four right up to 12 will be able to attend sessions at any of the centres. There will be a wide range of activities to take part in, so there is guaranteed to be something for everyone. They will be offering will be offering roller skating, dodgeball fun days, multi-sports days and a Premier League Football day as well as a many more. For a full list of events, including times and locations see the online brochure. You can book online at our website: book.

Third year for networking group More than 30 business people were expected to attend GENIX Coffee Means Business networking event at Northrepps Country Hotel, near Cromer, on October 16. GENIX Business Support is a not-for-profit organisation and has been hosting the monthly business events since September 2016 across North Norfolk at £5 a session. Host Leanne Castle said: “We welcome established businesses, micro businesses and start-ups to our friendly, informal and Cromer

relaxed networking events. People can chat over coffee and biscuits, move about the room and meet a wide range of businesses in a two-hour period. “We’re thrilled that the sessions are such a success and GENIX is entering its third year of organising them.” North Norfolk District Council commissioned GENIX to organise Coffee Means Business as they could see there was a need for low-cost networking.


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Wednesday 31st October, 7.30pm FILM: THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (15) The couple inadvertently unearth the cross-dressing Dr Frank-N-Furter’s spooky lair of inexhaustible oddities, just in time to partake in the outof-this-world mad scientist’s proud unveiling of his latest, delightfully extravagant, and most daring creation: Rocky Horror!

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Arts and music along the coast Coast Arts Festival will see a week of music and more from October 19-27. There will be music at The Belfry Centre, plus art workshops, a competition and exhibitions. Also planned is a literary tea, drama in Cromer and Norwich Cathedral Choir, who be in concert at Overstrand Church for an evening of choral classics. During the week there will be classical music, folk music, soul and jazz – with some high-calibre, well-known performers in the festival. It’s not all music, however, three art workshops, a literary tea with Mark Peirson and Andrew Taft, African drumming, and an art competition exhibition alongside Notable NOVA. There will also be a talk on

the Cromer War Memorial, to mark the completion of its renovation, at the centenary of the end of the Great War. At the end of the week the festival will weclome back Broad Horizons Theatre Company, who brought Edith Cavell to town last year, with the production of Rebellious Sisterhood – Votes for Women, an exciting play taking a rare glimpse behind the scenes at the private lives and the personal cost paid by the leaders of the Suffragettes. Coast Arts incorporates a wide range of art forms into a local festival including: painting, sculpture, dance, theatre, literature, film, poetry, music, photography, installations, workshops and many other diverse events. It took six years of successful October festivals

to evolve from the Cromer and Sheringham Art and Literary Festival to Coast Arts. More than a festival, more than a week in October, Coast Arts is now visible all year, but still culminates in the traditional half-term focus. Organisers say that it’s a change, just a quiet revolution, just adding to the success. Coast Arts is proud to support the volunteers of the Atrium Cinema Group, who offer a diverse film programme at The Atrium in North Walsham. For their upcoming screenings, including Untouchable, in celebration of Norfolk Black History Month, and Peter Rabbit for families in the half-term week. Full details of all events are on the website coastarts.

Raise money in your sleep The Benjamin Foundation is now well-known for the Sleep Out, which is their single biggest annual fundraising event. Over the last three years, Sleep Out has raised more than £90,000, which has been used to help tackle youth homelessness in Norfolk and Suffolk. In that time over 300 individuals have braved a cold November night, armed only with a sleeping bag and cardboard mat, to experience a taste of what it feels to be homeless and to raise money for the charity. Following this tremendous success, organisers at The Benjamin Foundation are delighted to confirm that they are once again hosting Sleep Out events – one in Norwich on November 15 at the iconic home of the Canaries at Norwich City Football Club, Carrow Road. Chis Elliott, marketing and fundraising manager, said: “We are very grateful to

Norwich City Football Club for providing a venue for this year’s Sleep Out. Such central locations are important to give those participating the opportunity to see for themselves what it might feel like to be homeless, with the noise, light pollution and general buzz of a busy city or town at night. Whilst it is not the same as the real hardship faced by rough sleepers, it is a great way to build awareness of the issue of homelessness in our region.”

Norwich City legend Grant Holt is urging people to take part this year at the Carrow Road venue he knows so well. He said: “Last year I did my own Sleep Out to raise money for The Benjamin Foundation. Spending a night outside in November certainly makes you think more deeply about homelessness. I’d urge you to take part.” To register go to: NORWICH: https://benjaminfoundation. Cromer

Ask Hayley . . . Each month we are inundated with questions from vendors and buyers alike. Here is an issue raised this month. TESTING: Cromer PPG member Shay Nash tries to the new monitor watched by (left to right) chairman Liz Hewett, practice manager Andy Snelling, fundraiser David Witham.

Taking the pressure off Do-it-yourself blood pressure checks can be done at Cromer’s new GP surgery thanks to the fundraising efforts of a patients’ group. The £1,000 machine in the main waiting room has been bought by the practice’s Patient Participation Group (PPG) through events ranging from a dinner to a cake sale, and boosted by a £500 grant from Overstrand Parish Council. It will enable patients to measure their blood pressure by putting their arm in a sleeve and get a print out of results, to gauge against a chart of target readings – taking pressure off nursing staff who also do the checks. The machine is the first donation by a new fundraising committee of the patients’ group led by David Witham. It now aims to raise another £2,000-plus to buy two 24-hour blood pressure monitors. PPG chairman Liz Hewett, said the main PPG role was to represent the 13,000 registered patients to give them best possible experience when using its services. She was re-elected PPG chairman at the recent annual general meeting, with Ruth Page as her deputy. Liz has Cromer

a background in nursing including at director level in the NHS and with the Royal College of Nursing. Setting out the aims for the coming year, she said the PPG aimed to carry on raising the profile of the PPG with members volunteering to help at flu clinics, meeting and greeting patients, encouraging them to use the self-check-in system, register their mobile phones for messaging, and sign up for online services which enable appointment booking/cancellation, ordering of repeat prescriptions and access to test results. The AGM was told the move to the new surgery had been welcomed by patients and staff, and there were plans to use the building for a range of new health-related services and meetings from yoga to support groups. The PPG is also a sounding board for patient views on services and aims to improve communication between patients and the practice. It is keen to recruit more members to widen the cross section of patients it represents. See more at www. or email

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Walking the walk Cromer councillor and walking champion Hilary Cox has completed her 275-mile challenge . She left Cromer Pier on Sunday, September 30, at 11am, finishing back there on Wednesday, October 10. Along the route she was joined by family, friends and supporters. Hilary was raising money for the British Heart Foundation, following her husband William’s recovery from a heart attack five years ago. She said: “The challenge is over now and I’m back to ‘normality’, but the whole experience was wonderful, from many different aspects.” Five supporters joined her on the first stage to Aldborough following a “tremendous” send-off from Cromer Pier.” “I spent the next two days on my own along the Weavers Way to Waxham, where

I was joined by Barry Foulser and Val on the coast path to walk to Great Yarmouth,” she said. From Great Yarmouth, Hilary jumped on an electric bike to Burgh Castle and was on her own bike from Beccles, Bungay and Diss to Knettishall Heath, again with company. The following four days she was on her own again, heading for Burnham Deepdale along Peddars Way where she joined the Coast Path again to Wells. “The final leg from Weybourne to Cromer saw seven of us arrive back at the pier to a

truly special welcome,” she said, adding: “The toughest bit was the off-road cycling. I fell off three times and have the bruises, scratches and nettle stings to prove it.” But she said: “The camaraderie saw me through. It is truly a fullfiling feeling when you know people are thinking about you, wishing you well and caring that all goes to plan. I have seen parts of our beautiful county I have never seen before, met some incredibly smashing people and heard some touching stories of those who have benefited from the work BHF does.” The Just Giving page is still open

Commemoration concert Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society has been particularly keen to commemorate the centenary of the First World War over the last four years. The choir will mark the centenary of the Armistice on November 11, 1918, with the Sheringham Armistice Centenary concert in St Peter’s Sheringham on Saturday, November 10, at 7.30pm. The singers, directed by David Ballard, will be joined by soloists Rosamund Walton (who sang the words of Edith Cavell at the 2014 Sheringham Remembrance concert) and Julian Chou-Lambert together with an invited chamber orchestra. The concert will feature music including Ralph Vaughan Williams’ moving Dona Nobis Pacem which he wrote in 1936 pleading for peace by referring to previous wars during the growing fears of a new one. The work includes texts from poems by Walt Whitman and from the book of Cromer

Jeremiah. The programme also includes Gabriel Fauré’s much-loved Requiem. The choir will also perform a short piece called Christian Soldiers which is from the opening movement of Patrick Hawes’ Great War Symphony which had its world premiere in the Royal Albert Hall on October 9. This provides an apt link back to the choir’s 2014 commemorations when the choir commissioned Hawes to write Eventide – in Memoriam Edith Cavell to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. This concert which is part of Sheringham’s overall Armistice Centenary events is performed in collaboration with Coast Arts. Tickets are available from Sheringham Little Theatre on 01263 822347 or online at www.sheringhamlittletheatre. com priced £12 (under 18s free) or £15 on the door. See www.


About with Friends is inviting everyone to its annual bonfire and fireworks event hosted by Deer’s Glade Caravan and Camping Park at Hanworth. It will go ahead on Saturday, October 27, from 6pm onwards. In addition to the “spectacular” bonfire and fireworks, there will be a candlelit procession from Deer’s Glade car park, a pumpkin carving competition, hog roast, soup, mulled wine, beer tent and much more. Gates open at 6pm, with the procession at 6.30pm. The bonfire will be lit at 7pm and the fireworks will be at 7.30pm. Entry is £15 for a family of four (2 adults, 2 children) or £5 per person. This ever-popular event supports the work of About with Friends, the Cromer-based charity which provides services for young people and adults with learning disabilities.


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Behind the contact lens It’s the season for Halloween and will soon be Christmas, which brings many parties and fancy-dress events. Some people add a new look to their costume by using funky contact lenses. We as eye care practitioners get very concerned when hearing such stories. Firstly, a contact lens is deemed a medical appliance and as such should only be dispensed by a registered practitioner. These novelty lenses, which are often available in joke shops and on the internet, mean you are taking a big risk as you have not been taught handling or storage techniques but more importantly the front surface of your eye has not been evaluated as suitable for the appliance you are using. The consequences of buying these novelty lenses are not a joke.

Our corneas are not designed to have foreign bodies attached to them overnight or blocking the correct flow of tears and oxygen. Reduced hygiene levels and incorrect handling can damage the corneal surface.


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North Norfolk District Council is showcasing the work of local artist Anna Ovenden in the First Floor Gallery at its Cromer offices until November 2. Anna, who is mainly known for the Arabella Collections, is a self-taught artist who was born and educated in Malaysia before she and her husband moved to Norfolk 19 years ago. Anna’s latest collections of landscape paintings are influenced by the big sky and constant changes along the Norfolk coast. She works mainly in acrylics and watercolours and lately has taken up textile and fibre, which is incorporated in her mixed media art work. She believes that “art is the creation of what the artist sees” and she applies this mantra to her latest collection that will be featured in Cromer. North Norfolk District Council seeks to offer free opportunities to local artists to display their work in the well-lit gallery, and in turn provides staff and visitors the opportunity to see a variety of artists’ work. Six exhibitions are held annually. The First Floor Gallery is open to the public 8.30am-5pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; 10am-5pm on Wednesdays; and 8.30am-4.30pm on Fridays.

Show will raise the roof Painter Paul Darley and photographer David Morris will be popping up in Cromer for their latest exhibition. The will hold a three day Pop-Up Art Exhibition in the Council Chamber at North Lodge Cromer from Monday, October 22, to Wednesday, October 24. David said: “This is a great space for an exhibition – a lovely building in a prominent position, that attracts a lot of interest from passers by, not least because Henry Blogg is there to keep an eye on everything. “We are relying on passing footfall so using social media was going to be really important. We decided that to attract attention we would have to do something visually eye-catching, so we decided to raise the roof…. literally. “We ran a series of teasers showing the roof of North Lodge starting to shake, then emit steam, before the roof cracked and finally exploded open…. revealing us two. “I thought nobody took any notice of it at first, since there weren’t many comments, but I was surprised by how many people had seen it and didn’t know what the heck the cracking roof and steam was all about. “Hope it didn’t put the wind up any councillors, they’re perfectly safe!” Paul paints the Cromer fishermen, figures on the beach and Norfolk landscapes. His work has been exhibited in London and Switzerland. He is a member of the East Anglian Group of Marine Artists and is currently represented

at The Fairfax Gallery in Norfolk and Mandells Gallery in Norwich. David is a landscape and portrait photographer and is currently working on a series of Nocturnes of the Norfolk coast and a behind-the-scenes study of the Hippodrome Circus Great Yarmouth. His work is now on show as part of HIPFest at Hull International Photography Gallery.

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cromer WI There were 44 members and three visitors at the September meeting. Speaker was Tony Grover, from SERV (Services by Emergency Response Volunteers), Norfolk Blood Bikes. This is an important charity entirely funded by public donations. It receives no monetary help from the Government, local councils or the NHS and costs £3,250 a month to run just in Norfolk. Blood Bikes were first used in Surrey

as far back as 1962 but SERV started in Surrey in 1981 and the Norfolk branch was started in 2011. They support three hospitals, Queen Elizabeth in King’s Lynn, Norfolk and Norwich and James Paget in Gorleston. The service is provided 365 nights a year. It doesn’t only carry blood, it also delivers breast milk, platelets, samples and even surgical instruments saving the NHS vast sums of money in taxis and courier services.

Mostly motorbikes are used but if the outside temperature falls below 2C a car transports the items. All SERV riders and drivers are volunteers. The competition was an item beginning with C. First was Liz Holehouse, second Jill Betz and third Judy Roberts. At the meeting on October 11, the speaker was from Pollard and Reed talking about The Importance of the Bra. Meetings are £4 as a visitor and we start at 2pm in Cromer Community Hall.

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