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from the editor Roys has been handing out money to local groups and our front page picture shows (from left) Chris Green (Roys of Wroxham general store manager), Helen, Kate, Gill, front row left to right: Remi, Leoni and Lilia. There’s more on page 7.

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We meet musician Ted, who has had a very successful career playing in orchestras and is now playing to smaller audiences locally. Read his story on page 11. He is pictured here with wife Penny.

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Post office service on the move A new mobile post van is being put in operation to help serve 11 rural communities, including the Wroxham and Hoveton area. The new service, which started on January 9, will include Lower Wroxham and Frettenham and will work out of Aylsham Post Office at Budgens. It is aboard a specifically designed vehicle that brings Post Office services and retail products to communities without relying on fixed premises. Postmaster for Aylsham Post Office Duncan Baker is providing the service and the mobile van Post Office will provide same level of service as his branch at Aylsham. There are some retail offers from the van and customers will be able to pre-order merchandise such as gifts. Network Operation Manager, Baldev Kahlon, said: “Since the closure of these rural services we have continued to work to identify a solution to restore services to the local communities. We are therefore planning to introduce a Mobile service, which is a tried and tested way of maintaining service to smaller communities. The Mobile Service is a travelling Post Office aboard a specifically designed vehicle that brings Post Office services and retail products to communities without relying on fixed premises.” The services locally are: Lower Wroxham: Wroxham Church Hall, Norwich Road. Proposed opening Wednesday, 11.45am– 12.45pm. Frettenham: Village hall, Church Road, Frettenham. Proposed opening Wednesday, 10.30– 11.30am.

Parish opposes new homes plan A plan to build 30 new homes on a site in Coltishall has met opposition from the parish council. At an emergency meeting of Coltishall Parish council, there was strong opposition to the proposed development on Rectory Road from the 30-40 residents who attended. Concerns were mostly centred on the effect of more people using the road and sewage infrastructure and the effect on capacity of the pre-school, primary school and doctors surgery. Norfolk county councillor for the parish Tom Garrod said he was organising meetings with the highways engineer to discuss the problems on Rectory Road and then would be organising a meeting with the

pre-school, primary school and officers from Children’s Services to ascertain the effect the development will have on pupil numbers going forward. The outline application is for permission to develop 30 homes with associated infrastructure, including the proposed access to the site and structural landscaping. The site is approximately 2.47 acres and is currently used as a paddock on the eastern side of Rectory Road. The village pavilion and playing fields lie to the south of the site. Residential development lies to the west of the site with a paddock and farmland to the east. Bure Valley Railway lies to the north forming the northern boundary of the site.

Promotion time for cadets January saw two key events in the yearly cadets’ calendar at Broadlands 222 Squadron. Promotions and one of two annual formal inspections involve all the cadets looking their smartest and also keen to find out which of them will be promoted. Squadron Leader Green (Wing Staff based in Norwich) paid his bi-annual visit and had the honor of awarding the promotions to several cadets. Cadet ranks are ordered as follows: Cadet, Corporal, Sergeant, Flight Sergeant and Cadet Warrant Officer. Promotion is always carefully considered and involves adult staff being satisfied that cadets have excellent communication skills with other cadets and staff, are able to lead and control groups of cadets at all levels, show maturity, have good conduct, appearance and bearing, have knowledge and skills of the cadet organisation, lead by example and can plan, organise and carry out tasks as directed. Sergeants Middleditch and Billingham were promoted to Flight Sergeant, Corporal Frost promoted to Sergeant and Cadets Barrell, Gibbons and Dixon promoted to corporal. Broadlands 222 Air Cadets parade every Monday and Friday evening. The group is

open to girls and boys from Year 8 to 18 years old who have a sense of adventure and like to challenge themselves. There are spaces, so see the Facebook page for more details. Search Facebook for 222 Broadlands squadron.

BROADLANDS ROTARY CLUB Norfolk and Norwich Group of Advanced Motorists (NNAM) group secretary Martin Woodhouse came to give us some handy hints and tips on staying safe in our cars. We found it very useful and informative. NNAM offers free sessions on advanced driving as part of IAM RoadSmart. If you would like a free session, contact Martin on 01263 732997, email: secretary@nnam.org or go to the website: www.nnam.org In late February/early March we are planning a visit to Brundall Park where our 5,000 crocuses should be in full bloom with

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those of other local Rotary Clubs. I hope to capture this expanse of purple for a later newsletter but better still you may enjoy wandering amongst this display which reminds us how far we have come in eliminating polio! Events March 9: Charter Night (anniversary of the founding of our club in 1972). March 30: Coach travel and entrance to Bletchley Park, £45 per head. April 28: Race Night: drinks and supper whilst placing your bets in Hoveton

Village Hall. June 9: Outing for Children of The Hall School, Old Catton. June 15: Coach travel and entrance to Gooderstone Water Gardens and Hunstanton, £30 per head. If you would like to book a coach tour, contact president Fred on 07803 193020 or 01603 898557. If you would like to know more about our club and our events please contact Ann Chantry-Price annchantryprice@gmail.com, tel 01603 270478 / 01296 660202.


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Community spirit is at the forefront for store Roys of Wroxham has been handing out money to boost the funds of local groups. On January 19, representatives of the store presented Girlguiding Norfolk with a £100 cheque. Girlguiding Norfolk approached Roys about a new and exciting archiving project they had in progress. The new Archive Resource Centre was built to house Norfolk’s archive resources in a way to make them more accessible to local girl members and leaders to use. The group was looking for donations to purchase equipment to make the activity/ resource centre fully functional and also enable items to be used away from the building in Girlguiding units. Roys donated £100 to buy plastic storage boxes to store items that can be loaned to Guiding units. The money donated was raised through the Making a Difference Locally scheme. Money is raised from a

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THANKS: (from left) Edward Roy (Roys managing director), Elaine Sendall and Nigel Dixon. proportion of the price of certain grocery items sold within Roys supermarkets. Wroxham and Hoveton Good Neighbour Scheme also benefited with a £250 donation The organisation was set up by a group of volunteers set up in 2014, with the aim of supporting people in need in

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Chance to get hearing checked A series of open days are being held in the area, including Wroxham, aimed at those who need their hearing checked out. One in six people in UK have a hearing problem. And hearing tests and professional advice are being made available free of charge to encourage people to take that first step. Local hearing care specialists, The Hearing Care Centre, who visit centres across Norfolk have organised seven Hearing Care Open Days between 9am and 5pm.In Wroxham this will be on Friday, March 17, at Cecil Amey Opticians. Audiologist Simon Myhill said: “By holding events such as these we hope to encourage

those people who have been thinking for a while about having a hearing test, and just haven’t got round to it.” The Hearing Care Centre is a local, award-winning, family-run business, offering independent and private hearing care service to patients throughout East Anglia. Action on Hearing Loss research shows that there are now 10 million people in the UK with hearing loss of at least 25 decibel (dB) in the better ear – 1 in 6 of the population. All services are available by appointment only. To book your appointment call The Hearing Care Centre on 0800 096 2637 or visit www. hearingcarecentre.co.uk

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Phil takes health into own hands Phil Johnson, 62, who lives near Wroxham, is proof of the benefit of self-care. The former Radio and TV journalist turned children’s author joined his local community gym in February after being confronted with the prospect of taking medication for an increased blood pressure by his GP. “I have many friends who are heading towards or have type 2 diabetes and the thought of having to take a pill for my blood pressure was the last straw for me, I thought if I can’t be bothered to look after myself then how can I expect the NHS to? You only have one body and one life after all,” Phil explains. The gym at Neatishead is one of six community gyms and sports centres that are part of the North Norfolk Activity Referral Scheme used by GP practices within the area of North Norfolk District Council and is designed to be run in partnership with the Broadly Active Scheme established by Broadland District Council. Since joining at the beginning of 2016, Phil has lost 8kg, his lowest weight since he was 30 years old, and is the fittest he has ever felt. “I dreaded walking into the gym when I first joined, I thought it would be full of young athletic people but when I walked in I realised it is all about health and not about body image. “Apart from the gym, it has made me think about all the small changes in my life that can make a difference, park your car away from the front door of the supermarket and walk a couple of hundred yards, squat or stand on one leg while boiling the kettle,

use the stairs and not the lift but most importantly – do SOMETHING!” The gym is based at the village hall in Neatishead and runs sessions three times per week led by a qualified fitness instructor who carries out initial assessments and designs personalised exercise programmes. Members can choose from a range of service levels, with special rates for people referred by their GP. Individuals referred suffer from a range of health issues including diabetes, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, obesity and bone and joint problems. Since the project started, more than 170 people have used the gym and it continues to attract new members. Annual surveys show that 90% of participants have achieved or begun to achieve their health related goals. “Exercise does not make me immune from developing or contracting illness or disease, but it does mean I am in a better

position to fight things if it happens,” added Phil. “Ultimately it is just like not servicing or repairing your car then expecting the RAC to repair it for free when it breaks down. This is one of the best things I have ever done.” Dr Anoop Dhesi, Chair of North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Phil is a prime example of how the public can take health into their own hands. “Fitness is just one of the ways you can help ensure you are better equipped to fight illnesses and the positive mental effects that activity and healthy eating are not to be ignored either. Please contact your GP surgery regarding the fitness referral scheme.” There are three sports centres that have partnerships with GP practices. They include the Victory Swim and Fitness centre in North Walsham. There are also community gyms at Neatishead, Stalham and Hickling.

over a cup of coffee? Come along to our free and informal workshop and meet new people to celebrate World Poetry Day. No experience necessary. Free. Call 01603 782563, pop in to book, or just come along! Friends of Wroxham Library: Friday, March 17, 10.30–11.45am. Would you like to support us and the work we do by coming a member of the Friends of Wroxham Library group? If you would like to act as a link between the library and the local community, plan and hold fundraising activities and develop ideas for events come along to find out more and meet others over a cup of coffee. Call the library on 01603 782560 for further information. Wroxham Parish Council surgery: If you are a Wroxham parishioner and have an issue or a parish query, pop along to the library to speak to councillors from Wroxham Parish Council on Saturday, March 4, 10 -11.30am. This is a dropin surgery and so no appointment is

necessary. Family History: Use our free access to Find My Past and get advice from Diane, our family and local history expert by booking a half hour session on Fridays from 6-7.30pm. Knit and Natter: Come along to our informal gathering. Thursdays March 2 and 16, 2-4pm. Please bring your own project. Crib Club: New players welcome. Thursday, March 9, 2-4:30pm. Please bring your own board and cards if you can. Scrabble Club: Meets on the last Thursday of each month from 2.00-4.30pm. (30th March) All welcome Bookgroup: Try reading something new and to meet new people. The group meets at 2pm on the third Wednesday of the month. Contact us by phone on 01603 782560, Drop-in, 10-5 Monday – Saturday and late opening till 8pm on Fridays. Email us at wroxham.lib@norfolk.gov.uk.

at the library Books, DVD, Music and Games Sale Come along on Saturday, March 18, to pick yourself a bargain in the Wroxham library sale of books, DVD films, music cd’s and games. Sale takes place from 10-5pm. Social Activities and events Bounce and Rhyme Time: Now every Wednesday, (except for school holidays), at a new time of 10.30–11am. Songs and rhymes for babies, toddlers, parents and carers. FREE Shared reading: Wednesdays March 8, 15, 22, 2-3pm. Enjoy the power of great stories and poems read aloud over a cup of tea. For people wanting to meet others, lift their mood and enjoy something new. If you would like to come, but don’t get out and about easily, please contact us – we may be able to help with transport. Poetry workshop for World Poetry Day: Tuesday, March 21, 10.30am–12pm. Like to turn you hand at writing a haiku or two? Enjoy listening to poems read out loud

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Musician has so many strings to his bow As a teenager, Ted Doe dreamed of playing violin or oboe or the horn in an orchestra. “The thought of the cello never once entered my mind,” he said. Then, one day, a master at his school announced at assembly that cello lessons were available to any boy interested. “Whatever had been on offer that morning, I would now be a retired player of that instrument,” he laughed. Ted’s interest in music began on Friday December 7, 1951 to be exact, he said. His 13th birthday was the previous June. “My dad listened to orchestral music but I never heard any until he came home after the war. I was quickly attracted to the sound of a large orchestra.” He soon played in the school orchestra and a local area educational orchestra and then the orchestra of the adjacent college of further education. “This was really an adult amateur orchestra and we accompanied the local dramatic society and the Gilbert & Sullivan Society, played symphonic music and, most memorable for me, we performed Brahm's Requiem, one of the great moments of my life in spite of all the things I have subsequently done. I also did a lot of chamber music with other local musicians.” Ted then had to join the Army for national service at 18 and, on hearing that the Welsh Guards were requiring a cellist, he applied and was accepted. “I served for six years and had to learn the saxophone to play when marching. It was a permanent posting in London and so all the musical life of that city began to open up to me. “The Army schedule was quite undemanding and left much time for other music. I took part in several hundred Changings of the Guard and five or six each of Cenotaph services and Troopings of the Colour. Some of the band members played in various orchestras and theatres. I was able to make contacts and grow in ability. I attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for some of the time and played a lot in the old Lyon's Corner Houses 'gypsy' orchestras and other groups.” On leaving the Army he studied full time at the Guildhall, taking saxophone as a second instrument. “I was, in fact, the first saxophone pupil ever in a London college, as the Guildhall was the first music college in London ever to offer saxophone lessons and they commenced the very term that I entered,” he said. In 1965 he became a permanent member of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

and played regularly with them throughout the West Country and further afield for five years, after which he moved back to London and embarked on a new life as a freelance player, taking whatever was offered. “I played, recorded and toured frequently with the Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia and BBC Concert orchestras, visiting much of Europe and touring all around the USA, playing under many of the world’s leading conductors and instrumental soloists. In addition, I frequently played in theatres, especially Drury Lane and the London Palladium. At the latter I accompanied, amongst others, Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, and the late Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher her daughter. I also played for at least one Royal Comand performance and accompanied Rudolf Nureyev at that concert.” He married Penny in 1973 and, in 1975,

embarked on a career as a psychiatric nurse. He later moved to Norfolk to work among small rural churches until 1992 when he became a peripatetic cello teacher for the Norfolk Educational Service, until on reaching the age of 65 in 2003 he had to retire. “We moved to Wroxham three years ago, and since then Penny and I have been developing our entertaining in care homes, luncheon clubs, charity concerts etc, mainly performing as Three’s Company together with Barry Bryant, our pianist.” Asked about his career highlights, he says there are many. “The Brahm’s Requiem as a teenager still stands out, also I played the Elgar cello concerto with the student orchestra at the Guildhall (from memory). I sometimes think there must have been two Ted Does, one in those days and a different one now,” he said. See more at www.pennydoe.com

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WINNERS: The team from Broadacres with their award last year for dignity and respect in every day life. working here. They get a lot from the experience and our residents absolutely love it, having the chance to chat to younger people and finding out more about things such as mobile phones. “Care is something people need to see first hand to get a feel for the job.” “It’s a real stepping stone for any of the care professions to come and experience how a care home like ours operates on a day-to-day basis,” said Kim.

She said the ethos of Broadacres was for residents to live life to the full, and having younger people around was all part of that. “A lot of our residents are very independent and go out for trips. The people who have come to work with us have found out so much more about working in a care home,” said Kim. “They often decide after their work experience that social care is the career for them”. You can find out more about working in social care at www.norfolkcarecareers. co.uk.

wroxham social club Spring is around the corner and so are we. Lots happening so please come and visit us. We are having a Come and Try Social, with buffet, on Saturday, March 11 at 7.30pm. Bring a friend or come and make new friends. We would love to meet you. Jeff's Quiz and Chips was a great success again, raising around £183 for our funds. Thank you to everyone for all their help and support in making it work. The following is a list of our future events: February 25: Jean/Linda’s Bar Quiz with pizza or Indian takeaway, 7pm for 7.30pm start. March 4: Bingo. 8 pm. March 11: Bring a friend social with buffet. Open to non members 7.30pm. All welcome. March 18: 10 pin bowling and horse racing 7.30pm. March 25: Bingo 8pm. April 1: Whist 7.30pm. April 8: Darts night with buffet. 7.30pm.

April 15: Bingo 8 pm. April 22: Judy's Quiz and Chips 7pm for 7.30pm start (booking essential). April 29: The Chase 7.30pm. There is snooker available Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays and most Saturdays. (Matches are played on Tuesday nights) Darts usually on Fridays but could be played any night of the week. This also applies to table tennis. Social events are on Saturday nights. Bowls can be played from May to September and we are in several leagues. More players are needed. Membership entitles you to participate in all club activities, bowls, leisure and social. Members must be 16 or over. For more information or to book for Quiz and Chips, call Rosemary Burdett (chairman) on 419811 or Jean Barnett (bowls secretary) 720810 or speak to any other committee member.

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Wroxham Parish councillor Chris Hall is a man with a mission. Chris is convenor of the council’s recreation and amenities group and his mission is to brighten up the village. He is planning to set up a standalone Wroxham in Bloom in association with Anglia in Bloom as a project for the village this year. Wroxham Parish Council has agreed to support this initiative so volunteers are now invited, be they in Wroxham or Hoveton or, as he says, anywhere else for that matter to help with running it. To put yourself forward to help in whatever capacity, be it planting or admin you can get in touch with him. For more information either email ch@chris-hall.co.uk or call Chris on 07919 335577.

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The East Norfolk Operatic Society present the comic opera The Yeomen Of The Guard at The Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich from May 3-6. The timeless story of the love-lorn jester who foolishly allows his maid to marry a condemned man in order to inherit a fortune. Having become a bride and expecting to become a widow within the hour, the maid is horrified to learn that her new husband has escaped and she is left married yet penniless. There is, however, a happy ending for husband and wife, not so for the jester. This, the 10th opera in the G & S canon, contains some of Sullivan’s finest music and allowed Gilbert to create totally believable characters populating the Tower of London in the 16th century. Performances are at 7.30pm with a matinee show on May 6 at 2.30 pm. All tickets are £12. To reserve a seat, contact the Theatre Box office 01603 620917 or online www.maddermarket. co.uk

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And they’re off, or they will be on Saturday, February 25, with a 7pm start at Wroxham Football Club, Trafford Park. The horse racing night, with first race at 7.30pm, is £5 a ticket which includes a burger. A £15 family ticket includes a burger for each family member. Betting slips are 50p and you can buy as many as you wish per race for as many horses as you wish to bet on. The winnings are then split between the number of winning tickets. There are eight horses in each race and eight races in total. Be a jockey, you can own a horse in a race for £2 with the winner getting a bottle of wine. There will also be an auction to buy horses for the last race with some great prizes to be won. For further details or to buy a horse ring Kaine on 07411465981.

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Officers from North Norfolk are urging residents to remain vigilant after a number of thefts from vehicles in Hoveton. Four incidents were recorded happening in Tunstead Road and Two Saints Close between Wednesday, January 25, and Thursday 26th. Items stolen include clothing, food items and a wallet. PC Peter Davison, North Norfolk Community Engagement Officer, said: “We urge residents to lock their vehicles and remove valuables.” Call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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N&P branches to close in shake-up Norwich and Peterborough building society branches in Wroxham, North Walsham, and Sheringham are among 28 to be closed under plans by The Yorkshire Building Society Group . The group announced proposals to make changes to its branch network, product range and one of its brands with the aim to deliver better long-term value to its 3.3m customers. The Yorkshire aims to close 20 Yorkshire Building Society branches in May and 28 Norwich and Peterborough (N&P) branches from September. It would maintain a high street network of 260 branches and agencies across the UK, with Yorkshire Building Society as the sole high street brand. The society plans to close its N&P current accounts to existing customers, and withdraw the N&P brand from the high street over the next year. The society will work with affected customers and has already begun to contact them to outline what these proposals mean for their specific circumstances. Mike Regnier, chief executive of Yorkshire Building Society, said: “As a mutual, it is important that we always act in the best long-term interests of our membership and evolve the business in line with their changing

needs. “We believe these proposals give us greater focus on providing existing and future members with the things they want from us most: a safe place for their savings and funding to buy their own home, and providing these in an easy and simple way. “The driving forces behind the proposed branch closures are shifts in market conditions and an increasing desire among customers to transact digitally rather than on the high street. “We therefore no longer believe it is the right commercial position for us to continue to maintain these 48 branches across the N&P and Yorkshire network.” Other branches affected are Aylsham Road, Norwich, Bowthorpe Main Centre and Chapelfield, Norwich.

broadland chess club The internal club championships are still progressing, so lots of one to one games going on in the club room. This competition is divided into different levels to allow all players a chance to play and win. Too soon yet to predict the outcome though, towards the end of the season it can become frantic as the players jostle for position and struggle to fit all of their games around the team and county schedules and commitments. In December, the club held its Christmas party, a mini tournament open to all. There were three sections arranged by grade. The photo shows our club members deep in concentration over the board. The Fischer section was closely contested; the winner was Justin Singh with 5½/6,

Heather Enid Wells was runner up. The Tal section finished with Tony Arnold and Robert Smith tied on 4/6. A game played under Armageddon rules gave first place to Tony. The Capablanca section was won convincingly by Ken McEwan, 7½/8, with Paul Badger and Roy Hughes equal second. Congratulations must also go to two of our junior members for their recent tournament successes. Preethi Saravanan won the U13 section of the Norfolk and Norwich Rapidplay and Darcy Pashley was second equal in the U10 section. Broadland Chess Club as always welcomes new members and visitors to the club. We meet at the King’s Head, Coltishall, on Monday and Wednesday nights. We can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.


Community group in appeal for woodland or riverside space A social enterprise is looking for a bit of woodland or riverside to continue its community work. Rooted in Nature, a not-for-profit group providing outdoor activities and education, is looking for some woodland, ideally with river access, to set up a secure, permanent base. The organisation wants to be able to continue successful work with vulnerable children and young people. Ideally they would like a space where they could create a classroom/small indoor space in keeping with the setting to make the project sustainable through the winter. An added bonus would be a venue for camping. Most importantly they are looking to get the community involved and teach people about conservation and woodland management. Founder, chairperson and lead outdoor practitioner Emma Davey said: “We are looking for access to any pockets of woodland or riverside that may help us on our journey. ‘We work to increase communities’ awareness of, access, and connectivity

to local green spaces, waterways and areas of natural beauty, by providing active and engaging learning experiences and recreational activities, which are open to everyone.” Activities include canoeing, kayaking, archery, bushcraft and Forest School activities and experiences for individuals and groups, in particular for people who

are deemed at risk and vulnerable to a range of social and economic concerns and challenges. “Our main user group has been looked after children and children at risk of coming into care, but we are actively seeking further funding to extend our project to focus on mental health and wellbeing for all. With statistics showing that mental and emotional health issues are rising for all ages the need for time and space to play and explore the great outdoors is now more important than ever.” This year the project has been funded by the Big Lottery Awards for All. The funding pays for equipment and experienced, qualified staff to provide the activities, including overnight camps. Emma said: “We are actively working towards securing further funding in the next few months to run projects so that more people can assess and connect with natural green spaces. The more hi-tech our lives become, the more nature we need.” Contact emma@rootedinnature.org.uk or call 07823 333830. Also see Twitter and Facebook.

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At our last meeting on January 25 we welcomed Simon Gorton (right) as well as accepting Chris Shallcross as a new member and welcoming prospective new member, Clive Lockyer. Simon gave an animated, surprising and amusing speech on his highs and lows over 30 years of policing in England. Having joined the force in February 1981, Simon was attached to the Luton District Police Force, the third most violent area within the country and at that time 30% understrength. He compared it to the TV show Life on Mars, with no mobiles, computers and only paper systems for intelligence work. There were 1,500 arrests made within one year between a station of only 10 officers. At that time, it took only 25 minutes to fingerprint, charge and lock up apprehended criminals – today it can take up to 12 hours. Simon was transferred as a sergeant to the more peaceful environs of Norfolk where he developed a love for the coast, serving at Cromer, Sheringham, Holt, Wells and Fakenham where time was at last available to do the job properly (average of 14 crimes per month). He moved to community relations with the First National Conference for Policing the Gay and Lesbian Community. His continuing service to the community was rewarded with a 22-year Good Service Medal. The fellowship club is for men who are retired or semi-retired meets on the last Wednesday of the month, 12.15-3pm at The Norfolk Mead Hotel, Coltishall for drinks, a chef cooked lunch and a guest speaker. Contact Steve Robb on 01603 736597 or Neil Seale-Jones on 01603 666159.

May we start this month by wishing all readers a prosperous 2017, and to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported us and our charitable fundraising throughout the last year. We had two incredibly successful fundraising events that raised big sums of money for our selected charities. Our win a car raffle was won by John Beck from Norfolk who had purchased his winning ticket, number 04939, at the Norfolk Show. After deducting the cost of the car itself which was generously reduced in price by suppliers NMG of Norwich, we made a superb £7,541 to be split among our designated charities, East Anglia Air Ambulance, East Anglia Children’s Hospice Nook Appeal and End Polio Now, with the last quarter being shared among a number of other local charities supported by our club. Equally successful were our Santa collections with almost £3,000 raised, again split between EAAA, EACH and other local charities. By the time you read this, presentations will have been made so there should be photographs next time. Now it is time to start looking forward to what 2017 has in store, and we have a special treat for everyone in March. We are fortunate to have a one-off opportunity to hear the Derbyshire Constabulary male voice choir performing a varied selection of music at St Catherine’s Church, Ludham, on Saturday, March 25, at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 and refreshments are available. Tickets are sure to sell out quickly so to get yours now from Hazel Eady on 01692 670616, Thrower’s (Ludham),

Abbott’s Estate Agents (Wroxham) or any Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club member. All proceeds are in aid of Rotary supported charities. Looking further ahead, we are planning a grand garden party and barbecue in the grounds of Sloley Hall with the chance to hear award-winning Hayley Moss, supported by another local performer Terry Adams. This all takes place on September 10 – details about tickets will follow. Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary Club supports the Stuart Delph award, given annually by Broadland High School to a pupil when they leave for an outstanding contribution to the school and the local community, and congratulate this year’s winner Kelly Hendley. We are also busy with the organisation for this year’s technology tournament at the school which takes place in March. We are always pleased to welcome more new members into the club – you can pop along and meet us any Monday evening if you fancy finding out a bit more about us and what we get up to, but please contact our secretary Anne Kittle in advance on 07887 523071 to check the meeting details and so we can ensure we have food for you. Visit our www.wroxhamrotary.org.uk for more information and details of our programme for the first half of 2017, or our Facebook page on www.facebook. com/wroxhamburevalleyrotaryclub or contact president Rosemary Youngs on 01603 717272. There is no better way to give something back to the local community . . . and no better time than now.

twinning association We had a very pleasant evening on January 13 at Wroxham Barns for our annual Après-Noel dinner – good food, wine and company. Many thanks for the organisation to Aileen, Helen and Sue. We had our Quiz and Supper evening on February 4 in Wroxham Church Hall, devised by our own Gill Hood. So far, we have a record number of participants in our twinning visit to France, August 9-15, with more than 40 members wanting to go which is excellent, and quite

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