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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Radio Car Travelogue 9 - 13 February.


Monday and despite the fact that I missed the worst of the weather last week, it's still foggy and zero degree's as I travel to the Market town of Reepham. Here's where they're conducting a ground breaking experiment running heating systems on vegetable oil. First I hear about the modifications. Left is engineer Michael Scott at his home with chair of the Town Council Trevor Bevan. Then we go to the Primary School to meet up with Head Teacher Lisa Cook and the project leader from the University of East Anglia Bruce Tofield. The story has made the nationals today and we'll be watching out for the results in the future.
Whilst I was around Reepham I travelled the short distance to the old Whitwell Station (see earlier Radio Car TRavelogue) As you can see it was still a bit misty but things are moving along for the reopening in March (I think) 50 years since it was closed.

Tuesday morning didn't get off to a good start. Getting into the car battling the prevailing wind I opened the door and SMACK - caught the edge of it with my brow. This photo was taken by the escurity guard when I got to the Forum. I'd been mopping the blood all the way there and didn't even realise that my lovely new specs were covered too! With the first aid kit I cleaned myself up and put a plaster over it so that I could do the Show and as my first radio car job wasn't until 8.30 I took off for the local NHS walk-in centre at Dussindale where they "glued" me together again. It doesn't look quite so bad now and fortunately there were no after effects except that I forgot to take a piccy at the CME centre. (Community Music East) where we played a few drums with tutor Mark Howe and heard how it can be very therapeutic. Heaven knows I need some treatment!!
An icy blast hit us Wednesday morning but it was softened by the sunrise here at Ludham Bridge where I met a group of walkers who're part of the Three Rivers Way Association. They're campaigning for an eight mile pathway from Hoveton to Potter Heigham avoiding the narrow and busy A1062. It'll take around £700,000 and a couple of years but will provide some scenic walks through the Broadland area.
Thursday it's not just ice but snow under the tyres of the radio car and I first went to the former RAF Coltishall married quarters where the refurbished homes are being sold off. Because of the property market today, they're reducing some of them by £20,000 which means the two bedroomed houses are now going for just £99,000. Next it's a hazardous cross country trip to another former RAF base - well the village - of Swanton Morley and the Angel Pub. Pictured, local historian David Stone who tells us of the connection between Abraham Lincoln (born today 200 years ago) and his great great great great great great grandfather who used to live in what is now the pub.
Also, Breakfast With Bumfrey is checking out the counties phone boxes as so many of them are under the threat of the axe. We find that many are badly maintained and if they're not working you could argue the case to take them away. Swanton Morley has two no less and I find one in perfect working order in Felthorpe. With everyone and their child carrying mobile phones these days it's hardly surprising that the old boxes aren't used these days but will we be poorer for losing them from our rural communities?
Friday and I'm back at Coltishall again! This time for a very different reason. With the collapse of MFI, Gary Harmer (pic) a bathroom fitter, was left owed thousands of pounds by the company just before Christmas. He wasn't the only fitter to be left short at that festive time but he's since put in a lot of effort to finding new business and as you can see he's spent some money on signwriting! The lovely twist to this interview was that I was talking to him at a house owned by a former MFI manager and to cap it all, Gary had bought the ex-demo MFI bathrooms just before it shut and now he was selling it back to this guy!
AND finally, whilst on site at Coltishall I noticed that the old NAAFI shop was up for auction if you fancy it? Not only that, at the auction (next Monday) there's also one of the blocks of 12 flats going under the hammer. Could be a good rental investment!

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