So a busy start on Monday with a trip to see Peter & Polly Bowles at Spa Common near North Walsham. They're part of the Buckingham Emergency Food Appeal who provide meals for Christmas for those who might otherwise go without any festive cheer. The problem? They need more sprouts (and other table veggies) and if you can donate in any way call them on 01692 407262.
Top pic - next to the Recruiting Sergeant at Coltishall. It's MOvember (MO being the Australian slang for moustache!) Raising money for Prostate Cancer Charity. All month volunteers have been growing their mo's and now it's time for a series of Gala evenings, tonight at the Diplomat social club. Left, Chris Wall with his Rack Star mo, me centre with what they called the Major mo and right, James with his Trucker mo!
On the drive back I'm listening to Breakfast with Chris Goreham who's talking to cartoonist Gareth Greenway. They've printed my picture from the BBC website and he's drawing my charicature which is finished in time for me to view it on my return. What do you think? Good or what? If you've a friend or party that can use his talents you can see more at http://www.garptoons.com/ and should you wish to talk to him his number is 07554 251000.
The Breakfast Show Advent Calendar Christmas Challenge begins here !!!!!
Tuesday and we begin our Advent Calendar series. Here's the Radio Car with the calendar stuck to the panel inside. Each morning as I open the next window I have to find something relating to the picture inside. Once achieved I can have the chcolate! Today it's a teddy bear so I find that Hingham has a Bear Close and Bear Lane and by pure chance I bump into Rebecca and Ben walking their dog. Rebecca has this teddy called Humphrey - so named cecause he was a gift from friends and they were having a meal in a restaurant called Cassablanca!
Day two of the Advent Calendar Challenge and the symbol today is - a star! Next to Star Lane in Long Stratton is early regular caller Royston the baker pictured here with some of his festive goodies including chocolate covered star biscuits no less! Sorted. Next, not too far away at Hapton, the Redwings Horse Sanctuary celebrates its 25th anniversary and Chief Exec Lyn Cutchess tells us how they have 1100 horses in their care now. Remarkably, some stay with them for as long as 20 years and funding is an ongoing effort to make ends meet. They also have a couple of horses called Star so I could have gone to them straight away for my daily challenge. Who would have thought?
Day three of the Advent Calendar and today I'm challenged to find an elf bearing gifts. Coincidentally, I'm off to the Salvation Army's Toys & Tins Appeal depot where David Woodrow and Hazel are busy. They introduce me to Gerald the elf! I tried to interview him but he said very little. I think it was because my hand was ---- work it out for yourself! At Marlpit Estate we're talking about a book looking at life on three housing estates - Marlpit, Larkman and North Earlham. On the left, Liane Ward, operations manager for Cue East, the UEA Social engagement project and local resident Bonnie Carpenter who's spent most of her life here and wouldn't change it. Finally, to West Earlham Infant School , regional winner in the Learning Outside Classroom Awards. We just had time to speak to teacher Denise Matlock and congratulate her before she and the other helpers took their reception class off to the woods. All part of their regular routine at the school.
Friday morning and Helesdon Bridge is still not open after a delay of many weeks. The recent wet weather has meant that the final resurfacing work can't be completed and as you can see the barriers are still up. They're hoping to reopen it by Sunday but it could be later if the weather doesn't improve. Improving cycle and pedestrian routes to the city from Hethersett was the next job to cover. Here they are gathering outside the village hall with MP Richard Bacon and a film crew from Newsround. It was an altogether bigger crowd at Dereham when the Light Dragoons from Swanton Morley paraded through the centre of town. You can see the full parade go by by clicking on the video.