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Monday, April 5, 2010

Radio Car Travelogue 5 - 9 April


Bank holiday breakfast with Graham Barnard and the question - how old is the clock on the North Walsham Market Cross. Jane and her husband turned up to meet me. A one-handed clock was installed from Worstead Hall in 1787. The minute hand was added in 1856. In 1899 they installed a new chiming clock. The Market Cross itself is a national monument and Grade I listed.

Tuesday and I'm meeting Sharon Leeson who loves cats. She has nine of them but the one in the picture, Dodge, has been missing for six months now. Sharon so much wants to know what's happened to Dodge that she's offering a £2000 reward. He's micro chipped so if you're not sure about a cat that's turned up near you, then a vet will scan him for free to ascertain his identity. The details for Dodge and Sharons phone numbers are on the poster in the pic. Click on it to enlarge the image.

Wednesday we're talking about engine testing at Norwich Airport. Local Valerie McNally (left) and Jill Cox (right) flanking Green County Councillor, Marcus Hemsley. Last night members of the planning committee had a chance to hear the test for themselves but Valerie said it was nothing like the usual volume and still objects that not enough money is being spent to limit the aggravation. KLM said it involved 2 engines running at approx. 70% power which is normal for that type of aircraft. Others are run on higher power and longer.
Robertson Barracks at Swanton Morley are hosting 11 students who're on the Army Further Education Bursary Scheme. Holly Rudd (left) from the College of West Anglia in King's Lynn and Gurrjeet Landa from Norwich City College are among them. The Army supports them through their college courses and for the last few days they've been marching, weapon training and tonight, an overnight exercise to give them the full flavour of what it's like. They'll have a place waiting for them when they finally leave college.

Then to Shipdham where Masterchef finalist Tim Kinnaird was with his children Noah and Abby preparing a fruit salad. Although he didn't win, Tim has no intention of returning to work as a paediatrician. Instead his new direction is towards creating patries and cakes.
On March 6th 2008 I came to the site of Littlewoods House in Drayton. Off School Road this hill is surrounded by tall mature conifers in the centre of which was the demolished ruins of the house which must have been magnificent in its day. The plan was to build Terence Conran designed eco-homes. Two years on and I have come back to see how the development is going. Tony & Maggie Abel the developers show me over the house. 13 have been built in phase one. There'll be 22 in all with some affordable housing included. Part of the woodland will be made a community amenety once the work is finished. If you want to see more then go to www.hus22.com

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