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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Radio Car Travelogue 10 - 18 June 2010


Thursday 10th and at Kerdiston near Reepham there's an old Victorian railway carriage that's spent most of it's life serving as part of a bungalow. There's a second carriage there along with a goods wagon but the one pictured is about to be lifted onto the truck and taken to Holt where the Poppyline Education Group will refurbish it and open the doors as an educational, reminiscence and historic role play resource. Pictured (l-r) Theo Fanthorpe Vice Chair and George Carrick Chair of the Poppyline Education Group. Next down the road apiece to Foulsham and their new village hall. Jos Banthorpe met me at New Frost Hall to tell me about their entertainment on Saturday night which is competing against Englands opening game in the World Cup. They're featuring Saxobility joined by the Foulsham singers. Doors open 1900 for 1930 and tickets are just £5.00. Interested? Call Jos on 01362 683680.

With the world cup starting today (Friday) I was tasked with finding our own three lions. They are City Hall Norwich, Constitution Hill and outside the Goat PH at Skeyton.

Wednesday 16th and the fishing season is underway. Tom Howard met me by the banks of the River Wensum in the city next to Marriotts Way. More than 100 new fishing pegs have been added to the rivers Bure, Ant and Thurne but he warns that not having an Environment Agency licence to fish can result in a fine of up to two-and-a-half thousand pounds and they're toughening up! So be careful and get that licence. As for mine, it arrives every year by standing order so I whipped out my incredible pocket rod and had an hour. With no maggots I relied on worms but what I should have brought was my trusty rubber maggots !

Thursday morning on the steps of County Hall I met Malika Rahman from the Norwich & Norfolk Racial Equality Council and Junior Johnson from Young Urbanites. They're presenting the results of a survey created and completed by young people. 1300 took part and many believe in Norfolk becoming more multicultural.
Then to Aylsham and our debate about the coming of supermarkets to rural places. John Parks, vice-Chairman of the Town Council was more positive than negative about the effect Tesco had when the doors opened on the edge of town. They already have a Budgens just round the corner from the market place. Unlike some other places though, local traders mainly find it beneficial and draws more people to Aylsham than before.

To round off the week I'm at Wymondham Swimming pool & leisure centre. The Government will no longer be funding free swimming for under 16's and over 60's. Peter & Carole Francis are on a limited budget and although they swim here every week under the scheme, having to pay something like £138 each per annumn would put a strain on the budget. However, they would still come here to swim because of the exercise aspect.

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