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Monday, August 9, 2010

Radio Car Travelogue 9 - 13 August 2010


So, the radio car is poorly again hence the reason why we didn't have it for Treasure Quest yesterday. So, today I'm recording at the Pact Animal Sanctuary at Wood Rising near Hingham. Owner George Rockingham says the squeeze means he's 30% on donations which could curtail their work. There's an open day this weekend. Lookout for the signs off the Watton Road at Scoulton. Next I'm looking into a hole!

Furze Road off the Plumstead Road near Thunder Lane at 11am Sunday morning, Hannah tells me that the pavement outside her house just fell into this huge pit. It seems that ground water has created this cavern by the storm drain. May Gurney workers nearby quickly surrounded it with barriers and the road has been closed unitl repairs can be carried out.

Tuesday and still no radio car. So I wander down to the market place to meet Sarah Pettegree who hopes to restart the monthly farmers market. Once held on Gentlemans Walk it didn't attract enough traders. This time the venue will be different (to be announced) and there'll be more to interest the customers. Sarah is passionate about local produce and is very enthusiastic about the market. Her company is Bray's Cottage Pork Pies - a sample of which went down well with the production team back at the Forum!
Wednesday and Hurrah! The radio car is back which means I can go out to see Lyndsey Tyas who's been selected for the Para Equestrian Carriage Driving World Championships in Holland in September. Here she is with horse Jack and dad Paul at the stables. We wish her good luck for a gold. Then, to join up to 7000 young people arriving at the Showground for the 7th Christian Festival. Teams go out into the Norfolk community to do voluntary work like cleaning up gardens, painting and helping people. Left Josh, Adam and Serena with one of the event managers Matt Simonds outside the marquee. Big enough to take them all there are bible readings and live bands daily until next Monday when it ends.
Thursday 12th on the golf course at Bawburgh with Course Manager Mike Ward and his iPhone. He can dial up any sprinkler on any one of 27 holes. If it starts to rain it automatically shuts down. Even the fountain on the 18th hole is controlled from wherever Mike might be. No getting away from the job then? On Colney Drive Cringleford their problem is the seeds from the rosebay Willow herb. Pic right. The building land at the back of their gardens is rampant with the stuff which blows in the air and covers everything. Leave a window open and it's in the house. Last years seeds are now sprouting up in their gardens. Left to right - Jackie Petherick, Lyn & Roy Catchpole, Miggy & Mike Hemmings - the field is at the back of their garden. Bovis own the land for development but there's still no planning application in so they might get a third year of the seeds on the wind!
Friday and a long trip to King's Lynn right after the Show. Here's the stand at King's Lynn FC at The Walks. High hopes for a good turnout for their first game of the season tomorrow. Then a trek further up the A47 to Wisbech. This is Anna Akred. Her son Callum died in 2001 just three hours old. Up to 15 graves (including Callums) were damaged at the Mount Pleasant cemetary during May and June. Anna campaigned for better security, bushes to be cut back and gates to be locked at night and the council agreed. They couldn't however, install the lighting she asked for because of the cost. Thousands had supported her peitition and it paid off.

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