A grey but mild Monday morning at Mile Cross Methodist Church where Foodbank Co-ordinator Grant Habershon and the Rev'd Sharon Willimott are preparing to give out food parcels to people in desperate times. Not just a sign of these days, this is ongoing as there's always someone in difficulty. The scheme opens today at the Norwich Christian Resource Centre on Redwell Street. The church on Aylsham Road joins in this Thursday. Today is the day when new driving test rules apply. Ten of the forty minute test will be following signs after a series of verbal instructions. It doesn't matter if you go wrong, Senior Examiner Phil Bettel said it's more about driving whilst having to think your way ahead. I spoke to Ryan who'd just passed his test and although he had to ask for a reminder of his route, his driving was proper enough to get him through!
Tuesday at Little Dunham just outside Swaffham where there are plans to build a sub station capable of bringing electricity from the proposed 68 wind turbines due to be built off the North Norfolk coast. Pictured, Paul Dennis, a member of the action group objecting to the planned site in the background. He showed me an imoression of what that view would be like after construction. Councillors vote on it next Monday.
Wednesday and a run around Norfolk starting at the Trafford Arms PH on Grove Road Norwich where we talked about Sky Sports in pubs. A landlady from Portsmouth is at the European Court of Justice today after being fined for screening footy matches without a Sky subscription. She argues that she's forced to use Sky Greece instead of the UK service which costs her £800 instead of £6000! Chris Higgins at the Trafford Arms says he's cancelled his Sky service after it went up from £15000 to £18000. He says the pub trade just can't sustain the increase. If Karen Murphy wins her case in Europe it will change the whole ball game!!
Centre, Head Teacher of Stalham High School Melinda Derry listened with interest to what Education Secretary Michael Gove had to say about giving more power for teachers to deal with bad behaviour both inside and outside the school. She was cautious about the change but time will show whether it's an improvement or not. Then swiftly on to Hickling Nature Reserve. Run by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, the old windmill half a mile down the tiny road from the Visitor Centre has been renovated. Now the brickwork is stable, a crane will be brought in today to lift the brand new timber cap on top. This has been completed due to the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Broads Authority receiving money to train ten reed and sedge cutters and five new millwrights. It's run over four years with the intention of getting new skilled tradesmen with traditional knowledge needed to keep these rural icons alive. Pictured on the right is chairman of the Broads Authority Stephen Johnson on the new cap before the lift.