First, Monday morning and 20 hours after the start of the Pingponathon! James Metsoja takes on all comers in the name of the Terence Nolan Trust. Even the paper boy dropped in for a game which ends at 11am. Success by way of signing up more bone marrow donors and money for the trust. He was tired when I played him but he still beat me! Then on to County Hall where the cuts will be announced this afternoon. About 400 protestors gathered with drums, whistles and even a band. Ex Labour MP Dr. Ian Gibson gives an address. In her wheelchair, Caroline Fairless-Price adds her voice to the chorus.
A bad accident on Dereham Road at the junction with Waterworks Road this morning closed the road for a few hours. In the City I'm at The Book Hive on London Street where proprietor Henry Layte shows off his award from the Telegraph magazine. As a small independant bookseller Henry has created his own niche. The article can be seen this next weekend in the weekend mag with the paper.
Wednesday and down on the farm in Topcroft I'm with Tom Crawford. We're talking about the number of dairy farmers who're giving up and seeling off their herds. At present he's getting 2p less for his milk than it costs to produce and for the last six months the better prices of arable crops has been subsiding the cows. He can't say how much longer he can do that for. Cross country to Bunwell to meet Pastor Reverend Mark Taylor. Mark lived in Coventry for years before his move to Norfolk and never experienced any problems. Since coming here the church has been torched and his sons have had their new bikes stolen. Mark says that in rural areas it's important that neighbours watch out for each other.
What a Thursday. First to Old Buckenham where a fire broke out around midnight. Swift action by the Fire Service extinguished the blaze which caught in the living room. As you can see, very little external damage just smoke around the front door. One elderly resident was taken to hospital. Then to Marion & Alan Sutton. Nearly 15 years ago she had a hip replacement which has required constant attention. Now they say it needs replacing but she'll have to wait for another 6 months. That's why she's trussed up like a Storm Trooper! On the return to base a came across this accident at Stoke Holy Cross. The only vehicle involved, this 4X4 was half way up the tree. You can see the jacket of the paramedic inside who's attending to the single occupant. This and other road incidents this morning caused problems everywhere. It was a 'misty' kind of morning - nothing too thick - but it brought on a spate of incidents.
Friday and more heating oil thefts. At West Lexham I met Martin & Lisa Smith. Robbed of almost a full tank of oil and with five young children were left with no heating or hot water. Just look at the lenths the thieves went to. Top left pic shows the wall that the robbers parked behind where Lisa's standing. Martin is standing on the other side of their courtyard by the wall behind which is the oil tank! Extraordinary. On the right, Swaffham community woodland takes shape off Sporle Road. Volunteers have cleared all the scrub by the old railway line. Pictured close-up Kate Francis project manager, young Anwar Bouilouta and 'old' Mike Smith. The opening ceremony of planting the fruit trees will be a candlelit affair tonight.