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Friday, April 1, 2011

Radio Car Travelogue for 28 March - 8 April


A new community shop called "Truly Local" has opened on the High Street in Stalham. Mastermind and now manager of the idea is Mick Sims (centre) sourcing local products from a 35 mile radius. It was originally 30 miles but that would just have excluded the Whisky Distillery

at Harling and that would never do!







The body of a woman was discovered in Wroxham Broad Sunday evening. She's since been identified and a man taken into custody released without charge.

Communities are doing it for themselves these days so we thought it worthwhile to revisit Itteringham Community Shop who've been going from strength to strength since 1994. Pictured left to right are volunteer Julia, Mike Hensley behind Jenny Tibbs and postmistress Mary Savage who's been involved from the start. Their range has certainly increased since my last visit and they now stock a range from the Smphire Company who ceased trading at Blickling and now supply them with their popular brands including pies.

It's not often that my guests try to eat through the microphone cable but one hungry donkey had a go this morning when I met up with Julie Bassett at Little Tinkers donkey sanctuary off Bluebell Road in Norwich. They had three space hoppers to play with but some unscupulous thief had them away. After Chris Goreham set up the Space Hoppers For Donkeys charity on the breakfast show we had loads before the end of the programme! Thank you everyone. Even Lucky will put his tongue in for that!









At Edgefield, Paul White decided to start baking bread and his wife gave him a present - a bread making course with Hugh Fernlea-Whittingstall at River Cottage. This fired Paul up and here's his oven in the garden where he turns out stone baked bread. It's now become a cottage industry and Pauls ready to move into the old forge at Heydon so that he can bake even more.





High Ash Farm overlooking the city and farmer Chris Skinner takes me to Foxes Grove where over a million blluebells are about to burst open in a blue blaze. They're early this year because of the milder February and as the suns rays can still penetrate the leafless canopies, see how the light plays over this magical piece of woodland. The farm has many footpaths and places to park if you want to see the delights for yourself. Dogs must be kept on the lead though.






Friday and in North Walsham Market Place, Environmental Protection Team Leader James Wilson talks about a cull of the pidgeons who're pooping everywhere. Just where we were standing this egg demonstrates the kind of mess they're leaving on the streets of the town. Then to more pleasant things. Camel racing! Yes, after the Point To Point meeting at Fakenham this Sunday with Clerk of the Course David Hunter, Pip Adams tells me all the about the camel race and how the camels are tempted along the course with a bucket of food. All this and the Grand National on Saturday!

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