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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Radio Car Travelogue 4 - 8 July 2011








Whitlingham country sports park is the setting for an early morning boot camp using a trim trail from 7am for those workers who want to get fit. It's supervised by coach Dan Goodwin - far right. In one years time the Olympic torch will come through Norfolk but these schoolcgildren will get to do it for real with the torch used in the 1948 Olympics. Pictured with Ethan and Erin are head teacher of Woodside Infant and Nursery School Hethersett, Nicola Cushion with Parish Councillor Shane Hull.


Just to prove that I actuallly DID cdome to work in shorts today!


The village of Honingham has been blighted by traffic since they put the new roundabout on the A47 at the Mattishall road junction. And as this traffic joins the roundabout before the main road and so a precedence, long queues have built up going towards Norwich at peak times. To delay this, new lights have been installed and we believe a new traffic control camera but Chairman of Honingham Parish council (who campaigned for the lights) says it's taking too long. Sarcastically he hoped they'd be on in time for Christmas! Highways say they should be commissioned soon and operating at peak morning times by July 19th.


What a great guy. Financial advisor Richard from Cringleford has time on his hands in the mornings so stands outside Castle Mall White Lion Street entrance and collects for chairty. At the moemnt it's Help For Heroes. His kids have practically disowned and he says he's a weeks holiday coming. He's told his wife he'll be spending most of that in costume collecting for the Air Ambulance. What a hero!

Wymondham High School is about to become an Academy. Head teacher Victoria Musgrave told us about the funding advantages and the fact that they'll be able to get rid of the old portacabin classrooms and raise the standards of the school.


Norwich Castle is where I met the Director of Norfolk's Museums, Vanessa Trevelyan to talk about ways of saving money. One possibility is to hand over control to a charitable trust which her team are looking at. It's been tried successfully in other parts of the country and Vanessa says there's no reason why anything should change as far as the customers are concerned. Norfolk at present has twelve museums.

Pic 3 whilst waiting to get into the castle this friendly jay came up to the radio car to say hello!

Off to Cavell Primary & Nursery School at Lakenham where healthy eating means from @Grow To Grub'. Headteacher Simon Wakeman proudly showed me around their 'alotment' created from part of the playing field. A polytunnel and open raised beds where the children cultivate their own vegetables. This morning they were digging up potatoes and picking runner beans. Sweet corn, cabbage, lettuce and tomatoes are just a few more of the harvest to come including herbs and spices. A new chef takes over soon and the youngsters will be having school meals that they've grown themselves. A great learning process for children who, so often these days, don't even know where their food comes from.


Tracey's Newsagents on Rosary Road will be hit by Sundays demise of the News Of The World although she expects souvenir hunters to be in for extra copies and that the paper will soon have a successor. Pic 2 The Gas Hill Gasp. Organiser Tony Clarke watches Josh Hallen and Charlie Haynes take on the 20% gradient. Pic 3 Ratcatcher Richard Pummell by the hand painted sign asking people not to drop food outside Alderson Place on Queens Road. Pic 4. Local ratcatcher Delia!

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