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Monday, October 10, 2011

Radio Car Travelogue 10 - 14 October 2011






Monday at Mileham Community Shop where the struggle continues to provide a service for the locals. Nancy Krois is Chair of the Shop Management Committee. For the past couple of years they've had support from Norfolk Rural Community Council but have decided to go it alone. The Plunkett Foundation has given them free guidance and there's an AGM in the Village Hall on 20th October.


Here we are at Cromer again! This time it's not an old loo but a watchtower that's coming up for auction. On the cliffs between the church (in the background) and the lighthouse on the path that connects them all is this 30x30 foot two storey watchtower that's already been converted as a one-bedroom home. John Parsons showed it to me although we didn't have the keys to get in. Interest has already been shown as it comes with a planning application already in place (although not yet granted). The auction is at Barnham Broom 27th October, auctioneers are William H. Brown.


So, they're about to start the dualling of the last nine miles of the A11 from Thetford next week. Much to the delight of the majority although some say it's not necessary. Traffic early this morning approaching Thetford from Norwich was moving well but once you get to the town, the bottleneck slows it all down.


Under threat of being sold off, last night the City Council decided to apply for English Heritage grants to help preserve the Britons Arms, a fourteenth century building on historic Elm Hill. Partners Sue Skipper and Gilly Mixer fought a hard camapaign not just to save their business at the coffee house but also to keep the building in public hands rather than being auctioned off. As I said this morning - they're cock-a-hoop!


1. A group of people at Reymerson who decided that needed a village sign. This is where they'll put it, on the verge opposite the village hall. Something to celebrate. 2. On the other hand, no celebrations at Taverham Garden centre where the shops at the rear were burgled by thieves who left a mess. They've cleaned up now, ready for business and the security will be improved. 3. Celebrating the fact that he's at the fron of the queue at the UEA where Coldplay tickets go on sale Saturday morning.

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