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Monday, December 19, 2011

Radio Car Travelogue 19 - 23 December 2011









Imogen and Trevor Ashwin, artists in Reepham, are objecting to plans for 250 houses to be built over what they describe as an ancient woodland way on the edge of town. To draw attention to it, they baked and 'hung' gingerbread men along the route with a cluster of them spelling out a line from a Yeats poem. They're hoping to attract more supporters of their cause. Meanwhile, at Rackheath I met Richard Brinkley who was one of dozens of passengers who should have had a day in Lapland yesterday only to be kept waiting at Norwich airport for hours and then being told that the flight was cancelled because of the poor weather conditions.




In the morning sunshine and a biting wind, nothing stops the serious sportsman in Norfolk. Bob Laidlaw is a member of Shooting In Norfolk.com and he gave us some sound advice on the increasingly popular sport which Kate Middleton will be participating in on Boxing Day at Sandringham. Whilst we were waiting a flock of aout a million rooks came by. It took about 25 minutes for them to pass.


The ingredients for thousands of Christmas meals are being distributed by the Buckingham Emergency Food Appeal. Peter Bowles says the response has been brilliant this year. Just look at the warehouseful behind him. Likewise though, demand has increased and we we spoke the pallets of food were being loaded for early delivery.


In Dereham market place is Chambers newsagents. The store has served the community for the past 175 years including the working lifetime of Colin Chambers who met me outside. The current owners can't find a buyer and Colin's worried that it will disappear forever. In Fakenham Lynda Hill went to the new surgery on her mobility scooter but was made to leave it at the door and use a wheelchair to go upstairs. She's complained that the chair was too small and chaffed her legs and we asked the surgery about their policy in such matters. Down the road in the market place Christmas shopping was in full swing.


Strange lights in the sky led some people to suspect UFO's but it was actually a laser light on the tower of Cromer Parish church. Tony Shipp from the towns Christmas Light Committee and the Rev'd David Court look up at the guilty tower. Nearby in Southrepps a return visit one year since the opening of the Post Office Coffee Shop with Dirck and Lorraine Geary. It's been a remarkable success and always good to finish with an upbeat story especially as Christmas cheer is on the doorstep.

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