Compared to the weather we have experienced over the past weeks, the Easter weekend was not bad at all. The temperatures were still well below seasonal average and the wind remained cold from the east with the occasional snow flurries but the big bonus; it did not rain.

Monday 8th April 2013 - WI Walk, a Drop in the Wind, First BBQ, Speeding Update and Public Conveniences

Friday morning and the strong easterly wind had at long last started to abate and along with sunshine this made for pleasant walking weather. A group of WI members and three guests set off in the morning from the Foundry Arms for a circular walk around Northrepps. We stopped at St Mary’s in the village, where we were we given a guided tour of the church, taking in interesting features and facts. There is an example off a Gallus plough in the church; these were produced in the village foundry starting around 1830 and the ploughs were widely used well into the 1920’s. We continued along the lanes and paths via Frogshall and up to the Shrieking Pit before returning to the Foundry Arms for refreshments. Helen, if you read this I apologise for not saying goodbye before you walked back. I enjoyed talking with you and no doubt we will meet again on one of your visits to Overstrand.

By Saturday the wind had pretty well died down and with continued sunshine through into Sunday; it was too good an opportunity to miss. Over the two days we walked to Southrepps, stopping for lunch at the Vernon Arms, have completed numerous jobs in the garden (including moving plants from the conservatory into the greenhouse, pricking out seedlings, tying in Raspberry canes and mending a broken fence post) plus we have ‘christened’ our new BBQ. I just hope this is the end to what has been such a long winter.

There is an article in this week’s North Norfolk News covering Cliff Top Café owner Lorraine Love’s petition to have the public conveniences on Pauls Lane car park open every day throughout the year. Currently, they are closed during the winter period on week days and a number of people seek ‘relief’ from the Café’s toilets. However, when large numbers of visiting school children ‘get taken short’, it understandably pushes Lorraine to the limit. So far Lorraine has collected 150 signatures but North Norfolk District Council has been less than sympathetic to her dilemma but you can imagine what bad press she could get if she turned the ‘desperate’ away. I think it is a good idea to have the public conveniences open during the day but I think they should be closed at night. Other village’s conveniences are closed from mid-evening to the following morning, so why not Overstrand? During 2012 we saw a growing number of camper vans and even a tent overnighting on the car park. The big attraction are the conveniences and we have witnessed campers walking across to the block with their soap bags and another was seen inside with his laptop plugged in – taking advantage of the ‘free’ electricity (I think this was probably theft). Yes, we have mentioned this to a council representative who was emptying the ticket machine but no action was taken. I guess that somewhere on the internet there is a site where campers can exchange details of ‘free overnight stopovers with toilet facilities’ and I bet Overstrand is on that site!

Monday 15th April 2013 - It's Spring

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