Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

January 16th - 31st 2019

Wednesday 16th January 2019 – October to December 2018

October proved to be a short month as far as my diaries were concerned. My Dad passed away at the end of September and we spent time travelling back and forth to my Mum, sorting out my Dad’s affairs and making arrangements for his funeral. We did however, have time to appreciate the late sun and warmth and while we were at home, we sorted the garden ready for winter and I photographed the last of the summer blooms and greenhouse peppers before the weather broke towards the end of the month.

Sunday 20th January 2019 – Dog Sign, High Tides and Winds

Now I have completed the recap for 2018, it’s time to catch up with what’s been happening since the New Year. Normally the beginning of January is a quiet time but not the case this year. In view of this I have decided to split my catch up into two postings.

Not a good start to January and the New Year, my Mum had a fall on the second which necessitated an overnight stay in hospital. Shaken, bruised and cut, she is now recovering well. This was followed by some controversy after a villager, who was obviously fed up with a dog owner allowing their dog to foul their frontage and then not clearing it up, put up a poster in the hope the offender would ‘get the message’. Someone contacted North Norfolk News about this, saying their son was now scared to take their dog out for a walk. One of their reporters posted on the newspaper’s website, taking a comment on Overstand Life’s Facebook page on the matter, without permission from the person who commented. The reporter was asked twice to remove the comment from the newspaper’s website. However, they chose to ignore the requests. As a result I banned the reporter from my page for what had to be one of the lowest forms of journalism.

Thursday 24th January 2019 – SNAP, WI & Strand Club Meetings and Seal Pup

On the fourteenth, we went to the SNAP meeting at North Lodge Park. Speeding continues to give rise for concerns. One area in particular is the Northrepps Road which was reported as having become a rat run. It was noted speeds that are not appropriate for this lane have been seen at the time when parents are taking their children to the Belfry School and again when school has finished. It was agreed the SNAP panel would write to the school, voicing their concerns. There was no information regarding location, date and time when the speed camera van was in the village but data provided at the meeting indicated eleven vehicles passing above the speed limit were recorded. A panel member warned about vans in the area which appear to be checking out properties and it was mentioned a dubious person had been offering gardening services in Overstrand. The advice given was, anyone who has any concerns should phone 101 or email the police.

Instead of having a speaker at our WI meeting this month, members enjoyed fish and chips, a quiz and an opportunity to suggest trips, fundraising etc. for the coming year, as well as speakers for 2020. The Strand Club’s January meeting also had a food theme with members and guests enjoying lunch at the Cromer Country Club. Click here to read their report.

Monday 28th January 2019 – Seal & Shore Watch, Publishing and the Weather

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