Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

July 1st - 15th 2012

Wednesday 4th July - About Bees at the Gardening Club, Parish Council Meeting and Bankers

Elaine Gibbs talked about Bees to members and visitors at the Overstrand Gardening Club on Tuesday afternoon. Elaine held everyone’s attention with her light hearted presentation; punctuated with amusing quips. At the end there was an opportunity to make a beeswax candle and taste and assess some honey samples. Tickets for both the August BBQ and the trip to Fairhaven Gardens were on sale, along with a good selection of plants bought in by members.

Quite a few agenda items are worthy of mention from the Parish Council Meeting on Tuesday evening. Normally held on Wednesday evenings, July’s meeting was bought forward a day to enable Parish Councillors to be present when the Olympic Torch passes through Cromer between 4.00 and 5.00 p.m. during the afternoon. In the Chairman’s report, Mr Eric Vickers acknowledged the efforts of the villagers who had been involved with the Open Gardens Day on June 17th; this raised over £5,000 for Quidenham Children’s Hospice. Councillor Gordon Partridge announced that the application for £100,000 to conduct a feasibility study for the construction of a marina at the east end of village was unsuccessful. Dependant on business interest, the council will bid again next year. Overstrand shop owner Mr Michael Maher has been approached regarding locating the redundant telephone box, currently at the top of Pauls Lane, on his land to provide an information point for the village. The state of the cliff top footpath at the rear of Meadow Cottage and adjacent properties was discussed. The path is currently overgrown and as the core six week holiday period is fast approaching, it was decided the council will progress its clearance. The Clerk, Mrs Joan Mapperley apologised for the delay in launching the new Parish Council website www.overstrandparishcouncil.org.uk ; the Jubilee celebrations had taken up a considerable amount of her time. The profits from the Jubilee Celebrations have been put into the funds for the Firework display in November; there were no costs to the parish for this event apart from, it would appear, the Clerks time.

On the subject of books, our youngest son gave me a book last Christmas titled Britain’s Butterflies by David Tomlinson, David Newland, Robert Still and Andy Swash. I spotted this at the Cley Visitors Centre and expressed an interest in owning a copy. Peter commented that I already have books covering British Butterflies – did I really need another? Well yes because this one has far more and better colour plates, essential for identification. We have seen very few Butterflies this year, just an Orange Tip and a Red Admiral but walking across the fields in the sun and warmth on Friday afternoon there were plenty flitting about. Most would not oblige and rest long enough for me to see their markings but I did see a Meadow Brown and a Ringlet; later I spotted another Red Admiral savouring a Buddleia flower. Hopefully this is just the beginning and I will be able to use my book to aid identification.

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