Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

The trees are full with lush green leaves; I do believe that the leaves are bigger than normal this year, especially the Sycamores (referred to by some countryside organisations as a ‘weed’, to be treated with the same element of scorn as our typical garden weeds). This succulence is also extended to spring garden plants, such as winter pansies and primroses. Normally at this time of the year they would be looking quite dry and tatty by now and I would not have any hesitation about pulling them up ready to replace with summer bedding plants. But this year they are still flowering, providing plenty of colour and although I will leave them as long as I can, there are other plants in the greenhouse that will soon need to be planted out.

MP Norman Lamb will be visiting Overstrand on 28th May to formally unveil the village Defibrillator. As I have mentioned in earlier diary entries, it is thanks to The Strand Club’s tireless efforts plus legacies and monetary donations that we have been fortunate to have this item of life-saving equipment. Of course, it would be of no use without an installation location and thanks to Darren Walsgrove, owner of the White Horse, who offered the pubs wall; it has a central village location adjacent to the BT public phone box. The unveiling will take place at 12 noon where in addition to Norman Lamb there will be representatives from the Parish Council and local Clubs. If you are in the area - come along.

A second training session covering Basic Adult Life Support (CPR) and use of a Defibrillator has been arranged for Friday 8th June. This will take place at 6.30 p.m. in the Sports Pavillion; just off the High Street. Anyone who would like to book a place or would like further information about the training can contact the Co-ordinator for the Strand Club Defibrillator Project, Glo Begley on 01263 576539 or email honeyglo.bee@gmail.com

A full and busy meeting at the Overstrand Evening Womens Institute (W.I.) meeting this Wednesday. The W.I. is an organisation with a significant amount of influence, bringing topics of concern to the Government’s attention. Each year W.I.’s across the UK meet in May to discuss the Resolution of the year; 2012’s resolution is to lobby the government to provide more midwives. This seemed a fairly straightforward topic but surprisingly there were a number of considerations to deliberate which I won’t go into here, only to say there was a majority vote from Overstrand members for the resolution. The results of each WI groups vote will be taken to the AGM, to be held in The Royal Albert Hall in London on 30th May. Discussions and voting were preceded by a fish and chip supper, followed by a selection of sweets prepared by the committee (in true WI style – these were delicious). The evening was rounded off with an auction of accessories, including handbags, scarves, gloves and costume jewellery. Auctions are popular amongst members, there always bargains going under the hammer and proceeds are a welcome addition to the group’s funds. On Friday morning a group of members met at the Northrepps Cottage Hotel for a varied walk through Forest Park, returning to the hotel for coffee. This was just one of a programme of walks organised by members and the committee for 2012.

Wednesday 23rd May - Near Accident, Olympic Torch Disappointment and Break in the Weather

The break in the weather, providing sunny intervals between the sea frets (mist) and a welcome increase in temperatures, has benefited the garden in general and in particular the greenhouse plants; these have grown measurably over the past couple of days. However, there are frequent periods when the mists are clearly visible as they blow inland in almost ghostlike waves, masking the sun’s rays and bringing a definite damp chill. Earlier winds have littered the beach with debris, washed away the sands, revealing the flints and bought in the unattractive algae that resembles brown frothy scum. But the main thing – it has not rained!

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