Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

November 1st-15th 2010

Monday 1st November - Village Funeral and a Family Visit

A sad day Wednesday, as the village said their farewells to Tim Hawksworth at St Martins Church, where around sixty residents joined his wife Brenda and family to celebrate his life. We listened to personal tributes to Tim, sang hymns and joined in prayers, with the service culminating with Frank Sinatra’s inimitable rendition of Paul Anka’s composition ‘My Way’, how fitting, I am sure Tim would have said, ‘Thank you Bren’ (as he affectionately called Brenda).

We have been enjoying the company of our eldest son and his girlfriend who have been staying with us for a few days and with good weather we were able to get out and about, making the most of this part of Norfolk. For starters, on Thursday we walked to Trunch, very few cars passed us on the quiet lanes; the paths although muddy with puddles in places after the recent rain allowed us to take in the panorama, across the fields, towards Southrepps Church and down towards Trimingham Radar station, the large white sphere is a landmark for walkers. We sampled a couple of the real ales in the Crown at Trunch and ate a simple but satisfying lunch of filled rolls, for a weekday lunch-time we were surprised how busy they were. I have included the Crown in my Directory, under Places to Eat/Takeaways and their website on my Links page.

Friday we drove to Woodbastwick, the home of the Woodfordes Brewery, they have an excellent shop selling promotional goods, books, beers (of course) as well as home brew kits. We joined their club (no strings attached) which entitled us to a 10% discount on our purchases. The brewery runs tours from time to time and if you can make up a party of twelve plus they will arrange a private tour which can be followed with a meal at their adjacent pub, The Fur and Feather, this sounds like an excellent event for local clubs and pubs. Full details can be found on their website www.woodfordes.co.uk which I will be including on my Links page.

Woodforde's Fur & Feather Inn

We took a taxi to the The Foundry Arms in Northrepps, it was very busy in the bar and the restaurant was fully booked. The menu, as always, provided a good selection of dishes, our son’s girlfriend really appreciated having a choice of both vegetarian starters and mains. The staff work together as a team providing excellent food and cheerful efficient service, there is always a friendly atmosphere here in this traditional village pub.

This brings me to Saturday, with alarms set for seven we all got up to watch the sunrise on the beach, Peter’s idea and an excellent one too. Low tide at 6.30, we were the first to descend onto the pristine sands and head in the Cromer direction, glancing over shoulders every few minutes to make sure we did not miss the sun’s

Thursday 4th November - Meetings, High Sands and W.I. Walk

Tuesday afternoon, the last formal meeting of the year for the Overstrand Gardening Club, speaker Jim Paine delivered an interesting and informative talk titled ‘Seasonal Interest Plants’. A selection of foliage and flowers from his garden and nursery demonstrated that subtle autumn colours continue to provide interest in the garden, long after the vibrant colours of spring and summer have faded.

At the end of the meeting I spoke with Terry Richards and thanked him for including my website on Overstrands official website, www.overstrandonline.org.uk. Terry, author of overstrandonline, has collected a considerable amount of detailed information and photographs pertaining to the history of the village; he is always on the look-out for new and unpublished material and would be delighted to hear from anyone who may have any additional photo’s, documents, maps etc. Terry will be happy to take copies of such data and he can be contacted via the overstrandonline website, or alternatively you can send me an email from my Contact page, which I will forward onto Terry.

The Chairman of the Parish Council welcomed, our new Parish Councillor, Mrs Kirstie Pearce, to her first council meeting on Wednesday evening. The Clerk reported that over 500 responses to the Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) petition have been received; any parishioners who have not yet completed their forms are urged to do so. District Councillor,

Mrs Angie Fitch-Tillet, was present and confirmed that a date for the Cabinet Meeting at North Norfolk District Council Offices with regard to the latest SMP has not been announced and until the meeting has been held and a vote taken the provisions contained in the current SMP of ‘hold the line’ remains in force.

Low tides and Barney has enjoyed his morning walk with Peter along the beach. If you live in the village or are a regular visitor you will be aware our beach constantly changes. Peter took this photograph on Thursday morning, with his back towards Cromer, looking up the ramp, the steps are completely covered with sand and on this occasion, who needs a handrail!

Overstrand W.I. ladies, back from their walk

following at 19.30, we donned our waterproofs and boots and walked down in time for the fireworks by which time, the bonfire was ablaze and crowds stood in anticipation around the perimeter safety fencing. The display was excellent and a credit to the organisers, the Parish Council. The event is funded by a bucket collection rather than ticket sales and this year four of the fireworks were sponsored by local businesses.

Bonfire Ablaze

Saturday 13th November - Spice Night, High Winds and Greek Youvetsi

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