There was much excitement in Sheringham on Saturday when a Common Dolphin was spotted off the coast. It came in as close as five metres and according to North Norfolk News a crowd of around one hundred stood watching it for some thirty minutes. This is the first time in ten years that a dolphin has been spotted along this stretch of coast. Carl Chapman posted a short report and photograph on his website Norfolk Cetaceans, followed by a second reported sighting yesterday of ‘up to four Dolphins of an unknown species following a small shipping vessel and leaping from the water off Walcott’. The question is; why are they here? Could it be the warmer waters or a rich source of food. For the last couple of years, coinciding with the herring season, Humpback whales have been seen in the area, so has word got around in the Cetacean world that the North Sea is the place to be in October and November, if you want a good fish supper!

On Monday evening we went to the SNAP meeting at the Cromer Town Council Offices. Spreadsheets and graphs were provided supplying data in relation to crimes and motor offences over the past couple of months. There is always a larger portion of unsolved crimes to those that have been solved. PC Barry Cresswell explained that with a data base of finger prints and DNA it is possible that the unsolved crimes will at a later date, maybe even years later, join the category of solved. During the break for public participation Peter was able to ask for an update on the recent theft of fuel from vehicle tanks. These thefts have occurred in a number of villages and towns in the area and have involved drilling into tanks to obtain the fuel. The value of fuel stolen is far outweighed by the bill that the vehicle owners have to pay for a new tank. PC Cresswell was able to inform the meeting that two people have been arrested in connection with the thefts and they are currently under a curfew bail.

Members of the Gardening Club were disappointed on Tuesday afternoon when the speaker did not arrive. Members were emailed later to explain the speaker had set out but was taken ill on the journey and had to return home. Unfortunately he was unable to contact a member of the committee to explain and apologise for not being able to attend. Improvisation was called for in the form of an ad hoc garden related quiz.

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