Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

September 16th - 30th 2011

Sunday 18th September - Late Entry, The Strand Club, Five-A-Day and Garden Update

I have deliberately delayed writing my Diaries. Our eldest son and his partner will be visiting us towards the end of the week and it made sense (well it does to me anyway) to update a few days later and then take time out while they are here with us.
Peter Wright from the Cromer & Mundesley First Response team; gave a very informative presentation at The Strand Club’s open meeting on Wednesday afternoon. Peter is a First Responder and he provided a comprehensive insight into his role. Primarily, I had no idea that First Responders were volunteers, with no monetary reward, not even paid expenses (that includes vehicle fuel). To add to this, they personally buy all the equipment they carry (about £3,000 worth in total). Due to their location within communities, First Responders are usually the first on the scene following a life threatening incident; in attendance before other emergency services. The most expensive piece of their equipment is a Defibrillator – a potential life-saver for anyone who has suffered sudden cardiac arrest. Peter explained that a Defibrillator can be used by anyone, no medical knowledge is necessary. The Defibrillator uses intelligent technology to determine whether a patient will benefit from its use and through a system of voice commands guides the user through the process. It sounds incredibly easy and as Peter said, fool proof. There is a scheme in place to promote the installation of Defibrillators within communities. Our local MP Norman Lamb is an advocate of the scheme and would have attended the meeting has his

Wednesday 21st September - Annual Variety Show, Summer that Never Was, Southrepps Walk, Overstrand Online Under Discussion & Defibrillator Update

I have been asked to mention the Annual Charity Variety Show which will be held at the Auden Theatre in Holt on the 25th September. Various artists will be performing including London Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra and Simmons & Simmons (of Cromer Seaside Special fame). Further details plus ticket information can be found on the website 'Where Can We Go'

I was reading the Saturday edition of the Eastern Daily Press (EDP) on Monday, late as usual! I was amused that they too have termed the summer of 2011 as the ‘Summer that Never Was’ – obviously I am not the only one of this opinion (see Diary entry for Friday 29th July). The EDP’s article provided rainfall statistics for August, and reported low temperatures as well as low sunshine for the month. Of course this was not good for family holidays but for those of us who live here, we have been somewhat compensated with the weather during September. As I said earlier in the month, we have experienced; ‘warm days, the occasional evening too and temperatures in the high teens to mid-twenties’. It has been dry too and so far promises of sustained rainfall have not materialised; it’s back to watering the garden again.

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