Do doctors make the best patients?
The magazine deadline for this article finds me lying in a hospital bed at 3 amlistening to an elderly gent in the opposite bed shouting non stop for “beer”. He spends all day comatosed, steam pouring out of his nebuliser, being fed from time to time with a teaspoon, at night, he comes to life, “I am starving” repeated over and over again. Poor fellow – poor us I will probably arrange a keg for this evening.
Living in such a beautiful part of the country means we have access to some fabulous food like the Norfolk Peer potato. The Norfolk Peer are grown in the free draining Breckland soil. The unique semi-continental microclimate assists the development of the potato. The land is carefully prepared by Heygate Farms with irrigation continuously supplied to encourage a consistent growing environment. I have walked round the fields to see the lines of pipes providing the water that helps produce such a tasty potato. It is so popular that at the launch event at Tesco Extra in Kings Lynn, celebrating the new season of the Norfolk Peer potato, celebrity chef Galton Blackistone told me he uses it in the BBC programme Saturday kitchen.
Another aspect of living in Norfolk is our long association with the military. I felt very honoured to join service personnel and their families at RAF Marham to watch a fly past from the new Lightning Jets. Due to arrive at Marham in 2018, Norfolk will be the home of the Lightning – the world’s only supersonic jet. Over 100 contractors are being used to prepare Marham with the vast majority of trades/staff sourced locally. Further contracts will also be awarded at the end of 2016 and this will be a fantastic boost to the area offering many opportunities for jobs and skills.
I also had the opportunity to discuss the valuable work done by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service with Chief Fire Officer Roy Harold and Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green. Meeting in the Swaffham station, we looked at the role of search and rescue, particularly during inland rescues, but also the collaborative work with the Environment Agency to tackle flooding. Unfortunately this summer’s weather seems to be creating its own challenges with the combination of sunshine and extremely torrential down pours.
Wereham Parish Council
Next Meeting is: Tuesday 12 September 2016, 7.00 pm, Wereham Village hall
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Stoke Ferry Feed Mill
VILLAGE LIAISON MINUTES
Wednesday 18th May 2016
Present: Mrs. S Lintern
Mr. R Thompson
Ms K Penn (Borough Council)
Mr. A Fitzsimons-McKellar (Environment Agency)
Mr. S Livsley (Environment Agency)
Mr. D Jacklin (2Agriculture Stoke Ferry)
Mr. I Negus (2 Agriculture Stoke Ferry)
Village Hall Committee
Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration
The winners of the Pot of Gold were 543 Daphne Clements, 307 Georgie Howard, 188 Poppy Leamon and 11 Clark McCarthy. Congratulations to all.