THE VILLAGE SOAPBOX

Ron raises the lid on three important issues: money lending,Coastal floods and the Opening of Parliament

Money Lending

For some years now we have been told about the mounting personal debts in this country. Many of us have complained at the way in which people were being encouraged to borrow money; credit cards, buy-now-pay-later, cash-back mortgages, mortgages barely related to the mortgagee’s ability to pay etc. Apparently this behaviour on the part of the lenders was not restricted to the UK, the trend was just as bad, if not worse in the USA. We read with horror the scale of the borrowing, much of it secured by assets in the form of inflated property prices. Property values could be a balloon that could burst at any time. Now the chickens are coming home to roost, the Bank of England has had to prop up Northern Rock with billions of tax payer’s money and we discover that many banks have lost billions. The full consequences of all this have yet to be realised.

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Straight Talking

Our resident Grumpy Old man highlights a range of problems experienced in Stoke Ferry in his usual waspish style

As you read this article the festive season will be well and truly upon us. It is said that this time of year is the season of goodwill to all men. At the moment I am sure the Playing Field Committee are struggling to find any goodwill to the children who set fire to the roundabout in the park.

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Stoke Ferry Parish Council Minutes

Minutes of the October meeting of SFPC

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Minutes of Stoke Ferry Parish Council Meeting held in the Community Centre

At 7.30pm on Wednesday 24 October 2007

1.Those Attending: Cllr M Ferrie (Chairman), Cllr Mrs T Mann (Vice-Chair), Cllr M Precey, Cllr D Summers, Cllr Mrs S Lansdell-Williams, Cllr J Nicholas-Letch, Cllr Mrs R Mendoza, PCSO Bunting, Mrs C Hardy (Clerk), 16 members of the public.

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SWAFFHAM & LITCHAM HOME HOSPICE

A reminder of the excellent work performed by the swaffham and Litcham Hospice.

Swaffham and Litcham Home Hospice was set up in 1988 because there was a lack of support for terminally ill patients in the local community. From very small beginnings, just 3 volunteers, it has grown to a group of 30 volunteers managed on a day-to-day basis by a team of four: our co-ordinator, Debbie Harfield; her two Assistants, Georgie Roberts and Alan Collison; and a part-time Secretary, Jackie McCarthy.

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