The relentless North wind has been blowing for several days. It is now early morning and still bitterly cold. Mister Jack Frost has been busy overnight and everywhere is a bright sparkling white. The outline of trees stand out in silhouette. Every branch and twig is dressed in glitter. The puddles along the riverside path are covered with ice and now snow has been forecast. The whole white picture is split in two by the meandering river Wissey which is black in contrast. The river looks lifeless and uninviting and you imagine it to be completely void of fish. This is far from true. The fish are certainly there but they have little interest in anything and least of all the fisherman’s bait!
Stoke Ferry and Ladies Group
Meeting December 2014
The Christmas lunch held at the Warreners Hotel Thetford was attended by 18 members. We had an excellent meal followed by Christmas presents presented to the committee which were much appreciated and thanks were given to members by the committee.
The allegation that Prince Andrew had sex with an under-age girl, is, of course, serious and since it was claimed that she was forced into this, the allegation is even more serious since it implies one of rape. We have no way of knowing the truth. There is no denying, however, that he did have some association with the girl and one might ask what a middle aged Prince had to do with a 17year old girl. It is a fact that his friend, Jeffry Epstein, who was responsible for introducing them, had been convicted of sex with an under-age girl and accused of much worse. Only the American system of plea bargaining saved Epstein from facing trial for these further allegations, and denied us the possibility of getting nearer to the truth.
The West Lothian Question (or English votes for English laws)
(It acquired the name of West Lothian because Tam Dalyell, who was MP for West Lothian, raised the question of Scottish MPs voting on English laws when the devolution of some powers to Scotland was first proposed in 1977.)
Happy New Year to all residents – with a number of things to look forward to in 2015, one key piece of infrastructure I am keen to see available for all is access to broadband. We have already seen the availability of superfast broadband increase from 43 percent to 80 percent across the country. This improved connectivity means improved productivity and opportunities in rural areas.