West Dereham Parish Council Meeting July 18

DRAFT MINUTES OF THE WEST DEREHAM PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
HELD AT WEST DEREHAM VILLAGE HALL AT 7.30 pm
ON THURSDAY 5 JULY 2018
PRESENT (Five Councillors):- Pam Bullas (PB), Claire Cann (CC) – Chair, Lorraine Hunt (LH),
Paula Kellingray (PK) and Claire Williams (CW).
In attendance: Peter King, Parish Clerk, and 4 members of the public.
The Chairman welcomed everyone present to the Parish Council Meeting.
1.
Apologies for absence
Apologies were received from Parish Councillors Pam Walker and Tom Foy, local Borough Councillor Sandra
Squire and local Borough and County Councillor Brian Long. No other apologies were received.
2. Declaration of Interest on agenda items
No declarations were made.
3. Use of social media, audio recording of meeting and invitation for public contributions
CC asked “Will anyone present be filming, recording, blogging, or tweeting during this meeting?” There was
no response from the members of the public present. CC advised members of the public that if they wished
to comment on any item, before a decision was made, they should raise their hand and they would be invited
to speak.
4. Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on 7 June 2018 and the Extraordinary Parish Council Meeting
held on 29th June 2018
CC confirmed all Councillors had seen the minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on 7 June 2018.
The councillors agreed that subject to a couple of typographical errors in paragraph 8.4 noted, that they were
content that the minutes should be signed as a true record. CC signed the minutes.
CC confirmed all Councillors had seen the minutes of the Extraordinary Parish Council meeting held on 29
June 2018. The councillors agreed that they were content that the minutes should be signed as a true
record. CC signed the minutes.
5. Matters Arising from the Minutes
5.1 Norfolk County Council Highways Department (NCCHD) – Footpath Noticeboard – The Parish Clerk
reported that he had received a further phone call from NCCHD regarding reinstalling the noticeboard, but
noted there had been no further development.
5.2 Barclays Banking – The Parish Clerk reported that he had received some advice from Jo Raby, Internal
Auditor (IA) who had recently carried out the Parish Internal Audit on whether the Parish Council should
obtain a debit card for making certain payments. The Parish Clerk noted that the IA had recommended that
the Parish Council should avoid if possible obtaining a debit card, but that the Parish Clerk should, if
agreeable, make necessary purchases and identify payments as an expense that would be reimbursed. The
Parish Clerk added he was advised that the instalment payments being made in respect of the Parish website
should be replaced by the setting up of a direct debit from one of the Parish Council accounts. The Parish
Clerk also reported that he had written to Barclays on 6th June to request that the Community Account
(Allotments income) should be allowed to continue as an active account and that he had requested a transfer
payment from another account to be made and that when he checked (3rd July), the transfer had not been
made. A Parishioner suggested that some companies have a business section that would accept cheque
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payments or provide invoices for the sale of certain products. Councillors agreed that the Parish Clerk should
explore both possibilities and discuss with Barclays Bank the appropriate process for setting up a direct debit
payment.
5.3 War Memorial – The Parish Clerk reported that he had contacted three local stonemasons and sent
photographs of the work required, but had not received any feedback.
5.4 Overgrown brambles growing on the side of 10 Ryston Road – The Parish Clerk reported he had received
a letter from Mr Wiseman, a member of the Cleanup department employed by the Borough Council of King’s
Lynn and West Norfolk (BCKLWN) Parks and Open Spaces Department and read it to the meeting.
“Having discussed with the grounds manager, I can confirm we will be making arrangements for an access
strip to be cut back at the end of bird nesting season (September/October time). After it has been cut back,
would the Parish Council be open to the suggestion of maintaining this area along with the playing field?
CC expressed her pleasure with the proposal to cut back the overgrowing brambles, but noted in the longer
term that the strip of land in question was the property and responsibility of BCKLWN however. The
Councillors commented that the Parish Council had already had to reduce its programme of grass cutting due
to level of finances. The Parish Clerk was asked to respond to Cleanup asking them to continue as a result of
reduced finances for grass cutting and noting BCKLWN’s responsibility for the strip of land in question.
5.5 Insurance Premium Renewal – The Parish Clerk reported that he had previously written to the insurance
brokers concerning the addition of the recreation ground goalpost to the list of items covered for risk, but
was waiting for a response. The Parish Clerk noted that as a result of items raised by the IA regarding the
latest cover, he would contact the insurance Brokers again, but with further revisions to the level of
insurance cover.
5.6 Speed Monitor – The Parish Clerk reported that the Speed Monitor had been returned following
replacement of a rotary switch and was operational in Station Road.
5.7 Chapel Home Farm Access from Ryston Road – The Parish Clerk reported that he had received a
telephone call from an officer at Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Planning Department
(BCKLWN-PD) advising that they had no issue about the gates or point of access to Chapel Home Farm on
Ryston Road. The Parish Clerk added that there was some concern expressed relating to the concrete that
had been placed at the gates in forming an entrance into a field and the matter had been passed to the
Norfolk County Council Highways and Transportation Department to consider. CC commented that BCKLWNPD
had previously advised that the gates were installed for the period of the redevelopment of the farm
property.
5.8 GDPR – The Parish Clerk reported that he still had some work to carry out on the information audit and
the Staff and Parish Councillors Privacy Notice.
5.9 Village Signs – The Parish Clerk reported that he had placed an item in the monthly Parish Notice asking
for Parishioners ideas. PB noted that in the minutes of the Stoke Ferry Parish Council published in ‘The Village
Pump’ that they were looking to identify possible grants to help funding the replacement of their sign.
5.10 Norwich Western Traffic Link – The Parish Clerk confirmed that details of the consultation had been
added to the Parish website.
The Parish Clerk noted that he did not have any matters arising form the Extraordinary meeting held on 29th
June 2018.
6. Reports
6.1 Chairman’s Report –
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CC reported that the Parish Council had introduced a watering system for the new trees in the Natural Burial
area of the Cemetery for the duration of the drought.
6.2 Parish Clerk’s Report –
6.2.1 5 Lime Kiln Road – Ditches – The Parish Clerk reported that he had received a number of emailed
messages from Norfolk County Council Flood Authority and they had agreed to inspect the ditch at 5 Lime
Kiln Road on 27th June, however the the appointment had not been kept. The Parish Clerk was waiting for a
further response.
6.2.2 Electoral Services BCKLWN – The Parish Clerk reported that he had received a letter from the Electoral
Services Manager that he read to the meeting. ‘I write to advise you that at a Council Meeting held on 14
June 2018 the Borough Council resolved to re-charge the costs of uncontested Parish Council Elections to the
Parish Councils concerned. This will apply at the four-yearly Parish Council Elections as well as any Casual
Vacancies in between. The re-charges will be the actual costs incurred per uncontested election and charges
will take effect from 1 April 2019.’ CC stated that the Parish Council would have to pay if there was an
election and now pay if there is not an election as a result of administrative costs of printing the leaflets
that state who the candidates are where they are standing. The Parish Clerk noted that there had been
several emailed responses from other Parish Councils, however, the main concern related to future costs. LH
commented that she questioned how other Norfolk-based Borough Councils behaved in respect of charging
or not. PK questioned that if an uncontested West Dereham Parish Council election is held at the same time
as a Borough Council election, then how are the costs allocated? CC commented that she was surprised that
the Norfolk Association of Local Councils (NALC) had not, as yet, taken any action on this matter. The
Councillors requested that the Parish Clerk approach NALC to determine what the legal status is of this
development. CC added that the Parish Clerk should respond by asking BCKLWN Electoral Services for a
breakdown of the costs and how they would be allocated if there were dual authority elections taking place
at the same time.
6.2.3 Riverside Nurseries – The Parish Clerk read out an invitation from Josh Hoopes, the Manager of
Riverside Nurseries. ‘As it has been some time since we last spoke, I wondered if you and the Councillors
would like to visit our site again? We recently completed our spring harvest and would be grateful for any
insight you may have received during the operation. Further to our commitment to you last year, we have
invested in an enhanced dust extraction system for our finished goods operation. We would also be happy to
show you the new equipment and explain the additional benefits it provides. Please let me know if there is a
convenient time for you to visit and we hope to see you soon.’ The Councillors asked the Parish Clerk to
arrange a meeting date for a visit to the nursery and to request if Parishioners could also be included.
6.3 Handyman’s Report –
The Parish Clerk provided Roy Poole, the Handyman’s Report of work carried out during June 2018, noting
the following actions:-
6.3.1. Speeding Monitor – Moved the speed monitor from Church Road to Station Road and then when
discovered to be faulty, placed it into the Parish Clerk’s car for return to the manufacturers.
6.3.2. Grass Management – Strimmed the grass verges at the 10 bridges, around the phone boxes, the safety
signs, the corner at Bath Road and cut back brambles growing on the footpath. CC noted that the brambles
should be the responsibility of the householder.
6.3.3. Planters in Church Road – Removed the spring bulbs, added a bag of compost and cleaned down and
re-stained the woodwork of the planters.
6.3.4. Cemetery and Remembrance Garden – Continued the weeding and edged around the Remembrance
Garden and noticed a crack in the birdbath stonework.
CC requested that the Cemetery mesh fencing where damaged is replaced.
The Parish Clerk noted that the Handyman had worked 18 hours during June.
6.4 Police Report –
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PK reported that there had been a series of burglaries over the past month in Downham Market and villages
in the wider area. PK noted that three men in a dark-coloured Audi estate car were believed to be
responsible for the burglaries and police have asked for any dash-cam footage of the vehicle, to come
forward. LH commented that in the current hot weather period that parishioners should be careful to keep
their premises and garden sheds locked at all times. PK noted that the Police had agreed that the Parish
Council could add some limited information in the Parish Notice concerning the unsuccessful attempt to pull
a female parishioner into a car along the Ryston Road as reported at the last Parish Council meeting.
6.5 Village Hall Report –
PK reported that a replacement drinks chiller cabinet in the Village Hall bar had been obtained for £200 and
thanked those in the village who had made donations towards its purchase. PK commented that the West
Norfolk Wins lottery had raised £70.50 towards the Village Hall funds. PK noted that the Village Hall
Management meeting to be held on 11 July would involve all interested parties regarding the siting and
usage of the Cre8 storage shed. CC noted that the land ownership position was complex in respect of the
Village Hall and the Village Trust and the difficulty of finding suitable insurance cover affected the placement
of the shed. LH commented that she hoped the matter could be resolved as the shed would be a useful
community resource.
6.6 Glazewing Report –
PB reported that she is aware of a member of the public who had received a confirmation letter that was
entitled; ‘Veolia Acquisition of Trade Waste and Recycling Services from Glazewing Ltd’, the letter goes on to
say that we give notice that with effect from 3rd July 2018 your contract transferred to Veolia from this date’
and ‘we will be providing your waste collection and recycling services’. PB commented that Stephen Halls (SH)
who is employed by Norfolk County Council was due to visit the waste management site today following a
report she had received and sent to SH of out of hours working last Saturday evening between 5.30 and
5.50pm. PB added that it was reported a Firow skip vehicle opened the gates and spent 20 minutes on-site.
PB noted that in addition, two cars were observed the following day, but the occupants were apparently
carrying out security checks and when advised, SH considered this permissible.
PB noted that she had contacted the Traffic Commissioners Office (TCO) as a follow up to their letter advising
of a public inquiry. PB was advised that a Traffic Examiner had not yet been appointed, a traffic examination
would be carried out by the DVSA who would look to see if there was any justification for a public inquiry and
if there was, a local venue would be booked and those people who had received TCO letters would then be
notified. PB added she was advised that there would be 4-5 weeks notice given of the public inquiry and that
it would likely to be structured around the issues of noise, fumes, vibrations and visual intrusions.
LH commented that the Parish Council still doesn’t know if Veolia will be using the waste management site?
PB commented that Glazewing would presumably continue with the need of a reduced site. A Parishioner
commented that recently he had waited forty five minutes on the Glazewing weighbridge whilst staff
members from the Environment Agency tested his empty metal paint cans to ensure that it was safe to tip
them. CC noticed that unless there are changes, the current licenses held would continue to exist.
The Parish Clerk reported that he had also contacted the TCO but had been unsuccessful in obtaining any
information regarding a public inquiry or obtaining a copy of a transcript from the last inquiry. The Parish
Clerk commented that from inspecting the recent weekly TCO Applications and Decisions notices, that Veolia
had withdrawn their interest in the Station Road waste management site, but have submitted a new
application to keep their vehicles on the Bexwell industrial site. The Parish Clerk noted that he had been
asked to contact Councillor Brian Long (BC) to enquire if he had any information relating to the latest vehicle
applications to the TCOs. The Parish Clerk read out BC’s reply, ‘County Councillors are not normally party to
the workings of the traffic commissioners, and your letter comes as news to me. I am not certain as to why
Veolia are involved, they used to work as contractors for the Borough Council in West Norfolk but lost their
contract with us several years ago. They may of course have business dealings with Glazewing and this may
be why they are looking at basing some vehicles on Glazewing’s site. I have not seen anything on the horizon
as far as NCC planning is concerned, but will make some enquiries and get back to you if there is anything
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happening on that front’.
7 Finance
7.1 Accounts for June Advance payments.
7.1.1 Cash Flow and Cash Book June 2018 – The Parish Clerk displayed the Cash Flow on the overhead
projector, followed by the Cash Book noting that during June, there had been a total income received of
£1,776.80 made up of £0.81 earned in bank interest and £1,775.99 from the VAT return for 2017/18. The
Parish Clerk noted that the outgoings for June to be agreed totalled £3,276.96.
7.1.2 Cheque Payments for Approval for June 2018 – The Parish Clerk displayed the itemised pending
payments on the overhead projector.
Payee
Cheque
No Net VAT Gross Remarks
West Dereham Village
Hall
101026 £1450.00 £0.00 £1450.00 Annual Support payment 2018/19
Anglian Water Business
Ltd (National)
101027 £11.71 £0.00 £11.71 Provision of water to Parish Cemetery
Holly Landscapes 101028 £487.50 £97.50 £585.00 Ground Maintenance – June 2018
J Raby 101029 £85.00 £0.00 £85.00 Internal Audit (2017/18)
Westcotec Ltd. 101030 £49.50 £9.90 £59.40 Speed Monitor repair
R. Poole 101031 £205.27 £0.00 £205.27 Handyman Pay and Expenses – June 2018
P.King (Parish Clerk)
101032
£638.21 £0.00 £638.21
Staff Salary & Expenses – June18 &
backpay for April and May 18
West Dereham Village
Hall
101033 £228.37 £0.00 £228.37
Parish Council hall hire fees – Apr-Jun
2018 (4 meetings)
Borough Council of
Kings Lynn & W Norfolk
101034 £5.00 £0.00 £5.00
Land rent for St Andrews Close Playing
field
Total £3160.56 £107.40 £3267.96
CC asked the Councillors present if they were content with the payments. All Councillors noted they were
content. CC concluded that the cheques and control processes would be signed off at the end of the meeting.
7.2 Approval for purchase of new laptop
LH noted that this had been previously agreed.
8.
Parish Council Internal Affairs and Policies
8.1 Allotment Tenancy Agreement
CC asked the Councillors present if they were content with the revised policy. All Councillors noted they were
content. CC noted that the policy had been reviewed and revised.
8.2 Standing Orders
The Parish Clerk reported that he was not aware of any reported updates since the last review of the
Standing Orders. CC asked the Councillors present if they were content with the reviewed Standing Orders.
All Councillors noted they were content. CC noted that Standing Orders had been reviewed.
9. To comment on Planning applications currently received –
The Parish Clerk reported that there were no current planning applications or decisions to consider.
10. Feedback from the recent Stoke Ferry Board meeting regarding local ditches
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The Parish Clerk reported that Councillor Pam Walker had noted that the Norfolk department of water
management should be contacted and to outline the issues of concern relating to the local ditches.
11. Correspondence
The Parish Clerk confirmed that all items of correspondence had been covered elsewhere on the meeting
agenda.
12. To receive further reports/items of business for the next Agenda
PB noted that Norfolk County Council were circulating information about scam alerts and suggested the
website details should be added to the Parish website.
LH and PK commented that the British Legion had been made aware that the Nat West Bank were offering
scam awareness sessions. LH noted that she had previously been unsuccessful in arranging a village meeting
with Trading Standards on scam awareness and was keen to take up the Nat West offer of a session in the
Village Hall. It was agreed arrange a session and to include forward details in the next Parish Notice
13. Date of next Parish Council Meeting
To note that the next Parish Meeting will be held on Thursday 2nd August 2018 at 7.30pm in the West
Dereham Village Hall. The meeting will be preceded with Open Surgery at 7.00pm
14. Open Forum
A Parishioner raised the question of the Parish Council being able to carry out Barclays banking transfers
between accounts, but the conclusion was that the Parish Council would still need to hold a debit card to
carry out such a transaction.
A Parishioner questioned why there had been a need to hold an Extraordinary Parish Council meeting on
29th June 2018. CC responded that the Internal Audit for 2017/18 needed to be received and approved and
that there were three planning applications relating to Frimstones quarry operations at Crimplesham that
needed to be discussed in advance of this evening’s meeting due to time restrictions.
Closure : The Chairman thanked everyone for attending, and final closure of the meeting was at 9.02 pm.
There were no further items raised by members of the Public present.
Next meeting is the Parish Council Meeting on Thursday 2nd August 2018 at 7.30pm with Open Surgery from 7.00pm.
Clerk: Peter King – Email: clerk@westderehamparishcouncil.uk Telephone: 01366 502110
Chairman’s signature …………………………………… Date ………………………

West Dereham Parish Council – Extraordinary Meeting June

MINUTES OF THE WEST DEREHAM EXTRAORDINARY PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
HELD AT WEST DEREHAM VILLAGE HALL AT 4.30 pm
ON FRIDAY 29 JUNE 2018
PRESENT (Five Councillors):- Pam Bullas (PB), Claire Cann (CC) – Chair, Lorraine Hunt (LH),
Pam Walker (PW) and Claire Williams (CW).
In attendance: Peter King, Parish Clerk. No members of the public were present.
The Chairman welcomed everyone present to the Parish Council Meeting.
1. Apologies for absence
Councillor Paula Kellingray and Councillor Tom Foy.
2. Declaration of Interest on agenda items
No declarations were made.
3. Use of social media, audio recording of meeting and invitation for public contributions
CC asked “Will anyone present be filming, recording, blogging, or tweeting during this meeting?” There was
no response from those present.
4 Finance
4.1 Internal Auditors 2017/18 Report and Accounting Statements 2017/18 for West Dereham Parish
Council – The Parish Clerk confirmed that the Internal Audit Report covered the period 1st April 2017 until
31st March 2018 and included the processing of a number of accounts reports, documents, statements
and review of the Parish website..
4.2 CC commented that under the report’s section entitled ‘Budgetary Controls’ (page 3), that the Internal
Auditor had noted that only the ‘year to date’ figures had been noted but that the actual budget 2018/19
had been agreed. CC requested that both 2017/18 and 2018/19 are added to the Parish website.
4.3 CC commented that under the report’s section entitled Assets Controls (page 4), that the Internal Auditor
had noted that the variation between the Assets Register total value and the Insurance cover shown in
the Policy Schedule. CC requested that the Parish Clerk should contact the insurance company and
increase the Total Risk Insured.
4.4 CC commented that under the report’s section entitled ‘Turnover under £25,000’, payments over £100
detailed on the website (page 5), that the Internal Auditor had noted that the schedule had not been
detailed or shown on the parish website. CC requested that the Parish Clerk review the position and add
to the Parish website.
4.5 CC commented that under the report’s section entitled ‘Electors’ rights advertised’ (page 5), that the
Internal Auditor had noted that the document had not been added to the Parish website. CC asked the
Parish Clerk to add the appropriate document to the Parish website.
4.6 CC commented that under the report’s section entitled ‘Councillors’ responsibilities detailed on website’
(page 5), that the Internal Auditor had noted that that the relevant information is not up to date. CC
asked the Parish Clerk to confirm with the Internal auditor the details of the appropriate document and
to update the Parish website, accordingly.
4.7 CC commented that under the report’s section entitled ‘Land and building assets details on website (page
5), that the Internal Auditor had noted that the details were not up to date. CC requested that the Parish
Clerk clarify the position with the Internal Auditor.
4.8 CC commented that under the report’s section entitled ‘Has a representative of the Parish Council been
trained in GDPR implications? And does the Parish Council adhere to GDPR regulations?’(page 5), that the
Internal Auditor had noted that there was not a record of training. The Councillors noted that the Parish
Clerk had attended a GDPR training session organised by the Norfolk Association of Local Councils and
that GDPR had been a regular agenda item at several Parish Council meetings. The Parish Clerk was asked
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to draw up an appropriate schedule of training sessions and seminars attended by him and Parish
Councillors.
4.9 The Parish Clerk advised that on the approval of the Parish Council, the accounts will be open to scrutiny
by the members of the public who would be able to inspect the accounts held by the Parish Clerk at his
home between the period of 2nd July and 10th August 2018. The Parish Clerk noted that his contact
details are available on the document ‘Electors’ rights advertised’ to be added to the Parish website,
advertised in the monthly Village Magazine and displayed on the two Parish Noticeboards for the six
week period.
4.10 The Parish Clerk noted that it was his duty to ask the Parish Councillors present that in the knowledge
that the Accounts having been approved by the Internal Auditor, eight questions listed in the Annual
Return regarding control processors to fulfil this stage of the Audit process, listed under Section1 – Annual
Governance Statement 2017/18 and to confirm by the Councillors their understanding to the best of their
knowledge and belief of the controls put in place. The Parish Clerk then read out the statements that the
Councillors agreed by each saying “Yes” to all questions. The Parish Clerk added these affirmations to the
Return and it was duly signed by the Parish Clerk and Chair of the Council.
4.11 The Parish Clerk explained to the Meeting that the Annual return was now required to be sent for
External Audit that would take several weeks.
5. To comment on planning applications currently received
5.1 18/01109/CM – Variation of conditions 1, 13 and 24 of planning permission C/2/2015/2034: To enable
operations to continue until 31 December 2022 in accordance with amended phased restoration
scheme Crimplesham Quarry
5.2 18/01110/CM Variation of conditions 1, 7 and 12 of planning permission C/2/2015/2035: To enable
operations to continue until 31 December 2022 in accordance with an amended restoration
scheme Crimplesham Quarry
5.3 18/01130/CM – Variation of conditions 1, 9 and 13 of planning permission C/2/2015/2036 to enable
operations to continue until 31 December 2022 Crimplesham Quarry
5.4 The Parish Clerk commented that he had reviewed a number of documents listed on the Norfolk County
Council Planning Department (NCCPD) website dating back to the last series of applications agreed in
2015 for planning extensions and that these three applications were linked to the application reviewed
at the Parish Council meeting held on 7th June 2018. The Parish Clerk read out a letter sent from the
Parish Council in 2015 to NCCPD.
5.5 CC commented concerns at the applicants’ inability to plan ahead. The Councillors agreed that they held
no objections to the applications but expressed concern that the applicants should be better informed
regarding the position of the building industry, take a more responsible consideration of local
communities and should be able to take an advanced clear view of how long they require the quarry to
remain open instead of making continued retrospective extension applications. The Parish Clerk was
asked to convey this view to NCCPD.
6. Date of next Parish Council Meeting
To note that the next Parish Meeting will be held on Thursday 5th July 2018 at 7.30pm in the West Dereham
Village Hall. The meeting will be preceded with Open Surgery at 7.00pm.
The meeting closed at 5.05pm
Next meeting is the Parish Council Meeting on Thursday 5th July 2018 at 7.30pm with Open Surgery from 7.00pm.
Clerk: Peter King – Email: clerk@westderehamparishcouncil.uk Telephone: 01366 502110
Chairman’s signature …………………………………… Date ………………………

Meet Shirley Cordner Part 1

On the day I was born in Peterborough – 31st March 1956 – my Mum turned up at the Gables Maternity Home in a black car decorated with white wedding ribbons and with a ‘Just Married’ sign hanging on the back. Seeing her condition as she climbed out of the car, the nurses welcomed her with a hearty round of applause! Being Easter Saturday, the taxis had been booked decorated for weddings.
My Dad breathed a sigh of relief, glad to see me. As I was late arriving, he had been worried that if I didn’t come before 1st April, he’d miss out on his tax refund.
Eighteen months later, my brother Terry was born. This time it was a home delivery. We were lucky to live near the city park which became our adventure playground. As cars were few and far between in those days, we could also play out in the street.
My Mum tells me that our milk was brought to us by horse and cart and I was allowed to feed the horse everyday. When I got measles and had to stay in bed, the horse refused to budge from our front door until I was brought out to it wrapped in a blanket.
Nothing particularly memorable happened during my school years, but when I left and wanted to join the Police Force, I was refused because I needed to wear glasses, not allowed at that time. So I went to Southfields Catering College in Leicester for 2 years and studied Catering Management whilst living at the YMCA along with other students. During that time, I can remember us organising the odd march for higher student grants.
But to pay my way I worked weekends and holidays at a Co-op Filling Station. We filled the cars with petrol, checked oil, wiped windscreens, and took their money and Co-op Dividend number. It was there that I met my partner for the next 30 years. Michael Addison was born in Wereham and spent his childhood around Northwold. When he was 16 his family moved to Peterborough.
On leaving College my first position was with Lyons as a trainee manager in the shop at the foot of St. Paul’s cathedral in London. Shop and tea rooms were upstairs with a large restaurant downstairs, which filled daily with office workers paying with luncheon vouchers. A Lyons cup of tea had to be perfect, so before serving the public, we had to pass our Tea Making Certificate.
On my first night, I was told to sit on the kitchen worktops with the rest of the staff and the Chef came round with a large steam hose and blasted under the ovens. I was shocked to see the floor become a moving mass of black cockroaches.
But I soon found London a lonely place and became homesick. So after 6 months I returned to Peterborough and joined M&S in the food section for the very busy Christmas period. The best part was at the end of the day when we could buy ‘out of date’ food for half price. It helped pay the rent for my board.

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WHAT DOES THE DOCTOR THINK THIS MONTH

What a new look to general pracice! Deannie and I are very fortunate having found a local practice which is much like the one we left behind at Feltwell. A relatively small building with a few doctors and ancillary staff. Our new practice, however, is one of a large group of practices “owned” by a third party, such as an insurance company. So far, the practice has retained the personal and human touch and I hope this continues.
Last week, we had cause to visit a nearby megapractice for a hearing assessment. The practice is housed in a massive old building which, throughout the 1800s and 1900s, made metal and fabricated some of the very first steam engines to run in the Midlands. The old brick shell of the building has been retained, with massive steel girders in the roof and all the original windows with leaded glass and semicircular tops incorporated. Fascinating history and an interesting conversion. They have inserted a massive upper floor throughout the entire building and, all around the edge of this floor, are cubicles, each about the size of half a lorry container, most of which incorporate one of the old windows. This set up provides 30 consulting rooms (yes, thirty) and the practice has 11 GP partners and another 6 regular Gps. The other 13 rooms are occupied by nurses, and most of the downstairs is given over to the secretariat. When a patient came out of a room, the GP could be seen, looking forlorn and lonely in his/her box, and I could not help thinking how I would have disliked working in such a superb but isolating building. I shall let you know ore as time goes on.
There are five doctors living in neighbouring houses. One is an anaesthetist working 50 miles away who fell asleep and hit a lorry. Another is a GP who seems to work in different practices as needed and I shall talk to her about the megapractice.
We went to see Tom Jones last night. I went under sufferance because Charlotte had forgotten a parents’ evening, but I have to admit to thoroughly enjoying myself .Tom was performing a live outdoor concert at Ragley Hall and we all sat on our deckchairs and paid for ice creams with gold bars. The tradition seemed to be for everyone (except me) to stand up and jiggle when a popular song such as Sex Bomb was sung and I shall long carry the memory of hundreds of very well fed ladies bopping around. One particularly vigorous lady held her ‘phone out to video Tom’s performance, little realising that her ‘phone camera was swinging bak and forth in a 45 degree arc and the resulting video would be unwatchable without the aid of medication for travel sickness.
Deannie and I visited Ikea again today. It is only 20 minutes away and the triick is to arrive early and have a full English (£2.45}before shopping and a full lunch (about £4) before returning home. We bought several bookcases which, when I put them together, were two inches too wide for the room and I had to re-jig the project. It’s all OK now.
A police patrol car was parked outside a pub at closing time. They noticed a man leaving the pub so apparently intoxicated that he could not walk.He stumbled around the car park for a few minutes, eventually found his car and took several minutes finding the door lock with his key. He then sat in his car for a few minutes while most of the other cars left the car park. He started the engine, honked his horn, switched his hazard lights on and off a few times and then, after all the other cars had left, he inched out on to the road, straight into the arms of the waiting police who breathalysed him. To their utter amazement, the test was negative and they told him that the machine must be wrong so they would take him to the police station. The driver told them not to bother as “Tonight, I am the designated decoy”.
A rich man decided to holiday in India and took his dog along for company. The dog chased butterflies and got lost. He noticed a tiger approaching menacingly so he turned his back to the tiger and sat down beside a pile of bones, munching on one and saying “Ah, that was a delicious tiger. I wonder if there are any more around here”.A monkey witnessed the scenario and told the tiger how he had been fooled. The tiger was furious and told the monkey to jump on his back while he went off to “sort out” the dog. The dog noticed the duo approaching and realised he was in big trouble. He sat down with his back to the tiger and, as they approached, he said “Where has that monkey gone? I sent him off over an hour ago to get me another tiger. Shortly after this he turned around and realised that he was alone. Best wishes to you all Ian Nisbet