West Dereham Parish Council Meeting June 16

PRESENT (6 Councillors): – Claire Cann (CC) – Chairman, Pam Bullas (PB), Lorraine Hunt (LH), Paula Kellingray (PK), Pam Walker (PW), Claire Williams (CW).
Clerk: – Sarah Thorpe
9 members of the public were in attendance.
Papers presented to Councillors: (i) Financial Management Report (spreadsheet); (ii) Expenditure (for approval); (iii) Glazewing report; (iv) Summary of Receipts & Payments for 2015/16.
The Chairman welcomed everyone present and opened the meeting.

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Head Office and I went to a wedding in London recently. Our niece was getting married and her parents and family had come over from New Zealand. Deannie’s sister Sally and her husband, Frank, stayed with us the week before the wedding and great excitement prevailed. Many of you will know that 75 Squadron of the Royal New Zealand Air Force was based here during the second World War and that The Wellington Pub and Restaurant in Feltwell is something of a shrine to that squadron. Well, (Group Captain) Frank Sharp, Deannie’s brother in law, was the squadron commander of 75 Squadron long after their return to New Zealand and he had a great time exploring at the Wellington, imparting information about the men who featured in many of the photographs.
The wedding was to take place at BAFTA in Piccadilly and the reception was to be held in The Crypt, under St Ethelreda’s in Ely Place. The Crypt dates back to the 6th Century and Henry Vlll once held a five day bash there. We had to leave early the next day so I booked an hotel about 100 yards away from the Crypt in Clerkenwell. Now, last time I was in that area of London was in the early 1960’s. I was studying medicine at The London Hospital in Whitechapel and I would cycle around Clerkenwell and Shoreditch which were little more than semi-repaired bomb sites. All the buildings were black with soot and there were many warehouses associated with the leather and brewing industries. As the hotel was about 400 yards into the Congestion Zone, I had to pre-pay £11.50 to enter the zone and I did that a couple of weeks beforehand.
When we arrived, it soon became apparent that much had changed in the 50 years since I was cycling in the area (there was a rather good record library which carried all the Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft classical records). I would borrow the Bach organ music records, record them to tape and then take the records back. I would play the tapes on my Garrard SP25 deck into a speaker mounted in the top of a 4ft high chimney, standing on bricks to let the sound out at the bottom. The acoustics were astounding! The speaker may still be viewed in our yard, with a flower pot on top. Back to the changes – the whole area is now full of bijou hotels, street cafes and bars, all sorts of ethnic, oriental and Eastern European shops in the back streets and heaving with people enjoying the scene. Our lovely boutique hotel was built in a converted warehouse. I took the car to a nearby car park and got lost on the way back to the hotel. I asked a passing stranger if “that is the Clerkenwell Road over there”. He stopped, told me in fractured English that he did not know, pulled out his mobile ‘phone, punched a button, looked at a map of where we were standing, scrolled it up and down and reassured me that it was the Clerkenwell Road over there! This was amazing to me, being a Luddite who turns on my mobile ‘ phone when I want to make a call but I expect many of you will be familiar with such matters.
My other problem with change is that I have not kept up with the devaluation of the currency. I often convert a price back to pounds, shillings and pence and have a fit! The hordes of people drinking in the bars and restaurants seemed to have infinite disposable income, both for eating and drinking, and would think nothing of shelling out £25 for a cab home.
Howmsomever, the wedding and the reception were brilliant and we then spent 5 days in France where it never stopped raining. I looked at my mail when we got home; someone had sent me a photograph of our car with a demand for £65 for entering the London congestion zone. Confidently, I pulled out my booking receipt, only to discover that the date I had entered to visit London was not the day I needed to visit London, but the day I was paying the charge! GRR.
I’ll tell you another time about how the black cab swindled me. One word of warning – If you are walking about London, do not hold your mobile ‘phone in your hand. It is quite likely that a cyclist will whip it out of your hand and speed off. Many of the hotel staff had suffered from this. I was OK because mine is virtually glued into my pocket for fear of excess charges and data roaming charges, etc.

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Minutes of the meeting held on June 1st
Mrs Hazel Hearne welcomed everyone. 14 members attended.
Despite the wintry evening Steve & his family had prepared a lovely barbeque, so we all tucked in to a freshly cooked selection of meats, with salads & hot new potatoes.
Gillian Smith thanked them for a delicious meal.
The business meeting then followed.
APOLOGIES were received from Doris Armsby, Sheila Smith, Janet Cooper, Mavis Smith, Jean Carter, Heather Durrance, Gypsie Duncan, & Janet Burns.
Minutes of the last meeting were read & signed.
MATTERS ARISING Jenny Elsey said that the club had subsidised the cost of the barbeque,so members paid £7.00 each.
ROTAS for July
TEAS Anita Horgen & Wendy Quadling
RAFFLE & DOOR Mavis Smith & Marjorie Stevens
VOT Carol Thulbourne
BIRTHDAYS (2) Valerie Kirchen
AOB Gillian Smith gave more details of the outing on August 3rd. The coach for the Mystery Tour will pick up on the hill at 9.45am & will leave the venue at 5pm to return home. The cost will be £22.50, and includes a fish & chip lunch, ice cream, & tea or coffee. Money to be paid at next meeting. There are still some seats left if anyone else would like to come.
Birthday posies were presented to Anita Horgen & Claire Lankfer.
There was an extended raffle & prizes were won by 11 members.
The July meeting will be a talk on the history & uses of the avocado pear.
The meeting ended at 9pm.
Claire Lankfer

July Gardening

July is often the hottest month of the year and it’s important to water the garden thoroughly once or twice a week rather than little and often as this encourages plants to put down roots in search of water rather than coming up to the surface. Containers and hanging baskets need watering every day and sometimes even twice a day if it is hot and windy.
The plant of the month for July is Hydrangeas. Hydrangeas are a vast group of plants ranging from climbers, trees and shrubs. The most popular are mophead and lace-cap hydrangeas, and these have the unique ability to change flower colour in different soils. This colour change is due to the soil pH which affects aluminium availability. Those with blue or pink flowers tend to be blue in acid soil conditions (high available aluminium levels), mauve in acid to neutral soil conditions, and pink in alkaline conditions. White flowers, and also green-flowered cultivars, remain white or green regardless of soil pH. You can replicate the necessary soil pH by planting blue hydrangeas in pots of ericaceous compost, and watering with a hydrangea colourant once a fortnight. The ‘old wives tale’ of using rusty nails when planting hydrangeas is false, as the colour is due to aluminium not iron. Use rainwater, as mains hard water can affect the flower colour, turning blue flowers mauve or pink. To enhance red or pink flowers, apply a dressing of ground lime in winter.

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