Wensum - Three cheers for our surgery and church’s tree festival
I suppose our surgery can no longer be regarded as new since it’s been up and running for the best part of a year now.
The smart three-storey building just off Morrisons roundabout is still experiencing some teething problems, latest of which is the revised appointment system.
I regularly transport elderly people on behalf of the community car scheme and many of them have certainly had some difficulties just recently.
Overall, I think the facility is excellent and the hard-pressed staff praise-worthy.
The presence of a well-equipped pharmacy within the same complex is a huge bonus in terms of convenience.
Lots of those I drive trot along there with prescriptions after seeing their doctor.
Another plus is the capacity to provide additional specialist attention which would otherwise require trips to hospitals in Norwich or Lynn.
One elderly lady on my round was able to undergo a successful cataract operation which she said was completed quickly and left her almost jumping for joy.
After months of not being able to see the television properly or read a book she can now do both.
I have personally taken advantage of the new ophthalmology department, saving me a journey to the Norfolk and Norwich.
A minor eye problem is now on its way to being cured. As the surgery reaches its first anniversary I reckon it should be three cheers all round.
With the Christmas lights now draped across our town centre streets in advance of the December 1 switch-on, the season of ‘goodwill to all men’ is surely upon us.
What has really kicked the festivities into life over the past 12 years has been the parish church Christmas tree festival, introduced here by the Rev Adrian Bell within a year of his appointment as rector.
Initially a relatively small celebration it has grown and grown to such an extent that it now features as a top attraction way beyond town and even county boundaries.
This year’s festival will be officially opened tomorrow by the Bishop of Lynn at 7.30pm.
No less than 90 decorated trees will be on display, the vast majority representing a charity with locally-based supporters.
Visitors are encouraged to bring a small bag of coins with them to distribute amongst the various charities of their choice and from such generosity an amazing amount of cash is raised. Last year it was over £25,000.
The festival also includes a Christmas bazaar, a tombola, a grand draw and refreshments. Prayers are said on the hour and there are four prayer trees to which individual prayers may be attached.
This terrific event, to which entrance is free, is open from 10am to 8pm daily and runs through until Thursday December 6. Not to be missed.
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