Wensum, by Jim Harding, May 12, 2015

musical trio Wolfswood ANL-150805-170135001

musical trio Wolfswood ANL-150805-170135001

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Musical trio Wolfswood

Our market square is used to hosting all sorts of functions so was unfazed by the presence of table tennis and netball dynamics on one side, singing groups on the other and everything from body combat to martial arts, Zumba and Balkan dancing in the middle. Elsewhere you might have encountered youngsters playing tag rugby, the first game of Boules ever witnessed on our streets and a host of stalls flagging up the wide variety of activities available locally.

The weather was a bit chilly but with the rain holding off, hundreds of people turned out to enjoy the fun.

In its unpretentious way, Fakenham does this sort of thing very well. Woven throughout the morning was the second Shopkeepers Olympics Challenge involving four teams competing for the Brenda Coldrick Cup.

As many residents will know, Brenda championed our community for many years as both a district and town councillor as well as mayor. The idea of the cup came from her relatives in the firm belief that she would have loved the very thought of it. Once again the Norwich Street team was captained by Becky – winners last year, Bridge Street by Claire, the Market Place by Liam and Oak Street by Lisa.

Their 10 mainly sporting challenges tested both strengths and weaknesses, culminating in a grand tug-of-war finale. Somehow the holders of the cup managed to retain their prize for another year.

Of course there were dozens of volunteers helping to make the whole event the success it was but coordinator of Active Fakenham Richard Crook really master-minded the publicity and organisation of the affair. Between them, Richard and his partner Heather de Lyon demonstrated again their commitment to the town and their determination to champion what makes it a good place in which to live.

One of the priority areas for our local police over the past three months or so has been motor scooter awareness. This pleases me no end.

The presence of these vehicles on our roads and footpaths has increased dramatically so all attempts to enhance safety principles must be welcomed. It’s no surprise that the majority of drivers are senior citizens. And no surprise that some of them have never actually driven before. Only those scooters which can travel up to 8 mph are required to be taxed and insured and these are the only ones allowed on the roads. The less powerful are confined to footpaths. Last month PCSO Jo Robotham ran a three-hour Safe Scoot event at our community centre which was attended by a dozen people.

Its success was such that another is planned for later in 2015. I’m sure that’s a good thing. Whilst some drivers with experience take on board all the potential hazards faced when moving in traffic and dealing with junctions and the like, many can be a danger to themselves and other road users. Any steps to increase safety have to be welcomed.