Wensum, June 30, 2015: Work progressing fast on Fakenham developments

'Kinnertons' expansion. ANL-140325-142424001
'Kinnertons' expansion. ANL-140325-142424001
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The Kinnerton expansion plans came as a result of the cmopany’s success in business in the UK and around the world.

Massive cranes have dominated both the extension to the Kinnerton chocolate factory down towards the river and the Aldi supermarket on the site of the former Peugeot dealership off Norwich Road. The steel frameworks of the huge buildings are virtually complete and will soon be lost to view when construction of the exteriors gets going.

Since these projects started in mid-March there’s been relatively little bad weather to interrupt progress and I’d be surprised if both undertakings were not ahead of schedule. The Kinnerton expansion plans were flagged up last year when its local management team attended a town council meeting in advance of its application for planning permission with the district council. The company has been so successful in business both in this country and around the world that the move became vital to cope with its increased output. It will also enable its ‘satellite’ site in South Creake to be closed down and the whole work force to be brought together under one roof. As for Aldi, I’ve been able to keep an eye on its progress most days as I pass the building site on the way into town. Apart from a few occasions when big lorries have been parked on the road, there’s been a minimum of traffic delays with all the serious business taking place behind barriers. The company has promised that when up and running the store will require between 30 and 40 staff and that it prefers to employ locally if possible. That intention has just been confirmed with the announcement that interviews for positions will take place on July 5 at the community centre between 9am and 4pm. If you’re planning to attend, do make sure you take your CV along with you.

I was pleased to attend a service for Armed Forces Week in the Queens Road cemetery which remembered in particular the dead from two world wars who lie buried there. Young cadets from Fakenham[2534]Squadron of the Air Training Corps were very much to the fore at this occasion, parading into the cemetery and taking part in the ceremonials which were led by their chaplain, Amanda Sands. It was touching to hear the names of all the deceased read out by cadet Jack Geldard and cadet Mollie Banks with a former member of the squadron, George Buck, playing the last post and reveille. It has been customary for many years now to honour the grave of Lt.Comte Gabriel de Gramont, a member of the Free French Air Force who was killed in a flying accident near RAF West Raynham in April, 1943. This recent service was a poignant reminder of the many others whose lives were also sacrificed during, or as a result of, the two world wars. The participating cadets were a great credit to their squadron and to themselves.

I recently mentioned the packed audience for the live screening of La Boheme at our local cinema. The same response will surely apply to Bizet’s Carmen which is on tomorrow evening[Weds July 1], starting at 7.30pm. Reserving seats today might be advisable.