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Looking back to 2013 in Middleton, Thornham, King’s Lynn, Holkham and Welney





On this week: September 3 – 9, 2013

Pupils attending Middleton Primary School have had a safer start to the new term following the installation of a new £350,000 crossing. Work on the project was completed by the Highways Agency last week, marking the end of a long-running campaign by community leaders for improved safety measures. Public pressure began for a bypass around Middleton as long ago as 1946 and reached a peak in 1991 following the death of an 87-year-old grandmother who was killed as she crossed the A47 on the way to her grandson’s wedding. Although funds for a bypass were never available, pressure was put on Norfolk County Council to place a new crossing on its agenda.

Empty homes which are blighting neighbourhoods will be tackled after West Norfolk Council agreed to a new empty homes strategy. The aim is to bring homes which have been empty for more than a year back into use. West Norfolk has 1,049 long-term empty properties which is higher than any other district in the county. The highest number of properties are found in Lynn and Hunstanton.

This was the scene in September 1983 when Downham Young Farmers’ Club made a presentation of a cheque for £400 to the Crusade for St John Appeal, which had been set up in the Norfolk area to raise money for the St John Ambulance Brigade.In the centre, Michael Hudson (left) receives the cheque from the YFC chairman, John Darby. Also in the foreground are Mark Haynes (left) and Heather Self. The money had been raised at a steak barbecue held during the summer, and the YFC members had also been busy raising £150 for the Downham Ambulance for the Disabled.
This was the scene in September 1983 when Downham Young Farmers’ Club made a presentation of a cheque for £400 to the Crusade for St John Appeal, which had been set up in the Norfolk area to raise money for the St John Ambulance Brigade.In the centre, Michael Hudson (left) receives the cheque from the YFC chairman, John Darby. Also in the foreground are Mark Haynes (left) and Heather Self. The money had been raised at a steak barbecue held during the summer, and the YFC members had also been busy raising £150 for the Downham Ambulance for the Disabled.

Thornham Drill Hall will host a goodbye party this weekend before closing its doors for good ahead of the opening of the new village hall and sports pavilion on September 21. Members of the cricket club have organised the event as a chance to say farewell to the old hall before moving over to the new building which is on the playing field.

Guide Dogs for the Blind are reporting a worrying rise in the number of unprovoked dog attacks, with two seen in Lynn in recent months. Calls are being made for dog owners to keep their pets under control and on a lead as the majority of attacks were carried out by loose animals. One guide dog, a black Labrador, has now been attacked twice this year, with the latest incident in Fairstead when it was jumped on by a loose pit bull terrier.

Tuesday Market traders in Lynn have voiced mixed views about their new town centre location. About six weeks ago, during improvement works on the Tuesday Market Place, market stalls were moved into New Conduit Street, one of the town’s main shopping thoroughfares. Robert Jeffery, known as the “Egg Man” who has been on the market since 1987, said: “It’s a big change of location but it’s better here. The only minus is we can’t keep our vehicles with us.”

After £13 million of investment and two years of building work, the new-look tower block at Lynn’s College of West Anglia campus welcomed its first students this week. The building has been refurbished with state-of-the-art learning facilities and a brand-new social area, which can accommodate up to 400 students, four times as many as the old facility.

Plans to reform on-street parking rules in Hunstanton have split opinion down the middle, according to local county councillors. Norfolk County Council officials have drawn up proposals which could see residents’ permit zones introduced on some streets, while others have pay-and-display rules introduced. Cllr Richard Bird, speaking ahead of a consultation session on the issue, said public comments made so far showed opinion was divided “about 50-50”. He revealed that some neighbours had fallen out with each other on the subject and appealed for residents to have their say calmly.

The North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival held at Holkham Hall attracted more than 12,500 visitors, keen to soak up the flavours of products made by local businesses. Visitor numbers at last weekend’s event, the fourth of its kind, were up by more than 2,000 on last year and such was the interest, that many of the local food and drink stands packed in The Courtyard sold out of stock on both days.

One of the UK’s rare bat species has been spotted at WWT Welney Wetland Centre, thanks to a community project across the county. An official said that a barbastelle, which has a distinctive pug-shaped nose, has been seen at Welney even though it is usually found in southern or central England, and Wales, in low numbers.



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