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South Greenhoe School, Swaffham, pictured in February 1988 for a double cross-country delight

Memory Lane takes a look back to 1988 when teams competed in the Swaffham and Middle Schools cross-country championships.

There was double delight for the cross-country teams from South Greenhoe School at Swaffham in February 1988.

The boys’ and girls’ teams both won at the Swaffham and District Middle Schools championships to take the shields, which were presented by Mr Graham Wilton, PE advisor for Norfolk.

Cross-country teams from South Greenhoe School at Swaffham in February 1988
Cross-country teams from South Greenhoe School at Swaffham in February 1988

Joining the teams for this Lynn News picture was Mrs Ros Taylor, who was in charge of PE at the school. Altogether 96 runners took part, with Necton, Marham, Dereham and Toftwood schools involved.

The individual winners were Catherine Morrison (South Greenhoe) and Mark Bailes (Toftwood). Photo: MLNF-881060

On this week: February 12-18, 1988

West Norfolk Health Authority has introduced measures to cut the costs of providing meals and snacks in the district’s hospitals.

They include reducing the selection on the patient menu, improving portion control and the start of a monitoring system to enable catering managers to improve control of meal production costs.

Prices in snack bars have already been raised to High Street level and dining room prices are to be reviewed.

Ward surveys on the catering service and facilities revealed a general satisfaction with the meals on offer, the authority’s catering sub-committee members were told.

Lay-by liver Jimmy Stevenson has scored another victory in his long-running fight with West Norfolk Council planners.

A council enforcement notice was quashed this week by a Government inspector, leaving gypsy Jimmy free to stay at his isolated Marshland caravan camp at least for the time being. He has been in conflict with the planners for more than a decade and is probably best known for the way he defied all efforts to move him from his last home, the A10 lay-by beside Lynn’s Hardwick Roundabout.

He eventually moved in 1986 to park his caravans and scrap business on his own land at Poor Land Lane, King John Bank, Walpole St Andrew – and promptly started another fight with the local authority.

More than 20 of the flats at Norfolk House, County Court Road, Lynn, the first private retirement development to be built in Norfolk by Wimpey Homes, have already been sold.

It leaves just 13 flats in the hands of the Lynn office of William H Brown, the estate agents just appointed by Wimpey to sell the rest of the units.

The complex is aimed at buyers aged 55 and over, with prices ranging from £36,700 up to £44,900 for one and two bedroomed-flats.

Swaffham town councillors want to see the Rumours Night Club shut at midnight, members decided when the application for a licence was placed before them for comments.

Mr Terry Wilding thought there was no need for a licence until 2am in the town the size of Swaffham.

But the police advised that with only two officers on duty in Swaffham and Watton at night, backed by traffic police and officers at Dereham, a 2am close with possible drunkenness and fighting could bring problems.

The Queen is using West Norfolk Jobcentres to recruit a footman to join the royal household. But so far, the prospect of obeying the royal command has got a cool reception from local jobseekers – there hasn’t been a single application.

The advert for someone in his early 20s with an O-level standard of education and “reliable, honest and of good appearance” is displayed among the rest of the vacancies at the Lynn and neighbouring Jobcentres.

An £80,000 consignment of corned beef destined for supermarket shelves has arrived in West Lynn – from drought and famine-stricken Ethiopia, where five million people are going hungry.

While charity organisations have given their backing to the export trade, North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham has described the arrival of the canned meat to prosperous Britain as “improper and almost outrageous”.

He wants ministers to put pressure on the Ethiopian government to do more about resolving its own problems.

Lynn’s new sea defence scheme has come a step close with the official opening of a tidal barrier, protecting part of the south of the town from flooding.

The River Nar outfall sluice is one part of a ten-stage tidal surge defence scheme being carried out by Anglian Water at a cost of more than £4 million.

The company’s managing director pressed a button to show visitors how the gates, which mark the barrier between the River Ouse and Nar, will work to prevent a repetition of the 1953 and 1978 floods.

A mobile tourist information centre will arrive in Swaffham in May for the summer, Swaffham and District Tourism Association has been told.

The caravan is 29ft long and is fitted out with display boards, shelves, a counter and a kitchen. It will be parked in Pedlars car park against the wall backing the old A47, taking up three car parking spaces.

Great and Little Dunham Women’s Institute celebrated its 46th birthday with a cake and social evening at the home of vice-president Mrs Maggie Rice.

In the two villages of about 250 families the WI is always looking to boost its membership, which now stands at 21 women of all ages and varied interests.

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