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On this week: December 17-23, 1986 in Denver, King’s Lynn, Fincham, Hilgay, Hunstanton, Shouldham, Stow Bridge, Ten Mile Bank, West Dereham and Wormegay





In our weekly On This Week feature, we look back through the pages of the Lynn News 37 years ago...

Nine more West Norfolk primary schools have come under survival scrutiny, with the closure of 16-pupil Stow Bridge moving a step closer. The fate of schools at Fincham, Shouldham and Wormegay has also been thrown into a three-option consideration – with the future of Fincham hanging in the balance – in the latest review by educationalists on the western area advisory sub-committee. Consultative documents on the future of the schools, which all have fewer than 40 pupils on roll, were agreed by committee members, who are also looking at linking West Dereham and Denver schools, and a continuing review of Hilgay and Ten Mile Bank schools.

Plans are afoot to give Lynn its own airfield on land near Knights Hill, with an opening date of next summer. Businessman Tony Smith and partner intend to set up a flying school and air taxi service at the 50 to 60-acre piece of land. Mr Smith is due to submit a planning application for a change of use from agriculture to airfield to West Norfolk Council this week. The plan has already won the support of NW Norfolk MP, Mr Henry Bellingham, but it is understood the council is taking a more cautious approach.

Santa chats with pupils at St Edmund’s Primary School, North Lynn, before boarding his hi-tech “sleigh” and continuing his Christmas deliveries in December 1986. The kind-hearted firefighters – based next door to the school – went to the rescue after the sleigh of the intended very important guest had broken down en-route. The firemen arrived in the nick of time, as the party for the 130 infant pupils was nearly over and the stand-in Santa soon produced a gift for each child from his sack, chatting away to the pupils before carrying on his deliveries around Lynn. Earlier in the afternoon the children were treated to a magic show put on by St Edmund’s junior school teacher Jack Jenkins, a semi-professional magician.
Santa chats with pupils at St Edmund’s Primary School, North Lynn, before boarding his hi-tech “sleigh” and continuing his Christmas deliveries in December 1986. The kind-hearted firefighters – based next door to the school – went to the rescue after the sleigh of the intended very important guest had broken down en-route. The firemen arrived in the nick of time, as the party for the 130 infant pupils was nearly over and the stand-in Santa soon produced a gift for each child from his sack, chatting away to the pupils before carrying on his deliveries around Lynn. Earlier in the afternoon the children were treated to a magic show put on by St Edmund’s junior school teacher Jack Jenkins, a semi-professional magician.

Hunstanton lighthouse could soon be sparkling again once a wrangle about a repair grant is sorted out between its owner and West Norfolk Council. The owner, Cambridge chartered surveyor John Dean, says he is waiting for the council to inspect the tower and award him the grant to which he is entitled. However, the council claims Mr Dean has had an application form for the last 18 months and they are just waiting to receive it. Meanwhile, Hunstanton Town Council has suggested that the Grade ll listed lighthouse should be compulsorily purchased and offered to the town as a museum since it is in such a “disgraceful state”.

Nurses training with West Norfolk and Wisbech Health Authority have proved themselves among the best in the country. District nursing officer Ruth Daniell told the nurses that their examination results were well above the national average. She was speaking at the annual presentation of badges, certificates and prizes at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, adding: “The standard was higher than ever and the results quite outstanding.” The awards were presented by the Bishop of Lynn, the Rt Rev David Bentley.

Shoppers have been spend, spend, spending even more this Christmas, with takings in local stores already soaring beyond last year’s figures. According to shop managers across West Norfolk, people have been digging deep in their pockets to buy presents for loved ones. Toys have been selling like hot cakes and electrical goods, such as computers and audio equipment, are among this year’s most popular gifts. Lynn stores such as Debenhams, Marks and Spencer, Boots, Westgate and Currys have all reported that business is “better than ever”.

Major drainage schemes costing nearly £1million are in the pipeline at North Lynn. Work to put an end to surface flooding in the St Edmundsbury Road area is already well under way. And within the next 12 months, a start should be made on a scheme to improve the drainage system across all of North Lynn. Anglian Water says the plan is to improve the existing surface water drainage in an area which is prone to flooding, and the work will include a new pumping station to pump excess water to the main Gaywood outfall pumping station adjacent to the Ouse.

Linnets’ directors have a challenge for the New Year – to wipe out debts of nearly £8,500 and start showing a profit. And they believe it can be done through a new money-spinner, a 500 Club, which is being planned. The club also go into 1987 with a new chairman, Merlin Saddleton taking over from Brian Rawlinson who has stepped down. The facts, figures and forecasts were given during the annual meeting of King’s Lynn Football and Recreation Ltd, held at The Walks stadium for club directors and shareholders. The balance sheet showed that players’ wages (and ground staff) were £18,266, while other operating costs were £16,082.

Outraged Lynn residents are to raise a second petition against county council suggestions to restrict parking outside their Tennyson Avenue homes. The residents fear the plan could prevent access to their homes and aggravate an already serious traffic problem generated by rush-hour traffic from the Norfolk College of Arts and Technology.



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