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On this week: November 20-26, 1990: North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham slams Mrs Thatcher's resignation

Local Conservatives are in disarray following Margaret Thatcher’s shock decision yesterday (November 22) to stand down as Prime Minister. North West Norfolk MP Mr Henry Bellingham slammed Mrs Thatcher’s resignation as “shabby and shameful – it’s dreadful that she has been hounded out of No 10 in this way.” Loyal minister Mrs Gillian Shephard, the South West Norfolk MP, described yesterday as one of the saddest days for British politics. The two MPs refused to reveal who they would back, but three local Conservative constituency association chiefs say they support different candidates. Names in the frame include John Major, Douglas Hurd and Michael Heseltine.

Henry Bellingham
Henry Bellingham

Close circuit television for Lynn’s car parks has been given the thumbs up by councillors – and that means housing estates, industrial sites and other public spaces may follow suit. West Norfolk Council environmental services committee members have recommended that, provided funds are available, CCTV should be installed in the council’s car parks in 1991 and 1992. The cost is put at £242,480, including the building and setting up of a control room.

Proposals to axe three courts in West Norfolk by relocating to Lynn has met with anger from the towns set to lose their courtrooms. Norfolk Magistrates Courts Committee has approved the closure of Hunstanton, Downham and Swaffham courts in a major reorganisation plan. All three courts, plus Fakenham and Lynn divisions would merge to form a new West Norfolk petty sessional division.

Firemen came to the rescue of seven sheep that strayed off land at Tattersett and got stuck in a muddy ditch next to the busy A148. A spokesman from Norfolk Fire Service headquarters at Norwich said a crew from Massingham managed to free the animals by using short ladders and a line of rope.

The Prince of Wales arrives at Sandringham tonight (November 23) for a week’s break at his favourite royal retreat. He follows on from the Queen, who spent three days on her 20,000-acre estate last week living at her nine-bedroom Wood Farm, Wolferton. The Queen hosted two five-hour shoots which resulted in a bag of around 600 pheasants. Wearing a headscarf, the Queen, who does not carry a gun herself, trudged over muddy fields and entertained her friends to lunch, giving her the chance to relax after heavy duties in London.

A £4,500 cash injection by West Norfolk Council will help safeguard the future of Downham’s year-old Cavalier bus services. The money has come from the council’s Rural Transport Budget, but there will still have to be a fare increase of 10p on most journeys, a rise of between 15 and 20 per cent.

On the rocks marriages in the Lynn area are being hit by a cash crisis facing Relate, the marriage guidance organisation. Lynn Relate, based in King Street and serving West Norfolk and Fenland, needs cash to train at least four more counsellors to cope with demand. It currently has four trained counsellors and two in training, but there is a waiting list of 91 cases and it is calculated that a total of ten counsellors are needed to “overcome demand and to expand into needed areas”.

Watlington soccer fan Tony Lamb has hit the jackpot with a £2,000 cash prize thanks to Norwich City player Dale Gordon. Tony nominated Gordon’s strike at Chelsea as goal of the week in ITV’s “The Match” competition – and his was the first correct entry to be picked out. A Londoner, Tony is a big fan of Tottenham and also helps organise junior soccer at Watlington Youth Club.

Pensioner power has hit Lynn with 400 OAPs already attached to the newly-formed Lynn branch of the British Pensioners’ Association and already there are plans to get a representative on the borough council. The acting chairman, Jim Trigg, said membership forms have been distributed to all pensioner groups in the town and eventually it is hoped that a third of Lynn’s 3,000 OAPs will join the movement. An open meeting is to be held on November 27 at St Margaret’s Club, adjacent to Lynn library, when a committee will be elected. Mr Trigg added: “There are 10 million pensioners in this country and we will be a force to be reckoned with.”

Lynn’s first major health and environment show, held at the Corn Exchange, was launched by Baroness Hooper, an Under Secretary of State for Health, who referred to it as an exciting and challenging event. The 42 exhibitors included local employers and pressure groups such as Friends of the Earth and the Tidy Britain Group.

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