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From down under

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 19:30

My four-times-great-grandfather William Dove was born in Reepham in 1809. He was transported to Tasmania for machine-breaking and ended his life in Tasmania, gaining his freedom and eventually buying several pubs.

I still have distant cousins living in Reepham and we have visited the village twice. We just loved it.

We enjoy receiving the news from Reepham, which brings us a little closer to my forebears.

James Guthrie, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia

No local beer at music festival

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 19:06

I had a great time at last weekend’s Reepham Music Festival – congratulations to all the organisers who I’m sure worked hard to put on a most creditable and worthy event.

However, I was most disappointed with the bar on the field on Saturday, with not a locally produced beer in sight, just a fizzy lager from an Australian conglomerate (but probably brewed in the UK) and ale from a Cornish brewery of all places (although I found that this is actually brewed in Burton-upon-Trent).

Most of the fast food was hardly from local origins either, Thai, Indian… At least the cider was from East Anglia!

I understand there at least two breweries in or near Reepham. I’d hope that next year’s festival can promote local food and drink.

R. Price, Tamworth

Vicars’ records sought

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 15:55

I am researching my family history and have found that John Benjamin of Walsingham held the living of a medieval church in Reepham in 1375.

I would be grateful if you could point me to any reference work that would take me back into that period in Norfolk.

Ian Benjamin, Cropthorne, Pershore, Worcestershire

Rhythmic drumming/clunking noise

Friday, July 7, 2017 - 21:08

Re the rhythmic drumming/clunking noise heard at various times over Reepham, which your correspondents refer to. We hear it too, most nights, and also during the day, in Bircham Road.

It’s been going on for several months now, and varies in loudness, depending on the wind direction, but it is penetrating enough to mean we are unable to sleep with our bedroom windows open at night.

We wondered if it might be coming from the sewage treatment plant off Norwich Road or even the substation at Salle?

Hilary Gostling, Bircham Road, Reepham

Noise of an agricultural nature?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 11:22

In reference to Daniel Skipper’s letter (20 June), we have also heard this noise. It started at the weekend and I assumed it was a rave taking place in the distance.

However, it has been going on ever since, around 3 am. I thought perhaps it was a noise of an agricultural nature?

Sue Turner, New Road, Reepham

Rhythmic clunking/drum noise

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 09:57

Has anyone heard a mechanical noise that seems to been audible at various times of the day? It started about a week ago and last night was on between 2–3 am.

It sounds like a generator in the distance, accompanied by a rhythmic clunking/drum noise. It’s not on all the while, but can be heard several times a day.

Has anyone else noticed this? Know what it is? Know how it can be stopped?

Daniel Skipper, Whitwell Street, Reepham

Reepham Methodist Church 200th anniversary

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 16:28

Thank you to everyone who has already contacted me with memories of Reepham Methodist Church to help in our celebration of the 200th anniversary of the building of our chapel in 1817.

We have received information about lots of people with links to the church from recent times and also from years gone by.

There have been memories of the successful youth club from the late 1940s and early 1950s, including photographs of a trip to the YMCA Rally in London in 1953.

There have also been many recollections of celebrations held at the chapel, with one lovely photograph of the wedding party following the marriage of William and Kathleen Jones in 1930 or 1931. (This photo has been given for our history project by their son Dudley, who has recently moved to Reepham.)

The chapel is known for its warm and welcoming fellowship, something also shown by the wider Reepham community.

Retired postmaster George Johnson has shared memories of his parents, George and Renee, who retired to Reepham from Liverpool, became stalwart members of the Methodist Church and were well known in the town.

There will be a display about the history of the chapel and its people for the Flower Festival on 15-16 July. Please come along to see this, enjoy the floral displays and meet other visitors over a cup of tea and some cake.

The theme of the festival is “The Church is the People”; many of the flower arrangements will be in memory of local people and their families.

It is not too late to let me know about any memories of the chapel and its people, so do please get in touch with me. Our history project will continue for the rest of the year.

Frances Price 01603 871831 francesmprice@gmail.com

Thoughtless parking with no concern for locals

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 22:04

In response to T Goulding’s remarks about bus parking in Bircham Road (Your Letters, 17 May), I would like to make a few points. First, Bircham Road was originally a private road that was adopted by the council. It has never been a through road and is purely residential.

Parking by Sanders’ buses in Bircham Road is not to collect passengers; it is simply to facilitate lengthy recreational breaks for the drivers.

As a consequence, large vehicles, sometimes in an unsatisfactory condition, have been left in dangerous and thoughtless positions, with no concern for anyone living locally.

Some years ago there was a serious crash by the Bircham Road junction, which was caused by a driver pulling out and not seeing approaching traffic. I’m sure nobody wants a repeat of this due to thoughtless parking by the driver of a large, obstructive vehicle.

Relatively recently, coaches began parking at the top end of Bircham Road and blocking residents’ driveways. This was the point when several residents, myself included, felt that things had simply gone too far.

Moving on to Ollands Road, it has been a through route for centuries and anyone buying a property in the street will be fully aware of this.

Nevertheless, parking has become progressively worse along the lower area of the road. There are often vehicles left on stretches of the pavement, sometimes obstructing its entire width. Hopefully, the campaign to make this illegal in all parts of the country will soon become law.

With regard to the daily parking around Spar, this is really bad. It’s hardly surprising that cars are often damaged in minor collisions; sadly, nobody seems to care much, one way or the other.

Perhaps the most worrying thing I’ve seen recently has been vehicles actually parked by the wall on the bend. Talk about asking for trouble!

I am frankly surprised that [your correspondent] is suggesting that if we want certain services, and perhaps improvements to them, it’s a matter of tolerating all manner of inconvenience and sometimes turning a blind eye to danger and law-breaking.

Might I suggest that rather than putting up with the chaotic situation in their own road, [your correspondent] speaks to the council and makes an effort to improve things for everyone living locally by making a few constructive suggestions.

Bill Rose, Bircham Road, Reepham

We miss Reepham Life

Friday, June 9, 2017 - 09:08

Thank you for all the past publications, which have been so well presented. We miss the monthly hard copy and hope someone might be able to take on printing the newspaper in the near future. However, we wish you all the best in your future commitments.

Brenda and John Palmer, Chapel Close, Reepham

Considerate bus parking wanted

Friday, June 9, 2017 - 08:39

I write in response to recent articles in Reepham Life re Sanders buses parking at the entrance to Bircham Road during the drivers’ breaks, which give the impression that those of us who have voiced concerns are being unreasonable.

It is the positioning of the buses that is giving cause for concern: they have sometimes been within inches of the offside corner. This is why photos have been taken.

If driving into Bircham Road from the direction of Church Hill, when there is a bus immediately on the corner, there is no indication/warning of its presence. This is when it is potentially dangerous, especially when it is a double-decker, as a blind overtaking has to occur.

It is extremely unpleasant to have the smell of exhaust fumes waving over our gardens when the drivers leave their engines running during their breaks, as often happens.

Your derogatory cartoon [Reepham Life, May 2017] gives the impression that passengers are allowed to get on the buses in Bircham Road; they are not.

As a resident who has been known to have written complaints, I have not been notified of Town Council meetings to discuss this issue, nor have I ever been invited to attend one. Others have said similar.

The “Your Council Matters” editorial [in the May edition] implied we were “no shows” at the recent meeting. The reality is somewhat different.

When my husband offered to distribute agendas for the next Town Council meeting re this issue, he was stonewalled by the chairman of the Council.

Sensible, considerate parking is what we are looking for, not to ban the buses.

Hilary Gostling, Bircham Road, Reepham

Derogatory or close to the bone? What do you think?

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