Well here we are again already one month in to 2024 how time flies. The Christmas lights are down and trees have been packed away for another year and we sigh and say ‘back to normal’. I like Christmas as most surfaces are covered in cards and candles which means I don’t need to dust! As many of you who know me realise this is never very high on my agenda! Not too many needles from the Christmas tree this year either, possibly as I bought it early and gave it lots of water. I know they are harder work but I do love the piney smell. Some of our decorations were given to my brother as a 2 year old by neighbours and they were old then. Every year I unwrap each precious glass ornament and delicately hang them on the tree. Each decoration is valued. We also have candles on the tree.
What is normal? We live in wonderful villages with lots of things going on. How about trying something new this year. There are lots of classes advertised on the ‘Village Page’ in this review. Short Mat Bowls, Table tennis on the Recreation ground as well as football, Gardening Club, WI, Line Dancing, Pilates, Judo, Whist Drives, Chair exercises to help with balance and help to prevent falls, Dorian Singers, Community Tea Shop, Methodist Coffee morning. How about visiting the Mobile Library? We once took the award for being the Most Active Village.
We have a wonderful Scout, Cub and Beaver unit for girls and boys in the village. Have you thought about being a helper or becoming a leader or taking your children along? Scouting is excellent fun for all ages and the youngsters get a lot out of gaining experience in practical skills. A couple of hours a week volunteering is not a lot to commit to. All these things are run on your doorstep for everyone to enjoy.
We have allotments for local people to rent, we have one spare at the moment. We also have a couple of raised beds free if people want to try to grow small amounts of produce at waist height. These allotments produce an amazing amount of fruit and veg and there is always someone who will be happy to give advice. Why buy imported veg when you can grow your own! Contact me if you would like to look around our allotments with a view to renting one.
The Trust also supports people in the village who are struggling to make ends meet when too many bills come in at once.
Our Mini Top Up Box is still on our driveway which contains all kinds of things for people to take. People are very generous with donations both monetary and supplies. There are leaflets in there should anyone wish to take one with Trust contact details on.
The Falkenham Road Flood
Having had a lot of water on the road since 20th October I was surprised to see lights flashing outside our bedroom window at 11.00pm just before Christmas. No they were not neighbours’ Christmas lights but big orange ones on vehicles pumping water. One on Fakenham Rd and one on Meadowlands corner. In the morning all the water had gone. The recent rain caused another flood but it disappeared within a couple of days. Watch this space and if it floods please, drivers, do slow down, pedestrians are getting fed up with being splashed as they try to make their way through the flood.
Please contact me for any information.
Susan Harvey. May Cottage, 29,Falkenham Road. 01394 448780 07786392878