INFORMAL DENTISTS: When we moved to Worcestershire it was necessary to find a new dentist. Management and I joined a practice in nearby Halesowen on the basis that the practice is opposite the house of our son, Grant , whose wife, Juliann, used to go to school with the dentist’s wife. Thus, we entered the world of Indian dentistry. The practice is one of the Bhandal group of dental practices and all are open to new NHS patients. Between the practices, they cover all the aspects of dentistry with different specialists in different practices. We signed up with the dentist, known to all as “PJ”. We saw him a couple of times before he moved on to open his own independent practice. His care was friendly and impeccable but I never did discover his name! We met his replacement last week. He is a really friendly chap called Arsalas; I did not dare to ask what his nickname was! He was thorough and open and suggested that Management needed to see a specialist dentist. We should telephone a number and ask to see “Dips”. When I asked if he would be writing a referral letter, he sort of laughed and said that this was not necessary and Dips would sort it out. His secretary gave us the telephone number of Dips; it turned out to be another Bhandal practice and the specialist is called Hardeep Bratch, known to all as “Dips”. We made the appointment and rocked up to the practice which is in Rowley Regis (sounds posh, but is not) and, on the way from the car park to the practice, I clocked “Wendy’s Salt and Pepper Pots” cafe, about which, more later. Google ‘Wendy Rowley Regis’
We were made most welcome by “Hi, I’m Hardeep” and a very successful consultation ensued. He turned out to have trained with Arsalas and to be one of his best friends. And, no, he would not tell me Arsalas’s nickname. In the old days, we entered the dentist’s, said “Hello” and the next opportunity to speak was to say “Goodbye”. It is refreshing to meet dentists who discuss matters, show us the Xrays and involve us in the formulation of a treatment plan.
We left the dentist and went straight to Wendy’s. It is a small restaurant built into an old brick industrial building (lots of those around here) run by Wendy and her two daughters. The first thing you see is the home-made dessert display which I remember vividly – Apple crumble, Bread and butter pudding, Coconut and jam sponge, Jam roly poly, Chocolate and pear sponge bake, all with custard or ice cream. Well and truly hooked, we decided to eat lunch. Well, it was 11.30am. I had a massive steak and kidney pudding and Head office had a fish pie, both so filling that we had no room for pudding.We shall go back next week and work backwards, starting with dessert. We have booked for a Christmas dinner on December 2nd, leaving plenty of time for another before Christmas. Retirement is not at all bad.
We have spent time visiting local hospitals and treatment facilities and I am pleased to say that the waiting times have been minimal and the results have been good. We were sitting in the Ophthalmology waiting area in Kidderminster when I spotted the following notice:
Siting for too long without moving can lead to damage to the pressure points on your skin (eg your bottom, heels and elbows). IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU RELIEVE PRESSURE AT LEAST 2 HOURLY (eg. Standing up, repositioning in the chair, lean forward for a while) IF YOU WISH TO DO THIS BUT REQUIRE HELP WITH YOUR MOBILITY, PLEASE GET THE ATTENTION OF THE NURSING STAFF WHO WILL BE ABLE TO ASSIST YOU.
My mind wandered. How many people have to wait so long to see the ophthalmologist that they need to change position every 2 hours? Jokes about Blondes, Essex girls and the Irish are not allowed so here are some about men. They should only alienate about 50% of the population.
A police patrol car was hidden over a bridge and round a bend in the road. The policeman’s radar gun trapped a lady, travelling 5mph above the speed limit. Smirking, he started to write out the ticket and asked her what she did for a living. “Oh, I’m a rectum stretcher” she replied. He pushed her for details and was told that she worked in a rectal clinic and would insert two fingers into the rectum, gradually increasing the number of fingers until she could get both hand and her arms into the rectum. Then, she would stretch the opening until it was 6ft wide. The policeman was rather coarse and, visibly pale, he asked “What do you do with a 6ft a*s*h*l*? “Oh” she replied, you give him a radar gun and hide him around a bend over a bridge”
A man’s wife was sitting looking in the mirror when her husband asked what she would like for her birthday. “I ‘d like to be 8 again”. He took her to the zoo, lunch at McDonalds, and, later on, he gave her a party with a cake with candles, balloons, jelly and blancmange and invited some of her friends. In the evening he asked her how she had enjoyed being 8 again. “I meant size 8, you idiot” she replied.
A husband came down to breakfast, bare chested and covered in oil. “You say I never glisten” he said. “I said – You never listen – you idiot”
Deannie joins me in wishing you all a very happy Christmas and a healthy New Year Ian Nisbet

Ron’s Rambles

Ron’s Rambles

Christmas is for kids?
It is difficult for me to know or understand what Christmas is like for children these days. Many, no doubt, are receiving presents I could only have dreamed about when I was a child. Remotely controlled cars and aeroplanes, drones even, computer games like films that you can actually participate in, little pocket phones with which you can talk or communicate with friends at any time and do many other things besides. All quite miraculous and some of it is even beyond the dreams and imagination of a child in the 1930s.
Nevertheless, Christmas was a magical time for me. Normally my father worked long hours and was absent from home most of the time, so simply having all the family together on Christmas day was a little bit special. It was the culmination of weeks of preparation by my mother, Christmas puddings had been made, we children all had a stir, similarly the mince for mince pies was prepared and the Christmas cake had been cooked and decorated, we believed there were sixpences in the pudding mix and we wondered if we would be one of the lucky ones on Christmas day, (Lookng back I marvel at what my mother was able to achieve in our small flat with no running water or drain).
The living room had been decorated with paper chains that we made using strips of coloured paper stuck together with a paste made from flour and water, the chains focussing on a paper bell purchased from Woolworths that unfolded in a magical way to form the brightly coloured bell. There was a tree, a very small tree by today’s standards, decorated with home-made trinkets, no lights, they were for rich people. So the excitement was building.
On Christmas Eve the mince pies were cooked, the trifle made and the Turkey had to be bought. Buying the turkey could mean going to Brixton market well into the evening, prices tended to fall as the day progressed. The market was an exciting place, the town had been decorated with coloured Christmas lights adding to the magical neon signs that were appearing on a few shops in the high road, the place was full of people doing their shopping, because, in the absence of refrigerators, nearly all shopping for fresh foods was left to Christmas Eve. The costermongers were shouting themselves hoarse, calling out their low prices, the stalls were lit with oil lamps, some with the much brighter Tilly paraffin lamps, a man with a coke stove was selling hot chestnuts and a barrel organ was adding to the general hub-bub. I just loved being amongst all these people, the noise, the air of excitement, the lights, the mist (or smoke) around the lights, it was a once a year marvellous occasion for me.
On Christmas morning there was a very light ordinary breakfast. The living room was looking tidy and nice, much of the Christmas food was displayed on the ‘sideboard’, especially the cake and the trifle, with other titbits on show like chocolates and a selection of nuts (with instruction to us of ‘don’t touch’) they were for later in the day or tomorrow. There was an open fire, always a really good roaring fire on Christmas day.
The time for giving out presents seemed to vary from year to year, sometimes it was in the morning once the turkey had gone into the oven, on other occasions, I remember, we had to wait until after dinner and that was not popular. We had bought small presents for our parents, but with little or no money they were presents bought from Woolworths for pennies, but it pleased us to give them. The big event, of course, was receiving our presents, the parcels had been in the corner for several days and we had tried to guess the contents, at that time we were not usually invited to say what we would like, largely, I expect, because of the limited funds. Presents from aunts were almost always disappointing; socks, woollen gloves (that we would rarely wear, you can’t make snowballs with woollen gloves), a home-knitted pullover. They probably pleased our mother but they were boring for us. When it came to toys a Dinky Toy car was always a sure winner with me, something my mother never fully understood, one year my grandparents bought me a Meccano set, that was really great, although, as with all those type of construction sets, when you saw what could be made with larger sets there was some sense of frustration with the limits imposed by your small set. Another year, I remember, they bought a Bayko building set, that was something I really did like, with Bakelite white and red bricks, green windows, roofs and doors, it was possible to build extremely good attractive model houses. Once again, however, there were limits imposed on your imagination by the lower priced sets. I thought it was one of the best presents ever. My sister had girlie presents which she was always happy with, there was no worries about gender separation in those days, my younger brother was only five in 1939, I can’t really remember what he had.
Then came the dinner, the best dinner of the year, it was amazing how much we kids could consume. Christmas pudding always came with custard, one had to be careful not to swallow a sixpence, then, perhaps, a portion of trifle!
In the afternoon we would join our grandparents and great uncle and aunt, there would be stories, and some old songs, some light sandwiches later with a slice of Christmas cake, mince pies. There would be some drink, port and lemonade for us and the women, some beer or whisky or maybe brandy, nobody got anywhere near drunk, great uncle Fred probably was a little more jolly than usual. Boxing day was almost equally enjoyable, our new toys to play with, mother free of the stress of the big dinner with just cold meat and bubble-and-squeak to eat.
Seated around the blazing fire with the subdued light from the fire and gas mantle lamps — later there were low power electric bulbs – we would make toast from the fire with the aid of long toasting forks.
Christmas was a comfortable cosy happy experience for us where we all felt loved and safe.

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Wrettone PC Minutes August 19

27th AUGUST 2019
Present: Cllr David Llewellyn – Chairman,
Cllr Mick Peake, Cllr Mandy Peake, Cllr Martyn Cann, Cllr Ian Mack, Cllr Peter Garnett .
Also present: Borough Councillor Colin Sampson
Public Participation
No members of the public present
1. No Apologies for Absence received
2. No declarations of Interest made
3. Approval of Minutes:
The minutes of the meeting held on 02.07.19 were confirmed as a true record following
correction to the road name in item 5.2.
4. Update on matters arising from previous meetings:
• A former parish councillor has agreed to keep an eye on the play area. The reported
situation with pigeon droppings on the play equipment is being monitored and,
although there appears to be less contamination than previously, a volunteer who
offered to help solve the problem will be approached.
• Highways have been contacted regarding the possibility of reducing the 40mph
speed limit along Low Road to 30mph now there are additional dwellings along the
road. However it has been stated that any speed limit reduction along Low Road
would not be supported at this time as the road and environment does not meet the
criteria laid down in the Norfolk County Council speed management strategy and the
accident history is very good.
• Signs for the defibrillator have been purchased and will now be erected in the phone
• The batteries for the SAM vehicle sign do not appear to remain charged for as long
as would be expected. This could be dependant on the amount of times the sign is
triggered to flash its warning speed. The Council will consider purchase of
replacement batteries should it be deemed necessary.
5. Reports
5.1 Chairman’s Report
• The Parish Council website has been migrated across to a word press site which will
be easier to administer. The old website has been replicated with information
updated. The site should be seen as a community asset and other organisations,
such as the Church, could be offered a sub-page on the new site. Ian Mack will
share this offer with the PCC. Councillors were asked to pass any suggested changes
or additions to the website to the Chairman. News of the defibrillator and the “pond”
will be shared on the website and in time additional useful links and council policies
and procedures will be made available.
5.2 Clerk’s Report
Correspondence received and passed to Councillors:
• Norfolk ALC Bulletins
• Schedule of works received from grounds maintenance contractors. Grass should
have been cut on 19.08.19 and cuts due on 02.09.19, 30.09.19, with the final cut for this
year scheduled for 14.10.10. Footpaths should now have been cut by contractors on two
occasions as per the contract.
• BCKLWN – Planning Update Session
• NCC preferred option route for Norwich western Link – e-mail dated 17.07.19
• BCKLWN Updates of 25.07.19, 31.07.19, 08.08.19, 15.08.19, 23.08.19
• CAN Newsletter August and Funding News 15.08.19
• Cromer Lane nameplate sign has been reported as missing. BCKLWN to replace.
• Farming and the Highway 08.08.19
• Roadside tree inspection 15.08.19
Highways has stated that the reported missing road sign along Low Road was a 40mph
repeater sign. This is to be replaced with a longer pole.
It has been reported that a gravestone in the Churchyard has been damaged. The grounds
maintenance contractors have been approached to ask if they were aware of this but have
no information.
Areas in the Churchyard are not being maintained and the contractor will be asked about
this and concerns about over spraying along the play area fencing will also be passed to
the contractor.
Highway Engineer Andy Wallace has replied to the request as to how the local members
fund can be spent saying that the fund is for small highways projects or repairs and if the
PC has any thoughts for projects, he will be able to say if they would fit the criteria. A
suggestion was made that work could be undertaken to alleviate flooding issues at the
entrance to Lime House Drove.
5.3 Risk Assessment Update
Noted that the annual play equipment inspection will be due in November. Council agreed
that the same company should be used as in 2018.
6. Accounts were presented and accepted for payment.
Cheques approved for payment
Clerk’s salary £118.44
K & M Lighting Services x2 (streetlight maintenance) £38.64
Website hosting £55.00
CGM grass cutting £234.00
BCKLWN election costs £50.51
Norfolk ALC subs £121.36
Website design £125.00
Signs for defibrillator £96.00
Noted that election costs may need consideration in future budgeting and that the cost of
the new website is not part of the 2019/20 budget figures as funds remain from the
transparency grant received.
Finance – @ 31st July 2019:
Community Account £6544.49
Business Premium Account £3462.47
7. Weight restrictions
Sat Nav is sending HGVs down roads unsuitable for such large vehicles. Weight restriction
signage is felt to be misleading and it would be helpful is signs could have “except for
access” added as heavy vehicles are avoiding roads with restrictions but are then trying to
negotiate smaller and less suitable roads as an alternative route. Low Road, which has a
weight restriction, would be a better route for vehicles to take to reach current new
developments in the village rather than lorries traversing Chequers Lane, Cromer Road or
Wretton Row as they are inclined to do.
It was suggested developers should be approached to request that their suppliers are made
aware of unsuitable roads and that pressure should be put on planners for access plans to
be included in planning applications.
8. Play area lease of land
The Parish Council minutes of 14.05.03 state that the lease with the Dioceses for the play
area land will run for 25 years. However until a copy of the lease is seen the expiry date is
uncertain. It was suggested that the PCC should be approached to request a copy of the
9. Project Updates
9.1 Phone box defibrillator
Signs for the defibrillator will be erected in the phone box and information about the
project will be put into the public domain.
The defibrillator is fully registered with the ambulance service and awareness of the
location and instruction as to how the defibrillator can be used will be published. It will be
stressed however that if in doubt 999 should be dialled first. David Llewellyn and Ian Mack
will liaise to raise awareness and a leaflet drop will be undertaken to promote the
9.2 “Pond” area
Concern was raised that soil has been deposited in the “pond” and that the area has
become an eyesore. The agreed preferred option to infill the depression is proving to be
too costly to achieve but the Chairman will make further enquiries with British Sugar to see
if they can assist at all with a community project.
Mick Peake will investigate whether the Drainage Board trim the area as it needs to be
managed and this matter will remain an agenda item for the next Parish Council meeting as
a plan is needed on the way forward so the area can be improved.
10. Planning Applications:
10.1 Double storey rear extension forming open plan living accommodation and bedrooms
above at Pangle Cottage, Church Road Wretton Norfolk PE33 9QR 19/01361/F
No objections raised
Application received after the agenda was published: 19/01456/F construction of
agricultural storage shed at land rear of former Clover Social Club, Low Road, Wretton
Planners will be asked why planning permission is needed for this agricultural building.
Other Reports – for information only:
• Streetlight out at bottom of Fen Road.
• It was requested that a price be obtained from the grounds maintenance contractor
to add the cost of cutting the grass at All Saints corner and triangle to the cutting
• Anti-social behaviour which has been taking place by the river will be reported to the
• Concern was raised that a mobile home has appeared in the driveway of the Old
Gate House.
Chairman’s Signature……………………………………… Date……………


Minutes of the meeting held on Nov 6th
Mrs Armsby welcomed 14 members & one visitor, Mrs Elaine Ford.
APOLOGIES were received from Sheila Smith & Audrey Hudson.
The minutes of the last meeting were read & signed.
A birthday card was given to Joy Beckett. There will be two needed for Dec.
Mrs Armsby said that because of time shortages, she & Hazel Hearne had visited Baytree, & decided to book the meal there for 1pm on Dec 4th. Two courses will cost £19.99, & three will be £24.99. A list of options will be passed round during refreshments, for members to make their choices, & Mrs Elsey will be happy to take payment tonight if possible.
Jan rotas were decided to save doing business at the restaurant
TEAS Jean Carter & Yvonne self. DOOR Wendy Quadling & Joy Beckett.
Members were reminded to bring a wrapped parcel for the raffle, & everyone can buy one ticket for 50p. There being no other business, the AGM followed.
TREASURER’S REPORT. Mrs Elsey had circulated copies of the annual accounts, & pointed out that once again we had made a loss. Members agreed that subs should rise from £15 to £20 per year, but teas & raffle tickets remain the same.
SECRETARY’S REPORT. Mrs Lankfer said that in 2019 there were 17 members, with an average monthly attendance of 14. During the year, there had been a varied selection of speakers, 2 demonstrations, & 1 quiz. We also supported 2 charities with donations. The events committee had arranged 2 suppers & a mystery tour. Once again, a successful year, & we remain a small but happy band under the firm leadership of Doris Armsby.
Mrs Armsby then thanked all the officers for their support during the year, & on behalf of the members Gillian Smith thanked Doris for all her hard work for the ladies group.
Chairman. Mrs Armsby agreed to stand again, & was unanimously elected.
The remaining officers were persuaded to carry on in their posts, with Wendy Quadling joining them as assistant secretary.
The programme for 2020 was discussed. Mrs Cooper had already arranged 3 speakers, & with suggestions from a few other members, the year was quickly filled. Mrs Cooper asked that as soon as the remaining bookings are confirmed, would members let her know, so that her husband, who had kindly agreed to print the programme again, will be able to have it ready for the Jan meeting.
The raffle was won by Valerie Kirchen & Jenny Elsey.
The meeting ended at 9pm.
Claire Lankfer (secretary)