Overstrand Parish Council

Strand Club Report for July 2017


We welcomed 2 visitors to our meeting and hope they enjoyed their afternoon. A new member, Margaret Wilson, was also welcomed. We are delighted she has chosen to join us.

The Roman project at Woodgate Nursery near Aylsham was then discussed. Mr Peter Purdy, owner of the land, has been turning up Roman coins for years and a couple of years ago decided to create an official dig with the help of local archaeologists and the knowledge and approval of Norwich Castle Museum. During the week beginning 7th August the dig will be open to visitors and several of us have decided to go along and watch proceedings.

We then welcomed Linda Matthews of Age UK Norfolk. Her talk was fascinating. Apparently Age UK Norfolk began life in 1947 (and is therefore 70 this year) as the Norfolk Older People’s Welfare Association specifically to help and support those bereaved and in difficulties after the end of the war. It later became Age Concern and later still Age UK. They can offer a great deal of help and advice from trained volunteers, including applying for benefits and form-filling (though not necessarily difficult, official forms need to be completed in exactly the right way and Age UK can do this). They can help us deal with pushy salespeople and provide both occasional day care and respite care in one of their two local places. They can offer lists of local clubs to combat loneliness and trusted tradespeople to help around the home. Their policy is to listen to what is required and then provide it. We found it all very informative and helpful. Linda was inundated with questions afterwards and after our usual tea and biscuits we left with our heads buzzing with useful facts and possibilities for assistance either now or later in life.

There will be no meeting in August and the next one therefore will be our September handicrafts session which will begin at 2 pm as usual. The October meeting will be a cream tea (cost £3) and a musical quiz presented by Tony and Miriam.

If you would like to join us to see what you think of us, you will be most welcome. We charge just £2 at the door for visitors which covers tea and biscuits. Raffle prizes are available separately throughout the afternoon. For more information please phone Chairman Jackie on 720866 or Secretary Chris on 579433.