We as a club were delighted to present Jackie Hudson and David Witham with cheques for £250 each. The money was raised at a very successful coffee morning which we held in August. Jackie is the local Co-ordinator for Canine Concern and brought her two therapy dogs with her. They behaved impeccably throughout. David is the Chair of the Fundraising Committee for our new local surgery which is crying out for funds for equipment, the NHS only being able to fund the building. David and his team helped enormously both on the day of the coffee morning and with items to sell – notably homemade cakes.
We then welcomed Gordon Archer from the Stalham Fire Museum who talked most interestingly about his life and the life of the Firehouse. Built in 1833 at a cost of £42 it was only the 3rd in the country. It had a lockup next door where drunken parishioners were kept overnight to calm down and dry out! On its 150th anniversary in 1983 a special weekend was held on the school playing field in Stalham with a dozen or so fire appliances of all vintages, charting the history of fire fighting. With free entry and donations only a massive £9,000 was raised over two days. This ensured the continuation of the museum for many years to come. It sees on average 900 visitors each summer despite it is not being open every day. Gordon brought along two helmets; one an extremely heavy brass one from the 19th and early 20th century and a later slightly lighter one made of compressed cork which superseded it when electricity came into common usage.
Gordon himself had worked in different parts of the country as a fire fighter after his time in the Navy and then in the police force. His life has been devoted to helping those in trouble and we appreciated his gentle manner, full of humour despite some of the grim situations he had found himself in.
It was all absorbing and fascinating, added to by Gordon’s slides.
There will be a picnic in memory of Jane Cheek on 22nd September at Templewood. It will begin at 1 pm and will have music from Claire and Will Reynolds throughout the afternoon. A marquee and gazeboes will be provided in case of rain.
The Strand Club’s next meeting which is open to all will be February! This will be a talk by Clarissa Malpass from Co-op Estate Planning concerning inheritance tax, Lasting Powers of Attorney and other financial matters we should be aware of. The afternoon will begin at 2 pm in the Sports Pavilion at Overstrand. We charge just £2 for entrance and look forward to meeting potential new members. Phone me, Chris Wood, on 01263 579433 for further information.
From left to right are David Witham, Josie Dennis (Vice Chairman) and Jackie Hudson. It was lovely, thanks to the sub-committee’s hard work, to be able to present the cheques.
Gordon Archer, our speaker, is sitting in the background on the photo.