Overstrand Evening WI. There was a very good turnout for our October meeting at which Mr Trevor Eady gave an informative talk on a local attraction, The North Norfolk Railway. Recently retired from a job in aviation, he sought to be more “grounded”, and starting as a volunteer guard in 2006, he rose through the ranks to the position of General Manager. During his stewardship, more trains were timetabled and a variety of special events were instigated, such as a “Dad`s Army” Weekend, and big involvement with the very popular 1940`s Weekend introduced throughout the town of Sheringham. Throughout December, Santa specials are run, a Halloween special for the first time this year, Thomas the Tank Engine, another one for the children, and special rallies for the enthusiasts such as a Steam Rally and a rally for the diesel loco enthusiasts too. Attracting over 166 thousand visitors annually, the 55 dedicated staff and 380 volunteers keep the wheels turning. We heard about the vital engineering aspects and learned that Weybourne station is the only place on the line with 2 tracks, so careful timetabling is essential. The growing popularity of the North Norfolk Railway greatly benefits the town, so the locals tolerate occasional bouts of disruption when a “new” loco arrives.
Plans are well underway for this years Christmas Lunch being held at the Northrepps Cottage Country Hotel. Next month is the Annual Meeting where we treat ourselves to a light buffet. Members were pleased to hear of the success of our quiz team who shared 2nd place at the Brass Tray Quiz, this year hosted by Sheringham WI.
New faces are warmly welcomed to our meetings which are held on the third Wednesday of each month in the Parish Hall.