Overstrand Parish Council News
Overstrand Evening WI.
Leonie Barnett was our Speaker for our March meeting. Leonie gave a talk based on her life in Leicester as the only girl in a family of boys. As a female born in 1944, she was not expected to achieve much. In her own words, she endured “a pretty miserable childhood” often being left alone in the evening when her mother, evidently quite a character, visited the local pub. A clever girl, she left school at 14, to work full time in a hosiery factory – a mind numbing, soul-destroying job. She later did an OU course which opened the door to a more fulfilling life. She wrote a book titled (as was her talk) “I had it in me”, short passages from which were woven into her talk.
She spoke movingly about one of her brothers, Joe Orton, who became a famous playwright and a member of RADA. Tragically Leonie first learned of his death from a BBC News Bulletin.
Members were asked to bring items for a Bring and Buy stall and Cakes for a fund raising event at Northrepps Village Hall on April 22nd. This is one of a number of events to raise funds to re-roof Northrepps Church.
Arrangements are well underway for a coach trip to Sandringham House, gardens and museum in June, but before then, one April morning an `army` of WI folk will be doing a Beach Clean. Other members of the public are expected to join us.
REPORT OF THE AGM OF THE STRAND CLUB
As we looked back over the previous year we felt we deserved a gentle pat on the back. Our club has gone from strength to strength under Jackie’s expert chairmanship. Our committee makes a good team and the fun we have reflects in the atmosphere of the club.
We have had many entertaining afternoons including a musical quiz by Miriam and Tony and a very interesting talk by Eddie Anderson. The Marsham Belles delighted us at Christmas and joined us in enjoying the Christmas buffet.
Now we can look forward to the coming year with talks from Seal Watch in April, Ben’s Workforce (part of the Benjamin Foundation) in July and a representative from the Stalham Fire Museum in September.
After the business of the AGM was complete, Jackie taxed our brains with a visual quiz. She showed us a series of closeups of places in and around Overstrand. We recognised most of them after a lot of hmming and hahing! They were hard though and we felt we had more than earned our tea and biscuits afterwards.
Our meetings begin at 2 pm on the second Wednesday in every month except August. Please look out for our posters dotted around Overstrand and feel free to come along and try us out any time. We just charge visitors £2 at the door to cover refreshments and raffle tickets are available separately. For further information please contact Jackie, Chairman, on 720866, or Chris, Secretary, on 579433. We look forward to meeting you.