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  • 1,500 Norfolk art prize winner announced: 2013 Holt Festival Art ... Entries were received from all over the country for the 2013 Holt Festival Art Prize and the winner is from Norwich! At a ceremony just before the festival opened, renowned Norfolk based pop artist Colin Self awarded former Norwich University of the Arts student Emily Cole the prize and its attendant cheque for 1,500. Her acrylic and oil on paper painting Drifter, is based on a photograph taken during a walk from Manningtree Train Station to Flatford Mill, through Constable Country.

    Emily said she was absolutely thrilled to win. I only entered at the very last minute she said a friend had mentioned the prize to me but it went clear out of my mind until she reminded me a few hours before the closing deadline. I think I probably got it in with a few minutes to spare!

    Holt Festival Fine Art curator, James Glennie of Art & Antiques Appraisals Ltd said I am so happy for Emily and very pleased that the judges chose her work as the winner. She is a relatively new artist who is already being noticed and I hope that her deserved win will help her find wider attention. She is definitely an artist to watch out for in the future .

    The 2013 Holt Art Prize was judged by Internationally renowned pop artist Colin Self, Amanda Geitner, Chief Curator at The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art and independent curator, writer and collector Ian Collins. In addition to the cash prize the winning entry will also be exhibited at the prestigious Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in the autumn. Emily Cole was born in Suffolk but moved to Norwich when she was 4 years old, attending school in the city before studying at Cambridge University.

    She later enrolled on a BA Fine Art Painting degree at Norwich University of the Arts (NUA), winning the Vernon Crowther Painting Prize for her degree show and completed an MA in Fine Art in 2003. She went on to lecture at NUA and has exhibited internationally including shows in Brussels, Luxembourg and Tokyo. Living and working in Norwich her painting has been praised by novelist Raffaella Barker, writer Iain Sinclair and critic Martin Herbert.

    The winning entry is being exhibited along with all shortlisted entries from 20-27 July at the Nicholson Gallery, Cairns Centre, Gresham s School, Holt, NR25 6EA.

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  • 103-year-old woman banned from churchPlease enable Javascript to watch this video ELBERTON, Ga. -- The one thing Genora Hamm Biggs says she knows is true is her love for the Lord. At 103 years old, she reads her Bible daily, but lately she says she's had to do some extra praying. "I was shocked," Hamm Biggs said. She received a certified letter in the mail from church members. "And it was not a good feeling," she said.

    The letter states: "Dear Mrs. Genora Hamm Biggs, This letter is to inform you that according to the by-laws of the Union Grove Baptist Church, and by vote of the active members, any membership or associations that you have had with this church are now officially revoked. Therefore, you cannot attend Union Grove Baptist Church for any reason whatsoever.

    You are not to come to the property of the Union Grove Baptist Church located at 680 Pulliam Street, Elberton, Georgia 30635. Sincerely The members and officers of the Union Grove Baptist Church." "The letter said we're not to come back, but we went back - police were there," Hamm Biggs said. She says Union Grove Baptist Church in Elberton is the only church she's ever known.

    She became a member 92 years ago. "He told police he wanted to put us out, but the police told him 'you can't do that,'" she said. She says Union Grove Baptist Church's pastor, Rev. Tim Mattox wants her banned because she spoke out and told him about things she didn't like. "He's a holy, sanctified minister - we are Baptist and he has divided the church," Hamm Biggs said.

    She said he's not following the covenant of the Baptist Church and is trying to change the denomination to a Holiness Church. "I haven't seen anything like this before," she said as she shook her head. And there are former members who support her. "It's not right," Ezell Land said. He used to be a deacon at the church and said the Hamm Biggs' family founded the church. "They brought it here on a mule and a wagon from the country when I was a little boy," Land said.

    He grew up in the church too and was a member for 56 years before he left. "Every time I would get up, the pastor would get up and make remarks when I sang and stuff. So, I just got my hat and I left," he said. And although Hamm Biggs still has her name etched on the side of the church, she says it's the emotional scars that hurt the most. "I wanna get my church straight like it has been," she said.

    Elberton police officers call the church fall-out a civil matter and haven't made any arrest.

    FOX Carolina 1 tried to contact Mattox, as well as other members whose names appear on the letter, but couldn't get in touch with them.

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  • 2 Sisters to close roast chicken plant Staff were told about the closure yesterday (14 October), following the company s proposed closure in August. Around 345 staff could lose their jobs, MeatInfo.co.uk was told. However, a further 150 agency staff will also feel the pinch of the news.

    A 2 Sisters Food Group spokesman told MeatInfo.co.uk that it was an ageing site and a loss-making one. We have also found it difficult to get adequate power to the site. We are unable to get mains gas to the site, which would be essential if we were to make the site viable, he added.

    Places for around 200 staff have been found in other parts of the business, the spokesman added, while a company statement said: It is with regret that 2 Sisters Food Group today formally announces its intention to cease production and therefore close its roasted poultry production site at Haughley Park, Suffolk. Since informing our employees of this proposal in August, we have continually met with colleagues to try and find other solutions and alternatives to closure. However, after taking this time to hear and explore all viewpoints and ideas with employees and union representatives, the inescapable truth is that the site is unsustainable and unviable environmentally, economically and commercially.

    2 Sisters said it would support staff during the difficult and uncertain time to help as much as it can. However, the site will cease production and close on Friday, 15 November. Meanwhile, it added that the company s commitment was firmly with operations in East Anglia, where tens of millions of pounds have been invested in the region since 2005.

    Our sites at Eye, Flixton, Witham, Basildon and Thetford provide livelihoods for more than 2,500 people and their families. Usdaw full-time area organiser Adam Skwierawski said the news was devastating and added: "My prime focus is to secure redeployment opportunities for as many of our members as possible into suitable, alternative roles within the 2 Sisters Food Group. So far we have found approximately 200 vacancies at other sites, which Haughly Park workers can apply for, including 158 at Thetford, around 60 at Witham and more at Eye.

    I am having on-going discussions with the company, to find further opportunities for members losing their jobs because of the closure.

  • 2013 Farmers Weekly Young Farmer finalists revealed Hard work, simple solutions and precision application make this year s three innovative Young Farmer of the Year finalists seem like they ve been in the industry for years. Will Frazer reports Rupert Major Castle Hayes Farm, Tutbury, Staffs Rupert Major has brought a level of management and leadership to a family dairy business, unprecedented for someone so young. Determined to be able to competitively produce milk and make good profits at world prices he has developed a military-style farming operation.

    In 2005 Rupert returned home from New Zealand to start the process of taking over the family business. His enthusiasm and meticulous approach to managing the farm s succession means he has now taken over nearly all aspects of farm management. The business witnessed wholesale changes under this new leadership.

    The arable side was closed down, 164ha of arable land sown out in long-term grass leys and large amounts of machinery sold off. Ninety 3ha paddocks were fenced and tracks, feeders and water troughs were installed across the farm. Thus he started the process of growing the herd of 200 dairy cows to the 500-strong herd it is today.

    These were bold decisions to be taken so early in his farming career but they were all based on Rupert s analysis of the numbers, which showed that dairy farming would make five or six times the profit of the arable enterprise. He is yet to be proved wrong. The cows are Jersey cross Friesians and while small and low- yielding, they are easy calving and can efficiently convert grass to milk.

    The average 500kg cow produces 400kg of milk solids, which makes these animals effective money-making machines. FARM FACTS 283ha of tenanted pasture with four full-time employees Milking herd of 500 Jersey cross Friesians, with 175 heifers, 180 calves and 14 bulls 280 sows, 1,700 finished pigs, 1,400 weaners, plus 120 ewes and 50 Simmental suckler cows Average yield of 5,000 litres a cow a year off 500kg of concentrate. Has increased Comparable Farm Profit from 8p/litre to 12p/litre in four years Rupert benchmarks his business with the local discussion group The Turf Accountants using comparable farm profit.

    The focus is on growing output of milk solids a hectare, rather than the more conventional output a cow. This is achieved through rearing more cows, increasing the quality of milk constituents, stock sales and of course a stringent management regime. The result has been an increased profit of 327/ha and milk volume sold up from 1.46m litres to 2.32m litres over the course of five years.

    Rearing heifers as efficiently as possible is what fuels the farm s propensity for growth, and the focus is on a herd that reproduces as efficiently as possible. "We have very little reproductive intervention as we don t want to breed from cows that aren t naturally fertile," he says. A 60% conception rate at first service demonstrates these cows are well trained in all the essential aspects of life. "These are low-maintenance 4x4 machines, not Formula One racing cars," he says. Youngstock rearing is one of Rupert s main strengths, with an active weighing, sorting and regrading process ensuring smaller animals get the attention required to keep them up to speed with the rest of the herd.

    Optimising a calf s ability at an early age to be a very efficient converter of feed to liveweight gain is vital for Rupert and he aims to get 1.4kg of liveweight gain a day. Calves are reared outdoors so that they learn to graze from day one, which ensures they are eager for grass when they enter the milking herd. But it s not only the cows that need to be top graziers the farm staff do, too. "Grassland management is the most important thing we do and I ensure we and the cows both have excellent grazing habits," he says.

    A plate meter is used to build a grass wedge online but that is just the start. Written notes are recorded everyday, with Rupert drilling himself and the herdsmen on being able to forecast future grass growth based on previous experiences. Behind the levels of management Rupert has instilled lies a very successful team of staff who benefit from the work-life balance Rupert has introduced. "This isn t a treadmill dairy farm, we have real focus at different times of the year, giving the flexibility to pursue other interests outside of farming," he says.

    And it s not just the team on the farm he has influenced. Every year he hosts a group of final-year agriculture students from Newcastle University and regularly takes on placements from local agricultural colleges. Having overseen wholesale changes on the farm and a rapid growth of the herd and the business, Rupert s focus for the immediate future is on consolidation and technical improvement to increase the value of the business. "The next three years will see no farm change, just farming free from distraction," he says.

    Jonathan Skinner Rokeles Hall, Watton, Thetford, Norfolk Jonathan Skinner is a grafter. When he greets us he s already been up since 2am delivering a batch of turkeys and quickly explains the need to start early to reduce stress on the birds in the summer heat. At 24 years of age, it s instantly clear this is a young man who is incredibly intimate with his business.

    Jonathan started farming six years ago when he went into partnership with his mother to start a small mixed arable, poultry and sheep farm. Having lost the family farm when his grandfather passed away at an early age, Jonathan seized the opportunity to purchase 121ha, which came on the market just before he was about to start studying agriculture at university. "We were so lucky to get on the land ladder at that time before land prices really escalated. It would have been completely prohibitive," he says.

    At university he had his work cut out running the farm and weekends weren t spent in university bars but sat on the combine or plotting new ventures and expansion of the business. In six years Jonathan has doubled the size of the home farm and increased the amount of land farmed by 500%. He s now farming 435ha on three different sites alongside a large contract rearing poultry enterprise.

    Seven miles down the road two ex-Bernard Matthews poultry sheds form the basis of his poultry business. He is one of Gressingham Foods largest contract poultry rearers, offering "bed and breakfast" to bronze and white turkeys and white pekin duck. The bronze turkeys are his "cream crop" and are produced to Freedom Food standards, with birds spending at least half their time outdoors.

    It s an "all-in" system, taking 35,000 birds into three sheds and removing them in batches over the course of two to three weeks. They are marketed to Tesco, Sainsbury s and Waitrose for the Christmas market. FARM FACTS One full-time staff member, three part-time and one student 435ha of combinable crops, sugar beet and vining peas Large "bed and breakfast" contract poultry-rearing enterprise with Gressingham Food At the heart of the business lies 435ha of light arable land on which Jonathan grows eight different crops.

    Sugar beet (81ha), wheat (71ha), barley (45ha) and oats (17ha) have all been part of the farm s rotation for many years. But Jonathan was determined the land could be doing better and diversified his crop base further. Oilseed rape (87ha), triticale (17ha), vining peas (28ha) and rye (18ha) on contract with Ryvita were all added to the rotation. "It s all swings and roundabouts but I really believe that growing a broad spectrum of crops reduces our risks," he says.

    In the past year he has more than doubled the gross margin of his crops by getting on top of disease control, the additional sale of straw and a better marketing strategy. With the extra crops and more land, Jonathan s machinery store is in large part to thank for such a rapid expansion of the business. He started out with a 12m sprayer and three-furrow plough before building up to the busy machinery workshop he has today.

    The machinery is supported by a growing contract farming business, which again is all managed by him. Aware of the limits of his light land, he ensures all the poultry muck is put back on the land and has even started trading resources with other farmers, recently exchanging straw for pig muck with a farmer in another part of the country. In his short tenure there has been a marked increase in biodiversity on the farm, with some arable land reverted to wild meadow.

    Ponds, beetle banks and skylark plots are dotted around the farm and have had a visible affect. For Jonathan, relationships with the local community are just as important as his relationship with the land. While he likes to do much of the work himself, he takes on part-time labour from around the local area in order to support jobs in the community.

    Grass margins of up to 12m around the perimeter of the farm are there to encourage walkers and riders from the area to make use of the countryside. And it s not just the public who come; he has hosted more than 40 visits to the farm from DEFRA, vets and other industry experts. Looking to the future, at the forefront of his mind is transitioning the B&B poultry enterprise into a "day-old-to-dead" facility, to pursue his ambition to make turkey more than a seasonal fixture on the British menu.

    Richard Tucker Ditchetts Farm, Tiverton, Devon If farming were as simple as Richard Tucker makes it look with his 200-dairy-cow enterprise, then people would be knocking down the door to get a foothold on the farming ladder. Energy, ambition and new ideas are the characteristics that the farming industry enjoys from young farmers, and Richard has demonstrated them all with remarkable simplicity and control."I have the underlying belief that farming should be kept as simple as possible, with fewer decisions to make and therefore fewer things to get wrong," he says. A year s placement during college in a fresh produce business taught him the value of a vertically integrated business and since returning home he s been applying this business model to milk production."My philosophy is to convert grass to milk," he says.

    And contrary to the majority of the UK dairy industry, he s not interested in high yields; all Richard wants is the highest margin a litre. Since joining the business in 2008, his focus has been on intensifying the farming system, reducing calving spread and growing more grass a hectare. His breeding of Jersey cross Friesians has paved the way for growing the milking herd from 140 to more than 200 cows in the past few years.

    FARM FACTS 151ha of tenanted pasture Spring block-calving milking herd of 200 Jersey cross Friesians with 140 followers Milk yield of 4,500 litres a cow a year off less than 500kg of concentrate and has grown Comparable Farm Profit from 3.54p/litre in 2010 to 9.39p/litre in 2012 With a target weight of 500kg a cow, he s a firm believer that bigger isn t always better. For Richard, cows in calf are the bricks and mortar of the business and a conception rate of 65% to first service shows his cows are in sublime condition. The farm produces an average yield of 4,500 litres a cow a year, with 4,100 litres coming from forage off his own farm.

    And that brings us to his next passion grass.Walking around the farm it s easy to see that Richard is as fond of his grass leys as he is of his cows. Pointing out the different varieties he s got at the moment on a preferential trial (which means the winner is whichever the cows eat the most of), he s able to identify the number of days growth and how long before the paddock sees its next rotation.In 2012, the cows were consuming an average 12.2t of DM of grass a hectare, compared with 11t back in 2011 and compared with the national average of 10.3t. Spending time and money looking after his soils to ensure the nutrient base is able to support grass growth is one of Richard s primary concerns.Seed-beds are aerated with a slitter to help improve the soil structure and the ryegrass pastures are rotated with fodder beet which the cows are outwintered on.

    Fertiliser is applied variably across the farm according to nutrient balance using a new precision spreader. All the paddocks are plate metered producing a grass wedge, which drives his feed budgeting for the year and allows him to keep purchase of concentrate feed to a minimum. The cows mob graze across the milking platform in 12-hour rotational slots with an average 30-day rotation between paddocks.While Richard s focused approach to keeping things simple and controlling costs is what defines his own business, his appetite for collaboration in the wider industry reveals a different side.

    His parents were founder members of the "Grass Masters" discussion group, which he attends once a month and benchmarks the performance of his business Supporting the next generation of farmers takes a lot of his energy. A demonstration of where milk comes from at the school where his girlfriend teaches resulted in the school looking at making agriculture a permanent fixture on the syllabus. And it s this interest in future farmers that has ultimately driven his approach to the family farm in the past six years." My aim is to build a sustainably profitable business with a work-life balance that will inspire other people into agriculture," he says.Like lots of dairy farmers, he doesn t want to spend his whole life in the milking pit and he knows that s very achievable.

    He s already exceeding his planned business growth rate of 16% a year, putting him on track for his ambition of a 2m business by 2020."The development of a business that is highly profitable at a time when milk is undervalued and with a cost base that has minimal exposure to commodity markets is what I consider my biggest achievement," he says. "Demonstrating strong, forward-thinking technical and business leadership skills, Richard, Rupert and Jonathan are really grasping their opportunity and leading the way as the next generation of farmers"

  • 2015 Trick or Treat Times For Genesee County and Surrounding ... cchurch Parents and kids are rejoicing that Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, but that may mean that your area is having trick or treating a little earlier than normal. Since kids don t have school, some cities are moving the times up so they aren t walking through the streets for too long after the sun goes down. Now if we can just have the weather cooperate for once!

    Get the complete list of trick or treat times below. Argentine Township: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Atlas Township: 6 to 7:30 p.m.

    Burton: 5 to 8 p.m. Clayton Township: 6 to 8 p.m. Clio & Vienna Township: 5 to 8 p.m.

    Davison: 6 to 8 p.m. Fenton: 6 to 8 p.m. Flint & Flint Township: 5:30 to 8 p.m.

    Flushing & Flushing Township: 6 to 8 p.m. Forest Township: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Gaines: 6 to 8 p.m.

    Genesee Township: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Goodrich: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Grand Blanc & Township: 6 to 8 p.m.

    Linden: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Montrose & Township: 6 to 8 p.m. Mt.

    Morris: 6 to 8 p.m. Mt. Morris Township: 5 to 8 p.m.

    Otisville: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Richfield Township: 6 to 8 p.m. Swartz Creek: 6 to 8 p.m.

    Thetford Township: 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Here are some of the surrounding area trick or treat times. Midland: 6-8 p.m.

    Lapeer: 6-8 p.m. Saginaw & Township: 6-8 pm. Bay City: 5-8 p.m.

    Birch Run: 5-8 p.m.

    Frankenmuth: 6-7:30 p.m.

  • 21 Haunted Places Along Rochester's High Street Stewart 1 | On 13, Dec 2015 The Haunted Dentist The building which houses a dentist at 196 High Street is said to be haunted by the ghost of an old woman. Her ghostly apparition has been seen on the second floor and near the stairs within the building. She s often blamed for the phantom footsteps which are heard walking about the second floor and for moving objects around!

    The Ghosts of Crow Lane Where Crow Lane meets the High Street there s a building which is home to a body piercing studio. The building is said to be haunted by two ghosts A young child and a monk called Brother Peter. Legend says that Brother Peter was in a tunnel beneath a former building of the site which suddenly collapsed killing him!

    The Ghost at the Post Office and Chemist A few yards along the High Street from the body piercing studio is a building which is home to a chemist and a post office. Spooked members of the post office staff have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of an old lady wearing a crinoline dress. Paranormal Activity at the Greengrocers On the High Street opposite Rochester s Cathedral you ll find a weather boarded building which is home to a traditional greengrocers.

    Paranormal activity has been reported to take place within this building Foods items and jars have mysteriously come of their shelves and have ended up on the floor. The strange thing is that the glass jars have never been broken! Strange banging noises have also been reported coming from the shop s old cellar.

    And something unknown likes to move around boxes of produce. The Grey Lady Further along the High Street you ll find a traditional family-run hardware shop. The building is said to be haunted by a ghostly Grey Lady.

    Her ghostly apparition has been seen to walk through walls. And she s also been blamed for moving and hiding objects within the building. The Child Ghost A few shops down from the hardware store you ll find a building which houses a shop which sells local artwork.

    This building was once a cake shop which was said to have a resident child ghost called Thomas. Like the Grey Lady at the hardware shop Thomas was blamed for moving and hiding objects! The Haunted Charity Shop Next to Lloyds Bank you ll find a British Red Cross charity shop.

    The charity shop is said to be haunted Spooked members of staff have reported hearing phantom footsteps walking around the first floor of the building! The Little Boy Ghost Just opposite La Providence on the High Street you ll find a lovely little Caf and Deli. The building is said to be haunted by the ghost of a little boy who s often seen near the fireplace.

    On one occasion a photo was taken of an upstairs window which revealed the ghostly apparition of a little boy peering out! The Haunted Cellar at the Visitor Centre Rochester s Visitor Centre is said to be haunted by two ghosts. On one occasion the security guard was scared witless when he ventured into the centre s cellar.

    The lights switched themselves off and boxes of stationary mysteriously moved across the cellar floor on their own accord! The Ghosts at the Haunted Restaurant Opposite the Visitor Centre is a restaurant. The building is very old.

    It s believed to date back to the 1500s. The restaurant is said to be very haunted Spooked diners have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a twelve year old little girl in a colourful dress on the stairs by the entrance. Another ghost has been witnessed at the top of the stairs.

    She s described as being a former head waitress who likes to keep an eye on things. Witnesses have also reported seeing an apparition of a man by the restaurant s toilets! The Haunted Handbag Shop Next to the restaurant you ll find a small handbag shop.

    Although the owners have never seen a ghost in the shop they have found their stock strewn across the floor on many occasion when they ve opened up in the mornings. They don t know why their stock has ended up on the shop s floor but it could be caused by paranormal activity! The Ghostly Old Lady The restaurant next to Chertsey Gate is said to be haunted by the ghost of an old lady Spooked members of staff have reported seeing her ghostly figure in the kitchen and in the store room.

    Phantom footsteps have also been heard walking around the room above the dining area! The Old Corn Exchange Just down the High Street from Chertsey Gate you ll find the Old Corn Exchange. The building dates back to 1698 when it was the entrance to the butchers market.

    The fa ade which has a clock that dates from 1771 was a gift from Sir Cloudesly Shovell. Behind the frontage is the Prince s Hall which dates back to 1910. The Old Corn Exchange is rumoured to be haunted One lady reported hearing eerie chamber music coming from the old bell tower.

    And lights have been known to turn themselves on and off by their own accord. The ghost of a little girl is thought to be responsible for the lights switching themselves on and off! Cheldgate House A couple of doors down from the Old Corn Exchange you ll find a tall Georgian building called Cheldgate House.

    The building is said to be haunted by the ghost of a surly man from the 18th century. Terrified witnesses have described his ghostly apparition as being bald headed and wearing a long waxed oilskin riding coat! The Crooked Shop Opposite Cheldgate House is a building which the locals have nicknamed the Crooked Shop because it leans heavily to the right.

    The Crooked Shop is said to be haunted by the ghost of a little girl who s been seen at the upstairs windows pulling faces at shoppers walking by. The building is also said to be haunted by the ghost of a Victorian man who s been seen by terrified witnesses standing by the fireplace. The Haunted Hair Salon Next door to Cheldgate House is a hair salon.

    The building has a reputation of being haunted. It was once a book shop and during this time the owner reported that a woman dressed in 1950s clothing came into his shop on two occasions to browse through the books. The strange thing about this woman is that she never left the shop She just disappeared into thin air!

    The residents who lived above the book shop would often hear people talking in the empty bedroom at the rear of the building. One day, one of the residents heard the voices again coming from the back bedroom so decided to investigate the room As she opened the door she was shocked to see the ghostly apparitions of an old Victorian looking lady in bed with a younger woman next to the bed holding her hand! These phantom ladies are believed to be the spirits of an ailing elderly mother and her daughter who lived in the property in the 1840s.

    The Ghostly Centurion Opposite the George Vaults bar there was once another hairdressing salon. One morning when the manager of the salon was opening up she got the shock of her life You see, she witnessed the ghostly apparition of a Roman centurion walk through her salon and exit through the wall at the rear of the building. Apparently, he walked off in the direction of Rochester Castle!

    The New Age Ghosts There s a very old timber-framed building just opposite the Oxfam building which is home to a New Age business. This building is reputed to be haunted by a number of ghosts The apparition of a little boy has been seen by witnesses running through the shop. And the apparitions of a man and a woman have also been seen in the building!

    The Ghost at the Deli Next door to the New Age shop is a small delicatessen One day the owner of the deli got the shock of her life when she looked up from the counter to see a ghostly apparition of a man wearing a floppy hat and an oil-cloth coat. He stared at her for a little while before disappearing into thin air! Strange Events at the Pizza Restaurant When the pizza restaurant across from the deli was being refurbished spooked builders working there reported some strange events taking place within the building They reported that small pieces of debris would be thrown around the place but something unseen.

    Since the restaurant has opened the staff members have reported hearing things being moved about on their own accord down in the empty basement! The Haunted Flat Next door to the pizza restaurant is a book shop. The book shop isn t said to be haunted but the flat above is In the 1990s the tenants who lived in the flat moved out because they saw the ghostly apparition of an ugly old woman in rags sitting on a chair staring at them.

    A friend of the tenants performed an exorcism in the flat. And reported that she was an evil spirit from the 19th century who was once a prostitute! Recommended Reading Neil Arnold and Kevin Payne (2011) Haunted Rochester.

    The History Press Neil Arnold (2013) Haunted Maidstone. The History Press Neil Arnold (2013) Haunted Tunbridge Wells. The History Press Neil Arnold (2012) Haunted Chatham.

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  • 3 detained as Metro police investigate 6 violent crimes ... NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) Three people have been detained for questioning as Metro police investigate six violent crimes that occurred in Nashville over a two-hour time span early Friday morning. The crime spree, which is believed to have been committed by the same individuals, took place from about 2:45 a.m. to 4:45 a.m.

    in various locations throughout the city. In the first incident, three people were shot outside a north Nashville nightclub early Friday morning on Hampton Street. PHOTOS: Metro police investigate crime spree 1 The victims said they noticed a white Dodge sedan parked close to them as they left Jazzy s Sensations Nightclub just before 3 a.m.

    Photo: WKRN As the trio got into their vehicle, they reported they were approached by a masked gunman who was armed with two pistols. The gunman opened fire as they drove away, the victims reported. The injured adults drove themselves to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment and arrived around 3 a.m.

    Their injuries are said to be non-life threatening. The victims reportedly arrived at Vanderbilt in a vehicle with bullet holes on its side. Police believe the same gunman and at least one accomplice then traveled to a parking garage at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where a 31-year-old man was carjacked around 4 a.m.

    The victim stated the gunman ordered him to the ground and demanded his wallet and keys. The gunman then fled the scene in the man s white GMC pickup truck. A white Dodge Magnum was also seen fleeing the garage with the truck.

    Photo: WKRN Minutes later, a News 2 photographer witnessed two people who were sitting in a Ford Mustang being robbed 2 at gunpoint outside of Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The suspected gunman pulled up in a white pickup truck and demanded money. The suspect took a CD case from the Mustang before getting back in the struck and fleeing.

    Our photographer called 911 and gave a statement to police. He was not injured in the incident. The same suspects are also believed to have been involved in other overnight crimes, including a robbery that occurred around 4:15 a.m.

    at MidSouth Produce located at 1215 Baptist World Center Drive. According to police, a gunman demanded cash from one employee and directed the victim to take him to the safe. A second employee saw what was happening and armed himself with his own pistol and confronted the gunman.

    Police said when the gunman saw the other employee was armed he ran from the business to a white pickup truck. The store employee fired one shot at the gunman. Just after 4:20 a.m.

    police responded to a robbery call at a Whites Creek Pike apartment complex. In that incident, police said the gunman got out of a white GMC pickup truck and robbed a man who was working on a vehicle in the complex s parking lot. Less than 15 minutes later, police were called to a robbery that occurred in a parking lot located at 3709 Clarksville Pike.

    Police said in that incident, a gunman in a white pickup truck confronted several people and demanded their belongings. The burned out truck was found near the Bordeaux home where police detained three people for questioning. (Photo: WKRN) One of the victims attempted to block the suspect s truck with their vehicle. The gunman rammed the victim s vehicle.

    Police said another citizen then reached inside the GMC pickup and grabbed a pistol from the robber s lap. That person and another armed citizen both fired shots at the suspect. Just before 4:40 a.m.

    police responded to a vehicle fire on LaGrange Ave. Police later determined the vehicle, a white GMC pickup truck, was the one that was stolen from the Vanderbilt parking garage. Two men and a woman were detained after police received a tip that a Dodge Magnum that closely matched the description of the sedan that was seen at the club shooting and during the carjacking was found backed into a home on Hinkle Drive near where the burned out pickup truck was found.

    The three adults said no one else was inside the home. Police are now trying to determine how many people were inside the sedan at the time of the shooting. A search warrant is being obtained for the home.

    Authorities said the victims were able to provide police with detailed suspect information. Police have not released the identities of the adults who are being detained. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME .

    References ^ PHOTOS: Metro police investigate crime spree (Metro%20police%20investigate%20crime%20spree) ^ a News 2 photographer witnessed two people who were sitting in a Ford Mustang being robbed (wkrn.com)

  • 3 police vehicles hit by suspect's vehicle in Vienna Township CLIO (WJRT) - (04/13/15) - Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell just released new details about the domestic situation that led to deputy patrol cars and police cruisers being rammed by a man in Vienna Township. Those patrol cars were hit on M-57 near Sunset. The man behind the wheel is in jail.

    Pickell tells us all three officers affected by the crash are OK. They were taken to the hospital on Sunday night and immediately released. The three vehicles involved are out of commission.

    At around 5 p.m. Sunday, officers responded to a domestic situation in the Clio area. A man was threatening his ex wife and her new boyfriend.

    Mark Muehlen had a 45 caliber semiautomatic handgun and an ak 47 assault rifle. Pickell says Muehlen shot into the boyfriend's house with the handgun at least 10 times, and at least once with the AK-47. Muehlen then left the house with his ex wife.

    As they were driving in separate cars, they encountered officers. Muehlen then hit three vehicles; one was a Thetford Township car, one was a Genesee County Sheriff's ca, and the other was a Genesee County paramedic vehicle. Pickell says the lesson here is domestic situation is something that can happen to anyone. "You know, I think the story here is the increasing violence that we have.

    You know, people move out to the suburbs to get away from crime, but wherever you go, crime is going to be there," he said.

    The Genesee County sheriff is seeking several charges against Muehlen, including assault with a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and home invasion.

  • 360 Business Networking comes to Watton The Breckland View Connecting Communities 360 Business Networking have announced that following the successful launch last year in Dereham the group is now coming to Watton, and are inviting local business to the first meeting on 9th September the Broom Hall Country Hotel, we will meet at 7:15 and be finished by 9am.

    Subsequently we will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, dovetailing nicely with the 1st and 3rd Fridays when the Dereham branch meet

  • 3m School Transfer Market: Which academies trust got The Department for Education (DfE) has come under fire for paying some academy chains more than 500,000 to take over struggling schools described by a teachers union as little more than bribery. New figures suggest the total bill for rebrokering could be as high as 13 million. The department was ordered by a court to reveal how much it paid new academy sponsors to take over failing schools after a 12-month legal battle ended in favour of transparency campaigners.

    The figures obtained by Janet Downs from campaign group Local Schools Network show 3 million was paid out between September 2013 and October 2014. But, while seven academy chains were paid nothing to take over academies, another seven were paid 200,000 or more. The largest amount was 534,300 paid to Fallibroome Academy for its takeover of Winsford Academy, in Chester, in September 2014.

    Mary Bousted (pictured below), general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, told Schools Week: These figures show the hidden cost of academisation. I m not surprised the DfE tried to keep them hidden because they are shocking. It really exposes the fact that we have to bribe academy sponsors which is essentially what these costs are.

    It shows there is are not a plethora of academy chains wanting to take over struggling schools. Academy chains have told Schools Week the cash was negotiated to fund school improvement intervention, continuing professional development (CPD) for staff and to cover budget deficits. Peter Rubery, executive principle at Fallibroome, said the sum included a one-off capacity grant for new sponsors and funds for restructuring.

    Two academies, formally sponsored by millionaire businessman Brian Scowcroft s Richard Rose Federation, were transferred to United Learning for 245,825 per school. United Learning said the trust provided educational and financial support to the schools, adding: This is reflected in the rebrokering cost alongside payment towards the deficit we inherited at the academies. Both schools are now out of special measures.

    Another 110,000 was spent to move free school Minerva Academy, in London which only opened in 2012 and had fewer than 90 pupils on roll from CET Primary Schools to REAch2 Academy Trust. The chain said this was used for additional school improvement, CPD and business management support. The average cost of rebrokering moving a school from one chain to another was 131,000 for the 23 academies.

    If this average was applied to the 104 rebroker transactions the number ordered by the department up to August last year it would suggest the total bill is more than 13 million. Ms Downs told Schools Week: It s difficult to understand why some of these transfers cost so much. The DfE said new sponsors were being asked to take on the most struggling schools.

    But this wasn t the case in the top three most expensive transfers. She pointed out that The Winsford Academy, Stamford Welland Academy and Dartmouth Academy were all rated by Ofsted as requires improvement, rather than inadequate. Two of those include schools stripped from the E-ACT academy chain, following concerns raised by Ofsted.

    The chain had eight schools included in the data release, with rebrokering costs totalling 1.75 million. A spokesperson for the trust said all academies were transferred in line with the Education Funding Agency s (EFA) technical note. The DfE originally tried to withhold the data, claiming it would put off future sponsors if they learned other trusts had been given more cash.

    But the appeal judge said this suggested a bewildering blend of naivety and financial opportunism on the part of academy sponsors and overturned the DfE s refusal. When asked about the takeover costs, Dame Rachel de Souza, chief executive of the Inspiration Trust, said: The most important thing is making sure we get the best possible match between schools and sponsors so that all children get the best education they can. Thetford Academy, in Norfolk, was transferred from the sponsorship of Wymondham College to Inspiration Trust in September 2013 for no cost.

    Another academy chain chief, who did not want to be named, called for transparency and fairness for all trusts. Particularly those taking hard decisions to balance the books and I suspect that is in the mind of the EFA too. A DfE spokesperson said: We do not tolerate failure and the strength of the academies programme is that it allows us to intervene swiftly, including replacing sponsors where it is in the best interests of the school.

    We will not apologise for taking decisive action where needed. What are rebrokering costs? The costs are cash paid by the DfE to new sponsors as part of the takeover of schools normally judged to be in the most challenging of circumstances .

    They are decided on a case-by-case basis and are not published. However not all takeovers command a rebroker fee only those where there is evidence that it is required. For instance, where an academy has a deficit funding or needs building maintenance.

    The DfE, in its submission to the tribunal judge, said getting the right sponsor to transform education relied on a delicate negotiation with potential sponsors, both to persuade them to take on the school and to agree the support that they will need to make improvements for pupils .

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  • 5 Family Tickets East Anglian Game & Country Fair The 2015 East Anglian Game & Country Fair will take place on Saturday the 25 th & Sunday the 26 th April, at The Norfolk Showground, Norwich. Iceni Post has teamed up with the East Anglian Game & Country Fair to provide you with the chance to win one of five family tickets. The Five entries drawn out of the hat were from: Beccles x 2, Kings Lynn, Stowmarket, & Great Yarmouth Entry closing date was 31st March 2015 But you still have time to Save Money by Booking in Advance!

    Advance Discounted Ticket Prices Adult 13.00 Children 5-16 Years 5.00 Family (2 Adults & 3 Children 5-16yrs) 36.00 Under 5 s Free A 2 booking fee applies per transaction. (Closing date for advance discounted tickets 20/04/15) If you would like to speak to one of our team about tickets, camping or membership please feel free to call us on 01263 735 828 or email info@ukgamefair.co.uk 1 The East Anglian Game & Country Fair is an annual two day, family event set in glorious parkland at the Norfolk Showground, Norwich. We welcome world class events and attractions to the Norfolk Showground each year. Whether it s watching the main arena or countryside arena displays, seeing the forestry village with cutting and pole climbing competitions, joining in with your dog at the K9 Aqua Dog pool, shopping at the 300 tradestands or relaxing with a glass of bubbly at the members enclosure.

    We hope you will find something for the whole family to enjoy at the show, including your dog. Visit our show events and attractions pages online to view a selection of the fantastic displays on offer at the Game Fair. www.ukgamefair.co.uk 2 See more details about the fair here 3 advert We can promote your business 4 every week on the Iceni Post!

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  • 50 Christmas Trees in a Church, Dickleburgh – The Winners 2015 ... Annie Chapman with the Ladies Tractor Road Run tree The 12th annual 50 Christmas Trees in a Church at All Saints Dickleburgh, drew to a close on Sunday, December 6, with the prize-giving for the 23 most popular trees voted by visitors to the festival. Ladies Tractor Road Run (for Cancer Research UK s breast cancer appeal) was the winner in the adult category for their tree decorated with tiny pink bras. Susan Whymark Funeral Service came second with an amazing dress tree and Culrose Residential Care Home were third with their gingerbread themed tree.

    1st Dickleburgh Rainbows, with Harleston District Girl Guiding s plastic bottle tree.

    1st Dickleburgh Rainbows, who combined with Harleston District Girl Guiding, won the children s category with their fabulous plastic bottle tree, displaying Christmas messages of hope. Harleston CE VA Primary School came second with their Hands of Hope tree and Burston Community Primary School was third with their gingerbread house tree. The Nick Arnull Plate, for the most innovative tree, was shared by Susan Whymark Funeral Service and 1st Dickleburgh Rainbows with Harleston District Girl Guiding.

    The Christmas Tree festival has raised 2,000 for EACH (East Anglia s Children s Hospices) and a donation will also be made to Norfolk & Norwich Hospital Oncology Department, with residual funds being retained by the Benefice of Dickleburgh and the Pulhams. Rowena Roskelly, one of the festival s organisers, said: We have had an excellent week. I would particularly like to thank all the volunteers who helped set up the church and look after visitors throughout the Christmas Tree festival.

    Thanks also go the local organisations and businesses who contributed such a superb collection of decorated trees; many congratulations to all the winners. This has been the last 50 Christmas Trees in a Church at Dickleburgh, although some of the volunteers are thinking about running something different in the church during Advent 2016. For more information about 50 Christmas Trees in a Church , including the full list of winners, see www.50christmastrees.com 1 .

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  • 79-year-old farmer sells off his tractor collection Wednesday, 16 September 2015 THETFORD: A 79-year-old Norfolk farmer is preparing to sell off his vast 2 million collection of vintage tractors because his family do not share his passion for the machines. Paul Rackham has spent 25 years buying up and restoring more than 230 old and rare agricultural machines, amassing what is thought to be by far the biggest collection in Britain. But Rackham said he had now decided to sell off the tractors, rather than leaving him to his family.

    My family do not share the same passion as I do in collecting tractors and the time has come in life when decisions have to be made, he said. It is time to take on another challenge. James Durrant of Clarke and Simpson, one of the auctioneers selling off the collection, said he believed Rackham had spent more money building up the collection than he was expected to make from selling them.

    It has been an interest and a hobby rather than a business for him, he said. He has a family but they do not share his passion in tractors and he now feels it is time to move them on. As well as the purchase costs, Rackham has spent hundreds of thousands of pounds travelling the world in order to buy up the tractors, which have often required total restoration.

    The collection, said to be one of the finest in the world, is housed in a giant grain store at Rackham s farm in Roundham, near Thetford. Durrant said: Rackham is a farmer and a businessman who has had an interest in vintage machinery which he has collected for over 25 years. There are many rare examples in his collection which he keeps in one building that is 55,000 square feet.

    When he bought his first tractor he had it restored and that really set the wheels in motion, so to speak. His collection spans from 1916 through to the 1970s and what s nice about it is that you can see the progression through the ages. They are very much a static collection but they all do run.

    Durrant said there had been global interest in the sale, which was the largest collection to ever come to auction . There are a lot of collectors out there who vie for the rarer items, he said. The machines are all in full working order and are kept in museum-like condition, although only invited visitors are allowed to see them.

    The collection includes the only surviving example of a Holt 75 a military tractor bought by the British army from the Americans in World War One to replace horses for pulling hulking Howitzer guns to the frontline. The oldest tractor in the fleet is a 1916 Saunderson Model G that was built to meet the wartime ploughing campaign. This rare survivor is tripped to sell for 65,000.

    There is also a 1917 Fordson Model F that was made at the request of the British government to help meet increased food production needs during the First World War. One of the rarest machine in the sale is a 1925 British Wallis that was made with a flat bonnet just a year before production ceases. It is valued at 45,000.

    One of the most eye-catching tractors is a 1931 Caterpillar Fifteen which ran on tracks like a tank.

    The collection also consists of many well known manufacturers names, such as John Deere, Ford and Field Marshall.

    The sale is being held on Rackham s farm over two auctions by auctioneers Clarke and Simpson in conjunction with Cheffins.

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  • 85,000 more Norfolk homes and businesses set for super-fast ...DC11-208 13, September 2011 Nine more exchange areas included in latest phase of BT s 2.5 billion super-fast fibre broadband programme Another 85,000 homes and businesses in Norfolk are set to benefit from super-fast broadband, BT announced today. Beccles, Norwich West, Brundall, Caister-on-sea, Gorleston, Norwich Thorpe, Thetford, Costessey and Kings Lynn are the latest places included in the company s 2.5 billion roll-out of fibre broadband. It will take the number of Norfolk homes and businesses being passed by the new super-fast network to more than 131,000.

    The latest upgrades are due to be completed by Autumn 2012. BT s local network business Openreach expects to make super-fast fibre broadband available to two-thirds of UK homes and businesses by the end of 2015*. It is building the new network using a mix of fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) and fibre to the premises (FTTP) technologies.

    Both provide much faster speeds than those previously available to many UK homes and businesses. FTTC, delivered to street cabinets, currently offers download speeds of up to 40Mbps and upstream speeds up to 10Mbps. Openreach is planning to roughly double these speeds next year.

    FTTP, where the fibre goes directly to homes and businesses, will offer speeds of up to 100Mbps. Dave Hughes, BT s regional director for the East of England, said: BT s roll-out of super-fast broadband is marching on at a rapid pace. Residents and businesses in these latest locations can look forward to choosing a high-speed connection over a network offering an unrivalled choice of suppliers, which keeps competition thriving and costs down.

    Our latest investment in Norfolk will propel internet users at home and at work into the 21st century fast lane, and marks another milestone in the development of Norfolk s next generation communications. We have plans to take super-fast broadband to two-thirds of the UK by the end of 2015 but we don t want to stop there. We have long said reaching the largely rural and remote final third will require a partnership approach and we welcome the fact that the UK government has recently allocated funding of hundreds of millions of pounds for next generation broadband initiatives for these more challenging areas.

    BT has the strength and the commitment to deliver large-scale broadband projects and we want to play a leading role in bringing faster technologies to our rural communities. As today s investment demonstrates, BT is playing its part in delivering faster broadband across the UK but there needs to be a collective effort to ensure no part of Norfolk is left behind. Internet users with a fibre broadband connection can do much more online, all at the same time.

    For instance, a family could be downloading a movie, watching a TV replay service, surfing the internet and playing games online. A music track can be downloaded in about two seconds, a whole album in 30 seconds and a feature length HD movie in 10 minutes. Upload speeds are the fastest in the UK, allowing large videos and data files to be sent almost instantly and activities, such as uploading hi-resolution photos to Facebook, to be completed in seconds.

    Unlike other companies, Openreach offers network access to service providers on an open, wholesale basis, supporting a competitive market. For further information on Openreach s super-fast broadband programme visit www.superfast-openreach.co.uk 1 Notes to editors * BT s deployment plans are subject to an acceptable environment for investment. Due to the current network topography, and the economics of deployment, it is likely that a small minority of premises within the selected exchange areas will not initially be able to be served by fibre-based broadband.

    However, Openreach is actively looking at alternative solutions for these locations.

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  • A Music of Grief, Classical Music and The First World War ... - IceniPost This year s Wymondham Music Festival music lecture by Dr Kate Kennedy is A Music of Grief, Classical Music and The First World War .

    The lecture is free to attend and starts at 7.30pm on Tuesday 3 June, at Fairland Church Centre.

    The event is supported by Rotary Club of Wymondham and Fairland United Reformed Church.

  • A Norfolk Schoolboy's Memories of W.W.II | joemasonspage I was born on December 3 rd 1928, so World War II came upon me at the age of ten until I was fifteen. I was fortunate that I lived first in the quiet market town of Harleston until October 1942 and then in the village of Methwold until 1946. At Harleston I attended the Junior School until I progressed to Bungay Grammar School.

    Living at Methwold I attended Downham Market Grammar School. I left there at the age of fifteen in July, 1945. By early 1939 every household in the country had received a booklet on how to be ready for war.

    Even cigarette cards carried air raid precautions. These we collected and swapped at school. There were plans for the distribution of air raid shelters to homes in areas most likely to be hit by bombs.

    Air raid sirens were erected. Gas masks were issued and special smaller ones for babies. The gas masks were in almost square boxes on strings.

    Very soon mothers were making covers for them. We had to take them everywhere with us and periodically we had to practice wearing them at school. They would smell very rubbery and were claustrophobic to wear, the visors steaming up.

    On 1 st September 1939 war with Germany seemed imminent and many thousands of children, some with parents, were evacuated from London and boroughs, many of them to Norfolk. I was friendly with one boy who lodged with the butcher at the top of London Road. He didn t stay long; many preferred the risk of bombs to the oddities of the countryside.

    There were two girls who lodged in a big house (the old school perhaps) opposite Redenhall church. I cycled home with them once from the swimming pool at the river, Wells Lane I think. They were friendly with another girl Dawn C.

    At 11.15a.m. Sunday, 3 rd September 1939 war was declared on Germany. The government had advised the safest rooms were those in the centre of the houses.

    My mother and I had single beds in the sitting room which was central. I don t know where my father slept. Everything was rationed, ration books were issued to every household and each had to register with their local shop.

    The ration books came into use the following year. At school, to support the war effort, we were encouraged to knit scarves for merchant seamen probably one plain one pearl in navy blue mine finished six feet long! In 1940 each person was allowed 4 ounces of butter, 12 ounces (345 gr) of sugar, and 4 ounces of ham or bacon each week.

    As the war progressed there was even less. Everything was sold on surrender of coupons. In Dad s garden up Station Road there were copious quantities of rhubarb.

    Mum made jam and it was rhubarb with everything. How I hated it. Marjorie L from next door told me the daughter of the previous sergeant had peed on the rhubarb so that probably put me off.

    Mum would save the sugar rationing to make jam. We had our own jars but when mine was going down quickly I would pinch some of Dad s. As well as the food rationing there was a blackout which meant no light was allowed to show from within buildings, prevented by blankets or special screens or similar hung over the inside of doors and windows.

    Windows were taped to prevent damage from flying glass, among other Air Raid Precautions published in a special Government booklet issued to all premises in the country. Vehicle lights were dimmed with masks, coal was rationed as were sweets. Mum would scrape butter onto rounds of bread and then scrape it off again.

    I used to love sandwich loaves of bread. I could eat nine or ten rounds. I looked for air holes which would get filled with butter.

    I liked Sunday tea when Mum would get out her best tea service which was pink and the edges trimmed with gilt. I wonder what happened to it ? Sometimes we would have tinned salmon which I enjoyed soaked in vinegar.

    On one occasion I was ill and my mother was so pleased that she was able to obtain a few bananas for me from the local greengrocer. This was wintertime and the bananas had come from the Canary Isles. On another occasion she was able to buy a few tomatoes.

    I didn t think about it at the time but they had to come by ship over many, many sea miles, running the gauntlet of German U Boats. I was in the choir at St. John the Baptist church in Harleston.

    During the long sermons I used to pass the time by drawing aircraft and air battles on the white pages of the prayer and hymn books, inspired by the Battle of Britain fights. When my voice broke I was designated to pumping the organ. There was a long passage beside the organ, the wall being covered in whitewash.

    I soon got busy covering all this space with my drawings. Often it meant I forgot why I was there until I noticed the organ was getting precariously low on air which meant I had to pump furiously to get the weight back down again. Soon after we had moved to Harleston a bathroom and toilet were fitted into the box room above the kitchen.

    Mum s contribution to the war effort was to invite the grand-daughter of a couple living up our lane to use our bathroom when she came home on leave from the WAAFs ( Women s Auxiliary Air Force.) Denis and I would g o off on our cycles, usually on Saturdays, armed with my copy of Bacon s Cyclists Map of Norfolk. We would find churches and try to get into their towers but we weren t lucky very often. However on this map I marked the locations of Army camps and airfields which would have been a boon to enemy spies!

    At the beginning of the war there was a big Government campaign to Dig For Victory encouraging the growing of vegetables at home. A local builder allowed my friend Alan to have an allotment on the field at the rear of Alan s home. It was from here on Saturday, 23 rd July, 1940 we saw in the distance German planes apparently dropping bombs on Pulham Airfield, The Germans did try unsuccessfully to destroy it.

    It had been an R.A.F. Station during W.W.I. first in 1915, and it had been the home of R 33 and R 34 airships.

    Today the village sign proudly depicts the R 34 at its moorings. On that occasion in 1940 the Germans dropped sixteen high explosive bombs but there were no casualties. There were several other raids and the big hanger was hit on one occasion.

    On another occasion German bombs were dropped into a field just passed Frank Spurgeon s premises at Mendham Lane and killed two ponies. I didn t see it happen but saw the bomb craters the next day. I wrote a little essay about it but my teacher was not impressed.

    Soon after the war started our head teacher, Mr. Rhodes, volunteered for the army. I don t know what happened to him.

    A Mr Pilch took over. He didn t like me because my father had told him off for riding his bike without lights. He seemed to take a delight in taking it out on me in petty ways!

    I didn t have to put up with him for long because it must have been in the September, 1940, I started at Bungay Grammar School. At Bungay there were air raid shelters to which we had to hurriedly retreat when the siren went off. The shelters were damp and smelly.

    Sometimes a teacher would try to give a lesson. Other times we would sing morale building war-time songs. The other side the pub next door was a large house occupied by a doctor Maidment.

    There was great excitement when his daughter married an army officer by the name of Vickers. Mum and I watched them from a front bedroom window drive off to go on their honeymoon in a large open topped car. One wartime memory is of a captured German Messerschmitt fighter plane being put on display just into the entrance of Harleston Recreation Ground.

    The object was to boast public morale. Quite distinct in my memory now is the sickly sweet smell of the engine oil. Some of the local boys spent a long time unsuccessfully trying to remove parts for souvenirs.

    On one occasion a German Dornier bomber crashed in a field at Starston. One of the crew, the pilot, was killed. He was buried at Starston church until after the war when his remains were moved to Germany.

    The other crew member was locked up in the cells across the yard at the back of our house. I was never allowed to see any prisoner. My mother or the Constable s wife had to provide meals for the prisoners.

    A most vivid memory in my mind is of one night in October 1941. I was asleep in bed. I was eleven years old I was awakened by the loud roar of aeroplane engines.

    Quickly looking out of my bedroom window I saw a Wellington bomber go past, very low and a ball of flames. The next day I learned it had crashed in a field up Jays Green, a little past our school. It had come down with such force it was almost fully buried into the soil.

    All the crew perished . On yet another occasion Denis and I were near the drill hall, getting walnuts off a tree just outside someone s gateway. A twin-engined German bomber came over so low we could see the crew inside looking down at us.

    We were both very frightened and hurried home on our bikes but nothing untoward happened. It was in 1941 that Sergeant Stanley George Kybird was killed while flying a Spitfire fighter plane in France. He was from the Elveden branch of the Kybird family.

    One vague memory I have is just once having a ride in a Bren gun carrier. I think an Army sergeant took us. His wife was staying with friend Alan A s family at Candlers Lane.

    I remember seeing my first Americans. They were coloured and very smart. This was at Harleston market place.

    They were employed helping with the construction of the airfields in the vicinity, and there were many. Laings carted the gravel. Early in the war the American air force was known as the USAAF Army Air Force but later it got shortened to USAF.

    When they first flew from Hardwick it was the 310 Bomb Group ( Nick named Ted s Travelling Circus ) using B 26 Mitchell medium bombers. They were at Hardwick from September until November, 1942. Alan A and I would cycle there and throw sticks up at them as they took off but of course they were too high for us to hit them.

    Denis L, the boy from next door, and I would go exploring. For some reason we were attracted to a little copse of the lane at the bottom of Needham hill. Here we found a ground covering layer of certain commodities left behind by Americans after interludes with some of our local girls.

    Unfortunately some of the girls were left with more permanent reminders of these occasions, two in particular! Placed around the town were a number of pillboxes from which, with the necessity, soldiers or Home Guard troops could fire on approaching Germans. This of course did not happen.

    However, these pillboxes provided cover for all sorts of illicit past times. In the case of Alan A and myself, we had surreptitious smokes in one at the top of Mendham Lane. Pillboxes were rapidly constructed at the beginning of the war, in 1940 and 1941, constructed of brick or concrete, with concrete tops.

    They had one entrance and slits in the six or eight sides to fire from. Inside they smelled damp and musty, some flooded. For many years after the war one was on the beach at Happisburgh, having fallen down when some of the cliff collapsed.

    It is probably still there. On an occasion Dad took me in his car along the road at Flixton towards Bungay. On a previous occasion there had been dozens of tanks hidden in the trees.

    On this second occasion the tanks had gone but there were some wooden structures left and hanging in one was an Army shut knife a treasure I had for some time. On occasions we would go to visit my mother s parents at Heath Cottage, about a mile Norwich side of Holt. Bren gun carriers would practice on the heath.

    One I understand is buried in the bog there across the lows. Just down the road near the top of Edgefield Hill was a searchlight camp. I remember well how the searchlight beams would sweep the skies.

    Sometimes I was able to hear the boom boom of Ack Ack guns practising at Weybourne. A light aircraft would tow a target behind it. I have read that Churchill once inspected soldiers of the Cambridgeshire Regiment on the Heath.

    This was in 1940 when he was checking on our Coastal Defences. Similarly we would visit my father s parents at Thetford. I remember watching the trains from a back bedroom window.

    The house at Vicarage Road was fairly close to and overlooked the railway lines. More than once I saw a train towing thirty or more tanks on flat trucks, heading south towards London. On one occasion we went to Bury St.

    Edmunds to do some Christmas shopping. I had been given my Christmas present by my grandfather a new ten shilling note. In a bookshop I saw a book all about the British Army costing seven shillings.

    This I had to have although I knew the ten shillings was intended to go into savings. Was I in trouble over that ! It was here I first saw American Air Policemen on large Harley Davidson motor cycles patrolling the town.

    They were so smart with white helmets, hence the nick-name Snowdrops! In October, 1942 we moved to Methwold when Dad was promoted to Inspector. He was issued with a white steel helmet and a revolver.

    These I only saw once. I wasn t too happy about the move at the time as it meant a change of school and friends. I was much happier when I learned it was a mixed school!

    The school was at Downham Market which meant a twelve mile bus journey each way.. The bus would take us past the airfield at Bexwell, just outside Downham. Here we would see bombers, Stirlings and Lancasters being loaded up with bombs.

    Some of the planes we saw had been badly damaged by German fighter planes or anti aircraft fire over Germany during the night raids. Two airmen from this station were posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. One was Flt Lt Aaron who was pilot on a bombing raid over Turin and was seriously wounded by flak from German guns but managed to get his plane home safely.

    He died soon after. The second V.C. Was in August, 1944 .

    Sq Ldr Bazagette was pilot of a Lancaster from 635 Squadron, a pathfinder squadron. He managed to mark their site rocket storage facilities in France. His aircraft was set on fire and on crash landing exploded.

    He and his crew were killed. During the war 170 aircraft were lost from this airfield we just did not realise the full significance of what we saw. At one time Mosquito fast light weight bombers made of wood also flew from there.

    Once the American Air Force came to the area, it was not long before some of the girls were coming to school with chewing gum, cigarettes, badges and some eventually married Americans, including two sisters. Because of the war the corridors round the inner quadrangles were lined with brick walls to give some protection against bomb blast. Fortunately they were never put to the test although when an air raid siren sounded we had to file into the corridors.

    School dinners were produced on economy lines but we never went hungry. There were rumours of horse meat and whale meat but we still consumed it with relish. For some meals we had luncheon meat.

    This was sliced so thinly to make it look more.! We had a lot of stewed apples and custard the apples coming from the Head Master s trees. He would also sell them to us for one penny each, also sweets.

    About this time British Restaurants were set up in various towns, the object being to provide basic meals cheaply. There was one in Downham Market, communal kitchens set up by the Ministry of Food as non-profit making. Meals were sold at a fixed price of 9d (just under 4p) and no meal of more than 3 courses for 5 shillings (25 p).

    I did sample these on two occasions when I had gone to play football on a Saturday and then had to wait some hours for the bus home. I believe it was on Thursday evenings, I and two friends would cycle to Mundford because the fish and chip shop there did fritters and chips on that night. This was a speciality.

    There was little fish available. I remember along roads through the forestry there would be signs warning about incendiary bombs and butterfly bombs. The butterfly or anti personnel bombs were first used in this country in 1940 against Ipswich.

    They were lethal within a radius of 33ft. Several would be dropped together by the Germans. We would also find bundles of aluminium foil in strips dropped by German planes.

    They were used as a counter measure against radar and first used by the Germans in 1943. We also used the same method, called Windows. About 1943 there were soldiers of the Eighth Army (the Desert Rats) camped in the area.

    I learned from some of them a few choice words in Italian. I also learned enough of their experiences in the desert to give a talk to my class at school. On the bus ride to school sometimes we passed Italian prisoners or war working in the fields and we would call out these choice words from the bus windows.

    Many of these Italians were billeted in a large house near the church in Stoke Ferry. They were easily recognised because they had round patches on their brown clothing. Some Italian prisoners of war were billeted at the army camp at Cranwich and some of our school girls living in Methwold would walk along the road towards Mundford to flirt with them.

    The Desert Rats were in the area training in readiness for D.Day on 6 th June, 1944. For a brief spell some Canadian troops were billeted in Methwold Drill Hall. Dad would have to break up fights at the pubs.

    On 26 th May, 1943 the King and Queen came to visit Methwold airfield and my father was present as he was responsible for civilian policing. He kept very quiet about it and I didn t know until after the war. At one time airmen of the Royal Dutch Naval Air Service were stationed at Methwold.

    Their uniform was a very smart dark blue. This was in 1943 and they flew B25 Mitchell light bombers I believe of the 320 (Netherlands) Squadron. The front of our house overlooked the flight path and I often watched the comings and goings from a spare bedroom window.

    It was on the 3 rd of May, 1943 when Squadron Leader Leonard Trent 1 (later awarded the V.C. and D.F.C.) flew out from Methwold with twelve Ventura aircraft of 487 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force on a fateful raid. Their target was Amsterdam power station.

    I saw them go out and later only one return, the rest having been shot down. Since the war I have been able to read that S/Ldr Trent was one of those shot down and he and his navigator were held prisoners of war. He was involved in the Great Escape from Stalag Luft III when 220 R.A.F.

    Prisoners planned to escape via a tunnel. He managed to get through the tunnel but was found by the Germans nearby and surrendered. He remained a prisoner until the end of the war.

    There is now a Ventura Close in Methwold. Didlington Hall has some war-time memories for me. I and a couple of friends would cycle from Methwold and fish in the River Wissey off a road bridge.

    American airmen from Bodney would walk that way, I think this was about July, 1943. They were very generous, giving us sweets, chocolate cigarettes, also fishing line and hooks We would see our friends for a while and then no more. At that time it did not occur to us they may have been shot down or killed in their missions.

    On part of the estate was a watermill which breached the river. We used to swim in the mill-pond and were sometimes joined by Americans. One convinced me a quick way to have a suntan was to put vinegar onto my body.

    It did give me a tan but friends at school wouldn t sit near me because I smelled like a fish and chip shop, my mother wondered were the vinegar was going ! In December, 1943 I was given an autograph album as a birthday present which I started using straight away and I still have it. It contains entries not only from school friends but also servicemen.

    One is by a Group Captain Yarde who was commanding officer at Methwold. He took the salute of a parade through Methwold High Street for Salute the Soldier week on Sunday 14 th May 1944. My father wasn t very pleased that I was audacious enough to ask for it.

    It was during this savings campaign there was a drawing competition at Downham. I did a drawing of the badge of the King s Own Scottish Borderers and won first prize. I was presented with a fifteen shilling savings certificate in Downham Town Hall by Lady Ruth Fermoy who died in 1993 aged 85.

    Once I saw an RAF Meteorological balloon slowly come down to land in a field opposite the Cock public house corner. I told Dad and went with him and P.c. Albert S to hold it until RAF personnel arrived.

    Albert was my hero. He always had time for me when Dad was elsewhere. Once he showed me some copies of Mein Kampf (My Struggle) Hitler s story seized from a German sympathiser living in the Methwold fens.

    They were stored in one of the cells. It was in May, 1945 many Indian soldiers who had been captured by the Germans in the North African Desert Campaigns and held prisoners of war were flown back to England in Operation Exodus from Bari, Italy. In this operation altogether something like 72,500 ex P.O.W.s were flown back to England in 23 days.

    Lancaster bombers of 149 Squadron, Methwold, played their part in this. Many Indian soldiers were billeted in the area round Methwold and Northwold, in the camps which had been used by the Desert Rats before D Day. The Indians were fattened up before the long journey back to India.

    It is worth noting that of all the aircraft which flew from Methwold during the war 43 were lost by being shot down or crashing, of these 25 were Venturas, 6 Stirlings and 12 Lancasters. The Methwold Lancasters also took part in Operation Manna in which food supplies were dropped to starving civilians in Holland. The first flight in this operation was from Methwold on 29 th April and the plane named Bad Penny .

    The American Air Force did similar flights and named their operation Chowhound . The village sign now depicts an aircraft in flight over a ploughing scene and the church. There is a Roll of Honour in Methwold church, a page being turned each day.

    Sometimes on a Saturday afternoon I would cycle to one of the camps, either at Didlington or Lyndford. I had made many friends of different creeds and castes among the Indian soldiers and enjoyed the challenge of making myself understood. I drank pint mugs of tea, oddly with a pinch of salt.

    Sometimes I was given a chapatti with an egg stolen from the local farmer, or jam. I also went to the camp cinema and watched Indian films and learned a smattering of Urdu also how to write my name and address in Sanskrit. Cigarettes were plentiful albeit rather rough.

    One make, Victory, was like sawdust. We would often see a lady from Methwold who wore very bright red lipstick cycling out to the Indian camps on her old bike to offer some home comforts I expect! A British army officer, Leslie Ball, was billeted at the Hall and wrote a lovely book called Heron Lake.

    He wrote about the wildlife on the lake. We used to get to the lake from near the water-mill. One of the very early paintings I did from life was of the lake.

    The hall overlooked the lake and there was an open air swimming pool. On one occasion we went for a swim there but there was green algae on the surface. Nearer to the time of Operation Overlord D Day General Sir Miles Dempsey had his headquarters at the hall.

    He became commander of the 2 nd Army in Europe from 26 th January, 1944 to 8 th August, 1945. My memory of D Day Tuesday, 6 th June, 1944 was hearing the roar of very many bomber planes and looking up to see the sky full of American Fortresses and Liberators. On one occasion my father took me there or it could have been Lyndford Hall.

    I think it was to a courts-martial but as usual I wasn t told! I do remember having lunch in this very large hall sitting among American Air Force officers. As a constant reminder of the Desert Rats, what they did in the war and their presence in the Mundford area there is a Cromwell tank on a raised plinth beside the road from Brandon to Swaffham.

    Parts of the 7th Armoured Division, prior to D Day, were stationed at the camp at Cranwich. For some reason unknown to me my father had an invitation to go to their camp to see a show by a branch of ENSA (Entertainments National Services Association). He took me along and we sat on the front row.

    Many well-known entertainers visited camps of H.M. Forces. I have no idea who were in this particular show but we enjoyed it.

    As there were so many airfields in the area plane crashes were inevitable. As soon as we boys had heard of a crash we would be off on our bikes looking for souvenirs, parts of aircraft or live ammunition. We would pull out the steel ends to get at the thin strips of cordite.

    These we lay out in a line and set fire to them just for the fun of it. Once we went to a crash site where two American bombers had collided in mid-air, fell to the ground and both crews killed. We wanted to have a look but there was an American Air Force policeman on guard and he had a gun.

    He told us to clear off. We told him it was our country and we could do what we liked. He wasn t impressed and became threatening so we left in a hurry.

    We never gave a thought to the fact that a plane crash meant the loss of life and In the case of an American bomber as many as ten men. On the evening of V.J. Day victory in Japan I was staying with my parents in Thetford.

    There were celebrations near Castle Hill. I went there and found some of my Indian friends. They introduced me to an Indian V.C.

    His name was Singh. He gave me his autograph which I had on a scrap of paper for many years after. Unfortunately like many things with the passage of time it got lost as did many of my souvenirs like badges from different countries.

    I still have a small silk handkerchief also a large print of a painting of loads of cotton on carts in Northern India which were given to me by my Indian friends. Having left school in July, after a short holiday I started work at Barclays Bank at Brandon. There was still a heavy presence of both American and British army.

    Officers would come into the bank paying money into various accounts and one of the lady staff was in much demand for dates and some mornings would stagger into work after a particularly late night! These are my memories of World War Two when I was a schoolboy. I have added some information after research to explain some happenings but apart from these the rest are genuinely from my memories.

    Bas Kybird, 83 years Drayton, April, 2012 References ^ Leonard Trent (en.wikipedia.org)

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  • A WEEKEND OF VARIED EMOTIONS A WEEKEND OF VARIED EMOTIONS Last weekend was a mixture of frustration (to put it mildly in one case), disappointment, encouragement and excitement for our teams as summarised below. Ladies 1sts . The team laboured to a deserved 4-1 win at a cold Weybread over bottom-placed Ipswich.

    Emma Lee-Smith put them ahead in the first half only for a lively Ipswich to equalise after the break. The game was then transformed when seemingly out of the blue Abby Gooderham fired home one of the goals of the season with a superb reverse stick shot from the edge of the circle. Susan Wessels then converted a penalty corner before Abby set up Susan for a simple tap-in after another piece of individual skill.

    With time running out Abby seemed destined for a deserved second goal only for the umpire to blow for the end of the game with the ball about to roll into the unguarded goal! The team remains in fourth place and this coming Saturday is away to Maidenhead (1.30). Ladies 2nds.

    There was further frustration for the team when they conceded two early goals away to St Albans 2nds following decisions which on another day might have gone in their favour. But they went on to battle hard combined with some excellent hockey and they got a deserved late goal when Kara Kilbourn deflected home at a penalty corner. With this 2-1 defeat the team need to win at least two of their last three games (starting at home this Saturday against Maidstone (2.00) to have any chance of avoiding relegation.

    Ladies 3rds . After their 6-0 away win over Pelicans 2nds (with goals by Sarah Legg 2, Millie Preece 2, Katie Ogden and Mia King) and the draw for the 4ths the team now lead their league by three points from the 4ths who have a game in hand. Katie Woollatt was MOTM.

    This Saturday Lucy Field and her team are at home after four successive away games when they host third-placed UEA 2nds (3.30). Ladies 4ths . After five wins on the trot the team had to be content with a 1-1 home draw against a gritty Norwich City 2nds.

    Laura Tibbenham put them ahead in the first half after considerable City pressure and City hit back with a scrappy goal after the break for a deserved equaliser. Despite these two dropped points Treacle Griffin and her team can still win the league but they have a tricky away game with fourth placed Norwich Dragons 3rds (11.30) this Saturday who drew last weekend after coming up against the resolute defence of lowly Evergreens. END OF SEASON SENIOR AWARDS EVENING including Buffet & Disco SATURDAY 19 MARCH, APOLLO CLUB, HARLESTON Arrive 7.30pm Awards 8.00pm Taxis 12.00am.

    Dress: Smart Tickets (which must be purchased in advance) are 20.00 and are available from clubhouse bar or from Jackie and Kevin Ridley 01379 854697 or 07815 199803. Please come to help make this evening both enjoyable and successful. Ladies 5ths .

    Two weeks ago in a re-arranged away game the team went down 6-3 to Watton 2nds but they were determined there would be no repeat at home and they ran out comfortable 4-0 winners. Imi Meynell-Anderson and Alice Evans-Hendrick put them 2-0 up at half time and skipper Jose Tibbenham made the game save with a couple later in the game. Fourth place is still attainable by the team but they will need to keep winning including at home to UEA 3rds on Saturday (10.15).

    Ladies 6ths . It was good to see the team earn a deserved point at home in a 2-2 draw with Evergreens 2nds. Ellie Fawkner gave them a first half lead and after Evergreens fought back to take the lead Ellie popped up with the equaliser with five minutes to go in an end to end match.

    This Saturday they are away to Norwich Dragons 6ths (3.15). Ladies 7ths . With a scheduled 5.30 start away to Norwich City 7ths the team knew they were in for a late finish.

    In the event with a delayed start they eventually came off the pitch at 7.20! After starting with ten players they lost Jane Collins through injury. Nevertheless they put up in a strong performance eventually losing 3-0.

    This week they are at home to Pelicans 3rds (12.15). Girls Development . Manager Sandra Elliner was obliged to select a very young side to play Pelicans with several players unavailable as they were playing the next day and with four playing for the 6ths.

    After a good game Pelicans came out on top winning 2-0. This Saturday the team is away to Yarmouth (10.00) whom they beat 5-0 in the middle of December. Men s 1sts.

    They just had to win their home match on Sunday with Teddington to keep alive their very slim national league survival hopes but it wasn t to be sadly as they went down 5-3. Myles King (with his first national league goal) and Ben Wright (with a penalty stroke conversion) had given the team the boost of a two-goal lead. Teddington hit back just before the interval and the game was transformed early in the second half with Teddington scoring three times in four minutes.

    Myles then scored again to give Magpies some hope but seeking an equaliser Magpies were caught on the break and the visitors, for whom it was good see out-on-loan Carl Sitch playing against his brother Leigh, scored again to win 5-3. This Sunday the team play their last home game of the season when they host Cambridge City at the changed time of 12 noon. Men s 2nds .

    Skipper Lawrence Baynes and his team were looking to build on their fine away win over Spalding when they took on fellow-strugglers Cambridge Univ 2nds at Weybread. It was soon clear they were in for a tough game and it was good to see Sam Moore and Richard Ling playing for Magpies for whom Thomas Ridley was in sparkling form. After a keen struggle the game seemed to be heading for a goalless draw but the students struck with five minutes to go.

    This spurred Magpies on even further and Thomas gave them a deserved equaliser. While now off the bottom of the league Magpies will need to win at least two of their last four games to avoid relegation starting hopefully away to Felixstowe on Saturday (2.00). Men s 3rds .

    The team knew they were in for a tough game against league leaders IES 2nds despite beating them at home 5-1 earlier in the season. They conceded two sloppy goals early in the game and after getting to half time without further damage they let in another soon after.

    3-0 down soon came 4-0 but third-placed Magpies hit back with late goals by Jake Sewell and skipper Matt Brand to lose 4-2. With three games left promotion is still a possibility for Magpies but they will need to beat Norwich City 4ths at home on Saturday (1.45) to have a realistic chance.

    END OF SEASON SENIOR AWARDS EVENING including Buffet & Disco please see above Men s 4ths . After their fine win over IES 3rds the previous week the team took a big step to avoiding relegation when they beat IES 4ths 1-0 away to move up to 5th place in their league. Their goal came in the last minute through Ali Williamson with his first for the club in thirteen years after he beat three players in the circle.

    What a goal! But they are still not completely safe although a win on Saturday at home to North Norfolk 2nds (12.00) would do the trick. Men s 5ths .

    They were up against league leaders Bury St Edmunds 4ths in the last game at Weybread by which time I have to confess I had sought the warmth of the clubhouse and with it an excellent meal thanks to the Ladies 1sts. Andy Caston twice brought his team level before Bury pulled away to lead 5-2. Lewis Belsey then scored to make the final score a respectable 5-3.

    On Saturday they are away to Thetford Town (2.30) who like them are in mid-table comfort. Men s 6ths . Eric Davy s team continues to amaze!

    Their 2-1 home win over Norwich Dragons 5ths was their seventh in their last eight games with the other ending in a draw. They were a goal down at half time before Eric got the equaliser (although this was incorrectly challenged in the clubhouse by jealous team-mates!) after Jon Wells had created the penalty corner. With seven minutes to go and with an appreciative roar from the spectators Richard Chopper Allcock fired home the winner after a shot from Roger Kent had come back off a post.

    The prospect of promotion for the team remains a concern (!) but they have three demanding games remaining including away to Norfolk Nomads on Saturday (2.30). Boys Development . While father Andy was scoring a brace for the 5ths sons Tom and Jake Caston were scoring the four goals by which the Dev team won 4-0 away to Pelicans.

    Tom went one better than his father scoring three times while Jake had to be content with one. The team, which does not have a game this week, is now back on the top of their league two points ahead of Norwich Dragons (having played a game more) who they play away on Saturday week. Mixed.

    The team is at home to Norwich City on Sunday (2.00) in the 3rd round of the EH Trophy. U18 Girls. The team had the frustration of their mini-bus breaking down on their long trip to play Neston South Wirral on Sunday in the quarter-finals of the EH Plate.

    They then had the further frustration of losing 1-0 through a late goal. But to their credit they honoured the fixture. U16 Girls.

    Frustration mixed with bewilderment (and something stronger) must have be the emotions of the team and their supporters when after beating Cambridge City 2-1 and drawing 1-1 with hosts Leicester in the regional finals their game against Worcester was called off with ten minutes to go when they were leading 8-0 (with Abby Gooderham scoring a remarkable seven goals). The reason being that it says in the rules no team may lose by more than eight goals. This meant our team lost out to Leicester on goal difference of two after Leicester had surprisingly beaten a strong looking Cambridge City 8-0.

    U16 Boys. They had drama of their own at the regional finals in Canterbury drawing 3-3 with Teddington after being three up with six minutes to play. They then came from two down to draw 2-2 with Old Loughtonians before losing 3-1 to Canterbury.

    U14 Girls. They missed out on reaching their regional final when they lost 3-2 away to Norwich City. They recovered from 3-0 down with goals by Grace Collison and Georgie Cantrell and were pressing for the equaliser at the final whistle.

    U14 Boys. The team is through to the Midlands regional final on goal difference after Norwich Dragons beat Bury St Edmunds 3-1 on Sunday. U10/U12 Boys and Girls.

    Congratulations to our four A teams who have qualified for the East Finals to be held at Weybread over the weekend of Saturday/Sunday 16/17 April after their exciting successes in the Norfolk Championships at Pelicans HC on Sunday. The U10 Girls finished as champions while the other teams came second. This coming Sunday they will be joined by our B teams, who had their own event at Weybread, when they all compete in the Norwich Dragons Minis.

    Finally, a remarkable record at Weybread last Saturday when on the sand-based pitch there was a member of the Davy family playing in all four games for Magpies, namely Louise (10.45 for the 5ths), Katie (12.15 for the Development), father Eric (1.45 for the 6ths) and Louise and Julie and mother Marie (3.15 for the 6ths). Best of luck to all our teams this weekend. Please see the website for the full list of fixtures.

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  • A11 dual carriageway opens The 105 million improvement to more than nine miles of the A11 a key route between the M11 and Norwich will bring a significant boost to the economy, reduce congestion and improve road safety. The Highways Agency scheme between the Fiveways roundabout and Thetford has involved widening 5.5 miles of the A11, building a new 3.6 mile bypass around the village of Elveden, and five new structures. In addition a new underpass was constructed, for users without vehicles, near the war memorial this received funding from Suffolk County Council.

    The A11 widening project, which began in January 2013, was part of a 3.3 billion investment in major road improvements in England during the Government s last spending review period. Patrick McLoughlin said: This major upgrade to the A11 is part of the most ambitious, far-reaching roads programme for decades. It will not only benefit those who use the road every day but create jobs and opportunities, benefiting hardworking families across the East of England.

    This government has a long term plan to secure Britain s future and our 15 billion roads programme is demonstration of that. A commemorative plaque was unveiled by the Transport Secretary. After today s opening the plaque will be mounted near the new underpass at the war memorial.

    Graham Dalton, Highways Agency Chief Executive, added: The work to dual the A11 has been an enormous task and the project team, including our contractor Balfour Beatty, have worked tirelessly to complete a high quality dual carriageway between Norwich, London and the Midlands. The new dual carriageway will benefit road users and local people by improving road safety and reducing journey times by removing the bottlenecks that have caused congestion. Stephen Tarr, Managing Director, Balfour Beatty Major Projects, said: The A11 project has been a fantastic example of close collaborative working with our customer, the Highways Agency, and key stakeholders such as Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils.

    The project has already won plaudits for its sustainable and considerate delivery and for the benefits the scheme will bring the local community and road users. Cllr Graham Newman, Cabinet member for Roads and Transport, Suffolk County Council, said: These improvements to the A11 have been a long term aspiration of the county council. I am delighted that this strategically important project is open to traffic.

    As well as being vital for the region, the project is expected to deliver local benefits such as less congestion and delays for the town of Brandon. We are extremely pleased to have been at the centre of delivering the new underpass at the war memorial and public bridleway around the edge of Weather Heath. It has improved facilities for local communities wanting to get around the area on foot, cycle or horseback.

    George Nobbs, Leader of Norfolk County Council, said: Today sends out a positive signal that, more than ever before, Norfolk is a great place to do business. In the past businesses were choosing not to locate to parts of Norfolk because of perceived poor transport links. Despite enjoying the beauty of our county, many tourists had their experience marred by a delayed journey getting into or out of the county.

    And, of course, there were too many lives being lost or ruined by collisions on the single carriageway stretch. Those are now things of the past where this part of the A11 is concerned and there is no longer any excuse for businesses not to invest here. There is some landscaping work to be finished which will continue in the New Year until March 2015.

    To minimise any disruption, this work, which needs to be done during the day, will be completed using short sections of off-peak lane closures.

    To find out more about the A11 improvement scheme visit the website 1 or contact the project team by calling the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000 or email ha_info@highways.gsi.gov.uk.

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  • About one month to go for businesses to enter Spirit of Enterprise ... BUSINESSES have just over one month left to enter a prestigious annual awards scheme which aims to celebrate and raise the profile of successful businesses across the Great Yarmouth borough. The Spirit of Enterprise Awards 2015 is organised by enterpriseGY, Great Yarmouth Borough Council s business support service, and is a chance for top-performing businesses of all sizes, sectors and ages to step into the spotlight. Interest in the prestigious awards scheme has been growing since entries opened on Tuesday, June 23.

    Businesses have until 4pm on Friday, September 11 to put themselves forward in the various categories. It is free-of-charge to enter and finalists will be profiled in a supplement in the Great Yarmouth Mercury, with winners appearing in a further supplement. The winner of each category, plus the winner of the overall 2015 Business of the Year Award, will be revealed at a glittering awards ceremony, at the Town Hall on Friday, November 20.

    For the first time, applications can be filled out and submitted online at www.soea.co.uk 1 via a new online entry system, which makes it quicker and easier for businesses to enter multiple categories. There is also a new category for 2015, Great Family Owned Business. Each award is backed by a local organisation.

    Sponsors choose the winner in their category from three finalists shortlisted by a local independent panel or the category sponsor themselves, and also benefit from publicity at the ceremony and in the newspaper supplements. The main sponsor is local chartered accountants, Lovewell Blake LLP, which will choose the 2015 Business of the Year from the winners of the other categories. The categories are: Business of the Year sponsored by Lovewell Blake LLP Great Manufacturing/Engineering Business sponsored by Great Yarmouth College Great New Business sponsored by Itron Great International Growth sponsored by GYB Services Ltd Great Investment in Young People sponsored by Subsea Technology and Rentals Great Business Growth sponsored by the Great Yarmouth Mercury Great Business Idea sponsor TBC Great Community Contribution sponsor TBC Great Customer Service sponsored by Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area Great Family Owned Business Birketts Cllr Graham Plant, the council leader, said: The awards scheme, now in its eighth year, has grown in stature year-on-year and is a fantastic showcase of businesses of all sizes, sectors and ages from across the borough, and of the strength of the local economy.

    There is now just over one month left for the many successful businesses across the borough to take up this fantastic opportunity to showcase themselves on a very public platform. Several entries have already come in and the new online application system makes it quicker and easier than ever before to enter multiple categories. We always have great feedback from both the entrants and sponsors, with last year s awards ceremony considered the best yet.

    So if you think you could win a category or even be crowned the 2015 Business of the Year, make sure you submit the entry form by Friday, September 11. Businesses and potential sponsors seeking more information can visit www.soea.co.uk 2 or call Sally Pearson, enterpriseGY programme development officer, on 01493 846632. Notes: The Spirit of Enterprise Awards is the centrepiece of a two-year programme of enhanced activities by enterpriseGY, supported by the Coastal Communities Fund, which aims to create and safeguard more than 260 jobs, address seasonality and raise the perception of Great Yarmouth to that of the Enterprise Town for Business Growth and Job Creation .

    enterpriseGY, based in the Novus Centre, at The Conge, Great Yarmouth, is a joint borough council- and CCF-funded programme for businesses in Great Yarmouth offering business support, business advice and training for start-up businesses and existing businesses. The Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) aims to encourage the economic development of UK coastal communities by awarding funding to create sustainable economic growth and jobs. Since the start of the CCF in 2012, grants have been awarded to 145 organisations across the UK to the value of 71million.

    This funding is forecast to deliver 9,184 jobs and help attract around 115million of additional funds to coastal areas.

    The Big Lottery Fund is delivering the CCF on behalf of UK Government and the Devolved Administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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  • Access to Music Norwich somewhereto workshops 22 October 2014 SYCO Entertainment in association with somewhereto_ invite local young people in Norwich to showcase their skills and be mentored by professional talent scouts somewhereto_ are co-hosting tailored workshops and open auditions to help develop artist evolution somewhereto.com 1 - 22 October 2014 | 4pm 9pm Access to Music Norwich, EPIC, 114 Magdalen Street, Norwich, NR3 1JD - Working in association with regional delivery partners Creative Arts East, somewhereto_ will be co-hosting an evening of workshops and open auditions with SYCO Entertainment (Simons Cowell s TV and Music Production Company) , giving local undiscovered talent the opportunity to meet with industry professionals. somewhereto_ is a UK wide youth project delivered by Livity and funded by a 7m grant from the Big Lottery Fund to support its nationwide expansion to 2016. Helping 16-25 year olds access free spaces in their communities, to launch and develop creative and enterprising projects.

    Open to 16-25 year olds , on Wednesday 22 October 2014 from 4pm 9pm somewhereto_ in association with SYCO Entertainment will co-host workshops and auditions at Access to Music Norwich to help young people develop key industry skills. Top Talent Producers at SYCO Entertainment, are donating their free time and expertise to somewhereto_ as industry mentors (recently hosting workshops during summer of somewhereto_), offering advice and insight to young people pursuing careers in entertainment. Whether their talent is singing, dancing, playing instruments or juggling objects, the day is designed to help young people establish best practices, boost confidence and develop artist evolution.

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    Speaking ahead of the event, Elly Wilson, regional delivery partner for somewhereto_ in the East of England, says: This is such an exciting event to take place locally in Norwich, giving young people from the Eastern Region a great opportunity to showcase their talents and gain confidence in the field they love. - www.creativeartseast.co.uk 3 MIKE DANIELS Trailer Sales 01986 893025 Related References ^ somewhereto.com (somewhereto.com) ^ elly@somewhereto.org (icenipost.com) ^ www.creativeartseast.co.uk (www.creativeartseast.co.uk)

  • Acle Schools' Cluster Art Exhibition at Fairhaven Garden to Nov 17 ... Acle Schools Cluster Art Exhibition at Fairhaven Garden to November 17 Primary schools in the Acle Cluster are staging an art exhibition of work inspired by paintings by 19 th century French artists Georges-Pierre Seurat and Henri Rousseau and the 20 th century Spanish artist Joan Mir , in the tearoom at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham, until Sunday, November 17. The exhibition is open every day from 10am to 4pm. Schools involved are Acle Primary School, Fairhaven Primary School, Fleggburgh Primary School, Freethorpe Primary School, Lingwood Primary School and Reedham Primary School.

    In recent years the schools have embarked on series of joint curriculum projects, including poetry inspired by Olympic values and a poetry and writing exhibition. Rachel Quick-Gunning, Head Teacher at Freethorpe, whose background is in art history, suggested an art project for the autumn term using three paintings that each school could explore, then produce work to be brought together in an exhibition. Mrs Quick-Gunning explained: I have always enjoyed exploring art and the history of art with children, using images as a way to understand history and give students an outlet for exploring their own ideas.

    I led two teacher training sessions to help teachers develop the project in their schools and chose paintings to suit different age groups and the setting of the exhibition. Seurat s La Grande Jatte , also known as Walk in the Park on a Sunday Afternoon , was chosen for younger pupils. It is a picture full of people walking and playing in the park.

    Children could explore the relationships between the people, and imagine themselves in the park. Tiger Surprised by Rousseau is set in a contrived jungle setting, which replicates the undergrowth and bushes and trees at Fairhaven. Children enjoyed exploring the texture of the foliage, hidden animals and also real and imagined animals.

    The final image, Harlequin s Carnival by Joan Mir , was chosen for older students, although some of the schools worked on this image with younger pupils. The painting allowed children to consider surreal images and surrealism, as well as links to maths and art. Mrs Quick-Gunning concluded: Louise Rout, Fairhaven manager s kind offer to host the exhibition has allowed us to show our work to a wider audience and hopefully enhance the enjoyment of visitors to Fairhaven.

    I am most grateful to schools, staff and of course the children, who I hope have enjoyed exploring the paintings, the lives of the artists and also creating some wonderful art. Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is at South Walsham, t.01603 270449, www.fairhavengarden.co.uk 1 . The garden is open every day (closed Christmas Day), 10am to 4pm in winter and 10am t0 5pm from March to the end of October.

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  • Adrian Howard – Wigan | UK & Ireland database 19 Saturday Sep 2015 Posted by Author 1 in Greater Manchester 2 Comments Off on Adrian Howard Wigan September 2014 Vile rapist jailed for 21 years A WIGAN man has been sentenced to a 21 year jail term for raping a young girl and sexually abusing her. Adrian Howard, who was convicted of eight sex offences after a trial, was placed behind bars for 17 years with an extended licence of four years. His persistent abuse came to light after the victim s concerned mum checked her mobile phone and found sexually explicit messages from him.

    When she confronted her daughter about them she broke down and revealed what had been happening and her mum told the police. Howard was working in Belfast at the time as an asbestos remover but when he arrived at Liverpool s John Lennon Airport police were waiting to arrest him, said Charlotte Kenny, prosecuting. The Recorder of Liverpool, Judge Clement Goldstone, QC, told 50-year-old Howard that he poses a significant threat to young girls and that the long term psychological harm he has caused his victim is unknown.

    Howard, of no fixed address, formerly of Platt Bridge, was found guilty by a Liverpool Crown Court jury of one offence of raping the girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, when she was aged 11 or 12. He was also convicted of two attempted rape offences and five other sexual assaults spanning almost four years. Howard denied the allegations and claimed that the girl had sent him sexually explicit texts and he just replied in the same manner as a joke.

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  • Afghanistan: une minorité chiite dénonce les violences dont elle est ... Les forces afghanes ont d tirer des coups de sommation lorsque le cort ge, fort de plusieurs milliers de personnes, dont de nombreux Hazaras, s'est approch du palais pr sidentiel. Les manifestants taient partis dans le calme de l'ouest de la capitale afghane, portant les cercueils de sept Hazaras d capit s la semaine derni re dans le sud-est de l'Afghanistan, des assassinats qui pourraient tre qualifi s de crimes de guerre selon les Nations unies. Les protestataires ont d clam des slogans hostiles aux talibans, mais aussi au pr sident Ashraf Ghani et au chef de l'ex cutif Abdullah Abdullah, accus s de ne pas en faire assez pour prot ger les Hazaras.

    Ghani d mission! Abdullah d mission! , ont-ils lanc . Apr s des discours incendiaires, certains manifestants ont tent d'escalader un mur d'enceinte selon des images diffus es par la t l vision et les r seaux sociaux.

    Des coups de sommation ont t tir s en d but d'apr s-midi, et les manifestants ont t dispers s. Personne n'a t bless , selon Sayed Gul Agha Rohani, chef adjoint de la police de Kaboul. Mais d'apr s un porte-parole du minist re de la Sant , sept personnes ont t bless es pendant la manifestation, dont certaines par balle .

    Apr s les tirs de sommation, un photographe de l'AFP a indiqu que seules quelques dizaines de manifestants restaient devant le palais, sous l' troite surveillance de la police et de l'arm e. R guli rement pers cut s par les talibans l' poque o ils avaient la haute main Kaboul (1996-2001), les Hazaras, reconnaissables leurs traits asiatiques, forment 10 % de la population afghane. Ils s'estiment de plus en plus vuln rables face aux rebelles talibans qui ont tendu leur insurrection de leurs bastions du sud et de l'est vers le nord du pays autrefois relativement stable.

    Le pr sident promet la vengeance Ils en veulent pour preuve l'enl vement de 31 Hazaras en f vrier dans le sud, dont 24 ont t lib r s, mais surtout la mort par d capitation de sept autres coreligionnaires, quatre hommes, deux femmes et un enfant. Leurs corps ont t retrouv s Zaboul, une province du sud-est de l'Afghanistan o deux factions talibanes rivales se livrent une bataille sanglante depuis samedi. C'est ce dernier incident qui a pouss les manifestants d filer dans Kaboul mercredi.

    Vengeance! , Aujourd'hui, ils nous tuent, demain ce sera votre tour , disaient les pancartes, une r f rence explicite aux rebelles talibans et aux militants se r clamant de l'organisation djihadiste de l' tat islamique, accus s d'avoir d capit les sept Hazaras dans le sud-est de l'Afghanistan. Nous voulons que justice soit faite , a d clar l'AFP Mohammed Hadi, un manifestant hazara de 42 ans. Ashraf Ghani, nous exigeons des r ponses! : lan ait une oratrice au micro devant le palais pr sidentiel.

    Nous voulons savoir pourquoi le gouvernement se montre indiff rent. Nous demandons la d mission des dirigeants parce qu'ils sont inefficaces et corrompus , s'est exclam Mohammed Jawad Sultani, un professeur d'universit interrog par l'AFP. Au cours d'un discours t l vis mercredi soir, M.

    Ghani a estim que la souffrance provoqu e par les d capitations tait partag e par tout le pays et il a accus les groupes insurg s de vouloir semer la discorde en Afghanistan, dont la population est une mosa que ethnique et religieuse. Toute leur oeuvre destructrice vise cr er des divisions au sein de notre peuple , a-t-il ajout en pr cisant que le gouvernement ne m nagerait pas ses efforts pour que les meurtres soient veng s . Il est possible que ces meurtres insens s quivaillent des crimes de guerre.

    Leurs auteurs doivent tre traduits en justice , a r agi de son c t Nicholas Haysom, le chef de la mission de l'ONU en Afghanistan dans un communiqu mercredi.

    Mais les circonstances dans lesquelles ces d capitations se sont d roul es sont opaques, car elles sont survenues dans une zone qui chappe au contr le du gouvernement.

    Deux factions talibanes s'y affrontent depuis plusieurs jours, l'une loyale au mollah Akhtar Mansour, successeur officiel du d funt mollah Omar, l'autre fid le au mollah Mohammed Rassoul, d sign chef d'une frange rivale la semaine derni re.

  • Age UK Norwich Art Exhibition at largest Norfolk Hospital Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals will be featuring a new art exhibition from Age UK Norwich which aims to capture older people s history in words, pictures and sounds. The exhibition will be on show along the hospital street Level 1, and will feature important moments to promote a better sense of understanding and care. The exhibition showcases five Life Stories created by students from the Jane Austen College who have worked closely with local older people to produce Life Story Scrapbooks.

    BBC Voices trained the pupils in recording skills and alongside the photography and scrapbook display, the public will be able to hear the older people s memories come to life. Emma Jarvis, Hospital Arts Co-ordinator, said: People visit hospitals for a variety of reasons so we provide a wide variety of art for patients, visitors and staff. We are really pleased to be showcasing the work by Age UK Norwich especially as Age UK is of service to both the visitors and patients of our older people s medicines wards and the art is a way of displaying both services available and information.

    Age UK Norwich Chief Executive Susan Ringwood said: The life stories work we do is an important project helping to prevent older people from becoming invisible. If the time comes when their abilities do become impaired, there is a record of who this person once was, what they have done, where they have been. This intergenerational project lasted three months and is just one example of the work Age UK Norwich carries out in the city to help tackle loneliness and social isolation.

    The exhibition is open until the end of April 2016.

    Notes: The Hospital Arts Project at NNUH works on diverse projects with the community, interior design, site specific arts, performances, workshops, exhibitions, events and gardens Is hospital arts charitably funded as a whole? Many of its projects project are funded by grants from organisations and charitable donations.

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  • AGR partners with ANH AGR has announced that it has signed a contract with Colombia s Agencia Nacional de Hidrocarburos (ANH) to further support the company s growth strategy in the South American region. AGR will provide ANH with a full scale review of global fiscal incentive schemes that promote enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and secondary recovery, to support the development of Columbia s multi-billion barrel heavy oil resource base. AGR s EVP for the Americas region, Scott Thetford, said: Maximising economic recovery from heavy oil is indeed a challenge, but it s one that our teams internationally are perfectly placed to address.

    We have significant experience in EOR and secondary recovery projects and a deep understanding of the impact of different fiscal instruments on project economics. Our technical, commercial and engineering teams are very excited about the opportunity to undertake such detailed research to support Columbia s economic growth. Columbia is one of the world s leading emerging markets and this partnership is the latest step in a series of carefully planned moves by the government to grow the country s oil and gas industry.

    The contract with the ANH is in line with AGR s regional growth strategy. We have identified significant opportunities for our entire portfolio of services covering the asset life cycle in the Columbian market over the next two years. We very much look forward to working with the Columbian authorities on this important project, and I look forward to seeing our South American hub which we opened in Bogota last year develop over the coming months.

    The company currently works with Ecopetrol Americas to set up their Global Offshore Drilling Centre.

    The AGR Software division is piloting its data management solution iQx for implementation within Ecopetrol s well examination programmes.

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  • AGR partners with ANH to support Colombia's oil resources ... AGR has signed a contract with Colombia s Agencia Nacional de Hidrocarburos (ANH) to further support the company s growth strategy in the South American region. AGR will provide ANH with a full scale review of global fiscal incentive schemes that promote enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and secondary recovery, to support the development of Columbia s multi-billion barrel heavy oil resource base. AGR s EVP for the Americas region, Scott Thetford, said: Maximising economic recovery from heavy oil is indeed a challenge, but it s one that our teams internationally are perfectly placed to address.

    We have significant experience in EOR and secondary recovery projects and a deep understanding of the impact of different fiscal instruments on project economics. Our technical, commercial and engineering teams are very excited about the opportunity to undertake such detailed research to support Columbia s economic growth. Columbia is one of the world s leading emerging markets and this partnership is the latest step in a series of carefully planned moves by the government to grow the country s oil and gas industry.

    The contract with the ANH is in line with AGR s regional growth strategy. We have identified significant opportunities for our entire portfolio of services covering the asset life cycle in the Columbian market over the next two years. We very much look forward to working with the Columbian authorities on this important project, and I look forward to seeing our South American hub which we opened in Bogota last year develop over the coming months.

    The company currently works with Ecopetrol Americas to set up their Global Offshore Drilling Centre. The AGR Software division is piloting its data management solution iQx for implementation within Ecopetrol s well examination programmes. Wood Group to spend 100m on acquisition trail 1 Aberdeen s Wood Group is spending more than 100m on US firm Mitchell s Oil Field Services which specialising in unconventional oil and gas extraction.

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  • Akali Dal Calls For A Sikh Regiment In the US Army Sikh delegation with Eileen o Connor,US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Chandigarh, Punjab (July 20, 2015) A delegation of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) met Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central USA, Eileen O Connor in Washington, and demanded to raise a separate Sikh regiment in the US Army to recognize the contribution of Sikh soldiers during the World War II under Dwight D Eisenhower who was the Commander of allied forces and later became the US president. The delegation requested the US department of State to introduce Sikh history in Schools and sought cooperation in areas such as health care and cultural exchange programs. The delegation s visit to the United States was caught in a controversy after a group allegedly threatened the members of the delegation, later a complaint was registered with the police department in Washington.

    US appreciates the contribution of Sikhs and values for Sikh Religion and considering the same Sikhs have been allowed to be part of the military service with their full attire including turban and will also forward the request of setting up of Sikh regiment to the concerned authorities , Eileen O Connor said to visiting delegation.

  • AL-KO, la tecnologia al traino Dallo stabilimento di Vandoies, in Val Pusteria, arriva la tecnica applicata al rimorchio leggero destinata a fornire efficienza e sicurezza in ogni situazione Per gli appassionati del turismo in camper e caravan, Il nome AL-KO ovviamente associato al grande numero di prodotti dedicati al veicolo ricreazionale, come telai, sospensioni, movimentatori, solo per citarne alcuni. AL-KO un azienda globale, con settori dedicati anche al giardinaggio, all hobbistica e alla grande climatizzazione; pi del il 50% del fatturato del Gruppo, per , rappresentato dalla tecnologia applicata ai veicoli. E nell ambito di quest ultima, la parte ricreazionale in senso stretto, solo una parte: AL-KO infatti, produce, ad esempio, anche i cavi Bowden destinati all automotive (per intenderci, i cavi che vanno ad azionare i cambi nelle automobili), le tiranteria varia compresa quelle dei freni a mano ammortizzatori e molle a gas.

    C un settore, per , poco conosciuto almeno in Italia, che rappresenta una parte importantissima per il fatturato dell Azienda, ed quello dei rimorchi. Il rimorchio un oggetto che coinvolge sia il settore dello svago sia quello del lavoro, e proprio per questo il protagonista di un mercato molto ampio e variegato. Basti pensare che nel 2015 sono stati immatricolati, in Europa, circa un milione di rimorchi di vario tipo: cifra, questa, che se messa in confronto con quelle che normalmente sono ad appannaggio dei veicolo ricreazionale (camper e caravan) dimostra l importanza di un mercato che AL-KO presidia con particolare attenzione.

    Uno dei protagonisti assoluti di questo settore in seno all organizzazione multinazionale AL-KO, si trova in Italia, ed lo stabilimento di Vandoies, nelle Val Pusteria, in provincia di Bolzano. In un dettagliato video , Alessandro Marco Butturini, Direttore Commerciale AL-KO Italia, ci porta per mano a conoscere i rimorchio e le sue componenti, in particolare quelle realizzate proprio nello stabilimento altoatesino. Costruito nel 1970, e successivamente ampliato e dotato delle pi moderne tecnologie, compresi i robot, questo complesso, che annovera 135 dipendenti, con un fatturato di circa 30 milioni di Euro, produce componenti essenziali per chiunque abbia bisogno di trainare e trasportare, per lavoro o per diletto.

    L importanza che ha questo complesso per AL-KO sta in un dato molto significativo: a Vandoies, infatti, sono prodotti i freni a repulsione (il dispositivo meccanico con molla a gas che trasmette la frenatura della trattrice) per tutto il Gruppo Ma non solo: sempre da questo stabilimento escono gli assali dedicati proprio ai rimorchi leggeri e il gancio traino dotato di sistema di sicurezza AKS. Continuamente evoluto fin dalla sua prima apparizione, l AKS rappresenta un sistema di sicurezza fondamentale, come sanno benne i caravanisti di tutta Europa: un concetto abbastanza semplice (portare dei ferodi a stringere la sfera di traino, in modo da limitare le oscillazioni), ma al tempo stesso geniale e, soprattutto, molto efficace. Ma l attenzione per la sicurezza al traino di AL-KO non si ferma al sistema AKS, conosciuto perch universalmente applicato alla caravan, ma disponibile per tutti i tipi di rimorchi.

    L ultima creazione AL-KO il AAA Premium Brake , acronimo che sta per Al-KO Automatica Adjustment , anche questo applicabile sia alle caravan sia ai rimorchi: si tratta di un sistema meccanico di autoregolazione dei freni a tamburo che recupera in moda totalmente automatico l usura del materiale d attrito garantendo sempre la massima forza frenante. Il sistema pi sofisticato dedicato alla sicurezza del traino , per , certamente l ATC : acronimo di AL-KO Trailer Control , e per ora disponibile solo per le caravan (ma allo studio la possibilit di essere adottato anche da altre tipologie di rimorchio), rappresenta, con la sua sofisticata gestione, il must assoluto in termini di sicurezza. l ATC collegato al sistema frenante della caravan e si attiva dopo che i suoi sensori rilevano ondeggiamenti ripetuti o un numero massimo di tre ampie sbandate, attivando i freni del rimorchi e permettendo cos al treno trattrice+ caravan di stabilizzarsi.

    AL-KO, con la sua attivit dedicata tanto al mondo dello svago quanto a quello del lavoro, sempre all avanguardia tecnologica per quanto riguarda efficienza e sicurezza.

    Ed inutile dire come faccia piacere che nonostante la grandezza di un Gruppo che ha sedi produttive e di sviluppo sparse praticamente in tutto il mondo, gran parte di questa tecnologia sia prodotta e si sviluppi proprio in Italia.

  • ALARMING: Police Starts Search of Amritdhari Sikhs in Villages ... TARN TARAN, Punjab (July 22, 2015) In view of huge response for Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa s struggle for release of Sikh political prisoners, Punjab Police has started collecting information about Amritdhari Sikhs, especially those wearing dumalas living in villages of Punjab. The practice has brought back memories from the days of repression and harassment of Sikhs during nineties. The Police reportedly raided a number of villages including Ram Rauni, Thathi Sohal, Sohal, Gagobuha, Behniwal, Nikka Bhuchar, Vadda Bhuchar and Burj of Tarn Taran district yesterday to identify Amritdhari Sikhs living there.

    As per information available with Sikh24, the police surrounded the villages to carry out search operation. Particularly, the police raided the houses situated in the fields and collected information about every family member. The Police also raided homes of Sikh activists belonging to Sri Guru Granth Sahib Satkar Committee Chabal, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Satkar Committee Gagobuha and Damdami Taksal Ajnala.

    The Police raid seemed so important that the police personnel who came to raid were seen providing the information to their senior officers on the spot on mobile phones. They also sought information by specifically naming the Sikh activists. Some sources say that main motive of the Police is to find out information on Bhai Amrik Singh Ajnala who has going missing since July 19.

    The Police has also interrogated aides of Bhai Amrik Singh Ajnala about his whereabouts.

    The villagers told that first they did not consider the police raid in connection with activists of Satkar Committee and Damdami Taksal Ajnala but they got astonished when the police started asking migrant labourers working in fields as to how many Amritdhari Sikhs live in the village.

  • Albany police searching for 2 women accused of robbing man's ... ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) Albany police are investigating a robbery that occurred on Delaware Avenue. Police say on Monday, December 28 at 5:45 p.m., officers were called to Save-A-Lot at 493 Delaware Ave. for a report of a robbery.

    When they got there, the victim told officers that while in the parking lot two unknown females followed him out of the store, approached him, and began to punch him over and over again on his face and body. Both suspects then fled the scene with the victim s groceries. The victim sustained minor injuries during the incident.

    The suspects are described as follows: 1 ) Black female, approximately 13-years-old, 5 2 , 150 lbs. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, blue shirt with green shoes and a green hat.

    2 ) Black female, approximately 30-years-old, 5 4 , 150 lbs. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a white shirt and believed to be the other suspect s mother.

    The incident remains under investigation.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the Albany Police Detective Division at (518) 462-8039.

  • Alice's Adventure in Wonderland Ashill Community Centre this ... at Ashill Community Centre on Sunday 20th December 2015 Award winning theatre company Box Tale Soup bring their own special flavour to Ashill Community Centre on Sunday 20 th December , supported by the arts and community development charity Creative Arts East. Alice s Adventures in Wonderland is a magical adventure featuring a cast of just two human performers, a dozen beautifully handmade puppets, and a set that unfolds from a vintage trunk. Join Alice on her journey down the rabbit hole and meet the well-loved characters of her storybook world.

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  • Alliance cricketers celebrate another summer of success Premier division champions Fakenham with Emma Conway from Dipple and Conway and John Tythcott, vice-chairman of the Norfolk Cricket Alliance. Picture Credit Newsmakers PR The big hitters of club cricket celebrated a season to remember when the Dipple & Conway Opticians Norfolk Cricket Alliance handed out its 2015 awards. Honours were spread right across the county with Fakenham taking pride of place during the awards night at Wensum Valley Hotel and Country Club after their exciting young team, led by Australian Keegan Monahan-Fairlie, won the Premier Division for the first time since 2011.

    Fakenham s subsequent frustration at missing out on promotion to the East Anglian Premier League, when they lost in the play-off semi-finals, was softened when they were named as Club of the Year. Among the individuals honoured was Vauxhall Mallards veteran Carl Amos, who at 42 continued to show the quality that has made him a legend of Norfolk cricket by finishing as the league s leading run scorer with a total of 1074. The bowling honours were shared by Norwich s Simon Key, whose 38 wickets helped his team to the Division Two title, and Marcus Bishop of Lowestoft, while Andy Dale took the wicket-keeping award with 30 dismissals for Swaffham.

    Neil McDonald, Dipple & Conway s Group Practice Manager, said the second year of sponsorship had been another fulfilling one, adding: It has been exciting to be involved in a competition which reflects all the positive things about sport in Norfolk. The quality of the cricket has been exceptional and the spirit even more so, often with different generations of the same families playing side by side. Company director Matthew Conway added: We are a family-run, community-orientated business, about to celebrate our centenary in 2016, so it was fitting to be supporting a league which represents not only tradition but friendly competition played out in the heart of the county s communities.

    Alliance chairman Peter Thomas, who helped present the trophies with Matthew Conway, Emma Conway and Neil McDonald, said: There s no doubt that the input of Dipple & Conway has made a big difference to the competition over the past two years with the introduction of the player of the month awards further adding to the level of interest. He added: We also pride ourselves on our youth section which is getting youngsters involved in cricket, gaining confidence and even playing in adult teams, which is good for the future of the sport. On the Club of the Year award to Fakenham, he added: They were good both off and on the field.

    It was just disappointing that they couldn t go on to get the reward they really deserved by getting in the EAPL. But they are a young team and I think with another year of experience they can only get better. The awards evening was compered by Anglia Television presenter and keen cricketer Jonathan Wills.

    Division One winners Garboldisham with Matthew Conway, from Dipple and Conway, and John Tythcott, vice-chairman of the Norfolk Cricket Alliance. Picture Credit Newsmakers PR Division Two winners Norwich A with Matthew Conway, from Dipple and Conway, and John Tythcott, vice-chairman of the Norfolk Cricket Alliance. Picture Credit Newsmakers PR Division Three winners Vauxhall Mallards A with Matthew Conway, from Dipple and Conway, and John Tythcott, vice-chairman of the Norfolk Cricket Alliance.

    Picture Credit Newsmakers PR Division Four winners Winterton with Emma Conway, from Dipple and Conway, and John Tythcott, vice-chairman of the Norfolk Cricket Alliance. Picture Credit Newsmakers PR Division Five winners Martham with Matthew Conway, from Dipple and Conway, and John Tythcott, vice-chairman of the Norfolk Cricket Alliance. Picture Credit Newsmakers PR Division Six winners Bircham with Emma Conway, from Dipple and Conway, and John Tythcott, vice-chairman of the Norfolk Cricket Alliance.

    Picture Credit Newsmakers PR Dipple & Conway Opticians Norfolk Cricket Alliance Award Winners: Premier Division Winners Fakenham Runner-Up -Sprowston Division One Winners Garboldisham Runner-Up North Runcton Division Two Winners Norwich A Runner-Up Thetford Division Three Winners Vauxhall Mallards A Runner-Up Brooke A Division Four Winners Winterton Runner-Up Mundford Division Five Winners Martham Runner-Up Hethersett & Tas Valley A Division Six Winners Bircham Runner-Up Bradenham A Junior Competitions Under-9s - John Dewing Trophy Winners Brooke Runner-Up Horsford Under-11s - Terry Moore Trophy Winners Vauxhall Mallards Runner-Up Southwold Under-13s - Allan Bridgewater Trophy Winners Acle Runner-Up Cromer Under-15s - Andy Seeley Trophy Winners Swardeston CEYMS Runner-Up Acle Merit awards Leading run scorer Carl Amos (Vauxhall Mallards) Leading wicket-takers Marcus Bishop (Lowestoft) and Simon Key (Norwich).

    Leading wicketkeeper Andy Dale (Swaffham) Dipple & Conway Players of the Month May Jasper Payne (Swaffham) June Robin Yates (Mundford) July Harrison Futter (Fakenham) August Ben Coote (North Runcton).

    Club of the Year Fakenham

  • Amador snaps Bret Harte win streak The environment at Dorroh Field on Friday in Angels Camp for a homecoming matchup vs. Amador was as electric as ever. Fans lined up, 40 to 50 deep outside the gates, prior to the ballgame to get into a stadium that had already reached maximum seating capacity.

    The band, hardly more than 15 strong, sounded two times the size, and the Bullfrog faithful erupted after a big play from the home team. The setting was about what could be expected of a team on the verge of unprecedented success. But on Friday, the atmosphere was just not enough to will Bret Harte to its third consecutive Mother Lode League victory.

    Amador won 34-7. Due to a first quarter that saw a blown coverage on defense and 40 penalty yards on Bret Harte, the Bullfrogs found themselves down by 13 early for the third straight week. It s just by us not executing, said first-year head coach Casey Kester.

    This is the worst execution we have seen since the opening game against Orestimba and also against Calaveras. Though Bret Harte was able to overcome the deficits and eventually come out victorious in weeks prior, this week was different. Kester said ultimately the negative aura associated with this year's homecoming could ve contributed to the comeback struggles in the eventual 34-7 defeat Friday.

    This week was homecoming week and all the activities that went with that. Plus all the negative activities that went on with school. The kids are dealing with an awful lot of stuff, said Kester.

    The kids still have to come out better, they still have to focus. They just came out today and were sloppy, they couldn t execute and just couldn t come back from that. However, the Bullfrogs were not without their opportunities.

    Entering the second half, down 13-6, Bret Harte recovered an onside kick inside the Amador 50. But they would punt three plays later. They had another chance the following drive down 19-7, advancing the ball within the red zone, though they eventually lost possession on downs.

    The past couple of weeks, they ve been able to recover and get their heads in the game and play well and not make the mistakes. said Kester. This week, they couldn t ever get their heads back in the game and continued to make mistakes all throughout the game.

    On the evening, Amador was able to accumulate over 300 total yards and five touchdowns on offense vs. Bret Harte. Of the total yards gained, two players quarterback Ben Griffin and running back Daylan Thetford contributed 283 total yards and four scores.

    They were running one of our plays, the quarterback read. Their quarterback is very aggressive at it. He made the read and attacked straight down the field, said Kester.

    Their back is very shifty. They went to a zone blocking scheme, and he was just taking his time and reading the blocks. Next week, Bret Harte will face winless Riverbank in Angels Camp.

    We just have to get in and absolutely drill these guys on discipline this week.

    Not jumping offsides, not making silly mistakes, keeping their heads in the game, said Kester.

    They didn t do that tonight and that s on us coaches.

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  • An Audience with Lesley Garrett, AUDEN THEATRE Holt At the AUDEN THEATRE Gresham s School Holt Sunday November 22 nd 7.30pm All Seats 25 Box Office Tel 01263-713444 www.greshams.com/Auden-Theatre 1 Join Britain s most popular soprano for a delightful evening of song, reminiscences and chat. Her behind-the-scenes stories and anecdotes will give audiences a unique insight into her life on the stage As well as performing with the English and Welsh National Operas, Lesley has recently starred in Carousel and The Sound of Music and appeared on television shows including Strictly Come Dancing and Loose Women. She has also performed with artists as diverse as Michael Ball, Renee Fleming, Andrea Bocelli, Bryn Terfel and Lily Savage.

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  • Anglian Potters Selected Members' Exhibition 2015 Anglian Potters Selected Members Exhibition 2nd October 1st November 2015 21 selected members of the Anglian Potters Association will be exhibiting their work at the Ferini ART Gallery during October this year. It is a particularly auspicious time of year to have chosen as the gallery will be celebrating its fifteenth anniversary. Anglian Potters are delighted to be showing work in this beautiful space as they have not exhibited in Suffolk for several years.

    Clay is a most versatile and durable medium, lending itself to the creation of thrown domestic ware, hand-built vessels, sculpture, and even jewellery. The potters and sculptors showing their work in this exhibition represent many disciplines within ceramics, as well as revealing the rich diversity of skills and creativity that exist within Anglian Potters. From Rosemarie Cooke s charming wildlife sculptures, through Susan Cupitt s elegant and spare thrown vessels and Angela Mellor s delicate, transulscent porcelain, to the smoke-fired work of Juliet Gorman, this exhibition has something to appeal to all collectors of ceramics.

    The organisation is long-established and widely respected nationally. It was originally formed in in 1983 to represent all that is best in East Anglian ceramics. It has a thriving membership of over 400, which includes amateur and professional potters, students and supporters.

    Those who choose to apply for selected membership must submit a body of work for inspection by a panel of their peers.

    It is a rigorous process with equal attention being paid to form, process, skill and execution.

    Contact: Ferini ART Gallery Pakefield T 01502 562222 E info@feriniartgallery.co.uk Anglian Potters Selected Members secretary Anja Penger -Onyett E anja.penger@gmx.de 1 2 Notes: The exhibiting potters are as follows: Ray Auker, Deborah Baynes, Harvey Bradley, Murray Cheesman, Rosemarie Cooke, Susan Cupitt, Catherine D Arcy, Peter Deans, Moira Goodall, Juliet Gorman, Helen Martino, John Masterton, Angela Mellor, Stephen Murfitt, Anja Penger-Onyett, Christine Pike, Colin Saunders, Pam Schomberg, Usch Spettigue, Peter Warren Open 11am 4pm Fri/Sat/Sun 27-29 All Saints Road Pakefield Lowestoft Suffolk NR33 0JL info@feriniartgallery.co.uk 3 01502-562222 Related References ^ info@feriniartgallery.co.uk (icenipost.com) ^ anja.penger@gmx.de (icenipost.com) ^ info@feriniartgallery.co.uk (icenipost.com)

  • Animal Lovers Save Elderly Dog Abandoned in Woods A 13-year-old, deaf and blind Beagle mix dog gave her best years to her former family, but right before Christmas, her previous owners decided they had enough of the pet. The dog was tossed into the Thetford Forest in Suffolk, England, to live the rest of her life if she could survive on her own. Thankfully, the senior dog was found and taken to a shelter.

    Photo credit: SWNS The dog has been named Ivy. She had no collar or microchip and rescuers hoped the dog in the woods had been left there by accident. However, after placing Ivy on a seven-day hold, giving her owners a chance to come claim her, and after running a massive social media campaign to get the pooch back to her original home, animal rescuers learned the sad truth.

    No one wanted Ivy, and whoever threw her into the wood did it on purpose. Kelly Smith, assistant manager for Dogs Trust Snetterton rehoming center told The Mirror 1 that the fact Ivy wasn t wearing a collar or microchip and didn t get claimed, leads them to believe that she was no longer wanted by her owners and dumped in a local forest without any thought of how this elderly dog would cope. Photo credit: SWNS No one knows how long Ivy was alone in the woods, but she was found in bad health.

    It is uncertain if she was tossed under those conditions or if her health worsen once she had to fend for herself. What s for sure is that the elderly dog is being nursed back to heal by Dogs Trust Snetterton rehoming center 2 , and they hope to place Ivy in a foster home while a forever retirement home is found. There, she will spend the rest of her days (if not years) surrounded by love.

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  • Another protest against the register of firearms magictr 1 | February 22, 2016 | News 2 | THETFORD MINES | It was the turn of the Minister of Forestry, Wildlife and Parks, Laurent Lessard, being the target of hunters opposed the creation of a Quebec registry for registration of hunting weapons, Sunday morning, in Thetford Mines . More than 150 of these fighters demonstrated outside the constituency office of Minister in the wake of similar gatherings held in St. Jerome and Alma.

    The registry is just to please the sensitive ladies of the Polytechnic, but nobody has demonstrated its usefulness, commented the presenter of the event, Guy Morin. The federal government has had one, it was abolished, and no politician has the intention to go back, said Mr. Morin.

    Present at the event, Dave Young is shooting instructor at the Canadian Academy of Practical Shooting. He said the police have information about whether an individual is likely to have firearms. It is mandatory an acquisition license issued by the RCMP to be in possession of a hunting weapon, said Mr Young.

    If someone is arrested for a simple flashing light on his car, the patrol can instantly know if the driver has a permit to purchase firearms. Acquisition permit Fran ois Picard, an activist against the registry, feels the same way. He gave us permission to photograph their license acquisition must renew it every five years at a cost of $ 80.

    Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) gives him the license after investigation. In addition, to obtain this license, you must have a security certificate, commonly called weapons handling course. Mr.

    Picard is registered against fake statistics published by the daily Quebecor Saturday in regard to seizures by police over the past 20 years. The data start from 1991 when there was no federal registry, and it has not prevented the police to seize weapons in a person at risk, he said. They search the house when they have fears for the safety of an individual or his family.

    Opponents of the Quebec registry intend to resume their claims the end of next week, always before members offices of the National Assembly.

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  • Any problems with and opinion about Auto-sleeper Beckford I had an 1996 Autosleeper Duetto and the quality was great, it was just the Transit that let it down. I now have a 2010 Autosleeper Duetto and the Transit is great it is the Autosleepers conversion that lets it down. They went from pretty much the best build quality to pretty much the worst.

    I am still repairing and replacing bits of the interior. There where several bits missing from my van that all the other 2009 -2010 vans had, but the fixing holes for them were not there: 1) fold out divider on the back of the bathroom door.

    2) Water proof trim around the top of the toilet.

    3) Several pieces of cloth finishing.

    4) The heater should have been dual fuel but was only diesel. When I phoned and asked why they were not fitted I was told that they did not have the right parts so they just deleted them off my van.

    Next I needed some spares for the trim, after several phone calls I was told that none were or ever would be available. A friend of mine is a chippy and when I was trying to fix the bed he arrived and had a look in the van. He thought it was a poor quality self build because of how bad the woodwork is.

    The joints are terrible they had not countersunk the screws, they were just driven in screws until the ends of the wood had split. Also the front legs of the bed were screwed up into a piece of 18mm ply, but the screws went between the layers so had just split the wood apart. The covering of the cupboard doors was coming off.

    The one side window had a 10mm gap in the sealant at the top and was letting water in. When I took off the inspection cover to check the water heater and eberspacher, the chamber had loads of saw dust in it that had not been cleaned out, this is where the heater sucks its air in from. The list goes on.

    I will never buy another Autosleeper again unless it was cheap enough to be able to upgrade all their cost cutting, and repair the awful workmanship.