RUNTON PARISH COUNCIL NEWS FROM EAST TO WEST
Date: December 2018 Issue 30 Published Quarterly
PARISH COUNCIL INFORMATION—Councillor details are as follows.
West Runton Ward:
Chairman Mr. John Simpson. Wood Rising, Sandy Lane West Runton
Mr. Bruce Bedwell The Dreys ,Longacre, West Runton.
Mr. Richard. Annis Dawley Cottage ,Boulevard Road West Runton.
Mr. John Creasey Bransbury ,Rosebery Road West Runton.
Mr. David. Bakewell Woodlands, Renwick Park West Runton.
Mr. M. Brandish Calveswell Barn, Calveswell Lane West Runton
East Runton Ward:
Vice-Chairman Mr. Brian Cushion Meadowsett , Top Common East Runton.
Mrs. Jane Hodson Fernie House ,High Street East Runton.
Mr. P. Nichols Roundabouts House ,Greens Lane East Runton
Mr. Steve Bacon Albert House , High Street East Runton.
Mr. Kevin Jonas Tiddlers Cottage, Mill Lane East Runton.
Mr. Chris Hawkins Shoemakers Cottage, High St. East Runton.
Councillors may be contacted through the office.
The Parish Council website has links to the District Council and County
The local North Norfolk District Councillor is Mrs. S. Butikofer.
The Norfolk County Councillor is Mrs. S. Butikofer
POLICE: Non emergency police number— 101 This is a free service.
The Clerk to the Council is: Mrs. Barbara Emery.
The Office is at: The Reading Room, Felbrigg Road, East Runton
Cromer NR27 9PE. Tel: 01263 512214. Email:
PARISH COUNCIL OFFICE open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
10am to 4pm with a lunch break from 1pm—2pm. The Clerk will normally be
there to answer questions or help in any way connected with Parish business.
HISTORY NEWS RUNTON compiled by B. Emery.
Christmas at War.
We have all just been listening, watching and attending various
ceremonies and commemorative events. We have lit beacons and worn poppies,
waved flags, played the last post and sung hymns. It has been humbling to
hear stories and to read memories of the wars down the years from the Great
War onwards. It is obvious, that in spite of some concerns, those who gave
their lives for their country will never be forgotten. We will always
Thoughts are now turning to Christmas. Now we are concerned with sending
cards and what to buy our friends and family.
Grandmothers will be telling their grandchildren “In my day, we had an
apple and an orange and a new pair of socks and thought we were lucky”. The
recipient of these eloquently given memories will roll their eyes. I wonder
what they will tell their grandchildren about Christmas.
So just spare a thought for what it could have been like for the armed
forces in the trenches of WW1.
The Christmas Truce of 1914 is often celebrated as a symbolic moment of
peace in an otherwise devastatingly violent war. We may like to believe that
for just one day, all across the front, men from both sides emerged from the
trenches and met in No Man's Land to exchange gifts and play football. This
did happen in some places no doubt. Indeed there are photographs to prove
it, posted in many news articles of the day. There were unofficial
ceasefires at first, but the following year less were known and by Christmas
1916 a ban on ceasefires at Christmas was in force as the war took a more
Late on Christmas Eve 1914, on the western front, men of the British
Expeditionary Force (BEF) heard German troops in the trenches opposite them
singing carols and patriotic songs and saw lanterns and small fir trees
along their trenches—this is documented.
Elsewhere the fighting continued and casualties did occur even on
Christmas day. Future nature writer Henry Williamson, then a
nineteen-year-old private in the
London Rifle Brigade, wrote to his mother on Boxing Day:
Dear Mother, I am writing from the trenches. It is 11 o'clock in the
morning. Beside me is a coke fire, opposite me a 'dug-out' (wet) with straw
in it. The ground is sloppy in the actual trench, but frozen elsewhere. In
my mouth is a pipe presented by the Princess Mary. In the pipe is tobacco.
Of course, you say. But wait. In the pipe is German tobacco. Haha, you say,
from a prisoner or found in a captured trench? Oh dear, no! From a German
soldier. Yes a live German soldier from his own trench. Yesterday the
British & Germans met & shook hands in the Ground between the trenches, &
exchanged souvenirs, & shook hands. Yes, all day Xmas day, & as I write.
Marvellous, isn't it?
It is quite moving to read what this boy constitutes as “marvellous” and the
pleasure derived from these gestures.
The Princess Mary referred to had organised, in 1914, for all men to receive
a Christmas box. It would contain, tobacco or cigarettes etc., plus sweets
The volunteers in the armed forces thought the war would be over quickly and
were probably quite upbeat in 1914. Little did they know that it would be
almost four more Christmases before they would be going home if ever.
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PARISH COUNCIL NEWS
North Norfolk District Council Local Plan
The District Council is currently preparing its Local Plan relating to
it’s development proposals, to run until 2036. Overall, it is anticipated
that up to 10,000 new dwellings will need to be built in that period, with
the new plan required to identify up to 4,500 dwellings not previously
North Walsham, Fakenham and Cromer will have the largest numbers and the
Cromer proposals include land to the south of the town and to the west in
parish, hence this article.
The proposals for Runton for 50+ dwellings are in two categories,
Preferred and Alternative sites. The Preferred Housing / Mixed Site Use
identifies currently unused land on the Cromer boundary to the west of
Clifton Park, possibly including an Infant School. This extends north of the
railway to the tarmac of Mill Lane.
the Alternative sites are a small area to the north of Mill Lane
immediately beyond the houses there, and a more substantial area from the
railway to the Holt Road west of the present housing and light industry at
Middlebrook Way, and the light industry at Stonehill Way.
There will be an official launch of these proposals in February 2019 when
a 6 week consultation period will be provided.
Playing Field East Runton
There are plans to clear some of the vegetation from around the edges of the
field and re-establish the boundary and fence. Although there is no longer a
team for Runton. there are youth teams playing there now and the car boot
sales are continuing in the summer months.
Car Park West Runton
Hopefully the car park can be improved over the winter and overnight parking
by camper vans will be discouraged by way of signage.
Traffic and parking West Runton
Negotiations are going ahead with two proposed traffic orders. One concerns
the parking times in the village and the other is directed at hopefully
controlling heavyweight vehicles using Sandy Lane. There are many problems
with buses and large lorries causing problems with caravans all using Sandy
Lane. Traffic orders however, we are told, can cost in the region of as much
as ten thousand pounds especially where residents may have to be consulted.
Initially though, moves are afoot to monitor the weight of vehicles in Sandy
Lane. The Parish Council have been asked to help with the cost of the TROs
and the monitoring although they believe that it should be the County
The bank balance of the Parish Council stands at £188,386.00. Some of this
is in a deposit account and investments will be considered in due course.
The budget proposals have been looked at during the recent Parish Council
meeting. The precept will be reported in the minutes and there will be no
increase. It is being kept at £15,000.00. There are various projects for the
villages to be considered over the next year. Some new street lamps may be
needed, there will be the playing field work, the car park and some work on
allotments is all in the mix. The loan obtained for the refurbishment has
been paid off using some of the money from the sale of the land at East
Any decisions regarding the financial position of the Parish Council will
be on hold until the new Council has taken office after the elections on 2nd
May 2019. There will be information about these elections in the March
edition of this newsletter.
Fraud and Cyber Crime
This type of crime has come to the fore again recently. It can be worrying
when a phone call is received to say that your bank account has been
tampered with, or your internet is being terminated. These people are very
convincing either by phone or email. They can make an email look exactly if
it’s from your bank. Sometimes they address you by your email address which
makes it look personal. If a company contact you they will always use your
name. Sometimes on the phone they claim to be the police or your internet
provider. They then ask you for details to rectify the “problem”. However
neither your bank or the police or your internet provider will ever contact
you for any personal information. If you receive any of these
communications, simply hang up and then contact your bank or internet
provider to find out what, if anything, is the problem. You can then report
the incident to the police dialling 101 or to ActionFraud on:
0300 123 2040 or
actionfraud.police.uk ActionFraud can also be contacted about a
suspicious call, letter, text or email.
West Runton Village Inn: Quiz - 1st Saturday of the month 9pm
West Runton Social Club: - Quiz Night Sundays at 8pm
Tuesdays - 9pm Open Mic-night
Wednesdays - 8.30pm - Bingo
East Runton St. Andrews Church - Sunday 16th December Christmas Carol
Service at 3pm.
West Runton Holy Trinity Church—Carol Service 19th December 7.00pm
FUTURE PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS: All held on Tuesdays at 7.15pm
Next meeting: 18-Dec-2018 WR Church Hall Future meetings 22-Jan 2019 East
Runton Reading Room. 26-Feb2019 WR Church Hall
www.norfolk.gov.uk/libraries 01263 512850 Open Mon to Sat.
MOBILE LIBRARY THURSDAYS EVERY FOUR WEEKS Route NWA448.
Tel: for information on this service 01692 402482 quoting the route number
East Runton 14:35—14:45 BUXTON CLOSE
14:50—15.05 ST ANDREWS
West Runton: 12.55—13.10 RENWICK PARK
15.10—15:20 GOLF CLOSE
15:25—15:45 CHURCH CLOSE
15:50—16.05 CHURCH HALL
16:10—16.25 STATION CLOSE
Next visits: 3 Jan 2019, 31st Jan, 28 Feb,28 Mar. Not bank holidays.
The above information is subject to change by the Norfolk County Council
FISH AND CHIP VAN sadly has now been retired. It has served the
community for many years and will be much missed by many. They are wished a
Produced by Barbara Emery (Clerk)
The Clerk would be pleased to receive information for the next publication.
Any forthcoming events or any reports of organisations. By the 20th November
please. Your comments on this publication would be welcomed. All information
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