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RUNTON PARISH COUNCIL NEWS FROM EAST TO WEST

Date: December 2019. Issue 34 Published Quarterly

 

PARISH COUNCIL INFORMATION—Councillor details are as follows.
West Runton Ward:
Chairman Mr. John Simpson. Wood Rising Sandy Lane West Runton
Councillors
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.
Ms. Carole Davidson Widgeons Home Close West Runton

East Runton Ward:
Vice-Chairman Mr. Brian Cushion Meadowsett Top Common East Runton.
Councillors
Mr. Phil Nichols Roundabouts House Greens Lane East Runton
Mr. Rick Taylor 1, Farm Cottages, Beach Rd., East Runton
Mr. Kevin Jonas Tiddlers Cottage Mill Lane East Runton.
Councillors may be contacted through the office.
The Parish Council website has links to the District Council and County Council
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: runtonpc@aol.com

PARISH COUNCIL OFFICE open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
10.30am to 3.30pm 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.
FUTURE PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS: All held on Tuesdays at 7.15pm alternating between West Runton Church Hall and East Runton Reading Room
Next meeting : 26th Nov 2019 WR. Future meetings : 17, Dec ER, 28th January 2020 WR. 25 Feb ER, 24 Mar, WR.


Your Clerk and Councillors wish you an Enjoyable Christmas, and Good Health and Peace in the New Year.

HISTORY NEWS RUNTON written by B. Emery.

THE WORKHOUSE AT CHRISTMAS
There is a general view of workhouses being terrible places, with people starving and beaten and children faring no better. This view is undoubtedly formed from Charles Dickens “Oliver Twist” and indeed some workhouses were badly run places.

In the main however especially in the more rural areas things were not always so bad.

Sheringham formed a union in 1805 which included Runton. The workhouse was near the church in Upper Sheringham. The building is still there but first became a school and is now housing. The Erpingham Union which took in Runton was formed in 1836 and a workhouse at West Beckham was built c1848. This “Beckham Palace” was to replace other workhouses that were closed down.
If anyone remembers what Aylsham Cottage Hospital (previously a workhouse) looked like, then you will know what Beckham Workhouse was like, as it was an exact replica.

West Beckham Workhouse, in 1881 housed eighty inmates including six who were Runton born. They were shown on the census as; John Everitt, James Craske, Pricilla Lee, Elizabeth Pike, Thomas Pike (senior) and Thomas Pike (junior). They may have been in the infirmary.

Beckham Palace was badly damaged by fire in 1888 and then restored. It could hold around 528 inmates, but by 1890 it had only 78. The Master and Matron at that time were Walter and Mary Emery, distant relatives of your parish Clerk.
On arrival at the workhouse, a bath and a change into workhouse clothing was given. Men women and children were separated and only saw each other on Sundays at Church. Typically they got three meals a day. Bread and cheese and gruel every day with a “meat day” and potatoes once a week followed by soup the next day, presumably made from the leftovers of the meat day.

All men and women had to work and children got an education. Life consisted of work, eat and sleep with little else for amusement but it was much better than being on the streets. There was an infirmary at Beckham and the dead got a Christian burial. Children were given schooling where otherwise they may have had to leave school and go to work. The life was tough and regimented. Families being parted was mainly the cause of why some chose to suffer but at least stay together. Sometimes, just the children were sent to the workhouse while parents continued to try to work to get the family back together.

Before 1834 in the era of the Parish Workhouses, at Christmas, inmates were given a treat and some received beef, plum pudding and a pint of porter each. Some places were recorded as having beef and a pound of “spiced cake”. At another, on the previous “meat day” they were given bread and cheese so as to save the beef for Christmas day. Some had veal and beef. That all changed with the introduction of the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834. Then it was decreed that no extra food was to be allowed at Christmas or any other feast day. No pauper was allowed wine, beer or spirituous or fermented liquor unless by the direction in writing from the medical officer. Maybe this law and it’s effect inspired Charles Dickens to write “Oliver Twist” and subsequently to invent “Scrooge”. However some Unions chose to ignore those rules and celebrated Christmas in the usual way, providing beef and plum pudding etc; as usual.

Rules of the Workhouse remained in place even during the “festivities”. Families were still segregated so could not spend the day together and work went on.
By the 1920s most workhouses were on Santa’s list! The workhouses although, were, in most cases, better than surviving on the streets, still had such a stigma attached to them that some families would rather huddle together, cold and starving, than knock on “that door”.

Parish Council News

RUNTON WAR MEMORIAL
West Runton War Memorial has been added to the Statutory List of Buildings. It is a Grade II in the list for the reasons of being—Historic interest; as an eloquent witness to the tragic impacts of world events on this community and the sacrifices it made in the conflicts of the 20th century. Also for architectural interest; for it’s poignant and well executed
design.
PONDS IN EAST RUNTON
Some work is soon to be carried out on the Top Common Pond. Dredging will remove the silt and when the pond settles, work can be done on the removal of invasive species and planting various plants to help the water quality, and Norfolk Reed to trap silt in future, which will also filter oil etc from the road surface water. It is hoped a volunteer group can be formed to help with clearance, and eventually a workshop can take place to offer advice on keeping the pond in good order. A detailed report has been received for the ongoing work. Anyone interested in being involved please contact the Clerk initially with your details and you can then be kept informed. The fence around the pond has been repaired and the small footbridge over the ditch replaced. Lower Common pond will be cleared in the New Year as it was last winter.
ALLOTMENTS
It is now expected that allotment rents should have been paid. Some are still overdue and it is hoped that all will be paid before the end of the year. East Runton Village Hall has been booked for the Horticultural Show for the 1st August 2020.
THE HURN
As many of our readers will know, the posts and rail around The Hurn are in a bad state of repair. The Parish Council have a quote for replacements and it has been on the Agenda for the November meeting. The decision will be in the minutes.
MINUTES OF MEETINGS
The minutes are always displayed on the notice boards and on the website. Do please make an effort to read them.
LOCAL PLAN
There have been some wild and inaccurate rumours going around about the inclusion of land adjacent to Clifton Park in the proposed Local Plan, for development. Apparently some seem to have the idea that building houses and a school there is imminent and that adjoining land also is to be taken in for similar. This is not true.

The Local Plan is not yet final and it will be a guide for development decisions until 2036. Parcels of land that could be developed for Community Led Housing have been identified all over North Norfolk. This particular piece of land is one of them for inclusion in the Plan. The Parish Council have asked that it should not be included. The Plan is due to be finalised in late 2020. Details can be viewed by searching “NNDC Local Plan” on the internet.

PARISH COUNCIL MEMBERS
At the time of publication there are two seats vacant on the East ward of Runton Parish Council. Please enquire if interested as they may not have been filled by the time this goes out to households. Also needed, deliverer of this newsletter for East Runton common.
WEATHER AND RAIN FALL—monitored by Cllr. B. Cushion.
Although the summer has appeared quite dry, October has been the wettest month. Rainfall figures in East Runton from May onwards as follows: May 22mm, June 66mm, July 21mm,
August 40mm, September 65mm, October 103mm.

ABLE COMMUNITY CARE is a Norfolk home care company established in 1980 and provides care throughout the UK. They have produced Door Safety Stickers to deter unwanted callers. These have been printed to give away to anyone who feels threatened by doorstep callers. THEY ARE FREE with no obligation. Doorstep criminals are becoming more prevalent and can be very plausible and older people are targeted frequently. If you would like one of these stickers or you are connected to a Church or organisation and you feel that your members would benefit from these then please contact: on (Norwich number) 01603 764567 or email: info@ablecommunitycare.com. There is no charge for the stickers.

WHAT’S ON
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If anyone would like their event advertised here please contact the Clerk see below.

WEST RUNTON PARISH CHURCH CAROL SERVICE
WEDNESDAY 18th December in the Parish Church at 7.00pm
With traditional congregational Carols such as Once in Royal...Hark the Herald Angels...Angels from the Realms of Glory. God rest You Merry...O Little Town… etc. . Please come and enjoy this festive service.
CHRISTMAS SERVICES at East and West Runton
ST. ANDREWS—EAST RUNTON CAROL SERVICE
Sunday 15th December at 3pm.
Christmas Day Holy Communion at 9.30am
HOLY TRINITY WEST RUNTON - CHRISTMAS EVE
Midnight Mass at 11.00pm.
HISTORY COFFEE MORNING 5th December with mince pies, AT THE READING ROOM East Runton and in the New Year on JANUARY 2ND 2020.

CROMER LIBRARY www.norfolk.gov.uk/libraries 01263 512850 Open Mon to Sat.
MOBILE LIBRARY THURSDAYS EVERY FOUR WEEKS
These times are subject to change. Correct at the time of publication.

East Runton: 14:55—15:10 BUXTON CLOSE
15:15—15.30 ST ANDREWS

West Runton: 14.35—14.50 RENWICK PARK
15.35—15:45 GOLF CLOSE
15:50—16:10 CHURCH CLOSE
16:15—16.25 CHURCH HALL
16:30—16:45 STATION CLOSE
Next visits: 5th Dec, 2nd Jan 2020, 27th Feb, 26th Mar, 23rd April. Not bank holidays.
The above information is subject to change by the Norfolk County Council library service

The Clerk would be pleased to receive information for the next publication.
Any forthcoming events or any reports of organisations. By the 20th Feb 2020 please. Your comments on this publication would be welcomed. All information to the Clerk-Contact details are on page one. Follow us on Twitter @runtonparish

Views expressed are not necessarily the views of the editor or the Parish Council members

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