RUNTON PARISH COUNCIL NEWS FROM EAST TO WEST
Date: September 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:
Mr. Brian Cushion Meadowsett Top Common East Runton.
Mrs. Jane Hodson Fernie House High Street 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.
FUTURE PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS: All held on Tuesdays at 7.15pm
Next meeting E.R. Reading Room 25th September 2018 Future meetings: WR.
Church Hall 23rd Oct. E.R. Reading Room 27th November and W.R. Church Hall
HISTORY NEWS RUNTON compiled by B. Emery.
“COASTAL VILLAGE COMPLEX IN £100,000 DEAL”
The North Norfolk Newspaper reported the sale of West Runton Village Inn and
Pavilion on Friday August 10th 1973. The headline was “Coast Village Complex
in £100,000 Deal”. It went on to tell that the “Village Inn and Pavilion, a
public house and dance hall complex together with a large private house and
car park on adjoining land have been sold for a sum in excess of £100,000 to
a firm F.C. Boswall Ltd., based in Hertford and also responsible for the
major development of luxury flats at Albany Court, formerly The Grand Hotel,
in Cromer. The vendor was Mrs. G, Abbs who at the time was living in the
house and the agents were Denis Whall and Partners of Sheringham. The ideas
being looked at, were to involve the development of flats inside the house
while retaining the original exterior. Also reported were the ideas to
extend the building to the rear and possibly build a swimming pool for
residents of the flats!
The Public House would continue with modernisation taking place after the
summer season together with the dance hall. West Runton Pavilion is probably
one of the most popular venues for dances in North Norfolk. A spokesman for
the purchaser’s agents was reported as saying that there are no plans to
alter the dance hall but an idea for a collapsible bowling alley was being
Prior to the sale, some of the older residents of West Runton will remember
big bands like Sid Phillips and Humphrey Lyttelton. The dance was a more
sedate ballroom style. Young men often went to dance classes so that they
could ask the girls to dance a waltz or a quick-step.
As we now know the swimming pool idea wasn’t realised and neither was the
bowling alley. The dance hall remained as such and progressed into many
varied types of bands and singers of the rock and pop scene being booked to
play there. Notably, singer Chuck Berry who arrived early and was seen by
locals enjoying the beach. Many local bands, also bands who were not so well
known but became famous, such as Iron Maiden, The Sex Pistols, Hot
Chocolate, Billy Fury, Badfinger, David Bowie, Dwane Eddy, Johnny Kidd and
The Pirates, Marc Bolan and T.Rex, to name but a small number. Who could
forget Screaming Lord Sutch with his Undertakers bringing their instruments
in a coffin. When the dance hall was closed it became for a time a venue for
roller skating which destroyed the beautiful sprung floor. Of course in the
end the dance hall was demolished and Slade Court built in it’s place. The
famous Slade had played there and also played the Cromer Links Pavilion two
weeks later. They were the last band to play at West Runton and had the
honour of having Slade Court named after them. One wonders if they ever
think about that.
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COFFEE MORNINGS ARE TAKING PLACE AT THE READING ROOM EAST RUNTON. EVERY
1ST THURSDAY IN THE MONTH.
A slide show proved popular at the July event and it’s hoped that these can
be held from time to time also. There will be posters advertising these
events on the notice boards in both villages so look out for them. We have a
huge number of photo’s and information about the history of the parish.
There are usually some good old “Runtonians” who can tell a yarn or two in
their Norfolk dialect and vernacular.
NEXT COFFEE MORNING is 6th September, and following ones on 4th
October and 1st November. Please come along and support. Admission is free
and teas, coffees and scrumptious biscuits (we have chocolate) are served
for a small donation.
Parish Council News
POND LOWER COMMON EAST RUNTON
People are understandably concerned about the Lower Common pond.
Originally the pond was fed by an open ditch. This can be seen in some of
our old photographs. This ditch was eventually covered over and the pond was
fed by an overflow from the Top Common pond.
Sometime in the eighties this piped feed was diverted into the main
surface water drainage system and since then the pond has been drying up.
2018 has been an exceptionally dry season.
Both ponds have been surveyed by conservationists and the Top Common pond
found to be dead, meaning that it has no wildlife and is simply a duck pond
as it now receives the run-off diverted into it from the roads with all the
detritus that comes with it and pollution from the geese.
The Lower Common pond however has been full of wildlife. Plants, a bees
nest, tadpoles and frogs in spring before the drought, have been seen along
with various insects. There are plans to manage it as a seasonal pond and
maintain this wildlife.
The Lower Common Pond has a clay substrate which holds the water.
Conservationist survey confirmed that it is only one inch thick and needs
improving. The pond has now been cleared and the substrate compacted. It
should now hold water for longer. It’s now a matter to wait and see how the
pond fares over the winter and next spring. The landowner is in agreement
with the Parish Council work done. We now need rain!
RAINFALL MEASUREMENTS SO FAR 2018: Jan 32mm, 1.26”, Feb 47mm,1.85”
Mar 87mm, 3.425”, Apr 74mm 2.91”, May 26mm 1.02”, Jun 2mm 0.08”, Jul 5mm
WEST RUNTON COMMON
Stewardship areas will have been cut by the time this publication goes out
weather permitting. The sheep should then be returned to graze all being
Obsolete lamps in Renwick Park West Runton have been replaced recently. Also
at East Runton one in each of Greens Lane and Broomhill. These have had the
top lanterns replaced. Complete column replacement will take place in Buxton
Close and one on The Gap.
New bins have been fitted on The Hurn West Runton and on Lower Common East
Runton. Both are proving necessary and are helping to reduce waste on
Both East Runton and West Runton village signs have been renovated. The seat
has been completely re-done in oak at East R. and the West R. sign has been
refurbished. Both have been done by local tradespeople and with
exceptionally good workmanship.
VACANCY ON PARISH COUNCIL
A very much valued and respected member of the Parish Council for 31 years,
Ray Spinks has now retired. Ray has been a diligent member of the Council
and has added much value and knowledge to the Parish of Runton. He will be
very much missed on the Council and we wish him well in the future.
Therefore there is a vacancy for a parish councillor on Runton Parish
Council East ward. Being a Parish Councillor can be rewarding and gives one
a vote on matters in the Parish as far as powers of a Parish Council go.
There will be an election next May 2019 and some may feel that it’s
pointless be co-opted now, but it would give members of the public a chance
to know who you are before the election and for you to get an insight of the
Parish Council. If you are interested in becoming a Councillor please visit
or contact the office and the Clerk will give you all the information you
WHAT’S GOING ON
Please come along and support your local activities
If anyone would like their event advertised here please contact the Clerk
Cromer Baptist Church
Meeting in the East Runton Methodist Church building
OASIS Friendship group Christmas events: Tuesday 18th Dec 7pm Carols
Alternate Thursdays at 2.30 Sunday 23rd Dec. Tea and Carols at 5pm.
13th September to 6th December Christmas Morning service 10.30 am.
Women’s Bible Study
20th September to 13th December
THE NATIONAL COASTWATCH INSTITUTION
Volunteers are needed for the Coastwatch Station on East Runton Beach
Rd., car park.
The NCI is a charity with 53 stations around the coast of England and
Wales and is part of the nations search and rescue response. The Royal
Patron, is Princess Anne. NCI watchkeepers wear a uniform whilst they are on
watch and volunteers can choose how much time they have to spare. At present
NCI Runton does 3 hour watches, one am and the other pm, from Saturday to
Tuesday each week. With your help coverage throughout the week can be
Full training is given at the station, at the individual’s own pace but
the principle of every watch, be it looking out to sea or looking down on
the beach is to “Spot, Plot and Report”. So if you can use a pair of
binoculars then you can be a “Watchkeeper”.
Volunteers can be from all backgrounds and suits both men and women. If
you think you would like to spend a pleasant afternoon a day or two a month
for this worthwhile charity keeping watch on our sea and beach, please
telephone Linda Lawrence on 01692 671913.
FISH AND CHIP VAN calls at The Hurn West Runton Weds
and at East Runton Half Year Close Wednesday 5:30pm, Buxton Close 6pm
www.norfolk.gov.uk/libraries 01263 512850 Open Mon to Sat.
MOBILE LIBRARY THURSDAYS EVERY FOUR WEEKS Not bank holidays.
EAST RUNTON BUXTON CLOSE 14.20-14.30
St. ANDREWS 14.50-15.05
WEST RUNTON RENWICK PARK 12.55-13.10
GOLF CLOSE 15.10-15.20
CHURCH CLOSE 15.25-15.45
CHURCH HALL 15.50-16.05
STATION CLOSE 16.10-16.25 TIMES CHANGE REGULARLY—PLEASE NOTE
Next visits-13 Sept, 11 Oct, 8 Nov, 6 Dec.
The above information is subject to change by the Norfolk County Council
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
to the Clerk-Contact details are on page one. Follow us on Twitter @runtonparish
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