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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no charge for the stickers.
Please come along and support your local activities.
If anyone would like their event advertised here please contact the Clerk
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.
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
The above information is subject to change by the Norfolk County Council
The Clerk would be pleased to receive information for the
Any forthcoming events or any reports of organisations. By the 20th Feb 2020
please. Your comments on this publication would be welcomed. All information
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