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Parish Council News

Date: June 2022 Issue 41 Published Quarterly

PARISH COUNCIL INFORMATION—Councillor details are as follows.
West Runton Ward:
Chair Mr. John Simpson. Wood Rising Sandy Lane West Runton
Vice-Chair Ms. Carole Davidson Widgeons Home Close West Runton
Mr. Bruce Bedwell The Dreys Longacre, West Runton.
Mr. Richard. Annis Dawley Cottage Boulevard Road West Runton.
Mr. David. Bakewell Woodlands Renwick Park West Runton.
Mrs. Beverly Memish Crathorne Olley Rd. West Runton
East Runton Ward:
Mr. Brian Cushion Meadowsett Top Common East Runton.
Mr. Phil Nichols Roundabouts House Greens Lane East Runton
Ms. T. Edwards 2, Victoria Terrace, High St. East Runton
Mr. Kevin Jonas Tiddlers Cottage Mill Lane East Runton.
Mr. Stephen Gurney The Paddock, East Runton
Mr. Gerry Baker 3, The Paddock 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 Mr. E. Vardy.
POLICE: Non emergency police number— 101 This is a free service.
Norfolk Swift Response 0344 800 8020 select option 1 for non medical help. 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. or mobile 07422 665978
Email: runtonpc@aol.com

PARISH COUNCIL OFFICE open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
10.30am to 3.30pm with a lunch break from 1pm—2pm.
PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS: All on 4th Tuesday each month 7:15PM
Alternating between East Runton Reading Room & West Runton Church Hall
Next Meetings: June 28th ER, July 26th WR, No August meeting.
September 27th ER. More details on website above.

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The Kit Bag East Runton - Written by Margaret Spinks
According to the memories of Mr. Fred Tuck, father of the last owner of the Kit Bag, the building had been a small wooden shop selling sweets in the early 1900s. It was run by a Mr. Luff. The next generation remember it as a brick built shop then run by Mr. Victor Hardesty who sold fruit and vegetables. There is no information as to when the building was bricked in, but we surmise that it was sometime shortly after the war. Mrs. Hardesty had recalled that she had lived in the rear of the shop.

After Mr. Hardesty, the business was taken over by Mr. Gordon Bailey and his wife Helen. They were farmers at Aylmerton and continued selling fruit and vegetables at the shop.

Mr. Alan Todd took over the shop after Mr. Bailey for a short time and in 1981 it was bought by the Spinks family. Margaret ran the shop with the help of Mrs Mary Love. Various students helped in the holidays and it worked well until the arrival of the supermarkets heralding the decline of many small shops. So then in 1987, Ray and Margaret Spinks decided to diversify by providing something that they thought visitors and locals alike would welcome. And so “The Kit Bag” was born. Its stock being something rather unusual for a small village shop; Military surplus! A few pairs of ex-army boots, some shirts and a small number of cold weather parkas were purchased. These sold very quickly and so the stock was increased until the shop was bursting at the seams with original clothing and equipment from the armed forces of the world. Local residents were soon seen in winter. wearing fur hats of the type issued to East German soldiers before the collapse of the Berlin wall, among other military wear. Modern armed forces are equipped to a very high standard with much of the clothing and equipment being manufactured by world leading suppliers to the outdoor trade. These surplus items obtained were sold at The Kit Bag at a fraction of the price one would pay for them new.
The Kit Bag customers were many and varied; ranging from outdoor workers, followers of outdoor pursuits, members of youth organisations, to teenagers who found the combat style clothing a current fashion necessity. The younger element was catered for with a full range of cam gear for children from the age of three upwards.

The Kit Bag was known as the “shop that really was different” and was something of a tourist attraction with some items on display which could only be purchased at a handful of locations in the region. How many establishments could provide you with a camouflage net, aircraft marshalling bats or even a second World War gasmask?

Alison, daughter of Ray and Margaret took over the running of the shop in the early 2000s. The surplus trade was then becoming less accessible to small outlets. The forces no longer carried as much stock and supplies became harder to come by. It was decided to concentrate more on new outdoor clothing rather than the reproduction military clothing as this was inferior in quality than originals and far more expensive. This was a success for many years until the arrival of two national outdoor-gear shops in the nearby town and with the growing online trade it meant the writing was on the wall. The last day of trading was September 18th 2018 and the building was sold. The shop was more than a business to the family who say they felt lucky to have been trading during that era and enjoyed their 34 years at the shop. It was an integral part of the village and was a regular presence at local shows, fairs and carnivals and now becomes part of the history of the village to be remembered fondly.

The Parish Council would like to extend Grateful thanks to all our distributors. This is a very public spirited action and much appreciated.

The above was held on June 2nd for the Queens Platinum Jubilee. In the previous few weeks a scarecrow competition had been held and many joined in making royal “scarecrows”. These were varied and amusing. It was good to see many people rallying to the challenge. The event on the day comprising of a Party in the Park theme was very well attended and enjoyed by over 250 people. There was audience participation involving the children with the first musical group from 5pm with a magician entertaining everyone and then a rock band from 8pm for all to have a jig and a dance to. A quote from one young person was that it was “the best 5 hours of his life”. Families brought picnics, rugs and chairs and well behaved dogs. Some chairs and tables were provided around the field. There were some food and drink outlets available and a bar was run by the Runton Football Club from the pavilion. The beacon was lit at 9:15 after a short address from the Chairman of the Parish Council and the National Anthem sung with gusto, followed by three cheers for Queen Elizabeth. It was sponsored by the Parish Council and a wonderful effort from the group of Councillors who organised the event and not forgetting the helpers before and after and on the day.
The Parish Council are informed about planning applications in the area and are given a chance to put forward an opinion but have no powers to influence the Planning Authority of the North Norfolk District Council. Three fairly controversial proposals have been ongoing and have now been decided upon by District Council Planners. One was the holiday lodges proposed for the Links Hotel in West Runton, which was refused. Parish Councillors attended the Planning meeting at the District Council offices. At the same time application to alter the sign at the Dormy Hotel in West Runton was on the agenda which had been considered and changed from a previous application. This was approved by District Council planners. Another proposal at Sammy’s Bar at East Runton to demolish and provide housing was withdrawn.
It may have been noticed in East Runton that some areas are not being cut. The idea is to leave areas to grow wild to produce more wild flowers and meadow-like parts. It is necessary to encourage wildlife as much as possible and the Parish Council are committing to this while keeping other areas tidy. The area around the Lower Common pond is being cut more regularly which has improved the area around the sign and seat. The rest is cut to schedule. The ditches on West Runton common will continue to be cleared to a certain extent, in autumn, but the Parish Council are not owners of the common and have no rights or responsibility for the water courses.
Many may be unaware of the above. Norfolk Swift Response is a free 24-hour service you can call if you have an urgent, unplanned need at home but don’t need the emergency services. If, for example, your partner or carer is suddenly admitted to hospital, the Swift Response team can assist you with getting up, washing and dressing. They can also help if you have a fall but are not seriously injured and can bring special lifting equipment to help make moving as safe as possible for you. Or assist during a power cut if you are unable to help yourself.
Call Norfolk Swift Response on 0344 800 8020 and select option 1.


A series of Wednesday Lunchtime concerts are being held this year starting at 12:30pm and lasting for about an hour. All are offered a drink and invited to bring a lunch to munch.
Admission is free with a retiring collection at the end. Car parking at the Rectory next to the Church.
June 29th: Organ, Jim Laird. July 6th: Organ & piano, John farmer.
July 13th: Baroque Music, Belfry Baroque. July 20th: Organ, Mark Jones.
July 27th: Organ, Jonathan Hill.
August 3rd: Organ ,Tim Patient. Aug 10th: Organ ,Alan Morris.
Aug 17th:Organ, Simon & Rachel Ballard. Aug 24th: Violin & Viola, Scarlett Askew.
Aug 31st: Organ, Elinor Hanton, an organ scholar at Oxford University.

Saturday 30th July at East Runton Village Hall. Further details and entry forms will be available from > Runtonproduceshow@outlook.com < or ring Beverly on 07960 326431. This show is open to residents and allotment holders in Runton only. No entries allowed from commercial growers.

Please note: Parish Council meetings at East Runton will now be held at The Reading Room. Felbrigg Road East Runton. Next one June 28th.

LIBRARIES Cromer Library opening times:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10:30am to 7:00pm Wednesday Closed.
Saturday 12 noon to 4:00pm. Sunday: Closed
The Mobile Library - table below shows locations, normally every four weeks on Thursday
No visits in August.
Don’t forget your library card. Times are subject to change.
For enquiries about this route, please Telephone:01603 222303

Village Arrival Departure Place
East Runton
East Runton
West Runton
West Runton
West Runton
West Runton
Buxton Close
St Andrews
Renwick Park
Golf Close
Church Close
Station Close


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


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