RUNTON PARISH COUNCIL NEWS FROM EAST TO WEST
Parish Council News
Date: June 2022 Issue 41 Published Quarterly
PARISH COUNCIL INFORMATION—Councillor details are as
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.
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
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
PLATINUM JUBILEE EVENT AT THE PLAYING FIELD
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.
NORFOLK SWIFT RESPONSE TEAM
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.
RUNTON VILLAGES WHAT’S ON
SUMMER CONCERTS AT HOLY TRINITY CHURCH WEST RUNTON
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
Aug 31st: Organ, Elinor Hanton, an organ scholar at Oxford University.
ALLOTMENT GARDEN PRODUCE SHOW OPEN TO RUNTON RESIDENTS
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.
RUNTON PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS
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
No visits in August.
Don’t forget your library card. Times are subject to change.
For enquiries about this route, please Telephone:01603 222303
Produced by Barbara Emery (Clerk)
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