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Nicholas McHale
serving with
23rd Pioneers, 206 Squadron
Everyone sends their love and are thinking of him.

Get well soon Ineke
we miss you


Happy Birthday
62 years
on 2nd May


Charles Morris. Beacon Hill. 838162

Mrs Valentine's article on war service reminded me of my own, very different experience. In 1943, when I was nearly eighteen applied for an Admiralty short course. This gave you a six-month short academic course at either Oxford or Cambridge during which time you joined the OTC. You then went into the Navy as a sub-lieutenant, and returned to finish your degree after the war if you were still alive. I was called for interview at a vast sprawl of Nissen huts thirty miles south of London. It was not signposted in order not to help the Germans but eventually I found the reception centre, I was ticked off and told to reach N27. I was completely baffled by the instructions, and reckoned it must be a test to show initiative. I did.

I went to the exit where a commissionaire was standing. Gold braid, peaked cap, the lot asked him where N27 was and his directions were equally mystifying. I was getting fed up with Reception and I didn't feel like searching around in the rain, so I gave him a nasty look. ' Don't you think you should take me there?' I asked. He seemed a little startled but we set off. We took ten minutes to find it and he showed me into the sub-lieutenant who was to interview me. A few days later I received a letter of acceptance.

I realise now how odd it was that a candidate from Hackney with a lousy academic record and no influence should be accepted for Cambridge, but at the time I took it for granted. Later I realised my 'commissionaire' had been an Admiral, and when I had been brought in personally by him it had been assumed by my interviewer that I was someone of importance. Possibly the Admiral's bastard. I was not accepted for training as an executive officer, but as an engineering officer and I turned it down. There is a deity who looks after fools. Had I accepted I would probably have ended up on the Murmansk run. A very high casualty rate, two minutes in the water and you were dead.

Later in 43 I was called up in the normal way and was selected for training as a radio officer. Our group of twenty went as a group to HMS Royal Arthur (Butlin's Camp, Skegness) for a couple of weeks squad bashing. This was to show you, especially if you were likely to be commissioned, that you were the scum of the earth. I remember our CPO Dusty Miller telling us, with expletives, that we didn't know that we were sane. He had a certificate to prove it and he waved it at us. That was also in the raine. However, the Admiralty must have lost our papers and after we had done this squad bashing course four times I was made Captain of the Heads (Lavatory Attendant). The toilet blocks were permanently blacked out and the ratings stole the light bulbs. Worse things happen at sea and cleaning up toilets in pitch darkness by the light of a torch was something you got used to after a month or two. However, after nine months as Captain of the Heads, I volunteered to go coal mining, which I did, lucratively for the rest of the war, and at a thousand yards underground, you didn't have to worry about bombs. I would be glad to hear from any other naval recruits.
Charles Morris, Beacon Hill, 01263 838162
Sheringham WI Market operates on a Thursday from 10 - 11:30am in the St John Ambulance Hall, Wyndham Street. We are a group of people, men & women, who like to garden, cook, sew, knit, etc. and have joined together in a co-operative to sell our surplus produce. We belong to a national organisation that have markets all over the country, with 20 in Norfolk. We operate to strict rules and have to keep accurate accounts of our dealings. Our present Honorary Treasurer is giving up, after a number of years of faithful service and we have no-one to take his place. Is there a lady or gentleman in our community willing and able to take on this service for us? It entails a few hours work a month, keeping in touch with the local market and the county/national office.
I can explain more if you ring me on 01263 825076.
Thanking you in anticipation, H Fellows, Chairperson


Dear @ Sheringham,

Our April meeting was a real 'Hands-On' experience. It took place as usual on the second Wednesday of the month at the SJAB Hall in Bond Street (despite the roadworks!) and we were treated to not only a talk but also a demonstration of Reflexology, by a local practitioner, Helen Frary. She explained that although there was pictorial evidence of its practice in 2200 BC, the modern branch was only started in UK in 1960. The theory behind Reflexology is that there is a correlation between parts of the body, and places on the feet and by applying pressure to the feet, the related part of the body can be influenced. Lorna, our intrepid Hon. Sec. agreed to be 'guinea pig' for the demonstration.
Yours Sincerely, Terry Beckett, Hons. Treas.
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