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Sheringham Community Paper Dougal's Pet Corner

The place for your pet stories and pictures, let me have them

Over the next few months we hope to bring you articles on the various pets you would find in the average home, as well as some of the more unusual animals. If you would like to know about any specific animal, please write in and request some details. We will try to answer any queries you may have about different animals, e.g., housing, feeding or welfare. Any questions on health should, of course, be referred to your local vet.

First, a few words about the RSPCA. Founded in 1824, five years before the police, it was the first animal welfare organisation in the world. Given the Royal prefix in 1840 by Queen Victoria, the society grew from 5 inspectors to the present 330.

Of the 189 Branches in England and Wales, each one a separate charity responsible for its own funding, the Norwich and mid-Norfolk Branch is one of the oldest and largest. One of 13 Branches in Region 4, Norwich leads the way in animal rehoming, neutering and welfare.

Branch Headquarters are in Barrack Street, Norwich, where the cattery holds 38 cats waiting for new homes. There is a twice-weekly clinic there for animals whose owners are on benefits.

The aim of the RSPCA is to prevent suffering and promote kindness to animals, though in hard-line cases prosecutions do take place and are usually successful. The national telephone number for complaints or advice is 0870 55 55 999, open 24 hours a day.

Next issue we will feature rabbits as, of all domestic pets, this is probably the least understood and most poorly-kept animal.

Please let us know what you would like to hear about. We will do our best to help you.

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An applicant was filling out a job application. When he came to the question, "Have you ever been arrested?" he wrote, "No". The next question, intended for people who had answered yes to the previous question, was "Why?" The applicant answered: "Never got caught."
Spring Ouzels
So far this year, spring has been a relatively slow affair as far as bird migration is concerned. Many species such as swallows, martins and yellow wagtails had hardly put in an appearance by mid-April. Fortunately, one species has been rather more abundant than usual along the coast and that is the Ring Ouzel.

At first glance it could be mistaken for a blackbird with a patch of albinism across its chest, and indeed it is much the same size and shape as the familiar garden bird. Unfortunately Ring Ouzels are wary birds and easily put to flight, so I was delighted last week to pull up the blind in the kitchen to observe a handsome male on the lawn. It was so close that my trusty old binoculars, with an admittedly poor close-focus, would only just focus on it. Even so I was able to note its sooty black plumage with paler feather edgings on the flanks, the straw-coloured bill, tipped dark, and of course the brilliant white crescent on the breast.

Having just written the word, 'binoculars' reminds me that I recently came to realise why we, incorrectly, refer to a 'pair of binoculars' rather than simply 'a binocular'. The explanation appears to be that in the 19th Century simple Galilean monoculars were called a 'field glass'. When the familiar two-eyepiece opera glass appeared in 1823, its outdoor counterpart was correctly called 'a pair of field glasses'. In the latter part of the 19th Century, when 'binocular' came to be used as a noun, it was an understandable, if incorrect, evolution to keep using the familiar word 'pair' in front of the new term. We should, of course, all be using a pair of monoculars! Cley-Spy

This year Father's Day falls on Sunday 15th June and local youngsters are being given the chance to win a perfect present for their dad- thanks to a 'snappy ' idea from Norwich and Peterborough Building Society. Staff at N & P's Sheringham branch is inviting local youngsters up to the age of 12 to draw a portrait of their dad. They could win a fantastic present to give him for Father's Day this year, as well as a prize for themselves. All they need to do is take it into the branch at 29 High Street by Wedensday 4th June, when the winner will be chosen. The child who draws the winning entry will receive a photo album and disposable camera, as well as an APS camera to give to their dad for Father's Day. Perfect prizes for a snap happy Father's Day all round. Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June and dates back to 1910. The idea came from a woman who had been at a Mother's Day sermon. Her father had raised her after her mother died in childbirth, and wanted him to know how special he was to her. His birthday was in June. In 1924 the idea that the third Sunday in June should become Father's Day received presidential support in the USA.

Sheringham Coastwatch

Become a watch-keeper at SHERINGHAM COASTWATCH we are at present looking for volunteers to train as watch-keepers to enable us to extend the opening time of the station. A minimum of four hours a week is required and no previous experience is necessary as training on a one to one basis is given. For further information please contact:
Fred Thorne Tel: 01263 825372
Roger Gosney Tel: 01263 713392
The Tipping of Garden Rubbish

I have received complaints and have personal knowledge of Residents dumping garden rubbish in three areas of town.
Havelock Road on Beeston Common
Woodland Rise on Beeston Common
Woodland Rise West on The Picnic Site
The vast majority of residents in Sheringham use the facilities provided at the waste site. Please be good enough not to spoil the beautiful landscape we have by this unnecessary act.
Brian Hannah, District Councillor

Tuesday Tales

Come along to Sheringham Library and listen to their new story times. The session is for under 7's.
It starts at 3.30 and finishes at 4.00.

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Class of 89 Sheringham High School
7th June 2003 @ Cricket Pavilion behind Splash @ 8pm
Light Buffet and bar available
5 per person proceeds to local charity
please RSVP
Nicky on 01263 821722 by 31 May 03

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