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The University of the Third Age, (U3A), North Walsham recently welcomed its 75th member after being in existence for less than three months.  Janet Chamberlain, Membership Secretary said that she was delighted with the positive response from people in North Walsham & the surrounding areas.

U3A is a worldwide movement encouraging older people in the "third age" of life to take up or continue educational and other interests in friendly and informal settings.

She went on to explain that, "Each of the 553 local U3As, is an autonomous unit.   Each coordinates a number of interest groups, as determined by the interests and requests of their members.  The members act as both teachers and learners.  They decide the number, timing, and format of meetings, which aspects of the subject will be covered and who will lead each meeting.  Within this broad framework there are many variations.  Some groups meet purely for fun - to play scrabble or bridge, learn ballroom dancing, listen to music or go walking.  Other groups are more academic, tackling subjects as diverse as ecology, social history, philosophy, and mathematics.   Others meet to practice a craft or to learn a new language".

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The next meeting of U3A North Walsham will be held on Friday November 3rd 2006 at 2.30pm at the Roman Catholic Church Hall on Kings Loke Road North Walsham, the guest speaker will be Lucy Conroy of Weight Watchers. 

Thereafter meetings will be held at the same venue on the first Friday of the month at the same time.  Members & non-members are most welcome to attend, admission is free.

Car Boot/Tabletop Sale
Briston Village Hall/The Copeman Centre
Saturday November 4th
The cost will be 5 per pitch/table
Setting up from 8am.
Refreshments available.
Advance booking: - only 4 per pitch/table
The Rita Rogers Fundraisers will be there as usual
with all their home made goodies!
Come and support their good causes.
Contact- Mrs Terry Serne - 01263 862244
Or - Mrs Claire Carter- 01263 861340


Francis was born at Crown Cottage in Shotesham on Sunday 11th April 1915 the youngest son of Alfred and Mary Bullock.  The family moved to Sheringham when Francis was five and he started his working life on 28th March 1929 as a garden boy at Hilbre in Holway Road.  His first job was to lead a donkey pulling the lawn mower.   Francis soon took on more responsibilities (cleaning the three motor cars, operating the electricity generating engine and battery storage plant, maintaining the electric water pump which supplied the house, cottage and garage premises, attending the private sewerage system as well as his main occupation the three and a half acre garden with its hedges, lawns and glasshouses).  Later he moved to Sheringham Hall where his job was estate maintenance and where his father was the Head Gardener.  He loved the large estate with its the park land, woods with their masses of rhododendrons, the commercial fruit farm, the poultry farm and home farm.  The kitchen garden had high walls on which pears, plums, cherries, medlars and damsons were trained.  There were seven large glass houses in which grew peaches, grapes and nectarines as well as cucumbers, melons and tomatoes.  There was a rookery and a fish pond and mushrooms grew on the park.  It was during this time that Francis had his first motorcycle and first car (a 1926 Austin Seven which his mother replaced with a 1934 four speed, leather upholstered model fitted with a sunshine roof).

Eileen was born on Monday 19th April 1920 at the Military Hospital in Devonport.  She was the only child of Daniel and Florence Healy.  Her father died when she was three and when her Mum died in 1939 her family decided that she should live with her Uncle Harry and Aunt Maud who lived at Royston, in Holway Road, Sheringham.   The plan seemed to be that she would care for them in their old age.  Their children like to think that their father rescued their mother from this fate!

Eileen soon became friends with one of Francis's sisters.  It was while they were visiting Francis's brother Philip that they heard war had been declared on the 3rd September 1939.

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Eileen stayed in Sheringham continuing to work at the International stores in Holt.  Then in 1942 when she went to work in a factory assembling Spitfires and Lancaster Aircraft in the Castle Bromwich factorry In Birmingham.  She stayed there until the war ended in 1945.

Francis enlisted at Norwich in January 1940 joining the Royal Army Service Corps, rising from a raw recruit through Corporal, Sergeant and Staff Sergeant travelling first around England then to North Africa.  He was promoted to Mechanist Sergeant Major on the field of battle in North Africa and in January 1944 crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Italy.  His name was published in the London Gazette on 29th November 1945 as mentioned in a Despatch for distinguished service and he was entitled to wear the oak leaf emblem in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Italy.

To be continued in the next issue


A terrific night was had by all that attended the Links Hotel at West Runton on Saturday 30th September.  Attendance was good with a stunning buffet put on by the Links Hotel and dancing till midnight.  Lighthearted fun and games and an outstanding raffle with prizes generously donated by local businesses raised over 400.00 bringing the total raised to over 1,000.00 for Sheringham Christmas Lights.  A big thank you to all the businesses that gave so generously.  If you weren't there you missed a great night so make sure you don't miss out next time, it will be a sell out!    Come to the party!

The Sheringham Christmas Lights committee are continually appealing for volunteers to help, if you would like to get involved in any way to help your community light up at Christmas, Jamie Wright would love to hear from you as soon as possible.

Please get in touch with Jamie at: Blyth & Wrights 01263 823 258.  The switch on will be at 4.30pm on Saturday 25th November 2006 following a street market.


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