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November 2023

The long-awaited story of Tom Hickathrift was told by our chairman, Jackie Hudson. Tom was known as the Wisbech Giant as he was reported to be eight feet tall by the time he was ten. When he became a young man he was delivering barrels of beer to Wisbech for a local brewer, when he came across the path of the ogre of the smeeth, whom he slayed and ended up with the ogre’s gold and jewels. The story goes on to tell how Tom was knighted by the king befriended by a tinker and finally buried in the graveyard in Tilney all Saints church.


John Hurst, a local artist came along to the meeting to hear the story and has promised to come in the future to talk to us about his own life. We look forward to that. Next month will be our Christmas Party and in January we will be out for our annual New Year Lunch.


We will be back in the Barn at the White Horse at 2pm on 14th February when we will be joined by Michael McMahon who will be telling us about the work he does with the local charity, Saint Vincent de Paul Society, who do so much to help the homeless.


We have a warm welcome for visitors and new members. There will be a small charge on the door of £2 for members and £3 for visitors. Tea/coffee and biscuits available and plenty of time for a friendly chat.


Further details from
Jackie Hudson (Chairman) 01263 72086 Email: karatekween@hotmail.com

Josie Dennis (Vice-Chairman) 01263 579748 Email: je.dennis@icloud.com

October 2023

The 11th of October found the Strand Club enjoying the most delicious cream tea at The Belfry, Overstrand. The homemade scones were scrumptious, the witches were scary, and pumpkin woman was questionable. As usual we all had a great afternoon with the committee livening things up with a little bit of a Halloween theme. There were one or two surprised looks however from a couple of members of the general public that popped in for a cuppa.


We will be back in the Barn at the White Horse at 2pm on the 8th November for the long awaited ‘Story of Tom Hickathrift’ narrated by our chairman Jackie Hudson. As usual visitors will be most welcome for a small charge on the door of £3 (£2 for members). Tea/coffee and biscuits will be available.


Further information from:
Jackie Hudson (Chairman) 01263 72086 Email: karatekween@hotmail.com
Josie Dennis (Vice-Chairman) 01263 579748 Email: je.dennis@icloud.com

September 2023

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On 13th September the lovely Jaqui Palmer from Henry Bloggs Museum came to talk to us at our usual meeting place in The Barn, at the White Horse in Overstrand. She told us about Sir William Hillary who founded the RNLI 199 years ago. It was originally named the National Institution for the Preservation of life from Shipwreck but was renamed in 1854.


Henry Blogg was a crab fisherman! But he also turned his hands to renting out beach huts and deckchairs for those visitors to enjoy the wonderful Cromer beach and pier. He was also a volunteer Lifeboat Crew Member and eventually became the coxswain. He was awarded many honours, including three Gold and four Silver Medals from the RNLI, the George Cross for general war service and a British Empire Medal. To this day, he remains the most decorated person in RNLI history. When he retired in 1947, after 53 years’ service and at age 71, 11 years past the usual retiring date, the new lifeboat at Cromer was named after him. He had been the coxswain for 38 years of his service during which he had launched 387 times and rescued 873 people.


Our next meeting will be our cream tea, which this year we will be having at the Belfry and in November we will at last be able to hear Jackie Hudson tell us all about “The Story of Tom Hickathrift”. That will be back at the Barn at 2pm on Wednesday 8th November.


New members and visitors are always met with a warm welcome. There is a small charge on the door of £2 for members and £3 for visitors. Further information from Josie 01263 579748 je.dennis@icloud.com or Jackie 01263 720866 karatekween@hotmail.com

August 2023

We held our annual charity Coffee Morning and Tabletop Sale on Wednesday 9 th August at the Sports Pavilion, Overstrand. It was a lovely sunny day and a great many people came for a chat over cake and coffee, to browse the many bargains or to speak to Katie, the representative from MIND, who are the charity we are supporting this year. We were pleased to be able to present Katie with a cheque for £200 which we had collected so far this year from a couple of yard sales, from members donations at our monthly meetings and from some members putting a table out at their gate to catch the eye of passers-by.


Many thanks to everyone involved in helping to make the day such a success, from local businesses who donated raffle prizes and the tea and coffee, to the bakers of some truly gorgeous cakes, from the ladies who served behind the tables on the day to the ladies and gents who set up the day before and cleared up when it was all over. And not forgetting, of course, the public who once again did us proud with their support and enabled us to make a total of £403 for MIND.


We always have a warm welcome for visitors and new members in the Barn in The White Horse, Overstrand on the second Wednesday of each month at 2pm. There will be a small charge on the door of £3 for visitors and £2 for members. Further details from Jackie (Chairman) 01263 720866 or Josie (Treasurer) 01263 5797486

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