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More about Those Pesky Wasps - April 2016

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Wasps are fascinating creatures when you get to know a little bit about them.
The ones that we are more familiar with are generally the common wasps belonging to the family Vespidae and are known as social wasps. That is they live in large colonies.
The colonies only last for a season when all but the pregnant queens die off who then hibernate till the next season ready to start another colony.
She does this building a small nest by chewing wood and mixing it with saliva to make paper. The nest is shaped like a small umbrella underneath which she builds cells into which she lays her eggs.
When the eggs have hatched she feeds the larvae on pulped insects she has collected. These larvae grow into

The smaller side of equine life - April 2016

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Maybe you live in Eastgate Street and never walk up by the Church and see the horses there, fear not, there are a couple of miniature Shetland Ponies on the Meadows at the bottom end of the Street for you to visit. Obtained by Katie Thompson from Ireland just a week before Christmas, they were supposed to be standard Shetlands but when they turned up it was discovered that, in fact, they were miniatures but as they were so cute there was no way they were being sent back.
When they arrived they had not really been around humans very much and were quite skittish and nervous, but in the short time since they

IS IT A BIRD..IS IT A PLANE..IS IT SUPERMAN?

Posted in General Village Interest

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No, it is just a drone overhead in the Chapel Ruins.
A few Saturdays ago, if you were around the area of the Village Sign, you might have spotted, flying low over the ruins, a drone. OK you say, what is a drone?
A drone, in a technological context, is an unmanned aircraft. Drones are more formally known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). Essentially, a drone is a flying robot. The aircraft may be remotely controlled or can fly autonomously through software-controlled flight plans in their embedded systems working in conjunction with GPS. UAVs have most often been associated with the military but they are also used for search and rescue, surveillance, traffic monitoring, weather monitoring and firefighting, among other things. Personal drones are currently a hobbyist’s item most often used for aerial photography, but the market and potential applications

North Elmham Parish Council Meeting – 2nd March 2016

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There were 6 members of the public present plus Gordon Bambridge and the DFT correspondent. Martin Phillips chaired the meeting.
Apologies were received from Debbie Warner, Tom Fitzalan Howard and Colin MacEwan

Public Participation

Caroline Payne asked about future planning and the letter sent to Breckland – specifically, did the figures include existing commitments? After much discussion it was agreed to leave this until the agenda item later in the meeting. Questions and comments regarding this were also made by Marion Browne and Cameron Starling. Marion also reported that ash dieback in Prince William Wood had risen from 4 to 14. Also discussed was the children’s planting map of

MID NORFOLK SINGERS - April 2016

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70th Birthday Celebration

Haydn’s The Creation

Conductor Duncan Barlow
Sat 23 April at 7.30pm
St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich
Tickets www.midnorfolksingers.org.uk or
Prelude Records, 25b,St Giles, Norwich

H M Queen Elizabeth II

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90th Birthday Celebrations

We have all been invited to take part in the celebrations of the Queens 90th
Birthday on the 21st April by lighting a beacon on the Diamond Jubilee Green
The beacon will be lit at 7.30 pm.

Bar-B-Que food Beer and Pimms will be on sale from 7.00pm
As well as Tea and Coffee available from the Eastgate Centre.
Please come and join us

TV & Theatre Services

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Maybe you have seen the vans around and thought “Whatever do they do?” – well in this first of an occasional series of articles on some of our local businesses we will tell you, starting with TV and Theatre Services (along with Broadland Lifting Services).
If you thought that TV and Theatre were all about precious luvvies performing their hearts out, think again, at the core is rock solid, quite heavy engineering and fabrication. Think stages that move up and down, think lighting gantries, think moving scenery (or even cast) - what do they all have in common? – The answer is weight and the need to move it easily and efficiently. This is where companies like TV and Theatre services come in, they provide the answers, equipment and fabrication to move these at times considerable weights (many tons) around with something approaching ease for the actual production crews.
Formed about 24 years ago by Joe Sowinski and originally operating from Rashs Green Trading Estate for a short while before the company moved to Eastgate Street where it stayed until the end of last year when the problems caused by lack of space meant a move to nearby Horningtoft and their new premises.
Although primarily in the TV and Theatre service industry the company has always provided assistance with,

Those Pesky Wasps - Part 1 - March 2016

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Some of you may have noticed that there were a lot of drowsy wasps in the Institute’s large hall towards the end of last year. Well quite a few people brought this to our notice so we thought it wise to call in the assistance of our local pest controller Richard Peel.
We arranged to meet him up at the Institute to see what action he could take.
Unfortunately when he arrived, he realised that the ladder he had with him was not long enough to enable him to get right into the loft cavity. It was however long enough to let him peer in to see what was about.
There were in fact two nests, one old one and one current one with still a few wasps in residence.
After first checking that there were no bats roosting, he thought he would blow some fumigation mist into the cavity to see if it would finish them off. Having done this it was decided to return at the end of the week with a longer ladder and investigate further.
Friday duly came and we returned to the hall and climbed into the loft. There were still

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