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       New 50mph speed limits set on A149                  77 year old Alan Smith is walking from

            he speed limit will be cut from 60mph to 50mph between   Cromer to Hunstanton, 45 miles in aid
            Babingley and the Dersingham roundabout, and between   of Macmillan Cancer Support
       TSnettisham and Heacham to drive up safety.
         These two sections of the busy road have a poor injury accident
       record. The southern section between Babingley and the roundabout
       with the B1440 has had 8 personal injury accidents over the past 5
       years, one was classed as serious. The northern section between Paper
       Hall Farm and Heacham has seen 10 personal injury accidents over the
       past 5 years with 2 serious and 1 fatality.
         Cllr Martin Wilby, Cabinet Member for Highways, Infrastructure
       and Transport, said: “Sadly this part of the A149 has seen a number of
       serious accidents due to excessive speeds so I welcome this change to
       help make the route safer for the more than 14,000 vehicles that use it
       every day. We hope this safety improvement will help to complement
       other recent changes along the road between King’s Lynn and
       Hunstanton that has seen average speed cameras installed and changes
       to road signs and markings.
         The new 50mph signage is expected to be installed this autumn
       which is when the new limit will come into effect.

       New Youth Club at Snettisham

      S    nettisham Parish Council is funding a Youth Club for 8-12 year-
           olds in the Village, which started on 10th August.

         The Council is working with the YMCA Norfolk Team, who will be    Alan with his dog Dave
       providing the staffing and organising activities. Charlie Smith
       (Assistant Community Manager,  YMCA Norfolk) said “YMCA     e at  Town and Around want to help Alan promote this
       Norfolk understand the importance of providing young people in the   fundraiser and ask you, dear reader, for your support. You
       community a safe place in which they can meet their friends, build fur- Wcan  make  a  donation     at:
       ther friendships whilst also feeling supported by an experienced work-
       force. We are excited to work with Snettisham Parish Council in this   Alan is a former sergeant in the regular army, entering as a ‘Boy
       endeavour”                                          entrant’ at 16, where he served for eleven years. He spent most of his
         Acting Council Chair, Cllr David Baxter, said: “We are very excited   service in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) with
       by this project, which has been a long time in the planning. It is impor-  tours abroad that gave him the taste for excitement and travel.
       tant for councils to make provision for the youngsters in their parishes,   Born in Leicester and raised in Bournemouth, after he left the Army
       and we believe this will be a real success in this area. I would like to   he studied Architecture, working for The Dept of Environment and
       thank Janet Todd for all the work she put into getting this up and run-  then private practice in central London. This was all a bit tame, so he
       ning.”                                              decided to tour Australia where he walked the Karakoram Mountains
         Janet, who was a Councillor until recently, was the driving force   for fun. The wanderlust took him touring around the world finally
       behind setting up the Club.                         spending time in Denmark he decided to return to England.
         The Parish Clerk, Simon Bower, noted that if anyone has equipment   His partner and then wife Lizzie, now deceased, was involved in
       which may be of use which they could donate, or part with for a small   mental health care, and convinced Alan to enter that profession, and
       sum (table tennis, TV etc.) this would be a real help.
         Children attending will not need to bring any equipment, and once   this he did, serving our community for over 25 years.
       dropped off can be left in the care of the trained YMCA Norfolk   While working in this environment Alan needed to continue with
       Engagement Workers. There is a nominal charge of £1 per week which   his many challenges, they included: riding a mountain bike from
       will help fund trips etc.                           Holme to the Isle of Purbeck Dorset along the ancient pathways
         Anyone whose children are planning to attend should let the Parish   completely self-supporting camping on route, it took six days. In 2003
       Clerk know asap so that numbers can be confirmed. clerk@snettisham-  Alan took the challenge of walking the thousand year old pilgrim’s                                way leading to Santiago de Compostela; he had allowed himself twelve
                                                           weeks, he completed the walk in half the time so decided to walk back
                                                           to the start again.
                                                             In 2012 he walked for many days and weeks visiting the war graves
                                                           of Europe. In 2015 he tricycled the highest mountains in the Tour de
                                                           France going higher than the professionals and has had many
                                                           adventures of this type.
                                                             He has never sought sponsorship before but inspired by his lovely
                                                           wife Monica, who has unfortunately conceded to cancer twice, Alan
                                                           is asking for your help and support.
                                                             At midnight on August the 30/31 Alan will head off along the coastal
                                                           path from Cromer and hopes to conclude his marathon hike at
                                                           O’Quigley’s Bar in Hunstanton 20 hours later at 8pm. T&A will be
                                                           there. Alan has already been sponsored to the tune of over £1,000.
                                                             Alan is part of an age-related test at Kings College, the last being 9
                                                           years ago when he was in his sixties, monitoring the ageing process
                                                           and its ramifications. At 12.5 stones and apparently in good shape
                                                           overall Alan is a great example to all of us retired folks. Alans other
                                                           hobbies include banjo playing and entertainment.
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