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David dives in

Earlier in the year we told you how Cromer JB Postle store manager David Smith was planning to make the nerve- jangling 220m high bungee jump from Verzasca Dam in Switzerland to raise money for Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind. Well, we’re happy to report David has completed his jump and raised almost £3,000 which, when added to the amounts raised by the 19 other members of the group – including former Norwich City star Jeremy Goss – brings the total to £32,000! “My feelings approaching the dam and seeing it for the first time were most definitely of fear,” said David. “However, knowing that so many of my friends and family had been very generous donating to such a great charity meant I was never not going to jump.” The breath-taking leap from the Verzasca Dam had filmgoers gasping when it

Study to monitor

diabetes effects The Norfolk Diabetes Prevention Study aims to test 10,000 people in Norfolk at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Patients who are eligible and who are identified as having “pre-diabetes” will be randomly selected to join one of three groups being monitored by researchers investigating whether exercise, healthy living, and motivation programmes may reduce the risk of developing diabetes. Screening and intervention sites for the study is taking place at the University of East Anglia, Norwich and Cromer and District Hospital, among others. For more information about the study and what taking part will involve you can contact the team on 01603 597300 or visit the website to register www.norfolkdiabetespreventionst


appeared in the 1995 Bond film Golden Eye. The jump is the highest in the world from a manmade structure, and more than twice the height of Norwich Cathedral’s spire. Jumpers free-fall for eight seconds at a speed of 75mph and the recoil alone is 100m. “I jumped towards the end of the group and had witnessed the pre-jump nerves and then post-jump highs from all those before me,” said David. “Standing atop the bungee platform, I felt much more calm than when I saw the dam for the first time.

“I stepped up to the edge and on 3-2-1 I had jumped.

This was by far the highest jump I have done, but the feeling was much the same as previous jumps and on reflection felt like it was over in 2-3 seconds although I was in free fall for much longer than that. After all of us had completed the jumps we were given a Champagne toast while still on top of the dam.”

While sponsorship for the bungee jump has now ended, the NNAB is funded entirely by donations and receives no central or local government money. If you would like to donate please contact them directly on 01603 629558.

Cromer museum events

GUIDED WALKS Suitable for older children and adults. Advance booking essential on 01263 513543. Cost £4 or £3 with museums pass. Ghost Walk: Tuesday, July 30, 7-8.30pm. Visiting atmospheric sites, listen to local legends and ghostly tales of old Cromer, with Kate Banks. Meet at the museum 15 minutes prior to start. Castle Acre –The Medieval Town and Castle: Saturday, August 10, 2-4pm. Explore the castle, Cluniac Priory and village of Castle Acre, where the ancient Peddar’s Way crosses the River Nar. Meet by the Bailey Gate in the High Street, Castle Acre. FAMILY EVENTS Drop-in events, 10.30am–12..30pm and 1-3pm. Museum admission charge only. Under 8s accompanied by adult. Victorian Day – with Punch and Judy: August 1 and 15. Find out what life was like in a Victorian fisherman’s cottage. Lend a hand with the washing, watch the cottage kitchen range in action and try traditional crafts. Punch and Judy too. Stone Age Day: Thursday, August 8. Handle prehistoric objects, watch expert flint knapper John Lord make flint tools and you’re welcome to bring in your own finds for identification.

HOSPITAL FETE Cromer Hospital will be holding its annual summer fete today (July 13) 1-4pm in aid of the Friends group. There’ll be stalls, children’s fancy dress hat contest (judging 3pm) and a raffle with prizes including a microlite flight.

The fete will take place in the Allies Waiting Room, the cafe and the atrium. Parking will is free.

CALL TO SINGERS Holt Festival is recruiting for a new choir to perform in the world premiere of The Events, written by David Greig who created the libretto for the current West End smash hit musical Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.

The Events has been hailed in the national press as one of the potential highlights of the 2013 Edinburgh Festival. Festival organisers are looking to form a true community choir open to anyone over 16. No previous experience of singing or music is needed. Anyone interested should email

DIABETES GROUP Guest speaker on July 25 will be Health Trainer Christine Ustel, from The North Norfolk Health Trainer Service (a change to the original programme). The meeting starts at 7.30pm at Cromer Methodist Church Hall. For more information contact Jackie or David on 01692 405492 or visit www.north-

SUMMER FUN Aylmerton fete will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2-4.30pm, including a tombola, raffle, stalls and attractions. Entrance is 20p for adults, children 10p, families 50p with proceeds to the Village Hall Fund.

CRAFTY WORK The Cromer Big C Craft Club meets fortnightly at the shop in Church Street Cromer, 2-4pm. If you like sewing/knitting or making crafts with friends then come along for a coffee and a chat and use our stocks to make crafts to sell for Big C. Call Wendy on 01263 516989 for more details or just turn up. The Big C Beach Hut Day will be held on August 21, with tea and a cake (donations) on the Big C beach hut (Number 8 East Beach), 10am-4pm (weather dependent).


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