... a bit Suffolk
|tu 23 Jan|
The gas went off in what appears to be much of Fram about 10pm last night. By 1am we'd heard the problem was the Pressure Reduction Station (PRS) in Fairfield Road and there could be disruption for up to a week. We visited the PRS (it's the little brick cube at the end of the bungalows) which had three Transco/National Grid vans parked up and a small group of blokes who suddenly became very shy and fled in their vans.and fled in their vans.
Update 9:15am: Robert Hitcham's is closed because of no heating.
Update 11:45ish am: Robert Hitcham's will be closed tomorrow which pretty much shows it's likely the gas will still be off tomorrow. Keep an eye on the bulletin board. The United Free has electric heating and will open up if there's a need.
At 10am no sign of activity around the PRS but lots in and around New Road as two enormous artics brought in mountains of electric hobs and heaters (safe bet they didn't get them from Bradlaugh's) ... there's an incident room in Robert Hitcham's (sneak in the back way from New Road) where you can get a free electric heater and hob and like Matt here, who has one for the old lady next door, they'll let you have more than one ... meanwhile back at the PRS fault finding has started but the real problem is this ... techies have to go door to door checking the gas is off ... don't hold your breath.
Update 12:45ish pm: Framtrade in New Road 01728 723723 has lots of bottled gas, some heaters and is not charging a deposit on a large bottle if you're without mains gas.
Update 2:00ish pm: Fram's was top story on the Anglia tv news (apparently we're freezing). Some familiar faces including Matt Bayfield's daughters.
Update 5:00ish pm: The PRS has been fixed and Fram is being individually re-connected now; elderly and the vulnerable first of course. Re-connecting everybody may complete tomorrow but could run into Thursday. Still loads of gas vans in the Robert Hitcham's car park (they must being giving them biscuits) and Anglia TV is still there (they must being giving them choccy biscuits) so expect Fram to be on the 6 o'clock news.
Update 5:30ish pm: The United Free will be open 1-4pm tomorrow for a warm, a cuppa and a chat; and will be open Thursday and Friday if needed.
|we 24 Jan|
Gas Update 10:30ish am: The Beeb website is saying 250 still without gas. That seemed a suspiciously low number but Nat Grid's Stef Von Rosser says 961 households on gas in Fram and 720 were reconnected last night! There certainly were a LOAD of gas vans beetling about. Most remaining shiverers connected by midday today (people out at work and the sprinkling of snow will make it more interesting). We're still not on here in Stately Terrace though:(
Gas Update 1:30ish pm: The incident room in Robert Hitcham's hall will end today, Robert Hitcham's school expect to be back tomorrow, and some of Stately Terrace is connected ... we must have been having a warm round The Station when they called.
Gas Update 2:30ish pm: Cheery bloke from London (stayed in Stowmarket last night) has just flashed through NaTCH Towers checking the gas. He reckoned there's maybe a hundred houses left to do but four gas dudes in the Munch Box reckon that like Christmas it should all be over soon.
Final Gas Update 5pmish: Nat Grid press office say there's 50 properties they still haven't gained access to. They'll keep trying but will start leaving cards with a phone number to call for re-connection. By 9pm they should have packed their Transits and quietly stolen away. Bye bye gas dudes and thank you for all the hobs!
|fr 16 Mar|
|sa 23 Jun|
9.00am All day? breakfasts until 1pm and then hot food and drinks by the Sports Club
All day stalls and entertainment throughout the afternoon includes Professor Jingles' Punch, Judy and magic show (12noon, 1.30pm and 3.00pm), bouncy castle, tombola, human fruit machine, kids' crafts, craft tepee, un-rideable bikes, 20p a go games, 12:00-4.00pm David Kent children's' entertainer and balloon modeller, Stevie Spud circus skills, maypole dancing at 2pm by the children of Sir Robert Hitcham's Primary School followed by the Framlingham College Band, large prize raffle, samba band, beer tent, hot and cold food available all day including burgers, hot dogs, fish and chips, waffles, sweet and savoury crepe's and ice cream from Gosia.
5:00-6:00pm Friendly Misunderstood Rabbits three piece band from the Halesworth area.
6.15-7.15pm Minx Anna, Hana and Emily cover songs from Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Rooster, Queen and Bryan Adams. Last year the little kids adored them.
7.30-8.30pm White Water rowdy local three piece playing a mix of rock covers and their own material.
8.45-9.45pm No Angel four piece female fronted rock/pop band.
|su 16 Sep|
It has to be said that the gentlemen were finding the bar considerably more attractive than the dance floor at last night's one off Carwash (to raise funds for FAYAP) in the Framlingham Sports Club but Mark "The Perk" Perkins (he of the Posh Do) kept the vinyl coming, ex-town councillor Paul Rozier wasn't afraid to enjoy himself and new mum Natalie (congrats) and her sis Kate were doing a bit of posing to annoy their baby sister who was having to work. Rather glad we couldn't be bothered to dig those multi-coloured platform soles out of the loft as there were absolutely no loon pants, afros, chest wigs or medallions in sight!
|sa 27 Oct|
The ladies at Ladies Night in reubens yesterday were determined to enjoy themselves and enjoy themselves they certainly did. The bar was given a good seeing to; Miss Klio had VERY big hair, VERY high heels, a good singing voice, on occasion made VERY sexually explicit comment and got everybody up for the Abba singalong; when Sexecute revealed all (we missed Diesel's act) there were some blushes but perhaps that's part of what makes the occasion. The performers added to the evening by mingling off stage giving the ladies a little opportunity to brush up against showbiz. Can't help but suspect something like this will happen again.
|sa 15 Dec|
Last night's Street Fayre in Framlingham may have been a bit skinnier than the 6 edition but as always the children were having a lovely time. Punch and Judy worked its usual magic and Father Christmas (who for some reason had pinched his scarf off Rupert Bear) with attendant pixie was welcoming all at no charge (we heard a female Police Community Support Officer sat on his knee) and the kids got to choose a chocolate bar; though one tiny understandably found a big scary man in red and an even bigger scarier man with flashing lights a bit much. (We liked the lad who told Daddy C he wanted cake for Christmas.) Passers by of Crown and Anchor Lane kept saying "Where have the bollards gone?" and those cars that did use it used it with extreme care and deference to pedestrians. Somewhat grownup children were enjoying the teacup ride and the evening ended with late night dancing in reubens.