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About charlesa

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  1. charlesa

    Banks. Don't You Just Love 'em ?

    Poppy that is extraordinary but I am not surprised. A few days after my father had died I had a call from the coroner's office asking to speak to him ( they had my phone number as the contact/ Executor): " Hello, this is the coroner's office, please could I speak to Mr A, we'd like to discuss his post mortem with him". It was a trainee who apologised profusely at being so thick. Had to laugh really as my father would have done !!
  2. charlesa

    Horsey Staithe Temporary Closure

    Thanks Grendel, I have solo hired Juliette for years and totally agree about having both ropes ready in the cockpit. The only solo stern on mooring that I have done has been at Womack which is much less exposed than this pontoon mooring at Horsey. This maybe a v stupid idea but is there any upside in throwing the mudweight in when I am close to the pontoon and slowly reversing towards it to try and steady the bow ? I have a feeling not ! Best wishes Charles
  3. charlesa

    Horsey Staithe Temporary Closure

    Looks like a gentle to moderate breeze for the week. If anyone has a cunning plan for me to solo moor stern on onto this quite exposed pontoon I would be grateful to hear it !! Best wishes Charles
  4. charlesa

    Horsey Staithe Temporary Closure

    Thank you Chris very helpful. I am on Juliette on my own from this Saturday for a week and definitely will be trying to moor here for a couple of nights. Gawd knows how I am going to manage it though !! I will keep you posted. Hopefully Ross will be there to give me a hand...... Best wishes Charles
  5. charlesa

    Horsey Staithe Temporary Closure

    From the Martham Development Facebook page. It says to moor stern on at the end of the pontoons. I'm there the week after next so will let you know how I get on !
  6. charlesa

    Horsey Staithe Temporary Closure

    I seem to remember, some years ago, seeing a chain at the entrance to Meadow dyke from the Heigham Sound direction.
  7. charlesa

    Horsey Staithe Temporary Closure

    Horsey Mere Horsey Mere is a particularly sensitive part of the Upper Thurne, supporting some of the largest populations of wild migratory water birds. Between the start of November and the end of February boat access on the mere is limited to navigation between the end of Meadow Dyke and the Staithe. Anglers can also use a small area in the southern part of the mere as long as they get a permit first. More information is on the Thurne Fisheries website. Natural England sees any boating or fishing outside these areas as likely to disturb waterfowl and therefore an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act. In the past much of the disturbance caused by boaters has been due to lack of awareness of the rules so we have put up a sign at the entrance to Candle Dyke asking boat users not to access the mere during the sensitive period. The designated areas for fishing are under continual review. However, at this moment in time it is Natural England’s view that any fishing outside of the permitted area could cause disturbance to the waterfowl. Well the above is from the Broads Authority website but also refers to Natural England . Thank you again John for the pontoon photo, I will give it a try when up there. Best wishes Charles
  8. charlesa

    Horsey Staithe Temporary Closure

    Thank you John. I spoke to a lady at the staithe store and she said that some temporary pontoon moorings will be available for hire boats too, stern on, but I am not sure how many boats there will be room for. I am going to try it the week after next and will report back too.
  9. charlesa

    Horsey Staithe Temporary Closure

    Wow thanks for this info John. I can't quite read the sign on the photo . Does this mean that there is nowhere to moor that gives access to the Horsey store/toilets/mill etc or is there a temporary pontoon for hire craft too ? Best wishes Charles
  10. charlesa

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    Coming out of Womack onto the Thurne ?
  11. charlesa

    Lest We Forget.

    I have a feeling that Derek Applegate's ( Horsey estate warden) sister was killed by one of these bombs and that Derek himself lost part of an ear to related shrapnel. I may be wrong here but I seem to remember him telling me this.
  12. charlesa

    Lest We Forget.

    For those interested in the history of the Special Operations Executive during WW2 I came across this extraordinary series of interviews on the IWM website a couple of weeks ago: https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/80009337 It is 27 reels of interviews with Anthony ( Tony) Brooks who parachuted into Vichy France aged 20 and became one of the most successful SOE agents of all in France (he survived). He ended up commanding various disparate groups of Maquis in the Montaubon area and he and his Maquis were largely responsible for ensuring that the notorious " Das Reich" 2nd SS Panzer Division ( of Oradour sur Glane notoriety) took nearly 3 weeks to reach Normandy following D Day, rather than the planned 3-4 days. The recordings I am finding quite fascinating although the 27 reels last for a total of 800 minutes, so maybe for the cold winter evenings !! Best wishes Charles
  13. charlesa

    Lest We Forget.

    How interesting Breydon, thank you for this. I thought I knew a lot about SOE ( my mother was at Tatton Park south of Manchester where they taught the agents and others to Parachute in WW2) but I had never come across Heigham Holmes as a Lysander airfield. I took her to the site of Tempsford airfield just before she died and it was very atmospheric although very poorly maintained. Best wishes Charles
  14. I tend to agree with you Marshman but I still love the Nelson, particularly the fact that it has hardly changed in the 40 odd years that I have been going !
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