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  1. I have now added the rest of Ruth's memories to the website. I had to edit a few bits out. This final section deals with Ruth's mother, ghosts and a cottage in Hoveton. It is quite surreal and enhanced by Ruth's uncompromising writing style. I have put it before the section about her husband Nick to preserve the continuity. That's all we have at the moment. We are still trying to get more. Nigel. Ludham Community Archive Group
  2. That's OK, glad to hear that you found it interesting. I have a bit more from Ruth to add but it needs more editing to tone it down a bit. We are trying to contact her but no luck so far. Yes, it has been a while since I last saw you. We have been busy with other things I suppose. We are still here if you want to drop in. Nigel, Ludham
  3. I have added a bit more to Ruth's story. It tells us how she met her husband Nick and how she ended up in Russia. She was later expelled from the Soviet Union and met president Ronald Reagan. Nigel, Sunny Ludham
  4. I don't know the exact dates that Frank Chambers was headmaster in Lincoln. He was living there in the 1901 census and we have other documents showing him to be the headmaster in 1905 and 1909. In the 1891 census he is living in Godalming. He seems to have split his time between Lincoln and Ludham in those years and so I guess he was head from about 1900 to 1911. Sorry that's a bit vague but it is the best information I have. Nigel
  5. Ruth lives in America now and I know she was planning to write a book about her life. However, it has been some years since we last heard from her. Having worked through all her stuff again and the link with Chambers, I think it would be worthwhile getting in contact again if possible. I will see what we can do. She said that when she was living in Ludham she was desperate to get away. Now she looks back on those days with happier memories. It is a good story, maybe a bit of a tough read at times, but well worth it. Nigel Ludham Community Archive Group
  6. Hi All I have added to the Ludham Archive website some information about Frank Harding Chambers. Frank was a mathematician who turned his hand to boat designing at the start of the 20th Century. Part of his skill was his ability to use mathematics to give his boats the best possible handicap in the races. He was able to keep one step ahead of the handicappers and his boats were winners. You can read about Frank on this link. http://www.ludhamarchive.org.uk/chambers.htm I have also added the memories of his grandaughter, Ruth, who grew up in Ludham and had an interesting childhood. You can find her memories here: http://www.ludhamarchive.org.uk/memwritdanilof.htm I hope this is of interest (or at least a bit different) Nigel Webmaster, Ludham Community Archive Group
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    So sorry to hear about Roy (Roya). He was one of the great characters from the early days of the NBF Forum and without whom it was never quite the same. Roy brought with him a huge level of over enthusiasm for everything he did. He was a larger than life character in every sense. I still use the mop I won in a Christmas competiton he devised where you had to write a story about a lonely mop. This was typical of him, so keen to try something daft and new. I remember his cheery voice from table 22 and the Dwile Flonking at The Dog. Roy was also a person of somewhat extreme political views and this coupled with his genial level of wild enthusiasm had a habit of eventually getting him banned from most social media groups he joined. Facebook gave him a new outlet and it was fun engaging with him again in a bit of friendly banter. We never agreed on just about anything, except a love for The Broads, but that was part of the fun of Roya. Sorry he has gone and my best wishes to Gill. Nigel Ludham
  8. Hi All I have added an interesting collection of old photos to the Ludham Archive Website. You can see it here: http://www.ludhamarchive.org.uk/alexander.htm Nigel, Ludham
  9. I had an aunt with similar problems. She could only use a corded phone and could not cope with the red and green buttons on wireless phones or mobiles. Her argument was that corded phones don't have them so she was certainly not going to use a phone that did. In the end I got her a corded phone with big buttons which she did not like because the buttons were "staring at her". So I sent that one back and got a very similar one with more benign buttons. This solved the problem. What is stopping you from running an extension led from the master jack to the room she is sitting in? Phone leads are only 50V and can be tacked round skiting boards or even run under carpets. That might be the best solution and then she can use a phone she is familiar with. Nigel (Ludham)
  10. On the riverbank at How Hill, just North of the staithe are a couple of skeleton mills. The first one you come to is Boardman's Mill and that has been there since the Boardman Family lived at How Hill. The other mill is Clayrack Mill and this is a rescued mill which was moved to this new location at How Hill. Sadly, there is not much left of Clayrack Mill at the moment, but until quite recently it used to run. I have added a little film of Clayrack Mill operating in 2003 to the Ludham Archive website. You can see it on the following link (scroll down a bit). http://www.ludhamarchive.org.uk/videvent.htm I hope this is of interest. Nigel (Ludham)
  11. Hi All How would you like to go on a voyage from Oulton Broad to Potter Heigham on board the trading wherry Albion? Even more fun, the trip was 23 years ago in 1996. I am sure you will recognise some characters from the Wherry Trust. The trip was done in a day with lunch at St Olaves. Here's the link (3rd one down)... http://www.ludhamarchive.org.uk/vidholdy.htm Nigel (Webmaster, Ludham Community Archive Group)
  12. I have got a film of turn round day at Southgates Yard on this link: http://www.ludhamarchive.org.uk/vidholdy.htm It is probably a bit before the time you wanted but it is an interesting bit of film. Nigel (Ludham)
  13. Quick update on this. Thank you to everyone who commented and/or sent corrections, or just had a look at the book. We have made the decision to print an actual paper book and this will go to the printers in the next few weeks. I have now changed the website and there is a sample chapter on there incorporating all the latest changes. Nigel. Webmaster, Ludham Community Archive Group
  14. I currently drive a Honda Civic Estate car. It is a diesel. It has a lot going for it. It is exempt from road tax and does about 70mpg. It really is cheap to run and actually costs me less than the boat. I use the cheapest possible supermarket fuel with no additives. Ludham garage do good servicing and I use etyres for tyres. However, prior to this, I ran a Land Rover Freelander for 14 years. It was noisy and slow and used twice as much fuel as the Honda, but it was a lot more fun. It was fantastic off road and I have rescued all sorts of cars and caravans with it. It took so much stuff to Scout Camps and towed massive trailers with ease. My grandchildren loved it and even made up a song about it called "Dear old Land Rover". This was after I rescued a BMW which was stuck in soft sand at Horsey beach. In fact, it was so much more fun that I am now thinking about buying another Land Rover. Maybe a Discovery Sport or one of those squashed Range Rovers. I think it would have to be a hybrid engine now. I am not a big fan of cars and don't like driving but the Honda has clearly demonstrated the difference between fun and boring. Give me the fun any day. Nigel (Ludham)
  15. Hi Griff. I can't speak for any particular aerial because I have not used any of them. Here are a few more thoughts By definition, omnidirectional aerials cannot have any gain. A true omnidirectional device actually has a gain of -3db. Some of the aerials on the market claim to work from 40 to 900MHz. The chances of such an aerial being resonant anywhere near the frequencies used by the Tacolneston transmitter are not great, so that is a further loss. Such aerials are accompanied by a broadband amplifier which also amplifies the noise as well as the signal. Inside the plastic globe or flying saucer will be a sort of folded dipole which resembles a bent coat hanger (there may be more than one). This is the actual aerial. The higher this is the better it will work. I am not saying that omnidirectional aerials don't work and they have the big advantage of working on swinging moorings. If I was buying an aerial, I would get a Yagi made for Tacolneston (Group BH). I would mount it on a pole as high as possible and would not use an amplifier. An 18 element one would be better than a 10 element but it depends on how much room there is in the boat to store it. Hope this helps Nigel, sunny Ludham
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