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  1. Ludham is a great place to live and like any village, you get plenty of village gossip. When a shop is for sale, there is bound to be a lot of speculation about what the new owners will or won't do. This is especially true for a shop like Throwers which has been in the same family for over 100 years. I have heard most of the stories in this thread repeated in village gossip starting pretty much as soon as the shop went on the market. However, until the shop is actually sold there is not much point in speculating about what the new owners are going to do (or not do) since we don't actually know who the new owners will be. The Ludham Butchers recently changed hands and there were changes as a result, but the shop continues and I still get my meat there. When Throwers changes hands we will undoubtably see changes there too. Change isn't necessarily a bad thing. In the past there were a lot more shops in Ludham than there are now. At the time that the Thrower family bought the shop, the village was largely self sufficient and you could get everything you needed locally. If you wanted to go shopping in Norwich, it was an all day trip on the carrier's cart and not worth the effort for most people. Times have changed and you can be in an out of town shop very quickly now and we are all buying on-line too. Village shops are not immune to these processes. Let's hope the new owners can keep the shop going and the business viable for many years to come. Nigel (Ludham)
  2. Hi All. I have had an enquiry at the Ludham Archive from a person who was on a hire boat which exploded and was burned out at Ludham Bridge in June 1970. She was a child them, but is looking for more information or anyone who remembers the incident. It was reported in the EDP at the time and I have the press cuttings. The boat was Lady Laura from Martham Ferry Boatyard. The family on board were unhurt and were helped by locals. I have yet to track any down. It was a long time ago, but I wonder if any members have any information or remember the incident. Nigel, Ludham Community Archive Group
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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)
  12. 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)
  13. 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)
  14. 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)
  15. 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
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