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132) Andy Barton 
berneyarms@dursleyglos.plus.com
Location:
Dursley
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Wednesday, 18 April 2007 20:26 Write a comment Send E-mail

Thanks everyone for the updates. I visited Berney Arms on 12th April and can confirm that the fantail is laying on the grass next to the mill awaiting installation, see the picture. No sign of anyone but I was there at 8am! Maybe things are starting to happen after all. Just the main sails to go!

Dave R Sunday, 22 April 2007 11:48
Hi Andy. We went to the mill on 22nd April and the fan tail is now installed on the top of the mill. No sign of the sails as yet lets hope that they follow shortly. Will send you a photo. Regards Dave R

Mark C. T. Healy Monday, 23 April 2007 00:58
Great to see the progress, and the new photos added to the site.
131) Mark C. T. Healy 
mark.healy@westmidlands.nhs.uk
Location:
Birmingham
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Tuesday, 17 April 2007 23:35 Write a comment Send E-mail

I have received a response from Jeff Dyer at EH this evening, and assuming its not another false hope, the news is good:

"Just to say that R.Thompson & Son are on site doing preparatory work prior to re-hanging of the fantail. In this regard, the crane should arrive on site on the 19th April in order to carry out this operation. The stocks, clamps and main sails will be returning to site by low loader during the following week. I will advise you when the main sails are to be re-hung nearer the time."

Be good if any Broads locals could verify this with photos! - a good pair of binoculars from Burgh Castle fort/marshes would do the trick as well!

Will post any further info if it comes. smile
130) Mark C. T. Healy 
mark.healy@westmidlands.nhs.uk
Location:
Birmingham
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Saturday, 14 April 2007 15:47 Write a comment Send E-mail

The entry for Berney Arms Mill on English Heritage's website has changed.

Last year it displayed a line in red text saying that the mill was undergoing refurb to be completed in 2006.

Now this line has been removed, and under the opening times the following has been added;
"Closed for conservation For further details please telephone: 01799 522842"

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/conProperty.4

I've still not had a response from Jeff Dyer

Ron Saturday, 14 April 2007 17:04
I have also emailed Jeff Dyer a month ago with no reply, after all the TV air the area has had this year I think it's about time EH was put into a media spot light and answer the question of why do you lie about the conservation of the mill, near 7 years with no sails and different people with different lies.

Sad world when EH acts like a cheap retail company.
129) Ian Martin 
Location:
Lowestoft
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Friday, 30 March 2007 13:34 Write a comment

Still no sign of any happenings at Berney Arms! This is getting ridiculous now, so many false promises. I will have a nag to EH later today, even though it will be no use. It is such a shame.

Mark C. T. Healy Saturday, 31 March 2007 13:46
I emailed Jeff Dyer last weekend. I've had no reponse so far (could be on leave), but the mail did not bounce back either.
I also did a 'day trip' out to the Broads on Tues of this week (hell of a trek from Birmingham and back again!) - took some photos from Burgh Castle fort, and from the reeds, and from the edge of the water - not a single sign of any progress as you say.

Dave R Sunday, 1 April 2007 21:17
Will visit the Berney Mill next week and report on progress. This saga has now been going on for over five years. Its possible that nothing will again be done this year and its equally possible that the sails have not even yet been constructed.
128) Ian Griffiths 
igriffiths@kingfishertv.co.uk
Location:
Nottingham
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Monday, 26 February 2007 11:47 Write a comment Send E-mail

Hello all,
I worked as the researcher on the Tales from the Country item, and I am glad too see so many people have taken the time to come on here, and may even visit Berney Station - it is well worth it, a great spot and story behind it. Just watch those train times if visiting, remember you've got to get back!
visit http://www.itvregions.com/NR/rdonlyres/E95CD56C-F1F7-4ED7-98C5-ABFC5DF5FB37/6160/TalesfromtheCountryFactsheetEp7BerneyArmsChequerTr.doc for the prog factsheet.
best to all
Ian @ KingfisherTV
127) Richard Harden 
birder999@hotmail.co.uk
Location:
North Norfolk
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Sunday, 25 February 2007 09:54 Write a comment Send E-mail

Shame no opening times given...long way to walk on off chance.

Andy Sunday, 25 February 2007 11:39
Opening times for what - the windmill? the pub? You need to contact English Heritage (01223 582700) for the first and the pub landlord (01493 700303) for the second. Train times are also easily available via the web on www.thetrainline.com. Remember, this site has no official connection with any of these bodies - even without anything being open it's still a great place to walk, just for the outdoor experience.
126) Terry Elvin 
trspelvin@blueyonder.co.uk
Location:
Rochester, Kent
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Sunday, 25 February 2007 02:45 Write a comment Send E-mail

My father Richard (Dick), and mother Doris (Liz) French, moved into one of the cottages in 1947 or 48, with my eldest brother Tony, aged 1 or 2.

My parents both from London, worked in an aircraft factory during the war, and in 1946 moved to cornwall, where they worked in a hotel. They told us that they met a guy in Cornwall called Aubrey, who had a bungalow somewhere around Berney Arms, so this is how they came to be in such a remote place. A second son, Richard (Rik) was born in '48, followed by me in '50. Oh, the boys were called Elvin, Liz's maiden name.

I wish that I had been more interested, when my parents were alive, as I can only vaugely remember the stories we were told of life there, Dick worked at Hartmann, in Great Yarmouth, and used to cycle to work beside the railway lines. We had a well, and no electricity. Liz would take the train into Yarmouth to shop, and did our cooking and baking on a range cooker, how did she manage? Can you imagine, no hot water, or even running water, with three young kids.

During the evening of the 1953 flood, Dick couldn't get home from work, and Liz was trapped in the house not knowing what was happening, no radio or phone, and just oil lamps.

Dick was working shifts at the factory, and after the flood Liz was too frightened of living there. so we moved into Great Yarmouth in 1953.
125) Brian Turrell 
bsturrell@aol.com
Location:
Beccles, Suffolk
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Saturday, 24 February 2007 20:18 Write a comment Send E-mail

Brilliant website brought to my attention after the recent TV programme. Have stopped for lunch a couple of times when cruising the broads on a friend's boat "Motswari", a most welcome stop.
124) John Staniford 
Location:
Blindley Heatyh, Surrey
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Saturday, 24 February 2007 15:58 Write a comment

Saw your feature on tales from Country on Thurs. Fascinating place. Great website with terrific pictures. I'm planning a walking holiday in the area later in the year.
123) Andrew Walker 
andrew_walker45@yahoo.com
Location:
Kent
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Saturday, 24 February 2007 15:27 Write a comment Send E-mail

A great website. Very interesting. I Will be visiting 'Berney Arms' one day.
122) Sheila Hutchinson 
paulsheila@hutchson.orangehome.co.uk
Location:
Norwich
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Friday, 23 February 2007 21:39 Write a comment Send E-mail

Great to see a good few people visiting Andrew's website. I lived at Berney Arms from 1946 to 1963, winters were hard but summers were great. I still have a few Berney Arms Remembered books left if anyone is interested please email me. Price including UK postage is £8.50
121) Alan Clifton 
jamesclifton158@yahoo.com
Location:
Greenhithe, Kent
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Friday, 23 February 2007 19:22 Write a comment Send E-mail

Saw your station on Tales of the Country last night. Frequent visitor to Norfolk, must give it a visit next time.
120) John Beadle 
jsbeadle@tiscali.co.uk
Location:
Sole Street, Kent
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Friday, 23 February 2007 16:47 Write a comment Send E-mail

Congratulations on putting Berney Arms on the map via the excellent TV programme.
All that is lacking now is a Village Sign at Berney Arms.
John
www.villagesignsociety.org.uk smile
119) Lin 
Location:
Ipswich
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Friday, 23 February 2007 15:16 Write a comment

Born in Norwich, have lived in Ipswich for over forty years. Love Norfolk and visit as much as poss. This year hope to catch the train to Norwich then on to Berney Arms and walk to Yarmouth (hope it doesn't rain!!)
118) Nanette 
nettie@gableseng.eclipse.co.uk
Location:
Norfolk
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Friday, 23 February 2007 11:38 Write a comment Send E-mail

wink Really interested in your feature on the TV. Like Selina Scott, I'll be paying the 'station' a visit in the summer. Carry on with your great work.
117) Lewis 
Location:
West Sussex
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Friday, 23 February 2007 11:18 Write a comment

We visit Norfolk and Suffolk most years and thought we had seen most of the interesting places at least once... until we saw Tales from the Country last night. We are up there in late August this year and will certainly be donning our walking boots to locate the railway and of course the "watering hole" too!
116) Ina Steinbergs 
isteinbergs@slb.com
Location:
Hookwood, Surrey
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Friday, 23 February 2007 11:06 Write a comment Send E-mail

Enjoyed watching 'Tales from The Country' last night. I visit Cromer & Sheringham a few times a year, my mum and great Aunt live there. Next time I visit I'll make sure I take a trip to Berney Arms station & pub, I definitely want to claim the free beer. My dog will come too, but she might not want the beer!! smile
115) Peter Pulling 
peterp0901@aol.com
Location:
Norwich
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Friday, 23 February 2007 09:32 Write a comment Send E-mail

Saw the program on Anglia TV last night (22/02/07). Keep up the good work.
114) Derek 
trains@ntlworld.com
Location:
London
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Thursday, 22 February 2007 23:50 Write a comment Send E-mail

Really enjoyed the piece on ITV1 tonight, but what a shame that absolutely no one working in the station environment was correctly dressed. eek!

Where was your orange hi-viz, and the gentleman from the local authority might like to remember that yellow in the railway environment means "Caution" and could be mistaken for a signal to the driver. embarrassment

Not like ITV1 to get the Health and Safety wrong, but it was still good. wink

All the best.

Derek

Ian Dinmore Tuesday, 27 February 2007 15:57
Hi Derek
I'm the guy from the County Council, wish I could wear orange hi viz but then I might be mistaken for rail staff which I'm not. I was Station Manager for East Anglia a few years ago and was fully aware of the H & S issues which is why we all kept on the small platform and within public areas. Train crew knew we were filming on the station and had been cautioned before hand. cheers
Ian smile
113) WiseCat 
Location:
King's Lynn
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Thursday, 22 February 2007 22:00 Write a comment

Really fascinating place, and your website is very well put together smile
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