Year in Review: October

Alford businesses joined forces for the charity calendar.
Alford businesses joined forces for the charity calendar.
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In October, businesses in Alford bravely bared all for a charity calendar raising funds for an almshouse in grave need of repairs.

Hairdressers Sandra Hall and Jo Rook decided upon the Calendar Girls inspired venture after learning of the historic West Street Almshouses’s financial plight.

Sandra said: “It’s been quite an experience and surprising too.

“Lots of people we didn’t expect to do it were totally up for it - we had people ringing up asking to be in it by the end.”

Five hundred copies of the ‘Alford Exposed’ calendar went on sale at Alford businesses with all proceeds going towards the Sir Robert Christopher Charity, which by October had raised around 70 per cent of the £425,000 required to save the almshouses.

Almshouses Trustee chairman David Wood said: “Local encouragement has come from many sources and no more so than the enterprise of the Alford hairdressers’ calendar idea - to which we are very much looking forward.”

RESCUED KITTEN IS A RARE FIND...

A rescued family pet gave his owners quite a surprise in October when they learned he was a 400,000 to one genetic anomaly.

Little Ted the male tortoiseshell kitten was found sheltering in a draughty barn, malnourished and underweight before Alford woman Kelly Bridges took him into her family’s care.

Animal lover Kelly know male tortoiseshells were unusual but was shocked when she learnt the full extent of their biology defying rarity upon taking him to the vets.

“I knew he was rare because I know most tortoiseshells were females but I didn’t know quite how rare until our vet Frank told me the stats,” she said.

Frank Coleman of CF Coleman Ltd in Orby was equally surprised to discover Little Ted was a boy, having encountered only one other in his 34 years of veterinary experience.

After his harsh start to life, Little Ted, named after his teddy-bear-like nature, is now enjoying life as a pampered family pet.

“He is already treated like a king,” said Kelly.

“We knew he was never destined to be a barn cat, he needs the home pampering and he is in line for plenty more princely treatment,” Kelly added.

ORBY WINDFARM INQUIRY BEGINS...

Members of the public spoke out about a contentious wind farm proposal during its October planning inquiry.

Opponents said the nine turbine development at Orby Marsh would ‘threaten the very fabric of our natural environment,’ devastate property’ and must be opposed, during an almost entirely one-sided debate.

Disabled Welton le Marsh resident Dr John Yeadon said the disturbance caused by Mark Caudwell’s proposal would ‘literally kill’ him and his wife, who had moved to the area for health reasons.

Coun Colin Davie also opposed the plans and presented evidence from Sir Peter Tapsell MP, who argued that such ‘unwanted developments should not be forced onto communities’.

A lone message of support was voiced by Burgh le Marsh resident Mike Hutchinson who said turbines were the ‘best thing about the wolds’ and criticised its opponents as ‘Luddites’

Planning inspector Trevor Cookson had been expected to announce the inquiry’s results around Christmas, but the decision was deferred in November to hear new evidence from the developer.