Friday, 9 October 2009

Claimed by the sea

Our lost coastline
An insight into the erosion of the Norfolk coastline was given to the audience at the Old Buckenham Social and Wine Circle meeting in October. The speaker, Chris Weston, had entitled his talk “Claimed by the sea” and he started by pointing out that over the last 700 years some two miles of land has been lost all around the Norfolk coast. During certain tidal conditions it is still possible to see tree stumps and the remains of buildings that were once situated on the Norfolk mainland.
He took his audience around the coast from Hopton northwards to Blakeney pointing out where whole villages had disappeared into the sea. In particular he used slides to show the continuing situation at Happisburgh [see photo] where various houses had ended up falling on to the beach as the cliffs crumbled away. He also pointed out that there was no compensation if your property was lost to the sea and that you may even end up having to pay the local council to have the wreckage cleared up.
The subject and speaker for the next meeting on Thursday 12 November have changed. John Lee will be coming to talk about Marilyn Monroe, a subject that may persuade a few more villagers to come along and perhaps even get to the Church Rooms by 7.15pm to participate in the short AGM that will precede the talk.

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