I was honoured to represent the Chamber, with Paul Adcock (of Adcock's Home Electronics at 32 High Street), at the funeral of Martin Anscombe the former Secretary and Chair of the Chamber on Monday 26th July at St Mary’s Church. See below our obituary for Martin. The funeral was very well attended as one would expect with such a well known and respected businessman, community figure and former Watton RAF Airman. While such occasions are always sad and solemn affairs they inevitably also provide an opportunity to meet colleagues and friends, to catch up on news and developments, and to reaffirm commitments to initiatives and joint interests, and it was no different on this occasion. It was an opportunity for me to touch base with Dennis Brooks of High Street Cookies Café and Casino Games, with this year’s Rotary Club President, Paul Weatherill, Andrew Francis who managed the funeral arrangements, Reverend Kyla Sørensen and our Watton and Breckland Councillor Tina Kiddell as we all gathered at Broom Hall Hotel (Chamber Member) to honour and celebrate Martins’ life.
Business in Watton never stands still for long - even with Covid 19. The latest Watton High Street development is that Babaco Coffee Shop changes to new ownership as former owners closed up shop on the 7th August. The new owners will be opening up soon. Sandra and Peter Merry who were big supporters of events in Watton, will be especially remembered for some excellent hog roasts and their involvement in the Watton Christmas and the Antiques Fair.
In our last newsletter I referred to the closure of Steven Smith Butchers, one of Watton’s butchers but we are of course pleased to support and advertise the services of our Chamber Member, M Brooks Butchers, just across the High Street. Mike who combines both fresh and frozen cuts of meat with a wealth of experience and expertise, is always happy to welcome new customers to his shop. Remember also that our weekly market continues to thrive and the Chamber is pleased to help make a case for, and support businesses interested in, opening a stall on a Wednesday in Middle Street. Let me know if you are aware of anyone interested in doing so.
In this edition of our newsletter, we have our tribute to Martin Anscombe, we have new dates for your diary and to two business grant and service opportunities. Let me have feedback and your thoughts and views of business in Wayland.