GRIGGS OF SOHAM: Is this really considered adequate? It’s not even good enough to be considered half a job

JAKE the Spaniel also puts his paw into the ring for the chance to help Sir Graham Bright monitor Cambs Police’s dogs - should he get elected.


IF something isn’t done properly it is often referred to as “half a job”. Sometimes it isn’t even good enough to be considered half-done and we have an example of that in town at the moment.

A while ago the footpath from the Causeway day centre to the Brook Dam footbridge was resurfaced as it was falling into the dyke. That was about half a job as a trench was left just wide enough for a walking stick or the wheel of a walking aid to get caught in.

This could be quite serious as the fence between the path and the dyke is not only too low now, but is leaning over away from the path offering very little protection to anyone losing their footing.

The fence is now leaning over even more (see picture) and the powers-that-be have seen fit to “repair” it with some orange plastic webbing and spindly stakes.

If this is considered adequate then there is a definite need for some retraining somewhere.

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JAKE the spaniel is always on the lookout for a bit of extra income. Biscuits don’t come cheap, you know.

When he heard that businessman Sir Graham Bright, he of Sweet ‘n’ Low off Greenhills, is being put up for the job of police commissioner at an annual salary of �70,000, he wondered if there might be an opening for a bright young fellow.

While Sir Graham can, no doubt, keep an eye on the police officers, Jake reckons that he could do a good job monitoring the force’s dogs and, as he’s a proud spaniel and not a German shepherd, there would be no family favouritism.

Jake isn’t too sure how to go about getting the job so if you happen to see a spaniel with a silly, ingratiating grin hanging about Regal Lane you’ll know what’s going on.


IT was announced last week that Norwich is to get its own very local television channel.

The channel is to be named after one of Norwich’s best known products, mustard. This made me wonder what we could call a local station for Soham.

We no longer produce flour or elevators here and the acres of flowers for transportation to the London markets are no more.

So what would be typical of Soham?

Of course, it would have to be Take Away TV!


IN less than a week Jeremy has made a smashing job of cleaning the war memorial and the scaffolding has been removed, making the exit from Clay Street into the high street much less exciting.

Now all that he has on his plate is the repainting of hundreds and hundreds of items of lettering which he is also making a splendid job of.


WHILE wandering around town the other day I saw something advertised that I had never seen or heard of before.

There was a board on the path announcing the availability of, among other things lower down, “Free Range Eggs Bananas”.

Now free range eggs are things we all know about and often prefer, but I’ve never heard of free range bananas, or even battery ones for that matter.


IT’S not been the best of years for arable farmers, but the harvest is being celebrated this weekend.

The big event, of course, will be the pumpkin fair on the rec on Saturday when pumpkins and sunflowers will be harvested and exhibited.

As usual there will be a variety of stalls and the chance to catch up with friends and their news.

The following day, the Salvation Army is holding its harvest festival in Bushel Lane at 2.30pm. The following evening the army is having its harvest supper and sale of produce at 6pm. To book a place contact Iris on 01638 577386.

If a Methodist harvest supper is more your cup of tea then Tuesday at Berrycroft is where you should be. It will cost you �5 or �2.50. To book a place, call Arleen on 01353 624944 or Denise on 01353 727855.

If you don’t want a whole supper then you could go to the Methodist Church coffee morning on Friday from 10am-noon.


TWO weeks ago, Jake was standing in front of the Walter Gidney Pavilion, once called the Place and still bearing a plaque bearing the name. On the roundabout in front of the building is a tree and plaque remembering Danny.

This week Jake walked down a narrow road named after a county in the extreme south east of England (or were they builders?). He then turned left and walked where it was smelly. Then he wandered towards the mythical symbol of Wales.

What is the name of the row of dwellings on his right?