Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Is this progress?

So what has the village got now?
How have things changed since the Domesday survey?
There is just one shop remaining in Old Buckenham but it still has the post office and a full off-licence. It has now changed its allegiance to Londis. All the other shops have gone, the last one twenty years ago.
There are still two pubs. The Ox and Plough and the Gamekeeeper (the new name for what was the White Horse).
There are no garden centres or nurseries, no garden machinery and repair shop or antique shop. There are no garages and the nearest place to buy petrol is now in Attleborough, some four miles away.
In the last month a fish and chip van has started coming to the village one day a week. There are two chances on a weekday to catch a bus into Norwich and a Flexibus service now exists that can be booked in advance to get to Attleborough or Diss.
No working phone boxes exist. To go to the doctor or dentist it is still necessary to go into Attleborough, Wymondham or Diss. A community car service, run by volunteers, is helpful for these journeys for those without their own transport.

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