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Who’s Who & Contact Information


Regular Events

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Local News & Events


The most beautiful story


Who is Santa Claus?

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Local Advertisers

CONTACT MAGAZINE Editorial contact.magazine Advertising Andy Driver 01508 494641 Collation Janet Smith 01508 492096 Copying Denise Knight 12 St Marys Road, Framingham Earl 01508 492924 Distribution Graham Smith 01508 492096

CONTACT MAGAZINE SUBMISSIONS Articles, events and information for inclusion in the January 2017 edition should be emailed to (preferably as either Microsoft Word [.doc], RTF, or PDF format) no later than 6.00pm on 5th December 2016 with the words “Contact Magazine” in the title. Please note that we cannot accept Microsoft Works or Microsoft Publisher files. Please bear in mind that this is a black and white publication therefore coloured type and photographs will be converted to greyscale and may not reproduce well. If we believe that any supplied adverts will not reproduce well we will do our best to adjust them for best quality based on the constraints of the magazine format. ADVERTISING All advertising queries should be directed to Andy Driver, telephone 01508 494641 or email Please ensure that your name and contact number are included in case queries arise. Adverts should be supplied as hi-res (300dpi) PDFs, Jpegs or Tiffs in black & white only. We can design adverts for you free of charge. Any logos or images for inclusion should be supplied as hi-res (300dpi) PDFs, Jpegs or Tiffs in black & white. We recommend avoiding detailed photographs as they don’t reproduce well. Many thanks, Contact Magazine Editorial Team (Andy Driver & Jon Mullender)


Dear Friends I love Christmas. Just imagine how long the winter would seem without Christmas in the middle of it. I love the festivities, the crazy lights people put up on their houses, even the really over the top ones, the busy shops, mulled wine and log fires (you can keep the mince pies though – sorry if you are a mince pie lover). Sure, it all goes a bit too much at times, and can become far too commercial, and so much pressure put on us all. I especially feel for those who are alone, who have no family, who have gone through loss, who are missing their loved ones. These things are all highlighted so much at this time of the year. It is always the hope of Christians that at this time of the year that people would truly know what the Apostle John meant when he wrote in His Gospel, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” – John 3.16 In the prayer ministry which I run, I have the privilege of seeing His love outworked in so many ways. It gives us great joy to see Jesus doing what He did two thousand years ago when He walked the face of the earth; setting people free. So many people have come through our door burdened with the things that life has thrown at them. Sometimes it is years of abuse, bad childhoods, pain and suffering, and then to watch Jesus touching their lives, often through tears, and see the change in them from when they first arrived to when they leave, is so very precious. Sometimes they come with very little faith in God, but

after He ministers to them, they realise He is real. When we feel ourselves in such hopeless situations, it is so often then that He comes to give us hope. This same Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” I would like to share this lovely poem with you: One night I had a dream... I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord, and Across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; One belonged to me, and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of my life flashed before us, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that many times along the path of my life, There was only one set of footprints. I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in my life This really bothered me, and I questioned the Lord about it. “Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, You would walk with me all the way; But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, There is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why in times when I needed you the most, you should leave me. The Lord replied, “My precious, precious child. I love you, and I would never, never leave you during your times of trial and suffering. When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you.

God Bless you this Christmas time, Jill Gower


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Who’s Who? Contact Information RECTOR Robert Parsonage (Day off: Tuesday) The Rectory, Rectory Lane, NR14 7SL 01508 492215 ASSISTANT PRIEST Revd Debbie Driver (Day off: Friday) 50 Rectory Lane, NR14 7SL 01508 494641 Website Administrator Andy Driver + Elaine Chapman Prayer Requests Debbie Driver Edward Bear Club Rachel Foster 01508 493225 All Saints Centre Project Tim Bunn (Project Manager) 07795 084950 / 01493 781030 Churches Together 4D Youth Project Emmi Marlow (NYFC) 07717 744630 / 01603 620678


Who’s Who? Contact Information Visiting Team Coordinator Elaine Chapman 01508 494455


Octagon Wives Jean Waters (Leader) 01508 492193

Barry Catchpole Field House, Caistor Lane, Caistor St Edmund 01508 492737

Wednesday Group Nina Fairman (Leader) 01508 493336 Brooke & Poringland Scout Association Nicky Summers (GSL)

Church Wardens

Graham Smith 7 Caistor Lane, Poringland 01508 492096

Organists/Musicians Janet Smith, David Keefe, Rachel Foster, Peter LeFevre, Marion Williams

Associate Wardens

Flower Rota Janet Smith Tel: 01508 492096

Caroline Milton 25 Church Close, Poringland Tel: 01508 493756

Marriage Prep. Course Ken & Caroline Milton 01508 493756

Rachel Foster Elfinsward, 20 Chandler Road, Upper Stoke 01508 493225

Men’s Breakfast Andy Driver 01508 494641

Vice Chair PCC Graham Smith 01508 492096

Ladies’ Evening Claudia Parsonage 01508 492215 Caroline Milton 01508 493756

Secretary PCC Susan McAvoy 01508 493359

Coffee Stop Irene Howard 01508 494621

Home Groups Graham & Janet Smith 01508 492096 Roy & Mavis Glenn 01508 491802 Julian & Rachel Foster 01508 493225

Alpha Course Andy Driver 01508 494641

St Wandregesilius, Bixley Acting Hon PCC Treasurer Robert Parsonage

Electoral Roll Officer Denise Knight 12 St Mary’s Road Tel: 01508 492924

Assistant Secretary Denise Knight 01508 492924

PORINGLAND VILLAGE HALL The hall can be booked 7 days a week between 9am and 11pm for all types of non-commercial bookings, including discos. Seating capacity 100. Self catering equipment available. £9.50 per hour between 9am and 5pm or £45 for 5pm to 11pm. Bookings Enquiries Elaine Chapman 38 St Mary’s Road 01508 494455 Chairman Robert Parsonage 01508 492215

Treasurer Hon PCC Mark Lamb 105 The Sreet, Poringland 01508 493249


Planned Giving Officer Siobhan Korolev 01508 492745



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Who’s Who? Contact Information

Who’s Who? Contact Information




Church Wardens Gwen Spooner 6 Bligh Close,Framingham Earl 01508 493461

Vice Chair PCC Elizabeth Turner 01508 550234

Chairman Vacant for the time being

Friends of St Andrew’s Mike Lucas 01508 492640 Vice Chair PCC Vacant Treasurer Hon PCC Alison Randall 59 Norwich Rd, Poringland 01508 491737 Planned Giving Officer Mike Lucas 01508 492640

Treasurer Hon PCC Aline Turner Pearle Cottage, Howe 01508 550403 Planned Giving Officer Aline Turner 01508 550403 Electoral Roll Officer Mike Huggins Sewell House, Sewell Rd 01508 55043


Electoral Roll Officer Marion Greenwood Holly Lodge, Hall Road 01508 493138

Bookings/Enquiries Rachel McCarthy Tel: 07770 351 794

Organists/Musicians Peter Sharp Glebe Farmhouse, Alpington 01508 492235


Flower Rota Pam Masterson 01508 495007


Clubroom available for bookings £5 per hour Booking Secretary Mrs Catherine Moore 01508 492182

Clerk to the Council Mrs Catherine Moore Poringland Community Centre,Overtons Way, Poringland, NR14 7WB 01508 492182

FRAMINGHAM EARL PARISH COUNCIL Chairman Mrs Linda Brook 62 Long Road, Framingham Earl, NR14 7RZ Tel: 01508 494258

PORINGLAND SAND & GRAVEL ALLOTMENT CHARITY Funds are available to clubs and societies comprising Poringland Parishoners. Chairman Mrs Pat Easter 11 Greenacres Drive, NR14 7JG

PORINGLAND FUEL ALLOTMENT CHARITY - Reg Charity No 246265 This charity was formed originally to distribute coal to the poor of Poringland and still makes payments to help with winter fuel costs as well as giving financial help to those in need, hardship or distress.

Clerk to the Council Mrs Yvonne Wonnacott 8 Fitzgerald Road, NR14 7TJ Tel: 01508 494635. Email:

The Trustees are also able to assist with some educational expenses and make grants to local clubs and societies. Grants are restricted to those persons living in and organisations based within the parish of Poringland. Applications for consideration should be made to the Clerk to the Trustees.


Clerk to the Trustees Mrs Lesley Sanders 17 Hadden Close, Poringland NR14 7RN 01508 492155

Funds may be available to help individuals such as students, pensioners, etc; also local clubs and societies,etc. in the Framingham Earl community. All applications will be considered. Please apply in writing in confidence to the Treasurer or contact Linda for further information. Treasurer Mrs Linda Brook Coniscliffe House, 62 Long Road Framingham Earl, Norfolk, NR14 7RZ 01508 494258

Chairman Mr David Hewer 9 Meadow Way, Poringland, NR14 7LZ 01508 492388 / 07802 519360


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XtraTime offers the perfect setting for children from reception, infants and juniors to rest or play after those long days at school. We collect your children from Poringland Primary and also collect from Alpington, Brooke, Rockland St. Mary and Surlingham in our own fully insured vehicle. Outdoor & indoor play, games, computers, art and craft are some of the activities on offer. Open 3pm—6pm Monday to Friday. Call now to arrange your booking.

Find us on Facebook @TimeChildCare

Holiday club provides morning/ afternoon or full days during school holidays on a Tuesday & Thursday offering a variation of planned fun activities to keep your children busy during the school holidays.

Playtime Pre-school offers a fun, stimulating and healthy childcare environment for children aged 2 to 5 years using the EYFS curriculum where playing and learning gives your child the perfect start before school.

Children from 3 to 11 years old are welcome.

Morning/afternoon or full days available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Sessions run from 9am to 1pm and 1pm to 5pm starting from £11 per session.

Childcare vouchers accepted. Call today to arrange a visit or book your child in for a free taster.

Call now for more information and to arrange your booking.

Time Childcare is the parent charity of the above groups. We are a community led organisation. All our staff are DBS checked. Contact us for more information or to arrange a visit.

Time to learn, time to play, time together…..

St George’s Dementia Support Group

Welcome to All Saints’

Monthly Sunday Club for children aged 5-8

Providing a comfortable, caring and supportive social setting for people suffering from dementia and their carers.

Fun, Games, Bible Stories, Craft

Meets on second and fourth Mondays of each month (not Bank Holidays) 10am to 12 midday at St George’s Hall, Long Lane, Upper Stoke Holy Cross, NR14 8ND (on-site parking)

We meet at 9.30am, the second Sunday of each month and then move into the Octagon until approx. 11am

For further details call: Ann Raines on 01508 493661 or Dave Gudgeon on 01508 492938

Sunday Club Co-ordinator Mavis Glenn Tel: 01508 491802

‘THE MEETING PLACE’ COFFEE STOP or why not simply drop in to one 07587154725 / 01508 492947 Registered Charity 1161477

Poringland Edward Bear Club

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10am - 12noon PORINGLAND VILLAGE HALL Please pop in for:


is a The Edward Bear Club meets every story. Monday 10am–12pm (term time) at on hand from the charity, Poringland VillageBreast Hall. It Feeding is for pre-Network, for any who school children and their parents/carers. re toys and activities.



The second Monday of the month is a


All other Mondays there are toys and activities. The Edward Bear club is free of charge though donations towards refreshments are always welcome.

Janet Smith: 01508 492096

Please pop in for a drink, some cake and a chat with people and groups from the local community.

music group based roundrefreshments a Bible story. are Rachel Foster: 01508 493225 arge though donations towards

Coffee, tea, squash, cake, biscuits and newspapers available

 Like us on Facebook ‘Edward Bear’

A drink, some cake & a chat

with people and groups from the local community.


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From the Registers

Poringland Library Christmas with the choir


Tuesday 6th December 2pm-3pm

Local News

All Saints, Poringland 17 Oct Kenneth John ELLIS

aged 68

St Faiths Crematorium 1 Nov Russell GOSLING

aged 83

St Andrews Autumn Fayre A big thank you to all who helped before, on the day, and to clear a way, also for all the super cakes that we received. Thank you also to all who gave for the various stalls and raffle, without all of this, the fayre would not have been possible. The total raised on the day was £603.65 plus donations of £160. Many thanks again for a good day. Gwen Spooner

Come along and listen to carols being sung by the children from Poringland Primary School Choir who will be getting us all in the Christmas spirit. There will be Christmas crafts to buy, all made by our Tuesday Quilters group and all monies raised will go to the local First Responders. And of course there will be mince pies, teas & coffees too!! Everybody welcome

Seasonal Arts & Crafts

Get crafty this season and learn how to make decorations, gift bags, tea light holders or gift-wrap with flair. Make your own to take home with you at one or more of our workshops. Cost per workshop is £10, book and pay at your local library

Poringland Fuel Allotment Financial help is available

Friday 2nd December 12noon to 3pm Tea light holders & tree decorations

Do you need financial help with your winter fuel bills or perhaps you are a student needing support with your further education costs? Do you have other kinds of financial hardship needing short term help?

Poringland Library Friends

A charity exists to help Poringland residents in these kinds of difficulties. To find out if you are eligible for a cash grant, all you have to do is fill in a simple form which will be treated in strict confidence. For further information contact the Clerk to the Trustees, Mrs Lesley Sanders, by post at 17 Hadden Close, NR14 7RN, by phone on 01508 492155 or email to

Information drop in session Saturday 21st January 9.30am-12.30pm

We are looking for people who would like to help us to enhance what we can offer the community here in Poringland. If you are interested in being our “friend” then pop along to our information morning no commitment required at this point. Tea and coffee will be provided. If you’d like more information pop in and talk to staff.


Poringland WI At our October meeting we tried some gentle exercises with Michael Guymer. He emphasised the importance of continuing to exercise as we get older, in order to maintain our muscle strength and balance. Balance is something that can deteriorate, but is very important to prevent falls which can be devastating. Our next meeting will be on December 14th in the Community Centre at 7.30pm. This will be our Christmas party with music provided by Patsy Rose on her guitar, and food provided by members. We have invited members from other WIs, and If you are thinking of joining us, then this is a good meeting to start with. I was hooked after my first meeting which was Christmas 1971 and involved wine tasting! No wine this year, but we promise lots of fun and friendship. We look forward to meeting you soon. For more information or if you need a lift to get to the meeting, phone Lesley on 01508 492155

shared his great interest in the village signs found in Norfolk; he travelled 5000 miles around our county visiting 500 villages, of these 450 displayed a village sign which he was able, to record for future generations to enjoy. A selection of these signs were shown on film; they varied from very intricate to quite plain, from very cared for to slightly neglected but all were of great interest and reminders of Norfolk’s past. We learnt that many were made by local craftsmen in a great variety of materials-wood, stone, metal fibreglass and one in particular, quite attractive, crafted in plastic. Michael’s talk was interesting and amusing especially so when he recounted some of the incidents that occurred during his time as a policeman; he is the author of “Norfolk-a History through its Village Signs” and his book is available from Jarrolds. After a vote of thanks and refreshments the meeting closed. Dec 7th is our next meeting at the Railway 12noon for 12.30 Christmas lunch Connie H

Octagon Wives

The Octagon Wives enjoyed an evening of card making kindly organised by Margaret, and members were able to return home with several cards ready for Christmas.

Loddon Flower Club

The group meets on the third Wednesday of the month in the Octagon of All Saints Church and new members are always welcome. Details Jean 492193 or Ann 493437

On Tuesday 6th December “The Spirit of Christmas” By Debbie Lofting At Hobart High School, Loddon Doors open at 6.45pm Demonstration starts at 7.30pm

Wednesday Group

Visitors £10 Members £5 Includes a glass of wine/soft drink, sweet and savoury finger food

We enjoyed a cold but very bright day for our Nov. meeting; the business was quickly dealt with and our speaker introduced. Mr. Michael Weatherstone, a retired policeman,

Invites you to join them for a Christmas Flower Arranging Demonstration:

Raffle, tombola, access sales table, locally handmade gifts and cards for sale


Events Calendar DECEMBER

01 - 05 Charity Christmas Tree Festival St Peter Mancroft Church

02 Seasonal Arts & Crafts Workshop 12noon - 3pm Poringland Library - see page 10 Buena Vista Social Club Christmas Celebration 7pm Community Centre - see page 14

03 Way of the Spirit Christmas Quiz Evening with Fish & Chips Poringland Village Hall - see page 26

04 EACH Santa Run 11am - 12noon Framingham Earl High - see page 16

06 Christmas with the Choir 2 - 3pm Poringland Library - see page 11

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Loddon Flower Club The Spirit of Christmas with Dulcie Lofting 7pm for 7.30pm Hobart High School, Loddon - see page 11


Christingle Celebration 3.30pm All Saints Church



Community Cinema: Golden Years 7.30pm Community Centre - see page 14


11 Annual Family Carol Concert 3pm St Andrews Church, Framingham Earl - see page 23

14 WI Christmas Party 7.30pm Community Centre - see page 11

18 St Marys Church, Howe Carol Service 4pm - see page 18

20 EACH Christmas Carol Service 7pm - 9pm All Saints Church carolservices - see page 16


Charity Christmas Tree Festival

Alpington & Yelverton Local History Society 7.30pm Wheel of Fortune Pub

12 An introduction to Art Appreciation Poringland WEA 10.30am Community Centre - see page 17

17 Club Cascade (over 50s) Patsy Rose Singer/guitarist 2 - 4pm Alpington & Yelverton Village Hall Contact: Eileen Minns on 01508 494894 or Pat Barter on 01508 493570

21 Poringland Library Friends Information Dropin Session 9.30am - 12.30pm Poringland Library

Thursday 1st- Monday 5th December 2016 St Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich

Admission: Free This Christmas Tree Festival is to raise funds for ‘It’s On The Ball’ and ‘The Hamlet’ The All Saints Centre Project will be having a tree Please come and see In Partnership with the Rotary Club of Norwich St Edmund


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The Most Beautiful Story

Poringland Community Cinema at Poringland Community Centre

GOLDEN YEARS (12A) Friday 9th December Fate, the pensions crisis and a steadfast refusal to accept the injustice of old age contrived to force the law abiding couple into a life of crime. Stars: Bernard Hill, Simon Callow, Phil Davis, Una Stubbs Tickets £5 (includes free tea or coffee) From Poringland Budgens or on the door Doors open 6.45pm, film starts 7.30pm


Friday 2nd December CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION NORWICH COMMUNITY CHOIR Doors open 7pm, starts at 7.45pm Free to members, or one night membership £5. Come along and join For more information contact: Maureen on 01508 494358 or Carol on 01508 492630

Earlier this year a well-known atheist was being interviewed on Radio 4. In the course of an enlightening chat he was asked how he spent Christmas, and he said that he went to Midnight Mass at church. ‘But you’re an atheist’, his interviewer protested. ‘Yes’, he replied, ‘but what they celebrate at Christmas is the most beautiful story ever told’. That ‘beautiful story’ tells of a Creator who sent His Son to share the life of His creation, to be born as a helpless baby, to grow up as a man of extraordinary wisdom, gentleness and love, who was executed by the authorities for contradicting the traditions of the time. His followers – who today number about two billion people all over the world – believe that He rose from the dead, and that by His death and resurrection He has made possible forgiveness and eternal life for men and women everywhere.

Alpington & Yelverton AlpingtonLocal & Yelverton Local History Society History Society

Tuesday January 2017 Tuesday10 10 January 2017

Mardle Evening on School Days at the The Wheel of Fortune PH

That is certainly quite a story, perhaps the Mardle Evening on School Days at greatest story ever told, and yes, beautiful. Do you have photographs the of your school And that is the story that will be rehearsed days The Wheel of Fortune PH again this Christmas, in children’s Nativities, Did you attend the Alpington Village School in hymns and carols, in Bible readings and or know someone who did sermons all over the country. People who Is it time to tell all stay away from church all year turn up to hear it, and who can blame them? This us for a walk back in time and school Do youJoin have photographs of your is a story of hope, of love and of heaven bring those photographs days touching earth.



During 2016 we have all become familiar with probably the best-known statue in the world, Christ the Redeemer, towering over the Olympic city of Rio, His arms outstretched in blessing. Christmas celebrates the birth of that great Redeemer – a tiny baby laid in a feeding trough. His birth changed history, His life transformed our understanding of what it means to be human, His death was at one and the same time a tragedy and a triumph. Yes, ‘the most beautiful story ever told’. Enjoy it again this Christmas.

is welcome Village to Did you attendEveryone the Alpington School join us – 7.30 pm

or know someone who did IsMembers it time are to tell free,all Visitors £3 at the door (to include refreshments)

Join us for a walk back in time and Contactthose Mary Fewster (Chairman) bring photographs 01508 492059 for further details

Everyone is welcome to join us – 7.30 pm

Members are free, Visitors £3 at the door


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Poringland and District W.E.A - Learning for Life!

Spring Term 2017 “An Introduction to Art Appreciation” given by Fiona Fitzgerald Thank you to so many people who are being inspired to help with fundraising for The nook Appeal - the new hospice desperately needed to provide more facilities and equipment which cannot be accommodated at the hospice in Quidenham because of its age and size. It is amazing how much money is being raised by individuals holding coffee mornings, families filling home collection boxes with loose change, generous people donating super raffle prizes, crafters busy making goods for sale, people giving up their time to train for sponsored challenges, and so on, and so on.

Look out for information about events around our villages during December. You could take part in the first village Santa Run which should be great fun, and go and have a look at the tree decorated for EACH at the Christmas tree festival at St Peter Mancroft Church, and come along to celebrate Christmas at the EACH Christmas Carol service to be held on Tuesday 20th December at All Saints Church in Poringland. Everybody welcome! Happy Christmas everyone and we look forward to all working together to make 2017 a great fundraising year for The nook Appeal. Kind regards, and thank you. Judith

“I like it…I don’t like it.” This course will create a framework for thinking and talking about painting, sculpture, architecture and design. We will see whether the framework works for examining Contemporary Art as well. The first session is free - come along and see if you like it! Starting Thursday 12th January 2017 at 10.30 am At Poringland Community Centre, Overton’s Way, Poringland, NR14 7WB The course comprises 9 sessions of one and a half hours each, plus a short break for tea/coffee and biscuits The cost is £47.25 for the course – free to those on certain means tested benefits No tests or exams! For further information please phone Sue Krey on 01508 492930

Do come along and join us!


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St Mary’s Church, Howe Carol Service


Join us for a special

Sunday 18th December 2016, at 4pm Please come along and support this event Collection to be shared between East Anglia Children’s Hospice NOOK Appeal and Church Funds

Where did Christmas stockings come from?

No one is really sure, but a story is told of St Nicholas, a bishop who lived in the 4th century, who may have started the custom by accident. St Nicholas was of a wealthy family, and of a generous heart. As Christmas approached one year, he wanted to help a poor family whom he knew, but he did not want them to know it was him. So he climbed up on their roof on Christmas Eve and dropped some coins down the chimney. The next morning the coins, to the great surprise of the family, were found in the stockings of the ladies, who had hung them to dry by the fire the night before. Every year after that they put their stockings out, in the hope that some more money would fall into them. They told the story of this amazing appearance to their friends and neighbours, and the custom caught on.

Christmas all wrapped up! “And this will be a sign to you, you will find the babe, wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:2)

Do you ever dread wrapping all those Christmas presents? The large roll of fragile

paper that slides around on the table, the lumpy gifts that defy wrapping, the tape that sticks to your fingers… what is so important about wrapping presents, anyway? Why not just hand them over? Well did you ever consider that the very first Christmas present EVER was wrapped up – in swaddling cloths? In biblical times, after a birth, the umbilical cord would be cut, the baby would be washed, rubbed with salt and oil, and then carefully wrapped in swaddling cloths. The swaddling is described as a cloth or blanket tied together like bandages. This process was carried out with great love and care, and was thought to have health-giving benefits. On the other hand, to ignore the swaddling process was seen as abandonment and rejection. “And as for thy nativity, on the day thou wast born thy navel was not cut, neither wast thou washed in water to soothe thee. Thou wast not salted at all, nor swaddled at all.” (Ezekiel 16:4 KJ21) So why wrap your presents? Because just as the baby Jesus was swaddled as a sign of great love and care, wrapping our gifts is a sign of our own effort, love and care towards those whom we love. So be patient with the wrapping paper, and Happy Christmas!

At All Saints’ Church Poringland

Saturday 24th December 3.30 p.m.

All proceeds to the Children’s Society


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Welcome to the December 2016 Crossword Page The Bible version used in our crossword is the NIV. The solution is printed next month ACROSS 1 ‘The blind receive sight, the — walk’ (Luke 7:22) (4) 3 Got (Philippians 3:12) (8) 8 Leave out (Jeremiah 26:2) (4) 9 Castigated for using dishonest scales (Hosea 12:7) (8) 11 Weighty (1 John 5:3) (10) 14 ‘Now the serpent was more — than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made’ (Genesis 3:1) (6) 15 ‘Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot — God’ (Romans 8:8) (6) 17 Because Israel lacked one of these, tools had to be sharpened by the Philistines (1 Samuel 13:19) (10) 20 In his vision of the two eagles and the vine, this is how Ezekiel described the latter (Ezekiel 17:8) (8) 21 Rite (anag.) (4) Answers to November 2016 Crossword 22 Nine gigs (anag.) (8) ACROSS: 1, Charioteers. 9, Immoral. 10, Cairo. 11, 23 ‘The eye cannot say to the SAE. 13, Inns. 16, Firm. 17, Accuse. 18, East. 20, — , “I don’t need you”’ (1 Ogam. 21, Judith. 22, Seba. 23, Msgr. 25, Den. 28, Corinthians 12:21) (4) Inane. 29, Entreat. 30, Chrysoprase. DOWN: 2, Human. 3, Rare. 4, Oils. 5, Ecce. 6, DOWN Raising. 7, Citizenship. 8, Commemorate. 12, Assail. 1 ‘Flee for your lives! Don’t 14, Sat. 15, Scouse. 19, Sabbath. 20, Ohm. 24, Seeds. — — , and don’t stop 25, Deny. 26, Nero. 27, Star. anywhere in the plain!’ (Genesis 19:17) (4,4) 2 Principal thoroughfare (Numbers 20:19) (4,4) 4 ‘The tax collector... beat his — and said, “God have mercy on me, a sinner”’ (Luke 18:13) (6) 5 ‘The zeal of the Lord Almighty will — this’ (2 Kings 19:31) (10) 6 ‘The day of the Lord is — for all nations’ (Obadiah 15) (4) 7 Specified day (Acts 21:26) (4) 10 Deadly epidemic (Deuteronomy 32:24) (10) 12 Roman Catholic church which has special ceremonial rights (8) 13 Tied up (2 Kings 7:10) (8) 16 In his speech to the Sanhedrin, Stephen described Moses as ‘powerful in speech and — ’ (Acts 7:22) (6) 18 ‘Although he did not remove the high places, — heart was fully committed to the Lord all his life’ (1 Kings 15:14) (4) 19 Tribe (Deuteronomy 29:18) (4)



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The gift that Christians will give our country this year

All Saints’ & St Andrew’s Duty Rota for the month of December 2016



December 11th 18th


January 1st


Andrey Korolov Romans 15:4 - 13 (Or Isaiah 11:1 - 10)

Elaine Chapman James 5:7 - 10 (Or Isaiah 35:1 - 10)

Roy Glenn Romans 1:1 - 7 (Or Isaiah 7:10 - 16)

No Service at All Saints

Caroline Milton Hebrews 2:10 – 18 (Or Isaiah 63:7 - 9)


Siobhan Korolev Matthew 3:1 – 12

David Keefe Matthew 11:2 – 11

Dinah Copping Matthew 1:18 - 25

No Service at All Saints

Val Bowen Matthew 2:13 – 23


Caroline Milton

Julian & Rachel Foster

Philippa Sims

No Service at All Saints

Elaine Chapman


Richard Manning

Russell Phipps

Graham Smith

No Service at All Saints

Andy Driver


Dinah Copping Lynnette Gidding

George McAvoy Annie Catchpole Susan McAvoy Barry Catchpole

No Service at All Saints

Gordon Barnes Julian Foster








Richard Manning Elaine Chapman

Susan McAvoy Julian Foster

Val Bowen Glynette Dixon

No Service at All Saints

Mavis Glenn Roy Glenn

Claudia Parsonage

Irene Howard Denise Knight Connie Hilbery

Mavis Glenn Roy Glenn Andy Driver

No Service at All Saints

Annie Catchpole Heather Keefe Susan McAvoy



Elaine Evans Siobhan Korolev


December 11th 18th


Christmas is coming, and throughout the land, well over a million Christians, both ordained and lay, are working hard to prepare their annual unique Christmas gift to the nation.






Robbie Brown

Robbie Brown

Robbie Brown







The story of mince pies

Festival of Winter Walks

Did you know that mince pies have been traditional English Christmas fare since the Middle Ages, when meat was a key ingredient? The addition of spices, suet and alcohol to meat came about because it was an alternative to salting and smoking in order to preserve the food. Mince pies used to be a different shape - cradle-shaped with a pastry baby Jesus on top.

The Festival of Winter Walks will start on Saturday 17th December 2016 and run up to and including Sunday 8th January 2017. F urther updates and information will be sent to areas and groups in due course. For queries please contact resources/volunteer-resources/festivals-andevents-toolkit/

During this month, cathedrals and thousands of churches will welcome hundreds of thousands of people who are not churchgoers, and who may have little real faith; but for whom, nonetheless, Christmas is still a time to go back to church, to sing the carols, and hear once again the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. And that is not all. Not only do Christians provide a way for national worship and celebration of the coming of the Prince of Peace – each year they show His love in very practical ways. When a national newspaper recently asked representatives of every diocese in England to say just what their church did of service to anybody else, the response was overwhelming: night shelters, food banks, credit unions, legal advice, housing trusts, various street patrols, and support groups – not forgetting the provision of thousands of meals for the lonely and homeless over the Christmas break.

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Annual Family Carol Concert with the Framingham Earl Singers on Sunday December 11th at 3.00pm

Collection of toys and tins for the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.


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FRAMINGHAM EARL METHODIST CHURCH Minister: The Rev’d Matthew Olanrewaju M.A.

Tel: 01603 504722

SERVICES for DECEMBER 2016 (all at 10.45am unless shown otherwise)


Chapel Anniversary with the Chair of East Anglia District, the Rev’d JULIAN PURSEHOUSE.

11th IAN GREENFIELD 18th NO MORNING SERVICE but at 4.00 pm a CANDLELIT CAROL SERVICE with our MINISTER CHRISTMAS DAY at 10.15 am – Family service with Worship Leader, SUSAN ELDRIDGE. Provision is made for CHILDREN and all attending our services are assured of a very warm welcome and invited to stay for COFFEE AND FELLOWSHIP afterwards. The TRAIDCRAFT STALL is open the second Sunday each month. If you feel you would like to know more about our services or activities before attending, Bill or Hazel Allen would be pleased to help you. Please ring 493154.

WEEKDAY ACTIVITIES FOR DECEMBER COFFEE STOP from 10.30 am till 12 noon will be held at our church on Mondays 5th and 19th and at Albion House, Shotesham Rd, Poringland on 12th. They will resume on 9th January 2017. Everyone very welcome at both venues. WEDNESDAY FELLOWSHIP – 14th at 2.30 pm All men and women welcome to the meeting. This month - Favourite Carols. All invited to bring along a reading, serious or light! This will be followed by tea and mince pies. INFORMAL EVENING OF CAROLS, READINGS & MINCE PIES Thursday 15th at 7.30 pm at the home of Elizabeth and Peter. (Details from Hazel 493154)


Trafalgar Square’s very special Christmas Tree

This year, as every year for the past 69, a magnificent Norwegian spruce will stand proudly in Trafalgar Square. It is seen as a symbol of freedom and a token of friendship. This huge – it is generally more than 20 metres tall - annual gift from the people of Norway has been sent every year since 1947. It is Norway’s way of thanking Britain for standing by them during the dark days of the Second World War. For when the Nazis invaded Norway in 1940, King Haakon VII fled to the UK. The British enabled him to set up a Norwegian government in exile in London, where he could send radio messages back to his occupied homeland. The tree is known to Norwegian foresters as ‘the queen of the forest’, and each year only the very best is chosen to grace Trafalgar Square. Sometimes the trees are handpicked years in advance. Many of them are very old, which means they were quietly growing deep in a Norwegian forest during the dark days of Nazi occupation and death. Many years ago, a tree in another occupied land played a crucial role when a Gift to the whole world was put on display. He was not lit up for a holiday season, but instead became the Light of the world. This month we remember His birthday, and look ahead to His amazing gift to us of forgiveness and friendship with God – through His death on a tree. Jesus is the reason for Christmas, and He is for life, not just for Christmas.

Who is ‘Santa Claus’?

distantly related to a bishop in Turkey in the fourth century (hence the red coat and hat – a cope and mitre originally). His name was Nicholas, and he was known as a patron of children, who would from time to time distribute gifts to them. From that, believe it or not, comes the practice of giving presents at Christmas. We can’t give them to Jesus on his birthday, so we give them to someone else, in love and gratitude. That, at least, is the theory. Quite how the massive commercialization of such giving developed probably owes more to smart marketing than Christian generosity. It’s not Nicholas’s fault, of course, nor of the Dutch Christians who took the practice to America as migrants 300 years ago. It might be a positive step at least to tell children who St Nicholas is, and perhaps even to mark his feast day, December 6th, when ‘Christmas’ presents are handed over in Holland

Iranian Christians face 80 lashes for taking communion wine

Three Iranian Christians are to appeal a sentence of 80 lashes for taking Communion wine. The Christians are converts from Muslim backgrounds. The sentence reflects the state’s hard-line refusal to recognise the right of Muslims to change their religion. Now Release International is calling for the Iranian authorities to allow its citizens to choose their own faith and to acquit the Christians. They also face charges of crimes ‘against national security’.

On the whole British people are happy with the title ‘Father Christmas’, a suitably neutral name for the central character in children’s Christmases.

Yaser Mosibzadeh, Saheb Fadayee and Mohammed Reza Omidi (also known as Youhan) were arrested at their house church in Rasht earlier this year.

In America, however, and by a process of cultural indoctrination increasingly in other English-speaking countries, the same redcoated and bearded fellow with his sack of presents is known as ‘Santa Claus’. They are, of course, one and the same person,

90 prisoners are now in jail for their faith. Many have been beaten and abused. Some have been threatened with death. Iranian officials often target evangelical house groups. Yet the Church in Iran continues to grow, despite being under constant pressure.


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The Way of the Spirit Hello, this is Kirstie again with details of what is happening in and around Framingham Earl Hall. What better excuse for a party than Jesus, the Light of the World? On the 31 October the Churches Together group in Poringland opened up the village hall for a Light Party as an alternative to Halloween. We served soup, hot dogs and drinks to all who came. The children made nightlight holders and played games while their parents enjoyed a cup of tea. There were also some pumpkins on display that were decorated with bright sparkly decorations rather than bats and ghosts. Pumpkins are a great blank canvas and look lovely with cut outs of stars, angels or smiling faces on them. Jesus loved social occasions – he’s mentioned as attending a number of them in the gospels. The Christian message is of joy and hope, which is a much better basis for a party than ghouls and ghosts! Teaching Modules By the time you read this you will just have missed a very interesting teaching module on The Book of Esther which ran from 20 – 23 November. However we are taking bookings for this year’s Christmas conference and for modules running in 2017 as follows Walking and Leading in The Spirit 14th – 17th December The Book of James 20th – 22nd January 2017 To book a place at either of these events please contact conferences@ or you are always welcome to pop along for just one session to see what it is like. You would be made very welcome.

Christmas Quiz with fish and chips If you have not already done so do not forget to buy your tickets for the Christmas Quiz with fish and chips evening on Saturday 3 December. This is sure to be a fun evening and will be held in Poringland village hall. Christmas Greetings As this is the last magazine you will receive before Christmas I wish you all a truly blessed time over the festive season. In all the busyness of the holidays give time to think about the true meaning of Christmas. More than two thousand years before Jesus was born his birth was foretold by Isaiah in the Old Testament-; Isaiah 9:6-7: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.” For more details contact 01508 495346

Holy Innocents Day on 28 December The death of a very young child is perhaps the hardest grief of all to bear. So the 28th December is a very poignant day in the church calendar. It is when the worldwide Church joins with bereaved parents to grieve the loss of babies and young children. For Holy Innocents day recalls the massacre of the young male children of Bethlehem by Herod the Great. Herod had been told by the magi, or wise men, that a great king had been born in Bethlehem, and he felt shaken. How could


Parish church of Our Lady of the Annunciation Upgate, Poringland, NR14 7SH Priest-in-Charge: Fr Pádraig Hawkins Parish Contact Number: 01508 492589 Parish Contact E-Mail: Parish Address: The White House 21 Upgate, Poringland Norwich NR14 7SH Parish Web Site: Sunday Mass Time: 9am.Weekday Mass Time: 8am. a child in unimportant little Bethlehem be so powerful that the stars in the night sky honoured His birth?! Herod took the magi so seriously that he decided to try and kill this new young rival. He decreed that every male baby of two years and under should be killed. (Matthew 2:1-18). Bethlehem was not a large place, and Bible commentators estimate that between six and 25 infants were slaughtered by Roman soldiers. Their mothers were inconsolable at the death of their babies, as indeed mothers have always been. The death of these innocent baby boys of Bethlehem became a feast-day in the western Church by the 4th century. This was because the Church considered them to be martyrs because they not only died for Christ, but instead of Christ. Down the centuries, the tragic loss of the Holy Innocents has touched the imagination and hearts of poets, preachers and artists. Though heart-broken parents still grieve today, the Church can offer them one firm

assurance: that young children who die to this world will undoubtedly “this day be with Me in Paradise.” The One who eagerly said “Suffer the little children to come unto Me” will be the last person to turn them away.

Why ‘oldies’ are golden

The UK would be considerably poorer without its older folk. Research carried out by the WRVS (now the Royal Voluntary Service) showed that the over65s contribute almost £40bn more to the UK economy than they receive in State pensions, welfare and health services. The study, which was independently reviewed, took into account the tax payments, spending power, caring responsibilities and volunteering effort of people aged 65-plus. Furthermore, this benefit to the economy will increase to £77bn by 2030 as the late ‘baby boomers’ enter retirement. For the full report:


THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT 9.30am Family Communion & Sunday Club All Saints, Poringland 3.00pm Carol Service § Framingham Earl Singers St Andrews, Framingham Earl 3.00pm 10.00am 11.00am 9.30am 10.30am

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT 9.30am Parish Communion 11.15am Parish Communion 4.00pm Carol Service 7.00pm 8.00pm

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SAT 24th CHRISTMAS EVE 3.30pm Christingle Service 11.30pm Mid-night Communion Service

Carol Singing

NOOK Appeal Carol Concert

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Primary School Christmas Service (KS1) All Saints, Poringland

Holy Communion Carol Service

All Saints Standing Committee

All Saints Christmas Lunch

Poringland Village Hall

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SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT 8.00am Parish Communion 9.30am Parish Communion

SUN 4th



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Benefice Services & Activities All Saints Church, Poringland 9.30am Family Communion (First, Second and Third Sundays) Second Sunday includes Sunday Club for 5 to 8 year olds 9.30am Family Service and Baptisms (Fourth Sunday) St Andrew’s Parish Church, Yelverton Road, Framingham Earl 8am Parish Communion (First & Second Sundays) 11.15am Parish Communion (Third Sunday) St Andrew’s Parish Church is open to visitors on Saturdays between 10am and 12noon (in winter 10am to 11am) St Mary the Virgin Parish Church, Howe The Fourth Sunday Service is either at 11.15am or 4.30pm, please refer to the centre page for the time this month. St Wandregesilius Parish Church, Bixley No services until further notice (building destroyed by fire) Mondays (weekly, during term-time) 10am Edward Bear Club in Poringland Village Hall Wednesdays (monthly) 10am Parish Communion (Second Wednesday), Albion House 11am Morning Service (Second Wednesday), Cresta Lodge Wednesdays (weekly) 10am Coffee Stop, Poringland Village Hall On festivals and some other occasions, often due to local circumstances, different arrangements may be necessary. On fifth Sundays a joint benefice service is held. Please consult Services & Events (in the centrefold) for details. Enquiries for Baptisms, Marriages and Banns should be made to the Rector or the Administrator (see page 3 for contact details).

December 2016 Edition of Contact Magazine for the Benefice of Poringland  
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