Drayton & Taverham
August 18, 2018
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from the editor Characters make the world a brighter place and Drayton’s lucky to have Ron Beall (pictured and page 5). I’m sure loads of readers have spotted him out and about on his customised mobility scooter.
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Taverham Beavers and Cubs have obviously been having a ball this summer, camping, kayaking and generally enjoying the countryside (page 17). They’ve only been able to have these experiences thanks to the adults who give their time to organise and run such events. They’re appealing for more volunteer grown-ups – could you help by getting involved? Many congratulations to Badgers Wood care home (page 9) for their award which recognises the efforts staff make to break down “us and them” barriers between residents and the rest of the community, enriching everyone’s lives. I’d love to hear about any unusual career/study paths opening for local students who are receiving their GCSE and A-level results about now – please drop me an email.
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During June there were nine reported crimes in the Drayton and Taverham police area. The offences fell into the categories: violence and sexual offences (four), anti-social behaviour (one), criminal damage and arson (one) , other theft – includes theft by an employee, blackmail and making off without payment – (one), forgery, perjury and other miscellaneous crime (one), and burglary (one).
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COLOURFUL: Ron and his display.
Ron flies the flag(s) of patriotism With his customised invalid vehicle and flashy waistcoats, Ron Beall is a well-known sight around Drayton. And while the England team was riding high in the World Cup, 81-year-old Ron brought even more smiles to the faces of passers-by with a patriotic garden and stuffed lioness display at his home on Vawdrey Road. Cockney-born Ron, who has lived in Norfolk for the past 55 years, also flew the flag of St George from a pole in his garden and had plenty of Union Flags on display. He placed red, white and blue plants at the front of his drive where his toy lioness Elsa sat guard, sporting a Union Flag hat. “People stopped and looked and commented – I live near the school and I like to do it for the children,” said Ron, a retired charge nurse at the former mental health hospital, Little Plumstead. “I’ve got the Norfolk flag up now – I’m educating them about what it looks like.” Ron can be seen shopping locally on his mobility vehicle - which features Harley Davidson handlebars - towing a trug on wheels. And he is usually wearing one of his vast wardrobe of waistcoats, many on film or book themes. “I’ve got 72 and not one of them is plain!” said Ron. He is also locally famous for his impressive Christmas lights and hopes to be well enough this winter to put on another display.
Anyone from the Thorpe Marriott, Drayton and Taverham areas with infant and school-aged children is welcome to take them along to meet and greet sessions running throughout the school summer holidays. The sessions take place on Thorpe Marriott green every Friday at 10.30am and are a chance for new nursery, infant, junior and high school children to make friends with others who may even be in the same school, or starting their new school. The get-togethers are also a chance for parents to meet new people. Bring your own picnic.
Last call for gardens contest
RED, WHITE AND BLUE: flags galore for Ron and Elsa the lioness.
Drayton residents have until the end of the month to enter the parish’s best-kept garden competition. Drayton Parish Council, working with Taverham Nursery Centre, is looking for either front or back gardens, courtyards or even an arrangement of pots and window boxes. A judging panel of parish councillors, members of the Taverham Nursery Centre team and local horticulturists will shortlist and visit the best nominations to seek out their number one choice. Prizes will be awarded for the top three. Nominations can be emailed to the parish council at clerk@draytonparishcouncil. org.uk and don’t forget to include a few photographs if possible. Closing date for nominations is August 31 2018.
Wildlife struggling in the heat The heat continues at Taverham Mill and all over the UK and although it has been lovely for beach days and holidays, some of our wildlife is definitely struggling. The reserve has been scorched and I haven’t seen the Wensum so low in all the years I have known the river. The Environment Agency has been busy working all over the region on still waters and rivers that are suffering from low levels of dissolved oxygen. Some of Anglian Water’s other water parks have had to close water activities due to blue-green algae. Fortunately, the lakes at Taverham have good water quality and, being spring-fed with plenty of turnover of water, we are hoping that the aquatic life can manage until the weather changes. Our Highland cattle have been sat in the drains and sluices on the meadow keeping cool and I’m sure they are looking forward to some cooler weather. It must be unbearable with all of that ginger fur! Work continues on the nature reserve and this year we are hoping to improve our catering and drinks facilities in the visitor centre as well as installing a new picnic zone in the woods on the back of the nature trail, plus more
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COLOUR SPLASH: A comma butterfly at the reserve. BELOW: A kestrel overflies Taverham Mill, and harvesting.
interpretation information along the walks, accommodation improvements and many more projects. Local people are taking up our family membership more often over the summer and it really does offer some great value if you wish to walk more regularly around the trails. We think the signage along the road has helped too! Recently, we have seen the kestrels regularly, kingfishers, herons, lots of species of butterflies and dragonflies and plenty of grass snakes. Our stinging-nettle meadow has been cut down this week ready for some green hay to be brought in from a wildlife trust site close by. This will provide some wildflower beds in the future and the hope is to improve our biodiversity even more. Come and visit soon. Enjoy the sunshine.
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Disgusting vandalism in our village hall toilets Unfortunately I have to inform you of what can only be described as a disgusting act of vandalism in the village hall suite toilet by two youths who have now been identified from the clear CCTV images saved on our system. They are seen entering the building at 17:21 hours, walking through the rear corridor to the toilet and leaving at 17:34 hours showing little respect for the building as they exited. The two individuals found it amusing to spread human excrement on the walls and in the wash hand basin in the suite toilet, leaving a hirer and our cleaner the unenviable task of trying to clean the areas. The police have been informed and the matter
I write on behalf of many Drayton residents. We would like to express our appreciation to Lionel Wilkinson for all the work he has done for the parish is currently under investigation. The village over the past 40 years that he has hall committee is considering its position and served on Drayton Parish Council and what additional action is to be taken. sincerely hope that he continues to All hirers of the village hall have been represent us. reminded that only hirers and their members Lionel has always been willing to listen have a right to be in the building and use our to parishioners’ concerns and do his facilities and that other individuals may be best to help maintain the quality of life challenged and asked to leave the building we enjoy in Drayton. immediately. Those of us who attend parish council Last year I was criticised for securing the meetings know how much time he has toilets. Now perhaps you will appreciate why dedicated to the village. such action had to be taken. Bill Warnes Thank you Lionel and Mrs Wilkinson. Jo Miller Chairman, (on behalf of many). Taverham Village Hall Committee
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WELL DONE: Anne Riches (left), manager of Badgers Wood care home, with Wendy Thomson, managing director of Norfolk County Council.
Award for a very caring care home A Drayton care home has received an accolade from Norfolk County Council for its efforts to combat loneliness and keep its residents in touch with the local community. Badgers Wood, on School Road, has been presented with an In Good Company Quality Mark Plus. The home organises a significant number of intergenerational activities. These include Friend In Deed, a social enterprise - and previous In Good Company Quality Mark Plus winner - which arranges for parents to visit residents with their babies - and activities with Norwich School, Drayton Schools
and the local shops. Two staff are also assigned to specifically look at new ways of reducing loneliness – from running knit-and-natter events to DIY and maintenance activities. Anne Riches, Badgers Wood manager, said she was thrilled at the kitemark recognition: “We know only too well that keeping our residents in touch with their local community – and having regular social contact with lots of different people, young and old - is so good for their health and wellbeing and enables them to maintain their independence for longer,” she added.
Drayton Flower Club is hosting its Mad Hatter’s President’s Tea Party on Saturday, August 18, from 2.30-4.30pm in Drayton Village Hall, on Pond Lane. Members and guests are welcome. The cost is £7 per person. Call 01603 867730 for more information.
Taverham Parish Council’s children’s summer activities at Sandy Lane playing field continue on Tuesday August 21 with segways from 10am-5pm and a caterpillar climb and slide on Tuesday August 28 from 10am-5pm. The activities are free for Taverham residents.
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Don’t lose your chance to vote Broadland residents are being urged to look out for their voter registration details in the post this month. Every household in Broadland should receive a Household Enquiry Form (HEF) which lists everyone currently registered to vote at that property. The form ensures that the council can keep the electoral register up to date and identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be
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RUINS: The old Taverham paper mills photographed in 1924 by George Swain.
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PLAYTIME: Long-lost days, in the 1920s or 1930s, when it was safe for these Taverham children to stand about in the road!
WARTIME: Taverham Bridge from a postcard sent in August 1917. Spot the soldiers.
VILLAGE LIFE: A mum pushes a pram past Drayton’s Red Lion pub in 1955. Where’s that baby today?
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Marc’s keen to meet his new flock Rev Marc Palmer, the new priest-in-charge of St Margaret’s, Drayton, had intended training as a PE teacher after his A-levels but a year working in a garage and a trip to Spain changed the course of his life forever. Marc, 45, was licensed and installed in his new role at a well-attended service in St Margaret’s conducted by the Bishop of Thetford, Rt Rev Alan Winton, together with the Archdeacon of Norwich, Ven Karen Hutchinson. Also taking part in the service were the Dean of Norwich Cathedral, the Very Rev Jane Hedges, and the Rural Dean of Norwich North, Canon Simon Stokes. Among the congregation were representatives from Drayton Church of England Junior School, Drayton Parish Council and the local Churches Together group, plus many of his clergy colleagues, local parishioners and a coachload from his previous parish, St Mary Magdalene, on Silver Road, Norwich, where he had served for the past eight-and-a-half years. Marc, the son of a village policeman, grew up near Lewes, in East Sussex. During his year working at a local garage, “putting out bags of potatoes and washing cars” he got to know and take an interest in people and when he and a friend later camped in a tent in a Spanish forest, away from modern intrusions, Marc had time to reflect on his future, keeping a “gratitude journal” in which he recorded the things that mattered to him. The result was that at the age of 20 he began three years of theological study at Cranmer Hall, Durham, followed by two further years at the Queen’s Foundation, in Birmingham. He was ordained in Durham Cathedral and has also served in the parishes of Chester-Le-Street, County Durham, and in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, where he met his Northumberland-born wife, Kelly. Marc succeeds Drayton rector Rev David
NEW ARRIVAL: Rev Marc Palmer (left) with the Rt Rev Alan Winton, Bishop of Thetford, after the installation service. Wells, who left at Christmas for a new role in Caister-on-Sea. Marc said he had not arrived with a blueprint, adding: “I just want to be beside the people of Drayton and learn their stories and enjoy them. I’m like an old-fashioned TV set with a bulb that gradually gets brighter as time goes by!” He and Kelly have two daughters – Emily, eight, and Lily, seven, who will both be starting at Drayton Junior School in September. Churchwarden Sylvia Barwick reports that after a joyous installation service “refreshments were served in the hall of Drayton Junior School, thanks to the generous support of Mr R Carter DL, Carter Builder and by kind permission of the school.” Services at St Margaret’s are now back in their usual pattern of 8am and 10.30am communion services and a weekly Wednesday 10am communion service. Full details can be found on the website, www.draytonparish.org or on the monthly newsletter, copies of which can be found in the church.
Hotel planning extension Extension plans for Drayton’s Stower Grange Hotel have been submitted to Broadland District Council. Richard Fannon wants to build a twostorey extension behind the grade twolisted hotel, off School Road, and improve parking facilities. Broadland gave the go-ahead to similar plans back in 2004 but, due to business and personal commitments, the approval lapsed. Now Mr Fannon believes the time is right as he seeks to develop the hotel, which is also a popular wedding venue. Stower Grange started life as a rectory. It became a hotel in 1973 and has been operated by Mr Fannon since 2000. The extension would provide extra firstfloor bedrooms and a meeting room on the ground floor. Most of the building dates from the 18th century but parts of the front go back to the 17th century.
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Celebration marks bowls club’s 50th anniversary Players from all over the country gathered in Drayton last month to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the RG Carter Group Bowls Club. Presidents of some 14 county clubs were among those who enjoyed an afternoon of friendly bowling at the club’s King George V playing field home. A team of 24 men and women from the host club played against Bowls England to celebrate the landmark anniversary, followed by a sit-down luncheon. “The weather was lovely and everybody enjoyed themselves,” said John Hunter, club treasurer. He and fellow members John Mouland, Peter Acres, Janet Chapple and David Cole
spent a year organising the event. In 1965 Mr Bob Carter donated the green for the use of Drayton parishioners and it was initially run by Drayton Parish Council, according to John. Over the following couple of years the green fell into disrepair and five former R G Carter employees stepped in, formed the club in 1968 and, because of their involvement with the firm, named it the R G Carter Bowls Club. Today it is run voluntarily by its members and the club president is R G Carter’s chairman Robert Carter, who was at the celebration event. Among notable players attending were Norfolk Bowls Association (NBA) county president Alan Willer - who played for the
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Plans for six up-market new homes in the grounds of Victorian, grade two-listed Taverham Hall School have been submitted to Broadland District Council. Langley Prep, at Taverham Hall, needs the cash from selling the land to pay for essential works to restore and repair its historic group of buildings. If approved the six detached homes would be built by Fleur Developments on a site about 600m to the east of the main school buildings, separated by school playing fields, farm land and a dense tree belt. Each would be two-storey, with four
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Norfolk’s police are encouraging Drayton and Taverham residents to get in the habit of completing a 9pm security routine. The idea comes after the incredible success of a concept launched in Pasco County, Florida, USA, which asks the public to check certain things around their home at a designated time. Inspector Ed Brown, who suggested adopting the idea, said: “It’s simple really – set a reminder on your phone for 9pm and when it goes off do some checks around the house. “We know that some criminals are opportunistic, looking for that quick and easy win. By completing the #9PMRoutine residents are making life so much harder for offenders. This will ultimately result in a reduction in crime.” Drayton and Taverham residents are asked to lock the following as part of the routine: vehicles (and remove valuable items), windows, doors, and outbuildings. To take part in the 9pm routine, message @NorfolkPolice and use #9PMRoutine.
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