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Merry Christmas to you all December 10, 2016

PICTURE: ANDREA’S PHOTOGRAPhy

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Turn to learning From photography to French, felting to furniture making, try something new this spring For more information about creative arts and language courses starting in January visit: www.norfolk.gov.uk/ adultlearning or call 0344 800 8020

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from the editor Here’s a lovely picture by Abbie Scott to get you all into the festive spirit. Thanks for sending it in to share with readers.

Gay Webster Editor editor@justregional.co.uk @justeditor 01263 731520

There was certainly lots of that spirit for the switch-on for the lights in north Walsham. There were plenty of people out and about to enjoy the daytime and evening fun and a big well done to all those involved. Community spirit has been to the for, too, with a huge wave of support for one new charity which plans to benefit the youngsters in the town. Read more about North Walsham Play on page 14. Best wishes from us all here and see you in 2017.

Gay

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Precinct plans go on show Historians from the UEA will be working with regenerate North Walsham and the town council on plans to overhaul The Precinct. As part of the proposals to bring broad scale improvement to St Nicholas Court, Dr Becky Taylor and Dr Ben Jones will be giving advice on the social history of the area and joining an archiving side of the project to help create an oral and visual history to be archived with the Norfolk Records Office for generations to come. It is also hoped the move will encourage national retailers to look seriously at the town. Regeneration manager Rebecca Matthews said: “The renovations will improve the quality and historic character of the area to attract businesses and tourists alike. Recently there were two high-profile U-turns involving Costa Coffee and Next Retail who viewed the town. Next looked at 1a but found the ownership

issues rendered the precinct unmaintained and uninsurable and were also concerned about lack of footfall. “Purchase and careful renovation of the precinct will place the town in the path of organisations who otherwise view the size and demographic of the town favourably.” RNW and the town council are currently at the early stages of a two-part project to renovate St Nicholas Court. The first stage will be a smaller heritagebased project involving drawing up plans of the original layout of Ship Yard, Bear Yard and Mitre Tavern Yard and interviewing members of the community who remember the town (pre 1970) and the yards which were demolished to make way for the precinct. The second stage will be a capital project to re-surface the precinct, create a water feature with a temporary stage and some smaller historically-based features. Rebecca is inviting people to come

forward who know the history of the area to either feature in a video or audio record or to just give information about the area from before The Precinct was built in the 1960s. Rebecca said: “We are building a committee with members of the community who have a keen interest in history for both parts of the project and now have a public consultation up and running where we can obtain feedback and suggestions from members of the public about our plans.” It is hoped that work will begin next summer on the fabric of St Nicholas Court. North Norfolk District Council has pledged to help by giving specialist advice and help. Anyone interested can look at the plans, from December 5-15. It is hoped the exhibition will be in the Arts North Norfolk building in the Market Place. Please check the Regenerate North Walsham Facebook page to confirm the venue.

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Victory staff dig in for makeover Residents at Glebe Court in North Walsham have a new garden thanks to the hard work of a group of volunteers from Victory Housing Trust. Around a dozen members of the housing association’s staff volunteered up to three days of their time to transform an unattractive patch of concrete and gravel into a communal garden, with patio, lawned area and wildlife garden, as part of the Trust’s Victory Makeover Challenge. Victory residents were invited to nominate projects and the Glebe Court garden project was one of those chosen to be tackled. Victory staff volunteers were joined by experts from MJ Prestige Property Developments and materials were donated by Dove Jeffery Homes, Wellington Construction, SM Building Supplies, Longwater Construction Supplies, Homebase Cromer and Dulux. Barney Lee, one of the Victory team getting North Walsham

stuck into the hard physical labour, said: “It has been hard work, but great fun, especially knowing that the result will be a great amenity for our residents. Most of us are office-based, so I think some of us will be feeling muscles we didn’t know we had, but it will be worth it to have created something special.” Victory Housing Trust allows staff to take up to three days a year off to undertake community projects.

The Post Office is proposing to introduce a mobile van service to help 11 rural communities, including Smallburgh and Worstead. The service is a travelling Post Office aboard a specifically designed vehicle that brings services and retail products to communities without relying on fixed premises. The Post Office is now inviting customers and interested parties to give their comments on the plans in a public consultation, which runs until January 9. The plans for Smallburgh is to be at the village hall, Mondays 9-10.30am and Thursdays 9-10.30am and Worstead, opposite the church Thursdays 11.45am-12.45pm. The new services may commence soon after the end of consultation. Feedback is welcome on any issues customers would like considered before a final decision is taken. Submissions can be made by Freepost YOUR COMMENTS to Post Office Ltd, via email to comments@postoffice.co.uk, via the Customer Helpline on 03457 22 33 44 or Textphone 03457 22 33 55. You can also share views in an online questionnaire via postofficeviews.co.uk. When entering the site you will be asked to enter the code for these services: Smallburgh – 188136 Worstead – 226136

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CHRISTMAS WITH CHOIRs

w Wrap up warm and come along to Worstead Church on Saturday, December 17, to get into the Christmas spirit. The Choir Worstead will be presenting Carols at Christmas with special guests the Mirliton Flute Choir at 4pm. There will be carols for the audience to sing along to as well as other festive numbers. The concert is free but there will be a collection and festive refreshments. w Christmas at St Margaret’s, Thorpe Market, starts Friday (December 9) at 7pm with Cantamus choir. On Sunday, December 18, at 6.30pm a traditional carol service by candlelight will be held. Any players wishing to join please contact info@thorpemarket.org.uk. A short afternoon rehearsal is planned. Saturday, December 24, at 11.30pm is Midnight Mass.

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North Walsham Catholic Parish of the Sacred Heart, which also includes Aylsham and Hoveton, has recently made the decision to Live Simply. The CAFOD-based project will focus on three areas: Live Simply, Live Sustainably and Live in Solidarity with the Poor. All local people, irrespective of faith or none, are invited to take part in some way. Contact robclarehardie@btinternet. com or call 01603 897609.

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The North Walsham Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association has raised £2,616.30 this year. On behalf of the branch a big thank you to all concerned. I am also pleased to announce that the branch had its 70th birthday on the December 10. BoB Barker, Vice-chairman

A real part of community life Generations of school children, cinema goers and bingo players were among those who became regular patrons of Denis Payne’s confectionary and tobacconist shop. The New Road store run by Denis from 1963-1993 was a familiar cornerstone of North Walsham’s retail offering for all ages, latterly expanding into the video rental market. Denis died in early November at the age of 86 after a short illness, having lived all but the first couple of years of his life in the town, fulfilling a range of roles professional and voluntary. The shop was a real family affair, run by his father before him and developed into a florist by his daughters after he retired. In fact Denis lived for 70 years on the New Road site. He was also known by thousands of people for his music, which was a lifelong interest and saw him playing various instruments including organ, double bass, bass guitar and piano. He performed in front of many groups and in a wide range of locations, often raising money for local charities. Those locations included a stint on Brittany Ferries, the broads-based Southern Comfort, Mundesley music festival, the community centre and residential homes. Born at Heydon Hall, where his father was a chauffeur, the family moved to Furze Hill House in 1932. They moved to the shop five years later, with Denis attending Manor Road and Paston Grammar schools. Over the years Denis worked or volunteered as an apprentice motor mechanic, RAF ground

crew, ATC instructor, Rotary president and Freemason. He was also an active committee member of the Mike Thurston water activities centre, which continues to this day. It was of little surprise when in 2006 Denis was one of six people in the town to receive a civic award for services to the community. Denis was married to Barbara for 64 years and the couple had two daughters, six grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. A service of thanksgiving was held at St Nicholas Church on November 30. Donations for the Friends of North Walsham Hospital or Big C can be sent to Murrell Cork Funerals.

SPORTING FUN FOR XMAS

Roller skating, Christmas arts and crafts, football and trampolining are just some of the fun activities on offer this December at North Norfolk District Council-managed community sports centres at North Walsham and Cromer. Day activities are priced at £9.50, karting £5, shorter sessions £2.50. Book tickets on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ NorthNorfolkDC/events/

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New waste and recycling calendars will help people across North Norfolk understand how their bin collection dates will be affected by public holidays such as Christmas, New Year’s Day and Easter. The new calendars show when wheelie bins will be collected over the next 12 months. See www.northnorfolk.org/ bincollection.

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Pictured here are representatives of Cameo Café receiving a donation for the second quarter of 2016/17. The money is made up from 50% of the stall fees received July to September. For the Christmas Market on December 18, 100% of the stall fees goes towards the Town Mayor’s Charity Fund. This year Barry Hester is supporting the North Walsham Dementia Support Group and the St Nicholas Church East Window Restoration Project. Recipients of third and fourth quarter donations are yet to be decided. Any comments or nominations should be addressed to Nigel Clarke, Market Manager at markets@northwalsham-town.co.uk.

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On Friday, November 11, more than 100 people gathered in a Norwich car park to spend the night outside, raising money to help the homeless. Just Regional editor GAY WEBSTER joined those on the Norwich Sleep Out 2016 for the Benjamin Foundation.

Night out with a difference Yes it was cold, but the atmosphere was warm as were all the people getting together to spend the night sleeping out for such a good cause. They all had the same aim, to get through the night while raising as much money as they could to support homeless young people in Norwich and now Suffolk too. Ok, it is only a tiny bit of what actual homeless people have to go through on a nightly basis. We were lucky that it didn’t rain, we had tea and coffee, we had food, we had the use of toilets at the Marsh Norwich HQ in whose car park we were sleeping. We had mobile phones and we also had homes to go back to when the event finished at 7am. But that wasn’t really the point. The point was undergoing a bit of hardship for a night, but much more importantly raising awareness and money to help those who are affected by homelessness for whatever reason.

STAYING WARM: Layers were the order of the day as those taking part in the Norwich Sleep Out tried to keep out the chill. Pictured here are Just Regional editor Gay Webster with sleep out companion Laura Rose and Fiona O’Hara. Above: three of the Benjamin Foundation staff who helped out. Chris Elliott, marketing and fundraising manager, said: “The challenge of spending a night sleeping outside gives an insight into the issue of homelessness and money is raised through sponsorship. “We are delighted with the success of our Sleep Out 2016. More than 100 people took part each raising money to help The Benjamin Foundation and

our work in Norfolk and Suffolk with homeless young adults. The event has also helped draw attention to this issue which is important. We’d like to thank everyone who took part, supported it and all who’ve donated.” So far the event has raised more than £20,000 but donations are still coming in. Those taking part, including

networking groups and businesses as well as individuals, headed to Marsh on Queens Road from 7pm with their cardboard and thermals. Postles in North Walsham supplied my packaging. Ironically one box had contained a fire surround. I like to think it helped keep me warm. The community feel carried on right thought the night and some of us actually did get some sleep. Fiona O’Hara, who took part, commented: “Well that was some night. Very humbling. Even in a safe car park surrounded by others I felt vulnerable and lonely, especially at 4am when the cold wind started.” Many people will still have Virgin Money Giving pages still open for donations. Just go to http:// uk.virginmoneygiving.com and put in the name of the person you wish to sponsor. And if you’d like to donate to mine see the link here http:// uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ GayWebster.

Cheeky pose to raise funds Young farmers are often seen in wellies although not normally in just wellies. That changed over four weeks in September and October for the North Walsham group as dressing gowns were flung aside in preparation to be photographed naked in a suitably agricultural setting. Tractors, sheep, pigs and straw bales (to name a few) have all been used as props in the group’s bid to raise £3,500 from calendar sales – the cost of a single Air Ambulance mission. Chairman Will de Feyter said: “We couldn’t have asked for a better photographer than local vet Elliot Simpson who knew how to catch our best side.” The daring idea of a nude calendar was that of charity secretary Ellie Marris and it has proven a great hit with the club members and public alike. Will said: “Not only was it great fun to do but it has certainly brought us all closer together and in aid of a worthwhile cause with all profits going to the East Anglian Air North Walsham

Ambulance. “There were several close calls with the public spotting us but we did have a really good laugh.” The calendars are available at Ernest Doe & Sons, Papworth Butchers, Ben Burgess Aylsham, NFU Mutual, The Lighthouse Inn

just to name a few or people can go along to the Market Place where the group will have its big green tractor at the Sunday farmers market on December 18. If anyone would like anymore information about North Walsham YFC or interested in joining contact Will on 07769 686703.

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NEIL POWELL, head of North Walsham High School comments on education issues. Teaching our young people how to stay safe in a dangerous world is one of the most important responsibilities of a school, and whilst the “traditional” threats of strangers and bullying are still very much with us, they have been joined by a whole new world of potential danger to be found online. The internet is a wonderful resource, allowing us instant access into so many facets of the world around us. It is a fantastic tool for learning, broadening our horizons and connecting with people with whom we would never have had the chance to connect before the web. But like any positive tool, it can equally be used by those with less positive intentions, and the opportunities for abuse, bullying and worse are multiplied many times by both the sheer reach of the web, and the anonymity behind which many of its less well-intentioned users hide. Because the internet is relatively new, and because it develops at such a pace, it is vital that we as parents and teachers keep up with what our young people are up to online, and that we understand the potential hazards that they may encounter. That is why we have relaunched our acclaimed Internet Safety Guide, which is a rich resource for anyone who wants to help young people stay safe online. It is freely available to download from the school’s website, and I would urge you to do so. But it’s not just about knowledge and understanding of the threats which lurk in the darker recesses of the net. Inevitably young people will take their lead, when it comes to online behaviour, from adults – that’s us. So if we abuse, bully or troll on our social media feeds, if we don’t demonstrate respect, then we shouldn’t be surprised if young people follow our lead. When we are angry or annoyed, it is too easy to fire off an abusive tweet or Facebook post, and to lace it with profanities or comments which will make the recipient feel threatened or upset. If we really want to keep our young people safe online, our first action should be to examine honestly how we ourselves behave at our keyboards, and moderate that behaviour if necessary and lead by example. Follow North Walsham High School on Twitter at @NWHS

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Students rewarded for efforts A year group of students who delivered a 13 per cent increase in GCSE results this summer have returned to their school to be recognised during a glamorous prizegiving ceremony A total of 46 of last year’s Year 11 students at North Walsham High School were awarded prizes at the annual event held at the Atrium in front of parents and families. The most prolific prizewinners were Howard Rooke, who carried off five separate prizes, and Henry Dobbie, Callum Hoy and Jodie Weller, who each won four awards.

Prize-winners received certificates to mark excellence and outstanding progress in individual subjects, awards from the head teacher and the governors, and cups and trophies. The former students also heard from guest speaker Nick Phillips, founder of innovative East Anglianbased outside catering company Funnells. He shared experiences from a working life that saw him travel to Los Angeles and Australia before taking the plunge and setting up his

own business from scratch. Head teacher Neil Powell told the former students and their families: “We often read frivolous news stories in the media and online, but the real story is the achievements that you have accomplished. You are the year group which delivered a 13 per cent improvement in GCSE results this year, and that should be what is in the headlines.” Mr Powell also thanked the staff at the school for the hard work they put in to helping the class of 2016, as well as the students’ parents for their support.

Young fellow leading recruiting drive At 28 he is one of the youngest chairmen in a national friendship network. And Jonathan Larter is keen to recruit more members of all ages to one of the largest and oldest organisations of its kind in the UK. The Oddfellows is a nonprofit friendly society which combines social events with supportive benefits ranging from special offers to holidays and health care. Gas engineer Mr Larter is the Noble Grand, or chairman, of its Trafalgar branch in North Walsham. The organisation officially dates back to 1810 when it provided somewhere for wage earners to meet and put into a kitty to help each other in times of need. The society is looking to recruit more people locally. Mr Larter, from Horning, said: “We are trying to increase the social side and would like people young and old to come along have some

fun and find out what we are all about. People think we are a secret society, but we are not. Our motto is Making Friends, Helping People. We are open to all ages and most of the time we are a very informal branch and just enjoy getting together. “The Oddfellows welcomes people of any age who would like somewhere safe and comfortable to meet people.” The branch has helped cancer patients with

hospital transport costs and students, including orphans, with course and sports equipment. Oddfellows also has a care and welfare helpline providing members with support in times of need. The Trafalgar branch, makes regular charity donations including to Happisburgh Lifeboat, North Walsham Hospital and the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Mr Larter says he particularly enjoys the fundraising side and joined because of his family connections forged by his parents in North Walsham. Mother Janet is branch secretary and father John was Noble Grand six times. His younger brother Christian, 25, is also a member. Trafalgar branch events take place on the third Tuesday of the month at North Walsham High School from 7pm. To find out more call Janet Larter on 01692 407113. North Walsham


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Lighting up time North Walsham began to sparkle on Saturday, November 26, when the Christmas lights were turned on in the town. This year’s lights were turned on by Lady Jeanette and Sir Thomas Duggin, who were accompanied by mayor Barry Hester and town crier Roger Hopkinson. The day started with volunteers meeting at 8am to get everything set up in time for the entertainment to start at 3pm. The afternoon's entertainment

included singer guitarist Helen Bloomfield, Two's Company, Manor Road school choir and The Invidia choir, with Dick Hutchinson acting as compere throughout the afternoon up until the switch-on at 6pm. There was carol singing accompanied by the towns Salvation Army Band and Father Christmas was also in attendance, riding through the town to his sleigh provided by the Round Table. New lights this year included features made by students at Yarmouth College, including a tree on top of St Nicholas Church. There was also a Christmas Tree on 4a Market Street, which was donated to committee by North Walsham Garden Centre. This year’s window competition saw more businesses entering with Good Reflections in Market Mews announced as this years winner. Chairman Colin Jeary said: “Due to the fact we had more lights this year, it meant that the volunteers, normally around 10, started putting up the lights in mid October to make sure that the lights were ready for the switch on. “The committee is now taking a few well-earned Sundays off before we start dismantling the lights to store for next year.”

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success for speakers club members North Norfolk Speakers Club recently held its annual Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests in North Walsham. The winner of the Humorous Speech was president Jennie Douse, who amused the audience with a speech entitled Mother and Mayhem. The Table Topics was won by Julie Rubidge who imaginatively responded to: You have found some money on the floor how much is too much to keep for yourself? Jennie later went on to gain third place North Walsham

in the Area Humorous Speech Contest in Dereham. The club meets every other Wednesday at 6.45pm, North Walsham High School, Spenser Avenue. Guests and new members are always welcome. For further information contact Jo on 01692 405946 or email northnorfolkspeakersclub@gmail.com. PICTURED: Jennie Douse, left, and Julie Rubidge.

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Ready to play? North Walsham Play was formed to transform the parks in North Walsham and bring them up to date to be inclusive for all. Here, founder MATT SMITH tells the story to date. As a lifetime resident of North Walsham I have always wanted to help contribute to the local community. Since becoming a dad and wanting, more often, to access the various open spaces within the town I felt that there was a lack of exciting play equipment that all could access and engage with. This is where the initial idea for North Walsham Play came from. Early this year I attended a full town council meeting to seek approval to take forward ideas and proposals to help transform the play parks within North Walsham. They were, and continue to be, hugely supportive and are providing all the support and resources they can to ensure North Walsham Play makes a real difference. I was very much aware of work already undertaken by local resident Julie Potter and the local schools in connection with what could be installed onto Woodville (a park off Hadfield/Lynfield Road). One of our five key priorities is to install a small play area within Woodville Park including two pieces of play equipment accessible to all children, a wheelchair accessible roundabout and inclusive basket swing, with the area to be fully resurfaced. Other priorities are to revamp the play park at Trackside Park and introduce new pieces of challenge equipment along with interactive game boards; improve the fitness equipment provision within the Memorial Park; a complete revamp of the two old play park areas within the Memorial Park; further develop the Woodville Park and Trackside Park following feedback.

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North Walsham Play is registered with the Charities Commission (1167444). There are four trustees. Once the charity was set up the next big task was to generate interest from local members of the community who would be prepared to make up the committee. This was easier that expected and North Walsham Play now has a 10-strong committee who are all dedicated to advancing the cause. We all provide our time free of charge. It’s a case of if you want something done ask a busy person. All members of the committee are very busy people, but we all still find the time to do what is necessary to advance the charity, its local presence and fundraising efforts. North Walsham Play is definitely more than any one person. The current committee and trustees provide an amazing level of support. The committee is made up of local residents, business owners, council representatives and most importantly parents. Their level of generosity and support has been amazing. On top of this, support from local businesses and members of the community has been amazing. We have received many donations, pledges, grants and other inkind benefits that have helped us to come within touching distance of the £40,000 needed for the play park

North Walsham play says a BIG thank you to Nick Slade, Liam Page and Daryl London for their support towards the fundraising efforts. They organised a beach run between Cromer Pier and Bacton on Sunday November 13, setting off at just before 10.30am to complete it in 90 minutes. Their efforts raised just over £500. proposed for Woodville. On top of this we have many members of the community that have donated at events, many donations of raffle prizes and in recent weeks a group of runners, led by Nick Slade, have carried out a sponsored beach run between Cromer and Bacton (see story top). North Walsham Town Council contributed to the first project, and has also received a grant from North Norfolk District Council’s Big Society Fund for the wheelchair accessible roundabout at Woodville. Victory Housing has pledged £5,000 and the Shelroy Charitable Trust £2,500. Worstead Festival has donated £2,500 from profits of their 2016 event. Locally, North Walsham Play wishes to thank Carl Bird, North Walsham Fun Day Committee, Roys of North Walsham and Coda Plastics for their donations. From local events that North Walsham Play has attended and donations via our BT MyDonate Page, a further £1,200 has been generated. We are all super impressed with the volume of support we have received in such a short space of time. Next year we will see Woodville completed with an official opening event for the whole community to get behind. There is Steve Hewlett (and Friends) along with Pat Nearney providing an evening of entertainment at the Atrium, North Walsham, on January 28 (see below). Tickets are selling fast! We are also planning an Easter-themed fundraiser during the holidays. Watch this space for more information and for the many more events planned throughout the year. People can follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NorthWalshamPlay Our website is at www.nwplay.co.uk You can email us at nwalshamplay@ yahoo.co.uk. North Walsham


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into the archives North Walsham and District Community Archive has a wealth of fabulous pictures which it shares regularly on its Facebook page. Just North Walsham takes a regular peek into these courtesy of WAYNE BEAUCHAMP. The street scene from the 1950s isn’t significantly different from what you might see today. Some of the shops might be different but the overall look of the town is little changed from 60odd years ago. There are plenty more pictures like this in North Walsham Archive’s 2017 calendar. But get in quick as there was only a run of 400 copies produced. They are available from www. northwalsham archive.co.uk, House of Hobbies and Express Printing and Stationery. They will also be available at local events and are £6 each. There are also Christmas cards available featuring four festive North Walsham scenes and a handful of the popular DVD Memories of North Walsham.

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North walsham rugbY club Paul Morse A 54-12 home victory over Letchworth on the last Saturday of November was the month’s only league win for the Vikings, following defeats in close matches against Brentwood and Eton Manor. The latter’s team included two ex Vikings – Matt Oakes and Rhys DaviesHorne. With 11 of 26 games played they were joint fourth in London One North, eight points behind third-placed Chingford. Tring lead the table. The Letchworth match was another hugely enjoyable game, with the Vikings running in eight tries including, for the second successive game, two for Will Hodgson (pictured). Mike Rouse, captain in 2014/15, who has been working abroad, was welcomed back for his first appearance for 18 months. The Vikings also had a Woodforde’s Norfolk Senior Cup game last month, booking their place in May's final by defeating Holt at home 41-0. The youth teams have begun their campaigns in various county and regional cup competitions with results going well, whilst the Minis also have a full programme of fixtures on Sunday mornings. Newcomers are welcome. For the fifth successive year Scottow hosted the Norwich East Primary Schools Cross Country competition, more than 500 participants from 23 schools. “We are always keen for our facilities to be used by the local community,” said chairman Dave Horne. The Vikings are at home to Saffron Walden on December 10 (2.45pm) and Sudbury on the 17th (3pm).

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Choir’s back with some musical festivities Fresh from a concert tour of Barcelona where it performed to more than 1,500 people in four days, the choir of St Nicholas, North Walsham, is gearing up for another seasonal spectacular. The 34-member men and boys’ choir enjoys a growing reputation and, during 2016, this has seen them at Waltham Abbey, St Albans Abbey, Norwich Cathedral, Monserrat Basilica and the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona. This, the fourth Christmas concert at North Walsham

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North walsham & district historical society Simon Partridge presented his talk on the Social History of the Broads with the aid of old Broads’s photographs. The Broads are at least 2,000 years old and are constantly changing. Its centre was St Benet’s Abbey which was the only abbey not destroyed by Henry VIII during the dissolution of the Monasteries. It was both rich and powerful and owned vast tracts of land. Much of it yielded peat, the digging of which left pits that flooded forming

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