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Wroxham & Coltishall

November 24, 2018

taking flight

new lease of life for historic RAF hangar

pupils enjoy new event for school – page 7

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In September we used this picture of the Patteson sisters with Lady Baden Powell in a feature about the archive centre for Girlguiding. Lady Baden Powell is in the Centre, Beth Patteson is on the left of the picture and Philippa Patteson is on the right of the picture. Sorry we got them in the wrong order. Find out more about the Archive Resource Centre at Great Hautbois Road, Coltishall via https://www.girlguidingnorfolk.org.uk/out-and-about/archiveresource-centre/. Our cover picture this issues shows the historic hangar at the former RAF Coltishall which has a new lease of life thanks to a name in British aviation. You can find out more and how they hope to have flying again at the old base on page 15. Also this issue check out some of the festive events which are going on in the area. Enjoy the read and see you for one more issue before Christmas.

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Christmas is coming . . . Blickling Estate will be celebrating Christmas throughout the estate to help kick-start your festive season. To make the most of the beautiful treelined drive and the garden decorated in lights, the attraction is open until 6.30pm, so there will be plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere. From Saturday December 1 to Friday, December 21, enjoy the colours, smells and sounds of Christmas across the estate. Discover a Georgian Christmas experience in the house and explore the enchanting garden of lights. Please be aware that entry to the house requires a timed ticket, bookable on the website in advance or on a first come, first served basis on arrival at visitor reception. Weekends can be popular, so if you’re after a slightly quieter experience why not round up your family and friends for a special trip after school or work?

Traditional Christmas fare will be served all day with one-pot winter warmers, soups and turkey baguettes. If you're visiting us at the weekend and a barbecue is more your thing, then head to the farmyard, where you can enjoy Blickling venison burgers as you warm up by the fire pit. Looking for the perfect gift? There are festive treats for foodies, gifts for garden lovers, a wide range of fiction and nonfiction for bookworms and sparkling Christmas decorations to add to your collection at home.

REVIEW Dial M for Murder performed by the Jubilee Players, the Tithe Barn, Horstead The Jubilee Players give a polished and professional performance in their presentation of Dial M for Murder. The well-known and well-loved thriller was staged at Tithe Barn, Horstead, for a run of three nights in October. The play was made into a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1954, starring Grace Kelly and Ray Milland. The Jubilee Players’ performance provided all the intrigue and atmosphere that would be remembered from the film. The three main characters – Sheila Wendice, her husband Tony and Sheila’s love interest Max Halliday, played by Hannah Cunningham, Paul Skippings and Neil Sumser-Lupson – all give very

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convincing performances, bringing the era to life. Hannah is a vulnerable Sheila, not knowing how treacherous her husband can be. Paul is an excellent devious and suave Tony planning the death of his unsuspecting wife. The best-laid plans can come unstuck and unravel and the audience witnesses this as the play shows the villain gets his comeuppance when all is revealed at the end. A very enjoyable and entertaining evening, enhanced by the excellent costumes, set and the setting of the beautiful Tithe Barn. KEVIN AND SANDRA STONE

Not only will we be serving barbecue venison burgers at weekends, but in the farmyard you’ll also find our Christmas barn which provides a wide range of garden gifts, handmade wooden reindeer, plants, firewood and plenty of greenery for you to use in your own decorations at home. Upstairs in The Loft gallery local artists from the Norfolk Craft Guild will have a variety of pottery, sculptures, textiles, jewellery and stained glass, perfect for Christmas gifts (Friday – Sunday only). This event is free for National Trust members. If you're not a member yet, you can join on the day. For non-members, usual admission applies. We’d recommend you bring extra cash with you on the day in case you fancy refreshments in the Walled Garden and Temple. See more at www.bit.ly/ blicklingchristmas2018


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It’s all ‘go’ again for school’s festive event Hoveton and Wroxham will be going Gingerbread crazy again this year to raise money for the local school. The children of St John’s Primary School Hoveton will be hosting a fantastic gingerbread spectacle which will see a trail of around 25 1.2m-high individually decorated gingerbread men be displayed in shops and community venues in and around Wroxham and Hoveton town centre between from November 29 to December 6. The gingerbread men will form a fun and original trail which families can follow, leading to a display of gingerbread houses cooked and decorated by more than 200 children of St John’s School and Nursery. The event has again been sponsored by estate agents Minors and Brady. The event has been organised by the PTA, St John’s School

Association, as part of its mission to provide fun and educational opportunities as well as fundraising money towards outside play equipment. For the last four years they have organised a mammoth cooking session, ensuring that all the children at the school have the chance to make and cook a flatpack gingerbread house, which they then take home to decorate with the help of their family. The finished constructions are brought back to the school to be arranged by the teachers in class villages. Previous gingerbread constructions include Elsa’s castle from Frozen, a Tardishouse, the fluffalo’s house (a pink gruffalo complete with feathers) and one or two construction sites when it just wouldn’t hold together. The idea behind event was Reagan Shipley’s, a St John’s

2017 WINNER: Coltishall Primary School’s winning entry from last year. parent who wanted to give the children the opportunity to do something fun which the whole family could get involved in, and maybe start a family tradition of getting together to

make a gingerbread house for Christmas. This year the idea has grown and will involve other schools and community groups. The gingerbread men will be decorated by individual classes including the nursery of St Johns, and other schools in the area will be contributing their own efforts. SJSA have also asked local community groups, both youth and adult to decorate a gingerbread man, making it a truly community event. The gingerbread villages will be on display at the school on Saturday, December 1, 10am, when there will be refreshments and a chance to see Father Christmas. Don’t forget the school will also be selling Christmas trees again this year from the weekend of November 24/25 and every weekend afterwards until they are sold out 10-2pm.

Hoveton St John's Primary held its first pumpkin fiesta, organised by the St John’s School Association. Around 150 pumpkins were ordered and the children had a fabulous time toasting marshmallows, drinking hot chocolate and eating food from a barbecue. The association is hoping to make it an annual event.

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Every other issue, we take a look at what’s happening in the area covered by North Norfolk District Council.

A big chance to celebrate North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) is organising the third Big Society Awards night to thank people for the projects they have managed to create to build a strong sense of community in North Norfolk.

The Big Society Awards night will be held at Sheringham Little Theatre on November 29, 2018, to celebrate the Big Society community spirit that helps to make North Norfolk a better place to live. There will be seven awards given

out on the night to the hard working residents of North Norfolk. For full details of the seven categories up for grabs see the NNDC website: https://www.north-norfolk.gov.uk/ bigsocietyawards2018

Tommy figures

After the huge popularity of the #2minutebeachclean boards installed along the coast, North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) had been receiving enquiries from larger groups who would like to do group beach cleans. Thanks to the increase in interest, NNDC has invested in 80 litter pickers

which are available for free hire to larger groups of eco aware people. They also provide thick plastic bin bags with hoops and will collect the rubbish the group finds at the beach. To request the hire of the equipment call 01263 513811 or email cleansing@north-norfolk. gov.uk.

Three six-foot tall Tommy silhouettes have been installed on land belonging to North Norfolk District Council as part of the centenary commemorations of the end of World War One. The Cromer office has become home to two of the silhouettes, which have been created as part of the There But Not There 2018 Armistice project for the charity Remembered. The project is described as being ‘the defining centenary commemoration of the end of the 1914-18 war’ and aims to commemorate, educate and heal. By purchasing the three Tommies, NNDC has helped fund veterans’ charities. NNDC is also marking the centenary by giving packets of Flanders poppy seeds to local organisations to sow as a symbol of remembrance and respect.

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New life for empty homes North Norfolk District Council has been pioneering an award-winning approach to bringing empty homes back into use across the district. Using an “enforcement board”, collaborative approach for the last four years the council has helped to

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bring hundreds of homes back into use through a wide range of action from working together with owners to support renovations, demolition and re-building to taking enforcement action and undertaking compulsory purchase where owners fail to make positive changes.

Currently, less than 1% of North Norfolk’s housing stock is classed as being empty which is below the national average. In the last 12 months, North Norfolk District Council has reduced the number of empty properties by 20% from 603 to 482.

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Broads Authority oil spill training Broads Authority rangers took part in an oil spill drill at Richardson’s Boat Yard to reinforce their knowledge of their oil spill contingency plan which is approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency counter pollution section. The plan sets out procedures for dealing with oil spills, a vital part of which is an exercise every three years. It involved two tier-two responders from AMBIPAR Response (formerly known as Breamar Howells) who would be involved in a spill too extensive for Broads Authority staff to manage. They have equipment for and extensive experience of oil spills and the knowledge of how best to deal with them. The exercises allowed Broads Authority rangers to handle some of the ancillary and recovery equipment which would be deployed by the tier-

two responders. They were set challenges using the equipment as well as learning how kit might behave in different oil spill scenarios. Steve Birtles, head of safety management at the Broads Authority said: “This all about ensuring that in the event of an oil spill in the National Park, the Broads Authority would be fully equipped with the experience they need to handle the situation.” Lucy Burchnall, head of rangers said: “This has been a great opportunity for the rangers to practise our protocol for dealing with oil spills. “Our ranger teams are likely to be the first people on the scene if such an event was to occur on the Broads so it’s important that they know how to handle a situation until the tier-two responders arrive and when they do how to assist if needed.”

Each month in the Wroxham and Hoveton area we are inundated with questions from vendors and sellers alike. Our branch manager Iain Cairns answers them.

Is it best for me the owner to do the viewings or you the agent? Whilst you know your home better than anyone, we know our buyers and what you feel is the most important aspect of your property might not be the reason the viewer decided to look at your home. Often the second viewing by a prospective buyer would be the one where you, the owner, can answer those questions that the buyer raises about living in the property.

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Charity effort is a real draw

The Hearing Care Centre is Hoveton has announced details of a charity Christmas prize draw, giving the local community the chance to win one of 12 prizes with a combined value of more than £1,000. The centre, which has 26 centres across Suffolk and Norfolk, is holding its annual Christmas draw in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, with the winners being declared on December 19. The charity delivers expert training for hearing dogs, which provides invaluable emotional support to their deaf recipient. This year, to celebrate their 20th anniversary, the centre has pledged to

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raise £20,000 for the charity. The prize draw has received generous support from local businesses including Fred Olsen Travel and Theatre Royal Norwich. On offer in the draw is a luxury break at The Swan Hotel in Southwold (pictured) and a tasting menu at Gordon Ramsay’s Maze restaurant in London. Tickets cost £1 online at hearingcarecentre.co.uk/prizedraw or in person via centre’s branches in Hoveton and Aylsham.

broadland chess club Thinking about what to buy for loved ones for Christmas. Have you considered a chess set for example? There are several different ones about, I am sure that you have all seen those that are ornately carved and very beautiful. I even have several in my house that are on display. There are also those that come in character form but did you know that you can only play “team chess” with standard pieces on a traditional board? Youngsters from our junior club engaged in matches and several of them will be taking part in the Junior Norfolk Championship taking place at Broadland High School in January. This is open to children under the age of 18 but does require the use of chess clocks although help will be available. For more information on this contact Paul on paulerbadger@btinternet.

A Christmas fair will be held on Saturday, December 1, at Wroxham Church Hall, Norwich Road, from 10am. Pick up a bargain from Christmas gifts, good-quality bric-abrac, cakes, jams, pickles. There will be a tombola stall, raffle, and bacon baps on the refreshment stall, plus a visit from Father Christmas. Everyone is welcome. Entrance is 50p, with all proceeds to St Mary’s Church, Wroxham.

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Financial consultant Martin Smith is marking a busy and successful with an offer to local residents. He said: “This has been an important year for us, with the opening of a second office at Station Road in Hoveton alongside our Aylsham branch and the recruitment of additional staff.” The business is offering free initial office consultations and home visits to all local residents. Martin said: “Please feel free to call us or pop in to make your appointment.” And he added: “We are all very proud to have received some wonderful feedback from our clients.” One said: “I know so much more about financial things now that I have met you (Martin). You have done a great job for me and my family. We’re thankful. I now understand why I hear lots of people in the village speaking so highly of you.”

HORSTEAD TITHE BARN TROPHY WINNERS: From left, Sue Eyre, Benjie Perry, Matthew Watts, Paul Badger, Darcey Pashley and Roy Hughes. 7.30pm at the King’s com. Some regular readers Head, Coltishall. Juniors may recall that earlier this also meet on a Monday year Broadland Chess Club at 6.30pm. For more won the English Chess information Federation Club of the Year. see We are now in possession Facebook of the lovely glass trophy and Twitter as you can see from the pages. attached pictures. SANDRA The club meets every HUGHES Monday and Wednesday

wroxham bure valley rotary Come along to listen to the Broadland Youth Choir performing in St Mary’s Church, Wroxham on Saturday, December 1. Tickets are £6 and include a glass of mulled wine. The concert is in aid of Rotary supported charities and starts at 7pm, with parking available at Wroxham Church Hall. For tickets contact Abbots Estate Agents in Hoveton, Rod Stone on 01603 782735 or Hazel Eady on 01692 670616. Book early to avoid disappointment! Santa will be with us again during December… his sleigh is ready and we start in Sprowston on Monda, December 3, and continue until our final outing at Tesco in Stalham on December 23.

More information on our spring programme in January. Meantime may we wish everyone a happy festive season. If you fancy finding out a bit more about us and what we get up to, we meet every Monday evening at Wroxham Barns. Please contact our secretary Anne Kittle in advance on 07887523071 to check the meeting details and so we can ensure we have food for you. Visit our website on www.wroxhamrotary. org.uk for more information and details of our programme for 2018/19, or our Facebook page on www.facebook.com/ wroxhamburevalleyrotaryclub or contact president Philip Plant on 01692 630152.

The community association has a vacancy for a regular weekly hirer on a Thursday evening at the Tithe Barn from January 2019. Charge to regular weekly hirers for a three-hour session is £78 per month £936 per year. If you are interested please contact Sue Blackburn on 01603 737495 or email sue@blackburn99.free-online. co.uk.

TWINNING ASSOCIATION

Our AGM on October 25 was well attended and included a roundup of our year’s events. Our association is in very good shape and we’re looking forward to taking a sizeable number of members to France next August. Our next social occasion is our post-Christmas dinner at Wroxham Barns on Friday, January 11. French Conversation was at Gill’s in South Walsham on November 7, where we discussed, and complained about various issues of transport. We will be at Ann’s in Ashmanaugh on the first Wednesday in December for our Christmas, bring-a-plate lunch. Book club will have a break in December and then will be at Hilary’s in Hoveton in January. For information, contact Peter on 01603 782733 or peter_c_milsted@ talk21.com

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Clothing bank sites plea

The East Anglian Air Ambulance has joined forces with the Salvation Army to place a number of clothing banks around East Anglia with proceeds from donations being shared equally between the two charities. And organisers are appealing for help to find more sites. They suggest areas such as village halls, council car parks, pubs, community centres, businesses with large staff car parks, sports centres, libraries, garden centres, social clubs, sports clubs (rugby, football etc), railway or bus stations, holiday parks and banks. National supermarkets will have already been asked so there is no need to try there. “Once a box is in place, we’ll add the address to our list of boxes on the website and run a number of promotional activities throughout the year to encourage people to take their clothing there,” said a spokesman. At the end of October the partnership’s five existing clothing banks were generating £1,000 per month for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. If you identify a suitable site and can get written approval from the landowner, please email full details to holly.marshall@eaaa.org.uk

Christmas orders now being taken

Please place your orders early to avoid disappointment – orders can be placed by phone or in person.

Unique workshop for Broads businesses The Broads Authority has been working in partnership with eight other English National Parks to build the English National Park Experience Collection. This will be a series of immersive experiences in each National Park showcasing the best of the area through days out. These packages could be anything from wine tasting at a vineyard in the South Downs to a rustic meal around a farmers table after a tour of their farm in Exmoor. Each experience looks at the quintessentially English features of each park and centres on what makes them unique. These experiences will target Australian and German visitors as research has suggested that these demographics are particularly likely to embrace the English National Park Experience Collection. As part of this exciting project, Deb Brookes, a travel trade business support consultant is offering the opportunity for any tourism business in and around the Broads National Park to join a workshop. The sessions are designed to help local businesses grow international visitor numbers, extend their working season and

to reach new audiences. The workshop will be open to anyone in a tourism-related business who is interested in developing their international reach. Chief executive of the Broads Authority, John Packman, said: “This is a wonderful chance for local businesses to learn how to reach out to a wider audience and welcome even more visitors to come and discover the beauty of the Broads National Park. “Too often newcomers to England do not venture further afield than London and so they miss out on much of what the country has to offer. It would be great to see lots of local businesses getting involved in these workshops and taking advantage of the top tips for attracting international tourists.” The remaining local workshop is on December 4. There is a charge of £15 to £20 per person, and the event is free for any businesses already delivering experiences or accommodation for the English National Park Experience Collection. Register or book at https://www. eventbrite.co.uk/e/growing-yourinternational-visitor-numbers-businessworkshops-tickets-51290413006

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Flights hope with plans for former RAF base The former RAF Coltishall base could see planes flying again if plans to use the runway are passed as Scottow Enterprise Park become the centre for British aviation. Swift Aircraft moved parts of its operations into hangar 2 at the former base, where it is building the first new, certified all British plane since the 1980s, alongside making the Europa kit plane And, if all goes to plan its maintenance business could be moving in its entirety from its current base in Yorkshire in the near future. The company is currently in the late stages of designing and building a brand new British two-seater light aircraft, suitable for elementary training, and the first to be certified in the UK for over 25 years, the latest addition to a long UK history. The plans in with North Norfolk District Council are to use the runway for test flights, with eight to 10 take-offs and landings a week at the start. Marketing manager Rebecca Haines said: “As part of this development, we have recently applied for planning permission to open the disused runway for limited movements within restricted business hours. “Swift Aircraft moved into Hangar 2 at Scottow Enterprise Park (formerly RAF Coltishall) late last year and have since been approved to expand into Hangar 3. This is part of a £1.6 million plan to create over 100 jobs in the next two years, and an ambitious move to revitalise the British aviation industry, putting Norfolk on the map as its aviation hub. “When so many other airfields are being closed, and the aviation industry in the UK is being neglected, they feel enthusiastic about the project and the economic growth it could bring, especially in STEM industries.” Rebecca said there had been concern about the size of planes at an open meeting Swift had organised over the plans. “One or two people were worried about the effect on the solar farm but when they saw how small our plane is they were fine. In general, we have had great support

for our proposals including from Spirit of Coltishall.” “Unlike days past at RAF Coltishall which saw high levels of activity from extremely loud aircraft such as the Jaguar and Lightning, the proposal for this site will be far less aggressive, much quieter and much safer, more of a nod to its past, with its relationship with flight being restored, rather than days gone by.” Jon Pool, from Swift TG Maintenance said: “We want to raise the skills set and make Norfolk the centre of British aviation.” Swift’s new plane is a far cry from the fighter jets which last used the runway before the RAF base closed. Since then, the runway at Coltishall has remained unused though still intact. The outside of hangar 2 is particularly historic as it bears the symbols of the RAF Squadrons stationed at Coltishall. Along with the inside these have been restored to the former glory. Swift has also been working with other local groups, for example local RAF Air Cadets, with plans to open Hangar 2 to visitors in the coming months so they can see the progress first hand and the

economic opportunities the project will bring. The company is also working with the UK government All Party Parliamentary Group for aviation, and other UK STEM initiatives. The plans will be good news for employment in the area with various jobs available in the factory and offices. Jon is encouraging applications from all kinds of people, not just skilled technicians and those already in the aviation industry. “You don’t necessarily have to be skilled,” he said. “We’re happy to interview people who are going back to work perhaps after having a family and we can teach them the skills they need.” The business was based in Wombleton at another former RAF base, where the maintenance side currently remains. The company’s issue there, however, is that the runway distance and surface had deteriorated, a problem Swift has found with many redundant bases. Jon said: “It would have been far too costly to upgrade the facilities there so we started looking around for other options.” Swift was started by aviation enthusiast Dave Stainbridge, who lives in Horsford.

Capture the local wildlife on film The Broads Authority is offering members of the public the opportunity to discover the wildlife in their gardens and wild community spaces by renting one of their wild watch cameras for free. The camera scheme is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Broads Authority’s wider Water, Mills and Marshes project and was launched in April. Since

that time members of the public, schools and community groups have been renting cameras and discovering the wildlife on their doorsteps, and now that winter is on its way there couldn’t be a better time to take advantage of the scheme. The cameras will be on loan from Whitlingham County Park and Wheat Fen Nature Reserve via online booking. Once

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Norfolk is their muse Artists James Sparshatt and Rachael Dalzell, who own Capital Culture Gallery in Coltishall, will be showing their own work in an exhibition through the rest of November until December 8. Rachael and James previously lived and worked in London until a few years ago when they had their young family and decided it was time to make the move to Norfolk. Their exhibition celebrates the beauty of Norfolk through photographs and paintings. Rachael said: “Norfolk has always been a place very close to my heart. I spent many of my childhood summers on Sheringham beach with my grandparents. The landscape of Norfolk has always captivated me; vast skies, amazing light along with the beautiful Norman churches surrounded by an expanse of fields.” James added: “We were looking for somewhere that would be inspiring for both of our work and a great place to bring up our kids. Finding

a village like Coltishall was perfect.” Rachael said she loved all the places she has painted but is particularly drawn to the sea. James’s favourite picture is a colour image of dawn on the North Norfolk coast with hundreds of geese flying in the early morning light. He said: “Both of us try to make work that is uplifting. Rachael’s work is very much about the emotional experience and memory of being in a place, mine is more capturing a moment of drama. Landscapes of Norfolk runs November 17 to December 8. For opening times see www. capitalculture.eu.

The Norfolk Mead Hotel and Capital Culture Gallery held a “spooktacular” family afternoon on October 28. The families had a fantastic time making lanterns with the gallery’s Art Bugs children’s art class teachers, enjoyed pumpkin soup and a barbecue, facepainting from the village pre-school teachers and a disco, plus a spooky lantern walk through the grounds. Anna Duttson, from the Norfolk Mead, said: “This was our first children’s Halloween event and it was a great success.”

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Counties Festival of the season at Ipswich, all three age groups (Under 13s/15s/18s) being involved. Following last month’s girls’ day more than 100 11-yearold Boys from Acle, Aylsham, Broadland, Cromer, Flegg

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wroxham & hoveton lions The festive season is now upon us once again but first a brief look back on what the Club has been doing over the past month or so. We have been continuing with our collections for the Wroxham and Hoveton food bank. This time of year people’s needs are even greater and we have pledged up to an additional £500 for food in December. I attended the Remembrance Day service in Wroxham and placed a wreath on the war memorial on behalf of the club. Our Lions shop will be open all through the winter, Monday to Saturday, so please visit and see what bargains you can pick up. Maria Webb of Hoveton, who donated items to the shop, won our monthly draw of £100 and her nominated charity is the Critical Care Unit at the NNUH. You too could win £100 for your nominated charity by making a larger donating of any clothing, toys, bric-a-brac and small electric goods (in working order). Please bring them along to our shop, or if you are unable to do this, give Lion Terry Vout a call on 07850 091570 and we may be able to arrange a collection for you. If you’re interested in joining us or even seeing what the Lions do, please

come along and see us You will be most welcome. Our meetings are on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month and our social meetings on the first and third Tuesday. All start around 7.45pm at Broadland Youth and Community Centre, Hoveton. Finally, our Santa Sleigh will be out and about all December (see blow). You can also visit our Facebook page nearer

December and this will be updated daily. He will also be visiting Tesco at Stalham (Sun 9th and Thurs 21st) and Roys on Sat 15th. Finally all that remains is for me to thank those who have very kindly supported us during 2018 and wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year. Ron Hill, president

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