Proposed & Seconded The official newsletter of Marham Parish Council
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Marham Parish Council Please note that Parish Council meetings are normally held monthly at 7.15pm with the exception of August and December when generally, no meetings are held. A list of the dates for the current year can be found on page 5. Members of the public (and the press) are welcome at Parish Council meetings. Proceedings will be suspended for 15 minutes after the start of each meeting to allow parishioners and others to speak. Items requiring further discussion by the Parish Council will be minuted and placed on the agenda for the next Parish Council meeting. However, other than with written note taking, no sound, photographic or video recording of the meeting is allowed without prior consent of the Parish Council. Parish Councillors Parish Chairman Mike Inder 4, Lime Close. Tel: 338736
Clerk to the Parish Christine Curtis Greenlea, Raynham Rd. Helhoughton, NR12 7BH Tel: 01485 528547 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Chair Tina Hawkins 14 Lime Close Tel: 338670
David Attwood 22 Plumtree Park The Street Tel:338138
John Clarke The Clock House The Street Tel: 07968100359
Lorna Garner 2 Cottage Farm The Street Tel: 338952
Tony Harrison Partilyon The Street Tel: 337449
David Hawkins 14 Lime Close Tel: 338670
Ray Marriott â€œRaymalyshaâ€? Mill Lane Tel: 337356
Paul Walsingham 78, Windy Ridge, Upper Marham. Tel: 339153 Village Hall
Caretaker Robert Viggers
4 Peacehaven Park
Enquiries & Lettings Nona Bourne
15 Church View
Chairman ’ s Notes Season’s Greetings! Hopefully we’ve managed to go to press and distribute the P&S before the run up to Christmas and the adverts for events are still news to you! We do try hard to be current whilst holding publishing for the last minute updates so apologies if we missed your event. We have since I announced the new Clerk in the last P&S had to go through the recruitment process again as Mrs Benson resigned to take up a Degree course opportunity, I thank her for her brief but helpful contribution to our Parish and wish her good luck for the future. We managed to attract a fair number of applicants for the post and have appointed Mrs Christine Curtis, Chris has previous experience as Clerk at a busy Council so will be well prepared for the work that comes with Clerking for an ambitious and hard working Council. On that note, thanks to the endeavours of Cllrs Tony Harrison and Ray Marriott we now have, with the kind permission of Anglian Water, started our first Trod (footpath). It runs behind the hedge in the field between Lion Cottage and the Old Post Office, a significant stretch that will allow pedestrians and joggers to proceed safe from traffic. This project has progressed at incredible pace thanks to Tony, which is why most of you won’t have heard or read about it to date. Whilst we normally like to advertise our projects this one needed prompt action to fit in with the seasonal farming activity on the field. It is the Council’s ambition, under the mandate of the 2008 Parish Plan to provide footpaths in the most dangerous areas where landowner’s permissions and cost permits and a solution to Basil’s Corner is also on the agenda. Not resting on our laurels the Holy Trinity Churchyard wall is subject to our attention to ensure its safety and renovate in sympathy to the original look at minimal cost... watch this space. There’s no news on the Local Development Framework (LDF) regarding the proposed development site off Church View. If anyone receives correspondence on the subject or hears first hand information then please don’t hesitate to inform the Parish Council as although we are watching developments closely we aren’t always kept informed through official channels as efficiently as we’d like! For the latest and full details see http://www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/ default.aspx?page=26543 I would also like to welcome Mr Paul ‘Pablo’ Walsingham as a new Parish Councillor, Pablo lives in Upper Marham and works on the Station; he brings with him an abundance of energy and enthusiasm and has already cut his teeth on projects. He will help keep the close ties with the RAF for the mutual benefit of the Village and Station. So I wish (or wished you dependent on date of delivery!) a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year! Mike.
Editor’s comments ‘Tis the season to be jolly - and I hope you find this issue a ‘Jolly Good Read!’ As our Chairman says in his notes, we are endeavouring to get this issue to your homes before Christmas this year. So it contains more seasonal jokes, and quizzes etc. than you might expect. I just hope it helps to make your Christmas dinner go down smoothly. The Poors Trust had poor publicity last issue, and several people have responded favourably about them since then. There are two letters published (on pages 9 & 10) which praise the work done by the Poors Trust and those who are responsible. Actually this subject has gained the most response in letters of any since I’ve had the privilege of editing the magazine. Great - keep them coming on any subject! There is a SUNDAY CAFÉ every 4th. Sunday, starting in January and run by (and at) the Methodist Church. See page 19 for full details. Cyril Luis Caley would have been known to many of you. There is a short biography of his life written by his son Barry on page 12. 2 Candlelight Christmas Services are advertised in the Church pages (16 & 17). The first on the 16th. Dec. at 6pm is a Carol Service, accompanied by Cherry Marham Handbell Ringers, and followed by a feast of mince pies and mulled wine. The second is on Christmas Eve, and is a midnight Mass starting at 11pm. Now that Holy Trinity has it’s new, efficient heaters installed, both could prove to be a time to celebrate with others in the Season’s meaning. No Christmas would be complete (in my stomachs eyes anyway) without a good helping of Christmas Pud! On page 21 there is a brief history of the dish’s origins. Now you can understand why it is often referred to as Plum Pudding! Christmas Shopping is something you either love or hate. Many of us now do a lot of it on line. It is easier, no need to visit crowded shops And heavy goods are delivered to your door, so no need to carry them all the way to the bus stop or car park. Computer Corner explains how to shop on line safely. The Seasons very best wishes to you all. See you next year. David. 4
Borough and County Councillor and MP Details. Lori Allen: Home address is 2 Alpha Cottages, The Green, Shouldham, Kingâ€™s Lynn, Norfolk PE33 0BY. Tel : 01366 348238 Email: email@example.com
Michael Howland : Home address is 52 Royston Rd., Denver, Downham Market. PE38 ODD Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Member of Parliament
Elizabeth Truss MP
Janet Murphy 55, Mill Rd. Watlington PE33 0HH Tel: 01553 811407 email: email@example.com
c/o The House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA Tel: 01553 811407 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Police Liaison Officer - PCSO Sophie Watson PCSO 8426, Watlington SNT, Norfolk Constabulary, Downham Market Police Station 63 London Road, Downham Market, PE38 9BQ Tel: 1014564567. email:email@example.com
Parish Council Meeting Dates. The proposed meeting dates of the Parish Council are tabulated here : January
All meetings take place at 7.15 in the Village Hall. Please see page 2 for further information.
Father Christmas' sledge broke down on Christmas Eve. He flagged down a passing motorist and asked, 'Can you help me fix my sledge?' 'Sorry,' the motorist replied. 'I'm not a mechanic - I'm a chiropodist.' 'Well, can you give me a toe?' Father Christmas: I thought I asked you to go out there and clear the snow! I'm on my way, Father Christmas. Father Christmas: But you only have one welly on! That's all right! There's only one foot of snow! I've had a slight accident with your sleigh, Father Christmas! Father Christmas: Oh no! That sleigh was in mint condition! That's all right....now it's a mint with a hole! There was once a Russian Czar - Rudolph the Great. One day, looking out of the window, he said to his wife “Look Honey, it’s raining”. Being an obstinate type replied “No, I think you’ll find it’s snowing!” “Let’s go outside and check then” the Czar said. When they got outside it was indeed raining. “There you are” said the Czar, “Rudolph the Red knows rain, dear!” What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire? Frostbite! Why does Santa have three gardens? So he can Ho-ho-ho. I bought my friend some gift-wrap for Christmas. I took it to the gift-wrap counter and told them to wrap it, but in different paper, so he'd know when to stop unwrapping. I remember my dad was shopping in a toy store. He said, "That's a terrific train set. I'll buy it." The Clerk said, "Great, I'm sure your son will love it." Dad said, "Maybe you're right. I'll take two."
Q: Why does Santa wear pink underwear? A: He's a man. He did all his laundry in the one load.
Christmas Anagrams Unravel these seasonal anagrams - each one represents a Christmas phrase, and the numbers indicate the number of words. 1.
Travel and dance (2)
Rich star meets (2)
Smashing tricks cost (2)
Wean again Mary (4)
Vicars Themes (2)
The magic swiftness heart-throb (5)
Spics in â€˜em (2)
Modestly switch after shave (5)
Heâ€™s fat, smart rich. (2)
Red Ernie (1)
Scathing mud drips (2)
Let things in (2)
The answers are on page 21. My recommendation is that you try doing this after some Christmas Spirit has enlivened the brain!
A moderately easy one to tax you after your Christmas Turkey. The Rules of Sudoku The classic Sudoku game involves a grid of 81 squares. The grid is divided into nine blocks, each containing nine squares. The rules of the game are simple: each of the nine blocks has to contain all the numbers 1-9 within its squares. Each number can only appear once in a row, column or box. The difficulty lies in that each vertical nine-square column, or horizontal
nine-square line across, within the larger square, must also contain the numbers 1-9, without repetition or omission. Most puzzles have just one correct solution. A group of climbers once heard Father Christmas go past. They must have had sharp ears! They were mountain-ears!
Dear People of Marham, Having read the contents of Proposed and Seconded, which is very interesting, but I am fed up with reading the articles on the Poors Trust. To live in Marham and have such vouchers in December when everything is expensive is Wonderful. There isnâ€™t another village in the area that gets such a gift and we do have a say in how we spend them. The Poors trust is a voluntary organisation and at times must cause many headaches for the panel. It would be lovely for people to sing their praises instead of criticising them. We have a lot of pensioners and widows in the village so the amount we get is marvellous. I, like Wendy Steeles, have lived in Marham all my life and cannot understand the discontent. Also may I out that the allotment fencing and sheds were provided courtesy of the Poors Trust and must have saved people quite a lot of money!! There are also other ways they help people which again, doesnâ€™t happen in other villages or towns. Best of luck to the committee of the Poors Trust; us, my husband and me; admire them very much for their hard work. Yours sincerely, Shirley Ralph, Sonata, The Street.
Q: Why did the gingerbread man go to the doctor? A: He was feeling crummy. Teacher : santa, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor? Santa : You told me to do it without using tables.
Wassail! Wassail! All Over The Town A Christmas Poem in Olde English by Author Unknown Wassail! Wassail! all over the town, Our toast it is white, our ale it is brown, Our bowl it is made of a maplin tree; We be good fellows all, I drink to thee. Here's to our horse, and to his right ear, God send our maister a happy New Year; A happy New Year as e'er he did see With my wassailing bowl I drink to thee. Here's to our mare, and to her right eye, God send our mistress a good Christmas pye: A good Christmas pye as e'er I did see With my wassailing bowl I drink to thee. Here's to Fill-pail (cow) and to her long tail, God send our measter us never may fail Of a cup of good beer, I pray you draw near, And our jolly wassail it's then you shall hear. Be here any maids? I suppose there be some, Sure they will not let young men stand on the cold stone Sing hey, O maids, come trole back the pin, And the fairest maid in the house let us all in. Come, butler, come bring us a bowl of the best: I hope your soul in heaven will rest: But, if you do bring us a bowl of the small, Then down fall butler, bowl, and all.
A maplin tree is old English for an English Maple.
End of an Era. On June 18th. over 140 people gathered in Holy Trinity Church at Marham to pay their respects to a remarkable man, Cyril Louis Caley, who died June 7 th. aged 97 years. Cyril was brought up in Marham and lived at Hoggâ€™s Drove. He spent all of his early life there except for his time at Mattishal training to be a butcher, and then during the war years when he served as a paratrooper in the 6 th. Airborne division with the 224th. Parachute Field Ambulance, seeing service in Holland, Belgium, Germany and finally in Palestine. His grandfather, Tom Caley and his father Harry were butchers in the village, trading firstly as T. Caley and then Caley & Sons. His maternal grandfather was chief engineer at the Marham steam powered pumping station owned by the Wisbech & District Waterworks â€“ now under the name of Anglian Water. Cyril was a devout Methodist from the age of 20 and despite all that the world threw at him during his long life, his faith in God was unshakeable. He was a local preacher for 70 years and was one of the stalwarts of Marham Methodist Chapel, worshipping there until 3 weeks before his death. He ran the Sunday School with his cousin Stan and at one time there were 50 children attending every Sunday morning. Although he moved to Shouldham in 1948 and worked there with the Forestry Commission for the next 31 years, his ties with Marham were never broken. He thrived on hard work and was always ready to help those in need. He and Mum brought up five children and, as times were hard in those days, he started a firewood business in his spare time delivering to many of the surrounding villages. The business still thrives today owned and operated on a much larger scale by his grandson Jodie. Cyril had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and for everything new, and he was never happier than being in discussion with anyone on any subject. On behalf of our family I would like to extend our sincere thanks to all who sent cards and messages, and those who attended his thanksgiving service. A special thanks to the Rev. Tony Higton who turned over his church to us without hesitation and for his help with the service, alongside David Hansworth; and also to Dadâ€™s Methodist family for arranging such a wonderful Memorial Service in the Chapel later. It was a very moving and special time for all of us who were there. Bless you all,
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Fish and Chip Van Every Wednesday 11.30am - 1.00pm RAF Marham 3.15 - 3.30pm Hoggs Drove 3.40 - 4.00pm Villebois Road 4.00 - 4.15pm next to Trinity Church
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TUESDAYS 09.00 ~ 11.00 WEDNESDAYS 09.00 ~ 11.00 THURSDAYS 09.15 ~ 11.15
Library. Normally every 2 weeks on a Monday. Aston Down, The Street ……… 13.05 - 13.20 Villebois Road ………………... 13.25 - 13.45 The Village Hall…... …………. 13.50 - 14.05 Next Dates: 17th., 31st. Dec.; 14th. 28th. Jan, 11th. 25th. Feb; 11th. 25th. Mar.; 8th. 22nd. April. For the latest information go on-line to: http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/libraries
Seasonal Brain Teaser! Can you decipher these common Christmas Songs? 1. Happiness to the Global Ecosystem 2. Small male percussionist 3. I am experiencing nocturnal visions of a colourless holiday 4. Festoon the Corridors 5. A Non-summer fairytale area 6. Oh holiday conifer 7. Ten plus two twenty-four hour periods of holiday festivity 8. Hey tiny city in Israel 9. In a remote location in a barn stall
Answers on Page 21.
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The two Marham village churches and RAF Marham church are working more closely together because we share the same basic beliefs. All our morning services are at 10.30am. Two a month are united with the th Methodists and on the 5 Sundays with the RAF: st
Every 1 Sunday of the month: Informal United Service (Holy Trinity) nd Every 2 Sunday of the month: United Service (Methodist Chapel) Marham Methodist Holy Trinity Marham rd Every 3 Sunday of the month: Communion (Holy Trinity); Morning Service (Methodist Chapel) th Every 4 Sunday of the month: there is no Morning Service but there is SUNDAY CAFE at 10.30am ( Methodist Chapel); Alternate months: 6.00pm Traditional Evensong (Holy Trinity) – see noticeboard for dates. th Every 5 Sunday of the month: 10.30am United Service (RAF Marham Church)
Sunday Cafe The Holy Trinity Church Council unanimously suggested to our Methodist friends that we might join together in this new initiative, the details of which are below, and we were delighted when the Methodist Minister reported that the Methodist Chapel Committee had unanimously agreed that it should be held in the Chapel. The church is not just here to work for its own benefit but for the benefit of the whole community. This initiative, which is not a church service, provides an informal meeting place for Marham residents. COME AND JOIN US!
We welcome disabled people We have said above that the church is here for the benefit of the whole community and that includes providing access for disabled people. At Holy Trinity there is easy access if the Tower Door is open or we have a ramp for the Porch Door (the churchwarden will put it in place). Access is easy at the Methodist Chapel, which also has a disabled toilet.
IF YOU READ THIS IN TIME:
Marham Village New Year Service
CHRISTMAS IN HOLY TRINITY CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT followed by mulled wine & mince pies
Sunday December 16th 6.00pm
CHRISTMAS MIDNIGHT COMMUNION by candlelight
December 24th 11.00pm
10.30am Sunday January 20th (Holy Trinity) In this service we shall pray for God’s blessing on: The Parish Council, Marham Shops and Businesses, The Farmers, The Bowls and Social Club, The Pre-School and Rainbow Centre, The Infant and Junior Schools, The Surgery, The RAF etc., and we are inviting representatives of those organisations. COME AND JOIN US IN THIS SPECIAL VILLAGE OCCASION AND PRAY FOR GOD’S BLESSING ON YOU IN 2013
Christianity is EXPERIENCE of God “Be careful of going to church: you might get religion!” One of our members overheard someone saying that outside the surgery. But we don’t want people to “get religion” – we want them to experience God. Real Christianity is a life-transforming experience. It is supernatural and may start suddenly or gradually. I came into that experience as a child but I’ve known people come into it in old age. It’s summed up by the comment one of our younger members said in Ely Cathedral this year (when invited to speak by the bishop); “I love God and God loves me!” This Christmas and New Year why not tell God you want to be closer to him and to know more about his Son who came to earth as a baby and later died and rose again for you. The church will help to maintain and develop that lifetransforming individual, personal experience of God. Don’t get religion – experience God coming into your heart and life. You can find out more about it by coming to church or having a private chat with me, or by attending Explore Life (see below) on a no obligation basis. Tony Higton Ministers: Rev Barbara Burton, 01366 348079 (Fincham C of E); Rev Tony Higton 01760 338342 (Marham C of E); Rev Douglas Morris (Downham Market Methodist); Rev Marie Whitcombe (Downham Market Methodist) 01366 383231
Bishop has affirmed Rev Tony Higton as Associate Priest in Marham and Rev Barbara Burton as Priest in charge of the Barton Bendish and Fincham group of eight parishes.]
EXPLORE LIFE What is the meaning of life? This informal, non-academic 10-session Alpha Course explores this question from a Christian viewpoint Does one of the following apply to you? You’re not interested in church but you would like to know more about what Christians believe. You attend church occasionally and want to find out more about Christianity. You are a church member but would like your faith clarified. THEN THIS COURSE IS FOR YOU! No pressure to attend church; No written work required Tea & Coffee; “Alpha” DVD; Discussion & chat; Make friends
BEGINS SATURDAY FEBRUARY 2nd 11.00am to 12noon (approx) Contact Rev Tony Higton (01760 338342; firstname.lastname@example.org), without obligation, about the venue
Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.
SU N D A Y C A F É tthh 1 0 . 3 0 1 1 . 3 0 e v e r y 4 Sunday Drop in between Starting Jan 27tthh, Feb 24tthh, Mar 24tthh etc., at the Methodist Chapel
All are welcome
Come for all or part of the time! Drink and cake for 50p! Bring or make friends! Enjoy some diversions! Brief “Thought for the week” Run by church and chapel members for the benefit of the community. It is not a church service but an informal meeting place for Marham residents 18
The Christmas Pudding! Plum Pudding Discover the Christmas custom, story, myth and legend associated with the Plum Pudding. This festive tradition and Christmas custom, with its familiar symbol and meaning, has evolved over time. But what is the history, meaning and origin of the Plum Pudding? This article provides facts and information about the history of the Plum Pudding as a familiar symbol, tradition and custom of our Christmas today. The History of the Plum Pudding The History of the Christmas Pudding dates back to the Middle Ages. The first pudding that was made at this time did not bear any resemblance to the Plum Pudding dessert that we enjoy today. The early Medieval Christmas Pudding was in fact a main meal and consisted of meat which was combined with dried fruit as a preservative. During this time all surplus livestock were slaughtered in the autumn and had to be preserved to last through the winter months. The meat and the dried fruit were wrapped in a pastry case and these dishes were known as Christmas Puddings. The History of Christmas Puddings moved on to the Elizabethan era. During this time prunes (dried plums) were added to the Christmas Pudding and the name changed to Plum Pudding! The name is still used today as an alternative to Christmas Puddings. The Modern Plum Pudding The traditional Plum Pudding, as we know it, emerged during the 1900's. By this time the methods of preserving meat had improved and the meat was left out of the Plum Pudding recipes.
Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want and their kids pay for it. Richard Lamm.
Answers to Christmas Anagrams. 1.
Away in a Manger
â€˜Twas the night before Christmas
The twelve days of Christmas
Sung to the tune "Jingle Bells" There once was an elf named Fred Whose house was of gingerbread. Though tasty, these walls dissolved in snowfalls And also made crumbs in Fred's bed!
Jingle Tills, Jingle Tills Jingle all the way Oh what fun it is to spend Our hard earned Christmas pay! Dashing through the stores Sweating all the way Oh what fun it is to spend Our hard earned Christmas pay!
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Sudoku Solution Christmas song Answers. 1.
Joy to the World
Little Drummer Boy
I’m dreaming of a White Christmas
Deck the Halls
Oh Christmas Tree
12 Days of Christmas
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Away in a Manger
Did you know that Charles Dickens took only six weeks to complete ‘A Christmas Carol’ in 1837?
Computer Corner Using the internet to purchase goods or services saves considerable time and effort – and also presents you with the widest choice. There are, however, risks associated with online shopping and you need to take care with what you are buying, from whom, and how you pay for your purchases.
The Risks Fraud resulting from making payments over unsecured web pages.
Bogus online stores/shops – fake websites and email offers for goods and services that do not exist.
Receiving goods or services which do not match the advertiser’s description.
Being offered tailored prices based on information gathered by the retailer about your online shopping habits and websites visited. Safe Shopping Ensure that any online retailer unfamiliar to you is reputable by researching them. Establish a physical address and telephone contact details. Remember that the best way to find a reputable retailer is via recommendation from a trusted source.
Remember that paying by credit card offers greater protection than with other methods in terms of fraud, guarantees and non-delivery.
Double check all details of your purchase before confirming payment.
Do not reply to unsolicited emails from companies you don’t recognise.
Before entering payment card details on a website, ensure that the link is secure, in three ways:
There should be a padlock symbol in the browser window frame, which appears when you attempt to log in or register. Be sure that the padlock is not on the page itself ... this will probably indicate a fraudulent site. The web address should begin with ‘https://’. The ‘s’ stands for ‘secure’.
If using the latest version of your browser, the address bar or the name of the site owner will turn green.
Some websites will redirect you to a third-party payment service (such as WorldPay). Ensure that these sites are secure before you make your payment.
Safeguard and remember the password you have chosen for the extra verification services used on some websites, such as Verified by Visa.
When making a payment to an individual, never transfer the money directly into their bank account but use a secure payment site such as PayPal, where money is transferred between two electronic accounts.
Always log out of sites into which you have logged in or registered details. Simply closing your browser is not enough to ensure privacy.
Check credit card and bank statements carefully after shopping to ensure that the correct amount has been debited, and also that no fraud has taken place as a result of the transaction. Ensure you have effective and updated antivirus/antispyware software and firewall running before you go online.
Where possible, check that the price listed by the retailer on your browser is the same as that quoted on other people's browswers, to ensure you are not being monitored and overcharged.
Wishing you all the Seasons Greetings,
From Your Parish Councillors. 26