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BALE - BINHAM - COCKTHORPE - FIELD DALLING GUNTHORPE - LANGHAM - MORSTON SAXLINGHAM - SHARRINGTON - STIFFKEY

ISSUE 112 February & March 2017

Langham Dome 2017 (details on p. 8)

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FEBRUARY 1st Wed Sharrington Gardeners VH 7pm 4th Sat Morston FMC Quiz VH, 7pm for 7.30pm start 8th Wed Langham Folk Sing Session VH 2.30pm 10th Fri Bale Fish and Chips VH 7pm 16th Thu Langham Mobile Library: (see article p.19) 21st Tues Sharrington Church AGM 7pm 22nd Wed Sharrington Open Mic evening VH 7.30pm 25th Sat Gunthorpe 50:50 Club Institute 10.30am 28th Tue Langham Folk Sing Session VH 2.30pm

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MARCH 8th Wed Langham Folk Sing Session VH 2.30pm 10th Fri Bale Fish and Chips VH 7pm 16th Thu Langham Mobile Library: (see article p.19) 22nd Wed Sharrington Gardeners VH 7pm 25th Sat Gunthorpe 50:50 Club Institute 10.30am 29th Wed Sharrington Open mic evening VH 7.30pm 30th Thu Langham Folk Sing Session VH 2.30pm

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REGULARS Tuesdays Binham Art Group VH 9.30am-12.30pm Weds (term time) Binham Youth Group VH 6-8pm Every Thurs Binham & Hindringham Open Circle at Hindringham VH 7.15pm Fourth Thurs Binham Local History Group VH 7:30pm Second Fri Field Dalling Bereavement Group 4-5.30pm (see article p.15)

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DEANERY NEWS

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 23rd March 2017, starting promptly at 7pm, at The Meeting Place, St. Andrew‘s Church, Holt. Check the posters for details of the speaker and any changes.

BLAKENEY METHODIST CHURCH High Street Blakeney Sunday Services:6.30pm Minister: The Rev‘d J Pathmarajah T 01263 712181

BLAKENEY CATHOLIC CHURCH Back Lane Blakeney Parish Priest, Father Keith Tulloch, 12 Hindringham Road, Gt. Walsingham Norfolk T 01328 821353. Priest in Residence, Father William Wells (the house behind the church). Service Times: Masses Saturday (Vigil Mass) 6.00pm Sunday 11.00am Wednesday 9.30am

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Church Services for Bale and Stiffkey Benefice for February and March 2017 HC=Holy Communion. CFS=Church Family Service. MP=Morning Prayer. BCP=Book of Common Prayer Parish

5th February

12th February

19st February

26th February

Bale

9.30am HC

9.30am HC

9.30am HC

9.30am HC

Field Dalling

At Saxlingham

11.00am CFS

At Saxlingham

11.00am MP BCP

Saxlingham

11.00am HC

At Field Dalling

11.00am HC

At Field Dalling

11.00am MP

4.30pm Silent Meditation

11.00am HC

9.30am MP BCP

9.30am HC

9.30am MP CW

9.30am HC

Binham

11.00am HC

11.00am HC

11.00am CFS

9.30am HC

Morston

9.30am HC BCP

Gunthorpe Sharrington

9.30am HC BCP

Langham

9.30am MP

At Stiffkey

9.30am HC

Stiffkey

At Langham

9.30am HC

At Langham

5th March

12th March

19th March

9.30am HC

9.30am HC

9.30am HC

26th March Mothering Sunday 9.30am HC

Field Dalling

At Saxlingham

11.00am CFS

At Saxlingham

Saxlingham

11.00am HC

At Field Dalling

11.00am HC

11.00am Mothering Sunday Service At Field Dalling

11.00am MP

4.30pm Silent Meditation

11.00am HC

9.30am MP BCP

9.30am HC

9.30am MP CW

Binham

11.00am HC

11.00am HC

11.00am CFS

9.30am HC Mothering Sunday Service 9.30am Mothering Sunday Service

Morston

9.30am HC BCP

Parish Bale

Gunthorpe Sharrington

9.30am HC BCP

Langham

9.30am MP

At Stiffkey

Stiffkey

At Langham

9.30am HC

9.30am HC Mothering Sunday Service At Langham

Additional Services Ash Wednesday (March 1st): Langham, 10.00am Holy Communion with Ashing.

Regular Weekday Services Binham: Tuesday, 3.30pm Evening Prayer; Langham: Wednesday, 10.00am Holy Communion

RECTOR’S LETTER Dear Friends and Parishioners, Have you seen the first promises of Spring, green signs signalling newness; and before long slender, strong shoots of the snowdrop will come up through the winter‘s litter in wood and copse and covert and the wilder bits of the garden. The flower who has the name Candlemas Bell, showing as they often do around the Feast of the Presentation of the infant Christ in the temple at Jerusalem. These little white beacons, strong and pure speak much to the open-minded of the persistence of goodness and the power of virtue in an ever-troubled and often littered world. Many of us know the wonderful Park at Walsingham, open to all for a small fee, with its millionfold snowdrops; and nearer

to home the churchyards at Saxlingham and Gunthorpe are a white and green delight. On this Season of Feasts, Christmas, Epiphany, the Presentation; and our homely celebrations of friends and family may the gentle, strong love of the stooping down to earth of Almighty God in the birth of his Son, inspire and feed us to make every day our own celebration of acceptance, forgiveness, forbearance and active generosity. And when you see a snowdrop… Yours truly and expectantly, Ian Whittle Langham Rectory 01328 830246

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enabled, whether or not you have this provision, problems can still arise. So in the event of any problems relating to broadband faults or speed issues customers in the first instance should contact their internet service provider (ISP) (e.g BT, Sky, Virgin Media). Internet service providers will be able to identify if the issue is something they will be able to fix or if it is an issue with the infrastructure they will escalate it to Openreach. Openreach can only work with internet service providers, not directly with members of the public, in order to ensure that all ISPs are treated equally. Many internet service providers have guidance available on their websites which can alert customers if there is an existing network problem in their area and this often includes information on how long it will take to be resolved. Their websites also provide guidance for users to help identify if there is anything they can do to resolve the issue (e.g changing a wifi channel). If internet advice is unavailable most providers will offer a similar service over the telephone. It is very important for everyone to report faults to their internet service provider so the provider can understand the extent of the issue and escalate to Openreach if necessary. People should not assume that if they see an Openreach vehicle in the area that their fault is being fixed – they should always check with their service provider.

Community news COUNTY COUNCILLOR NEWS Dear Readers, I would like to thank the editors for having allowed me to share information with you throughout the year. And thank you to those who have been kind enough to tell me the material is interesting. I hope what follows is equally acceptable and wish you all a happy and healthy 2017. Marie Strong

Devolution Devolution came to an abrupt end for Norfolk days before the county was to vote. We heard that West Norfolk had said no to the proposed devolution and within days it was over for Norfolk. I would add that not only in retrospect but throughout the process I have felt the proposal for devolution was a parson‘s egg, partly bad, partly good. People I spoke with appreciated the idea of devolved powers but a mayor and cabinet were seen as an additional layer between them and government – and at a cost; concern was also expressed that funding over a 30 year period might not be secure. If another devolution proposal is to follow I would like to think it would be tailored for Norfolk not Whitehall. However, within hours of ‗Devo 1‘ being stopped the question of Unitary was back on the scene but a motion at full council asking for an investigation into unitary lost the vote. The reason for rejection was twofold: first officers and members need to focus over the coming months on the February budget – one of the most important for a number of years; secondly there are county council elections in May 2017 and any ideas and plans made before then could be rejected by the new administration.

Mobile „Phone Coverage Because Wells division is particularly rural, covering some 35 parishes and hamlets, and because I travel all around all these places I am acutely aware of the problems with mobile ‗phone coverage. As Chair of the Broadband, Mobile Phone and Digital Working Group I, along with fellow councillors, am also aware that the problem even exists in some of our towns. I hope the following update is useful: I am in regular contact with Mobile UK, which represents mobile operators, putting across our concerns and seeking information as to developments. Additionally the group has met twice

Broadband speed issues or faults Whilst more and more parishes are being fibre

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However, whilst not a universal solution, you can use a coverage checker to determine the best network for the places where you will be mainly using your mobile phone. Most mobile phone operators have a coverage checker available on their own website but there is also a coverage checker available on the OFCOM website. www.ofcom.org.uk/phonestelecoms-and-internet/advice-for-consumers/advice/ mobile-coverage-checker. And whilst, as you will have read, the situation is improving and will continue to do so, concern remains. Therefore early in 2017 we will be writing to the Minister responsible for Culture, Media and Sport requesting intervention regarding Norfolk‘s access to mobile ‗phone networks. Helping Vulnerable People Stay Well this Winter I know many readers will be keeping an eye on those who need help to get through the winter safely and that includes keeping warm. Encourage people to apply to the Surviving Winter fund – to get details go to www.norfolkfoundation.com. If you know someone who struggles to prepare hot meals go to www.Norfolk.gov.uk/mealsonwheels. If you think someone is at risk please contact Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020. In an emergency ring 999. Dance Workshops at Wells Community Hospital We members of Wells Dementia Friendly Committee are delighted to have persuaded Creative Arts East to bring the Green Candle Dance Company to Wells Community Hospital (Mill Road). The programme is called ‗Improving Wellbeing through the Arts‘. It will provide the opportunity for older people to make new friends, enjoy a ‗cuppa and cake‘ in a fun and dementia friendly environment. Sessions are free but space is limited – to book a place call Lea on 01953 713390 or email lea@creativeartseast.co.uk. This is not overly energetic so no excuses! (I just cannot resist saying: Be there or be Square!)

with representatives from the four main mobile network operators (EE, O2, Three and Vodafone).We already knew that mobile operators have an agreement with government to achieve 90% geographic voice coverage across the country by the end of 2017.We have now been assured that operators are on track to meet this commitment which should also result in an increase in 4G data coverage. In turn the government is reviewing the Electronic Communications code to help operators deploy new infrastructure – particularly important in rural areas. (And please remember that at present infrastructure means masts.) The government will review the coverage situation once the 90% coverage target has been achieved and the new Emergency Services Network (ESN) has been deployed. (The ESN is the new communications system which will be used by the Police, Fire & Rescue, the Ambulance Service and other public safety users. Where public money is used to subsidise ESN expansion in rural areas the infrastructure will be made available to all mobile operators.) Network operators are working together to share sites and improve infrastructure. However they are still commercially independent so the operators will not publically share future coverage plans.

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County Councillors‟ contact details: Dr Marie Strong: County Councillor Wells Division (Glaven, Priory and Walsingham Parishes) marie.strong@norfolk. gov.uk or 07920 286 597 David Ramsbotham: Melton Constable Division (Bale and Gunthorpe Parishes) david.ramsbotham@norfolk.gov.uk 01263 577418

and leisure) of the Schedule to the Use Classes Order. The rumours about the hotel have arisen, because unfortunately this commercial classification is intentionally broad, and does include mention of a hotel as one of the options. This does not mean the applicant has any intention of turning the existing building into a hotel. It also does not mean that the appearance of the building can be changed without the applicant applying for planning permission. Even though planning permission is not required for this kind of change of use, certain conditions must still be met for a change of use to be possible. It was determined in December that the conditions for the change of use had not been met and the change of use application was not going to be granted. The applicant has therefore withdrawn the application. I am working with the applicant, NNDC, Blakeney Parish Council and other interested parties e.g. National Trust to explore future plans for this site.

DISTRICT COUNCILLOR’S UPDATE Happy New Year. I wish you well for 2017. Karen Ward

Planning Updates During December, many of you contacted me about news that a hotel was being proposed for an agricultural field on the Morston Road. Many of you were concerned about what this would mean for a site overlooking the coastal path. I want to clarify the situation. Some types of development do not need to apply for planning permission, but are allowed under permitted development rights (General Permitted Development Orders 2015 legislation). Applying for change of use of a site is one such example. The land on Morston Road is currently classified as being in agricultural use. It has been farmed for many years. On the land is a storage building which is classified as an agricultural building. The owner of the land and building applied to NNDC for a change of use for the building from agricultural to flexible commercial use – known as Class R. The description from the legislation reads as follows:

New Electoral Arrangements The Local Government Boundary Commission England (LGBCE) has responsibility for ensuring that citizens are appropriately represented by their local Councillor and that the size of a Councillor‘s ward is equitable. Due to house building and changes in population, the NNDC District Council Wards required a review. LGBCE has now published its draft recommendations for new boundaries of NNDC. This can be viewed at www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk The headlines are that there will be 8 fewer District Councillors in total. The Glaven Valley will cease to be an electoral entity and its current parishes will be reallocated into four new electoral wards as follows: It is currently proposed that Thornage, along with Hunworth & Stody and Brinton & Sharrington move into the new STODY ward alongside Briningham, Melton Constable, Edgefield, and Corpusty & Saxthorpe.

Class R – agricultural buildings to a flexible commercial use: R. Development consisting of a change of use of a building and any land within its curtilage from a use as an agricultural building to a flexible use falling within Class A1 (shops), Class A2 (financial and professional services), Class A3 (restaurants and cafes), Class B1 (business), Class B8 (storage or distribution), Class C1 (hotels) or Class D2 (assembly

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on 01263 516248, they will send you the relevant information. The Awards Evening will take place on Thursday 23rd March 2017.

Morston, Blakeney and Wiveton will move into a new COASTAL ward alongside Cley, Salthouse, Kelling, Weybourne and Upper Sheringham. Letheringsett & Glandford will join High Kelling and Holt into a revised HOLT ward. Field Dalling & Saxlingham will move into PRIORY ward alongside Langham, Binham, Stiffkey, Warham, Wighton, Gunthorpe, Hindringham and Thursford. I am happy to discuss this proposal by email or phone if anyone wants more information. I will be discussing them with Parish Councils at meetings during January. You have until 30th January 2017 to submit your views on these proposed changes. Final recommendations will then be published in April 2017 and once ratified will come into being at the next District Council elections in May 2019.

Local Plan This coming year is going to be very important in determining the future of planning across North Norfolk. There is a national White Paper on Planning expected in January and we wait to see what the national Government will propose and how it will impact development in the Glaven Valley. This in turn will influence the preparation of the new NNDC Local Plan which is currently under development. We are currently expecting a draft of this document to be available for consultation in autumn 2017. As I mentioned in a previous update, it will be important that the Glaven Valley has a coherent Neighbourhood plan to underpin what residents want for their local area. I will be organising a series of Local Plan conversations with residents in the first quarter of 2017 where you will be able to contribute your point of view. Details will be published later in January.

Power cuts – Priority Services Register UK Power Networks have set up a free Priority Services Register to enable them to identify vulnerable people in the event of a power cut. They need your help to ensure all relevant residents are registered. If you know anyone who would be vulnerable in a power cut – older people; residents with specific medical conditions who rely on a constant power supply or families with very young children, please encourage them to register at www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/prioritysupport or by calling 0800 169 9970.

District Councillors‟ Contact Details: Vincent Fitzpatrick e:vincent.fitzpatrick@northnorfolk.gov.uk & Simon Hester e:simon.hester@northnorfolk.gov.uk (Binham, Langham & Stiffkey) Karen Ward e:karen.ward@north-norfolk.gov.uk (Sharrington, Field Dalling, Saxlingham & Morston) Ann.R.Green (01328 878273) e: ann.green@northnorfolk.gov.uk (Gunthorpe & Bale)

North Norfolk Big Society Awards

FAKENHAM CHORAL SOCIETY & ORCHESTRA

These awards aim to say thank you to people and organisations for the work they do in our communities. If you know an individual or group who deserve recognition for their efforts, please do nominate them. There are 7 award categories, so lots of opportunities to recognise outstanding public service. Closing date for nominations is 27th January 2017. Application forms can be downloaded from the NNDC website or if you contact Sonia Shuter on 01263 516173 or Sharon Garth

Haydn The Creation Saturday 18th March 2017 at 7.30pm Fakenham Parish Church Tickets: £12 (under 18 free) From 01485 544335 or on the door

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ORCHESTRAS LIVE – NORTH NORFOLK

Wells NR23 1HZ. For further information and booking please contact Anne Whitelaw on 07856 792186 or annewhitelaw@waitrose.com.

City of London Sinfonia Concert St Andrew‘s Church, Holt

LANGHAM DOME VISITOR CENTRE

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Saturday 11 February 2017 at 7.30pm This is a very special opportunity to hear this London based orchestra. The programme will include Vivaldi, Copland and Grainger. Tickets in advance, £15 Adults, Children 16 and under £12 from Sheringham Little Theatre, 01263 822347, or boxoffice@sheringhamlittletheatre.com.

Regular readers of the Local Lynx will recall that two issues ago we wrote an article in issue 110 describing the work of the Langham Dome Visitor Centre and asking if any of our readers would be willing to join the ―Friends of Langham Dome (FoLD)‖ in their quest to ensure the Dome Visitor Centre remains available in the longer term, and, equally importantly, whether they would be willing to join our pool of volunteers who staff the Dome on a regular basis (for which FoLD membership is encouraged but is not essential). For volunteers full training is given, and you will find that it is a most enjoyable social interaction with members of the public who are visiting the Dome with a genuine and sometimes very wide ranging interest and knowledge of the history we are displaying. The Dome opened in July 2014, and so far we have had more than 11,000 visitors. We are hoping to see a significant increase in these numbers in the 2017 season which will run from Easter to the end of October, but to do this we would like to increase the number of available volunteers. There is no need to make a fixed commitment, and even if you can only attend for one or two Dome openings a month we would very much welcome you joining us. If you would like more information on the Dome and/or wish to join FoLD or volunteer please contact the Dome Manager Val Bowers on 07762 205578 or email val@langhamdome.org. We very much look forward to welcoming you to our friendly and eclectic Dome community.

WEA SPRING PROGRAMME 2017 The Spring Programme for the WEA in Wells begins with seven Tuesday mornings, running from the 17th of January. Michael Nash will be introducing ―Monarchy in the 21st Century‖. This course looks at the validity and purpose of monarchy today in its various forms in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa, in the contexts of the histories of the countries concerned and their current differing forms of government structures. Why do some survive and some not? Michael is a popular speaker: one student is coming a distance to attend one of his courses for a third time. Then there are also two Saturday Day Schools. The first of these, on Saturday 28th January will be a change from the theme originally advertised due to the unavailability of the tutor. A replacement tutor is being sought. Details available from Anne. The second Saturday Day School is on the 18th March. Chad Goodwin will consider where our current governmental institutions and our rights as citizens have come from, under the title of ―Magna Carta and the Roots of Democracy‖. Chad has proven to be a very popular lively lecturer on his previous visits to Wells. The fee for the seven week course is £49, and for the Day School £15. All meetings at the Friends' Meeting House, Church St.,

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her parents as they became elderly and, on the sale of the farm, she moved with her brother Claude across the road to Forge Cottage next to the Blacksmith‘s Shop, Claude being the blacksmith. She then worked at Bakers & Larners of Holt until retirement. On 18th December 1998 Betty moved to North Elmham to be near a niece and settled down there, she joined in various village activities and enjoyed her garden and was always pleased to hear news of Bale. Betty passed away on 11th December in her 96th year. She was a special and much loved aunt, great aunt, great great aunt, and great great great aunt and she will be sadly missed by all her family. Her funeral service took place at All Saints Church, Bale on 22nd December.

BALE Contact: Jane Wheeler 01328 878656 design@janewheeler.co.uk

BETTY SPOONER 1921 - 2016 Betty Spooner was born at Oak Farm, Bale, on 22nd January 1921, to Julia and Claude Spooner. She was the youngest of six children, having three brothers and two sisters - although christened Dorothy Mary she was always known as Betty. Betty went to Gunthorpe School and walked the one and three quarter miles to and from school in all weathers with her brothers and sisters and the other children of the village. She did well at school. On leaving she was asked if she would like to stay on and help with the teaching but in those days it was the common practice that girls stayed at home to help in the house. She also helped on the farm with lighter jobs, turkey rearing, cowkeeping etc and at harvest time too, and helped her brothers and sisters with their families when there was a need. The Spooner family were involved with village life and in the late 1920‘s/early 1930‘s they provided music in the then new Village Hall, for social and dance evenings, Betty‘s eldest sister Ruby on the piano, her father and brothers Kenny and Billy on violins, brother Claude played the drums and her mother played the mandolin. Through these evenings, not only was there enjoyable entertainment for the village, but also money was raised for charity and for equipping the Village Hall. Joyce and Betty, the two younger members of the family, liked to dance and this probably was the start of Betty‘s enjoyment of dancing throughout her life, and she was a very proficient ballroom dancer. Betty did not marry. She cared for and looked after

VILLAGE HALL Social Club Draw November 2016 December 2016 Maria Postan £25 Jamie Prideaux £25 Basil Postan £10 Bella Prideaux £10 Grace Gibbs £5 Ann Ramm £5 Lucian Postan £5 Margaret Dent £5 Special Christmas Draw: Christina Broughton £25

DECEMBER AIRS I have been offline to my blog for rather a long time due to losing Tilda to liver cancer at the end of November. So now my walks are a bit solitary, though I take my notebook and scribble fragments of observation. No more lurcher leading the way down paths and up the road. A time for more writing and thinking, constructing poems, and sending them off to magazines and pamphlet competitions. I am very pleased to report that the independent literary magazine ‗Tears in the Fence‘ has accepted one about Salthouse church which will be in their summer edition, and has asked for more. You can imagine me sitting on a fallen branch under

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the beech tree and scribbling in my little book. When there is a bright day, or even on a misty day when the lights have to be on indoors, the trees, fields and hedgerows are a delight. The pool in the wood has filled up again now that the cable trench is filled and the pumping of water from the system of springs has ended; the pattern of branches above reflected, the sky a cloudy mirror the trees seem to be peering into. In the field puddles bring the light down to my feet. The trees are more beautiful, their branches seem to wave in fluid shapes like dancers‘ arms, nude hedges make graphic designs with their stems through which to look out across fields of winter cereal; grassy stems holding water drops that refract their bright green to a greyish pastel colour. Water in the misty air makes every view soften into blue-greys. Muddy tracks are imprinted with a variety of wheel tracks, irresistible, translatable into two-dimensions, charcoal drawings, then a painting, the greyed down colours needing cool underpainting, unlike the translucent earth yellows I used for autumn.

honour of setting the questions next time. On the subject of quizzes, the actual Quiz Night at the end of November proved a great success, seemed to be enjoyed by all, and raised £320. We are delighted to announce that the refurbishment work is due to begin on 13th March subject to one or two loose ends being neatly tied before that date. This will mean that March Fish & Chips will go ahead on March 10th but there will be no fish and chips in April. We are hoping to arrange an alternative get-together, so please look in the next edition of Local Lynx to see what is in store. The proposed finish date is 5th May.

BINHAM Contact: Liz Brady 01328 830830 lizdavenport@f2s.com

REFLECTIONS Reflections at the close of 2016 and wishing all a “Happy New Year”

VILLAGE HALL NEWS 2017 was welcomed in fine style with our usual ―Old Year‘s Night‖ party at the Village Hall. We had a record crowd – to the extent that we ran out of chairs and had to ask some guests to bring their own – so even more than the normal praise goes to Alastair and his team for providing such a fantastic meal. In financial terms, the hard work reaped rewards, with a total of £914 being raised. This included the proceeds from the traditional Whisky contest (what are we going to do when the new pound coins come in??) and the Grand Draw, which was won by Alan Sankey. The £300 prize will have been a nice boost to their holiday spending money! The inter-course quiz this year was a tough test of general knowledge, which was won by the aptly named ―Geniuses‖ team. They now have the dubious

It was a busy time for the Parish Council in the early part of the year with the outline of the Planning Application by Broadland Housing for the Priory Crescent/Walsingham Road development not settled. The Parish Council had objected to the original submissions on the ground of overall density, with 28 being regarded as too high, and the inappropriate crowding of the 14 affordable houses in a very small area, when compared with the area allowed for the equal number of market houses. There was also deep concern about the legality of the degree of cross funding from Binham supporting housing in other parishes which certainly could not be described as ―local‖. The unequal allocation of area was accepted as grounds for rejection by a narrow majority of the District Council‘s

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added to the beauty of the Priory. The Iceni Christmas Choir led the singing at the Service of Carols and Readings and almost 200 people came to the three services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. These elements of service and praise are not the only qualities the Priory provides. Being always open in daylight hours, an important aspect for visitor and residents alike can be summed up in a recent quote from the Visitors Book. “This place has provided the peace I have been seeking all year”. Binham Parish Council and Binham Parochial Church Council

Development Committee. Broadland then submitted a much better layout, but without reducing the numbers or changing the cross-funding arrangements. In spite of our continuing objection on these grounds and wholehearted support from Simon Hester, our District Councillor, this amended layout was agreed by the District Council. Broadland have recently told us that the work of preparing and agreeing the details with the many bodies involved is taking longer than expected. A site start is now likely not to be before early summer 2017. The Parish Council will have a role in liaising with the Contractor to minimise disruption and hazards from site activity and traffic. Further, when houses begin to be occupied, we will help in the integration of new-comers into our community. The other business of the Parish Council had been fairly low-key but we are always trying to play a positive role to continue to make Binham a very enjoyable and caring village to live in. Once again Liz Brown has done a wonderful job with Alan in arranging to obtain and erect the tree on the Little Green, as well as organising the Fakenham Town Band to play at the ―Carols round the Tree‖ on 19th December. This was again very well supported. Thanks must be extended to Mrs Sullivan for providing the electricity and PJ Electrics for the lights. Sarah and Simon from the Chequers again added to the event by supplying mince pies and warming drinks. Over 60 residents and visitors had an evening worthy of the start of the festive season, with many adjourning afterwards to the pub. Binham Priory has played a significant role in the life of the village since its establishment 900 years ago. Christmas this year was another up-lifting experience, taking us briefly way from, but hopefully helping us to handle, the challenges of 2017. The tree, generously provided and dressed by Juliet Case and helpers together with the many displays by Brenda Wilde and her team of talented flower arrangers, appropriately

BINHAM MEMORIAL HALL Autumn 2016 Report When taking over as chairman again, hopefully only for a brief sitting, I was really delighted to find Binham Memorial Hall in such good heart, with more and more people using our superb facilities, which thanks to Alex Wales and the other Trustees have been improved in so many ways over the last few years. Binham continues to be one of the best and most popular village halls in Norfolk. Now we intend raising money to refurbish the kitchen. We have taken advice from NNDC and a subcommittee has looked at other kitchens and are in the process of looking at alternative packages from various contractors. Thanks to our busy letting programme for weddings, family functions and local clubs and societies, our funds are presently in quite a bonny state; in addition we keep an important reserve account, which is for emergency use only. However, we do need to raise our capital funds to pay for such refurbishment. Watch this space for future fund raising activities for you to support please. An excellent Christmas lunch was held recently to augment our funds, as well as giving a lot of people fun and a delicious meal. Two new trustees have joined our team: Scilla Landale

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FRIENDS OF BINHAM PRIORY

(honorary treasurer) and Mary Hunt. By keeping our Memorial Hall in good heart in 2016, we are in some small way keeping alive the words on a 1916 graveyard in France: ―When you go home, tell them of us and say: ‗For your tomorrows these gave their today‘.‖ Andrew Cuthbert

Annual General Meeting With a talk by renowned garden designer

Alan Gray from East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens The Friends AGM will take place on Fri 7th April 2017 at 6pm for 6.30pm in Binham Memorial Hall followed by a talk, also open to non-members at 7pm for 7.30pm. This will be given by Norfolk garden designer Alan Gray. Alan, who is also a radio gardening expert and national horticultural columnist, designed and constructed, with his partner, the amazing gardens at East Ruston Old Vicarage, from a total wilderness area within the Norfolk Broads. Tickets are £8 for members of The Friends and £10 for non-members. Early booking is advised as seats are limited. For tickets contact friendsofbinhampriory@gmail.com or Mrs Joanna King, 80 Warham Road, Binham, NR21 0DQ. Payment can be by cheque or BACS. We hope as many Friends as possible will attend the AGM, to vote in the 2017 committee members, and bring their guests for the talk afterwards. There will be a complimentary glass of wine included. Clive Brady FOBP Chairman

CHRISTMAS FAIR 2016 As always Binham made the Christmas Fair a fun and successful day. Thanks to all. There was a good footfall all day helped on by the mulled apple juice kindly provided by Trevor to get the festive spirit started. In addition, over 100 children were greeted by Santa and given a present and the Binham Youth Group set up a children‘s craft area which was also well attended. Overall 15 exhibitors including the arts and craft room were pleased to have contributed to the day‘s success and want to return on Sat 18th November 2017. Tony Pepper

BINHAM PRIORY Binham PCC Treasurer Due to the approaching retirement of the current holder, Binham PCC is seeking a new treasurer to take on this exciting and rewarding role in this lively and active parish church with its fascinating architecture and history. If you are interested and would like to know more, please contact one of the Churchwardens: Maureen Frost (01328 830362), or Geoff Scott (01328 830940).

BINHAM ART GROUP We had an excellent workshop with Sara Kenyon in December, when she showed us how to paint flowers, together with other techniques including cling film and bubble wrap to produce some wonderful effects. We are hoping for a return visit in the spring, when she will be doing a beginners watercolour workshop. The Group held their annual Christmas lunch at The Chequers and we all enjoyed an excellent meal in great company. After a one week break for Christmas week we started again on the 3rd January and will be meeting every Tuesday at Binham Village Hall between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

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The importance of wool in the medieval economy underpinned the driving force of the medieval English economy and was the principal source of English wealth in the Middle Ages. There was found to be an enormous demand for wool in particularly for export to the Flemish region mainly to produce cloth and everyone who had land, from peasants to major landowners, raised sheep. Sheep also provided meat and cheese and their manure was known to greatly enrich the soil. Wool was exported in woolsacks in huge quantities. As a result of Edward III‘s marriage to the Flemish Princess Phillipa of Hainault in 1329, he actively encouraged the immigration of Flemish and as a result a considerable number of skilled weavers settled in and around Norwich at this time to start producing cloth. Even though it declined from its heyday of the middle ages, Daniel Defoe, in his tour through the Eastern Counties of England (1722/24), his visit to Norfolk states ―When we come into Norfolk, we see a face of diligence spread over the whole country; the vast manufactures carried on (in chief) by the Norwich weavers employs all the country round in spinning yarn for them‖. The lasting monuments to the success of the wool trade are the ‗wool churches‘ of East Anglia, The London Worshipful Company of Clothworkers and that since the 14th century, the presiding officer of the House of Lords has sat on the Woolsack, a chair stuffed full of wool. Next Talks Thurs, 23rd February 2017 Chris Armstrong - From an Elephant to a Pin. Thurs, 23rd March 2017 Dr Tim Pestell - The Binham Hoard: Gold & Power in Early Anglo Saxon Norfolk. Both 7:30pm Binham Memorial Village Hall. Pennie Alford, Secretary, Binham Local History Group

Please come along and give it a go. It will cost you £4 for three hours including a cup of coffee and a biscuit. For any queries ring John Hill 01328 380378 or Brenda/ Lionel Wilde 01328 830525.

BINHAM YOUTH GROUP Binham Youth group is held in the Binham Memorial Hall on Wednesdays 6-8 pm, term time only, age 5-16 years, £1 entry fee, tuck shop, staff DBS checked. We have Art ‗n‘ craft, board games, table tennis, pool table, karaoke, books, 10 pin bowling, indoors during winter and summer time we use the large playing field and play equipment or just chill out and make new friends. Contact Amanda Able (01328 830828) or Andrew Marsh (01328 830580) for further information.

BINHAM AND HINDRINGHAM OPEN CIRCLE We are a women‘s group that meet on the third Thursday of each month at 7.15pm in Hindringham village hall. On Thurs 16th Feb Liz Brady from Binham gives us a talk on Dentistry and Good Health. On Thurs 16th March Nutritionist Bo Tyler will talk to us about the powerful effect food has on our mind and body. It would be lovely to welcome new members to our group. Either come along or ring our secretary Sue Elkins 01328 878487 for more information.

BINHAM LOCAL HISTORY GROUP Our talk in November, given by Roger Arguile from Wells and went by the title ‗Sheep, Cheese, Mutton and Wool‘. Roger's talk told of the English history of farming the humble sheep quite literally for all its worth, focusing on the regions of Norfolk and Suffolk during the period from the Norman Conquest of 1066 to the late 15th century.

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BINHAM SUPPORT FOR THE HOLT FOODBANK

COCKTHORPE

In November we in Binham contributed 24.35kg of food towards a total of 3,537.08kg for Cromer and District as a whole. Many thanks to all who helped. Sadly, demand is still on the increase. E.D.P. reports that between April and September 2016 the number of food parcels given out for our area increased 31.74% compared to the same period in 2015. The Trussell Trust reports that in the East of England as a whole 28% of those referred to foodbanks are as a result of low income (these are working people), 26% due to benefit delays and 14% due to benefit changes. Please continue to help, these are our neighbours who are in need. Richard and Norah Lewis

Contact: Maurice Matthews 01328 830350 maurice.matthews@peppard.net

FIRST SERVICE The New Year started in Cockthorpe with a carol service. This was the first use of this ancient building following five years of repair undertaken by the Norfolk Churches Trust refreshing its appearance inside and out. On the day we had a full house for a most enjoyable service remembering the old year and looking towards to the new. The organ had been dusted off and sounded just right, candles lit and a bit cold, surely a scene that has not changed for possibly two or three hundred years.

BINHAM MEMORIAL HALL 100+ CLUB WINNERS November winners: £25 A Chapman, £10 Mr M Calvert, Mark Bartram, £5 Mrs J Cook, Joanna King, Jenny Hewitt Prin. December winners: £50 C & L Brady, Mrs V Lane, £25 Stanley Hewitt, £10 Wendy Marsh, Beverly Taylor, £5 Hannah Wales, Mr & Mrs Small (Abbey House), Mrs Randle. If anyone would like to join the 100+ club, please call at 8 Priory Crescent or ring June Read on 01328 830106.

FIELD DALLING Contact: Anthony Smith 01328 830546 aesmith@pobox.com

ST ANDREW’S CHURCH Christmas Fair 2016 How many will come? Will there be enough quality cakes and crafts? ‗Lots‘, and ‗yes!‘ were the answers at our first ever Christmas Fair to raise funds for St Andrew‘s Church. I was delighted with the village made Christmas pudding and mincemeat, which I bought; also to see the Christmas cakes, other cakes and baking. Christmas crafts, framed landscape photographs, and of course coffee and mince pies at decorated café tables, and a well-stocked raffle ensured that it was a happy and successful morning. Thank you to everyone who baked, cooked, crafted, helped on the day and came

FOOD FOR THOUGHT Life can be like an empty box. It remains empty unless you put in more than you take out.

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There is a monthly, quiet and confidential Bereavement Support Group in Field Dalling. It is a place where confidences can be shared, sadness, shock, anger, depression, relief - all the normal reactions to grief – expressed. As time goes by, group members become a real support to one another, with sincerity and humour and understanding. So if you know of anyone who might like to try it out, (the second Friday of the month from 4pm5.30pm), do get in touch. Fiona Newton: 01328 830 947 fionanewton46@gmail.com Lizzie Boal: lizzyboal@gmail.com

along to buy. We plan to repeat it, so please will all you craft makers, sewers and knitters in Field Dalling include the Christmas Fair in your thinking during 2017.

Posada Also for the first time this year, during the last two weeks of Advent the crib figures of Mary, Joseph and their donkey travelled from house to house in Field Dalling seeking shelter for the night. On Christmas Eve in time for the Crib Service, they finally arrived at the stable inside the church. This South American custom, known as Posada, brought vividly to our minds the insecurity of all refugees, especially this year those trapped in Aleppo, and the vulnerability created by poverty. Margaret Smith, Churchwarden

CHRISTMAS EVE IN FIELD DALLING

GUNTHORPE

Thank you! Thank you to the many who came to the first ever candle-lit Crib Service in Field Dalling on Christmas Eve. It was so lovely to see a beautiful little Emma being an angel at the Crib, fun to watch a brave Jamie eating a chocolate-coated sprout – and wonderful to hear Daisy and Harriet singing ‗Silent Night‘ as the Crib filled with figures. You gave us such a memorable beginning to Christmas - which was then followed by a really big congregation on Christmas morning to celebrate the miracle of God coming to earth.

Contact: John Blakeley 01263 861008 jbconsult@btinternet.com www.gunthorpefriends.co.uk

FOGPC November

50/50 Club Draw Results December

Nick Elwell £20 Jeremy Denholm £25 Nigel Ford £15 Heneage L-B £20 Donald Burton £5 Elaine Vaughan £15 Sandra Worthington £5 Steve Lomax £10 David Vaughan £5 Linda Jenkinson £10 Libby Norton £5 Diane Blakeley £5 Doreen Webster £5 John Arthurson £5 Marcus Aitman £5 Nick Elwell £5 Whether you are new to the village or have been here a while but not yet joined, and you would like more information on both the 50:50 Club and Friends memberships, please contact John Blakeley on 01263

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP One Christmas card had an especially touching message: ―It‘s been a really hard year……but I‘ve had good support‖. Her husband had died suddenly and unexpectedly. Whether in town or village, the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, the break-up of a family all produce strong reactions, and often, a terrible aloneness.

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decoration and organ repairs on the future ‗to-do‘ list so all efforts of help are gratefully received to help maintain our village church for future generations. Although also covered elsewhere I must mention, with great sadness, the recent loss of our Friends‘ Committee member, Rob Cutterham. He was devoted to the Friends and Gunthorpe Village long after his move to France many years ago and continued to donate the wine from his vineyard for our events and raffle prizes each year with such generosity and love. We will all miss him greatly and think of him often – always with a smile and a glass raised. Marie Denholm, Friends Chairman

861008. The last few coffee mornings have not enjoyed a high attendance. We are very grateful to the stalwarts who come every time, but we would love to see more members at this enjoyable monthly event so do please come along and support us. Although not as well attended as usual a very enjoyable 50:50 Club Party with the usual Christmas fare and an enhanced monthly draw and raffle was held at on 17th December. Our thanks go to Rob Cutterham, who has now sadly passed away, for supplying the wine and Diane for an excellent recipe for mulling it. Thanks also to Pip for the sausages - as always very popular; Penny for the egg sandwiches (village rep favourite!) and all those, too numerous to name, who also generously brought mince pies and raffle prizes. Myfi Everett, Jeanette Rigby & John Blakeley

ROBERT GEORGE (ROB) CUTTERHAM JP We were deeply saddened to learn that Rob Cutterham had died at his home in France in early November. He was 61, and died suddenly after being diagnosed with cancer. Rob started his working life on the London Stock Exchange, at one time being the youngest trader on its floor. He later became a Vice President of Nomura Bank - heading their London trading operations. He came to Norfolk in 1995, initially living in Cley, but moving to Gunthorpe in 2000 with his then wife Dianne. Rob was a keen and generous supporter of village activities, and was a leading member of the Friends charity committee. He also served as a local magistrate. Rob moved to St Avit de Soulege in France in 2009 following his divorce, but he retained his strong links with Norfolk and with Gunthorpe in particular where he remained an honorary member of the ―Friends‖ committee and continued to provide village functions with generous supplies of the excellent wine which was produced from the vineyard of his property there. Indeed we drank his wine at our last Harvest Supper. He married Nicole in France in

ST MARY’S CHURCH NEWS Just in time for Christmas, the church organ was serviced and a new pair of bellows put in! Thank you to the Friends for their financial help. It was a lovely service, taken by Ian. The church was full including lots of young children. As always we had a great turn out for our bi-annual pew polishing session. Thank you to all who helped. Marie worked her magic with her flower decorations, and with all the candles lit the church looked wonderfully festive. We are badly in need of some more flower ladies (or men) especially to help with the big occasions. If you would like to help, please get in touch with Penny. Penny Brough, Churchwarden

FRIENDS OF GUNTHORPE PARISH CHURCH A very Happy New Year and many thanks to all who so kindly supported the Friends in 2016. We plan to have our usual events this year, and we very much hope to see you there. The Church maintenance carries on with interior

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2014, and we were always pleased when he brought her back to Norfolk on some of his many visits where she also became a good friend to many of us. We offer our deepest condolences to Nicole and Rob‘s extended family for their tragic and unexpected loss.

GUNTHORPE WARD NNUH We were about to deliver the usual box of Christmas ―goodies‖ to Gunthorpe ward for staff and patients in the Ward for the festive season when we learnt that the role of the Ward has been changed and it was scheduled to be empty over this period. The stroke unit which was in the Ward has now moved along the corridor to Dunston ward and Gunthorpe ward is now planned to become a general medical day unit which means it will have a very high flow of short stay patients. The sister in charge is Nicola Evans. More details will follow, but in the meantime the ―goodies‖ are being delivered as the ward re-opens.

DOG POO Thanks to the Parish Council Gunthorpe now has its own ―dog poo bag‖ bin which is located by the parking area and telephone box on the village green. Gunthorpe has some 30+ dogs and most owners are very responsible in clearing up after them, but with this new facility there is no excuse for ―dog poo‖ to be left by anyone on our roads or verges even in bags. Please help to keep Gunthorpe green and clean.

LANGHAM

WELCOME

Contact: Amanda Deacon 01328 830908 amandajd@live.co.uk

Although they currently only plan to be in the village until May 2017 we warmly welcome Diane and David Chase and their 21 year old daughter Abbi - not forgetting their two cats and spaniel, Heston, to Gardener‘s Cottage. They have moved to Gunthorpe from Edgefield where they were running a B&B. They are not newcomers to the area. Diane worked for nine years as a Senior Health Care Assistant at the Holt Medical Practice, and plans to start work in the local caring community as soon as she can. As well as helping Diana to run their own B&B until recently, David also works in the management of holiday cottages for their owners. Abbi has worked in an animal sanctuary, and is now planning to train as a veterinary nurse with a local practice and at Easton College. We offer our very best wishes for their stay in Gunthorpe.

HAPPY NEW YEAR Langham PCC would like to thank all those who help keep Langham Church a going concern; all who preach, attend and help with church services, clean, arrange flowers, put up flags, play the organ, wash the altar linen, help with refreshment, work in the churchyard, maintain our churchyard equipment, look after the clock, supply church leaflets, carry out administration and also to all who support us financially. You are all very valuable to us and we appreciate your participation most sincerely. We wish you all a very Happy New Year. Langham PCC

CAROLS & MINCE PIES with mulled wine and sausage rolls We have never seen the amazing number of people at this annual event. This time, for the second time held

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in the Church: 130 on head count, 100 audience and 30 Coastal Singers. What a fabulous evening to start the run up to Christmas. Thanks to Elizabeth Rooke conducting and organising the programme with her choir and her operatic soloist also raised the roof on her own. The mulled wine went down very well and we‘ll have to up the order for next December, watch the Lynx for the date. Thanks to those who helped decorate the church and provide and distributed the half time sustenance. Happy New Year from the Village Hall Committee Edward Allen, acting Chairman.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY From the above service collection, a donation of £90 was made to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2016.

FRIENDS OF LANGHAM Thank you A very relaxing free trip to Norwich was enjoyed by members of the Friends of Langham ‗200 club‘ in early December. Later in the month we had another challenging quiz evening and at the end of the month a pantomime trip was organised for the children. All this was very much appreciated by the various people of the village. A big thank-you to the Friends of Langham for all their efforts during the year in providing the village with such an enjoyable variety of events. Like all organisations they need our support so if you are not in the ‗200‘ club do give it a thought. You‘ve got to be ‗in it to win it‘, so contact the Treasurer, Peter Barlow, on 01328 830606. Member of F.O.L.

CHRISTMAS FAIR PROCEEDS A big thankyou to all the kind and generous people who donated goods to the Christmas Fair in December. There could not have been an event without your valuable support. Thanks also to all who helped, in any way, at the fair. It was so good of you to come along and give of your time and energy to help to raise the magnificent amount of £750. It was all very much appreciated, well done everybody. Raffle and competition results were as follows. Number of sweets: 82, won by J Plummer who guessed 124; weight of the Christmas Cake: 4lbs 7oz, won by Linda Parnell who guessed 4lbs 15oz; hamper raffle: won by Janet Allen with ticket number 457; bottle of whisky raffle: Marselle Fisher with ticket number 305. Langham PCC

FOLK SONG SESSIONS 2017 in Langham Village Hall Dear all, I‘ve been busy with my diary recently, fixing up some singing sessions for the coming year. The sessions with the folk song theme have been lovely and so will be continued. All are welcome; it would be a delight to have you join us. Please note the new start time and different days, hopefully to make them more convenient: Thur 26th Jan, Wed 8th Feb, Tue 28th Feb, Wed 8th March, Thur 30th Mar; all sessions from 2.30pm to 4pm with light refreshments available from 2pm. Price £7 or as you can afford. Hope to see you there. Natasha

LANGHAM ILLUMINATIONS Langham was illuminated throughout Christmas, first with the decorated tree opposite the Blue Bell, and then by the church floodlights. We must thank the Friends of Langham and helpers for the tree lights plus Mr and Mrs Hughes for the power supply. The church was brightly lit over the twelve days of Christmas thanks to a generous donation from an anonymous parishioner. A big thankyou to them all, on behalf of the village, for their kindness.

OH YES THEY DID! The Friends of Langham once again organised an amazing annual trip to the pantomime at King Lynn. It was

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such a family friendly day out watching Cinderella; it was so funny, and also a great chance to catch up with, or indeed to meet, fellow villagers. We all had such a wonderful time; thank you. And we all look forward to joining in again this year.

Hetty Taylor, Abi Wright, Tallula Twiddy, Isla Wright and Esmae Wright. The flower girls were Mia Cole and Bella Smith. Charlie Wright was pageboy. The best man was Mark Cobb. Groomsmen were Luke Williamson, Paul Suffolk, Billy Edwards and Tom Graver. It was a magical day with the bride looking happy and radiant. Many thanks to the ladies who arranged the flowers in the church so beautifully for the occasion. The wedding was followed by a reception at Manor Mews Tattersett, where a great time was had by everyone. Many thanks to all concerned. Carol Bix

MOBILE LIBRARY Arriving at St Mary‘s between 9.55am and 10.15am, and at Cornfields between 10.20am and 10.35am on 19th January, 16th February and 16th March .

RVS LANGHAM CAR SERVICE Schedule to end March 2017 Fare: 25p per mile Please bring change

ELEVENTH SHOVELL DINNER

On Saturday 15th October, Dr. John Villiers gave a fascinating talk on: ‗Admiral Keppel: Viscount Keppel of Elveden, Victor of Havana, 1762‘. This was followed by a delicious 3-course dinner, a small auction and a 52-prize bottle tombola of donated bottles of good wine or of spirits, champagne or port (these three being about a third of the total). All proceeds went to the Friends of Morston Church (FMC) for church upkeep and repairs. The FMC Chairman & Committee would like to thank all donors and all who helped on or for this splendid evening. The total profit was £1,060, made up of: Dinners £455 Donations £278 Tombola £255 Auction £72 Next year‘s Shovell Dinner - the twelfth - is planned for Saturday 14th October in the Anchor as usual. Jim Crossley will speak on ‗Jutland: Who won the battle?‘.

Weekly driving duties beginning on a Monday: Feb 6th T 830847 March 6th T 830847 th th Feb 13 T 830773 March 13 T 830847 Feb 20th T 830731 March 20th T 830507 Feb 27th T 830507 March 27th T 830773 * These drivers do not go to Norwich If the driver for the week is unable to do the trip, contact the next person on the list. If your appointment is cancelled, please let the driver know! It would be helpful if a car booking is made as soon as an appointment is arranged or journey planned so that drivers can arrange their schedule. When booking please tell the driver of any walking aids to be transported. If no driver is available, contact the Holt Caring Society T 01263 711243 giving as much notice as possible. This roster is also placed in the church porch and the village notice boards with dates beyond the above schedule. We welcome new drivers, if anyone would like to join us please give me a call . Alison Murday m:07909 923058

BLAKENEY HARBOUR ASSOCIATION Well, well, well, well!! You know we thought we might have got to 20 new buoys for the Cley and Blakeney channels sponsored (at £225 each!!) by December. Well try more than 30! For those of you who are completely lost -this is all about new low maintenance, long lasting

MORSTON Contact: Jock Wingfield 01263 740431 jocelynwingfield@gmail.com

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Sat 4 Feb: FMC Quiz at Village Hall, 7.30pm start.

BIX-WRIGHT WEDDING The marriage took place at Morston Parish Church of Rebecca Elizabeth Bix, daughter of Peter and Carol Bix, and James Anthony Christopher Wright, son of Chris and Debbie Wright of Sheringham on 26th November. The Revd. Ian Whittle officiated. The bridesmaids were Vikki Smith, Georgia Twiddy,

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― proper buoys ― – port and starboard - to mark the channels to Blakeney and Cley: 50 of them at £225 each. They come with the sponsors‘ details indelibly marked on them, so that can be you, your business, a loved one etc. We are well over half way there and it really looks as though we will make it! Thanks to everyone who has been so very generous. It‘s why we all do it- it‘s for the love of the Harbour! Contact us via the website if you would like to see your name bobbing about on the blue next summer. Now is the time to think about next year‘s subs and gift aid. If you still have to fill in a gift aid form then contact us via the website or direct to Helen Ward at the Boathouse, Morston, NR25 7AA, bhba00@gmail.com, 07771 597985. And that‘s where to send your subs if you don‘t pay by standing order or direct debit. It does make it easier and cheaper for us if you could. This year the Trustees have decided not to increase the subs but to give members a chance to pay more if they want to- or, indeed, less if that were appropriate. We are guiding people to pay a minimum of £25. Whilst the Harbour has never been better and more safely buoyed (all credit to Charlie, Jim and the team for that ) BHA stands for a lot more than that: ten volunteer wardens adding to the safety and orderliness out on the water and in the channels; a team disposing of often hazardous wrecks; hot lines for local advice; guided low tide walks to understand the harbour and it‘s characteristics; managing security measures including CCTV and liaising with the police; representing members interests by frequent meetings with the National Trust; signposting members to local suppliers of goods and services; maintaining slipways, constantly updating our quayside information boards and on line information and, finally, working with partners to secure the future of this very special place, its unique environment and natural history. All for the love of the Harbour!

Please be as generous as you can but above all please, please join! Whether you have a boat or not, if you live here or visit, BHA will help shape and influence something that you love about the place! Best regards, Eleanor Harrison, BHA Administrator

MORSTON QUIZ By Samphire (answers p.26) 1. What is Grime‘s Graves? 2. Where is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world? 3. What is the name of the Russian musical instrument with a triangular body and three strings? 4. What is the common name for the highly infectious infection called pertussis? 5. Formerly a Norman keep, what is the name of this restored castle and stately home in West Sussex? 6. Who was Ronald Reagan‘s Vice President from 19811989? 7. What 1949 film is famous for sewers, zithers and a line about cuckoo clocks? 8. What is the Japanese term for a ―harbour wave‖? 9. What word links the following: indian, upstart, carrion, jim, hooded? 10. What is made from the tails of horses from very cold climates such as Siberia, Mongolia and Canada?

NATIONAL TRUST UPDATE Blakeney National Nature Reserve Happy New Year to you all from the National Trust team. We had a particularly busy Christmas with lots of visitors to the reserve with many taking the walk up Blakeney Point during the festive period to see the seal pups. At the last count we had had 2,362 seal pups born but it‘s not quite over yet and we expect a few more in the coming days. With the Grey Seal pupping season very nearly over our

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attention now turns towards the Spring and the upcoming bird breeding season. Lots of conservation work is planned including clearing ditches and reed cutting on Blakeney Freshes. This helps with water flow and the health of the habitat ensuring the area is in tip top condition for when the nesting waders arrive in a couple of months as well as insects and other invertebrates that are found here. We are looking for volunteers with an interest in nature conservation who would be keen to help us with engaging with visitors across Blakeney National Nature Reserve. The role will include talking to visitors about the importance of conservation work taking place on the coast, the wildlife present and why it needs protecting during this important time of year. If you feel this interests you then please call us on 01263 740241 or email norfolkcoast@national trust.org.uk.

SAXLINGHAM Contact: John Rayner 01328 830564 johnsrayner@btinternet.com

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On Sunday 18 December at 4pm, St.Margaret‘s was the setting for a well-attended event combining the ingredients of Advent and Christmas. The church was looking beautiful thanks to the decoration of the nave windows with mid-winter greenery, holly plus berries and candles; indeed candles were everywhere and the quartz heaters up aloft glowed cheerfully so that all of us were warm! Ian Whittle led the service cheerfully as is his wont and the music was provided by Michael Kimmins, our indefatigable organist. All in all the occasion was a most enjoyable blend of carols, hymns and readings rounded off with glasses of mulled wine to fortify the departing throng.

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CHANGE IN THE VILLAGE Recently some people have moved away from Saxlingham with others taking their place. We welcome them and hope that they will contribute actively to village life. It is vital that all of us support our annual summer fete and don‘t simply leave it to our close neighbours in Field Dalling, with whom we share the event to do the donkey work! Likewise we are lucky to have up the road a newly refurbished and lively village hall and should seize the opportunities it provides. Similarly, both villages have fine churches that add character and beauty to our locality that all of us can enjoy. All of these need our support as we all own them. Village life matters, folks!

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Sharrington and District Gardening Group is an open group and if anyone would like to come along to one of our talks or would like further information, please get in touch with either Françoise Alllenby on 01263 860910 or Robin Burkitt on 01263 861939. Happy gardening! RB

SHARRINGTON Contact: Claire Dubbins 01263 862261 cdubbins@btinternet.com www.sharrington.org.uk

NOBLE ROTTERS

NEWS FROM SHARRINGTON AND DISTRICT GARDENING GROUP

Following the November tasting which featured big, beefy Australian wines made from the Shiraz grape, the Rotters brought 2016 to a close in December with a tasting wholly appropriate to the club‘s name. ―Wines beyond the pale‖ begged the question; would the wines be surprisingly splendid or would they just be rotten? Magnums of Chablis (1933), Savigny-Les-Beaune (2007) and Pouilly Vinzelles (2009) all based on the Chardonnay grape were reassuringly drinkable albeit not at their peak, much to the relief of the Chief Rotter from whose cellar they had been unearthed. The reds were always going to be less of a risk. Two clarets from the 1994 vintage, a Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux and a Chateau Leoville Barton, both expertly produced by Anthony Smith (Field Dalling) were, in turn, good and excellent. The 1996 Eight Songs Shiraz produced in Australia by Peter Lehman and donated by Steve and Susie Collins (Field Dalling) was, sadly, past its best rather like the 2006 Volnay, albeit that both were still drinkable. The Sarda Mallet (Rousillon) from the 2000 vintage and the Bandol from 2003 were both still very drinkable particularly the Cotes du Rousillon. Before finishing the evening with a couple of dessert wines, members were treated, courtesy of Allan Parker (Stiffkey) to a red from Saint Mont, a wine producing area to the north of Jurancon and south of Armagnac. From the 2011 vintage, the wine was both unusual and very enjoyable. Finally, to the stickies. A Monbazillac from 2006

As 2016 drew to a close, our programme ended on a high with a Christmas themed willow weaving workshop from Bob Lever of White House Willow. This was a fun and productive evening and a big thanks to Bob who was a patient and encouraging tutor, especially to those of us who were new to the art. After a busy 2106 we look forward to the 2017 programme which promises to be our best ever. The season started with the AGM on 11th January. This will be followed by a workshop ―Pruning, making it simple, the first cut is the deepest‖ from Geoff Hodge on Wednesday 1st February. Geoff is a presenter on radio Cambridgeshire and author of several books for the RHS including ―Pruning – making it simple‖. Geoff‘s workshops are extremely popular and we are very lucky to have secured him as a speaker. On 22nd March we welcome local medicinal herbalist and author Andrew Chevallier. A practising medical herbalist since 1986, Andrew‘s illustrated talk will be on ―Growing your own medicines‖. Finally a date for your diary, on Wednesday 3rd May, Ursula Buchan, award winning gardening writer and broadcaster will give a talk, ―Did we really dig for victory?‖ based on her book ―A green and pleasant land: how England‘s gardeners fought the Second World War‖. This evocative story tells the inspiring story of how Britain‘s wartime government encouraged and cajoled its citizens to grow their own fruit and vegetables and to ‗dig for victory‘.

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(thanks to Duncan and Maggie Thomas from Bale) was a little over the hill but still very drinkable (particularly with a good, rich pud). And then we did come unstuck; the 1993 Vernaccia di Orstini from Sardinia was, indeed, truly rotten! The final tasting of the current series in March will feature the wines of the Maconais. For more information about the club, visit the Noble Rotters page on www.sharrington.org.uk RD

and multiple candles. The tree was decorated mainly by five small children, with an overabundance of glittery streamers around the lower branches. It looked slightly odd but they were pleased so it was left just so. We had seven lessons, seven readers and eight favourite carols and it was a delight. The children and adults were very well behaved and the service finished with Sandra Grunwald and Claire Dubbins leading the congregation in a two part harmony rendition of two Christmas songs they had performed as part of a concert in Sheringham at the beginning of December. Everyone then enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies or acceptable alternatives for the little ones. The collection was shared by the East Anglian Children‘s Hospice and the church and I am happy to report a cheque for £129 was despatched to EACH the next day. And so to complete this season of worship and festivities we finally arrived at Christmas Day with family communion led by the Ven Michael Handley. A pleasingly full church with a wide age range: baby Oscar at a few weeks to Pearl Forrest at 92 years of age, and Beth at two years and three months, great granddaughter of Pearl. The baby slept and Beth seemed to enjoy herself. The gospel reading took place around the nativity ensemble with the whole congregation present. Again more carols were included and everyone departed ready to enjoy Christmas lunch or dinner with family and friends. May I say thank you to all who helped fill our food bank box to capacity for the Christmas season and please keep on giving as Easter will be looming on the horizon all too soon. The church AGM will take place on 21st February in the church at 7pm to which all are welcome followed by the PCC meeting for members only. On March 26th the traditional Mothering Sunday service will be held with posies given out as usual. APG

CHURCH NEWS Remembrance Sunday on 13th November 2016 departed somewhat from our usual service in so far as we omitted the sermon. The Ven Michael Handley led Holy Communion but the service included reflections on the first world war and in particular 1916, and followed on from our commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War two years previously. This included words and poems by Rudyard Kipling, Laurence Binyon, Siegfried Sassoon, Brett Young and Herbert Read. We were reminded that in 1916 the huge loss of life and appalling injuries had already accounted for five of ―our men‖, those mentioned on our war memorial who were already dead. By the end of 1917 so were the final four. The population of Sharrington does not differ much from 100 years ago and it is all too easy to imagine the news of those missing or dead being delivered to their families. A thank you to Lesley Forrest who put it all together and those who read; just right for such a solemn occasion. On December 11th we were pleased to welcome the Archdeacon of Lynn, the Ven John Ashe who led our Holy Communion service for the third Sunday in Advent. An enjoyable service and sermon from an accomplished gentleman of the cloth. Sunday 18th December was our Lantern Festival and Carol Service led by the Rev Barrie Hollis. The day before, the church was garlanded with flowers, greenery

CHRISTMAS FAYRE Despite increased competition from other events on the same day the third Sharrington Christmas fayre was a success both in terms of supporting community spirit and generating income for the village hall. With prizes donated by P & S Butchers, Back to the Garden, Rutland Butchers and Byfords as well as residents of the village, our raffle made over £900, a significant increase on 2015. Thanks to everyone who gave prizes and/or bought tickets, particularly Robin Hyslop and Esme Hagon (Brinton) for their sterling

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efforts on the sales front. There were fewer visitors to the fayre this year so revenue from some stalls was noticeably down on last year. As in previous years, the efforts of the Sharrington & District Gardeners underpinned the success of the event but the undoubted star of the show was the Allenby menagerie featuring reindeer, penguins, sledgeborne geese and festive sheep. Our outside exhibitors featured old friends and new. We were delighted to welcome back local resident Sarah Bell with her impressive array of craftwork who helped us publicise the event beyond our customary boundaries. We were also pleased to offer for sale the tasty fudge produced by Chelsea Bates a relatively new arrival in the village. Thanks to everyone who made the Fayre such a good, friendly experience and to everyone who came along on the day. With overall revenue a little more than last year at £1,936, the fayre helped secure another profitable year for the hall. Thank you. Roger Dubbins, Chair Village Hall Management Committee

Although at the time of writing, the final figures for the year are not available, it looks as if at the year end, there will be a surplus of around £2,300 and reserves a little short of £12,000. The committee plans to use some of these funds to upgrade the hall which will, hopefully, encourage others to use it on a more regular basis. As for activities, the story is rather mixed. Both the Christmas fayre and the screening of the film ‗ChickLit‘ were pretty successful, attracting people both from the village and the surrounding locality. On the other hand there were events which did not seem to have wide appeal. The singing sessions arranged by Sandra Grunwald and led by Natasha Hood were great fun for those who attended and raised money for the hall but no dates are currently planned for 2017. The appearance by local band ‗Glaven‘ was a great success in terms of attendance, entertainment and, given that entrance was free, revenue. As the band split up shortly after the event it could not be repeated. However we hope to build on the experience by hosting ‗Open Mic‘ evenings each month where local musicians will each play a few songs. The evenings will be open for all to enjoy, entrance will be free and there will be a licensed bar. The committee will continue to organise events throughout the coming year but it is not always easy to judge what will appeal to residents and what will get the thumbs down. So if you have any ideas please contact a member of the committee (please visit www.sharrington.org.uk for contact details) . Our application for a premises licence was granted in June. This enables us to screen films and sell alcohol and reduces both annual expense and administration. The outcome of the asbestos management survey in August was very reassuring. Although it disclosed the presence of asbestos (not unlike many buildings of a similar nature and age), there was absolutely nothing to

THE VILLAGE HALL IN 2016 Overall, 2016 was a pretty satisfactory year for the hall. From a financial perspective, at circa £6,500, revenue was much the same as in 2015 but the figures for that year included a one off payment of £1,458 from the bowls club which ceased its activities some years ago. Income from the hire of the hall and its equipment was up by more than 65%. Income from events increased by more than 20%. Expenditure also increased by more than 20% but included £475 for repairs and £380 for an asbestos survey. Receipts from the 50/50 club continue to fall. This is an important source of ongoing revenue and if you would like to sign up or renew a lapsed subscription, please make contact with a committee member.

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in the 20th century. At one time there were two Greenways in Stiffkey; Muckledyke and Bangay. Now it is The Greenway and Bangay. At one time Bangay was known as The Generals‘ Drift; possibly a reference to General Loftus whose home was the Old Hall. Muckledyke is a reference to a steep bank. When the Bacons acquired the Stiffkey manors, the main road East ran on the South side of the village. Bacon had it relocated to the North, its present route, with a promise to maintain the bridges at the river exit. Camping Hill is not a reference to happy holiday spots but to the game of ‗camping‘, a violent form of football played between villages until it was banned in the 1800‘s. The name is derived from ‗kampf‘ a Germanic word meaning struggle. Nathaniel Bacon referred to the area as the Hill of Health. House names have also changed,. Warborough House was originally known as the New Hall when it was built and Manor House had always been Lodge Farm House until the mid 1900‘s. Hollow Lane is still often referred to as Holly Lane, a mistake that occurred during WW2. The village gravel pit had the nickname of the Lion‘s Mouth for many years as the raw scar that was left when gravel was removed from the steep hillside looked as if it might roar. So these changes evolve. Who knows where the Townshend Arms was and why the name? The Victoria; what was it before and that the Red Lion was for a time the Black Lion. G Green SLHG

cause any concern. The best news came in December when we were informed that our application for funding to the North Norfolk District Council Big Society Fund had been granted in part. We had been awarded £8,787 to facilitate the implementation of our plans to improve the glazing, lighting and heating in the hall. The plans need a bit of refinement but we expect to commission the works during the course of the year. Finally, many thanks to all those who have supported the hall during 2016 and we look forward to welcoming you to our events in the coming year. Roger Dubbins, Chair Sharrington Village Hall Management Committee

STIFFKEY Contact: Geraldine Green 01328 830245 green978@btinternet.com

STIFFKEY VILLAGE HALL At our meeting on Tuesday 6th Dec 2016 it was decided by a vote that the village hall will stay on the present plot of land and at future meetings we will look into our various options for improvements, new building etc. We have also now launched the Stiffkey 200 club and the forms have all been sent out throughout the village for people to join. Half the monies collected will go to the prizes and the other half towards the expenses and improvements to the village hall. It is hoped that people will come along to the draw which will take place at the monthly village hall meeting. Should anybody require more forms then please do get in touch. Ian Curtis, Chairman, Village Hall Committee

NATURE NOTES The pull of the moon has a remarkable effect on the vitality of our wetlands. This is no more obvious than at the intertidal shore line. Twice in approximately 26 hours the sea water inundates the shore and saltmarsh. Locally the lift in water levels is between about 7

STIFFKEY; AS WAS When we think of Stiffkey past we can imagine that not much has changed for many years but that is not strictly true especially when it comes to names of roads, tracks and property. Bridge Street was, until sometime in the 1850‘s known as Walsingham Road; no doubt a reference to the fact that it led, via Stapleford bridge and Wighton directly to the great medieval pilgrim villages of the Walsinghams (several lead votive bottles have been found in the vicinity). As for the junction in the middle of Stiffkey known as the Cross, not a reference to the meeting of roads but to the fact that, for many years, there stood a stone cross in the Great Yard which was removed to the churchyard

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metres(Neaps) and 9.5 metres(Springs). The higher the tide the bigger the ebb which means that on spring tides the speed of water in and out of the creeks is increased dramatically. The wind speed and direction also has an effect. On neap tides a southerly wind will reduce the tide flow to a mere trickle. The result is a constant and variable washing of the habitat. The plants of the salt marsh are specialists in that they actually live in a wet dessert as they have to be resistant to the salt and must wait for rain in order to take up water. Nutrients are being removed and deposited all the time to the advantage of many specialist marine inhabitants and those that feed off them. The other advantage of this system is that, because of its perceived instability it has not suffered from domestication. The disadvantage is sadly that any pollution is rapidly spread and difficult to deal with. Low pressure is also a factor. When it is combined with spring tides and onshore winds then a surge can occur such as we had here in December 2013. Those who venture out onto the foreshore must always take care and pay regard to these factors. Rural Ruth

slightly different audience, raising our profile amongst like-minded people. There's plenty of other events coming up too - keep an eye on the website for more news. As always we are looking for friendly people to join our volunteer team at the Maritime Heritage Centre in Stiffkey - boat knowledge is not always necessary, just the ability to make visitors feel welcome and show them around. We tend to work in pairs, shifts are for 3 hours and most people like to sign up for a regular slot, whether for 'once a month' or less, all are appreciated! Do get in touch if you feel this is something you would like to do. info@rescuewoodenboats.com. Liz

CHURCH NOTES Our Christmas celebration this year was the Carol and Christingle Service, led by Revd. John Wilson with Martin once again playing the organ, on Sunday 18th December. After the service, and baby Jesus had been laid in the manger by some of the younger children, refreshments with mulled wine and mince pies were enjoyed by everyone. The following afternoon, the 19th, we had the marriage of Clare Martin and Philip Bowden with the church candlelit from the Christmas decorations. On Christmas Eve the Stiffkey Red Lion once again held their Carol Singing and very generously gave the donations to the upkeep of the church. At the time of writing, the next service in the church will be Holy Communion taken by the Rector on Sun 22nd Jan at 9.30 a.m. We are currently making a list of those willing to help with the cleaning and the flowers in the church for this year. Anyone who would like to join us and give of their time would be very welcome, please ring 01328 830323. Thank you. HJH

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM US ALL AT RESCUE : WOODEN : BOATS With the New Year well under way now, we hope it's not too late to wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year! We had our usual convivial Festive gathering in December at the Maritime Heritage Centre following a very successful day at Wells Christmas Tide, where we sold calendars, mugs, t shirts, sweatshirts and our new - and proving very popular Special Trip Afloat vouchers. (All available on our website www.rescuewoodenboats.com.) We were able to greet old friends and new, plus spread the word regarding our progress and the events planned for 2017. The vintage Lifeboat Festival, during Wells Carnival Week should be fun - with lifeboats visiting from all over - a chance to entertain and inform a

COMINGS AND GOINGS We welcome Guy and Lynne Pettit to Stiffkey. Also moving in are Robin and Linsey to no 67 Wells Rd. Tony Jordan, aged 86, was buried with his wife Enid in Stiffkey churchyard on 29th Dec. Tony was a fisherman from Wells who had done service in the Royal Navy. During his long fishing career he was involved with the RNLI eventually becoming Coxswain between 1986 and 1989. He was awarded the B.E.M. for his services to the RNLI.

MORSTON QUIZ ANSWERS (Quiz questions on p.20) 1. Flint mines, in Norfolk. 2.Windsor. 3. Balalaika. 4. Whooping cough. 5. Arundel Castle. 6. George Bush. 7. Third Man. 8. Tsunami. 9. Crow. 10. A violin bow.

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written by Abbi in her first week back at school:

Northern Lights „It was a dark night, the owls were tweeting and the wolves were howling, the winds were blowing when all of a sudden the sky was filled with the most amazing light. There were greens and blues and even pink lights coming down from the sky. All the animals that were outside playing had all gone inside to hide. But there I was standing there alone in the middle of the forest. With amazement my ruby red bag fell out of my arms. I was drawn closer to the light like someone was pulling me on a piece of string. My eyes widened my jaw fell. I felt like I was in a world of my own. Strangely, all the animals were slowly coming out of the dens. They were getting drawn to the light as well. Squirrels, rabbits, badgers and even bears were heading for the light. I took a few steps back to pick up my bag. But when I turned back the lights had gone. I ran home as quickly as I could. For days and days I was staring out of my window waiting for the light to come back. But it wasn‟t just me the animals were waiting for the light to come back to. My mum and dad couldn‟t understand what I was doing. They kept on calling me down for lunch tea breakfast but I hadn‟t eaten any for days. I was just waiting for the light to come back.‘ By Abbi Year 5 Just before Christmas the children were asked to think about a gift they could give that would not cost any money: These are some very thoughtful examples: „My gift is going to be a stroke of kindness and my superb gift is going to be a gift that will be remembered for thousands of brilliant years! It will bring peace and harmony to the whole world and to all of the creatures and humans.‘ Kasper Year 3 „I am sending a gift that cannot be bought and the gift is a kindness power that will stop the war in Syria so no matter what no war allowed.‟ Herbie Year 3 „My gift is something special to give the world. It is going to make peace and kindness around the whole entire galaxy. I gave kindness to the world because I can stop the wars and give people a happy home. To make the world awesome.‘ Bethany Year 4 Langham continues to go from strength to strength and we are excited about all the activities and learning we have planned for 2017. Our vision is ‗A place for fun, creativity, friendship, ambition and discovery.‘ This is certainly true and embedded in everything we do. For further information please visit our website www.langham.norfolk.co.uk or follow us on twitter @langhamvill.

LANGHAM VILLAGE SCHOOL NEWS Happy New Year from all at Langham Village School. Christmas and all the excitement it brought is now a distant memory but it was a busy and exciting time here at school! Our Nativity play this year was called ‗Lights, Camera, Action‘ and it was based on ‗Strictly Come Dancing.‘ Every child in the school had a part to play with the older children acting and having to learn a huge number of lines. There was lots of dancing too including the ‗Innkeepers Tango‘ and the ‗Camel Funk.‘ It was a great event with many parents saying it was the best yet! We certainly have some future stars amongst us. Towards the end of last term both Jet and Quartz Class visited the Chocolate Deli in Wells. Quartz Class have been learning about chocolate; how it is made and its long history. The visits were fascinating and all the children were able to design and make their very own chocolate bar. Quartz Class have been reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. They wrote letters to Willy Wonka: To Mr Wonka, Thank you for your wonderful tour round your wonderful factory! I think that you did a fab job at conducting such a big factory and keeping the children so entertained. I think that the best place of the factory was the testing room, you know I always wondered how you get all those different types of flavours for your delicious chocolate after all you are Mr willy wonka I also thought that your chocolate river was an amazing sight! Oh and that gum delicious that is the chicken and the potatoes, and the blueberry cake! I think you should also create a super cool! Super awesome chocolate monster! Best wishes, Kasper Jet Class have been given the opportunity to study at Gresham‘s Prep every Wednesday afternoon in order to use the design and technology facilities. The children designed and made fantastic wooden clocks in all sorts of different shapes. They were able to use all the tools and equipment and have learnt many new practical skills. We continue to use the ‗Night Zookeeper‘ website which encourages children to write creatively. All our children are keen to write on the website and there are many examples of fantastic creative writing but this piece was chosen to go on The Night Times last week,

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LYNX 112 ADS DIRECTORY Care Services Caring First Home Care Polka Day Care: For ages 0-5

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Domestic Cleaning Services ACS Oven Cleaning Colin‘s Cleaning Service Garden/Landscape Country Gardener/Country Pest Control Stephen Beal Landscapes TGS Gardening

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Sandra‘s Soft Furnishings Walsingham Gallery & Framing

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Leisure King‘s Head, Letheringsett NEW Langham Football Club for 7-15 year olds Morston Swimming Pool Poetry-next-the-sea NEW

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Health Claire Dye: Physiotherapist Counsellor and Psychotherapist Gunthorpe Osteopaths Marianne Atherton Homeopathy Philippa Stancomb Reflexology Pilates at Binham Memorial Hall Sea Breeze Therapies

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Hotels/Cottage Rentals Blakeney Hotel Glaven Cottages: Property Management Morston Holiday Cottage

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Services and Suppliers Adam Sexton Washing Machine Services Allied Glass: Trade and Domestic Glazing Andrew Benn: PC Problems Daren Betts Building and Maintenance David Thompson Chimney Sweep Elv‘s Stoves: Woodburner Services Ju electrical: domestic and commercial Keeble Roofing Contractor Matthew Coe Heating Services M G Myhill Chimney Sweep North & West Norfolk Log Co. P J Electrics Taxworx Whitear Roofing

Interiors/Art/Textiles/Furniture Bluejacket Showroom, Morston Nick Hamond Furniture: cabinet-maker Paul R Smith: handmade furniture

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Taxis Strong Cars Stuart‘s Taxi Town and Country Cars

JAYNE BIRD MCFHP MAFHP Foot care in your own home Routine and Diabetic Foot Care 01328 851332 or 07881 107571

CLEARVIEW PEST CONTROL Moles Rats Mice Wasps, Etc Etc Contact Kevin 01328 829154 or 07952 750265

SIVANANDA YOGA CLASS Gunthorpe Village Institute Hall Wednesdays in Term Time 7.30-8.45pm Contact Richard Redmayne 01263 862289

B.A. TREE SERVICES (Tree Surgeon) Free quotes available Full Public Liability Insurance held 01263 588994 or 07748 570121

CHIMNEY SWEEP David Thompson 01328 851081

LANGHAM FOOTBALL CLUB Saturday mornings Young people 7-15 years Contact Paul Belton 07833 206 842

INSIDE OUT Gary Waller Painter and Decorator – Fully Insured Tel: 01263 860705 Mob: 07990 993406

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Local Lynx No.112 - February/March 2017  

The community newspaper for 10 North Norfolk villages.

Local Lynx No.112 - February/March 2017  

The community newspaper for 10 North Norfolk villages.

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