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APRIL & MAY 2017

Crop spraying at Morston, April 2013

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APRIL 3rd Mon. Binham Monthly Pub Quiz, The Chequers, 7.15 for 7.30pm 4th Tue. Gunthorpe St Mary’s PCC AGM Institute 4pm 5th Wed. Sharrington Gardeners Talk, VH 7pm 7th Fri. Binham Friends of Binham Priory AGM & Talk, VH 6 for 6.30pm 7th Fri. Field Dalling Bingo VH 6.30pm 10th Mon. Binham Coffee Morning VH, 10.30am -12.30pm 10th Mon. Field Dalling Lent Discussion 4.45pm 13th Thu. Binham Easter Bingo, VH Eyes Down 7pm 14th Fri. Bale Fish and Chips, VH 7 pm 14th Fri. Field Dalling Bereavement Group 4pm 15th Sat. Binham Easter Eve Family Service and Easter Egg hunt, BP and grounds, 4pm 15th Sat. Binham Easter Eve Service of Light, BP 8pm 16th Sun. Binham Easter Holy Communion, BP,11am 16th Sun. Stiffkey Easter Egg Hunt in churchyard 3pm 19th Wed. Sharrington Church Coffee Morning All Saints Cottage 10am 19th Wed. Stiffkey Local History Group, AGM & Talk, VH 7pm 22nd Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club Institute 10:30am 24th Mon. Meeting about future of Village Hall, VH 7pm 25th Tue. Binham Memorial Hall AGM followed by Parish AGM, VH 7pm 25th Tue. Saxlingham Annual Parochial Church meeting, Old Rectory 10am 26th Wed. Sharrington Open Mic evening VH 7.30pm 29th Sat. Gunthorpe May Day Party Institute 7.00pm 29th Sat. - 30th Sun. Morston Book Sale, Morston Barn 10am - 5pm

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MAY 1st Mon. Morston FMC Book Sale, Morston Barn 10am - 5pm 5th Fri. Langham VH, Roger Davis Talk 7pm 7th Sun. Gunthorpe Friends Annual Churchyard Clearup followed by snack lunch 9am onwards 12th Fri Field Dalling Bingo VH 6.30pm 13th Sat. Gunthorpe Concert of English Songs. Mere Place 7:30pm - booking essential 19th Fri. Sharrington Art Deco Talk VH 7pm 23rd Tue. Sharrington Village Hall AGM, VH 7.30pm 24th Wed. Langham Village Hall AGM, VH 7pm 27th Sat. Binham Priory Concert. BP, 7.30pm 27th Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club End of Year Draw Institute 10:30am 28th Sun. Stiffkey Open Gardens, Warborough House 29th Mon. Langham Bring & Buy, Church 10-12noon 31st Wed.Sharrington Open Mic evening VH 7.30pm REGULARS Tuesdays Binham Art Group VH 10am-12noon Wednesdays term time Binham Youth Group VH 68pm Third Thursday in the month Binham & Hindringham Open Circle Meeting, Hindringham VH 7.15pm Fourth Thursday in the month Binham Local History Group VH 7.30pm

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: Vigil Mass Saturday 6.00pm Sunday 11.00am Wednesday 9.30am

DEANERY NEWS Our next meeting will be on Thurs. 22nd June 2017 starting promptly at 7pm.. Observe posters for details of speaker, subject and venue.


Church Services for Bale and Stiffkey Benefice for April and May 2017 HC=Holy Communion. CFS=Church Family Service. MP=Morning Prayer. BCP=Book of Common Prayer 2nd April

Bale Field Dalling

9.30am HC At Saxlingham

9th April Palm Sunday 9.30am HC 11.00am CFS


11.00am HC

At Field Dalling

At Field Dalling

At Field Dalling

11.00am MP

11.00am HC 4.30pm Silent Meditation 9.30am HC

10.30am Holy Communion Group Service At Saxlingham

9.30am MP CW

At Saxlingham

9.30am HC 9.30am HC

At Saxlingham At Saxlingham At Saxlingham

At Langham

At Saxlingham




9.30am MP BCP

9.30am HC

Binham Morston Langham

11.00am HC 9.30am HC BCP At Stiffkey

11.00am HC


11.00am MP

At Langham

Parish Bale Field Dalling Saxlingham Gunthorpe Sharrington Binham Morston Langham Stiffkey

16th April Easter Sunday 9.30am HC 11.00am HC

23rd April

30th April

9.30am HC 11.00am MP BCP

At Saxlingham At Saxlingham

11.00am HC 9.30am HC BCP 11.00am Easter Celebration 9.30am HC

9.30am MP

7th May

14th May

21st May


9.30am HC At Saxlingham 11.00am HC

9.30am HC 11.00am CFS At Field Dalling 11.00am MP 9.30am HC 11.00am HC

9.30am HC At Saxlingham 11.00am HC 4.30pm Silent Meditation 9.30am MP CW 11.00am CFS 9.30am HC BCP At Stiffkey 9.30am HC

9.30am HC 11.00am MP BCP At Field Dalling 11.00am HC 9.30am HC 9.30am HC

9.30am MP BCP 11.00am HC 9.30am HC BCP

9.30am MP At Langham

9.30am HC At Langham

Additional Services Maundy Thursday (13th April): The Communion for All; Bale, 12 noon. Good Friday (14th April): Stations of the Cross; Morston, 10.30am Good Friday (14th April): Lift High the Cross; Langham, 12 noon. Good Friday (14th April): A Remembrance – readings, reflections and music; Field Dalling, 12 noon. Easter Eve (15th April): Family Service (with Egg Hunt); Binham, 4.00pm. Easter Eve (15th April): Service of Light; Binham, 8.00pm. Prayers for Holy Week (Mon – Thurs): Readings at Field Dalling, 6.00 – 6.30pm. Ascension Day (May 25th): Readings and Hymns for Ascension, and Breakfast at the Rectory, 9.30am.

Regular Weekday Services Binham: Tuesday, 6.00pm Evening Prayer Langham: Wednesday, 10.00am Holy Communion

RECTOR’S LETTER Dear Friends and Parishioners, I wonder if you agree with me that this time of year, these months, are the most delectable? Every day has its delights but these months of blossom and of promise are sweetly glorious. But glory is an ornament of God. His shining splendour. Glory is the weight of God; and this glory weighs lightly and beautifully in Spring. This glory, the glory of God, expressed in nature, has always been a sort of green ladder up to the presence of the Lord himself. Glory and nature are often bound together in Holy Scripture (that collection of books, letters and poetry we call the Bible) to take us from the glorious known to the unknown glory. And so God Himself has woven both Spring and Harvest into His eternal agreement, the Covenant, with mankind. As long as seedtime and harvest last we will know that this covenant stands. And so we go to church to say thank you and to witness to one another as much as to Him the value we place on Life and Growth and the Promise of Resurrection: new life and new growth beyond the bounds of that which we know. So it is His presence, which brings favour and assurance. And knowing that he favours us and being assured of His constant, powerful love, we find ourselves in the way of perceiving who God is, what He will be, and what He will do for His people. This


might seem a long way from pouring into the tractor cab on a wet Monday, but in bringing ourselves to Him this Lent and Eastertide we are dealing with God: putting ourselves into the way of His glory. And the process only continues, the contract is only actualised, because it has been signed: by God Almighty in Old Testament times, and sealed by God the Son, Jesus, at Calvary (that hill outside Jerusalem) on the cross. A contract, a covenant, signed, sealed and finally delivered, and all for our good. For the whole of the history of mankind God has been continually pointing out Himself. His greatest gush was in the life and death of our Lord Jesus Christ; and the defences which we build on the marshy land which should never be inhabited, are only, thankfully, burst, when we submit to Him, confess our folly, and look to the Cross, allowing the flood to come on. A flood of glorious goodness and right, which carries us further towards our destiny. This Spring, this Easter, this glorious April and May, may we reach outwards and upwards and be embraced by LOVE. Yours very truly, Ian Whittle 01328 830 246 Langham Rectory

benefice is a group of adjoining parishes with one fulltime member of the clergy to officiate regularly in church and to be available for pastoral care pretty much on demand. Like the NHS, these services are free at the point of use, but they do of course have a cost; and that is where the Parish Share comes in. Some parishes simply would not have the capacity to raise enough money to keep their churches open. Others can do so more easily. Each parish therefore sends a proportion of its income from collections and donations to the diocese, which uses it mainly to pay the parish priest his (not particularly generous) stipend, and cover other necessary costs, such as pension contributions and housing. The diocese uses some of the income from the parish share to make its contribution to the work of the national Church which, among many other things, contributes to the tuition costs and fees of about 520 men and women who are ordained every year as curates; they will be the parish priests of the future. About 80% of the diocesan expenditure is legally required: paying taxes, meeting regulatory and audit obligations and so on; things that are not obvious until you think about them - as the treasurers did in the meeting. It made me think as well, and I am writing this article in the hope that you, dear reader, will do so next time you are in church. Anthony Smith


SUPPORT GROUP The Bereavement Support Group will be meeting in Field Dalling on Friday April 14th (Good Friday) from 4pm to 5.30. Any going through that walk of loss are most welcome to join us. Fiona Newton, 67 Langham Road, Field Dalling

LYNX THANKS JOHN RAYNER John recently announced his retirement from the role of Lynx village representative for Saxlingham after at least fifteen years writing and sending in articles about life and events in the village, always in meticulous prose, as befits a former teacher of English. John has also contributed his experience to the regular meetings of the village representatives, which advise and assist the editor in keeping Local Lynx a high quality and interesting paper. Thank you, John! Lynx would also like to thank Caroline Robson, who has offered to act as village representative, temporarily. Anthony Smith, Chairman

COUNTY COUNCILLOR NEWS Dear Readers, Time is flying by and once again we have the pleasure of spring flowers ‘popping’ up everywhere – and yet only days ago our coastal villages had a flood alert from the Environment Agency. Which is a cue for me to remind you which parishes in the Wells Division are part of the Local Lynx family. They are: Binham, Field Dalling & Saxlingham, Langham, Morston, Sharrington, Stiffkey; all of which I have had the

PARISH SHARE What and Why? Have you ever wondered how the money collected at church services is spent? Or have you pondered on what difference it makes to a community whether the church is just another medieval building, or a focus of regular worship? These and other questions were in the spotlight at a meeting of the treasurers responsible for the finances of the parishes in our benefice that took place on February 3rd in Field Dalling. Members of the diocesan finance team gave a detailed presentation and answered questions. Some of the answers might surprise you. Our benefice is one of 186 in the diocese. A


pleasure and privilege of serving for the past eight years. Since my commitment remains as strong as ever, I have decided to stand again in the elections due to take place on May 4th.

Representing ‘Lynx’ residents Apart from attending the twenty town and parish council meetings, all part of the Wells Division, I thought you might be interested in the range of committees and working groups on which I presently represent you at county hall. I chair the Broadband, Mobile ‘Phone & Digital Working Group and the Flood and Coastal Management Working Group; am a member of the Policy & Resources Committee, CAG (Constitutional Advisory Group), Employment Appeals Panel; Norfolk County Council representative and executive member on the County Council Network (CCN), NCC representative on the LGA (Local Government Association) and on the Norfolk Coast Partnership (AONB). I am a member of the North Norfolk Advisory Group and of the Wells Dementia Friendly Committee. I think that is all and now for some practical information.


waiting for news.

Norfolk Flood Summit Chairing this summit was quite a challenge, involving all major organisations engaged in flooding from rivers, surface water, foul sewers and coastal flooding. As some of you will know from experience it is often confusing as to who is responsible for what and it was felt a step forward was made in establishing the answers. Wishing you a lovely Spring Marie Strong

Mobile Phone Coverage I tend to avoid conferences but whilst I reported a while back on the agreement between major providers and the government for improved coverage by the end of 2017, I accepted the request to attend a recent Digital Divide Conference since the speaker was Matthew Hancock MP, the new Minister of State with responsibility for broadband and mobile ‘phone connectivity. Attending this conference gave me the opportunity to put forward Norfolk's case to the Minister and I am now waiting a response to my follow up question as to when we might expect 100% coverage!

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

DISTRICT COUNCILLOR’S UPDATE Planning Updates It has been a busy start to the year across the region with a number of planning applications being submitted. NNDC has a new website which allows members of the public to make comments on planning applications directly on line. This should make it easier for residents to express their views on proposed planning applications.

Better Broadband for Norfolk (BBfN) We now have an improved website (can be found at www.betterbroadbandnorfolk.co.uk) which should make it easier for people to find out if an address in Norfolk has access to high-speed broadband, or is likely to be able to access it. Using the new mapping tool you can now check by postcode area where better broadband is already available or whether there are plans to provide it under the BBfN programme. It is planned to keep the website map and search tools updated with the latest information – so please keep checking if you are

Enforcement Updates The Enforcement Team at NNDC continues to be very busy, but they need the help of local communities to alert them to any potential breaches. If you are


concerned that development is taking place without planning permission or in breach of an existing planning application, please let the team know at combined.enforcement@north-norfolk.gov.uk as soon as possible. The earlier they know about a site, the quicker they can check if there is an issue to resolve.

NWT CLEY MARSHES EVENTS Visitor Centre, Coast Road, Cley 01263 740008 - norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk Microsculpture – Exhibition Saturday 1 April – Tuesday 2 May Microsculpture is a ground breaking project by Levon Biss that presents insect specimens from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History like never before. These images reveal an unexpected and often breathtaking beauty and make visible the many intricate adaptations to the form of insects – what entomologists call their microsculpture. This series of beautifully-lit, high magnification portraits captures the microscopic form of insects in striking high-resolution detail. Displayed as large scale photographic prints up to 3m high, the Microsculpture project provides the viewer with a unique opportunity to study and appreciate this hidden world. This exhibition has been kindly sponsored by Swarovski Optik.

Empty Homes One of the issues I heard when speaking to many of you in the autumn was your concern about houses being bought in your parishes purely as investments. If there are properties in your village which are sitting empty can please you let me know. I can then work with the Officers at NNDC to get in touch with the owners and bring these properties back into use – either as primary residences for rent; second homes or holiday accommodation.

Local Plan Due to the recently published Housing White Paper ‘Fixing our broken housing market’, NNDC is currently reviewing the implications of this proposed policy on the development of our emerging Local Plan.

The Warrens of Breckland Thursday 13 April Anne Mason has been researching these warrens for twelve years. In this talk she will describe how rabbits were farmed for their meat and their fur; the archaeological and archival evidence for the warrens and their significance in terms of the historic landscape. Time: 1.30pm – 3.30pm Cost: £8 NWT members, £10 non-members (price includes a light lunch) Booking essential: 01263 740008 (Please note this event will be hosted at Cley Village Hall not at the nature reserve.)

Community Housing Fund Central Government has created a Community Housing Fund to support the development of affordable homes in areas which have a high % of second homes. North Norfolk has been awarded a significant allocation of this fund (£2.4 million), as we have one of the highest densities of second homes in England. The money will be channelled through communities to ensure it meets the needs of local residents. Parish Councils and existing community housing groups will be contacted directly by NNDC, but if you would like to know more about the proposals please do get in touch. Enjoy the spring: the warmer weather and the longer days. Please do get in touch if there are any issues you would like me to consider. Cllr Karen Ward

Easter at Cley Sunday 16 April Come celebrate Easter at Cley Marshes! Explore the reserve on our Easter trail. Create your nature inspired Easter bonnet in the education centre and learn all about spring wildlife through free crafts and activities. Times: 11am – 4pm. Cost: £1 for trail quiz sheets.

Spring Quiz

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)

Thursday 27 April Do you know what year avocets returned to breed at Cley? Can you tell the difference between a stoat and a weasel? Why do otters hold hands? Join us for an evening of lighthearted fun in our first ever spring quiz. Time: 7.30pm, doors at 7pm Cost: £5 (Light snacks and drinks will be available at an extra cost) Booking essential: 01263 740008


Cley Calling - Spring Song

Bird Bonanza

Thursday 4 May – Sunday 7 May Celebrate International Dawn Chorus Weekend with a festival of sound and spring wildlife. The long weekend includes music performances, evening talks, workshops and children’s events, with something for everyone to enjoy at this special time of year.

Sunday 7 May Join us on Intentional Dawn Chorus Day, and learn why birds sing, discover the variety of bird song and have a go at identifying different bird song yourself. We will be running free craft and activities all day long for all the family to help you explore the fascinating world of birdlife. Times: 10am – 3.30pm. Cost: Free.

The Most Perfect Thing

Confluence Project

Friday 5 May How are eggs of different shapes made, and why are they the shape they are? When does the shell of an egg harden? Why do some eggs contain two yolks? How are the colours and patterns of an eggshell created, and why do they vary? And which end of an egg is laid first – the blunt end or the pointy end? Find out with Dr Tim Birkhead author of the bestseller The Most Perfect Thing. Times: 7pm supper, 7.45pm talk Cost: £10 NWT members, £12 non-members (includes supper). Booking essential: 01263 740008.

Sunday 7 May Drawing inspiration from the waterways, marshes and coastlines of East Anglia, Confluence aims to take audiences on a visual and auditory in-the-moment experience that reflects these landscapes and our relationship with water. Featuring pianist Adrian Lever, back-lit projected works by artists Bill Vine, Sarah Cannell and Alison Harvey form the only light source in the space. The project includes an exhibition that will be available to view from 4 – 7 May. Times: Doors 6.30pm for licensed bar and light meals, performance 7.30pm Cost: £12 NWT members, £15 non-members, Booking essential: 01263 740008.

StringFillies Saturday 6 May StringFillies music combines tunes and songs from the Celtic and Gaelic tradition coupled with music from further afield including Georgia and Russia. Their combination of the concert harp with cello, violin and voices offers a magical and flexible quality, that needs no amplification and brings a sense of traditional music making to their performances. Doors 6.30pm for licensed bar and light meals, performance 7.30pm. Cost: £12 NWT members, £15 non-members. Booking essential: 01263 740008.

The Cley Harbour Project Thursday 11 May Simon Read from the Cley Harbour Project will be explaining why the project was set up, what has been done so far and what the project aims to achieve. Time: 1.30pm – 3.30pm Cost: £8 NWT members, £10 nonmembers (price includes a light lunch). Booking essential: 01263 740008.

Eels Eels Eels Sunday 21 May On World Fish Migration Day we will be celebrating the amazing lives and incredible journeys of the European eels which are found locally in the Glaven valley. Come and explore these fascinating creatures as well as learning about other forms of mysterious pond life. Time: 11am – 3pm Cost: Free.

String Fillies Song Writing Workshop They will join us at Cley to run an afternoon song writing workshop followed by a special evening performance playing music specifically chosen to connect to the Marshes and life in North Norfolk. Times: 2– 4pm. Cost: £12 NWT members, £15 non-members. Booking essential: 01263 740008.

Bird Bingo Wednesday 24 May Perfect for bird lovers and bingo lovers alike. There will be plenty of chances to win prizes and discover many different bird species. Time: 7.30pm (doors at 7pm with a licensed bar) Cost: £5 Location: Cley Village Hall Booking essential: 01263 740008.



fundraising campaign to replace all of the pianos at APHS, with a target of £10,000 to be raised. A piano recital in June 2016 saw the launch of the campaign that will take place over the next 12 months. With 24 hour ‘musicathons', community concerts, staff ensembles and student lead events, the school aims to purchase a Yamaha Grand Piano for the Hall, and replace the two pianos in the music room. There will be 88 events and opportunities to participate, so please keep a look out and support the development of music education for all students and communities in WellsNext-The-Sea. For more information go to aldermanpeel.norfolk.sch.uk.

Events The first is our jumble sale on Sat 13th May from 10am to 1pm in Hindringham village hall - refreshments available. The second is our summer fete on Sun 11th June from 11am to 2.30pm in Binham Village Hall - refreshments available, craft stalls, bouncy castle, raffle and loads of family fun. Lucy Fox

MODERN LINE DANCING Hindringham Hall Thursdays 7-8pm £6 (except 3rd Thurs of month)


For beginners to improvers. Line dancing has moved on from the image the media portrays. We dance to every style of music such as rock n roll, waltz, pop, latin, country etc in a small friendly class with the emphasis on fun. We all make mistakes while dancing including myself but we have a laugh about it. The best thing is no partner is required. All ages welcome and no need to book. So come along and see what we are about. For more details contact Nikki 07851350704.

Screen-next-the-Sea, now in its 9th year, is a community cinema run by volunteers providing twice monthly film screenings plus ‘live via satellite’ relays from The Metropolitan Opera in New York, drama from the National Theatre in London, ballet from The Bolshoi in Moscow and opera and ballet from the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Screen-next-the-sea started life in The Granary Theatre at Wells Maltings. While that building is being upgraded and enlarged, Screen-next-the-Sea is operating in the main hall of Alderman Peel High School. Screen-next–the-sea now includes 30 minutes of live piano music on its twice monthly film nights. For details and dates of Screen-next-the-sea films, go to www.wellscinema.com.

FALCON CONCERT (Facilitating Arts & Literature for Children of Norfolk)

St Andrew’s Church, Holt Sat 13th May at 6.30pm Yi Yao – Accordion Ching Ching Lim – Piano An exciting programme including works by Brahms, Debussy, and Tchaikovsky, with some Chinese folk music and Argentinian tangos. Tickets are free, donations will be collected to fund future projects. Drinks available before and during the interval

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

LUMBO DEN, 4TH MARCH Another setback. Writing this from my sick bed in St Andrews. I am christening the bug New Persistent Variable Virus. To recover one needs lots of rest, weeks and weeks of rest, and patience. Before symptoms recurred I did manage a wander around Lumbo den, the tree-filled ravine the burn runs through just round the corner from this house. So I will regale you with my ramblings; it is a beautiful spot, trees left to manage themselves. They grow on the

88 KEYS SCHOOL PROJECT & SCREEN-NEXT-THE-SEA Alderman Peel High School in Wells-Next-The-Sea is looking to raise at least £10,000 towards new pianos for their fast developing music department and Screen-next-thesea has recently donated £1000 from their film ticket sales.

88 Keys Project at Alderman Peel The school is at the beginning of a considerable


amphitheatre-like steep slope and they fall, their canopy fills the sky above my head, beech trees mostly, fallen trunks decomposing. Beech are common in these lower parts of Scotland, they must have been planted in the first place, since they are not native to Scotland. There are also sycamores, which will have turned up by themselves I expect, and ash trees, plus some oaks. The beeches look to be the oldest and are certainly the most beautiful; they live to over 300 years, so perhaps some landscape improver put a few in here in the seventeenth or eighteenth century. Ash trees are also quite common in the Lowlands, and I have seen plenty along the roadsides, with obvious ash die-back disease. At each end of the den there are ancient willows next to the burn; one has a huge hollowed trunk, mostly dead, with what is still a very large tree sprouting from one side of it - the remains of a pollard. I have walked through by the high path, so I return by the low one along the edge of the burn, which booms and chuckles over its rocky bed. One wonders if there’s been any landscaping done here at some point; the stream definitely seems to fall over a series of rocky steps, all the way down past the houses, which are relatively new, late sixties housing estates. It’s a sunny afternoon and the trees cast giant shadows, the sun on my back. Very early spring – there’s a robin singing, great tits calling, crows’ conversations and jackdaws, a woodpecker drumming. I see a grey squirrel – though someone I meet says she saw a red in Spinkie den, the next one along. The trees next to the burn reach out for the light sideways, as there are few trees on the other side – mostly thorn bushes and tall tangled flowering plants full of seed that feed a flock of goldfinches, and a pair of bullfinches in the autumn. Several trees have fallen across, vulnerable with their balance tilted; one giant beech seems to have fallen this winter. The grip of their mossy roots is undermined by rain-wash down the steep slope. The dead trunks make for a rich habitat though, biodiversity as we say these days. It is somewhere to wander and feel as if the real world is a hundred miles away; at any rate a little wilderness where deer come and the birds thrive, guarded by wrecked multiple trunked willows sprawling across the burn at the entrance. Jane Wheeler

VILLAGE HALL SOCIAL CLUB DRAW January 2017 Emily Postan Victoria Kurrein Sandy Chapman Margaret Dent

£25 £10 £5 £5

February 2017 Alastair Macorkindale Paula Moore Richard Broughton Jane Wheeler

£25 £10 £5 £5

BALE GARDEN FETE Sat 10th June at 2pm Advanced notice here of Bale Garden Fete, which is to be held on Saturday June 10th at 2 pm at Manor Farm. Volunteers are always needed, to bake cakes for the cake stall, donate to the produce, fabric remnants, white elephant, fancy goods stalls, the bottle stall, the tombola; to help out with the teas, and to help or run stalls, garden games, etc. To find out more, do get in touch with Walter Hammond at Manor Farm 01328 878252 who will be organising meetings in the next couple of months.

VILLAGE HALL NEWS Unavoidable circumstances have meant that the schedule for the village hall refurbishment has changed. Works will now start on 10th April and last for six weeks. Please note that our fish and chip supper on Good Friday (14th April) should still go ahead as normal as the contractor will not have made any internal changes by that stage – please check the notice boards nearer the time for confirmation, as the outside ground may not be in a welcoming state! There will be no fish and chip supper in May, and sadly there will be a fairly lengthy hiatus in the activities of the Bale Painting Group. We have made a number of changes to the scope of works. We have been advised and accepted that the Hall needs completely re-wiring and we will take this as an opportunity to get rid of the strip lighting and replace it with pendant and wall lights, and to re-decorate the main room (notably re-painting the ceiling). To afford these works we have had to postpone Phase 3 of the building contract (ie the new porch) until we have raised more money from donations or further grants. We are hopeful that we can do this in the next three months given the generosity that has been shown by residents and friends of Bale to date, and a number


Friends from other parishes are more than welcome to join in the fun.

of grant applications are in hand. Please do make a donation if you feel able. Every little helps at this stage. Cheques should be made payable to BVH Development Fund and sent to our treasurer Alastair Macorkindale, Forge Cottage, Sharrington Road, BALE, Norfolk NR21 0QY. On-line (BACS) payments should be paid to BVH Development Fund, Account Number: 23142450, Sort Code: 20-30-81 Duncan Thomas

Annual Parish Meeting The Annual General Meeting of the Memorial Hall will take place at the hall on Tues 25th April at 7pm . This is a public meeting followed by the Annual Parish meeting. The present Memorial Hall committee of trustees consists of: June Read (100 Club), Liz Brown (Bookings secretary), Andy Marsh (Youth), Mick Jeffery (Retiring Buildings), Jane Grange (Retiring Treasurer), Mary Hunt, Adam Peden (Football Club), Andrew Cuthbert (Chairman). Rebecca Bunting (Play Area and Cleaning) and Scilla Landale (Treasurer designate) are both committee members but not trustees. Those parishioners attending will be asked to vote for some committee members who are either due to retire or have recently been appointed. The Annual Village meeting is your opportunity to hear a representative of each village activity presenting a report of the previous 12 months. A chance for everyone to find out what is going on in the village and to ask questions or make requests. Andrew Cuthbert

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

BINHAM MEMORIAL HALL Kitchen Refurbishment Thanks to meticulous work by trustee Mick Jeffery, with support from committee members; tender forms have gone out to contractors and it is hoped to send these with our request for grant aid to the North Norfolk District Council Big Society Fund. We expect work may commence by the end of this summer.


Fund Raising

Binham and Cockthorpe

This year’s fund raising programme got under way on Friday 17th February with a Coffee Morning at the hall. Whilst there was room for a few more cars in the car park; those that attended enjoyed a chatty two hours. There was a generous raffle and we went home with enough new baked scones and biscuits to last us till Christmas. It has been decided to make this a more regular event, to bring villagers and holiday home owners together. A great opportunity for us all to meet and by coinciding the dates with school holidays, children can bring their parents to enjoy the play area, whilst they chin-wag over coffee in the hall. Or maybe it’s vice versa? The next coffee morning will be Mon 10th April from 10.30am to 12.30pm. All those attending will be given a lucky draw number which could win them a bottle of wine. Easter Bingo is on Thurs 13th April, eyes down at 7pm. Do come and support your Memorial Hall.

The Head of Development at Broadland Housing Association, Ed Mumford-Smith, at the beginning of March informed us that all the stages leading to the issue of the formal consent to the planning application for the 14 affordable and 14 market houses on the Priory Crescent/Walsingham Road site are likely to be completed during this month. On the site detailed ground investigation, including boreholes, to settle the design of the surface water drainage will be undertaken. Historic Environment Services requested that additional archaeological excavations be made in the south west corner of the site. We can also expect to see a number of potential contractors' personnel inspecting the site during the next few weeks The first priority, as requested by the Parish Council, will the construction of the visibility splay at the junction of Hindringham Road and Walsingham Road; and improvements along Walsingham Road. This will


us a demonstration in the morning and a Beginners Watercolour Workshop in the afternoon. The Group has launched its own website www.binhamartgroup.weebly.com where you will be able to see examples of members’ work, get information about forthcoming events and demonstrations, and to make contact with the Group. We are planning some still life days and now that the better weather is approaching some outside sessions at local places of interest. We meet every Tuesday between 9.30 and 12.30 at the Binham Memorial Hall so if you fancy a go at painting in any medium please come along and join us. Have a look at our website or if you have any queries contact John Hill on 01328 830378 or Brenda/Lionel Wilde on 01328 830525.

minimise the use of Priory Crescent by heavy vehicles. Broadland intend to develop the new properties along Priory Crescent as the first phase bringing forward the majority of the affordable homes and will shorten the amount of time existing residents will need to overlook a construction site. At the Parish Council meeting on 20th March discussion included the procedure to give parishioners as much information as possible as activity on the site builds up. We will be informed when the timing of the construction programme is clearer. David Frost

BINHAM PRIORY EASTER SERVICES A warm welcome awaits you at any of our services.

Easter Eve Family Service followed by Easter Egg Hunt in the grounds Saturday, 15th April at 4pm

BINHAM YOUTH GROUP Binham Youth group is held in the Binham Memorial Hall on Wednesdays 6-8 pm, term time only, for ages five to sixteen, £1 entry fee, tuck shop, staff DBS checked. We have art ‘n’ craft, board games, table tennis, pool table, karaoke, books and ten-pin bowling indoors during winter. In summer we use the large playing field and play equipment or just chill out and make new friends. A big thank-you to the Chequers pub who recently raised £93 for the Youth Group with the ‘lemon challenge’. Contact Amanda Able (01328 830828) or Andrew Marsh (01328 830580) for further information.

Easter Eve Service of Light Saturday, 15th April at 8pm

Easter Day Holy Communion Sunday, 16th April at 11am

BINHAM MONTHLY ‘PUB’ QUIZ The monthly pub quiz is running well again after a bit of a hiccup! It is free to enter, no teams are required but you will be randomly allocated to a team. It is good fun to brighten up the still cold and wet winter/spring nights, meet friends or make new ones. It’s just a bit of fun! The last two this season are on Mon 6th March and Mon 3rd April, meeting in the Chequers at 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. All are welcome!

OPEN CIRCLE Binham and Hindringham We are a women’s group that meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7.15 pm in Hindringham village hall. 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. In April our members celebrate with their annual dinner and we meet again on May 18. Our speaker is Jackie Noy from the East Coast Truckers Charity. She will be giving us an insight into delivering fun for special children. Sue Elkins

BINHAM ART GROUP The Group were very well instructed and entertained by Ian McManus on the 21st. February by a demonstration in the morning when he painted a watercolour of a French farmhouse. It looked so easy. In the afternoon seven of us attempted to paint the same picture with help and guidance from Ian. It was with varying success but we all enjoyed the challenge, and learnt a lot in the process. Sara Kenyon is returning on the 28th March to give


were dictated by seniority and punctuality; good manners were expected. Drinking was discouraged and all staff were expected to retire to bed by 10.45pm. Illness was frowned upon. We are fortunate that these stores still survive today, presenting their own history and uniqueness and I would recommend Chris’s book as a good read to learn more about the stories and characters behind them.

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP The history of the retail trade, particularly traditional stores, is something those of us of a certain age look back on with some fondness. Especially in the modern world where brands have become global and you can find shops identical in towns and cities wherever you go. I personally have sentimental memories of working in Woolworths as a schoolgirl part time in the early 1970’s to get my much needed pocket money to spend on all the essentials a teenage girl desired. Indeed, I also have my grandmother’s apprenticeship papers to learn the trade as a draper for 7 years from 1910. Not something one encounters today. Our speaker for our February was Chris Armstrong whose talk Anything From A Pin To An Elephant was based on the stories and anecdotes of his research and subsequent book of the same title into the tales of Norfolk Retail. He spoke about three of the businesses he had researched, Bakers & Larners, Palmer’s of Great Yarmouth and Roys of Wroxham. What Chris’s talk illustrated was that in order for these particular businesses to survive it needed people with great strength of character. In each of the stores he talked about these characters shone through, Arnold Roy, one of the founding brothers of Roys of Wroxham, a man of exceptional imagination and a great gift for self-publicity which in his time made him a national figure. Bakers & Larners had a period referred to as ‘the time of the Aunts’, which began in 1912. Four sisters took over the business following the death of their mother. As Chris mentioned Aunt Rosamund was a force to be reckoned with and her picture shows a nononsense lady with round spectacles and looking very formidable, character straight out of a P G Wodehouse book. She quickly asserted control over the business by withdrawing her sisters’ appointments and taking over their roles herself! Chris also showed us the world for staff working in Palmer’s of Great Yarmouth. In the 1880s, staff were ‘living in’; both men and women were accommodated with full board and lodging but strictly segregated. He showed excerpts from the housekeeper’s rule book “Young ladies are not allowed in the dining room except at meal times” and “Young men are not allowed in the young ladies sitting room”. At meal times, sittings

What Lies Beneath ? During the month of November, Binham Local History Group commissioned a professional geophysical survey of an area of previous archaeological interest in Binham. This was to ascertain if there was any evidence of former buildings on the site as our previous forays into field walking and test pit digging had certainly produced evidence of RomanoBritish occupation (AD 43 to 410). The results were positive and our next step is to carry out a further test pit excavation from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th June. We have received approval from Norfolk Historic Environment Services and the land-owner to proceed. If anyone is interested in participating please email blhg@btinternet.com to register an interest.

Next Talk on Thurs 27th Apr at 7:30pm Of Ice and Men: ‘Norfolk's Ice Age Coast’, by Martin Warren, in Binham Memorial Hall. Members £2, nonmembers £4.

FRIENDS OF BINHAM PRIORY Dates for your diary Annual General Meeting Fri 7th Apr at 6 for 6.30pm The Friends AGM will take place at 6.00 for 6.30 pm in Binham Memorial Hall followed by a talk by renowned garden designer Alan Gray from East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens, also open to non-members at 7.00 for 7.30pm. Alan is a Norfolk garden designer, radio gardening expert and national horticultural columnist. He, with his partner, designed and constructed, from a total wilderness area, the amazing gardens at East Ruston Old Vicarage. Tickets are £8 for members of The Friends and £10 for non-members. Complimentary glass of wine included.



Tickets via: friendsofbinhampriory@gmail.com or Mrs. Joanna King, 80 Warham Road, Binham, NR21 0DQ. Payment can be by cheque or BACS.

at crazy low prices We are moving and cannot take all our art with us. Original oil and acrylic paintings will be available during our Open Studio from 27th May to 11th June. Brenda & Lionel Wilde, 1 Field Dalling Road, Binham

Picnic to Jazz Sat 8th July 5 to 8pm in the Priory ruins This is our annual fundraising event. Come and enjoy your picnic to the music of The Pilgrim Jazz band, in the fantastic surroundings of Binham Priory ruins. Tickets are £10 if paid in advance or £13 on the gate. Children free. Box Office at The Chequers Pub, Binham: 01328 830297 or email: ticketsfobp@gmail.com.

BINHAM OPEN GARDENS Sat 17th & Sun 18th June 12 noon to 5pm Visit 10 gardens in the village including a children’s mystery treasure hunt

in the Memorial Hall ‘My Perfect Garden’ An exhibition of children’s creative writing and artwork on the theme of nature and gardens, with a limerick competition open to all ages For more information and entry forms contact Binham Youth Group, Amanda Able 01328 830828 or Wendy and Andrew Marsh 01328 830178

Emma Bridgewater - in conversation Thurs 19th October at 7pm in Binham Priory church This autumn we are pleased to welcome famous pottery designer, manufacturer and author Emma Bridgewater, who has longstanding links with North Norfolk. She will be in conversation about her life and works in the lovely setting of the Priory Church. This will be a very popular talk and places are limited. Box Office details to be announced.

SUMMER GUIDED TOURS OF BINHAM PRIORY 900 years of history here in Binham! Come and join one of our free tours this Summer and discover the history behind these significant buildings and why so much is now in ruins! Each tour will start inside the church at 3pm on Tuesday and Sunday afternoons from May throughout the Summer to the end of September. Your tour will last for about an hour. There are additional activities inside the church for children including brass rubbing and their own discovery trails. We look forward to welcoming you to the Priory. Group tours can be arranged at other times – contact Maureen Frost 01328 830362

BINHAM PRIORY CONCERT Sat 27th May at 7.30pm Chanter’s Jigge Malcolm and Elizabeth Ecclestone (folk and early music duo) Songs, ayres, jigs and jollies around Europe and across the centuries, played and sung with ancient, traditional and modern instruments. Tickets (£8) from Mrs Maureen Frost 01328 830940, davidfrost226@btinternet.com

BINHAM MEMORIAL HALL 100+ Club winners January winners: £25 William Wales, £10 Jane Grange, Helena Marsh, £5 Daniel Hewitt, Mandy Shortis, Sheilah Law February winners: £25 Mrs J Cook, £10 Mrs Winkley, Jane Whilton, £5 Andrew Cuthbert, Alex Howell, Richard Lewis. If anyone would like to join the 100+ club, please call at 8 Priory Crescent or ring June Read on 01328 830106.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT We owe almost all our knowledge, not to those who have agreed, but to those who have differed. And as we acquire more knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious.




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

Contact: Anthony Smith 01328 830546 aesmith@pobox.com



Norfolk County Council (NCC) has committed to having 95% of all properties being given access to superfast broadband by 2020 and claims that it will not be satisfied until the whole of the county has good broadband. All of our neighbouring villages now have that access but Cockthorpe seems to have been overlooked. Our county councillor Marie Strong has enquired of BT Openreach, who are responsible for the fibre rollout (Openreach is not contactable by the public, they only deal with local authorities) and there are currently no plans to include Cockthorpe. Apparently our phone lines are connected directly to the exchange, not via a green cabinet needed for fibre linkage. We can assume there is a risk that this puts us into the 5% bracket which NCC says may need alternative solutions and Marie has said with our current broadband speed (1Mb) we qualify for assistance for a satellite installation. Current alternative solutions, when available, can be more expensive and come with charges typically based on the amount of data required, however a landline will not be required. I personally use a 3G wireless system or dongle, which is an alternative to a modem, but works the same technology as a mobile phone but handling data traffic to your PC or Tablet. I get about ten times the speed of my current landline. All of these alternative solutions will never match the BT superfast broadband for cost until they make them more competitive by offering unlimited data usage. Let’s hope we eventually end up being part the NCCs 95%. Check out www.betterbroadbandnorfolk.co.uk which gives extensive information on the super broadband project.

Lent, the forty days before Good Friday, started on March 1st and traditionally is a time for reflection. In Field Dalling until April 10th an informal group (to which all, from all our villages, are welcome) meets at the house of Ian and Fiona Newton (67 Langham Road, 01328 830947) on Mondays from 4:45 to 6pm to discuss ’The Lent Factor' written in 2015 by our Bishop, Graham James. Holy Week, which leads up to Good Friday and Easter, starts on Monday 10th April. From Monday 10th to Thursday (also known as Maundy Thursday) 13th there will be a 20 minute service in the church beginning at 6pm. During each one, there will be a short reflection on ‘Readings, Pictures or Prayers that have helped through life’s challenges'. On Good Friday, 14th April, at noon, there will be a service in the church. We will celebrate Easter Sunday on April 16th with a service of Holy Communion at 11am taken by our Rector, Rev Ian Whittle. Happy Easter to everyone! Margaret Smith, Churchwarden

A time for Reflection

F D & S SUMMER FETE Villagers’ Hall, Field Dalling Sat 12th Aug from 2 to 4pm Plans are well under way for this year’s summer fete and with the aim of making it even more enjoyable and successful than last year. There will be all the traditional stalls and events and we are always looking for new activities as well. The North Norfolk Jazz Quartet will be entertaining us again with their excellent music. More details to follow in the coming months but in the meantime, if you think you might have some free time, ideas or expertise to offer, the committee would be delighted to hear from you. Bridget Nicholson, Chairman 01328 830614




The place to meet Evening meetings attract new committee members? On Tuesday March 14th we held the first of our evening committee meetings at Villagers’ Hall. As we go to press the results of that meeting are unknown, but the committee is actively looking for new members to replace those who are moving away. Evening meetings offer a chance for those who are unavailable for daytime meetings to get involved in the running of the hall, which is a valuable village resource. We are a friendly group and meet some four times a year If you did not make the March meeting and are interested, we would be delighted to welcome you and your help would be much appreciated. Please contact Steve Collins (Chairman) on 830365.

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

FOGPC 50/50 Club Draw Results January & February David Ward £20 John Lemberger £20 Simon Long £15 Nick Elwell £15 John Corney £5 Tom Elwell £5 Doreen Webster £5 Carol Aries £5 Elaine Francis £5 John Blakeley £5 Louisa Clark £5 Marianne Atherton £5 Colin Dewingc £5 David Ward £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 861008. The last few monthly coffee mornings have not enjoyed a high attendance. We are very grateful to the stalwarts who come every time, and to all who help with the refreshments and raffle prizes, but we would love to see more members at this enjoyable monthly event so do please come along and support us. It is coming up to the end of the Club year and the May draw will be an enhanced one to balance contributions and prizes for the year - so do come along. We are collecting subscriptions for the year from June 2017 - it costs just £1.00 per month (payable in advance for the year) to join and you can get your subscriptions back if you are lucky enough to win a prize. Payments can include your “Friends” membership and a cheque, cash or BACS payment of just £17.00 per person will cover both. Cheques should please me made out to FOGPC. BACS payments can be made as detailed below, but please inform John Blakeley (e-mail jbconsult@btinternet.com ) if you pay by BACS so that records can be kept up to date and you do not miss the chance to participate in a draw. NatWest Bank plc Sort code 53-50-73 Account number 25727532 The Friends membership and any other donation, but

Continuing Improvements The next project is to upgrade the worktops in the large kitchen and install a dishwasher. Meanwhile the hall has had its paintwork touched up to keep it looking good. And… to the relief of male visitors, a modern low - level toilet has been installed in the Gents washroom.

For your diary Bingo evenings continue to be held every fourth Friday: April 7th (Easter weekend); May 12th and June 9th. Steve Collins, Chairman

200 CLUB Recent winners were: January: Pauline Swanton £50, Mariana Botova £25, Andrew Cuthbert £15 February: Carol Wood £50, Nadia Mason £25, Jennie Lane £15 March: Frank Camilleri, £50 Chris Williamson, £25 Henry Labouchere £15


before the fete! All proceeds go towards the Church maintenance and restoration. Call the Hall on 01263861-373 to book tickets (£10-adults and £6-children 10yrs. and under) and pay on the night. Please let us know if you are vegetarian, as their will be a delicious vegetarian dish as an option! The Gunthorpe Village Fete will begin at 2pm in the Gunthorpe Hall gardens on Sunday the 30th of July. A huge thank you to Jenny Kelly and Val King for taking charge as the fete co-ordinators again this year. Please all who can volunteer to help in any way for the fete contact them (contact information is in their article). Participating in the fete is great fun and we can use all the help we can get – be it for a big or small job! Marie Denholm, Friends Chairman

not the 50:50 Club subscriptions, can be Gift Aided and if you have not already completed a form we would be most grateful if you could consider doing this – provided you are and remain a taxpayer of course. To quote the motto of a somewhat larger lottery can we remind you that “you have to be in it to win it!” Myfi Everett, Jeanette Rigby & John Blakeley

ST MARY’S CHURCH NEWS As I write this, the churchyard is full of snowdrops. They are the most lovely sight and seem to get more prolific every year. The annual Parochial Church Council meeting will be held in the institute at 4pm on April 26th. All are welcome. On May 4th the Church's architect will carry out the Quinquennial review on St Mary's. Penny Brough, Churchwarden

INSTITUTE NEWS By the time you read this we will have had our AGM, and we thank those of you who attended for your support and hope you enjoyed the buffet. Our intention is to have a May Day celebration on 29th April further details as usual to follow nearer the time on a flyer. By then the evenings will be lighter, and I will only need a torch to find my way home unfortunately without the aid of the aid of the bright light in the telephone box, which was last seen disappearing on the back of a lorry. We look forward to seeing you on the 29th. Tony Dufour and the Committee

FRIENDS OF GUNTHORPE PARISH CHURCH As spring approaches – so does the Friends Church Yard Clear-Up. It is a great boost to the Churchyard Gardening Season and will take place this year on Sunday the 7th of May from 9am until about mid-day, when we will have sausages, buns and drinks to celebrate our achievements. (A vegetarian option will be available!) All help is appreciated - even if for a short time. As much as we can achieve makes a big difference and we all have fun. There are jobs to suit all ages, abilities and time frames. Please bring your secateurs, tools, etc. along if you wish, but we will have tools on hand so don’t hesitate to come along tool-less. The provisional date for our AGM is Thursday the 6th of July at 6pm in the Village Institute. We hope to see many of you there. The Friends are a secular charity raising money to support the fabric of St. Mary’s Gunthorpe Church. If you are new in the village, it is a great time to come along and see what we are about with no strings attached. The meeting will be followed by fish and chips and a chance for a relaxed chat. The Friends BBQ will take place in the Gunthorpe Hall garden starting at 7pm on Saturday the 29th of July, the evening before the village fete. It is great fun and means there is no need to cook the busy night

SUMMER FETE Sun 30th July 2 to 4pm An important date for your diary is Sunday 30th July from 2-4pm,when the Gunthorpe Village Grand Fete, will be held at Gunthorpe Hall. The Gunthorpe Fete relies entirely on the kindness of people from within the village and outside who give their time to baking cakes, growing plants, gathering jumble and bric-a-brac and manning the stalls on the day. For this reason there has been a long-standing decision not to charge an entry fee. As always huge thanks go to Marie and Jeremy Denholm who have again agreed to host the Fete in the beautiful grounds at Gunthorpe Hall. Due to everyone’s hard work, and helped by good weather, last year’s Fete broke all records on takings.


The Fete is the principal fund-raiser for the village and proceeds are shared between the Village Hall and the Parochial Church Council. This, and our intention to give visitors a really good day out at a traditional village fair, is our main aim. We are looking for willing volunteers to help before, during and after the Fete. If you would like to get involved or help in any way, please contact Jenny Kelly on 01263 860095 or mobile 07748 922450 or Val King on 01263 862265 or mobile 07791 623472. We look forward to welcoming you on the 30th July. Jenny Kelly & Val King

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

WELCOME We would like to extend a warm welcome to Rachel, John-Paul, Zachary and Eliza Bowles; Abby, Dom and Elly Wilson; Gemma and Tom Wilkinson. We hope you will all be very happy living in Langham.


LANGHAM VILLAGE HALL AGM Wednesday, 24th May 7.00pm

Sat 13th May at 7:30pm

Please put this date in your diary and in your mind to come and support the committee of the Langham Village Hall, to hear plans for the future and have your say in the running of this vital village asset.

Another very important date for your diary is Saturday 13th May 2017, when David Aitman (piano), accompanied by his friend and co-performer Charles Johnson from the English National Opera and Welsh Touring Opera, has kindly offered to host a Summer Concert at Mere Place commencing at 7:30pm. The theme will be English over the ages – with settings of traditional and folk songs (including Greensleeves, Linden Lea, the Lincolnshire Poacher, the Ash Grove) by many British composers (including Ralph Vaughan Williams and Benjamin Britten). David and Charles performed similar events a few years ago, and they proved to be very popular. Seats will be limited so advance booking is essential (contact Diane Blakeley on 01263 861008 to make a reservation). Tickets will cost £10 per person and there will be a complimentary glass of Prosecco or orange juice on the patio at 7pm prior to the performance and snacks available afterwards. All proceeds will be spilt equally between the Village Institute and the “Friends”. This is not just an event for Gunthorpe and all are welcome to attend what has always proved to be a most enjoyable evening.

Edward Allen, Acting Chairman

ROUND CAPE HORN TO THE ANTARCTIC Friday 5th May, 7pm Langham Village Hall. Wine and nibbles. Langham resident Roger Davis has been to Antarctica again, this time via the stunning Chilean rain forests and fiords with a rare landing on Cape Horn. Several villagers have asked him again to share his experiences and photographs. No admission charge but any donations will be shared between a school in the slums of San Salvador and Langham Village Hall.

RVS LANGHAM CAR SERVICE Schedule to end May 2017 Fare: 25p per mile. Weekly driving duties beginning on a Monday. April 3rd T 830 606 May 1st T 830 507 th T 830 677 May 8th T 830 605 April 10 April 17th T 830 847 May 15th T 830 348 th April 24 T 830 624 May 22nd T 830 773 May 29th T 830 731 * 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. Please bring change. 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 07909923058

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

MORE BOOKS THAN EVER AT THE 2017 SALE The eighth annual Morston Book Sale is to be held, once again, in the attractive surroundings of Morston Barn and will be the biggest so far. There is ample free parking in the adjacent farmyard and home-made refreshments will be available throughout the three days of the sale. Thousands of books are for sale at attractive prices in aid of Friends of Morston Church, a registered charity established to help maintain the fabric of the village's All Saints' church. Saturday 29th April to Monday 1st May, 10am to 5pm, admission free.

BANK HOLIDAY MON. 29TH MAY Bring and Buy 10am-12noon This will be held in the churchyard or inside the church if the weather is inclement. There will be the usual coffee morning stalls and refreshments. If anyone would like to bake a cake or bring along books, gifts, bric-a-brac or a raffle prize, all will be gratefully received. If you would like to help on a stall, do get in touch. Proceeds are for Langham Church General Fund. We look forward to seeing you. Ann Sherriff 01328 830605

BIKE RIDE NEWS Do you remember what the weather was like on the day of the Bike Ride last year? It was wet, cold and not conducive to outdoor activity. Despite this, you took to your bicycles, walked and drove around the Norfolk countryside and around the streets of Norwich and visited hundreds of our wonderful churches. Thank you! We had some fabulous and atmospheric entries for our photographic competition. The winning entries were published in the EDP and the Evening News. They really did reflect the weather on the day. The winners each received £100 and were as follows; photograph recording people taking part, Kathryn Thacker (pictured above right), and the winner of both an architectural feature and their favourite church categories was David Nice (pictured left). We will soon be deciding on who will be the winner of the Princes

NORFOLK CHURCHES TRUST SPONSORED BIKE RIDE 2016 Thank you to all those people who supported this event on behalf of Langham Church with both their own effort and sponsorship. The money raised for Langham Church amounted to £214.53 which consisted of half share of sponsorship monies £187.15 and half share of gift aid £27.38. Well done, each one of you. NCT report it to have been a successful event this year, raising a total amount of just under £100,000. This is particularly impressive in today’s world where there are so many good causes competing for attention and support so they are very grateful to all who participated especially as the weather was particularly inclement. Thank you very much.


of Wales Certificate for the most vmoney raised. The most unusual mode of transport was by canoe! Two boys took to the River Bure and visited twelve churches on the stretch between Ingworth and Aylsham. Their sense of fun and adventure is inspirational, there will be more to follow on their story. To date the Bike Ride 2017 has raised £99,093.72 of which the Trust and 315 nominated churches and chapels will benefit and there is still more money to come in. Please remember to send in any outstanding monies as soon as you are able. If you have any stories or ideas for the Bike Ride that you would like to share with us please send an email to nctbikeride@gmail.com .

had many hobbies and interests: some of which were his garden and fishpond, and also his cars. He adored fishing and would often visit different lakes, and used to compete with his friends for fun. David’s biggest catch was a 19lb. mirror carp, which he caught on a day that he had two rods set up. He picked up the empty rod first, nearly allowing his catch to get away. All of his family hope that he is up there now enjoying a nice cup of tea – or should that be oxtail soup?!”


See you next year!

Morston was also spelled back then: Marstuna, Merston, Merstona, Merstuna or Marshtown. “A Manor” was a considerable estate, usually consisting of a Manorhouse with its outbuilding and adjoining land. The 1086 entries in the Little Domesday Book omit All Saints Morston, but six local churches were indeed mentioned. King Harold’s brother Guert is recorded in the Domesday Book as having held land here in Morston in the time of Edward the Confessor (10421066); and Godric, who was the Steward of the Manor here for William the Conqueror in 1086, was ancestor of the present Lord of the Manor here. There is no other “Morston” in the world, but there was a “Manor” in Trimley St.Martin, in Suffolk, 8 miles southeast of Ipswich called “Morston”, aka “Morston Hall” aka “Moston Hall” aka “Marston Hall”. In 1086 it was 70 acres, 50 held by 3 Saxons and 20 held of Roger Bigod [Copinger, Manors of Suffolk, 1909, III, p.100]. The Bishop of Norwich’s Manor of Langham – which extended into Morston (the capital Manor). The patronage of the church was in the see of Norwich: 1086. Terra Rogeri Bigoti – in Marstuna 1 lib. Ho De dim. Car. T’re. Que tenet Turald. Et iii bor. Et 1 car. Et val xx sol. This translates as: “In Morston [there is] 1 free man with half a caracute of land which Turald holds, and four bordars, and 1 plough, and it I worth 20s [twenty shillings]. [f.184. Norfolk]”. A caracute (or ploughland) was notionally an area that could be ploughed with an 8-ox team. Used in the east and north of England as a unit of assessment to tax, instead of a hide (an area that would support one household).

Don’t forget to put the date of the next bike ride in your diary: Sat, 9th September. Thank you for your continued support, it is invaluable. NCT Bike Ride Team

MORSTON NCT TOTAL 2016 Morston made for the PCC £713.88. Many thanks from the PCC to the intrepid riders: Rob and Max Metcalfe, Anne Rolfe, Mrs. Mitchell and Ned Hamond. Also, a big thank you to all those who sat in the church.

CAROL SINGERS 2016 On Christmas Eve 2016 Morston’s carol singers raised the sum of £205.88 for the PCC Building Fund. Many thanks from us all and bless you donors too!

DAVID BALDING died aged 64. RIP An appreciation of his life Here is a homily, edited by David’s daughter Jane and read by the Rev’d Ian Whittle at his funeral at Morston on 3rd Feb. “Firstly thank you to everybody that is here today. These are just a few words about David that we wish to share with you all. David was the second oldest of the late Albert & Doris Balding of Morston – where David was born and raised with his brothers and sisters. His mother used to run the local Post Office and sweet shop. David was a very hardworking man all his adult life. He was a loving father, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather. He


1287-8. The Bishop of Norwich, as Lord of the Manor, claimed “right of frankpledge, a gallows, assize of bread and beer, wreck at sea, etc.” Frankpledge (earlier called tithing) meant the subdivision of a Hundred, notionally ten men, the main function of which was to organize securities, so as to ensure that its members appeared in court when summoned. A Hundred was an administrative sub-division of the Shire with fiscal, judicial and military functions. Sometimes the hundreds comprised 100 hides. A hide was the amount of land that would support a household. Used as a unit of assessment to tax. 1536-7. At the time of the Dissolution (and seizure) of the Monasteries by King Henry VIII, the Manor was granted to the Crown “on an exchange of lands between the King and the Bishop.” 1539-40. Mary, Duchess of Richmond & Somerset, widow of Henry Fitzroy, natural son of King Henry VIII, held two fold courses in Langham and Morston, with her saltmarshes in Merston [Morston] - demised on April 10th to Richard Fulmerston, Gent. “From these marshes and its site by the great German ocean or sea, town derives its nature”. [Blomfield, Norfolk, IX, 1808, p.426]. 1550s. Let to William Cordel, Solicitor to Queen Mary. 1691-2. The Manor was granted by Their Majesties William & Mary to Thomas Gresham, Esquire. After which, by the marriage of his natural daughter, Anne, it came to Sir Nathaniel Bacon, Knight, 2nd son of Sir Nicholas Bacon, the Lord Keeper of the Seal. Thence by Sir Nathaniel’s daughter and co-heir, Anne, to Sir Roger Townshend, Baronet.”

Car Park at 10am. This is to remove all of the rubbish deposited on the Point by the winter storms and is really important for the conservation of the Point. We welcome as many helpers as possible so please do join us. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear, and please bring a pair of tough gardening type gloves. Bags and pickers will be provided for you. For more information please call the Norfolk Coast Office on 01263 740241. The dog restrictions will again be in place on Blakeney Point from 1st April and we kindly ask that you follow any signs or advice given by the National Trust and do not cross any fence lines you come across. As usual there will be a team of rangers living in the Lifeboat House and a team of volunteers that will be about throughout the breeding season. Please do say hello if you see any of them. The visitor centre and the public toilets at the Lifeboat House are now open for your convenience. To keep up to date with latest news from the reserve then please check out our website or follow us on social media at NorfolkCoastNT. Alex Green Digital Media, Marketing & Interpretation Officer

BHA REPORT Well, you have all certainly rallied round the new buoyage project. They have all been paid for! And delivered – that's new buoys marking the Morston and Blakeney, and Morston and the Cley channels, a new Fairway buoy which goes on station in the Spring, and new red buoyage in the Run. All expected to last well over 20 years. When Gill Kay and Joanie McKee came up with the idea of sponsored buoyage on a long trip to Southampton I'm the first to admit that I didn't think we would get everyone we needed sponsored. I'm so glad I was wrong! OK, It's all about timing. And our timing wasn't brilliant to be fair. We had organised an information open evening at the Harbour Room on 23 February. Storm Doris day – Doris Day?! So what about this? At 5 o'clock as we were setting up there was much talk of cancelling and by about 9:30 pm the last of somewhere around a hundred people was leaving! It was a great night made all the better by the fantastic effort of getting there in the first place. I don't think I'd be giving

NATIONAL TRUST UPDATE Blakeney National Nature Reserve The 2017 breeding bird season is fast approaching and we are busy preparing the reserve for the arrival of our usual Spring migrants some of which we expect to start seeing in March. Historically we see wheatears, chiff chaffs and black redstarts first and the sandwich terns normally begin to arrive at the end of March or beginning of April. We will be a carrying out a Blakeney Point beach clean on Saturday 26th March meeting at Cley Beach


away any secrets if I said that it was as useful to the presenters (we really had to think about what we do, why and how we organise ourselves) as it was to the audience (so they told us). Memberships are rolling in. There is no fixed membership fee, you can make any donation you like although we guide members to a minimum fee of £25. Family membership (full details on the website) is guided at a minimum £40. In fact members are paying an average of over £50 per head. Our new corporate membership section is attracting new members – again, full details on the website. We continue to have problems with Hjordis (and if you have never heard of Hjordis you haven't been reading the newsletters – she has caused all sorts of angst to BHA this year). Anyway this time the story has a happy ending. Some of you will remember that Trinity House are responsible for buoying the Hjordis wreck that lies at the mouth of the entrance to the Harbour. To cut a long story short it turns out that Trinity House used too short a chain and inadequate sinker, so this new East marker buoy dragged well off station threatening to demolish our big number one buoy. Trinity House hadn't got the vessel to come and sort it all out so asked BHA. Charlie Ward using Charlie Ward Traditional Boats gear and helped by Neil Thompson and Henry Archer has hauled it in, and no doubt by the time you read this it will be back on station again. And Trinity House paid for the extra chain and sinker and £4,000 for the labour all of which has been donated to BHA!! We are thrilled that both Blakeney Parish Council and the National Trust have approved the positioning of a new Information Board at Blakeney Quay. It will carry the same information that the Morston Information Board has been usefully providing. BHA already meets regularly with the National Trust but this year we will have a pre-season 'information exchange' meeting between their staff and our volunteers which should really help communication.

the prolific Norfolk and (later) Virginian Calthorpe family. From the 1530s to 1730s the fascinating Powditch family lived here. Originally yeomen, they started trading in wool, with great success, and from 1720 spread out, to Wells (where they followed five marine callings) and then to South Creake too, across the country, and also to Chile, Australia and New Zealand. 200 are traceable today, 40 overseas. In the 16th century, with the coming of privateerscum-pirates - such as one of the Cornish Carew family one had to watch out for the Lord of the main Manor of Morston: Sir Nathaniel Bacon of Stiffkey, who rigidly applied the law. Through Nathaniel Bacon’s daughter, the main Morston Manor next came to the Townshends. And Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend, Knight of the Garter, (died 1738), one of the Regents of the Realm in 1714, the famous agriculturist from about the 1730s who was known as “Turnip” Townshend. In 1724, when touring through “Masham” [Morston], Daniel Defoe (five years after writing “Robinson Crusoe”), noted that at Morston “the art of smuggling was so much in practice”. At that time it was mainly “loychfish” (cod, lob and ling), Geneva (gin), brandy and tobacco that was smuggled. And it may have helped the smugglers that in those days an arm of the creek came right in to South Close - the road crossing-point being called “Bridges” - but more usually smugglers unloaded the contraband on a distant beach. In 1817 (eight years after the government initiated a Preventive Guard to prevent successful smuggling) Major Loftus of the local Yeomanry Cavalry noted 15 carts standing by at Morston “awaiting a signal from offshore: the on-shore smugglers having sent men to get the dragoons drunk in the Swan at Cley. These Morston smugglers told Major Loftus: “We can tie up the preventives” – as the coastguard were first called – “but we don’t like them dragoons’ pistols and swords.” In the following year the Preventives were placed under the Treasury – and in 1822 the Preventive Men were merged with the Revenue Commission to form the Coastguard. Its duties were defence of the coast, provision of a reserve for the Navy and “protection of the Revnue against evasion by smuggling.”

A BRIEF HISTORY OF MORSTON Part 1: ‘pre-1066’ to 1818 “36 acres of tidal water and 418 acres of foreshore” The people of Morston alias Marshtown, looked over by their Saxon church (nave and chancel re-built pre1289) are justly proud of their heritage. Down the ages as the Point moved relentlessly westwards at around 8 metres a year, advancing from Cley (c.1100s), to Blakeney (c.1400s) to Morston (c.1600s), some important and intriguing people lived in or had connections with this unique marsh village. For example King Harold’s younger brother, Guert aka Gyrth, apparently held 30 acres here before 1066. In 1087 Morston consisted of two manors or estates. The principal one – part of the Bishop of Norwich’s Manor of Langham. The smaller one - part of William the Conqueror’s Manor of Holt, run by Godric Dapifer, progenitor of


who targeted the whole of the North Norfolk coast. The offenders are to appear in court. b) reminded members to watch out for hare coursing. The police are greatly assisted by information from the general public. For nonemergencies, you can ring the local mobile for Wells police on 07887 450992.

DECLINE OF BIRDS & SONGBIRDS About 20 years ago an Italian friend visiting said to me that the UK failed miserably to promote two “surely great tourist attractions”: the amazing dawn choruses by songbirds – unequalled in Europe, as nearly everywhere else in Europe ate songbirds in thousands” - and the beautiful colours of our countryside and its trees in autumn. In the 18th January 2016 issue of Country Life one read “The Silencing of the Songbirds: Let us not be the generation that presided over the decline of songbirds urges Robert Middleditch” (Middleditch is the chairman of Songbird Survival); and let us not forget many other “nonraptors” too suffering a serious decline. Tree sparrows have plummeted by 95% and starlings and spotted flycatchers by 89%, followed by blackbirds, corn buntings, cuckoos, grey partridges, hawfinches, housesparrows, kittiwakes, lapwings, mistle-thrushes, nightjars, puffins, skylarks, nightingales, snipe, song-thrushes, turtle doves, wood warblers and yellow wagtails and many others. These are on red, amber and green lists. Although the bitterns have moved up from the red list, to the amber list, now even the cherished curlews - with their host of haunting calls - are on the red list. What can we do about it? Large numbers of songbirds and other non-raptors are taken by sparrow-hawks and many other raptors, and by cats in particular and foxes, squirrels and badgers, and they also diminish owing to habitat loss, and modern farming. To avoid being remembered as the generation that ditched the dawn chorus and presided over the extinction of songbirds, we surely must introduce robust control of predators as soon as possible.

Kitchen Extension Work has begun to extend and improve the kitchen in the Village Hall. With the growing success of large catering events such as the Morston Quiz and Crab Supper, the new space will make it much easier for those cooking and serving guests.

Morston Regatta The date for the next Morston Regatta is Saturday 26 August 2017.

General Highways and Anglia Water are being contacted regarding water on the Langham Road and several blocked storm drains in The Street. Our solicitors have registered our ownership of the Village Hall / Caravan Site with the Land Registry, with relevant documents now received. A replacement seat for the village green will be put in place when the weather improves in the spring. Work to clear the pond is scheduled for later this year. It has been agreed to remove the BT payphone next to the Anchor Pub. Next meeting: Wednesday 29 March, Village Hall at 7pm. All welcome. Morston Parish Council members: Carole Bean, Steven Bean, John Burdell (chair), Roberta Hamond, Jim Temple, Jill Tibbetts and Charlie Ward. Contact via parish clerk Peter Bullimore, 01263 822864 or beestonpc@ btinternet.com.

PARISH COUNCIL NEWS Meetings: Wed. 25 January & Wed. 22 February 2017


District and County Council News For latest reports from District Counsellor Karen Ward and County Counsellor Dr. Marie Strong, see page 4-6.

The Collective would like to thank all the wonderful guest artists and makers whose work made our shop so special for seven years. And a huge thank you to all our customers who shopped and partied with us throughout that time. The Workshop will remain the home of traditional and contemporary furniture maker, Nick Hamond and his father Ned Hamond and may, from time to time, also host pop-up

National Trust News All Morston residents should pick up their 2017 free parking permits from the kiosk on the Quay. For latest news, see article on page 19.

Police News PC J.Pegden reported a) people apprehended re stolen outboards etc. at Overstrand appear to be organised gang


exhibitions and fairs. Contact details for former Showroom guest artists: www.bluejacketworkshop.co.uk tel: 01263 740144.

NEWS FROM ST MARGARET’S APCM on Tues 25th Apr at 10am Our Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held at 10am on Tuesday 25th April at the Old Rectory - all villagers are welcome to attend, particularly if you'd like to find out more about the PCC and ways to get involved - we are always looking for more helpers and support!

QUIZ QUESTIONS by Samphire (Answers on page 27) 1. What is the 3rd largest US state after Alaska and Texas? 2. Which country has “IS” as its international registration letters? 3. Which South American country is named after Venice? 4. In which East Anglian town is the Greene King brewery based? 5. Which country has the longest coastline? 6. How many edges does a cube have? 7. UK Legoland is near which town? 8. Which is the largest island in the world? 9. Richard III died at which battle? 10. Which ruler referred to England as a nation of shopkeepers?

THANK YOU After more than 20 years of dedicated service John Rayner has retired from his role as Fabric Officer for St Margaret's. We are very grateful for the time he has given to the PCC and the many changes he has made over that period in terms of repairs and restoration to keep St Margaret's in good shape for future generations to enjoy. Under his watchful eye the old Victorian windows with their opaque glass have been replaced with clear glass, flooding the nave and altar area with light. Structural cracks have been shored up and the grounds have been maintained. It was thanks to his links with Gresham's School that the jazz concert was instigated (currently in its 26th year!) and our thanks too to John's wife Jenny who has for many years overseen refreshments and ticket sales for this event. We look forward to seeing John and Jenny in the congregation as usual.

SAXLINGHAM Contact: Caroline Robson 01328 830298 carorobson@btinternet.com



It has been a season of change in Saxlingham with four new families moving to the village in recent months. We would like to extend a warm welcome to the Edwards, the Searles, the Hulmes and the Pridham family. We wish them happy times ahead in their new homes. We say goodbye to Chas Lister and his two children Matthew and Helen, who left the village in March. Chas has been a stalwart contributor to village events, especially the annual fete. His help and advice will be greatly missed. We wish him and Dulce every happiness in their new home together and hope to see them in Saxlingham again.

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

CHURCH NOTES Saturday 28th January 2017 saw a group of volunteers setting up the village hall for our annual Burns Night supper. A very good response to advertising saw a record number of 50 apply for tickets, really the maximum for an event like this, although in the end a few had to drop out because of illness. Our MC Martin Burkitt welcomed everyone and Pippa said the Selkirk Grace. Thereafter Richard Dawson piped in the haggis, carried ably by Roger

‘SWING INTO SUMMER’ CONCERT Fri 19th May at 7pm Our annual concert by Gresham's School has a new format this year - we are lucky enough to have their 20 piece Big Band coming to St Margaret's on Friday 19th May at 7pm. Please join us for an evening of live swing and jazz with a wide range of instrumental and vocal ensembles - as usual wine and canapes will be served al fresco in the interval. Always a sell-out performance, please book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets are £10 (which include refreshments) and are available from Caroline Robson on 830298 with proceeds to St Margaret's.


Dubbins. Then Martin made his address to the haggis before the kitchen “staff” commenced serving cock-aleekie soup, followed by the haggis, together with neeps and tatties with lashings of onion gravy. Dessert came next in the form of tipsy laird pudding followed by coffee or tea, shortbread and cheese and biscuits. All through supper we were assailed by a very difficult quiz about all things Scottish and sadly not one person had a full house. The loyal toast followed, given by David, then the toast to the lassies from Simon and the reply to that toast from Ann. Finally Martin proposed a toast to the piper and a vote of thanks. It was then, that with tables and chairs put away and pushed to the side that the dancing commenced with much enthusiasm and three favourites were accomplished; some wished to try the eightsome reel but that is quite complicated and difficult in a somewhat confined space. Finally the evening was brought to a conclusion with a fine rendition of Auld Land Syne. A great big thank you to all who gave their time to make this another successful evening – those who peeled, chopped and cooked, made the desserts, brewed the coffee and tea and to Mary who made the beautiful table decorations which she donated to the team at the end of the evening. An impressive profit of £573 was made, a record figure for this event. We look forward to 2018 in a somewhat refurbished village hall. Our next church festival will be Easter on Sunday 16th April. Our morning service will be at 9.30am. I would also like to remind you that with Easter on the horizon our food bank will gratefully receive donations. Just pop into the church and you cannot fail to see the box a few steps inside near the font. Maybe some chocolate eggs, delicious biscuits or similar, as well as the staples always required. Thank you. This is an advance notification that our village fete this year will be in a different format. Paul and Eunice Morgan can no longer offer their garden as the venue for this annual event and we would like to extend our sincere thanks for all the years they have hosted this. So on Saturday 15th July we will be putting on the Sharrington Strawberry Tea with, of course, strawberries and cream, scones, jam and butter, tea and cakes. We will have fewer stalls in the churchyard but

bric-a-brac will feature along with cakes, clothes and jewellery, flowers in the church and a good raffle and some extras. Parking will still be in the field as usual. This is still in the planning process but if anyone can offer to help, please contact Pippa Long and you will be welcomed with open arms. APG

COFFEE MORNING On Wednesday 19th April there will be a spring coffee morning in aid of the church at All Saints Cottage (next to the church), between 10am and 12noon where you will be able to purchase cakes, plants and raffle tickets. Please come along, it will be good to see you and if the weather is kind there is a lovely garden to wander in. APG

SHARRINGTON & DISTRICT GARDENING GROUP Our 2017 programme got off to a flying start with a well attended talk on pruning by RHS author, Radio Cambridgeshire presenter and pruning expert Geoff Hodge. Geoff proved to be an enthusiastic, amusing and knowledgeable speaker. Geoff also reviews garden tools for leading gardening magazines and was kind enough to donate some of his surplus tools to our raffle. On the 22nd March we had a talk by local medical herbalist, author and healer Andrew Chevallier “Grow your own medicines”. This will be followed on the 5th April by “Mr Snowdrop”, renowned plantsman Joe Sharman of Monksilver Nursery in Cambridgeshire , who will give a talk on hellebores. Joe will also be bringing along a selection of plants and bulbs for sale. This will take place in Sharrington village hall starting at 7pm. On Friday 5th May we welcome Ursula Buchan, award winning author and lecturer, who will give an illustrated talk based on her book “A Green and Pleasant Land; how England’s gardeners fought the second world war”. The book tells the story of how, during the beginning of the second world war, the Ministry of Agriculture launched one of the most memorable slogans of the whole conflict, ‘Dig for Victory’. This wonderfully evocative book tells the story of how Britain’s gardeners, with great ingenuity, good humour and extraordinary fortitude, rose to the occasion, digging for victory on home turf. Sure to be popular, the talk will take place in Cley village hall, starting at 7pm. Please look out for our posters. If anyone would like to come along to one of our meetings or talks or would like further information on joining the group, please get in touch with either Françoise Allenby on 01263 860910 m.f.allenby@gmail.com or Robin Burkitt on 01263 861939 robin@daubeneyhallfarm.com. Happy gardening! RB




Sharrington village hall held its second Open Mic night on 22nd February. Once again we were treated to a very entertaining evening of live music. Many of the brilliant performers from the first event returned and we were very fortunate to have attracted the excellent and well known local ceilidh band ‘Compass Moon’ who performed a very lively and varied set. Hopefully they’ll be making this event a regular date in their diaries in the future. A good audience is vital to an evening of live music so why not come along to our next event on Wednesday 26th April and in May, Wednesday 31st May? Entrance is free and doors open at 7pm along with the bar. The music will commence at 7.30pm. Hope to see you there! Chris Abrams

Many of you will have noticed that our village sign has been removed. It was in a rather sorry state and we are going to have a new one in the not too distant future. Malcolm and Brenda have lived here for 30 years during which time the sign has been repaired many times and renewed once. Now Malcolm and Brenda have made a new mould and boat builders in Wiveton are going to cast it in fibreglass. The existing post is also to be replaced but this is proving difficult without causing damage to the brick base. APG

NOBLE ROTTERS Wines of Eastern Europe. You must be joking! Well, no actually. Tasting five in February featured wines from Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Georgia and Moldova. It was all quite a bit more interesting and enjoyable than some members envisaged, methinks; and there were a number of unusual indigenous grape varieties like Fateasca, Kekfrankos, Saperavi and the glorious Furmint. The general consensus was that the red wines outshone the whites except the star of the show the rich, honeyed 2005 Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos crafted in Hungary from Furmint grapes sweetened by noble rot! Will there be another tasting series? With such a good vintage around Europe in 2015, I rather think there might be. For more information about the Noble Rotters visit its page on the village website www.sharrington.org.uk Chief Rotter

VILLAGE HALL As flagged up in the last issue, with the help of funding from the Big Society Fund, the management committee is commissioning various works this year designed to improve the hall. A new public address system has already been installed which has helped facilitate our Open Mic evenings and should mean that those, like me, whose hearing is not quite as sharp as it once was will be able to hear rather better the speakers at the various talks which the hall hosts throughout the year! By the time of publication, we expect to have replaced the glazing in the main part of the hall. Although various preparatory works may have started for the installation of the new heating and lighting, we expect to schedule completion of these works in early summer when the hall is less busy. Our programme of events for the year is under way. In March local expert, Luke Scott, returned to the hall for another evening on antiques. On 19th May we welcome Ginesta Davidson for an illustrated talk about her passion, Art Deco. Finally, the Village Hall AGM is on 23rd May this year at 7.30pm. Please come along as both your views and support are important to the committee. Roger Dubbins, Chair Village Hall Management Committee

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

NATURE NOTES The recent storm tides took my mind back to my childhood when one of our great joys was to go ‘shore hawking’. The things that were found then are vastly different from today’s jetsam. Of course the detritus (tangle) from the marsh growth is the same as ever.


There was always wood to be found; a very useful and money saving prize. Much of this would have been part of the deck cargo of the small coasters that plied their trade up and down the North Sea coast. I can clearly remember the sinking of the ‘ZOR’ in 1952. Now that was quite a sight, Miles of good timber all along the shore. A decent piece of wood is now a rarity. Coconut husks and offcuts of leather were common as were onions that would occasionally get high enough into the dunes to grow and set seed. We also often found oranges, which we took home to eat. Little did we know then that they were being regularly set on the water to track the progress of sewage from the works at Sheringham and Cromer! Wartime relics also made an appearance but we were well trained in avoiding anything dangerous by our parents. Some of the seashells that we discovered are no longer to be seen: tiny conch, often used in school as counters, and top shells, which were very painful to tread on. Dog whelks, an estuarine variety disappeared when tributyl tin was being used as an antifoul on boats. After a storm there were pipefish and cuttle fish; even the odd sea horse. Bottles, along with light bulbs were glass whereas now they are mostly plastic. Broken glass would wear into gentle rounded gems that were treasured that we called ‘seaglass’. Today plastic is the arch-enemy of the sea, taking years to degrade and even then remaining in the environment where it does untold harm. Most unusual finds: a crate of black hair dye, a large flagon of ammonia, an African tribal mask and a human bone. Keep your eyes down folks! Rural Ruth

numbers were 45 first prize, 68 second prize, and 36 third prize. The draw for March has now taken place at Stiffkey Stores; many thanks to Andy for this, there being no Village Hall meeting in March. The winning numbers were 14 first prize, 67 second prize, and 62 third prize. This is your Village Hall and everybody that joins the 200 Club is helping to keep it as a viable village asset. It is still used by the Parish Council, Stiffkey Local History Group, elections and some local events. We are hoping to make the village hall into a venue that people will want to hire, use and be proud of in their community, so please do fill in the 200 club forms and return to me as soon as possible. Just ask if you need another one and we look forward to seeing you all on the 24th April. Ian Curtis, Chairman Stiffkey Village Hall

STIFFKEY LOCAL HISTORY GROUP AGM on 19th April at 7pm SLHG will be holding a short AGM on Wednesday 19th April at 7pm in Stiffkey Village Hall. There will be a presentation on ‘Stiffkey’s Forgotten Soldier’ followed by free refreshments. Entry £2 for members. £3 for non-members. All welcome. Annual subs will also be due. Still only £5! SLHG

CHURCH NOTES We are looking forward to having a First Sunday Service on 2nd April, 9.30 a.m. morning prayer, led by Capt. Peter Murray. On Easter Day, 16th April, will be a Holy Communion led by the Rector at 9.30 a.m. and there will be an Easter Egg Hunt for the children around the Churchyard at 3.00 p.m. on Easter Sunday afternoon. Warborough House is opening its gardens to the public on Sunday 28th May and once again, with grateful thanks to the Morgan family, the teas during the afternoon will be served by members of the PCC. The Cleaning and Flower rota will be placed in the Church Porch and I would like to thank all those who have offered their help for the year.HJH

COMINGS AND GOINGS Sadly I report the passing of Dawn Boddy on 27th January 2017 after a brief illness. Dawn had lived in Stiffkey for many years and would often be seen driving her pony, Susie, around the local roads. She was well known for her love of animals She also worked as a carer, a job she did for over 40 years. Many people in the local area remember the kind thoughtfulness that she showed during her working years. On 24th February 2017 June Buck was laid to rest in Stiffkey Churchyard near her late husband, John. June had lived in Stiffkey for several years during her marriage to John. During her working life she became a familiar figure to many Stiffkey and Wells residents as she ran the local Angus Bakery in Wells.

RESCUE WOODEN BOATS Bessie’s Story The whelk boat “Bessie” was built by Johnsons at Sheringham in 1935 for G.H.Cox and Sons who were fishermen based at Wells-next-the-sea. She is 26ft long and 10ft broad, built to the traditional double-ended design that was prevalent along the North Norfolk coast, made of larch and oak with an inboard engine with an auxiliary lugsail. She was named after George Henry Cox’s wife, Bessie and was used in the fishing industry for many years, as a busy whelk boat. Later, when the Cox family acquired three Liverpool-type ex-lifeboats she was retained as a reserve vessel. She was well regarded by the family and considered a fine sea boat. In 1940, Bessie was taken to Ramsgate to help in Operation Dynamo to help evacuate the British Expeditionary Forces from Dunkirk. She was, however, chosen for a special sub-mission. She crossed the English Channel and had to lay off the French coast in a vulnerable position.

VILLAGE HALL NEWS Meeting on 24th April at 7pm At our village hall meeting on the 13th February, it was decided to produce a vision for the future of the Village Hall on its present site based on it present and likely future use. At our next meeting on the 24th April at 7pm, this will be shown to the people of Stiffkey so please do come along as it is your comments we wish to hear. It is hoped that all trustees and village representatives will contribute to this. The first draw for the 200 Club took place and the winning


When Michael Graham applied for the 1939-45 STAR medal he named the following people who took part in the operation alongside him under Captain Selby as: T. Neilson, W R. Cox, W. Long, H. Albrow, R. Pegg, J. Bishop, J. Barnes and C. Warton. Later Bessie was sold to ‘Squeakie’ Bishop of Blakeney who used her there for commercial pleasure trips. Later still, she worked out of Gorleston in the same job and was finally acquired by the Charity, Rescue Wooden Boats from Trevor Farman in late 2011. She has since had the wheelhouse removed and some major repairs to her stem post completed but is presently in urgent need of a major overhaul to return her to pristine condition. (Research by Geraldine Green) We have just - in 2017 - started fund-raising to restore Bessie. She is in dire need, especially after Storm Doris recently necessitated her being hauled out of the water at Morston. Do join our friendly team at Stiffkey in the Maritime Heritage Centre (NR23 1QF)– we open for the new season on Saturday 8th April, 11am to 3pm, weekends and Bank Holidays –as a visitor, to see our display of stories, artefacts and films; as a volunteer, welcoming visitors to the Centre (we work in pairs, no experience necessary, just a friendly face!) as a volunteer in the boatsheds, working alongside other enthusiasts, restoring boats back to a life afloat for the enjoyment and education of all; We have a stand at Burnham Deepdale Hygge Fair on Sat 25th March, plus various other Events, including Langham Dome’s 1940’s event in June, are also involved in the Lifeboat Festival in Wells at the end of July, and have a stall at Burnham Market Craft Fair in August. There is a small shop at the MHC in Stiffkey, selling merchandise including calendars and Tide Tables, sweatshirts and mugs, woolly hats and books.Contact us via our website www.rescuewoodenboats.com or ring 07920 760238; follow us on Facebook or Twitter.. SLHG

week. They were given a diary page: Screens Versus Reading to complete each day with a record of time spent on each activity. This was a challenge to complete at home. If at the end of the week, reading time was greater than screen time then a book prize would be awarded in our weekly Celebration Assembly. The challenge was met with excitement, and a little trepidation: screens can be quite addictive, as we all know! These were some of the comments from the children: “The Screens Versus Reading challenge was fun and it was hard at the same time. I never realised how much time I spent on a screen. During the week, if I spent half an hour on screens, I made sure I read for an hour. I really enjoyed it!” Harriet Y6 pupil “When I finished the week’s challenge, I felt really proud, but whilst I was doing it I found it kind of difficult – even though I think that I do normally read more.” Evie Y6 pupil “It was easy I thought, maybe a bit hard – I really didn’t know how much I watched TV.” Honey Y5 pupil “At the beginning I decided what I would count as screen time (like Nightzookeeper.com) and what I would count as reading. I enjoyed Reading versus Screen time quite a lot because it meant that my mum would let me read ALL DAY!” Amos Y5 pupil, he added, “At the end of the challenge I felt like I’d read the most EVER! It was awesome!” Much research has gone into the benefits of reading for pleasure. The Department for Education carried out an extensive study in May 2102. Evidence suggests that there is a positive relationship between reading frequency, reading enjoyment and attainment (Clark 2011; Clark and Douglas 2011). We value reading at Langham Village Primary school and are always striving for ways to promote its enjoyment. From reading to writing: the first day in March saw the start of the ‘World Creative Writing Competition’ on the website that we love to use at school called the Night Zoo Keeper. Children type into the site and the words are counted; the class with the most words at the end of the month wins. As I write this, we are fourth in the World and children are writing stories, biographies, poems and reports while they are at home for the weekend. This competition really inspires our children to write at length and to be creative. One pupil in Year 3 wrote a 2000 word report about his holiday, it was an amazing piece of writing and quite an achievement for an eight year old! The competition ends at the end of March and we are hoping to do well although we are up against strong opposition from schools in Japan, America and Australia, wish us luck! 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.

FILMS AT STIFFKEY Would you be interested in seeing the latest films, here in Stiffkey? We are planning to open a Stiffkey Screen at the Maritime Visitor Centre during the summer months, and are trying to gauge the potential interest from both residents and visitors to Stiffkey. Comments please to info@rescuewoodenboats.com. RescueWoodenBoats

MORSTON QUIZ ANSWERS (Quiz Questions on page 23) California. 2. Iceland. 3. Venezuela. 4. Bury St.Edmund’s. 5. Canada. 6. Twelve. 7. Windsor. 8. Greenland. 9. Bosworth Filed. 10. Napoleon Bonaparte.

LANGHAM VILLAGE SCHOOL NEWS Reading for pleasure is encouraged throughout Langham Village School. We have daily reading slots, a school book club and focused reading weeks to encourage a positive relationship with reading. As part of a school wide Reading Week, during February, the children in KS2 were challenged to make their reading time exceed their screen time for the duration of the


LYNX 113 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

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Garden/Landscape Stephen Beal Landscapes TGS Gardening

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

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

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Interiors/Art/Textiles/Furniture Nick Hamond Furniture: cabinet-maker Paul R Smith: handmade furniture Sandra’s Soft Furnishings Walsingham Gallery & Framing

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Leisure The Bluebell, Langham The King’s Head, Letheringsett Handel’s Messiah Concert Morston Swimming Pool Poetry-next-the-Sea, Wells R.A.F.A Social Events, Sheringham

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Local Lynx No.113 - April/May 2017  

The community newspaper for 10 North Norfolk villages.

Local Lynx No.113 - April/May 2017  

The community newspaper for 10 North Norfolk villages.