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ISSUE 117 BALE - BINHAM - COCKTHORPE - FIELD DALLING GUNTHORPE - LANGHAM - MORSTON SAXLINGHAM - SHARRINGTON - STIFFKEY

December 2017 & January 2018

First snow on the gorse, January 2017

Season’s Greetings to all our readers

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NOVEMBER 27th Mon. Field Dalling Advent group, Manor Farm Cottage 4.45pm

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DECEMBER 2nd Sat. Binham Christmas Supper, VH, 6.30 for 7.00pm 2nd Sat. Langham Christmas Fair VH 10am-12noon 4th Mon. Field Dalling Advent group, Manor Farm Cottage 4.45pm 8th Fri. Bale fish and chips, Village Hall, 7pm 8th Fri. Field Dalling Bereavement group, Manor Farm Cottage 4pm 8th Fri. Field Dalling Wine tasting, VH 7pm 8th Fri. Sharrington Gardeners Corn Dolly workshop 7pm 9th Sat. Gunthorpe Institute Christmas Party, Institute 7pm 11th Mon. Field Dalling Advent group, Manor Farm Cottage 4.45pm 13th Wed. Field Dalling Coffee morning, VH 10.30am 13th Wed. Langham Church Carols & Mince Pies 7.30pm 14th Thu. Binham and Hindringham Open Circle Party, Hindringham VH, 7.15pm 14th Thu. Langham Christmas Quiz Night VH 7pm 15th Fri. Field Dalling Christmas bingo, VH 7.30pm 16th Sat. Cockthorpe Church Christmas Tree Festival 10am - 3pm 16th Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club Christmas Party Institute 12 Noon 16th Sat. Stiffkey Carol/Christingle service, Church 3pm 17th Sun. Cockthorpe Church Choral service 11am. Tree Festival 1pm - 3pm 17th Sun. Saxlingham Carols by Candlelight. Church 4.pm 17th Sun. Sharrington Lantern Parade VH 4.30pm 17th Sun. Sharrington Carol Service All Saint Church 5pm 18th Mon. Binham, Carols around the Tree , Village Green, 7.15pm 18th Mon. Field Dalling Advent group, Manor Farm Cottage 4.45pm 19th Tue. Binham Priory Carols and Readings, BP, 6.30pm 21st Thu. Langham Mobile Library 9.55am St Mary’s & 10.20am The Cornfield 23rd Sat. Bale Carol Service, Bale Church 6pm 23rd Sat. Morston Candlelit Carol Service, Morston Church 5.00pm 24th Sun. Binham Priory, Children’s Crib Service, BP, 4.00pm 24th Sun. Binham Priory Midnight Holy Communion, BP 11.00pm 25th Mon. Binham Priory Family Service, BP, 10.30am 25th Mon. Stiffkey Christmas Day service, Church 9.30 am 31st Sun. Bale Old Year’s Night, Village Hall, 8pm

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And please don’t forget…. Lynx 117 and all back issues are permanently available on our website at www.locallynx.co.uk. The website now has an Ads Directory, an ‘In More Detail’ page and a ‘Local Charities’ page to cover relevant articles in greater depth. (Paper copies of website articles are always available from Roberta on 01263 740188.)

DEANERY NEWS The next Deanery Synod meeting will be held on Thurs. 26th April 2018 at 7pm. Venue and further details to be announced.

BLAKENEY CATHOLIC CHURCH

JANUARY 7th Sun.Binham Carols and readings for Epiphany, BP 3.30pm 10th Wed. Field Dalling Coffee morning, VH 10.30am 10th Wed. Sharrington Gardeners AGM VH 7pm 12th Fri. Bale fish and chips, Village Hall, 7pm 12th Fri. Field Dalling Bereavement group, Manor Farm Cottage 4pm 12th Fri. Field Dalling Bingo, VH 7.30pm 13th Sat. Binham Village Pantomime, VH 7.15pm 17th Wed. Binham Youth Group, reconvenes, VH, 6pm 18th Thu. Binham and Hindringham Open Foodbanks, HVH 7.15pm 18th Thu. Langham Mobile Library 9.55am St Mary’s & 10.20am The Cornfield 27th Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club Institute 10:30am

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

BLAKENEY METHODIST CHURCH Minister: The Rev’d Cliff Shanganya, 8, St. Andrew’s Close, Holt. NR25 6EL 01263 712181 Email: CliffShanganya@methodist.org.uk Sunday services 6.30pm

REGULARS Tuesdays Binham Art Group VH 10am-12noon. Wednesdays term time Binham Youth Group VH 6-8pm. Thursdays Field Dalling Bowls, VH 7.30pm Third Thursday in month Binham & Hindringham Open Circle Meeting, Hindringham VH 7.15pm 4thThursday in month Binham Local History Group VH 7.30pm 1st & 3rd Saturdays in month Langham Coffee Mornings, VH 10am -12noon

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Church Services for Bale and Stiffkey Benefice for December 2017 and January 2018 HC=Holy Communion. CFS=Church Family Service. MP=Morning Prayer. BCP=Book of Common Prayer Parish

3rd December

10th December

17th December

Bale Field Dalling

9.30am HC At Saxlingham

9.30am HC At Saxlingham

9.30am HC At Saxlingham

Saxlingham

11.00am HC

11.00am CFS

4.00pm Carols by Candlelight

11.00am MP

4.30pm Silent Meditation 5.00pm Lantern Procession & Carol Service 11.00am CFS

Gunthorpe Sharrington

9.30am MP BCP

9.30am HC

Binham

11.00am HC

11.00am HC

Morston

9.30am HC BCP

Langham Stiffkey

24th December Christmas Eve At Saxlingham 4.00pm Crib Service

10.00 Christmas Day Family Communion 11.00am HC 9.30am Family HC

4.00pm Crib Service 11.00pm Benefice Midnight Holy Communion

9.30am HC BCP 9.30am MP At Langham

25th December Christmas Day 9.30am HC At Saxlingham

10.30am Carols and Readings 9.30am HC BCP

6.00pm Carol Service At Langham

At Stiffkey 9.30am HC

7th January Epiphany 9.30am HC

14th January

21st January

28th January

9.30am HC

9.30am HC

9.30am HC

Field Dalling

At Saxlingham

At Saxlingham

At Saxlingham

At Saxlingham

Saxlingham

11.00am HC

11.00am CFS

11.00am HC

11.00am MP BCP

11.00am MP

4.30pm Silent Meditation

11.00am HC

9.30am MP BCP

9.30am HC

9.30am MP CW

11.00am HC

11.00am HC

11.00am CFS

9.30am HC

Morston

3.30pm Epiphany Carol Service with the Richeldis Singers 9.30am HC BCP

Langham

At Stiffkey

9.30am MP

At Stiffkey

9.30am HC

Stiffkey

9.30am MP

At Langham

9.30am HC

At Langham

Parish Bale

Gunthorpe Sharrington Binham

9.30am HC BCP

Additional Services 16th December : Stiffkey, 3.00pm. Christingle 17th December: Cockthorpe, 11.00am. Carol Service with Cantilena Choir. 1pm Tree Festival 19th December: Binham, 6.30pm. Carols and Readings with the Iceni Christmas Choir 23rd December: Morston, 5.00pm. Lessons and Carols; Bale, 6.00pm. Carol Service 31st December: Langham, 10.30am. HC Group Service Regular Weekday Services Binham: Tuesday, Evening Prayer at 3.30pm; Langham: Wednesday, 10.00am Holy Communion

RECTOR’S LETTER Dear Friends and Parishioners,

And God is not mocked: He knows, He forgives, He brings peace. But He also knows and judges and has the final word. And He is near to all who name Him and claim Him Salvator Mundi, in Christ the Saviour of the World. There is no run-up to Christmas. It is called the four weeks of Advent. There is no designer Christmas. It is called the yearly celebration of the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, in a stable of an inn, of his virgin unmarried mother. And it is our hope and our joy; and it brings this man to his knees. May I wish you a thoughtful Advent and a dashing Christmas!

The earth turns and our world moves on, into leaf-fall and Winter. The natural world takes back into itself, life, to give itself again, next year. All things withdraw, though we, contrariwise, go out: shopping, shooting, lighting up the night. And some of it is tremendous and full of delight and skill and pleasure. And some is empty and doomed to disappointment. And into the Season’s Greetings steps the One who orders all. Salvator Mundi, the Saviour of the world, who holds the orb, representing all things in one hand, and raises His other to bless, to determine good to all who acknowledge Him as such.

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‘He is so small the stars bow down The fierce winds ease their breath, And careful shepherds look upon The one unsullied birth. They kneel and stare while time seems gone And goodness rules the earth.

at the same time he will hand over the duties of being the Field Dalling village representative; a role he has carried out for some 13 years. We will miss his support, advice and guiding hand, and not least his very kind hospitality in providing a venue for most of the Management Committee meetings. He will leave the Lynx knowing that it has gone from strength to strength during his tenure and is well placed to continue to provide its services to the 10 villages for the foreseeable future. We wish Anthony all the very best for his “retirement”. John Blakeley

The blight on man is all undone And there will be no death, For though this child will be nailed on A cross, he’ll be so since He is the jewel of untold worth, For him all stars have shone.’ From: A Christmas Sequence by Elizabeth Jennings Yours very truly, Ian Whittle, The Rectory, Langham 01328 830246

COUNTY COUNCILLORS’ NEWS ...from Dr. Marie Strong Norfolk’s Budget Consultation You will probably have heard about the vast amount of money the County Council is aiming to save and now we all have an opportunity to have our say. Google Norfolk County Council and the Budget Consultation is on the first page. (If you are without a computer, local library staff will assist.) Please respond because it does make a difference. Norfolk County responsibilities include adult social services, children’s services, buses, highways, libraries, recycling centres, broadband. Mobile Phone Connectivity The Digital Innovation and Efficiency Committee of which I am a member has agreed to commission a survey of mobile phone and data coverage across the county. I was concerned that the focus was to be on Norwich, Kings Lynn and Yarmouth together with A and B roads. Since our division’s largest town is Wells and most of our divisional roads are U (unclassified) this did not meet with my approval. However, it has now been agreed councillors can make recommendations, which I have done. I must wax a little cautious because whilst it is hoped the survey will encourage the mobile phone operators to make greater provision across Norfolk we do not have the same financial control as we have had with Better Broadband for Norfolk. Very early wishes for a lovely and peaceful Christmas, Marie. Dr Marie Strong: County Councillor Wells Division* marie.strong@norfolk. gov.uk or 07920 286 597

COMMUNITY nEWS LOOKING AFTER LOCAL LYNX The Local Lynx is a community magazine covering 10 villages in North Norfolk. It is published every other month and is voluntarily produced by village members and distributed to 1,200 households in these villages plus other venues such as local pubs, churches, tourist information offices and shops in the area. The readership is estimated as at least 2,000 people, plus the magazine is also available on-line at www.locallynx. co.uk and currently has around 300 on-line readers. Until quite recently, all our production costs (mainly printing) were just covered by the donations we receive from Parish Councils and PCCs, and by advertisements. But, perhaps due to the trend towards online selling, our advertising revenue has decreased over the past few issues. Although our overall financial position is still healthy, we need to make up the shortfall. So we are turning to you, our readers, for a little help. Firstly, if you run a local business or service, please consider advertising. Secondly, we know that you value your Local Lynx and, if you would like to help ensure its long-term future, then please think about making a small donation. Six pounds a year would be £1 per issue; ten pounds a year would be a round sum, but please give whatever you feel is appropriate. Our bank details for making a direct BACS transfer are below and will appear in future issues; or you may donate by cash or cheque. Please email lynxeditor @pobox.com to arrange this. Lynx Internet Banking and Standing Orders Account number: 6500 4288 Sort code: 09-01-54 And… thank you for reading Local Lynx. Ed.

*Villages in Wells Division: Binham & Cockthorpe, Blakeney, Brinton & Sharrington, Barshams & Houghton St Giles, Field Dalling & Saxlingham; Letheringsett &

THANK YOU TO ANTHONY SMITH The Lynx editorial and publishing team, together with the village representatives would like to thank Anthony Smith, who has decided to stand down at the end of this year, for all the work he has done as the chairman of the Lynx Management Committee and as the “guardian” of the Lynx publishing template for the past 5 years. Anthony will chair his last meeting as this edition is being distributed, and

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Glandford, Great Snoring, Great & Little Walsingham, Hindringham, Holkham, Hunworth & Stody, Langham, Thornage & Little Thornage, Morston, Sculthorpe, Stiffkey, Warham, Wells-next-the-Sea, Wighton, Wiveton.

…from Steffan Aquarone Dealing with the cuts caused by the expectation that central government will withdraw all funding from local authorities by 2022 is a challenging task for any administration especially as the Council is required by law to balance its budget. My concerns are about how the cuts are being imposed: the less visible services that will be cut, the denigration of people who are treated as though their dependency on services is a choice, and the voicelessness that many of the most vulnerable people in our society suffer. A matter that I am particularly passionate about is mobile libraries: in Melton Constable division there are no bricks and mortar libraries and in many cases the mobile library is the only County Council service that users access. The proposed cut of £200k from next year onwards is more than 40% of the total budget of the mobile libraries service and will radically reduce its ability to deliver. It's almost certain to mean fewer vehicles making fewer trips. I undertake to fight this matter hard - not least because I believe there is a huge opportunity to innovate and fundamentally upgrade the role of mobile libraries to being mobile service points, able to provide access to a wide range of County Council services and even save money elsewhere. Please let me know your views on the proposed cuts to mobile libraries by emailing steffan.aquarone.cllr @norfolk.gov.uk or by letter: Freepost Norfolk Lib Dems. Steffan Aquarone: County Councillor Melton Constable Division ( incl. Bale and Gunthorpe Parishes) steffanaquarone@gmail.com or 07879 451608

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Providing community help to residents Back in the spring, Victory Housing closed access to several properties where residents have previously been able to park outside their front doors. Many of the residents have mobility issues and the lack of access is putting them at risk of social isolation and increasing the likelihood of a fall. After on-going talks with relevant parties, a survey of residents was carried out in September 2017. From the survey responses, there is widespread support for parking close to the properties and it confirmed that for some residents, the current restrictions are creating considerable hardship. Victory Housing has agreed that we can re-develop the land to provide parking, but the community needs volunteers with architectural, engineering and quantity surveying skills to offer some time to the project. I need someone to work with me to draw up potential plans and someone to work out the cost of those plans, so we know how much fund-raising is needed. I can then work with officers at NNDC to assess which ideas are viable. I have already had some wonderful drawings from two of the grandchildren of one of the residents and their ideas are very sound. If you think you can spare a couple of hours to help this project, I would love to hear from you. Challenges with the emerging Local Plan The Local Plan is a critical document which provides guidance for building across North Norfolk and gives us the ability to protect our local heritage and countryside. At the recent NNDC Planning Policy and Built Heritage Working Party, we received a briefing about a Central Government Housing Needs Assessment consultation, which could seriously impact our emerging Local Plan. In summary, we would have to build 511 houses each year across North Norfolk and if we didn’t we could be fined or worse, lose our right to determine planning applications

DISTRICT COUNCILLOR NEWS from Cllr. Karen Ward It is now just over a year since I was elected and I just want to say thank you for all your support and wisdom. I feel like we are heading in the right direction with improvements in planning enforcement, for example. However, as always, new issues emerge and this month I am asking for your help.

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did before firing the guns in real life. There is even a gun there that you can shoot the aircraft on a screen with. The staff were very friendly and answered our questions. If in the area well worth going to. But this success story belies a problem - to keep the museum open we rely on volunteers, and we urgently need more of you to volunteer and help us and relieve the burden on the friendly and dedicated volunteers who have kept us going until now, and who have earned universal praise from our visitors. As well as properly staffing the Dome for planned opening days we need to be able to open on more days to attract the many holiday makers who pass the Dome but find it shut. Please do call or e-mail the Dome Manager Val Bowers if you think you can help. Her contact details are tel: 07762 205578 or email val@langhamdome.org. Full training is given and your other personal commitments will always be respected when organising Dome shifts. Even if you could only do one or two mornings or afternoons a month it would still help us. You will find that being a volunteer at the Langham Dome Museum will give you the chance to meet fascinating and appreciative visitors who have a genuine interest in the story we tell and who praise the museum for the way in which the stories of both RAF Langham and the Dome trainer are told, JB

locally. These proposals do not mean we would get the affordable housing we do need. This could potentially mean open season for developers buying up pieces of land to build irrespective of local conditions or with fewer restrictions on what could be built. It is hard enough already to get affordable housing built at the rate we need. This is likely to turbo boost second homes and make it even harder to find pieces of land for affordable homes. More details can be found on https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/ planning-for-the-right-homes-in-the-right-placesconsultation-proposals. We asked the officers to respond robustly to the consultation and make it clear that the assumptions in the consultation are seriously flawed for areas like North Norfolk. I will update you on the outcome in a future edition of Lynx. District Councillors’ Contact Details: Vincent Fitzpatrick e:vincent.fitzpatrick@north-norfolk.gov.uk & Simon Hester e:simon.hester@north-norfolk.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@north-norfolk.gov.uk (Gunthorpe & Bale)

LANGHAM DOME NEWS The Dome has now closed for the winter and will reopen in 2018 on Good Friday March 30th. It has been a successful year with a total of 3877 visitors excluding the many hundreds who enjoyed the very successful Dome Open Day on 3 June. Visitors also rate us very highly, and with 86% of visitors giving us an excellent rating (and another 12% rating us very good) we have a certificate of excellence from Trip Adviser. Amongst those who have added recent comments we have seen: Took wrong turn & ended up passing this place, that happened to be open. What a little gem. A great way to pass an hour or so and well worth the £5 admission. Fascinating insight into the history of the airfield and also anti-aircraft gunnery training.....virtual reality 1940’s style. Just spent a week visiting the Normandy Beaches and thought I was “WW2’d out”, until I turned up here. Although I have lived in Norfolk all my life I had never heard of Langham Dome so when the Skoda East Owners club decided to visit thought we would go and were glad we did. The dome is small but inside is a wealth of information well laid out telling you about what happened there. As well as the displays a video told you about the training the men

AED DEFIBRILLATOR TRAINING You can now find a defibrillator in Bale in the red phone box opposite the church; in Langham outside the village hall and in Morston outside the village hall. Using an automated external defibrillator (AED) on a person who is having sudden cardiac arrest may save that person's life. Defibrillators are very easy to use. Although they don’t all look the same, they all function in broadly the same way. The machine gives clear spoken instructions. You don't need training to use one. If you would like to know more about how a defibrillator works, there will be free talk and demonstration at Morston Village Hall on Friday 1 December from 9.30 - 11.10am organised by Morston parish council. You are very welcome to join us, but please contact Roberta on 01263 740188 or email roberta@hamond. co.uk so that we know how many are coming. RH

FAKENHAM CHORAL SOCIETY Christmas Concert, Sat. 16th Dec. at 7.30pm Fakenham Parish Church This year’s event will feature a very special guest. Oliver Wass is a young harpist who was awarded the coveted Guildhall Gold Medal in 2016. He will be accompanying the choir in a magical candlelit performance of Benjamin Britten’s ‘Ceremony of Carols’ in Part One. In Part Two he will be joined by two colleagues on the flute and viola, who together make up the Pelléas Ensemble. They will provide accompaniments for a varied selection of carols, including two which are just for the gentlemen of the choir. There will be opportunities for the audience to join in. Tickets are priced at £12 (under 18s free of charge) and wine will be on sale at the interval with a free mince pie. Buy your tickets soon from 01485 544335 to ensure your seat. A limited number of tickets will also be available at the door.

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perspective, painterliness and colour. 5th November Now we are seeing winter migrants from Northen Europe; this afternoon a rush of fieldfares flew over my head while I was walking down Clip Street Lane, yesterday I saw two woodcock in Cake’s Lane, and last week a woodcock took off under our feet in Cockthorpe Common. Though woodcock do breed here and stay all year round; a friend was telling me yesterday of seeing one roding in spring near Holt. Jane Wheeler

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

BALE DIARY 11th October Painting poles again Now it’s autumn I’m back into painting my local landscape - this time of year is far more interesting. The rooks are back, crowding on the electricity and telephone wires that criss-cross the fields on Clip Street, inspiring a couple of paintings, especially a field that has an open view out to the coast, towards Cley and Blakeney, and the line of poles through it gives a strong sense of the open sweep of the land. Another field has two sets of lines, and some lovely old barns, with hedgerow trees and Patch Wood in the background. I’m working with broad brush and palette knife, and feeling far more confident putting less down for a looser painting. Our walks are enlivened somewhat uncomfortably by all the pheasants running around – Bims gets far too excited. I am hoping to train her to ignore them – some hope! A lot of ash leaves are on the ground, but on the whole leaves are still green – crab apples covering the ground and ditch from a tree at the edge of the wood add to the warm light. Wild skies on these early evenings, turning soft pinks golds and reds under dark clouds, inspire charcoal drawings. October pushes us on into autumn, more trees are turning, gold and the odd touch of russet red. Even a wet grey day has its pleasures, fallen leaves glow, reflect light upwards. Wet always makes bracken fronds more colourful and grey old stalks in the hedgerow stand out as skeletal sculptures. 23rd October A busy time for farmers, a new growing season, winter wheat, autumn barley; rape is up and flourishing, and it is sugar beet harvesting season. I found the so empty field I’d painted being ploughed and cultivated on Monday. The cultivator is pulled along behind the plough, detached at the end of the row and cleverly caught up again as the tractor returns to the furrow, leaning into the deep edge. A great subject to attempt - the shape of the coulters, blades or whathave-yous so flower-like as they are tipped up, steel polished by earth, and red paint flashing like teeth, or flower petals - a complex painting, tussling with proportion and

HUNDRED CLUB DRAW RESULTS September17 Kris Clarke £25 Sandy Chapman £10 Jim Peppitt £5 Emily Postan £5

October 17 Emily Antcliffe Jim Peppitt Grace Gibbs Dan Moore

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JIM PEPPITT A very sad event to report – after a long illness we lost Jim Peppitt on the last Saturday in October. He was a very quiet, kind and gentle man of many talents, for many years a well-loved family dentist in Fakenham, and his presence in Bale will be greatly missed by all – he was a resident for over forty years. Our sympathies go out to Anne and all the family. Jane Wheeler

BALE VILLAGE HALL NEWS We had a record crowd at the Harvest Supper on 7th October, with Ottie and family feeding us far too well (as usual), which I suppose is what a celebration of harvest is all about! The new configuration of the hall worked very well on this, our first (indoor) catered event since the relocation of the kitchen. The only glitsch in proceedings was that accessing the kitchen from the side door was rather hazardous as we don’t yet have outside lights – a situation which will be remedied in due course. By the time you read this, the Quiz will have taken place (25th November) and, at time of writing we already have four teams booked, so a full house looks likely. For news of winners, watch this space in the next Lynx! It doesn’t seem possible that Christmas is almost upon us but time flies when you’re having fun… which we undoubtedly will be on Friday 8th December, when we will be beginning festivities with Christmas Fish & Chips (7pm as usual).

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Also, don’t forget to book your place at the Old Year’s Night Party, which begins at 8pm. Alastair and team will be cooking us a three-course feast, there will be the usual quiz plus other fun and games. To book your place, call 01328 822012 or email balevillagehall@gmail.com. Paula Moore

paintbrushes and a white dinner plate as palette – for maximum visual effect, expressing his connection with how he experiences the subject. Everyone in the group attended. In future we hope to open these to a wider audience, of painters from other villages and perhaps non-painters who enjoy art as well. Jane Wheeler

BALE READING GROUP The reading group has now been together for over a year, meeting at the village hall approximately bi-monthly. The group consists of about a dozen keen readers who take turns choosing the books and baking teatime treats to enjoy during the discussion – a very pleasant way to spend a Saturday afternoon! The book for October was “Mornings in Jenin” by Susan Abulhawa. Unfortunately there were one or two absentees but most of those there found the book interesting, though gruelling at times – not always an easy read. The story tells of a child who grew up in the aftermath of the creation of Israel and gives the Palestinian perspective on the history of that period in the Middle East. It is by turns shocking and touching and the majority opinion was that the novel, based on real events, was very well constructed and brought the landscape and characters vividly to life. The next meeting will be in January, when we will be talking about “The Universe Versus Alex Woods” by Gavin Extence. Martin Moore

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

BINHAM AND COCKTHORPE PC Walsingham Road Development At the last Parish Council meeting representatives of Broadland Housing had been invited to attend and introduced their management team who will oversee the building of the 28 houses on the site. The main contractor will be H Smith & Sons of Hoverington who had been involved with them on a number of their smaller developments. It was confirmed that the improvement of the sight-lines at the Walsingham Road/Hindringham junction will be the first work. This was started at the end of October as promised. It is expected that the early items of the main build programme, the roads and services, will follow. The Parish Council will appoint representatives to meet monthly with Broadland Housing and the main contractor to ensure actions are taken to minimise disruption to close neighbours, particularly as the first houses to be built will in the corner of the site backing onto those in Priory Crescent. The Parish Council is considering purchasing a village defibrillator. The trustees and landlords of The Chequers have generously agreed for it to be mounted on the building for public access. Clive Brady is looking into details of operation and also sources of funding. It will be discussed further at the next meeting. It is with regret that two councillors, William Wales, and Lucy McCullam, have resigned, each for personal reasons. William has been a councillor for many years serving at times as chairman and secretary. His commitment to, and knowledge of, the parish has been invaluable. We hope we will continue to have access to his wisdom, but unfortunately not his presence on the Council. Lucy’s service, while shorter, for her time no less valuable, particularly representing the view of residents in Priory

ALL SAINTS’ CAROL SERVICE 2017 The Christmas Carol Service will take place on Saturday 23rd December at 6pm. It is hoped that the Church will once again be full so that we can “raise the roof” singing our favourite carols. This year, it has been decided that we will not be calling on “guest singers” to perform choir-only items, but will have a simpler service, interspersing readings narrating the Christmas story with complementary wellknown carols for the entire congregation. Mulled wine and mince pies will, as usual, be served at the end of the service. We look forward to welcoming all to join us in starting Christmas in Bale with this joyful celebration. Paula Moore

BALE PAINTING GROUP On 6th November we held our first demonstration morning, with Lionel Wilde showing us how he paints trees and landscape with acrylics. This was a most enlightening and enjoyable session, as he showed us how he achieves his speedily painted canvases with simple means – two

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Close on issues of the new development. With Stanley Hewitt she helped the Council to have some influence on the more balanced layout of the Broadland development. Both vacancies, arising at different times, were advertised in accordance with Local Government rules. As nobody applied, the Council has the powers to co-opt. Liz Brady agreed to the invitation to replace William and, at the next Council meeting, the replacement for Lucy is expected to be confirmed. David Frost

Monday 5th February 10.30am. - 12.30pm please come along.

PAROCHIAL CHARITIES LUNCH On Friday 13th October 35 people attended the Parochial Charities Lunch in the Chequers Inn. We were welcomed with open arms by Simon and Sarah who could not have done more to accommodate us. A wonderful meal of roast pork with literally all the trimmings was cooked by Simon followed by apple and plum crumble and enjoyed in the warm surroundings by everyone. The raffle raised £60 for Children In Need. We will be hosting another lunch in the Spring so look out in the Lynx for the date. W.Wales

BINHAM MEMORIAL HALL At long last we have been able to give our Binham builder, Stanley Hewitt the “go-ahead” to start refurbishing our kitchen and store cupboard. Thanks to a grant from North Norfolk District Council’s “Big Society” and from the Red Socks Charitable Trust, work will commence in early December and should be completed by January 13. So all those who use the hall during this period, please be patient. Over the years we have received many plaudits for the excellent facilities we offer at our hall. One might ask therefore, why we need to refurbish the kitchen. However, after over ten years of hard use, it was felt that we needed to up-grade certain aspects and with advice from NNDC and others we hope that the improvements will keep us in the top league of Norfolk village halls. We are grateful to all those who regularly use our facilities, especially the Binham Artists and the Youth Club. I wonder how many happy couples have started their marriage with a reception at the Memorial Hall? A.Cuthbert

CHARITY DOG WALK On Sunday 1st October, in the drizzle, about 40 people met at the village hall with or without dogs to walk around the village and through the farm to raise money for Cancer Research UK. It was about 4 miles and done at an enjoyable pace. The weather improved and it was a beautiful day as we all walked down Morphews Breck towards the hall. After dogs were watered and tucked up in cars we all enjoyed a lunch of bangers and mash followed by apple and blackberry crumble. Thank you to everyone who helped with the lunch and the raffle. We raised £750 and Barclays Bank has matched that, so in total we raised an amazing £1500 for Cancer Reasearch UK. I hope to see you all again next year. Look out for the date in the Lynx. Alex Wales

CHRISTMAS SERVICES AT BINHAM PRIORY

CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES

A warm welcome to all at the following services: Tuesday, 19th December, 6.30pm Carols and Readings for Advent and Christmas with the Iceni Christmas Choir Christmas Eve, 4pm Children's Crib Service Christmas Eve, 11pm Midnight Holy Communion Christmas Day, 10.30am Family Service with Carols and Readings Sunday, 7th January, 3.30pm Carols and Readings for Epiphany with the Richeldis Singers

Binham Memorial Hall Christmas supper. Saturday 2nd December, 6.30 for 7pm in Binham village hall. Everybody welcome. To book your seat please ring Liz on 01328830519. £8 supper, as usual there will be a raffle and tombola. Carols around the tree. Monday 18th December, 7.15pm with Fakenham town band on the Village Green. Pantomime. The Wighton players are bringing their Panto "Pinoccio and the circus" to Binham village hall on Saturday 13th January 7.15pm. Tickets £6 under 5's free. Ring Liz 01328830519. Raffle and refreshments. Thanks to everybody who has supported the village hall’s coffee mornings during 2017. We hope to continue with every other month during 2018. First one will be

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and Andrew Shields. The family are delighted to donate half of the proceeds from the exhibition to go towards maintaining the fabric of this fine building. Jonathan and Sarah Hundleby and Rachel Pryor

FRIENDS OF BINHAM PRIORY Pottery manufacturer Emma Bridgewater wowed her fans at Binham Priory and attracted an audience of nearly 200 to the sell-out event. Speaking about her life and design career, Emma was interviewed on stage by Binham Local History Group secretary Pennie Alford then made time to chat and sign books and pottery brought along by devotees. The event was organised by the Friends of Binham Priory with all proceeds helping to support the maintenance and enhancement of the Priory Church. A raffle, featuring a platter donated by Emma and generous gifts from many local businesses, was a popular addition to the proceeds. Friends’ chairperson Clive Brady thanked everyone who helped make the evening possible. He said afterwards: “It was even more successful than we ever expected and Emma was delightful to work with.” The Friends calendar for 2018 w will include an exciting speaker in April and Picnic2Jazz in July. For information go to: friendsofbinhampriory.weebly.com. Carolyn Raymond

BINHAM ART GROUP Looking back on the year that is rapidly drawing to a close, the group has gone from strength to strength. We have had an excellent range of demonstrations and workshops, from which we have learnt a great deal whilst thoroughly enjoying the experience. In August we held our annual exhibition which was tremendous success. We meet a large number of friends at the preview evening, as well as an encouraging number of visitors over the weekend. We also sold some pictures which is always a bonus. Our other great achievement was the opening of the Chequers Gallery. This provides a marvellous showcase for our work, together with brightening up a previously rather dull part of the pub. The group is extremely grateful to Sarah and Simon for allowing us to create this unique space, certainly for this part of Norfolk. Where else can you enjoy good beer, excellent home cooked food, and a fine range of local artistic talent? The group will be holding its Christmas lunch at the Chequers on the 12th December after the usual session at the village hall. Our last meeting of the year will be on the 19th and we start again in January on the 9th. The committee is planning some interesting demonstrations, workshops, outings, and other exciting projects for the New Year. We will of course be holding our annual exhibition and there will be some great events at the gallery. To find out more about the group and to keep in touch with future events please go to our website www.binhamartgroup.weebly.com. Have a great Christmas and an artistic New Year. The Binham Art Group

ARTHUR HUNDLEBY EXHIBITION A retrospective exhibition of the paintings of Arthur Hundleby was held from the 27th - 29th October at Binham Priory. It proved to be a great opportunity to see his evocative paintings displayed in the building that he loved. Thus celebrating both his work as an artist and his work conserving Binham Priory. It was a great success and an opportunity to remember and appreciate his talent, not forgetting the behind the scenes work of his wonderfully supportive wife, Marion. The family would like to thank all those that worked so hard to make it a success and in particular Maureen and David Frost, Clare Winkley, James Glennie, Edward Raison

BINHAM YOUTH GROUP Another lively year. A spooktacular Halloween evening with skeletons, witches, ghostbusters etc (and lots of Halloween chocolate) was enjoyed by all the children and helpers.

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studios in Sheringham. Alistair shared details of how she went about her photo portraits in her studio in Sheringham, making the best use of natural daylight from her glass roof which would cast a luminous light over the sitter’s face giving her photographs a very distinctive style. He also discussed the techniques she used such as the Autochrome process, first patented in 1904 by Auguste and Louis Lumière to create colour portrait glass plates. Her first portrait taken in 1912 of a local Sheringham fisherman called Hardingham gives you a real sense of the man sitting there in his traditional fisherman’s Gansey sweater, smock, trousers and hat with his pipe in mouth sitting next to a brass jug and a glass of water. She also like photographers of the modern day, resorted to ‘handwork’ gently retouching to remove, where required, wrinkles and blemishes, brighten the complexion or trim down a fuller figure, as Alistair said it proved photo manipulation is not just a modern craze! Sadly in over 60 years since her death, her significant contribution had been largely forgotten but with the superb work of Alistair and his team over the past 9 years they have rectified this. A book called Fisherman and Kings, The photography of Olive Edis has been written by Alistair and Elizabeth Elmore and is available from the museum.

Due to the work that will soon start on the village hall kitchen, Youth Group will close for the whole of December and part of January. So, the last Wednesday this year will be 29th November 2017 and Youth Group will reopen on Wednesday 17th January 2018. We would like to thank all our lovely Youth Group members and helpers for a great year, wish everyone a Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you in the New Year! Amanda Able

BINHAM & HINDRINGHAM OPEN CIRCLE 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. Our next meeting will be held a week earlier than usual on Thursday 14th December when we will be holding our Christmas party. 2018 brings a new programme and we start the year with a talk from David Pearson about food banks, this will be on Thursday 18th January. Sue Elkins

BINHAM LOCAL HISTORY GROUP

Boots, Mustard and Beer

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Our October talk saw a return of Chris Armstrong to talk about eight 19th century Norwich business men. Some of the mens’ surnames are obvious to us even now, that of John Jarrold for instance, who moved his father’s grocer and draper business from Suffolk to Norwich in 1823 and set up as a bookseller, publisher and printer. What he created and developed became what is now regarded as Norwich’s largest and longest standing privately owned business. Other famous names mentioned were J J Colman (Mustard & Starch), Albert Caley (Mineral Waters & Chocolate). The others were Sir George White MP (shoe manufacturer), Sir Samuel Morton Peto MP (Railway Engineer and construction), Sir Robert Harvey MP (Banking) John Patteson (Weaving and Brewing) and Thomas Bignold (Insurance -Norwich Union). Some of the stories included tales of risk taking, social climbing, religious observance and temperance, philanthropy and sadly in the case of Harvey fraud resulting in the crash of his bank and his suicide.

Our season of talks began in September with an excellent talk by Alastair Murphy curator of Cromer Museum on the life of Olive Edis (3 Sept 1876 – 28 Dec 1955) who was at the height of her career one of the most important photographers of the early 20th century. Alastair explained that in 2008 Cromer Museum was offered for sale a large collection of over 2000 prints, glass plate negatives and autochromes from Edis’ studios. With the help of a Heritage Lottery Grant and fund raising of £40000 the collection’s future was secured and also funded a two year image digitisation project , storage and a display in the museum. Thus began Alistair’s journey of cataloguing and relaunching the spotlight on Olive and her remarkable work on behalf of Norfolk Museums Service. Olive was an exceptional portrait artist, photographing the spectrum of British society: from local Norfolk fishermen to royalty. She had studios in Sheringham and London and she was the first woman to be appointed an official war photographer for WW1. She was originally born in London but after the death of her father made a career for herself in photography, purchasing additional

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with a tombola. To book your tree, or ask questions please contact Juliet Case, julietcase@live.com. All money raised will go towards the Neo Natal Unit at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital for the magnificent work they do. Juliet Case Carol Service 11.00 am on Sunday 17th December Cantilena, a chamber choir of some 20 members which is based in North Norfolk, and began life as the church choir at Field Dalling, is delighted to have been invited to take part in the celebration this year of Christmas in Cockthorpe church. We know that it comes at the end of a very special twelve months during which the full restoration of this uniquely beautiful building has been completed by the Norfolk Churches Trust. Having visited All Saints recently, I have seen for myself what a gem of a place it has now become, and how perfect the building is, despite its relatively small size, for the performance of choral music. I know that it will look still more beautiful once it has been specially decorated, and lit by candles and tree lights for the service at which the choir will be performing both familiar and, perhaps, some less well-known choral music for the festive season, as well as encouraging everyone to sing their hearts out as we all join in the traditional Christmas carols and hymns. Rosemary Kimmins – Conductor, Cantilena

February 2018 with a talk from Megan Dennis from Gressinghall Museum called Letters from the Workhouse. Pennie Alford

BINHAM MEMORIAL HALL 100+ Club winners September winners: £25 Mr & Mrs Small. £10 D&J Burton, Andrew Marsh. £5 Sheila Law, J Savory, Mr Marshall. October winners: £25 Sheila Law. £10 Mr G Marsh, Brenda Cooper. £5 Barb Thompson, Mr Alex Smith, C & L Brady. 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 Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy—forgiveness To an opponent - tolerance To a friend - happiness To a customer - service To all - charity To yourself - love and respect Have a Happy and Blessed Christmas

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

Contact: Julie Wiltshire julie_wilson75@hotmail.com

CHURCH CELEBRATION WEEKEND Hooray! Following the completion of the renovation of Cockthorpe church this year we can celebrate Christmas in our beautiful church. To mark the occasion we are holding a Christmas tree festival together with a choral service by the Cantilena choir during the weekend of 16th/17th December. Christmas Tree Festival As the church is small we thought we would have small trees, approximately 3 or 4 feet high and hopefully the majority decorated by children with adult supervision. Trees can be pre ordered and paid for, bring your own decorations and take your tree home after the weekend. Trees can be decorated the previous weekend 9th/10th December. On the Saturday we will be serving tea coffee and cakes together

OUR NEW VILLAGE REP From this issue of Local Lynx on, readers will see a new name and email address in the Field Dalling section header just above this article. Over the summer, and after more than thirteen years, it seemed to me that a change was past due. I’m very pleased that Julie has agreed to take on the role of Field Dalling village representative for Local Lynx. Julie will be known to many readers already. Before moving into the village and becoming a mum, she worked in business as an analyst. Husband Nick is also an IT professional, so their son Henry is growing up in a techsavvy home. From now on, please email your articles to her. Copy deadlines are published on page 2 of every issue of Lynx and village reps always like to receive articles a few days early, to allow them time to review and format them to the Lynx house style. We wish her well in this new role. Anthony Smith

FIELD DALLING CAMPAIGN Broadland’s Housing Proposal In late July this year, the Parish Council became aware that Broadland Development Services (BDS) was holding confidential discussions with the District Council about building sixteen new houses on a field just to the north of Highfield.

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join together in well-known carols in a beautiful candlelit atmosphere. On Christmas Eve, at 4pm, there will be a crib service when we will re-enact the Christmas story in a way specially designed to bring it to life for children. On Christmas Day, at 10am, there will be a Christmas Communion service. Do join us for any of these services. You, your family and your visitors will be most welcome. Ian Newton and Margaret Smith

Almost overnight a small team of concerned residents formed, to try and find out as much as possible about what BDS was planning and how the community felt about it, particularly those families who live in Highfield, as they would be most directly affected. During August, twenty-four residents wrote directly to BDS with their concerns about their proposed development. The campaign team also wrote, making three points: first, that the proposed site was unsuitable; second, that the views of the community had been ignored by developers of two previous housing projects and people did not want that to happen again; and third, that the secretiveness of BDS’s approach was making everyone very suspicious. In response to this, BDS put on two public consultation events on September 5th and 11th and spoke at a Parish Council meeting following the second of these events. All these events were very well attended; those present learned a lot, asked many questions, and expressed their concerns. Most of the concerns were to do with the (un)suitability of the site and the effect on village life of such a large development. Since then, things might seem to have gone quiet. They haven’t. BDS has not yet decided whether to submit a full planning application, but has decided to commission a survey of housing need. The campaign team continues to meet regularly and plans to oppose the development if BDS decides to apply to the District Council for permission to build. But the campaign is not just about opposing. Its overall aim is constructive: to preserve Field Dalling roughly the way it is. Most residents we have heard from think that this is a good campaign theme. Several small developments have taken place in recent years without much controversy, but this proposal has aroused considerable opposition. It looks as if it will continue to do so. Anthony Smith

WINE TASTING Fri 8th Dec at 7.00pm at Villagers’ Hall We have created an opportunity for us all to order our Christmas drinks from Adnams. They will be presenting a wine tasting evening on Friday 8th December at the Villagers’ Hall in Field Dalling. Entrance is free. There will be ten wines and two beers available to taste on the night. Lee Newstead, accompanied by fellow staff will give background information on the products in what will be a very relaxed evening. Light snacks will be available mid way through the event. As bonus, Lee has agreed to give all orders placed on the night a 10% discount. The offer includes the ranges of wine, beers and spirits available from Adnams which can be viewed in store or on line at www.adnams.co.uk as long as ordered on the night. (Not available in conjunction with other Adnams offers or discounts). This is a fabulous offer from a great supplier, but you must let us know if you will be attending the evening. Please inform us on 01328 830365 or steveand susie100@gmail.com.

POSADA The figures of Mary, Joseph and their donkey will once again travel around the villages of Field Dalling and Saxlingham just before Christmas. They will be brought finally, to the Crib Service on Christmas Eve in Saxlingham church. Families who hosted the basket of figures last year, found themselves really surprised by the sense of ‘presence’ and ’specialness’ as the figures were brought to the door and placed somewhere special for the evening. It’s easy to join in; there will be a sign-up sheet at the coffee morning, and at the services. Or contact Fiona Newton on 01328 830 947. Fiona Newton

BEREAVEMENT GROUP This meets each month, on the second Friday, from 4 -5.30pm at Manor Farm Cottage, 67 Langham Road, Field Dalling. Any who have been bereaved are welcome. The December meeting will be on December 8th led by Lizzie Boal and Fiona Newton (01328 830 947) Fiona Newton

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Bookings are being taken for the Christmas bingo so if you would like to book your place, please contact Ian and Debbie Ladley on 01328 830582.

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the pro rata months for the 50:50 Club 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 future draw. The Friends membership and any other donation, but 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. NatWest Bank plc Sort code 53-50-73 Account number 25727532 Don’t forget the Christmas party on Saturday 16th December at noon in the Institute. We will be drawing £100 in prizes as well as having an enhanced raffle. Complimentary mulled wine and soft drinks and Christmas party refreshments. Entrance is by purchase of raffle tickets with a minimum of £2 for adults and £1 for 5-15 year olds. Children under 5 are free. To again quote the motto of a somewhat larger lottery can we remind you that “you have to be in it to win it!” Myfi Everett & John Blakeley

200 CLUB The winners for October are Chris Williamson (£50), Margaret Reeves (£25), Rosemary Beeson (£15). Please note that 200 Club membership fees are due in now for 2017/18. Please submit by cash or cheque made out to ‘FD & S 200 Club’, c/o Susie and Steve at May Cottage, 100 Holt Road, Field Dalling, NR25 7LE (telephone 01328830365). You have to have paid to win it!

ADVENT GROUP Tea and cake and conversation. We drink, we eat, we question, we listen, we laugh, we read, we pray. It’s great so do join us. The group will meet round the kitchen table at Manor Farm Cottage, 67 Langham Road, Field Dalling at 4.45pm to 6pm on the following Mondays: 27th Nov, 4th Dec, 11th Dec and the 18th Dec. Fiona Newton

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

FOGPC September

ST MARY’S CHURCH NEWS

50/50 Club Draw Results October

The harvest service, held on October 9th, was very well attended. As always, the church looked fantastic decorated with lovely autumn flowers, berries, fruit, vegetables and dry goods. Thank you to everyone who helped and who so generously gave produce. As usual we gave everything to The Holt Youth Project who were thrilled with our gifts. Christmas will be soon upon us and I will, please, be asking for help with the bi-annual pew polishing. Coffee and biscuits provided! Penny Brough Church Warden

Margaret Reeves £20 Sandra Worthington £20 Janie Burton £15 John Lemberger £15 Margot Worsley £5 Joe Lemberger £5 John Clark £5 Carole Wallace £5 Isaac Buchanan £5 David Rigby £5 Lindsay Worsley £5 Hannah Stevenson £5 Aden Price £5 Faith Bennell £5 As previously noted we started the new subscription year with 128 members in the June draw, but we are still collecting subscriptions for the year from June 2017 if you plan to renew or want to join - it costs just £1 per month (payable pro rata in advance for the year) to join, and you can get your subscriptions back if you are lucky enough to win a prize. Newcomers to the village are particularly welcome as are supporters who live outside the village. Payments can include your “Friends” membership if you want to join them as well, and a single cheque, cash or BACS payment of just £5.00 plus

LANDS END TO JOHN O’GROATS The Finish Line ‘Whose idea was this?’ I thought as I had my photograph taken by the signpost signifying 1,200 miles to go on the Sustrans cycling route to John O’Groats. (It’s more like 830 - 890 miles by normal roads depending on your chosen route.) I left in the pouring rain, but the wind was at my back so it wasn’t all bad. Just a short ride to St

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with Boring, in Oregon USA - that made me laugh. Generally the weather improved towards the end, and physically I felt in good shape and got stronger as I went on. The ride from Evanton to Tongue was excellent. The sun came out in the afternoon and the sheer expanse of the wilderness which is the “flow country” was amazing. We felt privileged to be there. There was no convenient campsite nearby so I had a cold bath in a Loch (very refreshing), followed by dinner in a small hotel in Tongue enjoying delicious local fish. Then it was back to an isolated spot to sleep for the night. But nature had not finished with me and the last day from Tongue, eastwards to John O’Groats was very hard going into a strong easterly wind. It was great to see the finish line. The answers to some obvious questions I have been asked: Was it as hard as I expected? - Harder. Did I enjoy it? - Yes most of the time. Would I do it again? - No, but something similar. Thank you to everyone who so generously supported the Norfolk Churches Trust (we have raised about £7,000 to date) and especially Penny without whose great support this cycle ride would not have been possible. David Brough

Ives and our first night in Beryl, our camper van. The bad weather continued, and I soon found out why the first few days through Cornwall and Devon are considered the worst. The hills are plentiful, and it was often a case of mind over matter. However the natives were friendly and happy to help if I had any problems. Mending a puncture in the rain on Exmoor I was even offered a lift to Scotland - I politely declined! In the meantime Penny was getting to grips with Beryl and her welcome at the end of each day was essential. After 4 days, we reached the Somerset levels and it was good to have some flat, fast cycling. On then to Bristol and Gloucester and following mostly the River Severn. Great countryside previously unknown to me. Friends drove over from Norfolk to spend a day’s cycling with me from Bridgenorth which was good of them. Penny was pleased to have some company as well! I had expected my intended daily ride of 70/75 miles would take me about 6-8 hours but a combination of the terrain and unfamiliar route often lengthened this by about 2 hours. My schedule turned out to be leaving at 9 o’clock and finishing between 5 and 6 pm, then after a few cups of tea, a shower and a good supper it was bed by 9 o’clock. To keep my strength up I had to snack as much as possible during the day, and the few days I didn’t do enough of this were the ones when I felt exhausted at the end of the day. Once through Manchester I could cycle faster and although it started to become hilly again my pace was good. Coming out of Slaidburn I stopped to chat to Jean, a Frenchman, who was walking from Cardiff to John O’Groats. I reckon I had the better deal! I cycled with friends from Carlisle for a few hours, and then met a cyclist doing the same trip who lived in Stody. Quite a coincidence. On into Scotland the rain continued, but the winds were still favourable. Some very good cycle tracks through forests and along disused railway lines, including the Killin railway line built high up on the side of Glen Ogle. Great views. It was then onto Killin itself and the Falls of Dochart. I also passed through the village of Dull which is twinned

FRIENDS OF GUNTHORPE CHURCH The Friends celebrated the 2017 Harvest Supper in usual style in the Village Institute on Saturday the 4th of November. Thirty guests enjoyed the autumnal evening together with fun, laughter and a shared meal lovingly prepared and served by the Friends committee members. Many thanks to them all for their wonderful efforts to make the Harvest Supper a memorable evening, as well as to all who attended and all who brought raffle prizes. With some generous additional donations on the night the event contributed £361 to the Friends. The wooden bench, in memory of Rob Cutterham, is now in situ outside the Village Institute. This is a joint tribute to him by the Village Institute and the Friends. We enjoyed the wine Rob kindly donated, from his vineyard in France, at the Harvest Supper as we will in the Christmas Party mulled wine. He was so very generous to Gunthorpe over many years and the

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bench is a lovely tribute to his thoughtful kindness to the village. Those of us who knew and admired him will always think of him fondly as we take a seat or pass by! Our next event will be the 50:50 Club Christmas party in the Village Institute at 12 noon on Saturday the 16th of December. There will be mulled wine, sausages and fun for all so please do join us to kick-start the holiday season. Marie Denholm Friends Chairman

FRIENDS OF LANGHAM The 200 Club Draw Winners The winners for September & October 2017 were: September October 7 Mrs Bassingthwaite 191 Mrs C Woodburn 35 Rev I Whittle 9 Mr S Newman 132 Mr P Allen 75 Mr P Wright 147 Mrs B Garrett 164 Mr P North 160 Mrs Morton FOL Committee

GUNTHORPE VILLAGE INSTITUTE We are definitely entering autumn after that exceptional period of warm weather; the leaves are falling as I write this and let’s hope the frost delays a while longer. We are at the moment gathering estimates for the replacement of both large windows at the front of the Institute. The right hand has passed the point of repair with too much rot damage; the left side could be saved but it’s difficult to judge how long the repairs would last, and we believe it is beyond sensible economic repair. So the committee has decided to replace both as the cheaper long term option. We are planning to have the windows in the same style as the present and to have them constructed from hardwood. They will be double glazed and this should make the Institute a more comfortable place for functions in the winter as well as reducing heating costs. The opportunity to apply for a grant for this is available and we should have the result of our application by mid- December. We plan to have a Christmas evening buffet on Saturday 9th December at 7pm. Further details will follow on the usual flyer, but I’m sure mulled wine, mince pies and sausage rolls will be included. We hope to see as many there as possible and to be able to wish each other a Merry Christmas. You will have noticed that there is a new bench outside the Institute. This has been purchased by the Institute and Friends jointly in memory of Rob Cutterham - a great village benefactor. Very many thanks to Michael Bunting for installing and “thief proofing” it. Tony Dufour and the Committee

RVS LANGHAM CAR SERVICE Schedule to end Jan 2018 Fare: 25p/mile Weekly driving duties beginning on a Monday. Dec 4th 830847 Jan 1st 830348 Dec 11th 830606* Jan 8th 830773 Dec 18th 830605 Jan 15th 830624 Dec 25th Merry Xmas! Jan 22nd 830847 830731 Jan 29th *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

FRIENDS OF LANGHAM Norwich Christmas Shopping Trip Sunday 3rd December Coach departs Langham Blue Bell 10am and Norwich 3.30pm. This trip is free to all FOL 200 Club members and family so join today for just £12 a year. This also entitles you to be entered in our monthly cash draw and enjoy other FOL events. Call John Hughes 01328 830595 or Peter Barlow 01328 830606. FOL Committee

LANGHAM Contact: Christina Cooper 01328 830207 christinacooper27@googlemail.com

FROM THE REGISTERS Holy Baptism Oswald David Jones - 30th September 2017

Funeral Mr. Brian Philip Blakeley - 3rd November 2017

WELCOME We would like to welcome Mr. and Mrs. Jim Crossley who recently moved to Langham. We hope you will be very happy living here.

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QUIZ NIGHT

thought that that was our destination. No! Onwards into the countryside and eventually we arrived at the Waggon and Horses in Tunstead. Tea and scones, all neatly laid out, was a very welcome sight. After a pleasant ride, we arrived home about 7pm having had a ‘grand day out’. A big thank you to the members of the Friends of Langham committee who worked hard to organise this enjoyable event which was very much appreciated. Ann Sherriff

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Thursday 14 December at 7pm Langham Village Hall The Friends of Langham will again be hosting a Christmas quiz night. Teams of four but if you are just two don’t worry as we’ll find you partners. Book a table just £2 per person. Call David Reville 01328 878989 or John Bennett 01328 831930 to book. Everyone welcome so please turn up for this Christmas special. FOL Committee

AUTUMN SALE Saturday 14th Oct. Langham Village Hall

PANTOMIME

This small scale but enjoyable event raised £346 for Langham Church General Fund, the final total helped by a very generous donation. Thank you to all who came to support us, all who helped on the day and to the stalwarts who delivered the remaining bric a brac to ‘Break’ and books to Morston for their Grand Book Sale. PCC

“Jack And The Beanstalk” Thursday 29th December It’s that time of year again when children and adults look forward to the annual pantomime outing. This year we are again travelling to Kings Lynn Corn Exchange to see “Jack and the Beanstalk”. As usual it’s free to all Langham children but they must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets for Langham children should be booked before 8th December. After that date, tickets are available for non-Langham children at a cost of £9 and for all adults £11. Both include coach travel. Order your tickets now – just call John Hughes 01328 830595. The coach departs from outside the Blue Bell at 12 noon for a 1.30pm start. We look forward to seeing you all again. FOL Committee

CHRISTMAS FAIR Saturday December 2nd – 10am-12noon Langham Village Hall This event will nearly be upon us when this edition is delivered. We look forward to seeing you at this traditional event, raising money for the Langham Church General Fund. There will be refreshments available with lots of delicious cakes along with the usual stalls of gifts, plants, books, cakes, a grand raffle and a Christmas hamper. We do not have a bric-a-brac stall at this event but if anyone has suitable items for the raffle, gift stall, lucky dip or hamper, they will be received with grateful thanks. Items can be delivered to 30, Binham Road or Sue and John’s at 2, The Green, preferably by 29th November if at all possible, to allow time for pricing. If you would be able to bake a cake for the cake stall it can be brought to the hall on the day. Any queries, or if you would like me to collect, please give me a ring. Many thanks for your continued support. Ann Sherriff 01328 830605

THANK YOU FRIENDS OF LANGHAM Once more we had a very enjoyable mystery trip in the summer. We set off from Langham at 9.30am and after a circuitous tour round Norwich which kept us all in suspense, we arrived at Beccles. Whilst some had a look around the town, others aimed for a nearby hotel where coffee by the riverside was enjoyed.A pleasant lunch was then partaken at the ‘Bear and Bells’ after which there was time to have a walk before returning to the bus. Those who ventured to visit the church found out that it was where Lord Nelson’s father served as a curate and was also married there. It was quite interesting as there was a tower very close to the church but which had not been attached to it at all. Was it once a Bell Tower? On the bus again and off to where? A train ride? No! An enjoyable two hour boat trip on Oulton Broad and the river Wensum. Back on the bus we were all looking forward to a cup of tea and as Wroxham Barns came into view we

CAROLS & MINCE PIES Please join once again for our mince pies, sausage rolls and mulled wine carol service in the church on Wednesday 13th December at 7.30pm, with the Coastal Singers. Over 130 came last year, let’s beat this! A very low key event to

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CARMAN- DARBY WEDDING

get you into the Christmas spirit with plenty of singing to participate. Edward Allen

On September 23rd Miss Hannah Carman (of Norfolketc), daughter of Stephen & Mandy Carman married William Darby (of Neil Thompson Boats), son of Nicholas and Victoria Darby. The wedding took place at Wiveton Church and the Service was taken by the rector, the Rev. Jo Fawcett. The bride was given away by her father. Both the bride and the bridesmaid, Genevieve Lutkin, looked beautiful. The reception was held at Neil Thompson’s old boat yard in Glandford where the couple, along with family and friends, managed to transform the old barn into a magical and unique venue. William and Hannah had a fantastic day and were thrilled they could share it with so many family and friends.

COME AND CELEBRATE! Carol Service at Langham Church Christmas Eve at 6.00pm

LANGHAM PARISH ROOM NNDC Big Society Fund The Parish Room at Langham (otherwise known as the Village Hall) applied for, and was awarded, a grant from the North Norfolk District Council Big Society Fund (BSF) for the refurbishment of the gentlemen’s toilet facilities. The work was completed in August and the new toilets have been a complete success, attracting much positive comment. On Saturday 7th October Cllr Tom Fitzpatrick, Chairman of the BSF at NNDC, was invited along to one of our twice monthly coffee mornings to meet villagers and see how the grant has been used and look at the finished project. He spoke about the BSF and the positive effect it has for village halls and other local projects that are eligible for the award and how pleased he was to see the Village Hall refurbishment. The Chairman of the Parish Room committee, Peter Adams, offered his thanks to Cllr Fitzpatrick on behalf of the committee and villagers for the award and said how pleased the villagers were with the end result. Langham VH Committee

BLAKENEY NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE Somehow November is once again upon us and with it brings the arrival of the grey seal pups on Blakeney Point. The first pup was born unexpectedly early on 23rd October which is the earliest record ever and eight days earlier than last year. It was a real surprise for Ranger Ajay who was out doing an early morning bird survey when it came into view whilst he was scanning the shoreline with his telescope. As always we never know how many will be born, which adds to the suspense and excitement for the team and the current count at time of writing is eighty-four so we have some way to go yet. Naturally the pups are a real draw for the public and we recommend that the best way to see them is by one of the seal trip providers from Morston Quay. If you do decide to take the 4-mile shingle walk up Blakeney Point then please respect all signs, fences and any.of the National Trust team you may meet. Please note that there are no facilities for visitors. We have again recruited a team of volunteer ‘Seal Rangers’ who will be on hand to speak to visitors and give advice, and also our seal leaflet with information on the seals, advice on responsible viewing and what to do if you come across a lone seal. Please do take to pick a leaflet up and have a read if you are visiting. Undoubtedly the seal pups are what keeps us most busy right now, but there is other work going on during this time as we use the quieter season to carry out important conservation repair work and prepare for

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

DIARY DATES Sat 23 Dec. 5pm. Candlelit Carol Service This year, live festive jazz from the Volko Trio will be delightfully served with our usual mulled wine and mince pies following the service. All most welcome to swing along! Sun 24 Dec. Morston Carol-singers check in at the Anchor at 5.30pm Sun 25 Dec. 9.30 am. Christmas Day church service Sat 3 Feb 2018. FMC Quiz in Village Hall

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2018. To keep up to date with latest news from the reserve please check out our website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blakeney or follow us on social media at NorfolkCoastNT. - Alex Green, Digital Media, Marketing & Interpretation Officer

signs for vessels entering the creek and leaving the creek into the Harbour. The old Beacon and port hand lit buoy have been removed. Many thanks to all the volunteers involved in this project, and particularly to John Walton who gave many hours of his time to construct the Beacon. Our Channel Marker buoy number 9 had done a runner or swimmer, I suppose!, all the way to Denmark; and there it was found by Henrick Bak Rasmussen on the West Coast of Jutland. It’s coming home!! Xmas is coming – don’t forget our range of hoodies (£30) , polos (£20) and baseball caps (£15). We are now on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and we have a revamped website! A very happy Xmas to all from the BHA Trustees and all our gratitude to members, sponsors, volunteers and all our supporters. TH

BLAKENEY HARBOUR ASSOCIATION Now here's a good news story! Thanks to all our 500+ members, without whose support we couldn't function and very grateful thanks for the hard work of all the volunteers who did all the manual work. If you had been out and about very early one Friday morning in late October at the top of Blakeney Cut you'd have been forgiven for thinking that there was a bunch of ne'er-do-well’s up to no good. Actually you couldn't have been more wrong! The wreck of the wooden barge, the “Whale”, had become a nasty hazard to navigation over the past couple of years as the tide scoured out and exposed big chunks of her. Actually you would have found Charlie Ward, Neil Thompson, Peter Roe and Tom Chandler completing a many months long project when they successfully lifted and moved what was left of "Whale". In the preceding months, BHA volunteers spent considerable time preparing the wreck so sections of her could be moved on to the marsh to the East of the channel, where nature will eventually deal with her disposal. Peter Roe has spent many happy and satisfying days digging out a huge amount of mud from the top of the wreck so she could be cut into moveable sections and he also recovered and removed many loose sections of timber that had found their way into the Channel over the years. Alongside all of this Neil Thompson has chain-sawed the wreck into three sections and prepared them with slings and buoys, ready for lifting. After several cutting sessions (blunting many chainsaw chains!), he finally finished in mid-October. So finally, in the early light, the three sections were successfully lifted – a few hundred yards on to the marsh - no small feat for Charlie’s lift vessel Hercules! Now “Whale“ has completely gone!! Obstruction destruction!! It's worth repeating - it's all done by volunteers - for the love of the Harbour!. It’s up! - the Morston Creek beacon has been erected at the entrance to Morston Creek by John Walton, Jason Bean, Henry Archer, Matt McKee and Charlie Ward. The new beacon very clearly marks the entrance and has a continuous flashing red 2 mile vis. light mounted on its top. The beacon incorporates two speed

BRIEF MORSTON HISTORY Part 5: Railways & world-famous athlete “C.G” Wood (Holder of 3 World Records and 4 more) In 1856-1866 the local railways were transforming life in north Norfolk, and in 1882 the Lynn & Fakenham Railway planned to build a line from Blakeney through Morston village, then curving northwards to the southern edge of the Pit (or Harbour), before returning on a single track to the village and continuing westwards to Stiffkey - but this never came to fruition. From medieval times, in the good weather months, at least three-quarters of inward cargoes passing through the Pit were cargoes of coal from the area of Newcastle. Today older inhabitants of Morston can remember the barges of about 20 tons, having trans-shipped coal from colliers off the Point – by the time-honoured method of the jump no doubt – being winched or hauled up the creek, from one pair of stout mooring-posts to the next pair. In this century the Morston coal-bunker and mussel-grader – stood just west of today’s National Trust Lookout – whereas the sheep-bridges, which spanned the creek to the Morston salt marshes lay to the east. In the 1860s to 1870s the great athlete, “C.G.” Wood (1861-1937), grandfather of Ann Wootten of Blakeney, was brought up in Morston at Lower Farm and then at Morston Hall, as one of ten children, before he moved to farm in Stiffkey. He was known as “the Ghost of Stiffkey” – since he did his running training on the marsh track between Morston (his old home) and Stiffkey (his new one) at dawn and dusk, eerily materialising at speed to early and late marsh walkers. In 1886 and 1887 he held the English

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Record for a Quarter of a Mile, the French Record for 100 metres and for 400 metres, the European Record for 220 Yards, as well as the World Records for 150 Yards (14 & four-fifths seconds), 220 Yards (21 & three-fifths seconds) and 250 Yards (25½ seconds). “C.G.” was also involved with the resurrection of the Olympic Games by Baron Coubertin and Lord Rothschild, the Games having been dormant since 1896. And “C.G.” Woods of Stiffkey & Morston held his 220 yards World Record for 25 years.

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

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT Please join us for our annual ‘Carols by Candlelight’ service on Sunday 17th December at 4pm with the Reverend Ian Whittle. This family service will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies and all are most welcome.

NCT BIKE RIDE The NCT Bike and Car Ride took place on Sat 9th Sep. We congratulate the following gallant riders/drivers: Susie Mitchell, Rob and Max Metcalfe and Anne Rolfe on bikes, and Ned Hamond driving his Austin 7. They raised £1,170 half of which Morston will receive back from the NCT with half the Gift Aid.

FMC QUIZ 2018

SHARRINGTON

The Friends of Morston Church Annual Quiz will take place on Sat 3rd February in the Village Hall. The numbers in the Village Hall have recently been restricted by health and safety. Captains’ applications to participate, saying they will bring a full team of 8, will be accepted on a first come, first served basis, from no earlier than Wed 3rd January, in writing or by email please, to Jock Wingfield.

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

FRANÇOISE ALLENBY Françoise Allenby very sadly died on 3rd October in the Norfolk and Norwich University hospital after a short illness and her funeral was held in St Andrew’s church, Holt on Thursday 19th October. As funerals go, it was a very splendid “send off” so well deserved for such a lovely and beautiful lady. The church was filled to capacity with some 200 people present, the Cantilena choir sang anthems in both English and French, her husband, Adrian, gave a very moving eulogy and the service was taken by the curate of Holt church, the Reverend Stephen Graham assisted by the Reverend Ian Whittle. Françoise was born in St Etienne in 1950. In 1971 she came to England unable to speak a word of English, but learnt by avidly reading books and working in supermarkets

SHOVELL DINNERS 2017 & 2018 The FMC sat down 40 guests to the 12th Shovell Dinner – a delicious dinner - on 14th October at the Anchor. A fascinating talk: “Jutland: who won the Battle” was given by author and naval historian Jim Crossley on the great naval battle of 1916. The proceeds - £832 - from the Talk and Dinner and Raffle went to the FMC for repairs to and maintenance of Morston Church. The FMC Committee would like to thank all those who presented raffle prizes and all who attended. The 13th Shovell Dinner is planned for Sat 13th Oct 2018 at the Anchor, when the Speaker will be the biographer of Shovell himself on the subject of “Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell” (of Cockthorpe, Lord of the Manor of Wells and owner of land in Morston).

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and factories. She soon became fluent, although to the end had great difficulty mastering the letter “h” so a “hedge” became “edge”! She began to bring up her two children Charles and Alexa whilst a housemaster’s wife at Reeds School in Surrey. Then in 1987 she moved to a cottage in Sheringham and soon after began a full time career lasting 28 years teaching French to children at Beeston Hall School in West Runton. She loved her time at the school and adored the children and they adored her. Not only teaching French, she was also involved in numerous school activities ranging from sewing with the girls and teaching boys to knit, going on expeditions with the children which involved sleeping in the open, doing school play costumes and make up amongst many other tasks. In April 2001 Françoise and Adrian were married at a beautiful wedding ceremony in Sharrington church followed by a reception in a marquee at The Old Barn. Sharrington became her home for the next 16 years. Françoise loved the village and threw herself wholeheartedly into making the Old Barn a lovely home for her family and transforming the garden into a beautiful and colourful sanctuary and growing vegetables galore. She became the chairman of Sharrington and District Gardening Group (a post she held at her death) and led it from strength to strength with an increased membership and loads of interesting talks and events. She loved craft making and always ran a stall at the Sharrington Christmas Fayre as well as organising plant stalls for the village fete. Above all, Françoise was a fabulous cook and loved entertaining. A beloved wife to Adrian, a loving mother to Charles and Alexa, Françoise will be missed by very many.

Hyslop approached local contractor Paul Allison for advice and hey presto, the problem was resolved in a matter of days at very modest cost. Sincere thanks are due to both Paul and his brother for their help. The management committee is delighted to have welcomed David Allison from Brinton as a new member. His talents will add strength to the team and broaden its reach. The end of a busy year approaches: time to regroup and to set our targets for 2018. RD

EVENTS The October music night certainly lived up to expectation. A good crowd including many new faces from outside the village filled the hall and gave our headline act, Carrie Martin, a warm and enthusiastic welcome. Carrie played two excellent sets featuring many of her own songs. She was supported by a trio from ‘Hushwing’, singing traditional Norfolk folk songs and Mike and Brian who performed an amusing selection of songs about Norfolk. We had a cameo from Luca (aged 11) who played excellent classical guitar. Andy Cleveland and Mike Coombs ended the evening with a stunning selection of classical guitar pieces which left the audience hungry for more. Andy has agreed to open our next music night on November 29th so be there early to see him. By way of contrast with our music nights, other events have not been so well attended this year. After the disappointing attendance at our art deco talk in May, only ten people came to our quiz in October and four of them were on the committee. Time to rethink! RD

BURNS NIGHT SUPPER

VILLAGE HALL

This is advance notice of our annual Burns Night Supper in aid of All Saints church which will be held on Friday 2nd February at 7pm, a slightly later date than usual. We will be welcoming back Richard, the piper, to pipe in the haggis, part of the traditional supper of cock-a-leekie soup, haggis and a Scottish pud. This will be followed by the traditional toasts and then Scottish reels and dances to round off the evening. Always a sell out event and enjoyed by all, tickets are £15 and can be reserved by calling Pippa Long on 01263 860613. Any dietary requirements can be catered for and you are requested to bring your own drinks. Look out for the posters around the villages after Christmas but book early to avoid disappointment. CD

So, with new appliances neatly installed in the kitchen, the management committee gave itself a collective pat on the back. Sure, a few small things to do but in broad terms, job done; stage one of our refurbishment plans complete. Given our respective experiences in life we should have known better than indulge in a little self congratulation. Within days we were confronted with a potentially serious drainage problem. Tree roots had broken their way into the system and had largely blocked the flow. The solution looked expensive and likely to involve a report, insurers and be time consuming. This was not the ideal backdrop for a busy time of the year at the hall. However, thanks to a moment of inspiration, Robin

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NOBLE ROTTERS

CHURCH NOTES

Harking back to the very first tasting in 2014, our third tasting of season four in September featured the wines of Spain’s Rioja. Two whites and seven reds took centre stage. The whites were perhaps, by comparison with other examples previously enjoyed by members, a little disappointing. The reds, clearly untroubled by the Catalan distraction, were good to excellent. With prices ranging from £7.95 for a Navajas Crianza from the 2013 vintage to £23 for a 2009 Contino Reserva, the reds pleased all; a pretty rare occurrence for the Rotters. Almost before the delicious complexity of the flavours had faded, members were reminded that life, like the grape is fragile when they learnt of the death of Françoise Allenby. Françoise was, with her husband, Adrian a founding member of the Rotters and her participation and encouragement were key to its success. RD

Our service of Holy Communion on 24th September celebrated harvest festival and was unexpectedly quite joyous. Our rector officiated and we were blessed with an extra unknown five people, three gentlemen and two ladies (entitled “rent a congregation” by one of our number), one of whom was celebrating her birthday with a visit to see the Sharrington corbels followed by a beach walk and then lunch. Before that they certainly swelled the singing and were invited to stay for coffee and cake which was accepted. Pippa had made her lovely harvest bread which was cut up for the rest of us to enjoy later in the day. There was a lovely selection of hymns and readings appropriate to the day and we even had the muted sounds of a tractor in the distance. It was with great sadness we learned of the death of Françoise Allenby on the 3rd October and on behalf of Sharrington All Saints and its congregation we extend our love and condolences to Adrian, her husband and her children Alexa and Charles. She had been a member of our church family since marrying there some years ago. Always happy to read lessons in her delightful French accent which she never lost despite her years in this country. At the great festive occasions she fashioned a huge basket of flowers and foliage which took pride of place at the foot of the font. In addition she was an integral part of our community often throwing her house and garden open for social occasions. A lady of endless energy and we will miss you and remember you in our prayers. Paul and Eunice Morgan had lived at Church Farmhouse for many years, firstly as a weekend and holiday retreat and then when Paul retired on a more permanent basis dividing their time between Sharrington and their London flat. We thank them for their support of All Saints, both financial and in our fund raising activities. In particular they allowed their beautiful garden to be used as the venue for the annual village fete for many years. In fact 2016 was the final time because plans were afoot to move away from Norfolk. To this end another property was purchased in Buckinghamshire near two of their children which will make it easier to get to London where they can enjoy all the music concerts they so love. Rather sadly they departed quite suddenly without the usual goodbyes but we wish them well for the future. We look forward to the following: Sunday 17th December, the carol service at 5pm in church. Prior to that the Lantern parade will take place at

SHARRINGTON & DISTRICT GARDENING GROUP Following the sad and sudden death of our chairman, Françoise Allenby, the Sharrington & District Gardeners has lost a popular chairman who will be greatly missed by both the committee and members. During this sad and difficult time our programme has continued, as Françoise would have wished. We round the year off with a Christmas get together and corn dolly workshop with local straw artist Sarah Bell on Friday 8th December, 7pm in Sharrington village hall. The 2018 programme begins with our AGM on Wednesday 10th January. This will be followed in February by the welcome return of Geoff Hodge, broadcaster and pruning expert. If his talk last year is anything to go by we are in for another fun evening. This year his subject is climate change, “Gardening within a changing climate – gardening in the global greenhouse”. For further information on the group or any of our events please get in touch with Robin Burkitt on 01263 861939 robin@daubeneyhallfarm.com. Happy gardening! RB

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4.30pm from the village hall (weather permitting) which all the children staying in Sharrington for Christmas love. Those not wishing to take part will find a warm welcome in church any time from 4pm. On Christmas Day there will be a family Holy Communion service with carols at 9.30am so please bring your families and guests where a warm welcome will await you. We have received many contributions to the food bank box recently for which we thank you but with Christmas around the corner could we make a special effort for the festive season please. APG

Secondly, in October we hosted a delightful talk by Kristine Rose-Beers based on the Walsingham Bible that is held in the Chester Beaty Library in Dublin. We learnt about its twelfth century Norfolk origins and in particular the enormous effort that was required to produce written work at that time from raising lambs for parchment to preparing pigment and gold for the fine embellishments. Many thanks to Kristine and to all those who helped make this an enjoyable evening SLHG

BOOK CLUB New members are always welcome. Please don't be shy - come and meet us and decide if you want to stay!!!! You don’t have to come every month as we realize people can be away so we are very flexible. We share wine and nibbles, (or tea, coffee and soft drinks if you prefer) are very informal and have fun! At our October meeting we each chose a different book and then shared films, TV programs and local exhibitions which worked well. Alison recommended ‘The Caller’ by Chris Carter if you like a juicy murder plot. Lynne recommended ‘Bedpans and Bobby Socks’ by Barbara Fox as easy light reading. Mary recommended ‘Brooklyn’ by Colin Toibin – a story of Ireland and immigration after the second world war and Sally shared ‘Bedford Park’ by local author Bryan Appleyard. The book for November was ‘The Sympathizer’ by Viet Thanh Nguyen, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer prize, and each month you have the alternative of a book of your choice if you don’t have time or want to read the main choice.

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

NATURE NOTES Reviewing the year it is apparent that weather wise it has been a strange one. Despite the mild winter, spring was late and for the first two or three months was exceptionally dry and also cold at night. All my toad and frog spawn that was about to hatch was wiped out by one secretive frost. Sadly early nestlings met the same fate but those that followed did well and somewhat redressed the balance. All the fruit, wild and cultivated, ripened early and blackberries were available for an exceptionally long season from mid August. As I write this in the last week of October I am still picking runner beans! British weather patterns have always been unpredictable but perhaps that is their charm. My sister, living in Australia, says that the seasons are the one thing she still misses even after nearly fifty years. So enjoy the sweet rain, blustery wind and those special perfect days ahead in 2018. Happy New Year. Rural Ruth

Dates for next meetings All meetings tend to be on a Monday or Tuesday, start at 19.30 and finish around 21.30 – depending on wine consumption. 11 December – Red Lion Pub, Christmas meal and planning for next year – we will try to confirm dates for the year. Please let me know by 27th November that you are coming for pub numbers. 30 Jan 2018 – venue and book to be agreed in December. Finally Tracey Warr, who writes historical fiction, is talking at Downham Market library from 2.00 on 27th Nov. I have been on a course with her and she’s very knowledgeable – here is the link to book your place (£3) if you are interested and Allan and I will probably be there. https://www.facebook.com/events/701653670044315?? ti=ia Sally Vanson

STIFFKEY LOCAL HISTORY GROUP Two events have taken place since I last wrote. A small group of members enjoyed a visit to Norwich Castle to see the Nelson exhibition and were delighted with it. We do, of course, live on what is known as the Admiral’s Coast so this was real local history. Many of those who sailed with him throughout his naval career were Norfolk men. A pleasant visit was rounded off with lunch together.

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STIFFKEY VILLAGE FACEBOOK PAGE

CROSSWORD SOLUTION

https://www.facebook.com/groups/790563987749800/ Please check out the link and join us. The group is still growing very slowly and could be the main source of communication for the village – useful for items wanted and for sale, weather warnings, Neighbourhood Watch, updating us on The History Group, Village Hall and anything else that’s interesting for us. A great way to share social events and regenerate our lovely village. Sally Vanson 07773 800656 or sally@theperformancesolution.com.

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CHURCH NOTES At the end of October the Payback Scheme, as they have over the past few years, came to Stiffkey and trimmed the conservation area in the churchyard. This looks very tidy now for the winter. The services at Christmas will be a Carol/Christingle service on Saturday 16th December at 3pm. There will also be a service in the church on Christmas morning at 9-30 am. We are now making the list for 2018 of those willing to help clean and do some flowers in the church. Anyone willing to give of their time please contact Heather 830323. HH

RESCUE:WOODEN:BOATS Autumn Update

G H A M U D A A D O M E R E A D D R E S S I 12 O A T I O N N M H A L L P G A A D I E S T I N T R L E S S

WHAT A DIFFERENCE - SOLUTION

Wells Lifeboat and Dunkirk Little Ship Lucy Lavers has been busy giving very popular trips afloat from Wells during the summer. She will have some maintenance over the winter months and will be ready to set sail again at Easter.

(puzzle on page 14) Of course, Jim had introduced a Dalek - with disastrous results! The people going to church had been frightened off and the nesting birds completely scared - because the Dalek had shot the flagpole off the tower and, more seriously, (you know how much these things cost to repair) he had also shot off the clock face and blown a hole in the east window. Most sinister of all (did you spot it?) a new gravestone had appeared!

Local Maritime History Talk We have a talk on Thursday 7 December at 7.30pm at the Maritime Heritage Centre, Stiffkey, NR231QF given by Captain Peter Elphick, Master Mariner, Naval historian and author. His subject is: “John Fryer, Sailing Master of the Bounty”. John Fryer lived and is buried in Wells. Tickets £4 on the door. Wells whelker “Bessie” is our next project. She also has some fascinating Dunkirk history (see website). We are fundraising now to raise money for the work - do be part of the story by becoming a “Bessie Benefactor”! We have already ordered an 18ft larch tree so it can dry before it is needed for her planks that need replacing. We will be present at, or hosting many events next year – watch out for publicity on Facebook, Twitter and in the press. www.rescuewoodenboats.com, info@rescuewooden boats. com 07920760238 Liz Rogers

DESPERATELY SEEKING ‘LOCAL’ There are 12 lynxes in this edition.

ADULT CHRISTMAS QUIZ ANSWERS (puzzle on pages 15) 1. Etna. 2. Angela Merkel. 3. A bat. 4. John Lennon. 5. Finished. 6. Ten. 7. Canada. 8.In the last six. 9. No.10 (and later No.8) 10. Michael Jackson. 11. The Netherlands. 12. Barley. 13. “All Shook Up”. 14. Cactus. 15. Balalaika.

JUNIOR CHRISTMAS QUIZ ANSWERS (puzzle on pages 15) 1. The swan. 2. German measles. 3. Green. 4. A zoom lens. 5. Beavers. 6. The Pole Star (Polaris). 7. The skull. 8. The willow. 9. The raven. 10. Chalk . 11. Spaniel. 12. Wembley. 13. Swimming. 14. Conkers. 15. A Puck.

WORDSEARCH ANSWERS (fpuzzle on page 15) 1. Dogo 2. Saluki 3. Rottweiler 4. Borzi 5. Lhasa apso 6. Spitz 7. Boxer 8. Dalmation 9. Malamute 10. Papillon 11. Labrador 12. Pug 13. Poodle 14. Ridgeback 15. Yorkie

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about the cows and ate their lunch in the most spectacular spot looking over the hills and out to sea. It was a brilliant day, thank you to James Buxton for his generosity. Langham continues to go from strength to strength and we are excited about all the activities and learning we have planned for the rest of the Autumn term, our vision is ‘A place for fun, creativity, friendship, ambition and discovery.’ We are currently seeking a new Governor, please see the details below:

LANGHAM VILLAGE SCHOOL NEWS We have just begun to plan our Christmas Nativity play. It is called ‘Super Star.’ The children are all very excited about their parts and the songs are beginning to be heard in the corridors! This term so far has been busy with lots of exciting trips out. Amber Class has been learning about significant people of the past and as part of their work on the Tudors they visited Oxburgh Hall, they dressed up in costume, looked at historical artefacts and explored the house; they enjoyed looking at the priest hole and admiring the view from the roof. Iris age 7 wrote: “We went on a coach. We dressed up as poor to rich. We explored the olden days. We climbed the spiral staircase to the roof and we had lunch it was delicious. It was so, so, so fun.” Year 2 studied Henry Blogg a renowned local hero. They visited the museum in Cromer and learnt all about his amazing life. One child commented: “We listened to the story of Monte the dog and learnt that Henry Blogg saved 873 lives. It was really fun there” Quartz class went to Holkham Hall where they took part in a Murder Mystery! Orlando, age 9, wrote this report about his trip to Holkham: Our trip to Holkham Hall ‘We got on the bus and headed to the Hall. We arrived and met our guide. We were told what we had to do, there had been a murder in the Hall and we had to solve the crime and find out who had done it. We set off, first we found all the clues hidden all around the House and then we assembled back in the main hall. We discovered the murderer was Vivienne Trumpington. We then played a great game of wink murder! It was ten time for a snack in the café. Then we went to the Field to Fork exhibition, we had a look at the farming equipment that they used in the olden days. There was a double barrel hunting rifle and a short movie about harvesting farming at Holkham. There was also a quiz game where you had to press a pretend knife and fork to answer questions about farming. If you got the answer right, you won a piece of food to put on your plate. After that, it was lunchtime and then we went into the woods for team building games. The final activity was a deer safari and it was rutting season. The deer we were looking for were the red deer; finally, we saw a huge male deer with a few females. Then we headed back to school.’ Jet class spent the morning at Hill Top in Sheringham. This was a very exciting morning of Team building activities. They tackled the climbing wall and The Super Swing. The children were brilliant; all helping each other overcome their fears and challenge themselves! Year 3 children were lucky to be invited by a local land owner to explore farm land and a reserve in Stiffkey. They used binoculars to observe the birds on the wetland, learnt

Vacancy: School Governor for Premises and Finance Langham Village School is a thriving village school in a beautiful part of the country. We strive to achieve a happy atmosphere and to provide a safe and caring environment where children can grow in confidence and be inspired to develop a lifelong love of learning. Our school mission statement is: ‘Langham village school: a place for fun, creativity, friendship, ambition and discovery.’ We currently have 4 classes and 86 children, which enables children to be taught in small groups by a team of experienced, creative and dedicated staff. Nominations/applications are invited for a non-parent governor, to join the Premises and Finance Committee within the governing body. Governors play an important role within the school and work together to promote high educational standards, monitor performance and set the school’s vision and strategic direction. School governors are responsible for setting the school’s objectives and developing policies for achieving them. In addition, the governing body (and particularly the premises and finance committee) oversee the school’s budget and financial performance including expenditure and allocation of resources to ensure maximum impact. Necessary governor attributes:  Over the age of 18  Good interpersonal skills  Enthusiasm to improve effectiveness within the school and raise standards  Robust IT and data analytical skills  Experience working within a financial or legal setting or previous accounting or property management experience would be desirable  Our parent governor positions are now full so this candidate must not be a current parent at the school  Time and enthusiasm to participate as a volunteer As a new governor, you would receive appropriate training and be expected to attend full governors meetings (about 6 per year) as well as committee meetings, which are usually in the evening. Governors are also required to carry out occasional monitoring within the school day. The role provides an interesting and rewarding opportunity to become involved in the local community and have a direct impact on the operational aspects of the school. The governing body represents a creative and dynamic team, working to improve and maintain outcomes for staff and pupils. For further information please visit our website www.langham.norfolk.co.uk email head@ langham.norfolk.sch.uk or phone 01328 830377.

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