BALE - BINHAM - COCKTHORPE - FIELD DALLING GUNTHORPE - LANGHAM - MORSTON SAXLINGHAM - SHARRINGTON - STIFFKEY
ISSUE 118 February & March 2018
Taken from â€œ " Norfolk Churches" by T Hugh Bryant, illustrated by C A Cormick, and published by the Norwich Mercury around the turn of the nineteenth/twentieth centuries.
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FEBRUARY 2nd Fri. Sharrington Burns Night supper VH 7pm 3rd Sat. Morston FMC Quiz VH 7pm for 7.30pm start 5th Mon. Binham Coffee morning. BMH 10.30 -12.30pm 5th Mon. Binham Quiz, 7.15 for 7.30pm, The Chequers 7th Wed. Sharrington Gardeners. Talk VH 7pm 9th Fri. Bale fish and chips, Village Hall, 7pm 9th Fri. Field Dalling Bereavement Group, Manor Farm Cottage 4pm 9th Fri. Field Dalling Bingo, VH 7.30pm 14th Wed. Field Dalling Coffee Morning, VH 10.30am 15th Thu. Binham & Hindringham Open Circle HVH, 7.15pm 15th Thu. Langham Mobile Library 9.55am St Mary’s & 10.20am The Cornfield 22nd Thu. Binham Local History Group, VH 7.30pm 23rd Fri. Langham Fish’n’Chips & Quiz night - VH 7pm, doors open 6.30pm 23rd Fri. Sharrington Noble Rotters VH 7pm 24th Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club, Institute 10:30am MARCH 5th Mon. Binham Quiz, 7.15 for 7.30pm, The Chequers 5th Mon. Saxlingham Annual PCC Meeting, time tbc 7th Wed. Sharrington Gardeners. Talk VH 7pm 9th Fri. Bale fish and chips, Village Hall, 7pm 9th Fri. Field Dalling Bereavement Group, Manor Farm Cottage 4pm 9th Fri. Field Dalling Bingo, VH 7.30pm 11th Sun. Binham Mothering Sunday Service, BP 11am 13th Tue. Binham History Group BMH 7.00 for 7.30pm 14th Wed. Field Dalling Coffee Morning, VH 10.30am 15th Thu. Binham & Hindringham Open Circle, HVH, 7.15pm 15th Thu. Langham Mobile Library 9.55am St Mary’s & 10.20am The Cornfield 17th Sat. Bale cheese tasting, Village Hall, 7pm 22nd Thu. Binham Local History Group, BMH 7.30pm 23rd Fri. Field Dalling Easter Bingo, VH 7.30pm 23rd Fri. Sharrington Noble Rotters VH 7pm 25th Sun. Binham Palm Sunday, Holy Communion, BP 9.30am 28th Wed. Field Dalling Friends & Neighbours, VH 2.30pm 28th Wed. Sharrington Live music night VH 7.30pm 30th Fri. Langham Fish’n’Chips & Quiz night - VH 7pm, doors open 6.30pm 31st Sat. Binham Priory Children’s Service and Easter Egg Hunt 4.00pm 31st Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club, Institute 10:30am REGULARS Tuesdays Binham Art Group BMH 9.30am to 12.30pm. Wednesdays term time Binham Youth Group BMH 6-8pm. Thursdays Field Dalling Carpet Bowls Club, VH 7.30pm Third Thursday in the month Binham & Hindringham Open Circle Meeting, Hindringham HVH 7.15pm Fourth Thursday in the month Binham Local History Group BMH 7.30pm 1st & 3rd Saturdays in month Langham Coffee Mornings, VH 10am -12noon
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BLAKENEY CATHOLIC CHURCH 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
DEANERY NEWS Our next meeting will be on Thurs. 26th. April 2018. Please see posters, nearer the date, for more details.
Church Services for Bale and Stiffkey Benefice for February and March 2018 HC=Holy Communion. CFS=Church Family Service. MP=Morning Prayer. BCP=Book of Common Prayer Parish Bale Field Dalling Saxlingham Gunthorpe Sharrington Binham Morston Langham Stiffkey
9.30am HC At Saxlingham 11.00am HC
9.30am HC At Saxlingham 11.00am CFS 11.00am MP 9.30am HC
9.30am HC At Saxlingham 11.00am HC 4.30pm Silent Meditation 9.30am MP CW
9.30am HC At Saxlingham 11.00am MP BCP 11.00am HC 9.30am HC
11.00am CFS 9.30am HC BCP At Stiffkey 9.30am HC
9.30am MP BCP 11.00am HC 9.30am HC BCP
9.30am MP At Langham
Parish Bale Field Dalling Saxlingham
11th March Mothering Sunday
25th March Palm Sunday
At Saxlingham 11.00am HC
At Saxlingham 11.00am Mothering Sunday Service 11.00am MP
At Saxlingham 11.00am HC
At Saxlingham 11.00am MP BCP
4.30pm Silent Meditation
9.30am MP CW
9.30am HC At Langham
9.30am MP BCP
9.30am HC BCP
9.30am HC for Mothering Sunday 11.00am Mothering Sunday Service
9.30am HC BCP 9.30am Mothering Sunday Service At Langham
Additional Services Ash Wednesday (14th February): Langham, 10.00am Holy Communion with Ashing. Maundy Thursday (29th March): The Communion for All; Gunthorpe, 12 noon. Good Friday (30th March): Stations of the Cross; Morston, 10.30am. Good Friday (30th March): Lift High the Cross; Langham, 12 noon. Easter Eve (31st March): Family Service (with Egg Hunt); Binham, 4.00pm. Easter Eve (31st March): Service of Light; Binham, 8.00pm
Regular Weekday Services Binham: Tuesday, 3.30pm Evening Prayer; Langham: Wednesday, 10.00am Holy Communion The carol looks both to Christ’s Nativity, and also to his Resurrection; and sets both in an on-going future: “Great day comin’, Comin’ soon. Never been there before, Never been there before.”
RECTOR’S LETTER Dear Friends and Parishioners, The Season of Carols is behind us – almost. And here is a last one, heard and recorded in Burnside, Kentucky in Summer 1912. “Virgin Mary, meek and mild, She gave birth to a little child, Great day comin’, Comin’ soon. Never been there before, Never been there before. Peter, Peter, Peter, Peter, run get your keys, Lock up your door on the Pharasees. Gabriel, Gabriel, oil your horn, Get yourself ready for the Resurrection morn.”
Our lives are governed, partly, by the Seasons. If it is warm or cold we feel it. Sometimes we are ready to do a great deal. Sometimes we are happy to rest. But there are Seasons we never see, but by which we are ruled. These are the statutes of heaven: to know God and be known by Him; to do right and exercise goodness; to excel and yet be humble; to build up and to hand on; to enjoy life and be ready to leave it; and lastly to be entered upon an eternal inheritance. Great day comin’, Comin’ soon. Never been there before, Never been there before. Yours very truly, Ian Whittle, Langham Rectory 01328 830246
limit of what is possible in the face of diminishing resources, uncertain about future funding and rising demand for services for children and adults’. I do not have the power of Lord Porter but our Members of Parliament do – and I have a voice which is why at NCC’s full council I requested that Norfolk County Council will write to each of Norfolk’s MPs asking them to take to the Government news of the impossible task facing the council. What a 2018 gift it will be if the Government responds with sufficiently increased financial support.
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Accidents The county and this division have recently been the scene of fatal accidents which will have devastated families and close friends. Whilst serious accidents are invariably made known to the police not all accidents are reported but it is important to do so for at least two reasons, one for insurance claims, second to ensure there is a record to establish whether safety measures need to be carried out. Whilst comments are often made to me about accidents at a particular place there needs to be a formal record. The link below provides comprehensive guidance about who to call to in the event of an accident. And whilst the website address refers to collisions the site also gives information as to a range of situations when the police should be contacted: https://www.norfolk.police.uk/contact-us/reportsomething/report-road-traffic-collision. In simple terms 999 for an emergency 101 for less urgent matters - but I am told by the police if in doubt ring 999 and you will be advised.
Digital, Innovation & Efficiency Committee
At the January meeting we anticipate having representatives of the major mobile phone companies join us and hope to hear of progress for mobile phone connectivity across our rural areas. Hopefully by then the survey previously reported will be underway. And I will be asking for more news regarding further Government support for broadband – for whilst many of our residents now have more effective provision I am very conscious of those still struggling.
COUNTY COUNCILLORS’ NEWS …from County Cllr. Dr Marie Strong Dear Residents of Wells Division, Being a county councillor is mostly rewarding and when a less than rewarding event crops up (like the Budget) I remind myself that I live in and represent a most beautiful part of Norfolk. (I believe it would be difficult to argue it is not the most beautiful division). Which leads me to tell you somewhat belatedly that I have been elected as Vice-Chair of the Norfolk Coast Partnership which encompasses Norfolk’s Area of Outstanding Beauty, much of which is in the division of Wells. Now to the Budget!
Recyling For all those writing to me seeking more ways of preventing waste here are three items for you. You probably know that some of the larger recycling centres have ‘Re-use Shops’ where items taken in can be sold – good news soon electrical items which will have a PAT certificate can be sold. Second I am hoping that my efforts are soon to reach
NCC Budget Consultation NCC Budget Consultation closed on 2 January ’18: My thanks to everyone who completed the consultation or whichever parts focussed on your particular interest or concern. Hopefully your input will influence the budget which will be finalised in February. Along with everyone I am concerned about the cuts which will be made and how we can continue to protect our services, in addition to Children’s Services and Adults Social Services which provide for and protect the most vulnerable people in our county. Norfolk does not face this problem alone and I was comforted to read of Lord Porter, Chairman of the Local Government Association and Leader of the LGA Conservative Group, seeking further financial support from the Government. He writes that councils are ‘reaching the
fruition and there will be further Re-use Shops – more specific news later. Thirdly - yes another link but whilst this link starts with composting it goes on to other methods of recycling: https://www.recyclefornorfolk.com/reduce-my -rubbish/compost/#.
Websites I keep providing you with websites which if accessed provide accurate and detailed information. I am equally aware not everyone can access them. If you can get to a library – and many of you already do to take out books etc the staff will always help you access the website you seek or provide you with ways to access the information yourself. How about that for a New Year’s resolution? And Wells library and probably others are looking again to so see if they can provide a link between willing students offering to teach the art of the computer. Finally I am sure there are willing and able children and grandchildren out there to help with access to websites and better still by teaching basic computer skills.
Useful Websites Reporting Highways Problems: Anyone can report Highways problems (not just potholes) direct to NCC. Go to https://apps.norfolk.gov.uk/Highways Defect/. Report a problem regarding Highways, Public Rights of Way or Norfolk trails. If you give your contact details you can keep updated on progress. This way is far quicker than waiting for a monthly parish council meeting.
Better Broadband for Norfolk Go to www.betterbroadbandnorfolk.co.uk and enter your post code. Alternatively, https:// www.btwholesale.com/ includes/adsl/adsl.htm. Search by phone number if you are a BT Internet Service Provider (ISP) customer. Customers of other ISPs should use the Address Checker option. Once a fibre solution is available a “VDSL” option will be shown.
Langham, Thornage & Little Thornage, Morston, Sculthorpe, Stiffkey, Warham, Wells-next-the-Sea, Wighton, Wiveton.
…from Stefan Aquarone COUNCILLORS VOTE TO INCREASE THEIR OWN PAY A new year dawned at Norfolk County Council with a number of consultations on spending cuts, including public transport, closing on 2nd January. Just under a week later, despite your local county councillors' best efforts, the County Council upheld a decision to go against the advice of an independent remuneration panel and increase Members' basic allowances from £9,401 to £10,500 a year. I will be using my increase to help seed-fund local community initiatives - please contact me if you have any suggestions. email@example.com
Parking Infringements If you have wondered why you rarely see a traffic enforcement officer (traffic warden) I may have the answer. The officers are sent to locations based on their experience, known problem areas and areas of complaint. So if you have a complaint here is what to do. Send details such as time/day of week and location of what you take to be an infringement to firstname.lastname@example.org. Photographs can help but no more than two. Sending photographs will not lead to a fine for because they are not enforced retrospectively. And what is an infringement? For more information and a good read try the Norfolk Parking Partnership, Civil Parking Enforcement Guidance Manual on the NCC website: https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/-/media/norfolk/ downloads/roads-and-transport/roads/civil-parkingenforcement.pdf?la=en. Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2018. Marie
Steffan Aquarone: County Councillor Melton Constable Division ( incl. Bale and Gunthorpe Parishes) email@example.com or 07879 451608
DISTRICT COUNCILLOR’S NEWS From Cllr. Karen Ward Happy New Year. 2018 is going to be an important year for the future of Housing and Development across North Norfolk. We are reviewing the Conservation Areas in Morston, Blakeney and Wiveton and the Local Plan for the whole District will be published for consultation. Several parishes are considering Neighbourhood Plans, which will also ensure you can have a say in how you want your village to look in 20 years’ time. I encourage you to participate in any local consultation for these projects. We
Dr Marie Strong: County Councillor Wells Division (Glaven, Priory and Walsingham Parishes) marie.strong@norfolk. gov.uk or 07920 286 597 Binham & Cockthorpe, Blakeney, Brinton & Sharrington, Barshams & Houghton St Giles, Field Dalling & Saxlingham; Letheringsett & Glandford, Great Snoring, Great & Little Walsingham, Hindringham, Holkham, Hunworth & Stody, ,
minted compositions on piano, trumpet and electronics. The musicians are giving their services free. All profits from this event go to the British Red Cross supporting Syrian refugees currently living in a crisis situation.
will publicise them as widely as possible. The Planning and Enforcement Teams are being kept busy over the winter period – thank you to residents who reported their concerns about work being carried out in breach of planning permission. We cannot enforce it, if noone reports it. We are about to head into the budgeting process for the forthcoming year, so if you feel strongly about a public service which the District provides, please do let me know, so I can ensure we include your views in the budget discussions. One area which we are giving close scrutiny to is the commercialisation of NNDC assets. We want to ensure any disposals or investments have the support of the local residents and will contribute to a vibrant and sustainable community. If you have any feedback or questions about any aspect of my responsibilities, please do get in touch. firstname.lastname@example.org 07946 533983
ROWING ON THE NORFOLK BROADS Blakeney rowing club has transferred its activities to the Norfolk Broads for the winter. This is a great place to row one of the club’s beautiful skiffs. A typical outing, for a crew of four rowers and a cox, consists of a bracing journey across Barton Broad and down the River Ant. There are also quiet channels to explore if winds are gusty. There is always a stop, in a well-chosen beauty spot for rest and refreshment. Chocolate biscuits, cake and coffee are always popular when an energy boost is needed. The conversation sparkles across the water and a good time is always had by all. You could be an important part of all this. There will be instruction from safety-conscious, experienced rowers anxious to ensure well-being. Life jackets can be provided. No previous experience is needed and there is no necessity to compete in any of the events timetabled during the season. It is enough to enjoy the activity. However, should you wish to race against other clubs around the country, there is ample opportunity to learn the techniques of racing. If you are interested in social rowing, racing or simply trying a new activity in stimulating company, contact Steve on 01263 741388 to arrange a trial outing. Please look through the information, comments and photographs on www.crablakeney.wordpress.com. A quick surf will give you a much clearer idea of club life on the water and behind the scenes. Come and join us! You won’t regret it. B.Howes
District Councillors’ Contact Details: Vincent Fitzpatrick e:email@example.com & Simon Hester e:firstname.lastname@example.org (Binham, Langham & Stiffkey) Karen Ward e:email@example.com (Sharrington, Field Dalling, Saxlingham & Morston) Ann.R.Green (01328 878273) e: firstname.lastname@example.org (Gunthorpe & Bale)
SHARING STORIES OF THE COAST with the Norfolk Coast Partnership The Norfolk Coast Area celebrates 50 years as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty this April. We would love to hear from anyone who has any memories of the coast, how life was, living and working in the area in 1968. If you have any stories, photos or videos of the area that you would be happy to share, please get in touch. Call 01328 850530 or email helen.timson @norfolk.gov.uk.
FREE BENEFIT CHECK SERVICE FROM AGE UK Many older people are entitled to claim benefits – but not everyone is aware of what their entitlements are, and how to claim. Age UK Norfolk is working hard to raise awareness so that those in later life, and their carers, can claim; and helping them along the way to make those claims. The awareness campaign begins in January and the charity is aiming to ensure that the people concerned: Will be better informed. Know their rights. Are claiming their entitlements.
JAZZ COMES TO WIVETON CHURCH FREE concert in aid of Syrian Refugees Thursday 1 February at 7.30pm Two superb musicians, Cesar Latorre, from Gijón, Asturias, Spain and Andreas Polyzogopoulos from Amiko, Greece are coming to improvise in the lovely acoustic of St. Mary’s Wiveton. Expect loved jazz standards and freshly-
Are fully informed about attendance allowance, pension credit, council tax benefit etc. Get the help and assistance they need to claim those benefits. Age UK Norfolk hopes to achieve this by offering: Benefit entitlement checks. Free and confidential advice about home safety, housing, care issues etc. Providing this service in a place of a claimant’s choice, either in their own homes, at Age UK Norfolk’s premises, in a care home, or any other venue that is deemed suitable. To find out more about benefit checks, call the Age UK Norfolk advice line on 0300 500 1217, MondayFriday 10am-4pm.
FAKENHAM CHORAL SOCIETY AND NORWICH BAROQUE Spring Concert The Marvellous Mr Purcell including Dido & Aeneas Saturday 17 March 2018 7.30pm. Fakenham Parish Church Tickets: £12 (under 18 free) From 01485 544335 or on the door
WELLS WEA SPRING 2018 PROGRAMME The seven week Tuesday morning course of the Wells branch of the WEA from January is: “The Melody Lingers On” with tutor Brian Statham. This course takes the theme of the social history of America over one hundred and fifty years, seen through the prism of the many strands of popular music. Spring term began on January 16th at 10.30am and the course fee is £51. The first of the two spring day-courses brings Chad Goodwin back to Wells for his course “The Norfolk Landscape”. This will be on Saturday 27th January: how the look of Norfolk has been shaped by its geology, its land forms and its varied soils and mixtures of vegetation, both farmed and not farmed. The second spring day-course will be on Saturday 10th March with Laurence Staig giving an over view (with film clips) of “Pioneering TV Drama”: a look back to groundbreaking series such as Quatermass, Z-Cars and the Armchair Theatre. Day Schools begin at 10.00am. The fee for each is £15. All meetings at the Friends' Meeting House, Church Street, Wells NR23 1HZ. For further information and booking please email Ann Whitelaw on email@example.com or call 01328 711309. Or at https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk.
FALCON CONCERT (Facilitating Arts & Literature for Children of Norfolk) St Andrew’s Church, Holt Sat 10th February at 6.30pm
Mark Viner – Piano This will be a great opportunity to hear one of the most exciting British concert pianists of his generation, well known for his recordings on the Piano Classics Label. It will be the first concert to use the baby grand piano recently purchased for the church. The programme includes works by Liszt, Thalberg, Alkan and Chopin. Tickets are free, donations will be collected to fund future FALCON projects and St Andrew’s Church. Licensed wine bar before the concert and during the interval.
GLAVEN CENTRE SERVICES Toe-nail clinics 09.15-15.15 Wednesdays 7, 14, 21, 28 February Wednesdays 7, 14, 21, 28 March
Hearing Aid clinics 10.00 - 12.00
NEW DEMENTIA SUPPORT AT HOLT
Wednesday 21 February Friday 23 March
The fundraising project to support an Admiral Nurse has now progressed further with the presentation of a another cheque to Dementia UK by the Rotary Club of Holt and District. This new resource, which will support those living at home with Dementia, is now in place based at the Holt
Hairdressing Every Wednesday. Regular, occasional or casual appointments can be made. Ring 01263 740762 to make and check appointments.
Medical Practice. Rotarian Greg Cooper who chairs the Holt Dementia Friendly Community Steering Group commented that "the challenges posed by Dementia in an area with a high proportion of elderly people must not be underestimated. The Steering Group wishes to thank all the fundraising organisations involved and looks forward to working with the new Admiral Nurse as its members seek to further increase the support services already available”. If you would like to know more about Rotary locally and worldwide, please contact the secretary Mike Elsom firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01263 710118.
Britten Building, which includes a cafe and social spaces, available to Rotary for the Young Musician Competition. It is an outstanding opportunity for young aspiring musicians to enjoy the experience of playing in the most modern of recital halls, with facilities far exceeding almost any other school in the country, an opportunity that should not be missed. Entry is Free and for details of "How to Enter" and who is eligible, contact the Competition Organiser: John Rampling of the Rotary Club of Holt and District. T: 01263 712146 E: email@example.com.
LANGHAM DOME NEWS
BREAK CHARITY RUN
(Photo: Ugly Studios)
Sunday 25 February on Stody Estate nr. Holt You can still sign up for the Hunny Bell Cross Country Run in aid of Break Charity at www.break-charity.org. If you would like to volunteer to help on the day please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. This event sells out so entries will close once all places have sold Charity number: 286650
YOUNG MUSICIANS COMPETITION The Rotary Club of Holt and District, in conjunction with Broadland Rotary Club, will again host the North Norfolk Heat of the "Rotary Young Musician Competition 2018" at 2.30pm on Sunday 28 January 2018 and the District Final Sunday 25 February 2018 when supporters and the public are welcome. We are fortunate that the venue will again be at Gresham's School, Holt, by kind permission of the Headmaster, Douglas Robb and the Director of Music, John Bowley. This year they have generously offered Rotary the opportunity to hold the competition in the new Britten Building (named after the Old Greshamian, Benjamin Britten). This building development was recently completed at a cost of £6.5m and formally opened by HRH The Princess Royal. It provides six classrooms and 10 music teaching/ rehearsal rooms, some with Steinway pianos and a commercial standard recording studio. The jewel in the crown is the 140 seat Fishmongers' Recital Hall with state of the art acoustics, complete with a Steinway Concert Grand Piano which is available for competitors. Gresham's have generously made the whole of the
Visitors to the Dome in 2017 would have seen all the work one of our dedicated volunteers, John Allan, has done to identify all the fatal casualties associated with RAF Langham’s operations. They amount to 152. They are all identified on the Roll of Honour of the third of the Dome visitor films and also on the ‘Timeline’ touch screen in the Dome, where, by simply swiping your finger on the screen on a particular date, you can get information on the incident in question and the individuals involved. Ugly Studios of Norwich were commissioned to design and build the two interactive touch-screens for Langham Dome which were introduced for the 2017 season. One screen covers a quiz on RAF slang and the other provides the timeline which allows visitors to search through records all of the units stationed at RAF Langham during its entire operation as a military airfield from 1940-1958. There are also reports of each incident that involved damage to
aircraft, injury to personnel or loss of life. The lives and circumstances of death of these men are a moving testament to their courage and an acknowledgement of their ultimate sacrifice. John is now carrying out further research into the profiles of the individuals, where they came from, their service record etc, which Ugly Studios will continue to install on the timeline touch screen computer. This is extremely time consuming on John’s part, but around a third will be installed ready for the Easter 2018 opening. As an example of the work of both John and Ugly Studios screen details of one casualty, Flt Sgt Joseph Holian RAAF of 521 Meteorological Sqn, who died on operations from Langham on 7 February 1945, ie 72 years before this edition of the Lynx was published, are shown below:
We always listen for geese. It’s been Brent geese this week, inland from their usual coastal marsh haunts for easier pickings on the winter wheat in the cold, and they did get a few days peace on one huge field, until their presence was noted and a bird scarer installed – a huge bang with a big puff of smoke, and they were up and away … now the weather has warmed up so I hope they are back on the saltmarshes. One sunny but cold morning we explored parts of Bullfer grove I’d not bothered with before. A path around the far side was rather inviting, amongst fallen trunks and autumn leaves which the evening before had glowed copper, still bright in daylight. The low sun picks out the hedges and trees and bracken in a slow fire. This morning it’s much milder, and gloomier in the soft grey light. I have to think about three large paintings looking towards the coast at Cley, at Cley18 for which I’ve been selected to make good my proposal. One will be from the top of Clip street which is sixty nine metres above sea level. On a clear day looking north you can see the sea beyond Morston and Blakeney marsh from there. However I have a few more still-life paintings to work on as yet. Jane Wheeler
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HUNDRED CLUB DRAW RESULTS November17 Sandy Chapman Carole Lee Margaret Dent Rita Hutton
As the Chairman of the Friends of Langham Dome, Patrick Allen, points out this is all poignant stuff, and it is so important for the Dome to remain a memorial to their sacrifices. Hopefully, in years to come, relatives who may make the pilgrimage to visit us will continue to find information on their ancestors and be able to understand the circumstances surrounding the incident that led to their loss. John Blakeley
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Emily Antcliffe £25 Ezra Postan £10 Christina Broughton £5 Bella Prideaux £5
BALE PAINTING GROUP We’re half way through the Spring Term at the Bale Painting Group, held on a Monday (morning: 10:00 to 13:00, afternoon: 14:00 to 17:00 or all-day sessions) in the newly refurbished Bale Village hall. The group has been painting together since 2015 (originally under the expertise of our late friend Duncan Thomas) and we primarily paint with acrylics (group supplied materials available and included in the cost at £5 per session) although everyone is free to do whatever they please including Charcoal, mixed media etc. The painting group has planned demonstrations each term, the winter term’s being by Lionel Wilde, this was well received and subsequently most members have applied
BALE Contact: Jane Wheeler 01328 878656 email@example.com
WINTER LIGHT Bale diary 20th December There is a compensation for the shortness of days and the lessening of light in December; it’s the softness and warmth of the light around dusk, which enfolds the countryside in a magical cocoon of pinkish glamour. Taking Bimba for a short second walk at this time of day, especially in the green lane or Clip street where the outlook is over towards the sea, the light and the sky are always a reward. On frosty mornings, when the light twinkles sequins in the leaves’ outlines, and there are sculptural shapes like jewellery, we stand and gawp at the magnificence.
remember to check the inside board for a list of planned events in the Hall for 2018, plus other local activities. Anyone wishing to advertise events in other local villages is welcome to do so, but we would ask that, if possible, you provide a notice of no larger than A5 size. Paula Moore
some if not all the demonstrated techniques to their own landscape paintings. The members of the group are free to develop their own styles and we work together to support and critique each other’s work where requested. An outline project each term is proposed to help where it may be difficult to choose what to do next; e.g. winter term’s was to try to emulate Vermeer. We now have several examples of Vermeer’s work on display in the hall all of which are a testament to the diligence of the group members and their achievement in producing very convincing copies of original masterpieces albeit using acrylic rather than oil. It can be done! Artists of all abilities including beginners are welcome and we do understand it may be daunting to re-start artistic painting especially if the last time you painted it was the gloss coat on the woodwork in your home. There are a few spaces available for new members to join, so come along on a Monday for a chat and introduction if you are interested. Peter Jones
BINHAM Contact: Liz Brady 01328 830830 firstname.lastname@example.org
CELEBRATIONS IN BINHAM The traditional Christmas Dinner in the Memorial Hall was held on Saturday 2nd December. It was a very enjoyable evening and well supported. Thanks go to Liz Brown for yet again organising it and overseeing the cooking, also to everyone else who helped with the meal or made the Hall look really festive. The weather was kind on Monday evening 18th for “Carols on the Green” (actually now outside the Chequers). Even more attended than last year, lustily singing the carols lead by the Fakenham Town Band and enjoying the hot punch kindly provided by the Chequers. Liz Brown also arranged this evening and the provision of the Christmas Tree on the Green, dressed with lights supplied and wired by Paul Frost, the electricity being by courtesy of Mrs Sullivan. Advent Carols and Readings with the Iceni Choir started the Season’s service at the Priory on the evening of Tuesday 19th. The choir and congregation were in fine voice. Mulled wine and mince pies rounded off a delightful evening. The collection for “Crisis at Christmas” raised £346. The Priory looked wonderful with great displays by our band of talented flower-arrangers and a fine tree dressed with decorations and lights. It will be a pity that all will be taken down by Twelfth Night! Services at the Priory on Christmas Eve, the Children’s Crib Service and the Late Night Communion, together with Carols and Readings on Christmas Day, were attended in total by almost 200. The collections from these three services of £587 has been sent to The Children’s Society and St Martin’s Housing Association (formerly Norwich Night Shelter).
VILLAGE HALL NEWS Once again, we enjoyed a very happy start to the New Year with our Old Year’s Night party at the Village Hall. This event has become something of an institution in Bale and this year we had the traditional elements of wonderful food, games and friendly company in the smart new surroundings of the refurbished hall. The food, provided again by Alastair and his team, was middle-eastern inspired and all three courses were absolutely delicious. Our brains were exercised through the quiz, this year organised by Anne Peppitt and family who were the lucky (?) winners last year. The honour this time went to “Down the Town”. The whisky-rolling was won once again by Harry Hammond (this seems to be quite the norm – would it be a good idea to introduce a handicap system to give someone else a chance?). After a hearty rendering of “Auld Lang Syne” at midnight, proceedings wound up around 1am. We have a new event planned for March, when we will be pleased to welcome Mrs Temple to give a tasting of her wonderful Binham cheeses, with accompanying wines. The date and time for your diary is 17th March at 7pm, so look out for posters nearer the time for further details. Booking will be essential for this evening. We now have an “Local Events” noticeboard in the porch of the Hall, in addition to the boards outside the Hall and by the phone box. Next time you are in the Hall,
The season came to an end at the Priory on the afternoon of Sunday 7th January with Epiphany Carols and Readings lead by the Richeldis Singers. It is hoped all enjoyed this Christmastide at Binham and may have good health and good fortune in 2018.
In the Hall carpark, we have a paper bank. Can I encourage everyone to make full use of this by putting old newspapers and magazines into it. The Memorial Hall is paid by the weight of what we collect. An environmentally easy way for us all to contribute to Memorial Hall fund. Andrew Cuthbert
Easter Easter is quite early this year please note that, as well as the usual pattern of services over the next, two months there will be the following special services to which all will be very welcome. Mothering Sunday 11th March at 11.00am. A special service for all the family with posies to be given out. Please come and join us Palm Sunday 25th March at 9.30am. The service starts with a procession carrying palms to readings and prayers at the Altar in the Priory ruins, weather permitting, before returning to the Church for Holy Communion. Easter Saturday 31st March at 4.00pm Children’s Service followed by the Easter Egg Hunt in the Priory ruins and at 8.00pm Easter Service of Light. Easter Day 1st April at 11.00am Easter Communion.
BINHAM VILLAGE EVENTS A big thank you to all who helped, in any way, to make this year’s Christmas fair such a successful and enjoyable day. This includes everyone who came and supported it. The £2050 raised will help to maintain Binham Priory. Tony Pepper
Village Quiz Series The competitive, fun and challenging quiz series starts up again on Mon 5th February. These evenings bring old and young residents and non-residents of the village together for a couple of hours of quizzing, debate, teasing and even goading of the quiz master, all in good spirit! Quizzers should meet in the Chequers Pub at 7.15pm ready to quiz at 7.30pm, on the first Monday of the month, 5th Feb, 5th March, and 9th April. Everyone is very welcome and you don't need a team! Amanda Able
BINHAM MEMORIAL HALL Memorial Hall Kitchen By the time this has been circulated, the Trustees of Binham Memorial Hall hope to have a fine new kitchen, refurbished for us by Binham builder Stanley Hewitt. This has been jointly funded by the Red Socks Charitable Trust, the NNDC and from our own funds. Since opening the hall in 1999 we have been aware that a successful and busy village hall is in constant need of refurbishment. The Trustees are about to consider launching into a money raising programme to finance a small extension westward, which had always been in the plans drawn up by our architect. We are looking for a "good home" for the port-a-cabin - Enquiries telephone 01328 830367. The Trustees meet once a month for a short one hour meeting followed by the monthly 100 Club draw.
BINHAM AND COCKTHORPE PARISH COUNCIL Helen Owen has accepted the invitation to be coopted, and with Liz Brady joining in November, the Council is back to the full complement of seven Councillors. It is hoped that we can make progress on acquiring a defibrillator to be fixed to the wall of the Chequers for good access. This project is being led by Clive Brady who is seeking funding from external organisations to supplement the financial support from the Council. Once we have the unit training sessions will be held. It would show a strong community spirit if many people sign up to know how to use this potentially life-saving piece of equipment. The Village Liaison Group held the first meeting in December with Broadland Housing and the main contractor H Smith & Sons on the Walsingham Road
Dates for 2018 The Memorial Hall AGM will be on Tues 17th April (which is a public meeting). Other dates to put in your diaries for 2018 include: Spring Food Fair Sat 7th April; Village Fete and Show Sun 19th August and Harvest Lunch Sun 14th October.
Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 ODE (pauline33 email@example.com phone 01328 830940). Send cheque payable to The Friends of Binham Priory and include a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Updates of Friends’ news and events can be found at their new website, friendsofbinhampriory.weebly.com. Carolyn Raymond
development. Two members of the Council attended representing the parish and it is planned to hold monthly meetings. The two Council representatives will rotate so all Councillors will be involved over the project’s lifetime of about two years. At this first meeting we were told there would be a Site Agent, Steve Wilkinson, present most of the time. Steve will be available, preferably after 4pm, and he would be pleased to see anyone who wanted to look round or make comments. The aim is to have good relations with the village, particularly those close to the site. Those, or their family members, interested in renting or buying into the share equity housing should contact NNDC at Cromer. The market housing will be sold by Sowerbys, Wells Office. A full report of these meetings will be made at Parish Council meetings . You will have seen the site is now fully fenced with fine mesh screening in some area to minimise dust blowing off the site. In January we can expect activity to really get under way, putting the site access road and services in first. David Frost
BINHAM AND 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 on Thurs 15th Feb, we look forward to a talk by Gill Gorringe a Garden Designer. On Thurs 15th March Jill Whitaker comes to give a talk and demonstration with textiles. Sue Elkins
BINHAM ART GROUP The Group started the New Year with their first meeting on the 9th. January. We meet at the Binham Memorial Hall every Tuesday throughout the year between 9.30 and 12.30 when we gather to paint whatever we like in whatever medium we like. There is helpful and friendly advice available if required. We arrange demonstrations and workshops on a regular basis, by a variety of local artists who paint in a range of styles and mediums. We also arrange the occasional still life session and painting ‘en plein aire’. The weekly charge is three pounds for two hours or four pounds for three hours which includes coffee and biscuits. To find out more or to see examples of our work please log onto our website www.binhamartgroup.weebly.com Another good way of seeing some of our work is to visit the Chequers Gallery at the Binham Chequers Inn where you can also enjoy some fine ales and excellent home cooked food. John Hill
FRIENDS OF BINHAM PRIORY Savour a real taste of North Norfolk at a cheese and wine evening in Binham in April. Come along and meet local cheesemaker Catherine Temple, creator of many wonderful hand-made cheeses including the area’s famous Binham Blue. In her talk she will be delighting her audience with “Tales of Curds and Whey” and you will be able to sample some of her delicious ranges. Hosted by the Friends of Binham Priory, the event is on Thursday April 19th at 7pm for 7.30pm at Binham Memorial Hall. Tickets are £6 to FoBP members and £8 for guests and non-members including a glass of wine/soft drink served up with tempting plates of Mrs Temple’s cheese, all of which will be suitable for vegetarians. If gluten free crackers are required, please advise the box office when booking. The Friends’ Annual General Meeting also takes place in the hall on the same night, commencing at 6.30pm and finishing in good time for the talk and cheese and wine. Members will receive personal AGM invitations a little nearer the date. Cheese and Wine Box Office opens March 5th for members and March 19th for non-members. Contact Mrs Pauline Scott, 3 Manor Barn, Field Dalling Road, Binham,
A MESSAGE FROM BEVERLEY TAYLOR I would like to thank all those kind people who sent cards, messages and flowers to wish me well during my recent time in hospital. I am feeling a lot better now and recovering well. Thank you everyone.
field and play equipment or just chill out and make new friends. Contact Amanda Able (01328 830828) or Andrew Marsh (01328 830580) for further information.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: THE CAREER AND LEGACY OF GERTRUDE JEYKLL [1843-1932], GARDENER EXTRAORDINARY
BINHAM LOCAL HISTORY GROUP Recent Archaeological finds in Norfolk
A talk by Miranda Villiers, Great-niece of Gertrude Jekyll and god-daughter of Sir Edwin Lutyens When failing sight finally compelled Gertrude Jekyll to abandon a career as an artist, she turned to garden design, in which skill she became pre-eminent. Her house-and-garden collaboration with Edwin Lutyens, later Sir Edwin, the world-famous architect, brought her national and international fame, as did her books, which are still in print, and her journalism, notably her association with Country Life. Miranda Villiers lived in two houses that Lutyens designed and her talk on this fascinating subject will be based on her family recollections and anecdotes. Hosted by the Binham Local History Group with the Friends of Binham Priory on Tues 13th March, 7pm for 7.30pm in Binham Memorial Hall. Tickets £6 to include a glass of wine or a soft drink. To reserve tickets to pay on the door, E: firstname.lastname@example.org. For further details see www.friendsofbinham priory.weebly.com.
BINHAM YOUTH GROUP Binham Youth group is held in the Binham Memorial Hall on Wednesdays 6-8 pm, term time only, age 5-16 years, £1 entry fee, tuck shop, staff DBS checked. We have Art ‘n’ craft, board games, table tennis, pool table, karaoke, books, 10 pin bowling, indoors during winter and summer time we use the large playing
Our November 17 talk was given by Claire Bradshaw who is The Community Archaeologist for Norfolk County Council’s Historic Environment Services. Claire came to talk about interesting finds which come to the surface through various ways from metal detecting, planning developments to the history of past lives being revealed by the forces of nature itself. Claire began her talk by illustrating how the world of technology and aerial photography has revealed much to assist archaeologists to identify new information. Norfolk has an extensive photo library of some 129,000 images and these can be accessed through www.historic -maps.norfolk.gov.uk These contain the very earliest aerial photographs which come from the RAF school of Photography which began its life back in 1912 when Frederick Laws of No.1 Squadron Royal Flying Corp became one of the pioneers of British military aerial photography during the First World War. These photos are supplemented by the work of O G S Crawford in 1927 working for Ordnance Survey, George Swain who took photos during the Blitz of WW2. The extensive RAF UK aerial survey taken between 1944-46 and finally the incredible work of Derek Edwards as Aerial Photography Officer of Norfolk Museums Service from 1974 to 2000, Derek was both Curator and principal contributor to the Norfolk Aerial Photography Library, where he amassed a collection of some 100,000 photographs. Claire said that some things surface purely by chance such as the now famous Happisburgh footprints which revealed themselves post storm in May 2013 on the foreshore at low tide where heavy seas had removed the beach sand. A team of scientists were on the beach doing research and realised the significance of them. They remained visible for 2 weeks long enough for casts and mud samples to be taken together with photographs and layout plans. Much analysis has since been done to confirm that they are of five adults and children walking along the mudflats of a large river, about a million years ago making them the oldest footprints outside Africa. We then moved to the story of The Great Ryburgh Anglo Saxon burial site which was discovered when excavations were taking place in 2016 for installation of a new fishing lake. The unusual story here is that 80 rare Middle Saxon log coffins and plank-lined graves, preserved by their waterlogged environment were found – the first time that such coffins have been found in these numbers and such good condition in Britain. Claire covered a number of other sites and finds ranging from a housing development site at Hopton (Pottery, flints and a neolithic axe head), The Northern Distributor Road excavations on 20 separate sites and submerged small medieval boat found intact along the
bank of the River Chet by Diggers working on a stretch of floodbank. Archaeologists investigated and after examining the timber found it to be a boat between 400 and 600-years-old. The boat is now undergoing restoration at The Mary Rose museum in Portsmouth. All this illustrated that there is so much more of Norfolk’s past waiting to reveal itself.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip-toe if you must, but take the step.
Speakers The Binham Local History Group is always looking for good speakers who are willing for a modest fee to come and give a presentation of about 45 minutes to our audiences. We meet on the 4th Thursday of each month from September through to April/May. If you have a historical topic that you have researched and would be happy to share with our members the please contact me at blhg@btinternet or on 01328 830700 to have a chat.
COCKTHORPE Contact: Maurice Matthews 01328 830350 email@example.com
COCKTHORPE CHRISTMAS What a marvellous weekend we had and the beautiful weather on Saturday enhanced the reopening of our lovely little church. Thank you to all who helped and supported us.The miniature Christmas Tree Exhibition was beautiful, with truly inspired decorations, popcorn,tinsel,baubles and lights, even a tree decorated entirely of edible bird food, which then gave the birds of Cockthorpe a Christmas feast. The winning tree was Blakeney Primary School who made all the decorations and came and spent the previous morning decorating their tree and filling the wishing tree with messages. The church resounded to the chatter and laughter of visitors and on Sunday we raised the rafters with amazing festive music and carols led by Rosemary Kimmens and her Cantilena choir. Thank you Rev.Whittle for the lovely service and all the people who helped us raise the princely sum of £670 for the Norfolk and Norwich Neo Natal unit. Juliet Case
Next Talks Thursday 22nd February 7:30pm Letters from the Workhouse , Megan Dennis (Gressinghall Museum) Thursday 22nd March 7:30pm Mutiny on the Bounty’s Norfolk Connection, Alan Leventhall £2 members £4 nonmembers, Binham Memorial Hall. Pennie Alford, Secretary, Local History Group
THE GREATEST SMUGGLER IN ENGLAND Many thanks to all of you who bought our book at the Christmas fair and thanks also to Tony and Carolyn for letting us have a table. We are delighted to say that the sale raised £330 which was distributed equally between the Cromer Foodbank (Trussell Trust) and the RNLI. We received lovely thank you letters from both and quote a few lines here: Foodbank “We operate seven distribution centres within our area and with a population of approx. 70,000. Last year we fed nearly 2500 people, 960 of them children” RNLI “Last year our courageous lifeboat crews rescued 23 lives every day. We launched our service a total of 8228 times saving 348 lives and rescuing a further 7973 people.” We hope you enjoyed reading the book. Copies (at £5 each) are still available for those who missed out and all proceeds will go to the above charities – both having close local connections. Thanks again and Happy New Year to everyone. Richard and Norah (firstname.lastname@example.org)
PETER MARTIN As we go to print we have learnt with deep sadness and shock that Peter, a lifelong resident, has passed away following a very short illness. It is too late to prepare a tribute at this time however one is planned for the next issue. Our thoughts are for Sheila and family.
BINHAM MEMORIAL HALL 100+ Club winners November winners: £25 Jane Wilton, £10 Tim Walduck, Tom Walduck, £5 Mrs Pepper, Paddy Bartram, Mrs P Scott. December winners: £50 Rory Bartram, Mrs Pepper, £25 Tracey Martin, £10 S Jennings, Mike Bond £5 Oliver Wales, Andrew Cuthbert, Helen Marsh If anyone would like to join the 100+ club, please call at 8 Priory Crescent or ring June Read on 01328 830106.
It’s been a few years since villagers went around Field Dalling singing carols, but just before Christmas, we had a merry time. And we hope others did too! We decided not to collect for any charity, but just sing our best and particularly visit those who might be a bit housebound. One of the lovely surprises was gathering extra singers on our way around the village. “Can we join you?” was a thrice-heard question, so the volume, descants and inner parts just got more and more! Very many thanks to all those who sang and to the maker of something hot and sweet at the end. Fiona Newton
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ST ANDREW’S CHURCH Christmas Fair The Christmas Fair 2017 was a happy and successful occasion, offering a wide selection of Christmas puddings, cakes, jams, chutneys, decorations, crafts and presents, all of the highest quality, hand made, and reasonably priced. Special thanks to Debbie Ladley for organising it, as well as making many of the decorations and cakes herself. Coffee and cake were available too, giving people a chance to sit down for a moment and catch up with each other. Village events like these increase our sense of community at the same time that they raise funds, in this case, £735 towards the expenses of St Andrew's Church. Many thanks to everyone locally and from farther afield who supported the Christmas Fair 2017.
VILLAGERS’ HALL Wine Tasting The wine tasting held by Adnams on 8th December was a great success having a variety of unusual wines to tickle our palates. Lee Newstead of Adnams was very pleased to receive a goodly volume of orders. As a consequence we have booked a repeat on 7th December 2018, so one for your diaries. Steve Collins
St Andrew’s Church Roof Work will continue on the roof probably until the end of March, and during that time we are holding all our services in Saxlingham Church, where we are being made very welcome. Meanwhile St Andrew's Church building, while remaining as beautiful and historic as ever, feels empty – without visitors and their entries in our visitors' book (packed away), in the absence of fresh flowers, no Sunday services with coffee after, or church bells, or notices in the porch. This very unusual circumstance of closing temporarily shows clearly how important Sunday services and other activities held within, are to the preservation of the medieval church building and therefore to our sense of history and community in Field Dalling. Without activities (and the commitment of a great many people which makes that possible) the church building is just a shell. We look forward very much to bringing it back to use and life as soon as possible in the spring. Margaret Smith, Churchwarden
Christmas Bingo The Christmas bingo was a huge success and the total raised for the village hall was £1,425, up on last year’s event. It was a packed house and all had a good time. Ian and Debbie would like to thank all the helpers that gave up their time including those who set up and took down the chairs and tables. Ian and Debbie Ladley
Easter Bingo Bookings are now being taken for Easter bingo on the 23rd March. Please contact Ian and Debbie Ladley on 01328 830582 to book your place.
Important Diary Dates Bingo Nights: 9th Feb, 9th Mar, 23rd Mar, 20th Apr, 18th May, 15th June, 13th July; Wine Tasting: 7th Dec.
GUNTHORPE Contact: John Blakeley 01263 861008 firstname.lastname@example.org www.gunthorpefriends.co.uk
FOGPC 50/50 Club Draw Results November December Alex Worall Linda Jenkinson Nigel Ford John Corney Andrew Ryde Rev Ian Whittle Isaac Buchanan
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Seana Broom Isaac Buchanan Sandra W’thingtn Richard Francis Margot Worsley John Lemberger Lindsay Worsley Simon Long George Brough
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grand-children. Both Lady Anne and Sir George, who died in March 2012, had been active in various national charities, and they were keen supporters of village functions and St Mary’s Church. Anne ran the church flower rota for many years and enjoyed looking after her lovely garden, country walks, and attending concerts in local churches. She sang in choirs all her life, and enjoyed singing for many years with the Fakenham Choral Society, and annual Messiahs at Gresham School, as well as regularly singing at church services in Gunthorpe. Lady Anne was cremated on 10th January 2018, and a memorial service is planned in St Mary’s Gunthorpe in March. We send our deepest condolences to all the family.
With only some 16 attendees the Christmas Party on 16 December was not well supported despite the usual Christmas treats and enhanced draw and raffle, and we will have to consider whether the event is worth staging in future. However, very many thanks to all who contributed the food and wine and raffle prizes - those who did attend enjoyed the event. Special thanks also to the two members gave us generous donations. As previously noted we started the new subscription year with 128 members in the June draw (now increased to 129), but we are still collecting subscriptions for the year from June 2017 if you plan to renew or want to join - it costs just £1.00 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. For full details see Lynx issue 116 or contact John Blakeley on 01263 861008 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
BAYLEY JOHN CARTER We were very saddened to learn, in late November, of the death of a former Gunthorpe resident, Bayley “John” Carter. John died of pancreatic cancer on the 29th of September 2017 after a short illness following the diagnosis, and his funeral took place in the Parish Church of All Saints, Old Town, Hastings on the 17th of October. He was just 55 years old. John and his partner John Wright had lived in Gunthorpe from 1994 to early 2004, before moving to Hastings where John Wright, an accomplished interior designer, had a work commission. Known in Gunthorpe as the “Two Johns” they were popular and keen supporters of the village and still have many friends both here and in the local area. During his time in Gunthorpe John Carter ran a housing association based in Norwich. We offer our deepest condolences to John Wright and other family members for their sudden and tragic loss.
ST MARY’S CHURCH NEWS We had a well attended Christmas service and as always the church looked lovely. A special thank you to Marie for working her magic on the decorations and to Dan and Ginny Worsley for their hard work, polishing and cleaning before the service. Another thank you goes to Chris and Jane Williamson and their children Abbie and Ben who once again cycled for St Mary's in The Norfolk Churches bike ride in September. They raised £100 - very well done to them. The final amount raised by David, on his Lands End to John o’ Groats ride, is £7,881.40. Half this sum will go to St Mary's. We are thrilled with this amount and would like to thank, once again, everyone who so kindly supported us. Lastly, we have been notified that the war memorial has been granted grade 2 listing. It is a fine example of a Celtic wheel-head cross type of war memorial, simple but dignified. Penny Brough Church Warden
LADY ANNE BLUNDEN Although she had been unwell for some time the village was saddened to learn of the passing of Lady Anne Blunden who died peacefully at the Norfolk & Norwich University hospital on 13 December 2017. She was 92 years old. Although until recently she had managed, with the help of carers, to remain at the village home in Gunthorpe she had established with her husband Sir George Blunden in 2000 the family decided that she needed more facilities than were available at home and she had moved to Norwich to be closer to her daughter Margaret as recently as August 2017. She is survived by her children George, Robin and Margaret and their families, including seven grand-children and four great
increase interest and numbers for up and coming evenings in the New Year - no dates for the diary just at the moment though. Is there any interest in a film club, guest speakers etc.??? Let us know. Thank you everyone for your continuing support. Tony Dufour and the Committee
FRIENDS OF GUNTHORPE PC Happy New Year to you all! The Friends hope you will join us for our gatherings this year where all money raised will help fund the maintenance of Gunthorpe St. Mary’s Church. Please check the “What’s On” list in the Lynx for times and dates, as well as the board outside the Village Institute. Our first gathering will be the Churchyard Clear-Up in April – date to follow. It is a great headstart to the spring gardening season in the Churchyard and a fun morning with snacks at the end and all are welcome – so do come if you can. Marie Denholm Friends Chairman
PRAISE FOR GUNTHORPE WARD The Autumn 2017 edition of the NNUH’s house magazine “The Pulse” carried the following letter praising our namesake ward, and it is reproduced with the permission of the Editor. I cannot praise your staff and hospital attitude enough during my recently elongated stay. I've had the misfortune to have endured many stays throughout Midland and East Anglian based hospitals in recent years, for an open surgery lung biopsy. Gunthorpe ward in the NNUH is by far the most pleasant and best run of all of them by a country mile. On 21 July I was transferred to yourselves and I have to say right from the moment of being admitted the nursing staff could not have been more professional caring, humorous and kind hearted. Every member of the nursing staff, auxiliaries, junior nurses, catering team and junior doctors were fantastic... and all the nursing team are unsung heroes. The whole atmosphere in Gunthorpe Ward and the Angiogram Lab is a credit to the hospital. Many thanks and kind regards The GMDU Gunthorpe Ward was recently nominated as part of the NNUH Staff Awards 2017 in the Ward of the Year category. Other nominees in this category were Heydon Neurology and Edgefield Ward, who emerged as winners in the category. This is an extract from the Gunthorpe Ward nomination: “The unit is a fast paced ward and all the nurses, healthcare assistants and housekeepers have pulled together to create a very dynamic team.” Many congratulations and thanks to all on the Gunthorpe Ward team from the village. As usual a large box of Christmas “goodies” was delivered to the Ward on Christmas Eve to help both staff and those patients in the ward on Christmas Day celebrate the season. John Blakeley
GUNTHORPE VILLAGE INSTITUTE A Christmas evening on the 9th of December at the Institute was an early opportunity to wish friends and neighbours a Merry Christmas. The evening was a little quieter than previous Christmas celebrations at the Institute but there was plenty of festive fayre on offer and a very enjoyable festive atmosphere none the less. Special thanks to Pete King for a clever and fun quiz and contributing to the proceedings. Good news to start the New Year. As you may remember an application for a grant was made to the North Norfolk Big Society Fund for the replacement of the front windows to the Institute, it was successful, with a major contribution to the cost, and very welcome news on the run up to Christmas. Sincere thanks again from the Committee to everyone involved in achieving this happy outcome especially to John Blakeley and Mike Whyman, and to say again how much your time and efforts are appreciated - as are the contributions of so many other villagers, visitors and friends, who continue to support the Institute at various evenings and events throughout the year. THANK YOU ALL - but the more the merrier so please feel welcome to join us in the future. We may not have a village pub, shop or post office but your continuing help and support is vital to keep the Institute alive and well, so that it can continue to provide a focus for community gatherings and somewhere to enjoy traditional times of the year with friends and neighbours. Please do feel welcome to make suggestions to the Committee for any future occasions that you may think could have wider appeal and
MEMORIES OF BULLFER GROVE
two boys in the pram took refuge in the open cart house of the stables in the yard. The storm was getting louder and was turning the whole farmyard into night. In desperation mother pushed her charges up to the farmhouse door. Hardly had she lifted her hand from the door knocker; the door opened, and the lady of the house stood in the doorway. "Oh do come in dear” she remarked, without being asked. ``He is playing up something terrible today, it is the storm it always make things worse". Mother pushed the pram into the warmth of the large kitchen, her charges having now dropped off to sleep. Slowly realising that the lady of the house, was referring to a supernatural being, not her "husband” as she first thought mother became very interested, and taking the hospitality the lady offered was quite willing to listen while she related her story. "We do not always hear it", she said, “but during times such as this it really gets angry, and moves everything upstairs to where it wants it. It started some years ago, just after the two boys had started work". The oldest going out in the evening", she said, `often there was some trouble when the older boy came home, the younger, he said, had pulled the clothes off the bed. Sometimes the bed was moved across the room, other times the bed was stripped, having been made up during the day. In the end it has been better to leave the bed making until after four o'clock. "May I have a look" mother said. After some thought the lady agreed, and they went up the winding stairs to the boy’s room. It was at the top of the stairs, with a door to the left, a door in front of them, and to the right on the open top stairway was the boy’s double bed. Looking to the door to the left mother said "What is in there? Through the large cracks between the boards the light from a small window, showed up a dust laden room with very little in it. The latch handle was chained. "We have never opened it" the lady said, the door in front of them was the same. "When it is really bad''; she says, “to go to their bed before ten o'clock; is impossible. It throw's the chains off the first door, goes over to the bed throws everything on to the floor, throws the chains off the other door . Then all is peaceful for days - sometimes months". Mother looked again into both rooms. It was plain to see; that if only a small object moved in that dust and cobweb laden room, it would have left some trace, but there was none. The storm had cleared and mother set out on her way home
Peter Jackson This is Part 2 of Peter’s essay on his early life in Bullfer Grove and then Briston - Part 1 is in Lynx 116. Father was always a man to keep up with the times. We had a Crystal Radio set he and his father had made. It had to be concealed in the wall oven - not being in use at the time as what little they had to cook could be heated by the small fire grate. During this time, and having children he was able to apply for Parish Relief from "The Parish Officers", the Chairman being one of the local Dignitaries and as the Parish Chairman, being responsible to the Walsingham Rural District. This relief of course was means tested before any payment was made. All that could be sold had to go first, hence the need to hide the Crystal Set. They had a few chickens, but told the Authorities they were his neighbours. After all, the value of the eggs came to more than the relief money. You were only allowed the clothes you were wearing, and a week’s food in the pantry. Then Parish Relief might be paid - as I recall it was about two shillings the equivalent today of ten pence in decimal money (with a current value of around £5.90). We were lucky - many of the old people who were then in need of help had given their limbs for their country in the First World War, and the families of those who had given their lives found it even more difficult; as they had no one to challenge the Authorities. My brother and I took 2 (old) pence to pay for our lunch when we were going to school, we had two rounds of bread, and the penny was to purchase some chips to eat with the bread. With one penny we purchased two portions of chips and some scraps, saving the other penny for an ice cream at the local store, it was a round Walls ice cream in a cardboard wrapper, which we managed to persuade the shopkeeper to put in two cones. For mother sadly came the day when our stay at Bullfer Grove ended. My paternal grandfather was a guard on the railway - a good job for the time. Over the years he had managed to purchase three cottages - doing them up as he went along. He now had a house vacant at Briston and wanted father to move and live there. Before we leave Bullfer Grove though I must tell you about, "mothers encounter with the Sharrington Ghost" as she later told the story to me. Mother had completed her day at Langham; the weekly wash for her mother. Safely tucking the hard earned Half Crown in her purse, she put my brother and I into the pram, made her goodbye's to her mother, and started the journey back home to Bullfer Grove. The darkening sky, and cool breeze, offered not one of the best of days that mother had trudged those weary miles, five or six at least of twisting partly made roads. She was on the way through Sharrington, It was starting to rain, and the sky had turned from a dull grey to blue black; in the distance a sharp crack of lightning was followed by the thunder, as it seemed to pass overhead. A large farmhouse and yard to the left were offering inviting shelter. Mother and we
with her still sleeping charges. Tingling with things she had seen and heard, and the story she had to relate to her dad, the next time she went over to Langham. My brother and I slept peacefully through it all, and as there was no further visit to the farm I have no idea whether the ghost is still around.  So we left Gunthorpe for Briston. In the village of Briston in the late 1800s the railway line through to Yarmouth needed to cross the road where Hall Street meets the Stone Road. Stone Road was slightly diverted to make way for the railway crossing, and a gate house with crossing gates. At this junction there was a loke leading to my paternal grandfather’s cottages, closed to the road with a large gate and lined with a tall hedge, and poplars on one side. There were orchards on either side of the loke. Our new home was to be the first cottage, one of two. My grand-father lived in the larger property set aside from the cottages - I still live in the smaller of these two cottages to this day.  Reps note: Perhaps one of our Sharrington readers can add more to this story.
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 T: 07909923058
WELCOME We would like to welcome Annette Duckworth; Suzy and Ben Jones with family, Jemima and Oswald; Scott and Kelly Lee with family, Skye Jessica, Frazer and Harper Daisy. We hope you will all be very happy living in Langham.
CHRISTMAS FAIR PROCEEDS A big thank you to all the kind and generous people who donated goods to the Christmas Fair in December. There could not have been an event without your valuable support. Thanks also to all who helped, in any way, at the fair, it was so good of you to come along and give your time and energy to help to raise the magnificent gross proceeds of £931.50. It was all very much appreciated, well done everybody.
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FROM THE REGISTERS HOLY BAPTISMS Lula Hermione Poole Abbey Jessica Poole
Hamper Raffle won by Victor Tully with ticket No 522. Plant Raffle won by Pat North with ticket No 399. Langham P.C.C.
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HAPPY NEW YEAR Langham PCC would like to thank all those who help to keep Langham Church a going concern; all who preach, attend and help with church services, clean, arrange flowers, put up flags, play the organ, wash the altar linen, help with refreshments, work in the churchyard, maintain our churchyard equipment, look after the clock, supply church leaflets, carry out administration and also to all who support us financially. You are all very valuable to us and we appreciate your participation most sincerely. We wish you all a very Happy New Year. Langham P.C.C.
RVS LANGHAM CAR SERVICE Schedule to end Mar 2018 Fare: 25p/mile Weekly driving duties beginning on a Monday. March 5th 830847 Feb 5th 830606 th Feb 12 830773 March 12th 830507 th Feb 19 830348 March 19th 830773 th Feb 26 830537 March 26th 830537 * 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!
FISH ‘N’ CHIPS & QUIZ NIGHTS
Throughout Christmas and Epiphany, Langham was illuminated by the decorated tree opposite the Blue Bell and also by the church floodlights. We must thank the Friends of Langham and helpers for the tree lights plus Mr. and Mrs. Hughes for the power supply. The church was floodlit during this time thanks to a generous donation from an anonymous parishioner. A big thank you to these supporters, on behalf of the village, for their kindness.
Due to a more permanent slot elsewhere, the chip van is unfortunately unable to continue to support us in 2018, so we’ve had to seek alternative arrangements for providing dinner. Hopefully things will run just as smoothly as before, but please do bear with us as we fine tune the new arrangements! We are going ahead as usual with the Fish’n’Chips & Quiz Nights in January (Friday Jan 26th), February (Friday Feb 23rd) and March (Friday March 30th) in the Village Hall. Quiz entry £1 per person, please bring your own drinks/tipple, as before. As per previous years, our March Quiz will be the last of these Quiz Nights before we break for the summer period, possibly resuming in the autumn. In March, quiz participants vote as to how any proceeds of these evenings should be spent within the Village. A BIG thank you to all our volunteers, especially our 5 Quiz Masters who have kept us fully entertained. The quizzes have been well received and are even attracting attendance from other villages now! Sarah Bowen
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY From the above service collection, a donation of £25 was made to the R.B.L. Poppy Appeal 2017.
THANK YOU FRIENDS OF LANGHAM A very relaxing, free trip to Norwich, was enjoyed by members of the Friends of Langham ‘200 club’ in early December. Later in the month we had another challenging quiz evening and at the end of the month a Pantomime trip was organised for the children. All this was very much appreciated by various people of the village. A big thank you to the Friends of Langham for all their efforts during the year in providing the village with such an enjoyable variety of events. Like all organisations they need our support so if you are not in the ‘200’ club do give it a thought. You’ve got to be ‘in it, to win it’. If you wish to join, please contact the Treasurer, Peter Barlow, on 01328 830606. A slight error in the reporting of the Mystery Trip in the summer. It was not the Wagon and Horses that we visited for tea but the Horse and Groom. Sorry about that. Member of F.O.L.
MORSTON Contact: Jock Wingfield 01263 740431 firstname.lastname@example.org
DIARY DATES Sat 3 Feb. FMC Quiz in VH 7pm for 7.30 Sat 5th May, Sun 6th May and Mon 7th May, 10am to 5pm each day. FMC. 2018 Book Sale Sat 23 June FMC AGM. Sat 13 September Sat 13 Oct. FMC Shovell Dinner. Simon Harris on “Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell”. At the Anchor
LANGHAM CHURCH Good Friday Special Service
FMC ANNUAL QUIZ (SAT 3 FEB)
A Service for Good Friday at 12 noon with The Cantilena Choir, under the direction of Rosemary Kimmins
Team Captains Please Register ASAP Morston Village Hall fire regulations mean that only 70 people may be present in the Village Hall at a time. Therefore the annual FMC Quiz will in future be for 8 teams of 8 plus 6 administrators, rather than 10 teams of 8. With apologies, but only the first eight team captains to register with Joc Wingfield (email: email@example.com) will be able to participate in this event. We could have gone for 10 teams of 7, but as many teams have for years had the same team members, the FMC committee decided to go for 8 teams of 8. Registered so far: The Cockthorpe & Morston Cockles (Maurice Mathews & Carole Bean’s team).
NATIONAL TRUST UPDATE
big chunks of her. They spent considerable time preparing the wreck so sections could be moved onto the marsh. Peter Roe spent many happy days digging out huge amounts of mud so she could be cut up. Neil Thompson chain-sawed her into three sections and prepared them with slings and buoys.The three sections were lifted and now “Whale” has completely gone!! Our Channel Marker buoy had done a runner – or swimmer we suppose! All the way to Denmark, where it was found by Henrick Bak Rasmussen on the West Coast of Jutland. A new beacon has been erected at the entrance to Morston Creek. It has a continuous flashing red 2-mile vis. light. PIC Check out our new website - google Blakeney Harbour Association. You will find a new function that allows you to report incidents like near misses out on the water. This will help identify potential risks or dangers in the harbour and by recognising and reporting near misses or incidents this can significantly improve the safety of, and enhance the safety culture in the harbour. A near miss is an unplanned event that did not result in injury, illness, or damage, but had the potential to do so. Examples of incidents include: 1. Close-quarters situations where urgent action was required to avoid collision. 2. Any event that had the potential to, or did result in a serious injury. 3. A fire. 4. An unintended temporary grounding, where there was risk of stranding or material damage. 5. A person overboard. 6. Snagging of fishing gear resulting in a danger. We hope this will allow us to get a record of where there may be problems and dangers in the harbour so we can all learn! And make the self-regulation we are all rightly proud of work. Looking forward to getting out on the water in 2018.
Blakeney National Nature Reserve Happy New Year to you all from the National Trust team. We have had a very busy and exciting Grey Seal pupping season on Blakeney Point, smashing the previous record of 2,453 births set in 2014. At the last count we had had 2,699 seal pups born, but it’s not quite over yet and we expect a few more in the coming days. The season started unexpectedly early with the first pup appearing on 23rd October which was three days earlier than the previous record. This was mirrored at our neighbouring colonies at Donna Nook in Lincolnshire and at nearby Horsey who both had early starts and record births. Lots of people have been to visit the pups since November and have mostly been greeted by our fantastic team of seal ranger volunteers, who have been on hand over the three months to answer questions and ensure the pups are not accidentally disturbed. A big thank you to them for all their dedication and hard work. With the Grey Seal pupping season very nearly over our attention now turns towards the Spring and the upcoming bird breeding season. Lots of conservation work is planned including clearing ditches and reed cutting on Blakeney Freshes. This helps with water flow and the health of the habitat ensuring the area is in tip top condition for when the nesting waders arrive in a couple of months as well as insects and other invertebrates that are found here. Dates for your diary: 15 February 10:00 – 16:00. Join our team at Blakeney Quay for half term family fun with nature themed ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities. All equipment will be provided: just turn up! Free. 24 March 10:00 – 13:00. Help us to keep our coastline clean by joining us for a beach clean on Blakeney Point. Bags and litter-pickers provided. Please bring sturdy gardening type gloves with you. Meet at Cley Beach car park (not NT).
BLAKENEY HARBOUR ASSOCIATION
CANDLE-LIT CAROL SERVICE
A big thank you to our 500+ members without whose support we couldn’t function and very grateful thanks for the hard work of all the volunteers. In late October at the top of Blakeney Cut our volunteers successfully lifted what was left of the wreck of the wooden barge the “Whale” which had become a nasty hazard to navigation over the past couple of years as the tide exposed
Morston’s Christmas Carol Service on Saturday 23rd September was a delight and a great success. The Candle-lit Service - illuminated by well over 200 candles – was conducted by the Rev. Ian Whittle, and was attended by the Suffragan Bishop of Lynn, the Very Revd Jonathan Meyrick and a congregation of over 200
– one per candle! The Service included some great readings and soaring descant. Festive jazz was presented with gusto by the Volko Trio of Morston, to accompany the serving by the PCC of mulled wine and mince pies. The PCC would like to here thank the Volko Trio for giving their little concert to support All Saints Church in its Christmas Appeal, the collection of £859.73 – which was divided half and half between Kelling Hospital and Wells Hospitals.
THANK YOU As we look back on 2017, the PCC would like to thank those stalwart supporters of St Margaret’s who give so much of their time to our small parish, namely Rev’d Peter Bowles who takes our first service of each month, Michael Kimmins for playing the organ, and Rev’d Fiona Newton (a model of multi-tasking who on occasions has both played the organ and led the service at the same time!) Our thanks of course also to the Rev’d Ian Whittle for his ministry and for taking the service every third Sunday of the month. We are grateful to you all.
MORSTON CAROL SINGERS The carol singers on Christmas eve were brilliant. Although there were far fewer singers than usual, they were in great voice and managed to raise £258.35 for the PCC’s Church Building Fund (i.e. for repairs and maintenance), beating last year’s collection.
APCM The Annual Parochial Church Council meeting is due to be held on 5th March and all parishioners are welcome. This is a chance to find out what goes on in the PCC and how to get involved in any way, from joining the flower rota, setting up the church for services or helping with fundraising events. Further details will be in the next two village newsletters.
MORSTON QUIZ QUESTIONS by Samphire (answers on page 26) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
Tashkent is the capital of which former Soviet republic? What is the colour of the bull on an archery target? Which of the 7 Wonders of the World survives today? Which city has the greatest population in the world? In “Penny Lane” what is the nurse selling from a tray? What application do you need to stand as an MEP? At what score was the “tie break” first introduced at Wimbledon in 1971? What is the collective name for a group of foxes? What is the collective name for a group of bears? In France what do the initials “T.G.V.” mean?
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CHURCH NOTES Remembrance Sunday fell on the 12th November and Bishop Peter Wheatley led the holy communion service with David Forrest reading out the names of our Sharrington men who lost their lives in the two world wars. These are the men we got to know quite well when we researched the 1914-18 war as some still have families here. At the end of the service we gathered for coffee and cake in our usual fashion which is always a good and fitting conclusion especially with visiting clergy. Our popular lantern procession and carol service took place on Sunday 17th December with the hardy members of the congregation and children setting off from the village hall at 4.30pm. Luckily the rain had
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CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT St Margaret’s this year played host to many more Advent and Christmas services than usual due to the current roof repairs at St Andrew’s, Field Dalling. Thanks to a team of willing volunteers and the kind donation of a Christmas tree by Albanwise Farming, the church looked beautiful, especially with all the candles lit for the two afternoon services. ‘Carols by Candlelight’ on 17th December once again saw our biggest congregation of the year and, with prosecco and mince pies to round off the service, it was a fine start to the festive season.
eased by then. Other people took the opportunity of arriving in plenty of time to secure their seats in the warmth of the church. It looked beautiful in the candlelight with the tree decorated by three young children the day before with the crib waiting for its occupants and the beautiful flowers throughout the church. Martin Jacklin played the organ for us and Barry Holliss led the prayers. Seven lessons were read and one of our readers was Lucy Sloman aged seven, our youngest ever reader. She was excellent, no stumbling, very confident and beautifully spoken. Well done Lucy. We also had eight carols, during the singing of which, various people and children went up to the crib with the figures to place in an appropriate arrangement. At the end of the service one further carol was suggested and Martin played Hark the Herald Angels Sing which was a joyous rendition followed by spontaneous applause. We ended with mulled wine, mince pies and sausage rolls. If you have ever wondered about the history of the Nine Lessons and Carols from King’s College Cambridge I did a little investigation. It was first held on Christmas Eve in 1918, planned by Eric MilnerWhite who at the age of thirty four had just been appointed Dean of King’s. The original service was adapted from an Order by E.W. Benson, later Archbishop of Canterbury, for use in the wooden shed which served as his cathedral in Truro, at 10pm on Christmas Eve 1880. Finally our Christmas Day holy communion service was led by the Rev John Wilson. Unfortunately we had no organist this time but our sound system is excellent. More carols, with the gospel read by the crib with the whole congregation on the altar steps and in the choir stalls. At the finish John had an enormous bag of chocolates to hand around (no coffee this time) and we went on our merry way with Christmas wishes to one and all, some of us to the oven and others for a walk or to visit friends and family. We were delighted to hear that Jo Fawcett will be taking some of our holy communion services each month and we were very pleased to welcome her in December. Finally, contributions to the food bank are welcome as ever please. It is now completely empty but thank you to all who have helped over the past year. APG
DATES FOR YOUR DAIRY The ever popular Burns Night supper in aid of All Saints church is being held on Friday 2nd February at 7pm in the village hall. If you hurry you may still be able to book a place by telephoning Pippa Long on 01263 860613. The annual parochial church meeting will be held in church during the latter part of February (date to be confirmed) and full details will be posted on the church noticeboard and on the Sharrington village website www.sharrington.org.uk. Also in aid of the church, there will be a coffee morning on Saturday 14th April at All Saints Cottage (next door to the church) from 10.30am – 12noon. There will be cakes to eat and to purchase with perhaps a few selected books, plus a raffle etc. APG
ANNA MOORE Anna Moore sadly passed away following a long battle with cancer on November 26th at home with her husband George and dog Blue. Anna’s funeral, much of which had been organised by Anna herself was held at Sharrington All Saints Church on December 7th and was filled with family and friends from as far away as Wolverhampton and London. The service was taken by the Reverend Ian Whittle. Anna was born in 1947 and brought up in Brancaster Staithe. She was the second child to Stillingfleet and Violet Sutherland, with an older sister, Pearl, 12 years her senior. Anna enjoyed spending time out on the marshes with her father and helping him tend to tomatoes in the large greenhouses that he had. Anna loved music and played the organ at Burnham Deepdale church for 15 years before meeting George and moving with him to Sharrington, where she played the church organ for a further 30 years. Together they had two children, Mary and Mark. Another love of Anna’s was the garden and she could be forever be seen out tending to plants in all seasons of the year. With her name on the rota she regularly arranged flowers to display within the church
and was very knowledgeable of plant details which arrived for sale at the village fete each summer. She was first diagnosed with cancer in 2013 although this did not stop her continuing with what she felt important. She went on to run the National Race for Life twice, as well as helped to organise a cake stall for the cancer charity Macmillan in Holt. Anna always said that getting to attend Mary’s wedding to husband Dan in 2014 was her ‘bonus’ and she went on to welcome a second ‘bonus’ in the form of her grandson Oscar in 2016. Anna will be sadly missed by husband George, children Mary and Mark, son-in-law Dan and grandson Oscar.
VILLAGE HALL IN 2017 Despite a number of challenges, 2017 was another good year for the hall. Although I do not have the final figures for the year, income should exceed £7000 giving a surplus of around £3000. With revenue from the 50/50 club continuing to fall and attendance at a number of fund raising events becoming less predictable, something new was needed to maintain financial stability. Encouraged by the success of the appearance of local band ‘Glaven’ last year, the committee decided that, with the help of an informal sub-committee of volunteers, it was practical to host regular monthly live music evenings on the last Wednesday of the month. As the year has progressed there has been growing interest from local musicians and a burgeoning audience. Entrance to the events has been free but bar takings and donations have generated revenue of about £2000. The committee is indebted to Chris Abrams, Mike O’Kane and Sandra Grunwald for their hard work and enthusiasm in ensuring that the concept has become a successful reality. At the time of writing, next year’s music night programme is under discussion but, by the time of publication our first musical event of the year will have filled the hall. Emboldened by the success of the regular monthly events, Chris Abrams persuaded the committee to stage a concert featuring the well known guitarist, Gordon Giltrap. Tickets sold out almost overnight without any advertising so we may well decide to feature another concert later in the year. It is a bit difficult to explain why events that have generated interest in the past are now less well attended. An ageing population; more competition from other villages; changing interests; fewer full time residents; all these things probably contribute. Notwithstanding its size, Sharrington has developed a reputation for being a socially active village: a centre for a variety of activities. To have achieved this and to sustain it, the committee believes that the village hall has been and will remain one of the vital ingredients. 2017 saw completion of the first phase of the committee’s plans to update the hall to make it a more attractive, comfortable and better equipped space. In pursuit of the hall’s charitable objectives, £5500 of funds accumulated since 2013 were used to help fund the project. In 2018 the committee plans to improve the furnishings
A TRIBUTE TO ANNA MOORE Anna Moore served her church with a quiet, respectful dignity that was reflected in the funeral service that filled All Saints Sharrington. She came to the village 40 years ago when she married George and played the organ every Sunday for 35 years until ill health prompted her to pack away her music books and take up a pew in the congregation instead. When I came to Sharrington in 1985 she was using the old American harmonium, although the PCC had recently converted it to electricity when she announced she was expecting her first baby, so she no longer had to pedal! Anna was a dedicated musician who coped with the newer, but still temperamental, electric organ without complaint, always giving joy with her playing and pleased to encourage young talent. When our children were growing up, she organised concerts in the church and was always ready to help aspiring musicians. She served on the PCC until recently and was always a great support at village events. Her sponge cakes were legendary for their immense depth and evenness and always quick to be snapped up on the cake stall. Anna was a true countrywoman who had a deep knowledge of plants and flowers. I could always rely on her to identify a certain shrub and reel off the full Latin name as well. She loved the unusual and I have several plants in my border that I tracked down on her recommendation, or that she grew for the many plant stalls that she supported. She was an artistic flower arranger in church, her windowsill behind the organ was always filled with flowers from her garden in summer and bright winter blooms at Christmas. Her friends in the church congregation were privileged to fill All Saints with the vivid red and yellow that she loved so much, when we met to sing the final hymns she had chosen and hear the beautiful Butterworth melodies that summed up the countryside of which she was so fond. Anna supported Sharrington church and the community unwaveringly for 40 years and we owe her a debt of gratitude for her contribution to village life. She faced her final illness with great dignity and patience, strong in her faith to the end. PEL
Our members’ tasting featured a wide variety of wines presented by eight of the members. The range was pretty dramatic both in type of wine and price. We started with an interesting sparkling red from the Loire before heading off to South Africa for a new world chardonnay and a shiraz and then returning to France for reds from Roussillon, Chinon and Bordeaux. The stand-out presentation came from the honourable member from Salthouse, Kieron West, who dressed the part to tell us about his wine from China, Changyu Chateau Moser XV. As we ate our way through various culinary delights provided by members to match their wines we finished the evening with a magnum of 2009 Chateau Méaume which might have featured in last year’s ‘Wines beyond the Pale’ but which had, fortunately, survived well enough to bring the year’s tastings to a jolly close. Chief Rotter
and will be submitting a further grant application. Our fourth Christmas fayre at the end of November, the annual event for which we are probably best known, lived up to its growing reputation. We sold fewer raffle tickets than last year but overall, revenue at over £1800 was broadly in line with the last two years. Thanks to David Allison, income was boosted by the sale of collectables from a house in Brinton, but it was probably the bacon rolls which did the trick! Special thanks to Adrian Allenby and Alexa King for continuing the highly successful ‘Fantastic Festive Beasts’ stall at a very stressful time. Our village website continues to attract attention, is regularly updated and, thanks to Sarah Bell, has now been dragged into the 21st century with the addition of a Facebook page and a twitter account. Thanks to all on the committee for all their hard work throughout 2017 and thank you to everyone who helped breathe new life into our ageing but vital community building. So, there you have it, into 2018 on the front foot. Music nights to continue, more improvements (we hope), probably a screening of the new Capriol Films production in March and as they say, much, much, more. Chair, village hall management committee
STIFFKEY Contact: Geraldine Green 01328 830245 firstname.lastname@example.org
Old year’s day was perfect for a solitary walk across the salt marsh. A little rainy and a fresh breeze but not so cold as of late. The cold weather has taken its toll and much of the vegetation is flattened and bleached into subtle shades. Despite the apparent bleakness there was much to see. A large flock of Pinkfeet arose from their roost on the sea with an amazing fluster of wing beats followed by high pitched calls of encouragement to one another heard from over two miles away. Despite being big strong birds it is their inclination to flight with the wind; it being fresh from the SW they headed of inland in search of grazing on farmer’s fields. There are also signs of what is to come in the world of plants. Gorse is now flowering, revealing its Mediterranean origins. Nestled under the shelter of a tuft of marram grass a thrift plant merrily showed three pink flower heads; probably having been fooled into action by the late and mild autumn. Scurvy grass is beginning to show through the marsh bed. It is rich in vitamin C and sweet to nibble. Its white flowers will be
Two tastings on which to report since the last issue; English wines in November and a members’ tasting just before Christmas. English wines, particularly the sparkling wines have been growing in reputation this last five to ten years. At the forefront have been the sparkling wines of Sussex and Kent but gradually the still wines have been gaining ground such that a Bacchus from the 2015 vintage of the Winbirri vineyard near Surlingham was awarded the top prize for the ‘best single varietal’ in the 2017 Decanter awards. Our tasting featured four white wines (including the Winbirri Bacchus which we compared with a Bacchus from the Wyken vineyard in Suffolk), two reds from Sussex and three sparkling wines, Moonshine from Wyken, Chapel Down from Kent/Sussex and the splendid Nyetimber from Sussex. Overall the sparkling wines were the most impressive and the reds the most disappointing. Although selling £100m a year, English wines remain expensive so it is likely to be some time before they grace every table.
the first to welcome the spring proper. I was pleased to see some plants of sea convolvulus that have colonised the meols. A newcomer here that seems to have taken advantage of the wet summer weather we have had lately. The small creeks were harbouring birds taking shelter, twites, pipits and even a kingfisher among them. Despite the slippery conditions underfoot, a grand morning. Rural Ruth
to have ridden when he set out upon his adventures. The drums and fifes kept playing to the lively tune of “The girls we left behind us,” while the men went on with a quick and steady march. This is a specimen of many similar scenes that occurred in various parts of the country, for the dread of the threatened French invasion was universal. It turned out, however, to be a false alarm.” SLHG
AN INVASION SCARE
A scare from the Napoleonic war
Firstly, a thank you to all of those who helped with decorating the church for Christmas, supplying the greenery and helping with the refreshments after the Christingles. Two services were held at St. John's over the Christmas holiday period; a Christingle service on 16th December, which was followed by mulled wine and mince pies and a Holy Communion on Christmas Day. This was lead by Rev. Oliver Folkard, whose wife very kindly played the organ for us as the organist we had planned for was unable to come to Stiffkey. The only sadness for us and the children over the holiday was that someone stole the little donkey from our Nativity Scene on the Knoll. We hope that the person or persons responsible will have no further use for it now and will return it to the church knoll or indeed to the Church. Stiffkey Church and a brief history of the Rev. Davidson with some excellent photographs and photography was aired in Penelope Keith's 'Hidden Coastal Villages' on 2rd January, 9.00pm on Channel More 4. This was filmed during the August Bank Holiday. The Church and the churchyard looked tremendous in the sunlight. A final thank you to those who have helped with flowers and cleaning over the past year and for those who have offered their services for this coming one! Hopefully there will be more for next time. HH
A childhood reminiscence by Charles Loftus, who at the time of the incident, lived at Stiffkey Old Hall. “Great excitement prevailed at the time in my father’s household in Norfolk, which was close to the sea. On one occasion when my father and mother were in London, it was reported that the French had landed at a place called Weybourne, about six miles from our house. One of the principal tenants came up to the house to tell us we had better have the horses harnessed and the carriage ready in case it should be necessary to start. Great was the excitement of the maids and the old housekeeper, who at once began to pack up our clothes and their own in carriage trunks. The housekeeper stowed many things away in secret places where she thought those French thieves, as she called them, would not find them. The farmers also were busy harnessing the horses, ready to put them into the waggons to convey the poor people of the village out of the reach of the enemy, should they advance. The yokels who had been trained every Sunday afternoon to use the musket and bayonet were mustered on the church-green. In the midst of all this excitement the noise of drums and fifes was heard coming down the Wells Road. We children ran to the beach wall which looked over into the road. “Lawk-a-mercy!” cried old Sally, the head nurse, “What shall we do?” The old coachman ran out with his whip to see what was the matter. A horseman dashed past us up the road, crying out, “They are coming!” at which there was a general shriek among the maids. “Don’t be such fules, you maids- they are volunteers from Wells a-coming to fight the French!” And sure enough, so they were. At their head rode Parson Tickel upon a Rozinante, very similar to that on which Don Quixote is described
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seconds it started biting and tearing the contents of an open drawer, its ocean blue eyes shining in the yellow light. “Can we go yet?" He asked. “No,” I paused for a second then whispered, “Even though I would also like to go since I am also quite bored but I have to do well on this test. Don’t we share the same emotions, I thought to myself, if so then he should know that I’m bored, shouldn't he? “Ugh.” He replied while he padded back to me. He laid his soft furry head against my leg and fell into a deep sleep that would last until class ended. He purred softly like a little kitten as I happily remembered that he was my life long companion and that we are inseparable. by Alex (Year 5) My dæmon My dæmon ruffles her nose nervously against my warm hoody. “Stop it!” I whisper intently, “I need to concentrate!” Ashamed, her bushy tail drooped to the ground; she lets out a loud whine as if she had been shot. Her silver fur, It's as soft as silk, and it shimmered in the light of the reflecting window as she strolled toward the sunset orange bean-bag. I take my gaze of my silky wolf and concentrate on my maths, “what’s 150 divided by 28?” I whisper to myself. “Quick! Only five minutes left!” I look over to see the crumpled face of Mandy - my dæmon - I know this face like the back of my hand. “I know!” I exclaim, worriedly she settles on the ground and her twinkling emerald eyes flutter shut... by Tilly (Year 6) My dæmon Prowling by my feet, slowly edging towards the tray unit was Taleth, a tiger, white as snow, life bonded to me. What was she looking for? I stood up and looked at Taleth as she looked at me, we were completely coordinated and synchronised. The tiger’s fur was smooth like silk yet she had deep blood-flowing gashes out of her side. She was slightly limping and had a scar across her face. Stalking, Taleth peered under the tray unit. Why was she so inquisitive? She did not look away, somehow captivated. Seconds turned to minutes and minutes turned to hours yet Taleth was still transfixed in a curious position peering under the tray unit. Elegantly, Taleth revered on her hind legs, she was a powerful horse preparing to gallop. “Why are you feeling anxious” Taleth asked “Something's out there…” by Amos (Year 6)
SCHOOL NEWS Happy New Year from all at Langham Village School. Christmas and all the excitement it brought is now over, it was a busy and exciting time here at school! Alongside all our learning, we managed to fit in all the Christmas activities. We organised ‘Reverse Advent Calendar’ collecting a huge amount of food for the Cromer and District Food Bank; we raised money for Children in Need. We had a Christmas Carol service, a delicious Christmas Lunch and a spectacular Nativity Play. Our Nativity play this year was called ‘Super Star.’ In the play a fictional School Celestial Choir all want the chance to shine in the annual Nativity Play and Mr Marrz the music teacher gives the main role to the most unlikely of candidates. Through the play, it becomes clear that it’s not all about being the musical’s main focus but about playing the role of the star that showed the way to the stable where Jesus was born. As the performance unfolds, the children shine a light on the traditional nativity story and point to Jesus being the true superstar of Christmas. Every child in the school had a part to play, with the older children acting and having to learn their lines. There was singing and dancing too. It was a great event; with many parents, saying it was the best yet! We certainly have some future acting stars amongst us! We continue to use the ‘Night Zoo Keeper’ website, which encourages children to write creatively, all our children are keen to write on the website and there are many examples of fantastic creative writing. Last term Jet Class studied the author Philip Pullman and the books ‘His Dark Materials’. Based on these books they were asked to write about their dæmon, which is a type of fictional being in the fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials. Dæmons are the external physical manifestation of a person's 'inner-self' that takes the form of an animal. Dæmons have human intelligence, are capable of human speech, regardless of the form they take and usually behave as though they are independent of their humans. They can change form voluntarily, almost instantaneously, to become any creature, real or imaginary. The following are examples of creative writing from Jet Class: My dæmon The young grey wolf sat calmly at my feet grooming itself, its smooth fur flowing down its back. “Are you ok?" I asked him but he just ignored me and placidly padded off to a cupboard. I was at school and my dæmon was obviously bored. In just a few
I’m sure you will agree that the quality of writing is really impressive. Langham continues to go from strength to strength and we are excited about all the activities and learning we have planned for 2018, our vision is ‘A place for fun, creativity, friendship, ambition and discovery.’ For further information please visit our website www.langham.norfolk.co.uk or follow us on twitter @langhamvill. Happy New Year to all from Langham Village School!
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