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ISSUE 120 June & July 2018

Barn Owl at Morston July 2017 photo: Dee Newey

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REGULARS Stiffkey Cricket Club see p.25 for more information. Tuesdays Binham Art Group BMH 9.30am to 12.30pm. Wednesdays term time Binham Youth Group BMH 6-8pm Thursdays Field Dalling Bowls Club, VH 7.30pm 3rd Thursday in the month Binham & Hindringham Open Circle Meeting, Hindringham VH 7.15pm 4th Thursday in the month Binham Local History Group BMH 7.30pm 1st & 3rd Saturdays in month Langham Coffee Mornings, VH 10am -12noon

WHAT’S ON VH = Village Hall JUNE 4th Mon Binham Coffee morning, 10.30 -12 noon, MH 7th Thu. Langham Mobile Library 9.55am St Mary’s & 10.20am The Cornfield 8th Fri. Bale fish and chips, Village Hall, 6.45pm 8th Fri. Field Dalling Bereavement Group, Manor Farm Cottage 4pm 8th Fri. Langham Beetle Drive, VH 7pm 9th Sat Bale garden fete, Manor Farm, 2pm 12th Tue. Binham Art Group – Bob Crook demonstration, 10.00am MH 13th Wed. Field Dalling Coffee Morning, VH 10.45am 13th Wed. Langham Concert, Langham Church 7pm 15th Fri. Field Dalling Bingo, VH 7.30pm 17th Sun. Langham Deanery Service, Church 3.30pm 19th Tue. Langham Prayer Book Society, Church 3.30pm 21st Thu. Binham and Hindringham Open Circle - Norfolk Wildlife Trust, 7.15pm Hindringham VH 22nd Fri. Langham Summer BBQ, VH 6.30pm 23rd Sat. Bale celebration, Village Hall, 7pm 23rd Sat. Sharrington Concert ‘Magna Carta’ VH. 7.45pm 24th Sun. Bale Purcell School Concert, All Saints church, 4pm 25th Mon. Morston PCC Boat Trip + VH Crab Supper meet at Morston Quay 6pm 27th Wed. Field Dalling Friends & Neighbours Club, VH 2.30pm 30th Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club Institute 10:30am JULY 3rd Tue. Binham Art Group – Roz Ulph, MH 9.30am 5th Thu. Langham Mobile Library 9.55am St Mary’s & 10.20am The Cornfield 5th Thu. Morston FMC Stud visit, depart 8.15am from Blakeney VH 6th Fri. Gunthorpe Friends AGM and Fish & Chip Supper Institute 6:30pm 6th Fri. Sharrington Noble Rotters VH 7.30pm 7th Sat. Binham Picnic2Jazz, Priory Ruins 5- 8pm 7th Sat. Field Dalling Fezziwig Ceilidh Band, VH 7pm 9th Mon. Field Dalling & Saxlingham Parish Council Meeting, VH, 7.30pm 11th Wed. Field Dalling Coffee Morning, VH 10.45am 13th Fri. Bale fish and chips, Village Hall, 6.45pm 13th Fri. Field Dalling Bereavement Group, Manor Farm Cottage 4pm 13th Fri. Field Dalling Bingo, VH 7.30pm 14th Sat. Sharrington Strawberry Tea, Church. 2pm 15th Sun Bale tractor run, 9.30am 17th Tue. Binham & Hindringham Open Circle Garden Party, South Creake 21st Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club Institute 10:30am 25th Wed. Field Dalling Friends and Neighbours Club, VH 2.30pm 28th Sat. Gunthorpe “Friends” BBQ Gunthorpe Hall 7.00pm -all welcome - advance booking essential 28th Sat. Langham – Stall on the Green – 9.30-11am 29th Sun. Gunthorpe Hall Village Fete 2pm

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BLAKENEY CATHOLIC CHURCH Back Lane, Blakeney Parish Priest, Father Keith Tulloch, ‘Stella Maris’, The Buttlands, Wells next the Sea, NR23 1EY 01328 713044 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 CliffShanganya@methodist. Sunday services at 6.30pm.

DEANERY NEWS SUMMER EVENT Sunday June 17th 3.30pm Evensong in Langham Episcopi Parish Church, Preacher: Bishop Jonathan followed by a Garden Party Social at Langham Rectory. Our next Deanery Synod meeting will be on Thurs. 27th September at 7pm in Weybourne Village Hall.


Church Services for the Stiffkey and Bale Benefice for June and July 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

3rd June 9.30am HC At Saxlingham

10th June 9.30am HC At Saxlingham

17th June 9.30am HC At Saxlingham

11.00am HC

11.00am CFS 11.00am MP 9.30am HC 11.00am HC

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

9.30am MP BCP 11.00am HC 9.30am HC BCP

9.30am MP At Langham 1st July

Parish Bale

8th July

At Saxlingham 11.00am HC

At Saxlingham 11.00am CFS 11.00am MP

Sharrington Binham Morston Langham Stiffkey

9.30am MP BCP 11.00am HC 9.30am HC BCP At Stiffkey 9.30am MP

9.30am HC 11.00am HC 9.30am MP At Langham

At Saxlingham 11.00am MP BCP 11.00am HC 9.30am HC 9.30am HC 9.30am HC At Langham

15th July

22nd July

29th July

9.30am HC

9.30am HC

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

At Saxlingham 11.00am MP BCP 11.00am HC

10.30am HC Group Service At Bale At Bale At Bale

9.30am HC

Field Dalling Saxlingham Gunthorpe

24th June

9.30am HC 9.30am HC 9.30am HC At Langham

At Bale At Bale At Bale At Bale At Bale

Additional Services 17th June, Langham: Deanery Evensong at 3.30pm 19th June, Langham: Prayer Book Society Evensong at 3.30pm


Dear Friends and Parishioners, Aah, the Crown of the Year, long warm days, fullness and the time of Blessing. And on the perfect day to be in the dappled shade of a great tree, glad to be alive. It has been my pleasure in life to plant trees, many of them wherever I have lived; and it has been a great sadness to see two thirds of them chopped down or killed. In a former parish a collection of oaks was poisoned and after I had left the parsonage the walls stripped of vines, roses, peaches, pears and figs. The destruction left me very sad. But a third of my plantings have survived, and that gives me great pleasure. Growing means Preparation: a guinea for the hole, half a crown for the plant (google it!). I was most blessed to be schooled well: family prayers, grace at meals, a Bible and prayer books to hand, peace at home, animals to love and gardens to tend. In this soil roots go deep. So come wind and rain, drought and tempest the tree will live. Shall we plant some trees this year? Suitable ones in proper places; good earth, well prepared; and the delight of growth for years to come. Psalm 1, verses 1 - 3 Blessed is the man that hath not walked in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stood in the way of sinners : and hath not sat in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord : and in his law will he exercise himself day and night.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the waterside : that will bring forth his fruit in due season.

The Oak, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson Live thy Life, All his leaves Young and old, Fall’n at length, Like yon oak, Look, he stands, Bright in spring, Trunk and bough, Living gold; Naked strength. Summer-rich Then; and then Autumn-changed, Soberer-hued Gold again. Yours truly, Ian Whittle, Langham Rectory 01328 830246


council website. This will allow you to see which of the four major operators (EE, Telefonica, Three and Vodafone) presently have the best coverage for where you live and work – and for your needs. It will have been released as I sat with other members of the Digital Innovation and Efficiency Committee discussing the next steps to be taken. Better Broadband for Norfolk I well remember having breakfast on 7 July 2010 with the then Secretary of State Eric Pickles (LGA ‘fringe event’). It was memorable because there had been talk of the government obtaining European money for rural broadband ‘Not Spots’. With Norfolk’s superfast broadband coverage at 26% and North Norfolk at 2.5% we certainly met any criteria for aid. Having forewarned Mr Pickles’ staff of my interest he was ready for my question and minutes later I was on the phone conveying the information to county hall. Since then with considerable money invested from Norfolk, dedication from our officers and councilors we now have a commitment to reach at least 95% by April 2020. However, whilst my rural division will not be the only division with some properties in that 5%, when we meet on Friday at the DIE Committee I will definitely be supporting a whole raft of initiatives to deal with the final 5%. Coasthopper Sunday 6 May 2018 A resident of Morston contacted me concerned that visitors had not reached Morston because the last Coasthopper 4 had failed to pick up her guests. I emailed Charles Sanders and he was very apologetic and explained what had happened. In summary he wrote, “Sanders sincerely apologises for the operational issue that prevented the last Coasthopper 4 service from Cromer to Wells running on Sunday 6 May. This was due to an isolated internal miscommunication that will not happen again. Once again, our sincere apologies to those affected.” All good wishes for a lovely albeit late Spring.


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Dr Marie Strong: County Councillor Wells Division (Glaven, Priory and Walsingham Parishes) marie.strong@norfolk. 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, , Langham, Thornage & Little Thornage, Morston, Sculthorpe, Stiffkey, Warham, Wells-next-the-Sea, Wighton, Wiveton.

Recycling Centre Charges I know there have been concerns regarding changes at the Recycling Centres particularly charges for disposing of waste. Debate as to whether there should be a charge for DIY rubbish continues but so you are not caught unawares when you visit your local recycling centre I am sending you website details. (Please note that if the cost of your transaction is over £10, payment is by card only; cash is accepted under £10.) news/2018/02/tip-or-skip-county-council-urges-diyers-to -make-waste-part-of-their-project-plan; https:// rubbish-and-recycling/diy-waste.

…from Cllr. Steffan Aquarone DIY Tip Charges Many people have been in contact about their opposition to being charged to dispose of DIY waste at the County Council's Waste Recycling Centres. A petition calling for these charges to be reversed is running at https:// At Full Council on 8th May, I asked a question of the leader which he referred to the chair of the relevant committee. The chair, Cllr Wilby explained that the County Council is monitoring the incidence of DIY waste flytipping and, somewhat to my surprise, said that if there is a problem in an individual place, the Council would deal with it. So, please refer any incidents of DIY waste flytipping to me at steffan.aquarone.cllr and I will

Mobile Phone Blackspots As I reported previously NCC commissioned an independent survey across the county. The main purpose of the survey has been to establish an accurate picture of mobile voice and data coverage in the county and to use this information to work with the major mobile providers in improving coverage. The survey was conducted along more than 3,400 miles of Norfolk’s roads and I gave a number of sites in our division where I knew there was a problem. The good news is that by the time you read this copy of the Lynx an interactive map will be available on the Norfolk county


gladly add this to the stats, and test the strength of the resolve to have it removed! Silent Killer One in six people in Norfolk are unaware they are living with dangerously high blood pressure, and the County Council's public health team is urging people to get their blood pressure checked. Warm wishes, Steff

excessive light pollution which are currently being actively investigated. Given the low level of crime and the significance of our Dark Sky villages, it is hoped to work with developers to reduce this trend. If you have any examples that you wish to be considered by the Enforcement team then please do let me know. Several of you have asked me what is happening on the Three Owls site. I can confirm that building work is commencing and due to the sensitive nature of the site, NNDC are working actively with the contractors to ensure the footings are sited according to the agreed plans. As always, if you have any queries please do get in touch. Thanks, Karen Ward, Chair of Overview & Scrutiny, Glaven Valley District Councillor 07946 533 983.

Steffan Aquarone: County Councillor Melton Constable Division ( incl. Bale and Gunthorpe Parishes) or 07879 451608

DISTRICT COUNCILLOR’S NEWS Cllr. Karen Ward Planning and Enforcement continue to dominate my case work: The emerging Local Plan process is now at the stage where the sites which have been proposed are being evaluated to see which will be considered for the final draft of the plan. The Local Plan team recently visited Blakeney (as it is a Service Village) to review the sites proposed. All details are in the public domain accessed via the NNDC website in the Planning Policy & Built Heritage Working Party agendas. The Glaven Valley conservation area review is also making good progress and the team undertaking the review are working closely with knowledgable local residents to ensure all sites are considered. A number of new properties across the Glaven Valley have been constructed which have considerable external lighting, including flood lights and motion sensitive security lighting. This has caused a number of complaints of

District Councillors’ Contact Details: Vincent Fitzpatrick & Simon Hester (Binham, Langham & Stiffkey) Karen Ward (Sharrington, Field Dalling, Saxlingham & Morston) Ann.R.Green (01328 878273) e: (Gunthorpe & Bale)

PLANT SALE For Motor Neurone Disease Association at Blakeney Scout Hut Saturday 23 June 10.30am onwards Tea, coffee, cakes & raffle! Next to the Village Hall Car Park, Langham Road Information - 01263 740962


sites are being added into new and emerging plans. CPRE Norfolk’s calling for a common sense approach to be used for these new sites, which is for these only to be built-out once the vast majority of sites in existing plans are completed. This will mean that the most appropriate sites will be built first, providing homes where they are more needed, rather than allowing more of our precious countryside’s greenfield sites to be lost to unnecessary development. This is more likely to happen as developers understandably prefer to build on sites which will give them the highest returns, which often means attractive rural sites. Instead, we urge Councils to adopt policies which ensure that existing sites are built out first, thus denying the opportunity to cherry-pick the most profitable sites, which are not likely to provide the homes which are most needed in the most suitable locations. This approach has already gained the support of 142 Parish and Town Councils across Norfolk, as they have signed a pledge to this effect. With threats of unplanned development increasing, particularly when Councils are unable to demonstrate a 5 year supply of land for housing, as well as those new sites coming on stream in the emerging Local Plans, we hope that more Parish and Town Councils will sign our pledge. A full list of the signatories to date is available on our website at: http://www.cprenorfolk. along with further details of our organisation, which is a registered charity, and our other work and campaigns at: If your village or town has not signed yet, please consider asking your Council to do so. I can be contacted at the email address below and can also provide advice on other planning issues. Michael Rayner, CPRE Norfolk Planning Campaigns Consultant, michaelr@

OPEN GARDEN PARTY Saturday 16 June from 6 - 8pm Southgate, Wiveton Road, Blakeney By kind invitation of Mr. Eddie Ray in aid of the Glaven Centre, Blakeney Fizz and fruit will be served Tickets £10 - from the Glaven Centre 01263 740762 or Blakeney Garage

FAKENHAM CHORAL SOCIETY Summer Concert Carmina Burana with two pianos & percussion Saturday 16th June , 7.30pm. St Nicholas Church, Wells-next-the-Sea Tickets: £12 (under 18 free) from 01485 544335 or on the door

FALCON CONCERT (Facilitating Arts & Literature for Children of Norfolk) St Andrew’s Church, Holt Saturday 7th July at 6.30pm Daniel Grimwood – Piano Fenella Humphreys - Violin Daniel Grimwood began performing in front of audiences at the age of 7, and later studied at the Purcell School. He is a passionate exponent of the early piano and his recordings have received a chorus of praise from the press. He regularly performs on BBC Radio 3, and has been featured in BBC Four’s TV series “Revolution and Romance”. Fenella Humphreys performs widely as soloist. Her first concerto recording with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra was released in 2012 to great critical acclaim. She enjoys a busy career combining chamber music and solo work and her recent recording ‘Bach2 The Future for solo violin’, won the “Instrumental” Music Magazine Award, 2018. 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.

CREATIVE WORKSHOPS IN WELLS Keen to Welcome New Participants Older people in Wells-Next-The-Sea have been exploring their creative side by taking part in fantastic free music and dance workshops run by professional artists. The sessions are run by trained arts practitioners and take place every fortnight at Wells Maltings as part of the ‘Our Day Out’ programme, an inclusive group for all older people that aims to engage participants in fun and stimulating arts activities.

PRE NORFOLK ALLIANCE CPRE Norfolk is our county branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England. With so much countryside in Norfolk there is always plenty to do in trying to ensure development is appropriate to its proposed location, as well as other aspects such as protecting our dark skies and tranquillity. Having said this, CPRE Norfolk is not against development per se, as we appreciate the need for more housing in particular, especially when it’s meeting real need, such as that for affordable homes in villages, enabling local people to live near their families and employment, or for example for retired residents wanting to downsize. Across Norfolk our Local Authorities have Local Plans in place which have already allocated sites for sufficient new housing, given current and historic build rates, to last for over 20 more years of construction, and yet many more


them and help keep this historic venue open both for current and future visitors as well as having a rewarding and enjoyable few hours yourself. Even if you could only manage half a day a month we would like to hear from you. Even if you cannot volunteer please consider becoming a “Friend of Langham Dome” (FoLD) - it costs just £15 per annum which can be gift aided and gives free access to the Dome at any time when we are open. Forms to join are available at the Dome, and your initial £5 entrance donation can be offset against the annual subscription if you join there. If you would like more information on the Dome and how to be a volunteer please contact our Dome Manager Val Bowers on 07762 205578 or e-mail: For more details, including opening hours etc, you can also check our web site at John Blakeley

Creative Arts East, the community arts charity that runs the programme, are keen to welcome new participants to the group in Wells-Next-The-Sea, so that more older people living in and around the area can get involved with creative activities that are having a proven boost to wellbeing levels. Wellbeing is measured using a scientifically recognised scale, and participants have been greatly enjoying the benefits. The theme of the sessions changes on a threemonthly basis, and have included singing and songwriting, African drumming, traditional tea-dances, and a collaboration with renowned dance company Rambert. Creative Arts East would love to hear from older people looking to have fun, feel good, and get creative. Absolutely no prior experience is necessary as the sessions are gentle and can be adapted to suit everybody. They welcome all older people, and are also inclusive to those living with early to mid-stage dementia and other health conditions, as well as their carers. If you’d like to get involved or know someone else who would, please contact Lea Schiller at Creative Arts East on 01953 713390 or email for full details and a timetable of dates for the next upcoming sessions.Website:

BALE Contact: Jane Wheeler 01328 878656



March 18 Christine Broughton Freddie Powney John Wall Rusty Hagon

If you have been driving past the Langham Dome or indeed any of the 43 airfields that existed in Norfolk during WW2 you may have noticed an aircraft model attached to a telegraph pole. These models are part of the RAF 100 Heritage trail from 42F Sqn Air Training Corps Kings Lynn. Langham is no exception and we have a Spitfire attached to our pole. 42F Sqn visited the Dome as part of their RAF 100 celebrations in late April. The photo left shows the cadets and their Commanding Officer Flt Lt Pauline Petch standing (or given the weather on the day probably shivering) beside the Spitfire. On 17th June the Dome will again be visited as part of the cycling “sportive” to celebrate RAF 100. The Dome helped the Sheringham Little Theatre celebrate RAF 100 on the exact anniversary on 1st April with its exhibit (see photo right) - the first of several events we will support this summer, including our own RAF 100 Day and Grand Draw on 16th September. So we have lots going on this year and we hope as many Lynx readers as possible will visit the Dome in 2018. It is not just a great experience for visitors - our volunteer staff enjoy meeting people and telling the story of both RAF Langham, as a major Coastal Commend airfield during and after the war, and of this iconic listed building. Why not join


£25 £10 £5 £5

April 18 Emily Postan £25 Sally Day £10 Martin Titmarsh £5 Will Powney £5


ways are blocked by massive fallen trees, brambles and holly. A wonderful wilderness and wild habitat. Jane Wheeler

22nd March We have come up to St Andrews to dog-sit Emmett, my grand-dog. It’s not always easy handling the two of them, the leads quickly get tangled up. Emmett is a bit of a grumpy old git, and pulls a lot. Once we were over the stress of a nine and half hour drive, which did not do either of us any good, Bimba was happy to have a friend to play with. We got held up by another bout of snowy weather and the car sat packed in the drive for two days before it seemed sensible to leave. Two days of wind and sun and the snow all disappeared, sublimated, straight from ice to vapour. The surrounds, and even the suburbs of St Andrews are beautiful places to walk. I stick to the den (Scottish for a tree filled steep valley) and fields behind the house as we are better off not going anywhere in the car for a while. There are old willows growing on the banks of the burn before it descends down a fast rocky winding chute between the houses of early 70s estates. They half recline and seem to be supported by their side branches. On one side of the ravine there are graceful beeches, oaks, ash and sycamores and two paths, the high road, and the low road which runs along side the rushing boulderfilled stream. The wood has been allowed to be its wild self for a long time. It has red squirrels as well as greys, but so far I have only seen greys. From it you can emerge into fields and walk back to the road, then find Spinkie den with its treacherous muddy path clinging to the steep ravine sides, or just double back, to the open side of Lumbo den where there’s a surfaced path, and gorse and hawthorn full of goldfinches, bulfinches, tits, yellowhammers and a pair of buzzards. The week before I had been into Bale wood on the Hindringham side of the stream, with a friend. It is overgrown with holly and brambles, very different from the den wood, and so much ivy on trees too. We discovered it has a lot of elms in it, many fallen, but others still standing and alive amongst beech, oak, and a few mature hollies just as tall. The spring-fed pools are the highest I have ever seen them. The first time I came there under the beech trees I found a pool completely empty and dry, full of beech leaves. Then last spring the water was bubbling up through the leaf mould, making the water shiver. The wood is full of these pools and sumps, pits and swampy places. Compared to Lumbo den it’s almost impossible to walk through, the

BALE VILLAGE HALL NEWS The “Spring Fling” took place on 5th May and was attended by an enthusiastic group happy to throw themselves into an old-fashioned games evening. As with previous “Spring Fling” and “Summer Fun” events, games included cards, beetle, snakes & ladders and bingo, all played at a fast and furious rate. Once again, the speed element of the competition favoured the youth and several prizes were won by Jim Peppitt’s grandchildren, one of whom became “guest bingo caller” for the evening’s finale. Half-time snacks (or cordon-bleu-style nibbles!) were enjoyed, courtesy of Alastair and assistants. It has sometimes felt like an endless task but in fact, the dramatic transformation of our Village Hall has been done in a miraculously short time. This is thanks to the generosity of local people and funding/grant-giving bodies who have donated, between them, a phenomenal amount of money. By the time you are reading this, the cladding, insulation and windows should be finished, plus internal work on the floor and the addition of acoustic boards to the ceiling (all jobs scheduled to be carried out in May). As well as the financial contributions, the success of this project has been down to the tireless efforts of a number of key people on the Village Hall committee: Alastair and Paul have become masters of filling in forms (aka “begging letters”) to obtain grants; Ali has project-managed, obtaining quotes for the work needed and seeing that it is completed on budget and on schedule; and Duncan who was the driving force who made sure that a long-held ambition to revitalise the building was finally fulfilled. We miss him but still feel his spirit is pushing us on and we hope that we have done him proud in our efforts to finish off the job he started. We are planning an event, which we are simply calling “Celebration” on Saturday 23rd June at 7pm, to formally mark the success of the venture and would like to invite Bale residents and anyone who has kindly donated money or skills to the Bale Village Hall Development to join us for pizza and a glass of prosecco whilst admiring the shiny new surroundings. If you would like to come, please call 01328 822012, to help us predict numbers for catering. On Sunday 15th July we will again be hosting a Tractor Run, beginning and ending at the Village Hall, where there



will be refreshments available (bacon butties for breakfast and tea and cake in the afternoon) for participants and spectators. The tractors will assemble at 9.30am for a 10am departure and will return early afternoon. To take part in the run, contact John on 01328 820554. The fee is £10 per tractor. Work is well underway to obtain an alcohol licence, which will enable us to start running our monthly pub evenings, so watch this space for more news. In the meantime, we look forward to seeing a good crowd at Fish & Chips (Fridays 8th June and 13th July) at, please note, the slightly earlier time of 6.45pm. Since we are now having the meals delivered, it is helpful to get orders phoned through by 7pm, so please try to be prompt. Paula Moore

PURCELL SCHOOL AT BALE CHURCH Students from the Purcell School Outreach Programme will again be performing at All Saints, Bale on 24th June at 4pm. This is always an outstanding concert by talented students from one of Britain’s finest music schools. Tickets for this event, priced at £10, are usually in high demand so it is wise to book early – it is unlikely any places will be left for sale on the door. To obtain your tickets, please send a cheque (payable to Bale PCC) to Paula Moore, Church House, Bale NR21 0QR and either include a stamped, addressed envelope or state that you will collect your tickets at the door. Please arrive in plenty of time if you are collecting tickets. As always, children’s tickets are free but we would advise that the concert is not suitable for the under-fives. For any further information, call 01328 822012.

Queen Boudica in Norfolk: AD 90 “Right Lads. Here’s the plan: We attack the Romans at five o’clock sharp. Synchronise your sun dials!”

Sheringham and Cromer Brass Band. We hope you will come along to enjoy a really traditional garden fete.



On Monday 30th April, the Painting Group was pleased to welcome John Riley to talk to us about, and demonstrate, how to use watercolour. This is medium that has not been attempted by many of the Group, partly due to its reputation as being quite difficult and unforgiving. John made the process seem accessible and has tempted some of his audience to give it a try. The emergence of a beautiful view of Burnham Overy Staithe in the space of about an hour and a half was very impressive. Unfortunately, some of the Bale Group were unable to attend, but we were very pleased to see some guests from Binham, who are more familiar with John’s work. Thank you very much John, for your amusing and helpful presentation. Bale Painting Group meets at the Village Hall on Mondays 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. The periodic demonstrations (for details, look for posters outside the Hall) are open to non-members. Paula Moore

Contact: Liz Brady 01328 830830

BINHAM PARISH COUNCIL Walsingham Road Development The very wet weather in April set back progress for the builders on site and made it difficult to always keep mud off the public highway. Also, the closure of the Walsingham Road, while the external site services were put in caused a certain amount of frustration. The target date for opening the road is now 6th May so hopefully when you read this the road will have been back in service for some weeks. Improvement in the weather will help progress generally and during May the access road from the Walsingham Road should be in use. This access will be for virtually all the contractor’s traffic. A few of the market houses are underway and a start on the affordable houses has been made. For those interested, Sowerbys is the sales agent for the market houses and details of affordable houses can be obtained from the Housing Department of NNDC at Cromer. Possible loss of parking spaces and garages in Priory Crescent This matter was raised by residents if Victory

BALE GARDEN FETE Please come to our Fete on Saturday June 9th at 2 pm. Fun for all the family with lots of garden games and competitions to play. There are irresistible stalls too; cakes, produce (make sure you are early for the strawberries), fabric remnants, secondhand books, white elephant, tombolas and many more...... Homemade cakes, delicious filled rolls and refreshing cups of tea or coffee (squash for youngsters) are served on the lawn and everyone can relax listening to the wonderful


any emergency where additional help from neighbours could be of use, whilst waiting for the ambulance service to arrive. I have five volunteers so far and would be most grateful for more. Full, extra training for the VETS members is also given by Community HeartBeat Trust, our defibrillator supplier. For any further information about both the project or the ‘VETS’ service please contact Dr. Clive Brady, 01328 830830; Clive Brady

Housing goes ahead with selling its land. There seems some uncertainty on the timing. This is primarily a NNDC matter and our local District Councillor is investigating. Parish Cemetery The Parish Council is reviewing the options and cost of burial in the Parish Cemetery, the strip of land at the west end of the Priory Burial Ground. Without some action, in a few years there will be no new grave spaces. A paper will be presented for consideration at the Parish Council meeting on 21st May. First World War Commemoration Pennie Alford is the Parish Council’s representative on the village group planning to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. She will be pleased to have the loan of appropriate memorabilia, as a display may be among the activities to be planned. Defibrillator The Parish Council is very grateful to Clive Brady for all the effort he has put into the acquisition of the defibrillator, and to The Chequers for allowing it to be mounted in a cabinet on the external wall in a very obvious and accessible position. Half the cost of the unit was donated by Victory Housing and their main contractor H Smith and Sons. Please see the piece Clive has put in this issue about the training sessions. The defibrillator will only be a valuable village asset if there are a goodly number of volunteers trained in its use. David Frost

FRIENDS OF BINHAM PRIORY The AGM was held on 19th April 2018. Reports were made by both the Chairman and Treasurer outlining the successful events and funding that the Friends had been involved with during 2017. Picnic2Jazz had better weather than 2016 and our gate takings were much improved. The conversation evening with Emma Bridgewater, held in The Priory in October, was a huge success and our biggest fund raiser of the year, with over 190 tickets sold. Our combined meeting with Binham Local History Group in March saw Miranda Villiers gave a splendid talk on the life and works of Gertrude Jekyll, another sold out event. The post AGM talk was another fascinating one by Dr Catherine Temple of Mrs. Temple’s Cheeses in Wighton. This concluded with an excellent tasting plate of her cheeses with wine. The whole event was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Our stand-alone website: has been a great success and continues to evolve, with a new Binham Village section, where details for any Binham local group activity can be publicised. The whole site is a rapid and easy source of full details of upcoming events, which are continuously updated. In spite of our spending on projects this year the Treasurer again reported a healthy balance of funds which, in particular, will be used in 2018 for the ongoing upgrading of the website and the project for improving The Priory heating. Once again, I would like to express my grateful thanks to all my fellow committee members and to all the other numerous helpers, who ensure our events are such a success.

BINHAM COMMUNITY DEFIBRILLATOR PROJECT The Defibrillator has been delivered and we will be arranging its installation at The Chequers. I am hoping to arrange for the Awareness Session, open to all villagers, to be run before the equipment ‘goes live’, in order that everyone will have had the opportunity to learn its use and see our actual machine demonstrated. As I mentioned in the previous Lynx (Issue 119) we are also looking for up to 10 volunteers to join the ‘VETS’ (Village Emergency Telephone Service). A third of all 999 calls are from lone callers and this community run service enables anyone from a list of up to 10 neighbours to be easily contacted and to assist, pending the arrival of the emergency services. The system uses a simple, memorable telephone number, unique to our village, and can be used for

Richard Lewis I would also like to record my own and the committee’s very grateful thanks to Richard who has now retired from the committee. Richard has been a stalwart for the Friends,


This is a fantastic event and a great opportunity for the families and friends to enjoy the wonderful, historic, countryside setting of Binham Priory. You may bring whatever picnic items you like (except barbeques please), and all your own drinks. Children under 16 have free entry and there is plenty of parking at the venue. The event has proved very popular over the years and places are limited, so early booking is advised, for which there is also a discount Tickets are £10 per adult, paid in advance by close of business on Friday 6th July, or £13 during Saturday and on the gate. Box Office: The Chequers Inn, Front Street, Binham, NR21 0AL or 01328 830297.

having served on the committee for 10 years, in virtually all capacities and was one of the main engineers of the formation of the Friends. We will sorely miss his gentle wit and wise counsel. We hope you might consider becoming a subscribing member of the Friends, for the small sum of £10 per annum. Please contact our membership secretary Mrs. Joanna King, 80 Warham Road, Binham, NR21 0DQ. or see the form on the new website www.friendsofbinhampriory.weebly. com. Payment can be by cheque or BACS.

SAY CHEESE! On Thursday, 19th April, Mrs Temple, grand cheesemaker of Wighton, presented a talk entitled: 'Tales of Curds and Whey', at Binham Memorial Hall. Oh what fun it was! I am a firm believer that one can listen to a talk from almost any speaker, providing the speaker loves their job and is at the top of their game: imparting information of how they got there, what was involved and amusing snippets that make the whole evening so worthwhile. Well, Catherine Temple certainly held our interest more than we could have ever hoped for. Apparently, she never wanted to be a cheesemaker, but then, I know so many people who ended up in jobs that were not intended! What a life she has led! She has achieved and travelled so much. We were so lucky to have someone who is so clever (her interest in medicines from natural sources led to a PhD (Surrey) in the biochemistry of black tea arising from a stint in Malawi - amongst other things) talking to us about her life and how she has become one of the leading cheesemakers within the UK. Did she say that in her presentation? No, of course not! English people never admit they are successful, even when they clearly are. Thank you, Mrs Temple - Dr Temple to those in the know! Humphrey Boon

BINHAM MEMORIAL HALL At the annual general meeting two new Trustees were unanimously elected to join the "team". The trustees now are: Andrew Cuthbert (Chairman), Maurice Matthews (treasurer), June Read (100+ Club), Liz Brown (bookings), Mary Hunt (IT), Andy Marsh (youth group and playing field), Lucy Walduck and Janet Hewitt. The trustees generally meet on the second Tuesday of the month and if any parishioner wishes to put up a subject for the committee to discuss, please contact the chairman at least seven days before the monthly meeting. The trustees are most grateful to all those who regularly indirectly contribute to the Hall's finances by depositing glass bottles and paper in the two "banks" in the car park.

Dates for your diary Coffee Morning - Monday 4th June, Binham Village Fete and Show - Sunday 19th August and 100th anniversary celebration of Armistice Day - Sunday 11th November. Andrew Cuthbert

FETE AND VILLAGE SHOW Binham Memorial Hall Sunday 19th August, 1 – 4pm


This year we are combining the village fete and show, so please make a note in your diary to enjoy a fun afternoon out with friends and family. Everyone is very welcome to join in. Signs and posters with more details on will appear nearer the time, so do watch out for them. In the meantime, the team would very much welcome offers of help on the day. For more information please ring Liz Brown 01328 830519 or Andy Marsh 01328 830178.

Saturday 7th July, 5 pm. to 8.00pm in Binham Priory Ruins Once again, come and enjoy your picnic in the wonderful ruins of Binham Priory. There will be the usual, easy-listening jazz, this year from the returning, by popular request, DixieMix.


The Group meets every Tuesday morning between 9.30am and 12.30pm at the Binham Memorial Hall. So, if you fancy having a go please come along. Full details are available on our website www.binhamartgroup. or you can contact us at or John Hill 01328 830378. John Hill

Information about the village show classes is on display in the Hall, including entry forms. We look forward to all your entries to the show and hope for another warm sunny day to enjoy the fete. Liz Brown

BINHAM PRIORY CONCERTS Summer/Autumn Series, 2018


Sat 21st July at 7.30pm, Norwich Baroque Sat 18th Aug. at 7.30pm, Xuefei Yang (classical guitar) Sat 25th Aug. at 7.30pm, Trevor Pinnock (harpsichord) Sat 1st 7.30pm, Jonathan Sage and Keats Quartet (clarinet and string quartet) Sat 22nd Sept. at 7.30pm, Cecilia Bernardini and Matt Wadsworth (violin and theorbo) Please visit for details. Tickets are £18 per concert. Numbered tickets are available in advance from end of May. For tickets please contact Maureen Frost, 01328 830362 or email davidfrost226

Binham Youth group is held in the Binham Memorial Hall on Wednesdays 6-8 pm, term time only, age 5-16 years, £1 entry fee, tuck shop, staff DBS checked. We have art ‘n’ craft, board games, table tennis, pool table, karaoke, books, 10 pin bowling, indoors during winter and summer time we use the large playing field and play equipment or just chill out and make new friends. The staff and children would like to thank Binham Parish Council, Hindringham and Binham Open Circle and North Norfolk Radio for their recent donations to the club. These help to keep the club running, and keep the cost down for the children. Contact Amanda Able (01328 830828) or Andrew Marsh (01328 830178) for further information.

BINHAM ART GROUP We have had a busy time over the last two months. Numbers have risen at our Tuesday morning sessions now that the weather improved. The demonstration/ workshop given by Bob Brandt from Langham, in April was a great success. We all learnt a lot about painting buildings and particularly the finer points of perspective. Our next demonstration and workshop will be on the 12th June when Bob Crook will be showing us how to paint birds (feathered) in watercolour. This will start at 10.00am and is open to anybody who is interested. In July we have Roz Ulph joining us on the 3rd to give us a demonstration and workshop on painting with acrylics. Roz has a holiday home right next to the Village Hall and during the Open Studios event she welcomed our members at her studio (in groups) on the 29th May to see her at work. The Gallery at the Chequers is continuing to be a great success. Since the launch of our Spring Collection in April we have sold several more paintings, bringing the total sold since the opening in October to 22. We must thank Sarah and Simon for their generosity and help in creating and running the Gallery.

BINHAM LOCAL HISTORY GROUP Mutiny on the Bounty - The Wells connection Our talk for March was given by Alan Leventhall, a Norfolk librarian for more than 30 years in Norfolk. As a young man he went to look for a model kit and ended up buying a model of The Bounty to work on and so began a great interest in all things relating to the infamous story of the Mutiny on the Bounty in 1789. Most of us are of course familiar with the story of the mutiny on the Royal Navy vessel HMS Bounty that took place in the South Pacific on 28 April 1789 and the names of the famous protagonists Captain Bligh and Fletcher Christian. What is less known is that during the fateful voyage to the South Seas in 1789, two of the crew came from Wells next the Sea. These were John Fryer the ship’s master born in Wells in 1752 and Robert Tinkler, abled bodied seaman aged 17 years born 1770 who was related to Fryer by marriage to his first wife Ann Tinkler. Both men ended up in the boat cast adrift in the mutiny and made the miraculous journey back to England. The mutineers variously settled on Tahiti or on Pitcairn Island.


1960s when it was all sold. The photos were a pleasure to see and the fact that the Farmhouse still retains its charm today. They also brought a great surprise with them, the teacher’s hand bell from Binham School which they wanted to give back to Binham. This was received with great thanks and we will be considering where best to display this lovely little part of Binham’s history. Pennie Alford (

Bligh meanwhile completed a voyage of more than 3,500 nautical miles (6,500 km; 4,000 mi) in the launch to reach safety, and began the process of bringing the mutineers to justice. At the end of Alan’s interesting talk about the Mutiny he revealed that John Fryer continued his career in the Royal Navy and that it was known that he was buried in the churchyard of St Nicholas church in Wells. However, for many years its location has been lost. The search to relocate his grave in the cemetery at St Nicholas’ took several years, finally it was found in 2001 by local historians and Alan Leventhall, face down in the ground which had helped preserve the carved lettering.

FOODBANK NEWS During March Binham supplied 37.95 kg of food towards a total of 3081.25 kg for our district. Thank you for your continued support. The Trussell Trust gave out a record 1.3m food parcels to 666,000 people in 2017/18, up 13% on the previous year. They also report a 52% increase in demand for charity food parcels where universal credit was fully rolled out. The Trust has called for an urgent enquiry into universal credit, an end to the benefits freeze and more practical help for the poorest claimants. So please continue your help for all those people in our area going without at this very difficult time. Donations can be left at Howells Superstore, the Priory Church or delivered to us here at 6 Buttlands Close. Norah and Richard – (

The Aylsham Roman Project In April we welcomed Peter Purdy, Sheila Denny and Colin Young from the Aylsham Roman Project. Peter is the owner of the Woodgate Nursery site at Cawston Road. It is a site that has been in his family for generations. As a boy Peter had a great fascination with the Roman artefacts that he was able to dig up in the grounds. It was a fascination that never left him. Three years ago he decided he wanted more answers. At his own expense, he commissioned a geophysics survey of part of the 40 acre site. What this showed was that there was definitely significant areas of ‘disturbance’ beneath the surface. So began the journey into the Aylsham Roman Project. The first community dig was held in August 2016 and revealed a Roman kiln and many Roman artefacts. Last year was the second Community dig held in the month of August. Volunteers came along to help with the digging along with a team of archaeologists and a second kiln was found. Peter and his team are planning their third dig this coming August and anyone interested in joining them should visit their site at www.aylshamromanproject. com. Visitors are also very welcome just to come and look. Talks will be resumed in September 2018.

100+ CLUB WINNERS Binham Memorial Hall March winners: £25 Jill Burton, £10 Cherry Beckham, Richard Lewis, £5 Wendy Marsh, Stanley Hewitt, Andrew Cuthbert. April winners: £25 Ann and Perry Hooper, £10 Paddy Bartram, Stanley Hewitt, £5 Polly Hunt, S Savory, Tim Walduck. If anyone would like to join the 100+ club, please call at 8 Priory Crescent or ring June Read on 01328 830106.


The Old Binham School Bell

The struggle you may have today is developing your strength for tomorrow. And remember that a diamond is a piece of coal that did well under pressure.

I was very pleased to have a visit from the descended relatives of Samuel Fox who farmed at Ivy Farm next to the Chequers pub till his death in 1915. They brought with them a fascinating family photo album showing pictures of Samuel and his family who lived in the house up till the




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Contact: Julie Wiltshire



Visitors to Cockthorpe Church, following its repair and restoration by the Norfolk Churches Trust, have been most impressed by the quality of work both structurally and the decor internally. Looking up at the roof work in the nave you may not realise that the frieze, where the wall meets the ceiling, has been a major restoration in itself. Fortunately we have ‘before and after’ photographs of this area with a record of work in progress photos. The existing friezes were removed for renovation and new handmade copies skilfully carved by craftsmen from Ironbridge to replace the ones missing from the south side of the nave. The high quality restoration of this church is well worth a visit.

As I write this on May 3rd, roofers from Pikestaff, our contractors, are hard at work fitting new lead to the chancel and ternecoat steel to the north aisle – and unbelievably the sun is shining so progress is good. I hope that by the time you are reading this, that part of the work will be completed or nearly so – though there still be a good deal to do inside the church to make it ready for use again. Services will therefore continue in Saxlingham for June and July, but we hope we may return to the church in August; watch this space! Ian Newton, Churchwarden

Church and Village Together In March this year I retired as churchwarden of St Andrew's Church, Field Dalling, after 10 years and also as treasurer of our parochial church council, the PCC. It has been a privilege to have been part of the PCC for twentyfive years! Our Grade 1 listed St Andrew's Church is the oldest and grandest building in Field Dalling. It is hard to imagine how the village would look or feel without it. To me it symbolises two important things. First, our community's story. What was the village like when the wall painting was done in the 1300s, and who painted it? Our baptismal records dating back to the 1500s are housed in the Norwich Record Office. The brass war memorial, the WW1 war grave and the gravestones in the old churchyard tell the story of Field Dalling, as does the new churchyard of those who have lived here in our memory. We pealed the bells for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, and held silences for the Manchester and London bombings in 2017. The village was affronted when the north aisle roof was stolen last year—a sense of: this is our church in our village, which people of ill will have vandalised. The church building shows God present in our community. (That is put too simply, but if you asked someone where to look for God in Field Dalling, they might well reply to start in the church.) People – i.e. the members of the community – who have worshipped in St Andrew's Church for centuries, hearing the Christian teaching and trying to model its values have given life to the church


200 Club Winners The winners for March are: Jack Middleton (£50), Brian Goodale (£25), George Harcourt (£15). The winners for April are: Mark Gardener (£50), Jane Bilcock (£25), Emma Deterding (£15). New Website Don’t forget to check out our new website at Important Diary Dates Bingo Nights: 15th Jun, 13th Jul, 10th Aug, 7th Sep, 12th Oct, 9th Nov, 15th Dec (Christmas Bingo) Fezziwig Ceilidh Band 7th July; Village Fete 18th Aug.; Pottery Lesson 29th Sep.; Harvest Supper 13th Oct.; Christmas Fair 24th Nov.; Adnams Wine Tasting 7th Dec.

building. During our current roof project, our church contents are packed away, and we are holding services in Saxlingham. As a result, the church building at the moment is a shell. How different it will look and feel when it is reopens - cleaned, decorated with flowers and hosting services and coffee again. The church – building and activities - helps us to feel rooted in our village's history and present life; it needs our active involvement to carry on doing just that. Margaret Smith

VILLAGERS’ HALL Celtic Dancing and BBQ Saturday 7th July, 7pm The famous Fezziwig Ceilidh Band will call out the dance steps as we attempt to dance around the Villagers’ Hall Celtic style! There are a limited number of tickets available at £10 per person to include burgers or sausages from a genuine American BBQ. Bring your own drinks. For payment and tickets, please contact Steve and Susie Collins: or 01328 830365. May Cottage, 100 Holt Road, Field Dalling. Pottery Lesson Saturday 29th September, 1pm – 4pm We have invited potter man Gary Buckby to our village hall to provide a pottery lesson. The day will be about making pots (throwing, coiling, pinching and plaques) and decorating the clay (patterns in the clay). Tickets cost £18 per person and include: A brief talk and demonstrations of the different pot making skills, clays and processes. A one-to-one lesson on the wheel (approximately 20 minutes per person).  Making and decorating pinch and coil pots and a plaque during the remaining time. All equipment provided. Please note, the pots created will need to be dried and biscuit fired which will take a few weeks; once done, it can be arranged for the biscuit pots to be collected or delivered. A finished product will require glazing and a second firing; it will be discussed at the end of this lesson whether there is enough demand for a separate glazing lesson. Spaces are limited to eight so to book your place, please contact Julie Wiltshire ( Full payment will be required upfront.

FIELD DALLING AND SAXLINGHAM SUMMER FETE Saturday 18th August, 2 - 4.30pm Plans are progressing well for an afternoon of fun with something for all the family, friends and visitors. Please put the date in your diary and come and enjoy the Fete with our traditional side shows, games, stalls and refreshments, as well as a few new additions, while being entertained once again with music by the Norfolk Jazz Quartet. If you have items for the white elephant and clothes rail, books (particularly recent fiction) and DVD’s for the book stall, or some things for the gift, tombola, childrens’ stall and raffle, which may require storage, please contact Bridget Nicholson on 01328 830614. The more we have the more funds we can raise towards the upkeep of both churches and the Villagers’ Hall. Many thanks to all those who have offered to help in many different ways. It is a willing and happy group and if anyone else has any time to help on the day please come and join us, we would be delighted to see you. Bridget Nicholson and the Fete Committee

AN ABC OF PARTICLE PHYSICS (Experienced as the Northern Lights) When high-energy charged particles stream out from the sun in enormous quantities and enter the earth's upper atmosphere in the polar regions, they transfer some of their energy to nitrogen and oxygen molecules by knocking electrons out of their usual state. That is not stable, so the electrons return home after a while, liberating their excess energy as photons; tiny flashes of light -- green, in the case of nitrogen, the most abundant gas; less visibly, red light from oxygen molecules. In this way, the Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights) makes nuclear physics visible to the naked eye; not all the time, and not through experiments costing millions of pounds but lasting mere millionths of a second in a manmade particle accelerator, but in an oval band all round the polar regions that has been going on ever since the solar system was formed. The most spectacular displays often last just a few minutes. After A for Aurora and B for Borealis comes C for Cruise. It is early March on the Hurtigruten vessel 'Nordlys', off the coast of North Norway. Around 9:30pm, a call comes over the ship's PA system that the


We were sorry to say goodbye to Jeanette Rigby and her husband David who are moving back to the Manchester area - many thanks for your help with the coffee mornings and we offer our very best wishes for your new home. However, Nuala Howard has very kindly stepped in to fill the gap - as attendees of the April coffee morning can attest she makes great cakes so thank you Nuala. The final draw of this subscription year took place on 26th May if you have not already renewed can we please ask for the subscriptions for the next year, ie June 2018 to May 2019 inclusive to be paid as soon as possible and before 30 June so as to be in the first draw - we hope that all existing members will again want to re-join and, of course, we welcome new members. It costs just £1 per month (payable in advance for the year) to join and you can get your subscriptions and more back if you are lucky enough to win a prize. The 50:50 Club contributes over £1000 per annum to the “Friends” funds - full details are placed on the “Friends” Notice Board before the AGM. Payments can also include your “Friends” membership of a minimum of £5 per annum, and a cheque, cash or BACS payment of just £17 per person will cover both. Cheques should please me made out to FOGPC. BACS payments can be made as detailed below, but please inform John Blakeley (e-mail: if you pay by BACS so that records can be kept up to date and you do not miss the chance to participate in a future draw. Some subscriptions are already “rolling in” so thanks if you have already re-joined. The Friends membership and any other donation, but not the 50:50 Club subscriptions, can be Gift Aided and if you have not already completed a form we would, be most grateful if you could consider doing this – provided you are and remain a taxpayer of course.

Northern Lights are showing. Keen passengers grab full winter gear and go out on deck; several have serious cameras. But no photograph can do justice to the graceful choreography of what is about to show up in the northern sky. It is a quiet clear Arctic night, pitch dark, about minus 15 degrees Celsius, and the boat is moving at just over 12 knots, so there is stiff breeze of pretty cold air. After a minute or two, our eyes have adjusted to the dark, and we see first the stars, bright against the night sky. Then, in front of them, we see what looks like a luminous, translucent green cloud, covering about half the sky, except that it is not cloud shaped, and it is constantly shifting, some parts slowly becoming brighter, others fading to invisibility. To the northwest, a brighter area appears, looking like a waterfall of fine green rain. It grows larger and brighter, seeming to come closer, almost as if we could touch it, yet it is in the upper atmosphere some miles away. Then it fades. The green cloud to the north has now become funnelshaped, like a whirlwind, but larger and evanescent. To the north-east, an oval-shaped patch of sky glimmers green for a minute or two, then fades. The show is over for now, and the night is very cold, so passengers drift back to the warmth of the ship's interior, to reflect on an unforgettable A, B, C experience of the Northern Lights. Anthony Smith

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there taking great pride in their garden. Faith retired in 1985 to look after Ronnie when he was diagnosed with cancer. Sadly Ronnie died in 1992. Faith was an active member of the Gunthorpe church community, playing the church organ, arranging the flowers and running the Sunday school. She also used to rush home from her teaching to open up the village hall for the carpet bowls nights and other evening get togethers. Faith helped with the Fete activities well into her seventies. She took part in the village celebrations such as the 50:50 Club and the harvest supper right up until she became seriously ill in the late December 2017. Until the end she was close to Evelyn Mitchell who lives and farms locally and was friends with Faith for 77 years, and her daughter Hilary Phillips who cared for Faith before she went into hospital. Faith was laid to rest with her brother John and next to Ronnie at St Mary’s on 3 April 2018 - still in the village she loved. We send our deepest condolences to her family and friends.

MARGARET FAITH BENNELL (photo: Preparing for the Village Fete ) As readers of Lynx issue 119 will have seen one of Gunthorpe’s “longest serving” residents, Faith Bennell sadly passed away in Bilney Hall Nursing Home on the morning of 7th March at the age of 85. Faith was born in November 1932 in Ryburgh. Sadly her mother died when she was three and as her father, John Abbs, had four children she was fostered by Edith and Albert Barnes. Marjorie, her close friend, was their 15 year old daughter. Edith Barnes was Michael Bunting’s grandmother and hence, although not directly related, Faith and Michael, have always been close family members. Faith moved to Blue Tile Cottages in Gunthorpe in 1941, and then to Stibbard. In 1944 she went to Fakenham Grammar school. She studied Home Economics and Biology. In 1951 she went to St Osyth’s College in Clacton and qualified as a teacher in 1954. Faith first taught at Gurney School in Norwich and then at Fakenham Grammar School. She was a terrific sewing teacher, becoming Head of Home Economics, and one of her pupils went on to work for the famous dress designer Norman Hartnell. Her other subject was cookery, and a friend and ex-pupil, Judy Anscombe, remembers coming to Faith’s to prepare food for the events at school. Everything was very precise; the first dish she ever made was Rock Cakes! It was the cleaning of the baking tins and saucepans that Faith was meticulous about and you had to see your reflection in them - how times have changed! Faith, along with Michael, was a great Speedway fan and she met her husband to be, Ronnie Bennell, whilst travelling to and from various Speedway events Ronnie was the coach driver, before working for Michael Bunting after his coach company closed. In August 1957 Faith married Ronnie, and in 1958 they moved back to Springfield in Gunthorpe. Faith and Ronnie, with some assistance from Michael Bunting, built their chalet bungalow ‘Woodlands” together and spent many happy years

MARGARET HELEN “PEGGY” SWINDELLS We were very saddened to hear, just as this issue of the Lynx was being finalised, that former Gunthorpe resident Peggy Swindells passed away peacefully in Woodlands Nursing Home in Norwich on 21st April. She was 91 years old. Full details will follow in the next edition of the Lynx. She had moved to Holt, but in her time in the village she and her husband Martin, who sadly passed away some years ago, were committed and loyal supporters of the village and its social life and particularly St Mary’s Church, and they were amongst the founding members of the “Friends of Gunthorpe Parish Church” continuing their support after their move to Holt, and in Peggy’s case until the present day. We offer our deepest condolences to her family and friends.




On March 26th Lady Anne Blunden’s Memorial service was held at St Mary’s. It was a happy event attended by Anne’s family and friends. Anne loved arranging the church flowers, and Marie Denholm filled the church with spring flowers in her memory. She would have approved The Easter service was very well attended and the Reverend Peter Hartley officiated. We all enjoyed coffee and Easter cakes after the service. On April 3rd Faith Bennell’s funeral was held at St Mary’s. The Reverend Ian Whittle and Faith’s niece took the service. The church was full of her friends, family and Gunthorpe folk. It feels like an end of an era, Faith being the last Gunthorpe resident who was raised in the village as a child. Penny Brough Church Warden

As usual, this year’s Gunthorpe Village Fete will, by kind permission of Marie and Jeremy Denholm, be held in the grounds of Gunthorpe Hall on Sunday 29th July starting at 2.00pm. There is ample car parking and admission is free. Disabled access and parking is by the lake at the bottom of the gardens. We are truly fortunate to be able to hold Gunthorpe’s annual fete in the beautiful gardens and surroundings to Gunthorpe Hall. It provides the perfect background for a traditional English fete; with brass band, superb tea tent, and stalls to include; delicious homemade cakes, colourful garden plants and posies, bric-a-brac and jumble. There are games of chance and skill such as wellie “wanging”, skittles, catch the rat and a bottle stall. Thanks to the generosity of local people and businesses we have already received substantial pledges for the popular grand draw. The weather was fair and kind to us last year, which attracted many visitors and allowed us to make good donations to the Village Institute and St. Mary’s church. Thanks to everyone in the village who have offered their services for the day. If there is anyone in Gunthorpe and surrounding villages who would like to help but hasn’t yet come forward then please contact Val or Jenny, details below. See you there! Val King 01263 862265, Jenny Kelly 01263 860095

FRIENDS OF GUNTHORPE PC The Friends of Gunthorpe Parish Church (FOGPC) AGM will be held on Friday the 6th of July at 6:30pm in the Village Hall. If you are already a member do please come along, and if you are new to the Village please feel free to come to see what it is all about – on spec – no commitment required. We have Fish and Chips from Drifters after the meeting, and it is a very friendly affair. The Friends is a secular charity raising money to support the maintenance of the fabric of Gunthorpe St. Mary’s Church. Details of how to join both the Friends and the 50:50 Club are in the FOGPC 50:50 Club article in this issue of the “Local Lynx”. Our next major event will be the Fete BBQ, at 7pm on Saturday 28th July in the Gunthorpe Hall Gardens. Phone Gunthorpe Hall on 01263-861373 to book your seats. There will be a vegetarian option - please let us know when you book if you would like it. Bring your own wine and drink. Juice punch and dips will start-off the evening. Tickets are £10 for adults and £6 for children 12 years and under with under 5’s free. The BBQ is a fun way to spend the evening before the Fete and great way to avoid cooking that night! Do please join us and bring your friends with you. We can organize a separate table for your group if you let us know how many you will be when you book. Full details of the Fete are given separately in this issue. Marie Denholm Friends Chairman

OLIVE PICKING IN PALESTINE I would like to thank everyone who came along to the talk on Palestine at Gunthorpe Village Institute on Saturday, 24th March 2018, and especially for their generosity in raising £150 for ‘The Olive Harvest Trust’ an educational charity in the West Bank of Palestine of which I am a trustee. The Olive Harvest Trust helps impoverished and vulnerable schools in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. In recent years the trust has raised funds to provide new classrooms as well as science, video and recreational equipment for village schools of the West Bank. Trustees visit the region regularly to connect with partners on the ground and ensure our funds are used to best advantage; some also assist farmers with the annual olive harvest – hence the name of this charitable trust. Please read more about our vital work at Jenny Kelly


Summer BBQ


The village hall has now been refurbished and painted inside with the help of lots of village volunteers. A massive thank you to all those who helped over a number of days as it was a big job. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and the pizzas were delicious! To celebrate the hall now looking so good we will be holding a summer BBQ on the 22nd June with plans in place for good or bad weather. Doors will open at 6.30pm with food being served from 7pm till 8pm. Please bring your own liquid refreshments. Tickets will be available for the event from Carole Blundell, tel: 831829. They will be £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s to include BBQ and music inside the hall. Please order your tickets by 16th June so that we can determine numbers and cater accordingly. A raffle will also be available, all prize donations gratefully received. Peter Adams, Chairman

Contact: Christina Cooper 01328 830207

FRIENDS OF LANGHAM The 200 Club Draw Winners March 2018 £20 194 Mr P Barlow 60 Mrs K Brown 118 Mr T Fawcett

April 2018 £10 7 Mrs Bassingthwaite 59 Mrs Samuljic 29 Mrs Chesworth 143 Mr J Laurence 97 Mr K Armstrong 89 Mrs L Parnell FOL Committee


It’s rather late in the year to be writing about this, but nevertheless, a huge THANKYOU to all who took part. You have contributed over £100 to the Church Clock Fund, which was a tremendous response. The winner was Helen Murphy of Tilehurst in Kent with a score of 96. She generously sent her prizemoney back for the fund. 2nd were B Shorey and C Tweedale, Newark with 95, 3rd was P Miller, Sheffield with 94, 4th Sue Rossor, Little Thornage 92 and 5th M Wilkinson, Langham (hooray!) with 90. Wendy Brown, Langham came 8th with 83. It was not an easy quiz, so everyone who scored more than 80 did well. The winner was truly impressive! Look out for the Langham Street Fair Quiz 2018 which will appear in August! Jan Hope

Wed 13th June 2018 at 7pm Concert by ‘Double Octave’ A capella Choir conducted by Graham Hoskins. The programme will consist of Faure’s Requiem in the first half, followed by lighter items for the choir in the second half with a solo for local star Linda Phelps, plus some audience participation. Admission £5 at the door to include refreshments of coffee/tea and biscuits in the interval. Proceeds for Langham Church General Fund. Double Octave is sponsored by Travis Perkins.

STALL ON THE GREEN July & August 2018 Last year this event started on the last Saturday in July as a result of advice from our providers of produce as vegetables were ready early. Therefore we will do the same this year although the weather may thwart us. Do come and support us and if you can bring along some produce or a cake, all will be gratefully received.. We hope to be in operation on July 28th, Aug 4th, 11th, th 18 & 25th, from 9.30–11am. More details in the next Lynx as our site may change on Aug 11th as it is the Street Fair. Proceeds are for Langham Church General Fund. If anyone would like to help man the stall please contact Ann Sherriff 01328 830 605.

FRIENDS OF LANGHAM Banham Zoo or Bressingham Steam & Gardens Sunday 22nd July For FOL 200 Club members and family, if you’re not already a member, join today! This all day trip will give you and your family the opportunity to visit either Banham Zoo or Bressingham Steam & Gardens. The cost for Banham is Adults £17, children £13 and this includes the coach journey. The cost for Bressingham is Adults £10, children £8 and also includes the coach. To book your tickets or join the FOL please contact John Hughes 01328 830595. FOL Committee

LANGHAM VILLAGE HALL Beetle Drive A beetle drive will be held on June 8th at 7pm in the Village Hall. The first beetle drive at the end of 2017 was very popular and a second one has been brought back by popular demand. The entry fee is £2 for adults and free for children. Small prizes are available for winners. No need to bring anything – forms, pencils and dice will be provided for entrants. Please bring yourselves, plus drinks and nibbles, and join in the fun!




Langham PCC would like to thank Jan Hope for her wonderful idea of doing a Christmas Quiz to boost the Church Clock funds. Results can be found in her article. Many thanks for your consideration Jan.

Many thanks to everyone who came along and supported our Fish'N'Chips and Quiz Nights over the past few months, as well as to the Blue Bell pub for bailing us out. If we are to restart these again after the summer, we do need some willing helpers! If you would be willing to support in some capacity or even run the quiz night from September onwards, then please do get in touch with Sarah at or 01328 830183. Thank you. The real icing on the cake is that the Fish'N'Chips and Quiz Nights during September, October, November 2017 and January, February, March 2018 raised proceeds of almost £600 for good causes. With £105 going to Macmillan in September, and the quiz participants voting at the end of March to split the rest over contributions towards a microphone or a proper sign for the Village Hall (£381.07), and a contribution towards speakers for Friends of Langham (£103.93). A big thank you to everyone who gave their support, especially our wonderful volunteers! Sarah Bowen

EVENSONG SERVICES Langham Church There will be two Evensong services in June. The first is the Deanery service on Sunday 17th at 3.30pm and the second is the Prayer Book Society service on Tuesday 19th, also at 3.30pm. Both will be followed by tea and drinks at the Rectory.

RVS LANGHAM CAR SERVICE Schedule to end Jul 2018 Fare: 25p/mile Weekly driving duties beginning on a Monday. June 4th 830605 July 2nd 830348 June 11th 830773 July 9th 830773 June 18th 830624 July 16th 830537* June 25th 830731 July 23rd 830507 July 30th 830606* * These drivers do not go to Norwich If the driver for the week is unable to do the trip, contact the next person on the list. If your appointment is cancelled, please let the driver know! It would be helpful if a car booking is made as soon as an appointment is arranged or journey planned so that drivers can arrange their schedule. When booking please tell the driver of any walking aids to be transported. Please bring change. If no driver is available – contact the Holt Caring Society T 01263 711243 giving as much notice as possible. This roster is also placed in the church porch and the village notice boards with dates beyond the above schedule. We welcome new drivers, if anyone would like to join us please give me a call.

LANGHAM STREET FAIR 2018 As mentioned in the last edition of Local Lynx, the date for the fair has been set for 11th August 2018 and there is lots planned for all to enjoy. Jan Hope will be kicking off the jollities by hosting a quiz night on Friday 10th August (usually 7pm start) at the Village Hall, all are very welcome to join in. The fair is opening at 10am, with events starting shortly afterwards. There is a fun dog show, children’s (and adult’s) fancy dress, knobbly knees and glamorous granny competitions, children’s treasure hunt, circus workshop, exclusive cars on display (you may even get to ride in one!), flower arranging display, art exhibition, cream teas (local strawberries of course!), and as usual lots of stalls to visit. Food is available from 12 noon, and from 4pm it’s music all the way till late – with a raffle and slave auction thrown in! We would remind everyone with homes on Holt Road that the road will be closed to traffic from 7am and not open again until midnight, to allow safe passage for the revellers! Also, Abby (at The Blue Bell) is holding the list of volunteers we need, so if you have a couple of hours free, we would love to see you. Langham Street Fair Committee

Alison Murday 07909923058

RVS LONG SERVICE AWARD Congratulations to Peter Barlow, who recently received a 15 year long service award from the Royal Voluntary Service, presented to him by Tanya Kecskes. Royal Voluntary Service

NORFOLK CHURCHES TRUST Sponsored Bike Ride 2017 Thank you to all those people who supported this event on behalf of Langham Church with both their own effort, and sponsorship. The money raised for Langham Church amounted to £111.03 which consisted of half share of Sponsorship monies £99.75 and half share of Gift Aid £11.28. Well done, each one of you. NCT report it to have been a successful event this year, raising a total amount of over £97,000 so far. This is particularly impressive in today’s world where there are so many good causes competing for attention and support so they are very grateful to all who participated. Kevin Walker


and will leave Newmarket for the homeward journey at approximately 4pm. For tickets please contact either Peter Tibbetts ( or Carole Bean on 01263-740038.

MORSTON Contact: Jock Wingfield 01263 740431



This will be held on Monday 25th June at £25 a head starting at 6pm on the quay. National Trust wardens will be on the trip to brief visitors on the seals and birds and the year’s happenings on Blakeney Point. After this, Morston Village Hall will be ready for the supper with candles and flowers and delicious food made and served by Morston PCC members. There will be crabs from Willie Weston and there will also be a cash bar. Numbers are sadly restricted owing to village hall fire safety regulations, so please book early – from Mary Athill on 01263 740306.

Sat 23 June. FMC AGM. Mon 25 June. PCC Boat Trip, & Crab Supper in VH. Meet at Morston Quay 6pm. (Details in article on right) Weekend of Fri 3rd Aug. Norfolk Oyster & Norfolk Gypsy Regatta. Contact or tel: 01263 741172. Sat 11 Aug. Langham Street Fayre. Morston PCC have taken a stall for this. Sat 18th Aug. Morston Regatta. Start time: 1130hrs. Prize-giving and party commences at 7pm on Morston Quay at NorfolkEtc. Sun 19 Aug. PCC Stalls on the Quay including Bottles and Bric-a-Brac. (10.30 am to 2.30 pm: times to be confirmed.) Sat 13 Oct. FMC Shovell Dinner. Simon Harris on “Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell”. At the Anchor.

MORSTON BOOK SALE BREAKS RECORDS Maybe it was the glorious spring sunshine, perhaps the delicious array of refreshments, the extensive local media coverage (or even the many thousands of second hand books on offer), but whatever the magic ingredient, the 2018 Morston Book Sale broke its fundraising records by generating £14,201 for the Friends of Morston Church charity. Grateful thanks are due to the team of volunteers from far and wide (including local villages, Derbyshire and even Vienna) who helped set up and run the sale, and not least the many generous donors who enabled the whole thing by delivering a steady flow of high quality books during the year. The bar has been set high for the 10th and final Morston Book Sale to be held over first May bank holiday weekend in 2019.

FMC VISIT TO DALHAM HALL STUD The Friends of Morston Church is organising a day trip by coach to the Dalham Hall Stud on the outskirts of Newmarket on Thursday 5th July. Please see the details given in the advertisement on page 5 of this issue. This is an exciting opportunity to visit the home of Darley Stallions and Godolphin’s European breeding headquarters. Sam Bullard, a Director of Darley Stallions has kindly offered to be our tour guide, both at the stud and for visits to the Newmarket racecourse and, after a buffet lunch, the Godolphin training grounds and gallops. You will have the opportunity to meet some of Europe’s best stallions and past champions including Dubawi, Golden Horn and New Approach. Godolphin is the global thoroughbred breeding and horseracing operation founded by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. The coach will pick up from Blakeney Village Hall (8:15am) and Morrisons bus stop, Fakenham (8:45am)

POWDITCH VISIT On 10th April “C. Stone nee Powditch and T.R. Stone of Northants” left on the font in the church a lovely vase of 15-20 red roses with a card inscribed: “In memory of the Powditch Family”. The PCC were sorry to miss this visit.


their living from the Harbour ) and nonprofessional Trustees so that all user's opinions get a proper voice. Email us via the website if you are interested. Reports were received from the National Trust and the Police. We explained our involvement in the Harbour Sedimentation Group and there were also updates on harbour water quality and the dangers of invasive species and what to do about that. We then spent quite a lot of time talking about new legislation, existing legislation and the potential for interventions from landowners, all effecting how the harbour operates. There is quite a lot to this but the headline conclusion was that members needed BHA to be reactive and aware of any potential effect of new legislation but that it wasn't our place, and anyway we didn't have the resources, money and skills, to be proactively looking to make changes. This and everything else will be reported fully on our website and in our newsletter. Newsletters are issued free to all our members. You can join for nothing if you want but most of our 500 or so members pay a donation of somewhere between £25 and £50. It seems a small price to pay to give the community and harbour users as safe an environment as we can and a real voice at a time of everincreasing bureaucracy.


On 10 April Morston church was visited by Marie Hagen from Henley Beach South, Adelaide in Australia. Marie left a message in the Visitors’ Book: “Retracing ancestral footsteps”. Listed next to the Visitors’ Book is the very large framed list of families down the ages who were connected with Morston. The entry for the Pointen family lists them as ‘”Pointen of Adelaide”. We in the PCC were very sorry not to see Marie as well as the Powditches above.

BLAKENEY HARBOUR ASSOC. On a beautiful sunny Saturday evening, and in the middle of the bank holiday, it was a bit of a surprise to find just under a hundred people gathered at the Harbour Room for our 2018 AGM. We had speculated that by having an occasional AGM during a holiday that that would give the opportunity for members, who wouldn't normally be here, to get a real feel for what goes on. We probably won't arrange it that way often but it seemed to work this time. There is a summary of the AGM's minutes on our website. You don't have to be a member to access it - just Google blakeneyharbourassociation. Our Charity's report and accounts showed a more than doubled income- close to £90,000- in 2017. But it also showed a doubling of expenditure too! That's all the new buoyage. Nevertheless there's been a healthy increase in our cash position to more than £60,000, giving us a bit of a reserve. This year we're assuming income is back to normal. Charlie Ward reported how all the money had been spent and the, now, ongoing maintenance that will be involved. He also brought members attention to continuing changes to the channel around the Hjordis wreck. Resulting in buoyage here being adjusted from time to time. Full details are on the website or Charlie would gladly talk you through things on the phone. Neil Thompson continues to remove or reunite escaped and abandoned boats and to deal with removing hazards. He has a drive on getting rid of plastic this year! We were thrilled to welcome Hannah Kelsey the new chair of the Membership and Fundraising Committee who told us of her plans and we also welcomed James Cowan and Jason Bean our two new Trustees. By the way we are looking for a further trustee who doesn't have a business that relies on the harbour. There was a feeling that there should be a better balance between professional ( people who earn

MORSTON QUIZ By Samphire (Answers on Page 26) 1. In the Tour de France who wears the polka dot jersey? 2. What is the minimum number of points to win on a tennis tie-break? 3. What is the main range of hills in Gloucestershire? 4. What is the only English anagram of PIMENTOS? 5. In which century was Thomas a Becket born? 6. In Morse code what letter is represented by one dash? 7. Which golfer first won the US amateur title three years in a row? 8.What London street is famous for men’s tailoring? 9. What was the frequency of Radio Luxembourg? 10. In the Chinese calendar which year follows the Year of the Dragon? 11. Which city does the Halle Orchestra come from? 12. What is the main flavour of aioli?


will have known all her life. Pulling her will be an astonishingly migratory urge which will, hopefully, eventually see her safely home. This migratory instinct must surely be one of the most astonishing phenomena on earth and something which had intrigued me my entire life. It is this urge which brings the swallows and so many other species back to us every year to brighten our springs and enrich our lives. Gradually the hedges around us here in Sharrington fill with returning visitors, the hedgerows and nearby reedbeds abound in joyous birdsong. Friends in the village are delighting in watching their returning swallows building their mud nest in their barn, a cheeky wren having evicted them from last year’s nest. Drop me somewhere strange and that would be me lost. For birds it is different. I watched a programme a while ago which astonished me. Scientists took a Manx Shearwater, a truly pelagic species spending all its life at sea, from its burrow on a Welsh island. They took it to Cambridge and released it from one of the university towers. It was filmed flying in a large circle, hitting west and heading off strongly like an arrow. The scientists clambered into their vehicle and drove back to Wales. The bird had beaten them home! So they took another across the Atlantic and let it go in America. A few days later the bird was back in its burrow. The accuracy of their navigational skills defies belief. Don’t the wonders of our natural world fascinate us? So much we do not understand, so much to learn. So, as our hoary winter visitor flies steadily north, we welcome our friends back from the south bringing with them stories of their winter wanderings we’ll sadly never know. Treasure them! Chris Abrams

SAXLINGHAM Contact: Caroline Robson 01328 830298

BAT NIGHT AT ST MARGARET’S Friday 17th August Last year St Margaret’s was selected to be included in a nationwide National Lottery funded bat project. This will involve a survey of our bat colonies, which are thought to include Pipistrelles, Natterers and LongEared Bats. It is hoped that the researchers will then recommend ways to reduce the damage currently being caused to the fabric of the building whilst protecting the breeding grounds of these endangered creatures. Philip Parker from the team will be holding a Bat Night at St Margaret’s on Friday 17th August starting at 6.45pm. Philip will begin with a presentation about bats and his work which will be followed by crafts for children and the chance to observe the bats though infra-red cameras. Food and drink will be available. Tickets will be £5 for adults whilst children are free. Please save the date in your diaries and further information will be available in the next edition of The Lynx, plus the village newsletter.

SHARRINGTON Contact: Claire Dubbins 01263 862261

NOBLE ROTTERS As anticipated in the last issue, series four was brought to a fitting climax by Brian Sullivan of Harper Wells. For some time Brian was an integral part of the wine scene in North Norfolk with Adnams, first at Holkham and then Holt before moving on to Harper Wells an innovative independent wine merchant in Norwich. It is some time since the Rotters have been entertained by a merchant and the format of the evening was designed to introduce members to ‘Italian Hits’ from the HW list without pressure to purchase.

MIGRATION As I sit here typing this in April, it is positively tropical outside, the warmth lifting both spirits as well as tugging vibrant green leaves from tight buds. Yet just a month ago many here in North Norfolk were freezing cold but admiring a rare wanderer from the Arctic namely a stunning Snowy Owl. This huge bird with intense yellow eyes frequented a few coastal sites for a few days before departing across the Wash. Now she is heading north, returning to the snowy conditions she


A fizz to start, of course, but not the ubiquitous Prosecco; a charming ‘Il Grigio’ Spumante Brut from Friuli -Venezia. Three whites followed from the Vermintino, Colomba Bianca and Greco/Fiano grape varieties and then we were into the reds. Six in all including a mystery wine at the close. There were wines from grape varieties with which members were familiar and those encountered less often; Sangiovese (but with a touch of Merlot), Salice-Salentino, Nerello-Mascalese all topped off with a Primitivo from Puglia which fooled most except the learned Steve Collins! A bittersweet series of tastings; many new, some challenging, many glorious wines offset by the loss of two friends of exceptional vintage. Series five got under way in May. A tasting led by Mark Lynton from Cley (he of Lynton red/white fame) undoubtedly set the bar high for the rest of the season which will include ‘Can you get a decent wine for a tenner?’ and ‘The wines of South Africa’. If you would like to join us this year please contact either Roger Dubbins(Tel: 01263 862261: Email or Martin Burkitt (Tel: 01263 861939: Email: martin@daubeneyhallfarm. com) Chief Rotter

day. I am delighted to report that they all sold at a recent auction raising nearly £250 for hall funds. RAD

SHARRINGTON & DISTRICT GARDENING GROUP Our April meeting attracted an almost full house as members and their guests packed into Sharrington village hall to welcome back one of our most popular speakers. Trevor Harrison from Creake Plant Centre always draws a crowd and this was no exception. His near-encyclopaedic knowledge of plants made his talk on unusual shrubs both fascinating and informative, as he guided us around the world with examples of shrubs that are not only uncommon and interesting, but will also stand our Norfolk climate. As always, Trevor had brought along a van-full of goodies, both to illustrate his talk and also to tempt the general plant appetite of our members. Committee member Humphrey Boon took the opportunity to thank outgoing member Bridget Moss for her work on the committee, and presented her with a garden voucher on behalf of the Group. The raffle was drawn, canapes and wine cleared away and members looked forward to the programme for the rest of the year. In May we visit Copys Green Farm, home of the Mrs Temple’s cheese range, then on 13th June we have an afternoon visit to the Sea Mere gardens at Hingham. This includes a guided tour and refreshments. Laid out over 120 years ago and covering about five acres, there is a large circular lake and five stunning terraced lawns to explore. There are also colour-themed borders, woodland, a wetland garden, rose garden and many more treats. Expect further information nearer the time. For more details of how to become a member, please contact chairman Robin Burkitt on 01263 861939 or email PEL

VILLAGE HALL Well, let’s start with a couple of apologies. First, we were not able to host a tea party on Royal Wedding/Cup Final Day through lack of manpower. Secondly, after the closing date for articles for the last issue, we had to reschedule the Magna Carta concert so that it will now take place on 23rd June and not 30th June. At the time of writing there are just a few tickets left for the concert so, if you are interested, you may be in luck if you contact Chris Abrams on In April we featured a screening of local film maker, Tony Britten’s new documentary ‘Through Lotte’s Lens’. The film tells the tale of ‘Hitler Emigres’ who came to Britain at the time of the Second World War and the influence they had in the fields of science, history, music, theatre and the arts generally. As in the case of our screening of his last film, ‘ChickLit’, we were fortunate to be joined by Tony Britten for a Q&A session at the end of the film. Finally, an update on the fate of a number of pieces of art which were secured for the last Christmas Fayre by our Brinton rep, David Allison, and which did not sell on the

STRAWBERRY TEA Following the success of last year’s church strawberry tea, All Saints is repeating the event on Saturday 14th July at 2pm. Once again it will be held in the church grounds with a small number of stalls such as plants, books, bric-a-brac and the ever popular cakes and preserves. A grand raffle will be held, with the opportunity to buy tickets both before and on the day. Tickets will be delivered to every house in the village for people to purchase prior to the event and the first prize of £50 should prove a draw as


well as the many other prizes on offer. As ever any help on the day or before will be appreciated so if you think you have any items you can contribute for the stalls or can assist with running a stall your help will be most welcome. Please contact Pippa Long on 01263 860613 or any member of the PCC. In the meantime be sure to put the date in your diary and look forward to a pleasant afternoon enjoying tea, scones and strawberries with a little gentle shopping. CD

STIFFKEY Contact: Geraldine Green 01328 830245

STIFFKEY CRICKET CLUB Stiffkey CC is the kind of relaxed, mixed ability cricket club that anyone would want to play for. The senior side (ages 14-67) plays around 12 matches a year, a mixture of 35 over matches on Sunday afternoons and 20:20 matches on a Thursday evening. The Junior section runs the ECB All Stars training programme for up to 8 year olds, with a concurrent fun training programme for older children. Last year we had around 40 kids taking part while parents socialised, often over a chilled glass of wine! We are always looking for new members to come and play and we also have a number of sponsorship opportunities that we would be happy to discuss with local businesses. Please get in touch with the Club secretary Siemon To sign up for the All Stars programme please contact Davy davyjackson15 S Scamell Katz

CHURCH NOTES After the austerity of Lent it was very pleasing to welcome Easter Sunday, not for the weather it has to be said but for the joy of seeing the altar fully dressed ready for Holy Communion with beautiful flowers on every windowsill enhancing the atmosphere with their heady perfumes. Rev. Fiona Newton officiated, a new face in Sharrington church, but she conducted the service with aplomb and we hope to meet her again in the future. All Saints was blessed with a record congregation of adults and it seemed like a small classroom of children and Fiona endeared herself to them with miniature eggs encased in edible golden outer shells. Of course with a goodly congregation the hymn singing was a pleasure to hear as they were all standard favourites. A very good morning and hopefully the most hardy braced themselves for a beach walk later. On 14th April the annual coffee morning was held at All Saints Cottage and our greatest fear that we would have to be indoors because of inclement weather did not happen. Whilst it was not wall to wall sunshine it did not rain so people could browse around the garden, peep into the shepherd’s hut, buy raffle tickets and browse through the books for sale. The dining room table was laden with cakes, preserves etc and plenteous supplies of coffee and splendid homemade biscuits were on offer. This year there was a new feature, an auction of promises, which sparked a great deal of interest with people bidding for all sorts of lovely items such as a pedestal of flowers in church for a special anniversary or birthday, a voucher from Morrisons, a kneeler in remembrance of a loved one and so forth, all proving very popular. By 12 noon every cake had been sold and the washing up was under way. It was good to see our friends and acquaintances from other villages and to welcome Bishop Graham James alongside others of our benefice clergy. Many many thanks to Martyn and Anne Sloman for hosting the event and to all who helped make this a very good village affair, you know who you are. Thank you also to Ruby the cat who felt the whole morning was put on for her so she could display herself all over the tables (but not on the cakes!) and purr at everyone who made a fuss of her. In addition we made a profit of some £1,150 for church funds. Finally, thank you to all who helped make our food bank contribution for Easter so generous and please remember this is a continuous charity so your future donations will be gratefully received. APG

STIFFKEY BOOK CLUB We've had a lot of interest recently so welcome to our three new members and we are still happy to welcome more as not everyone can come every time. Our April meeting was at Kerensa's house where we had a very mixed discussion our book - Heartburn by Nora Ephron. It's always useful hearing diverse views and this was a 'marmite' book, either liked or disliked. Our next meetings are June 18th, 30th July and 17th September. Please contact me for venue and book if your would like to come. Sally Vanson 07773 800656

VILLAGE FACEBOOK PAGE We're now up to 66 members and getting comments about village events, artwork for sale, the village hall plans, items for sale and wanted. Please join us if you haven't already signed up - just go on Facebook (you will need your own account) then look for Stiffkey Village Group. Sally Vanson 07773 800656



took the service with Rev. Barry Tomlinson, attended the Stiffkey School before its closure. After the stores had to close for the widening of the road, Mrs. Smith and her family moved down to the south west where she had a very successful working career. They came back to Norfolk a few years ago and Mr. Smith is already buried in the churchyard. The wedding of Isabelle Campbell and Matthew Bunyan will take place in our lovely church on 23rd of June. We wish them all the best for their future together. Following the appeal for help with the church cleaning and flowers I am able to report that the months are full, thanks to the generosity of people giving their time. We now find we are in need of some more help with the cutting of the churchyard and the church knoll. This is always a difficult time of year when the grass is growing so quickly, but if there is anyone who feels they could spare an hour or two to back up our present helpers, please contact me on 01328 830323. HH

In my last article for the Village Hall you may remember we had put in for planning permission for the improvements we have planned for the building. I hope that some of you took the time to look at the application on the NNDC web site. You will be pleased to hear that the application has been successful and we have now been granted planning permission. We shall now move ahead with our funding applications, this is something which may take time and I will keep you informed as to its progress. The numbers for the 200 club draw for March are 1st 92, 2nd 100, 3rd 84, 4th 52. For the April draw they are 1st 56, 2nd 33, 3rd 76, 4th 37. The 200 club continues to attract new members and is a welcome source of income for the upkeep of your village hall. Being a member of the 200 club can be your way of supporting your village hall, this is one of the few assets that Stiffkey village has. New members are always welcome. Email me for a form Ian Curtis



Many of you may not be aware that there are far reaching plans for total exclusion of people from much of the saltmarsh from Wells to Blakeney. The proposals are an adjunct to the work being done on the long distance coastal footpath. The relevant documents can be accessed at Local reaction has already voiced concern and moves to organise a protest are growing. Please read the (unfortunately lengthy) document if you can and watch out for any meetings, petitions etc. that you could support if you want. You could also lobby your local councillors and MP, too. Even during the last war, people were not excluded from these areas except when artillery training was taking place. Of course we need to be aware of conservation and safety issues, perceived or actual, but these measures seem to be a sledgehammer to crack a nut. Rural Ruth

Nature never fails to give an interesting experience. While walking down the main road in Stiffkey recently I could see something on the main road that seemed to be a bird sitting still and upright. As I got closer a car came past then stopped at the object. The car then very carefully drove right over what I could now see was indeed a bird. The next vehicle gently drove around it risking driving on the wrong side of the road around a blind corner!. Three other cars followed suit. By the time I arrived at the scene I could see that the bird was a hen kestrel that had caught a mole and was busy devouring it right on the tarmac. Thinking it was injured I went to the rescue. The bird promptly grasped her dinner and flew off. This bird did not know how lucky she was but it would have been nice if one of those five drivers had stopped to help. Rural Ruth

STIFFKEY CHURCH NOTES April began with a happy Easter Egg Hunt in the churchyard for the young. The weather was miserable but that did not deter the children and some cycled all the way from Binham to join in. On Tuesday 3rd the funeral of Phyllis Smith was held in the church. Phyllis was a past resident and owner of the Stores in Stiffkey. Her daughter, Jenny Chritchley, who

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went round and round, plus it was splattered with paint, if you looked at it for too long it looked like the paint was moving.’ On the 3rd May both Jet and Quartz Class travelled to Norwich Show Ground for an event called ‘The Big Sing’. As the sun shone, thousands of pupils and their teachers showed off their voices, the event welcomed schools from across the county and was organised by the Norfolk Music Hub. As a school, we love music and drama and this was an opportunity to be part of something big and a first for Norfolk where a range of schools came together for a huge performance. The children were so excited. Among the 9,000 pupils, two stars also took to the stage: Alexandra Burke, who won the X-factor in 2008, performed her winner’s song, Hallelujah and her single Bad Boys. Clean Bandit singer, Kirsten Joy also performed on the stage. Pupils were guided through songs, Shine, Build It Up and many more with guest conductor and vocal coach, Mark De-Lisser. There was a real festival atmosphere, quite a memorable experience for the children and teachers. In the month of March, Langham took part in ‘The World Creative Writing Competition.’ This is a contest on the website that we use to promote writing called ‘The Night Zoo Keeper.’ I am very proud to report that we were the top British School in all age groups and that Jet Class came 5th in the World, Quartz class came 9th and Amber Class came 18th. This was an incredible achievement; in one month our children wrote 130,418 words! We have had some sporting success too this term; we won the small schools netball tournament and will go through to the County Finals in June. We are looking forward to a cricket tournament next week and have beach volleyball and mini tennis coming up. Langham continues to go from strength to strength and we are excited about all the activities and learning we have planned, our vision is ‘A place for fun, creativity, friendship, ambition and discovery.’ Polly Kossowicz - Head teacher For further information please visit our website or follow us on twitter @langhamvill.

LANGHAM VILLAGE SCHOOL NEWS We have had a few trips out this term making the most of some glorious weather. On the 1st May Quartz Class visited Houghton Hall to see the Damien Hirst exhibition. It was a fantastic and very memorable day. It is the first time the new series of paintings has been shown to the public. They develop upon the artist’s Spot Paintings, some of his most recognisable work. Seven of his most famous sculptures have also been put on display in the grounds, and several other pieces have been placed inside the house, including Anatomy of an Angel and two smaller kinetic sculptures from Hirst’s “levitation” series, featuring air blowers and table tennis balls. The children were captivated by the art work especially the moving installations. Quartz Class are currently learning about the human body so the sculptures showing the internal working were particularly fascinating and quite shocking due to their size! Reggie Bunting age 7 wrote: Yesterday we went to Houghton Hall. When we got there we met two people who showed us around. When we went into the first room I was amazed by the ceiling. Suddenly the balls went on and there was an enormous fan underneath the balls. After the balls we went to the next room this was a very posh room with red chairs and red walls which we were not allowed to touch. Then we went into the next room, I was very impressed by the bed and did you know that room was haunted? It was very cold in the haunted room. When I walked into the library I was amazed by the very old books, some books were worn out because they hadn’t been polished. After the library we went down stairs to go outside when we got outside we went to see the ha ha and near the ha ha there was a giant boy. Then on the other field there was a giant girl. Both of them showed us what we have inside our bodies. I like the boy because it had all the things in the right places.’ Orlando Clark aged 9 wrote: ‘I really enjoyed the Damien Hirst exhibition at Houghton Hall, because the dot paintings were extremely detailed. Apparently, no dot the same colour is next to another. I was amazed by the beds at Houghton Hall, one was seventeen foot tall! It looked like it was 3 foot long, but actually it was bigger than a king sized bed. Another thing that amazed me was the Pegasus and Unicorn sculptures, you could see all the bones, organs and muscles. On the other side, you could see their skin. We also watched a canvas circle that



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