BALE - BINHAM - COCKTHORPE - FIELD DALLING GUNTHORPE - LANGHAM - MORSTON SAXLINGHAM - SHARRINGTON - STIFFKEY
ISSUE 122 October November 2018
Gunthorpe Hall Peace Celebrations 1918
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Village Hall = VH OCTOBER 1st Mon. Binham Village Quiz, Chequers 7.15 for 7.30pm 5th Fri. Binham Priory Concerts, BP 7.30pm 6th Sat. Bale Harvest Supper, VH 7pm 6th Sat. Langham Clearance Sale, VH 10-12noon 6th Sat. Sharrington Macmillan Coffee Morning VH 11am 10thWed. Field Dalling Coffee Morning, VH 10.45am 12th Fri. Bale fish and chips, VH 6.45pm 12th Fri. Binham Art Group Autumn/Winter Collection, Chequers 6.30-8.30pm 12th Fri. Field Dalling Bereavement Group, Manor Farm Cottage 4pm 12th Fri. Field Dalling Bingo, VH 7.30pm 12th Fri. Sharrington Gardeners talk Ursula Buchan VH 7pm 13th Sat. Field Dalling Harvest Supper, VH 7pm 13th Sat. Morston Shovell Dinner, Anchor 6.30pm 14th Sun. Binham Harvest Thanksgiving, Service BP 11am 14th Sun. Binham Harvest Thanksgiving Lunch, VH 12.30 for 1pm 18th Thu. Binham and Hindringham Open Circle, Harvest Supper, Hindringham VH, 6.30pm 24th Wed. Field Dalling Friends & Neighbours, VH 2.30pm 25th Thu. Langham Mobile Library 9.55am St Mary‘s & The Cornfield 10.20am 27th Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club Institute 10:30am
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NOVEMBER 3rd Sat. Gunthorpe Friends Harvest Supper Institute 7pm Advance booking essential. 4th Sun. Binham Priory Knights Templar Service, BP 6pm 5th Mon. Binham Village Quiz, Chequers 7.15 for 7.30pm 7th Wed. Sharrington Gardeners talk Jane Steward VH 7pm 9th Fri. Bale fish and chips, VH 6.45pm 9th Fri. Field Dalling Bereavement Group, Manor Farm Cottage 4pm 9th Fri. Field Dalling Bingo, VH 7.30pm 10th Sat. Sharrington Armistice Exhibition VH Time tbc 11th Sun. Binham Remembrance Service, BP 10.50am 11th Sun. Binham Village WW1 reception, VH 11.30am 11th Sun. Langham WWI Ceremony, Airfield 6.45pm 11th Sun Morston Armistice beacon party, Church 6.45pm 11th Sun Sharrington Armistice exhibition VH Time tbc 12th Mon. Field Dalling P.C. Meeting, VH 7.30 pm 14th Wed. Field Dalling Coffee Morning, VH 10.45am 15th Thu. Binham and Hindringham Open Circle, Flower arranging for films & Television Hindringham VH 7.15pm 17th Sun Bale Quiz Night, VH 7pm 17th Sat. Binham Christmas Fair, VH,9.30am -2.30pm 22nd Thu. Langham Mobile Library 9.55am St Mary‘s & The Cornfield 10.20am 24th Sat. Field Dalling Christmas Fair, VH 10am - 12.30pm 24th Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club Institute 10:30am 24th Sat. Sharrington Christmas Fayre VH 10.30am 28th Wed. Field Dalling Friends & Neighbours, VH 2.30pm 28th Wed. Sharrington Live Music Night VH 7.30pm REGULARS Tuesdays Binham Art Group BMH 9.30am to 12.30pm Wednesdays term time Binham Youth Group BMH 6-8pm Thursdays Field Dalling Carpet Bowls Club, VH 7.30pm 4th Thursday in the month Binham Local History Group BMH 7.30pm 1st&3rd Saturdays in month Langham Coffee Mornings, VH 10am -12noon
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BLAKENEY CATHOLIC CHURCH Back Lane Blakeney Parish Priest, Father Keith Tulloch ‗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: 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. org.uk. Sunday services 6.30pm
DEANERY NEWS Watch out for posters for details of our next meeting early in 2019.
Church Services for Bale and Stiffkey Benefice for October and November 2018 HC=Holy Communion. CFS=Church Family Service. MP=Morning Prayer. BCP=Book of Common Prayer 7th October
9.30am Harvest Festival
11.00am Harvest Festival
11.00am MP BCP
At Field Dalling
At Field Dalling
11.00am Harvest Festival
4.30pm Silent Meditation
9.30am MP BCP
9.30am MP CW
11.00am Harvest Thanksgiving Service
9.30am Harvest Festival
9.30am HC BCP At Stiffkey
Gunthorpe Sharrington Binham Morston Langham
9.30am HC BCP
Stiffkey 4th November
9.30am MP BCP
9.30am HC BCP
11th November Remembrance Sunday 9.30am HC Service of Remembrance 10.45am Service of Remembrance At Field Dalling 10.50am HC Service of Remembrance 9.30am HC Service of Remembrance 10.50am HC Service of Remembrance 2.00pm Service of Remembrance 10.50am Service of Remembrance At Langham
25th November Christ the King
9.30am HC At Saxlingham
11.00am MP BCP
At Field Dalling
4.30pm Silent Meditation
9.30am MP CW
9.30am HC BCP At Stiffkey
Additional Service Stiffkey: Sunday 11 November, Remembrance Day Gathering at the War Memorial at 10.45am. th
Regular Weekday Services Binham: Tuesday, Evening Prayer at 6.00pm until the clocks change, thereafter at 3.30pm; Langham: Wednesday, 10.00am Holy Communion
RECTOR’S LETTER Dear Friends and Parishioners, October! A lovely month in the landscape; and a busy month on the farm; and if you are virtuous in the garden, with cutting down, clearing and planting. These are weeks of taking and keeping, but also of planning and planting. The two go together: it is naturally natural. But then are applied the rules of Civilization: care for all, and especially the needy and vulnerable; justice with mercy applied to one and all; peace and plenty, and care for all. God exists beyond ourselves. He is. He made us. We reflect through and through His State and Glory. It happens in our faces and friendly eyes. It is reflected too through the Rainbow of Love. At the beginning the Rainbow was the sign of God‘s agreement with His people after tribulation. The world had rebelled. The world was quelled. And new life was welcomed into a permanent Covenant with the Almighty, to be signed, sealed and ultimately delivered in our flesh, that
of His Son. Genesis IX. 8 - 13 ‗8 And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, 9 And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; 10 And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you, from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth. 11 And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood: neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. 12 And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: 13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.‘ Yours truly, Ian Whittle, The Rectory Langham 01328 830246
has not been helped by the recent train timetable changes, but the bus from King‘s Lynn also has to connect at Fakenham with buses that go on to Wells, Norwich, Holt and further afield. NCC cannot change the times of the buses but all services will be reviewed regularly.
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Scams NCC has agreed the objectives for the Norfolk Against Scams Partnership (NASP) - a group of organisations committed to taking a stand against scams. Fraud costs the UK economy £52 billion a year and even more worrying it is believed that only 5% of victims report the crime. If you think you or a relative, friend or neighbour have been the victim of a scam or fraud or you are concerned about a possible scam or fraud, please report it to Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06 or Fraud on 0300 123 2040. For more information about scams visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/business/tradingstandards/scams.
Blue Badge Scheme All information regarding the Blue Badge scheme can be found on NCC website. Please assist any friends who may need help either applying for a badge or renewing it. Also read the information on ‗inaccurate‘ use of the badge and help avoid embarrassment.
Norfolk businesses offered a £3,000 boost for ultrafast broadband An opportunity for Norfolk businesses to claim up to a £3,000 towards installing a superfast broadband connection - through a £67 million Government voucher scheme. The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme was launched in March as part of a programme to deliver full fibre coverage across the UK. The offer is for small to medium-sized businesses and the local communities surrounding them. A one-off contribution towards the installation cost of a full fibre connection capable of delivering gigabit (1,000 megabits) speeds. The scheme will run until March 2021 or until all available funding has been allocated. Business owners can check their eligibility and find out how to register with a supplier in their area, at https:// gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/.
COMMUNITY nEWS Throughout Lynx 122, you will find this image next to information about our village events that link to celebrations in parishes throughout the country marking the end of the First World War. We will remember.
COUNTY COUNCILLORS’ NEWS
Publicity continues as to fly tipping and what can and cannot be taken to our recycling centres without charge and it is easy to get confused. I thought therefore to repeat accurate information and a link. All household
…from Dr Marie Strong Local buses including the Coasthopper: Another concern drawn to my attention is the missing link between trains at King‘s Lynn and buses to Fakenham – and villages onwards. The service between King‘s Lynn - Fakenham and onwards was previously run by Stagecoach on an hourly basis. As readers know Stagecoach withdraw their services from Norfolk in April. Fortunately Lynx Bus took over this service along with other routes but for this route could only do so on a 2-hourly basis. Whilst NCC will continue to work as closely as possible with Sanders and other operators NCC, as stated last month, cannot see the public transport subsidy budget increasing anytime soon – ‗unless there is a greater political emphasis on the importance of public transport and central government increase funding levels. NCC passenger transport staff are very aware that the connections with the trains do not work that well and this
items are accepted for free – things such as fridges, sofas, electrical items, furniture, recyclables and garden waste etc – more information is on this link if that is useful: https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/rubbish-recycling -and-planning/rubbish-and-recycling/types-of-wastewe-accept. I also have a personal plea for calling the recycling centres just that – Recycling Centres – not dump or tip. The plea is not just because that is what the centres are (this last month my local centre reported that 86% of what had been taken there had been recycled) but because amongst the hard working and dedicated staff there are fathers and mothers whose children should be proud that their parents do this work – and do not work at a dump!
GLAVEN CENTRE SERVICES Toe-nail clinics
Wednesdays 3rd 10th 17th 24th October & 7th 14th 21st 28th November.
Hearing Aid clinics
Wednesday 17th October & Friday 23rd November.
Hairdressing Every Wednesday. Regular, occasional or casual appointments can be made. Ring 01263 740762 to make and check appointments.
HOLT MEDICAL PRACTICE flu vaccinations This year the government is providing the seasonal flu vaccination (free of charge) for the following groups of patients through their GP: Patients aged 65 years and over will receive a new vaccine which is recommended specifically for them. Studies have shown this adjuvanted trivalent vaccine is more effective for patients in this age group. Patients under 65 years of age in certain clinical at risk groups will receive a quadrivalient vaccine. This vaccine offers protection against four strains of influenza (most previous vaccines offered protection against just three strains of influenza). Risk groups include pregnant women and patients with certain chronic diseases such as COPD. A full list of the ―at risk‖ groups can be found on the Holt Practice website. Children aged 2 and 3 years at 31st August 2018 will receive a vaccine which is usually given as a nasal spray. The seasonal flu vaccination is also available to patients
Parish Partnership Scheme with NCC A reminder that due to the success of working in partnership with parish/town councils for the last seven years the Parish Partnership Scheme Initiative will again be repeated in the financial year 2019/20. In my division there have been several successful projects where the town or parish council has organised the bid but others have provided the funding. (I had one such bid where three organisations shared the cost.) Further information, including possible funding sources for your share of the bid, is available on our website. Hopefully no more hail stones before winter! (Yes they did hit Wells – large as golf balls.) Marie County Councillors‟ contact details: Dr Marie Strong: County Councillor Wells Division (Glaven, Priory and Walsingham Parishes) marie.strong@norfolk. gov.uk or 07920 286 597 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. Steffan Aquarone: County Councillor Melton Constable Division ( incl. Bale and Gunthorpe Parishes) District Councillors‟ Contact Details: Vincent Fitzpatrick e:email@example.com & Simon Hester e:firstname.lastname@example.org (Binham, Langham & Stiffkey) Karen Ward e:email@example.com (Sharrington, Field Dalling, Saxlingham & Morston) Ann.R.Green (01328 878273) e: firstname.lastname@example.org (Gunthorpe & Bale)
SURGERY - WHOLE DAY CLOSURE
of any age who are: Carers of older or at-risk patients, healthcare workers and patients living in long-stay residential care homes. Our flu clinics (at our three sites) for all patients entitled to a free jab (except children, who will be seen in separate clinics) will begin late September, continuing during October and November. Clinic dates will be arranged to coincide with the government‘s nationwide phased delivery schedule of the new adjuvanted trivalent vaccines (for patients aged 65 years and over). Booking is essential. Each patient gets an individual appointment time. To book your slot, please contact the surgery on 01263 712461 or pop into any of our surgeries (please ring after 11:30 in the morning, when the telephone lines are less busy). If you do not receive a text or letter, your records indicate that you are not eligible for a free vaccination. Even if you have had a flu jab previously, you may not be entitled to a free jab unless you meet this year‘s criteria. Kelling Pharmacy will have a limited number of private flu vaccinations available for patients who wish to be vaccinated but do not qualify for a free vaccination. There is no need to book, there is free parking, just turn up and ask for the flu jab. The Kelling Pharmacy stocks will be available on a first come first served basis after 17th September 2018 (price to be confirmed).
Holt, Melton and Blakeney surgeries will close for the whole day for staff training on Thursday 4th October. Calls to 01263 712461 will be for urgent medical advice only. We will not be able to deal with any routine enquiries or hand over medication awaiting collection. Patients are advised to plan for a day earlier or a day later. For more information see posters at the surgeries or on the website www.holt-practice.nhs.uk.
WEA AUTUMN PROGRAMME 2018 Friends Meeting House, Church Street, Wells Two Saturday Day Schools On October 6th, we welcome back a well-regarded tutor, Michael Nash, offering ―Famous Jewels and their Place in History: their origins, cutting, design, use and ultimate fate and value‖. Among many such jewels, he will consider our own British Crown Jewels through to the $20 million plus Burton-Taylor Cartier 69-carat diamond in Elizabeth Taylor‘s collection, auctioned for $75 million in 2011. On November 10th, Ian McLachlan returns to the Second World War with his course ―Battle Skies over East Anglia 1939-1945: Aerial Conflict affecting East Anglian Communities‖. Ian weaves the military story of British and American air power with human stories on the ground: a different take on a history in part familiar to many. Day schools begin at 10.00am, and the fee for each is £15.
Shingles Vaccination – winter 2018 These will be available, free of charge, for the following patients (who have not previously had a shingles vaccination): Patients aged 70 or 78 – these patients become eligible AFTER they have turned 70 or 78 during 2018. Patients who were eligible in previous years‘ vaccination programmes (not yet vaccinated) remain eligible until their 80th birthday. The surgery will write to all eligible patients inviting them to have their shingles vaccination in special clinics. Where clinically appropriate, these patients will also be able to have their flu vaccination at the same time (one vaccination in each arm). We can provide private shingles vaccinations for patients who do not qualify for a free vaccination. Enquiries about private shingles vaccinations should be made to the Administration Department on 01263 714331.
WEA Branch AGM The WEA branch AGM is on November 27th at 10.30am. This will be with a talk by virtuoso pianist, conductor and vocal coach Adam Johnson, who will talk about his training and career. Adam, who lives in Wells, is also music director of the Yorke Trust in South Creake and founder of ‗Music-next-the-Sea‘, a new music festival held locally at the end of June. No charge. For further information and booking please email Ann Whitelaw on email@example.com or call 078 567 921 86. Or at https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk.
HOLKHAM HALL CHARITY WALK Sunday 7th October 10am - 4pm
The 12 Annual Norfolk Family Walk for Brain Tumour Research & Support offers a special day out at this beautiful venue, at the same time helping to raise funds for research into this devastating disease through walkers‘ sponsorship. The 2018 ―World Walk‖ for Brain Tumours is a project of the international Brain Tumour Alliance (IBTA) and hopes to achieve enough milage world-wide to encircle the Earth at the Equator many times. Go to www.astrofund.org.uk to download a sponsorship form and for a link to create a justgiving page or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01485 525.279. Organised by the Norfolk branch of Astro Brain Tumour Fund, charity number 1133561.
FALCON CONCERT (Facilitating Arts & Literature for Children of Norfolk)
St Andrew’s Church, Holt Saturday 13th October, 6.30pm Dominika Rosiek – Violin Miho Sanou – Piano with surprise guest Anna-may Rosiek Nguyen - Violin The programme will include works by Mozart, Beethoven, De Falla and Bartok. Dominika Rosiek is a prize-winning violinist who has lead several orchestras, including the European Youth Orchestra. She has performed with Nigel Kennedy and is currently recording with the London Schubert Players. Miho Sanou started her performing career in Kobe, Japan is a successful soloist and chamber musician. Anna-may Rosiek Nguyen was born in 2011, and is already a prize-winning violinist. Tickets are free, but donations are gratefully received for FALCON and St. Andrew‘s Church Funds. Licensed wine bar before the concert and during the interval.
(surnames only) will be published on our web site www.langhamdome.org. Following the hugely successful event in 2017 we are now planning to have another Dome Heritage Day on 1 June 2019. Further details will follow. 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: email@example.com. For more details, including opening hours etc, you can also check our web site at www.langhamdome.org. John Blakeley
LANGHAM DOME NEWS Some of the Dome volunteers arrived at Marham in style courtesy of Henry Labouchere and the then Langham based DH34 Dragon
MY LIFE AS A PAINTER
The Dome has enjoyed a successful summer so far despite the lure of the beaches for much of June and July and the start of August. Amongst other events we supported the RAF Marham Families and Friends Day in July with our exhibit and Henry Labouchere took the 1943 built (and 1932 designed) DH34 dragon to the event - a source of great interest in the static display and quite a contrast to the Lightning II which arrived at Marham 75 years later, and which was on show nearby! We also hosted several organised visits and presentations, including Group Captain Townsend the Marham Station Commander together with Marham‘s Station Engagement Officer, WO Howard. On their visit to the Dome, Group Captain Townsend proved that he is not just an ―ace‖ pilot by trying out our gun simulator. We are still pursuing our Spitfire appeal and if you went to the Langham Street Fair or have driven past the Dome on opening days recently you may have seen the fuselage on its trailer on display. We need All you need is concentration! to strengthen the aircraft to withstand the North Norfolk winter and gales and to build a plinth to securely mount the replica (which is full size) on. All contributions will be gratefully received. By the time this issue of the Lynx comes out we will have held our RAF 100 Grand Draw on 16th September. All winners will have been notified and a list of winners
By Bob Brandt Bob Brandt will be presenting an illustrated talk entitled ‗My life as a painter‘ at the Langham Village Hall on Thursday 8th November at 7.00pm. He says, ―I will start from when I was very young and move through the passing years, until about now – I think‖. Sounds a bit like a life story! Though he always enjoyed drawing and painting, he had no idea of becoming a professional artist until he retired from legal practice at an age which left him time to develop a second career. With no clear plan in mind, he moved from art school to presenting solo and shared exhibitions in the West Country before moving to Norfolk more than twenty years ago. There followed acceptance of his paintings at the exhibitions of the Royal Society of Marine Artists and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in the Mall Galleries in
London, and then his involvement in helping to form the Institute of East Anglian Artists, of which he is currently the president. Along the way he took up teaching painting to adult classes and groups and writing for a range of art books and magazines. At the end of the talk there will be a collection in aid of the Friends of Langham community group. Bob Brandt
fires, the depositing of rubbish, and of plucking flowers. The wood has been described as dark and secretive; certainly apart from a circular path nowadays much used by dog walkers it is not particularly easy to penetrate. It was once used for picnics, or as a courting spot, and between the world wars there were seats around a hut, although this was probably in the adjoining trees just outside Bullfer Grove. About 50 woodland plants were found in a survey of the undergrowth tangle made between April and June 1986. The dominant bluebells feature in April and May. Part of the wood was cleared and replanted in 1962 with a mixture of conifers and broadleaved trees but since then maintenance has been minimal. Up to about 25 years ago the Norwich National Trust volunteer group periodically visited, partially restoring the wood and its habitats from a neglected state. There is no parking facility and visitors have to leave their cars either on Sharrington Road, Gunthorpe or on the A148 verge. A small previously cultivated wooded area to the SouthWest adjoining the bridleway once belonged to the Carbrooke, Norfolk commandery of the Knights Hospitaller of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, and is now also part of the Gunthorpe Estate. Game and pigeon shooting takes place around Bullfer Grove but the National Trust ceased letting the rights over its land in about 2000. During the First World War, a bomb was dropped in the vicinity by a Zeppelin. There are of course few local residents around to remember much about this but if anyone wishes to add information the clerk to Gunthorpe Parish Council believes it would be appreciated by readers. The writer, Anthony Hayward, who has lived in Norfolk since birth (on a farm at Trunch during WW2) was appointed as clerk 33 years ago and has been ―up Sladd‖ in Bale since 1967. Sladd became Slade Road which was historically, and confusingly, also referred to in old property deeds as Sharrington Road. Slade is a Scandinavian word referring to a flat piece of low moist ground, a dell, or in this case possibly the dip in the road. As required by regulations there is a Parish Council website:-www.gunthorpepc.wixsite.com/gunthorpepc. A featured photograph of a combine, in what was once known as ―Sladd Meadow‖, is seen being driven by Walter Hammond and was taken out of the Clerk‘s bedroom window. The tree is reputed to be one grown from one of the great Bale Oak‘s acorns. There were several oak trees in
BALE Contact: Jane Wheeler 01328 878656 firstname.lastname@example.org
BULLFER GROVE, GUNTHORPE Bullfer is believed to be the correct spelling but there is much doubt about a historical corruption of the name ―Bull Ford‖ given in a 1705 Church document, as the now bridged stream leading from Gunthorpe to the River Glaven via Brinton is a minimum of 180 yards from the 8½ acre (3.2 hectares) wood. ―Bullfer‖ is an old local word meaning giant puffball, but ―Bullfair‖ and ―Bullfir‖ also appear on old maps and in historical documents. The wood apparently dates from medieval times, and up to about 90 years ago gravel was being extracted, although this was mainly in the 19th century. There are two pits, including one at the north end which was reached from the bridlepath across the adjoining privately owned land which is part of the Gunthorpe Estate now owned by Albanwise Ltd. The trees seen from the main A148 road are not, therefore, National Trust property. The bridlepath along the Western edge of the wood was reclassified from a former road used a public path, or RUPP, about 30 years ago. An Eastern Daily Press article in June 1919 referred to it as ―Bullfir Grove, an idyllic spot to which the local inhabitants of the district repair for rest and recreation‖. Sir Lawrence and Lady Jones of Cranmer Hall, near Fakenham, in thanksgiving for peace after WW1, presented it to the nation in 1919, together with Bale‘s holm oaks next to the Church. The intention was for the wood to be ―held in perpetuity for the enjoyment of all, preserved from the designs of the vandal or the speculator‖, and this is being upheld by the National Trust to which the benefactors gave the wood. The Trust‘s regulations include a prohibition of
the adjoining rectory field up to about 70 years ago. The Rectory was built in 1958 on its Slade Road site acquired by the Church Commissioners from the Gunthorpe Hall Estate. More photographs, especially of Bale, are being sought for adding to the website. Lucy Bent of Gunthorpe was co-opted as a parish councillor to fill a vacancy at a meeting in August. The next quarterly meeting will be on Thursday, 22nd November in Bale Village Hall at 7.30 p.m., and all will be welcome. Anthony Hayward
camouflaged on the dead thistles. I look forward to finding them here again next year. They are also colonising the woods at Bayfield and have been seen feeding on hemp agrimony in the garden at Natural Surroundings. Jane Wheeler
HUNDRED CLUB DRAW RESULTS July 18
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BALE DIARY 11th August I‘d not seen anything in the way of a colourful butterfly this summer until we had some rain; then after the drought broke a couple of weeks ago with storms there were two commas in the garden, but nothing more except various whites until earlier this week. The commas were back, and two small tortoisehells, but they don‘t seem to visit my garden often. I have seen a single red admiral a couple of times. The buddleias will soon be over. At the end of July, after the wind and rain, I found silverwashed fritillary butterflies again on the edge of the wood. I was quite surprised that they had survived our awful contrary weather this year. I counted about ten, feeding on thistle and knapweed. They also like the hemp agrimony flowers that grow there in the damp soil. They are the biggest fritillary, and glide and swoop on orange leopard spot wings around the edge of the wood and into the conservation grass in a different style to most of our common butterflies. With closed wings they are very well
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VILLAGE HALL NEWS Although the village hall has been functioning during much of the refurbishment work, it was good to mark the completion (or nearly!) of the project with our ―Celebration‖ pizza evening in June. The hall was full to capacity, the weather and the atmosphere were warm, and the food delicious. Martin Moore gave a short vote of thanks to all those who made the work a success – the village hall committee and others who generously gave their time and specialist knowledge, all who contributed to the £83,000 raised to make it possible, and, of course, paid tribute to Duncan who basically made it all happen. The feedback on the evening has been such that we are hoping to arrange a ―Midsummer Pizza Night‖ along similar lines in the future. This year‘s Harvest Supper will be on Saturday 6th October at 7pm, with our usual harvest catering team. If you
would like to come along, please let Margaret know (01328 878511) as we need to be less approximate about numbers when we have an ―outside‖ caterer. Tickets are £13, which includes your meal but bring along your own liquid refreshment. The Annual Quiz Night will be on 17th November this year, so get swotting now! Try to bring along a team of 6-8 to do battle with friends and neighbours, and to attempt not to let Alastair win again. We welcome teams from other villages but space is limited to please contact Paula on 01328 822012 to book your teams in. Individuals are also welcome and we will try to ―team you up‖ either in advance or on the night. Tickets are £13 per person, including supper (bring your own drinks). CALLING ALL 100 CLUB MEMBERS who have not yet paid their annual subscriptions: These are now overdue and your £12 per membership should be paid (cheque payable to Bale Village Hall or cash) to Alastair soonest, or you will not be included in the future draws. For anyone who is not yet a member, please consider supporting your Village Hall by taking part – there are cash prizes every month, drawn at Fish & Chips, and your £12 could be a very good investment! See Alastair or any committee member if you would like to sign up. As ever, we would love to see a good crowd from Bale and beyond at Fish & Chips on 12th October and 9th November. Drifters of Fakenham are providing a good service now we no longer have the luxury of the van, but please arrive promptly at 6.45pm so that we can get our order in early. The Village Hall is now available for private bookings and if you are interested in using this facility for a regular class or club or a private function, please contact the Secretary, Anne Peppitt on 01328 878355 or email email@example.com. Paula Moore
has been decided to carry on with two sessions on Mondays, 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm with a subscription of £5 per session. The intention is to have at least one demonstration/ workshop per term in order to inspire us to try different techniques and also to have ―outings‖ in the summer months to places with interesting views (and, obviously, a convenient tearoom) where we can all work on the same subject. We have space for one or two more members in this friendly group, so if you would like to come along please call 01328 822012 for more information. Some of us were complete beginners when we joined so please don‘t let inexperience deter you from potentially unlocking your inner Van Gogh/Picasso/Andy Warhol! Paula Moore
BINHAM Contact: Liz Brady 01328 830830 firstname.lastname@example.org
PAULINE SCOTT It is with much sadness that we announce the death of Pauline after her struggle with a cancerous brain tumour. A full tribute will be made in the next edition of Lynx. A Service of Thanksgiving for her life will take place in Binham Priory on Saturday, 6th Ocober at 2.00pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.
BINHAM PARISH COUNCIL The council maintain a bimonthly liaison meeting with the developer and contractor for the Walsingham Road site. With the improvement of the weather, build progress has picked up. Unfortunately, for safety reasons, the rough footpath from Priory Crescent to the Bridleway has been closed while the electricity substation and underground cabling is installed. We may have to wait until the path from the new spur road, on the site, to the Bridleway is opened for use before the Bridleway can again be easily accessed. As the old path across the field was not a designated footpath there is little the council can do to get a way to the Bridleway any quicker. The council is considering the erection of ‗gates‘ on each side of some of the roads coming into village, as visible evidence of entering a 30mph residential zone. We have employed our Speed Awareness Monitor (SAM) to monitor
BALE PAINTING GROUP The new term of the Painting Group started on 3rd September with a workshop on working with pastels run by Audrey Bould. Audrey is clearly a lady with a great deal of experience with this medium and was very instructive, helpful and encouraging to the ―novices‖ in the group (pretty much all of us!). It was unfortunate that some of our group were away, as they missed an excellent morning. Following a meeting in August to discuss the way forward after our first full year without Duncan to guide, it
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vehicle speeds and Mike Bond has downloaded data recently for two locations. His summary is that about 100 meters in from the 30 mph sign on Walsingham Road, 36% of vehicle speeds were 30 mph or below, 50% 30 to 40 mph and 14% over 50 mph. With an average of 448 vehicles a day. For Langham Road, the summary is 70% for 30 mph or below, 28% for 30 to 40 mph and 2% 50 mph with over with an average of 506 vehicles a day. The SAM will be moved to Warham Road to generate comparative data later in September. The council will then be in a good position to prioritise the locations for installation of one set of gates per year. Each pair are quite costly as their construction and installation must comply with Highways strict specifications. This topic will be discussed further at the next Parish Council meeting. David Frost
Sunday 4th November at 6pm
Remembrance Service, 10.50am
Sunday 11th November to be followed by activities in the Memorial Hall (see details elsewhere)
FRIENDS OF BINHAM PRIORY From Politics to Pots - A talk by Roger Law Thursday 6th December 7pm for 7.30pm in Binham Memorial Hall Illustrator, Satirist, Ceramicist and co-creator of the controversial TV show “Spitting Image”
The renowned local artist Roger Law will describe his colourful multifacetted 50 - year career that has taken him from the Fens across the world returning to Norfolk from Australia in 2012. Tickets are £10 each to include a glass of wine or soft drink & a mince pie. Limited number of tickets are available and booking is essential. The Box Office opens to public 5th November by contacting email@example.com. The event is organised by the Friends of Binham Priory. www.friendsofbinhampriory.weebly.com
BINHAM VILLAGE EVENTS Binham village show and fete was a great success making £1200 for hall funds. A big thank you to all who supported the event in any way. Planning is already underway for next year, any new ideas or suggestion are always welcome. Binham village hall is holding a cookery demonstration by Arthur Howell and Chris Coubrough on Wednesday 7th November. This should be an entertaining evening. Look out for posters with more details. To book your place, ring Liz 01328830519 or Andy. 01328830178. Binham village hall is available to hire for your next family celebrations. Visit our website www.binham villagehall.com for more information.
BINHAM CHRISTMAS FAIR
Sat. 17th November, Binham Memorial Hall Come and see the many sparkling ideas that might help fill the Christmas stockings this year. There will be 20 tables offering a wide range of goods from local arts and crafts to cakes, books and plants. Refreshments will be available including mulled apple juice, a particular favourite last year! There will be special activities for children who will pleased to hear that Santa has agreed to make a special early visit with free gifts. Open 9.30am to 2.00pm, and with full wheelchair access, the fair promises to be popular. Proceeds to Binham Priory. Tony Pepper
BINHAM PRIORY CONCERT
Friday 5th October at 7.30pm Greshams School Choir and Orchestra
BINHAM PRIORY SERVICES Harvest Thanksgiving Service
Sunday 14th October at 11 am to be followed by a village harvest lunch in the Memorial Hall 12.30 for 1.00pm. This is a family occasion for all to celebrate with friends and family. All are welcome. Please let Liz Brown 013283 830519, or Maureen Frost 01328 830362, know if you are coming.
BINHAM ART GROUP The Group has been stunned by the very sad loss of two of its members within a week of each other at the end of August. The first was Mort Levine from East Barsham and the second was Sarah Iles from Hindringham. Both Mort and Sarah will be greatly missed by the group. Their contribution was not just in their art but also the kindness and friendliness they showed to those around them. We have lost a gentleman and a lady. The annual exhibition held on the 4th and 5th August was a tremendous success. We had a record entry of pictures, of which we sold 22 by ten different artists. The attendance was excellent over the weekend, and the preview evening was very well supported by our guests. Our next demonstration is on the 9th October when Bob Brandt, that very well-known artist from Langham, will be
modest membership fees and monthly talks during September to April (excluding December). We always welcome new members at an annual cost of £3 single and £5 for couples with reduced admission to talks of £3. Or, if membership is not for you, then you can come along to a talk for an admission of £5. If you are interested in joining us, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Pennie Alford 01328 830700. Our next two talks held at Binham Memorial Hall on the 4th Thursday of each month are as follows: 25th October 2018 - 7:30pm Talk by Gary Rossin on Sedgeford Airfield and it‘s role in aerial combat in WW1 nd 22 November 2018 - 7:30pm Talk details tbc.
showing us how to paint ‗Boats and Water‘. It will start at 10am at Binham Memorial Hall. The cost will be £5, including coffee and biscuits, and anyone is welcome. The group will be launching its autumn/winter collection at the Chequers Gallery on Friday 12th October. Come and join us for an open evening at the Gallery (6.30 to 8.30pm) and enjoy a great new selection of paintings from the group together with some fizz and nibbles. This will be the first anniversary of the opening of the Gallery. If you would like more information about the group please visit our website: www.binhamartgroup. weebly.com.
BINHAM YOUTH GROUP
BINHAM WW1 1914-18 CENTENNIAL COMMEMORATION
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. All staff DBS checked. We have art ‗n‘ craft, board games, table tennis, pool table, karaoke, books, ten pin bowling (indoors during winter and in summer time we use the large playing field) and play equipment or just chill out and make new friends. „It's a great place to hang out'„ Contact Amanda Able (01328 830828) or Andrew Marsh (01328 830178) for further information.
Binham is planning a small commemorative event to mark the passing of this milestone anniversary marking the end of the First World War on Sunday 11th November 2018. The plans will involve Binham History Group, Binham Memorial Hall, Binham Parish Council and Binham Art Group. Our plans are to commemorate those who lost their lives and also those who came back. We are proposing to have a small exhibition in the Priory Church in the lead up to the date. On Sunday 11th November, after the Church Service, there will be a commemoration reception held at Binham Memorial Hall where the photographs of the soldiers who died during the war were restored, reframed and displayed on the opening of the hall on 10th December 1999. As by way of a more permanent commemorative memorial of the 100th anniversary, it is intended to purchase a wooden bench with inscribed plaque, which will be
BINHAM LOCAL HISTORY GROUP BLHG began its life in 2004 as a result of some enthusiastic local residents wanting to understand more about the history of the village they lived in and also to inform and educate by running local talks on a wide range of historical topics. So now we are in our 14th year, some of the original founding members have moved on, but the interest still remains. Binham has a long history of occupation and archaeology digs in the area has revealed evidence in forms of pottery sherds, coins and perhaps most stunningly the gold Early Anglo Saxon Bracteates. Last year‘s excavations revealed Roman Pottery and the foundations of a building revealing post holes of an older building which due to its location in relation to previous items found and also a Roman coin is possibly part of a Romano British Villa. The remains of the Priory are well documented, however things still reveal themselves and with the glorious dry summer of 2018, further outlines of precinct walls can be seen in the surrounding fields. The history group generates its small income from
can be given to the collection box in the Chequers. The last collection raised £24.69. Sara at the Chequers has very kindly displayed copies of ―The Greatest Smuggler in England‖ for sale. This has resulted so far in sales worth £50 each to the Foodbank and to the RNLI. Copies of the book are still available – all proceeds of every copy sold will be split between the above charities. Norah & Richard email@example.com
placed at a suitable location for all use. WW1 Soldiers commemorated to on the BinhamWar Memorial Bertie Bunnett 1 September 1916 aged 19 William Clarke 19 December 1916 aged 34 Alec George Curson 19 July 1916 aged 20 E E Coe as yet details unidentified Bertie John Fickling MM 8 August 1918 aged 28 Herbert Grange 19 July 1916 aged 20 Edward Hooke 5 July 1916 aged 21 William Males 1 July 1916. Aged 21 Harry Neale 18 March 1917 aged 30 Henry H Wyer 3 September 1918 Thomas Youngman 31 October 1916 aged 19 Penny Alford
100+ CLUB WINNERS July winners: £25 Mike Ulph, £10 Emma Salvador, K.Jennings, £5 Jackie Frost, Jude Robson, S.Jennings. August winners: £25 William Wales, £10 S.Savory, Angela Townend, £5 G.Griffiths, Carolyn Raymond, Mike Ulph. If anyone would like to join the 100+ Club, please call at 8 Priory Crescent or ring June Read on 01328 830106.
BINHAM & HINDRINGHAM OPEN CIRCLE We are a women‘s group that meet on the third Thursday of each month at 7.15pm in Hindringham village hall. It would be lovely to welcome new members to our group. Either come along or ring our secretary Sue Elkins 01328 878487 for more information. On 18th October we celebrate harvest with a supper and an auction. We start at 6.30 pm, please bring along a contribution to the supper and an item to auction. Ada Haygarth is our speaker on 15th November. We look forwards to her talk as a flower arranger for films and television. Sue Ellis
FOOD FOR THOUGHT Our days are happier when we give people a bit of our heart rather than a piece of our mind.
COCKTHORPE Contact: Maurice Matthews 01328 830350 firstname.lastname@example.org
‘BATS IN CHURCHES’ PROJECT
In August, Cockthorpe Church hosted a fascinating bat night with about fifty people packed in. It was presented by ‗Batman expert‘ Phillip Parker and I can recommend catching one of his presentations being held in local Norfolk churches. This summary is supplied by Phillip: Norfolk is home to over 650 medieval churches; the highest concentration in the world. The Norfolk Bats in Churches project has been surveying as many of these churches as possible (over 250 at the time of writing) and assessing them for bat presence. 99% of the churches surveyed support roosting bats (compared to the national average of 60% estimated from a Bat Conservation Trust survey in 1996). Of these churches, 10% have large roosts where over 100 bats are known to be present. Some of these colonies
During June, Binham supplied 70.35 kg of food towards a total of 1806.51 kg for our district. In July, the totals were 61.6 kg from Binham out of a total of 2199.03 kg for the district. Thank you for your continued support. The Shadow Children‘s Minister has written ―never before have you had people in work, working for their poverty, that is just a new phenomenon‖. Kids‘ clubs have stepped in to try to fill the gap and prevent children going hungry during the long summer break. Some 190,000 meals were provided by holiday clubs to school-aged children during 2017. So please continue your help for all those people in our area going without at this very difficult time. Donations can be left at Howell‘s Superstore, the Priory Church, or delivered to us here at 6 Buttlands Close. Cash donations
may cause issues for the churches relating to the numbers of bats, the impact of droppings and urine on pews, tombs and historical artefacts. Churches are important for roosting bats as they are a significant and long-standing feature in the local landscape and those with medieval roof timbers in particular can provide numerous cracks and cavities where bats can roost in safety. Roost sites are frequently found on the warm south facing elevations. Access to churches is commonly via gaps over doors but access at eaves level or even through broken windows is frequently encountered. The Norfolk Bats in Churches project is working with churches throughout the county, giving advice as to how the bat populations can be managed to reduce any impacts. Part of the project includes running a series of successful bat nights. Over 30 events in the past 5 years have attracted in excess of 2000 people, raising funds for the churches and several thousand bats have been observed by visitors leaving the churches using infra-red cameras. One successful event was held at the recently restored Cockthorpe Church near Wells next the Sea in July 2018 and another at Wighton in 2017. Further events are planned for 2019 and if you would like to be part of a spectacular wildlife encounter, further information can be obtained from Phil Parker on email@example.com or telephone 01553 630842.
Hall: a tasty autumn casserole, followed by a choice of puds. It‘s that special time of year again. Pop the date in your diary: tickets from Susie Collins 830365 or Lou Shone 830962. £10 per adult: £3 per youngster (that‘s under 15). If you can offer a raffle prize please contact Debbie on 830582. Thanks.
Harvest Festival at St. Andrew’s Church Sunday October 14th at 11am There is so much harvesting activity in our villages; we are surrounded by glorious fields, berries, fruits and animals. Come and join in with the singing of all those popular harvest hymns. We will give the collection that day to a charity that looks after farmers and farmworkers in dire need.
Remembrance Sunday at St. Andrew’s Church Sunday November 11th at 10.45am A national day of Remembrance is quite rightly observed in our own churches, where local people who never returned from the conflicts are recalled and named.
St. Andrew’s Christmas Fair Saturday November 24th, 10am – 12.30pm Villagers’ Hall Everyone welcome for a couple of hours of Christmas fun with a mix of gifts and goodies to buy, coffee and cake, and a chance to catch up with friends and neighbours.
FIELD DALLING & SAXLINGHAM SUMMER FETE
Saturday 18th August
As 2pm approached the sun decided to come out at the Villagers‘ Hall. A long queue of visitors had already formed, and as soon as Ian Whittle had kindly opened the fete, the Norfolk Jazz Quartet started to play their popular music. The fete was busy from the start with lots of visitors and families from near and far who enjoyed browsing and purchasing items from the laden cake, white elephant, books, plant and produce, gifts and children‘s stalls, as well as trying their luck on the tombola and the many brightly painted traditional games. Refreshments were soon doing a brisk trade and there was plenty of opportunity to sit and chat or listen to the music, played at just the right tempo, whilst enjoying tea and cakes, strawberries and ice cream and the popular new addition of BBQ hot dogs.
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ST ANDREW’S CHURCH As promised, the church re-opened in August. The work that has been done is of the highest quality. A large and enjoyable cleaning party on August 4th put the final touches to the excellent way the church had been left by the roofers. We were delighted to have support from nearly 20 people for this, as we were for the open church coffee morning on 25th August. Just as pleasing was the large congregation of 31 adults, 2 children, 11 dogs and a cat at our first service, the animal blessing service, on the 12th; good to know that prayer and blessing are valued by such a diverse gathering! We now continue with the regular pattern of the church family service on the second Sunday of each month and morning prayer on the fourth Sunday. There are communion services on the other weeks in Saxlingham. Do join us for any of these services. By the time you read this, we will have welcomed the whole benefice, as well as other visitors, to a thanksgiving service at 10.30am on 30th September, to thank God for all that has been done. Looking further ahead we have:
Harvest Supper at Villagers’ Hall Saturday October 13th at 7pm Just imagine! A lovely village gathering in the Villagers‘
Keith Webster £ 5.00 Carol Aries £5.00 Annette Ward £ 5.00 Gertraud Shaw £5.00 Deborah O‘Driscoll £ 5.00 Roz Tacon £5.00 Lindy Soame £ 5.00 Doreen Webster £5.00 Janie Burton £ 5.00 Dorothy Tomic £5.00 We had 128 members for the July draw and the future of the club for another year is assured. Those who missed the July coffee morning missed a great cake from Nuala Howard - very many thanks to her and all who provided raffle prizes. However, we still welcome new members. More members means higher prize money and more money to maintain the fabric of St Mary‘s so why not join in? It costs just £1 per month payable in advance from the time of joining until May 2019. Payments can also include your ―Friends‖ membership of a minimum of £5 per annum, and a single cheque, cash, or BACS payment can cover both. Cheques should please be made out to FOGPC. BACS payments can be made as detailed below, but please inform John Blakeley (e-mail: email@example.com) if you pay by BACS so that records can be kept up to date and you do not miss the chance to participate in a first draw after you have 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. NAT WEST Bank plc Sort code 53-50-73 Account number 25727532 To once again quote the motto of a somewhat larger lottery, can we remind you that ―you have to be in it to win it!‖ Myfi Everett & John Blakeley
A happy atmosphere prevailed throughout and once again, after the fete was over, representatives from BREAK charity collected any goods that remained to distribute to their various shops, thus making sure nothing was wasted. All the hard work and generous donations given willingly by so many in both villages, together with all the visitors who come each year, is what makes the fete the success it is, and means that both churches and the Villagers‘ Hall will again receive just over £1,000 each towards their upkeep. Bridget Nicholson & Fete Committee
VILLAGERS’ HALL Ceilidh Evening The Villagers' Hall was swaying to an enjoyable Ceilidh dancing evening on the 7th July. Many keen dancers learnt the moves due to the excellent caller from the rollicking Fezziwig Ceilidh Band.
Proposed Christmas Children’s Event Saturday 8th December, 2pm – 4pm We are proposing to hold a Christmas event for children who live in the village or have strong connections to the village. The event is aimed at the under 10s and will include child orientated craft activities, food and games. All children must be accompanied by a parent/carer. The event will be free but so we can gauge if there is enough interest to run this event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your interest and how many children would be attending. If there is enough interest, we will then confirm directly to you the event is going ahead.
Website Check out the website on the ‗Event Gallery‘ page for photos of the summer fete and the ceilidh evening: www.fdands.org.
Mobile Post Office Every Wednesday outside Village Hall: 9.45 - 10.45am.
ST MARY’S CHURCH NEWS
Important Diary Dates
On behalf of the PCC, I would like to thank the Friends for the very smart new notice board at the Institute. How good it will be to know our service schedules will be safe from marauding slugs, who found them very appetising! The funeral of Kathleen Coates took place on 28th August at St Mary‘s. Kathleen lived at Bulfer Grove as a child and her family have lived locally for many years. How nice it was to chat to them about Fred and Dulce Wright and others who lived here. What a huge success the fete was. Once again a large
Bingo Nights: 12th Oct, 9th Nov, 14th Dec (Xmas Bingo) Harvest Supper: 13th October Christmas Fair: 24th November Adnams Wine Tasting: 7th December
200 CLUB June winners: Ginny Kirby £50, John Rayner £25, Susie Collins £15. July winners: Judith Dunn £50, Frank Camilleri £25, Elizabeth Peart £15. August winners: H. Peel £50, Jill Labouchere £25, Ted Hotblack £15.
GUNTHORPE Contact: John Blakeley 01263 861008 email@example.com www.gunthorpefriends.co.uk
FOGPC July Elaine Francis John Rush
50/50 Club Draw Results August £15.00 £10.00
David Vaughan Angela Ryde
not possible to abandon gazebos. First, the cake stall cover flew across the lawn, then the tea tent followed suit and the book stall cover constantly threatened to take flight. Would anyone turn up to clouds and wind and rain threatening? Yes they did! The essential ingredient for a successful fete was still there - people! Devoted villagers and others manned the stalls and games, the Aylsham Band played on and fete-goers arrived in their hundreds. (We never know how many – we are all too busy to count them). Thank you everyone – we are so lucky to have such a hard-working, dedicated, community. And a special thank you to Jeremy and Marie Denholm and their staff at Gunthorpe Hall who work so hard to provide the fantastic setting, and on the day itself in supplying refreshments to all. As in previous years, we were pleased to welcome representatives of our namesake ward at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, and to have the ward sister Nikki Evans present the prizes. Takings were down, as expected, but we still raised a profit of just short of £4,000 to be shared by the PCC and the Village Institute. One last thank you - somewhere out there is someone or ―someones‖ who are incredibly generous and have again sent us an anonymous donation of £200.00 towards the fete takings. We would like to thank you for your extremely kind donation. Val King 01263 862265 firstname.lastname@example.org Jenny Kelly 01263 86009 email@example.com.
sum was raised, half going to the church. What would we do without everyone‘s hard work? Thank you. As always, we will be celebrating harvest festival on 14th October this year. Any produce will be much appreciated and will be donated to the Holt Youth Project. The Remembrance Day service will be held on Sunday 11th November. Penny Brough Church Warden
FRIENDS OF GUNTHORPE PC We were lucky, the rain just about held out for the Friends Fete BBQ on Saturday 28th July. After a dry, hot summer the Fete weekend was forecast to be a rainy one… but the brave village people attended and carried on when the rain hit us mid-meal. Thanks so much for all the stalwart supporters who braved the weather to come. We raised £718 for the St. Mary‘s Church restoration and maintenance fund. Our next Friends event will be the harvest supper to be held on Saturday 3rd November at 7pm in the Village Institute. Please phone Gunthorpe Hall on 01263-861373 to reserve seats at £10 for adults, £6 for children (12 and under), and free for age 5 or less - and pay on the night. Seating in the Institute is limited so please book your seats early. The menu will be shepherds and cottage pies, carrots and peas with autumn fruit crumble to follow served with cream and/or custard – all home-made and delicious. A vegetarian option will be available if you book it when you reserve your seats. You can bring your own wine. Juice, tea and coffee will be included. There will be a raffle so bring some ‗spare-change‘. We hope to see many of you there and a happy autumn to you all. Marie Denholm Friends Chairman
GUNTHORPE IRON LADY KIMBERLEY MORRISON Kimberley winning the half Ironman 70.3 at Lahti in Finland in June 2018
GUNTHORPE FETE 2018
Although Kimberley Morrison and her husband Ben Halton-Farrow are in the process of moving from Gunthorpe it would be wrong for them to leave without the Lynx telling Gunthorpe villagers of Kimberley‘s great achievements as an IronMan Triathlete since she has lived here. Indeed many villagers will have seen her training around the village and perhaps wondered what she was training for. These achievements are even more amazing when you think that Kimberley, now aged 30, was undergoing major surgery for
What makes a successful fete? Setting definitely, goodwill and bonhomie definitely, fun stalls and games definitely, good weather preferably but not totally essential as we found out this year at the Gunthorpe Grand Fete. After an unbroken spell of hot, sunny, weather it was all change on our fete weekend. Stallholders set up on the Sunday morning in cloud, drizzle and strong winds. At the previous evening‘s barbecue we were greeted by the sight of the main tent up-ended like a beetle with its legs in the air. On Sunday morning after discovering that the grand draw gazebo was in a wind tunnel, we had to move it to a more sheltered position, but with the rain still threatening it was
a hole in the heart in Great Ormond Street Childrenâ€˜s Hospital when she was 3, and she still has a tiny hole in one ventricle. She remains a strong supporter of the GOS charity. Kimberley decided to take a career break from Lloyds Bank just over 4 years ago to take up the Triathlon, a sport which does not always get as much media coverage as some others. Starting as an amateur she soon achieved success and three years ago she became a professional in the sport and her successes have continued. If like me you are not sure what is involved in an IronMan Triathlon a half IronMan 70.3, which is where Kimberley excels, comprises a 1.9km swim, a 90km cycle ride and a half Marathon (the full IronMan being twice these distances). There is also an Olympic Event, which is around half of the IronMan 70.3 for which there is a British team, but Kimberley takes part in IronMans as an individual, albeit sponsored by various companies including Jacuzzi, Endura and CEP - this sponsorship and the small payments from being placed in events helps Kimberley to travel and to be supported by a coach and a nutritionist as well as husband Ben. Since turning professional Kimberley has entered for full IronMan events in Texas and Argentina coming 8th in Texas, but her big successes have been in the half IronMan and in particular in the cycling element of the event where she has set many bike course records. She has won half IronMans in the USA, Argentina and Finland and has been placed in the top ten in all but one event in which she has competed - the world championships in 2017 where she finished 18th. Given that cycling is her strongest sport Kimberley is also a member of the Drag2Zero Team and in a 100 mile time trial in Norfolk in July this year she broke her own record and completed the course in 3 hours 44 minutes and 50 seconds - making her second fastest woman ever over this distance. We wish Kimberley every success in the future, and if this story has sparked your interest you can learn more about her and IronMan and follow her future progress at http://www.kimberleymorrison.co.uk.
LANGHAM Contact: Christina Cooper 01328 830207 firstname.lastname@example.org
RVS LANGHAM CAR SERVICE Schedule to end Nov 2018 Fare: 25p/mile Weekly driving duties beginning on a Monday. Oct 1st 830605 Nov 5th 830348 Oct 8th 830507 Nov 12th 830606* th Oct 15 830537* Nov 19th 830345 nd Oct 22 830731 Nov 26th 830537* th Oct 29 830773 * These drivers do not go to Norwich If the driver for the week is unable to do the trip, contact the next person on the list. If your appointment is cancelled, please let the driver know! With great sadness, we must announce that the Langham Car Service will cease to operate beyond the end of November. Volunteers from Langham have offered their time as drivers over many years, to provide for other Langham residents, a service to take them to a range of medical appointments. All the drivers deeply regret this decision, which is due to circumstances beyond their control, regarding new requirements for how the service must be organised. Holt Caring Society on 01263 711243 will provide a similar service for residents registered at Holt Medical Centre. Signed, the current volunteers: Peter & Sally Adams, Edwina Allen, Peter Barlow, Maureen Dennis, Peter Hartley, Janet Hope, Alison Murday, Marcel & Catherine Schoemakers, Ann Sherriff. Alison Murday 07909923058
ANSWERS TO MORSTON QUIZ (Questions on page 21) 1.Wednesday. 2. Eskimo. 3. Strong light. 4. Father. 5. Canada & USA. 6. The Swiss Guard. 7. America. 8. Elation. 9. Mt. Vesuvius. 10. Rabat. 11. Nana. 12. Nepal.
LANGHAM AIRFIELD CEREMONY
LANGHAM STREET FAYRE
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War, Langham will be joining the Nation in holding a ceremony and lighting a beacon/bonfire at the northern end of the main runway on the airfield, at 6.45pm on Sunday 11th November. Everyone is very welcome, indeed encouraged, to join in on this very special occasion in remembering the end of that terrible conflict and to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice, in particular those 15 men from Langham. Fred Lewis Robert Burton Page Crane John Burton Herbert Ellwood Fred Burton Florence Ellwood William Burton Cornelius Jarvis William Barnes Willie Jarvis Fred Bird George Musk James Crane Fred Massingham
The Langham Street Fayre Committee would like to thank those of you who came along to enjoy the day with us. We would especially like to thank all of those individuals and organisations that helped this year to make the Street Fayre such a great success (not least because of the gorgeous weather we had!). We tried some different things this year and we are so grateful for everyone‘s support and feedback. We managed to raise nearly £3,000, which will enable us to make donations to the church, village hall, playing field, school and Glaven Caring. As you will be aware, the Street Fayre only happens once every 2 years – and note for your diary, our next one is booked for 8th August 2020! With this in mind, we are thinking about other fund-raising events in advance of this so that we have sufficient funds for any upfront expenditure. If you have any suggestions or ideas for the above please do get in touch! In the first instance, please contact Debi McIntosh (Secretary) on email@example.com. Once again, many thanks for supporting us and our local good causes.
Lest We Forget
LANGHAM VILLAGE HALL The Village Hall is now looking for a new cleaner which involves one hour a week for general cleaning of the premises. A full job description and further information is available by contacting Peter Adams (01328 830773). The hourly rate is £15. VH Committee
FRIENDS OF LANGHAM 200 Club Draw July 2018 £10 23 Mrs S Day 93 Mr M Freeth 141 Mr R Davis 151 Mrs I Rossiter 158 Mr M Schoenmaker 172 Mr R Jacklin
Contact: Jock Wingfield 01263 740431 firstname.lastname@example.org
August 2018 £10 49 Mrs Yates 84 Mr R Dickinson 46 M Terry 147 Mrs B Garrett 112 Mrs S Glaister 180 Mrs B Newman FOL Committee
Sat. 13 October 6.30pm. 13th FMC Shovell Dinner: a powerful Powerpoint Presentation by Shovell‘s biographer Simon Harris on Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell followed by dinner, raffle & auction. (See following article). Sun. 11 November 2pm Remembrance Day church service. 6.45pm. Church beacon, bell ringing and refreshments to mark the end of the First World War. All welcome. Sun. 23 December 5.00pm. Candlelit carol service in All Saints Church, Morston. We have good news: our own Morston residents, the De Volkovitchs‘ Volko Trio will be playing at the service.
Mon. 24 December 5.30pm. Assembly of Morston carol singers at the Anchor. Sat. 2 February 2019 FMC Quiz 2019 in village hall. Sat. 12 October 2019 14th FMC Shovell Dinner 2019.
NORFOLK & GYPSY WORLD RESULTS REGATTA Race Day - Saturday 4th August 2018 Neil and Richenda Thompson would like to say thank you to everyone who took part, and the Morston Anchor, for their continued support of our fish and chip supper; the food was delicious as always. Next year will be the 30th year, so we hope to have a big celebration. Norfolk Oysters 1st Place [Model Oyster]: Oyster Pearl Fisher 2nd Place [Neil Thompson Boats Tankard]:Oyster Calypso 3rd Place [Norfolk Etc Plate]: Oyster Snowgoose Best Dressed Boat: Oyster Swallow Middle of the fleet: Oyster Ceres Longest Married Couple together over the line: Oyster Megan who travelled from out of county to take part. Youngest Ballast: Oyster Valley Most improved time: Oyster Mary of Morston Norfolk Gypsies 1st Place [Morston Anchor Cup]: Gypsy Ariadne 2nd Place [Tankard]: Gypsy Grace 3rd Place: Gypsy Riptide First married couple across the line: Gypsy Ariadne Best dressed boat: Gypsy Riptide We had our first Norfolk Urchin take part this year and it was wonderful to see her being sailed around the harbour, especially as her skipper and crew had travelled up from the south coast. RB
FMC SHOVELL DINNER
7.00-10.30pm 13th October 2018 The presentation by author Dr. Simon Harris, the biographer of Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell at the 13th Shovell Dinner at the Anchor on Sat 13th October will contain much new information on him. It is a stirring talk. On arrival there will be a free glass of wine as a welcome, and after the talk there will be a delicious 3course dinner and a raffle with interesting and good prizes (including bottles!) and an auction of three x 6-bottles and two paintings. Tickets are available from Jock Wingfield, Coastguard House, Morston, NR25 7BH 01263-740431.
RING THE CHURCH BELL FOR PEACE At 6.45pm on the evening of 11th November, Morston parishioners and friends are invited to come to the church where the last post will be sounded at 6.55pm followed by the lighting of a small beacon at 7pm to commemorate the end of the First World War. Refreshments will be served and it is hoped that as many as possible will take it in turns to ring the church bell from 7.05pm in celebration of this important day of jubilation.
VISIT TO DALHAM STUD, NEWMARKET
MORSTON REGATTA RESULTS 2018 Morston Parish Council Trophy Thomas Alston (first boat across the line) Topper 47439 Major P Hamond Trophy Jill Tibbetts (first Morston resident) Cockle 112 Hassall Trophy Yvonne Tyndall (first Stiffkey Cockle) Cockle 26 Ward Trophy John Brough (first Norfolk Oyster) Oyster Pandora Wilson Challenge Cup Charles Alston (first Slow Class boat)Topper 47432 Morston Regatta Cup J Short (first Fast Class boat) Laser 4000 4370 Carter Trophy Andrew Bassett (first single-hander) Laser Radial 207649 Athill Trophy Bryan Williams (first pleasure boat) Open Gypsy John Bean‟s Trophy Freddie Lawes (first helm under 16) Pico 2892 Lapstrake Junior Cup Lachlan McLean(8) (youngest helm) Pico Muck Boat Cup Nick Hamond (first ex-working boat) Orion Temple Trophy No entries (first catamaran) Wood Trophy Blue Jacket (first fixed seat rowing skiff) National Trust Trophy Victoria Holliday (first sliding seat rowing scull)
by Pete Tibbetts, FMC Chairman
5 July brought another beautiful, sunny day for the ‗Friends of Morston Church‘ day trip to Newmarket for an exclusive behind-the-scenes visit to Darley Stallions‘ Dalham Hall Stud. After pick-ups in Blakeney and Fakenham, we arrived at Dalham Hall at 10:15 and were met by our host Sam Bullard and his team. During light refreshments, we were given an introduction to the activities of Darley, the global thoroughbred stallion operation of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. We were then led to the immaculately presented stables where a selection of stallions including ―Brazen Beau‖, ―New Approach‖, ―Golden Horn‖ and one of the worlds‘
best stallions ―Dubawi‖ were paraded for us. Sam Bullard‘s very entertaining commentaries and his expert knowledge of the racing industry were a revelation to all those who attended. After an extensive tour of the facilities and meeting some of this year‘s foals we visited Newmarket Racecourse and the statue of the Queen with mare and foal, which was presented to Her Majesty by Newmarket to commemorate her 90th birthday. An excellent buffet lunch at the Rutland Arms Hotel, including strawberries and cream was very well received. Six lucky raffle winners were privileged to be taken around the Jockey Club by Sam to be shown some of the famous equine paintings by artists such as Stubbs, Sartorius, Herring and Sir Alfred Munnings. After lunch Sam guided us around the Godolphin training stables and gallops, where we were delighted to be able to glimpse this year‘s Derby winner ―Masar‖ before heading home. We would like to extend a huge thank you to Sam Bullard and his team for making this visit possible and making the day such a success in raising over £2,000 for the ‗Friends of Morston Church‘. Thank you also to the many people who have written to give such positive feedback on the trip.
can engage if local interests become prejudiced. The best intentioned of legislation can have unintended consequences for those of us who have chosen to make our homes here and it is that threat which we need to keep in check. We have therefore organised a public consultation and short presentation at the Harbour Room in Blakeney High Street on the 27th of September, where we explain, in more detail, the challenges that all these complexities bring. We will also consider how to respond to a voluntary questionnaire recently received from the Marine Management Organisation. The data they gather will be used to create an evidence base to inform, possible, future controls of activities that are ―unlicensed‖ at the moment in marine conservation areas. Blakeney Harbour is such an area. These uses include many that go on in the harbour. If you missed our consultation event, you can still contribute to the debate by emailing email@example.com or visiting www.blakeneyharbourassociation.co.uk.
NATIONAL TRUST UPDATE Blakeney National Nature Reserve The summer season is now all but over and we have some mixed news to report in terms of breeding bird successes. We are still collating all of the data but we can give you a general picture of the season. Our little tern colony had a really good start with some 60 pairs nesting and hatching chicks, but unfortunately they were preyed on by a kestrel and no amount of effort in trying to discourage the bird worked. Sadly no little tern chicks were fledged this year. Having spoken to friends and colleagues around the UK it seems many other little tern colonies have suffered the same fate with some speculation being that the kestrels usual prey the vole, had suffered a population crash due to the prolonged hot and very dry weather. Ringed plovers also didn‘t have a good year with Norfolk populations being down possibly as much as 40%. It is thought that many succumbed to the ‗Beast from the East‘ at the beginning of March and subsequently there were not many breeding pairs. But it was not all doom and gloom as other species had great successes in 2018. We had 100 pairs of common terns that fledged between 100 and 150 chicks which is the best result for some 15 years. We saw the return of sandwich
MORSTON REGATTA PARTY What a great night! Huge thanks to James Cowen for his field - and to Jim for sorting all the straw bales, tent, BBQs to the venue and packing it up after, along with all the people who pitched in to help on the night and at the get-out the following morning. Fabulous music began with cool jazz from the Phil Brooke Trio with Justin Myers and Jeron Gundersen and then erupted into 80s band euphoria with Hot Squash. Everyone was up and jumpin‘ from the first cover. RH
BLAKENEY HARBOUR ASSOCIATION by Tom Harrison Our harbour is a gem and, rightly, is protected. But you may be forgiven for thinking that the extent of bureaucracy and safeguarding that we are subject to might, itself, pose a threat.
Here are some statistics There are at least ten stakeholder organisations involved in the harbour from landowners to government agencies. We are subject to seven separate conservation designations. There have been two new acts of parliament in the last ten years which affect marine and coastal access and marine navigation. A whole new government agency has been set up to administer all this. BHA's membership, around 500, has agreed that it's important that the association "keeps an eye" on this complicated and evolving picture, "is ready" for any changes that might affect our home and ―is informed‖ so we
terns with 20 chicks fledged from a second wave that arrived in the first week of June. Oystercatchers had a bumper year too with many chicks fledged, which was great to see. We have had a good year for migrants with, even today (5th September), a greenish warbler appearing on Blakeney Point. We also believe a pectoral sandpiper was seen by our ranger Ryan, but this is currently being verified although we are confident it is correct as one was seen the day before just over the Wash in Lincolnshire at RSPB Frampton and was then missing the day we believe we spotted it on Blakeney Point. If it is confirmed then it will be the first ever sighting of one on Blakeney Point which is an exciting prospect. There is also currently a dartford warbler hanging around which is the 6th ever sighting on Blakeney Point. Pink-footed geese usually arrive back on our shores in September with the first Norfolk sighting last year on 10th September. Will all the hot weather Europe has seen this summer mean their arrival will be a bit later? Who knows but it won‘t be long before we have the spectacular twice daily skeins in our skies. We also now start to look toward preparing for winter and the arrival of the grey seals and their pups. With a record-breaking 2,700 pups born on Blakeney Point last year, we can guarantee we are in for another busy season.
The National Trust team sincerely thank the residents of Blakeney, Cley and further afield in Norfolk including the many visitors, some of whom arrive specifically to see terns and seals in the unique setting of Blakeney Point, for their co-operation and support this season and in the future. Alex Green – NT, Blakeney National Nature Reserve
LET US REMEMBER Those from Morston who died in WWI & WWII Ldg Stoker (CG) John Morris, RN North Sea, 20th September 1914 Pte George James Balding, 9th Norfolk Regt. France, 22nd November 1916 Ldg Seaman Alec Gray, RN, Scapa Flow, 9th July 1917 Gnr Edward George Balding, 11th RHA (HAC), Tobruk, Libya 13th June 1942 P.O. Leslie James Docking, MVO, RN, Off Gibraltar 15 November 1942 Capt. Renton Palmer Walker, R.Norfolk Regt,att.RIASC, India 24th April 1943 Spr Frederick Charles Starman, 1010 Docks Op Co, RE, Off Libya 17th June 1943
And those who were decorated for bravery Military Cross for Lt (later Major) Richard Hamond Chaworth-Musters, RA 1917 Distinguished Conduct Medal for Sgt Diamond Jubilee Bean, 9th Norfolks December 1917 nd 2 Distinguished Service Order for Major Philip Hamond, DSO, MC 1918
Autumn Migrants Ranger Walk Saturday 20 October 3.30pm-5.30pm Join us for a guided walk around Blakeney Freshes and discover the special birds that over-winter on this part of the coast. The Norfolk coast becomes home to hundreds of thousands of birds that choose to spend their winter here. Learn more about these birds and hopefully experience the amazing sights and sounds of the thousands of pink-footed geese as they come in to roost for the night. £9 per adult, £4.50 per child. Pre-booking is essential as places are limited. To book call 0344 249 1895 or online at nationaltrust.org.uk/blakeney.
The Morston PCC stall at Langham Street Fair on 11th August and the Stalls on the Quay on 19th August made a total of £773 for Morston church. We would like to thank profusely all those who kindly presented items for sale.
MORSTON QUIZ by Samphire (answers on page 17) 1.Lent always begins on which day of the week? 2.Which language does ―anorak‖ come from? 3.Photophobia is a fear of what? 4.What relation if any was Pitt the Elder to Pitt the Younger? 5.Which countries share the world‘s longest border? 6.What is the name of the Vatican‘s army?
7.What does the ―A‖ stand for in ―AOL‖? 8.What is the only English anagram of ‗toenail‘? 9.Which is the only volcano active in mainland Europe? 10.What is the capital of Morocco? 11.What is the name of the dog in ―Peter Pan‖? 12.Which country is Mt Everest in?
SHARRINGTON Contact: Claire Dubbins 01263 862261 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sharrington.org.uk
SOCIAL NETWORKING SITE AT ALL SAINTS SHARRINGTON
Recognising the importance of social networking and, following discussions at a benefice treasurers meeting, All Saints Sharrington has now established a Facebook site for the church. The site was created on 30th May 2018 at www.facebook.com/sharringtonchurch/. Anyone establishing this sort of site must be a Facebook member. However the site can then be accessed on the web by both Facebook members and non-members. It has proved to be very straightforward to download text and pictures and to update and delete posts. Nine separate posts have been placed on the site, with details of services updated each month. Numbers have improved and the latest picture, of our churchwarden preparing flowers for a wedding, has been especially popular: 92 ‗reached‘ the post i.e. saw it in some form, 44 people engaged (clicked) the post and 16 liked it or made entirely favourable comments. We were grateful to Simon Knott to permit a link to his excellent volume on Norfolk churches: this provides a thorough explanation of the architectural features at Sharrington. We were able to link our site from the Sharrington village website. We would be pleased to provide further information if it assists. Martyn Sloman, Church Treasurer
Contact: Caroline Robson 01328 830298 email@example.com
BAT NIGHT AT ST MARGARET’S
On Friday 17th August Philip Parker came to give a presentation on bats with particular focus on bat colonies in Norfolk churches and their impact on the buildings. Philip was supported by members of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. After a 45 minute talk the team set up infra-red cameras so that we could watch the female Natterers leave the ‗bat nursery‘ roosting site in the eaves to feed on insects and moths outside with their young in tow. Within minutes of nightfall the church was full of bats – some swooping unnervingly low – Philip estimated that there were about 70 Natterers in the colony but would use the film footage later to get a firmer picture of numbers. His study is part of a nationwide project and it is hoped that the results will recommend ways of ensuring that bat numbers stay strong whilst minimising the damage they can inflict on such ancient buildings. Our thanks to Philip and his team for providing such an informative evening and to Liz and Graeme Peart for organising the evening and for kindly providing refreshments and wine.
COMMEMORATING OUR RETURNING WWI SOLDIERS It‘s hard to believe that it is well over four years since our investigation into the soldiers named on our war memorial. Just to remind you, like many other villages, we felt the tribute we paid to ―our men‘‘ every Remembrance Sunday, reading their names and the quiet contemplation of two minutes silence, was not enough. We knew nothing about them as individuals, and more than that we knew very little about the times in which they lived: the world they left when they went off to war; the world that was changed fundamentally by the events of 1914-1918. The 2014 group, who met regularly for nearly six months, was disbanded after the weekend of events that November. We had created an exhibition in the village hall showing political and military events and their effect on farming communities such as Sharrington and Brinton. The visual and written material also tried to show the lives of ―our men‖: births and marriages and deaths, the special and the ordinary. We invited the folk of Sharrington and Brinton for tea and cake on Sunday 9th November and coffee (with cake) on the morning of Remembrance Day itself, not forgetting the usual church service. The invitation to this weekend of events was extended too to anyone in the local area and also to some very special individuals related to ―our men‖ and they came, some from considerable distances. The room buzzed with interest and surprise.
LEAD THEFT AT ST MARGARET’S It is with great sadness that we report that lead was stolen from St Margaret‘s on Tuesday 5th September. During the night all the lead was stripped from the roof of the north transept and an attempt was made to steal lead from the chancel roof too. It would appear that the thieves were disturbed as they fled the scene leaving various tools and clothing. The police have attended along with a forensic team.
Four years of war was a long time for our forebears, and life‘s events, the special and the ordinary, have affected our group too so that there are in fact only a couple of the ―originals‖ involved in our end of war project. This time it has been to discover the names of those who went off to war from Sharrington and Brinton and returned. These are the men returning to families and lives shaped by bereavement, the loss of physical and mental health and, of course for some, youth. Our plans to recognize when hostilities ceased in World War One mirror those at the start of war. The Sharrington village hall will be open on Saturday and Sunday (10th and 11th November). A small new exhibition will illustrate the lives of our returning men and the world to which they came. Tea will be available on Sunday afternoon and this will be accompanied by readings. Also in Sharrington church on Remembrance Sunday we will read not only the names of the fallen but those of our ―returnees‖ too, and again some readings will form part of the service. Full details of the times of these events will be available nearer the day and on the Sharrington website www.sharrington.org.uk. And a call for help There are a number of ways in which you might involve yourself in this Sharrington project. Firstly, we will need people happy to oversee the exhibition. This will be for hour long slots and always in conjunction with another person. We will also need help with refreshments, both with the making of cakes and sandwiches and serving them. If you can help in any of these ways please contact Annie Abrams 01263 861404 and Claire Dubbins 01263 862261. Lesley Forrest
Although August has been quiet we have much to look forward to. Our hugely popular live music night will have taken place on September 26th, and another is planned for November 28th when Kat‘s Paw will be in the line-up to entertain us. There is a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care on Saturday October 6th to which everyone is welcome. A taster zumba class will have been trialled which we hope will lead to regular classes. In November on the weekend of Remembrance Day there is an exhibition to commemorate those who returned after the hostilities of World War One. The hall is open on Saturday 10th to view the exhibition and on Sunday 11th there is a church service in the morning, followed by tea and cake in the village hall in the afternoon. Finally the annual Christmas Fayre will be held on Saturday November 24th from 10.30am. Don‘t miss it! Bobbie Coe
SHARRINGTON & DISTRICT GARDENING CLUB Our autumn programme of events is gathering pace, starting with the plant and bulb sale in Sharrington village hall on Saturday 29th September from 10am until noon. As well as the chance to stock up for next year‘s spring colour in the garden at sensible prices, our members will be bringing plants from their own gardens. Add to that the opportunity to sit and chat with coffee and a bacon butty and there should be something for those with and without green fingers. Ursula Buchan is a renowned award-winning garden writer who has talked to the group before and we are delighted to welcome her back with a new illustrated talk entitled ―Scent and Sensibility – using scent in the garden‖. Tickets for the event are £8 for members, £10 for guests, including a glass of wine or soft drink and are available from Robin (01263 861939) or Pippa (01263 860613). It starts at 7pm on Friday 12th October, in Sharrington village hall. For more details, see page 5. November 7th is the date for a talk by Jane Steward of Eastgate Larder about Norfolk preserves in general, and reviving the medlar tree in particular. She will also bring along samples of some of her products for us to try, once again in Sharrington village hall at 7pm. Our final meeting of the year is on 5th December at 7pm when there will be a Christmas party and quiz in Sharrington village hall. New members are always welcome, please contact chairman Robin Burkitt for more details. PEL
August 8th was an important date in the 65th year of our hall. Just after 9am a lorry arrived to deliver our new tables and chairs. Four committee members, plus a visiting son-inlaw, eagerly ripped off cardboard and polythene to reveal very smart folding chairs, covered in blue fabric and lightweight rectangular and square folding tables. Two trolleys were assembled and the chairs are hanging very neatly awaiting a protective spray. The new additions will make setting up the hall for events much easier, especially for those of us with more aged joints.
MARY LEE As you will know by now Mary Lee sadly passed away on 16th August 2018 after a long illness, weeks of treatment and then a reprise only to follow this pattern again and again. Mary mostly smiled through it all and enjoyed her life during the good times, going on holiday with Derek and Alison to new places and new experiences. Derek and Mary moved to the farm in Thursford when Alison, who was baptised in All Saints church, was still a
baby but Mary retained her connections to Sharrington to the end. She was a churchwarden serving with Jack Wells for a while and a member of the parochial church council for many years. She also supported the chapel at Thursford and she is now buried in Thursford village cemetery. Mary loved special occasions and festivals and in 2007 she was instrumental in organising a flower festival in Sharrington church with help from Holt Flower Club and members of the congregation with the theme being ―Norfolk Attractions‖. She also organised a needlework and embroidery display, again in the church. When we still had harvest suppers in the village hall an auction was introduced after eating had finished. Items included garden produce, eggs, flowers, plants, vegetables, cakes and bread and were very popular with Derek and Mary always doing some spectacular bidding. Mary enjoyed baking and several years ago suggested we held a Burns Night Supper in January for which she found a piper. This tradition has continued to include Scottish dancing, a quiz and the various traditional toasts for the evening. She also did the floral table decorations which she presented to all the helpers at the end. Mary‘s latest venture was to get everyone knitting poppies and she had a vision of decorating the church for Remembrance Day this year with poppies, possibly affixed to netting and draped over a crucifix. Many of her friends have been knitting for Sharrington and the last count when I saw her was over 100 poppies! Mary was such a lovely lady, we will all miss her sorely and send our condolences to Derek, Alison and her family and friends. The well attended funeral on 29th August gave testament to her standing in this corner of North Norfolk. APG
especially enjoyed making baby clothes for all our family. After college Mary and Derek met up again at Sharrington youth club and eventually married here in May 1970. The wedding had to be postponed as Mum was in hospital with Crohn‘s disease, but eventually it went ahead and they honeymooned in Austria. Mum has stood by my dad‘s side ever since, happily cycling to the farm in the early days in all weathers to help out. For their 30th wedding anniversary in 2000 I arranged for them to renew their wedding vows here, with the minister who had married them. Mum was an active member of Holt Flower Club, travelling all over the country and also abroad to arrange at flower festivals, attending demonstrations, competitions and open gardens, often with her friend Mandy. They competed together at the Royal Norfolk Show, winning third two years running. She loved the Show and this year it was one of her last trips away from home. Mum also loved meeting her friends and arranging outings, including a girls‘ holiday to Turkey with Jenny and others. She kept in contact with so many people via text, and was an active member of an ovarian cancer group on Facebook, typically offering support to others even when she was going through hell on earth herself. Her family was the most important thing in her life. She was a wonderful auntie to Stephanie and Angela and great aunt to Sophie, William, Toby, Josh and Sam. She was a huge driving force in my equestrian business and when we worked together there was nothing we couldn‘t achieve. Mum loved good food and travel and despite her illness she wanted to do everything that was on offer. Iceland saw her walking out in the sub-zero temperatures to see waterfalls and geysers and in Germany we visited the Christmas markets and even caught the train to Heidelberg so she could see for herself where I had been on my German exchange. On our final family holiday to the Amalfi coast last October she wanted to see and experience as much as she could. Mum would do anything for anyone, she was kind and caring and determined to beat this horrible disease to be able to stay with her friends and family as long as possible. She embraced life to the full, and for those of us fortunate to have had her in our lives, it will never be quite the same again.
A TRIBUTE TO MARY LEE Mary Lee, born in Sharrington and a life-long supporter of the village and its church, has died at the age of 71. For her funeral service on 29th August, Sharrington church was as full inside as it was possible to be, with as many people standing outside in the churchyard listening to the service on a speaker system. The following is taken from a tribute delivered by Mary and Derek‘s daughter, Alison. Mum was born Mary Jane Moore on 12th March 1947, at home in this village, to parents Colin and Gladys, a younger sister to Margery. She attended Brinton primary school, then she cycled the four miles to Astley Secondary Modern every day from the age of 11. It was here that she met friends that would last her a lifetime and also her future husband, Derek. She loved school and was a prefect, then went on to Kings Lynn College to study accountancy. She became secretary to Mr Edmundson and held the position for 21 years until I was born. At Edmundson‘s she was known as ―last minute Mary‖ because she was always late, and she made lasting friends including Margaret. They loved knitting, and Mum
REMEMBRANCE DAY AND MEMORIAL BENCH Our appeal to the village to fund a memorial bench to go in the churchyard to commemorate the Great War had a tremendous response. We have ordered a carved teak bench which will be unveiled on Remembrance Day. Thank you to all the generous people who contributed, you know who you are. As some of the donations were anonymous we cannot acknowledge everyone, but thank you for being part of a truly community project to benefit villagers and visitors alike. We have also had a kind offer to fix the bench on site. Our service at 9.30am on Remembrance Day will also have an extra poignancy as our much-missed Mary Lee had
church is open every day so you can just pop in when it suits and leave your contributions in the red box just inside the door. APG
masterminded the poppy-knitting project to form a stunning display inside the church to remind everyone of the supreme sacrifice made by our Sharrington soldiers and so many more. We are determined to carry out her wishes and decorate the church for this important occasion as she had envisaged. Our request for knitted poppies has been popular in the village and beyond (one lady admitted that it kept her busy while her husband was glued to world cup football!) Specially chosen readings will form part of the service and the list of soldiers from Sharrington, but who came home, will be read alongside those fallen. PEL
WEDDING OF MARY IGOE AND TOM SNOWDON I should like to thank all those in the village who shared in our enthusiasm for the village wedding of my daughter Mary to Tom in July. A particular thank you to Pippa and Lesley who made the church look really beautiful. A thank you too to Perry and Charlie for erecting the parking posts and ropes in the field and to Martyn and Anne Sloman for their kind offer for use of their facilities should the need arise. We were blessed with the weather, fortunately not so oppressively hot as it had been during the week, and the rain the night before certainly cooled things down. The lavender, hanging baskets and tubs were still in flower and we were very fortunate to miss the thunderstorm they had in Fakenham and surrounding villages the afternoon before. Thank you for all your best wishes to the newly married couple. Hazel Igoe
On Saturday 14th July the day dawned fine and warm, just right for our strawberry tea. Last year was rather cold and very windy but with no wind this time we could set up in good time for the 2pm opening. We had a good bric-abrac stall including books, pictures, ornaments, tablecloths and a variety of other goodies. In addition the cake stall with jams and preserves appealed to one and all, especially the sausage rolls. There was a good plant stall and varied raffle prizes with of course the main draw, strawberries and cream and/or scones with jam and cream all washed down with lots of tea. It was well attended and a net profit of £872.14 went to church funds. As usual a massive thank you to all the helpers without whom we could not function. On Sunday 2nd September we laid on a lunch time BBQ in the churchyard with not quite so many people this year. Nonetheless it was a delightful afternoon offering a choice of burgers, sausages, coronation chicken, salads, desserts and the sun shone all the time. Final figures are not to hand at the time of writing but again any profit will go to the church. A big thank you to Simon who brought his gas BBQ in a trailer all the way from Bale, and the tables, chairs, crockery and cutlery from the village hall. It was a very relaxed afternoon amongst friends and neighbours, the youngest being Florence, nearly three, who was very well behaved. As I write this in early September it dawns on me that the next issue of the Lynx will be the last before Christmas and therefore I am asking for your donations to the food bank. Festive items please as well as staple foodstuffs such as soup, cereals, tea, coffee pasta and so forth. The Mid Norfolk Food Bank has thanked us for our donations of 89.1kg, food enough to feed at least 17 people for three days. Thank you very much for remembering. The
NOBLE ROTTERS You can‘t buy a decent wine for a tenner these days! Seeking to disprove this mantra, three Rotters accepted the challenge to pit their wits against each other by sourcing and presenting to members, three wines of their own choosing. All wines had to be obtainable off the shelf for under £10 and could not be part of a wine offer. Competitor one (a Jack the Lad from Salthouse) began his quest for glory with a Fiano, an aromatic, straw coloured white from Sicily. This was followed by another flavoursome white, a seafood friendly Viura which is widely produced in the Rioja region of north eastern Spain. His final offering was a full bodied Primitivo from Puglia, the heel of Italy. Could these wines and his accompanying fictional stories designed to sell them, win over the membership? Enter competitor two, a silky tongued alpha male from Bale. He began his assault on members‘ tastebuds with an
Argentinian Malbec Reserva from Mendoza. This he followed with a more complex wine, being a blend of mature Malbec and the traditional port grape, Touriga Nacional. Competitor two completed his presentation with a Torrontes, an Argentinian white which he claimed had the nose of ―a cascade of tropical fruit and blossom‖. Step up competitor three, a bullish bruiser from Sharrington. He opened fire with a German Pinot Noir (formerly known as Spatburgunder). German wines have their place, but your correspondent has drunk better from jerrycans! That said, competitor three was definitely on target with his second volley, a Minervois Racine, a red made from a blend of Grenache and Syrah. His final shot was a bullseye, a full bodied and fruity Spanish red made from Tempranillo sourced across Spain. This he asserted, was a ―no fuss, no frills blockbuster of a wine, a real cracker‖. Few of the members who sat in judgment dissented and competitor three thus won the day. The evening established that with a little care, it is still possible to acquire some excellent, flavoursome wines costing under a tenner. For information about Noble Rotters please visit www.sharrington.org.uk. KW
joined already please do. Just go to Facebook and search for Stiffkey Village Group. Sally Vanson 07773 800656
STIFFKEY BOOK CLUB The September book read by Stiffkey Book Club was The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor. The story is set in Ireland in 1921 and as often happens we had mixed reviews. Lucy gets lost after running away from home and her parents do not search overly hard for her being preoccupied with their Grand Tour of Europe. It was slow to start but overall a poignant and story. William Trevor writes with such compassion and shows how others are unexpectedly compassionate as well. The November book is One by One by Chris Carter - a completely different type of book: a real psychological thriller. Detective Robert Hunter of the LAPD's Homicide Special Section receives an anonymous call asking him to go to a specific web address - a private broadcast. Hunter logs on and a horrific show devised for his eyes only immediately begins. The LAPD, together with the FBI, use everything at their disposal to electronically track the transmission down, but this killer is no amateur, and he has covered his tracks from start to finish. And before Hunter and his partner Garcia are even able to get their investigation going, Hunter receives a new phone call. A new website address. A new victim. But this time the killer has upgraded his game so that anyone can take part ... It is a much darker book than our usual reading and it will be interesting to see how it is received by our members. As usual we continue to meet in the homes of members where possible, enjoying wine, soft drinks and nibbles with time for a social catch-up and welcoming those from Binham and Warham. Please contact me for details. Sally Vanson 07773 800656
CHRISTMAS FAYRE As heralded in Bobbie Coe‘s piece about recent events, our fifth Christmas Fayre will fill the village hall on Saturday 24th November. From 10.30am you will be able to feast your eyes on this year‘s seasonal offerings and gobble up our Christmas goodies. As always, there will be a mix of the old and the new so, if you have missed out on Adrian‘s fantastic festive beasts, this is your chance to make one your own. To sustain you throughout your visit there will be a pop up café with bacon butties and the draw for our ever popular Christmas raffle will take place at 1.30pm. If you are a budding ‗Bake Off‘ contestant and would like to show your skills in producing a prize winner for the cake stall or, if selling raffle tickets is your thing, maybe you would like to help us see if we can beat our 2016 record sales total or if you would just like to join in the fun on a stall on the day, please contact Ann Abrams on 01263 861404 or me on 01263 862261. Roger Dubbins
CHURCH NEWS August passed quietly for the church, however there were several visitors many coming to find where their relatives either originated from or are now buried. The funeral on the 24th August was held for Winnie Jordan, aged 103. Winnie and her husband Jo lived in the village for many years and were the head of a large Jordan family, several of whom still live here. Over the bank holiday weekend, the Local History Society held an exhibition in the church (see their report)
STIFFKEY Contact: Geraldine Green 01328 830245 firstname.lastname@example.org
VILLAGE FACEBOOK GROUP The Stiffkey Village Group is a place to make friends and share information about life in Stiffkey. Are you looking for a recommendation for local trades people? Want to know what to do with all those home grown fruits and vegetables? Ask the group! Want to recommend a great event or place to visit? Tell the group! Have something for sale or wanted? Advertise here. Fancy a good old chat about social events, the church, the village hall, the cricket, the traffic? This Facebook page provides a public forum for residents of Stiffkey village to participate in and enjoy. If you haven't
and the church supplied refreshments for the three days. On the Sunday, various stalls were held on the Church Knoll to raise money towards the upkeep of the church. A total of over £1,030 was raised over the weekend and we would like to say a very big thank you to all of those who helped with serving teas, setting up and running stalls, the tombola and the making of delicious cakes, catering for all needs. There will be no first Sunday service in October, but there should be one on the 4th November as well as the holy communion on the third Sunday in both months. Heather Harrison
now owned by Robin West, was built by the Emery family in Sheringham. Jonathan Emery was aboard and said ―My first trip in a family built boat. Our Boys was built 1950 by my grandfather and two uncles.‖ We are always looking for volunteers to help in many different ways and full information regarding the charity can be found on www.rescuewoodenboats.com. Liz Hankin, RWB Trustee
STIFFKEY LOCAL HISTORY GROUP SLHG was very pleased to be part of the three day event that took place at our lovely parish church in conjunction with the PCC. Our exhibition about the listed buildings of Stiffkey and Cockthorpe was well commented on. While putting this together the thought was raised regarding other buildings that are not afforded the protection of being listed in our villages. One that came to mind is our river bridge which is an attractive red brick structure with fine triple circular arches and attractive sloping coping. We are pleased however to note that our war memorial has now got a grade 2 listing. As usual the vintage tractors called at the Knoll before proceeding to The Greenway for lunch. Thanks for the fun! We would like to thank everyone who pitched in on this fundraiser by baking, giving prizes, books and bricabrac etc, manning the refreshments, the exhibition, the stalls and generally lifting and shifting as needed. Finally, thank you for all your donations and support that raised a fine total of over £1,030 for the church fabric fund. SLHG
RESCUE WOODEN BOATS The Historic Fishing Boats Regatta at the end of July was hosted in Wells-next-the Sea by the charity Rescue Wooden Boats, with much help from Wells Harbour. The aim was to increase awareness of these few remaining beautiful boats and their stories, as well as raising some much needed funds for our next project - restoring Wells whelker Bessie built in 1935, a Dunkirk Little Ship. Details of Bessie, her story, and how to support her restoration are on www.rescuewoodenboats.com. There were 18 wooden boats present, four whelkers, thirteen crab boats and one mussel flat. These were: Whelkers - Knot, Sally, Harvester and Salford. Crab boats Miss Britain, Billy Wich, Calico Jack, Welcome Messenger, Our Boys, Michael Edward, Amanda Lynne, Auk, My Girls, Early Rose, Joan Elizabeth, Valerie Teresa and Jonathan James. Whelker Knot was the oldest boat there, built in 1938 by R E Emery. Whelker Sally was built in 1939. The newest boats were crab boat Valerie Teresa (1989) and Auk (2014) both built by David Hewitt. The flotilla on Saturday evening was a spectacle as the boats steamed out of the harbour into a squall and then back again. Many visitors took great interest in the boats and some fishermen were there in their former boats. Roger Seago was in crab boat Jonathan James and was ‗over the moon‘, Andy MacCallum was in Whelker Knot. Our Boys,
Richard Ernest Curson was born in Stiffkey in 1890 and served from 12th December 1915 for the duration of the war, seeing action in France. He was described on his army records as ‗short sighted and a stiff heavy man‘. The family story is that he was blown up during enemy action and landed upside down in a bomb crater buried up to his waist. Quick thinking by his pals resulted in him being pulled out by the legs and surviving. On his return to Stiffkey he suffered from back problems for the rest of his life. Charles William Newstead was born at Holborn London on 26th December 1898; the son of Charles Newstead of Stiffkey and Jeanne Marie La Votre of France. During his childhood and adolescence he was a frequent visitor to Stiffkey at his grandparents, James and Emily‘s home. He was well known to the young men there of his generation and a member of the musical Cockthorpe Newstead family. Charles‘ father was a horse keeper and his mother a farmer‘s daughter. Charles junior was educated at Christ Hospital School, Horsham, Kent, a prestigious and long established public school which took a considerable amount of poor boys who had the potential to better themselves. On returning to London he attended King‘s College London (Strand) from 1915 to 1916. He then obtained a position in Feb 1917 as an insurance clerk at Ocean Marine Insurance Company, London until he enlisted in February 1918 in what was then Royal Flying Corps but soon to become the Royal Air Force in the April of that year. He became a cadet. From then he trained as an Observer and got his Observer badge on 30th September. He was promoted to 2nd lieutenant (temporary). Charles was reported shot down on 4th November 1918 just days before the cessation of hostilities. He was reported still missing on 20th but soon after was found and repatriated. What happened in those days is not reported but his ability to speak French was probably a great help. On the reverse of this photo he expresses concern about the size of his nose! Geraldine Green
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