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ISSUE 123 BALE - BINHAM - COCKTHORPE - FIELD DALLING GUNTHORPE - LANGHAM - MORSTON SAXLINGHAM - SHARRINGTON - STIFFKEY

December 2018January 2019

Season’s Greetings to all our readers

Bale in snow, January 2018 photo: Maggie Thomas

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WHAT’S ON

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VH = Village Hall DECEMBER 1st Sat. Binham Christmas Supper, MH 6.30for 7.00pm 1st Sat. Langham Christmas Fair, 10am-12noon, VH 5th Wed. Sharrington Gardeners Club Party&Quiz VH 6.30pm 6th Thu. Friends of Binham Priory, From Politics to Pots, Roger Law, MH, 7.00 for 7.30pm 7th Fri. Field Dalling Adnams Wine Tasting, VH 7.30pm 11th Tue. Langham Coastal Singers, Church 7.30pm 12th Wed. Field Dalling Coffee Morning, VH 10.30am 13th Thu. Binham and Hindringham Open Circle, Christmas Party, Hindringham VH, 7.15pm 13th Thu. Langham FOL Quiz Night,VH 7pm 14th Fri. Bale fish and chips, Village Hall, 6.45pm 14th Fri. Field Dalling Bereavement Group, Manor Farm Cottage 4pm 14th Fri. Field Dalling Christmas Bingo, VH 7.30pm 14th Fri. Sharrington Noble Rotters Club, VH 7.30pm 15th Sat./16th Sun. Cockthorpe Church Christmas Tree Exhibition 10am-4pm & Carol Service Sunday 3pm 15th Sat. Gunthorpe Christmas Party, Institute 6:30pm 16th Sun. Sharrington Lantern Procession, VH 4.30pm and Carol Service Church 5pm 17th Mon. Binham Carols onVillage Green, 7.15pm 18th Tues Binham Carols and Readings Iceni Christmas Choir, BP 6.30pm 19th Wed. Langham Carols & Mince Pies, VH 7pm 20th Thu. Langham Mobile Library 9.55am St Mary’s & 10.20am The Cornfield 23rd Sun. Morston Candlelit Carol Service, Church 5pm 23rd Sun. Stiffkey Carol/Christingle Service, Church 3pm 24th Mon Binham Children’s Crib Service, BP 4.00pm 24th Mon Binham Midnight Holy Communion, BP 11pm 25th Tues Binham Family Carols & Readings, BP 10.30am 31st Mon. Bale Old Year's night, Village Hall, 7.30pm

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

JANUARY 6th Sun. Binham Priory Carols and readings for Epiphany, Richeldis Singers, BP 3.30pm 9th Wed. Field Dalling Coffee Morning, VH 10.30am 9th Wed. Sharrington Gardeners Group AGM, VH 7pm 11th Fri. Bale fish and chips, Village Hall, 6.45pm 11th Fri. Field Dalling Bereavement Group, Manor Farm Cottage 4pm 11th Fri. Field Dalling Bingo, VH 7.30pm 12th Sat. Binham Village Pantomime, Wighton Players MH 7.15pm 14th Mon. Field Dalling PC Meeting, VH 7.30pm 17th Thu.Langham Mobile Library 9.55am St Mary’s & 10.20am The Cornfield 23rd Wed Sharrington Live Music Night, VH 7.30pm 26th Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club, Institute 10:30am

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

DEANERY NEWS Watch out for posters for the next meeting early in 2019.

REGULARS Wednesdays term-time Binham Youth Group BMH 6-8pm Thursdays Field Dalling Carpet Bowls Club, VH 7.30pm 3rd Thursday in month Binham & Hindringham Open Circle, Hindringham Village Hall 7.15pm 4th Thursday in month Binham Local History Group BMH 7.30pm 1st & 3rd Saturdays in month Langham Coffee Mornings, VH 10am -12noon

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Church Services for Bale and Stiffkey Benefice for December 2018 and January 2019 HC=Holy Communion. CFS=Church Family Service. MP=Morning Prayer. BCP=Book of Common Prayer

Parish Bale

2nd December

9th December

16th December

9.30am HC

23rd December Christmas Eve 6.00pm Carol Service

9.30am HC

25th December Christmas Day 9.30am HC

Field Dalling

At Saxlingham

11.00am CFS

11am Lessons & Carols

Saxlingham Gunthorpe

11.00am HC

At Field Dalling 11.00am MP

At Field Dalling 4.30pm Silent Meditation

Sharrington

9.30am MP BCP

9.30am HC

9.30am HC

9.30am Family HC

Binham

11.00am HC

11.00am HC

4.30pm Lantern Procession (VH), 5pm Carol Service (Church) 11.00am CFS

9.30am HC

Morston

9.30am HC BCP

9.30am HC BCP

5pm Lessons & Carols At Stiffkey 3.00pm Christingle

10.30am Carols and Readings 9.30am HC BCP

Langham Stiffkey Parish Bale Field Dalling Saxlingham Gunthorpe Sharrington Binham Morston Langham Stiffkey

9.30am MP At Langham 6th January Epiphany 9.30am HC

9.30am MP BCP

10.00am Christmas Communion At Field Dalling 11.00am HC

13h January

20th January

27th January

9.30am HC

9.30am HC

9.30am HC

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

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

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

11.00am HC

11.00am CFS

9.30am HC

9.30am MP At Langham

9.30am HC BCP At Stiffkey 9.30am HC

9.30am HC At Langham

3.30pm Epiphany Carol Service with Richeldis Singers 9.30am HC BCP At Stiffkey 9.30am MP

Additional Services 16th December: Cockthorpe, 3.00pm. Lessons and Carols with the Cantilena Choir. 18th December: Binham, 6.30pm. Carols and Readings with the Iceni Christmas Choir. 24th December: Binham, 4.00pm. Crib Service. 24th December: Field Dalling, 4.00pm. Crib Service. 24th December: Langham, 6.00pm. Carols and Readings. 24th December: Binham, 11.00pm. Benefice Midnight Holy Communion. 30th December: Gunthorpe, 10.30am. HC Group Service.

Regular Weekday Services Binham: Tuesday, Evening Prayer at 3.30pm Langham: Wednesday, 10.00am Holy Communion

RECTOR’S LETTER My mother looked at her and said, very quietly, “Merry Christmas.” She had of course made the stock, plucked the turkey, cooked the carrots; and being almost blind, iced the cake lying on the kitchen floor, palette knife in hand. Happy Memories! The heart of it all is of course the yearly Remembrance of the Birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. In the face of the Crib we simply fall down and adore. The miracle is made plain. The wonder is profoundly ordinary. The Virgin gives birth to God made Man, her little child, needing her milk, and Joseph’s care. We are humanly made divine. Merry Christmas; and may I wish you a thoughtful Advent; and the most refreshing New Year. Yours very truly, Ian Whittle, The Rectory Langham 01328 830246

Dear Friends and Parishioners, How the weeks do pass; and here we are facing the Season of Advent and the Feast of Christmas. Preparation is all. My late mother kept wrapping paper in a drawer; the same from year to year: “Do not rip. Do not pull. Be careful!” And the same next year. Every family has its traditions: ours was to have one grandparent one year and the other the next. One grannie liked nothing better than lying in bed drinking gin and reading an Agatha Christie. So Christmas Day 1976, “Grannie what can I get you?” “A glass of gin dear, no tonic.” At Dinner, at 3 o’clock, she shook her very red hair and fell into the wide plate, full of carrot soup, sucked it up and spurted it down the length of the white damask cloth. Quite a work of art!

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and have their say? We will publicise the consultation using social media, such as Facebook and Twitter and in the local media. The Autumn issue of Your Norfolk magazine, distributed to all households in Norfolk, includes information on the budget and how people can feed back their views. People will be able to read the proposals online at www.norfolk.gov.uk/budget and feedback their views using the online consultation. Using our online feedback form ensures we have a clear record of people’s response and that their views are accurately recorded. We will provide copies online of PDF documents so that people can download these themselves if they want a hard copy. We appreciate that some residents may not have online access and people who are unable to respond online can send us send their views in writing to: Freepost Plus RTCL-XSTT-JZSK Norfolk County Council, Ground floor - south wing, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich NR1 2DH. Residents can request individual consultation documents in other formats, including paper form, by calling 0844 800 8020 or emailing HaveYourSay@norfolk.gov.uk – this will include large print, easy-read for people with learning disabilities, Braille, audio etc. How will partners and local organisations be able to get involved? We are writing to key statutory and other partners, including town and parish councils to inform them of the proposals we will be consulting on. Where there are specific proposals that affect service users or other groups we will take extra steps to engage them in the consultation. The methods we use will be tailored to the needs of the people that need to be consulted. Please have your say with this important consultation which will affect so many lives. Consultation on Norfolk’s Children’s Centres Whilst the consultation will have closed the document may still be found at www.norfolk.gov.uk/ childrenscentres. Entitled ‘Transforming our Children’s Centres’, it proposed to retain just 7 of the current 53 centres as early childhood and family service bases. (There has now been publicity questioning the format of the 7 centres so watch local press.) If you access any of the maps please note Wells Division is presently covered by Wells, Stibbard, Holt & Corpusty ‘reach area’ and Fakenham ‘reach area’. Whilst I am not afraid of change I cannot get out of my mind a comment

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COMMUNITY nEWS COUNTY COUNCILLORS’ NEWS …from Cllr. Dr. Marie Strong Budget Consultation 2019/20 I am sure you will realise that this is a very important consultation and here is hopefully all the information you need to take part. As in previous years NCC will be consulting Norfolk residents and stakeholders on specific budget savings proposals as part of the council’s budget setting process. On 29 October the Council’s Policy and Resources Committee met and reviewed the strategic and financial planning for 2019/20 and agreed a set of proposals for public consultation. The consultation will run from 5 November through to 23 December 2018. The consultation will be on the following proposals: making changes to our Adult Social Care charging policy; service changes and a reduction in search-room opening hours at Norfolk Record Office; increasing Council Tax by 2.99%. NCC is promoting the consultation using a variety of different channels in order to get a wide range of people’s views and reach people who are likely to be affected. Members’ involvement in promoting the consultation and encouraging residents to feed back their views is an important part of the consultation plan. How can local people find out about the consultation

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made by a primary school head – ‘if it were not for the Children’s Centre there are children in this school who would not survive primary school.’ Summer Reading Challenge My thanks to the library staff and teaching staff who worked with youngsters across the division to make the summer reading challenge a terrific success. I hope the parents and everyone who encouraged the youngsters will realise how they have helped bestow the gift of reading on the youngster which will stay with them throughout their lives. And of course well done to all of you youngsters. Thousands more homes and businesses to access Superfast Broadband thanks to Norfolk County Council securing an extra £11 million funding Currently 92% of homes and businesses have access to download speeds of 24Mbps+ per second. The Better Broadband for Norfolk (BBfN) programme is set to deliver 95% coverage across the county by the end of March 2020 but we are not content to stop until every home and business in Norfolk has access to Superfast Broadband. Not surprisingly some of the remaining notspots are the most time-consuming and costly to reach and the £11m will go a long way to covering these gaps. BBfN rollout started in July 2013 when 42% of Norfolk properties had access to Superfast broadband. The new contract is expected to be signed early next year. To find out if superfast broadband is available in your area, visit www.betterbroadbandnorfolk.co.uk. New Re-use Shop at Wells Recycling Centre Another step nearer! A planning application for Wells Recycling Centre has been submitted including plans for a re-use shop to be open to the public. This will be the tenth re-use shop in Norfolk. Good quality second hand goods are brought to the recycling centres and sold at car boot prices. Helping to give things a new home reduces the amount of unwanted items going to waste and the income from sales in the shops helps to offset the cost of providing the recycling centre service. A proportion of the income is donated to a charity partner (currently the East Anglian Air Ambulance). The new shop at Wells would be similar to Ashill re-use shop which has been selling a wide range of second hand goods from garden tools, furniture, books and items for spares and repairs such as bikes and lawnmowers. All for now, Marie

…from Cllr. Steffan Aquarone Mobile libraries saved! I'm delighted to report that our campaign to save the mobile library service from drastic cuts has succeeded. The county council's proposals now have been radically changed to remove only 92 stops, which are those not currently being used, rather than the proposed 725 nearly half the library stops in the county. This is a huge victory for the 7,500 people who rely on this crucial service. Many thanks to the 494 people who signed our petition, as well as the 76 individuals who sent in letters. Now the service is protected, we need to make sure it remains frequently used! Visit https://bit.ly/2hzlkPF for routes and timetables. The mobile library carries books for all ages and tastes. 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 Steffan Aquarone: County Councillor Melton Constable Division ( incl. Bale and Gunthorpe Parishes) steffanaquarone@gmail.com or 07879 451608

DISTRICT COUNCILLOR’S NEWS From Cllr. Karen Ward Emerging Local Plan Changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) over the summer break mean that our Local Plan needs to adapt to fit the new policies proposed. The most significant impact is that we need to look at smaller sites (up to 1 hectare or 2 and a half acres in old money) for 10% of our housing allocation across the district. We have decided to go ahead with the planned public consultation in early 2019 on the work we have already concluded. This still represents 90% of the sites needed for housing. We will then come back out to residents later in 2019 to consult on the remaining 10% of sites. These latter sites are likely to be in villages as well as towns, so are more likely to impact readers of the Lynx. Parish Councils will be kept informed and I will provide further updates in future Lynx editions.

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Glaven Valley Conservation Area Reviews Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to provide feedback on the Appraisals for Cley, Wiveton, Blakeney and Morston. Your insights have been invaluable. The Conservation Team are now reviewing all the feedback and will incorporate it into the draft documents. The final documents will be a useful tool to help support appropriate development in our communities. The additional work on the Glaven Valley Conservation Area has been submitted for review, so I will update you on the outcome of that work in a later newsletter. Progress on a new pool at Splash, Sheringham The planning application for the new pool facilities was considered by the Development Committee in early November and was given the green light to go to the next stage. The proposals have carefully considered the demographics in North Norfolk and will provide up to date facilities for all age groups to undertake appropriate exercise to keep them fit and well. Enforcement Many residents have contacted me to express their concern at the appearance of a very tall (8.3m) metal pole on Blakeney Quay at the foot of Mariner’s Hill. I want to stress that this is not something NNDC have given permission for. To facilitate the roll out of Broadband to rural areas, legislation was passed in 2017 by Central Government which means that telecoms companies can bypass the planning process and erect telecoms poles like this one under permitted development. They do not have to pay heed to AONB status either. I am working closely with Blakeney PC to challenge this specific installation and am also lobbying the Secretary of State to get this legislation redrafted. Let’s hope common sense will prevail. If you have any questions on any of these matters or would like me to look into something for you, please do get in touch at karen.ward@north-norfolk.gov.uk or 07946 533983.

WELLS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL Ho Ho Ho -time to celebrate! The Hospital is glistening with tinsel and baubles, Christmas trees twinkling, and festive spirit fills the air. Please do pop in for Christmas cards & raffle tickets on sale in reception and a ‘Merry Old Christmas’ one and all!! Do join us for our Christmas celebrations on Wednesday 19th Dec from 10.30am – festive songs, mince pies and other seasonal refreshments – everyone is welcome! Transport is available…just ask. And for information on all our services and clinics go to www.wellshospital.org.uk.

A FOCUS ON LOCAL With Glandford Farmer’s Market truly established on the North Norfolk coast, I asked farmer Roger Combe to tell me a little about his vision for Bayfield Estate. “At Bayfield we have always tried to remain part of the community, from the 9 miles of permissive walks around the estate including the ‘Bayfield Bird Walk’; via ‘Fishing For Youngsters’ in our lake to our church fete ‘Scrufts’ every summer. It is important we share such a wonderful bit of English countryside and this extends to the food we eat and the services we use. Hence our foray into the world of the farmers’ market selling fresh, local, artisan produce, which compliments all the activities and other tenants in Glandford and elsewhere on Bayfield. We wish everyone a happy holiday and a peaceful new year and hope to welcome you to Bayfield soon.” RH

District Councillors’ Contact Details: Karen Ward e:karen.ward@north-norfolk.gov.uk (Sharrington, Field Dalling, Saxlingham & Morston) Vincent Fitzpatrick e:vincent.fitzpatrick@northnorfolk.gov.uk & Simon Hester e:simon.hester@northnorfolk.gov.uk (Binham, Langham & Stiffkey) Ann.R.Green (01328 878273) e: ann.green@northnorfolk.gov.uk (Gunthorpe & Bale)

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GLAVEN CENTRE SERVICES

AUTUMN - THE NEW FARMING YEAR

Toe-nail clinics

If you’ve ever wondered why the school year begins in September and not in line with the calendar, the answer is ‘farming’. Historically, the school holidays allowed children to use their time off from studying to help out with the harvest and planting of the subsequent year’s crop (children, take note!) before heading back for the new school year in autumn. Such was the importance of agriculture that when The Education Act of 1899 made school compulsory for all children, it made sense to fit the school calendar to that of the agricultural year in order to reduce disruption to rural families. Although children have found plenty of other things to do with their spare time these days, the farming calendar remains unchanged and as we head into autumn we focus our attention on planting, or “drilling” the crop for next harvest. In previous decades most land was ploughed and left to weather over Christmas before being planted in spring; whilst a proportion of our farm is still treated this way, winter crops – i.e. those already in the ground by winter – have become the main constituents of most arable rotations. By sowing earlier, the plant has longer to develop roots and leaves with which to gather sunlight and nutrients, hence winter wheat, winter barley and winter oilseed rape will (almost) always out-yield their spring counterparts. The planting process begins with a cultivation: for us this is generally either with a heavy tine cultivator, which breaks up the land and mixes in ‘residue’ – mainly stalks and leaves – from the previous crop; or using a plough to completely invert the soil, burying residues and bringing up fresh earth. The drill itself is equipped with some light cultivation gear to perform a final levelling of the seedbed before placing seed into the soil. Immediately after drilling a set of rolls is pulled over the land, which presses the seed and soil together thus improving the transfer of moisture and nutrients into the seed, along with the added benefit of helping the soil to retain moisture in a drier autumn such as this one. Thanks to the unseasonably long spell of dry weather, our drilling campaign started in mid-September and the planting of all winter wheat and barley was completed by the second week in October. Since then, the plants have begun to emerge well after a good amount of rain and plenty of warmth and sunshine; the oilseed rape, in particular, has put on a lot of leafy growth and is in good shape to survive frosts and pigeons.

Wednesday 5th, 12th and 19th December Wednesday 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th January

Hearing Aid clinics Wednesday 19th December

Hairdressing Every Wednesday. Regular, occasional or casual appointments can be made. Ring 01263 740762 to make and check appointments.

GLAVEN DISTRICT CARING A.G.M Monday 21st January 2019 at 4pm The Glaven Centre, Thistleton Court Blakeney Our regular helpers are invited to nominate and vote for members to the management committee. Please contact Maureen Buckey 01263 740762. Members of the public are invited to attend. Copies of the Annual Report are available on request.

VACANCY AT THE GLAVEN RGN required for one day per week, with the possibility of an additional day. Cheerful outgoing nurse preferably with dementia care experience required for a busy day care unit in North Norfolk. To apply contact Maureen Buckey 01263 740762 or email glavencentre1@btinternet.com.

NORFOLK CAMERATA Norfolk Choir to Perform for Advent On Saturday 1st December at 7.30pm Norfolk Camerata will give a concert for Advent in St Nicholas’ church in North Walsham, NR28 9BT. The church is close to the market place and ample parking is available nearby, free at that time of day. Norfolk Camerata is a long-established group of singers, previously known as the North Norfolk Chorale, performing under their new name for the first time at this concert. The concert will feature seasonal works by Michael Haydn (younger brother of the better-known Joseph – but said by some to be the better singer of the two), Orlando Gibbons and Ralph Vaughan Williams, along with a carol by contemporary composer Nick Morris. Admission will be free; a retiring collection will be held in aid of church and Norfolk Camerata funds.

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We have begun harvesting sugar beet and will plant some more wheat behind the harvester up until the end of October, at which point it usually becomes economically and practically less risky to plant spring barley in the new year, due to the cooler, wetter weather. That said, conditions really could not have been better in our small corner of the country, so there are reasons to be cheerful as we head into the winter months. Jonathan Darby, Albanwise Farm Manager

Writing Group Every third Friday – 14th December, 1-3pm Just a Cuppa Every Friday 10.30 am – 12 noon. Come and join us for a drink and a chat. For events at Fakenham and Wells libraries, please go to www.facebook.com/fakenhamlibrary.

FAKENHAM CHORAL SOCIETY Fakenham Parish Church Saturday, 15 December 2018 at 7.30pm Christmas Glory!

HOLT LIBRARY EVENTS For further information about events, and to book, please call 01263 712202 or check our Facebook page www.facebook.com/libholt.

directed by Mark Jones Festive carols and choral favourites including choruses from Handel’s Messiah, and John Rutter’s Gloria. Tickets: £12 (under 18 free) From 01485 544335 or on the door

SPECIAL EVENTS Careline Community Services, Fri. 7th Dec. 10.30 - 12pm  Careline personal alarms  Assistive technology (falls and smoke detectors)  Key safes  Minor adaptations  Falls prevention measures (grab rails and half steps)  Home security measures Contact 01553 760671 for further information about Careline. Christmas Just a Cuppa, Fri. 21st Dec. 10.30am – 12pm Come along and enjoy some festive refreshments! Donations welcome.

LANGHAM DOME NEWS Chris and Maggie Pulham with the FoLD chairman Patrick Allen and pilot “Dickie”

We held our RAF 100 Grand Draw on 16th September. All winners should have been notified, and a list of winners (surnames and last 4 digits of their contact number only) has been published on our web site www.langhamdome.org. The Draw coincided with a very welcome visit by two New Zealanders - Chris and Maggie Pulham (pictured above) who were remembering Chris’s father and mother - both of whom served at RAF Langham in WW2 - his father (Des) as a Beaufighter pilot on 489 Sqn RNZAF and his mother (Paddy Hall) as a WAAF. Having met at RAF Langham they married in Southampton. Chris and Maggie kindly stayed on and selected the draw tickets. The Dome exhibit proved to be very popular with visitors to Sheringham on 15th September - the first day of the town’s 1940’s weekend, and we also supported the RAF Air Defence Museum’s Reunion Day on 23rd September, the International Aviation Academy in Norwich for their Activity Day on 20th October and the RAF Air Cadets Commemoration of 100 years of the RAF in conjunction with Norfolk airfields in Kings Lynn on 29th October. All

REGULAR EVENTS Family History Every Tuesday 10am – 12 noon. Drop-in session with Val and Vic our family history volunteers. Bounce and Rhyme time Every Tuesday in term-time only, 10.15am – 10.45am. Please check with library first. Computer Support Sessions Every Wednesday 10am – 12 noon. Book a free ½ or 1 hour session with our Library IT Buddy Stephen. Craft and Chatter Every Wednesday 10.00am – 12 noon Barn Owl Book Group Check with library for next meeting My Norfolk, My Holt Thursday 13th December 11am – 12 noon Booking is essential. This interview is with Alan Leventhall, former Community Librarian for Holt.

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these events generated a great deal of interest from those attending. As noted previously we continue to pursue our Spitfire appeal and if you have driven past the Dome on opening days recently you may have seen the fuselage on its trailer on display - also as shown in the picture above. We need 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. In terms of fund raising we have two further initiatives running where you can help us at no cost to yourselves. We have been successful with Tesco in Sheringham and Mundesley in being selected for their “Bags of Help” scheme whereby depending on where customers place their blue shopping tokens we could be granted anything between £1,000 and £4,000 - so if you are shopping in either of these Tesco stores please ask for a token and remember Langham Dome when you choose where to place your it. The second initiative uses an on-line shopping application called Easy Fund Raising - details can be found at www.easyfundraising.org.uk. Langham Dome is already registered as a charity on the site and if you register yourself on the site as a supporter of Langham Dome and then shop at the wide range of on-line, and usually very well known, retailers which are listed on the site we will receive a donation from the retailer - again at no cost to you. Where the retailer is offering a deal such as a sale or discount you will still be able to have the benefits and we will still get a donation. You must though go through the Easy Fund Raising portal to the retailer’s site for this to work. Following the hugely successful event in 2017 we are now planning to have another RAF Langham Reunion and Dome Heritage Day on Saturday 1 June 2019, and we have started detailed planning, including a request for Battle of Britain Memorial Flight participation which has yet to be approved and confirmed. Further details will follow as they become available. We have now closed for the winter and will re-open on Thursday 4 April 2019. If you would like more information on the Dome and how to become a Friend of Langham Dome or join us as a volunteer please contact our Dome Manager Val Bowers on 07762 205578 or e-mail: val@langhamdome.org. For more details, including opening hours etc, you can also check our web site at www.langhamdome.org. John Blakeley

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

PARISH COUNCIL WEBSITE A small mistake meant the website was misspelt in the last edition of the lynx. It should be: https://gunthorpe-pc.wixsite.com/gunthorpepc.

BALE DIARY Special interview with our oldest resident circa 1018.

Crone I'll make you jump a'purpose with my gaptooth screech; scaring crows and pigeons I'm paid in pig fat for it. Aye, I'm bent and wizened, don't know how many years I've lived. I'm gathering fallen sticks and twigs to keep my cook fire going, see my bundle, it's not heavy - today the first hand of brambles, early ones. I've flour I grind from gleanings, beans I grow and peas, herbs, hens and a skep of bees. If you want a simple I'll make it up for a bit o' this and that I have my ways, my knowing; the priest don't like it but I keep quiet. I tell the bees my secrets. I'm a remnant, an in-between one, belong to the old oak grove, talk to the creatures, hare-woman, buck roe. I ain’t afeared to be abroad at night when good village folk sleep, work-heavy like their oxen. In the wood I lay by spring-fed ponds, wait for them that come crowding up, men long dead, women lost in childbirth, sweethearts, children, wonder how I go on. nb. if anyone cares to translate this into, or read it for me in dialect I think it would tap into the Old English/ Danish spoken here then. Jane Wheeler

HUNDRED CLUB DRAW RESULTS September 18 Julia Aylmer £25 Ollie Croft £10 Chris Clarke £ 5 Evan Turnbull £ 5

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and arranging for musicians to perform in the Priory, especially in the annual Summer Concert series. Pauline, with her organisational ability, played major roles, in all the significant projects of maintenance and enhancement of the Priory undertaken from 2003 with a total expenditure of £1.2 million. However, Pauline’s interests were not confined to the Priory, she enjoyed choral singing, literature, poetry and painting, being an active member of many of the local groups. With her concern for the welfare of community life in general she was asked to be a Trustee of the Village Charity. She also helped regularly at the Poppy Centre in Holt. In all these activities Pauline was ably supported by Geoff and between them they still found time to put the family first but did not forget a friendship. Pauline’s kindness touched many of our lives. Binham, and her many friend elsewhere, will miss her, obviously not so much as her family, but with genuine gratitude for her presence. Taking a quote from the family tribute read at the Thanksgiving Service: “Pauline loved Binham - its history, its shop and its pub. She also loved the people of Binham and surrounding area; from kind words we received over the past two months, we think that the feeling was mutual.” When you want to give thanks for having known her, spend a little time in the Priory, she will always be there for you. David Frost

VILLAGE HALL NEWS At time of writing, the skip and plant have arrived and work is underway to replace the surface of the outside seating area, after experiencing problems with the original. We are hoping that another hot summer won’t find Margaret spending hours cleaning tar off the chair legs after an ‘al fresco’ function! Now we are into autumn, we are getting the benefit of the porch, improved insulation, new windows and amazing motion-sensitive heaters. We have also changed electricity suppliers and a combination of this and the improved efficiency of the building should see a significant saving on the annual bill. So we are confident that we will be snug and warm for the coming winter events (even if the weather turns out to be as extreme as last March!). Christmas Fish & Chips will be on 14th December, including the special draw of the 100 Club. If you haven’t yet become a member, this is a REALLY good time to sign up! Just contact Alastair, or any of the Village Hall committee for details. We have cash prizes for members every month and it’s a great way to support your Village Hall. On Old Year’s Night we will have the usual festivities, with catering by Alastair’s team, a very light-hearted quiz in between rounds, this year devised by Paula and Maggie, plus ‘whiskey rolling’ and who knows what else we will think of before the year’s end! Tickets will be £15 and please book your place as we ran out of chairs last year and we would prefer to be sure we will have seating and food for everyone there! Finally, an advance date for your diary – the 2019 Bale Village Hall AGM will take place at 2.30pm on Sunday 10th February. We would welcome any Bale residents to come and take an interest in proceedings. Paula Moore

BINHAM PARISH COUNCIL It has been a fairly quiet time for Council business. The main topics have been about two Certificates of Lawful Use. Application for a Certificate is made to establish a “historic situation” and often as a precursor of a planning application. The Certificate, if issued by NNDC, is not giving planning permission. That will have to be a separate application. The first we have had for some time is for the Old Reading Room site on Langham Road. Here there were concerns about the land usage. NNDC had refused and it went to appeal. We have subsequently learnt that the appeal has been withdrawn. The second more recent one is about the meadow off Common Lane near the pumping station. The Council had a special meeting about this in early October as time was pressing for a response. Activities of storage of various items and earth moving on the site were noted by us to NNDC in 2016. Eventually, NNDC involved an

BINHAM Contact: Liz Brady 01328 830830 lizsdavenport@gmail.com

A TRIBUTE TO PAULINE SCOTT 1943 - 2018 On Saturday 6th October over 180 family and friends filled the Priory to give thanks for Pauline’s life. It was a sad but joyous occasion, prayerful but also resonant with uplifting music from the Choir of the Richeldis Singers, their organist and the hymns of us all. The service reflected Pauline’s life of deep commitment to Geoff and her family as well as the communities she had lived in. Pauline and Geoff came to Binham in 2003 after retirement from a senior position in teaching and as an agricultural research scientist respectively. They immediately became involved with the Priory, Pauline for many years was the Secretary of the PCC and Geoff the organist, which he continues to be. They took over finding

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Church, the two organisations, together with the Memorial Hall Committee and Binham Art Group, arranged a reception and a display of memorabilia and paintings and cards in the Memorial Hall as a tribute to all the local men killed in the Great War and subsequent wars fighting for our country. It was a day of reflection on the tragedy of war and a reminder that war is a terrible way to settle international arguments. To quote Winston Churchill “jaw, jaw is better than war, war”. David Frost

Enforcement Officer with a visit to site and this resulted in the owner applying for a Certificate. The Parish Council expressed concern that the supporting documentation with the application did not conform in some details with the situation on the ground and there was disquiet about the potential of leakage of liquid from stored containers contaminating the stream. These doubts were expressed in the Council’s response letter. One other important matter was to agree that we should apply for a grant under the Parish Partnership Scheme to help fund white “gate structures” indicating entry to the village, firstly, on the Hindringham Road by the 30mph sign. Our Speed Awareness Monitor, when employed on this stretch of road, records the highest percentage of vehicle travelling above 30mph after the sign. Readers will have noticed many villages are now using “gates” to try to slow traffic down. If we are successful in the application it is intended to also have “gates” on entry to the village on the Warham and Langham Roads, installing one set per year. PA (Penny Alford) attended the regular liaison meeting with representatives of the Builders working on the Walsingham Road site. Good progress is being made, helped by the fine settled weather of the late summer. However, PA conveyed our particular disappointment at the amount of rubbish left outside the site by the contractor’s personnel. A promise was made to improve the situation in the future. To commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War the Parish Council joined with the Binham Local History Group to purchase a seat which is located on the Village Green. Also, after the traditional service for Armistice Sunday at the War Memorial and the Priory

BINHAM YOUTH GROUP Binham Youth group is held in the Binham Memorial Hall on Wednesdays 6-8 pm, term time only, age 5-16 years, £1 entry fee, tuck shop. All staff DBS checked. We have art ‘n’ craft, board games, table tennis, pool table, karaoke, books, 10 pin bowling, indoors during winter and summer time we use the large playing field and play equipment or just chill out and make new friends. ‘It's a great place to hang out' We are always looking for volunteers to help out, even if only now and again. Contact Amanda Able (01328 830828) or Andrew Marsh (01328 830178) for further information.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES AT BINHAM PRIORY We extend a warm welcome to all at the following services Tuesday, 18th December 6.30pm Carols and Readings for Advent and Christmas with the Iceni Christmas Choir and mulled wine and mince pies Christmas Eve, 4.00pm Children's Crib Service Christmas Eve, 11.00pm Midnight Holy Communion Christmas Day, 10.30am Family Service with Carols and Readings Sunday, 6th January, 3.30pm Carols and Readings for Epiphany with the Richeldis Singers

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BINHAM VILLAGE MEMORIAL HALL The hall has had a wonderful 2018 – including lots of lovely weddings, a brilliant fete and village show and most recently the moving celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice and the cookery demonstration by Chris Couborough and Arthur Howell and not forgetting the fact that the newly refurbished kitchen had a chance to shine! Could we also let you know that we now have some wonderful new chairs which are comfortably padded, and we managed to upcycle the old plastic ones too. We’re getting very sparkly in December as we’ve got the Christmas Supper on Saturday 1st December at 6.30pm for 7pm – tickets are £8 and then the hall will dance its way into the New Year. On Saturday 12th January, the marvellous Wighton Players are returning with their new pantomime (details to be announced) which we are very much looking forward to. Please follow us on our Facebook page and website www.binhamvillagehall.co.uk. You may notice that the website address has subtly changed (from .com to .co.uk) as at the time of writing, we are in the process of migrating it from Alex Wales to Mary Hunt. Thank you so much, Alex (and Hannah) for all the hard work you’ve put in running it for the past few years! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of the Trustees and everyone who works so hard at keeping our lovely hall up and running! Mary Hunt

VILLAGE QUIZ First Monday of the month (October to April) at the Chequers. No charge and you don’t need a team. Teams are put together randomly on the night. General knowledge questions set by a different quizzer each month! Come along and have a fun evening! 7.15 for a 7.30pm start. Amanda Able

CAROLS Carols around the tree on the Village Green with Fakenham Town Band Monday 17th December at 7.15.pm. Collection for the band. Hope to see you all there.

BINHAM ART GROUP The launch of our Autumn/Winter collection was well attended and thoroughly enjoyed by all. The fizz and the birthday cake went down extremely well. The Group would very much like to thank Sarah and Simon for entertaining us so well, and Sadie for baking the splendid cake. On Remembrance Sunday, the group joined in the centenary wake of the ending of the First World War, held at the Memorial Hall. We had a display of original post card sized paintings by members of the group on a WW1 theme. These cards were for sale at £5 each with all proceeds going to ‘Help for Heroes’. Our next event will be the group’s Christmas lunch which will be held at the Chequers on the 4th December. This is open to all current members who enjoy a hearty meal and great company. Over the Christmas and New Year period we will be taking a two week break, which means we will miss the Tuesdays on the 25th December and 1st January. Everyone seems to have other things to do on those days! If you would like to find out more or to contact the group please go to our website where all will be revealed. www.binhamartgroup.weebly.com.

FROM POLITICS TO POTS A talk by Roger Law Thursday 6th December, 7 for 7.30pm at Binham Memorial Hall Illustrator, Satirist, Ceramicist and co-creator of the controversial TV show “Spitting Image”. Tickets £10 to include a glass of wine or soft drink and a mince pie. Limited seating, booking essential. For tickets please email, fobptickets@gmail.com.

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talk was about the excavation and archive research by the SHARP team into Sedgeford airfield’s historic past and it’s important role in the development of training young men as pilots during WW1 to operate not just in France but importantly to protect Britain’s shores from attack from Zeppelins. Gary explained their research had uncovered that from 1915 the airfield started as a night-landing site for the Royal Naval Air Service based at Gt Yarmouth. However, as the war developed so did the size of the airfield. In 1916, at the height of the war, the site became the Number 3 training school for the RNAS and the Royal Flying Corps, predecessors to the RAF. Buildings and hangers were erected, and canvas bell tents were used as basic accommodation. A railway line was put in to bring in supplies and soon there were around 1,500 people based there including American and Canadian pilots as well as British. It was the biggest training base in the country at the time. As this was a time only some 12 years from the Wright Brothers famous first flights in the first successful airplane it was not for the faint hearted to sign up to learn to fly but many did. Gary related that the accident statistics make for grim reading and one of the most important buildings they had discovered was in fact the mortuary. From the beginning of 1918 to the Armistice 11 months later, the pilots wrote-off 700 planes resulting in 71 deaths. After the war the site was closed and only had a brief resurgence in WW2 as a decoy station. Whereafter it faded away back into the landscape. The next talk: on Thursday 24th January 2019 at 7:30pm when Matthew Williamson will talk about Subterranean Norwich. Members £3, non-members £5.

BINHAM & HINDRINGHAM OPEN CIRCLE We are a women’s group that meets 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. A week early we shall be celebrating Christmas on Thursday 13th December. Our events team are busy planning next year’s programme and we look forward to some interesting and varied meetings. Sue Ellis

BINHAM LOCAL HISTORY GROUP Olive Edis and the Road to Ypres Our season of talks began in September with a return visit from Alastair Murphy from Cromer Museum to give us a second talk about the work of Sheringham based photographer Olive Edis and her all important trip to France on behalf of Imperial War Museum after the ending of World War 1. In 1918, Edis was commissioned by the IWM to photograph women’s war work in Europe. Her trip was delayed due to the precarious military situation, and some opposition to sending a woman to photograph in a war zone. In March 1919 she finally embarked on an arduous month long journey around France and Belgium with Lady Norman, Chair of the Women’s Work Committee. They travelled in a Ford car chauffeured by a character referred in her diary as Daddy Blow. (Photo left.) The journal of her travels, documents her journey through war-torn France and Belgium. Alastair revealed that it was only when he read her diary that he and his staff were able to match the photos to the stories in her journal. You can view Olive’s remarkable photographs at www.norfolkmuseumscollections.org and www.iwm. org.uk/collections.

A note of thanks I have, in the time leading up to Binham’s Armistice Centenary Commemoration event on 11 November 2018, been working on researching the stories of the men and women who had connections to Binham who served their country during 1914-1918. Needless to say, some of the details are very sad indeed of young lives lost and consequences for families. A big thank you to all of you who helped contribute to this project. I am especially indebted to Ben Wyer of Hindringham who very kindly gave me the loan of a soldier’s tin box that was a treasured possession of his

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the raffle and I am delighted to say that we raised £1000 for Cancer Research UK. This total will be matched by Barclays Bank again making a grand total of £2000. In addition, Toby raised £240 in sponsorship - well done and thank you. Such a good cause and so much fun, so hopefully will be doing it all again next year. Alex Wales

paternal grandmother Emily who lived in Hindringham. This box contained the deeply moving story of Ben’s grandfather, Benjamin Alfred Wyer of 6th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment who died of wounds on 14 November 1917 aged 37. Benjamin was born in Field Dalling, grew up in Binham and moved to Hindringham upon marriage to Emily and raised two sons. (Photo right.) In the box were letters, medals, photographs, certificates and, poignantly, Benjamin’s possessions that were returned to Emily including his dog tags, pipe, belt and notebook. The most touching, was the small packet containing the dried cornflowers that were part of a wreath laid on his grave at Etaples Military Cemetery in France upon his reburial in 1918. Its only when you encounter items like these that you can have any understanding of a sense of what people endured during that time and why that still today the act of remembrance and the buying of poppies is as important now as it has been since that time. Pennie Alford, Binham Local History Group

FOODBANK NEWS For the year 2017/18 Foodbank fed 3240 people (up 13%) including 1171 children. Additionally, Foodbank ran a winter fuel bank scheme which was a great success. £7357 was given out to 231 people (107 children) in 8 payments for oil, 17 to energy suppliers and 116 on keys or cards. The scheme will be running again this year, now called “Energybank” starting in November. Foodbank’s policy has always been to signpost people to further help rather than simply hand out food. In this regard it is working closely with the DWP to help smooth the rollout of Universal Credit. Christmas is coming, and Foodbank will be putting together over 200 Christmas bags which will be given out in addition to the normal food parcels. Donations with Christmas in mind would be greatly appreciated. Finally, a big thank you to all who help the Binham collection, especially one particular friend who donated his jar of 5p pieces. It had amassed a grand total of £93.70. Norah and Richard - email address: ranglewis@mypostoffice.co.uk

CHARITY DOG WALK FOR CANCER RESEARCH UK

100+ CLUB WINNERS September winners: £25 Andrew Taylor, £10 C & V Ross, Mary Hunt, £5 Mrs G Griffiths, Maureen Frost , Mr Alex Smith. October winners: £25 Mr & Mrs Small, £10 Mrs P Newson, C & L Brady £5 Mt Pepper, Martin Foulds, Polly Hunt. If anyone would like to join the 100+ club, please call at 8 Priory Crescent or ring June Read on 01328 830106.

On Sunday 21st October, it was a beautiful day and at least 50 people met at The Little Dairy shop in Binham to walk with or without dogs around the farm. It was about 4 miles finishing back at the shop. Diddly Milly and Sharon had barbecued sausages and burgers which were followed by Liz and Alex’s fruit crumbles and custard. Gary Luck provided drinking bowls for the dogs and Arthur Howell provided the barbecue. So many prizes were donated for

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the village community, whether in cleaning and reopening the church in August, in helping with the Harvest Supper, or in all the hard work that has gone on in the churchyard. As well as routine work, a lot of effort has been put into strimming the old churchyard so that we can work with Norfolk Wildlife Trust to create more opportunities for wildlife next year. Finally, we are very grateful to everyone involved in the village féte in August for the very generous donation of about £1000 which we received. We now look forward to our service of Lessons and Carols led by Rosemary Kimmins and the Cantelina Choir at 11am on Sunday 16th December, the Crib Service at 4pm on Christmas Eve, and our Christmas Communion Service at 10am on Christmas Day. You will be very welcome at these services. Ian Newton

FOOD FOR THOUGHT The gift of a smile doesn't cost a penny and can give so much pleasure. Better to be the one who smiled than the one who did not smile back. And remember, smiles do not hurt but they can be contagious.

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

CHRISTMAS TREE EXHIBITION AND CAROL SERVICE

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Once again, the figures of Mary and Joseph will travel around our villages in the days before Christmas. If you would like to host them overnight, please get in touch with Fiona on 01328 830947. The figures will be delivered to you at your convenience, and then passed on to the next host the following day. Finally, Mary and Joseph arrive at church for our Crib Service on Christmas Eve. Do join us - it’s a 30-minute time of quietening as all the bustle comes to a close. Fiona Newton

Please put these dates in your diaries as it is that time of year again when all roads lead to Christmas. Christmas for me starts with the Christmas Tree Festival and Carol Service at Cockthorpe. Last year we raised a fantastic amount of money and bought a specialist chair for the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. As they need more chairs, we need to raise more money. Sponsorship options are: for £25 you get a completely decorated tree or for £20 you use your own decorations on a provided tree that you take home after the weekend. Or donations big or small are very welcome. The church will be ready for tree decoration on Friday 14th December or earlier if required. The Christmas Tree Exhibition opening times are Saturday 15th, 10 am till 4 pm. Church open with teas, coffee, cake and tombola. Sunday 16th, Church open 10 am till 4pm. Carol Service at 3pm with the splendid Cantilena Singers Choir. For more information please ring Juliet Case 01328 830202/07768 387513 or Tracey Fowle 07765 775060. Juliet Case

200 CLUB Sept: £50 Debbie Ladley, £25 Bridget Newman, £15 Joanne Davey. Oct: £50 June Bowden-Woods, £25 Amanda Maundrell, £15 Ted Hotblack. Nov: £50 George Harcourt, £25 Debbie Ladley, £15 WH Mealing.

FIELD DALLING Contact: Julie Wiltshire julie_wilson75@hotmail.com

ST ANDREW’S CHURCH Now that the church has been reopened it has been very well used, with particularly good congregations for the Thanksgiving Service on 30th September and the Harvest Festival on 14th October. A large number gathered to remember John Maundrell and support Amanda at John’s funeral on 17th October. We also welcomed a large crowd to a coffee morning in church at the end of August, and to the Harvest Supper on 13th October. We are very fortunate to have so much support from

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Subscriptions are now due for the next 12 months: please pay Susie Collins, May Cottage, 100 Holt Road, FD. You have to be in and have paid to win !!!

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 me made out to FOGPC. BACS payments can be made as detailed below, but please inform John Blakeley e-mail: jbconsult@ btinternet.com if you pay by BACS so that records can be kept up to date and you do not miss the chance to participate in the 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 The Club’s Christmas party will be held on Saturday 15th December with a combined village party in the Institute commencing at 6:30pm (see details in separate article) - please come along and enjoy our enhanced draw and raffle and celebrate with mulled wine and Christmas refreshments (soft drinks will also be available). 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

ADVENT GROUPS Beginning at 4.45-6.00 on Monday 26th November, is the first of our Advent groups. We gather around a kitchen table to explore the ideas and hopes of this time before Christmas, in the context of our curious old world where sometimes, success and wealth seem to be the high points on the agendas for some folk. We talk, we listen, we laugh, we ponder. Anyone and everyone are welcome. Manor Farm Cottage, 67 Langham Road, Field Dalling, the home of Ian & Fiona Newton.

VILLAGERS’ HALL Adnams Wine Tasting Friday 7th December, 7.30pm Adnams have promised a great selection for the event and will give a 10% discount on all items purchased including all items in their vast range of drinks. A super evening for you to stock up for the forthcoming festive season. Please confirm your attendance so we know the numbers that need to be provisioned for: steveandsusie100@gmail.com. Steve Collins

Christmas Bingo Friday 14th December, 7.30pm

ST MARY’S CHURCH NEWS

The Christmas Bingo is booking up fast; contact Ian and Debbie Ladley (01328 830582) to reserve your place.

Thank you to everyone who so kindly donated produce for The Harvest Festival Service and to those who decorated the church. It looked fantastic. As always the produce went to The Holt Youth Project who were really thrilled with our gifts. They were feeding three groups of youngsters on the day we made our delivery. They are always fed a nice hot meal so our donation really does make a difference. The young are also encouraged to help in the kitchen which gives them valuable skills for the future. Another huge thank you to all who so kindly sponsored Marianne and I on our Churches bike ride. We had a lovely day gently cycling to Cley for a swim and a picnic and home again on a different route. We raised £575. Once again, Ben Williamson, Fred Morley's nephew,

Website Check out the Villagers’ Hall website at fdands.org to view pictures of recent events including the pottery lesson and the Harvest Supper.

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

FOGPC 50/50 Club Draw Results September October Neil Sturman £20.00 Joy Luscombe £20.00 Nancy Price £15.00 Sandy Wallace £15.00 Alma Street £ 5.00 Penny Brough £5.00 Emma Price £ 5.00 Thomas Brough £5.00 John Lemberger £ 5.00 Fiona Flint £5.00 Elaine Francis £ 5.00 Nigel Ford £5.00 David Ward £ 5.00 Elaine Vaughan £5.00 If you are not already a member, please think about joining us. More members means higher prize money and more money to maintain the fabric of St Mary’s. It costs just £1 per month payable in advance from the

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cycled for St Mary's. He put Marianne and I to shame, covering 55 miles, 31 churches and raising £100. What an achievement. Well done, Ben, and thank you very much. We look forward to seeing everyone on Christmas Day at 11 am. Penny Brough Church Warden

BINHAM PRIORY AND ITS CONNECTION WITH GUNTHORPE Gunthorpe’s village historian, Ray Steffans, wrote several essays for inclusion in a village history book. This is part 1 of the essay on the links between Binham Priory and the village. Part 2 will follow in Lynx issue 124. Binham Priory held properties (mainly spiritual) in about twenty Norfolk parishes and some of the lands of the Priory Manor are found in the returns for Gunthorpe in the Domesday Book. Clearly, therefore the Priory had lands here at about 1100 AD, and it is possible that of the land was, in time, to become Church Glebe. The land may have been used to establish the first church here, but there may be other explanations. It may have been used as a source of revenue or food for the Priory, it could have been used to provide a "retreat" for the priors, or it could have been the site for a rectory. Such a retreat, or rectory, could have stood where Gunthorpe Hall now stands and the Hall could thus have developed from the simpler building. There may be possible connections between Binham Priory and Valley Farm in later years, since it is understood that "piscinae" were found there. The farmhouse could have been built by one of the Paston family who were given the Priory Manor and its lands after the dissolution. Blomefield states, under Gunthorpe: “Peter, Lord Valoins, had the grant of a Lordship at the Conquest, which a freeman of Harold possessed, of half a carucate of land (about 60 acres), seven borderers and one servus, and two carucates and one acre of meadow, valued at ten shillings. This he had livery of to make up his manor at Berney (Barney). Peter, Lord Valoins, grandson of the aforesaid lord, gave to this Priory all his lands in this town, and they were confirmed by Robert his brother. William de St Plouch released all the lands which his father, William, and he himself held, and Roger, son of Richard de Gunthorp gave lands etc. The Prior ‘had view of frank pledge, and assise of beer of his tenants in 1285’." The latter means that the Prior had the right to hold his "court baron" with a jury of freemen. He had also the right to regulate the quality and selling price of bread and beer. All buying and selling of these commodities had to take place within the manor. Peter de Valoines, otherwise known as Peter Valoins, Lord of Orford Castle, was a nephew of William the Conqueror. He was given about twenty manors or lordships

VILLAGE CHRISTMAS PARTY It has been suggested that rather than have both a 50:50 Club and Village Institute Christmas Party the two events should be combined to offer a larger joint function, and this is now being arranged for the evening of Saturday 15th December. More details, including how to book a place, will follow in a flyer and on the Institute Notice Board, but we presently envisage an event starting at 6:30pm which will include the 50:50 Club’s enhanced December Draw, a combined “super” raffle with tickets on sale on the night and of course Christmas refreshments - including complimentary mulled wine. We will be looking at other entertainment - possibly including a Christmas and local area quiz. The cost will be £5 per adult and £3 for children aged 5-14 inclusive - under 5s will be free. Proceeds will be split between the Institute and 50:50 Club. We hope to see you all there!

WELCOME Bill & Ellen Hill We offer a warm welcome to Bill & Ellen Hill who, along with their Cocker Spaniel Belle, have moved into Appletree Cottage. This will be a second family home for now, but they plan to spend more time in the village as their grand-children get older. They presently live in a village near Nottingham, Cropwell Butler, and have a daughter and their grand-children in Nottingham, and a son in Newcastle. Both are retired - Bill from a career as an IT consultant and Ellen as a head-teacher in a London Prep School. We wish them every happiness in our eclectic and friendly village.

FRIENDS OF GUNTHORPE PARISH COUNCIL The Friends committee members hosted yet another successful Harvest Supper in the Village Institute on Saturday the 3rd of November. Though fewer attended this year, the candle-lit Institute, with autumn decor, received guests from the village and afar and a fun evening was had by all. All £239 raised goes towards the maintenance of the Village Church, and the committee members all donate the food and effort in preparation – so many thanks to them all and all the generous guests! A Very Happy Holiday Season, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all and thanks to all who have so kindly supported the Friends this past year. We look forward to seeing you at events in 2019! Marie Denholm, Friends Chairman

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in Norfolk, with one of them being at Gunthorpe. At a later stage the family, otherwise known as Valoines or Valognes, surrendered some of the land in the various manors to form the manor of Binham Priory. Peter Valoins and his wife Albreda, who was sister of Eudo de Rye, the King's "Dapifer", began building the Benedictine Priory in Binham in about 1090. Some fifteen years later it was endowed, being then a cell of St. Alban's Abbey, and Peter's son Roger was a benefactor. It is known that the first Prior in 1106, was Osgod and at that time the rector at Gunthorpe was known as Osgotus de Gunthorp. Bearing in mind the established connection between Binham and Gunthorpe at that time, it is reasonable to suggest that, although the names differ slightly, Osgod and Osgotus may well have been one and the same man.

STALL ON THE GREEN July & August 2018 Total proceeds for this event amounted to £417. Thank you to all who manned the stall during the five weeks. A big thank you to all who bought and brought produce and cakes to the stall. It was all very much appreciated and most kind of you to support us. Langham PCC

CLEARANCE SALE This small scale but enjoyable event back in October raised £331 for Langham Church General Fund. The final total was helped by a very generous donation. Thank you to all who came to support us, all who helped on the day, and to the stalwarts who delivered the remaining bric-a-brac to Break and books to Morston for their grand book sale.

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CHRISTMAS FAIR Saturday December 1st 10am - 12noon Langham Village Hall

Contact: Christina Cooper 01328 830207 christinacooper27@googlemail.com

This event will nearly be upon us when this edition is delivered. We look forward to seeing you at this traditional event, raising money for the Langham Church General Fund. There will be refreshments available along with the usual stalls of gifts, plants, books, cakes, a Grand Raffle and a Christmas Hamper. Due to a slight glitch this notice was not in the last edition but if you receive this one before the sale and wish to donate any items for the raffle, book stall, gifts or Hamper do give us, Janet or Ann, a call. If you would like to bake for the cake stall it can be brought to the hall on the day. Any queries, or if you would like us to collect, please give us a ring. Many thanks for your continued support. J.Allen 01328 830276, ASherriff 01328 830605

FROM THE REGISTERS In Memorium Rosa Alice (Rosie) Smith 14th July 1921 – 7th August 2018 A service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Rosie was held in Langham Church on Tuesday 21st August followed by Cremation at Cromer Crematorium.

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

LANGHAM CAR SERVICE Many, many thanks to the volunteers, past and present, who have provided this excellent service over the last twenty years or so. This local help will be greatly missed. F.R.

THE STREET FAIR QUIZ 2018 Congratulations to our joint winners Ann & Colin Sherriff and Alan Smith (villagers all – hooray!) with a magnificent score of 98! Runners up were Beryl Shorey (Newark) and Helen Murphy (Ticehurst) scoring 97. Incredible. This year scores were really high, all those who submitted answers were in excess of 80 and many scored 90 plus. Well done indeed and thank you to all who took part. People seemed to find most difficult Question 8 ‘Seabwin was loved by Lowry’, and Question 65 ‘Stranger on the Shore’ was ‘Jenny’. For Question 45 ‘Home of the Jet Set’ - I thought both ‘Lossiemouth’ and ‘Sandbanks’ good answers. ‘Lands End’ was an understandable alternative to ‘Southend’ as ‘Not the North Extremity’. However, as usual, and especially in such a close run competition, my choice was final! A huge thank you to Pauline Bartlett who does all the hard work, i.e. checking and formatting. Grateful thanks to Abby and the Blue Bell for sponsoring –

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please note answer to question 100. And a huge pat on the backs to our Street Fair Committee members who laboured long and hard to give us such a successful event. We sold 135 sheets and had 35 entries. Answer sheets still available - £1. Jan Hope

must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets for Langham children should be booked before 9th December. After that date remaining tickets will be available to all. Non-Langham children £9.00 and all adults £11.00 both include coach travel. To order your tickets just call John Hughes 01328 830595. The coach departs from outside the Blue Bell at 12 noon for a 1.30pm performance. We look forward to seeing you all again. FOL Committee

FOL 200 CLUB DRAW September 2018 £20 26 Mr S Newman 158 Mr M Schoenmaker 192 Mrs A Duckworth

October 2018 £10 15 Mrs M Hooke 197 Mrs Doyle 65 Mr & Mrs O’Hare 59 Mrs A Cox 180 Mrs B Newman 159 Mr & Mrs Coe FOL Committee

LANGHAM VILLAGE HALL Quiz Night Friday 26th October saw the first village quiz of the new season which was a great success. There will be a quiz in November and another in January so look out for the posters advertising the events.

FRIENDS OF LANGHAM

Carols & Mince Pies

Norwich Christmas Shopping Trip Sunday 2nd December

Back by popular demand, the Village Hall Carols and mince pies (and maybe sausage rolls and mulled wine) will be held on Wednesday 19th December in the Village Hall from 7pm. If you remember, and for those who have not experienced this evening of fun and the singing of popular carols, this event ran for some 25 years until a break 4 years ago. It's a very light event with everyone joining in, no solos unless you want to do one yourself, but maybe some duets. The event will be run by the VH committee. Langham Village Hall Committee

Coach departs outside Langham Blue Bell 10am and leaves Norwich at 3.30pm. This trip is FREE to all FOL 200 Club members and family so join today for just £12 a year. This also entitles you to be entered in our monthly cash draw and enjoy other FOL events. Call John Hughes 01328 830595 or Peter Barlow 01328 830606.

QUIZ NIGHT Thursday 13th December 7pm Langham Village Hall

COASTAL SINGERS CONCERT Langham Church Tuesday 11th December 2018 at 7.30pm

The Friends of Langham will again be hosting a Christmas Quiz night. Teams of four but if you are just one or two don’t worry we’ll find you partners. Just £2 per person so book a table today by calling David Reville 01328 878989 or John Bennett 01328 831930. Everyone welcome so please turn up for this Christmas special.

The waiting is over for the return of the Coastal Singers for a singalong Carol Concert to continue to lighten up your Christmas festivities. Come and join in the singing of popular carols with the very accomplished Coastal Singers.

PANTOMIME OUTING “Sleeping Beauty” Friday 28th December Kings Lynn Corn Exchange

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

It’s that time of year again when children and adults look forward to the annual Pantomime outing. As usual, it’s FREE to all Langham children but they

SYLVIA STARMAN R.I.P. We have just received the sad news about the death of Sylvia Starman. We will include an obituary and picture in the next issue.

DIARY DATES Sun 23 Dec. 5pm. Candlelit Carol Service. Contrary to rumour, the carol service in All Saints Church, Morston will take place as usual. The brilliant Volko Trio will be playing following the service when refreshments of mince pies, sausage rolls, mulled wine etc. will be served, as usual, in church. All welcome. Mon 24 Dec. 5.30pm. Assembly of Morston carol singers at the Anchor. Sat 2 Feb 2019 FMC Quiz 2019 in village hall.

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Sat 4 - Mon 6 May 2019 10th Charity Book Sale Sat 12 Oct 2019 14th FMC Shovell Dinner 2019 in the Anchor.

nice surprise for Ranger Leighton who was out on far point and who is experiencing his very first seal pupping season with us. As always we never know how many will be born which adds to the suspense and excitement for the team and current count at time of writing is 17 so we have some way to go yet to get near last year’s total of 2,700. Naturally the pups are a real draw for the public and we recommend that the best way to see them is by one of the seal trip providers from Morston Quay. If you do decide to take the 4-mile shingle walk up Blakeney Point then please respect all signs, fences and any National Trust team you may meet. Please note that there are no facilities for visitors. We have again recruited a team of volunteer ‘Seal Rangers’ who will be on hand to speak to visitors and give advice, and also our seal leaflet with information on the seals, advice on responsible viewing and what to do if you come across a lone seal. Please do take to pick a leaflet up and have a read if you are visiting. Undoubtedly the seal pups are what keeps us most busy right now but there is other work going on during this time as we use the quieter season to carry out important conservation repair work and prepare for 2019. To keep up to date with latest news from the reserve then please check us on social media atNorfolkCoastNT. Or check out our website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ blakeney. Alex Green, Senior Marketing & Comms Officer

13TH SHOVELL DINNER 2018 The Powerpoint 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 was stirring and impressive and contained much new information on him. It was fitting that this was the Speaker’s final talk. After the talk there was Dinner - which included a delicious venison main course (“civet de cerf”) and a really scrumptious “sorbet a la mur avec lemon posset” - and a raffle with interesting and varied prizes (including numerous bottles of wine and champagne!). From next year (on 12th October) the Shovell Dinner will be run by FMC Chairman Pete Tibbetts.

FMC ANNUAL QUIZ 2019 The Morston Quiz will be in Morston Village Hall on Sat 2nd February 2019 starting at 6.30pm. The following captains are raising teams of eight. Barney Bay Ducks, Sue & Alistair Heath Cockthorpe & Morston Cockles, FMC Dep. Chairman Carole Bean & Maurice Matthews Glandford Ganderers, Tony & Liz Pierce-Roberts Langham Lagarags - defending their title, Rev. Ian Whittle (Dep: Maxine Burlingham) Morston Macaroons, Jill Tibbetts Morston Pishmires, Mary Athill Norfolk Nattlers, David Carnwath Wells Coastguards, Neil & Chenda Thopson

A BRIEF HISTORY OF MORSTON Section 6 (see issues 113-117)

Who owned Morston in 1086?

Admin: Joc Wingfield Quizmaster: Pete Tibbetts Umpire & Supper: FMC Chairman & Jill Tibbetts Scorers: Rob Metcalfe & family Bar: Ned & Roberta Hamond Raffle: (Deputy) Susie Harrison

The Two “Manors” [=Estates] here at Morston aka Marstuna, Merston, Merstona, Merstuna, Marshtown. The 1086 entries below are from the Little Domesday Book (with explanations). Many churches – including All Saints Church, Morston – were omitted, but six local ones were mentioned (See Endnote). King Harold’s brother Guert is recorded in the Domesday Book (of 1086) as having held land here in Morston in the time of Edward the Confessor (10421066). Godric Dapifer, who was Steward of the Manor here for William the Conqueror in 1086, was progenitor of the

NATIONAL TRUST UPDATE Blakeney National Nature Reserve The year has flown by and November is here again and as always with it brings the arrival of the grey seal pups on Blakeney Point. The first pup was born a couple of days later this year on 25th October and was a

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prolific Norfolk & Virginia Calthorpe family. Definition: A “Manor” was a considerable estate, usually consisting of manor-house with its outbuildings and adjoining land.

A Hide was the amount of land that would support a household. Used as a unit of assessment to tax. 1536-37 At the time of the Dissolution (and seizure) of the Monasteries by King Henry VIII, the Manor was granted to the Crown “on an exchange of lands between the King and the Bishop”. 1539-40 Mary, Duchess of Richmond & Somerset, widow of Henry Fitzroy, natural son of King Henry VIII, held two fold courses in Langham and Morston, with her saltmarshes in Merston [Morston] – demised on April 10th to Richard Fulmerston, Gent. “From these marshes and its site by the great German ocean or sea, town derives its nature”. [Blomfield, Norfolk, IX, 1808, p.426]. 1550s Let to William Cordel, Solicitor-General to Queen Mary. 1691-92 The Manor was granted by Their Majesties William & Mary to Thomas Gresham, Esquire. After which, by the marriage of his natural daughter, Anne, it came to Sir Nathaniel Bacon, Knight, 2nd son of Sir Nicolas Bacon, the Lord Keeper of the Seal. Thence by Sir Nathaniel’s daughter and co-heir, Anne, to Sir Roger Townshend, Baronet.

Another Morston There are no other Morstons in the world outside England, but there was a Morston (Manor) in Trimley St Martin, Suffolk– 8 miles southeast of Ipswich – called “Manor of Morston aka Morston Hall (aka Moston Hall aka Marston Hall). In 1086, it was 70 acres, 50 held by 3 Saxons and 20 held of Roger Bigod. (Copinger, Manors of Suffolk, 1909,111 p.100). Marston in SE Missouri, USA, never was called Morston. The Bishop [of Norwich]’s Manor of Langham – which extended into Morston (the capital manor). The patronage of the church was in the see of Norwich. 1086 “Terra Rogeri Bigoti – in Marstuna 1 lib. Ho. De dim. Car. T’re. Que tenet Turald. Et iiii bor. Et I car. Et val. xx sol.” – which translates as “ In Morston [there is] 1 free man with half a carucate of land whom Turold holds, and 4 bordars, and 1 plough, and it is worth 20s. [20 shillings] . [ f.184, Norfolk]. A carucate (or ploughland) was notionally an area that could be ploughed with a 8-ox team. Used in the east and north of England as a unit of assessment to tax, instead of a hide (an area that would support one household). A Bordar was a person ranking below a villein and above a serf in the social hierarchy of a manor, holding just enough land to feed a family (about five acres) and required to provide labour on the demesne on specified days of the week. 1287-88 The Bishop of Norwich, as Lord of the Manor, claimed “the right of frankpledge, a gallows, assize of bread and beer, wreck at sea etc.” Frankpledge (earlier called tithing) meant the subdivision of a Hundred, notionally ten men, the main function of which was to organise securities so as to ensure that its members appeared in court when summoned. A Hundred was an administrative sub-division of the Shire with fiscal, judicial and military functions. Sometimes the hundreds comprised 100 hides.

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

PCC NEWS Repairs to the stolen lead from our north transept are an ongoing issue for our PCC but we have a new roof alarm installed and hope that this will deter thieves in the future. The PCC is currently deciding whether to re-roof in lead or terne coat steel, a material we understand lacks the durability and aesthetics of lead, but which is less attractive to thieves. This is sadly an issue which is affecting many parishes in Norfolk and we sincerely hope that the crime agencies will be able to make headway and prevent this wanton vandalism of our historic buildings. We are grateful to Margaret Barnes and Graeme Peart for organising the repairs along with the Church Architect. Services continue as usual in the meantime. We are currently seeking a PCC Secretary plus new members after membership has fallen to an all-time low. Please contact Caroline Robson on the number above if you would be interested in joining or coming along to a meeting – as the only public building in the village this is a really good way to become involved in our small community and we welcome any support you can give, from joining the flower rota to helping with events. Our next meeting will be the APCM (effectively our Annual General Meeting) on 18th March 2019 – this is open to all villagers and further details will be published nearer the time.

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birdwatching. After the service there was coffee and cake, good conversation and a few extra visitors who came to meet him. We hope he will be back in the not too distant future. A timely reminder please for the food bank with special Christmas type treats and toiletries as well as the usual staples. It will have to go to Fakenham in early December so although there are a few weeks to go at the time of writing it will not give us long once the Lynx is published. The traditional carol service this year is on Sunday 16th December at 5pm with mulled wine and mince pies afterwards. Weather permitting, the usual lantern procession will take place at 4.30pm from the village hall to the church. All welcome! APG

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

SHARRINGTON & DISTRICT GARDENING GROUP It may have been autumn outside, but spring colour was definitely on the minds of keen gardeners as the great bulb and plant sale got underway in Sharrington village hall. Tulips of all shapes, sizes and colours, plus beautiful narcissus and many other bulbs were all on display. And when the shopping was done, there was the chance to sit and chat while enjoying coffee with delicious croissants and bacon butties. Our autumn speaker was the renowned gardener and author Ursula Buchan, who gave an illustrated talk on using scent in our gardens. We came away with lots of tips and useful advice. It was good to see so many members and guests enjoying their drinks and nibbles before the talk started, taking part in the raffle and generally having a friendly, sociable evening. We always welcome new members and there is an exciting programme of events already planned for next year. The December meeting is a Christmas party and quiz on 5th December in Sharrington village hall, 6.30pm for 7pm. We begin our new gardening year on 9th January with our AGM. If anyone would like to join the group or would like to come along to one of our events please contact Robin Burkitt robin@daubeneyhallfarm.com or 01263 861939. PEL

BURNS NIGHT SUPPER Early in 2019 we have the Burns Night Supper in aid of All Saints Church on Friday 1st February at 7pm for 7.15pm. Tickets will cost £15 and please bring your own drinks. You can book your places early by telephoning Pippa Long on 01263 860613 and there will be further advertising nearer the time.

NOBLE ROTTERS Late summer and early autumn saw the Rotters quaffing their way around two key parts of the British Commonwealth. In September we were in Elgin, Paarl and Stellenbosch. In November we were off to the Barossa Valley, Tasmania and the Margaret River. Both South Africa and Australia are increasingly successful wine producing areas and the grape varieties which feature in their wines are quite similar. Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier Chardonnay, Shiraz-Mourvèdre, Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvèdre (GSM) Grenache - Petit Syrah, Pinot Noir and, of course, Pinotage was the line up from South Africa. A sparkling Chardonnay/Pinot Noir, Viognier, Chardonnay, Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, GSM and a botrytised Semillon took the field for Australia. The Australian whites were a little disappointing but the reds were more consistent and the Semillon, with its noble rot, was most appealing, prompting thoughts of Christmas,

CHURCH NOTES On 14th October our Holy Communion service led by the Rev Jo Fawcett delivered a special guest, namely retired Bishop John Gladwin, known to Sharrington congregations for many years because of a friendship with neighbours here. John delivered an interesting sermon in addition to some prayers along with Jo. Sadly John lost his lovely wife, Lydia only a few weeks ago after a long illness and so is coming to terms with a different life. He is supported by many friends and colleagues in his Hertfordshire home and has two brothers nearby. He loves his garden an is interested in

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stilton and mince pies. Overall, the South Africans were more enjoyable and included a tasty Pinotage (a cross between the Pinot Noir and Cinsault or Hermitage grape varieties) which is only found in South Africa. So, across the board, the Springboks won and were generally more keenly priced. Our Christmas tasting on the 14th December will feature a mix of favourite wines presented by club members and enjoyed with a mix of festive fayre. If you would like to join us please contact Roger Dubbins 01263 862261 r.dubbins@btinternet.com. Chief Rotter

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

STIFFKEY VILLAGE HALL Work is still progressing on the village hall. We have now sent out invitations to builders in the area for them to provide quotations for the project. We will then know the amount that we will have to raise from grants and funding. If anyone knows of a builder that would like to be considered for the project then please do get them to get in touch on 07787394088 or email i.curtis@ymail.com and if there is anyone that would like to get involved on the funding side of things then do please get in touch as well. 200 Club results for October are as follows- 1st 87, nd 2 21, 3rd 89 and 4th 76. Please do consider getting involved in this as well. It is all part of your village. Ian Curtis, Chairman Stiffkey village hall

SHARRINGTON VILLAGE HALL LIVE MUSIC NIGHTS Following the popularity of our live music nights in the last two years, next year we plan to host live musicians on a Wednesday night on each of the following dates: 23rd January, 20th March, 22nd May, 24th July, 18th September and 20th November 2019. Entry is free and there is a licensed bar. We aim to attract a wide variety of local musicians and next year have potentially arranged a fun evening with a very versatile and brilliant organist, a barber’s shop group, a singer/songwriter playing ceilidh and folk songs, solo performers, a blues band, a capella music and rock and pop bands to name but a few. We are hoping to attract some jazz musicians and maybe some classical musicians too. Supplementing the music evenings will be our concerts. These are paid entry events which will take place on Saturday evenings. I am delighted to confirm that the brilliant and internationally acclaimed acoustic guitarist, Gordon Giltrap will be returning next summer to entertain us once again. Many who attended last time have been asking when he would be returning to Sharrington and, if you missed him last time, do come – it will be another unforgettable evening. We are also hoping to have an evening of Norfolk folk songs and step dancing too along with an evening with two nationally celebrated singer/songwriters. Details will be announced on the village website www.sharrington. org.uk. If you would like to be placed on our emailing list of forthcoming music events or if you would like to appear as one of our featured artists, please email me at abrams.chris2@gmail.com. We look forward to welcoming you here next year. Chris Abrams

STIFFKEY BOOK CLUB As the group is growing we have now decided to meet in the Red Lion. That saves someone having to host our meetings, find extra chairs and prepare drinks etc as well as sending the other half out somewhere. Our November book was One by One, by Chris Cater, a Brazilian author. It's the story of Detective Robert Hunter of the LAPD's Homicide Special Section who receives an anonymous call asking him to go to a specific web address - a private broadcast. Hunter logs on and a show devised for his eyes only immediately begins. But the caller doesn't want Detective Hunter to just watch, he wants him to participate, and refusal is simply not an option. I really enjoyed it and couldn't put it down despite it being very graphic. Other reviews were mixed, which is the joy of a book club. There is no book for December as we will enjoy our Christmas dinner. We meet again on 28th January. Sally Vanson

MOBILE LIBRARY The good news for Sharrington is that our monthly visits from the mobile library van are set to continue. The cuts in the service that have been made will affect those places with a fortnightly visit where there are few if any users. Sadly however, with a reduction in the number of library vans to be used, two library staff may lose their jobs. The December and January visits to Sharrington will be on 20th December and 17th January. CD

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The Stiffkey Village Facebook page now has 86 members and we've recently had posts for free quinces, the village hall 200 club, mobile car valeting and local original artwork for sale. Come and join us if you haven't signed up. Sally Vanson 07773 800656

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At the beginning of November, once again the Norfolk Pay Back Scheme team came to the Churchyard to cut the conservation area. This year their visit was a month later than normal, but was done in nice dry sunny conditions and the cut was a good one. In December there will be no church service on the 3rd Sunday, (16th), but there will be a Carol/Christingle Service at 3pm on the 23rd, following which there will be mulled wine/soft drinks and mince pies. Anyone wishing to help decorate the church with holly, ivy and candles please contact Heather on 830323. On the note of Christmas, no doubt everyone will have noticed that the nativity scene is getting very old and having had the donkey stolen last Christmas, it is now time for a new scene. Anyone with artistic skills and d.i.y knowledge who would be interested and keen to create a new set sometime in the new year, please let me know (830323). At this time of the year we should also like to thank all those who have helped keep the churchyard and the church looking so good during the year, it is an extra job and it is certainly much appreciated. HH

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SPOT THE DIFFERENCES 1. The star on the roof has become another stone. 2. Joseph has lost his beard. 3. The heart decoration has disappeared from the manger. 4. The lid of the frankincense jar has changed. 5. There's an extra lamb! 6. The king on the right has changed his crown 7. The king on the left has now got striped boots. 8. Someone has put a flask on the stable shelf just possibly Uncle Charles himself. Merry Christmas, readers, Bob

STIFFKEY LOCAL HISTORY GROUP SLHG is pleased to announce that they have now produced a booklet ‘Stiffkey: Those Who Served In WW1’, which commemorates the people of Stiffkey that served in that conflict who had connections with our village. This was originally the idea of Keith McDougal, our first Chairman, who sadly has passed away. The booklet is currently available from Pat Price at Langley, Church St, Stiffkey. 01328830863 or patprice@btinternet.com. The cost is £5 and can be collected there or posted for £2 extra. Geraldine Green

ADULT CHRISTMAS QUIZ 1. Noah’s ark. 2. Ben Gunn. 3. England. 4. Braces. 5. Cod. 6. Dry ice. 7. Mute swan. 8. Soprano. 9. 1961. 10. Fish, eggs & rice. 11. Perjury. 12. Flax. 13. Immune [Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome]. 14. Order of Merit. 15. A wild flower.

JUNIOR CHRISTMAS QUIZ 1. Iron (as in Ironbridge). 2. Magna Carta. 3. Sir Richard Branson. 4. Hannibal. 5. President of the United States of America. 6. Stonehenge. 7. Florence Nightingale. 8. Green. 9. A zoom lens. 10. Beavers. 11. The Pole Star (Polaris). 12. The willow. 13. The raven. 14. Spaniel. 15. Dock leaves.

FINDING LOCAL LYNX There are 20 sitings of Local Lynx on pages 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 21, 26, 27& 28. Happy hunting!

WORDSEARCH BEACHES 1.Wells 2.Weybourne 3. Holkham 4.Mundesley 5.Holme-next-the 6. Brancaster 7. Sheringham 8. Stiffkey 9. Cley 10. Scolt Head 11. Cromer 12. Titchwell 13. Overstrand. 14. Blakeney

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the minibuses. The sun smiled down upon us as we made our way down the steps and we were enthusiastically greeted by two members of the National Trust. They introduced themselves, and they gave us some maps of the area. Curiously and willingly, we tried to work out the weird symbols. They said we were in the triangle and we had to get to a couple of posts. The more we walked, the more we started to understand the symbols. After we made it past all the posts, we met up at the solitary bench. But then they gave us a compass and we had to work out which was north. One of the instructors gave us a short example of what we had to do. We were given a map and a marking sheet. And we had to use our orienteering skills, if we had any, to find a post that was on the map and there were 15 of them. I was in a group with Alfie, Kasper and Seb. We set off on our adventures, it was both fun and an amazing adventure!” Poppy, age 9, wrote: “Scared, shocked, confused, we all came to a stop. Excited, happy, amazed we leaped across the creeks. We all stopped because Ewan searched for his shoe, the more he searched the more he made a mess in the mud. We waited so long my toes all froze like when something is in the freezer.” Izzy, age 11, wrote: “We went to Brancaster marsh, we had an amazing time. The more excited we grew about jumping in the mud, the more we got tiered and wet. Happy and joyful I skidded across the wet sticky mud and ran straight into the creeks. Minutes felt like hours as we waited for Ewan’s shoes to be found in the gooey, sticky mud. The muddier we got, the happier we were. The marshes were so cold. By the end of the trip everyone was freezing and it felt like my fingers were going to fall off. We were dirty, horrible and cold even with warm water proofs on. We had an amazing time!” We are enjoying our new outdoor classroom which was constructed in July. It is a fantastic space to be used for our Woodland Learning sessions and for children to read, eat their lunch or socialise in at play times. School continues to be a busy place, we now have 93 children which is the most we have had for a few years. We have a new teacher in Amber class; Mrs Barrington who has replaced Mrs Howes who retired at the end of the summer term. We are very lucky to have such a dedicated, hardworking staff team. As I write this, I am thinking about the Christmas Nativity Play and planning who will be cast as Mary this year or more importantly who will play the grumpy donkey! I can’t believe that it is that time already! Langham Village: ‘A place for fun, creativity, friendship, ambition and discovery.’ Polly Kossowicz - Head teacher For further information please visit our website www.langham.norfolk.co.uk or follow us on twitter @langhamvill.

LANGHAM VILLAGE SCHOOL NEWS We have welcomed fifteen new pupils into our Reception class this year: Kit, India, Sasha, Archie, Herbie, Ruben, Daisy, Theo, Lorelei, Emma, Tilly, Scarlet, Poppy, Lois and Rafe. They have settled into school really well and are making great progress. They were particularly good at singing ‘Cauliflowers Fluffy’ at our recent Harvest Festival service in the Church. It was a lovely service and families were incredibly generous with their donations of food for the local food bank.

The fundraising team.

Some of our older pupils in Jet Class have been fund raising for the Indonesian Earthquake fund. This was their own idea and they have organised the whole project independently. Theo and Rafe wrote: “We have watched a clip on Newsround in an Assembly, our class teacher told us about the Indonesian earthquake and tsunami. We felt sorry and sad and felt liked we needed to do something. So we made some posters and talked to our Head Teacher to see if we could organise a cake stall and non-uniform day. We sent a school letter out, about the cake stall and the non-uniform day and we raised a massive £288.66.” They did a great job and made us very proud, well done to Theo, Rafe, Bethany, Poppy and Rufus. All the classes are out and about this term. Quartz class have been to Holkham for a team building day, Amber Class are going to Pensthorpe this week, Coral Class will go to Bayfield and Jet Class have been to Brancaster Activity centre for a day of Orienteering and Coastal Safari. The children in Jet Class have written reports about their experience at Brancaster: Orlando, age 9, wrote: “Excited and eager, we arrived at Brancaster in

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Local Lynx No.123 December 2018-January 2019  

The community newspaper for 10 North Norfolk villages.

Local Lynx No.123 December 2018-January 2019  

The community newspaper for 10 North Norfolk villages.

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