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ISSUE 124 February & March 2019 Stained glass window St. Andrew’s Church, Field Dalling

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FEBRUARY 1st Fri. Sharrington Burns Night Supper, VH 7pm 2nd Sat. Morston Annual FMC Quiz, VH 7 for 7.30pm 6th Wed. Sharrington Gardeners Group Talk VH 7pm 8th Fri. Bale fish and chips, Village Hall 6.45pm 8th Fri. Field Dalling Cheese & Wine, VH 6-9pm 10th Sun. Bale Village Hall AGM, Village Hall, 2.30pm 14th Thu. Langham Mobile Library 9.55am St Mary’s & 10.20am The Cornfield 15th Fri. Field Dalling Bingo Night, VH 7.30pm 15th Fri. Sharrington Noble Rotters VH 7.30pm 21st Thu. Binham and Hindringham Open Circle, Hindringham VH 7.15pm 23rd Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club Institute 10:30am 25th Mon. Sharrington Annual PCC, Church 7pm


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MARCH 6th Wed. Field Dalling Church, Ash Wednesday Service, 6pm 6th Wed. Sharrington Gardeners Group Talk VH 7pm 8th Fri. Bale fish and chips, Village Hall, 6.45pm 9th Sat. Sharrington Concert Edwina Hayes VH 7.30pm 11th Mon. Field Dalling PC Meeting VH 7.30pm 11th Mon. Field Dalling Lent Group, 67 Langham Rd, 4.456pm (see Regulars below) 14th Thu. Langham Mobile Library 9.55am St Mary’s & 10.20am The Cornfield 15th Fri. Field Dalling Bingo Night, VH 7.30pm 21st Thu. Binham and Hindringham Open Circle, Hindringham VH, 7.15pm 22nd Fri. Gunthorpe PCC AGM Institute 4.00pm 22nd Fri. Sharrington Noble Rotters VH 7.30pm 23rd Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club Institute 10:30am 31st Sun. Binham Priory Mothering Sunday, 10.30am 31st Sun. Field Dalling Church, Mothering Sunday 11am

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REGULARS Mondays Field Dalling Lent Group, 67 Langham Rd. 4.456pm until Easter (from 11th March) Tuesdays Binham Art Group BMH 9.30am to 12.30pm Wednesdays term time Binham Youth Group BMH 6-8pm 2nd Wednesday in month Field Dalling Coffee Morning, VH 10.30am-12noon 4th Thursday in month Binham Local History Group BMH 7.30pm 1st & 3rd Saturdays in month Langham Coffee Mornings, VH 10am -12noon

BLAKENEY CATHOLIC CHURCH Back Lane Blakeney Parish Priest, Father Keith Tulloch, Stella Maris, The Buttlands, Wells next the Sea 01328 713044 Priest in Residence, Father William Wells (the house behind the church). Service Times: Masses: Saturday Vigil Mass 6.00pm Sunday 11.00am Wednesday 9.30am

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

DEANERY NEWS Our next meeting will be on Thurs. 2nd May 2019, 7 for 7.30pm in St. Andrew’s Meeting Room, Holt. Speaker: The Reverend Jennifer Elliott de Riverol. Subject: Spiritual Direction in our Diocese and its importance towards church growth.


Church Services for the Stiffkey and Bale Benefice for February and March 2019 HC=Holy Communion. CFS=Church Family Service. MP=Morning Prayer. BCP=Book of Common Prayer

Parish Bale Field Dalling

3rd February 9.30am HC

Saxlingham Gunthorpe Sharrington Binham Morston Langham Stiffkey

9.30am MP BCP 11.00am HC 9.30am HC BCP

Parish Bale

3rd March 9.30am HC

10th February 9.30am HC 11.00am CFS

17th February 9.30am HC At Saxlingham

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

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

9.30am MP At Langham

24th February 11.00am MP BCP At Field Dalling 11.00am HC 9.30am HC 9.30am HC 9.30am HC At Langham

10th March 9.30am HC

17th March 9.30am HC

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31st March At Langham

Field Dalling

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At Field Dalling

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11.00am Mothering Sunday service At Langham


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At Langham

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10.30am Mothering Sunday service At Langham 10.30am HC Group Service (coffee afterwards) At Langham

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Additional Services Ash Wednesday (6th March): Langham, 10.00am, Holy Communion Service with Ashing; Field Dalling, 6.00pm. Holy Communion Service Regular Weekday Services Binham: Tuesday, 3.30pm Evening Prayer; Langham: Wednesday, 10.00am Holy Communion May I wish you a growth in knowledge, understanding, faith and humility as the world turns in its eternal cycle of growth. And may Almighty God bless you through His Son, born in that stable. ‘O magnum mysterium, et admirabile sacramentum; ut animalia viderent Dominum natum, iacentem in praesepio. Beata Virgo, cuius viscera meruerunt portare Dominum Christum. O great mystery, and wonderful sacrament, that animals should see the new-born Lord, lying in a manger. Blessed is the Virgin whose womb was worthy to bear Christ the Lord.’ Yours very truly, Ian Whittle, The Rectory Langham 01328 830246

RECTOR’S LETTER Dear Friends and Parishioners, Are we in late Winter or early Spring? Christmas and Epiphany are a little way behind us. But just before they fade away I would like to thank the many who arranged all sorts of carol Services and really special things for all within my ten villages and nine parishes, and those who joined us from beyond. We welcomed about a thousand people to carol and Christmas and Epiphany Services. Epiphany is the Showing Forth of the infant Christ to the entire world. The three wise men, the three kings, led by a star had found Him in the royal town of Israel, Bethlehem. After the wonderful events there He went eventually to Nazareth, where He lived and worked. What did His Mother Mary do with the gold, frankincense and myrrh? A friend gave me at Christmas a bar of soap ‘Triple Milled Bar Soap’ made in New Zealand. “How to use: Lather onto wet skin, rinse off.” Well, I never! Christ’s gifts of course meant much, and had symbolic meaning as well as worth. Gold for a king, frankincense for a priest and myrrh for a corpse. Almighty God entrusted Himself to us in His Son. What we make of the Present is our own affair and also our Judgement.




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COUNTY COUNCILLORS’ NEWS …from Dr Marie Strong You may have read that because of uncertainty as to what can be put in the recycling bins, as opposed to the rubbish bins, some recycling has been contaminated and therefore had to be treated as rubbish. So I thought many of us would find a reminder useful. For recycling advice go to www.norfolkrecycles.com/ bins-at-home/my-recycling-bin/#. For items unsuitable for recycling go to www.norfolkrecycles.com/bins-at-home/ what-is-contamination/#. Finally, if you still have Christmas wrapping paper (or any gift wrapping paper throughout the year) to dispose of, the key message is if you scrunch it and it remains ‘scrunced’ it can be recycled – if it springs out it cannot be recycled – nor can paper which has glitter or tape. For more information go to www.norfolkre cycles.com/scrunchtest/#. No Cold Calling Zones These can help to keep some of our most vulnerable friends, relatives and neighbours safe so if you think a zone would be a good idea in your street or local community check the information at www. norfolk.gov.uk/nccz. The Trading Standards team can offer help and support in getting a new zone off the ground, supply signs to be put up in the neighbourhood and stickers for doors. The team will continue to support established zones and will follow up on all reported incidents. The scheme comes with good advice about how to deal with anyone who turns up uninvited on the doorstep and attempts to sell a product or service; gives you confidence to say ‘no’ if cold callers do show up; makes it clear to rogue traders that they are not welcome and are likely to be reported to Trading Standards. House Fires Smokers are being advised to take extra care extinguishing cigarettes because smoking is the third biggest cause of domestic property fires in the county. A smouldering cigarette can lay dormant for up to six hours before sparking a flame, which means house fires can start in the middle of the night when people are asleep in bed. But it is not only cigarettes which can cause a fire so here are a few safety steps: Do not leave candles unattended, overload plug sockets, leave mobile phones and tablets charging overnight or leave stoves unattended Do install smoke alarms and test them weekly, clear clutter, register warranties on appliances so manufacturers can contact you if a product has to be recalled due to a fault, keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach, close internal doors at night to slow fire spread, plan your escape routes so you know how to get out in the event of a fire. Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service carry out free home fire risk checks – to arrange one call 0800 917 8137. I speak from experience when I affirm the recommendation that in the event of a fire, get out, stay out and call 999.

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Wishing you all a happy, healthy and safe 2019. Marie Dr Marie Strong: County Councillor Wells Division (Glaven, Priory and Walsingham Parishes) marie.strong@norfolk. gov.uk or 07920 286 597 Marie’s villages: Binham & Cockthorpe, Blakeney, Brinton & Sharrington, Barshams & Houghton St Giles, Field Dalling & Saxlingham; Letheringsett & Glandford, Great Snoring, Great & Little Walsingham, Hindringham, Holkham, Hunworth & Stody, , Langham, Thornage & Little Thornage, Morston, Sculthorpe, Stiffkey, Warham, Wells-next-the-Sea, Wighton, Wiveton.

…from Cllr. Steffan Aquarone A council whose business is run by politicians is no good for anyone In its final meeting before the break a number of concerning decisions passed through virtually unnoticed at Norfolk County Council: to remove the post of Managing Director following the departure of its last occupant, Wendy Thompson, and to set up a new "corporate board" to run the council's operations, headed up by the leader and deputy leader. This might all sound cheerily efficient, but putting politicians in charge of the council’s operations as well as its policy-making means there is even less room for opposition, let alone the professional experience of council officers to say how the council should be run. Whilst there is a legal requirement for councils to have a "head of paid service", this is something that is being done at Norfolk County Council in name only. My concerns are not so much party-political as professional. I come from a business background, and I sympathise with the desire to make things happen. But I have also seen many businesses ruined by zealots whose dogma and control makes them fireproof. It's one thing to recognise that the council's policy decisions will be party political. But the very least a well-led council should do is ensure its policies are put into practice in a professional manner, that avoids service failure and taxpayer's money being wasted. Politicians of all parties need to spend more time listening to people they don't necessarily agree with, whose experiences and testimonies are valid and true. Warm wishes, Steff

DISTRICT COUNCILLOR’S NEWS ...from Karen Ward Happy New Year - I hope you all had an enjoyable festive period. We had a flurry of planning applications made in the run up to the Christmas break, so we have added an additional Development Committee meeting in January, so applicants are not kept waiting. Thankfully Enforcement challenges over the Christmas period were predominantly elsewhere in the District and the parishes covered by the Lynx were relatively quiet. We continue to challenge BT/Openreach to remove the ugly pole they have installed on Blakeney Quay and I would like to reiterate that NNDC did not give permission for this installation. Unfortunately central Government have passed legislation which allows telecoms companies to by-pass planning protected areas such as AONBs. Thank you for all your feedback on the Glaven Ports Conservation Area Appraisals - changes are now being incorporated into the draft documents. The good news is that extra funding is going to be provided to continue further work on the Glaven Valley Conservation Appraisal, which will provide additional protection for our special surroundings. You may have read in the local news that there have been some changes at NNDC and I am privileged to have been asked to take on the portfolio for Planning and Housing. I already have a list of matters which many of you have already raised with me, but if there are specific issues you would like me to look into then please do get in touch. Best wishes, Karen

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

Karen Ward: Planning & Housing Portfolio Holder, Glaven Valley District Councillor, 07946 533 983 District Councillors’ Contact Details: Vincent Fitzpatrick e:vincent.fitzpatrick@northnorfolk.gov.uk & Simon Hester e:simon.hester@northnorfolk.gov.uk (Binham, Langham & Stiffkey) Karen Ward e:karen.ward@north-norfolk.gov.uk (Sharrington, Field Dalling, Saxlingham & Morston) Ann.R.Green (01328 878273) e: ann.green@northnorfolk.gov.uk (Gunthorpe & Bale)


and moving to music with the Sticky Kids CD. Mini Movers is for pre-school age to encourage movement to music and song whilst developing numeracy and literacy skills. Booking essential. Evening Crime Book group If you enjoy a good mystery or crime story and would be interested in joining this new book club please let a member of staff know. The group will first meet on Wednesday 13th February, 5.30 - 6.30pm. Come along to find out more!

CHEESE AND WINE EVENING Field Dalling & Saxlingham Village Hall 8th February 6pm-9pm Do you think politicians have lost the plot? Well Steffan Aquarone would agree with you - and he is one on the NCC! The real question is: will you help to put this right?  Whatever your politics why not come and talk to him about your vision for society, what you think political parties should do differently, and what difference this could make to your family, your community and the wider world. We might agree, we might disagree, but let’s have the conversation. 

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 10.15am – 10.45am – please check with library first. In term time only. Computer Support Sessions (Help with tablets too.) 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 21st February 11am – 12 noon. This interview with John Neale (Norfolk born and bred builder and smallholder, and poacher turned game-keeper). Booking is essential. Writing Group Normally every third Friday in month – 15th February 13pm Just a Cuppa Every Friday 10.30am – 12 noon. Come and join us for a drink and a chat.

LOCAL SINGERS IN CONCERT The renowned local choral group 'Ladies Who Sing' will present a concert at 7.30pm on Saturday 9th February in Aylsham Methodist Church. The choir, directed by Janet Kelsey, will be accompanied by the concert pianist David Neil-Jones and will feature two guest soloists - soprano Di Skipper and the boy-treble Henry Parkes, who has made quite a name for himself since arriving in Norfolk twelve months ago. Together these two will be performing Franck's Panis Angelicus and Lloyd Webber's Pie Jesu. In addition the choir will be singing everything from Strauss and Elgar to Abba and The Carpenters. There truly will be something for every taste. Tickets £7 available in advance from choir members and on the door. Proceeds to be shared between Aylsham Methodist Church and choir funds. Bridget 01328 822440.

HOLT LIBRARY For further information about events and to book please call 01263 712202 or check our Facebook page www.facebook.com/libholt. Please check with the library first in case of any changes to events.

For events at Fakenham and Wells libraries, please go to www.facebook.com/fakenhamlibrary.

SPECIAL EVENTS Coffee with Elly Elly Griffiths will be visiting Holt Library to talk about her latest Dr Ruth Galloway Book ‘The Stone Circle’, Friday 8th February 11am – 12 noon. Booking essential - tickets £5 (payable in advance) include refreshments. A Holt Library Friends event. Mini Movers Tuesday 19th February 10.15 – 11.15am. Enjoy getting up

WELLS WEA BRANCH On March 9th, Ian McLachlan turns to the Second World War with his course “Battle Skies over East Anglia 1939-1945: Aerial Conflict affecting East Anglian Communities”. This course had to be cancelled previously so it is reassuring that it is able to be reoffered. Ian is an entertaining speaker and he weaves the military story of the


2017 Dome Day. (Below: Tiger Moth left, Spitfire, right.) Planning for the RAF Langham Reunion and Dome Heritage Day on Saturday 1 June 2019 is now gathering pace; although we still await confirmation of our request for Battle of Britain Memorial Flight participation. As usual we plan to have a Grand Draw on the day with the first prize being a glider experience flight for two with the Norfolk Gliding Club at Tibenham. We plan to sell draw tickets from early in 2019. Please contact John Blakeley on 01263 861005 or Patrick Allen on 01328 839348 if you would like some ahead of the Dome opening on 4th April. If you would like more information on the Dome and how to become a Friend of Langham Dome (where annual membership gives unlimited free admission) or to 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. J.Blakeley

British and American air power with human stories on the ground: a different take on a history in part familiar to many. The Day School begins at 10.00am, the fee is £15 and is held at the Friends' Meeting House, Church Street, Wells NR23 1HZ. For further information and booking please email Ann Whitelaw on anniewhitelaw53@icloud.com or call 078 567 921 86. Or at https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk.

GLAVEN CENTRE SERVICES Toe-nail clinics Wed. 6, 13, 20, 27 February & Wed. 6, 13, 20 March.

Hearing Aid clinics Fri. 22 February & Wed. 20 March

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


LANGHAM DOME NEWS We continue to pursue our Spitfire appeal and we now have around 60% of the money needed to strengthen the aircraft to withstand the North Norfolk winter and gales and to design and build a secure mounting for the replica (which is full size). We are looking at other sources of funding to complete the work, but all contributions will be gratefully received. The initiative which we started with Easy Fund Raising continues and we hope more Lynx readers will support this effort - 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 online, 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. We are very pleased to announce that thanks to an initiative started by the Driftwood Gallery in Sheringham and the very talented Sheringham artist Janet Samuel we will be introducing an iconic selection of aircraft prints in 2019 “The Langham Dome Aviation Collection”. We hope to have the first series of 8 cards available by the time we open in April 2019 and also in the Driftwood gallery before then. All profits will support the FoLD charity, and a pilot print run which we sold at the International Aviation Academy’s “Santa on the Plane” event in early December proved very successful. One of the cards is of the Tiger Moth which many Lynx readers will often see in the skies near Langham and another is from the Spitfire flypast at our

After the busy autumn drilling period, the winter months give arable farms such as ours a chance to start winding down a little and begin preparations for the coming spring (those with livestock and vegetables aren’t necessarily as fortunate!) The weather tends to restrict the amount of land work we can do, primarily as it’s too wet to travel, but generally there is no need to do much with the crops in the ground as they have stopped growing, along with the weeds, pests and diseases that threaten them. Sugar beet is the exception to the rule as this is the time of year it’s harvested and taken to the factory for refinement.


Many of you will have seen the harvesters, some of which are huge machines, scooting up and down the fields lifting the beet out of the ground. The harvesters are large, mainly because beet crops are “large”, not because the harvester carries out complex processing of the plant in-field. A comparison with wheat may be helpful here: a combine is doing a lot of processing within the machine - cutting, threshing and separating the grain - but wheat will generally yield somewhere between 8-12 tons per hectare, so the on board storage capacity of combines tends to be around 10 tons or so. With sugar beet the processing is kept to a minimum with only the leaves being removed by a topper and the worst of the dirt being shaken off as the beet are moved from the ground and into the machine; however, crops tend to produce anything from 70-110 tons per hectare - virtually ten times as much as wheat! As a result the on board storage can be up to 30 tons on the biggest machines, which equates to about 45m³, in order to keep the machine moving while the tractor is tipping. Unfortunately we’re very much at the lower end of the yield spectrum this year the legacy of a wet spring and dry summer - but even so, it’s a much larger mass to move off the field. Once the beet is unloaded from the harvester onto a tractor and trailer it is treated one of two ways: it can be tipped onto a nearby concrete pad or “clamp”, where it is later scooped up by a loader and conveyed onto a lorry using a beet cleaner, which also removes stones, more dirt and undersized beet. Alternatively it is tipped on the field edge in a “Maus line”. A Maus is a machine with a header, not unlike a combine, which drives down the heaped line of beet, gathering them onto a series of conveyors, which carry them through the machine, over the hedge and onto a lorry waiting on the roadside. Using a Maus is advantageous as the beet only need to be carried to the field edge but clamping beet elsewhere can cause less damage to the field, so there are pros and cons to each system. When not busy with beet most time is spent on maintenance. Over the busier months equipment such as cultivators and drills can take a bit of a battering, so we haul them into the workshop and nurse them back to full working order. The yards are tidied up, repairs made to barns and infrastructure, and hedges and ditches cut back. If all goes to plan the estate should look tidy, the machinery should be working and the staff should be well rested as we head into spring. (Spoiler alert: it never goes to plan!)” Jonathan Darby Albanwise Farm Manager

WANDERING IN A WINTER WOOD Bale Diary 19th Dec 2018 Most of the trees have dropped all their leaves now but there's an oak at the bottom of the green lane near the wood that still has plenty of them, lobed and ginger-coloured; waiting for a hard frost perhaps. The hazels have their catkins all ready to expand as soon as February or before if it’s mild. There’s a section of the wood that seems in a state of collapse. It is mostly elm and ash; the elms get to a certain height then the bark boring beetles find them and spread the fungal disease Ascomycota. The tree reacts by plugging its own xylem tissue with gum and tyloses, bladder-like extensions of the xylem cell wall. As the xylem (one of the two types of vascular tissue produced by the vascular cambium, the other being the phloem) delivers water and nutrients to the rest of the plant, these plugs prevent them from travelling up the trunk of the tree, starving the tree of water and nutrients, therefore, eventually killing it. but the roots are still alive and send up new shoots, so there is a continuous cycle of growth and death in the wood. At the moment there seems more death, and rafts of dead trees block the old paths. On the other side of the wood the spring-fed pools are still dry. At the end of the winter last year there was a large pond where now it's just a hollow full of copper coloured beech leaves, and I can stand in the soft peaty earth and leaf litter. The water bubbles up from the bottom when the spring runs. There were long-tailed tits, and then another bird I wasn’t sure of, possibly pied wagtails, running along the high branches, with a “plink plink” call. Oaks and beech predominate – there are some monsters; holly in the lower storeys, making domed hallways, while hazel grows in bushy forms, flexible and sometimes trapped into archways, and ancient carcasses sprawl across the woodland floor. No ash in this main part of the wood. The wet nature of the land with its springs, sumps, swamps and little stream means it’s not suitable for agriculture, and has been woodland - though some parts planted and planned for perhaps hundreds of years. As there are so many deer – red, roe and muntjac – I wanted to see if young trees were growing. I recently read an extract of Oliver Rackham’s book on the ash tree, in which he said that woodland oaks were not reproducing due to oak mildew, and hazels due to squirrels. Deer nip off young growth too. I found several young beech trees but no oaks, and plenty of hazels. Our

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


December 18

Martin Titmarsh £25 Kris Clarke £25 Les King £10 Rose Jewett £10 Jane Wheeler £5 Mini Postan £5 Shona Macorkindale £5 Charlie Mitchell £5 Special Christmas draw £25 Ollie Croft


hedgerow oaks had bumper crops of acorns this year. Most oaks grow from forgotten jay stashes. There are many standing elms, some dead and some alive, protected by the other trees. It’s quite easy to get lost, paths entice and bring you only to bramble patches and more fallen trees. Down here in the almost forgotten centre of the labyrinth I try to find my slow way home. Jane Wheeler

Supper, Old Year’s Night and the monthly fish & chip evenings (second Friday of each month, arrive by 6.45pm to get your order in). We still have no alcohol licence, so all events are “bring your own” drinks (with the obvious exception of the wine-tasting!). A full list of events will be on the notice board as soon as dates are finalised. The Village Hall AGM will take place on Sunday 10th February at 2.30pm. This is an open meeting and anyone who is interested in how the Village Hall is run or has any questions for the Committee, or even wanting to join, is very welcome to attend. Paula Moore

VILLAGE HALL NEWS We once again said “Adios” to the Old Year in good style, with fun and feasting. We were a few down on numbers from recent years, but that did not detract from the friendly atmosphere and it was especially nice to welcome a couple who are hoping to be residents in Bale by this time next year. The customary pre-mid-and-post-dinner quiz was keenly fought, with the eventual victors being “Hammond Eggs”, who have the honour/pleasure(?) of setting the questions next year. The competitive spirit once again defied logic in the “Whiskey Rolling” contest. The lucky winner was Sandy Chapman but some were so determined to prove their coin-rolling accuracy that it probably would have made more economic sense for them to just buy themselves a bottle! So the Village Hall was also a winner, pocketing all those lovely pound-coins that didn’t quite find the target. Thanks to Alastair, Paul and the team for the wonderful catering and to Margaret and her team for setting up, decorating and clearing up the Hall. Back in November, the quiz was a success after a late surge (thank-you especially to the Carter clan!) which gave us six teams. There was a last-minute change of plan on the catering, as we were unable to provide the usual cooked supper. As it turned out, the decision to provide only “nibbles” was a good one – we were able to reduce the ticket price and with lighter snacks rather than a sit-down meal, it was easier to socialise with “the competition” during the interval. The programme of events for 2019 has not yet been finalised but we are planning a wine- tasting, a flowerarranging demonstration, a “Tea at Bale Ritz” afternoon (in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance), the Tractor Run and, after the success of last year’s event, a Midsummer Pizza Evening. For the summer events, the outside area will be fully functional after the recent resurfacing, so fingers crossed for a repeat of summer 2018’s weather! Of course there will also be the regular favourites – the Harvest

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

BINHAM COMMUNITY DEFIBRILLATOR PROJECT Village Emergency Telephone Service (VETS) We have recently completed the training of the Volunteers for the above VETS service. This was carried out by our defibrillator supplier, Community HeartBeat Trust and we now have eight fully trained villagers, able to assist when the defibrillator requires deployment, which usually will be on the instigation of the Ambulance Service. As I mentioned previously in the Lynx the ‘VETS’ service enables anyone of our 8 volunteers to be easily contacted and both bring the machine to and assist with the resuscitation of the casualty, pending the arrival of the emergency services. The system uses a simple, memorable telephone number, unique to our village, and can be dialled by anyone who is with the casualty. Currently, the Ambulance Service itself does not activate the system. Once dialled, all the volunteers’ telephones simultaneously ring and can be answered by any one of them. In some circumstances and/or location of the casualty, this first volunteer may just go immediately to assist with CPR/resuscitation whilst arranging for the VETS number to be dialled again to enlist another volunteer to collect the defibrillator. Once we have received our memorable telephone number its details will be distributed to every household in the village and will be displayed prominently at the key


locations where the defibrillator is currently advertised. I must however point out that the VETS is a volunteer CPR/Community Defibrillator service only and availability and attendance at any incident cannot be guaranteed. It is of course always essential, in the first instance, to dial 999 to contact the emergency services . For any further information about both the project or the ‘VETS’ service please contact Dr. Clive Brady, 01328 830830; clivetmbrady@gmail.com.

BINHAM CHRISTMAS FAIR The team Binham broke all records by raising £2,148 in aid of Binham Priory. There were over 20 tables offering exciting and tempting gifts. Thanks to all who made this a fun and successful day.

FRIENDS OF BINHAM PRIORY Protecting the Royals – a talk by David Reeve Thursday 4th April 7pm for 7.30pm, Memorial Hall Former Chief Superintendent David Reeve, who is also chairman of Sandringham Flower Show, commanded the royal protection team at Sandringham before retiring after 34 years with Norfolk Constabulary. His talk promises to make a great evening with slices of humour alongside a look at the more serious aspects of this important role. A native of Norfolk, David was made a Member of the Royal Victorian Order for personal services to the Queen. He has given many talks to help charities and has also been awarded the MBE for his services to the communities of Norfolk. Tickets for the talk are £6 each including a glass of wine/ soft drink, available from 4th March via fobptickets@gmail.com or Clare Winkley (01328 831848). Further details nearer the date at FoBP’s website www.friendsofbinhampriory.weebly.com. The Friends’ AGM takes place at 6.30pm on the same evening. Members will receive full details by email closer to the date.

BINHAM PRIORY SERVICES Mothering Sunday, 31st March A short service for all the family at 10.30am in Binham Priory. We shall also give out posies to take back home.

CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS IN BINHAM The opening events were choral. On Monday 17th, over 70 gathered outside The Chequers to sing heartily all the favourite carols to music provided by Fakenham Town Band who were in very good form. With the weather kind, and helped on by warm punch and refreshments graciously served by the pub, a splendid start to the festive season was had by all. Our thanks, once again, goes to Liz Brown for making all the necessary arrangements. The evening was thought to be the best to date, with a collection of £140 for the Band to help with their annual expenses as a demonstration of the appreciation of those gathered. Next evening the Iceni Choir members, conducted by Mark Jones, were in fine voice in the Priory for the service of “Carols and Readings”. The largest congregation so far of 90, enjoyed the choir and joined in singing many of the familiar carols. Mince pies and mulled wine fortified everyone afterwards. The collection for Emmaus was also a record of £515. The Priory was beautifully decorated for the three main services on Christmas Eve: “The Family Crib Service” in the afternoon, “Midnight Communion” and, “Carols and Readings” on Christmas Day. All three were well supported with almost 200 attending. The combined collections amounted to £500 to be split equally between The Children’s Society and St. Martins Housing, Norwich. David Frost

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.

BINHAM VILLAGE MEMORIAL HALL Heavens, but 2019 has got off to a cracking start and we are booking lovely things in the Hall. You may have noticed that the cookery demonstration with Chris Couborough and Arthur Howell was cancelled at the very last minute so apologies for that. It is being re-programmed and we will let you know more about it soon. The Wighton Players had their annual pantomime on Saturday 12th January – oh, yes they did – so we hope you enjoyed that as much as we did! In April, we are planning a charity fashion show which promises to be spectacular and we will have much more info in the next issue of the Lynx. Keep up to date with all our news and events on our website (www.binhamvillagehall.co.uk) – you will see a diary when you go into the ‘Bookings’ tab and we keep all our future event details and information under the ‘Blog’ tab. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook too.


overwhelming sense of sadness at the sheer size of the loss of life, but the sense of tribute to those who gave their lives very much lives up to those words of Rudyard Kipling that are inscribed at each site; Their Name Shall Liveth For Evermore. Our first visits were to : Bertie John Fickling MM aged 28 - Beacon Cemetery, Sailly Laurette William Henry Males aged 21 - Dive Copse British Cemetery, Sailley-Le-Sec followed by a visit to the Royal Field Artillery Memorial at Pozieres for greatt uncle Ernest John Alford. We next went to the Thiepval Memorial (right) which displays the names of some 72,000 soldiers who have no known grave including three from Binham, Thomas Youngman MM aged 19, Alec Curson aged 20 and Herbert Grange aged 20. Nothing quite prepares you for the sheer size and scale of the monument with its commanding view on a ridge looking down across the Somme battlefield landscape. There is an excellent museum on the site which tells the story of the first battle of the Somme on 1 July 1916 and there are some very poignant displays. We then went to Delville Wood which was the scene of terrible fighting and shelling bombardment in the wood during the period of 15 July – 3 September 1916 resulting in significant losses for the South African Army and the British Army including 8th Norfolks. It’s where Privates Curson and Grange lost their lives. Poignantly there remains one single original Hornbeam tree which somehow managed to survive the bombardment. The current wood of oak and birch trees was replanted by the South African Government and has a very large memorial and museum for the South African Army. The wood is regarded as hallowed ground to the memory of the South Africans, British and German soldiers who still lie there. (left)

BINHAM & HINDRINGHAM OPEN CIRCLE We are a women’s group that meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7.15 pm in Hindringham village hall. It would be lovely to welcome new members to our group. Either come along or ring our secretary Sue Elkins 01328 878487 for more information. We welcome Rose and Keiran Waits on Thurs 21st February for a talk about stained and fused glass. Then, on Thurs 21st March, Catherine Temple from Copys Green Farm at Wighton will talk to us about cheese making, including her famous Binham Blue and hopefully there will be samples to taste! Sue Ellis

BINHAM LOCAL HISTORY GROUP WW1 Armistice Day Centennial Trip Following Binham’s very successful WW1 exhibition in The Memorial Hall on Sunday 11th November 2018, it transferred, with kind permission of The Revd. Ian Whittle to be exhibited in the church for a further three weeks. We know from visitors that it was very well received and deemed a fitting tribute. However, the full story had yet to be completed insofar as to the making of a journey to France to visit each of Binham’s war dead’s cemetery or memorial. The plan was to take a memorial card which included, where available, a photograph of the deceased with his name, rank, age, date of death, a hand painted post card by members of Binham Art Group, together with a small stone from the grounds of the Priory and a small glass phial of Binham soil. On Friday 16th November my husband Neil and I drove to Arras which was to be our base for two days to achieve our task. We were also taking the opportunity of visiting Neil’s paternal grandfather’s grave at the Guards Cemetery in Cuinchy and great uncle’s commemoration at the Royal Field Artillery memorial at Pozieres. On the Saturday, we set off from Arras to cover the main area of the Somme battlefield sites and the associated cemeteries and memorials. It was a cold frosty start but with clear blue skies and winter sunshine it was hard, looking across the landscape at the evenly ploughed farmland, to reconcile this view with the archive scenes of mud and devastation from the all too familiar films and photos of WW1. The cemeteries and memorials are a true credit to the dedication of the work of the Commonwealth War Grave Commission. There is, of course, even after 100 years an


archaeologist Howard Carter - Dr Susan Gattuso. Start time is 7:30pm at Binham Memorial Hall. £3 members, £5 non-members Pennie Alford, Secretary Binham Local History Group blhg@btinternet.com 01328 830700

We finished our first day back in Arras just as dusk was closing in to visit the very large British cemetery and memorial Faubourg D’Amiens built to a design by famous British architect Edwin Lutyens. In this cemetery lies Private Harry Robins Neale. He was a baker living in Bunkers Hill in Binham where his father ran a bakery in Front Street. He was married with four young children and died of wounds on 18 March 1917 aged 30. Sunday we were up early to cover the remaining cemeteries to the north of Arras and heading on our way home. Our first stop at Bully-Grenay British Cemetery for Edward Coe who was killed on 25 Sept 1915 aged 21. Originally buried as an unknown soldier he was subsequently identified on reinterment. Onto Guard’s cemetery at Cuinchy for Neil’s Grandfather William Alford killed 31 March 1916 aged 26. Then Euston Road cemetery at Colincamps for Henry Wyer who died of wounds on 3rd September 1918 aged 39. As we laid our last memorial card at Hazebrouck Communal Cemetery for Private Frederick Sidney Bird who died on 30 April 1915 aged 20 we felt a sense of achievement on behalf of Binham to the memory of those who made the greatest sacrifice. Once home there was one final grave to visit, that of Cpl William Clarke age 34 who died on 19 Dec 1916 in the UK and is buried at Framingham Pigot in St Andrew’s Churchyard. Our trip photographs were added to the exhibition and completed the story. Only one grave eluded us, which was that of Edward Hooke who died 5 July 1916 aged 21 and is buried in Amara Cemetery in Iraq. It is hoped that now the exhibition is closed that we will be able to make a photographic story album to reside in the church.

FOODBANK NEWS Many thanks to all of you who gave so generously to help our local people in need over the Christmas period. Between the Howells Superstore box and the Church box the response was tremendous. We should make special mention of the Christmas gift donated by one of our younger villagers, cash donations totalling £50 and one of Trevor Howell’s seasonal suppliers who donated his payment to the food box. One very generous Lynx reader donated their winter fuel payment of £200 to the Energybank. We look forward to 2019 with the hope that the desperate situation that some families find themselves in, generally through no fault of their own, will improve. But in the meantime, we rely on the continued generosity of you all. Norah and Richard ranglewis@mypostoffice.co.uk

100+ CLUB WINNERS November winners: £25 Charlie Hunt, £10 Barb Thompson, S Savory, £5 Vanessa Buxton, Mr M Mathews, M Martin. December winners: £50 Mrs J Randle, Alister Taylor, £25 Fiona Thompson, £10 Mr M Jeffrey, Ann & Perry Hooper, £5 Nora Lewis, Mr & Mrs Small, Barb Thompson. If anyone would like to join the 100+ club, please call at 8 Priory Crescent or ring June Read on 01328 830106.

Looking to do some voluntary work?


In these short dark winter days here are details of a transcribing project to volunteer for working from home using the internet utilising as much time as you want to. It’s a project called the Local Recall Project run by Argent Newspaper group. It will bring almost 150 years of EDP newspapers out of the archives and make them available for the public to explore online via accessible chat bot and voice search functions. Using scanning software an enormous amount of archive material has become ready for use. However, there needs to be validation and correction and Ben Craske, Archive Editor and Chris Amos Project Manager at Argent hope to create a group of community volunteers that can contribute to the Local Recall Project by checking these digital files from the comfort of their own home, using the easy-to-use editing suite. There are no expected minimum (or maximum!) contributions – volunteers can check as many articles as they like. Any and all assistance will be most gratefully received. You can find more information and FAQs from the volunteer signup page, which can be found at https:// localrecall.archant.co.uk/volunteer. I have signed up and its a really enjoyable way to spend time reading interesting items from time gone by and validating them.

The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest you, but only to hold your foot long enough to enable you to put the other somewhat higher.

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

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL Hooray!! We did it, we really did it. We raised enough money for not one but two special nursing chairs for the Norfolk and Norwich Neo Natal Unit. I feel so proud and so grateful to everyone who helped and supported the Cockthorpe Christmas Tree Festival. A huge thank you to those who helped; David Mahon who supplied and delivered the beautiful little trees, even delivering some extra when I ran out; GJL Animal Feeds for supplying all the buckets; the sponsors; everyone who decorated the trees and gave tombola prizes and private donations.

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Thurs 28 Feb 2019 - Landscape of Towers, lost churches and religious ruins of Norfolk - Clive Dunn Thurs 28th March 2019 - The Life and Times of


candles flickered their warm light; people began to come in. All sorts of people: little children well muffled, their little hands holding on tight to a grown-up. Some limped in, legs a-pain, whilst others ran, keen to find a seat - for not many were left. Some came from Saxlingham, some from Snoring. Others from Walsingham, and of course, from our own Field Dalling. It was as if community was becoming church. The Christmas figures were given out, and readers reminded us of the story. We were sung a solo, and a bassoon and cello supported the most amazing singing of carols with descants and inner parts resounding through the church. It was a wondrous time. But then, Christmas always is. Fiona Newton

The week before the Festival the church was buzzing with people decorating trees. Children from Blakeney School arrived with their angels they had made, plus a book they had written with wishes and prayers for all the tiny babies at the N&N Neo Natal Unit. Then suddenly there was a lovely air of beauty and calm. The weekend was marvelous; people braved the Arctic conditions on Saturday and luckily the temperature rose for a beautiful festive Sunday, culminating in a wonderful carol service with the Cantalina Singers and a packed church. Thank you to Tracey Fowle, Michael Brunson, Maurice and Sue Matthews, and everyone who helped. As soon as we have a date for next year I will let you know. A very happy New Year. Juliet Case



www.fdands.org Coffee Mornings

Contact: Julie Wiltshire julie_wilson75@hotmail.com

Coffee mornings are held every second Wednesday of the month at Field Dalling Village Hall, and are a great opportunity to chat over a cup of fresh coffee (or tea). All are welcome. Refreshments are free of charge, but donations are gratefully received. Next dates are Wednesday 13th February and 13th March, 10.30am to 12 noon. Brian Goodale

ST ANDREW’S CHURCH Ash Wednesday Holy Communion Service Wednesday March 6th at 6pm This will be a special service to mark the start of Lent; it will last about 45 minutes.

Carpet Bowls Club Bowls is a game for all ages and is a gentle sport. If anyone feels that they would like to give it a try, we meet on Thursday evenings in the village hall at 7.30pm. The club would very much like to welcome you. Jenny Allison

Lent Group This will meet at Manor Farm Cottage, 67 Langham Road, Field Dalling, the home of Ian and Fiona Newton, from 4.45pm to 6pm starting on Monday March 11th. It will meet every Monday up to Easter. As well as plentiful tea and cake, there will be an opportunity to delve more deeply into the issues of life and faith that concern us.

Important Diary Dates Bingo Nights: 15th Feb, 15th Mar, 12th Apr (Easter). Harvest Supper: 12th Oct; Christmas Fair: 23rd Nov.

Mothering Sunday Sunday March 31st at 11am

CHEESE AND WINE EVENING Field Dalling and Saxlingham Village Hall Friday 8th February, 6pm – 9pm

We invite everyone to join us for a Mothering Sunday Service at 11am. If you are new to the village or to St Andrew’s, this is a lovely service at which to visit the church for the first time. As always, we will finish with tea and coffee, juice and biscuits.

See page 6 for details.



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

It was Christmas Eve. Candles and lanterns twinkled along the path to the church. Bells called us. Inside, the church lamps glowed amongst the greenery, and more

FOGPC 50/50 Club Draw Results November December Claire Dye Peggy Corney Linda Jenkinson Ellen Hill Alex Worrall David Paton David Vaughan

£20.00 Elaine Francis £25.00 £15.00 Rose Dudman £20.00 £ 5.00 Barbara Burton £20.00 £ 5.00 Victoria L-B £15.00 £ 5.00 Noel Hinton £10.00 £ 5.00 Gertraud Shaw £ 5.00 £ 5.00 Hilary B-J £ 5.00 Jessie Lindsay £ 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 time of joining until May 2019. Payments can also include your “Friends” membership of a minimum of £5.00 per annum or part, 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 (email: 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 held on Saturday 15th December combined with a village party in the Institute was deemed a great success and both the 50:50 Club and Institute benefited from the event. 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

Roy Marsden. Finally we can confirm that the PCC AGM will be held in the Institute on Friday 22nd March at 4pm. Penny Brough Church Warden

NEW GENTLE YOGA CLASS at the Village Institute Starting soon, on Thursday mornings, Richard Redmayne is holding a chair yoga class. It will be an hour long, and the important thing is that attendees will be using a chair to make the yoga easier. The hall is a warm and welcoming venue. Yoga mats are supplied as well as the chairs. The style of yoga that he teaches includes practice in proper breathing and deep relaxation as well as the physical stretches and postures. The class will consist of a number of stretching and strengthening movements, with relaxation after each; a calming, breathing exercise and, at the end, a period of deep relaxation. The whole session is designed to be meditative. The first class will be on Thursday, 28th February, at 11 am and the cost will be £6 a class during term time. If you would like to know more you can ring Richard on 01263 862289.



On 9th December we had a lovely full church to celebrate the christening of Kaitlin Gordon and her daughter Rose. What a very happy service it was. Sadly, on December 28th the burial of Maurice Craske took place. Maurice and his wife Hilary (from Gunthorpe) had married in St Mary’s in 1969 and despite them living in Sheringham supported us for many years. (see page 15). Thank you to everyone who helped to make the church look so festive for Christmas. Marie and Diane arranged the lovely flowers, and we had a good turnout for pew polishing and brass cleaning. Also a big thank you to Dan Worsley, his cousin Brian and David for doing some extra work clearing nettles etc in the churchyard to give the snowdrops an extra chance. Magically, the pothole at the entrance to the car park has been repaired. Thank you to whomever carried out this work. The Benefice service was held on December 30th and a lovely kneeler, in memory of Faith Bennell, was dedicated. The kneeler was kindly donated by Hilary Bevan-Jones and

Our namesake ward at the NNUH has changed its role yet again and has reverted to being a respiratory ward from being the General Medical Day Unit. The ward sister is again Melanie Griggs, and we look forward to welcoming her and other Gunthorpe Ward staff to our summer village functions. As always we delivered a sample of Christmas fare to the Ward on Christmas Day - so many thanks to all who have contributed to the Ward fund. John & Diane Blakeley

FRIENDS OF GUNTHORPE PC Happy New Year! Having ended 2018 on a high celebrating jointly with the Village Institute for Christmas, we hope you will watch the ‘What’s On’ list for the Friends gatherings to come this year. The first will be the churchyard clear-up in April – date to be announced in the next issue. It is a great start to the gardening season in the Churchyard - a fun gardening-morning followed by drinks and snacks. All are welcome so do come if you can – jobs


inherit on his death. At that time his lands and estates in Gunthorpe and elsewhere were given an annual value of £10.4.7, the annual "tithe rent" being £1.0.6. Sir Edward Paston, a successor as lord at Binham died in 1630, and it was his son, Edward, who pulled down the monastic buildings. His intention had been to build a manor house on the site using materials from the ruins, but nothing came of the scheme. Seven of the original nine bays of the nave were used for the parish church at Binham. An Edward Paston, then lord of the manor at Binham, Barningham etc. married Mary, the daughter and co-heir of John Clarke a gentleman from Bale, in 1724. It was their son who sold the lordship in 1756, thus severing the connection between Gunthorpe and Binham that had existed for several hundred years. The Valoins family had been key figures in the relationship from the beginning. For those interested, it should be mentioned that the story of the "Barony of Valoignes in Norfolk" was written by J.C. Tingey fifty years ago. Geoffrey de Valoignes died in 1207. The heir to his estate and that of his brother Robert was the latter's daughter. She was known as Gunnora de Valoignes, possibly because of the Gunthorpe connections. She married Robert Fitzwalter, and died some time before 1220. Her daughter and sole heir, Christina, married William de Mandeville, Earl of Essex and, later, Raymond de Burgh. Christina died in 1234 leaving no heir, but the De Burgh family were to become involved with Gunthorpe, through marriage with the Clare family, some years later.

can be found for gardeners of all capabilities and ages! Even if you can only stay a while it is helpful to come. Onward the Spring! Marie Denholm, Friends Chairman

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 2 of the essay on the links between Binham Priory and the village. The Priory was not fully completed until about the middle of the 13th century and at that time the Prior had the right of nominating a rector at Letheringsett. For a time, that village had two rectors, and some confusion existed. It was to clarify the situation that the Bishop of Norwich ordered his archdeacon to hold an enquiry. This took place at Holt Church on St Valentine's Day 1274-5. The enquiry supported the Prior's right, among the jury being Richard Archer and Richard Sagge, of Gunthorpe, and the chaplain at Batele (Bale). The Prior of Binham is given as one of the lords of the Manor at Gunthorpe in 1316. In 1540, when only six monks remained, Binham Priory was suppressed by Henry VIII. This followed a visit by one of Thomas Cromwell' s officials, Sir Robert Ryche. After his visit, he reported to Cromwell as follows: “My lord, I entend to suppress Bynham before my return, which pretendyth itself to be a Sell to Seynt Albans, if ye advertyse me not to the contrary." Just before the Dissolution, circa 1523, it appears that Edmund Money of Gunthorpe held some form of tenancy from the Prior of Binham. The "Muster Roll" states that he was holding land valued 26/8 (2 marks) per annum and had movables to the value of £15. When the Priory was dissolved, the site and its possessions were bestowed upon Thomas Paston, fifth son of Sir William Paston. The possessions included the lands at Gunthorpe, Barney etc. Some accounts say that Sir Thomas acquired the manor of Paston by making an exchange of land with Bishop Rigg, the exchange involving the rectory of Dersingham. After the exchange, the Wells and Gunthorpe manors involved, referred to as "parcel" of Binham Priory were valued at £5-18-1. Sir Thomas had no direct heir when his only son Henry died, and in 1546 he made a new arrangement with the Crown. On payment of 500 marks it was agreed that he should hold the estates "in fee simple" meaning that he could decide on who should

MAURICE DAVID CRASKE We were sorry to hear that Maurice Craske died in the Royal British Legion Home, Halsey House, Cromer on 17th December. He was 88 years old and had lived in Halsey House for the past 5 years. His funeral service took place in Sheringham on 28th December followed by his internment at Gunthorpe in St Mary’s churchyard, alongside his wife Hilary who died in July 2011. Maurice who hailed from Sheringham married Hilary Grief from Gunthorpe in November 1969 and the couple moved to Sheringham where Maurice ran his successful butchers, bakers and restaurant business with his brothers. However, they were frequent visitors to Gunthorpe and Hilary maintained close links with St Mary’s church. We offer our condolences to Christopher, Antony and Karen and their families.

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

FROM THE REGISTERS Holy Baptism Georgina Rose Herbert 27th October 2018

Funeral Ronald William (Ronnie) Dickinson aged 91 Wednesday 2nd January 2019


leaflets, carry out administration and also to all who support us financially. You are all very valuable to us and we appreciate your participation most sincerely. We wish you all a very Happy New Year. Langham PCC

REMEMBRANCE DAY From the above Sunday service on November 11th a donation of £25 was made to the R.B.L. Poppy Appeal 2018.



There was a pre-Christmas quiz held in the village hall at the end of November which was well attended. There will be a number of quizzes in the hall in the coming months so keep an eye out for the posters advertising each one. Back by popular demand, the Village Hall carols event, with refreshments, was held on Wednesday 19th December. This was an evening of fun and the singing of popular carols with all members of the audience in fine voice having a great time. Many thanks to Edward Allen for organising the event; Helen Barrow, the piano player, born in Langham, now living in Blakeney; and Jan Hope, the reader. And, finally, a big thank you to all of the people who attended the event and made it such a success, surely to be repeated next Christmas. Village Hall Committee

200 Club Draw November 2018 £10 73 Mrs C Grand 123 Mr R White 84 Mr R Dickinson 141 Mr R Davis 77 Mrs H Armstrong 14 Mrs E Wright

December 2018 £20 80 Mr & Mrs Parnell 123 Mr & Mrs R White 192 Mrs A Duckworth Non-winner’s prize in 2018 146 Mrs. A Curtis £25 FOL Committee

THANK YOU FRIENDS OF LANGHAM A very relaxing free trip to Norwich was enjoyed by members of the Friends of Langham ‘200 club’ in early December. Later in the month we had another challenging quiz evening and at the end of the month a Pantomime trip was organised for the children. All this was very much appreciated by various people of the village. A big thank you to the Friends of Langham for all their efforts during the year in providing the village with such an enjoyable variety of events. Like all organisations they need our support so if you are not in the ‘200 club’ do give it a thought. You’ve got to be ‘in it, to win it’. If you wish to join, please contact the Treasurer, Peter Barlow, on 01328 830 606. FOL member

CHURCH CAROL CONCERT With a congregation and chorus of 70 the church was humming with carols for the annual Coastal Singers singalong. Conductor Elizabeth Rooke served up a wonderful medley of choir led carols, solos and community carols. A very happy evening and a great thanks to Elizabeth and the Coastal Singers to make the run up to Christmas so enjoyable and profitable with £175.00 raised for church funds. Edward Allen



A big thank you to all the kind and generous people who donated goods for our Christmas Fair on 1st December. There could not have been an event without your valuable support. Thanks also to all who helped at the fair, in any way, it was so good of you to come along and give your time and energy. With late donations, gross proceeds amounted to £917.15, not far behind last year’s total of £931.50. It was all very much appreciated - well done everybody. Raffle results: the Christmas Hamper was won by Nic Page and the flowering plant was won by Mrs. Barbara Allen. Langham PCC

Contact: Jock Wingfield 01263 740431 jocelynwingfield@gmail.com

DATES Sat 2nd Feb. FMC Quiz 2019, 7pm in VH. Mon 8th Apr. PCC Meeting: 9.30am at the Wingfields’. Sat 4 -Mon 6 May FMC Book Sale, 10am - 5pm, Morston Barn. Sat 12th Oct. Shovell Dinner in the Anchor (TBC).


Before Christmas and up to Epiphany, Langham was illuminated by the decorated tree opposite the Blue Bell. We must thank the Friends of Langham and helpers, for putting up the tree lights, plus Mr. and Mrs. Hughes for donating the power supply. The church floodlights shone for the 12 days of Christmas thanks to a generous donation from an anonymous parishioner. A big thank you to these supporters, on behalf of the village, for their kindness.

Tom Kay, whose family live in Morston, and who founded the clothing brand Finisterre, was honoured to receive a visit to the Finisterre workshops in St. Agnes, Cornwall by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall this July. Tom started Finisterre in 2003 with the help of the Prince’s Trust and HRH The Prince of Wales was keen to see how far the business had come, as well as to talk about their work around sustainability, wool innovation and ocean conservation. Tom spent 45 minutes showing HRH around and said that "He was great fun to show round and

HAPPY NEW YEAR Langham PCC would like to thank all those who help to keep Langham Church a going concern; all who preach, attend and help with church services, clean, arrange flowers, put up flags, play the organ, wash the altar linen, help with refreshments, work in the churchyard, maintain our churchyard equipment, look after the clock, supply church


At our core we are there to do the best we can to keep the harbour safe, that's the most important thing. You need to know what we are doing so you can use the new initiatives we have introduced, like the new weather station and interactive harbour chart. That means we have to communicate with you. We liaise on your behalf with the National Trust, the Charity Commission and Crown Estate, operate the virtual boat watch, liaise with the police and so on. These are all important activities. But perhaps in our enthusiasm and excitement as we converted to a charity those few short years ago, we might have been a bit over optimistic in thinking that we could be a single voice for "all harbour users" – dog walkers, birdwatchers, wildfowlers et cetera. Might we be spreading our resources too thinly maybe? Be pulled in too many directions? So during this winter we are reviewing the finer detail of what we say we do just to make sure that we really can do it. More about this in the spring. Jim Temple, Chair

genuinely interested in our story."

CANDLE-LIT CAROL SERVICE Morston’s Christmas carol service on Saturday 23rd December was such fun. The candle-lit service - illuminated by well over 200 candles – was conducted by the Rev. Ian Whittle, and was attended by a congregation of well over 200. Festive jazz was presented with gusto by the Volko Trio of Morston, to accompany the serving, by the PCC, of mulled wine and mince pies. The PCC would like to thank the Volko Trio for giving their excellent concert to support All Saints Church in its Christmas Appeal. The collection of £830.56 was divided equally between Kelling Hospital and Wells Hospital.

BLAKENEY HARBOUR ASSOCIATION We all care very deeply about – to say that we “treasure” wouldn't be overstating it – the harbour. For many of us it is our home – and the tides and the weather and the marshes are inextricably linked with our lives. For others, it's a glorious place to spend time off in a uniquely, charmingly, wild setting. So it is not surprising that the views expressed at both our public and general meetings back in September were themselves impassioned. Interestingly, if you had been around half a century ago in the early days of the Blakeney Harbour Boatman's Association, as I was, you would have recognised some very familiar themes! We were talking about how to respond to various government questionnaires which we had been sent. There would have been some pretty uncompromising views expressed 50 years ago if we had been sent them then. And 50 years later there were still some strident attitudes. But, too, there was some rather more liberal (with a small L) opinions that, maybe, reflect a life style more used to bureaucracy. In the end, and as ever, there was a compromise. No, we wouldn't contribute voluntarily to questionnaires (at least not the ones which we have received so far – these address salt marsh and non-licensable activities). But what we would do is keep our eyes and ears open and do our best to spot proposed new legislative or statutory initiatives and changes and tell you. Then, together, as a membership organisation, we could decide what to. Now all of this has got us thinking about how we can best serve our members interests. We are a volunteer organisation and that means we have limited resources.

SYLVIA STARMAN 9 February 1933 – 16 October 2018 Mum was born in the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital on Thursday 9th of February 1933 (the same day that the Oxford Pledge was approved by the Oxford Debating Society). At the time her parents, Harold and May Ratcliffe were living in the council houses in Wiveton. She went to primary school in Blakeney, and secondary school at Wells. Mum told us that she used to see the council houses at Morston (which hadn’t then been built long) from the bus window on the way to Wells school, not realising that this was where she would build her family’s home and live for the majority of her life. Her childhood was interrupted with trips to Manchester, where grandma worked in the munitions factories, and Scotland where grandad was serving in the RAMC during the war. Mum also travelled to London for her piano exams; she was quite an accomplished pianist, until the arrival of her own family meant that she no longer had the time to practice. Mum used to work in the Post Office in Haywards store in the High Street at Blakeney, and on her days off when


she wasn’t working in the house she would find other work to help build her home. Mum married Dad, Ron who lived in Morston, on 28th August 1954. Mum was well used to being in a family with strong ties to the military, since Harold had served in the RAMC in Egypt and India in the First World War, before joining up again at the outbreak of WW2. Similarly Ron’s father, Alfred, had served in the Army for many years, including the First World War, and Dad and all his brothers had served in WW2, where one of the brother was killed in action, and another spent several years as a Japanese POW . Mum had two sons, Nigel, who was born in Wiveton where the young couple were living with Grandma and Grandad in 1955, and Richard (myself) who was born in Morston a couple of years later in the house which the young family had recently moved into. Mum worked tirelessly to provide the foundation on which our family life was built, working all hours at home and in the Post Offices of the area. She worked as a Postal Officer in Blakeney, as mentioned previously, and at Langham, Holt, Wells and Fakenham. This meant that she was known to, and became friends with, many people in the area, even though she herself was a shy person, much more content at home among her family than going out and socialising (Dad made up for that). One of my earliest memories was of Mum going potato picking on a field just the other side of the White Bridges; we had walked there, she had worked for several hours, and then we walked back along the marsh, me in the comfort of my pushchair for much of the way. Nigel and I can remember many evenings where (before we had to go to bed) she would be working away catching up with the ironing after tea while the rest of the family (and the dog) sat in front of the TV, warmed by a blazing fire and soothed by the creak-creak of the old wooden ironing board behind us. Having said that, Nigel and I, being brothers of a similar age, didn’t help to make Mum’s life any easier in our younger days, with frequent squabbles, sometimes leading to the ultimate threat; “Wait ‘til your father gets home and I tell him what you’ve been up to!!” Thankfully Mum was far too kind-hearted to report the vast majority of our misdemeanours, saving our backsides, and our telly-time. Mum had a few lifelong friends, Daphne and Amy in particular, who she always loved to see, and to talk about, and she enjoyed spending time with them. In Mum’s later life, after Mum had decided to stop driving, Daphne (despite her own health issues) used to help us out by taking Mum on trips to attend her doctor’s and hospital appointments, visiting local attractions, and for shopping, something that Nigel and I are very grateful for. After her sons became independent, Mum and Dad took several holidays, in the UK to for example, the Peak District and Scotland (both of which she loved), and abroad with his sister Trix and her partner Dennis, going to Italy and Greece, taking Dad back to some of the places he had served in during the war. Mum also took pleasure in caring for, and taking her beloved dogs, Sam and Toby, out for walks.

Mum welcomed and loved her daughters-in law, Julie and Armie and her first grandsons Daniel and Thomas when they arrived in the late eighties and early nineties, and later when the second batch of grandchildren, Joshua and Joseph and her grand-daughter Victoria came into her life, and always had a warm welcome and a warm hearth for any visiting family and friends. Our cousin Alfred, recounted after I had called him to tell him of Mum’s passing, that his wife Lorraine had always commented that when visiting auntie Sylvia, they were always greeted with a happy smile into a spotless home for a hot cup of tea, and never made to feel that their visit was inconvenient or had gone on too long, no matter what (something that Alfred said Lorraine hadn’t said about many other people…) Unfortunately, shortly after retiring, Mum had a stroke in 2000, which she never fully recovered from. Despite this, after a brief period of convalescence, she was soon back at the helm of the family, cooking and cleaning and all the other household tasks. In 2013 she had a further setback, when Dad, the love of her life, sadly passed away. Her spirits were lifted by the marriage of Daniel to Bex and with the subsequent arrival of her great-granddaughters, Indie and Evie, over the past couple of years. Mum would have been similarly thrilled with the recent news of Tom and Lisa’s engagement. Mum passed away from a heart attack while taking a bath at the home she had devoted much of her life to establish; as her closest friend recalled shortly after her passing, she would have been at her most relaxed at the time, as she loved taking a hot bath. Mum’s passing brings closure to one row of the Starman family tree; those of us that are left have a tough act to follow, but if we are led by the example and guidance of Mum and Dad and their contemporaries in their line, we won’t go far wrong. In summary, Mum’s life filled our lives with joy; through her efforts and guidance we never had to want for anything, and her life was spent taking the best care of those she loved. Simply, she was our rock, our foundation, and our loving Mum, grandma and great-grandma. Rest in peace now. (Mum won’t be resting though, she’ll be telling Dad to mind his feet while she hoovers in heaven). Richard Starman




The Morston Quiz will be in Morston Village Hall on Sat 2 Feb 2019 starting at 7.00pm. The following captains are bringing teams of 8: 1. Heath, Alastair & Sue: Barney Bay Ducks. 2. Bean, Carole & Matthews, Maurice & Sue: Cockthorpe & Morston Cockles. 3. Handley, Prue: Glandford Ganderers. 4. Rev. Ian Whittle, & Bunrlingham, Maxine: Langham Lagarags. 5. Tibbetts, Jill: Morston Macaroons. 6. Athill, Mary: Morston Pishmires. 7. Carnwath, David: Norfolk Nattlers. 8. Thompson, Neil: Wells Coastguards. Admin: Joc Wingfield; Quizmaster: Pete Tibbetts, FMC Chairman; Umpire & Supper: Jill Tibbetts; Scorers: Rob Metcalfe & family; Bar: Ned & Roberta Hamond; Raffle: Carole Bean & Susie Harrison.

The few Carol Singers of the FMC Committee on Christmas Eve were most welcome. They were in great voice and managed to raise £148 for the FMC’s Church Building Fund (i.e. for repairs and maintenance).

MORSTON QUIZ by Samphire (answers on page 23) 1.In which city is the University of Essex? 2.Which is the only country in the world to begin with “Q”? 3.How would “42” be shown in Roman numerals? 4.The letter “Y’” is on which row of a typewriter or computer keyboard? 5.In which month is Christmas in Australia? 6.What does the first “F” stand for in FIFA? 7.Alphabetically, what is the last of day of the week? 8.What name is given to the vertical bar of a window? 9.The zodiac sign Libra covers which two calendar months? 10.How many players are there in a hockey team? 11.If March 1st is a Saturday, what day is April 1st? 12.Cotton denotes which wedding anniversary?

“DID NOT ATTEND” I was appalled to read in Blakeney Surgery over Christmas the above heading with the details below: “In November 2018 we offered 3,156 GP appointments and 2,953 Nurse appointments. Thank you to everyone that promptly attended for their appointments. Unfortunately, 163 patients failed to turn up for their appointments and gave us no prior notice. This amounted to 43 hours and 6 minutes of wasted clinical time. Please let us know in advance of your appointment if you know you are not going to be able to make it so we can reallocate these appointments to patients who really need them.Thank you. Practice Manager.” Data released by NHS Digital revealed that in 2016/17 almost 8m hospital outpatient appointments were missed due to patients not attending, compared with 7.5m in 2015/16. With each hospital outpatient appointment costing the NHS approximately £120 in 2016/17, it means almost £1bn worth of appointments were missed. In addition, more than 9 million people were sent home from A&E in 2016/17 with just guidance and advice, which could have been obtained more conveniently from a pharmacist or by calling 111.

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

CHANGES TO SERVICE SCHEDULE AT ST MARGARET’S Sadly, due to falling numbers in both our congregation and our PCC members it was decided at the last PCC meeting to reduce our services from fortnightly to monthly. This was a difficult decision but we are lacking volunteers to set up and run the services. Our final first Sunday of the month service took place in December followed by a tribute and thanks to the Reverend Peter Bowles who has been a key part of worship at St Margaret’s for over a decade. We are deeply indebted to Peter for his years of service to our parish, giving so freely of his time and sharing his wisdom with our congregation, which includes members of both Saxlingham and Field Dalling, many of whom were able to attend the service. It was followed by drinks and mince pies and a tribute from Liz Peart, former Church Warden. Thank you Peter – you will be greatly missed.


donating money to support this event. Thank you to all who came: £140 was raised for the Royal British Legion. Lesley Forrest

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

REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE Elaborating on Lesley’s Remembrance piece for the Lynx I follow with an account of the Sunday service in All Saints church on 11th November. We took care to arrange a suitable format for the occasion and with the help of Rev Jo Fawcett, who took the service a form of Morning Prayer was agreed upon. The church looked beautiful with the flowers and a wonderful waterfall of knitted poppies trailing down from netting affixed to a crucifix by the altar. These poppies were carefully safety pinned to the net by Perry Long, 650 of them a poignant reminder of the horrors of that dreadful war. The idea originally came from our dear friend Mary Lee and we were more than happy to comply and welcome her husband Derek and a number of her friends and fellow knitters who had contributed to the display. The font was also suitably dressed with a smaller version of netting and poppies. The soldiers’ biographies were read by various members of the congregation linked by commentary and a wonderful poem entitled The Farmer by Fredegond Shove. The Act of Remembrance was also incorporated together with hymns and the National Anthem. Coffee and cake were on offer after the service and then at 2pm there was an invitation to the village hall for a parish tea party, a chance to look around the exhibition and listen to the readings and biographies from the service again. Thirty-five people came to the service at the end of which our new WW1 memorial teak bench, purchased entirely by contributions from our parishioners was blessed by Jo. Thank you to Darren Betts who supplied the base and affixed the bench thereto. We hope you will take advantage of sunny days to sit for a while and gaze around the churchyard. We are indebted to Annie Abrams for all her research into the lives of our returners and to Lesley and Annie for putting together the exhibition, thank you so much. APG

REMEMBRANCE 2018 I have, like so many of us, been touched by the variety of tributes paid to our soldiers: the fallen and those who have returned from war. The commemorations were in many forms. The torches casting their shadows in the Tower of London moat conveyed dark times. Beautiful too the poignancy of Danny Boyle’s sand portraits washed away as the tide came in. Then there were the black and white photographs held up by members of the audience at the Festival of Remembrance showing clearly how all encompassing the losses of the First World War had been, and, of course, the ubiquitous poppy displays perhaps in greater variety than ever before. These symbols speak to us of dread and fearful times, of loss, but also the determination and forbearance of previous generations to rebuild their world anew. And Peter Jackson’s restored film footage linked then to now by bringing the immediacy of those faces, times and experiences to the fore through colour. In Sharrington our thoughts ran along similar lines: dark times, loss and the recreation of new lives, trying to show what the war and the return from it signified. Annie Abrams’ painstaking research teased out the names of men who had left our small village and returned, information until now we had never known even though some names were familiar from our 2014 project – Allison, Lakey and Neal. Annie also layered onto their names an understanding of the lives they lived and the world to which they returned, a time of potential and huge change. All this information was presented in a small exhibition in the village hall and covered themes such as the cry for education, the need for mechanisation in agriculture, the beginnings of the welfare state and the changing world of women. We also decided to present the lives of our returning soldiers in a more immediately accessible way. People from the village read the soldiers’ biographies aloud and these were linked with poems and a commentary which drew attention to the scars of war, both physical and mental. Hopefully we managed to convey our admiration for that generation, both those who worked on the home front as well as those who went off to war. This performance also formed part of the Remembrance Day service at All Saints Church Sharrington where a short version of the exhibition is now to be found. As with our First World War exhibition in 2014 refreshments were served, encouraging our visitors to linger and chat. We are grateful to those people who generously lent documents and artefacts greatly adding to the exhibition’s interest, and to the parish council for generously



Biographies of Edwina and Carrie can be found on Sharrington’s website under live music/concerts. If you would like to join us, entrance is by ticket only. These are £10 each and can be purchased by contacting Chris at abrams.chris2@gmail.com Further details are under the live music section of our website www.sharrington.org.uk. You can also use the above email address to request joining our mailing list of forthcoming events. We very much look forward to welcoming you to our 2019 events and hope you’ll bring your friends along too. Chris Abrams

If you hurry there may still be tickets available for the ever popular Burns Night Supper in Sharrington village hall. The event held every year in aid of Sharrington church will take place on Friday 1st February, 7pm for 7.15pm. After a traditional Burns night supper heralded by a piper, traditional Scottish dancing will follow. Tickets at £15pp are limited so please check with Pippa Long 01263 860613 to see if any places are still free. CD

MUSIC NIGHTS Our last music night of 2018 in November featured local band ‘Katspaw’ and a capella group ‘Mangled’. Over 60 people attended and enjoyed a lively evening of singing and dancing. Many thanks to all who attended and for your continued support of events at our village hall. Following the January music night our next music night is on March 20th and headlines ‘Snapshot Acoustic Duo’ featuring professional musician Wendy Benefer and her friend Chris Austin. They play songs from the 50’s to the 90’s including a variety of folk tunes using guitars, violin and mandolin. We are excited to announce our first concert of the year on Saturday 9th March at 7.30pm when two well known singer/songwriters will be entertaining us. Edwina Hayes is well known on both sides of the Atlantic and one of her songs featured in a Cameron Diaz film. She has released several albums, supported many famous acts such as Van Morrison and Jools Holland and has had her songs covered by Nanci Griffith who is a big fan. She has also performed a private concert for Michael Parkinson. The first tickets we sold for our concert were to folk travelling from America to see her! We are fortunate to have Edwina join us because she is a close friend of Carrie Martin who will also be joining us for the evening. Carrie who lives near Hull, has performed in Sharrington before. She is extremely talented and we are absolutely delighted to welcome her back. Her recent album ‘Seductive Sky’ attracted excellent reviews and she is currently recording another. Carrie frequently performs with acclaimed guitarist Gordon Giltrap who will be returning to Sharrington for another concert this summer. I am delighted to announce that Gordon has been awarded an MBE in this year’s honours list for his work in music and his tireless charity work. We are very much looking forward to his concert too.

VILLAGE HALL 2018 As with 2017, 2018 did not come without its challenges with traditional sources of revenue continuing to decline, an ongoing change in the village demographic and rather more than the odd health challenge impacting on committee member energy levels. Against that background, the village hall did pretty well in continuing to fulfil its objectives as a social centre for residents of the village and the surrounding area. Regular meetings of the Sharrington and District Gardening Group and the Noble Rotters Wine Club continued and, towards the end of the year, were joined by a weekly Zumba class. Building on their success in 2017, our live music nights continued with a wide variety of local artistes entertaining a decent crowd on each occasion. Our two concerts in January (Gordon Giltrap) and June (Magna Carta) both sold out; evidence that the interest in live performances continues while other types of event are less well attended. Our fifth annual Christmas Fayre in November with a mix of local stall holders and outside exhibitors drew the crowds making it again both great festive fun and our most successful fund raising event of the year.


Given the annual expense of running a village hall, we have to ‘watch our wallet’ in most of what we do. However, whenever we can, we make the hall available for events like the WW1 Armistice Centenary Exhibition and parish tea party, which we hosted in November. The end of summer saw completion of the second phase of our refurbishment project with the acquisition of new furniture with the help of a grant from Awards for All (part of the National Lottery). So, all in all, a pretty good year. Thanks to everyone without whose efforts and support our social hub would soon be no more. RAD

next few weeks, perhaps a few extra treats of the chocolate variety would be very acceptable nearer the time. APG

BISHOP GRAHAM JAMES’ RETIREMENT On Sunday 25th November I attended the service of thanksgiving in Norwich Cathedral to mark the retirement of Bishop Graham James who with his wife Julie will be returning to his native Cornwall in February after nearly two decades as Bishop of Norwich. A popular bishop both within church circles and in the wider community of Norfolk, the cathedral was packed by 3.30pm in time for the 4pm start. Seated early, we were treated to a wonderful recital of organ music by George Inscoe the cathedral organ scholar and had time to read in the service booklet the wide list of voluntary organisations the bishop had links with, including the Norfolk Community Foundation founded by him and others. The service began with the procession from the West Door where the bishop was greeted by his senior staff, the Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk, the High Sherriff of Norfolk and the Lord Mayor of Norwich with the City Sherriff. The bishop firstly gave a general thanksgiving prayer written by Edward Reynolds, bishop of Norwich 1660-1676 and the service then included both modern and traditional hymns and anthems culminating in a Cornish prayer specially composed for the occasion by Ashley Grate and sung by the cathedral choir. This was followed at the end by the presentation of gifts to the bishop and his wife and for the congregation, Roses chocolates passed down the rows were an unexpected bonus. In his sermon Bishop Graham paid tribute to the many small parishes in Norfolk, of which we are one. He has visited our church many times, chairing the Sharrington lectures with wit and aplomb and he will be sadly missed but we wish him and Julie every happiness in their new life in Cornwall. CD

NOBLE ROTTERS Wines produced by seven of the members brought 2018 to a jolly close for the Rotters. Whites, a pink and reds from the Loire, Bordeaux, Switzerland, Portugal, Puglia, the Rhone valley and the Lebanon were supped and glugged as the tales of their connection with the presenters unfolded. There was fine festive food aplenty to accompany the vinous treats, some fine, some intriguing but all extremely enjoyable. Just to make sure there was no overindulgence, quizmaster Keiron West posed a tricky twenty questions at the half way mark. Scores were not overly impressive but top marks went to Martin Burkitt who won the prize of a fine bottle of prosecco aptly named ‘The Boss’. We will welcome four new members to our tasting in February which will feature the wines of New Zealand. If you would like to join us please contact Roger Dubbins 01263 862261 r.dubbins@btinternet.com. Chief Rotter

CHURCH NOTES Our carol service on 16th December was as always a joyous occasion; the church was bedecked with all the trappings of Christmas with a pretty tree, flowers everywhere, candles, holly, baubles etc and the most important item, the crib waiting for its figures to be placed therein. The service started at 5pm with a lantern parade at 4.30pm from the village hall for those wishing to take part. The prayers were led by the Rev Jo Fawcett and happily Martin Jacklin played the organ for us with Sandra singing the solo portions of We Three Kings. Unfortunately the numbers were down on the previous year with no grandchildren and several people being unwell or away, but our readers were great. Thank you to them. Afterwards we were treated to mulled wine, mince pies and sausage rolls before everyone eventually made their way home. On Sunday 23rd December our rector took our usual Holy Communion service and then on Christmas Day itself Rev Tim Fawcett officiated at Holy Communion with the singing of two carols around the crib as well as the gospel reading from Luke chapter two. Thereafter flowers were watered as necessary, books put away and candles doused until the next service on 6th January. It remains for me to say thank you to all who supported the food bank. We certainly had a bumper bundle to deposit in Fakenham for Christmas, but of course this is an ongoing situation and your gifts are still required. The next big festival is Easter in April so whatever you donate over the

STIFFKEY Contact: Geraldine Green 01328 830245 green978@btinternet.com No news from Stiffkey this time.


Louis age 10 wrote: ‘I am very pleased to have received your letter, a lot has happened since I last wrote to you, we have pushed the Germans back quite a bit and I have only had a small injury on my arm. How are you doing at home? I hope David is settling into his new school and how are the puppies getting on? I’m glad to know the wall’s been fixed on the house. Today I had the job repairing the barbed wire fence, it’s quite boring but at least it’s better than emptying the latrines. The main problem we have in these trenches is those horrible lice, we try and kill them but then more eggs just hatch. The more we kill the more eggs hatch. Every day we all have to eat the same disgusting beef stew with tough beef and lumpy gravy, it’s quite filling and it keeps me alive so I must not complain I suppose. My job later is to help dig a new trench next to the back ones because we’re getting a bit squashed. I’ve made a friend called peter and he always keeps my hopes up, he’s a kind, caring, friendly and brave man. I don’t know what I would do without him. It’s disgusting living in these trenches every day we have to walk through a foot of water and rats nibble on our clothes when we are asleep. I pray that this war will be over soon. Hope to write again James The whole class produced such thoughtful, skilful writing and were clearly inspired by this book and the subject. It was great to see so many children at the Remembrance Day beacon lighting and service on the old air base in November, too. This was organised by the parish council and some of the children did readings. The lighting of the huge beacon was exciting! Wishing everyone a happy, peaceful and successful 2019. 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 Happy New Year from all at Langham Village School! Christmas was a busy time as always. Our Nativity this year was called ‘The Inn-Spectors’. It was a traditional Nativity with a twist. It was census time in Bethlehem and the inn-spectors had been sent in to check that all the accommodation was up to scratch. They were horrified to discover that at one of the inns some visitors had been put in the stable and a baby had been born amongst the animals! However, as Mary, Joseph and the donkey told their story and the special visitors explained the good news, the inn-spectors realized that this was no ordinary baby and they declared that the stable was fit for a King! With eight fabulous songs and a fun script, the Nativity musical was a brilliant production. All the children were involved, singing and performing with great enthusiasm. The Reception children made very cute sheep baaing nervously under the stage lights. The Christmas carol service was lovely and always puts everyone in a festive mood at the end of term. Children performed carols and Christmas songs on recorder, saxophone and key board. Thank you to the church and Cannon Hartley for accommodating us. It is now the Spring term and we are hoping for good weather so that our sporting events will go ahead. Over the next few weeks we have football, netball and golf tournaments to attend. The children in Jet Class have been learning about WW1. Teaching about the First World War at a primary school is difficult because it is such a sombre topic, but it is also emotive, connected as it is with the sacrifice of those involved, often in horrific and tragic circumstances. Many soldiers’ time was spent waiting for something to happen, with only a small proportion of time actually spent in the front line trenches waiting to 'go over the top' to fight. In Jet Class they have read War Horse by Michael Morpurgo and learnt about the 'day to day life' looking at the smaller details of what it was actually like to live in the trenches on a day to day basis. They were inspired to write letters from the trenches:

MORSTON QUIZ ANSWERS (Questions on page 19) 1. Colchester. 2. Qatar. 3. XLII. 4. Top letters row. 5. December. 6. Federation. 7. Wednesday. 8. Mullion. 9. September & October. 10. Eleven. 11. Tuesday. 12. First.



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Local Lynx No.124 February & March 2019  

The community newspaper for 10 North Norfolk villages.

Local Lynx No.124 February & March 2019  

The community newspaper for 10 North Norfolk villages.