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ISSUE 114 June - July 2017

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WHAT’S ON VH = Village Hall JUNE 2nd Fri Sharrington Noble Rotters VH 7pm 3rd Sat. Langham Heritage Day, Dome 11am-4pm 5th Mon. Binham VH Coffee morning, 10.30am-12.30pm 6th Tue. Morston Seal Trip & Crab Supper: Quay 6pm, VH 7.15 9th Fri. Bale Fish & Chips VH, 7pm 9th Fri. Field Dalling Bingo VH 9th Fri. Stiffkey cricket away at Marlingford 10th Sat. Bale church fete, Manor Farm, 2pm 13th Tue. Field Dalling VH Committee meeting, 7.30pm 13th Tue. Langham VH, Folk Singing 2 for 2.30-4pm 16th Fri. Binham NCT Westminster Abbey & the Reformation, Priory 6 for 6.30pm 17th Sat. Binham Open Gardens, 9 gardens 12noon-5pm 17th Sat. Binham Garden Exhibition VH, 12noon-5pm 18th Sun. Binham Open Gardens, 9 gardens 12noon-5pm 18th Sun. Binham Garden Exhibition VH, 12noon-5pm 18th Sun. Stiffkey cricket home playing Marlingford 21st Wed Sharrington Gardeners Visit to Elsing Hall 4.30pm 24th Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club, Institute 10:30am 25th Sun. Bale Purcell school concert, church 4pm 25th Sun. Langham Afternoon Tea, VH 3-6pm-ish 25th Sun. Stiffkey cricket home playing Albanwise xi 28th Wed. Langham VH, Folk Singing 2 for 2.30-4pm 28th Wed. Sharrington Live Music Night VH 7.30pm JULY 2nd Sun. Sharrington Summer garden party, Old Barn 5th Wed. Sharrington Singing for everyone VH 7.30pm 6th Thu. Gunthorpe Friends AGM and fish & chip supper, Institute 6:30pm 6th Thu. Stiffkey cricket away at Thornham 7th Fri. Field Dalling Bingo,VH 8th Sat. Binham Picnic2Jazz, Priory Cloisters doors open 4.15, Jazz 5-8pm 9th Sun. Stiffkey cricket home playing Rudham 10th Mon. Field Dalling PC meeting, VH 7.30pm 13th Thu. Stiffkey cricket away at Aylsham 14th Fri. Bale Fish & Chips VH, 7pm 15th Sat. Sharrington Strawberry Tea All Saints Church 2pm 20th Thu. Stiffkey cricket away at Beeston 21st Fri Sharrington Noble Rotters VH 7pm 22nd Sat. Binham Priory Summer Concerts, BP 7.30pm 22nd Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club Institute 10:30am 23rd Sun. Binham Village Show, VH 9.30-11am entries, 121pm judging, tea and viewing from 2pm 26th Wed. Sharrington Live Music Night VH 7.30pm 29th Sat. Gunthorpe Hall Friends Annual BBQ - booking essential, 7pm 29th Sat. Langham Stall-on-the-Green 9.30-11am 30th Sun. Gunthorpe Hall Annual Village Fete, 2-4pm 30th Sun. Langham Strawberry Tea, East Hall Farm, 2.30-5pm REGULARS Mondays Field Dalling ‘Stretch & Tone’ VH 10am Tuesdays Binham Art Group VH 10am-12noon Wednesdays term time Binham Youth Group VH 6-8pm Last Wednesday in month Sharrington Live Music Night, VH 7.30pm Third Thursday in the month Binham & Hindringham Open Circle Meeting, Hindringham VH 7.15pm Fourth Thursday in the month Binham Local History Group VH 7.30pm 1st & 3rd Saturdays in month Langham Coffee Mornings, VH 10-12noon

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BLAKENEY METHODIST CHURCH High Street Blakeney Sunday Services:6.30pm Minister: The Rev’d J Pathmarajah T 01263 712181

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

DEANERY NEWS Our next meeting will be on Thurs. 22nd June 2017, Binham Memorial Hall. There will be an opportunity for a social summer drink at 7pm before the meeting at 7.30pm. Speaker: Wendy Richley, former Group chairman and lead co-ordinator of the Holt and District Dementia Support Group. Subject: Dementia Friendly Communities.


Church Services for the Stiffkey and Bale Benefice for June and July 2017 HC=Holy Communion. CFS=Church Family Service. MP=Morning Prayer. BCP=Book of Common Prayer

Parish Bale Field Dalling Saxlingham Gunthorpe Sharrington Binham Morston Langham Stiffkey

4th June 9.30am HC At Saxlingham

11th June 9.30am HC 11.00am CFS

18th June 9.30am HC At Saxlingham

25th June 9.30am HC 11.00am MP BCP

11.00am HC

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

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

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

9.30am MP At Langham

9.30am HC At Langham

2nd July

9th July

16th July

23rd July

30th July

Bale Field Dalling Saxlingham Gunthorpe

9.30am HC At Saxlingham 11.00am HC

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

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

At Stiffkey At Stiffkey At Stiffkey At Stiffkey

Sharrington Binham Morston Langham Stiffkey

9.30am MP BCP 11.00am HC 9.30am HC BCP

9.30am HC 11.00am HC

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

9.30am HC 9.30am HC

At Stiffkey At Stiffkey At Stiffkey At Stiffkey 10.30am HC Group Service


9.30am MP At Langham

9.30am HC At Langham

Additional Services Regular Weekday Services Binham: Tuesday, 6.00pm Evening Prayer Langham: Wednesday, 10.00am Holy Communion

RECTOR’S LETTER My Dear Friends and Parishioners, As I write, it is light at evening, but there is no warmth. It is my usual Rectory Dress: two jerseys and a coat. ‘Are you going out?’ ‘No, I’m reading the paper’. Not that I mind! Who would? The view from my window is a multiplicity of greens; and the white, orange, purple, pink and apricot of tulips; and overall, the scent of wisteria, which is for me the smell of comfort and achievement (I will tell you another time) – all this gives me Absolute Delight. In my little walled kitchen garden I have just picked up a baby robin, perhaps four weeks old – and quite dead. Still warm, but dead. Beautiful. And so sad-making. His father came into my house every morning this last Winter, marking his territory, usually on silk lampshades, but, why not? He was welcome. The nest is in my now five year old, five feet high yew hedge. Am I responsible? Yes. I am touched by the death; touched by the Family of Mother and Father; and touched that I provided a home, from which life and death came. There we all are. Thank God that we are met in our humanity in Christ, ‘en christo’, and welcomed into eternity, all together, and individually, in Christ, ‘en christo’. Let us be kind to each other; and may I wish you a Summer of Peace and Plenty. Yours very truly, Ian Whittle, Langham Rectory 01328 830246



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COUNTY COUNCILLORS’ NEWS …from Marie Strong, Wells Division County Council Elections My thanks naturally go to those who voted for me but I would add that I am proud to have been given the opportunity to serve everyone who lives in the division. A low turnout was predicted added to which the weather in the Wells Division was less than encouraging. However, I think we should be proud for whilst the overall percentage turnout for the county was 34.5%, for the Wells Division it was 43.3%.

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…from Steffan Aquarone, Melton Constable Division

Permissive Access Routes To summarise - over the past ten years, many communities have benefitted from permissive access routes where paths have been made available for walking and riding around the edges of arable fields. These paths were provided by farmers with support from a scheme called Environmental Stewardship. This scheme has now come to an end and it looks likely that many of these routes will be closed. NCC is not responsible for Permissive Paths unless they are on county land but, because there are complications and issues that need considering when existing arrangements under Countryside Stewardship cease, the Norfolk Local Access Forum has been working with Norfolk FWAG (Norfolk Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group) (01603 814 869; advice@ norfolkfwag.co.uk; www.norfolkfwag.co.uk) to provide advice for farmers and landowners. Anyone interested may also find the following link on the Defra website useful since it lists paths provided under the Countryside Stewardship, Environmentally Sensitive Areas and Environmental Stewardship Schemes. http://cwr.naturalengland.org. uk/

For me, politics is about doing things with people, not to them or for them. Whatever your beliefs, I look forward to representing you and working towards a better Norfolk.

Broadband and Indoor Mobile Phone Signals My two big aims are around technology and health - to ensure broadband and indoor mobile phone signal for 100% of Norfolk properties by March 2020, and to integrate health and social care services, with more spent on mental health. Please visit http://steff.mycouncillor.org.uk/ for more policies. County Councillors’ contact details: Dr Marie Strong: County Councillor Wells Division (Glaven, Priory and Walsingham Parishes) marie.strong@norfolk. gov.uk or 07920 286 597 Steffan Aquarone: County Councillor Melton Constable Division ( incl. Bale and Gunthorpe Parishes) steffanaquarone@gmail.com or 07879 451608

DISTRICT COUNCILLOR Electoral Commission Final Recommendations


The final recommendations of the LGBCE review of the electoral boundaries in North Norfolk have now been published. The total number of District Councillors will reduce from 48 to 40 and the Glaven Valley will cease to be an electoral ward from April 2019. The parishes which currently make up the Glaven Valley will be distributed into new electoral wards as follows: Morston, Blakeney & Wiveton parishes will join Stiffkey, Cley, Salthouse, Kelling & Weybourne to make the new ‘Coastal’ ward. The LGBCE accepted the submissions that Upper Sheringham should not be in this ward, but Stiffkey should. This is a change from their draft proposal. Brinton & Sharrington, Thornage and Hunworth & Stody will become part of the new Stody ward. Brinton & Sharrington’s request to be aligned to similar parishes along the A148 was not accepted by LGBCE. Field Dalling & Saxlingham will move into the Priory ward. Glandford & Letheringsett will move into the Holt ward. LGBCE did not accept their request to be included in the Coastal ward. The final recommendations will now be submitted to

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killed by cats would have died anyway from other causes. Those bird species that have undergone the most serious population declines in the UK (such as skylarks, tree sparrows and corn buntings) rarely encounter cats, so cats cannot be causing their declines. Research shows that these declines are usually caused by habitat change or loss, particularly on farmland…populations of species that are most abundant in gardens tend to be increasing despite the presence of cats.” The RSPB does say that reduction of cat predation might be prudent in specific cases, such as for bird species already under pressure, or for birds in scarce habitats near housing. What about predators? The British Trust for Ornithology (www.bto.org) says that its “long-term monitoring data on the status of UK birds sets the standard worldwide”. Under “Are predators to blame for songbird declines?”, it reports on “the biggest ever analysis of songbirds and their predators”. It concludes: “for the majority of the songbird species examined there is no evidence that increases in common avian predators or grey squirrels are associated with large-scale population declines [although this] does not preclude individual predators having local effects…for the majority of declining species with unfavourable conservation status population, declines appear to be due to factors other than predation”. The State of the UK’s Birds 2016 (pdf online) is an annual publication by eight conservation organisations including RSPB, BTO, and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, a statutory adviser to government. Broad indicators of common native bird breeding populations are given for three habitats: farmland, woodland, and wetland. From a starting value of 100 in 1970/1975, the indicators for 2014 are approximately: farmland 45, woodland 75, and wetland 85. That is, current wild bird populations on farmland are 45% of their 1970 level. Within these averages, the populations of individual species move in and out of green, amber, and red levels of conservation concern; the report details many species. Predators are mentioned once – and cats not at all. According to the report, wild bird indicators are “a proxy for the overall state of biodiversity”, i.e. a guide to the current situation for all wildlife. This points to one of the links between farming and bird populations. For a species, “habitat” means all the factors in a space, including food. Pesticides used on crops affect the plants, insects, and fungi that form the countless links in the food chains on which

Parliament and will come into force at the next District Council elections in May 2019. I will continue to be your District Councillor until that time.

Planning We are working hard to improve the planning process for residents and to make applying for planning permission as transparent as possible. Currently, almost 45% of planning applications currently received by NNDC do not have all the necessary information to enable the application to be processed. NNDC is therefore looking at creating a local validation requirements checklist, which will be a compendium of the supporting documents required when making a planning application. This should help everyone know exactly what information they need to provide when making an application. NNDC is keen to hear from interested parties to ensure the requirements checklist proposed is proportionate. You can make your views known on the portal: http://northnorfolk-consult.objective.co.uk/ portal or by contacting Geoff Lyon on 01263 516226 or geoff.lyon@north-norfolk.gov.uk.

Local Plan At the recent planning policy and built heritage working party on 24th April, some of the supporting evidence for the local plan was discussed including potential sites for inclusion in the future plan. Anyone who is interested in understanding more about the local plan is warmly welcome to attend future planning policy and built heritage meetings. Details of dates and times of meetings can be found at https://www.north-norfolk.gov.uk/media/2774/ programme_of_meetings_2017-to-2018.pdf and the minutes and agendas for this working party can be found at http://www2.north-norfolk.gov.uk/apps/committees. If you have any issues you need to raise with me, please do get in touch. 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)

BIRDS, CATS AND PREDATORS Over time, there have been a number of items in Lynx that have mourned the decline in songbird numbers in Britain. Cats and birds of prey have been singled out as culprits. This article looks briefly at some of the evidence. I must declare my interests. In August 2015 we accidentally acquired a kitten. He was shot with an air rifle on 29th May 2016, probably in the area behind the church in Field Dalling where he spends most of his days. He had a leg amputated; the vet bill was not far south of £1000; and the offender has not yet been identified (see Lynx 109). To return to songbirds. Under “Are cats causing bird declines?”, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (rspb.org.uk) says: “there is no scientific evidence that predation by cats in gardens is having any impact on bird populations UK-wide…it is likely that most of the birds



birds depend. UK pesticide usage data (http://tinyurl.com/ mrv85ao) show that crops are treated with pesticides many times in a single season. This is not to attack farmers; many of them would like their industry to be structured differently. It is simply to illustrate that, set against the massive impact of agriculture, climate change, and other human interventions, the effects of predators and cats on bird populations are not significant. Brian Goodale

RAF LANGHAM DOME Heritage Day on 3rd June 11am - 4pm The RAF Langham Dome is holding a heritage day on 3rd June to celebrate its successful first three years since the Dome was converted from a disused WW2 training facility to a visitor centre telling the story of RAF Langham in both WW2 and the Cold War, and the development of ground to air gunnery training simulation which formed part of the basis for much of today’s virtual reality and simulation systems. The facility is largely manned by volunteers and managed by the Friends of Langham Dome - a charity organisation which aims to ensure the Dome and its history remain available for future generations. The day will be opened by Air Marshal Sir Christopher Harper KBE. Attendance is free, but we will be happy to accept donations, and a £5 donation will also offer complimentary access to the Dome, which will be open with some new displays for the 2017 season. Amongst the attractions we will enjoy a flypast by the Dakota of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (right) and a Tiger Moth aerobatic display by local pilot and Dome trustee Henry Labouchere (both of course subject to weather conditions and aircraft serviceability on the day). On the ground, we will also have a presence from the RAF Radar Museum, the Royal British Legion, Norwich & District Aviation Group and the local Air Cadets. We will also have a static Gipsy Moth aircraft and a display of military vehicles. Tara Stafford-Allen and the Blighty Belles will perform a medley of WW2 hits, and there will be a prize for the best dressed attendee (male or female) in 1940s or WW2 costume - so if you feel like dressing the part you will be very welcome. We will also be welcoming a display from Rescue Wooden Boats at Stiffkey, and 2620 RAuxAF Regiment Sqn from RAF Marham are exhibiting their weapons and equipment, including their 6.5M high climbing tower with four climbing lanes which will be available for the public to use under RAF supervision. The inner man or woman will find satisfaction with the Langham Village BBQ, and of course the newly re-opened Langham Bluebell, which is supporting the event, is just a mile or so away. Our other near neighbour the Binham Chequers will provide an outside bar at the event. There will be a grand draw for which tickets can be purchased on the day as well as in advance at the Dome the top prize will be a 90 minute Boeing 737 simulator

experience with Sim2Do on a weekday at their Mildenhall facility. The second prize will be £50 in cash and the third will be a meal for two to the value of £40, excluding drinks, at the Langham Bluebell. Other prizes will be added as we get closer to the Dome day. Parking will be free and will be clearly sign-posted - so please come along and support this unique visitor attraction on its Heritage Open Day. The Dome’s post code is NR25 7BP if you are using your satnav and it is on the north side of the Langham to Cockthorpe Road, the C798. The road itself will be closed to traffic apart from access to the Dome.

THE NORFOLK BOAT The Norfolk Boat helps the county’s young and disabled experience the challenge of offshore sailing. It gives them the chance to work as a member of a ship’s crew with all the personal development opportunities that this provides. Each crew member plays an active part in sailing the boat including steering, handling sails, keeping a look-out, helping to navigate and cleaning, cooking and washing up. Young people aged between 12 and 24 years old and disabled of any age over 12 years, who live in Norfolk can apply for funding. Working closely with schools, police, fire service and youth groups, The Norfolk Boat enables people from disadvantaged backgrounds to enjoy a life changing experience. Since its formation in 1982, The Norfolk Boat has helped around 150 people every year, typically contributing £2,500 towards the cost of sending a group of 12 young people to sea for a week. For more information visit the website: www.norfolkboat.org.uk.




Binham Priory, Fri 16th June at 6pm

Abstract 4th May 2017

Refreshments followed by a talk at 6:30 Westminster Abbey & the Reformation by The Very Rev Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster Contact Fiona Fraser for tickets £15 The New Cottage, Burnham Market, PE31 8HH 01328 738243 or email: fmfraser@gmail.com

It’s the season for acid yellow fields. There aren’t as many here as usual, rotation shifts them around, but it certainly grabs one’s attention. In fact I can’t smell it this year, the virus that laid me low also removed most of my sense of smell, but I remember the sickly sweet stink of it. Having painted the bluebell wood, I started wondering how to approach these landscapes, now all vibrant green with fresh leaves effervescing out of hedgerow and wood, studded occasionally with the strident yellow. All I could come up with, it seemed, was yellow. Completely abstract. In fact I am painting with several layers and quite a lot of nicked-in-with-a-palette-knife mark making which is under the final coat of yellow; the layer under it is gold…on a small canvas. There’s safety in smallness, apparently. Well, for a start, the canvas is not so expensive if I fail! Emboldened I started a few more. I should explain that I stopped painting in around 2003 partly because I wanted to work in a more abstract way, but I couldn’t work out how to. So the pots were my abstract paintings, the glazes did it all for me. Since I started painting landscapes I have learnt so much about working with acrylics rather than oils, how to handle small scale, and transferred intuitive mark-making from working on clay to working in paint. So now I have the skills to play with. I’m using water soluble wax crayons as well, so one could call this mixed media rather than acrylic. But the paintings are still very much about landscape. Today I finished a bigger one; it is improvisatory, quite scary, feels like stepping over a cliff edge, but things start to come together and make sense as they build up. I’m still paying attention on my walks; lucky enough to catch a holly blue butterfly really close up with my iPhone in the little bit of warmth we had on the bank holiday. Listening to whitethroat in the hedges, larks in the fields. Two instances of willow warbler song, but I think they have moved on. I have once heard a yellowhammer; perhaps the cold keeps them quiet. Lots of blackcaps singing. And no rooks; the rookery is empty. Apparently these cold dry springs make life impossible – or perhaps now there are no stubbles left over winter? Anyway, back to the studio - I don’t know if this abstraction is going to be total, but it might encourage me to put the paint aside for some time and come to terms with

FAKENHAM CHORAL SOCIETY Summer Concert, Sat 10th June at 7.30pm St Margaret’s Church, Cley-next-the-Sea The Music of our Isles and Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury Tickets: £12 (under 18 free) Call 01485 544335 or buy on the door.

FALCON CONCERT (Facilitating Arts & Literature for Children of Norfolk) St Andrew’s Church, Holt , Sat. 8th July at 6.30pm Anna Hashimoto (clarinet) Emily Ross (oboe) Nina Ashton (bassoon) The trio have performed internationally and at the BBC Proms, and their programme includes, Ibert, Beethoven and Françaix. Tickets are free. Donations will be collected to fund future FALCON projects and St Andrew’s Church. Drinks will be available before and during the interval.

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

THE PURCELL SCHOOL CONCERT All Saints Church, Sun 25th June at 4pm Adult tickets £10 Children free We are delighted to welcome the Purcell School once more. If you have not heard them before give yourself a treat! The high standard of their musicianship is well known. You may well have seen members of the school in the finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year. Please book early. Contact Alan Sankey 01328 878874.


my ceramic practice. I am opening up my garden, workshop and sheds for Open Studios this summer – watch out for posters! In the meantime there are a few more canvases waiting in the workshop. and in three weeks I will have some thing else to divert my attention – I am adopting a Spanish Galgo, found on the street, among so many thrown out after the hunting season. She is somewhere between a whippet and a greyhound, and will be arriving with a van full driven all the way up from Galgos del Sol in Murcia in the south of Spain. I hope the next bank holiday weather is warmer, otherwise she might need a coat.

amenable venue at the heart of our community. Many thanks to all who have contributed to this project. Duncan Thomas

BALE GARDEN FETE Sat 10th June at 2pm Please come to our fete on Saturday June 10th at 2 pm. Fun for all the family with lots of garden games and competitions to play. There are irresistible stalls too; cakes, produce (make sure you are early for the strawberries), fabric remnants, secondhand books, white elephant, tombolas and many more... Homemade cakes, delicious filled rolls and refreshing cups of tea or coffee (squash for youngsters) are served on the lawn and everyone can relax listening to the wonderful Sheringham and Cromer Brass Band. We hope you will come along to enjoy a really traditional garden fete.

VILLAGE HALL SOCIAL CLUB DRAW March 2017 Sam Lee Eleanor Wood Duncan Thomas Derek Clarke

£25 £ 10 £5 £5

April 2017 Ann Ramm Jim Peppit Carole Lee Jim Peppit

£ 25 £ 10 £5 £5



The renovation work started on April 10th and is on schedule at the time of writing. We are delighted to report that since the last edition of the Lynx we have accumulated further funds which allow us to extend the contract to include the third and final phase of the current project (the storm porch and re-cladding of the front of the building). Completion is anticipated at the beginning of June, but please note that, as a precautionary measure, we have informed the County Council that the hall will not be available as the polling station for the general election on June 8th. The place currently looks as if a bomb has hit it, but appearances are deceiving. The new toilet block structure is up, the existing kitchen and toilets have been stripped out, re -wiring and new electrics are nearly complete, and fit out is underway. Building control officers from NNDC have made several inspections of the work as it proceeds, so far without major problems. However, we have been asked by NNDC to get a report from structural engineer before any further work on the toilet block can take place. Hopefully this will not disrupt the programme too radically, as internal work on the new bar/kitchen and storeroom can proceed uninterrupted. These are modest but important changes to our village hall which will we trust make it a more adaptable and

Contact: Liz Brady 01328 830830 lizdavenport@f2s.com

PARISH COUNCIL The last few months have been a quieter time. Broadlands have received the formal consent in the middle of April for the building of twenty-eight houses on Walsingham Road/Priory Crescent site and intend to let the main contract this summer. They still have a number of planning pre-commencement conditions to be discharged before a physical start on the site, which is anticipated to take place in late summer. The Council have circulated all homes in the village about the procedure for naming the new access road from the Walsingham Road and asking for suggestions to be returned to Howell’s Superstore in time for the responses to be considered at the scheduled Parish Council meeting on 15th May. The results will be made available for viewing soon afterwards. While the decision on the name is taken by the District Council and the Post Office it is hoped that the views of the village will be seriously considered On Tuesday 25th April the annual parish meeting was held at the Memorial Hall following the AGM of the hall trustees and management (see separate report). The annual meeting is a statutory requirement for Parish Councils to hold once a year giving all the village organisations the opportunity to report on their activities and plans for the future. There were ten reports showing the wide range of interests that are catered for by various groups. The continuing success of the youth group was particularly recognised as being due to the dedication of the organisers and helpers. There was also a social aspect to the evening with light refreshments being served at the interval between the hall AGM and parish meeting. It was generally agreed to have been a successful, informative and enjoyable evening. David Frost


funding that the Friends had been involved with during 2016, These included Picnic2Jazz; the “Have you come far?” review show; the launch of the Cartulary of Binham book jointly with BLHG; the latest Priory Church restoration and maintenance project; and the joint purchase of extra chairs for the Priory Church. We have recently launched our new, more modern website (www.friendsofbinhampriory.weebly.com). This is also reachable from the main binhampriory.org site. Please have a look, as full details of upcoming events will be continuously advertised and updated here more quickly than before. In spite of our spending on projects this year the treasurer was still able to report that a healthy balance remains. For the first time the AGM was followed by a talk which was open to the public. This was given by Alan Gray the coowner and co-designer of East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden. He gave the most fascinating and entertaining talk on its history and derivation, as well as their evolving design concepts whilst the areas developed. The talk was thoroughly enjoyed by all and generated a whole host of questions at the end. Once again, I would like to express my grateful thanks to all my fellow committee members and to all the other numerous helpers, who ensure our events are such a success. As well as the annual Picnic2Jazz concert in July we also look forward to our other big event of 2017 which is:

BINHAM MEMORIAL HALL Annual General Meeting About two dozen people attended the Binham Memorial Hall annual general meeting on 25th April. All the trustees and committee members were voted to stand again for the following 12 months. Reports were read by the Treasurer, Maurice Matthews. The 100 Club - June Read said that a few numbers were still available. Bookings secretary – Liz Brown reported a very full weekend calendar with numerous weddings and thanks to our regular weekday users there are only a few days left available for hire. Youth club – Andy Marsh said the youth club is extremely popular with young people attending from far and wide thanks to all his helpers. Buildings – Mick Jeffery reported progress being made towards our aim to make major improvements to the hall kitchen and domestic store. Cleaning and children’s play area – Rebecca Bunting said that the play area is regularly used by children and their parents. The chairman congratulated Rebecca on the very high standard of cleaning she is keeping in the hall. The chairman – Andrew Cuthbert reported a good year but with annual costs increasing, more fund raising is needed in order to keep our very valuable village and district facility afloat over the years to come. He thanked the trustees and committee members for all they had done as a team. He also thanked William and Alex Wales for looking after the hedges, garden and our website. He introduced both the new treasurer Maurice Matthews and trustee Mary Hunt. He said that Mick Jeffery wished to retire but has kindly agreed to see the new kitchen project through to completion. Three good suggestions regarding advertising fund raising events were made from the public, suggesting using the Wells magazine; the use of a Facebook page; a permanent roadside notice board near the hall. The chairman promised to put these on the next meeting’s agenda. Andrew Cuthbert

Emma Bridgewater - In Conversation Thurs 19th Oct at 7.00pm in Binham Priory Church This autumn we are pleased to welcome famous pottery designer, manufacturer and author Emma Bridgewater, who has longstanding links with North Norfolk. She will be in conversation about her life and works in the lovely setting of the Priory Church. This will be a very popular talk and places are limited. Box Office details to be announced. We hope you might consider becoming a subscribing member of The Friends, for the small sum of £10 per annum. Please contact our membership secretary Mrs. Joanna King, 80 Warham Road, Binham, NR21 0DQ, or see the form on the new website. Payment can be by cheque or BACS. Clive Brady

FRIENDS OF BINHAM PRIORY The AGM was held on 7th April, with good support from Friends’ members. Reports were made by both the Chairman and treasurer outlining the successful events and




Binham Local History Group held two well-attended talks in the months of March and April. Both were discussing aspects of local history, but in terms of time frames many millennia apart. One, on the Binham Bracteates by Dr Tim Pestell which date to early anglo saxon period of 6th century AD and the second on North Norfolk’s ice age coast by Martin Warren going back to finds in Happisburgh dating to 780-990,000 BC. The six gold early anglo saxon Binham bracteates, which are die stamped disc pendants with looped mounts, were found individually during the period of the last decade by metal detectors. Called the Binham Hoard, the bracteates are an extremely rare and early form of Scandinavian jewellery used in 5th and 6th Centuries. Interestingly they were found not alongside burials but appear to have been placed within the earth possibly as a means of a symbolic offering. The bracteates all have similar images, a head, thought to copy a Roman emperor head on a coin, a creature of Germanic deity with a runic inscription and triangular edge engraving. Dr Pestell observed that whilst not quite a Sutton Hoo ship burial, their discovery from an archaeological perspective is of national importance. They are available to see at the Norwich Castle Museum. Our second talk by Martin Warren started with the impact of a period of 478,000 years ago called the Anglian Glaciation. This was the most extreme glaciation phase and that at that point Norfolk was under a massive ice cap that went from the Arctic Circle down to London. Martin observed that, when it retreated, it left “East Anglia the best place in the world for sedimentary rock”. He also revealed that originally, the river Thames actually flowed out to sea on the East Norfolk coast at Happisburgh but, following the melt and receding of the ice sheet, it cut a new path for the river we see today. Martin also talked of the low-lying country of Doggerland, which connected Great Britain to now modern Europe. It was a real country and known to be inhabited up to 8200 years ago when a massive tsunami generated from the catastrophic subsea Storrega landslip of the coast of Norway over-ran Doggerland. It has since vanished beneath the waves to become East Anglia’s Atlantis, leaving it to be

We had a great day with Sarah Kenyon on the 28 March. There were twenty at the demonstration in the morning when Sarah showed us how to paint trees and landscapes. Then in the afternoon there were twelve learning the basics of watercolour painting together with some interesting techniques. We are hoping that Sarah will return in the autumn. The group has started to have regular sessions of still life painting and now that summer is here we are getting out and about to do some painting ‘en plein aire’ when weather conditions permit. We are now starting to plan our annual exhibition, which this year will be held on the weekend of the 19th and 20th August at the Binham Memorial Hall. If you need any information about the group please visit our website binhamartgroup.weebly.com or contact John Hill 01328 830378 or Brenda/Lionel Wilde 01328 830525.

BINHAM YOUTH GROUP Binham youth group is held in the Binham Memorial Hall on Wednesdays from 6 to 8pm, in term time only, for ages 5-16 years. The entry fee is £1, there is a tuck shop, and staff have been DBS checked. We have art ‘n’ craft, board games, table tennis, pool table, karaoke, books, ten-pin bowling indoors during winter. In summer we use the large playing field and play equipment or just chill out and make new friends. Contact Amanda Able (01328 830828) or Andrew Marsh (01328 830580) for further information.

BINHAM & HINDRINGHAM OPEN CIRCLE We are a women’s group that meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7.15pm in Hindringham village hall. It would be lovely to welcome new members to our group. Either come along or ring our secretary Sue Elkins 01328 878487 for more information. On Thurs 15th June Joanna and Peter King from Binham will talk to us about farm assurance standards and logos. We shall be visiting Chestnut Farm at West Beckham on 20th July for our annual garden visit. We will meet a little earlier than normal, 6.30pm, at the garden, as this will give us more time to explore and have time for a cuppa and piece of cake before dusk. The three acres of garden are open under the National Garden Scheme in July so look forward to seeing them at their best.


real disappointing result came at Hethersett Athletic Reserves as Binham lost a close encounter 2 - 1. The Blues had to wait five months since their last win as they exacted revenge on the aforementioned Hethersett with a brilliant 3 - 1 victory at Priory Park thanks to two good goals from Sean Wilson. With the anticipation of return fixtures against Cellar House and Acle still to come, it promised to be a rewarding end to the season with some competitive games in the making. However due to the poor management of the fixtures by the league, both of these games were cancelled to the disbelief of many after such a difficult year, leaving Binham finishing in ninth place and second from bottom. During the season, manager Adam Peden took the decision to step aside following a disappointing 7 - 0 defeat to local rival Briston. Adam's brother in law Graham Kennie manfully stepped into his shoes and did a sterling job with an ever-depleting squad to raise enough players for each of the remaining games. All players and those associated with the club would like to place on record their thanks to both Adam and Graham for their fine work throughout this season and those which have gone before. Despite their good work, it is with sadness that we confirm next year the club will not be competing on a Sunday any longer. Due to the continued lack of player commitment coupled with the absence of guarantees from the league to help support our club with a pledge of competitive grass roots fixtures, neither Adam or Graham felt that they could continue to run the club as they had believed it would be when they first entered the league in 2013. Will we see another ball kicked at Priory Park in the future? It is uncertain. However, what is for sure is that it has been a great adventure with BVFC to this point, and we all hope that at some stage there will be more enjoyable grassroots football held in the village. Until then, the 'final' whistle has blown... for now. David King

described as “a country that Europe forgot it had”. Evidence of its existence comes through bones and mammoth tusks being dragged up in fishing nets. The drilling core samples taken by oil companies and wind farm projects have confirmed both its existence and its final demise. Lastly Martin looked at Happisburgh. Norfolk’s eroding coastline has yielded up scores of prehistoric treasures including the oldest human footprints found outside Africa at Happisburgh, and the most complete skeleton of a mammoth at West Runton anywhere in the world. It began with the discovery of a Palaeolithic hand axe in 2000 at Happisburgh, which generated much excitement and following excavations identified the coastal area as a site for the oldest evidence for humans in Northern Europe. If anyone is interest in a joining one of Martin’s Norfolk geology walking tours you can find out more by visiting the website: http://www.northfolk.org.uk/geology.html. No further history group talks are scheduled until September 2017. More details will be posted in the next issue of Lynx.

BINHAM VILLAGE FC It has been an extremely difficult year for Binham Village FC throughout the 2016-17 season mainly as a result of the continuous restructuring of the league system by the Norwich & District Sunday league which saw the Blues thrust into lofty Division 1B. Despite a very encouraging 5 - 2 victory over Acle Reserves in the first game of the season, Binham have struggled for commitment from players which has meant that the previous problems of having to disappoint individuals due to too many wanting to play has swung the other way and towards the end of the season it became an uphill struggle at times to get eleven players starting the match. In September, Binham were able to take some solace after three straight defeats to far superior opposition in Sprowston, Phoenix and Silver Fox that they still had winnable games in their lower table 'mini-league' for players to look forward to. A good 4 - 2 win over Cellar House in October was largely thanks to the goals of Kyle and Charlie Watts who shone in the first half of the season. However, the winning feeling was short lived, as a run of ten straight defeats followed, mostly by landslide victories. The only

MEMORIAL HALL 100+ CLUB WINNERS March winners: £25 Neil MacArthur, £10 Jane McCormic, Stanley Hewitt, £5 Sue Beer, Anne GriffithJones, Carolyn Raymond April winners: £25 Andrew Moncur, £10 Mrs J Calvert, Mandy Shortis, £5 Alex Bartram, Mr and Mrs Small, Tom Waldeck. If anyone would like to join the 100+ club, please call at 8 Priory Crescent or ring June Read on 01328 830106.




Summer events

Picnic 2 Jazz Sat 8th July 5 to 8pm, Binham Priory Cloisters

The Village (Memorial) Hall provides Binham and surrounding villages a fantastic space to celebrate summer together. There are several upcoming events to suit everyone, young and old.

Once again come and enjoy your picnic in the wonderful English Heritage site of Binham Priory. There will be the usual, easy-listening jazz accompaniment by The Pilgrim Jazz Band. You may bring whatever picnic items you like, (except barbeques please). And your own drinks, although wine and Pimms will be available on site for a small sum. Children under 16 have free entry. There is plenty of parking at the venue. This is a fantastic event and a great opportunity for families and friends to get together in this magical and historic countryside setting of Binham Priory. The event has proved very popular over the years and places are limited, so early booking is advised, for which there is also a discount. Tickets are £10 per adult if paid in advance by Wed 5th July, or £13 at the gate on the day. Children are free. If writing, please make cheques payable to ‘Friends of Binham Priory’ and enclose an SAE for the tickets. Picnic2Jazz Tickets from The Chequers Inn, Binham, NR21 0AL, 01328 830297 or ticketsfobp @gmail.com.

Coffee morning, Mon 5th June 10.30 -12.30pm. Raffle, cakes, bring and buy. Village show, Sun 23rd July in the Village Hall It's that time again for all villagers including the children to get cooking, sewing, painting, gardening and wine making. There will be a children's section which last year generated some fabulous art, stories and poems. The list of classes can be viewed on the Binham village hall website www.binhamvillagehall.com/ future-events, village notice boards, the village hall and Howells superstore. All entries to be at the hall between 9.30 and 11am, on the day. Judging will take place between 12 noon and 1pm. The hall will reopen at 2pm. Join us to view entries and enjoy afternoon tea. We would love you all to enter and make this the best show to date. Watch out for posters nearer the show date. For more information, ring Liz 01328 830519 or Andy 01328 830178


Village fete, Sun 13th Aug, 1 - 4 pm, Village Hall

Summer series

All the usual games, stalls, refreshments and the fun dog show. All proceeds from any of the above events are for hall funds. If you are able to help, on the day or can help with preparation beforehand or have anything to be collected please ring Liz 01328 830519. The village hall is available to hire for your next family celebrations. There are regular yoga and pilates classes, an art group, a youth club and history group that meets at the hall. The reports of the group’s activities may be found in Local Lynx to whet your appetite. If you would like to know anything about any group or class that meets there, or need any information regarding booking the hall please ring Liz 01328 830519.

Sat 22nd July at 7.30pm, Norwich Baroque Sat 19th Aug at 7.30pm, Xuefei Yang (classical guitar) Sat 26th Aug at 7.30pm, Lendvai String Trio Sun 9th Sep at 7.30pm, Britten Oboe Quartet Sat 16th Sep at, 7.30pm, Bergamasca by Candlelight! Please visit www.binhampriory.org for details. Tickets are £16 per concert. Numbered tickets are available in advance from end of May. For tickets, please contact Maureen Frost on 01328 830362 or email: davidfrost226@btinternet.com.



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

Sat/Sun 17th/18th June, noon to 5pm There are nine gardens open to visit, a children’s mystery treasure hunt and plant sales. In the Memorial Hall, “My Perfect Garden” is an exhibition of children’s creative writing and artwork on the theme of nature and gardens, with a limerick competition open to all ages. For more information and entry forms contact Binham Youth Group, Amanda Able on 01328 830828 or Wendy and Andrew Marsh on 01328 830178.

CHURCH GUIDE BOOK Norfolk Churches Trust are in the process of printing a new twenty page illustrated Cockthorpe Church guide book which will be available by the time this Lynx is delivered. They have also erected a very smart sign as you enter the Churchyard and made a good job of making the inside attractive. Well worth a visit.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT Happiness is like a perfume which you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.


The annual summer fete 2017 will be on Saturday 12th August from 2-4 pm. The next Villager's Hall committee meeting will be on Tues 13th June at 7.30 pm. Please come along and see what we are up to; we would welcome any ideas you may have to help us. The agenda for the meeting and the minutes of the previous meeting are on our website at fdands.org.uk.

FIELD DALLING Contact: Anthony Smith 01328 830546 aesmith@pobox.com


200 Club

Macmillan Nurses Fri 18th Aug at 7:30pm

The winners for April were: £50 Graham Burnett–Hall; £25 Joanne Davey; £15 Monica Jarvis and for May were: £50 John Everitt; £25 Judith Dunn; £15 Carol Wood. Steve Collins, Chairman

There will be a charity bingo in aid of Macmillan Nurses on Friday the 18th of August at Villagers’ Hall in Field Dalling. Doors open at 6pm, eyes down at 7:30. Do you support or admire the work that this charity does? If you do, but cannot attend (or aren’t a bingo fan), then the organisers would like to hear from you. You could donate either a main bingo prize, or a prize for the bingo raffle. Please ring Debbie or Ian on 01328 830582. Thank you!

SUMMER FETE Villagers’ Hall Sat 12th Aug 2 to 4pm Summer is approaching and plans are now advancing well for this year’s fete, held jointly with Saxlingham as usual. Always a very popular occasion, it is our main fund raising event of the year with all profits going towards the upkeep of the two churches and Villagers’ Hall. There will be plenty of traditional stalls and games together with refreshments, cakes and produce for all the family, friends and visitors to enjoy as well as music by the Norfolk Jazz Quartet returning by popular demand. Thank you to all those who have already volunteered to help with the fete. We can always do with more so if you have a little time to spare please give me a ring on 01328 830 614 – you will be warmly welcomed. Please start looking in your cupboards, attics and outdoor shed and put aside things you can contribute to the White Elephant and good second hand quality clothing stall (Debbie Ladley 830582), as well as items for the Gift stall. The bookstall is always grateful for books, DVDs and CDs in good condition, particularly recent fiction. Raffle prizes can be donated to Steve and Susie Collins (830365), and groceries, bottles, toiletries to the Tombola Stall. Alongside the games in the children’s area is the Toys, Games and Children’s Book Stall and any unwanted or grown out of equipment or toys will be very welcome. Nearer the time we will give more details of the cake stall, plants and produce stall and the refreshments that are served throughout the fete. Our aim is to make the afternoon a very happy and enjoyable one for everyone who attends. Bridget Nicholson 01328 830 614

VILLAGERS’ HALL News & Events The improvement projects are continuing. They include a better ‘gents’ toilet with proposed new flooring. For younger visitors, baby-changing facilities are to be fitted in the disabled toilet. New, better worktops have been fitted in the main kitchen area and a dishwasher installed, kindly donated by Amanda Maundrell, as well as a replacement heater. We’ll also be installing a heater on the small kitchen, as it is very cold due to its location, and we’ll re-paint the walls and ceiling. We hope to have three signs pointing out the location of the Villagers’ Hall.

Events A weekly ‘Stretch and Tone’ class run by North Norfolk District Council started on Monday 8th May. It is suitable for all abilities and ages and ‘does what it says on the tin’. Sessions begin at 10am. There is no need to book and the cost is just £10 for ten weeks, so whether or not you are new to exercise, do come along and try this lovely class. For more information, please contact Wyn 01263 516305, or 07795 265671, or email her at wyn.nurse@north-norfolk.gov.uk. Bingo nights will continue on 9th June, 7th July, and 4th August. There will be a charity bingo on 18th August.


As a reminder - May is the end of the club year and the May draw with an expanded monthly raffle will be an enhanced one to balance contributions and prizes for the year - so do come along. We are collecting subscriptions for the year from June 2017 - it costs just £1 per month (payable in advance for the year) to join and you can get your subscriptions back if you are lucky enough to win a prize. Payments can include your “Friends” membership and a cheque, cash or BACS payment of just £17 per person will cover both. Cheques should please me made out to FOGPC. BACS payments can be made as detailed below, but please inform John Blakeley (e-mail 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 a future draw. Many subscriptions are already “rolling in” so thanks if you have already re-joined. The Friends membership and any other donation, but not the 50:50 Club subscriptions, can be gift aided and if you have not already completed a form we would, be most grateful if you could consider doing this – provided you are and remain a taxpayer of course. Nat West Bank plc Sort code 53-50-73 Account number 25727532 To again quote the motto of a somewhat larger lottery can we remind you that “you have to be in it to win it!” Myfi Everett, Jeanette Rigby & John Blakeley


The annual parish meeting took place on 8 April in the Villagers’ Hall. This informal meeting provides the opportunity for the Parish Council and the local organisations in Field Dalling and Saxlingham to report on their activities during the year, and an opportunity for residents to ask questions generally and to provide feedback. Those who attended found the occasion informative, entertaining and social. This year, for the first time, the Parish Meeting was held on a Saturday at 6pm to give all our residents, including those only here at weekends, a chance to join in. The Parish Council and others provided refreshments. There was a talk by Eric Hotblack on Field Dalling in earliest days (complete with stone axe head and other shaped flints found in local fields) and a history of the Langham Dome from its chairman, Patrick Allen. Our county councillor, Dr Marie Strong updated us on local government activities, including a report on the latest in high speed broadband (which may reach some in Field Dalling by the summer!) and mobile not-spots (not such good progress). Here is a list of the organisations that reported at the meeting. Clearly, there is a lot going on in our community! Parish Council, Ringer Trust, St Andrew’s Church, St Margaret’s Church, Villager's Hall (and its website), 200 Club, Bingo, Village Fete 2017, Village Newsletter, Local Lynx, Monthly Coffee Morning, Bowls Club, Friends & Neighbours, Glaven Caring. The good turnout created discussion, a sense of community and does encourage our village organisations. The date of the village meeting for 2018 will be advertised ahead. The next Parish Council meeting will be on Monday 10th July at 7:30pm in the Villagers Hall. Parish Council meetings are open to the public (who are very welcome). You can be notified of Parish Council meeting dates, agendas and minutes by emailing the clerk on fdands.pc@gmail.com and asking to join the email list. Visit www.fdands.org.uk for more about the Villagers’ Hall. Steve Collins

ST MARY’S CHURCH NEWS The Easter service was taken by The Rev John Wilson, who is always a favourite in Gunthorpe, thank you very much to him. The church looked lovely, as always, a very big thank you to Marie and all the flower ladies. It was brought to our attention at the PCC AGM that maybe some people in the village don't realise that the bottle bank is still very much in use. The income last year was £230, slightly down on the previous year, but this was probably as the result of the council now collecting glass in the green bins. The income is very important so we would very much appreciate everyone's support. We take all colours of glass in every shape and size! Thank you for your help. Penny Brough, Church Warden

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


50/50 Club Draw Results April

Chrissie Whyman Sophie Walden Ken Prouton Sandy Wallace Janie Burton Michael Bunting Alan Russell

£20 £15 £5 £5 £5 £5 £5

Alan Russell Harriet Lindsay Heneage L-B Alma Street Peggy Swindells David Brough Donald Burton

£20 £15 £5 £5 £5 £5 £5


As you may be aware, Gunthorpe Ward is now Gunthorpe General Medical Day Unit, or GMDU. The idea behind this was that patients attending medical day procedures can use this service to allow more available beds on the general wards. However, we are currently still open 24/7 due to hospital bed pressures. At the moment we are receiving day cases for procedures such as angiograms, pacemakers and various biopsies, including many diagnostic biopsies, that require bed rest for up to six hours post procedure. Many of these procedures, however, do not require a bed, so patients undergoing angiograms, for example, recover in a recliner chair in our radial lounge. Such patients are also able to remain in their own clothes for the duration of their stay, meaning their experience often feels less clinical and more hospitable. The consultant in charge is Dr Eleanor Mishra, a respiratory specialist, and I am senior sister, Nicola Evans, former cardiology nurse. Our team consists of trained nurses, health care assistants and assistant practitioners. Our vision for the future is that we will run a nurse led unit, open from 7am to 10pm every day. We will be training nurses to perform more advanced clinical tasks meaning doctors are able to focus on their inpatients and emergency admissions. This will both improve patient experience and produce a more efficient service. We would like to thank you for your ongoing support and generosity. Nicola Evans, Senior Sister, Gunthorpe General Medical Day Unit

FOGPC We hope many of you will be able to join us for the Friends AGM on Thursday the 6th of July at 6:30pm in the Village Institute. We will have Fish & Chips after the meeting so please bring cash. For those new in the village, the “Friends of Gunthorpe Parish Church (FOGPC)” is a secular, registered, charity funding the maintenance of the fabric of St. Mary’s, Gunthorpe church. Do come along, with no strings attached, to meet some village people and enjoy a pleasant evening to see what it’s about. We hope the “regulars” will all be there! If you have not already paid (and many have - for which very many thanks) please come prepared to pay your subscription money for the New Year, which is (a minimum of) £5 per person for the Friends annual subscription. We also run a 50/50 Club, and the annual subscription for this is £12 a year with 50% being returned to members as prizes in regular draws at a monthly coffee morning in the Institute. It is a great help to John Blakeley and Seana Broom, who do the gathering and accounting so superbly - for which we thank them - if you can make any outstanding payments on that night. Subscriptions and any donations to the Friends (but not the 50:50 Club) are eligible to be “gift aided” On Saturday the 29th of July the Friends fete BBQ will take place in the Gunthorpe Hall gardens, starting at 7pm. All are welcome but bookings must be made in advance. Fruit punch will be included but please bring your own wine. There will also be a raffle. Tickets are £10 per adult, £6 for children age 5 to 12, with under 5 year olds free. All money will go towards the church maintenance funds. Please call Gunthorpe Hall on 01263-861373 to reserve your seats, and also let us know at that time if you would like a vegetarian meal. Please bring your friends, and let us know when you book how many people are in your party so we can seat you together and reserve your seats. The village fete is the following afternoon (2pm, Sunday 30th July) and the BBQ is a great way to relax with friends the evening before the fete. Marie Denholm

GUNTHORPE VILLAGE INSTUTUTE In May 1980 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Gunthorpe Village Institute village historian, Ray Steffens created some notes on the origins of the Institute and its early years. These have recently been found and are reproduced with only minor editing below. This is Part 1 Part 2 will be in Lynx 115

The Institute - 1930 The Gunthorpe Institute was the natural successor to the Gunthorpe Reading Room Society (founded 1886), which ended its days in the “YMCA Hut" in the vicinity of the “White House”. Some of the traditions of the Reading Room were maintained in the early years of the

GUNTHORPE WARD We have received the following article from Nicola Evans the sister in charge of Gunthorpe Ward at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital. After thanking the village for the usual delivery of Christmas ‘goodies’ she has gone on to say:


between the signing of the lease and the first usage of the Institute (February 1930) work continued on the alterations and improvements to the basic building (eg the extension, kitchen and outhouses). The main building work was undertaken by Mr G W McCadden from Snoring and Noah Allison, his employee from Thornage. Some of` the concreting work however was carried out by staff of the Gunthorpe Estate at normal cost. Perhaps the Institute was fortunate here in having the estate agents, Mr Strachan and Mr Chapman, as its officers in its formative difficult years. Most of the work had been completed by the time the first social event was held, this being a whist drive and dance held on Shrove Tuesday, February 1930. At that time the Institute already had a piano and billiard table. The former was soon replaced by a better second hand piano, purchased for £28 from Wainwrights of-Fakenham. The billiard table, smaller than our present one, could be taken down and was usually placed elsewhere when whist drives were held. In 1930 the kitchen was a much more primitive affair than it is now and had not been completely finished at the time of the opening event. There was no gas, electricity or mains water available then. The main hall had a large open fire with an insatiable appetite, and lighting was by large paraffin lamps hung from the ceilings. In the first year 46 cwt of coal and 49 gallons of paraffin were used. (The cost of these two items in 1930 was about £7, but in 1980 they would have cost about £190) The premises were looked after by Mrs Isabella Fuller, who gave her services free during the first year. Afterwards she became a paid caretaker, her wage being four shillings (20p) a week less sixpence (2½p) deducted for ''National Health”. She had to open the Institute each week night at 6.30 and to assist at social events. Her duties were to fill, clean and light lamps, light fires and sweep and dust. She was not keen on having other people in "her" kitchen.

Institute by the regular provision of the Eastern Daily Press for its members to read. In July 1929 Captain M E B Sparke of Gunthorpe Hall granted a 99 year lease of our present building and site for a ‘peppercorn' rent of one shilling annually. The lease document, dated 27th June 1929 and registered in July that year with the Charity Commission (Registration No 1038/29), nominated a management committee and embodied draft rules for the proper running of the new organisation. Furthermore it appointed three trustees:Captain Sparke, the Rev F A Chase and the National Council of Social Service (in London). Unfortunately no provision was made for the replacement of Trustees should any of them leave the village or die. This was a serious omission in a lease which was to run for 99 years. It was only a matter of months afterwards that Rev Chase left Gunthorpe. He had been our Rector since 1922 and was the rural dean of Holt, leaving to become vicar of North Walsham. On his departure, the committee appointed John Grief as trustee, and Frank Grief was similarly appointed to replace his father in later years. Neither of these appointments were strictly legal however since they had not been approved and registered with the Charity Commission. After Captain Sparke's death in 1973 his successors to the Gunthorpe Estate could have been registered to take his place as trustees, but they failed to exercise their right. Thus after 1973 only one legal trustee survived, i.e. the NCSS. This has been one of the factors that has made difficulties for the present Institute committee (1980) in its desire to purchase the property from our new landlords (again in 1980), the Sun Alliance Group. The major difficulties now seem to be resolved, and once the sale has taken place a new ''scheme" will have to be devised and agreed with the NCSS and the Charity Commission. (Author’s Note: The acquisition was obviously successful and the property is now “owned” by four trustees on behalf of the village and run by the management committee.) The Institute premises had formerly been a cattle shed belonging to John Peck, a farmer, who once lived at the house now called ''Ashdale''. The building is known to have existed in 1830 and quite possibly it had been an outbuilding to the farmhouse (now "Earlham") that stands behind the Institute. The farm itself probably declined in the early years of this century - the last known farmer being James Greaves Tooley. During the time that elapsed

CHARITY CYCLE RIDE Land’s End to John o’Groats The Treasurer of St Mary’s Gunthorpe Church PCC, David Brough, is planning a very long sponsored cycle ride for the annual September bike ride supporting the Norfolk Churches Trust. These are his plans, and he is looking to readers to sponsor his valiant efforts for both the charity and Gunthorpe’s Parish Church I am cycling from Land’s End to John O'Groats in September to raise money for the Norfolk Churches Trust.


The annual September bike ride in aid of the Trust will be taking place at the same time, and I will visit some of the other beautiful churches on my route. I will be following as much as possible the Sustrans (National Cycle Network) route along quieter roads. The Sustrans route distance is longer at about 1200 miles and the plan is for me to cycle about 70 miles a day. We have hired a camper van and my wife Penny (St Mary’s Church Warden) will be my support, nutritionist and mechanic. I am a keen cyclist but have never undertaken this type of distance before. My initial training outings of about 50 miles did cause me some pain around the nether regions but luckily these have gone away, and I will gradually build up my distances over the summer. I have discovered some excellent cafes, mostly set up in village post offices which offer delicious cakes and coffee so there some advantages to be had from my hopefully not too ambitious plans. I have also entered the Norfolk 100 in June and this will be test of my progress. If you would like to sponsor me, all the money raised will go to this worthwhile charity, and they in turn will give half of the proceeds to St Mary's. I have set up a Just Giving page - David Brough's Lands End to John O'Groats, or if you are able to support me you can also give me a cheque made payable to the Norfolk Churches Trust and in this case please advise if you can gift aid your sponsorship. Thank you. David Brough

their services for the day. If there is anyone in Gunthorpe and surrounding villages who would like to help but hasn’t yet come forward then please contact Val or Jenny, details below. See you there! Val King 01263 862265 valatt@btinternet.com, Jenny Kelly 01263 860095 jenny kellynorfolk@hotmail.com.

LANGHAM Village Rep Required

LYNX REP NEEDED FOR LANGHAM As of this issue, Amanda Deacon is standing down as the local representative for Langham. We are very grateful for all the work she has done over the past two years.

Could you be the next rep for Langham? The village has been at the very heart of Local Lynx since its first edition in 1998. Langham always has a lot to say in the columns of Local Lynx, and the editorial team is delighted that so many Langham readers contribute articles and talk to neighbours this way. As well as the eleven articles in your section this issue, the newsletter always includes the Rector’s Letter and the church service rota in the ‘community news’ section, which are also prepared by Langham folk. Thank you for these regular contributions.

What does the Langham rep do?


The Langham rep performs a vital role as a bridge between the village and the editorial team. Local Lynx would be unable to process articles from Langham without this important role. Every two months, the rep receives articles from villagers for the newsletter. He or she then checks and formats them using Microsoft Word (any version, Mac or PC) and forwards them to the editor by the copy deadline. We will provide lots of back-up, training where necessary and a ready-made template for articles.


Sunday 30 July at 2pm As usual, by kind permission of Marie and Jeremy Denholm, this year’s Gunthorpe fete will be held at 2pm on Sunday 30th July in the grounds of Gunthorpe Hall. If you need the postcode for your satnav it is NR24 2PA. We are truly fortunate to be able to hold Gunthorpe’s annual fete in the beautiful gardens and surroundings to Gunthorpe Hall. It provides the background for a classic English fete and we strive to keep it traditional with brass band, superb tea tent, cake stall, colourful garden stall (the sweet pea posies are a must!), bric-a-brac and jumble, and games of chance and skill. Thanks to generous local people and businesses we have already received substantial pledges for the grand draw. Last year couldn’t have been better. The good weather attracted a record-breaking crowd and allowed us to make substantial donations to the Village Institute and St. Mary’s church. Thanks to everyone in the village who have offered

Will you join our team? We would be delighted to hear from you and tell you more about what’s involved. Email lynxeditor@ pobox.com or ring 01328 830546 Please support your village news and community spirit. All of us on the team are volunteers. We all feel that Local Lynx is pretty special, and is important to the spiritual and secular life of the Benefice. It is a team activity and the village representatives are essential players. Will you come and join us? Editorial team



Once again, thanks to everyone who took part in these fun village nights, and how nice that the village gets to benefit in more than one way! Due to demand, we do hope to resume again after the holiday period. Have a great summer!

Schedule to end July. Fare: 25p/mile Weekly driving duties beginning on a Monday: T 830606 July 3rd T 830507 June 5th th th June 12 T 830677 July 10 T 830605 June 19th T 830847 July 17th T 830348 June 26th T 830624 July 24th T 830773 If the driver for the week is unable to do the trip, contact the next person on the list. If your appointment is cancelled, please let the driver know! It would be helpful if a car booking is made as soon as an appointment is arranged or journey planned so that drivers can arrange their schedule. When booking please tell the driver of any walking aids to be transported. Please bring change. If no driver is available, contact the Holt Caring Society T 01263 711243 giving as much notice as possible. This roster is also placed in the church porch and the village notice boards with dates beyond the above schedule . We welcome new drivers, if anyone would like to join us please give me a call. Alison Murday T 07909923058

AFTERNOON TEA Sunday, 25th June 3pm to 6pm-ish Langham Village Hall Sandwiches, scones (with cream and jam of course, or should that be jam and cream?!), selection of teas, delectable cakes... the works! £5 per person. Proceeds for Glaven Caring. Why not bring along a friend or neighbour to indulge in this British tradition and know that your money will be going to a good cause?! Places will be limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Volunteers to bake or to help on the day would be most appreciated. To book your place or to volunteer, please email Sarah on kiteflying@ hotmail.co.uk or phone 07768 347984.



Love to sing folk and similar songs old and new? Come then and join in the harmony at the ‘Drop-In’ Folk Club in Langham Village Hall from 2:30pm to 4pm on Wednesday 24th May, Tuesday 13th June and Wednesday 28th June. Arrive at 2.00 pm and enjoy a cuppa first to whet the whistle! Led by the inspiring Natasha Hood you will be amazed at what sounds can fill the air! The cost is £7 per session, including refreshments on arrival. For more information call 01328 830036 or 830417.

We need help in the churchyard. The churchyard is expertly mowed by Barbara North but she can not lift the strimmers or hedgecutter. Can some people come forward to occasionally assist as part of a team? Please ring me on 830276 or email me at the address below and we could put together a plan of action. Edward Allen, Churchwarden edward.allen@lineone.net

Help Needed…



Exhibition 2017

This popular stall will be open from 9.30am to 11.00am on Saturday 29th July this year, and again every Saturday in August. All produce will be very welcome. Proceeds are for Langham Church General Fund.

Over the early May bank holiday weekend, Pauline Bartlett organised and orchestrated a fabulous art and craft exhibition with live demonstrations. The opening night on the Friday preview was a rousing success with pictures and craft items sold under the influence of some glasses of wine or two. Saturday, Sunday and Monday saw more sales, lunch and refreshments sold and after all had been cleaned up and put away, the count up tallied to a magnificent total of £1,642 for village hall funds. A huge thank to Pauline and her helpers to achieve this amount, 50% up on the previous one in 2015.

LANGHAM STREET FAIR? During the past 3 months that we have been running the Blue Bell we have been lucky enough to build a friendship with many of the locals. All of them have missed the Street Fair. So we are looking for enthusiastic people to form a new committee to help organise the Street Fair for 2018. The committee will be organising the logistics, which takes roughly 18 months. If you are interested in helping to re-establish this community get-together, please contact Abby, Mitch or Dominic on 01328 830630.

STRAWBERRY TEA Sun 30th July 2:30 to 5pm Please come to a Strawberry Tea in the tranquil setting of the garden at East Hall Farm, Holt Road, Langham NR25 7DB. Enjoy the stunning unencumbered views across the countryside, enjoy the best fresh Norfolk strawberries, enjoy the garden and the quiet atmosphere. There will be plenty of parking on the paddock and it will be signposted. Proceeds will go to Langham Church Buildings Trust. No tickets needed, just come along at your leisure. Edward Allen, Churchwarden, 01328 830276, edward.allen@lineone.net

VILLAGE FUN NIGHTS Fish ‘n Chips & a Quiz During the period September 2016 to March 2017, the ‘Fish’n Chips & a Quiz’ nights raised the total sum of £524 for Langham village causes. A further £156 was donated to the Macmillan Coffee Morning from the September event. At the end of the March quiz, participants voted for these proceeds to be shared across the church clock repairs fund (the main beneficiary), the Friends of Langham Club, and a contribution towards the redecoration of the village hall.



Friday: 9.00 am briefing; 10.15 am race start time Saturday: 9.00 am registration; 9.20 am race briefing; Race start time: 11.00 am.


At the village coffee morning on 18 March, forty people gathered to attend the unveiling of a clock to commemorate the work that Sheila Jenkinson put into the parish room/village hall over forty-five years. Roger, Sheila's husband, uncovered the clock for all to see (and check their watches). After a short speech, photographs were taken and, in Roger’s words, "they have gone viral"! Many relatives around the world saw them virtually instantly on social media sites. Come and see the clock for yourself and enjoy the coffee mornings held normally on the first and third Saturday mornings of the month from 10am to 12 noon. Time for a mardle or for putting the world to rights. It’s free, but donations are gratefully received for the running of this important village asset.

IAN WATSON 1942 - 2017 R. I. P. It is with great sadness that we report the death of Ian Watson, the second son of Jack Watson who lived at Coastguard Cottages, Morston from 1965-1991. Ian, along with his sister Bryn and his sons continued to look after and enjoy the cottage. Ian’s self-appointed role was to tend the gardens, a task dominated by the considerable challenge of stopping the rabbit population from digging up the lawn and eating anything he planted. When not on gardening duty he enjoyed simply being out on the marsh, swimming and exploring the area. Ian was born in Sampson’s Tower, Bury St. Edmunds and spent many of his childhood summer holidays at various points on the North Norfolk coast including in 1958 a week staying in the Watch House. In his working life he had two careers – firstly as a landscape architect and latterly as a dealer in antiquarian maps and prints. (He kindly donated a 1693 chart of Blakeney Harbour to the Friends of Morston Church – which is reproduced annually for the Shovell Dinner raffle). Both careers combined his deep enjoyment and appreciation of the natural and built environments. He will be greatly missed by his wife Joan, his sister, daughter (Jo) and two sons (James and Michael), two daughters in-law and his three grandchildren.

CAPE HORN & ANTARCTICA Roger Davis recalled his latest trip to the Southern Hemisphere to an enraptured audience in Langham Village Hall on 5th May. What photographs, what stories, brilliantly and amusingly told. There are not many people on earth who have had the opportunity to land at Cape Horn as the sea state dictates. Plenty have seen the lighthouse but few have visited it. It is the most remote lighthouse in the world, where "changeover day" for the lighthouse keepers is not every Friday or Saturday but yearly! Thank you, Roger, for enthralling us again with your experiences. Donations came to £146, and were allocated to the village hall repainting fund and the school you support in El Salvador.



The eighth annual Morston Book Sale was held over the May Day holiday weekend in the attractive surroundings of Morston Barn and proved popular with book lovers and collectors from across the county and beyond. Over £11,000 was raised for Friends of Morston Church during the threeday sale, most of it from books, but with strong contributions too from refreshments and plant sales. “We sold thousands of books,” commented organiser Rob Metcalfe, “with ‘half-price Monday’ proving particularly popular. People were walking away with armfuls.” Grateful thanks are due to the team of helpers who set up, manned the sale and, not least, packed away at the end. And, of course, to all those who have so generously donated books, without which the sale would not be

Contact: Jock Wingfield 01263 740431 jocelynwingfield@gmail.com

DATES Tue 6 Jun. PCC Crab Supper. 6pm on the Quay. Tickets/ info from 740118 or 740306. Sat 17 Jun. (not 24th). FMC AGM in VH. 6.30 pm. Fri 21 Jul. Blakeney Greasy Pole. Sat 28 & Sun 29 Jul. Gypsy & Oyster World Championships. Sat 12 & Sun 13 Aug. Blakeney Regatta. Sat 19 Aug. PCC Stalls on Quay, 12 noon to 6.00 pm. Brica-Brac and a few bottles and books. Sat 26 Aug. Morston Regatta. After Charlie Ward’s 6pm presentations in NorfolkEtc field, bring-your-own picnic. BBQ & live music provided. Sat 9 Sep. NCT Bike Ride. Details from Ned Hamond 01263 740188. Sat 14th Oct. FMC Shovell Dinner, The Anchor. 50 tickets.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Norfolk Oyster & Norfolk Gypsy High Tide: Friday 28th July (practice race day) 10.50 and Saturday 29th July (actual race day) 11.31. Race briefings will be held at NorfolkEtc field, Morston. Timings are:


possible. The first delivery of volumes for the 2018 Morston Book Sale has already arrived. If you have books to spare, please contact Sally Metcalfe on 07813 369145.

Two more trustees have been appointed: Jason Bean and James Cowan - younger people with a real stake in the harbour and whose enthusiasm and energy puts BHA in safe hands for the future. Take Neil Thompson out of the present trustee board and the average age is getting scarily close to 70! Enjoy your harbour, the northerlies must switch soon (this article written in early May)!

CHURCH VISITORS All Saints’ Church has received over a hundred visitors in the last twelve months, with names and glad tidings from visitors from Australia, China (Hong Kong), Germany, Italy, Japan, Poland, Russia, as well as from all over the UK, including some Potters, and also Colin Bullimore from Waterlooville, who was delighted to locate the grave of an unknown aunt of his in the churchyard.

BRIEF MORSTON HISTORY Part 2: Coastguards 1818-1925 The Coastguard staff establishment for Morston Station was a chief officer, a chief boatman, two commissioned boatmen and four boatmen, a total of eight. Locally unpopular, they were experienced seamen, often ex-Royal Navy, coming (by law) so that collusion with local smugglers was minimized from over twenty miles away including, for example, from Cornwall, Kent and Ireland. Nobody would rent them accommodation, so they paid rent to live initially in inns and, later, in purpose-built accommodation. Pre-1830 they had accommodation in the Townshend Arms (west of the Anchor Inn) before moving to either China Row (now Tide’s Reach) or Sunnyside on Quay Lane (those tiny stone buildings) - until 1891. (Indeed the area of Coastguard House and Cottages, and China Row – with its present boatyard – was still known as the Coastguard Station in relevant house deeds up till the 1950s). The coastguards were up all night (except half of them rested on the five nights of full moon) on watch or on rowing patrols or on land patrols, each armed with two heavy pistols and a cutlass. In 1820 the Morston Coastguard seized a 30-ton fishing vessel, “believed to have been involved with the recent smuggling”. It was in that same year that the chief officer of the Morston Coastguard was reduced to the rank of boatman and posted away for negligence in that he “went into” a band of smugglers without having his cutlass drawn or his pistols ready (and so was overpowered). Coastguard House was built in 1836 for Morston’s new captain of the coastguard, Lieutenant George Thomas, and the watchhouse on the Point was built from the same delivery of stone. In 1865 the coastguard came under the Admiralty, and the Morston coastguard establishment was cut, a chief boatman instead of a chief officer now being in charge, and this lasted until after World War I. The present Coastguard Cottages were built in 1890-91.

BLAKENEY HARBOUR ASSOCIATION REPORT Eighty people attended the AGM at the end of April. We had a bit of a different format this year. Our activities have been split down into six working groups and each of the chairs of those groups had prepared a written report that was circulated to all members in advance along with the AGM agenda and report and accounts. Our first as a charity. After the meeting, which lasted about an hour, there was some food (not paid for out of members’ funds ) and a lot of people stayed on – the last leaving at about 9.30. There is stacks to report and much more than I can get into the 400 words of this article so keep an eye out for a newsletter that will be coming your way shortly. If you don’t get newsletters, contact us via the website and we will put that right. It probably means that you’re not getting our regular safety, weather and navigation warnings either. The key points of the meeting were that we are solvent with £40k in the bank at the end of December (our year end) and hope to make that £50k this year. It’s a real achievement to keep expenses down to around the £30k mark – if we added in people’s time it would be over £200k I’d guess. Finally the chairman reported that the Crown Estate had written to BHA asking to meet. The Crown owns a lot of the harbour below the mean high water mark. So we met and they wanted two things: the first was to put an agreement in place governing what we do on their land. This seems sensible so we wait and see what they are proposing in detail. Second, they wanted to understand Blakeney’s free harbour status. So we have put a team together, including solicitors and historical researchers to respond to that and will update members at the summer meeting.


In the 20th century the Coastguard Service was to be controlled by six government departments in turn! When World War I broke out in 1914, as the Naval Reserve, the Coastguard was immediately drafted into the Royal Navy, but after the disaster of the three Cressy Class cruisers (all sunk on 22nd September at the mouth of the Thames by a single U-boat), the irreplaceable Coastguard was returned to its watch-house duties. In 1925 Morston’s Coastguard Station was closed down.

www.justgiving.com/ClaireDye. Our congratulations to Claire.

FIELD-TO-FOOD AT ALBANWISE Albanwise Farming is holding its first open day on Saturday 15th July from 10am to 3pm at Green Farm in Saxlingham. (See advertisement on page 4.) The ‘Field to Food on the Farm’ day presents an opportunity for people to come and see how food is grown and produced locally. The day will include interactive demonstrations, machinery displays and the chance to learn about conservation and livestock. Adam Horsfield, assistant farm manager, comments: “As part of this new and exciting event we want to tell people the story of the how, where and why behind the food which we are proud to produce. There will be something for everyone, with livestock to meet, machinery to see, and a chance to hear from the people involved and ask questions. Our ‘Farm Safaris’ will take guests out in trailers to explore the countryside and find out more about how we grow crops such as wheat, sugar beet and barley. “Back at the farm there will be a chance to sample some of the finished products, including fresh vining peas, honey from the oilseed rape pollen, and a barbeque cooking locally produced beef burgers and venison/pork sausages. The farm safari will be running throughout the day but seats will be available on a first come first served basis, so arrive early to ensure you are not disappointed. “To help us with our catering arrangements please let us know if you would like to come, either by email to s.finch@albanwise.co.uk or telephone 01328 830001. We look forward to seeing you there!” Farm safari tours will start at 10.30am, 11.30am and 12.30pm.

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

A MARATHON FIRST FOR SAXLINGHAM Claire Dye, who can be spotted regularly running along the lanes of Saxlingham, has just completed her first London Marathon. Claire says, “This is a personal challenge that I have always wanted to complete and I was fortunate enough to receive a place to run for the Anthony Nolan Trust. The Trust is a pioneering charity that saves the lives of people with blood cancer, using their donor register to find stem cell transplants for those in desperate need. “The charity has a personal meaning to me. My sister Sam was diagnosed with childhood leukaemia aged four and was thankfully one of the fortunate ones – she will be 33 this year and is engaged to be married in 2018. Sadly in July 2016 one of my best friend’s husband, Ian, lost his fight against lymphoma after an 18-month battle with the disease. I wanted to run in Ian’s memory and also to raise money to help others who are fighting and to find a cure for blood cancer in the future.” Claire completed the marathon in 4 hours 28 minutes, achieving her goal of under four and a half hours. She said, “The day was amazing! I loved every moment and was completely overwhelmed by the support and the atmosphere in London. The cheering crowds make all the difference. I would love to do it again one day.” To date Claire has raised over £3,000, including £335 raised at the coffee morning held at Green Farmhouse on Easter Monday. Her donation page at JustGiving is still open if you would like to support her achievements and make a donation to the Anthony Nolan Trust:

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

COME AND HAVE FUN AT YOUR LOCAL ROWING CLUB A great experience is on offer to everyone in the area around Sharrington and beyond. As summer approaches, try your hand at skiff rowing with the Coastal Rowing Association of Blakeney. This is a club which actively encourages people of all ages to participate. The main purpose of all rowing outings is to have fun on the water amongst pleasant company. Typically, a crew of four, plus a cox will row towards Blakeney Point and stop for refreshment on a convenient beach or up a beautiful secluded creek. The conversation always sparkles, even when oars are being pulled. You will have a brilliant time. There is instruction available from an experienced rower. Safety is paramount. Lifejackets, serviced and tested, are always available if you do not own one and other safety procedures are familiar and followed.


Please look through the information, comments and photographs on www.crablakeney.wordpress.com. A quick web surf will give you a much clearer idea of club life on the water and behind the scenes. You can arrange a row by phoning Antonia on 01263 740523. Remember, you will be coached and guided by skilled experienced and patient club members. Many trial rowers can’t wait to have a second outing. You are allowed three trial rows before considering whether to join the club. No previous experience is needed before you begin your rowing involvement. Treat yourself! Come and try this great sport. Looking forward to seeing you. Barry Howes

Hazel, Clare, Ruari and Mary Igoe would like to thank all those in Sharrington for their kind words and cards of condolence after Mark’s death in March.

NOBLE ROTTERS Season three was topped off with a bonus tasting in April featuring the wines of Germany. Riesling, weisburgunder, dornfelder, spatburger and lemberger, are all grape varieties that many members had not tasted before. Maybe it was post Brexit or simply that end of term feeling or could it have been the fact that funds did not stretch to the magnificent and nobly rotten trockenbeerenauslese but I got the distinct impression that the wines of the Rhine would not feature in most members’ 10 all-time greats. Still, a muted finish to season three does not appear to have deterred members as season four kicks off in early June with Chilean wines followed by the wines of Portugal in July and Rioja revisited in September. We may be able to welcome new members this season so, if you are interested in joining, please get in touch. For more information about the Noble Rotters visit its page on the village website www.sharrington.org.uk or contact me on 01263 862261 r.dubbins@btinternet.com. Roger Dubbins, Chief Rotter


27 Mar 1947 to 4th Mar 2017 Mark Igoe sadly passed away on the 4th March. He had been admitted to hospital with a probable heart valve infection and during treatment an unexpected complication provoked a large stroke from which he was unable to recover. His family were by his side to the very end. Whilst it is a great sadness that he has departed, he led an exciting and full life up to his final days. Mark spent his early years in London. In his twenties, he spent some years in Ireland where his family ran a flower business. He then moved to Zimbabwe where he lived and worked for 30 years principally managing a tea plantation that his father established. This part of Africa was a deep love of his. His romantic soul and passion for writing inevitably led to many works about the region; several essays, history books, travel guides and even a novel. Mark moved to Sharrington with his wife and three children in the early 1990s. As a solid family man he ushered his children through school, university and into work. He continued to write and liked to document local North Norfolk history with a particular focus on its churches. Always willing to integrate wherever he was, he gave guided tours around Binham Priory and drove for the Holt Caring Community. He took up cycling and spent many a happy day pedalling through Norfolk’s country lanes; his impressive physique and vivid lycra forming an unforgettable image to those who saw him. A naturally gregarious man, he was an amiable and humorous companion in the local taverns. Fortunately he was able to meet his first grandchild, Juliet, born shortly before he passed away. He will be sadly missed by his many friends and family.

SPRINGTIME REFLECTIONS Someone said that recently they had had a strange bird in their garden. “It had a yellow head,” he said. “I thought it might be a yellowhammer but they don’t occur here do they?”. Well, yes, emphatically they do and they are a very good indicator of the health of the environment. I am pleased to say that we have many singing their ‘little bit of bread and cheese’ songs around our lanes. It is truly delightful to see them because, sadly, they have been becoming much more scarce across the country in recent years alongside many other familiar British birds. It is spring, for me the best time of the year as wildlife reawakens or returns after the long winter. It has been a treat, recently, listening to the wonderful song of a song thrush nearby. When we lived further south, they were very common, but up here they are much less frequently encountered and I do miss hearing that lovely song. I wonder why they struggle here whilst other species still manage to retain good numbers. There is so much we don’t understand.


Each year, huge stresses are put on migrating birds through habitat loss, climate change and agricultural ‘progress’. On top of that, due to the fact that they face needless and illegal slaughter in their millions in Mediterranean countries such as Malta and Cyprus, I wonder just how many individuals are going to return. Do you remember the days when you heard cuckoos commonly? It was a sign that spring had arrived. Do you remember the days when turtle doves would be purring in your gardens? What a wonderful, calming song they have. The EU has consistently refused to enforce its own laws and wildlife suffers as a result. Tragically, it doesn’t seem to matter to them how many people express their concerns to their MEPs. However, we should keep trying. Walking the lanes here, it has been good to note the return of whitethroats and the scarcer lesser whitethroats along with many blackcaps. Within the next few days common swifts will be returning to join the swallows. Housemartins were rather late this year but at the time of writing, had just arrived in our village. It is such a treat living so close to Cley marshes. It was always a place of wonder for me as a youth and I grew to love that wonderful marshland to such an extent that, once I had retired, it drew me to settle nearby. Walking along East Bank, you just never know what delights await you. You will certainly hear the delightful bearded tits chinking away in the reeds alongside the chattering sedge and reed warblers recently returned from their wintering quarters in Africa. The marshes also currently provide vital habitat for a wide range of wading birds, most of which have now returned to summer plumage and are especially beautiful. No matter what time of year, if you get the chance, do take a walk there and enjoy the diversity of wildlife you will encounter. The visitor centre there is well worth a visit. It serves wonderful food, has astonishing views and all profits benefit the Norfolk Wildlife Trust and thus help to preserve an area so dear to so many of us. Chris Abrams

performers whilst enjoying a glass of wine or a pint with friends. To make this objective a little clearer, the events have been rebranded as ‘Sharrington Live Music Nights’. As with many Sharrington events these days, the evenings attract musicians and members of the audience from both inside and outside the village. Entry is free but donations on the night towards the upkeep of the hall are always welcome. If you have not been yet, why not come along to the hall for 7.30pm on the last Wednesday in each month. Roger Dubbins

CHURCH NOTES British summer time began on Sunday 26th March, also Mothering Sunday, a time I hope to reflect on how important our mothers were or are, for those lucky enough to still have them around. They are the glue of family life and it is good to have a special day to remember them at our service of Holy Communion. Pretty posies, put together by Anne, were handed out and although the congregation was small, nevertheless we celebrated with coffee and cake. Easter Day on 16th April was a very different day, with lots of visitors and Michael Handley taking the service of Holy Communion on a rather lovely spring day, apart from the withering wind. The congregation included nine children who were extremely well behaved including the youngest at 20 months who trotted up and down the aisle between mummy, daddy and grandma, rice cake firmly clutched in her hand. Afterwards there was a lot of chat and laughter and ever increasing decibels, a fitting end to a lovely service. On the Wednesday after Easter Day Anne and Martyn Sloman opened their house and garden at All Saints Cottage for a coffee morning to raise funds for the church. It was well attended and coffee and homemade biscuits went down well. Again the day was sunny but rather cold when the clouds came across, but people were not deterred from buying cakes and plants in abundance, also books and raffle tickets. It is always good to see neighbours from other parishes, our rector Ian, Michael Handley and the Bishop of Lynn as well as Brenda demonstrating her skill in cross stitching on a new kneeler to be used in church. However the real star of the morning was Ruby the cat, normally rather shy of people but not this time, purring so loudly, lying on my book stall, winding herself round legs and generally being a flirty little cat. A big thank you to Anne

VILLAGE HALL The first phase of our refurbishment project is almost complete. In the main part of the hall there are new windows, new energy efficient radiators and new dimmable lighting. Thanks to the efforts of Robin Hyslop much of the brickwork has been insulated and clad with tongue and groove board. The much needed facelift is well under way and by the time the next issue is published, we expect the works to have been completed and new appliances installed in the kitchen area. Later in the year we plan to put together a team to decorate the main hall and, if you would be willing to help, please contact a member of the committee. Details are on the website www.sharrington.org.uk. Thanks to the combined efforts of our resident minstrels, Chris Abrams and Mike O’Kane, our monthly Open Mic music nights have been pretty successful. On the last Wednesday in April (Open Mic Night Four), we hosted five separate acts performing to an audience of about 30. These events are designed to give the participating musicians the experience and enjoyment of playing to a live audience and those in the audience the fun of listening to a variety of live


and Martyn and indeed to all who contributed to the success of the occasion which raised over £500 for church funds. Turning now to the Sharrington Strawberry Tea to be held on Saturday 15th July in the churchyard from 2pm – 4pm. As previously explained, we can no longer use Church Farm House so whilst the lovely garden will not be the setting this year we move on to pastures new. There will be tea, strawberries and cream, scones with jam and cream, cakes and other comestibles. We will have stalls for cakes and preserves, the ever popular plants and bric-a-brac and also a small selection of books. We always have a good raffle and this year will be no different. The field opposite will provide parking facilities as usual. Please put the date in your diary and come along to eat, drink, browse and purchase. Offers of help are always welcome so if you feel you can help on the day or with preparations beforehand please contact Pippa Long on 01263 860613. Many thanks for your generous donations to the food bank box enabling us to deliver a goodly amount of food and treats in time for Easter. The need for donations is always there throughout the year and the box can be found at the back of the church. APG

with a visit on 21st June to Elsing Hall, near Dereham. The recently renovated gardens are set in the romantic surroundings of Elsing Hall, a medieval moated manor house dating from 1470. On Sunday 2nd July the group will hold a summer garden party and hog roast at The Old Barn in Sharrington. The highlight of our autumn programme will be a ‘Gardeners Question Time’ to be held in Binham Memorial Hall at 7pm on Friday 13th October. Amongst our panel of gardening experts will be Alan Gray of East Ruston Gardens, local garden designer and consultant, Shelagh Ashe and Trevor Harrison of Creake Plant Centre. The evening will be hosted by Revd. Ian Whittle. If anyone would like to come along to one of our meetings or would like further information on joining the group, please get in touch with either Françoise Allenby on 01263 860910 m.f.allenby@gmail.com or Robin Burkitt on 01263 861939 robin@daubeneyhallfarm.com. Happy gardening! RB


Contact: Geraldine Green 01328 830245 green978@btinternet.com



Weds 5 July from 7:30pm Singing for everyone with Natasha Hood will take place in the village hall on Wednesday 5th July from 7.30 to 9pm. All are welcome to this uplifting evening of singing chants and songs from around the world. Rounds and beautiful harmonies, simple enough to be learnt by ear means no previous singing experience is necessary. It is fun and joyous and a great way to connect with others. Natasha has led singing groups in our village hall before and it is good to welcome her back again on a summer evening. The cost of the evening is £7 or as you can afford. For further details please contact Natasha at natasha@natashahood.com.

EARLY METHODISM IN STIFFKEY Although Stiffkey chapel has been closed for some years now, many of us still remember it with affection. I was therefore particularly pleased to come across the following obituary in an old copy of the Primitive Methodist magazine “The Christian Messenger”. The article gives an interesting insight into the origin of the Stiffkey society. It throws into focus some of the attitudes prevailing at the time - as a plant pathologist I was particularly interested to learn that potato blight, which caused such hardship (especially in Ireland) in the 1840s, was seen by some as a “judgment of God”! “John Smith was born at Stiffkey in Norfolk in March 1822. His parents attended the services of the Wesleyan Methodists, but made no religious profession. When a young man he was fond of company and intoxicating drink. Like the prodigal son he left home and for a long time wandered in the north of England, suffering from frequent privation and hardship. Through the judgement of God (in sending the potato

SHARRINGTON & DISTRICT GARDENING GROUP Our April talk was on the subject of hellebores by renowned plantsman Joe Sharman of Monksilver Nursery in Cambridgeshire. Joe gave a fascinating talk on how today’s hybrids have been created by crossing closely related species. As summer approaches our programme moves outdoors


disease) he was convinced of his sin and in a state of great spiritual distress he returned home. After months of sorrow and anguish (during which period he wasted almost to a skeleton) he obtained a knowledge of the forgiveness of his sins. Mr Lexton, a Primitive Methodist local preacher, and some other friends from Warham came to Stiffkey to hold religious services. One evening, at a cottage prayer meeting to which he had been invited, [he] … found rest to his burdened soul by faith in Christ. An old cottage was hired and a society formed and from that time preaching was regularly appointed. By his liberality and zeal Mr Smith was Father to the infant cause. In December 1849 he received a note of liberty to speak before our congregations and two years after he was admitted a preacher on trial. For nearly thirty years he laboured with consistency and diligence as a local preacher and during that time he generously provided a home for the preachers. He entered the marriage state in 1860 and found his wife an help-meet in life’s duties and labour. In open-air religious services he took much pleasure. For many years he was a total abstainer from intoxicating drinks. On Saturday 6 November 1880 he was accidentally injured while riding home from work on a bullock. After four days of suffering he peacefully passed to his heavenly rest. He was a good man, and beloved by friends and respected by enemies he departed this life. His removal is a loss to our station, and especially to the Stiffkey society of which he was a faithful leader.” Contributed for Stiffkey Local History Group by David Yarham.

Members were informed of two kind donations that have been received for the village hall. Ian Curttis, Chairman, Stiffkey village hall committee

NATURE NOTES My natural pond is well visited by birds of various types who come to wash and drink. Today a beautiful adult male green woodpecker came bombing in. Firstly he went to the grass edge and drank in small sips for about one minute. Meanwhile a blackbird was washing on the blanket of surface weed. The woodpecker hopped onto an adjacent two feet high log and observed this. To my surprise he turned his back on the water and reversed down the log onto the water weed and displaced the blackbird. He got into the hollow that had been left and had a thorough wash. When he was finished the blackbird that had been usurped got straight back in to finish his own ablutions. Rural Ruth

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP A successful AGM was held in April where the story of James Oliver Armiger was told. James was born in Stiffkey in 1889 and died on 24th March 1918 during the German Spring Offensive on the Somme battlefields when the Allies were severely routed and many thousands of men died. Apart from his name being recorded on the Pozieres Memorial to those with no known grave we have, as yet, not found any other memorial to him. Perhaps it would be nice if his name could be added to our own memorial here at Stiffkey. James came from a large family and it would be nice to make some contact with them too. His parents are buried at Merton near Thetford. After a meeting where the village hall restoration plans were unveiled SLHG are thrilled to announce that a history archive room is planned. Plans are still in the infant stage but the society will help and support the refurbishment as much as we can. We are again organising an exhibition in the church looking at the women of Stiffkey over the three days of August bank holiday. Free refreshments as usual and a tombola to raise money for the church fabric fund. We would be grateful for any help, especially tombola prizes, anything suitable welcome. Pat Price is organizing this but you can give anything for inclusion to any of our members. PS: subs for 2017/2018 are now due. Thank you to all those who have already paid. Geraldine Green SLHG

VILLAGE HALL At our village hall management committee open meeting on the 24th April the proposed plans and model for the future of the village hall were presented to the members of the public and committee members for their comments. The plans were well received and we shall now be moving to the next phase, which will be planning and fundraising. The smaller hall will provide more parking and will include a function room, activity room and a room for the Stiffkey history group to store and exhibit their collection. The 200 club draw for April took place, winners being 1st: 68, 2nd: 50, 3rd: 31. There are still many who have not joined the 200 club yet, so please ask for a form if you need one and help this community project move forward.


CHURCH NOTES April began with a first Sunday service; Morning Prayer, taken by Capt Peter Murray, who also acted as Organist for us. This was the first Sunday service for six months and very welcome for those in the congregation. The Easter Sunday Communion service, taken by the Rector, was well attended. The Easter Egg Hunt, organized once again by Steven and Beverley Bashforth, was held in the afternoon and, despite the drizzly conditions, many children, parents and grandparents joined in the fun. By the time you read this, the wedding between Ben Randall and Elizabeth Mercer should have taken place on May 20th in our lovely church. During June and July, there will not be any first Sunday services, but the third Sunday Holy Communion services taken by the Rector will be held as normal at 9.30am. There are no special events planned in the church for June and July. The next major event for the church will be at the August Bank Holiday. The list of those who have kindly offered their help with the cleaning and the flowers in the church is now up in the porch. Anyone else willing to give of their time would be greatly appreciated! HJH

LANGHAM VILLAGE SCHOOL NEWS Easter is now a distant memory but it brought a busy and exciting time here at school! Every child gets the chance to take part in Forest Schools at Langham, we call these sessions Woodland Learning and we have had some very good weather over the past few months. Children have been involved in cooking on the fire, den building, climbing trees and making all kinds of crafts from natural objects. Forest Schools is a wonderful chance for children to spend time outside, to relax, take risks use tools and be involved in team building activities. The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences. We are finding that children need time to thoroughly explore their thoughts, feelings and relationships. This time and reflective practice develops understanding of the world, the environment and everything within it through the use of emotions, imagination and senses. We are so lucky here at Langham to have a highly skilled Forest Schools teacher who works for one day every week and the field, pond and small woodland area is the ideal environment. We continue to use the ‘Night Zoo Keeper’ website, which encourages children to write creatively, all our children are keen to write on the website and there are many examples of fantastic creative writing. Through the month of March we entered a Creative Writing Competition. This was international with over 400 schools entering Langham came 11th in the world; writing 137000 words in just one month. Quite an achievement! Langham continues to go from strength to strength and we are excited about all the activities and learning we have planned for the Summer term, our vision is ‘A place for fun, creativity, friendship, ambition and discovery.’ This is certainly true and embedded in everything we do. For further information please visit our website www.langham.norfolk.co.uk or follow us on twitter @langhamvill


On Friday 26 May at 1pm a memorial service was held at Stiffkey for Dennis Gunton. Dennis came to Stiffkey as a very young man and was one of the last to tend sheep on the saltmarsh as a boy. He married a local girl Theresa Reeve, daughter of the Stiffkey baker. Dennis remained on the land, working all his life for local farmers, the Harrisons. The couple raised three children here. Dennis was always a helpful sort and full of fun too. Sadly, Dennis and Theresa had to leave Stiffkey for caring accommodation at Gressenhall last year due to deterioration in their health. They were both much missed. We send our condolences to Theresa and all her family.

NEW ACTIVITIES We now have a Stiffkey Facebook page where we can share village news and events, items for sale and wanted and photos of our lovely village. It is called Stiffkey Village Group – just put the name into the search bar and then ask to join. We already have 20 members. We have revived the Stiffkey Book Club. We generally meet on the last Tuesday in the month (except July and August) in a member’s home, share wine, coffee and nibbles and discuss the book we have read. The first meeting in March was well attended and for April we are reading Green Island by Shawna Yang Ryan. We plan a wide variety of books and are using recommendations from Goodreads to help our choice. Contact stiffkeysocial@gmail.com to join or call Sally on 07773 800656. Sally Vanson


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Local Lynx No.114 June-July 2017  

The community newspaper for 10 North Norfolk villages.

Local Lynx No.114 June-July 2017  

The community newspaper for 10 North Norfolk villages.