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Bale Fête 2010

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July 30 Fri Morston Practice Oyster Race 31 Sat Morston Oyster Regatta

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August 4 Wed. Binham Boules-on-the-Beach 5.00 5 Thurs. Langham Mobile Library 7 - 10 Binham Art Exhibition & Sale 8 Sun. Binham Concert 7.30 11 Thurs. Langham Ladybirds 7.30 13 Fri. Binham Teas-in-the-Priory 2.30-4.30 14 Sat. Langham Stall on the Green 9.30-11 14 Sat. Field Dalling & Saxlingham Summer Fete 14 Sat. Morston Regatta 20 Fri. Binham Teas-in-the-Priory 2.30-4.30 21 Sat. Binham Concert 7.30 21 Sat. Langham Stall on the Green 9.30 - 11 21 - 31 Stiffkey Scarcrows. 26 Thurs. Binham Priory Concert 7.30 26 Thurs. Langham Mobile Library 27 Fri. Binham Teas-in-the-Priory 2.30-4.30 28 Sat. Gunthorpe 50/50 Club 28 Sat. Langham Stall on the Green 9.30-11 26 Thurs. Binham Concert 7.30 28 Sat. Bale Hog Roast 28 Sat. Langham Stall on the Green. 9.30-11 29 Sun. Langham Friends of Langham Dome - open 30 Mon Langham Stall on the Green 9.30-11

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1 Wed. Stiffkey Music Circle 7.00 4 Sat. Langham F.O.L. Coffee Morning 6 Mon. Langham Keep Fit 10.30 6 Mon Binham Concert 7.30 7 Tues. Stiffkey Readers Group 1.00 8 Wed. Langham Mystery Trip 10.45 8 Wed. Langham Ladybirds 7.30 9 - 12 Binham Priory Heritage Open Days 10 Fri. Binham Summer Barbecue 11 Sat. NCT Bicycle Ride 13 Mon. Langham Keep Fit 10.30 14 Tues. Langham Parish council 7.00 15 Wed. Langham Coffee Morning 16 Thurs. Binham/Hindringham Open Circle 16 Thurs. Langham Mobile Library 20 Mon. Langham Keep Fit 10.30 22 Wed. Binham Sloe Gin competition 23 Thurs. Binham History Group 7.30 24 Fri. Binham Harvest Supper 25 Sat. Gunthorpe Club 25 Sat. Field Dalling Churchyard clear-up 10-12 25 Sat Field Dalling 7.30 Autumn Concert 26 Sun. Gunthorpe Harvest Festival 11 27 Mon. Langham Keep Fit 10.30

DISTRIBUTION CONTACT: For all enquiries or offers to help, please contact: Rita White, tel: 01328 830821

BLAKENEY CATHOLIC CHURCH Back Lane Blakeney Father Michael Simison 12 Hindringham Road Gt. Walsingham Norfolk Tel: 01328 821 353

Priest in Residence Father William Wells (the house behind the church)

Service Times Mass for Sunday Vigil Mass: Sunday Mass:

Saturday 6.00pm. 11.00am.

BLAKENEY METHODIST CHURCH High Street Blakeney Minister: The Reverend David Greenaway 8 St. Andrew’s Close Holt. Tel: 01263 712 181 Sunday Services at 6.30pm. For weekday services and details of preachers and any change in times, refer to the ‘Glaven Valley Newsletter’

Regulars Tuesdays Binham Guild of Artists Mondays Sept. onwards. Langham Keep Fit


Church Services for Bale and Stiffkey Benefice for August and September 2010 HC=Holy Communion. CFS=Church Family Service. MP=Morning Prayer. BCP=Book of Common Prayer

Parish Bale Field Dalling

1st August 9.30am HC At Saxlingham

Saxlingham Gunthorpe

9.30am HC


9.30am MP BCP At Village Hall 11.00am HC 9.30am HC BCP 6.00pm Thanksgiving Service At Langham

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

5th September 9.30am HC At Saxlingham 9.30am HC

9.30am MP BCP At Village Hall 11.00am HC 9.30am HC BCP 9.30am CFS At Langham

8th August 9.30am HC

15th August 9.30am HC At Saxlingham

22nd August 9.30am HC 11.00am MP BCP

11.00am HC

At Field Dalling 11.00am HC At Bale

At Stiffkey

9.30am MP CW At Village Hall 11.00am CFS 9.30am HC BCP At Stiffkey

9.30am HC

9.30am HC

9.30am CFS

At Langham

12th September 9.30am HC 11.00am CFS At Field Dalling

19th September 9.30am HC At Saxlingham 11.00am Harvest Service

26th September 9.30am HC 11.00am MP BCP

11.00am MP At Bale 11.00am HC

11.00am MP At Bale

9.30am MP CW At Village Hall 11.00am CFS 9.30am HC BCP At Stiffkey 9.30am MP

11.00am HC At Stiffkey 9.30am HC

9.30am HC

At Field Dalling

11.00am HC At Bale 9.30am HC 9.30am HC At Langham

Langham, 1st August: Service of Thanksgiving for Langham Street Fayre at 6.00pm 29th August: Group Service at Morston at 10.30am th Binham, Friday 24 September at 6.00pm: Harvest Service followed by Harvest Supper at the Village Hall

Regular Weekday Services Binham: Tuesday, 6.00pm Evening Prayers, Langham: Wednesday, 10.00am Holy Communion Stiffkey: Friday, 10.00am Holy Communion


poured. It is in some ways like other meals. Only the host is invisible. Present but not seen. Addressed yet silent. 'The Body of Our Lord Jesus Christ which was given for thee preserve thy body and soul unto everlasting life. Take and eat this in remembrance that Christ died for thee and feed on Him in thy heart with Thanksgiving.' All meals are special when made with love. The hours of preparation before minutes of consumption are part of the pleasure. Guests and Host recognize each other. The simplest food becomes a banquet. Yours very truly, Ian Whittle.

My Dear Friends and Parishioners, I was reminded today of a great friend who entertains rarely but rather beautifully. The table will wear old thick linen down to the ground; the plates are Cantonese and the handirons are of similar vintage; old waterglasses are used for wine and there will be lots of wild flowers. What is unusual is that the dinner will not be cleared away for about a week, sometimes two. The fish, fowl, meat and vegetables will be re-housed, but fruit, plates, glasses and all the rest will stay there - and become art: a painterly comment on pleasure and conviviality and decay. It would of course drive many mad, but calm reflection after activity, and repose after achievement offer an interesting space for thought. I'm sitting at my garden table with the remains of a lovely luncheon all around me: dropped napkins, water glasses used for water, a dish of strawberries, coffee cups; and the echo of conversation and shared interests and concerns. At the end of the meal we enjoyed each other's company more than at the beginning and knew each other better. The clearing away and the washing up can wait. Christians gather round a table too. Past, present and future are focused on the board. Bread is broken and wine


Next meeting of Deanery Synod Thurs. 21st. Oct ‘10 7.15pm for 7.30pm. In Holt Church Hall. Further details in next issue.



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The various panels at County have been revised to reflect a change in the structure of the departments. I am now a member of the Corporate Resources Panel and continue to be Spokesperson on Economic Development, now as a member of the newly formed Environment, Transport and Economic Development Overview and Scrutiny Panel. In the latter role my remit covers: economic development and physical regeneration, community regeneration, business growth, inward investment and employment, tourism, emergency planning, public and community protection. Also as your local member I can speak at any Panel, at Cabinet and full Council on subjects of interest or concern to our Division.


If only Norfolk knew what Norfolk knows Are you a retired or semi-retired person looking to pass on your business and management knowledge and experience? Are you a business, charity, voluntary organisation looking for help with the challenges of business? If so, Norfolk Knowledge can help you! Norfolk Knowledge, led by Norfolk County Council and Norwich Business School at the University of East Anglia, is putting the experience of retired people to good use. It gives individuals a chance to maintain a presence in the business community and also make a difference to organisations who need support. We recently advertised in the press and parish magazines in your local area and had a great response! We’ve recruited several new members, retired people who want to get involved and use their experience and have also been approached by a number of local organisations who need assistance. Through Norfolk Knowledge we’ve been able to put them in contact with members who have the knowledge and experience to help them out. Do you want to join as an experienced member? Does your organisation need help? We are still searching in your local area for new members and organisations who need support. So, if you have knowledge and experience you’d like to put to good use, or you think your organisation could benefit from contact with one of our members please contact us: Visit www.norfolkknowledge.co.uk , email norfolkknowledge@uea.ac.uk or call Luke Spanswick on 01603 597202. We look forward to hearing from you!


DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting): Having raised the topic of Broadband reception I have received questions about DAB reception. On a personal note we can receive DAB - occasionally, at odd times, upstairs, and with wind in the right direction – so I can understand concerns. The following offers information if not a solution: To find out which DAB radio stations should be available to you consult the official DAB radio website – UKDigitalRadio.com (http://www.ukdigitalradio.com/ and enter your post code. However as with all broadcast signals, actual reception will vary depending on obstructions and interference. For advice on how to improve DAB reception go to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/ radio/help/dab/coverage and signal.shtml (I realise you need internet access to search for this information and hope you can or know someone who can help. [Wells Library staff offer guidance in the use of their computers so now may be the time to give it a try]). In both cases the advice amounts to installing a dedicated external aerial to supply the signal. While this solution tends to give improvements in DAB signal, a limiting factor is that the DAB radio would need to be positioned near the aerial socket outlet, so it removes a degree of portability. Many local companies can install such an aerial; if you experience a problem choose one that is a member of the Confederation of Aerial Industries; http:// www.cai.org.uk/members/members-databases. As DAB signals are usually transmitted from the same mast as Digital TV (Freeview) signals, it may be worth asking if the existing aerial could be used to provide DAB reception as well. Next time I shall add information as to how to receive Digital Radio via the Internet. Broadband and Mobile Phone Coverage in Norfolk: A reminder for anyone with concerns as to their broadband speed to register at www.erebusonline.org.uk indicating your postcode and speeds (check on www.broadbandspeedchecker.co.uk several times to obtain your accurate speed) and also e-mail me your information. Unfortunately arrangements for a public meeting regarding Broadband and phone coverage were made too late for this edition. We have been promised good press coverage so hopefully I will see you at the event. County Councillor Dr Marie Strong


COUNCILLOR’S NOTEBOOK At last we know that the unitary proposals for our area have been discontinued, as set out by the new government. However, economies will still have to be addressed at all levels. The Cash Office at Cromer will be closed by end September but the Customer Services Team will be on hand to help and discuss alternative payment methods. Contact the Customer Services General Enquiries team on 01263 513811. Norfolk Knowledge is a new organisation looking for retirees whose experience can be matched to projects in the North Norfolk area. It puts the experience of retired people to good use in the business community. Details from www.norfolkknowledge.com. Please register your demand for faster broadband services via www.broadbandnorfolk.com. The North Norfolk Heritage Partnership gave an update on the progress of our museums at the newly opened and excellent Sheringham Museum. Full details of this and all other museums can be obtained from the local Tourist Information Offices. Kelling Hospital is looking for volunteers to help patients in ways such as reading, playing cards and assisting at meal times. Ros Attridge is the co-ordinator on 01328 851765. The draft strategy and questionnaire for the New Housing Strategy for North Norfolk will be sent out by end July to all Parish and Town Councils. Comments by 30th September. I did attend our Area Forum Meeting in Fakenham. It was poorly attended and was therefore of limited value. The Site Specific Proposals and Re-Use of Rural Buildings as Dwellings Development Plans have been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for independent examination. This will take place at Cromer for three weeks commencing 20th July. The Cabinet has discussed the final North Norfolk (Hunstanton to Kelling) Shoreline Management Plan as well as proposals to upgrade the Morston Quay Conveniences. These items will now be submitted to Full Council. Finally, Green Build 2010 will be held at Felbrigg Park over the weekend 11th and 12th September. Lindsay Brettle.

‘THE PERFECT FETE’ A lovely June day, sunshine, with just a few clouds arriving to take the heat off the stall holders. A good queue had built up by opening time, despite worries that everyone would prefer to be at the beach on such a day. Unfounded as clearly everyone knows that little could compete with a stroll (only the first few bargain hunters weren’t quite so leisurely) round to pick up a plant for the garden, a pot of home made jam or a piece of material for those new cushions. A go at darts, lawn croquet (I think; there was something that looked like a mallet), bowling or a chance to show your strength with hit-the-rat or the coconut shy before relaxing in traditional style with a nice cup of tea and a selection of home made cakes, from fairy cakes to a whole chocolate sponge. Revived by the tea, a chance to browse the collection of good quality second hand books and to pick over the bric-a-brac for an odd china cup or curiosity; even some sequinned gloves or a lovely hand-knitted hat. All the while the proceedings being serenaded by the brass band until they pack up to let the raffles and prize draws take centre stage and close the day. My dream fete. Victoria Waite

RNLA COLLECTION Many thanks to everyone from Bale and beyond who has contributed towards the 2010 Royal National Lifeboat Appeal. The collection raised the excellent sum of £175.85. Your ongoing support is very much appreciated. Christina Broughton

Contact Details Jonathan Savory (01328 820719). e.mail:jonathan.savory@north-norfolk.gov.uk - and Joyce Trett (01328 710300) e.mail:joyce.trett@north-norfolk.gov.uk (Binham, Langham & Stiffkey) Lindsay Brettle (01263 710030) e.mail:lindsay.brettle@north-norfolk.gov.uk (Sharrington, Field Dalling,/Saxlingham & Morston). Ann.R.Green (01328 878273) e.mail:ann.green@north-norfolk.gov.uk

CLEY W.I. We invite you to join us for any meetings which particularly interest you. We normally meet at Cley Village Hall 2.30pm. The latest news will be displayed on posters. August: No Meeting Sept. 2nd. Tim Harrison: Late Colour in the Garden. Mary James 01263 741 237


Lane. Whether they will come back next year is a moot question. Willow warblers have decreased by very large percentages in the last thirty years in southern Britain, and increased in the north and Scandinavia; climate change would seem to be affecting them. I read an article by Simon Barnes; “the return of the willow warbler” which said there has been an increase this year in the south; they have been seen nesting all over the south in places they had disappeared from. So “my” birds may well have been part of this boom. They were even featured in Spring Watch, nesting at Pensthorpe about ten miles from here. Jane Wheeler

BALE DIARY 25th June 2010 I was in love with my willow warblers; I say “my”, but I should say the willow warblers that decided my garden was a good place to forage for the thousands of small insects they needed to feed their babies this year (they feed the nestlings fifty times an hour). I am not certain that they had never colonised my garden before, as I have only become aware of warblers in any clear sense since reading Michael McCarthy’s book “Say Goodbye to the Cuckoo”, about our African migrant birds, how they affect our perception of spring, and how we perceive them. Leaf warblers are perhaps the least noticeable of the spring arrivals - tiny grey-green-brown birds that are difficult to distinguish from each other except by little details only visible close up - chiffchaffs have dark legs, willow warblers pink legs - you have to learn their songs and calls to identify them for certain. Chiffchaffs are easy, they just go “chiff chaff, chiff chiff chaff”, but willow warblers have a song that you could confuse with a chaffinch until you have heard them both. Chaffinches seem to be the most common smaller singing bird around here. In May a quarter of a mile of hedged lane has at least two belting it out. One in my garden sang for what seemed like three hours solid from dawn one morning, “chink chink chink” followed by a rattling downward trill with a flourish at the end. Compared with the willow warbler it is coarse, unmelodious and very loud, rock band as opposed to delicate Mozart. “Pweep pweep” (sadly) followed by a cascade of silvery notes falling to a rolling decorative “dibby dabby doo”, from the swaying top branch of my slender ten year old silver birch. The wild dogwood seemed to be a focus for their activities; they popped in and out of it, calling to each other with a soft two note whistle, “hueet … hueet”. I would imitate them, and they would fly up into the plum tree and watch me, answering my not-quite-perfectly pitched human whistle. The big sycamore behind the kiln shed must provide a wealth of bugs; they flew up into it and over the hedge into the paddock next door. They nest in banks and hedge bottoms, on the ground behind defensive barricades of bramble and thorn. Working in my pottery or wandering around the garden I have become familiar with a hitherto unknown creature, and it feels like a tremendous privilege. I heard them on the edges of Bale Wood and Bulfer Grove too, but having them in my garden was completely different.

BALE VILLAGE HALL SOCIAL CLUB DRAW May 2010 Lily Bennell Jenny Romney Mary Ramm Pauline Paterson

£ 25 £ 10 £5 £5

June 2010 Mark Allison Richard Scott Henry Poston Peter Nearny

£25 £10 £5 £ 5

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY At Bale Village Hall Social Club All are welcome. 28th August 7 pm Hog Roast (more details later) 2nd October 7.30 pm Harvest Supper (more details later)


Sadly they have been gone for just over a week; last Thursday they were still calling each other around the dogwood - next day the sheep were back in the paddock, and no willow warblers. They must have reared their young, which would have been fledged about ten days by then, and maybe found the sheep too noisy and intrusive for a second brood attempt. There are still two or three singing away in the old overgrown water meadow - goat willow, blackthorn, ash, hazel - at the far end of Cake’s


JOYCE GREENACRE Joyce Greenacre was dear to the heart of Binham throughout her long and hard-working life. She finally came home and was laid to rest, with great affection, in the Priory churchyard on June 2. She was aged 88. Everyone knew Joycey. It’s easy to picture her on her bike: fly-away hair escaping her bonnet and a wide, slow smile for the world; old raincoat tied at the waist with binder twine; wellie boots; a bicycle basket cut from a plastic drum - on her way, perhaps, to work on the farm. She was up at dawn, picking sprouts or strawberries, way into her old age. Under her hat there was a bright intelligence. She was a country woman with a love and understanding of animals and poetry, children and the natural world - and, at every turn, she made music. It was a life of many parts. There was Joycey the down-to-earth cow woman on Bryan Case’s farm who spoke softly to make the animals do her bidding. She was a hard toiler with a strong arm who, from time to time, would allow glimpses of her dazzling imagination. She was a baby-sitter for other people’s children who loved to read them poems of her own choice. Her short stories, written in a firm, round hand, urged better care of our planet. She was self-taught, wise and - as it was said at her funeral - a lady with a heart of gold. Then there was Joycey the life and soul of village parties and harvest suppers, leading the singing with her accordion. At Christmas she was an habitual carol singer, setting off like Wenceslas himself (often with Andrew Cuthbert in the role of page) into the winter night. And there was Joycey the organist in chapel or church, picking out the familiar hymn tunes. Just sometimes the congregation shared a moment’s unease. Was she keeping count? Would this five-verse hymn, unaccountably, come to an abrupt halt after the third? Or, bless her, might she run on for a previously unknown sixth or seventh verse? At the Priory an anxious backward glance and a signal from Jack Grange in the vestry usually saved the day. Joyce was born, raised and schooled in Binham - at a time when, of course, working life began at 14. She learned care for animals from her father, Walter, a shepherd. She would stay true to the village and its values for a lifetime, only leaving, finally, when she needed residential care in Cromer. Back in the Priory it was only possible to feel that Joycey had arrived, at the last, where she was both perfectly in tune and at exactly the right place. Andrew Moncur

FRIENDS OF BINHAM PRIORY There will be two more events this year. 9th to 12th September the Friends will be helping greet visitors coming to the Priory over these four days when the site will be featured, along with over 4,000 across the country, in the programme for the National Heritage Open Days. We hope to have some members in medieval costume, offering tours and refreshments, giving our visitors a modest impression of traditional Benedictine hospitality. On Friday 8th October a visit to Ely Cathedral is being planned. Tony Hull, a Cathedral Guide, will lead a tour of this awe-inspiring building and the surrounding historic area. A group lunch will be arranged. The committee are now beginning to plan events for 2011 and more news will be available in the Autumn. For more information on the above events, and the Friends of Binham Priory generally, please contact David Frost, Honorary Secretary, 01328 830362.

PRIORY TEAS There will be just three Teas-in-the-Priory this August on 13th, 20th and 27th from 2.30 to 4.30. Please come and join us and enjoy a cup of tea and homemade cakes and scones. If you would like to help in any way, do please let Marie Grange know at 01328 830374.

ANNUAL BIKE RIDE The Norfolk Churches Trust Annual Sponsored Bicycle Ride is on Saturday 12th September this year. The Sponsor Forms are now available in the Priory. We would really like a few keen cyclists to take on the challenge. For more information contact Carolyn Wright at 01328 830270


A SUMMER OUTING On the 3rd June twenty members of our Local History Group set off on our summer outing to three Norfolk churches under the guidance of Matthew Champion, an expert in the subject of Mediaeval wall paintings. We started at All Saints, Weston Longville, (of Parson Woodforde fame), where we saw 14th century paintings of St John the Baptist and St John the Divine either side of the beautiful rood screen. But perhaps the highlight was the very well preserved Jesse tree, painted around 1350 and covering a large part of the north aisle wall. We were also shown the clear outlines of a Saxon Calvary carved into the base of the font. From Weston Longville we went in convoy to St Faiths, Little Witchingham, (you get there by turning towards the Bernard Matthews signpost in the middle of Lenwade - church key in the farm opposite). When we were let in, we let out a collective “Wow!” This tiny church, reclaimed by Mrs Eve Baker in 1975 and restored thanks to the Norfolk Churches Trust, enjoys the clear remains of a complete set of mediaeval painting covering most of the walls plus the fragment of a Calvary on an outside wall. From Witchingham we all went our separate ways for lunch and met again at the enormous church of St Agnes, Cawston. Apart from the size of the place, the highlights were the magnificent rood screen, the carved angels and other figures in the roof and a well-preserved wall painting, possibly of St Agnes, possibly of the Virgin Mary on the east wall of the south transept. Our speaker was very informative, explaining how the artists would have set about their work and the colours they used. It was a gloriously sunny day and a great day was had by all. Alan Eagle

BINHAM LOCAL HISTORY GROUP Lectures for 2010 – 2011

23rd Sept. Matthew Champion - Kett’s Rebellion 28th Oct. Charlotte Paton - King of the Norfolk Poachers 25th Nov. Minstrels’ Gallery - A Plain and East Introduction to Early Music. 13th Dec. Peter Trudgill - History of the Norfolk Dialect th 27 Jan. Christopher Hartop - The Paston Treasure 24th Feb. John Labouchere - An Andean Horseback Adventure. 24th March Derek Edwards - The Archaeology of Norfolk from the Air All meetings (except the December Monday meeting) are on Thursdays at 7.30 p.m. in the Binham Village Hall. Annual Membership remains unchanged at £5 per couple, £3 single. The charge at each talk is £2 per member, £3 for non-members. 01328 830270 cpwrightuk@aol.com



The Sanderlings play Boules regularly during the summer. It is our 15th birthday this year and we will be celebrating on the beach on Wednesday 4th August at 5 p.m. If you would like a game, do come and join us. It is very informal and don’t worry if you’ve never played before. It really is fun. Just bring a little something to eat and drink. We hope to see you there – at Hut 169 (it’s very Pink). 01328 830270

The group consists of anyone interested in art or craft, beginner or otherwise. Artists with professional experience form part of the group and will gladly advise if needed. We meet every Tuesday morning from 10 to 12 in the Village Hall. A fee of £2 per morning includes coffee and biscuits. A demonstration of painting or craftwork normally takes place on the first Tuesday of every month. In May, Sally Ann Fitter brought a large number of her paintings to show to the group and gave a very interesting talk about her work. In June, Janet Beckett talked about the use of light and shade and contrast, and demonstrated her theme by painting an excellent watercolour. Finally, in July, John Hurst gave a very instructive, interesting and amusing account of his career as an artist and followed up by showing his personal technique with watercolour.

ART EXHIBITION & SALE OF WORK 7th August until 10th August 10.00am - 5.00pm each day For further information, contact James Bucknill at 01328 830651


BINHAM PRIORY CONCERTS SUMMER SERIES Tickets: £14 each, or £12 each if booking 3 or more concerts. Fri. 30 July, 7.30 pm Xeufei Yang, guitar. Bach, Tarrega, Chopin, Merlin, Jobin, Bonfa Sun. 8 Aug. 7.30 pm Philippa Davies, flute and Eleanor Turner, harp. Bach, Mozart, Piazzolla, Alwyn, SaintSaëns, Debussy, Hamilton Harty. Sat. 21 Aug. 7.30 pm Susanne Heinrich, viola and Lynda Sayce, lute and theorbo. Finger, Handel, Telemann, Marais. Thurs. 26 Aug. 7.30 pm Trevor Pinnock, harpsichord. Bach, Couperin, Rameau, Navickas, Takemitsu. Mon. 6 Sept. 7.30 pm Eroica Quartet. Ravel, Debussy. Please visit the web site, www.binhampriory.org for up-to-date information. Tickets from Maureen Frost, 01328 830362, or davidfrost226@btinternet.com


Binham faces the loss of its most dazzling smile and its warmest greeting. Julie Allen has been raising spirits at the village pub for almost four years, welcoming the world brilliantly as barmaid – or, more correctly, bar manager - at the Chequers Inn. Regulars and visitors alike have been received with her megawatt smile and the cheerful words: “Hello, darling. What can I get you?” Now Julie, the image of the blonde behind the bar (but brighter even than her own big smile), is moving on. She is taking up a new job closer to home in Fakenham, where she has raised her five children. She departs Binham’s village-owned pub and micro-brewery with regret. “Everyone has been so kind and really made me feel at home. The locals accepted me from the first day I started. It’s been my home from home basically,” she said. “I love people’s company. It doesn’t cost anything to give a smile, a hello and a ‘How are you?’ Regulars at the Chequers – as well, perhaps, as licensees Steve and Alex Chroscicki – might be surprised to hear Julie describe herself as shy in social surroundings. “Behind the bar it’s different,” she said. “In a way it’s my stage.” She can certainly put some fizz into life. One Binham man can testify to the impact of her greetings. He was working with a group of not-so-young friends, loading a tractor trailer in the centre of Fakenham, when Julie passed by, stopped, treated him to a smacking kiss and left, calling out: “See you tonight, darling.” Half a dozen men, awed by this stunning, golden vision, gazed at him with new respect. They were not to know that Julie was only referring to quiz night at the Chequers. AM


August, 1854

8th Had a long walk in the garden with Emily and Mary discussing various subjects 9th Finished reading “The Heir of Radcliffe” and liked it much. 14th Uncle John called and drove Govnr and Rosa Lucas to dinner at Bale; began harvest in the Coles which is very good wheat indeed. 23rd Drove Rosa and Sally to O.W. in my dog cart. Stayed late and drove against a donkey coming home, cloudy today. 26th Drove Sally and Rosa through Mr Hardy’s grounds at Letheringsett and very beautiful they are, we also made sketches of Glandford. 28th Drove Rosa and Sally to Holkham this afternoon, we had a pleasant day. We determined to go to the Festival.


1st Geo Dewing and I shot at O.W., birds very thin killed 7 brace and 3 brace of hares. Rosa left us to stay at O.W. We shall miss her very much. 7th Called to tea at O.W. last evening, they find fault with the English of one of my verses. Looked out an instance of the use of the word at Bale. 9th Discharged my harvestmen celebrating the end with them until 11.00 o’clock at night. 12th Rosa, Sally and I went to Norwich and heard “Acis & Galatea” at the festival with which we were very much delighted. 13th After attending “The Creation” which was almost overpowering, we had lunch together and then drove home. 19th The Gov went to Fakenham to meet Rosa with my new mare which he says is very slow and I believe him. 24th We had the old parson to preach to us this morning, he succeeded better than usual. 29th I appealed against assessed taxes at Walsingham, then drove Charlie on to Brazen Hall sale, immense attendance. Norah and Richard Lewis


BINHAM HARVEST The Binham Harvest Thanksgiving Service will be on Friday September 24th at 6 p.m., followed by Harvest Supper at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall. Please join us. Tickets for the Supper will be available in early September from either Maureen Frost (830362) or Liz Brown (830519)

MUSIC & TEA-TIME AT THE PRIORY On the afternoon of Sunday 4th July an audience of sixty enjoyed a wonderfully executed piano recital given by the very talented young pianist Harriett Stubbs. Harriett performed works by Bach, Beethoven, Granados, Liszt and Chopin. The format was a Tea Concert with tea, scones and cake served at the interval. This was a revival of an initial experiment tried some three years ago and now made more practical with the new facilities we have at the Priory. The fine, warm weather added to the pleasure of the afternoon. David Frost

MORE HOLES IN BINHAM Under the auspices of our Local History Group, the village of Binham is fast becoming beset with metre cube holes! At the beginning of July we were, for the third time, delighted to welcome the ‘time’ Team from Cambridge University under the leadership of TV personality Carenza Lewis. Ten pits were dug over two days, nine by young people from three local schools and one in charge of local detectorist Cliff Hudson. The participants had spent the previous day at Cambridge where they had been instructed in the procedures and documentation in order to ensure that the results were consistent with those of the previous digs. The following two days started in the Priory for local instruction and then the teams were escorted to their designated plots. All credit to the diggers as both days proved to be extremely hot which made the ground extremely hard to excavate. Large quantities of water were consumed. Understandably, a large collection of Victorian pottery was found but finds in the grounds of ‘The Chequers’ and on the Playing Field disclosed signs of Roman and Saxon occupation. Over 500 pieces of identifiable pottery were unearthed with the most (166) being found in the grounds of Victoria Cottage. In addition there were many finds of bone and glass in all the pits and one so-called ‘feature’ which was possibly a pre-historic ring ditch. At the end of the final day everybody retired to the Priory where Carenza plotted on a screen the time frame of the current finds superimposed on the results of the previous two digs. The results clearly indicated the ‘who and where’ of the earlier inhabitants of our village from AD100 up to date. Many thanks are extended to the brave householders in allowing their precious gardens to be attacked. The team has obviously found out what we already know – that Binham is a most hospitable place – as they are planning to return in due course for Mini-Dig 4. If you read this in time, look out for the Community Mini-Dig to be held on the two days from 31st July. This is our contribution to the Festival of British Archaeology and we hope to have 4 or 5 pits in and around the village. The results will be recorded in the same way as the other mini-digs and the finds sent to Cambridge for identification. Alan Eagle

BINHAM MEMORIAL HALL 100 CLUB Winners June £25 Mike Jeffery. £10 Peter Vawser. £5 Gwen Dick, Amanda Savory, Jack Grange. Winners July £25 David Frost; £10 Julia Wright; £5 Andrew Cuthbert, Mrs M Griffiths, Alan Brown. There are numbers still available. If you would like to join please phone June Read at 01328 830106 or call at 8 Priory Crescent.

BINHAM & HINDRINGHAM OPEN CIRCLE There is no meeting in August. 16th Sept. Simon White, from Beales Roses. An illustrated talk with information on how to plant, prune and care for roses. We meet at 7.15 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Hindringham Village Hall. New members are always welcome. Just come along on the night, or ring Secretary Fiona Thompson on 830639.


THE CALTHORPES OF COCKTHORPE VIRGINIA BRANCH In about 1639 Sir James & Lady Calthorpe of Blakeney & Cockthorpe (Thorpland Branch) – she was nee Barbara Bacon of Hessett - had 164 descendants. This huge number of offspring was probably composed of family who lived all over Norfolk, in London, Suffolk and Essex (Great Parndon), and maybe even Devon and Kent, but excluded their Virginian Calthorpe descendants, who were nearly as prolific. Their grandson, Christopher Calthorpe, Jr., emigrated in 1622 to New Poquoson (pronounced “P’-caw-son”), Virginia. (In 1648 his neighbour, Oliver Segar, “for fishing on the Sabbath and so disregarding the sacred character of the day”, was sentenced by the Minister and Churchwardens of New Poquoson Parish, to build a bridge over the swamp between Captain Christopher Calthorpe’s and Lieutenant William Would’s plantations). At the time of his death in 1662 Christopher Calthorpe had 67 cattle, and was a Member of the House of Burgesses and Commissioner for York County, Virginia. By the 1690s his grandsons, James and Charles Calthorpe held, respectively, 900 acres in York County & 165 acres in New Poquoson. The Calthorpes of Cockthorpe are traceable in Charles Parish and Isle of Wight County, Virginia, in respectively, the 1740s and 1775. Christopher “Calthrope”, originally of Cockthorpe, is a “Qualifying 17th Century Ancestor” for the prestigious “Jamestowne Society” today, in which in 1995 he had three descendants (surnamed Adams, Ashworth and Munford). [Sources: P.Palgrave-Moore, Norfolk Pedigrees, Pt.5; P.A. Bruce, The Economic History of Virginia]. Joc Wingfield.

SUMMER BARBEQUE organised by the Parochial Charities’ Trust and The Village Hall Committee On Friday 10th September, weather permitting, the Parochial Charities will be holding an Invitation Barbeque for those who receive the Christmas Grant. This will be beside the Village Memorial Hall and in the event of bad weather we will be inside the hall. Invitations with reply cards will be sent out and we hope that many of you will be able to attend. Alex Wales

SLOE GIN etc. The results of the Third Binham Sloe Gin & Others Competition will be announced at the Binham Harvest Supper on 24th September. There will be classes for Sloe Gin and for any other type of liqueur that you might have made. Entries should be taken to Priory Cottage on 22nd September and judging will take place that evening. Make sure your bottle is labelled with name, year and that it has your name on it. Of course this will then be covered so the judges won’t know whose it is. For more information call 01328 830270

FOOD FOR THOUGHT Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.


COCKTHORPE MANOR HOUSE I can now confirm that, following dating evidence of finds and the successful plotting of a near-complete footing layout, a very early, high-status manor house has been identified at Cockthope, Although modern surveys of archaeology sites are required in metric measurements, the house converts to measurements with which most of us are more familiar, 100ft east-west by 50ft north-south! Constructed from solid mortared flint, as opposed to rubble-filled flint-faced walls, this structure was built by a wealthy person who was in control of a significant economy in the area. Contrary to what most of us learnt at school, it looks to be of SAXON origin rather than Norman. It also appears that, at some time in the early 1500s, the house was ‘modernised’ using demolition rubble from St Mary’s Church, Langham Parva. It appears to have been abandoned by about 1700-1750.

AUTUMN CONCERT St Andrew’s Church, Sat 25th Sept. 7.30 pm St Andrew’s is delighted to welcome back the Cantelina Choir, its leader Rosemary Kimmins and the popular soloist Jayne May-Sysum for an evening of mixed (eclectic?) music on Saturday 25th September. Refreshments will be available before and during the concert, and there will be a retiring collection in aid of church funds. We are very pleased to present this concert again in 2010, and hope that our East Window, which was removed in June for dismantling, cleaning and rebuilding, will be back in its proper place by the date of the concert.

A Brief Background History

Admission is free.

The connection between the Danish and Saxon rulers of England and the Normans has been often underdescribed in traditional school history. With families often related, communications were frequent and taking exile in each other’s lands not unknown. Edward the Confessor (who had been living in exile in Normandy for 25 years) returned to England in 1041, was proclaimed King in 1042 upon the death of Harthacnut and crowned at Winchester on Easter Day, 1045. Edward had an ally in Godwine, Earl of Wessex since 1018, whose daughter, Edith, later became Edward’s wife. He also had a son, Harold Godwinson, Earl of East Anglia, later to succeed Edward as King of England. Godwine died in April, 1053, while dining with the King at Winchester. Harold soon became the ailing King’s representative and was effectively the richest and most powerful man in the land. Although it is widely believed that the Normans brought stone building technology to England after the conquest, this family would have known of stone buildings in Normandy and almost certainly could afford to bring in Norman tradesmen to build high status manor houses to outshine their neighbours. This had already begun with Westminster Abbey and the Cathedrals at Winchester and Durham. Cockthorpe was economically an important manor probably because it was the taxation point for the ancient deepwater harbour at Stiffkey. Harold’s brother Gyrth, who also died at the Battle of Hastings, is recorded in the Domesday Book as owning the manor and, after 1066, the manor went to Peter de Valoignes, William the Conqueror’s nephew; clearly the Monarch need someone he could trust to take the money! If anyone is interested in further information or can assist with historical research, I would welcome a call. Andy Rampley 01328 830256 It is proposed to display the Cockthorpe finds at the FOL Langham Coffee morning, Langham Parish Room, during the morning Saturday, September 4th.

Margaret Smith 01328 830546

HARVEST QUIZ NIGHT in aid of St Andrew’s Church Sat 9th Oct from 7pm Everyone in the Benefice of nine Parishes and beyond is cordially invited to a Harvest Quiz Night to be held in Field Dalling Village Hall on Saturday 9th October starting at 7pm. The event is being held to raise funds for urgent restoration projects on our Grade 1 listed Church, which urgently requires repairs totalling over £100,000. The evening will comprise a quiz, with questions on various subjects, a marathon (quiz aficionados will know what this is), and a raffle. Tickets will be £7.50 per person. A sausage-and-mash supper will be served at half-time and soft drinks will be available throughout the evening. You may bring your own wine or beer if you wish. As our Hall is limited to 100 people, make sure you don’t miss out on what will be a night of fun and laughter. Why not make up a team of eight with family and friends? Please buy your tickets from Sue Findlater 01328 830442 or David Peachey 01328 830059. Please do this soon, partly so that you avoid being disappointed, and partly to give the organizers a rough idea of how many to plan for. David Peachey


septic systems in areas without mains drainage. The third presentation, by Victory Housing, argued the case for approving the planning application on behalf of the 56 people who would apparently like to come and live in an affordable house in Field Dalling – a number not far short of half the existing full-time population. In the ensuing discussion, the Members dismissed Highway Safety objections, on the grounds that local people learn to make allowances for inadequacies of roads they use regularly. Well, some do – but there are others who always seem to be a bit late, judging by the speed at which they drive. Then, out of the blue, came several comments about the overall design and appearance of the proposed development, in quite strong terms: “an eyesore… appalling… tatty”. Those opposed to the decision agree and were pleased that the Members of the Committee are concerned about preserving the traditional character of North Norfolk villages. This item of business closed with the Committee voting to defer their decision so that the scheme could be re-designed and drainage issues fully investigated. These are in progress, and Officers are re-consulting the Parish Council and other bodies, with a view to presenting the application again to the Development Committee. Anthony Smith, Parish Councillor

AFFORDABLE HOUSING A Development Decision Deferred After seven postponements, this planning application came up to the NNDC Development Control Committee on 10th June for a decision, but was deferred for reasons to do with design and drainage. The proposed development of eight houses on a field off the Holt Road is controversial and opinions have shifted quite markedly since October 2006 when it was first floated at the Parish Council. Insofar as one can judge mainstream opinion in a community, the initial reaction was cautious open-mindedness. However, as more became clear, opinion polarised into a quite vocal opposition, somewhat influenced by aspects of the similar scheme in Langham, and a more muted (but no less keenly felt) support for the proposed scheme. About 25 people turned out to attend the Development Committee hearing. To prepare the Members for the decisions they have to take, Officers write a report about each planning application, commenting on planning issues it raises, and making recommendation. By law, this information must be in the public domain 5 working days before the Committee meeting, so external speakers know the official position and can prepare appropriately. Unusually, in this case, there was no recommendation. Why not, after 6 months and 7 postponements? External speakers have a difficult task as it is, being strictly limited to 3 minutes. Even more unusually, the Officers, presenting the application, recommended that permission be denied, because of issues to do with drainage, sustainability and highway safety. The scene was set for an interesting discussion. Three presentations followed; first, from the Parish Council, arguing that the need for this number of additional homes had not been proven; that the nature of the soil at the site would likely make it impossible to drain away the volume of foul water to be discharged from such a dense development; and that the community was opposed to this particular scheme (though not to additional housing in principle). More than half the village had signed a petition, 90% of them against the proposal. Then an expert presentation explained why drainage issues were so intractable, - water tables, layers of clay and marl in the wrong place, and the (legally binding) British Standards that govern the construction of new

INTO THE LONG GRASS at St Andrew’s Church Unfortunately, the project to acquire a ride-on mower has had to be cancelled, due to two circumstances. The first is lack of funds. The second is the lack of response to our call for volunteers to cut the churchyard regularly. Obviously, in these circumstances, it would be unwise to spend a not inconsiderable sum purchasing a ride-on mower and a shed to house it, seeing as we have been unable to recruit enough volunteers to allow us to cut the grass every two weeks in the growing season, by teams of two being asked to do it, say, twice a season. My apologies to all those villagers who did put their names forward, together with my grateful thanks to you for volunteering. David Peachey, Churchyard Officer



Field Dalling Hall Sat 14th Aug 2 – 4pm Our annual Summer Fete is the main annual fund raising event for the Churches in Field Dalling & Saxlingham and the Village Hall. We are delighted to be returning to the gardens of Field Dalling Hall thanks to the kind invitation of Ravi and Salma Sondhi. With excellent free parking and entry to the gardens, the fete offers many stalls, sideshows, games, refreshments, including strawberries and cream, and by popular request, the return of the Ugly Dog Skiffle Combo to entertain everyone. Stallholders are working hard to gather items for the forthcoming fete. Please help them by looking in your cupboards and drawers and see if you have any items forThe Gift Stall: call Samantha Duncan on 830258. The White Elephant Stall: Household goods including china, glass, furniture, pictures, kitchenware – call Debbie Ladley on 830582 The Plant Stall: Potted plants, fruit, vegetables, jams and preserves – Jeremy and Nadia Mason 830573 The Book Stall: CDs, DVDs, BOOKS particularly recent novels - Liz Peart on 830668 The Tombola: Groceries, wine and toiletries - Roy and Bridget Nicholson on 830614 Children’s Activities: Toys, books and games to Carol Wood on 07977 934058 The Cake Stall: Pledges of cakes, buns, biscuits etc are wanted – please call Mark and Ann Gardener on 830755, and items can be delivered to their house the day before, The ever-popular Tea Tent: offers of cakes and traybakes should be given to John and Ginny Kirby on 830211. Please contact any of the above if you have things you can provide and/or deliver them to the Village Hall on Friday 13th August, the day before the fete. The more we have for sale, the more money we will raise for the two Churches and the Village Hall so your help will make a difference, whatever form it takes. A big thank-you to those who have already generously sent in donations and thank you to those who have offered to help. We could still do with a little more help on the day, so please ring Andrew Cuthbert on 830367 if you have any spare time but above all bring your friends and family and keep fingers crossed for a warm Bridget Nicholson summer’s afternoon!

ST MARY’S CHURCH NEWS The church repairs are progressing very satisfactorily with no surprises found so far, albeit with some delays. In the meantime we are enjoying our church services in our beautiful, renovated, Village Institute. Thanks to the keyboard kindly lent to us by the Partridge family Martin Jacklin is still able to play for us, and with the doors open and the sun shining in we do our best to raise the roof! (Village Representative’s note – as Chair of the Institute Committee I would not be in favour of this!) A big thank you to the Reverend Ian Whittle and all the retired clergy who look after us so well.


50/50 Club Draw Results June

Carole Suckling Carol Aries John Rush David Ward Barbara Burton Linda Jenkinson Marcus Aitman Brian Churchill Michael Wilson

£25.00 £15.00 £10.00 £ 5.00 £ 5.00 £ 5.00 £ 5.00 £ 5.00 £ 5.00

Daniel Worsley Michael Bunting Virginia Worsley Jamie Lindsay Noel Hinton William Worsley Barney Broom

£20.00 £10.00 £ 5.00 £ 5.00 £ 5.00 £ 5.00 £ 5.00

The new 50:50 Club year started with the June draw with 120+ fully paid up members and some very generous donations ranging from cash gifts through raffle prizes for the monthly coffee morning to provision of the refreshments for the monthly meeting. Our grateful thanks go as always to all who continue to support us, past, present and future! Would you like to win a cash prize as well as supporting the “Friends”? You can still join or renew your membership either at the one of our meetings or by contacting Peter Everett (012163 860035) or John Blakeley (01263 861008) who can also provide more information. Membership costs £1.00 per month payable in advance, and we offer prorate memberships for those joining later in the year.


St Andrew’s Church Sat 25th Sept from 10 – 12 Just a reminder that the last clear-up of the year will be on Sat. 25th Sept. As usual, this will be from 10am to 12 noon, and refreshments in the form of tea, coffee, and delicious cakes will be served by our lady volunteers. Please come and enjoy the chance of meeting other villagers, and having a laugh, whilst helping to keep our churchyard neat and tidy. My thanks in advance to all who come and help. Any questions? Please contact David Peachey, Churchyard Officer, on 01328 830059.


FRIENDS The Friends AGM was held in the Gunthorpe Village Institute on 25 June. Twenty two members attended, with 14 apologies sent for absence. The committee was re-elected, and all were thanked for their effective and good-humoured work throughout the year. Special thanks were given to John and Diane Blakeley and Peter and Myfi Everett for their continued undertaking to organise and run the 50/50 Club for another year, especially as this remains our most valuable and consistent money earning event. John has also run the subscription collection for Friends Membership and all 50/50 Club Sub-collections which is an enormous help and so greatly appreciated. Thanks also go to all who help Myfi and Diane run the refreshments at 50/50 Club gatherings including Doreen Webster, Lynn Marr, Barbara Burton, Joy Luscombe, Julie Fisher, Sue Traverso and Pippa Bunting to name just a few of “Village-People” providing invaluable help. Also thanks to our treasurer, Seana Broome, for attending all the gatherings, liaising with John and banking the cash! Peter Everett has also created a great Gunthorpe website at www.gunthorpefriends.co.uk - which is so useful not only for the Friends but for all in the village. Thank you all so much ! We had a great money-earning year with the addition of ‘Super-Funds’ from the wonderful David Aitman Concert last summer (at which a raffle was held for a beautiful painting of the Church by Diane Blakeley substantially boosting the earnings). Opportunities for these very special concerts don’t come along every year for a small charity like ours, but when they do, they add not only to the enjoyment of village life but are a fantastic addition to the potential we have to fund the maintenance of Gunthorpe’s St. Mary’s Church. Many thanks to the Aitman Family and Friends for their generosity in organizing the concert for the Village! The AGM ended just as the fish and chips were ready to serve, and we all enjoyed drinks, fish and chips and a natter. CONGRATULATIONS to all the Friends for a great year, but the work goes on so please do support our events as much as you can in the coming year. Can I also please make an appeal to any old Friends’ Members who have not yet rejoined for this year, and to any new members who could be tempted to join – and that goes for the 50/50 Club as well - to do so by contacting John Blakeley on 01263 861008. The annual Friends Subscription is a minimum of £5 per year and the annual 50/50 Club membership is £12 a year. Just your support with these subscriptions is a huge help to meeting Gunthorpe Village’s responsibility to maintain its Village Church. Have a great end of Summer and enjoy the year ahead! Marie Denholm Chair FOGPC

FRED’S GARDENING DIARY Notes for August & September

Vegetable Garden Sow cabbage seed in early August for cutting in the Spring and plant out in September. Flower of Spring, Durham Early and Spring Hero are all varieties suitable for sowing at this time of year. Keep picking runner beans and dwarf French beans to keep them cropping longer. If you leave beans on too long they will stop producing more flowers. Keep them well watered if the weather is dry. Keep nipping outside shoots from your greenhouse tomatoes unless they are a bush type, and keep them very well watered as if they are allowed to dry and then watered it will cause splitting of tomatoes as they take up water very fast.

Fruit Garden Blackcurrants can be pruned in September by removing a third of the old wood to encourage new growth. They fruit best on the previous year’s growth. Keep branches well spaced cutting out crossing branches to make picking the currants easy. Cut out old canes of raspberry and tie in new growths for next year’s crop. Redcurrants and gooseberries can be left until all the leaves have fallen off. Cut out any damaged wood and crossing branches and shorten new growth by a third.

Flower Garden Keep all bedding plants dead headed to keep more flowers coming. Keep all roses cut back to a strong bud under a dying flower to get a second flush of flowers. Take cuttings of lavender, rosemary, buddleia and other shrubs in September. Take semi-hard wood of about 20-30cm (8-12ins) long and make a slot in the soil in a sheltered spot in your garden and plant about 15cm (6 ins) apart. You can sow biennial seeds such a Sweet Williams, Foxgloves and Antirrhinum in August for flowering next year. Plant wallflowers in September or early October. A dressing of lime is helpful when preparing the beds for planting as they will not grow well in acid soil.


Fred Morley

Some years later, when Mrs Dewing was looking after the gates for 1/6 [7.5p] per week, Frank Grief had a similar experience. He was going in his pony and trap to meet his father at the station. Mrs Dewing opened the gates when a train was on its way and Frank had started across before he saw the danger. At the last moment he managed to pull the pony’s head round, and get it and the trap out of the way before the engine arrived. It struck the gates, knocked one of them clear back and smashed the other. In Mrs Dewing’s time Mr Wakefield, whose father-in-law was at White Horse Farm, used to pass the gates in the very early hours of the morning in either his motorcycle or Austin Seven. He used to open the gates himself, and the signal warning operated from Melton would show him whether or not it was safe to do so. As this whole operation was likely to take him some time he used to leave his vehicle on the slope and in gear, so that he could make a quick getaway. In the next extract Bob talks of his schooldays in Gunthorpe. Bob’s story of a changing life in Gunthorpe, which he told to Gunthorpe historian Ray Steffans in 1978 is published in a short booklet which costs £5.00 and is available through the Gunthorpe Lynx Representative – all profits going to the Village Institute. The booklet contains pictures that it is not possible to include with these extracts.

BOB’S STORY In this part of Bob’s Story he describes how village families travelled in the first half of the 20th Century, and particularly the role, and dangers, of the railway in village life. As a reminder this was written in 1978 so there have been many more changes since then. We didn’t often travel far afield, except on special occasions. From time to time we would go to Norwich, and when we did we would walk to Melton and catch the train there. If we wanted to go to Fakenham or King’s Lynn we took the train from Thursford Station, which was where the Council Depot now is. Apart from Bank Holidays, working people didn’t get a holiday as such when I was young, and they worked a six-day week for a pound or so. On August Bank Holiday, or sometimes at Whitsun, mother would take her children to Sheringham or Cromer for the day. We went by train and, as father worked on the railway; he was entitled to reduced rate fares for himself and family. He didn’t often come with us however. At Harvest Holidays we often went into Fakenham on market day. As there was usually a bit more money about at that time of year, mother used to try and provide for the coming winter by buying what she could in the way of clothes and household goods. I remember well the level crossing and gate house at the Swanton crossroads. When I was young, the Wadlows were living there, and they were later succeeded by the Dewings. One or two of us had narrow escapes when using the crossing. Once I was going by horse and cart from Gunthorpe to Herbert Allcock’s Smithy at Swanton Novers, probably to collect something left for repair. The crossing gates were usually left closed to road traffic then and were only opened on request. Mrs Wadlow turned the large wheel to open the gates to me, but had not seen that at that moment a train was on its way. I hadn’t quite got across before the train shot through; it smashed the gates, and just struck the end of my cart.

GUNTHORPE VILLAGE INSTITUTE The “official” opening for the new Hall took place on Saturday 5 June, with some 40 plus attendees. After some welcoming “refreshments” the highlight of the evening was a most entertaining, humorous and informative talk “My Life in TV and Film In Conversation with Producer Hilary Bevan Jones”. It was very clear that life as a TV and Film producer involved in putting together a film is far different from the impeccable and “polished” performances we see with the finished product on our screens! Thanks to the great generosity of all who attended the evening raised some £317 for the Institute – a fantastic contribution to the replenishment of our funds following the refurbishment project. Further donations after the evening raised an additional £110 and the Committee is extremely grateful for all the support we have received from the village and friends of Gunthorpe.


LANGHAM DOME Have you ever travelled through Langham heading for Wells via Cockthorpe, and wondered what that strange black spherical building was, that sits beside the road, on the edge of the old Langham airfield? There have been several meetings about it, over the past few years, and many of the older folk in the village remember it in its heyday. If you are inquisitive then, on Sunday 29th August 2 to 4 pm, members of the ‘Friends of Langham Dome’ (FoLD) are holding another ‘Open’ afternoon. The building will be open for inspection and members will be able to give a little more information as to what went on in this unusual building. Everyone is most welcome, but particularly anyone who actually remembers it being in use, or indeed actually trained in it. Patrick Allen

THE PARISH ROOM The AGM of the Parish Room was held on 24th. May. Before the election of officers, the Chairman of the Committee was able to report on a year of increasing activity within the hall and the Treasurer was able to report that this activity, together with a rigorous review of overheads, had resulted in a trading profit of £25.00 for the year ended 31 March. In recent years the Parish Room has only been able to survive because of the generous donations made every other year by the Langham Street Fayre.

WELCOME We would like to extend a warm welcome to Mr. and Mrs. Blackwell and family, Alastair and Montse Iles and family, the Ansell family; and Ruth and Alan. We hope you will all be very happy living in Langham. Langham P.C.C.

As was reported in the last issue, over the past two years, plans have been developed for the complete refurbishment of the hall, but the estimated cost had risen to about £125,000 - not quite the frightening figure wrongly stated in that issue but bad enough, given that sources of funding for that size of project have dried up completely. However, we now look forward to the much more modest refurbishment of the main hall during the first three weeks in August, after which we will be announcing plans for further work, to be carried out on a self-help basis.

STRAWBERRY TEA What a truly lovely afternoon. Lots of ladybirds in Jan's garden, although sadly for her, not eating the greenfly!!! The garden looked wonderful with beautiful roses climbing up the house and over the walls, and the flowerbed in full bloom. Jan had set the tea tables under the cherry trees in dappled shade to stop us all turning into prunes! Very thoughtful! And what a tea it was. Such a lot of scrummy cakes, scones, meringues and of course strawberries and so much cream to go with it all that I'm sure we all went home several pounds heavier. Jan and her super helpers did Ladybirds proud and we thank them for a perfect afternoon. A lapsed Ladybird

Edward Allen agreed to remain as Chairman for a further year and the other members of the Committee were similarly re-elected. The Parish Room remains a vital centre for many activities in the village and the Committee is committed to preserving it for the foreseeable future. But support from the residents of Langham remains key to the future of the hall. If you would be interested in a making a financial donation towards improvements, or if you would like to help physically with re-decorating the lobby/kitchen area, please contact Edward on 01328 830 276 or me on 01328 830 056. Bob Brandt (Treasurer)


LANGHAM PARISH COUNCIL Firstly a very warm welcome to all those who have recently moved into Langham. You are most welcome at Parish Council meetings held every two months in the Parish Room starting at 19.00. The Parish Council is the first step in Local Government and thus a good way of finding out what is going on locally. At the AGM in May reports were received from Langham organisations, reminding us all how well villagers are provided for with all the activities on offer.

Planning. Applications for a fence at Manor Cottage, Cockthorpe Road. Refurbishment at 19 North Street. Alterations to Cockle Cottage and Maud’s Cottage on Holt Road.


Clerk & Councillor.

Saturday 11th. September 2010

We are in the process of selecting a new Clerk, the previous one having resigned, and a new Councillor, both vacancies should be filled within the next few weeks.

Help to keep fit! Come and cycle for us or if that sounds too much join me and other Langham residents in a gentle walk around as many churches as we can manage We are very lucky in Norfolk to have so many beautiful church buildings, 800 of which are medieval. Maintenance is a huge burden on the community but they are worth saving, as they contribute so much to our unique town and village scenery. They are there to be enjoyed and what better way to keep fit! Hundreds of churches and chapels are open on the day and many offer encouragement and a cold drink and a snack, if you are lucky. Call John Plummer on 01328 830420 or Ken Bartlett on 01328 830696 for sponsor forms and a list of ‘Churches and Chapels Open’. Many thanks in anticipation.

Dog fouling. As previously reported there are still those who do not clear up after their dogs. The Council has powers to fine these owners £80. Having sought those who see such behaviour to report it to the Council, a prosecution is now in progress against a Dog owner.

Vehicle speed. We are aware of villagers’ concerns about excessive speeding of vehicles through the village. To try to combat the danger that this poses, we have had both the NCC road safety team and the PCSOs from Wells with their speed camera here, to encourage drivers to observe the law. We now have our own ‘Speed watch’ team whose members have been trained by the Police and act under their jurisdiction. The aim is to make motorists more aware of the 30mph. limit within our village but not to get motorists prosecuted (except of course if they are persistent speeders). By getting all motorists to observe the limit, our village will be a safer place for everyone, particularly those on foot and specifically for children walking to and from our school. The Team have their own radar gun and operate by recording any vehicle exceeding the speed limit, then forwarding those details to the Police. They will then write to the registered owner detailing the time, date and speed of the incident and remind the owner of the legal speed limit in our village. Should subsequent speeding be found by the same vehicle, it could make the owner liable to prosecution. When the team is operating, warning signs are displayed, and these in themselves should ensure driving at the proper speed. This scheme is only for Langham so the Team can be out at any time and on all the major roads in the village and so be able to be where and when they are most needed. This is for everyone’s benefit, and we hope it has everyone’s support to achieve a safer village.

MOBILE LIBRARY Will visit Langham on Thursdays - 5th Aug. 26th Aug, 16th Sept, & 7th Oct. calling each day for 20 mins at: St. Mary’s 10.00am. Old Post Office - 10.25am. Swan’s Close - 10.50am. The Cornfield - 11.15am. Enquiries: Wells Library Tel: 01328 710467.

Date of next meeting: Sept. 14th.

John Hope Chairman




Once again the Friends of Langham will be running their now infamous Annual Mystery Trip. This will take place this year on Wednesday September 8th. departing from the Bluebell at approximately 10.45am. This is for all Langham senior citizens ( over 60’s). So if you fancy a memorable day out and fall into this category, please contact one of the persons below, preferably before August 21st. Unfortunately, due to increasing costs, a contribution of £5 would be greatly appreciated. This will include a lunch time meal. Contacts: Mr. P Barlow 01328 830 606 Mr. J Hughes 01328 830 595 It will be first come, first served, up to a maximum of approx. 45 people. Friends of Langham Committee

Nic and Sue Page have come to live in Langham, bringing the family name back to the village after a break of twelve years. Nic’s parents lived here for twenty-six years before Philip moved to Blakeney. On the subject of ‘roots’, Sue has followed her passion by starting a gardening business (Susanne’s Gardening Services) and is specialising in the care of gardens, from design and planting to the care of tubs and baskets - as well as vegetable patches. Any seasonal tidyup can be undertaken as well as lawn-mowing and edgetrimming. A knowledgeable plants woman, Sue has gained experience over a long period and has undertaken many projects, including designing and building a school sensory garden. Operating within a ten-mile radius of Holt, Sue can offer a friendly and efficient service. She can be contacted on 01328 830171 or 07786 704041.


STALL ON THE GREEN It is hoped to run the usual stall for cakes and produce on the following dates: August 14th, August 21st, August 28th and Bank Holiday Monday, August 30th. Times of opening will be 9.30am –11am. If you could bake a cake or bring produce we would be most grateful. All offers of help with manning the stall will be very welcome. Ann Sherriff 830605 2

“What do you put on your salad crops, Rector?” “Lettuce spray!”


LANGHAM LADYBIRDS Since the last publication we have enjoyed two evenings. ‘The Policeman’s Lot’ part 2 by Dave Buckey was very informative and amusing – those old coppers really had fun! As a complete contrast, Margaret Goddard made superb flower arrangements in June. How does she make it look so easy? Thanks Margaret, it was a lovely evening. Please note that there will be not be a meeting in August due to the Parish Room refurbishment.

September 8th Worldwide Photographer – Paul Keats This will be an Open Evening – everybody welcome. Bring friends, neighbours and partners. Maureen 01328 830 731

BANK HOLIDAY BRING & BUY With the forecast of inclement weather this event was held in the church and it was reported that people had an enjoyable time wandering round the stalls and partaking of refreshments. We are grateful for everyone’s support in setting up, manning the stalls and clearing away and for all the contributions and donations. It was a lovely surprise to receive raffle prizes and bric-a-brac items from two neighbouring villages. Everybody was delighted when Barry won the raffle for Helen’s lovely quilt. The cake, artistically decorated by June Scruby, weighed 4lbs. 3oz. and was won by Margaret Freeth who guessed 4lbs. 2oz. Gross proceeds for Langham Church general fund were £445. A big thank you to everyone. Langham P.C.C.

LANGHAM CAR SERVICE Schedule to October 3rd. 2010 Rate 20p per mile Weekly duties beginning on a Monday. July 26th. Tel: 830 821 Aug. 2nd. Tel: 830 847 Aug 9th. Tel; 830 606* Aug.16th. Tel: 830 696* Aug 23rd.Tel: 830 731 Aug.30th. Tel: 830 731 Sept. 6th. Tel: 830 348 Sept.13th. Tel: 830 537* th Sept 20 . Tel: 830 056 Sept.27th. Tel: 830 605 *These drivers do not go to Norwich If the driver for the week is unable to do the trip, go to the next on the list. If your appointment is cancelled, please also cancel your car service booking. The roster is also sited in the Bluebell and on the church porch and village notice boards. Please give three days notice wherever possible, except in an emergency and it would be very helpful if a booking is made as soon as an appointment is arranged or journey planned so that drivers can arrange their schedule. Please bring change In the infrequent event that no driver is available – contact the Holt Caring Society Tel: 01263 711243 giving as much notice as possible.

MORSTON QUIZ ANSWERS (Questions on page 22) 1. Newton. 2. Bees - acid (as are ant stings and nettle stings); wasps - alkali. 3. Their gestation periods (conception to birth). 4. Insects. 5. Dinosaurs. 6. The PanAmerican Highway - from NW Alaska to Santiago de Chile to Buenos Aires to Brasilia (over 30,000 miles, but it has a 54-mile unmotorable part in Panama, the “Darien Gap”). 7. The first man to run a marathon (26.2 miles) – to report a Greek victory. 8. Computer-aided Design. 9. Yellow, blue, red and black. 10. 10 to the power of 9.


DATES TO NOTE! Friday 30th July - Practice Oyster Race. Saturday 31st July - Oyster Regatta. Saturday 14th August - Morston Regatta. BANKS-MCKEE WEDDING


On Saturday 26th June Matthew McKee, son of Tony & Joan McKee nee Temple, of Spain and Morston, married Elizabeth Banks at All Saints’, Morston. The bride, looking stunning in a cream silk dress, riding sidesaddle, arrived at the church on her horse, Joshua. The bride was attended by three bridesmaids in matching cream dresses. The Service, in the beautifully decorated, packed church, was conducted by the Rev. Ian Whittle. Afterwards in a marquee in Charlie & Helen Ward’s field next to Tide’s Reach there was a magnificent wedding breakfast, followed by dancing from 8.00 pm until midnight. A wonderful day, enjoyed by all. Thank you, Morston! Joanie McKee

The next Parish Council Meetings are scheduled for 7.30 pm in the Village Hall: on Thursday 28th July and Thursday 8th September. There will be no Meeting in August.


The 5th Shovell Dinner in Morston in memory of the Stuart Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell (born in Cockthorpe in 1650, landowner at Morston) will be on Saturday 16th October. The Talk with Slides will be on “Admiral Cochrane, late RN, Commander of the Chilean and Brazilian Navies (and model for Hornblower and for Jack Aubrey)”. This will be given by naval author, Dr. Justin Reay, FSA, Mary Rose Research Fellow tutor at Oxford and Exeter Universities. The prolific author, Captain Frederick Marryatt, RN (later of Langham), and Captain George Thomas, RN, (later of Coastguard House, Morston, both fought under the great Cochrane. Ticket details (50 only) will be in the next issue of Local Lynx.

Both sides of the bridegroom’s family appear to have been in Morston over 150 years ago. Master Mariner William Temple, 51, born at Barton-upon-Humber, Lincolnshire, just upstream from Grimsby, and his wife Sarah (born in Wells) were resident at 11, Blakeney Road by 1871. Also in that year, resident at 14, Coastguard Row (that row of shed-size roadside buildings, next to Sunny Side, the Temples’ house today), lived Coastguard & Naval Pensioner (e.g. RN retired) John McKee, 54, born at Kilkeel, Co. Down, Ireland and his wife Isabella, also of Kilkeel. (Since their three children, aged 11-22 in 1871 – including ship’s carpenter Francis McKee - were all born in Lynn, it seems they probably had a Coastguard posting there, before coming to Morston).

PCC CRAB SUPPER The Morston Crab Supper and Trip to the Point on Saturday 12th June made £908.47 for the PCC. Mary Athill would like to thank all concerned who helped with the boat trips or with the supper itself.



The Friends of Morston Church AGM was on 3rd July. The FMC is holding £24,588.39 in the current account. The PCC’s Architectural Adviser, David Carnwath, RIBA, FRSA, reported as under: “Last year I mentioned that I would be talking to our architect about the next tranche of works. The aim then was to carry out works to the pointing and the brickwork of the tower, and this is still the intention. We started with the hope that we could bring the next Quinquennial forward and include an investigation of the tower pointing in it, but apparently this is not possible, so we have moved a bit less quickly, and will try to offset at least some of the cost in the Quinquennial due next year, or if necessary pay for it ourselves. The first step therefore will be to commission the architect to draw up documentation, and this I expect to do shortly. The question of the programme for the works will very much depend on the availability of grants, since the grant-giving bodies tend to work to fixed timetables. They also tend to want tenders in place, which is why we had hoped to investigate the pointing in advance, since this would have allowed us to write a clearer specification and obtain a more accurate price. We will have to work on this. As I said last year, we will also include any other urgent works; for example, while applying “Smartwater” to the lead of the roof, we noticed a number of relatively minor repairs that it would be good to have behind us. We had a visit from the Art Fund in May, which drew attention to the decalogue and royal coat of arms over the Chancel arch, and suggested that a certain amount of research, possibly leading to careful restoration, might be of interest. While this is in no way urgent, or even strictly necessary, and must come second to the maintenance of the structure of the church, it could be the subject of a specific appeal if the Friends saw it as an attractive project.S o while, once again, we have not carried out any work, we are actively moving towards a contract.

Once again therefore I am recommending that the funds available from the Friends be ring-fenced for this work, with as before the proviso that they can be diverted to fund other major emergency work in the unfortunate event that this should become necessary. Dates for next year were agreed as follows: Sat 19th Feb: Quiz.. Sat 30th Apr to Mon 2nd May: Book Sale. Sat 9th July (TBC): AGM. Shovell Dinner 2011: Sat 15th Oct.

MORSTON QUIZ by Samphire Questions (answers on page 20) 1. Who in 1666 discovered Gravity? 2. Wasp and bee stings are – one – of alkali and – one – of acid. Which is which? 3. What is 63 days for dogs, 267 days for humans and 278 days for cattle? 4. Their blood can be blue or yellow or green. What are “they”? 5. They became extinct 65 MYA (million years ago), having been around for 150 million years. What were they? 6. Where is the longest “driveable” road in the world? 7. Who was Pheidippides? 8. What is C.A.D? 9. What four colours are normally used in colour printing? 10. The prefix “mega” denoted 10 to the power of 6. What does the prefix “giga” denote?

NNCT BIKE RIDE The North Norfolk Churches Trust Bike Ride this year will be on Sat 11th September. Sponsorship Forms can be obtained by ringing Ned Hamond on 01263-740188 (Evenings).




Sat Aug 14th from 2 pm until 4 pm in the gardens of Field Dalling Hall For details see Field Dalling News. Music provided by The Ugly Dog Skiffle Combo!

The congregation of All Saints has settled in well to its new routine, forced upon us by the closure of the church during vital repair work to the plaster ceiling. Sharrington Village Hall is our temporary home twice a month for Morning Prayer services – numbers have remained steady and thanks go to all who have supported the change of venue. We have hymns played by Anna on the piano, and although Maisie may not have had the front pew on which to snooze, even she seemed to approve of the new arrangements.

HEATING At last our replacement heaters have been installed! As they are of the quartz-ray type they are much more effective and should be appreciated if next winter is as perishing as the last one.


Our neighbours in Bale have made us most welcome at their Communion services, and we are also enjoying the opportunity to join in with them for worship. Even though the church is closed, fundraising is never far from our minds, and we are looking forward to the Garden Fete on 17th July and the sponsored bike ride in September.

Once again boys and girls from Gresham's School sang and played with great energy and talent before a sizeable audience in the church. In the interval everybody moved outside to enjoy delicious canapes and wine. The occasion was enhanced by the heat radiating from two huge log-burners! The concert plus the usual raffle yielded over £650, a useful sum to receive when we have had to purchase new heaters and pay for roof repairs. We are most grateful to the staff and pupils of Gresham's!

Meanwhile our funds received a wonderful boost from a piano recital at “Chequers”. Although Rosemary Kimmins has written a report for readers, I would like to add the thanks of the PCC to Rosemary and Michael Kimmins and Richard Redmayne for organising such a wonderful evening – it was a huge privilege to hear such a talented performer in so lovely a setting. PEL

APCM NEWS ITEM With her move to Binham looming, Mary Hunt stepped down as one of our churchwardens, leaving Liz Peart as sole churchwarden; however the rest of the PCC volunteered to provide back-up! Mary was thanked for all her hard work and commitment in office and presented with two floribunda rose bushes for her new garden.

DILLON Dillon the lovely Siamese cat will have been a familiar sight to many of us in Sharrington; a loved pet of Jill Marshall, house mate of little Zak and always out on daily walks. A clever cat, who scurried to the verge when cars came along and waited there until the coast was clear before continuing. Sadly one day in June, out walking as usual, he was hit and killed by a lorry coming up Brinton Hill, possibly having been spooked by the noise. Kindly neighbours helped take him home and he was buried in the garden. Dillon was only five years old and is much missed as a family pet, and indeed the walkers of Sharrington.

TWO SPECIAL DAYS On 5th June Brian Williams and Lala Villiers were married in St.Margaret's.Over 300 guests attended, some inside,some outside in the sunshine. The collection raised £196 for our church. On 4th July Evie Dye, daughter of Claire and Tom, was baptised in church by Ian Whittle. A celebratory lunch followed at Green Farm.



This year's service for both of the villages will take place in Saxlingham Church on Sunday 19th September at 11.00 am.

It is with sadness that Toby, a king among dogs, has gracefully decided to give up his long struggle with illness, very bravely endured, and settle in his final resting place in the garden of his devoted owners, Ann, Peter and Paul. Never did his tail stop wagging, nor his willingness to take a walk diminish. There was always a generous greeting to his subjects and occasionally a snarl of disdain to keep lesser creatures in their place, particularly a playful wolfhound. Long will he be cherished. JHC

CYCLISTS REQUIRED Please note that the Norfolk Churches Trust Cycle Ride is due to take place on Sat 11th September. Those keen to take part should ring Caroline Robson (01328 830298) for details.


MUSIC AT CHEQUERS A recital was given at Chequers, Sharrington on Saturday 5th June by Olesya Tutova, a distinguished young Russian pianist on a brief visit to Britain. Oleysa graduated from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory with honours in 2003, and then studied for her Ph.D. in music in 2009. She has won numerous awards, including 1st prize in the 11th International Pianists Competition Rome, in 2000, as well as performing in Japan and widely in Europe. On a warm summers evening an appreciative audience of forty-five enjoyed a two hour programme of Scarlatti, Chopin, Brahms, Liszt, Debussy, Rameau and Ravel, in a chamber music setting. Her performance was outstanding, showing remarkable technical ability but tempered with delicate and sensitive playing when required. It was a magical evening and one which will linger in the memories of all who attended this unique occasion. Thanks to the generous support for this event, we were able to make a welcome contribution to Sharrington Church Funds. Rosemary and Michael very much hope this will not be Olesya’s only visit to Sharrington.

FOR PEOPLE OF THE LYNX May I express heartfelt gratitude for my obituary two months ago, very thoughtful. It made me glad and it made me sad. I was amused, bemused and a tad confused, - thank you. The greatest news is that I am illiterate. I can’t tell you what a great weight was lifted from my crumbly back. It now becomes clear why I failed so many exams at school and then went on to commit similar expensive mistakes at a place of what was euphemistically known as a place of higher learning, needing extra years to eventually fool the hierarchy into letting me loose on this wide unsuspecting world. You see - it was NOT my fault any more. I am illiterate - now outed! (I do hope there is no such a person as an illiterophobe). The soubriquet for all so afflicted is “innitlectual like” .Welcome all who have suffered so much. The new life “down here” is not so bad - finding many friends and cart loads of doctors. It is quite warm too!! If one is found being kind, generous , thoughtful, understanding you are shoved a bit closer to the flames as punishment, but at least you can have a smoke with asking for a light or being scowled at. Four days later I awake to tha’z beautiful idyllic village of ours. So - yes - you do run the risk of further wittering from my cheap old pen – but you don’t have to read the rubbish. One recent fact of village life is very sad - Toby - has left us with his bright eyes, cheeky face and constantly wagging tail. Thank you all of you, who were his dear friends for your cards and thoughts. The “little fella’” will always live on in all our hearts. We had a splendid letter from Glaven Vet Practice, his weekly visits to have fluid emptied from his tummy. For two years it went like “ Hello Toby sweetheart” from the really special receptionists, the nurses and Michael and Ellen who gave him such excellent, professional care and a lot of loving, right to the end. THANK YOU ALL. AIRBAG


The Annual Parish meeting took place on 21st May, at Sharrington Village Hall, when there was a high attendance to this part of the meeting at which progress on a drainage issue at Jubilee Corner was discussed. This section of the Street Sharrington regularly floods in wet weather, and at times the road has up to six inches of water over it. This has been an increasing problem for some time and in part is thought due to poor outflow from the ditch under The Street near the Old Chapel and in part due to the fact that there used to be a pond at the corner but that this was filled in many years ago when the piggeries above were demolished and the hardcore rubble etc was used to fill in the pond. The County Council have accepted responsibility for the ownership of the land and together with Albanwise owners of the adjacent field and ditch at this point have proposed to clear the ditch and hopefully resolve the problem of flooding. The Annual Parish Council then followed and an internal election took place for the election of officers. Debbie Hyslop was re-elected Parish Council Chairman and John Clarke Vice Chairman for the next year. The other parish councillors are for Sharrington Elizabeth Harland and Sandra Grunwald; for Brinton, Phil Bishop, Peter North and Ben Brewer. The whole council is up for election in 2011 as part of the local council elections. It was reported at the meeting that Sharrington now has a new bespoke oak village notice board, situated next to telephone box on the corner of Brinton Hill and Bale Road. The board was purchased by Brinton Parish Council, and erected by the Clerk to Parish Council Anthony Hayward. It is already being put to good use particularly by our local Community Police Force!! JHC



On June 24th, over 40 of us enjoyed a balmy evening sipping wine (or fruit juice), chatting, sampling food, and experiencing a rare opportunity to be warm outside on a June evening. Our rector, Revd. Ian Whittle, enjoyed meeting Stiffkey residents and visitors from nearby parishes. It was a good opportunity for thanks to be offered to all who help to maintain the churchyard, and keep the church clean, attractive and welcoming. We are proud of our beautiful church and hope that more will come and share it with us John Adnitt

LOCAL HISTORY EXHIBITION The Stiffkey Local History Group will be putting together an exhibition of artefacts; photographs; and cuttings illustrating aspects of village history to take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend at the Parish Church. The exhibition will be open between 10.00 am and 4.00pm Saturday to Monday inclusive. We will be showing a number of unidentified old photos, come along and help solve the mysteries! If you feel you can help in any way please contact Keith McDougall on 01328 830344

PLANT SALE FOR ALBARACA SCHOOL The trustees of the school would like to thank all who helped us raise the staggeringly wonderful sum of almost £700 by selling plants on the knoll and all sorts of things in the village hall on Spring Bank Holiday Monday at the end of May. We didn’t contribute to any traffic jams through Stiffkey this year, but were delighted by the steady stream of buyers who swelled the funds of the school. The news of the success of the event was transmitted quickly to the school in The Gambia by the newly developed e-mail connection. The headmistress, the staff and the trustees in Africa all send their profound thanks to buyers, sellers, growers and transporters! Well done everyone!! John Adnitt

MUSIC CIRCLE We will re-start in September with two meetings at No2 Warborough Place. Both will start at 7. It will be the start of the 7th season! On Sept 1st John will present a programme of music on DVDs on the theme of “Heroes and Villains”. It will be in aid of the local UNICEF group’s funds for children’s health in Africa, and will follow the Scarecrows in Stiffkey event at the end of August. We will be joined by some of the local group members from West Norfolk. Most of the North Norfolk members already come! Three weeks later on the 22nd Margaret will present her selection for a rather special birthday. She will concentrate on pieces which have had some special significance during her life, with no doubt a good representation of her favourites: Mozart, Schubert and Chopin. Everyone is most welcome. Enjoy the music, the half time drinks and chat, and, quite often, comments and discussion on the pieces selected. John Adnitt

STIFFKEY SCARECROWS For the last three years Scarecrows in Stiffkey Week has helped to raise hundreds of pounds for UNICEF and a variety of projects in the developing world. This will definitely be my last year for organising the event, and I appeal to you to help me make it a resounding finale in 2010! Thanks to all who have responded with alacrity, ingenuity and goodwill in the past. Remember the speed cop, the dragon, and those strange sea horse in the trees near the church. They put the wind up many returning late from the Red Lion! This year’s theme is “MYTHS, MONSTERS AND SCARECROWS!” Please make your scarecrows ready to put up on Saturday August 21st to remain until the Bank Holiday Monday on the 31st. This year’s project is to support a programme of immunisation in Liberia, one of the poorest countries in Africa. Please contact me, Sally, on 830189 for further advice, or John on 830044. Sally Amesbury

READERS GROUP Stiffkey Readers, meet at the Red Lion every 6 weeks return from their summer reading on Sept. 7th 1pm. Book of own choice to be discussed. New members welcome, no charge, contact Beverley Bashforth on 01328 830569


LOCAL HISTORY BOOK Appeal for help The Stiffkey Local History Group was recently approached by the Rev Tony Hodgson with a kind offer to write a book about the history and people of Stiffkey and Cockthorpe. Providing we can see our way to publishing we hope to produce a modest volume, suitably illustrated, that gives a glimpse of the events and people that have shaped our lovely villages. Tony, who is leading the project, has kindly indicated that any profits will go to enhancing the History Group facilities. Tony was curate at Stiffkey in the early 60's and has maintained contacts in the village. A working group has been set up with the aim of producing a readable journey through our history using the lives of the inhabitants to illustrate how these settlements were crafted throughout time to arrive at what we have now. We are busy writing and, after lively discussion, rewriting with an aim to produce about ten chapters. We are looking for illustrations too, especially ones that may not yet be in the public domain. We can't find any of the windmill with its sails on or any of the 1953 floods. Can you help? Geraldine Green 01328 830245

CRICKET NEWS This season is our busiest yet, so it would be well to summarise the results so far: Beeston (away) Won by 228 runs Rudham (away) Lost by 3 wickets Marlingford (away) Lost by 151 runs Burnham Thorpe (away) Won by 12 runs Beeston (home) Won by 44 runs Burnham Thorpe (away) Lost by 1 wicket Harbour Taverners (home) Lost by 7 wickets Bluebell Granchester (home) Lost by 9 wickets Aylsham (home) Lost by 7 wickets Rudham (home) Won by 7 wickets At the first game of the year the 272 scored was our highest ever and also produced the highest individual score from Olly Webb (125). We are very evenly matched with Rudham and they did well to win at our first meeting, recovering from 23 for 5 to make the 120 needed. In the return fixture there was no recovery from a score of 3 for 3. Most of our early breakthroughs have been the result of keen bowling from Kevin Waddison. Kevin always seems to bowl better if he feels some real or imaginary slight. This was the case in the match against Burnham Thorpe. Kevin was given out lbw, he never likes that, off a ball that bounced several times and should have been dispatched into the pub yard. He was further inspired when a batsman was called back after treading on his stumps (no ball!). In that match Stiffkey had batted abysmally – all out 57, but the bowling was inspired, Pete Holmes taking 7 wickets for only 14 runs, helped by Dan Peel who took some magnificent catches. A tense finish came as the Burnham final pair slowly took the score from 42. The score was 56 when I started my first over – first ball an easy caught & bowled chance, to which I used all my years of experience to drop. The team has welcomed back Struan McDougall, firstly leading the Granchester Bluebell team to victory, and later thankfully back in the Stiffkey team in six hitting form against Aylsham. Steven Bashforth Future Fixtures Aug. 1st Holkham 2 pm Away. 5th Aylsham, 20/20 TBC* 15th Holkham 2 pm Home 22nd Marlingford. 2 pm Away Sept. 5th Kingston University - Home*, 2 pm

NATURE NOTES At last a barbeque summer! But farmers are desperate for water – irrigators going full blast! Ascot week is always the time when partridges are supposed to hatch. With luck and further good weather the native English Grey Partridge will recover from its current perilous low population. Butterflies are late this year. As I write there is a good hatch of Meadow Browns. The Speckled Wood is doing well but the ‘blue’ butterflies (Common, Holly and the rare Silver Studded) are not flying much. It all depends on their various food plants – vetches in particular. Even the good old Stinging Nettle and Blackthorn are important food plants for some species. As for moths, I am no expert but we do have experts in our village who use moth traps at night and have a marvellous knowledge of the species. I have a little trouble with Japanese Knotweed in my garden; a noxious pest which is very difficult to kill and control. Like many introduced species we must all be on our guard and be prepared to ‘exterminate, exterminate’ – shades of Doctor Who.


SCHOOL NEWS Deep into Summer, with the sultry weather bring out the thunder bugs at time of writing, the children at Langham Village School have had so many opportunities to sample a multitude of sports – probably a greater variety than ever before. And that’s even before the school Sports Day. For instance, our tennis team – having won the local cluster event – qualified with Sheringham to represent North Norfolk in the County finals at the Easton Tennis Centre, where we came a creditable 10th out of the 16 finalists. Ellie Bushell was part of the North Norfolk Year 6 girls swimming team that won the County Cup at UEA and the school was able to hang on to the trophy for a few days. Our football team had a wonderful final match against Wells, winning 2-1, and we have won the Small Schools Football League again, this time sharing the title with Corpusty. We also got to the final of the Reepham 7a-side tournament, where we lost 1-0 to Astley. We still won the trophy, though, for best small school. Among the talented individual players, Georgina Belton emerged successfully from a second trial with Norwich City and they have invited her to be part of their Excellence Academy (the highest group) next season, where she will play against the girls teams from the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea. It must run in the blood – Georgina’s brother Kieron has been a regular at the Norwich City Academy all season and will continue next year. So toot those vuvuzelas. Langham’s Tri-golf team qualified for the area final and came runner-up to Fakenham Junior School. We have had cricket coaching sessions and participated in the Wells/Fakenham cricket tournament, where we were finally defeated by a strong Burnham Market side by 11 runs. National Schools Sports Week in June coincided with Langham’s School Health and Fitness Week and featured a Jump Rope 4 Heart session to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and a Years 1 and 2 Multi Skills Festival at Alderman Peel High School. Tom Walduck in Year 6 was selected to represent the area at the County Multi Skills Academy at UEA. Looking at activities within the school, the children have completed inter-house tag rugby and hockey tournaments and before the term finishes there will be inter-house handball, tri-golf and chess tournaments. Headteacher Mike Green runs a regular football club, Class 2 Teacher Miss Hopkins runs two table tennis clubs, while Jodie McCallum runs a cheerleading club and, for Class 3, a Sports Leadership programme. Class 3 have also worked successfully on Creative Dance sessions with


Sarah Langley and have begun volleyball sessions with Tomasz Morawski. The Grand Slam group have been enjoying their weekly sessions at the Learning Centre in Sedgeford under the guidance of Adam Edwards. As if that were not enough, a new archery club was set up in the summer term for Years 4, 5 and 6, and budding sailors have been able to participate in practical lessons in Blakeney Harbour (often literally IN Blakeney Harbour) run by ‘Norfolk etc’. Among more sedate pursuits, the school’s poets have been scooping up the prizes. Well done to Abbie Williamson, who won first prize, and Neve Wilson, second prize, in this year’s Royal Norfolk Show competition. They won £175 between them for the school. Congratulations also to Louis Williamson and Ben Wright, whose work was highly commended. At Poetry-Next-theSea in Wells there was a great effort from the Langham winners at this year’s recitation performance in the Maltings Theatre in Wells. Take a bow Zeb Guppy (Class 1), Jessica Beeson (Class 2), Archie Willis, Emily Osborne and Isabel Thurston (all Class 3). Highlight of this term’s Book Fair was local author Cliff Norgate who, as ever, was a real star with his squeaky voices and booming roars. Congratulations to everyone involved in the ‘Big Cook’. Each class made scones with Carol Spinks, Charlotte Scott and Annette McEwan. The £65 raised will go towards providing indoor plants around school as part of our eco drive. County cycling officer Bill Butlin passed all of our Years 5 and 6 Cycling Proficiency group, following lots of hard work from Jeremy Bagnall-Oakeley and his team teaching the children to be confident, safe and skilled. While they stayed on the roads around Langham, Class 3 have been on a Mission to Mars. No, not another school visit but the latest International Primary Curriculum project, which saw the pupils designing their own space stations and explaining how things work to visitors. Years 4, 5 and 6 also took part in a Launch Pad Project with the Norfolk Exchange Business Group. This involved designing, making and launching their own rockets on the field. Meanwhile, Class 2 staged its own Explorers Day, with the children so articulate when describing their treasures. This year’s exciting residential for the older children was at How Hill Norfolk Broads Study Centre, where everyone got to know this beautiful part of our county. Activities included dyke dipping and tales of a marshman. Next year’s trip will be further afield in the Mendip Hills, Somerset, where caving will be among the fabulous activities on offer. The school owes a big vote of thanks to the many generous people who came to Binham Village Hall for an Auction of Promises and to the equally generous people and organisations who donated such attractive lots – from a wet shave and two hours expert flintwork to tickets for cricket at Lord’s and a half-hour ride on a combine harvester. The £3,500 raised will enable the school to develop raised beds and a gardening programme for all three classes. A big thank-you must also go to Anne-Marie Coe, Jo Phelps and the rest of the hardworking Friends of Langham Village School.



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Local Lynx Issue 73 - August/September 2010  

A community newspaper for 10 North Norfolk villages: Bale, Binham, Cockthorpe, Field Dalling, Gunthorpe, Langham, Morston, Saxlingham, Sharr...

Local Lynx Issue 73 - August/September 2010  

A community newspaper for 10 North Norfolk villages: Bale, Binham, Cockthorpe, Field Dalling, Gunthorpe, Langham, Morston, Saxlingham, Sharr...