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

NEWS FROM OUR VILLAGES

FEBRUARY & MARCH 2011

ISSUE 76

Langham.The Street, 1903/04

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WHAT’S ON in our villages February 3rd Thurs. Stiffkey Local History Group talk. Village Hall 7pm 5th Sat. Langham F.O.L. Coffee am. Parish Room. 7th Mon. Binham Quiz Night 7.30pm 9th Wed. Gunthorpe Safer Neighbourhood Team Surgery Village Green 11.30-12.00noon 9th Wed. Bale Safer Neighbourhood Team Surgery Bale Oaks 2.00-2.30pm 16th Wed. Stiffkey Music Circle 19th Sat. Morston FMC Annual Quiz Village Hall 24th Thurs. Binham Local History Group talk Village Hall 7.30 p.m. 26th Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club Coffee Morning 10:30 Institute. 27th Sun. Gunthorpe 11am St Mary’s Restoration Thanksgiving Service.

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March 5th Sat. Langham F.O.L. Coffee am. Parish Room 6th Sun. Binham Annual Pancake Race Village Hall Playing Field 12.30pm. 7th Mon. Binham Quiz Night 7.30pm 14th Mon. Langham El Salvador talk Parish Room 7pm 16th Wed. Stiffkey Music Circle 16th Wed. Langham F.O.L. Coffee am. Parish Room. 24th Thurs. Binham Local History Group talk Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. 26th Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club Coffee Morning. 10:30 Institute. 26th Sat. Gunthorpe Gunthorpe Institute AGM followed by History Pictures Show 7.00pm

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Regulars Mondays Langham Keep Fit 10-11.30am Parish Room EXCEPT Monday 14th & 21st Feb. No class. 3rd Monday of every month Stiffkey WI meeting Old Hall, 7.30pm Tuesdays Binham Guild of Artists 10.00 - 12.00noon in the Village Hall Last Wednesday of every month Morston Parish Council Meeting, Village Hall 7.00 pm Thursdays Langham Mobile Library 10th February, 3rd March & 24th March 3rd Thursday of every month Binham Open Circle meeting Hindringham Village Hall 7.15pm

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 821353 Priest in Residence Father William Wells (the house behind the church) Service Times Mass for Sunday Vigil Mass: Saturday 6.00pm Sunday Mass: 11.00am

DEANERY NEWS Next meeting of the Deanery Synod

Thursday 24th March 2011, 7.15pm for 7.30pm in Holt Parish Church Hall. Watch out for posters nearer the time for details of the Speaker. Everyone is welcome to attend the meetings, for the whole evening or just for the talk.

BLAKENEY METHODIST CHURCH HIGH STREET, BLAKENEY Minister: The Reverend David Greenaway 8 St. Andrew’s Close, Holt Tel: 01263 712181

Sunday Services at 3.00pm For weekday services and details of preachers and any change of times, refer to the ‘Glaven Valley Newsletter’.

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Church Services for Bale and Stiffkey Benefice for February and March 2011 HC=Holy Communion. CFS=Church Family Service. MP=Morning Prayer. BCP=Book of Common Prayer All Communion Services are in traditional language except those marked *

Parish Bale Field Dalling Saxlingham Gunthorpe Sharrington Binham Morston Langham Stiffkey

Parish Bale Field Dalling Saxlingham Gunthorpe Sharrington Binham Morston Langham Stiffkey

6th February 9.30am HC At Saxlingham 9.30am HC 9.30am MP BCP 11.00am HC 9.30am HC BCP At Stiffkey 9.30am CFS 6th March 9.30am HC At Saxlingham 9.30am HC 9.30am MP BCP 11.00am HC 9.30am HC BCP At Stiffkey 9.30am CFS

13th February 9.30am HC 11.00am CFS At Field Dalling 11.00am HC 9.30am HC 11.00am HC 9.30am MP At Langham 13th March 9.30am HC 11.00am CFS At Field Dalling 11.00am MP 9.30am HC 11.00am HC 9.30am MP At Langham

20th February 9.30am HC At Saxlingham 11.00am HC 9.30am MP CW 11.00am CFS 9.30am HC BCP At Stiffkey 9.30am HC 20th March 9.30am HC At Saxlingham 11.00am HC 9.30am MP CW 11.00am CFS 9.30am HC BCP At Stiffkey 9.30am HC

27th February 9.30am HC 11.00am MP BCP At Field Dalling 11.00am Festal Matins 9.30am HC 9.30am HC 9.30am HC At Langham 27th March 9.30am HC 11.00am MP BCP At Field Dalling

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

Regular Weekday Services Binham: Tuesday, 6.00pm Evening Prayers, Langham: Wednesday, 10.00am Holy Communion Stiffkey: Friday, 10.00am Holy Communion Dear Friends and Parishioners, In these weeks after Christmas, known as the season of Epiphany, my mind strays backwards to some of the happy and ever delightful points of that festive season of Christmas we were able to mix with readings from the Bible, a variety of poetry, and prose appropriate to the great theme. This was one of the more light-hearted, but no less telling for that: The Cattle The quiet-eyed cattle The mists of their breathing Are nervous and heavy Are wreathing and twining They clumsily huddle And wisp to the window And settle together And fade in the moonlight

was totally incongruous in its setting, yet shall be quite glorious in time. “The King in their stable, The Child in the manger…” The season of Epiphany is about the Showing Forth of Jesus the Christ to the World, a world which, in the beginning, was made through him; and a world which, in time, shall be judged by him; and a world in the meantime upon which he pours his own Spirit to remake it and regain it. It is into that current enterprise that we are drawn: by our adoration of the Child in the manger, and by our acceptance of his adult sacrifice for us upon the instrument of his execution. And yet there remains the glorious rising of the Son of God, which has its own power, a force of independence beyond anything we can add by our enjoyment of it. For God remains Sovereign even when in humility he lay in the hay. This is another modern poem which gave us delight in the season before Epiphany.

Out over the meadow Where cattle tomorrow Will amble in pasture And always remember

Will always remember The King in their stable The Child in the manger Whose name lives forever. Leslie Norris The crucial lines are the last: ‘The King in their stable, The Child in their manger…’ A King you see, born of an unmarried yet virgin mother. A different King. The King. A King like no other, born in a stable. And difference is often both gripping and delightful. I delighted the other day, in a formal and splendid garden, to see an old copper water boiler, four feet high, five feet wide and battered and bruised. But planted with yet unseen vibrant orange scented tulips, ‘Princess Irene’, a wonderful tulip named after a sister of the Queen of the Netherlands. The old copper, in a sense,

Mice in the Hay out of the lamplight timid eyes pearl-bright whispering worshipping whispering worshipping the mice in the hay whisking quick and away they were there that night gently made their way whispering worshipping whispering worshipping smaller than snowflakes are close to the manger yes, they were afraid from a dark corner whispering worshipping whispering worshipping as the journey was made scuttling together

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but He smiled to see them stretched out His hand to them whispering worshipping they saw the baby King there in the lamplight hurried back out of sight whispering worshipping Leslie Norris

legally compliant and sound, despite the use of Greenfield sites and with the exception of the Gresham's School land. This Plan will now proceed to Cabinet for discussion. Tackling snow and ice - the bad weather arrived rather early causing difficult conditions. Extra grit bins have been provided with advice on use by members of the public. Norfolk County Council is responsible for keeping roads and pavements passable but when snow and ice are widespread priorities have to be given ...NNDC is looking at the possibility of having a separate agreement with County to see how the limited resources can best be used. The timetable for Refuse Collection was also disrupted but the teams have done their best to keep up-to-date. There is a Winter Weather Service Update* Section on the main homepage at http:www.northnorfolk.org. There is a new Health Strategy for North Norfolk (also on the website) with the key priorities of Localism of health delivery; Prevention of ill health and promotion of healthy lifestyles and Maintaining activity, independence and support for older people. The Community Safety Officer reminds us to keep our properties secure at all times.

Yours Truly, Ian Whittle

DISTRICT COUNCILLOR’S NEWS All the comments and proposals to the Norfolk County Council's consultation exercise - The Big Conversation - are now being considered. Helping the District Council prepare its response, a North Norfolk Conference was held with the North Norfolk Community Partnership. It was an opportunity to `take stock' and reflect upon the challenges facing NN as well as explore where opportunities may lie in order to radically rethink the future for the district. Structural changes and forthcoming legislation promise to devolve greater power and influence to Local Authorities, while the Comprehensive Spending Review has outlined significant and challenging budget cuts. Topics discussed were: Local Government; Local Economy and Business; the Voluntary Sector; the Police; Health and Education and Skills. The meeting was attended by 130 delegates concerned with these vital matters. The key issues which emerged from the discussions were: Improving computer broadband and mobile phone coverage to encourage business growth; Trying to boost local skills, training and apprenticeship opportunities; Promoting the North Norfolk brand and tourism; Stimulating the economy and planning for recovery from the recession; Developing employment opportunities; Improving transport particularly for young people; Building more affordable housing; Looking to harness the emerging green energy industry evolving off the local shores. In general the Inspector found the NN Site Specific Proposals Development Plan and Conversion and Reuse of Rural Buildings as Dwelling Policy Review

District Councillors 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 (Bale)

NEWS FROM COUNTY COUNCIL Dr Marie Strong - Wells Division Big Conversation: The BC will have closed on 10 January. The proposals put forward by councils, groups and individuals will be considered by NCC’s Overview and Scrutiny Panels during the week of 10-14 January; the Minutes of these Panels will be published on www.norfolk.gov.uk. and will be taken to the Cabinet meeting on Monday 24 January. Members of the public can attend the Cabinet, and subsequent panels, and questions can be put forward but must be submitted in advance – information as to procedure on the above website. I am always delighted to see members of the public at these meetings.

Broadband and Mobile Phones: I would reassure you that NCC continues to explore ways we might be able to improve provision and move into the future. One route we are investigating is the possibility of using our existing fibre network by adding wireless transmitters. This is not a quick or easy solution nor will it be universally applicable. Considerable investigation is still required and we are

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times of shops, attractions, business locations - prices, locate spare parts/books or DVDs, check timetables, obtain road routes, check flight arrivals/departures, search for houses (very often with detailed photographs) - research Family History. The basic list is enormous, the extended list endless. With some confidence it is possible to buy, sell, pay and vote by internet, but this is not essential. What do you need to become computer literate? Obviously, a computer (a Tower, Desktop, Laptop or Notebook). For home use a Laptop is probably the best bet, it is small, mobile and now comparatively priced with larger computers. Basic Laptops can cost less than £250 but it is worth spending £400 or more to include internet access, a camera and a CD/DVD device. A separate mouse (pointing device) is useful - the built-in touch pad can be difficult. At a technical level ensure that the memory size (where the actual computing is done) is at least 1Gb, and the hard disk (where documents are stored) is at least 100Gb - more if you intend to store Digital Camera. photographs. Be cautious of buying a second-hand computer as there is probably good reason selling it, (usually it is too slow). The need for computer speed in latest programs (software) and web sites consistently increases so it is essential to at least start with a good chance for success. Whichever computer you decide to buy, remember the cost does not stop there. The basic machine will contain the operating environment, normally Windows - the latest version is Windows 7 (Windows Vista best avoided), this will include many additional facilities, basic letter writing, use of internet, drawing, and communication. Should you need more sophisticated applications it is worth considering adding Microsoft Office. If you use a Digital Camera the transfer, storage, adjustment and image programs usually come free on a CD. If you want to print anything you will need a Printer (and cable) - or possibly a combined Printer/ Scanner costing £50-£100. Make sure that you are aware of the cost of the inks. Your last major requirement is the internet connection. The easiest to obtain is from British Telecom and special deals are often available. The only practical method is Broadband - not necessarily available everywhere. Good Luck - go for it and take control ! Alan Eagle

looking at other possible routes. As to mobile phones I am personally conscious of the problems we continue to experience with regard to reception and whilst this topic may seem to have taken a back seat we continue to have dialogue with the providers.

Shoreline Management Plan: Whilst nothing has changed since our last public consultation the North Norfolk SMP continues to be processed through many and various stages. It has been re-submitted to Defra following comments on the original submission; on its return the County and District will be asked to ‘sign-off’ on the document and finally the EA Director will confirm the sign-off. The completed document will be available on line and the EA is planning to hold one final public meeting.

Wells Field Study Centre Detailed conversations have taken place between Norfolk County Council and Sheringham Shore Offshore Windfarm with a view to lease of the centre for a period of about 14 months whilst permanent accommodation at Egmere is completed. The Centre will be used for offices and training, details to be agreed with NCC. The NCC believes this will provide a good opportunity for the local community to come forward with long term proposals for the future of the Centre. NCC will proceed with identifying potential new owners during the early part of 2011 when a purchase guide and conditions will be publicised. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2011. marie.strong@norfolk.gov.uk or 07920 286 597

DO YOU NEED A COMPUTER ? Stories of home computing always seem to be about problems and disasters - we could try to look at advantages - and avoiding problems. Thankfully cost is no longer a big problem as advances in technology have reduced that to a more acceptable level - assuming that the advantages are of value to you. Aside from the ability to create letters, lists, notices, posters etc. most advantages involve another problem the internet. The internet allows easy, quick and cheap (almost free) communication with friends, relatives and services anywhere in Norfolk or the World. Cheap almost free. With a modern computer it is possible to hear and see your contact - look up opening/closing -

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and aspirations. I also led a number of targeted projects aimed at helping young people develop their social and personal skills whilst encouraging them to reach their full potential. This is a new venture for the Church of England, so I am in the exciting position of having a ‘blank’ sheet and being able to shape the direction of the work. My official job title is Children, Youth and Families (CYF) Missioner for the Deanery of Holt. This covers 37 parishes ranging from Upper Sheringham to Stiffkey on the coast and as far inland as Hindolveston and Matlaske. My primary task is to support and encourage the existing Church activities and work collaboratively with local communities to develop new opportunities for the Church to demonstrate God’s incarnate Love and Grace. Since starting in September, I have been getting to know the area by visiting local schools and groups, networking with other professionals, supporting Church events and activities and investigating potential resources for future projects whilst trying not to get lost! I am really excited about this role and feel thrilled to be given the opportunity to combine my training, knowledge and experience with my passion for building God’s Kingdom. Its only the beginning of this new adventure for the Deanery but one I feel blessed to be a part of. If you would like to know more, get involved, have any suggestions or know young people who may benefit, please do not hesitate to contact me: 07585 801450 (m) Email: Simon.fenn@norwich.anglican.org

PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION on behalf of Blakeney Village Hall We are trying to involve local people in the hall and, having just refurbished the bar area 'The Wallace Room', we would like to include some modern photos of Blakeney alongside the historic ones. Details and entry forms can be found in the Blakeney Spar as well as a box for entries. The deadline is the 23 February. The competition is open to all ages, and there is a great prize for the best ‘18 and under’ entrant- a tutorial session with a professional photographer. The winners will have their photos hung in the Wallace Room, what more could they want! For further details contact Jill Tibbetts, BVH trustee on 01263 741082.

MISSION: THE GREATEST ADVENTURE...

ALZHEIMER’S SOCIETY Coffee Morning at the Aga Shop Feathers Yard, Holt (near Budgens) Saturday March 5th 10.30am – 12.30pm In aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. Come and join us to support the work being done by the Society in Norfolk. Coffee and Cake £1.50. Raffle. Ann Hill 01328 830 198

Let me introduce myself, my name is Simon Fenn and I work for the Deanery of Holt. I am married and live in Sheringham with my wife Jemma. I am originally from East London and am the youngest of a family of five. I worked in and around the City of London as an IT consultant for 14 years and spent 2 years backpacking around the world experiencing a wealth of lifestyles and cultures. This allowed me to explore my ‘wild’ side, as I’m bit of an adrenaline ’junkie’ and found myself jumping out of perfectly good aeroplanes, feeding sharks and abseiling down glacier fed waterfalls! I always had a strong sense of community, enjoyed being around people and wanted to give something back to Society. So I volunteered at a local church youth club. Initially, I was resistant to Christianity, but through their friendship, support, prayers and witness I came to the realisation that I needed God in my life and a year later I was baptised. This was the beginning of my journey and adventure into youth work and ministry. I returned to full time education and after 3 years of hard work, coffee, chocolate and all night essay writing sessions I graduated with a BA in Youth & Community Work with Applied Theology. Before moving to North Norfolk, I worked for Essex County Council as an area Youth Worker working with young people from a variety of backgrounds, abilities

FAKENHAM CHORAL SOCIETY CONCERT Fakenham Parish Church Saturday, March 19th, 7.30pm The Vivaldi Gloria & the Rutter Requiem Tickets £12 (under 18 free) from 01328 830639 or on the door.

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BALE OAKS Background Bale Oaks contains 21 Holm Oaks, an introduced evergreen Mediterranean species, situated in the centre of the village, adjacent to Bale Church. The site, owned and managed by the National Trust, was donated to the Trust in 1919 by Sir Lawrence Jones. The site once contained a massive and ancient English Oak, thought to have been over 900 years old and with a circumference of over 10 metres, was cut down in 1860. The current Holm Oaks are nothing to do with the famous ‘Bale Oak’ but are now of importance due to their size and landscape value and being within the Bale Conservation Area. 18 of the current Holm Oaks are large trees with the largest thought to be over 100 years old and possibly over 150 years old. Several of these trees have serious defects such as fungal infections or cavities and will continue to deteriorate over the next few decades. Due to their location, there is a high risk from falling branches hitting people or surrounding roads and buildings. There has been a recent history of limb failure and some crown reductions and pollarding work have already taken place. The Current Situation The National Trust has a statutory duty to assess and manage the risks associated with trees on its property and therefore follows a tree safety management procedure. Bale Oaks have been classified as being in a high risk zone and are therefore inspected at least annually and after storm events. Following recent tree safety surveys by NT staff, it was felt that a long term plan was needed for the site as further necessary tree work would begin to have significant impact on the landscape. Currently at least 4 trees are in need of safety work. Therefore a site meeting, attended by the NNDC tree officer, NT Staff, and representatives from the Bale Parochial Church

CHARITY SNOWDROP WALKS AT BRINTON HALL 2011 The Hall is set in mature gardens with specimen trees, beside the church. A haha leads the eye to parkland sweeping down to a lake. There are many marked woodland walks through snowdrops naturalised over the last century and increased recently with further planting. Labelled trees and shrubs have been planted for seasonal interest. Sunday Feb. 20th 1-4pm. For St John’s Ambulance Sunday Feb. 27th 1-4pm. For St. Andrew’s Church Admission £3.50 Children under 12 free. Dogs on leads. Home made teas in the Church. Plant stall. China and glass stall. Directions: 1 mile off B1110 Holt–Guist road signed at Briningham. Also signed at Sharrington from A148 Holt–Fakenham road. Brinton Hall, Stody Road, Brinton, Holt, NR24 2QH.

POLICE NOTICE Andrew Dixon, a Police Community Support Officer based at Wells Police Station is the Specific Point of Contact for Home Watch in the Wells area and surrounding parishes and would like to publish the following advice: With the dark nights now upon us please be vigilant both by looking after your personal belongings and be visible when out at night either with hi-visibility clothing or by carrying a torch. Also please have working lights on your bicycles.     

CRIME PREVENTION ADVICE If you are replacing or fitting new doors and windows, get ones that are certified to British Standard BS7950 (windows) or PAS 24-1 (doors) Fit mortise locks (Kitemarked BS3621) to all front and back doors Fit and use window locks on all accessible windows – both upstairs and downstairs. Keep your house and car keys safe and away from doors and windows Fit a burglar alarm, but make sure it is installed by a company who is registered with SSAIB or NSI and is fitted to BS EN50131.

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Council and Gunthorpe Parish Council, was organised to discuss possible future plans. The preferred option for the future is outlined below. This proposal takes a very long term view of the site and we would very much appreciate the support of the local community. Short term 1) To carry out safety work on 4 identified trees, this involves crown reduction work and pollarding. The specific work is detailed on the parish notice board. Long term 1) To retain the large Holm Oaks for as long as possible using crown reductions and pollarding to minimise risks and extend the life of the trees. 2) To gradually clear an area in order for 3 English Oaks to be planted as long term replacements for the Holm Oaks. 3) Once established the best English Oak to be chosen and retained, removing the remaining 2 to allow the best tree to mature into a large specimen. 4) To replant, with native tree species, any large gaps created by further necessary removals of Holm Oaks. The reason for trying to achieve one good specimen of English Oak in the centre of the site is to try and eventually recreate the original Bale Oak. The non-native Holm Oaks are much shorter lived and more prone to defects, therefore replacing the lost Holm Oaks with more of the same will cause problems for the future and is less beneficial for wildlife. Undoubtedly this proposal will significantly change the local landscape as the Holm Oaks are gradually pollarded or removed, but hopefully the long term character of the site will be retained.

Whilst much of the tree safety work is unavoidable, as the long term plan is in the early stages of development, we welcome any comments or suggestions from the councils and the local community relating to this proposal and the continuing management of Bale Oaks. Email: david.wood@nationaltrust.org.uk. Address: NT Office, Friary Farm, Blakeney, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 7NW David Wood, NTHead Warden,, Norfolk Coast

SAY GOODBYE TO OUR HOLM OAKS (EVENTUALLY) Quercus ilex, Holm oak, or evergreen oak has a North Norfolk connection, a story about Italian marble brought for the decoration of Holkham Hall, packed in Tuscan ilex branches, containing acorns, which were planted, and Holm oaks grew to be fashionable, so that local gentry and others interested in trees planted them along the coastal hinterland. Perhaps the milder climate near the sea suited them. The Holm oaks planted in the place of the famous millennial Bale Oak have grown into a magnificent group of trees, their high crowns interconnecting and dwarfing the church tower. In Spain and Portugal evergreen oaks form part of the dehesa, a landscape of wood pasture, traditionally grazed by sheep and goats, and the black iberian pigs, where the trees are rigorously pruned, producing sustainable firewood, acorns for fodder, and a large shady canopy, but not a very tall tree, about half the height of these Norfolk monsters. Treated like this they live for around four hundred years, although there is an enormous specimen of eight hundred years quite near my finca in Extremadura. Sadly our trees are not even going to manage half that. They may look magnificent, but they are suffering, probably due to our wet cool summers (they survive wet and frosty winters in Extremadura) and perhaps their very size, due to fertile soil and those cool wet growing seasons. Many of them are partially hollow and infected by bracket fungus. One has a hornets’ nest inside a vertical crack from the height of a man to the ground. Where branches have been removed in the past, it has made the trees less healthy – they tend to develop pockets of rot. This must be to do with our climate, since Holm oak in Spain stand up to any amount of branch removal. The tree next to Sharrington road, the one all the cars park under, will be pollarded. Near it is the one with the hornets’ nest, and it too will be cut to about five metres high.

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The rest of the little group on the corner are quite poorly too, but the NT are hoping they will go a few years more without any treatment. Two more nearer the churchyard entrance are to be pollarded, and with four stumpy trunks cut out of the canopy, fuzzy bits growing out of them as they start to recover, the Spinney is going to look quite different and not quite so magnificent. The plan to try to reproduce the huge pollarded English oak that was the famous oak of Bale is so long term that one can hardly imagine it – seven or eight hundred years of tree cultivation, with all the risks of disease and accident – the original oak, probably a sapling in the 800’s AD, survived wars, famines, pestilences, changes of religion, of regime, the Little Ice Age. We have climate change too, diseases brought by global trade, and pollution, and who knows what in the way of political economic and cultural stability – what a project! Meanwhile we will have to put up with a stark and unsightly gradual dissolution of our beautiful Spinney, but there are more possibilities for how to replant as the Holm oaks die, in addition to the Oak project, and the National Trust seem to be open to input from the village on that option. Jane Wheeler

men and women of our Armed Forces to recover from mental and/or physical trauma. Whether you give a little or a lot, it all helps to put our Armed Forces back on their feet, and, may I say, on behalf of them all: 'Thank you'! Humphrey Boon

CHRISTMAS AT BALE Our Carol Service took place on Sunday, 19th December at 6.30. It had long been planned by Margaret Barnes who, with our organist Martin Jacklin, assembled a choir, which featured some of our regular congregation but was mostly from the Jacklin family and their friends. Their youthfulness and enthusiasm added a new dimension to our worship. Last year, when a similar service was planned, we had to cancel at the last minute because of a sudden and heavy snowfall. Our hearts sank when this year's snow appeared. On the night, however, the sky was clear and a good sized company congregated for seven lessons and carols. In a church lit by hundreds of candles and warmed by an efficient heating system, in an atmosphere of joyful celebration we started with the choir singing the Responsary (with three solo parts) : it was a memorable start and set a tone of high musicianship and devotion, which gave admirable encouragement to the congregation. This was followed at appropriate moments during the lessons and carols with Gabriel's Message and Sing Lullaby. An evening to remember ended with mulled wine and mince pies. Eventually we all dispersed after much mardling between old friends and new, into the dark. We are grateful to Canon Hartley for turning out to conduct our service on such an icy evening. We are also immensely grateful to Margaret Barnes and Martin Jacklin for all their hard work. On Christmas Day we met for Holy Communion at 9.30 a.m. conducted by our Rector. The sermon was one to remember: full of serious content yet delivered with humour. This replaced our tradition of a Midnight Communion on Christmas Eve, which had proved a difficult time for the very young and the elderly. So it was good to see some children as well as the older ones and some visitors. These Christmas services were greatly enhanced by the wonderful decorations provided by our talented flower arrangers. We are truly grateful to Walter Hammond and his family, who provide, erect and decorate the Christmas tree year after year. (And take it down afterwards!)

“Whatever the price of diesel, I still can’t see this catching on!”

VILLAGE HALL SOCIAL CLUB DRAW November 2010

December 2010

Nargaret Dent £ 25 Susan Bullifant £ 10 Jim Pettit £5 William Sankey £ 5

Mark Allison Marion Mitchell Henry Poston Anne Peppitt

Christmas Draw

David Ramm

£ 25 £ 10 £5 £5

POPPY APPEAL - BALE I would like to thank the residents of Bale for their continued support of the Poppy Appeal. Last year you kindly donated £71.27 and this year it was £114.20! An amazing amount! The Royal British Legion, who organise the Poppy Appeal, are, as most people realise, are not a political organisation; they do not decide where our troops are sent, what they do or how they do it; that's for the politicians! What the RBL does do, is to pick up the pieces afterwards and this is where you come in. Your generosity helps the

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BINHAM PANCAKE RACES The fourth Annual Pancake Races will be run on Sunday 6th March on the Village Hall playing field at 12.30. First race at 12.25. The course is not very long, the rules are fairly flexible and hot refreshments will be available. Whatever the weather (and in previous years it has been very frosty) – it will happen! Teams of 4, £8 per team. Individual Children’s and Veteran’s races will be organised on the day. Pans and pancakes provided. Chef’s hats, etc. may be worn. Get together a team and come and join us. For information call Maureen Frost at 01328 830362.

BINHAM PASSION PLAY With a cast and production team of nearly fifty from Binham and the surrounding villages, a script by our local wordsmith Andrew Moncur, music organised by Geoff Scott, costumes designed by Beverley Taylor with assistance of Sue Jeffery, and all under the artistic direction of Grant Harrison, the community production of the Easter Story is already in rehearsal. The dramatic presentation, in the Priory Church, will be on the evenings of Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th April. The action will take place in various areas of the church, with lighting to enhance the spectacle. For the audience to have a good view seating will be limited to 100 for each evening. Entry will be by free, allocated place tickets only, available after 1st March from Maureen Frost, 18 Langham Road, Binham, Tel: 01328 830362, email: davidfrost226@btinternet.com. At the end of the play the audience are invited to join the cast in enjoying light refreshments. There will be a retiring collection towards the cost of the production.

BINHAM LOCAL HISTORY GROUP We will once again be welcoming to Binham Carenza Lewis and her team from Cambridge University (together with teenagers from local schools) on 27th-28th June. This will be the fourth mini-dig. In due course we will be looking for up to ten brave residents to offer use of one square metre of their gardens for the test pits. The previous digs have unearthed some interesting evidence of the earlier inhabitants of our village together with their artefacts. Contact Alan Eagle (821526) for more details. Forthcoming Talks: Thurs. 24th Feb.

Thurs. 24th March Thurs. 28th April

FRIENDS OF BINHAM PRIORY Plans are being finalised for what promises to be a busy year. In early spring it is hoped to hold a social evening with a speaker, the date to be advised. Monday 2nd May will be the 21st anniversary of the F1-11 crash and an event to celebrate the ‘Saving of Binham and its Priory’ is being planned. Other plans include a visit to Castle Acre; a Jazz Concert in the Priory grounds; the Medieval Friends staffing the Priory again for the English Heritage Open Days and an evening of observation with the North Norfolk Astronomical Darkskies Group. If you would like to join the Friends, contact David Frost at 830270 or email davidfrost226@btinternet.com.

John Labouchere An Andean Horse Adventure Derek Edwards Archaeology of Norfolk from the Air Mark Nicholls Norfolk Maritime Heroes & Legends

All meetings in the Binham Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. Wine, Coffee, Tea and biscuits. £2 members, £3 non-members 01328 830270 cpwrightuk@aol.com

BINHAM OPEN GARDENS 2011 Saturday & Sunday 18th & 19th June

It is time for another Binham Open Gardens Weekend! There were thirteen gardens open in the village in 2008. We are hoping that those gardens – and more – will be open this year. There will be a book sale and refreshments in the Village Hall. Do let me know if you are interested in taking part. Carolyn Wright cpwrightuk@aol.com. 01328 830270

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DIARY OF A BINHAM FARMER’S SON aged 33 1854 - December

1st Thos. Hopkins sent me his practical account of our Castle Acre visit. Very good and full of fun. 10th In bed all today and feel very ill. Very stormy, wet day. Did not go to church. 11th Doctor came again today. Said I must not leave the house for a day or two. 12th Aunt Harriet and Ems called on me. I was much better and could read and eat with pleasure. 27th This was our Christmas party day but we mustered very badly. None of the O.W. party there and the mutton was not a good specimen of 4 years old.

1855 - January

7th Sally drove me to Hindringham this morning in the pony gig. Saw the Doctor there who recommended a liniment for the wrist. 10th Walked to Hindringham but could not begin sowing the lower close with wheat as I has hoped to do in consequence of frost. 22nd Still more snow falling all morning. 23rd A great deal more snow this morning. 24th Had a bullock taken very ill so went to Hammond about it then to see my doctor. 27th I went again to look for Thos. Hudson but he had not returned. Lord John Russell has resigned his office as President of the Council. Norah and Richard Lewis

Monday 7th February and Monday 7th March. You don’t need to bring a whole team – just come along at 6.30 if you are going to have a meal – or at 7.30 for a drink and the Quiz.

BINHAM MEMORIAL HALL 100 CLUB Winners. December £50 S. Savory, Liz Brown; £25 Linda Eagle; £10 Mrs Violet Dunn; £5 Amanda Savory, Glenda Siemon, Juliet Case. Winners. January £25 Mrs Jean Calvert; £10 Mrs Johnson; £5 Mrs Lawton, James Bucknill, Rory Bartram. 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 GUILD OF ARTISTS 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 except in January, February and the week in which the annual exhibition takes place. For information, contact James Bucknill at 01328 830651.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT I asked of life, 'what have you to offer me?' The answer came, 'what have you to give?'

“WE’LL MEET AGAIN” and again and again...

BINHAM & HINDRINGHAM OPEN CIRCLE The speaker at the February 17 meeting will be Pageant Master, Dominic Reid, who is going to give us an illustrated talk about the organisation and history of the Lord Mayor's Show. Partners are very welcome. On March 17, Pat Williamson, with her memorabilia and knowledge, will be vividly recreating Life in the Forties. Both talks should be fascinating. The Open Circle meets at 7.15pm on the third Thursday of each month at Hindringham Village Hall and new members are always welcome. Just come along on the night or ring secretary Fiona Thompson on 01328 830639.

QUIZ NIGHTS AT THE CHEQUERS Quiz Nights continue at the Chequers, thanks to Steve and Alex on the first Monday in the month. We are getting lots of Quizzers joining us now from such far-flung places as Langham and Hindringham – so do come along.

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TV was all Second World War documentaries (it was the anniversary of the Battle of Britain). One about rationing covered the usual subjects, like cutting the coupons with scissors, joining queues before asking what for, digging for victory and so on, but one lady’s complaints were so unjustified. She said how disgusting the food was at the British Restaurants that the wartime government set up and subsidised to provide very cheap, cooked meals. I was sufficiently incensed to look up the net to find that she was born in 1939, so what could she know? I was a few years older and I remember the British Restaurants very differently. There you could get a cheap meal at lunch time, against walls brightly painted with farmers, factory workers and soldiers in the simplistic style of the period, very like Soviet art. I remember cheery staff, probably WRVS volunteers, but all I remember about the meals is that I ate every last bit and scraped the plate. You do when you are young and hungry. There meals were not rationed and the cupboard at home was like Old Mother Hubbard’s. All of us who lived through the Second World War bristle whenever we see our grandchildren turning their nose up at good food or leaving anything on their plates.


Of course, we never mention they would have been glad of it during the war (oh no, not that again, Granddad)! It was a crime to waste food in wartime and anything left went with the potato peelings into the swill bins for the farm pigs and poultry. Mind you, we never knew then about BSE, which eventually banned the practice. Of course they mentioned ‘Spam,’ not unsolicited junk emails, but the chopped ham and pork that came in tins from America, and which has been the butt of much humour. In school dinners, it was deep fried in batter as ‘Spam’ fritters and my wife and I really enjoyed it. So we bought some recently when we saw it on the supermarket frozen food shelves, but it was not a patch on the real thing. Then there was dried egg powder, when eggs were as scarce as hen’s teeth. Of course, it too was nothing like real ones, though it made tolerable scrambled eggs. Once again, it made all the difference to be young and hungry, but it was good enough for cooking cakes and so on. Thank goodness for potatoes and bread. I went a mile to the shops with a bag to queue for 14 pound of potatoes. I kept changing hands but by the time I got home both hands were raw. Other times I queued for bread and the smell of fresh bread is still wonderful. I took a heavy toll of the crusts on the way home. It was all very well having bread to slice, but with so little marge or butter to spread on it, we had to settle for what passed for jam in the war, until tins of delicious ‘IXL’ pineapple or mango and ginger jams were convoyed in from South Africa. And, oh, the rare joy when we had dripping on our bread. My mother used to measure out my meagre ration of butter and cooking margarine (no ‘ICBINB’ then) onto a plate. Sometimes I mixed the two together, but they never lasted me two days. Kathleen remembers eating fifteen slices of bread at a sitting, thinly spread with ‘Marmite’ or jam. Whatever the deprivations of wartime rationing, the generation of children that survived the war in Britain in general had a better diet than subsequent ones. Obesity in the young was rare indeed. In one respect the wartime diet was very bad. Sugar was rationed and so were sweets. I made sure I got all I was entitled to, even unrationed cough sweets. I chose sweets which would last longest, like acid drops or tangerine balls, which soon stuck solidly to the paper bag in my pocket. Sometimes I would buy a bag of peanut toffee, which the shopkeeper broke in pieces from slabs with a little hammer. On my first visit to the school dentist (a brutal, Czechoslovakian dame) I needed thirteen fillings! Pam Ayres was so right with her “I wish I’d looked after my teeth.” Ian Johnson

ST ANDREWS CHURCH 2010 was a lively year! I am writing this in mid-January, after the bustle and excitement of Christmas, with the church decorated for the season, and the traditional Carol Service and Christmas Eve Midnight Communion. In January, the PCC prepares its accounts and report for the year 2010, ready to present to the public at the Annual Church Meeting in March or April. The preparation involves looking back over 2010 and what has happened in our church life during the year. Ian Whittle became our Rector in January and quickly became a popular and contributing member of the community and an encouraging leader for the nine churches in our benefice. We have held family services each second Sunday and Morning Prayer (often led by the Rector) on fourth Sundays. On other Sundays we have joined Saxlingham for Communion services. The church is always open, and decorated with fresh flowers to be welcoming for midweek visitors and people searching for quiet times. We have held concerts and taken part in other fundraising events and have paid as much of our Parish Share to the Diocese as possible, although well short of what it needs. Our tower was repaired by the end of the summer and the bells ring out again. The large east window is still in the glazier’s workshop - the work encountered a delay - and we hope that it will be back in place, looking splendid, in March. The tree pruning and clearing work at the far end of the new churchyard is done, revealing a stunning view across to Binham Priory. An ancient and ivy-covered wall in the churchyard collapsed during the autumn and making it safe was the priority of the last of the four churchyard workparties we held this year. All this happened through the time, effort and generosity of a lot of people in Field Dalling - thank you for your part in the life of St Andrew’s in 2010.

No news from Cockthorpe this time.

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Barclays Bank is a silent but very important supporter of this annual event. It operates a community scheme that matches funds raised by its employees who participate directly in fundraising events. This year, their contribution will be over £200, bringing the total to more than £800! On behalf of the Village Hall Committee, as well as our thanks to Debbie and Ian, we thank Jenny, Annette and Betty for the refreshments, Tony and Tracey for the raffle, James for calling the numbers and arranging the PA system; and of course to John and his family for putting up the decorations and setting out the furniture to welcome everyone. Anthony Smith, Chairman, Village Hall Committee

LOCAL ELECTIONS IN MAY Will you be standing? Parish Councils may be the lowest tier of our complicated, multi-layered system of democratic government, but they are in many ways the most important. The decisions they take - or fail to take - and the way they involve the voters they represent have a profound influence on the local community over many decades. It is a significant responsibility. The opportunity to participate comes up just once every four years, and the next one is in May this year. May 5th to be precise. Seven is an important number, as it is the full complement of councillors in our parish. If more than seven eligible people put themselves forward, then there is an election so that the voters can decide who they wish to represent them for the next four years. If seven or fewer, then there is no need for an election and all become councillors. Following my resignation in November, I will not be standing in May, so there will certainly be one vacancy. If you are interested in shaping the future of our community, then a good start would be to contact the Democratic Services section of the District Council and ask for the booklet on Becoming a Councillor. You could also consult your friends, current and former councillors, and of course our Clerk. Can you make a difference? Yes, you can! Anthony Smith

Now we are planning 2011’s services, activities and fundraising events, and we particularly need more people on the PCC to keep the church active and relevant to Field Dalling. Please ring Margaret Smith, Churchwarden, on 830546 if you are even slightly interested in joining. She will gladly tell you what this involves in more detail.

DEBBIE’S CHRISTMAS BINGO A good time was had by all! Despite the weather, which was bitterly cold and icy on Friday evening last December 10th, and a few rival attractions in nearby villages, the village hall was well filled with those who know from previous years what a great evening of fun, bingo, raffle and refreshments this is. Debbie, Ian and her team of helpers start planning and preparing many weeks earlier, accumulating prizes and publicising this regular event on the Field Dalling calendar. As well as enjoying a good night out, the event raises money for the Village Hall, and contributes very usefully to the fixed costs of keeping it available for the community at a low hourly rate, and the Committee is very grateful for this.

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CHURCH NEWS The Rev Michael Wilson took a very well attended Christmas Service in the Institute – a most joyous occasion. A big thank you to Michael and all the readers, and to those who contributed to the festive mulled wine and Christmas fair which followed the Service. The work on St Mary’s is now complete and Marie Denholm has kindly organised a team to do the deep cleaning. Any volunteers for pew polishing etc will also be greatly appreciated. The Thanksgiving Service for the church restoration will be held on Sunday 27th February at 11 am.

joining the Committees if they do not wish to. Apart from the day of the Fete itself, when all the village offers assistance, the role is not too onerous, since in many ways the Fete, once coordinated, runs itself, with villagers, with outstanding support from Gunthorpe Hall, being very willing to undertake their roles in both preparing for the event and running stalls and games on the day. The Fete Treasurer will continue to be the Institute Treasurer so the financial issues will not form a major part of the duties. If you would like to volunteer, or just to further discuss what may be involved, please contact John Blakeley on 01263 861008.

WELCOME A very warm welcome goes to Andrew and Miriam Rawlinson who have recently moved to Keeper’s Cottage from Stody Hall, together with black Labrador “Gemma”, Miniature Rough Coated Dachshund “Doodle”, carriage horse “Toy Boy” and Shetland Pony “Tinkie” – not to mention the chickens. Both Andrew and Miriam were born in Norfolk and have been associated with the County throughout their lives. Andrew is a retired TV and film producer who has worked with Anglia Television on some of their most popular and well known programmes such as “Tales of the Unexpected” and the PD James “Inspector Dalgliesh” series and Miriam, as well as being mother to their three daughters was, until she retired, a renowned local competitor in the sport of Carriage Driving, a sport which she still pursues as a hobby. Since his retirement Andrew has proved himself to be an accomplished artist with some of his local landscapes being exhibited in the Appleyard Gallery in Holt as well as adorning the walls of Keeper’s Cottage.

FRED’S GARDENING DIARY Notes for February and March Vegetable Garden You can sow broad beans and round seeded peas in late February and all through March. Onion sets can be planted in March if soil conditions are right, but if cold and wet leave these until April. If you have a warm greenhouse or a windowsill in the light you can grow some tomato seed indoors – they need a minimum temperature of at least 13°C (55°F). As soon as they are big enough plant in 7-9cm pots to grow on until you can plant into grow bags or into 30-35cm pots. I find that planted in pots they are a lot easier to keep watered in dry spells and do not dry out as they can do in grow bags. Sow parsnips, carrots and beetroot in early April until May. Do not sow if the soil is cold and wet and always follow instructions on the seed packets to ensure soil conditions are right. Most seeds can be sown in April, but runner and French beans should wait until May unless you can start them in a greenhouse for planting out when the danger of frost has passed in May. Flower Garden If you did not prune your roses in the autumn you can do so now. Tea roses can be cut well back to an

GUNTHORPE FETE Gunthorpe’s Fete, which many of our visitors return to every year, and which we believe to be amongst the best and most popular in North Norfolk, is provisionally scheduled to be held on Sunday 31 July 2011. However, if the Fete is to take place at all we need a village coordinator to undertake the vital role of ensuring that all the arrangements are in place. The proceeds from the Fete benefit both Gunthorpe Institute and the St Mary’s Parochial Church Council equally, and this role has, for several years, been undertaken by the Institute Secretary with a PCC deputy, but this is no longer possible. However, it is not essential for the Fete Coordinator to be a member of either Committee, and thus we are hoping that someone may, on seeing this article, volunteer to take on this activity even without

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outward facing bud. Weak growths and any crossing branches should be removed to leave an open bush. Floribundas should be trimmed more lightly, but again remove all weak growth and crossing branches to maintain a good shape. You should also plant any new shrubs or any you wish to move. Delphiniums and Lupins can be lifted and divided with a sharp knife. Iris and Lilies can be planted now – only partly covering the rhizomes just enough to keep them anchored in the soil. Fred Morley

CHRISTMAS RECITAL Despite the weather, and a large number of flu victims who had to cancel their plans, the Christmas Recital at Mere Place on 11 December was well supported and raised in excess of £800.00 to be shared between the “Friends” and Gunthorpe Institute. Our thanks go to the Aitman family for once again suggesting and organising the event, and for letting us use their house for both the Recital and the refreshments. In particular of course our heartfelt thanks go to the performers themselves – David Aitman at the piano and Charles Johnston for his dazzling display of his vocal talents. Thank you also to all who attended – many of whom “braved” very adverse weather. As always we had great support from the villagers themselves, and we must thank all who gave us generous donations, provided food and donated raffle prizes – with the top prize being a beautiful pastel of Gunthorpe Hall Lake donated by Diane Blakeley, and won, appropriately enough, by Marie and Jeremy Denholm.

that attendance was down, a very successful 50:50 Club Christmas Party was held with the enhanced December Draw on 18 December. Very many thanks to all who so generously donated refreshments, food and draw prizes which allowed a further £98.00 to be raised for the “Friends”. Would you like to win a cash prize as well as supporting the “Friends”? You can still join or renew your membership by contacting either Peter Everett (012163 860035) or John Blakeley (01263 861008) for more information. Membership costs £1.00 per month payable in advance, pro rata, for the remainder of the Club year until May 2010.

GUNTHORPE WARD The village has supported Gunthorpe Ward in the Neurological Unit of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital ever since the new hospital reopened. Thus as usual we delivered a very welcome box of Christmas “goodies” to the Ward on Christmas Eve – to be shared by staff and patients over the Christmas period. The Gunthorpe Ward fund is administered by Carole Wallace and Diane Blakeley and is now in urgent need of financial “refreshment” itself. They will probably look at some form of fund-raising activity for later this year, but in the meantime any contributions you would like to make to support this very worthwhile cause in the name of the village would be very welcome. Please contact either Diane or Carole.

FOGPC 50/50 Club Draw Results November

December

Michael Aries £20.00 Noel Hinton £15.00 William Worsley £5.00 Barney Broom £5.00 Peter Everett £5.00 Diana Arthurson £5.00 John Blakeley £5.00

Sandy Wallace Nigel Ford Joy Luscombe Seana Broom Rebecca Partridge Rev Ian Whittle Bea Kassapian Hilary Bevan-Jones Linda Jenkinson

£30.00 £20.00 £15.00 £10.00 £5.00 £5.00 £5.00 £5.00 £5.00

Despite the adverse weather conditions, which meant

BOB’S STORY In this part of Bob’s Story he describes his school holidays in Gunthorpe in the early 20th Century. August was often a month of treats and special events. In that month the younger children had a special treat at the rectory. Then there would be an excursion for the choir and older children, and a special outing for the bell ringers. For the church or chapel outing we usually went to Yarmouth, Cromer or Sheringham, and we would travel in a lorry which had been fitted out with forms and had a tarpaulin cover in case the weather turned bad. Motor charabancs were about then, but we didn’t see much of them around here. The choir supper was always a special event, and was held at the old Bale Rectory (now Victoria House). We always used to dress

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child in those days] in this way. The girl’s mother found out, and made her apologise to Mrs Payne, and to refund the money from her money box. She was also made to return the “coin” to school and to confess to the mistress. As punishment she had to stand in a corner of the infants’ room with her hands on her head. Never was she able to forget the shame of it all. Once, somebody in the village told the police about the swindle that was going on and a policeman came out to see what was going on. “What’s the matter Mrs Payne?” he said. “Matter—what do you mean?” she replied. “Well” said he “I’ve a report that some children have been putting cardboard money instead of real money under your wire netting” (meaning the grill). “Look Mr Policeman” answered Mrs Payne, “When I want you I’ll send for you. Good day”. And so he had his journey for nothing. Perhaps Mrs Payne knew what was going on all the time, and was trying to be kind to the children. In the next extract Bob talks of his school holidays 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.

in our best clothes then, and some of us didn’t feel too comfortable in them. I remember that on one occasion Henry Claxton’s brother Joe was wearing a stiff shirt front and collar and kept getting it untidy. Henry kept having to say to him: “Joe, put your tie straight!” As to other special occasions, I can’t recall that we celebrated Guy Fawkes Day very much. Not many children had fireworks, but we did have simpler things such as sparklers and coloured matches. I don’t think we ever danced around the Maypole in Gunthorpe, although some villages in Norfolk kept up the custom. The practice of going “Valentining” was dying out; although children in nearby villages, such as Letheringsett, kept it up. The old village custom of “Plough Monday” was not observed in my time. [Editor’s Note: For those like me who do not know about Plough Monday the, unknown in Bob’s time, world-wide-web offers the following explanation: “The first Monday after the twelve days of Christmas (Twelfth Night) is Plough Monday, a day when ploughmen traditionally blackened their faces and wore white shirts. They would decorate their ploughs and go around collecting money, accompanied by someone acting the Fool. This character would dress in skins and a tail, and carry a pig's bladder on the end of a stick. Farmers resumed their work on this day after the 12 days of Christmas. Plough Monday plays were especially popular in parts of Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands.”] We didn’t get any regular pocket money, but granny would give us a copper or two for running errands. Sometimes we would be given money as a birthday present, and we might earn a few coppers at harvest time for “leading the horses”. With money for sweets a bit short, some of the children used to cheat a bit. There was another shop in the village then, at West View”, and it was run by old Mrs Anne (Nancy) Payne and her daughter Caroline Anne. We used to call Caroline “Linen Line”, and she later became Mrs Knights. I’m sorry to say that some children used to pass off the cardboard coins we used at school and got sweets with them at Mrs Payne’s (her sight was not too good). This practice was going on when I started school and it continued probably until Mrs Payne died in 1922, aged 97. Usually cardboard pennies were used but one girl managed to pass off a “sixpence” [2.5p a fortune for a

KATHLEEN DOROTHY CUSHION The village was saddened to learn of the death of one of Gunthorpe’s longest term residents, Kathie Cushion, in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn on 7 January 2011. She had just had her 88th birthday. Kathie moved to Gunthorpe as a small child and apart from war service in the RAF she had lived in the village virtually all her life – marrying her husband Harry in the early 1950s. She is survived by her children Trevor and Linda and we extend our deepest sympathy to them and to Trevor’s family.

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FROM THE REGISTERS Baptisms Katie Louise Carpenter 11th December Megan Louise Carpenter Banham 11th December Funerals Ann Margaret Spooner 14th December arrangements were in disarray. Luckily the wedding went ahead but with no bridesmaids. Close ties were kept and shortly after my birth Vera became my Godmother. Shortly before my third birthday my Father was killed in an RTA and the family was devastated. Vera and her first husband, Frank Paul, offered me a holiday on their farm and thus began a long association with their country life and my time with them was always fun and fulfilling. Particular memories of spending time with them at Whalebone House in Cley, mainly alone but later with nephew Steve and nieces Elizabeth and Eileen and then also at Binham Road, Langham, are strong and happy. Sadly Frank died in 1975 and this seemed to launch Vera into ever more industrious ways whether it be in the garden, the church or other village life. Then to everyone’s surprise and great pleasure she married Paul Colombé, a village friend and widower and enjoyed much travelling and companionship with him until his passing last year. Vera loved people, animals, nature and poetry in equal amounts and was quiet, private, generous and always, always doing something. She provided a country education and life example for me that I will cherish for ever. She never asked for anything in return apart from politeness and obvious pleasure. She saw my three children grow up and stood for decades as my only maiden name relative in this country. I really loved and will miss my ‘Auntie Vera’ and know that she will have already sorted it all out up there. Christine Garrett

VERA COLOMBÉ 1914 – 2010 A Tribute from America We all mourn the passing or our Sister, Aunt and Great Aunt Vera. We are truly sorry that we cannot attend this memorial Service. Vera always remembered everyone at Christmas and birthdays with cards, flowers and gifts. She will be greatly missed and will be remembered as thoughtful and caring to all. She was a delightful person to correspond with and talk with on those too infrequent overseas phone calls. She had a very positive outlook on life, always belittling any illness or pains. Eileen fondly remembers how much she loved her garden. In every card and letter she wrote, she mentioned her flowers and vegetables. Eileen fondly remembers the extensive tour Aunt Vera gave of her garden. Her nieces and nephew in California, now at an age where they have more free time and ability to travel, had hoped to visit her more often knowing that age was catching up with her. One of her nieces, Elizabeth and husband Eddie will visit Langham in April 2011 and pay personal respects from us all. Marjorie and Wayne Long, Stephen and Teresa Long, Elizabeth and Eddie Miller, Eileen and Jim Beckley and all of their children. She will be missed.

A Tribute from Vera’s God-daughter Vera Brown was actually my Father’s cousin although she was always Auntie Vera to me. Both she and her sister Marjorie were to have been bridesmaids at my parent’s wedding scheduled for the 6th. September 1939. However war was declared on the 3rd. so

VERA COLOMBÉ A tribute by Frank Hewitt, the nephew of Vera's first husband, Frank Paul I would like to take a few minutes to tell the story of how Vera came to live in Langham. The journey, I suppose, started when my uncle Frank, who I was named after, left school in Hinckley Leicestershire to work on a farm near Stoke Golding, a village close by. Frank learned his trade there before moving on to pastures new, becoming a farm bailiff on the way. When the Second World War broke out Vera joined the Land Amy and in 1940 was sent to a farm in Suffolk. Farm life suited Vera where she met my uncle

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so, because there were at least five other similar events on at the same time. We finished the event with takings of £555 but soon afterwards, more donations rolled in, people rang to see if we had certain things left and we ended up with a Grand Total of £600 for the Langham Church General Fund. Quite unbelievable in view of the economic climate. A big THANK YOU goes to all who helped in any way and to ALL who came and bought and brought. It was all deeply appreciated. COMPETITION & RAFFLE RESULTS Flower Raffle Hamper No. of Sweets (100) Wt. of Cake ( 2lbs 2½ oz) Helen’s Quilt

Frank and in 1947 they married and lived at Lodge Farm in Hunston, Suffolk. They also farmed in Wiltshire, Newbury and Dorset In 1958 they left farming and moved to Norfolk, buying the Whalebone stores, a gift shop in Cley. They bought the shop through an advertisement, with no knowledge of Norfolk at all. They gradually built up the business and then in 1968 Frank retired. They sold the shop and moved to Langham, buying a house on Binham road named Dovewood. They ran this as a B&B and Frank’s porridge and Vera’s large breakfasts were well appreciated by the many bird-watchers and cyclists who spent holidays there. Vera became a very active member of Langham Church. In 1969 Paul and Linda Colombé moved to Langham and Vera was asked by the Cley W.I. to recruit Linda into the choir. From then on Vera and Linda became good friends. In 1975 my uncle Frank passed away after a short illness. Vera carried on with the B&B but only with people who had stayed with them before. Many would help her with gardening and odd jobs and this I know was a big help to her. In later years Vera worked part-time in the Binham post office and also found time to take round meals on wheels, in some cases to people who were younger than herself. Sadly Vera’s good friend Linda died. In 1995 Vera and Paul were married and spent 15 years together. Unfortunately, in the last few years Paul became quite ill. Vera insisted on looking after him at home where she nursed him until he sadly passed away in June 2009. Vera soldiered on with help from Paul’s family and carers but her health deteriorated and sadly she passed away on 26th September. In conclusion I would like to say and I’m sure that everyone who knew Vera would agree, she was kind, she was caring, she was one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet. Thank You.

Barbara Allen Caroline Freeth June Preston 99 Margaret Freeth 2lbs 3oz Barbara Allen

Thank you to everyone for braving the weather and giving all your support! We could not have done it without you!

DOUBLE OCTAVE CONCERT December 15th 2010

Once again we had the pleasure of this group of people performing a wonderful concert for us. It is the fourth year running that they have visited and we were not disappointed. Linda performed her usual solo spot brilliantly and readings were theatrically and excellently carried out by Tim Fawcett, Jan Hope and the Rector, Ian Whittle. We had wonderful singing, audience participation, mulled wine and mince pies. If you were not there you missed a very enjoyable evening. Our thanks go to Double Octave who generously gave up their time and talent to raise money for our church. The group are sponsored by Travis Perkins and do not charge any fee, so all profits were for Langham Church General Fund and this amounted to £244.47. Thank you to all who helped with the event in any way and to all who came to support us, we were very pleased to see you in view of the bad weather. Although audience numbers were down, the body of the church was well occupied and in good voice. Langham. P.C.C.

LANGHAM LADYBIRDS During 2010 we had a very varied programme arranged for the enjoyment of everybody and it is hoped that the same can be achieved in 2011. Please will you

CHRISTMAS FAIR NOV 27TH 2010 ‘In his Master’s steps he trod’ came to mind as the snow fell and started to lay on the ground! After all the effort, would anyone come? Yes! Loyal as ever, villagers, newcomers and visitors came along and supported our cause. We were very grateful particularly

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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK To say we had fun would be an understatement. Masses of “it's behind you” and “oh no it isn't”, with loads of cheeky humour, which we adults giggled at but which floated over the kids’ heads very nicely. This is a note to thank the unsung heroes of the day. Kathy and Marcel have organised this event for many years now. They do it so well. Even when people let them down bybooking tickets and not appearing, they smile through it all. Everyone on the coach would, I am sure, want to say a big thank you, so I'm doing it for them. We had a great time so thank you both very much. Gracie and Harry loved it too!! Sue & John Hughes

come along to the Parish Room on Wednesday February 9th 7.30pm with ideas about speakers? I would appreciate your help, if you are unable to come along, but have a speaker in mind, please call me. Our first full meeting will be a Mardle on Wednesday March 9th 7.30pm. Come and hear what is planned. Maureen 830 731

EL SALVADOR A talk and slide show Langham Parish Room March 14th 7pm Admission and Refreshments Free Late last year Langham residents Roger and Jutta Davis spent 10 days meeting people in El Salvador, recognised as the world’s most violent country and home to murdered archbishop and martyr Oscar Romero. Do come along and see some of their many photographs and listen to first-hand accounts of those they met, telling the story of one small country’s poverty and brutality and what hopeful message we might learn from the witnesses of civil war. The evening will last no more than a couple of hours and wine and nibbles will be provided. Any donations will go to El Salvadoran charities. Roger and Jutta Davis

A 1960’S DINNER PARTY Langham Bistro will be opening for a 1960’s DINNER PARTY on 12th February at 7pm in Langham Parish Room in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. Please bring your own drinks and glasses. Tickets: £13.50 on sale from Ann Hill 01328 830198. And another way to support the Alzheimer’s Society - see the general section for details of a coffee morning.

LANGHAM CAR SERVICE

Schedule to April 10th 2011 Rate 20p per mile Weekly driving duties beginning on a Monday NB. By request, the list below now reads downwards in the column not across. Jan. 31st. Feb. 7th. Feb. 14th. Feb. 21st. Feb. 28th.

LET THE CHILDREN LIVE A huge thanks to all who helped make the coffee morning in aid of Let the Children Live a success! Despite the snow and ice in early December and various other events being held on the same morning, we enjoyed great support by the people of Langham and neighbouring villages. Thank you to all who braved the icy conditions and donated generously, raising £130, to improve the lives of the street children of Colombia! I hope to hold a similar event this year. Jutta Davis

Tel: 830 606* Mar. 7th. Tel: 830 821 Tel: 830 537* Mar. 14th. Tel: 830 731 Tel: 830 847 Mar. 21st. Tel: 830 731 Tel: 830 624 Mar. 28th. Tel: 830 696* Tel: 830 605 April 4th. Tel: 830 537* *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. It would be very helpful if a car 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. We still have a vacancy for a driver, so if anyone is interested do give me a call. Thank you. Ann Sherriff Tel: 830 605

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MOBILE LIBRARY 2011

This will visit Langham on Thursdays:10th February, rd 3 March & 24th March calling each day for 20mins at: St. Mary’s - 10.00am, Old Post Office - 10.25am, Swan’s Close - 10.50am, and The Cornfield - 11.15am. There is a slight possibility that these times may be subject to change. Enquiries can be made at the number below or from the attendant on the mobile library van. Wells Library Tel: 01328 710467

CHURCH SERVICE COLLECTIONS Remembrance Sunday The collection of £129.20 was all donated to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Children’s Society

LANGHAM PARISH COUNCIL

The Holy Communion Service on Christmas Day was well attended with 48 people present. The collection was divided between Langham Church and the Children’s Society with the latter receiving £130.70.

STREET SIGNS Steve Hems from NNDC attended the meeting held on 9th November 2010 to answer questions regarding problems resulting from the erection of new street signs around the village. Contractors were used to erect the signs and permission should have been sought before installing on private walls. The cost of erecting a sign on a wall is approx. £50, but on a post is £100+ and the Council needs to balance costs against a total annual budget of £16,000 for sign maintenance. Where any flint wall has been damaged, these will be looked at and repaired if necessary. Grass cutting has historically been shared between Highways safety cuts, NNDC amenity cuts and Victory Housing. A letter has been received from NNDC stating that the contract expires on 31/3/2011 when cuts will cease. NORSE have quoted £35/per cut to do all the areas which would amount to £525 p.a. It was discussed whether the village should take this on, and it was agreed to revisit this in January, gauging interest in the village for at least some areas to be cut by residents. FINANCE The Vice Chairman advised that the Precept would remain the same as last year at £6000. Outgoings: some saving has been made on the amount of hours the Clerk is now employed for (2.5hrs per week, versus previous 3-4hrs). A donation was received from the developer of Rippingall Yard of £100 towards the cost of fireworks. The continuation of discretionary awards to CAB, Local Lynx, WRVS & Langham Churchyard were proposed and seconded. PLANNING The developer of the new houses on North Street proposed 3 names for the new side street. The Council agreed on Rippingall Yard as this has links to the local family who, amongst other things, presented the Parish Room to Langham. The next meeting of January 11th 2011 will be reported on in Issue 77 of the Lynx. Dave Curtis, Vice-chairman

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS Didn’t the village look lovely over Christmas with the lights on the tree opposite the Bluebell and the floodlights on the church? I understand we must thank Friends of Langham for the tree lights plus Mr. and Mrs. Hughes for the power supply and also an anonymous parishioner, whose generous donation enabled the church to be floodlit over the twelve days of Christmas. How kind of these people. A big thank you to them on behalf of all the village.

THANK YOU FRIENDS OF LANGHAM As members, once more, we had an excellent FREE trip to Norwich in December by kind permission of this wonderful committee. There was a gap in the terrible cold weather and we had a clear run to Norwich where we shopped and ate and shopped again! It was a really enjoyable day out. Friends of Langham do excellent work for the village but they do need our support. For those who are not members why not join their ‘200 club’? You might even be a winner! Peter Barlow is the Treasurer Tel: 830 606. A passenger and keen member!

PARISH ROOM The Parish Room will be closed for re-decoration from Sunday 13th February until mid-day on Friday February 18th Check ‘What’s On’ for details of events.

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CAROLLERS Morston’s carollers were in good voice as usual and managed once again to beat their Collection record (made in 2007) – by two pence! They collected the magnificent sum for the church of £276-95.

THE SAD SAGA OF OUR RECTOR IN 1796

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

A strange and tragic event ended the public careers of two of the sons of the 1st Marquess Townshend of Raynham (who died in 1807): (the 3rd son) the 29-yearold Reverend Lord Frederick Townshend (1767-1836), in his fourth year as Rector of Stiffkey with Morston (1792-1836), and (the fourth son) Lord Charles Townshend, MP for Yarmouth. One day in 1796 the two brothers set out from Raynham for London via Yarmouth. When their coach reached Oxford Street, it was discovered that Lord Charles was fatally wounded, apparently having been shot on the journey by his brother. Lord Frederick was found to be insane and was committed to the care of a doctor. According to Palmer's Perlustration of Yarmouth what had happened was this. "…The sitting member [for Yarmouth], Mr. Charles Townshend, having been promised a peerage, which was soon after conferred upon him, retired in favour of his relative, Lord Charles Townshend, fourth son of [George] the [1st] Marquess Townshend. In 1796 this young man was duly elected; and on the following evening he and his brother, Lord Frederick, posted to London in a carriage and four, travelling all night. At six o'clock in the morning the postillions pulled up in Oxford Street to enquire where the Bishop of Bristol lived, to whose house they had orders to drive. [Morston and Stiffkey’s vicar] Lord Frederick jumped out of the carriage, struck one of the post boys, and offered to fight with the persons attracted to the spot; but being unable to provoke a contest he walked away towards Hanover Square. Upon looking into the carriage, the lifeless body of the newly elected member was found shot through the head. Lord Frederick was immediately pursued and taken into custody. From the evidence of the postillions it was proved that when within about seven miles of London they heard a report, and Lord Frederick was

Parish Council Meetings will be in the Village Hall [VH] at 7.00 pm on the last Wednesday of every month. Sat 19 Feb: FMC Annual Quiz - VH Sat 30 Apr–2 May: FMC Book Sale – VH Sat 2 Jul: FMC AGM – VH Fri 5 Aug: Oyster Regatta Practice Sat 6 Aug: Oyster World Championships (& 1st day of Blakeney Regatta) Sat 20 Aug: Morston Regatta & Morston Fun Day [Fair] in Norfolk Etc’s field Sat 10 Sep: NCT Bicycle Ride Shovell Dinner Sat 15 Oct:

ANNUAL QUIZ The Morston Quiz (all proceeds go to Friends of Morston Church) on Sat 19th February is to see ten teams of eight from Morston, Binham, Cley, Cockthorpe and Langham battling over nine rounds each of nine questions to unseat the current champions, David Carnwath’s Norfolk Nattlers (and to win a prize), and indeed to beat the runners-up Jane Temple’s team, Missing the Point. There will be a super supper, a bar and a raffle. Quiz Rounds will be as follows: 1: COUNTRYSIDE; 2: SPORT & GAMES; 3: GENERAL-1; 4: GEOGRAPHY & NORFOLK; 5: FOOD & DRINK; 6: GENERAL-2; 7: TV & FILMS; 8: IDENTIFICATION (pictures of people); 9: MUSIC. Jokers will be playable (one per team at beginning of a round given to the Scorer. This can double the points scored in that upcoming round).

PRESENTATION OF CHURCH PEW CUSHIONS Before Christmas the PCC was delighted to receive a gift of over a dozen beautifully stitched church pew cushions from Sue Smith, sister of Sally Metcalfe. Sue copied those presented to All Saints’ some years ago by her mother, Margaret. They have a lovely medieval orange and green pattern and make our pews infinitely more comfortable.

CAROL SERVICE All Saints was packed as usual for the Carol Service, conducted by the Rev Ian Whittle. The church looked wonderful, lit by nearly 300 candles and nightlights. Much missed was the descant singing so brilliantly performed by “the three Ward sisters” (and we missed them too!), but some good descant was sung in the last verse of the last carol. The Collection for the Friends of Wells Hospital and Friends of Kelling Hospital (split 50:50) totalled £426.95.

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National Nature Reserve. If you would like to volunteer and assist the National Trust with our busy Information Centre at Morston Quay and our work in the local area, please contact us directly or visit. - Iain Wolfe Visitor Services Manager Office/Fax: 01263 740241; Email:iain.wolfe@nationaltrust.org.uk. And see too www.nationaltrust.org.uk/volunteering.

seen to throw a pistol out of the window. Lord Frederick declared that his brother had shot himself, and that he had endeavoured to do the same, but failed. A [2nd] pistol which appeared to have been recently discharged, was found in the carriage. It appears that the conduct of these young men at Yarmouth had been so extraordinary that Sir Edmund Lacon followed them to town, fearing some accident would happen. Nothing further could be elicited, and the coroner's jury found "that the deceased had been killed by a pistol-ball, but from whose hands unknown.".. This tragic event explains the rumour passed down at Morston, that Lord Frederick Townshend – who died without issue - never preached a sermon at Morston. The Rev Lord Frederick was a great grandson of Charles (“Turnip”) Townshend, the 2nd Viscount Townshend.

MORSTON QUIZ by Samphire (Answers on page 25) 1. What are Ben & Gerry known for? 2. What birds eat, sleep and breed on the wing? 3. What event does the children’s rhyme “Ring-aRing-a-Roses” commemorate? 4. Who was the Apostle of the Gentiles? 5. What instrument did Glen Miller play? 6. What are the discs used in Tiddlywinks called? 7. What is a computer’s footprint? 8. Stonefish is a type of coral: true or false? 9. What freezes to form “dry ice”? 10. What are the colours of the three jerseys awarded in the Tour de France?

NT’S 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF BLAKENEY POINT 2012 And a Brief Update We have counted 747 Grey Seal pups up to the first week in January on Blakeney Point, significantly surpassing last years record of 579. The pups have shed their cream white coats turning a silver grey colour with light black spots. They look well fed and have trebled in size and will now be left to fend for themselves – amazing for a three-week old animal! We expect the colony to disperse in January and venture out into the North Sea. We held the first Community Forum ‘2012 and Beyond’ in January, to present some of the ideas we have to mark the past 100 years of Blakeney Point being in the care of the National Trust. You are welcome to join us, at the next one in a few weeks. (Details in next Local Lynx). Participation is the key and we would like to hear from you and we would invite you to share your ideas on how to mark this occasion, your memories of the past, what you like about it now and what you would like to see happen in the future and beyond 2012. If you would like to know before the next Local Lynx comes out, about when the next ‘2012 and Beyond’ Forum will be, please get in touch with the NT direct after the next Morston Parish Council Meeting (11th January). We are planning for this season and the volunteering roles we need to support our management of Blakeney

BOOKS WANTED After the great success of the 2010 Friends of Morston Church Charity Book Sale, this will return as a

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three day event in 2011, to be staged in the Village Hall from Saturday 30th April to Monday 2nd May. Once again Friends hope to offer visitors a choice from thousands of books, so all unwanted volumes would be gratefully received. Please call Sally Metcalfe (07813 369145) to arrange delivery/collection.

NEAT FACTS The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500s: Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odour. Hence came the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married. Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all in the tub were the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it, hence the saying ‘Don't throw the Baby out with the Bath Water’. Houses had thatched roofs - thick straw - piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying, 'It's raining cats and dogs'. There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence. The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying 'Dirt poor'. The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway. Hence the saying a thresh hold. (Getting quite an education, aren't you?) In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme, Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old. Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, ‘bring home the bacon’. They would

cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and ‘chew the fat’. Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead-poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous. Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of he loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the ‘upper crust’. Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a ‘wake’ was established. England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realised they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (‘the graveyard shift’) to listen for the bell. Thus someone could be ‘saved by the bell’ or was considered a ‘dead ringer’. Best regards, Joc

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SAMUEL COATES

THE LONDON MARATHON

The death has occurred of Sam Coates, a much loved and respected resident of the village, at his home, The Old Barn, the house he loved so much. Aged 98, he died peacefully in his sleep during the night of 4th/5th December when fortunately his son Nick and daughterin-law Evie were staying with him. His funeral took place in Saxlingham Church on 21st December and he was buried the following day next to his beloved Helen at Croxby Church near Market Rasen in Lincolnshire. Sam was born in 1912 into a long-established farming family at Croxby. One of his earliest memories was playing in bomb craters caused by a zeppelin's dumping its bombs on the farm. Aged 8 Sam was sent to board at Trent, from which he made several attempts to escape! On leaving school, he returned to work on the farm. In 1938 he married Helen, another farmer's daughter. In 1939 Sam volunteered and spent 5 years in India training Indian Army cavalry regiments to use tanks. On his return Sam farmed briefly in Surrey before the Coates family, three sons included, moved to Warwickshire where Sam worked as an agricultural engineer.until1977 when he retired to Norfolk. Sam was tremendously practical and could repair anything. Without any previous building experience he and Helen bought the barn in Saxlingham and set about converting it into a beautiful house, living in a caravan for two summers and a rented cottage for two winters. Sam and Helen did all the work between them bricklaying, plumbing, electrical work, plastering and carpentry. They also began to create a lovely garden and grew all their own produce. The whole endeavour was a labour of love. Sam and Helen liked nothing better than to invite people to share their pleasure in The Old Barn, providing the venue for an alfresco teaparty following the annual Patronal Festival service.

The small village of Sharrington has TWO runners in the London Marathon on April 17th 2011. Vance Curle is a novice marathon runner and is already training very hard, you may see a white blur as he races around the local lanes. His nominated charity is the East Anglian Air Ambulance. If you wish to donate to this charity and support Vance you can contact him on 01263 861990, better still via the internet on Vance’s web page for the Marathon at: www.virginmoneygiving.com/VanceCurle. Pauline Clarke, a marathon veteran, having last run the London Marathon in 2002, is also training very hard; as I write she is hurtling herself around Sharrington and environs on her bike, she does train on foot too and hopes to complete this year’s marathon before it gets dark !! She does not expect to manage her best time of 4 ½ hours, and is already going through her own pain barrier to get her running stamina back. If you wish to support Pauline and her nominated charity, the RNLI, (she is hoping for a trip on a lifeboat), please telephone her on 01263 861667 or preferably for those with access to the internet please log onto her webpage at: www.virginmoneygiving.com/ PaulineClarke I wish them both very best wishes for their courage and commitment and I will keep you up dated on their progress in the next edition of Local Lynx. JHC

SHARRINGTON GARDENING GROUP Sharrington Gardening Group are planning to hold an inaugural meeting soon, the date at yet has not been set. If you have an interest in gardening and would enjoy meeting like minded others on a regular basis, please get in contact for more details with Robin Burkett on 01263 861939 or Francoise Allenby on 01263 860910; or e-mail robin@daubeneyhallfarm.com JHC

OLD RECTORY FUNDRAISER Amid thick snow, adding to the festivities theme, Nicola Calvert from the Pampered Chef Company battled to Saxlingham to present a cooking show featuring canapes and other seasonal fare on 29th November. About 20 hardy people arrived to watch Nicola use special kitchenware products and show handy tips. Eager pupils sampled turkey and cran-berry tarts, baked camembert with apples and cinnamon, also chocolate and sour cherry cake, all washed down with wine, before settling down to business and placing orders. - An enjoyable morning in spite of the elements resulted in about £300 being raised for St. Margaret's.

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and giving us all the chance to sing heartily with a selection of cheerful carols. On Christmas Day we welcomed back Canon Paul Atkins, who revealed that in all his years of ministry he had never been able to welcome a tiny baby to the congregation, as we gathered around the crib for the Gospel reading. Little Poppy was visiting her grandparents Claire and Roger Dubbins and delighted us all by being part of our celebrations. Unfortunately I managed to lose some of my paragraphs from the last edition’s copy, in which I recorded thanks to Ann Garwood for organising the Bike Ride for Sharrington, and also reported on the Harvest Festival and Supper. This took place in the village hall and was a credit to the organisers, auctioneer and everyone who attended, raising a massive £405 for funds. Pel

SHARRINGTON CHURCH NEWS We made it! Years of fundraising, weeks of investigations and seven months of repairs and then All Saints Church was ready to show off the new plasterwork that has replaced the crumbling old ceiling. Our hard work was certainly worth it as the church reopened after many months of silence to a glorious service of music, scripture and prayer of thanksgiving for the completion of the £100,000 project. Dr Simon Thurley, chief executive of English Heritage, without whose generous grant the work could not have happened, was present and read a lesson, and representatives of other grant-making bodies also attended. Our Rector conducted the service, and the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt. Rev. Graham James, preached with his usual style. The Ven. Michael Handley said prayers and Rosemary Kimmins led her choir in a delightful selection of choral works. Sharrington excelled as always with a stunning array of flowers and delicious selection of canapés, and we were delighted to welcome so many friends and supporters from across the Benefice. However we must remember the gallant team of volunteers who turned out a few days before the big event as the snow fell thickly all around and cleaned, polished and hoovered, replaced moveable furniture and generally made the church fit for a bishop. Many thanks to all, and of course to everyone who worked so hard to keep the project going. A few weeks of Advent and then Christmas was upon us. Our celebrations began with the wonderful Carol Service, involving lots of audience participation

ANSWERS TO MORSTON QUIZ (See page 22) 1.) Ice cream. 2.) Swifts 3.) Possibly the Great Plague – of 1665 - but this interpretation is disputed. (An early version was known in the 1790s). 4.) Paul. 5.) Trombone. 6.) Winks. 7.) The amount of space it occupies on a surface. 8.) False. (It is a fish). 9.) Carbon dioxide. 10.) Green, yellow and white with red polka dots.

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STIFFKEY MUSIC CIRCLE 16 hardy members turned up for an all Mahler afternoon on Dec 15th – anything to get out of Christmas shopping! Mahler and Mince Pies? We celebrated the birth of this fine composer 150 years ago in 1860. The next two afternoons will be on Feb 16th and exactly 4 weeks later on March 16th. At this time of writing John has absolutely no idea of what the programmes will be but there will be a warm fire, pleasant company, some calories laden goodies and some lively discussion of some of the music.John Adnitt

We were privileged to have a real live Gambian with us in Sally’s brother Albert Bass. He was most impressed by the food and music and made a very heartfelt speech of thanks. Two weeks later John went to The Gambia to check on conditions at the school and found that some rather urgent repairs were needed to the roof of one classroom so the money raised was put to immediate good use. Thanks also to all who came- judging by the very positive feedback we will not be waiting another ten years for the next Gambian gig!! John Adnitt

STIFFKEY CHURCH NEWS Our Christmas services survived the big freeze. 30 attended the Christingle Service on 19th. Another 30 came on Christmas morning. Our two collections plus that taken at the “Red Lion” on Christmas Eve at the carol singing there raised over £400 for the local charity, Open Christmas. The singing this year was exceptionally lusty, and often in tune, thanks to Margaret’s keyboard accompaniment. Many thanks to the owners and management of the pub for their hospitality and support. John Adnitt

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP After the 2010 AGM members were tested by Robert Price’s excellent quiz, @ ‘How well do you know Stiffkey?’ Robert had taken photographs around Stiffkey, some of which, using technological wizardry, he had craftily altered. Some unusual angle and close ups left puzzled competitors; one member didn’t spot her own house! When the answers were revealed Laurence Jordan was a clear winner. Philip West will be the next speaker when he gives a talk on ‘Stiffkey and surrounding villages’ at 7pm on 3rd February at Stiffkey Village Hall. All are welcome. Members are reminded that subscriptions for 2011 are now due. Steven Bashforth

GAMBIAN EVENING It is over two months since the memorable Gambian Evening in Stiffkey Village Hall which raised over £700 for Albaraca Nursery School. The drumming by the Jjole Drummers was superb. They were good ten years ago when they last performed at such an event, but this time they astounded us with their precision and exuberant energy. The food was also terrific and the decoration of the village hall and the costumes worn created a truly festive atmosphere. It reminded us that our much maligned and slightly neglected village hall can still host a vibrant community event! Many thanks to those trustees and helpers who made it so successful.

CRICKET NEWS Annual awards were presented at the club’s annual dinner at the Stiffkey Red Lion. Player of the year: Kevin Waddison; Most improved player: Joe Hunter; Clubman of the year: shared between Jon Smith and Dan Peel. Siemon Scamell-Katz was re-elected captain for 2011, with Kevin Waddison as vice-captain. Steven Bashforth

WI NEWS Stiffkey WI, which is increasing in members meets at the Old hall on the third Monday of each month at 7.30pm and welcomes visitors. The February 21st meeting will be concern either Coastwatch or wind farms. In March (21st) we hope for a particularly good meeting where very good nature photographs will be shown by David Bolton. Helen Leach

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This adds to existing connections with schools in France, India and Japan. Mrs Howes, who teaches Class 1 and leads the International School activities, has achieved funding which will enable the school to develop an enriched link with a school in France. This will involve reciprocal visits – an exciting prospect for children, staff and parents. In November, Class 3 took a visit to the John Innes Centre in Norwich. Working with research scientists, they used powerful microscopes, identified living organisms and studied the world of leaf cutting ants. The trip is likely to lead to further scientific links with the Centre in the future. All of the children will soon be able to get their hands dirty in a good cause, as the school now has a greenhouse which will give them the chance to get gardening. Thanks are due to Wyatt Earp, Richard Newton and Jason Bean for sparing the time - and muscle - to put the greenhouse up. Miss Hopkins, who teaches Class 2, is leading this activity, which will be boosted by raised beds funded by the school’s recent Promises Auction. The ultimate goal is to sell harvested produce, introducing the children to the world of commerce as well as nature and food production. The children’s artistic talents have not been neglected despite all the other activities on the go during the autumn term. Everyone had great fun in a whole school puppet-making workshop on 14 December, while another art project focused on the use of textures and patterns to create landscapes. The results of both of these activities, as well as many others, are on proud display on the school’s website at www.langhamvillageschool.com – why not take a look?

SCHOOL NEWS Why don’t polar bears like penguins? Because they can’t get the wrappers off. Just one of the many jokes told by Langham Village School Class 3 children to keep the audience at the Christmas show entertained during scene changes, and delivered with the chutzpah of a seasoned pro at the Hackney Empire. Like all good variety shows, there was something for everyone to get us in the festive mood. The innocence of the nativity performed by Class 1 (aged 4 – 6) was followed by Class 2 (aged 6 – 8) enacting the moving story of the British and German soldiers in World War 1 who found peace amidst the carnage when they called a ceasefire on Christmas Day. Class 3 (aged 8 – 11) provided the finale with a lively slapstick comedy including ‘The Night Before Christmas’ complete with reindeers doing the hokey cokey and a circus juggling routine from Santa’s elves. One advantage of a small school is that every child gets their chance on stage, and they grasp the opportunity with confidence and relish. Hot on the heels of the show was the school Christmas Fair on Saturday 11 December, postponed from the previous week due to the weather. Sales of the children’s Christmas crafts and baking, together with raffles, tombola, games and a visit from Santa raised around £1000 which will go to support school trips and activities for the children. The next event in the Christmas calendar was the school carol service in Langham Village Church on Wednesday 15 December. The children sang beautifully, a particular highlight being Isobel Duncan’s solo of O Little Town of Bethlehem in her spellbindingly pure voice. The carols were followed by mulled wine and mince pies to warm us up before going back out into the cold. The term was rounded off with the children’s Christmas parties. Christmas brings out the best in us all, and the school’s little community comes into its own at this time of year to make all the activities special. It’s all made possible through a great deal of hard work from the children and Mr Green and his team, and lots of willing help from parents and volunteers – too many to name individually here, but everyone’s contribution is very much valued.

Sats results The results of the national curriculum tests, or Sats, were published in December. Langham Village School is one of the 289 primary schools with the highest attainment in England, where every child achieves the government benchmark, and is ranked 2nd highest in Norfolk. The children and teaching staff can all be proud of this achievement. Headteacher Mike Green is already focused on the future: “The Sats give a snapshot of our performance on a particular date. What’s more important is how we perform every day, maintaining a culture where every child has the confidence, enjoyment and encouragement to progress during their time with us.” So as we begin a new term and a new year, here’s to a happy, healthy and successful 2011 from all at Langham Village School. Anne-Marie Coe

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

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