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Bale Farm - 1920s

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OCTOBER 3rd Sat. Field Dalling Music Concert 7.30pm 3rd Sat. Langham Friends Coffee Morning 10-12noon 4th Sun. Langham Harvest Thanksgiving 5th Mon. Binham Quiz night at The Chequers 7.30pm 9th Fri. Binham Village Hall Cashmere Mill Sale 10-6 10th Sat. Binham Village Hall Cashmere Mill Sale 9-1 11th Sun. Sharrington Harvest Festival 5.00pm 14th Wed. Langham Ladybirds CADS Singers 7.30pm 14th Wed. Sharrington Illustrated talk 7.30pm 14th Wed. Stiffkey Music Circle 7.00pm 15th Thurs. Langham Mobile Library 15th Thurs. Langham Friends Coffee Morning 10-12noon 17th Sat. Field Dalling Global Challenge 7.00pm 17th Sat. Gunthorpe Institute, 7.00pm 17th Sat. Morston Shovell Dinner 7.30pm 19th Mon. Stiffkey WI Talk and Harvest Supper 7.15pm 22nd Thurs. Binham Local History Group 7.30pm 28th Wed. Morston Parish Council Meeting 6.30pm 31st Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club

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NOVEMBER 2nd Mon. Binham Quiz night at The Chequers 7.30pm 5th Thurs. Langham Mobile Library 6th Fri. Binham Poppy Coffee Morning 10am-12noon 7th Sat. Langham Friends Coffee Morning 10-12noon 8th Sun. Binham Priory Concert 7pm 8th Sun. Langham Remembrance Day Service 10.50am 10th Tues. Langham Parish Council 7.00 12th Thurs. Stiffkey History Group AGM 7.00pm 14th Sat. Gunthorpe “Friends” Harvest Supper Institute 7:00pm 18th Wed. Langham Friends Coffee Morning 10-12noon 26th Thurs. Binham Local History Group 7.30pm 26th Thurs. Langham Mobile Library 27th Fri. Field Dalling Christmas Choral Concert 6.30pm 28th Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club 28th Sat. Langham Christmas Fair 10am-12 noon

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Most Mondays: Langham Keep Fit 10-11.30am. Every Tuesday: Binham Guild of Artists 10-12

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


Priest in Residence

The next meeting of the Deanery Synod is on Thursday October 18th 2009 at Binham Village Hall 7.15pm for 7.30pm Speaker: The Reverend Canon Hereward Cooke, The Diocesan Environmental Officer

Father William Wells (the house behind the church)

Service Times Mass for Sunday Vigil Mass: Sunday Mass:

Saturday 6.00pm. 11.00am.

BLAKENEY METHODIST CHURCH High Street Blakeney Minister: The Reverend David Greenaway 8 St. Andrew’s Close Holt. Tel: 01263 712 18 Sunday Services at 6.30 pm. For weekday services, details of preachers and any change in times, refer to the ‘Glaven Valley Newsletter’.


CHURCH SERVICES FOR STIFFKEY AND BALE BENEFICE FOR OCTOBER & NOVEMBER HC=Holy Communion. FS=Family Service. MP=Morning Prayer. BCP=Book of Common Prayer All Communion Services are in traditional language except those marked * Bale Field Dalling

4th October 9.30am Harvest Service At Saxlingham

11th October 9.30am HC 11.00am F.S.

18th October 9.30am HC At Saxlingham

25th October 9.30am HC 11.00am MP BCP

Saxlingham Gunthorpe Sharrington Binham Morston Langham Stiffkey

9.30am HC 9.30am MP 9.30am MP 11.00am HC 9.30am HC BCP 9.30am Harvest Service At Langham

At Field Dalling 9.30am HC 5.00pm Harvest Service 11.00am HC No service At Stiffkey 9.30am HC

11.00am HC No service 9.30am MP 11.00am FS 9.30am HC BCP At Stiffkey 9.30am FS

At Field Dalling 11.00am HC 9.30am HC 9.30am HC No service 9.30am HC At Langham

8th November Remembrance Sunday 9.30am Service of Remembrance At Saxlingham

15th November

22nd November

9.30am HC

9.30am HC

At Saxlingham

11.00am MP BCP


1st November All Saints’ Day 9.30am HC

Parish Bale Field Dalling

9.30am HC


At Field Dalling

10.50am Service of Remembrance

11.00am HC

At Field Dalling


9.30am MP

No service

11.00am HC


9.30am MP

9.30am MP

9.30am HC


11.00am HC

11.00am FS

9.30am HC


9.30am HC BCP

9.30am HC BCP

No service


9.30am FS

10.50am Service of Remembrance 9.30am Service of Remembrance 10.50am Service of Remembrance 3.30pm Service of Remembrance 10.50am Service of Remembrance At Langham

At Stiffkey

9.30am HC

9.30am FS

At Langham


At Langham

Sunday 29th November: Group Holy Communion Service at Saxlingham at 10.30am.

REGULAR WEEKDAY SERVICES Binham: Tuesday, 6.00pm Evening Prayers, Langham: Wednesday, 10.00am Holy Communion Stiffkey: Friday, 10.00am Holy Communion at a date to be negotiated. Ian is looking forward to working with Tim Fawcett, the other retired local clergy, the lay leaders and churchwardens, and Julia Thompson, the benefice administrator. He is keen to meet people from the benefice, churchgoers and non-churchgoers. The rectory at Langham is undergoing much needed redecoration and refurbishment. The garden has been tamed ready for Ian to take over! Many thanks to all who helped with that, especially John and Shirley Everett, Mary Athill, and Geoff Scott. The installation service for Ian will be at Langham Church at a date to be announced. John Adnitt

THE APPOINTMENT OF A NEW RECTOR On Sept 3rd the parish representatives of the nine churches, two patrons of the benefice, the Bishop of Lynn and the Archdeacon of Lynn interviewed two very good candidates for the living. The nine parish reps., who met separately afterwards, reached a unanimous decision. They recommended to the Bishop, who chaired the interviews, that the Revd. Ian Whittle from Gayton should be offered the position. Ian has accepted it with gratitude and a real enthusiasm to serve God in this benefice. Ian is single, has been in Gayton for 12 years, and previously worked as a chaplain in the Anglican Church in The Hague, as a curate in Somerset, and for the Church Army in London, caring for the disadvantaged. He will bring a variety of previous experience, a real love of country life, and an infectious enthusiasm for art, books, music, gardening, and life in general. We look forward to his arriving as soon as possible




Saturday 10th October 10.30am - 12 noon

Village Hall, Thursday Oct.1st. 2.30pm.

Glaven District Caring Committee The Glaven Centre Thistleton Court, Blakeney Bric a Brac, Cakes, Books, Tombola & Raffle £1 entry includes coffee

A Talk by Katie Smith (of Dragon Hall fame) ‘The Broads and a Boat called Rogue’

Village Hall, Thursday Nov. 5th. 2.30pm. ‘From Pigs to Oil Lamps’. Speaker: Richard Wright Traditional W.I. Tea afterwards Our Christmas Lunch will be on Thursday Dec. 3rd, 12.30pm for 1.00pm. This will be followed by our Annual Meeting. Members who wish to attend should contact Jan Hope Tel: 01328 830847 or Monica White Tel: 01263 740594 Jan Hope

A MOTHING CALENDAR An illustrated talk by John Clifton Blakeney Scout HQ Wednesday 4th September at 7.30 pm An opportunity to see some moth traps and moths. Admission free, donations welcome.

HOLT AREA PATIENT GROUP Although this group has been established for several months this is the first of our regular slots in the free local press to keep you all up to date with what we are doing. HAPG was set up to provide a link between patients of the Holt Medical Practice and those working at surgeries in Holt, Melton Constable and Blakeney. Any such group has to start somewhere and the original consisted of representatives from other bodies in the local area, many of whom already have an interest in health related issues in a wide spectrum; for example, Holt Caring Society, Glaven Caring and Holt Youth Project. It has never been a forum for complaints; HMP already has an established procedure for this. What it does aim to do is offer the opportunity for ideas to be discussed that may help to bring about changes to benefit patients and staff in a variety of ways. The group discusses current material from a wide variety of sources, such as the PCT, and we are able to write to such organisations. We also aim to be a source of information for patients, reporting on issues of broad interest. On a more specific level, we receive a report from the Practice Manager at each meeting, which is extremely useful in highlighting important issues, of which patients may well need to be aware. For example, DNAs, “did not attend”, is a topic raised at a recent meeting. The actual financial implications of missed appointments, in wasted doctors’ time and the lost opportunities for other patients to be seen, is quite an eye opener. Below is just a snapshot from two recent weeks: Week 10th – 14th August: Doctors :22, Nurses: 24 – total 46 missed appointments equating to 10 hours of time wasted.

THE LYNX IN BELIZE Hi, I would just like to say how much I enjoy the Local Lynx and how many childhood memories it brings back. In the early 50s my father Frank Markey had a butchers shop in Thornage and I remember riding round most of the villages in the Lynx delivering meat to his customers. Reading your newspaper brings back vivid memories of the area (and I love the recipes). I now live far away from England in Belize, Central America - which was British Honduras - with my wife Jenni. However I do keep up to date by corresponding via e-mail with my English friends and listening to Radio Norfolk on the computer. We are hoping to visit England in the not too distant future so I can walk down memory lane literally. Keep up the good work with your publication. Your sincerely, Nigel Markey Of course, now Nigel can read the Lynx on-line at www.locallynx.co.uk. Have you tried it yet? Ed.

LOST PROPERTY Have you mislaid a shopping bag? Turn to the Langham section.


Week 17th – 21st August: Doctors:5, Nurses:11 – total 16 missed appointments equating to 3 hours and 15 minutes of time wasted. Raising awareness of the very real knock-on effects may well encourage us all to make sure we just make that call so that our appointments can be reallocated. Having developed as a group that feels it has formed constructive and purposeful aims we drew up our constitution. If you wish to become a member of HAPG there will be forms available at all the surgeries, or contact Norman Cooker on 01263 712113. Maggie Prior

Attention My good friend, How are you today? Hope all is well with you and family? You may not understand why this mail came to you. We have been having a meeting for the passed 7 months which ended 2 days ago with the then secretary to the UNITED NATION. This email is to all the people that have been scammed in any part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate them with the sum of US$ 250,000. This includes every foreign contractors that may have not received their contract sum, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed due to Government problems etc. We found your name in our list and that is why we are contacting you, this have been agreed upon and have been signed. You are advised to contact Mr Jim Ovia of ZENITH BANK NIGERIA PLC, as he is our representative in Nigeria, contact him immediately for your Cheque/ International Bank Draft of USD$250,000. This funds are in a Bank Draft for security purpose ok? so he will send it to you and you can clear it in any bank of your choice. Therefore, you should send him your full Name and telephone number your correct mailing address where you want him to send the Draft to you. Contact Mr Jim Ovia immediately for your Cheque: Person to Contact: Mr Jim Ovia Email: jimovia.zenn@gmail.com Phone:+234-8034397003 Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hoping to hear from you as soon as you cash your Bank Draft. Making the world a better place. Regards, Secretary-General Dr. Ban Ki-Moon

DISTRICT COUNCILLORS’ NOTES The main items on the agenda for North Norfolk District Council - the Local Development Framework Sites Specific Proposals Plan plus the Conversion and Re-use of Rural Buildings as Dwellings and the Draft Shoreline Management Plan, Hunstanton to Kelling - are now being assessed with the input of public consultation. The Local Government Review - the Boundary Committee continues to recommend unitary local government for Norfolk. Despite overwhelming local support for the existing 'two tier' local government structure, the current review has not yet been abandoned and, until such time as it is, NNDC and other members of the Keep Norfolk Local group will continue to respond to the process, while also continuing to stress the advantages of the existing structure. Above all, there is the need for NNDC to maintain and, if possible, improve the standard of services whilst keeping costs to a minimum. North Norfolk District Council is working to Keep Norfolk Local. For more information visit www.keepnorfolklocal.com Contact Details Jonathan Savory (01328 820719) e.mail:jsavory@north-norfolk.gov.uk - and Joyce Trett (01328 710300) e.mail:jtrett@lineone.net (Binham, Langham & Stiffkey) Mrs Lindsay Brettle (01263 710030) e.mail:Lindsay.brettle@north-norfolk.gov.uk (Sharrington, Field Dalling, Saxlingham & Morston) Mrs A.R.Green (01328 878273) e.mail:ann.green@north-norfolk.gov.uk (Gunthorpe with Bale)

THE OPEN CIRCLE 15 Oct. Harvest Supper and Auction 19 Nov Sheila Finley shows us how to make beautiful but simple Christmas floral decorations. We meet at 7.15pm on the third Thursday of each month at Hindringham Village Hall. New members are always welcome. Just come along or ring Secretary Fiona Thompson on 830639.

YOU REALLY HAVE TO LAUGH Anyone with an e-mail address (and I guess that means many of the readers of the Local Lynx) will almost certainly have had their fair share of “spam” e-mails trying to convince them to part with money or their personal details. Some are quite convincing, but most would qualify for a comment from Anne Robinson on the “Weakest Link” – this one complete with obvious language and layout errors, received earlier this year and with similar messages purporting to be from the “United Nations” since, definitely falls into the latter category! Please DO NOT be tempted to try the e-mail link!



BALE VILLAGE HALL SOCIAL CLUB DRAW July Jim Peppitt £25 Margaret Hudson £10 Margaret Barnes £5 Peggy Barge £5

August Ollie Croft £25 Brenda Dodman £10 Alan Sankey £5 Brenda Hewitt £5

The sea slips away. Towering dark clouds shadow the land and from time to time shade us, but out to sea the sky remains that shimmering blue. The retreating tide exposes a wreck, marked by a cardinal point. Eventually we have a very carnivorous lunch cooked on disposable barbecues, sending smoke up the almost empty beach in a fairly antisocial manner; huge lamb chops and mackerel fillets, deboned and frizzled; these are declared the best thing any of us have eaten. The wind, although not unpleasant, continues to blow all day, leaving tiny dunes behind stones or any other object, which gets buried or undermined, depending on its shape. Curiosities of the tidemark - the top half of a garden tiger moth, a perfectly preserved dead rook; objects of beauty and others of differing qualities, emerge from the sand. We wait for the tide to come back in. And wait And wait. Until the wreck is covered, then we make our way back past the old lifeboat house with its lookout. The boats are still very high and dry at seven pm; we wait another hour, watching the water creep up the deeper gravelbottomed zigzag channel of the creek. A parade comes in with the tide up the main channel; the stately Juno, turning around into her mooring, Harvester towing a lighter, a raucous fishing boat playing some very loud music, smaller sailing boats and a couple of motor cruisers. People are out late water-skiing, catching the tide with the last of the daylight. At last the water is rushing through our creek into the little lagoon. It’s quite cold now and we want to be able to get into the moorings before dark. We manhandle Elsie and MM, turning them around and pushing them down into the water. They are heavier than you would think and it is only just manageable between the five of us. Motoring back with the tide, the light is beautiful; too dark for my camera. We are home after dark. Today I woke dehydrated and tired, feeling like a crispfried prune. But what a wonderful day! Jane Wheeler

CAST AWAY By ten we are in Elsie, manoeuvring up the flooding tidestream in the creek past incoming early sailors; not easy avoiding moored boats, seal trip ferries and mudbanks. We are heading for the creek on the spit, following Miss Muppet in past the line of sticks in the mud which show the deeper channel. The little beach here is drowned at ten-thirty am, and we paddle to unpack the picnic from MM. We walk across the dunes, small grassy hillocks, full of wild flowers and tussocks of grass and sea holly. The sea lavender in the saltmarsh is still in flower in the silted up parts of the spit behind the dunes and along the edge of the seaward beach the sea rocket is full of wild bees and painted lady butterflies. Magically clear and sparkling waves on the shallow shelving sandy beach have both crews changed and in there almost immediately. The water is refreshing, a bit of a cold sting to it, but pleasantly so, just a gentle swell. A seal pops up behind Elsie’s skipper; he doesn’t see it at all. I see a small jellyfish and don’t stay in much longer after that. Coffee and cake satisfy hungry crews for the time being and we settle down to beachcombing or the Sunday papers, keeping an eye on the tide and passing shipping. There are perhaps a hundred common and grey seals hauled up on Stiffkey sand bar, lying on their backs with tails curled up in the air. A pretty old Sheringham crab boat, Harvester, and the sailing barge Juno are hazy in the distance. The high tide mark turns out to consist mostly of millions of dead ladybirds, those of the huge influx over the past week or so which didn’t fly quite far enough.

CONCERT AT BALE CHURCH Well, they did it again! Members of the Purcell School gave us a delightful concert in All Saints Church during the balmy evening of 12th July. There was something for everyone from Dowland to SaintSaens via Mozart and Debussy. And a splendid variety of instruments, several of them played by our friends Verity


and Helena Jacklin, both students at the Purcell School. The evening commenced with a 'drum call' from Hoisto Dusher on the djembe from West Africa; and continued with an accomplished adaptation for violin, cello and voice with a flute obligato of Purcell's Music for a While. The amazing Chris Jacklin was 'the voice', and probably also 'the adaptation'. Incidentally, warmest congratulations to him for graduating with first class honours in Music from Durham – and for attaining the highest marks ever awarded to a singer in his final recital. After a liquid interval outside in the evening sunshine we returned to an arrangement of part of the Peer Gynt Suite for two harps and some lovely Faure for two flutes. Finally, following a piano duet of some sweet Debussy and The Mission played on harp and oboe, the full company, with some help from the audience and the djembe, enjoyed a jam session with an African flavour. Great fun; Cedric Bradbury didn't want it to stop!! Our thanks to the Purcell School and their supporters for the splendid effort; and to the Bale residents who helped so willingly again – particularly to Margaret and Alan Sankey and Paul's Bar Staff. And of course, warmest thanks to the capacity audience for their continuing support for Bale Church funds. 'Here's to the Next Time …......etc' Margaret Barnes

mixing bowl and beat with a wooden spoon until well mixed. Spoon the mixture into prepared ring mould and bake in pre-heated oven for 35-40 mins. Turn out and leave to cool on a wire rack. To make the icing, mix the icing sugar with the remaining orange juice until smooth. Drizzle over the cake. This cake freezes well, but freeze before icing.

VEGETABLE LOAF Prep time 20 mins; cooking time approx 30 mins Ingredients: ½ oz butter or margarine ½ med onion finely sliced 1 med carrot finely sliced 1 med leek finely sliced 2oz fine breadcrumbs 2oz cashews, or peanuts, chopped Salt and pepper to taste ½ tsp dried sage ½ tsp marmite 1 egg beaten A little milk to blend Method: melt the butter or margarine in a pan and gently fry the onion, carrot and leek until they begin to soften (approx 5 mins). Add breadcrumbs, nuts, seasoning, sage and marmite. Stir well. Add egg and enough milk to bind mixture together without it being too wet. Spoon mixture into lightly greased loaf tin 5½ x 2½”. Bake at 350F – 180C or Gas mark 4, until set (approx 30 mins). This roast goes well with brown gravy made from granules, or a simple sauce made from a tablespoon of tomato purée mixed well with ¼ pt hot water and ¼ veg stock cube. *Half the loaf may be wrapped and frozen, or kept in the fridge for use next day.

BRANDY FRUIT CAKE Ingredients: 2oz sultanas 2oz glacé cherries, quartered 2oz dried apricots, chopped 1oz glace ginger, sliced 1-2 tablespoons brandy grated rind and juice of 1 orange 4oz margarine 4oz caster sugar 2 eggs 6oz S.R. flour For the icing, 4oz icing sugar, sieved. Method: place the fruit in a bowl, then pour over the brandy and add the orange rind and ¾ of the juice. Mix well and leave to stand for 1 to 2 hours. Pre-heat oven to 180C, 350F or Gas mark 4. Grease well an 8 inch ring mould. Place all the fruit and remaining ingredients in a

SMILE It’s easy enough to be pleasant, When life flows along like a song, But the man worthwhile is the man who will smile, When everything goes dead wrong. For the test of the heart is trouble, And it always comes with the years, Then the smile that is worth the praise of the earth, Is the smile that comes through the tears.


BINHAM LOCAL HISTORY GROUP Forthcoming Talks 22 Oct. Dr Vic Morgan. Did the Renaissance reach East Anglia? 26 Nov. Christopher Hartop. Norwich Silver 900-1900 14 Dec. (Monday) Susanna Wade-Martins Coke of Norfolk 28 Jan. AGM & Open Meeting 25 Feb. Michael Begley. Medieval Gilds of Norfolk 25 Mar. Kenworth & Adderson. Railways in N Norfolk 22 Apr. Ann Mason. Historic Landscape of Thetford Forest Park All meetings (except December) on Thursdays at 7.30 p.m. in the Binham Village Hall. Annual membership remains £5 per couple, £3 single. The charge at each talk £2 per member, £3 for non-members. 01328 830270 cpwrightuk@aol.com

QUIZ NIGHT AT THE CHEQUERS Quiz Nights begin again at the Chequers, thanks to Steve and Alex. As usual it will be on the first Monday in the month – so we hope to see you on Monday 5th October and Monday 2nd November. You don’t need to be part of a team – just come along at 6.30 if you’re going to have a meal or at 7.30 for a drink and the Quiz.

POPPY COFFEE MORNING Friday 6th November 10 am – 12 noon


in aid of THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION at Priory Cottage, Langham Road, Binham. Entry £1 Cake Stall, Bring & Buy, Raffle, lots of Books Carolyn Wright 830270

Carenza Lewis and the Cambridge Field Academy are returning to Binham on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th October to provide another group of local students with the opportunity of taking part in a well supervised digging of Test Pits. A full report will be found in the next Lynx.



Remembrance Sunday

Sunday 8th November at 7 p.m.

Binham Village Hall

Friday 9th October 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 10th October 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fauré’s Requiem Mozart’s Requiem Gresham’s Choir and Orchestra Retiring Collection

Direct from the Scottish Borders pure cashmere and lambs wool knitwear & accessories for men and women - at hugely reduced prices MIGLIO Fashion Jewellery at SALE Prices Luxurious cashmere Wraps/Throws NEW children's books at discounted prices £2 entrance fee and raffle proceeds will go to Quidenham Children's Hospice. For further information: Buffy Ross 01485 600018 johnbuffy17@btinternet.com

PRIORY TEAS This summer was the best yet for Priory Teas. There were noticeably more visitors and the amount raised was the record amount of £413! – Wonderful! Very many thanks to everyone who helped. Marie and Jack Grange

MORSTON QUIZ ANSWERS (See page 22) 1)Samuel Taylor Coleridge, in “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”. 2)Sam Wanamaker. 3)C. 4)Red. 5)“A Hard Day’s Night”. 6)Grapefruit and tangerine. 7)Anne Boleyn. 8)Nine. 9) 1936. 10)Ice-cream.


BINHAM CHRISTMAS BAZAAR in the Village Hall 21 November 10.00am – 2.30pm st

YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS THIS ONE! Buy your presents early – so many good bargains Gifts Book stall Xmas tree tombola Name and win the dolls Beautiful hand made wreathes Cards Gift Tags Craft Stall Spirit and Wine 20 minute Raffles Christmas Cake Raffle Quilt Hangings Home made cakes, sweets and preserves Garden Stall



Soup and Roll Lunch

AUGUST 7th - Charlie had a letter from Mr Robert Hammond requesting to see him. On going he found that it was to give him the office of Receiver of the Register for the Whig Party. 11th - We went to work at the wheat cutting hammer and tongs mustering 27 scythes but it’s full green at present. A beautiful harvest day. 14th - Went to Holkham to see the match between Essex and Norfolk, there was some capital play on both sides. Lord Leicester mentioned his future plans. 18th - Richard Brooke and wife and eldest daughter dined here today; a very animated and interesting girl she is, but very plain. 25th - The Gov and I went to dine at Bale, George and Harriet being there. Harriet is as ladies like to be who love their lords. SEPTEMBER 3rd - Gov and I went to Hempton. Sold the shearling ewes by auction at 32/- per head but could not sell the rams at all. 9th - We went out shooting early this morning. I had cholera very badly nevertheless shot very well. 13th - I went to Blickling to play against that club with the Holt team, we beat them shamefully. I got 14 runs. 21st - Geo Dewing came last evening to have some shooting today so we sallied forth regardless of the weather which was wretched. Mary and Emily Hill came to dinner. 27th - After breakfast we called on Mrs Fitch then went out in a boat. I was very sick and had to be put ashore. OCTOBER 1st - Went to shoot at O.W., met young Bidewell there who is a regular muff. I killed 8 brace of birds, he 2 ½! only!!! 4th - Went to Griffins’ sale at Hindringham. Bought 2 wagons, some bins, ladders etc. We were obliged to rearrange our ewes, Webbs’ sheep proving useless. 9th - Gov in a very despondent mood, I hardly know what to do with him. He declares he must be ruined but on a strict investigation of his affairs I think without cause. 19th - Gov worse than ever, called me up early in the morning and was sure he could not get through the day. Aunt Ann came to tea, all very anxious about him. 29th - Emily and Mary Hill walked over this morning, they were both looking beautiful after their walk, Emily especially. Norah and Richard Lewis

COME AND SING IN BINHAM! There is a wealth of evidence and a lot of talk these days about the value of singing, especially with a group of others, both for your physical, mental and emotional health. It helps you breathe, makes you laugh, provides relaxation, builds up confidence, activates endorphins, helps you make new friends, and much much more. If you are someone who loves to sing, (even if others tell you that you can’t), or you could do with a little lift in your life, there is a group in Binham that may well suit your needs and would enjoy your company. Teresa Verney, who is passionate about giving everyone the opportunity to sing, runs a weekly group on Monday evenings at the Village Hall (and occasionally in the Priory). Teresa teaches by ear so there is no need to read music. She teaches songs from around the world, adaptations of popular songs and songs she has written or arranged herself. The main aim of the group is to have fun and enjoy the buzz that you get from singing with others, and in the process everybody finds that they can do things that they didn’t think possible. Teresa also gives individual lessons to those who want to build up their confidence and skill, and she has other groups throughout North Norfolk. SING FOR JOY! led by TERESA VERNEY Binham Village Hall Monday 7.30-9pm £6.50/£5 All welcome, no need for experience 01263 570117 teresaverney@tinyworld.co.uk www.teresaverney.com


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. For information, contact James Bucknill at 01328 830651

committees. Everybody seemed to enjoy themselves and so we hope to see many more of you next time. Alex Wales

BINHAM FAMILY CRICKET MATCH Despite competition from two carnivals and numerous other local events, a large number of players and spectators, both residents and visitors, turned out to enjoy a lovely sunny afternoon of friendly competition. While the emphasis was on taking part and having fun, there were several notable performances on the field, and top scorers were Paul Bushell (Tim’s Tornadoes) and Finlay (Richard’s Rockets). John Hill’s award as Best Traditionally Dressed Spectator was only bettered by his outstanding all-round effort on the pitch. Amy Walduck took the Best Turned Out Lady prize with a beautifully co-ordinated outfit. The Tornadoes recorded a fairly comfortable win and the event proved so popular that a definite date has been set for a rematch next summer. Special thanks are due to Andrew (Dickie Bird) Cuthbert, our umpire, to Liz Brown and David Frost for providing wonderful Cream Teas and Pimms, and to our scorers Linda Eagle and Carolyn Wright. Funds raised from the sale of refreshments will be used to buy some useful equipment for the Priory. Roll on next year! Tim Walduck

MEMORIAL HALL – 100 CLUB July Winners. £25 Lionel Wilde; £10 Barbara Seals; £5 C Wright, Mr J Scott, Mr M Calvert August Winners. £25 Pennie & Neil Alford; £10 Mr Marshall; £5 D Tann, C Wright, Mark 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.

SUMMER LUNCH On Sunday 30th August the Parochial Charities and Village Hall Committees hosted an invitation lunch in the Memorial Hall for the retired residents of Binham and Cockthorpe. It is something that the Charities are happy to do on a regular basis and gives them an opportunity to meet with residents. The response was good although many replied to say that they would not be able to attend. However, everyone thought that it was a good idea. Thirty-eight people sat down to cottage pie followed by trifle or apple crumble with the odd glass of wine!! It was lovely to see some residents who have moved away getting together with old friends in familiar surroundings, and it was such a happy atmosphere. The date of the next lunch will be advertised in Howells Superstore and Howells Butchers and anyone who needs a lift to the hall will be accommodated by members of the

FOOD FOR THOUGHT It is said that practice makes perfect so we should be careful what we practise.


SOS WORLD OF WHISPERS Help is needed to save a very special herd of horses and ponies at World of Whispers in South Wales. All you horse lovers out there enter the World of Whispers website at www.worldofwhispers.com and prepare to be touched, amazed and moved. Helen Wingstedt and her beautiful herd of equines can, and do, perform miracles. Just one day in their presence and you and your life will be changed for the better forever. They need your help now to stay together as a fabulous team and continue with their amazing work and move forward as a social enterprise. My name is Julie Hunt, from Cockthorpe, and, as you may recall from the archives in the Lynx, I went down to Wales about four years ago to experience my first taste of their magic for myself. After that first week I was bowled over and went again for another week a few months later, before going on to take the full practitioners course over a period of five months (Healer, Communicator, Horse Whisperer). My experience can be read on the website, along with lots of other testimonials, and you are welcome to give me a ring on 07876 254175 if you would like to talk to me about it. I would wholeheartedly give all the money the project needs to raise if I had it, I so believe in Helen and the horses. As well as giving a donation, my partner Mandy and I went down to Wales on 26th August, to help out in a practical way, which is documented on the website as it is being updated regularly so that people can see what is happening with the journey. Mandy and I have given the website address to as many people as we can and have set up a display and donations tin in our gallery, Art-next-theSea in Staithe Street, Wells. You can donate there, or directly through the website, or send a cheque (again details are on the website). Horses have helped people for centuries and continue to do so; it is very fitting that we help them back. Please do something amazing today; do what you can, even if it is just to pass on the website. Julie Hunt

THE WEDDING MONTH Married when the year is new, he’ll be loving, kind, and true. When February birds do sing, cherish you your wedding ring. If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you’ll know. Marry in April if you can, thus joy for Maiden and for Man. Marry in the month of May, and you will never rue the day. Marry when June roses grow, over hills and far you’ll go. Those who in July do wed, must labour hard for daily bread. Whoever wed in August be, many a fortune is sure to see. Marry in September’s shrine, your living will be rich and fine. If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry. If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, remember. When December snows fall fast, marry and true love will last. (taken from Schott’s Original Miscellany - Ed.)




On Saturday 3rd October, the Cantilena Choir will be joined by Jayne May-Sysum in a concert of varied music by Mozart, Schubert, and Fauré, together with popular favourites. The concert is in aid of St. Andrew’s Church, and starts at 7.30pm. Jayne has established herself as one of the finest singers in the locality and we are delighted to welcome her back to Field Dalling. The Cantilena Choir, accompanied by Richard Peaver, regularly sings in St. Andrews and has gained a well deserved reputation for its excellent choral singing. On this occasion it will be performing the delightful Schubert Mass in G together with popular music from traditional folk to present day. Do make a date in your diary to come along and enjoy music at its best. Free admission with retiring collection.

50/50 Club Draw Results July Helen Ford Brian Churchill Helen Ford David S-B Jill Stuart-Black Tom Elwell Tom Cutterham

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

August Ebe Sahrlender John Blakeley John Lemberger Pippa Bunting David Brough Tom Cutterham Carol Aries

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

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. Don’t forget this year’s 50:50 Club Christmas Party and bumper draw will be held on Saturday 19 December commencing at 12 noon. Admission £1.50 (children under 12 £1.00 and under 5s free) to include refreshments.

STOP PRESS!! Don’t miss our Christmas Choral Concert by pupils of Gresham’s Prep School on Friday 27th November at 6.30pm.



1st August 2009

A Yoga Class now takes place in Field Dalling Parish Hall on Tuesday nights from 7.30 to 9pm. It follows the pattern of a Sivananda Yoga Class. This includes emphasis on correct breathing and relaxation as well as the more familiar asanas or physical movements. The class is suited to beginners as well as to those who have done some yoga before. There are some mats to borrow if you do not have your own. The cost is £5 per session. And why is it in the Gunthorpe News Section? The class is taught by Richard Redmayne who lives in a flat at Gunthorpe Hall, just under the restored clock. (It does not strike during the night!) Richard goes to India as often as he can to spend time in a Yoga Ashram in Kerala. He is a pensioner himself so the class clearly suits all ages! You can ring Richard on 01263 862289 if you want further information.

Despite the gloomy predictions from the weathermen all week, as 2pm approached the weather was fine and warm. In and around the village hall all the stalls were set up, the bunting was fluttering and the skiffle group was preparing to play. A large number of visitors had already gathered to snap up the bargains on the white elephant, gifts and book stalls before turning their attention to other fete offerings. These were the colourful plants and produce, delicious cakes, the raffle, tombola, children’s activities, sideshows and games and a variety of refreshments – teas, strawberries and cream, Pimms and ice creams. There was definitely something for all the family on offer and the music provided by the skiffle band added to the happy atmosphere of a traditional village fete for the next two hours. At 4pm the raffle had been drawn, the prizes distributed and the fete drew to a close as the last visitors left carrying their purchases. Welcome cups of tea appeared for the many helpers who had worked hard, not just on the day but well in advance to ensure the stalls were well provided. A big thank-you to everyone who helped and without whom the fete simply could not have happened. It was a most successful afternoon and as a result, both churches and the village hall have benefited considerably from the funds raised during the fete and also from kind donations.


On 17 October at 7pm in the Gunthorpe Village Institute David Brough will give an illustrated talk on his experiences in participating in the Round the World “Global Challenge” yacht race from October 2004 to July 2005. The race was seen as “The World’s Toughest Race” and the ultimate sailing adventure for amateur sailors. He was part of the crew of the yacht “Me to You” sponsored by Carte Blanch greetings card. Proceeds from the evening will be shared between the Institute (a Gunthorpe Village Charity) and the national triservice initiative Toe In The Water (TITW) which aims to


John was Head of the Mathematics Department at Fakenham Grammar School (now Fakenham High School) for many years, and Mary worked at Sculthorpe and Melton Constable Primary Schools. She also ran the cub group. They have many friends locally and wish to thank all those who have enriched and made their lives so full and enjoyable over the years. At the lunch John and Mary were presented with a lovely family album containing photographs, poems and comments of how their marriage has been an inspiration to the future generations. May they have many more years together!! inspire the men and women who have sustained often traumatic injuries during current combat operations, including the loss of limbs, to move beyond their disability and to become re-inspired by life. Competitive sailing is a physically and mentally challenging adventurous sport, and provides a unique opportunity for these injured men and women to re-integrate into society. The charity’s motto is “Re-inspire, Re-engage, Re-integrate”. For information and reservations please call John Blakeley on 01263 861008 or Sue Traverso on 01263 861932. All are welcome – please come and support our fund-raising efforts.

FRED’S GARDENING DIARY Notes for October and November Flower Garden Now is the time to plant daffodils, narcissus and crocus bulbs. Plant crocus bulbs 8cm (3 inches) deep and daffodils 13-15cm (5-6 inches) deep. They are best planted where they are able to flower for several years – they do well planted in grass borders. Wallflowers and Sweet Williams can be planted in October to flower in spring and early summer. Herbaceous plants can be cut down now if they have finished flowering. If they have become too big they can be dug up and divided – using the outside new growths to replant and discarding the old middle growth. Tea roses can be pruned, cutting down to an outside bud about 30-40cm (12-15 inches) from the ground to prevent wind rock during winter. If possible spread compost around each bush – also a handful of bone-meal will help. Floribundas and shrub roses can be pruned by just removing weak growth, damaged wood and all dead heads. Other shrubs can also be pruned to keep them in shape. Leave Hebe and Hydrangea as they only need very little pruning. If Hebe have got “leggy” do not cut them back until early April when they will soon make new growth. Leave flower heads on Hydrangea until spring to protect new buds. If Hydrangea do get too big cut some branches

FRIENDS’ HARVEST SUPPER The Harvest Supper, organised by the Friends of Gunthorpe Parish Church, will be held in the Gunthorpe Village Institute on Saturday 14th November starting at 7pm. All are welcome. A seasonal menu will be offered. Tickets are £5 per person. Please make your reservations through Rod/ Sue, Marie/Jeremy at Gunthorpe Hall on 01263 861373.

WHAT AN ACHIEVEMENT! We would like to congratulate John and Mary Smith of Avondale, Gunthorpe who recently celebrated their 60th (Diamond) Wedding Anniversary at a luncheon held at Sculthorpe Mill, together with their close family members. They moved to their house at Gunthorpe in January 1960 and have since been prominently involved in many aspects of village life - especially the church, the fete and the WI. They have five children who all attended local schools and grew up in the village.


three young Jacklins played trumpet, piano, organ, flute, piccolo, and cello, sensitively accompanied by their father Martin whom Gunthorpe is lucky to have as church organist. The whole family sang. They were supported by their vocalist friend James Ryan, the music producer and drummer Les Chappel (Briony Jacklin’s brother) – and, to the great pleasure of all, by the Reverend John Penny distinguished cellist and Vicar of these parishes a decade ago. In the first half, they gave us beautiful and haunting music from Handel, Bach, Dowland and Stanford – contrasting with a terrific and seductively delivered Carmen from Freya, and riotous parts acted out from Sweeney Todd. The village and many others had brought supper and wine for everyone. To end the extended interval Verity sounded trumpet fanfares, to corral everybody back into the now candle-lit church. After an enchanting Debussy flute duet by her and Freya, and a wild Chocolate Tango (in which they all danced and sang, flinging chocolates at the highly appreciative audience), there followed a trio of beautifully sung duets in different combinations, from Lakme, Don Giovanni and The Pearl Fishers. The whole evening was cleverly and wittily introduced by Christopher the eldest of the four young Jacklins. His singing was exquisite, not least in Purcell’s Music for a While and Warlock’s Yarmouth Fair. It was also all the greatest fun, spirited performance and musicianship of true professionalism. The last number Piazzolla’s Libertango had everyone on their feet. Posies of flowers were presented to the performers. Special tributes were paid to The Friends of Gunthorpe Church, to Canon Michael Wilson who has adopted Gunthorpe in his retirement, and to Fred Morley who for nearly 70 years has looked after the church and churchyard. The universal praise and enthusiasm for these versatile and talented young musicians and performers has been reflected in the continuing flow of donations for the tower. At the time of writing the proceeds from the concert have reached a magnificent £3,100. The PCC is grateful beyond measure to the Jacklins and their friends, to all who helped with the organisation, and to everyone who bought tickets - as well as to those others who sent generous contributions. Gunthorpe Rep’s Note: Very special thanks are also due to Dan and Virginia Worsley, without whose dedicated

back each year – if you cut it all back at once you will have no flowers for two years.

Vegetable Garden Plant onion sets in October for an early crop which will be ready for using in May next year – six weeks before spring planted ones. Sow broad beans in November – 10 cm (4 inches) deep. They can take between 4 and 6 weeks to come up depending on the weather, but they hardly ever fail to come through. Cut down raspberry canes that fruited this year and tie in the new growth. Prune gooseberries and redcurrants by cutting out any damaged wood and thinning other growth to leave the middle of bushes open to make for easy picking and to avoid mildew. If you shorten new growth on gooseberries you will get bigger growth but not so many fruits. Take out all dead growth from your strawberry beds. Keep some of the best new runners to replant. The best way is to plant one new row of runners and dispose of one row of the old. This helps to keep a healthy bed of strawberries. Rake in some Growmore or other general fertiliser in February as soon as new growth starts. All fruit benefits from a layer of well rotted compost or farmyard manure spread around the base. Fred Morley

CHURCH NEWS An Enchanted Evening at Gunthorpe Church on Sunday 9th August As a present, to raise funds for the tower repairs at St Mary’s, the six members of the Jacklin family of Hindringham came together from their summer musical commitments, and delighted an audience of one hundred and seventy. The youngest, Helena, still had enough puff to play magnificently from Mozart and Franz Strauss on her French horn despite having rushed down from performing in the Proms at the Albert Hall the night before. The other


continued financial support for the main Grand Draw prize (joined this year by Catherine Alexander) and also local artist Lillian Shaw who for several years has contributed one of her works as the second draw prize. Finally, please see the “Friends” website www.gunthorpefriends.co.uk for pictures from this year’s Fete, and please put 24th July 2010 in your diary for next year.

CLASSICAL RECITAL The Classical Recital held at Mere Place on 31st August raised some £1220 in donations and the sale of raffle tickets - to be shared between the Institute and Friends of Gunthorpe Church. More importantly, the outstanding performance “Songs, Songs without Words and Arias” was thoroughly enjoyed by the 80+ attendees. A very big thank you to the musicians David Aitman and Charles Johnston, and to David and Marianne and their family for making their beautiful home and garden available for this event, not forgetting their very generous hospitality. Thanks also to all who contributed other refreshments, donations and prizes, especially Rob Cutterham for the presents of wine for the star performers, Diane Blakeley for her mounted pastel of Gunthorpe Church – the first prize in the raffle, and Marie Denholm for providing the excellent fruit and rum punches we enjoyed after the Recital.

efforts and organisational skills this outstanding Concert could not have taken place.

GUNTHORPE VILLAGE FETE Once again the Gods smiled on Sue Traverso and Dan Worsley and the other members of the Fete Organising Committee and provided a dry if somewhat overcast day for the Gunthorpe Village Fete, with near record crowds supporting the afternoon’s events. The overall income was just short of the record – not bad for the middle of a recession. After the Fete we also received an anonymous donation of £100 to add to Fete income thus after expenses both Church and Institute have benefited by some £1935.00 each. As always we thank the Fete Committee for their excellent organisation – judging by the large number of compliments we heard on the day from all sides it was enjoyed by all. We also thank our anonymous donor for this and similar contributions in previous years. As usual thanks must also go to Jeremy and Marie Denholm and all the staff and helpers at Gunthorpe Hall for their quite outstanding support in both preparing for the Fete and on the day itself – the village could not hold what we believe to be the best of the “traditional” village fetes in North Norfolk without their willingly given support, and the use of the beautiful gardens of the Hall. Thanks also to all who helped on the day and to all those villagers and local businesses who generously gave us prizes for the Grand Draw and other stalls. It is always difficult to pick out individuals with so many contributing so generously, but we would like to thank Michael and Pippa Bunting for their

BOB’S STORY In this part of Bob’s Story he describes how village families obtained life’s essential goods and services in the first part of the 20th Century. This was written in 1978 so there have been many more changes since then. My father, who worked on the railway at Melton Constable would bring back, when needed, medicines for various people in the village. These he would get from Fisher’s who were where Vardigan’s oil-shop and general


stores now is (the building, part Chinese food service, across the road from the Coop store today). The shop was not only a chemists, but also a sort of small supermarket, and stocked toys, sweets, haberdashery etc. George William Fisher, as well as being a chemist and photographic dealer, pulled teeth (often without anaesthetics). Old Billy Fisher, from whom Vardigans took over, was a temperance worker and was also known to organise séances. When we needed new clothing this was bought mainly in Holt or Fakenham, although mother did some dressmaking for herself and for my sisters. Sometimes she did alterations for us boys, or made shirts for father from flannelette. Matt King, who lived in New Street, Holt, came round the village regularly with clothing in his pony and trap. He bought most of his stock in Norwich and ran a sort of “club” taking money weekly for articles supplied. Sometimes families had a difficult week, with money being short, but Matt King didn’t seem to mind very much if a customer couldn’t pay. He knew the account would be settled in due course when things got better. Harry Lake from Bale was another travelling draper in the neighbourhood at one time. Boots were always a problem in the village. In many families the children had only one pair of boots each, and it was not uncommon for a child to be kept away from school while his only pair of boots were at the mender. We were usually lucky enough to have a weekday and a Sunday-best pair each, with the best pair becoming the everyday pair in due course and perhaps becoming a bit tight. Most of us in the village wore boots rather than shoes and the boys’ and men’s boots were hobnailed. In snowy weather many girls wore thick stockings over their boots. Some of the girls had changed over from high-buttoned boots to shoes by about 1920, and I can remember the HoIland sisters getting into trouble at home because they had cut the tops off their highboots in order to be in the new fashion. Factory made boots were not all that common in my younger days, and Jack Cozens, from Burgh Stubbs used to come out and measure his customers. The firm was John Cozens and Son and they were really travelling drapers. Jack was mainly an agent for footwear and passed on the orders to be made up. When

boots got worn they were usually taken into Melton for repair, although some families did simple repairs themselves. The Co-op at Melton had a repair department run by Vic Vardigan, who also made shoes or boots for special orders. Several tradesmen used to call regularly in the village. Thomas Henry Hawes from Fulmodeston used a horse and four-wheeled cart to deliver bread, although he had a motordelivery van later on. He was a grocer and draper as well, and his son, Arthur, carried on the business in the “thirties”. In the next part Bob continues his story of how village families obtained life’s essential goods and services. As a reminder, Bob’s story of a changing life in Gunthorpe, which he told to Gunthorpe historian Ray Steffans in 1978 is published in a short illustrated booklet which costs £5.00 and is available through the Gunthorpe Lynx Representative – all profits going to the Village Institute.

WHAT’S ON Gunthorpe diary dates, watch notice board for full details.


LANGHAM LADYBIRDS At our August meeting Lyn Massingham and Maureen Buckey told us the history of the Glaven Centre and indeed all the facilities available today. Our group tried out some of the therapy activities which made for a fun and informative evening. Next meeting: October 14th 7.30pm. Parish Room – CADS singers. Come and spend an evening with us – everybody welcome. Admission: Members £1.50. Non-members £3. This will include a glass of wine and nibbles. In November there will be a dinner arranged – more details later. If you would like to know more about this group please contact Maureen Tel: 01328 830731.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING This service will be on October 4th, but watch out for posters for details of the time and the meal to follow.

REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE Sunday 8th November 10.50am


This will be the only service in Langham on this day.

Funeral Phyllis Irene Buller - 19th August 2009

LANGHAM CAR SERVICE Schedule to December 6th. 2009 Rate 20p per mile. Weekly duties beginning on a Monday: Sept.28th Tel: 830056 Oct. 5th Tel: 830097 Oct. 12th Tel: 830696* Oct. 19th Tel: 830036 Oct. 26th Tel: 830821 Nov. 2nd Tel: 830537* Nov. 9th Tel: 830348 Nov 16th Tel: 830847 Nov.23rd Tel: 830731 Nov. 30thTel: 830731 * These drivers do not go to Norwich The roster is also sited in the Bluebell and on the church porch and village notice boards. In the infrequent event that no driver is available – contact the Holt Caring Society Tel: 01263 711243 giving as much notice as possible. Ann Sherriff Tel: 830605

STALL ON THE GREEN This was open for business on five Saturdays in August, some more gustier than others but thankfully never rained off. This year we just had the one shift from 9.30am – 11am which seemed to catch most of the passers by. The first three weeks were on the quiet side but trade picked up on the last two weeks resulting in a grand total of £418 being raised for the Langham Church General Fund. Our thanks go to all those kind people who loaned, sited and manned the stall and to all who generously bought and brought. We are indebted to you all. Thank you very much. Ann Sherriff

FRIENDS OF LANGHAM OUTING Senior Citizens had a wonderful day out on September 2nd when we were taken on a Mystery Tour. We had a comfortable bus ride to Dereham where we had our lunch in the buffet on Dereham station. Afterwards we boarded the Mid Norfolk Railway’s train and had an interesting ride to Wymondham. This railway was first opened to passengers on 15th February 1847 and closed in 1969. The stations along the route, Yaxham, Thuxton, Hardingham and Kimberley are now privately owned. Our bus met us at Wymondham and took us to Horning where we boarded the ‘Southern Comfort’ for a 90 minute ride on the Broads. We were treated to a cuppa and a cake on board so we were catered for in every way. The ride home proved interesting as we went through villages that some of us had never even heard of! Three different modes of transport, lunch and tea together with good weather resulted in a fantastic day out. A big thank you goes to the ‘Friends of Langham’, especially Peter Barlow and John Hughes, for such a special treat. The F.O.L. Committee are only able to put on events like this if they have support. This can be given by becoming a member of the ‘200 club’ which has a draw each month and by attending the functions that they organise. So new members will be made very welcome. A well satisfied passenger!

CHRISTMAS FAIR Saturday November 28th 10am- 12 noon Parish Room Do come along and enjoy this traditional event to raise funds for Langham Church General Fund. Lots of stalls and raffles. We will welcome any contributions of cakes, books, gifts, plants etc. Contact Ann Tel: 830605

LEUKAEMIA RESEARCH Our ‘Grand Sale’ went well despite the somewhat ‘iffy’ weather. We were pleased that so many people came as there were lots of other events on in the area. The Fund was very pleased to receive £2167.40 as a result of our efforts. Thanks to everybody who contributed in any way. NEXT SALE: POUND-PLUS SALE OCT. 17th This will be held in the Parish Room 10-12 noon. Maureen 01328 830731

PILATES If you missed joining a class earlier in the year and want to try Pilates, why not come along to a three week taster course in October? The classes will be held in Langham Parish Room. For further details please contact me on Tel: 07799 331676. Amanda Marshall Body Control Pilates Teacher MTI Registered massage Therapist Body Control Pilates is a registered trademark used under licence.


come. The curators of the exhibition were Bob and Helen Brandt, together with John Plummer, who laid it out in such a good manner that the pictures showed themselves off delightfully. There were all sorts of artists with different subjects, styles and prices to be enjoyed and the photographs, too, were very pleasing - one so much so that I gave it to my husband for his birthday! Ken Bartlett’s calligraphy was splendid and his mentoring visible in his two colleagues attractive writing. Watching how Bob and Ken work when demonstrating was a joyful experience. They both revealed how naturally gifted they are by making it look so deceptively easy! Thus I, along with many others, had a really pleasurable weekend, indulging myself in the art work and crafts and say a big thank you to all those involved for devoting so much time on the village’s behalf. These include those ‘behind the scenes’ who erected, participated in and dismantled - all necessary to run the show! Not only was a good time had by all, but also over £2,400 was raised, to be shared by the Langham Street Fayre Fund 2010 and Langham Church General Fund. So Langham could be said to have made a very good exhibition of itself! Jenny Hooper

MOBILE LIBRARY This will visit Langham on Thursdays – October 15th, November 5th, November 26th, calling each day at: St. Mary’s 10.00am; Old Post Office 10.25am; Swan’s Close 10.50am; The Cornfield 11.15am. Enquiries: Wells Library Tel: 01328 710467

LANGHAM CRAFT FAIR AND ART EXHIBITION A personal view What an enjoyable weekend this was with such a display of the huge talent that Langham has to offer in every way! Walking up the road the church and churchyard called to me with its array of pretty stalls with culinary delights and items that ranged from skilfully hand crafted jewellery to ornaments that could beautify everyone and their home. Each stall holder had been chosen by Pauline Bartlett and the charming variety showed her creative overall organisation. Along with Ann Sherriff and Sarah Smith, she also ran the popular Tombola on both days. Having acquired a basket full of goodies, I needed a sit down and a cup of tea! The refreshments, under the capable care of Jan Hope, were deliciously arranged! Her able and good natured local team, which I was proud to be part of later, served huge slices of scrumptious cakes, biscuits, scone cream teas and cookies, as well as a choice of teas, coffee and infusions. Everyone’s need was well and truly catered for and the compliments rang loud and clear from satisfied and refreshed punters. On to the Picture and Photograph Exhibition, which demonstrated the artistic flair so abundantly! I was immediately impressed by the striking screens that Bob Brandt created to hang the pictures. These were almost an exhibit in their own right and will be great for years to

PAUL COLOMBÉ Part of the address by Graham Colombé at the memorial service for Paul on 4th July with some additions by friends. Paul was born in Wimbledon just six months before the first World War. His father, Amos, who was half French fought in that war and inhaled enough German gas to leave his position in Coutts Bank and make his living on a chicken farm in a small Oxfordshire village. In those early years, Paul assisted Amos in carpentry and some work with cement. Those skills remained central to his subsequent life and happiness. At the age of twelve Paul started at Henley Royal


Grammar School where his ability at gymnastics, cycling and first team rugby initiated the fitness which kept him strong and trim through most of his life. When the school became co-educational, there came amongst the new pupils, his sister Phyllis, and Linda his future wife. He won a scholarship to Magdalene College Cambridge and became a student there in 1933, combining academic work with some rugby and rowing. He became involved with the Student Christian Movement and the camps for needy youngsters. After university he became a regular attendee at church was involved with TocH, became a churchwarden at Holt and later at Langham. In 1936 Paul became a teacher at Gresham’s and apart from the interruption of the war, remained there until retiring from full time teaching in the 1970s. He married in 1939. When war came, Paul applied to join the Navy and was eventually assigned to the destroyer H.M.S. Liverpool as the Navigation Officer. This ship escorted a convoy to Murmansk and others in that vicinity. The ship was later sent to the Mediterranean where it was torpedoed and Paul was transferred to Gibraltar. After the war Paul returned to teaching and to a happy life with his family – a wife, two sons and a daughter. His woodworking skills and inventiveness enabled him to create toys, delicate models and dolls houses. In the school he became Housemaster and Second Master and taught Mathematics, some French and sometimes assisted on the sports field and in other ways. Grandchildren enlivened the years of retirement with Linda and he remained active in voluntary work and physical skills. Together they created a beautiful garden where Paul built a long stone wall. There came a period of sadness with the death of Linda in 1994. He later re-married and he and his wife Vera enjoyed some travelling and remained active but after nine decades of being busy Paul finally had to take it easy. He was a quiet, reserved man but had a great, dry sense of humour and was wonderfully kind. To quote a friend: “We thank God for Paul and the energetic, gentlemanly, friendly man that he was.”

DOUBLE OCTAVE CONCERT Wednesday 9th December at 7.30pm Langham Parish Church An evening of Advent and Christmas Music sung by Double-Octave conducted by Graham Hoskins. Admission Free Retiring collection for Langham Church General Fund. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served in the interval. We are delighted that this group would like to come again to our church. Double Octave, who are sponsored by Travis Perkins, have given a wonderful concert for two years running so do come and join us for what promises to be another enjoyable evening. Langham P.C.C

LOST PROPERTY A turquoise coloured shopping bag with floral decoration was left behind after the event in the Parish Room on July 10th. Will the owner please contact me on Tel: 01328 830605. Ann Sherriff


PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS The following meetings are scheduled: Wed 28th October at 6.30 pm (with John Sizar). Wed 2nd December at 7.00 pm.

MORSTON REGATTA RESULTS Saturday 25th July Parish Council Trophy: 1st Boat across the Line: Seafly 653 Mr Moore Major P.Hamond Trophy: 1st Morston Resident (Category A): Oyster “Swallow” Mrs G Kay Hassall Trophy: Overall Winner Cockles, Oysters & Urchins (Category B): Oyster “Pearl Fisher” Mr Shallow Wilson Challenge Cup: 1st Slow Class Boat (Category C): Streaker 1686 A. Robinson Morston Regatta Cup 1st Fast Class Boat (Category D): Seafly 623 Mr Perryman Carter Cup: 1st Single-hander (Category E): Phantom 1165 – Mr Beavis John Bean’s Trophy: 1st Under-16 Young Helm Laser 4.7 165288 – G. Batley Muck Boat Cup: 1st Crab Boat (Category I): NO ENTRIES Temple Trophy: 1st Catamaran (Category G): NO ENTRIES Athill Trophy: 1st Pleasure Boat (Category F): NO ENTRIES

SHOVELL DINNER 2009 Saturday 17th October A few tickets remain for the above Dinner (three courses with a cocktail and a glass of wine) at the Anchor Inn, Morston on Saturday 17th October 2009 from 7.30 p.m. celebrated annually from 2006 in memory of Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell (1650-1707) Of Cockthorpe & Morston & Lord of the Manor of Wells. “In his day he was almost as famous as Horatio Nelson was in his”. Dinner will commence at 8.00 pm and will include the two traditional toasts to Shovell and Nelson. Dinner will be followed by a raffle and a 30-minute after dinner talk “Pepys’s Navy: Ships, Men And Organisation 1650s-80s” by the naval historian and author Dr J David Davies, Chairman of the Naval Dockyard Society and Council Member of the Naval Records Society. Tickets cost £35.00 each. From: Jock Wingfield, Coastguard House, Morston (01263-740431). All proceeds will go to Friends of Morston Church for church repairs.

MORSTON PCC FUN DAY The PCC ran a most successful Family Fun Day on Sunday 23rd August in Norfolketc’s field off Morston Quay’s main car park. There were 25 stalls or games - including a football dribbling competition, stocks, “splat-the-rat”, treasure hunt, barbecue, teas and cake stall. The message to all those who helped: “Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the wonderful support you gave for the Fun Day. As a result of all that hard work we have raised much needed funds for All Saints’ Building Fund. I hope that you had a chance to enjoy some of the fun.”


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Sunday 26 July Avocet Bertie Archer Heron Mr Sankey Calypso Mr Martineau Pearlfisher Mrs Shallow Sharpen Up Mr Hunt Mermaid Mr Chamberlain

NCT BIKE RIDE By the time you read this the 2009 Norfolk Churches Trust Bike Ride will have taken place. Last year our magnificent Morston bikers raised £1,202.20. This was the highest village total in our Deanery - out of a Deanery total of £15,702.66.


FMC FAMILY QUIZ The FMC quiz was won by P. Arbuthnot with 48/50. Largely owing to Joan McKee and Gill Kay and the greater Carnwath clan with their magnificent question sheet distribution and collection – and with many, many thanks to all the businesses such as Blakeney Garage and the National Trust for their wonderful support - the quiz raised approx. £100:00 (monies are still coming in) for Friends of Morston Church.

WELCOME EDWARD Ned and Roberta Hamond are thrilled to announce the birth of a new grandson, Edward Lester McCalla, born to Richenda and Lester McCalla on 8th August. Mother and son are doing well.

MICHAEL JOHN DAWSON (1947-2009) Finally, after much suffering, Michael, formerly of Cley, passed away on August 7th 2009 aged 62. He was a much-loved son, brother, dad, uncle and stepdad, adored Gramps to his nine grandchildren and good friend to many. He was my husband, my rock, my soulmate. He endured a horrible illness for many years, and in his final days was so dignified and brave. He will remain always, to me, Jacqueline – as he always called me – and his family, as a hero beyond belief. Enormous thanks to all the staff at Cranmer House, Fakenham, whose care at all times was faultless. Thank you, Dr. Crawley. Michael admired and respected you enormously. Thanks to Paul Veitch and Lily Bo for making time for Michael. To my friends Anne & Geoff Pegg, Shirley & Trevor Strohm, Melanie Mason, Helen Barrow, Shirley Brett and Sheila Rudgely for practical help and support; and especial thanks to my sister, June Yarham, for being there for me in my darkest times. Michael lived in Morston from 1998 and died just one week short of our 11th wedding anniversary. Of his life here with me he said quite simply: “I’ve never been so ill, but I’ve never been so happy.” And that was true. Should anyone wish to send a donation in memory of Michael for the Blakeney 12, it’s not too late. Jackie Dawson, 5, South Close, Morston, Norfolk NR25 7BN. Donations to date stand at £340.00. Thank you everyone who helped. Jackie Dawson

MORSTON BUSINESSES Readers of “Morston – A Village in the Marsh” will have read – or indeed will know all about - Morston’s businesses: Hall Farm, Charlie Ward’s Traditional Boats, The Anchor Inn, Bean’s Seal Trips, Temple’s Seal Trips, Morston Hall & Restaurant, Morston Quay Café and Nick & Ned Hamond (Furniture and Wood-working). To this, from 2005, should be added James and Victoria Cowan’s “Norfolketc - which “provides safe and enjoyable waterbased leisure experiences and qualifications in and around the wildlife haven of Blakeney Harbour: i.e. private sailing trips to the seals, private sailing tuition, powerboat experiences and courses, children’s RYA sailing courses and adult RYA courses.” In 2008 Charlie Ward sold to Neil Thompson Boats the world rights for the Norfolk range of boats, i.e. Norfolk Urchin, Norfolk Oyster, Norfolk Gypsy and Norfolk Smuggler; to build and service them and to sell them through brokerage. (From that time Charlie Ward’s Traditional Boats has maintained a small boatyard for building and repairing boats and continues to charter sailing barge “Juno”).


CHILDREN’S SUMMER GAME: “What’s the time, Mr. Wolf?” One player is chosen to be Mr Wolf (the name usually remains "Mr Wolf" irrespective of the gender of the player). Mr Wolf stands at the opposite end of the playing field from the other players, facing away from them. A call-andresponse then takes place: all players except Mr Wolf chant in unison "What's the time, Mr Wolf?", and Mr Wolf will answer in one of two ways:


3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

(Answers on page 8 ) Who wrote, in what: “…water, water every where, nor any drop to drink.”? Who founded the Shakespeare Globe Trust, which succeeded in opening “Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre” in 1997? Potatoes contain a significant amount of which vitamin? What colour is Teletubby Po? Which was the Beatles’ first film? Which two fruits are crossed to produce Ugli fruit? Who was Queen Elizabeth I’s mother? How many in a men’s baseball team? In what year did the UK have three kings? What are Ben and Jerry known for?

 Mr Wolf may call a clock time - usually an hour ending in "o'clock" ("Three o'clock!"). The other players will then take that many steps towards Mr Wolf, counting the steps out loud as they go ("One, Two, Three!"). They then ask the question again.  Mr Wolf may call "Dinner Time! (or, occasionally, "Lunch Time!"). "Midnight!" may also be used. At this point, Mr Wolf will turn and chase the other players back to their starting point. If Mr Wolf successfully tags a player, that player becomes the new Mr Wolf for the next round. There is generally no mandated length for a "step". Players may shuffle forward a few inches at a time, and be virtually guaranteed to reach safety when "Dinner Time!" is called. However, in practice, most children enjoy the thrill of approaching and then running away from Mr Wolf, and so will take average-sized steps. Some will even take huge exaggerated strides to demonstrate their boldness.

PCC MINUTES ON TOILETS Report on the provision of new public toilets which will include the provision of a disabled facility. For many years Morston Parish Council and the National Trust have been urging the NNDC to provide a new toilet block which will include a disabled facility at Morston. The provision of public toilets has been dreadfully inadequate for the considerable number of visitors that now come to Morston. For many years the National Trust and Morston Parish Council have paid to keep the public toilet open during the NNDC closed 13 week period from January to March; and for the past two years Morston Parish Council and the National Trust have paid for the provision of an additional temporary toilet block which includes a facility for the disabled, but this is only a temporary solution and both the Parish Council and the National Trust have been stressing the need for a permanent solution. Meetings with the NNDC have been taking place throughout the past year and they have agreed that improved public toilet facilities at Morston are needed and that funding will be investigated. In order for the project to progress it has been agreed that a feasibility study will be carried out by the end of the year.

There is also a simpler version of the game where Mr. Wolf faces the other players, who must remain stationary until "Dinner Time!" is called. If any player moves on an "o'clock" call, that player becomes Mr. Wolf. In Canada, it is sometimes called "What Time Is It, Mr. Wolf?”, whereas in the U.S. the game is called "What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?" or “Captain Midnight”. The game originated in Italy as Lupo Della Ore. There is also a Spanish variant called toca la pared.




We are delighted to learn that the Revd. Ian Whittle is to succeed Joanna Anderson in Langham Rectory. It will be some time before he leaves his current post at Gayton, near King's Lynn, but at least our main uncertainty is over.

It could not rain on Sharrington Fete for three years running could it? By mid-morning on 18th July it certainly looked as if it not only could, but it would. Stallholders battled with gazebos and tarpaulins in a valiant effort to beat The Eelements. However we in Sharrington are a stoic lot, and we decided the forecast was promising, so we duly set up our wares in the garden at Church Farmhouse under the kind auspices of Eunice and Paul Morgan. Just before the two o’clock start the sun came out and by the time Lisa (on crowd control) opened the gate, we were basking in glorious sunshine. First in line was the plant stall, but the professional fetegoers are only interested in the bric-a-brac, we realised as they streamed into the garden, ignoring cakes, tombolas, clothes and all the other delights in pursuit of a bargain. Soon satisfied they dispersed clutching an assortment of (useful) items. Jazz musicians played while we all enjoyed the stalls, games and home-made teas, sitting amongst the gorgeous flowers and chatting with friends and neighbours. It was lovely to see so many people from across the benefice – attending each other’s fetes can consume much of the summer holidays it seems. The total may have been below last year’s record breaker, but we were delighted with a grand profit of £1561 – and what’s more we enjoyed ourselves too! Many thanks to everyone who helped in any way, and especially to the Morgan’s for lending us their beautiful garden.

FETE A GREAT SUCCESS The Summer Fete held jointly with Field Dalling at the Village Hall on Saturday 1st August went off very well thanks to the efforts of the organisers and many helpers plus the fact that this time the rain held off until the event was over! A good many visitors came, helping generate an agreeable buzz as well as a substantial amount (£879.04) for each of the three beneficiaries - the two churches and our shared hall. Well done, everyone, and thank you!

NEW CHURCHYARD GATE We are delighted with our new side-gate kindly provided by Peter and Caroline Robson. It is an exact replica of the original which gave up the ghost some months ago. The carving of its oak horizontal and vertical constituents is superb as are the hinges and latches. We are most grateful to the Robsons for their gift.

Forthcoming Events


Don’t forget, Sharrington Harvest Festival and supper Sunday 11th October at 5pm. Also Jane Lister from Hoecroft Plants will be giving an illustrated talk in the village hall on Wednesday 14th October at 7.30pm. Details of both of these events will be distributed nearer the time. PEL

At the time of going to press the response to the prospect of this beano, after a worryingly sluggish start, has proved overwhelming so let's hope for a memorable evening in the Hall on Saturday 12th September!


tussocks in an attempt to reach me – “a cup of tea and a Kitkat for you, thought you would like something before I go to bed!” – Anne from next door, come to feed the team of bat surveyors gathered in the church yard. One of the pre-requisites of a major church repair is that the PCC employs an ecologist to make a survey of any bat activity before the project can start – they need to be sure that any “maternity roosts” are protected during the vulnerable summer months. Our ceiling work meant that we called Phillip Parker to conduct the survey, but as a means of reducing the costs, we pledged to provide two (willing) volunteers. In the absence of nature loving enthusiasts who don’t mind going without sleep, our treasurer Martyn Sloman agreed to take the task with me, and we duly assembled one July evening to be instructed in the rigours of bat recording by Philip and his daughter Emily. The pair were true experts, setting up special cameras inside the church and arming us with all the necessary paraphernalia for logging bats. We did two stints, one finishing at 11.30pm and then meeting again at 2.45am ready to record the pre-dawn flights, to determine how many bats we had and where their points of entry were. From a bat experts point of view I gather it was all rather dull, because we did not have much activity, but as far as we were concerned, it was good to be told that we won’t need to delay our repair work to avoid the summer. So that is how I came to be sitting in the churchyard, huddled against the cold, trying to get a biro to write in the rain and hearing the sounds of Sharrington echoing out across the darkened fields. PEL

THE GIGOLOS As the Lynx goes to press plans are being put forward for a film show in the Village in November. Norwich based film maker Richard Bracewell has kindly offered to present a screening of his film “The Gigolos”(general release certificate 12), in aid of All Saints Church ceiling repairs. Described as a “buddy movie”, the film includes amongst others, Susannah York, Anna Massey, and Maggie Smith in cameo roles and was well received by critics when first released. Richard is going to share with us his experiences of directing and producing films, as well as the difficulties of funding and releasing them. We hope to hear a few inside stories of working with top actors and actresses. His latest film - as yet unreleased – stars Richard E. Grant. Whilst filming in Norfolk it attracted the attention of the EDP who ran a story on complaints from some of the actors on the cold weather conditions in Great Yarmouth. Date, time and venue details are still being finalised but it will be publicised well in advance, in all the usual publications and outlets so look out for the Big Screen coming to Sharrington.


A NIGHT IN THE CHURCHYARD The darkness clung to my shoulders like a damp cloak as I sat huddled on my camp stool, leaning against the cold stone of a memorial to a long dead merchant. Far away on the night air I caught the full drone of television and radio lulling the people of the village into a stupor before the late evening news. Dull rain fell as a curtain across my lap, stinging my eyes and freezing my fingers and they clenched and unclenched in nervous spasm. An infra-red light showed blood like against the stern grey walls of the church and I ducked my head as swift black wings swept over my crouching figure, willing the movement to continue past me in pursuit of its nocturnal prey. Suddenly, out of the gloom, emerged a small figure hunched over a steaming burden and stumbling over


The fifth annual Sharrington Lecture was delivered to a full capacity church on September 5th. This year’s lecturer was the distinguished modern historian, Prof. Pete Hennessy, who is the Atlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary College, University of London. His theme was “Britain in the fifties - having it so good” – the title of his recent book, which has received wide critical acclaim. In his lecture Professor Hennessy reminded the audience of the problems and mood of the time. In a lively and amusing review of the decade, he offered a well informed analysis of the perceived nuclear threat, the cold war, the end of the Empire and the failure to come to terms with the emerging European Community. Questions were posed on social prejudice at the time, on Europe and on the secret service. One audience member offered her recollections in an administrative role in the Foreign Office at the time of Suez. Bishop Graham James chaired the event and just over £1,000 was raised for Church Funds. One of the prize raising events was “Name the tune” of 1950s pop songs. MS

regulars from Langham and even Swaffham. You get a glass of wine at half time, a good old natter about some of the pieces, and if you are really lucky Starsky, who does not approve of Shostakovich (or Berlioz!), will come and sit on your lap. It happens at Kingfisher Barn behind the famous village stores. It starts at 7. Come early to be sure of the best seats. John Adnitt



Family and friends of Lord and Lady Buxton gathered at St. John’s Church, Stiffkey, on a sunny Monday morning, September 7th, for a private ecumenical funeral service, including the Eucharist administered by both a Catholic and an Anglican priest. It was Lord Buxton’s wish that such a service should be held. The service was conducted by the Revd. Canon Hereward Cooke from Blakeney, and the Revd. Professor Martin Laird from the USA, who preached. The Revd. Father Greystone, who like Father Martin is an old friend of the family, read the Gospel. Geoffrey Scott was organist for the hymns and music during the Eucharist. In his homily Father Martin reflected on Aubrey’s very close relationship with God’s creation through his work and also his own personal deep love of nature. The cortege was led to the church from Old Hall Farm accompanied by his family, through the Stiffkey river valley, a landscape which Aubrey Buxton loved, and which he helped to preserve and protect, for us and its wildlife. The village expresses its deepest sympathy to Kay Buxton and all his family. We are pleased to have been able to mark the passing of such a kind, notable and longstanding friend of the village and of Norfolk.

I am very pleased to say that the history table at Stiffkey fete on the Bank Holiday was a great success. Despite being completely talked out after five hours of single handed non stop chatter we have signed up four new members and gained some valuable contacts. These are: a person to chase up the school records if they exist; a promise of a Stiffkey memoir from a lady who used to live here post war and other memorabilia too; help from a local landscape investigator; information of skeletal remains discovered on Warborough Hill in the sixties; and finally a very kind offer from a person in Langham, who is researching the aerodrome, of a link on his website for Stiffkey Artillery camp information. However we need someone to collate any information that comes in. Geraldine Green


After a new season’s opener of music by various youth orchestras and young musicians, the winter’s programme continues with a Russian programme on Oct 14th, in the month of revolution! The programme will include some Rachmaninov, some Orthodox Church music, some music by a composer who was also a medical expert, another who died of drink, and another who, after the revolution, composed cheerful music to be played over station loudspeakers. There will be no Shostakovich…. unless you insist. You don’t have to live in Stiffkey to come. We have

Still in business! – every 3rd Monday, usually at the Old Hall. A few of us had an enjoyable afternoon in August at Hunstanton Flower Festival. We made £106 at the fete on our raffle, together with guessing the weight of a fruit cake made by our president. The raffle items, generously supplied by our members, were so many that we offered 15 prizes! Our next activities are a talk in September on prostitution in Norwich by a member of the Magdalen group, and our harvest Supper on 19th October to which many guests from neighbouring villages are invited. There will be a competition in harvest hats and a good supper. A warm welcome to anybody who would like to join us at Stiffkey Village Hall – 7.15 for 7.30. Chris Halford

OPEN GARDENS DAY At the end of distinctly soggy July we were blessed with a dry warm afternoon, without brilliant sunshine, which might have made the beaches more attractive. As in 2006, hordes of people arrived, perhaps even more than last time. Well done Keith for the publicity, Margaret for the posters, and John and Shirley for strategically placed signs at village extremities. Well done all who opened their carefully tended and colourful gardens, and everyone who helped in all sorts


schemes to protect wildlife in this way. It has been a better breeding year thanks to the good summer weather. But many people have noticed a lack of House Martins, Swallows and Swifts. Something has gone wrong on their migration routes from / to Africa. The British Trust for Ornithology based at Thetford is trying to find answers. Cuckoos are now a rarity! Butterflies have fared better this year. The Speckled Wood goes from strength to strength. I have had most of the common species in my garden including the Small Blue and a spectacular Poplar Hawk Moth. Everyone has noticed the swarms of Painted Ladies (all the way from Morocco) and Ladybirds – carried high on air currents from Continental Europe. What a delight it was to visit Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire and see the beautiful dragonflies in abundance dancing above the dykes. The National Trust owns this wonderful remnant of the old Fens. Pightle

of ways. Brisk business was done in the village hall with tea and scones, and all sorts of things for sale. Well done Theresa and her helpers in the kitchens, and all who baked, and to Eva, Margaret, Keith and Theresa for planning the event. The result? A very happy day in which old friends met, lots of people satisfied their curiosity about neighbouring gardens and exchanged horticultural advice. The four wheel drives slowed to snail’s pace through the village in deference to the surge of pedestrians. Perhaps we should do this more often!! A very special well done to Arabella, Jonathan and their friends and family who entertained us with much needed refreshment while the money was counted. The financial outcome? Not quite as super-magnificent as last time, but almost £2,500 was raised for the windows project at the church, a sum which will ensure our fabric fund is not entirely empty when the final bills are paid for the windows. Finally, well done weather forecasters who craftily arranged for the rain to start half an hour after the gardens closed. John Adnitt

STIFFKEY HISTORY GROUP We gradually work towards a programme of meetings and events which your committee hopes will interest all members. Our AGM will be on Thursday 12th November at 7pm in the Village Hall. All being well the usual (short) business will be followed by light refreshments and a talk by John Wright of Blakeney who is well known to us and is an expert on local medieval history. After Christmas Mike Welland, who has done much research on aspects of Wells history will talk to us on how to research the history of old houses, and for next spring and summer more outdoor activities will be planned. A walking guide to Stiffkey is under production. This will be free to members and sold for a modest price at various village outlets. It will simply show on a map those features of known historic interest; a recce was organised by Geraldine in the spring when twelve of us were guided by Geraldine, Jill and David whose knowledge and experience are invaluable. More news at the AGM. Membership is £5 per year payable to Geraldine (tel 830245). All welcome. Keith McDougall

NATURE NOTES Harvest home! Our farmers are grateful for a fair harvest in August and the countryside is now one of stubble, sugar beet and plough. Where spring cereals are sown, the stubbles remain as cover and a limited food source for farmland birds. Of more importance to wildlife are the strips of uncultivated habitat alongside hedgerows and game cover which shoots establish for pheasants and partridges. These are full of seeds and give wildlife cover and support through till February. Many farms have entered the government

STIFFKEY FETE WEEKEND 2009 It was heartening to see that both the Times and Country Life included Stiffkey in their lists of the best village fetes this year. I trust that this year will help retain such a reputation. Once again the weather was just right for fete visitors, although the winds of Saturday morning made tent erection very difficult, even breaking a metal pole on one gazebo! However all was fine by the time our ‘Stiffkey Fest’ evening started. A large crowd enjoyed two bands and another great evening of music and fun. Thanks to Colin Firmage for organising the bands.


The fete followed the successful formula of previous years, welcoming back Justso James, Greg Powles, birds of prey and Punch & Judy. The unpredictable family dog races proved a top hit as always, (your local Lynx rep was seen trailing in the dog and owner race being pulled along by his dachshund!). Welly throwing in the main arena proved popular, even if the flight paths were sometimes off target. To all who helped with the fete, from donors of cakes to tent erectors, from poster designers to face painters; book sellers to car park providers and from gate keepers to litter pickers - an enormous thank you from the fete committee for all your hard work. Thanks also to those who helped with the local charity and organisation stalls who provide all that is traditionally good about village fetes. Thanks also to my fellow fete committee members who worked tremendously hard both on long term planning and in the days before, during and after the fete. The fete was once again a financial success and should provide a useful boost to church, sports field and Village Hall funds, final details of which will be announced at the Fete AGM in October. The current committee have decided to retire at the AGM, so please consider standing, as new ideas and directions will help keep the fete fresh and lively. Steven Bashforth, Chairman, Stiffkey Fete Committee

SCHOOL NEWS Langham Village School will be well into the new school year by the time you read this but it is the first opportunity to look back at the end of the last academic year. We said goodbye to Megan Smith, Cameron Rose, Georgia Twiddy, Esther Neale, Chloe Green, Carly Savory, Euan Edwards, Samuel Schoenmakers, Katrina Salmon, Chloe Fowle, George Allen, George Ward, Emma Woodhouse, Rosie and Teddy Valentine, Ben High-Caston and Arthur Woodhouse, and we wish them well in their new schools. “Thanks also to those parents who severed their links with Langham at the end of last term for their contributions over the years,” says Headteacher Mike Green. “Suffice to say they are all very welcome to return to help at any time in the future.” Thanking everyone who has helped in various ways over the past year, Mike green adds: “We have had a very enjoyable and successful year, with standards remaining high and opportunities for the children as broad and far-reaching as ever – testimony to the efforts put in beyond the call of duty. We are proud of our welcoming ethos and would like to feel that, if you would like to support in any way, you could approach anyone at any time.”

STIFFKEY CC BEAT MCC! Yes it is true - a stunning victory against away at Marlingford. Modesty stops mention of our batting display, but the real match winning performance was by Kevin Waddison who bowled his eight overs in an opening spell of 6 for 27, the match ball is now his as a souvenir. A pity that the loudest cheer that afternoon was when a Mr Flintoff ran out some Australian – we will have to ban radios! The next match was at Rudham, scene of our famous last ball victory last year, and again the match went to the last ball. Here I batted number 3, but didn’t like it. First ball was a bouncer that nearly took off my head, second a Yorker that nearly took off my toe; third ball hit my bottom (no problem – well padded). Two balls later took out my middle stump. Luckily we had Simon ‘The Goose’ Katz at the other end who played the innings of his life (63) before being out on the brink of what would have been a famous victory. But it was not to be and we finished just three short of the Rudham total. Steven Bashforth


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Local Lynx issue 68 - Oct-Nov 2009  

Community newspaper for 10 north norfolk villages

Local Lynx issue 68 - Oct-Nov 2009  

Community newspaper for 10 north norfolk villages