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JUNE & JULY 2010


Bagging-up at Valley Farm Sharringtion 1930

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WHAT’S ON in our ten villages June 3rd Thurs. Binham Local History Group tour 5th Sat. Gunthorpe ‘Official’ new Institute Opening 5th Sat. Bale Manor Farm Garden Fete 2pm 9th Wed. Langham Ladybirds 7.30pm Parish Room 12th Sat. Morston PCC Boat Trip and Crab Supper 6.15pm 24th Thurs. Stiffkey Drinks at St John the Baptist’s Church 7pm 25th Fri. Gunthorpe Friends AGM 6.30pm Village Institute 26th Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 club 30th Wed. Langham Ladybirds 7.30pm Parish Room

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July 1st Thurs. Binham Priory Open House for ‘Dig’ finds 4.15pm 1st Thurs Binham Local History Group ‘Dig’ 2nd Fri. Binham Local History Group ‘Dig’ 3rd Sat. Langham Grand Sale 10-1pm Parish Room 4th Sun. Binham Priory Concert 4.30pm 8th Thurs Langham Ladybirds Newmarket Races 9th Fri. Binham Priory Concert 7.30pm 10th Sat. Field Dalling Churchyard clearup 10-12pm 14th Wed. Langham Ladybirds 7.30pm Parish Room 18th Sun. Bale Concerts All Saints Church 4.30pm and 6pm 24th Sat. Gunthorpe Friends BBQ Gunthorpe Hall 7pm 24th Sat. Langham Concert Langham Church 7.30pm 25th Sun. Gunthorpe Village Fete 2pm 25th Sun. Binham Family Cricket 2pm Playing Field 28th Wed. Langham Quiz Night 7.30pm Parish Room 30th Fri. Binham Priory Concert 7.30pm 31st Sat. Langham Street Fayre 31st Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 club 31st & 1st Aug Sat. & 2nd Sun. Binham Community ‘Dig’

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Regulars Monthly Tuesdays Binham Guild of Artists 10-12pm Village Hall 3rd Thurs. Binham & Hindringham Open Circle 7.15pm Mondays Langham Keep Fit 10.30-12 Parish Room

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

Priest in Residence


Father William Wells (the house behind the church)

The next meeting of the Deanery Synod is on Thurs.17th June 2010, 7.15pm for 7.30pm at Langham Parish Room, diagonally opposite to the church. Presentation: ‘Sabbatical Experiences’ by the Reverends Howard Stoker & Jeremy Sykes.

Service Times Mass for Sunday Vigil Mass: Sunday Mass:

Saturday 6.00pm 11.00am

BLAKENEY METHODIST CHURCH High Street Blakeney Minister: The Reverend David Greenaway 8 St. Andrew’s Close Holt. Tel: 01263 712 181 Sunday Services at 6.30pm. For weekday services and details of preachers and any change in times, refer to the ‘Glaven Valley Newsletter’. 2

Church Services for Bale and Stiffkey Benefice for June and July 2010 HC=Holy Communion. CFS=Church Family Service. MP=Morning Prayer BCP=Book of Common Prayer. CW= Common Worship

Parish Bale Field Dalling Saxlingham Gunthorpe Sharrington

6th June 9.30am HC At Saxlingham

13th June 9.30am HC 11.00am CFS

20th June 9.30am HC At Saxlingham

27th June 9.30am HC 11.00am MP BCP

9.30am HC

At Field Dalling 11.00am MP 9.30am HC at Bale

11.00am HC

At Field Dalling 11.00am HC 9.30am HC at Bale

9.30am MP BCP at Village Hall

9.30am MP CW at Village Hall

Binham Morston Langham Stiffkey

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

11.00am HC At Stiffkey 9.30am HC

11.00am CFS 9.30am HC BCP At Stiffkey 9.30am CFS


4th July 9.30am HC At Saxlingham 9.30am HC

11th July 9.30am HC 11.00am CFS At Field Dalling

18th July 9.30am HC At Saxlingham 11.00am HC

Bale Field Dalling Saxlingham Gunthorpe

9.30am HC 9.30am HC At Langham 25th July 9.30am HC 11.00am MP BCP At Field Dalling

11.00am MP

11.00am HC


9.30am MP BCP at Village Hall

9.30am HC at Bale

9.30am MP CW at Village Hall

9.30am HC at Bale

Binham Morston

11.00am HC 9.30am HC BCP

11.00am HC

11.00am CFS 9.30am HC BCP

9.30am HC


9.30am MP

At Stiffkey

At Stiffkey

9.30am HC

NB Sharrington: The church will be closed until the end of November. Regular Weekday Services Binham: Tuesday, 6.00pm Evening Prayers, Langham: Wednesday, 10.00am Holy Communion Stiffkey: Friday, 10.00am Holy Communion

RECTOR’S LETTER Dear Friends and Parishioners, What a pleasure it is to write to you at the beginning of May, which is my favourite month, and with June in prospect, my almost favourite month. Though the cold weeks behind us have been made warm for me by a much appreciated welcome in all our parishes. Long ago St. Paul wrote to the people at Thessaloniki “I have no need to write to you about brotherly love...” and nor do I, though he does go on, “I urge you to do so more and more”, and so would I. The revelation of the love of God is one of those things at the heart of the Gospel which is sort of a perennial Spring. We find our Lord Jesus Christ to be himself the living access to God, because that way is crossshaped and therefore turns the lock of death. When we go through the death of his cross, as we do in our baptism, into life, we find that it is none other than God who has opened the way for us. “I am the gate of the sheepfold”, but also “I am the good shepherd: I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep” (John 10.7,14f).

I think I am very pleased to be one of his sheep. Fresh new grass, running water, good company and a victorious Shepherd who shall be as near to me in the autumn and winter as he is in spring and early summer. May He bless you, keep you, guide you and feed you all our days. Yours very truly, Ian Whittle The Rectory, Langham 01328 830246


The Foundation used some of the original donations from his funeral to fund an annual award, presented to the most improved apprentice, and they call it "The David Ford Prize". The family are keen to keep his memory alive through this prize and have continued to donate throughout the year by way of sending in what they would have spent on his Christmas and birthday presents. His cousin also ran a half marathon and another cousin held a raffle at her place of work on the anniversary of his death and on what would have been his birthday. £1350 was raised. The family were therefore very touched, when a family friend, Nigel Worthington, the current Northern Ireland football manager, and the manager who took Norwich City into the Premier League, offered to host a ‘Question and Answer’ session to further help our cause. This is definitely a ‘one off’ for Nigel which makes it even more special. The event is being held, courtesy of The Links Country Park Hotel, West Runton, on Friday 2nd July at 7.30pm, generously sponsored by G+B Electrical of Briston. Invitations, (a limited supply of 200) are £15 each and include entry into a Free Draw for 3 amazing prizes: Bed and Breakfast for two courtesy of The Blakeney Hotel. Season Ticket for one person courtesy of The Bridge Inn Fishery – Lenwade. Day Ticket for 4 persons courtesy of Sheringham Golf Course. There have also been some lovely prizes donated for a Raffle which will be held during the evening. Two representatives of the Foundation will be coming from London to do a brief talk on the wonderful work they do, and hopefully one of the apprentices themselves. Invitations and Raffle tickets will be available from Monday 17th May from P+S Butchers, Bull St. Holt, The Bridge Inn, Lenwade and from Helen Ford personally, by arrangement, please call 07702 258006.

COUNCILLOR'S NOTEBOOK After my somewhat lengthy Notes in April & May, the General Election has directed attention to the nation's political issues. Though, of course, day to day work continues as usual at the Cromer offices. As I write this, the new government has yet to be determined, so matters such as the Unitary Proposals remain unclear and I really cannot comment further except to extend good wishes to our M.P. - Norman Lamb. Lindsay Brettle District Councillors’ Contact Details Jonathan Savory 01328 820719 email: (Binham, Langham, Stiffkey) Joyce Trett 01328 710300 email: (Binham, Langham, Stiffkey) Lindsay Brettle 01263 710030 email: (Sharrington, Field Dalling, Saxlingham & Morston) Ann R. Green 01328 878273 email: (Gunthorpe & Bale)

TECHNOLOGY HOUR Do you need help with something technical? If so come to the library on the dates and times below and we can teach you how. We can help with texting, emailing, digital cameras, facebook & other technical queries. Location: Wells Library, Station Road Dates: Saturday 22nd May 11am-12pm Saturday 5th June 11am-12pm For more information contact Ben Francis at Wells Area Partnership on 01328 711378.



With a National Trust warden as your guide. 11th June – A walk around Blakeney Freshes to look at these special freshwater coastal marshes, and discover their wildlife and history. Time: 10am – 1pm Meet: Blakeney Quay Distance: Approximately 3 miles Booking and Price: No charge Booking is required, please call 01263 740241.

Holt Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) will be organising a football fun day for all members of the local community. Last year Holt SNT held a similar event which was highly successful raising more than £200 for local youth clubs. The day involved members of the SNT playing five-a-side matches against local youngsters and a charity auction which included signed memorabilia from Premiership football teams and items from local retailers. It is our aim to make this year’s event even more successful and I would like to invite everybody to become part of it. We aim to hold another charity auction and hope local retailers will support the event as several did last year. This year’s event will take place on Sunday, September 12, at Holt Sports and Social Club, Kelling Road, Holt, from 12.30pm. The money raised will go towards local youth clubs and Sports Relief. If you would like to support or get involved in the event please contact the Holt Safer Neighbourhood Team on the general public number at 0845 456 4567 or email us at These events provide us with the opportunity to meet and work with local businesses and build stronger relationships with members of the local community. PCSO Rachel Howard, Holt SNT

23rd June – A special seal trip with a warden Take a trip from Morston with Bean’s Boats and a National Trust warden to see the seal and tern colonies and land on Blakeney Point for a short guided walk. Time: 4.30pm – 6.45pm Meet: Bean’s Boats on Morston Quay Booking and Price: £7 Booking is required, please call 01263 740241.

AN EVENING WITH NIGEL WORTHINGTON A Charity Event is being held to raise further funds for The Jamie Oliver Foundation in memory of our Helen and Nigel Ford’s son David, from Gunthorpe, who died last February in a car accident, age 23. 4

SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD TEAM This is a snap shot of some of the work carried out by officers from Wells during April 2010 in Lynx villages. A male from Wells has been arrested on suspicion of theft of garden ornaments from Wells and Stiffkey. He is on bail pending further enquiries. On the B1156 at Langham, one male was killed and four others seriously injured, following a collision between two cars and a motorcycle. In Langham, officers from the team have also been involved in wildlife crime, with investigations relating to the shooting of owls, the trapping of badgers as well as the destruction of a badger set.


Saturday June 5th at 2.00pm at Manor Farm The fete is fun for all the family with lots of garden games and competitions to play. There are lots of irresistible stalls too; cakes, produce, white elephant, tombolas and many more...... Homemade cakes and refreshing cups of tea are served on the lawn and everyone can relax listening to the Sheringham and Cromer Brass Band. We hope you will come along to enjoy a really traditional garden fete.

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FAKENHAM CHORAL SOCIETY CONCERT St Nicholas Church, Wells Saturday, June 12th, 7.30pm

ALL SAINTS CHURCH, BALE SUNDAY 18 JULY FREE Concert for children at 4.30 p.m

Handel, Bach, Gilbert & Sullivan, Gershwin, Bernstein, Irving Berlin Tickets £10 (under 18 free) From 01328 830639

followed by

Main Concert at 6.p.m. Tickets: £8 Drinks on sale from 5.30 p.m Please contact Alan Sankey on 01328 878 874 We are delighted to welcome The Purcell School again, as part of The Norfolk Villages Festival, following their visit to Fulmodeston on July 17. The performers include Emma Halman, who has reached The Grand Final of The BBC Young Musician of The Year (still to be seen on television) and several members of The National Youth Orchestra. Not to be missed. Last year was sold out.

CLEY W.I. We invite you to join us for any meetings which particularly interest you. We normally meet at Cley Village Hall 2.30pm. The latest news will be displayed on posters. June 3rd Trevor Burlingham: ‘East Anglian Defences 1940’. st July 1 Pat Willis: ‘Rug Workshop’ Mary James 01263 741 237

SPRING FINCA Back to Extremadura for nine days at the end of March; sunshine and showers, house cleaning and refurbishing some surprises, good and bad. The pool was full of blanket weed again - I suppose I will never get rid of that now, but it was looking beautiful because the surroundings are, the banks all covered with wildflowers. New growth in the pond has not started again yet, but I removed what blanket weed I had time for, and

COUNTY COUNCIL NEWS The Tour of Britain Cycle Race will come along our coastline on Thursday 16 September. Specific details will be released later but the cyclists will race through Holkham grounds, into Wells with sprint stage along the quayside of probable Olympic and World Champions. The race will continue through Stiffkey, Morston, Blakeney and Sheringham before turning inland. Broadband and Mobile ‘Phone Reception: I am a member of a work party endeavouring to press providers to ensure rural Norfolk is not left behind when the next generation broadband is established. Some of us remember the fight to get broadband access. We do not want to be left behind again so please register with Eastern Region and Broadband Uplift Scheme – The outcome will be a database pinpointing demand down to postcode level. It also helps the work party if you copy your information to me – or indeed if you have difficulty registering. County Councillor Dr Marie Strong 07920 286 597 5

where upkeep has been neglected. This would not be exciting if it were not for the fact that five years ago, even though the winter had been dry, these places were still wet, but the dry years since have obliterated all signs until now. It was the season for the white broom flowers, earlier than the yellow broom, pretty and delicate, and the familiar grim fortresses of the granite peaks were decorated with carpets of yellow and pink; all the tiny stone cupped meadows full of flowers. My finca, which is running with water, the stone-lined well overflowing, has mostly the yellow variety, very dainty flowers on tall stems, but in amongst them a small white flower a little like a wild freesia, but no scent, wild blue lupins, and tasselled hyacinths. The lower walk round the bottom of the Sierra to Arroyomolinos was almost one continuous stream. I found tadpoles in about two inches of water where the brambles make the track almost impassable, in some places the water was eight inches deep. I was turned back by lack of wellington boots on my first attempt. The stream bed, full of chamomile flowers, amongst flat granite rocks covered in lichens and moss, was restored to its old beauty. In places the Sierra looked almost like an English landscape. Extremadura should be green eight months of the year - it will be interesting to see how long the green lasts this year. After a couple of coats of paint the house was looking much better. The weather was nice enough at the weekend to have a late lunch sitting at the end of the porch in the sun. I was having a little doze on the porch in the afternoon, when I heard a whoosh and thump nearby, loud and strange enough to be startling. It turned out to be a short-toed eagle, sitting in a tousle-feathered heap under an olive tree, presumably with some reptilian prey in its talons. It flew off at the level of the olives, so I got no further views of it, but the next day it was back, wind-hovering over the finca. We saw about twelve griffon vultures as well that day, probably

threw a good few handfuls of plant food in. Still not enough sunshine to run the pump regularly off my solar array. The water is perfectly clear, due to the blanket weed which takes up all the nutrients, and the level good, because of all the rain. The poor house has suffered from the incessant rain. A friend reckons they have had eighteen inches in the three months since I was there last. There seems to be rising and penetrating damp on the wall below the porch and the paint was all coming off. That has all been repaired now, and there will be gutters installed on the top roof and some work done to the porch roof. There has also been damp coming through inside, and there was green mould on the edges of the MDF (external quality, thank goodness) of the roof lining. I bought a big bottle of bleach. The gutters will, I hope stop this happening again. Then there was the camino, an old Moorish/Roman muletrack, full of mini ravines, still running with water, almost impassable. The bulldozer man, Pepe, soon took care of that though, made a big ditch further up to keep the water off, and smoothed down an impressive track of clay and sand over the old paving stones. The flowers at the sides of the camino are flourishing in the damp, and the nightingale ravine, a little way up from my finca, is full of noisy chattering water, rushing under the culvert and down past the olive groves. No nightingales when I was there, just a week too early, but lots of cuckoos and hoopoes, competing with similar toned voices. The beeeaters were arriving back from their winter in Africa in the last couple of days of March. There was water running down the stones of the camino, making it treacherous in places, water coming out of drainage holes in walls, and even over terraces in places


on some foray from the Montfrague reserve, where there are hundreds of them. Driving to Trujillo on the way to Madrid to fly back to the UK, there were carpets of pink amongst the rocks, carpets of yellow amongst the trees. Just stunning. Jane Wheeler



At Bale Village Hall Social Club

“Tea Concert” Sunday 4 July, 4.30 pm

All are welcome. 29 May 7 pm cheese and wine party; tickets £ 7 on the door or in advance from Ann Ramm or Margaret Dent. 28th August 7 pm Hog Roast (more details later) 2nd October 7.30 pm Harvest Supper (more details later) th

Harriett Stubbs, piano Tickets: £10.00 to include refreshments SUMMER SERIES Tickets: £14.00 each, or £12.00 each if booking three or more concerts.


Fri. 9 July 7.30 pm Gerald Gifford and Bryan Ellum, harpsichord and organ. “Music for two harpsichords and organ”. Bach, Handel, Mozart, Martini, Krebs.

April 2010

David Pattinson £25 Ollie Croft £10 Pauline Pattinson £5 Walter Hammond £5

Chris Buchscacha £25 Dick Payne £10 Alastair McCorkindale £5 Victoria Waite £5

Fri. 30 July 7.30 pm Xeufei Yang, guitar. Bach, Tarrega, Chopin, Merlin, Jobin, Bonfa Sun. 8 Aug 7.30 pm Philippa Davies, flute and Eleanor Turner, harp. Bach, Mozart, Piazzolla, Alwyn, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Hamilton Harty. Sat. 21 Aug 7.30 pm Susanne Heinrich, viola and Lynda Sayce, lute and theorbo. Finger, Handel, Telemann, Marais. Thurs. 26 Aug 7.30 pm Trevor Pinnock, harpsichord. Bach, Couperin, Rameau, Navickas, Takemitsu.


Mon. 6 Sept 7.30 pm Eroica Quartet. Ravel, Debussy.

On 20th April I am convinced I saw a Bonelli’s warbler in Cake’s Lane. If this is true, I am one up on the twitchers. A rounded little olive grey bird, whitish greyish underparts, smaller than a robin, with no distinguishing stripes or anything special, a small robin type beak. I got very close, for it was perched amongst last year’s dry meadow sweet stalks as I walked by. It was obviously stunned to have got so much further north than it intended. Or, if I did in fact miss a little dark eye stripe, it could have been a chiffchaff, rather more prosaically. And right at the end of April I was very pleased to see another summer migrant, the whitethroat, in the hedge, on the Hindringham road, which is not so remarkable; one was reported in Cake’s Lane last year, but I had never seen one before.

Please visit the web site for up-todate information. Tickets from Maureen Frost, 01328 830362, or

FRIENDS OF BINHAM PRIORY We joined in the fun of ‘The Big Binham Quiz’ in the Memorial Hall on 13th April, an intellectually stimulating evening, wonderfully arranged. The ‘Friends’ would like to record our thanks to the Binham Local History Group, who organised the event, for the very generous donation of £420 from the proceeds. The next activity planned is to help staff the Priory for four days, Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th September, as part of the ‘Heritage Open Days’ campaign. Volunteers are being sought to welcome visitors and provide refreshments. A number of members have already signed up. We hope to dress in medieval costume to give an authentic impression of the Benedictine hospitality pilgrims would have received on arrival at Binham Priory. The Priory will feature in the national publicity for this event, when over 4,000 historic buildings will be open. The committee is considering ideas for activities and fundraising events following feed-back from the recent questionnaire. This information is also being shared with the PCC, who have been asked to suggest the type of help required from the “Friends”, to best ensure the sustainability of the Priory over the short and long term. We currently have 130 members. If you would like to 7


June 17th

Denise Janes on Tales from the Tourist Information Centre. July 15th Garden Party. 6.30pm, hosted by Gill Markwell and Karen Drake in Thursford. We meet at 7.15 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Hindringham Village Hall. New members are always welcome. Just come along on the night, or ring Secretary Fiona Thompson on 830639.


Our Summer Outing this year will be a Guided Tour of three churches with Matthew Champion; all these churches have particularly important wall paintings. We will meet at 10.30 a.m. at All Saints church, Weston Longville. Then on to St Faith’s, Little Witchingham. 1 o’clock picnic – or alternatively lunch at the Kings’ Arms, Reepham or the Ratcatchers, Cawston. After lunch, about 2.15 p.m., meet at St Agnes church, Cawston. Booking essential (01328 830270). £2.50 per person for members, £3.50 for nonmembers. Pay on the day.

know more about the Friends of Binham Priory, contact David Frost, 18 Langham Road, Binham NR21 0DW, tel: 01328 830362 or email

Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd July Carenza Lewis, and her team from the Higher Education Field Academy (known as H.E.F.A.) at Cambridge University, will be in Binham once again. This is their third visit to dig more mini pits with students of nearby schools. If you are interested, and it really is interesting (!), in having a metre square pit dug in your garden, do let Carolyn know before 14th June. On Thursday 1st July at 4.15 p.m., Paul Blinkhorn, the pottery expert of ‘Time Team’ will have Open House in the Priory for one hour and will be happy to identify anything that you may have found in your own garden or elsewhere. It doesn’t have to be pottery – anything that you are curious about.

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. In March, James Bucknill gave a talk on the importance of sketch books, and in April Judith Key gave a very good talk on pastels, and demonstrated her method of drawing with them. For further information, contact James Bucknill at 01328 830651.

Festival of British Archaeology The Festival of British Archaeology is a nationwide fortnight long extravaganza of heritage events, running from 17th July to 1st August, aiming to celebrate archaeology for all, and encouraging people to get involved in archaeology. It is made up of hundreds of events across the UK.

BINHAM FAMILY CRICKET Following the success of 2009, another family softball cricket match will be held at the Village Hall Playing Field on Sunday 25th July. Literally everybody is welcome to play or just to relax with a Cream Tea and a glass of Pimms. Admission will again be free and team selection will take place at 1.45 p.m., ready for play at 2 p.m. Each side will bowl 30 overs, with every team member able to bat. Prizes will be awarded to Best Dressed spectators. Come and join in! Tim Walduck 01328 830775 8

DIARY OF A BINHAM FARMER’S SON Aged 33 1854 June 2nd Bought some little hoggetts of young Hall at 30/- per head as I find that some of those I have are fit for the butcher. June 3rd Went to Norwich by 8.30 train, travelling and dining with Randall Brereton, bought 11 bullocks of Knowles. June 6th Went to Hempton fair and bought some hoggetts of Phillips, dined with old Sherring as usual, discussed the straw question. June 13th Gathered 2 beautiful roses off one of my new standards at Hindringham and took them to the girls at Bale. I stayed for tea and late, very pleasant. June 26th Called at Bale this evening, Had a long and v pleasant walk with Ems in the garden. She asked me to write some poetry for her! June 27th Went to Edward Middleton’s this evening to play quoits, stayed rather late. They have established a club to meet at each others houses. June 30th I drove Mr Laquyer to Walsingham to a meeting of the society for the propagation of the gospel in foreign parts. July 2nd Poor old Mr Upjohn gave us a sermon this morning and administered the sacraments but made a sad hash of it. July 10th Heard poor little Teddy’s fits were decided to be epileptic. Had home music with Ems and showed her the lines. July 19th We went to see the Grimsby docks and some clay farming at Great Coates, took a rubbing of the Resurrection brass for Mary Hill. July 20th Started for Lincoln after an early breakfast, I saw the show and the Squire there then down to Peterborough to sleep. July 21st After seeing the Cathedral I came on home seeing Ely Cathedral once more by the way. July 26th This being Binham Fair Day we had a party but it was a very small one, only the Brookes, Aunts Ellen and Kate and Rose. July 29th Paddy Tring and I went to Briningham and bought Baker’s 2 foals at £20. Called at Bale but did not see poor little Teddy. Norah and Richard Lewis

Saturday 31st July & Sunday 1st August The Binham Local History Group is organising a COMMUNITY DIG, which will be part of this National Festival. Catherine Ranson will be here the whole weekend to supervise the digging of 4 or more mini pits in Binham. Catherine, known as Cat, is the Archaeological Supervisor for H.E.F.A. with an MSc degree in Forensic and Biological Anthropology. All the results will be recorded in detail and will be included in the ongoing H.E.F.A. research which is being coordinated by Carenza. We are not only looking for enthusiastic diggers, there are other jobs to do as well: recording each ten centimetre layer as it is dug, sifting the spoil, washing the finds, perhaps providing sustenance and more. So, if you would like to help in any way for all or part of that weekend, please contact Carolyn Wright on 01328 830270 or

FOOD FOR THOUGHT It is the second mouse that always gets the cheese.



It’s not too early to make a note of this year’s Sponsored Bicycle Ride, which is Saturday 11th September. This will be during the Binham ‘Heritage Open Days’ (see the article about the Friends of Binham Priory) – so perhaps somebody might like to cycle in suitable Heritage cycling clothes, or maybe use a Penny Farthing? The necessary forms and badges will be available mid June from Carolyn Wright.

It is definitely not too early to start thinking about this competition, which will be judged prior to the Binham Harvest Festival, which is on 24th September. Hopefully you will have found lots of sloes last autumn. It is not too late to make all sorts of liqueurs this summer – how about rhubarb gin, raspberry vodka, plum brandy, quince gin? There are all sorts of possibilities – most of them are perfectly drinkable after 2 or 3 months, although a year or two is often better still. More details later. 9

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, house and car. The sand is everything else - the small stuff. If you put the sand into the jar first there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you. So pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness - your family, health, leisure time, things that really matter. Set your priorities - the rest is just sand.” One student raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. “I’m glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there is always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.”

MEMORIAL HALL 100 CLUB Winners - April £25 Jack Stevens; £10 Mrs V Lane; £5 Tracy Martin, Lionel Wilde, Mr G Griffiths

Winners - May £25 Fiona Thompson; £10 William Wales; £5 Mrs P. Newson, Mr G Griffiths, Alan Brown. There are numbers still available. If you would like to join please phone June Read at 01328 830106 or call at 8 Priory Crescent.

NOSTALGIA IS NOT WHAT IT WAS! Older people go misty-eyed thinking about the ‘Good, old days’. Even the Greeks and Romans were the same and most people hate change, whatever they say. Perhaps it is the uncertainty or just longing for our lost youth that makes us believe that life was so much better in the ‘Land of lost content.’ Simpler it certainly was, but was it better? I am nostalgic for the days when public toilets were usually squeaky clean with gleaming copper pipes. Here is a true story. A man was waiting his turn outside one of those new-fangled toilets, those musical automatons that wash themselves down between customers, so don’t nip in without paying. He had his 20 pence piece ready when a passer-by called “Do you realise that is the equivalent of four shillings?” He put it back in his pocket and walked away shaking his head. Nostalgia is not just about prices, which are often cheaper today, in real terms. I mean the belief that we have lost the truths, freedoms, respect and values of former days. A common nostalgia is about our childhood. No one stopped us roaming the streets and fields all day. We walked to school, climbed trees, waded in streams, got into all sorts of mischief and not a health and safety or child protection busybody in sight. When caught scrumping apples, Mum or Dad would give us a good smack and no one talked about our human rights. Now, even burglars and Somali pirates have human rights! Charities do good work, but if you believed their publicity our world is full of threats. Our roads are more dangerous, so they are clogged with cars taking children to and from school. Grandparents are forbidden to film school Nativity plays. Children falsely accuse teachers of abuse. We dare not sweep snow off the pavements for fear of being sued. At Sedgeford village hall they have removed all the trays in case they are used to carry hot drinks! As well as the hordes of child abusers, rapists, muggers and murderers, there are all the other worries, real or false. Terrorism and climate change, of course. Swine flu (where

MORE FOOD FOR THOUGHT A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “yes”. The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed. “Now” said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognise that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things - family, your children, health, friends, and favourite passions - things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.


did that go?) and mad cow disease. Dementia. Saturated fats. Obesity. MMR vaccine and autism. Identity fraud. Single mothers. Binge drinking and drugs. The list is never-ending, for the media need headlines. The latest is the world-wide panic over faulty ‘Toyota’ cars, even though there may have been no accidents. They say don’t shoot the messenger, but why not? They have a lot to answer for. “Woe, woe and thrice woe!” We must always find a scapegoat for everything. Perhaps it’s the fault of the parents or politicians or the Church of England or television. Let’s blame the BBC, like Mary Whitehouse did. The BBC is a national treasure, but they are being dragged down market for fear of losing the licence fee. Is “East Enders” a good, family role model? Have you seen any pop music programmes or even children’s TV lately? No wonder kids dress provocatively, are brash, cocky and disrespectful. I blame ITV and Rupert Murdoch, but they only give us what we want! I recently received one of those chain emails that you usually delete unread. It went something like this: “People always blame things on the previous generation. Well, don’t blame senior citizens for everything. We did not take: -the melody out of music. -the pride out of appearance. -the courtesy out of driving. -the romance out of love. -the commitment out of marriage. -the responsibility out of parenting. -the togetherness out of the family. -the learning out of education. -the service out of public employees. -the good manners out of behaviour. -the refinement out of language, like. -the dedication out of employment. -the prudence out of spending.” However, in many ways life today is better and no-one wants to live in a Charles Dickens’ novel. Materially, we are averagely much better off, whatever is happening abroad. Our cultural life may be good only in parts, like the curate’s egg, but some is excellent. However, spiritually and socially you have to look hard for good news. At least there was a generous response to the Haiti earthquake, even if slow and patchy. There must be someone we can we blame for that. Ian Johnson

SUMMER FETE Sat 14th Aug from 2 to 4 pm in the gardens of Field Dalling Hall The Field Dalling and Saxlingham fete is very lucky to be returning to the lovely gardens of Field Dalling Hall this year. With live music, races, games and refreshments as well as all the stalls we are determined to make the afternoon a great success. Preparations are well under way, and as always your contributions are an essential part of ensuring its success. So when you are next looking in your attic or store cupboards please see if you have things for the White Elephant or Book/DVD stalls. Also promises of Raffle or Tombola prizes will be gratefully received as will pledges to provide cakes, potted up plants, preserves, garden produce and gifts on the day. We still need a little more help. If you can give some time please ring Andrew Cuthbert on 830 367. Here’s how to contact the stallholders: Raffle: Roy & Sue Findlater 830 442 White Elephant: Debbie Ladley 830 582 Books/DVDs: Liz Peart 830 668 Tombola: Roy & Bridget Nicholson 830 614 Cakes: Anne Gardener 830 755 Plants and Produce: Jeremy & Nadia Mason 830 573 Children’s Corner: Carol Wood 07977 934 058 Teas: John & Ginny Kirby 830 211

CHURCHYARD CLEARUP Sat 10th July 10am to 12 noon

Just to remind all our volunteers that the next clearup of the churchyard at St Andrew’s will be on Saturday July 10th from 10am to 12 noon. Refreshments will be provided, as usual. Please come along and help, and if you can get sponsor(s) at £5 per hour that would really help our churchyard fund balance. If you are coming to help for the first time please give me a ring on 01328 830059 and I can answer any questions that you may

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have. I look forward to seeing you all. David Peachey, Churchyard Officer.

HARVEST QUIZ NIGHT Sat 9 Oct from 7pm in the Village Hall Everyone in the Benefice (and beyond) is cordially invited to a Harvest Quiz Night to be held in Field Dalling Village Hall on Saturday 9th October starting at 7pm. The event is being held to raise funds for urgent restoration projects on our Grade 1 listed Church, which currently requires urgent repairs totalling about £100,000, including to the fine old stained glass East window, There will be a quiz, with questions on various subjects and a marathon, together with a raffle. Tickets will be £7.50 per person – teams of 8 per table. A sausage-and-mash supper will be served at half-time. Soft drinks will be available throughout the evening; you may bring your own wine if you wish. As our Hall is limited to 100 people, make sure you don’t miss out on what will be a night of fun and laughter. How about making up a team with family and friends? Buy your tickets from Sue Findlater 01328 830442 or David Peachey 01328 830059 as soon as possible to avoid being disappointed.

FOGPC 50/50 CLUB DRAW RESULTS January Patricia Groves Marie Denholm Beryl White John Rush George Clare Marianne Atherton Peggy Corney

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

Bea Kassapian £20.00 Linda Jenkinson £10.00 Janie Burton £10.00 Lindsay Worsley £5.00 Mary Roper £5.00 Samuel Lemberger £5.00 David Aitman £5.00

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

David Ford £20.00 Jane Lamb £10.00 Tom Elwell £10.00 Barney Broom £5.00 Martin Swindells £5.00 Lindsay Worsley £5.00 Alan Russell £5.00

March Noel Hinton Di Cutterham Julia Izzard Chris Williamson Robert Kelly Hilary B-J Mark Kassapian


With the Institute being refurbished there were no draws in January and February and a “mega-draw” covering the first three months of 2010 was held as the first function at the newly refurbished Institute on 27 March 2010. Thanks to the support of attendees this first meeting of 2010 managed to generate almost as much income for the Friends as the two “missing draws” would have provided, and our thanks are due to all who generously donated raffle prizes and also to Peter Everett for the delicious “celebration” chocolate cake to mark the Club’s return. Would you like to win a cash prize as well as supporting the “Friends”? You can still join or renew your membership either at the one of our meetings or by contacting Peter Everett (012163 860035) or John Blakeley (01263 861008) who can also provide more information. Membership costs £1.00 per month payable in advance, and we will be collecting subscriptions for the next year (June 2010 to May 2011 inclusive) at the April and May draws or at any time by post or calling on either one of us.

ST. ANDREW’S CHURCHYARD In early March we finally completed the tidying up of the trees and ground at the bottom of the churchyard. We now intend to start a second project, the purchase of a second-hand ride-on mower (with grass collector), and also a shed to house the machine, so that we can mow the churchyard ourselves rather than pay a contractor. But before spending any monies on the shed and the mower, we are asking for volunteers who would be willing to mow the churchyard using the ride-on tractor and strim the areas that the ride-on mower cannot reach. We want to mow the churchyard every two weeks during the twenty-six week growing season (April to September), with teams of two, sharing the mowing and the strimming. This is a plea for a noble band of volunteers who would be prepared to join a churchyard mowing brigade!! The clock is ticking, and although we may not have the mower and shed in situ for this season, we need to know as soon as possible, so that we can decide whether to proceed with the purchases or stay with the expense of having a contractor to cut the grass at monthly intervals (as we cannot afford to pay for a two weekly cut). If you are prepared to help to mow our churchyard once or twice a year please will you contact David Peachey 01328 830059 as soon as possible. Thank you in advance to anyone who offers to help us. David Peachey Churchyard Officer 12

FRED’S GARDENING DIARY NOTES FOR JUNE AND JULY Vegetable Garden There is still time to sow carrots, beetroot, lettuce, radish and all salad crops. Plant out leek plants, cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Outdoor tomatoes can be planted now as can runner beans and French beans. Hang 2 or 3 yellow fly traps in between your greenhouse tomatoes to trap white fly and other flying insects as these are difficult to get rid of if allowed to build up. Keep nipping the side shoots from your tomatoes and keep well watered if the weather is hot. Outdoor cucumbers can be planted outdoors now, but they are best if raised in a greenhouse or on a window sill first. Flower Garden Plant out your dahlias and bedding plants now after making sure that they have been hardened off by standing outside for a few days first. There are also many flower seeds that you can sow directly where you want them to flower – follow the instructions on the packet. Make sure that the soil is not too dry when sowing. Remove dead heads from flowers and shrubs to encourage further flowering. Keep hoeing between all plants whilst weeds are small – this will save the hand weeding which will be needed if they are allowed to get big. Hanging baskets and other containers can be planted with flowers but they need to be kept well watered in dry spells. Fred Morley

RAYMOND BOWERS WHITE The whole village was shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden death, in the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on 29th March, of Raymond Bowers White, who, with his wife Beryl had made Gunthorpe his home on retirement in 1986, and had been a popular supporter of the Church and many village activities ever since. Ray, as he was known to his friends in Gunthorpe, or Bob as he was known in his Royal Air Force career, was 87, and had led a very active life to the end. As well as a successful business career Ray was one of the remaining survivors of flight operations in World War 2. He joined the RAF and underwent flying training from late 1941, initially in the UK before becoming one of the flight cadets who underwent basic and advanced flying training in the USA under the Arnold Scheme. His talents as a pilot were assessed as “Above Average” and he was retained as an Instructor Pilot in the USA until finally returning to the UK in mid 1944. After converting to the Hurricane and Spitfire he was posted to the Middle East, where he saw service with 208 Squadron in Italy and Palestine. He left the RAF in mid 1946, married Beryl, and then served with the RAF Reserves between 1947 and 1953. However, he never lost his love of flying, and having found that a Stearman Trainer, on which he had trained in the USA, was available at what was then RAF Swanton Morley he regained his flight licence whilst in his late 60s – continuing to fly until his 80th birthday – a great achievement, which was also recognised with his picture and story on the front cover of the Dereham & Fakenham Times in 2004 when C4 TV was making the programme ‘Spitfire Ace’. Ray will be remembered on every Remembrance Sunday in Gunthorpe as the person who turned the War Memorial round so that attendees at the ceremony could see the names of those who died that they are honouring. A keen supporter of the Church and with an immaculate sense of occasion and dress Ray had read the lesson at a service just days before his death. With Gunthorpe Church closed for repairs Ray’s funeral service was held in Bale Church on 14 April, with the Rector taking the service, moving tributes from the family and the Rev Michael Wilson giving the address. At the end of the service two Stearman aircraft from Old Buckenham overflew the church in a fitting salute to their fellow airman. There were refreshments in Gunthorpe Institute after the service and Ray’s cremation took place in Mintlyn Crematorium later in the day.

WHAT’S ON Gunthorpe diary dates, watch notice board for full details: 5 June ‘Official’ new Institute Opening Ceremony (see article in Gunthorpe section for details) 25 June Friends AGM and Fish & Chip Supper 26 June 50:50 Club 24 July Friends’ Barbecue Gunthorpe Hall, 7pm 25 July Village Fete, Gunthorpe Hall, 2pm 31 July 50:50 Club 28 August 50:50 Club


Ray will be sadly missed, and our deepest condolences go to Beryl, their daughters Jennifer, Frances and Patricia and all of their extended families for their sad loss. I received the following personal note from the family: Beryl White and family would like to thank everyone for making a sad day bearable. We were very touched by the help and sympathy shown and the tributes paid to Ray.

ST MARY’S CHURCH NEWS Annual Report for 2009 to the Parochial Church Council AGM The Parish of St Mary’s Gunthorpe is part of the Benefice of Stiffkey and Bale in the Holt Deanery, Norwich Diocese. The Rector is the Reverend Ian Whittle. Over the year the following pattern of services has largely been maintained on Sundays:1st Sunday Morning Prayer 2nd Sunday Holy Communion 3rd Sunday No Service 4th Sunday Holy Communion Where there is a 5th Sunday, the congregation is encouraged to travel to whichever Parish is hosting it. Average numbers attending the services during 2009 were 6 for Morning Prayer and 12 for Holy Communion, although numbers during the very cold spell during the winter were as low as 4. The pattern of worship has continued with grateful thanks and appreciation to the Revd. Michael Wilson and many lay preachers from Binham, Stiffkey and beyond, to whom we offer thanks for their support, leadership and positive encouragement. We are also extremely grateful to Mr Martin Jacklin who has played the organ for us over the year. The PCC met regularly during 2009. Business centred mostly around the applications for securing the funding for the urgent Tower Repairs. The work and huge commitment undertaken by Daniel and Virginia Worsley in this regard cannot be underestimated; it has been a tremendous achievement, of which we are all extremely proud and grateful.


Following Fred Morley’s resignation as Church Warden at last year’s AGM, Penny & David Brough agreed to share the role. Many, many thanks to them both. Fred has continued to prepare the Church with David & Penny during this “transitional” period with his usual care and devotion. We thank Fred for his patience and good sense of humour. Church Affairs The AGM of St Mary’s Parochial Church Council was able eventually on Saturday 24th April formally to welcome our terrific new vicar the Reverend Ian Whittle. Also, with enormous gratitude and relief, the PCC was able formally to appoint Penny Brough as Church Warden and her husband David as Treasurer. The old team has managed, under the sometimes quizzical guidance of Fred Morley, and with great support from many (including Canon Michael Wilson, Maureen Frost and Pauline Scott); but this is all a huge boost and a new beginning. The tower repair works started straight after Easter. The contractors are Lushers of Norwich, working with great care under the efficient church architect Ruth Blackman. The contract summarises the works as follows: Removing the rusting and expanding Victorian iron beams from the tower walls, extensively re-pointing the internal walls of the belfry and silence chamber, rerendering and re-limewashing the internal walls at ground level, repairing cracks, replacing the belfry louvres, installing a floor at belfry level, and repairing the silence chamber floor. The works should be completed within budget by August. There is one sadness, for Beryl White and her family; because of the works, the funeral service for Ray White could not be in St Mary’s, the church which year after year they both so faithfully attended and supported. But, for the future, the Gunthorpe church community is in excellent heart, with much to be thankful for – not least the great goodwill and practical help of the Friends and the Institute Management Committee. The Friends’ churchyard work on the 25th April has set us a high standard for the rest of the year. The hospitality in the magnificently refurbished Institute is appreciated beyond measure. On 25th April we had our first service in the Institute which was well supported. Thanks to David and Rebecca Partridge for lending us their keyboard, which Martin was able to master with his usual skill.

GUNTHORPE HALL BARBECUE Every year on the night before the Gunthorpe Village Fete the Friends of Gunthorpe Parish Church hold a barbecue in the beautiful grounds of Gunthorpe Hall. The barbecue, which this year will held be on Saturday 24th July at 7pm, is open to all, and not just members of the Friends or even just the villagers of Gunthorpe. And all Lynx readers, and your family and friends, from our neighbouring villages are also very welcome to attend - it is a secular and very convivial occasion and is also a major fund raiser for the Friends work to support St Mary's Church, and the continuing maintenance and repair activities needed to preserve this fine mediaeval building. So if you fancy a very enjoyable, and exceedingly good value evening in great surroundings please come along. The cost is only £8.50 for adults and £5.00 for children up to the age of 12. Under 5's are free. This price includes the barbecue and a dessert, together with a fruit punch for the children and a more powerful punch for those who can take it! You are encouraged to bring your own wine (with glasses please) to accompany your meal. There will also be a raffle on the night. Reservations are essential - please call either Gunthorpe Hall directly on 01263 861373 or John Blakeley on 01263 861008 to book and pay on the night. Alternatively you can write, with your payment and a return SAE for your tickets, to Gunthorpe Hall, Gunthorpe, Melton Constable, NR24 2PA - please mark your envelope "Friends Barbecue". Cheques should be made payable to "FOGPC".

Congratulations to the Village Institute Committee and everyone involved in the beautiful looking new Institute interior! And many thanks to John and Di Blakeley and Peter and Myfi Everett for resuming the 50/50 Club Meetings with such great success! The Friends AGM will be held in the Village Institute on Friday the 25th of June at 6:30 pm. Fish and chips, wine and juice punch will be on sale after the meeting, and there will be a raffle. We very much hope all villagers, both new and old, will join us for the AGM. If you have not already done so, payment for the Friends’ annual subscription membership which is a minimum of £5 per person, and for the 50/50 Club membership of £12 a year (June 2010 to May 2011) will be taken on the night. It helps greatly if you can either pay in advance or bring these payments along to the AGM. For those who have not joined yet we very much hope we can inspire you to join both groups! We will also encourage all who pay tax to fill out a Gift Aid Form. The Friends is a secular group, so whether you are a church goer or not please do come along to the AGM and help towards the maintenance of the fabric of Gunthorpe St. Mary’s Church so that it can be enjoyed by future generations.

FRIENDS OF GUNTHORPE PARISH CHURCH The Friends of Gunthorpe Parish Church held their annual Churchyard Clear-Up on Sunday the 25th of April. It was very successful with more people attending than last year – many armed with their own tools. We re-coated the gates, weeded the path, strimmed various areas including the roadside verge and removed the ivy from the walls, pruned back and tidied up shrubs small and large and sawed and chain-sawed large fallen branches so they can be cleared away. The weather stayed clear until ‘Brunch – Time’. It started to rain just after Brunch was served, so we took shelter in the entrance porch to eat before packing up. A big thank you to all who attended!


GUNTHORPE INSTITUTE AND FETE The Institute AGM was held on 17 April with some 40 villagers present - the first AGM in the newly refurbished Hall, the standard of which received acclaim from all present. The success of the refurbishment project had unfortunately been marred by allegations raised on the management of the project. Those present were fully briefed on the issues and the actions taken, and the Management Committee were heartened to receive unanimous support from the village for their management of the refurbishment and also for them to be re-elected to continue in office. The AGM agreed to new charges for the hire of the Hall which will still encourage its use by the village community whilst bringing charges in to line with other local halls for external organisations. The Gunthorpe Village Fete on 25 July at Gunthorpe Hall will follow the usual pattern, and its success will be particularly important this year so that Institute funds can be re-generated to allow further grant applications and provide the necessary matching funds, for the remaining refurbishment work, including some essential roof repairs, to be undertaken as soon as possible. Sue Traverso will head the Fete Committee and any support that can be provided both to help the Committee and “on the day” will as always be most welcome – the success of the Fete depends very much on the excellent support that has always been so willingly given by the village and, of course, on Jeremy and Marie Denholm’s outstanding generosity by allowing the use of Gunthorpe Hall’s gardens and providing their total support for the Fete. It is planned to have an “official” opening for the new Hall on Saturday 5 June. After some welcoming “refreshments” the highlight of the evening will be a talk “My Life in TV and Film - In Conversation with Producer Hilary Bevan Jones”. This will be “free” but donations to assist in the re-generation of Institute funds will be most welcome. Donations at the AGM amounted to some £107 including one very generous donation – thanks to all who gave their support. John Blakeley

JOY’S COFFEE MORNING Although we thought that there were not so many people at this event in the Parish Room on March 27th. we still managed to raise £412.98 for Langham Church general fund. Stall takings and competition results were posted on the church notice board. We sincerely thank those who came along to support us and those who contributed goods, prizes and posters. Many thanks to those who manned the stalls and refreshments and helped to tidy up! We couldn’t do it without your help. We were pleased to see our new Rector who was able to join us at the close of the event to thank those taking part, draw the raffle and announce competition winners. An enjoyable morning. Thank you everyone. Langham P.C.C

MOBILE LIBRARY This will visit Langham on Thursdays – 3rd June, 24th June, 15th July, 5th August calling each day for 20mins 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.

FROM THE REGISTERS Funerals Patrick (Pat) John Thomas Newman aged 65years 31st March 2010 Alice Rosina Boult aged 95years 17th April 2010

PAT NEWMAN 3.8.1944 – 22.3.2010 Pat was born in Langham in the cottage on the Green on the 3rd of August 1944 (as he always said – “bred and born”). He always had a love for Langham, which never faltered to his dying day. Pat was, as anyone who knew him, a workaholic, having worked at Betty's for 31 years and in his latter years in the pub for 14 years; standing behind the bar in all manner of loud-scary and outrageous waistcoats. In 1968 he married Bridget and in the next two years they had two sons, Shean and Neal. Pat always had a great affection for Norwich City and would have loved the score last Season against Leeds. Also in football he was a stalwart in restarting Langham Lions F.C. He got 16

one of his wishes whilst playing for Langham, he played in the same team as Shean and Neal in a competitive match. He was also a member of the Royal George Lodge of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes at Blakeney. One of his big passions was for second world war aircraft (being brought up around the airfield) with an abundance of books and information behind the bar, to settle arguments or to show inquisitive visitors alike. He had recently become a committee member of FOLD – Friends of Langham Dome. Although not outwardly affectionate to them, he loved his children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren and not forgetting one of his big loves in life MURPHY. Brave to the end, if anybody asked if he was OK, he always answered “I'm all right. Gotta be he'nt ya”. The family would like to take this opportunity to thank friends and family for their support and kind wishes at this time; to thank the staff and doctors at Kelling Hospital and also Punch Taverns for their unwavering support. Pat’s Family

ALICE ROSINA BOULT, NEÉ BAKER 1915 – 2010 Alice was born a Middle Saxon, in Shepperton Middlesex but the ancestors of both her parents were from King Alfred’s Kingdom of Wessex. She was born in war time when everything was in short supply, especially food. There was never enough to eat and one breakfast all she had was the pickings of the bones of the kipper that her father had just eaten. Alice, her two brothers and two sisters went to the village school where all their education took place in the one building. She left school at fourteen and went into service as a domestic cook. One day, after a bout of influenza, Alice was walking in Shepperton High Street when she saw a young man coming towards her. He spoke to her and that is how Alice met her future husband, Frank Arthur Boult. They were married in August 1935 in the Methodist Chapel in the Sheep Walk Shepperton and by the Autumn of 1935 Frank was posted to Egypt and Alice did not see her husband for two years. Frank was a trooper in a cavalry regiment, the 7th Queen’s Own Hussars and was billeted at Hounslow barracks. When he came home in 1937, his six years in the army completed, they moved to Frank’s home town of Gt. Yarmouth. No work was available locally but having experience of horses he was offered a job as a stable lad at East Ilsley Berkshire. Frank went on ahead and Alice and her son were to follow but she had not got enough money for the train fares. So she pawned her wedding

CHILDHOOD MEMORIES OF PAT Pat and I were both born in Langham. When we were kids, we'd be up in the mornings taking a sack round the American camps, collecting all the beer bottles. Then we’d take them back to Maggie at the pub, and collect a penny a bottle. Sometimes we'd get 10 Woodbines. Later we joined the Boy Cubs together. We used to look forward to the weekends when we'd go to Mrs. Greenwood’s, our headquarters, pitch the tent and have a good time. In the mornings we were up and about down the common, looking for our breakfast – moorhens' eggs and duck eggs - we'd bring them back to camp and have a fry-up. We liked football and we used to play on the Green outside the pub. There were no goal posts, so Pat thought we'd use the telephone kiosk and the wall. On several occasions you can imagine what happened as panes of glass went missing – so we thought we better find somewhere else to play. A more recent memory of Pat was when he went with Bridget to present a cheque to the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Unfortunately they entered the wrong gate at Norwich Airport and didn't realise their mistake until they were stopped on the runway by armed security guards! Rest in Peace, old friend. Kenny Twiddy 17

and engagement rings and bought a 6d. ring from Woolworths to put on her wedding finger. She was able to redeem the rings in 1938 when the family returned to Gt. Yarmouth. In March 1945 Alice and family moved to Old Dalby in Leicestershire where she joined the W.I. and the cricket team, helping to lay on the teas. In 1950, Frank’s employer had bought Cley Hall Farm and asked Frank if he and his family would like to move there. So on December 31st. 1951 they moved to Norfolk and lived for nearly 40 years in Town Yard, with a short time in Cley Mill on arrival, whilst their house was being renovated. Alice joined in village activities including Cley W.I. and helped with fund raising for the new Village Hall. In 1992 they moved to Langham. Alice had never liked her first given name so she used a shortened version of her second name and was known all her life as Rosie. After Frank died in 2001 she reverted to her first name of Alice. She was a strong willed and determined lady and would not accept defeat even with her failing health in latter years. She attended the Glaven Centre where the carers looked after her in her most difficult years. On her last day out, at the Glaven Centre, she had a bath, had her hair done and looked very smart. Alice lived to the age of 95 and she may have been born a Middle Saxon but she lived for just over 60 years in the land of the Angles.

ROAD CLOSURE NOTICE Langham Street Fayre 31st July 2010 Please note - This year’s road closure arrangements will be almost the same as in 2008. The main street (Holt Road), from the crossroads at the Church to the Blakeney T junction, and Hollow Lane from Swans Close to the main Street will be closed. Access to the lower part of Hollow Lane, The Cornfield and Swans Close will not be compromised. The roads will be closed from 6.30am and will reopen at 11.30pm, but Hollow Lane and the east part of the main Street to the Blakeney T junction will reopen at 7.00pm. Emergency vehicles will have access at all times. We do hope these arrangements will not cause too much inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding and co-operation. LSF Committee

LANGHAM STREET FAYRE Saturday 31st July 2010 The Fayre will start when Karen Buchanan of Radio Norfolk opens the Fayre at 10am. There will be entertainment for all from The Mango Steel Band, Jazzy Jake, The Fakenham Town Brass Band, Billy Bubbles, The Pinxton Puppets, Professor Crump, Nicky’s Face Painting, Children’s Games and Competitions. Knobbly knees, Limbo and a Dancing competition for the children. It should all be great fun! Evening Entertainment From 8pm there will be a Hog Roast outside the Langham Bluebell and music from The Ugly Dog Skiffle Combo.

THANK YOU Bridget, Shean, Neal and their families would like to thank family and friends for their cards, phone calls and messages of sympathy on the sad loss of Pat and also for the generous donations to the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

WELCOME We would like to welcome Mr. and Mrs. Fozard, Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins, Mr. and Mrs. Page and Ms. Ward to Langham. We hope you will be very happy living here.

PRE-FAYRE ENTERTAINMENT Saturday 24th July Concert at 7.30pm in Langham Church will welcome The Sam Smith Singers who sing Barbershop-style, 4 part harmony and tell humorous tales, and Keith Loads, the master of Norfolk comedy.

Wednesday 28th July Quiz Night at 7.30pm in the Parish Room. Please book a table by contacting John on 830 595. Bring your own drinks and glasses. £2.50 each at the door. 18

The roster is also sited in the Bluebell and on the church porch and village notice boards. Please give three days notice wherever possible, except in an emergency and it would be very helpful if a booking is made as soon as an appointment is arranged or journey planned so that drivers can arrange their schedule. Please bring change In the infrequent event that no driver is available – contact the Holt Caring Society Tel: 01263 711243 giving as much notice as possible. Ann Sherriff Tel: 830 605

AVAILABLE NOW “Sports and Games” fun quiz. £1 and Concert Tickets £10 to include a glass of wine, from Pauline 830696, John 830595 or The Bluebell 830502.

STREET FAYRE HOG ROAST WITH THE UGLY DOG SKIFFLE COMBO We hope we will have a very successful Street Fayre again. Do come along on the evening of 31st July, Street Fayre Day, to celebrate with the Committee by enjoying our usual Hog Roast outside The Bluebell at 8pm. This year we have booked THE UGLY DOG SKIFFLE COMBO, a talented group of musicians to provide lively music for dancing. Street Fayre Committee 2010

PARISH ROOM Over nearly two years, we have been working on plans to improve the Parish Room, which has become increasingly busy over that time. What started out as a modest scheme to improve the general appearance and usability of the building steadily grew into a major project as advice was taken from numerous contractors, and funding bodies required us to employ an architect and quantity surveyor. Eventually the estimated cost of putting right a wide range of problems rose to an estimated £250,000 – a sum which, in the present climate, there seems no prospect of securing either from funders or from within the village. One highlighted problem was the main hall floor which had become dangerously weak in a number of places. The alternatives advised by our architect were either to close the hall immediately and indefinitely or to provide a temporary support by laying plywood over the existing floor. The Parish Room Committee, who are also trustees of the hall, chose the latter option and to spend our limited reserves on also giving the main hall a makeover in August, with the walls being re-plastered where necessary, the whole room re-decorated and new curtains and runners provided. There is also talk of possibly forming a volunteer group to redecorate the lobby/kitchen area. Contributions of offers of labour or cash will be most welcome. The ‘new’ floor has not met with universal approval but most users understand the seriousness of the position, and it has been reported that the noise-echo problem previously complained of, has been much reduced. Hopefully the new curtaining will help further. Bob Brandt (Treasurer)

EVERYONE HAS A GREAT CAKE THEY CAN BAKE Why not bake yours and bring it along to the Parish Room on Street Fayre Day? Ring Jan on 01328 830 847 – before she rings you!



July 3 10am – 1pm. Langham Parish Room. Bargains for all. Looking forward to your support. Maureen 830 731

LANGHAM CAR SERVICE Schedule to August 8th. 2010 Rate 20p per mile Weekly duties beginning on a Monday: May. 31st. Tel: 830 821 June 7th. Tel: 830 348 June 14th. Tel: 830 606* June 21st.Tel: 830 696* June 28th.Tel: 830 056 July 5th. Tel: 830 537* July 12th. Tel: 830 097 July 19th.Tel: 830 605 July 26th. Tel: 830 821 Aug.2nd.Tel: 830 847 *These drivers do not go to Norwich If the driver for the week is unable to do the trip, go to the next on the list. If your appointment is cancelled, please also cancel your car service booking.

STALL ON THE GREEN It is hoped to run the usual stall for all sorts of produce on the following dates: August 14th, August 21st, August 28th, and August 30th. (Bank Holiday Monday). Times of opening will be 9.30 – 11am. All offers of help with manning and providing for the stall will be most welcome. Ann Sherriff 830 605

MORSTON QUIZ ANSWERS (See page 22) (1) Lincs, Cambs & Suffolk. (2) Windermere. (3) A Jewish skullcap. (4) The VC (Victoria Cross). (5) Aluminium. (6) John F. Kennedy. (7) “One Horse Open Sleigh”. (8) A deer. (9) Stars. (10) Perspex. 19

BRIC A BRAC COLLECTIONS The Bric a Brac stall is one of the main sources of income from the Fayre and as most of you will know we arrange house to house collections of unwanted items before the Fayre. This year the collections will be on the 20th and 22nd of July and we ask you to keep any suitable items until then, instead of throwing them away. This year the collection routes will be as follows: Tuesday 20th July Swans Close – Hollow Lane – The Cornfield and Field Dalling Road, between 6 and 9 pm. Thursday 22nd July Holt Road, Binham Road, North Street, St. Mary’s and the Cockthorpe Road, between 6 and 9 pm. To help the collectors it will be good if you leave items outside your front door. There will be another reminder just before the collection days. Frank Boult, Street Fayre Committee 2010

June 9th Margaret Goddard –Flower Arranging - Parish Room.

June 30th

Strawberry Tea – In Jan Hope’s garden if fine – in Sue Hughes’ conservatory if wet.

July 8th


Ladies Day at Newmarket.

Come and join the team in the Parish Room for an hour or so on Street Fayre Day, July 31st. We shall be serving coffee, tea, cake and savouries all day and it’s great FUN. We work in teams of six so, as you can imagine, we do need lots of volunteers. Ring Jan Hope on Tel: 01328 830 847 with your offer to help - she’ll be delighted to hear from you.

July 14th

Pat Willis – ‘Gardening Made Easier’ - Parish Room. This is all organised for your enjoyment please come along and bring friends. Maureen Dennis Tel: 830 731

FLORA TOKEN NEWS Thank you to everyone who has collected Flora tokens for Langham School. The scheme has now closed and we are no longer able to register anymore tokens. We have 227 tokens which can be exchanged for cooking equipment to the value of £45.40. The school has participated in all three of Flora’s promotions. With your help, in total the school has been able to exchange over 1,700 tokens for cooking equipment. Thank you. Carol Spinks

DO WE CARE? Observations of a Grumpy Old Woman It was so good to see the prompt response of the Highways Authority in renovating the traffic island at the junction of North Street and Back Lane. How sad then to witness the almost equally prompt tyre marks and footprints appearing over two of the corners. Even sadder to think I was not at all surprised ! Jan Hope

VILLAGE BOOKS ‘Aspects of Langham’ priced £6, a history of the village and ‘A Village Schoolmaster’ priced £3, both written by Douglas Honer are available at the P.C.C.’s fundraising events, the Bluebell Inn and also from Colin Sherriff Tel: 830 605.


I am hoping to take a coach for this wonderful day. To defray the cost of the coach I am inviting everybody. The coach will start in Holt, so pick-ups along the route can be arranged. If you are at all interested in joining us please telephone as soon as possible. It really is a super day out. Maureen Dennis 01328 830 731

LANGHAM LADYBIRDS What a treat we had at our April meeting when Michael and Linda I’Anson came along from ‘Creative Chiropractic’. I do hope that all those who attended have used their vouchers! Now for the future: 20

PCC BOAT TRIP & CRAB SUPPER Saturday 12 June The PCC’s delicious annual Crab (or Chicken Pie) Supper, preceded by the usual fascinating Boat Trip to the Point to see the seals and terns, will be on Saturday 12 June. The Main course will be accompanied by a super side salad, and to follow this, there will be a splendid selection of home-made puddings. Wine or beer available from the bar. Boat Trip & Supper tickets at £16 per head are available from Mary Athill (01263 740306) or Hope Todd (01263 740118). 6.15pm Boats leave from Morston Quay. 7.15pm Supper in Morston Village Hall. All proceeds go to the PCC for Morston Church.

COLLECTIVE NOUNS: QUIZMASTERS BEWARE! A Collective Noun is a word used to define a group of objects, where objects can be people, animals, emotions or inanimate things, e.g. a HERD of cattle or elephants, or a FLOCK of birds or sheep, a pride of lions, a skein of geese (when they are in flight), a gaggle of geese (when they are on land), a murder of crows, a school of dolphins, etc. But what about rhinos? Is it really a CRASH of rhinoceroses? The worldwide web has run riot on such words, most of the hundreds of collective words being without a quoted source. Many of these words may be quaint, but many of those on the web are in my view complete nonsense – which would be unfair to ask in pub quizzes.

FRIENDS OF MORSTON CHURCH BOOK SALE On two days of the May Bank Holiday Weekend the “Metcalfe & Smith Family”, assisted by Peter and Jill Tibbetts and many others, ran a most successful Book Sale in aid of Friends of Morston Church.


THANK YOU Thank you to everyone who helped to make the first Book Sale in aid of Friends of Morston Church such a success. £1,717.90 was taken during the two-day sale (extended for a day due to popular demand) which, when added to £473.51 in advance sales via eBay, makes a total raised of £2,191.41. All those who helped on the day, baked in advance, lugged loads of books into the Village Hall and plastered most of North Norfolk with posters may well have landed themselves a job for next year’s May Bank Holiday. In particular, great thanks to those who donated books. We had many fine volumes to sell, reflected in the total raised. Robert & Sally Metcalfe

Listed below are ‘howlers’ from a Catholic elementary school test. Answers have not been edited or corrected, so incorrect spelling has been left unchanged. Just picture the nun sitting at her desk grading these papers, all the while trying to keep a straight face and maintain her composure! Pay special attention to the wording and spelling. Even if you only know your Bible a little, you will still find this hilarious! 1. In the first book of the Bible, Guinessis, God got tired of creating the world so he took the Sabbath off. 2. Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree. Noah’s wife was Joan of Ark. Noah built an ark and the animals came on in pears. 3. Lots wife was a pillar of salt during the day, but a ball of fire during the night. 4. The Jews were a proud people and throughout history they had trouble with unsympathetic genitals. 5. Sampson was a strongman who let himself be led astray by a Jezebel like Delilah. 6. Samson slayed the Philistines with the axe of the Apostles. 7. Moses led the Jews to the Red Sea where they made unleavened bread which is bread without any ingredients. 8. The Egyptians were all drowned in the dessert. Afterwards, Moses went up to Mount Cyanide to get the Ten Commandments. 21

9. The First Commandments was when Eve told Adam to eat the apple. 10. The Seventh Commandment is thou shall not admit adultery. 11. Moses died before he ever reached Canada then Joshua led the Hebrews in the battle of Geritol. 12. The greatest miricle in the bible is when Joshua told his son to stand still and he obeyed him. 13. David was a Hebrew king who was skilled at playing the liar. He fought the Finkelsteins, a race of people who lived in biblical times. 14. Solomon, one of David’s sons, had 300 wives and 700 porcupines. 15. When Mary heard she was the mother of Jesus, she sang the Magna Carta. 16. When the three Wise Guys from the East Side arrived they found Jesus in the manager. 17. Jesus was born because Mary had an immaculate contraption. 18. St. John the Blacksmith dumped water on his head. 19. Jesus enunciated the Golden Rule, which says to do unto others before they do one to you. He also explained a man doth not live by sweat alone. 20. It was a miracle when Jesus rose from the dead and managed to get the tombstone off the entrance. 21. The people who followed the Lord were called the 12 Decibels. 22. The Epistels were the wives of the Apostles. 23. One of the oppossums was St. Matthew who was also a taximan. 24. St. Paul cavorted to Christianity, he preached Holy Acrimony, which is another name for marriage. 25. Christians have only one spouse. This is called Monotony.

MORSTON QUIZ QUESTIONS by Samphire (Answers on page 19 ) 1. Which counties “touch” Norfolk? 2. What is the largest lake in the Lake District? 3. What is a ‘yarmalka’? 4. Which award for gallantry bears the inscription “For Valour”? 5. What is the most abundant metal in the earth’s crust? 6. Which US President married Jacqueline Bouvier? 7. What was ‘Jingle Bells’ originally called? 8. What sort of animal is a muntjac? 9. What are the following: Algol, Antares, Arcturus? 10. What substance do the Americans call ‘plexiglass’?

No news from Saxlingham this time.

JIM TEMPLE ON TV In early May, once again Jim Temple was on ‘Look East’, the TV Programme, talking about the seal population on Blakeney Point.


SHARRINGTON CHURCH NEWS It was an honour beyond our wildest dreams to welcome the Archbishop of Canterbury to Sharrington Church, but after more than a year of careful planning the great day arrived and we managed to stage an event that was enjoyable, informative, sociable and financially successful. Anne Sloman’s invitation to the Most Rev. Dr Rowan Williams arose out of her involvement with the Archbishop’s Council and the Church Buildings Council, and the village was delighted when he agreed to become the sixth speaker at the annual Sharrington Lecture. All 114 tickets sold out almost immediately and then it was time for the well oiled wheels of the PCC to glide into action and organise wine, canapés, flowers, chairs, gazebo and glasses. Ushers were appointed, traffic cops alerted, grass trimmed and daffodils dead headed, ready for the big night. Once we knew the Archbishop had passed safely through the bottle-neck that is bank holiday Brandon, we breathed more easily and were delighted when the Bishop of Norwich finally appeared at the church yard gates leading Dr Williams towards the church. The lecture highlighted the role of the rural church in today’s modern society. “The community is not just the people who are there at any given moment”, said the Archbishop “Who you are is bound up by far more than you can see and even imagine. History, death, belonging – great truths of humanity, which are encoded in this building”. The lecture was chaired by the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt. Rev Graham James, who joked that the eminence of our speakers has grown every year. It only leaves the Pope and President Obama to be invited. Rev. Ian Whittle delivered the vote of thanks and reminded the audience that a couple of days later the church would be closing for vital ceiling repairs, expected to last until the end of November. The generosity of the people was immense, with a retiring collection raising our proceeds

to £1500. Thank you to everyone who helped in any way to make this such a special evening. While the church is closed, the congregation of All Saints will be maintaining the usual pattern of 9.30am services, but in a different location. The first and third Sundays of each month will be Morning Prayer, lay led and taking place in the village hall. On the second and fourth Sundays we will be crossing the A148 and heading to Bale for their 9.30am Holy Communion service. Do call in at the village hall and join us – Anna will be playing the piano for hymns and we have picked up all the books we need to take with us – the first Sunday’s Morning Prayer is traditional, from the Book of Common Prayer, whilst on the third Sunday of every month our service comes from Common Worship. So although the church is closed, we are carrying on our worship as a community. All enquiries can be made as usual to Churchwarden Pippa Long at The Place (860613) or the Rev Ian Whittle at Langham Vicarage. PEL

CARPET BOWLS IN VILLAGE HALL Carpet bowls has been played regularly in Sharrington Village Hall for many years. Amongst the many photographs in the village hall display cabinet is one of the presentation of a wining trophy to a successful player. Sadly, as occurs in many villages, enthusiasm for the regular Monday evening session has come to rest with a small but enthusiastic band of players. New players are desperately needed to ensure the continuance of the game in Sharrington.


STIFFKEY VILLAGE HALL Meanwhile… back at Stiffkey Village Hall the clean-up crew went into action. A morning of learning and three trips to the Recycling Centre in the mobile skip (Jaimie’s pickup) and we were all tidied out (thanks for all your help down there at Wells). The crew felt like they have made a start on the road to improving the facilities at the Hall. All the chairs are now in the back store room (where they should be and will stay) and a whole load of accumulated stuff has gone. We have taken down the stage curtains which virtually fell apart and let the light in from the south for the first time in a long time. We hope this is not an isolated event and we would like to have Village Hall Days as a regular feature. It’s fun and is a good way to meet people. We have some more plans in the pipeline and will announce these once we have decided how to proceed. We had a great time at the Easter Egg Bingo on April 3rd with more eggs donated than we could cope with! Be assured they all found good homes! The evening raised much needed funds and fundraising is now a priority for us. We have changed the booking system for the Hall. Bookings can be made with either Karen Pickels 01328 830461 or Gail Whitworth 01328 830994/ 07870401687 or email: These are early steps on the road to bringing the Village Hall back to being a focal point in the village. Everyone is welcome to come to our meetings and if you would like a copy of the minutes emailed to you, please contact Janey at Janey Sugden

A friendly reception is certain to anyone wishing to come and join in. Carpet bowling takes place every Monday evening at 7.30pm for £1.50 per player per session. For further details please phone Kathy on 01263 860794. JHC

AN APPRECIATION OF THE VISIT OF THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Dr Rowan Williams, visited All Saints Church Sharrington to give the Annual Sharrington Lecture on Friday 30th April. All Saints is only a small church and thus unfortunately only a small number of people were able to be present at what was a moving and eloquent lecture. Dr Williams articulately proposed that the rural community was a very diverse creation. The three components to make a rural community particular were, soil, weather and location. He went on to expound that there were many different variations of rural community ranging from the hill farms of the Welsh Borders, where he had once lived and served, to the farmlands of Norfolk, that he was familiar to this locality from past family visits to Walsingham. He affirmed that although the perception that rural life was timeless this was an incorrect view. Humans had a profound effect on the rural community and that “humanisation” of this and other rural areas was a regularly changing phenomenon. He reassured the gathering that change was “alright” and that life nor death should be feared. The fact the All Saints Church and indeed most other church and church yard spaces are shared by the living and those buried therein was testament to that. He reinforced the view of the extreme importance of the fabric of the church building in the community. The reaction and appreciation of the audience to his lecture was profound and demonstrated genuine affection and respect for the Archbishop. Sharrington PCC and the congregation of All Saints put in much hard work to make this unique event a reality and a success, they should all be most sincerely thank for this. JHC 24

extract from Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra. This year we have concentrated on composers with anniversaries: Schumann, Chopin and Mahler (too much Mahler for some, methinks!). We have found some new favourite musicians: Renee Fleming and Stephen Hough in recent programmes. My collection of music DVDs has improved amazingly. I always welcome suggestions from members and when we resume the highlight will be Margaret’s **th birthday selection. I will be relegated to operating the DVD! We have been going now for 7 years and will remain active while an enthusiastic core of members stay with it. During the last few years we have raised a substantial amount to help Sally in The Gambia complete her nursing qualification, start her career, and finance a place of her own. We have also attracted new members, which is wonderful! It is not exclusive to Stiffkey! Dates for next season’s meetings will be announced in the next Lynx. John Adnitt


Cherry’s funeral took place on Friday April 30th at the Church. Cherry lived in Stiffkey for 10 years after retiring from being Registrar in the Borough of Wandsworth. She loved the village and its surroundings, which she explored daily with her dogs. During her time in Stiffkey Cherry paid an important part in village life as a member of the parish council and the fete committee. Cherry was always positive and cheerful, even when she became very ill. During her last months we all admired her courage and determination to keep going. She came to the Book Club meeting in March just a few weeks before her death. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband John. Cherry will be missed by many. John Adnitt


At the AGM on April 18th the churchwardens, Messrs McDougall and Adnitt were re-elected, as were treasurer, Heather Harrison, and secretary, Helen Leach. Many people were thanked for their sterling contributions to maintaining the church and its work in the community: including organists, flower arrangers, cleaners, and mowers. The same day the church hosted one of the Norfolk Churches Tours and many visitors favourable commented about the condition of the church. Thursday June 24th is our patronal festival, St. John the Baptist’s Day. We invite all residents to join us at the church at 7 for drinks, light refreshments and a chance to admire the newly cleaned and repaired windows and other work recently done. We hope our rector (no longer “new”), the Revd. Ian Whittle, will be able to come and meet members of the village who have not yet had an opportunity to talk to him. Please come.

MUSIC CIRCLE The Music Circle has completed its programme for the winter and will resume in September. During the past sequence of programmes we have experimented with afternoon meetings during the shorter days of winter. Our musical diet remains mainly mainstream classics with a dash of adventure here and there, e.g. an


NATURE NOTES Am I right to think that something serious has happened to our Swallows, House Martins and Swift populations? Their numbers seem to reduce every year, Are they nesting further north? The British Trust for ornithology is worried about the severe drop in a lot of summer migrants and is sending experts to Africa to study the problem. Don’t forget Swallows winter in South Africa! What a fantastic journey. Roadside 'Alexanders' as usual, rampant and is it true that it was imported by the Romans to feed their horses? I don’t see our ponies and horses munching it these days. Road kills of wildlife get worse and worse; a scene of carnage, Cock Pheasants with little to do except to strut about when hen birds are tucked up on their nests, seem to invite death. And our (much valued) holiday visitors seem to have no idea that country roads need careful driving. Speed limits are often ignored. Blackthorn was at least three weeks late to flower this year – everything delayed by the cold spring. The other morning I found an adult toad – guess where? In the dog’s drinking bowl in the corner of the kitchen. Swimming around and unable to climb out. Our garden is at least ¼ mile from the nearest water. What is it that makes them come indoors when the door is open? Grass snakes time their awakening from hibernation when common frogs migrate to ponds to breed – I used to keep tame grass snakes but did not like having to feed them live frogs! I gave up, Grass snakes have an interesting defence mechanism; they emit a revolting smell! One learns things by close contact. Pightle

There is an earlier opportunity to come and join us on the last Sunday in May, the 30th, when at 10.30 we will host a benefice service for all 9 churches at Stiffkey. Ian will take the service. John Adnitt

ALBARACA NURSERY SCHOOL Following the outstanding success of the 2009 plant sale the 2010 sequel will take place on the church knoll from 9.30 onwards on Monday 31st May. An amazing selection of horticultural delights has been carefully nurtured by trustees and other supporters in the area. This is a chance to enrich your gardens and also the lives of children in The Gambia through your support. All proceeds will go to the school. There will be refreshments and books and other items for sale in the village hall during the morning, including some fine tapestries made from material bought in The Gambia. The school in The Gambia has recently acquired its first computer, provided with the support of a nursery school in Hertfordshire. This is making communication so much easier. Information can be sent now in a few minutes. As there is no postal system whatsoever in The Gambia this has opened up all sorts of possibilities and is helping the trustees here and staff and trustees in The Gambia to work together much more effectively. John Adnitt


SCHOOL NEWS Phew! Heads are still spinning from the Barnardo’s Young Supporters’ Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in which Langham Village School children from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 participated. Words can hardly describe how truly wonderful the experience was of singing in a choir of 1,500 children in such a magnificent and historic venue. “The children did us proud,” says Headteacher Mike Green. “It was certainly worth all the practising and the very long day.” Parents hired a coach to travel to London to support the children and everyone was impressed at how professionally the event was organised. Barnardo’s works directly with more than 100,000 children, young people and their families through 415 projects every year and this year’s event helped the charity to pass £1,000,000 in fundraising from its concerts programme. Former Blue Peter presenter Zoe Salmon compered a varied performance that included the Naatya East dance group, Tweak Freaks rock group and Hope Murphy, 14 year-old winner of Barnado’s Sparks Factor contest, as well as the massed choir of schoolchildren drawn from all points of the compass. Langham was the only representative from Norfolk and one of the most distant schools from London. The choir’s repertoire ranged from traditional songs, such as The Drunken Sailor, and a Music Hall medley to ABBA hits and a Queen tribute. The audience joined in a chorus of Land of Hope and Glory at the end – just like at The Proms – and the children all waved St George cross flags. “It was a spectacular success by any measure and an experience that the children and those who witnessed it will cherish for years to come,” says Chair of Governors Dave Dalton. “Thanks must go to Lyn Williams for getting the ball rolling; Headteacher Mike Green for providing the impetus and organisation; Lyn Wiles for quickly knocking the singers into shape along with Mike Green and Sheila Harris, and Wyatt Earp on the day; the School Friends for coordinating the supporters’ transport to London; and parent helpers on the day Liz Crawford, Lucy Walduck and Jo Phelps.” Mike Green hints that there will be more to come when he says: “I shall be looking for a similar type of extravaganza next year – so watch this space.” This term is dominated by the SATs tests for Year 6 children (yes, Langham is participating as usual this year) but there is still time for other activities. The Bike/ Walk to School Week was a great success, a number of children competed to recite poems at Poetry-Next-theSea in Wells and there have been many activities on the sports front. More of those exploits in the next issue.

SUMMER SUN Great is the Sun and wide he goes Through empty heaven without repose; And in the blue and glowing days More thick than rain he showers his rays. Though closer still the blinds we pull To keep the shady parlour cool, Yet he will find a chink or two To slip his golden fingers through. The dusty attic, spider-clad, He, through the keyhole, maketh glad; And through the broken edge of tiles, Into the laddered hayloft smiles. Meantime his golden face around He bares to all the garden ground, And sheds a warm and glittering look Among the ivy’s inmost nook. Above the hills, along the blue, Round the bright air with footing true, To please the child, to paint the rose, The gardener of the World, he goes. Robert Louis Stevenson – Ed.




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Local Lynx Issue 72 - June/July 2010  

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

Local Lynx Issue 72 - June/July 2010  

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