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

NEWS FROM OUR VILLAGES

DECEMBER 2010 & JANUARY 2011

ISSUE 75

Santa’s welcome arrival!

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WHAT’S ON DECEMBER 4th Sat. Langham FOL Coffee, Parish Room 4th Sat. Langham Children’s Coffee, Crafers 10-12 4th Sat, Langham School Christmas Fair 10-12 4th Sat. Langham ‘Bygone Days’ P. Room 7.30 4th Sat. Binham Christmas Supper 7.00 for 7.30 5th Sun. Morston Bluejacket Christmas Fair 10-5 6th Mon Binham Chequers Quiz Night 7.30 8th Wed. Langham Ladybirds’ Buffet Supper 8th Wed. Binham Priory Play Auditions, 7.30 9th Thurs. Binham/Hindringham party 7.15 9th Thurs. Langham Mobile Library 10th Fri. Field Dalling Christmas Bingo, 7.30 11th Sat. Gunthorpe Christmas Recital 5.00 13th Mon. Binham Local History Party 15th Wed. Langham FOL Coffee, Parish Room 15th Wed. Langham Double Octave concert, 7.30 15th Wed. Langham Bowls Open Evening 7.30 16th Thurs. Binham Nativity Play 4.30 15th Wed. Langham School, Church Carols 2.00 15th Wed. Langham Church Concert 7.30 18th Sat. Gunthorpe FOGP Christmas Party 12.00 20th Mon. Binham Carols round the Tree 7.15 23rd Thurs. Morston Candlelit Service 5.00 24th Fri. Morston Waites meet at Anchor 5.00 30th Thurs. Langham Mobile Library 31st Fri. Bale Old Year’s Night Village Hall 7.30

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JANUARY 1st Sat. Langham FOL Coffee, Parish Room 2nd Sun. Langham visit to Pantomime 3rd Mon. Binham Chequers Quiz Night 7.30 2nd Sun. Langham. Children’s Pantomime visit 2.00 7th Fri. Langham Bowls Open Evening 7.30 19th Wed. Langham FOL Coffee, Parish Room 19th Wed. Stiffkey Music Circle 2.30 27th Thurs. Binham Local History AGM 6.45 29th Sat. Gunthorpe Institute Coffee Morning 10.30

EXTRA CHRISTMAS SERVICES & EVENTS

Regulars Mondays: Langham Keep Fit 10 – 11 Parish Room Mondays: Binham Baby/Toddler Group 10-12 term-time Tuesdays: Binham Guild of Artists Village Hall 10-12

December

16th Binham: Nativity Play - 4.30 pm 18th Binham: Iceni Christmas Choir Lessons and Carols - 6.30pm rd 23 Morston: Nine Lessons and Carols - 5.00 pm 24th Binham: Children’s Christmas Eve Service - 4.00 pm 24th Holy Communion at Binham - 11.00 pm 24th Holy Communion at Field Dalling - 11.00 pm

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Church Services for Stiffkey and Bale Benefice for December 2010 and January 2011 HC=Holy Communion. FS=Family Service. MP=Morning Prayer. BCP=Book of Common Prayer 5th December

12th December

19th December

Bale Field Dalling

9.30am HC At Saxlingham

9.30am HC 11.00am CFS Lessons & Carols

6.30pm Carol Service At Saxlingham

Saxlingham Gunthorpe Sharrington

9.30am HC

11.00am Family HC

11.00am Festal Matins

At Field Dalling 11.00am MP 9.30am HC

5.00pm Carol Service

10.30am Christmas HC 11.00am Lessons & Carols 9.30am Christmas HC

Binham

11.00am HC

11.00am HC

11.00am CFS

10.30am Lessons & Carols

Morston

9.30am HC BCP

9.30am HC BCP

9.30am Christmas HC BCP

Langham Stiffkey

9.30am CFS At Langham

At Stiffkey 3.30pm Christingle

11.00am Christmas HC 10.00am Christmas HC

Parish

At Stiffkey 9.30am HC

25th December CHRISTMAS DAY 9.30am Christmas HC At Saxlingham

Parish

2nd January

9th January

16th January

23rd January

Bale

9.30am HC

9.30am HC

9.30am HC

9.30am HC

Field Dalling

At Saxlingham

11.00am CFS

At Saxlingham

11.00am MP BCP

Saxlingham Gunthorpe

9.30am HC

At Field Dalling 11.00am MP

11.00am HC

At Field Dalling 11.00am HC

Sharrington

9.30am MP BCP

9.30am HC

9.30am MP CW

9.30am HC

Binham

11.00am HC

11.00am HC

11.00am CFS

9.30am HC

Morston

9.30am HC BCP

Langham

At Stiffkey

9.30am MP

At Stiffkey

9.30am HC

Stiffkey

9.30am CFS

At Langham

9.30am HC

9.30am HC

9.30am HC BCP

26th December: Langham - Group Service, Morning Prayers with Carols, at 10.30am 30th January: Field Dalling - Group Service at 10.30am Regular Weekday Services Binham: Tuesday, 6.00pm Evening Prayers, Langham: Wednesday, 10.00am Holy Communion Stiffkey: Friday, 10.00am Holy Communion

RECTOR’S LETTER

was personalised - was a Person - was his own cousin, Jesus, son of his Aunt Mary Jesus the Son of God. Israel’s history had been one of Divine Intervention and here was Divine Intervention. God had taken away the world’s breath in recruiting the Virgin Mary to bear a son, who in turn would save and protect the world by His death and through His physical and eternal resurrection. But this was a unique Christmas and Easter present - one that would last in importance from when it was given until the end of time, and even beyond that. St. John, the prophets before him, St. Paul and the Apostles in their day - bore witness to the amazing care, love, and long-suffering of God - for his Creation. He wanted Peace for his world, eternal life in common with his people; and that makes every moment, every relationship, every deed of eternal importance and that is the formula which injects hope into every situation. God is with us. Emmanuel - is come. Hope, without which there is no life, is now made personal: “This is he… a voice of one calling in the desert; prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.” Now and every day, come rain, cold, heat, pleasure, peace, health, illness, disaster, the ordinary, life is now lived indissolubly married to hope. So may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Yours truly, Ian Whittle

Dear Friends and Parishioners, Don’t you think that all people have different views about the best things in life? We have some views in common, things we all regard as good. But there is much that is personal, private even. Each of us has a private goal: to love and to be loved: to make and keep a home: to see our children’s children: to create something of beauty which will outlast us: to plant and grow and hand on something to the next generation: to keep warm and well fed, this day and tomorrow. But the kernel of every ambition, the tiniest seed hid in the fruit of achievement, is Hope. What is life without hope? What is tomorrow without hope? Is not depression existence without hope? The history of God’s dealings with his Creation are about life, and not depression, and about hope - the hope we have in God, crystallised in our Lord Jesus Christ. His Coming some 2010 years ago was the fulfilment of Hope for many and the revelation of more reason to hope for many, many more people. For century after century the ancient people of God, the Israelites, had kept alive the hope of God becoming immanent, righting every wrong and making all things right. Even in the face of all their nation’s disasters, they hoped that life would be brought out of death - a shoot out of a dead stump - and that a new order would follow. John the Baptiser was convinced of this and recognised his place in the chain of hope. Hope, he had come to know,

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DEANERY NEWS Holt Deanery Event Sat . 4th Dec. 2.30-4.30pm at Blakeney Church (See article ‘Journeying to Christmas’ for details)

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

BLAKENEY CATHOLIC CHURCH Back Lane Blakeney Father Michael Simison 12 Hindringham Road Gt. Walsingham NorfolkTel: 01328 821 353 Priest in Residence Father William Wells (the house behind the church)

JOURNEYING TO CHRISTMAS Saturday. 4th. December 2.30 - 4.30pm. At St. Nicholas Church Blakeney Creative activities for Advent for all the family. Lots of fun, fellowship, music, refreshments, drama, crafts and refreshments. Come along for an enjoyable afternoon and meet Simon, the newly appointed Deanery Children’s, Youth & Family Missioner (in our next Issue he will tell us about his ‘greatest adventure’) All ages are welcome.

Service Times Mass for Sunday Vigil Mass: Sunday Mass:

Saturday 6.00pm. 11.00am.

BLAKENEY METHODIST CHURCH

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

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

FAKENHAM CHORAL SOCIETY & ORCHESTRA Fakenham Parish Church Sat. Dec. 18th, 7.30pm Charpentier's Messe de Minuit & Christmas Carols Tickets £10 (under 18 free) 01328 830639, or on the door

EMERGENCY SERVICES CAROL SERVICE

GLAVEN CARING

Norfolk Police are inviting members of the public to join them for the annual Emergency Services Christmas Carol Service on Monday 6 December. The service will take place at Norwich Cathedral from 7.30pm, with songs performed by Norfolk Constabulary choir and musical accompaniment from the Taverham band and the Cathedral organist. The beneficiary of the collection will be The Matthew Project – which provides counselling, advice, information and support services for those with problems relating to drug misuse or alcohol abuse.

Have you got a few hours to spare each month? Would you like to put your skills to good use? YES – GREAT!!! We need your help!!!! Glaven Caring is a local Charity based in Blakeney and provides services that enable the senior members of the community to live in their own homes whilst receiving care and support at our purpose built centre several days a week. We desperately need volunteers who are willing to drive and/or help on our mini-bus which transports clients to the centre. Help is also required in the Centre, making coffee, attending to the needs of the clients, simply having a chat etc., etc. Training will be given if required. If you are interested or would like more details, please ring Maureen Buckey – 01263 740762. The area covered is expanding from the twelve villages in the Glaven Valley; Binham, Blakeney, Cley, Field Dalling, Glandford, Langham, Letheringsett, Little Thornage, Morston, Salthouse, Saxlingham & Wiveton to include HOLT! Please contact us if you think we may be able to help or assist a relative, friend, or neighbour!

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DISTRICT COUNCILLOR’S NEWS During November and December a series of meetings and workshops will be held in the District giving the opportunity for discussions over the government's comprehensive spending review and how the 'cuts' can best be handled locally. These meetings will involve groups including volunteers, Parish Councils, the Norfolk Community Partnership and all key organisations involved with NNDC . Norfolk County Council have begun their Big Conversation consultation which will be completed by 10th January 2011 - full details on their website. In her update at November's NNDC Full Council meeting on new government policy, the Leader emphasised that items such as council tax concessions, housing benefits and concessionary fares would all be under review, bearing in mind that the Council Tax itself will be capped. The North Norfolk Museums Forum was held at RAF Air Defence Radar Museum last month. An update on the museums' activities was presented with the assurance that these popular events will continue and a new leaflet will soon be available through the Tourist Information Centres. If you are over 50 or interested in issues for the over 50s do contact Mary at North Norfolk Older People's Forum at 01263 761419 to learn more about services available to you, or people you care for. Glaven Caring, the charity who does so much good work in our villages, needs volunteers - please contact Maureen Buckey on 01263 740762 if you can help. NNDC's Communications and Coastal Management teams won the prestigious Gold Award in the CIPR's Pride East Awards. The campaign resulted in the successful application for Pathfinder funding, with NNDC being awarded almost one third of the funds available nationally and being recognised as a national leader in coastal affairs. NNDC's Health Improvement Team were interviewed on the BBC Politics Show on how they help and support elderly people to live a longer and healthier life - a very positive aspect to the programme According to a survey, the NNDC Website is the best in Norfolk. Finally, though it always seems a bit early as I write this in November, may I wish you all a very happy Christmas and New Year. Lindsay Brettle

GLAVEN CENTRE Thistleton Court, Blakeney, Holt Norfolk, NR25 7PH. Tel: 01263 740762 Hearing Aid Clinics; 24th November. 22nd December. 2011 - 28th January. 23rd February. 25th March. Toe Nail Clinics: 19th November. 10th December. 17th December. 2011 - 28th January. 18th February. 11th March

COMMA RURAL DIAL-A-BUS West Norfolk Community Transport Project (WNCT) has been awarded a capital grant from COMMA – The Community Aggregates Fund, which is funded by DEFRA’s Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund. The grant is commissioned and monitored by ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) and we are most grateful for the support received from Norfolk Rural Community Council in the preparation of the grant application. WNCT has been able to purchase a minibus to help provide dial-a-bus services to some communities located close to eligible quarries noted in the COMMA guidelines. Their first services will be organised around the villages near the Holt/Edgefield quarries. WNCT now needs to know what interest there is for their transport services from residents of the following villages: Gunthorpe - Bale - Sharrington - Thornage Stody - Brinton - Briningham - Melton Constable Briston - Edgefield - Hunworth. Please ring WNCT on 01553 776971 to speak with Brad Stein regarding this transport, and he will provide further details and information. This will be a pre-booked service and will begin once WNCT has a better understanding of local interest and demand.

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

FIRESIDE CANDLELIT CELEBRATION of 450 Christmases Past and Present

at Hindringham Hall, Hindringham. 18:00 Friday 17 December Unreserved tickets £15.00 online at www.yorketrust.org or from 01328 823501.

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NEWS FROM COUNTY COUNCIL Wells Division Cuts and Consultation: You may have read in the press the County proposals on savings. It is important for you to know that you will have an opportunity to have your say by Monday 10 January 2011. To read the proposals in detail go on-line to Norfolk County Council and enter 'Norfolk's Big Conversation' and NCC's proposals . If you do not have a computer ask a friend or relation to make you a copy or ask at the Library, where staff have agreed to help anyone access the information and will have a hard copy available, or telephone 0344 800 8 020 and ask for a copy to be sent to you . The document tells you how to respond. In addition various key stakeholders will be invited to explanatory meetings and I anticipate parish councils and/or other groups will be holding discussions. If I am wanted at such meetings I will do my best to attend. We all know cuts have to be made just make sure you have your say - say what you feel should not be cut and if possible offer alternatives. I need time to study the proposals in greater detail but I will be saying that rural areas must not be disproportionately disadvantaged.

PETER GARWOOD Ten years ago, Dr Peter Garwood joined the Support Group which manages the operation of Local Lynx as the representative for Sharrington. Over the following years he produced regular news from his village, peppered with anecdotes of his own, under the pen-mane of Airbag. His original, often quirky humour often revealed something of his deep humanity and personal faith, as well as his enjoyment of living in this part of the world. Only a couple of weeks before he died, Peter broke off from a savage game of chess to write the following lines, summing up his attitude towards infirmity:

Broadband and mobile 'phone provision: This has not been forgotten, improvement becomes even more crucial in today's financial climate - for small businesses, pupils and students, and tourism. NCC continues to ensure providers are aware of Norfolk, its needs and potential. In the meantime if we work together as a parish - or a collection of parishes - e-mail should be sent to frances.downey@shapingnorfolksfuture.org. We need to demonstrate we do not want to be left behind in the County race for a system fit for the future.

We may all become GERIATRIC But only a few will be DREARIATRIC Cos With each new day - we say ‘Hooray’ That the miserable sod with the scythe has gone away. We may be BLEARIATRIC Or our muscles WEARIATRC But we potter and creak For the rest of the week - and Hope to become CHEERIATRIC.

Royal Norfolk Regiment:

Peter was immensely supportive of this paper and its aims of linking our villages and enhancing our communities. His good sense, his wit and his friendship will be greatly missed by Helen and me and all our colleagues on the paper. Our deepest sympathies are extended to Ann and Paul and to the other members of his family.

Has now been honoured by the County Council with a plaque containing badges of all the regiments which were amalgamated into the Anglian Regiment. Those who served and family members may like to see the plaque, donated by a fellow Councillor, in the Marble Map area at County Hall during office hours. marie.strong@norfolk.gov.uk

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BALE DIARY 4th November A single bright acid yellow hazel leaf lies on the dark ground, a luminous delight, a consolation for the return of bare-branched winter. Along the headlands, leaves cover the stubble; piles of delicately branched ash leaves, the last to unfurl, and the first to fall – the ash trees are all bare now. The big golden tan saw-edged shape of a sweet chestnut leaf catches my eye. There are plenty of oak leaves down too, but the trees seem unaffected, some have not even changed colour much yet. Others stand out from the hedgerow in their full ginger glory.

CHRISTMAS AT ALL SAINTS On 19 December, the Sunday before Christmas, at 6.30 p.m. there will be a service of lessons and carols with contributions from a choir. Please come! We will be offering mulled wine and mince pies afterwards. This year there will be a service of Holy Communion on Christmas Day morning at 9.30 a.m. rather than at midnight as before. We hope that this change will make it easier for whole families and their visitors to join in but still have time to deal with the turkey and unwrap presents! The occasion will be much enhanced by a wonderful musical contribution form the Jacklin family. All are most welcome! The times of these services are also published on page 3.

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In the wood the yellowy leaves change the grey light of a dull day as though the sun were shining through them. The hollies and the ivy take on a darker tone in contrast; a muntjac deer silently lopes away in the deeper shade. An oak tree’s copper foliage hangs over the hazels, and sycamores on the field edge sport their yellow-green leaves, beauty-spotted with tarspot fungus. The beech, queen of the wood, and protected by the thick canopy, has hardly begun to cut off the supply of sap to her leaves. Out on the scrub-grown water meadow, a sycamore blazes with orange and ochre amongst the dull greys and greens of goat willow; their turn to catch fire comes later.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND Bale Village Hall Committee invites you to come and join them to celebrate Old Year’s Night. Good food, fun and games from 7.30 at the Village Hall. To book your place at £8 a head please let Ann (Ramm) or Margaret (Dent) know.

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Field maples are the most colourful of our native trees, and in the green lane they buzz with sweet rose reds amongst the green. One ash here has hung onto its bunches of copper coloured seeds like massy clumps of keys. Vivid yellow is the predominant colour; it is in the maples and the blackthorn, as well as the hazels, in the high hedges that line the track. Notes of red in guelder rose, bryony berries and bramble leaves which glow bright pink and orange against the darker under-hedge.

BALE VILLAGE HALL SOCIAL CLUB DRAW

September 2010 Mark Allison £ 25 Sarah Mitchall £ 10 Patricia Church £ 5 D Pattinson £5

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Further down the lane the bracken has become more delicate as it dies off, the papery ochre and copper filigree of its fronds drooping down, soon to become one russet mass and dissolve away. In Clip Street there are oaks with huge horizontal branches across the road, some with ochre leaves, some still green. The oak is the only tree with the strength to resist gravity quite so obstinately. 3

Back in my garden I have a crop of sloes to harvest, the dogwood is turning scarlet; today in the wind its bright leaves are blowing across the grass. 3

My hornbeam tree, turned to green-gold, which I planted ten years ago, is reaching up to rival the beech tree next to it, established then, but its top now smothered in wild hops and Montana clematis. Jane Wheeler

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October 2010 Liz Allison Sue Berry David Ramm Andy Wells

£25 £10 £5 £5


CHRISTMAS SERVICES AT BINHAM PRIORY See panels on pages 2 and 3 Please note, there will be no service in the Priory on Sun. 26th Dec. and no Evening Prayer on Tues. 28th Dec.

BINHAM PRIORY PASSION PLAY The Road to Easter On the three evenings of Monday to Wednesday 18th to 20th April next year, we aim to present a Passion Play in the Priory Church. The inspiration has been taken from the Passion Play put on every ten years, since the 17th century, at Oberammergau in South Germany where nearly half the community takes part. We hope our play will also be a community effort, as successful as the Medieval Weekend. Andrew Moncur has produced a brilliant script, using everyday language to bring the story to life. He conveys the drama, including some humour, of the conflict of a society resenting being under foreign occupation while at odds with itself, situations regrettably we still have today in so many parts of the world, brought into our living rooms by the TV. We are looking for at least 40 players to take parts, 12 as principal actors with more for the crowd scenes including Roman soldiers. By using two commentators, reading most of the text, Andrew has cleverly ensured the actors will have only short speeches to memorise. The dress will be traditional, Beverley Taylor and Sue Jeffery have volunteered to design and manage the wardrobe. Geoff Scott is preparing the music for a small singing group, audience participation and appropriate recorded music. We will hire in some theatrical lighting to further enhance the visual drama of the performance taking place “in-the-round” within the nave, the audience sitting round the edge. We already have a number of volunteers for potential players and helpers but we would like more from Binham and the surrounding villages to be involved, particularly young people, even whole families. At Oberammergau the ages of the large cast ranged from 4 months to 94! It should be fun. To hear more about how the play will be staged come, warmly dressed, to a meeting in the Priory on Wednesday 8th December at 7.30 pm. Please come, even if you wonder whether it will be for you. Light refreshments and mulled wine will be available. We have jobs for back-stage helpers as well as wanting more for the cast. You will be surprised how relevant the events to be portrayed are to contemporary life. If this date is not convenient, but you would like to know more, please contact David Frost, 01328 830362 or davidfrost226@btinternet.com

PIT-DIGGING Binham has previously hosted three visits from Carenza Lewis and her team from Cambridge University and they have now dug twenty-five mini-pits around the village. A picture of the previous inhabitants of the area is slowly being created. Not to be outdone, members of our group took part in a Community Dig at the end of August as part of the national Festival of Archaeology and we contributed a further four pits. Those who took part will be pleased to hear that ‘Dugg’ the orphan partridge chick is alive and well, living a life of luxury in the company of sixteen quails with the Marsh family. Carenza is now in the process of arranging another dig in mid-June 2011 and our Group is planning to arrange two weekends of Community digging during the year. We will be looking for willing (or unwilling) volunteers nearer the time, as well as offers from villagers who are prepared to sacrifice one square metre of their garden for two days. We will require five people for each pit and we can offer an inspiring and educational two days of toil for all abilities and ages - so be prepared. Alan Eagle

QUIZ NIGHTS AT THE CHEQUERS Quiz Nights continue at the Chequers, thanks to Steve & Alex: on the first Monday in the month. So come along. Monday 6th December & Monday 3rd January You don’t need to bring a whole team – just come along at 6.30 if you are going to have a meal – or at 7.30 for a drink and the Quiz. (It’s not always that difficult!)

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BINHAM PARISH COUNCIL This is a little history lesson. For decades up until the 1980s local Councils collected the “rates” from both residential properties and businesses. Then some bright spark (unaware of the problems caused on a previous occasion in the fourteenth century) came up with the idea of poll tax. We know what happened to that, but coupled with it was the idea that business rates would no longer be payable to the local Council but would instead be payable to central government. The government would then make “grants” to local Councils to enable them to top up their funds to carry out their functions. And then the governments instructed the local Councils to carry out certain jobs on their behalf (for instance issuing free bus passes and paying the local bus operators for their use) and said that they would top up the “grant” to compensate them. This has never been considered a very satisfactory system in this part of the world since it was been quite obvious over the years that successive governments have not shared out the money evenly, and have been subsidising urban areas at the expense of rural ones. But the latest slap in the face has at least been made nationwide. In order to balance its own books, central government has decided to reduce the “grant” payable to local Councils. [I should say at this point that we are talking locally about North Norfolk District and Norfolk County Councils and not local Parishes who don’t receive anything from the government anyway]. The reduction has been quite substantial (27% has been mentioned) and will mean that services will be cut, Council staff will be sacked, or both. So when you have to pay for your teenager’s bus travel to sixth form college, or the price of your meal-on-wheels doubles, please remember it isn’t the fault of the Council! This is not about profligate Councils (which central government would like you to believe) but the government pushing the blame for the hard times on to someone else. But there is one area in which the local Parish Council may become involved. Some of the work that Councils do is statutory (collecting the rubbish, providing the schools) and some is discretionary (libraries, public toilets, theatres/arts). One way that some of the larger Councils will balance the books is to cease some discretionary services. Parishes may then feel compelled to undertake these services instead. For instance, in North Norfolk all grass cutting currently undertaken by NNDC will cease. Because we are a tourist area (if not for the local residents) many Parishes will take up this work instead – and we (the Local Council Tax Payers) will have to pay for it. Don’t blame your Parish if their part of the Council Tax has to rise a bit! Keith Leesmith 01328 710261. keith@leesmith.co.uk

BINHAM BABY & TODDLER GROUP The Binham Baby and Toddler Group meets in the Village Hall on Mondays (during term time) from 10 am to 12. There are lots of toys, craft activities, stories and song time and a free toy library. Also a drink and snack and a chance to chat. £1 per family. Come and join the fun! Melissa Snell 07780 308995

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. Last September, for half the morning, Robert Cooke gave a very helpful talk on perspective using many clear examples which he had prepared. James Bucknill followed on after the break with a rather boring demonstration using water-soluble pastels. In October Sarah Caswell, following her very successful visit last year, gave a very professional and amusing talk about her work, and showed her technique with a flower painting, using acrylics. Finally in November, Martin Sexton made a much appreciated visit. He demonstrated painting clouds with watercolour with great success and also gave a very helpful and diplomatic ‘crit’ of paintings that members had brought in. Further info. - contact James Bucknill at 01328 830651

FOOD FOR THOUGHT Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift, that's why it's called the present.

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND Bale Village Hall Committee invites you to come and join them to celebrate Old Year’s Night. Good food, fun and games from 7.30 at the Village Hall. To book your place at £8 a head please let Ann (Ramm) or Margaret (Dent) know.

BINHAM LOCAL HISTORY GROUP Forthcoming Events Mon. 13th Dec. Christmas Party. Professor Peter Trudgill will talk about the History of the Norfolk Dialect. Thurs. 27th Jan. There will be a short AGM at 6.45 p.m. followed at 7.30 p.m. by a talk by Christopher Hartop about The Paston Treasure. All meetings in the Binham Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. Wine, Coffee, Tea and biscuits. £2 members, £3 non-members 01328 830270 cpwrightuk@aol.com

BINHAM CHRISTMAS SUPPER Saturday 4th December. 7 for 7.30 p.m. To reserve a place, please phone Liz Brown on 01328 830519. Tickets £6 per person. There will be a Raffle and Tombola for the Village Hall Funds.

BINHAM & HINDRINGHAM OPEN CIRCLE

BINHAM NATIVITY PLAY

Our Christmas Party is on Thursday, December 9th, a week earlier than usual. Chris Manders will be the speaker at our first meeting of the New Year, on January 20th. Chris will be talking about Community First Responders, the important volunteers who are often first on the scene during an emergency. The Open Circle Women's Club meets at 7.15pm on the third Thursday of each month at Hindringham Village Hall. New members are always welcome. Just come along on the night or ring secretary Fiona Thompson on 01328 830639.

This annual event will take place in Binham Priory on Thurs. 16th Dec. 4.30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come and take part in this celebration of the real meaning of Christmas. Angels, Shepherds, Wise Men - this is a special call to you and anyone interested who would like to help in any way. Come and enjoy our musical treats, a light tea and a chance to enjoy the beautiful Priory at Christmas time. Lucy Walduck 01328 830775

BINHAM MEMORIAL HALL - 100 CLUB Winners. October £25 Mr Marshall; £10 Mrs Violet Dunn; £5 Jude Robson, Mike Jeffery, Carolyn Wright Winners. November £25 Mrs Witherington; £10 Mrs Ann Prockter; £5 Mrs P Newson, Glenda Siemon, Mrs J Cook. There are numbers still available. If you would like to join please phone June Read at 01328 830106 or call at 8 Priory Crescent.

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CHRISTMAS AT ST ANDREWS

BATS IN THE BELFRY

St Andrew’s Church begins its celebration of Christmas with a Service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday 12 December at 11:00 am, with seasonal refreshments to follow. The service is for all ages, and children are very welcome. Christmas Eve Midnight Communion begins at 11:00 pm on Friday 24 December. (Saxlingham will host a Christmas Morning service on 25 December—see the timetable of services at the front of Lynx.) St Andrew’s has had major repairs at both the west and east ends in 2010. The tower floors have been strengthened and the bells can ring out again. The east window opening has been covered in plywood and scaffolding for some months while the three 90 inch high panels undergo structural repairs. During the repair, each individual piece of glass is being cleaned. We very much hope that we will have the window back before Christmas, so that we will soon be able to see the window as it looked when it was new, nearly 150 years ago. Margaret Smith, Churchwarden

Visitors to Cockthorpe Church in recent months may have noticed straps around the tower appearing to hold the structure together. On closer inspection tiny cracks can be seen in the flint work. Looking inside the church, the altar has been moved out of the chancel which is now a no-go area due to very unsound woodwork in the roof. Fortunately the Norfolk Churches Trust who cares for this redundant church is determined to rectify these problems. The priority for the proposed restoration work is the tower which is at risk of further deterioration until corrective work can begin. Water ingression into the stonework was noticed during the latest architectural survey. Rain water from the roof, instead of flowing clear of the tower from a chute, has been making its way into the structure and weakening it over the years. Malcolm Fisher of Norfolk Churches Trust reported that following a number of different surveys, the Trust aided by a grant from English Heritage has managed to obtain funds for repair work. However nothing can be done yet due to the presence of a large population of several breeds of bats. A 12 month bat survey costing in the region of £11,000 has been initiated and will result in recommendations for the welfare of the bats during the period of restoration work. It is hoped that his work will start in spring next year and probably last several months. Let’s hope that the tower has not collapsed before then. This year English Heritage has put Cockthorpe Church on their “At Risk Register”. Despite all this the Church is still open to visitors and let’s hope that the annual candle lit carol service will take place this Christmas.

CHRISTMAS BINGO! 7:30pm on Fri 10th Dec. in the Village Hall Preparations for Debbie Ladley’s Christmas Bingo in are well under way. It offers an evening of family fun, to which everyone is welcome. There are lots of prizes, a great raffle and refreshments as well, so it’s an absolute must-be-there for Bingo lovers. Doors open at 6pm and the entry fee of just £6 will buy you the Session Book and two Jackpots.

DANCE IN AID OF PAPWORTH Thank-you to everyone who attended our dance at Binham Village Hall on 6th Nov. We have made £1,600 (maybe a few pounds more, but given at the time of writing to catch the Lynx deadline - it is only 7 hours ago the dance finished). Thanks also for all the generous raffle prizes that have been given - to Graves (butcher) for HogRoast, to Ray Craft and his team on the bar, and a big thank-you to David and Tim for carving the roast for us. Ann Massingham

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CHRISTMAS PUZZLE PAGES (answers on pages 14 & 22)

CHRISTMAS CROSSWORD

PUZZLE PAINTING Our page heading is the lower part of a famous painting. What is it usually called and what is the name of the artist? Award yourself a bonus point if you can identify its date (to the nearest twenty years), and double bonus points if you can name the city where the painting is displayed now.

CHRISTMAS WORD-SQUARE This year our square lives up to its name since it contains no less than tewnty-seven words directly connected to Christmas festivities and the Christmas story. But beware! It also contains even more words which are not so directly connected (unless you are giving a bat, a car or a pup as a present, or are suffering from angst). The usual rules apply - the words are all in a straight line but can be placed in any direction, including diagonally and backwards.

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FAMILY CHRISTMAS QUIZ by Samphire (answers page 22) 1.“Christmas Island, Australia” is 1,200 miles from the mainland – in which direction? 2.In “The 12 Days of Christmas” what did my true love give to me on the 4th Day and the 9th Day? 3.What is the Christian interpretation in “The 12 Days of Christmas” of the Ten Lords a-leaping? 4.Which pop group had the following UK Christmas Number One Singles: 1996 - “2 Become!” 1997 - “Too Much”. 1998 - “Goodbye”? 5. What is Reveillon? 6.What fish do Poles like to eat at Christmas? 7.What foodstuff – named after the Bell Inn on the A1 (where it was in the 18th century put on the stagecoach to London or York) – may officially now only be made in Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire? 8.What do we in England call red Bordeaux wine? 9.Which spice, besides mace, is derived from “the common N-----“ - which is grown in Penang, Grenada and Kerala, but is indigenous to Indonesia’s Moluccas (Banda Islands)? 10.What foodstuff is Montelimar famous for? 11.What were invented by Thomas J. Smith of London in 1847 under the name of “Cosaques” (Cossacks) as a development of his “bon-bon” sweets, which he sold in a twist of paper, later adding mottos and the "crackle" element (and his son, Walter added gifts in them)? 12.Complete the following in the carol, “The Holly and the Ivy”: “Of all the trees that are in the wood, - - - - - .” 13.When in the Western Church is St.Stephen’s Day? 14.In which city is St.Basil’s Cathedral? 15.At what fictional establishment might your crackers contain a rear-admiral's hat, a 'Grow-Your-Own-Warts Kit', live white mice, non-exploding balloons, a magical chess set and other magically themed gifts and trinkets? 16.What is a Tannenbaum? 17.What “original Christmas gift” (besides denoting the British plant “sweet Cicely”) is the gum resin aromatic medicament of Arabia and Ethiopia called? 18.Which very special city in Israel means in Hebrew “house of bread” and in Arabic in (and Hebrew again) “house of flesh/meat/food? 19.What does “xtian” denote? 20.Who is the patron saint of Aberdeen and Liverpool, and of sailors, children, merchants, archers, thieves, and of students in Belgium, Greece and many other countries?

SPOT THE DIFFERENCES Our artist has produced two pictures of Santa packing up his bag. Grown-ups can colour these in if they are careful. But there are ten differences between the two for you all to spot. Are they obvious?

Quiz in Issue 74, Apology Samphire apologises for Q 1 in Issue 74. Should have read “Which of the following world leaders died in 1953: Churchill, Roosevelt or Stalin” Answer - not Churchill but Stalin

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CHRISTMAS PUZZLES ANSWERS

CHURCH NEWS

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September 11 was a sunny, autumnal, day and perfect for the Churches’ sponsored bicycle ride. A happy day was had by all the riders, who were overwhelmed by the generous sponsorship of villagers and friends. The total raised was an outstanding £897. Thank you to everyone. Work on the Church is going well, and should be completed by early December. There will be a lot of cleaning to be done once work is complete so the Reverend Ian Whittle and the PCC have agreed to defer re-opening the Church until February 2011, when a special dedication service will be held. Details will be announced as soon as possible. Finally we welcomed BBC Radio Norfolk’s Treasure Quest to St Mary’s on 24 October, when its presenter, Becky Betts, with the help of various listeners deciphered a rather difficult clue relating to the beautiful stained glass window behind the altar, which commemorates the death of Lieutenant Henry Astley-Sparke at the charge of the Light Brigade.

The painting is called (in English) ‘Hunters in the snow’. Appropriately enough, it is beleived to depict the months of December and Jsanuary in a series representing the seasons. The artist was Peter Breugel (or Breughel) the Elder and it was painted in 1565.

KEPT IN VIENNA SINCE SHORTLY AFTER IT WAS PAINTED, THE CROSSWORD SOLUTION

NEW READERS Having lived in Gunthorpe for almost 40 years I cannot remember two babies being born to village families within the space of only ten days – indeed it is probably more than 10 years since we had any new babies in the village. Thus our warmest congratulations go to Alice and Andy at School House on the birth of daughter Clementine at home on 11 October and to Richard and Gemma of 7 Swanton Road on the birth of their son Jack William on 2 October in the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

CHRISTMAS WORD-SQUARE SOLUTION The words directly relating to Christmas are: angels, baby, bells, cards, carol, crib, donkey, frost, gifts, gold, holiday, holly, ivy, Joseph, log, Magi, manger, Mary, oxen, pudding, reindeer, Santa, sleigh, snow, sticking, toy and turkey.

SPOT THE DIFFERENCES In the lower picture: decorations are added to the tree, Santa’s hat has a smaller bobble, Santa has a larger moustache, Santa’s belt has holes in it, Teddy’s ears are darker, Teddy’s tie is white, the top has a darker knob, the boat is longer, the boat has a rudder and the strap on the sack is darker.

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GUNTHORPE VILLAGE INSTITUTE As most villagers will know by now, sadly our stalwart Institute Secretary, Sue Traverso, one of the “architects” behind the Institute refurbishment projects of recent years, and, with her husband Philip, the main organiser of the highly successful Gunthorpe Village Fete, have now moved from the village to start a new house refurbishment project. This means that we urgently need a new Secretary, and we earnestly appeal for anyone who may be interested in taking over Sue’s vital role to “volunteer” as soon as possible. Thanks to Sue’s past efforts the work is not now too time consuming or onerous, particularly as Sandra Warner has very kindly already agreed to join the Committee and look after many aspects of the Hall’s management such as bookings etc. However the role of Secretary is still a vitally important one for the preservation of the Institute and the organisation of the Annual Fete as key elements of the village’s social fabric. Also, as I announced at the last Institute AGM, after some nine years as Chair of the Institute Committee I think it is time some new blood took over this role, which I plan to relinquish after the next AGM (late March 2011). Thus we are also seeking a Chairperson (Designate) to join the Committee as soon as possible. If you are interested in filling either role, or would just like to help as a Committee member, please contact John Blakeley (01263 861008) for more details. If you are thinking of starting a new activity why not book our refurbished Institute for this – we already have a Yoga Class and other activities are planned. It is also an ideal place for that family party or other occasion that you want to have. Sandra Warner on 01263 862899 can discuss rates, including any requirement for a refundable deposit, and availability with you, and the Gunthorpe Friends website www.gunthorpefriends.co.uk will shortly be carrying pictures of the Institute “dressed to kill” for the annual Harvest Supper – so you can see just how attractive it is. John Blakeley

FRED’S GARDENING DIARY Notes for December and January Now is the time to be tidying up ready for spring. Clear any remaining dead flowers from your perennials, and plant any new shrubs and trees. If planting tall shrubs or trees drive a stake in a few inches from the main stem, going through some of the roots. Every 3040cm secure with a plant tie leaving a gap between tree and tie to avoid the tree growing round the tie. Clear out your greenhouse and wash all the glass and framework with a detergent. All other parts including trays and pots should be washed with Jeyes fluid ready for spring use. You can bring chrysanthemums inside to keep for next year. Cut all the dead stalks off first. They will only require a small amount of watering to stop them from drying out. You can also do any outstanding pruning if the weather is not frosty – as with all pruning cut out any damaged wood and branches which are crossing each other. Keep an eye on apples and anything else you have stored to ensure that any rot does not spread to other stored items. Finally when the weather is so bad that you have to abandon the garden then get out the seed catalogues and start planning for next year!

WELCOME There are quite a few newcomers to the village this month. A very warm welcome goes to Tony Dufour and Lin Poole who have just moved in to Brook Hollow. Tony spent his career in civil aviation and is a retired BA pilot, and Lin works part-time in Baker’s and Larner’s cook shop – although she wishes it to be known that she is not the right person from whom to seek culinary advice! We very much look forward to having them in the village. We also warmly welcome Yolanda and Matt Kydd, who, along with their three young children and their dog Monty, have recently moved into Ostler’s Barn. They are particularly fond of this part of the world - having previously lived in Great Ryburgh. Yolanda’s mother, Margaret Smith, is also living with the family, and we offer her also a very warm welcome to our friendly village.

Best wishes for the Festive Season. Fred Morley.

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THE FRIENDS OF GUNTHORPE PARISH CHURCH NEWS On Saturday, the 23rd of October, The Friends of Gunthorpe Parish Church hosted their annual Harvest Supper in the Village Institute. The Committee all shared the preparations from delivering invitations, decorations, food preparation… and by 7pm the Institute lights were dimmed, candles lit, music on and the guests were arriving. Last year attendance was down for the Harvest Supper, but this year the Institute was full to capacity with laughter and cheer abounding. After a time of welcome chat and wine (very kindly supplied by Rob Cutterham from his vineyard in France – thank you so much Rob!). The Rev. Ian Whittle said grace and dinner of shepherd’s pie, peas and carrots and seasonal fruit crumble with homemade custard and cream was served, followed by coffee, tea and mints. (We do a vegetarian alternative and cater for special diets if you let us know in advance so don’t let that keep you away next time!) Helen McConnell kindly donated for auction a lovely limited addition print of one of her ‘collage – paintings’ using flower petals. During the meal the auction was held – expertly executed by Barney Broome – and the beautiful print sold for £75. Thank you so very much Helen for your kindness to the Friends. We also held our usual raffle, though the 5-item group of prizes was boosted beyond 10 with wonderful donations of raffle prizes brought by guests on the night – thank you all so much. The raffle made a whopping £93! This added spirit and kindness in bringing prizes and bringing friends of ‘Friends’ along to boost the numbers makes the evening not only more fun but a great success. The Friends have some lovely cards for sale (a striking black and white drawing of the Church by David Stewart Black and a beautiful and colourful pastel of the Church by Diane Blakeley) which were displayed (sales of £25 on the night) and I hope they might inspire people to buy them for use during the Holiday Season. At the Harvest Supper, Jenny Kelly brought and donated a box of new cards displaying a beautiful photo of Gunthorpe in the snow shot by her husband, Ray – so do let us know if you would like more information about the cards. They are all A-5 in size and come with envelopes. The Harvest Supper evening raised a total of £604 – a record and quite fantastic. We have charged £5 per ticket for all the many years we have had the Harvest Supper and feel we should raise that a bit for next year. Without the kindness of everyone donating everything we would not make a penny. It is great value and a very fun way to help support the maintenance of the fabric of Gunthorpe St. Mary’s Church. So please add the event to your calendar for next year when we publish the date. The Friends 50/50 club Christmas Party will be held on Saturday the 18th of December at 12 noon and the Village Institute will be filled with Christmas Spirit and the smell of mulled wine, Rutty’s sausages and mince pies, so please do come along and join in the fun! We are a small Village and constantly call on the same “village people” to support the fabric of the Church. These

gatherings are ways to participate in a smaller financial way that make a big difference. Many thanks and very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year from the Friends Committee.

FOGPC 50/50 Club Draw Results September October “PJ” Cutterham Nigel Ford Bea Kassapian Kathie Cushion Diane Blakeley Dan Worsley Doreen Webster

£20.00 £15.00 £ 5.00 £ 5.00 £ 5.00 £ 5.00 £ 5.00

Pippa Bunting Helen Clare Vivienne Wilson Barney Broom Marianne Atherton Sophie Hinton Diana Arthurson

£20.00 £15.00 £ 5.00 £ 5.00 £ 5.00 £ 5.00 £ 5.00

Would you like to win a cash prize as well as supporting the “Friends”? You can still join or renew your membership either at one of our meetings or by contacting Peter Everett (012163 860035) or John Blakeley (01263 861008) who can also provide more information. Membership costs £1.00 per month payable in advance, and we offer pro-rata memberships for those joining later in the year. Don’t forget the 50:50 Club Grand Christmas Draw and Party will be held in the Institute at 12 noon on Saturday 18 December. Admission £1.50 for adults and £1.00 for children under 12 (under 5’s free) to include all refreshments. We are giving away £100.00 in cash in the monthly draw and there will be a “mega” raffle.

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LANGHAM PARISH ROOM Edward Allen (Chairman) writes: ‘Following an article in May reporting the plight of the Parish Room and the need to raise funds to save the building, I was very surprised to answer the telephone to speak to a resident in San Diego, California U.S.A. who had seen the article which had been sent to him. He traced his family tree back to Langham and we share a Great, Great, Great, Grandfather, Stephen Frost Rippingall, born 1789. Marcus Thorp emigrated from Swaffham to the U.S.A. 30 years ago but wanted to help by a donation in memory of his father. I am delighted to announce that we have received £994 into our bank account. Marcus is visiting the U.K. for Christmas and I hope to take him and family for a meal at the Bluebell as he wants to sample the best of Englishness’. Bob Brandt (Treasurer) adds: The planned improvements to the Parish Room will be continuing over the winter, so that by the spring we should be able to enjoy a redecorated lobby and kitchen area with a new counter and improved storage cupboards. In the meantime, the Management Committee has launched the Supporters of the Parish Room Group through a circular letter and enrolment form which should have been delivered to every house in the village. As the letter explains, this is NOT an appeal for cash but for an acknowledgement by village residents that they recognise the importance of the village hall as a working part of our community and that they share the committee’s wish to preserve the hall for the foreseeable future. We hope that all individuals, groups and organisations who use the hall will be willing to join as founder members and that as many individual village residents as possible will also lend their support. When, in due course, we have to apply for funding to help meet the cost of other necessary works it will be vital for us to be able to demonstrate that the whole village is behind us. If you have not yet received your letter and form, or want extra copies, please ring me on 01328 830056. We all hope to see you at our annual seasonal event the Carols Evening - at which you will be able to enjoy sherry and mince pies and join in with the singing of favourite carols. 7 o’clock on Friday 17 December. Do come and join us.

FROM THE REGISTERS Burial of Ashes Mrs. Vera M. Colombé

15th October 2010

THE PARISH CHURCHYARD Many thanks to the hardy gang who cleared the churchyard of the tree cuttings and remains of other garden refuse which provided a sizeable heap of fuel for the celebrations on 5th. November. Many thanks and much appreciation to the two Kens, Barry, Jakob, Colin, Darren and to Peter Wright who, with tractor and trailer, made short work of getting the loads to the site along the Blakeney Road. K.B

LET THE CHILDREN LIVE Coffee Morning Saturday December 4th 10.00am. – 12.30pm. Everyone is warmly invited to Crafer’s Barn, North Street, for a coffee morning with Advent cakes, tea, coffee and mulled wine. This event is in aid of ‘Let the Children Live’, a Walsingham based ecumenical charity that supports street children in Columbia. Jutta Davis

NORFOLK CHURCHES TRUST Sponsored Bicycle Ride and Walk John Plummer and Ken Bartlett wish to thank all those who took part in the bicycle ride or who helped with recording in church on the day. The Langham participants managed to raise the sum of £410, 50% of which will go to the Langham Church General Fund. May we too, add our very grateful thanks. Langham P.C.C.

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LANGHAM STREET FAYRE FINANCE FROM 2008 TO 2010

HARVEST THANKSGIVING The church service was well attended and the collection of £114.20 was all donated to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. 2010 marks their 150th. anniversary. There are many events and services still to take place to celebrate this occasion and details can be found on their website www.rabi.org.uk. Apart from raising funds their aim is to raise awareness of the institution and to make sure that they reach out to those in need who might not necessarily know about the charity and their work. After the service most of the congregation repaired to the Parish Room and enjoyed a ‘Bring and Share lunch’. Our thanks go to those who helped to decorate the church, which looked glorious and to the people who helped in the Parish Room. The remaining food was given to people who were unwell and the produce from the church was taken along to the Glaven Centre. The R.A.B.I. have sent a letter of thanks for everyone’s support which can be viewed on the church notice board. Langham P.C.C

2009 Concert £3034.59 2009 Craft Fair and Exhibition £2427.69 Disbursed to Church Building Trust £1263.99 2010 Exhibition £863.14 Together with the amount left in the account after the 2008 Fayre we therefore started the 2010 Street Fayre week with a solid financial cushion. The total profit after the Street Fayre of July 31st this year now all bills have been paid is £16,686.35

2010 Disbursement Langham Church Building Trust Langham Parish Room Langham Playing Field Langham Village School Langham P.C.C for Churchyard Maintenance Fund Friends of Langham Glaven Caring To be left in L.S.F Account - £1086.35

£4200.00 £4200.00 £4200.00 £1000.00 £1000.00 £500.00 £500.00

Amounts raised: Alpacas £25.00 Concert £1018.50 BaconButties £170.79 Sponsorship £1650.00 Books £229.98 Hog Roast £267.30 Bouncy Castle £54.00 F.O.L Bottles £331.26 Carboy donations £52.70 Tombola £367.10 Bric-a-brac £1507.93 Food on Street £450.00 Catering £1357.59 Donations £205.00 Programmes £720.00 Famous Faces £199. 00 Raffle £721.24 Children’s Games £116.60 Quiz Evening £405.10 Church Service Collection £182.26 Sports and Games Quiz £243.00 Receipts from Hollow Lane Food Stalls £340.00 Receipts from Inside Stalls £680.00 Receipts from Outside Stalls £3961.00

DOUBLE OCTAVE CONCERT Wednesday 15th December at 7.30pm Langham Parish Church An evening of Advent and Christmas Music sung by Double-Octave conducted by Graham Hoskins.

Admission Free Retiring collection for Langham Church General Fund. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served in the interval. We are delighted that this group would like to come again to our church. Double Octave, who are sponsored by Travis Perkins, have given a wonderful concert for three years running so do come and join us for what promises to be another enjoyable evening. There will be an opportunity for audience participation and to hear our Linda sing. Langham P.C.C

Pauline Bartlett on behalf of the L.S.F Committee

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LANGHAM PARISH COUNCIL Speedwatch As villagers know, ‘Speedwatch’ is a scheme operated by volunteers under police control, to remind drivers of the 30 mph limit within the village. The purpose is to make Langham safer, reduce the number of collisions that occur and the likelihood of personal injury or, as in a recent incident, a fatality. When actually operating, and with the big ‘Community Speedwatch’ signs being displayed, very few drivers have been noted driving above the limit, so progress is being made. However, very sadly, someone, either for ‘fun’ or as an attack on the scheme, removed all the small ‘Speedwatch’ signs at each of the entry roads to the village, which are important permanent reminders to drivers of the scheme’s existence. If the action is the outcome of a misjudged sense of ‘fun’ then the perpetrator’s sense of humour is questionable. If on the other hand, a point is being made, then presumably the person in question wishes the 30mph limit to be ignored and the law to be broken. If this is the case, could they not be a little braver and state their opinion in public, either at a Parish Council meeting or through the Local Lynx? John Hope Chairman Langham Parish Council

LANGHAM CAR SERVICE Schedule to February 6th. 2011 Rate 20p per mile Weekly driving duties beginning on a Monday. Nov. 29th. Tel: 830 624 Dec. 6th. Tel: 830 605 Dec. 13th Tel: 830 537* Dec.20th. Tel: 830 731 Dec. 27th. Tel: 830 731 Jan. 3rd. Tel: 830 847 Jan. 10th. Tel: 830 056 Jan 17th. Tel: 830 348 Jan 24th. Tel: 830 821 Jan 31st. Tel: 830 606* *These drivers do not go to Norwich 4

If the driver for the week is unable to do the trip, go to the next on the list. If your appointment is cancelled, please also cancel your car service booking. The roster is also sited in the Bluebell and on the church porch and village notice boards. Please give three days notice wherever possible, except in an emergency. It would be very helpful if a car booking is made as soon as an appointment is arranged or journey planned so that drivers can arrange their schedule. Please bring change. In the infrequent event that no driver is available – contact the Holt Caring Society Tel: 01263 711243 giving as much notice as possible. We still have a vacancy for another driver, so if anyone is interested do give me a call. Thank you. Ann Sherriff Tel: 830 605

LANGHAM CARPET BOWLS Open Evening The Langham Carpet Bowls Club would like to invite you to an open evening, to come along and have a bowl in the Parish Room. Refreshments are included, no experience necessary. Being a player can be just a friendly, social evening, or as competitive as you like, as we play in a local league. Come along on either Wednesday 15th December 2010 or Friday 7th January 2011 at 7.30pm. or ring Roy Allen on 830 527 for more details. Langham Carpet Bowls Club.

HOLME LACY HOTEL

By coach from Langham – 4days April 29th. – May nd 2 half board accommodation 4* hotel, trips out will be arranged. £297 p.p. in double/twin room. Interested? Contact me ASAP. Maureen Dennis Tel: 01328 830 731.

RAF COLLECTION - WING APPEAL Samuel Schoenmakers and Freddie Blakeley (both 12 years old) spent two weekends collecting for the RAF Wing Appeal all round Langham. They were both amazed by the response and the stories they were told along the way. We are thrilled to announce that they collected £142.25 which easily beat last year’s record of £80.00. The regional RAF Chairman was so impressed with the amount collected that he phoned to congratulate Samuel and Freddie personally. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this worthy cause. Marcel Schoenmakers

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A 1960’S DINNER PARTY

RECORDING LOCAL ARCHAEOLOGY SITES

Langham Bistro will be opening for a 1960’s DINNER PARTY on 12th February at 7pm in Langham Parish Room in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. Please bring your own drinks and glasses. Tickets: £13.50 on sale from 10th January from: Ann Hill Tel: 01328 830 198

Following the success of confirming suspected archaeology sites and also finding hitherto unknown sites in Langham and surrounding parishes, I now have, on loan from Norfolk Landscape Archaeology at Gressenhall, additional survey equipment. If anyone in our group of parishes has any sites they feel worthy of survey and recording for posterity, N.L.A. will provide the appropriate large scale maps. I am more than willing to assist in the recording and plotting of any information gathered. Andy Rampley 01328 830 256

MOBILE LIBRARY This will visit Langham on Thursdays, 9th Dec.& 30th Dec. 2010. 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. (2011 – see below)

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NOTE FROM WELLS LIBRARY: ‘Following recent Government cutbacks, Mobile Libraries are currently undergoing a major review of routes and timetables. Part of this process will be to revert back to a 4-weekly visit instead of the current 3-weekly visit. This change is expected to be instigated Jan/Feb 2011 but cannot be quoted until confirmed by the central Mobile Office. Recently, 1 Mobile Library Van has been withdrawn from service - so most Mobile Libraries will have alterations to their Routes/Timings.’ This is all the information that we have at the time of going to press. Any additional news, available before the next issue, will be placed on the notice boards, or contact: Wells Library Tel: 01328 710467

What a super evening we had in October when Peter and Jim from Whin Hill Cider came to tell us about their wonderful venture. We had a very good audience and lots of questions being asked plus of course the sampling of both cider and apple juice. Thanks to Ros Fairhead for arranging this evening. Maureen 830 731

Celebrations Past Wednesday December 8th 7.30 pm In the Parish Room Calling all Ladybirds! Please join us for a Buffet Supper and share some of your memories of past celebrations. There may be some surprises too. Please let Jan know by November 30th. if you will be attending: Tel: 01328 830 847. If anyone needs transport on that evening, ring Jan. Jan Hope

FRIENDS OF LANGHAM EVENTS Bygone Days of Local Life Saturday, 4th December, 2010

Langham Parish Room. 7.30 pm The Friends of Langham have invited Philip West to give a talk and present a slide show about the Bygone Days of Local Life. He will paint a vivid picture of the history of Langham and the surrounding villages. Admission at the door will be £2.00 which includes refreshments. Everyone is welcome.

LEUKAEMIA RESEARCH Our Autumn Sale would have been even better had the weather been good but no, it rained really heavily BUT - our customers came and we managed to raise £859. What a result! My sincere thanks to everybody who supported this sale, you are wonderful. We shall be back in 2011. Maureen 830 371

Pantomime 2011 Suday 2nd January, 2011 2.pm It's that time of year again - oh no it's not! This year, due to the theatre at Hunstanton being refurbished, we are going to the Corn Exchange in King's Lynn to see Jack & the Beanstalk. As usual the pantomime is free for all Langham children but they must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets for adults are £15.00 and non Langham children £7.50. The coach leaves outside the Bluebell at 12.30pm. Parents with Langham children please book their tickets before the 1st December. Just call Marcel or Cathy on 830537. After 1st December any remaining tickets will be sold to children from outside the village. We look forward to seeing you all again. Marcel Schoenmakers F.O.L Committee

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CANDLELIT CAROL SERVICE Thurs. 23rd December All Saints Church looks will be lit by well over 100 candles for this Service of Nine Lessons & Carols, when it is. The Service starts at 5.00 p.m. (NOT 5.30). Those attending may wish to bring a torch or candle. The Collection will be divided between Wells Cottage Hospital and Kelling Hospital.

GUY FAWKES NIGHT For the first time in six years the weather was against us. However, the Parish Council and the Friends of Langham would like to thank all those who braved the weather and mud to see what we think was our best display ever and one of the best bonfires as well, but sadly no Guys this year. One family even came all the way from Wroxham! We would also like to thank our regular suppliers, P & S Butchers for the burgers and sausages and Fakenham Gas for the BBQ gas and not forgetting Patrick for the field. One thing for sure is that we will be back again next year, once again on the correct day, the 5th of November, look out then for the posters.

CHRISTMAS CAROLLING: Christmas Eve Morston’s Waits on Friday 24th December - led by Jane Temple & Ned Hamond - will meet at the Anchor at 5.00 p.m. It is suggested that carollers bring a torch.

CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE Morning Service, 9.30a.m. will be Holy Communion.

THE SHOVELL DINNER 2010 The 5th Shovell Dinner (49 attended) was held at the Anchor on 16th October 2010 with a Talk on “Cochrane, brilliant maverick commander” by naval author Dr. Justin Reay, tutor in naval history at Oxford University. The proceeds of £964 (tickets plus raffle) went to Friends of Morston Church for church repairs and maintenance (Registered Charity No.1099831). Next year’s Shovell Dinner will be on Saturday 15th October. The Speaker will be Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell’s biographer, Simon Harris, on the subject of “Nelson, at sea and ashore”.

THANK YOU To the Parish Council and Friends of Langham for a very enjoyable evening on Nov. 5th. Good to have the event on the traditional day. One lady said they looked forward to it every year because there was always a good atmosphere and the children all knew each other and had a wonderful time. Long may it continue! Thank you everyone for all your hard work in the squlechy mud!

LOST IN LANGHAM

POSTPONEMENT OF 3 DEC FILM

Missing since mid-October - our very pretty grey and white tabby cat with only three legs - answers to the name of Alfie. If anyone has seen him, please could they let Nick & Sheila know on 01328-830345. Many thanks.

The Film on Development Work in Ladakh, India, made by Robin ffolkes, which was provisionally arranged to be shown in the Village Hall on 3rd December has had to be postponed. The new date is not yet fixed.

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SHORTING FAMILY OF MORSTON (Approx 1550-1750) The Powditch and Shovell families were not the only large and fascinating families to have lived and worshipped in Morston in the 16th-18th centuries, before migrating. Amongst others there was “the Shorting Family of Morston & Walsingham” (and of Stonham Aspal, Suffolk). John Shorting the Elder & Alice Shorting flourished here in 1557 (Alice was buried here in 1582), and their sons, Christopher (christened here 1544, living 1558) and John the Younger (who married Alice the Younger in 1556, buried here ?1606). Their issue was: James Shorting, yeoman (father of Peter, living 1644 and of Thomas Shorting the Elder, “Gent of Morston” with property in Hingham, Sutton and Hickling (d. of smallpox 1652), father of Thomas Shorting II, “Gent of Morston”, a surgeon in the Royal Navy in 1654, whose brother Robert Shorting moved to London and became a gunner aboard “The Hart” (1657) and Commander of the Jamaica Adventure (1672 – when the pirate Henry Morgan was sent home for breaking the peace that he did not know existed). Thomas Shorting II’s son was Thomas Shorting III (christened and buried in Morston church, 1660-1727 (A), “Gent of Cley”, Collector of Customs, m. Anne (buried at Morston, 1734 aged 63) daughter of John Flaxman of Walcot (the stepfather of Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell, 1691). They died as “of Cley”.

BLUEJACKET CHRISTMAS FAIR Sunday 5 December 10am – 5pm Bluejacket Workshop on Morston Marsh, offers all intrepid walkers and shoppers a warm welcome with mince pies and mulled wine/hot chocolate as well as a chance to catch up on new stock plus a collection of local guest artists’ wares. For further information and maps see our new website at www.bluejacket.co.uk. R.H.

Their offspring – the 7th generation here at Morston were the last of the Morston Shortings: Shovell Shorting (b.1692, d.inf.), Cloudisly (b.1693, d.inf.), John (c.1703, will adm.1734), Elizabeth (c.1706, l.1727), Rev. Thomas (c. Morston, 1694/5, Caius College Cambridge, Curate of Cley, buried at Morston, unm, 1718, aged 24, MI), Anne (bap.1697, d.1734, m. William Brereton Esq., of Brinton), Henry (c. Morston 1700, apprenticed to John Blyford, woollen draper of Walsingham, 1714, “Overseer of Holt”, 1741, buried there 1751), Captain Robert Shorting, R.N., (c. Morston, 1701, Lieutenant aboard the “Tartar”, 1828, Captain, HMS Deal Castle, 1734, will dated & proved 1734); and the Rev. Nathaniel Shorting (c. Morston, 1704/5, Caius College Cambridge, Curator of Blakeney, 1727-29, Rector of Brinton, 1729-58, will dated 1748, proved 1758, MI, Thornage).

ANSWERS TO FAMILY CHRISTMAS QUIZ (See Page 13) 1: Southwest. 2: Four calling birds and nine ladies dancing. 3: The Ten Commandments. 4: The Spice Girls. 5: The main Christmas meal in France [served after midnight mass on the night of 24th/25th December]. 6: Carp. 7: Stilton Cheese. 8: Claret. 9: Nutmeg. 10: Nougat. 11: Crackers. 12: “The holly wears the crown.” 13: 26th December. [27th December in the Eastern Church]. 14: Moscow. 15: Hogwarts. [Harry Potter’s school]. 16: A German word meaning a species of fir tree that is traditionally used for Christmas trees. 17: Myrrh. 18: Bethlehem. 19: Christian. 20: St.Nicholas.

The various Shortings who live in Kings Lynn today are surely descended from these interesting Morston Shortings. We’d like to see them at next year’s Shovell Dinner (15 Oct) or Remembrance Day Service (13 Nov) or any time - visiting their ancestral church of All Saints, Morston. [Note: (A) Palgrave-Moore has, incorrectly, “1729”. Sources: P.T.R. Palgrave-Moore, “Norfolk Pedigrees”, Pt.4, pp.158-160; Simon Harris, “Sir Cloudesley Shovell, Stuart Admiral” [Staplehurst, 2001], Appx. 6; “Morston Burial Register”, ed. E. Hamond. MI = Monumental Inscription].

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TOUR OF BRITAIN CYCLE RACE Thursday 16th September 2010 The North Norfolk coastline from King’s Lynn to Sheringham provided the starting track for Day 6 of the Tour of Britain Cycle Race, with Morston featuring in ITV 4’s daily coverage as it welcomed over 100 people, young and old, to the village to watch the race speed past at 12.35pm. (Six minutes ahead of schedule!) Langham School children ate their lunches on the green and then moved to the churchyard wall for a fabulous view of the racers, and thrilling police escort bikes, as they charged up Blakeney Hill. A team of local ladies served tea and cakes from Mally Bullard’s gate (thanks to Mally for the spiffing site and electricity) raising over £165 with Gift Aid for Race sponsor, The Prostate Cancer Charity. Norfolk provided the biggest number of spectators (estimated at over 70,000) the tour organisers had ever seen. You can see pictures of Morston at www.tourofbritain.norfolk.gov.uk. R.H.

GROUP SERVICE On All Saints Day, 31st October, a Holy Communion for the Benefice, led by the Revd Ian Whittle, took place in Saxlingham Church. Parishioners from most of the nine parishes were there and St.Margaret's looked agreeably full. The arrangement whereby, if there is a fifth Sunday in the month, a group service is organized, works very well, enabling all churchgoers in the Benefice to meet every so often. On this occasion there was quite a conversational buzz over the concluding sherry!

CHURCH TO THE RESCUE On 2nd October Steve Collins and Susie Lund, both of Field Dalling, were married by the Rector, Ian Whittle, in St. Margaret's, Saxlingham owing to the restoration of the East window at St.Andrew's, Field Dalling.

A CHRISTMAS LAUGH “As Daft as a Brush” He was so daft that:* He thought General Motors was in the army. * At the bottom of an application where it says "Sign here:" He wrote "Sagittarius." * He took the ruler to bed to see how long he slept. * He sent a fax with a stamp on it. * He tripped over a cordless phone. * He spent 20 minutes looking at the orange juice carton because it said "Concentrate." * He put “Yes” in the box on some application form, in answer to “Children (by sex)”. * He studied for a blood test. * When He missed Bus No.22 He took bus No.11 twice instead. * When He went to Stansted airport and saw a sign that said, "Airport Left," He turned around and went home. * When He heard that 90% of all crimes occur around the home, He moved. * He thought if He spoke her mind, He'd be speechless. * He thought that He could not use her AM radio in the evening.

PAMPERED CHEF FESTIVE COOKING SHOW NB New date : Mon. 29th Nov. at The Old Rectory The Pampered Chef is an American company offering high quality kitchen tools and products. The cooking show will feature festive recipes where a trained expert will bring the products to life, showing guests professional time-saving cooking techniques and easy-to-prepare recipes in a relaxed atmosphere with friends and lots of fun. The morning will begin at 10.45 with coffee and end at 12.30 when wine and canapes are served. The products will be available to order at the end of the show. An easy way to do some Christmas shopping or to update your kitchen utensils before Christmas cooking begins! Tickets £5, from Caroline Robson on 01328 830298. Proceeds will go to St.Margaret's Church.

* He had a shirt that said "TGIF," which He thought stood for “This Goes In Front.”

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DR PETER GARWOOD Peter died at the age of 79 years in the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital on 1st October 2010. His final illness was quite sudden in its onset and severity, despite the excellent care of all of the dedicated staff at the hospital, for whom Peter had the greatest respect, Peter sadly was unable to fight on any more. Peter’s funeral service was held at Mintlyn Crematorium Kings Lynn on 18th October and a Memorial Service in his honour was held at Bale Church on 30th October. Both his funeral and the memorial service were attended by his family his former colleagues and many, many, friends. There were many heartfelt expressions of admiration thanks and love for a very remarkable man. Ann, Peter’s wife of 27 years gave an oration at each of the ceremonies and this article is in large part a reflection of her biography of Peter. Peter had such a busy and interesting life a book could easily be written to do credit to the doctor, husband father, grandfather, woodcarver, artist, golfer and friend to many. Peter was well known in Lynx circles as contributor in chief for Sharrington News for almost ten years. Better known as PJG or Airbag his articles reflected Peter’s view of the community of Sharringtonia, his teachings and reminiscences as a doctor and his great ability to challenge the order of the world both in an amusing and at times irreverent manner. Peter was born in Yorkshire, Saltburn by the Sea, in 1930. His father was manager of the Midland Bank and they lived above the “shop”. In 1939 with the coming of the Second World War, Peter and his brother John, were evacuated with their school to a remote area of the North Yorkshire Moors. Peter later went on to public school, Wycliffe College, Gloucester, and was evacuated from there to Lampeter in rural West Wales. At school Peter developed his passion for rugby, passed his exams and gained a place at the Royal Dick Veterinary School, Edinburgh. Much to his father’s anger Peter deferred his place for two years and joined the army to do his national service in the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. On his first day he was on a charge for kicking a door!! But things improved as he became a good shot and on his discharge papers was said to be “.. an intelligent young NCO ...above average in leadership”. At the Vet School during his first year Peter realised his true path was to take up human medicine and he moved to take up a place at Edinburgh University Medical School. Peter qualified in 1956, on graduation he took the Hippocratic Oath, of which he was very proud and the oath was guidance to him on the rest of his life as a both a doctor and a human being together with his strong faith. He worked in Edinburgh Hospitals for two years before moving to London to work as an unpaid anatomy demonstrator teaching students. For income he did night calls all over London to work as an unpaid anatomy

SHARRINGTON CHURCH NEWS At long last the day has arrived for All Saints Church to be re-opened after many months of replacing the plaster ceiling. On December 5th our Rector will welcome the Bishop of Norwich to preach a special service marking the end of a £100,000 restoration project that will help preserve our church for generations to come. We hope for a splendid turn-out on this special day everyone is welcome to the Service of Festal Matins which starts at 11o’clock and will be followed by light refreshments. Since May we have been worshipping in Sharrington Village Hall and at Bale Church, We would like to take this opportunity of thanking our friends across the A148 for their warm welcome in including us in their services of Holy Communion. (Where else can you be offered bags of fresh figs in the church porch as you leave - thank you, Richard). I know I am not the only person to have missed the quiet haven of our parish church in which to take a few moments of reflection and private prayer over these past few months. Sadly this year has brought illness to several residents and it was a great pity that All Saints was not available to hold the funeral services for both Pen Allenby and Peter Garwood who died recently. We send our condolences to both their families. While I am sure there will be mentions elsewhere in the Lynx this column must pay particular tribute to Peter’s dedication to Sharrington Church, which was apparent as soon as he and his wife Ann first moved here. They eagerly joined the PCC and he served as Churchwarden for four years until he realised his health was beginning to fail. Who can forget his famous “Peter O’Tool” stall at the Fete which involved an amazing selection of artefacts and was the talk of the day. His love of woodcarving combined with his love of the church when he and Ann commissioned and donated a beautiful font cover, dedicated in time for the Millenium. It is a fitting memorial in the church that he loved. PEL

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demonstrator teaching students. In 1960 he married Sally with whom he had four children. He moved to Harpenden in 1962 where he became one of the first members of the Royal College of General Practitioners and became a GP trainer. Peter was a true family doctor making the interests of all of his patients his first concern. He was an excellent GP, the kind of “old fashioned” family doctor that is almost extinct these days. Peter met Ann in 1981 and married in 1983, they remained in Harpenden until 1998. Peter’s ill health forced him to retire as a GP in 1987 but before this he had also acted as a doctor to the Across Trust, carried research into Hodgkin’s Disease and developed his skills as a golf player. In 1998 Peter and Ann moved to Sharrington. Peter had hoped for a village with a church a pub and a shop but was happy to make do with one out of the three. He was churchwarden for a while, joined the U3A chess club and also Bob’s Art Group in Langham. As time moved on he became less mobile but this did not dampen his enthusiasm for the wonderful North Norfolk coast and its big skies. He would often spend time on Salthouse Heath bird watching whilst his beloved Toby, Kings of Dogs, would chase rabbits. One of his many achievements in Norfolk was to learn woodcarving, his most prestigious project was to carve life size Marsh Harriers that are now given pride of place at the Hawk and Owl Trust in Sculthorpe. Peter’s true vocation was that of being a doctor even though he has not been in practice for more than 20 years many former patients and colleagues have either attended his funeral or memorial service to pay tribute to a great and caring man. PEL

CHURCH NEWS We hope you will join us at the church some time during the Christmas season. The two main services are our Christingle on Sunday 19th at 3.30 and on Christmas Morning at 10.00. There will also be half an hour of Carols in the Pub at 6.30 on Christmas Eve. This has become a real village tradition in the last few years. We are very grateful to the manager and owners of the Red Lion for welcoming us. We continue to enjoy shared services with Langham. Services with over a dozen in the congregation are somehow more uplifting than those with just a small handful, especially when we enjoy a cup of coffee afterwards. On September 24th the family, friends, and neighbours of Nigel Whitworth attended his funeral. On Oct 16th Cyril Eliott was remembered in a service attended by his close family, friends in the area, and former colleagues from Rolls Royce in Derby. He was buried later in Wells. Both services were conducted by our rector, the Revd. Ian Whittle. At the end of another year it is time to thank those stalwart cleaners and flower arrangers who kept our church so clean and attractive throughout 2010: Thelma and John, Shirley and John, Pat and Michael, Steven and Beverley, Denis and Theresa, Eva and Clive, Helen, Margaret, and Heather. As the mowers are put to rest for the winter it is time to thank those whose efforts have kept the churchyard on such good order: Michael, who looked after the fleet of mowers, Andy, Steven, Shirley, John and Mark, who kept the grass under control. New recruits are always welcome!! We have quite a large church and an extremely big churchyard. Someone has done a marvellous job tidying the area around the war memorial, and the grass bank on to the road. It will have been much appreciated by those who attended the service there at 11 on Nov 11th. Many thanks. John Adnitt

An obituary appeared in the British Medical Journal 23rd October 2010. JHC

SHARRINGTON SOCIETY FILM EVENT An evening presentation by the Norfolk Film Archive was hosted by the Sharrington Society in the village hall on 15th October. An audience of villagers and visitors were entertained and informed by moving images of past Norfolk life and two home grown dramas. The Norfolk Film archive is kept in part of the County Hall Norwich complex. It was interesting to learn that under good conditions standard cine film will keep for up to two hundred years. As well as standard film the archive has material in every format believable from acetate disc to MP3files. The main constraint in being able to access the contents of the archive is not the ability to store it but having working equipment of the correct type to play it. The films shown were of much interest, two in particular featuring old Stiffkey and Cley - would have benefitted in having an interpreter or sub titles, the old Norfolk accent being hard to decipher!! Thanks to Debbie and Sandra and other members of the Sharrington Society Committee who worked hard to make the evening a success.

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MEETING OF NORFOLK RECORDS SOCIETY September 16th This meeting, held at St. John the Baptist’s Church was extremely well attended. However, Volume 5 of the Nathaniel Bacon Papers received a more spectacular launch than was planned. Just after the start, an overhead power supply cable, just outside the church, malfunctioned spectacularly, causing a localised power cut, some unscheduled pyrotechnics, and a dramatic visit from the local fire brigade. The meeting continued in candlelight to an accompaniment of some rather alarming explosions from outside. The cause of the power failure was entirely the responsibility of the power supplier. A somewhat charred pole is the only visible reminder of a memorable meeting. We hope the Records Society will come again and enjoy a more peaceful gathering. John Adnitt

NATURE NOTES Where have all the Peewits (Lapwing) gone? I really am worried that something is going wrong with some of our bird populations. I vainly look for flocks of Peewits on Langham Airfield which were common a few years ago. Our home bred birds are joined in winter by migrants from up north – usually. But this is not evident now. Many species of small farmland birds are in trouble. The government ‘Farmland Bird Index’ (not all songbirds) is used as ‘a quality of life indicator’ and a measure of biodiversity. Numbers of some have dropped between 50% and 90%. Is it the new farming systems? Or is there more to it than that: global warming? Excessive predation? Whatever it is (and I think predation is a much understated factor), we need to do our best to help our birds. 70% of farmland is now in government sponsored environmental schemes. We can see wonderful habitats around our villages. So where are the birds? A medium sized farm in the early 1900’s would probably employed 20 people; today only one. There were more sheep and cattle in those days; wider rotations, and plenty of cow pats and insects. There is another aspect. It is called ‘Shifting Baseline Syndrome’ whereby it describes the shift of time in the expectation of what a healthy eco-system looks like. Young people these days have no conception of what was a normal population of wildlife, even when I was a boy. As the older generation dies out so will the awareness of our biodiversity loss. So about all this, but it needs to be thought about. Pightle

CRICKET NEWS Stiffkey C.C. ended the season in splendid style with a victory over Burnham Thorpe. So a good season then, started with a win, ended with a win….. Outside the matches themselves this has been a season of great advances: a new container for all the gear and equipment; investment in improving our playing square; affiliation to the Norfolk Cricket Board and a new (if underused!) artificial practice wicket. It was very encouraging to see a large working party spend most of their Sunday working on the square after the season ended. So, optimistic notes to end a season - which we will celebrate at our ‘AGM’ at the Stiffkey Red Lion, (who are kindly sponsoring the event) at the end of November. We are constantly looking for new local blood to help drive such as myself into umpiring, so if you are interested… watch this space in future editions of the Lynx. Steven Bashforth

MUSIC CIRCLE We have continued, with increasing number so far this autumn. In the seventh season of these monthly gatherings the enthusiasm of members remains, in spite of some of John’s bizarre selections. Monteverdi’s Vespers and “I’m Going to Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair” in the same programme--- I ask you!! Margaret’s birthday choice in September was much more sensible. Forty years ago we both heard Elizabeth Schwartzkopf sing in a large tent in Middlesbrough, an unlikely occurrence, but it happened! On a recently released DVD of a TV recital she gave circa 1970 she is singing two of the same pieces listed in the programme we heard in Middlesbrough. We know because Margaret kept the programme! In September we enjoyed them again! It was also good to be reminded of distant era of TV when true quality dominated. Miss Schwartzkopf was a real talent and she knew it. On Desert Island Discs she chose her own recording for 7 out of the 8 discs! We will continue in the New Year starting on Wednesday January 19th at 2.30. Please come and join us at Kingfisher Barn- behind the shop. John Adnitt

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SCHOOL NEWS We are firmly into the stride of the new school year now and the school is thriving, with 87 children on the Langham Village School roll – our highest number ever. As they run around the playground they call to mind the leaves fluttering in the Autumn breeze. We celebrated the season with our Harvest Service in Langham Parish Church on Wednesday 20 October. A most enjoyable occasion, the children serenaded the congregation with their recorders, sang songs, read poems and enacted the cycle of food production from planting the seed to gracing the shop shelves. Class 3 gave us an interesting insight into the words contained by the word ‘Harvest’, such as how those who ‘Have’ can ‘Share’ so that others don’t ‘Starve’. We look forward to seeing some of them on ‘Countdown’ in years to come. The produce stall at the end raised funds for the Quidenham Hospice. Also on the literacy front, we were delighted to welcome poet and author Peter Lacey-Hastings for a creative writing day. Peter worked with each class, encouraging the children to use their imaginations to the full, and brought all of their ideas together in an assembly at the end of the day. Sporting Success Headteacher Mike Green says: “I like to take up every opportunity so that the children can experience as many sports as possible.” With football, handball, netball, fencing, archery, athletics, cross country, table tennis, golf, tag rugby and sailing on the menu, there is truly something for everyone. It’s great to see the children taking up these opportunities with gusto, the school continuing to punch above its weight in the county’s events. We won the Cluster Aquathlon (running and swimming) for the second year running at Alderman Peel High School. Our team of 30 brave runners performed well at the annual Gresham’s Cross Country Championships, with Blue Wilson and Gus Plater finishing 2nd in their races, running against 150 other children – a terrific achievement.

The school’s football team is through to the quarter finals of the North Norfolk FA Cup, having beat Cromer 3-0 in the previous stage (not bad when you consider they have 300 children at Key Stage 2 compared with our 45). At the time of writing, we are preparing to play Stalham, which holds the title among the county’s large primary schools. And well done to Louis Plater, Alfie Harrod, Kieron Belton, Georgina Belton, Emily Everard and Luke Newstead who took part in trials for the Multi-Skills Academy for gifted and talented children at Alderman Peel High School. We even take a sporting approach to our maths work, as the school is taking part in a national Four Nations maths competition. Wish us luck! Dates for your diary We are now full swing into the preparations for Christmas. Our Christmas Fair takes place at the school on Saturday 4 December from 10am to 12 noon. You are all most welcome - even if you don’t have a direct connection with the school - to take a look around and to support us by buying Christmas crafts and baking made by the pupils. We’d love to see you. We also have a Christmas Carol service in Langham on Wednesday 15th December, 2.pm, which you are welcome to attend And finally…Sincere thanks to Dave Dalton, our Chair of Governors, who has been keeping you in touch with the school’s activities through these Local Lynx reports for the past few years. Dave has now handed on the job of scribe but remains very much part of the school. Keep track of these and other activities on the school’s website at www.langhamvillageschool.com Anne-Marie Coe

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Local Lynx Issue 75 - December 2010/January 2011  

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

Local Lynx Issue 75 - December 2010/January 2011  

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

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