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

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WHAT’S ON

LOCAL LYNX

in our ten villages

- is a non-profit-making community newspaper, run for the benefit of ten villages. For information about submitting items for publication and about distribution, or if you want to help in any other way, please contact your named village representative. For general information and to advertise please ring Helen & Bob Brandt on 01328-830056. You can also send a fax on that number. The address is: 28 Binham Road, Langham, Holt NR25 7AB. Email: bob@clockhousestudio.demon.co.uk

JUNE 1st Sun. Binham Priory, Rev.d Roly Bain, 4.00 pm 11th Wed. Stiffkey Church, recorded music. 7.30pm 11th Wed. Langham Ladybirds, Leila Page - Craft Creations th 12 Thurs. Morston Crab Supper & Seal Trip 6.00 pm on the Quay 13th Fri. Saxlingham – Jazz in June. 7.30 pm 14th Sat. Bale Church Garden Fete, Manor Farm 2.00 pm 14th Sat. Binham, ‘Applegarth’ gardens open, 11.00am – 5.00 pm st 21 Sat. Binham & Cockthorpe Family Fun day. 22nd Sun. Music in Binham Priory. 25th Wed. Stiffkey Church. Recorded music. 7.30 pm 27th Fri. Gunthorpe Friends AGM at Institute, 6.30 pm 17th Fri. Langham Parish Room, Whist Drive. 7.00 pm 27th Fri – 1st July. Binham Annual Art Exhibition. 28th Sat. Morston Church, 6.30pm Elisabeth Wingfield singing Mozart, etc. 28th Sat. Gunthorpe 50/50 Club at Institute, 10.30 am 28th Sat. Field Dalling, Coffee Morning, Chapel Yard Cottage, 10.00 – 12 noon

Rates for advertising (pre-paid) are: One column x 62 mm (1/8 page): £10 One column x 125 mm (1/4 page): £20 Discount for contract for six issues: 6 for the price of 5 Small ads: Non-commercial ads: £1 for up to three lines of text. We warmly welcome drawings, articles and letters for publication, but are now receiving so much material for each issue (and never know until shortly before publication how much material we will have) that we must reserve the right to edit entries. We prefer to edit rather than to omit items altogether. Please submit through your village representative

JULY 4th Fri. Binham Priory, Eroica Quartet. 7.30 pm. 5th Sat. Langham Parish Room, Leukaemia Sale 10.00 am - 1.00 pm 6th Sun. Binham Priory, Trevor Pinnock, 7.30 pm. 8th Tues. Langham Parish Council meeting. 7.00 9th Wed. Langham Ladybirds, lunch & Seaside Special 11th Fri. Langham Village school, Summer Fair. 5.007.00 pm 12th Sat. Binham Priory, Dell’Arte Quartet. 7.30 pm 13th Sun. Saxlingham Patronal Festival, Evensong 3.30. 14th Mon. Field Dalling Parish Council meeting. 18th Fri. Binham Priory, Alison Stephens. 7.30 pm. 21st Mon. Stiffkey WI. Antiques Road Show, 7.30 25th Fri. Binham Priory, Kandinsky Trio. 7.30 pm 26th Sat & Sun. Langham Church, ‘Flowers for Africa’ 26th Sat. Gunthorpe 50/50 Club at Institute. 10.30 am 26th Sat. Gunthorpe, Barbecue, Gunthorpe Hall.7.00 pm 27th Sun. Gunthorpe Fete at Gunthorpe Hall. 2.00 pm

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NORMAN LAMB M.P. holds regular advice surgeries in the constituency. He can also be contacted via the constituency office at: 15 Market Place North Walsham Norfolk NR28 9BP Tel: 01692 403752 Fax: 01692 500818 e-mail: normanlamb@hotmail.com

Mr Lynx - missing again! OK, OK, how many of you wasted hours trying to find 5 pictures of Mr L in the last issue? Well, several of you did. I could pretend he was left out because the paper hit the streets on April 1st, or that we printed him in white to tease you, but the honest truth is that a technical problem threw us out of gear at the last moment and I just forgot. I hope you will find 4 versions in this issue, but who knows! Bad Ed.

“Where did that blighter go……………?”

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Regular Service Rota for Bale and Stiffkey Groups for JUNE & JULY HC = Holy Communion. FS = Family Service. MP = Morning Prayer. EP = Evening Prayer. BCP = Book of Common Prayer

All Communion Services are in traditional Language except for those marked * Parish

Week 1

Bale

9.30 am

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

HC

9.30 am

HC

9.30 am

HC

9.30 am

HC

Field Dalling 11.00 am

MP

11.00 am

HC

11.00 am

MC

11.00 am

FS

Gunthorpe 11.00 am

HC

11.00 am

MP

4.00 pm

HC

9.30 am

HC

HC 8.00 am HC-BCP 9.30 am For Family Service please check church notice board

HC

† 6.00 pm EP

Saxlingham 9.30 am

Sharrington 9.30 am -

- - -

Binham

MP - - - - - - - 11.00 am HC

9.30 am - - - 11.00 am

HC - - HC HC-BCP

Langham

11.00 am

HC*

9.30 am

Morston

9.30 am

HC-BCP

No Service

Stiffkey

11.00 am

FS

11.00 am

Sunday June 29th: song

HC*

9.30 am FS 9.30 am HC - - - - - - - - - - - - 11.00 am FS 9.30 am HC 9.30 am

HC

9.30 am

9.30 am

HC-BCP

No Service

8.00 am

HC*

11.00 am

-

FS HC*

10.30 am, Group Holy Communion at Sharrington Church Deanery Festival at Blakeney: 4.45—5.45 Group activities.

6.30 Deanery Even-

DISTRICT COUNCILLOR’S NOTEBOOK

VICAR’S LETTER It was a huge surprise to be whisked off to Binham Village Hall on March 13th, and to be faced with a huge crowd of well-wishers. I had thought that my sixtieth birthday would be an event that I would quietly forget, but it was not to be! Can I thank Maddy and Martin Dale, the archconspirators who planned the catering and logistics, and all the other people who gave up time and effort to make the party a success. A large number of cards came my way for which I wish to say ‘thank you’. Not a few well-wishers sent me a gift towards my cello’s 100,000 mile service. Since Russell Stowe of Woobridge Violins worked his magic on this instrument it sounds better than ever. I have written to all for whom I had a name to put on a gift, but there were many presents without a name (or the name-tag had fallen off). If you have not had a note from me, please accept this as a way of saying ‘thank you’ to everyone for their kindness. With love and good wishes to you all. John.

Bernard Crowe Tel: 01263 740137 Email:bernardcrowe@north-norfolk.gov.uk New Chief Executive. This post has been offered to Philip Burton, at present Chief Executive of East Hampshire D.C. Comprehensive Performance Assessment CPA. In the prior review, NNFC was complimented on its overall strength, but some areas need more attention: corporate rather than departmental organisation, attention to Local Strategic Partnership, community capacity needs more exploitation, exploration of alternative forms of service provision, balance between priorities and resources, and evaluation of ‘priorities’. Regional Council Tax. As government creates new regional assemblies in England, residents may face higher Council Tax bills to pay new tier of politicians. I am concerned that these politicians may take power from local councils in re planning, transport and housing. I believe in community, not a new regional government, and would welcome comments from readers.

JUNE 29TH, MORNING AND EVENING Group Holy Communion at Sharrington Church 10.30 am. Theme - Vocations. Preacher: Canon Michael Kitchener, the Diocesan Director of Ordinands

PRIORY WARD Jonathan Savory sends a big thank-you to everyone for their support during the District Council election. He looks forward to representing Priory Ward. He can be contacted at The Laurels, Nutwood Farm, Wighton, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1NX. Tel: 01328 820719

Holt Deanery Festival Blakeney Church from 4.30 p.m. Interest Groups on youth activities, children’s worship, healing ministry, leading prayers, reading lessons, church

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cure, involving work in schools and a hospital as well as the convent. The M.S. worsened, after 3 years he was forced to accept medical retirement and the family moved to Yorkshire, where John took on voluntary but very rewarding work as chaplain of a hospice and Diana started working for her degree at the Open University. Then she felt the call to be ordained and was accepted for training at Ely. The Pennys moved back to Norfolk, to a bungalow in Kirby Cane, because the M.S. was becoming steadily worse. Christopher was born so Diana postponed her ordination, joining a local training scheme instead, finally being ordained deacon in 1989. Then something inexplicable happened. John had been having counselling, there had been a laying-on of hands at a chapter meeting. One morning Diana felt moved to take him to Walsingham. All one can say is that ‘something’ happened during the service, the symptoms vanished and John was able to resume paid ministry. Diana began working for the Open University. She and John moved to Gloucestershire to share the ministry of Upton St Leonards, while John also worked as Diocesan Communications Officer. In this role he had the unpleasant experience of being involved with the media over the Fred West murder case. Finally, on 4th April 1997, John came to Langham to take on the Stiffkey and later also the Bale Group. He and Diana thoroughly enjoy being here and that we share this feeling was made clear by the 130 parishioners who packed the village hall on his special birthday. Masterminded by Maddy Dale, assisted by a talented team of helpers, the evening could not have been bettered; supper was splendid and John regaled us with some of his special jokes. Above all, the almost tangible feeling of goodwill expressed more eloquently than words our feelings for John and Diana. We are lucky indeed to have them here. Congratulations on sixty glorious years and here’s to many more happy birthdays. M.S.

AN OUTSTANDING OCCASION To discover why Binham Village Hall bulged at the seams on the evening of 13th March, you must go back 60 years to the day, to 1943, when a stick of bombs, released by a German bomber over Wood Green, London, caused the embryonic John Penny to come on stage three weeks ahead of schedule. After being born to a London family and evacuated to Lincolnshire, John spent his childhood in Birmingham, where both his father and mother were head-teachers. Leaving school, he trained at Mirfield Theological College and was ordained at 23. He and Diana met when he was Chaplain of the Youth Group at St Mary’s Church, Acocks Green, Birmingham. They married, she at 18, he at 26, on his last day there, before moving to Womborne, a Staffordshire village, where John served as curate, and their first child, Mary was born. His next posting was to Wednesbury where he spent a happy 3 years as curate in charge of the daughter church. In 1974 he was given the living of Kinghurst, also in Birmingham and here their second child, Peter, was born. Their 5 years there proved difficult, with 12,000 (at one stage 20,000) parishioners, the area was dire, one vast slum clearance with no sense of community sense. Crime and vandalism were rife. John was involved in running a youth group for those expelled from the county-run clubs - one night he had to sort out a knife fight! To add to the stress, knocking on the vicarage door continued by night or day, desperate people seeking help. To top it all for John and Diana, their third child died shortly after birth. Ever since being stung by a bee at 17 John had suffered from ill health, later diagnosed as multiple sclerosis. Now, after 5 years of stress it deteriorated, so John was given a ‘light’ posting as Chaplain to All Hallows Convent at Ditchingham. This proved no rest-

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FAMILY, NEW TO HINDRINGHAM, is looking for part-time help with the children, baby-sitting and some cleaning. Starting in July. Please call Hilary for more information on 0208 874 2077

Exhibition, 10th July – 9th August Light and Space, with 46 Norfolk based artists Supporting events in July: 11th Raphaella Barker reads her latest book, followed by Jazz duo Graeme Howell and Robin Phillips. 19th Esther Morgan, Aldbeburgh 2001 reads her work. 20th Michael Allard (organ) & Phillip Coates (cellist), Bach. 25th Louis de Bernieres, 16th-18th Century mandolin. 26th Mike Toll, ‘Dove Descending’. 9th Aug. Art Forum by artist for artists. Tickets on sale at Holt Tourist Office and on the door.

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Workshops: supplementing the above exhibition: 12th Brit Columbia Hall, Salthouse. ‘Delight in Play’ working in sand for all ages with Karen Osborne (tel: 01263 732501). 13th Brit Columbia Hall. ‘Fixing Light’ making images from shadows with Eric Smee (tel; 01263 588500). 26th Salthouse Church. ‘Away with Words’ making patterns and poems for 8/12year olds with Lisa D’Onofrio. (Tel: 01692 538537). 3rd Aug. Brit Columbia Hall, applique panel with stained glass, for 12 upwards, Lilian Shaw (01844 338857).

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HOLT MEDICAL PRACTICE – NEWS

SAMUEL JAMES I N T E R I O R S Renovation by Design

The practice is established in the new surgery, which was, as planned, up and running on the Tuesday after Easter. Thanks to all involved in the major task of completing the building, transferring computer hardware and setting up the three waiting areas with associated consulting and treatment rooms. There are offices for District Nurses, Health Visitors and Macmillan Nurses. Later this year the Simpson Ward will be re-located to Pineheath Ward, thus completing a unit comprising of GP surgery, community staff and community hospital, all under one roof.

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Same Day Assessment Service. The familiar Triage Nurse system will be developed into a Same Day Assessment unit, where nurse Practitioners, and sometimes a Paramedic, with a GP as adviser and mentor, will provide a service for patients who feel they need to be seen on the same day.

BIDDING TO BRING BROADBAND TO BINHAM A small group of heavy internet users in Field Dalling has finished filling in about 50 pages of government forms to enter the Connecting Communities Competition (CCC), launched by the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) last autumn and closed on 30th April.

Medical Students from the new UEA Medical School will attend the practice as part of their course, increasing their insight, understanding and empathy with patients.

The aim is to win enough of the £3.2m that EEDA has available for broadband in the Six Counties region to pay BT to put 30 lines of ADSL into the Binham exchange, serving Field Dalling, Saxlingham and Langham, under their newly launched low-entry broadband programme for rural communities, Exchange Activate. Without this programme and government funding, the economics of broadband provision would result in areas like ours remaining without broadband facilities for a long time.

Staff changes. Drs Ashworth and Freeman will be moving to the Sheringham Practice, so Dr Harvey and Dr Rob Colebrook will take on more work. In May and June Dr Chapman will be on sabbatical, and on his return will reduce his clinical commitment to the practice while increasing his teaching commitments. Some of his patients may have to attend other partners in the practice.

Unfortunately, this information is only useful to readers with Binham phone numbers (01328 83xxxx). If we are unsuccessful, it may cease to be of interest even to those! But, if the bid succeeds then, in the best British tradition, those who want broadband will need to form a queue to buy membership in the Broadband Community Group. Only 30 memberships will be available and so far about 20 are spoken for. This level of interest has been most encouraging - but we need more!

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You can check out the background to broadband issues at www.demandbroadband.com, and BT's offerings at www.bt.com (search for Exchange Activate). If you are interested and have not already made this known to the team, please send an email to Anthony Smith, using the address binhambroadband@pobox.com.

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The following amounts were raised in a recent Houseto-House collection for the Lifeboats: Langham - £95.55, Morston - £65.27, Bale £79.55, Saxlingham - £26.87, Field Dalling - £91.35, and Gunthorpe - £98.85. We are most grateful to all those who collected and donated so generously to achieve this excellent result. Jean Smith, Hon. Secretary.

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Dr Gertraude Shaw will be leaving on 17th June for a 2 year stint in Mozambique. Happily for us she is still keeping her house here so it’s not a final farewell. Dr Shaw has been wanting to work for the Third World, and particularly for Africans, for a long time. After retiring from the Holt Practice, she is delighted to have been appointed by VSO to work for a Farmer’s Union in Maputo, once known as Laurenco Marquez, where she will be looking after patients in 3 Health Posts. Now, before leaving, she is busy learning Portuguese and undergoing training in Birmingham.

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We shall miss her badly and she takes with her our very best wishes for all possible happiness in her exciting new posting. M.S.

NORFOLK WILDLIFE TRUST March Talk: Papua New Guinea rain forest Dr Ian Burrows, who visited for 6 months and stayed for over a decade, gave a fascinating talk on the bird life, with audios and slides. The meeting was sponsored by Birding World (www.birdingworld.co.uk). Editor, Steve Gantlett and assistant editor, Richard Millington, both live in Cley. Subscription enquiries to (sales@birdingworld.co.uk) This was the last of the winter evening talks. Future Events, walks at sites of local interest 19th June, Thursday, ‘Farming and Conservation’ Manor Farm, Briston. 2 – 5 pm. Farmer and Norfolk Wildlife Trust member, Richard Waddington will lead a walk. Meet at Manor Farm at 2.00 pm (map reference TG 056 331). Farm is marked on OS explorer map 24 North Coast Central and is on the B1354 between Briston and Melton Constable. 3rd July, Thursday - Kelling Heath 10th July Thursday - Blakeney Point 24th July Thursday - Holt Lowes 7th August Thursday - Muckleborough. £1.50 Members. £2 Non-members. John Cucksey

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June 5 ‘Cobwebs and Cream teas’ A talk by Mrs. Mary Mackie. 2.30 p.m. in Cley Village Hall. June 7th Sat. Annual sale and coffee morning in Mrs. Betty Coxeter’s garden at ‘Hunter’s ’, High St. Cley. July 3rd ‘Merchants of Lynn and their houses’ Talk by Dr. P. Richards. 2.30 p.m. in Cley Village Hall.

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DO YOU CARE ABOUT HEALTH ISSUES?

Saturday 31st May & Sunday 1st June ‘Pensthorpe Gardeners’ Fair’. Adults £5, Children £2.50 (season tickets not valid)

HealthWatch is a N. Norfolk group consisting of volunteers. We consider health-related issues and enable the local NHS management to consult with the public. In autumn 2003 a Patients’ Forum will replace HealthWatch. This will be the new independent voice of the public in health care and will also be made up of volunteers. If you are interested in health matters and would like to have the opportunity to influence future health related decisions, please contact Clare Maynard on 01263 516199 or Tony Allibone on 01263 740450. You can be put on our mailing list with no other commitment. You will receive information about current work that HealthWatch are doing and news about the Patients’ Forum as it happens. Alternatively why don’t you attend one of the public HealathWatch meetings? These are held at 2.30 pm in the day room of Simpson Ward, Kelling Hospital, on the following dates. Monday 28th July and Monday 28th September.

Saturday 12th July to Sunday 17th August ‘British Gas Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition’ Admission £2.50 Friday 22nd August to Sunday 31st August ‘National Wildlife Carving and Sculpture Exhibition’ Admission £2.50

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BINHAM

BALE News

News

Contact: Carolyn Wright Tel: 01328 830270 Fax: 01328 830840 Email: cpwright@aol.com

Contact: Sue Berry 01328 878621

For church services see panel on page 3 DELIVERING NEWS FOR 25 YEARS

For Church Services see panel on Page 3 BINHAM PRIORY

Congratulations to Eileen Spooner for the great achievement of delivering newspapers and magazines in Bale for 25 years. Eileen first started delivering the papers on 23rd July 1978, little knowing that she would still be out in all weathers 25 years later. I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ for all the hard work you have done for me over the past two years. It has been a pleasure to work with you and I look forward to many more years to come. Alistair Stevenson

“MUSIC 2003” SUMMER SEASON

4th July Fri. 7.30 pm. Eroica Quartet: Peter Hanson violin, Lucy Halford violin, Gustav Clarkson viola, David Watkin cello. Playing Mendelssohn No. 4 in E minor op. 44 no.2, Cherubini Scherzo, Spohr Adagio, Beethoven op. 132 in A minor 6th July Sun. 7.30 pm. Trevor Pinnock harpsichord. Playing Treasury of English Music, Byrd, Gibbons, Hull, Handel, Purcell, Webb 12th July Sat. 7.30 pm. Dell’arte String Quartet: David Randell violin, Paul Clarke violin, Philip Trzebiatowski cello, Gregory Sheppard viola. Playing Mozart no. 21 in D minor K575, Beethoven op 18 no. 1 in F major, Debussy in G minor op 10’ 18th July Fri. 7.30 pm. Alison Stephens classical mandolin. Playing music by Calace, Denis, Riggieri, Nakano, Hioschek, Telemann, Bach, Masaji, Sauli, Persichini. 25th July Fri. 7.30 pm. A Feast of Italian Music: Jane Carwardine violin, Gail Hennessy oboe, Sally Holman bassoon, Peter McCarthy violone, Nicholas Parle harpsichord. Playing Sonatas by Corelli and Vivaldi 3rd August Sun. 7.30 pm. A Baroque Concert by Badinerie: Michael Christie director, Susannah Self alto soloist. Playing Bach and Telemann, cantatas by Handel, Vivaldi and Scarlatti 23rd August Sat. 7.30 pm. Charity Concert in aid of the North Norfolk Alzheimer’s Support Group. An evening of summer music and song with The Cambridge Wind Quintet playing music by Handel, Purcell, Vivaldi and Suzannah Self, including solos and duets by singers Evana McKinnon, Helen Sinclair, Toby Girling Further information on the concerts and tickets from Maureen Frost, 01328 830362

I am sure the people of Bale would also like to add their thanks and appreciation. Not only does Eileen ensure we all get our newspapers but she collects pensions, does shopping, delivers raffle tickets and flyers, and also takes round the Local Lynx. Many thanks, Eileen, and congratulations from us all on your 25 year milestone. S.B.

BALE CHURCH GARDEN FETE Traditional English Summer Fete at Manor Farm, Bale, on Saturday, 14th June, 2003 at 2.00 pm FEATURING FAKENHAM TOWN BAND Stalls include

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MUSIC IN BINHAM PRIORY

A.KEEBLE ROOFING

Sunday 22nd June at 3.00 pm OR 7.30 pm (time to be confirmed) Return of the internationally acclaimed artists who played in the “A Phoenix in Spring” concert in April. The music will include Grieg’s Sonatas This concert will be professionally recorded for a CD as a live performance

(Established 25 years)

Tiling, Slating, New Roofs Strip/Retile & Repairs

BINHAM PRIORY Roly Bain, God’s Clown Sunday 1st June at 4.00 pm

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Entertainment and worship more enjoyable than you can imagine. For all the family of any age.

“PRESS GANG”

THE BINHAM POST BOX

We had a splendid evening at the Village Hall on April 26th with over 100 people from all over Norfolk (and beyond) enjoying the music and fun of Keith Skipper and Friends. After the event we got a card from Keith which reads as follows: “Warmest thanks to you and your colleagues at Binham Village Hall for such a cordial welcome – and for helping to make it such a memorable Press Gang outing. And an international flavour (including Downham Market) to boot! Hope we can make a happy return in a year or so. Please pass on our thanks to all concerned at your next get-together. Lovely hall, good people. A winning combination.”

The post box, which is situated at the Old Post Office in Front Street is now closed and a new one is to be sited on the forecourt of Howells Stores.

MOBILE LIBRARY The Mobile Library will visit Binham on Friday 27th June and Friday 25th July. 10.10 a.m. at Grange Farm, Westgate and 10.25 at the Phone Box on High Street. We need to support the Library to encourage them to keep visiting us. Wells Library 710467.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

BINHAM PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

We will be running a special session dedicated to Digital Photography in the Village Hall on Thursday 5th June from 10:00 am to noon. The intention is to enable the swapping of experiences and to offer advice to anyone contemplating investment. This will be a practical session with camera and computer equipment available. Please contact Alan Eagle (830031) if you would like to participate.

This was held on 17th February 2003 at 7.30 p.m. All councillors present: W. Wales (Chairman) Mrs M Allan (Clerk);M. Beckham, P. Dungar, Mrs J. Case, Mrs A. Able, Mrs E Brown. Also present: Mrs M Cushing and 4 members of the public. Minutes of previous meeting agreed and signed. Matters arising: Parish Council Vacancy. Notices of this vacancy had been displayed; only one reply received from Mr Lionel Wilde who was duly co-opted onto the council. The Bus shelter roof had been repaired. Avada Homes had given a presentation in the Village Hall on their proposed siting of low cost housing. The telephone box had been repaired. The old notice board had been removed from beside the telephone box. The electricity pole, close to the Village Hall is still in need of straightening. Clerk had this in hand. 2 sets of plans were discussed (Westgate House, Binham and Old Barn, Wighton). AOB: Request for donations received from East Anglian Air Ambulance (£100 given); Fakenham & Wells CAB (£25 given); Norfolk Accident Rescue Services (No donation this time).

BINHAM BACCHANALIANS We enjoyed our last meeting of the season in May entitled “Oddbins and Oddbods”. Now the Bacchanalians rest up until the autumn, although members can be spotted at boules afternoons, barbecues and sundry other events where people and bottles appear in close proximity. Watch this space for further news. Richard & Norah Lewis 830723

Susannah McDougall Landscape and Garden Design

BINHAM ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

solutions for the outside space design practical and effective detailed plans appropriate materials any space

This was held on 29th April at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall. Liz Brown welcomed everybody and thanked them for attending. The following organizations were represented: Parish Council - W Wales; Village Hall - R Lewis; Youth Group - A Marsh; History Group - Mrs P Alford; Parochial Church Council - D Frost; Coronation Celebrations - A Eagle; Bacchanalians - R Lewis; Computer Classes - A Eagle; Guild of Artists - J Bucknill; Wells & District First Response Team Mrs J Hewitt; Village Hall 100 Club - Mrs L Brown for June Read.

planting sound advice plant sourcing fresh, visual planting plans seasonal improvements

telephone: 01263 740056 mobile: 07887 480793

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BINHAM VILLAGE HALL

LANGHAM G LASS and Rural Crafts

The AGM was held on 22nd April at 7.30 pm. The Chairman, Andrew Cuthbert welcomed everybody – 15 members of the public and 7 members of the Village Hall Committee. Minutes of the last AGM were read, agreed and signed. Richard Lewis, Treasurer presented the yearly accounts. June Read gave a report on the 100 Club. Liz Brown reported on bookings. The Chairman in his report thanked all the committee for their work over the last year and all involved with the hall. Norah Lewis was thanked for her work gardening on the bank. The Village Hall Committee were all prepared to stand again and were voted on en-block (prop. Mrs E Tomlin, sec. Mrs C Wright). The Committee are: Andrew Cuthbert (Chairman), Richard Lewis (Treasurer), Liz Brown (Secretary), Amanda Savory, June Read, Alex Wales, Andrew Marsh, Alan Eagle.

Free admission to Factory Shops Tea Room and Craft Barns

SITE OPEN DAILY 10 am to 5 pm Live demonstrations - Glass Making Ros and Danny Craft Workshops Museum and video - Glass Engraving Factory Glass Shop - Tea Room Walled garden - Adventure Playground

FACTORY OUTLET SHOP Now open at 14 Bull Street, Holt 01263 711714

CUTLERY ETC.

The Village Hall has crockery, cutlery and white damask table cloths available to hire, also if you would like to book the hall for any event please ring Liz Brown 01328 830519.

The Long Barn, North Street, Langham, Holt, Norfolk Telephone 01328 830511 Facsimile 01328 830787

BINHAM BOTTLE & PAPER BANKS Please remember that Binham Village Hall Car Park has bottle bank and a paper (sorry, no cardboard) bank. The Village Hall funds benefit from bottles and paper recycled in this way – so all contributions are gratefully received.

BINHAM LOCAL HISTORY GROUP

BINHAM GROUP OF ARTISTS

A meeting held at Chairman Pennie Alford’s on 15th April was well attended. Some of the items discussed were: the Parish Papers; The Great War – the Memorial and Roll of Honour; Oral History of the Village; Memorial Inscriptions in the Priory churchyard (recording is well under way).

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 give advice if needed. We meet every Tuesday 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. Everyone welcome. In April Helen Herbert, Painter and Book Illustrator, agreed to be interviewed about her work and career. Her visit was much enjoyed by all. 830651

Possible future areas of interest were suggested including: Roman occupation and route of Roman road; Anglo Saxon times; Ecclesiastical influence, Binham in the Civil War; local families; Mills, water and wind; Trade and Public Houses; Influence of surrounding villages; Buildings and village development represented by overlay maps; Workhouse Unions; Snippets of local life and social conditions; School Record Books; PCC records; Binham Green, the Cross and Fairs.

THE ANNUAL ART EXHIBITION This takes place from Friday 27th June until Tuesday 1st July. Some paintings will be raffled and there will be a Private View on Thursday 26th June. For further information call James Bucknill. 830651

If one of these subjects interests you – or perhaps you might like to do a little research – do contact Pennie 830700.

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Take part in the GREAT BINHAM BOAT RACES on the stream or sit awhile and enjoy this glorious garden with its wide range of specimen trees and plants.

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Call Steve Wiles 01263 712087 for a proof copy and further details

Admission £2. Proceeds to the church and other charities.

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MIDSOMER MARDLE

COCKTHORPE

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Coronation we will be holding this event on the Village Green on Saturday 21st June starting at 12:30 p.m. There will be a free barbeque and plenty of games, entertainment and stalls together with a cash bar. In the evening there will be a CEILIDH in the Village Hall starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are £5 each including supper, available from Liz Brown (830519). Children under 12 free.

News Contact: Ann Massingham

01328 830558

No news from Cockthorpe this time

COMPUTER WORKSHOPS

JENNY BEVAN

The series of PC workshops in the Village Hall will be starting again in the Autumn. This year we will be catering for beginners as well as improvers on an informal ‘hands on’ workshop basis dealing with subjects and problems suggested by those attending. If you would like further details please contact Alan Eagle (830031).

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SPONSORED BICYCLE RIDE

Tel: 01328 711574

Saturday 13th September 2003 A forward date for your diaries. The Norfolk Churches Trust has been part of the Sponsored Bicycle Ride since 1983 and 32 counties now take part. Now is the time to start getting fit so you can plan a nice long route “Churches Open” lists are available. The amount you raise is divided equally between your local church and the Norfolk Churches Trust. Carolyn Wright 830270

Do please call or telephone if I can help

FIELD DALLING News Contact: Margaret Smith 01328 830546

THE WEATHER The Wind one morning blew and blew Our eardrums tried to shatter And tiles fell off and trees crashed down As though it did not matter.

For Church Services see panel on Page 3 JOY WRIGHT’S COFFEE MORNING now becoming an annual event, will take place at her house, Chapel Yard Cottage, 96, Holt Road, Field Dalling, on Saturday, 28th June from 10 am to 12 noon. Everyone is welcome – there will be stalls, including a cake stall, coffee will be served, and weather permitting, her sunny south-facing garden will beckon.

Then one morning it did Rain. Not only down the window pane But on all and sundry Sheltering in vain. I wonder, Oh I wonder, I would like to know, What it is that we deserve for the Weather Man to treat us so.

The coffee morning is in aid of restoration work on St Andrew’s Church.

THE VILLAGE FETE

Joyce Greenacre

- takes place on Saturday 2nd August, 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm in the grounds of Field Dalling Hall. Please come and bring your friends. The money raised supports our Village Hall and the churches in Field Dalling and Saxlingham.

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FARM NEWS, AN EVERY DAY STORY

GUNTHORPE

We are pleased to be back to normal, straight into the crops. Richard Johnson has never known such a straight-forward drilling season as this spring. Work started on 15th March drilling protein peas at the Saxlingham end of the farm, on 19th March it was the sugar beet. This was an early start, and, with no rain break at any stage, was completed by 26th. With ample moisture in the soil, the establishment to date is as good as any Richard has seen.

News Contact: Martin Swindells 01263 860517 CHURCH SERVICES FOR JUNE AND JULY June

1st 8th 15th 22nd 29th

Holy Communion Matins Holy Communion Holy Communion Group Service (at Sharrington)

6th 13th 20th 27th

Holy Communion 11.00 am Matins 11.00 am Holy Communion 4.00 pm No Service – Fete Day.

11.00 am 11.00 am 4.00 pm 9.30 am 10.30 am

Although the soils provided wonderful seed beds, from 5th March virtually no rain fell for 51 days. By 25th April there was real cause for concern about potential crop damage and harvest prospects. Winter barley and areas of wheat became stressed and growth virtually stopped. Then on 25th April, rain returned, adequate moisture was quickly restored and the worry lifted.

July

However there is a reverse side of the coin, since 25th April rain showers and strong winds have played havoc with spraying and fertilizer application. Hopefully by the time you read this the programme will be up to schedule.

PARISH COUNCIL NOTES

But all in all, fingers crossed, DV and WP, the crops have useful potential and there are prospects of a fair harvest. The dry weather seems to have moved rape and winter barley, both of which are 3 - 4 days ahead in terms of growth. Despite growth having stopped altogether during the dry April, the acceleration in growth of winter wheat since the rains came has been phenominal – just as our lawns have reacted to the warmth and wet.

1. Road safety: In the last issue we reported that the County Council Traffic Engineer had written to the Parish Clerk saying warning notices would be erected in the near future. This was reported in writing to the Parish Councillors, but it seems there was a misunderstanding between engineer and clerk, all that is intended is to paint ‘Slow’ on the road, and even this has not yet been done. Heaven forbid there is ever a need for an inquest. 2. Membership. Following the resignations of Fred Wright and Paddy Seligman, Gunthhorpe is short of two councillors. Please consider carefully if you could play a part. If so contact the Parish Clerk, Anthony Hayward, Well House, Bale. 01328 878342

Looking at the financial prospects, things are a little more encouraging, provided you are not a potato grower where the market remains terrible. With the pound/euro exchange rate more favourable, exports to Europe appear more boyant, grain futures are trading up about £2/3 a tonne for harvest to November ’03 movement. In addition, a possible poor US maize corn harvest after the dry season has affected Chicago Board of Trade prices, which have an underlying influence on world trade values. So, grounds for some greater optimism, though not euphoria, for the coming harvest and futures sales.

CAN YOU HELP? Fred Morley, a senior Gunthorpian, has recently been able to help in a project to locate all World War II searchlight sites in Norfolk for use by the County Records Office, organised by Mr John W. Archer of 22, Station Road, Earsham, Bungay, NR35 2TJ. He would greatly appreciate it if anyone else with knowledge of these sites could please get in touch with him. He will repay postage costs.

Turning to estate matters, the early advent of spring and the dry weather meant an abrupt stop to estate work, but the essential work, including building maintenance, fencing and drainage had been completed in time for cattle to be turned out on 1st April. In July we plan to put land drains in a field at Swan Lane, Sharrington and the field to the south of Bale BP garage, so that is what the large yellow track machine is up to. The plan is to pin-point specific wet areas where spring lines tend to surface. Milder and wetter winters have made this more of a problem – hence the need for pin-point draining.

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Soon all farm crops will be walked, removing wild oats and bolt beet bi-annual (a beet that slips a season and attempts to seed). There are still 400 tonnes of wheat and 100 tonnes of peas to outload, and then starts the task of clearing out and preparing grain stores and drying floors ready for refilling this harvest. This year’s batch of Kiwis, (we hope Gordon will be amongst them to keep everyone entertained) will be welcome reinforcements for all this And so another year.

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only active participation being a biannual turn-out for Holt ‘B’ rugger team; this the club rules forced him to do in order to remain on the bar committee. Overnight he became a golf fanatic and leading light at the West Runton Golf Club, designing and building their website. In 2001 he was elected Captain. This awakened a desire to become more involved in golf and in club administration, so when he applied for the post of secretary of Bungay Golf Club, it is unsurprising that the committee grabbed this square peg for their square hole. Clearly Maggie and John are pleased by this appointment, and we for them. There is also sadness for them and us. We shall remember them, with great affection, no only for what they have done for the village, but for what they are. A kinder, more thoughtful couple it is hard to imagine, their innate friendliness has had a lasting influence on the village. Goodbye, good luck and thank you. M.S.

Come back, Maggie, Come back, John All is forgiven Tuesday, 24th April, a desolate day! Bulfer cottage stands empty, the two Lunnisses on their way after 18 years here, where they came to personify the best in Gunthorpe people. We are all sad, and I know the feeling is reciprocated by both of them. Though born and bred in Fakenham, a farmer’s daughter, educated at Swaffham’s Convent School, Maggie has experience of the wider world. After school she was for 2 ½ years nanny to Davies Guppy and his brother, Constantine, travelling over Europe with the Guppy family. Mother, very musical, taught Maggie to play the guitar. A wonderful experience for a Norfolk country girl. Her next stop was in London, selling clothes at Dickens & Jones, and enjoying meeting so many people, including some from Australia and New Zealand. One Australian became her life-long best friend. Graduating to the Alfred Marks Bureau, she ran their agency office in Nottinghill Gate, where she fell in love with an Englishman whose job took him to New York – Maggie followed, and had a marvellous year, no work but many concerts. Maggie herself sang in a chorus. Then back to Norfolk with insurance brokers in Holt. Invited to a Fancy Dress Ball at West Lexham, Maggie went as Cleopatra. Among the guests was a Harrogate man, invited by a local friend but unaware what sort of party it was. He came, unadorned, as John Lunniss, met Cleopatra, and the rest, as they say, is history. They married, John became a stock-broker in Norwich, and they lived in Holt. One day John saw Bulfer Cottage advertised; impressed, they saw it that evening. Again, love at first sight, and soon they were established in Gunthorpe, joined shortly by that splendid terrier, Sky, who sadly died three years ago. Bulfer Cottage was converted by Michael Bunting in 1988 to what it is today, double the original size. In 1992, after retiring from the Stock Exchange, John founded Blakeney Point Sailing School, with Simon Blakeley, at the same time beginning his many services for the village. Twice a member of the Institute Committee, he served on the Parish Council and as Treasurer of the FGPC. Recently he has been in charge of the Home Watch Scheme, and of the Village Green Mowing Rota, and has spent ‘bloody hours’ mowing the Ray White Car Park at the church. Not many know that he has kept the local road sign-posts washed and tidy. But we do know of his skill as chef, manifest at the Jubilee Street Party, and innumerable harvest suppers. Nor has Maggie been idle. She spent happy years as a classroom assistant at Hindringham Primary, helping those with special needs, which she found deeply rewarding. Then she ran the FGPC 50-50 club, has been treasurer of the Institute, the FGPC committee and is a great helper each year at the Fete. A few years ago, urged by ‘Frenchie’, John took up golf. Hitherto he had not been a notable sportsman, his

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Canon to the right of us, Canon to the left of us For just an hour on Sunday 4th May our church of St Mary the Virgin was transformed into Gunthorpe Cathedral. Beautifully decorated, it was packed with 190 people for Choral Evensong, beautifully sung by the choir of Beeston Hall School. Six distinguished clergy took part in the service, and Marie Denholm, chairman of FGPC, read one lesson, the head chorister another. It was a very moving evening. The collection amounted to £651, which goes to help the FGPC maintain the fabric. Thanks to the generosity of so many. M.S.

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F.G.P.C. ANNUAL CHURCHYARD CLEAN-UP

D.

Sat. 12th April dawned clear, with a hint of warm sunshine. The group gathered at St Mary’s Church, weighed down with assorted implements and, once tasks were prioritised, work was under way. The churchyard rang as volunteers strimmed, chain-sawed and mowed. The bonfire was soon ablaze in the corner, kept alight by a steady stream of wheelbarrow pushers bringing debris from all around. Trees were trimmed, paths weeded, ivy cut back and paths mown.

All chimneys, Flues & Appliances Swept

Brush and Vacuum Used

Certificates Issued for insurance purposes

Weddings attended as Lucky Sweep

Bird/Rain Guards and Cowls Supplied and Fitted

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The annual churchyard clear up is essential to keep the grounds tidy without appearing suburban and it supplements the regular maintenance financed by the F.G.P.C This year Rob Cutterham was not nearly crushed by a toppling bough (see 2002 Churchyard Clear-up), he was ‘Catering Officer’, but Di managed to burn quite a lot of her hair off on the bonfire. The Sergeant family turned out en mass; Nik Sergeant spent his 13th birthday pushing a barrow, rewarded by a chorus of Happy Birthday! John and Maggie Lunniss were there, sadly their last ‘Friends’ social engagement as they have now moved from Gunthorpe to Bungay.

The churchyard has shrugged off its winter overcoat of leaves and decay and is ready to face the spring. There is a fine line between caring for a country churchyard without its looking prim, and the Friends have managed again to give St Mary’s the gentle touch. Di Cutterham

FRIENDS OF GUNTHORPE PARISH CHURCH BARBECUE One item to be included in the raffle at the barbecue that precedes the fete at Gunthorpe Hall on the 27th July will be of particular interest to former residents and current parishioners alike. Commissioned by Christopher Astley-Sparke, the picture of St Mary’s is an original, shot at dawn after the February snowfalls, by his old friend the much admired Norfolk architectural photographer, Raven Cozens-Hardy. Both men have long associations with the church. Christopher’s great-grandfather, the Rev. Canon John Henry Sparke, was Rector from 1831-1870, and was responsible for the considerable re-furbishments to the church in 1863. Raven’s cousin William, 2nd Lord Cozens-Hardy, leased the Hall from the Trustees of the then infant Michael Sparke in the 1920s and is buried in the churchyard. All the proceeds from this and other donations will go to the benefit of the Friends of Gunthorpe Church. Greetings cards of the photograph will also be on sale, for the benefit of the same cause. Copies of the photograph, signed and mounted, are available to special order.

With some encouraging words from John, who was supervising this year, the fun began. Well, perhaps fun is not quite the right word. On hands and knees, Maggie, Pippa Bunting, Gertraude Shaw and Peggy Swindells weeded - should that be de-weeded - the path by hand in accordance with the minimun weed killer policy! John Carter, certainly the best-dressed gardener, as one would expect, gave the less co-ordinated something to aim for in the future. Peter Everett and Phil Traverso strimmed weeds and long grass inside the churchyard while Martin Swindells and Ray White set to on the whole of the carparking area. Marie Denholm barrowed and loaded the bonfire with the grass, weeds and anything else she found. The chain-saw and aftermath clear-up team consisted of James Sargeant, Chris Ford and Jeremy Denholm. After lighting a spectacular bonfire, probably seen for miles, Lynn Marr, with Lisa, Emma, Nik and Sam Sargeant, set about disposing of the unofficial rubbish dump which had been festering on the edge of the wildlife area for some time. Colin Dewing spent hours mowing, did a superb job around the grave-stones and putting in some paths – a hard task with just a push-along mower!

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The final touch was the planting of a fine young crab apple tree provided by the Clare family to replace the dead flowering cherry tree.

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Tantalising barbecue smells spurred on the workers. Rob’s well-received sausage and bacon butties were washed down with a ‘cup of drink’, hot chocolate, red wine or both. It was now time to lean on our tools, have a good mardle and a group hug – whoops, sorry, I mean photo, before departing for a very well earned rest.

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SUBSCRIPTIONS TO THE FRIENDS The Friends’ financial year ends 31st May and the 2003/4 subscriptions fall due on 1st June. The subscription rate has remained the same, still £5 per member, although we are always willing to accept more if pressed (gently). I shall be pleased to set up the accounting table in the Institute to take payment just before the AGM with Fish & Chips Supper on 27th June.

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However I am still not up to Martin’s speed so if anyone would like to pay beforehand they would be most welcome to either pop round to White Horse Farm or ring me on 01263 860693 and I will collect. Some members already pay by Standing Order, although these do expire. The Treasurer and I are currently investigating the rather official sounding Direct Debit – but I appreciate many people prefer the personal service and look forward to touring the village on my trusty bicycle, Eddie in the basket to guard the takings!

GUNTHORPE INSTITUTE ANTICS Saturday night, 26th April, saw a hall full of villagers keen to become Beetle Drive champions of Gunthorpe. Many had never been to a Beetle Drive before but every-body agreed it was a jolly good wheeze with loads of laughter and fun for adults and children. Helen and Samantha Ford just managed to take the title, the challengers only 2 points behind them. Time whizzed past and all agreed that it had been a great evening, everyone had a good time, despite some not having too much luck with the dice.

F.G.P.C. 50/50 CLUB

The next village activity will be a Bring and Buy plant sale on Sat. May 31st, 10.30 am, a joint fund raiser with the Friends of GunthorpeChurch. Plans are also taking shape for the Annual Fete to be held at Gunthorpe Hall on Sunday, 27th July starting at 2.00 pm. Sue Traverso.

The meeting at the end of March was a special occasion. Mrs Jessie Everitt, who now lives in Letheringsett, came as honoured guest, to be presented with a travelling rug from P.C.C. members past and present, as a token of gratitude for all Jessie has done throughout her life for the church, both as organist and through more mundane tasks, cleaning and flower arranging. The Rev’d John Penny made the presentation and then the very full meeting became a most enjoyable social occasion.

WELL DONE – AND MANY THANKS A big thank-you to everyone who helped to beat breast cancer by taking part in the ‘Gunthorpe Crocus Walk’ on 5th April. 36 people took part and, beside these, others who could not come sent donations. Liza Sargeant who, together with Di Cutterham, organized the event, says that over £2,000 has already come in, much of it gift-aided. This will be doubled by Norwich Union, so the final total will be not far short of £5,000.

The Lucky ones - F.G.P.C 50/50 Draw £20 £10 £5

Those walking came from Sharrington, Briningham, Bale, Guist, Melton, Burnham Market and London as well as Gunthorpe, and Safeways helped provide the post-walk refreshments which John Lunniss, Pippa Bunting and Marie Denholm arranged, and which were much appreciated. Everyone agreed this cause should have similar support next year.

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March J. Smith M. Van Wyk B. Burton P Curson D. Worsley P. Lantau E. Lantau

April G. Blunden J. Abbs J. Carter C. Williamson P. Taverso J. Denholm D. Worsley.

TAYLORMADE

JOHN AND MAGGIE LUNNISS The Friends are very sorry to say goodbye to John and Maggie, who have now left Gunthorpe after 17 years. They worked extremely hard on the Committee, John was our Treasurer, and they were always at the forefront of any function – usually providing the superb food and refreshments for which the Friends’ ‘get togethers’ are famous.

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We are very pleased that they have asked to remain members and I am sure will follow our progress with great interest. Our loss is Bungay’s gain, we are sure they will make just as big a splash in Suffolk as they have here and we wish them both every happiness in their new home.

Contact Sandra Taylor Telephone: 01328 830 649 Fax: 01328 830 999

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Friends of Langham

LANGHAM

Whist Drive.

News

After a successful first whist drive last month and after popular demand we have arranged another for Friday 27th June in the Parish Room starting at 7.00 p.m.

Contact: Ann Sherriff 01328 830605

AGM. This will be in July after the accounts have been audited, the date will be put on the village notice boards.

For Sunday Services See page 3 Each Wednesday— Holy Communion 10.00 a.m. Any alterations will be posted on the church service notice board.

Subscriptions. Due this month and members of the committee will be coming round to see those who pay yearly. The committee would like to take this opportunity of thanking all the members for their support during the past year.

LANGHAM CHURCH NEWS Langham APCM Annual reports can be viewed on the church notice board.

Flowers for Africa

Christian Aid Lunch

There will be a meeting in church on Thursday 12th. June at 10.00 a.m. to plan the ‘Flowers for Africa’ weekend. A warm invitation is extended to all who would like to help in any of the following ways:Arranging or donating garden flowers. Helping on the ‘Traidcraft’ stall. Helping with refreshments. Acting as stewards.

Thank you to all who attended and helped to raise £145.80. Special thanks to those who provided and served the delicious soups.

Joy’s Coffee Morning Once again a most enjoyable morning and it was a pleasure to welcome visitors. Grateful thanks go to Margaret and Martin Freeth for their generous hospitality and to Caroline Freeth for overseeing the event in the absence of Margaret. The magnificent simnel cake kindly baked by Jan Hope weighed (with plate), 6 lbs 5 oz and was won by David McEwan. The beautifully decorated jar of Easter Eggs donated by Molly Lees contained 72 eggs and the prize went to Mrs. Ann Hill of The Cornfield. Helen Brandt made one of her patchwork quilts for an individual raffle. This was won by Martin Freeth. The raffle for a bottle of whisky, kindly donated by Mr. and Mrs.Freeth, was won by Jan Hope. The raffle, with a tombola, were new activities at this event and proved to be popular. Many thanks go to those who kindly donated competition prizes and gave so generously to the tombola. Thanks also to Pauline for eye catching posters, those who manned stalls on the day and did the refreshments and all who helped in any other way. Proceeds, plus a generous donation, amounted to £470 for the Langham Church Building Trust.

The proceeds will be used by Christian Aid where most needed. For information, contact Jan Hope - 830847, Ann Sherriff - 830605 or Vera Colombé - 830317.

A Reminder The ‘Bring and Buy’ coffee morning that is usually held in the churchyard in May, will now take place on Bank Holiday Monday August 25th.

Advance Notice The ‘Stall on the Green’ selling cakes and produce will be operating on four Saturdays in August – the 2nd, 9th, 16th and 30th. Enquiries: Jan Hope 830847.

Langham Ladybirds Norman Olley, owner of North Elmham Bakery gave an informative and amusing talk at our April meeting, we all learnt a lot and laughed a lot, a very enjoyable evening. For the future: 11th June. Leila Page – Craft and Creations. I am sure we shall be encouraged to use our skills. 9th July. Ploughmans lunch served in the Parish Room at 12.15 p.m. Then we leave North St. by coach to see the afternoon performance of Seaside Special at Cromer Pier.

Pat & Bridget Newman welcome you to THE BLUEBELL LANGHAM

13th August. Caroline and Janette – Holt Chronicle. Bring and Buy produce – proceeds for club funds. All ladies are very welcome – if you wish to know more please contact me on 830731 or Sheila on 830530. Maureen.

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Leukaemia Research Fund We are getting ready for our ‘Grand Sale’ on July 5th 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. We hope to see you all at Langham Parish Room. Thank you for your continued support.

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Sandy Kay, husband of Gill and father of Tom and Emma, died on 4th April. At his Thanksgiving Service on 11th April, All Saints Church was packed full of his friends and relations.

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30th Anniversary of when Morston was the toast of the nation

Sandy loved Morston and Morston loved him. He and Gill finally moved to the village in 1995, but Sandy had had a boat on the creek for 40 years. He was a keen sailor, skier, hockey-player, golfer, and marsh walker with his beloved dogs. He was a long-standing member of the PCC and Vice-chairman of the Village Design Statement Committee.

This year is the 30th anniversary of Arthur Budgett’s horse, Morston - he owned and trained it – winning the Derby, at 25-1. Morston was ridden by Ed Hide, the “cock of the north” i.e. the top northern flat jockey. Four years previously Morston’s sire, Blakeney, also owned and trained by Arthur Budgett, had won.

Sandy will be long remembered in Morston - not least for his and Gill’s great annual Christmas drinks party.

FRIENDS OF MORSTON CHURCH This new organisation, independent of the PCC, has now formed under Chairman Dominick Harrod. Carole Bean has agreed to serve as Vice-Chairman. Proceeds will go towards the repair and maintenance of the church fabric.

CRAB & TURKEY PIE SUPPER: JUNE 12th The Morston Crab Supper & Seal Trip is scheduled for Thursday June 12th (6.00 p.m. on the Quay). All proceeds go to Morston Parish Church.

The Constitution, Governing Document, and a formidable Approach List have been drawn up. A bank account is open and the formal Application to the Charity Commissioners has been sent off – which means that in six weeks or so, this new charity should be able to send out its prepared Information Sheet & Proforma about membership/donations, or visit you to explain about it.

Tickets (from Mary Athill, tel: 01263-740306) cost £10.00 a head, to cover: the boat trip to the Point to see the seals and to see the birds with the warden, followed by the Crab & Turkey Pie Supper in the Village Hall – this includes a glass of wine and delicious puddings, and a great welcome to old friends and new.

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The Morston Regatta is on Saturday 2nd August and the Norfolk Oyster Regatta is on Sunday 3rd August.

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MORSTON QUIZ

LLOYD DURHAM

by Samphire (Answers on page 18)

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(1) Complete the following weather proverbs: a). Rain before seven, fine before --. b). March winds and April showers bring forth – flowers. c) Red sky at night, shepherd’s --. d) Red sky in the morning, shepherd’s --. e) Halo round the sun or moon, -- or – coming soon. (2) What were the old names for the following golf clubs? f) A No. 2 wood? g) A No. 3 wood? h) A No.5 iron? i) A No. 7 iron? j) A No.10 iron? (3) How do we British say the following American food slang? k) Adam & Eve? l) On a raft? m) Wreck ‘em!? n) Hold the hail? o) Hounds on an island? (4) Complete the following pairs: p) -- and jetsam. q) -- and yaw. r) Port and --. s) Curds and --. t) -- and ruin. (5) What do the following cockney rhyming slang terms mean? u) Rosie Lee? v) Vera Lynn? w) Tommy Trinder? x) Gregory Peck? y) Bob Hope? (6) What substance commemorates the following wedding anniversaries: A) 10th? B) 20th? C) 30th? D) 35th? E) 40th? (7) What was the old name (1831-2002) of the shipping forecast area that in 2002 was renamed “Fitzroy” after the head of the Met. Office?

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Mrs E. Rushmer Dip.F.D., N.A.F.D. MAJOR ATHILL OPENS VILLAGE HALL IMPROVEMENTS A kitchen and toilet have been installed in the Village Hall. On April 25th a grand opening party was held, at which the Chairman of the Parish Council, Jim Temple, asked Major Andrew Athill formally to open the new facilities. The party, which was also to commemorate Andrew Athill’s 36 years on the Parish Council, was attended by Mrs. Anne Rose, the Vice-Chairman of the NNDC, & Mr. Rose, by Cllr Ann Wootten and by Cllr Bernard Crowe & Mrs. Crowe. Major Athill was presented with a wonderful water-colour of the creek with Scaldbeck Barn in the background and featuring two of his boats, painted by Geraldine Green.

MORSTON MARDLE by Samphire “The cuckoo comes in April, sings a song in May, Twits a tine in the middle of June and then he flies away.” In many parts of the country it is supposed to be lucky, when you hear your first cuckoo of the year, if you run to the nearest gate. In parts of Norfolk, however, it is those racing to a gate, who are thought to be cuckoo. It is believed that the first cuckoo (the bird) heard at Morston this spring, was on April 30th. Can anyone beat that?

THE WHALE OF A TIME It wasn’t just those at Stiffkey, who referred to it as “our” whale. We all considered it “ours” to see. It was well worth the good hour’s trek each way, to see this expired, magnificent, 45ft sperm whale that got stranded at Warham Hole on 5th April. It must be stinking by now, but is being left to be washed off.

CONCERT - SOPRANO ELISABETH WINGFIELD, 28th JUNE Elisabeth Wingfield will again be giving a concert in Morston Church on the evening of 28th June, starting at 6.30 p.m. Many will remember her successes at Morston in September 2001 and at Binham in 2000.

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The concert - in which she will sing Bellini, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and Strauss - will be followed by a supper in Morston Village Hall.

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By the time this goes to print, we hope our annual Jazz Concert (given by Gresham’s School for our church funds on Friday, 13th June at 7.30 pm) will be a sell out. If you have not yet got your tickets phone Rosemary Beeson on 01328 830298. At £6.50 the price of a ticket includes wine and nibbles.

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ANSWERS TO MORSTON QUIZ (See page 17 )

Our Patronal Festival Service is on Sunday, 13th July at 3.30 pm. The PCC will provide tea in the lovely garden of The Old Barn (opposite the church) by kind invitation of Sam Coates. As always we welcome all our villagers and visitors.

(1) a) Eleven. b) May. c) Delight d) Warning. e) Rain [or] snow. (2) f) A brassie. g) A spoon. h) A mashie. i) A mashieniblick. j) A wedge or a jigger.

On Saturday, 2nd August, 2.00 – 4.00 pm we share our Village Fete with Field Dalling. As last year, this will be held in the beautiful grounds of Field Dalling Hall by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs Paul Knights. There will be the usual side shows and games, Children’s Corner with Bouncey Castle, children’s Fancy Dress competition and many stalls such as the White Elephant, Books, Gifts, Plants & Produce, Cakes, Tombola – and the Grand Raffle draw which will take place at 3.45 pm. Refreshments will be served during the afternoon, so do come and bring the family for a fun afternoon.

(3) k) Two poached eggs. l) On toast. m) Scramble the eggs! n) No ice. o) Sausages on beans. (4) p) Flotsam. q) Pitch. r) Starboard. s) Whey. t) Rack. (5) u) Tea. v) Gin. w) Window. x) Cheque. y). Soap. (6) A) Tin. B) China. C) Pearl. D) Coral. E) Ruby. (7) Finisterre.

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Proceeds will be divided between the two churches and the Village Hall. If you would like to help or have any contributions for the stalls, please contact Rosemary Beeson (830298) Betty Brown (830403) or Debbie Ladley (830722).

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The second coming - and thoughts thereon

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The angels came for Easter, just a few short months since the last visitation, and ‘My - how you have grown,’ etc. For some reason this prompted me to reminisce about my holiday with grandfather. The generation gap can be measured in decibels and I don’t think the gap could be wider nor louder. You will remember - ‘Don’t speak unless you are spoken to,’‘Sit up, shut up and eat up,’ when at the table. ‘Ask permission to leave the table and don’t wave your knife, fork and spoon in the air,’ - ‘Be quiet when Grandfather is reading his daily paper,’ - ‘Go to bed now.’

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For church services see panel on page 3 SHARRINGTON CHURCH & VILLAGE The Easter Parade On Palm Sunday we start with the tumultuous welcome of Christ riding on a donkey, his path scattered with palm fronds and flowers, as portrayed in our Palm Sunday service, each being given the traditional palm crosses. This service belies what is to follow, and how could we anticipate the events of Good Friday. Our reverend lady, Diana, has the gift of portraying all these events by well thought out and sensitive services.

It was a very special occasion for my brother and me to stay with him. We wore our Sunday Best and were always meticulously groomed by mother - ‘Pull your sock us, surely you haven’t forgotten your garters again!’ We met at the railway station and respectfully shook grandfather’s proffered hand. Our reward was to be given a shiny silver shilling, recently minted. ‘How are you, young fellar me lad?’ ‘I’m very well thank you Grandfather.’

I’d be very grateful if someone could tell my why the next event is called ‘Good’ Friday. The same welcoming crowds turn viciously on Christ, baying for his death by physical and mental torture.

Breakfast was a great treat. The ‘Full English,’ was eagerly taken from the silver salvers on the sideboard - helped by Mother and ‘Don’t make a mess.’ Grandfather sat at the head of the polished dining-room table, immaculately dressed in starched wing collar, black jacket and striped trousers. His ‘Times’ had been warmed for him on the high brass fender in front of a blazing fire. He left the table first and went to the front hall where the maid brought him his spats – light grey and spotless.

There is so much of this event which is mirrored in our behaviour today, witness the Iraqi torture chambers. I was privileged to meet a French lady who worked for the Resistance, having to witness the torture and death of her own son by the Nazis. This same lady forgave the torturers – a mirror of the words from the cross.

Then we all went to the hall to see him leave for the office. Further head patting and ‘Be good, young fellar me lad.’ ‘Yes, grandfather.’

The services of poetry, prayer and passages from the Bible gave time for one’s own thoughts and worship in our church, bereft of decoration, candles, flowers, altar clothes etc. A very stark hour for us all to ponder on.

For the evenings he had invented a game which presumably was to help him assess whether we played fair and showed some modicum of decorum. The game was played on the long kitchen table, covered with a velvety dark green cloth with tassels on it. We had to roll cheese boxes through various gates he had constructed. I never felt on trial but I’m pretty sure we were being assessed as suitable for continuing the family name. Bed time, ‘sweet dreams’ and the end of really enjoyable days.

As we all know, the next few hours of his death and life changed our world’s evolution for ever. We enjoyed the Easter Day communion, also carefully planned and lead by Diana. Maybe it is appropriate to record that the number of village folk enjoying worship at All Saints is gradually increasing. Our church was beautifully and thoughtfully decorated to celebrate the day. By the way, everyone is welcome, always. P.J.G.

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ALBARACA SCHOOL

STIFFKEY

During the last few weeks several supporters of the school have visited it, including Jane Pearson, one of the trustees, Jill Bennet, a retired headmistress of Oriel High School in Gt Yarmouth, and Charlie Rudd, who delivers cakes to the village shop and, like Jill, sponsors a child at the school. All brought back glowing accounts of the happy working atmosphere at the school. The trustees, writing to head-teacher and staff to congratulate them on the excellent progress, have also increased the salaries to acknowledge their efforts. The school now has 6 teachers and a caretaker. Each class has a main and a support teacher, so large classes can be divided into smaller groups for different activities to match the different levels of attainment within the classes. The newest teacher to join the staff, Omar Danso, is fully qualified. One of the two unqualified teachers, Monic Bass, has made a very good start to her training at The Gambia College, and the remaining unqualified teacher can start in September. He is Lamin Jatta, the caretaker who one day took over a class when someone was ill. He was good, and is now a full time assistant teacher, working with Omar. Lamin is a great reader. A year or two ago we found him under a tree reading a book on the Falklands war, which had found its way to The Gambia in one of the boxes we sent out. Everyone who goes to the school comments on how smart and professional the teachers look. They take a real pride in their work.

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STIFFKEY CHURCH SERVICES st

1 Sunday 2nd Sunday 3rd Sunday 4th Sunday

Family Service Holy Communion Holy Communion Holy Communion

11.00 am 11.00 am 8.00 am 11.00 am

On Sunday, 1st June at 11.00 am the Family Service will be a Pet’s Service, and it will be held in the church-yard. If wet, the service will be held in the Sheds near the entrance to the Old Hall, by kind permission of Mrs Bell. Children are invited to bring their pets.

A MUSICAL ALPHABET Stiffkey Church needs to raise money for repairs of the church building. To help with this John Adnitt will present two evenings of recorded music in the church on Wed. June 11th and Wed. June 25th. The first evening will contain music featuring composers or performers from A – M, the second will complete the alphabet. The first half is easy – plenty of Bs to choose from for instance and a fair number of Hs and Ms. The second is trickier - what about Q, X and Z? John will use this device to present and play music which has a special significance for him. Elgar will certainly feature and the conducting of John Barbirolli (that’s let B and E out of the bag for a start, or has it?’ There may be one or two surprise items. Being addicted to football as well as music John’s programmes will be in two halves of approximately 45 minutes each, but half time oranges will be replaced by glasses of wine. Those dedicated to the idea of oranges can drink orange juice instead! There is bound to be a bit of cheating with the alphabet, so come and issue yellow cards if you think they are merited. Also bring a cushion! Donations will be gratefully received on the night for the Church Building Fund. Kick off’s at 7.30

EASTER EGG HUNT The Easter Egg hunt was a great success this, year with over 50 participating, children young and old. The hunt, on Easter Day afternoon, began with prayers by the Easter Garden. Children, aided and abetted by parents, then searched the churchyard for the eggs hidden there. After a short act of worship in the churchyard led by Martin Dale with his guitar there was a final search for the big egg. This was found by Kimberly Bennet. As well as being good fun, the hunt and service reminded all present of the true significance of Easter, with eggs as a symbol of new life. Many thanks indeed to Beverley Bashforth for constructing the beautiful garden and to Stephen for obtaining and hiding the eggs. Many thanks also to all those who brought extra eggs. Thanks also to the weather forecasters for being wrong.

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MY CHILDHOOD MEMORY

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That Friday night in March 1962 was going to be a BIG night. I was going with my Brownie Pack to London to see the Gang Show. Mum had starched my uniform and I had polished my shoes and belt, then after an early tea Dad took me to the Brownie Hall to catch the bus. Once on board the excitement grew as the bus filled with noisy Brownies. The show fulfilled our greatest expectations and the bus home swelled to the sounds of ‘Riding along on the Crest of a Wave’ and ‘Ging Gang Gooly’ till one by one we fell asleep. Brown Owl shook me awake and I stumbled off the bus still half asleep, only to find Dad was not there! Where on earth could he be? It was past midnight and all the other girls were getting into cars or walking off with their parents. Brown Owl had gone with the bus to the second drop. I was all alone and starting to feel frightened? Where was my Dad? I decided to walk to my Aunt Betty’s house as she lived nearer than us, and ten minutes later I was standing outside. Her house was all in darkness, everyone was asleep, now what should I do? I couldn’t wake them us, not just to get me home; I would have to walk home by myself. I set off walking through back streets and short cuts that I knew so well, but somehow they never seemed so scary in the daylight. Finally I came out onto the main road, all the shops were lit and the streetlights were on. I felt safer now! my school was across the road and I could cut through the grounds (schools were not locked up in those days). I nervously walked up to the kerb, even at this time of night the road was busy, when up drew a policeman on a motorbike. I am not sure who was the most surprised, the policeman finding a Brownie at midnight, or me seeing a policeman on a motorbike, I thought they walked everywhere. After a few questions he sat me in front of him and drove me home to Mum. Poor Dad meanwhile had been frantic with worry. He had been waiting at the second drop for me, and had told Brown Owl, very graphically, what he thought of her stupidity. After driving round Luton looking for me Dad had woken Aunty Betty and she went to phone the police from the phone box on the corner, while Uncle Bill joined in the search. The police call boxes in my part of Luton were called and the men were told of the missing Brownie, luckily my gallant rescuer phoned in from the box near our house and called off the hunt. When Dad called in at home to tell mum what was happening he found my Mother, my policeman and me, in the kitchen drinking tea. All these years later I can still remember the roller coaster of emotions that night, the excitement of the trip and the bewilderment of Dad not there to pick me up. The feeling of disappointment that Aunt Betty was asleep, and the indecision whether or not to wake her. The fear in the dark back streets, the thrill of the motorbike ride, and the security of my mother’s arms. Finally the emotions on my Father’s face when he saw me safe at home. All’s well that ends well. Eva Gambrill

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(01263) 860112 A SCHOOLDAYS ‘PUT-DOWN’ Standing at the post-office counter one day a few Norfolk worthies were recalling their schooldays:‘I remember that ‘ole dragon Miss Mathers once asked us what was good food for giving you brains. I put my hand up and answered ‘Fish.’ Do you know what that soand-so said to me? She said ‘That’s right, William. So you go home and tell your father to catch you a whale’.

STIFFKEY FETE Yes, it’s not too early to remind everyone Saturday Evening, 23rd August pre-fete Party/Barbecue with Irish music and Mark Fawcett and Company. Sunday, 24th August, 12 – 5.00 pm All the usual attractions, plus: A 20 piece SAMBA band! Drench the wench! Justo James – the Children’s Clown! and much, much more All on Stiffkey Playing Field.

Everything I need to know about life I learned from Noah’s Ark 1. 2. 3.

Don’t miss the boat. Remember that we are all in the same boat. Plan ahead, It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark. 4. Stay fit. When you’re 600 years old someone may ask you to do something really big. 5. Don’t listen to critics, just get on with the job that needs to be done. 6. Build your future in high ground. 7. For safety’s sake, travel in pairs. 8. Speed isn’t always an advantage, the snails were on board with the cheetahs. 9. When you’re stressed, float a while. 10. Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs, the Titanic by professionals. 11. No matter the storm, when you are with God there’s always a rainbow waiting. Now, wasn’t that nice? Pass it along and make someone else smile too.

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JOSEPH ROBERT JORDAN

TARIQ SHARIF

He was born in Stiffkey on 20th September, 1912, one of 13 children. The majority of his working life was spent farming the land, something he did from around the age of 12. He met his wife Winnie in 1930 and they married on 14th October, 1933. They were proud parents to 7 children, leading to 16 grandchildren and 13 greatgrandchildren.

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Joe’s life and all the roles he adopted revolved around Stiffkey. He served in the Home Guard during the second world war. He began work for the nature Conservancy Council and then English Nature in 1968, and also served as an auxiliary coast-guard for 26 years. He was awarded the MBE in 1977 and the RNLI Bronze medal for Bravery, awards given for his efforts always to help others in their hour of need, rescuing them from the unrelenting tides of Stiffkey marshes, often paying no account to the risks to his own safety. For this was ‘Joe Jordan’, a man who without doubt dedicated his life to the preservation of all life - human and nature.

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Family and friends played a big part in Joe’s life and many tales and much advice has been handed out across the kitchen table.

See you there.

The other big part played in Joe’s life was the role he took on as ‘guardian of the marshes’. On most days he would pull on his boots, place his cap on his head, call his beloved dog Sally to his side, and off they would go down to the marshes - always with a smile to Winnie and a call that he would be back at ‘dinner time’- a familiar response from Winnie would then be heard ‘Very well, but which dinner time?’

STIFFKEY FOOTBALL CLUB After a superb cup run, with wins over Coltishall, South Repps (7-0) and East Ruston (present holders and top of Division 1) the lads put up a valiant fight in the Final, just going down by two goals to one. In the league Stiffkey have kept going to the end and fought off Hickling on the run-in to get promotion in sight for the second successive season. A win in the final game against bottom of the league Bodham will be enough to get the team up to Division 1 finishing joint top.

Joe’s knowledge of the salt marshes was endless and he always had time to pass this knowledge on to all he met there, never ceasing to ensure that everyone he met left with an enthusiasm equal to his own for what he saw as such a wonderful, natural feat of nature.

Well done Stiffkey for such a memorable season.

Joe’s beloved marshes still remain, although perhaps a piece of their magic is now lost. The familiar sight of one man and his dog, alone in their thoughts, now becomes a memory - or does it? In the blink of an eye, his warm friendly smile is still sure to be seen by all who met and remember. ‘Joe Jordan’.

We’re going up!!!

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SCHOOL NEWS Staffing:

Diana Howes, who has worked with Class 1 since last October, has now accepted a permanent post as Early Years Teacher. She is ably supported by Charlotte Scott.

Diving deep, into the sea, I am the king of the ocean wide, hunting squid for hours upon end, I am the lord of the ocean wide, nobody can defeat me, sperm whale.

We say goodbye to Helen Bygrave and wish her well. Her replacement, Vee Hopkins, takes up her role after Easter. Wyatt Earp, an ex-headteacher, has accepted a contract to work 2 days week in classes 2 and 3 for the coming year, and is a great asset.

Charlotte Long Washed up on the shore, Lifeless and broken. Sadness lingers in the air, And so does a spirit, The spirit of a sperm whale.

We welcome Doreen Smith and Jennie Hewitt, sharing a MSA role.

Parent Governor: Clive Lucas has now completed his term as parent governor, and is thanked for his hard work and commitment during the last 4 years. Steve Grove is welcomed as his replacement.

The teeth chipped out as a morbid souvenir People gathered around staring and awestruck At the body of a sperm whale

Acommodation.

The new mobile classroom has arrived, Now we must remove kiln and unsafe pipes and lay a new carpet in Class 2, re-lay carpet in class 3, organise computer cabling, electricity and phone for the new mobile. Then Class 3 can move in to the mobile, and Class 2 will remain in their larger room.

Deep in an eternal dream, Of memories and happiness. Forgetting the bad times And just replaying The life of a sperm whale

The governors are now considering purchasing a second mobile to house Class 2, releasing the front classroom to become a hall space for Book Fair exhibitions, displays, meeting, assemblies, teaching assistant group base, dining-room with dining furniture, extension of fiction library and room for drama/ movement for all classes.

Soraya Sharif

As you walk towards me With knives cutting teeth out of me, You have no respect for me, and for what? A pretty looking tooth on your mantel piece, Would you like me to rip your teeth out of you when you die? No? Then why do it to me? Would you like me to kick you, with no respect for you when you die? No? Then why do it to me?

The face of the school will change and, at last, it will utilise previously unknown space for the benefit of all the children. Exciting times!

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