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

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OCTOBER & NOVEMBER 2003

ISSUE 32

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MUSIC TUITION Realise your ambitions this year: Learn a musical instrument Qualified & experienced teacher offers adults (beginners—advanced) home lessons on: Piano, Organ, Keyboard, Recorders, Saxophone, Brass Free loan instruments available

Paul Wraith (01263) 740533


WHAT’S ON

LOCAL LYNX

in our 10 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.

OCTOBER 8th Wed. Gunthorpe & Swanton Novers WI. The Institute, ‘Life in a Lighthouse’. th 8 Wed. Langham Gardeners Question Time, Parish Room. 7.30. th 10 Fri. Binham Harvest Supper, Memorial Hall, 7.15 11th Sat. Bale Harvest Supper, Village Hall, 7.30. 11th Sat Langham Harvest Supper, Parish Room, 7.00 16th Thurs. Langham Mobile Library. 17th Fri. Binham Bacchanalians, VillageHall, 7.30. 17th Fri Binham Mobile Library 10.10 & 10.25. 18th Sat. Saxlingham/Field Dalling Harvest Supper, Village Hall, 7.00 19th Sun. Sharrington Harvest Festival and Harvest Supper, 5.00 and 6.00. 20th Mon. Field Dalling Parish Council meeting Village Hall. 7.30 20th Mon. Binham Computer Workshops course starts. 21st Tues. Langham Parish Council meeting. 7.00 25th Sat. Gunthorpe 50/50 Club in the Institute, 10.30 25th Sat. Langham Parish Room, Pound Sale 10 – 12. 31st Fri. Binham Bonfire Party. 6.00

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 Panel on the back page: Available for individuals and businesses providing local services. Allocated on first-paid first-in basis. Cost: £5 per issue. 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

NOVEMBER 5th Wed. Langham Fireworks Night. 6.00 7th Fri. Binham Poppy Coffee Morning. British Legion, 10am - 12 8th Sat. Gunthorpe Institute, Harvest Supper. 7.00 pm 8th Sat. Field Dalling churchyard clear-up. 10.00 – 12. 9th Sun. Binham Priory Faure’s Requiem. 5.00 pm. 12th Wed. Sharrington Bure Valley Male Voice Choir. 12th Wed. Saxlingham Mary Alexander on Historical Costume. 11.00 am th 13 Thurs. Langham Mobile Library. 14th Fri. Binham Mobile Library, 10.10 & 10.25 22nd Sat. Langham Parish Room. Christmas Fayre. 10 – 12. th 28 Fri. Field Dalling Village Bingo, Village Hall. 6.00 28th Fri. Binham Bacchanalians. 29th Sat. Gunthorpe 50/50 Club in the Institute. 10.30 29th Sat. Langham Church, N. Norfolk Orchestral Soc. 7.30 30th Sun. Binham Priory Advent Carol Service 6.30 pm

COPY FOR DECEMBER/JANUARY ISSUE REQUIRED BY 9th NOVEMBER

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 www.normanlamb.org

.......Time flies!....... CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS

Don’t forget to put your clocks back 25/26th October

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Regular Service Rota for Bale and Stiffkey Groups for OCTOBER & NOVEMBER 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 Field Dalling Gunthorpe Saxlingham Sharrington Binham Langham Morston Stiffkey

9.30 am 11.00 am 11.00 am 9.30 am 9.30 am 11.00 am 11.00 am 9.30 am 11.00 am

Week 2 HC MP HC HC MP/BCP HC HC* HC/BCP FS

9.30 am 11.00 am 11.00 am 8.00 am 9.30 am 11 00 am 9.30 am No Service 11.00 am

Week 3 HC HC MP HC/BCP HC HC HC HC*

Week 4

9.30 am 11.00 am No Service 9.30 am 9.30 am 11.00 am 9.30 am 9.30 am 8.00 am

HC HC HC FS FS HC HC/BCP HC*

9.30 am 11.00 am 9.30 am 6.00 pm 9.30 am 9.30 am 9.30 am No Service 11.00 am

HC FS HC EP HC HC FS HC*

Sunday 30th November 10.30 am Group Holy Communion Service at Field Dalling Church

PLEASE NOTE: For changes to the usual service times, particularly those relating to Harvest and Remembrance Day services, please see individual notes under each parish heading.

VICAR’S LETTER

DIOCESAN SYNOD WATCH

Children are some of the most important people we meet. They see very clearly what people are like. If you ever want to know anything about a teacher, just ask one of the pupils. Jesus knew well that children saw the things that others missed. He said that the truth came ‘out of the mouths of babies!’ He warned us not to hurt children. The fate of those who did was too awful to think about. I am hoping that our parishes can do something to bring enjoyment to many young people next summer. We hope to run a Children’s Week to which all children will be invited, whether they attend church or not. We shall need lots of help, and some money to meet expenses. If you would like to come along and lend a hand, please let me know. With love and good wishes to you all, John.

At the June Diocesan Synod meeting, the question of Diocesan finance was discussed. To make up a shortfall of £2 million various jobs have been cut, but if clergy posts are not to be cut an increase in parish shares is essential – three quarters of the Parish Share goes back to parishes in clergy stipends, housing and pensions. To make up the difference between expenditure and income, Synod agreed to raise Parish Shares by an average of 13.3% in 2004, which if each parish paid in full would produce a balanced budget.

Free to a good home John has a large number of jars for anyone who is making preserves and is in a bit of a jam.

CHARITY GALA CONCERT

Deanery Synod – the next meeting will be on Thursday November 6th. at St. Andrews Church Hall, Holt. The Archdeacon of Lynn the Rev’d Martin Gray will talk on ‘Springboard’ and the Disability Discrimination Act. EVERYONE WELCOME.

Saturday, 25th October, 7.30 pm at Holkham Hall in aid of Hindringham School Building Appeal

For further details contact your local Deanery Representative.

A review group reported on progress of research on admission of children to Holy Communion before Confirmation. Some parishes have reservations, others have no regrets, seeing it as a way forward.

DEANERY NEWS

One of the world.’s foremost counter tenors, Michael Chance, and leading soprano Nancy Argenta will be performing a programme of ‘Love Songs & Fantasies’ by Handel, Purcell and others. Proceeds from the concert will go towards the Building Appeal at Hindringham School, where parents and governors are fund raising to build a new classroom. Tickets: £21 including glass of wine. 878571

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6 Oct. Mon. 2-4 pm. ’Golden Age of Anglo/Norman art and architecture, 1090–1140’. 10 week UEA course with Margaret Forrester begins. 28th Oct. Tues. 7.30 ‘Aspects of Norfolk’ Cliff Crawley 25th Nov. Tues. 7.30 ‘A port in Decline,’ ships of the last 50 years of the Glaven Ports. Jonathan Hooton.

Contact 01328

All in Methodist Chapel, Blakeney.

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Cley W.I.

PLUMBING & HEATING

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Oct. 2 - ‘The Compleat Cowsbody’(sic). Cley Village Hall 2.30 p.m.

Local ‘CORGI’ registered specialist undertakes all plumbing work including installation and maintenance of all central heating systems oil, gas and solid fuel.

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Nov. 6 - Medieval Costume and the Cley Brasses’. An illustrated talk by Mary Alexander. Cley Village Hall at 2.30 p.m.

Robin Berry

Blessings and surprises come in many disguises. We welcomed Martin and Maddy Dale to our villages. No doubt there were many different expectations, but who would have thought that our curate and his wife would double as travel agent and courier, giving 14 of us a most wonderful holiday. Starting at Bale Rectory at 7.am on a sunny August morning, we were soon in holiday mood, given a kick start by Maddy giving each one of us a pen, soap, chocolates and a drink, prettily presented in a little basket. Later in the afternoon we arrived at Hotel Pension Nord in Heiden. A gasp of delight from everybody, when we saw the surrounding views overlooking Lake Constance. Maddy’s charming parents joined us. Mr Strekly welcomed us and he, his wife and staff looked after us extremely well for the rest of the week. Such a pity that the writer never did learn to pronounce his name correctly. And so began the most relaxing and delightful week in lovely weather in an amazingly beautiful part of Switzerland. Interesting trips were made to Appenzell, to Jaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein, by boat to Manau Island on Lake Constance and even to a typical swiss farm in the pretty village of Oleoregg, where Martin and Maddy used to have a holiday home. Martin and Maddy made all the arrangements, explained, guided, translated and answered all the questions. Always patient and full of infectious enthusiasm, as if they hadn’t done it all before. On the last day the majority vote was for staying ‘home’ we liked it so much. That was the final proof of an excellent holiday. Martin had revealed yet another talent, powers at chess, and Maddy, ever a Swiss Miss, was looking more youthful than ever! We all felt better, dare we hope we looked younger? From us all - Thankyou, Martin and Maddy so very much. B.M.R.

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DISTRICT COUNCILLORS’ NOTEBOOK Glaven Valley Ward Bernard Crowe Tel: 01263 740137 Email:bernardcrowe@north-norfolk.gov.uk Priory Ward Jonathan Savory Tel: 01328 820719 The Laurels, Nutwood Farm, Wighton, NR23 1NX jsavory@farming.co.uk Comprehensive Performance Assessment - took place in late July, assessing the Council’s aims, how it approaches plans for improvements, what plans have or have not been achieved and its future plans. Results, with Council’s grading, due in October. Make up of Executive committee - at present by proportional representation. In future 9 members will be elected by the Council, disregarding political balance. Parish review – In future present parishes may be amalgamated, abolished, have their areas altered or new parishes may be created. The public will be kept informed. NEW AMBULANCE FOR KELLING HOSPITAL Rotary Club of Holt is promoting fund-raising towards buying an ambulance to transport elderly patients from Deanery villages to Kelling for day care, regular treatment and therapy. Help is needed with street collections in Holt in Sept. Oct. and Nov. If interested, contact Maurice Taylor, Tel:01263 713630

MORE EXCITING CHANGES We are very pleased to say that Local Lynx has been awarded a generous grant by North Norfolk District Council towards buying a laptop computer, to be used in preparing future editions of the paper. This will enable us to share the tasks of editing between groups of people, some of whom are already involved in helping to assemble the paper from its various elements - advertisements, written copy and illustrations. These changes will be introduced over several months, and we hope to involve new volunteers, who can be given training if needed. Keep looking for further news. We would like to offer our thanks to Councillors Bernard Crowe, who told us about the possiblity of funding, and Jonathan Savory, who personally sponsored our application. Our thanks, too, to the Microsoft Giving programme which has donated the software we will need to use on the computer. In the meantime, if you would like to know more about the work involved in producing the Lynx, please contact Bob & Helen on 01328 830056.

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NORFOLK WILDLIFE TRUST

MORSTON HALL

There have been 5 walks this summer with NWT over different terrains and habitats. Traditional landscape with parkland, woods and lake at Felbrigg, shingle beaches at Blakeney point, heathland at Kelling, swamps at Holt Lowes and traditional and modern farming at Briston.

Morston near Blakeney

Open every night for dinner and accommodation and lunch on Sundays

Felbrigg Moss Taylor and Richard Porter introduced people to birdsongs, as well as introducing a few of their own! Over 30 birds seen, the rarest being the Ring Ouzle.

We are proud to be the holders of 2 AA Red Stars & 3 AA Rosettes

Briston Richard Waddingham has a Countryside Stewardship Scheme on half his farm, to the advantage of wildlife and its preservation. On the other half of his farm he is forced by today's economic conditions to farm intensively, producing food which ends up wrapped in plastic and tasteless on supermarket shelves, and a flat landscape. NWT members and guests had a splendid afternoon, transported round the farm on a trailer on hay bales, pulled by a tractor, jumping off periodically to walk, finishing with a feast, provided by Richard in his barn, sausage rolls, sandwiches. and delicious home made cakes. Thanks to Richard for a splendid afternoon.

The EDP Norfolk Chef of the Year and The Craft Guild Chef of Great Britain MORSTON, HOLT, NORFOLK NR25 7AA. Tel: (01263) 741041 www.morstonhall.com - email: reception@morstonhall.com

BROADBAND IS COMING TO BINHAM.... ...and to Field Dalling, Langham, Saxlingham, Cockthorpe, Stiffkey; in fact anywhere with an 01328 83xxxx phone number, from where the service will be provided. It will be BT's standard broadband service, delivered over ordinary telephone lines at the fixed price of £27/mo (plus VAT) on top of the exchange line rental.

Kelling Heath heather was at its most attractive and Mandy Gluth of Butterfly Conservation showed the successful reintroduction of the Silver-studded blue butterfly. Also seen were Essex Skippers, Ringlets, and a Purple Hairstreek, usually found in tops of oak trees but lifted off a leaf by Bernard Watts and seen resting on his hand. Yellow Hammer posed and a Wood Lark was seen.

But not for everyone, and not just yet. Initially only 30 lines will be available, provided though BT's Exchange Activate programme for small communities such as ours. We have met with the BT manager responsible for the scheme in our Region and we are first in the queue when it is launched in November, so with any luck, should be surfing by the end of January.

Cley to Blakeney point and back Richard Porter and others showed over 35 varieties of flowers and plants on this sand and shingle spit. A number of Skuas, common and little terns, oyster catchers and other birds seen.

Why doesn't every community do it? Because it requires a substantial injection of capital up front, and in our case, 90% of this will be provided by the East of England Development Agency under their Connecting Communities Competition. We entered and were successful in winning a grant.

Holt Lowes produced a variety of dragonflies and butterflies including Grayling and Orange Tip, a lizard at eye level on bracken and a number of wet feet. Future Events: 5th Oct. Sun. Fungus Foray, Greshams School. 16th Oct. Thurs 7.30 pm. Roland Rogers "Introduction to British Butterflies” Cley village hall.

Now we are in the process of putting the necessary arrangements in place, most of which will revolve around the Binham Broadband Association (BBA), which has just been formed, based on a constitution presented to about twenty of the thirty people who have expressed interest so far, at a meeting in Field Dalling on Saturday 30th August.

20th Nov. Thurs. Moss Taylor on famous local bird artist, Richard Richardson. ‘Guardian Spirit of the East Bank’. A must for anyone interested in bird illustration, or just illustration and artists. Cley village hall. Meetings 3rd Thursday in each month October to March. Members £1.50, non-members, always welcome, £2.00.

Although thirty lines will be available, some of them may be hard to allocate. One of the EEDA conditions is that five must be allocated to 'schools and other organisations capable of using broadband to bring benefit to the community'. Although there are some good ideas around, they need firming up. Some we have heard so far are: a community website, a public access PC in a pub or village hall, and a website to support the work of Parish Councils or PCCs.

Charles Daplyn 01328 830253, information and tickets. John Cucksey Established 18 years

East Coast Roofing

Please email any thoughts and suggestions to Anthony Smith, using the address: binhambroadband@pobox.com, and saying in particular how you think the community could benefit. Please also email me if you think you might be interested in Broadband and haven't yet let me know. If there is sufficient demand, we will look for ways of adding more lines, once the first thirty are allocated and working. A.S.

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Susannah McDougall Landscape and Garden Design

TAYLORMADE

solutions for the outside space

Home-cooking

design

planting

practical and effective detailed plans appropriate materials any space

fresh and frozen meals

sound advice plant sourcing fresh, visual planting plans seasonal improvements

made to your requirements

telephone: 01263 740056 mobile: 07887 480793

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

email: hallfarm@morston44.freeserve.co.uk

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IMMIGRANTS MEET IN NORTH NORFOLK Pink footed Geese, Hen Harriers and Short-eared Owls are all arriving from Greenland and Scandinavia with large numbers seen on an evening’s walk along the salt marshes between Wells and Cley. These birds have come to Norfolk to winter in our mild climate and where their food is plentiful and the water unfrozen. The Blackbirds and Robins in our gardens may look like our friends that spent the summer with us but they are in fact immigrants from Sweden and Norway and arrive here expecting us to feed them until they return north again in the spring! So when the flight of geese cross over your village and the blackbird washes in your bird-bath, they really have come a long way to enjoy our hospitality.

LET’S ALL GO TO THE MUSIC HALL My Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen, Cley Amateur Dramatics Society are pleased to present to you for your delection and delight an Old Time Music Hall. Toe tapping tunes, dazzling dancers, loads of laughs, drama and Emus (yes, Emus). Come along and join in all the old songs, and if you’d like to throw a boa round your neck or dig out your granny’s Sunday Best hat, then so much the better! This year CADS will be supporting Glaven Caring.

Paul Laurie

Performances begin at 8.00, on 27th, 28th and 29th November at Cley Village Hall. Tickets on the 27th and 29th are £4 each for Lords Ladies and Gentlemen and £2 for their heirs and heiresses, and can be reserved on 01263 741338. Please note that the 28th is Charity Night, and tickets will be £5.00 each

WINDOW CLEANER’S FURTHER MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE

HINDRINGHAM PARISH COUNCIL

Once again John Hampshire is aiming to raise money for Scope, a charity that cares for children and adults with cerebral palsy. In the past he has undertaken sponsored treks in the Peruvian Andes and Nepal.

Vacancy for Clerk to the Parish Council The job involves keeping basic accounts and financial controls and servicing Council meetings about 6 – 10 times a year. Use of a computer is essential. Salary £1,000 per annum.

This time he tells us “in January 04 I am taking part in an event to raise funds for Scope The challenge is a sponsored climb up Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. I will have to scramble my way up to the summit at over 19,000 feet, which will be gruelling to say the least. I aim to raise £2,750 for Scope, of which I will be donating £750 myself.”

For further details and job description please apply to existing Clerk, Celia Lee, on 01328 878789.

CHIROPODY Home Visiting Practice

If you would like to contribute, please send a cheque, payable to Scope, to John Hampshire, Riverbank, Hunworth, Melton Constable, NR24 2EH.

Mrs Alison Frary M.S.S.Ch., M.B.Ch.A.

CLEY LITTLE FESTIVAL OF POETRY

Registered Member of the British Chiropody Association

Elsa Martin Memorial Meeting Saturday, 4th October, 2.30 pm, Wiveton Parish Room. An afternoon of Poetry with Helen Ivory and Lisa D’Nofrio.

TELEPHONE: (01328) 710950 6


OUR TRIP TO HEIDEN, SWITZERLAND

BALE

I could ramble on for pages about our trip to Switzerland with Maddy and Martin Dale but like holiday snaps, reminiscences can be boring to others, so I will keep this short.

News Contact: Sue Berry 01328 878621

The Dales arranged everything from plane tickets, door to door transport, accommodation, outings, discounts, picnic lunches (even one for the journey home) and acted as translators. This entailed a great amount of work from them, both before and during our stay.

ALL SAINTS CHURCH, BALE Services October 5 October 12

Heiden is a charming little town, bright with flowers, fountains and interesting buildings. Appenzelleriand is off the British tourist route. Pension Nord stood at the edge of the town, an attractive chalet style hotel set in fairly big grounds. 1000 feet below us was the Bodensee, on the opposite shore we could see Germany and the Austrian mountains. We spent most mornings sitting out drinking in the beautiful scenery.

October 19 October 26 November 2 November 9 November 16 November 23 November 30

The hotel was personally supervised by the owner who made us, his first English guests, feel very welcome. Comfortable accommodation, wholesome Swiss food (not quite the old Gashe's perhaps), good company (16 of us from North Norfolk plus Maddy's parents from Switzerland) and wonderful weather, what more did we need?

Holy Communion 9.30am Holy Communion 9.30am (Harvest Thanksgiving) Holy Communion 9.30am Holy Communion 9.30am Holy Communion 9.30am Holy Communion 9.30am Holy Communion 9.30am Holy Communion 9.30am Group Service 10.30am (at Field Dalling)

BALE HARVEST SUPPER The Bale Harvest Supper will be held at Bale Village Hall on Saturday 11th October at 7.30 for 8.00pm.

Every afternoon an outing was arranged but there was no compulsion to join in. We saw a great deal of the local countryside, visited the holiday town of Appenzell and also the neighbouring Principality of Liechtenstein, watched cheese being made in a small factory, saw cows being milked in a tiny farm - the cowsheds being attached to the house - went into lavishly decorated churches and had the opportunity to visit a magnificent library containing books and manuscripts dating back to the 8th Century.

Tickets and further details available from Mrs Margaret Dent, 4 Hindringham Road, Bale (Tel: 878511). Please book early.

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A whole day was spent going to the Isle of Mainau. This entailed a lovely two-hour trip on the lake, a ride in an open carriage on the mountain railway and a train journey which proved that not only British Rail breaks down. The Swedish owned island is now a large ornamental garden, very beautiful but not quite the meadows of wild flowers some of us were expecting.

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On our last evening we had a BBQ and were highly entertained by three young men in national costume playing lively music. A fitting end to a lovely week.

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I don't know about the others but I came back both physically and spiritually refreshed after my visit, and should the opportunity arise to go again I would happily return. Heartfelt thanks to the Dales who made it all possible. PGB

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BINHAM

BINHAM GROUP OF ARTISTS

News

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. On Tuesday 7th October Bob Brandt is demonstrating painting with acrylics and those who wish will be able to try this medium. Everyone welcome. For further information about the Art Group call James Bucknill at 830651.

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

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Sunday 5 October Harvest Thanksgiving Service

11.00 am

Sunday 9th November 5.00 pm Fauré’s Requiem, sung by the Gresham School “Crickets” Choir In remembrance of all those killed and injured by War

COMPUTER WORKSHOPS A series of Computer workshops have been arranged for this Autumn. The sessions will be mainly ‘hands on’ and will cater for beginners as well as improvers. Subjects and problems covered will be determined by those attending but will include common applications such as word processing and the internet as well as basic use of a Personal Computer and Windows. By special request there will also be a session on digital photography. The workshops will be held in the Binham Village Hall on Monday mornings from 10:30 to 12:30 for six weeks starting on 20th October 2003.

Sunday 30th November 6.30 pm Advent Carol Service with Kelling Singers led by Revd. Angela Dugdale

THE BINHAM HARVEST SUPPER Friday 10th October

entertainment after supper by “The Old Wild Rovers”

If you are interested and would like more information please contact Alan Eagle on 830031.

Binham Village Memorial Hall at 7.15 for 7.30 pm £3.50 per adult, children free. Tickets from Liz Brown 830519 and Maureen Frost 830362.

BINHAM VILLAGE HALL Are you having a party and need cutlery, crockery or table cloths? If so, the Village Hall has some you can hire. For more details ring Liz Brown 830519.

THE PRIORY “TEA SHOP” August Friday afternoons at the Priory saw chairs and tables with pretty cloths and flowers. Refreshments and delicious home baked cakes and scones were offer to all visitors and residents of Binham. The food and drinks were free but donations were gratefully received towards the upkeep of the Church. £200 was raised, which was very pleasing. We all enjoyed doing it and it is hoped to repeat this again next August.

THE 100 CLUB CHRISTMAS SUPPER is to be held in the Village Hall on Saturday December 6th . Please make a note in your diary! Tickets available from Liz Brown 830519 or Alan Eagle 830031.

BINHAM PRIORY NATIVITY PLAY

All thanks to all those who did the baking and to everyone who helped to make this such a success – and extra special thanks to Marie and Jack.

is to be on Sunday December 21st at 4.30 p.m. We would love you all to take part, especially the children. For more information please ring Liz at 830519.

MACE CONSTRUCTION

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BONFIRE PARTY

COCKTHORPE

There’s to be a Bonfire Party on Friday 31st October at 6 p.m. Fancy dress for the children. Raffle. All proceeds to the Binham Youth Group. For more information contact Alex Wales at 830580

News Contact: Ann Massingham

01328 830558

BINHAM BACCHANALIANS GROUP SERVICE AT COCKTHORPE, AUG. 31ST.

In celebration of the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, our first meeting of the new season is on Friday 17th October, 7.30 p.m. at the Binham Memorial Village Hall. The evening will be devoted to Italy. Wines will be provided but please bring either Italian cheese or Italian Salami for the Chatter Platter. The cost will be £6 per head, to include wine, plus £1 entry fee.

This simple and serene house of worship has remained because of the commitment of many, including Lady Harrod. We were welcomed by Miss Betty Wharton, who has played a major role in keeping the church in working order. The congregation from surrounding villages exceeded the seating capacity and included folk having to sit on the steps of the font. Rev. Tim Fawcett conducted the service in his usual devout and immaculate manner. The Rev. Betty Humphries, who gave an interesting account of her years as chaplain to the Prison service. All strength to this treasured village church and thank you. PJG

Please let Norah and Richard know on 01328 830723 to confirm that you are coming. The next date will be Friday 28th November. Details to be advised.

100 CLUB WINNERS June: £25 Mrs J Dickerson. £10 William Wales, £5 Jack Stevens, Edward Bartram, M Tyrell. July: £25 Julie May, £10 Ann Lambourn, £5 John Stevens, Louise Hoddy, Ann Griffith Jones. August; £25 Edward Bartram £10 Brenda Wilde, £5 Martin Foulds, Rory and Paddy Bartram. September: £25 Oliver Wales, £10 Jean Calvert, £5 A. Barnard, M. Tomlin, David Brief.

GROUP SERVICE AT COCKTHORPE This was a very happy service, the church was full – in fact, until further chairs were produced, some members of the congregation were sitting round the font or even standing. Tim Fawcett and Bernard Rampley took the service and Betty Humphries gave a memorable address on a chaplain’s work in prison.

There are still some numbers available in the 100 club. Please get in touch with Mrs June Read at 8 Priory Crescent, Binham.

Another special occasion in this beautiful old church. A.G.

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FIELD DALLING News

The electrical upgrade and rewiring of St Andrew’s Church finished at the end of August. The PCC and SARA extend their warm thanks to everyone who contributed to the cost, and to Norfolk Churches Trust for their grant of £2,000. Please go and have a look - and while you are there you will see the next project: to pave the belfry floor with pamments.

Contact: Margaret Smith 01328 830546

For Church Services see Panel on Page 3 BUT

19th October 11.00 am. Harvest Thanksgiving with Saxlingham at Saxlingham. th 9 November 10.45 am. Remembrance Day service with Saxlingham at Field Dalling.

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After a wonderfully sunny summer, the new school year is well started, the 200 Club Subs are being collected and we will soon be turning our clocks back. But to recap…

Saturday 18 October:

Harvest Festival Supper Village Hall 7:00 for 7:30. (contact Margaret Smith at number above)

Our joint village fete with Saxlingham took place on 2nd August in the lovely gardens of Field Dalling Hall. The band played, the sun shone, everyone toured the stalls and games, and we made a record total of £2,300 for the two churches in Field Dalling and Saxlingham and our joint village hall. Thanks again to all who came and supported it.

Sunday 19 October:

Field Dalling and Saxlingham joint Harvest Festival Service St Margaret’s Saxlingham, 11:00.

Monday 20 October:

Parish Council Meeting Village Hall 7:30, open to all.

Saturday 8 November: Autumn churchyard clear-up 10-12. Good refreshments, all hands welcome.

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When the slightly harassed PCC met on 15th August, the splendid news of the record-breaking fete result (gross £4,113, net £3,708, split between Church and Institute) came as a welcome fillip. The committee wants to say thank you to all who worked so hard to bring this off - that is virtually everyone in Gunthorpe of all age groups, you did a wonderful job. Of course nothing would be possible without Jeremy and Marie Denholm; who not only allow us to use the Hall gardens - lovelier than ever this year - but themselves work flat-out throughout. What a disruption it must be to them, and the Hall staff, who must feel like the condemned man in his cell as July looms over the horizon! And someone else to whom we owe an especial thank you is Chairman Sue Traverso, who, with her fete committee, worked so very hard to ensure success.

THE HARVEST SUPPER The Friends of Gunthorpe Parish Church will be hosting their traditional Harvest Supper on Saturday, November 8th at Gunthorpe Village Institute, beginning at 7pm. This year’s menu will have a choice of either Chicken in White Wine or the ever popular Chilli Con Carne. For those guests who prefer their supper “sans carne” there will be a vegetarian option. Wine & soft drinks will be available from the “bar”. Tickets are £5 and includes supper, tea & coffee and soft drinks. Fine wine will be available from the “bar”. Due to the size of the Institute the numbers we can cater for are limited so to avoid disappointment, please let me have your booking as soon as possible (and by 1st November at the latest). To book, please telephone Di Cutterham 01263 860693. All profits from the evening will go to the FOGPC.

The reverse side of the coin, the cause of the gall, was that we learnt at this same meeting that our quota - the annual levy we have to pay to the diocese - will go up in 2004 by 15.9%, to £4,100. This endless preoccupation with financial matters is symptomatic of our times, but, on a more positive note, the committee discussed ways to make the church more user-friendly for disabled people.

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The next event will be the Harvest Festival Service at 11am on 12 October and then our thoughts will turn to Christmas. Where has the year gone?

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appealed to all young people, 80 years down! Katie had Lucky Dip. Jessica and Caroline Davison teamed up with Stephanie and Stephen Czwartacki to run the Children’s Tombola, Stephen himself raising £91 of the £178 made. It’s not just running stalls, it’s preparation, to say nothing of clearing up - a special thank-you to all who manfully (and womanfully) clocked in at 7.30 am on Saturday and Monday mornings to move gear to and from the Hall and Institute store, impossible without Richard Johnson’s staff and transport. People are so kind: the lady who deferred departing to London to help load & then unload the lorry (thank you Ginnie)! Thanks too to Klaus Ahrens who, with Annette, arranges his summer holiday to coincide with helping the fete; he runs lawn bowls, and is first to clock in at 7.30, a tower of strength when rigging and unrigging the tea tent. After the hard work, it’s gratifying to report results. Income, (£4,113) up on last year’s record by £278, with outgoings the same (£405) the net profit was £3,708. So to Chairman, Committee, stall holders, tea-makers and lorry loaders/ unloaders, everyone, an enormous thank you from both Church and Institute, neither of which would survive without you.

A HARROWING TALE Occasionally before a major event, a mini hoo-hah may cause a ripple on the tranquil waters of our life. This year, on the eve of the Fete, a crisis of catastrophic potential rocked us solid. Though horrendously wet, the afternoon of Friday 25th July started smoothly enough; months of preparation came together as cakes were baked, plants tended, leaflets delivered and prizes, books, bottles, jumble collected and sorted. On roads round the village smart fete signs, erected 12 days before, proclaimed the event, as they had for 20 years or more. At 3 o’clock a bolt from the blue struck us. Rebecca Partridge saw a man uprooting our signs and bundling them into a Highways van. She rang Parish Councillor Jenny Kelly who alerted the fete chairman; she and her husband did a quick reconnoitre and found most of the signs had been taken. Jenny contacted the Highways Department, to learn that the signs, removed because on council land, were being taken to the Sculthorpe Depot, due to close for the weekend at 4pm. A car despatched, the signs, recovered just before it closed, were re-erected, just off council land. Without this stroke of luck, the fete would have suffered a disaster. Instead it had a boost as the story was high-lighted in Saturday’s EDP; this, plus Lisa Sargeant’s heroic efforts, driving all over North Norfolk distributing posters, produced a record attendance, car parks overflowed and, for the first time, a traffic jam on the A148, caused by cars waiting to turn into Hall Lane.

FRED AND DULCIE WRIGHT’S WONDERFUL JOB

Congratulations and many thanks. After a wavering start, Sunday’s weather was perfect. At 2pm John Blakeley opened the fete (should the aircraft industry collapse he has a future as a presenter). So much hard work by so many. Congratulations to one and all, especially the younger generation, who made a big contribution, not only financially, but also to the general fun. Tom Cutterham worked with Di on the book stall, while brother Jack partnered dad on the coconut shy. All the Sargeants were busy, Nick and Sam running basketball shooting and Emma selling her home-made lemonade while running a ‘guess the numbers of M & Ms in a jar’. (If you’re mystified, ask an American). Another busy trio were Katie Warner and Elaine Czwartacki and Sandra Warner in charge of making pop-up puppets and face-masks, with sequins, ribbons and braids; this

Fred and Dulcie have been heartily involved with the Gunthorpe Fete for no less than 52 years, Fred as Chairman since 1980, first in partnership with John Smith, then Cyril Mould and finally Steve Mills. Throughout Dulcie has been fore-square alongside him, besides running the enormously successful plant stall, with Kathy Cushion and Cissie Williamson. When they retired after last year’s fete it was the sad end of an era. So it was lovely to see them up at the Hall this year, relaxed and enjoying it all without the multitude of worries inherent in being an organizer, and at prizegiving our new Chairman, Sue Traverso presented them with a hamper of goodies and a bouquet. The ensuing applause fittingly expressed the enormous appreciation felt by us all.

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GUNTHORPE FETE, 2003

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“The sun did shine, the rain did keep away, crowds flocked in and the hard work was rewarded with a splendid time at Gunthorpe Fete, Sunday 27th July.

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Set in the grounds of Gunthorpe Hall, visitors took advantage of the beautiful gardens, enjoying tea and cakes from the popular tea tent to the sound of Aylsham Town Band. Many stallholders reported takings higher than last year and goods sold in record time – the cake stall raised £159, sold out within 107 minutes.

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The Bottle Stall more than doubled last year’s takings, raising £593. Jumble made £350 – also more than last year and Catch a Rat (ooh, look, it’s on a roller skate) made a profit of £37, probably down to the fixture of a ‘new tail’ which ended with Di Cutterham’s visiting the Fakenham St. John’s Ambulance Team for a bandage and sling. This proved a good selling point, the Book Stall attracted a continuous crowd – due to books or sympathy vote? The Plant Stall enjoyed a rush on geraniums and begonias, with local produce and cut flowers soon snapped up. Nearly New attracted the usual Antique Roadshow bargain hunters, soon only a selection of brand new watches were left for the punters, and as usual the Tombola proved a huge hit in its attractive setting, soon leaving an empty table.

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AL FRESCO DINERS SHOW TRADITIONAL BRITISH PHLEGM Listening to Mr Fish at 6.57 am on Saturday 26th July was depressing. The day of Friends of Gunthorpe Parish Church Annual Barbecue, and he warned us to expect a 9 hour band of very heavy rain to arrive by 6.00 pm. However, we ‘du different’ in Norfolk, and at 7.00 pm 162 expectant gourmets assembled, Gunthorpe Hall gardens still bathed in balmy, if shrouded, sunlight. To spend time absorbing these gardens is always a privilege. How they manage it, I don’t know, but each year Bob Wade, the Head Gardener, assisted by David Hall and Tim Mack, surpass themselves; this year was no exception – definitely a 4 red rosettes award.

Cards of Gunthorpe Church, in aid of The Friends of Gunthorpe Church, were beautifully presented and proved a popular souvenir. Picketywich had a range of ice creams & sweeties - Rum & Raisin very popular - and sold out quickly! A myriad of other stalls - Bowling, Aunt Sally, Cake, Whisky, Port & Teddy Raffles, Skittles, Lawn Bowls, Homemade Lemonade, Fancy Nail-painting, Lucky Dip, Roll a 2p, Basketball, Reflexology, Children’s Tombola & the Children’s Hands-on Handicraft all did well, contributing to the ambience of the afternoon. There was an excuse for the Coconut Shy doing less well than last year – something about Rob Cutterham not having enough coconuts??!!

Marie Denholm ran a raffle during the meal, the prize a fine framed photograph of our church, taken by that well-known Norfolk photographer, Raven Cozens-Hardy, and presented by Christopher Astley-Sparke. This was won, appropriately, by Vivienne Wilson, wife of Canon Michael Wilson, both staunch supporters. Attractive cards have been made from this photograph, to be on sale shortly at all F.G.P.C functions and in the church. Then Nemesis struck, the prophet’s warning fulfilled, heavens opened, the brolley-less were forced to a damp retreat, while those with got stuck in, perhaps a shade smugly, to extra large helpings of ultra delicious pud.

The usual anticipation surrounded the Grand Draw and the prizes for the highest scoring games, and Fred & Dulcie Wright, previous Fete Organisers for many years were on hand to witness prize giving and receive a bouquet of flowers and a hamper.

Despite this it has been, as always, a most congenial evening, which financially beat all records, raffle made £307 and tickets £966. During the 10 years Jeremy and Marie Denholm have run this event it has raised £7,295. To all who have supported it so generously - a huge ‘thank-you’, and especially to the Hall staff, who not only work so hard before, during and after the event (clearing up while the rest of us are snuggling into bed) but who make it all such a friendly occasion. M.S.

Finally all good things came to an end, visitors left the fine setting, empty tables, exhausted stall holders and gently trodden lawns, and crunching down the gravel driveway made a mental note of the date of next years even more splendid event.” Pauline Clarke

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F.G.P.C. 50-50 CLUB WINNERS July August R Bambridge E Williamson T Cutterham C Suckling P Brough H Ford J Blakeley M Denholm V Lantan F Bennell P Seligan A Smith C Ford C Dewing

GET YOUR DIARIES OUT Remaining F.G.P.C. events for 2003 are Saturday, 8th November, Harvest Supper, 7.00 pm Saturday, 13th December, 50/50 Christmas Party, noon The 50/50 Club will meet as usual in the Institute at 10.30 am on Saturdays 30th September, 25th October and 29th November.

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Early September, every effort by men and machine is devoted to establishing 2004 crops. By Sept.5th 235 acres of winter wheat have been planted. Richard says his father would turn in his grave, muttering “crazy youth losing the plot”! Time alone will tell whether this is the right policy, but today’s agricultural economics demand early starts and late finishes most seasons. Now sugar beet harvest is imminent. Watch this space next issue!

5 Sept. Looking back 2 months, Richard Johnson tells what’s happened on Gunthorpe-Saxlingham Farm. Harvest began 14th July, earliest by 4 days. Normally winter barley is first, this year it was oil-seed rape; July’s high temperatures gave rapid drying after swaffing, reducing from 10 to 7 days the usual period before combining. 3 combines cleared 241 acres at Frog Hall and Gunthorpe Park in 3 days. Yield (1.48 tons instead of the estimated 1.6 tons per acre) was a bit disappointing.

A positive end, apart from potatoes produce prices have risen, improving prospects for coming marketing year, partly because of the weaker pound sterling, but sadly more to do with disastrous harvests in droughtstricken Europe: Italy achieved about 25%, Germany 50%, France 75%, whereas the UK had a 95% harvest.

Rape done, all 3 combines went to Reepham to clear barley and rape from the off-lying farm, returning on 27th July to tackle 560 acres of malt barley at Gunthorpe and Saxlingham. Done in 4 days! Barley, coming in good dry condition, is stored, as usual, in Frog Hall and Rookery Farm grain stores. Quality looks good enough for the maltsters, though the yield (2.75 tons per acre) was below the 2.9 tons per acre hoped for.

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Then rain. Last week of July saw over 2”, but with other crops not ready it didn’t matter, allowing us to cart straw bales to Hall Farm, Gunthorpe and the staff to ‘rogue’ sugar beet removing the weed beet.

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3 combines, in Reepham clearing peas, returned to Saxlingham on 4th Aug. and all peas were cut over the next 2 days. Early signs raise hopes of making the grade for human consumption, rather than protein supplement for animal feed. Criteria are: a) amount of soil and stone in a sample and b) colour of the pea (should be even, dark green). Rain during harvest can cause bleaching and downgrade the crop to animal feed.

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Wheat harvest (begun 5th Aug. done in 11 days) was straightforward, but hard work for the staff – one South African student worked 182 hours in a fortnight. Need to dry was minimal and independent tests indicate excellent crop quality. Important, as 1/3 of our harvest is Class I (wheat for bread-making). Yield was good, averaging 4.12 tones per acre. Again the engine-room for this was land round Gunthorpe Hall Farm and up to Brinton Lane.

A WARM WELCOME TO THE PAYNE FAMILY The Broughs being away for two years while David emulates Sir Francis Drake’s circumnavigations feat, Bunns Cottage is now home to Matt and Philippa Payne and their sons, Benedict and Nicholas aged respectively 3 and 1. Matt’s parents live in Bale and his formative years were spent in Norfolk, so he is not exactly a stranger to these parts, and having been away for ten years, he is, he says, more than happy to come back to Norfolk. And we certainly look forward to having the four of them in Gunthorpe.

The final harvest, cutting winter beans at Sharrington , completed 16/17th Aug. The yield (2.22 tons per acre) broke last year’s record – a lovely way to finish! Normally harvesting goes into early Sept. the previous earliest final date was 18th Aug. 1995. Why did 2003 break the record? Crudely, this is explained the rainfall table. In July (average rainfall 2.5”) we had 3.6”, In August (average rainfall 2.5”) we had 0.3”. It was very wet and very dry at just the right time.

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Harvest over, but no let-up for the staff, who set about ploughing and drilling oil-seed rape, mostly at Saxlingham. That done – relief! First break since 13th July, a chance to crash into suspended animation. All had done magnificent jobs. The way the team, regular and part-time, gelled throughout gave Richard great pleasure.

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LANGHAM CHURCH NEWS 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.

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Harvest Thanksgiving Service Sunday October 12th. 6.30 p.m. Preacher, The Rural Dean, the Reverend Philip Norwood. This is the only service in Langham on this Sunday.

TAMING THE TRAFFIC The on-going saga of speed control through Gunthorpe recurred at a meeting of the Parish Council on 24th July. Our County Councillor, Russell Wright, was there with 5 members of the public; the new Chairman, Mr John Church, threw open part of the meeting so noncouncillors could make any points they wished. Here is a summary of the following discussion.

Remembrance Day Service Sunday 9th November, with H.C., 10.50 Harvest Supper. This year it’s going to be different in Langham! Come and join us for a home cooked two course meal on Saturday October 11th. 7 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. in Langham Parish Room. Bring your own drink and glass, join in the fun and celebrate the harvest. Tickets £5 for adults and £2 for children, available from The Bluebell and the Post Office. Further enquiries 01328 830241. All profits will be donated to The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.

It was felt that painting ‘Slow’ signs on the road had taken far longer than expected, and unfortunately no-one had liaised with the Parish as to siting. Some felt that they were in the wrong place and that additional signs were needed on the road by Boundary Farm and above The Old Forge. Nevertheless, something at least and at last had happened, and this was a starting point.

Baptism: August 24th. Millie Duffill

It was essential now for the exact nature of the danger to be established. To achieve this ‘speed counters’ were needed in the village for a fortnight, to collect evidence of the number of drivers going too fast. Armed with this evidence the County Council could be re-approached to request an immediate speed control in Gunthorpe.

BRING AND BUY COFFEE MORNING Postponed from May, this took place on a cool but sunny August Bank Holiday Monday. It was enjoyed by residents and several visitors and raised £400 for Church funds. This included £21 for the sale of tea towels and a generous donation. Grateful thanks to all who helped on the day, with the organisation of the event, posters, stalls, baking and to all who brought and bought. The cake, kindly baked and donated by Vera Colombé weighed 2 lb. 2 ozs. and was won by...YES—the Reverend John Penny. (He hasn’t won it for four years). The result of the ‘sweets in the jar’ competition, kindly donated by Jan Hope, was 63 and was won by Marjorie Massingham.

Sadly, even with that achieved, the once peaceful lane through our village is now a busy thoroughfare, with all the inherent dangers, used largely by through traffic. Sadly, police statistics show that once behind the wheel 15% of us drive with criminal recklessness, only tameable by sleeping policemen or road gates. It was agreed that all who live in Gunthorpe should have a chance to express our views about what should be done and where, these opinions to be co-ordinated by our three councillors and passed on to Russell Wright, who would arrange for the speed counters. Thus armed, he could then exert pressure.

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FLOWERS FOR AFRICA

Charles Ogle-Rush

More than 30 people gave of their time and talents for this successful weekend and helped to raise over £600. for charities in Africa. This included £70 taken by Michael Woodhouse on his plant stall for ‘Farm Africa’ and sales from ‘Traidcraft’. Proceeds from refreshments and generous donations enabled us to send £150 to ‘Breadline’ and £170 to Christian Aid. The theme was introduced in the church porch by an interesting display of carved wooden animals and shields with grasses and wall hangings. Inside were photographs, African garments and paintings (some by schoolchildren) reminding us of the varied geographical and weather conditions of that vast continent. There were tall grasses and bright flowers everywhere and some national flags. Several exhibits pointed out the stark living conditions endured by many people through lack of water and food. A poignant poem told of a mother’s despair at being unable to feed her family because of the failure of the harvest. Late on Sunday came two people from far away Wisbech who confided that their absorbing passion was to visit as many flower festivals as possible. They had seen four that day before arriving at Langham. “But this is the most interesting” they said. Thank you all who contributed in every way so generously. It is good sometimes to ‘Do Different’. VMC

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Pre-Fayre Events Mon 26th July 2004 - Bingo Night in Parish Room. Wed 28th July 2004 - Quiz Night in Parish Room. Fri 30th July 2004 - Concert in Langham Church.

STALL ON THE GREEN. This was run on four Saturday mornings in August, in aid of Church funds and raised a total of £300.60. A large number of people were involved: in baking, donating garden produce, serving at the stall, providing coffee to the workers and in erecting and taking down the stall each time. Thank-you very much all of you for your time and trouble. Thank-you too, to all our customers, both regular and visiting, without you, the scheme is just not possible. JEH

Post-Fayre Event Sunday 1st. August 2004 - Evening Thanksgiving Service (with invited preacher) in Langham Church. The usual mix of entertainment, stalls, refreshments, games and competitions is being planned, so there will be something for everyone!

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Our August meeting was a huge success despite the speakers feeling very nervous. Caroline, the editor of the Holt Chronicle and her mother Janette, told us all about the magazine, and included samples of recipes which Janette writes every two weeks. The goodies were delicious!!

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There are still some tickets available for the Christmas Concert at Thursford, December 20th at 2.30 p.m. £17 each. Please let me know if you are interested a.s.a..p. Everybody welcome to purchase tickets. On October 8th. we have an open meeting, Gardeners Question Time - everybody welcome at 7.30 pm. in the Parish Room. Maureen. Tel: 830 731.

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LANGHAM COMMUNITY CAR SERVICE We are pleased to welcome Marcel Schoenmakers to the Langham Car Service. He has been resident in Langham for over a year and speaks fluent English! At the moment he is on a course so will resume duties in about nine months time. Meanwhile we are preparing papers for Mrs. Molly Lees to join the force!

Fireworks Night. Wed. November 5th Once again the Parish Council is arranging this event; we now know the bonfire will be in the field called Townends which is on the corner of the Morston and Wiveton roads. As last year it is hoped to close the road between the Morston and Blakeney roads for use as a car park. There will be a BBQ run by the Friends of Langham and the whole evening starts at 6.00 p.m.

Our grateful thanks to the above and all the present drivers for their dedicated service. If you are interested in joining us please give me a ring on 830605. Ann Sherriff. Project Organiser.

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By popular request there will be another ‘Pound Sale’ on October 25th. 10 a.m.—12 noon at Langham Parish Room. Lots of bargains and everything only £1. Looking forward to your continued support . Maureen 830731

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MORSTON

YET ANOTHER FAMOUS NAME CONNECTED WITH MORSTON CHURCH

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John Algar, Chief Executive of the Powditch Family Society, has discovered that on 8th August 1914 All Saints Church was visited by the famous World War I poet, Rupert Brooke – yet another “household name”. He was intrigued by the flagstone “memorial of Robert Powditch” that lies between the lectern and the front right hand pew. Brooke transcribed this memorial in his notebook, but this had not been picked up by Morstoners before now, since he incorrectly noted that the memorial was in Stiffkey Church. (This transcription is now in the Brooke Papers under Miscellaneous M/10 at the Modern Archive Centre at Kings College, Cambridge). “Robert Powdich who in his lifetime was very hopefull of his services to Gode’s church, as also his virtuous inclynassion and myld disposicion so sweetly combinge together in his youngness of yeares, who deceased on the 17th of June, A.D.1647”. This was the great grandson of James & Anabel Apowditch who were married in 1538 and lived in Morston until their deaths in 1590 & 1582 respectively.

For Church Services see Panel on Page 3 Sunday 19thOctober, Harvest Festival of the Sea Pat Reynolds tell us that she is retiring as village rep. for Morston. She has been with us since January, 2002, and we are grateful to her for her constant help. Her place is being taken by Joc Wingfield, 01263 740431. He has long been a regular contributor and we welcome him on to the Lynx Support Group.

MORSTON NEWS by Samphire

DR. CHRIS TODD Husband of Hope and father of Alison (who lives in Australia), Jill and Robert, Chris Todd, known affectionately as “Toddy” to Morstoners, died on 31st August. He will be sorely missed. Chris and Hope, having always spent their holidays in the 1960s and 1970s messing about in boats at Morston, finally moved here (from Weston-super-Mare) in 1982 - and continued to mess about in boats, sailing in family dinghies and motoring in Chug-a-boom. Chris was on the PCC from about 1982, a church warden from 1987, and on the Parish Council for several years in the 1980s and 1990s. Chris will ever be remembered for his charm, his kindness, the twinkle in his eye and his wicked sense of humour.

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Rupert Brooke, born in 1887, fought at Antwerp and the year after his visit to Morston Church - died in the island of Scyros on his way to Gallipoli in 1915. To most of us he is remembered for his beautiful sonnet “The Soldier”, which was published after his death: “If I should die, think only this of me: That there’s some corner of a foreign field That is for ever England. There shall be In that rich earth concealed; A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware, Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam, A body of England’s, breathing English air, Washed by the rivers, blest by sons of home. And think, this heart, all evil shed away, A pulse in the eternal mind, no less Give somewhere back the thoughts by England given; Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day; And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness, In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.”

Edmund Farrer (1889) believed Morston’s Powditches had a coat of arms. In the Revd Edmund Farrer’s “Church Heraldry of Norfolk” (1889, volume II , pp.403 & 339), he wrote that the slab or flagstone at the east end of Morston Church’s north aisle (i.e. at the foot of the pulpit steps today) appeared to be a memorial to “Elizabeth P….. [?Powdith] Mercer of London…9th…. The slab is much mutilated. There are many other memorials in this church, much in the same state of decay. Arms: A bend engrailed ermine between two crescents, Powdich? Crest: A lion’s head erased.” A mercer is a dealer in textiles or small wares. Farrer also mentioned memorials to John Powdich, who deceased May 1612 (the eldest son of James & Anabel above) and a Richard Powdich deceased Oct 7, ----, who is unidentified. The College of Arms has no record of the Powdi(t)ches being granted arms, so perhaps Mercer on this flagstone actually is “Mercer”, since it apparently has a capital “M”.

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MORSTON REGATTA & OYSTER REGATTA RESULTS 2-3 AUGUST

SAXLINGHAM News

The Results of the Morston Regatta 2003 results were: Morston Parish Council Trophy (overall winner of the Regatta & 1st Boat across the line) Steve & Sue Ring in RS400 Sail No. 863. The Hamond Cup (first Morstoner): Major Andrew Athill. The Results of the Oyster World Championships 2003 1st : Chris Wilks - Oyster Seapie II 2nd : Nick Barton - Oyster Claudia B 3rd : Mr. Sankey - Oyster Heron.

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19 October, 11.00 Harvest Thanksgiving for Field Dalling & Saxlingham at Saxlingham. 9th November. 10.45 Remembrance Day for Field Dalling & Saxlingham at Field Dalling, in addition to the usual 8.00 am H.C. at Saxlingham.

MORSTON QUIZ

FIELD DALLING & SAXLINGHAM ANNUAL FETE

by Samphire (Answers on Page 23) 1. What is/are: (a) a tsunami? (b) shiitake? (c) tempura? (d) Split? (e) moonlighting? (f) moonshine? (g) moonrakers? (h) Moon River? (i) mooning? (j) a teal? (k) “The Garden of England”? (l) dwainy?

Given the glorious weather of the past few weeks, any out-door event had to be a smash-hit – and so it was with our Fete. Once again, Mr and Mrs Paul Knights kindly gave permission for the Fete to be held in their lovely spacious grounds and also arranged for a marquee to cover the tea terrace. The Brass Band played well throughout the afternoon, stalls were well patronised, and the splendid sum of just over £2,300 was raised.

2. In what country/state are the following towns: (a) Kandahar? (b) Isfahan? (c) Dubrovnik? (d) Riga? (e) Najaf? (f) Sofia? (g) Acapulco? (h) Monte Carlo? (i) Taipei? (j) Bogota? (k) Oporto? (l)Fuengirola?

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The PCC would like to thank all those who gave so generously to this sale: audio-cassettes, books, CDs, cakes, clothes, plants, videos and bric-a brac.

The annual Field Dalling & Saxlingham Harvest Supper will be held on Saturday, 18th October at 7.00 pm in the Village Hall and all parishioners are invited This popular event gives everyone the opportunity to relax in an informal way and enjoy the excellent food provided by fellow parishioners.

Although in France bric-a-brac means “junk, old stores, usually of little value”, we mean it here in the British sense: of “odds and ends” - and high grade odds and ends much of it was.

On Wednesday, 12th November at 11.00 am Mary Alexander will be giving another of her fascinating talks on Historical Costume. Tickets, to include coffee on arrival and lunch, are £5 and available from Rosemary Beeson (820298) and Bridget Watson (830248). Tickets are limited so don’t delay. All proceeds will go towards the St Margaret’s Church

The PCC in two sessions of 4-5 hours made £1,132.46, an astonishing sum. There will be a report in the next issue on the PCC’s Bridge Supper of 12th September.

REMEMBRANCE DAY SUNDAY 9th NOVEMBER Please note in your diary that there will be a Remembrance Day Service at Morston Church, starting at 3.30 p.m., with participation by the Royal British Legion, Coastguard representatives and a trumpeter. Families of those who died in the World Wars may like to tell their members who live outside of the circulation of Local Lynx about the Service.

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WILFRID MELLOR PEACE

SHARRINGTON News

an Academic, an Artist and a Gentle Man 31.10.1934 – 21.8.2003 Known as Frid to his many friends and colleagues, he and his wife have lived in this village for over 6 years. Mercifully he died peacefully after a prolonged illness of several years. He suffered from a congenital, incurable disease of muscle and nerve tissue, which ravaged his body and mind progressively and relentlessly – a heartbreakingly ‘slow goodbye’. Only one thing can alleviate such distress and that is the love of a good woman, and the care of family and friends. Audrey gave him her devoted love to the end.

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19th October, Morning Service replaced by Harvest Thanksgiving at 5.00 pm

Frid was a ‘one off’, his own man, who gave and did not count the cost, worked and asked for no reward. Apart from his many interests and enthusiasms he was gifted academically. Just missing a place at Oxford University he gained a degree in psychology at Manchester University. After going to Wales as a clinical psychologist he found the post not to his liking. He returned to Manchester and further qualified as a teacher. As a result he went to the Bradford Unit where he was greatly admired by peers and colleagues in the field of educational psychology. He became Principal of the unit for several years.

CHURCH A quiet couple of months for us. A new form of Morning Prayer is being conducted for a six months trial. Too early to say yea or nae. Twelve Sharringtonians attended the group service at the beautiful and fascinating village church in Cockthorpe. The harmonium belted out the music ‘big time’ thanks to Martin Jacklin’s musicianship. We now look forward to Harvest Festival and Supper. Then, would you believe, it will soon be Christmas – odd really, whilst I’m sitting here under cloudless blue sky and unusual warmth.

Unfortunately his first marriage broke down, which Frid found devastating. They had a son Neil and a daughter Sally. Fortunately Audrey came into his life in 1979. Much to her surprise he asked her out for a meal. There was an immediate financial decision for him to make - would he join Audrey, who was a great fan of Leeds United and had bought her season ticket? Despite his carefulness with money he invested in one also. Happily he did, and we have all benefited from their public-spirited contributions to our village life, despite Frid’s quite appalling illness and its consequences. He was a very able artist of the natural scene, which he loved, flowers and birds. Some of his paintings were shown and placed before the altar for his Thanksgiving Service here. The church was comfortably full of family and friends and tributes were paid to him. The final hymn was ‘Swing low, sweet chariot’.

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We hope and believe that he has flown to freedom from his appalling disease and is now at rest. Thank you Frid and thank you, Audrey. P.J.G.

12th November - Wednesday. Bure Valley Male Voice Choir - time and ticket details later. 6th December - Saturday. The church will be holding a Christmas Fair St Andrews Church Hall, Holt,

THE VILLAGE HALL is nearing the end of its rebuilding, with improvements in access and a Disabled Loo!

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YYY DELILAH

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Because the strictly male chromosome is gradually disintegrating, those who like the condition of maleness must act now. We have only 4,000 generations to go before the Dinosaur Dive. However, the prospect of femaleness is not much fancied by many of us or them. I mean, what are they going to put in place, to be able to enjoy the crooners. Bing said to Bob “‘Sing low’, that’s where the money is,” so you lassies have to create new and longer vocal chords if you want to be serenaded – a minor problem in genetic engineering. The latter will supersede in creating new generations of ITS – not male nor female. A ladyish loving couple can easily decide how they want their new born to be. Recently the genetic engineers have produced an insect with a functioning eye on one of its legs. The possibilities are limitless. First decide what this creation should become. Maybe a politician? If so it can be given two mouths and one small ear at the back of is skull (however this year we are giving you a special offer for no extra cost, a third mouth situated low down the back) ie posteriorly. A police person? Highly recommended, with eyes also in the back of its head, a massively muscled right arm and very large feet. An artist, carpenter or plumber? Very simple, four arms and an extra couple of eyes in the shins. You may find this a bit bizarre, but we are captives of our genes and chromosomes. The new pressure group is called ‘Masculine Organisation for the Preservation of Sanity’ – MOPS for short. A while ago I was confronted by a Power Dressed woman with the rictusoid ‘smile’ which is supposed to be saying ‘look at me, I’m a joyful Christian and I do, do really, really understand you.’ Her question was ‘Do you think that God is a ‘Mother Figure’. After a brief thought I said ‘More likely to be a mother-in-law.’ However, God is a bloke, but he may be getting just a wee bit off course by sending out dodgy Y chromosomes, increasingly dodgy over the last million years, ‘mysterious ways’ and all that. I really cannot believe that we lads are heading for the Dinosaur Dive –-join MOPS to save the world. Happy breeding fellows, affectionately, deeply, respectfully, God Bless. Airbag

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CHURCH SERVICES October 5th 12th 19th 25th

Special Family Service. & Harvest Festival Holy Communion. Holy Communion. Wedding. (Clive and Eva)

11.00 am 11.00 am 8.00 am 3.30 pm

November Family service. 11.00 am 2nd th 9 Remembrance Service. 6.30 pm (no 8.00 am Holy Communion) Holy Communion. 8.00 am 16th Holy communion. 11.00 am 23rd 30th Group Service at Field Dalling. 10.30 am

A TEA-PARTY AT STIFFKEY OLD HALL John and Anne were ‘at home’ on 6th Sept to many of their friends. Celebrating their new sculptures proudly heading the north gate pillar of Old Hall - two rampant wild boars incorporating the Bacon family Coat of Arms (original builders of Old Hall). The Herb garden now being restored and, of course, a noble ‘bell’ in honour of our new residents. Thank you for a lovely get-together and tea-party including a massive offering of home-made cakes and scones. Even the weather relented as it was a thundery afternoon interspersed with some heavy shower. But most were able to explore the grounds and walk down to the river to admire all John and Anne’s restoration works.

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But where is the heart of a modern English village? Is it at the church, at the pub or in the village shop, where Clive and Eva meet so many of our needs? Or is it up at the village sports field, where Stiffkey managed to over come Langham in June and where the Fete was such a success.

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MEMORIES OF STIFFKEY’S PAST We’ve just spent a week cycling around our beautiful countryside, and it is surprising how much more you see from a bicycle saddle! The hedgerows this year are laden with sloes, blackberries, hips and haws; wild flowers are beginning to fill the verges once again – we’ve seen scabious, harebells, ladies’ bedstraw and many others – and enormous dragonflies and many different sorts of butterflies have flitted along beside us.

The sports field is where the young people congregate, chill out and play, and the young people from around Stiffkey are a super bunch. Some work with me at the pub and they’re supportive, honest and very genuine. I have enjoyed meeting them, working with them, sometimes telling them off – all in good heart!

The countryside is beginning to return to how it was when I was young, when Nature Walks were an important part of the curriculum at Stiffkey Primary School, and we would walk for miles to find specimens for the Nature Table. I can remember my Dad and I scouring the fields for scarlet pimpernels and viper’s bugloss. Not that he had much time to spare in the summer. As the local blacksmith, most of his daylight hours were spent underneath a binder, fixing the twine-tying mechanism, which always seemed to be going wrong, or pedalling off on his bicycle, with his tools on his back, to fix some other piece of machinery which had broken down in the field yet again.

The heart of a village is its future – and that’s what the young people represent. Stiffkey’s future is (I think) safe in their hands. J.S.G.

SPARROW HAWKS Many people worry about the number of sparrow hawks in the area which appear to be having a serious effect on garden bird populations. All birds of prey are protected by law. Farmers are now much more aware of the need to provide bird friendly habitats - for all wildlife. Could the beautiful (but voracious) sparrow hawk be upsetting this balance a little too much?

Occasionally he had to fix a new metal ‘tyre’ onto a cartwheel. The flat metal hoop was heated in a great bonfire and, when red hot, was dropped over the wooden wheel which was lying ready on the circular metal frame in the ground outside the Blacksmith’s shop. My father and his brother immediately hammered the metal rim onto the wheel amid clouds of smoke and sparks, and when it was on we were allowed to run round with our watering cans to cool it down and help the metal contact onto the wood. It was all very exciting. J.W

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LAST WORD We are all sent here to help others, but what are the others for?

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‘OLE NORFOLK’ WORDS/EXPRESSIONS QUIZ Translate the following: Feel quare. A tizzik. A Shiver. Bronnical. (All these are Norfolk medical vocabulary) Answers in next edition. Answers to Issue 31 Quiz (p22) A roger is a small whirlwind. A ligger is a plank across a dyke. Troshing is thrashing (corn). A mawkin is a scarecrow. A gant is a village fair.

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Punch and Judy began the events in the arena, all carried out under the watchful eye of Justo James and his magician team. Samba music, races for all and the ever entertaining Roy Waller ensured all were involved. Dog races proved fun as always, tails wagging and bright shiny coats, all owners very proud of their family pets.

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Laughter and cries of excitement heard all around the field, as people tried to win a coconut, down skittles or throw a sponge at the face in the stocks. Most entertaining proved to be ‘Drench the Wench’, everyone receiving a dunk, ready or not! Fancy dress proved the theme for the Gambrill menfolk and their clan, all seemed natural ‘water babies’!! Vintage cars provided nostalgia and the chance to take a trip down memory lane. Good food, good beer and a nice cup of tea, provided all with an appetite for ensuring a good day was had by all. All too soon the day was over for another year – a success? Let’s hope so! Jamie Lawrence. (Chairman – Stiffkey Fete) Organising Stiffkey Fete is by no means an easy task, but it is made much easier by the large amount of support we receive. This year we have been helped by many local businesses and individuals who have given us sponsorship. Also this year we received tremendous encouragement by the sheer volume of help and support from village people who have given up their time and put in lots of hard work helping us to make the fete the success it was. A big thank you to everyone (Stiffkey Fete Committee, 2003)

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