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LOCAL LYNX

JUNE & JULY 2004

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

ISSUE 36

Stone Cottage, Sharrington. Reckoned to be one of the oldest buildings in the village, formerly the Post Office. Illustration: Dr P. Garwood.

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LOCAL LYNX

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JUNE 5th & 6th Sat & Sun. Binham Open Gardens. 10.30-4.30 5th/8th Sat - Tues. Binham Village Hall, Art Exhibition. 7th Mon. Stiffkey VillageHall A.G.M. 6.00 pm 8th Tues. Langham Parish Council, Parish Room, 7.00 9th Wed. Langham Parish Room, Ladybirds. Antique Roadshow. 7.30 th 11 Fri. Saxlingham Church, 'Jazz in June'. 12th Sat. Bale Church Garden Fete. Manor Farm Bale, 2.00 pm 13th Sun. Binham Priory, 'Assembly House Concert', 4.00 pm 15th Tues. Morston Village Hall, PCC Crab Supper 19th Sat. Langham Village Design Statement Display, Parish Room 10 am—1 pm. 21st Mon. Stiffkey W.I. Hazel Wallace. 25th Fri. Gunthorpe Institute FOGPC AGM & Fish and Chip Supper, 6.30 26th Sat. Morston Village Hall, Friends of Morston Church AGM 26th Sat. Gunthorpe Institute 50/50 Club. 10.30 26th Sat. Field Dalling, Joy Wright’s Coffee Morning 10.00 – 12.00

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Sat. Langham Parish Room, Leukaemia Plant Sale. Sun. Binham Priory, Trevor Pinnock. 7.30. Wed. Morston Village Hall. P.C. 7.30. Fri. Binham Priory, ‘Eroica Quartet’. 7.30. Sat. Morston ‘Friends’ AGM, Village Hall, 5.30. Mon. Langham School Sports Day. Wed. Langham Parish Room, Ladybirds McTimoney explained. 7.30 17th Sat. Binham Priory. ‘Turner Ensemble.’ 7.30. 17th Sat. Stiffkey W.I. visits Mannington. 23rd/24th Langham Bric-a-Brac collection. 24th Sat. Binham Priory Sharona Joshua, fortepiano. 7.30 24th Sat. Gunthorpe Institute. 50/50 Club 10.30. 24th Sat. Gunthorpe Hall, Barbeque, 7.00. 25th Sun. Gunthorpe Hall, Fete. 2.00 pm 26th Mon. Langham Bingo Night, Parish Room 28th Wed. Langham Quiz Night, Parish Room. 29th Thurs. Stiffkey PCC meeting, Village Hall, 7.00 pm 30th Fri. Langham Church, Concert. 30th Fri. Binham Priory. ‘Abbey House Players’ 7.30. 31st Sat. Langham Street Fayre. 31st Sat. Morston stand at Langham Street Fayre.

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LOCAL LYNX GOES PUBLIC At Langham Street Fayre, 31st July There will be a wall-mounted display in Langham Pa;rish Room, showing how the paper is put together, from the receipt of copy sent in by village representatives to its distribution to every house in our ten villages. Members of the Support Group, who jointly publish the paper, will be there from time to time to answer questions, and visitors comments will be welcome. We hope our readers and other visitors to the Street Fayre will enjoy the display. There will be spare copies available. We aim to show you what goes into the paper and how it is made up. The production and distribution of each issue involves over 35 people. We always welcome more support from writers of copy, artists and those able to help with the technical side. We now have a lap-top computer dedicated to the publishing of Local Lynx and can offer expert training for those who would like to help on the technical side.

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

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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 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

HC MP HC HC MP/BCP HC HC* HC/BCP FS

Week 2

Week 3

9.30 am HC 11.00 am HC 11.00 am MP 8.00 am HC/BCP 9.30 am HC 11.00 am HC 9.30 am HC No Service 11.00 am HC*

9.30 am HC 11.00 am HC No Service 9.30 am HC 9.30 am FS 11.00 am FS 9.30 am HC 9.30 am HC/BCP 8.00 am HC*

Week 4 9.30 am HC 11.00 am HC 9.30 am HC 6.00 pm EP 9.30 am HC 9.30 am HC 9.30 am FS No Service 11.00 am HC*

Patronal Festival at Saxlingham 0n 4th July Regular weekday services are held as follows: Binham: Evening Prayer on Tuesday at 6 pm Langham: Holy Communion on Wednesday at 10.00 am Stiffkey: Prayers for the Parish on Friday at 9.30 am followed by Holy Communion at 10.00 am A NEW PATTERN OF SERVICES WILL OPERATE FROM AUGUST AND WILL BE OUTLINED IN NEXT EDITION OF LYNX

VICAR’S LETTER

MARTIN & MADDY

Many of you will know already that I shall be retiring in early September. Late last year it became very clear that these nine parishes need someone who is in much better physical shape than I am. I therefore wrote to Bishop Graham saying that I should leave as soon as it was convenient. Some time after this, Diana contacted the Bishop herself and he offered her a part-time curacy. Diana is to become an Assistant Priest to the Revd John Simpson at St Margaret’s Lowestoft. She will be licensed in St Margaret’s Church on the evening of September 23rd. Diana will now be paid for her ministry and give up her work as a teacher for the Open University. Thanks to her new job she will be able to carry on supporting our sons’ education. We would welcome a chance to say a quiet “goodbye” to the many friends we have made in each of the nine parishes. If there is a village coffee morning or similar event at which we could make our farewells, please invite us to join you. With love and best wishes to you all, John

Martin and Maddy Dale arrived in our parishes three years ago. It was a big change for both of them but they coped very well with the North Norfolk scenery, and introduced us to a range of animals and birds! Martin has done much good work in the area and will be sadly missed. I get to hear of his ministry now and again and many people are most grateful for all that he has done for them. The highlight of Martin and Maddy’s stay must be the trip they organised to Switzerland. It was enjoyed immensely by all who went, especially as everyone arrived back safe and sound! (This doesn’t always happen on parish outings!) I know that you will want to wish Martin and Maddy every happiness for the future. If you wish to show your appreciation in some way, please give me a call. All good wishes, John

JO FAWCETT I am sure we shall all be praying for Jo as she prepares to be made Deacon on July 3rd. Please continue to remember her in your prayers over the coming months and years. Clergy need your support throughout their ministry, and are most grateful to those who pray for them regularly. John

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LENTEN REFLECTIONS

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During Lent this year John (Penny) conducted a series of Services on Thursday evenings in the serenity of Bale Church. The Services combined Holy Communion with music and meditation. Entering the building from the deepening dusk of the quiet churchyard, one was greeted by the soaring notes of glorious classical music, the beauty of an ancient candlelit Church interior and striking art in the form of a solitary icon set just before the Chancel steps. Words of the Holy Communion and words from some of great poets were spoken, interwoven with periods of silence and music which swept up and around the aged stones and timbers. Where individuals’ thoughts roamed, who knows but they. Perhaps some remained fettered, despite the carefully crafted atmosphere, by the weight of immediate concerns and worries. Perhaps some pondered on the immensity and mystery of the Universe, and wondered about ‘God’? At the other end of the scale, did some contemplate the wonders of an intricately constructed butterfly or the miracle of how a magnificent tulip, rich in its velvety colour and fragrance, can emerge from a small, dry, shriveled brown bulb. Others may have dwelt on the complexity of the human condition, perhaps lamenting the frailty of ‘man’, or perhaps glorying in the amazing achievements made. Did some acknowledge that any one of us, given certain sets of circumstance, could be capable of great good or indeed great evil? Unless special effort is made, there is little opportunity for any real meditation or contemplation as we hurtle through our lives. Snap judgments, sound bites, illthought-out hasty comments and actions, are all too easy. The Services in Bale throughout Lent provided a little space in which to think more deeply on the complexities surrounding us. Perhaps we should have more opportunities like these?

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BERNARD RAMPLEY We have to apologise for a technical glitch, which resulted in our adding details of a collection taken at a concert in Langham Church to our report of Bernard’s Memorial Service at Binham. Freddy re-assures us that Bernard, having himself edited a parish magazine covering many parishes, would have understood. The Memorial Service collection amounted to £502, and will go to Diabetes U.K. and Quidenham Children’s Hospice. There will also be a small memorial in Binham Priory in due course. Ed.

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BINHAM BROADBAND AND ALICE

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Remember the Cheshire Cat in 'Alice in Wonderland'? How it faded away leaving only the grin? Well, in a strange turn of events over the last month, our 'Plan B' (outlined in Issue 35) is fading, but in a way that will leave everyone in the area grinning. Everyone who wants broadband, that is. On 27th April, BT announced that they now intend to make broadband available to practically the whole UK population by July 2005. Until then, their policy had been to provide broadband only where there was sufficient demand as expressed through the registration scheme. If enough people registered to exceed the 'trigger level' set by BT for their exchange, then, and only then, would BT would provide broadband at that exchange. Fair enough, in a competitive market. The announcement sweeps all this away. Rural communities like ours were completely without the possibility of obtaining broadband. Excluded. BT was ignoring them and other broadband service providers were not interested, because the cost of provision was too high and the demand too low. 'Market failure', in the gloomy jargon of economists. So the government, in the form of the Regional Development Agencies, stepped in with public money to help local projects like ours get off the ground. Our project will not be affected by the announcement. Broadband will be available by the end of June to the first 30 BBA members. They know who they are. So it's time to weld down the manhole covers (if the BT ads for broadband are to be believed). 'Plan B' was aimed at bringing in additional capacity to meet the needs of members on the BBA waiting list. However, this would have taken some months to arrange and now that unrestricted service is likely to be available by July 2005, there seems not much point in pursuing it. The Binham Broadband Association (BBA) will remain active until broadband is in and working and all 30 lines have been taken up, by which time it will have served the main purpose for which it was formed. Mission accomplished. In the meantime, we intend to keep the pressure on BT and encourage people who want broadband to join the BBA, if they haven't already. A membership fee of £25 gets you a place in the (fairly short) queue and a newsletter by email in a similar style to these articles but with more specific and current information. You must have a Binham number, of the form 01328 83xxxx. The email address is binhambroadband@pobox.com. If there is enough demand from the BBA membership, or BT delay the July 2005 date (they delayed the activation date for our 30 lines four times!), then we can always bring back the Cheshire Cat. Anthony E Smith

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THE CURATE’S EGG

them to turn the known world upside down within the next 30 years. He is someone who we have the inestimable privilege of knowing and as Suzanne de Diétrich put it: ‘The Bible tells us very clearly that to "know" God is not an affair of the mind only, but an act in which our whole being -heart, mind, and will -- is vitally engaged; so that sheer intellectual speculation would enable us to form certain ideas about God but never to know Him. To be grasped, God's will must be met with a readiness to obey.’ (Suzanne de Diétrich (1891-1981), Discovering the Bible). For me the more important question is whether or not I know this risen Jesus, because, in the final analysis, that is all that will count. Once again, I would like to say that Maddy and I have had a wonderful time here. If I could have the time over again I would still come to the Bale-Stiffkey Group to train as a curate. I would like to thank all the PCC’s and especially the Churchwardens and other Clergy with whom I have worked for their forbearance. But especially I would like to thank John for being such a good and kind mentor during my training here among you. We hope we will see all of you at our final “Songs of Praise” service at Binham Priory, 6pm on Sunday 6th June - to be able to say our goodbyes.

It doesn’t seem long since Maddy, I and the boys moved into Bale Rectory - and soon set up a brisk trade in “Curate’s Eggs” - though no one ever brought any back that were only “good in parts”. We have had a tremendous time here (across all 15 parishes!) just touching the surface of “Norfolk ways”. On 7th June we move from one marsh to another (Romney Marsh in Kent) so that I can take up the position as Priest-in-Charge of the 5 parishes of New Romney with Old Romney, St. Mary’s Bay, St Mary in the Marsh and Ivychurch. The licensing will take place at 7.30 on 7th July in the church at St. Mary’s Bay. We want to thank you all for making us feel welcome from the day we came. The box of goodies you delivered on our first day here was much appreciated. People have been wonderfully kind to us and we have really grown fond of you all. It was a joy to come around visiting and you have been incredibly hospitable. Thank you. It has been great to train with Revd. John Penny - not all curates have got on as well with their training incumbents as I have with mine. (One of my colleagues quit after only a month!). Two words of wisdom will forever ring in my ears: “Martin, don’t forget to say your prayers” and “listen to your churchwardens”. One of the highlights of the time here has been the new Family Services - so enthusiastically received - as well as novelties like the Pet Service and Beating of the Bounds. We enjoyed Carol Singing in Stiffkey and Langham, accompanied by my guitar. You have been most accommodating. I was even able to register a first persuading Morston Churchwardens to allow me to play my guitar at a traditional BCP Holy Communion service. Another highlight has been the Swiss trips that Maddy organised. We took several parishioners to Switzerland and, to John’s surprise, managed to bring them all back. I never did work out what he meant by that - did he feel they would be so enamoured with Switzerland that they wouldn’t want to come back (one did make enquiries about buying a house in Heiden!) or did he fear losing someone at Stansted Airport on the way back! There were Maddy’s trips to see the Queen’s horses in Sandringham Studs. It is not easy to get invited for a private visit to view the work there. When starting my ministry here 3 years ago, I asked a question at Christmas 2001 - why do you think we have over 600 churches here in Norfolk indirectly dedicated to a Jewish carpenter who died almost 2,000 years ago? I wonder if, leaving, I may offer my answer. That Jewish carpenter was indeed someone special. He was the Son of God, whose death for the sins of the world we remembered on Good Friday and whose resurrection we celebrated at Easter. Unlike any of the other founders of the Great Religions, Jesus is alive today. He died and rose again. But he didn’t just leave his shattered band of followers to get on with it. At Pentecost - celebrated on Sunday 30th May he sent the power of His Holy Spirit upon them, to enable

Some folk have wondered where the concept of the Curate’s egg comes from, so I end with the famous cartoon from “Punch Magazine”, 9th November, 1895.

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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 e.mail:jsavory@farming.co.uk Over the next 5 years the District Council will be working, as a lead player, in the North Norfolk Community Partnership to deliver services, promote economic and environmental sustainability, ensure decent housing and develop the local economy to provide better job, career and training opportunities for those who live in North Norfolk, while maintaining the quality of life and environment that makes North Norfolk unique. In this task we must be clear about our own Corporate Strategy priorities, deciding which services and projects we will deliver working alone, which in partnership and which we cannot be involved with. Our partners are the County Council, Police, Police Authority, Primary Care Trust, Learning and Skills Council, Voluntary Sector, and Business Sector. A Board manages the functions of the Partnership. At the formal meetings, which include elected and non-elected members (some with budgets and others who offer services in kind) NNDC is represented only by its Leader and Chief Executive. However, NNDC has allotted a cabinet member to each area of interest, in a liaison role. I will press for more openness and effective scrutiny, welcoming the concept of the Council’s acting as a ‘community enabler’ - making things happen without always doing them ourselves. Though it is early days, I believe that acting in partnership with others, using our influence to bring about the best outcomes, we can make the Partnership work. I will keep you informed over the next months.

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It is really good to see our paper lady, Eileen Spooner, cycling round the village again on her bicycle! As most of you will know Eileen was forced to take sick leave following a major health scare last year and has been gradually regaining her strength over the last few months. Upon advice from her consultant Eileen is now able to resume her paper round and put the illness well and truly behind her! Our grateful thanks must go to Alistair Stevenson the distributor for stepping in to ensure we all received our morning paper during Eileen’s absence. Many thanks Alistair! Welcome back Eileen! S.B.

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BINHAM PRIORY CONCERTS, June & July 2004 Sunday 13th June, 4pm. ‘Assembly House Concert’ Anne Shih violin, Caroline Palmer piano, Raphael Wallfisch ‘cello. To perform a programme of piano trios. Plated teas available in the interval. Tickets £10 each Sunday 4th July, 7.30pm. Trevor Pinnock, Harpsichord. Programme includes, JS Bach Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, Partita no 5 in G major, Rameau Suite in E major, D Scarlatti Four sonatas. Tickets £10 each Friday 9th July, 7.30pm. The Eroica Quartet. Peter Hanson violin, Lucy Howard violin, Vicci Wardman viola, David Watkin ‘cello. All Beethoven programme. Tickets £10 each Saturday 17th July 7.30pm. Rowena Calvert ‘cello and Eleanor Turner harp. Programme includes music by JS Bach, Saint-Saens, Bruch, Ravi-Shankar, Albeniz, De Falla & Piazzola. Tickets £8 each Saturday 24th July 7.30pm. Sharona Joshua fortepiano. Programme includes Mozart Fantasy in C minor, Haydn Sonata in C major, C P E Bach Rondo in C minor. Tickets £8 each Friday 30th July, 7.30pm. The Abbey House Players. Andrew Watkinson violin, Jane Cawardine violin, Clare Finnimore viola, Rona Murray viola and Shuna Wilson ‘cello. Programme includes Beethoven Quintet in C major, Bruckner Adagio from Quintet in F major, Mendelssohn Quintet in A major. Tickets £8 each

Mary Alexander - tel: 01263-741304 www.maphouse.net

BINHAM LOCAL HISTORY GROUP Extracts from the Diary of a Binham Farmer’s son, aged 15. With thanks to Richard and Norah). Year 1836 May 16th Began quadrilles - like them amazingly. June 4th Danced in the evening. Miss Watson was my partner. June 5th (Sunday) Heard Mr Digby drone. June 10th Did not do much - was in a thinking mind. June 11th Miss Watson was to have come to dance but could not. June 13th Miss Withers (the piano player) went away, here is an end of our dancing for the present. Year 1837 June 9th Dined at Waterden - Aunt Sally and I got rather warm on politics. June 12th Clipped the old Tups. June 16th Clipped the rest of the best Hoggets. July 1st Began haymaking at Hindringham. To be continued …. The History Group very much enjoyed David Yaxley’s walking tour of Binham. It is hoped to produce an informative leaflet or booklet about the village in due course. Tom Moore’s Talk on Farming in the 40’s and 50’s was also enjoyed. A visit is being arranged to Sutton Hoo on 22nd June. The Graveyard recording is almost complete and the results are being sent to the national record centre - known as NAOMI. The Group will be represented at the Norfolk History Fair at Gressenhall on Monday 31st May: as well as stands from local history societies there will also be live costumed re-enactments throughout the day. This is always a really interesting day out for all the family. (830270)

Tickets and further information available from Maureen Frost, Victoria Cottage, Langham Road, Binham Norfolk NR21 0DW Telephone 01328 830362 ABBOTT FARM TEAROOM. Do you fancy morning coffee or afternoon tea? Then call at the new Tea Room at Abbott Farm, Walsingham Road, Binham. Open Tuesday to Friday and Sundays 11 am to 5 pm. (Closed Mondays and Saturdays)

CHIROPODY

BINHAM VILLAGE HALL The village hall has cutlery, crockery and tablecloths to hire. For more information please ring Liz Brown. Also if you would like to hire the hall for your next party or charity event again please ring Liz. 01328 830519

Home Visiting Practice

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

POST BOX

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The post box, Who, has finally shelter. We are replaced by the panel.

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PRIORY ACCESS & FACILITIES PROJECT

INTERIOR & EXTERIOR

3rd report of the Project Working Party Sketches of possible facility buildings, on the three locations under consideration, and routes for access were discussed at the April meeting of the Parochial Church Council. A model of the site has been made to assist in presentation of the options. The PCC asked the Working Party to proceed with feasibility studies on some details of the sites and routes, together with establishing the procedures for the next round of consultations with the various local, diocesan and national parties involved in acceptance of the scheme being co-sponsored by the PCC and The Norfolk Archaeology Trust. During June it is hoped to have the model on display in the Priory and some time in the Village Hall. Members of the Working Party will be present to help visitors to fully understand the aims of the project to make the church and the whole site accessible to all with ease, dignity and comfort; complying with the Disabled Discrimination Act coming fully into force in October this year. Further information can be obtained from David Frost, 01328 830362

PAINTING & GENERAL REPAIRS large or small

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BINHAM GARDENS OPEN Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th June 2004 Open from 10.30am. to 4.30pm. on both days. A £2.50 ticket, will give you the chance to view a range of Binham's gardens, large and small, each with its own character and charm. On both days there will be morning coffees and strawberry & cream teas served at Apple Garth. Tickets and Programme will be available at Apple Garth each day. There will be a range of stalls including plants, gardenalia and a raffle. Each afternoon there will be a chance to take part in the Great Binham Boat Races with prizes for the winners. For the day to be a success we need support with items for the stalls and help on the day. If you have any contributions, plants, books, bric-a-brac, cakes, preserves, they can be delivered to Apple Garth on Friday 4th June, from 9am onwards, or on the day. The gardenalia stall will be selling second-hand, garden items and tools including plant pots, seed trays, baskets, ornaments, garden pots, buckets, watering cans, hose-pipes. We will even sell larger items, such as lawn mowers, garden furniture, on a 50:50 basis! If you want to open your garden or help on the day we are only too pleased to have volunteers, especially to run the stalls, serve teas and coffees. Call Chrissie at 830378 All proceeds from the day are to be divided between the church and local charities. With your help and support we look forward to it being a very successful 2 days. COME AND JOIN US

BEING FILLED WITH LOVE Written for Mothering Sunday - 21st March 2004 The love from their heart to ours, Fills us with happiness. Knowing we are being loved helps us get through every single day. And they know we are, and always will love them in return. Everybody should have someone who loves them. And everybody should love someone else in the world. We cannot cope without love. We need to be loved to stay alive inside. LOVE is very powerful!

Georgina McEwan, aged 10 BINHAM 100 CLUB WINNERS January: £25 Andrew Moncur; £10 Liz Brown; £5 Andrew Marsh, Amanda Able, June Cook. February: £25 Mrs Hill; £10 Lionel Wilde; £5 Tracy Blackiston, Carolyn Wright, Louise Hoddy. March: £25 Marjorie Howell; £10 Barb Thompson; £5 Anne Griffith Jones, Stanley Hewitt, Carolyn Wright. April: £25 Paddy Bartram; £10 Gill & Peter Markwell; £5 Amanda Savoury, Alan Brown, Rose Booth. There are still a few numbers left. Please get in touch with Mrs June Read, 8 Priory Crescent, Binham, if you would like to join.

ART EXHIBITION Saturday 5th – Tuesday 8th June An exhibition and sale of work by local artists. Open 10 am to 6 pm each day in the Village Hall. All proceeds to the Village Hall. (830651)

PLUMBING & HEATING ENGINEER

BINHAM GROUP OF ARTISTS The Group consists of anyone interested in Art or Craft, beginner or otherwise. Artists with professional experience form part of the Group and will gladly give advise 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. On April 6th Peter Baldwin gave a very interesting talk with slides of his own work that of other painters. For further information call James Bucknill on 830651. Everyone welcome.

All Types - No Job Too Small! Disabled walk-in baths now supplied and fitted

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FIELD DALLING News

COCKTHORPE News

Contact: Margaret Smith 01328 830546

Contact: Ann Massingham

01328 830558

For Church Services see Panel on Page 3 St ANDREW’S CHURCH

COCKTHORPE – ALL SAINTS Edited extracts from Joc Wingfield’s published research on Cockthorpe Church All Saints church is chiefly of the ‘Decorated’ (12451360) and ‘Perpendicular’ (1360-1485), periods with a 15th century font, roof and carved seats. Traces of a longer chancel can be seen at the East End. This is a fine church up on the hill overlooking the sea. Some fascinating people worshipped and lived in this attractive hamlet in the 17th century, prior to leading amazing lives: Christopher Calthorpe, the emigrant, and two of the three great Glaven Valley admirals, Admiral Sir John Narborough and Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell. Did the view from here, after worship, inspire these men to such great naval ventures? The Calthorpe Family - The church contains a fine Jacobean altar-tomb to Sir James Calthorpe and his wife, Barbara, nee Bacon, ‘who was much comforted by the sight of her 193 children and their offspring - at the age of 86 years,’ in 1639. Joc tells us that these offspring spread from Norfolk to London, Essex, Isle of Wight and, with Christopher Calthorpe, to Virginia, USA, in 1622. John Narborough - christened in Cockthorpe on 11th October, 1640, served under Admiral Sir Christopher Myngs (from Salthouse), probably in the West Indies, and later in 4 further ships. He was present at the battles of Lowestoft and of Sole Bay, before becoming a protege of the diarist, Samuel Pepys in 1670s. In 1674 he became Read Admiral of the Red and later a commissioner in the Navy. He died of a fever after a trip to the West Indies and was buried at sea. Sir Cloudesley Shovell - christened here 25th November 1650, was in 1674 a Lieutenant aboard the Harwich, Sir John Narborough’s flagship. By 1689 he was Rear Admiral of the Blue, married Admiral Narborough’s widow in 1691 and by 1705 was appointed Admiral and Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean fleet. He died at sea, shipwrecked off the Scilly Isles, in 1707. Thank you, Joc, for sharing your research with us. Ed.

St Andrew’s Church launched a five-year appeal on Easter Saturday for major church repairs, including essential work on the church roof. Thank you from the PCC to everyone who responded so generously to the appeal letter and coffee morning. Please visit the church to see work in progress, and to view the fundraising thermometer beside the font. The volunteer work-party on 3rd April created a splendidly tidy churchyard for Easter. If anyone reading this from outside Field Dalling has family buried in the churchyard, and could help at a future work-party or donate towards the cost of grass-cutting, please will they ring Margaret Smith at the number above. The PCC want the churchyard to be a credit to the village, and need help to do this. Everyone is welcome to Joy Wright’s annual garden coffee morning on Saturday, 26th June, 10 to 12, at 96 Holt Road, in aid of church restoration; coffee, raffle, bric-a-brac stall, cake stall.

SUMMER EVENTS IN THE VILLAGE Village Fete: Saturday, 7th August, 2pm, at Field Dalling Hall. Village Barn Dance: Saturday 28th August, Mountgrace Manor.

DANCE IN LANGHAM PARISH ROOM Ann, Eileen and Sheila would like to thank everyone who contributed towards the successful dance we organised on March 27th. We were able to give £175 to Langham School and £315 to East Anglian Air Ambulance. Thanks also to everyone who gave raffle prizes, which totalled 40. Tickets were drawn by Peter Mendham, representing the Air Ambulance. Ann Massingham.

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A warm welcome awaits you

GUNTHORPE News Contact: Pauline Clarke 01263 861667

For Church Services see Panel on Page 3

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MARTIN & PEGGY SWINDELLS We were at last able to express our thanks and gratitude to Martin and Peggy for all their hard work and involvement in village life at a wonderful informal lunch and presentation on Sunday 3rd May at the Village Institute. Thanks to the weather we were able to congregate outside, meet up with friends and enjoy the food and wine. We must have looked a festive lot as two passing cyclists asked if it was a May Day celebration and were preparing to dismount! It was really lovely to see Martin and Peggy back in the village, this time as guests of honour rather than bustling about in the background. Marie gave a tearful speech and Martin went on to say how truly overwhelmed they both were and how happy they had been in Gunthorpe. He had calculated that they had spent over 30% of their married life in the village and enjoyed every minute. Thanks to generous donations from villagers and friends we were able to present two watercolours painted by village resident Lili Shaw, which showed Pebble House and Pond plus a garden table for their new home in Holt. Many thanks to Marie and Jeremy for all their hard work in organising such a splendid bash and who once again transformed our rather plain looking Institute into a fitting setting for this special occasion. Thanks also to all who contributed food and drink and kept the buffet and bar going well into the afternoon sunshine. Let’s hope we are able to see more of Martin and Peggy if they take up Marie’s invitation to freely attend all future village events.

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FROM MARTIN & PEGGY SWINDELLS Peggy and I should be most grateful if you would allow us space to say an enormous thank you to everyone in Gunthorpe for the unforgettable day you gave us on Sunday 3rd May. We feel more honoured than we can say, mystified, too, for it is we who have gained such a lot from living in Gunthorpe. The service, taken by Michael Wilson, was as always, very warm and friendly, made all the more so by having our Archdeacon, Martin Gray, to preach. Lunch in the Institute, or rather outside it, was superb. Many thanks to all the providers, but of course the greatest pleasure was being able to chat with so many. Then the presents! I’ve searched Roget’s Thesaurus, but really the only word remains - gob-smacked! Lily Shaw’s lovely paintings of Pebble House and the Pond are hanging proudly in our house, and we much look forward to using your garden table. These kindnesses we shall treasure for ever, as we do all our years in Gunthorpe. Come and see us; the grubby white house at the end of Kenwyn Close is where we live. With much love, Peggy & Martin, Cindy & Stumpy!

FARMING NEWS

SUMMER FUN AT GUNTHORPE FETE

Apologies once again for this column, but Richard Johnson is extremely busy. Let’s hope that in the not too distant future we will be able to have a welcome update from him. In the meantime, keep up the good work, Richard.

Plans are well underway for this year’s Gunthorpe Fete on Sunday 25th July 2004 at Gunthorpe Hall. Stall and games open at 2pm. Another welcome return visit by the Aylsham Brass Band and an afternoon of country fun for all. Relax in the grounds of Gunthorpe Hall listening to the band, drinking tea and eating cakes or try your luck at one of the many traditional games. For a more strenuous activity have a go at the Coconut Shy or Catch the Rat. Browse in a leisurely fashion at the book stall or dig in for a bargain at the Jumble. Buy a cake to take home for tea or experience a session in Reflexology. Whatever age you are we have something for you. The money raised is shared between Gunthorpe Church and the Village Institute and if you haven’t yet volunteered to help please ring Sue Traverso on 01263 861932. Please also let Sue know if you are willing to give a prize for the Grand Draw. Go on, do your bit for Gunthorpe and the community.

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FRED MORLEY

THE BARBEQUE

Fred celebrated his 80th birthday this year. He has lived in the village all his life and I decided to pop down and have a chat with him about Gunthorpe during the war, with the 60th Anniversary of D-Day this year.

Hurrah!! The Friends of Gunthorpe Parish Church are delighted to announce that Mr & Mrs Denholm have offered to host another wonderful barbeque in the stunning grounds of Gunthorpe Hall. The date is Saturday 24th July, gates open at 7pm and the ticket prices are £8.50 for adults (aged 12 and above) and children (up to 12) £5. All proceeds from the ticket sales and the raffle will go the Friends, and will be used to help maintain the fabric & grounds of St.Mary’s, Gunthorpe. Tickets are only available in advance, so please contact Dianne Cutterham on 01263 860693.

Fred served in the Home Guard, and is the only surviving member of the Home Guard in the village. They wouldn’t take him in the army as he had one leg shorter than the other. Drills up at the Institute took place twice a week for a couple of hours and every couple of months Gunthorpe and neighbouring villages assembled for morning drill at Melton Park under the command of Lord Hastings. Each man in the Home Guard had his own rifle, but only 5 rounds of ammunition, so practice was a little limited. There was also a machine gun and a mortar weapon which fired tank shells and, if not anchored properly, proceeded to ‘dance’ around all over the place. A concrete base was positioned approx 30 yards down from Bale crossroads onto which the mortar would be positioned in order to ward off any attack from that direction. An ammunition shelter was handily placed by Nigel Ford’s house whilst a pill box was to be found up at the other end of the village by the Gate House.

THE FUNERAL OF THELMA DEWING (nee Chapman) Thelma’s funeral took place at St Mary’s Church, Gunthorpe on 1st April, with burial in the churchyard next to her parents and grandparents. Thelma was born in Gunthorpe and christened at the church, where she also married and played the organ in the 1950’s. She kept in touch with Gunthorpe and she and her husband are members of the Friends of Gunthorpe Parish Church. Fred Morley

During July and August neighbouring villages would join forces with Gunthorpe to carry out night patrols in case incendiary bombs were dropped which would burn the crops before they had been harvested. No direct hits on the village, but a couple of land mines down Sharrington Road; one exploded blowing all the windows out of the council houses, the other had to be dismantled by the bomb disposal squad. No one was seriously injured. One small bomb landed in the field by the church, taking a few windows out, but again no injuries.

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In my short conversation with Fred he obviously has many other interesting stories to tell - to be disclosed later - watch this space! And many thanks to Fred.

And the lucky winners are: March 2004 April 2004 J Sargeant S Worthington E Lanteau C Seligman L Marr R Cutterham D Ward T Worsley R White L Russell P Lanteau D Blakeley

If you are free the last Saturday of each month, please come and join us for a coffee, chat and a raffle at 10.30am in the Village Institute – everyone welcome.

CARD MAKING Elaine Czwartski’s second successful card making afternoon took place on Saturday 20th March in the Institute. There was a good turn-out including one gentleman who discreetly left before the second session started which involved making cards modelled on handbags. A big thank you to Elaine for keeping us all entertained and with no further excuses for forgetting those all important occasions.

THE CHURCHYARD CLEAR-UP A big thank you to everyone who turned up to help out at the churchyard clear-up this year. The weather was perfect and soon the air was thick with the sounds of mowing and strimming & the crackle of the bonfire. The interior of St. Mary’s had a spring clean too, with the really adventurous volunteering to tackle the debris on the stairwell and the roof! As usual, this activity led to some ravenous appetites, which Rob Cutterham was pleased to satisfy with the traditional barbequed bacon/ sausage butties and a glass (or two) of wine.

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Our surprise visitor, Fred Morley, was speechless to find a birthday cake waiting for him when he arrived to keep an eye on us, and everyone was delighted to help him celebrate his 80th birthday which was on the 6th April. Congratulations Fred!

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The churchyard is ready now to face the summer, and as the first (and so far as we know, the only) wedding planned for the summer is in June, hopefully it will still be looking lovely. Thanks everyone!

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LANGHAM News Contact: Ann Sherriff 01328 830605

RESIDENTIAL ESTATE AGENTS

The Manor House, High Street, Holt NR25 6BN Telephone: 01263 711021

For Church Services see panel on Page 3 LANGHAM CHURCH NEWS On July 3rd. in Norwich Cathedral Church, Jo Fawcett will be made Deacon. Please remember her in your prayers.

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LANGHAM APCM Annual reports and election results can be found on the notice board in the church porch.

LANGHAM STREET FAYRE 2004 HOUSE TO HOUSE COLLECTION

JOY’S COFFEE MORNING

BRIC-A-BRAC & OTHER GIFTS, PRIZES, DONATIONS

Margaret and Martin Freeth were unable to host this traditional event this year on account of house renovations so Sue and John Hughes kindly came to our aid and No.2 The Green became our venue. We all had a very enjoyable morning in lovely surroundings.

On Friday 23rd July (evening) and Saturday 24th July (morning) there will be a house to house collection around the village to collect any items you would like to give to the renowned Bric-a-Brac stall. The Langham Street Fayre Team of collectors will be clearly identified. Details will be posted through your doors nearer the time.

The cake, kindly baked by June Scruby, was won by June Harvey. The jar of Easter eggs, beautifully decorated and donated by Molly Lees, contained 102 eggs and was won by Martin Freeth. Helen Brandt made a very attractive ‘Bob the Builder’ quilt for an individual raffle and this was won by Wendy Brown. In the booze raffle, the whisky was won by James Shone and the gin was won by the Rev’d John Penny. The basket of flowers was won by Mr Brian Gadsdon.

As well as bric-a-brac items, if anyone would like to make a donation to Fayre funds, or give prizes for the Raffle, games and competitions or gifts for the Friends of Langham Bottle Stall or Myrtle’s Tombola, these also will be very gratefully received!

Proceeds for the Langham Church Building Trust amounted to £518. An excellent result. Our sincere thanks must go to all who helped with preparations, posters, manning stalls, serving refreshments, washing up and to those who so generously donated competition, tombola and raffle prizes. Above all we must thank our hosts Sue and John for providing the venue and enabling us to achieve a very successful event. We are all very grateful. Thank You.

If there are any donations or gifts that you would like to give, or if there any items that you would like dealt with before the house to house collection, please either ring Rod (Lees) 01328 830036 or drop them in at Langham House or The Bluebell.

STALL ON THE GREEN

LANGHAM VILLAGE DESIGN STATEMENT The NNDC will make a presentation of the Village Design Statement at the Parish Room on Saturday 19th June between 10 am and 1 pm, preparatory to the Statement’s being recommended to the Council for adopting as Supplementary Planning Guidance. All villagers are most welcome to attend.

As it is the year of the Street Fayre, the Cake and Produce Stall will be operating on the Bank Holiday weekend only. It will be set up at 9.00am. and open from 9.30-11.30am on Saturday 28th and Monday 30th August.

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Outdoor work also undertaken: Paths, Drives etc

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LANGHAM STREET FAYRE SATURDAY 31st JULY 2004 www.langhamstreetfayre.co.uk

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PRE-FAYRE ACTIVITIES

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Monday 26th July Parish Room 7.30 pm Raffle Light Refreshments QUIZ NIGHT

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LANGHAM STREET FAYRE ROAD CLOSURE

PRE-FAYRE CONCERT

SATURDAY 31st JULY 2004

Friday 30th July Langham Parish Church 7.30 pm featuring ‘ MERV & MARIA ’ Norfolk’s premier Country Duo & ‘ KEITH LOADS ’ Master of Norfolk Squit!

Please note that the main road through Langham between the Church Crossroads and the turning into Hollow Lane will be closed from 9.30 am to 11.30 pm. There will be no vehicle access to properties along this stretch during this time. Please could we ask residents / occupiers to remove any vehicles from the street by 6.00 am on Fayre Day to allow stalls, exhibitions and the arena to be set up.

Tickets £6 from The Bluebell (01328 830502) or Langham House (01328 830036) (Wine and soft drinks will be available)

NO ON-STREET PARKING FROM 6.00 AM FREE PARKING IN THREE CAR PARKS ON EDGE OF THE VILLAGE

FAYRE DAY SATURDAY 31st JULY

See www.langhamstreetfayre.co.uk or phone 01328 830036 for more info

Great fun all day and in the evening. Start at 10.00 a.m. by the Town Crier. Official Opening at 11.00 am by Keith Skipper. Music by City of Norwich Pipe Band, Caribbean Sounds Steel Band and Fakenham Town Band, children’s entertainment (Bouncy Castle, Gladiator Duels, Professor Crump, Taro the Jester, Punch & Judy, face-painting, bran tub, crazy golf and other games), art & craft and village stalls, helicopter rides, competitions including children's dancing and Limbo (plus Mr Lovely Legs!), bric-a-brac, refreshments, hog roast in the evening…….

LEUKAEMIA RESEARCH FUND Plant Sale report next time. Our Grand Sale is on Saturday July 3rd at Langham Parish Room. We are collecting lots of interesting items and look forward to your continuing support, see you there. Maureen 830731

PARISH ROOM The disabled access modifications are in progress as most people will have seen. The good news is that we have been successful in obtaining three grants: £15,000 from the Community Fund, £3,000 from NNDC and £2,000 from the North Norfolk Rural Community Council. Work is expected to be completed by mid June. Watch the noticeboards for the date of the Parish Room Committee AGM. E. Allen.

plus The GRAND RAFFLE!! First prize £250 and other great prizes including £100 Larners/Bakers food hamper, £100 François Bouttier voucher, 25th Anniversary Langham Glassware, digital camera, £50 Spirit of the Andes voucher, retail, restaurant and sports vouchers, wine, beer, books, cigarettes, a day at Fakenham Races plus a Norwich City Football Club programme signed by the Promotion Winning Team!!!

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PARISH COUNCIL NEWS

The following is a cutting from a local newspaper in 1903, sent to Colin Sherriff by Mr Ridout.

From August all villagers with access to the internet will be able to have the minutes of all our meetings sent to them direct. To use this service would all those interested please send their E mail addresses to the council clerk Patricia Crowe whose E mail address is: Langham@glavenvalleycouncils.co.uk The minutes will also still be posted on the notice boards as at present. In addition we hope to be able to post the minutes on our website within the NNDC system and when confirmed we will post the address in the Lynx.

A Langham Gamekeeper.

Annual Meeting Please note that the Annual Meeting of the Council is on June 8th at 7 p.m. when progress reports are submitted by all the different organisations in the village. This is then followed by a short Parish Council meeting.

‘This is a sketch from an old portrait of the late Jeremiah Boast, a well known gamekeeper who died a few days ago at Langham. Mr. Boast who had attained the ripe old age of 82 had for 39 years been a much respected inhabitant of Langham. His native place was Bawburgh, where he was born in 1821. For 20 years he lived as gamekeeper under Squire Jecks at Thorpe St. Andrew, and his wife, who died two years ago, was also in the service of the same gentleman for 20 years. Mr. Boast went to Langham in 1864 as keeper to Mr. Bircham, tenant of the Manor Cottage shooting, and continued in that capacity under Messrs. Messrs. Moore, Wigram, the late Captain Waldy, and Mr. Rippingall. He was in Mr. Rippingall’s service up to the time of his death, and Mr. Rippingall showed his respect for his old servant by attending the funeral. For the last two years Boast’s failing eyesight prevented him taking an active part in his work, but until the last shooting season he was only detained at home by very bad weather.’

LANGHAM LADYBIRDS Our April meeting was well attended to hear Monica White’s talk on Holt Hall Gardens. Clearly Monica had researched these gardens and we are waiting for an Open Day so we can see for ourelves. A fascinating story! Diana and Tony Clements kindly hosted our ‘Coffee Morning in a Garden’. A beatiful sunny day and the interesting garden at Tamarisk House all added up to a very pleasant event. Thank you, Diana and Tony. The May meeting was held at Stiffkey Village Hall. June 9th 7.30 - Meeting will be back in the Parish Room. It is an open meeting - ‘Antiques Roadshow’ - bring a treasure or two to be valued and hopefully some interesting information. Everbody welcome. July 14th. McTimoney explained by Sara Massingham. If you wish to join us, please contact Sheila on 830530 or me, Maureen on 830731.

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Sat 29th May. Morston Village Design Committee Meeting, Village Hall, 5.30. Appointment of Vice Chairman and update on final draft with graphics etc by Godfrey Sayers. Visitors welcome. Tue 15th June. PCC Crab & Turkey Pie Supper in the Village Hall. Tickets: £10.00 from 01263-740306. Depart Morston Quay prompt at 6.00 pm. Fri 25th June. Concert of Classical Music and Jazz by Gresham’s School Choir in Morston Church. No booking, no tickets - but Collection for Morston Church. Refreshments available in the interval. Sat 10th July 5.30 pm. Friends of Morston Church AGM in Village Hall,. Within the coverall definition “Friends” come “Members”; and under Charity Commission rules a quorum of 10% of “Members” are required for an AGM. “Members” were formally defined as “Those Friends who contributed financially on or before 30th September 2003 or who live within six miles of Morston” - that is from .Burnham Overy to Fakenham to Plumstead to Sheringham. Would those Members who are going to attend the AGM please notify the Friends’ Secretary (on 01263-740431) of this a week before the Meeting. A Sat/Sun in mid-July: PCC Books, Bottles, Plants, Bric-a-Brac Stalls on Quay or Village Hall. Sat 31st July. Langham Street Fayre (with a Morston Stall). Sat 7th Aug. Morston Regatta. (See article below). Sun 8th August. Oyster Regatta. Sun 29th August Group Service in Morston Church, a Farewell to the Revd John Penny. The Service will be conducted by the Rt. Revd, the Bishop of Lynn. Sat 11th September North Norfolk Churches Trust Sponsored Bike Ride. 17th-19th September. International Powditch Family Reunion. (Their ancestors left Morston in the 1700s). A Friends of Morston Church Lunch in the Village Hall, followed by a Service of Thanksgiving & Dedication conducted by the Rt. Revd. Bishop of Norwich.

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MORSTON ON FOUR WEBSITES You can find on the following websites information on All Saints Church - its history, architecture, war memorial details etc, and the history of the village with details of the fascinating characters who lived here in this village, renowned for smugglers (according to Daniel Defoe and others) coastguards and others down the ages: info@Morston.churchnorfolk.com . www.fmc.org.uk www.Norfolkcoast.co.uk. Then click on “Navigation. The Norfolk Coast and Countryside Directory” then “Where is”, then (lower left) “Churches”, then “Morston”. www.powditch.powditch . Included here you will find information about the (Admiral) Shovell, Shorting, Flaxman and Jenkenson families living or being churched here, about the Morston-born and “Morston-brung-up” world-famous sprinter, C.G. Wood, who held so many world/European/ British sprint records from the 1880s, about William Buck in Napoleonic times, with his brig and his Morston Pint tokens, and about the Powditch family who lived here in the 1500s to 1700s.

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Friends of Morston Church Quiz, complete with 10 rounds of 10 subjects, a great supper and a good raffle, took place on March 20th in the Village Hall, with seven teams of eight: the Binham Wrights, the Binham Wrongs, the Langham Marryatts, the Morston Bishy-(aka Bishop-) Barnabees (ladybirds, of course!), the Morston Pishmires (aka Pishamares or ants), the Morston Cockles and Morston’s missing the Point. Graham Lubbock and the Morston Pishmires were brilliant and managed to carry of the Prize - which was presented by Dominick Harrod, Chairman of Friends of Morston Church. The evening made over £800 for church repairs. Many thanks to all the organisers (especially the organisers of teams and to all who participated and helped).

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MORSTON QUIZ by Samphire - answers on Page 23 1. What do the following broad Norfolk terms mean in every-day English: a) All of a a-huh? b) On the sosh (or soshens)? c) Doddy or hoddy-doddy? d) Strammacking? e) Slummacking? f) Shywannicking? g) Smur? h) To be wetshed? i) Sibrits? j) Squit?

Graham Lubbock challenged all comers and a few days later announced that he would only do interviews and book signing after 5.00 pm on weekdays. The next Friends Quiz will be in early 2005. We hope there will be a team called the Pishamrebarneybees - (meaning those insects that apparently shout out ‘’Ere we go!’ as they jump off the Point).

2. What is: a) A Maris Piper? b) A didgereedoo? c) Cerveza (in eg. Spain)? d) A Robbe (in ie Germany)? e) The value of the blue ball at snooker? 3. What do the following American terms mean in British English: a) Cotton candy? b) A pocket book? c) A spork? d) Jelly? e) Jello? f) A skillet? g) An eggplant? h) Fish sticks? i) Scallions? 4. In what book or series of books/comics do the following characters appear: a) Ben Gunn? b) Long John Silver? c) Mr Rochester? d) Celeste and Cornelius? e) Snowy (the dog)? f) Clark Kent.

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The Regatta Evening Entertainment at Morston will not go ahead this year because the cost of insurance is now prohibitively expensive. The organising committee have been advised that to run the Regatta without insurance cover would render the committee members personally liable for any accidents. What is happening to our culture of charity fundraising? Why is it being denied the right to raise funds for local charities by money-grabbing lawyers and political stupidity?

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PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

CHURCH NEWS The reverently quiet time of Lent ended with our Good Friday service. As previously conducted, it was a thoughtful, sensitive hour of readings, hymns and prayer, created and conducted by Diana in her immaculate way.

Mrs. Cubitt-Smith, Mrs. Hulbert and Mrs. Watson attended the Parish Council meeting at the Village Hall on April 26th and reports were given on behalf of the Friends and Neighbours, the Art Group and Saxlingham Parochial Church Council. Mention was also made of the regular cutting of grass around the pond and the periodical cleaning of the pond. An egret was seen there recently.

We were not to know then that this would be her last such service in our village church. John and Diana leave us this coming September. We are all having difficulty in coming to terms with this stark fact. Our main feelings are of shock and bewilderment - how are we going to carry on without them? They have both given so much for our benefit in John’s nine parishes. John and Diana don’t need to teach us about their brick-like faith - it shines in them and through them, benefitting all whom they meet, all who question the validity of the Christian Faith and all who share the certainty of it.

JAZZ IN JUNE A few tickets are still available for the JAZZ IN JUNE concert at St.Margaret’s Church on Friday 11th June and can be obtained from Mrs. Rosemary Beeson, Tel:830298 The price is £6.50 which includes interval refreshments.

So much have they done for us, face to face, in their quiet prayerful way, but behind the scenes their contribution has been little short of miraculous. The amount of organisation, delegation, making sure that all services and festivals are appropriately fulfilled, the ream upon ream of paper work, all their pastoral care - beggars belief. Not helped by shoestring finance and skeleton (allbeit living) staff - quite remarkable.

MYSTERY OF THE VILLAGE SIGN There appears to be something of a mystery regarding the N.N.D.C. Saxlingham sign which was situated on top of the signpost near the pond. Having disappeard from the post over eight years ago, the Saxlingham sign made a brief reappearance about two months ago. It was hung on one of the other signs and there it stayed for two or three days. However, before arrangements could be made for it to be securely positioned on top of the roadsign – it was gone! Has anyone seen it elsewhere? Can anyone solve this mystery? Whatever - please, we’d just like our sign back.

Like the dawning of Easter Day and New Life we can, we have to, face the future. After all there is a Big Boss rooting for us all. To be more positive, Diana’s final Easter Day Service was a cracker. The titanic efforts of polishers, sweepers, flower ladies - hooverers even - gave our beautiful church to new life. And - where would we be without music? Our devoted, cheerful and talented organist - Anna - put in a great deal of practice to make sure we all sang our heads off, and hearts out.

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John and Diana, you will undoubtedly be given the accolades you deserve in a far more prosaic, maybe poetic, manner than has come from the Sharrington Scribbler. That day will tell of our immense gratitude for all you have done for so many people - coupled with our heart-felt wishes for your health and happiness for many years to come.

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Entering her immaculate flat one couldn’t help noticing the polished silver framed photographs of her family, her handsome late husband, children and grandchildren and numerous original oil and watercoloured paintings of Africa and Asia, India in particular.

POMMAMANIA On a weekend break from practice in Perth, W/A, I ventured south to Albany - next stop Antarctica, and the site of a very small, stone, windowless building for receiving deported prisoners from England. There was also a recently defunct whaling station, strewn with rotten, high odour carcases.

I went to her bedroom. She lay, white-faced and purplish-lipped, distressed and breathless. ‘Thank you.’ she whispered. The poppy and the foxglove do have a beneficial effect in this condition, provided the spirits are with you and against the wretched, threatening, unwelcome presence of that dark miserable old sod with the scythe.

On the way down I stopped at a hamlet with a petrol station. ‘Please could you fill her up?’ - ‘Ah,’ the garage owner says - ‘A Brit - where from? what doing?’ etc, etc.

Happily, life slowly returned. I tidied up and went to wash my hands. By the basin was a freshly laundered hand towel. I went back into her bedroom and said ‘Thank you’ for her considerateness.

We chatted and I said how surprised I was that there was always a cheery welcome for the likes of me - a pomme. ‘Ah well, moite, you ain’t one of those toffee nosed b--ds, are you? Oi tell yer, we ‘ad a bloke cruise in ‘ere driving his Roller to the pumps, ‘e commanded "fill her up, my man." Snotty nose in the air, and moustache a-twitching. "I am looking for land to purchase, pray tell me who owns all this land around here?" I looked ‘im in the eye and I says ‘Would you believe it - your bl---y Queen, moite’ - "Oh, Oh, Ah, yes, I see, my man," and ‘e drove off'.

‘Oh, doctor,’ says she, ‘I once avisited a house after a long, dusty hot journey and when I went to refresh myself I found NO CLEAN TOWEL. I vowed then that I would never, never allow such a thing to happen in my house. Reviewing the original paintings of far-off lands, I politely asked her ‘Where was that?’ Her reply - ‘Basingstoke!’ Thank you, gracious, beautiful lady.

This story must have pleased the pump man many times, and on the strength of it he says - ‘Come an’ ‘ave a cuppa tea, doc, and I’ll give you a surprise.’ The surprise was a baby kangaroo on my knee - a ‘Jonnie’ (as in Wilkinson but fortunately many years before the Rugby World Cup) The locals laughed and laughed as I offered Jonnie biscuits and milk, which he turned down in preference to making a thorough anatomical search of my body and face. The message ‘Go with the flow, folks.’

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PCC meeting, Thursday 29th July, 7.00 - 9.00 pm. in the Village Hall.

‘OLE NORFOLK – THIS MONTH’S QUIZ

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Stiffkey has had its share of crime in recent weeks. Although a Neighbourhood Watch system is in place we must be extra vigilant. Ring the police if you see anything suspicious.

Nonicking - horseplay. A quant - a punt pole. Lummox - a heavy clumsy person. A pishmire - an ant.

Boats have been cast adrift on the marsh, cars broken into (during Morning Service on Church Green). The church has been burgled. All this is worrying and although the police do their best they can’t be everywhere - it is everyone’s responsibility to be alert and watchful.

In the Village Hall, June 7th, 6.00 - 7.00 pm

The general repairs and cleaning of the hall will be discussed, as will future funding. It would be lovely to see the villagers who supported the Hall earlier in the year.

The coastal belt seems to be targeted and, with, the holiday season upon us visitors must also be vulnerable to crime.

If you can not come but would like to make your views known you may leave a letter at the Shop and it will be read out. Many thanks. E. Gambrill, Chairperson.

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R. & M. Thanks to Clive for all the work he continues to do for us on the repairs to St. John’s church. These are in the nature of ‘running repairs’. The second phase of more long-term and serious works will have to be tackled in due course - but we are all determined to see our beautiful church kept sound and secure for future generations of Stiffkey people.

W.I. NEWS We have had varied and interesting meetings in the past three months: Mr Norman Ollie talking vivaciously about ‘Bread-making and Life’, Mrs Paddy Seligman giving us interesting facts on the Magistrate’s Court and ‘our very own’ Dr Ann Bell telling us about Homeopathy - a form of treatment that often succeeds where ordinary medicine fails.

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A group of 12 to 15 has met for 3 monthly evenings at Kingfisher Barn, and a further evening will take place later in May, with more to follow if the spirit is willing!

What a good year it has been for Alexanders. No, I do not mean in the baby-name popularity stakes, I refer to ‘Alexanders’ (Smyrnium olusatrum), a hedgerow plant which springs up along our lanes in April with its fleshy leaves and rather dull flower-heads which soon turn from a dirty yellow to dull brown.

After catching up with all those musical Bs in February we listened to and watched Russian music on 18th March including some stirring choral music, some from the Russian Orthodox tradition. We saw some DVD recordings of that amazing Russian pianist, Richter, and some of us encountered Shostakovich for the first time and survived!

Why ‘Alexanders’? Anyone know? Gamekeepers don’t like it much as it smothers partridge resting sites. It is not an indigenous plant. Tradition has it that it was introduced by the Dutch to help stabilise sea walls and drainage dykes. What is more certain is that it will only grow vigorously within 2 - 3 miles of the coast, as it seems to like salt air to thrive. They say that it can be eaten as a vegetable or in salads, but I confess not to have tried it. Anyway, it is a local speciality and does little harm to man or beast, even if an interloper from abroad.

Having noted that we had somehow managed to do Russia without any Tchaikovsky, we devoted our April 26th meeting entirely to his music with DVD, excerpts from Swan Lake and Eugen Onegin being especially enjoyed. John Adnitt has enjoyed re-discovering some lost treasures from his CD, video and DVD collection. Wherever did that CD of balalaika music come from??

Swallows and Martins have been late arriving this year, as have Cuckoos and Warblers. But by the time this goes to press, early summer and the May blossom will be with us. Bird rarities still pop up along our fabulous coast-line. Bird spotters chase after such specialities as the Pine Bunting, Alpine Swift and Ring Ousels passing through on migrations. A year or two ago a Corncrake sat on the doorstep of Stiffkey stores, en route to the Hebrides (where they breed) and was last seen walking casually up the A149 towards Wells! Egrets are getting so common now on our marshes that it is no longer a speciality. They are breeding at Holkham.

Anyone interested in joining us please ring 830044 for information of the next programme. Ideas for future events include a musical journey around Britain – a few surprises in store there!

HERITAGE HOUSE, WELLS A Local Appeal Those of us involved with the Wells Day Care Centre are thrilled at the prospect of re-development plans whereby the existing building is due for an ambitious (but costly) extension to its facilities. An appeal has been launched for £250,000.

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It was another bitterly cold Saturday morning in our fish shop and just for a few moments my mind wandered to thoughts of my brother and sister who live in Australia. John had complained about weeks of extreme heat and I was trying to decide what would be worse, having such cold hands you can no longer feel your fingers (as mine were at that moment) or being so hot you dissolve in a pool of perspiration.

Sport Sports Day - postponed because of clash with one of the Royal Norfolk Show days, new date Monday, 12th July. Cycling Proficiency - training for Year 6 with County Road Safety Officer and Jeremy Bagnall-Oakeley will take place during June and July.

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These thoughts were ended abruptly by another blast of ‘fresh Norfolk air’ blowing through the door and an increasingly impatient queue. One particularly intensive stare belonged to a girl of perhaps six years old – I felt an inquisition about to start.

Banham Zoo - for whole school, Wed. 14th July, leaving the school at 9.00am and returning 4.00pm. Langham School Friends have kindly paid for the 2 coaches with money raised from the 100 Club. How Hill Centre - Class 3 will leave on Mon. June 14th, 9.30am, and return to Langham 2.30pm, Wed. June 16th.

‘Do your fish die of old age or do you murder them?’ she asked, her stare was now fixed on that bin full of assorted heads and guts. Now, just how honest should one be in a situation like this? After all a veil of vagueness can often cause greater confusion. It happened to me when, at a similar age, I wanted to know where you went after death and was told ‘the soul went to heaven.’ The only soul I knew about was attached to the bottom of your foot, so assumed your soles detached themselves and floated skywards when the time came. In fact I remember watching the grave of our recently deceased cat to see if her pads would float away. My confusion was compounded when accompanying my mother to the fish shop and she asked for a ‘couple of soles.’ The fishmonger assured her he had some out the back and disappeared into the depths of a very large walk-in fridge. I had always quite liked that man but now it appeared he kept a pile of bodies in his fridge, where he sliced off the soles of their feet to sell. The evidence of this lay on his blood-spattered apron. As their soles hadn’t already gone to heaven, did it mean they had been bad? If I didn’t behave would I end up in a fishmonger’s fridge?

Events Book Fair - a great success, we took nearly £400. Kevin Hathway’s Elastic Band - Class 3 enjoyed music from students of the Royal College of Music at Alderman Peel High School.

Achievements Hugo Woodhouse and Georgina McEwan both had poems selected for the ‘Poetry Next the Sea’ anthology.

Fund raising Beetle Drive - School Friends made a profit of £100. Tim Walduck - has raised £111 so far. Air Ambulance group - thought of the school and gave £175. All this money will be used to purchase more rideon equipment for Class 1

MORSTON QUIZ answers (see page 18) 1. a) Awry or aslant. b) Sideways, slanting or out of line. c) Short (not tall). d) Gadding about. e) Gawky or untidy. f) A boisterous frolic. g) Drizzle. h) To get your feet wet, to be ‘wet shod’. i) Banns. j) Nonsense. 2. a) A type of potato. b) An Australian aborigine’s long (wind) musical instrument, like an Alpenhorn. c) Beer. d) A seal (the animal). e) Five. 3. a) Candyfloss. b) A lady’s bag. c) A half-spoon half-fork eating/ serving utensil. d) Jam. e) Jelly. f) A frying-pan. g) An aubergine. h) Fish fingers. i) Spring onions. 4. a) Robinson Crusoe. b) Treasure Island. c) Jane Eyre. d) Barbar (the Elephant) Books. e) Tintin comics/books. f) Superman comics. 5. In the till (their pictures feature on £5 and £20 notes respectively).

I was snapped out of these memories by the girl who was now nudging my elbow. ‘Well?’ she demanded. ‘Oh, Murder.’ I whispered. Her eyes lit up with delight ‘Fantastic, can I come and watch next week?’ she replied. I really couldn’t shatter that excitement with detailed information on long lining or netting, I just hope she doesn’t come back armed with knives ready for full blooded slaughter! John (the fish)

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A bespoke, trouble-free way to keep containers, greenhouses, lawns and special plants properly irrigated.

Keen prices - Charges agreed in advance We come to you - First meeting is free

Fifes Tree & Garden Company—01263 862562

Terry Hurlock FCMA: 01263 710061 - terryh@aims.co.uk

ALLCLEAN—The Carpet Cleaning Specialists

ROBIN PEEL GARDEN SERVICES

Professionally clean: homes, upholstery, curtains, oriental rugs, patios, driveways, car interiors.

Grass & Hedge Cutting - Fencing Patios & Paths - The complete garden service

Tel: Danny, on FreePhone 0800 698 5055

Tel: 01328 830694 or 07747 001261

THE IRON LADY Professional Ironing & Laundry Services

INDIVIDUAL TUITION

Serving over 400 Domestic and Professional clients Collected from and delivered to your door

GCSE Maths and Science. A Level Maths Religious Studies—all levels

Call: 01263 821900

Tel: 01263 862289

ALISTAIR STEVENSON I provide local delivery of newspapers in Bale, Field Dalling and Saxlingham. Contact me if you would like a daily paper delivered - Tel: 01328 878271

Reliable handyman, available for work indoors and out, including grass cutting, gardening, small building jobs, painting and decorating. Competitive rates.

COLIN KEMP - Tel: 01328 830568

COUNTRYSIDE COTTAGES

INDULGENCE A complete range of Beauty Treatments, including: Arom. Massage, Facials, Nail Extensions, Manicures and Pedicures Call Angie on 01328 830098

SPIC & SPAN

PAUL LAURIE Expert bird-watching tours every day at Cley, Titchwell, Holkham and Holme Dunes Tel: 01328 830617 www.birdtour.co.uk

A well-established, family business specialising in the letting and maintenance of quality holiday cottages Tel: 01263 713133 www.luxury-norfolk-cottages.com

Interior Cleaning—House, Office, Holiday Home Spring cleaning. For free estimate or enquiries:

Phone/fax: 01328 830692 Mob: 07799 375654

LANGHAM G LASS and Rural Crafts Free admission to Factory Shops Tea Room and Play Area

SITE OPEN DAILY 10 am to 5 pm Live Glass-making Demonstrations Every Day

STEPHEN BEAL LANDSCAPES (S.R.Beal, A.Beal, M.P.Lee)

2 The Willows Chapel Lane Wiveton Norfolk NR25 7TQ

Made in Norfolk Shop - Museum and Video Glass Engraving - Factory Glass Shop Tea Room - Walled Garden Adventure Playground

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FACTORY OUTLET SHOP 14 Bull Street, Holt 01263 711714

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The Long Barn, North Street, Langham, Holt, Norfolk Telephone 01328 830511 Facsimile 01328 830787 www.langhamglass.co.uk email: langhamglass@talk21.com

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Garden design and landscaping Lawn and grass cutting, lawn maintenance Turfing and seeding new lawns Garden maintenance for private and holiday homes Patios and paths laid Seasonal pruning of shrubs, trees, fruit trees and roses Hedge cutting and fencing Garden clearance

Tel: 01263 740591 Mobile: 07831 102592 Also 01263 511587

Local Lynx is printed by Century Printing, 132 High Street, Stalham, Norwich NR12 9AZ. Tel/Fax: 01692 582958

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Local Lynx Issue 36 - June/July 2004  

Community newspaper for 10 North Norfolk villages - Bale, Binham, Cockthorpe, Field Dalling, Gunthorpe, Langham, Morston, Saxlingham, Sharri...

Local Lynx Issue 36 - June/July 2004  

Community newspaper for 10 North Norfolk villages - Bale, Binham, Cockthorpe, Field Dalling, Gunthorpe, Langham, Morston, Saxlingham, Sharri...

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