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Illustration by Ellen Grove (aged 7) - Langham Village School

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in our 10 villages FEBRUARY

- is a non-profit-making community newspaper, run for the benefit of ten villages.

3rd Thurs. Langham Mobile Library 4th Fri. Stiffkey Mobile Library 5th Sat. Gunthorpe Institute. ‘Stained Glass’ begins. 2.30 7th Mon. Langham Parish Room. ‘Post Office’ Meeting. 7.00 9th Wed. Langham Ladybirds, 'Two for One' Wendy Dolton. th 15 Tues. Binham Group of Artists – Peter Kavenagh. 17th Thurs. Binham & Hindringham Women’s Club. ‘Cheese Lady’. Hindringham Village Hall. 7.15 pm. 24th Thurs. Binham History Group. Open Meeting. 7.30 pm 26th Sat. Gunthorpe Village Institute, coffee etc. 10.30 26th Sat. Binham Village Hall. Ceilidh. 7.30 pm.

We warmly welcome drawings, articles and letters for publication, but since we never know until shortly before publication how much material we will have, we must reserve the right to edit entries. We prefer to edit rather than to omit items altogether. For information about submitting items for publication and about distribution, or if you want to help in any other way, please contact your village representative For general information please ring Helen & Bob Brandt on 01328-830056. You can also send a fax on that number. The address is:


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3rd Thurs. Langham Mobile Library 4th Fri. Stiffkey Mobile Library 5th Sat. Gunthorpe Village Institute. AGM, followed by ‘Gunthorpe History in Photos’. 7.00 pm. 17th Thurs. Binham & Hindringham Women’s Club. ‘Gloria Hurn’. Hindringham Village Hall. 7.15 pm 19th Sat. Friends of Morston Church Quiz 19th Sat. Old Haybarn, Langham. Joy’s Coffee Morning 10.00 – 12.00 th 26 Sat. Field Dalling Church. Coffee & Quilt Raffle. 10.00 - 12.00 26th Sat. Gunthorpe Village Institute, coffee etc. 10.30


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After much debate, and some complicated mathematics, the winning story was chosen. ‘Anon’ the writer of ‘Requiem for a Small Bird’ had asked that, should he win a prize, it should go to a worthy cause, preferably in Gunthorpe, so we have sent the cheque for £30 to the Friends of Gunthorpe Church. ‘A Christmas tale’ by Sheelah Hay, was highly commended and other entries were most enjoyable. We include some of these entries on pages 14 and 15.

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In addition to one other entry, the children’s section was overwhelmed by a splendid entry from Langham Village School, some 36 stories, many beautifully illustrated. You will see one of the illustrations on our front page. After lengthy deliberation, it was agreed to share out the children’s prize between Scarlet Donohoe, Katey White, Katherine Richards and Kitty Combe.


Regular Service Rota for Bale and Stiffkey Groups for FEBRUARY & MARCH 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 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Bale Field Dalling Gunthorpe Saxlingham Sharrington Binham Langham Morston Stiffkey

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

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 FS

Please see the panels below for additional services in Lent and Holy Week Mothering Sunday = 6th March (Week 1), Palm Sunday = 20th March (Week3) Regular weekday services are held as follows: Binham: Evening Prayers 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

Throughout Lent there will be Group Eucharist and Meditation Services held each Tuesday evening, 7 pm to 8 pm. These will start on February 15th and continue until March 15th, at Bale Church.

EASTER SERVICES ASH WEDNESDAY, February 9th Bale Holy Communion 7.00 pm Langham Holy Communion & Readings 10.00 am MAUNDY THURSDAY, March 24th Bale Group Holy Communion


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The nine Parish Representatives who assisted Bishop James and the Patrons of the Stiffkey and Bale Benefice in the selection of a new Parish Priest are delighted to announce the appointment of Reverend Andrew Gair. The Institution Service will take place on Friday 22nd April.

GOOD FRIDAY, March 25th Bale Matins, Litany & Ante-Communion 11.00 am Field Dalling Good Friday Service 11.00 am Saxlingham Good Friday Service 2.00 pm Sharrinton Good Friday Service of Meditation and Prayers 11.00 am Langham Meditations on the Passion and Stations of the Cross 10.30 am Morston Good Friday Service and Stations of the Cross 10.00 am Stiffkey Meditations 2.00 - 3.00 pm EASTER SATURDAY, March 26th Binham Family Holy Communion & Easter Egg Hunt Service of Light EASTER DAY, March 27th Bale Holy Communion Field Dalling Holy Communion Gunthorpe Holy Communion Saxlingham Holy Communion Sharrington Holy Communion Binham Holy Communion Langham Holy Communion Morston Holy Communion Stiffkey Holy Communion Easter Egg Hunt

For the last 9 years Andrew has been Rector of Debden, Vicar of Wimbush and Padre at Carver Barracks in the Diocese of Chelmsford. Andrew graduated as an engineer before entering the church in 1991. He is a keen sportsman and enjoys horse riding, cycling and sailing. He describes himself as gregarious in character and genuinely enjoys making relationships in church and community work for the benefit of all. His keen interest in academic theology allows him to encourage debate in matters of faith. As a young man he enjoyed singing in choirs and loves music.

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With his wife Lisa and sons Thomas and William, 8 and 7 years old, Andrew looks forward to the move to Norfolk.

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We consider we are extremely fortunate to have secured him as our Parish Priest. P.Seligman.


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make it count If we were able to print in colour, the above logo, from left to right, would be in circles of purple, orange, purple, and orange. Gone are the colours of green and burgundy, and the crown. WRVS needed a new, more modern face. The rationale behind the new identity was - the circles overlap, which represents working as a team. Purple is a rich colour with a royal and regal connotation. It gives a sense of importance and links back to our regal heritage. Orange is a warm colour which both contrasts with and complements the purple. Feedback suggested a crown in the logo could be off-putting to a new generation of volunteers or funders. Other organisations have taken the step when modernising their own image, for example, the RAC. WRVS is an organisation which has 95,000 volunteers, 2,500 employees across England, Scotland and Wales but has a very low profile. Recent research showed that only two per cent of the public were aware of WRVS and what they do. A brand new identity was necessary, with a logo that was attractive, eye catching, distinctive and memorable to volunteers, funders, potential partners and clients. The ‘make it count’ strapline is intended to encourage, motivate and help people to feel proud of the difference they can make by giving either time or money to WRVS. The organisation’s vision is that of being committed to help build communities where diverse individuals and organisations work together in a socially inclusive society. Their mission is ‘to help people maintain independence and dignity in their homes and communities, particularly in later life’. The re-branding aims to encourage more volunteers, attract more money to replace the government grant that is being run down and to win and retain more service contracts. The volunteers and employees will be kept informed, involved and supported. Their achievements will receive public recognition and awareness to help them feel proud of what they do. Launching a new brand is not an end in itself but is merely a milestone in a long-term commitment to do things differently. The programme for its establishment may last until May 2006. The organisation is now known as WRVS not ‘the W.R.V.S.’ (Women’s Royal Voluntary Service ) but the core of what WRVS do remains the same. They still provide vital services to people. So it is business as usual - but with a brand new face! Information obtained from WRVS and compiled by A. Sherriff Tel: 01328 830605. Please contact if more information is required.

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Tax Discount from Second Homes Additional tax raised in 2004/05 has been distributed to reflect the apportionment of council tax between the 3 key precepting authorities- Norfolk County Council (80%), Norfolk Police Authority (11%) and NNDC (9%). NCC gets the bulk at present. Across the County, NCC will raise an estimated £2.4M, £1.05M generated in N.Norfolk. Some are not satisfied with the current method of distributing the additional funding which should benefit, to a greater extent, the communities in which it is raised. NNDC has requested that NCC agrees that 75% of the additional income from the precept on second homes is returned for expenditure in N. Norfolk. Remaining 25% should remain available to the County. We recommend that the funding returned to N. Norfolk should be split, 2/3 ring fenced for affordable housing and 1/3 passed to the N. Norfolk Community Partnership for allocation to community projects. Other Norfolk District Councils have taken a similar stance. We await the outcome of discussions within NCC. I will provide a follow up to this next issue.

Glaven Valley Ward Bernard Crowe Tel: 01263 740137 Priory Ward Jonathan Savory Tel: 01328 820719 The Laurels, Nutwood Farm, Wighton, NR23 1NX

Council Tax Provisional Local Government Financial Settlement for 2005/06, was received early December 2004. The Chancellor announced a funding package of £1 billion to stave off council tax rises in an expected general election year. It assumes that Councils will raise funds themselves by increasing charges on services - planning applications and licensing pubs and clubs fees. Half the funding comes from re-allocating funds from the Department of Health and other government departments. The government intends to keep council rises ‘substantially below last year’s average of 5.9%’. NNDC’s draft base budget had assumed an increase of 1.5% in external financial support, plus a possible 3% Council Tax rise. The actual increase in financial funding is 2.9% for N. Norfolk. This reduce the current funding gap. The overall position on the 2005/06 budget is still being reviewed, with work continuing to identify areas for savings or opportunities to generate extra income.

Council Performance Recent research by the L.G.A states that performance by English Councils has improved by 10% in the last 4 years. But public satisfaction with local government has fallen by 10% in the same period. Councils are not communicating with residents. I hope residents in Glaven Valley Ward find this regular report keeps you up to date; if not, please be in touch. I plan to open my District Councillor’s web-site in ‘05, contact me on the Internet if you wish.

Large scale voluntary transfer of Housing Stock On 9.12.04, the Full Council agreed to base formal consultation with tenants on the now finalised offer document. The transfer will only go ahead if the majority of tenants agree. More detail about the offer when the consultation commences, with visits to every tenant, in Feb. 2005. Meanwhile, Maureen Hutchinson, Chair of N. Norfolk Tenants Rep.s, comments: ‘The tenants representatives agree we have worked at the heart of the stock transfer process in particular on the proposed offer document and tenancy agreement to get the best deal possible for tenants. Tenant Representatives believe it is up to every individual tenant to make up their own mind, once they have seen the full offer, and then vote. We strongly advise all tenants to use their vote. We urge all tenants who have any questions about the offer to use this time to get answers from the council and our Independent Tenants’ Advisors’

HMS Norfolk The following motion was passed unanimously by the Full Council on 9 December. Prop. Cllr. John PerryWarnes. Sec. by me: ‘That this Council subscribes to the views of many residents in North Norfolk that the first Lord of the Admiralty be approached in correspondence and asked to grant permission for a new vessel in Her Majesty’s Royal Navy be named H.M.S. Norfolk’. In seconding the motion, I said: ‘As a former serviceman, with many family members who have served in the Royal Navy, I support this proposal. Elements of three Services are based in Norfolk today and have established strong links with our Norfolk communities. Unfortunately, the naval link is diminishing with cuts in our fleet and shore bases. The continuance of the Norfolk name on one of Her Majesty’s future ships would provide the opportunity to continue in a public way the traditional support of the Royal Navy by the County of Norfolk. I have pleasure in seconding the motion.'

AffordableHousing The Council believes the key benefits for tenants of a transfer to be: £33M spent on tenants’ homes within 6 years of transfer and rents kept at affordable levels. Opportunities for increased tenant participation and a direct say in running the service with 5 tenant members on the Board of Management. Tenants’ key rights protected. Improvements to housing services. A continuing strategic housing role for the Council. In addition, the Council would be able to fund up to £1M in Year 1 towards new affordable housing for those wishing to continue to live and work in N. Norfolk.

Rolling Register of Electors To vote at the County Council Election (and probably, the General Election) applicants must register before 11.3.05 Those added to the register after that date may not vote. Contact Kirsty Racher, Democratic Services Manager, on 01263 516010.


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Bale wishes all our readers a happy 2005



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Sheelin woke up on the Wednesday following Boxing Day and said: "What can we do to help?" She thought that a village "do" of some kind, in a week or two, perhaps. Then she said: "No, let's do it now; this Saturday." She rang our neighbour Marie Grange and she agreed. She then spent the next few hours on the telephone ringing people in Binham and all the immediate surrounding villages: Wighton, Warham, Stiffkey, Cockthorpe, Morston, Langham, Field Dalling, Thursford and Hindringham. Everyone she 'phoned agreed to field a team of supporters and providers. Friday afternoon Binham Memorial Hall was made ready. Alan and Liz Brown arranged the coffee. A team from Wighton arranged their special stall and so on. Saturday morning at 09.00 people began arriving with arms full of things to sell: books, a television, computer, toys, bottles, cakes, vouchers for meat, groceries, hair do’s, a rugger ball signed by a famous England cap, a pair of antique gilt mirrors; in fact everything but the kitchen sink - even an old Binham bucket! Thanks to our treasurer for the day - David Frost, we "cashed in" on the Gift Aid scheme and were able to add a considerable sum to everyone's generosity. The playing field soon filled with cars to overflowing, thanks to good publicity from various media, especially Radio Norfolk and Radio North Norfolk. Selling and generous buying were brisk between our opening time of 10.00 - 12.00. The hall was clear and swept out by 13.00. But poor David Frost and his voluntary assistant Nora Lewis (Richard being in bed with 'flu) were counting the money until late afternoon. It was all VERY worthwhile, as Sheelin and David were able to bank over £7,000 including Gift Aid. This has been sent to the Tsunami Disaster Fund via the National Westminster Bank. Sheelin would like to take this opportunity to thank all those friends who helped and all those who gave so generously.

VILLAGE CEILIDH Saturday 26 February Binham Village Hall at 7.30 pm Return of the popular Trotters Bottom and Caller. In aid of the Priory Access Appeal. Adults - £10, Under 16 - £4: including food and first drink. Tickets will be limited, please book early from: Liz Brown 830519, David Frost 830362

THE OPEN CIRCLE The Binham & Hindringham Women’s Club Thurs. 17th Feb. Catherine Temple “the Cheese Lady” from Wighton, will be talking about her famous cheeses and offering samples. Thurs. 17th March. Gloria Hurn, from Pentney House Hats in Burnham Market, will be demonstrating how best to wear and accessorize hats. Both meetings at Hindringham Village Hall at 7.15 p.m. For further information phone Fiona Thompson on 01328 830639.

BINHAM QUIZ A date for your diary Saturday 16th April - there is to be a Big Quiz Night at the Binham Village Hall - proceeds to the Priory Project (enabling disabled access to the Priory). There will be a Super Supper and Delicious Home Made Puddings. Tables of 8, £10 per person. If you would like more details call Carolyn Wright at 830270.

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The stable was full, the candles twinkled and the decorations complemented the beauty of the building; the scene was set for celebrating Christ’s birthday. About 250 attended the four Christmas services, demonstrating the very special role the Priory has in the village. That the joys of Christmas were so quickly swept away by the Boxing Day disaster brings home the fragility of human life. To live in a village with the Priory being such a beacon of peace and permanency is both a privilege and responsibility. Maureen Frost

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Access & Conservation project The Architect's initial proposal drawings were accepted by the PCC in December as the basis for the next round of consultations. The drawings are displayed in the Priory. A presentation will be made to the Parish Council in January and copies sent out to the many regulatory bodies involved for their comments and guidance. All concerned will rightly seek to ensure the work is of imaginative design and executed to the highest quality. The PCC believe the drawings are a good starting point for these aims to be achieved. Further information, ring David Frost - 01328 830362.

Oct: £25 Paul Laurie. £10 Barb Thompson, James Parr. £5 Stacy Phillips, Barbara Seals, Mr J Scott Nov: £25 Alan Eagle. £10 George Bond, Ben Brown. £5 Arthur Howell, K Phillips, Mrs Lawton. Dec: £50 Anne Griffith Jones, Mrs Jane McCormick. £25 Barb Thompson. £10 Amanda Savoury, Norah Lewis. £5 Mr Johnson, Mr Marshall, Anne Brief. There are still a few numbers left. Please get in touch with Mrs June Read if you would like to join.

TRAFALGAR WEEKEND 21st - 23rd October The national committee for the Trafalgar Weekend Celebrations urges us all to "remember the heroism of Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson and the gallant crews of his outnumbered fleet." The website for this is ( We would like to commemorate this in some way in Binham - perhaps with a joint event with another village. Suggestions please . And if your village is organising an event, would you please let me know, so that dates and times don't clash. Carolyn Wright - 01328 830270

THE BINHAM QUILT The Christmas Quilt, made by the Binham Quilters, was raffled on Christmas Eve. The quilt was won by Mrs Christina Witherington who is absolutely delighted with it. £45 was raised for Priory Funds.

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12/26 AND £10X12X10? I often wonder what has happened to Tej Paul and his family. We met in 1978. At that time Tej was a captain in the Indian Army, on an unaccompanied 12 months posting in the UK. He missed his family dreadfully. Eventually he paid for them to join him, and the transformation was a joy to behold.

TELEPHONE: (01328) 710950 DIARY OF A BINHAM FARMER'S SON (aged 17) 1839 Jan 1. Teddy and George went hunting at Cley. Charles and I killed a hare with the greyhounds - old Billy Sherrigan dined here. Jan 5. Too frosty for fox hunting - I took the gun out. Jan 15. I received a letter from Ellen - a very nice one indeed. Jan 23. I wrote an answer to Nelly's letter but it was not in so spiritual a frame as I could wish to be. Feb 6. Father was very late at the Board today there being a conspiracy from the Fakenham parish. Feb 21. This is Charles' birthday I took some gin and water in the evening to drink his health. Feb 28. Father found markets looking up again today sold his wheat for 40, barley for 19. Mar 8. A great deal more snow last night and very much drifted - I could not get up to the lambing yard. Richard and Norah Lewis

Mrs Paul found England difficult, what with the weather here and having to manage without servants. Over dinner one evening (real Indian food!) we talked about arranged marriage. Tej and his wife explained how their respective parents had sought to find well-matched partners for their children. They knew that if the match had been constructed with care and sensitivity, then love would develop in due course. It was clear to see that this was indeed so for Tej and his wife. The Paul children were the same age as mine. So I asked if they would have arranged marriages. Perhaps this was impertinent of me. Perhaps the Paul’s answer was diplomatic. It was one experience which, for me, emphasises the dichotomy between professional similarities on the one hand, and cultural and religious differences between nations. You may recall in the last Local Lynx my observation about doing something to make a difference in 2005. Prior to Boxing Day I had in mind the Paul family and the issue of cross-cultural understanding. Now these thoughts have gained specific focus. I spent three minutes at noon on 5th January silently in Binham Priory. It is a special place because generations have met and prayed together for 900 years. Afterwards I watched waves rolling gently into Wells quay, and remembered how grandfather’s beach hut had been washed away in the flood of 1953. Life is fragile.

VISITATION FAMILIES Reference last Lynx Thanks for interest/conjecture from all and sundry. In the context we were examining, it refers to a family receiving a visitation by the Herald, on the orders of the Earl Marshall of England, to ensure that they were indeed entitled to bear the arms and the crest that they claimed. Woe betide you if you proved to be a phoney! So, in short it was a kind of toff's census and happened every 25/30 years or so. The last one was in 1686. Richard and Norah Lewis

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It has been a great pleasure for me to have attended the carol services at Cockthorpe Church in recent years, because for many years previously my working commitments had kept me away. It was especially pleasing for me this year to have with me my mother, daughter and grand-children, making it a gathering of four generations.

BINHAM LOCAL HISTORY GROUP We have enjoyed some excellent talks recently - Philip Steere on researching family history. Helen Castor talked about her book “Blood & Roses”, and Chris Barringer spoke about the evolution of certain North Norfolk villages. Thursday 24th February will be an Open Meeting for everyone. So if you have a particular interest, or are currently researching something, come and tell us about it. We also want to discuss the planning of a Local History Exhibition here next year. We hope to see you on the 24th, at 7.30 p.m. Refreshments as usual. For more information call Carolyn Wright at 830270.

There was standing room only, several members of the congregation having had the foresight to bring their own folding chairs with them. We were very fortunate in having the service conducted by the Vicar of Blakeney and many of the lessons were read by local residents, which was very nice. As usual the candle-light gave a magical feeling to the whole event and the mulled wine with mince pies, and even sweets for the children, at the end of the service were enjoyed by all. Cockthorpe Church is a unique place of worship. I can remember, after it had been closed by many years, its being restored to occasional use by the bishop - who beat on the door with his crozier. Long may we continue to enjoy our carols there.

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. In January Janet Becket gave another enjoyable and instructive demonstration of watercolour painting. On February 15th Peter Kavanagh, etcher and artist, will be giving a talk.

Even after it was restored it wasn’t easy to have weddings there. My grandmother was married in Stiffkey by the Rector who was unfrocked. She told me he was a nice man who did lot of good things which people didn’t know about. For example, while going through a gate down behind the building now used as the village shop, grandmother’s brother was crushed to death by cattle or horses pushing through. When expressing his sorrow the Rector gave Grandma some money, saying he hoped this would help out. Ann Massingham

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A handmade quilt will be raffled in the village on Easter Saturday, 27 March! You can see a photograph of it in the noticeboard by the church gate - its bold stepped pattern in checked navy and white is complemented by floral, striped and checked strips in yellow, pale blue and white. The whole effect is light, and would fit any blue, yellow, white or cream colour scheme. Large enough for a kingsize bed, the quilt measures 260 x 225 cm (102” x 88 ½”).

(provided by Mr Fred Morley, Churchwarden) A collection was taken at the Remembrance Day Service on Sunday November 14th. A total £106.50 was given and sent to The Royal British Legion.

MABEL WAKEFIELD (aged 95yrs) was laid to rest, with her husband and next to her parents and other family members, in St Mary’s Churchyard on 4th December 2004.

The quilt’s maker gave it to the church to raise funds for restoration. Joy Wright (01328 830211) has raffle tickets, at £1 each, or £5 for a book of 5.

She had lived in Hindolveston all her married life. She was a member of the Bambridge family who have been in Gunthorpe since 1813. There are 57 Bambridges buried in St Mary’s Churchyard according to the records that we have. Mabel had three sisters and two brothers. Reggie Bambridge one of her brothers still lives in Gunthorpe and is now aged 93.



Easter Saturday is the first anniversary of the St Andrew’s Restoration Appeal launched in 2004. Please join the PCC in the church on 27 March between 10 and 12 for a cup of coffee, to see what improvements have been made to the church during the past year, hear about the next challenges, give your own views, and see the winning ticket for the handmade quilt drawn.

Her ashes were buried near to her parents in the Churchyard on December 15th 2004. She lived in Bulfer Cottage before she married and, as a child, attended Gunthorpe school.


CAROLS & READINGS CHRISTMAS DAY The Church was packed for the Carols and readings The children, led by Rev Michael Wilson, performed really well.

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Martin Jacklin played the organ accompanied by his young family and friends on a number of musical instruments. They have great talent and were much appreciated by us all. Well done to those who took part.

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The Annual General Meeting of the Village Institute will take place on Saturday 5th March 2005 in the Village Hall at 7 p.m. All Gunthorpe villagers are welcome to attend. The current committee is willing to stand again for election with the exception of two members. Two or three new volunteers are needed to bring the committee numbers back up. If you are interested in joining the team that keeps the Village Institute going on behalf of the village please give either John Blakeley on 01263 861008 or Sue Traverso on 01263 861932 a call and they will give you more information. Immediately following the AGM The Gunthorpe History in Photos will take place. Many more photos and stories have been passed to John Blakeley and we hope you will come along and see the latest set. If you still haven’t passed your photos to John please give him a ring (01263 861008) and he will collect them. Light refreshments, wine and soft drinks will be available. Cost of the tickets is £3.50 per adult and £2.00 per child.

On 12th December, the 50/50 Club, led by Lynne Marr & Pauline Clarke, had their traditional extravaganza. Gunthorpe Village Institute was suitably ‘tricked out‘ with the traditional greenery and Christmas decorations; the aroma of the secret-recipe, mulled wine filled the air; hot sausages and mince pies filled the stomachs and the pervading spirit of good will to mankind filled soul and mind. With the special ‘Christmas Chair’ installed, Santa arrived to assist ‘good boys and girls’ with their wish lists (sadly he proved less popular with one of the canine attendees who seemed a little startled by this apparition in red!). The turnout was excellent, the raffle & donations raised a record amount and a splendid family event was enjoyed by everyone. Thank you Lynne & Pauline - same time next year? Peace, joy and goodwill to all men (and women) - the credit card bills can wait ‘til New Year!

SPRING WILL SOON BE HERE And the grass will begin to grow! Please contact Phil Traverso if you are willing to join the volunteers who cut the village green. Last year extra volunteers made it possible to reduce the amount of times each person needed to do their session. If you have a lawnmower and live in Gunthorpe please offer to help. Ring Phil on 01263 861932. Thanks in advance.


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THE TSUNAMI DISASTER The Coffee, Cakes & Clutter Clearance in aid of Tsunami disaster victims, awakened our tiny village once again and the desire to do just a little bit more saw a full village hall. Gunthorpe teamed up with a small charity in Essex to help provide the daily necessities that are taken for granted by us all. A ‘most needed’ list was provided by a Sri Lankan based group of relief workers and, boy, did Gunthorpe attempt to meet those needs. Spurred on by a supply of coffee and cakes, the boxes were filled to brimming with medical supplies, clothing, toys & toiletries, and many people went out of their way to buy the items needed. The medical supplies were driven to Essex the next day and from there they will go to Heathrow, to be loaded onto the flight departing on Tuesday. So, in much less than a week (or the length of time it takes a first class letter to reach Derby) these much needed supplies will be put directly to use. Due to their bulk, the rest of the boxes of donated goods will mainly be going as sea freight and therefore will take a little while longer to arrive.










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STAINED GLASS COURSE Lili Shaw has offered to run a beginners stained glass course in the Institute. This is great news for those of you who wanted more art and craft activity in the Hall. The course will start on Saturday Feb. 5 in the afternoon from 2.30 – 5 p.m. The remainder of the course will take place on 12 and 26 February and then the 5 March at the same time. This course is suitable for absolute beginners. Students will complete an appliqué panel and make a decorative sun catcher using the copperfoiled method. Materials and equipment will be provided. The cost will be £7.00 for each session.

Altogether the raffle & donations raised almost £300, which will be sent to Merlin, a UK based international humanitarian organisation, dedicated to providing emergency healthcare to people affected by natural disasters, epidemics or war. Its work is based upon the humanitarian principle that all people, regardless of race, religion or political affiliation, are entitled to life-saving care and medical assistance. Of every pound received, 95p is spent directly on their programmes.

Please contact Lili Shaw on 01263 869547 if you want to come along or you want further information.

F.O.G.P.C. 50/50 CLUB Coffee Morning & Draw And, the lucky winners are: NOVEMBER 2004 DECEMBER 2004 £20 L Sargeant D Ford £10 B Curson B White £5 E Calham P Curson £5 M Everett A Smith £5 A Seligman J Burton £5 V Lantau H Worsley

You can find out more about Merlin on their website at It is obvious that it will take a very long time to rebuild the infrastructure, homes, schools and livelihoods and that aid to these countries will be ongoing. To this end, my friend Julia is raising funds to help build and run an orphanage in Sri Lanka. This project was originally conceived a while ago and its scheduled construction was short to medium-term. However, it is now urgently required, but as I only found out about it on the last day before the print deadline I haven’t got the full details. Once I do have them, I will pass them on, so that anyone wishing to make a donation or sponsor a child can do so.

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. NEED A GLAZIER ? ..... CALL:


Finally, thank you to everyone who contributed and who made this really worthy cause and made the event such a success - cake-makers, (and eaters), raffle-ticket buyers, donators of time, money & items (in many cases, all three), thank you one and all. D.C.


(A massive thank you should be given to Dianne Cutterham who almost single-handedly organised, baked (cakes), collected and delivered donations including travelling to darkest places in Norfolk most of us do not know of - well done!! P.C.)





In Christmas week in 1933 Elizabeth, who lived next door to the Church, and her sister Annie went as was their normal habit to the Church to thoroughly clean and decorate it for Christmas. They also took her very young grandchild, Mary, who loved spending time with them.

Wilfred stumbled blindly down the long tunnel, struggling to pull himself along the walls with his huge hands. The tunnel was cramped, and his brown coat picked up the dirt as he dragged himself over the soft ground, giving him a dusty appearance. Not that he gave that any thought as he desperately scrambled away from the steady, unremitting thumps reverberating around the passage. A deafening rasping noise filled the musty air and he felt the tunnel close off behind him. A brief, yet somehow terrifying ominous pause ensued, before the roof slowly crumbled.

After some time and having almost completed the cleaning and decorating they realized that Mary was no longer there. They checked the altar, the vestry and the choir stalls in the gallery and all the pews in the Church but still no sign of Mary. Very worried and leaving Annie in the Church, Elizabeth ran home to check with her husband Alfred if Mary had gone back to him. He had not seen her. They checked the garden and looked up and down the road outside their house and the Church. Still no sign of Mary.

Frantically he quickened his pace as he perceived, through half-closed eyes, a pathetically faint beam of light ahead. It seemed an eternity away. As he reached the light, Wilfred noticed the ominous thumping above him had come to a halt. His eyesight wasn’t brilliant but he was sure the tiny circle of light had widened a little. Wilfred heard a movement above him and felt a strong hand close around him and pull him up through the soil. Through dim eyes he saw the silhouette of his captor holding a spade, and a little girl into whose hands Wilfred the mole was gently placed. James Gozney

So Elizabeth returned to her sister and really worried and in great agitation they decided to pray at the crib for the prompt and safe return of Mary – imagine their surprise and great relief to find Mary curled up and fast asleep in the manger. (This is a true story!!) Sheelah Hay


I am not a weak man. I have seen death and not wept. My father died, aged and quietly, I did not cry. I am approaching the twilight of my life and I am still strong.

Prosper the bush boy was out searching for wood as he did every day for cooking the evening meal. It was already late and if he did not return before sunset it would be dangerous: only the nchaki, village warriors, went out in the dark. He was out bringing down a hammercop nest when he saw two elephants tearing down branches by a clearing in their usual destructive manner. He was about to turn back to the village when he saw a strange man at the edge of the clearing. Prosper stared; this man had skin like the bark of the paper bark tree and most of it was covered. As he watched the man raised a carved stick to his shoulder and he heard a loud crack. One of the elephants dropped dead and the other blundered blindly into the bush laying flat all in his path. This creature was surely a god! Who else could kill the greatest of beasts from such a distance with only a stick? He dropped the wood and fled back to the village. This was Prosper’s first sighting of the ‘great gods’. Alexander Gozney Age 14

Yesterday I returned home, followed another motorist into our village. Two small water hens ran, pell mell, across the road. The driver in front, young, careless, made no effort to slow. One bird made the safety of the verge, the other, tossed and tumbled beneath the chassis, lay crumpled in the road. I stopped but a short distance away. Ignoring my presence the surviving water hen slowly – but oh so slowly – returned to the body of its mate, calling quietly, plaintively, but persistently, staring at the unmoving figure, waiting for it to rise, to resume their life together. After what seemed like an eternity the bird, seemingly reluctant, slowly made its way off the road and was gone. I am not a weak man. But I wept. Anonymous




Hello. I am a shopkeeper. It’s my living and my life. I never retire as you do in the West. I stay here until I die, God willing. My neighbourhood is poor. My customers are friends. We were happy. We had survived the actions of our President. Now we are unhappy, divided, very frightened and very determined. My family go to the countryside. Mustafa’s did not. They are killed. Only his grandchild lives. They say she is lucky to be alive. But how is this? Her leg and arm torn from her body by bomb, her face burned. Lucky ones are dead. Who are these evil men who send their sons to kill and maim? You in the West have your democracy. Still your leaders are evil men, who pray to their God for salvation and forgiveness. Ah, I see the invaders come now! I have a rifle, but why should I have to kill the sons of these evil men? I go now. God be with you. (‘…We see a man with binoculars. He is armed. The order to fire is given. The house and the man are destroyed …’ The Times, 11 November 2004, with US Marines, reporting from Fallujah, Iraq.) Roger Newman

The road there was a bumpy one. Everything around me was new and I felt a slight edgy and frightened. When I arrived it was a gloomy day but everything around me seemed colourful. A new start, a new life. My time had come and I had been chosen. Now it was my turn to give something back. I didn’t know how to express my thanks or show my love and sometimes I had done things wrong, I felt that I had let them down. At night, sometimes I wept and remembered the ones I had left behind. I loved them so dearly and missed them badly. I tried to be strong and told myself everything would be OK. The days were better, although sometimes were so long and tiring. So many new things to take in, learn and get accustomed to. Every day is different but every day I feel more confident and happier with my new life in these new surroundings but I know I have a long way to go and there will be many ups and downs along the way but I will learn with experience … after all, I am only a three month old puppy. Helen Groom

AMELIA'S SECRET Very early one radiant summer morning, Amelia parked on Morston quay, hid her car keys - fearful of losing them - and set off over the quaint bridges. Beneath a brilliant blue sky, sea lavender moved gently on a warm breeze. Alone with nothing but her thoughts, Amelia felt at 40 something, life was passing her by. The sea was beckoning

THE NORWICH FC THAT WON THE FA CUP FIRST TIME On Saturday Norwich City went to the final against Sunderland. The manager was getting nervous so he went for a cup of tea before he went to see his team. When he had his cup of tea he went to the team and started to coach them till 2.45. After he had done that it was ready to start. First he named the team to go out in front of Carrow road. It had a four two three formation. So it was ready to come out side by side with Sunderland FC. The referee was Graham Poll, who was ready to walk the teams out. In the pitch it was ready to start the match.


With sudden reckless abandon she tore off her clothes and stuffed them into a rabbit hole. She ran naked and gasped girlishly as the water embraced her. She wallowed happily. Looking up she realized to her horror one or two people were also on the marsh. Spying a discarded bin liner she wrapped it round her waist, where hideously slimy, it stuck to her legs like a second skin. Great lengths of seaweed clung to her neck, cascading over her shoulders. She floundered down the channel, the bin liner slapping the water like a giant fishtail and scrambled out. She'd collect her clothes later.

HUCKERBY scored first and again before half time, there were two yellow cards and one red card, then the players went for half time. After half time they came out for the second half to play to the end where Sunderland scored a goal. Then it was a second goal by Norwich which made them put the gear up and they scored another goal and they celebrated to the end. After it was over the referee was happy to stop, the game was finished and the players went off.. Henry Thompson

Next morning newspaper headlines screamed, 'The Morston Mermaid'. The twitcher who'd taken the photographs likened his observations to the first sighting of the Loch Ness monster. Amelia merely smiled secretly to herself.......! Jacqueline Dawson




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Avid readers of the Lynx will recall that just over a year ago I wrote a short piece explaining that the Langham Street Fayre Committee were joining the campaign to conquer the UK’s growing mountain of old/ discarded mobile phones. To remind you, the mobile phone collection campaign aims to collect phones which can then be re-used in developing countries and for each reusable phone Community Fonebank will give a cash donation. If phones cannot be re-used for some reason, they will be recycled safely thus ensuring minimum impact on the environment.

We are most grateful for the work of all the kind people who have provided and arranged flowers in church during the year. Volunteers are always welcome especially at festivals. Flowers and foliage can usually be provided from our gardens, so if you would like to help do get in touch with anyone whose name appears on the roster in the church porch. V. Colombe.

LANGHAM CAR SERVICE We are in urgent need of two volunteer drivers for this essential service. We operate on a roster system and each driver does one week every 3 months and is reimbursed for petrol expenses. If you are interested please contact me on tel: 830 605. Ann Sherriff.

The scheme, nationally, has been running for over a year and in that first year nearly 800 charities signed up. 17,445 unwanted mobile phones were collected of which 61% were re-usable, resulting in over £44,000 being generated for Charity. Within the Lynx catchment area, our results were more modest but a good start nonetheless. We returned 16 phones of which 9 (56.25%) were re-usable, thus providing £36 for Street Fayre funds. I am sure, however, that we can do better as many people said that they had an old phone to get rid of but somehow they did not find their way to us!

MOBILE LIBRARY Will visit Langham Feb. 3rd and March 3rd, calling at: The Carmel - 9.35 a.m. Swan’s Close - 10.50am. St. Mary’s - 10.00 a.m. The Cornfield - 11.15am. Post Office - 10.25 a.m.

As a new generation of mobile phones hits the streets, there must be many old ones that are unwanted or have been discarded (especially after Christmas) and so I urge you to dig them out and have them re-cycled. They can be handed to Pat or Bridget Newman at the Bluebell or to Rod or Molly Lees at Langham House or via someone who knows us! Alternatively if you give me a ring on 01328 830036 I will come and collect. Don’t forget to remove any SIM card before handing in.

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THE YOGA CLASS The Yoga class had a successful year with increased membership. Classes will be resumed as soon as Mrs. Spout, our teacher, has fully recovered from her recent operation. Meetings are on Thursday afternoons at 2 pm in the Parish Room. V. Colombe.


Let’s see if we can make a difference, help others less affluent, help our environment and help ourselves. Many thanks in advance. Rod Lees.


CHRISTMAS MUSIC QUIZ Winners were: Mrs. Ros Fairhead 1st. Mrs. A. Hill 2nd Our third prize winner lives in Burnt Island in Scotland and is a friend of Mrs. S. Hay. Thank you everyone who took part and helped to raise £73 for the Church. J.Hope.


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FRIENDS OF LANGHAM Lights on the Green Many thanks once again to the Hughes family for providing the power supply for the lights on The Green over Christmas. Thank you also to those who helped with putting up the lights, they looked great.

Children's Pantomime Outing On Sunday 2nd January 2005 the Friends of Langham invited all the children of Langham to the Pantomime at Hunstanton. This year the show was Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood. What a pantomime it was! We laughed with Simple Simon, booed at the Sheriff of Nottingham and hoped that Robin would fall madly in love with Maid Marion. The costumes were bright, colourful and plentiful and we all enjoyed an afternoon of fun, song, dance and jokes. Can't wait for next year!!!

It had been hoped that we could reorganise the Friends of Langham into an Industrial and Provident Society, which would give us the legally bound institution, with which to apply for grants, to build and fit out the shop. However recent advice says that it would be more appropriate to set up a separate IPS. We have, therefore, arranged a public meeting on:-

Monday 7th February 7 p.m. in the Parish Room Please make every effort to come to this meeting and show your support for our continued endeavours at trying to re-establish the shop. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT. Finally, if, at this stage, there is anyone in the village, or neighbouring village, who would be interested to take on the running of a shop/post office it would be helpful if they would let me know. As we progress with this venture, it will be important to have the prospective subpostmaster/shop keeper on board, so that he or she can have as much input into the development as possible. If at all interested do give me a call and discuss it with me, Patrick Allen, Chairman of Parish Council. Tel. 01328 830 348.

PARISH ROOM On the ‘Carols and Mince Pies’ evening many villagers and visitors gathered together for yet another enjoyable evening which included duets by Wendy and Eileen. After expenses, £120 was raised for the Parish Room funds. Thank you all for coming and making it a wonderful evening. E. Allen, Chairman.

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Thank you all dear friends who joined me for coffee and mince pies on December 14th. We raised £62 which I immediately sent to the Norwich office. Eldred Willey replied with a lovely letter of thanks to us all. Jan H.

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Saturday March 19th. 10 – 12 noon New venue this year, Simon and Jo Valentine have kindly offered to host this event at their home, the Old Haybarn in the centre of the village. Items can be taken there before-hand by arrangement. Tel 830976.

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The Parish Room looked very festive with all its decorations, which helped to put everyone in good spirit for this annual event. Some feared there were not as many people as usual but those who came certainly had a good time and parted happily with their money. They all helped to raise £515.56 for Langham Church general funds. The wonderful Christmas cake made by Molly weighed 2 lbs 9½ ozs and was won by Linda Butcher. Helen made and donated one of her beautiful quilts which was won by Gill Broom. The basket of flowers arranged and donated by Margaret was won by Sylvia Redford.

From Offenbach’s Can-Can (from Orpheus in the Underworld) to Handel’s Hallelujah this organisation provided a most enjoyable evening of music. We are most grateful to them for coming to perform in our church and raising £225.49 for the Langham Church Building Trust.

Thanks go to Molly for organising the occasion, to Pauline for producing posters and to all who manned stalls, donated gifts and cakes, washed up and helped in any other way. You all made a tremendous effort which resulted in a good boost to church funds. Well done! Grateful thanks from the PCC to you all.



Despite the optimism expressed in Issue 34, a year ago, the final stages of the process leading to the adoption (we hope) of the Design Statement as ‘Supplementary Planning Guidance’ has taken longer than expected.

Yet again we were blessed with fine weather for our carol singing round the village. A good crowd gathered to sing with the nuns at the Carmel and then went on for ten stops round the village. We ended up singing a carol on the Green before retiring to the warmth of the Bluebell. There we were revived with Pat and Bridget’s usual hospitality and sherry and mince pies were gratefully received.

A further meeting with North Norfolk District Council took place early in November, when final minor amendments to our submitted draft were agreed. Since then the statement has been locked into the administrative process of being brought before the Cabinet of the NNDC, with the now unqualified recommendation of the Council’s officers that it be adopted.

The collection from the carol singing and half the Christmas Day church service collection enabled us to send £187.30 to the Children’s Society. Thanks to everyone for their support.

The latest news, as we go to press, is that the Statement will come before the Cabinet ‘certainly’ before the end of March this year. We will keep you posted. B.B.



I promised to let you know what we did in November. The Parish Room had some subdued lighting, wine and nibbles at the tables and to complete the evening - Keith Loads. We were entertained for an hour and all the ladies had a super time. We were pleased to have our friends from Stiffkey to join us.

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Sat.19th Mar. Friends of Morston Church Annual Quiz in Village Hall. Sat.14th May. Concert by soprano Elisabeth Wingfield in Morston Church. Sun. 7 Aug.

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A well-attended Service to honour and remember our seven war dead was taken on Remembrance Day by Canon Sayer. The parade, commanded by Major Andrew Athill, Royal Norfolk Regiment (retd), included our splendid cornettist, two well-drilled, smart contingents from the Royal British Legion (Blakeney & Cley) and one similarly smart contingent from the Coastguard at Wells. The Parish Council has funded fifty SPCK Remembrance Day Service Sheets, which we hope will last for years.

Morston has continued to suffer burglaries over the past couple of months. Three yachts were broken into, and an engine stolen from Charlie Ward’s boatyard. On separate occasions, the boatyard suffered two more break-ins with a store shed being entered and another engine stolen from a yacht. During the same night, two other properties in Morston were burgled with a loss of three engines and several power tools. There is considerable frustration that, despite numerous engine thefts, the last time anyone was apprehended stealing an engine in Morston was over ten years ago. The police are apparently very concerned about the current level of thefts, and it remains to be seen whether they can effectively deal with the problem.

Besides the RBL wreath, further wreaths were laid by Ron Starman, on behalf of the bereaved families, and by Jim Temple, Chairman of the Parish Council, on behalf of all those living in Morston. The collection went to the RBL Poppy Fund.

In the meantime, Charlie Ward has informed us that he has invested heavily in new alarm and surveillance equipment at the boatyard. The Morston Quay nightly “harbour watch” scheme is to be expanded to other harbours along this coast, and a new “North Norfolk Harbour Watch” association has been formed to exchange information and ideas in a combined effort to combat this growing problem.

CANDLELIT CAROL SERVICE The Carol Service on December 23rd, conducted by Canon Wilson, was - as usual - a great success, with the numbers in the congregation climbing to (perhaps a 20th century record) of 130 and the number of candles climbing to nearly 200, making the church look magnificent. The young readers were exceptional (and the older ones were pretty good too!). Many said, as they sipped their mulled wine and ate their mince-pies, that they had never seen All Saints’ Church so beautifully candlelit. Once again the descant led by the three Ward Sisters (sounds like a hospital soap or pop group!) was truly superb.

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On New Year’s Day the Cuthberts of Binham arranged with help from neighbouring villages a snap Jumble Sale to raise funds for the Tsunami Appeal.


About £6,000 (£7,000 with gift aid) was raised in two hours (including £190 from the Morston table - which was principally due to a generous donation of books from a Morston resident, on top of donations of paperbacks from in and around Binham).


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A. Who said:

Details of his Institution Service by the Bishop of Norwich will be announced later.

3. “I am innocent of the blood of this just person”? [New

(For Answers see page 22) 1. “Workers of the world unite”? 2. “I am the greatest”? Testament].

See also Paddy Seligman’s column on page 3

4. “I cannot tell a lie”?


5. “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”?

On New Year’s Day, All Saints’ Church, was packed for the christening of Lily Jane Temple, daughter of Jim and Jane Temple and sister of Elsie. The church was candlelit and, once again, Elsie Temple read beautifully. We were delighted to see the Revd John Penny in Morston again taking the Service - so soon after his retirement to Upwell. There was a Reception afterwards in the Village Hall.

B. How many: 1. leaves are there on a lucky clover? 2. litres of blood in the human body: 3 or 5 or 9? 3. rings on the Olympic flag? 4. years of marriage are celebrated with a diamond wedding? 5. times did St. Peter deny Christ?



Jane Temple & the carol singers on Christmas Eve raised the magnificent sum of £211.75 - which we believe is a record - and which has gone to Friends of Morston Church.

1. Which animal’s home is called a drey? 2. What is a male pig called? 3. How many legs has a spider?


4. What feeds only on the leaves of a mulberry tree?

This was a lovely Service, taken by the Revd Giles Hunt, with the church looking every bit as good as it did by candlelight the evening before.

5. What reddish ape has a name which is Maly for “Man of the Forest”?





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THURSFORD’S MIRACLE A superlative, breathtaking extravaganza - to celebrate the Birth of Christ. It is no wonder that the lanes of N. Norfolk are choked with large, very full coaches at this time of year. They come from far and wide, every year. The Hosts of Heaven were also present - fortunately they don’t need wheels. I hope you enjoyed it, Mum and Dad! Thanks a million to the Cushing family. The lighting geniuses will be able to create the Thursford Aurora Borealis when they get there. Brilliant Central to the miracle is the Wizard of the Keys. He is blessed with 4 hands and 3 feet, which leap and ripple every-which-way over the stack of Keyboards and Stops on the Howitzer Organ - no - it’s a Whirlywwhatsit? This goes up and down and sounds like 3 orchestras and 4 brass-bands all at full blast at the same time - or - it is quiet, romantic, spiritual even. All part of the Miracle. Wandering Heavenly Choirs, beautiful readings and a very funny Norfolk comedian whose Grandfather joke is still making us hoot with laughter (enquire within). The two young drummers were stars, with pipers and the brass-band. Good old tubas, trombones, trumpets and saxophones. The orchestra was excellent. 30 dancing lads and lassies (selected from some 500 applicants) leapt their hearts out. Sitting in the front row I thought ‘too much leg and panties and that’. Their feet were terrific, seemingly separated from their pins, especially in the ethnic dances. On leaving the theatre a teenager was heard to say ‘Nah, too much Christ and that.’ In the words of the prophet ‘Shut your mush, pal’ (sotto voce so, we didn’t get our throats cut). Must have been a Screen Gosper’ – where all truth is to be found? Happily the spirit, the enriching quality of Thursford’s Christmas Show, lives on for another year. We are lucky to have it on our doorstep. So, go folks. It is not to be missed.

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THE CHRISTMAS SERVICE The Cough obviously caused casualties for Christmas Communion - too many empty pews. This was a shame, because we were treated to a thoughtful, cheerful, excellent sermon by the Venerable Michael Handley. He is much loved in our village. Thank you, Michael, and have a happy, healthy 2005. The angels were heralded and harked unto. ‘Ye faithful’ were joyful - not too sure about the ‘triumphant’, a bit pushy? The crib was blessed and the roof raised in non-coughing harmony. The whole festival was immaculately planned and conducted, but it seems I am not allowed to say ‘thank you’. Well - THANK YOU - so there! P.J.G.

Molly’s 90th No lady is held in greater respect, nor more dearly loved by all who are lucky enough to know her, than Molly Lincoln. At the end of the Carol Service the ladies of All Saints presented her with a very large birthday cake, home made, candles alight, and manifestly a great surprise to her. We were rewarded with her radiant smile and then she blew the candles out, all of them, in one breath (90?!) Molly , you are very special to us all and we wish you at least 10 Happy Returns. The church red carpet was liberally blessed with the delicious fall out - took three strong men, armed with yard broom and Henry, to clear it. All worth the effort, for Molly’s sake. Incidentally - we celebrated Christmas. The Carol Service was notable for its synchronised coughing. Thompson’s Mulled Linctus was dispensed during the service with considerable benefit. We were expertly led by Rev. Jo Fawcett, who triumphed against all noises-off. Splendid, and thank you. P.J.G.


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NATURE NOTES No snow yet (as we go to press). Maybe February will surprise with a cold snap. So far our bird migrant visitors on this coast have had an easy time. Flood waters along the river have attracted huge numbers of wildfowl. The Pink-footed geese have found plenty of sugar beet tops to recycle. The Brent Geese and Greylags are a nuisance on winter barley and farmers tear their hair out. Brent are protected. Greylags, being of feral origins, are cunning in avoiding wildfowlers

Christmas having been celebrated at school with all the usual special events (listed in Issue 39 of the Lynx), the children and staff are all happily (and busily) back at work. We have great pleasure in printing the winning short story entries from the school, which we have had to retype for technical reasons, and in using one of the children’s drawings on the cover of this issue. We would like to emphasise our delight in both the quality and quantity of the work submitted to us by the children. Ed.

Mild weather encourages early budding and bulbs to emerge. It must all be part of global warming, which is obvious to us all as we survey our gardens ‘Managed retreat’ is the new catch-work for the idea that coastal defences are best achieved by allowing the sea to invade, rather than build (expensively) hard protection. Salt-marshes absorb wave pressures and represent ‘natural’ defences, according to the experts. As for people and farmers living on shorelines? Well, they are not so happy. One can’t see the Dutch going along with managed retreat - but crumbling cliffs in North Norfolk do seem to present a never-ending problem and bungalows tumble down onto the beach almost every year The following, written 30 years ago, is relevant. ‘Small scale compared with a Tsumani. But if this Greenland ice-cap melts sea levels could rise as much as 14 ft.’ Unlikely but sobering. Pightle

SHORT STORY WINNERS There I stood. I was here. A brick staircase, leading to some wooden oak doors. I grabbed the brass door knob, covered in a blanket of dust; the door swung open. I stepped in, the faded wallpaper was damp and had the smell of death. Something was the same. The beams hung from the ceiling and were stained with blood, the floor boards were a glossy wood where red drips laid. The shutters were uninviting and were hanging off their hinges. The whole room was closing in on me; it was like it was telling me something. My heart was beating. I turned running to the door but it had shut; someone was watching me; what did it want? There was a hatch at the end of the room some how I did not see it, but now I could. Was it a trap? Had someone put it there? Where was I? What was I doing? Suddenly I began to see more. There was a book shelf full of children’s books. A cot with a little quilt inside. A lamp on a table. A rug. What was happening? Some toys. Where was I? Would I ever get out ALIVE….? Katherine Richards

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ANSWERS TO NEW YEAR’S QUIZ (See p 20 ) A. 1. Karl Marx. 2. Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay). 3. Pontius Pilate. 4. George Washington. 5. Stanley (Sir Henry Morton Stanley, near Ujiji). B. 1. - 4. 2. - 5. 3. - 5. 4. - 60. 5. - 3. C. 1. A squirrel. 2. A boar. 3. 8. 4. A silkworm. 5. An orang-utan.


It was Wednesday morning in the deep blue sea and Jasmine the gold fish was swimming happily. Up through the water Jasmine could see the glimmering morning sun rise. She could hear very calm waves. Jasmine also smelled the sea weed coming down from the surface. All the other fish were jealous of Jasmine because she was the most beautiful fish in the sea. But on Wednesdays they forgot all about it because Wednesday was a very busy day. Every morning for breakfast Jasmine had sea weed cereal. One day a whale came along and accidentally swallowed Jasmine. Her best friend was very upset. Jasmine wandered through the whale’s stomach and then suddenly, WHOOSH! Jasmine flew into the air and landed safely in the water. Next she swam back home and Jasmine told her adventure to her best friend. Katy White (8)

It was lunch time, it was 12 o’clock, it was a sunny day. Hetty and I were at Stiffkey beach. Hetty wanted to go in to the water because it glimmered in the sunshine. She heard the waves whistling and she saw them waving gently. The salty sea reminded me of salt on my chips. I felt GLAMOURUS. Hetty looked at the water it shimmered. She dived into the water. She swam right down to the bottom of the sea and saw that she was turning into a mermaid. Then she saw a shadow in the distance. It was a male mermaid. His name was Danny. He had been trying to kill a shark and they looked at each other. But then the shark became angry. Danny tried to kill the shark. But the shark bit him. Hetty didn’t know what to do. She wanted to see her brother, then there was a shout. She knew who it was, it was her brother. But then the shark came. Hetty didn’t know whether to shout or not shout. She shouted to her brother. This time her brother heard Hetty and saw that the shark was getting closer and closer. Then Danny wished that he would be beefy because if he was beefy he would be able to slay the shark. But he’d been hurt by the shark ‘It doesn’t matter’ said Danny. So he tried to get up but he just couldn’t. So Danny said borrow my spear, ‘But I just couldn’t’ said Hetty. ‘But it’s the only thing that will slay the shark’. So Hetty would be brave. Then she went to the shark and she tried to slay the shark. ‘She did it’ Danny got up. ‘Well done, I will show you where my house is now’ he said and they ended up happily. Kitty Combe (7)


Goodnight I said to everyone as I left the room to go to bed. I was frightened and scared, as I opened my closet door; it was one of the scariest places for me because it has a picture of my cousin’s best friend who had long black hair and bright green emerald eyes. Just last year she committed suicide. I lay on my bed and gently drifted off to sleep. Suddenly I woke up screaming, my heat thumping heavily in my chest. I had heard her shrill voice, those green eyes reflected in my window. I froze in terror, the eyes kept staring, staring. I yanked the duvet over my head. Slowly, I lowered the cover, the ghostly eyes, gone. It was then I remembered the date; September 13th. Yes, it had happened exactly one year ago. Scarlet Donohoe




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Local Lynx Issue 40 - Feb/Mar 2005  

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

Local Lynx Issue 40 - Feb/Mar 2005  

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