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APRIL 2nd Sat. Binham Priory, Thurrock Male Voice Choir 5th Binham Village Hall. Lillian Shaw pastel demo. 9th Sat. Gunthorpe Village Institute, Fete planning meeting. 4.00 pm. 13th Wed. Stiffkey Music Group, 7.00 pm. 13th Wed. Langham Laydbirds, Parish Room 7.30 pm 15th Fri. Bale Church. Norfolk Fellowship Brass. 7.30 16th Sat. Binham Village Hall, Rev. Andrew Gair and family will meet any who pop in. 10.00 am - 12 noon 16th Sat. Binham Village Hall. Big Quiz Night. 7.30 18th Mon. Stiffkey WI. ‘A Greek Evening’ 7.30 22nd Fri. Institution Service of Reverend Andrew Gair 23rd Sat. Gunthorpe churchyard clear-up. 9.00 am 26th Tues. Binham Village Hall AGM. 7.00 pm 28th Thurs. Langham Mobile Library. 30th Sat. Gunthorpe Institute. 50/50 Club. 10.30 am

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: 28 Binham Road, Langham, Holt NR25 7AB. COPY FOR JUNE/JULY ISSUE REQUIRED BY 9th MAY

MAY 8th Sun. Binham Priory, Royston Choir 11th Wed. Langham Ladybirds. Sheringham Park Visitors’ Centre. Visit. th 14 Sat. Morston Church. Elizabeth Wingfield concert. 14th Sat. Langham Parish Room, Leukaemia Plant Sale 14th Sat. Binham Priory ‘Tea Concert’ 4.00 pm 15th - 21st. Christian Aid Week. 16th Mon. Stiffkey W.I. ‘Shopping Solutions’ 7.30 pm 17th Tues. Langham Parish Council. 7.00 18th Wed. Langham Soup Lunch, The Travis. 20th Fri. Binham Village Hall, Christian Aid Lunch, Bring & Buy, etc. 22nd Sat. Gunthorpe Church. Choral Evensong. 4.00 pm 26th Thurs. Langham Mobile Library. 27th Fri. Field Dalling Village Hall. ‘History of Field Dalling & Saxlingham’. 7.30 – 9.00pm. th 28 Sat. Field Dalling Village Hall. Car Boot, Art & Craft in morning. Hog Roast. 7.00 pm 28th Sat. Gunthorpe Institute. 50/50 Club. 10.30 an 29th Sun. Field Dalling Village Hall. Children’s Party. 2.30 - 5.00 pm th 30 Mon. Langham Churchyard Bring & Buy. 10 am - 12

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Regular Service Rota for Bale and Stiffkey Groups for APRIL & MAY 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 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

Sunday 29th May at 10.30 pm Group Holy Communion Service at Gunthorpe Church 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

the way forward. In the meantime, please hold Andrew Gair and his family in your prayers and please continue to give your full support and encouragement to your Churchwardens as they hold responsibility for the life of the parishes. +James - Bishop of Lynn


Stiffkey and Bale Appointment Statement for use in the churches of the benefice on Sunday, 20th March, 2005 I am very sorry to have to tell you that the Revd. Andrew Gair has withdrawn his acceptance of appointment as your next incumbent. This news has come as a complete surprise. Andrew’s decision to withdraw is in no way due to anything about the parishes or anybody in them; it has arisen out of a growing sense within Andrew that this was not the right move for him at this time. This is a matter of deep sadness for Andrew; he is very grateful for all the time and care he has already received from people in the parishes and is very sorry for any difficulty caused by his withdrawal. It is, however, much better that this should emerge now rather than for Andrew to have come and then discover that the move was not right. I will meet with the Churchwardens of the benefice as soon as possible in order to discuss

15th March 2005

Ed. Please ignore all plans on other pages for greeting Rev. Andrew Gair in our villages.

DEANERY NEWS We had a very pleasant Women’s World Day of Prayer Service at Holt Methodist Church on Friday 4th March. This year it was prepared by Christian Women of Poland. In the Republic of Poland, the population of 38 million is mainly of Christian religion. The first World Day of Prayer Service in Poland took place in 1927, the next in 1948. Since 1962, ecumenical World Day of Prayer Services have taken place regularly. They unite women in growing numbers, in many towns, from various Christian traditions. 2004 was an important historical milestone for Poland when it became a

member of the European Union. This year the aim was to have a gathering from all of the Deanery for the service. The topic was ‘Let our Light Shine’ and our speaker, the Reverend Rosemary Wakelin, encouraged us to reflect the light of God in our everyday lives. A.S.


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The Homewatch ring-round calls comfort us with the news that, despite the annoyingly regular thefts of outboards from the coast, of heating oil from out-door tanks and tools from unlocked garden sheds, we are privileged to live in a part of the country where crime levels are extremely low. Our community police officer has his finger on the criminal pulse and keeps an eye on the local villains. We contentedly watch repeats of Wycliffe, Morse and Frost on the telly. We are familiar with the layout of the incident room, with the wall charts and pinned-up photographs and maps.

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Then, one day, the cars arrive - coloured cars with flashing lights and a motley of dark, unmarked cars. Silent, black-suited men and women throng into the Parish Room or cluster round the catering van parked outside.

NORFOLK HOME CALL We provide directories of approved services that older people and those at risk of losing their independence can trust, run by Norfolk County Council. We aim to ensure access to services that are professional, reliable and reputable by providing a free directory, listing services available from local companies accredited through Norfolk Home Call. These services include shopping, window cleaning, gardening, domestic cleaning, bathing, painting, decorating and handy-person services, and will soon increase to cover home maintenance - such as plumbing, electrical, building and gas fitting services.

The phones begin to ring. Small groups of neighbours meet on street corners. The police aren’t saying much. ‘They’re looking for a mobile phone’. Seems a lot of fuss about nothing. ‘I’ve never seen so many police before’. Not surprising - the Norfolk Police have been joined by a team from Cambridgeshire. A dog and handler arrive. Not an amiable pet, to be taken for a stroll round the square, but a big working dog, trained to a dark purpose.

At present we cover Breckland, South and West Norfolk, hoping to cover all Norfolk by Spring ’05. We are now inviting companies and service providers to apply for accreditation through Norfolk Home Call.

The news filters out, first on the local radio then on national television and in the papers. A woman’s body has been found. Somewhere down the Binham road. Grey clouds cover the sun. Thin ridges of remaining snow refuse to melt in the fields. The wind is chill. A young life has been cut short. The vans arrive - Forensic Services, Crime Scene Support. The Binham road remains closed by signs, angled police cars and policemen in yellow jackets. A man is helping the police with their enquiries - comfortably far enough away, but none-the-less on someone else’s doorstep.

Being accredited gives these benefits: a sign of quality assurance, a positive endorsement of your organisation, a market edge over non-accredited competitors, access to new customers, details of your service, all in a quality directory distributed Norfolk-wide, via the Norfolk Home Call Advice & Information Line and in a developing online version of the directory. The only joining charge is a token £1 peppercorn charge on becoming accredited. So, if you provide a service that can help people remain independent in their own homes, and believe you can meet the standards we are looking for, contact us for an application pack.

With a feeling of resentment, of betrayal, mixed with grief for the loss of an unknown life, we sense that an amble along these quiet lanes will never be quite the same again. For a while at least, we will be watching repeats of Gardeners’ World. B.B.

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limit is its ability to repay without increasing rents more than promised.

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

Promises made in the Formal Consultation Document are legally binding. If tenants vote ‘Yes’ and the transfer goes ahead, the Trust must honour promises in the document, including the promise about rents. If tenants opt for transfer, the District Council must:maintain housing waiting list and nominate applicants for rehousing to N. N. Housing Trust and other partner Housing Associations; provide homelessness and housing advice service; monitor the performance of N. N. Housing Trust, ensuring that it carries out the promises in the offer document (this would be the subject of a legally binding contract between the Trust and NNDC) nominate 5 Board Members to N. N. Housing Trust’s Board of Management. Maintain a district wide strategic and enabling housing overview; maintain the housing benefit service.

Local Government, 2005-06 An incoming government could fundamentally affect the future of local government, possibly enabling local authorities to respond to the needs of their communities, to co-ordinate delivery of public services, and make community leadership a realistic concept. New powers for local government, scrutinising services provided by others, will be essential in local strategic partnerships. I hope we will avoid centralist options, which would undermine local government.

Council Tax The Council Tax set by the District Council is likely to increase by 2.9%. Town and Parish Councils have precepted increases, adding a further 0.6%. County Council has reduced its forecast tax level from 4% to 2.9%. The Police Authority has reduced its planned increase from 5.9% to 5.1%. None of these proposals are firm until agreed by full councils, but at the time of writing they look probable.

After the election, local government must meet savings identified in the present Chancellor’s public spending plans, and larger savings identified by the Conservative opposition. This need will be set out in an Annual Efficiency Statement, commencing April ‘05. Councils’ performance management will be inspected annually by the Audit Commission. A welcome move, which will force authorities to reduce increases in Council Tax. Eventually the need for structural change for local government must be faced, leading either to all-unitary councils and regional assemblies, or the preservation of enabled County and District Councils. I favour the latter. We are over-controlled, over-managed and overdue for a rethink on regional assemblies. Finally, an incoming government must decide on the balance of funding and future reform of the Council Tax, deferred by the present government until post election, The Lyons Review has yet to report.

The District Council, under Liberal Democrat control, has adopted a Medium Term Financial Plan for the next 3 years. This states that even with Council Tax increases of 3% annually, there are budget gaps for 2006/07 and 2007/08. These would place pressure on reserves, held at £1 million for emergency use (such as the damage to Cromer Pier struck by a barge a few years ago). These gaps must be met from additional resources or cost savings. We should aim to reduce Council Tax by at least 1% per year for the next 2 years by efficiency savings. I believe NNDC can do this and will press for a zero increase in Council Tax in future years. We should not have to accept that increases are the norm.

Transfer of council housing to N. N. Housing Trust Formal consultation commenced in Jan: date for comments Feb 11th. These comments are being reviewed. If the Council decides to proceed, changes to the offer document will have been issued, tenants being asked to vote on the transfer proposal, the ballot ending on April 4th. Tenants may lodge comments or queries with the Secretary of State. The ballot will be conducted independently, not by NNDC.

Licensing Fees The new licences will cost from £100 to £635, and annual fees between £70 and £350. Local authorities must fund the administration, inspection and enforcement of the new regime through fees. Until the system has run for a while, we will not know whether the government’s fee levels will cover all costs. If not, there will be an extra burden on council taxpayers. As a chairman of one of the five Licensing and Appeals Sub-Committees at NNDC, I will be able to let you know and report.

A series of Road Shows and briefings are taking place now. Council officers, calling on all tenants, can answer questions and explain the proposal. Tenants will receive a short video about the proposed transfer. They will decide by a majority vote whether the transfer will go ahead. How can N. N. Housing Trust afford to spend more than N. N. District Council on improving the housing stock without increasing the rent? a) £3.2 million of the tenants’ annual rent is taken by the Government to pay for housing in other areas of the country. The Trust would retain this rent and spend it on homes and services for the tenants. b) The Council has limited ability to borrow for works and repay the loan. The Trust’s only

BLAKENEY AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY Methodist Chapel, High Street, Blakeney. 7.30 pm. Admission: Members £1. Friends & visitors £2. Apr. 7th ‘Walk on Kelling/Salthouse Heath’ Trevor Ashwin. Morning outing. Book 01263 740388. Cost £4. April 26th ‘Man’s best Friend - Wood’. John White, at the History Centre.



NATIONAL BLOOD SERVICE Donor Sessions in Wells and Holt. Holt Community Centre


Tues. May 3rd 13.00 - 15.30 and 16.30 - 19.00 13.15 - 15.30 and 16.30 - 19.00 Wed. June 8th 13.15 - 15.30 and 16.30 - 19.00 Wed. Oct. 12th Wed. Nov. 23rd 13.15 - 15.30 and 16.30 - 19.00

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NORTHERNWATCH Village Homewatch reps have been sent copies of Northern Constabulary’s report. This makes interesting reading, but is too big to quote in full in this paper. Matters covered are:-

13.00 - 15.30 and 17.00 - 19.00 13.00 - 15.30 and 17.00 - 19.00

HERITAGE HOUSE DAY CARE CENTRE Race Night Friday, 15th April, 7.00 pm. The Maltings, Wells-next-the-Sea. Tickets £5, to include a fish & chip supper. Tel Heritage House, 01328 711333

Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs) and Anti-social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs), saying who can apply for such orders, which Courts can make them, and stressing the need for communication between the public and the police.


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Thurs. April 7th ‘My Uncle Frank - Memories of a Norfolk Life’. Speaker: Mr. Richard Watts. Thurs. May 5th Resolutions meeting - plus Exhibition of members Hobbies and Interests. Thurs. June 2nd ‘Get Ahead, get a Hat’. Talk and demonstration - by Mrs Pippa Lord. Meetings take place on the first Thursday of the month at Cley Village Hall starting at 2.30 pm. Visitors are most welcome to join us.

whereby volunteers can be trained to react to incidents where their intervention is deemed to be appropriate, (for info. call 01603 481220).

Operation Harrier whereby Norfolk Constabulary launched a countywide operation aimed at putting the fear of crime back into the criminals. A warning about the Canadian Lottery Scammers Details of recorded crime in 2004 Advice on individual security, detailing useful devices, and further items. Your Homewatch rep. will have a copy of the report, together with application forms for permanent marking devices. Or you can contact the Homewatch Administrator, Ted Gill, on 01692 401055.

HOLT MEDICAL PRACTICE Cleaners/Housekeepers required at Holt Medical Practice, Blakeney and Melton Constable surgeries. Part time (day-time hours) with the option to work extra hours as and when required. Good rates of pay, paid holiday and NHS pension scheme option. Uniforms and equipment provided. Please apply in writing to Mrs S. Preston, Practice Manager, Holt Medical Practice, Old Cromer Road, Holt, NR25 6QA.

CONCERT BY RICHELDIS SINGERS St Nicholas’ Church, Wells-next-the-Sea. Saturday, 7th May, 7.30 pm. In aid of Heritage House Day Care Centre.


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What a difference a year makes! January 2004 saw a group of anxious and dispirited villagers holding the A.G.M. in a hall with peeling paint and leaking roof. In addition, bills for the work needed to comply with new legislation hung over us like a dark cloud. The decision had to be made. '‘Do we call it a day or battle on?'

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January 2005 saw us back for the next A.G.M. in a clean, refurbished hall, with the kitchen refitted, its roof mended and even the china replaced. In addition, the corrugated iron exterior and the windows had been repainted, the latter sporting fresh curtains. How had this been funded? The greatest contributions were made by those who donated so much time and expertise, asking for nothing more than a continuous flow of tea and laughter. The main source of cash has been the monthly draw. This is no ordinary draw. Bale’s has bells on! On the second Friday of every month we gather for this and a raffle, plus a visit from the fish and chip van and puddings and drinks provided by the committee. At the slightest excuse this develops into a party!

Only an hour per month, or possibly two hours, would help a great deal. A variety of light duties to be carried out which will help local residents enjoy their quality of life and remain in their own homes. A small idea of the jobs that need to be carried out during the course of a week, all with supervision and the help of a small core of employed staff - without volunteers we cannot operate: Mondays - bus driving, serving coffee, laying tables, assisting with bathing, serving lunches, helping with afternoon stimulating activities and serving afternoon tea. Tuesdays - collecting people from home by car and taking to the Centre for lunch. Maybe staying to help serve and enjoy a prepared lunch or just dropping people off and returning them home later. 12 - 2 pm.

We had a splendid barbecue at Halloween and saw the old year out with champagne and Auld Lang Syne. Somehow the latter also managed to donate £125 to the Tsunami Appeal.

Wednesdays and Fridays - as Mondays. Thursdays - as Tuesdays. We cover 12 villages in the Glaven Valley: Blakeney, Binham, Cley, Field Dalling, Glandford, Langham, Letheringsett, Little Thornage, Morston, Salthouse, Saxlingham and Wiveton. If you live in this area you may be a great help, or perhaps you know of a neighbour who may benefit from the services that we offer.

And how has this miracle been achieved? Many people did a little, some a lot. The latter are shy about recognition so let’s just say that they managed to Ramm a Dent in Alli’s son! A big ‘thank you’ to you all from the residents of Bale. J.H.


If you are interested, please contact Maureen Buckey on 01263 740762 or perhaps visit the Glaven Centre at Thistleton Court, Blakeney. Maureen

Friday 15th April at 7.30pm in Bale Church A chance to hear the Norfolk Fellowship Brass, featuring talented Salvation Army bandsmen/women from all over East Anglia.


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(Extracts from a tattered book handed down through the family of Grace Allison) Cholera: Should Cholera show itself in the district, to prevent its attack take a teaspoonful of cinnamon in hot water frequently; or this simple remedy for Cholera has never been known to fail – first, give the patient hot water to cause vomiting, which cleanses the stomach; next, toast an oatcake, and put it in a pint of boiling water and drink freely. Cramp: Cramp in bed is prevented by placing a roll of brimstone under the pillow, or hold a little flour of sulphur in the hand. Cuts: A bruised geranium leaf applied to a cut quickly heals it; or, powdered rice sprinkled on a cut or wound stops bleeding at once; or, for a cut that festers apply turpentine. Chapped Hands: Wash them with a mixture of bran and milk, or potato water. Chilblains: If not broken, rub them often with flower of mustard and brandy; if broken, wash them with tincture of myrrh and a little water. Complaints of Any Sort: Vinegar, mixed with honey with a pinch of mustard in it, and taken freely, stops any complaint from advancing. For any complaint, a mixture of bread crumbs, mustard and vinegar is good to use inwardly. Consumption or wasting of the body is rightly called the scourge of England, as it is estimated to claim seventy to eighty thousand victims annually. Consumption - never despair - Consumptive persons will derive great benefit by the free use of mullen leaves, one ounce to a pint of boiling water. When cold, strain and add one tablespoon of rum to preserve it; take a wine-glassful three times a day, which both rectifies and makes new blood; or new buttermilk cannot be too freely used for consumption, fevers, scurvy, ulcers of the kidneys or constipation; or (if not too far advanced) consumption may be arrested by the free use of lemons, ground ivy, the lesser centaury and camomile flowers in equal quantities, made in the manner of tea in a quart of boiling water. If drunk freely it will rectify the blood and strengthen the stomach. Sea air is unfavourable for consumption. The free use of watercress will cure a deep decline. We hardly know the value of blackcurrants, for an eminent physician cured one patient with this fruit alone.


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15th - 21st May During the week there will be a door-to-door collection round the village. Also on Friday 20 May at Binham Village Hall, as an additional fund-raising effort, a light lunch of soup, cheese, rolls and coffee or tea will be served. There will be a bring-and-buy stall and raffle. Please support Christian Aid as generously as possible. The charity does so much worldwide to relieve poverty and help communities to help themselves and have a decent standard of life.


Saturday 2nd April 7.30 pm. Concert by the Thurrock Male Voice Choir. Programme to be announced. In aid of the Priory Access and Conservation Project. Tickets: £5 from Maureen Frost - 01328 830362 and Liz Brown - 01328 830519. Sunday 8th May Visit of Royston Choir to sing Choral Eucharist at 11.00 am and Choral Evensong at 6.30 pm. Saturday 14th May 4.00 pm. A ‘Tea Concert’ by Anne Shih (violin) and Jose Galardo (piano). Programme to be announced. A visiting ‘Music in Norfolk’ concert. Tickets: £10 from Maureen Frost - 01328 830362.


Saturday 16th April 7.30 p.m. In Binham Village Hall. Teams of 8. £10 per person to include a Super Supper and lots of delicious Home Made Puddings - and a free glass of wine. Pay Bar and Raffle. In aid of the Priory Access and Conservation Project. For more information call Carolyn at 01328 830270. stylish, seasonal, small, slow and startlingly different ...

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DIARY OF A BINHAM FARMER'S SON (aged 18 ) 1839 March 9. We were obliged to cut a road through the snow up to Slaters to get to muck cart there. March 15. It rained almost incessantly all this day - what with this and the snow we shall have plenty of moisture. March 16. Father sent ten bullocks away but I think this is rather too hazardous for one market. April 8. The hounds met at Wrenches today. We i.e. about 6 of us had sport in the first part of the day - little Georgie left us for which I am very sorry. April 19. Father sold his wheat at 37. April 20. Received a letter from Ellen - capital - they invite me to sup with them on their arrival. April 25. Father drove Uncle John to Fakenham - he had a tiff with old Waters about the turnips. May 6. The girls came here to stay - we had music and good fun. May7. Although this was a fine evening for cricket I preferred walking with the girls. Richard and Norah Lewis

The architect’s proposal drawings have been approved by the Diocese as the basis for further development to the stage of detailed design and specifications. A presentation was made to the Parish Council in February who expressed their general support. Approval has also to be obtained from five other external bodies of which English Heritage is the most significant. A new English Heritage Inspector for East Anglia has recently been appointed and he wishes to review the proposals at a meeting to be held in Cambridge later in March. For further information please contact David Frost 01328 830362.

BINHAM LOCAL HISTORY GROUP Our Open Evening was very enjoyable. Various people displayed their own particular interests: Alan & Linda Eagle – the churchyard recordings, Jack Grange – books and photographs of old Binham, Richard and Norah – research into the England and Shackston families, David Frost – Warham Camp; Cliff and Sue Hudson brought their fascinating artefacts found in the local area. We are now planning activities for the coming months and hope to include a ‘Flora and Archaeology’ visit to Warham Camp and also a visit to Houghton Hall. If you are not already on our mailing list and would like to be included please contact Carolyn at 01328 830270 or e-mail at

BINHAM VILLAGE HALL The Annual General Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 26th April 2005 at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall. This is also to include the Parish Meeting when it is hoped all the village organisations will come along and give a report on their individual organisations.

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 advice if needed. We meet every Tuesday from 10 to 12 in the Village Hall. A fee of £2 per morning includes coffee and biscuits. A demonstration of painting or craftwork normally takes place on the first Tuesday of every month. In March Charlotte Ardizzone gave a very interesting talk and a demonstration of painting in oils.

The Village Hall is available to hire by everybody, whether you live in Binham or not, for anything from small family parties to large wedding. We are able to seat up to 120 people, with cutlery and crockery for that number. For more information call Liz at 01328 830519


On 5 April Lillian Shaw will be demonstrating the use of pastels. For further information contact James Bucknill 01328 830651. Everyone welcome.

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A few months ago, shortly before Mr John Case died, I was fortunate enough to spend some time with him talking and reminiscing of Cockthorpe and our families. When he took over the farm from his father there were 14 men working on the farm, my great grandfather being the farm steward, who used to ride round the farm on horseback.

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PERSONAL COMPUTER WORKSHOPS Another series of six workshops for PC IMPROVERS is currently being scheduled for April / May in Binham Village Hall. Anybody who is interested in taking part should contact Alan Eagle on 01328 830031 for further details. Alan is also happy to arrange further single session workshops on DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY and MS` PUBLISHER (for Local Lynx) if there is sufficient interest.

If anyone has had the privilege of seeing the Picture Post published in the war years, it is him on the front page holding up some pheasants. His son George used to be the cattle-man. His daughter and my grandmother Florence May used to rear the calves by hand with powdered milk, having 6 calf pens, each with 5 calves. These used to be where the big barn is on your right as you come into Cockthorpe from Langham. There also used to be fruit grown, hence opposite the barn is called the orchard. 100 acres of cabbages were grown and were taken to Covent Garden 5 nights a week, the lorry being driven by my uncle Alan (Wilse). Aunts Dora and Louis used to work in the house in the 1950s. Apart from Cockthorpe Hall it was all my family employed by the Cases. In fact Cockthrope Hall has only been so named in recent years, it used to be known as Lower Farm.

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Oh, haven’t things changed in such a small village. How lucky I am to hold such memories to pass on to my grandchildren. I would like to add - what a shame to have lost our old telephone box. It was a landmark for anyone visiting Cockthorpe for the first time. I for one cannot see the logic as, in the 33 years I’ve lived in Cockthorpe, it’s needed very little maintenance as far as I can remember, only one pane of glass broken by a grass cutter.

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THE ANNUAL CHURCH MEETING 19 April at 7:30 pm in St Andrew’s Church This is a good opportunity to join the PCC. One of the churchwardens, Eric Absolon (01328 830304) or Joy Wright (01328 830211) would be glad to tell you more. The meeting will also review the church’s activities and finances in 2004. Everyone is welcome.

CALL 01263 821900 FIELD DALLING & SAXLINGHAM VILLAGE HALL th 50 Anniversary Celebration 27th May 7.30 - 9.00 pm. Talk on the history of the 2 villages by Eric Hotblack. 2 sessions with a glass of wine in the interval.

28th May 8.00 am to 3.30 pm. Car Boot Sale outside, Craft Fair and Art Display inside, with tea, coffee and biscuits. Car parking on Village Hall side only, or in the Playing Field nearby. 7.00 - 11,30 pm. Hog Roast.

BARN DANCE MOUNTGRACE MANOR Saturday 23rd July 2005 There will be a Barn Dance at Mountgrace Manor, Field Dalling, with dancing to the Red Herrings Band, food and a bar. More details will appear in the next issue.

29th May, Sunday 2.30 - 5.00 pm. Children’s Party. As we will need to know approximately how many visitors to expect (essential in planning the Hog Roast and Children’s party) we have prepared a booking form, which can be obtained from: Michael Russell, Chairman, Village Hall Committee, at the Old School, 80 Holt Road, Field Dalling, NR25 7LE. Tel. 01328 830518, or All will be welcome, so if you have friends or know of holiday-makers in the area over this weekend, please pass on the below contact information. Many thanks - see you here ‘on the day’!! Mike Russell


VILLAGE FETE Saturday 6 August, from 2.00 pm The Fete will take place in the gardens of Field Dalling Hall. Plans are taking shape - if you would like to be part of the fete, especially if you are new to either of the villages, you would be very welcome. Please contact Sue Findlater on 01328 830442 or Margaret Smith on 01328 830546.



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(provided by Mr Fred Morley, Churchwarden) A service of thanksgiving for the life of Jane Holland was held at St Mary’s Church on Saturday 8th January 2005 and was attended by her family and many friends. The family all took part with readings and John Holland paid a tribute to his mother. Martin Jacklin played the organ, supported by his musical family, and the Rev. Canon Michael Wilson gave the address.

THANK YOU The Friends would like to say thank you very much to the anonymous winner of the short story competition in the Lynx, who donated their prize money to the Friends of Gunthorpe Parish Church.

Both Jane and her husband, Bill, served on the PCC, Jane as Secretary and Bill as a Lay Reader, until ill health stopped them both from carrying on. Jane also organised the Christmas Bazzar for a few years in the late 1980’s and helped at the village fete.

It was very kind of you to think us and your generous donation was gratefully received by the Friends. Congratulations on winning the competition - it was a very, very good story too!!


Thank you all those who left donations at the end of the service for church restoration. Fred Morley

The new season is upon us and the rota for the cutting of the Green is in course of preparation. Without the time given by the volunteers it would not be possible to maintain the Green, which benefits the whole village. If you feel able to give up under an hour once every 2 months or so to help cut the Green your help would be very much appreciated. If we can increase the number of volunteers, the period between cuts by any one person would be extended further. If you do not feel able to join the grass cutters but would like to make some contribution, we need someone who would be able to prepare the rota annually at the beginning of each season. If you are interested in helping in some way please give me a call on 01263 861932 Philip Traverso


May 22nd, starting at 4pm. This year performed by the Greshams School Choir. The Choral Evensong is a wonderful event, it is always lovely to hear the church acoustics being used to their fullest. There is no charge for admission, there will just be a collection and refreshments will be served afterwards. If you haven't been before, do please try to come along as it really is something quite special.

CHURCHYARD CLEAR-UP will be held on April 23rd and starts from 9 am onwards. Anyone who would like to help, please come straight to the churchyard, wearing stout boots and any necessary protective clothing. Please bring tools (although we do have some spares).

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GUNTHORPE HISTORY NIGHT Thanks to everyone who turned out on a very cold and icy evening to see the latest instalment of the thoroughly enjoyable Gunthorpe History. John Blakeley had been passed many new photos, articles from local newspapers and verbal stories and must have spent absolutely hours putting these together for the evening. Thank you John. The hall was full despite the terrible weather and it was wonderful to see so many ex-villagers together. They were very generous too and nearly £100 was raised towards the Village Hall funds. Thank you everybody.

As regular readers will know, the Gunthorpe Village Institute is run by a small Management Committee, and the Institute building itself is in need of funds to bring it up to the modern standards required by both current legislation (e.g. disabled access, toilets, etc) and to meet the villagers’ legitimate aspirations for a modern, clean and comfortable facility. The Institute and its funding are quite separate from the Friends of Gunthorpe Parish Church and the PCC - although the PCC relies heavily, as does the Institute, on the proceeds of the Annual Fete, organised by the Institute Management Committee, to meet its financial commitments.

“AS I REMEMBER” - Bob Bambridge On sale at the History evening was a booklet compiled by John Blakeley from a typewritten document produced by a past Gunthorpe villager – Ray Steffens who lived at the Signal Box. John has updated this with added photos and it provides a fascinating account of life from the turn of the last century up until the 70’s. Bob lived in the village his whole life and his family have long links with the village up to this day. If you would like a copy of this booklet it costs £5.00 and is available from John Blakeley on 01263 861008. £2.50 of the cost will go towards the Village Institute restoration funds. An ideal booklet for holiday homes!

So far the Institute Committee has been very successful in obtaining grant funding for the completed re-roofing project and for the disabled access project that we hope to complete this year - although both projects have also required the use of our own limited capital resources. However, we do have a problem in that the Institute Management Committee has lost no less than five of its village resident members this year, and the remaining village resident members (The Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer) no longer form the quorum needed by the Institute Constitution to maintain the status of the Institute as a Charity under the Charity Commission rules. (The Committee members from the PCC, the Friends and the WI are nominated separately in our Constitution by their own organisations.) Thus in theory the Institute no longer has a Management Committee.

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We need your help now! If you are a resident of Gunthorpe Village and you have 2-3 hours to spare to support our monthly meetings and to generate support for village functions please volunteer to join the Management Committee - the alternative may quickly mean that we have to shut the Institute. This would be a terrible shame for all our regular users.

Coffee Morning & Draw And, the lucky winners are: JANUARY 2005 FEBRUARY 2005 £20 D. Webster A. Suckling £10 D. Cutterham E. Calham £ 5 C. Williamson H. Craske £ 5 J. Cutterham K. Webster £ 5 B. Curson A. Russell £ 5 D. Ford J. Luscombe 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.

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LANGHAM CHURCH NEWS Annual Meeting of Parishioners

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This will be held immediately after the 9.30 a.m. Holy Communion Service on Sunday April 17th. The election of Churchwardens takes place first. Those entitled to vote are - anyone resident in the parish whose names are on the local government register of electors and those whose names are entered on the church electoral roll. This will be immediately followed by the:

STAINED GLASS CLASSES Those of us who took part (you know who you are!) have so far spent 3 challenging Saturday afternoons under the expert tutelage of Lili Shaw cutting, soldering, gluing and working hard on our individual projects in the Institute. Expect to see new windows in the church, tiffany lamps gleaming from cottage windows and front doors exhibiting a vast array of new fanlights, such has been the output……….. well, maybe in a few years. On a serious note we have all produced at least a couple of items, some more quickly than others who were itching to start a rose window for the church, but calmly held back by Lili. It has been a fascinating experience, working with a completely different medium and opening our eyes to a multicoloured world out there. If Lili runs this class again and you feel up to it – don’t miss it. Many thanks to Lili for introducing us to this new experience and thanks for not being too strict, you have to have a bit of a laugh………… Pauline

Annual Parochial Church Meeting in which all those whose names are on the electoral roll of the parish are entitled to take part. This meeting elects lay members to the Parochial Church Council, lay representatives to the Deanery Synod and sides people. The annual reports are received and there is a general discussion of church and parochial affairs. This is an opportunity to make your views known and to contribute to the elections. You can be assured of a warm welcome and we will value your support.

P.C.C.s Treasurer’s Report This will be displayed on the notice board in the church porch for one week before and two weeks after the APCM.

LANGHAM STREET FAYRE 2006 For those who like, or need, to plan ahead, the date for the next

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LEUKAEMIA RESEARCH FUND May 14th. - Plants Plus Sale. July 16th. - Grand Sale. For further details ring Maureen on Tel: 830731



January - some members went to the CADS Cinderella and enjoyed a real good dress rehearsal.

15th - 21st May, 2005

A house-to-house collection will take place during the week and once more the plea goes out to remember those less fortunate than ourselves. Every penny helps, no matter how small the donation. The generosity of the response to the Tsunami tragedy showed how readily we give when we recognise a real and urgent need. Sadly, there is still great need in a world where 1.2 billion people live on less than 60p per day; where every 8 seconds a child dies of hunger; where 5 young people between the ages of 15 & 24 are infected by HIV/AIDS every single minute.

February - Wendy Dolton of Hindringham gave us a very interesting talk on her award winning B&B plus her other job as a postmistress. An enjoyable evening. March - Mardle meeting - an opportunity to talk about what’s gone and what’s to come. We start our new programme with: April 13th - NNDC New project - Karl Read. May 11th - Sheringham Park Visitor Centre - Keith Zealand. We welcome all ladies of Langham and the surrounding villages - come and enjoy yourselves.

Christian Aid helps out in emergencies all over the world, but mostly they support long term development by working with 570 ‘partners’ i.e. local organisations, helping people to help themselves. Their motto is ‘We believe in life before death.’

FRIENDS OF LANGHAM Regular Coffee Mornings? More than 60 people turned out on the cold Saturday morning of 26th February at the Langham Parish Room for a coffee morning organised by the Friends of Langham. A friendly atmosphere made for a relaxing gathering, meeting old and new friends. While sipping coffee, villagers were asked to complete a questionnaire on their views on creating a suitable village meeting point. The closure of the local post office shop made this issue even more of a focus. Due to the feedback received, Friends of Langham are now reviewing whether more regular coffee mornings could benefit community life in Langham. Thank you for everyone's contribution to a very successful coffee morning. M. Schoenmakers

A Soup Lunch will be held during Christian Aid th

Week, on Wednesday May 18 at The Travis, Holt Road, Langham. There will be a ‘Bring and Buy Table’ and a selection of delicious soups! Please do come and bring a friend!

BRING & BUY COFFEE MORNING This will be held in the churchyard on Bank Holiday Monday May 30th 10 - 12 noon. We look forward to seeing you at this very enjoyable event. If anyone would like to bake a cake or bring along books, gifts and bric-abrac, all will be gratefully received. For further details contact Vera Colombé on 01328 830317.


The coffee morning highlighted the need for a more regular gathering. Questionnaires on the form it sould take are available in the Parish Room. It would be helpful in the meantime to have a few volunteers to help with running such events. Please ring 830595. John Hughes

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The Chairman of the Council held a public meeting on Feb. 7th to update the village on progress towards re-establishing a shop and the proposal to form an Industrial and Provident Society. The attendance was 40 persons but of these 20 were couples so in fact only 30 houses were represented. It was explained that to set up the Provident Society would cost £450 and that this would be financed by villagers buying shares in the society. The Provident Society comes under the auspices of the Financial Services Authority and, once set up, will give a legally bound organisation which can apply for grants and loans, something the Parish Council cannot do. In order to become a member of the Society you will be required to buy one share, which the meeting decided will be valued at £10. This will entitle the holder to vote at meetings of the Society. The share-holder will receive no dividend, no interest or bonus, and, if the plan fails, there will be no reimbursement, but any surplus funds will be distributed to other organisations 'benefiting the community'. Volunteers to be on the founding committee of the society were then asked for and Messrs. E. Allen and John Plummer put their names forward and were accepted. They will now try to form a management committee of between three and six people, form a business plan and, if successful, will circulate the village with a invitation to purchase shares. It was suggested the name of the society should be Langham (Norfolk) Village Shop Association. There was no change to announce in the progress towards obtaining a site for the shop either at the vicarage or with Langham Glass. Langham Glass site is the Council’s favoured option as a building already exists. In the discussion it was noted that Weybourne had lost its Post Office and there was some doubt over the Spar shop itself. Itteringham, a much smaller village than Langham, has a village community shop that is fully manned by villagers and includes a delicatessen section and a 'coffee corner'. The Chairman stressed that there were many hurdles to be overcome to get this shop up and running; a. agreement on leasing a premises b. planning permission c. building quotes d. successful grant applications e. And most important - agreement with a tenant, to name but a few! All these must be coordinated to avoid going down routes leading to dead-ends and in doing so waste money and time.

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February 20 turned out to be exactly that; a day for sitting before the fire, reading the papers and not going out at all. This was not necessary in Langham for Jan Hope and Gill Broom invited us all to the Parish Room for a Curry Lunch. The room soon filled up with cheerful people faced with a choice of six, 6!! different curries. They ranged from mouth blisteringly hot to very mild. They were made of beef, or mutton, or chicken, and vegetables, and were each labelled with their Indian names. There was a pile of beautiful yellow Pilau rice and another of white Basmati rice. There were all manner of chutneys - not just mango and bananas all sliced up to go with these. We all helped ourselves with gusto and the chat and good cheer filled the room. We brought our own drinks - the variety of bottles and cans was a decorative touch to the tables. After second helpings all round there were cool fruit salad and creamy Indian sweet to follow. All was rounded off with coffee and lots of very happy well warmed and fed people braved the cold walk home. We all expressed our thanks to Jan and Gill who had worked so hard and expertly to produce this feast. We especially admired their sense of timing - having obviously managed to get the weather on their side and picked the coldest day possible to warm us up so splendidly. They raised the sum of £182.05 for the church funds which is always much appreciated. We look forward to a repeat performance on the coldest day possible next winter! B.M.W.


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Wed. 27th April. Grand Opening Dinner at The Anchor’s revamped Restaurant. Tickets, £20 a head, from The Anchor (01263-741392). Booking essential, although there might be the odd space free on the night. This is a Fundraising Special Event for Friends of Morston Church (charity no.1099831), courtesy of Nick Handley and The Anchor Inn manager Sam Handley and deputy manager Kate Handley. Sat. 14th May. Concert by soprano Elisabeth Wingfield accompanied by Michael Pugh on piano in Morston Church. The music will be based on the theme of “Love” - from well-known operas and Lieder. Proceeds to Friends of Morston Church for church repairs. Tickets from Sara Wingfield (01263-740431). Sun. 19th June. Opening of Lady Rathcavan’s garden (Umgeni, Coast Road) from 12.00 until 5.00 pm. Including teas, plant stall and cake stall. Proceeds to Friends of Morston Church. Parking areas will be signed. Tickets on the gate. Mon. 20th June. Morston Church Crab Supper (in the Village Hall), preceded by Trip to Blakeney Point. Proceeds to the PCC. Tickets (£10 a head) from Mary Athill (01263740306). Sun. 7th Aug. Morston Regatta. Sat. 13th Aug. Oyster Regatta.

Telephone: 01263 861587 LANGHAM VILLAGE DESIGN STATEMENT Update With the final form of the Langham VDS having been agreed with the officers of North Norfolk District Council last November, we have been awaiting news that the statement has been adopted by the District Council’s Cabinet as Supplementary Planning Guidance. In the event, that process has been overtaken by changes in planning law which came into effect last autumn, replacing the former Local Plan with the new Local Development Framework. The effect of these changes could have been to set back the processing of our VDS for an extended period while a new consultation process was followed through, but to avoid such delay it has been agreed that the VDS, as it stands, will be submitted to the Council’s Cabinet within the next couple of months with a recommendation that it be adopted forthwith by the Council as an aspect of general policy. Whilst such adoption would not give the VDS the statutory status of being Supplementary Planning Guidance under the former Local Plan, it would result in the VDS being included in the list of background papers to be referred to in relation to all future planning applications and being available to be referred to (as it has already been in its draft form) in relation to any planning appeal.


On 12th February the christening of Zachary Robert Temple Osborne, son of Sally Temple and Darryl Osborne, took place at All Saints’ Church, followed by a reception in The Feathers in Holt.

We now look forward to hearing that our VDS has been so adopted.

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BIRD UPDATE Several people saw a spoonbill at Stiffkey freshes in February, and pairs of blue tits and long tailed tits have been reported in the village.


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Annual Quiz Shield


By the time you read this, this event should have taken place - on Sat. 19th March in the Village Hall. It will be reported on fully in the next issue. The Quizmaster has presented a Shield, which will first be presented to Graham Lubbock (Captain of the titleholders, with their ant-like (speedy) correct answers in 2004; the Morston Pishmires). Graham - who has agreed to sign autographs only in the Super Supper Break - will then be asked to present the Shield to the new winners - unless the Pishmires win again! Graham & Co. are challenging all comers - which will include the Morston Bishop Barnabees, Morston Cockles, Langham Wrights, the Langham Wrongs, Morston Missing the Point, Morston Temple Two - which as all readers will know is East Anglian dialect for stonechats (annual visitors to Morston marshes) and the Fakenham Fuzhackers.

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SAXLINGHAM NEWS With the year under way, the pattern of church and social events is beginning to unfold. A large congregation packed St. Margaret’s church on the 6th March for a special Mothering Sunday service. Poems were read, short readings given, posies were presented and a delightful duet played on recorders, children and adults, joining together to pay tribute to mothers everywhere. The service was organised by Sheila Harris and Joy Wright, and conducted by the Rev. Peter Barnes - Clay. Our grateful thanks go to them all for making this such a friendly and happy occasion. A belated though nonetheless very warm welcome to Philip and Judy Gooding, who have recently taken up residence at Saxfield House, formerly owned by Eric and Pat Rice. Philip and Judy came here from Hertfordshire and, having enjoyed many holidays in Norfolk and Suffolk, decided to seek a village property not too far from the coast. They already have many friends in the area and, no doubt, will soon make many more. Philip and Judy have a 14 year old Springer Spaniel, Ben, who has settled into his new home very quickly and loves going out for walks along the nearby country lanes. And as Philip and Judy have two sons and three daughters it’s just possible that Ben will be taken out for even more walks in future! Whatever, we wish all at Saxfield House much happiness. Looking ahead: Our annual JAZZ IN JUNE concert will take place on Friday 10th June. Tickets are available from Mrs. Rosemary Beeson Tel: 01328 830298 at a cost of £7.50, to include wine and a variety of delectable edibles.


Samphire (For answers see page 22) 1. What is: a) An anaconda? b) A CD-ROM? c) An aspidistra? d) A latte? e) A smew? f) A ragout? g) A dugong? h) A shalwar kameez? i) The Richter Scale? j) Myopia? 2. What “type of land” did the following have named after them: a) William Barents? b) Henry Hudson? c) William Baffin? d) Vitus Bering? e) Alexander Mackenzie? 3. In what country are the following cities (all of which are amongst the 50 most populated cities on earth): a) Santafe de Bogota? b) Tianjin? c) Bandung? d) Bogor? e) Shenyang? f) Wuhan? g) Pusan? h) Ahmedabad? 4. From what countries do the following football teams come? a) Anderlecht? b) Juventus? c) Real Madrid ? d) Leverkusen? e) IFK Gothenburg? f) Ajax? g) Dynamo Kiev? h) Hearts? i) PSV Eindhoven? j) Bayern Muenchen? 5. What does DVT stand for?

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‘Full American - please!’ ‘Sir?’ ‘As in Full English, you dozey old Yank.’ ‘Sir?’ ‘Black pudding? fried slice? fried bacon? fried eggs not brown at the edges? fried tomatoes? smoked haddock & poached egg? or kippers?’ This was in a Yankee Hilton Hotel, breakfast being ‘Extra, Sir.’ You have presumpted my next quip - NONE OF THE ABOVE available - ‘For HEALTH reasons, Sir.’ In front of me was an insipid and wide range of cereals (no cornflakes), muesli (yuk), tiny white/brown buns, sausage meat with very little evidence of meat, and a demonstration of an apparently yoke-free omelette. The ‘cook’ was poised to leap to his vast array of kitchen ware. He stood behind a glass panel, presumably for health reasons. At last, my eye lighted upon pancakes, to be micro-waved - ‘Especially for you, Sir.’ ‘Three pancakes please, young man’ ‘THREE, Sir!’ ‘Yes, - with treacle’ ‘With what? Sir? We have sugar reduced syrup for you, Sir’. Next - ‘Would you like de-caffinated coffee?’ said the waitress who managed to drag herself away from the TV. ‘NO I WOULD NOT - I’d like fully caffeinated coffee, please’ Inevitably this luxurious ‘caff’ filled up with very fat men, women and children - a kind of obesity parade. They arranged their juices and several pallid platters, they chomped on their mooosley and I was touched by the irony of it all. One problem is that nobody walks anywhere in America. They move from being encased in concrete to being encased in large tin boxes on wheels. Dogs walk within sight of their stationary keepers. During 17 days in the States I saw one woman walking her dog. You’re a Pariah, madam! I thought. Oh, to be England now that fry-ups are there. Three cheers for Full English - I trust this is not the obituary to it. Airbag

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For Church services see Panel on Page 3 SHARRINGTON CHURCH & VILLAGE What does one call a significant and cheerful gathering of Mothers - without being too admiring and grateful for their central place in our lives? I can’t think of a suitable title because of my infinite admiration and eternal thanks for them. On Mothering Sunday we gathered to celebrate them and all their families. The service was certainly up-beat, and appropriately the fathers who came took a back seat. The high point was the chorus line of three lovely ladies, each reading very relevant prayers - all of them champion Mums.

The blokes, however, were able to tuck into homemade cakes, and, without being too picky, Betty’s Simnel Cake was a wow and I stole a larger chunk of it to take home. What skills and imagination our ladies have - lucky fellows, and lucky sons and daughters. The central Mum of our church does not like being named - so I won’t - but we have to understand that an awful lot of thought, planning and supervision goes into these celebrations, we couldn’t do without our boss Mum. Our PCC AGM was very thoughtfully conducted by Philip, our Rural Dean. A lot of changes have taken place in the last church year. We feel the loss of Diana our vicar very deeply, but we have been fortunate in having Ven. Michael Handley to conduct our twice monthly Communion Services. Within our PCC we welcome Martyn Sloman as our new Treasurer. A big thank you was given to our retiring Treasurer Mrs Mary Lee. Mrs Betty Rivett takes on churchwardenship because Dr Peter Garwood also retired. Mary and Peter have both served for 4 years. Flowers and whiskey were gifted (appropriately) to them for their efforts. Mrs Ann Garwood, as well as being the taker of minutes, was also elected to serve for us on the local Synod - so the future is bright and we are fortunate in having 11 PCC members and 3 office bearers.

LETTER WRITING Early one morning I went down to the front desk of a luxuriously dreary Hilton Hotel in the USA. ‘May I have some writing paper please?’ ‘You wanna leave a memo, sir?’ ‘No, I would like some paper on which to write a letter.’ ‘We have everything here so that you can send messages all over the world, sir.’ ‘I wish to write a letter.’ ‘You mean WRITE a letter - sir? On paper - sir? By hand - sir?’ ‘Exactly - thank you.’ They gave me 3 sheets of paper from the copier and a strange, pitying look - as in - ‘Who is this strange guy from the Middle Ages?’ Airbag

We look forward to the coming of our new Rector Rev. Andrew Gair. Otherwise in the village we have sploshed about in snow and slush, fighting biting winds and being a little miserable. Spring is round the corner, folks – really!




It started with a raffle ticket - actually I bought £5 worth. A good cause I thought, Blakeney branch of the Royal British legion - and then forgot about my purchase. Imagine my surprise when the ‘phone rang one miserable winter afternoon. ‘I am the bearer of good news’ a voice said. ‘Oh yes’ I replied - you know the blurb - yeh-yeh-yeh - a fantastic all-expenses-paidholiday to Disney World or some other far-flung exotic destination! ‘No, really’ he said, ‘you’ve won third prize in the British Legion Raffle’. ‘Wow’ said I, ‘what is it?’ Well, to cut a long story short, I had actually won a twoday-all-expenses-paid visit to ‘The Swan’ Hotel in Southwold - for two! I asked the nice man on the phone what the 1st prize was (never happy, are we?). ‘A Peugeot 206’ he informed me. ‘Oh, I’ve got one of those’ I told him. I wasn’t interested in the second prize - a diamond ring and who hasn’t got one of those? So, then, I was getting really excited. Having agreed on dates and made our reservation, we set off for Southwold. After an almost, uneventful drive, we arrived at ‘The Swan’. My room was called ‘The Writer’s Room’ because so many distinguished writers had occupied it; Gill’s was on the floor above, called ‘The Lookout’. We both had a view of the Market Place and a glimpse of the sea - heaven! Having unpacked, showered and changed, we met and sauntered down to the bar for cocktails before a truly excellent dinner. Southwold has an old-world charm about it and I think we were lucky to visit out of season it must be packed in the summer. We had a leisurely breakfast on our first morning, gazing out on to the Market Place. We both felt quite young when Gill said she had counted no less than 17 ‘elderly’ shoppers, pulling their trolleys or riding their mobility carts! We couldn’t wait to hit the shops with neither. Eventually finding our way to the famous Adnams Wine Cellar and Kitchen Store - wouldn’t you know it! we spent a fortune! So much for a free trip. Time for a spot of lunch. Home-made soup with a Suffolk Swimmer’ we heard someone order. We looked at each other quizzically and thought we’d like that too. ‘What’s a Suffolk Swimmer?’ we asked the lovely waitress. We should have guessed. Akin to a Norfolk Dumpling - delicious. Out into the cold again and a quick visit to the magnificent Church (1460) dedicated to St Edmund, Christian Martyr and the last king of East Anglia. The church’s tower probably stands over 100’ high (what a view it must have). Oh well, time to explore more shops; after which, tea and scones. A quick look at the gleaming white lighthouse (1890), then on to the Sailors’ Reading Room, overlooking the sea, which has been frequented by many famous sailors and writers, past and present. Oh dear - home the next day, but vowing to return when we’ve saved enough pennies. So - you have it. There are people who do win raffle prizes! Incidentally, I’ve just bought a Lottery ticket - watch this space. Rae Muddle

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For Church Services see Panel on Page 3 Also for Induction of our new Vicar CHURCH NEWS Discussions and meetings continue to plan our programme of repairs and maintenance to our lovely church. There seems little doubt that our ‘fabric fund’ will need a large top-up to cope with the many repairs and renewals necessary over the next few years.

MUSIC EVENINGS After a mid-winter recess the group has continued to meet monthly at 2, Warborough Place. In February we enjoyed an evening of CDs and DVDs featuring the wonderful pianist Martha Argerich, whose playing combines breathtaking technique with passion and commitment. Her performances of Chopin were particularly memorable. In March a programme of music linked, tenuously in some cases, with Spring and Easter, embraced composers and performers of very different styles, including Bach, Puccini, Stravinsky and Mahler. Eva and John enjoyed hearing the brief extract from the ‘Rite of Spring’ even if no-one else did. The jury is possibly still out on Mahler! After two fairly ‘heavy’ programmes, April’s will be a light hearted affair entitled ‘Comic Relief’, including, perhaps, some unexpected sources of humour in music! To find out more join us at 7.00 on April 13th!

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And women of Stiffkey can sing Through seasons from summer to spring Of ideals and activity And bold creativity With verses of Blake on the wing.

Global Warming & Food Miles We all hear a lot about the global warming as a result of (it is claimed) carbon dioxide emissions. It is projected that 50% of all carbon emissions will be coming from the global trade in food. Where does this leave British farming? Since 1994 UK selfsufficiency in food has dropped by some 15% (we import £10 billion worth of food more than we export).

Our members are older and fewer – We could do with some more who are newer! So the good of the past And the present would last – Words of hope never, never were truer! April - a Greek evening.

There seems to be a case to be made for putting environmental costs into food costs. Many issues and trends associated with food production have come and gone, but the global warming and food miles issue could well be around for a long time to come. Perhaps there is an urgency about this which has not been grasped yet by many people.

May - ‘Shopping Solutions’ - dress display. June - Archaeology - from a member who ‘digs’. Do come and join us! Phone Chris Halford (830028) or Helen Leach (830 349). We meet on the third Monday of every month, at

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Meanwhile February has seen a long spell of bitter weather with our infamous north-east wind - with snow sleet and frosts

A warm and friendly welcome. New interests and activities, and a chance to hear about other people’s lives and hobbies.

Garden birds have now swarmed into areas where feeders are evident. The pink footed geese deserted their Wells roost in January as a result of low-level military flying (the MOD has been notified) much to the chagrin of bird-watchers and wild-fowlers. The roost off East Hills is a strict sanctuary area - hence the huge numbers of geese which use the roost. An incredible 147,000 pink footed geese now winter in Norfolk, nearly 50% of the world population. They breed in Iceland, Greenland and Spitzbergen. The ‘black geese’ (Brent) mainly breed in tundra areas of North Russia - as do the little Waxwings, in birch scrub where their nests are (apparently) very difficult to find. Pightle

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Margaret and John Adnitt visited the school in January and were delighted with progress there. The school looks well cared for, and the children are busy and happy. A lot of games and equipment has been sent out to the school during the last year, and much of it is in use. In particular the children were enjoying playing on scooters and bouncing on a new trampoline. However, the main success story is the school garden, suggested a year ago by one of the teachers, Oman, and financed with a very generous donation by the Great Yarmouth Rotary Club. In less than a year a plot of very overgrown and untidy waste ground next to the school has been converted into a neat garden, growing lettuces, aubergines, tomatoes and carrots. Some of these are used in the daily lunch at the school, and some are sold to increase the funds at the school. The children help in the garden, learning about cultivation. Families in the area have followed the example and the whole piece of waste ground has become productive. The village alkalo (chief) is very pleased. The school is becoming well known and this year it was selected to send a party of pupils to march in the annual Independence Day Parade, a great honour! The head teacher, Fatou Kebbeh, has very happy memories of her visit to England last summer and in particular her visits to the schools in Langham and Blakeney. She has passed on many ideas to the other teachers about using display in the classroom to help pupils to learn. Margaret and John saw evidence of this in the classroom at Albaraca School.

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Telephone (01328) 830502 MUSSEL POWER Stiffkey rightly claims its mussel beds produce the finest, freshest, fattest mussels and cockles of gourmet quality (we’ll allow Morston to share this accolade). As for producers further along this coast? Well, the proof of the pudding is in the eating! Why not a mussel and cockle festival (say once every three years) to be staged by Morston and Stiffkey. Good for trade and for tourism! This is not to belittle Morston’s famous crab supper but our mussels really are special and need celebrating.

ANSWERS TO QUIZ (See page 18 ) 1. a) A snake. b) A Compact Disk - Read Only Memory c) A plant. d) A sort of milk drink. e) A bird. f) A stew g) A marine mammal. h) A sleeveless smock-like dress worn over trousers by Muslim women. i) The scale on which earthquakes are measured. j) Short-sightedness. 2. a) (The Barents) Sea. b) (The Hudson) Bay. c) (Baffin) Island and (Baffin) Land and (Baffin) Bay. d) (The Bering) Straits. e) (The Mackenzie) River.

TRAFFIC CALMING Stiffkey residents have to live with a huge volume of traffic, especially in summer through our narrow, twisting main road. Morston have their very effective flashing 30 mph signs. Why not Stiffkey? 20 mph limits are often ignored. Bridge Street can be a race-track with many Holt/Wells communters driving dangerously fast both into and out of the village.

3. a) Colombia. b) China. c) Indonesia. d) Indonesia. e) China. f) China. g) South Korea. h) India. 4. a) Belgium. b) Italy. c) Spain. d) Germany. e) Sweden. f) Netherlands. g) Ukraine. h) UK (Scotland). i) Netherlands. j) Germany. 5. Deep Vein Thrombosis.

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Art Day The School Council decided to use the money raised for Tsunami relief to buy art materials to be used to make creative art pieces to be sold or bid for in a school gallery, making more money for the fund.

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Will take place from Monday 18th to Monday 25th April, with storyteller Cliff Norgate on Wednesday 20th April.


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There will be a wide range of plants at very competitive prices, all proceeds going to benefit the school.

Building Work Work started on Monday, 28th Feb. and should last for 6 months.

Children’s Reports on Events Science Week

We have emptied the Resources Room which is now used as a Builders’ Site Office, and Room 4 will be removed over half-term. A small portacabin, in front of the school, will serve as a temporary resource base and the photocopier will be re-sited in the lobby. The area to the right of the school (from the front) has become a large building site, fenced off for the duration of the project. From the 28th Feb. the back door has been out of use - please use the main front door for dropping off and collection (as was the custom between 1886 – 1995).

On the 10th of March the Year Five and Six of Langham Village school visited the John Innes Centre at Norwich, to learn about this year’s topic of ‘Water, water everywhere’. It started with a 1 hour lecture on the water cycle and the many uses of water that are often taken for granted. This was soon followed by a look at the ‘Hands-on Exhibition’, featuring things such as a toy car, powered entirely by water! All in all it was a marvellous trip that has been an amazing experience. Edward Turner

Plans for the new building are on display in the main entrance.

On 3.3.05 Langham School’s Years 5 went to Alderman Peel High School. It was really good because we got the experience of what it would be when we move up to High School. It gave us a chance to see what school we would go to and all the many new things we would do there. Dan Grange

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The next 6 months will be a time of great upheaval, with restricted access and play area, but will be well worth it in the end. We are also to benefit from an LEA initiative which will bring 3 interactive whiteboards into the three classes at no cost to the school. This will greatly increase our capacity to use ITC across the curriculum. We are very fortunate to have been selected for the project. M.G.

Red Nose Day Red Nose Day was great because we had fun raising money for Comic Relief. People dressed up as policemen and Spiderman. Lots wore red noses. Altogether we raised £85. George Darling


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Local Lynx Issue 41 - April/May 2005  

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

Local Lynx Issue 41 - April/May 2005  

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