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2005 ISSUE 42

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Richardsons Removals



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in our 10 villages

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


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.

1st Wed. Morston Annual Parish Council, 7.30 4th Sat. Langham Parish Room, Coffee 10 - 12 10th Fri. Saxlingham church. Jazz in June. 11th Sat. Bale Garden Fete, Manor Farm. 2.00 pm 14th Tues. Binham Village Hall. Digital Photography Workshop. 7.30 – 9.30 15th Wed. Langham Parish Room. Coffee 10 - 12 20th Mon. Morston Village Hall. Crab Supper. 20th Mon. Stiffkey W.I. 7.30 23rd Thurs. Langham Mobile Library 24th Fri. Stiffkey Mobile Library. 24th Fri. Gunthorpe Institute AGM & Fish & Chips. 6.30 25th Sat. Gunthorpe Institute. 50/50 Club. 10.30 am

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.



1st Thurs. Langham Mobile Library. 2nd Sat. Langham Parish Room. Coffee 10 - 12 2nd - 5th Binham VillageHall. Art Exhibtion. 3rd Sun. Binham Priory Concert – Mimosa Quartet. 9th Sat. Morston Friends of Church APM. Village Hall. 7.00 pm th 9 Sat. Binham Priory Concert. Gerald Gifford. 10th Sun. Binham Grand Village Fete 2.00 – 5.00. 12th Tues. Binham Priory Concert. Abbey House Quartet 16th Sat. Langham Parish Room, Leukaemia Grand Sale 16th Sat. Morston Village Design Statement meeting, Village Hall. 7.00 16th Sat. Binham Priory Concert. Calvert-Turner. 17th Sun. Binham Priory Concert. Sharona Joshua. 19th Tues. Langham Parish Council. 7.00 pm 20th Wed. Langham Parish Room. Coffee 10 - 12 20th Wed. Morston Parish Council. Village Hall. 7.30 21st Thurs. Langham Mobile Library. 22nd Fri. Binham Priory Concert. Eroica Quartet. 22nd Fri. Stiffkey Mobile Library 23rd Sat. Field Dalling Barn Dance at Mountgrace Manor 23rd Sat. Langham Parish Room. Craft & Gift Sale 10 - 5 30th Sat. Morston PCC Stalls 30th Sat. Gunthorpe Institute. 50/50 Club. 10.30 am 30th Sat. Gunthorpe F.O.G.P.C. Bar-b-que. 7.00 pm 31st Sun. Gunthorpe Fete

PLEASE NOTE: CONTACT FOR ADVERTISERS For enquiries about advertising in Local Lynx, please contact David John, tel: 01328-830933 Rates for advertising (pre-paid) are: One column x 62 mm (1/8 page): £60 for six issues. Small Ads Panel on the back page: Available for individuals and businesses providing local services. Allocated on first-paid, first-in basis. Cost: £5 per issue.

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

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

All Communion Services are in traditional language except those marked * Week 1 Week 2 Week 3

Parish Bale Field Dalling Gunthorpe Saxlingham Sharrington Binham Langham Morston Stiffkey

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


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*

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

Sunday 31 July at 10.30 am Group Holy Communion Service at Gunthorpe Church

Regular weekday services are held as follows: Binham: Tuesday 6 pm Evening Prayers Langham: Wednesday 10.00 am Holy Communion Stiffkey: Friday 9.30 am Prayers for the Parish, 10.00 am Holy Communion


St Nicholas Church, Blakeney

Following the withdrawal of the Reverend Andew Gair as incumbent for the United Benefice of Stiffkey and Bale the vacancy has been re-advertised in the Church Times with a closing date of 27th May. The interviews will take place on June 23rd. As on the previous occasion the nine parish representatives, under the leadership of Bishop James Langstaff, will select a candidate who they consider most suitable. It is hoped that by the end of that day an appointment will have been made. Candidates will be visiting all the churches in the benefice during the afternoon of June 22nd and the following morning. It is anticipated that the new incumbent will take up the post in the autumn, bearing in mind that he/she has to give notice to their present parish. Further information - www.holtbooks.co.uk/vicar Paddy Seligman (Chairman of Parish Representatives)

Saturday, 26th July, 7.30 pm

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DEANERY NEWS The next Deanery Synod meeting will take place at Diocesan House Easton on Thursday 23rd June 2005. Please note the earlier start time of 7.00 pm. After the usual reports there will be a power point presentation by the Diocesan Secretary on the work of Diocesan House. This will be followed by a tour of the offices. All the staff are giving up their evening to be present so do take this opportunity to see exactly what goes on at Diocesan House. Each benefice is organising their own transport. Further details about the evening can be obtained from Ann, tel: 01328 830605 or the Lay Chairman, Frances Jenkinson, tel: 01263 860342. Ann Sherriff

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The Council’s proposal to transfer its housing to the newly formed North Norfolk Housing Trust has received the go-ahead from tenants in a ballot following a major consultation exercise. The Electoral Reform Services conducted the vote. 76% of the eligible tenants voted. The results were: In favour of transfer - 64%. Against transfer 36%. Jackie Howe, Chair of North Norfolk Housing Tust’s Board of Management, said ‘On behalf of my colleagues on the Board, I would like to thank the tenants for the confidence they have placed in us. I can assure each and every tenant that we are determined to deliver the best possible housing service for the people of North Norfolk. We now have a real opportunity to work together with the council and tenants to create a better housing future.’ The Council agreed to the transfer at its meeting of the Full Council on 13th April and now seeks the approval of the Secretary of State, ODPM, for the transfer to take place. It is expected that the transfer will take place by early 2006. I (Bernard Crowe) sit on the Council’s Steering Group that will negotiate the arrangements for the transfer between the Council and the Trust. This has been a full cross-party initiative by the three political groups, namely Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Independents.

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Cley Village Hall. 2.30 pm. ‘Get Ahead, Get a Hat’. Talk and demonstration by Mrs. Pippa Lord.

Sat. June 4th Members’ Coffee Morning in the gardens of Mrs. Betty Coxeter. Bring and Buy Stall for the Air Ambulance.

Thurs. June 23rd Cley Village Hall. 7 pm ‘Midsummer Madness’. Evening of Supper Stories and Fun with a Midsummer Theme.

Thurs. July 7th Cley Village Hall. 2.30 pm. ‘East Anglian Air Ambulance Service’. Talk by Mr. Peter Mendham. Visitors welcome.

CADS CLEY AMATEUR DRAMATIC SOCIETY Following their hugely successful production of the pantomime Cinderella, the CADS are now rehearsing for their Summer Show.

Shoreline Management Plan Discussions continue with Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Waveney District Council to present a united front in opposing the proposed new plan. NNDC cannot accept the application of the technical analysis; i.e. managed realignment in the absence of consideration of the human, social and economic consequences for the coastal zone and inland communities. We believe that there would be a total lack of social juistice caused by a fundamental change of policy from ‘hold the line’ to retreat. In addition, there is the huge uncertainty of the impact of offshore dredging. A full council meeting on 13th April unanimously passed the following resolution - ‘This Council deplores the continued extraction of aggregates from the North Sea off the coasts North and East of North Norfolk and objects in the strongest possible terms to the renewal of Marine Aggregate Extraction licences, particularly the current Licence Renewal Proposal for Area 401/2 off Great Yarmouth.’

A MIDSUMMER MEDLY of songs and sketches will be given at Cley Village Hall on June 30th, July 1st and 2nd - and tickets will be available from Cley Post Office from the beginning of June. Several of your local favourites will be performing in this light-hearted miscellany of music and laughter. Don’t miss it.

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ORANGES FOR A FIT YOUTH AND RIPE OLD AGE Your morning orange juice may be so routine you think little of it, but Norwich scientists want to think about it for you. The Institute of Food Research (IFR) is looking for volunteers aged 20 to 80 to help understand the effects of age on how our bodies derive goodness from oranges. Just as a fruit ripens and reaches its prime for eating, our bodies undergo changes that may influence how we absorb beneficial compounds from fruits and vegetables. As we age we may need to eat more or less to derive the same benefits, as our ability to get the most from fruits and vegetables either matures or fades. Oranges contain plant chemicals called polyphenols, which are thought to help protect our bodies against chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. The effects of age on how we process polyphenols has never been studied before so there is no information available for relevant dietary advice. When we eat an orange or drink orange juice, the beneficial compounds such as polyphenols are absorbed as part of the digestive process. How well we absorb them is a measure of their ‘bioavailability’. This checks the amount absorbed from the gut and actually reaching the blood. This study will investigate the bioavailability of polyphenols in individuals of different ages.

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COPY FOR LYNX All of us, the people who run the Lynx - the village reps who send in copy, those who prepare the text for the printer, those who lay out the copy on to the pages, those who set up the pages to send to the printer - we are always grateful for any comments (usually encouraging) that we receive about the paper. But one cry always appears, time and time again. ‘It is good to hear about what is going on in our ten villages now, but what we also want to hear are memories from born and bred local people. We, especially those of us who have moved here recently (newcomers, even though we may have holiday connections that go back to our youth) long to know what life in our villages used to be’. There have been so many changes. Few of us still have a village shop or Post Office. We drive out to do our shopping. We don’t often meet walking through the street but instead in our village halls, at specially organised events. The villages can no longer be as they once were, places where everyone knows everyone and all about him and her. (No bad thing, some might say). But the past must not be let slip away. The memories of older ‘proper’ residents are of enormous value, they are the roots of life in our villages. But they can so easily become lost, swept away by the great changes that are taking place, new houses, new people, new ways of life. So many of our readers tell us how much they appreciate any ‘memories’ we print. ‘Give us more!’ they say. So, please, anyone who wants to contribute to the Lynx, write down your memories, get a friend to write what you dictate, record them on tape, and - one way or another get them to us. We shall be enormously grateful and our readers will be delighted. H.B.

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The concert by the Norfolk Fellowship Brass was a great success. The members provided a well-balanced programme which demonstrated the versatility of the members, and also their commitment to their faith. The excellent refreshments which followed added to the pleasure of the evening, and £66 was raised for the Village Hall fund. Thank you, Margaret and Albert, for organising the event.

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For Church Services see Panel on Page 3 BALE CHURCH



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The celebration of Easter was tinged with sadness as within one week Bale lost three of its long-standing residents. Phyllis Tarrant remembered living at Clip Street Farm but died at 1, Pit Cottages, in which she spent much of her life. She worked for the Hammond (Manor Farm) family and then, like many others, spent time in London before returning to her roots. Always well organised, she is remembered as one immaculately turned out and punctual. Her organisational skills came into play as she ensured that none of her thirteen driving tests was taken by the same examiner! Olive (Oggie) Bond worked for the other Hammond family in Bale, the vet, and like Phyllis spent time in London honing her skills before returning to live in what is now Orchard House. From here she supported Bale cricket team by attending matches, presumably on occasions supplying that important element the tea, but also by providing enthusiastic cricketing sons. Olive’s brother Eric was born in a cottage which now forms part of St.Ninian’s and later moved into one of the new council houses. He also worked at Manor Farm, and later looked after several Bale gardens. Living alone, he loved to chat with the ladies who, in his latter years, made sure that he had all that he needed from the shops. These three residents could recall, between them, twohundred and fifty-six years of life in Bale. We should like to extend our sympathy to their families. They will be missed in the village.

At Manor Farm, Bale On Saturday 11th June 2005 At 2.00 pm Come and listen to the Band! CROMER & SHERINGHAM BRASS Stalls include Home Made Cakes, Fancy Goods, Produce and Grocery, Jumble, Bottle, White Elephant, Tombola, Books GAMES & COMPETITIONS Shooting, Golf, Bowls, Lawn Darts, Bowling, Weight of Cake, Lucky Dip etc HOME MADE TEAS, ICE-CREAM GRAND DRAW, WINE DRAW VALUABLE PRIZES FREE ADMISSION Any donations of produce, cakes, books, white elephants, bottles or prizes will be gratefully accepted by stall holders prior to event, or on the day.

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MARGARET LOVELY It is with great sadness that the village said goodbye to Margaret Lovely who died recently, and who had been a resident of Bale for 30 years. Mrs Lovely was greatly respected and admired in the village. She played a leading role in organising the restoration of Bale Church, and served on the PCC. She was a major contributor and supporter of the village fete, and her competitive side shone through when she always hoped to beat Gunthorpe’s final total! Mrs Lovely moved from St Ninians to a nursing home in Hindolveston three years ago where she became very fond of the staff who looked after her with great care. She will be very much missed.

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In February the Diocese agreed with the architect’s initial design for the porch entrance and service building for the ruined north aisle, the only location established as acceptable to all parties. At about the same time, it became clear that the aisle was not under the jurisdiction of the Diocese, as understood by all involved up to then, but directly controlled by English Heritage. A meeting was held with English Heritage in March when their concerns about preservation of the original foundations of the aisle wall were discussed. It was agreed that the way forward would be to conduct an archaeological survey along the line of the wall and a sample area of the aisle floor. Applications for Scheduled Monument Consent, via English Heritage, and a Diocesan Faculty have been submitted for the excavation and survey. When approvals are received, funding will be sought from external sources. It is hoped the work can be carried out this summer. When sufficiently advanced, the public will be able to view a section of outer wall structure not seen for several hundred years. Notification of this opportunity will be posted around the village and invitations sent to the local schools. Design of the facilities cannot progress further until the survey has been completed, significance of any old structure assessed, together with how it can be appropriately incorporated into the new building. Further details of the survey and the overall project can be obtained from David Frost, Victoria Cottage, Langham Road, Binham

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

BINHAM PRIORY CONCERTS July 3rd Sunday Mimosa Quartet with James Boyd, viola. 7.30 pm. July 9th Saturday Gerald Gifford, harpsichord & organ. 7.30 pm. July12th Tuesday . The Abbey House String Quartet. 7.30 pm July 16th Saturday Calvert-Turner cello and harp duo. 7.30 pm. July 17th Sunday Sharona Joshua, fortepiano. 7.30 pm. July 22nd Friday Eroica Quartet. 7.30 pm. Tickets & further details: Maureen Frost, 01328 830362

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 morning 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 April, Lilian Shaw gave a very good demonstration using pastels, and on 5th May, Marilyn Jeffries gave a talk on making prints.


For further information contact James Bucknill 01328 830651. Everyone welcome.

Mr Bird, now recuperating at home, had a very pleasant surprise the other day when he was awarded a certificate from the North Norfolk District Council. It read: “The North Norfolk District Council has great pleasure in awarding a Certificate to Mr George Bird in recognition of a valued and outstanding contribution to the community of North Norfolk. John Wyatt, Chairman”

BINHAM GUILD OF ARTISTS & ASSOCIATES ART EXHIBITION 2nd to 5th July The exhibition, in the Binham Village Hall, will be open from 10 am to 6.00 pm each day. Further details from James Bucknill at 01328 830651


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Annual General Meeting

was held on th Tuesday April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Village hall. There were 11 members of the public. The chairman Andrew Cuthbert welcomed everybody there. The accounts were discussed, and the chairman read out his yearly report. He thanked all who supported the Hall. The present committee were happy to stand for another year. Andrew Cuthbert is to remain as the chairman.

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Annual Parish Meeting was held in Binham Village Hall immediately following the AGM. There were representatives from all the village groups, clubs and committees. The Chairman of the Parish Council, Juliet Case, opened the meeting and gave a brief outline of the work the Parish Council does. The Chairman of the Village Hall, Andrew Cuthbert, read out his report of the last year’s work of the Village Hall. Alan Eagle was present to represent the Local Lynx, the History Group, the Computer Group and the Baccanalians. The Local Lynx, our village magazine needed more articles and some help with producing the magazine. The History Group has many outings and events organised for the future. The Computer Group is hoping to run another computer course at the village hall soon. The Baccanalians have not had a meeting recently due to Richard Lewis not being too well. (Get well soon Richard). They hoped to start again in the autumn. David Frost was there to represent the Binham P.C.C., giving a lot of information regarding the proposed toilets & disabled access building work on the Priory and the possible rebuilding of the Priory wall. James Bucknill from the Binham Guild of Artists reported that they had been formed 5 years and has around 23 people on their books. Binham Youth Group is in its fifth year and desperately needs help. Amanda Able came along to tell us about them. They have a membership of around 50 children with between 20 and 30 attending every week. Yoga and Pilates classes are held at the hall, but nobody was able to come to the meeting. The evening ended with a discussion about trying to get more villagers to attend the parish meeting, it was suggested that next year we could have a cheese and wine evening. Everybody thanked for attending. Liz Brown

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PEAS PRIZE WINNER Tom Walduck and his family attended the Spring Fling at the Royal Norfolk Showground and entered “The British Edible Pulses, Guess the Number of Peas Competition”. Tom, (6) guessed 2806, when there were 2,808. So he Won! A very good guess, giving Tom an extremely generous winner’s prize. Well done Tom, who lives in Binham and goes to school in Langham.

THE PRIORY TEA-SHOP will open once again this summer: Friday afternoons in August from 2.30 to 4.30 p.m. Come and join us for Tea or Coffee and delicious homemade Cakes and Scones. If you would like to help out for an hour or so or bake a cake or two - please call Marie Grange at 830374.


will be held on Sunday 10th July 2005 at the Binham Memorial Village Hall and Playing Field from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm. All will be welcome. It is hoped that every organisation in the village will support this event by manning a stall or game. Attractions will include - Tombola, White Elephant, Raffle, Games, Plants, Books, Cakes and Refreshments. Please contact Liz Brown (830519) or Alan Eagle (830031) for more details.



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DIARY OF A BINHAM FARMER'S SON (aged 18) 1839 May 15. Sally (his sister) and I went to Walsingham to dinner. I stopped the night Eliza Tatt came. May 20. The men all came to have their Whitsuntide dinner. May 27. The weather continues very cold indeed. Father is afraid he shall not get his oilcake. May 31. I went to take my farewell of the girls but it is rather heartbreaking.

THE BIG QUIZ The evening was a great success thanks to the help and generosity of a huge number of people. The winners were “The Team of Eight” from Binham, with the runners up “The Stewkey Blues”. We made the grand amount of £1,300 for the Priory Access and Conservation project. A big thank you to everyone.

BINHAM 100+ CLUB WINNERS January: £25 A. Procktor; £10 R. Booth, T. Phillips; £5 K. Phillips, A. Howell, S. Cuthbert. February: £25 E. Tomlin; £10 J. Scott, S. Hewitt; £5 B. Wilde, M. Howell, R. Hewitt. March: £25 L. Wilde; £10 T. Blackiston, N. Lewis; £5 A. Howell, J. Parr, Mr Johnson. April: E. Tomlin, £10 A Howell, J. Procktor; £5 J. Phillips, N. Lewis, C. Wright. May: £25 Mr Marshall; £10 P. Bartram, K. Parr; £5 R. Hewitt, T. Hoddy, Mr & Mrs Small.

June 11. Clipping hoggetts again June 18. We had a capital game of cricket at Stiffkey and some capital singing afterwards. June 20. Long live the Queen !!! 9 times nine to her !!! (this was the anniversary of Queen Victoria's accession) June 21. Eliza Tatt has sent seven messages to me June 29. I went up to Norwich - I had never seen the market before. Richard & Norah Lewis

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY A special workshop dedicated to Digital Photography will be held at the Binham Village Hall on Tuesday 14th June 2005 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Although this session will form part of the current series of Workshops for Improvers, this will be an open meeting for anybody who wishes to learn, share their experiences or seek answers to problems. Please contact Alan Eagle on 830031 if you would like to attend.



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Regrettably due to Richard Lewis’s indisposition during the winter it has not been possible to arrange the normal quota of meetings this season. Richard, together with Alan Eagle, had hoped to organise an Evening in May but that did not prove possible. It is now the intention, with the assistance of a small committee, to make the necessary arrangements for normal meetings to start again in the autumn. Watch this space.

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No news this time, but we are looking forward to receiving further memories from Ann and her friends in future editions of the Lynx.


FIELD DALLING BARN After carefully restoring the Great Barn at Mountgrace Manor, which just happens to be the largest brick and flint barn in this part of North Norfolk, Tim and Jan Marlton wanted to put it to one of its traditional uses: a Village Barn Dance. It took many weeks to plan and organise, and took place last August, for the benefit of the St Andrew's Church Restoration Fund. It was a great success, with about 120 people attending on a pleasant late summer evening. After visiting the bar and the hog roast, most guests were brave enough to form up into lines and circles, wheeling and passing to the music of the Red Herrings Band and the expert calls of their leader. By popular request, Tim and Jan will be holding another Barn Dance this summer, on Saturday 23rd July, to the same successful formula, complete with the Red Herrings. All are welcome, including families and children of all ages. There is plenty of room! Mountgrace Manor is on the Langham Road out of Field Dalling. There will be signs, and parking is easy. Doors open at 7.00 pm. Tickets at the door will cost £6.50 for adults and £3.50 for children. The ticket price includes a hot dog supper. There will be a cash bar and soft drinks for children. The net proceeds will be donated to St Andrews as last year. And even if dancing is not your thing, you can always admire the architecture. This year, don't be left out, be there!

FIELD DALLING News Contact: Margaret Smith 01328 830546

For Church Services see Panel on Page 3

PARISH COUNCIL ANNUAL VILLAGE MEETING At the Parish Council’s Meeting in April, the various groups in Field Dalling and Saxlingham summarised their previous year’s activities and their plans. Local Lynx was discussed: everyone agreed that it is interesting to read about neighbouring villages and very useful to have a magazine connecting communities in this part of Norfolk. Therefore, on behalf of Field Dalling, thank you to all who plan, prepare and distribute Lynx, without charge and to everyone in the ten villages.

HANDMADE QUILT In the last issue you may have read about the Handmade Quilt which was raffled on Easter Saturday for church restoration funds. It raised an excellent £438, and John Holden was the lucky winner. The PCC thanks the donor of the quilt and everyone who supported the raffle.

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Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of St Mary’s Church was held at the Village Institute on March 19th 2005. The Rev Canon Wilson chaired the meeting and twelve people were in attendance. Fred Morley was re-elected as Church Warden, others elected were: Virginia Worsley, Lay Vice Chair Person; Paddy Seligman, Deanery Synod Representative & Child Protection Officer. Doreen Webster agreed to take on the job of Secretary and was warmly thanked having only lived in Gunthorpe for a few months. John Smith agreed to continue as Covenant Gift Officer. Jeremy Denholm Chairman of the Fabric Committee was co-opted and Ann Blunden would arrange the Flower Rota. We are desperate to find a Treasurer, so if you can offer your services please contact Paddy at Valley Farm House, Tel: 01263 862629. Paddy was thanked for all she had done in making arrangements for the appointment of a new Rector for the Group but, as you have heard, Andrew Gair decided not to come so a Selection Committee has had to start the task again. Fred Morley

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F.O.G.P.C. 50/50 CLUB COFFEE MORNING & DRAW And the lucky winners are: March 2005 £20 A. Smith £10 N. Worthington £5 W. Worsley F. Morley H. Worsley A. Calhaem

April 2005 E. Wilson C. Ford C. Lantau B. Curson H. Craske M. Bunting

Remember - If you are free the last Saturday of each month, please come and join us for a coffee, chat and a raffle at 10.30 am in the Village Institute everyone welcome, proceeds to Friends of Gunthorpe Parish Church.

LANGHAM LASS G extends a warm welcome

THE TUTORED WINE TASTING An intrepid band of enthusiasts turned out on the 12th March for the first Gunthorpe Red Wine Festival, to find tables laid out with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah/Shiraz, bread and water to cleanse the palate, and numerous nibbles to illustrate how food affects the flavour of wine. After a brief and not very lucid instruction from resident oeonophile Rob (“buy on an apple, sell on a cheese”) Cutterham, lots of sniffing (aroma kits) and plenty of sipping (well not much sipping, more glugging really), most of the participants managed to acquit themselves very well in a blind tasting of left and right bank clarets and a Crozes Hermitage. Some of the tasting notes even made sense (in places) and there were prizes awarded for both the best tasting notes and for the quiz - congratulations to the winners - Ray and Beryl and Chris and Mary. All monies were donated to the Friends of Gunthorpe Parish Church, who are better off to the tune of nearly £200. We have a saying in Gunthorpe (well we do now) “the proof of the evening is in the strength of the hangover” and there were one or two very pale faces the next day.

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The Choral Evensong was kindly performed at St. Mary’s this year by Gresham’s School Choir, to raise funds for Friends of Gunthorpe Parish Church. Despite my getting the date wrong (huge apologies to those who will have now missed it) the church was very full. We were extremely lucky to get Gresham’s Choir as they have a very full programme ahead of them and it didn’t take long to find out why they are so popular. Quite simply, they are tremendous singers and gave us a wonderful performance. The atmosphere was further enhanced with wonderful flowers and candles everywhere, arranged by the Committee and kind volunteers from the Hall. The refreshments afterwards went down extremely well with all the visitors (the miniature pizza slices went down a storm with the choir) and although it was only mid-April, it was just warm enough to eat and drink outside. Thank you to everyone who helped to make this such a special evensong. The list is long but here goes Canon Michael for his delightful service, the Choir for their superb performance, directed by their charismatic music master (whose name has escaped me, again), Martin Jacklin for his help with planning, everyone who helped with food and decoration and, of course, our two stalwarts in the car park, Mr Ray White and his assistant James. The Choral Evensong raised £186.25 for the Friends of Gunthorpe Parish Church, which will go towards the much-needed renovations.

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THE BARBEQUE The Friends are very pleased to announce that Mrs Marie Denholm has kindly offered to host “the Barbeque” in the grounds of Gunthorpe Hall on Saturday, July 30th starting at 7.00 pm. This is a wonderful evening, the gardens lit by torches and the tables by candlelight; the food is delicious and it is a great opportunity to relax with friends and no washing up. The ticket prices will stay the same as last year at £8.50 for adults (aged 12 & over) and £5 for the children. Soft drinks are included in the price, but please bring your own wine and/or beer. So, for the perfect English summer evening - mark the event on your calendar, invite some friends, get your pashminas off to the cleaners and remember to order your tickets well in advance from Dianne Cutterham @ White Horse Farm, Gunthorpe. Tel: 01263 860693.



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Someone must have been watching over us as we toiled away on the Churchyard Clear-up. The weather was sunny, warm and dry (as opposed to inside the church). The churchyard is looking better than ever now because, as well as the annual clear-up, thanks to Paddy, we get at least one visit a year from a team of men undertaking Community Service. These regular visits really do help the Friends keep on top of things and, as a result, we have time to give the inside of the church a bit of a spruce-up too. The Bell Tower and staircase got a visit. There is something in our owl box - let’s hope it is an owl! The main body of the church was on the receiving end of spring clean. It was easy to tell the insiders from the outsiders - dust and debris covered as opposed to grassstained and mud-splattered. As usual, this activity led to some ravenous appetites, which Rob Cutterham was pleased to satisfy with the traditional barbequed bacon/sausage butties and a glass or several of red wine. It was commented on that the sausages were particularly fine this year - they were pork and fresh leek from Graves, Briston. There are too many people to thank individually, so a collective ‘thank you very much’ to everyone who turned out, and for working extremely hard.

will be held on Friday 24th June at 6.30 pm at Gunthorpe Village Institute. All members (and potential members) are invited to come along to this very social event. Subscriptions can be paid before the official business begins at 7.00 pm sharp(ish). We expect not to take too long over that, so have any questions ready for us, so that we will soon be tucking into piping hot fish-&-chips. The fish-&-chips will, as usual, be delivered and cooked to order, by Ian, from the Midas Fish-&-Chip shop in Melton Constable. There will be a bar and wine and soft drinks will be available. Any enquiries to Dianne on 01263 860693.

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By the time you receive this copy of the Lynx, three of Gunthorpe’s most infamous residents will have departed for adventures new. I am sure that everyone sends their best wishes to our recent escapees! Mrs Lynn Marr will be arranging the artworks in her new cottage in Melton Constable, a move she has been looking forward to for a long time. Lynn is one of those amazing women who manages to do many, many things and make it look so easy! Church flowers, The Friends and all the functions, the 50/50 Club, canvassing for the Lib/Dems, her work at Holkham Hall, key-worker on the Gunthorpe Fete, family and friends, Lynn fits them all in - her only self-confessed failing is that her apple crumbles are not quite the ticket and for that we forgive her. Although deserving of a break from volunteering, we are delighted and more than a little relieved that she will remain nearby and has not relinquished any of her work. See you soon Lynn. Mr and Mrs John Rush have finally found their dream house, though the only possible drawback although others would say it was a benefit - is that it is not in Gunthorpe. Lisa and John/Jonnie/Rushie (the pseudo-names are many) have had a home in Gunthorpe for almost 25 years and played a big part in village life (we will always be grateful for their ‘organisation’ of the ‘Games on the Green’ 2002). Their children, now grown up, have fond memories of Norfolk holidays and now, with lots of space to spare, John and Lisa will be making sure that their grand-children can have the same pleasures. There will be lots to occupy them over in Sloley but we can rest assured that they remain always ready to party! We did impose departure restriction - they could only leave the village if they found a volunteer to take over the Catch-the-Rat at the fete! AND A QUICK HELLO TOO……… John and Lisa Rush are pleased to announce that they have found a volunteer to take over the Catch-the-Rat (that was quick). The new incumbents at Gardener’s Cottage (and therefore of the Rat) will be James, Jo and Oliver Holden. The Holden family have very, very strong links to the village - just ask Di and John Blakeley……….. Welcome to back to Gunthorpe!

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For Church Services see Panel on Page 3 LANGHAM CHURCH NEWS

On Saturday July 2nd in Norwich Cathedral Church, Jo Fawcett will be priested. Please remember her in your prayers.

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

BEREAVEMENTS George Marshall 17th April. Graham Henry Shucksmith (Gassy). 9th May.

NEWS FROM THE PLAYING FIELD Thanks to last summer’s donation from the Street Fayre, the Playing Field Committee is planning to obtain and install additional play equipment, particularly suitable for younger children. This will probably be sited near to the present ‘tractor’ climbing frame so that parents can easily watch over children using both pieces of equipment. These plans will be discussed at an open meeting of the Playing Field Committee to be held in the Parish Room on a date to be arranged shortly. This will provide an opportunity for village residents to ask questions about the future of the field generally and to put forward any suggestions they may wish to be considered. Please keep a sharp look out for posters around the village advertising the meeting. All are welcome to attend and their views will gladly be considered. The playing field is an important village amenity. Your views and support are important. Any enquiries to John Hope (Chairman) 830847, Patrick Allen (Treasurer) 830348 or Bob Brandt (Secretary 830056).

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March 19th saw this annual event take place yet again. This time we had a new venue, in the Old Haybarn, thanks to Simon and Jo Valentine who invited us to this fascinating conversion of an enormous barn into a modern house. We had the use of a vast upstairs room with views over to Blakeney Point and enormous timber beams under a massive roof. All the usual stalls were there: lovely cakes, a big tombola loaded with prizes, a whisky raffle, delicious refreshments and other attractions. There was a good crowd of people anxious not only to support the coffee morning but to view the house as well! We made a profit of £500 towards the Church Funds and are duly grateful to the Valentines for their hospitality.

15.9.19 - 17.4.05 George was born in Bow, and continued to live and work in the East End of London for many years. He worked from the age of fourteen, first as a ship repairer, which was hard and costly work. He lost an eye in an accident and the metal dust seriously damaged his teeth. Then, until he retired, he worked as a draughtsman, making mould design for glass. George and Queenie met at a Coronation celebration and were married for exactly sixty-two years. Vic and Anne arrived and eventually they all moved to Harlow where they lived for twenty years. Like many, others their love for Norfolk began when they started having holidays at Blakeney caravan site.

After all this, who was Joy who gave her name to this annual event? Newcomers to the village since 1996 never met her. She lived at the top of St. Andrew’s Drift and held an annual coffee morning around Easter to raise money for the Fabric Fund, now called the Langham Church Building Trust. It was always an enjoyable occasion and after she moved away in 1994 Langham decided to continue the event and name it after her. Martin and Margaret Freeth took the task on and held it annually in their home, the Old Manor Barn.

When they moved into their house in the Cornfield, the garden was just a mass of builder’s rubble, which gave George the opportunity to indulge his passion for gardening. The local pub played a significant part in George’s life wherever he lived. There was nothing he liked more than sharing a pint or two and some good conversation with his friends. He was a proud family man and loved family celebrations. He enjoyed planning, cooking and eating good food; keeping a diary of everything they had.

Joy Franklin came from Pirton in Hertfordshire and had always loved North Norfolk so retired here about 1984 and instituted the coffee morning then. On her 70th birthday in 1994 she asked for donations to repair the East window in the church rather than receive presents and during the same year moved back to Pirton to be near her family as she was by then suffering from cancer and died in 1996.

Throughout his life George coped bravely with a lot of illness, including meningitis as a baby, and TB as an adult; in spite of this he was never persuaded to give up smoking! In the last year or so his health deteriorated. He became very frustrated that he could no longer tend his beloved garden or go to the pub. In January this year he moved to Letheringsett Hall, where he was beautifully looked after. He died peacefully in his sleep while waiting for his morning cup of tea.

We hope this annual event will flourish for many years to come and help to keep Joy’s memory alive. Competition results were:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Queenie, Vic and Anne. His neighbours, too, will miss the twinkle in his eye when he stopped for a chat on one of his regular walks round the block.

Weight of cake: 4lbs 4oz - June Harvey. Basket of flowers: Sue Bryett-Hull. Quilt: Jan Hope No. of eggs - 106; Jan Hope. Bottle of Whisky; Mr Mann of Holt. Many thanks to all who helped in any way.




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LANGHAM LADYBIRDS Our usual Mardle was held in March and the 2005/6 programme discussed before a Fun Music Quiz enjoyed by 23 ladies. Ken Read from NNDC came in April to give us all the information about the new Mobile Gym planned for the villages. It is hoped to start the Gym programme very soon. Watch this space! We meet regularly and have a very varied programme. Why not join us? The subscription is only £2 for a year. Just give me a call. Thursford (I have some tickets for nice seats reserved) September 6th Coldstream Guards Concert with Buffet £16 each. December 17th Christmas Spectacular £23.50 each. Everybody welcome, please let me know asap. Maureen 830731

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The North Norfolk Orchestral Society once again provided us with a concert of classical music to suit all tastes, directed and conducted by Freddy Pointer. We enjoyed a programme of well chosen items ranging from Handel’s Water Music, an appropriate choice in view of the downpour which greeted most of the audience on arrival, to Mussorgsky’s Great Gate of Kiev. Despite a short delay, when the clarinettist was in danger of being lost at sea, the orchestral crew was in ship-shape order, and we were away on our musical journey through eight movements of the Water Music suite. An interesting choice followed with Wolf-Ferrari’s Intermezzo from School for Fathers. The muted strings throughout this piece contrasted pleasantly with the well-structured Handel suite. Mozart’s Haffner Symphony in D brought the first half of the concert to its close. This symphony, written for Sigmund Haffner, Burgomeister of Salzburg’s family, was written in a matter of a fortnight. It is one of Mozart’s better known symphonies and the orchestra played it at a tempo which enabled the ear to appreciate the subtle nuances of Mozart’s genius. Most orchestras tend to tackle this work at break-neck speed as though trying to emphasise Mozart’s achievement in completing his composition in just fourteen days. The second half of the concert began with a fascinating Fantasia on Traditional Sea Songs, this being the year for celebrating Nelson’s life. There are several versions of variations on sea songs or shanties, arranged and played on concert and theatre organs, but the orchestral interpretation seems more appropriate. Then came music for an English summer evening what could be more English than Edward Elgar. The lyrical Salut d’Amour, both evocative and nostalgic, followed by the Nimrod Variation, put us in a more sombre mood, much in keeping with a church atmosphere and its associations with auspicious occasions. The finale, Mussorgsky’s Great Gate of Kiev, is also the finale of his famous Pictures at an Exhibition. Here, minus a timpanist, the orchestra gave full vent to its enthusiasm and feeling, with the constant interplay of minor scales among string and wind instruments, while the brass contingent thundered out majestic chords, providing an impressive musical picture of a striking monument of architecture. Their enthusiasm was echoed by the audience. Our applause demanded an encore and what better than a ‘Can Can’ to set feet tapping and bodies rocking with the vigour and sheer enjoyment of the music. All good things come to an end, and we thank Freddy Pointer and his enthusiastic band of musicians, for giving us a rare opportunity to hear and enjoy live music. KB


ARTS, CRAFTS & GIFTS TO BUY Saturday 23rd July 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

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We will be holding regular coffee mornings to help establish a permanent venue to allow villagers to meet their friends for coffee/tea and a chat. There will also be board games and other activities.

Refreshments available all day. ADMISSION FREE To book a table ring Ann on Tel: 01328 830605

So put the following dates in your diary.

In aid of Langham Church General Funds.

The first Saturday and the third Wednesday in each month 10.00 – 12.00 4th and 15th June 2nd and 20th July th 6 and 17th August rd 3 and 21st September 1st and 19th October


A message from Philip Godwin, Conservation and Design Manager, North Norfolk District Council, dated 13th May, reads: ‘As discussed earlier in the year it is proposed to take the Langham VDS to the appropriate Council Committee for consideration as adopted Council policy. I understand the correct meeting to be the Cabinet, the next meeting of which is scheduled for 6th June. For the VDS to be adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document to the Local Development Framework a series of extended consultation and adoption procedures would be required.

LEUKAEMIA RESEARCH FUND We are getting everything ready for the Grand Sale on Saturday July 16th 10am – 1pm. Bargains for all. Your continued support is appreciated.


It may also be necessary for the Council's Development Control Committee to receive the report.’

Do you want to be your own boss, running your own business? Are you: Outward-going Someone who enjoys meeting and talking to people Able to be diplomatic with all Energetic and enthusiastic Looking for a challenge If so, Langham Parish Council would like to hear from you. We are in the process of trying to re-establish the Village Shop and Post Office. We are currently at the early stages of doing this, looking at various possible premises and evaluating possible grant funding. We are keen, as is the village, as highlighted in the survey last autumn, to see this work.

Councillor Jonathan Savory has agreed to support the adoption of the VDS as Council policy when it reaches the appropriate committee. In the view of the Village Design Group this would be an acceptable outcome, giving the VDS a reasonable degree of validity Hopefully, we should have further news for the next issue B.B.

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Sunday 19th Opening of Lady Rathcavan’s Arboretum & Garden (Umgeni, Coast Road) from 12.00 until 5.00 pm. Including teas, plant stall, cake stall and Hilltop Telescope Point for views across the Marshes. Proceeds to Friends of Morston Church. Parking areas will be signed. Tickets (£3.00) on the gate. Set on a steep incline behind the salt marshes, full of rare shrubs and trees and unusual plants – many of which have been transplanted from Ireland. Info from 01263-740431.


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Monday 20th Morston Church Crab Supper (in the Village Hall), preceded by Trip: A trip to see the seals and birds and harbour. Proceeds to the PCC. Tickets: £12.00 each (including a glass of wine or beer or a soft drink) from Mary Athill (01263-740306) or Hope Todd (01263740118). Our usual delightful trip for old friends and new.

OUTBOARD THEFTS: ARREST MADE In March another break-in happened to a boat in the creek and another engine was stolen, bringing the Morston total to over 20 outboards. However an arrest has been made and new security systems are now in place, so we are expecting thefts to decrease.

July Saturday 9th Friends of Morston Church Committee Meeting at 6.00 pm at Coastguard House, followed by the Annual Public Meeting at 7.00 pm in the Village Hall.

LADIES’ JEWELLERY Found on Quay/Car Park on Tuesday May 14th 2004. The notice is still up. Claimants should call the Police in Holt (01692-402222).

Saturday 16th 7.00 pm. Village Design Statement (VDS) Committee Meeting in the Village Hall. Morstoners not on the VDS Committee or the Parish Council are welcome to attend.

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The VDS is at last back from the NORTH NORFOLK DISTRICT COUNCIL (NNDC) with comments from the Conservation & Design Office and the Planning Office.

Thanks to local generosity the church now has a ramp for access for the disabled; for which we are all most grateful.

After the Chairman & Deputy Chairman have met and edited it further, the Proposed Final Draft including graphics will be circulated to the VDS Committee, for a Meeting in the Village Hall on 16th July to approve the text, including added graphics/pictures (some 18 pages) together with a History/Wildlife Section (which will not need to go to the NORTH NORFOLK DISTRICT COUNCIL (NNDC)). After this the graphics will be edited and upgraded by Godfrey Sayers and the Chairman, prior to the completed document going before the Parish Council on 9th December.

REPAIRS UP-DATE Repairs to the church continue. Plans are in existence for spending up to £20,000 on these before Christmas – paid for by Friends of Morston Church (who have to date raised some £23,000 of the £100,000 required over the coming few years). Problems with the south aisle are now hopefully behind us and we are now looking for approval to waterproof the windows and to decorate the tower, as well as replacing the tower ladder with something, which will meet the Health & Safety laws.

The complete document will include a supplement, covering History, Wildlife and “Morston Today”. The first two parts have already been approved. For the last part of this Supplement the Morston VDS Committee will have invited Morston businesses each to write a small history and advertisement of a page or so; and the Committee will apply to the PC for approval for the quantity of VDS booklets required and a budget topup to cover production. (The current VDS balance is £281.89). This “non-Design” Supplement will help to sell the MVDS at, say £1 a copy - hopefully perhaps to help with church maintenance (like some other villages have done).

FRIENDS OF MORSTON CHURCH ANNUAL QUIZ SHIELD, 19th MARCH Once again Graham Lubbock and his team, the Morston Pishmires, at a splendid evening (with a delicious supper organised by Mally Bullard) held in the Village Hall, won the Annual Morston Quiz prize: a case of wine - and their team and captain’s name to be put on the new Quiz Shield. The home teams, which included John & June Wise’s Morston Bishop Barnabees, John & Carole Bean’s Morston Cockles and Jim & Jane Temple’s Missing the Point, were pleased to welcome the visitors: Carolyn Wright’s Binham Sanderlings and Ann Chappel’s Fakenham Fuzhackers. Godfrey Sayers has volunteered to bring a team next year.

The final stage will be for the VDS to be sent in January 2006 to the North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) for its - we hope - final consideration, for its use as Supplementary Planning Guidance.


A pair of short-eared owls were reported in April on Stony Road, but they appear to have left.

On 27th April The Anchor held a Fundraising Special Event for Friends of Morston Church. It was a terrific success with a packed house. Visitors were welcomed at a marquee outside the main entrance, where hog roast was served. Everyone at the Anchor would like to thank all their suppliers who took part during the evening.


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In April, Christian Bates (10) from Kent was seeking his forbears called Pike, whom he stated were “buried in Morston churchyard, but were not in the burial records”.

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We have written to him that:

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(1) the 1881 census (but not the 1871 one) lists Daniel Pike, 48, agricultural labourer, and his wife Sarah Pike, 52, as living in “Morston Street”, Morston (in the “Rural Sanitary District” of Walsingham), with Robert Midleton, 10, “scholar” (schoolboy), born in Cley, living with them; and

Rogation Sunday (Beating the Bounds) Perhaps this is not marked in all churches nowadays but it still has some significance for rural communities. The purpose of Rogation Sunday is for us to become aware of, and be thankful for, everything that forms the background to our lives in general.

(2) the 1891 census has: Daniel Pike, 68 and his wife, Sarah Pike, 63 [10 and 11 years wrong?] as living in China Row, with Robert Midleton, lodger, 21, (?) lodger; and

Accordingly, a group of parishioners - which included four small children (Maud, Allegra, William and Jack) and a dog (Rowley) - met at St Andrew’s Church on Sunday morning, 1st May, for a short talk, given by Joy Wright, a hymn and a prayer, before setting off on a walk through the village.

(3) that the Burials List in the church omits a few people, whose dates of burial were known, but where no location could be determined. These did indeed include Daniel Pike, who was buried here on July 9th 1911 aged 33.

In spite of a dismal weather forecast, the rain held off and we were able to amble happily through the village, pausing to reflect with hymns and prayers the importance of each strategic landmark as we came to it. We went along as far as the duck-pond before returning to the church for coffee and biscuits.

Anyone with further information on the Pikes living here that might help our young visitor-searcher, is asked to call the local Editor on 01263-740431. Also resident in The Street in 1881 were Ann Potter, 31, dressmaker, and her son, a 4-year-old schoolboy called Harry Potter, (who, by 1891, was apprenticed to Henry Temple, the blacksmith).

Joy Wright and Sheila Harris organised the event and, on our behalf, John Holden thanked them both for working so hard to make this special service so enjoyable.

ANSWERS TO QUIZ by Samphire (See page 17)

Jazz in June

(1) What?

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a) Blakeney Point. b) a bird (a type of duck). c) The grey seal. d) a type of apple. e) A “6”. f) Brass. g) J.R. in “Dallas”. h) A ringing or buzzing in the ears. i) An otter’s home. j) A baby eel. (2) “Well known”

Patronal Festival

a) Cricket. b) Skating. c) Inventor of the telephone. d) Eldest son of Noah. e) Inventor of the hovercraft. f) Discoverer of penicillin. g) 1st man to reach the North Pole. h) Fastest sailor to sail around the world. i) Jamaican-born England footballer 1983-92. j) Premier of the Soviet Union 1953-1964 and especially during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.

This will be celebrated with Evensong at £3.00 pm on Sunday, 24th July. The Rev.d Angela Dugdale will conduct the service, after which we will enjoy tea in a nearby garden



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For Church Services see Panel on Page 3 SPRING COFFEE MORNING Luckily for Sharrington, the storm clouds stayed on the other side of the A148 on the Wednesday after Easter, so guests at Anne Sloman’s coffee morning had a slight respite from the dreadful bank holiday weather. All Saints’ Cottage was the delightful venue for a church fund-raiser which made the remarkable total of £532. Under the capable eye of door keeper Malcolm Thompson, visitors were offered coffee and homemade biscuits and then filtered through to Joan Thompson’s raffle, Pippa Long’s cake stall and eventually outside to where Francoise Allenby presided over the plant stall. We were even able to inspect Anne’s flower and vegetable gardens without the threatened rainstorms. Extra help came from members of the PCC and the smaller hands of Harriet and Daisy, without whose enthusiasm cake sales would have been much slower. We were grateful to our friends from other villages who supported this event and made it such a success, and for the many donations that helped boost profits. We even had the added bonus of the Bishop of Lynn, the Rt. Rev. James Langstaff, who was a reassuring presence in our time of interregnum and who proved that the Church is a great supporter of raffles when he awarded first prize to Rev. Jo Fawcett of Langham. P.E.L.

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MICHAEL RICKETTS Until ill health prompted a move to Cornwall, Michael and his dear wife, Judy, were much valued members of our community in Saxlingham, living opposite the church for many years. Sadly, Michael died at the end of last year, and a service of Thanksgiving for his life was recently held in St Peter’s Chapel, Sutton Valence, with several of his friends from Saxlingham attending. Many heartfelt tributes were paid to Michael, recalling his kindliness, generosity of spirit and ability to deal with life’s crises. As a young man Michael served with the army in North Africa during the 1939-45 war. He received injuries which left him with a hearing problem and which he was able to turn to his advantage on occasion when, with great charm, he would deliberately mishear those things which he did not wish to comment upon. Following his army service, Michael went on to Trinity College, Oxford and when he came down he took a teaching post at Sutton Valence school, where he remained for 17 very successful years before going on to Greshams and coming to live in Saxlingham. Michael had so many admirable qualities and will long be remembered in our community for his warmth and understanding, his never-failing offers of help and devotion to his churchwarden’s duties. We knew him as a gentle, honourable, courteous man, and one for whom life’s absurdities had their place. In the family tribute, Michael’s son, James, said ‘When my father was around laughter was never far away. The man we remember was gregarious and fun, a natural enthusiast with a jovial nature and a mischievous sense of humour.’ Just so.

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Stiffkey went away to Happisburgh in the ¼ of the Division 1 Cup without 4 players, including keeper Goodfellow, so Webb, (who is only 5’4”) went between the sticks.

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The 1st half was very tight, but Stiffkey were playing the better football and had a couple of chances, but it remained goalless. Happisburgh opened the scoring in the 2nd half only for Stiffkey to come back with a header from Cutting. 25 minutes to go, Happisburgh went 2-1 up, but again Stiffkey levelled with Duncan Mills. Stiffkey were working hard and thought they won the match when the Ref. said a Mills shot went over the line only for the linesman to disallow it. Extra time came and went, so it went to penalties when put Denny in goal and came up trumps as Happisburgh missed one and Denny saved two, so Stiffkey went through 3-1 on pens.

For Church Services see Panel on Page 3 Family Service, Sunday, 3rd July, at 11.00 am This will be a Special Pet Service in the churchyard. Families and children with their pets will be most welcome - all creatures great and small! Visitors to St John the Baptist Church, Stiffkey, often comment in the visitors’ book on the fact that the church and its grounds are tidy and well kept. We are extremely grateful to those volunteers, some churchgoers and some not, who give so freely of their time. We are very grateful indeed to the members of the Wright family from Wells and Briston who keep their ‘half’ of the churchyard in such excellent order that those of us who look after the rest are inspired not to let the side down. Without their wholehearted efforts over several years, the grounds of the church would be in a sorry state.

A superb effort considering who was our Man of the Match (Danny Mills) our hat-trick hero.

NOTE OF THANKS I wish to express my thanks to all those people who helped and supported me during my son Alexander’s recent health scare. The cards and gifts were greatly appreciated.

We are equally indebted to the noble band of villagers who for two months a year man the Dyson, do battle with the cobwebs, tip out the dead flowers and replace them with some wonderful displays. On a cold December or January day it is a real challenge to be enthusiastic about these tasks! Your efforts are appreciated, not only by those who attend on Sundays but all those who visit our peaceful and lovely little church while holidaying here.

I felt very comforted by the concern shown to me. Thankfully, Alexander has made a full recovery. Phillippa Neale

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Sunday, 28th August, 12 noon - 5.00 pm (on the Playing Field) All the usual attractions:Justo James, Cake Stall, Teas etc, Family Dog Races, Drench the Wench, Sideshows, Beer Tent and BBQ and Ray Waller as Compere. With our new committee for 2005 we shall be seeking voluntary help and support from the people of Stiffkey to make sure our Fete is as successful as in previous years. Please contact : Eddie Proctor (chairman) - 830286, Cherry Martin - 830750, and Phillippa Neale - 830072.


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MUSIC AT NO 2 Wednesday, April 13th, Comic Relief evening, raised £60 for Comic Relief. Victor Borge got us off to a side splitting start conducting (?) the Dance of ‘The Comedians’. Some bedroom farce from Verdi’s ‘Falstaff’ and two extracts from Jonathan Miller’s production of ‘The Mikado’ provided more laughs later in the programme. The group recesses for the summer and will resume in September. It’s very informal, sometimes informative, and invariably enjoyable. If you would like to join us watch for the poster in the shop in late August!! The two evenings in February and March raised almost £200 for Sally Bass in The Gambia. Sally, who is eighteen, started her nurse’s training at the hospital in Banjul in April, and the money is helping her with the books, uniform and other items which she needs to start her career. She has started very well and achieved 88% in her first test!

STIFFKEY W.I. Recent events have included an enjoyable talk from Mrs Gloria Hurn of Wells and Burnham Market fame, and a Greek Evening which seems to have been much enjoyed by our guests. Dennis Lotis sang for us and we had a Quiz about Greece as well as some good Greek food. In May we had a Dress Show and Sale and in June we will have a talk from a member who is active in archaeological exploration. So you see, it’s not just ‘Jam and Jerusalem’! In fact, neither figures much! Come and join us at any meeting on the third Monday of each month. 7.30 pm in Stiffkey Village Hall.

HIGH TIDE FLOTSAM AND JETSAM The very high spring tides leave an astonishing amount of rubbish washed up to the edge of, and over, the coastal footpaths. English Nature worked very hard to clear up between Stiffkey and Wells, over 200 bags of plastic, bottles, timber - you name it, and they were helped by a squad of detainees from local prisons. How much of this rubbish comes off boats and how much is deposited on beaches and marsh by holidaymakers? Either way, a disgrace!

THANKS I would like to thank all those that recently helped with the Bingo to raise funds for Stiffkey Village Hall and Playing Field. Thanks to those that gave prizes and those that helped and attended. For your information, the amount that was raised was £360, which will be divided between the two parties equally. Once again, thank you all for your support. Mrs P. Jordan.

LAST WORD If we have no faults we should not take so much pleasure in noticing them in others.


Other Events This has been a very busy period in the life of the school, among other things - (having the builders in and around the place, etc, etc) - the children have been sitting important tests and the staff have also been fully occupied. We will have to defer until our next Lynx edition the children’s own reports on the following events they have enjoyed:


Book Fair week, Norwich City Special, Art in the Village (The Wighton Art Exhibition), Poetry Next the Sea

Thank you for your patience - although there is a lot of mess, we can see the new project taking shape - very exciting. We are all much fitter for having to walk around the school now! Mike Green

A special competition. The following did particularly well: Winners - Henry Valori, Kate Esslemont, Toby Brewer and Georgina McEwan. Highly praised - Tom Walduck, Cameron Rose, Angus Duncan, Scarlet Donohoe, Emily Wiles, Dan Grange, Jenna Mostyn, Edward Turner and Joshua Bean, and

School News French Club This meets before school on Tuesdays, 8.05 - 8.30 for Juniors and on Wednesdays, 8.15 - 8.30 for Infants.

Maths week

Countryside Day at Holkham

Took place from Monday, 6th - Friday, 10th June.

At the time of going to press this has not yet taken place, but promises to be a very rewarding experience.

P.E. An extended, quality, athletics programme, delivered by APHS PE leaders (Victoria Matthews and Jan Royston) and using Sanders coaches for transport, had been arranged for Years 4, 5 & 6

Note The Lynx has received several compliments on the cover picture on Issue 40, in which we printed the results of our Short Story competition, using one of the children's pictures on the cover. The school has kindly sent us a selection of children's pictures for future use. Below we show a seasonal picture by Emily, aged 8. Ed

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Football The school team played in the annual Reepham Tournament, and was chosen to play on the Carrow Road pitch prior to the Birmingham City match - a special experience.




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Local Lynx Issue 42 - June/July 2005  

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

Local Lynx Issue 42 - June/July 2005  

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