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

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5th Fri. Binham Priory Tea-shop. 2.30 – 4.30 6th Sat. Field Dalling & Saxlingham Village Fete, Field Dalling Hall. 2.00 pm. 6th Sat. Langham Parish Room. Coffee. 10 – 12 6th Sat. Langham Stall on the Green 7th Sun. Morston Regatta. 8th Mon. Langham Playing Field, Rounders and BBQ 10th Wed. Langham Ladybirds visit Houghton Hall. 12th Fri. Binham Priory Tea-shop 2.30 – 4.30 13th Sat. Morston Oyster Regatta. 13th Sat. Binham Street Fair. 9.00 am on. 13th Sat. Langham stall on the Green 17th Sat. Langham Parish Room. Coffee. 10 – 12 18th Thurs. Langham Mobile Library 19th Fri. Binham Priory Tea Shop. 2.30 – 4.30 20th Sat. Langham Stall on the Green. 20th Sat. Stiffkey Village Hall, Auction. 26th Fri. Binham Priory Tea-shop 2.30 – 4.30 27th Sat. Langham Stall on the Green. 27th, 28th Sat & Sun. Morston PCC Stalls 27th Sat. Gunthorpe Institute. 50/50 Club. 10.30 28th Sun. Stiffkey Fete, 12 noon – 5.00 pm 28th Sun. Binham Priory – ‘Sirinu’ 7.30

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3rd Sat. Langham Parish Room. Coffee. 10 – 12 4th Sun. Binham Priory Concert. Trevor Pinnock 7.30 6th Tues. Sharrington Village Hall, ‘Pampered Chef’ 10th Sat. Norfolk Church’s Bicycle Ride 14th Wed. Morston Parish Council. Village Hall. 7.30 14th Wed. Langham Ladybirds - Chris Weston 15th Thurs. Langham Mobile Library. 17th Sat. Binham Priory. Concert. 7.30 20th Tues. Langham Parish Council. 7.00 20th Tues. Binham Local History. ‘19th Century Excavations at Binham Priory’. 7.30 st 21 Wed. Langham Parish Room. Coffee. 10 - 12 20th Tues. Binham Local History - excavations at Binham Priory. 7.30 24th Sat. Gunthorpe Institute. 50/50 Club. 10.30 24th Sat. Binham Priory Concert. 7.30

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 AUGUST & SEPTEMBER 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 HC Joint at Saxlingham 11.00 am MP 9.30 am HC 9.30 am MP/BCP 11.00 am HC 9.30 am HC* 9.30 am HC/BCP 11.00 am FS

9.30 am HC 11.00 am HC 11.00 am HC Joint at Field Dalling 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

Please note joint services between Field Dalling and Saxlingham, Weeks 1 and 2 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



Father Michael Simison, 12, Hindringham Road, Gt. Walsingham. Norfolk NR22 6DR . Tel:01328 821353 Service Times Sunday Mass - 10.30am. Thursday & Saturday evenings - 6.00pm.

The Bishop of Lynn and the nine Parish Representatives who assisted Bishop James and the Patrons of the Stiffkey and Bale Benefice in the selection of a new Parish Priest are delighted to announce the appointment of Reverend Joanna Anderson. Joanna was ordained deacon in 1988 and priest in 1995; she has served in parish ministry in the Lincoln Diocese and was for 7 years Rector of the South Trinity Broads benefice here in Norfolk. Between these posts Joanna was for three years the Warden of Iona Abbey in Scotland. Since 2002 Joanna has been the Director of the Body, Mind, Spirit project in Norwich working with children and families in disadvantaged communities. In addition to her experience of parochial ministry, Joanna brings her expertise in creative ways of developing the spiritual life of both children and adults, drawing on her own background in the creative arts. Joanna is married to Peter, an industrial chemist, and they have 3 children, Tom, Cate and Fiona. We are looking forward to Joanna’s Institution, which will be arranged in the near future. With her husband Peter and their family Joanna looks forward to the move to Langham. We consider we are extremely fortunate to have secured her as our Parish Priest.

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Cromer & District Hospital North Norfolk Primary Care Trust has selected a preferred site and an alternative. Ideally the site would be identified via the forthcoming local development framework but this would introduce delay. As swift progress is needed, a planning application on either site will be determined under existing planning policy. Owing to the sensitivity of both sites, a development brief will be prepared to address the pertinent issues and consult with stakeholders, including the public.

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Development Strategy Principles It has been agreed that new housing should be developed in settlements that can support residential growth and have local facilities, such as village schools and provide employment. In practice this means most new development should be in market towns, particlarly those with a good range of employment opportunities, services and facilities. Residential growth in villages should aim to maximise the provision of affordable housing for local people, and be restricted to villages with a range of local services and facilities.

‘THE TURN OF THE TIDE’ a new book about the North Norfolk Coast This book of twenty different aspects or views on life on the north Norfolk coast by twenty local people and edited by Ian Scott, is to be highly recommended. Contributors include the Revd John Penny, Godfrey Sayers and Dominick Harrod.


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Thurs. 4th Aug. 10:00 am - 4.00 pm ‘Open Day’ at Blakeney Village Hall Tues. 27th Sept. 7:30 pm. Blakeney Methodist Chapel. ‘Two Centuries of Rages and Ravishes’ by Matthew Champion. Tues. 25th Oct. 7:30 pm. British Legion Hall. ‘Blakeney ‘Chapel’ All is Revealed’ by Richard Lee. Tues. 29th Nov. 7:30 pm. Blakeney Methodist Chapel. ‘Archaeology of Churches’ by Rik Hoggett

Do you enjoy reading the Lynx? Do you enjoy doing jigsaw puzzles? Why not join the team who put the paper together - it can be fun! If there isn’t enough copy to fill the pages, the contents can be s t r e t c h e d. If there is too much, then it is a case of shrink-wrapping. When I was first asked to help I hadn’t a clue what it was all about, but I found I enjoyed the challenge. Why not join us and see what we do - there are only 6 copies a year! Go on - give it a try! S.H.




We knew it might, but always hoped it wouldn’t. Terrorism has come to London in its most random, pointless form. The killed or injured came from all walks of life, all beliefs, all religious groups. Can anything good come from such evil? We remember that London has always been the centre for immigrant minorities who, over centuries, have become integrated in our country and have contributed enormously to our lives. Can we grieve together for all those killed and injured - or must we turn on all Muslims, tarring all with the same brush? I do hope not. Helen Brandt

After three years as the Rural Dean, the Reverend Canon Philip Norwood retired in July. He handed over to the Reverend Howard Stoker, Rector of Holt, who was licensed to this work by the Bishop of Lynn, the Rt. Reverend James Langstaff on 15th July at St. Andrew’s Church, Holt. Deanery Quiet Day Sept. 15th, at Beck House, Kelling. Deanery Festival Evensong Sun. Sept. 25th. St. Nicholas’ Church Blakeney. No workshops this year. This will be the last service in the Deanery for the Reverend Canon Philip Norwood. The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt. Reverend Graham James will preach. Watch out for posters for further details of these two events.

CLEY AMATEUR DRAMATIC SOCIETY Members of the CADS again demonstrated their versatility with a wide selection of songs and sketches at their Summer Show held in June at Cley Village Hall. Cast members worked well and were rewarded with an appreciative reception from their audience. Whatever goes on on-stage, back-stage members of a company play a very important part. CADS would be delighted to hear from anyone who would be interested in joining their backstage team. It’s not all hard work - and there’s still time for a lot of fun. Plans are going ahead NOW for the next production, so don’t be shy! - come along and join this very friendly company. For more details ring 01328 830248

CLEY W.I. There will be no meeting in August. On Thursday Sept. 1st the speaker will be Mr. Peter Wilson, Chief Executive of the Theatre Royal, Norwich. All meetings are at Cley Village Hall on the first Thursday of each month at 2.30 pm. Visitors and potential new members are most welcome.

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Many Bale residents remember time spent with Claude in the warmth of the forge in Sharrington Road. Its conversion to a studio involved nothing more than a good clean and a new floor, but the new residents (a warm welcome to you) will need to make changes; a large anvil can inflict painful injuries on guests. Sarah (of Open Studio fame) advertised the anvil on e-bay for me, in the hope that it could be used once again, and we were contacted by a charity called ‘Tools for Self-reliance’ who accept donations of tools which can help people in the third world to set up in business. They are particularly keen to receive anvils, and will pay for them if necessary, sending them with a complete set of blacksmith’s tools, and supplying training in their use. One enterprising Tanzanian makes plasterers’ tools from broken car springs and sells them in England! Claude’s anvil is on its way to either Sierra Leone or Ghana. His sister Betty says that he would have been delighted, although I suspect that such an outcome would have seemed fantastic as he worked away at shoeing his beloved horses. Maybe you are overstocked with tools; the charity can be contacted on 02380869697. This gives me a chance to say a sad farewell to all the friends in Bale who have made me feel as though I have always lived there. I shall miss you all, and must now concentrate on getting fit for the Devon hills. Jenny H.

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BALE CHURCH FETE 11 June 2005 All went well on the day, as we have come to expect. Willing hands turned out after breakfast to carry the tables, chairs and other paraphernalia to the positions. The usual gang trudged to and fro in the familiar routine, checked by Walter. Mark manoeuvred the trailer and tractor. An hour later all was in place. There were many anxious glances at the sky as overcast grey alternated with thunder cloud black. Sheets of polythene were kept handy, as the stallholders then arrived to lay out their wares. But the actual day of the fete is the tip of the iceberg. The chairs and tables had been gathering dust since last year; they had to be cleaned for the occasion the day before. Bottles for the bottle stall, cakes, produce, fancy goods, books, white elephants, fresh food for the tea stall, designer knitware, jumble, tombola, to name but some, had to be collected over the previous weeks and hours and transported on the day. The very success of a fete rests on the time put in by organisers and helpers. Not least important, of course, was the garden of Manor Farm in its mature beauty and manicured elegance. At the word go the queue of visitors streamed in and the afternoon was underway. The sun came out and the band struck up. Grandparents settled down to tea and cakes, parents found useful goods at the stalls and children applied themselves to the lucky dip and the games.


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Suddenly it was raining and the garden emptied. Luckily it was only a shower and after it was over from various corners emerged a cheerful quorum for prizegiving and the draws. In his relaxed style Walter Hammond presided over the presentation of prizes by Jean Schofield. The treasurer, Dick Payne, who had worked as long as anyone on the day and before, was delighted by the total money raised; not a record, but not far behind.

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Once again we are most grateful to Walter and Joanna Hammond for their hospitality and unstinting generosity, without which the fete could not take place. A.S.

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Jenny Holton has become so interwoven into the fabric of Bale life that it comes as a surprise that it is only seven years since she arrived in the village. Then she had an entourage of Melody, a retired hunter, T.C., her cat and Russ, her dog. She leaves with their successor, Jep, the best disposed and behaved collie you could imagine. Her love of animals and her career as a teacher of biology are two sides of the same coin. Her ready sense of humour may be evidence of the adage that teaching keeps one young, just as her gentleness and strength of character might have been made for teaching. In no time at all she was persuaded to join the PCC, became church organist and the ‘named person’ charged with the protection of children and young people in parish activities. She was aware that the routine of Sunday services did not always suit everyone and organised Sunday afternoon ‘Tea Services’ in the village hall. These consisted of informal worship, for which she organised some excellent addresses, followed by tea. As well as some older people, children came too and polished off the edibles with gusto. Her cottage in Foundry Row incorporated Claude Spooner’s former forge. Her adaptation of the forge as her studio and study is a model. It made a marvellous setting for the practices of the Bale handbell ringers. As she leaves, Jenny completes her MA in World Art at UEA. As strictly amateur critics we have seen a growing expertise in the sensitive paintings she has exhibited over the years under the auspices of the Norfolk Open Studios Scheme. She leaves enormous gaps in our village life: organist (any full or part time volunteer replacements?), flower arranger and cleaner, (any volunteers?), tea lady at the fete…. I cannot attempt an exhaustive list as I’d be sure to leave something out. From extreme East she is migrating to extreme West to be with her family. Lucky Devon! She goes with our love. The quantity of her years here may have been few but look at the quality! A.S. (Those of us left behind would like to extend a warm welcome to the new residents of Forge Cottage, who are such recent additions to the village that most of us haven’t had a chance to meet them yet. Welcome to Bale, are you any good at handbell ringing, organ playing, flower arranging…….?)


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PARISH COUNCIL NEWS While Parliament struggles over issues like global warming, poverty in Africa, and illegal immigration, we in Binham also have weighty matters of government to consider. At the moment we are sparring with North Norfolk District Council over the problem of litterbins. The bin at the end of Priory Crescent belongs to them, so they empty it for nothing. The bins at the bus shelter and opposite the Chequers have been placed by the Parish Council so charges apply. They currently want £224.64 per annum for a fortnightly collection of the two bins, because they have to send a special vehicle out. Why do they have to send a special vehicle out? Because their refuse and recycling vehicles (no longer dustcarts!), which pass through the village on a regular basis, have all been adapted to take wheelie bins. So could we use wheelie bins as litterbins? Well, yes we could, but in this case there would be a hire charge of £48.88 per annum for two wheelie bins (probably now called mobile domestic recycling facilities) plus an emptying charge of £7.76 per occasion. For a fortnightly collection that works out to £250.64 per annum - £26 more to collect from wheelie bins as they pass by, than to send out a special vehicle from Cromer to collect two black bags. Naturally these charges apply throughout the District? Well no they don’t. Urban areas like Fakenham and Holt only have to pay about a quarter of the above, because rural litter is apparently more expensive to collect. You needn’t worry that we are about to add these costs to the Council Tax, because at the moment Lionel Wilde kindly takes everybody’s litter home and adds it to his mobile domestic recycling facility. If Lionel ever wants to give up this chore we could of course replace the bins with signs asking people to take their litter to Priory Crescent. Or perhaps you have a better idea? Answers on a postcard please to: Keith Leesmith - Parish Clerk If you want to contact our Binham Parish Clerk you can do so at: Keith Leesmith, 31 Dogger Lane, Wells-next-theSea, Norfolk, NR23 1BE or keith@leesmith.co.uk






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The Priory wall safe has been broken into once again this was discovered on Friday 24th June. This time the thief or thieves had taken the trouble to replace the door so it was almost impossible to see that it had been tampered with - presumably so that they could return and help themselves with ease. So, be warned everybody. The police have of course been informed

The Group consists of anyone interested in Art or Craft, beginner or otherwise. Artists with profession 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 and craftwork normally takes place on the first Tuesday of every month. The Annual Binham Art Exhibition took place from 2nd to 5th July. The work was varied and of a high standard. A well-attended Private View was held on 1st July. On Tuesday 9th August Brian Ryder is giving a demonstration of painting in oils. Further information - James Bucknill: 01328 830651

THE PRIORY TEA-SHOP The Priory Tea-Shop will be open each Friday afternoon in August from 2.30 to 4.30 p.m. So do 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 perhaps bake a cake or two - please call Marie Grange at 01328 830374

BINHAM LOCAL HISTORY GROUP We enjoyed a summer outing to Houghton Hall in July. No plans now until our first talk of the new season, which will be Dominic Harrod talking to us about the 19th century excavations at Binham Priory. The date: Tuesday 20th September, 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall. Chris Barringer and Michael Begley will be returning to Binham on 10th and 27th October respectively. More details later or contact Carolyn on 01328 830270.

Mrs Burton's STREET FAIR Saturday 13th August - from 9 a.m. This year Mrs Burton and Gill are organising the Street Fair in aid of the Cardiology Clinic and Diabetic Clinic at the King’s Lynn Hospital and the Neurology Department and Respiratory Department in the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital. Lots of help needed. If you have a couple of hours to spare, please get in touch with Mrs Burton or Gill on 01328 830223 and help to support all these good causes.


LANGHAM AIRFIELD TO BE THE 4th LONDON AIRPORT? Probably not - but it made you wake up didn’t it! The District Council is now engaged in the periodic exercise of writing the next Strategic Plan. Juliet Case and I attended a meeting in Wells recently to discuss the initial consultation stages. There has to be more housing but where should it go? Do we need to encourage more light industry? Are there enough facilities for the young, the old and the (rather neglected) middle-aged? Can we get more public transport? Is there any hope of saving Wells Hospital? All of these issues and many more will be discussed at meetings throughout the District over the next eighteen months. If you have a view, this is your chance to make it known. Do it now – your next opportunity may not be until 2025. Keith Leesmith – Parish Clerk



28 Aug, Sun. 7.30 pm "Sirinu", Sara Stowe, Jon Banks, Mathew Spring. Renaissance/Medieval Group; a variety of instruments including harp, dulcimer, sackbut, hurdygurdy. lute, guitar, keyboards as well as voice. Tickets £8.00. 4 th Sept. Sun. 7.30 pm Trevor Pinnock, harpsichord. Couperin: Suite in D minor, Bach: Suite No 5 in G major, Rameau: Suite in A minor. Tickets £10.00 17th Sept. Sat. 7.30 pm "The Romantic Viola". Stephen Tees, viola and Ian Gammie, guitar. A "musical entertainment" including music by Paganini, Mozart, Beethoven, Saint-Saens, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Albeniz and Kreisler + amusing anecdotes about the composers. Tickets £8.00 24th Sept. Sat. 7.30 pm "The Muses Gardin". Julia Raeburn, soprano/recorders and Dawn Johnston, lute/ therbo. Renaissance and baroque music. "Come ashore, Merry Mates" A musical journey principally through the 16th and 17th centuries, by Sea, River and Floods of Tears. Tickets £8.00 Tickets and further details: Maureen Frost 01328 830362



Success at the Royal Norfolk Show Dairy cows have been part of Abbey Farm, Binham for many years but on Wednesday 29th June at the Royal Norfolk Show it was a very special day for Andy Marsh and William Wales as Scalesfarm Woodcott Hurricane won her class for the heifer in milk calved before 1st January. Then she went on to win the best cow or heifer bred by a UK Sire. This was exciting enough but she then went on to take Champion Heifer of the Show. Brian Case (William’s Grandfather) who founded the herd would have been as proud and delighted as we all were on the day. Alex Wales

ACCESS & CONSERVATION PROJECT It is hoped that the archaeological excavation of the base of the north aisle wall will be carried out in September. The examination of the wall is necessary to determine the exact form of the service building, containing the toilets, that will be able to include existing 13th century walling as well as meeting 21st century building standards. The design of the entrance porch and services building can then be finalised to not only be complementary with the wonderful architecture of the Priory Church but also to demonstrate to generations to come that some 800 years separate the two stages of construction. Binham Parochial Church Council has agreed to pay over half the costs of the excavation with the balance being sought from English Heritage and the Diocese of Norwich. At the suggestion of the Parish Council, local schools will be invited to send pupils to see this real live “dig”. We would hope many parishioners as well as visitors will also come. Information sheets and display boards will be available at the site to fully explain the aims and outcome of the investigation. Please contact David Frost, 01328 830362, if you want to know more about this exciting archaeological investigation.

BINHAM PAROCHIAL CHARITIES MEETING - Tuesday June 21st Carolyn Wright was welcomed on to the committee. Work on the windows at The Chequers has ground to a halt, as the contractor was unable to fulfil his commitment. The work will now be carried out by Mace builders of Hindringham and will start in September. Steve and Alex's micro brewery should be up and running in the next few months. William Wales (Chairman)

Diary of a Binham Farmer's son - aged 18 - 1839 July 9 Did not go to Stiffkey today. I went on horseback for Eliza in the morning, drove her home at night. July 10 Sally and Charles rode to Wells. Poor Uncle Brooke died about 5 o'clock this evening. July 16 We all went to poor Uncle Brooke's death dirge. I understand he left us about a thousand each. July 20 The lambs were all very difficult today. July 23 This was a good field day at Stiffkey. Ted and I went and were playing from 1 o'clock til 8. July 26 This being Binham fair day, we had our usual party consisting of Mr Moore, Mr Thurstall, Uncle John and family. August 3 We, that is Father, Aunt H, Ted and I went to meet Eliza and Aunt Kitty, we had a very pleasant day. August 16 Father to get a summons for Daplyn and the pea stealers and intends having them before the magistrates on Monday. …. to be continued …. What will happen with Eliza ?? What will be the fate of the pea stealers ?? …. Don't miss the next Lynx. Richard & Norah Lewis

BINHAM LOCAL HISTORY GROUP Future Meetings for your Diary: 20th September 2005. Tuesday. 7:30 pm. Talk. Dominic Harrod on the 19th Century excavations at Binham Priory 10th October 2005. Monday. 10:00 am. History and Buildings of Binham with Chris Barringer. Morning and Afternoon sessions – bring a Picnic 27th October 2005. Thursday. 7:30 pm. Talk by Michael Begley on the History of Binham Priory Sec. Carolyn Wright 01328 830270 cpwrightuk@aol.com

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Wilhelmina (Billa) Harrod was born in Norfolk on 1st December, 1910. Her father, captain in the Norfolk Regiment, was killed in action in August 1914, two days before her sister was born. Her mother later married General Strickland, who went to Ireland during the ‘troubles’ and then was GOC Cairo; Billa had disturbing memories of the fires burning in Cork, but Egypt, with trips to the Holy Land and the tombs of the Pharoahs, was happier. Back in London she moved in literary circles, and in 1938 married the economist Roy Harrod, a don at Christ Church. Nancy Mitford’s ‘Fanny’ was based on Billa’s life as wife of an Oxford don. She also knew such figures as Evelyn Waugh, Anthony Powell, John Betjeman, James Lees-Milne, Frank and Elizabeth Pakenham, Osbert Lancaster - the list is a long one - most of whom remained life-long friends. The greatest Oxford influence, though, was Colin Stephenson, vicar of St Mary Magdalen’s who helped her to a clear understanding of the Christian faith. Billa was a Norfolk woman to her finger-tips, and after the war she and Roy rented Bayfield Brecks, and in 1962 bought Holt Old Rectory. That same year I became Rector of Holt, and Billa was a most supportive parishioner. Her greatest achievement came after the 1969 Brooke report on Norwich medieval churches recommended that most of them should be made redundant and, if no other use could be found, demolished. Billa cared deeply about old buildings in general and Norfolk ones in particular, and also felt it was a faithless betrayal to treat a consecrated building, hallowed by centuries of Christian worship, as if it were simply ‘plant’. With the help of John Betjeman and a powerful local committee, she formed what started as little more than a protest group, which grew into the Norfolk Churches Trust, and became a model for other similar associations that have raised millions of pounds to restore and repair many very fine churches whose upkeep had become beyond the means of parishioners. Because her views were strongly held and forcibly expressed, some people found Billa intimidating, but she could disagree with you sharply without the least bit of rancour and, when frustration from the infirmity of old age made her snappy with anyone who tried to help her up steps or out of a car, the storm was shortlived. She took infinite trouble over people and was one of the few who really could (in Kipling’s words) ‘walk with kings nor lose the common touch’.

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ANN MASSINGHAM REMEMBERS On Sunday it was my mother’s birthday and I had a tea party on my lawn, inviting some of her childhood friends. As the afternoon and evening unfolded there were lots of memories and stories being told of harmless pranks they used to play. There was a lot of knowledge of where drains on farms were, and the one in the old pit. When asked about this particular drain, someone said - I can put a stick to within a yard of it because we used to have ropes and swing across the pit as children. In my school days we used to walk to school in Langham. Hollow Lane children used to meet at the junction to the Street where I would join them and there Graham and Malcolm Shucksmith used to come down from Holt Road, and then we would gather up Jennifer Spratt and David Skinner. By the time we got to the crossroads the others would be coming from Home Close (now St Mary’s). If it was a cold day Miss Smith, who was head teacher, used to stand our school milk in front of the classroom fire to warm. Sometimes on my way to school my grandma used to get me to drop some boots or shoes into Mr Bob Claxton’s who used to have his shoe mender’s shop next to the school. On Wednesday afternoons Mr Ainsworth, our vicar, used to come with packets of winegums which he used to throw over into the playground and we used to scrabble for them; how unhygienic it would be today! And when sports day came round we didn’t have a nice flat field to practice, we used to have to use Mr Ryder’s meadow, which is the one opposite the Glass House, an uneven meadow where cows could also be grazing at the same time. Ann Massingham

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Field Dalling and Saxlingham turned out in force over the late May bank holiday weekend to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of our joint Village Hall. On Friday Evening the Hall was full for a Talk by Eric Hotblack on the prehistory of the area, based on his extensive excavation and research. He illustrated the talk with plans and had fragments of our past on display in the Hall. We go back here a very long time ago! In the audience were several people who grew up in the villages and later moved away, or have lived in the villages for many years. Saturday morning featured a Car Boot Sale with an indoor Craft Display and Sale. The weather was fine but stall-holders had to contend with strong winds as they attempted to keep their wares on the outside tables. The Hog Roast catered for by H V Graves on Saturday evening was a sell-out, and by this third event everyone could sense the feeling of community which is still alive and well in our two villages. Special thanks must go to Betty Ringer, Jenny Allison and Debbie Ladley, who coordinated salads and special food to supplement the Hog Roast. Roy Oakley, who lives in Field Dalling, entertained during the supper with a wide repertoire of songs. Anthony Smith made a plea for villagers to come forward and share the running of activities in the villages, to ensure that our community remains strong and that the Village Hall holds its 100th anniversary in 2055. The Village Hall Committee, headed by Michael Russell, were warmly thanked for the vision and work which culminated in a most successful celebration. One person who would have approved heartily is the late Nurse Spence, long-time resident of Field Dalling, who started the 200 Club some years ago when Village Hall finances were so dire it nearly closed. Margaret Smith

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Just to let you all know that I shall no longer be the village representative for Gunthorpe regarding articles for the Lynx. As I now live in Sharrington I feel a little distant from all the comings and goings. Good luck in finding a new roving reporter. Pauline Clarke

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Sadly, our capable correspondent, Pauline Clarke, has now resigned as our village representative for the Lynx. She very kindly kept writing on our behalf, even though she no longer lived in Gunthorpe, but as ever all good things must come to an end and Sharrington’s need is stronger. Thank you Pauline for all your work for Gunthorpe, it is much appreciated.

Although attendance was down on previous years, at 25 members attended (and thank you to those who sent apologies - we forgive you!!), and a jolly time was had by all - especially those well-lubricated by your attentive, resident barman, Rob Cutterham. Seana & Barney Broom, the two newest additions to Gunthorpe were warmly welcomed by our chairman Marie - especially as they found their way to the Institute before the ink was barely dry on the contract! The four members of the Committee who retired on rotation were all unanimously re-elected, the accounts presented and accepted and, with no other business, the AGM was despatched as quickly as practicable, with the thoughts of Ian cooking our Fish & Chips on everyone’s mind. Thank you to all our members for your support throughout the year and see you at the bar-b-que.

I (Di C.) am happy to act as our Lynx correspondent for the time being, until a new rep is found --The ideal candidate would a) have a keen interest in village life, b) be able to type, c) have internet access, d) have one or two hours spare per issue (every two months), e) be able to work to a deadline .

So, if there is anyone in Gunthorpe who would like to see their prose in print, please let me know. In the meantime, if you have anything interesting that you would like to see published in the Lynx, please give me a ring. Di. Cutterham Tel: 01263 860693

VERITY AND HELENA JACKLIN who regularly come to church in Gunthorpe have been awarded scholarships to the Purcell International Music School. There are 180 students, aged 8 to 18, and they come from all over the world for the small number of places on offer annually. There is an extensive process of sifting through written evidence and the conservatoire holds auditions every Thursday for that small number of candidates who get through. The very few who pass that hurdle are then invited to return for a second, even more rigorous, audition so the girls can feel justifiably over-the-moon. P. Seligman

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During the weekend of June 25/26 the tool shed in the churchyard was broken into with the result of over £700 worth of tools and equipment being stolen In the present state of the Church's finances we cannot afford to replace these items immediately.


Sunday, 31st July, 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm Hopefully the day will be sunny with the occasional cloud and a gentle breeze. The Aylsham Band will entertain the crowds in the relaxing and beautifully located Gunthorpe Hall gardens. There will be plenty for every age to do and lots to buy. Tea will be served on the lawn overlooking the gounds. Everybody will have a good time and the Church and Village Institute will be financially more secure from all the effort put in by the villagers in support of their community. Please come along and see us all. Only the rain should stay away! Sue Traverso

Much time has been spent in recent years in keeping the churchyard in good order and many people have appreciated the efforts made by volunteer helpers in maintaining the appearance of the area. Unless we can receive some help in either replacing the equipment or even being able to have the loan of items such as loppers, bow saws and, more importantly, a strimmer and or a small 16 inch mower for the duration of the summer and autumn, it is going to be difficult to continue with the work that has been done in the past. If anybody has any such "secondhand" equipment and is prepared either to loan or possibly sell to the church please contact a churchwarden on 01328 830696.

GUNTHORPE VILLAGE INSTITUTE The story so far: North Norfolk District Council, Norfolk Rural Community Council and Awards for All have granted £10,000 in total towards the renovation of the Institute. The Management Committee have committed a further £5,000. This will be spent on putting in disabled access, toilets, upgrading the kitchen, storage and general long-term maintenance required to both the inside and outside. When the work is completed external and internal painting will be carried out and the damaged guttering replaced. Application is being made for Building Regulations for the disabled part of the contract and the committee wishes to thank Michael Allen of Blakeney and Derek Berryman of Holt for their help in designing the new scheme. When approval has been obtained it is hoped work will be started as soon as possible The Committee is very grateful to the donors for their continued commitment and support for improving access and disabled provision in the institute. This follows the renovation last year with NNDC’s help of the damaged roof. Sue Traverso.

PARISH COUNCIL At the May meeting Patrick Allen relinquished the chairmanship after ten years. Colin Sherriff was elected to replace him and John Hope was elected as the Vice Chairman.


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LANGHAM VILLAGE DESIGN STATEMENT This was considered by the Cabinet of the NNDC on 6th June. Those who saw it in draft form will know that a large part of the statement consists of a description of the village and an historical outline of its architecture. The last sections express our suggestions for possible expansion of the village and design of new buildings or alterations, based on views gathered by the Design Group from village members, through direct discussion and responses to our successful consultation exercise in September, 2003. We are pleased to report that, for the most part, our ‘Design Guidelines’ were adopted by the Cabinet as NNDC Policy. Where we referred to ‘Land Use Allocations’ suggesting areas which might be considered for further development and which should not - the Cabinet was not able to adopt these conclusions because the former general planning map (the Local Plan) is currently being replaced by a new Local Framework, under recent legislation. This Framework will be compiled only after consultation with the community. Village representatives have already attended consultation meetings; more are planned. The Cabinet resolved that our ‘Land Use Allocation’ proposals will be considered in more detail during the preparation of the new Local Development Framework for North Norfolk. The outcome is that our VDS now has official status as a planning resource. Thanks go to the members of the Design Group who compiled the VDS, Councillor Jonathan Savory (who supported its adoption by the Cabinet) and to the officers of NNDC for valuable advice. Copies of the VDS are available in the Parish Room and the Bluebell. If you would like your own copy, please send £3.00, with your name and address to Bob Brandt at 28, Binham Road, Langham. AIMS Accountants For Business


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The stall will be in evidence again on each Saturday in August, selling all sorts of produce from kitchens and gardens and paperback books. Please do support us by bringing and buying. Offers of help to man the stall will be gratefully accepted. (Please ring Jan on 830847)

The community car service in Langham is operated by WRVS and WRVS volunteers. The service is essentially available to take people to and from medically associated appointments when there is a gap in public transport or an inability to use it, due to age, frailty or mobility restrictions.

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Calling all Langham cyclists! Get fit for the Norfolk Churches Trust annual Sponsored Bicycle Ride on Saturday 10th. September 2005. 'Churches Open' lists are now available for you to plan your route. For these and sponsor forms contact Miss Betty Wharton, Tel: 01328 830236. The amount you raise is divided equally between the church you support and the Norfolk Churches Trust.

The operation of the service depends on volunteers giving their time and setting aside one week in each quarter to drive their own car to the various destinations. Thanks are extended to these volunteers for their dedicated and caring service.

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Thanks also go to 4 of our drivers who left the service during the past year: Mrs. Sandra Reville has moved to Hindringham and Mrs. Vera ColombĂŠ, Mrs. June Harvey and Mrs. Betty Lees have retired. The latter three ladies have been volunteers for the car service since its inception some 25 years ago. We are all very grateful for all their dedicated years of service. Thank you.

LANGHAM LADYBIRDS Our meeting in May was at Sheringham Park, 28 members and friends spent a very pleasant - although cold - evening. Keith Lealand the head warden gave us a very interesting talk on the Visitor Centre and the Rhododendrons.

In December we welcomed Mr. and Mrs. Roy Allen to our team of volunteers; Mrs. Edwina Allen has recently joined us and will start driving duties in September.

Pat Willis came in June with her rugs - a super lady with lots of knowledge and enthusiasm on making rugs.

The roster of drivers is displayed on the notice boards in the church porch, playing field and on the vicarage wall. If you need transport, telephone the person on duty for that week. If that person cannot do it for some reason, contact the driver for the following week and so on, down the list. If you are not able to get out to read the list, telephone someone you know who drives for the service, as they all have a roster, or call me on 830605. The charge is 16p per mile and where possible 3 days notice is appreciated. If anyone would like any further information, give me a call. Ann Sherriff.

Our future programme includes the North Norfolk Radio and a visit to Houghton Hall House and Gardens in August. All ladies are welcome - if you are interested please phone me Maureen on 830731.

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Dates for the diary Aug. 10th - visit to Houghton Hall House and Gardens. Sept. 14th - Lost Villages of Norfolk - Chris Weston.


MAY BANK HOLIDAY Bring and Buy Coffee Morning By May 30th 5 or 6 of our usual helpers were either away on holiday or not able to help with this event. Would we have enough helpers? Should we postpone until a later date? We asked around and thankfully enough people said yes for us to have a working team and we were very grateful to those who offered to help, especially two people who were nursing past injuries! The next hurdle was the weather. Inside or outside? There was a forecast of rain ‘later on’ but when? On that count we were lucky as the first drops fell at 11.58, when we were closing up. So, a mad dash to get under cover, and we ended up drawing the raffle in the church porch!

NEWS FROM THE PLAYING FIELD Still hoping to arrange an open meeting before too long, the playing field committee is currently in the process of applying for Lottery funding and support from the Norfolk Playing Fields Association before deciding on the additional equipment it is hoped to install in the field for the benefit of younger children.

There was a steady flow of customers throughout the morning and we managed to raise £394 for the church General Fund and also sold 8 quiz sheets for the Langham Street Fayre fund. The number of sweets in the jar, 234, won by Patrick Allen. The weight of the cake - 2lbs 8oz.- won by Jack Freeth who cleverly judged it to be the same weight as his cricket bat! Our sincere thanks to all who helped in any way and to all our new ‘staff’ who coped brilliantly. Thank you very much

It is also hoped that the Parish Council will have been able to consider approving a formal constitution for the playing field committee at its meeting on 19th July. The committee has over the years been assisting the Parish Council as tenant of the playing field in its management, under an informal constitution. In the meantime, the playing field has been put in good order for the enjoyment of all during the coming holiday weeks.




Once again, thanks are due to everyone in the village who generously supported this excellent cause. The ‘Soup Lunch’ at the Travis was a very pleasant occasion: delicious soup to enjoy and even some sunshine! We made £102. 50 and added £273. 48 from the door-to-door collection, sending off a total of £375.98 to Christian Aid.

Village Coffee Mornings These will take place on the 6th & 17th of August, the 3rd and 21st of September and the 1st and 19th of October. We have been approached by a resident who remembers happy gatherings when people interested in crafts - crochet, needlework, or whatever - got together to exchange ideas and discuss their work. Why not try the idea out at one of our FOL coffee mornings? Talk about the idea to friends you meet at one of these coffee mornings - see what response you get.

Thanks to ALL (soupers, collectors and generous givers). Well done, Langham - we’ve done a bit to ‘make poverty history’. Jan Hope.



Hugo has gone walkabout again!! If anyone should see him please phone me or bring him round as he needs specialised attention. Thank You. Irene Baker ‘Field End’, Holt Road, Langham. Tel: 01328 830259

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We were sorry not to see soprano Elizabeth Wingfield on 24th May, but she called the day before - or whispered and croaked - that she had lost her voice. We allowed an hour to find a replacement before cancelling (in itself a task unlikely to be fully successful) and - incredibly - Gill Kay succeeded in finding an excellent counter-tenor, Alex Sayer, who wished to be known in this area. He then asked for an hour to find a pianist. He did - then came the third problem - the piano removers who had been booked failed to show up, so after yet another hour we concluded they were not merely away from the office (it was a Saturday) but that they had also forgotten us. So we delayed cancelling - for the fourth hour - to locate another piano mover. After calling many such companies (mainly in Cambridge) and all low trailer owners in Morston, your local editor, suddenly remembered that artist Godfrey Sayers used to be in the haulage business and called him. In no time Godfrey and his house guests moved the piano into the church. Then we had to lay on drinks in the Village Hall at the original start-time, so that tenor and pianist could meet each other (for the first time!) and rehearse the programme.

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REMEMBRANCE DAY PARADE We are hoping for a good turn out this year - on Sunday 14th November starting at 3.30 pm.- and have therefore published this early so that local relatives of those who gave their all in the World Wars can now inform their relatives who live farther afield.


On 5th June Matthew & Susy Harrison’s son was christened Joseph Guy Arundel. The service was taken by the Revd. John Penny, visiting from Outwell. This was followed by a Family Lunch at Hill Farm. .

UMGENI GARDEN OPENING The annual opening of Lady Rathcavan’s amazing Garden and Arboretum in Cley - in glorious sunshine on June 19th raised the magnificent sum of £692 on behalf of Friends of Morston Church, beating last year’s takings of just over £630.

The concert was a great success, as were the dinner parties round the village. We are all deeply indebted to Gill Kay & Godfrey Sayers for their ‘rescue.’ The evening raised £1,457 for Friends of Morston Church.

NORFOLK CHURCHES SPONSORED BIKE RIDE Come and have fun cycling round your own personally selected ‘Church Bike Route’ on Saturday, 10th September, while earning funds for your church. More info from Ned Hammond on 01263-740144 (daytime) or 740188 (evenings). The Bike Ride is supported by the EDP, so if you have a special Morston ‘story line’, tell Ned by 1st September so that he can try and get you in the paper and/or on the telly!

MARRIAGE of Richenda Frosdick and Neil Thompson On 4th June Neil & Chenda of Coastguard Cottages were married at Fakenham Registry Office, before they traipsed acrosss the marshes to board Juno at West Sands. Sailing to Blakeney, they received a Blessing from the Revd Michael Wilson on the Quay. In gratitude Neil and Chenda made a generous donation to the Friends of Morston Church. In the evening, in a marquee on Blakeney Pastures, there was an amazing Wedding Barbecue with dancing to D.J. John Cooper.

RECENT HISTORY OF MORSTON Morston Village Design Statement Committee possesses several small audio-tapes, made three years ago on walking round the village in a large group and asking those who had lived here in earlier days to record who lived where and who did what. If any secondary school pupil, perhaps interested in a journalist’s career, would like to transcribe these into print, perhaps he/she would contact us.

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1) Creek Crossing Puzzle. A farmer has with him a goose, a fox, and a sack of grain. He cannot leave the fox alone with the goose or it may eat it and he cannot leave the goose alone with the grain or it may eat it. He has to transport all three across a creek in a boat, but the boat is only big enough to fit him and two of his three loads in it together. He therefore has to make more than one crossing. How many crossings does he have to do to get all three of his loads over the creek? 2) Telephone letters. On a telephone what are the letters on the button with “1” on it? 3) Wimbledon Chairs. In which year at Wimbledon chairs introduced for the players to sit on (between specified games)? 4) Which battles were fought in the following years: (a) Waterloo? (b) Crecy? (c) Trafalgar? (d) Blenheim? (e) Britain? 5) How do you write the following Roman numerals in our everyday Arabic numerals: (a) MM? (b) CD? (c) DC? (d) MCMXCIII? (e)LXIV? 6) What is the national language of the following countries: (a) The Philippines? (b) Tunisia? (c) Iraq? (d) Iran? (e) India? 7) How are the winds colloquially known that blow at the following speeds (in mph): (a) 55-63 (Force 10)? (b) 64-75 (Force 11)? (c) Over 75 (Force 12)? 8) What is the world’s (a) longest river? (b) largest ocean? (c) largest island? (d) largest desert? (e) second highest mountain?

On 27th April the Anchor’s great Fundraising Special Event for Friends of Morston Church raised the magnificent sum of £2,435. We are all deeply grateful to Nick Handley, Sam and Kate Handley and all their generous suppliers and customers on that evening.

PCC CRAB SUPPER The visit to the Point followed by a Crab & Turkey Supper to raise funds for the running of the church, raised over £1,095, beating last year’s total of just over £640. Mary Athill and the PCC wish to thank all helpers especially John Bean & family & crew, Jim Temple & family & crew and, from the National Trust, coastal warden Graham Lubbock & Marilyn Lubbock and seasonal warden Lucy-Jane Browne, for their wonderful support.

MORSTON MARDLE by Samphire DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Sun 7 Aug: The Morston Regatta. In the evening a small marquee will be erected as usual, west of the NT Hut and there will be a barbecue available. Bring your own entertainment! Sat 13 Aug: The Oyster Regatta. Sat 27th & Sun 28th Aug: PCC Stalls. Wed 14th Sep. 7.30. Parish Council Meeting in the Village Hall. Wed 19th Oct. 6.30. Parish Council Meeting in the Village Hall with the National Trust, followed by at Parish Council Meeting at 7.00 pm.

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A date and/or reminder for your diaries:

It’s that time of year when there’s a lot going on and much more to come.


6 Sept. Tues. ‘Pampered Chef’ will be demonstrating culinary delights and there will be an opportunity to purchase kitchen equipment and taste the various creations. This will be in the Village Hall and further details will be circulated nearer the time.

The ever-popular JAZZ IN JUNE concert, held in St Margaret’s church, was extremely successful. Although the weather was cool, the enthusiastic playing by the talented young musicians of Greshams School soon set feet-a-tapping to some lively tunes, with the temperature inside the church rising accordingly.

WALKING DOGS AROUND THE VILLAGE Could we remind both residents and visitors in our village who enjoy walking their dogs around the lanes to please make sure you clean up after them. A few plastic bags in your pocket before you set off make all very simple and much more pleasant for everyone, especially the children who love running along the verges.

Our Patronal Festival was celebrated on Sunday, 24th July, with a special Evensong Service, conducted by the Rev. Angela Dugdale. All member of this parish were welcome, along with visitors from neighbouring villages. After the service, tea was taken in John and Jenny Rayner’s beautiful garden.

Thank you.



Field Dalling and Saxlingham join together for the Annual Fete on Saturday, 6th August and this will be held in the grounds of Field Dalling Hall from 2 - 4 pm. Do come and join us in the fun. There will be stalls aplenty, lots of games for the children, refreshments and music from the Mark Fawcett Duo. An event not to be missed!

The creatures who did this have now crawled back under their stones to fester. Fanaticism is the festering ulcer on mankind’s flesh; seeping toxins, bad blood and pus which destroy people - destroy, deny and diminish our quality of life. Ulcers can penetrate deeply into our body and are very difficult to cure. We need a persistent strategy; well thought out and effective. We all have a part to play, a contribution to make, an example to give.

Field Dalling and Saxlingham get together again for the Harvest Supper, which will be held on Saturday, 1st October at 7.00 pm. On Sunday, 2nd October at 11.00 am we celebrate Harvest Festival with a joint service at St Margaret’s Church, Saxlingham.

Although we live in the country, I doubt whether many of us did not know folk who live and work in London. I have ten of my family living there, and many valued friends.

A date for your Diary - with more details to follow. The artist Jeremy Barlow will be at Field Dalling and Saxlingham Village Hall on Wednesday, 5th October, demonstrating his artistic technique. Tickets to be on sale later

How do we cope with that, to quickly restore normal living and to overcome fear? We can all have our own answers of optimism, alertness and healthy concern. P.J.G



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The death of James Leach on Tuesday, 7th June, was a shock to us all. He died at home peacefully. There is little need to remind readers of James’ contribution to parish life; not only in Stiffkey but in the wider benefice and to Heritage House, Wells.

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His funeral at St John’s Stiffkey on Saturday, 18th June, saw a packed church appreciate family testimonials from his three sons and daughter, and the Rev. John Penny gave an address reminding us of James’ dedication to Benefice affairs, his humour and lovable qualities. The Rev.s Rogerson and Betty Humphries officiated.

Start with no patients and build. Target the Clergy, the Publicans and the Estate Agents, but aim at the highest household - ie the estate with its privately owned village of factors, managers, craftsmen and their families. Also the Household staff; Ladies-in-Waiting, Butlers, Housekeepers, Chefs, Cooks and Maids.

To Helen and all his family we extend our deep sympathy. Stiffkey has lost a much loved servant, mentor and friend, our churchwarden and Chairman of the PCC.

One evening surgery an immaculately dressed gentleman came in for a consultation. After the usual pleasantries I asked what he did for his livelihood.

But James would have wanted us to pull ourselves together - and press on. We will do our best, James, but we miss you deeply.

‘I work for The Estate, doctor’. Yippee, bingo, thought I - ‘and what, may I ask, do you do?’ I am the Head Butler’s Valet’ he courteously replied.


Doctoring the Household became a frequent experience. The back gate and the back door only were opened to me for several years. On one occasion I had the ignominy of having to be push-started out of the rear courtyard by the servants - bang goes my reliability, credibility - whatever.

The ‘catchment area’ for Heritage House - the Daycare Centre in Wells - includes Binham, Stiffkey and Hindringham, plus other villages around Wells. The new extension is now up and running. A bright, light and comfortable day-room looks out over a lovely view to Holkham Park. Anyone interested in voluntary help - driving elderly people or within the Centre itself, should phone Alan Walker - Tel: 01328 711982.

However, one beautiful, sunny Sunday morning the Head Butler rang my home. ‘I am sorry to bother you doctor, but I am to ask if you would consider being available for the Master in a professional capacity, please’

Meanwhile the future of Wells Hospital hangs in the balance. But Wells people don’t give up easily!

Fortunately I had just bought the best suit I’d ever owned. After dressing carefully I asked my wife if she thought I could pass as a proper doctor. The front, gilded, gates opened for me, for the first of many times - after 12 years as the ‘back gate doc.’ And three cheers for the Butler’s Valet.



‘Skywanicking’ - boisterous frolics.

What are we doing about this notable occasion? The sea battle off Cadiz on October 21st, 1805 was of course a defining moment in our history. The British ruled the waves for another 100 years until the Kaiser thought about the odd Dreadnought or two. Here in Stiffkey nothing is (yet) planned - what about a joint Benefice service to commemorate all who go down to the sea?

(Another (1830) version - Skiwanikin or skiwinikin meant awry, crooked, warped. Ed)

Don’t forget the storm after the battle killed more than the battle itself.

LAST ISSUE’S ‘OLE NORFOLK’ EXPRESSIONS Answers: A ‘Puddock’ - a toad. A ‘Puddingpoke’ - A long-tailed tit.


NATURE NOTES An old friend from Argyll, Scotland, came to stay in early June. He was amazed to see, all in the space of one hour, Marsh Harriers, Egrets and Avocets, all at close range. They may have Ospreys and White Tailed Eagles in Scotland but he expressed himself thrilled to witness our local specialities.


Of course Scotland is full of interesting wildlife. That is what is fascinating about the British Isles. In a small island area of 140,000 sq. miles, we can range from Arctic Tundra (the Cairngorm Mountains), to Egret infested estuaries in the South. And we sit on the major western seaboard flyway for European migrants. We are spoiled for choice in bird-watching terms. A heat-wave hit our coast on 18th June, temperatures hitting 34 degrees c. Currently North Yorkshire was hit by a tropical downpour and the town of Helmsley got flooded. Global warming? With sea-levels purportedly rising 1cm per year, and hose bans already announced in the south of England, there does seem to be something odd going on. The carnage on our roads, both of bird and animal life, is distressing. Deer are multiplying everywhere muntjac, roe and red deer are seen all around our parishes. Ascot week was fine, that means gamekeepers hold their breath hoping for a good partridge hatching season. Don’t count on it! Baby chicks need a good long spell of relatively dry weather and plenty of insects to give them a good start. A Helmsley style downpour could still spell disaster. Pightle

Summer-time, and the season for flowers, bees and honey! From dawn till dusk, in fine weather, the bees are working gathering pollen, nectar and water. Generally they fly some 2 miles from the hive in maintaining the colony, but with ideal temperature, weather and humidity, together with a good nectar source, they will travel much further and perhaps, produce a surplus of honey; 35,000 forages per 10lbs per day. Honey colour will vary with the crop worked. Beans, for example, give a white colour; sea lavender dark. All honeys are a valued food for ready absorption by the human body and to this day are sometimes recommended for skin complaints. It is also stated that bagpipers apply honey to the bag to keep it pliable, but the prospect of a kilted pipe band on a hot day beset by bees could be a little too much! Alan Curtis

STIFFKEY FETE Sunday, August 28th


With the weeks and months just flying by, the Fete will soon be with us again.

Goods to be brought to the hall between 2.00 – 4.00 pm. No mattresses or 3 piece suites. Electrical goods must be tested.

Things are in hand and ticking over at present. B:ut nearer the time, and on the day, there will be a great need of willing hands. So, if you are able to help, or have ideas, please contact:-

Anything not sold to be collected after the sale is over or on Sunday, 21st, 11.00 – 12 midday.

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NEWS Yet another busy and eventful school year draws to a close. Our new classroom and office is looking quite impressive now, work due to be completed by beginning of September. We will spend a while moving things in - want to get it right, and when we are sure of dates, etc, we will give details of the formal opening. Mike Green

ANSWERS TO QUIZ by Samphire (See page 18 )

HMI Visit

1.Three. First, leaving the fox on the near bank, he rows

Our day’s Design - Technology inspection went vry well indeed. Keith Wheeldon from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate was suitably impressed with our organisation and procedures. He was particularly complimentary about the children’s positive attitudes to learning - so well done to all concerned.

the goose and grain across, leaves the goose and (second crossing) rows back again with the grain still in his boat. He then rows the fox and the grain across. 2. There aren’t any. 3. 1975. 4. (a) 1815. (b) 1346. (b) 1805. (d) 1704. (e) 1940. 5. (a) 2000. (b) 400. (c) 600. (d) 1903. (e) 64. 6. (a) Tagalog. (b) Arabic. (c) Arabic. (d) Farsi. (e) Hindi. 7. (a) A whole gale (b) A storm. (c) A hurricane. 8. (a) The Nile. (b) The Pacific. (c) Greenland. (d) The Sahara. (e) K2 (aka Godwin-Austen).

Pond Area One of our ‘big‘ projects for the coming year is the development of our pond/wildlife area. Vee has worked really hard in rallying support - thanks to everyone who has offered in some way. We have some general plans which include extending the wild area - boarding for easy/safe access, a bird hide, marsh areas, a new pond liner, an orchard (local varieties) and many new plants - Vee will inform you of the specific plan in the near future.

LAST WORD An Englishman thinks he is moral only when he is uncomfortable.

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On Friday 1st July Langham Village School organised a Summer Fair (luckily it was a warm evening). The children made many of their own games, including Squirt the Teachers where photos of the teachers were mounted and placed on a board. You squirt the teachers (hence the name of the game) and get points. Food was available, as always prepared on BBQ under the shelter by the sheds on the play-ground. We raised £1,072 in total and £860 profit. We intend to spend the money on benches for the school. Blaze Hill


On June the 12th Langham School set off to Brecon Beacons, Wales for adventures. We had to go on an exhausting trip to Tor y Fol, 4 miles. Every day they set us a tough task, like travelling to a fantastic waterfall. We even got to go under it and the other side where a smaller waterfall was, it was 8 miles. The weather was awful. We learned how to make a reed candle on the way back. At Brecon Beacons we tried to make water-proof shelters, it was fun, most of the shelters were protecting us from the hose pipes. There were lots of creative ideas. Mr Earp and others were giving out pieces of wood for the shelter to keep stable. The rooms were very nice and cosy. There were all different names, ours was called one kind of a mountain, Cern Dhu. On one of the adventures we had to do a task where you had a map followed somewhere and you had a sheet of paper and tried to find where the answer might be. You were called either foxes, rabbits and different animals. Alexander Neale


On Friday July 7th my class went to Salthouse. First we went to Salthouse Village Hall so we could take part in the art and craft workshop. First we went to see the vibrant display of site specific sculptures and pictures, meaning they had a something to do with the area. On the way back from the church we picked plants and flowers, at the village hall we rolled out some clay and printed the things we picked on to it. Next we put a wall around the clay and poured liquid plaster of paris in the clay mould. Then we left it for half an hour while we went to the church and when we got the mould off the dry plaster of paris they looked great and I wish I could do it again. Fred Harcourt





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Local Lynx Issue 43 - Aug/Sept 2005  

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

Local Lynx Issue 43 - Aug/Sept 2005  

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