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

in our 10 villages DECEMBER

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.

3rd Sat. Langham Parish Room FOL Coffee, 10-12 3rd Sat. Langham Village School Christmas Fair, 10-12 3rd Sat. Stiffkey Village Hall, Bingo, 7.00 7th Wed. Stiffkey Musical Evenings. Elgar. 8th Thurs. Langham Mobile Library. 8th & 9th Thurs. & Fri. Langham School Christmas Performances at Cley Village Hall. th 9 Fri. Binham Village Hall. Baccanalians, 7.30 9th Fri. Stiffkey Mobile Library. 9th Fri. Binham Mobile Library. 9th Fri. Morston Parish Council & VDS. 7.00 10th Sat. Gunthorpe Institute. Christmas Party, 12.00 14th Wed. Langham Carols & Mince Pies. Parish Room, 7.00 16th Fri. Langham School Carol service, St Mary’s. 2.00 17th Sat. Stiffkey Village Party. 21st Wed. Langham Parish Room FOL Coffee 10-12 23rd Fri. Morston Candle-lit Carol Service, 5.00 pm 24th Sat. Stiffkey Carols at the Red Lion. Early evening.

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. Address: 28 Binham Road, Langham, Holt NR25 7AB. email: COPY FOR FERUARY/MARCH ISSUE REQUIRED BY 9th JANUARY

PLEASE NOTE: CONTACT FOR ADVERTISERS For enquiries about advertising in Local Lynx, please contact David John, tel: 01328-830933


2nd Mon. Langham Hunstanton Pantomime visit 5th Thurs. Langham Mobile Library 7th Sat. Langham Parish Room FOL Coffee, 10-12 9th Mon. Langham Parish Room ‘Pampered Chef’, 7.00 17th Tues. Langham Parish Council 18th Wed. Langham Parish Room FOL Coffee, 10-12 26th Thurs. Binham Local History, Village Hall. 31st Tues. Langham Ladybirds - Aladdin at Cley

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:

OK, I know, I know. But Health and Safety insist on it! 2

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

All Communion Services are in traditional language except those marked * Parish

Week 1

Bale Field Dalling Gunthorpe Saxlingham Sharrington Binham Langham Morston Stiffkey

Week 3†

Week 2

9.30 am HC Service at Saxlingham 11.00 am MP 9.30 am HC 9.30 am MP 11.00 am HC 11.00 am HC* 9.30 am HC/BCP 11.00 am FS

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

Week 4† 9.30 am 11.00 am 9.30 am 6.00 pm 9.30 am 9.30 am 9.30 am No Service 11.00 am


†Please note the changes for weeks 3 & 4 in December in the panel below Sunday January 29th: 10.30 am Group Holy Communion Service at Bale 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



If the house a vicar lives in is a Vicarage and the house a rector lives in is a Rectory, then what do you call the house when a rector lives in a Vicarage (as is our case)? Could it be a Recarage or even a Wreckoridge?! Hello, from your new Rector and her family. We are delighted to be here and feel so very warmly welcomed into these villages. To all of you who have helped to keep the life of these parishes running so smoothly and happily during the interregnum, a great big THANK YOU. With Christmas creeping up on us fast, with all the busy-ness of preparation this time of year involves, let’s try and make some time between now and the Festival to stop and remember that Christmas is a mystery. Beneath the presents and carols, the food and the parties and the decorations lies a vulnerable baby boy; a baby boy who’s birth changed and changes everything. For there, in a stable, the soles of God’s feet touched the earth, and the world was turned upside down forever. May I take the opportunity on behalf of my family and myself to wish you joy and God’s Blessing at this Christmastide and for the New Year. Joanna and Peter, Tom, Cate and Fiona Anderson


Langham Parish Room - Carols & mince pies Thurs. 15th Langham, Carmel - Carols Binham - Carols-Around-the-Tree Fri. 16th Sat. 17th Cockthorpe - Candlelit Carol Service Sun. 18th Bale - Carol Service Binham Priory - Carols Sun. 18th Sun. 18th Field Dalling - Carol Service Sun. 18th Saxlingham - Christingle Service Sun. 18th Sharrington - Carol Service Stiffkey - Christingle Service Sun. 18th Fri. 23rd Binham - Nativity Play Morston - Candlelit Carols Sat. 24th Christmas Eve Bale - Midnight Mass Binham - Christingle & Family HC - Midnight Mass Field Dalling - Midnight Mass

11.30 pm 4.30 pm 11.00 pm 11.30 pm

Sun 25th Christmas Day Binham - Carols Gunthorpe - HC & Carols Langham - Holy Communion Morston - Holy Communion BCP Saxlingham - Family HC Stiffkey - Holy Communion

10.30 am 11.00 am 9.30 am 9.30 am 10.30 am 11.00 am

7.00 pm 7.00 pm 7.00 pm 6.00 pm 6.30 pm 6.00 pm 11.00 am 3.00 pm 5.00 pm 3.30 pm 5.00 pm 5.00 pm

ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY? At the vicarage we have a room where people can meet and it needs sometimes to seat up to 18 people! I wonder if anyone out there is thinking of replacing an old arm chair or two? The room could really do with a couple more comfy chairs Please contact Rev. Joanna Anderson if you can help.


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On Wednesday evening, 19th October, nearly 200 came to Binham Priory Church to join the Bishop and Archdeacon of Lynn in a wonderful service instituting Joanna Anderson as the incumbent of the Stiffkey and Bale Benefice. There were many of her fellow clergy and leaders of the local communities present to welcome Joanna and her family and to pledge their support to her as the priest for our villages. The service was in many parts, hymns, prayers, an address by Bishop James, the formalities of institution and induction, presentation of symbols of her ministry among us and greetings from representatives of the parishes and churches. Joanna then expressed her joy and how much she was looking forward to taking up her ministry with us. The congregation sang the very appropriate hymns in a lusty and uplifting spirit, being led by the choir conducted by Rosemary Kimmings and the organ played by Geoff Scott. After the service there was a reception in Binham Village Hall, refreshments being supplied by a coordinated effort of all the parishes and enjoyed in a most convivial atmosphere. David Frost

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BLAKENEY CATHOLIC CHURCH Father Michael Simison 12, Hindringham Road, Gt. Walsingham. Norfolk NR22 6DR Tel:01328 821353 Service Times: Sunday Mass 10.30 am Thurs. & Sat. evenings 6.00 pm

METHODIST CHURCH Minister - Reverend Rosemary Wakelin, 01263 712181 For services at Blakeney and Holt see ‘Glaven Valley Newsletter’ or ‘Holt Chronicle’.

DEANERY NEWS Our meeting of October 27th was chaired by our new Rural Dean, the Reverend Howard Stoker, and was well attended. The date of the next Deanery Synod will be printed in the Feb/March issue of Local Lynx. For further details contact the Lay Chairman: Frances Jenkinson. Tel: 01263 860342.

HOLT MEDICAL PRACTICE Notice to Patients registered at Holt, Blakeney and Melton Constable. On Friday, 16th December, 05, the surgeries will be running a reduced GP service. Only emergency appointments with the Doctor will be available on the day. No pre-booked appointments will be available. The Nurses appointment system will operate as usual, as will the dispensary, reception and administration departments.


15th Dec. Thursday - ‘British Wild Orchids - Thieves & Tramps, Tramps & Thieves’. An Illustrated talk by Simon Harrap. In addition to our usual refreshments, wine and mince pies will be served. All illustrated talks are held in Cley Village Hall, 7.30 pm. Entrance: £1.50 members, £2.00 non-members. Refreshments included. Contact, Richard Porter, 01263 740322


Nov. 29th. Archaeology of Churches. ‘Letting the Buildings Talk’. A different view of churches. Rik Hoggett. Blakeney Methodist Chapel. Jan. 31st . Members’ Evening - Pot Pourri. Blakeney Methodist Chapel.


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Fundraising for Norfolk Good Causes ‘I AM HORATION NELSON’

Yes, it’s nearly time to hiss and boo at baddies again, and this time CADS are presenting you with two very nasty nasties! However, Aladdin and his mum, the feisty Widow Twankie, are more than a match for sly Abenazer and wicked Chow Meanie and, with a lot of help from the Genie of the Lamp, Aladdin wins his Princess and a little village somewhere in China reaps the reward of Bluebeard’s treasure. Come along and have some fun at Cley Village Hall at 8 pm on Thursday 2nd, Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th February (matinee 2.30 pm on Saturday 4th February). Tickets £6 adults, £3 children, will be available from ‘Made in Cley’ from 1st December (tel: 01263 740134) See you there! Sheila Marcucci

by Richard and Daniel Worsley In Lord Nelson’s own words, the story of his life and of Trafalgar, with details of his Norfolk childhood, career and battles. A readable account for adults and older children, highly illustrated. A Field Marshal has written that for the first time he understands the tactics of Trafalgar. More than 3,500 copies already sold. Special price for Lynx readers, £7.50, including post & package, and available for schools at £5 each. Contact PO Box 160, Burnham Norton, Kings Lynn, PE31 8GA. Cheques to CAF Nelson Trust.

NWACTA DIAL-A-RIDE SERVICE Alternately Cromer & Sheringham - Fridays This service is open to anyone without their own transport living in Bale, Field Dalling, Gunthorpe, Saxlingham and Sharrington. To book, call 01692 500840 before noon on Thursdays, and we will call you back with a confirmed pick-up time. Arrives Cromer or Sheringham about 2.30 and departs 4.30. Fare for the round trip is £3.45. Other morning services Monday - Aylsham, Tuesday - Holt, Wednesday and Friday - Holt, Thursday - Dereham. Membership of North Walsham Area Community Transport Association costs £4 pa, £6 for families. All services are door to door in a fully accessible minibus with friendly and helpful driver. For further details ring Paul Gray - 01692 500840 .

A HELPING HAND We have received a letter from visitors to North Norfolk who were travelling from Cromer to Blakeney and lost their way. A section follows: ‘We made an early start but got hopelessly lost and found ourselves in a lonely, country lane, with no one in sight and no signposts to follow. We were running very late. Suddenly a man appeared out of the thick hedgerow with his dog and gave us directions. ‘We got lost again quite soon after leaving him and were on the point of giving up when a passing car came along. The driver indicated that we should follow him. He escorted us all the way to where we were to meet the boat party, turned around and went back without even waiting for us to say thank you. He was the same person who had spoken to us and, knowing that we were strangers to the area, got in his car and escorted us all the way. Had he not done this we would have missed the trip and our week-end would have been in vain. We were so very grateful. We would like to express our gratitude to him through your columns.’ Patrick & Dorrette McAuslan.






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Council Tax The council faces considerable problems. Staffing costs for NNDC (78% of the budget) will rise by 5% in 2005/6 and a further 4.5% thereafter. Without substantial extra government cash for 2006/7, councils may have to raise tax bills by some £100. The proposed budget will be determined on 22nd Feb when Council Tax is set. Government grants fund provide three quarters of local government expenditure, and council tax one quarter, so small reductions in government grants must be funded by significant increases from the council taxpayer’s share. Proposed means of meeting the budget deficit are: Removal of discount on second homes. Business growth incentives. Increased planning fees. Government grants for meeting planning and recycling targets. More income from council owned properties. Increases in car parking charges.

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Monday, 28th November at Glaven Centre. 7.30 pm Regular helpers invited to nominate and vote for members to the Management Committee. Members of Public invited to attend. Contact Maureen Buckley, 01263 740762.


Saturday, 17th December. 7.00 pm St Nicholas Church, Blakeney. Invitation Orchestra. Tickets: £7 for singers, £8 for Audience. from the Glaven Centre, Thistleton Court, Blakeney. Tel:01263 740762.

Conservation area appraisals and management We now have to review these areas every 5 years as we move towards the new Local Development Framework. The appraisals could have relevance to development in and on the edges of conservation areas. Areas in the Lynx coverage do not have priority at present.

Street naming A statutory requirement, essential for, for instance, ambulances answering an emergency call. NNDC has a backlog. Towns and parishes must notify their wish to be on the list for implementation.

CLEY W.I. As our next year’s (2006) programme is not yet fully prepared we cannot supply details of our next 2 meetings. However - they will take place at the usual time and place: 2.30 pm, Cley Village Hall, on the first Thursday of the month. Details of speakers etc. will appear on the Langham Church notice board before each meeting.

Corporate Performance Assessment (CPA) Current gradings are ranked - Poor, Weak, Fair, Good, Excellent. In 2003 NNDC was graded Fair and hopes to raise the grade to Good this year and Excellent in 2007.



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For Church Services see Panel on Page 3 VILLAGE HALL


The 2005 Harvest Supper was held on Saturday 8th October. As usual a grand and varied feast was laid on by Margaret Dent, ably assisted by many, among whom were the local regulars, Mr and Mrs David Ramm, Mrs Spooner, Mrs Gibbs and Mrs Gallen. The company, approaching fifty in number, was merry and went home well satisfied. There was a sad moment however when the recent death of Sue Hands was remembered. Those present dug deep into their pockets to support the raffle, and the result of the money raising was a donation of £178 to Cancer Research UK. This was given to Laura Hands as part of her quest to raise £4000 for this charity.

Secondary entrance porch and service building in the north aisle: Revised proposals have been submitted at the beginning of November to the eight interested parties, requesting early comment. The proposals incorporate the 12th century wall and 14th century buttresses, exposed in the recent archaeological excavation. It is hoped that the comments can be rationalised into a design by January to be universally acceptable and able to receive the formal agreements: Diocesan Faculty, Scheduled Monument and Local Authority Planning consents.

Paths: Initial discussions have been held with English Heritage about the specifications for re-grading and resurfacing all paths to remove steps.

RECIPES Apple Chutney (1)

Conservation of the gatehouse and precinct wall along the Warham Road:

4lb apples 2oz ginger 1½lb sultanas ½oz garlic 4pts vinegar ¼lb mustard seed ½oz cayenne ¼lb salt 2lb demerara sugar Put apples, sugar and vinegar into a preserving pan. Boil to a pulp. Place in an earthenware jar with sultanas, mustard seed, salt and garlic chopped and pounded. Grate ginger and add with cayenne and stir every day for a week. Then bottle.

The majority of the ivy on the Gatehouse is being carefully removed, but leaving some growth on top to protect the horizontal surface flints from being loosened by frost until the conservation pointing can take place. About four Information Panels will be located at appropriate positions within the monument. Agreement has been reached that English Heritage will provide these panels. Further formation - contact David Frost 01328 830362.

Apple Chutney (2) 1¼lb apples stewed in 1½pts of vinegar to a pulp. When cold add ¼lb brown sugar, 3oz salt, ¼lb chopped onion, 2oz ground ginger, 3oz mustard, ¼oz cayenne pepper and ¼lb chopped raisins. Put in jars and keep, the longer the better.


at Priory Cottage, Friday, 11th Nov. 05 We made a profit of £587. A record for us. Very many thanks to all who came and to all those who worked so hard. Carolyn Wright





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27th Nov. Sun. Advent readings and carols at 6.30 pm. Kelling Singers. 18th Dec. Sun. Christmas Carols and Music at 6.00 pm. The Iceni Christmas Choir, with wine and mince pies afterwards. 23rd Dec. Fri. Nativity Play at 5.00 pm. Followed by Hot Punch & Mince Pies. Christmas Eve. Christingle and Family Communion at 4.30 pm. 24th Dec. Sat. Midnight Mass at 11.00 pm. Christmas Day. Family Christmas Service of Readings & Carols. 10.30am. 8th Jan. Sun. Epiphany. Readings & Carols at 3.30pm. Richeldis Singers.



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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Events being planned for 2006 in support of the Priory Project Saturday 18th February. Village Ceilidh at 7.30 pm Binham Village Hall. Saturday 25th March. Event (to be confirmed) 7.30 pm, Binham Village Hall. Sat/Sun 3rd & 4th June. Binham Open Gardens.

NEWS FROM OUR PARISH CLERK So I’m staring at this blank piece of paper, waiting for the muse to visit. I’m trying to think of all the things that have happened in the last twelve months, and the things that might happen in the next twelve - it’s what you do at the turn of the year. And it’s difficult because in a place like Binham life moves slowly (thank goodness), and on the surface it’s even slower than it sometimes appears from the weight of paper that falls through my letterbox every day. To paraphrase Tony Blair, the buzzword this year has been Consultation, Consultation and Consultation. Everybody wants our opinions on everything. I have had consultation papers on everything from the Wells car parks to the proposed Norwich Northern Bypass. And almost every one of them has to be returned a long time before the next Parish Council Meeting. I’ve tried telling them, I’ve repeated over and over that a four-week consultation period is useless if the next meeting doesn’t come up for six weeks. But they don’t listen - it’s not their job to listen - they are there merely to consult. They would probably say that we should call a special meeting just to complete their paperwork, but nobody at this end would see it like that. We do call special meetings if the project directly affects Binham; several times a year your unpaid, and often unthanked, councillors turn out to give their opinions on planning matters; when people want to build new properties or alter old ones. Your councillors try to walk the tightrope between overdevelopment and allowing the village to stagnate and they do it very successfully in my opinion. And just like all those authorities that send me consultation papers, they’d like your opinions - tell them what you think; not just when you think they’ve got it wrong, but it would be nice now and again if you told them that they’ve got it right! Keith Leesmith Parish Clerk -

BINHAM BACCANALIANS They’re at it again! The Binham Bacchanalians launched their 2005-06 season with a blind tasting on November 11th. Join us at our Christmas theme evening, complete with Fun Quiz, on Friday 9th December. Further meetings will be scheduled in the New Year. The December meeting will be in the Village Hall, beginning 7:30 p.m. Tickets £2 on the door, to cover hall rental costs. All welcome. Alan Eagle 830031 and Ben Tierney 830817.

FLOWER FESTIVAL Thank you to all who came to the “Flowers Around the Home” at Abbott Farm in September. £1,225.00 was made for Quidenham Children’s Hospice. If you missed it, please make a note in your diary for next year: September 15th, 16th, 17th. Liz Brown

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After nearly 42 years we have moved from The Old Vicarage, which we renamed The Ford House because where there is now Carrol's Bridge, there was once a ford. The last resident Vicar of Binham was the Reverend Carrol who some villagers will remember as a lovely genial and rather rotund Irishman who ran a Ford Popular, whose engine frequently came to a grinding halt in deep water on crossing the ford on its way to Church. The Vicar was on the Walsingham Rural District Council and at nearly every monthly meeting he would stand up and in his lovely Irish brogue: "Mr Chairman, unless they bridge that ford at Binham, I shall resign from this council." He died in about 1961 and in about 1965 they built the present bridge. After much negotiation we extracted the old ford water level post and attached it to our house. Strangers to Binham on their country walks are suitably puzzled and wonder at how wet the Ford House must be to live in! We moved in to the house a few days before Christmas 1963. Bryan and Ginger Case at Abbey House arranged most things in the village and with Joe Mace, the local builder, would often be seen on the roof of the Priory discussing repairs with Hubert Grange, one of Joe's craftsmen from Priory Crescent. Just before Christmas, all the lights went out. We went down to the shop and asked what we should do about it. The answer came back: " Don't worry, Mr Case will see to it." We just happened to know that Bryan Case was holidaying in South America. So we said so. The reply came back: " Mr Case will have arranged something before he left." We have had 42 VERY happy years in this very special village. Our two children enjoyed their ponies and the lovely open North Norfolk countryside, hunting and Pony Clubbing at every opportunity. Our long-suffering near neighbours never complained about our barking Labradors. We could not have been happier. So it was with great sadness that we came to the sensible decision to "downsize" and have found a bungalow in Field Dalling with stunning southerly views across open farmland. After my initial resistance to a move from Binham we are both very happy here and take great pleasure in keeping contact with our old friends at various Binham functions, Church and of course our daily visit to Howells Superstore. We thank Binham and all the parishioners for having us and wish everyone a peaceful and happy Christmas. Andrew and Sheelin Cuthbert

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BINHAM CAROLS-AROUND-THE-TREE We are having our Carols-Around-the-Tree on Friday 16th December at 7 p.m. Please come along and join in. Everybody welcome. Mulled wine and mince pies.

RECYCLING Are you using our recycling bins in the Village Hall car park? These ‘banks’ produce a nice little income for the Village Hall. So do take your newspapers and bottles up to the village bins – with Christmas coming there just may be a few more bottles about.

NORFOLK CHURCHES TRUST CYCLE RIDE Many thanks to our intrepid cyclists – Judy Byrne, Alan Eagle, David Frost and Chrissie Hill, who raised the magnificent total of £523.00. Half of this goes directly to the Priory and half to the Churches Trust. Also many thanks to all those who sat and welcomed the cyclists inside the Priory - and outside whilst the wedding took place!

BINHAM VILLAGE HALL If you would like to hire the Village Hall please ring Liz Brown for more details on 01328 830519. We have crockery, cutlery and tablecloths available for hire.

BLAKENEY PRE-SCHOOL In the Village Hall Pre-School

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9.30 - 12.45 2 - 2½ yrs accompanied by parent £3.00 2½ over unaccompanied £4.50 (Children to bring packed lunch)


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- aged 19 years (There was a brief hiatus in our hero's writings towards latter part of 1839, however we take up again): 1839 Dec 29. Mr Upjohn gave us a very nice sermon from Matt II 28 - at least he was tolerably fluent today. 1840 Prologue: I beseech thee O Lord to give me grace to review with gratitude the mercies of the past years and to supply me with grace according to my need during the ensuing year. Jan 1. We had a large family party here with dancing etc which went enormously well. We finished the day reading family prayers. Jan 2. We went rabitting this morning, killed 3. Saw 3 hares at (?) Tarbet. At 6 Charles went to Fakenham with the foreman. Very tired in the evening. Jan 3. I bought a new whip at Noughtons. We all went coursing at Blakeney, had no sport but a good dinner afterwards. Jan 4. Father had a capital day spent at Thursford with the foxhounds today and invited them here on Tuesday week. That is what I call good. Jan 6. Ellen rode on horseback here with her father. Father dined at Walsingham. Richard and Norah Lewis

All chimneys, Flues & Appliances Swept

Brush and Vacuum Used

Certificates Issued for insurance purposes

Weddings attended as Lucky Sweep

Bird/Rain Guards and Cowls Supplied and Fitted

TEL: 01328 851081 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 and craftwork normally takes place on the first Tuesday of every month. In September Susan Gillmor gave a very interesting talk on her work as an artist who uses pastels, and in October Martin Sexton’s very skilled demonstration of painting in watercolour was warmly received. There will be no meeting in December. For further information contact James Bucknill 01328 830651.


NATIVITY PLAY 23rd December The Nativity Play will take place in the Priory on Friday 23rd December at 5 p.m. All are welcome to take part in this annual event, and aspiring angels and shepherds should contact Lucy Walduck on 07931 667093. Refreshments of Hot Punch and Mince Pies will follow the arrival of our Special Guest.

How did people get them? I know of one person, he was Sausage Baldwin. They said he ate 1½ lbs of sausages for a bet. Then there was Jellipegs, Mr Joe Taylor, I don’t know how he got that name as he was always nicely dressed. There was Gunner Moore, Dawkins Cook, Pope Seaman, Buzzy Scott, Bubbles Banson, Sippers Rivett, Ryly Baldwin, Bummy Spooner, Toby Spooner, Buck Howell, Hop-’nBilly Frary, Dummy Dagless, Flanagan Baldwin, Dudju Frary, Fourpence and Hooky Vincent, Rugger Howell, Taffy Humphreys, Shuddles Beckham, Wiffen Howell – the boys I went to school with. I know how I got my nickname (Bumpy). We lived opposite the Guild Hall in Walsingham, and opposite the Robin Hood was a cartshed. That was our play area, especially when it was wet. We used to climb onto the beams and lark about. I thought I would do something different, like hanging from a beam by my legs. I wrapped my legs around the beam and let go with my hands. My legs did not hold me, and I came down head first, and I got a good bump on my head - hence Bumpy. I never did that any more. I might have broken my neck. Here are some more boys’ nicknames at school: Dumplin Howell, Hacker Bacon, Haddocks Hilton, Pongo Lingwood, Lammy-Dick Shepard, Shrimp Scott, Puggy Dewing, Cally Frary, Jubber-Joyden Frary, Sticks Bullock, and Bricky Wright. Bob Scott

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Friday 9th December and Friday 6th January At Grange Farm, Westgate at 10.10 am. then at the Phone Box, High Street at 10.25 am.

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This will now be held in the early autumn, around Harvest Festival time, in order that your examples of this year’s Sloe Gin will be properly mature! There will be classes for the more vintage variety too. More details later. Carolyn Wright


Saturday, 17th December, 6.00 pm Once again everyone is invited to enjoy Carols in Cockthorpe’s ancient church. This is a very special service, and a fine introduction to the Christmas season. If you want a seat, make sure you get there early. We are also promised mulled wine and mince pies after the service.

BINHAM LOCAL HISTORY GROUP We very much enjoyed a day’s tuition with Chris Barringer and an excellent talk by Michael Begley. Thursday 24th November. (7.30 p.m. in Village Hall) Peter Wade-Martins, Director of the Norfolk Archeological Trust, will be talking about the work of the Trust. He will be using slides to show some of the varied sites owned or managed by the Trust - which include Burgh Castle and St Benet’s Abbey, and he will be also be telling us about the plans for the Gatehouse at the Priory. December. There will be no meeting Thursday 26th January. Open Meeting. For members and non-members alike. Bring any research you may be working on to share with us, or books or photographs for us to enjoy. A glass of wine or coffee will be available. So do come and bring your friends. Thursday 23rd February. Jonathan Hooten. “The Glaven Ports” - based on his book of the same name. He will also be able to include new information about Cley and Wiveton that has recently come to light. All meetings: £1 members; £2 non members (you can join on the night - rates are £3 for individuals or £5 for couples which covers the year to 30th September 2006). For more information call Carolyn Wright at 01328 830270.

HOOVED HEALERS Horses are beautiful, intelligent creatures and they can really send positive energy to heal the people they come into contact with. Julie Hunt has lived in Cockthorpe for the last 8 years and has been an energetic member of the community here, so it was with a mixture of sadness and joy that neighbours and friends gathered to wish her good luck as she set off on an expansion of her life by joining the team at Wholly Horses in the Glamorgan countryside in Wales. Julie has decided to undertake training there, entitled ‘Healing and communicating with horses’. The course will keep her in Wales until next June, when she hopes to return to Norfolk and pursue a career with horses. The founder of Wholly Horses is Helen Alysia Wingstedt, a friendly, chatty lady who immediately puts you at ease. The horse healers she works with are called Petal, Jack, Holly and Q, and she has recently acquired a new member of the team, Twinkle. The herd live almost completely as nature intended with no horseshoes (Helen thinks them terribly cruel) and no stables. They have a roomy barn if they choose to use it and over 100 acres of meadows to wander about in. In fact some healing sessions are preceded by actually having to find the herd first! During healing sessions the horses behave in ways that would not be believed unless you see it with your own eyes. They direct healing energy towards you by standing stock still, as if in a trance, respond with noises of despair and even have expressions of sadness when listening to people sharing things they are loath to tell their families, let alone complete strangers. Participants in the sessions are encouraged to see the horses as representing people in their lives. The way the horses heal you energetically is through behaving in a way that puts you in mind of the issues you have.

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You are then forced to acknowledge that issue by verbalising it and then the horses will energetically ‘repair’ the pain that that admission causes. The horses then work through that disturbed energy and release negative energy in a variety of ways. The idea of being ‘centred’ is key to the work of Wholly Horses. Helen says the horses see emotional or physical distress as ‘broken’ energy lines in the body. They are most comfortable with vibrations from unified, centred people and so they attempt to get people back there. The most centred people are those who do things according to what feels most ‘right’ to them. So if you are deeply unhappy in a relationship or job, you will find that your energy is disrupted and you don’t have a nice, balanced, centred energy. Wholly Horses are a most remarkable healing company and have to be experienced to be believed. All Julie’s friends wish her well in her quest. If you would like further information about the healing courses on offer at Wholly Horses you can visit their website; or call Helen Wingstedt on 02920 734081. It is an experience not to be missed! M.A.


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Several topics were discussed at the Field Dalling and Saxlingham Parish Council meeting on 10th October, from the Council Tax and budgets to the dangers posed to children and the elderly by motorists speeding through our villages, affordable housing, the new Area Forums, recent planning applications, the future of policing in our area, the playground, and others culled from over 200 pages of news and correspondance received by the Parish Council during the summer months.

Contact: Di Cutterham 01263 860693

For Church Services see Panel on Page 3 VILLAGE INSTITUTE NEWS The construction work on the Institute has been completed and the hall now has disabled access and a disabled toilet, along with increased storage facilities. This has been made possible by grants from North Norfolk District Council, Awards for All and a Norfolk Rural Community grant. External and internal painting is ongoing but the result of the building work is very pleasing. Our contractor, T J Construction, started and finished on time and has done an excellent job. Our thanks to Tom Dixon and the team for being so helpful and efficient. With the new roof and improved internal facilities the hall is equipped for the future and the new enlarged kitchen will make any food preparation less crowded. The management committee and the village have raised a good proportion of the finance but couldn’t have done the extensive renovations without the generous support of NNDC, NRC and the Lottery. We are grateful to them for continuing to support Gunthorpe Village Institute’s modernisation programme. This year’s very successful Fete raised a further £3,500 which was shared between the Church and the Institute. Some of these funds will go towards any future building programme and equipment. S.T.

We were very conscious that it is impossible to do justice to all the information that a Parish Council receives in a short meeting. A bit like the seed in the parable of the sower, some of it has gone stale by the time the meeting rolls around, some is of interest to people who are not present at the meeting, some is not really relevant to our community ... and there are some pieces of information that would be of real value to some people if only they got to hear about it while it was fresh. In a separate agenda item, we discussed this very problem at length, on the strength of a paper prepared for the meeting: Communicating better in our Communities. The problem has two faces. For publishers and other communicators, it is a question of how best to disseminate their news or information, whereas for residents, the problem is how to find out about matters of interest in time to be useful. One solution that was favoured was to set up a village website, as many other villages in the UK have done. Obviously, such an information resource would only be accessible through a PC with an internet connection and it was not known how many families have access to the internet via a networked PC, be it their own or via a school, library or pub, so a survey would be desirable.


We would be interested in knowing which other villages have set up a website, or are thinking of doing so, either for the Parish Council (which has a statutory duty to make information available) or more widely, for the Community. If any reader has ideas, suggestions, war stories etc on this subject, please could he or she drop a line to Anthony Smith at the Manor House on Langham Road, Field Dalling NR25 7LG, or email him as A.S.

This will be held on December 10th from midday in the Village Institute. It will be in the usual format, which has proved very popular in the past - simply mulled wine, hot mince pies and sausages. This year will be a double draw - the November 50/50 Draw will be held as well as the December Draw and there will be a very good raffle. Please come along and say hello - Father Christmas may even drop by for the good little girls & boys!



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THE PCC invite everyone from Gunthorpe to come and meet Rev. Joanna Anderson from 7pm onwards, Friday, December 2nd, in the Village Institute over a glass of wine. Following which there will be a meeting of the PCC.

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For Church Services see Panel on Page 3 LANGHAM CHURCH NEWS


The Harvest Service collection amounted to £122.49. which was all sent to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.

The FOGPC 50/50 Club held the belated October meeting on November 5th. I believe we were the first group to use the new facilities at the Institute, and although not finished, they were a good indicator of what is to come. The kitchen now feels enormous and has masses of work surface for food preparation and the new toilet is clean & capacious.

After the service about forty of us enjoyed a shared lunch in the Parish Room and had a chance to chat to our new Rector, the Reverend Joanna Anderson and her family.

The Institute Committee have worked very hard on the improvements to the Institute, obtaining grants, builders’ quotes and overseeing work, and now that their hard work is beginning to come to fruition they are very much to be congratulated on doing a great job.

Our thanks go to all who decorated the church and Parish Room and to those who helped with the lunch.

I am told that there are still vacancies on the Committee though, and if anyone would like to volunteer some time & effort, could they please contact either John Blakeley or Sue Traverso.


We were very grateful for donated produce, which has been divided between the Glaven Caring Centre and the Carmel. Langham P.C.C

Wedding - September 24th. Karen & Simon Hamilton. Funeral - October 10th. Mrs. Elizabeth Dawson.


FORTHCOMING EVENTS AT THE INSTITUTE 2nd Dec. Fri. PCC evening; introducing the Rev. Joanna Anderson. 7.00.

We would be very grateful if a volunteer could come forward to take up a vacant place on our car roster. Do phone me if you would like further details.

10th Dec. Sat. 50/50 Club. Christmas Party & Monthly Draw at The Institute. 12.00.

Ann Sherriff Tel: 830 605

28th Jan. Sat. 50/50 Club. Coffee Morning & Draw. 10.30.


25th Feb. Sat. 50/50 Club. Coffee Morning & Draw. 10.30.

Langham Parish Room Committee invite you to the Parish Room on Wednesday 14th. December at 7.00pm. Admission £2, children free. Sherry, mince pies and coffee will be served. Come and join us in this informal run up to Christmas.

OCTOBER 50/50 CLUB RESULTS A. Blunden £20 B. Curson £ 5 C. Dewing £ 5

F. Morley J. Cutterham M. Reeve

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Any profit from this evening is for the Parish Room funds. Edward Allen, Chairman.


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Affordable Housing The Council is now firmly committed to the provision of affordable housing in the village. This will be on an ‘exception’ site, which means it must be outside but adjoining the present development boundary. The result of the bidding process should be announced +/- February 2006. As previously announced, our allocation after the Housing Survey was for 4 x 2 bedroom houses, 1 x 3 bedroom house and 2 x 2 bedroom flats (built to look like a house). We have had our first meeting with the housing association and together with them indicated which sites we think are possible for the development. The next step will be a site visit in January next year together with the housing association and NNDC, and after this we could rank potential sites in our order of preference. This list would finally then be ranked by the planning officers of NNDC after consideration of issues such as Traffic, Environment, Access, Drainage etc. and become the official list.

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LANGHAM STREET FAYRE Summer Quiz 2005 “Sweeties” Firstly thank you to all of you who took part in the Quiz this year, either by selling quiz sheets or by ‘having a go’. Thank you, too, to the Village School for the photocopying of the sheets. We sold 304 copies and had 78 entries. Nearly all those who entered scored 80+ and, indeed, many scored over 90. There were 3 joint winning entries, each with 96 ½ points: Jane Fisher, Sue and Adrian Fowkes and Mrs. Alavie Fridd. You will recognise the Langham winners (Hooray!). Mrs. Fridd lives in Maidstone in Kent and did very well in last year’s quiz, too. Once more, entries came from all over the country, and some were accompanied by appreciative letters, one of which is printed below.

The Council had two main areas of concern at this first meeting. One was the lack of garages with affordable homes as they have to be built within a budget and thus only provide parking bays. With the number of houses to be built it could result in an extra 14 cars being parked in the open. The other concern was to whether flats fit in to a village location. Fireworks Night. The Council would like to thank the Friends of Langham for organizing food and lighting for the night, and all the people who operated the bucket collection. We just managed to beat the weather again and had an increased attendance of some 450 people.

Most interesting alternative answers; TGIF (correct answer: Crunchie) Weekend Assortment 5th November (Bonfire Toffee) Catherine Wheel Alcoholic Fungus (Rum Truffle) Champagne Truffle Not Dawns (Terry’s Chocolate Orange) Twilight Seen at the races (Tic Tac) Tote Bars.

Thanks are also due to Patrick Allen for providing the field again but more so for his excellent idea of charging a small amount for putting material on the bonfire. This itself accounted for £195 of the £681.25 total collected which is an excellent result.

Well done all of you! If you didn’t win this year have a go next – we’re already thinking about it. Jan, Sue, Pauline and Bridget Letter received: ‘Please find enclosed our Langham Fun Quiz ‘Sweeties’. We came across it at Langham Glass’ whilst on holiday in Norfolk. We never realised 4 adults could have so much fun for £1.00!! ‘It provided after dinner fun, we even spent 30 minutes in Woollies’ sweet dept in Swaffham!! I even had a Eureka moment at 3 am one morning - sat up and shouted ‘Munchies’. ‘Many thanks for a great idea! Best wishes’.

The next meeting of the council is on Tuesday 17th of January 2006.

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This will visit Langham Dec-8 & Jan-5 calling each day at: The Carmel - 9.35 am. Swan’s Close - 10.50 am. St. Mary’s - 10.00 am. The Cornfield - 11.15 am. The Old Post Office - 10.25 am. Enquiries: Wells Library Tel: 01328 710467.




In Langham Church on Wednesday 2nd. November a memorial service was held for James Halford who lived in Langham until a few years ago.


John Penny thanked Joanna for her generous invitation to give the address, and spoke warmly of James’ and Chris’ hospitality in New Zealand. He described James as ‘a diverger’, someone who thinks differently from most people, whose ideas challenge accepted notions. Having embraced the Christian faith he constantly questioned and examined ideas and philosophers ouside mainstream Christianity, explorations always peppered with humour and dry wit. No topic was too serious to laugh about. Friends and family also contributed their own personal recollections of Jim, many of which brought smiles to those of us who remembered him.



PAMPERED CHEF January 9th. Parish Room - 7pm for 7.30pm Vicky Hastings will come and do a cookery demonstration of sweet and savoury dishes which you will be able to sample. There will also be an opportunity to see, try and buy the products used.

Whilst living in Langham he took a great interest in the church clock and carried out flag duties. It is therefore a fitting memorial to him that his wife Chris proposed that the church service collection of £409.90 be allocated to the maintenance of the church clock. A restricted fund will now be set up for this purpose.

Payment for products is on the night by cash, cheque, Visa, MasterCard, Switch or Solo. Pampered Chef is an American company supplying kitchen tools to make life in the kitchen simpler, quicker and a bit more exciting!

We are very grateful for this generous gesture and would like to convey our sincere appreciation for all the help that James gave to the church and its people.

Having been to one, I can assure you that it is a very enjoyable evening, Vicky is a very enthusiastic lady and really enjoys her role. They are in need of a representative in North Norfolk so if you are wanting a part time job it could be for you!

We send our deepest sympathy to Chris and her family. Langham P.C.C Note: See also Page 24 for further memories.


The aim of this evening will be to raise funds for Langham Church general funds. There will be a raffle and one or two other stalls for you to browse round, so do come along and join us. Tickets £2.50 available from Ann Sherriff or Jan Hope or on the door.

It’s Pantomime Time! Oh no, it isn’t! OH YES, IT IS! CINDERELLA, at Princess Theatre Hunstanton, Monday 2nd, January 2006

For further details contact Ann Sherriff Tel: 830605.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. Transport and tickets for the children of Langham are free, Adults £ 10.00. Bus leaves Langham 12 noon and returns at 5.15 pm. For more information and tickets please contact Cathy or Marcel Schoenmakers on 01328 830 537. Hurry to book as this is a popular event!

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CAROLS ROUND THE VILLAGE Once again a hardy band of carollers will endeavour to brave the elements to bring you the first taste of the Spirit of Christmas. We meet at the Carmel nunnery at 7.00 pm on Thursday 15th of December, armed with torches to find our way from there, after an exchange of carols with the nuns, around the village, and clad according to the weather.

VILLAGE COFFEE MORNINGS These will take place in the Parish Room from 10.00 to 12 noon on alternating Saturdays and Wednesdays -

This year we want to expand our group so that we can increase the volume of sound. Anybody from any of the surrounding villages is welcome to join us. Bring your friends and join the merry throng. If you can't join us but would like the group to sing outside your home get in contact with Ken Bartlett at 2, St Andrew's Drift, telephone 830696.

December 3rd and 21st February 4th and 15th April 1st and 19th . Do come and join us.

The collection this year, as usual, will be for The Children’s Society. Please help us to help those children, who will be unable to enjoy the Christmases that we do.

January 7th and 18th March 4th and 15th

LANGHAM LADYBIRDS Our September meeting was well supported to hear Chris Weston tell us of the ‘Lost Villages of Norfolk’. A very interesting and informative talk about the places being lost to the sea.

You don't have to be an opera singer, just come and join in the fun. If you are an instrumentalist, who can play traditional carol tunes on a violin, brass instrument or anything you would be more than welcome!

October was the month for evenings out - a group went to Stiffkey and another to Hindringham both very enjoyable and these invitations make for meeting different village groups. We also went to the Manor Hotel for dinner, again a pleasant evening with very good food.

By the way! We always find a warm welcome at the Bluebell pub as the final port of call. Bridget and Pat make sure we are warm and well fed before we go home. K.Bartlett

We had a very large audience for Rod Lees in November who gave us an update on our Street Fayre 2006 and a very interesting talk on Nelson and Trafalgar. A truly super evening enjoyed by everyone.

NORFOLK CHURCHES TRUST SPONSORED BICYCLE RIDE The sum raised by our four stalwart villagers was £389.35. of which £194.68. was given back to Langham Church funds.

We do not meet in December but in January it will be CADS ‘Aladdin’ and on January 31st the Ladybirds and friends are invited to the dress rehearsal at Cley Village Hall. If you wish to join us please le me know.

Langham P.C.C. would like to thank, Amanda Marshall, Ken Bartlett, Helen Brandt and John Plummer for their valiant efforts in not the best of weather. Thanks also go to all the sponsors and to the recorders in church.

In the meantime have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year.


We always think of Betty Wharton at the time of this event so let us keep up the good work in her name. Our thanks also go to Ken for taking over the administration and organisation of the Langham event. Well done everyone!

Thanks to everybody who supported our ‘Pound Sale’ we raised £421. We are planning to hold more sales in 2006 - see you there. Maureen - 830371



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Across: 1.Rings? Essential if you want to call. (10) 7 & 13. Good turners, chaps little and large. (4,3,6) 8. Former Irishman, away from home. (2-3) 10. Hot condition? Take head off, always. (4) 11. Rolo ends mixed up - that’s Viking talk! (3,5) 13. See 7 across. 15. Go with a companion....... (6) 17. ..........who could be close. (8) 18. Junction with a French street? Correct. (4) 21. Hidden in the motel I despised? Cut it out. (5) 22. He’s determined he’s the first man to meet an insect. (7) 23. With piety, every rental is confused and looses an article. (10)


Down: 1. A list, and something to put it on. (5) 2. A page can fall in Autumn. (4) 3. Quiet mix-up - up to the ankles! (6) 4. Being frank, uncover the head. (8) 5. Grass found, just a piece, in the English Symphony Orchestra (7) 6. The way in to the enemy for a limited visit. (6,4) 9. What doctors offer, good times embracing model fellows. (10)













BEAT THE DOC. by Dr P.G. N.B. - prospective medical students - all questions relate to the body of an average, adult human! 1. Where is the Spleen? a) Above the diaphragm? b) Below the diaphragm? c) On the left? d) On the right? e) In the middle? 2. Where is the Thymus? a) Above the diaphragm? b) Below the diaphragm? c) On the left? d) On the right? e) In the middle? 3. Where is the Liver mainly placed? a) On the left? b) On the right? c) In the middle? 4. Where is the Gall Bladder? a) In front of the liver? b) Behind the liver? c) Nowhere near the liver? 5. Where are the Kidneys placed in the abdomen? a) On the front wall? b) On the back wall? c) Between the 2 walls? 6. Which kidney is normally higher than the other? a) The left? b) The right? c) Both the same height? 7. How many bones are there in the skull? a) 1? b) 2? c) 22? d) 24? e) 30? 8. How many bones are there in one arm, from and including upper arm to the finger tips? a) 20? b) 23? c) 26? d) 29? e) 32? 9. How many bones in the leg, from and including the thigh bone to the tips of the tips of the toes? a) 20? b) 23? c) 26? d) 29? e) 32? 10. What is the main artery to the body called? 11. What is the main vein called? 12. Where in the Brain are the main areas of interpretation for: a) Sight: i) Front? ii) Middle? iii) Back? b) Sound: i) Front? ii) Middle? iii) Back? c) Behaviour: i) Front? ii) Middle? iii) Back? 13. Diseases or Disorders: Name the structure affected by each of them, e.g. Cytitis > Bladder. a) Colitis? b) Radiculitis? c) Enteritis? d) Proctitis? e) Phlebitis? f) Nephritis? g) Encephalitis? h) Onychitis? i) Rhabdomyositis? j) Opthalmoneuritis? k) Epidimytis? l) Hepatitis? m) Osteomyelitis? n) Folliculitis? o) Phimosis? p) Onychogryphosis? q) Pyloric Stenosis? r) Oophoritis? s) Otitis? 14. Name the common therapeutic use of each of these plants: a) Foxglove? b) Poppy? c) Periwinkle? d) Cinchona Bark? Note down your answers, check them against The Doctor’s answers on page 26 and see if you qualify!


1. In which language is “I love you” written here: (a) Te amo? (b) Aishite imasu? (c) Ich liebe Dich? (d) Ti amo? (e) Ik hou van je? 2. What are the following American food terms called in British English: (a) Faggot? (b) Jelly? (c) Granola? (d) Taffy? (e) Rutabaga? (f) Hard candy? (g) A Porterhouse steak? (h) Sherbert? (i) Potato chips? (j) French fries? 3. What is/are or was/were:(a) a “tweeter” or “woofer”? (b) A “monkey” (in £)? (c) cirrus? (d) a 64-knot (73 mph) wind called? (e) the UK’s Prime minister in 1978? (f) Nori? (g) the lowest prime number? (h) the city where the 1908 & 1948 Olympics were held? (i) is the letter “O” in Morse code? (j) the nearest planet to the sun? 4. Who won: (a) The Boat Race in 1993-1999? (b) The Ashes in 1986/87? (c) 56 Gold medals, 51 silver medals and 38 bronze medals in the 1908 Olympics? In which sports are the following cups contended for? (d) The Ryder Cup? (e) The Davis Cup? 5. Who was the villain (film name) and who played 007 (real name) in the following Bond films: (a) “You Only Live Twice”? (b) “Diamonds are for Ever”? (c) “Dr. No”? And who was the “Bond girl” in: (d) “Golden Eye”? (e) “Tomorrow never Dies”? (e) “Die Another Day”? 6. Which football team - give the full name and the nickname - has a home ground called: (a) White Hart Lane? (b) Anfield? (c) Old Trafford? (d) Highbury? (e) Craven Cottage? 7. What town do the following come from: (a) Hearts (Heart of Midlothian) FC. (b) Hibernian FC? (c) Mancunians? (d) Scouses? (e) Wykehamists? 8. Complete the missing word(s) in these famous Shakespeare quotes. (“--” denotes one word): (a) All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely --. (b) Out, damned -- ! out, I say!” (c) To be or not -- --, that is the question. (c) A horse! a horse! my -- for a horse!” (d) There are more things in heaven and earth, --…”. (e) “Is this a -- which I see before me…?” (f) “O --, --, wherefore art thou --?” [the same name three times!] 9. Complete the following lines in these Christmas carols (-- “ denotes one word): (a) “No -- for a bed” (b) “Frosty wind made --.” (c) “Above the deep and -sleep..” (d) “ -- and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.” (e) “O Little town of Bethlehem, how -- we see thee lie!” (f) “All seated on the --” (g) Though the frost was --” (h) “The sky is -- with angels singing.” (i) “…risen with healing in His --.” (j) “The -- bears the crown.” 10. Animal, vegetable or mineral? (a) Glasswort? (b) Roach? (c) Neon? (d) Rambutan? (e) Lychee?

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SUPPER TALK ON SEP. 3rd by William Riviere The final figure for income for Friends of Morston Church from this Fundraising Special Event on 3rd September at Mrs. Bullard’s House was £1,927.16. The Friends’ Committee has already thanked those unable to attend who so generously donated over £500, but would here like to thank very much indeed also all those who helped with administration of, or prizes for, this very successful event.

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Fundraising and Repairs

Jane and Jim Temple’s Trafalgar Triumph on Friday 21st October was indeed a great success. A bonfire on the Quay, then a Hog Roast & Rum Punch Supper, with live music by Rade, was enjoyed by all, many of whom were clad in the required red and/or white and/or blue.

The original fundraising target for Friends of Morston Church for repairs to and maintenance of All Saints’ church was £10,000 per year for ten years (a small part of which was being found, independently, by the PCC). At the end of Year 2 (to 30th April 2005) Friends’ fundraising was 'on course', with £19,783 then in the bank. Tenders for work on decoration of the inside of the church tower (and access to the tower), on the windows and pointing, and further work on the roof, have recently been received and a building company selected, so that a start should be possible as soon as appropriate faculties have been obtained. This work will generate bills in this calendar year of about £20,000.00.

BIRD NOTES A Morston garden was graced briefly in October by the presence of two Yellow-browed Warblers, tiny migrants from Siberia which often arrive in Norfolk at this time of year. A Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen regularly too, often trying to batter a hole in the roof of the shed. Out on the marsh, goose numbers are building, and skeins of Pink-footed regularly flight over the village to roost on the far sands; Brent geese numbers are picking up too. Wader migration has been strong all autumn, with large numbers of Black-tailed Godwit and frequent sightings of Greenshank, Curlew Sandpiper and Snipe. Early arrivals of winter birds like Redwing and Merlin may support Met. Office forecasts of a hard winter. Richard Rolfe



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Chen and Pee Wee were married on 20th August, at North Walsham Registry Office. Then followed festivities at Scaldbeck Cottage/Tent City with three hundred guests revelling in the marquee. Drinks, and excellent and moving speeches, were followed by a superb lamb roast with baked potatoes and salad, and by cakes of many different flavours and decorations, provided by Roberta and many of the guests. Nick Hamond and his band, The Show Ponies, performed to rapturous applause. They were so good that London hostesses arranging weddings and nightclub owners arranging cabarets would be foolish not to book them immediately! Clem Cecil and others then DJ’d for dancing, with a great mix of reggae and popular music.

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Later, the party moved round the huge bonfire until the early hours of the morning. Peewee and Chen, who are expecting their first baby in October, were both radiant in white and Ned and Roberta, who had worked incredibly hard to make this the best party ever, looked dazed and proud.

The Powditch Family (whose forbears lived here from the 1500s to 1700s) plan to visit “their ancestral village and church” from Friday 16th to Sun 18th June 2006 for their 2nd Powditch Family Gathering. They will probably be accommodated about five miles away, but Morston will be central to their visit. Friends of Morston Church will run a Raffle for them at their special Dinner here and the PCC will welcome the family to the morning Church Service on 18th June.

ANDREW ATHILL MEMORIAL COLLECTION (for PCC Church Building Fund) The Memorial Collection in memory of Andrew Athill has so far reached the magnificent sum of £3,469.32.

Amongst many kind letters on the same subject, one of the Powditch family (who played a prominent part here in 2004) wrote to me this September, enclosing a second large cheque for the church, as follows:

Andrew was on the PCC for many, many years, latterly as Treasurer, and had a great interest in All Saints’ Church, especially in its wonderful windows. Mary has therefore decided, and the PCC has wholeheartedly agreed, that the Collection should go towards the restoration of those church windows already earmarked for essential repairs.

“It is hard to believe it was this time last year that I was looking forward to the “First Powditch Gathering” – how time flies. As the first anniversary draws near I would, once again, like to extend my sincere thanks to all those involved in the organisation of what turned out to be, a truly memorable, enjoyable and interesting week-end for both myself and my husband. I felt very honoured to represent my family at the church service, and I thought it wonderful to see the church come “alive” with congregation, the sound of music and singing. I hope that your efforts on behalf of the Powditch Family helped to boost the much needed funds required for carrying out the vital repairs to the church.”

THIRD BURTON BABY BORN Camilla Burton, wife of Philip Burton and daughter of Joc and Sara Wingfield, had their third child on 1st October - Iola Rose. Milla and Phil were married in All Saints Church three years ago.

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A pair of oxen, some goats and a hive of bees are all on their way to poverty-stricken African villages, thanks to the generosity of the Sharrington Harvest Festival.

The opportunity to observe a first-rate artist at work proved to be irresistible to the many who came to the Village Hall in October for a demonstration by Jeremy Barlow. We watched with rapt attention as Jeremy employed the various techniques, patiently answering questions as he went along.

The PCC voted recently to allocate all the proceeds from their church collection, harvest supper and auction to the ‘Send a Cow’ appeal. This works with the people of Africa to overcome poverty and malnutrition through developing self-sufficient livestock farming.

It was most illuminating to see how the finished picture gradually emerged from a sketched outline and to learn how the final effect was achieved. The completed canvas was instantly framed and most kindly offered by Jeremy as first prize for the raffle - and one lucky lady went home envied by us all! However, some of Jeremy’s prints were also available and were swiftly bought by eager ‘fans’. This was an unforgettable and hugely enjoyable afternoon, with cream teas being served during the interval. With all proceeds from the event going towards St Margaret’s Church Repair Fund, grateful thanks were expressed on behalf of the PCC to Jeremy and his wife, Jan, who both gave so generously of their talents and time to make this such a special and successful afternoon.

The Rector’s stall in Sharrington Church is decorated with a carving of a bee-hive, so £40 of the £440 raised was promptly earmarked to pay for a hive for poor farmers. Other gifts on the shopping list included oxen, goats and training for the disadvantaged. Villagers met in church for evensong to celebrate the harvest, bringing their own gifts of produce. Madeline and Tilly gallantly carried a wide variety of vegetables, preserves, cakes and even a particularly fine salmon to be blessed by the Ven. Michael Handley. After the service, the harvest loaf and all the offerings were carried to the village hall where they were put up for auction. Claire Rivett was on fine form as she persuaded villagers to part with their cash, and bidding was brisk. Guests enjoyed cottage pie and lasagne, followed by apple pie and trifle, all kindly donated. Many people were generous with their time and efforts to decorate the church, cook and donate produce. Without their kindness we could not have sent the marvellous ‘basket of life’ to Africa, so thank you to everyone who took part. (for further information, see or tel: 01225 874222).

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Like sewer rats dispensing fleas, So Gossips spread tit-tat and sleaze. ‘Did you know? - did you hear?’ ‘Whatever next?’ My God, my dear! ‘He drinks you know’, wink-wink, nudge-nudge, ‘We are the better folk, who judge.’ ‘From the horse’s mouth’ - the Gossip garbles, ‘that poor old man has lost his marbles.’ Spitting mischief every which way, Rumours worsen, all and each day. Wicked talk may lead to slaughter, Telling tales we didn’t oughta. What can we do? A mammoth task. Ignore the Gossip - How? we ask. There is a most effective tip:‘Shut our mouth and zip the lip!’ Airbag

Regular readers of the Lynx will be aware of two recurring themes. Firstly the impact of our increasingly unpredictable weather on the social and fund-raising life of the Benefice, and secondly a true Brit determination never to let it interfere with our plans. And so it was for the annual Norfolk Churches Bike Ride on Sept. 10th. Everything was ready, Peter Garwood’s signs were up to direct riders to the church, Ann Garwood had all the necessary administration in place, the church flowers were done, the churchyard tidy - and the weather was dreadful. Grey drizzle interspersed with torrential downpours. But the number of riders who checked in were only slightly down on last year, and we were pleased to see Jack the grey stallion on his rounds as usual, even if he did try to come in the church on the not unreasonable grounds that it was the sort of day when it was better to be inside and not out. At 10 am a posse of 4 cyclists set off from the church, Martyn Sloman and Paul Booker for Sharrington, David Harvey for Foulsham and Stephen Harvey for Little Snoring. By the time they met up for a lunch break with their supporters they were drenched to the skin. Undeterred they rode on. By 6 pm when they got back they were exhausted, but triumphant at having reached their target of 30 churches which took them round much of North Norfolk ending up with the parishes in our group.

MODERN EXECUTIVE SELECTION PROCEDURE Presenter (Higgins) - ‘We have only two candidates for you to consider, Madam Chairman.’ Madam Chairman – ‘Excellent, Higgins. Please give me their profiles for this post of senior executive.’ Higgins - ‘Candidate No 1, Madam. A clearly spoken, determined upright character. He is slender, a non-smoker and non-drinker. He shows quite exceptional discipline and has very clear objectives. Candidate No 2, Madam. A rather gruffly spoken, but also determined character. He is remarkably over-weight, a heavy smoker and heavy drinker. He has a rather undisciplined modus operandi!’

The Sharrington Two raised a total of £556, half of which will go to the Norfolk Churches trust and half into our own coffers.

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All residents will have received a letter alerting them to the formidable tasks we have, both as a PCC and in a wider sense, to maintain and re-decorate our Church.

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For Church Services see Panel on Page 3 CHRISTMAS SERVICES The Christingle Service at the church will be on Sunday, Dec. 18th at 3.30 pm. Our new rector, Joanna Anderson, will take the service and also lead worship on Christmas morning at 11.00. She is looking forward to meeting as many people as possible from the parishes and the services will provide a good opportunity. There will also be Carol Singing in the Red Lion on Christmas Eve in the early part of the evening. Thanks to the management for this - all are welcome!

HOW SUSTAINABLE ARE WE? The politicians love this word and we must all be more ‘sustainable’. Here in Norfolk we are not too badly off. Nice countryside - plenty of crab salads and real ale from Norfolk barley. Fresh air and (except in the hectic holiday season) roads we can travel along unmolested. Yet all this time we are urged to be more sustainable. We must not take more out than we put in - and leave something over for the hereafter. Recycling in the green bins must be a step in the right direction. Diesel at 97p per gallon - how about that for hitting credit card accounts!

CHRISTMAS PARTY Do you consider yourself a Stiffkey-ite? We are having a village party for all Stiffkey-ites on December 17th, so make a note in your diary and come along and join the party - it won’t be the same without you! Look out for the posters or talk to Alison or Eva.

Are we well insulated in our houses? Probably not. Do we agree that nuclear energy is greener than coal? What about wind turbines over the horizon (just) out to sea, and migrating birds? It’s all such a mish-mash of ideas and opinions. And then ‘managed retreat’ - that wonderful euphemism for letting in the flood waters of the North Sea. Someone’s wetland is another person’s work-place. You can’t win. Certainly not in New Orleans. We live in interesting times. No doubt we have global warming. That might help to sustain the North Norfolk tourist industry at the expense of the Costa del Sangria. Cheers for real Norfolk Ales and Crab Salads! And Tesco is coming to Fakenham - haven’t we enough supermarkets already to sustain us? And too few village shops?

CAROL SINGING Yes - at the Red Lion, Christmas Eve. Start Christmas with a swing and sing your heart out to all your favourite carols. We will have Mark on the guitar, Andy on the Piano and lots of song-sheets. Hope to see you there (who knows, there might even be nibbles)


On a serious note, there are more children in Asia deprived of clean water and food than in the sub-Sahara. And Africa is supposed to be the least sustained continent. Makes you think! K.McD

1944 - 2005 It is with great sadness that we report the death of James Halford at his home in Stiffkey on October 15th after a long battle with cancer. James was born in Northampton but was introduced to Norfolk life very early on when his parents brought him with them to Burnham Overy Staithe, where they were the first guests after the war at the Moorings Hotel. Twice-yearly holidays at the Staithe followed and after his marriage to Chris the family visits continued until 1992, when the Halfords finally moved to Norfolk to live. They settled in Langham, from whence they ventured out to New Zealand in 2000 for a holiday and ended up staying for 4 years, only returning because of James’ ill health. James was a jeweller, in a family tradition which dates back to the seventeenth century, and he continued to work in Holt and Kings Lynn until earlier this year. He was what people call a ‘character’, an individualist and divergent thinker, a builder of hovercraft and an intrepid flyer and re-builder of microlights - the world will be a duller place without him. (See also page 16)


In the village hall on Saturday, December 3rd, we are holding a fund-raising Bingo, with proceeds split between the village hall and playing field. We need prizes PLEASE and they can be left at the shop. Bingo starts at 7.00 pm and there will be mince pies and glass of wine or juice FREE, just to add to the fun. See you there!


Does the name have something to do with the Romans, or maybe an old army camp? Unlikely. Camping Hill probably gained its name as the place where the old game of Camp-ball was played. This was a riotous game in which villagers divided into two to try to score in two ‘goals’. Rules were non-existent. The ball could be carried, thrown or kicked. This game later became ‘kicking-camp’ in which kicking the ball only was allowed. So, next time you are asked where football was first played, perhaps the answer is Stiffkey. S. Bashforth



NATURE NOTES Hedgehogs will soon be hibernating for winter. When the first cold weather arrives they will seek out dry, warm corners. Bonfire heaps are notorious for being funeral pyres for wintering hedgehogs. Dry, deep leaf mould, under holly trees or against banks, are favoured, log piles and even under old corrugated iron. It is reported that hedgehogs are Britain’s favourite wild garden creature. They are certainly beneficial in summer, consuming large quantities of slugs, beetles and snails. They patrol lawns at night, devouring earthworms which may be luxuriating (ie: having sex) on the surface. People with sharp ears can sometimes hear the munching and smacking of lips as the hedgehog chews up each worm. But they also devour birds’ eggs and can even climb to nests up tangled bushes. They are very partial to pheasant and partridge eggs, but are infested with parasites, which irritate them a lot because their prickles prevent scratching. Recently the Scottish Parliament approved a cull of hedgehogs, which had been mistakenly introduced to the Outer Hebrides. These islands host some of the biggest concentrations of ground-nesting birds. Together with the mink, which escaped from a fur farm in Lewis, they are regarded as excessive predators and a vast trapping programme is going on. Some people objected to this campaign against Mr and Mrs Tiggy Winkle. But one has to look at the wider issues. We are a country of managed habitats and non-intervention is often not possible. The release of wolves and Beavers into the Scottish countryside is also a highly charged issue. In my view the precautionary principle should apply, and these animals are not suitable for release into habitats very different from what they were hundreds and thousands of years ago. Pightle

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AN INTERVIEW WITH JACKIE REVERUP (British White Van Rally Champion) Q. Jackie, it’s good to meet you here in N. Norfolk. What do you consider your best rural rally circuit? A. Well, funny you should ask. I have always thought the ‘Norfolk 4 Valley Circuit’ to be the most exciting. Of course, I’ve been all over the world, but your lanes really take the biscuit. I simply love the twists and turns - and we have our eye on another 5 villages beside the four. Q. Which villages do you mean? A. Well, our start line usually lies on the A49 just west of Stiffkey. Then we accelerate down into the village, hugging the kerb. This is challenging urban driving as we hurtle past the Red Lion. Then a sharp right hander to pull away up the Cockthorpe Hill climb. One really blasts the throttle there. Most drivers then relish the infamous Cockthorpe bend (plenty of prangs there!). A good sliding surface bring us onto the Airfield Zigzag. What a cracker, as we open up for the Langham Grandstand straight, before a tricky lefthander brings us down to Morston - pheasants here, flying into windscreens - all part of the fun!

MUSIC EVENINGS We have enjoyed two more sessions at Kingfisher Barn, which have provided the usual motley miscellany of musical masterpieces. In October we celebrated Nelson’s victory with some rousing music of the period, including Haydn’s ‘Nelson Mass’, and we remembered his death with some of the music played at his funeral in St Pauls. In early November we had an evening of plots and pyrotechnics with more dazzling piano playing from Martha Argerich, Handel’s ‘Music for the Royal Fireworks’, and plots from Verdi’s ‘Othello’ and Mozart’s ‘The Marriage of Figaro’. The two evenings raised a further £125 to help Sally and Albert set up home in Banjul, The Gambia. On Nov 2nd we all read a lovely e-mailed card from Sally thanking us for our support. The money has made a huge difference to their lives. Margaret and John will return with photos of their new home for the next meeting.

Q. But surely, Morston is hardly your cup of tea, Jackie, the Course Marshalls there are pretty strict, what with warning lights and all...? A. Well, now you mention it, I can’t really comment on how our boys (and girls, you know - no sexism in our sport - ha! ha!) negotiate the Morston S bends. Let’s say we just put our foot down - enough to clear the road! Q. And the Morston-Stiffkey Straight’ - back on the A49 how does that grab you, Jackie? A. Well, we just give it all we’ve got - a tricky bend by White Bridges. Get it wrong and you’re into the Avocets but usually we get over the bridge in one piece! Q. Well, Jackie, it all sounds quite exhausting even talking to you like this. But what about the spectators and wildlife?


On Dec. 7 we will meet to hear and watch music by Elgar, much of which reflects life and attitudes in late Victorian and Edwardian England. All are welcome. This is not an exclusive club. None of us is an expert musician, at least not as far as we know, although Eva is doing her best to become Stiffkey’s answer to Martha A!! The only privilege is that the first to arrive get the comfortable seats. The really lucky ones get Starsky and Eric to sleep on their laps. Resting your eyes during the performance is not frowned on!

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ANSWERS TO CHRISTMAS QUIZ (see page 19) 1. Languages? a) Spanish. (b) Japanese. (c) German. (d) Italian. (e) Dutch. 2. Food? (a) Meatball. (b) Jam. ( c) Muesli. (d) Toffee. (e) Swede. (f) Boilet sweet. (g) Sirloin steak. (h) Sorbet. i) Crisps. (j) Chips. 3. What? (a) A hi-range and bass (electric) speaker. (b) £500. (c) (High wispy) cloud. (d) A hurricane. (e) James Callaghan. (f) Sheets of dried seaweed. (g) One. (h) London. (i) 3 dashes. (j) Mercury. 4. Who won? (a) Cambridge. (b). England. (c) Great Britain. (Food shortages meant that each country was asked to bring its own food for its teams). (d) Golf. (3) Lawn tennis. 5. 007 films? (a) Blofeld & Sean Connery. (b) Blofeld & Sean Connery. (c) Dr. No & Sean Connery. (d) Izabel Scorupco. (e) Micelle Yeoh. (f) Halle Berry. 6. Football teams? (a) Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs). (b). Liverpool (The Reds). (c) Manchester United (The Red Devils). (d) Arsenal (The Gunners). (e) Fulham (The Cottagers). 7. Home towns? (a) Cupar. (b) Edinburgh. (Manchester). (d). Liverpool - (originally Liverpool docks area only. (Liverpudlians). (e) Winchester (College). 8. Shakespeare? (a) “players”. (b) “spot” (c) “to be.” (d) “kingdom.” (e) Horatio. (f) Dagger. (g) Romeo (three times). 9. Carols? (a) crib. [Away in a Manger]. (b) moan. [In the bleak Midwinter]. (c) dreamless. [O little town of Bethlehem]. (d) joyful. [O come all ye faithful]. (e) still. [O little town of Bethlehem]. (f) ground. [Hark the herald-angels sing!]. (g) cruel. [Good King Wenceslaus]. (h) riven. [Ding dong merrily on high!]. (i) wings. [Hark the herald-angels sing!]. (j) holly. [The holly and the ivy]. 10. Animal, vegetable or mineral? (a) Vegetable. (b) Animal. (c) Mineral. (d) Vegetable. (e) Vegetable.





WORD SQUARE ANSWERS (see page 18) The cities, towns and villages are: Acle, Arbroath, Bath, Blackpool, Bray, Bury, Cheam, Cheltenham, Dover, Downe, Ely, Erith, Evesham, Eye, Frome, Ford, Foy, Hambridge (not Ambridge!), Howden, Hove, Leeds, Mere, Mold, Oldham, Poole, Rainham, Rait, Rayne, Redcar, Rock, St Ives, Sale, Shere, Southwold, Stockport, Toft and Tilbury.

BEAT THE DOC. Answers (see page 19) 1: b) and c). Give yourself two points if you got both. 2: a) and e). Give yourself two points if you got both. 3: b). 4: b). 5: b). 6: a). 7: c). 8: d). 9: c). 10: Aorta. 11: Vena cava. 12a): iii). 12b): ii). 12c): i). 13a): Lower bowel. b): Spinal nerve. c): Small bowel. d): Rectum. e): Veins. f): Kidney. g): Brain. h): Nail bed. i): Muscle. j): Optic nerve. k): Testis. l): Liver. m): bone. n): Hair. o): Foreskin. p): Nails. q): Stomach. r): Ovary. s): Ear. If you got more than 8 of this section right, give yourself a bonus point. 14a): Heart disease (Digoxin). b): Pain (Opium). c): Cancer therapy. d) Malaria (and fever) (Quinine). The maximum possible score is 40. If you’ve scored that you are a professor of medicine. At 37 you are ‘better than The Doc.’ - he says. Anything over 30 is ‘brilliant’. If you got 15 or under, take two aspirin and go to bed!

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MY VISION OF A PERFECT WORLD (Extracts from writings by pupils of Langham Village school for the Harvest festival, 2005. The children are in Years 4, 5 & 6, ranging from 8 to 11 years old.) No hunger in the countries that are poor, and for them to have happiness. For animals not to be kept in captivity. Offer help if help is needed. For any living being to die with no pain. To say goodbye to their loved ones before they go. To be no pollution, to make harvests magnificent. To stop wars from stopping and starting. To stop hunters from hunting rare animals. To make poor ill people have all the cures they need to get better. To stop digging land-fill sites and filling them up with rubbish. I wish there were no more hurricanes and that there were always good harvests. People to care - not kill. Build more schools and hospitals. Love and respect. For everyone to love and care for each other. For people to protect the environment. For people not to think about war - for there to be no hatred or anger among us. For every person to be treated equally. For everyone to retain their dignity. For tomorrow always to be a bright day. A world full of love, happiness, food, harvest, peace, harmony, dignity, opportunities in life and care. There is no need for suicides, there is no need to bully people. A perfect world is peace for all, from life of humans to life of plants. A perfect world is no stealing. Just that we all live together, black and white. All humans are helpful to the world by stopping the ozone layer from disappearing. To stop pollution in the ocean and in the air. We should not think we have nothing to live for and commit a crime by killing yourself to kill others because think of your family, friends and all that know you. Your life is equal to everyone. To have peace in the world, no war, no fighting. You should be able to trust everybody you know. Take all your good opportunities and treat people how you would want them to treat you. Be helpful - people should be careful of what they do and what they say. Everyone should wake up and be able to say ‘Hey! Look - it’s going to be a great day today!’

LANGHAM VILLAGE SCHOOL What a busy year this has been. The school has been transformed and we are all looking forward to taking Langham head-on into the twenty-first century. We are here to stay and proud of it. I would like to thank everyone for their patience, resolve and terrific support; the wait has certainly been worth it. Mike Green

New School building

Officially opened on 15th November, with an Open Day. Class 3 showed guests and visitors around. A great event!

Changes to the school rooms The new room is now Class 1, with Mrs Howes and Charlotte. Present Class 1, cleared and fitted with state-of-the-art sink unit, cupboard, windows and doors repaired, and with a new carpet fitted, becomes Class 2, with Miss Hopkins. Present Class 2, cleared, becomes dining room, hall for PE, drama, music and assemblies, exhibition room, meeting base and teaching area. It houses dining tables, chairs, musical instruments and table tennis table. Present Resource room, redecorated, becomes a small group teaching base - and - staff retreat! The Head’s office is set up with phone and computer.

Class 3 Opera workshop The children have been involved in Rossini’s opera ‘La Cenerentola’, appearing at the Theatre Royal, Norwich on 20th November. A wonderful experience.

Travel Plan Jackie Howard (parent) and Sal Savoy (governor) are working with the School Council, looking at safe journeys to school, shared cars, cycling and walking.

Albaraca School Sale of produce from the harvest service raised £141 for Albaraca School in the Gambia. Mr and Mrs Adnitt, from Stiffkey, explained that this will be used for sinking new wells for fresh water.

Friends Christmas Fair

At the school. 10.00 - 12, Sat. 3rd Dec.

Christmas Performances

Again at Cley Village Hall on Thurs. 8th and Fri. 9th December.

Carols in the Church We hope to have a short Carol Service in Langham Church, 2.00 pm on Friday, 16th Dec.

Recycling Bin We now have a large paper and card bin available. Parents information Evening - 6th Dec. Tues.




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LANGHAM GLASS IS MOVING! We will be closing our glassworks in Langham on 11th December. After moving to a new location, we hope to re-open by Easter 2006 where we will be pleased to welcome old and new customers.

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Local Lynx Issue 45 - Dec/Jan 2006  

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

Local Lynx Issue 45 - Dec/Jan 2006  

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