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LOCAL LYNX

BALE - BINHAM - COCKTHORPE - FIELD DALLING GUNTHORPE - LANGHAM - MORSTON SAXLINGHAM - SHARRINGTON - STIFFKEY

NEWS FROM OUR VILLAGES

JUNE & JULY 2006

ISSUE 48

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WHAT’S ON

LOCAL LYNX

in our 10 villages

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

JUNE

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 & 4th Binham Open Gardens 3rd Sat. Gunthorpe Churchyard clear-up 9.30 3rd Sat. Langham Parish Room FOL Coffee 10 - 12 9th Fri. Saxlingham Church, Jazz in June, 7.30 10th Sat. Bale Church Garden Fete, Manor Farm 2,00 14th Wed. Langham Ladybirds, Parish Room. 7.30 15th Thurs. Binham & Hindringham Women’s Club 21st Wed. Langham Parish Room FOL Coffee 10 -12 22nd Thurs. Langham Mobile Library 23rd Fri. Stiffkey Mobile Library 23rd Fri. Morston. 6.00 Trip to seals followed by Crab Supper 23rd Fri. Gunthorpe. FOGPC AGM & Fish’n’chips 6.30 24th Sat. Gunthorpe FOGPC Coffee Morning 10.30 24th Sat. Langham Leukaemia Grand Sale 10.00 - 1.00 24th Sat. Field Dalling Chapel Yard Cottage coffee 10-12 28th Wed. Binham T. Pinnock & J. Mason. Concert 7.30

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: bob@clockhousestudio.demon.co.uk. COPY FOR AUGUST/SEPTEMBER ISSUE REQUIRED BY 9th JULY

JULY

1st Sat. Langham Parish Room FOL Coffee 10 -12 5th Wed. Langham Ladybirds, Cromer. Afternoon 7th Fri. Binham. Double Action Harp Duo. 7.30 11th Tues. Langham Parish Council. 7.00 13th Thurs. Binham Sharona Joshua & Peter Hanson 7.30 15th Sat. Morston Village Hall ‘Friends’ AGM 15th Sat. Morston Commemoration Major Andrew Athill 15th Sat. Field Dalling, Barn Dance, Mountgrace, 7.00 16th Sun. Binham Abbey House Quartet 7.30 18th Tues. Langham Parish Council. 7.00 19th Wed. Langham Parish Room FOL Coffee 10 -12 20th Thurs. Langham Mobile Library 22nd Sat. Gunthorpe FOGPC Coffee 10.30 22nd Sat. Binham Levanter Wind Quintet. 7.30 22nd Sat. Sharrington Fete, Church Farmhouse. 2.00 23rd Sun. Binham Alison Stephens Mandolin 7.30 23rd Sun. Stiffkey Open Gardens Day. 2.00 - 5.30 24th Mon. Langham Street Fayre Bingo 7.30 26th Wed. Langham Street Fayre Quiz 7.30 28th Fri. Langham Concert in Church 7.30 29th Sat. Langham Street Fayre 29th Sat. Binham Xuefei Yang, Classical Guitar. 29th Sat. Morston Regatta. 29th Sat. Gunthorpe Barbeque, Gunthorpe Hall. 7.00 30th Sun. Morston Oyster Regatta 30th Sun. Gunthorpe Fete, Gunthorpe Hall. 2.00

PLEASE NOTE: CONTACT FOR ADVERTISERS For enquiries about advertising in Local Lynx, please contact David John, tel: 01328-830933 Rates for advertising (pre-paid) are: One column x 62 mm (1/8 page): £60 for six issues. Small Ads Panel on the back page: Available for individuals and businesses providing local services. Allocated on first-paid, first-in basis. Cost: £5 per issue. 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 - the Reverend Rosemary Wakelin, Tel. 01263 712181. For services at Blakeney and Holt see ‘Glaven Valley Newsletter’ or ‘Holt Chronicle’.

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

All Communion Services are in traditional language except those marked *

Parish Bale Field Dalling Gunthorpe Saxlingham Sharrington Binham Langham Morston Stiffkey

Week 1 Week 2 9.30 am HC 9.30 am HC Service at Saxlingham 11.00 am HC 11.00 am MP 9.30 am HC 9.30 am HC Service at Field Dalling 9.30 am MP 9.30 am HC 11.00 am HC 11.00 am HC 9.30 am HC* 9.30 am HC 9.30 am HC/BCP No Service 11.00 am HC 11.00 am HC*

Week 3 9.30 am HC 11.00 am FS No Service 11.00 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 11.00 am HC 6.00 pm EP 9.30 am HC 9.30 am HC 9.30 am FS No Service 11.00 am FS

30th JULY at 10.30 am: Group Holy Communion Service at Binham 30th JULY at 6.00 pm: Songs of Praise at Langham to mark the end of the Street Fayre 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

RECTOR’S LETTER

COMPETITION

Most mornings I am out of the house early, walking our dog. Most of our regular walks bring water into view – either the sea or a river or wetland expanses of fresh water. Once the walk is over, there are plants to water at home and, from the fabulous large water butt ( placed in some earlier age) in the garden, I get as many watering cans full as I need. And, despite dryness in this part of the world being a feature, as I write, the garden around me is lush and green with new spring growth, all brought on by warmth and rain. Christian Aid Week is almost upon us again. One of the important things about Christian Aid, and other organizations like them, is their ability to get us to lift our heads up and look over the normal confines of our daily lives, to take a look at the world beyond our backyards. Christian Aid has lately been highlighting the appalling drought in East Africa. What would it be like to be so desperate for a drink of water that you gather it from dirty puddles? Wells, ponds and lakes ran dry and people became dangerously dehydrated and the need for water was urgent. Recent rains have brought some relief, but for many the rains are too late, too severe and bring the threat of flooding and disease. Our area draws so many folk with her seascape and the promise of joy beside, in or on the water. As summer begins, let’s enjoy all this wonderful water, but let’s enjoy it more deeply in the knowledge that we can reach out and make a difference to people across the world who are dying for want of water.

Our Benefice of 9 churches is made up of 10 villages with their own distinct characteristics and history and each containing their own parish church. We need to help ourselves with the task of working together and across these communities. The task of becoming a benefice. So - a competition. Can you come up with 2 things a name that unites all ten villages/nine parishes and a logo that expresses the nature of this large Benefice/ group of parishes? All ideas are very welcome and you can either Email the Rector on revanderson@btconnect.com, or post your submission to - The Rev. Anderson, The Vicarage, 2 Holt Road, Langham, Holt NR25 7BX. Joanna

LOOKING FORWARD TO OUR 50TH ISSUE The issue of Local Lynx for October and November will be our 50th issue, and the Support Group which runs the paper plans to celebrate this event, and thank those involved, by holding a luncheon party at Binham Village Hall on 4th November. The representatives for our ten villages are now starting to compile a list of those to be invited. We would like particularly to thank those who trudge through ice and snow, withering heat or, even worse, persistent rain to deliver the papers through your doors. We will also be inviting representatives from those groups which are good enough to support our efforts, in one way or another, and those generous enough to give us individual donations.

Welcome to our Assistant Priest In early February, the Revd. Dr. Tim Fawcett was licensed by the Bishop of Lynn to our group of parishes and to serve part time in the Holt Deanery. Although Tim has served this benefice for many years already, it is wonderful that he has now come to us in this capacity. Joanna

GLAVEN CARING BARN DANCE Thank you very much indeed to all those kind friends who gave their help, support and gifts for our Glaven Caring Barn Dance on 11th March. We all had a happy evening and have been able to contribute £1,110 to this special charity. John Barrow

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NHS EXPERT PATIENT PROGRAMME FOR PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC DISEASES Are you living with a long-term health problem diabetes, MS, chronic fatigue syndrome (ME), arthritis, depression, HIV, back pain, osteoporosis, psoriasis, angina, ulcerative colitis, epilepsy or incontinence? Do you feel angry, frustrated or fearful about your health and the life it enables you to lead? Are you striving to be the person you were 5, 10 or 20 years ago when your health was better? Do you feel that your health controls the way you live your life? Would you like some practical ideas to help you take back control? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, find out about a free self-management course, running over 6 consecutive weeks in 2½ hour sessions. You will learn about how to change areas of your life such as diet, exercise, relaxation and planning. You will also find help and support from others with long-term health problems. Courses have been booked for 2006. The most convenient for Lynx readers are in Wells - starting 17th May and Holt - starting 6th July and again on 26th October. There is free transport for those who need it. For more information ring Clare Maynard, 01692651474 (Wednesday, Thursday & answerphone) or 0775 4778882 - any time. Stanley Melling, Tutor

THE RURAL GATEWAY Access to help for Norfolk’s small rural businesses Launched by Business Link and based at the Rural Support Centre at Easton College, this project provides small, family-run businesses with help. Edwin Jones and Richard Rampton have been working in Norfolk for 3 years, helping farmers and others to develop new ideas, find finance and prepare for business opportunities. They understand the issues, have local knowledge and, if necessary, can find someone who knows. They answer questions on regulations, finance, skills, marketing, premises, etc. Their advice is completely confidential, and free of charge. They see Norfolk as a vibrant community of successful, confident businesses, at home in their rural location. They give advice over the phone, by letter or e.mail, but can come out on location. They are very keen to hear from people starting new businesses. To find out how they can help you and your business or business idea - call 0845 600 9006.

RUTH’S SKYDIVE On Ruth’s behalf, I’d like to thank everybody who sponsored her so generously in her recent sky-dive for Andrew (Turner). She/you have raised an amazing £3,317.78 towards the wheeled chair. It has already been ordered and Andrew will be sitting in it soon. There is some change which is being kept in a special bank a/c to provide similar items once Andrew’s needs are better identified. Thank you all very, very much. Ruth and Deborah

DEANERY NEWS The next meeting of Holt Deanery Synod will be on Thursday June 22nd. St. Andrew’s Church Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. A talk will be given by a member of the Diocesan Environmental Group. ALL WELCOME. For further details contact Lay Chairman, Frances Jenkinson. Tel: 01263 860342.

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DISTRICT COUNCILLORS’ NOTEBOOKS

MACE CONSTRUCTION

From Councillor Bernard Crowe: I believe that unless the government adopts a wider and more coherent view of rural development, the creation of a dynamic rural economy that supports thriving communities with a well managed landscape will remain little more than an elusive dream. Smaller housing developments rather than large estates are preferable for rural communities. We should make it possible for young, economically active people, particularly those with young children, to live in a rural area. The recent development of starter homes in Hindolveston is an excellent local example.

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From Jonathan Savory: Dog Control: New Government provisions in the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, due to come into force in April. Dog Control Orders will cover specified areas of land, with the requirement to clear up faeces. In some areas dogs will be banned, in others they must be kept on leads and the number of dogs an individual can exercise at one time will be limited.. Town and Parish councils will soon identify such land, playing fields, public spaces etc. Area Forum: On March 28th N. N. D. C. officers spoke on Environmental Protection, specifically flytipping, and their powers to combat this menace. Surveillance equipment can be utilised to monitor and collect evidence. The Environmental Protection team will be pleased to hear of such problems. Planning Officers also gave a run-down on planning law and the planning system, the role of parish councils and how members of the public can support or object to planning applications. The planning appeal process was also outlined.

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FAKENHAM CHORAL SOCIETY ‘Music for a Summer’s Evening’ 7.30 pm Saturday, 17th June St Margaret’s Church, Cley. A Charity Gala Concert, in aid of the Mathieson Music School, Calcutta, which takes in orphan street children and provides them with education, full bed & board and specialist music training. Many go on to take up professional music posts. With Anup Biswas - cello, Donald Boothman baritone, Clifton J. Noble - piano and Mark Jones organ. Tickets £12 (Tel: 01328 830639) or at the door.

THE LONDON WELSH MALE VOICE CHOIR AT NORWICH CATHEDRAL 10th June at 7.30pm Three local branches of the Alzheimer’s Society, North Norfolk, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft & Waveney are delighted to be hosting what will be an evening of stirring music at Norwich Cathedral. The outstanding reputation of the 100-strong choir has been achieved by it’s many splendid performances at cathedrals and concert halls throughout the UK and abroad. Haydn James, Musical Director, was born in South Wales and his expertise in conducting massed choirs and vast audiences is internationally established. The choir's accompanist is Annabel Thwaite. She most recently won the Gold Medal Prize at the Barbican Hall and the Piano Prize at the Richard Tauber competition at the Wigmore Hall. The programme will also feature solos from soprano Emily Rowley Jones. Carol Bundock, the well known presenter for BBC Look East, will introduce the concert. She says ‘I am delighted to support such a very worthwhile cause as the Alzheimer’s Society, and I’m sure that the concert at the Cathedral will be a tremendous event. I have no doubt the London Welsh Male Voice Choir will raise the roof, I hope lots of people will come and join us’. Tickets: £25, £20, £12, available from Prelude Records, 25B St. Giles Street, Norwich. NR2 1JN. Tel: 01603 628319, admin@preluderecords.co.uk

Our District Councillors are: Bernard Crowe: Field Dalling with Saxlingham, Morston & Sharrington (with Brinton) (01263 740137, email: bernardcrowe@north-norfolk.gov.uk). Jonathan Savory: (01328 820719, email. jsavory@farming.co.uk.) and Joyce Trett (01328 710300) - Binham, Langham & Stiffkey. Mrs A. R. Green: (01328 878273) - Gunthorpe with Bale.

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NEW CONTACT WITH PARISH COUNCILS AND PCCS

BLAKENEY PRE-SCHOOL In the Village Hall

Furthering our aim of spreading the burden (and the joy) of publishing Local Lynx, we are delighted to welcome back Pauline Clarke, formerly the village representative for Gunthorpe before her move to Sharrington, to the publishing team. Since her move, Pauline has remained a loyal supporter, helping to distribute the paper, and she has now agreed to become our contact with the parish councils and parochial church councils which cover our distribution area. PCCs contribute 16% towards the annual running costs of the paper, and four of the parish councils contribute 4%. These contributions are very welcome since without them our advertising revenue would not cover the costs of publication. Pauline will in due course be making herself known to the relevant PCC secretaries and parish clerks, who in the meantime are most welcome to get in touch with her on 01263 861667 or by email to: drjhcbat@aol.com. Pauline says this address makes sense to those who know that her husband is Dr John Clarke!

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NORFOLK WILDLIFE TRUST - N. NORFOLK Outside events Members £1.50, non-members £2.00 ‘Beeston Common for Plants’ - with Francis Farrow. 29th June, Thursday. 6.30 - 9.30 Meet at Beeston Common lay-by (TG166425) on A149 just east of Sheringham. Wear wellies. ‘Plants and Birds of Blakeney Point’ - a long walk with Richard Porter. 13th July, Thursday. 1.00 am - 4.00 pm Meet Cley Beach Car Park. Bring packed lunch and wear stout shoes. ‘Wildlife on the River Glaven’ - walk with Len Bentley 3rd August, Thursday. 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm Meet Cley Spy car park, Glandford (TG043414)

POSTERS ON TELEGRAPH POLES Without exception all villages and organisations use telegraph poles as temporary notice boards to advertise events. BT tends to turn a blind eye to this although it is in fact illegal. The problem is that many notices are then not removed after the event has taken place. Could all organisations make sure that after the event has taken place that they go round removing their own signs. Everyone should also make it their business to remove all posters which are placed by commercial organisations to advertise their services or wares.

CLEY W.I. Saturday May 27th. A coffee morning for members in the beautiful garden of Mrs. Betty Coxeter, ‘Hunters’, Cley. 10.30 – 12.00. Bring and Buy stall. Thursday June 1st at 2.30 pm in Cley Village Hall ‘A Copper’s Lot’. Reminiscences of a Norfolk Policeman. Mr. Dave Buckey.

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Traditional English Summer Fete At Manor Farm, Bale On Saturday 10th June 2006 At 2.00 pm Come and listen to the Band! CROMER & SHERINGHAM BRASS Stalls include: Home Made Cakes, Fancy Goods, Produce and Grocery, Jumble, Bottle, White Elephant, Tombola, Books GAMES & COMPETITIONS Shooting, Golf, Bowls, Lawn Darts, Bowling, Weight Of Cake, Lucky Dip etc HOME MADE TEAS, ICE-CREAM GRAND DRAW, WINE DRAW VALUABLE PRIZES FREE ADMISSION Any donations of produce, cakes, books, white elephants, bottles or prizes will be gratefully accepted by stall- holders prior to event, or on the day.

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BINHAM

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

For Church Services see Panel on Page 3 BINHAM PRIORY PROJECT At the time of writing (early May), the three formal consents to the design for the porch, service building and re-graded paths from Norwich Diocese, Department of Culture, Media and Sport and North Norfolk District Councils, are awaited. We hope to have all three consents confirmed by June. Cost estimates are being prepared for the various elements of the project with the aim of having an overall budget also by June. The next step will then be to seek the funds required by a mixture of applications to the Heritage Lottery Board, many other grant-aid organisations and charities, corporate sponsorship and a regional appeal. In parallel, the local fund-raising efforts must continue, as we have to demonstrate to the potential external donors that there is continuing local financial commitment to the project. The next fund-raising event is “Binham Open Gardens”, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June. Please encourage your family and friends to visit the village for an enjoyable day out supporting the project.

VERONICA DANIEL Our best wishes go to Veronica Daniel who has moved to Holt. Veronica will be sorely missed in the village where she and her late husband John lived for a number of years. John and Veronica were always involved in village events, particularly the fete, and John was the Secretary of the PCC and Church Warden for a considerable time. Good luck Veronica, don’t forget to come back and see us!

BOB BRIDGEMAN We are all saddened to learn of the death of Bob Bridgeman on April 26th, a resident of Bale for many years. Our sympathies go to his wife Jessie and his dear friend Betsey.

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A LESSON FROM HISTORY

BINHAM LOCAL HISTORY GROUP

Four hundred and seventy years ago, this year, the process began of the dissolution of the monasteries. This led to the destruction of Binham Priory. However awe-inspiring, however beautiful, however remarkable you believe that building is today; it is just a tiny part of the once-magnificent construction that once stood on that spot. Do you think the people took its destruction lightly? Can you imagine the protests that there might have been? I assume the monks might have started with objection letters to the Royal Court, pointing out the special reasons why they, as opposed to other similar places, had a right to continued existence. And then when these were ignored, and the Commissioners arrived, would the local people have joined the monks and tried to prevent the destruction? Maybe it’s documented somewhere, but if it is I am not aware of it. It is hard to believe that local people just stood by and let it all happen. Of course, there was nothing that they could do. Even if they managed to get the process delayed, once it had been decided, the destruction of the Priory was inevitable. And that was because the threat came from one man, a man who was not only above the law, but who was the law – Henry VIII – the King of England. After those times, the village of Binham was allowed to live a peaceful existence in what was, until recent tourist times, a forgotten part of a forgotten county. Maybe there was an occasional rumble over enclosures, or some such thing, but generally speaking the village was able to exist peaceably, unchallenged by threats from outside or in. There is a difference today from those earlier times. Over the past four hundred and seventy years the law has evolved. Now, nobody is above it - not even the King of England. The powers of the Parish Council are few, but it will do everything that it possibly can to ensure that the people who live in this village can continue to do so peaceably. Keith Leesmith - Parish Clerk - keith@leesmith.co.uk

We enjoyed Chris Mackie’s talk on the Archaeological Dig at Sedgeford and we shall be visiting the Dig, as our Summer Outing, on the afternoon of Thursday 3rd August. If you would like more details and are not on our mailing list, please contact Carolyn on 01328 830270 or at cpwrightuk@aol.com We are hoping to have a course on Researching the History of Your House. This will be in the form of 2 separate Saturdays (in September and October) – with a session in the morning and afternoon. If you are interested in this, please contact Carolyn as soon as possible. If you have already expressed interest, would you please confirm.

BINHAM GROUP OF ARTISTS The Group consists of anyone interested in Art or Craft, beginner or otherwise. Artists with professional experience form part of the Group and will gladly give advice if needed. We meet every Tuesday morning from 10 to 12 in the Village Hall. A fee of £2 per morning includes coffee and biscuits. A demonstration of painting or craftwork normally takes place on the first Tuesday of every month. In March James Bucknill gave a talk on Pen and Wash and in April Lionel Wilde gave a stimulating demonstration on Painting with Acrylics. For further information contact James Bucknill at 01328 830651.

BINHAM OPEN GARDENS

Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live. Brenda Wilde

Come and visit the beautiful gardens of Binham! Several gardens will once again be open to visitors on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June between 11.00am and 5.00pm. There will also be plant stalls and teas and the famous Binham Boat Races will be held during the afternoons at “Applegarth” – great excitement for all ages! To enjoy the gardens, just pick up an entry ticket (£2, children free) and map from any of the participating gardens displaying the “Sign of the Pig”. All proceeds will go towards the Binham Priory Access and Conservation Project.

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Sunday 28th May, 7.30 pm Anglia Ruskin University Choir and Orchestra. Josef Haydn:“Paukenmesse” (Mass in Time of War) and String Music by Bach, Corelli, Elgar and Britten. Tickets £8. Wednesday 28th June, 7.30 pm Trevor Pinnock, harpsichord and Jonathan Manson, viola da gamba. JS Bach: Sonatas in G, D and G minor. Couperin: 4 Pieces de clavecin. Marais: Le Labyrinthe. Rameau: Gavotte et doubles. Tickets £12. Friday 7th July, 7.30 pm Double Action Harp Duo. Keziah Thomas, harp and Eleanor Turner, harp. Handel: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba. Thomas: Adagio & Allegro from The Grand Duo. Krumpholtz: Premiere Duo pour Harpes. JS Bach: Allegro from Concerto No 1 in D minor. Music by Ellington, Turner, Macdearmid, van Delden, Salzebo and Joplin. Tickets £10. Thursday, 13th July, 7.30 pm Concerto Cristofori Grand Duo. Peter Hanson, violin and Sharona Joshua, Schantz fortepiano. Schubert: Violin Sonata in G minor. Mendelssohn: Violin Sonata in F minor. Beethoven: Bagatelle for piano solo in C, Violin “Spring Sonata” in F. Tickets £12. Sunday 16th July, 7.30 pm Abbey House String Quartet. Mia Cooper, violin, Jane Carwardine, violin, Clare Finnemore, viola, Jane Fenton, cello. With guest artist Andrew Webster, clarinet. Celebrating Mozart’s birth: Divertimento in F, String Quartet in E flat, Clarinet Quintet in A. Tickets £12. Saturday 22nd July.7.30 pm Levanter Wind Quintet. Anne Bryant, flute, Sandra Knights, oboe, Christopher Knights, clarinet, Lynne Roberts, french horn, Barry Carben, bassoon. Mozart: Divertimento No 8, Arnold: Sea Shanties, Hallams: Dance Suite, Ibert: Pieces Breve. Tickets £10. Sunday, 23rd July, 7.30 pm Alison Stephens, classical mandolin. Music by Sauli, Pettine, Stephens, JS Bach, Calace, Munoz, Denis, Persichini. Tickets £10 Saturday, 29th July, 7.30 pm Xuefei Yang, classical guitar. Music by Scarlatti, Sor, Rodrigo, Goss, Paganini, Barrios, Villa Lobos. Tickets £10. Tickets for all concerts from Maureen Frost, 01328 830362. dgwfrost@dialstart.com.

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BOB SCOTT Bob Scott, one of Binham's best-known and wellloved characters, is now living permanently at Courtenay House Care Home at Tittleshall, having given up his home in Priory Crescent in April. Bob, 92, is comfortably settled and loves to receive visitors. Callers can arrive without prior arrangement at any time during the day - though best to avoid the 12.30 to 1pm lunch period - and will usually find Bob in the lounge. He loves short visits and there is no need to take anything except your news of what's happening in the village and out in the countryside.

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FIELD DALLING News Contact: Margaret Smith 01328 830546

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THE ROLE OF PARISH CONSTABLE The name sounds like a police officer; however, although in medieval times parish constables were charged with maintaining law and order, this role had decreased in importance as regular police forces were set up.

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May 28 . Father went to Fakenham and sold Hindringham wheat at 33 ½ and Binham at 33 May 29th. This was Holt Horticultural Show Day June 6th. Sally went down to Old Walsingham this afternoon. We finished clipping the hoggets. Began sewing the fifty acre turnips. June 13th (Trinity). Mr Upjohn preached tolerably fluently from 6 Numbers - did four last verses. Nothing about the Queen in his sermon. June 15th. Father dined at Walsingham on occasion of the anniversary of the Horses Association. We took the lambs off the ewes today. June 17th (Thursday). Don’t know anything about Thursday at all. July 17th. For some unknown reason Mr Upjohn sent word that we were to have no service here this evening. I had a blow-up with Grandmother. July 27th. This was Binham Fair Day and according to ancient custom William Moore Thurtell, Walter Honor, Uncle Brooke and girls dined with us. Richard and Norah Lewis

The Parish Constables Act 1872 said that the office of parish constable was unnecessary given the existence of police forces, but allowed the parish to appoint a constable if they thought it necessary. After the formation of parish councils in 1894 they took over the duty of appointing the parish constable. In 1895 our parish council minutes record, ‘clerk requested to make application for the appointment of two constables instead of one as hitherto. The following persons were nominated: George Withers, farm bailiff, William Jeckell, agricultural labourer’. There is no further record until 1908 when James Yarham, William Page and Charles Claxton were nominated. Following that, in 1910 James Yarham alone was nominated and mentioned on five further occasions at irregular intervals until his final appointment in 1920. In 1921, Elyard Blazier was appointed in a continuous yearly record to 1929 except for 1922 where there is no record. After 1929 there is no mention in the minute book.

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Since the parish constable’s duties were to do with the Enclosure Acts, and the boundaries following the enclosures must have been well established, it is puzzling that this appointment continued to be made, and also puzzling that two were appointed in 1895 and three in 1908. It does seem as if the person chosen to be parish constable was one of the more senior farm staff who would have knowledge of land boundaries. Eric Hotblack

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Betty Brown, who died on 22 March, had connections here even before she was born, for her father, Rev Robert Bertram Hill, was Rector of Bale. By the time of her birth in 1913, the sister of four older brothers, the family had moved to Wimblington Rectory in Cambridgeshire. She married Bill in 1939, when he was a housemaster at Wellington. For 20 years she supported him as Headmaster of King’s Ely and then as Headmaster of Bedford School. At Bedford, Betty was a magistrate, and worked for the Samaritans and charities for the disabled. When they retired to Field Dalling in 1976, and Bill became Vicar of Field Dalling and Saxlingham, and later Rural Dean, Betty’s interest in people benefited the Norfolk community. She and Bill loved the two villages and took a caring interest in everyone, encouraging village organisations. She was much involved in Glaven Caring. At the village fete and other fundraising events Betty took charge of the cake stall, which was always very profitable. At St Andrew’s Church she single-mindedly directed and raised the funds for improving the chancel. She led the church flower arranging, doing a great deal of it herself. The two striking arrangements gracing the front of the church were invariably her work

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FIELD DALLING & SAXLINGHAM VILLAGE FETE, Saturday, 19 August will take place at Field Dalling Hall, starting at 2pm. Justso James will be on hand to entertain the children, judge the children’s fancy dress competition and compere the afternoon. By the kindness of the family of the late Bill Brown, one of Bill’s watercolours will again be first prize on the Raffle. All the stalls which make a good village fete will be there: white elephants, cakes, books, gifts and accessories, and plants and produce. Try your hand at the tombola and the raffle, at various games and contests for both adults and children, and then relax with a cup of tea in the lovely gardens of Field Dalling Hall. Parking and admission are free.

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Betty loved to entertain; she and Bill had many friends, and played bridge regularly. She had great style and was always immaculately dressed. Betty was a real contributor - to Bill, to the community, to her friends. At her funeral, Robert Hill read a poem which someone wrote for her when Bill retired as Rural Dean. By request, here it is again:

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Coffee Morning, 24th June, 10.00 - 12.00 For several years before her move to Holt, Joy Wright held a coffee morning on the last Saturday in June in aid of St Andrew’s Church restoration funds. Many Lynx readers will remember these with enjoyment. The new owners of Chapel Yard Cottage, John and Ginny Kirby, have offered to continue this tradition, and invite everyone to their house and garden at 96 Holt Road, Field Dalling on Saturday, 24th June from 10 to 12 noon. There will be a cake stall, bring and buy, raffle and refreshments, and all in a good cause. For more information ring 01328 830211.

“Poets have often praised the parson’s life but none I think did justice to his wife; No blame on Chaucer then, you will recall, the church allowed no married priests at all. But Goldsmith, Cowper, Gray and poor John Claire, the parson’s wife’s not mentioned anywhere; So, though inadequate and very late, someone must try and put the record straight. In parish life Betty always did her share without neglecting any household care, Shrewd housekeeper as well as willing char, and always on the spot to drive the car. Her flowers are such as Constance Spry once tended, and gardener’s work we know is never ended. When lovely parties, such as may occur, we recognise as cook she’s cordon bleu. Callers streamed through the open door, the sick, the worried and alas the bore. They left at last with a chance of survival, far brighter than they were on their arrival. When, finally, all visitors had gone, she was there for Bill to try his sermons on. The wisest thing that Bill had ever done: Betty he saw, courted, wooed and won.”

BARN DANCE Everyone who came to our Barn Dance last year had a great time, and we’ve had numerous requests to hold it again! So that’s what we’ve decided to do, and this year it will be on Saturday, 15th July in the great Barn (the largest brick and flint barn in this part of N. Norfolk) at Mountgrace Manor, Langham Road, Field Dalling. By popular request we’ve booked the Red Herrings Band to come again and play the music to get us dancing. Families and all ages welcome. Doors open at 7.00 pm, pay at the door: adults £8.50, children (under 12) £5.00) - entry price includes a 2 course supper. As last year, there will be a bar and soft drinks for children. Don’t be left out - be there! T.J. Marlton

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RICHARD MORLEY

GUNTHORPE

The funeral service for Richard (Dick) Morley took place at Mintlyn Crematorium on Friday, March 24th. Dick died at his home at Terrington St. Clements after a long illness on 16th March. Dick was born at Gunthorpe in December 1926. He went to Gunthorpe and Melton Constable schools. On leaving school he worked at Hawes Bakery at Fulmodeston, delivering bread with a cycle delivery box. He joined the Army in 1944 and spent 2 1/2 years serving in Palestine. On being demobbed he worked for Knights Bakery at Holt. He married Jean Webb in 1953 and had a son, Nicholas and a daughter Jenny. He later worked for A.J. Howards Dairy of Brinton delivering milk in the Saxlingham, Field Dalling and Langham areas. In 1967 he decided to move from Gunthorpe and moved to Walpole St. Peter to work on a fruit farm. He worked there for 25 years until he retired. Then owing to ill health, he moved to Terrington to a bungalow to make things easy for himself and his wife Jean.

News Contact: Di Cutterham 01263 860693

For Church Services see Panel on Page 3 ST. MARY’S CHURCH The Annual General Meeting was held at the Village Institute on March 31st at 7pm. Rev. Joanna Anderson chaired the meeting. No new nominations were put forward and Fred Morley was re-elected Church Warden Doreen Webster agreed to carry on as Secretary, Mrs V. Worsley as Vice-chairman and Paddy Seligman as acting Treasurer, Assistant Church Warden and Synod Representative for the present (but she will be leaving the village later this year). She was thanked for all the work she carried out during the 14 months of the interregnum as leader of the nine parishes. Thanks were also expressed for the help of Rev. Micheal Wilson, for taking most of our services during the last eight years, and also to his wife and family who like coming to Gunthorpe. Times of the service were discussed and it was hoped to have one 9.30 Holy Communion service each month. Work outstanding to the tower was talked about by Jeremy Denholm.

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The Friends of Gunthorpe Parish Church will be holding the annual clear-up on Saturday, June 3rd. Although a little later this year, thanks to the work carried out by the community service group, organised by Mrs Seligman, much of the hard work has already been done. However, a little light weeding etc never hurt anyone unless of course you include the weeds! Refreshments this year will be provided by Marie & Jeremy and the ‘fun’ will begin at around 9.30, meet at the churchyard. The clear-up usually takes a maximum of 2 ½ hours, and although there will be a task-master in attendance - (JD) - late arrivals & mardlers are welcome! Don’t forget - please bring your own tools, stout boots, gloves and any protective gear that you feel it would be prudent to wear.

The AGM will be held on Friday 23rd June, at the Village Institute. The doors will be open from 6.30 onwards for par-taking of refreshments and for those wishing to renew your annual subscriptions on the night, it is still £5.00. The AGM itself will begin at 7pm and we expect it to take no longer than 45 minutes, after which, piping hot fish & chips will be served by Ian from the Midas Fish Bar in Melton Constable. If you are not already a Friend of Gunthorpe Parish Church member, this is the ideal time to come along and find out about us. We are a registered, nondenominational charity, the aim of which is to protect and maintain the fabric and the immediate environs of St. Mary’s Church for the village. We hold several functions throughout the year, including the legendary Harvest Supper and our wonderful Bar-b-que, and we always welcome new members. Please telephone Dianne on 860693 if you would like further information or to make apologies etc.

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The AGM took place on SATURDAY 25 MARCH 2006 in the Institute. The chairman’s report and the audited accounts had been circulated previously. For many of those attending it was the first opportunity to look at the newly refurbished kitchen and the disabled toilet facilities. The committee were re-elected for another year with John Blakeley taking the Chair, Sue Traverso as Secretary and Sandra Worthington as Treasurer. Dr Gertraud Shaw, newly returned from 2 years in Mozambique also joined the other members of the committee. In presenting his report John paid tribute to Awards for All, North Norfolk District Council and Norfolk Rural Community Council for their financial contribution towards the refurbishment. The village funds were now severely depleted and it would take a while to replenish the coffers before the next phase of the upgrading can take place. This will include a new floor and improved heating. The meeting was followed by a FUN QUIZ with a prize of two tickets to the Leicester v Norwich City match on 1 April. Thanks to Norwich City (and Nigel and Sandra) for the tickets. Carl and Linda Tubby won the quiz and I am sure were glad to be at a winning home game. Over £140 was raised to go towards the rebuilding fund. Thanks to all those who came along and to those who couldn’t but donated money or raffle prizes.

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THE BARBEQUE The FOGPC are delighted to announce that Mrs Marie Denholm has again offered to host “the Barbeque” in the grounds of Gunthorpe Hall on Saturday, July 29th starting at 7pm. This is the highlight of the Friends events, and for a tiny village such as Gunthorpe, this truly is an outstanding evening. This year, the Committee thought it might be a good idea to offer a table booking facility - so, if you would like to book a large table to accommodate lots of friends, it is now possible! Couples and smaller groups will still of course be well-catered for! The ticket prices will stay the same as the last couple of years at £8.50 for adults (aged 12 & over) and £5 for the children. Soft drinks are included in the price, but please bring your own wine and/or beer. Please book your table/tickets well in advance from Dianne Cutterham @ White Horse Farm, Gunthorpe tel: 01263 860693.

FURTHER FUN AT THE FETE 30 July, 2006. Gunthorpe Hall. 2.00 pm. Get out your diaries as the Gunthorpe Fete is looming. Pray for good weather so that you can lounge around in the Grounds listening to the Aylsham Band, drinking tea and eating cakes. Or try your luck at the bottle tombola or Catch the Rat. Aunt Sally will need a repair job after the punishing activities of some youngsters last year but she will be there. Rummage in the jumble or browse leisurely at the book stall or purchase some cakes or plants. There is something for everybody, young or old. SEE YOU THERE.

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LANGHAM CHURCH NEWS LANGHAM A.P.C.M. Annual reports and election results are available for reading and can be found on the notice board in the church porch. We hope that people have the time to read these as some interesting facts and figures are presented. One example is that it costs £300 a year to keep our churchyard looking so immaculate, and that is with no money spent on labour. Another fact is that the church running expenses amount to £119 a week. To keep the church ‘alive’ is a challenge but one to which we are committed. The APCM is an occasion when thanks can be given to all the people who give of their time, energy, talents and finance to support all the different areas of church life. Thank you to each one of you for your support.

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LANGHAM STREET FAYRE HELP! We still need kind helpers!! Could anybody spare one or 1½ hours on Fayre Day (Saturday 29th July) to help? We are still looking for helpers to help serve refreshments in the Parish Room (Jan 830847) & to help man the village stalls on the Green & on the Street (Molly 830036) It really can be fun so please give a ring if you and your family, other relations or friends etc would like to join the merry throng!

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LANGHAM COMMUNITY CAR SERVICE We would be very grateful if volunteers could come forward to take up three vacant places on our car roster. Do phone me if you would like further details. The roster is posted on the notice boards on the vicarage wall and church porch and in the Bluebell. Until the 20th August the schedule is as follows: June 12th - 830 056, June 5th - 830 696* June 19th - 830 731 June 26th - 830 731 rd July 10th - 830 605 July 3 - 830 847 th July 31st - 830 348 July 17 - 830 821 th August 14th - 830 606* August 7 - 830 036 * These drivers do not go to Norwich. For further details contact Ann Sherriff Tel: 830 605

NEWCOMERS We would like to welcome Mr and Mrs Skinner, Mr and Mrs Brown and Mr and Mrs Coe and daughter Arran to Langham and we hope their stay will be happy.

LANGHAM STREET FAYRE ROAD CLOSURE NOTICE Saturday 29th July 2006 Holt Road from the Church crossroads to the turning into Hollow Lane will be closed officially all day on Fayre Day until 11.30 pm. Diversions will be signposted. Around 6.30 am stalls, displays and refreshment stands and vehicles will start arriving and will begin setting up in preparation for the start of the Fayre at 10.00 am. We therefore request that all vehicles be removed from the street, and from driveways on the street, by 6.30 am on Fayre Day. In effect there will be no vehicle access to or from properties along the affected section of the street from 6.30 am to 11.30 pm. There will be special parking areas allocated within and adjacent to the village. Thank you for your co-operation!

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LANGHAM STREET FAYRE Saturday 29th July 2006 FREE ENTRY! FREE PARKING! A great variety of art & craft stalls (90+), lots of music: The Climax Jazz Band, The City of Norwich Pipe Band, Matthews’ Norfolk Brass, The Lobster Potties; Grand Raffle, Children's fun (Bouncy Castle, Gladiator Duels, Professor Crump, Taro the Jester, Punch & Judy, face painting etc), Village stalls - including Myrtle’s Tombola, Ladybirds’ cake stall, fruit tombola, Friends of Langham bottle stall, bric-a-brac (incl ‘bags/belts/jewellery & accessories’), helicopter rides, Competitions & lots of food, locally baked goodies, coffee, lunch & cream teas, bacon butties and BBQ plus local ‘Willie Weston’s Seafood Bar’ & Mark Waltham’s ‘Marco’s Ices’. Keith Skipper and the Sheringham Town Crier are also taking part, and so is North Norfolk Radio! In the evening, Grave’s Hog Roast and live music at The Bluebell (8.00 pm–11.00 pm)

JOY’S COFFEE MORNING Once more we held this traditional event on the Saturday before Easter. This year we were back at the home of Margaret and Martin Freeth who kindly agreed to host the event. We would like to thank them most sincerely for their hospitality. We raised £385 for Langham Church funds. We would like to thank everyone who came along to support us. A big thankyou also goes to all those who helped in any way with the event. We do value all the help that people give to events such as these, for without you, they would not take place. Competition results were as follows: Basket of flowers – Pat North Weight of the cake – 4lbs 3 1/2 ozs- Vera Colombe No of Easter Eggs in the Jar –166- Caroline Freeth Quilt Raffle – Avril Taylor

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Jan Franklin was our speaker in April and made two very pretty flower arrangements. She made it look so easy and the results were professional. It is difficult to believe that Jan had not demonstrated her skills before – we would never have known. Our plans for the near future are a coffee morning which I will report on next time. Our next meeting is on June 14th - Brenda Pains will tell us about ‘Her mothers drawers’. 7.30 pm in the Parish Room - come and hear this interesting talk. July 5th Afternoon outing to Cromer Pier Show. Coach from Langham - £16.25. interested? Give me a call quickly. All ladies are welcome, if you wish to know more about our group please do not hesitate to get in touch. Maureen 01328 830731

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Affordable Housing: We have not succeeded in our bid for funding for Affordable Housing. NNDC will now look for other ways to finance the project. We have details of changes to the Local Letting Policy for these houses: Item 3 appears to say anyone with permanent employment in Langham or surrounding villages can be eligible for one of these houses. Permanent employment is defined as a contract of 12 months for full or part time work. This will be discussed at a meeting with NNDC. Rural Service Centres: Bernard Crowe reported in Glaven News that Langham was one of 12 Rural Service Centres in Norfolk and if the new Local Development Plan is agreed in 2008 we could, over the 10 year period, have 20-30 houses built in Langham, of which 50% will have to be Affordable Homes, let under the Local Letting Policy. Market houses in this allocation would have to be built within the village lines. Street Lighting: The lights for which the P.C. is responsible are those on Holt Road, North Street and Hollow Lane. If any fail, anyone can inform Bridget Newman at the Bluebell, who will contact the contractor Langham Hotel: Avada Homes will probably resubmit plans in the next month or two. They are prepared to alter their previous plans - remove two cottages, ensure no deliveries or collections in North Street and change cottage roof lines. They confirm that should their next application fail they will go to appeal. They have been approached about the possibility of renting the site out for a building depot or warehouse complex. Dog Control: Asked by NNDC to nominate areas as ‘dog free’ we chose the playing field and the churchyard. Marryats Loke: Michael Massingham, from the elevated position afforded by a tractor, found the missing sign in the hedgerow on the road to Binham. The order for a new one has now been cancelled, saving +/- £70. Fireworks: Defra’s rules about farms managing waste may make it difficult to have fireworks this year. Grove Farm has a field available but may only be able to burn than their own rubbish. To clarify this the Council emailed Defra. As no reply was received we contacted our local MP asking for more information. Colin Sherriff

As usual the Langham Street Fayre Committee and its helpers will be doing the time-honoured ‘House to House Collection’ for the Street Fayre on the following days between the following times:Friday 21st July 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm Swans Close, Hollow Lane, The Cornfield, Field Dalling Road Saturday 22nd July 10.00 am to 1.00 pm Holt Road, Binham Road North Street, St Mary's

WHAT WE NEED!! ‘Bric-a-Brac’, ‘Nearly New items’, ‘Books’, ‘Bags /Belts/Costume Jewellery/Accessories’ & Items suitable for Prizes / Myrtle’s Tombola / Bottle stall If you don't wish to be disturbed or are going out, please put items in plastic bags/ boxes & leave them on your door step. (Note: Sorry we can't take large bulky items of furniture, or any clothing.)

ON THE DAY, WE ALSO NEED Homemade Cakes, Jams, Marmalade, Chutney, Home-grown Produce for The Ladybirds Cake Stall The Parish Room will be open on Friday 28th July from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm for you to take along any contributions, or you can deliver them straight to the Stall in the Churchyard from 8.30 am on Fayre Day. With grateful thanks in anticipation of your usual generosity and kindness

FRIENDS OF LANGHAM Coffee Mornings in the Parish Room 10.00 am - 12 noon June 3rd and 21st. July 1st and 19th. th th August 5 and 16 . September 2nd and 20th.

LEUKAEMIA RESEARCH FUND By the time you read this we will have our Spring Sale over, but our GRAND SALE is Saturday, June 24th . 10am – 1pm, in Langham Parish Room. Looking forward to your contiued support. Maureen 830731

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Dates for your diary th th 28 - 29 May, Sun-Mon. PCC Stalls on the Quay 23rd June, Fri. 6.00 on the Quay for trip to see seals followed by Crab Supper in the Village Hall. 15th July, Sat. Commemoration Ceremonies for the Life of Major Andrew Athill. (see below) 15th July, Sat. Friends of Morston Church Committee meeting at Coastguard House at 5.30 pm followed by Friends AGM in the village Hall at 6.30 pm (see below) 29th July. Sat. Morston Regatta (and Langham Street Fayre) 30th July. Sun. Oyster Regatta. 30th Sep. Sat. Concert in All Saints’ Church by Soprano Elizabeth Wingfield. Tickets from 10263 740431 from August 1st 14th Thurs - 17th Sept. Sun. Powditch visit. The Friends of Morston Church Raffles will be at their dinner in the Anchor on Fri. 16th (prizes provided by the Powditch Family) and another at the Dinner on Saturday 17th (Prizes by Friends.) The Powditch Family service will be on Sunday 17th. 21st Oct. Friends of Morston Church, Shovell Dinner at the Anchor. The Guest Speaker, Dr Simon Harris, the Boigrapher of Admiral Sir Cloudsley Shovell (a Morston landowner, flourishing 1660s-80s) will give a slideshow on the Admiral. Tickets at £25 a head from 01263-740431 from Sept 1st.

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(Answers on Page 20 ) 1. Identify the following types of curry: a) lamb (usually) with yoghurt, chilli and tomatoes. b) aromatic, creamy, very popular in UK, especially with chicken. c) spicy, rice-based. d) sour, with tomatoes, chilli and potatoes. e) slow-cooked in a heavy metal wok. 2. What do the following chatroom acronyms mean: a) LY4E? b) FAQ? c) JK? d) KISS? e) SWIM? f) NBD? g) RTM? h) PDS? i) IOW? j) ROFL? 3. Of which countries are the following the capital cities: a) Riga? b) Minsk? c) Quito? d) Dhaka? e) Dakar? 4. Where would you find the Black Cats in the Stadium of Light? 5.a) How many “Carry On” films were there? 10? 20? 30? b) How many Bond films were there? 10? 15? 20?

MORE OUTBOARDS STOLEN It has been a bad month for theft in Morston. Charlie Ward’s boatyard had a break-in (nothing stolen) and during the same night various garages and outbuildings were also broken into in neighbouring properties. A week later, over £3,000 worth of outboard engines were stolen from various boats moored to Charlie Ward’s pontoon in Morston Creek. Active steps are being taken to prevent further problems with new security systems being installed and a close liaison with the police.

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Petty Officer Leslie James DOCKING, MVO, LSGC, RN, HMS Avenger, Royal Navy Died off Gibralter, 15th November, 1942, aged 34

WORLD WAR II (1939-1945) (continued - Part 3) 2003784 Sapper FREDERICK CHARLES STARMAN 1010 Docks Operating Company, Royal Engineers died at sea off Libya, 17th June 1943, aged 23

Leslie was the third child and eldest son of the four sons and four daughters (including Dennis Docking (1911 - 65) and Thomas Clifford Docking (1919-1935) of the late George and Kate Docking (1885-1954, all buried at Morston) of Cold Blow Cottage, South Close, Morston where George was Steward of Morston farms owned by Percy Stratton). Leslie was brother of Ronald G. Docking of Blakeney, husband of the late Dora Kathleen Docking of Sheerness and father of the late Chief Petty Officer (Shipwright, submarines) Keith Docking of Dalkieth, Scotland. Leslie is also believed to have been nephew of Dennis George Docking (1878-1946, buried at Morston). He entered the Royal Navy as a boy in 1930. In 1936 he was one of the ratings accompanying the gun carriage bearing the coffin of King George V, for which he was made a Member of the Victorian Order (MVO). In 1942 he earned his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. In 1941/42 Leslie sailed on two of those forty terrifying Arctic winter convoys (winter only, since then there was little daylight to aid the Luftwaffe). These convoys sailed from September 1941 to March 1943, carrying aircraft, tanks and other military supplies to Murmansk, Russia’s only ice-free Arctic port in the winter. Of the 36 ships on the ill-fated PQ-17 convoy of June 1942 - ordered to scatter in the Barents Sea - 23 ships (with 99,000 tons of supplies) were sunk, but in those two winters 720 of 811 outgoing ships got through and delivered to Russia 4 million tons of cargo including 5,000 tanks and 7,000 aircraft. (58 ships were sunk and 33 turned back). In November 1942, as a Petty Officer aboard HMS Avenger (the former merchant ship Rio Grande converted into an aircraft carrier) Les Docking was returning from the landings in North Africa after General Montgomery’s great victory with the British 8th Army at El Alamein on 23rd/24th October, 1942. They called at Gibraltar - where he wrote home to Morston - before sailing for England - when on, 15th November 1942, HMS Avenger was torpedoed in the Atlantic about 20 miles out from Gibraltar and went down. (Leslie is commemorated on Chatham Naval war Memorial, Panel 51, column 3. Sources: Leslie’s late son, Keith Docking of Dalkeith and Leslie’s brother

Son of Alfred T. Starman (a trooper in the Tank Corps in WW1) and his wife Julia of Morston, Norfolk, and eldest brother of Corporal Ron E. Starman (Essex Regiment) of Morston, Gunner Philip R Starman (Royal Artillery) of Langham and of Private Thomas R. Starman (Royal Norfolk Regiment). On 5th June 1943 eight British and American divisions - in an invasion force larger than the famous D-Day landings in France in June 1944 - sailed forth some 200 miles from Tunisia and Libya (in the south) and Egypt (in the southeast) - all on the north African coast, to land by night on the island of Sicily (Italy). The Americans landed on a 40-mile front in southern Sicily and (with a 20-mile gap between them), the British - General Montgomery’s 8th Army - waded ashore on a 40 mile front in southeast Sicily. The Allies landed 150,000 troops in the first day and 468,000 within three days, using DUKWs (ampbibious wheeled vehicles - like that at Burnham Overy Staithe in the 1950s) and LCTs (Landing Craft (Tanks)). The Allied Invasion Force consisted of 795 vessels and 715 LCTs, from Suez and Alexandria (in Egypt), and from Haifa (in the British mandate of Palestine - now in Israel). Key troops in the landings on the British beachhead were the Royal engineers (‘the Sappers’) who controlled the LCTs and DUKWs. In June 1943 Sapper Fred Starman, then aged 23, was aboard SS Yoma, which it is believed had started at Algiers (in Algeria - where US General Patton’s 7th Army had embarked for the invasion of Sicily) and had then picked up further men and supplies at Sfax in Tunisia and sailed on eastwards bound for Alexandria in Egypt. On 17th June SS Yoma was torpedoed - aft - by an enemy submarine and sank fast. All those men who were swimming on the surface were picked up at once, but poor Sapper Fred Starman apparently went down with the ship. (The original report stated that SS Yoma went down somewhere in the Mediterranean between the islands of Malta, G.C. (George Cross) and Lampedusa, but the CO of 945 IWT Operating Company has a report that she went down at 33 3N & 22 4E - which is about 10 miles off Baida (Libya), between Benghazi and Tobruk (both NE Libya), near the border with Egypt. Sapper Fred Starman is commemorated in the Brookwood Memorial Cemetery just outside Pirbright, Surrey - Panel 7, column one.

GALTON WINS CHEFS’ HEAT ON TV Congratulations to Galton Blackiston, co-owner and chief chef at Morston Hall, the hotel and restaurant, won his heat on the TV programme, the Great British Menu on BBC 2, beating chef Anthony Worrall-Thompson. Galton’s bottom line is to show off the wonderful local Norfolk produce.

(Commonwealth War Graves Commission 01628634221: Family telegram; RE Museum (Chatham, Kent) 01634-406397; St Helens family of another soldier who went down on SS Yoma, via David Bryant. See ‘British Vessels Lost at Sea’, Patrick Stephens Ltd.)

MORSTON VILLAGE DESIGN STATEMENT This is due to go before the NNDC Cabinet at their next Meeting - on 12th June.

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SHARRINGTON News

SAXLINGHAM News Contact: Bridget Watson 01328 830248

Contact: Dr Peter Garwood

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JAZZ IN JUNE Tickets are now available for our renowned concert, to be given by a band of splendid musicians fromGresham’s School on Friday, 9th June at 7.30 pm in St Margaret’s church. Tickets, priced at £7.50, to include wine and finger food during the interval, are available from Rosemary Beeson (01485 825233) and Bridget Watson (01328 830248)

Two little Chinese girls were guests of honour in Sharrington just before Easter when Emily Buchanan from the BBC was invited by old friend Anne Sloman to speak at her coffee morning. Emily and her husband adopted Jade and Rose a few years ago and now she has written a book about their experiences with the Chinese authorities. ‘From China With Love’ tells their story and highlights the problems of unwanted babies in the Far East.

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Emily addressed a mixed audience from across Norfolk in the garden of All Saints’ Cottage and afterwards signed copies of her book. She spoke movingly of her long and painful journey to motherhood and the joyful outcome of finally bringing up her two Chinese daughters.

A very convivial evening was spent at the village Hall recently when a ‘Race Night’, ably organised by John Rayner, was held. Enthusiastic ‘punters’ cheered on their selected horses, enjoyed an excellent supper, had a hugely entertaining evening and helped to raise a respectable sum for St Margaret’s Church Fabric Fund. Our grateful thanks go to all who helped or supported us in this event.

The Easter sunshine encouraged people to wander around the flower and vegetable beds admiring the spring growth as well as enjoying coffee and homemade biscuits. Business was brisk at the plant stall, while cakes and books also enjoyed a steady trade. The raffle kept a team of ticket writers busy right up until the moment when Bishop James was invited to draw the winning numbers.

BILL AND BETTY BROWN Dear Bill and Betty, what a loss to the communities of Field Dalling and Saxlingham their deaths have been. First Bill and then, suddenly, Betty. It seems inconceivable that they both should have been taken from us so swiftly, and we are now bereft of two very special people who brought so much to church and village life. They gave unstintingly of themselves, supported all our events at St Margaret’s and were true friends of Saxlingham and its people. ‘Noble spirits yield’, as eventually they must, but Bill and Betty will live long in our hearts and memories.

Several donations supplemented the generosity of our visitors and the hard work of a team of cheerful helpers to push the total raised for church funds to over £700.

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It is the only art collection in the world by one man each exhibit unique, original and different. It is worth many, many thousands of pounds and he has most generously given it to the Gallery, in perpetuity. The shells he collected from all over the world - Thailand, New Zealand, Philipines, France, Germany, Norway, West and South America and many other countries.

(from Vacca - meaning cow) The last Smallpox scare in Britain was in the early 60s - it is now a disease of the past. It coincided with my first year in full-time family doctoring. On consulting the senior partner as to how to do it, he gave his method, perfected in Northern Russia in the Great War. - ‘Line them up - bare their left arm, swab with ether, flame your needle, break the small glass pipette, blow the contents on to the skin and scarify to draw blood into the droplet. Cover it with lint.’ Simple.

The most common reaction of the many visitors entering the gallery is ‘Wow!’ The visitors’ book is filled with such opinions as ‘Exquisite’, ‘Magnificent’, ‘Took my breath away’, ‘Unforgettable’, ‘A privilege to see,’ etc.

Unfortunately the cotton wool, soaked in ether, came too close to the flame and - whoosh - excitement.

We are indeed privileged to have Peter residing in Sharrington. He continues to work every day, whilst dealing with his 93 years on this earth in his humorous, cheerful, critical way. 100 years from now his creations will still be treasured and ‘sought after’. The like will never be seen again. He retains a smaller but equally enchanting exhibition at Sharrington Hall.

This little episode did marvels for building my practice. ‘Go to the new doctor - you get a really good laugh - and fireworks to boot’ I still have that long, sharp needle poised for any further outbreak. Feel safe. Airbag

Finally, our celebrity is enjoying a come-back in his legendary role as Paul Temple. The 8 episodes, which were obligatory listening in the ‘50s and ‘60s are now widely available on CD and continue to be equally compelling.

MORSTON QUIZ (Questions on page 17) by Samphire 1. a) Rhogan josh. b) Tikka Masala. (c Biriani. d) Vindaloo. e) Balti. 2. a) Love you for ever. b) Frequently asked questions. c) Just kidding! d) Keep it simple, stupid! e) See what I mean? f) No big deal. g) Read the manual. h) Please don’t shout! i) In other words. (j) Rolling on floor laughing. 3. a) Latvia. b) Belarus. c) Ecuador. d) Bangladesh. e) Senegal. 4. In Sunderland (the football team, in their own stadium). 5. a) 30. b) 20.

With sincere congratulations to you, Peter, coupled with our gratitude and wishes for the future. Keep the doctors at bay. PJG (We wish Peter Garwood a speedy recovery after his sojourn in Norwich hospital Ed.)

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CHURCH NOTES A good congregation on Easter Sunday morning enjoyed the miracle of the Easter message in our beautifully decorated church. The daffodils were just at their peak and featured prominently in several striking displays. In the afternoon about 75 children and the young at heart took part in the Easter Egg Hunt and a very brief service afterwards in the church. Many thanks to Beverley and Stephen for obtaining and hiding the eggs and also for making the very eye-catching Easter garden outside the church. At the Annual General Meeting of the PCC on April 23rd John Adnitt and Keith McDougall were elected as churchwardens. Heather Harrison was re-elected treasurer and Helen Leach as secretary. Other members of the PCC were re-elected and Theresa Gunton was elected as an additional member. Our rector, Joanna, chaired the Annual Meeting of the Parochial Church Council after Evensong on Sunday, April 23rd. At the AGM the plans to redecorate the church in late Aug./Sept. were confirmed and it was also agreed to include roof timber treatment in the schedule. We are enormously grateful for the positive response of the village and a number of very generous donations to the re-decoration fund. We are getting close to our target for the re-decoration fund. The work being planned will seriously deplete, or totally demolish, our fabric fund for all maintenance and repairs at the church so we will be thinking of more exciting events to raise money. The need for other continuing funds was demonstrated recently when a rather large part of the church porch’s roof timbers descended without warning. Fortunately no-one was in the porch. Helen Leach and John Adnitt are recovering well after their separate encounters with surgeons at the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital. They are both very grateful for the quality of the care they received there, and also for the good wishes and support of many friends and neighbours. It is a further reminder of what a caring community we are privileged to live in.

Tel: 01328 830539 NATURE NOTES - ‘the cave dweller’ No, not a bat or a blind white fish! We are talking here of troglodytes troglodytes - Jenny Wren - one of Britain’s most common birds. Translated troglodytes means ‘cave dweller’, condemned by legend to live skulking in shame for cheating in the great election to find the King of Birds! The birds decided to choose a king from the one who could fly the highest. The little wren decided to cheat by hiding in the feathers of the mighty eagle - but the cheeky little bird was found out! This legend is common throughout much of the world. As we all know, the little wren (smallest bird bar the goldcrest and firecrest) is plentiful in gardens, hedgerows even in the high hills of the north. It whirrs away with its cocked tail - busily hunting in the thick undergrowth with a startlingly loud song. It prefers holes and corners in cliffs and indeed on St Kilda - islands 30 miles out off the Hebrides - is a sub-species of St Kilda Wren. No trees of bushes there; but plenty of dry-stone walls from the ancient dwellings of the St Kildan population which was evacuated in the early 1930s by the Royal Navy. Sexes are indistinguishable, but only the cock sings - all through the year. The cock builds several nests - to tempt his mate. The hen then selects her choice and rears a large brood which she feeds by herself, sometimes 2 broods in a season. What hard work, whilst the cock bird might instal other wives in his other nests. Oh well - men will be men, won’t they. But saved by his DIY skills. Pightle

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STIFFKEY GARDENS OPEN DAY Sunday 23rd July, 2.00 - 5.30

THE GOOD (OR NOT SO GOOD?) OLD DAYS

About ten gardens in various parts of the village will be open on the day. Maps will be available on the day to show the various locations. There are so many gardens in Stiffkey with glorious and contrasting views.

Older members of our community can recall, if not first- at least second-hand, various activities which nowadays seem incredible. At the top of Bridge Street is an old chalk quarry, now in the private garden and orchard at Hill House. This was worked in the early 20th century for lump chalk for roadmaking, using tumbrils and horse transport. The chalk (with flint) was hewed out by hand, loaded into carts, and taken off to wherever the local authority was making up public roads. Two loads a day would be taken to the Sharrington area, but if it rained the chalk in the cart solidified and had to be laboriously chopped out of the cart again before spreading. What an enormous expenditure of hard labour!

Car parking will be at the Vale Farm, Lord Buxton’s paddock opposite Camping Hill, and on the Greenway. Scrumptious cream teas will be served at the village hall. In most gardens there will be items for sale, e.g.books and plants. Single tickets (£3 each - under 12s free) will provide admission to all gardens. Widespread advertising will remind local inhabitants and inform our summer visitors. This is our major fund-raising event this year to boost the church’s redecoration fund. Please support it and join us in hoping for a fine day!

Chalk may also have been used for spreading on clay soils. Likewise, the sand/gravel pit on Warborough Hill was used by all and sundry. Farmers made up their trackways. Even up to WWII the excellent quality ‘ballast mix’ was used for building the Stiffkey army camp - it was of a quality that allowed concrete mix to be used directly from the pit.

VALEDICTION I can’t tell you what fun it has been to infiltrate Stiffkey and get to know some of you and to live and work here. But it is definitely time to move on and either go off shore again or do something sensible or even write another book The thing is - how it happened. That is quite strange. My friend had a brother. And he was around here postwar, running a radar station (top-top secret) and trying to detect low-flying Russians in MIGs. He was billeted in Stiffkey (but I don’t know where). So - to repeat this for anyone who has not quite followed. My friend stayed around here about 50 years ago and I got sucked in somewhere as well because I was flying just for fun out of Lincolnshire. Clear? Well, maybe not entirely. It was the whitebait that did it. Matthew Rees telling me that what I needed for lunch at the Red Lion was the whitebait And, of course, he was right. Three months later I was the head chef at the Red Lion, three years later I am still in the village. I have written the book I was working on, I have cooked almost everything I ever wanted to. I have worked at a number of nice places and met a number of smashing people. I think Stiffkey rocks. J.S.G.

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Henry Williamson (who farmed Old Hall Farm just before the war) recalls his visits to the pit on Warborough Hill to load up, in his book ‘Norfolk farm.’ He was one of the first people to acquire a little Ferguson tractor with 3 point linkage - though one wonders at his other levels of farming expertise! So there is a lot of interesting history in our village. Let’s have a few more memories!

PARISH COUNCIL SNIPPETS

A meeting was held on 6th March Bangay - rights of way. New notice erected but people still noted as continuing to drive down this right of way. River dredging. Further work anticipated in July, not August. Traffic Calming. Chairman expressed ongoing concerns of speeding through the village. More police presence needed. Local Government reform. ocLocal councillor, Jonathan Savory, gave a report on the uncertainties and likely huge costs of instigating all-purpose unitary authorities. Village rep’s comment ‘Do we really want more control in our lives?’

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SUMMER FAIR on Friday 7th July at 5-7 pm

LANGHAM VILLAGE SCHOOL SCHOOL NEWS

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Mrs Emma Cotton, an experienced and talented teacher from Leeds, will work with Class 3 for three days a week. I will provide more details in the near future, but suffice it to say we are all very excited by having a teacher of Emma’s quality to further enhance our staff.

BAR-BARBECUE .....and more!

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Future Events, July

Poetry next the Sea competition

2nd - 4th Sunday - Tuesday

School winners - Tilly Betts, Isabel Thurston, Phoebe Nicholson, Eleanor Rose, Jack Crawford, Kate Esslemont and Archie Williamson had the opportunity to read their poems to a large audience at The Maltings. A fantastic effort. The official anthology will be available soon, details to follow.

Years 4, 5 and 6 to Hilltop Adventure Centre.

5th - 6th Wednesday & Thursday Formal Parents’ Meetings.

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Summer Fair, 5.0 - 7.0 pm.

10th Monday

Disability Awareness week

Class 3 Art Workshop - Salthouse. 14th Friday Sports Day. 1.0 pm. 17th Monday Reserve Sports Day, 1.0 pm. 18th Tuesday Puppet Show and Workshops - all day. 19th Wednesday Whole School visit to Thrigby Wildlife Gardens. 20th Thursday Leavers’ Disco - Langham Parish Rooms. 21st Friday Leavers’ Assembly, Langham Parish Rooms, 2.00 pm

Some children used a wheelchair to find problems coat pegs in Class 3 are too high, water fountain is unsuitable for wheel chair users. Children in all classes had the opportunity to use Simulation Glasses (simulating many different types of visual problems) and were helped by partners to negotiate doors and steps. Sal Savory, using British Sign Language, showed Class 3 the letters of the alphabet, times of day and useful words.

Healthy School Status (Norfolk) Granted for the school’s pro-active efforts in enabling children to lead healthy lifestyles, including fitness, diet and attitudes.

Susannah McDougall Landscape and Garden Design

Travelling Book Fair Thanks to everyone who supported and helped us with our book fair, our takings totalled £350 with each class taking £50 worth of books from the shelves

solutions for the outside space design

Dialect Project

planting

practical and effective detailed plans appropriate materials any space

Rig-a-Jig Dialect Event, Friday 9th June at Binham Village Hall. A fun night of music, dancing and storytelling free to all the families, Grannies and Granddads.

Royal Norfolk Show Art Competition

sound advice plant sourcing fresh, visual planting plans seasonal improvements

telephone: 01263 740056 mobile: 07887 480793

Well done Emily Wiles, Year 5, whose super painting was in the ‘Highly Commended’ category, and will be on display at the show itself.

email: hallfarm@morston44.freeserve.co.uk

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Local Lynx Issue 48 - June/July 2006  

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

Local Lynx Issue 48 - June/July 2006  

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

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