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

in our 10 villages OCTOBER

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.

2nd Mon. Binham Chequers ‘Quiz Night’ 6.30/7.30 2nd Mon. Langham Parish Room ‘Keep Fit’ 10 - 11.30 7th Sat. Langham Parish Room FOL Coffee 10 - 12 7th Sat Sharrington ‘Saving the Planet’, Church 6.30 9th Mon. Langham Parish Room ‘Keep Fit’ 10 - 11.30 10th Tues. Langham Parish Council. 7.00 11th Wed. Field Dalling ‘Scandal in Paris’ Village Hall 10.45am th 11 Wed. Langham Ladybirds, Parish Room 7.30 12th Thurs. Langham Mobile Library 13th Fri. Binham Bacchanalians, Village Hall. 7.30 14th Sat. Stiffkey Sponsored Walk 16th Mon. Langham Parish Room ‘Keep Fit’ 10 - 11.20 18th Wed. Langham Parish Room FOL Coffee 10 - 12 18th Wed. Stiffkey Fete Meeting Village Hall 7.30 20th Fri. Binham - plans for Fayre, etc. 7.30 21st Sat. Morston ‘Friends’ Admiral Shovell Dinner 21st Sat. Binham Village Hall ‘History of your House’ 10.00 - 3.30 st 21 Sat. Gunthorpe Institute ‘Years in Mozambique’ 7.0 23rd Mon. Langham Parish Room ‘Keep Fit’ 10 - 11.30 26th Thurs. Binham Local History 28th Sat. Gunthorpe FOGPC Coffee. 10.30 30th Mon. Langham Parish Room ‘Keep Fit’ 10 - 11.30

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 DECEMBER/JANUARY ISSUE REQUIRED BY 9th NOVEMBER

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.

NOVEMBER 4th Sat Langham Parish Room FOL Coffee 10 - 12 5th Sun. Langham Bonfire & Fireworks 6th Mon. Binham Chequers ‘Quiz Night’ 6.30/7/30 9th Thurs. Langham Mobile Library 15th Wed. Langham Parish Room FOL 10 - 12 18th Sat. Binham Christmas Bazaar. 10am - 2.30pm 23rd Thurs. Binham Local History 24th Fri. Binham Bacchanalians, Village Hall. 7.30 25th Sat. Langham Christmas Fair Parish Room 10 - 12 28th Tues. Langham Parish Council. 7.00 28th Tues. Langham Quiet Morning at Vicarage 9.30 25th Sat. Gunthorpe FOGPC Coffee 10.30

DEANERY NEWS The next Deanery Synod meeting will be on Thursday October 26th – 7.15pm for 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Holt. Ruth McGinley, representing Christian Aid, will be the speaker. The title of her talk is ‘Act Justly’.


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Church Services for Bale and Stiffkey Benefice for October and November 2006 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

1st October 9.30am HC At Saxlingham 11.00am MP 9.30am HC 9.30am MP 11.00am HC 9.30am HC* 9.30am HC/BCP 11.00am HC

8th October 9.30am HC 11.00am HC 9.30am HC At Field Dalling 5.00pm Harvest F 11.00am HC 9.30am HC No Service 11.00am Harvest F

15th October No Service No Service No Service No Service No Service No Service No Service No Service 10.30am HC

22nd October 9.30am HC 11.00am HC 11.00am HC 6.00pm EP 9.30am HC 9.30am MP 11.00am FS No Service 11.00am FS

29th October 9.30am MP 11.00am FS No Service 11.00am HC/BCP 9.30am MP 11.00am FS 9.30am HC 9.30am HC/BCP 8.00am HC*

Sunday 15th October: Grand Re-opening of Stiffkey Church, Group Holy Communion Service, Archdeacon of Lynn 5th November


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19th November

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9.30am HC 11.00am HC No Service At Field Dalling 9.30am MP 11.00am FS 9.30am HC 9.30am HC/BCP 8.00am HC*

9.30am MP 11.00am HC 11.00am HC 6.00pm EP 9.30am HC 9.30am HC 11.00am FS No Service 11.00am FS

Remembrance Day Bale Field Dalling Gunthorpe Saxlingham Sharrington Binham Langham Morston Stiffkey

9.30am HC At Saxlingham 11.00am MP 9.30am HC 9.30am MP 11.00am HC 9.30am HC* 9.30am HC/BCP 11.00am HC

9.30am HC 10.50am HC 9.30am HC At Field Dalling 9.30am HC 11.00am HC 10.50am Remem. Service 3.00pm Remem. Service 6.30pm Remem. Service

Langham: Wednesday 1st Nov (All Saints Day) 10.00 am, Holy Communion Langham: Thursday 2nd November (All Souls Day) 6.30pm Service to Commemorate the Departed Field Dalling: Thursday 30th November 6.30pm Patronal Festival

Regular Weekday Services: Binham: Tuesday 6.00pm Evening Prayers. Langham: Wednesday 10.00am Holy Communion Stiffkey: Friday 10.00 am Holy Communion. still starve and die for the want of clean water and enough food on God’s earth. Harvest Festival ceremonies help us to share with others a commitment to being part of the earth’s healing and of sharing God’s goodness with all God’s people. Next comes the Feast of All Souls (November 2nd), a day set aside for the commemoration of all who have died. The ceremony of an All Souls service provides people with the opportunity to hear the name of their loved one read aloud and to light a light to remember them. It’s a time when all who have been bereaved, whether they are church-goers or not, come together in a gentle and positive atmosphere. Through ceremony, grief is shared as is a renewed sense of peace and hope and the courage to go on. And finally the national day of Remembrance Sunday comes around. The ceremonies of naming the dead from two world wars, of keeping silence, of laying wreaths, draw us to the past and hold the present starkly in front of us. War is terrible, but forgetting is even more terrible. Ceremony has the power to hold us together, to show us new ways to be and to challenge us with the extraordinary truth that God is present with us and cares about our lives and the way we live them. Joanna

RECTOR’S RAMBLINGS ‘It is ceremony that makes bearable for us the terrors and ecstatics that lie deep in the earth, and in our earthnourished nature. Only the saints can encounter these realities. What saves us is ceremony……Ceremony makes everything bearable and beautiful, for us. Transfigured by ceremony, the truths we cannot otherwise endure come to us’. Words written by the Orkney poet, George Mackay Brown. We are entering a time in the calendar of the church’s life that is full of ceremony. And it seems to me that, especially in these times, the ceremonies the church has to offer us all are some of the few ways in which we can begin to face up to and deal with what are some terrifying truths about ourselves and our world. First come Harvest Festivals. Ceremonies where we gather in churches, and at harvest supper tables, to thank God that we are continuing to be so well sustained and fed. But, in these ceremonies, we also have the opportunity to be honest with God about our fears for the planet, our part in her dis-ease and destruction, and our lack of active care about, and for, the plight of those who


Series of Public Consultations, Sept. 25th - Nov.6th ‘06. Your opportunity to have your say in the future policy that will affect the development of your local community.


From Bernard Crowe Place Shaping. A new term used by central government to describe what many authorities have been doing for some time. The important element in representative governance is the ward councillor, who should represent people’s views. Place-shaping can only work if government allows councils to exercise true leadership. Local Government Authority (LGA), led by Sir Sandy Bruce-Lockhart, has won the battle of freeing us from the burden of Whitehall plan-making and national targets, and Local Government Secretary, Ruth Kelly, seems to agree.

All-day exhibitions 10.00am - 6.00pm at Wells on Tues. Sept. 26th, Holt on Wed. Sept. 27th and Fakenham on Thurs. Oct. 19th . You can visit Cromer Council Offices Mon. - Fri., 9.30am - 4.00pm, Sept. 25th - Nov. 6th, and an evening exhibition at Blakeney - Thurs. 26th Oct. at the RBL Harbour Rooms.

From Jonathan Savory Transport Grants: N.N.D.C. has awarded - £3,040 to W. Norfolk Community Transport Project to expand N. Norfolk Community Transport Partnership’s Dial-a-Ride - £1,325 to Fakenham Age Concern towards minibus transport for older folks. and £1,100 to a moped hire scheme to enable people without transport to access

The LGA calls on councils to: a) know and understand distinctive groups of those they serve, b) ensure that every person has an influence on their area by ensuring that the council’s priorities match those of local people. c) allow people to have their say on services through consultation and feedback. d) help people to have direct input through parish and town councils or area committees and e) provide better practical support for elected members so that they can act more effectively as local leaders.

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Oct 5 ‘Namibia and the Galapagos. An illustrated talk by John Cucksey.

Government Response. Ruth Kelly responded that central government should move into an era of ‘mutual trust’. Work is underway to identify targets that place an unnecessary burden on councils. She indicated that the local government White Paper, due this autumn, would mark a shift from topdown to ‘trusting state’. ‘We are at the tipping point for our democracy where, working together, we can usher in a new and unprecedented era of devolution.’

Nov 2nd ‘The Magic Mushroom No, the W.I is not into the drug scene - this will be a cookery demonstration by Mrs Hilda Bond. Meetings take place at Cley Village Hall at 2.30 pm. And we serve delicious teas! Visitors are most welcome to join us.

RURAL POST OFFICE NETWORK At present this is supported by a subsidy of about £110m, which is due to end in March ‘08. A decision as to its future will be taken this autumn, and, if it is not renewed or replaced by another system, many more rural Post Offices will close, probably taking with them the village shops which rely on their Post Office to remain viable.

She wanted three key points: a) citizens informed, engaged, and with choice of services wherever possible, b) empowered communities running facilities like community centres, with councils playing strategic and scrutiny roles and c) Government departments setting frameworks for delivery, and not ‘micromanagement’.

Norfolk Rural Community Council urges those concerned to log into and sign the petition available on Norfolk Rural Community Council’s website (www.norfolkrcc.org.uk) and/or write to your MP. Norman Lamb’s address is found on page 2 of the Lynx.

Action Plans. Over the next 4 years the councils must - a) Establish a clear set of ambitions for the locality and community, b) Work with partners to ensure achieving ambitions, c) Strengthen public accountability to local people, d) Devolve power (where appropriate) to local people and communities, and e) Improve local services and develop the capacity to lead and innovate.

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We are supporting National Poetry Day at the following events. Sheringham Library Exhibition 3rd to 8th October, with the theme "Identity". National Day Poetry Celebration 5th October 10 am-2.30 pm. Workshops and readings with two up-and-coming poets at each of the libraries at Sheringham, Wells and Fakenham together with students from local schools. Come and have coffee and cakes and join in. George Szirtes, ( Winner of the T.S .Eliot prize in 2005) 5th Oct. 7.00 pm. for 7.30 pm at Sheringham Library. Admission £3. including a glass of wine.

My father fought the Kaiser on the Somme and the Ypres Salient. A recent pilgrimage was a profound experience. This tribute was prompted by the poem by surgeon John McCrae who was killed shortly after writing ‘We are the dead. ‘Short days ago ‘We lived, felt dawn, saw sunsets glow. ‘We loved, were loved and now we lie in Flanders fields!’ Be silent. Be silent for a long time. Let us enter your souls, so that the souls of all of us can be united beneath the earth and above the earth. Do not try to understand, do not try to find words. Let your soul reign, in silence. ‘We are the dead’Make space within you, with the grace to be thankful, to show respect and honour for courage and sacrifice. Know that we gave to our last breath. We were mown down. We were blown apart, body part from body part from body part; agonised in pain and consumed by fear. In silence you will come to know the deepest grief, the heart-rending sorrow. Only the soul triumphs, and be richer in your souls in silence. ‘Short days ago we lived, felt dawn, saw sunset’s glow’Share with us the glory of the coming and the passing day; Nature’s beauty above the trench, the stench, the blood, the mud, the butchered earth, and be richer in your souls, in silence. ‘We loved, were loved, and now we lie in Flanders fields’Treasure your love and being loved. Life greatest gift, which goes beyond the grave. We are here for you, give thanks and be richer in your soul, in silence P.Garwood

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6th Oct. Wiveton Parish Room 7.30 pm Reading his own poetry ‘Exile in his own country’. In celebration of the birthday of the late Elsa Martin, founder of the Cley Poetry Circle and at least 4 others. £2.50. including a glass of wine.

Poetry Evensong, 8th October, 4.00 pm We have had an invitation to hold this at St. Margarets Church, Thorpe Market. (Sorry Cockthorpe. we shall be returning to you). The collection will be donated as usual to the Norfolk Churches Trust. Eugéne Onegin, 7th October 7.30 pm A return visit by the celebrated Margaret Wolfit in costume at Sheringham Little Theatre. Tickets £5.

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VILLAGE RESIDENTS ASKED TO RAISE MUGS FOR CANCER CARE Macmillan Cancer Support is urging people in Norfolk to join the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at home, work or school on Friday 29th September and help raise a much needed £7 million for people affected by cancer. The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is a record breaking event and one of the largest fund-raising events in the UK. Last year over 20,000 people in Norfolk took part and helped raise £118,351 that contributed to a staggering £6.5 million across the UK. Around 3,000 people in Norfolk are diagnosed with cancer each year. All money raised last year helped Macmillan to be a source of practical, medical, emotional support to local people affected by cancer. So every cup of coffee on 29th September really does count. .For example:

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Telephone (01328) 830502 WELLS CHILDREN’S CENTRE NEWS Wells Children’s Centre is the up-and-coming centre in providing child-care. Under the government’s 10-year child-care strategy, it will provide a new purpose built facility on the Centre’s current site. This will provide extra care for children less that 18 months old, a JobCentre Plus and aChild and Family health service. Other services may be provided depending on local need. Currently the centre offers child-care between 18 months and 11 years and holds a Toddler group every Monday between 1 pm and 3 pm. There is also a playgroup every morning between 9 am and 11.30 am New this month The Health visitor holds a Baby Clinic service on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. For further details on any of the above please call Sandra Thompson on 01328 711699 or visit our website at www.wellschildrenscentre co.uk

£22 could fund 100 copies of the Cancer guide, with information about cancer, its treatment and care. £50 to buy a liquidizer for someone who can’t eat solid food as a result of their illness. £100 could allow someone with cancer to keep the heating on when they really need it. £144 could fund a Macmillan nurse for one day. £350 could pay for a much - needed holiday for someone with cancer and their carer. A Norfolk cancer patient says ‘Macmillan were a huge help to me, I couldn’t have got through the diagnosis if it hadn’t been for the fantastic help and care I received from Macmillan Cancer Support. I’ve decided to hold a coffee morning this year to give something back to the Macmillan nurses who helped me and my family’. Everyone can make their cuppa count by holding a coffee morning at home, at work or at school. To hold a coffee morning for Macmillan, visit www.macmillan.org.uk/coffee or register by calling 0845 6021246. People can also support by making a donation to Macmillan Cancer Support by cheque, online or paying by debit or credit card on the number above

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50 COPIES OLD Who’d have thought it It really does look as though Lynx is here to stay - for a while at least. But there is a considerable amount of work going on background to ensure that, whenever any helper retires, there will be others, experienced and confident, to carry on. This is a community paper, run FOR and BY the people who read it. And what better place to share memories of past village life, keeping our history alive.

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& Conservation Project We have now submitted our application for a grant to the Heritage Lottery Fund and will have to wait six months before we know whether we have been successful or not. As we are looking for an additional £77,500 we shall be using a variety of fund-raising strategies. Our next step is to launch our Regional Appeal in October and then apply to a host of charitable trusts and others for their financial support. Serious consideration is being given to local fundraising activities. These will be led by our Christmas Bazaar on 18th November, but how would you feel about ‘Reindeer Racing in January?’ or a Medieval Banquet on a balmy Summer evening? Watch this space to book your place. We hope that many of you will be able to support us in one way or another. Pauline Scott

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BALE OAK Colossal tree, while strangers stared And quaffed the Norfolk ale Beside the church they then compared The mighty oak at Bale. Five hundred years or more steadfast What now if it should fall The massive boughs their shadow cast Beyond the churchyard wall. A cobbler lived and plied his trade In that enormous bole First in the trunk a doorway made An enterprising soul.

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. The Group’s Annual Art exhibition, which took place in August, was a great success, and a profit of £800 was given towards the upkeep of the Village Hall. For further information contact James Bucknill at 01328 830651

Exceeding fifty feet in height The base was four yards wide A score of men could stand upright And still have space inside. Beside the church, referring back Where stood that tree, how long Admire the ilex, read the plaque Was there a cobbler’s song. A plaque where once a giant stood Defying northwest gale Eight lines that tell of Norfolk wood The mighty oak at Bale. Jack G Townshend (Who once lived in Church Cottage, Bale)


IMPORTANT NEWS FOR BALE Sadly, Sue Berry’s family and business commitments are forcing her to give up her post as your village representative for Local Lynx. We know Bale to be an active community and are most anxious to be able to continue publishing your news. However, this can only happen if a new village rep can be found before the next issue. Sue, and the editorial team, will be very happy to give all necessary support to the new rep. If you think you may be able to help, please contact Sue as soon as you can. Thanks. Ed

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BINHAM LOCAL HISTORY GROUP About 20 of us enjoyed our Summer Outing to the Sedgeford Archaeological Dig in early August. It is an amazing site and they will be working there for many summers to come. They are open to the general public every Friday afternoon during their ‘season’ and they also run several day and week-long courses – more details next year! In September Tracy Warnes led the first of the two-day course “Researching the History of Your House.” We also enjoyed the return of Michael Begley, speaking to us of The Black Monks in East Anglia. 26th Oct. Thurs. Susan Maddock ‘Your Village and Norfolk’s Archival Heritage’. Susan is the Principal archivist at the Norfolk Record Office. She will be showing us examples of some of the particularly lovely things in the Library, such as very early maps as well as some of the documents that relate to Binham and the surrounding area. 23rd Nov. Thurs. Martin Hayward Smith. ‘Norfolk to Madagascar with a Camera’. Martin, who lives in North Norfolk, travels the world as a TV wildlife cameraman. You will perhaps seen much of his work on the David Attenborough programmes. He has also worked on ‘Jimmie’s Farm’ and with Alan Titchmarsh. He will be showing us pictures from different parts of the world - including N. Norfolk. All meetings in the Binham Village Hall at 7.30 p.m Refreshments provided. £2 non members; £1 members. Annual Subscriptions (£3 single, £5 double) are due in September for the coming year. You may of course join at any of the meetings. For more information call Carolyn Wright 01328 830270

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PRIORY TEAS The Priory Teas, on every Friday afternoon in August, were once again very successful – due to the hard work of Jack and Marie Grange and their many helpers. The marvellous sum of £240 was raised – many congratulations to all! If you missed it last year you will not want to miss this one


18th November. 10.00 am - 2.30 pm Beautiful hand made Decorations Tombolas Home made Cakes, Sweets and Preserves Craft Stall Cards and Gift Tags Garden Stall Name and Win the Bears Whack the Rat Spirit and Wine 20 minute Raffles Christmas Cake Raffle Quilt Hangings Presents for Men Baby and Children Stall Gift Stall 2nd Hand Book Stall Morning Coffee / Soup & Roll Lunch / Afternoon Tea Proceeds in aid of Binham Priory Church

BINHAM RECIPE BOOK How would you like your favourite recipe and name added to a book I am compiling? This book will be composed of all sorts of recipes for making delicious food dishes and drinks, received from anyone living in Binham who enjoys cooking/eating. If you would like to be included please let me have a copy of your recipe(s) and name by the deadline of 31st December 2006. You can leave them with Trevor at the shop or drop them into me at 1 Field Dalling Road (at the top of The Green). Proceeds go to funds for providing disability access and toilets for the Priory Church. Thank you for your help. Brenda Wilde Tel: 01328 830525

WINE NIGHT The Bacchanalians will launch their 2006-2007 season with a blind tasting evening on Friday 13th October in the Binham Village Hall, starting 7:30 p.m. Those attending should bring a bottle of their choice red, white or rosé, but under £8 please, suitably wrapped to prevent identification. Entry £2 on the door. Newcomers welcome. Date for the diary: Second Bacchanalians meeting on Nov. 24th. Theme to be announced. For more information call 01328 830817.

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ALL CHANGE? By the time you read this, it is possible that the Government may have published a White Paper outlining its vision for the future of Local Government. The problem is that I have to write this at least a month before you read it – so the following is speculation, which may or may not look stupid when the White Paper arrives. At the moment we have Parishes, District Councils, and County Councils. It looks as if in the future, the Government wants to promote its vision (or that of the EEC) of regional assemblies as the top tier of local administration. It also looks as if they regard the Parish, or a modification of it, as the natural bottom tier. And they only want one body in the middle. So it looks as if either District or County Councils are “for the chop”. The question is which? If you look at history, there can only be one answer. Counties (or Shires) are an ancient form of administration, preceding the Norman Conquest. They have been in their current form as County Councils since 1888. District Councils on the other hand have been around since 1974. As a side issue, large Towns and Cities, including Norwich, will try to gain their independence, and become the “unitary authority” for their area. And what about “modified Parishes”? Well, the big buzzword is “clustering”. The suggestion is, that although the Parish is the natural lowest tier, there can be efficiencies if they group together, either formally or informally for certain functions. Already, a large number of Parish Clerks work for more than one authority. (I work for Warham and Wells as well as Binham). And there’s nothing new about the idea – remember the old Unions – groupings of Parishes in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that got together to run workhouses. Locally, the Walsingham Union workhouse at Great Snoring (now known as Thursford Castle) was jointly run by a couple of dozen Parishes. And since we are talking history, I’d like to throw an idea into the melting pot that I’d put money on not being in the White Paper. Why not bring back the “Hundreds”? These were administrative units again pre-dating the Norman Conquest and existing right up to Victoria’s reign. They were small enough to be local and big enough to be efficient. Locally, North Greenhoe included the area bounded by the Parishes of Holkham, Cockthorpe, Barsham, and Thursford (a neighbourhood not dissimilar to the circulation area of this magazine!) Whatever happens you can bet that it will bring chaos and extra costs! Keith Leesmith – Parish Clerk – keith@leesmith.co.uk.


CALL 01263 821900 BINHAM 100+ CLUB May: £25 - Fiona Thompson. £10 - Jane Wilton, Mary Lee. £5 - M. Tomlin, A Taylor, C. Wright. June: £25 - J. McCormack. £10 - A. Howell, A. Bartram. £5 - M. Calvert, A. Brown, T. Pepper. July: £25 - M. Hewitt. £10 - P. Antwiss, J. Parr. £5 - I. Johnson, S. Hewitt, J. Procktor. August: £25 - J. Byrne. £10 - W. Wales, A. Abel. £5 - L. Hoddy, M. Tomlin, A. Moncur. September: £25 - A. Moncur £10 - J. Read, J. May. £5 Mr. Marshall, W. Wales, S. Hewitt.

Dates for your Diary: Sat. 2nd Dec. CHRISTMAS SUPPER in the Binham Village Hall. £5 adults; under 12’s free. Call Liz Brown to reserve your tickets at 830519


King Henry 1st granted Binham the right to hold a Summer Fayre. This tradition has lapsed but will be revived in 2007. 5th Aug. Sun. 2007 - Summer Fayre It is hoped that everyone in the village will get involved in the planning and production of the Fayre Mums, Dads, Grandmums, Grandads and especially kids. To talk about it and get everyone's ideas you are all invited to a special village meeting at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall on Friday 20th October Wine and soft drinks and cheese will be served. We look forward to seeing you then. Richard Lewis, 830723


Mon. 2nd Oct. - then on the 1st Mon. of the month Join us at the Chequers for the first Quiz night of the ‘Season’. It’s a very informal affair - we make up teams on the night, depending on how many of us there are. Come at 6.30 if you’re going to have a meal, or at 7.30 for a drink and the Quiz. Mine Hosts - Alex and Steve will look forward to seeing you. 830270

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The Overseer of Roads was one of the voluntary parish jobs shared about amongst the principal businessmen of the parish. If the roads became bad the overseer of the roads would have to organise the money for doing the work, the labour and materials. Marker posts were put at the roadside on the parish boundaries until quite recently to indicate where each parish’s responsibilities ended. Bits of land were allotted to the surveyor of roads, or waywarden, to provide materials for the parish’s roads. In Field Dalling there were three surveyors’ allotments. The one on the Saxlingham Road has recently been fenced to enclose sheep, while ducks use the deeper pond. The one on the Binham Road is a widened out piece of grass verge where the road drops down to the valley floor before the Woodbrig Bridge on the boundary with Binham. The third was at the Tjunction of the Binham Road with the Bale Road. It is a rectangular meadow situated behind the signpost. These allotments are well spaced on the parish’s road system to minimise carting and all three have had material dug out from them. In some parishes land which was allotted for the roads did not have any suitable material and nothing has been dug out. The use of marl dug from allotments in combination with broken flints to form a road became more practical with the invention of the steam roller, able to tighten the surface as a ‘water bound’ road, as described by George Cushing in Old Glory Magazine, Sept 2001. A high labour requirement of carting water as well as the slow speed for consolidation made road maintenance expensive. Obviously any low spots would fill with water, soften, and become potholes, whilst in dry weather the film of surface dust would form clouds containing manure from the horses still using the roads before motor vehicles became common. This was the heyday of the bicycle, except for punctures caused by the flints, described in ‘The Mill House and Thereabouts’ by Herbert C Harrison, who also describes road repairing. Early photographs of the village seem to show the roads untarred, but the 1924 Parish Council minutes contain a note to ‘apply to County Council for road to be tarred through village’, though surely it must have first been done before this. In ‘The Glaven Ports’ by Jonathan Hooton a picture on page 260 shows Blakeney Quay with a pile of granite chippings. Unfortunately it is undated, but is probably one of the last cargoes to be brought into Blakeney Harbour. With tar and granite chippings roads, could be laid more quickly and with a hard, waterproof surface. Then the surveyors’ allotments were unwanted and the District Council sold the one at the Binham Road junction in 1962 against the wishes of the Parish Council. Sale of allotments was probably illegal because they were for the maintenance of the parish’s roads.

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01328 830558 Ann Massingham will always welcome any memories of life in this village over past years, whether hand written, typed or recorded on tape. People come and go, but the past must not be forgotten.

FIELD DALLING Contact: Margaret Smith

For Church Services see Panel on Page 3 FIELD DALLING & SAXLINGHAM VILLAGE FETE ‘06 This took place during a fine afternoon in August in the lovely gardens of Field Dalling Hall. Attendance was strong, and included a larger than ever number of children involved in fancy dress, games and races and keen to be entertained by Justso James. Hundreds of cups of tea with cake were consumed, stalls did a brisk business, some even sold out, and nearly 4,000 raffle tickets went into the drum for the draw, with its traditional first prize of a framed water-colour painting of a local scene by the Rev W Brown, who died last Christmas. The fete committee and all the helpers would like to thank everyone who attended the fete and ensured its success. It is our main village social event and the vital community funds it raises are shared three ways between the two churches in Field Dalling and Saxlingham and our joint Village Hall.

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GUNTHORPE News Contact: Di Cutterham 01263 860693

For Church Services see Panel on Page 3

RECORD GUNTHORPE FETE The sun shone and what a difference it made. This year’s fete was the best ever, making sure that the Village Institute and Church benefited from just short of £2,000 each, after expenses, towards their funds. This is absolutely terrific news. Our thanks go - first of all to Jeremy and Marie Denholm for loaning us the use of their magnificent gardens, to the staff at the Hall for their tremendous support and last, but by no means least, to all the wonderful Gunthorpe villagers, their friends and families who came along on the day to run the activities. Think of a relaxing country fete, a wonderful brass band, delicious teas and numerous stalls and games and you have the ingredients for a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. Helpers may be exhausted at the end of the day but they have a tremendous sense of well-being, having ensured the continued survival of two of the community’s assets - the Church and the Village Institute. All major renovations to the Institute have been carried out with money raised in this way. We wouldn’t have got the grants if we hadn’t managed to raise so much money ourselves. Thank you everybody who helped but, more importantly, thank you for coming along and supporting us on Sunday, 30th July. Next year the fete committee will need two extra volunteers to help cover Sue Traverso’s organising role. Because of family commitments she is unable to be the coordinator and would be pleased to hear from anybody willing to step in to cover. The fete organisation is now clearly set down and Sue will be on hand most of the time to encourage anybody who volunteers. Please give this request serious consideration. The fete is the lifeblood of the village and co-ordinating the various activities is crucial. Thank you to the generous but anonymous donor who sent £100.00 towards the fete. Your kindness in supporting our efforts is so very much appreciated. Sue Traverso

SCANDAL IN PARIS John Singer Sargent’s mysterious portrait of Madame X

Wednesday 11th October - Field Dalling Village Hall John Singer Sargent, the cosmopolitan young artist of late nineteenth century Paris, shocked the 1884 Salon with his painting of Madame X. Such was the scandal, that he fled to England to escape the hostility of the critics and the disapproval of ‘unshockable’ Parisian society. But who was the beautiful young woman in the iconic little black dress? Why did the picture cause such a sensation? And how did Sargent recover from this set back and go on to become the artist to sit for? Mary Alexander will examine this striking femme fatale portrait, considered by Sargent to be his finest painting, in the context of his other works and influences. Please book early to avoid disappointment. Limited ticket availability. Tickets: £7 (including coffee on arrival at 10.45am, followed by lecture, then ploughman’s lunch) - available from Bridget Watson (01328-830248) and John Rayner (01328-830564).

CONGRATULATIONS Field Dalling entered the Community Awards section of North Norfolk’s Best Environmental Projects. A pond at the edge of the village, fenced off and cleared of rubbish, allows sheep to graze the surrounding grass. The pond is a haven for ducks, and for villagers who enjoy feeding them. Although the village was not successful in a close contest, the Chair of the Judges was pleased with all entries: 'Every one of these projects deserves huge praise and sincere thanks, because we all get the benefit of what these keen people have done and because they have been an inspiration to us all. Even projects undertaken at a very local level make North Norfolk as a whole a better, brighter place’. My sentiments too. Councillor Bernard Crowe OBE

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By Dr Gertraud Shaw You are invited to a talk by Dr Gertraud Shaw, whom many will remember as a GP with the Holt surgery, on her two years as a volunteer in Mozambique. This will take place on Saturday 21st October ’06, 7.00 pm in Gunthorpe Village Institute. Tickets (booked in advance please) £3.00 each, including light refreshments, available from Sue Traverso on 01263 861932. Proceeds will by shared between Gunthorpe Ward at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital and the Village Institute.

Contact: Ann Sherriff 01328 830605

For Church Services see Panel on Page 3 (For alterations to service times - see the church gate)


Sunday 12th November 10.50 am This will be the only service in Langham this Sunday. FROM THE REGISTERS Funeral - Joey George Girdley 7th August



- have moved to Victory Cottage at Gunthorpe Hall. Barney is from a long established Norfolk family (Broom's Boats), and, with his mother still living in Blakeney, he knows this area well. He was educated at Norwich School where, amongst the achievements he is prepared to admit to, he was Head Chorister. His own career is as a well respected independent film maker, which he will continue from his new home in Norfolk. Seana is a "poacher turned gamekeeper", having been a member of the IRS staff, but who is now a tax "saving" consultant. They are both very keen to support village life and we very much look forward to welcoming them to the Gunthorpe community. JB

How wonderful that we have this excellent magazine to carry the news and the adverts that really concern us in these villages. This magazine stands head and shoulders above any I have encountered in parishes before, and rightly has a very good reputation. Thanks to the dedication of all those involved in its production - from village correspondents, through the editorial team and publishers to those who deliver to every house in our villages - we can rejoice in this 50th edition and look forward to many, many more. Congratulations from Joanna (The Rector)

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 14th-21st May 2006 As you see, this is a very late report, for which I apologise. Once more I would like to thank all of you who gave so generously to this appeal. Altogether, we raised £578.74, which included £111.64 from the soup lunch. This was held at the Rectory and we thank Joanna for welcoming us there. Not a good day to be outside, so we were grateful to be in those lovely rooms. Christian Aid works with almost 600 partner organisations in more than 50 countries, helping people to help themselves, and this year has been particularly active in Africa, helping families affected by H.I.V. Aids. Thank you all for your contributions. Jan Hope

TIM & LEANNE TANCRED - together with their children Emmanuelle, Rupert and Tristan, are the latest tenants in Gardener's Cottage. The older children will attend Greshams. Tim's business will mean that he makes very regular trips to the USA, but Leanne, herself a native of Washington DC, plans to continue her studies here in the UK. They have already started to play a part in our village life and we very much look forward to welcoming them to our community. JB INTERIOR & EXTERIOR




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Fireworks on Sunday the 5 of November As many of you will be aware, the Council had decided not to have a display this year due to the new DEFRA rules for waste management on farms and the fact that this would mean we would have no income from the professional gardeners who paid to put their rubbish on the bonfire.

THANKSGIVING SERVICE On a wonderfully warm and sunny Sunday evening, the day after the Street Fayre, we had a very enjoyable inter-active service organised by the Reverend Joanna Anderson to which about 55 people attended. The service began with the congregation standing between the font and the west door and candles were lit to remember those who could not be there with us. We then passed to the children’s area where we were given stones to clutch and asked to think of things we had said or done wrong or grievances we still held and then we cast them into water thereby helping us to rid ourselves of them. Further down the south aisle we lit candles and placed them on a large map of the world to help focus memories and prayers for people in foreign lands. There was also a prayer net where we could tie a piece of braid on the net to symbolise prayers for individual people. All this was interspersed with hymns and readings and reflections given by villagers who represented the organisations of the village. Our guest preacher was the Rt. Reverend James Langstaff, the Bishop of Lynn who spoke very highly of the community spirit evident here in Langham. It was obvious that everyone had worked very well together. He said it showed how important it was to listen to people, not just hear their words, to watch for peoples’ needs and to help at any given opportunity. A collection was taken at the service and, as is the tradition, this was all put into the Street Fayre Fund. After the service refreshments were enjoyed at the Bluebell, kindly hosted by Pat and Bridget. Our thanks go to all those who made this service really special and to Adam, Jeremy and Peter for their lovely music.

However we have since had an anonymous offer to help underwrite this loss. After discussions with Mr. Phelps of Grove Farm, who was very keen that the tradition should continue and offered the School Field for the event, it was decided to go ahead. The farm will build the bonfire a few days before the event and it will be as large as possible using only farm material. Please note that individuals will not be allowed to put their garden rubbish on the fire. The entrance to the field will be on Back Lane which joins the Morston and Blakeney roads, with parking in North Street, and there will be the usual BBQ and hot soup organised by the Friends of Langham. Look out for posters for further details.

A QUIET MORNING TO PREPARE FOR ADVENT There will be a quiet morning at Langham Vicarage on Tuesday Nov. 28th 9.30am - 1.30pm. Lunch provided. Through story, creativity and silence we will walk towards Advent. Numbers limited, so please contact Joanna Anderson on 01328 830 246 to secure a place.

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Council in the form of a start-up grant when the Support Group was formed. Each issue, of (usually) 1,250 copies, costs just under £600 to produce, with each copy costing about 47p. At present, 16% of the running costs is provided by the nine PCCs, 4% by some of the parish councils and 78% by advertising revenue. The balancing 2% comes from a few individual donations and a very small amount of bank interest.

Early in 1998, Langham resident Adrian Hill decided that there was a need for a freely-distributed community newspaper, serving local villages. Single-handedly he published an eight-page paper called ‘Our News’ under the banner of the Langham School Friends. From the outset, the project had the support of the Rector of Langham, Revd John Penny. Local Lynx, using its current title (provided by Adrian’s daughter) first appeared in July of 1998. It was financed entirely by advertising revenue, raised the hard way by Adrian’s calling on a large number of local businesses, seeking their support.

The paper could not survive were it not for the great amount of voluntary effort put in by many people, not least those who are good enough to trudge round the villages delivering each issue. We also have the invaluable support of the village representatives and their various contributors, and help with type-setting and the physical cut-and-pasting of the layout for each issue. A big ‘thank you’ to all of those concerned.

By the following summer, it had been established that each of the villages in which the paper was distributed should be able to submit its own news.

We peer ahead at what we hope may be the next fifty issues. They will see as many changes as there have been in the last seven years – probably more. The future lies with all of us who read Local Lynx and feel it contributes a little to the quality of life in our community.

Then, in the autumn of 1999, Adrian found he was no longer able to give the time to run the paper, and sought advice from John Penny. As a result, a formal constitution was drawn up establishing the Support Group and entrusting it with the running of Local Lynx as a non-profit-making community newspaper, serving the present ten villages. Representatives from the villages, including those identified in the village logos which appear in each issue, were appointed.

We always welcome written contributions – sent in through the village representatives. Tales of personal experience or of life in this part of the country are particularly enjoyed by our readers. And we always want line or line and wash drawings for our covers.

The Support Group meets after each issue to discuss it and the future development of the paper. One on-going problem is how to ensure that the paper will be able to continue should the present editorial team fall by the wayside.

There remains the long-term problem of sharing the editorship of the paper so that it is no longer dependent in the final stages of preparation on the activities of a very few people. We are currently undergoing a detailed assessment of this challenge and will hope to have more to write about it during the course of 2007.

Since the summer of 2000 the paper has been professionally printed by Century Press Ltd of Stalham and our technology for producing the paper has steadily improved. Thanks to help from a grant by North Norfolk District Council, the paper has its own laptop computer, on which part of each issue is produced, and its own printer - which is used by the advertising manager. Earlier financial help was provided by the District

In the meantime, anyone with an interest in publishing, and moderate computer literacy, is always welcome to contact us for an informal chat. B&H (01328 830056)


JOEY GEORGE GIRDLEY 1945-2006 Joey did not have an easy life. A lifelong debilitating illness and a very slight physical frame made life increasingly difficult as he grew older. I didn't know Joey during his schooldays but I am sure that they were not easy for him either, although the photograph of him in the funeral service sheets showed an eager youngster, which would well describe Joey’s later character. Joey was employed by Bernard Matthews Ltd at Langham in 1963 at the age of 18 and had completed 42 years of service when made redundant last year. I first met him in 1965 when he was part of the selection team at Langham, along with Ivan and Dinky Sands. He was part of my team when I managed the site at Langham for 4 years in the late 1970's. I continued to have contact with him over the years. He and I shared the same starting year with Bernard Matthews and received our 25 year long service watches together in 1988. I am sure that most of you will have your own memories of Joey. Most of the highlights of his working life centre around transport. When tractor driving on site he was recorded as knocking down a diesel fuel tank and a water tank tower. Witnesses saw his demolition of the water tank stand, but he reported that it had fallen down. Joey also had a love of new cars and would change his at least every two years and was known to replace a new car within a year. His road driving was also notorious and any convoy of traffic on North Norfolk roads, travelling between 30 & 40 mph, would invariably be headed by Joey who was in no way concerned when overtaken. On one occasion he was sent to pick up a manager from the Briston site who was heard to say after arrival at Langham ‘ never again’. However, one of Joey's greatest attributes was his reliability, and his willingness to work and help out at weekends, bank holidays and times of emergency was a great asset to his team and appreciated by his colleagues. As his physical strength diminished, a decision was made by the Bernard Matthews management some 10 years ago that in view of his long service, every effort would be made to keep him employed as long as possible. It would have been very easy for him to have accepted his disabilities, given up work and have lived off benefits, but it was not his way. There are many stories of Joey's generosity and willingness to help others in his home life, always prepared to transport neighbours to and from various events. He had lived on his own for many years since the death of his mother but in his later years I know that he was indebted to the good neighbourliness of especially Juliet and Kenny and Heather and Danny which enabled him to continue to lead a relatively independent life. Joey was essentially a very private person. Our memories of Joey will, I am sure, be of a true Norfolk character in all the best senses of the word, one of real courage and perseverance, prepared to battle through all his adversities. God bless you Joey. Bruce Hemmant. Human Resource Manager (Retired)

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STALL ON THE GREEN Unbelievably, Saturday 26th August dawned brightly and remained sunny for the morning, but Monday 28th found the usual Bank Holiday wind flapping the awning and overturning the flowers! However, nothing could dull the brightness of a lively stall on both occasions, simply brimming with good things to eat. Thank you so much all of you who brought wonderful cakes and preserves and an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables. Most of it lasted about 5 minutes on the stall, as everything was eagerly snapped up by the shoppers – and thank you to all of them, too. It was all great fun and a financial success, I’m sure you’ll agree: we raised £264.00 for Church Funds. Next year we’ll be back to ‘One stall each weekend in August’ format. Can we keep that as well supplied? Now there’s a challenge! Just one question: where were the runner beans this year? Thanks again everyone. Jan.

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Keep Fit to be able to Fit!! Keep Fit Class!! Our first class went very well and we have decided to start regular Monday morning sessions from October 9th. Classes start at 10.00 a.m. and finish at 11.30. am. The cost will be £3.00 to include coffee, tea or juice. Come and give it a try - this is a very gentle work out nothing too strenuous or bone shattering. Hope to see you there. Ring me if you need any further information. Sue Hughes Tel:830595

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FRIENDS OF LANGHAM Village Coffee Mornings in the Parish Room


This is now our second year and still as popular as ever. So don't forget to put the following dates in your diary and come along to meet your friends and neighbours and enjoy a nice cup of coffee or tea. We always need volunteers to run these mornings so if you would like to help just call John Hughes 01328 830595 (We already have help for Oct & Nov.) The following dates are for FOL coffee mornings, 10 am until 12 noon Oct. 7th & 18th ( Covered ) Nov. 4th & 15th Covered) Dec. 2nd & 20th Jan. 6th & 17th Feb. 3rd & 21st March 3rd & 21st

Our thanks once more to the Friends of Langham for an enjoyable night on the occasion of the Rounders Match. A very good BBQ and an entertaining match all made for a very pleasant evening. A big thank you to the committee for all they do. Well Done! An Onlooker

LANGHAM LADYBIRDS Our August meeting heard all there is to know about ‘Home Laundry through the ages’. A very interesting talk and lots of irons to see. In October we have an open meeting with a talk about National Trust Birds. All are welcome. October 11th, 7.30 pm in the Parish Room. Thursford Christmas Concert, Sat., 16th Dec. 2.00 pm. Last chance to reserve tickets for this wonderful show. Please let me know your requirements and let me have cheques a.s.a.p., and definitely before 6th Octobner. Tickets £26.50 each. Maureen 830731


Saturday November 25th Parish Room 10.00 am - 12 noon Do come along and have what we hope will be another enjoyable morning. Net proceeds will be for the Langham Church general fund.

LANGHAM COMMUNITY CAR SERVICE We urgently need THREE volunteer drivers to maintain our thirteen-week roster. With this method, drivers only have to do a duty of one week, four times a year. At the moment we are on a shortened roster which finishes on the 5th November. So for the remaining few weeks of November it will be necessary to look at the notice boards to see who is on duty.

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On 30th of August 31 senior citizens from the village set out on another Friends of Langham outing organised as usual by Peter. Initially the bus appeared to be going to perhaps Kings Lynn or Pensthorpe with various other destinations being guessed at. Then it turned east and the suggestions varied from Yarmouth, Lowestoft or perhaps a day in the Broads. Eventually we stopped for an excellent leisurely lunch at the Crown pub at Carlton Colville near Lowestoft. We then set off in the bus for what all assumed would be at least an hour. Imagine our surprise when we only drove to the centre of the same village and stopped at the East Anglia Transport Museum the existence of which I think the majority were ignorant. The museum has grown out of the private collection of one man and even now is in the process of being enlarged. Here there was the chance to ride again on a trolley bus or tram, look round the workshops and exhibits of transport in days long gone or reminisce over the items in the windows of the shops and Post Office that many remembered from their youth. There was also the chance to have a short trip on an ex military narrowgauge railway. Eventually we made our way back to Langham for tea time after a good day out blessed by good weather. Well done Peter and the Friends of Langham. A Passenger

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For Church Services see Panel on Page3 MORSTON MARDLE by Samphire Dates for Your Diary Sat 30th Sept: PCC Concert in All Saints’ Church by soprano Elisabeth Wingfield. Theme: “Death and Transfiguration”. Tickets from 01263-740431 for £10 (plus £15 if with Dinner afterwards). Sat 21st Oct. Friends of Morston Church Shovell Dinner (50 settings) is scheduled to take place in Morston Village Hall. The Guest Speaker, Dr. Simon Harris, the biographer of Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell (a Morston landowner, flourishing 1660s-1707), will give a slideshow on the Admiral. Tickets at £35 a head from 01263-740431. A few tickets are left. Anyone who wishes to attend the Talk only should arrive at the relevant venue at 8.45-8.55 and pay the Friends’ Deputy Chairman £5.00. Sun. 12th Nov. Remembrance Day Service. 3.00 pm.

PCC STALLS ON THE QUAY August Bank Holiday On August 27th the PCC Stall, selling bric-a-brac, books and cakes, made £366.00 and Gill Kay’s bottle stall made over £300.00, all proceeds going to the church building (ie repairs) fund. PCC Secretary Mary Athill would like to thank all those concerned who helped or contributed, especially Neil and Chenda Thompson for lending a tent for the first stall mentioned.



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(VDS) On 2 August Joc Wingfield, David Carnwath and Godfrey Sayers met the Cabinet of the NNDC (North Norfolk District Council) together with the AONB (Areas of Natural Beauty) experts, here in Morston, conducted them to two “stands”: (1) the shelter of the north outside wall of the church overlooking the village, and then (2) the second floor “lookout” of the National Trust “Pagoda” overlooking the marsh, quay, creek and Scaldbeck, and answered their questions on our submitted VDS for “Supplementary Planning Guidance” (and on its accompanying Village History & Environment Booklet). Our proposed VDS will be formally reconsidered for approval by the NNDC Cabinet on September 11th. nd

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TEL: 01328 851081 MORSTON REGATTA Saturday 29th July - Winners 2006 Morston Parish Council Trophy 1st boat across line, overall winner of Regatta - Tom & Joe Carr (‘Fiducia‘) Major P Hammond Trophy 1st resident on Morston electoral register, to cross line - Nick Hammond (Otter). Hassall Trophy Overall winner of Cockles, Oysters & Urchins - Robin Coombe (Cockle No. 2). Wilson Challenge Cup Slow class boats - J Short (Enterprise 16621). Morston Regatta Cup Fast class boats - R Perryman (Seafly 623). Carter Cup Single-handers - Roger Beavis (Phantom 1165). Athill Trophy Pleasure boats - Mr Woodcock (‘Widgeon‘). Temple Trophy Catamarans) - No entries. John Bean's Trophy Junior helm - O. Short (Buzz 771) Muck Boat Cup Crab boats) - L Condon (‘Mallard’). Ward Cup Best presented boat): Mrs D Sidgwick (GP14 9707). The prizes were presented by Mrs Mary Athill.

‘THE GHOST OF STIFFKEY’ Morston-born World Record-holding Sprinter 1867-1914 C.G.Wood, the famous athlete, was brought up in Morston and then moved to Stiffkey, whence he used to train on the marsh at dawn and dusk, running between his new home in Stiffkey and his old home in Morston. Since he used to materialise from the mist or haze on the marsh, in Morston he was nicknamed ‘the Ghost of Stiffkey. As we revel in the knowledge that the UK has won the 2012 Olympic Games, we recall with pride that ‘C.G.’ held the following World and European sprint records: 1886-87. Quarter of a mile Champion of England. 1886. 100 & 400 metres Champion of France. 1887. (held until 1913/14) 220 yds Champion of Europe ‘CG’ also held the World Records for: 150 yds (14 4/5 seconds). 220 yds (21 3/5 seconds). 250 yds (25 ½ seconds).

OYSTER REGATTA Sunday 30th July 2006 TROPHIES 1st - Model of an Oyster: Mike Shallow (‘Pearlfisher’). 2nd - Framed Map: David Dalrymple (‘Annabella’). 3rd - Picture of Oyster: Alan Sankey (‘Heron’) by Jeremy Mulvey. Oldest Helm - Brass Clock: Mary Athill (‘Mary of Morston’). Youngest - Ballast Pearl in Oyster: Eleanor Trend (‘Killimore Kate’). Junior Helm - Bullard Cup: Alice Archer (‘Avocet’) and Tom Mawson (‘Windfall’). 1st Boat with crew under ten over line: Whistle Billy/Eleanor Trend (‘Killimore Kate’). Middle of Fleet Boat Knot Trophy: Mike Chamberlain (‘Mermaid’).


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FIRE AT THE ANCHOR INN A fire, believed to have started in the area of the utility room, caused extensive damage to the rear of the Anchor at Morston in the early hours of 25th August. Four staff including the manageress, Kate Handley, were asleep, when, just before 4.30 a.m. chef Terry Quinn smelled burning and discovered that they were cut off upstairs by the fire. He quickly roused the others, called the Fire Brigade and Nick Handley and then heroically extricated the other three to the window ledge above the front door at which point the Fire Brigade arrived and completed the rescue and extinguished the fire. At about 8.00 a.m. Jane Temple, running the Temple Seal Trip Ticket Office outside, was sitting there with Nick Handley, who operates the Anchor, when, tragically, her little dog, Tilly, was run over on the main road through Morston. I feel sure I speak for the whole village when I send our sincerest condolences to Jane & Jim Temple in their double loss, and to Nick and Kate Handley and their Staff. One cannot imagine Morston without the Anchor up and running – which it has done since before 1881, already outlasting The Townshend Arms (which was where Point House now is) by nearly 90 years. Many congratulations to Terry on his quick thinking and prompt actions. The Anchor will be closed for a few weeks (from 25th August), but Temple Seal Trip Boats will be operating as normal, with a temporary ticket office set up in the foyer of the pub. All sailings departing as normal.

FRIENDS OF MORSTON CHURCH AGM At the Friends’ AGM on 15th July, chaired by Dominick Harrod, Treasurer Rob Metcalfe summarised the accounts to the fact that Friends had in three years raised £35,000 and had spent £30,000 on church refurbishment. The Chairman outlined the future Special Events planned for fundraising, as well as an approach to a further 50 people including the Butter family of Scotland and London. In the 2003 “approach” 450 people had been approached and the response had been excellent. A Standing Order for £5.00 a year (from lots of people) makes an incredible difference to keeping this lovely church in existence for future generations to enjoy.

CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE OF MAJOR ANDREW ATHILL The 15th July celebrations consisted of : (1) A sail round the harbour led by Mary's family and a fly-past by Henry Labouchere in a bi-plane. 67 sail and 10 motor vessels took part in summery weather. Then came: (2) The ceremonial flagraising by Mary Athill on the village green’s new flagpole, which has a plaque affixed inscribed in memory of Andrew. 250 people attended crammed like sardines on the tiny triangular green in brilliant sunshine. The weather continued at the Athills’ at Scaldbeck at: (3) A barbecue organised by the Parish Council - on which Andrew served for so many years. Andrew’s friends and family turned out in force for the most delicious hog-roast. Andrew would surely have been delighted with the whole day’s ceremonies. He is sorely missed by so many.

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Major Philip Hamond DSO & Bar, MC (9220 or 339374) Norfolk Regt (1883-1953) Philip Hamond was born on 1St May 1883 at Twyford Hall near Guist. By 1st May 1900 (his 17th birthday) with various friends from Norfolk, Philip was serving as a Lieutenant in the Mounted Infantry (‘M.I.’ - or ‘Mila’ [=? Militia"]) in the Boer War of 1899-1902 in South Africa. In May & June ‘01 he was on operations in the Cape Colony and from June ‘01 to May ‘02 he was on operations in the Orange Free State and the Transvaal. He was dangerously wounded at Roiville in the Transvaal and was Mentioned in Despatches on 29th July ‘02 and was ‘nominated’ on 22nd Aug. and gazetted on 27th Aug. ‘02 as being awarded the DSO (Distinguished Service Order) the youngest officer to that date ever to be awarded the DSO.

On 15th March ‘19 T/Major Philip Hamond, DSO, MC, now with ‘F’ Battalion, the Tank Corps, was invested with the bar to his DSO by King George V at Buckingham Palace. In ‘21 Major Hamond left Morston Hall and moved to land he bought at what is today called Scaldbeck.


Philip Hamond was ‘embodied’ in the ‘Mila. & Attached Regulars’ for 2 years & 6 days, before on 7th May ‘02 being commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Norfolk Regiment. From 4th Jan. ‘05 (‘03 in one record) to ‘07 he was a Lieutenant in the Norfolks, in which year he received his Queen's Medal [i.e. campaign medal] with 3 clasps (Cape Colony, OFS and Transvaal). In ‘03 (at one stage) and then again on 8th Jan. ‘08, he is shown as "on half pay", a normal practice. On 20th Feb. ‘09 he was put on retired pay.





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By early ‘14 Lieutenant Philip Hamond, DSO, ‘late Norfolks’, was living at Morston Hall. By 7th Oct. ‘14 he had re-enlisted - with the 7th Battalion the Royal Norfolk Regiment and proceeded to the trenches in France/ Belgium. 3 rd June ‘16 [LG p.5573] ‘Lieutenant (temporary Major) Philip Hamond, DSO, of the Reserve of Officers, MGS (Motor Machine Gun Service’, was gazetted as having been awarded the MC (Military Cross) - this for an act of extreme bravery. (He was actually decorated on 2nd Dec. ‘18).

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EDWARD REYNOLDS OF MORSTON (c1880s) Elizabeth Kerry of Norwich is seeking any details of her great-great-grandfather, Edward Reynolds of Morston. All she knows about him is that he used to work for ‘C.G. Wood the famous Dereham athlete’. So many places want to claim ‘C.G.’, the grandfather of Mrs R.A.Wooten of Blakeney. ‘C.G.’ is commemorated outside Morston’s All Saints’ church, at the east end. Anyone who has any information on E.R. please notify the Morston Lynx contact.

And on 3rd June ‘18 [LG p.6457] "Temporary Major (Captain, Reserve of Officers) Philip Hamond, DSO, MC, Tank Corps, late C.Guards" [=?Coldstream Guards] was awarded a bar to his DSO (i.e. was awarded a second DSO). [Microfilm, PRO, Kew, W0389/14, row 12, drawer 40; W0390, 7, p.79, no.285, vol.2, p.36]. Here the record says that his first DSO was gazetted on 31st Oct. ‘02 (rather than 27th Aug. ‘02). The ‘Reserve of Officers’ was a ‘pool’ of officers not serving ‘permanently’ in a regiment or unit - ones that were posted to where they were needed. Within 3 weeks Philip Hamond's passport was stamped [20th June] for sailing to the USA on a British Military Mission as a Tank Warfare Liaison Officer (TWLO).

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After a damp August, it’s a pleasure to look back on the (mostly) sun-filled days of July, when our Patronal Festival was held at St Margaret’s church. A wellattended service was conducted by Joanna and afterwards we all enjoyed a splendid tea-party in the beautiful sunlit grounds of the Old Rectory. It was a very happy afternoon and our thanks go to everyone who helped make it so.

So Sharrington Church is honoured to welcome Prof. Timothy O’Riordan from the University of East Anglia during this season of harvest festivals to talk about this fascinating subject. The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt. Rev. Graham James, has kindly agreed to chair the evening, which will start on Saturday, 7th October at 6.30 pm with drinks and canapes in the church. Tickets cost £6 and are available from Mrs Anne Sloman (All Saints Cottage, Bale Road, Sharrington).

‘A Scandal in Paris’ A talk by Mary Alexander is always an event to be welcomed with the greatest of pleasure. The subject of Mary’s forthcoming, illustrated talk, to be given at Field Dalling & Saxlingham Village Hall on Wednesday, October 11th, sounds most intriguing. ‘A Scandal in Paris’, a portrait of ‘Madame X’ by the American-born artist John Singer Sargent, has all the elements of a fascinating story and tickets are sure to go quickly.

Many of you may have come to Dr Helen Castor’s lecture last summer which was also held in church - this time we hope to have a microphone system working. Our Harvest Festival follows a day later with a service in church at 5.00 pm, during which gifts of produce are welcome, and then it’s off to the village hall at about 6.30 pm for the Harvest Supper and Auction. please contact Pippa Long for tickets (860613).

Tickets are £7, and this includes coffee on arrival at 10.45 am, followed by Mary’s talk and Ploughman’s Lunch. Contact Bridget Watson (01328 830248) or John Rayner (01328 830564) for information regarding tickets.


Congratulations to Helen Lister who has had a poem accepted for ‘Young Reflections’, to be published by Poetry and Print at the end of November.

The AGM took place on Wed. 30th August, and many thanks to those few who spared the time to come along. The accounts for 2005 show we are still in positive balance but this situation becomes more difficult each year, with insurance increasing at every renewal by £40/50 and no other insurer able to offer better terms. We discussed various items: our Member of Parliament’s visit on 5th September, correspondence received from the Rural Community Council, the 50/50 Club, where the weekly draw prizes have been changed to £15, £10, £5, £5, £3 and £2 in response to requests to increase the number of winners, and how to make the Hall more inviting. We have decided to try and obtain help with funding to improve the gentlemen’s toilet facilities and possibly at some future date to get together a working party of able-bodied villagers to re-decorate the Hall. A big Thank You to all who turned out on 17th Sept. to help with cleaning the land around the Village Hall of weeds, grass, etc - very much appreciated! Finally if anyone has any ideas for fund-raising events please contact Ann Garwood on 860700. The committee would like to welcome Gary Grunwold as a new member and thank him for his offer of help. A.P.G.

Field Dalling & Saxlingham Friends & Neighbours Group Perhaps it is not generally known that although we meet at the local village hall, membership is open to all those who live in the surrounding parishes. Meetings, to include both men and women, are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 2.30 pm. Members enjoy talks and demonstrations, with occasional coach and theatre outings. For further details, please contact the secretary, Marjorie Crowe, on 01263 740951.




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As our heat-wave threatened to break, helpers swarmed over the beautiful gardens of Eunice and Paul Morgan, filling the air around Church Farmhouse with eager anticipation. Luckily, protective covers were not needed and more sunshine returned to warm the crowds who thronged through the gates at 2 o’clock.


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Holiday-makers and local visitors were keen to find a bargain on the extensive bric-a-brac stalls, clothing, book and plant tables, or try their skill at fishing for bottles or the tombolas. Games and treats for sale occupied us all for most of the afternoon, helped along the way by welcome refreshments from the tea department. One clever lad overcame opposition from those twice his age to win both the ‘bowling for the pig’ and the ‘guess the weight of the cake’ - well done, Teddy!

TWO GOLDEN GLINTS OF TRUTH from the Independent These relate to the present fuss and fad about History and Dialect. A) Tony Hancock said ‘Does Magna Carta mean nothing to you? Did she die in vain?’ B) ‘The Geordie dialect is more than 80% Anglo-Saxon in origin. In Standard English the figure is less than 30%. Thus, to respect Tony Hancock’s historical genius, here follows the Geordie version of the Battle of Waterloo.

A trio of young musicians kept us entertained with a lively mix of jazz and later, when all the efforts of clearing up were over, provided the weary helpers with a ‘wind-down’ session.

Them involved like - Wellington - him of the Boots. Napoleon - him of the Piles, and Ned - him of the heroic Northumberland Fusiliers, who gives this eyeball account of The Battle.

We made another record sum for church funds - a grand profit of £1,953, for which the PCC thanks everyone who worked so hard to make it possible.

“Welli’ton comes up to us and says “Ned lad - will ye stop this b-y war so as we can ‘ave our teas.” - ‘E cahled me Ned, and I cahled ‘im Nosey. “Wy aye” says I, “I’ll de out for thee, Nosey.”


“Well” he says, “Gan up to that little bloke on his pony with ‘is ‘at on skewiff - an’ give ‘im this from me, like”.

Have you heard of The Green Man? No, not the Public House in Little Snoring, but the tales of an ancient god-like creature inhabiting the woods of England and Northern Europe. He is shown as a carved stone head with foliage, often oak leaves, growing out of his mouth and face. What has this to do with Sharrington? In fact he was obviously very important here as there are no less than six stone heads of him acting as the corbels of the roof in All Saints Church, together with other creatures, devils and a lady, plus two happy sheep. One of the Green Men has horns on his head, so, like the devil, he was a vegetarian! (Hooves and Horns - Herbivores. Teeth and Claws - Carnivores). We humans, as Omnivores, eat any old rubbish.

“So - I gans across the battlefield in my smart tackety buits and says “Wot cheer Boney - a’ve brung you a prezzy from Nosey, hinney”. “Boney says “Wy, if it isn’t wor Ned! What fettle the day, kidder?” “Champion,” says I, and gives him Nosey’s prezzy. “My ward - it’s some stuff for me Piles. It says ‘For the Relief of Painful Piles’ on the pot - OORAY - ooh - aah magic! - Marveyeux!” or sommat. “In retorn, could yer shift yor lads, Boney. Nosey duzent want ‘em jostled, he wants ‘em shifted - ahl tagither.” “Wy aye - fair doos, Ned lad.” So he jumps up his pony and shouts “Gan yam ye lads - a la droit. B-r Off.”

Positioned next to another one of the Green Men is a beautiful Lady, perhaps his wife. If she was his wife, The Lady or The Great Goddess, the stone carvers would not have dared depict her as anything but beautiful.

And that’s how Ned won the Battle of Waterloo!

Recently, visiting the ruins of North Elmham AngloSaxon Cathedral, I went into the Church next door and guess what? I found another Green Man in the front porch. Have you got a Green Man lurking in your church? If you think that I’ve made all this up, log on to The Green Man on your Computer. The Baldy Man



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A huge amount of scaffolding was erected inside the church on August 7th and 8th. During the rest of the month much of the painting of the walls was completed, and the wooden ceiling cleaned and treated where necessary for beetle and woodworm. The doors have also been treated to a facelift. We are very pleased with the colour of the walls, chosen after much debate by the PCC. It is exactly right.

This year has been one of steady progress for our fledgling cricket team, with smart new kit, practice nets and wicket. At a pre-season meeting at the Red Lion, self styled ‘El Presidente’ of the team, Andy Waddison said ‘all we need now is skill and organisation’. There has been progress. We will now, with little prompting, describe the magnificent catch he took at silly-mid-off in a match against Hindringham. Such is the competition for places that Simon Scammell-Katz claimed to have acquired the practice nets ‘to make sure that I get in the team’.

What remains to be done is the cleaning of the windows and some minor repairs to the glass, and also some final touching up of the paint when the scaffolding is removed. We are very hopeful of being back in Stiffkey Church by or before the end of the year.

Simon was responsible for arranging a game against a team of academics from Kingston University, which resulted in an exciting two wickets victory to Stiffkey; a game which turned on an amazing catch by Jamie Lawrence.

Meanwhile we have enjoyed using Cockthorpe Church for our regular weekly services, and are very grateful to those who look after the church there for agreeing to our use of it. We are also delighted that some of the Cockthorpe residents have joined us there.

Captain John ‘the fish’ Griffin produced the best bowling of the season with five wickets in a victory against Hindringham. Stiffkey managed to defend a total of only 43 by bowling the Hindringham side out for 34. John followed this with a hat trick against a team from Binham.

We are, of course, very grateful to all who have given so generously of their time or money to enable us to have the work done. The scaffolding in the church has been very spectacular, but we hope we don’t see it again for a long time. Don’t forget! Come and see our redecorated church at Harvest Festival 11am Sunday 8th October. The following Sunday there is our Benefice Group Service at 10.30am.

Mention should be made of the efforts of Jamie Lawrence in preparing the wicket to strike fear into visiting teams, and also to his wife Alison, who not only prepared excellent teas, but often took on the job of scorer when volunteers were in short supply.

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GENERAL MEETING 18th October at 7.30pm in Stiffkey Village Hall We will be holding this meeting to discuss the furture of the Stiffkey Fete. This year there were only three committee members organising the event and found it hard work to do all the tasks to bring the fete together. The feedback about the fete was mainly good but there was also some criticism.

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Before Elwood arrived, Reeves, aided by gatekeepers Gray and Kingham, had removed to safety the horses from stables which had been fired by incendiary bombs. There remained ten horses in the sick boxes. These they next removed. The only exit for these horses was an archway, the building above which was burning, adjacent property on the sides being in flames. With difficulty the horses were brought through this archway safely, a high explosive bomb bursting very close while the work was in progress. Elwood escaped injury as a heavy skylight fell into the box where he was haltering a horse. He next hurried to clear another 46 horses to places of safety. This done, he went to assist the Fire Brigade to prevent the fire spreading, an effort which was entirely successful. By this time he was practically blinded by smoke and sparks and was drenched. One hundred and sixteen horses were brought to safety without loss or injury.’

From Mrs. P. Austin, 50 Wigmore Road, Gillingham, Kent. ME8 0SX. Tel: 01634 375822 ‘I have recently started to research my family history and I wondered if any of your readers could help me. My grandfather was William Septimus Ellwood, born in Stiffkey in 1885. He and his brother Sidney worked in London and I have enclosed articles about them during World War II which may be of interest to readers of the Lynx. It was a large family and four of the brothers are mentioned in Stiffkey Church as serving in the 1914-18 War. Also on the village plan they appear to have lived at Numbers 5 and 87 from 1912-1934. Walter, who died at 13 years, is buried in the conservation area of the churchyard and there are also the graves of Bertie and Mabel Elwood. The parents (my great grandparents) were William, born in Langham in 1851, and Sarah, born in Morston in 1856. I do not know Sarah’s maiden name and would like help with that. I think that Thomas and Mary Ann Elwood, buried in Langham, may be my great, great grandparents. If anyone has any information I would be extremely grateful’.

PRE-FETE MUSIC NIGHT & STIFFKEY FETE 2006 What a way to start the fete weekend! It was a lovely night and the band named ‘Four Play’ soon had people up and dancing. Thanks to Colin Firmage from the Old Chapel for organising the band and giving out fibre optic lights to the children, which they enjoyed very much. Thanks also to Roger from the Lampshop for providing and setting up lights for us, and Piak and friends for their delicious Thai food, and, of course, the bar crew (Jill, David, Peter and Jackie) who worked extremely hard.

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The Horse Saving Heroes from Stiffkey In 1941 both Sidney and William Elwood were awarded the British Empire Medal for bravery during the Blitz. Their citations were as follows:

At 8am in the new marquee we were sheltering from the rain, expecting the worst, but luckily it stopped and, although it was a blustery day, the sun shone and by 11 am we were ready for the fete to start. New to the fete this year was the Hog Roast and barbeque from Howells the butchers in Wells, Haley Betts with her welly throwing game and Philip and Cheryl with their ferrets.

Mr. S. H. Elwood One night in 1940 Mr. S. H. Elwood, Horseforeman at City Basin, saw a reflection of a fire in the City Basin direction and immediately proceeded there. He found the warehouse over the platform and stables well alight through enemy action and, with the assistance of the night staff, removed 28 horses stabled beneath the burning building, after which he cleared another 44 horses from an adjoining part of the stables to places of safety. This done he hastened to Groswell Road to assist his brother Mr. W. S. Elwood, to remove horses from stables over which buildings were burning fiercely. Most of the horses there had already been made secure and safe, but a few remained in the sick boxes. While about to get one of these out a high explosive bomb burst on nearby premises, rocking our building violently and blasting Elwood a distance of about 15 feet, the horse rearing came down on his chest. Pulling himself together he managed to halter the horse and bring him to safety. After this with eyes practically blinded with smoke and sparks, he assisted the Fire Brigade to prevent the blaze spreading to Harness Makers Shop, an effort entirely successful. Mr. W. S. Elwood During a night in 1940, Mr. W. S. Elwood, Horseforeman, with the assistance of night stableman Reeves and a few civilians who came forward to help, had removed 24 horses from a burning stables.

Justso James kept the day going with the games and the races and Greg Powles from North Norfolk Radio helped with his amusing commentary. Judging from all the happy faces the fete went well and everybody had a good time. The Stiffkey Fete Committee would like to thank all those involved who helped bring the fete together with all their hard work.




…and waited … and waited. The Pimms vanished and the evening shadows lengthened while Eva and Heather checked the accuracy of their calculations. Eventually Eva emerged looking triumphant, slightly bewildered and almost lost for words. What a result! We had raised £3,750, later to rise to over £4000 when further donations came in. A triumph de luxe!

THE OPEN GARDENS DAY In March 2006 the PCC decide to adopt Ann Evan’s suggestion to have The Day to raise the difference between what we had in the Fabric Fund and what we needed to redecorate the Church. Eva, Keith, Margaret and Theresa were tasked with organising the event and the date of July 23rd was chosen because it was the beginning of the school holidays. Stiffkey would have a captive audience of campers and tourists, and it was a date with no rival attractions in the surrounding villages. The fact that the best of the summer blooms would be over was dismissed as something of a horticultural irrelevance.

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From that moment a well oiled organising machine began to tick over, Margaret making posters and tickets, Eva recruiting ‘volunteers’ to open their gardens and to perform a variety of tasks on the day, Theresa planning the catering and Keith making sure that all of Norfolk and most of East Anglia, knew about it. With two weeks to go John and Shirley erected their beautifully made signs on all approaches to the village. The countdown had started! We wondered if the wonderful summer weather could possibly last and, if so, whether all our lawns and flowers would wither and perish in the tropical heat. Stiffkey was hotter than parts of Africa! Secretly we hoped for a hundred or two visitors and a thousand pounds.


STIFFKEY QUIZ (Answers on p. 27) 1. What does ‘Stiffkey’ mean? 2. What are Stiffkey Freshes? 3. Peddars Way - where exactly does it start and finish? 4. What was the original name of the Red Lion? Name one other pub now closed. 5. Do you know what ‘Stewkey Blues’ are? 6. You will know Stiffkey Old Hall. Do you know who built it, and when? 7. The author of ‘Tarka the Otter’ lived in Stiffkey (193645). Do you know his name? 8. What was the name of the famous Rector of Stiffkey in the early 20th century. 9. Do you know why he was famous? How did he tragically die? 10. Two famous admirals were christened in All Saints Church, Cockthorpe. Can you name them? 11. Can you name 6 seabirds that you will almost certainly see on the salt marshes and Stiffkey Fen. 12. Who was the Screaming Cockler of Stiffkey Marsh? 13. Originally there were 2 churches in Stiffkey. To which saints are they dedicated?

The day dawned sunny and hot. After lunch the visitors began to arrive, most in cars to park on Mark and Heather’s field off Bridge Street. By three o’clock there were well over a hundred cars parked there alone with more on the knoll. Gardens were bulging with visitors, admiring the flowers, the views and the refreshments and produce on sale. There is a story, no doubt a scandalous exaggeration, that one garden owner, anticipating a quiet afternoon, was taking a nap on his lawn when the first wave of visitors disturbed him. The Village Hall quickly came under siege as the thirsty and hungry clamoured for cream teas. Helpers laboured behind a rapidly shrinking mountain of scones and other calorie laden enticements. Eva cycled round the village controlling the event like a jubilant general scenting victory. In truth we were all a bit overwhelmed by the invasion and the obvious success of it all. Some who came were long lost friends and former neighbours. There were several reunions and exchanges of addresses and telephone numbers. Many visited the Church to see just how necessary the redecoration was and to check that we had chosen the right colour! They admired the fine floral displays by several members of the village, and enjoyed a virtuoso performance on the organ by Connie. Many locals seized the opportunity to visit gardens and discover what lay behind that tall hedge or high wall. At 5.30 the last visitors departed. All who had given their services and gardens retreated to Warborough House and the much needed refreshments generously provided there by Arabella and Jonathan. Eva and Heather started counting and we waited ...

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I know that the Rev. Harold Davidson is revered in Stiffkey, but I am sure that he would approve of his effigy helping to raise money for an organization that works to prevent young girls being bought, transported to an alien country and resold to work as sex slaves. Some of these girls are young enough to still be at school.

NATURE NOTES – FISHY TALES Did you know that many fishes make sounds using various methods? The herring blows bubbles from its swim bladder; others grind their teeth or grunt and groan, again using their swim bladders and special muscles. The sea is not a silent world. We have all heard and watched, from TV wildlife programmes, the extraordinary acoustics of whales and dolphins! Haddock and cod ‘grumble’ and ‘drum’ as they move around the sea-bed. Groups or schools of fish, probably do this to communicate about predators or food sources.

Actually I have lied. What gave me the most pleasure was all the help I was given plus all the bags and gags of good will I felt from absolutely everyone. There are too many people I wish to thank to mention their names here, but I must thank Alesa Barns and Ellie Armstrong who dressed up as scarecrows and helped to collect £50 at the fete. I asked Alison Wagstaff, a professional artist of lovely decorative, warm paintings with subjects of girls, sailors and angels, to judge the adult-made scarecrows. She found it very difficult but the result was: 1. ‘Star Circus’ by the Morgan family. 2. ‘Foxy Lady’ by the Williams-Wright family. 3. ‘No Fear’ by Barbara Butler and Jane Sugden.

A vast school of herring or sprats operates in a ‘sound shadow’ caused by millions of beating tails and fins – so that they all keep together even at night, or deep in the sea where there is little light. Do crabs and lobsters communicate by sound? Probably yes but it is not certain. Fish also have a lateral line of sensors that detect changes in pressure – a form of pressure radar which alerts the fish to obstructions, a predator or depth. Some species of sharks and skates detect minute electrical charges – the extreme case being the electric ray which produces 220 volts at 8 amps to stun its prey.

Runners up: ‘Police Woman’, ‘Police Man’ and ‘The Lamplighter’. Thank you everyone. Sally Armstrong

RAE’S SPECIAL LUNCH Sunday August 13th and many of us at Rae Muddle’s home to enjoy a delicious lunch in aid of St. John’s Church redecoration appeal. Rae and helpers did us proud and the weather was perfect in spite of a deluge on the Saturday and following Monday. We all lingered in the beautiful garden at Mole Lodge and enjoyed so much kindness, good food and drink. Thank you Rae and helpers for organizing such a successful event.

SPONSORED WALK Saturday 14th October Shelagh Crafer has kindly offered to arrange a sponsored walk of about 6½ miles taking in Cockthorpe, Stiffkey Freshes and Greens. Wonderful views at an easy pace! Anyone wishing to join in is welcome.


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Everyone arrived back safely to embark on another busy and, hopefully, successful year. Our school building has been completely re-decorated externally, so it is most welcoming - especially in the sunny weather. We are pleased that Mrs Emma Cotton, from Leeds, could join our teaching staff. She is working in Class 3 for three days a week and everyone is looking forward to her sharing her wide experience with us. As usual, we will be organising a full range of clubs during the year, which will include - Chess, Maths, Netball, ICT, Writing, Tennis, Football, Table-tennis, French, Recorders, Choir, Drama, Guitar, Rounders, Cookery, Gardening, Support Maths and Challenge Maths - to name but a few!!! Our children are very lucky to have so many opportunities.

(01263) 860112 MORSTON QUIZ - Answers (Questions on p. 9) 1) 10 points. 2) 25. 3) Two. 4) 12. 5) Monopoly. 6) Cluedo. 7) Rook. 8) 52. 9) India. 10) 10 points.

STIFFKEY QUIZ - Answers (Questions on p. 25) 1. Island of Stumps - probably refers to tree stumps in Stiffkey Marsh. 2. Marsh edges. 3. Holme to Knettishall Heath in Suffolk - 47 miles. 4. Black Lion - re-opened in 1991. The Victoria. 5. Cockles which grow in the mud. Their colour, size and flavour was reputed to improve from the effluent from the army camp in the village! 6. Sir Nathaniel Bacon, Keeper of the Privy Seal to Elizabeth I in 1576-1581. 7. Henry Williamson. He farmed at Old Hall Farm. 8. Harold Davidson, nicknamed ‘Little Jimmy’ as he was only 5’3” tall. 9. ‘Rescued’ prostitutes in London. Killed by a lion. 10. Sir Cloudesley Shovel who helped capture Gibraltar in 1704, and Sir John Narborough who saw off pirates terrorising the western Mediterranean. 11. Redshank, Greylag, Shelduck, Terns, Curlew, Ringed plover, Lapwing, Turnstone, Sanderling, Stint, Dunlin, Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Avocet, Egret, etc. 12. Nancy, a young girl who remained on Blacknock mud bank picking cockles after all the other women had returned. A roke (fog) came down and she drowned. 13. St John the Baptist and St Mary.

There is indeed one area in which you may be able to help us develop still further. Due to a successful ‘Awards for All’ bid, we managed to set up a Saturday Art Club, run by a teacher and supported by an assistant for three blocks of four weeks a year. The Art Experience covered units of Drawing & Painting, 3D Sculpture, Ceramics & Textiles, using a range of media, for groups of pupils aged from 7 - 11. Our money runs out in December and we REALLY would like to continue this creative venture - CAN YOU HELP? Would you like to make a donation to our ‘Art Club’ fund? We need £1,000 to pay for the staff, equipment and refreshments. Every little helps - perhaps you know of people keen to promote the arts - we really would appreciate any support, however small. Cheques payable to Langham Village School. Thank you very much. Mike Green




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Local Lynx Issue 50 - Oct/Nov 2006  

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

Local Lynx Issue 50 - Oct/Nov 2006  

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