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in our ten villages

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

3rd - 5th Fri - Sun Binham Medieval Feast & Fayre 3rd Fri. Binham Minstrels Gallery 7.30 4th Sat. Binham Medieval Banquet 4th Sat Morston Regatta 4th Sat. Langham Stall on the Green 10 - 12 4th Sat. Langham Coffee Morning 10 - 12 5th Sun. Morston Oyster Regatta 5th Sun. Langham Country Teas Parish Room 2 - 5 5th Sun. Binham Summer Fayre, Sports Field 12 - 5 8th Wed. Langham Playing Field barbecue 5.45 8th Wed. Langham Ladybirds 7.30 10th Fri. Binham Tea at the Priory 2 - 4.40 11th Sat. Langham Stall on the Green 10 - 12 11th - 14th Sat - Tues Binham Guild of Artists Exhibition th 12 Sun. Langham Country Teas Parish Room 2 - 5 15th Wed. Langham Coffee Morning 10 - 12 17th Fri. Binham Tea at the Priory. 2 - 4.40 18th Sat. Langham Stall on the Green 10 - 12 18th & 19th Sat - Sun. Sharrington Flower Festival 19th Sun. Langham Country Teas Parish room 2 - 5 19th Sun Stiffkey Home Cricket Match 2.00 24th Fri. Binham Tea at the Priory 2 - 4.40 25th Sat. Langham Stall on the Green 10 - 12 25th Sat Gunthorpe FOGP Club Coffee Morning 10.30 25th Sat. Stiffkey pre-Fete bash, 7.30 26th Sun. Stiffkey Fete Mid-day - 5.00 26th Sun. Langham Country Teas Parish Room 2 - 5 28th Tues. Langham Parish Council. 7.00 31st Sat. Binham Tea at the Priory 2 - 4.40 31st Sat. Binham ‘Flowers at Abbott Farm’

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1st Sat. Langham Coffee Morning 10 - 12 1st & 2nd Sun - Mon Binham ‘Flowers at Abbott Farm’ th 5 Wed. Morston Parish Council meeting 7.00 7th - 9th Fri - Sun. Binham Chequers Beer Festival 8th Sat. Norfolk Churches Trust Cycle Ride. 14th Fri. Binham Sloe Gin judging 7.00 19th Wed. Langham Coffee Morning 10 - 12 20th Thurs. Binham & Hindringham Open Circle 7.30

BLAKENEY CATHOLIC CHURCH SERVICE TIMES Father Michael Simison, 12, Hindringham Road, Gt. Walsingham. Norfolk Tel:01328 8211353 Vigil Mass Saturdays at 6.00pm. Sunday Mass 10.30am

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

METHODIST CHURCH Minister – The Reverend Rosemary Wakelin 8, ST. ANDREW’S CLOSE, HOLT TEL. 01263 712181 Service Times At Blakeney: Sundays at 6.30pm. At Holt: See ‘Holt Chronicle’.


CHURCH SERVICES FOR BALE AND STIFFKEY BENEFICE FOR AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER HC=Holy Communion. FS=Family Service. MP=Morning 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 Parish Bale Field Dalling Gunthorpe Saxlingham Sharrington Binham Langham Morston Stiffkey

5th August 9.30am HC At Saxlingham 9.30am MP 9.30am HC 9.30am MP 10.30am HC 9.30amHC* 9.30am HC BCP 11.00am HC 2nd September 9.30am HC At Saxlingham 9.30am MP 9.30am HC 9.30am MP 11.00am HC 9.30am HC* 9.30am HC BCP 11.00am HC

12th August 9.30am HC At Saxlingham 9.30am HC 11.00am HC 9.30am HC 11.00am HC 9.30am HC No service 11.00am HC* 9th September 9.30am HC At Saxlingham 9.30am HC 11.00am HC 9.30am HC 11.00am HC 9.30am HC No service 11.00am HC*

19th August 9.30am HC 11.00am FS No service At Field Dalling 9.30am MP 11.00am FS 9.30am HC 9.30am HC BCP 8.00am HC* 16th September 9.30am HC 11.00am FS No service At Field Dalling 9.30am MP 11.00am FS 9.30am HC 9.30am HC BCP 8.00am HC*

26th August 9.30am HC 11.00am MP 11.00am HC At Field Dalling 9.30am HC 9.30am HC No service No service 11.00am FS 23rd September 9.30am HC 11.00am MP 11am Harvest Fest.

At Field Dalling 9.30am HC 9.30am HC No service No service 11.00am FS

Group Holy Communion Service on Sunday 30th September, 10.30am at Saxlingham Binham Harvest Festival, Friday 14th Sept. at 6pm followed by Harvest Supper at 7pm REGULAR WEEKDAY SERVICES Binham: Tuesday, 6.00pm Evening Prayers, Langham: Wednesday, 10.00am Holy Communion Stiffkey: Friday, 10.00am Holy Communion

HOLIDAYS Summer seems to have arrived at last ( after weeks of heavy rain and cloud cover). Thank the Lord, its come just in time for people’s holidays. Our part of the world is a magnet for those seeking rest and recreation. Sailing, walking, visiting sites of interest and delight, enjoying our wonderful sea side and landscape - people in their thousands love North Norfolk. It is a restful place, somewhere that can help those whose lives are usually conducted in the mayhem of our cities to really unwind and relax and refuel their inner lives. We all need that kind of rest, some time in the course of a year. Indeed that kind of deep rest is written into the very creation. The earth has its autumn and winter, time to sleep and rest from the hurley-burley of growing and burgeoning. We need that as well and, in the story of the creation, we read that even God needed some r and r too. So take your summer holiday and use it. Use it to do different. Use it to wander and ponder and really rest – “We who have lost our sense and our senses – our touch, our smell, our vision of who we are; we who frantically force and press all things, without rest for body or spirit, hurting our earth and injuring ourselves: We call a halt. We declare a sabbath (the Bible’s word for deep rest), a space of quiet: for simply being and letting be; for recovering the great, forgotten truths; for learning how to live again”. (The U.N. Environmental Sabbath Programme) Happy Holidays to you! Joanna Anderson, Rector

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DEANERY NEWS The next deanery synod is on Thursday 18th. October in St. Andrew’s Church Hall Holt at 7.15pm. for 7.30pm. Watch out for posters with information regarding the speaker. Those PCCs who have not yet sent in their completed environmental form are requested to do so at the earliest opportunity. The Deanery Trail leaflet is now on sale at £1 each in all the churches in the deanery. It is a wonderful guide to all our lovely churches. Deanery Walk - Tuesday 4th Sept. – walk, short service and hog roast. Watch out for posters for details of venue, times and how to book . Ann Sherriff

LLOYD DURHAM FUNERAL SERVICES 11a Avenue Road, High Kelling, Holt, Norfolk NR25 6RD

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CLEY W I NO MEETING IN AUGUST The next meeting will be on Thursday Sept 6th at 2.30 pm in Cley Village Hall. The subject will be ‘Tonsils, Taffeta and Top Cs’ – an insight into the life of a singer, given by Andrea McCoy. Members and visitors welcome. On Wednesday October 10th, members and friends are invited to a SOUP LUNCH, kindly hosted by Jo Gregory at Green Barn, Holt Road, Cley from 12 noon until 2.00pm. Proceeds from this event will go to Glaven Caring. Jan Hope

From Jonathan Savory (Priory Ward) New legislation for Commercial Waste From 30th Oct 07 no landfill site can accept waste unless pre-treated, ie a proportion must have been separated for recycling. Those who already have, and use correctly, recycling bins will conform to requirements. Active Communities Team NNDC aims to increase the numbers of voters in District and Parish elections by 2011, and to increase the number of Parish Councils holding elections. In Priory Ward only Wells held an election, the other 6 parishes did not contest an election and of them 5 co-opted members.


From Lindsay Brettle (Glaven Ward)

The village representatives have asked us to make it clear to all who want to contribute copy to the Lynx that the copy deadline we give on Page 2 is the date by which - by mid-day - the reps must send their news to the Editor of the Month. In order for them to do so, they must receive items to be included at least 2/3 days before the deadline date so they can prepare the copy in the form now needed to streamline the production of the paper by differing editors. Occasionally a village rep may need even more time to prepare the texts, if likely to be away - or busy doing something else. The best advice is - if you would like news to be in the paper, please contact your village rep. as early as you possibly can. Editor

Successor to Bernard Crowe This poses a formidable challenge. I give my thanks to him and to the electors, who I now look forward to representing. I can be contacted at Glavenside, Letheringsett, NR25 7AR or as below. Contact Details: Jonathan Savory (01328 820719) email: jsavory@ farming.co.uk) and Joyce Trett (01328 710300) Binham, Langham and Stiffkey; Lindsay Brettle (01263 710030) email: lindsay.brettle@north-norfolk.gov.uk,Sharrington, Field Dalling with Saxlingham and Morston; Mrs A.R.Green (01328 878273) Gunthorpe with Bale.

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‘Boring, unreadable? A general waste of space?’ There’s an expression - ‘You can please most of the people most of the time, but you can never please all the people all the time.’ Our only complaint about this amazing magazine is that it’s not monthly. We wonder if the ‘moaners’ would be able to do a better job? Carry on, Ed, and your worthy team, as most of us villagers think you’re doing a great job. Jacqueline & Michael Dawson

News Contact: Jane Wheeler 01328 878 656

For Church Services see Panel on Page 3 A REVIEW OF BALE FETE

Walking through the gardens to the Bale fete for the first time, I was mindful of the days when horses ruled the roads and England was a green and pleasant land. The Sheringham and Cromer brass band played a welcoming medley to all and contrary to local forecasts, the weather behaved throughout. Any colder, and people would have stayed indoors, any hotter and the beaches would have no doubt been the main attraction. The fete itself has obviously stood the test of time, and presents a host of traditional stalls and games to entertain both young and old alike, all of which appeared to be popular and well supported for the entire afternoon. Cakes were sold in abundance, whilst books and bric-abrac found new homes, fine woollens and textiles were admired and traded, and everyone must have bagged a bargain at one stall or another. One pleasant surprise was the willingness by all to throw darts, bowl at targets, smack stuffed rats and play golf, and indeed, some hidden talents came to light. I must say that for my family and I, one of the most pleasant aspects of the day was the warm welcome and friendly atmosphere extended to all of the visitors and helpers. Indeed, at the risk of being a little self indulgent, as a new resident of Bale village I would like to use this platform to thank the village for its hospitality at what must remain one of the more pleasant foundations of English village life. A grand sum of £ 3077.11 was raised on the day, and I’m sure that everyone who attended will join me in thanking all who helped, by setting out, manning stalls, making and baking, donating and of course attending and spending. Special thanks must go to Walter and Joanna Hammond for both the effort that goes into organising such an event, as well as providing such a suitable arena for a truly enjoyable family day out. Chris Lee, Ivy Cottage

(However, if you do not want the paper it would be kind if you would either return your copy to your village distributor, or put it in your church or shop for visitors to take home. Ed)

NORFOLK WILDLIFE TRUST SUMMER NEWS 3 delightful events held during May and June

Guided walk A leisurely 3 hour stroll from Sathouse Beach, along the shingle bank to Kelling Water Meadow and back via Meadow Lane. John Wagstaff identified plant species growing on the landward side of the shingle bank, and hares, a cuckoo and Marsh Harrier were all seen.

Evening walk by West Runton cliffs To celebrate the longest day of the year, Dr David Bullard described the geological succession of the layers of the rocks, telling from which part of the UK or continent the rocks had originated and how old they are.

Daisy Cottage, Roughton The garden, managed to nurture wild-life, was opened to visitors, and a wildlife trail, aimed at younger visitors, proved popular with adults. Over £180 was raised for NWT funds. If you are interested in such events, contact Richard Porter on 01263 740322 to learn about future plans.

NWT Orchard Fair The Pightles, Rectory Road, Edgefield Sun. 12th Aug. 2 - 5pm. Admission £1, children free. Produce, Plant & Book Stalls. Bric-a-brac. Raffles.

HAMLYN PEST CONTROL RODENT, RABBIT, MOLE, WASP and INSECT control by a professional, friendly service, specialising in farm, domestic and retail premises

WELLS ART GROUP SUMMER EXHIBITION The Maltings, Staithe St. Wells Preview Night Mon. July 30th, 8.00 pm Tickets at the door


Open to the public - admission free Tues. 31st July - Sun 5th August. 10 am - 8 pm daily

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Membership of the newly formed society to help maintain the fabric of Bale Church and cemetery continues to grow, and we hope will carry on so doing. Anyone who has yet to send in their form is urged to do so. If you have not received a form, or have mislaid it, please contact : Hon. Sec. Michael Snow on 01328 878 733

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

For Church Services see Panel on Page 3 HARVEST FESTIVAL SERVICE

BALE SOCIAL CLUB DRAW MAY Thelma Steiner £25 Brenda Dodman £10 Elizabeth Allison £5 Dick Payne £5


Friday, 14 September, 6.00pm in the Priory. It will be followed by the Harvest Supper in the Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. You will be most welcome to both or either event. For further details and offers to help, please contact Liz Brown (830519) or Maureen Frost (830362).

JUNE Henry Carter £25 Mark Allison £10 Eileen Spooner £5 Judy Scott £5

PRIORY TEAS Once again there will be Teas in the Priory each Friday during the month of August from 2 until 4.40 p.m. starting on Friday 10th August. (For Medieval reasons we shall not be starting on Friday 3rd). If you can help on the day, or bake cakes or biscuits for us to sell, please contact Marie Grange at 830374.



Ingredients 2 bunches watercress washed and trimmed 1oz butter 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped 1 tablespoon flour ½ pt chicken stock ½ lb potatoes, peeled and cubed 1 pt milk salt and black pepper 4-6 tablespoons double cream Method Melt butter in a saucepan and add onion. Cover and cook until soft but not browned, stir in the flour. Chop watercress roughly, saving some to garnish, and stir in the onion mixture. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring, then add the stock and the potatoes. Bring to the boil, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, then purée in a blender. Once puréed, place in a clean saucepan and add the milk. Season to taste and reheat throroughly. Pour into bowls, add a swirl of cream and garnish with watercress. If you wish to serve the soup cold, chill thoroughly after reheating.

Calling on all cyclists - this year the date is Saturday 8th September. Sponsorship forms are available from Carolyn Wright. We will also need volunteers to sit in the Priory to greet the riders - you can be sponsored for “Sitting and Greeting” too! Carolyn Wright 830270

BINHAM DIARY DATES Bingo & Curry in Village Hall - Sat 27th Oct. 830519 Poppy Coffee Morning - Fri. 9 Nov. 830270 Grand Christmas Bazaar - Sat. 17th Nov. 830525 Christmas Supper - Sat. 1st Dec. 830519

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MUTTON AND MACARONI PIE Another recipe from Emily Ward, cook at Felbrigg Hall Ingredients ½ lb cooked mutton 1/2pt gravy 1/2lb cooked macaroni 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs Method (for 2-3 persons) Place alternate layers of mutton, macaroni and well seasoned gravy or sauce in a buttered pie dish. Sprinkle the top with breadcrumbs and bake in a mod oven for about ½ an hour.

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It is an exciting time for the project. The specialist contractor, W S Lusher and Son Ltd of Sprowston has started conservation work on the gatehouse and the removal of the bull-pen and the bull-house, the building attached to the front of the gatehouse structure. This work is under the control of the Norfolk Archaeology Trust, partners with Binham PCC and Binham Priory Trust in the project. Detailed design work has also started on the church entrance in the north aisle and attached service building. The aim is to produce drawings and specifications by September to form the enquiry package for the selections of the building contractor and for compliance with building regulations. The prompt project start has only been made possible by the generosity of many individuals and local organisations in raising nearly a quarter of the remaining £80,000 needed to match the grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Gala Flower Festival at the end of May, in spite of the weather, was a tremendous success and a great credit to Brenda Wilde and everyone involved, contributing over £5,000 to the appeal fund. This tangible evidence of the continuing support of the whole community for the project has given the confidence to proceed with commitments although over £60,000 still has to be raised. The next major activity to hopefully swell the coffers is the Medieval Weekend where the Village Hall Trustees have very generously agreed to share the proceeds with the project appeal. If anyone has a bright idea on fund raising or of commercial organisations we may write to help please let Pauline Scott (01328 830940) or David Frost (01328 830362) know.

If you want to make some minor alteration to your house, say a conservatory or a porch, you have to satisfy the Planners. You’ll be dealing with the people at the District Council in Cromer, and sometimes their decisions will make you wonder if they ever venture outside their offices, and encounter the “real world”. But at least you have only one set of people to deal with, and when you finally get their agreement, you can go ahead with the project that you have planned. Imagine now that you have a project and that you get the planners to agree to the details, but then you have to get a different group of people to agree. They suggest a few alterations that will satisfy their requirements, and you then have to go back to the first group to get their agreement. And even when you manage to get the two groups to have the same opinion on what they want you to do, you then have to go to another couple of completely different groups and the process starts all over again. I’m sure you will agree that most people would give up in sheer frustration, if not at the first hurdle, then certainly at the seventh, eighth, or ninth. And yet that process is precisely what a group of people from Binham have managed. It’s taken several years to get the District Planners, The Diocese, English Heritage, County Archaeologists, and umpteen other groups of people to agree, not only with the basic plans, but also with each other! And when all that was done, this thick-skinned group of people then set about the National Lottery and various other bodies to get the funds to make it all happen. Well done to all those involved in the Priory Project – it’s great to see that the work has now started. You have every right to feel very proud of your achievement! Keith Leesmith, Parish Clerk Tel 01328 710261. Email: keith@leesmith.co.uk

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BINHAM ANNUAL ART EXHIBITION This takes place in the Village Hall from Saturday 11th to Tuesday 14th August. It is open from 10 am to 6 pm each day. All proceeds to the Village Hall funds. For further information contact James Bucknill at 01328 830651.

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It’s finally here! Binham’s great Mediaeval Weekend is upon us. The village has waited 900 years for this big summer party which has finally arrived with an open invitation: dress up, roll up and to come to the fayre! Binham will be en fête from Friday to Sunday, August 3-5, enjoying a happy mixture of music, feasting and, finally, the traditional fun, games, merry-making and welly-whanging of an English village fayre. And it’s all for a good cause. The programme of events celebrates 900 years of the Royal Charter, granted by Henry I, allowing Binham to hold an annual fayre. The custom has been revived this year to raise money for the Priory Church access and conservation project and also village hall funds. Get into the spirit, right from the start, by coming along to the opening event at Binham Priory at 7.30pm on Friday, August 3. The talented musicians of the Minstrels Gallery are giving a concert of mediaeval music, All in a Garden Green, performed on a remarkable range of early instruments. Concert-goers are being invited to wear period costume - or, alternatively, there will be hats and ladies’ veils to borrow at the door. Tickets, £12, are available from Maureen Frost on 830362 or on the door. The mediaeval banquet for villagers, on Saturday, August 4, has long been sold out. Those taking part will find a pre-arranged seating plan on view both inside and outside the village hall. Guests will be shown to their seats by the resident Jester - and here’s a warning: don’t be insulted when you are insulted! It’s only in jest. There will be music all the way on Sunday, August 5, starting with a Benedictine mass in the Priory at 10.30am, sung by the Richeldis Singers. At 11.30 a Pied Piper will lead the way from the church to the village green for the reading of the Charter. The piper will then play us back to the village hall sports field where the fayre takes place from noon to 5pm with attractions for all the family. Entrance is £1 (children free). There will be Punch and Judy shows, children’s sports, a treasure hunt, fun tug-of-war, archery, guess the weight of the piglets, gurning contests, fortune telling, face painting, a coconut shy, stalls selling local produce, displays of traditional skills and much more including a dog show (see page 10).

Paintings, sculpture, ceramics & crafts. Contemporary prints, greetings cards, jewellery & gifts

Comprehensive Framing Service Oils - Watercolours - Prints - Needlework - Medal Cases

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BINHAM LOCAL HISTORY GROUP Memberships are due at the start of our new season in September (£5 per couple, £3 single) and it will be helpful if you would pay our Membership Secretary, Roger Newman at the first meeting.

Thurs. 27th Sept. Adam Longcroft, lecturer in Local & Regional Studies and founding chairman of the Norwich Historic Buildings. Exploring the Historic Houses of Binham.

Thurs. 25th Oct. Andrew MacNair. Faden’s Map of Norfolk. Andrew has digitalised this map which was first produced in 1797.

Thurs. 22nd Nov. Colin Burleigh. Norfolk Dialect. Colin has long been a committee member of ‘Friends of Norfolk Dialect’ since its birth in 1999, and is its current chairman.

FLOWER FESTIVAL A Flower Festival will be held at Abbott Farm, Binham on Friday, Saturday & Sunday August 31st & September 1st & 2nd. The theme will be Flowers & Fashion (with a difference). Open daily 11a.m. to†6 p.m. Refreshments will be available, with various other stalls. All proceeds are in aid of East Anglian Children’s Hospice's (E.A.C.H.) If anybody would like to do an arrangement or sponsor an arrangement or give help in any way it would be much appreciated, please contact Liz Brown 01328 830519.


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Weddings attended as Lucky Sweep


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July 1842 3rd I played in the match against Norwich today. I did very badly - got only 14 in the 2 innings. We got jolly well licked. 7th We went to Houghton Hall today - coming home symptoms of love between Mr B and Elizabeth Kindle. 8th We had tremendously heavy rain today with thunder. Finished clipping the ewes which weigh very heavy. 16th We joined a family party at Old Walsham. Played quoits in the evening. Very pleasant. Finished hay carting and got it all in the wagons. 21st A great deal of rain fell this afternoon. We finished cutting out the 24 acre turnips. Could do nothing with the meadow which must be spoiled. 26th Binham fair day - Mr Thurtell, Mr Moore, Uncle Brooke and George Tatt with Nelly making our dinner party. August 9th Cut nearly 30 acres of wheat today - beautiful weather but very warm - too much for some of the men. 10th Several of the men were quite ill from the excessive heat and obliged to give up so that we got only 25 acres down. 18th I went to Holkham to play the Blicklings. We got a long way ahead. 19th We beat the Blicklings by 115 runs. Mr Ancon completely frightened them. 22nd We cut some of the Morpheus Creek barley and began cutting wheat but stopped by rain. 31st We carted the remainder of the Warham breck barley and finished the oats - the Brookes came to ask me to go and shoot with Major Strencham tomorrow. Norah & Richard Lewis

Make music this year Individual tuition for adults in your own home, at your pace, from a patient, qualified and experienced teacher on: Piano, Keyboard, Organ, Clarinet, Saxophone, Brass. Free loan instruments available.

Paul Wraith 01263 740533 SLOE GIN PLUS COMPETITION This will be judged just before our Harvest Festival on Friday 14th September. Classes for Sloe Gin Nouveau (2006 sloes); Sloe Gin of earlier vintage; Keepers Delight (anything with spirit, such as Raspberry Whisky, Damson Gin etc.) The Prettiest Bottle. There may be extra classes if entries warrant. Entries £2 per bottle. The judges decision to be final – and they won’t be allowed to drink a lot of your very precious brew. Entries to be taken to the Village Hall before 7p.m. on the 14th. More information from Carolyn Wright at 830270.

OPEN CIRCLE Thursday 20th September. “You Are What You Eat”. Is your diet as healthy as you think? Vicky Marks, community dietician, may surprise you. New members are always welcome. We meet on the third Thursday of the month at Hindringham Village Hall at 7.15 p.m. Do just come along or call Fiona Thompson, secretary, on 830639.


BINHAM 100+ CLUB April. £25 B. Seals; £10 J Wilton and M Tyrell; £5 H West, M & A Chubbock, T Blackiston. May: £25 M. Jeffery; £10 Mr/Mrs Small, Abbey House, S Cuthbert. £5 C Hill, P Scott, A Savoury. June: £25 J Phillips, £10 I Johnson, K Parr; £5 Mrs Lawton, R Hewitt, M Tyrell. There are still some numbers available. If you would like to join please get in touch with Mrs June Read at 8 Priory Crescent, Binham.

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01328 830558 WEDDING IN COCKTHORPE CHURCH In what is believed to be the first wedding in thirty or so years Victoria Matthews married James Cowan on May 26th at All Saints Cockthorpe. This beautiful little church is considered redundant by the Church of England and is now managed by the Norfolk Churches Trust who were only too pleased for the wedding to take place there. The Archbishop of Canterbury had to be approached for his permission and this was obtained by Revd, Joanna Anderson after which preparations began. In preparing the Church for the wedding service a spring-cleaning exercise was held with bats droppings being removed, windows cleaned and everything dusted. The flowers were beautifully arranged by Gill Kay, Alice Carnwath from Morston and Sue Matthews, and enhanced with a mass of candles. The seating was increased from the existing approximately 40 places in eight pews to 130 with additional chairs borrowed from Stiffkey Village Hall. So the ambience could be described as quite intimate. The wedding service was conducted with warmth, feeling and humour by Joanna who made it very special. Music was created by Mark Jones accompanied by two wonderful soprano friends Rebecca Ward and Katie Franklin – the sound was superb. The signing of the wedding certificates was done nearby the altar as the church has no vestry. A retiring collection was made on behalf of the Norfolk Churches Trust. Hand bells were rung when the newly weds emerged after the ceremony. The confetti was rose petals. Following the service the happy couple were transported to the reception in a superbly decorated hawk cart chauffeured by 12 yr old Elsie Temple. The reception was held in a marquee on farmland kindly lent by Michael Case with splendid views overlooking Blakeney Point. Victoria walked to the church from Well Cottage, which we discovered from the Blakeney Area History Society’s Cockthorpe Project, used to be the rectory and from 1679 was occupied by Revd. Henricus Rice. Rice happens to be the family name of Victoria’s great grandmother from Oulton so we are researching the remote possibility that there could be a connection. Morris Matthews

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BINHAM GUILD 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 advise if needed. We meet every Tuesday morning from 10 to 12 in the Village Hall. A fee of £3 per morning includes coffee and biscuits. A demonstration of painting or craftwork normally takes place on the first Tuesday of every month. In June Brenda Dawkins gave a very instructive demonstration using pastels, and in July Tony Garner also demonstrated with pastels employing a very interesting and skilful technique.

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After much discussion about the Grove farm theory on calving, I think this year must have been a fluke! Talking to stockmen with a total experience of approximately 110 years many theories have arisen but at the end of the day a calf will be born when it’s ready, not at the times they are fed. One other theory I was told was, if you took the bull out at night, then calves would be born during the day. The exception of coming when they are ready is of course when they have to be born by caesarean section.

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I successfully completed the London Marathon on Sunday 22nd April 2007. The build up to this event meant I was training at least 4 times a week for over 3 months. The reason for wanting to compete in this gruelling 26 mile race was in aid of research into arthritis in the Rheumatology Department of the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital. As the day approached my son Thomas who has been suffering from Stills disease (a form of arthritis) since he was 18 years old accompanied me along with my husband to London to support me on route. The day started with the sun beating down on the pavements and I knew the conditions would be extremely hard for running. I would need to take enough fluid on board and not go out too fast. I caught the train to my start line along with several other London Marathon first timers. We were called to our zone area and proceeded slowly to the start line believing I would be able to start running once I crossed this line and suddenly realising so did thousands of other people. It took over 5 miles before I could start to run in bursts avoiding people collapsing with heat exhaustion. On the way I came across a man on crutches who was raising money for mine victims and various people in costumes all determined to make it to the finish. The crowds were fantastic and kept you going every step of the way with encouraging support, offering sweets, fruit and refreshing water hoses to cool you down. I hit the wall at 22 miles and it was a real test to complete the next 4 miles but when I saw Big Ben I had just over a mile to go to the finish line and I knew that nothing would stop me. I reached the finished line in just over 4¾ hours (I was disappointed with my time) and proceeded to Horseguards Parade to meet my son and husband. Thomas threw his arms around me and said “Mum I am so proud of you” I would not have managed to raise £2,442 without the support and encouragement of everyone. Thank you so much. Margaret Middleton


Cley v Langham on May 27 1961

LANGHAM M. Fuller C & B. N Hammond 5 J Fuller B. J Rouse 8 I Jarvis C Amis B. J Rouse 0 P Tomblin C & B. J Rouse 6 D Saunderson Not Out 5 B Long B J Rouse 0 K Lawrence LBW J Rouse 1 P Newman C & B M Balding 11 M Doughty B. M Balding 5 C Jarvis C&B. MBalding 0 T Punsion B. M Balding 6 Extras 8 Total 55 Bowling M Balding 4 for 11 J Rouse 5 for 17 N Hammond 1 for 19 CLEY J Rouse C&B M Fuller 4 T Crowe B. M Fuller 10 N Hammond B. M Fuller 0 B Dickenson B. M Fuller 2 R Amis B. M Fuller 1 M Balding C&B M Fuller 7 C Holmes B. M Fuller 0 J Woods C&B B Long 0 M Rowe B. M Fuller 0 S Harris C&B B Long 1 C Barnes Not Out 0 Extras 2 Total 27 Bowling M Fuller 8 for 10 B Long 3 for 15 Langham Scorer David Craske Langham Umpire Ike Craske Pat Newman writes My memory of this match is that I was in bat with David Saunderson (the vicar’s son) and he hit the ball into a tree fielding at mid-on. Whilst the Cley players climbed the tree to retrieve the ball, we ran 5 runs! Another memory of a different match at Cley, was, Langham appealed for a run-out and the umpire from Cley standing at square leg was missing. He eventually returned, red faced after emerging from a ditch on the boundary where he had been relieving himself!

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Religious dissent was popular in East Anglia between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. As nonconformism grew, so the Church split into various independent sects: Congregationalists, Presbyterians, Quakers, Methodists and so on. Each sect needed its own place to worship. In Field Dalling, there was a Wesleyan Reform Chapel on the Holt Road near the edge of the village. It is constructed of brick and flint and could have served either as a small cottage or a farm building, or both at different times. There was also a primitive Methodist chapel on the Binham Road, a more distinctive brick building, probably built specifically as a chapel. There could also have been a chapel built onto St Andrew’s Church. The Ordnance Survey map of 1906 has an intriguing note: “Chapel Site of” marked to the south of the church. The north wall of the chancel has a large blocked archway, which could also indicate the site of a chapel. Certainly, chapels used to be built onto churches in this way, sometimes containing the tomb of a wealthy family as a status symbol. However, a search of the graveyard extension and the adjoining field has not revealed any indications of a structure there. We may never know. But why the note on the OS Map? At that time, Field Dalling was one of the larger villages in the area and was unusual in having more than one chapel. Half of all rural parishes had no chapel at all, and it is remarkable that (according to the 1851 census) 44% of the population of Norfolk attended nonconformist places of worship. It seems to indicate that regular worship was very popular among agricultural labourers, and very important to the life of their communities. The 2003 book on Salthouse comments interestingly: “Had it not been for the Methodist Chapel religion, there would have been a revolution”. Now, of course, these village chapels are no longer wanted as such, and in the EDP property pages, you can frequently see them for sale, either for conversion or already converted to homes, as have been the two in Field Dalling. They remain modest buildings and often it is only their distinctive arched windows that speak of the significance they used to have. Next time you spot one, pause and reflect. Eric Hotblack

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For Church Services see Panel on Page 3 HARVEST FESTIVAL The Harvest Festival will be on Sunday 23rd September at 11am. Gifts of fruit, vegetables and produce will be very welcome and will be delivered to local charities after the event.

IN THE GARDEN We are very lucky that Fred has finally agreed to let us in on some of his gardening hints, tips and knowledge. For this month, he has come up with a list of things that we should do to keep our gardens looking good. Sow cabbage seed - Durham Early, Flower of Spring, Spring Hero or April for cutting from April onwards. There is still time to sow lettuce, Little Gem, Winter Wonder, Winter Density etc. Sow thinly so you don’t have to transplant them. Keep picking runner beans and French beans so that they keep producing over a longer period. If the weather is dry, keep them well watered. If growing tomatoes, water regularly to prevent splitting or blossom end rot. Feed twice a week with a high potash liquid feed phostrogen or tomorite.

For the Flower Garden… Keep all flowers dead-headed so the plants keep producing more flowers. Now is the time to take cuttings of shrubs to root for next year. Lavender and rosemary can be rooted in pots containing a mix of peat and sand. Take pieces of about 4-6 inches long by carefully pulling them off at a joint. They can also be put in the garden make a slot with a spade and place the cuttings about 3in into the slot and firm them in. Many other shrubs can be taken in the same way by taking this years growth which is starting to harden. If the weather is dry, don’t let them dry out.



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We are awaiting a faculty before work on the clock can go ahead. We will keep the village updated in between issues of the Local Lynx with a notice on the board in the church porch, or one can contact the Chairman of the PCC, Dr Rex Dawson Tel: 830 396. Meanwhile the ‘Clock Fund’ is steadily increasing and we are very grateful to all the people who have kindly made donations.

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FOGPC 50/50 - CLUB RESULTS May June S. Burton £15 R. White £15 B. Curson £10 B. Kasapian £10 A. Russell £5 B. White £5 J. Smith £5 L. Russell £5 S. Traverso £5 A. Blunden £5 J. Corney £5 P. Swindells £5 The next draw will be at 10.30 on Saturday, 25th August

BUSES TO N & N U HOSPITAL It is now a lot easier to reach this hospital by public transport, providing of course that you are in good enough health to do so. From Langham choose a bus from the Sanders bus timetable for Service 45 which goes through to Norwich Surrey Street Bus Station. It will draw in at Stand No 12. Cross the two pedestrian crossings, turn to your right and just a few steps on is Bay 5, outside the information building. You will see a timetable displayed which includes times for the ‘fast service’ and the konectbus from Swanton Morley and Watton to the hospital. An example is: Depart Langham: 9.21 Arr Norwich:10.56 Depart Norwich: 11.15 Arr NNUH: 11.31. Depart NNUH: 12.44 Arr Norwich: 13.02. Depart Norwich: 13.15 Arr Langham:14. 55 or Depart NNUH: 15.44 Arr Norwich: 16.03 Depart Norwich: 16.20 Arr Langham: 17.45 These times were correct at end of June but best to check before travelling on these phone numbers: konectbus services 3&4: Tel: 01362 851210. Traveline: Tel 0870 608 2608 Ann Sherriff Tel: 830 605

ST MARY’S CLEANING BLITZ Anne Blunden will be leading the Cleaning Brigade Charge through St Mary’s on Saturday, 13th October, from 10.00am. Any help would be very much appreciated and will help keep our country church looking attractive. Please bring cleaning materials, dusters etc and personal refreshments as there are no facilities at the church.

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After the wettest June on record discussion in farming circles is all about the weather – no surprise there! I will try not to complain too much. Perhaps I should not have bought a new irrigator this spring! Not only has it been very wet but also very dull and cool. Plants need warmth and sunlight for photosynthesis and aerated soil for their roots to grow. Many fields of Sugar Beet are showing large yellow patches where the soil is waterlogged and we have patches in our potato fields where the water-logging has killed the plants completely. All this has combined with the effects of an unusually dry April where some sugar beet failed to germinate and some spring sown cereals started to die off. Driving rain has flattened some crops of wheat and barley. The prospects do not look good and this is why the prices for fresh produce are rising. Pest and disease patterns also change with the weather conditions. Brown Rust in wheat was a major problem during the dry weather earlier in the year, but Potato Blight is of major concern at the moment. Blight is a fungal disease spread by spores in the atmosphere and is favoured by warm, humid conditions. It spreads very rapidly infecting the foliage first and then as the foliage dies back further spores are produced which in wet conditions wash down through the pores in the soil to infect the potato tubers below ground. Once infected the tubers begin to rot and in storage the rotting will spread from one tuber to the next. Fortunately there are plenty of fungicides available to protect the crop from blight but they need to be sprayed on to a dry leaf at weekly intervals; that has been an extremely difficult thing to achieve over the past few weeks. Many fields of potatoes are infected, those with organic potatoes will be lucky to salvage anything. Our water meadows that were so beautifully dry in April are now like swamps and in order to prevent them being turned into a quagmire we housed half the herd for a week. That is something that I have never done before in June but they seemed quite happy to come in and chewed contentedly on silage and straw. All is not entirely doom and gloom because shortages, caused by the weather among other factors, are pushing up the prices of many of our crops; wheat was selling for £65 per tonne two years ago but is now worth over £100 per tonne and the price of potatoes is rising; unfortunately we will not benefit from this because we have a contract with Walkers for crisping potatoes and with McCains for chipping potatoes at prices that have been agreed in advance. Harvest is not far off. Let us hope that it is an easy one. Ian Spinks


This service continues through the dedication, kindness and generosity of volunteer drivers. We would be very glad if one volunteer would step forward to fill a vacant space on the roster. We supply a supplementary service to commercial transport systems and are not in competition with them. Drivers are equipped with the latest local timetable for Service 45 – the Fakenham-Blakeney-Holt-Norwich route and the list of buses to N&N U Hospital to help if you want to work out a journey or meet up with a bus in Holt. Otherwise contact ‘traveline’ on 0870 608 2 608. All drivers are WRVS members and we aim to help people to reach destinations that they would previously have been able to achieve independently. Please contact me or one of the drivers if you are wondering if it is possible to do a certain journey by means of the car service. The roster can be viewed on the notice boards in the ‘Bluebell’, the church porch and on the vicarage wall. If you are unable to get to any of these sites please telephone one of the drivers. We ask that those who want to use the service, please give three days notice wherever possible but if something unforeseen occurs do not hesitate to telephone the driver for that week. There is not a set charge for journeys, the rate per mile is 18p and therefore the cost varies as to where the driver sets out from so it is helpful if people have sufficient change with them.

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We thought it might be useful for your diary planning purposes to let you know that the date for the next Langham Street Fayre has been confirmed as Saturday July 26 2008. The programme is a little different this year with regard to the pre-fayre events in that the evening concert in the church will be held on Saturday 19th. July – a week before the day of the fayre. There will also be:










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Bingo Night in the Parish Room Mon July 21 Quiz Night in the Parish Room Weds July 23 Post Fayre -Thanksgiving Service Langham Church Sun July 27 Sue Hughes Secretary

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FROM THE REGISTERS Funeral of Harold (Hal ) Thompson Funeral of Robert John Gidney Burial of Ashes of Gladys Brown

May 10th May 30th June 28th

LANGHAM CARPET BOWLS We are a friendly club, doing quite well in our league fixtures and now looking for a few new members from Langham or any of the group villages. Anyone interested in finding out more would be most welcome to join us at any practice night, held on a Wednesday evening at 7.00pm. in the Parish Room. Come and have an evening out, see how things work and have a go yourself. For more information contact Steve Tutt on 01328 830973 or Roy Allen on 01328 830527. R.Allen

WET WET WET No not the band, this was the weather on MAY 28th for our BANK HOLIDAY BRING & BUY! We were pleasantly surprised to see so many people turn up in spite of the dreadful weather and it was heart warming to witness such loyal support. At least we were warm and dry in the church. New helpers on the scene were the two Ann Hills who did a ‘Trinny and Susannah’ with ‘Nearly New’ clothes. This was a 50/50 stall with proceeds divided between Langham Church and the Alzheimer’s Society and lots of people went away with a good bargain. Everyone, including the helpers, appeared to enjoy themselves and the proceeds for Langham Church General fund resulted in a grand total of £382. To all our helpers and to all who brought and bought and gave so generously, thank you very much for all your support. The competition results were as follows: Name the Teddy –‘CUDDLES’ won by Sheelah Hay No of Sweets was 143 the nearest was Luke Newstead with 125 Weight of the Cake 4lbs 3oz won by Vera Colombe (4lbs 3 ½ ozs ) Ann Sherriff

ON YOUR BIKES! Calling all Langham cyclists! Get fit for the Norfolk Churches Trust annual Sponsored Bicycle Ride on Saturday Sept. 8th. 2007. ‘Churches Open’ lists are available for you to plan your route. For these and sponsor forms contact Ken Bartlett Tel: 01328 830696 or John on 01328 830420. The amount you raise will be divided equally between the church you support and the Norfolk Churches Trust. If sponsors are able to gift aid their donation, even more can be raised. Do please come and cycle for us and help to raise urgently needed money. THANK YOU!

STALL ON THE GREEN AUGUST 2007 The stall will be on the Green every Saturday in August (i.e. Aug 4th. 11th. 18th. and 25th) selling fresh produce of all sorts from gardens, kitchens and still rooms. That is of course, if lots of lovely gardeners, cooks and preservers will contribute their wares and lots of lovely customers come along to buy. The stall will be open from 10 am. until 12 noon each time and Jan would appreciate all the help she can get! If you can spare an hour to man the stall or half an hour to erect it (9.30 a.m. gentlemen!) please ring Jan on 01328 830847 a.s.a.p. If you’ve never taken part in this activity, please do give it a try, it’s always great fun. All proceeds to the Langham Church General Fund. Jan Hope

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We now have our full allocation of councillors after having to choose one of three applicants who put their names forward for the vacancy. Mrs. Anne Philips from the Cornfield was the winner of the vote and immediately joined the council. She is a trained solicitor and should help to keep us on the straight and narrow. Fireworks Night The Council agreed to hold and finance a Fireworks event again on the 5th of November and will invite the Friends of Langham to help with the catering. Notice Board We were successful in our bid for a grant and received £798 from the Norfolk Rural Communities Council which, together with our allocation, has enabled us to order a high quality board. Delivery time is around October. Allotments Councillor Ros Fairhead has agreed to be the focal point for these and will be talking to Mr. Allen as to the possibility of him providing land. Eventually an Allotment Society will have to be formed from all the applicants. The Chairman 830605

The planned speaker for our June meeting moved rather quickly to Scotland but I managed to get Catherine Temple to update us on what is going on in the ‘Cheese World’ and it was lovely. Catherine is a great speaker and with plenty of humour. We also had the bonus of tasting sausages from Hindringham. As I write the plans are made for a trip to Mannington Gardens on July 18th. Our meeting on 8th August is about Needlecraft. All ladies from Langham and the surrounding villages are very welcome. Maureen 830731

FRIENDS OF LANGHAM COFFEE MORNING DATES Do come along to these informal gatherings, to be held from 10 am to 12 noon in the Parish Room on August 4th and 15th, and Sept 1st and 19th. Meet your friends and neighbours and enjoy a cuppa! We are always in need of volunteers to run these mornings, so if you would like to help, please give me a ring. Thank you.

BBQ AND ROUNDERS This annual event that takes place on 8th August Myrtle’s birthday will be held on the playing field starting at 5.45pm. Do come and join us, everyone is welcome. John Hughes Tel: 830595

ITALIAN EVENING OCTOBER 13 - BOOK NOW! An evening of Italian food is to be given at the Parish Room, Langham, in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. The cost will be £7.50 per head (bring your own bottle and glass). Bookings can be made with Jan Hope – The Travis, Holt Road, Tel: 01328 830847. Do book early to ensure a place! Jan Hope

COUNTRY TEAS LANGHAM PARISH ROOM BY GILL BROOM AND FRIENDS on Sundays August 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 2 to 5 pm. All proceeds to Stiffkey and Bale Benefice Fund. Further enquiries to Gill Broom or Chrissie Hill on 01328 830378.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK SOUP LUNCH This was, as always, a convivial affair, held on May 16th, with the bonus of raising money for a very worthy cause. So, a big Thank You to all you soup makers (delicious) and servers and to all who came along to sample the soups and to ‘Bring and Buy’. The combined total raised from the lunch plus envelopes was a splendid £507! Well done! Jan Hope

KEEP FIT These classes are still going strong. They are not too demanding and are very enjoyable. So do come along and join us - every Monday morning in the Parish Room 10.00-11.30am. Ring me if you need any further information. Sue Hughes Tel: 01328 830595

WELCOME We would like to extend a warm welcome to Esther and Tristan Philpott and their sons Jude and Joel who have come to live in the village and hope they will be very happy living here. Langham PCC





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For Church Services see Panel on Page 3 FRIENDS OF MORSTON CHURCH Shovell Dinner 2007 A 3-course meal with a Sir Cloudesley and glass of wine will be held at the Anchor Inn, Morston on Sat 20th October 2007 on the Tricentenary (less two days) of The Death of Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell of Cockthorpe & Morston (1650-1707). (“In his day he was almost as famous as Horatio Nelson was in his” wrote Dr. Simon Harris). At 7.30 for 7.45 pm sixty guests will be greeted with a Sir Cloudesley (traditional since Victorian times: a short beer mixed with brandy, sugar & lemon, served in a rummer). Dinner will commence at 8.00 pm and will include the two traditional Shovell Dinner Toasts to Shovell and to Nelson. Dinner will be followed by A Raffle (including a print identical to the Auction Lot) and the Auction of a framed c.1760 painted copy of a print of “Moson”, Blakeney & “Cly” and area drawn in 1696 by Captain Grenville Collins for “Rear Admiral of the Blew Sir Clodesley Shovel” and an After-Dinner Talk (with wonderful slides) on “The First Man (and a Norfolk man!) through the Northwest Passage: Lieut. Samuel Gurney Cresswell, R.N. - in 1853” by his biographer & kinsman, Dominick Harrod. All proceeds will go to Friends of Morston Church for church repairs. (Registered Charity No.1099831). A handful of signed copies of “War, Ice and Piracy”, Dominick Harrod’s biography of Lieut. Cresswell, will be on sale afterwards. TICKETS: £35.00 each. Cheques should be made payable to: “Friends of Morston Church”. Please contact Jock Wingfield: 01263-740431. Those who wish to attend only the Talk, should arrive at 8.45-8.55 pm and pay £5.00 to Friends’ Deputy Chairman, Carole Bean, on the main door. Mr & Mrs Matthew Harrison have kindly agreed to allow parking along the fence south of the church. Entry from the Langham Road. Admiral Shovell held land in Morston as did his father John, who died in 1654. His step-sister, Anne nee Flaxman (who married secondly Thomas Shorting, Sr. of Cley) was buried here 21/9/1734, two years after their son, the Rev. Thomas Shorting, Jr., Rector of Morston, was interred in Morston church, having collapsed shortly after delivering a sermon. The Friends’ Shovell Dinner 2006 in Blakeney (also for 60), was attended by five kinsmen of Admiral Shovell (one hailing from Texas); and following the article on the Morston and Cockthorpe Admiral appearing in a recent “Country Life” in January, further Shovell relations have already bid for tickets for October 20th this year.

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CHURCH SIGNS The following “Notices” were posted outside various churches in the USA recently: Searching for a new look? Have your faith lifted here! No God – No peace. Know God – Know Peace. Free Trip to Heaven. Details inside! Try our Sundays. They are better than Baskin-Robbins [ice-creams]. (Beside a picture of two hands holding stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments are inscribed). For fast, fast, fast relief, take two tablets. This is a CH - - RCH. What’s missing?… U.R.

MORSTON MARDLE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY AUGUST 4th. Sat. Morston Regatta; PCC Stalls on the Quay for Books, Plants, Bottles & Bric-a-Brac on the Quay. 5th. Sun. Oyster Regatta. SEPTEMBER 5th. Wed. 7.00 pm. Parish Council Meeting. 8th. Sat. Norfolk Churches Trust Bike Ride. [Details from 01263-740188 (H) and 740144 (W)]. OCTOBER 20th. Sat. Shovell Dinner 2007 at the Anchor Inn. Tickets: 01263-740431: see separate article. 24th. Wed. 6.30. Parish Council Meeting with John Sizar, NT. NOVEMBER 11th. Sun. 3.30 pm. Remembrance Day: Church Service and Parade at Village War Memorial. Samphire

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The annual Crab Supper preceded by a boat trip to the Point was attended by about 85, and was a great success. It raised £1,112 for church funds. Mary Athill would like to thank Jim Temple and Stephen Bean for the boat trips, Graham Lubbock and Blakeney Point Warden Edward Stubbings, NT, for the boat trip commentaries, and all those who helped with the supper itself.

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On Fri 22 June David Wall and & Angie Wall nee Batt received a Blessing from the Rev. Joanna Anderson in Morston Church – which had been decorated by the PCC and looked magnificent. About 120 attended. This was the first Blessing/Wedding in recent times of a couple unconnected with Morston, but a couple who chose Morston Church as the ideal venue for such a service and the PCC did them proud.

MORSTON QUIZ NIGHT The Friends of Morston Church annual quiz was held on 17th March with nine teams of eight: five from Morston - the Morston Coastguards (Neil Thompson), the Morston Cockles (Carole Bean), the Morston MouseHunts (Susie Harrison), the Morston Pishmires (Graham Lubbock) and Missing the Point (Jane Temple) – together with The Binham Barley-Birds (Carolyn Wright), The Stewkey Blues (Mary Gerrard) and the Wiveton Wizards (Godfrey Sayers). For the fourth time running the winners were the Morston Pishmires (Graham Lubbock, Mary Athill, Jean Chell, Chris Lubbock, Bev Lubbock Brenda Clark, Nigel Starman and Jan Mattocks). Many congratulations, as ever, to Champion Graham Lubbock. The evening made just over £1,060 for church repairs.

MORSTON QUIZ BY SAMPHIRE (ANSWERS P13 ) Match the following nicknames [1 to 12] of “wiles” [wily ones] or “dumplings” [i.e. Norfolk folk] with the correct town or village [A to K]. Nicknames 1. Bitefingers. 2. Ditches or Bitches 3. Dodmen (snails) 4. Geese. 5. Blues. 6. Bulldogs. 7. Bulls. 8. Flats. 9. Know-Alls or Knowers. 10. Nobles. 11. Shammocks (horses for bad going). 12. Slows (blindworms). Town or Village A. Blakeney. B. Binham. C. Blickling. D. Cley. E. Cockthorpe. F. Glandford. G. Holt. H. Langham. I. Salthouse. J. Sheringham. K. Wells.

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In June Saxlingham and Field Dalling experienced the newly arranged pattern of services with Saxlingham Church providing the venue for Holy Communion on the first two Sundays in the month and Field Dalling Church the venue for a Family Service and Morning Prayer on the third and fourth Sundays. This scheme proved successful and generally acceptable, producing good congregations. However, it is not set in stone and variations will occur, for instance, on 22nd July at 3.00 pm our Patronal Festival will take place in St. Margaret's. The repairs to the flintwork of the tower are under way. Some interruptions have occurred owing to wind and rain, but it is hoped that the work will be completed by the scheduled date. Additional work to repair a cornice on the tower's north-west buttress is being done in the same period. On 8th June our annual Jazz Concert, performed by boys and girls from Gresham's School, was a sell-out, greatly enjoyed - especially the Senior Band - and raised £1,029 thanks to ticket sales, a raffle and donations. Blessedly the Almighty supplied fine weather for the interval. Everybody was able to enjoy enjoy the wine and finger buffet in the churchyard. We owe thanks to all the musicians, both pupils and staff, the audience and all the various helpers.


The last time Sharrington staged a flower festival visitors came from as far away as Jerusalem, so we hope to attract a lively cross section when we open again this summer. Preparations are well underway for the event. Planned for the 18th and 19th August with a preview party on the evening of Friday 17th, for which tickets are available from the co-ordinator Mary Lee (01228 878282) or Pippa Long (01263 860613). Flower arrangements will be staged by members of the Holt Flower Club, backed up by local residents, and follow the theme “Norfolk Attractions”. Teas will be served, so do pop in to enjoy the flower displays and some home-made refreshments at the same time. Evensong at 6.30 pm on Sunday 19th August will round off the weekend. The Annual Sharrington Garden Fete takes place on Saturday 21st July at 2 pm held at Church Farm House. In October Sharrington is delighted to welcome the renowned historian, broadcaster and author Sir Roy Strong to give a lecture in the Church. Sir Roy is a former director of the National Portrait Gallery, the V&A and one time Chairman of the Arts Council. His books cover a variety of subject matters including architecture, gardening and English Country Churches. His talk is expected to be popular so do put Saturday 27th October in your diaries. Booking details will be published in the next edition of the Lynx. As in previous years the Sharrington Lecture will be chaired and introduced by the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt. Rev. Graham James. The Harvest Festival and supper will take place on Sunday 14th October at 5pm. PEL

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MOLLIE LINCOLN HER FUNERAL & BURIAL SERVICE Mollie had such a kindly, loving beautiful nature and personality. Her courage and determination took her through tragedies and very serious illnesses. Her second son died at the age of three. She cherished him for the rest of her long life. Thirteen years ago her beloved husband died. Somehow Mollie managed to survive these awful losses and was still able to give cheerfully and thoughtfully to her family and friends. Three great grandchildren were the pride of her life. Thirty-five years ago she contracted Parkinson’s Disease, which she valiantly fought to her dying day. Many years ago she had a total mastectomy and at the age of 87 she suffered severe heart failure due to valvular disease and compromised circulation to her heart. Typically she chose to undergo bypass surgery and valve replacement. She also went through bilateral knee surgery and cataract operations. Her balance and coordination suffered in the last two years but she battled on until it became clear that help needed to be available 24 hours a day. Many people in the village willingly gave help and support at her home, because she was determined to stay in her beloved cottage. It was always good to visit Mollie and her example refreshed the spirits of us all. The funeral and burial service, on Tuesday 19th June was reverently and thoughtfully taken by the Rev. Dr Tim Fawcett. Sharrington Church was crowded with her many friends and family, including her elder sister Lillian, a sprightly 97 years. Her son John gave the tribute and thanked her many friends, giving particular tribute to Margaret, her carer. One of the readings was 1st Corinthians 13, about the over-riding value of love. Mollie lived those words in her quiet and unforgettable way. She was laid to rest beside her late husband in our village churchyard. We were then treated to an excellent tea in the Village Hall. Thank you Mollie for your life and for the many excellent memories you have left us. PJG SHARRINGTON SOCIETY BBQ On July 8th, the first and possibly last warm sunny Sunday afternoon of the summer, almost 40 people had a splendid afternoon of good food and good company. Many thanks to Ann, Debbie, Sandra, Robin, Simon & Gary who organised, prepared, cooked and served; to Pauline for baking a magnificent confection to raffle and especially to Lotte & Peter for letting us all meet our friends and neighbours to enjoy ourselves in their lovely garden. JC

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A PSYCHIATRIC EXPERIENCE As students we were given all of six hours of psychiatry during our six years of medical training. Two hours of this were given over to depression. On the stage before us a depressed patient was given electroconvulsive treatment without anaesthetic. I can still see that unfortunate man fitting on the gurney against his secure straps. This procedure is otherwise know as being plugged into the mains. Very few of us if any were enthused to become psychodocs. A few years later a Professor of Psychiatry was to be elected. The selection committee consisted of Professors of proper medicine; three of whom became knights of the realm. The new man’s CV included being a consultant for heavyweight boxing and boxers. He was also a pioneer of brainwashing in World War II. One of the eminent Professors was asked if the new appointment had been made. ”Yes” says he “as far as we can make out he has elected himself to all our jobs as well”. Our new double extra larger psycho-king gave a remarkable lecture on “Brainwashing the Enemy” thus for example some captured German military police were set free after the washing of their brains. They were responsible for giving the wrong directions to the German Army when it was making its way towards the D-Day landings. The lecture was open to the public and the audience included some fine upstanding righteous and proper ladies of the Scottish Kirk. These admirable souls tended to be 5ft 2ins and square, with their eyes alight and their cheeks like rosy apples. All the Prof’s 6ft 2ins and 20 stones took a battering from these “wee wifeys” who cried out “the work of the devil” an “abomination to the Lord” and one added “you should be ashamed of yersel young man” They got a roar of approval from “they students” one of whom asked if the method ever failed. “No never” said the Prof from his great height “but the most difficult cases were men with simple faith”. I eventually tracked him down in a cobwebby cold draughty stone corridor - “What do you mean by simple faith?“ says I. His large jowl quivered with annoyance at such a foolish question from a very junior doctor. “God and all that“ said he “but nothing to do with churches and religion; they are designed to confuse and hoodwink the masses with psychological rubbish!!” Just as well the wifeys were not there ~ they would have bopped him one and told him to save his breath for cooling his porridge !! Airbag



Summer is late this year! - waiting for the Stiffkey Fête on the 26th August from mid-day to 5.00 pm. The fête will be as lively as ever, and will provide an exciting and enjoyable afternoon for both residents and visitors. To get everybody in a party mood the pre fête bash will be held on Saturday Night 25th August, on the playing field, from 7.30 – late. Returning to play for us live, after a very successful session last year, will be the band "Foreplay". BBQ & Bar provided to further your enjoyment. Greg Powles of North Norfolk Radio will open the fete on Sunday, assisted by Justso James. The special atmosphere of the fete will continue through the family dog show and races. Other attractions include Punch and Judy; children’s play area; Fakenham Town Band and birds of prey. The village will, as always, be out in force, with many stalls, games and competitions provided by the WI the Church, the cricket club and other organisations. Refreshments to suit all tastes will be available, including Thai food; barbeque, bar, teas and ice cream. A car boot sale will be included (pitches £6). Car booters – please arrive in good time. For further information contact Cherry Martin on 01328 830750, or any other member of the fête committee. Steven Bashforth

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For Church Services see Panel on Page 3 CHURCH NEWS Over 60 attended the very successful service and barbeque at the church on June 24th. Our rector, Joanna, led a very memorable service which emphasised the qualities of John the Baptist, whose Saints Day we are celebrating. She emphasised that in former times these occasions were always celebrated in style in our churches and villages. In the service we also remembered the qualities of our own community and reflected on the importance of the Church in our village. There was plenty of congregation participation and some rousing singing. As part of the occasion’s thanksgiving for the success of the redecoration of the church last year a very substantial barbeque followed in the churchyard. The weather was kind. It started raining just as we packed up and continued unrelentingly for the next two days! We hope that no-one was put off by the awful weather forecast for the day. If so they missed a most enjoyable event. Many thanks to all who helped with transporting the barbeques, preparing food, collecting provisions and equipment, putting up the tent, and taking it down several days later, when it finally dried out! Particular thanks to the team of excellent chefs on the day, and the Village Fete Committee for the loan of the fine tent.

THE STIFFKEY WHIRLYGIG The purpose of this facility was the launching of radio controlled NORTHROP DRONE TARGET AIRCRAFT. The aircraft was attached to the centre pylon with a wire control harness and set in motion. As soon as it was up to flying speed it was released under radio control to fly low on an eastwards track over the marshes to the sea. Its track was such that it passed, at a distance, in front of the Artillery AA Training Gun emplacements so that targeting and firing practice could take place. Stiffkey was a satellite to Weybourne Camp which had a rocket propelled launching ramp for these aircraft and also maintained them. I have heard people refer to these drone aircraft as ‘Queen Bees’, this is incorrect, because the above system superseded the Queen Bee Aircraft which was a De Havilland ‘Tiger Moth’ type modified or radio control and pilotless. Leonard C Nash Pat Newman at the Langham Bluebell has additional information about this device. Ed.

CONGRATULATIONS! Two festive weddings: Stephen and Emma Wright on Saturday 23rd June - and much appreciated were their beautiful flower arrangements, admired the next day for our Thanksgiving service and BBQ. Thank you. And then to Philip and Fenella Harrison who solemnised their wedding in our beautiful church on Saturday 7th July - the third Harrison wedding we have hosted! To both happy couples: good luck, and may all life’s blessings be yours. You will remember your special day in Stiffkey Church - no finer place to be married!

CHURCHYARD SUBSIDENCE The heavy rain caused a minor subsidence in the SW corner of the churchyard. The archaeological experts say it is not of great import. Your PCC will organise its restoration and re-levelling.

STIFFKEY STORES Congratulations to Andy and Alice and their family for the wonderful, inspired renovations and decorations at our Village Stores. Bright, cheerful, spacious, welcoming – what other superlatives can we think up! We now have, in our midst, a village asset to be proud of. So get in there everyone - many villages are not so fortunate. Think of your carbon footprints to Wells or Holt! Think ‘local’, buy ‘local’, and Andy and Alice will reward you with a fine range of goodies - and, most important, a POST OFFICE. KMcD

CALLING… JAM MAKERS & GARDENERS The soft fruit season has begun so come on all you Stiffkey jam makers, get out the preserving pans, jam jars and start making jam. And if you could spare a few jars for the fête we would love some for the provisions stall. Gardeners of Stiffkey: we would also be grateful if you could donate a plant or two for the plant stall. Please contact Cherry on 830750. .




Remember the not so sleeping policeman, the scary crows and all the other witty and colourful figures, which adorned our village last August. They raised over £400 for UNICEF. Sally Amesbury is determined to repeat last year’s success and hopes that all with creative skills will use them again this year in an excellent cause. She hopes that the scarecrows will appear again from August 20th to 28th, over the fete weekend. Please contact her on 830189 for further advice or information, or just put up your scarecrows when the time comes! This year the local UNICEF supporters group is raising money for toilets in schools in Ghana, a very worthwhile cause as these facilities are essential to encourage girls to stay at school. At present there is a considerable difference between the literacy rate for boys and girls in Ghana. Building loos will help to change this. John Adnitt

In the last edition of Lynx, Aubrey Buxton remarked on the popularity and importance of birdwatching. It brings us visitors and income. Indeed it does. As your writer was winging his way to Spain in May trying to forget his carbon footprint), an object of his ornithological devotion passed him in the other direction – to Hall Farm, Morston! Am I stealing Morston’s thunder if I report that the exotic Bee Eater arrived in Morston on 12th May, swiftly followed by 200 birdwatchers with a forest of telescopes and amidst a jostling and shoving as everyone strained to view the rarity sitting on a telegraph line? Bird watching is a healthy stimulating hobby. I indulge myself (we saw 150 species in three days in Spain) but sometimes, the birding grapevine sees to be in overdrive, and the competitive urge to tick off species result in a less than friendly or cooperative spirit. Perhaps the RSPB could ask people to be a little more sypathetic to us locals going about our daily lives. Having said that, did I and my companions behave properly in Spain? I hope so – between the bars and vino, that is. Pightle

CRICKET NEWS The benefits of a warm up match were felt as the team started the season with emphatic victories at Stiffkey against teams from Burnham Market and Heydon. A modest total within the allotted overs of 78 proved well beyond the reach of Heydon as only Kevin Waddison mastered the (damp of course) Stiffkey pitch. Against Burnham Ben Brown and & John Crossthwaite both reached the agreed retirement figure of 30 as Stiffkey reached a commanding total of 131 for 5. Kevin Waddison this time was effective with the ball as the Burnham team slumped to 27 for 7. A late recovery could not save them from a heavy defeat. Sadly for the now buoyant team the next fixture at Burnham Thorpe saw the first ducks of the season as the match was called off due to flooding. Unfortunately more ducks, of the wrong kind were in evidence, at the next game at Hindringham. After creditable all round bowling bowled out a strong Hindringham team, the Stiffkey openers, who shall be nameless (0 & 0), set a trend for low scores which was followed with apparent eagerness by most of the team, who could not cope with high quality bowling. Extra practice was ordered by the captain (0). Steven Bashforth

ON THE BEAT We note that the area police is headed by Sgt Duncan Keable and 2 police Community Support Officers; Andy Dixon and Mike Blowers. Based from Wells they cover Stiffkey, Morston, Blakeney, Cley, Field Dalling, Binham Hindringham, Wiveton, Wighton, Walsingham and Warham. They patrol either on foot or bike. They would like to keep in close contact. Phone is 0845 456 4567 – email: SNTwells@norfolk.pnn.police.uk KMcD

TABLE TOP SALE We raised £177.20 over two Saturdays in early April, which as been donated equally to the Church Fabric Fund and the Village Hall. The WI stall took £150. Thank you to everybody in the village for supporting this fundraising and also the passers by (who didn’t have much choice with Anne waving elderberry cordial at them!) Adrienne



Members of the International Soroptomists at Kings Lynn including their president, former Stiffkey resident, Jane Pearson, descended on Stiffkey on June 29th. On a rare fine June evening they joined villagers in what has become an annual event in the Stiffkey calendar. At the end of an evening of many eccentrically constructed beetles, £175 had been raised for the annual mosquito net distribution and dipping at the Albaraca Nursery School, The Gambia. The trustees, staff, and pupils at the school are truly grateful for this support, which saves lives. Before the nets were used malaria was far more prevalent in the families of children who attend the school. John Adnitt

As Alice & Andy continue to refurbish Stiffkey Stores they have found that they are unfortunately unable to continue to site the Glass Recycling Bin within the car park. An alternative site at the Village Hall has been suggested and is being investigated by the Parish Council. Whilst we await the decision of the Parish Council there is an alternative site available within the village. For some time now the Red Lion has had a recycling bin at the rear of their car park, and this is available to all. The Red Lion very kindly donates all proceeds to the Village Hall. Steven Bashforth


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The summer term at Langham Village School is always a mixture of tests and more outdoor activities as the weather is supposed to improve. Following completion of the all-important final Year 6 tests, Headteacher Mike Green says: “It was pleasing to see the children try so hard yet show so few signs of anxiety – we really want to keep these formal assessments in context with no pressure placed on any of our youngsters.” Children from Year 2 to Year 5 have also completed some assessment tests to help the school make appropriate plans to help the children progress. Among outdoor activities the School Sports Day was still eagerly anticipated as Local Lynx went to press but the other big event on the playing field – the Summer Fair on Friday 6 July organised by the Langham Village School Friends – managed to avoid the rain and was well attended, netting just over £1,000 for use on various school projects. Children and adults alike were able to try traditional activities, such as wellie-wanging, a coconut shy and fortune telling, as well as many games that the children themselves dreamt up. The school held a Sponsored Fun Run in association with the Tesco ‘Great School Run’ on Thursday, 21 June. As well as raising awareness of the benefits of fitness and health, the run raised a significant sum towards updating reading scheme books for everyone in the school. Meanwhile the school swimming team participated in the Wells Cluster Gala at Alderman Peel - and won again! “They did us proud,” says Mike Green. Great work from Celia Darling, Remy Bennett Abbiss, Emily Wiles, Jack Crawford, Ellen Grove, Scarlet Donohoe, Alex Neale and Cameron Rose. In order to provide a thorough understanding of being safe as a pedestrian the school arranged for the County Road Safety team to present two training sessions for Year 1 and Year 2 children in June entitled ‘Step On It’.

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These focused on how to cross a road safely, the ‘Green X Code’ and dangers to be aware of. The road just outside of school was used and a number of parent supporters took part. Continuing the safety theme, a group of Year 6 pupils undertook their ‘Cycling Proficiency’ programmes during June with tests on 3 July. Thanks are due to Chair of Governors Jeremy Bagnall-Oakeley for giving up his time to organise this. Interestingly the children had to wear cycle helmets for the first time this year, endorsing their vital importance. In more outside activity, Class 3 thoroughly enjoyed their session recently with Pam Bottomley from the Norfolk Business Exchange. They designed and made tetrahedron structures to act as a launch pad for a simple rocket propelled by compressed air. The rockets soared to a great height travelling at over 125 mph. The structures, some descriptions and photographs of the children at work have been on display in the school’s main entrance. The many indoor activities included a Drama Club performance, a recorder concert, a Drum Club performance and a Class 2 ‘Mass Cook’, which produced goodies for sale at the end of the day. The class decided to send the £43 proceeds to UNICEF. Also getting in on the act, a Year 6 group had a fabulous day at Fakenham High School in its new Food Technology unit. They spent the day hard at work preparing and cooking such delights as pizza and mini quiche. “It was excellent - we learned about cooking healthy food that tasted fantastic,” says Alex Neale. Don’t forget that you can keep up to date with everything happening at the school by logging on to the school’s web site at: www.langhamvillageschool.com.



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Local Lynx issue 55, August/September 2007  

The community newspaper for 10 North Norfolk villages

Local Lynx issue 55, August/September 2007  

The community newspaper for 10 North Norfolk villages