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WHAT’S ON in our ten villages

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DECEMBER 1st Sat. Binham Christmas Supper Village Hall 7.30 1st Sat. Langham Friends of Langham Coffee 3rd Mon Binham Quiz night at the Chequers 5th Wed. Langham Parish Church, Concert. 7.30 5th Wed. Morston Parish Council 7th Fri. Field Dalling Christmas Bingo 7.30 9th Sun. Binham Priory Music for Christmas 3.00 10th Mon. Binham History group Christmas Party 11th Tues. Langham Parish Council. 7.00 13th Thurs. Langham Mobile Library 13th Thurs. Langham Carols at the Carmel 6.40 15th Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club Christmas Party 16th Sun. Binham Priory Icene Christmas Choir 6.30 18th Tues. Binham Carols under the tree 7.00 19th Wed. Binham Nativity Play 19th Wed. Langham Friends of Langham Coffee 22nd Sun. Morston Carol service 5.00

We warmly welcome drawings, articles and letters for publication, but must reserve the right to edit or exclude items. The items published do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors or the village representatives. For information about submitting items for publication, or if you want to help in any other way, please contact your village representative, through whom all village news must be submitted. For general information please send a message to our email address: COPY FOR FEBRUARY/MARCH ISSUE REQUIRED BY 9th JANUARY

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JANUARY 3rd Thurs. Langham Mobile Library 7th Mon. Binham Quiz Night at the Chequers 5th Sat. Langham Friends of Langham Coffee 6th Sun. Binham Priory Richeldis Singers 16th Wed. Langham Friends of Langham Coffee 19th Sat. Binham ‘Jack’s Race Night’ Village Hall 23rd Wed. Morston Parish Council, Village Hall 24th Thurs. Binham History Group AGM 24th Thurs. Langham Mobile Library 26th Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club

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. Cost: £5 per issue.

DISTRIBUTION CONTACT: For all enquiries or offers to help, please contact: Rita White, tel: 01328 830821

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:

DEANERY NEWS The next meeting of the Deanery Synod will be on Thursday March 6th 2008. Further details will be in the next issue of the Local Lynx.


Susannah McDougall Landscape and Garden Design

Blakeney Catholic Church Father Michael Simison: 12 Hindringham Road Gt. Walsingham Norfolk Tel: 01328 821353. Priest in Residence: Father William Wells (the house behind the church) Service times: Vigil Mass: Saturday 6:00 pm Sunday Mass: 10:30 am

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Methodist Church The Rev. David Greenaway 8, St. Andrew’s Close Holt. Tel: 01263 712181. Sunday Service 6.30 pm. Weekday services: ‘Glaven Valley Newsletter’.

Telephone 01263 740056 Mobile 07887 480793 Email


CHURCH SERVICES FOR STIFFKEY & BALE BENEFICE FOR DECEMBER 2007 & JANUARY 2008 HC=Holy Communion. FS=Family Service. MP=Morning Prayer. BCP=Book of Common Prayer. All Communion Services are in traditional language except those marked *


2nd December

Bale Field Dalling Saxlingham Gunthorpe Sharrington Binham Langham Morston Stiffkey

9.30 am HC At Saxlingham 3.30 pm Christingle 9.30 am MP 9.30 am MP 11 am HC 9.30 am HC* 9.30 am HC BCP 11 am HC*

Parish Bale Field Dalling Saxlingham Gunthorpe Sharrington Binham Langham Morston Stiffkey

9th December

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25th December

9.30 am HC 6 pm Carol Service No Service No Service At Saxlingham 11 am Lessons/Carols 11 am MP BCP No Service 11 am HC At Field Dalling At Field Dalling 10.30 am HC 10.30 Lessons/Carols 9.30 am HC No service 11.00 am HC 9.30 am HC 9.30 am MP 5 pm Carol Service 9.30 am HC 11 am HC 11 am FS 9.30 am HC 10.30 Lessons/Carols 9.30 am HC 9.30 am HC* No service No service No service 9.30 am HC BCP 5 pm Carol Service 9.30 am HC BCP 11 am HC* 8 am HC* 3.30 pm Christingle 11 am HC th th th th 13 January 20 January 6 January 27 January 9.30am HC 9.30 am HC 9.30 am HC 9.30 am HC At Saxlingham At Saxlingham 11 am FS 11 am MP BCP 9.30 am HC 11 am HC At Field Dalling At Field Dalling 9.30 am MP 9.30 am HC No Service 11 am HC 9.30 am MP 9.30 am HC 9.30 am MP 9.30 am HC 11 am HC 11 am HC 11 am FS 9.30 am HC 9.30 am HC* 9.30 am HC 9.30 am HC* No service 9.30 am HC BCP No service 9.30 am HC BCP No service 11 am HC* 11 am HC* 8 am HC* 11 am FS

22nd December, Candle-lit Service at Cockthorpe, 6 pm 24 December, Children’s Christmas Eve Service at Binham, 4 pm 24th December, Midnight mass at 11 pm at Binham and 11.30 at Bale, Field Dalling and Langham Sunday 30th December, Group service (HC) 10.30 am at Sharrington Sunday 6th January, Epiphany Service with The Richeldis Singers at Binham, 3.30 pm th

Regular Weekday Services Binham: Tuesday, 6.00 pm Evening Prayers, Langham: Wednesday, 10.00 am Holy Communion Stiffkey: Friday, 10.00 am Holy Communion.


projects at Christmas through ethical present giving. Holding back on the wholesale decoration of our homes until Advent is well underway (from Dec.1st), making some of our gifts and cards, supporting local charity events, attending some of the great variety of services of worship available over the season, making time to reflect - these are some ways we can begin to recover Christmas and hopefully discover a little of the peace of the Christchild. A very happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year. Joanna Anderson, Rector

To judge by all the articles in magazines around this time of year, increasing numbers of people find Christmas a stressful, unhappy time they just want to escape. Many would wish to find an alternative way to mark the season and celebrate the festival, but are unsure where to start. So this year I have done a trawl of the internet and other places, to see what is out there to help us get closer to the original message of Christmas. For at its heart, the birth of Christ tells us about God’s option for the weakest, the poorest, the most marginalised among us. So how can we, in the midst of spending and getting and being so busy, really attend to this message? In my opinion, the best site I came across is, a Glasgow based website, that has produced easily accessible prayers to use at home, stories and workshops for groups of people helping them to take control of the celebrations. They have a particular publication aimed at women and their experience of Christmas. But even without the p.c., we can each make efforts to uncover Christmas from the layers of commercialism and sentimentality that threaten to overcome it. Christian Aid and Oxfam are among the many worldwide charities now encouraging us to give to

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COUNCILLORS’ NOTEBOOKS From Jonathan Savory Unitary Council Proposals for Norfolk At the September meeting of the Full Council a report was circulated by the Leader of the Council regarding the potential Local Government Review in Norfolk. Many of you will be aware that Norwich City Council’s bid for Unitary status had fallen short of the Government’s criteria. However, the Government have realised that if other Council boundaries in Norfolk could be redrawn a further bid may be viable. Therefore the Boundary Commision are now investigating the possibility of boundary changes. This could lead to new council authorities replacing existing district councils. The Government have published five feasibility tests which will need to be met: 1. Strong, effective and accountable strategic leadership. 2. Neighbourhood flexibility and empowerment. 3. Value for money and equity in public services. 4. Affordability. 5. Support from a cross section of partners and stakeholders. North Norfolk District Council resolved that an independently chaired Norfolk Convention be established to enable all interested parties to take part.

CHRISTMAS GIVING THAT DOESN’T COST THE EARTH (from the Norfolk Coast Partnership) Christmas is a time for joy and giving, but it can be one of stress, consumerism and waste. The following are ideas to help reduce these and make our Christmases easier on ourselves and our earth. 1) Bundle up and go for a walk, it clears the mind, can ease the bulge of over-eating. If stuck for an idea, check our website - 2) Make bread dough Christmas dcorations, using 2 cups plain flour, 1 cupsalt and up to 1 cup of warm water. mix and knead for 10 minutes. Warm the oven to 100c and line baking tray with tinfoil. Make your own designs and bake for 3-4 hours. 3) Buy locally made gifts, which have a very personal touch, help keep local people employed and have a much lower carbon footprint than imported items.

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4) Rather than a ‘something’ give an experience, a gift voucher for a picnic, a drive on a Coast-hopper bus, a boat trip out to see the seals.

North Norfolk District Council and the Active Norfolk Partnership have begun a programme of one to four mile walks this autumn (no charge). This project is part of the Norfolk-wide Fit Together initiative sponsored by Lloyds Pharmacy, aimed at improving health and fitness for those in mid-life and beyond. The North Norfolk walks will be based around Cromer and Sheringham initially of varying length and difficulty. Melanie Brown will be able to provide details on 01263 516029 or at Tea Dances on Tuesday afternoons at Briston are also being promoted as enjoyable gentle exercise, further details as above. On a similar note, Wyn Nurse - Active England Coordinator - recommends On The Road To Wellbeing Mobile Gym which offers people living in rural communities the opportunity to improve their health through fitness advice and exercise classes. The mobile is available in Holt and Blakeney and full details are available from Wyn Nurse on 01263 516305 or

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CHRISTMAS CONCERT Brass and Voices Fakenham Choral Society's Christmas Concert will take place on Saturday, December 15th, 7.30 pm, at Fakenham Parish Church. Beautiful Christmas music performed by the choir accompanied by the organ and the "Occasional Brass" quintet. Come and enjoy the music, mulled wine and mince pies. Tickets: £8 from 01328 830639 or on the door. Under 18s free. Fiona Thompson

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VILLAGE SPEED CAMERAS Although nearly all, if not all, of the villages covered by the Lynx now have speed limits, and sometimes matrix sign speed reminders in place, we are only too well aware that far too often these limits are being ignored. Gunthorpe has its share of such “offenders” with its convenient cut through from the A148 to the B1065, and far too many near misses as witnessed by the skid marks on our narrow access roads. There is little that can be done outside the speed restricted area, but within the village there may soon be an answer. Our Parish Councillors already know that the villages in each of the 15 areas that make up the North Norfolk police district will soon, if they wish, have access to their own speed cameras and will be offered training on how to use them by the police Safer Neighbourhood Teams and traffic officers. The initiative is called “Community Speed Watch” and the Melton Constable based company Structure Flex Ltd has provided major sponsorship for it with the purchase of 11 speed cameras. Villages that wish to make use of this facility will need to provide a deposit of £750 to cover damage whilst they have the speed camera on loan, but other than that there is no charge for the cameras, the warning signs, safety clothing etc and training. When in use at least two trained volunteers will need to be present. Although the volunteers cannot take any action against speeding motorists other than to note details this does not mean that the initiative is “toothless”. For a first “offence” the motorist will receive a written warning - a second “offence” will involve a police visit - a persistent offender or a persistent problem in a village will lead to more formal action with a view to prosecution, for example the police “targeting” the offender concerned or even a police presence to support the village volunteers and hence the ability to take formal action with either a fixed penalty or Court action. The facility is being rolled out now, with volunteers needing to “pass” a formal structured training course covering use of the camera, the law, conflict resolution, etc before the cameras can be deployed for real. A full leaflet giving details of the scheme, including the role of the Norfolk Safety Camera Partnership (01603 276431), is available to Parish Councils and other interested parties from your Safer Neighbourhood Team - for Gunthorpe the contact is PCSO Barry Fletcher based in Holt Police Station and contactable via 0845 456 4567 or you can use the same number or e-mail to contact the team leader Sgt Tony Toynton on:

THE LYNX LOOKS AHEAD The time has come for me to send greetings for Christmas and the New Year to all readers and especially to the patient and devoted team of people who contribute to the production and publication of this community newspaper. If I were to list all their names it would take up more space than I have been allowed, but they are the members of the Support Group which manages the paper, the representatives and scribes for each of the ten villages, the advertising manager and artwork assistant, the organiser of the Development Group which has been introducing changes into how things are run, and the many others who contribute content for the paper, cutand-paste its layout and finally take part in its distribution to over a thousand homes. Hopefully, Dear Reader, you won’t have noticed any significant change in the appearance of the paper - apart from the terrible lay-out errors which invaded our last issue - but behind the scenes a great deal has been going on during the last twelve months. Almost all the text for the paper now arrives through the paper’s dedicated email address and is in a form which makes it easy to handle and insert into the framework for each issue. The processing of the text and the assembly of the paper is no longer dependant on the efforts of two people using one computer but shared, through an internet workspace, across a team - which we are hoping to expand over the next few months. A series of distinct publishing tasks have been identified and regulated, so that no one individual now faces up to three weeks of unremitting toil every two months. We will be hoping to hold more open meetings during 2008 at which the process of producing Local Lynx can be explained, but in the meantime if you have moderate computing skills and are interested in learning more about what we do, and possibly helping, the please do not hesitate to contact us. My best wishes to you all.

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Exhibition of paintings and work in progress At the Langham Parish Room th 8 & 9th December, 10am - 4.30pm Tea and Coffee will be available

Thurs. 11 Oct. 7.30 pm, ‘100 years of Birds (the Magazine).’ by BB director, Bob Scott. Thurs. 15th Nov. 7.30 pm ‘Walking with Vikings, Walking with Romans, Dances with Cranes.’ by Julia Burton. th

Admission: Members - £1.50, Others - £2.00. Further info. - contact R. Porter on 01263 740311.



BALE News Contact: Jane Wheeler 01328 878 656

HARVEST SUPPER Some 40-odd villagers and friends gathered in the village hall to participate in the Harvest Supper. It was an enjoyable evening full of hearty fare and good conversation. The hall itself was welcoming and dressed with many lovely and autumnal flower arrangements. The customary raffle raised money to help with renovation work to the village cemetery. One lucky contestant left the event the proud new owner of a teddy bear reputed to be the largest in the county. Sincere thanks are due to the Bale Social Club Committee and in particular Margaret Dent for making the event possible. The evening lived up to its benediction: “for good and good company and a good village, may we be truly thankful”.

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The following special events will be taking place at the Priory over the Christmas period. All are very welcome to attend. 9th Sun. 3.00 pm. Music for Christmas by Ormsby St Margaret’s School Choir and Orchestra. th 16 Sun. 6.30 pm. Icene Christmas Choir, Carols & Readings. th 19 Wed. 4.30 pm. Nativity Play. 24th Mon. 4.00 pm Children’s Christmas Eve Service. 11.00pm Late Night Mass. 25th Tues. 10.30 am Family Service, Carols & Readings. Jan. 6th Sun. 3.30 pm Richeldis Singers, Epiphany carols & Readings.

For further details contact Marny (Supervisor) on 01263 740925

CAROLS UNDER THE TREE Tuesday 18th December 7 pm The Fakenham Town Band will join us under the Tree. We hope to see you there with family and friends.

BINHAM LOCAL HISTORY GROUP Events Monday 10th Dec Christmas Party with Pink Fizz and Mince Pies. Neil Storey will be telling us Ghostly Tales of Christmas Past. Neil is a historian and lecturer, a graduate of UEA and now based in Norfolk.

THE PRIORY PROJECT Progress as at Nov 2007 The contractors began work on the Priory gatehouse in late June with the removal of the nineteenth century brick shed that had been built into the gatehouse and the demolition of the reinforced concrete bull pen attached to it. Having done this the full extent of the medieval structure could be seen. Conservation work focused on re-pointing the stonework and ‘rough racking’ the wall tops to make them weather proof. This work has revealed a beautiful tall, narrow, medieval window on the south side facing the priory.

Thursday 24th Jan AGM and Members Open Meeting. Thursday 28th Feb Prof. Victor Morgan of the Centre of East Anglian Studies at UEA will talk to us on The Material Evidence for the Reformation in Parish Churches. Monday 10th Mar at 2 pm Roger Last, owner of the beautiful Mill House Garden in Corpusty will speak about the Royal Gardens – the ones at Sandringham as well as those at Highgrove, Windsor and elsewhere.

All the conservation work on both sides of the gatehouse has now been completed and work has begun on the conservation and restoration of the precinct wall adjacent to the south side of the gatehouse. This section of wall will be kept at a low level to allow us to see the Priory from the Warham Road. Work will stop over the winter to avoid frost damage to the new mortar.

All meetings are in the Binham Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. unless otherwise stated. Admission £1 for members, £2 for non-members. Refreshments available. For more information call Carolyn Wright 01328 830270.

Sue White, Orientate Design, has been contracted to produce the whole site interpretation plan, this will ensure cohesion with our information panels, displays, web-site and new activities for visitors. Her plan will be ready by the New Year and this will enable us to implement it early in 2008.

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The project continues to receive grants from charitable trusts and private donations for which we are grateful. We are looking for our final £52,000 and information about future fundraising activities appear elsewhere in Lynx.

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At the time of writing this (late October) we are between Parish Council Meetings, the last being in late August and the next being at the end of November. At the last meeting, a “late entry” into the discussions was the proposal to site three wind turbines on Cockthorpe airfield. I felt that the debate was somewhat subdued, with a couple of Councillors perhaps believing that we should consider “doing our bit” to help the environment, whilst others plainly saw the disadvantages of living close by three large turbines. I think this reflects the opinions of a much wider section of the population. There are those who believe that we should be wholeheartedly supporting this technology, those who believe the turbines are an ugly scar on the landscape, and those who fall somewhere in between. Personally I do not find anything unattractive in the wind generators at Swaffham, or at Scroby Sands, but I do believe that those who live next to them have a right to feel differently. I wonder if things would be any different if we adopted the French system. I understand that their extensive nuclear power station programme was built because they adopted the system early on the basis that if you could see the power station from your home, you got your electricity free. Just this week I have received a flyer from a group calling themselves The North Norfolk Environment Forum. They want Parish Councils to vote, and work towards becoming Carbon Neutral. This sounds good so far, except of course that one way of doing this is to promote the erection of wind turbines - not somewhere else but right there in the Parish. And I have also received a similar missive from the Campaign to Protect Rural England who wants Parish Councils to help promote their Dark Skies campaign. And in the recent past, I have had similar letters from groups promoting the concept of Fair Trade. All of these organisations want some sort of vote and on-going commitment to agree with their way of thinking and assistance to promote their particular ideals. Some of these are very laudable, but I believe that it is the duty of Parish Councils to represent, assist and promote their particular community. And sometimes that may clash with “higher” ideals. Keith Leesmith, Parish Clerk Tel 01328 710261 email:

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OPEN GARDENS 2008 Binham will be opening its gardens again next year on the weekend of June 14th/15th. We would like to have as many gardens as possible open no matter how big or small so please consider joining in. Any ideas for activities that could also run that weekend would also be welcomed and help will be appreciated for refreshments/plant sales if you haven't got a garden. . Watch out for a meeting in the New Year when everyone who's willing to be involved can come and share their ideas. Judy Byrne 830174

ART EXHIBITION & SALE 2008 To coincide with the Open Gardens event there will be an art exhibition and sale in the Village Hall. This will be for four days Friday 13th to Monday 16th June. Five well known artists will be exhibiting their work. Entry free and refreshments available. Brenda Wilde 830525

“ELEGANT GARDEN PARTY” Get all dressed up for the occasion on Saturday 28th June 2008 at Abbott Farm. For more information please ring Liz Brown at 830519.

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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 £2 per morning includes coffee and biscuits.

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In October Ros Ulph gave a very interesting talk on her involvement with Art and Craft and brought with her many inspiring examples of her work. In November Martin Sexton once again gave one of his highly professional and very entertaining demonstrations using watercolour.

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POPPY COFFEE MORNING At the coffee morning for the Royal British Legion on 9th November we made the wonderful amount of £605. Very many thanks to all those people who helped in so many ways. Carolyn Wright

OPEN CIRCLE Thursday 20th December will be our Christmas Party. A reminder to all Binham & Hindringham Women's Club members that our meetings for the next few months are being held in Hindringham Methodist Chapel following the summer floods damaging the floor at Hindringham Village Hall. New members are always welcome.


5th: I had a few courses, killed 2 brace of hares, tried Wright’s blue puppy and think him likely to make a good one. 6th: I walked to Cockthorpe with Nancy this afternoon, heard Mr Firth - a very milk and water sermon indeed. 11th: We had one of the limekiln barn bullocks taken ill. Father dined at The Chequers, it being court day. 14th: Ted and I went to Waterden but Uncle Charles was ill in bed and the old lady worse than usual - we got no dinner. 27th: It pleased God to release poor dear Grandma from her miserable existence in this world to I hope a happier one at about 8 o’clock this morning. 29th: One of our best tup lambs was found with his neck broken from fighting.

We meet on the third Thursday of the month at 7.15pm. Just come along or call secretary Fiona Thompson on 830639.

CHEQUERS QUIZ NIGHT Monday 3rd December and Monday 7th January. 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. Alex and Steve will look forward to seeing you.

FIRST BINHAM PANCAKE RACE Sunday 3 February, 12.30 pm Binham Village Hall Playing Field


Come wind, hail, snow - whatever the weather it will take place. So put the date in your diary now and start practising tossing the pancakes. Teams of four, entry £8. Can we get teams from all surrounding villages?

2nd: We heard Mr Orbiston who did father’s market business yesterday was stopped coming home and was robbed of 17/- of father’s. 15th: George Tattersall came down here with a crack bitch from old Wilkins but I think Hector can beat her - I got a rare fall over a gate. 20th: We had a few courses here today and killed a brace of hares, the blue puppy beating everything. 23rd: Ted came home this evening but did not get to Walsingham till half past 11 on account of Christmas presents etc. 30th: We all went rabbiting at Old Walsingham killed 13 then dined and had plenty of punch. 31st: Mr Upjohn gave us a very appropriate sermon that, now knowing the time, it is high time to awake out of sleep. Richard & Norah Lewis

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BINHAM CHRISTMAS SUPPER Saturday 1st December in the Village Hall. 7 for 7.30 p.m. Tickets £5. Under 11 £2. Call Liz on 01328 830519

LANGHAM CRICKET CLUB Massingham Cup at Sharrington Langham v Briston 27th June 1961

BINHAM’S FAVOURITE RECIPES In this new recipe book: ‘The Binham Book of Favourite Recipes’ you will find many favourites that the residents of Binham enjoy cooking. There will be old and loved recipes and some exciting new ones for you to try. The book will be available to buy in Howell’s Superstore and the Howell Butcher Shop. A Christmas present perhaps? All proceeds will go towards the Priory Project. Brenda Wilde

Langham T. Craske b. Daniels, 0. J. Fuller b. Sexton, 0. M. Fuller b. Daniels, 0. C. Jarvis b. Sexton, 2. P. Tomblin lbw. Sexton, 6. K. Lawrence b. Daniels, 2. R. Felgate b. Daniels, 6. B. Long c. B. Sexton, 0. D. Saunderson b. Daniels,0. T. Punshion b. Sexton, 4. P. Collard not out, 1. Extras, 5. Total, 26. Bowling: R. Daniels, 5 for 6. R. Sexton, 5 for 15.


Briston J. Wiggins c&b. M. Fuller, 2. R. Sexton c. K Lawrence b. M. Fuller, 0. M. Barham b.M. Fuller, 0. A. Wiggins run out, 0. R. Daniels b. B Long, 3. J. Attoe b. B. Long, 1. R. Rogers c&b B. Long,0. R. Barnes b. M. Fuller, 6. J. Fisher b. M. Fuller, 0. P Corlett not out, 3. J. Glasspole b. B. Long, 1. Total, 16. Bowling: M. Fuller, 5 for 13. B. Long, 4 for 3. Langham Scorer: David Craske. Langham Umpire: Ike Craske.

Saturday 19 January, 7.15 pm Binham Village Hall Come and have Supper at the Races! Tickets £8 available from Jack and Marie Grange 830374 and Maureen Frost 830362. A Fund-raising event for the Binham Priory Project.


In this era of cricket, the grass in the outfield could be a foot long if the cows had not grazed it lately. If they had grazed, the ball had to be retrieved from some brown wet things laying around & the wicket keeper could be heard all over the field remonstrating with the fielder if the ball had not been wiped before returning it to him. Hence some very low scores! Pat Newman

Judging took place in the Village Hall on 14th September, following our Harvest Thanksgiving Service. Prizes were awarded during the Harvest Supper. Judges: Andrew Cuthbert and Pauline Scott. Class 1. Nouveau Sloe Gin 1. David Frost. 2. Beverly Taylor. 3. Mike Jeffery. Class 2. Earlier Sloe Gin Vintage 1. David Frost - 2002. 2. David Frost – 2003. 3. Gill Markwell – 1997. Class 3. Keeper’s Delight 1.Carolyn Wright - Bullace Gin. 2. Carolyn Wright Raspberry Vodka. 3.Beverley Taylor - Pear Vodka. Presentation 1. Hilary Brown. 2. Gill Markwell. 3. Sue Jeffery.




Contact: Anthony Smith 01328 830546

Field Dalling’s renowned Christmas Bingo will be held as usual at this time of year in the Village Hall on Holt Road. Doors open at 6:30pm. Eyes down at 7:30. The entry fee of £6 buys a session book of 10 plus two jackpots. It's an evening of family fun, to which everyone is welcome. There are lots of prizes, a great raffle and refreshments too, so be sure to come and join in! Enquiries to Debbie Ladley on 01328 830582.

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AFFORDABLE HOUSING One major obstacle for NNDC to achieve its target of building 270 new affordable homes in the period 2006-9 is the lack of suitable cheap land. So the donation of a field adjoining Field Dalling’s development boundary in the Will of a resident who wanted it to be used for the benefit of the community presented the Council with an ideal opportunity. Since October 2006, NNDC has been trying to persuade the Parish Council to approve an affordable housing development of nine dwellings on the donated land. A Housing Needs survey established a need within the village for two affordable homes, but a further 30 families from adjoining villages might qualify if development were to proceed. There was a well-attended public meeting on October 1st, at which several concerns were raised. and discussion of this, followed by a vote, at the Parish Council meeting on October 8th. Although a small majority at the public meeting were cautiously in favour of a development, there was universal concern that the issues raised (principally drainage and parking) would not be satisafactorily resolved. In effect, the community was being asked to give its aprroval to a significant development without any clear plans or written proposal. The Parish Council voted to postpone a decision until detailed plans were available for consideration. AES

PLOUGH MONDAY Traditionally, Plough Monday was the first Monday after Twelfth Night. It marked the end of the festive period and the beginning of work on the land for the new season. A feast was held, during which a plough was drawn through the village streets with music and dancing. These days, it would seem late to start ploughing after Christmas, but medieval times were warmer, crops were spring sown and, if the land was ploughed too early, weeds would have grown rapidly before the crops could become established. Plough Monday was connected with the Plough Light, Guilds (or Gilds) and the Church. Guilds were groups of people in rural communities who helped each other in times of need. They paid an annual subscription, had rules to abide by, a patron saint and they maintained an altar. Goods or money would sometimes be bequeathed to them in a Will. They would hold an annual service on the patron saint’s day, and a feast afterwards. The Guilds were based in the Parish Churches. As public buildings unconnected with the manors, the churches were available for running what were, in effect, friendly societies. The clergy were frequently members of a Guild as well, and kept the records. In 1808, Field Dalling church was home to ‘the Guilds of St Mary, and St John the Baptist, the Plough Light, St Nicholas, and All Saints’ [Blomefield’s History of Norfolk]. The exact significance of the plough light is unclear, but it seems to embody the loose religious connection of the Guilds, in that it was the rental income from a small piece of land that paid for the wax or oil to keep the light burning. Eric Hotblack

NORTH NORFOLK NOSTALGIA Local History Lecture Sat 16 Feb 2008 at 7 for 7:30 Local historian Philip West will lead us on a nostalgic journey through the ten villages covered by Lynx, showing us North Norfolk as it was in days gone by. Drawing on his slide collection of photographs and postcards he will show us views of farming as it used to be, and scenes of Holt and Wells. The lecture will be in Field Dalling & Saxlingham Village Hall, on Holt Road in Field Dalling. Refreshments will be available in the interval, and a raffle will be held in aid of St Andrew’s Church General Fund. Tickets will cost £5, to include a glass of wine on arrival. You may reserve a seat by purchasing a ticket in advance, or buy one on the night. Seats will be allocated on a first come basis. Please make cheques payable to ‘Field Dalling PCC’ and send them with a self addressed envelope to Mrs Ginny Kirby, 96 Holt Road, Field Dalling, Holt NR25 7LE. Tel 01328 830211. Do you have local photos of the old days? Would you be willing to share them? If so, please let Ginny know and she will put you in touch with Philip West.




It’s strange what requests Father Christmas receives during the weeks before the festive eve. We were able to take a peek at the items asked for this year and have hidden them in our word-search. The usual rules apply; the words run in a straight line in any direction (including diagonally).

1. W.C.T. Dobson sent the first what in 1844? (Sir Henry Cole and J.C.Horsby produced the first commercial one two years later). 2. What is Christmas Pudding also known as? 3. What is Kiritimati, the northern Line Island (part of Kiribati) and the largest atoll in the world, better known as? 4. What was the 4th century Bishop of Myra in Lycia in Byzantine Anatolia (now Turkey) better known as? 5. Of which countries (former Soviet Socialist Republics) are the following the capitals: (a) Minsk? (b) Yerevan? (c) Vilnius? (4) Tashkent? 6. Which sport besides ski-ing takes place on a piste? 7. Which is the largest mammal to build a nest? 8. What did my true love send me on the 8th day of Christmas? 9. Apart from appearing in the Bible, what do the following have in common: Balthazar, Methuselah and Nebuchadnezzar? 10. Who declared his crew’s intention “to boldly go where no one has gone before”? 11. What fraction is used to express pi? 12. Would you blow, pluck, or hit a bazouki? 13. How many degrees of the earth’s surface does the sun travel across in one hour? 14. In wrestling, which is heavier: bantamweight or featherweight? 15. What dish is traditionally associated with Easter? 16. What is the unit of measurement of pressure? 17. What trophy was contested for the first time in 1872 between the Wanderers and the Royal Engineers? 18. What dish is known as a “London particular”? 19. What meteorological phenomenon did Charles Dickens call a “London particular”? 20. What Forces rank did James Bond hold? 21. What was nicknamed “The Iron Horse”? 22. Before 1752, what date did the year begin in Britain? 23. What city, which is a country, is the world’s smallest? 24. What town is Coronation Street in? 25. What is the world’s largest island (excluding the continents)? Samphire

You are looking for (number of letters in brackets): Five items of clothing (5, 5, 6, 5, 5), Four musical (!) instruments (5, 5, 4, 4). Five things for Jimmy, who likes sport and playing outside (8, 3, 4, 4, 6). No less than eleven presents asked for by the twins, who don’t get out that much (one would be useful for Jimmy)(6, 3, 8, 5, 5, 5, 6, 4, 6, 3, 5). Little Jane wants an animal and has listed four (ridiculous!)(5, 3, 3, 4). Jack needs to freshen up a bit! (4). Mother likes fruit and has named three (6, 5, 5) plus three other food items for the larder (3, 4, 3). Greedy Grandad simply wants to indulge, according to his list of five requests (4, 3, 4, 4, 6). Finally, we’ll need something to put this lot in! (3).












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Last year, Santa’s chief dwarf got cross because Santa had swapped his sixteen reindeer for one, plodding elephant. He’s annoyed again this year, because our artist has re-touched the picture of him and his boss, making fourteen alterations. See how many differences you can spot in the lower picture.

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Across: 1.Comes up with confused evil reds (8) 5. Cultivate the agricultural area (4) 9. Roger abandons bigger pale ale(5) 10. Chocolate centre liked by the little insect(7) 11. Theatre trainers may be seen on Christmas cards (5,7) 13. The girl in the high window (6) 14. Canal hat (6) 17. Crafty packing - or fighting (6,6) 20. Recondition the gangster? That’s refreshing! (7) 21. Got in mixed up metal lump (5) 22. Sounds like the bird can get money! (4) 23. Experiment with exercise - see how it works! (5,3) Down: 1. Changed lead for the upland valley. (4) 2. The barge is not so heavy. (7) 3. Aye, aye sir - all directions. Excellent tidings! (4,4,4) 4. About the front, put a skim on it!. (6) 6. One thin coat? We’re sinking! (5) 7. Dumb bird!. (4,4) 8 An ark, a nine? An awfully tragic heroine! (4,8) 12. Stuff the tidal wave to the east, this is a party! (8) 15. Deprived of his right and given direction, a verger can get his own back! (7) 16. The fish skinner, he’s a climber. (6) 18. None turned up after the unknown. It’s a gas! (5) 19. Surprise! The snacks have turned up. (4)




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ST MARY’S NEWS Although the number of worshippers was a little disappointing, a very successful Harvest Festival service, in a beautifully decorated church, was lead by the Rector on 23 September. Thanks to all who donated flowers and who gave the fruit and vegetable produce. These were shared between the Break Home at Sheringham and Briston Care Centre.

Tel: 01263 860559 DO YOUR DITCHES DRAIN OK? With the onset of winter and being conscious of the problems caused by flooding earlier this year it would seem appropriate to remind everybody of the problems and request them to make sure that any ditches on their property are able to do their job. Many of the problems experienced during June, particularly in Gunthorpe, were as a result of a build up of rubbish and silt in ditches and culverts causing them to overflow. Please make sure that if you have ditches on your land they are clear and ready for heavy winter rain. By doing so you will not only help yourself but also your neighbours.

Thanks to Tom Corney, one of the younger members of the church, for raising and donating £25 for a much appreciated gift to St Mary’s. Thanks are also due to Lady Anne Blunden and all her helpers for the sterling work they carry out to maintain the church in such a pristine condition. One only has to read the visitors’ book to realise how much their work is appreciated. Fred Morley

HARVEST SUPPER After a slow start the bookings rolled in for the Friends Harvest Supper in the Institute and on 27 October 41 very happy people sat down for a meal of “de luxe” Shepherds Pie and roasted vegetables followed by Apple Pie and all the trimmings. The event made some £380 for the Church preservation funds and thanks are due to all of Committee’s Team who provided the food and worked so hard to make it such a successful evening, especially Marie Denholm who literally worked single handed to decorate the Hall (she had a broken wrist) and Rob Cutterham who bore the brunt of the cooking load producing not just one of the Shepherds Pies but all of the vegetables and some of the best “petit fours” outside of Fortnum and Masons!

CHURCH CARDS The Friends of Gunthorpe Parish Church have recently commissioned a new post-card sized church card based on the work of, and kindly donated by, David Stuart-Black. The card is a black and white drawing of the church from the south-west view and is blank inside – it is ideal for Christmas or just as a notelet.

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still remains, and the present house probably takes its name for this reason. Pigs and chickens were kept and when a pig had to be killed for meat or bacon, Mr J.J. Smith from the Cross Keys did the butchering for us. [Editor's note: The Cross Keys public house closed in April 1962. It is now a very comfortable house in Heath Lane occupied by John and Diana Arthurson.] The bacon would be hung from a hook in a large beam in the lean-to. At the end of the garden was the wood store and "privy". We used to call the latter the "W", and we had to use a candle-lantern to see our way down to it on dark nights. Quite often, particularly in the winter, we children used to play a trick on father. When he had finished his tea some of us would insist that we needed to go to the "W". Poor father had to light his lantern and take us down the garden. More than likely we didn't really need to go of course, but dad had to walk up and down the yard until we had all had our turn. We just liked to go down the garden by lantern light, and there was always a great competition to blow out the candle at the end of this charade. The living-room window faced the road and had net curtains, a roller blind and outside shutters. The Cushion's wall still has the metal fastenings that held back the shutters for his house. Our front door led straight into the living-room. The floor was of greyishblack brick and the floor covering was coconut or rush matting. I don't think lino or oilcloth was very common in the village in those days. The ceiling was of plasterboard, the walls were papered and we usually had stone coloured paintwork. In one corner of the living room there was a large "walk-in" pantry that had a small window facing the road. This was not only a food store, but it contained cups, pots etc also. The large brown earthenware teapot that we used regularly was kept there as well. On one side of the fireplace was a large cupboard with shelves, and our coal used to be kept at the bottom. The coalman, Howard from Hindringham, used to come straight into the room and shoot the coal into its place in the cupboard. It was such a large cupboard that we children were able to hide in it. Father didn't much like to have us under his feet when he came home from work, so we often used to hide in the cupboard at the end of the day. We used to peep out from the ventilator slits and creep out when we saw that he had gone into the garden. To be continued

Bob Bambridge was born in Gunthorpe in 1909 and lived here all of his life until his death in 1987. His story of a changing life in Gunthorpe, which he told to Gunthorpe historian Ray Steffans in 1978, is published in a short illustrated book which costs £5.00 and is available through the Gunthorpe Lynx Representative – all profits going to the Village Institute. This is Part 2 of his story.

My Gunthorpe Home "Apple Tree Cottage" where the Luscombes now live is made up of my old home and the cottage next door, where the Bailey family were our neighbours. [Editor's note: Bill Luscombe sadly died in 2003, but Joy Luscombe is still living at Apple Tree Cottage in July 2007 and now rates as one of the longest term inhabitants of the village in her own right]. At the time we lived there both cottages were owned by John Peck, who also then owned the pair of cottages where Cecil Stevens [now deceased] and Fred Wright now live. The stone outbuilding facing the Luscombe's back door was where the Bailey family kept their wood and odds and ends. William (Tim) Bailey and my sister Margaret were about the same age and often the three of us would go to school together. Tim was my cousin, his mother, Elisa, being my father's sister. Later on, in about 1936, Tim went to live at "West View", where he died in 1961. Mrs Lynn lived next door to the Bailey family, where the Cushions live now, and Bertie White succeeded her there. [Editor's note: In July 2007 Kathy Cushion still lived here.] Harry Cushion's mother moved there c 1917 after her husband had been killed in the l914-18 war (they had come from Bale). Mrs Anne Sharpin, who died in 1926, lived at the end cottage. She was followed by Claude Curson, and Mrs V Curson lives there now. Where the Ahrens live now, known in the village as "School House", the headmaster or mistress lived in the 1920-30 period onwards. [Editor’s note: School House is now owned by the Estate but sadly has now been empty for many months]. Mrs Pearson and Mr Foote lived there in the early days and Miss Joan Ayden was living there when the school closed in 1964. The cottage where we lived had a large living room, about 18 x 12 feet. It faced the road. Behind it facing the garden was the "back place" - a lean-to kitchen and scullery. A staircase in the living room led to the two upstairs bedrooms. The large bedroom connected directly to the smaller room used by the children. Our bedroom had no window, and the floor would be covered by odd pieces of matting. The beds were iron-framed with high heads and feet. Mattresses were filled with straw or "oat flights", and pillows were stuffed with chicken feathers. In cold weather beds were warmed by using the hot shelf from the wall-oven, wrapped in brown paper. Wardrobes were not then common, but there would be a large clothes cupboard. Stretched across one corner of the bedroom, on rings and wire, was a curtain behind which more clothes were kept. We had a large garden in which flowers and vegetables were grown, and there were gooseberry bushes and a few apple trees. One of the old apple trees

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50/50 Club Results September M Jenkinson G Clare A Wallace L Jenkinson F Bennell M Roper

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LANGHAM CHURCH NEWS The Harvest Thanksgiving Service was well attended and the collection of £96.60 was all donated to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. The RABI award grants totalling over £3 million annually to those in the farming community who are unable to make ends meet. They also care for 1,500 long term beneficiaries, whose needs increase as their years advance. After the service a ‘Bring and Share’ Supper was enjoyed in the Parish Room. Our thanks go to all those people who helped to decorate the church, which looked glorious, assisted at the service, helped with the supper and the clearing up! The produce from the church and the remaining food from the supper was taken along to the Glaven Centre.

We now have 115 members with monthly prize money in excess of £50.00. There are still a few numbers left in the monthly draws - as a somewhat larger organisation advertises - you have to be in it to win it! To join for the rest of this year (to July 2008 at £1.00 per month, paid in advance) or for more information please contact either Peter Everett (012163 860035) or John Blakeley (01263 861008). The December meeting on 15 December will also be a Christmas Party - the prize money and number of prizes will be increased and a wide range of refreshments will be available to purchase. All are welcome - not just 50:50 club members.


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Fifty-one cyclists and walkers visited St Mary’s Church during the NORFOLK CHURCHES TRUST SPONSORED BIKE RIDE AND WALK on Saturday 8th September. Seven members of the congregation served as Church Recorders and welcomed riders and walkers to the church, providing refreshments and cold drinks to the hungry and thirsty. Five members obtained sponsorship as recorders or cyclists and raised £1,150 between them (including a truly outstanding contribution from Daniel and Virginia Worsley). The proceeds, divided equally between the parish church and Norfolk Churches Trust, thereby earned £575 for church funds. Thanks are given to all who took part in organising and recording for the event, to all cyclists who gained such splendid support and to all who so generously sponsored the participants. John Smith

Anyone can request these to be switched on to commemorate a particular event or to sponsor a night during the twelve days of Christmas for a donation of £5 per night. To make arrangements, please contact me on Tel: 01328 830 605. Ann Sherriff

VILLAGE CAROLS As last year, we will not be going round the village singing carols this Christmas but we are going to join the nuns at the Carmel to sing carols with them. We will be congregating in the car park of the Carmel at 6.40 pm. on Thursday 13th. December in order to start at 6.45 pm. Children and adults are all welcome so do come and join us. If you require transport or need further details please telephone Ken on 830696 or Ann on 830605. We look forward to seeing you. INTERIOR & EXTERIOR



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We have received a faculty for the repair of the church clock. We are hoping that work will start soon but at the latest it will be early in the New Year. The repair of the storm damaged clock hands and dial works is covered by insurance. The cost of the service and repair of the clock is estimated at £3,165. Several villagers have already made donations for the clock fund and these amount to £1,569.90 for which we offer our grateful thanks. We are nearly half way there! To help raise the remaining amount of £1,595.10 we will be preparing a letter of invitation for people to give donations which will be delivered to each house. This will include a gift aid form. If those people who are U.K. taxpayers complete this, their donation will be enhanced by 28p in the £ as we can reclaim tax under the Gift Aid scheme. We will be most grateful for any donation, however small to help restore our village time-piece. These can be delivered to either the Chairman, Dr Rex Dawson at ‘Kirn House’, Holt Road or the treasurer, Ann Sherriff at 30, Binham Road. The clock fund is a ‘Restricted Fund’ and all monies received for this are protected for expenditure only on the clock. Langham P.C.C.

Wind Turbines Having had the open meeting in the church we will now write to Bernard Matthews to tell them all that has taken place since their presentation and to say the next move, if any, is up to them. Affordable Housing After the excellent presentation by NNDC and Hastoe on the final plans for this we now await the ormal planning application. Fireworks Once again we were very lucky with the weather and had an excellent show. A huge thank-you is due to the Friends of Langham again for organising the refreshments, Patrick for providing the field, and to all those who helped to get the site ready, collected money in the buckets, cooked the food and cleared it all up again the next day. New Notice Board This has now arrived and by the time this is printed should hopefully be in place. The Chairman 830 605

PARISH ROOM Carols and Mince Pies 19th Dec at 7pm All welcome as always. Entrance charge for adults, £2.00 with free glass of Sherry. Children, free entrance and very welcome for free orange squash. Net proceeds are for the Parish Room.



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The Parish Room AGM was held on 1st November and due to a resignation, there is a vacancy for a secretary. If someone out there has a couple hours a month to spare, please contact the Chairman, Edward Allen on Tel: 830276 who will be delighted to explain the running of the committee. We have one or two meetings a year depending on the maintenance/rebuilding work going on at the time and also an AGM once a year. Edward Allen Chairman

‘DOUBLE OCTAVE’ An evening of vocal and instrumental music With Advent and Christmas in mind. Admission Free. Retiring Collection for Church General Fund Refreshments will be served in the interval ‘Double Octave’ are sponsored by Travis Perkins. This group consists of sixteen singers from the North Norfolk area who give concerts to raise money for local charities and causes. They perform mainly a-cappella part songs, covering music from the Renaissance to the Present Day but also involve instrumental soloists and accompanists. Do come along and join us, it has promise of being a very enjoyable evening. Langham P.C.C.

ITALIAN EVENING Our thanks to all who attended, helped, and donated goods, (some people did all three). It was a great evening and we raised the magnificent sum of £651 for the Alzheimer’s Society. Ann Hill

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Back in the spring I was very optimistic about the prospects for the year ahead. The crops of winter wheat and barley were potentially the best we had ever grown in my time at Langham; the spring was warm and dry and the crops of barley, sugar beet and potatoes were planted in nearly perfect conditions. Then it began to rain.

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All, bar three fields of sugar beet, have now been harvested and we have time to take stock. The crops have been very poor, the worst I have ever grown. Potatoes were particularly badly hit; and we now have to explain to our customers why we are not going to be able to supply them with the quantities that we had agreed. Prices of cereals have risen considerably but unfortunately we do not have any to sell having sold forward earlier in the year. I am trying to put all this behind me and to look forward to the next farming year. The crops of winter wheat and barley are in the ground; it was a struggle to start with and there was a time when the fields that had grown potatoes were just too wet to do anything with. However, late October and early November has been wonderfully dry and all is now drilled. Every year at about this time we have our cows pregnancy diagnosed by our Vet using an ultrasound scanner; those that are barren we sell. This year we had only one cow out of 94 that was not in calf so we have the rather pleasant problem of where to put all these animals over the winter. We plan to sell some of the calves earlier than normal to make room for the extra cows. Victor and I are going to be very busy at calving time next February and March. We housed the cattle at the end of the first week in November, we usually leave them for two weeks to get settled and then we wean them; so be warned, there will be a lot of noise for a day or two around the 19th November. The cows will then go back outside again to strip graze, using an electric fence, on stubble turnips which we have grown as a catch crop after harvest. These should last them up until Christmas time when they will come inside again in preparation for calving. They are much better outside than in, fresh air and exercise is as good for cattle as it is for us. It has been a very challenging year and I hope that the next one will be easier. There have been many lessons to learn and we will be changing the way that we do some things in the year ahead, but I doubt if we will get everything right! Ian Spinks

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Paul Wraith 01263 740533 SLEEPING BEAUTY PANTOMIME Friends of Langham After the runaway success of last year's pantomime The Friends of Langham are happy once again to organise a trip to this year's pantomime performance of 'Sleeping Beauty' at The Princess Theatre in Hunstanton. We invite all Langham Children (and their parents) to enjoy the show on Wednesday 2nd January 2008 at 1.30pm. The bus will leave Langham at 12 noon from the Blue Bell Pub and we will return around 5.45 pm. Tickets are free for all Langham Kids and their parents will pay £10 each. The Friends of Langham will also pay for transport! This year's performance is going to be even better! Join us and book now: Call Marcel or Cathy Schoenmakers on 01328 830537 or corner one of us in the street on your way to school. We only have 50 tickets, they are like gold dust!! We'll see you for a great performance! Marcel Schoenmakers Friends of Langham

FRIENDS OF LANGHAM Coffee Morning dates December 1st & 19th, January 5th. & 16th. Do come along to these informal gatherings, from 10.00am - 12 noon in the Parish Room. 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. John Hughes Tel: 01328 830595.

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COUNTRY TEAS Gill Broom and Chrissie Hill would like to thank those people of the Benefice who made cakes and supported the August teas in the Parish Room. The total raised was £249. The afternoon teas became quite a ritual with a regular clientele who took the opportunity to catch up and meet friends old and new. The funds have been donated to the Reverend Joanna Anderson for the Benefice Fund, to support her work in the nine parishes.

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Langham in 1856. 416 inhabitants 1 Vicar, Rev. John Randall, 1 Curate, Rev. Venn. The Bishop of Norwich had 200 acres, the vicar 100 acres and the rector of Little Langham had 49 acres but performed no duties. There was a National School. Messrs Rudd, Elgar, Wells and Pond were farmers. Thomas Bird ran the Bluebell. Messrs S. Standford and W. Wisker were tailors. J. Massingham was the blacksmith and post master. Messrs W. Nelson and J. Beaves were shopkeepers. J. Wyatt was the boot and shoemaker. J. Hook the wheelwright. W. Rivett the joiner and R. Hall the corn miller and baker.


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As the person responsible for getting Ian Spinks to write the Farming News for the past year I would like to thank him for a job well done. He has given us an insight not only into the practical side of farming but also the economics of it all as well.

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Another great fireworks event took place for the Langham community and all its visitors on Monday 5th. November. The stunning Norfolk countryside was an impressive backdrop to the huge bonfire and spectacular firework display. The display, it's biggest yet, was organised by the Friends of Langham and the village Parish Council. Around 400 spectators came to see and enjoy and had a bite to eat too. This traditional and well organised event has now achieved an excellent reputation, and, listening to spectator’s comments, is widely enjoyed by the local community. A Spectator

Secondly the Appeal: We would now like another farmer within the area covered by the Lynx to take over for 2008. The task is not too onerous, just every two months to write a resume of work on the farm of the previous two months and what lies ahead. Any additional facts and figures are also welcome as they all help to inform those not involved in the industry. To offer your services just get in contact with your village representative whose contact details are in the heading for each village. Colin Sherriff

NORFOLK CHURCHES TRUST Sponsored Bike Ride Sep 2007 Many thanks to all the bike riders - Amanda, Helen, John, Kathy and her friend Anne Thornalley, Ken and Tony who gave up their time and energy to raise money at this annual event. The final total of money raised was £886.50. Half of this will go to the Norfolk Churches Trust and half has come to Langham Church general fund. Our thanks go to the stewards in the church and a very big thank you to all those who sponsored the bike riders so generously for this year’s bike ride round the churches. This is the largest amount raised for this event by Langham bikers since the inception of the NCT sponsored bike ride. Well done to everybody concerned! Ken Bartlett & John Plummer on behalf of the Langham Parish Church P.C.C.

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SHOVELL TERCENTENARY COMMEMORATION On 18th October 2007 at Westminster Abbey The 1805 Club (which assists in the preservation of monuments relating to Nelson and his time, and in promoting research into Nelson and the Royal Navy) and the Britannia Naval Research Association arranged at short notice a special wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the death on 22nd October 1707 off the Isles of Scilly of Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell (1650 – 1707, Rear-Admiral of England, Admiral of the White, Member of Parliament, Elder Brother of Trinity House) and of the 2000 sailors aboard Shovell’s 90-gun Association, and those of Eagle, Romney and Firebrand who perished with him. This was followed by a Reception off St Stephen’s Hall in the House of Commons. A Guard of Honour was found by the London Nautical School and the buglers were from the Royal Marines. 100 people attended including David and Alice Carnwath, Captains in each of the Chilean and Norwegian Navies, and several members of the Shovell and Brereton Families (the latter being descendants from the Admiral’s mother’s second marriage, to John Flaxman) who last year had come to the Morston Shovell Dinner.

LANGHAM CAR SERVICE Schedule until January 13th Week beginning Week beginning th Oct. 15 . Tel: 830 537 Oct. 22nd. Tel: 830 731 Oct. 29th Tel: 830 348 Nov. 5th. Tel: 830 036 Nov. 12th. Tel: 830 696 Nov.19th. Tel: 830 056 Nov. 26th. Tel: 830 097 Dec. 3rd. Tel: 830 537 Dec 10th. Tel: 830 847 Dec.17th. Tel: 830 731 Dec 24th. Tel: 830 605 Dec.31st. Tel: 830 606 Jan. 7th. Tel: 830 821 After these dates the next schedule will be in operation and 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. Rate: 20p per mile. Do bring change. Ann Sherriff Tel: 830605

As the organiser of the only Annual Shovell Dinner in the country I was asked if I wished to attend and to lay a wreath on behalf of the man, who in Morston we call “our Admiral” (Cockthorpe had two!) and to give the wording, instanter, for the wreath card. And so for Cockthorpe & Morston I laid one of the six wreaths, the others being laid by the personal representatives of the First Sea Lord and of Trinity House, a serving Captain in the Canadian Defence Force (Navy), a direct descendant of Sir Cloudesley: Sarah Cloudesley Eley (who attended last year’s Morston Shovell Dinner), and a Representative of the BNRA & 1805 Club.

MOBILE LIBRARY This will visit Langham on Thursdays Dec.13th. Jan.3rd. Jan 24th. calling each day at: St. Mary’s - 10.00am. Old Post Office - 10.25am Swan’s Close - 10.50am. The Cornfield - 11.15am. Enquiries: Wells Library Tel: 01328 710467.

CRICKET More news from the field, gathered by Ann Massingham, is to be found in the Cockthorpe section.

In 1707 on 22nd December Shovell’s body was exhumed from its makeshift burial place in the Scillies and was re-buried with full military honours in the south aisle beneath a huge, magnificent memorial carved to the order of Queen Anne, by Grinling Gibbons, The wreath I laid was funded by Morston Parish Council. The card read: “In memory of ‘our’ Admiral, from the citizens of Cockthorpe and Morston (where he was born & owned land) & from the FMC Shovell Dinner Committee. Maurice Matthews, Jim Temple, Jock Wingfield”.


SHOVELL DINNER 2007 “In his day he was almost as famous as Horatio Nelson was in his” – Dr. Simon Harris. The annual Dinner commemorating the life of Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell of Cockthorpe & Morston (1650-1707) on 22nd October on the Tricentenary (less two days) of his death was held at the Anchor on Saturday 20th October. After quaffing a “Sir Cloudesley”, we sat down 50 guests (15 further guests having cancelled at short notice in order to see the England-South Africa World Cup Rugby Final) to a delicious 3-course meal with a glass of wine. We were indebted to Muriel Hallatt, Maurice & Sue Matthews and John Hope for bringing parties.


Dinner, with Queen Elizabeth’s Grace, and the two traditional toasts to Sir Cloudesley and to Nelson (“To the Immortal Memory” - given by David Carnwath) ended with an Auction (including 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 a raffle, and then a fascinating talk with amazing slides on: “The First Man (and a Norfolk man too) through Canada’s Northwest Passage: Lieutenant Gurney Cresswell, R.N. - in 1853” - by his biographer & kinsman, Dominick Harrod.

In honour of Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell in October a blue plaque was installed on his London house, Crayford Manor near Dartford in Kent. Also, a Shovell Tricentenary Commemoration Dinner was held on 22nd Oct by the BNRA (the Britannia Naval Research Association) at Oxford. For the Dinner the BNRA obtained from me the Queen Anne’s Grace (amended) that we use at Morston for Shovell Dinners, viz: ‘Morston’ Grace (1702-1714, flourishing 1707) An amended form of Queen Elizabeth’s Grace was used in Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell’s later years. That prayer is here amended - back to the original - for Queen Elizabeth II: God bless our meat, God guide our ways, God give us Grace, Our Lord to please. Lord, long preserve, In peace and health, Our gracious Queen Elizabeth.

A handful of signed copies of “War, Ice and Piracy”, Dominick Harrod’s biography of Lieut. Cresswell, were on sale afterwards. All proceeds - which amounted to £1,105.00 - went to Friends of Morston Church for church repairs (Registered Charity No.1099831).

A “Sir Cloudesley” - the drink This drink (apparently dating back to Nelson’s Day (c.1790s-1805) was a “concoction of a small beer laced with brandy, with cane sugar & a dash of lemon.” This is stated on page 123 of Thomas Armstrong’s 1942 novel, “Dover Harbour”. [Source: Cloudesley Marsham of Maidstone - 90 this year - who believes that the drink was not merely a 1942 invention of novelist Thomas Armstrong, but that it really did exist back then. And being of Cloudesley stock, he ought to know! He was sorry not to make the Dinner].

NORFOLK CHURCHES BIKE RIDE Morston was well represented again - by Olive Hewitt, Max and Rob and Sally Metcalfe, and Anne Rolfe. Unfortunately, at the time of going to press, Ned Hamond has not yet received the financial results. Do put the second Saturday in September in your diary for this for next year!

To mix a “Sir Cloudesley” for the Shovell Dinner this year, Sam Handley, manager of the Anchor, obtained a special beer – Samuel Smith’s Old Export Stout - which is almost as brewed in Nelson’s or even Shovell’s Day” and then tasted different quantities of the above ingredients until he produced the “perfect mix” - which is an Anchor secret. Indeed the Anchor is the only pub in England where you can enjoy a “Sir Cloudesley” and that is only on the day of the Shovell Dinner - but look out, it’s stronger than it sounds.

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All Saints Church Morston looked stunningly beautiful in the autumn sunshine on 13th October, as did Rebecca Ward who married Mark Tarry, son of Audrey and Andrew Tarry of Kings Worthy. Rebecca is the eldest daughter of Rosie Ferguson and Charlie Ward of Morston. She was attended by her two sisters Kate and Anna and Victoria Cowan, Ali El-Moghraby and Josephine Powell. The service was conducted by Rev Joanna Anderson and the music played by Mark Jones of Greshams School and the Gallery String Quartet. The church was packed with friends and relatives of the bride and groom. The couple were serenaded by local band The Show Ponies as they were transported from the church to the reception by tractor and trailer. The reception was held in a marquee at the home of Charlie and Helen Ward.

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EDP FEATURE ON SHOVELL On Saturday October 20th in the EDP, in its “EDP on Sunday” supplement, a 2-page spread by Mark Nicholls appeared under the heading “Time to Salute Sir Cloudesley”. This included three paragraphs on Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell’s connection with Cockthorpe (his christening on November 25th 1650) and with Morston (his owning land here, as did his father, his wife and his offspring; and “several members of his family are buried in Morston Church”). Nicholls went on to say “…Morston tonight will see 60 people dine at the Anchor Inn, honouring his memory” etc. He mentioned too that, among the wreaths laid at the foot of his “magnificent tomb” in Westminster Abbey, was one which simply read ‘to our Admiral’.

MORSTON ON BREAKFAST TV On 20th October I was invited to be the “Morston end” of a two-way dialogue with Paul Larne (the naval historian and wreck expert) on “Breakfast with Bumfrey”. As I felt they wanted to linger too long on the negative side of Shovell’s career i.e. steering his fleet onto the rocks in the Scillies - in a storm (two generations before Harrison’s famous timepiece improved navigation, remember), I spoke of his bravery and successes – and of course his having been born at Cockthorpe and holding land in Morston, and the annual Shovell Dinner being held annually at the Anchor in Morston.

MORSTON MARDLE By Samphire Dates for your diary: Dec. 5th Wed. Parish Council Meeting Dec. 23rd Sun. Carol Service, 5.00 pm Jan. 23rd Wed. Parish Council Meeting, Village Hall Feb. 23rd Sat. Annual Quiz, Village Hall

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CHURCH NEWS The Festival Season seems to be creeping stealthily upon us and already our thoughts are turning to forthcoming services at St.Margaret's, especially the Christingle Service for families on 2nd December at 3.30 pm and Holy Communion at 10.30 am on Christmas Day Our thanks to all those who helped to decorate St. Margaret's so beautifully and gave produce for our Harvest Festival service which was held jointly with Field Dalling. The Rev. Peter Bowles spoke on the value of water and how we take our supply so much for granted. We have therefore sent £85 to WaterAid, the charity that provides wells for villages in Africa. The produce donated was given to Blakeney Caring. The sum of £188 was raised at a lively coffee morning on 16th October in aid of church funds. We are grateful to Mary Hunt for hosting the event in her lovely home.




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Sharrington All Saints had the honour of being the only small rural church among cathedrals and minsters to be chosen as a venue to promote Sir Roy Strong’s new book “ A little History of the English Country Church”. That was thanks to his long-standing friendship with PCC member Anne Sloman, who persuaded the former director of the National Portrait Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum to include Sharrington in his promotion tour. It was a sell-out on the night as 120 ticket holders packed the church to hear Sir Roy’s call to churches to adapt if they wanted to survive. “Churches were intended to be village halls and used to be for everything,“ he said; “it was only the Victorians that installed pews and other such finery. Looking back through history there are several crucial times when churches had to make major changes to survive. This is one of them. It’s about acknowledging and embracing change and being positive not destructive.” The lecture was chaired by the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev. Graham James, who thanked Sir Roy for his encouraging comments and added “lots of us in the Church of England want our church buildings to be more widely used by the communities around them.” And the community of Sharrington had certainly rallied round that October evening, providing delicious food, beautiful flower arrangements, serving wine, moving chairs and tables and parking cars. What’s more, we raised an incredible sum - over £1300 to go towards the cost of repairing crumbling plaster between the roof beams. The following morning we were back in church to show Sir Roy that country churches are still thriving in this corner of Norfolk. We sang rousing hymns chosen by Anna and had an inspiring sermon from Joanna linking the themes from the lesson to the lecture. Our village also celebrated two other important events - Harvest Festival and our Patronal Festival, All Saints Day. This year we enjoyed all the familiar harvest hymns amid lovely decorations then stayed on in church for the savouries and wine kindly provided by members of the congregation. Our collection once again went to the Send a Cow Appeal - and this time we did choose a cow, plus four saplings, with the £150 we contributed. Then it was time to celebrate the Saints commemorated by our village church and this we did with an uplifting service, followed by not one but two of Betty Rivett’s special cakes and coffee. Soon the flowers will leave church to herald the season of Advent. Our Christmas services have already been arranged - the Carol Service by candlelight will be Sunday 23rd December at 5pm, followed by mulled wine and mince pies. Christmas Day is celebrated with a service of carols and Holy Communion at 9.30am and the Sunday following, December 30th there will be a Group service in our church at 10.30am. A warm welcome awaits you at all the services. PEL

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SEA SHELLS IN SHARRINGTON Dec 9 to 15 2007 from 10 to 5 daily Sharrington Hall Gallery is displaying a unique, original and astonishing exhibition of art by “The Faberge of Shells”, Peter Coke. Open for viewing and our delight on the above dates. Peter’s previous exhibitions have been in Bond Street, Sloane Street and other London Galleries as well as his permanent exhibit in Sheringham. He presents some 75 masterpieces for sale viewing including “The Tower of Babel” and “ The Shrine to Aphrodite.” Known also as a national treasure Peter has had 6 careers in his 95 years and is still “at it” working every day for many hours. He was brought up in Kenya, with memories of elephants in the garden, hundreds of zebra grazing and clouds of red flamingos flying overhead. Educated at Stowe School his first job was in Mouton, France with the Vice Counsel. He gained a three year scholarship at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, often walking from Wimbledon to save fares. Four months at the Victoria Palace playing a waiter and a butler were followed by 2 strenuous years work at Margate Rep, where a different play was presented every week. His first real appearance in London was at the Vaudeville in “Do you remember?” He served as an officer in the Royal Artillery in North Africa, Greece and Italy. Coming home from the War he appeared in many plays in London including Classics at the old Vic. Some 15 years in radio as Paul Temple played its part in establishing his National and International fame. Peter then started a very successful antiques business at Parsons Green, after experience in Portobello. That started his interest in shells, the art form of which he has become the leading exponent in the world. The man and his art are not to be missed. Entrance is free but contributions are welcome to The Samaritans. PJG.


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With the harvest over farmers are well up with lifting potatoes and drilling winter cereals. We are lucky in having such good farming work to admire around us. Hedges are laden with berries. Birds are still out there and not entering gardens much. Why are house sparrows so scarce these days? Or indeed starlings. Perhaps it is ‘too tidy’ farmyards these days with grain stores sealed up by edict of the government so that consumers are not contaminated. But pity the sparrows!

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CHURCH NEWS The Revd. Betty Humphries who has been taking one service each month at St. Johns has been hospitalised with a serious back condition, and also an infection of the knee. Our thoughts and prayers are with her.

They say that no one is further than three metres from a rat - wherever you are! Winter brings them into gardens and buildings so be warned. Rat poisons are all very well but I worry on behalf of Barn Owls who may swoop on half dead rats and ingest poison themselves. It would be interesting to know how many pairs of Barn Owls nest in each of our Parishes. Barn Owls exist up as far as Southern Scotland but are at the northern end of their range in the UK - but spread as a species all round the world. As the winter progresses look out for the Shorteared Owl - a daytime hunter often seen over salt marshes and open fields, a large owl with a low gliding flight. Pightle

It is unlikely that Betty will be able to take services for some time. This means that for a the foreseeable future there will not be a service on the second Sunday of each month in Stiffkey, as there is no member of the clergy available to take it. The positive side of this is that it has created an opportunity to share worship with the members of Langham Church by attending their Holy Communion at 9.30 on each second Sunday of the month. They have the opportunity to join us here on each fourth Sunday for our Family Service. At the first of these joint services at the end of October, 11 members of each church attended.

FROM MADRIGALS TO MAHLER Two more music evenings have attracted many “regulars” and also some welcome re-inforcements from Kings Lynn. In September a member’s choice programme embraced a wide selection of music spanning 5 centuries. The most popular item was a recording of the Prom Concert given by the amazing Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra form Venezuela. These youngsters, led by a conductor in his early 20s, performed with tremendous vigour and panache. The orchestra is the showpiece of a vast scheme of music in Venezuela, which involves over a quarter of a million young musicians in a state sponsored scheme to combat youth crime and drug dependency. How much more imaginative than ASBOs and the occasional run down skateboard park! In October John presented a programme of music by some of the great Romantic composers from Beethoven through to Rachmaninov and featuring two very colourful orchestral pieces by Berlioz; Royal Hunt and Storm, and Roman Carnival. Members went home in high spirits, even though slightly deafened. John Adnitt

Our Christingle Service will be at 3.30 on the Sunday afternoon before Christmas, the 23rd of December. We warmly invite all to join us for this candlelit celebration of the Christmas message. Mince pies and wine to follow! During the summer some members of the church have been preparing a new guide. With the help of John Wright and Peter Cardell from Blakeney they have been investigating several of the doubts about a church’s past. The most interesting mystery is the exact whereabouts of the old St. Mary’s Church which became disused in the 16th Century. An extensive geophysical survey of the mound at the east end of the existing church has revealed an outline of stonework underground. This could well signify that the mound covers the remains of a building remarkably similar in outline and size to the surviving church and, very significantly, built on a clear East – West axis suggesting a church. Further investigations will take place. Watch this space.


Two very well attended funerals occurred in consecutive weeks in mid October. The first was of Ted Martin who was born in Stiffkey but spent much of his married life in Oxford. Ted still had many relatives in this area. A week later we said farewell to George Curzon, who attended the village school in the 1920s and spent much of his adult life at sea in the merchant and royal navies. Until a few years ago George rode his bike each day to Warham to see his son. John Adnitt

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STIFFKEY PARISH PLAN Work is soon to begin on a Parish Plan for Stiffkey. When completed, a printed report, based on detailed consultation within the village will be produced. It will describe features which are valued by us; it will identify issues affecting the community and set out the hopes and aims for the parish for the next five years or more. For example, the Plan may identify actions in relation to: - a possible affordable housing site; traffic calming; the Village Hall; the fete; provision of doggie bins; Neighbourhood Watch; activities for young people; services for older people; sports activities. Why do a Parish Plan? The Parish Plan will allow the experts to say what’s needed in Stiffkey. The experts are the local people who live, work, and play here! So the completed Plan will reflect the unique characteristics of a Stiffkey. The Parish Plan will provide the community with essential evidence of needs, when applying for grants or when lobbying authorities and agencies with issues of concern (E.g. County Council Highways Department over road and traffic safety; District Council Planning Policy Department over suggested sites for affordable housing.) The Parish Plan is available for any community group to use for such purposes; it is not limited to being for the exclusive use of the Parish Council.

BOWLS CHAMPION IN STIFFKEY David Webb continues his excellent performances. He is an English champion – has won the Norfolk title in the 2 wood and then won the National final at Skegness. He has won 4 national and 8 Norfolk titles and eight ‘runners up’ in the outdoor, indoor and carpet bowls. What with being married to Pat for forty years and keeping our windows sparkling we really do have someone to congratulate amongst us. Well done David! Needless to say if anyone wants encouragement or help to play bowls, contact David on 01328 830469. KMcD


How will community members be involved? Everyone in the community can be involved in preparing the plan. Open meetings will provide the opportunity for people to give their opinions and ideas. Those willing to help with the production of the Parish Plan can join a steering group and help to organise events; deliver leaflets or questionnaires; or offer specialist help, such as design or computer skills. A meeting will be held in the New Year to start off the process. The Parish Council has nominated Cherry Martin and I as its representatives on the still to be formed Steering Group. If you wish to become involved, or want further information please contact Cherry on 01328 830750 or myself on 01328 830569. Steven Bashforth

We send our sincere sympathies to Geraldine Green following the death of her father Jack. As most will know Jack Cox had a long and distinguished life of service in the Navy and Wells Lifeboat. He had a wide following as an artist and his atmospheric pictures of Wells harbour and coastline hang in hundreds of houses, His funeral in Wells church was ‘full to the gunwales’ as people paid their respects to one of North Norfolk’s famous sons. KMcD

THE OLD VICTORIA (PUB) Bridge Street The new owners, the Stoner family (Katie and Peter) are in the throes of improvements and extensions to make their house even more comfortable for their delightful family. Welcome and good luck. We enjoy having you in the village. (George, Archie Alice - don’t fall in the river.) KMcD

STIFFKEY BEFORE 1600 On Friday 1st February at 7.30. p.m. John Smallwood will be giving a talk in the Village Hall on “Stiffkey before 1600”. His illustrated talk will examine what is known about the village’s origin and development before Nathaniel Bacon acquired the principal manor, and built the Old Hall. Among the evidence reviewed will be the layout of the village at the beginning of the 1600s as shown in the estate map of the times. John will also deal with some remarkable finds made when No 1 Bridge Street was extended in 2005. There will be no admission charge, but donations on the night will be welcomed for the Church Fabric Fund. Refreshments will be available. Please book the date. The talk will be a fascinating insight into our village’s past. John has a real passion for this subject and is well known for his lectures on local history. John Adnitt







Health and exercise seem to provide a constant theme at Langham Village School these days, particularly with the media focus on obesity in children and the school’s recent award of National Healthy School status. For instance, older children are able to access a ‘healthy tuck shop’ where all fruit is 15p and boxes of raisins are 10p - on a daily basis. On the exercise front Langham is looking forward to benefiting from the award to Alderman Peel in Wells, the local cluster High School, of specialist Sports College status. “We, like all the local schools, shall be capitalising,” says Langham Village School Headteacher Mike Green, “with lots of additional opportunities over the year via the North Norfolk School Sports Partnership. I believe there are exciting times ahead and PE will feature in our School Development Plan as we aim to tap into funding, training and events.” One recent event was Gresham’s School Cross Country. Langham took a team of 25 children and followed up last year’s success with seven top 10 places in the four races. Indeed, Louis Plater won his event, even though racing against many children a year older than him. On a regular basis Langham Lions Football Club has restarted this term, meeting at the school for an hour on Sunday mornings. The club is for Reception, Years 1, 2 and 3 children and is designed to give younger children confidence and enthusiasm for the game. The following children have been selected to represent the School Council for the coming year. Well done to Rosie Valentine, Jessica Beeson, Lucy Brett, George Ward, Louis Plater, Emily Brett, Jonathan Bean, Chloe Fowle, Freddie Blakeley, Ellen Grove and Cameron Rose. “They meet weekly and have a direct influence on the organisation of the school,” says Mike Green. “I’m sure they will do a great job for us.” The School Council often takes the lead on charity initiatives. For instance, the school has been given daffodil bulbs, which it will use for improving the school environment and will raise funds to help in the work of caring for people with Myasthenia Gravis. The Myasthenia Gravis Association cares for people with the illness, which can affect people of all ages. Each class will plant bulbs to cheer up the ’orchard area’ and the school will collect money for the association with a fund raising event. Alan Titchmarsh is a supporter of the charity.


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Tel: 01263 740596 Another arm of the school that contributes much to the rich spectrum of activities enjoyed by the children is Langham School Friends. Following the recent AGM the following officers were duly elected: Chair - Christina Everard; Vice Chair - Sally Grove: Treasurer - Cathy Schoenmakers; and 100 Club & Purchasing Officer - Mary Marin. The 100 Club specifically raises money to help fund school excursions. For instance, Class 3 recently visited Carrow Road as guests of Norwich City Football, having a chance to see behind the scenes and how the club operates. Year 5 children were able to visit Alderman Peel High School to join in with its Languages Day. Children were able to try Spanish, Punjab, Finnish and French as part of the experience. Continuing the international theme, the school’s country-based entrance displays have proved to be very successful, with Australia and China going down well. In this half term the focus is on Spain, featuring pictures, artefacts, posters and so on. This is another ‘bumper’ year for clubs and already the school has embarked upon maths (3 clubs), Netball (2 clubs), French, ICT, Football, Recorders, Cookery and Drum Club. “After a wonderful demonstration by Mark Fawcett, our guitar teacher, we will have 12 new starters eagerly strumming away,” says Mike Green. “In addition we are enjoying whole school singing with Sheila Harris. Great stuff.” Finally, if you see fluorescent jackets around the street of Langham on these darker evenings, it may be the subsidised jackets available from the school as part of the school’s road safety initiatives. The school is also undertaking a car sharing initiative. Don’t forget that you can keep up to date with everything happening at the school by logging on to the school’s own Web site at:


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Profile for Robert Metcalfe

Local Lynx issue 57, December/January 2008  

The community newspaper for 10 North Norfolk villages

Local Lynx issue 57, December/January 2008  

The community newspaper for 10 North Norfolk villages