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in our ten villages

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1 Tues. Langham PCC Annual Meeting 7.00 4th Fri. Gunthorpe PCC 7.00 4th Fri. Binham Bingo Night 7.00 4th Fri. Gunthorpe PCC 7.00 5th Sat. Langham Coffee Morning 10 - 12 7th Mon. Binham Chequers Quiz Night 6.30/7.30 8th Tues. Langham Parish Council 7.00 9th Wed. Langham Ladybirds 7.30 10th Thurs. Langham FOL Quiz Night 7.30 16th Wed. Saxlingham Lecture, 10.45 for 11 16th Wed. Langham Coffee Morning 10 - 13 17th Thurs. Binham Open Circle Dinner 17th Thurs. Langham Mobile Library 20th Sun. Gunthorpe Churchyard Clearance, 9.00am 21st Mon. Binham History Group ‘Land of Boudica’ 7.30 21st April Stiffkey W.I. 7.30 22nd Tues. Binham Open Parish Meeting 7.30 24th Thurs. Binham History Big Quiz 26th Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club 29th Tues Gunthorpe Church Cleaning Party 10.00

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3rd Sat. Langham Coffee Morning 20 - 12 4th Sun. Gunthorpe Classic Recital, 5.30 8th Thurs. Langham Mobile Library 13th Tues. Langham Parish Council. 7.00 14th Wed. Langham Ladybirds 7.30 15th Thurs. Gunthorpe Parish Council AGM 7.30 15th Thurs. Binham Open Circle Flower Demo 19th Mon. Stiffkey W.I. 7.30 21st Wed. Langham Coffee Morning 10 - 12 25th Sun. Binham Priory, Concert 7.30 26th Mon. Langham Bring & Buy 29th Thurs. Langham Mobile Library 31st Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club

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GLAVEN DISTRICT CARING Spring Coffee Morning At the Manor Hotel, Blakeney Quay



10.30 – 12 noon Saturday, April 5 There will be Cakes, Raffle, Books, Tombola, Bric-a-brac, etc Entrance £1, includes coffee and biscuits

BACK LANE BLAKENEY Father Michael Simison 12 Hindringham Road Gt. Walsingham Norfolk Tel: 01328 821 353

PRIEST IN RESIDENCE Father William Wells (the house behind the church)



Vigil Mass: Sunday Mass:

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:

Saturday 6.00 pm. 10.30 am.

BLAKENEY METHODIST CHURCH HIGH STREET BLAKENEY Minister: The Reverend David Greenaway 8, St. Andrew’s Close, Holt. Tel: 01263 712 181 Sunday Service 6.30pm For weekday services see ‘Glaven Newsletter’.



Parish Bale Field Dalling Saxlingham Gunthorpe

HC=Holy Communion. FS=Family Service. MP=Morning Prayer. BCP=Book of Common Prayer. All Communion Services are in traditional language except those marked * 13th April 20th April 6th April 27th April 9.30am HC At Saxlingham 9.30 am HC 9.30 am MP

9.30 am HC At Saxlingham 11 am HC 9.30 am HC

9.30 am HC 11 am FS At Field Dalling No Service

9.30 am HC 11 am MP BCP At Field Dalling 11 am HC

9.30 am MP

9.30 am HC

9.30 am MP

9.30 am HC

Binham Langham Morston Stiffkey

11 am HC 9.30 am HC* 9.30 am HC BCP 11 am HC*

11 am FS 9.30 am HC No service At Langham

11 am HC 9.30 am HC 9.30 am HC BCP 8 am HC*

9.30 am HC At Stiffkey No service 11 am FS

Parish Bale Field Dalling Saxlingham Gunthorpe Sharrington Binham Langham Morston Stiffkey

4th May 9.30am HC At Saxlingham 9.30 am HC 9.30 am MP 9.30 am MP 11 am HC 9.30 am HC* 9.30 am HC BCP 11 am HC*

11th May 9.30 am HC At Saxlingham 11 am HC 9.30 am HC 9.30 am HC 11 am FS 9.30 am HC No service At Langham

18th May 9.30 am HC 11 am FS At Field Dalling No Service 9.30 am MP 11 am HC 9.30 am HC 9.30 am HC BCP 8 am HC*

25th May 9.30 am HC 11 am MP BCP At Field Dalling 11 am HC 9.30 am HC 9.30 am HC At Stiffkey No service 11 am FS


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



Rest and recreation is what this part of Norfolk offers to so many folk and is what draws them to it. Walkers, bird watchers, sailors, lovers of sandy beaches and wooded walks, visitors to historic houses and peaceful byways - for all of them our villages have so much to offer. They come to us to re-charge their batteries, to step back and reflect, to let their hair down and chill out.

If we had one book from every household in the Glaven Valley and northwards Agatha Christie, Sailing books, Proust, Travel, Enid Blyton anything you like) our Book Sale on Blakeney Quay on 4th and 5th May would be the book event of this summer. We have several hundred books already, but we need several hundred more to make this event spectacular. We would be grateful if you would drop one book you could spare (or ten - or fifty) in through the front door of the Glaven Caring Centre any day up to the 30th August. Glaven Caring, founded in 1974, is a centre which provides medical and personal services to the elderly living in Blakeney and the eleven villages of the Glaven Valley. The organisation, manned by volunteers, enables many elderly people to continue their lives in their own homes. It was the first of its kind in this country, and we can be proud of it. We may all need it some day.

For those of us who live and work here all the time however, perhaps there is a need to go elsewhere to find that r and r. I, at least, find that, because of the nature of my working life, getting away from it all means having to leave this lovely part of the world for a time. I am indeed going to be away from April 13th until July 5th this year on a sabbatical leave. During my absence from the parishes, Revd. Tim Fawcett will be in charge of the Benefice and all matters relating to the churches and any pastoral matters need to be referred to him. To contact Tim Fawcett, please telephone 01328 830415. During my sabbatical I will seek rest, time to read widely and deeply, space for reflection and contemplation and the opportunity to visit some people and places I hold very dear. I hope to be back in July, really refreshed and revitalised, to return to the work I have been called to do among you all here, in these beautiful and special villages. From Joanna Anderson, Rector


NEW BABY AND TODDLER GROUP The Norwich Diocesan Playvan and Family Centre (first launched by the Mother’s Union) has set up a new weekly Baby and Toddler Group at Binham Village Hall, Monday mornings, 10.00am 12.00noon. Toys and activities are on offer for all children aged 0 - 5 years, accompanied by an adult. To cover costs of materials and refreshments there is a charge of £1 per session per family. All are welcome, come along and join us. The Rector

COUNCILLORS’ NOTEBOOK Unitary proposals - after adhering to the difficult timing demanded, there was a delay caused by the need for the Boundary Committee terms of reference to be agreed. Now, however, these should proceed. The main consultation period should start after the report is published - on or before 7th July. The Local Development Framework Inspector is expected to report on his findings in the third week of May. Then discussions of Site Specific proposals will begin. The Post Office will submit their list of proposed closures in the area 25/26th March. Then there will be a six week consultation. Flood Sirens - the most useful meetings and discussions have now been completed. A report will be available as soon as possible. Road Signs - the District Council is looking into providing a fund adequate to clear the backlog of problems. Norfolk County Council is at present consulting on Mineral and Waste Local Plans. The North Norfolk Area Museums Committee were invited to tour the fascinating Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History - for details of this, other museums and some Spring events, do contact Lindsay Brettle

TELECLUB VOLUNTEER Are you a sociable person who enjoys a chat on the phone? Would you like to volunteer but have limited time? By giving a short amount of time you can volunteer for Teleclub chatting to our members from the comfort of your own home at times which are convenient for you. Regular social contact helps to alleviate social isolation and depression and entertainment provides mental stimulation and increases mental wellbeing. To be a Teleclub volunteer you need to be a chatty sociable person with an empathy for older people, if you think this is you then phone now on 01603 785 261 and make a real difference to someone’s life.

N. NORFOLK COAST EARTH DAY Exhibition of environmental technologies & advice There will be a meeting at Deepdale Farm, Burnham Deepdale (no charge) on Earth Day, Tues. 22nd April, 2008, 10am - 4pm, FREE to attend, where Deepdale Backpackers and Camping will be hosting a whole range of eco-friendly organisations for an Earth Day exhibition about the environment, including environmental technology installers, advisors, pressure groups and other related organisations. Whether you are looking for solar panels, wood chip boiler, LED lights, ground source heat pump, wind turbine, needs some advice about how to green up your home or business, want to know more about organics or just fancy a look around Deepdale’s eco-friendly facilities, you are more than welcome. James Borthwick For more information, visit:

Contact Details Jonathan Savory (01328 820719). - and Joyce Trett (01328 710300) (Binham, Langham & Stiffkey) Mrs Lindsay Brettle (01263 710030) (Sharrington, Field Dalling,/Saxlingham & Morston). Mrs A.R.Green (01328 8782;73) (Gunthorpe with Bale).


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Following the recent concern widely expressed about the presentation made by representatives from Bernard Matthews about the possibility of erecting wind generators on the former Langham Airfield, we have received a letter from Lord Buxton of Stiffkey. Hopefully the controversy about the Airfield has been finally settled by the letter since written by Bernard Matthews, in which they made it plain (as was done, repeatedly, during the original presentation) that there would be no question of their proceeding with an actual evaluation of the airfield, or any other site, without active local popular support - clearly not offered in this area. Lord Buxton, however, makes the wider point that, whether or not one may support the creation of windfarms, there is a perceivable risk that such schemes may be embarked upon without full, democratic, consultation. He goes on ‘One suggestion would be a North Norfolk Coast Standing Council, on which all the Parish Councils would be represented, whose responsibility it would be to monitor and consider every scrap of information, and to keep us informed of every initiative at the earliest moment. This is now doubly important in view of the Government’s desire to diminish local involvement in the planning process.’

The winter season of talks got under way with a talk by Dr. Sam Newton on Sutton Hoo, the ship-burial of an Anglo-Saxon warrior king discovered in our neighboring county of Suffolk in 1939. The spectacular finds are now in the British museum, but some have been lent to the National Trust visitor centre now established at the site. Apart from showing the magnificence of the finds his major thrust was that its discovery has changed our understanding of pre-Norman conquest history to which East Anglia had made a major contribution. As a follow up, a visit to the burial site and exhibition has been arranged for 9th April ‘08, the coach leaving Cley Village Hall at 9.00 a.m. for those who book. The day after this talk some 29 members set off to Oxford, visiting Vanbrurgh's Blenheim Palace; and then Rousham House, a family home, to be shown round by the lady of the house. Afterwards we wandered round the gardens, formal and landscaped, a new view round each corner. Then on to Buscot Park, again marvelous gardens and a house full of masterpieces, Rembrandt, Murillo, several Pre-Raphaelite painters, Graham Sutherland, the saloon dominated by Burne Jones’ series ‘Legend of the Briar Rose’. On the final day we were free to explore the city of Oxford as we pleased, before returning to Cley. October’s talk was by Helen McCabe - Gertrude Jekyll and her ideas and influences on C20th garden design. In November Jane Taylor spoke on Ocean liner Art, in particular the contribution of Istambard Kingdom Brunel to the ships that shaped the lives of many people. In December members gathered for an enjoyable Christmas lunch at either Morston Hall or the Blakeney Hotel. The January talk, entitled ‘The great East India Company adventure’ given by Gerald Davison, who described the trading company that grew into one of the biggest commercial undertakings ever seen, bringing spices, tea, porcelain, silks into British homes from the east, how these influenced tastes in Europe, and how they adapted their goods to meet European tastes. As well as the monthly meetings and short trips the society arranges day seminars. In November members had an interesting day with Patricia Wright on ‘The Medieval Art of Love and Life’ The future programme includes a three day visit to Dublin in early June and a day trip in August to Henry Moore’s studio, workshops and sculptures at Perry Green in Hertfordshire. GVDFAS meets at 2.15 in Cley Village Hall, 3rd Tuesday of each month, September to June. There is a waiting list for membership. If interested please contact membership secretary, Frances Chambers, on 01263 741 194 for full information. Those on the waiting list can attend meetings at a small charge and are welcome on trips and other events. John Cucksey

YOUTH GROUP HELPERS WANTED Local youth groups, especially the Brownies, are in need of helpers to support their growing numbers of children. You have to be willing to have a CRB (Criminal Record Bureau) check, which is normal for anyone working with children these days, but you will understand that every parent wants to know that their child is as safe as possible in all circumstances. It is only a couple of hours a week and is an enjoyable way of teaching our children new things and making new friends. IT IS FUN! If you want to know more about helping the youth in our community, call Andrea Surridge - 01263 587503

WW1 Western Front Tour Ypres/Vimy/Somme 11-14 July 2008 Price £375 half board, 3 nights/ 4 days

Fully escorted tour which departs and returns by coach from Norwich Please Contact Richard Blake Tel: 01328 822063 email:




Despite the rather chilly conditions, on 7 February Richard Porter led a group of some 35 enthusiasts on a walk from Cley Beach to look at the wildfowl and waders in Blakeney Harbour. Just as we set off a large grey seal appeared in the breakers. There is now quite a large population of grey seals down at Blakeney Point. During the walk we saw a huge variety of birds including turnstones, sanderling, oystercatchers not to mention the various gulls on the shoreline. On the landward side we saw many other species including shelduck, curlew, lapwing and grey plover. When we arrived at the estuary it was teeming with wildlife and Richard set up his telescope so that we could observe the godwits, pintail, wigeon and many more species at close range. All the while brent geese were flying in overhead in dramatic skeins down to the reserve in Cley and every so often the sky was alive with golden plover showing off their acrobatic skills. In the distance there was a barn owl quartering the reedbeds and some very sharp eyed people even spotted red throated divers far out to sea. Richard gave us fascinating information as we walked along about the many species we were seeing. Did you know that shelducks nest in burrows under the ground? Well I didn’t but I do now. Richard leads another such walk in the summer to Blakeney Point in conjunction with the National Trust and its very well worth it because you are with the experts and no question is too trivial for them to answer for you. You learn so much not only about the wildlife but the plants and flowers found in this unique habitat. Do join us if you can. Mandy Allen

News Contact: Jane Wheeler 01328 878 656

BALE VILLAGE HALL SOCIAL CLUB January Simon Poole Susan Buttifant Cedric Hewitt Grace Allison

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DRAW February Judy Everitt KatrinaMcCubbin Marianne Mitchel Chris Lee

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9 January We escaped for a short walk this morning and came back through the sheep pasture. It’s empty now, the sheep had taken all the grass they could off it by early December, and its a good short cut, but I am careful not to use it very often; the permission to walk in there came with a caveat - not on a regular basis, please. In fact there was a very good reason not to disturb this meadow, I found today; as Tilda did her big sweep, two birds flew up, making an unfamiliar sound. I think they were Bartailed Godwits, a pale grey (in winter plumage) long beaked bird a little like a snipe, with a distinctive shrill nasal call. They nest on tundra and bogs in the northernmost Scandinavian and Russian taiga, and the bulk of them winter in Mauritania, but large numbers also winter in Western Europe, including the eastern coasts of the UK. They winter on flat tidal mudflats and sandy shore, but also on drier grassland. 16th January While waiting for the light to be strong enough for photography - even in full sunshine at this time of year I have to have light actually coming into the workshop - I took the dogs out. We had a fleeting view of two Roe deer’s retreating rears (white) bouncing away from us in the woods, which were absolutely sodden after yesterday’s torrential downpours. I love the pools in the narrow part between the fields. Then I had a real treat - I looked through the gap onto the plough from Cake’s Lane and there was a fox. A very sandy coloured small one. Maybe a vixen. She ran further off, then cavorted about and finally settled down on the wheat. I could see her following our progress down the lane, her ears pricked up in our direction, but she still lay there on the wheat field quite calmly. 17th January Intermittent heavy rain for the last two weeks is resulting in saturated fields and ditches full of water. the little stream in the woods flooded the path overnight, but had sunk back to its own bed by the morning. The woods were full of the sound of rushing water. Against the sound of water, the purring call of Brent geese looking for a wheat field for pasture, flying with the dark grey rain-filled cloud. The winter wood even in sunshine mostly grey, and the ivy all browsed back by the deer.

AN INTRODUCTION TO HOMEWATCH AND ITS BENEFITS There are four main objectives for the Homewatch scheme these are:1. To prevent crime. 2. Help criminal detection, 3. Reduce undue fear of crime. 3. To improve police and community relations. The crime rate in Norfolk is one of the lowest in the county and we aim to keep it that way. A Homewatch scheme is a group of neighbours coming together to help create a safer community and everyone can have a role to play in crime reduction and a scheme assists police, other agencies and the public to work together. The system operates by entering Homewatch members’ details onto an automatic telephone dialling system called “Ringmaster”. This broadcasts information to relevant members by telephone, fax or email. The messages relate to crime committed, intelligence and prevention which may affect you or your community. If you would like further information on the Homewatch scheme, contact your local co-ordinator Mr Ted Gill at North Walsham Police Station: 0845 456 4567 ext 1055, or look at the website:






As small as Ivy cottage is, its character is as big as the village. When we first bought it, we were looking for somewhere we could escape to, somewhere we could invest in, and somewhere we could eventually retire to. Neither of us could begin to imagine the amount of work needed to make it a place to actually live in, and, despite its diminutive size, we have no doubt the jobs will continue. This is to be a diary of the ongoing 'project', meant to be a place to relax and unwind. When we took the keys, the first major job was a thorough clean, and although the sale had included all furniture, we underestimated the basic need to 'make our mark, and so the spending began. Our first real night in the place showed up its true character, cosy, small and homely. We soon realised we had stumbled on the place of our dreams, small enough to be cosy, but large enough to be relaxed in and, mostly, somewhere to sit by the open fire, breathing in the smoke that refused to go up the chimney. This was something of a conflict however. The draft from the front door fought bravely to drive the smoke away from us, unfortunately, in turn, being overwhelmed by the gale blowing through the kitchen window. These things were soon forgotten though, when our new neighbours invited us to the Harvest Festival in the village hall the next day. Unsure we would fit in with everyone, we went along to the evening and, despite being in public facing businesses, were very nervous. We shouldn't have worried really, everyone we met made us feel at home and very welcome. At this evening we started to get some of the history of the cottage, and it soon became clear that our new found neighbourhood had several 'issues' with the garden belonging to Ivy Cottage, a place we had yet to spend any time in. At first glance, the garden was larger than expected, certainly longer, and if we had any intention of building a second Norfolk Airport in the future we had a plot that certainly suited the purpose a treat, at nearly 30 meters long by 5 wide at its widest point. The first real job to note down, as any manager will know, is to write a list of jobs which would give us a clear list of what tools and time where needed. First up was to clear the plants as we intended to start with a blank canvas. Amazing what we found in the garden though: several old bottles apparently thrown over the wall when Betty's house was in service as a pub, lots of metal, presumably from when Alistair and Paul's place was the Blacksmiths Forge and huge amounts of hay, probably a left over from Jane’s Granary! One of the first tools had to be a better chainsaw as the trees were seriously threatening to convert adjoining houses into bungalows if the wind were to get up. It was also becoming more obvious that the second investment would need to be a heavy duty strimmer, preferably with flame thrower and combine harvester attachments; but the most costly seemed to be the vital need for some form of rotor tiller.

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Tel: 01263 825273 18th January We went for a walk at dawn this morning, trying to avoid rain, and delivery and collection times. There was just a wedge of clear sky to the east, and then thickening cloud arriving, so a classic pink dawn warning of rain to come. We still got a bit wet, but home for a brisk rub down for the dogs, and a scalding cup of tea, and on with the day’s work. This afternoon the rain held off, although it was very windy, and I had a prowl round the garden. I found the first snowdrops, one primrose clump in flower, and the hellebores in bud. 29th January Standing just inside the gateway of the rough water meadow at the bottom of Cake’s Lane at midday today, I noticed two oddly shaped white objects on the lower branches of an oak along the boundary with the track. Focusing more as I walked towards them I could see they were a pair of barn owls. Then backtracking down the lane towards the back of the trees I just managed to catch quite a close photograph of one looking down at me through the branches before the owl decided I was too close and flew off. I watched the pair floating over the tall grass of the meadow for a while. Ideal territory for barn owls.

POPPY APPEAL First let me apologise for not informing you about the collection for 2006! There really is no excuse. I am very sorry. I collected £75.71 in 2006 and an amazing £137.12 in 2007. Our armed forces go to war and are used for peacekeeping throughout the world at the will of the government of the day, and have no choice where they go. Your donations help them so much when they get hurt mentally or physically, and for other needs that they may have. Thank you all so much. Humphrey Boon

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Aged 23, 1844 March 5th Plenty of frost and snow today. Edward drove Charlie to Lynn and had a very cold ride. Plenty of lambs coming now. 11th I find my friends very cordial and Elizabeth much improved having lost the coyness of maidenhood. 18th I had a course with my greyhound and Williams' old "spot". I think my hound's quite a match for him. 27nd Had great deal of pain and went to show John Adcock my leg who said I must have it leeched and take great care of it. 29th Went to doctor who thought my leg better but I had a great deal of physic to take. Made me feel very nasty. 30th Did not go to church. Was obliged to have more leeches on my leg this morning. April 1st Leg a good deal better today, called on Boyes to ask him to guard his hedge, rode the little bay mare. 9th I dined with John Adcock - had a bottle of beautiful port wine. 12th We sent some shorthorn bullocks today or at least marked them to send of our own breeding weighing about 50 or 52 stone. 13th I woke with giddiness this morning which obliged me to go to bed and take lots of physic. 16th The Governor was re-elected Chairman of the Guardians but told them it was the last year that he would serve. 30th We finished barley sowing today, never got those in in better time. I wrote to Laddy another conundrum. Richard & Norah Lewis

Contact: Carolyn Wright Tel: 01328 830270

PANCAKE RACES 3rd February 2008 It didn't rain, it didn't snow, it was cold and windy; but, undaunted, the first Binham Pancake Races went on. Maureen, Carolyn and David had marked out the six lanes on the Village Hall playing field the day before. On Sunday six teams of four turned up to compete. With many spectators looking on the races took place amid much vocal encouragement, dropping of pancakes and smiling happy faces. The Crazy Crêpes (the Jeffrey family of Sue, Mike, Joanna and Peter) won the team final after an exciting finish. Afterwards individual races were held; won by Geoff, Maureen and with Amy taking the honours for the children's race. Much fun was had by all. Liz and helpers served refreshments in the hall. What better way to warm up than to have hot soup and rolls and ....PANCAKES!! £115 was raised for the Priory Project. A big "thank you" to everyone who came, joined in the fun and made it all possible. Someone reminded me that the date for next year's Pancake Races will be Sunday 22nd February 2009! Keen lot aren't they? Anxious to make Binham Pancake Races an annual event! Watch out Olney we'll have the TV cameras at Binham soon. MF



OPEN GARDENS 14th and 15th June There will be at least 13 gardens to visit in Binham this weekend! The Gardens will be open between 12 noon and 5 p.m. both days. Refreshments (Strawberry Teas) will be available in the Village Hall. Various items will be for sale in the different gardens: plants, marmalades, jams, home made biscuits & cakes, home made dog biscuits, etc. There will be a Garden Treasure Hunt as well. This will all coincide with the 5 Artists Exhibition (see below).

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 March James Bucknill gave a talk and used watercolour to demonstrate. For further information contact James Bucknill at 01328 830651.


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THE PARISH COUNCIL REPORT THE BOUNDARY COMMITTEE You might think that the 3 words above have nothing to do with you, but make no mistake, before the end of the year you will hear quite a lot about this group, and they could herald fundamental changes to all our lives! Ever since 1974 there have been 3 basic layers of local government in most areas - The Parish, The District, and The County. The Government has decided that in some areas Districts & Couny. Last year they invited areas that considered undertaking this change to "bid" for the right to do so. 16 places proved their point and are now in the process of changing. For 3 other places: Exeter, Ipswich, and Norwich the case was not proven, ie the Government thought in each case the existing boundaries of the 3 made the bid unviable. But they thought that if the boundaries were expanded the result might be different. In Norwich the theory is that if they add in bits of their suburbs, places like Taverham, Drayton, and Thorpe St. Andrew, that realistically form part of the City anyway, a Unitary bid will become realistic. The trouble is that that drastically changes the viability of the areas that have been trimmed, particularly Broadland District Council, but others too. So the thought is: "Let's see if it would work if we reorganise the whole County on Unitary lines." So, before the end of the year, various groups will be putting their cases for their continued existence, always in an expanded form, with the consequent demise of their neighbours. We have already seen some of these ideas surfacing: Norfolk County Council has suggested "the doughnut", this envisages an authority running the whole of Norfolk except for the hole in Norfolk Norwich in the middle of the doughnut! One of the oddest schemes proposed is the "Norfolk Coastal Authority" scheme suggested by North Norfolk District Council. It would stretch all the way from Hunstanton to Yarmouth, making it about 70 miles long and only about 15 miles wide. But it has one great advantage for NNDC - Cromer would be in the middle of the long ribbon! The Boundary Committee will be examining these ideas and others before the end of the year. By April 2009 the Government should have announced what will happen, and 12 months after that the new system will come into being. There are a few issues. For a start the Parishes, particularly Towns like Wells, Fakenham and Holt might get a few more powers. It may be that larger Unitary authorities will not want to bother with things like street cleaning, which could be done locally, and no doubt more efficiently. There is also the question of whether the borders of Norfolk and Suffolk will remain as they are now. This is the "Yartoft Question" - does it make sense to have Yarmouth (the Borough of) and Lowestoft (Waveney District Council) linked together? This time next year we'll all have a very good idea - but meanwhile there will be a lot of political manoeuvring. Keith Leesmith 01328 710261

9B Chapel Yard Albert Street Holt NR25 6HG Tel: 01263 710203 LATE NOTICE, BINHAM CHRISTMAS TREE A very big thank-you to all those who provided their services free - Simon Turner for donating the tree, Jeremy Taylor for track dumper for drilling hole and fixing tree, William Wales and family for fixing the Christmas lights, Jack Groom for providing scaffolding poles, Ramsey Daglish and Barry Betts for securing electrical wiring, Peter Nash for checking the electrics. To all that contributed towards the cost of the christmas tree lights - Binham Chequers, Roger Newman, Humphrey Boon, Stanley Moreton, Andrew Chubbock, William Wales and family for fixing the Christmas lights. Once again, a very big thank you to all those concerned. Trevor Howell

OPEN CIRCLE April 17 Dinner outing - to celebrate our 11th anniversary! At the Crown Hotel in Wells. May 15 Sheila Finlay, Fakenham Flower Club supremo, gives a flower arranging demonstration. A reminder to all Binham and Hindringham Women's Club members that our meetings for the next few months continue to be held in the Hindringham Methodist Chapel. New members are always welcome. We meet on the third Thursday of the month at 7.15 p.m. Just come along or call secretary Fiona Thompson on 830639.

MEDIEVAL DVD & CD There is now a DVD available of last August's Medieval Festival in Binham. Peter Markwell has put it together and it is a lovely reminder of that memorable weekend. It includes the Banquet and the Festival on Sunday. If you would like a copy call Carolyn Wright at 830270. The cost is ÂŁ8. A CD is available for ÂŁ4. All proceeds go to the Village Hall Fund and the Priory.

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With the guarantees in place Heritage Lottery Fund allowed a project start from June. Early activities were to appoint W S Lusher and Sons of Sprowston as the conservation contractor for the gatehouse and precinct wall, Dr David Watt as conservation surveyor, The Whitworth Co-Partnership of Bury St Edmunds as architect, Colin Elliott, also of Bury, as quantity surveyor, and several smaller contracts for supporting professional services. All contracts of any significant value are subject to competitive tender. Site work by W S Lusher started in the summer and the conservation of the gatehouse was effectively complete by October. The site was closed down in November for the winter to avoid the cold months as lime mortar is being used. The conservation of the precinct wall will be Lusher's main activity in 2008. The detailed architectural drawings and specifications for the secondary entrance in the north aisle, the low services building and the access paths were prepared by October and enquiries sent to qualified contractors. Bids were evaluated after Christmas and Fisher and Son (Fakenham) Ltd were appointed as main contractor in late February with a site start programmed for April and completion by the end of 2008. Planning work on the intellectual access elements of the project started in the autumn with the commissioning of Sue White to write the Site Interpretive Plan. This has been completed in February containing proposals for imaginative ways of explaining and projecting the whole site in a spiritual and historical context, together with tracking down items from the 1930's excavations for possible display. Many volunteers from the community, have come forward to be involved in training as site guides, assisting with writing school information packs, leaflets for walks and cycle rides centred on the Priory, construction of a timeline display and providing material for the Priory website, with Tim Fawcett as web-master. As can be imagined with the expenditure of nearly £900,000, financial control is vital. Professional advice has been taken on many aspects including the complex matter of VAT liability. Rigorous controls are in place, the procedure for the monthly evaluation and application to the Heritage Lottery Fund is formidable. However all five payment applications to date have been accepted without amendment and money quickly transferred to the project account held by Binham Priory Trust. The appropriate amounts are then passed to Norfolk Archaeological Trust and Binham PCC to pay suppliers. The roles of each party, set out in a formal agreement signed before the project started, ensure transparency, with the commissioning individuals of the Project Team not responsible for drawing money to make payments to suppliers. Fund-raising will continue with the Project Team confident all the money will be obtained by early 2009, when it is hoped to have an event celebrating the completion of the whole project. David Frost



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BINHAM PRIORY ACCESS AND CONSERVATION PROJECT Summary progress report, April ‘07 - March ‘08

In 5th year of the project, a significant milestone was reached in March ‘07 when Heritage Lottery Fund agreed to make a grant of up to £648,500 out of the overall project budget of £886,500. It was the start of a very active 12 months, initially slightly dampened by being told that the remaining £80,000 of match-funding would have to be in place before any of the grant money could be drawn down! However it proved possible in April to get Norfolk Archaeological Trust and Binham PCC to offer substantial guarantees which together with some donations already received and sureties from a number of individuals, underwrote the balance. The official fund-raising launch was at the wonderful Flower Festival & Book Sale in early May generating an amazing £5,000. This event at the Priory and Village Hall, led by Brenda Wilde and Liz Brown, with many helpers from across the community. The generosity of the Village Hall Trustees in donating half of the proceeds from the Medieval Weekend in August to the project fund contributed another £2,500. In January this year Jack's Racenight at the Village Hall raised a further £1,270. These major local events have been only one element of the fund-raising effort. Of the £80,000 still needed in May 2007 over half has now been obtained from local efforts, grants for charities and donations from commercial organisations and individuals.

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Monday 21st April at 7.30 p.m. Dr John Davies, Chief Curator of the Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service. "The Land of Boudica" Thursday 24th April. The Big Quiz We hope to arrange a summer outing to Roger Last's garden in Corpusty. If you are interested in joining us call Carolyn at 830270.

January: £25 Tracy Martin; £10 Carolyn Wright, Roger Newman; £5 Fiona Thompson, Alan Brown, Mr Marshall. February: £25 David Frost; £10 Julia Wright, G. Savoury; £5 Jack Stevens, Paddy Bartram, Stanley Hewitt. March £25 Julia Wright; £10 Mrs M Griffiths, James Bucknill; £5 Andrew Taylor, Louise Hoddy, June Read. There are still some more numbers if anyone wants to join. Please get in touch with Mrs June Read, 8 Priory Crescent, Binham. 830106

CHEQUERS' QUIZ NIGHT Monday 7th April will be the last Chequers' Quiz Night until the autumn. Do come and join us. We make up the 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.

ANNUAL OPEN PARISH MEETING April 22nd 7.30 pm Binham Memorial Hall The Binham with Cockthorpe ANNUAL OPEN PARISH MEETING is the opportunity for everyone to hear and discuss progress reports from all the various committees, clubs, charities, village hall and other organisations which operate in our parish. Please come and bring all the family.

GARDEN PARTY for the East Anglia Children’s Homes Saturday June 28th 2008 at Abbott Farm, Binham. Get all dressed up for a garden party. Afternoon Tea, Supper and Evening Auction. Donations of items to auction would be fantastic!!!! Ring Liz 01328 830519 for more details.

BINGO NIGHT Friday April 4th in the Village Hall. Doors open 7 p.m. Eyes down 7.30 p.m. Proceeds for Village Hall funds. Tea and coffee available. Hope to see you all there. 830519



The Trust is proposing to give a grant to students who are moving on to further education. They should have lived in the parish of Binham and Cockthorpe for no less than five years and they should be able to show a need for financial support. For further information write to William Wales, Chairman of the Trust, at Abbey Farm, Binham NR21 0DQ

There will be an exhibition in the Binham Village Hall of the work of five Norfolk Artists from Friday 13th to Monday 16th June. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A donation from sales will be given to the Anglian Air Ambulance. For more information call Brenda Wilde at 01328 830525



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It was a calm late summer afternoon in January as the MS Andrea slipped its moorings and headed out from Ushuaia, bound for the Antarctic Peninsula. Our course took us through the Drake Passage, where the Pacific and Southern Oceans collide in the Furious Fifties, well south of the Roaring Forties, and towards the Screaming Sixties. Aptly named, because within a day the wind had risen to seventy miles an hour and the ship was rolling enough to hurl loose crockery and unsteady passengers alike onto the floor. Several took to their cabins and dosed themselves up with Stugeron. The cruise was themed ‘In the wake of Shackleton’ and had been scheduled to depart two days earlier, on the MV Explorer. However, that ship was unavailable, due to it being about 14,000 metres down, on the bottom of the sea. It had been holed by ice on the same cruise earlier in the season. So we were on the Andrea. Although both ships have hulls that are strengthened against ice, my travelling companion, well connected in the world of marine insurance, had discovered that the Andrea was somewhat less strong. The Explorer had at least been built for Antarctic conditions. The Andrea had been built for the relatively sheltered waters of the west coast of Norway, and was distinctly uneasy in the rough seas of the Southern Ocean. It rolled. A lot. It took two days of rolling to reach Paulet Island, where we dropped anchor first. Two days of rough, empty seas, lengthening as our latitude increased, and increasing our sense of the remoteness of our destination. We had crossed the Antarctic Convergence, where warm northern waters meet the colder waters melting off the ice shelves, and the temperature had suddenly dropped by about two degrees. We were in Antarctica. The mingling of the waters brings nutrients up from the depths, so phytoplankton grows more vigorously at the Convergence. Where there is plankton, there are krill, and where there are krill, there are squid, small fish, sea birds and bigger fish. The whales join the party too. A big whale will take in about six tons of krill per day. Krill powers the entire Antarctic food web. Also by this time, icebergs were visible, floating majestically in the ocean. Some were huge, even the onetenth part that could be seen; others having a low surface and barely visible. Sailors call them ‘growlers’, because when a ship runs into them, they scrape along the side with a noise that sounds like growling. Paulet Island is famous for Adelie penguins, the Larsen hut (where the Nordenskjold expedition overwintered in 1903 after losing their ship) and for its proximity to the path along which Shackleton’s Endeavour was taken by pack ice, after it became trapped but before it sank. For us, it was the start of an amazing Antarctic expedition. Anthony Smith

In the winter I did game-keeping. When I was a boy I had my first gun at nine - that cost 30 shillings, and I started shooting with my grandfather - the rule was ‘Can’t eat - don’t shoot. Can’t kill - don’t shoot’. I went shooting and loading for Roy Pope, who ran the Manor Hotel more or less as a shooting lodge. Once I got a 10 shilling note at the end of the day for carrying! We would clean 7 to 8 guns for a shilling each, sometimes there were cartridges left in - they were useful. We used to try to get enough money to buy a box of 25 cartridges. Some weeks we couldn’t, so in Blakeney Post office was an old man called Mr Brown - he would let us pay for half a box, and he’d write on the box who the rest belonged to - right along the top were was a row of boxes with our names on. We had to make good and sure not to waste any cartridges! I used to walk over the golf course shooting and rabbit bashing. We‘d get about six pence a rabbit. We skinned them, turned the skin out (all the cottages had nails on the walls to hang the skins from) dried it and got thruppence for the skin from the didicois, they used to take thousands a year. And we’d get 6d for the carcasses. We used to go netting for rabbits on Morston hill, going towards Blakeney. We’d get 30 to 40 a night, quite a good income. We used to shoot for the pot. On Tuesdays and Fridays at Blakeney we’d trade in what we’d shot, Wigeon - a shilling, Hooper’s swan five shillings, Knot - tuppence, Black-back gulls and Herring gulls - two shillings, They used them for fish bait or for the feathers. A lorry would come round from Reedham, where they do fancy things with feathers. They used to buy whatever we had hit. Cobbo

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Clearance The annual Churchyard clearance will take place at St Mary’s on Sunday 20th April commencing from 9am onwards. Please come along if you possibly can, and if you have them please bring petrol strimmers, spades and trowels etc. The usual refreshments will be provided.

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ST MARY’S CHURCH NEWS At the morning service on 27 January an Altar Book Rest was presented to the Revd Joanna Anderson by Annette Dale and Molly Moore to be dedicated to the Church in memory of Church benefactor, their aunt, Mabel Ellen Wakefield. Other members of the family were also present. Mabel, who had a long association with Gunthorpe, left money to be invested in a PCC restricted account so the interest can be used for the upkeep of her family graves and the churchyard. Mabel was born in Gunthorpe to Thomas and Florence Bambridge in 1909, the fourth child of seven. She married Leslie Wakefield and then lived in Hindolveston for all of her married life until her death in 2003. After her parents died in the 1950s she visited the family graves most weeks. There are now a sister and two of her brothers buried in Gunthorpe, and brother Reginald Bambridge, who died in 2005, was the last of the line. There are over 60 recorded burials for the Bambridge family in Church records, who had lived in Gunthorpe for over 200 years since at least 1797.

BOGUS CHARITY COLLECTORS The residents of Gunthorpe and Bale, and possibly other villages in the Lynx area, have recently been approached by what now appears to be a bogus collector for the RNLI. He was wearing what looked to be RNLI identification and had a very convincing and confident manner with all the right “patter”. It is quite possible that he could still be operating under the guise of the RNLI or any of the other major charities who are authorised to make street collections without having to ask special permission. Clearly many people do want to support these major charities but care is needed, and if the collector is not known to you personally, eg as a villager or a charity representative you have seen before, it might be better to refuse a cold caller and send a cheque instead. The “genuine” RNLI will be making street collections in our area in the period 13-19 April, but do take extra care to check credentials, and if in doubt please check with the local RNLI organiser or your village representative if you have one. The police are aware that this “trickster” is operating - if you have any cause for suspicion please call 0845 456 4567, if possible without alerting him, and you will hopefully get a fast enough response to allow the police to catch him. If possible also note any vehicle details that you may associate with him.

GUNTHORPE PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING The annual general meeting of St Mary’s Parochial Church Council will take place in Gunthorpe Village Institute on Friday April 4th commencing at 7.00pm. All are welcome to attend and new members willing to serve on the PCC will be most welcome.


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You can now sow most vegetable seeds in April except runner beans and dwarf French beans. Sow these in open ground in mid-May, although you can start some in pots in late April ready to transplant in May. If seed is sown in cold wet soil they will rot. You can plant beans to grow up a wigwam construction which can be made by putting canes in a circle about 1M (3 feet) in diameter and tying the top of the canes together. You can also use two rows of canes about a foot apart tying each pair together about 30 cms (1 foot) from the top. Keep the hoe going between your rows of vegetable seeds as soon as the plants are big enough to be clearly seen. This should keep weeds from getting so big that you have to hand weed. Your tomato plants can be planted into grow bags or 30cm pots at the end of April or before. If you have a heated greenhouse you can sow outdoor varieties now to be planted outside in late May or early June. Cucumber seed can be sown in the greenhouse now, and do not forget a few early potatoes if you have the room.

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Paul Wraith 01263 740533 PLAN MEETING Some 33 villagers, including members of the Parish Council, from Bale and Gunthorpe attended the Parish Plan meeting on 23 Feb. Caroline Heydon, from Norfolk Rural Community Council, presented the benefit a Parish Plan could bring, illustrated by some recent successes for the 4 N. Norfolk parishes that have so far completed and published their plans. It should cover the community’s needs and wishes for at least the next 5 years and could help support local organisations and the Parish Council by providing evidence of the need for grants for up to 10 years. She stressed that links need to be made between a local working group of volunteers who would draft the Plan and local parish organisations, various service providers and other community organisations, including our major landowner Albanwise. She also stressed the need for funding to be obtained (a grant from ‘Awards for All’ being the first option) to cover costs - with printing being the major item at perhaps £1,000. Following the Parish Plan meeting PC Childs from the Holt Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) provided details of the work of the SNTs and the policy for policing rural communities. Although the meeting was well attended we only had some 15% of the people from the two villages’ electoral rolls present. It is essential that a much wider audience participates in the consultation process for drafting the Plan (your opinions are needed even if your vote is for “no change”) as the Plan must say what we want to keep as well as what we want to change. Action now lies with the Parish Council to set up the Joint Working Group to cover Bale and Gunthorpe.

Flower Garden If you grow your own bedding plants now is the time to sow seeds in your greenhouse using general purpose compost, or for very small seeds John Innes loam based compost. Prepare your seed trays a few days before sowing seed to allow compost to warm up – this can be done by covering the trays with clear polythene. Place the seeded trays in a propagator if you have one or place in clear plastic bags until the seeds germinate. Keep the seeds moist at all times but not wet or the seeds may rot. Pick out into trays or small pots when large enough to handle. As an alternative you can purchase from plant companies by mail order or on-line. They can supply both mini plug plants or larger plants ready for planting in the garden. However, always make sure that you harden off plants by standing them outside in a sheltered place for a week. In all cases follow the full instructions that come with the seed packets or plants! Fred Morley

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All Parish Councils have received details of new regulations covering “The Fouling of Land by Dogs Order 2008”. An extract from the letter issued by the NNDC Environmental Protection department is given below: On 1st January 2008 new rules covering dog fouling will come into force and will be called the Fouling of Land by Dogs Order 2008. The Order will make it a requirement for dog owners to clear up after their dogs on any land that is open to public access (including private land where the owner has not consented to the leaving of the mess and to which the public have access). Failure to comply with the Order will attract a Fixed Penalty Notice of £80.00 The new Order will be advertised throughout the District and new leaflets and posters are being developed to educate residents and visitors to North Norfolk.


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FAREWELL TO DR GERTRAUD SHAW The Village said farewell to Dr Gertraud Shaw at a party on 27th Feb. She and her late husband Bill moved to Bulfer Grove in 1981, raising their children Martin and Christina here. Born a German citizen in Poland, she was lucky enough to spend most of her childhood in Bavaria and qualified as a doctor at Munich University. She came to England in 1969 and in 1972 took the additional examinations necessary to become a full British doctor. After moving to Gunthorpe she became a doctor in the then Melton Constable practise in 1983, joining the Holt Medical practise when it formed a few years later. A very popular doctor, she will be known to many in the other Lynx villages. Following retirement she worked as a doctor for the UK’s VSO organisation, spending two interesting and enjoyable years in Mozambique helping provide medical cover for the local population. She has decided that the time has come for her to move to a smaller property in the centre of Norwich, but she will be very much missed in the local community. We are re-assured that she intends to say ‘au revoir’ rather than ‘goodbye’, and plans to stay in touch with her many friends and the village itself. Donations amounting to £245 were received from well wishers in the village and other friends. These were presented to her in the form of John Lewis vouchers for use for her new home.

FOGPC 50/50 CLUB RESULTS JANUARY FEBRUARY Marcus Aitman £ 20.00 Sophie Hinton £20.00 Lisa Rush £12.00 Jill Stuart-Black £12.00 Doreen Webster £5.00 Dianne Cutterham £ 5.00 Tom Cutterham £5.00 Annette Ward £ 5.00 Mrs P Payne £5.00 Nigel Worthington £ 5.00 John Blakeley £5.00 Daniel Worsley £5.00 We still 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).

WELCOME A belated, but no less warm and sincere, welcome to Peter and Nuala Howard who have moved into Willow Cottage and recently married. Peter is an arable farmer in Letheringsett and also runs a plant hire business, and he has a very long association with Gunthorpe. Peter’s mother, Mrs Elsie Howard was a teacher at Gunthorpe School in the 1950s before moving to Stibbard and Peter started his primary education at Gunthorpe school. Nuala, as her name suggests, hails from Tippereray in Ireland, although she spent a great deal of time in beautiful County Kerry before coming to the UK in 1970. She presently works with a company called Real Time Reception (a telephone answering service for some 30 plus businesses) but by background she is a librarian and has also been a Braille teacher. Nuala’s youngest son Toby still lives at home and is an outdoor pursuits instructor.


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The Lynx recently spent some time with the Norfolk Constabulary discussing their role and responsibilities in policing our rural communities. This article covers the work of the Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) a large element of the Safer Neighbourhood Teams, and also often “beat” officers responsible for our individual communities - the modern village “bobby”, but a long way from “Heartbeat”! Many Lynx readers will know that a new initiative in local policing, ‘Safer Neighbourhood Teams’ (SNT) is in place, officers from these Teams having responsibility for individual neighbourhoods across Norfolk, to ‘work with representatives from other agencies and the community itself to build neighbourhoods that are not only safe but feel safe.’ Some cynics might feel that, as with much else in modern life, fine words may not always translate into actions needed to produce the ‘promised’ results, words not action having become the normal response in so many government and local government initiatives. However, as I saw for myself this is not necessarily so. I spent a few hours with the Holt SNT - PCSO Barry Fletcher and his partner Julia. They are in no doubt of the issues they face and realise that they are often seen as second-class police officers, knowing that PCSOs have not always enjoyed a good press. They also believe strongly that, with more powers and training, they could contribute more than they do now, provide better value to the local community and relieve the load on their hard pressed police colleagues. That said, and despite the lower powers of the PCSOs, the community police officer responsible for Lynx villages Gunthorpe, Bale and Sharrington (others are covered by Wells or Fakenham SNTs) Barry Fletcher is aware of the difference a regular police presence can make in the villages. Thus, as well as planned activities eg road closures etc, and maintaining a close liaison with the Parish Councils, he aims to visit each of ‘his’ villages at least once during a duty cycle - alternate “earlies and lates” between 8am and midnight on a 4 day roster. If you see him or his colleagues from the other SNTs and have an issue do raise it with them, they see this as a vital area of their work. Inevitably larger towns make most demands on the SNTs, and, whether PCSO or police constable, they are all there to support their colleagues and communities in all the local area. While I was with them Barry and Julia were called to help with traffic control in Holt, and a potentially more serious incident where children had been left locked alone in a car in Fakenham. They also found time to inspect and report a series of vandalised telephone boxes in our villages, but admitted that this mindless vandalism (which could easily lead to the loss of these facilities) is just another crime statistic, unless they are lucky, or someone, seeing it happen, gets say, a car number, there is nothing to follow up. Much is made of the limitations of the PCSOs’ powers. One area of concern has caused adverse press comment, which I lso shared, was that, unlike a policeman or woman, their ‘rules’ are that they must put

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A DATE FOR YOUR SUMMER DIARY Only 5 months to go until this year’s Gunthorpe Fete which will take place at Gunthorpe Hall on Sat. 27 July ‘08 starting at 2 p.m. Planning is underway with the Aylsham band already booked. The Fete committee gets into full swing by the end of April, if you would be interested in joining this friendly team of villagers do give Sue Traverso a ring on 01263 861932. With so many new people in the village the Fete could end up even more successful than last year - an all time record! Gunthorpe Institute committee was planning a new phase of building work but it looks as though a new roof will soon be needed on the rear extension so it is vitally important that the Fete does well. Let’s hope the weather is as good as last year!

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their own ‘health and safety’ first. They are trained in self-defence but do not carry police aids, truncheon or CS spray. However, whilst a long way from being police constables, they are certainly not ‘toothless tigers’. The Home Secretary recently made major publicity out of giving the police power to confiscate alcohol from underage drinkers. All Norfolk police officers, including PCSOs, already have this power, the more interesting question, given that PCSOs are recruited on the basis that they operate in a non-confrontational role, could be - how often is it used. Another topical area - if two PCSOs see a traffic offence, eg using a mobile telephone when driving - a prosecution can follow. ‘How often do they do this?’ is the obvious question. PCSOs cannot respond to a Grade A emergency (blues and twos) except under Grade B conditions, even if they are the only resource immediately available. We went to the children locked in car incident in a hurry, in a vehicle with full blue lights and sirens, but unable to use them, not necessarily in the best interests of either the general public, motorists, potential victims or the responding officers themselves. In summer months and an unventilated hot car such a situation could easily be serious, and I suggest that a Grade B response time of 40 minutes might not be appropriate to what might be a Grade A incident. This could happen if the PCSOs are the nearest or only resource immediately available. In fact we need enough police officers to cover Grade A emergencies, under present training and rules a PCSO cannot be a substitute for this. I have yet to see the other half of the equation - police patrol officers - a thin blue line spread over many 100s of square miles of our Eastern Police Division. However, my first impression is not that the PCSOs could do better. But they live in a “grey” area in terms of division of responsibilities with the police. If they are to be recruited instead of more police officers - many people would disagree with such a policy but this seems to be the Government’s intention - then they could and should do more, not in terms of their work or personal ethics and attitudes but in terms of the role for which they are recruited and what they are allowed to do, effectively less even than the volunteer special constables’ role. PCSOs are not cheap - a figure of three PCSOs to two police constables was mentioned. It is not a matter of the officers themselves - Barry and Julia were clearly dedicated to the tasks they are given, but it is a question for senior police and even the government. PCSOs today are more numerous than police officers in terms of SNT cover, but they should not be a cheaper substitute for a “real” police officer nor just part of the spin and jargon of community policing. PCSOs cost us as ratepayers significant sums of money, and, if they are to provide value for money and continue into the future, then consideration must be given to providing training, tools and powers to substantiate their title of Police Community Support Officers. But not at the expense of recruiting sufficient ‘real’ police officers. We welcome reader’s views. JB

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CLASSICAL RECITAL From the sublime to the ridiculous… At the kind invitation of David Aitman and his family, a Recital in aid of Gunthorpe Village Institute and the Friends of Gunthorpe Parish Church will be held on Sunday May 4th, 5.30pm in Mere Place Gunthorpe. Tickets (inclusive of refreshments) for a contribution to the Church and Institute (£10 - or more at your generosity). The recital will be given by Charles Johnston (baritone) and David Aitman (piano). Programme The sublime Henri Duparc. L’Invitation au Voyage Phidylé. Le Manoir de Rosemonde. Chanson Triste. Robert Schumann – Dichterliebe op 48. Interval – refreshments The ridiculous From Flanders and Swann … to Gershwin ... to Tom Lehrer … to ensure “Some Enchanted Evening”. Charles Johnston (baritone) has sung with the English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Birmingham Opera, Mid Wales Opera, Holland Park Opera and at the Aldeburgh, Covent Garden, Cheltenham and Hampton Court Festivals. Unlike David, he sings for his supper, God help him… David Aitman (piano) studied music for long enough to realise that he might be better suited to the legal profession. Misadvised, he chose to advise entertainment industry clients on the basis this might be equivalent to a career as a concert pianist. It wasn’t! Tickets/Reservations Diane Blakeley 01263 861008 or Sue Traverso 01263 861932.

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Langham School We had a meeting at the school with Mr. Dalton of the PTA and Mrs. Savory the safety officer regarding our comments on the traffic situation outside the school and our idea for a car park. Mrs. Savory admitted attempts to get parents to use a voluntary one way system had failed. We reiterated our concerns, particularly the safety ones, and suggested some improvements we thought they could make now to alleviate the problem. It was interesting to learn that the majority of the new intake in September will be Langham children. As the school were not aware of our plans for Affordable Homes, and the possible number of children that may add to their intake, it was agreed that in future we will include the school on the circulation list of our minutes.

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LANGHAM CHURCH NEWS Annual Meeting of Parishioners Langham Parish Room Tuesday April 1st. 7pm. The election of Churchwardens takes place first. Those entitled to vote are: anyone resident in the parish whose name is on the local government register of electors and those whose names are entered on the church Electoral Roll. This meeting will be immediately followed by the: Annual Parochial Church Meeting At this meeting, all those whose names are on the church Electoral Roll are entitled to take part. This meeting elects lay members to the Parochial Church council and sides people. Annual reports are received and discussed. This is an opportunity to make your views known and to contribute to the elections You can be assured of a warm welcome and we will value your support. PCC Treasurer’s Report This will be displayed on the notice board in the church porch for one week before and two weeks after the APCM. The annual report of the Langham Church Building Trust will also be on display during this time.

Langham Carmel We have received a letter and e:mail from Sister Judith at the Carmel to say they will be leaving and the building and land put up for sale. No actual date has been fixed yet. Allotments A Langham Allotment Association has now been formed, with Councillor Anne Phillips as the Chairman, and a set of rules agreed to. The initial rental term for the land will be five years and steps are now being taken to have this legally set up. The Council agreed to make £500 available to the association to pay any of these costs until the outcome of their application for grants is known. The land will become available in October of this year and is the area beyond the bottom of Swans Close bordering onto the bridleway to Field Dalling. If anyone is interested in having an allotment Councillor Philips can be contacted on Tel.830939.

MARGERY CUNLIFFE FAWCETT 1911-2008 Tim, Jo & family would like to thank all those who so kindly sent messages, cards & gifts following Margery’s death on Feb. 20th. They were a real source of comfort & joy. We were very touched to see so many of our friends at her funeral service; she would have approved of that! She had lived with us for five years and after 91 years in towns, had taken to the countryside and its people like a duck to water! The loving welcome & concern that she met in all our villages gave her great pleasure, and she often said - ‘Aren’t people round here kind’. How right she was!

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LANGHAM CHURCH CLOCK At long last How wonderful it is to have the church clock restored to full working order. Its movement has been dead for nearly eighteen months and during the last month the handless faces have appeared especially expressionless. Now with the hands replaced and moving with the hours its’ character and friendliness are with us again as a feature or our village life. In past times the church clock played a central role in controlling village activities, especially when labour began and ended. With new technology for time keeping this is no longer so but nevertheless, like the church building and churchyard themselves, the clock is still valued as a charming edifice of the village. While a few of the younger generation may find the tolling of the hours slightly disturbing at night fortunately this untoward effect will diminish as the ageing process takes its toll! With all its other financial worries in maintaining the church, the PCC has been delighted and most gratified that the cost of the restoration has been completely covered by the generous donations of concerned villagers. As reported in the Dec/Jan issue of the Local Lynx the original plan was to deliver a letter to each household in the village, inviting people to give a donation to raise the remaining money needed to cover the cost of the repairs to the clock. This has now been proven not to be necessary as our target has been reached. If anyone still wishes to make a donation they are very welcome to do so and they can be assured that any excess to immediate costs will be kept in the restricted ‘Clock Fund’ to deal with hopefully only minor emergencies and servicing during the next 20 - 30 years of the clock’s life. A list of these benefactors follows. Many thanks to all who have contributed. Mr and Mrs. E N S Allen. Mr. and Mrs. P Allen. Anonymous donor. Mr. & Mrs A Burlingham. Mr R G Carter. Mr & Mrs J P Chesworth. Dr R M C Dawson. Mr & Mrs R Ellis. The Reverend T & the Reverend J Fawcett. The Friends of Langham Committee. Mrs. J Harvey. Mr & Mrs. R Jones. Mrs R Lambert. Langham Parish Council. Mrs P Mileham. Mr G Milson Mr J Plummer. Mr & Mrs K Redford. Mr & Mrs J Rossiter. Mr & Mrs C B Sherriff. Mrs J Thompson. Mr & Mrs G Warwick

LANGHAM STREET FAYRE SATURDAY 26TH JULY 2008 The fun on Fayre day kicks off at 10am with the colourful Town Crier of Sheringham. There will be musical entertainment from Norfolk Brass and a guest Escapologist performing two shows, including the Houdini mail bag escape. The Fayre will have over 100 interesting and varied stalls and exhibits, including arts and crafts, village stalls and the Grand Raffle, tombola and bric-a-brac. There will be fun all day for children with shows from Pinxton Puppets, Stealth Stilts and Billy Bubbles, as well as games, face painting and a bouncy castle. From 8pm in the evening there will be a hog roast and dancing outside The Bluebell pub to the music of The Fezziwig Ceilidh Band.

PRE-FAYRE ENTERTAINMENT Concert Mr & Mrs G Warwick Saturday 19th July at 7.30pm in Langham Church featuring music from the jazz trio Savoir Faire and enthralling storytelling from Chloe the Midnight Storyteller

Bingo Night Monday 21st July at 7pm in the Langham Parish Room - all are welcome to come along for a fun evening out.

Quiz Night Wednesday 23rd July, 7.30pm in Langham Parish Room - as well as the fun of the quiz there will be light refreshments and a raffle. We will shortly be contacting all our neighbouring and other local villages, and our own Langham village organisations, to challenge them to enter teams for the Quiz Night! We do hope to get lots of enthusiastic rivals! The year’s Quiz Sheets and Sudoku Sheets are now ready and available from Pauline tel: 01328 830696, Jan tel: 01328 830847 or from The Bluebell. See for latest details.

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MOBILE LIBRARY This will visit Langham on Thursdays April 17th, May 8th & May 29th, calling each day at: St. Mary’s - 10.00am. Old Post Office - 10.25am. Swan’s Close - 10.50am The Cornfield - 1.15am Enquiries: Wells Library 01328 710467

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Coffee Morning dates April 5th & 16th May 3rd & 21st Do come along to these informal gatherings, from 10.00am - 12 noon in Langham 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. From the proceeds of the donation bowl at these coffee mornings we are pleased to announce that we have been able to fund an extra set of Christmas lights for the ‘Tree on the Green’, and make donations to the Parish Room and the church ‘Clock Fund’. Thank you to everyone for your support. John Hughes Tel: 01328 830 595

Schedule to June 1 . Rate: 20p per mile March 24th. Tel: 830 606 March 31st. Tel: 830 036 April 7th. Tel: 830 097 April 14th. Tel; 830 847 April 21st. Tel; 830 537 April 28th. Tel: 830 696 May 5th. Tel: 830 036 May 12th. Tel: 830 731 May19th. Tel: 830 731 May 26th. Tel: 830 605 For the next schedule only, the new roster on the boards will be a shorter one, of only ten weeks, in order to get the car service schedule linked up with the production of the Local Lynx to enable us to have a full list to cover the weeks of the paper. The roster will still be displayed on the village notice board, in the church porch and in the Bluebell. As always please feel free to telephone me or any of the drivers on the list if you have a query or if you are unable to get to any of the notice boards. Ann Sherriff 830 605.

LANGHAM LADYBIRDS We enjoyed ‘Pantoland’ early in February, what a laugh Tinkerbell was! We hope she (he) will be there again next year. Our Mardle meeting in March was mainly planning our 2008 programme, with some very interesting speakers already booked. For the future: April 9th - Our 40th Celebration Evening May 14th - ‘What’s in your Green Bin?’-Open Meeting. All ladies are very welcome - if you are interested in joining us please phone. Maureen 830731

BANK HOLIDAY BRING AND BUY Monday 26th May This will be held in the churchyard or inside the church if it is raining. There will be the usual coffee morning stalls and refreshments. If anyone would like to bake a cake or bring along books, gifts and bric-abrac, all will be gratefully received. We look forward to seeing you. If you would like to help on a stall, do get in touch. Proceeds will be for Langham Church General Fund. For further details - Ann Sherriff, 01328 830605.

FRIENDS OF LANGHAM QUIZ NIGHT Thurs. April 10th. 7.30 pm Parish Room

It’s time to book your table for another great Quiz Night. Just call John Hughes Tel: 01328 830595 or Peter Barlow Tel: 01328 830606. £8 per team of four includes tea, coffee and nibbles but feel free to bring along your preferred beverage. As always we will have some great prizes so DON’T DELAY CALL TODAY. Only half a team? Don’t worry we can always find you another half.

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 Langham Parish Room 10.00 am. - 11.30 am. Ring me if you need any further information. Sue Hughes 01328 830 595





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After the high tides of the winter, the high-water mark on the eastern part of Morston’s to Stiffkey track No 7 - the stretch as far as Shepherd’s Garden aka the Mudhole - looked like a tip - with garish jetsam galore visible from afar. (“Flotsam” is “goods lost by shipwreck, found floating on the sea”; whereas “jetsam” is goods jettisoned, usually at sea, and washed up on the shore, or remaining underwater”). Over the past month there has been a really good sweep or area-clean by concerned walkers - including dodmen - not just of the jetsam, but also of the discarded cigarette packets, plastic bottles and orangejuice cartons thrown into the bushes from vehicles and by cyclists. These they stacked in four large piles, and the NT and several young people have carted it all away: herring-boxes, plastic of all sorts - especially broken PVC, plastic bags and umpteen bottled-water bottles. So the eyesores have gone - for now.

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BIRD NOTES by Greenshank Great Tits and Blue Tits are common birds around Morston, often coming to garden feeders in parties of four or five. Both species will nest in small gardens as well, if nest-boxes are provided. Coal tits, identified by their small size and white stripe on the back of their neck, are most common in autumn but often stay throughout the winter. Like Great and Blue, they are attracted to feeders and home in on the nuts. A nice addition this winter has been the number of Long-tailed Tits in evidence. Normally the long-tails roam around local hedgerows, feeding mainly on aphids and small insects, in parties of 10 to 15 or more. With their small, delicate bills they are less able to feed on nuts than the other tit species. This winter, though, they seem to have made a breakthrough and often come into the feeders first thing in the morning - as many as six or seven seen on a single feeder, climbing on top of each other to get at the food.


MORSTON CHURCH QUIZ Friends of Morston Church Annual Quiz 2008 was won yet again - for the fifth year running - by the Morston Pishmires (captain: Graham Lubbock), despite close opposition from the Wiveton Wizards, the Morston Coastguards and Norfolk Miscellany - three points separating the top three teams half way through. Morston much enjoyed welcoming visiting teams and players from Binham, Blakeney, Cockthorpe, Stiffkey and Wiveton. A delicious supper was organised by Mally Bullard and Sara Wingfield and helpers, and Hope Todd organised the excellent raffle. The evening made £1,334 for Morston church repairs and maintenance.

by Samphire (answers see page 26) What do the following East Anglian dialect words mean: 1.Dodman? 2.Bishop-barnabee? 3.Barnacles? 4.Barley-bird? 5.Mouse-hunt? 6.Pishmire? 7.Chatter-pie? 8.Daggy? 9.Coxy-roxy? 10.Crawly-mawly?

OUTBOARD THEFTS: ARREST MADE During early February Charlie Ward's boatyard at Morston was broken into and two engines were stolen. One was a very large and valuable Yamaha engine. On the night of 13th February a suspicious van was spotted close to the boatyard on Morston marsh and shortly afterwards a man was arrested on Morston Quay. It was subsequently discovered that two engines had been cut off the back of boats at Morston Quay and left in the car park awaiting collection. A yacht had also been broken into in the boatyard and an engine stolen out of this. Hopefully this arrest may lead to other arrests because it was apparent that more than one person would have been involved. At last some good news with significant progress in trying to combat this increasing problem. CW

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1060s. King Harold’s brother, Guert, held 30 acres here. 1480. Bishop Florence Wooley of Clogher, Ireland, “retired” as the parish priest here. 1530s-1580s. James Apowdiche made his money in wool trading here. The Powditch family spread to Wells, the Creakes, Coventry, Chile, Australia & New Zealand . 1670s-1709. Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovel (born a mile from here), the leading fighting admiral of the Stuart age, held land here. 1724. Visitor Daniel Defoe (author of “Robinson Crusoe”) wrote that Morston was renowned for smugglers. 1760s. “Turnip” Townshend, famous agriculturist, Chancellor of the Exchequer & our Lord of the Manor, taxed the American colonies heavily. 1817. Landowner William Buck instituted the Morston Pint” beer tokens for use in the pubs by his crews. 1840s. Captain Frederick Marryatt, RN, of Langham, England’s leading author between Jame Austen and Dickens, used to visit Morston regularly to drink with his old shipmate Captain Thomas, RN (retd) at Coastguard House. 1880s. Morston-born champion athlete, “C.G.” Wood, “the Ghost of Stiffkey”, held the world records for the 150 yards, 220 yards and 250 yards. 1914. Rupert Brooke, the famous poet, eulogised over the 1647 flagstone memorial to Robert Powditch in the church (just in front of the front right pew). 1918. Major Philip Hamond, DSO & Bar (the youngest to earn a DSO), MC, was posted to the USA, to train Americans in USA in tank warfare (the Brits having invented the tank). On the teaching staff with him was Major “Ike” Eisenhower (the future Allied Commander on D-Day 1944 and future US President). 1939. September 9th. Sir Alfred Munnings (later President of the Royal Academy) was painting Morston Church - when a hay-cart went past, the driver informing him that the UK was at war with Germany. 1960s. William Riviere, the future novelist, used to holiday at his grandmother’s house, the Manor House. 1970s. Sir Lennox Berkeley, the famous English composer (1903-89) who wrote three operas had a holiday home at Morston. (Cold Blow Cottage). [Source: Morston: Its History, Wildlife and People, annex of Morston Village Design Statement (available in Morston church)].

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At the well-attended Annual Parish Council Meeting on 25th February, Bridget Watson announced her resignation as Churchwarden. Revd. Joanna Anderson thanked her for her sterling work over the years and everyone else applauded. Subsequently Mary Hunt and Liz Peart volunteered their services as Churchwardens; their offers were accepted with alacrity. The office of Hon.Sec. is also changing hands in that Rosemary Beeson, who has filled the role so brilliantly for many years, is to be succeeded by her daughter Caroline Robson, whom Rosemary will kindly advise over the next year. This arrangement was greeted wholeheartedly by the meeting. Sheila Harris then announced her retirement from the PCC after 23 years; however, she was happy to continue as our organist and contribute practical help, e.g. co-leading the monthly joint Family Service at Field Dalling Church. Sheila was thanked for her sustained work for St.Margaret’s, despite her move to Holt. Sun. 2nd March, Mothering Sunday. Incorporated in a shortened service of Holy Communion were a short play on the subject of Moses in the bulrushes and the distribution of posies to all the children present - and all the adults! Sun. 9th March. During the Holy Communion Service three kneelers for communicants at the altar rails were dedicated by the Rector to the memory of Caroline Lister, who died in December 2006. Her family, who donated the kneelers, were present. Wed 16th April Illustrated Lecture in Village Hall on at 10.45 for 11.00. Speaker: Mary Alexander. Subject: The Best Selling Postcard at the Tate - David Hockney’s Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy. Mary observes: ‘This iconic painting symbolises the creative vitality of the art and design scene in 1960’s London. The sitters,Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell, both leading fashion designers, were contemporaries and close friends of the artist. We shall explore the backgrounds of the characters and their stories - the young artist’s experiments with the double portrait and interior light effects at that time, also the celebrity status of the sitters and their cat posing in a contemporary modernist space. What are the tensions, and ultimately the tragedy, behind this seemingly cool stylish interior? And why is this the best selling postcard at the Tate Gallery?’ Tickets: £7.50 include coffee beforehand and refreshments afterwards. Available from John Rayner (01328 830564) and Bridget Watson(01328 830248). The proceeds will go towards repairs to St. Margaret’s.

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Not a lot of laughs this month, gentle people. I wish the following tales were a joke, but they ain’t, they are truths. We have a magnificent hospital, which serves our community. Senior consultants who are at the top of their professional ladder - centres of excellence to whom many of us literally owe our lives, limbs and sanity. The main problem is that, during recovery and convalescence, we are not fed. No adequate nutrition is provided by the hospital authorities. This delays recovery and can also lead to further serious problems. If you want to lose weight, go to our dear N&N. I managed nearly a 2 stone loss in 6-8 weeks. So many people report - “the food is atrocious, inedible” and. as one senior consultant stated, “swill” which he would not dream of eating. It is no good having a large glossy menu in glorious technicolour that wets the appetite, but does not satisfy the stomach. Why is this? I have written, like many others, to the senior admin. and medical staff. Out of five such letters I have only had one reply; this thanked me for my observations. The food travels from Colchester everyday? It is then warmed and taken on trolleys to the ward (i.e. reheated and somewhat altered by the methods and long journey). One complaint is that not enough money is available per patient per meal and overall administrative problems. Fresh cooked food is not on the menu - believe it or not one is advised to go to the hospital canteen, where it is available. This is not easy when you are confined to bed 24 hours a day, apart from a brief respite in a bedside chair. PLEASE can this quite appalling situation be corrected before someone’s recovery is seriously compromised by malnutrition. If only the food was as good as those who deliver it to the bedside. They are thoughtful, courteous, cheerful and try to be helpful if they can. Thank you ladies and gents. One more EXCEPTIONAL grump. I asked for my intravenous drip to be renewed. “Don’t you realise it is Sunday? The doctors don’t visit the wards on a Sunday!!” Past belief. Asked again. “Didn’t you hear me the first time? NOT on a Sunday.” After having to be abrupt and demanding, a doctor came and put up a new drip. Dehydration is a serious problem and one cannot rehydrate drinking water hour by hour. By itself water is a problem as electrolytes and salts have to accompany it. PJG

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SHARRINGTON CHURCH NEWS Halfway through the sombre season of Lent, Mothering Sunday comes as a welcome burst of colour and rejoicing, and we at All Saints celebrated in style wit ha well attended service in church. Dorothy Wells once again produced a basket brimful of posies of sumptuous spring flowers, which were distributed amongst the congregation by Lola and Abbey Poole. Prayers were led by Aileen Parnell and Claire Dubbins, while Anne Sloman delivered the homily and Adrian and Francoise Allenby were the lesson readers. Afterwards everyone stayed on for coffee and the traditional Simnel cake (Lizzie Long produced chocolate buns and jam tarts for those with a sweeter tooth!) PEL



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FUNERAL OF SHEILA MILLER We record the death of Sheila Miller of Bridge street, whose funeral was well attended on the 19th January. Sheila was a long-standing resident of the village and in her last months she was devotedly cared for by her family. We send her family our condolences.

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Thanks to the management of the Red Lion a total of £103 was raised at the carol singing at the red Lion for the church, at Christmas. This was a fantastic boost for our Church fabric fund as we have a non-stop rolling programme of repairs still to carry out including a massive repair bill booming for our windows. But the church looks ever more beautiful and the PCC is grateful for all help. Keith McDougall

The White Crested Sparrow - a native of North America, has now been resident at Cley for over 6 weeks. Bird watchers from all over the UK have been flocking to see it, obligingly opposite the pub, and in close proximity to a plastic bucket into which the twitchers have been putting donations towards the upkeep of Cley church. The bucket has to be emptied several times each day! Has it really flown over the Atlantic? Or, perish the thought) is it an escapee from a cage? Never mind - much pleasure and excitement and not a little help for a good cause! Badgers and Muntjac deer have spread into Norfolk. Both are themselves attractive (though the 18” high miniature Muntjacs are alien escapees from Woburn). Unfortunately, both species impact on the health of our bird breeding populations. Badgers consume birds’ eggs and Muntjac deer destroy the undercover in woods and eat blue-bells. We live in a managed farmed environment and must always hinder and help to keep a balance of wildlife. Badgers also have a taste for hedgehogs which are now becoming uncommon. They can unroll them and eat their young. Pightle

A NEW CHURCH GUIDE This is now available, copies can be obtained from the church at a modest price. In full colour it amplifies the old church guide with information about the history of the church in relation to that of the village over the centuries. Perhaps a more complete guide to the village and its history could be a target for the ‘Village Plan’ working group? Keith McDougall

A MARQUEE FOR ALL SEASONS Following the loss OF our football team a season or so ago, Stiffkey Playing Field are now finding it hard to manage financially, as are most charities, but we do have a twenty foot by thirty foot Marquee that can be hired for the princely sum of £100, inclusive of delivery (a reasonable distance, further than 20 miles would incur a small charge for fuel), erection, after your event dismantling and removal from site. Any potential hirers who have attended Stiffkey Village Fete (which was held the last weekend in August), would have seen the above marquee masquerading as the Tea tent. So, in Delia Smith’s words to Norwich fans: LE’S BE ‘AVING YER!’ Please telephone: 01328 830315 Andy Nolan

STIFFKEY VILLAGE PLAN A goodly crowd attended the meeting held in the Village Hall on 1st March to hear about the proposal for a Village Plan. Carolyn Heydon of the Norfolk Rural Community Council outlined approaches taken by those who have already undertaken similar plans, outlined potential benefits, and answered questions. Those in attendance were asked to note their view on the three most important issues for the village, in order to help formulate questions for the questionnaire to be circulated to all houses in the village. There will be a further opportunity for those unable to attend the meeting to give their views, and a post box for comments is now in the Stiffkey Stores. All meetings of the working group are open to all, please keep an eye on the notice board outside the shop for details. Reports of progress are made to the Parish Council at its monthly meetings. New volunteers for the Working Group are always welcome. Steven Bashforth





The club captain has been having a busy winter arranging an exiting fixture list for the coming season. Further fixtures, including a visit to Kingston University, are likely to supplement the list below. New players and volunteer umpires are welcome. All matches are Sundays, starting at 2pm unless stated.

During February Margaret and John escaped to warmer weather in The Gambia. The main purpose was to attend the 10th birthday party for the school to celebrate its start in new buildings in Jan 1998. Appropriately our daughter Rachael was with us for the party. She raised the money for the initial land and first classroom. About 300 people attended the party: the pupils at the school, many of the parents, some of the first pupils at the school in 1998 and a number of invited guests from the local community and Ministry of Education. Rachael made a fine speech emphasising the excellent support from the UK and the local community, which has enabled the school to grow. After speeches and entertainment by the children, local musicians provided drumming and various versions of African dancing took place, some much more authentic than others. Our granddaughter joined in the celebrations enthusiastically. She is the same age as many of the pupils. Later in the month Keith and Vivien Horobin joined us. Vivien’s previous experience as a headteacher of a combined infants and nursery school proved invaluable in showing our teachers how to use resources more effectively. We also admired the new kitchens at the school and the newly installed translucent corrugates in the classroom roofs which make them very much lighter. We managed some spectacular bird watching in the bush and creeks up river. “Not another Abyssinian Blue Roller!” Five pied kingfishers sitting on the same branch was the most memorable experience. During our stay our young friend Sally Bass completed her studies at the School of Nursing taking her final exams. She was also chosen by the other students in her year to chair the final presentation ceremony when the students reported the findings of their various group researches into community nursing in The Gambia. Sally will be coming to England in May to prepare for and take the International English Language Test which is now a preliminary requirement for further professional study in the UK. After that she will begin the process of applying for training opportunities to qualify as a midwife. The Stiffkey Music Circle continues its support for Sally in the regular monthly meetings, although the next one on April 2nd is a special one for the current UNICEF project to provide better drinking water in Africa, including The Gambia. Even that could have relevance to Sally as her mother’s well has dried up because the development of tourism has increased the demand for water in the area. Let’s hope she benefits. Anyone interested in finding out more about the school and Sally is invited to give us a call on 830044. John and Margaret Adnitt

March 30th Pre Season Practice April 20th Inter-Stiffkey - home - new players welcome April 27th - Holkham - home May 11th - West Raynham / Rudham - home May 16th - 20/20 - Burnham Thorpe - 6pm - home June 12th - 20/20 - Aylsham - 6pm - away June 15th - Burnham Thorpe - away June 22nd - Rudham / West Raynham - away July 6th - Heydon - home July 13th - Kingston University - home August 3rd - Holkham - 1.30pm - away August 31st - Marlingford - home September 7th - Heydon - home September 14th Marlingford - time TBA - away For further information contact John Griffin on 07795634925 or 01328 830569

STIFFKEY W.I. CONTINUES We have even increased our membership - despite the sad loss of Beryl Schild whose eyes prevent her driving. And we have found a gallant member to replace our excellent treasurer, Elaine Lummis, who has moved from Stiffkey. We meet at present in great and comfortable surroundings in the Old Hall Gatehouse and are pursuing a varied programme of meetings. We have had talks this year on Wells and its history from Tom Sands, and from Rocky Husain on the Aromatherapy business she runs with Susie Reynolds. We look forward to a talk from a London milliner this month and to ‘Dogs for the disabled’ in April. Visitors are always welcome and we are a friendly open door to new members. Come and try us out on the third Monday of each month - 7.30p.m. in the Old Hall! Helen Leach, Secretary 01328 830349

BLAKENEY PRE-SCHOOL In the Village Hall Pre-School Monday to Friday inc. 9.30 - 12.45 pm New: 2 yrs and over, unaccompanied - £4.50 (Children in nappies now taken)

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A light has gone out in Stiffkey, both literally and figuratively. Roger Belsten and David Mann have been running Stiffkey Lamp Shop for many years. Next to our famous vicar it is the best known feature of Stiffkey. Sad now to go through the village in winter and not be cheered on one’s way by the lamp lit tree and brightly shining window. Could there be a clause added to the deeds of The Townsend Arms stipulating that light always shine from that tree?! Building on the land opposite the Lamp Shop, and probably on the land formerly owned by Mary Carter, will inevitably change the appearance of Stiffkey. It was the completeness of the flint and pantiles building style in North Norfolk villages that made me fall in love with this area. Till now I have done no more than read the odd planning notice but I am so upset by the destruction of Pell’s cottage that I am thinking of seeing the plans and writing letters….. that is all an individual can do. Some people regarded Pell’s Cottage as an eyesore, but when in the future will a fisherman of Stiffkey build himself a cottage? We should celebrate it not destroy it. Worse still, a really lovely and unique site, with wonderful views in an important position at the entrance to the main part of the village, has been lost forever! Has the planning authority been stricken by blindness? Was it too unimportant to bother whether the sewage could drain away or not? An imaginative architect could have designed an outstanding single storey house for the site. Or the house could have been turned into a workshop or studio with new living quarters attached, or it could have become a dormer-windowed cottage. The site would have been with us still if any one of such decision had been taken. I know we need houses, but we also need to preserve Stiffkey’s charms or we will kill the goose that lays the golden eggs - our holiday makers. I have seen this happen elsewhere and it breaks my heart as it is avoidable. I hope for comments on the subject please. Sally Amesbury

It is with regret that I write to say goodbye to Stiffkey. We spent many weekends in Stiffkey before moving to live here just three years ago. This is in the way of a goodbye to all the friends we have made and how welcome everyone made us feel during our time in Stiffkey. We would like to say thank you to Eva and Clive for always making us feel welcome, offering invites to join Keep Fit or to help out at the fête, and always ready for a chat and a laugh. I would like to say thank you to Keep Fit ladies Mary, Pat, Shirley, Sheila, Eva, Gill and her sister-in-law. I would like to thank Theresa for being such a nice lady and introducing me to the line-dancing group in Blakeney. Thank you again to Mary and all my linedancing friends. My Wednesday evenings will never be the same. Good music and good friends best wishes to you all and long may you continue to enjoy the music, dance and friendships. Thank you to the WI ladies; Helen, Ann, Vivien, Pam, Theresa, Beryl, Betty, Connie, Sally, Catherine, Chris, Frith and Beverley. What will I do with my Monday evenings now? Thank you to Steven and Beverley for the Book Club and to all my fellow reading enthusiasts. I would also like to send best wishes to Vivien & Keith who have been good friends. Thank you to Gordon & Jean who were always ready with a smile and time to chat. I do hope I have included everyone; I just wanted to say how friendly we have found Norfolk folk to be. A quick word with Denis and his fellow dog walkers as I tried hard to keep fit. Thanks to Chris for accompanying me on these early morning efforts. Thank you to Vivien for joining me in keep fit and Pilates. Knowing you all has enriched my life. We leave with heavy heart but our heads say it is the right thing to do. We wish you all well and will often think of you and remember our time spent amongst you. Elaine Lummis



(See Page 21) 1. Snail. 2. Lady-bird or maybug. 3. Spectacles. 4. Nightingale. 5. Stoat. 6. Ant. 7. Magpie. 8. Dewy or slightly moistened by rain. 9. Merrily & fantastically tipsy. 10. Ailing or weakly.

WHIT WEEKEND SALES IN STIFFKEY! We are hoping for a good response to a sale of secondhand books in the Village Hall, and of plants on the Knoll. If you love books and plants, bring us a good book and a good plant. And in return, buy at least one of each from us! Delicious cakes, coffee and tea will be served in the Hall. Jill, Vivienne, Sue and Sally

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Millennium Centre, where activities were set to include cycling, eco adventures and sailing - lucky children. As part of Langham Village School’s involvement in the North Norfolk Schools Sports Partnership, the Years 1 and 2 children were invited to attend a dance festival with local schools at the Alderman Peel High School in February. The sessions were run by the Marlene School of Dance based in Cromer under the theme of ‘Olympic Spirit’. The school is supporting Sport Relief this year by conducting a half-hour jog around the school field wearing PE kit and something red - all for a £1 donation. Meanwhile Sue Rampley and Annette McEwan are attending a ‘Huff and Puff’ session, which will provide kit and resources for keeping the children active during their break times. “We hope to get some of the older pupils leading the sessions in school,” comments Mike Green. Forthcoming sports fixtures include the netball team travelling to Foulsham, the table tennis team at Burnham Market and the football team playing against Bawdeswell, in the league. In competition of a different kind, Langham is going to enter two teams for the regional K-NEX construction competition on 9 April. (For older readers, K-NEX is like a plastic Meccano.) Teams will be chosen after holding school heats for interested children in Classes 2 and 3. Langham Village School is so lucky to have such a wide range of additional activities available. Cookery Club is run extremely efficiently by Carol and Charlotte - some of the children are already candidates for Masterchef! Sue Rampley will be starting up Drama Club in the Summer Term. Sue will initially work with Years 3 and 4 for the first half term and then the Years 5 and 6 pupils for the second half term. The school is also keen to start up either a wildlife or gardening club to work with some of its budding naturalists for a short while each week. Drum Club will also begin again in the Summer Term with a chance for the children to perform at the Summer Fair. Everyone is invited to join in the school’s bi-annual Easter Bonnet Parade at Langham Parish Church at 2 pm on Thursday, 20 March. Bonnets/hats are normally made at home and the children in Classes 1, 2 and 3 will sing, accompanied by the top recorder group. Many thanks to Sheila Harris for giving up so much time to organise the singing and to Maureen Cooper and Karen Pickle for organising the recorders.

LANGHAM SCHOOL NEWS International themes and activities continue to play a significant role at Langham Village School. In addition to following the highly stimulating International Primary Curriculum across many subjects, the school has achieved International School, Intermediate Level, awarded by the British Council. “This is the middle category and builds on the good work completed last year in obtaining Foundation Status,” says Headteacher Mike Green. “Our new links with France and India appear to have done the trick. We shall be shall be attempting to achieve the full International School award during 200809.” The school is exchanging packages of news and recipes with a school in India and has set up pen friend links with a school in La Ferté Saint-Aubin, which happens to be twinned with Wells-next-the-Sea. “We have succeeded in fitting French for all Key Stage 2 pupils (years 3, 4, 5 and 6) into our curriculum jigsaw,” Mike Green adds. “This involves conversation work, links with the French primary school and use of a variety of interactive software.” Key Stage 1 pupils (Reception, years 1 and 2) have the opportunity of joining French Club on Wednesday mornings with Mrs Howes. The children are fully engaged in their International Primary Curriculum studies. Class 1 are looking at ‘Our World’, Class 2 are looking at ‘Our Community’, while Class 3 are conducting their own filmed news reports for their exciting ‘Current Affairs/In The News’ project. One of the most recent displays on The Gambia was very well received, as was the visit by John and Margaret Adnitt, who told the children of their work in supporting the people in a coastal region of The Gambia. The Gambia quiz was won by Chloe Fowle. The latest country focus at time of writing is Canada and will be followed by Holland and India into the Summer Term. As usual the entrance hall will be decked out with pictures and artefacts from the featured countries. To act as a stimulus for creative writing, Class 3 visited Cinema City in Norwich along with two other schools for a viewing of Charlotte’s Web on Thursday 6 March, which happened to be World Book Day. We hope that the children don’t all end up with spidery writing! The children have tried hard to capture the ‘science and poetry’ theme for this year’s Poetry-next-the-Sea competition and Teaching Assistant Sue Rampley has been invited to be one of the judges. At time of writing the children in Class 3 were gearing up for their three day residential visit to the Brancaster



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