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JUNE & JULY 2008



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JUNE 2nd Mon. Gunthorpe Parish Plan Meeting, Bale Village Hall, 7.30 6th Fri. Saxlingham ‘Jazz in June’ in the Church. 7.30 7th Sat. Gunthorpe Institute Plant Sale 10.00 7th Sat Langham FOL Coffee Morning 10-12 11th Wed Langham Ladybirds Strawberry Tea 13th Fri. Gunthorpe Friends AGM 13th Fri-16th Mon. Binham Norfolk Artists 10am – 5pm 14th & 15th Sat & Sun Binham Open Gardens 16th Mon. Stiffkey W.I. 7.30 18th Wed.Morston PCC Crab Supper after boat trip 6.15 18th Wed. Langham FOL Coffee Morning 10-12 19th Thurs. Binham Open Circle 28th Sat. Binham Abbott Farm Garden Party 28th Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club 28th Sat. Binham Elegant Garden Party.

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JULY 5th Sat. Langham FOL Coffee Morning 10-12 8th Tues. Langham Parish Council 7.00 9th Wed Langham Light hearted Law 7.30 11th Fri. Gunthorpe Friends AGM + Fish & Chip Supper 12th Sat. Langham Leukaemia Grand Sale Parish Room 16th Wed Langham FOL Coffee Morning 10-12 17th Thurs. Binham Open Circle 19th Sat. Binham Big Sing 19th Sat. Langham Concert in Church 19th Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club 19th Sat. Morston Friends of Village Church AGM 20th Sun.Saxlingham Patronal Festival and Tea. 3.00 21st Mon. Langham Bingo Parish Room 21st Mon. Stiffkey W.I. 7.30 23rd Wed. Langham Quiz Night Parish Room 26th Sat. Langham Street Fayre 26th Sat. Gunthorpe Friends Barbecue, Gunthorpe Hall 26th Sat. Morston Oyster Regatta 9.30 & 11.30 27th Sun. Gunthorpe Fete 2.00

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DEANERY NEWS The next deanery synod will be on Thursday 19th June 2008 7.15pm for 7.30 in St. Andrew’s Church Hall, Holt. The speaker will be Andy Mash, Diocesan Director of Education. Any parishes who have not yet paid anything towards their 2008 Parish share are urged by the Deanery Assessor to make a payment, however small, each month, to help the Diocese to meet their monthly commitments, not least of which are clergy stipends. For a full report on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s recent visit to Norwich, visit the Diocesan website at:

BIG SING IN BINHAM PRIORY Saturday 19th July Come and join the fun of a Big Sing, singing songs from the Iona Community and the World Church, led by Cwti Green, former programme worker on Iona, and Andrew Chew. In Binham Priory Church, tickets £2.

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

Philip Wells will be joining the Holt team as stipendiary curate in the summer and will be ordained Deacon in the Cathedral Church of Norwich at 11am. on Saturday 28th. June. He is coming to this post for a three year training period.


CHURCH SERVICES FOR STIFFKEY & BALE BENEFICE FOR JUNE & JULY 2008 HC=Holy Communion. FS=Family Service. MP=Morning Prayer. BCP=Book of Common Prayer. All Communion Services are in traditional language except those marked * Parish Bale Field Dalling Saxlingham Gunthorpe Sharrington Binham Langham Morston Stiffkey

1st June 9.30am HC At Saxlingham 9.30 am HC 9.30 am MP 9.30 am HC 11 am HC 9.30 am HC* 9.30 am HC BCP 11 am HC*

8th June 9.30 am HC At Saxlingham 11 am HC 9.30 am HC 9.30 am MP 11 am FS 9.30 am HC No service At Langham

15th June 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*

22nd June 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 9.30 am FS

Parish Bale Field Dalling Saxlingham Gunthorpe Sharrington Binham Langham Morston Stiffkey

6th July 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*

13th July 9.30 am HC At Saxlingham 11 am HC 9.30 am HC 9.30 am HC 11 am HC 9.30 am HC No service At Langham

20th July 9.30 am HC 11 am FS At Field Dalling No Service 9.30 am MP 11 am FS 9.30 am HC 9.30 am HC BCP 8 am HC*

27th July 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 9.30 am FS

29th June: Morston, 10.30 am, Group Holy Communion 27th July: Langham, 6.00 pm, Street Fayre Service Regular Weekday Services Binham: Tuesday, 6.00 pm Evening Prayers, Langham: Wednesday, 10.00 am Holy Communion Stiffkey: Friday, 10.00 am Holy Communion.

We remember them, and probably recount the episode when we get home. We met this lovely man ...woman...child.. A Church is often the first place a person will go, either for prayer or simply because they love medieval architecture. There may be no one else around – so we have to try and make our churches speak for us, and for Christ. There has to be somewhere to be quiet, perhaps also a pamphlet which describes not only the wonderful font, but what it is used for, what it means to us. Somehow we have to tell visitors that our churches are living churches, not simply architectural wonders; that they are living, because Jesus is alive in our community, and we are there because we know him and love him. Contagious faith, contagious love, contagious caring. Jesus had it. So can we. Tim Fawcett

CONTAGIOUS CARING REFLECTIONS FROM THE VICAR I sit in my study at the computer: it is the beginning of May and the weather is gorgeous. Summer beckons; my heart feels lighter. In the country our imagination immediately turns to H. E. Bates' Darling Buds of May – to Trollope – to Garden Parties and the fairs and fetes which invariably happen at weekends (Where would Midsommer Murders be without them?). It is the time when people start to get about, visiting different villages and supporting their fundraising activities – Langham Street Fayre on July 26th, the Stiffkey Fete, the Bale Fete, the Binham Weekend and so on (read on in the Lynx to discover countless other delights!). We get a lot of visitors of course – some come and stay with us, but others are just visiting the area. It is important that we make them welcome, particularly in our churches. On holiday, despite all our previous planning, we can feel a bit out on limb; not quite knowing what is going on, or how things happen round here. There has always been an obligation in the church to care for the traveller and stranger. The Benedictines who once inhabited Binham Priory would feed and shelter those who came to their door from their ample resources. We would not be expected to do that today, but perhaps we could be expected to give them a real welcome and spend some time making them feel at home in our community. After all, we go on holiday ourselves, and we know how much we appreciate someone who gives us time in a friendly way and makes us feel at ease.

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Full Council At the Full Council meeting of North Norfolk District Council held on the 16 April Councillor Mrs Sue Arnold was elected Chairman for the ensuing year. This is an apolitical role where the Chairman will represent the District Council at many civic functions throughout the year. The new Vice Chairman will be Councillor Simon Partidge. The new Leader of the Council who will also chair Cabinet meetings will be Councillor Ms Virginia Gay and the Deputy Leader will be Councillor Clive Stockton. Local Development Framework The Local Development Framework Core Strategy hearings finished in January and the Council is now awaiting the Inspectors binding report due by the end of May. This will confirm wether the Core Strategy is sound and able to be adopted. The report will be published on the LDF website and if found to be sound will be adopted by the council on 30 July 2008. The planning policy team are now preparing the Site Specific Proposals draft plan that will allocate land for housing and employment uses,this will take into account all comments made during the public consultation which took place in September 2006.The planning policy team are carrying out further investigation of sites throughout the District and will consult with Town and Parish Councils, Local Area Partnerships and Landowners from April 2008. A draft plan will be prepared for public consultation by May / June 2009. More information is available on the LDF website HYPERLINK Jonathan Savory

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Councillors 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).

BLAKENEY CATHOLIC CHURCH Father Michael Simison Great Walsingham Tel: 01328 821 353 Priest in Residence Father William Wells (the house behind the church) Service Times Vigil Mass at 6 pm on Sat


Unitary Proposals - the Boundary Committee has now provided leaflets and posters to be used to publicise the Local Government Review in Norfolk and Suffolk. All Parish Councils will be contacted and they and the public will be consulted. More information is available at or on 0207 2710512. Proposals are in hand to subsidise Pest Control Services. The Environmental Protection Team hope the service will be in place as early as the autumn when rat infestation increases. Environmental Awards and the Graham Allen Award for Conservation and Design are highlighted in Spring Outlook. Local Development Framework - the Inspector's binding report is expected by the end of May. It will be published as soon as possible on the LDF website An Exhibition will be held at the Cromer council offices 09.06.08 - 21.07.08. A new Guide to Affordable Housing was presented to District Councillors. Copies are available from the North Norfolk website or via the Enabling Team. Finally, to mark the 40th anniversary of the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, an exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists is being held at Glandford's Birdscapes Gallery. In August North Norfolk landscapes will be featured at the Gallery. Lindsay Brettle

Minister: The Reverend David Greenaway 8 St Andrew’s Close, Holt. Tel: 01263 712 181 Service Times Sundays at 6.30pm. For weekday services see the Glaven Newsletter.

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‘The Ugly Duckling and Hans Christian Anderson’. A talk by Geoffrey Hodson.

July 7th

‘Tales of a Blacksmith’ – Ian Ridgway There will be no meeting in August. Meetings take place on the first Thursday of the month at 2.30pm in Cley Village Hall and are always followed by delicious teas! Visitors are most welcome.





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Ruins of Augustinian Priory, tranquil woodland and river walks. Museum contains original Georgian Courthouse, artefacts and photographs.

LIFEBOAT APPEAL Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this year’s RNLI Appeal. The collection raised the sum of £100.64. Whereas this represents a reduction over last year’s excellent £144.67, it is nevertheless a valuable contribution to a very worthwhile cause. Christine Broughton

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BALE CEMETERY Readers may like to know how the cemetery is faring since the appeal was made in the Lynx for support in the maintenance, indeed refurbishment, of the cemetery on the Common road. Thanks to a generous fundraising effort by the Village Hall Committee the PCC was encouraged to set about the necessary work. The principal problem was the increase in the rabbit population: There is a network of burrows and scrapes are everywhere. The rabbits also ate the flowers and greenery which were placed beside the gravestones. Naturally this led to protective wire being installed. None of this improved overall neatness. The PCC has now surrounded the site with a rabbitproof fence. At the time of writing we hope that the cemetery has been cleared of the rabbits. Walter Hammond, who farms the land on two sides of the cemetery, has been extremely helpful financially and with some vital bulldozing. A small weekly working party has been busy clearing and levelling and all is beginning to look a little neater. The unwelcome plastic, wire and paper †have been cleared from the compost heap.† Particular mention should be made of Mark Allison for his skilled spade work and of Margaret Dent for her preparation and stocking of the flower beds. Plenty remains to be done; all hands are welcome; bring a spade at 10.15 on a Tuesday for an hour's work! A special plea: no more plastic etc on the compost heap. Please take your rubbish home!

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Concert by The Purcell School After last year's sellout performance, we are delighted to announce that The Purcell School will be returning to give us another concert on Sunday July 3rd at 6 pm. This year several of the young performers have reached the finals of the Young Musician of the Year competition. It will be televised and by the time of the concert the winner will have been announced. Tickets cost £6 for adults. Children may attend free. Please apply to Alan Sankey. Tel 01328 878 874.

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everywhere; the new leaves pin-fresh, woodpecker drilling, larks singing up in the air, and the thrush in the wood. Rounding the corner of the wood where I saw the doe yesterday, no sighting, but a roe barking further in, a cacophony of guttural barks. And then, as we turned again towards the bottom of the green lane, there was the doe looking at us from the entrance. I continued to walk along, camera out in the vain hope of getting near enough, but she had had enough of our presence, and gained the wood path in three huge leaps. Through all this the dogs kept behind me, but off the lead in Cake’s Lane they had a wonderful time, noses down getting all the fresh scent of the deer. I imagined that the barking roe was the buck sounding the alarm call, which brought the doe out to see what was going on, and saved her the danger of meeting us at much closer quarters. But it may well have been the buck defending his territory from another buck.

SPRING DIARY 17th March The primroses are really at their best now, and there are pretty pale carpets of them in the wood; violets are dotted across the whole of the woodland floor. The wood is completely untouched by any sort of forestry. Fallen branches are strewn everywhere, and it is very boggy. Several sycamores have some sort of disease which has patterned the bark; it’s very beautiful, but I don’t think it’s doing the trees any good. Most are not much more than a foot in circumference; a mixture of ash, sycamore, a few beech and a lot of hornbeam. Ivy and honeysuckle drape themselves over everything. It is the domain of the roebuck, his sharp little hoof prints clearly imprinted in the mud around the edges of the wood, and the bark scraped off trees where he has been fraying the velvet off his new antlers. The blackthorn is out everywhere in the hedges, and in my garden. Perhaps there will be a good crop of sloes this autumn. 31st March I have been given the key to a very special place, a little wood full of wild flowers. At the moment it is full of primroses, but a few wood anemones are out, and soon there will be a snowstorm of white flowers as about half of it is covered with the leaves of these rare woodland plants. This is a more open and drier place than the boggy roebuck wilderness, and it has a little loving attention paid to it, there are new trees planted and beehives in one corner. The roe come here too; there were hoof-prints in the field on the way, and fraying posts. I will go back in a couple of weeks; I think the anemones will be more impressive then. Today I saw a fox in the water meadow, looking for voles in the long grass, his deep russet coat glinting in the sunlight. 29th April Another early morning walk, in hot sunshine. The green filmy veil of new leaves is changing the landscape very quickly. A few days warmth and the oaks are bursting their buds. The old saying “oak before the ash, expect a splash, ash before the oak, expect a soak” has never been truthful as far as I can make out. Whatever kind of summer we have, the oak regularly gets its leaves out before the ash tree. I had a lovely encounter this morning. A roe doe was in the wood. She obviously felt that the new foliage protected her; although we were quite close she didn’t run away but gradually moved a little further in. She was so quiet the dogs (on the lead) had no idea she was there. I peered in amongst the tree trunks, and found her peering back at me. We looked at each other for about a minute, I got up on the bank to get a better view. She wasn’t happy about that, barked a few times, stamped her foot, then took one bound away, looked back and barked again. We left her in peace. 30th April Heavy rain overnight and the nut trees have little green jewel leaves all through the wood. Everything was beaded with raindrops; my feet got very wet. We met the roebuck at last, walking towards us along the edge of the wheat at the bottom of the field. He turned and trotted back, then up and over the ditch through a gap in the hedge, into the wood. Water was lying around

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NUT COATING Take 1 oz walnuts, 1oz blanched almonds, 11/2 lb plain chocolate, 12 bananas, lemon juice and 36 cocktail sticks. Roughly chop the walnuts and almonds. Mix together. Melt chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water. Peel bananas and cut each into three. Brush lemon juice over banana pieces to prevent them going brown. Dip banana pieces in the chocolate to cover completely. Sprinkle with coating of your choice. Push a cocktail stick into the centre of each banana piece and leave on greaseproof or non-stick paper until set.

VILLAGE HALL SOCIAL CLUB DRAW March Patricia Church £25 Anne Poole £10 Chris Buchschacha £5 Elizabeth Allison £5

April Jim Peppitt £25 Nina Nearny £10 Jinty Ramm £5 Chris Buchschacha £5

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IVY COTTAGE 2 Last month we identified the need for a heavy-duty rotovator type machine. Capable of turning over basically virgin soil that had been untouched for years. Now I’m not an eco warrior, and I certainly wouldn't swim with all of Green Peace’s methods, but I do hate waste, especially mechanical. Off to the skip then, that’s where our most affluent customers leave their egos and replace yesterdays "best thing on the market" with this years 'latest technology'. My first real find was a chainsaw that wouldn't start. Using an old mechanics trick, I took off the coil magnet, pointed it due North / South, and at precisely with 1.278kg of energy, hit it with the nearest hammer, seriously, this restores magnetism in the metal plate. After re-fitting the coil, filling up with petrol and checking the safety guard, she started on the second pull. That was £300 off the bill, not a bad start (no pun intended). The second find was made possible by my mates at work who now refer to me as 'Skippy', and was a lot more complicated. An old 'Land master' rotovator had been discarded as scrap, as it was only 40 years old I was shocked. After a fairly careful investigation and diagnosis, I confirmed it was not 'scrap' merely less than useful. This is where the next part of the story becomes more complicated. The machine basically needed a new engine, not easy to get when you are looking at a machine a tad over 40 years old. Undeterred, the search was started, to say it was long winded would be an understatement, and it went something like this; Found a lawnmower with a broken engine; swapped chassis for a small but rusty mower with a good engine (too small); fitted this to a good mower with a fire damaged engine; swapped mower for a larger mower with a good engine; removed engine and fitted it to the Land master. After finding the right gears and sprockets from an onion planter and a motorcycle chain of roughly the same pitch, handle bars from a wheelbarrow and wheels and tyres from an old lawn tractor, Goliath was born, and off she went to Norfolk. In under a weekend, the whole garden had been turned over three times and things were looking good. Goliath lived up to her name and boldly went where no rotovator had been before. However, now the main onslaught had been undertaken, the jobs were getting smaller and more electrical tools were needed. However, at a smidgeon over 75 feet away from the house, power was an issue. Back to the skip then, and from my new found stores I found an old 240v industrial alternator, an old pillar drill motor and a petrol driven water pump. A few adjustments, a bit of fine-tuning with some weld and a hacksaw joined the three together, providing me with a reasonable 1KW generator set, complete with its own frame, sorted!



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PRIORY CONCERTS All start at 7:30 Sun 13 July: Levanter Wind Quintet Tue 15 July: Peter Hanson Trio Sun 3 Aug: Abbey House Players with Jane Carwadine Sat 9 Aug: Maggie Cole Trio Sun 24 Aug: The Passacaglia Fri 29 Aug: Xuefei Yang, classical guitar Thur 2 Oct: Trevor Pinnock, harpsichord Sat 11 Oct: John Coulton, trumpet and David Dunnett on the organ. Tickets at £12 and further information from Maureen Frost at or 01328 830362 or on the website:

GARDEN PARTY June 28th at Abbott Farm, Binham. The afternoon includes traditional English tea and music. In the evening there will be a light supper and an auction. If you would like to donate any item for the auction please give me a ring. Hope to see you all there. Tickets £12.00 for day or £6.00 for the afternoon or the evening. The proceeds will go to the East Anglia's Children's Hospices E.A.C.H. Liz Brown 01328 830519

EXHIBITION & SALE OF ART 13th – 16th June 2008 The work of five local artists will be on display and for sale from 10am to 5pm daily in Binham Village Hall, in support of the East Anglian Air Ambulance. They are: James Bucknill, Peggy Faulkner, Thelma Masters, Brenda Scott and Lionel Wilde.

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DIARY OF A FARMER’S SON From 1844, aged 24

Very visible progress has been made on the Project since the award of the new-build contract to Fisher and Sons (Fakenham) Ltd at the end of March and the conservation contractor, W S Lusher and Son Ltd., came back to site for the warmer weather, suitable for the use of lime mortar. At the time of writing (early May) all excavation work in the north aisle was complete, the foundations and floor slab laid and blockwork for the new entrance and service building is progressing. Also the specialist archaeological contractor APS is carefully digging the trench across the churchyard to the northern boundary wall for the sewer connection. The conservation work on the gatehouse was finished last year but the new walls to the farmyard are now almost complete and the ground within the gatehouse is being levelled to make a grass area. A start is about to be made on conservation of the precinct wall along the Warham Road. To protect the personnel working on the road-side of the wall, and make room for the conservation materials, it is necessary to have barriers into the road. This reduces the road width on the bend and safety demands traffic control by lights. We apologise for the inconvenience this will cause but we do not want any accidents to workers or road users. A great deal of voluntary effort is being put in following up historic research, identifying suitable artefacts for display, drafting information leaflets and training site guides. Guided Tours of the Priory and the Precinct will be offered on Tuesday and Sunday afternoons at 2.30 pm from the end of May until September. David Frost

MAY 4th A wretched cold day, we moved some oats to the Abbey. I walked with Eke in the evening - saw lots of hares. 7th This was our opening day at Holkham with cricketing. Barwick was blackballed and about 40 members elected - the ground in miserable condition. 11th Our men had their barley seed frolic - a nasty cold uncharitable day. 17th Sent 20 hoggets and 10 ewes to London. This morning very cold. 22nd I went to Holt races and never saw such a lot of blackguards together in my life. Boyd won the 5 guinea stakes and Ben Francis the hurdle race against Bob Norris. 27th Went to Old Walsingham to meet a party of rook shooters. Went to the fair afterwards. Very cold! JUNE 4th George and I went cricketing, I got 27 runs and won another 8d off Lord Leicester on the game. 5th We sent the carcases of 3 old tups by van to London, began sowing turnips in Coneyford. 12th Finished clipping the hoggets, they weigh light not averaging more than 5 lbs per piece this year. 17th Went to Blickling to play on the Brinton side against Blickling Club. We beat those fellows. 21st We dragged our fishpond today, found several large pike and also some small frogs – plenty of bait. 28th George and I went to cricket this afternoon, the eleven were chosen to play Blickling. I am one of them. Richard & Norah Lewis

THE BINHAM CHARITIES TRUST The Binham Charities Trust is 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

OPEN CIRCLE June 19th David Grimes will give an illustrated talk about the Sandringham house and estate from 1850 to 1950. This meeting will be the first to be held in the Hindringham Village Hall since the Flood. July 17th Garden Party at 6.30 pm at Fiona Thompson’s Field House. New members are always welcome. We meet on the third Thursday of the month at 7.15 p.m. Just come along or call the Secretary Fiona Thompson on 01328 830639.

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When you read this, the new village sign will either have recently been erected, or will be just about to be! Designed by Lionel Wilde and hand carved from weathered oak by Warren Trett, it should be a talking point in the village and an inspiration to any other local communities that are thinking of providing a sign that is superior to the cast aluminium or fibreglass norm. Nobody remembers how long the old sign has stood on the green, but it deserves more than a trip to the recycling bin. The village hall committee have kindly agreed to take it in, and rather like a trusty old horse, it will enter the retirement phase of life out of the weather and in more comfortable surroundings in the lobby of the village hall. Until just before last Christmas, a tree stood next to the sign on the green. This had come to the end of its life, and because it posed a possible danger, had to be removed. However, kind neighbours have generously offered to replace it, and the subject was discussed at the annual village meeting in April. But it is not as easy as might first appear! There are hundreds of arboreal varieties available, and almost as many opinions as to what should be planted. Since the summer is not a good time to plant a tree, the decision does not have to be made immediately, but some hard negotiating will have to be undertaken by the autumn!

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TEL: 01328 851081 FAKENHAM CHORAL SOCIETY Sat 14th June Following the enormous success of its recent performance of Handel’s ‘Messiah’, Fakenham Choral Society will be performing the Brahms ‘German Requiem’ as its summer concert this year. The performance, with the choir accompanied by a full symphony orchestra, will take place on Saturday, June 14th at 7.30 p.m. in the Fakenham Parish Church. The choir is very proud to have the top international recording artist David Wilson-Johnson as baritone soloist and he will be joined by the Yorkshire soprano Wendy Goodson who has performed so effectively with the choir in recent seasons. Tickets are £12 (under 18s free) and are available from 01328 830639 or on the door.

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For our April meeting we had a record attendance for Dr John Davies talking on “The Land of Boudica”. In May Andy Hutcheson, Archaeology Manager at NAU in Norwich, outlined the proposal for undertaking fieldwork and a possible ‘dig’ in Binham for which we hope to obtain funding. This would involve professionals as well as local people of all ages. The working title for this project is ‘Origins of Binham from 55BC’. More details in the next Lynx. Tuesday 8th July at 2.30 pm. Visit to Roger Last’s Corpusty Mill Garden. £6 per person. Booking essential, as places may be limited.

Sat 14th and Sun 15th June Thirteen gardens will be open from 12 noon to 5 pm and most will have something to sell: flower and vegetable plants, home made lemonade, marmalades, jams, and chutneys, ice cream, gardening books and magazines, sculptures, home made dog biscuits, and a full blown yard sale in one garden. Each garden will have a mystery object for the children (or grown ups) to find. If you can complete the list you will be able to claim a prize at the Village Hall. Look for the Pink Pig Signs. Tickets will be available at all gardens for £2 per person, children free. Parking and toilets are available at the Village Hall; also cream teas and other refreshments. 01328 830270

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the 1939/1945 War when the artillery range at Stiffkey played havoc with their roost site, but this was also a time before any wildlife protection and many were shot for sport or the pot. The enormous increase in their numbers is no doubt partly due to that protection, but also to an increase in their breeding range in Iceland. Of course, sugar beet farming must also have played a major part. The Pink-footed Goose is very similar to the Bean Goose, which winters in Norfolk in much smaller numbers from its breeding grounds in Scandinavia and north Russia. Although a few turn up locally, the majority winters in the Low Countries and central Europe. In common with other wildfowl, Bean Geese are already reacting to climate changes by wintering further north, so we may see even less of them. With global warming, wind farms and changes in farming practices, the future of Pink-footed Geese in our area is also uncertain. They will be back in September, so enjoy them while you can. Ian Johnson

PINK-FOOTED GEESE RETURN Soon the Pink-footed Geese will return from their main breeding sites in Greenland and Iceland. About 250,000 winter in Scotland, England and a few in Ireland, but nearly half the total comes to Norfolk. The smaller population on Svalbard (Spitsbergen) prefers mainland north-west Europe. Norfolk birds arrive any time from mid-September and most leave again by mid-February. There are several groups in Norfolk, linked to their roost sites. Western birds roost on the Wash near Snettisham or on Scolt Head Island. The northern groups tend to drop on the sands between Wells-next-the-Sea and Stiffkey. The eastern group used to roost on Scroby Sands, now covered at low tide, but all these groups intermix. In north Norfolk the roost flights at dusk are spectacular, dependent on where the flocks have spent the day. At times Stiffkey Greens are favoured. At other times the sky over Wells-next-the-Sea is alive with the birds. If the night is bright, as at full moon, they may feed on the fields all night. Weather conditions can severely affect the birds. In fog they lose their bearings, sometimes flying and calling all night long. Once they landed on Fakenham by-pass, where it was lit like a welcoming landing strip. On 3rd January 1978 a violent lightning storm crossed East Anglia, leaving in its wake on the ground at least 140 dead geese, mainly this species. It is said that a tornado sucked them to such a high altitude they died or become unconscious. Otherwise, apart from hard weather, man and foxes they are relatively safe here, usually only dying of injury or old age. However, land-based wind turbines would be quite another matter. During the day the north Norfolk flocks may be on fields anywhere between Docking and Langham, rarely far inland. However, they are easily disturbed. It is much easier to watch them at Lady Ann’s Drive, Holkham, because the geese are used to people there. Sometimes huge numbers stay grazing there all day, a splendid, noisy spectacle. It is also a good place to see other species, like White-fronted Geese and Dark-bellied Brent Geese Last winter the north Norfolk flocks spent many days in the Lynx parishes, searching for safe fields in which to feed. They usually graze on the waste sugar beet tops, once the roots are harvested. Many farmers welcome them and the fertiliser they leave as droppings. One told me that he felt privileged when they favour his fields. The future of the species is less certain, being heavily dependent on a crop that is less profitable today. Already some farmers are abandoning sugar beet, though a continuing demand is expected for the recently established bio-fuel plant at Wissington. Whether this will ever be truly economic is questionable at a time of rising cereal prices. Pink-footed Geese have always grazed grass and gleaned stubble fields. They will feed on winter cereals if their preferred food is not available. There was a time when the world population of the species was so low that it was considered threatened. That was before and during

THE BIG QUIZ Thirteen tables of eight sat down to ten rounds of questions – and the winners were Buttlands Close and in second place were the One Legged Wonders. The Booby prize (actually rather elegant wooden spoons) was won by The Schnauzers. The Table Quizzes were won by Kiss the Badge and No Expectations. Grateful thanks to the many people who helped in a myriad of ways. The evening resulted in a profit of £1,082 which was equally divided between the Priory Project and the Binham Local History Group.

BINHAM GUILD OF ARTISTS The Group consists of anyone interested in Art or Craft, beginner or otherwise. Artists with professional experience form part of the Group and will gladly advise if needed. We meet every Tuesday morning from 10 to 12 in the Village Hall. A fee of £2 per morning includes coffee and biscuits. A demonstration of painting or craftwork normally takes place on the first Tuesday of every month. In April Ian King gave a very entertaining and constructive talk while painting a landscape in watercolour. For further information contact James Bucknill at 01328 830651. INTERIOR & EXTERIOR


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One of the pictures shown by Philip West in his February slide show and talk on ‘Village and Town Memories’ was a postcard dated 1910 showing a house called The Old Vicarage. However, it was very obviously not the property known as The Old Vicarage today, which is in a wooded setting just to the south of the T-junction where the Holt Road joins the road between Langham and Bale. It was in fact the property known today as The Manor House, at a time when it was a discharged vicarage, and a new vicarage had been built. In 1937, the parishes of Field Dalling and Saxlingham were combined and the vicar lived in Saxlingham, thus making the vicarage in Field Dalling surplus. The Old Vicarage was renamed The Manor House and the surplus ‘new’ vicarage became The Old Vicarage. Of the different reasons for there being so many rectories, vicarages and parsonages, one is that in the medieval period, monastic institutions were able to appropriate the priest’s living, and the religious house then legally became the ‘rector’. Some of these takeovers left the few remaining endowments to support a resident priest, known as a ‘vicar’. After the reformation, appropriated livings and vicarages survived as private property, often known as ‘lay rectories’. There are also instances of vicars living in another village, such as Mr Upjohn, who is often mentioned in ‘A Diary of a Binham Farmer’s Son’ for his sermons in Binham, but serving as vicar of Field Dalling, and living in what is now The Manor House. A directory of 1864 records the Rev Henry Spencer as a vicar of Field Dalling but living in Bale and ‘for whom a good residence is about to be built’. In Cley, documentary work has found a series of four parsonages, of which only the final one survives today as a private house, the previous ones having become delapidated and been demolished. A recent survey of house names found that ‘Old Rectory’ was the most popular and ‘ the Old Vicarage’ a close fifth. In our Benefice today there are 9 parishes, 1 rector. How many former rectories, vicarages & parsonages? It would be Eric Hotblack interesting to know.

This will be held in Cockthorpe Church on Sunday 27th. July 2008. at 3pm. Poems by William Cowper will be read. Everyone welcome.

SHOVELL DINNER 2008 The Annual Shovell Dinner in memory of Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell (d.1707) of Cockthorpe and Morston, will be held at the Anchor Inn on Saturday 25th October. The talk, on a naval subject will be given by the Oxford naval historian Justin Reay. This is followed by a Raffle and an Auction. Last year this event, arranged by Friends of Morston Church, raised over £1,100 for church repairs. 50 tickets (at £35.00) will be available nearer the time. Questions/info from 01263-740431.

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Parochial Church Council AGM The Church AGM took place on April 4th at the Institute with the Reverend Anderson in the chair. Mr F Morley was prepared to serve as Church-warden again after 30 years of service, and was warmly applauded and thanked by the meeting. He reported that the coping stones stolen from the church wall had been replaced and the loose stone cross in the churchyard made safe. As shown in the Treasurer’s Report church finances were healthy, the parish share paid in full, and a large sum had been raised by the Sponsored Bicycle Ride. Mrs H Harrison, our Treasurer from Stiffkey, was thanked for all her generous work for Gunthorpe, and also Mr J Smith, our Covenants officer and organizer of the Sponsored Bicycle Ride. Appreciation and thanks were expressed for the work of Lady Blunden, who organizes the Flower and Church Cleaning Rota, and her helpers. The repairs to the Tower were discussed, the present estimated cost being £33,000. The Friends of the Church are prepared to make a significant contribution to this. Mr and Mrs A Suckling were thanked for all their work as PCC Secretary and Assistant Churchwarden this year. Apart from Mrs V Worsley, the Vice chair, no-one was prepared to serve on the PCC. Reverend Anderson informed the meeting that in these circumstances the vicar became the PCC.

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FRED’S GARDENING DIARY Notes June & July The weather has not been ideal during March and April for sowing small seeds in the garden. It has been wet and cold longer than normal, but there is still time to sow seeds such as carrots, beetroot, lettuces, leeks, radish, etc. You can plant out tomato plants now and sow cucumber seed for outdoor growing. It is best to raise them in greenhouses or on a window sill and then plant them out. They require some support to keep the plants off the soil and protect them from slugs and snails. Also plant out runner and French beans you may have grown inside. As mentioned in the last issue of the Lynx you can also sow seeds into the ground where they are to grow – keep well watered if the weather is dry. Hang 2 or 3 yellow fly traps (available in most garden centres) in your greenhouse to avoid build up of whitefly as these pests are hard to get rid off if allowed to build up. Flower Garden The weather has suited daffodils and polyanthus this year – they have been flowering for weeks. You can now plant out bedding plants making sure they have been hardened by standing outside for a few days in a sheltered place. If soil is dry give a good watering when required – not small amounts every day as this encourages roots to grow near the surface where they can suffer damage and dry out. Your outdoor containers and hanging baskets can also be planted now. Fred Morley

Treasurer’s Report Year to 31 Dec. 07. Summary This year expenditure of general funds exceeded the income by £121.36, although the income raised was greater than that of 2006. There was an increase in collections and gift aid, although donations and tax reclaimed were down. Interest rates were up and fees received were also greater. Money raised and donated from the Fete was up slightly and there was nearly an extra £400 raised from the N.C.T. cycle ride. The special services were well attended and the collections taken reflected this. The main increase in expenditure came from the repairs and renewal of the electric heaters and a large payment for heat and light, a £450 increase in the Parish Share payment which was made in full, and £200 extra in charitable giving. During the year £3,000.00 was transferred to the Bus. Bonus Acc. from the Community Current Acc., which leaves an opening balance for 2008 of £3,857.94. In the Churchyard Account a donation towards grass cutting was received from the Parish Council. A total of £398.75 was paid for the cutting itself. Following the bequest from Wakefield family in 2006, £19,500.00 was invested in CCLA Investment Management Ltd., COIF Charity Funds. The capital and interest received to be used for the upkeep and works to the Churchyard as necessary. Mr C Billings of Stiffkey has again been appointed as the Independent Examiner for these accounts and we have expressed our gratitude to him for his time. Heather Hamson

CORRECTION Lynx 59 incorrectly gave the date of the Gunthorpe Fete as Saturday 27 July. Well done to all who spotted the error - the date was correct, but it should have said Sunday 27 July - many apologies, mea culpa!

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Sunday 20th April saw twenty hardy souls turn up on a chilly morning to spruce up St Mary’s churchyard. With ages ranging from the young to the young at heart, and a veritable arsenal of garden weaponry, there was a task for everyone and everyone for a task. Brambles were hacked, buddleia pruned, nettles strimmed, weeds dug and gravel raked. A little after 11 o’clock, in a pleasant light drizzle, the barbeque was lit and less than an hour later the delicate scent of charred sausage and burnt bacon signalled the workers to finish off their tasks. Lunch in a bun washed down with a few glasses of red wine (juice for the kids!) and a good mardle in the warm glow of a job well done. Thanks to all who turned out, especially our honorary Gunthorpians who still come even though now living a bit further afield. (JB - Thanks as well to the barbeque “master” Rob Cutterham who contributed the food and wine as well as his culinary skills. He also wrote this amusing article.)

Summer 2009 Update I thought that I would write a short note to say a very big thank-you to everyone who has supported me so far in my quest to raise funds in order to participate in the Fakenham College Expedition to Madagascar during the summer of 2009. The trip encompasses an Adventure holiday, which includes a 9 day trek in the North of the country where we will be carrying all of our equipment and sleeping under the stars in tents. A visit to an off shore island where some whale watching will be undertaken, and most importantly a week or more undertaking a cultural project in order to help a local community. As a team we have selected to help at a children’s orphanage, which houses many orphaned and abandoned children of all ages. The expedition team comprises 10 pupils, who between them have to raise £31,000.00. Each pupil, including myself, has to raise £3,100.00. Over and above this amount some equipment, inoculations and spending money also have to be catered for.


So far, as a team, we have managed to raise £1,300.00. This has been achieved in a number of ways, which include: A raffle of a luxury Easter Egg - £130.00, A Quiz Night - £310.00, Cake Sale - £90.00, A day bagpacking at Tesco, Fakenham - £670.00 and the on-going collection of Aluminium drink cans.

Meetings to take forward the Parish Plan for Bale and Gunthorpe are now taking place, and significant progress is being made in defining a budget, putting together a questionnaire to cover as many villagers’ circumstances and aspirations as possible and to seek grants to fund items such as printing etc. The next meeting is on 2 June, where it is hoped that the content of the questionnaire and a date for a first presentation to the two villages can be agreed.

A special thanks to all the neighbours, friends and local businesses that continue to collect cans for this cause. Local businesses collecting for me personally are: The Tea Rooms in Gunthorpe, Briston Sports & Social Club, The Green Man Public House in Briston, Melton Constable Country Club, Hindringham Sports & Social Club, F&Gs, Dunstable Arms Public House in Sheringham and Bakers & Larners in Holt. To date I have collected in excess of 7,000 cans.

Edition 59 of the Lynx contains a fuller article on the Parish Plan – a Plan that has to cover the next 5-10 years of village life. So, to repeat one vital point, it is essential that as wide an audience as possible participates in the consultation process for the drafting of the Plan – your opinions are needed even if your vote is for “no change” as the Plan has to say what we want to keep as well as what we want to change – thus when the questionnaire is issued we will be seeking your support. It will be the chance to have your say no matter how controversial your views may be! If you would like to get involved or would like to find out more please contact Zena Churchill on 01328 878727.

Many more events are in the pipeline over the next year and I will be working hard, both as an individual and a team member, in order to raise the outstanding amount required. I will endeavour to let you all know from time to time how this quest is going and if you feel that you can help in anyway, it would be greatly appreciated. After all every can counts! Sophie-Marie Mills

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A warm welcome goes to Nick and Susannah Anderson and their children Louis (4) and Barnaby (2) who moved into Gardener’s Cottage at the end of March. Nick is the new Head Chef at the Wiveton Bell – a popular “eatery” that will be well known to many readers of the Lynx. Nick, who hails originally from Aberdeen has the distinction of twice having been awarded a Michelin star during his career – once for the Rococo Restaurant (now Maggie’s) in Kings Lynn and then for the Crown in Wells, where he was one of the partners responsible for the 2001 refurbishment of this now very popular establishment. Nick is looking forward to the challenge of keeping and indeed enhancing the Wiveton Bell’s reputation - it was Food Pub of the Year 2007 - by concentrating even more on high quality local produce and traditional pub fare. Born in Isleworth Susannah has spent most of her life in Norfolk, and she is looking forward to getting back to work as a PA in publishing once the children will allow this.

The first volunteers for the Gunthorpe and Bale Community Speed Watch team have now finished training, and if you see the Community Speed Watch boards deployed in either village you should assume that the community volunteers will be monitoring speeds. The training itself was not without incident with two motorists being stopped by the police trainers for exceeding the limit in Bale, and one motorist (older rather than younger) deciding he could contribute by driving past sticking his tongue out at the team - a childish gesture that almost caused him to drive off the road, and the first time the training Sergeant had seen such an act of abuse directed at the volunteers. The first week has identified around 10 drivers, the majority driving through Bale, who will now receive a letter from the Norfolk Constabulary – the fastest was doing an astonishing 47mph in the narrow lanes of Bale. Lest people think that the Community Speed Watch is without teeth it should be pointed out if a driver is identified speeding on a second occasion then it will not just be a stronger letter from the police, with the potential for future more formal action, it will also generate a “persistent speeder” tag on the Police National Computer which will be automatically picked up if the driver is then stopped for speeding anywhere in the Country. Another point to be remembered is that speed can be measured either for oncoming or receding traffic – so don’t do as some have done and speed up after passing the speed watch team. We welcome more volunteers and if you would like to spare just a few hours a month to make your community safer, or would like to know anything about the scheme, please contact Adam Raphael or Jim Peppitt – the e-mail address is, or when you next see the team in either village please make yourself known to us.

We also warmly welcome Simon Long and Carol Finch who, with their Springer Spaniels Ash and Sage, have moved into Bulfer Grove. Simon has oyster beds in Blakeney Harbour, and they are no strangers to this part of the world, having lived in Cley for the past 9 years. They are looking forward to life in the beautiful countryside around the NT woodland at Bulfer Grove and the opportunities this brings to enjoy the natural world.

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In about 1928 William Robert Dewing and his wife Elsie (née Riches) moved into the Gatehouse. William was a ‘ganger’ on the railway so it was Elsie who looked after the gates. The following year, in 1929, their son Trevor was born. Daughter Enid arrived in 1931 and in 1933 another son, Colin. Late in 1940 the family moved up the road to nearby Thursford. William and Elsie’s youngest son Colin maintained his connections with the village when he married Thelma Chapman (a true Gunthorpian) in St Mary’s Church on 28th September 1963. Thelma’s Grandfather was the local gamekeeper. His name was Searles and he lived in ‘Keepers Cottage’. Thelma was born in the cottage opposite the Village Institute….the venue of her wedding reception. George & Catherine Harrison and their then three children Barbara, Elsie and Robert moved from the Lenwade gatehouse to Gunthorpe late in 1940. George worked for the railway sometimes doing relief duties at other gatehouses when there was no tenant or if somebody was ill. Catherine worked the gates, a job she continued to do after George was called up for the army in June 1942. Daughter Barbara recalled the night an airman called at the door to buy a rail ticket, he was quite put out when he was told the ticket office was at the station another 2 miles up the road at Melton Constable! Next to move into the Gatehouse were Oliver Charles Hovells and his wife Mabel Joyce (nee Rope). Olly, as most people referred to him, was a relief signalman and Mabel worked the gates. The couple had two adult sons, Verdun and Russell who were both born at West Runton. At around the same time as Olly and Mabel lived at Gunthorpe Gatehouse Verdun and his wife Harriet (Hetty) lived at Gatehouse 28 – Skeyton Road, North Walsham with their two children, Maureen and Maurice. Like his father, Verdun was also a relief signalman. Sadly, just after Christmas on 27th December 1954, Mabel died at the Gatehouse, aged 65 years. Within weeks Olly, who was already retired from the railway, moved into what was to have been their retirement home. Footnote: The final railway family to move into Gunthorpe Gatehouse were the Myhills. At the time of writing Heather does not have any information about the family. Should any of the Myhill family be reading this and feel they would like to share their memories then please do get on touch either at the Tea Room or on 01263 862894.

Heather and Keith Duffield live at the old railway gatehouse at the southern end of the Gunthorpe parish boundary. Heather runs an increasingly popular ‘tea-rooms’ which not only does an excellent tea and cake, but is visited by many railway enthusiasts looking at the history of the Midland and Great Northern Railway (apparently known with some affection in its heyday as the “Muddle and Get You Nowhere), whose branch lines dominated the transport infrastructure of North Norfolk for almost 80 years. Heather has kindly written the story of some of the families who looked after the crossing. Before looking at the families it is worth knowing something of the history of these now “lost” railways, and the following is based on an extract, with permission, from the M&GN’s web pages which you can find at A collection of small local railway companies in Norfolk and Lincolnshire were amalgamated in the 1880s to form the Eastern and Midlands Railway (E&M), to create a through line linking the Midlands with the East Coast. On 16th June 1887, the section, part of which, from Sheringham to Cromer, survives to this day as a link in the national network, was opened from Holt to Cromer, engineered by William Marriott the “father” of the M&GN. The E&M was largely dependent on traffic coming from both the Great Northern and the Midland Railways, and when it fell into a financial crisis in 1889 these two railways stepped in. In 1893 they acquired the whole of the E&M, and the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway (M&GN) was formed in 1893. A Joint Committee ran the railway until nationalisation in 1948. Traffic declined through the 1930s and after World War II, as the car, lorry and bus took over. In 1958, British Railways recommended closure; and for most of the M&GN the end came on 28th February 1959. However, the section from Melton Constable to Sheringham survived until Dr Beeching applied his axe in April 1964. This is, of course, now re-opened between Sheringham and Holt as the very popular tourist and railway enthusiast attraction the "Poppy Line" carrying some 120,000+ passengers every year. At the top of the lane leading from Gunthorpe to Swanton Novers stands a tiny wooden building that has stood surveying the surrounding landscape since 1901. This small building had a very important and necessary past. For almost sixty years the Gunthorpe signal box …or crossing keeper’s ground frame (to give it its correct terminology) watched over the railway crossing known simply as 16 Gunthorpe. One of the early families to move into the accompanying tiny three roomed cottage (built 1881) were the Wadlows. Robert Wadlow had married Ruth Duffield in 1889 and this was to be their first home. Robert worked on the railway as a platelayer and Ruth was in charge of the gates. In those early days the trains had priority so the gates would be closed to road users. During the Wadlows’ forty years at the Gatehouse Ruth gave birth to ten children. Considering this was such a small cottage one wonders how they all fitted in. Sadly, their youngest daughter Margaret, died at the tender age of five. Two of the three sons grew up to work on the railway, Fred worked at Bourne and eventually became an engine driver and Sam worked at Melton Constable. Robert & Ruth retired to Swanton Novers.




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TREES IN THE CHURCHYARD Now the P.C.C. faces the need to make safe and replace some of the churchyard trees which have reached the end of their decorative life. Many of the chestnut trees have ‘bleeding canker’ disease and one ash tree has ‘honey fungus’. Some of the trees need felling or trimming to ensure public safety. We hope that the village community will again be generous in preserving this central landscape of the village. Possibly individuals may subscribe for replanting to remember friends or loved ones. Rex Dawson Lay Chairman Langham P.C.C.

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Affordable Housing As is plain to see there is rapid progress on this project and one may have seen a drilling rig working. This is because there will be ground source heat pumps installed as part of the heating systems for the houses. It is still the plan for the houses to be occupied by Christmas.

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Dog Fouling Again we have had reports of this happening in the village particularly in Hollow Lane between The Cornfield entrance and the Field Dalling road and on Holt Road outside Field End cottage. Signs have been ordered from the District Council for these areas. It is as well to remind everyone that it is now an offence to let a dog foul any area to which the public have access, not just within a 30 mph area as before.

We will have the final numbers at the end of the June meeting on 28 June, but the 50:50 Club will have made around £1200 for the Friends this year. The June draw will be the final one for this year and will have higher and additional prize money to “balance” the income and prize money – so do come along. Subscriptions for the next 12 months will be due after the June meeting, and to join for the next year (to July 2009 at £1.00 per month, paid in advance) or for more information please contact either Peter Everett (012163 860035) or John Blakeley (01263 861008).

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At the Annual Meeting of Parishioners on April 1st. no churchwarden was elected as no nominations had been received. Reports and election results can be found on the church notice board. There you will see that:The sum spent on the upkeep of the churchyard, £368.90 (£202.80-2006) includes work on the gate pillars to make them safe and the installation of a handrail by the steps, the materials having been donated. No amount has been spent on labour for grass cutting and mechanical maintenance thanks to the volunteer work done by Barry Betts and John Hope for which we are most grateful. Last year we had to raise an extra £2,200 for our Parish Share which we paid in full. Thankfully there is no increase this year so we have still to pay £8,950. In 2007 we had no major building work so the total for clergy, church, churchyard and service expenses were a little less than 2006 but still amounted to £232 a week to keep the church running. Thanks were given to all of the people who give of their time, energy, talents and finance to support all the different areas of church life. Reports received were: The Annual Report, which included the Fabric Report (written by the Rector in the absence of a churchwarden), the Financial Report, the Rector’s Benefice Report and reports by the officers of Health and Safety, Deanery Synod, Electoral Roll and Child Protection. The PCC of 2007 was re-elected ‘en bloc’ and an Independent Assessor was elected. The PCC now consists of: The Reverend Joanna Anderson - Chairman Dr Rex Dawson - Lay Chairman Mrs. Janet Allen - Minutes Secretary Mrs. Ann Sherriff - Treasurer Mr. Ian Spinks - Health & Safety Officer The Reverend Tim Fawcett The position of Child Protection Officer and Electoral Roll Officer has been undertaken by Mrs. Janet Hope and the Deanery Synod member, a position undertaken for a period of three years at a time, is Mrs. Ann Sherriff. As you will see, as well as not having a churchwarden we have neither a secretary nor a Fabric Officer. We badly need someone to help us with the above and with fund raising - ideas and practical help. If anyone feels they would like to help, please contact the Reverend Tim Fawcett Tel: 830415 who is deputising whilst the Reverend Joanna Anderson is away on a sabbatical.

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STALL ON THE GREEN It is hoped to run the usual stall for all sorts of produce on the following dates: August 16th. August 23rd. and 25th. (Bank Holiday) and August 30th. All offers of help with manning and providing for the stall will be most welcome. Jan Hope Tel: 830 847

WELCOME We would like to extend a very warm welcome to Mr. and Mrs. J Parnell, Mr. and Mrs. A Burlingham and Mr. and Mrs. J Allen with children Florence and George who have come to live in the village. We hope you will all be very happy living here.

FRIENDS OF LANGHAM QUIZ NIGHT On the night of the 10th April some fourteen teams sat down to attempt to answer questions on a wide range of subjects at the latest Friends of Langham Quiz Night. Some of the questions were relatively easy, others more baffling: no one knew what a group of hedgehogs are called. An 'array' apparently is the answer! The Friends of Langham provided free nibbles, tea and coffee and a raffle was held at the end of the evening. After a tense and demanding tie-break the team from Briston finally ran out winners. Well done Simon and co! It seems that the general opinion was very positive from those who attended and that there will be another quiz in the not too distant future. Watch this space! David Reville

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LEUKAEMIA RESEARCH FUND Where has the time gone? We are getting ready for our GRAND SALE on July 12th. 10am.-1pm in Langham Parish Room. Please come and support this worthwhile charity.

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.

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Concert - 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 at 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! This 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.

PLEASE NOTE Due to the success of the previous Fayres, the space available has become so cramped that the Street Fayre Committee have obtained permission from the Highways Department to close the main street (Holt Road) through the village from the crossroads at the Church to the Blakeney T-junction and from Swans Close to the main street. Access to the lower part of Hollow Lane, Cornfields and Swans Close is not affected. Due to the narrowness of the northern leg of the Big Square, from Morston road to the cross roads on the Blakeney Road, it has been necessary to introduce a one way traffic system. Traffic from Morston Road travelling towards Wiveton is permitted but not vice versa. The diversion is to send the traffic to Blakeney, turn left towards Morston, then left at Morston to come back to Langham. Please note this on the map. The roads will be closed from 0630 and reopen 2330 but Hollow Lane and the east part of the main street to the Blakeney T-junction will reopen at 1900. Emergency vehicles will have full access at all times.

CHURCH CLOCK DONATIONS Due to a technical error in the last issue of Local Lynx there were some omissions in the list of donors. Our apologies for this unintentional error. These donors were: Mr. P Barlow, the Bluebell and the Sisters of the Carmel of Our Lady of Walsingham. Many thanks to you all.

We do hope these arrangements will not cause you too much inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding and co-operation. LSF Committee



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JOY’S COFFEE MORNING This was held on March 29th. in the Parish Room. The organisers felt that the event had perhaps outgrown its customary venues in various homes in the village, so we were pleased to see plenty of folk finding their way to the Parish Room. It was a most successful and enjoyable morning: stalls included all the usual favourites and there were bargains to be found in plants and cakes and bric-a-brac and on the Tombola stall. A novel raffle was introduced by Helen Brandt who generously undertook to make a model of the winner’s home - Sue and John Hughes were the lucky winners. Other winners were: Number of eggs 111 - Vera Colombé Weight of the cake - 5lbs 11oz. - Beryl Brooker Helen’s ‘House’ raffle - John Hughes Basket of Flowers - Isobel Rossiter A grand total of £466 was made for the Langham Church General Fund. Thank you everyone, for your generosity in Bringing and Buying and in every way contributing to the success of the event. Jan Hope

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LANGHAM CAR SERVICE Schedule to Aug 3rd. Rate 20p per mile Week beginning: May 26th. Tel: 830 606* June 2nd. Tel:830 537* th June 9 . Tel: 830 696* June 16th. Tel:830 348 June 30th. Tel:830 847 June 23rd. Tel: 830 605 th July 7 . Tel; 830 821 July 14th. Tel:830 097 st July 21 . Tel:830 056 July 28th. Tel:830537* * These drivers do not go to Norwich. NB: Please note that there is a change of number for May 26th. from that printed in the last issue. The roster will be displayed on the village notice board, in the church porch and the ‘Bluebell’. As always please feel free to telephone me or any of the drivers listed if you have a query or if you are unable to get to any of the notice boards. Ann Sherriff Tel: 830605

THANK YOU F.O.L. A big thank you to the Friends of Langham for a most enjoyable Quiz Night. It is always good to learn how much one does not know and yet still have a good time! Thank you for all you do for the village.

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On April 9th. we celebrated 40 years as a ladies club in Langham. What a really super evening with members from present and previous years. We enjoyed a buffet supper and wine with a decorated cake to follow with tea and coffee. Some of the ladies wore hats of the sixties. PLUS we were very lucky ddddto have members of CADS to perform an Old Tyme Musical. We certainly celebrated in style. Here’s to 50 years! Our plans for the next two months: June 11th – Strawberry Tea at 2, The Green July 9th - Light Hearted Law – Michael Goodman If you wish to know more please phone me. Maureen Tel: 830731

Do come along to these informal gatherings, from 10am.- 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. John Hughes Tel: 830595

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MORSTON SALTMARSH LAMB Older members of the Morston community can recall before June 1936 two flocks, each of 150-200 Blackface or Suffolk sheep. Occasionally one flock would be taken out in the morning by its shepherd and sheep-dog – except in winter – to graze on the marsh (obviously dependent on the tide) and brought back – indeed counted back – in the evening. There was a sheep-bridge over back creek just NE of today’s NT Information Centre and another at Morston Downs. Often this led to searching for those sheep that had fallen into the deep side-creeks. Normally the Lower aka Manor Farm flock kept to the Morston Downs side and the Hall Farm flock to the Stiffkey side, but sometimes – in the 1930s – they would swap over. A shepherd’s mobile watch hut was routinely towed from the road to the sea-side of what is today called “Muddy Hole” or “Shepherd’s Garden”, or to wherever the lambing yard was. Morston’s “saltmarsh sheep” were sold at market in Norwich or at the Hempton Spring Lamb Sale. Similar sheep were raised and grazed on the saltmarsh at Ringstead and Snettisham. “Pre-sale” is French for “seaside meadow or seamarsh (“pre) + salted (“sale”) sheep i.e. those raised on a saltmarsh bordering the sea - with a natural diet of clover, herbs, nettles and grass, (containing no hormones or chemicals). Languedoc, Normandy and Brittany in France (where the best are perhaps raised on the English Channel) used to be the main suppliers of “agneau de pre-sale” (salt marsh lamb). Lambs were normally slaughtered at 3-4 months and aged for 3-14 days before being passed to the butcher. This tender, light-coloured Saltmarsh Mutton - with its distinctive rich, herby flavour - served with moules aux epinards (mussels with spinach) or with oysters - is delicious. In the Aude region of Languedoc in France in the Middle Ages labourers routinely ate “Agneau pre-sale” or “Pistache de Mouton” (Drunken Mutton) aka “Mouton a la Catalan”. (“Pistache” means “drunk” - from all the wine and garlic the meat is cooked in in such a dish). Today, however, France imports a lot of Saltmarsh Lamb from elsewhere, because they find this cheaper. Saltmarsh Lambs are now raised on Ireland’s saltmarshes in Co. Wicklow and in Connemara. They are also bred on the Scottish side of the Solway Firth, in Wales

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MORSTON SHEPHERDS The citizens of Morston may well have grazed sheep on the marsh for 2-3 centuries before the Census of 1861 reveals to us that Morston had a shepherd. In that year the census records Ralph Dawson (56, born at Glandford) as the Morston shepherd. He lived at 32, Morston Green, with his wife, Frances (64, born at North Walsham). Ralph’s “shepherd’s page” was Stiffkey-born 13-year-old Henry Lucy. By 1871 Ralph Dawson, widowed and retired, lodged at No.27 Morston Green Street. There were now two flocks. One flock belonged to Hall Farm (now the hotel) and the other to Manor Farm aka Lower Farm (now the Carnwaths’). Henry Thompson (55, born at Stiffkey) was now shepherd for one of the flocks: Henry (55, born at Stiffkey) and his Morston-born wife, Mary Ann (now 50) lived at “36, On the Green”. And shepherd of the other flock was another Henry: Henry Simpson (45, born at Worham - spelt thus), who lived at No.1 Farmhouse, with his Blakeney-born wife (41) – also called Mary Ann – and three children. In 1881 shepherd Henry Thompson, and his wife lived at “36, Church Green”. A second shepherd, Michael Armiger (31, Sculthorpe-born), married to a Sculthorpe lady called Sarah (35), lived at 1, Church Green, with their nephew and their five sons, the eldest, Robert (13, born at Reepham), being the “shepherd’s page”. Ten years later shepherd Zachariah Mitchell (50), and his wife, Hester (both of Barmer near Docking), were living with their four daughters (Rachel, 28, born at Edgefield, Martha, Amelia & Emeline, aged 10 to 25) at 9, Church Street; and a second shepherd, Ben Hewitt (a Morston lad aged 20, the eldest of six children), lived at 9, West End. In 1901 Zak Mitchell was still one of Morston’s two shepherds, his house now being called “9, Morston Street”. Here he lived with his new wife, Esther (60, born at Claxton, the other side of Norwich), together with three “daughters” – all three spinster dressmakers – aged 20-38: Zak’s Rachel (38) and Emmeline (20) and Esther’s (perhaps from an earlier marriage of hers) Esther, Jr. (26), the two elder girls recorded as having been born in “Frankfort” – i.e. Frankfurt on Germany’s River Main (surely an error re Rachel, since she was recorded in 1891 as a Norfolk-born girl – see above). Shepherd then of the second flock was Frederick Bell (23, from Thetford), who lived at 3, Cold Blow, with his wife, Dorcas May (20, from Bridgham near Thetford). By the 1920s the grey-bearded Mr. Ireson was the Lower Farm shepherd; and he handed over to Jack Jarrett, who was succeeded by Billy Lee, then James Buller. From 1929 James’s brother, Ernie (today of White Bridges, Morston) was shepherd’s page in the school holidays - from the age of 8 to 15 – until 1936 when the Morston Estate was sold.

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SAXLINGHAM CHURCH NEWS Mary Alexander has in recent years delivered several lectures on costume and fine art to raise funds for us but none better than her reflections on David Hockney’s celebrated painting of Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy presented on 16th April in a full Village Hall. Drawing on her detailed knowledge of the artist’s life and work while projecting various absorbing images, Mary added depth to her careful analysis of the double portrait’s evolution. She also gave engrossing descriptions of Hockney’s original techniques and the vibrant arts scene in 1960s London. Afterwards those present devoted their same studied appreciation to the refreshments provided. Over £500 was raised for St. Margaret’s so we are extremely grateful to Mary as an ex-resident of Saxlingham for the generous gift of her expertise and effort.

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On March 25th John Henry Alexander (“Jack”) Farrow, the former wholesale and retail fruit & vegetable trader of Norwich, was laid to rest in the churchyard at All Saints’. Jack was born in 1916 and in 1937 married Margery Dickin of Morston. Although they did not live here, of their six children: John, Jean, Alec, Ann and Patricia - Alec, was actually born in Morston (in 1948, at his Aunt Joan’s house in South Close); and he and his wife, Joan, are the only Farrows to live not that far away - at Felthorpe.


On Friday 6 June at 7.30 pm in the Church jazz bands from Gresham’s School will present ‘Jazz in June’. This annual event is given by boys and girls who are gifted performers and is always eagerly anticipated. Wine and refreshments (included in the ticket price) will be served alfresco weather permitting in the interval. On Sunday 20th July our annual Patronal Festival celebrating St. Margaret will take place at 3.00pm in the Church, followed by afternoon tea for the congregation in the lovely garden of The Old Barn at the invitation of Sam Coates.

TEMPLE-STARMAN WEDDING On Saturday 12th April Kim Temple and Michael Starman were married at All Saints’ Morston. The church looked wonderful and the bride and the bridesmaids looked stunning in burgundy. A Reception was held at Gresham’s afterwards. We wish the very best to the happy couple.

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How strange to stand in Church on a cold morning , wrapped in scarves and gloves, watching the snowflakes swirling around the windows and singing – Easter hymns! However, despite the inclement weather, the congregation at All Saints’ enjoyed a moving service led by Rev. Tim Fawcett, surrounded by beautiful flowers that told us spring really was on the way. A few days later, we gathered next door at Anne and Martyn Sloman’s house for their coffee morning. This time we were able to mix outside as well as in, browsing the stalls of books, plants, cakes and a superb champagne raffle. Peter Crumpley spoke of his work and experiences dealing with the media for the Archbishops’ Council. We were able to raise £540 for our own church funds, and also contribute nearly £50 for the Farm Africa fund. Many thanks to Anne and Martyn for organising such a profitable and enjoyable event. Our congregation marked two milestones in Sharrington church life later on in April. I have just completed 20 years as churchwarden and was completely taken by surprise when Anne Sloman organised a party following the Vestry Meeting. I was extremely moved to hear messages of congratulations read out and absolutely delighted to be given a rose bush to mark the occasion and also a necklace from my very special young friends. Thank you everyone who contributed and made it such a memorable morning. A few weeks later, we gathered again at the back of the church for more refreshments, this time to mark a retirement. Dorothy Wells has been on the PCC for more years than she or anyone else can remember but has decided that the time has come for her to resign. She promises to continue her support, however, so we can still be sure to enjoy her excellent sausage rolls at all our events. PCC members presented her with a card and tub of outdoor flowers along with our grateful thanks and best wishes. Please be sure to put the date for the Fete in your diaries and start collecting any items that could come in useful for sale or prizes. We hope to see you all on Saturday 19th July at Church Farmhouse. Apology: to Lizzy Long whose name was inadvertently spelt incorrectly in the last edition! PEL

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SHARRINGTON SOCIETY AGM The AGM of the Sharrington Society was held in Sharrington Village Hall on 16th April. The main item on the agenda was to elect a “new” committee and receive the annual accounts. In keeping with the best traditions of village life the incumbent committee was gratefully reelected by the villagers who had attended the meeting. Thus Debbie Hyslop remains Chairperson, Sandra Grunwald Treasurer and Robin Hyslop and Malcolm Green general factotums. The Sharrington Society was formed quite a few years ago when there were plans for a Letheringsett bypass and were particular threats to the village as a community from development. At the present time Sharrington has no such development threats hanging over it but this may not last for ever. Most of Sharrington village is in a conservation area. The conservation areas in North Norfolk are due for review by the local council. Some villages locally have drawn up village plans, Gunthorpe and Bale are going through the process at the moment. So far there has been no movement to construct a village plan for Sharrington. To do so requires several enthusiastic and resourceful individuals to lead a project. It is unclear how advantageous such a plan may be in terms of long term local authority planning for our area. After the AGM was over the villagers we informed and entertained by a slide show by Peter Brooks, of a selection of old photographs of Sheringham and Cromer at the time of WWI and WW2. Two images in particular were memorable. One of the damage to a property in Sheringham from a bomb dropped from a Zeppelin during WWI!! The other a photograph of Cromer Pier that had been partly blown up by the army in WWII to prevent the pier being used by the anticipated invading German troops. There was a story to go with the image. Apparently the Army had warned the inhabitants of Cromer of their intended explosion and that it was to have occurred around midday on said day. The local community were informed that to lessen damage to their properties doors and windows should be opened. By 4pm however no explosion had occurred and many people closed them again. Unfortunately just after 4pm the explosives were detonated, windows were blown out and a piece of the iron girder support from the pier was blown clear over the roof of the Hotel de Paris landing by Cromer Church in the High Street. The military planners in their actions had made another miscalculation, in that they had overlooked the fact the Cromer Lifeboat was now at the end of a pier that could not be accessed on foot . Thus a temporary beam was placed over the gap in the pier; the lifeboat crew felt it was now more dangerous to get to the lifeboat than to go out on it!! Sharrington Society Annual Summer BBQ will take place in the garden of Lotte and Peter Chapman (with their kind permission!!) on Sunday 29th June. JHC

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who Lived in the Woods It was the first day of May in the year dot minus one, the first day of starting as a village doctor and the first visit I was asked to fulfil. “Please would you call on Mrs C an octogenarian who lives alone in the ‘woods’ a tiny isolated cottage situated about a mile from the nearest road , and she is in a lot of pain”. This was not a hurrah, hurray, save life, long shiny needles at the ready type of call. First find the woods. Second find the track. Third find the isolated cottage. Fourth find the open door and announce your arrival in a fairly clear voice. These being done, find the patient in the semi darkness. A rather shaky voice asked: “Are you the new doctor?”, then “Thank you for coming”. This latter I think was due to taking off my wellie boots and not displaying holes in my socks. Next find the site of the pain which was buried under a long dark skirt - Victorian I think - and covered by a thick heavily gartered elastic stocking. She bore the pain of examination stoically. She was given a ‘packet of Smarties’, politely known as “the little red bu-ers for the screws”. Mrs C rearranged her dress and leapt creakingly to provide tea. “and you must have a slice of my sponge cake”. This was as though baked by an angel. Fresh cream and home made jam filling with a sprinkling of icing on the top. Delicious! “I’ll come to see you in a few days, provided you repeat the dose of your lovely cake” The deal was sealed when the dear lady said “Give me a kiss”. This little tale sprang back into my mind when an excellent young hospital doctor came to give me specialist treatment. During the procedure I asked him what he wanted to do in medicine. “Oh I want to be a village doctor, but my greatest ambition is to be given cups of tea by old ladies and eat big slices of sponge cake” !! Go for it young man, your profession needs you. Airbag or mebbie Medbag

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ST JOHN’S CHURCH NEWS The new church guide is proving extremely popular. Many thanks to Steven Bashforth and Keith McDougall for several months of hard work with historians, printers, fussy editors and photographers. It was worth it! Copies are available in the church. Advanced notice of our Harvest Festival on Sept 28th followed by a harvest lunch. Put the date in your diaries and watch for further details in the next edition. John Adnitt and Keith McDougall were re-elected as church wardens at the AGM in April. Helen Leach and Heather Harrison continue as secretary and treasurer of the PCC. We welcome Chris Halford as a new PCC member. At our first meeting we agreed to submit applications to several organisations towards the cost of window repairs deemed essential at the last quinquennial architect’s report on the church. It will be some months before we know if and how much! Please note that the 4th Sunday Service each month at Stiffkey will now be at 9.30 by mutual agreement with members of Langham Church who now join us for that service. We hope that the new time might encourage others to join us. John Adnitt


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Third Mondays - 7.30p.m. - at the Old Hall. We meet in a lovely place and warmly welcome new members and visitors (£3). We had a very enjoyable meeting in April with a moving speaker and DVD on ‘Dogs for the Disabled. In May we shall consider two important national resolutions to come up at the national meeting in June – the mentally ill in prisons and ‘bottom trawling’ of the sea bed – a conservation issue. We are putting together a ‘community chest’, and archive about Stiffkey to be displayed at the Norfolk show. So! Lots going on! Come and join us! Very good refreshments, friendship and interesting topics! Helen Leach




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on the church knoll Several people have asked whether it is time to have a replacement village sign. The old one commissioned by the WI has done sterling service for nigh on 40 years; it has been repainted twice in the last 14 years but the carving and woodwork has now deteriorated badly. New village signs don’t come cheap. Ideas and suggestions would be welcomed but if a new sign is erected we could use the existing upright post saving some cost; and raise money. The present design shows medieval cockle pickers at work – not a bad theme but quite complicated. Perhaps a competition for a new design? Cockles are of course, part of our heritage as ‘Stewkey Blues.’ Mussels too – the best in the world, though we share that accolade with Morston. Keith MacDougall

Recently I have had the opportunity of viewing some aerial and wide lens photos of the part of the village where I live. They were taken in the mid 60s and early 70s. From their evidence it is obvious that our part of village today is much more attractive than it was then. There were then a good many derelict or semi derelict buildings. Several have gone and others have been repaired and turned into very attractive homes. If this is typical of the rest of Stiffkey then it can safely be said that the quality of the environment is now much improved. In the last edition of the Lynx Sally Amesbury expressed concerns about the unsuitable nature of some recent developments, notable the unsightly abandoned development west of the pub on the main road. Well said Sally! That eyesore reminds of bomb sites I used to see in London in the immediate post war years. (I was very young at the time!) It would be a tremendous shame if the hard won improvements of the last forty years were offset by similar blots on the landscape. About twelve years ago I decided to ask planning permission for a velux roof window to provide light over a steep attic staircase. It took several weeks of protracted negotiations to obtain permission for a window of very specific size and appearance, facing in a particular direction. I was told that building restrictions were extremely strict in Stiffkey to preserve its character. I later gave up on the idea of a conservatory when confronted by an overwhelming list of essential requirements regarding its design, construction, appearance and building materials. These were to ensure it blended into its surroundings. How come then that some masterpiece of misguided planning has saddled us all with such a monstrosity right at the heart of one of the most scenic parts of the village? John Adnitt

NATURE NOTES Spring has been drawn out, late and cold. This is delaying nest building. I only saw my first swallow on 25th April. Down in the Dordogne area of south west France, where we were in mid April, it was bitterly cold and wet. Even there migrants from Africa were largely absent – 800 miles south of Norfolk. Weather has a huge effect on nature. A bad breeding year can cause havoc. One hopes for a rolling average of better breeding seasons, but at present things are bad. 2007 was awful. A friend in Scotland picked up 5 dead young buzzards last winter – starved. No prey; no earthworms (which buzzards eat when other prey is not available). Am I right to note fewer shelduck on our coast these days and fewer nesting birds inland? There is absolutely no doubt that predator species are on the increase and affecting bird populations. Each year rabbits become more resistant to myxamotosis and, like many others; I do not relish the thought of eating wild rabbit with this foul disease around us. In my childhood rabbit stew was a stand-by. The May blossom will soon be out and what a lovely harbinger of summer it is. I have had moles in my garden (I try and keep it mole proof with dug-in netting). Moles are fiercely territorial and will fight to the death – an underground armageddon. They are making an awful mess of my paddock and the wild flowers I try to encourage. Pightle

A NEW HOTEL ANNEX IN STIFFKEY The Red Lion has now been extended with a 10 bedroom annexe opening this spring. Sited behind the pub it has wonderful views. This, hopefully, will bring more revenue to the village and prove an asset to visitors of which we are fortunate to have large numbers in summer, to enjoy the scenery and marshes, and visit our shop, post office and church. Keith MacDougall




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The yellow mini survey forms have now been collected and we have a clearer picture of what things people in the village are concerned and interested in. No surprises! The three main points are traffic speed and pedestrian safety, affordable housing and the future of the Village Hall and the development of local facilities. There are lots of other things that people raised and some really good ideas too. Within these issues, there is, as can be expected, a range of views. We hope to represent all people’s views and try and get to a point of agreement about the wider issues involved. Now is the time to try and thrash out some details! For instance, what sort of affordable housing does the village need? Is it single person units for the young or the elderly or family homes or maybe all of these? Should it be rented or low cost? Should there be restriction on who can occupy it i.e. local people? There will be another open Village Plan meeting at 10am on Saturday 7 June when a more detailed report of the yellow mini survey analysis will be presented. We hope to have an opportunity to answer any more questions about what the Village Plan is and also to have some detailed discussion about the results of the mini survey.

For those of us who are not so familiar with the jargon of modern environmental science this expression means ‘letting the sea in’. Not by act of god but deliberately. The idea is that global warming will raise sea levels so much that low lying areas – the Broads, the Fens, Salthouse etc can not be defended from high tides. Tell this to the Dutch or Belgians. A recent ‘option’ to allow the sea to flood 25 sq miles of Broadland received the response it deserved from local inhabitants; a resounding rejection and a storm of protest. The bureaucrats back-pedalled madly. But what a disgraceful example of official arrogance – to suggest that 6 villages get wiped off the map. We hear a lot about the costs of sea defences but nothing about the costs of flooding houses and good agricultural land – let alone bird sanctuaries. Conservationists love salt marshes – so do we all. And here in Stiffkey we have the finest unpolluted salt marsh in Western Europe (that’s official!) But such a wealthy economy as the UK which cannot defend its coastline and land area and must needs let the sea water flood our precious food producing land is, frankly, scandalous. Keith MacDougall

A CELEBRATION OF STIFFKEY Just so it doesn’t all feel like hard work! We are having a fish BBQ (with John Griffin in control!) and an exhibition of all the activities that are already going on in the village. It will be held at the Church (thanks to the churchwardens for offering the facility) on 24 June at 5.30pm. Steven Bashforth and Janey Sugden

HELLO FROM STIFFKEY STORES Hooray! Summer has arrived in Stiffkey. Everywhere is looking lush and sparkly. At the Shop we are excited to offer (finally!) delicious fresh ground coffee, tea, homemade cakes and savouries, to takeaway or enjoy on our sunny courtyard. We are well stocked for the season with a wide selection of provisions, fine foods, pretty home wares, interesting books and tempting treats aplenty! Not forgetting our little post office, which is staying open! Beautiful bunches of flowers are available at the end of the week to celebrate the weekend! We are open 8 - 5 daily, closing at 12.30 on Wednesdays and Sundays. Happy holidays. Andy and Alice

NATIONAL CHAMPION David Webb from Camping Hill is a national champion again, this time for indoor bowls. Playing for Norfolk he was in the team that beat Durham in the National Derbyshire Trophy. David is also Eastern County League winner playing for Norfolk, and for the first time in thirty years David was captain of the Gallow Indoor Club, winners of the Norfolk League. David won the Division 1 title at Gallows and the 4’s title, and was runner up in the pairs. A tremendous season.


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“We are, at present, putting together a bid for funds from the British Council to enable a member of staff to visit our link school in India,” says Mike Green. “We are planning this in tandem with Alderman Peel High School who would also like to send a member of staff. We are very keen to develop global links and we hope to welcome staff and students from India during the next academic year.” Other projects include Class 3’s ‘In the News’ media project, which involved planning, scripting and filming a special Langham TV news bulletin. Parent Charlie Ward has set up a weather station at the school. “We hope to be able to record weather patterns and make meteorological predictions, as well as comparing weather with different schools around the UK,” says Mike Green. “This is a fascinating project that relates to many aspects of the curriculum.” Class 1 have been lucky enough to have a visit from Ian Spinks and to watch his field being planted with potatoes. Considering the broader context of the environment, Langham’s intrepid group of Eco-Warriors are promoting car sharing as means of being more environmentally friendly. A Year 4 group have completed their playground cycling course and the older children are being invited to join the ‘On Road Cycling Course’ later in the term. At the same time the children in Years R, 1 and 2 have had a successful session with the Norfolk Accident Prevention Team, with safe road crossing being the order of the day. Meanwhile the school governors have reinforced the necessity for safe and sensible parking outside school – asking parents, carers and visitors to ensure they do not block neighbours’ gateways, zigzag lines and so on. On the sports front the school has acquired lots of new playground games and resources from the School Sport Partnership to make break time even more interesting. Among recent exciting fixtures, Langham beat Foulsham 13-12 at netball and the football team won 3-1 at Bawdeswell. The inter-house hockey tournament was won by Cormorants, while the children in Classes 2 and 3 will be having cricket coaching sessions for three weeks in June run by Norfolk County Coaches. The school also hopes to be participating in the Alderman Peel High School Swimming Gala in June – Langham won the shield last year. As part of healthy schools week in June a circus skills group will be visiting Langham, starting the day with a show and then working with individual classes to develop relevant skills. The day will culminate in a children’s show. The Langham Lion Cubs are back in business since Easter – offering Sunday morning football for Reception up to Year 3 children, organised by Paul Belton and Simon Valentine. The Langham Village School sports day has been earmarked for Friday 11 July at 1pm, with a reserve date of Monday 14 July, in case of unfavourable weather. Should be fun. Finally, the school has a vacancy for a dining room assistant on two days a week – please pop into the office or call 01328 830377 to find out more. There is always plenty of other news and information to be found at

LANGHAM SCHOOL NEWS As the weather improves, the children at Langham Village School tend to get out and about more. Years 4, 5 and 6 have already completed their residential visit to the Brancaster Millennium Centre and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. “Staying away from home provides a wonderful opportunity to develop independent and team skills,” explains Headteacher Mike Green. “The children worked really well together and participated in mountain biking (racing in a disused quarry), sailing (getting the chance to act as helmsman and to bring in and put up the sails), exploring the salt marshes and developing their environmental awareness.” Next year’s week long visit is already booked for the Danywenallt Study Centre in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales. The whole school trip this year will be to Park Farm at Snettisham on 16 July and should be great fun. Experiencing a completely different environment, Class 3 will be visiting the Houses of Parliament on 23 June. Apart from a tour, they will be learning about elections and voting, which ties in well with citizenship studies. The older children are off to Norwich on 19 June for a Festival of Voices, which involves 600 children from across the region. They are currently practising on a regular basis for this big singing extravaganza at St Andrew’s Hall. Closer to home Langham School Friends are organising an Auction of Promises to take place on Wednesday 11 June at 7.30pm in the village. All are welcome to come and bid or provide a ‘promise’ to be auctioned – look out for posters for further details. The school’s annual Open Day will take place on Wednesday 25 June. Visitors will be offered a tour of the school and can sample some delightful refreshments – just drop in. The annual Summer Fair will take place at the school on Friday 4 July from 5 to 7 pm. Among the many activities, children will be making bird-friendly ‘fat balls’ to sell in order to raise money for energy saving taps. The school has already benefitted from a most interesting talk by education consultants Maggie Broad and Constance Tyce on the Early Years Foundation Stage. It was well attended and reinforced the notions that children learn best by doing and that learning should be fun. Class 1 teacher Diana Howes spent a very informative day with Mme Lefort-Joblin at L’École de Centre in La Ferté-Saint Aubin in the Easter holidays. She arrived at the French school, which has regular links with Langham Village School, with a box laden with gifts from England and returned to Langham with a large box of gifts, biscuits and sweets from France. Langham’s link school in India has sent more examples of their work, including details of their weekly meals, which include a lot of chapattis and a variety of dhal.




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Local Lynx issue 60, June/July 2008  

The community newspaper for 10 North Norfolk villages

Local Lynx issue 60, June/July 2008  

The community newspaper for 10 North Norfolk villages