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1 Fri. Binham Priory Teas, 2 - 4.30 2nd Sat. Langham, Coffee Morning, 10 - 12 3rd Sun. Stiffkey v Holkham, Cricket, @ Holkham. 2.00 3td, Sun. Binham Priory Concert. 6th Wed. Langham. Rounders & BBQ, 5.45 8th Fri. Binham Priory Teas. 2 – 4.30 9th Sat. Binham Priory Concert. 9th Sat. Field Dalling & Saxlingham Summer Fete. 2 - 4 9th - 12th Binham Village Hall, Art Exhibition. 10 – 6 13th Wed. Stiffkey Readers, Lorna Sage. Red Lion 7.30 13th Wed. Langham Ladybirds, Calligraphy. 7.30 15th Fri. Binham Priory Teas. 2 - 4.30 16th Sat. Langham, Stall on the Green, 10 - 12 20th Wed. Langham Coffee Morning, 10 - 12 21st Thurs. Langham, Mobile Library 22nd Fri. Binham Priory Teas. 2 - 4.30 23rd Sat. Langham, Stall on the Green, 10 - 12 23rd Sat. Stiffkey Fete Music Night, Glamtastics. 7.30 23rd Sat Morston Regatta 23rd Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club 24th Sun. Stiffkey Fete. 12 noon - 5.00 24th Sun. Morston Oyster Regatta 24th Sun. Binham Priory Concert 25th Mon. Langham, Stall on the Green, 10 - 12 29th Fri. Binham Priory Concert 29th Fri. Binham Priory Teas. 2 - 4.30. 30th Sat. Langham, Stall on the Green, 10 - 12 31st Mon. Stiffkey v Marlingford, Cricket, @ Stiffkey

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SEPTEMBER 6th Sat. Langham, Coffee Morning 10 - 12 7th Sun. Stiffkey v Heydon, Cricket @ Stiffkey 2.00 8th Mon. Stiffkey Parish Council, Village Hall. 7.00 10th Wed. Langham, Ladybirds, Geoff Worton. 7.30 11th Thurs. Langham, Mobile Library 13th Sat. Norfolk Churches Bike Ride 14th Sun. Stiffkey v. Marlingford, Cricket. Away 15th Mon. Stiffkey W.I., Stiffkey Old Hall. 7.00 16th Tues. Langham Parish Council 7.00 17th Wed. Langham, Coffee Morning, 10 - 12 18th Thurs. Binham. Open Circle. Jenny Sparks 25th Thurs. Binham Local History Group. 7.30 26th Fri. Binham Harvest Supper. 7.00 26th Fri. Binham Sloe Gin plus competition 27th Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club 28th Sun. Gunthorpe Harvest Thanksgiving 11.00 28th Sun. Stiffkey St John Harvest Festival.

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

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



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


CHURCH SERVICES FOR STIFFKEY & BALE BENEFICE FOR AUGUST & SEPTEMBER 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

3rd August 9.30 am HC At Saxlingham 9.30 am HC 9.30 am MP 9.30 am MP 11.00 am HC 9.30 am HC* 9.30 am HC BCP 11.00 am HC

10th August 9.30 am HC 11.00 am FS At Field Dalling 9.30 am HC 9.30 am HC 11.00 am HC 11.00 am HC No service At Langham

17th August 9.30 am HC At Saxlingham 11.00 am HC No Service 9.30 am MP 11.00 am FS 9.30 am HC 9.30 am HC BCP 8.00 am HC*

24th August 9.30 am HC 11.00 am MP At Field Dalling 11.00 am HC 9.30 am HC 9.30 am HC At Stiffkey No service 9.30 am FS

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7th September 9.30 am HC At Saxlingham 9.30 am HC 9.30 am MP 9.30 am MP 11.00 am HC 9.30 am HC* 9.30 am HC BCP 11.00 am HC

14th September 9.30 am HC 11.00 am FS At Field Dalling 9.30 am HC 9.30 am HC 11.00 am HC 11.00 am HC No service At Langham

21st September 9.30 am HC At Saxlingham 11.00 am HC No Service 9.30 am MP 11.00 am FS 9.30 am HC 9.30 am HC BCP 8.00 am HC*

28th September 9.30 am HC 11.00 am MP At Field Dalling 11.00 am HC 9.30 am HC 9.30 am HC At Stiffkey No service 9.30 am FS

Group Service: Sunday 31st August, 10.30 am, at Stiffkey Binham Harvest Festival Service: Friday 26th September 6.00 pm followed by Harvest Supper Stiffkey Harvest Festival Service: Sunday 28th September 9.30 am followed by Harvest Brunch Regular Weekday Services Binham: Tuesday, 6.00 pm Evening Prayers, Langham: Wednesday, 10.00 am Holy Communion Stiffkey: Friday, 10.00 am Holy Communion.

Consequently I want to offer two things:1. In the autumn, I will be inviting anyone who wants to respond to get involved in a small, informal, safe group where we can look at some of the questions we all have. 2. I am always available to listen and talk about anything. Just get in touch. Tel: 01328 830246

REFLECTION FROM THE RECTOR I have just returned from a sabbatical. My time away has given me lots of space to stop, be still, think and pray - something I was so grateful for. I found myself making the time to have long honest conversations with God about myself and my beliefs and how I seek to live them out day by day. I found, too, that I was listening to God in a way that, with my normal busy schedule, I had not done for a long time. I did get glimpses of the answers to some of my questions, not all by any means, but most of all I found myself being drawn into times of very concentrated prayer and meditation which were deeply refreshing, and into a renewed trust in God’s presence and goodness. I know I am not alone with my questions - we all have them. I know I am not alone with my busy schedule - most folk have them in one way or another. I also know how privileged I have been to have had this special time. However, it seems to me that there must be ways in which such space, time to explore and connectedness to God can be woven into our ordinary, daily lives.

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FROM REVD JOHN PENNY (See item under Langham Village) I would like to add my congratulations to the Rev Tim Fawcett on the occasion of his 40th anniversary of ordination to the Anglican Priesthood. Tim gave me much support and care during my time in the Stiffkey and Bale Benefice. I know also how much he has given the parishes, especially during the times when there was no Priest in residence in the Vicarage at Langham. Over the years many people have been very grateful for his ministry. I think I remember him best from our meeting at the lunch table in Langham Village Hall when I came to be interviewed. “Are you a Liberal Catholic?” Tim asked over the soup. I had my mouth full and could not reply immediately. To this day I have yet to answer him but it’s a bit late now! John Penny



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I think I can safely say that excepting Jo, I have known Doctor Tim longer than anyone in these parishes. So the lot has fallen to me to mark in this journal, the fortieth anniversary of his Priesting and offering of his first Eucharist in the church of St. Stephen-on-the-Cliffs, Blackpool, where I was curate, on the Feast of the Transfiguration 1968.

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Tim was reading for his Doctorate in London and was licensed during term time to All Saints Church, Margaret Street. His father and my vicar were old buddies and they decided that during the vacations Tim should come to Blackpool and live and minister in St. Stephen’s parish, where my vicar could ‘lick him into shape’! Get him to tell you of his ‘Oliver Twist’ existence under the stairs of a Blackpool villa and of the tyrannical senior curate! (I knew that if I didn’t make his life hell now and then, my life would have been hell all of the time!)

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WAVES SURESTART CHILDREN’S CENTRE Helen Milward, Waves Area & Villages SureStart Children’s Co-ordinator for our area, has 20 years experience of working with families and children. The Wells Centre has just opened in Wells Nursery & Primary School, and aims to help children under 5 to be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve their full potential. It offers a free toy library service, stopping in various villages every 3 weeks, and, as well as running a free Stay & Play session in Burnham Market, hopes to start something similar in Langham Parish Room in September. Places covered by the scheme are Binham, Field Dalling, Stiffkey, Cockthorpe, Morston, Saxlingham and Langham, and the Children’s Centre Toy library will visit the places in bold once every three weeks. The Childrens’ Centre can offer advice on many areas, careers and qualifications, and works in partnership with local Health Visitors and Jobcentre Plus to provide support for families. Helen is a trained NHS Stop Smoking Advisor. The Centre has links with local childcare providers in Blakeney, Burnham Market, Binham, Hindringham, North Creake, Walsingham, Wells, local schools and also voluntary services that support children and their families - Citizens Advice Bureau, Gingerbread, Home Start and National Childbirth Trust. To discuss what services and activities for under 5 year olds are needed, contact Helen Milward, Coordinator, Waves SureStart Childrens’ Centre, Polka Road, Wells-next-the-Sea. NR23 1JG. 01328 710187 or 07919 091 194. Email:

We were both trained by a very experienced and demanding priest: he expected much but he gave us much. He pulled out all the stops to make our First Eucharist glorious and memorable occasions and set us each on our way to represent the sacrifice of the altar in our daily life. Tim has been very well blessed in the lovely Jo whom I knew many years before he came on the scene; she was about 13 and I was 30 and married. I know that she has been a splendid mother and a bedrock of support for her husband (my wife reminds me every day that behind every good man there is a good woman!) and I am glad that her own priestly ministry is cherished. A merry and memorable 40th. Anniversary Tim and may you go on for 50- when you’ll be able to use that beard for a hassock!!! Cedric Bradbury Canon Emeritus

DEANERY NEWS The next deanery synod is on Thursday 16th October in St. Andrew’s Church Hall at 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Watch out for posters with information regarding the speaker. VISITORS – pick up a Deanery Trail leaflet, priced at £1 available in all the churches of the deanery. It is a wonderful guide to all our lovely churches.




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DISTRICT COUNCILLORS’ NOTEBOOK The two main items for the District Council - Unitary Proposals and the new Local Development Framework proceed as I write this at the beginning of July. Two informative booklets are available now via the Council concerning the LDF, the Site Specific Proposals for Coastal Service Villages and the Design Guide. Green Build 2008 - this successful event will again be held at Felbrigg Park, 13/14 September. Shoreline Management - the Environment Agency organised an informal drop-in event at Blakeney in June and further consultations are envisaged along the coastline. The Coastal Parishes have been invited to a meeting at Mundesley on 8th July concerning the proposal to develop launch facilities for personal water craft (jet skis). Apart from specific guides to local museums and topics, such as the Cromer Museum and the Maritime Heritage Trail, the Area Museums Manager, Jamie Everitt, is promoting a North Norfolk guide to the wealth of exciting heritage attractions and museums available in our area. The new leaflet is available now and his e-mail is for any further information. A reminder to visit the exhibition marking the 40th Anniversary of the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty featuring Norfolk landscapes at the Glandford Birdscapes Gallery. Cllr Lindsay Brettle



CLEY WI THURS 4th SEPT AT 2.30pm David Summer will give a talk on ‘Life and Work of George Skipper’ in Cley Village Hall, followed by a traditional W.I. Tea. Visitors are most welcome. Please note: there will be NO MEETING in August.

SSAFA Did you know that for over 120 years a charity, the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association – Forces Help (SSAFA – FH) has dedicated itself to giving practical help to all members of our Armed Forces and their families whenever anyone has turned to them for assistance? SSAFA – Forces Help is an independent registered charity incorporated by Royal Charter, committed to relieving need, suffering and distress amongst those who serve, or have served in the past, and their families. Anyone with one day’s paid regular service in the forces of the Crown is eligible for lifetime assistance. This includes National Servicemen and women, members of the TA and Reserve Forces serving in, or who have served, on active service in Iraq or Afghanistan. Other members of TA and Reserve forces may also be eligible for help. In Norfolk, during 2007, our trained volunteers have helped 481 such people, distributing in the process some £233,000 on behalf of Service and other charities. All contacts are treated in the utmost confidence. The help ranges from providing emotional support to someone coping with life change, giving practical assistance with an application for a state or war pension, to the provision of electrically powered mobility vehicles and wheel chairs. Whatever the problem, help is available. If you need help, or feel that you have the time and commitment to train as a volunteer to help those who have served their country, some of whom have been injured in that service, please contact the Norfolk Branch of SSAFA – FH on 01603 403322 or visit our website

The Leisure & Cultural Services department of North Norfolk District Council have developed a programme of summer activities in conjunction with North Norfolk Safer Communities Partnership. These activities include dance and music, drama, team sports, creative writing, environmental activities and much more. A booklet is available listing all events on offer ring 01263 516027 for a copy. Fakenham Sports and Fitness Centre are hosting a wide range of activities for our area including soccer schools, gymnastics and table tennis. For further details tel. 01328 850010 Cllr Jonathan Savory 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 878273) (Gunthorpe with Bale).



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I had an unexpected glimpse of a roe deer lying in the wood, through a gap in the trees, as we walked along the edge of the wheat this morning. I just saw her head in the tail of my eye, turned my head to look, and kept walking as she was very near. She was in a patch of dappled sun, ears and head up. Roe, like other deer, are ruminants, so need to lie up to chew the cud for a proportion of the day. A succession of glorious mornings continues. Cow parsley and red campion line the lanes. The oak trees are in flower too, tassels of male catkins and long female flowers, the usual quercus robur, “pedunculus” of the hedgerow, complete with oak apple - a mutation of a leaf caused by chemicals injected by the larvae of certain kinds of wasp. The other native, sessile, oak, usually found in cooler upland areas, have stalks to their leaves, which robur does not, and no stalks to their acorns.

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11th May We were out earlier than usual this morning, the dew soaked my feet, my trousers, and the dogs. In the cool airs and mistiness there were a few hares about on the beet, but the deer kept hidden. I saw a speckled wood butterfly in Cake’s Lane, its wings are soft brown with cream spots, and three “eyes” on each side. It is territorial, likes oakwoods, and sips the honeydew secreted by aphids rather than feeding on flowers.

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13th May This morning there was a hare at the edge of the wood. It eyed me suspiciously for a while as we approached, but it was hidden enough by the grass that the dogs, behind me as dogs under control should be, didn’t see it. Along Clip Street the seven fig trees hanging over the garden walls are full of little figs, with the leaves about halfway out. And now all the wintersown barley is beginning to sprout soft heads like upright brushes, bright green against the blue of the stalk-shafts. The hawthorn is in flower, wherever it is untrimmed or allowed to grow into a tree. All round the paddock at the back of the house there are big hawthorns covered in blossom. The profusion of foamy white flowers in May covers tree and hedge-bank like a heavy snowfall.


25th May Today in the rain, rounding the edge of the wood, I found a roe deer doe outside the wood, munching on the small hawthorn trees. Tilda let out a squeal of frustration, and the doe looked round, as if in curiosity, she didn’t seem frightened. Another doe, clearly visible in the wood, cracked a stick underfoot and slipped off into the trees. I was just fumbling with holding onto both dogs and trying to get my camera out when Tilda barked, and the spell was broken. Jane Wheeler


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Last year, we reported weather that was most suitable for a fete, not too hot, not too cold. This year we can report, not too wet, but not too dry! First thing on Saturday morning it looked as if it was to be a grim event with constant rain. On the brighter side though, as optimistic as a seed catalogue, Walter Hammond opened up his garden and the village stalwarts turned out to set up the tables, arrange the chairs and lay out their wares. In the afternoon, with the regular stalls and games in place, the fete was duly opened to the usual queue of people, someone had obviously forgotten to tell them it was wet! However, the same someone somewhere was apparently on our side as the afternoon remained bearably dry and attendance was surprisingly good. One couple can be quoted as saying, “we came last year and this year we are staying at Hunstanton, we couldn’t miss it”, what a nice thought. The down side was that people tended to ‘pass’ through rather than the usual lingering and dallying you come to expect at these events, so inevitably fewer pennies changed hands. This year’s entertainment was provided by the jazz quartet “Lumiere Rouge” with some rousing music - at least the fete sounded like summer!. A grand total of £2,456.00 was raised, and thanks must go to everyone who helped, everyone who attended and especially Walter and Joanna for the use of the grounds that make it that extra bit special. Chris Lee

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GLAVEN VALLEY DECORATIVE AND FINE ARTS SOCIETY Before the 08/09 programme of monthly talks starts in September there will be a day visit to Henry Moore’s house at Parry Green, Herts on 5th Aug. and a visit to Voewood House, High Kelling, ‘far and away the most interesting building in Holt’ (Pevsner) in September. GVDAS meets at Cley Village Hall on 3rd Tuesday of each month, Sept - June. There is a waiting list for membership, and those on that list can attend meetings at a small charge. For further information ring Jo Gregory, 01263 741663. John Cucksey Looking for something interesting to do? Company needs Part-time Secretary who can take shorthand and type on computers. Suit young person or someone whose children have grown up. Responsible to the Administration Manager. Flexible hours. Please apply. To make appointment tel: 01328 878 170


Although trapping may attract many moths, their abundance overall has decreased. Moths play a key role in an ecosystem by pollinating flowers and being a source of food for bats, frogs & toads and garden birds. Therefore, any small measures to help moths will also help the overall health and diversity of wildlife in your garden. Many of the larval life stages over winter in fallen leaves and old stems hence retaining untidy areas in borders provides valuable habitats, as does leaving long grass and weeds. Providing nectar sources and establishing diversity is also beneficial to adult moths and will increase the overall moth diversity found in your garden. So next time you spot a moth, take a closer look, and you may be surprised! Remember, if trapping, keep moths in a cool place during the day and release the following evening. Avoid touching their wings as this will damage their scales. If anyone has any interesting wildlife sightings around Bale, e-mail me and I will collate a report for the next newsletter. Victoria Francis

CLOUDED SILVER OR PEACH BLOSSOM? If somebody asked what is a red admiral or a small tortoiseshell, you no doubt could answer. But, if asked about a ‘Heart & Dart’, ‘The Snout’, a ‘Garden Carpet’ or even ‘The Uncertain’ you may be far from certain. However, in June-July all may occur in your garden. All of the above are actually species of moth and calm summer/autumn nights are a good time to spot some of these nocturnal insects. Whilst keen enthusiasts use specially designed light traps to attract and catch flying moths, representing the adult phase of the insects’ lifecycle, a simple white sheet with a strong torch or outside light will also reveal some of the moths that frequent your garden. Catching moths is fairly easy: It is the identification that can prove challenging. More than 2,000 moth species have been recorded in Britain and typically many are well-camouflaged, sporting varying shades of buff, brown or cream with, to the untrained eye, indistinct patterns making identification of the species very difficult and time consuming. However the group is also incredibly diverse and some are as striking as a butterfly. Trapping in JuneJuly may reveal a pale yellow swallowtail moth, a brimstone moth, peach blossom that supports pinkish spots on brown or a large yellow underwing, a reasonably large moth that has yellow hindwings and a black border. This latter species is readily attracted to light and has a long flying period from July to September so is easily encountered. Different moths fly at different times of the night so largest numbers/diversity of species are caught by trapping throughout the entire night. In early July, one night in Bale, I attracted 65 individuals from 30 different species. Of these the highlights were the hawk-moths. Privet hawk-moth is the largest resident hawk-moth with a wingspan of 90mm to 120mm. It flies in June and July and has pink barring on the side of the body. It is so called because the larvae feed on privet, lilac and ash. Poplar Hawk-moths fly from May-July and are slightly smaller at 65mm-90mm and are easily attracted to light. The larvae feed on poplar, sallow and aspen. Another striking hawk-moth is the slightly smaller Elephant hawk-moth that is boldly marked in shades of pink and green. The moth is so called due to the appearance of the larvae that somewhat resembles an elephants’ trunk. The larvae feed on rosebay willowherb. Whilst adult poplar, elephant and privet hawk-moths fly at night, you may be lucky to spot a hawk-moth that is encountered during the day. Increasingly there are more sightings of hummingbird hawk-moths that can be seen hovering by flowers, using their long proboscis to obtain nectar. It is mainly an immigrant and can occur in large numbers in influx years. Flowering red valerian is a good plant to try to see one of these pretty moths.

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Last month we tackled the garden and made headway to the point of having a blank canvas. Next, the trees. Worried that our neighbours would think we were 'townies' intent on destroying the countryside and hedgerows, we decided to ask everyone’s views. "Thank God", said one, "At last" said another, so we took that as approval and prepared for 'project chainsaw'. What at first looked like four trunks at one end of the garden became nine when we could see what was there, and the other end proved worse with six trees becoming fifteen when the brush was cut back. Yes, I did buy a brush cutter, from a shop, with money! This was to become one of the most exhilarating, exciting and stressful jobs so far, in that order. The first six or seven trees in the Southern end came down a treat, unfortunately, the last three had become loosened in the recent gales and one was leaning against the other, no problem, except they were leaning over the next door’s oil tank. After a couple of hour’s calculations, rope tying and making trapezes out of aluminium ladders the first cuts were made. The tree, as expected, came down into the four foot wide space, missing the tank by the three and a half inches forecast. At the other end of the garden, same again. This time, the first twelve trees came down as planned; it was the thirteenth that funnily enough nearly became the unlucky one. As I made the ‘back cut’ the wind gusted from nowhere, the tree swayed and started to fall in that majestic way that only tall trees do. Its direction was the only real problem, straight toward Betty’s gable end. I did the only thing any right minded person would do, I firmly placed my arms round the base of the tree, on the side it was falling toward and hugged it! Just like a car crash (apparently) the next thirty seconds seemed like a week, everything in slow motion. I even saw the safety rope I’d tied to a stake in the garden to prevent such an occurrence take the strain, and do what it should by bringing the tree round in a sweeping arc to fall safely in the garden, ironically directly over the target area. The remaining trees proved no problem, and fell like matches in a box. Chris Lee


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BINHAM HARVEST THANKSGIVING FRIDAY 26th SEPTEMBER The celebrations will take the same form as recent years, including entertainment at the Harvest Supper together with the presentation of the Annual Sloe Gin competition awards. The Harvest Thanksgiving Service will be in the Priory at 6.00 pm to be followed by the Harvest Supper in the Memorial Hall at 7.30 pm. Everyone is invited to come to one or other event, and hopefully both. Tickets for the Supper will be available in early September from the Churchwardens and members of the Parochial Church Council.

PRIORY TEAS Once again there will be Teas in the Priory from 2 until 4.30 each Friday in August starting on Friday 1st August. It might look like part of a building site, but a lot of people are coming to look at what is going on. We will need some help – please! So if you can help on one or more of the Fridays or if you would bake a cake or two, please contact Marie Grange at 830374.

THE BINHAM CHARITIES TRUST A reminder! 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.

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The new building in the ruined North Aisle is well underway. The contractors, Fisher’s, have the concrete base and blockwork walls in place. On a recent visit I arrived at a tense moment as the stone lintel to the new door was being carefully positioned into place (the block and tackle of earlier days had been replaced by a crane!). The conservation work on the precinct wall is progressing. This is a very time consuming job and is the cause of the traffic lights on the Westgate Road. Three short sections of the wall will not be conserved for ecological reasons. The project is progressing well but there is much still to be completed before our deadline of March 2009.

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3 Started for London this morning, had a beautiful day. Found Ted there to receive me. All well. 4th - 13th in London - No Entries ! (unique!) 15th We began our return match with the Blicklings, they got 23 ahead of us in the first innings. 16th We beat the Blicklings by 12 runs today, the number of runs being very small on both sides. Hurrah for Holkham! 23rd George and I started for cricket this afternoon but there was none in consequence of the Dowager’s death yesterday. 26th Binham Fair day today. The Brookes, Messrs Thurstall and Moore dined as usual. The Governor and Uncle Brooke were near quarrelling - most ridiculous. August 2nd We picked out our lambs to exhibit for Lord Leicester’s premium at Swaffham next year. 4th Mr Upjohn preached from 11 John 25 “I am the Resurrection and the Life” - not in his best style - several unhappy similes. 5th Began harvest yesterday, the wheat full ripe. A very heavy rain at night. George took the young bullocks to marsh. 12th A very rainy day after rain all night. Did not do a stroke of harvest work. 16th We finished cutting wheat having longer about it than I can remember since I have been at home. 25th Mr Upjohn’s text was 2 Ruth 19 “where hast thou gleaned today and where wroughtest thou” - beautiful subject, badly handled. Richard and Norah Lewis

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BINHAM PRIORY CONCERTS ALL START AT 7.30 Sun 3 Aug: Abbey House String Quartet. Music by Purcell, Haydn, Beethoven and Phillip Glass. Sat 9 Aug: Trio Goya. Music by Mozart, Haydn and Storace. Sun 24 Aug: Passacaglia. Music by Marais, Leclair, Philidor, Couperin and JS Bach. Fri 29 Aug: Xuefei Yang, classical guitar. Music by Huiran Wang, Granados, Tarrega, Stephen Goss and Albeniz. Thur 2 Oct: Trevor Pinnock, harpsichord. Music by Purcell, Haydn and Handel. Sat 11 Oct: John Coulton, trumpet and David Dunnett, organ. Music by Bach, Albinoni, Jean-Michel Damase, Hildegard von Bingen and James Burke. Further details on the web site: Tickets at £12 from Maureen Frost, 01328 830362, or

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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. Our visiting artist in June was Janet Beckett who gave an extremely interesting talk on the painting of trees and demonstrated this with an excellent watercolour. 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. For further information contact James Bucknill at 01328 830651

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Classes for 1. Sloe Gin Nouveau (2007 vintage) 2. Sloe Gin of any earlier vintage 3. Keepers Delight (anything made with spirit, i.e. Raspberry Whisky, Damson Gin etc.) 4. The Prettiest Bottle Judging will take place on the morning of the Harvest Supper (the Judges must not be rushed, as happens when judging takes place between the Harvest Service and the Supper!) Please bring your entries (£2 per bottle) to Priory Cottage before 10 a.m. on Friday 26th. The winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the Harvest Supper. The judges decision to be absolutely final! We promise they won’t be able to drink more than a sip of your precious brew. Make sure your bottle is labelled and has your name on it. (All this will then be covered so the judges won’t know whose it is!). You can of course enter even if you are unable to be at the Supper. We particularly welcome entries from neighbouring villages and very much hope to see you there - it is always a really good evening. Carolyn Wright

Binham welcomes its new village sign! This replaces the earlier one created by Geoffrey Neale. The new sign, the subject of a competition organised by Binham Parish Council, was designed by Lionel Wilde and made by woodcarver Warren Trett who is to be congratulated on a truly superb piece of work. Installation was generously undertaken by David Rose. Together with the new tree, to be planted later in the year, this will create a dignified sense of identity to the centre of the village for years to come. The old sign is to be preserved and kept in the Memorial Hall.

BINHAM LOCAL HISTORY GROUP Thurs. 25th Sept. at 7:30 Hannah Jackson. ‘Seahenge, the Holme Timber Circle, Ten Years On’

Thurs. 25th Oct. at 7:30 Neil Storey. Norfolk in the First World War. All meetings are in the Binham Village Hall. Refreshments available. Memberships are due at the start of our new season in September. Annual membership remains unchanged at £5 per couple, £3 single. The charge at each talk will now be £2 per member, £3 for non-members. It would be help if you would pay our Membership Secretary, Roger Newman, at our first meeting.

OPEN GARDENS The ‘Open Gardens weekend’ saw Binham in its Summer glory. All gardens, hedges, and verges throughout the village were covered in a profusion of flowers and foliage. The 13 gardens open to the public demonstrated the wonderful variety of English gardening - some well established and others comparatively new, all special in their own ways, reflecting their owners particular interests in horticulture. The weather was perfect. The Village Hall in the centre of the gardens provided a good stopping place for wonderful teas that sustained our visitors as they tried to see each garden. This wonderful team effort resulted in £2,830 being raised for the Binham Priory project. Many thanks to everyone for their amazing support.



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THE BINHAM DIG Plans are afoot for an archaeological dig in our own backyard under the auspices of the History Group. A series of meetings have now been held to set up a project to investigate the source of a number of rare finds in the fields around the village. The operation should start in the autumn with documented field-walking followed up by a professional ground penetrating radar survey of the area; initially to be targeted on a potential site of Roman remains. A preliminary application for funding has already been made to the Heritage Lottery Fund and we shall shortly need to quantify the local volunteer effort available which is required to ensure the success of the project. In the near future we will be approaching existing members of the Group to ascertain the commitment that they are prepared to make. If any other people would like to be involved then please contact Alan Eagle (830031) as a matter of urgency. We would especially like to involve the younger members of the community.

OPEN CIRCLE August. No meeting September 18th. Jenny Sparks, the “Complete Cowsbody”. Tales of a Stanhope cattle farmer. New members are always welcome. We meet on the third Thursday of the month at 7.15 p.m. in the Hindringham Village Hall. Just come along or call the Secretary Fiona Thompson on 01328 830639.

MEMORIAL HALL 100 + CLUB April. £25 Jack Stevens; £10 Stanley Hewitt, Jane Wilton; £5 Mrs Burton, Mrs Witherington, James Bucknill. May. £25 Tracy Blackiston; £10 Roger Newman, Alex Bartram £5 Wendy Marsh, Lesley Beckham, J Scott. June. £25 D.Tann; £10 Amanda Savory, Mike Jeffery, £5 Amanda Able, Wendy Marsh, Daniel Hewitt. There are still some numbers if anyone wants to join. Please get in touch with Mrs June Reed at 8 Priory Crescent, Binham. 830106

ART EXHIBITION Aug 9th to 12th Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day in the Binham Village Hall. Original work by members and associates of the Binham Guild of Artists in watercolour, pencil, pen & wash, oil and acrylic. In support of Village Hall Funds.

PRIORY TOURS Guided Tours of Binham Priory started in June on Tuesday and Sunday afternoons at 2.30 p.m. It has been a great way of meeting our visitors who often have interesting snippets of information to contribute to the tour. Please let me know if you would be interested in joining the team of guides. Pauline Scott 830940

BOOKS PLEASE! The Binham book stock needs replenishing as we have got rid of the few remaining books in the spring and are starting from ‘new’. If you have any unwanted books, any subject at all, I should be really grateful – for the Village Fayre in August and the British Legion coffee party in November. If you could drop the books off at Priory Cottage, Langham Road, I should be very grateful. Many thanks. Carolyn Wright 830270

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Between Binham and Warham, at the first crossroads, you will find an Early Bronze Age round barrow called Fiddler’s Hill. During road works there in 1933 workmen found some human bones and the skull of a small animal. Norwich Castle Museum identified these as probably buried in Saxon times, when it was a common practice to do so in ancient earthworks. The Norwich Mercury confidently claimed them as the skeletons of a man and his dog, saying “Does Warham Discovery Prove Old Legend True?” This is a legend with many versions. The picnic site is now closed but the information board speaks of a secret, underground passageway between the “Guildhall” at Blakeney and Binham Priory. A fiddler entered this tunnel at Blakeney, playing all the while so that the mayor and corporation could follow him over ground. The music suddenly ceased at this very spot and the fiddler was never seen again. Some said it was the work of the Devil, in the form of a black monk. What are we to make of this legend? Another version says the tunnel ran from Binham Priory to Little Walsingham. You may well ask why any tunnels were there in the first place. The so-called “Guildhall” at Blakeney is now believed to be the undercroft of a mediaeval merchant’s house, so what possible purpose could there be for such a tunnel? Obviously to smuggle strong spirits to the monks at Binham! For some reason the sign fails to name the fiddler as Jimmy Griggs or name his dog “Trap.” Nor does it talk of the “Black Monk” who still walks the line of the tunnel. All these are in some local versions of a jolly good yarn. Before the legend is off and running again, Fiddler’s Hill is a country mile off the direct route between Blakeney and Binham Priory or even the Walsinghams. But how else were simple people to account for the mysterious earthwork? The stories are all just versions of a country myth which appears in several places in England. There is a masterly Penguin book called “The Lore of the Land,” fascinating reading on English folk legends, including missing fiddlers and secret passages. It would take a full string orchestra to explore all such secret passages. Places with such tales are sometimes marked by a “Fiddler’s Copse.” There is one near Littledean in Gloucestershire and another at West Malling in Kent. One story is of Blind George, the fiddler of Anstey in Hertfordshire, who took his fiddle and his dog into a tunnel in 1831, just for a wager. Once again the villagers followed the music until there was a shriek, then silence. Only the dog was ever seen again, emerging howling in terror, without a tail and fur all singed. You can still see the line of the tunnel when the snow first melts, but that is just an old road. One blind fiddler met his end at Llanymynech in Shropshire and another at Grantchester in Cambridgeshire.

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Telephone (01328) 830502 Surely fiddlers and dogs should have learned not to go into tunnels? But no musician was safe, even drummers or pipers. Piper’s Hole on St Mary’s in the Scillies is improbably believed to be connected by an undersea tunnel to Piper’s Hole on Tresco. Dogs have emerged at both ends, hairless and terrified. Sometimes there is an odour of brimstone, which we all know means Devil’s work! Mind you, it is not always a dog that is involved. At Arundel Castle in West Sussex a duck emerged five miles off, a full fortnight after its owner was spirited away. The book is a great read on Norfolk legends. Among many, many tales it tells of the “Lantern man,” the “Shrieking Woman” and fearsome “Old Shuck,” a headless, shaggy, black dog with huge, blazing eyes. It even mentions the 1845 assault on a Yarmouth man in his nightshirt, mistaken for the mythical “Spring-heeled Jack.” However, the authors were not told about Wellsnext-the Sea, where we all know they used to bite off the fingers of drowned seamen for their gold rings, hence their local nickname of “Bitefingers.” The book also recounts the myth that “our” Admiral, Sir Cloudesley Shovell, was not drowned off the Scillies, but cast ashore barely alive on St Mary’s. A local woman allegedly confessed on her deathbed to strangling him for his emerald ring. I heard this very same story from a Stiffkey man just recently, so myths are alive and well, even if our phantom fiddler is not. Ian Johnson

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T Craske, ct. G Craske b. H Hall: 21 P Newman, b. A Hall: 0 J Fuller, b. J Quantrill: 1 I Jarvis, b. A Hall: 9 M Fuller, b. A Hall: 7 P Tomblin, c&b. H Hall: 32 C Jarvis, c&b. H Hall: 6 R Felgate, lbw. H Hall: 0 D Saunderson, b. J. Quantrill: 2 T Punshion, b. H Hall: 0 B Long, not out: 0 Extras: 7 TOTAL: 85 BOWLING: A Hall, 3 for 37. J Quantrill, 2 for 23. H Hall, 5 for 16


SHARRINGTON R Morter, b. M Fuller: 12 J Quantrill, b. M Fuller: 8 H Hall, b. B Long: 2 S Howard, b. B Long: 1 G Craske, ct. T Craske b. M Fuller: 6 C Moore, b. B Long: 0 S Sexton, lbw. B Long: 1 A Hall, b. M Fuller: 5 L Hoore, b. B Long: 0 R Barber, not out: 0 M Hall, b. M Fuller: 1 Extras: 11 TOTAL: 47 BOWLING: M Fuller 5 for 25. B Long 5 for 17. SCORER: David Craske , UMPIRE: Ike Craske It was the two oldest members, Philip Tomblin and Tom Craske, who taught us how to score runs in this match. Both men were in their thirties whereas most of us were teenagers or in our early twenties. Those were the days when we travelled to all away matches by bus and it cost about £35 for the season - a lot of money in those days. The bus was supplied by Pyes of Blakeney (now Blakeney Garage) and driven by Mr. Chris Wordingham. Pat Newman



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The English Heritage application from the PCC for repair of the rapidly deteriorating tower has been successfully completed and lodged with English Heritage in Cambridge. Extremely efficient work was done by the architect Ruth Blackman. Her report summarises the progressive deterioration. On the basis of her potential costings the application to English Heritage is for £135,000. This is to cover £6,000 for opening up and inspections; £120,000 for scaffolding, removal and replacement of corroding steelwork, improvements to weathering windows, repairs to cracks, repointing, render, and repair and installation of belfry flooring; and £26,000 fees including those of architect, engineer and quantity surveyor. The magnitude of the work now necessary speaks for itself; though if English Heritage approve a grant in principal, they will then commission their own full investigation and specification, the PCC hopes through Ruth Blackman. She is most encouraging, stressing how important and worthwhile it is to persevere, and offering help in all ways. She has volunteered in due course to speak and explain anything at a future meeting of the Friends and the church. The Friends of Gunthorpe Parish Church now have £16,000 ready to contribute to these repairs; and in the next year they plan to raise another £2,500 for them. The Friends’ policy of keeping as an investment for the long term the £17,000 now in the Friends’ endowment fund account has been explained by a letter from the Friends’ chairman which the PCC has attached to its application to English Heritage. The PCC is also making subsidiary applications to the Norfolk Churches Trust, the National Churches Trust, and the Garfield Weston Foundation (as advised by the Norfolk Churches Trust); but it seems they will all take their lead from English Heritage. Thus the next stage is to wait and see the response from English Heritage. The PCC will obviously report to The Friends and everyone else whenever they hear from English Heritage. That may not be until late autumn. The architect has told the PCC that even if English Heritage approve a grant in principal at this next stage, the whole process will be time consuming, probably lasting two years.

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WELCOME A warm Gunthorpe welcome goes to Katelin Teller and Rod Wye, together with their son Theodore, aged 13, who have moved into White Horse Farm. Katelin and Rod are no strangers to Gunthorpe having rented the barns at White Horse Farm for several years now. Kate works with the Royal Opera House and Rod is a China specialist based in the Foreign Office in London. Theodore goes to City of London School. We also warmly welcome Nicola Howard who has moved into School House. Although born in London Nicola has been in Norfolk since 1972 and she “fell in love” with the School House when her daughter Susannah and her family moved into Gardener’s Cottage, just round the corner, a few months ago. Nicola works locally as a chef, but claims that she is not a rival to son-in-law Nick who, of course, is the head Chef at the Wiveton Bell.

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Two further meetings to take forward the Parish Plan for Bale and Gunthorpe have taken place, and the “adult” questionnaire to cover as many villagers’ circumstances and aspirations as possible is now well developed. Further work to produce a questionnaire which would be more relevant to be used to seek the views of the children and young people in our villages is continuing. Subject to the availability of funding the questionnaires will be circulated for action later this year.

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Before final decisions are made it is hoped to have a further presentation from Peter Smith of the Norfolk Rural Community Council at the next meeting in early August. This will be in Bale Village Hall so, as we stressed in previous articles please do come along if you can - your views will help shape our two villages for the next 10 years at least and the meeting is not just for the Parish Council and its Plan Sub-Committee.

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The June draw was the final one for the current members’ subscriptions, and overall, with all expenses and prizes, including the wine prizes for the raffle, taken into account, and with the income from the monthly coffee mornings, the 50:50 Club contributed £1171.24 for the Friends of Gunthorpe Parish Church and paid out £738.12 in prizes. The first draw for the next year (actually 11 months to May 2009 to align the Club and Friends accounting years) will have taken place on 19 July, after the print deadline for this edition, but if you have not renewed your subscriptions or wish to join for the remaining draws at £1.00 per month payable in advance please contact either Peter Everett (012163 860035) or John Blakeley (01263 861008) as soon as possible.

Keep your bedding plants dead-headed to keep more blooms coming. Keep your roses cut back to a strong bud below the dying flower to get a second flush of flowers. You can leave some flowers to go to seed and save them to sow next year. You will find Honesty, Lupins and Marigold easy to harvest. Make sure are well dried before storage and place in paper bags, not polythene, in dry place. You can place them in tins, but keep them in the paper bags as well. Prune shrubs that have finished flowering - cut out any damaged growth and cut back by a quarter to keep them in shape. You can sow flower seeds now such as Honesty, Foxgloves, Antirrhinum and Sweet William to replace your summer bedding plants when they finish. You may take cuttings of Lavender in September and insert in slots in the ground outside in a sheltered place. Also Buddleia, Rosemary and other shrubs can have pieces about 8-10 inches (20-25cm) taken off semi-hard wood - not too old or too soft - planted out.


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throughout that evening. A “routine” run out to Wells was quickly followed by a Grade A call to a serious domestic incident in Sheringham where the Sheringham based officers needed back-up and the closer Cromer based officers were already committed to another job. The A149 between Wells and Sheringham is not a high speed road and even pushing as fast as was safe, and on dry and empty roads, it was some 20 minutes before we arrived at the incident, which fortunately had been largely resolved by the Sheringham crew – under the new scheme that would potentially have been a further 20 minutes for the incident, which involved children, to become much worse, and it would have been a single officer attending without back-up. With the Sheringham officers committed to clearing up the first incident and Cromer not available the cover for North Norfolk was down to a single officer for the next 30 minutes or so.

POLICING THE VILLAGES Part 2 The first article in this series, in Lynx Issue 59, covered the work of the Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) whose numbers are being expanded as part of the shake up in the policing of Norfolk. Given their limited powers and their cost many people might question whether the increased use of PCSOs represents the best use of the inflation busting annual increases in the police precept that we pay for policing our towns and villages. This second article, based observing the police response officers, who make up the only police cover available for our villages for much of the night hours, was being written in late June just as the Chief Constable had announced further controversial changes to the organisation and location of these response officers. Changes that, together with newly imposed shift patterns, would appear to be deeply unpopular with the officers on whom we rely to provide essential police cover. It remains to be seen whether the Chief Constable will prove to be right, or whether, even with Fakenham remaining available, the loss of the response officers in Wells, Holt, Cromer and Sheringham, as well as the major towns of East Dereham and Swaffham, that will now require new areas to be covered by Fakenham based officers, will prove to result in a major shortfall in terms of both response time and the availability of emergency cover for our villages. When these new arrangements come into force our nearest Fakenham based response officer could, in the worst case, be anything up to 30+ miles away – a long wait even on “blues and twos” on Norfolk’s roads.

Back to Fakenham via Holt to be called out immediately to another serious domestic incident on the coast – this time two up as the other Fakenham based officer had become available as had the Sheringham car which arrived at the incident just before us. Sheringham again took care of the follow up and returning to Fakenham we were again put on a Grade A response – this time to the Reepham area, albeit this was quickly downgraded and allocated to another area’s car. I was assured that this was a fairly typical Sunday evening and that in many ways we had been lucky in that other local police stations, but interestingly not Holt, had officers on shift, and there had been no other frequently occurring incidents such as Road Traffic Collisions or fights when the pubs emptied. It is going to be very interesting to see what happens once, as part of an “improvement” in Norfolk’s policing, not just our villages, but major centres for incidents such as East Dereham and Swaffham and our seaside towns on a “drinking” evening are also being covered from the six remaining response stations ie Norwich, Yarmouth, King's Lynn, Thetford, Fakenham and Aylsham. I wonder how available our Chief Constable plans to be to back up his response officers!

I have recently had the privilege of observing the work of the Fakenham based police response officers by both day and night. The first point to make has to be the vast difference in available resources between day and night. With no major incidents, and with officers available in all of the local stations, including the Safer Neighbourhood Teams the patrol we made from Fakenham to Holkham, Wells, Blakeney and Holt was a relaxed affair – very much the “bobby on the beat” approach albeit, of necessity being conducted in a vehicle.

We would welcome readers’ views – perhaps more importantly if you do not see this as an improvement in the cover for our villages – let the Chief Constable know your views. JB

There was time to follow up existing inquiries, to encourage motorists to obey the speed limit and to check out any suspicious circumstances – for example a vehicle parked near a large diesel fuel tank. Had there been an incident response officers were available, and could have arrived within 10 minutes, from at least three locations. The night patrol, on a Sunday evening, was very different. I was told that it was a “good night” in terms of police manning as response officers were available that night in Cromer and Sheringham as well as Fakenham, albeit there were only two officers in each location, and the second officer in Fakenham was not available until after 11pm as she was fully committed to investigating the follow up of an earlier crime. There was also a traffic car, but it was operating in other areas bbb


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BOB’S STORY Pressure on space has meant that the story of Bob Bambridge who was born in Gunthorpe in 1909 and lived here all of his life until his death in 1987 has not appeared since Lynx 57. His story of a changing life in Gunthorpe, which he told to Gunthorpe historian Ray Steffans in 1978 is published in a short illustrated book which costs £5.00 and is available through the Gunthorpe Lynx Representative – all profits going to the Village Institute. This is Part 2 of his story of “My Gunthorpe Home”. There was the usual black-finished fireplace with two side hobs, and there were hooks up the chimney from which pots and kettles could be hung. A large cast-iron "boiler" or "steamer" often hung there and steamed puddings were prepared in this way. Also in the living room was a large rectangular whitewood table around which we all sat at mealtimes, and it served for kitchen use as well. It had a big drawer in which the knives, forks, tablecloth, etc were kept. The room also had the usual simple chairs and a small couch or settee. Two of the chairs were "Windsor’s", with arms and a high back and brown in colour. After meals my parents would sit in these chairs near the fire. In front of the fire we used to have a rag rug, and this was a favourite place for our black cat to curl up on There was no sideboard or dresser in the room, but we had a large cupboard with two smaller cupboards on top of as well as the mantelshelf. Family photographs and ornaments were kept on top, as well as on the mantelshelf. Pot plants, usually geraniums were kept on the window-ledge. On one wall of the living-room there was a large coloured picture of Queen Victoria in a gilt frame. There was also a photograph of either my mother or grandmother. On a bracket was a clock made by the Ansonia Company of New York. It is still going strong today. We had another clock which was larger and had a round face. It was a pendulum clock, operated by weights on chains. The kitchen had a brick floor similar to that in the main room. It had a copper, a little fireplace and a wall-oven. The oven ran quite deep into the wall and at the top, above the oven door, there were two brass knobs which had to be pulled out together to clear the soot. The knobs, rather like brass doorknobs were in line but set apart and were connected to plates or rods attached to a metal plate covering the curved top of the oven. Sometimes the soot was cleared when the fire was alight and so burnt up. Otherwise it fell into the ash-box and was cleared this way. Mrs Curson in Post Office Row was using such an oven until fairly recently and there is one at Mrs Sparkes’ house at Letheringsett. [Editor's Note: Following the death, in 1973, of Captain Sparkes, the owner of the Estate and Gunthorpe Hall, his wife Mrs "Billy" Sparkes moved to the nearby village of Letheringsett when the Estate was sold, but she continued to support the village and church life in Gunthorpe until her death in the 1990s.] Most of our cooking and baking was done in the wall-oven, and Mother usually set aside a special day for continued

COMMUNITY SPEED WATCH The first few weeks have identified some 60 plus drivers, the majority driving through Bale, who will now receive a letter from the Norfolk Constabulary – the fastest was doing an astonishing 52 mph through the church junction in Bale during the morning commute to work and school period. From some of the abuse offered by a very small number of drivers it is clear that some people think that they have a right to speed through our villages and that the law does not apply to them – they also clearly think they are immune from accidents! There are now several other community speed watch schemes operating in Norfolk (the ultimate aim is to have up to 70 schemes operating) and if people think that the initiative is without teeth it should again be pointed out if a driver is identified speeding on a second occasion, in any of these areas not only the one where the original offence took place, 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. So far in Gunthorpe and Bale three motorists have been reported for a second offence. For those few, but persistent, motorists who think they are being very clever as they approach the speed check and then floor the accelerator as they drive way it should be remembered is that speed can be measured either for oncoming or receding traffic. 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 the coordinator – the e-mail address is, or when you next see the team in either village please make yourself known to us.

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her baking. She would have six or more loaves in the top section, a joint underneath and cakes and biscuits on the lower shelf. Somehow she managed to get it all done right. Getting it started up and going well was not always easy and the fire section only had a small opening similar in size to that of the copper fire. There was no sink and no taps, since there was neither mains water supply nor drainage. Piped water did not come to the village until 1959, and before that time water had to be fetched from the nearest well, which was in Claude Curson's yard in our case. On washing day or bath night the copper would be filled up with many buckets of water from the well, and a good fire would be kept going. At the end of the proceedings water would have to be emptied out over the garden a bucket at a time (and there are still people in Gunthorpe who have to do this today {1978}). We had our baths in a large oval-shaped galvanised bath and water had to be transferred from copper to bath. When not in use, the bath was hung up outside. I cannot remember mother using any washing powder for weekly wash. She softened the water with soda and used a hard soap made by Pages of Brinton, who, I believe, were the only soap makers in Norfolk. It was hard work with the scrubbing brush and washboard. There were no washing machines in villages in those days, although some housewives used a large wooden "dolly" to pummel the washing. The whites would be brightened with a bluebag, and after the washing and rinsing had been finished clothes would be put through the large, wooden-roller, mangle. The latter was usually kept in the back-place. When ironing, the large flat iron was heated up on the range and kept hot by means of a "heater-box". We didn't have electricity or gas, and electricity didn't come to Gunthorpe until 1949-50. Our main light was an oil-lamp, which had an opal globe and was stood on the table at night time. There was also a smaller oil lamp that could be carried about. A candle and candlestick holder would see us up to bed. We did not have to go far for lamp oil, because "Back Light" oil was sold in the Post Office next door, and candles could be bought there as well.

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CONGRATULATIONS TIM The people of Langham would like to extend heartfelt best wishes to you Tim for your celebration of 40 years in the Priesthood. We are grateful for your ministry to us. Thank you and every good wish for many years to come.


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LANGHAM CHURCHYARD Whilst recently visiting graves in Langham churchyard we were very impressed as to how tidy and well kept the churchyard looked. Well done to the people involved in this task. Merle and Bernie Hook of Cockthorpe

LANGHAM LADYBIRDS Our past two meetings have been quite different. The May one was two very informative young men from NNDC getting us up to date on ‘Recycling, Re-use and Reduce’. On June 11th we enjoyed a Strawberry Tea at 2, the Green. The weather was reasonable and we managed to be in the garden most of the time. Thanks to Sue and John for being perfect hosts. The next two meetings: Aug. 13th - A lesson in calligraphy - Ken Bartlett. Sept. 10th - The wrong way round the island - Geoff Worton

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A record attendance was recorded at the AGM on 17th June, 7 committee members and 7 members of the public. Thanks to all those who were there.

Always, at this traditional coffee morning we all look at the sky and have the dilemma of whether to hold the event in the church or in the churchyard! So as the forecast was not very promising the decision was made to hold it in the Parish Room which meant we would be under cover and have utilities and facilities at hand.

Edward Allen was re-elected as Chairman for his 20th year, Julia Thompson has accepted the position of Secretary and was duly elected and Bob Brandt likewise for the position of Treasurer. The thanks for the outgoing Secretary, Caroline Freeth and Treasurer Rosemary Daplyn were duly recorded at the meeting.

Several of our usual helpers were away but those remaining rallied round and we managed to raise £236 for Langham Church General Fund. Our grateful thanks go to all who helped in any way and to those who bought and brought. The competition results were:

The new blood on the committee has injected some new exciting ideas and we have asked a respected interior designer in the village to put forward plans to revamp the rooms to make them more pleasant and user friendly for the organisations that use the rooms. The committee looks forward to seeing the proposals and we will advertise them for consultation with the village. Watch for future Lynx articles for an update, and also look at the notice board for details.

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FRIENDS OF LANGHAM Forthcoming events Rounders Night and BBQ Wed. 6th August

The stall will be open from 10.00am until 12 noon and all offers of help and produce will be most welcome. Please contact Jan on Tel: 830847. All proceeds for Langham Church General Fund. Jan Hope

This annual event will be held on the playing field starting at Try to make this year even bigger than 2007 when 85 villagers enjoyed the evening. Do come and join us. Everyone welcome.

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Please will you collect the tokens now on packets of Flora. Langham Village School is collecting them to exchange for free cooking equipment. We would like to collect enough to have a second small cooker. The tokens are available from June to October 2008. The school has until December 31st to register the tokens. Please pass the tokens on to somebody at school or you can register them yourself using your own computer. Thank you.

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

Aug. 21 , Sept. 11 , Oct. 2 , calling each day at: St. Mary’s - 10.00am. Old Post Office - 10.25am. Swan’s Close - 10.50am. The Cornfield -11.15am Enquiries: Wells Library 01328 710467

NORFOLK CHURCHES BIKE RIDE Saturday 13 September 2008 9am – 5.00pm Help to keep fit! Come and cycle for us or, if that sounds too much, join me and other Langham residents in a gentle walk around as many churches as we can manage, between 9am and 5.00pm.

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Hundreds of churches and chapels are open on the day and many offer encouragement and a cold drink and a biccy, if you are lucky. Call John Plummer on 01328 830420 (or Ken Bartlett on 01328 830696) for sponsor forms and a list of Churches and Chapels Open. John Plummer

The roster will be displayed on the village notice board, in the church porch and the ‘Bluebell’. As always please feel free to telephone any of the drivers listed if you have a query or if you are unable to get to any of the notice boards. If you are a frequent user of the service it is handy to keep this copy of the local Lynx, as it covers all the weeks until the next issue. Ann Sherriff Tel: 830605

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PARISH COUNCIL Langham Hotel The S106 agreement for this development has now been formulated and signed by the applicant. It is now in circulation with the County Council for signing before coming back to NNDC for their signature and the issuing of a notice of decision. Following this, objectors have a twelve week period to decide to go for a judicial review.

MORSTON REGATTA Sailing and Party Morston Regatta will be held on Saturday 23rd August. The race will commence in Blakeney Cut at 10.45 am. All sailing craft are welcome to participate and there are several fine trophies to be won. Full details and entry form from Charlie Ward Boats at Morston (01263740377).

Dog Fouling Some villagers have reported seeing this take place but are not prepared to name the offenders. The only way this practice will be stopped is if people are reported, so the solution is in your hands.

The evening bash is back! Venue: Dids’ & Vicks’ field, Morston Quay. Music: live band! Drink: BYO (Bring your own!). Food: Whatever you fancy! Bring your own picnic and/or anything else you might need, e.g. rugs, deckchairs, tables, etc. Extras: Don’t forget to bring plates, glasses, cutlery, sauces, etc. Entrance fee: We ask everyone to buy at least one raffle ticket at entrance gate (on the quay main car park). For any other information please contact Jane Temple, Temple Seal Trips - 01263-741628 - or James Cowan (“Dids”) “Norfolk etc” - 01263-740158. See you there!

War Memorial As this November is the 90th anniversary of the end of the first world war we will have the memorial refurbished in time for the Armistice Day service of remembrance.

Lead stealing Could we ask everyone in the village to report any strange happening or suspicious vehicles around the church. It would be a pity to see the lead roof of our church vanish.

Allotments Progress is being made on the agreement with the landowner with a view to taking over the land in October. Grants are also being applied for to cover the cost of piping in a water supply. Don’t forget, if you are interested in having an allotment contact Anne Phillips on 830939. With the price of food increasing daily allotments may become very popular soon.


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Joc and Sara Wingfield gave their 40th wedding anniversary supper for close family on Saturday 28th June (just over a month late) followed on Sunday by a buffet lunch for friends from Norfolk - both in a marquee in Coastguard House garden. The weather up to just before supper was windy and overcast, as it was prior to the Sunday lunch, but for both occasions the sky cleared and the sun shone.

This scheme is now short of at least one representative to cover the centre of the village and Bob Brandt the village co-ordinator would be pleased for anyone to contact him on 830056 if they are willing to fill the vacancy. This is an important scheme and does fill a role in combating crime. The Chairman


POINT VISIT & CRAB SUPPER On 18th June on a glorious evening Jim Temple and Stephen Bean took 80 people by boat to Blakeney Point before returning for supper. They were joined on the quay by Graham Lubbock and the assistant wardens from the Point, who were all most interesting and informative. The Annual Morston Crab Supper in the village hall, was, as usual, delicious. The evening raised £1,163.50 for the PCC’s Church Maintenance & Repairs Fund. Mary Athill would like to thank all those mentioned above and those who so kindly helped and with food and drink.

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5Oth BIRTHDAY PARTY On Saturday 5th July Willie Athill had a memorable 50 Birthday Party at Scaldbeck - with a giant marquee, cocktails, supper, bonfires and dancing. The dress was “strictly heavenly”, start time was “for the evening tide”, and many guests danced through the night, and stayed for lunch on Sunday. th

CAR THEFT AND DOGNAP At midday on 1st July four of us loaded our car to drive to Holkham Beach for a picnic, with our two cocker spaniels in the back. I had just put the key in the ignition and was getting in, when a tall, surly man, aged about 2530, approached me in the drive beside our house and asked for some water “for the cars”. When my daughter and I went inside to get it, he stole our car and drove off towards Stiffkey at great speed. I jumped in another car to give chase, while the “home team” phoned 999.

MORSTONIAN COMPOSER OF THE OPERA “NELSON” In the 1950s and 1960s the famous broadcaster and composer, Sir Lennox Berkeley, had a holiday home at Morston - at Coldblow Cottage. In the 1950s he followed Sir Benjamin Britten (whom he knew) into opera and the theatre: with his grand opera, “Nelson”, and the one-act comedy, “A Dinner Engagement”, and - two years later – the biblical “Ruth”. Berkeley’s three string quartets make an imposing contribution together with sonatas, or sonatinas, for several solo instruments with piano. These include “The String Trio”, “The Horn Trio” and many more. The opera “Nelson” follows the life of Nelson from the time of his first meeting with Emma Hamilton until his death, exploring the struggle between private passion and public duty. Berkeley approached composing the opera in a most unusual manner - in that he got RearAdmiral Charles Lambe (later Sir Charles Lambe, Admiral of the Fleet and First Sea Lord) to invite him to accompany him in his flagship, HMS Vengeance, on a journey to the Mediterranean, which would take them through the waters where the Battle of Trafalgar was fought on 28th January 1805. So it was then that the composer set sail from Portland on 28th January 1950 with the 22 ships of the Home Fleet’s spring cruise. Lambe had two grand pianos installed in his day cabin so that he and Berkeley, the “part-time Morstonian”, could play Mozart and Schubert duets during the passage; and between Capes St.Vincent and Trafalgar he slowed the ships so that the composer could absorb the atmosphere of those waters. One of Sir Lennox Berkeley’s sons, Michael Berkeley (born 1948), who also holidayed in the 1950s and 1960s at Coldblow Cottage, Morston, with his parents, also became a composer and broadcaster of considerable note.

I could not see the stolen vehicle and was very worried about our dogs, as it was the hottest day of the year. On reaching Wells I chose to go left to Fakenham and reported the theft at the filling station on the Fakenham roundabout – where I ran into PC Jason Pegden, who had spotted our car ahead of him but lost it at the roundabout. He told me seven units were out looking and a helicopter had been called in from Cambridge. They had set up road blocks on the Swaffham and King’s Lynn roads and felt sure the thief would hide the car in the Fakenham area and as soon as it was dark make a break for Lynn or London. I spent the next four hours scouring in and around Fakenham by car and my family got friends to help in the search. They also got Radio Norfolk to report the theft and it went out on the radio at about 3.00pm. At 4.15pm I was thrilled to hear that one of the police cars containing two sharp-eyed PCSOs from Sheringham had spotted the car hidden behind a bush just off a little loke by Fakeham library. Our two spaniels were alive and unharmed, if a little bemused and very thirsty. The police gave them water and got them out of the car quickly, while I came from the other side of Fakenham. The car had been dumped – presumably as too hot – at 12.24 and this was caught on CCTV. A back window had been left open in the car, the keys were in the ignition and my daughter’s handbag hadn’t been touched! We were most grateful to the police for their very quick reaction and well-rehearsed search operation.


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We are pleased to announce that Mary Hunt and Liz Peart have now formally taken on their responsibilities as Churchwardens of St. Margaret’s, succeeding the exemplary Bridget Watson. It is good to have two churchwardens again and we look forward to the return of the Revd. Joanna Anderson in early July from her sabbatical spent with the Iona Community.

Our Garden Fete takes place on Saturday 19th July so be sure to come along to Church Farmhouse for the 2pm start. You can be sure of a warm welcome and all the traditional attractions associated with this glorious occasion. The best bric-a-brac stalls for miles around, plus teas, books, cakes, nearly-new clothes, tombola, raffle, preserves, games and much, much more! Live music adds to the atmosphere so don’t miss the fun in Sharrington. At the time of writing, the Church is awaiting inspection of is ceiling following plaster falls. Repairs which we thought would be on a moderate scale have turned out to be more expensive than we expected and consequently we have applied to English Heritage for a grant. The builders need to carry out closer investigations later in the summer but we do not expect this to unduly disrupt our services. It does mean, however, that repairs must take priority over any discussion we might have wanted to have about creating an open space at the back of the church for serving refreshments etc after services. And of course it means that fund-raising events like the Fete are even more important to the life of the village Church now that we are faced with a large bill for ceiling repairs. We look forward to welcoming Joanna back to the Benefice after her sabbatical and thank Tim for all his efforts on our behalf whilst she was away. PEL

PATRONAL FESTIVAL On Sunday 20th July our annual Patronal Festival takes place in the church, beginning at 3.00pm We hope to have an adult choir plus a good number of children who will offer their songs under Sheila Harris’s guidance. Afternoon tea will follow in the lovely garden of The Old Barn (opp. the church)by courtesy of Sam Coates. Parishioners of Field Dalling are cordially invited to attended to the service followed by afternoon tea!

JAZZ CONCERT Our annual Jazz Concert on 6th June went off extremely well. Gresham’s provided no fewer than twenty talented musicians who performed to a full church. Takings exceeded £1, 000 including donations and the proceeds of a raffle; however expenses have yet to be deducted. The Lord’s contribution was stopping the rain for the precise length of the interval when everyone enjoyed their wine and canapés outside. The churchyard as well as the church had been smartened up for the occasion.


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LOCAL HISTORY GROUP Consultation has revealed much interest in local history. At the ‘Celebration’ people were asked to sign up if they were interested in forming a Stiffkey Local History Group. 22 names were gathered. An initial meeting is to be held in early September, which Keith MacDougall has agreed to chair. Details will be posted nearer the date.

SHARRINGTONS SOCIAL WHIRL An elite garden party has been added to our village calendar. This event to celebrate our local Lord took place in a colourful and well tended garden. The noble host, a gentle giant of aristocratic Irish descent, invited his village pals to the rave up. It was not the quietest of parties. One rather beautiful lady did not attend, because of her self confessed reputation as a Party Pooper.

VILLAGE HALL At the next meeting of the Village Hall Management Committee Janey Sugden, a member of the Working Group will outline the many suggestions gathered through consultation regarding the future of the Village Hall. Discussion at this meeting will help inform the questionnaire to be circulated later this year. The Working Group will be researching more into the other main concerns (Traffic/road safety: affordable housing) during the summer. A meeting is to be held with a representative of the Safer Neighbourhood Team to discuss possible improvements to road safety and traffic management in the village. Work will start on the compilation of the main village questionnaire. Steven Bashforth

The smallest but most senior guest of Royal descent, remained rather aloof from the shenanigans. The menu included home-made elegantly designed cup cakes. The noble Lord, however, helped himself to two of them and was duly chastened. The drinks cabinet was open to all on demand - clear, sparkling bowls of natures wine - vin de l’eau. The gentle giant is often encountered on his Lordly jaunts through our village lanes. He had the good grace to invite his mother to the party. Her introduction was dominated by wet noses and considerable nether sniffing. The guest list included Toby, Molly, Sasha and Tweed. Lord Finn carried it off with great aplomb, and energetic waging of tails by one and all showed their universal happiness and joie de vivre.

CELEBRATING STIFFKEY The evening of this day was one of the fairly rare bright warmish evenings of our so far rather temperamental summer. It was ideal for the barbecue in the churchyard organised by the village planning group to show everyone what was going on in the village. The venue was the churchyard, and the food was excellent fish, prepared by John (the Fish) Griffin, and scrumptious sweets provided by Alice and Andy. The Red Lion came up trumps with a barrel of the best beer. Sixty villagers, some recklessly clad in shorts, came to admire the display of village activities inside the marquee. We are all grateful to Janie, Vivien, Steven, Cherry and all who helped with marquee arrangements, fetching the barbecue and doing all those numerous small but important things necessary for an event like this. The displays showed that we are a lively community with varied activities for all to enjoy, and plenty of enthusiasm for the planning group to exploit for the future of the village. Having opportunities to see what is happening and what is possible is very healthy - a very good idea indeed. The church parochial council is very pleased to support this and other such ventures. John Adnitt

Happy Birthday Lord Finn, & many happy returns. PJG

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I’m out, bad luck, with one ball left But the Captains next and his touch is deft. ‘Whatever happens, run like a hare!’ I say to Jamie as I leave the square

Weekend starting Saturday 23rd August on the playing field at 7.30pm till late with the Saturday Night Music Bash featuring a new group at the Fete called the "Glamtastics" which should add a sparkle to the evening. There will be a Bar and BBQ provided to further your enjoyment. The main Fete Day on the following Sunday 24th August from 12noon to 5pm will be as lively as ever and will provide an enjoyable afternoon for both residents and visitors. Greg Powles of North Norfolk Radio will open the Fete assisted by Justso James. The special atmosphere of the Fete will continue through the family races and dog show and races. Other attractions include Punch and Judy, Fakenham Town Band and Birds of Prey.


Two to win to make it five in a row, So all we need is one lusty blow. The opening bowler is brought back on, A gale behind him and his run is long. Right arm, one to come The bowler starts his final run The fielders all close in, A dot ball and Rudham win. But Captain Fish takes up his stance, Barely giving the field a second glance A hit over the top or through for four? But John has something else in store A gentle prod and a dolly catch,

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At which short midwicket can only snatch. Flapping hands and down it goes The mother of Boycott never dropped those! An easy run out as the batsmen race, And the stumps should be all over the place But a nervous fumble and a rotten throw Let our batsmen show that they’re not slow So a tie now seems so certain, But it’s not the final curtain Two batsmen at the same end, As Jamie has run again

AVOCET HEAVEN The Avocets seem to have had a good breeding season at Stiffkey. How they have done at Cley, Holkham, and Titchwell I have not heard. Their defence against marauding predators (Herons, Marsh harriers and Sparrowhawks) is to operate like the RAF at the Battle of Britain. Squadrons of adults (not just parents) rise like fighter interceptors if a predator flies over. All round visibility is vital. Single Avocet chicks out in the shallow water would seem to be vulnerable. But not so. A swarm of adults rises in defence and chases off the intruder Nature takes care of its own - sometimes! On the other hand, Swallows and House Martins are ravaged by owls (mainly Tawny), which can rip open nests to get to the young. Even a Barn Owl can do this. Sparrowhawks swoop on adult. Swallows and Martins are very down on numbers this year. I was told they hit a ‘cold front’ over the Limpopo River and their food supply (insects) disappeared. They fell out of the sky in thousands! Crops look good on our light land. Farmers are happier to re-invest in machinery after lean times. Floods in the American mid-west means that world cereal prices will remain high. Set aside is no more so farmers will help by entering those government schemes which pay them to look after wildlife. Pightle

At the bowler’s end they gather; batsmen, bowler, ball A push from Jamie is needed and John obeys his call Twenty two yards never seemed so long, But again the Rudham throw is wrong John runs and dives and, yes he’s in And Stiffkey record another win. I wonder if we’d have got the runs if I’d stayed in? Rudham, 164 for 7, lost to Stiffkey, 165 for 7. Steven Bashforth



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LANGHAM SCHOOL NEWS This summer must rank as one of Langham Village School’s busiest ever terms. “It certainly keeps you on your toes!” says Headteacher Mike Green. “We are very fortunate to have so may people who are willing to give a little something to the school – be it time, ideas, support or just being positive.” For instance, in sport alone the school has recently: Finished 3rd in the North Norfolk Small Schools Football League; Won the trophy for best small school at the Reepham 7-a-side football tournament, losing in the semi-final (extra time) to the eventual winners, Cawston; Participated in the Alderman Peel High School cluster Kwik Cricket competition; Had four sessions with County Cricket Coach Russel Solley; Participated in the APHS cluster Swimming Gala; Participated in the APHS athletics competition; Completed our inter-house hockey, netball, football and golf competitions; Organised table tennis, tennis, football and other sports clubs; Completed more PE training for all staff than in any previous year; Had regular PE sessions, including quality input from Allsport; Facilitated the Langham Lion Cubs football club for 4-7 year-olds, which has been a tremendous success on Sunday mornings; Organised the annual Sports Day on July 11; and held our sponsored Fun Run to raise money for play apparatus. “Next year we hope to participate and organise even more sports events for everyone,” says Mike Green. Phew. The latter event raised approximately £1,000 – boosting the pot to almost halfway towards the play apparatus target of £12,000. Other significant contributions to that total have come from the Summer Fair (£1,200), which was a lot of fun for children and adults alike, and the Auction of Promises, which raised a whopping £3,400 – a new record total. The auction was hosted at Jo and Simon Valentine’s house in the village, with Andrew Cuthbert as the auctioneer, and attracted generous villagers, as well as parents. Imaginative promises ranged from an ‘own a pony afternoon’ and ‘small animal babysitting’, to ‘homemade cake a month for six months’ and ‘you are what you eat nutritional advice’ (not bought by the same person!). A ‘day charter on sailing barge Juno’ attracted the highest individual bid. A big thank you to all those involved. More activities for the children include a whole school visit to Park Farm, Snettisham, on-road cycling tests for the older children, a Class 2 visit to True’s Yard museum in King’s Lynn, a circus skills day guided by a professional, a one-man eco-theatre show on the theme of ‘recycling wherever possible’, an unforgettable trip to the Houses of Parliament for Class 3, a Years 3 and 6 cooking day hosted by Marcel Schoenmakers at Fakenham High School, a road safety session with the

Tel: 01263 587867 or 0787 622 6551 Accident Prevention Team, and a Class 1 day trip to France. Actually, the trip to France was imaginary, via the ‘Langhamstar’ train, and was almost as good as the real thing for the youngest children. Perhaps the most exciting recent community event was the Festival of Voices at St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich, which included hundreds of children from schools all over Norfolk. The children, well prepared by Linda Williams and Sheila Harris, loved singing under the direction of a professional conductor and in front of a hall full of enthusiastic parents. Probably the biggest laugh for the children was seeing their parents making fools of themselves as they were forced to join in one particularly animated song. More music, plus art and dance workshops, was anticipated at time of writing for the Year 6 group, who have been invited to take part in Alderman Peel High School’s Africa Day. It’s not all fun, although more traditional schoolwork is often fun too! SATs results at Key Stages 1 and 2 have been positive again this year and the ‘value-added’ scores, which reflect improvement between stages by individual children, are particularly pleasing. This year’s results have yet to be officially confirmed by the powers that be but the value-added achievement is unlikely to quite match last year’s, which put the school in the top three per cent in the country. The final events of the term are the Leavers’ Assembly on 22 July at the Langham Parish Rooms and the Leavers’ Disco on the previous evening at Field Dalling Village Hall, capping a very eventful school year. As ever, you can catch up with other news and information at NEED A GLAZIER ? ..... CALL:


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Local Lynx issue 61, August/September 2008  

The community newspaper for 10 North Norfolk Villages

Local Lynx issue 61, August/September 2008  

The community newspaper for 10 North Norfolk Villages