OCTOBER & NOVEMBER 2008
BALE - BINHAM - COCKTHORPE - FIELD DALLING GUNTHORPE - LANGHAM - MORSTON SAXLINGHAM - SHARRINGTON - STIFFKEY
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OCTOBER 2nd Thurs. Langham, Mobile Library 2nd Thurs. Binham Priory Concert. 7.30 4th Sat. Langham Coffee Morning, Parish Room 10-12 4th Sat. Langham ‘Taste of Norfolk’ Parish Room 6.30 6th Mon. Binham Chequers Quiz Night, 6.30/7.30 8th Wed. Langham Ladybirds, 7.30 11th Sat. Binham Priory Concert.7.30 11th Sat. Field Dalling Greshams Concert, Church 7.00 11th Sat Sharrington Lecture, Church 6.30 15th Wed Langham Coffee Morning, Parish Room 10-12 16th Thurs Binham & Hindringham Club Harvest Supper 17th Fri. Binham Village Hall Bingo Night, 7.30 18th Sat Langham Parish Room, Leukaemia Sale 10-12 20th Mon. Stiffkey W.I. 7.30 23rd Thurs Langham Mobile Library 25th Sat. Morston Cloudsley Shovell Dinner at Anchor 25th Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club 25th Sat. Binham Local History Group. 7.30
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NOVEMBER 1st Sat Field Dalling Churchyard Clear-up, 10 - 12 1st Sat Gunthorpe Friends Harvest Thanksgiving 11 1st Sat Langham Coffee Morning, Parish Room 10-12 3rd Mon. Binham Chequers Quiz Night, 6.30/7.30 6th Thurs Gunthorpe & Bale PC Meeting, Institute 7.00 7th Fri. Binham Poppy Coffee, Priory Cottage. 10-12 9th Sun. Binham Greshams Concert. 7.00 13th Thurs Langham Mobile Library 15th Sat Gunthorpe Quiz Night, Institute, 7.00 15th Sat Binham Christmas Bazaar, 2.30 17th Mon Stiffkey W.I. 7.30 18th Tues. Langham Parish Council 19th Wed Langham Coffee Morning, Parish Room 10-12 21st Fri Binham Local History Group. 7.30 22nd Sat. Langham Parish Room Christmas Fair 10-12 27th Thurs. Binham Local History Group. 7.30 29th Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club
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BLAKENEY CATHOLIC CHURCH
Thur 16 Oct at 7:30pm
Back Lane Blakeney Father Michael Simison 12 Hindringham Road Gt. Walsingham Norfolk Tel: 01328 821353 Priest in Residence Father William Wells (the house behind the church)
The next deanery synod will be on Thursday 16th October in St. Andrew’s Church Hall at 7.15pm for 7.30pm. There will be a presentation by Father Philip Blamire on ‘Youth and Children’s Work in the Deanery’.
Service Times Vigil Mass: Sunday Mass:
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: email@example.com www.normanlamb.org
Sat 6.00pm. Sun 10.30am.
BLAKENEY METHODIST CHURCH High Street Blakeney Minister: The Reverend David Greenaway 8 St Andrew’s Close, Holt. Tel: 01263 712181 Service Times Sundays at 6.30pm For weekday services see ‘Glaven Newsletter’.
CHURCH SERVICES FOR STIFFKEY & BALE BENEFICE FOR OCTOBER & NOVEMBER 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 * 5th October 9.30 am HC
12th October 9.30 am HC
19th October 9.30 am HC
26th October At Binham
11.00 am FS
11.00 am HC No Service 9.30 am MP
At Binham At Binham At Binham
Saxlingham Gunthorpe Sharrington
9.30 am HC 9.30 am MP 9.30 am MP
At Field Dalling 9.30 am HC 5.00 pm
11.00 am HC
11.00 am HC
11.00 am FS
10.30 am HC Benefice Visitation by Bishop James of Lynn
Langham Morston Stiffkey
9.30 am HC* 9.30 am HC BCP 11.00 am HC
9.30 am HC No service At Langham
9.30 am HC 9.30 am HC BCP 8.00 am HC*
At Binham At Binham At Binham
Parish Bale Field Dalling
2nd November 9.30 am HC At Saxlingham
9th November 9.30 am HC 10.50 am
16th November 9.30 am HC At Saxlingham
23rd November 9.30 am HC 11.00 am MP
Saxlingham Gunthorpe Sharrington Binham
9.30 am HC 9.30 am MP 9.30 am MP 11.00 am HC
11.00 am HC No Service 9.30 am MP 11.00 am FS
At Field Dalling 11 am HC 9.30 am HC 9.30 am HC
9.30 am HC
9.30 am HC BCP
8.00 am HC*
9.30 am FS
Service of Remembrance
At Field Dalling 9.30 am HC 9.30 am HC 10.50 am Act of Remembrance and HC
9.30 am HC* 4.00 pm - see below 9.30 am HC BCP
10.50 am Service of Remembrance
3.30 pm Service of Remembrance
11.00 am HC
6.30 pm Service of Remembrance
Sun. November 2nd: Langham, 4.00 pm, Service for All Souls’ Day - followed by tea and cakes Sunday 30th November: Field Dalling, 10.30 am, Group 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.
renewable energy supplier. Transport: Walk or cycle to work or school; use public transport; work from home; car share; use biodiesel. In your home: Use eco-paints, lime, linseed oil putty and other environmentally friendly materials. Food: Grow your own; keep chickens or bees, eat less meat, buy organic, use farmers’ markets, vegetable boxes and local suppliers, to reduce food miles. Water: Install water-saving facilities such as rainwater harvesting, grey water recycling and a compost loo. Waste: Have a compost heap; recycle; re-use or repair things instead of throwing them away. Local/small-scale: Join a LETS scheme; use your local farmers’ market and credit union; reduce the distance that the things you buy travel and keep money in the local economy. DIY is of course the most local of all. We can all do some of these things . Together we can make a difference. Surely such care and co-operation are yet more grounds for giving thanks to God. Joanna
RECTOR’S MESSAGE Although our farmers got the crops in some time ago, Autumn is a time when in small villages the theme of Harvest dominates for a while. Our school children sing about harvest and the earth, they bring home wonderful pictures of all sorts of green and growing things and the churches in our villages celebrate the season with thanksgiving and delicious suppers. However, in these days when we are so aware of changes in climate and the human responsibility for a lot of it, it is tempting to despair about the natural world, our planet, and easy to shrug our shoulders and say “Well the damage is done and anyway what good can one person do?” The answer to that is “A lot!” And for those still unaware of how we can really do our bit, here are some tips from an excellent organisation called “The Low Impact Living Initiative -what can I do?” First of all, take a deep breath - there are so many things you could do, but you can't do them all at once. Do things slowly, one at a time. Energy: Make sure that your home is well insulated and that you have energy-efficient appliances and low-energy light-bulbs. Then think about installing solar hot water heating, photovoltaic’s or a wind turbine; or switch to a
GLAVEN DISTRICT CARING Autumn Coffee Morning will be held at the Glaven Centre on Saturday October 11th, 10.30 – 12.00. Books, cakes, raffle, tombola.
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DISTRICT COUNCILLORS’ NOTES A special Council meeting was held to discuss the Boundary Committee's draft proposals for local government reorganisation in Norfolk. Agreed unanimously to oppose the proposals and to work with other District Councils in Norfolk to challenge its inadequacies build a consensus on an alternative way forward. A formal letter sent to the Secretary of State asking for urgent intervention to halt this progress to avoid wasting more time and diverting resources from the Norfolk community. However a reply states that the due process must be completed. Local Development Framework - Inspector has found the Core Strategy to be sound, it is the blueprint for new development in North Norfolk over the next 10/15 years. A talk was given to District Councillors on the importance of sustainable construction and energy efficiency in building. Under the Code for Sustainable Homes, requirements have been set out for issues such as orientation of buildings to maximise solar gain, high levels of insulation, use of low water volume fittings and grey water recycling. The most appropriate technology for the site and surrounding area should be used and proposals should have regard to the North Norfolk Design Guide. Integrating biodiversity conservation into local authority services was also discussed. The importance of local policies and strategies, such as waste, transport and planning was emphasised, as well as education. Appropriate management of parks, informal open spaces, cemeteries, etc., could help conserve and enhance biodiversity. The Wildlife Trusts work for a richer, varied environment in the U.K. Support for voluntary groups in North Norfolk has taken a big step forward with the launch of a training and events programme starting in September and running through to the end of the year. Contact Andrew Campbell on 01263 516319 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Chairman of NNDC Sue Arnold has also announced the creation of two Community Enhancement Awards. The aim is to encourage local people to improve their environment, clearing litter, putting up bird boxes, community gardens ... The Council will continue to run the Civic Awards which recognise and promote community spirit. Contact Kirsty Read on 01263 516017 or email@example.com. Cllr Lindsay Brettle
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FIRST FRIDAYS from Fri 3 Oct at 11am Are there questions about the Church and Christian faith that puzzle you? Do you wonder if what you think is what others think? Have you often wanted to question some of the things we say we believe, but never found the right time or place? If so, First Fridays could be for you. Starting on Friday October 3rd 2008 at 11.00am at The Vicarage, Langham. All welcome. Every First Friday in a month, there will be an opportunity to meet up with others, over a cup of good, fairtraded, coffee (and a fairly-traded biscuit!) to discuss some of the most important, and perhaps difficult, questions people have as Christians. It will be a safe place where we will be free to raise doubts and queries, without fear of judgement or ridicule. It will be a time to explore and hopefully discover and learn together.
(VERY) SHORT STORY COMPETITION We are well into the autumn term and the evenings are drawing in, so it’s high time we had another competition for our younger readers – up to and including the age of twelve years. We are offering stunning prizes, a first prize of a £10 book token and a £5 token for the runner-up. The rules are that the story should be about ‘Summer Adventure’ (yours or someone else’s) and should be limited to 100 words (not including the title). Please send your entries to: Local Lynx Short Story, 28 Binham Road, Langham, Holt NR25 7AB by 20th November. Adults are welcome to enter but won’t qualify for prizes, so don’t forget to put your age on your entry. Best of luck. Editors
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Hopefully all readers will have heard of the Safer Neighbourhoods Teams scheme which has been introduced by the police. Through quarterly local meetings, the public in each area are able to select problems which their team of police officers should address as priorities over the following three months. The Wells team has been giving particular attention since May of this year to the seemingly eternal problem of outboard motors being stolen from boats along the coast – a problem which has resulted in literally hundreds of motors being taken over recent years. That we boat owners fall prey to motor thieves is not surprising. On a walk down Morston Creek during the summer months it was possible to count over twenty engines, mostly small and easily transportable, which were fitted to boats but not locked in any way. However, thanks to increased police activity, and some increased awareness among boat-owners, it was good to hear that no thefts had been reported to the Wells police during this summer. What was less cheering to hear was that when it comes to identifying engines the police are severely short of critical information which, if available, could well lead to improved detection. The meeting at Wells on 21st August was told that there is no register of engine details available to the police and that many owners who suffer loss are not even able to give officers the registration number of their lost engine. There can be little doubt that the local practice of defacing engines with daubs of paint has played its part in persuading thieves to look elsewhere. No one wants to be caught with a readily recognisable engine. But it would be greatly helpful to the police if owners would not only keep a separate record of the number of their engine but also a digital photograph of it in its painted state. Both could then be produced promptly in the event of theft, giving the police at least some chance of catching the culprit – apart from adding to the deterrent effect of its being known that this has become the practice. Can all engine owners make this a priority, so that the good record of recent months can be kept up next season. If you want to know more about the Safer Neighbourhoods scheme, contact the police at North Walsham on 0845 456 4567. P.S. Sadly, since this article was written two outboards have been stolen from boats at Wells. It remains necessary to take good care of our property.
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FLU VACCINATION CLINICS Flu vaccinations are recommended for all patients aged 65 or over and those of any age with: Chronic respiratory disease, Chronic Asthma, Diabetes, Stroke, Chronic Heart Disease, Chronic Renal Disease, and Immunosuppression due to illness or treatment. Flu vaccinations are not recommended for healthy children or adults under 65 years, or for particular occupational groups. Flu vaccination clinics will be held at Holt Medical Practice and Melton Constable surgery on 2 Saturdays in October. To book your flu vaccination, please telephone 01263 712461, after 11.30am when the telephone lines are less busy.
NORFOLK HOME CALL This directory of accredited voluntary agencies and businesses has been re-launched to help elderly, disabled or housebound people in Norfolk remain independent in their own homes. It contains over 500 businesses, all of whom have undergone a process of accreditation, requiring background checks carried out by Trading Standards, reference from happy customers and a minimum of £2m public liability insurance in place. Providers all sign up to core standards of Norfolk Home Call, including clear pricing policies, written receipts and ensuring appropriately trained staff. As well as the directory, NHC has an information and advice line on 01603 495109, giving over the phone advice on services to use, trading standards advice on the best way to buy services and dealing with bogus callers and rogue traders. Online www.norfolkhomecall.org. Range of services includes handymen, help with shopping, bathing, personal care, patios and pathways. Chris Mowle, Cabinet member for Adult Social Services, said ‘At some time of our lives we all need the services of people, or a company, that we might not have good information about. Norfolk Home Call gives you peace of mind in selecting a plumber, carpenter, gardener or home help. There are pages full of them in Norfolk Home Call.’ For a copy of the directory, advice on a service to use, or if your business/organisation is interested in becoming accredited, ring Norfolk Home Call 01603 495109.
You are Invited to the first open meeting of
Holt Area Patient Group ‘You and Holt Medical Practice’ Monday 27th October at 7.30 pm at Holt Youth Project Speakers will include Dr Crawley and Dr Harvey and a representative from Holt Area Patient Group The meeting will include a question and answer session. All welcome
NEW CROMER HOSPITAL
Most readers will know of the Bernstein legacy to Cromer Hospital now being used as part of a £26m scheme to rebuild the Hospital part of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The Project Director for this programme, Melissa Blakeley now a Director of the Trust, was a resident of Gunthorpe from the age of 9 and still has strong local links with both Gunthorpe and indeed N Norfolk, with siblings resident in Field Dalling and Blakeney. This short article provided by the N&N University Hospital, updates the plans and details current progress, for what should be a very welcome major improvement in the “acute” care of patients in North Norfolk. The Board of the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has approved in principle plans to redevelop the existing Cromer hospital site. The new hospital will replace the original Mill Road hospital which first opened in 1932. The new hospital will be for out-patients, day-case operations, extended diagnostic services, dynamic therapy services and minor injuries care and will be completed in 2011. The Board of Directors has allocated £12 million of the NHS Foundation Trust’s funds to invest in the new Cromer Hospital to supplement the Bernstein and other legacies that total £14 million. It is supporting the option of a more ambitious hospital offering an extended range of services than had previously been planned. The £26 million project is still subject to a full business case which will come back to the Board in mid-2009. The project would see the building of a new hospital to include two general anaesthetic operating theatres, an out-patient procedure room and an ophthalmic theatre. New diagnostic services will include permanent on-site mammography (breast screening) and a DEXA scanner for osteoporosis diagnosis as well as facilities for a mobile MRI scanner. Chairman of the Trust Board, David Prior, has said: “As a NHS Foundation Trust we are in the very welcome position of being able to use our new-found financial freedoms to invest money into a long-awaited new hospital for the people of North Norfolk. We believe that local people will benefit from the wider range of services we aim to be able to provide at Cromer from out-patient services, day case surgery, to minor injuries and therapy services. The Board believes that we need to invest in modern facilities that will meet the needs and expectations of local people, and our staff, and accordingly has committed £12 million to the project. We also remain very grateful for the Bernstein legacy which will help us deliver an exciting new hospital.” N. Norfolk MP, Norman Lamb, welcomed the plans, commenting: "I am delighted with this news. It is really positive for North Norfolk residents. It will mean fewer journeys to the Norfolk and Norwich, to have state of the art medical facilities in N. Norfolk is a major advance." In late 2007 a tendering process lead to the appointment of a Mansell construction team, part of the Balfour Beatty Group, which includes award-winning Norfolk architect David Bissonnet. The planning application process is due to start in Autumn 2008, with the full business case going to the Board in mid-2009 and work due to start in the summer of 2009, with completion planned in 2011. The Sagle Bernstein legacy – In 2001, the trustees of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Foundation
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YOUR PAPER – YOUR CONTENT We are hoping to arrange another general meeting in the early part of 2009 when we can tell you more about the changes in running the paper which are being introduced. Our last meeting was well attended and seemed to be enjoyed by all. In the meantime, may we remind you that this is your local paper, to which anyone living in the ten villages is welcome to contribute. As you will all know by now, contributions must be submitted through your own village representative, whose details appear at the top of your village’s news, and the deadline for the next issue is always the 8th of the month preceding the date of publication – see page 2. We can’t promise that every item you send will be published and we do reserve the right to edit any copy as much as may be needed to fit things in. Line or line and wash drawings for the front page are also welcome, the only constraint being that each drawing must be twice as wide as it’s tall. There is no problem about it’s being bigger than the final size but we would prefer drawings which are not larger than A4. Or do you fancy drawing a cartoon? While you are waiting anxiously to hear more about the next general meeting, and if you would like to think about playing a part in joining the team of people who share the job of assembling the paper, please do not hesitate to give your ‘Village Rep’ a ring. Eds
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PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP
Appeal for help Since March a successful new parent and toddler group has been running weekly at Binham Village Hall, providing play and interaction for families in the Benefice and beyond. There is now a need to find a small group of adults able and willing to give time to help run the group so that we can sustain it. The play worker, Inge Holden, employed by the Diocesan Playvan Initiative, is the key leader, but, in order to ensure we can go on with this successful venture, we need your help. Could you give help, 9.30am - 12.00 noon on a Monday? A rota would exist so that it would not be every Monday. Please give this your attention and call me if you are interested. Thank you. Joanna Anderson, Rector 01328 830246
News Contact: Jane Wheeler 01328 878 656 FROZEN CHRISTMAS PUDDING Ingredients 2 ½ oz (60 gm) dried ready to eat apricots chopped 2 ½ oz (60 gm) dried ready to eat figs chopped 3 oz (75 gm) dried ready to eat prunes chopped 2 ½ oz (60 gm) maraschino or glace cherries halved rind of half an orange finely grated plus 3 tbs juice 2 tbs orange liqueur, brandy, or sherry ½ pt (300 ml) double cream 1 tsp vanilla extract 3 ½ oz (90gm) icing sugar 4 oz (110gm) dark chocolate roughly chopped ¾ oz (20gm) unsalted butter Method Soak fruit with orange rind, juice and liqueur for 2 hrs. Line a 1½ pint (1.5lt) pudding basin with cling film. Whisk cream, vanilla and icing sugar until softly peaked. Mix in fruits and spoon into basin. Cover and freeze. Place butter, chocolate and 3 tbs of water in a bowl and melt over a pan of simmering water, stirring until smooth. Allow to cool. Carefully dip basin in warm water and unmould onto a plate lined with non-stick paper. Remove cling film and cover with chocolate. Freeze uncovered, then overwrap with foil. Remove from freezer 25 mins before serving.
BY STILL WATERS from Sun 26 Oct at 6:30pm He leads me beside still waters he refreshes my soul. Ps 23 A new monthly evening service of music and quiet, symbol and meditation for anyone seeking an alternative way to worship, for anyone wanting to experience a more meditative form of praying, for anyone wishing to spend time quietly with God and others. Using quiet times, gentle music, symbols, chants and movement, it is hoped that this will provide a rich additional form of worship. ‘By Still Waters’ will be on every fourth Sunday from 6.30pm to 7.15pm in Gunthorpe Church Lady Chapel. starting on Sunday October 26th. Please come dressed to be warm and comfortable.
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Each meeting takes place in Cley Village Hall and concludes with a traditional WI tea (not necessarily healthy!) and nonmembers are very welcome to join us. For the theatre visits below, please contact Hilda Rosser Tel: 01263 740974.
Ingredients 1lb (450gm) prepared pumpkin flesh or 250 can purée. 12 oz (350gm) rich short crust pastry 3 large eggs 4 oz (110gm) soft light brown sugar 1 ½ - 2 tsp mixed ground spice ½ - 1 tsp ground ginger 225 ml single cream whipped cream with vanilla for serving ground cinnamon for sprinkling Method If using fresh pumpkin steam for 15 – 20 minutes until soft. Mash with a potato masher or a fork and cool. Preheat oven to 180C/250F/Gas 4, roll out pastry and line a 9” (23cm) loose bottomed flan tin or sponge cake tin. Trim and decorate edge. In a large bowl whisk eggs with sugar and spices until thick, then whisk in pumpkin and cream. Pour into pastry case and bake for 40 to 45 mins or until firm to touch. Allow pie to cool in tin for 30 mins then remove and leave to cool. Decorate the pie with piped vanilla cream and sprinkle lightly with cinnamon.
Thur 2 Oct at 2:30pm Jim Green will continue his war-time reminiscences in ‘Jim’s Navy Lark’.
Thur 8 Nov at 2:30pm Our speaker is Trish Watts who will be demonstrating ‘Healthy Christmas Bites’
Wed 8 Oct Theatre Visit to a matinee performance of ‘Mac and Mabel’ by Dereham Light Operatic Society.
Wed 21 Jan 2009 ‘Swan Lake’ at Theatre Royal Norwich.
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VILLAGE RESPONDS TO FIRST RESPONDERS
PURCELL IS BACK IN TOWN
This was the second of two excellent talks given by Philip West in Bale Village Hall. Philip drew on his incredible collection of slides taken from old photographs, postcards, and local history material. His first talk was based on Fakenham. This one was on Bale, formerly Bathley, meaning “spring field, or wet meadows.” Bale was known for its great oak, which stood just west of the church on an ancient sacred site, now a grove of ilex, and ended up hollow, with room for twelve people inside, had a girth of 36ft, and was used at times as a “swinestye”, and also by a shoemaker. It was pollarded in 1790, then cut down in 1860. Then there was the “Bale Oak” pub, formerly “The Angel and Oak”. Here Agnes was fined £5 for serving beer out of hours. Grace Allison, Margaret Dent and Ted Hudson recalled walking to school in the perfect little building opposite the Gunthorpe church. Dennis Ellis, a farmer in Field Dalling would bring a small churn of milk in his Standard Vanguard to arrive spot on at ten to eleven. Later milk came in small three quarter pint thick glass bottles, press the cardboard centre and push in a straw. They had been put to warm by the open fire. A map in the church shows the many small fields about the village in 1813, and their owners, such as John Harris and wife, Rev’d Valentine Hill (Rector of Wells), the Dean and Chapter. Later David Ramm’s granddad had a little field, now gobbled up like many others for bigger farms, marked now by an old gate with hand forged nails in a hedge. Once a year Mr Rabi’s three wagons would turn up to take villagers on a treat to Wells. And there is a picture of oxen c.1900 still at work in Field Dalling. Yet another of a single horse walking round and round beneath an elevator to power it. Then there is Margaret’s father, Bert Preston with his Fordson, which started up on petrol, then you could creep along the steering column to switch over to paraffin without stopping. Philip West gave his talk free as a contribution to Holt and Communities First Responders. The Village Hall has raised £865. Philip, who has always lived in Hindringham, is keen to gather information on local history and old Post Offices in particular, such as postcards. Richard Scott
The success of last year’s visit by students from the Purcell School made their return this year a gala occasion. Such a large audience was attracted to Bale Church that seating them all meant that the concert began 10 minutes late, but the only disappointment for the evening was for latecomers wishing to buy tickets at the door. All the seats had been sold. Alison Cox, Purcell’s Head of Composition, introduced the programme for the evening, noting the multi-national origins of the 18 participating students, their achievements as National Youth Orchestra members and finalists in the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year competition. This music school is an international one, receiving government support, particularly for this tour when the students themselves gave musical help & encouragement to children at East Anglian schools. Melia Omeroglu from Turkey played the opening Chopin piano solo with emotion & emphasis, setting the high standard for the evening. Magic Flute arias were indeed magic with a National Youth Orchestra flautist & BBC woodwind finalist. Skilful interpretation of pieces for trumpet, cellos, violin & harp followed, winning ever increasing audience appreciation. Then before the interval and proving their versatility, five musicians played an arrangement, by trumpeter Tristan Button, of the Pink Panther theme, which swung along in the best jazz tradition. His arrangement had been composed to demonstrate instruments to younger children during the East Anglian workshop tour to primary and secondary schools. Summoned back from interval drinks by trumpet, the audience was treated to the second course of this musical feast. A Mozart rondo was followed by a smoky saxophone interpretation of numbers by Errol Garner & Stevie Wonder. A magnificent marimba inspired the audience to demand a hearing of the third spiral of Eric Sammut’s work. Next a cello duo & then a Debussy sonata gave a French flavour for the finale from Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, arranged for a small ensemble by Purcell’s Isa Khan, and scheduled to be performed at Sadler’s Wells the following week. This thrilling finale, with sixteen talented young musicians playing ten different types of instrument, was conducted by Quentin Poole, the school’s Director of Music. Surely every member of the audience that evening must hope that the Purcell School will accept the invitation to come back again to Bale next year. John Church
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28th August One of my dogs had a disaster almost two weeks ago; we were walking at Morston, near the Freshes, when a dark brindled dog initiated a fight with him and then got hold of his neck and wouldn’t let go. Sal screamed in fear and pain, and the dog’s jaws were unclamped by one of the lads in charge of the dog. which looked to me like a cross between a Staffordshire Bull Terrier and a whippet or greyhound. When I got home I discovered that more damage had been done than I had realised at the time, one big deep hole next to his shoulder, and a smaller one under his ear. So far the vet’s bill is £400 and Sal has a huge stitched wound after they cut out dead tissue on Tuesday. In terms of pain and stress and worry (not forgetting he is nearly twelve), this is bad enough, but the bill adds insult to injury. This August there have been a lot of dog biting dog incidents, and a spaniel died at the vet’s on Tuesday morning after being savaged by a greyhound on the beach the day before. I won’t be walking on the coast again with Sal until the holiday makers have gone home. Sal’s shoulder looks like the Sunday joint before its cooked. 31st August Today we are forecast thunderstorms later, but meanwhile the butterflies are busy on the buddleias in the sunshine. There are a good few small tortoiseshells. This is the first time I have seen them this summer, but they are supposed to be a very common garden butterfly. My garden is full of goldfinches too, chattering and whistling away in a delightful fashion in the sycamore trees. I can hear them in the pot workshop. I have had to stop feeding the birds as the greenfinches and chaffinches had begun to die from a parasitical infection called Trichomoniasis which lives in the upper digestive tract of the bird, and its actions progressively block the bird’s throat making it unable to swallow food, thus killing it by starvation. The RSPB says; “birds with the disease show signs of general illness, for example lethargy and fluffed-up plumage, but affected birds may also drool saliva, regurgitate food, have difficulty in swallowing or show laboured breathing. Finches are frequently seen to have matted wet plumage around the face and beak. In some cases, swelling of the neck may be visible from a distance. The Trichomonad parasite is vulnerable to drying out and cannot survive for long periods outside the host. Transmission of infection between birds happens when they feed one another with regurgitated food during the breeding season and through food or drinking water contaminated with recently regurgitated saliva, or possibly from droppings of an infected bird. Good hygiene practice, specifically the regular cleaning of all feeders, bird baths and feeding surfaces, is an essential part of looking after garden birds and will help to lower the risk to birds of diseases, including Trichomoniasis. If Trichomoniasis is suspected, it is recommended to temporarily stop putting out food, except in tit feeders, and leave bird baths dry, for around two weeks, or until sick or dead birds are no longer found in the garden. This is in order to discourage birds from congregating together, which may increase the potential for disease spread between individuals. No effective treatment can be administered to birds in the wild, because it is impossible to ensure that the infected individuals receive an adequate dose and that healthy birds do not pick up the medicine. Jane Wheeler
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BINHAM PRIORY CONCERTS Thurs 2 Oct at 7.30 pm Trevor Pinnock, harpsichord Music by Purcell, Haydn and Handel
Sat 11 Oct at 7.30 pm John Coulton, trumpet David Dunnett, organ Music by Bach, Albinoni, Jean-Michel Hildegard von Bingen, James Burke
Sun 9 Nov at 7.00 pm Gresham’s Choir and Orchestra Requiems by Fauré and Mozart Retiring collection. Tickets from Maureen Frost, 01328 830362, email@example.com
GRAND CHRISTMAS BAZAAR Sat 15 Nov 10.00am to 2.30pm
Binham Village Hall YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS THIS ONE! Buy your presents early – so many good bargains Gifts 2nd Hand Book Stall Christmas tree tombola Name and win the animals Beautiful hand made wreathes Cards Gift Tags Craft Stall Spirit and Wine 20 minute Raffles Christmas Cake Raffle Quilt Hangings Presents for Men Baby and Children Stall Home made cakes, sweets and preserves Garden Stall Refreshments Soup and roll lunch For more information call Brenda Wilde at 01328 830525
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The conservation work on the precinct wall is on track to be finished in the autumn. The final activity by the contractor will be the surfacing of the roadway through the Gatehouse. The new-build work in the north aisle and the re-grading of the path is progressing but at a slower rate than programmed due to a variety of factors: the unexpected difficulties of the archaeological excavations, the need for a new electricity supply cable with attendant complications of detailed planning of activities in a confined work area and availability of appropriate resources. However substantial completion by the end of the year is still anticipated. The removal of the scaffolding from the exterior of the entrance tower will enable the fine quality of the stone and flint work to be seen. The pressure on the budget has been eased by the recent confirmation of a grant from English Heritage toward the consolidation work of the medieval exterior features of the north aisle. The work included for areas outside the initial scope of the project will ensure the appearance of all the north side of the church is of a uniformly high standard. The momentum of the intellectual access scope of the project is accelerating, with the brass rubbing plates installed in the children’s area, the information packs for schools visits ready for testing with groups of children, the selection of artefacts for the display areas and the preparation of a particularly informative web site. The innovation of offering guided tours this year has been a success with many individual visitors, and six pre-arranged groups, being welcomed, all expressing appreciation of the opportunity to know a lot more about the history, architecture and the daily life of a medieval priory and its relevance to the use of the church today. We now have an added incentive to complete the project as the Bishop of Norwich has agreed to come next year on Sunday 17th May to lead a morning service of thanksgiving to be followed by a reception. More details will be given nearer the time but please put the date in your 2009 diary. Pauline Scott and David Frost
Aged 24 September 1844 5th George and I went to Melton to play a match. We had a horrid eleven but good fun altogether. 10th Called on Mr Massingham who is very pleasant. Edward and I and Mr Massingham got 2 brace of birds, a brace of pheasants and a hare. 16th We had some courses today. Tried my bitch pup who can go! Mrs Metcalfe and her daughter came to dinner. 17th Mrs Metcalfe left. Miss Metcalfe is to stay on a few days! 19th Joined Sally and Miss Metcalfe and went down to the seashore at Holkham. Very pleasant. 27th Finished harvest except for a few rakings having been 8 weeks at it. Found Old Spot dead in his kennel. October 1st We had a regular battle in our little woods. Mr Clarke, Mr Methold, the Gov., George and I making the guns. Killed near 70 head. 4th This was the day of the sale of sheep, the Governor giving £11 for a lamb. 11th Sprained my knee so although there was a sacrament today I did not go to church. Sent my accustomed alms. 19th Cal and I went down to marsh to examine the old crones. He hangs them to weigh an average 18 lbs per quarter. 24th The Gov went to marsh and sold 30 crones to Mrs Lane at 28/0 then attended the railway meeting at Wells. 29th This was a good day’s sport. We killed 120 head of game, I managed 34 of them. Richard and Norah Lewis
OPEN CIRCLE The Binham & Hindringham's Women's Club will hold its Harvest Supper on Thursday, October 16, always a good evening. And at the November 20 meeting Michelle Harrison will explain and demonstrate the healing power of crystals. We meet at 7.15 on the third Thursday of every month at Hindringham Village Hall. New members are always welcome. Just come along or ring secretary Fiona Thompson on 830639.
PRIORY TEAS Marie and Jack Grange would like to thank everyone who helped with the teas this summer. Despite the hazards of the path due to the building work, we still made the excellent amount of £196. Congratulations to all.
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PARISH COUNCIL Unitary Government (again!)
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I make no apology for another piece on the reorganisation of Norfolk Local Government, because to those of us involved in it, it will bring major changes. Hopefully, when it comes to paying Council Tax, and receiving services, everyone else will not notice very much.
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There have been two previous major upheavals. In the late nineteenth century, first County Councils were instigated in 1889, and then five years later civil Parishes became independent from the Church of England. At the same time Urban District Councils (one single Parish) and Rural District Councils (a collection of local Parishes) were set up. This system worked well for the next eighty years. However, on the first of April 1974 the old UDCs and RDCs were abolished and their place taken by the new District and Borough Councils. It was thought at the time that the Districts would bring greater efficiency and cost saving, but this is now being brought into question. The problem is, that when the District Councils were set up, they had all the powers that the Parishes had previously exercised (as well as those of the RDCs and UDCs). It is now thought that Districts are too large to be local, and too small to be efficient.
(Sail Training) This registered charity, conceived at Binham in the 1970s and born at the 1980 Holkham Country Fair, has helped well over 3,500 young Norfolk people to afford to have the character building experience of a voyage in various sea going sailing ships. The money raised at country Fairs at Holkham and other stately homes and augmented by public subscription has been carefully invested to allow the Norfolk Boat to provide sponsorship for young people who would have otherwise been unable to afford the trip. Each young person is expected to raise a certain amount for himself or herself. Inevitably the funds are depleted by this sponsorship, so this charity is now asking for financial support from all over Norfolk by inviting people to become “Friends of The Norfolk Boat” and make a small annual subscription. As an example of what this scheme can do, here is a quote from a letter received from a youth worker who took a party on one of Norfolk Boat’s voyages: “The trip went way beyond a holiday. It was truly an awakening for some, a defining moment for others and simply the best time of their lives for the rest. Two boys who were school “refusers” are now back in school. One young man has gained in confidence so much that he has gone from being extremely timid to performing in the school play. One girl has a changed attitude towards others immeasurably since working in close proximity with members of the group, who before she would have abused. Well, none of this would have been possible without the support of the Norfolk Boat.” Anyone interested in the Norfolk Boat should write to: Norfolk Boat, Ballyduff, Field Dalling, Holt. NR25 7LQ Andrew Cuthbert
So how will Norfolk look under a new Unitary system? The details are still in the melting pot, but it looks as if one authority will handle all the major services, (just as Norfolk County Council handles most of the major services at present) and will also take over the more complicated work that the Districts currently handle, such as environmental health, refuse collection, and planning. However, a lot of the minor services, such as parks and recreation, footpath cleaning and maintenance, the making of local byelaws and the provision of public conveniences and off-street car parking will revert to those Parishes that want to take them back. Strangely, there is mixed opinion over this issue. Some Parishes feel that they want as little as possible to do, and in this case the Unitary (or maybe a neighbouring Parish) will undertake the work on their behalf. Some Parishes however, (particularly those that have striven to obtain “Quality Status”) will be very happy to take back the powers that they lost in 1974. Another animal may also emerge – the Parish cluster, where Parishes (whilst remaining independent) group together to offer certain services to their local residents, which would not be possible to organise on a Parish basis. Such things as grounds and verge maintenance spring to mind.
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So when will we know? The Boundary Committee has to make its final recommendations to Government by Christmas, and they then have until the end of January to decide what will happen. So there is not long to wait! Keith Leesmith - Parish Clerk 01328 710261 firstname.lastname@example.org
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THE BINHAM DIG Plans are afoot for an archaeological dig in our own backyard under the auspices of the BLHG. In due course we will be approaching existing members of the Group to ascertain the commitment that they are prepared to make. If you would like to be involved yourself, or know someone who would like to be involved, would you please contact Alan Eagle at 01328 830031, or email@example.com. We would especially like to involve the younger members of the community.
BLAKENEY PRE-SCHOOL In the Village Hall Pre-School Monday to Friday inc. 9.30 - 12.45 pm New: 2 yrs and over, unaccompanied - £5.00 (Children in nappies now taken)
Toddlers Monday & Tuesday, 9.30 - 11.30 (combined with Pre-School) 0-2 yrs - £1.50 per family
For further details contact Marny (Supervisor) on 01263 740925
MRS BURTON’S STREET FAIR BINHAM GUILD OF ARTISTS
After a gap of three years, this Fair was held in Front Street, Binham on August Bank Holiday Saturday. Mrs Burton’s Street Fair has been a feature of summer events in Binham for many years, but due to Dorothy’s failing eyesight the Fair this year has had to be the last one. Over the years many people have donated with great generosity to the success of this event. This year over £450 has been raised and donated to Wells Health Centre and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Roger and Sue Newman
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 July Martin Kinnear showed us his individual and exciting use of oils by painting an impressive landscape. In August Brenda Dawkin gave a practical demonstration of a sensitive use of pastel and in September Lionel Wilde showed us his technique with acrylics, inspiring us by his enthusiasm. The Guild’s Annual Exhibition took place in July and was a varied and interesting show. We were able to contribute £584 to the Memorial Hall’s Funds. For further information contact James Bucknill at 01328 830651
QUIZ NIGHT Quiz Nights begin again at The Chequers, thanks to Steve and Alex. As usual it will be on the first Monday in the month – so we hope to see you on Monday 6th October and Monday 3rd November. You don’t need to be part of a team – just come along at 6.30 if you’re going to have a meal or at 7.30 for a drink and the Quiz.
BINGO NIGHT Fri 17 Oct 7:30 pm To be held at the Binham Village Hall. Doors open at 7:00pm and eyes down at 7:30pm. Please come to support the village, bring your friends and have fun. Proceeds will be in aid of the Village Christmas Lights.
COCKTHORPE News Contact: Ann Massingham
LOCAL HISTORY GROUP
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Thursday 25th October Neil Storey: Norfolk in the First World War.
INTERIOR & EXTERIOR
Friday 21st November
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Prof Hassell Smith: The Bacons of Stiffkey & the Mans of Binham: “master and man” or “man and master”?
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Bishop Peter Fox: New Guinea to Darkest Norfolk All meetings at 7.30 p.m. in the Binham Village Hall. Refreshments available.
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Sun 12 Oct at 11am For Field Dalling and Saxlingham this takes place on Sunday 12 October at 11 am in St Andrew’s Church, Field Dalling. Please will children bring vegetables and fruits to carry to the altar during the service. The produce will be given to Glaven Caring for catering at their Day Centre in Blakeney.
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VILLAGE FINGER POSTS Norfolk County Council recently replaced the finger post at our T-junction. The new one looks smart, albeit with a smaller roundel than its predecessor. A similar one has been installed in Bale, but the original one in Saxlingham is still in place, its post repainted. If you study Saxlingham’s finger post you will see the large roundel and the toothed rings to which are bolted the direction fingers, enabling them to be pointed in any direction. The old posts certainly are sturdy; it took in the end four men and two vans to uproot the one in Field Dalling. No doubt the County Council can explain why it was cheaper to replace rather than to repair, but in the process we have lost village history. Our post could have been refurbished with a coat of paint and three new wooden fingers - even the raised letters of two of the old ones were removable - and there are several people in Field Dalling who would have made an excellent job of this, at very little cost, given the opportunity. I persuaded the workmen to leave the old fingerpost behind, and now it needs a good home in the village—perhaps on one of our public spaces or in someone’s garden. Ideas to me, please, on 01328 830546. I am now concerned that BT will remove the telephone box without notice sometime soon, so please keep your eyes open for this and think where that could begin a new life, too. Margaret Smith
ST ANDREWS DAY Sun 30 Nov at 10:30am Sunday 30 November is both St Andrew’s Day and the First Sunday of Advent. Field Dalling will host the Group Holy Communion Service led by our Rector at 10:30 to mark both events. We are delighted that the Cantalina Choir will sing at the service. Refreshments will follow, and we look forward to welcoming you.
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY Sun 9 Nov at 10:50am The joint service for Field Dalling and Saxlingham starts at 10:50 am (note the time) in St Andrew’s Church, Field Dalling. Scouts and other civic groups are most welcome and should dress in uniform. After the service we will place poppies on the two war graves in the churchyard. If you have a relative buried at St Andrew’s who fought in the war, and would like a poppy to be placed on the grave, please let the Churchwarden know (Margaret Smith 01328 830546), as we need your permission to do this. Better still, perhaps you will come to the service and place the poppy there with us?
BOOKS! BOOKS! BOOKS! St Andrew’s Church invites you inside to browse the large number of novels and non-fiction books for sale there, most of them kindly handed on from the Fete bookstall. We are always interested in more books, so please leave any you can spare under the bookshelf. The proceeds of sale will benefit St Andrew’s.
CHURCHYARD CLEARUP With a Difference The next churchyard clear-up at St Andrew’s will be on Saturday 1 November from 10 to 12. We will tidy the churchyard generally and work further on the area we are clearing at the western end of the new churchyard. Refreshments and leadership will be provided. Did you know that families (not the church) are responsible for the safety and upkeep of the grave of a family member buried in the churchyard? We invite you to come on 1 November to work on your family grave and perhaps lend a hand generally. We would like to meet you and discuss your comments on the churchyard and its development. If you can’t come, will you sponsor a volunteer at £5 per hour? For more details about this and the work party generally please ring David Peachey on 01328 830059.
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TUDOR COTTAGE When looking around the village at its cottages, one quickly gets used to their style of construction, so when noticing Tudor Cottage at 32 Langham Road, just to the south of the T-junction, it is obvious that this is an unusual building. The house is one-and-a-half storeys high, built of flint with brick dressings, and has a pitched pantile roof with dormer windows. The side facing the Langham Road is the most unusual in that it has two windows with triangular moulded brick pediments above them. The brick porch is small and sometimes thought to be a Jacobean addition, but on careful examination, it looks original and once had a pedimented gable similar to the two windows. Beside the porch is a small window with hood-moulded brickwork, which lets light onto the stairs. The rear is much plainer. It has only two windows, both later, and one dormer. The south gable has small hoodmoulded windows at first floor level either side of the chimney stack, which is unusual, and serves only the first floor fireplace. The semi-detached cottage on the north side is of twentieth century construction, brick and flint. However, on the 1840 tithe map, another building occupies this area; possibly a small barn, as otherwise, Tudor Cottage would lack the outbuildings necessary for living in the country. The only other outbuilding is a small brick lean-to structure on the south wall, containing a coal-shed and a privy. The interior is also well preserved, with a screens passage dividing the main room, which was called the hall, from the service rooms. The hall has a fireplace, but the service rooms were kept cool for storage purposes. Additional fireplaces and chimneys have been added over time and probably there was once a bread oven beside the main fireplace. Sometime in the eighteenth century, the thatched roof would have been replaced by the present tiles, and the gables lowered. The gable to the south is plastered and the rafters lime-washed, which suggests that the attic space was used. There are two puzzles. The property is thought to have been built in around 1620 and has been called both Tudor House and Tudor Cottage. But the Tudor monarchy ended in 1603, with the death of Queen Elizabeth I. Also, it is well built and has a rather elaborate exterior for such a small cottage; better suited to a mansion than a cottage. Perhaps it was the original vicarage? It is just across from St Andrew’s Church and both pre-date The Old Vicarage adjoining the cottage. Tudor Cottage has been preserved from inappropriate alterations and extensions over the years, having been in the ownership of the Norfolk Archaeological Trust since the 1930s, and listed Grade II. It is the subject of a detailed historical survey by Norfolk County Council, and is also referred to in Pevesner’s The Buildings of England, and the Norfolk Landscape Archaeology Report, part of the Historic Environment Record held by the Museum Service. These have been used as sources for this article. Eric Hotblack
THE SUMMER FETE What awful weather on 9 August! Although strong wind and driving rain threatened to undo months of hard work and planning, the Ugly Dog Skiffle Combo saved the day with foot-tapping music. Inside the Village Hall, spirits remained high. Thank you to everyone who turned out despite the rain to support the fete. Takings were somewhat down on 2007, but even so, our St Andrew’s Church, St Margaret’s Church Saxlingham and the Village Hall shared by our two villages benefitted by nearly £650 each. New and successful ventures this year were a Smash the China stall and a Pimms Tent. Next year we will focus on more convenient parking. Sue Findlater has retired after several years as an excellent chairman of the Fete Committee, so we need a volunteer for next year to carry on her good work…
AUTUMN EVENING MUSIC Sat 11 Oct at 7pm At 7 pm on Saturday evening 11th October the musicians of Gresham’s Prep School will give a concert in St Andrew’s Church, under the direction of Nathan Waring. The church will be decorated for Harvest and entrance is free. There will be a retiring collection in support of St Andrew’s Church and the school’s tour of Malta in 2009. Nathan Waring is beginning his third term as Director of Music at the prep school and you will be impressed by the standard of the pupils’ performances.
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RIDE-ON MOWER NEEDED St Andrew’s Church needs a ride-on mower, preferably one with a grass collector. Do you have you one that needs a new home? Please ring David Peachey on 01328 830059 to discuss further.
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CHURCH NEWS Open letter from the PCC and Churchwarden of St Mary’s We would like to thank the village, and Sue Traverso and the Fete Committee, far their hard work organising and then running the 2008 village Fete. Also Jeremy and Marie Denholm for once again allowing their gardens to be used; it was a splendid event and hugely enjoyed by everyone. We would also of course like to thank all those generous friends and visitors for coming along and spending so much of their money with us. Half the proceeds of the Fete is given to the Church each year, and this year the money will go straight into a Church Restoration Account as a contribution towards restoring the Church Tower. We heard from English Heritage on 28 August that our application has been "recommended for further detailed consideration... although...this does not mean that a grant is guaranteed". This is a very encouraging response. We were warned that it is their policy to look more favourably at grant applications if a village can raise some money itself. So all the efforts being made to support fund raising will hopefully not be in vain. It would seem appropriate to take the opportunity now also to thank the Friends of Gunthorpe Church and the 50:50 Club for their continuous work raising money for the restoration and repairs of the church. We are so grateful. Thank you once again to everyone. Virginia Worsley and Fred Morley
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PARISH PLAN Led by members of the Gunthorpe and Bale Parish Council, work on the Parish Plan for the two villages is proceeding apace. The first “pump priming” grant application, supported by the Norfolk Rural Community Council has now been submitted for an ITV Community Planning Grant and other sources of funding to cover the remaining expenses have been identified and are being pursued. Assuming that the finances will be in place, the current plan for actioning the Plan with the residents of the villages is: To complete the questionnaires for both adults and young people by the end of October 2008. To distribute copies to the 200 or so households by the end of November 2008. To collect and analyse the information by the end of December 2008. To hold two subsequent events (open meetings or workshops) by March 2009. To draft and print the Plan by the end of May 2009. To hold a launch event by the end of June 2009. The next Parish Plan meeting will be held in Bale Village Hall at 7:30pm on 6 October.
HARVEST SUPPER This year’s Harvest supper, organised by the Friends of St Mary’s, will take place in the Village Institute on Saturday 1 November commencing at 7.00pm. Please call Marie, Jeremy, Rod or Sue at Gunthorpe Hall (01263 861373) to book your places – payment will be collected on the night. Reservations are essential - please book early as places are limited. The cost will be £5.00 for adults and £4.00 for children aged 12 and under. Infants under 5 are free. Wine and soft drinks will be available.
FRIENDS AGM The 2008 Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Gunthorpe Parish Church, chaired by Jeremy Denholm, took place on 15 July with some 30+ members present. As usual it was followed by a most enjoyable fish and chip supper. The main business was to elect/re-elect the Committee members, to accept the Chairman’s report on the year’s activities and accept the accounts. There was also a briefing on the status of the grant application to English Heritage, with particular thanks being expressed to Alan Suckling, Dan and Virginia Worsley and Seana Broom for all the work they had done to prepare for and submit the application. In presenting the accounts the Treasurer, Seana Broom, noted that in 2007/2008 the excess of income over expenditure had increased by some £4,000 giving total assets, including the endowment fund reserve, of over £32,000. The “Friends” now have almost 90 paid up members but they need as many villagers and other friends to join them. If you would like to join this very worthwhile cause which only costs £5.00 for annual membership please contact either Jeremy or Marie Denholm, Seana Broom or Diane Blakeley.
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FRED’S GARDENING DIARY Notes for October and November Flower Garden Plant Daffodils, Narcissus, Crocus and Tulip bulbs in well drained soil. Crocus bulbs should be planted about 3 inches (7-8cm) deep with Daffodils and Tulips 5-6 inches (13-15cm) deep. If you have clumps of Daffodils which are over-crowded they can be dug up and replanted in small groups. The smallest bulb will not flower in the first year, but it will grow and flower in future years. They do best where they are not disturbed by digging but keep them weeded by hand or shallow hoeing. Wallflowers can be planted on October but they will benefit from a dressing of lime forked in before planting. Herbaceous plants can be cut down now and split up to provide more plants if they have become too big. Use the new growths on the outside of each clump and discard the old growth in the middle. Summer flowering shrubs can be trimmed now to keep them in good shape. Tea Roses can be pruned now to stop wind rock during the winter. Cut down to an outside bud about 12 to 15 inches (30-40 cm) from the ground and remove any damaged parts completely. Roses will benefit from a layer of compost spread round each bush. Prune Floribundas by just removing weak branches and any damaged wood and dead heads. Vegetable Garden As you clear this year’s crops dig over the soil adding any compost you have made or farm yard manure, ready for next year’s crops. You can sow onion sets in October for an early crop, which you can start using in May. Also round seeded peas can be sown now. Broad beans can be sown in November on most soils, but not if the soil gets water-logged during winter. Plant the seeds about 4 inches (10cm) to get a good root system. They may take 4-6 weeks to come up depending on the weather, but they will crop 2-3 weeks before Spring sown beans. Prune Gooseberry and Red or White Currants now, cutting out any damaged wood and thinning other growth to leave bushes with an open middle to make picking fruit easy and to help in avoiding mildew. Rake out all dead growth from your strawberry bed and take some of the best runners to plant. The best way is to have 3 rows so you plant the new runners and discard the oldest row every year. Dig out the deep rooted weeds while strawberry plants are dormant. New fruit trees and bushes can be planted in November. Fred Morley
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FRIENDS BARBEQUE Although hosts Jeremy and Marie Denholm were “detained” by business in the USA and could not be present themselves they kindly provided all of their usual support, and the Friends of Gunthorpe Parish Church held a most enjoyable barbecue at Gunthorpe Hall on 27 July. Thanks to the outstanding generosity of the Denholms and the “Herculean” labours of the entire Hall staff led by Hall Managers Rod and Sue (with also a special mention for Chef Sally) this now annual event again raised nearly £800.00 for the Friends even though the number of village attendees was less than usual. We very much enjoyed the company of some 30 Hall guests from Sheffield who were using the Hall to stage a family 70th birthday party that weekend – they contributed greatly to the success of the evening, and we think that they enjoyed the occasion as much as the “locals”. As always the food and company were superb and for once the rain decided not to come at all and the temperature did not require the donning of cardigans and sweaters as the evening progressed.
WELCOME We warmly welcome Eric and Julia Izzard who are moving into Tansy Cottage, which, subject to Local Authority approval, will revert to its original name of Pheasant Cottage. Eric was the Managing Director of a company in Suffolk and both he and Julia are retired. They had originally planned to settle in New Zealand where their two sons are living in the Auckland area, one as a surgeon and the other with his own design company. However, after a few years “down under” the pull of England proved to be the winner, and New Zealand’s loss is Gunthorpe’s gain.
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Thanks again to the generosity of Jeremy and Marie Denholm in allowing the village the use of the superb facilities of Gunthorpe Hall, and the hard work of them, even in absentia, the Hall staff led by Rod and Sue, the Fete Committee and many of the villagers, the attraction of the Gunthorpe Hall Fete was once more demonstrated on 27 July, with large crowds taking advantage of one of few real Summer days so far to visit the Hall and its beautiful gardens and to contribute to a very successful day. We were particularly gratified with the support provided by so many visitors especially given the “pull” of the Langham Street Fair the day before and the “temptations” provided by North Norfolk’s beaches on such a nice day. As usual we welcomed many visitors who came not just from the surrounding villages but from all over the county and indeed country. Congratulations and thanks are due to all involved, especially the Fete Committee led by Sue Traverso and Dan Worsley, for what was once again an outstanding and thoroughly enjoyable day. Thanks also to the local businesses and the many villagers who contributed prizes and sale items for many of the stalls as well as giving freely of their time to help run them. Gross income exceeded £4,400 and, despite higher expenses, the net income, distributed equally between St Mary’s Church Restoration Fund and Gunthorpe Village Institute, was some £3635.00 – only slightly down on the records set by the previous two years. A further very generous post-Fete donation has increased this sum by £50.00.
News Contact: Ann Sherriff 01328 830605 HARVEST THANKSGIVING SERVICE Watch out for posters for date of and time of service and details of Harvest Supper.
REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE Sun 9 Nov at 10:50 am This will be the only service in Langham on this day.
ALL SOULS DAY SERVICE Sun 2 Nov at 4 pm A service for commemoration in Langham Church followed by tea and cakes in church. All are very welcome. On that day there will also be the usual Holy Communion service at 9.30 am.
LADYBIRDS A very sincere thank you to everybody who baked for the cake stall at the Street Fayre. Are you missing a small tray? Some biscuits were left for me to sell on a very nice small tray. We sold the biscuits but I still have the tray. If it is yours please telephone me 01328 830731. Our August meeting was very well attended when Ken Bartlett gave us an insight into Calligraphy and a demonstration. It was fascinating and everybody really enjoyed the whole evening. Ken’s expertise and enthusiasm is one hundred percent. He has so much talent.
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING The next meeting of the Gunthorpe and Bale Parish Council will be held on 6 November at 7:30pm in the Gunthorpe Institute. This is a public meeting and all are welcome to attend.
October Meeting Wed 8 Oct at 7:30pm The October meeting will be a talk by Christine Adams on ‘Rebuilding Auntie May’s House’. It will be an open meeting so come along to the Parish Room. Everybody is welcome. I have done this job for over six years and feel that it needs new blood and am looking for a volunteer to come forward. Of course I will help in any way I can but would not interfere I promise. This meeting in October will be my last so please give me a call and say you would be pleased to take over. Maureen 830371
FOGPC July Faith Bennell Steve Fisher Michael Bunting John Rush Brian Churchill C Alexander
50/50 Club Results August £20.00 £15.00 £ 5.00 £ 5.00 £ 5.00 £ 5.00
Marcus Balwin £20.00 “Trouble” Worsley £15.00 John Carter £ 5.00 Helen Clare £ 5.00 Martin Swindells £ 5.00 Russell Hardy £ 5.00 David Aitman £ 5.00 July was the first draw for the current year (actually 11 months to May 2009 to align the Club and Friends accounting years) and we started the year with a very “healthy” 124 members, which has allowed us to increase the monthly prize money – so many thanks to all who continue to support this very worthwhile cause and who have renewed their subscriptions or joined for the first time. If you 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.
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LANGHAM STREET FAYRE 2008
The Langham Street Fayre is an event that includes not only the concert and the day of the Fayre, but also in the week before, bingo and quiz nights. These are open to all and both had lots of prizes to be won, and, in the case of the quiz night an inter village challenge trophy, which this year went to Stibbard. The purpose of holding the Fayre is for two very different but important aspects of our village life. Firstly, to raise money for our Church, Playing Field and Parish Room for their maintenance and improvements plus other Langham amenities. Secondly, to provide entertainment for villagers and visitors alike. These two aspects when brought together, help maintain the community spirit in Langham, making it the enjoyable place to live that it is. This year the Fayre raised over £10,000 after expenses, and all this has all been distributed within the village to the following, as agreed by the Langham Street Fayre Committee: Parish Room £2,500 Church Building Trust £2,000 Playing Field £2,000 Allotment Society £1,250 School £600 Friends of Langham £500 Local Lynx £150 Carried over for next Fayre - £1,264 So, I would like to thank all those who came and supported our 2008 Fayre. I really hope you enjoyed yourselves, were able meet up with old friends for a chat and put the world to rights, but also to make some new friends as well. Nearer home, I would most sincerely thank all the people of Langham, without whose help, support and understanding the event could not happen. I realise there is always disruption on Fayre Day, cars have to be parked away from people’s homes, usual roads in and out of the village are either closed or one way, and of course the huge increase in traffic that is generated, is in itself an inconvenience; so for putting up with all that I am most grateful. Finally my undying thanks to my colleagues on the Street Fayre Committee, who, through their unstinting hard work over many months put the whole event together, and who on the day of the Fayre itself ensured everything worked so smoothly. John Hope. Chairman Langham Street Fayre 2008
Well the Weather Fairy was kind to us again this year, as the last Saturday in July was hot and sunny for Langham’s biennial Street Fayre. At 06.30 all those involved in setting up the Fayre were on hand to close off Holt Road from the Church to the Blakeney Road, ready for the craft and food stalls to arrive and set up camp right through the middle of the village. This year we had over 100 stalls with some coming from as far away as Kent, proving just how well known the Fayre has become, not only as an attraction for visitors, but also for stall holders themselves to have a good day out and earn a little money into the bargain. There was a great variety of stalls, including ones for rescued greyhounds, Indian food, fresh pressed lemon drinks (a popular stall in all the heat), Balinese Kites, paintings, jewellery, ceramics, the list just goes on and on, ensuring huge interest for our visitors so that they could spend many happy hours wandering up and down the street, seeing what each stall had to offer. To make things just that little bit easier, this time we spaced the stalls out more, and in some places the street had them on only one side so as to give people more space to walk. To do this we then had stalls down Hollow Lane, just off Holt Road. When visitors got hot and in need of refreshment, the ‘Bluebell’ was close by and open all day, and there were also, and for the first time, a real mix of eating alternatives on the street, from pancakes to seafood salad, lamb baps to hot dogs, and of course tea & cakes served by our own ladies of the village in the Parish Room. Again for the first time we had a number of speciality food stalls, with things like local sausages, smoked fish, and Greek salads, so people were able to take away some very tasty items for eating later on. No Street Fayre would of course be complete without the entertainment, and right from the evening concert held the week before, when we had a very professional Gypsy Jazz trio, and a wonderful Storyteller to bring something unusual for our enjoyment, the 2008 Fayre had a good start. The Church, where the Concert was held, was filled to overflowing, and we were very fortunate to have Langham’s very own singer Linda Bryan-Phelps to add incredible colour to the musical finale. On Street Fayre day, the opening was by a resplendent Town Crier, and the entertainment came from ‘Matthews Norfolk Brass’ a really professional band playing on the village green, as well as a folk duo and a keyboard instrumentalist. For the children, there were games for them to play, a bouncy castle, a terrific puppet show and a man who had the children enthralled for hours making wonderful animals with balloons. For everyone there was a magician & escapologist, who kept us guessing how it was all done, and a wonderfully colourful stilt walker, who amazed and delighted everyone who saw him. During the Day we held a Grand Raffle, which had truly great prizes, from an original painting to 250 litres of heating oil, with the winning numbers being drawn at the close of the Fayre itself. In the evening, there was a hog roast and dancing in the street outside the ‘Bluebell’ (as Holt Road remained closed until 23.00), providing an excellent way for everyone to relax, after a long but hopefully enjoyable day.
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Coffee Morning dates Oct 4 & 15 and Nov 1 & 19 Do come along to these informal gatherings, from 10am to 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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Entry fee: £3.00 adults, £2.00 concessions.
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LANGHAM CAR SERVICE Rate 20p per mile Schedule to Nov 30 Week beginning: Sep 22 Tel 830847 Sep 29 Tel 830605 Oct 6 Tel 830056 Oct 13 Tel 830537* Oct 20 Tel 830097 Oct 27 Tel 830036 Nov 3 Tel 830537* Nov 10 Tel 830821 Nov 17 Tel 830731 Nov 24 Tel 830731 * These drivers do not go to Norwich. 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
“Don’t know about you, but I think it’s brighter this morning!” THE STALL ON THE GREEN This opened for business again on four occasions in August and remarkably in that fairly dismal month was NOT rained off or blown away. Our grand total was £470 for the Langham Church General Fund. Once again may I thank most sincerely all those who contributed so generously their produce and their time and also those who came along to buy: You were all very generous! Jan Hope
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REGATTA RESULTS Norfolk Oyster World Championships held on Sat 26 July
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Tel. 01328 830334 CHRISTMAS FAIR Sat 22 Nov 10am to 12 noon Do come along to the Parish Room and have what we hope will be another enjoyable morning. Net proceeds will be for the Langham Church General Fund.
Best Dressed Boat: “Avocet” (Bertie Archer). Harmony Plate: Tie between Charlie & Sue Martineau in “Calypso” and Maurice & Sue Matthews in “Sharpen Up”. It was decided that the Martineaus would have the Plate for the first six months and then send it to the Matthews for the second six months.
KEEP FIT Mondays at 10am 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 from 10am to 11.30am. Ring me if you need any further information. Sue Hughes 01328 830595
1st Junior Helm: Bertie Archer in “Avocet”. The Middle of the Fleet: Mike Chamberlin in “Mermaid”.
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Oldest Helm: Derrick Moore in “Windsong”. Next year is the 20th Anniversary Regatta, so any ideas for the event would be welcome. We hope to make it a fun-filled weekend spanning two days. The date will be posted in the spring. Neil Thompson
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MORSTON REGATTA Sat 23 Aug Morston Parish Council Trophy - 1st Boat across the Line: E. Sidgwick (“Laser 172847”). Morston Regatta Cup - 1st Fast Class Boat: J. Myers (“Seafly 644”). Athill Trophy - 1st Pleasure Boat: D. Woodcock (“B.O.D.”). John Bean's Trophy - 1st Under-16 Young Helm: K.Dabson (“Topper 42856”). Carter Cup - 1st Single-hander: D. Brief (“Laser 128899”). Major P Hamond Trophy - 1st Morston Resident: P. Lobban (“Sloopy”). Hassal Trophy - Overall Winner of Cockles, Oysters & Urchins: Mr. Sankey (Oyster “Heron”). Muck Boat Cup - 1st Crab Boat: Mr. Condon (“Mallard”) Ward Cup - Best Presented Boat. Not awarded. Wilson Challenge Cup - 1st Slow Class Boat: M. Ambury (“Graduate 2361”). - Charlie Ward.
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this time the searchlights were on, to assist us in our search for survivors. Few quests have been more hopeless. The first man we picked up from the floating debris was black with fuel oil. We got him aboard and tried artificial respiration. We intended to ease his tongue forward, but imagine our surprise when it came right out of his mouth, completely detached at the roots. If the shockwaves of the explosions had torn his tongue out by the roots, he could not possibly have survived such a terrific concussion. …continued in ‘Sinking of HMS Vanguard 1917’
DEATH OF MORSTON’S ALEC GRAY AT SCAPA FLOW, 1917 With many thanks to John Wise for finding the “witness’s account” At Scapa Flow in the Orkneys, just before midnight on 9th July 1917, the day of the 4th Battle Squadron’s intersquadron regatta, the 19,560 ton battleship ‘Vanguard’ (complement 758!) - according to Wikipedia “suffered an explosion, probably caused by an unnoticed stokehold fire heating cordite stored against an adjacent bulkhead in one of the two magazines amidships. She sank almost instantly, killing 843 men; there were only two survivors. Ldg Seaman Alec Gray, RN, 16, late of the Morston Coastguard (whose father pre-1914 ran Morston’s “Townshend Arms” and then “The Bale Oak” until that very year), was aboard. Our anonymous witness, who was a diver - a former shipwright - aboard HMS Cambrian, a sister ship, witnessed events (slightly abridged here) as under: “The “Cambrian” was lying off Flota Island in Scapa Flow, not far from the 4th Battle Squadron: ‘Temeraire’, ‘Collingwood’, ‘Bellerophon’ and ‘Vanguard’. It was past 11 o’clock and all deadlights had been put down over the portholes, although there were some lights still on. Except for the duty watches, everyone was asleep or trying to get to sleep on that very hot night. I was asleep in my hammock alongside the inner skin of the ship. Suddenly I was awakened by the loudest explosion I have ever heard in all my life. I felt as though someone had let off a banger right inside my head. The force of the explosion blew the heavy deadlight up so that it crashed against the deck above and then crashed back again. In the one second that the porthole was uncovered I saw five more explosions and a second or so later I heard and felt stunning, wit-shaking concentrations of sound that left us dazed. By this time there was a rattle of falling debris on the deck above us. “General Quarters” sounded almost at once. At first we thought that the Zeppelins had caught the 4th Battle Squadron napping, but we could hear no sound of engines, and looking out of the portholes we could see no searchlights pencilling the sky. Then the buzz went round that the explosions were under the water and we thought that German submarines had penetrated the defences of Scapa Flow. Lord Jellicoe had earlier thought Scapa Flow unsafe and had based the fleet in Lough Swilly until Scapa Flow’s defence could be improved. (Another 22 years passed before U-boat Commander Prien penetrated those defences). Half-dressed most of us, we rushed up on deck and started lowering the boats. Whatever the cause of the explosions there would be survivors to be picked up. “By God”, went up a shocked cry from the port side of the ship, “ ‘Vanguard’ has disappeared!” It seemed incredible that a great battleship, no matter how heavily attacked, could vanish off the face of the waters in a few seconds, but there was the stark fact: there was a gap in the line of battleships where yesterday ‘Vanguard’ had floated at anchor. Our boat was holed - most of the “Cambrian’s” boats had been holed - by falling debris, but the damage was not serious. We plugged the hole and went on rowing. By
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CHRISTENING OF ARCHIE THOMPSON On Sunday 20th July the Revd Joanna Anderson christened the son of Chenda & Neil Thompson “Archie Walter”. All Saints’ Church was packed. After the Service a delicious “Baptismal Brunch” was held in the garden at Coastguard Cottages.
PCC STALLS On Saturday 24th August, the day of the Morston Regatta, the PCC Stalls on the Quay raised £782.90 for the Church Building & Repairs Fund: £500-19 on the Bottle Stall, £150.00 on the Bric-a-Brac, Cakes and Plants Stall, and £132.71 on the Books, DVDs, CDs & Audio-Cassettes Stall. The Secretary of the PCC, Mary Athill, would like to thank all those who presented things to sell and all who helped sell them.
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Sun 12th October Our joint Harvest Festival Service will take place in Field Dalling Church at 11am. Please put it in your diary now!
With a successful Garden Fete behind us, we are now looking forward to our next big fund-raising event - the Sharrington Lecture. But firstly, may I thank everyone involved in the planning, staffing and clearing up of the Fete, and of course the many friends and neighbours who came to Church Farmhouse back in July. Once again we enjoyed stalls and sideshows in Paul and Eunice Morgan’s beautiful garden and made a magnificent profit of £2027 – ten minutes of rain was a small price to pay considering the rest of the weather this “summer”. So, on to the Sharrington Lecture, once again to be chaired by the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt. Rev. Graham James. We are fortunate to have as our guest speaker Helen Boaden, Director of BBC News. Her subject is “News judgements: art or science?” and it promises to be a fascinating evening. The lecture takes place on Saturday 11th October at 6.30pm. Tickets are £10 each, to include a glass of wine and canapés, and are available from Anne Sloman, All Saints Cottage, Sharrington (cheques payable to Sharrington PCC). As far as the Church ceiling repairs are concerned, at the time of writing we have not yet had a close-up inspection of the problem area, but that should take place soon. In the meantime, we have applied for a grant to help to fund the project and await the outcome. Our Harvest Festival will be on Sunday 12th October at 5pm. This is a lovely service, lit by candles and decorated with the abundance of the harvest - everyone is most welcome. PEL
PATRONAL FESTIVAL On Sunday 20th July in the afternoon an excellent service was held in celebration of St. Margaret. The Revd. Joanna Anderson officiated, looking fully restored following her sabbatical on Iona. Several children took part, contributing words and music under the guidance of Sheila Harris. Afterwards everyone crossed the road to The Old Barn, to be welcomed by Sam Coates. Tea and cakes were consumed with the usual zeal.
NEW NOTICEBOARD Thanks to the generosity of Graham and Judy Ruffles St Margaret’s now has a beautifully crafted oak notice board standing next to the gate. It replaces the small and stormbattered predecessor, providing much needed space for both church and general notices. As the informal handover took place in the morning sunshine four RAF jets in close formation flew low overhead, as if to register the importance of the occasion.
ANNUAL FETE This year’s Fete, held jointly with Field Dalling, as usual, took place in and around the Village Hall, which was just as well. At precisely 2.00pm while Andrew Cuthbert was opening the event the heavens opened. Luckily the Hall provided a dry refuge for the hardy folk who attended, a decent number in the circumstances. The Ugly Dog Skiffle Combo fled indoors to preserve their instruments and proceeded to raise the roof of the Village Hall with a tremendous performance, which was probably the highlight of the event. Many thanks to those who organised everything, especially Sue Findlater, and to all those who showed up for what turned out to be a splendid get-together for local people. Despite the weather, the afternoon yielded over £1900, St. Margaret’s benefiting to the tune of £640+.
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THE REBIRTH, RESTORATION AND TRANSFORMATION OF DAUBENEY HALL
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The owners Robin and Martin Burkitt came here some four years ago. They settled here because they perceived the potential of the Hall and they saw our village as a working “community”. For the last 2½ years they have planned this restoration, latterly employing Charles Emberson, an award winning Norwich Conservation architect. As a result, about two hundred years have been added to the life of this splendid seventeenth century building. A root and branch restoration has been achieved. Modern drainage and plumbing systems have been installed, with state of the art electrical circuitry. The latest condensing boiler has been fitted with under floor heating, to their new West Wing. The roof has been strengthened and sheep’s wool insulation put in place. Sheep’s wool insulation takes only 1/7th the energy to make as glass fibreand also enables sheep farmers to get a better price for their wool. The lime and mortar walls were made good, in keeping with the original appearance of the house. The original number and size of the rooms has been restored. They are all light airy and attractive. The quite excellent building works were carried out by Bullens, a local builder. Of particular note is the superb woodwork. Oak was used exclusively, beautifully designed and finished – a joy of many joys to behold. The new West Wing comprises a really splendid kitchen below a double height bedroom suite. They both command the ‘wow’ factor. John Burgess of Norfolk Pammants Ltd Association (Norfolk’s only pammant tile manufacturer) provided the kitchen and adjacent rest room floors. Their clay comes from Kings Lynn. The extensive grounds include lawns, flowerbeds, a new parterre, an orchard and a ¾ acre wood. They have both learned the ancient art of hedge laying and have created traditionally designed woven willow fences. These with coppicing and clearing of the wood have successfully improved the natural surroundings, encouraging local wildlife. Because of the thoughtful and wide ranging changes Daubeney Hall has been entered for the CPRE Norfolk Awards 2008. Robin and Martin both run their own businesses. Martin is a chartered surveyor specialising in Corporate Real Estate advice. He is a keen and highly experienced yachtsman, having sailed the Atlantic and Southern Oceans. Robin manages her business of a holiday letting agency. She is a keen sportswoman, gardener, with interests in the wider countryside and a profound love of animals. The name Daubeney is something of an icon in our village. The Daubeney Family seat was Sharrington Hall from the 14th Century to 1590, when it was sold by Henry Daubeney to “make good monies due to Queen Elizabeth I”. John Daubeney was a gentleman, soldier and known for his gallantry. He was killed in 1469 when defending Caister Castle against the plundering Duke of Norfolk. He is buried in All Saints Sharrington and the Daubeney Brass Shields are displayed on the North Wall of the chancel. We give our heartfelt congratulations to Robin & Martin for their magnificent achievement. Long may you live to enjoy your superb home. PJG
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PETER JOHN COKE The Final Curtain Peter Coke, actor, broadcaster, playwright of international repute, also known as the “Faberge of Shells”, was born on 13th April 1913 and died peacefully in his own bedroom at Sharrington Hall on 30th July 2008. Peter had lived in the Hall for more than three decades. He received the devoted care of David, Vance and Dorothy who with others kept a vigil for many days and nights at his bedside. His funeral was held in the rather dour Mintlyn Crematorium where some 80 of his friends had gathered. We were treated to a splendid send off for Peter. The darkness of the building was dispelled by the rousing music of the Coronation Scot - Paul Temple’s signature tune. Peter had left two of his close friends David and Vance, who were also his devoted carers, a list of directions about his expectations for the funeral arrangements. His first and foremost instruction was that everyone who attended was to leave the event with a smile on his or her face. Further instructions were a list of “do not’s”: no religion, no prima donnas, no bought flowers, no mourning and nobody to be downcast. Their resultant “production” was magnificent, entertaining and appropriate to the spirit of the man. Peter’s great friend of many years, Simon Gough, gave a scintillating “chat” which caused ripples of laughter, clearly depicting the full dimensions of Peter’s many talents and his great love of life, of people and of beauty. “There must be no weeping, wailing nor clattering of dentures”. Peter’s friend of some twenty years, Dorothy Storch, then recited a favourite poem - The Rose. Dorothy had regularly visited him from Yorkshire when needed, to help look after him, she was present during his final days; her love and care for him cannot be overstated. We were then enthralled by the stunningly beautiful voice of Amelita Galli-Curci singing “Ah fors’e lui sempre libera” from La Traviata. After a brief committal ceremony we were asked to place a single rose on the coffin - “a single rose from our garden cut that morning” The coffin lid was covered in their beauty and scent. The final curtain was then lowered, but our treasured memories of Peter live on. We left, smiling, to the tune of Coronation Scot. Extensive, comprehensive obituaries of Peter’s remarkable life can be found in the Daily Telegraph of 1st August, Country Life of 13th August, and The Times of 23rd August. Donations in memory of Peter can be made to The Harrogate Samaritans c/o Mrs Dorothy Storch, Chapel Cottage, Lime Tree Avenue, Boston Spa, West Yorkshire. LS23 6DP. PJG
GEORGE BOWLES 2 Aug 1927 to 3 Aug 2008 The celebration of George’s life took place in his beloved garden, which he had created with Sue, his devoted partner for the last 8 years. The event was thoughtfully and cheerfully presented by his daughter Louise and her husband Steve. Other family members and friends were present. Teddy, his 11-year old grandson, a gifted violinist started the proceedings by playing Moonsprites. Listening to Teddy was one of the many joys of George’s life. Born in Nottingham, without a silver spoon in his mouth, he entered the furniture business, eventually creating a highly successful company of his own. He pioneered flat pack furniture, with excellent results. Sadly his beloved wife Betty died in 1995 after 42 years of happy marriage. His love of flying and aircraft was lifelong. His investment in a Tiger Moth with a friend enabled him to fly to many parts of the UK. National Service in the RAF began on VJ Day - “The Japs knew I was coming”! Love of gardening was also lifelong, and he became a prize-winning grower of Auriculas - a very large cup for his skill was a source of pride and considerable amusement. As a baseball player he was selected as catcher for England - there was no end to his talents. George was a quiet gentleman, a good husband, father and grandfather, a good partner and provider. “The best godfather outside of Sicily” stated Joanne his god-daughter who gave a heart rending account of their mutual love and affection for each other. “A good neighbour, a good mentor, a good colleague and loyal friend” were spoken, with his overreaching love for his family - there can be no greater accolade for any man. He would have been overjoyed by his loving family’s send off. Teddy ended the celebration with Granddad’s favourite piece “Napoleon Crossing the Alps”. He then carried off a very convincing model of the Red Arrows flypast through the garden. All brilliant. Sue and the family wish to give their thanks for the Doctors and nurses of Health Care at Home. They enabled George to fulfil his final wish to die peacefully at home and not alone. PJG
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The wet summer has not been good for a whole range of breeding birds. Songbirds are particularly down in numbers as are the swallows and martins now heading south. Plenty of young hares seen at harvest time but partridges have again had a bad year. Shoots will be curtailed. To add to our woes, butterflies have done badly except the Speckled Wood, Small Heath and Meadow Browns. No Painted Ladies (migrants) and few Small Tortoiseshells or Red admirals. Again, the wet summer has been responsible. What do we do about the plague of Ragwort? A scheduled and poisonous weed that, by statute, councils must eradicate from road verges – not much evidence of it happening! I don’t understand why farmers tolerate it. ‘Weed wiping’ with Roundup is one way to control it. But care is needed for Ragwort is poisonous to animals. Like Wild Oats it is persistent and difficult to control – yet in the old days we did it! Autumn will soon be closing in. The geese will arrive in numbers to feed on sugar beet tops. But the EU seems determined to destroy our sugar industry with stupid policies. So our Pink Footed Geese may go hungry – and move away. Or switch to cereals, in which case farmers will become less tolerant of them. Pightle
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STIFFKEY CHURCH We continue to enjoy shared services with friends at Langham on the 2nd Sunday or each month (at Langham (and the 4th Sunday (at Stiffkey). We hope the experiment will continue and flourish. If you read this in time you are most welcome at the Harvest festival at Stiffkey at 9.30 on Sunday 28th September and for a Harvest Brunch at John and Margaret’s afterwards. Two of the organisations applied to for grants for the church windows restoration project have promised substantial financial support. Before long we will know the outcome of the third application and will be able to plan for work to begin in the spring. John Adnitt
STIFFKEY FETE WEEKEND On Friday 22nd August just the same as last year the weather improved and the fete committee were able to start preparing the field for the Saturday Night Music bash and Sunday’s Fete. Saturday night’s weather was perfect. A large crowd of people turned up and we all really enjoyed ourselves listening and dancing to the ‘Glamtastics’. It was a slow start for the fete the next day with the clouds and rain, but luckily the sun came out and more people started arriving. All the usual events such as the dog and family races took place as well as Punch and Judy and the Birds of Prey. Justso James and Greg Powles from North Norfolk Radio provided commentary and entertainment between events - Stiffkey Fete wouldn’t be the same without them. Many thanks to Colin Firmage for organising the band. Huge thanks to the Bar Crew and Tea Tent Crew who do so much hard work for providing the much needed refreshments and Andy and Alice from Stiffkey Stores who donated a lot of food for the Tea Tent. Thanks also to Janey Sugden who designs the brilliant posters and the winner’s certificates for the races and to all who helped with gate duties, stalls and clearing up afterwards. Cherry Martin
STIFFKEY HISTORY GROUP This new project has been launched and an initial meeting held in the Village Hall on 10th September. Not wanting to lag behind Blakeney and Binham, littl’ole Stewkey will slowly get its act together. We have a lot of history in Stiffkey. It just needs flushing out of the woodwork and collecting together for the interest of residents and visitors alike. We will report in the Lynx as to how and what we get up to, but at this stage all is at a formative stage. Contact Keith MacDougall 01328 830344 or Steven Bashforth 01328 830569 if interested and would like to know more Keith Macdougall
STIFFKEY WI Stiffkey WI continues to meet at 7.30 on the third Monday of each month in the beauty and comfort of the Old Hall, thanks to the kindness of Anne and John Bell. We have interesting speakers - in September a National Trust representative. Our Harvest Supper is at the Village Hall in October. We warmly welcome visitors/new members from our own village and neighbouring villages. Just come along or ring 01328 830 349. Helen Leach
MUSIC EVENINGS These will have started again for the winter season by the time this is received. By the time you read this, the faithful will have gathered for a programme of recordings from this year’s Proms. The highlights of this season included Lang Lang’s recital and the special concert by the King Singers to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the group. Unlike many of our ageing rock bands the King Singers have evolved, bringing in new talent and somehow preserving their own particular style. Future evenings will take place monthly, usually on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at John and Margaret’s. John Adnitt
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Albaraca School has benefited from several very successful fund raisings over the summer (what summer?). During May, when we still thought that summer would happen, two successful plant sales and stalls and refreshments in the village hall yielded over £400. At Stiffkey Fete the Albaraca Stall had its most successful year ever raising over £300. Many villagers helped in these but particular thanks to Sally Amesbury for initiating the idea of a plant sale and for Pat Price, Vivien Horobin and Sue Matthews for bullying friends, relatives and neighbours to buy what was left after the main sales. Thanks also to Gill Watson and Dave Gibson for hoarding and selling so many books in May. Keith Horobin took over books duties at the fete, and Cherry Martin and Shirley Everett provided tea and biscuits in May at the village hall. Geraldine Green gave customers and sales persons much invaluable advice about the plants! Thanks also to all who gave plants so generously and bought so prolifically. Sally Bass from The Gambia spent much of the missing summer with us. Having qualified as nurse in The Gambia early in the year, Sally hoped to gain the very high levels of success in the IELTS international English test to enable her to come to the UK and study midwifery. Unfortunately, although her results in the exams taken while she was here were good enough to enable her to apply to universities, they did not reach the almost impossibly high standards required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, with whom Sally would need to register before applying to universities and teaching hospitals. A year ago her grades would have been good enough, and two years ago Sally would not have needed to take the test at all. It is very unfortunate for her, but Sally has returned to Africa determined to pursue her career there and very grateful to all who have helped and encouraged her during her years of training. Those who have met her during her stay are convinced that Sally would have been a real asset in any hospital here. It may still happen! John Adnitt
Beverley and I would like to thank everyone who helped make the tea tent at the fete such a success. Fritha and Rebecca for their sterling work - washing up; Kay, Alison and Elspeth for serving and my lovely family for all their help in getting the tent ready, making all the sandwiches and scones, serving, washing up and cleaning up afterwards: they were brilliant. It made me realise how hard Karen and her family work year after year. A special thanks to Andy and Alice at Stiffkey Stores for donating the majority of the ingredients for refreshments. Most thanks go, however to everyone who made all those wonderful cakes; from chocolate brownies to beautiful sponges; pretty cup cakes to superb fruit cakes… and that strawberry gateaux WOW! With all your help we raised over £700. Next year I think we will have to call it the cake tent instead of the tea tent! Thanks again everyone, lets do it again next year. Eva Gambrill
CRICKET NEWS Rain has featured large in the latter part of the season, with matches against Marlingford and Heydon both being called off, and both Holkham & Beeston away fixtures affected by rain. At Holkham, the home team had advantage of reasonable weather conditions, but the Stiffkey openers (K. Waddison & A. Griffin) had to struggle against fast bowling in near dark, rainy conditions. Scoring was not easy, but I am pleased to report we were not bowled out and we went on to reach our highest total yet against them. The wicket at Beeston was odd, I understand it had been covered, but had wet patches on the wicket (holes in the covers?) Beeston batted first & were skittled out for 53 and all the Stiffkey bowlers seemed unplayable. Wickets again rapidly tumbled again when Stiffkey batted, and it was only masterly batting by Andy Griffin, who, although batting lower down the order than usual, still managed to score more than the rest of the team put together, and enabled another victory. Steven Bashforth
UNICEF Members and friends from Stiffkey and Langham of the North and West Norfolk Supporters Group attended a very successful fashion show in the beautiful Town Hall in Kings Lynn. “Cindy” of Sutton Bridge provided the very elegant clothes and models. The event provided £1400 for UNICEF’s campaign to provide drinking water and sanitation for remote villages in Nepal. John Adnitt
TRAFFIC CALMING We all depend on visitors and tourists these days. North Norfolk attracts more holidaymakers as the credit crunch bites and foreign holidays seem less value. B& B, hotels, and camping sites seem to have had a wonderful season. Good News! But what can we do to get our urban guests to drive their cars with more consideration on country roads? 4x4s roar through our villages - all shiny and important looking - and so often not respecting speed limits and barging along apparently mindless. Urban living seems to require or encourage aggressive driving habits. We don’t like these in Norfolk - especially on our narrow lanes. Flashing speed signs (as per Morston) are very helpful. The Highways Department of the County Council should do more and spend more. The A149 and A148 in the holiday seasons are veritable racecourses - and unpleasant and dangerous - but smaller lanes can be just as hazardous. Keith MacDougall
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pals at a school in France. The children have found it fascinating to swap experiences of school life in different places. Following the International Primary Curriculum, Langham Village School is continuing with its focuses on specific countries. This involves learning about the country and its people, while creating a display in the entrance hall. This term has started with Kenya, to be followed by Germany, Latvia and Argentina Sport features prominently, as ever. The school will participate in an inter-school cross country event at Gresham’s Prep School in October and later that month the older children will take part in a Sports Activity Day at Premier Racquets in Sedgeford. Younger children -from Reception to Year 4 - have an opportunity to get involved in football with the Langham Lions. Organised by local parents, the sessions take place on Sunday mornings. The School Council plays a very important role in the life of the school. The children learn that their opinions count and that they can really make a difference. The School Council is elected by votes from the children and this year the representatives are (from Class 1) Abbie Williamson, Gus Plater and Ben Granville; (Class 2) Benedict Payne, Felicity Marin, Ben High-Caston, Kieran Belton and Teddy Valentine; (Class 3) Louis Crawford, Tom Walduck, Carly Savory, Chloe Green, Georgia Twiddy and Chloe Fowle. Good luck to them all. Remember you can keep up with school news and information from www.langhamvillageschool.com
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