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THE SEASON’S GREETINGS TO ALL READERS But - will Issue 65 see the closure of Local Lynx? SEE PAGE 4


- is a non-profit-making community newspaper, run for the benefit of ten villages.

in our ten villages DECEMBER

We warmly welcome drawings, articles and letters for publication, but must reserve the right to edit or exclude items. The items published do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors or the village representatives.

1st Mon. Binham Chequers Quiz Night 6.30 or 7.30 1st Mon. Gunthorpe Parish Plan Meeting. 7.30 1st Mon. Stiffkey Mardlers at the Red Lion 4th Thurs Langham Mobile Library 6th Sat. Langham, FOL Coffee, Parish Room 10 -12 6th Sat. Binham Christmas Supper. 7.00 10th Wed. Langham, Concert in Church 7.30 15th Mon. Binham Local History Party 17th Wed, Langham, FOL Coffee, Parish Room 10 – 12 18th Thurs. Binham Womens’ Club Party at Hindringham 7.15 th 18 Thurs. Binham Nativity Play. 4.30 19th Sat. Langham Parish Room Carols & Mince-pies 20th Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club Christmas Party 22nd Mon. Binham Carols round the Tree 7.15 23rd Tues. Morston Candlelit Carol Service 5.00 24th Wed. Stiffkey Carols at the Red Lion 6.30

For information about submitting items for publication, or if you want to help in any other way, please contact your village representative, through whom all village news must be submitted. For general information please send a message to our email address:


PLEASE NOTE: CONTACT FOR ADVERTISERS For enquiries about advertising in Local Lynx, please contact David John, tel: 01328-830933

JANUARY 2nd Fri. Langham Pantomime visit 1.00 3rd Sat. Langham FOL Coffee, Parish Room, 10 – 12 5th Mon. Binham Chequers Quiz Night 6.30 or 7.30 5th Mon Stiffkey Mardlers at the Red Lion 15th Thurs. Langham Mobile Library 15th Thurs. Stiffkey Local History Group 7.00 17th Sat. Binham Jack’s Race Night 7.15 21st Wed. Langham, FOL Coffee, Parish Room, 10 – 12 22nd Thurs. Binham Local History AGM. 7.30 31st Sat Gunthorpe 50/50 Club 31st Sat. Langham Altzheimer Society Dinner 7.00

Rates for advertising (pre-paid) are: One column x 62 mm (1/8 page): £72 for six issues. Small Ads Panel on the back page: Available for individuals and businesses providing local services. Cost: £36 for six issues.

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




The Sustainable Development Fund still has money for innovative projects which fit their criteria – community gardens, increasing accessibility and enjoyment of the area, renewable energy installations and restoring historic features, among others. This money is available for projects which fit the criteria and can be spent before March ’09. To discuss ideas with Kate, refer to the N. Coast AONB website www.norfolkcoastaonb.org.uk, ring Kate on 01328 850530, or email: kate.dougan@norfolk.gov.uk

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

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

SERVICE TIMES Vigil Mass: Sunday Mass:

Saturday 6.00pm. 10.30am.

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

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: normanlamb@hotmail.com www.normanlamb.org

DEANERY NEWS The next meeting of the Deanery Synod is on Thursday March 5th. 2009, Holt church hall. Further details will be in the next issue of the Local Lynx.


CHURCH SERVICES FOR STIFFKEY & BALE BENEFICE FOR DEC. 2008 & JAN. 2009 HC=Holy Communion. FS=Family Service. MP=Morning Prayer. BCP=Book of Common Prayer. All Communion Services are in traditional language except those marked * 14th December 21st December 25th December 28th December Parish 7th December Bale 9.30am HC 9.30 am HC 6 pm Carol Service No Service 10.30 Benefice Service Field Dalling At Saxlingham 11 am FS 9 Lessons/Carols At Bale At Saxlingham No Service At Bale Saxlingham 9.30 am HC At Field Dalling 11 am Family HC 10.30 am Christmas HC At Bale Gunthorpe 9.30 am MP 9.30 am HC No Service 10.30 am Lessons/Carols At Bale Sharrington 9.30 am MP/BCP 9.30 am HC 9.30 am MP 9.30 am Christmas HC At Bale Binham 11 am HC 11 am HC 11 am FS 10.30 am Lessons/Carols At Bale Langham 9.30 am HC* 9.30 am HC 9.30 am HC* 10.30 am Christmas HC At Bale Morston 9.30 am HC/BCP No service 9.30 am HC/BCP 9.30 am Christmas HC/BCP At Bale Stiffkey 11 am HC* At Langham 3.30 pm Christingle 10.00 am Christmas HC Parish Bale Field Dalling Saxlingham Gunthorpe Sharrington Binham Langham Morston Stiffkey

4th January 9.30 am HC At Saxlingham 9.30 am HC 9.30 am MP 9.30 am MP/BCP 11 am HC 9.30 am HC* 9.30 am HC/BCP 11 am HC*

11th January 9.30 am HC 11 am FS At Field Dalling 9.30 am HC 9.30 am HC 11 am HC 9.30 am HC No service At Langham

18th January 9.30 am HC At Saxlingham 11 am HC No Service 9.30 am MP 11 am FS 9.30 am HC* 9.30 am HC/BCP 8 am HC*

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

7th December, 4.00 pm: Binham - Service of Advent Carols & Readings with Richeldis Singers 13th December, 6.00 pm: Binham - Iceni Christmas Choir - Lessons and Carols 20th Decmber, 6.00 pm: Carols at Cockthorpe 23rd December, 5.00 pm: Morston - Nine Lessons & Carols 24th December, 4.00 pm: Binham - Children’s Christmas Eve Service 24th December, 11.00 pm: Midnight Mass at Bale, Binham and Field Dalling 4th January, 3.30 pm: Binham - Epiphany Service with Richeldis Singers Regular Weekday Services Binham: Tuesday, 6.00 pm Evening Prayers. Langham: Wednesday, 10.00 am Holy Communion Stiffkey: Friday, 10.00 am Holy Communion.



Here is an adaptation of a piece I found on the internet (via jonny baker’s blog) which sums up for me the longings that people feel in the depth of the year, with all the preparations for and celebration of Christmas and the turning towards whatever the New Year holds for us . We can scarcely believe it, God, this story of love’s birth in the world. We rationalize and reason, we read the headlines and we doubt and yet, oddly, we hope desperately, that it just might be true. So – If we find ourselves disbelieving, God, unwrap our doubt and make a space for love; If we find ourselves despairing, unwrap our grief to make a space for joy; If we find ourselves angry, unwrap our resentment to make a space for peace; If we find ourselves nostalgic, unwrap our sentimentality to make a space for life; If we find ourselves cynical, unwrap our skepticism to make a space for hope. May your story be real in our lives this Christmas and beyond. I wish all our readers a peaceful and joyful Christmas and New Year. Joanna Anderson, Rector

at the FAKENHAM PARISH CHURCH St Peter and St Paul DECEMBER 4th – 11th 10am – 8pm DAILY 80 Decorated Trees Supporting various charities


APPEAL FOR HELP FROM BOB AND HELEN BRANDT HISTORY: In November 1999 Revd John Penny asked us to take over the administration and publication of Local Lynx as a community newspaper, on a year’s trial basis, helped by a Support Group of representatives from each of the ten villages. Basic funding was found. At first, things appeared uncertain, with advertisers and content difficult to find, but over the years it has grown from strength to strength, with the majority of comment being favourable and encouraging. We are proud of the paper and appreciate the devotion of the Support Group, many of whom have been with us over the years, and the team of distributors who deliver the copies to your doors - all without complaint or payment. The paper provides a link between our ten villages, advertises events and shares the many activities which take place in our community. We want it to continue. The paper is based on articles sent in by the village representatives, helped by ‘internet secretaries’.This‘copy’ is gathered by a small editorial team and assembled into the paper during a critical period of intense activity between the 8th and 15th days of the month before the date of issue. DEVELOPMENTS: Three events of serious personal or family illness, when the paper very nearly didn’t appear, made it obvious some time ago that to keep the paper going we would have to involve a wider group of people in its running and publication. Several articles asking for helpers produced no result so we were heartened when Anthony Smith of Field Dalling agreed to set up a Development Committee to change the way the paper is produced and make it independent from the two of us and our computers. We had already acquired (with the support of funding from the NNDC) a laptop computer and software for the production of the paper, together with a small laser printer. Anthony, using his professional skills, set up an independent email address for the paper and an internet working space to and from which files can be moved during editing. He worked with the village representatives to ensure that copy is submitted in a consistent form, reducing the time spent during final assembly. We appreciate his efforts and the willingness of the village representatives to accept sometimes difficult changes. Now the final assembly of the paper can be shared among a small group of ‘editors’. However, the production of more than half of the content of each issue remains solely our responsibility. This consists of the general framework of the paper - advertisements, illustrations, the church services panel and other editorial content. We remain responsible for the final assembly of all the pages, checking them for layout, preparing the ‘What’s On’ column and translating the paper into a form which can be electronically dispatched to our printers in Stalham. We also remain responsible for administering the paper, running bi-monthly Support Group meetings, keeping accounts and assembling the adverts for each issue, in co-operation with the advertising manager and help from a graphic designer – to both of whom many thanks. These activities are essential to the publication of the paper. The target that some issues could appear without any contribution from us both has not been achieved, despite everyone’s best efforts. We cannot be away during the critical assembly period every other month and we continue to carry the overall responsibility for the life of the paper. This is not good for us, nor is it healthy for Local Lynx. THE FUTURE: Now, for separate and good reasons, three key members of the editorial team wish to withdraw from the paper, so we must look to its future. Local Lynx is financially healthy and, should it have to close, will re-pay all pre-paid advertisers. Some funds will be left over, to be distributed by the Support Group. After full consultation with the Support Group, we must give notice that unless an additional management team comes forward by 1st March 2009, to support our present roles in running the paper, the April/May issue of Local Lynx will be the last. We have chosen that issue to give us time to discover whether new helpers are willing to come forward. If not, we must give proper notice of the closure of the paper to our advertisers, supporters and readers. Already two people have expressed an interest in forming part of the new team, but they feel that they need the help of four others before accepting the task. If such a team were to be formed, jointly accepting a commitment to ensure the future of the Local Lynx, it would have our full support, together with the continuing backing of the present Support Group and other helpers. We will do everything in our power to help them and, if wanted, would be happy to continue as joint members of a larger editorial body.

IT IS NOW UP TO YOU If you would like to consider becoming part of the new team but need to know more about what would be involved, please email the paper at lynxeditor@pobox.com, or phone us directly on 01328 830056.


DISTRICT COUNCILLORS’ NOTES According to the newly adopted Local Development Framework, the Local Lynx area is now designated Countryside, where Affordable Housing only will be permitted under the Exception Housing Scheme. Such housing would be limited to local people, or with local ties when need can be shown. A small amount of new development will be focused on Service or Coastal Service Villages to support rural sustainability and proposed sites for this will be discussed. Learning for Everyone, the operational arm of the North Norfolk Skills Partnership, has run projects enabling people from the area to achieve qualifications in English, Maths and Word Processing. The NNSP's statement is "uniting local business and learning" and they are closely linked with the North Norfolk Business Forum. To find out more call 01263 519454. A meeting was held at Cromer to highlight Section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. This emphasised the importance of the community working together to reduce crime, disorder, anti-social behaviour affecting the environment and substance misuse. Decisions on planning, for instance, must be taken in the light of their likely impact on local levels of crime and disorder. Cromer Museum showed us some of the unique photographs they have acquired taken by Olive Edis of Sheringham, whose work includes some of the first ever colour shots of celebrities and local workers. Museum staff are currently working on the collection which will be displayed both at Cromer and Sheringham in due course. Finally, though writing this in November, may I wish everyone a very happy Christmas and New Year and many thanks, as well, to all at Local Lynx . Lindsay Brettle Contact Details Jonathan Savory (01328 820719). e.mail:jsavory@north-norfolk.gov.uk - and Joyce Trett (01328 710300) e.mail:jtrett@lineone.net (Binham, Langham & Stiffkey) Mrs Lindsay Brettle (01263 710030) e.mail:Lindsay.brettle@north-norfolk.gov.uk (Sharrington, Field Dalling,/Saxlingham & Morston). Mrs A.R.Green (01328 8782;73) e.mail:ann.green@north-norfolk.gov.uk (Gunthorpe with Bale).

HOLT MEDICAL PRACTICE Extended Opening Hours To improve the service offered to patients, from Monday 3rd November we will be offering routine evening GP appointments at Holt Medical Practice. These evening clinics are not intended to provide emergency appointments but to extend availability to those who cannot easily access our existing hours. To offer you more choice we will be open on alternate weeks Monday and Wednesday and the following week Tuesday and Thursday between 6.30 - 8.pm Two doctors will be available on a rotating basis and therefore not all doctors will be available for every evening surgery. These appointments can be booked in the normal way. Please note the dispensary will not be open for the collection of repeat prescriptions during these hours. The Out of Hours Service remains the same, with the telephones being transferred to this service at 6.30pm



CLEY VILLAGE HALL N.B. This will be the second Thursday in January. We did not think that you would appreciate a meeting on January 1st! Jan Hope 01328 830 847

FAKENHAM CHORAL SOCIETY Christmas Concert will take place in Fakenham Parish Church Saturday, 20th December, at 7.30pm, Bach’s Magnificat and Christmas Carols. There will be wine and mince pies. Tickets £10 on the door (under 18s free), or ring 01328 830639


BALE & GUNTHORPE PARISH PLAN STEERING GROUP Extract from minutes of the the meeting on 3rd November at Gunthorpe Village Hall.

Funding Congratulations were offered by John Church to the Steering Group following the successful Grant Application for £500 from ITV. The Norfolk Community Partnership representative will now be approached, with a view to confirming if we fulfil the criteria to submit an Application for funding. Questionnaires The Group discussed and were happy with the final draft of the Adult Questionnaire and the 1st draft Youth Questionnaire, consisting of 2 sections; 8-11yrs and 1217yrs. All agreed on the format and content and no amendments were felt to be necessary. Different coloured paper will be used to help identify completed Questionnaires from each Village. The Group agreed to offer a Prize Draw for completed Questionnaires. Suggestions for prizes were: £50 “Back to the Garden” Voucher for the Adults and an “I-Tunes” or “Fat Face” Voucher for the children. It was agreed that a return slip for those wishing to enter the Prize Draws would be necessary in order to maintain anonymity. The Adult Questionnaire will be piloted and returned in time for the next Meeting. 2 Residents from each Village will be approached. The Questionnaires will be distributed in the New Year – allowing a 2 week period for residents to complete, with an additional week for any stragglers. It is anticipated that the 1st Consultation Events will take place in late March, with separate dates for each Village. It was agreed that all members of the Steering Group would attend both meetings. The meetings would consist of a presentation of our findings, Questions & Answers, where we go from here and open discussion. Next meeting: 1st Dec. 7.30pm, Bale Village Hall.

CHRISTMAS AT ALL SAINTS, BALE Christmas services will be held at All Saints Church with the usual wonderful floral decorations and music. Details of the music – choral and instrumental – are not available at the time of going to press, but we can assure you they will be up to the usual very high standard. Sunday 21st December Carol Service at 6pm Wednesday 24th December Midnight Mass at 12pm Sunday 28th December Group Service for all the benefice at 10.30 am.

CHOCOLATE SNOWBALL PUDDING 10oz plain chocolate, broken up. 1pt fresh double cream. 4 tbsp orange liqueur. 7oz macaroons crushed. 1/4pt whipping cream softly whipped. Chocolate shapes for decoration. Place chocolate in a bowl over hot water and melt. Remove from heat. Pour cream into a small saucepan and heat until almost boiling. Stir into chocolate, whisk until cool. Mix liqueur and macaroons. Stir into the chocolate mixture. Pour into an oiled 2 pint basin. Cover with foil or cling film. Place a saucer on top and add a weight. Refrigerate overnight. Dip bowl into hot water, run a palette knife around the top edge and turn out onto a plate. Chill for 20 mins. Cover with whipped cream and decorate with chocolate shapes. BALE VILLAGE HALL SOCIAL CLUB SEPTEMBER OCTOBER Jane Wheeler £25 Chris Buchschacha £25 Michael Bond £10 Ed. Croft £10 Jessie Bridgeman £5 Grace Allison £5 Alastair McCorkindale £5 William Sankey £5


MELLOW YELLOW 12th Oct 2008. Stubble fields which have not been sprayed are full of flowers at this time of year. The tiny field pansy is underfoot everywhere. There are clumps of what I think is mayweed, I would be ambitious to pronounce it corn chamomile, but I should have checked to see if it is aromatic or not. Or even smelly, in which case it would be stinking chamomile, or on the other hand, if pleasantly scented, scented mayweed. There is also field speedwell, introduced from Asia, borage, with deep blue flowers, and very hairy, even downright bristly and there are still some poppies in flower. The field in question is over fluvio-glacial deposits of sand and gravel, and every so often there are excavations when hardcore is needed for the farm tracks. Amazing that one could grow anything over this bright orange sand, full of flints. The weather has been very beautiful - gentle sunshine and south westerly breezes - and the light is gorgeous. Cake’s lane looks lovely. On the roadside, the hedges are still loaded down with blackberries and rose hips.

JUDY’S NECTAR CHUTNEY For 10 jars. 1lb onions, chopped. 4lb apples, peeled and chopped. 2lb sultanas (or other dried fruit). 2 inches green ginger finely sliced (don’t grate it, it makes ‘hairs’). 2 tsp each; whole mustard seed, cinnamon bark (crushed), turmeric powder. 1 tsp each; whole cloves, allspice berries (Jamaica pepper). 1 whole chilli cut up (fresh or dried) 1lb sugar 1pt cider vinegar 1 head garlic(chopped). Dash of brandy. Up to ½ pt water. Note that ingredients should be quite coarsely chopped.

27th Oct 2008 It seems this is a yellow autumn. The leaves are only just starting to turn, so perhaps it’s yellow then orange and rust. We hardly get red leaves in England, although dogwoods are turning deep maroon, and I saw a guelder rose still with red berries and darker red leaves. Today was clear and blue. autumn sunshine is warm and yellow, because the sun is lower in the sky. Red pigment in plants is caused by the anti-oxidant anthocyanin, which seems to be a response to stress. When trees shut down for the winter they withdraw the green pigment chlorophyll back to store for the next year, which opens the leaf to attack by oxygen radicals, and anthocyanin prevents this. Yellow pigment is carotene, which seems just to be left behind after the tree has stripped its leaves of chlorophyll. So a less stressful autumn produces less reds and oranges in the leaves. (this information I gleaned from Colin Tudge’s The Secret Life of Trees, a wonderful collection of facts about trees.) Field maple, our only native maple tree turns colour rather early. It has some orange, and some almost red leaves, but mostly they have just turned yellow so far. The bracken has turned bright yellow in places too; very pretty, but I think it is just a halfway stage, eventually progressing to rusty russets.

METHOD (Note that if vinegar is added too soon it may take away the flavour of the ingredients) Simmer onion in a little (about ½ a cup) water until soft. Ad everything except the sugar, vinegar, garlic, water and brandy. With the lid off, cook gently until soft. Add water a little at a time if needed. Stir from time to time. When cooked add vinegar and sugar, and stir well as it comes to the boil. Boil for 10 minutes. It doesn’t have to set like jam. Take off boil and add garlic and brandy. (these ‘lift’ the flavour beautifully). Put into jars and cover with greaseproof paper the next day. When completely cold, store at least 2 weeks to a year, in a cool dark place. This makes a simple but delicious Christmas present.

8th Nov 2008 This past week has been traditional November grey, but the leaves are at their brightest, which offsets the gloom somewhat. Along the edge of Bale wood one sycamore stands out; it is translucently yellow amongst its naked neighbours - ash trees which have mostly dropped all their leaves without even bothering to withdraw the chlorophyll. The field maples in Cake’s Lane are turning fiery orange, under them pools of pale yellow leaves reflecting the light. Oaks are more conservative and still have a mixture of colours; they stay greenish rust compared to the red freckle on the field maple . I found a tiny yellow snail on the road in the rain. I was just too late with the camera to catch her with her horns out. On Sharrington Road a field maple in glorious yellow, its leaves shining in the grey light, as if the sunlight they have been absorbing all summer is returned to brighten the autumn day.













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Across 1. Dad’s not a thin woman (6). 4. Master, confused and running (6). 8. Bird from Nottingham (5). 9. Barristers’ win - on the cheap (7). 10. View, the backdrop (7). 11. Perfect - I have the cards (5). 12. International organisation is going west but never lets us down (9). 17.‘Oy all’ mixed up, yet steadfast (5). 19. Loose support for your sail (7). 21. Guest house name (3,4). 22. Come in! (5). 23. Old Spot - you’re past it! (6). 24. Confused gadfly swaps old franc for a pound, happily (6). Down 1. Arboreal home for 8 across (6). 2. Mixing at a blue display (7). 3. Fastest milkman in the west produces winners (5). 5. The end of railways (7). 6. Rub out! (5) 7. Scrunch up mother’s washday aid (6). 9. Sea casement (3,6). 13. I’ll fling, worried, from the dentist (7). 14. Pardon ? O.K. (7). 15. No longer open (6). 16. Building level sounds like a tale (6). 18. Lifts the loaf! (5). 20. For a while, cast by a witch (5).

SPOT THE DIFFERENCES! We have recycled part of David’s front cover picture from last year, but in trying to copy it our artwork expert made ten errors - alterations between the two versions. See how many you can find in version two.















All Gunthorpians will be aware of the tremendous support the village receives from Jeremy and Marie Denholm from Gunthorpe Hall. Marie, from Detroit in the USA, supports rural UK village life completely. However, she acknowledges that there are differences between life in big city USA and a small Norfolk village and she kindly contributed this article for the Lynx. I can’t describe the sharp end of differences between American and British customs for many reasons. I have lived in England almost half my life. My memories of American Customs are old, and, I suspect, superseded by newer customs, unfamiliar to me. 28 years ago, when I came to England, I was asked was “who shot JR?” I did not know, having never seen the TV show ‘Dallas’, though I spent the first 5 years of my life in Texas. So you may take my impressions with a very large grain of salt! I have found the Christmas differences very small. In my youth, folks in mid-west America, where I grew up, made no connection between the words “Christmas” and “Crackers”. My first English Christmas I spent with my husband’s family gathered at our house. I was to do the Christmas meal. My mother-in law worried about this and for some months prior to Christmas reminded me of items to include - Bread Sauce, Christmas Pudding and Christmas Crackers. She gave me the recipe for Bread Sauce, so that was easy, though the result was not flawless.

WORD SQUARE This year’s square, appropriately enough for where we live, has a nautical theme. The usual rules apply - you will find the words placed in any direction, up, down, across or diagonally but always in a straight line. There are five types of craft, including ‘brig’ (which could also be a place of confinement), together with a number of ships’ items, and persons, to go ‘afloat’ in them, fittings and parts - including the ‘wood’ some are still made of, as well as things to ‘avoid’, like ‘fog’, ‘gin’ and ‘sand’, which gets everywhere! That’s ‘lashing’s of hints to get you started. We’ve included 38 word in all, including those already given.

Christmas Pudding I had heard of, many American Families had it, but we did not. We had a Yule Log (chocolate sponge rolled with whipped cream) and all loved it so the family tradition stuck. When my elder sister married, her husband, a keen cook, always brought a Christmas Pudding - his family tradition. It was very good, though my mother said it was only an excuse to eat the ‘hard sauce’ (as we called it, you call it brandy butter - more elegant!). So I felt I could sort out the Christmas Pudding recipe myself, and assured my Mother-inlaw all would be well. A big mistake. I had been mostly vegetarian for many years, and had never cooked with suet. I copied an old Mrs Beeton’s recipe, and quadrupled it many times - we were to be many people - and it seemed small. I had to sew together 10 new linen tea towels to tie the Pudding together as it would not ‘dry-out’. When it came out of the oven (still drying and just before serving) it was large and a cubed-oven shape - huge and dreadful. The family never let me forget it!!! The only saving grace is - I can make a mean hard sauce - and we surely needed it! I never made Christmas Pudding again - the story seems to precede me wherever I go. Someone ‘near and dear to me’ always tells the Christmas Hosts “Whatever you do, don’t let her bring the Christmas Pudding!”

CHRISTMAS QUIZ By Samphire 1. Which companies or “others” sponsored the following slogans: a. It’s for you-hoo! b. It’s finger-lickin@ good! c. You ain’t seen nothing yet! (in 1984). d, --- refreshes the parts that other beers cannot reach! e. Big Brother is watching you! f. Your country needs you! g. Australians wouldn’t give xxxx for anything else! h. Ursprung durch Technik. i. Tonic water by you know who! 2. Where does the expression used by the military: “hearts and minds” come from originally? 3. Food & Drink. What: a. Is a rollmop? b. Is the minimum age of a malt whisky? c. Makes jelly gel? d. Is “toad in the hole”? e. Are “hash browns”? 4. Who scored England’s goals in the 1966 World cup? 5. What is the next number in the following sequence: 2,3,5,7,11…? 6. What letter lies to the right of the “Y” on a “QWERTY” keyboard? 7. Which winter sports make up the biathlon? 8. Who won the 100 metres in the Beijing Olympics? 9. What wind registers “12” on the Beaufort Scale? 10. What is the Christian name of the wife of the president elect of the United States?

Christmas Crackers seemed a simple but weird solo addition to the Christmas table. Why on the table at the start of the meal - at each place setting - was a mystery to me, especially as we were not to have cheese until after the meal well - I now understand. 28 years ago I would have called an English Christmas Cracker a ‘Popper’ and Americans only had them at a small child’s birthday party. Now Christmas Crackers are popular with many American families - thanks to American style capitalism. But these are small language differences rather than the Holiday itself.

Basically Christmas is the same in England as in America. A religious, Christian Holiday, celebrated not only by practicing Christians but also those whose regular practice might be much more irregular. It is also a BIG


Holiday, infiltrating consumerism and widening its appeal to those outside religious circles. This commercial success means that many non-Christians tag along with trees, decorations and gifts. Americans commercialize better than anyone else - this is true in England as well as in America.


The bigger difference is America’s Thanksgiving, its National Holiday. This is similar to English Harvest Festival within the church, but the Holiday is a National one, uniting everyone beyond personal beliefs or religions. It is a celebration of family and community values, hard work, commitment, and responsibility - as shown by the pilgrims and their survival of their first winter in America much aided by the help given by native Indians who understood survival in that rough environment. I used to celebrate Thanksgiving in England in my early years here it was great. English friends enjoyed coming and laughed at their celebration of the Pilgrims’ freedom from England. But as time passed I adhered more to English traditions and dates. Thanksgiving falls on the last Thursday of November, never a day-off here - the tradition is now lost for me unless I join family in America to celebrate. We have a Harvest Supper in Gunthorpe Village each year, great fun and always successful. Put on by the Friends of Gunthorpe Parish Church, a secular charity, it raises money for the fabric of Gunthorpe Church. I feel that this is the essence of an American Thanksgiving. A group of people bound by love of their community, regardless of personal views on philosophy, politics or religion, getting together in the spirit of thanks-giving. It is now my celebration of Thanksgiving in England, and I think we all leave the evening with the same warm, open-hearted feeling of unity, common bond and respect for the great diversity of folk in the community.







As for Christmas - singing carols together, eating turkey rather than beef, exchanging gifts and taking greater care of others is neither an American or English tradition. The older I get the more I dread Christmas commercialization, and appreciate the thoughtful aspects Christmas inspires. Most important is the reminder of how small our differences are, and the hope that these holidays can inspire us to look beyond them with grace, respect and humour to find a commonality reaching far beyond the shores of America and England. Of course I can improve my grapple with the “two nations divided by a common language” business, but I won’t take orders for Christmas Puddings!)

1. (a) BT (British Telecom). (b) KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken). (c) (President) Ronald Regan. (d) Heineken’s. (e) George Orwell’s book “1984” [1949]. (f) The UK Government. (Recruiting slogan of 1914, depicting Secretary of State for War Field-Marshal Lord Kitchener). (g) Castlemaine (xxxx Lager). (h) Audi. (i). Schweppes. 2. St. Paul (St. Paul the Apostle’s Epistle to the Philippians. IV, 7). 3. (a) A marinated herring. (b) 3 years. (c) Gelatine. (d) Sausages in batter. (e) Fried onion and potato cakes. 4. Geoff Hurst (3). 5. “13”. (They are prime numbers). 6. “U”. 7. Ski-ing and rifle-shooting. 8. Usain Bolt (of Jamaica). 9. A hurricane. 10. Michelle.

However you celebrate - Happy Thanksgiving and Christmas to you all! From an American, who is well and happily settled in England! Marie Denholm

SPOT THE DIFFERENCES! Moon turned. Time changed. House window smaller. Owl flown. Cat’s eyes! Smiling child. Missing footprints. Bottle in pocket. Message on carol sheet. Boots darker. 7 or more = good!


farmstead or village (hence "ington"), "bourne" for a stream, "ey" for an island. Scandinavian endings include "by" for a farm or village, "toft" for a homestead, "thwaite" for a clearing, meadow or paddock, "thorpe" for a settlement or hamlet. Of course, there are also Old English names, like "burgh" for a fortified place, "dun" or" down" for a hill, "stead" for a place or religious site, "worth" for an enclosure, and obvious ones like "ford" for a river crossing, "well" for a spring or even "cross" and "market." I knew I had a book with an article about place name origins. Lo and behold it also had a gazetteer of British place names with an explanation of many of their original meanings. Many of our local villages and towns are shown so I have copied them from this book. Most are of Anglo-Saxon origin, though Norfolk ("north folk") also has many names of Danish or even mixed origin e.g. Melton Constable means "Constable's (manor of) middle farm" and is both Anglo-Saxon and Norman French. Binham - Bynna's estate. Blakeney - black isle. Burnham Overy Staithe - estate on a stream, over the river, its landing stage. Cley-next-the-Sea - clayey ground (next the sea). Fakenham - Facca's estate. Field Dalling - field of Dealla's people. Great Snoring (larger settlement) of Snear's people. Great Walsingham - (larger, but now smaller) estate of Wael's people. Gunthorpe - Gunni's hamlet. Hindringham - estate of the people dwelling behind (the hills). Holkham - estate with a lake. Holt - wood. Kelling - Cylla's people. Kettlestone - Ketil's farm. Langham - long estate. Letheringsett-dwelling of the people on the melodious stream! Morston - marsh farm. Saxlingham - estate of Seaxel's people. Sheringham - estate of Scir's people. Stiffkey - island with tree-stumps. Swaffham - estate of the Swabians (a south German tribe). Thornage - pasture where thorns grow. Weybourne - felon stream (don't blame me!). Wighton - dwelling place. Wiveton - Wifa's farm. Bale is not listed but "bale" or "baile" is common in Gaelic to mean farm or homestead. Cockthorpe is not listed; I once heard a stranger pronounce it Co'thorpe, no doubt like the port wine - 'Cockburn'. The way we spell words has been notoriously inconsistent. Also local dialect and practice play a part. Think of "Hazebrugh" and "Stewkey," though this latter seems to be used today only for the famous blue cockles. Some people insist on pronouncing the village "Clay," probably just to be contrary. In the local dialect I have heard Walsingham pronounced "Wallsnum," and Weybourne "Webburn." Does anyone say other than "Binnum," "Wivton" or "Worrum?" Perhaps this is how names and their spelling change. Our place names are part of our history, even if they have been modified through time and the original meaning has become obscure. Why change or lengthen them now? Ian Johnson

CHRISTMAS IN THE PRIORY For all services, see Panel on page 3. For the Nativity Play on Thursday 18th, see Page 12 DIARY OF A BINHAM FARMER’S SON Aged 24 (from 1844) November 6th John Groom’s head mare was killed by his wagon here today. Aunt Pigge not so well. Aunt Money very ill! 10th. I rode over to Hindringham on horseback. I was to have driven Sally but she was distracted with faceache. th. 14 George Tatt and I went to Kelling to meet the Norfolk Harriers. Had some very nice sport. 20th. The Gov made 28 of his wheat. I went to Baconsthorpe to meet Boyd’s hounds. 24th A very cold day indeed with sleet and hail. We put 2 of the young horses to plough today. th. We dined at Mrs Morris, made a late evening of it 28 about 4 o’clock in the morning ……………… December 4th I started for Harling today, met with Edward, sent our horses forward to Bury. th. Met 4th Suffolk foxhounds at Rushbrooke Hall. A 8 capital use of an hour and 10 minutes. 9th. Edward and I had a ride over Eccles Heath, just to straighten the horses legs. 14th Today joined a coursing party at Eccles. Lady Florence sent us a capital luncheon. th. 17 I did a deal of farming, sold Thurston a score of the crones at 21 to be taken away on Wednesday week. 22nd. Killed the Christmas meat for the labourers. 24th. This was the Xmas party at Old Walsingham and a very large muster it was. Tolerably good fun. 31st. This was our big party today. The Governor poorly and rather grumpy. Richard and Norah Lewis

WHAT'S IN A NAME? You must have noticed that the word "village" has been added to some local signs e.g. at Blakeney, Hindringham and Titchwell. A quaint, new sign between Burnham Market and Stanhoe even announces "The Hamlet of Muckleton." To what purpose? Perhaps I am missing the point, but if the real aim is to preserve the character of our villages (or hamlets) in some way, forget it! That is surely up to all of us. This set me thinking about the origins of our local village and town names, many of which go a long way back in history. I knew that places with "cester" or "caster" in their names had a Roman origin, and that many others had an Anglo-Saxon or Scandinavian ancestry, usually indicated by the name endings. Anglo-Saxon endings include "ham" for a homestead or estate, "ing" for a group of people (even both together as "ingham"), "tun" or "ton" for an enclosure,


BINHAM PRIORY PROJECT Progress Report early November 2008 The conservation of the precinct wall has been finished and, with the newly surfaced roadway through the gatehouse, the approach looks suitably impressive. The main building work in the N aisle is progressing well, on track for substantial completion by the end of the year. Quality of the work is high, exterior stone and flint work fitting well in the 12th century church. The service building’s curved roof gives a contemporary element, very important so future generations “reading” the church building can understand the structure on the original wall base is nine centuries later. With the building water tight, fitting work within tower and service building has started. In the N/W corner of the church a temporary screen has been erected to protect the interior from dust while the archway infill is removed to make the connection to the entrance tower. There have been unavoidable delays on constructing the new church path due to two inter-related reasons, the need to lay a replacement electricity supply cable down the centre of the path line and complex archaeology, unexpectedly encountered, particularly in the N/W corner. These challenges have now all been overcome but the work of building retaining walls, applying render cover and laying path surfaces may extend into January. Additionally, the consolidation of the buttress bases in the N aisle and the remaining wall structures to E of the service building has been included in the project scope. This work, largely funded by English Heritage, should be finished by the end of the year providing there are no spells of prolonged cold weather to prevent the lime mortar from setting. As the building work progresses so do many aspects of provision of information on the church and monastic site. Schools’ information pack and children’s activities have been trialled with a group of youngsters from Hindringham School with favourable reports from staff and pupils. These packs will be the basis of our offer to schools to use the Priory as an educational resource, fitting well into the National Curriculum. The long-term loan of selected artefacts from the 1930’s excavations has been arranged with the Norfolk Museum Service. The design and construction of display cabinets is in hand, as are additional information panels for the church and gatehouse. Members of Binham Local History Group have been busy drafting walking/cycling route leaflets centred on the Priory, and producing a “timeline” presentation to put major incidents in the Priory’s history into the context of national events. This also links with the major additions to the Priory website Tim Fawcett is working on.

BINHAM CHRISTMAS SUPPER Binham Village Hall Christmas Supper is to be held on Saturday 6th December. To book your seat please ring Liz Brown on 01328 830519. Supper to be served at 7.00 and is priced at £6 per person. There will be a Raffle and Tombola for Hall funds. This year we are also arranging some entertainment, so please ring and book your seat a.s.a.p. Thank you – hope to see you there!

CAROLS AROUND THE TREE Monday December 22nd at 7.15 p.m. We will be joined by the Fakenham Brass Band. Please come along! Steve and Alex will be providing Mulled Wine and refreshments will be available. Hope to see you all there!! Liz Brown 830519

BINHAM NATIVITY PLAY and Short Family Service Thursday 18th December 4.30 p.m. We are looking for Angels, Shepherds, Kings and Wise Men. Do come and join us - everyone can take part. Refreshments available. Call Lucy Walduck now at 0783 8359 423 (and leave a message) or 01328 830775

Finally, because of extended archaeology and unexpected additional costs, the budget could be exceeded by a significant amount. Fund-raising must continue if the project is to be completed debt-free. The next event will be another “Jack’s Race Night” in Binham Memorial Hall, Jan. 17th. Please come. Pauline Scott & David Frost

FOOD FOR THOUGHT Blessed be childhood, which brings down something of heaven into the midst of our rough earthliness.


BINHAM PARISH COUNCIL What does the Parish Council actually do? Here is a list of some of the things discussed at a recent meeting: The annual hazardous waste amnesty at some of the household waste sites (what you and I call the Tips) always produces a large amount of household paint. This is odd, because this can be taken to several sites every day of the year, including Hempton our nearest “amnesty site”. In Norfolk last year, we jointly took 1792 tonnes of paint to be re-cycled (probably better not to ask). Neither Norfolk County Council, nor North Norfolk District Council is in favour of unitary local government. Binham Parish Council disagrees, and told the Boundary Committee so. I wonder if they give equal weight to all the respondents.

SLOE GIN COMPETITION The Judges, David Frost and Andrew Cuthbert had an enjoyable afternoon tasting (just sipping!) the 19 entries. It’s a fairly complicated method of judging – there are five sections: Presentation, Clarity, Colour, Bouquet (each marked out of a total possible 5 points) and then Flavour/Balance (marked out of 25). The judges then each write a short comment such as “Sorry, this combination doesn’t appeal. However you got the sugar taste right”; “Let down by lack of clarity”; “A good example of a mature sloe gin, but put it in clear bottle to show the fine colour”; “Takes your breath away – I would take this to the Arctic!” The judges’ notes are later given to entrants. So, many thanks to the judges and also to Hilary Brown for the prizes and to Sue Jeffery for working out the marking system. Winners: Sloe Gin Nouveau. 1st (tied) Mick Jeffery and Gill Markwell. 3rd Richard Pumphrey. Sloe Gin Older Vintage. 1st Carolyn Wright. 2nd Beverley Taylor, 3rd Veronica Lane. Keeper’s Delight. 1st Beverley Taylor (Damson Gin). 2nd Gill Markwell (Mulberry Vodka). 3rd Carolyn Wright (Bullace Gin). Presentation: 1st Alan Eagle, 2nd Mike Jeffery, 3rd Richard Pumphrey

Wells Town Council had informed Binham that they had purchased a speed gun for the police to use locally, and they would be inviting financial contributions from local Parishes in due course. I have no idea what the Police do with their money, but we did send in some answers to a consultation paper that they had sent to every Parish in Norfolk. Perhaps they can’t afford speed guns because the consultations are too expensive. We decided not to adopt the red telephone box in Warham Road. The one in The Street is safe for the moment, because it is “listed”, and BT have said that they intend to keep these at present with the equipment inside them. Unlisted red boxes (with telephone removed) may be “adopted” by Parish Councils for £1 each. We decided that one red box in the village was enough, and that one with no telephone might only confuse people. Since the meeting, it has emerged that to remove the electricity supply from a box (which BT must do before removing them) costs several hundred pounds. You may want to draw your own conclusions. If you want to get all this information first hand, you would be very welcome at any of our meetings. We meet at the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm on the third Monday of January, March, May, July, September and November.

MEMORIAL HALL – 100+ CLUB July. £25 Mrs Lawton; £10 Jennie Hewitt, Barbara Seals; £5 Mr. G Griffiths, Alex Wales, Gill & Peter Markwell.

Keith Leesmith - Parish Clerk 01328 710261 – keith@leesmith.co.uk

August. £25 Mrs Violet Dunn; £10 Mr G Griffiths, Mr M Tyrell, £5 Julie Phillips, Leslie Beckham, Kevin Parr. September. £25 Mrs Dickerson; £10 Fiona Thompson; Jane Wilton; £5 Brenda Wilde, G. Savory, Andrew Marsh October. £25 Barbara Seals; £10 Mr H West; Mrs P Newson, £5 Jill Burton, James Parr, Mrs Small. November. £25 Tracy Blackiston; £10 Edward Bartram, Mr Marshall; £5 Kevin Parr, Ann Griffith-Jones, Mrs J Dickerson. There are numbers still available. Please call June Read at 01328 830106.


THE LAST MATCH OF SUMMER The score at 58-2, finding 2 seats in the front row (we later realised they could be team seats but no one threw us out), we park our bikes, sit. The bowler bowled, batsman swished, miss, ball hits pad “Owzat”, finger up, 58-3. Next man in, not the smartest: “Go for it Scruffy, keep a straight bat my son” (from the Captain). “Do me best,” says Scruffy. First ball, swish, miss; second ball swish, miss; third ball - straight - swish, connect, 2 runs; fourth ball - swish, miss; fifth ball - swish, connect, 4. End of over. Next over, other end, one swish too many and ball hits pads “Owzat”(optimistically), finger up. Mutterings behind the boundary ropes “that bloke’s finger happy.” It transpires that both teams are light on numbers so each side must provide an umpire. The batting side’s umpire is the fast bowler - unlikely (it’s thought) to be needed to bat early. Wrong ! Batting side also must provide numbers in the field. So far it’s Bennie but now Captain calls to him “come and get padded up”. Opening batsman takes Bennie’s place in the field. Next man now in, straight ball, swish, miss, “Owzat”, finger up. Smallest batsman on the side now padded up - “good luck Bennie, go for it son”. Halfway to the wicket, panic from the tea lady “where’s his helmet, you can’t send him out like that, that lad’s quick”, “have we got one that small?” back he comes, small helmet on, out he goes again. Scruffy meets him, serious words, Bennie faces, forward defensive - textbook, next ball, swish, connect, 1 run “hurrah for Bennie”! Scruffy and Bennie “high five” mid pitch; next ball, Scruffy swings, connects, ball goes to smallest man in the field with weakest arm, they have to run 3. Next ball Bennie drives, immaculately but uppishly, straight to his own man, Bennie out. Drags back to the pavilion “I got one” proudly! Meantime Captain is on the phone “Lennie? where are you? We’re waiting for you, of course you’ll get a game, of course you know where it is” Captain to drinks lady time for drinks. She troops on slowly, time is taken up. Fast Man replaced as umpire. Captain takes his white (ish) coat. Fast Man out to bat, end of over so Scruffy facing. First ball, heave to leg, 4; second ball, swish, connect, 2 more; third ball swish, miss, ball hits pads “Owzat” (confidently), an eternity passes, arm out “No Ball”; next ball, swish, miss, stumps go “No Ball”. Rest of over Scruffy straight bats. Next over to Fast Man, first ball, swish, miss; next 2 similar; fourth ball swish, connect, 2. Fifth ball, swish, miss, ball hits pads, “Owzat”, finger goes up (wrong end, wrong umpire). Bowling captain to umpire captain “Is that it?” Umpire captain looks to boundary, anxiously, “No we’ve got one more” - Lennie has arrived! Lennie not dressed for the job, off comes T shirt, on goes borrowed white pullover. Lennie strides out to bat. Last ball of over, forward defensive from Lennie. Next over, Scruffy, swish, connect,1; second ball now to Lennie, cover drive, 4; forward defensive; leg glance, 2; forward defensive; pull over mid wicket, 4. Lennie is Bradman reincarnated! Four overs of carnage later, 76-7 has become 120-7. Scruffy facing, desperation stakes, over comes a high, juicy, looping lob, huge swing from Scruffy, alas, eye fractionally off ball, nick, caught behind. Out. They troop off for tea so we have to surrender our seats. We cycle away. Richard & Norah Lewis


THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Thanks to our many helpers and to those who came to support us on 7th November, we made a record £675 for the British Legion! Very many thanks to everyone involved. Carolyn Wright

THE OPEN CIRCLE The Binham & Hindringham Women's Club will hold its Christmas Party on Thursday, December 18, at 7.15pm at Hindringham Village Hall. Delicious food, chilled rosé and fruit juices and what will undoubtedly be a noisy game of Beetle. Next year's programmes will also be distributed. Do come and enjoy an evening of Christmas cheer. Fiona Thompson (830639)

JACK’S RACE NIGHT SATURDAY 17THJANUARY 7.15 P.M. Come and have Supper at the Races! Tickets £8 available from Jack & Marie Grange (830374) and Maureen Frost (830362) Fund-raising event for the Binham Priory Project


BINHAM LOCAL HISTORY GROUP Monday 15th December Christmas Party - Pink Fizz and Mince pies. Philip West will be entertaining us with Festive Photographs of Binham and surrounding villages

Thursday 22nd January 2009 AGM & Members Open Evening.


All meetings 7.30 p.m. in the Binham Village Hall. Refreshments available. £2 Members; £3 non-Members

The church was beautifully decorated by Lady Blunden and her band of helpers for the Harvest Thanksgiving service on 28 September, with flowers and gifts of fruit and vegetables and other produce. The gifts were shared between the Briston Day Care Centre and the Break Home at Sheringham. Many thanks to all who contributed gifts, and also thanks to Lynn Marr and John Smith for delivering them to Briston and Sheringham respectively. The Service was taken by the Reverend Joanna Anderson with 18 members of the congregation present. Thanks are also due to all who helped with the church clean-up.

01328 830270 or cpwrightuk@aol.com

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



Forty-five cyclists visited St Mary’s Church Gunthorpe for the Annual Sponsored Cycle Ride on Saturday 13 September. Daniel and Virginia Worsley, and Benjamin and Abigail Williamson all cycled to raise funds for St Mary’s. Church and PCC members acted as recorders in the church and together with the cyclists and generous sponsorship raised a total of £877 for the Norfolk Churches Trust. This money is shared equally between the Trust and St Mary’s Church. Thanks to all cyclists, recorders and sponsors who gave so generously of their time and money.

Quiz Nights continue 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 1st December and Monday 5th January. 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.

WELCOME We warmly welcome to Gunthorpe David and Deborah Ford and their children Joseph (10) and Grace (8) who have moved into Chimney Cottage as a weekend and holiday retreat. Both David and Deborah are TV producers, David with Sky Sports and Deborah with BBC Breakfast.

CHRISTMAS CAROLS We are happy to announce that the always popular Carol Service will take place on Saturday, 20th December, at 6.00 pm. and look forward to meeting you all here.

GREETINGS No news from Field Dalling this issue but we would like to wish all readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


PARISH PLAN The Parish Plan Steering Group for Bale & Gunthorpe met on the 3rd November and was delighted to confirm that an Application for Funding from ITV had been granted for the sum of £500. An approach to the Norfolk Community Partnership is currently being pursued for further funding. Both the adult and youth questionnaires have now been completed with a view to distribution in the New Year. Following the collection & analysis of the questionnaires, it is hoped that the first of the open meetings will take place in March 2009. Initially, each village will hold its own meeting, with members of the Steering Group attending both. The proposed dates for the meetings are: Gunthorpe 21st March, Bale 28th March, both from12.30pm - 2pm. The next Parish Plan meeting will be held at Bale Village Hall on 1st December 7.30pm.

ODE TO THE INSTITUTE The following ode recently appeared in the Norfolk Association of Village Halls flyer, with permission for it to be re-printed. It has been slightly amended to relate to Gunthorpe Village Institute but the sentiments probably apply in all of the “Local Lynx” villages. Every village has one, Be it large or be it small. ‘Tis a focus of the village, It is our Gunthorpe village hall

PARISH PRECEPT At their meeting on 6 November the Gunthorpe and Bale Parish Council carried out a full review of the Council’s financial status. There is a healthy reserve, and it was agreed that several projects to support village activities should be considered for future action, as well as ensuring that there was sufficient funding to support, where possible, the outcome of two villages’ inputs to the Parish Plan. It was also agreed that there would be no increase in the Parish Precept for the next financial year.

While village shops are closing, The local pubs and all. But what can you rely on, The good old village hall. Financially the times are bad, And money raising is a pall. This must be done to keep alive, Our local village hall.


Please make a special effort You parishioners, friends and all. We cannot do without you, So please support our village Hall.

Some forty-four “Friends” and their guests attended a very enjoyable Harvest Supper in the Institute on 1 November. The romantic atmosphere was enhanced by the failure of half of the Institute lights but was made complete by the wonderful harvest decorations provided by Marie and Jeremy Denholm. Their generosity and support, along with other members of the Friends Committee who together provided and cooked a most enjoyable meal, meant that some £330.00 was added to the St Mary’s Church restoration and maintenance funds.

FOGPC 50/50 Club Draw Results September October Sam Ford £20.00 Roy Marsden £20.00 Hilary B-Jones £15.00 E Williamson £15.00 Virginia Worsley £ 5.00 Norman King £ 5.00 Norman King £ 5.00 Russell Hardy £ 5.00 Roderick Wye £ 5.00 Samantha Ford £ 5.00 Maurice Craske £ 5.00 Lisa Rush £ 5.00 David S-Black £ 5.00 N Worthington £ 5.00 The 50:50 Club Christmas Party will take place in the Institute at 10:30 on Saturday 20 December. Donations of £1.50 for adults and £1.00 for children (age 5-12 inclusive) are requested to cover all refreshments (wine, soft drinks, hot sausages etc). Prize money in December will be increased to £100.00 so come along to collect your prize! 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.




All “Gunthorpians” and indeed many members of the local community were saddened to hear of the death of Fred Wright in the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on 3 November. He was 83 and had been ill for some time. Fred was born in Gunthorpe and had lived here all of his life – later married to Dulcie who sadly pre-deceased him. Their daughter Pat still lives locally. He was a stalwart supporter of Gunthorpe village and served the local community in a wide variety of ways. He was a member of the Gunthorpe and Bale Parish Council from 1958 to 2003, serving as Vice-Chairman from 1963 to 1968 and then Chairman from 1968 to 2003. He took the lead in so many village activities that it is impossible to list them all, but he was noted for his very successful organisation of the Gunthorpe Village Fete over many years and was a member of the Gunthorpe Cricket Club in his younger days. During World War 2 he had served in the Merchant Navy and survived the infamous Russian Convoys, and after the War he worked locally for the Forestry Commission. At their meeting on 6 November the Gunthorpe and Bale Parish Council paid formal tribute to Fred’s long service to the community and agreed that it would be fitting to provide a more lasting tribute to him – possibly in the form of a memorial bench on Gunthorpe Village Green. At the time of going to print a Memorial Service to celebrate Fred’s life was planned to be held at St Mary’s Gunthorpe on 20 November.

A very big “Thank You” to all the volunteers for once again keeping our village green cut – especially to Ken Prouton and Paul Newstead who did the cutting before I had a proper roster organised. I am now trying to be organised so I am requesting volunteers for next year’s roster. The more volunteers we get the less time we would need individuals to take a turn – at present it works out to twice a year and takes around 1-1½ hours. Additionally the Parish Council pays for 10 cuts per year to reduce the burden on the volunteers. If you have the right equipment and are able to give this small amount of time to keep our village green tidy and attractive please call Sandra on 862899. I would also like to make a request to dog owners – please clean up after your dog if it fouls on the village green or outside anyone’s house. It is not pleasant for the volunteers or home owners to cut grass with dog faeces on it – apart from the fact that it is also an offence (see Lynx Issue 59 – Dog Control Orders). Let’s keep this village nice! Many thanks once again to all our regular volunteers. Sandra Warner Parish Councillor

FRED’S GARDENING DIARY NOTES FOR DECEMBER AND JANUARY Now is the time to finish clearing your borders, cutting down any dead flowers. Your dahlias can be cut down now and lifted and stored in a frost free shed. Make sure they are dry when you put them away to stop mildew forming and to prevent rot. Or, since winters are milder you can leave them in the ground and cover with straw if available or peat. I have also used light hedge trimmings or dead flower stalks which also work to stop frost reaching the tubers. Chrysanthemums can be cut down and any you wish to keep can be lifted and put into loose soil milder you can leave them in the ground and cover with straw if available or peat. I have also used light hedge trimmings or dead flower stalks which also work to stop frost reaching the tubers. You can finish pruning your apple trees by cutting out damaged wood and any new shoots which are crossing each other. Aim to keep the centre of the trees from becoming over-crowded. Shorten other shoots by about one third. Do not prune stone fruits at this time of year – they should be done as soon as they finish fruiting. If you have any apples in store make sure to keep checking them and remove any showing signs of rot to prevent this spreading. Clear your greenhouse of any remaining plants and wash framework and bench down with a weak solution of Jeyes fluid. Clean glass with a detergent and wash your seed trays and pots with Jeyes fluid ready for use in the spring. You can now sit down and get out your seed and plant catalogues and plan for spring 2009. Best wishes for the Festive Season. Fred Morley


HARVEST THANKSGIVING The church service was well attended and the collection of £90 was all donated to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. The RABI award grants totalling over £3 million annually to those in the farming community who are unable to make ends meet. They also care for 1,500 long term beneficiaries, whose needs increase as their years advance. After the service a different type of refreshment, namely a ‘Brunch’ was enjoyed in the Parish Room. Our thanks go to those who helped to decorate the church, which looked glorious and to the people who helped with the brunch, which was delicious. £32 was collected which was used to offset costs. The produce from the church was taken along to the Glaven Centre. Langham P.C.C.

FROM THE REGISTERS FUNERAL Philip Richard Starman September 23rd. in Morston.

REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE On the 90th. Anniversary of the end of WW1, it was heartening to see an increased number of people in the congregation at this special service which included a young man in uniform. The Reverend Trevor Shannon gave a meaningful sermon and thankfully the weather was fine as we congregated at the war memorial at the crossroads. The church collection amounted to £156.55. which was all sent to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. Thank you all for your support. Langham PCC


Saturday 13 September The team of walkers and cyclists in this year's Sponsored Bike Ride for the Norfolk Churches Trust raised the magnificent sum of £685.50. This year's team was comprised of a group of walkers, who used the innovation of walking to good effect and covered distances of 12 miles and cyclists, some of whom managed to visit over 20 churches. John and Ken would like to record their grateful thanks, not only to the walkers and cyclists for their sterling efforts but more especially to all those who sat in the church, throughout the day and provided morale boosting refreshments, in addition to recording the visiting participants. John Plummer and Ken Bartlett

A headstone in memory of ‘Llewellyn Fawcett sometime priest of these parishes’ has been installed on the east side of the church, traditionally lying facing his flock, headstone in the correct position. It is remarkable on two counts. First, the quality of the inscriptions on both sides of the headstone. The church-facing side gives details of his name, dates of birth and of death. The obverse has a quotation from George Herbert’s hymn ‘Teach me my God and King all things in thee to see’. The quality of the lettering is an outstanding example of skill and artistic ability. Secondly, the background. The headstone is the work of Philippa Fawcett, Llewellyn’s daughter, who learned from David Holgate, a Norwich stone cutter, himself taught by David Kindersley, a pupil of Eric Gill. A wonderful pedigree. We are lucky to have such an outstanding artefact in our churchyard, a worthy tribute to a lovely and well loved man.



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

George, still keeping in touch and telling us that he is very happily settled in his former home town of Conningsby, would like to be remembered to his many friends and neighbours in Langham and wishes all readers a very happy Christmas.

NORFOLK CHURCHES Sponsored Bike and Walk Ride





We have plenty of reports, notices and rosters in the Langham section which take up quite a bit of space but we could do with some interesting articles. So I appeal to you all to put on your thinking caps and see what you can come up with. Memories of bygone Langham, amusing experiences, unusual holidays are some suggestions. Copy can be delivered to 30, Binham Road or sent by e-mail to candasherriff@hotmail.com. Details of the deadline are always printed in the front of the paper but it is very much appreciated, if at all possible, for it to come in well before that date so that work does not pile up in the last 24 hours. Let’s hope we will have a paper in which to print them! I hope you have all read Helen and Bob’s article at the front of the paper. I sincerely hope that people will come forward to join the team and help save a valued paper which is a credit to all the work put in to it by Helen, Bob, ‘cut & pasters’, reps and the editorial body. Ann Sherriff ( Langham rep)

Our "Taste of Norfolk" evening held on the 4th October was a resounding success attracting 58 villagers and friends who were treated to a very entertaining evening. It started off with talks from Norman Olley, master baker from North Elmham and Teddy Maurfe owner of "The Real Ale Shop" in Wells. These very entertaining talks were then followed by the sampling of breads, ales, cheese, biscuits, chutney, fruit wines, cider and apple juices plus sausages, ham and pies (these thanks to M & M Rutland butchers), all wonderful Norfolk produce. Without doubt this has been one of the most interesting evenings held by the Friends of Langham for some time and I'm sure will be repeated again soon.

PANTOMIME It's that time of year again! Oh No It Isn't! The pantomime season is upon us. This year it is Aladdin and the Friends of Langham invite all the children for a fun afternoon at Hunstanton Theatre. Date: Friday 2nd January 2009 The coach leaves from the Bluebell Pub at 1pm and should return at approximately 6.30pm. BOOK SOON as this outing is very popular. Ring or see Cathy or Marcel Schoenmakers (01328 830537). John Hughes Chairman

FLORA TOKENS NEWS Thank you, the response to my appeal for the ‘Cooking with Schools’ tokens on packets of Flora for Langham School has been tremendous! Currently we have 524 tokens to exchange for cooking equipment. We can keep registering the tokens until 31st. December, so please keep saving them. You can register the tokens on line yourself to Langham Village School or please drop them in or pass them to somebody who goes to the school. Carol Spinks

FRIENDS OF LANGHAM Coffee Morning dates

SAT. DEC. 6TH. WED. DEC.17TH. 2008 SAT. JAN 3RD. WED. JAN 21ST. 2009 Do come along to these informal gatherings, from 10am.- 12 noon in Langham Parish Room. Meet your friends and neighbours and enjoy a cuppa! We are always in need of volunteers to run these mornings, so if you would like to help, please give me a ring. John Hughes Tel: 830 595

THANKS TO FRIENDS OF LANGHAM Thank you to the F.O.L. committee for a wonderful ‘Taste of Norfolk’ evening and also, in conjunction with the Parish Council, a very enjoyable ‘Bonfire Night’. You certainly do us proud with your social events and it is all very much appreciated. Congratulations to a very hard working committee. I hope you get lots of new members joining the ‘200 Club’ to give you support for your activities. A Villager


FAREWELL It is with sadness that we say goodbye to the Sisters of The Carmel of Our Lady of Walsingham. Although they lived in solitude, many of us came to know them through the car service and the annual carol singing sessions. We shall miss their presence. In a world that is often filled with confusion and uncertainty it may help to know that there are small communities of Carmelite women praying for our world and for our Church, praying for peace and love to prevail.

A MESSAGE FROM THE SISTERS of the Carmel of Our Lady of Walsingham We thank all our dear friends, benefators and neighbours for your love and support through the 26 years of our presence here in Langham GOD BLESS YOU ALL We will continue to pray for you.

PARISH COUNCIL War Memorial We would like to thank Cavin Reed for giving freely of his time and materials in sprucing up the memorial in time for the 90th anniversary of the end of WW1.

LANGHAM CAR SERVICE Schedule to 1st Feb 2009 Rate 20p per mile Week beginning Mondays: Nov 24 Tel 830 731 Dec 1 Tel 830 036 Dec 8 Tel 830 606* Dec 15 Tel 830 056 Dec 22 Tel 830 537* Dec 29 Tel 830 605 Jan 5 Tel 830 696* Jan 12 Tel 830 097 Jan 19 Tel 830 348 Jan 26 Tel 830 847 * 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: 830 605

Bus Timetables As posted on the notice board we managed to get a change to the schedule so that you can now spend at least four hours in Norwich on a Saturday. In addition there is another bus passing through the village at 08.55 en route from Wells to Holt.

New Chairman By the time you read this there will have been a new Chairman elected as, upon reaching a significant age, I have retired from the position.

Fireworks Once again the weather was kind to us and we had a very good Guy Fawkes night. Many thanks to everyone for their help in getting the stalls and BBQ ready and to the Friends of Langham for organising the catering. Thanks must also go to Grove Farm for the field and building the bonfire.


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The Annual Carols and Mince Pies (and sausage rolls) evening is on Friday 19th December at 7.00pm. This is a very enjoyable way to kick start the Christmas Week celebrations and we look forward to a bumper turnout at this very village atmosphere evening. You choose the carols and Pauline Bartlett will play the piano. Everyone is welcome to come along. Edward Allen Chairman

These houses are now being allocated to families in line with the District Council’s Local Lettings Agreement. Some may even be occupied before this issue of the Lynx is circulated and hopefully preceded by a public viewing organised by Hastoe Housing Association.

Allotments The Council has now agreed to the rental agreement and we hope to see cultivation taking place soon. If there are still more people interested in having a plot they should get in touch with John Sizer on 01328 830443. Colin Sherriff Chairman

A WINTER WARMER Forget the winter weather! Come and enjoy another splendid three course meal at Langham Parish Room on January 31st at 7pm. Tickets £10 each on sale from Ann Hill 01328 830198 and Jan Hope 01328 830847. Please bring your own drinks and glasses. Proceeds to North Norfolk Branch of the Alzheimer’s Society. Ann Hill


DOUBLE OCTAVE CONCERT Wednesday 10th December at 7.30pm Langham Parish Church An evening of Advent and Christmas Music sung by Double-Octave conducted by Graham Hoskins [with audience participation] and including a performance of the 'Missa O Quam Gloriosum' by Tomás Luis de Victoria. Also featuring Linda Phelps - vocal solo and Philippa Rayner - Recorder.

CAROL SERVICE The Morston candlelit Carol Service starts at 5.00 pm on Tuesday December 23rd.

Admission Free Retiring collection for Langham Church General Fund. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served in the interval. Double Octave, who are sponsored by Travis Perkins, gave a wonderful concert last year so do come and join us for what promises to be an enjoyable evening.

BIRTH With great happiness we announce the safe arrival on 28th October of Edie Rose, daughter of Sam & Emma Curtis.

SHOVELL DINNER 2008 The annual Friends of Morston Church Dinner held in memory of Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell “of Cockthorpe & Morston (1650-1707) was held in the Anchor on Saturday 25th October. After an excellent 3-course Dinner (for 50), three pictures were auctioned and then there was a Raffle, followed by a fascinating Talk with Powerpoint slides on “The Forgotten War of 1812” by John Wain, Chief Executive of the BNRA (Britannia Naval Research Association). The evening raised £1,122 for Friends of Morston Church. Next year’s Shovell Dinner, also at the Anchor, will be on Saturday 17th October – when the Speaker will be the naval author, Dr. David Davies, on “Pepys’s Navy” i.e. about the generation of mariners before Shovell was in his prime.

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

LOST PROPERTY Left in Langham Church – a gentleman’s beige jacket, medium size, with a striped lining and made by Hodges. Please would the owner collect. It can be located on the back pew or nearby chair in church.

MOBILE LIBRARY N.B. Change in timetable due to Christmas holidays. This will visit Langham on Thursdays:– Dec. 4th Jan.15th Feb 5th calling each day at: St. Mary’s – 10.00am. Old Post Office - 10.25am. Swan’s Close – 10.50am The Cornfield -11.15am

REGATTAS 2009 The Morston Regatta is scheduled for Saturday 25th July and the Oyster Regatta for Sunday 26th July.


hand. It’s almost enough to make a diver jump out of his dress. I formed my own theory about what happened to “the Vanguard”, i.e. that the explosions were caused by overheating of the ammunition magazines. As a shipwright who had worked on the interior fittings of battleships, I knew just how important were the cooling trunks fitted at intervals in the magazines. These trunks were just large square boxes made of metal and containing nothing but air, but that air was circulated and kept cool by means of a series of electric fans fitted in the exterior walls of the magazines. The whole set-up was a simple example of air-cooling. I think the loss of “the Bulwark” made the Admiralty check over its design and plans for the cooling of magazines”. [Battleship, Nov 26, 1914, in the Medway, “from internal explosion”, c.738 deaths]. “I do know that “Collingwood” and “Temeraire” had a lengthy refit, which included increasing the size of the cooling trunks in the magazine. Obviously there was something seriously wrong with the old cooling arrangements, if spontaneous explosions could take place in the middle of winter, as in the cases of “the Bulwark” and the “the Natal”. When “the Vanguard” was refitted in this way, I cannot say for certain, but it is highly probable that she was. In very hot weather it would obviously be necessary to keep all the fans going, sucking hot air out of the magazines and blowing cool air to take its place – as fast as possible and as often as possible. Time and time again however, in “the Cyclops” and also in “the Cambrian” I had seen officers switch off these fans in order to save electric current. My guess is that on this very hot night some current miser among the officers had switched off one fan too many and that was the end of “the Vanguard” and her company – including Tug Wilson” - and Morston’s Alec Gray.

SINKING OF HMS VANGUARD, 1917 Continued from ‘Death of Morston’s Alec Gray at Scapa Flow 1917’… [At the Enquiry]… “nothing much emerged from all this technical evidence, but there was one piece of ordinary lay evidence that would have made startling headlines had the proceedings been reported in the newspapers. On the actual day of the explosion, July 9th 1917, two dockyard shipwrights had been working on board “the Vanguard”. They had been replacing the gear of a Holmstrom [breech] carrier in the gun house of “A” turret. This job would not take them anywhere near any of the ammunition magazines. They had left the ship just before 5pm, in an entirely normal manner. Both came to the inquiry to give evidence and during the course of their evidence it came out, quite casually, that one of them, a chargeman of naval fitters from Chatham Dockyard had also been working on board “the Natal” on the very day she went up.” [cruiser, 30 Dec 1915, Cromarty Firth, “from faulty cordite”, c.400 dead]. “You can imagine what the reporters would have done with this coincidence. Even the Admiralty was not too keen about dismissing the matter as mere chance. The chargeman was cross-examined in great detail, but he came out of it with a clear character. Indeed, the chief fact that emerged from his cross-examination was that that he was remarkably ignorant about the details of ammunition magazines. But this was the kind of thing that might happen to any shipwright who had coincidentally specialised on gun turrets or some other kind of work and had not been required to go down into a magazine for some years. Certain items discovered among the wreckage of “the Vanguard” led to further investigation. There were some fragments of correspondence in German containing material that was highly suspicious, the photograph of a very fascinating young woman, which dated pre-war. The authorities were reasonably certain that the young woman was a German girl. A German bible was also found floating in the wreckage.But in spite of a number of apparently suspicious circumstances, there was nothing that really gave any clues as to how “the Vanguard” went up and “Internal Explosion” was again given as the Verdict of the enquiry. Within a week divers from all the ships in Scapa at that time were working on the spot where “Vanguard” went down, but down below there was nothing to indicate what had caused the explosions, because there was no semblance of a ship left. The sea floor for acres around was littered with scarcely identifiable pieces of metal. Of course there were still some large sections of ship, but nothing that resembled a magazine. When we entered these large sections and searched them we found nothing but dead bodies, and worse still, pieces of dead bodies. This was easily the most gruesome of all my diving experience – a horrific task that was to plague me with bad dreams for months afterwards. Underwater corpse faces are pallid and greenish as well as slightly magnified, and the bodies float in odd attitudes. In enclosed spaces like cabins and mess decks a diver’s bubbles seem to set up a slow circulation of the water, so that quite frequently after you have turned your back on a corpse to do some immediately essential job like securing your mode of exit, you find on turning around again, that it has floated nearer to you. This can be very disconcerting and a diver needs strong nerves to be able to stand this sort of thing. Sometimes, indeed, a corpse will creep up on you when you are busy and gently bump against you or touch you with a flaccid

MORSTON QUIZ 2009 The Friends of Morston Annual Quiz will be held in the Village Hall on Saturday 21st February. Bookings from 21st January from 01263-740431.

MORSTON FETE / FUN DAY On Sunday 23rd August 2009 the PCC is planning a Fete/Fun Day with games and stalls and a barbecue in James Cowan’s field and in Gill Kay’s field – with cream teas in the Village Hall together with an Art Exhibition. Please put the date in your diary!





The evening after the successful Sharrington Lecture, the church was again humming with activity for the Harvest Festival. This time with candles glowing amid the autumn hues of flowers and berries, we met to offer thanksgiving for the plenty of the land. Our collection raised £109, which was donated to the “Send a Cow” appeal, enabling some of Africa’s poorest farmers to grow their way out of poverty. Afterwards the congregation stayed on to enjoy refreshments at the back of the church. Many thanks to all who helped decorate the church and supplied the delicious food. Our Carol Service this year will be on Sunday 21st December at 5pm. Everyone is welcome and we hope you will stay on for our mince pies and mulled wine. On Christmas Day there will be a service of Carols and Holy Communion at 9.30am.

Our participation in this year’s event was a distinct improvement on previous years with over a thousand pounds being promised. Our share of the proceeds should amount to over £500. Congratulations and thanks to all concerned: cyclists old and young, name-checkers and organiser-in-chief Caroline Robson. Further thanks to all sponsors.

GIFT TO ST MARGARET’S We are indebted to Rosemary Beeson for her generosity in providing a Laudian frontal for the recently installed nave altar now used for communion services. We are grateful not only for the beautiful material but also for Rosemary’s skill in making the frontal.

JOINT HARVEST FESTIVAL This year it was the turn of Field Dalling church to serve as the venue for our thanksgivings. About 30 adults and children attended, led by the Rector. The service included traditional hymns and the children were usefully employed to make matters clear to the grownups!

A CHRISTENING It was smiles all round when Olivia Grace Kimmins was welcomed into the family of the church at Sharrington – and most of them came from the baby herself as she beamed and gurgled with delight throughout the service. The infant daughter of Matthew and Catherine was baptised in All Saints Church, a short pram ride from her grandparents Michael and Rosemary Kimmins’ home. She listened attentively as Rev. Joanna Anderson explained the importance of the service, and gazed in wonder at the flickering candlelight as she received the sacrament at the font. Wearing a beautiful christening gown handed down through several generations of the Kimmins’ family, Olivia posed serenely for photographs, surrounded by her proud parents, both sets of grandparents, her greatgrandmother and two doting aunts. PEL




The fourth Sharrington Lecture took place in the church on October 9th. This year’s subject was News Judgements: Art or Science? And the guest speaker was the BBC’s Director of News, Helen Boaden who talked compellingly of the dilemmas and challenges facing the 3000 journalists who provide the BBC’s news on television, radio and online. Drawing on the example of coverage of disasters natural and man-made – across the world she revealed the factors that influence the decisions of editors in deciding what stories to cover, how much space and prominence to give them in the space of a half hour bulletin and the narrow dividing line between showing images which cause offence by being too graphic or personally intrusive and masking the truth about the horror of what is going on. And none of these judgements are scientific

Daubeney Hall won a prestigious CPRE award that was presented on 6th November 2008. The Campaign to Protect Rural England honoured our dedicated and creative villagers – Martin and Robin Burkitt for their restoration and enhancement of their home in Sharrington. Details of the task can be found in Lynx 62 (October/November). Congratulations to them and also to their Architect Charles Emberson, who won the Architectural Award. Considerable laughter rippled through the assembly when one of the Architectural Judges told us he was politely turned down in favour of Charles for the project- a modest and fair-minded judge!! The Ceremony took place at the Assembly House Norwich, a magnificent hall. Chandeliers sparkled, hanging from the high domed roof, with walls adorned in the manner of stately homes. The minstrel gallery and the stage completed the grand scene; very apposite to the occasion. The thrust of the CPRE is self evident, and wide ranging. The Norfolk branch founded some 25 years ago, one of the first in the country. The awards were generously sponsored by Targetfollow, the property development and management company. Martin, Robin and Charles went up to the stage to receive their awards and Daubeney Hall will now have a shiny brass plate to fix to its 17th century walls to mark the occasion. Martin and Robin amply justify the plaudits of our village for their 4 years of dedication and creativity. The Judges were enthralled by the understated frontage of the Hall contrasting vividly with the stunning modern architectural design of the extension at the rear of the Hall. What an excellent village community we are privileged to live in, our heartiest congratulations to the Burkitts’s of Sharrington. PJG


“It would be comforting to claim that” Helen said, “but it would be untrue. It is sometimes claimed that Journalism is the first cut of history. I’d suggest that it is rarely anything of the kind. Stories which seem fantastically important today may turn out to be a footnote in history in fifty years time. Barely recognised trends largely ignored by journalists often turn out to condition ours lives profoundly..... Journalism is not history and it is absolutely not a science. But neither is it completely random. Like every form of organised knowledge, News has expectations, rules and grammar which influence the choices and judgements made by journalists. In basic terms News has to be new. News has to be dramatic – it is about the atypical and unusual rather than the average and mundane. And for the BBC it has to have some kind of genuine significance – it has to matter – whether in terms of public debate and controversy here, important developments abroad or because it reveals something powerful and new for our audience”. The Bishop of Norwich , the Rt Revd Graham James, who once again chaired the event said afterwards, “ Helen’s was far the best lecture we’ve heard in the past four years – the best prepared, the best delivered and in many ways the most stimulating”. Another guest, the Dean of Norwich Cathedral, the Very Revd Graham Smith, said, “You would expect a good communicator but there was considerable content and honesty, combined with personal charm”. The audience came from all over Norfolk and together with the loyal and practical support as ever of the congregation and the village, provided a perceptive and lively question session afterwards, as well as £770 for Church Funds. AS


VILLAGE PLAN The Village Plan Working Group has now completed a draft questionnaire, and after consultation with local groups this will be distributed to all villagers early in the New Year. Please make sure your views count. Complete the questionnaire. This is your chance for you to have a say in the future of Stiffkey. If you think changes would make your life better, let us know what you think those changes should be. If you want things to stay as they are – say so, action may be needed to be taken to ensure the good things remain the same. The questionnaire will be distributed, by hand, by a neighbour and collected after 7 days, or beyond if you are unavailable. Please place the completed questionnaire in the envelope provided and seal to maintain anonymity. If you own a holiday home in Stiffkey, and would like to complete the questionnaire please e-mail your contact details to janeysugden@btinternet.com When the questionnaires have been returned the information will be collated, analysed and developed into a Village Plan. This will contain an action plan to show what needs to happen to help the village retain the features you have highlighted as the best things and projects to improve the community. The plan provides the Parish Council and other groups with evidence of views within the village, evidence which may enable funding to be attracted for projects knowing they have support of the majority of residents. Village Plan Working Group

CHRISTMAS SERVICES IN STIFFKEY The traditional Christingle Service will be held at the Church on Sunday afternoon, Dec 21st at 3.30. Please join us in our beautifully decorated and candlelit church. Our Rector, Joanna, will lead the service. On Christmas Eve there will be carols at the Red Lion from 6.30 by kind invitation of the pub’s management. Over recent years this has become an extremely popular event, with lusty singing! There is enough room at the inn for all! Our Christmas Day Service this year will be a communion service at 10.00. There is time to come and still get home to deal with the turkey! The Rev Betty Humphries will be taking the service.

WI HARVEST SUPPER What a treat to be able to cast aside my apron to take part in the annual feast provided by the Stiffkey WI. No cooking for me and no dirty dishes to greet me after the meal! The Village Hall was filled with members from Stiffkey and the surrounding area, together with four of us ‘non-members’. What a treat it was! It seemed that every member had contributed and there was plenty of food for all, and I think we all had second helpings (I did!). And it was good – shepherds pie (or was it shepherdesses pie?) followed by a variety of crumbles, pies and puddings. The meal was followed by an auction, with Chris Halford as auctioneer, and a raffle. Most people present took something unexpected home (I must get a battery for the flashing bow tie I bid for!) Thanks to all WI members for the feast. A. Man

STIFFKEY LOCAL HISTORY GROUP The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday 15th January at 7pm at The Village Hall. Members and new members (wishing to join) are invited to bring along their own:1. Artefacts of historical interest 2. Photos/memorabilia 3. Papers/manuscripts We will share our displays (tables available), have light refreshments and hold short business/planning meeting to receive ideas and suggested future activities – and agree sub-groups for these. New members welcome! Keith McDougall

THE COASTAL HOPPER Margaret and I have taken to using this in a big way. Recently I boarded the bus in Sheringham. There was no sign of a driver but half a bus load of passengers were waiting for one to appear. Just before the scheduled departure time he arrived. He shouted out the various stopping places and walked round the bus distributing tickets collecting money from the few fare payers. Most of had our free passes. Just before we set off he shouted: “Anyone for Scarborough?” A couple from London announced: “We have never been on a bus like this!” Unlucky them - and lucky us! Only one complaint. It is disconcerting to see on the front of the new pass a photograph of oneself. In my case that is bad enough, but alongside my visage it proclaims in letter large - Expiry Date: Jan 2013. Better make the most of it! John Adnitt



On Sept 13 7 highly trained cyclists and their high performance machines assembled at the church at 9 for the annual churches sponsored ride. Undeterred by the fact that our combined ages approached half a millennium we set forth on a balmy day. Some completed a course of 18 miles and other more ambitious or unwise cyclists did 34 miles and a similar number of churches. Clive again “entertained” us with his singing, even though we tried to lose him on the way from East Barsham to South Creake. Steven, who wore the yellow jersey, rode a bike which was a vast improvement on last year’s. It appeared to have most of the important things like brakes and gears. Helen discovered gears she did not know she had. By the way did you know that the route from one end of Burnham Market to the other involves cycling up a huge hill and across a field? You can easily miss these delights by bus or car. Well done Helen, Vivien, Chris, the two Johns, Steven and Clive. We raised rather more than our combined ages: £535, shared equally between St. John’s Stiffkey and the Norfolk Churches Trust. Roll on next year. John Adnitt

NATURE NOTES The weather has been playing its tricks on us – Indian summer days turning to glorious autumn tints and then a hard frost at the end of October. Leaf growth on trees has been prodigious this year. There will be plenty to sweep up in the garden! And rotting apples for the Redwings and Blackbirds. Songbirds are in short supply. Another bad breeding year I’m afraid and plenty of predators taking their share of the diminishing populations. Is it too much? Nowadays gamekeepers should be re-badged as Wardens. There are not enough of them helping to ‘keep the balance’. We live in a managed environment – not the Serengeti Plains. Little Egrets now out-number Herons in England – over 3,500 of these elegant white birds colonising us from the south. They are a common sight stalking amongst the creeks and pools hunting out crabs and small fish. The geese are back in their thousands from Iceland. They don’t rely on dodgy banks and seem to have bred well. I saw a Muntjac deer from my window the other day – and Roe Deer are now firmly established in our area. Red Deer come and go. On moonlit nights listen for the Bewick’s Swans flying over heading for the Ouse Washes – a magical bugling in the night skies. All the way from Russia; with love Pightle

MONDAY MARDLER’S (AKA FRIENDS AND NEIGHBOURS) The mysterious and multi-talented Mardlers meet on the first Monday of each month at the Red Lion. It’s open to anyone of any age. Cake and tea is a major attraction, a bargain at the bring and buy sale a magnetic draw, a beetle drive or bingo a real must! Whether you want to mardle, meditate, or be mirthful, first Mondays 2.30-4 will be memorable. Don’t be a misfit and miss out. Come and mingle!! Next first Monday is December 1st!! In November you missed an opportunity find out how much John Adnitt weighs, how many pieces of cake Steven ate before Beverley noticed, in which royal domain Chris Halford was born, and what was Margaret’s most embarrassing moment. Worst of all you missed the opportunity to win one of Theresa’s cakes in the raffle. Next month come and bring a photo of yourself as a baby or, if cameras weren’t invented then, as a child. If you have difficulty getting out and around please contact Eva Gambrill, Theresa Gunton, Chris Halford or Pat Price, who will be pleased to organise transport. John Adnitt

LINKS WITH THE GAMBIA The Albaraca Nursery School will have one of the Christmas trees at the Christmas Tree Festival in Fakenham Parish Church this year. Please visit the festival from Dec 4th to the 11th to support the school and all the other worthy charities featured this year.

Sally in The Gambia


Sally has secured an excellent nursing post in a small hospital and clinic which specialises in maternity and women’s health work. She is very delighted. John Adnitt

The outdoor season has just finished and David Webb from Camping Hill has had another excellent season. He was in the Norfolk team which won the Adams National Trophy beating Durham again in the final. Norfolk also won the Eastern Counties League again.

FETE At the Stiffkey Fete Annual General Meeting it was decided to distribute £2000 to be divided equally between the Parish Church, Village Hall and Playing Fields. The previous committee were re-elected to organise the 2009 fete.

David played for Wootton New Park and won the Premier League, playing for Wells David won the First Division Shield and the club singles. Now for the indoors!


LANGHAM SCHOOL NEWS This term leading up to Christmas at Langham Village School is marked by music and sport, with some educational visits thrown in for good measure. One of the most exciting recent visits was across the border in Suffolk to Sutton Hoo – the celebrated Anglo-Saxon royal burial site – for Years 4, 5 and 6. With educational specialists on hand to interpret the exhibits, the children were able to soak up the intense atmosphere. “The children tried really hard to put their archaeological skills into practice,” comments Headteacher Mike Green. Closer to home, the Year 5 group were invited to the Alderman Peel High School Language Conference in Wells to participate in a variety of workshops. Such trips expose the children to foreign languages not normally part of the every day Primary curriculum and give them a taster of later possibilities in their educational lives. Visitors to the school have included the Suffragan Bishop of Lynn, the Right Reverend James Henry Langstaff. Our local vicar, the Reverend Anderson, kindly arranged the visit and the bishop was treated to a special tour by some year 6 children. Among the sports events, Langham Village School sent a Tag Rugby team to Holt Rugby Club’s annual tournament and they won several games to reach the Bowl Final, before finally succumbing to Cromer Junior 4-2. At time of writing the school was about to send a team from Years 3 and 4 to participate in Tag Rugby at North Walsham Rugby Club. Langham was also set to participate with a team of 10 in Alderman Peel High School’s Aquathon – a combination of swimming and running. A team of 31 athletes – that’s more than a third of the school – took part in Gresham’s crosscountry event. Almost 500 children from 20 schools competed in four main races. Sam Schoenmaker came 6th in the older boys race, in which the school came 9th overall. The school achieved 6th place in the older girls category and 7th place in the younger boys category, while there were too few schools in the younger girls category to create a ranking order. All the participants tried their very best in a well-run event. If the younger children feel left out, they can always try the Vertigo Climber – a new piece of equipment to be erected, hopefully, before Christmas. The challenging apparatus will be installed close to Class 1 and will provide a damp weather alternative to the existing equipment, most of which is situated around the edge of the grass playing field. The installation of the climbing apparatus was made possible by splendid fundraising by the School Friends to the tune of £6,000 – matched by capital funds identified by the school. The younger children should also benefit from a Leadership Programme organised for Years 5 and 6 children. Kirsty Downs, the Sports Coordinator for Alderman Peel High School, is working with some of the older children towards an award based on their ability to organise games and activities for younger children in the school. “We believe it’s a great way for children to develop a sense of responsibility,” observes Mike Green. The Years 4, 5 and 6 children are thoroughly enjoying their work with Dr Robert Scott, based on a music grant that has enabled all those children to study the clarinet and retain their own instrument for at least a year.


“What a fantastic opportunity this is and we hope to continue it into next year if the will is there,” says Mike Green. “The children have done some brilliant work so far, even before we took delivery of the clarinets.” As part of a further Schools Music Service initiative, The Lute Society based in Norwich is looking for four players of primary school age to learn this instrument. The lutes are being hand made, which takes between eight and 12 months. The Christmas Concert performances this year will takes place at Cley Village Hall on Tuesday and Wednesday, 2 and 3 December. As well as traditional nativity scenes, excellent recorder playing, beautiful singing and truly awful jokes, audiences can expect a story based on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – perhaps providing a useful lesson in these turbulent financial times. Plenty of enthusiastic singing, musical and poetry performances were in evidence during the annual Harvest Service at a packed Langham Parish Church. Fruit, vegetables and other food donated by parents and others connected with the school went on sale at the end of the service, with the £45 income being forwarded to the school’s nominated charity – The Breast Cancer Campaign. The proceeds from refreshments, available courtesy of the School Friends, was donated to church funds. The Breast Cancer Campaign also benefited from participation in ‘Wear Pink Day’ on Friday, 24 October. For a donation of 50p, children were able to wear something pink and even the staff and some parents joined in, raising more than £80. Among the more fun extra-curricular activities during the term was the School Friends’ Quiz Night, kindly hosted by volunteer quizmaster David Reville. The winning team got very few questions wrong and even a team made up entirely of pupils past and present did well. As ever, you can catch up with other news and information at www.langhamvillageschool.com.



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Local Lynx issue 63 December & January 2009  

Community newspaper for 10 North Norfolk villages

Local Lynx issue 63 December & January 2009  

Community newspaper for 10 North Norfolk villages