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APRIL & MAY 2009



Michael Hull

WHAT’S ON in our ten villages APRIL 2nd Thurs. Langham FOL Quiz Night Parish Room 7.00 2nd Thurs. Saxlingham Annual PCC meeting 4.00 4th Sat. Langham Joy’s Coffee Morning with F0L 10-12 4th Sat. Binham Village Hall, Barn Dance for Joanna, 7.30-10.30 6th Mon. Binham Chequers Quiz Night 8th Wed. Morston Parish Council, Site Meeting, 6.30 8th Wed. Langham Ladybirds, Bee Keeping, 7.30 9th Thurs. Langham Mobile library 11th Sat. Binham Easter Egg Hunt in Priory 12th Sun. Stiffkey Easter Egg Hunt, 3.00 12th Sun.Field Dalling Benefice Service for Joanna, 6.00 15th Wed. Langham FOL Coffee Morning, 10-12 16th Thurs. Binham Open Circle Dinner at Wighton 17th Fri. Binham Schönhausen Choir, 7.30 18th Sat. Gunthorpe Churchyard Clearance 9.00 onwards 19th Sun. Binham Easter Fayre, Village Hall, 2.00-5.00 23rd Thurs. Binham Local History Group, 7.30 23rd Thurs. Stiffkey Cricket Practice Session, 1.30 25th Sat. Gunthorpe 50-50 Club 25th Sat. Saxlingham Salsa Dancing, 7.30 30th Thurs. Binham Village Hall/AGM/Parish Meeting, 7.30 30th Thurs. Langham Mobile Library

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MAY 2nd Sat. Langham FOL Coffee, 10 – 12 3rd Sun. Stiffkey Cricket Practice Session, 1.30 7th Thurs. Bale Annual Parish/Parish Council. Meet, 7.30 8th Fri. Binham Prize Bingo, Village Hall. 13th Wed. Langham Ladybirds, Games & Craft, 7.30 15th Fri. Gunthorpe Friends Committee Meeting, 6.30 20th Wed. Langham FOL Coffee, 10 - 12 20th Wed. Morston Parish Council, 7.00, Annual Report 21st Thurs. Binham Open Circle, 7.15 @ Hindringham 21st Thurs. Langham Mobile Library 25th Mon. Langham Bring & Buy, in Churchyard 30th Sat. Binham Priory Concert, 7.00 30th Sat. Gunthorpe 50-50 Club

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Most Mondays: Langham Keep Fit, 10 - 11.30 Tuesdays: Binham Guild of Artists, Village Hall, 10 - 12

BLAKENEY CATHOLIC CHURCH Back Lane Blakeney Father Michael Simison, 12 Hindringham Road Gt. Walsingham, Norfolk. Tel: 01328 821353


Priest in Residence

Next meeting of the Deanery Synod Thursday June 18th 2009

Father William Wells (the house behind the church)

Service Times

Baconsthorpe Village Hall 7.15pm for 7.30pm See poster for details.

Vigil Mass: Sunday Mass:


Saturday 6.00pm 11.00am


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:

High Street Blakeney Minister: The Reverend David Greenaway 8 St. Andrew’s Close. Holt. Tel: 01263 712181

Sunday Services at 3.00 pm For weekday services and details of preachers and any change in times, refer to the ‘Glaven Valley Newsletter’.


Church Services for Bale and Stiffkey Benefice for April and May 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 * Parish Bale Field Dalling

5th April - Palm Sunday 9.30am HC At Saxlingham

12th April - Easter Day 9.30am HC 11.00am HC

19th April 9.30am HC At Saxlingham

26th April 9.30am HC 11.00am MP BCP

Saxlingham Gunthorpe Sharrington Binham Langham Morston Stiffkey

9.30am HC 9.30am MP 9.30am MP 11.00am HC 9.30am FS 9.30am HC BCP At Langham

At Field Dalling 11.00am HC 9.30am HC 11.00am HC 9.30am HC 9.30am HC BCP 9.30am HC

11.00am HC No service 9.30am MP 11.00am FS 9.30am HC No service At Langham

At Field Dalling 11.00am HC 9.30am HC 9.30am HC At Stiffkey No service 9.30am FS

Parish Bale Field Dalling Saxlingham Gunthorpe Sharrington Binham Langham Morston Stiffkey

3rd May 9.30am HC At Saxlingham 9.30am HC 9.30am MP 9.30am MP 11.00am HC 9.30am FS 9.30am HC BCP At Langham

10th May 9.30am HC 11.00am FS At Field Dalling 9.30am HC 9.30am HC 11.00am HC At Stiffkey No service 9.30am HC

17th May At Binham At Binham At Binham At Binham At Binham 11.00am HC At Binham At Binham At Binham

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

Good Friday (10th April): Solemn Reflection for one hour, Morston 10.30am; Bale 12 noon Easter Day (12th April) Evensong, Field Dalling at 6.00pm - Joanna’s Final Service Sunday, May 17th: Binham, Benefice Service of Dedication with Bishop Graham, 11.00am Sunday May 31st (Pentecost): Group Holy Communion Service at 10.30am, at Gunthorpe Regular Weekday Services Binham: Tuesday, 6.00pm Evening Prayers, Langham: Wednesday, 10.00am Holy Communion Stiffkey: Friday, 10.00am Holy Communion

Please note that during the vacancy rotas may be subject to change


task of the parishes to choose a new parish priest, and that is not easy. People have their own agendas, their likes and dislikes, and somehow all these things have to come together if they are going to find the right person. But who is the right person? It is easy to make mistakes, choose the wrong one, reject the right one. The future of our parishes depends on the choice our representatives make – and it is a difficult task. It is made all the harder because the question we should ask is not, who do I want, but who does God want to send to us, to lead us for the next few years? Pray for them, for strength, for insight, for the courage to put God's Kingdom first. Things happen at Easter. On that first Easter Day, Christ burst from the tomb, bringing new life to us all. Not just a new life here, but a life with him for all eternity. This life is not all there is – we can have the confidence to live it knowing that whatever happens to us, wherever we are, we shall always be safe in his arms, as members of his family for ever. It lets us dare to do things – people who are afraid of failure, scared to be wrong, will never do anything. Falling is not the sin, but lying on the ground, failing to get up and start again, is. In the perspective of Christ's resurrection, of our own eternal life, we can dare to go where he calls us, do what he wants us to do, be him in the world around us. For one day, with those who have gone before us, we shall see him face to face. O yes, things happen at Easter. Rev Tim Fawcett

Everything in our lives is surrounded with the promise of change; the buds are bursting on the trees, spring is here, and soon May and June will hold out the promise of summer. After the winter we have just had, the thought of sun and warmth is most welcome. Of course it means that all those jobs in the garden we have consistently put off because of the inclement weather, now take on some urgency as we note with horror that weeds are hardier than flowers, grow faster and come up in the unlikeliest places. Good husbandry and hard graft is necessary. Just as we can sense a new beginning in nature, so we can feel a new beginning in our own lives. For the past few years we have been led by Joanna Anderson as our parish priest, and now she is making a new start in Hexham. It will be an exciting time for her, new territory, walking into something of the unknown; but I know that as she does so she will feel Christ's hands around her, protecting her as she follows his call to set out in faith and share his love, his light, in a new place. For our part we shall miss her, as she and her family have become so much part of us here in this benefice. She has worked among us, guided us, brought us all closer to God. Despite our sadness, we wish her well, thank her for all she has done for us, and assure her of our prayers in the coming weeks. But this leaves us with a new beginning as well. It is the


BARN DANCE FOR JOANNA Sat. 4th April, Binham Village Hall, 7.30-10.30 Put on your dancing shoes and come and celebrate Joanna’s ministry for one last time, before she moves to Hexham. Tickets (£6.00) will include a glass of wine and light refreshments. They are limited, and will be available from 1st March. There will be a licensed bar. Please apply to Sheila Harris, Tel: 01263 712303.



Blakeney Scout Hut H.Q. Wednesday May 6th 7.30

Over three-quarters of the income needed to produce Local Lynx comes from advertising revenue. To keep a balance between advertising and village news, advertising space is limited but preference is given to promoting small, local businesses and services. David John has been our Advertising Manager since June 2004. As well as keeping our records up to date, he has established a very good relationship with our advertisers, many of whom he now regards as personal friends. It is with much regret that he has now decided that it is time to hand over this important job to someone else. Fortunately a very able volunteer has agreed to take over from David. From the notice on page 2, you will see that our new Advertising Manager is Maxine Burlingham, whose telephone number and email address are given. We offer a warm welcome to Maxine and know that the interests of our advertisers will be in good hands with her.

‘Insects we have encountered’ Illustrated talk: Anne & Peter Horsefield. Admission free, donations welcome.

VOLUNTARY NORFOLK In winter and spring of ’09, Voluntary Norfolk will be offering a series of free training courses and workshops to voluntary and community groups, in addition to the one-onone support already delivered by the two development workers based in the area. The courses and workshops will cover a variety of topics, including running a group, funding, finance, volunteers and marketing, and will be run in each of the towns in N. Norfolk. To find out more about these courses, or to book a session with a development worker, please contact Francis Burrows or Paul Smith on 01263 516018, or email

HOLT MEDICAL PRACTICE All surgeries, including Holt, Melton Constable and Blakeney Surgeries, will be closed ALL DAY on Thursday, 2nd April, 2009 for training purposes. For emergencies please telephone the usual number, 01263 712461. Repeat prescriptions and routine appointments will not be available on this date. We apologise for any inconvenience.

YOUR COMMUNITY NEEDS YOU Volunteer Health Connectors are being sought in local communities to help make Norfolk healthier. The Health Connectors Service is a new project using volunteers to support and encourage people who want to improve their health. This free service is available to anyone over 60. It is also available to those in receipt of an income related benefit who are disabled or have a long term health condition. Health Connectors can help people: Reduce their risk of a fall; Improve their general fitness; Quit smoking; Reduce their alcohol intake; Manage their diet and weight. For more information on the Health Connectors Service please contact the Health Connectors Coordinator on


01603 883847. Health Connectors is a service run by Voluntary Norfolk and funded by NHS Norfolk and Breckland District Council. Health Connectors, Making Health Choices Easier

MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT Sat & Sun, 4th & 5th April

Walkers in the Bure Valley Railway Walk, an event that has raised over £200,000 for cancer patients and their family, have 10 choices of walk - between 3 and 9 miles in length, over the weekend. The route runs alongside the Bure Valley Railway line and all options include free refreshments and a free steam train trip for everyone taking part. This year there will be extra train carriages and the three mile walk will be available on both days. Money raised will go to such services as Macmillan Nurses’ emotional, medical, financial and practical support and will help the charity to achieve its ambition of being able to help everyone affected by cancer. To take part in the Bure Valley Railway Walk visit, call 01603 626433 or visit the above website and organise your own walking event.

old hospital as they enter the new building. The stone structure will be preserved and displayed inside the foyer of the main entrance, providing a link from the past into the future. Pride of place will also be given to eight paintings by Sagle Bernstein, whose generous £14 million legacy has helped make the redevelopment possible. The £26 million hospital project is subject to planning permission. Architects Purcell Miller Tritton are working on more detailed designs for materials and colour schemes that will make the hospital a welcoming place for both staff and visitors. Careful attention is being paid to environmental factors and the aim is that 10 per cent of the energy used in the new building will be from sustainable sources. Around 20 solar panels will be installed on the roof at the rear of the building to provide hot water, while under-floor heating will be supplied from underground heat pumps. Architect David Bissonnet, of Purcell Miller Tritton, explained, 2The solar panels are using well-tried technology to provide a reliable method of heating water for the hospital. We also intend to drill boreholes deep into the ground to make use of natural underground heat sources. The energy will be converted and used to supply a network of under-floor pipes." A similar system is used at the Big C Centre in the grounds of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital also designed by David Bissonnet - but at Cromer deep boreholes are needed to meet the demands of a much larger building. "This is the largest healthcare project we have designed so far and we are working closely with the energy consultants Mott MacDonald and the client to maximise the space available and to make the interiors as pleasant as possible for staff and visitors," said David. "The under-floor heating will remove the need for radiators, which will help with room planning, maintenance and infection control issues. The elongated design makes it possible for most of the rooms to have windows and there will be a small garden area where staff and patients will be able to sit outside. One of the biggest challenges is to ensure that the old hospital can continue to operate throughout the construction process, and the contractors are working hard to create a schedule that will keep disruption to a minimum." JB

CROMER HOSPITAL UPDATE Many readers will be aware that the new Cromer Hospital is not only going ahead, but that it will be considerably enhanced from what would have been possible from the Sagle Bernstein legacy and other charitable gifts alone, by the injection of significant additional funding from the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital Trust. If all had gone to plan the on-site work would have started in May/June of 2009, but readers may have seen recent press articles telling of a few weeks’ delay whilst the needs of some bats found in the roof of the old building are assessed! However, hopefully we can still look forward to the new hospital being fully operational by late 2011. This short article has been provided by the N&N Hospital Press Office to update Lynx readers on current plans and progress.

Visitors to the new Cromer Hospital will be able to walk through the original stone archway bearing the name of the


transport to come to our offices. The information is downloaded daily. We have secure computer systems and we comply with Data Protection law. The digital cameras don’t stay with our officers outside working hours – they are kept securely on council premises. As you rightly point out, it is a personal decision for customers. If they would prefer to bring the documents to a council office, or trust paperwork to the post, that’s entirely up to them. Thanks also, for all your good advice about precautions people can take. Our officers will always have identification, and will always be happy to explain why they need the information they are asking for (often, it’s because the law demands it). And we’d wholeheartedly support your suggestion that people make notes of who they are dealing with from the Council, what information they have handed over to us, and so on.

NORTH NORFOLK DISTRICT COUNCIL RESPONSE Although we deliberately did not identify the Council concerned, Louise Wolsey the Revenues and Benefits Services Manager for NNDC, has responded to our article in Lynx 64 and we are pleased to publish her comments. I read “A Cautionary Tale” in a recent edition of the Local Lynx, about how our officers collect information when sorting out the complicated bits of paperwork they need from customers. Of course, you’re right that people are worried about data protection, so I thought your readers should know why we do what we do. When we’re collecting information, it’s usually things like proof of identity, address, income and expenditure – paperwork like bank statements, utilities bills, and so on. People can choose whether to bring original hard copies to us in person or put them in the post. We usually do this to support a new claim for benefits or to review an existing claim to see if there have been any changes. Our Help and Advice Team visits customers in person to talk about council tax bills or benefits, and collect the kind of information we need to process our claims or advise on other benefits and Council Tax discounts. They still have to take away this ‘proof’ in some form. We have the Help and Advice Team to make life easier for customers, particularly those who find it difficult to travel to our offices. We use the digital cameras to make life easier, too. Recording paperwork using a digital camera is no less secure than taking away hard copies. It’s no less secure than if customers put the copies in the post to us. It’s no less secure than if customers were using their own

JOANNA’S FAREWELL Joanna Anderson’s final service in our Benefice will be group evening service on Easter Sunday 12th April at 6.00 pm in St Andrew’s Church, Field Dalling. This is our chance to bid her farewell as a church community; as part of that we will be making a presentation to Joanna during the service. Afterwards, please stay for light refreshments and the chance to say your personal goodbye.

PILATES Classes now available – see under Langham for information.

CLEY W.I. Cley W.I. meets at CLEY VILLAGE HALL on the first THURSDAY of each month. There is usually a speaker and talks are followed by delicious W.I. teas. We welcome visitors to nearly all our meetings (the exceptions this year being in May and December). Anyone thinking of joining Cley W.I. is welcome to come to two or three meetings to see if you enjoy it: I think you might. Yes, we still sing ‘Jerusalem’ and some of us have been known to make the odd pot of jam, but we’re a lively minded and welcoming group. Meeting April 2nd, 2.30pm ‘Art History, Old and New’, illustrated talk by Marjorie Woodward Meeting May, 7th 12.00 midday A LUNCH at which we entertain friends from other local W.I.s. This will be preceded by a consideration and vote on this year’s resolutions. (Please note, we are not open to other visitors on this occasion). Jan Hope




£25 Susan Buttiford £10 Paul Turnbull £5 Rita Gibbs £5 Betty Carter

£25 Molly Andrews £10 Henry Carter £5 Iris Croft £5 Tamsin Scholfield



Yet again delay on the Boundary Committee's report to the Secretary of State! The latest date, 15th July, allowing for Parliamentary summer recess, means October will be the earliest decision time. District Council tax up 3.45%, so new Band D figure of £135.09 is up by £4.50 p.a. The police at a Full Council presentation, announced Safer Neighbourhood Team numbers will be increased from 17 to 23 and that, with different shift patterns, will improve the service to the people of North Norfolk. Parish Councils have received a draft of the Landscape Character assessment for discussion. To view: please use the Consultation Portal on Home Page. The purpose is to inform decision making in areas such as planning, landscape conservation, management and enhancement. Branching Out in your Community - a leaflet has been sent to all Parishes to encourage more participation in local elections. The NNDC has a small budget for this project response to the preliminary questionnaire was excellent, and Maureen Clarke, Supporting Community Manager, would be happy to talk about her work at Parish meetings and can be contacted at 01263 516340 or Shoreline Management Plan - policies are now being written and the draft SMP should be ready in late spring 2009 for a three-month public consultation. Discussions on the future of flood sirens continue between the Police and County Councils concerned. Environment Awards - now in their 15th year - are again available. Information via Hetty Selwyn 01692 400937 or North Norfolk District Council is working to Keep Norfolk Local. For more information visit

2lbs ground beef steak 2 medium sized sweet onions finely chopped 3 slices of stale bread, crumbed 1/3 teasp crushed caraway seeds 1/3 botttle of ale at room temperature 1 teasp salt, ½ teasp freshly ground black pepper 1 egg white Using a wooden spoon or your hands combine thoroughly in a bowl the breadcrumbs, meat, onion, caraway seeds, ale, and salt and pepper. Form the mixture into good sized flat patties. Beat the egg white lightly and brush on both surfaces of each one. Cook on the grill over mod heat, turning the patties only once. Serve with crispy bread or burger buns.

CARROT CAKE Preparation time 15 mins. Cooking time 45 mins. 7 ½ oz S.R. flour, 4 oz butter, 4 oz sugar 6oz carrots grated, 1 egg beaten, 3 fl oz orange juice Method 1) Rub the butter into the flour, stir in the sugar and carrots, beat in the egg and orange juice. 2) Pour into a greased 1 1/2lb loaf tin. Bake at 180C, 350F, or gas mark 4 for 45 mins. To serve, top with 7 1/2oz butter icing and marzipan carrots.

Contact Details Jonathan Savory (01328 820719) - and Joyce Trett (01328 710300) (Binham, Langham & Stiffkey) Mrs Lindsay Brettle (01263 710030) (Sharrington, Field Dalling, Saxlingham & Morston) Mrs A.R.Green (01328 878273) (Gunthorpe with Bale)


WINTER BIRDS SIGHTINGS IN THE BALE AREA Over the last couple of months I have had some interesting sightings around Bale. The highlight was a male Hen Harrier flying over the road between Bale and Field Dalling one November evening. By the time we stopped driving and found the closest field entrance to look through the harrier was over the far side of the field heading away from us, no doubt towards an extensive area of saltmarsh where it roosts overnight. Despite an over-wintering population of Hen Harriers on the N. Norfolk Coast it is surprisingly difficult to see one other than at dusk when they come into roost. Male Hen Harriers are striking birds with pale grey upper parts, black wing tips and a white rump. Females and juveniles also have the white rump but are brown with a barred tail, hence referred to as ‘ringtails’. Other bird of prey sightings around Bale include buzzards, marsh harriers, barn owls and tawny owls. However, a recent village walk produced a sighting of Britain’s smallest species of owl: a Little Owl. The first Little Owl that I have bumped into in N. Norfolk in the 14 months that I have been living here and I was particularly pleased to see one around Bale! One bird encountered a few times during my winter walks is the Woodcock. This bulky wader often sits tight, flying off at the last minute when approached or flushed. Well camouflaged, it is difficult to spot amongst cover. I generally see woodcocks by accidental flushing in wooded areas where they rest by day, or early mornings as they return to dense vegetation/wooded areas after feeding overnight on nearby fields, where they probe for invertebrate prey. Whilst a number of bird species over-winter on the N. Norfolk Coast, for me it is the huge numbers of Pink-footed Geese that I associate with colder months and cheer me up on a drab day. Many a walk has been accompanied by the sound of the geese calling as they flew over the village on their way to recently harvested sugar beet fields. N. Norfolk is visited by a significant proportion of the world’s geese population, who spend spring/summer on their Icelandic and Greenland breeding grounds. They start arriving in late September and numbers start to drop off by January as the geese begin to depart. This year the peak count was in midDecember with some 95,000 birds between North Norfolk and North-West Norfolk. I don’t expect to hear the calls of the geese again until they return next autumn/winter. Instead, as spring nears, Great-spotted Woodpeckers are drumming around the village, Skylarks are singing in fields and garden birds are much noisier and more active. Now is a good time to clean out any nest boxes for the bird breeding season. Moss is a good material for building up the height of the nest within the boxes so I put any pulled from the garden in a mesh holder along with excess dog fur, a very popular lining material. Spring is my favourite season, and I will look and listen out for the first spring migrants returning to the area and to see which birds will nest in the garden. Vicky


CROSS BORDER CO-OPERATION We’re not talking Countries here, but Parishes! In Mid-February a meeting took place in Binham Memorial Hall to investigate the possibility of local Parishes getting together now and then to assist each other. Thirteen of the fourteen Parishes in the Wells Safer Neighbourhood Area were represented, some by several representatives. Not surprisingly we found (as many of us suspected all along) that our problems are remarkably similar. Such things as potholes and dog poo regularly appear on Parish Council agendas all over the country! (If only a way could be found to fill the former with the latter!) In several Parishes locally two major problems are speeding and illegal parking. Wells Town Council has purchased a speed gun for the exclusive use of our local police to deal with the former, and is inviting contributions towards the cost from other Parishes in the area. In the case of parking, the responsibility for enforcement moves from the police to the County Council from April 2010. At the next meeting of the Parishes in June, a representative of the County Council will be coming to explain how the new system will work. Hopefully, this is just a start, and in the future even more ways will be found for Parishes to act more effectively by co-operating with their neighbours! By now you will all have noticed the lovely new red oak tree in its position on the village green – a very big “Thank You” to Veronica and Nick Lane who donated the tree to replace the old one. Keith Leesmith, Parish Clerk 01328 710261

BINHAM PRIORY PROJECT By the time you read this we hope the building in the north aisle will have been substantially completed and been ready for use since the end of February. Unfortunately the cold weather has prevented the outdoor finishing work of the lime-mortar render on the


retaining walls for the path and the tar-bound gravel top surface. We will have to manage with the present rough surface and generally unfinished appearance of the path until this work can be done in the warmer weather, hopefully before Easter. The conservation of the gatehouse, precinct wall and the north aisle building are not the only elements of the Project. Equally important is the provision of information to visitors. A great deal of effort has been expended on preparing for displays of artefacts, information panels, the web site and leaflets on a range of subjects related to the Priory together with walking and cycling tours of the surrounding area. Many of these items are now in production and most should be available by March. As the Project nears its end, after some six years of planning and execution, we are pleased that there is still good time to have everything ready by 17th May when the Bishop of Norwich will lead a service of thanksgiving and celebration, to be followed by refreshments. Information on the arrangements for this morning will be available nearer the date. Pauline Scott and David Frost

before but this will be a private morning tour before the house is opened to the public in the afternoon. So please put 10.30am on Thursday 25th June in your diary if you would like to join us. This will cost £12.50 per person. Following the tour we can then either have lunch in the excellent little restaurant or enjoy a picnic and then visit the garden, which should be almost at its best. Do let Carolyn know if you are interested. (01328 830270 or Unfortunately Professor Hassel Smith is still very unwell and will be unable to visit us in April. He very much wants to give this talk in Binham and, when he is well enough, we will organise a date to suit him. Details of our April talk will be circulated as soon as confirmed. The History Group has at last managed to create its own archive of photographs, documents and artefacts. This is situated in the Village Hall, in a dedicated filing cabinet kindly donated by Gill and Peter Markwell. The archive has been fully indexed for ease of access to the items. The ‘star’ of the collection is probably the survey of ‘Bynham’ conducted in 1576 for the Paston family. This was purchased on microfilm and recently converted to DVD images – all we need now is for somebody to translate the mediaeval Latin! The Group is most grateful to the villagers who have submitted old photographs for copying but would still appreciate access to more, of local people or of the village in earlier times. For more information on the archive and contents contact Alan Eagle (01328 830031 or

BINHAM PRIORY CONCERTS 2009 Friday 17th April at 7.30pm

Concert by the Schönhausen Choir from Krefeld, Germany. This concert includes short choral pieces by a range of composers and several organ solos. Music to be performed will include works by John Stainer, Dietrich Buxtehude, J.S.Bach, Orlando Gibbons, Bob Chilcott, William Walton and others. Tickets are £5, available at the door.

Saturday 30th May at 7.00pm

A Concert celebrating the completion of the Priory Project. Jayne May-Sysum (soprano) and Eleanor Turner (Concert Harp). Tickets are £10, to include a glass of wine, available beforehand from Maureen Frost (01328 830362) or at the door.

BINHAM LOCAL HISTORY GROUP Unfortunately Ann Mason was unable to come to talk to us in February but Chris Boxall stepped in at the very last moment and gave us a superb talk about the history of Sir Robert Walpole and Houghton Hall. Chris is a long time guide at Houghton and his enthusiasm has prompted us to organise a visit to the Hall this summer. We have visited

BINHAM’S SECOND ANNUAL PANCAKE RACES On Sunday 22nd of February, almost sixty villagers and visitors, with an age range of a few weeks to many mature years, gathered on the playing field of Binham Memorial Hall, well prepared for the keen wind. The second annual Pancake Races were to be run. The course had been marked out, frying pans prepared and resilient pancakes provided to withstand the rigours of racing. Teams and individual races, in rather approximate age categories were arranged expertly by Carolyn. Maureen, the


clerk of the course, gave instructions on the fairly flexible rules, including the “tossing positions”, as well as acting as starter and judge. The spectators encouraged a good spirited competitiveness, but with the sometimes difficult adjudication of the winner, being graciously accepted in every case. While winning was rewarded with a modest prize, taking part was more important. Exhausted competitors and spectators then adjourned to the Hall for hot soup and rolls, provided by Liz, Linda, Pauline and Marie. Comforted by a warm inner glow, all agreed this year’s event again to have been a success. While raising money was not the primary aim, the Priory Church is very grateful for donations received, totalling £110. Is the Sunday before Shrove Tuesday becoming the traditional day for Binham to hold a festival of pancake racing? Put Sunday 14th February 2010 in your diaries and perhaps we can go “international” by encouraging participation of more “foreign” teams from other parishes. David Frost

QUIZ NIGHT The final Chequers’ Quiz Night of this ‘season’ will be on Monday 6th April. The March Quiz night was a great success, with excellent questions set by Greg Able. As usual, 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.

MEMORIAL HALL – 100+ CLUB February. £25 Jude Robson. £10 Ann Griffiths-Jones. £10 Mrs Johnson. £5 Hannah Wales. £5 Judy Byrne. £5 Jennie Hewitt. There are numbers still available if you would like to join. Please phone June Read at 01328 830106 or call at 8 Priory Crescent, Binham.


Saturday 17 January was fine for the going to be good to firm at the races in Binham Memorial Hall. A jolly crowd of eager and knowledgeable punters assembled just after 7 p.m. to eye the form and get their bets on for the first race. The was a little technical trouble with the starting apparatus before the horses got away for a thrilling race, giving the lucky few a good return on their money. The gremlins were still apparent for what was billed as the second race but seemed familiar. Unfortunately it was a re-run of the first. All bets were called off half way round! The race officials, being complete amateurs, were not lynched but forgiven and managed the remaining six races very smoothly. Supper of sausages and mash followed by pudding was taken mid-way through the evening and much appreciated. The hard work of putting the evening on was willingly shared by the faithful and our thanks go to them all. Binham Priory Project fund was enhanced by the splendid sum of £1,024, a wonderful result with the Project Team being very grateful for the support of all attending. David Frost

THE OPEN CIRCLE Our Annual Dinner this year will be on 16th April at the Carpenter’s Arms in Wighton. On 21st May Christine Adams will be speaking about her aunt, May Savage, who moved her house, brick by brick, from Hertfordshire to Wells. We meet at 7.15pm on the third Thursday of each month at Hindringham Village Hall. New members are always welcome. Just come along or ring secretary Fiona Thompson on 830639.

ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT On Easter Saturday 11th April there will be a short Children’s Service in the Priory at 4 p.m. followed by the Easter Egg Hunt in the Priory grounds. Bring all the family.

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


Sunday 28th June, 11am to 3 pm Coffee and cakes, and more, for the Quidenham Hospice at Abbott Farm, Binham. For more information call Liz at 01328 830519.


EASTER FAYRE Come to the Easter Fayre at the Binham Village Hall on Sunday 19th April 2 – 5 pm. ‘Best Easter Bonnet’ competition for all ages. Watch out for the posters: games, tombola, raffle, dog show and much much more. For more information and offers of help, please ring Liz at 01328 830519. Hope to see you all there.



Field Dalling & Saxlingham Village Fete takes place on Saturday 1 August, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Village Hall on the Holt Road. There will be a live band, stalls, games and refreshments - and, following the rain at last year’s fete, we have put in a special order for a hot, sunny afternoon! Please put the date into your diary, and look for more news in Lynx during the spring.

The true measure of success is not what you have, but what you can do without.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING The Binham Village Hall AGM and Parish meeting will be held on Thursday 30th April 2009 at 7.30 pm in the village hall. All local clubs and organisations will be represented and will give a short presentation.

NEWMAN’S EMPORIUM For the third time in 166 years, another branch of a family business has opened. Roger Newman’s great-greatgrandfather, Eddie, opened in Woodford Green, London, in 1843. His great-grandfather, Ralph, opened in Fakenham in 1871. Now Roger, his wife Su and step-son Paul have reopened the Old Post Office in Front Street, Binham, as “Newman’s Emporium.” The Emporium will offer gifts and “objects,” just right to give to that young Cousin Claude, who has more than enough already. There is much artistic talent in North Norfolk, so part of the Emporium will feature single artist exhibitions, changing six weekly. Occasionally there will be a special exhibition, such as that in May to coincide with the formal opening of the Priory Project. The Emporium is open every day except Wednesdays and Thursdays. (Sundays 11 - 4, other days 10 – 5). You will be welcomed by Roger, who does the fetching and carrying and by Su, who has the style and decorative flair. 01328 830190. RN

QUIZ ANSWERS by Samphire (See page 22 ) 1.Ants. 2.Spectacles, glasses. 3.“To nattle” is to be very busy doing nothing at all. 4.Fops, popinjays. 5.Frogs. 6.Nightingales. 7.Stoats. 8.Herons. (“Harnsey-gutted” means lank and lean). 9.Wild boar. 10.Any foreigner who cannot speak English.

PRIZE BINGO at Binham Village Hall on Friday 8th May. Doors open 7pm for 7:30pm start. In aid of Asperger East Anglia (Aspergers is a form of autism), along with a Coffee Morning - date to be announced, and sponsorship for Edinburgh marathon being run by Andrew Marsh of Binham. 01328 830178 Andrew & Wendy Marsh




John Rush Jack Cutterham Barbara Burton Hillary Bevan-J David Partridge Katelin Teller Mark Kasapian

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Cissie Williamson £20.00 Michael Wilson £15.00 William Worsley £5.00 Katelin Teller £5.00 S Worthington £5.00 Diana Arthurson £5.00 Seana Broom £5.00

warm up. Larger seeds such as marigold and nasturtiums can be started in general purpose compost or sown outside in May. Very fine seed should be sown on the surface of the pot or tray and covered with a plastic bag – follow the instructions on the packets of all seeds. You can also buy ready grown plants in cell trays in three sizes from many plant catalogues – typical examples being Gardening Direct (Saxon House, 27 Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1HT – and Jersey Direct (23 Pier Street, St Helier, Jersey JE2 4XW – If you lifted and stored your dahlias in November get them sorted now ready to plant in early May. If they have dwindled place them in a bucket and cover with water overnight. You can increase your plants by dividing with a sharp knife. Each piece with an eye will produce a new plant. Dust with flowers of sulphur or garden lime. Lay in trays and cover with compost for a 7-10 days in a cold greenhouse or shed. When leaves start to form they can be planted about 10cm (4 inches) deep where they are to flower. Vegetable Garden Most vegetable seeds can be sown in April. Sow small amounts of lettuce, radish, carrots and all salad crops every 2-3 weeks to have a regular crop of young produce. Potatoes can be planted any time now, but as soon as they are 15-20 cm (6-8 inches) high draw soil round them to keep any new potatoes near the surface from becoming green. If you have not already done so, tomato seeds need to be sown now – they can be started on a windowsill indoors – see Lynx 64. When the plants are large enough plant in a cold greenhouse in early May or outside in a sheltered spot in late May. Tomatoes require plenty of sun for best results – also make sure they have plenty of water. Letting them dry out and then giving them a flush of water will cause the tomatoes to split as they take up water very fast. Keep side shoots nipped out while small. When plants have grown 5 trusses nip out the top unless you have a high greenhouse. If you let them go higher they are best grown in 30-35 cm (1214inch) pots – they dry out too quickly in grow bags. I grow cucumbers in 30cm pots and stand them in a tray to water from the bottom. Train them along wire just above the plants and hang 3 or 4 yellow sticky traps to trap whitefly, greenfly, other flying insects and the leaf miner moth and its larvae. Cucumbers can be started like tomatoes on a windowsill. “Burpless Tasty Green” is a variety that

The end of the current year for the 50:50 Club will be the May draw – which will also be a bumper one, with £80 of cash prizes. If you wish to renew your membership or join for the next twelve draws (from June 2009 to May 2010 inclusive) please renew your membership at the April or May draws or contact either Peter Everett (012163 860035) or John Blakeley (01263 861008).

FRED’S GARDENING DIARY Notes for April and May Flower Garden Pot plants that have been in the same pots for two years should be re-potted with fresh compost. Streptocarpus (Cape Primrose) and Saintpaulia (African Violet) are best planted in peat based compost. Streptocarpus can be divided to make more plants if they have become too big for the pots. Use a sharp knife to cut between each section. Alternatively they can be grown from leaf cuttings in September. Take leaf cuttings from African Violets between June and August with 5cm (2 inches) of stalk and plant in small pots in a mixture of peat and sand. Stand the pots in a shallow tray and water from the bottom to avoid wetting the leaves. You can take Pelargonium (Geraniums) cuttings now. Take 8cm (3 inches) cuttings from overwintered plants and insert in any general purpose compost. Sow seeds for annual bedding plants in a cold greenhouse. Prepare trays by filling with a good seed compost 4-5 days before planting to allow the compost to


DAVID CHARLES FORD The whole village was saddened to learn of the tragic death of Nigel and Helen Ford’s son David in a road accident in Foulsham on February 14th aged 23. Although he had left the village to find work as a chef in the big city David was very much a “Gunthorpian”, having been born in the village and spent his childhood here, and where his father Nigel and his grand-parents had lived for many years. Despite being attracted to the city life he remained keen on the country sports of shooting and fishing. He was well known as a keen Manchester United supporter and was a very enthusiastic and competent footballer in his own right, playing locally for Briston Boys. Our deepest sympathy goes to Helen, Nigel, sister Samantha and the Ford family, as well as to David’s daughter Isla who lives with her mother in Sheffield.

can be grown outside in a sheltered position. If growing your own Brassica plants from seed they need sowing now except winter cabbage which should be sown in May. Plant them out as soon as they are large enough. Runner beans and dwarf French beans can be started in pots ready to plant out in early May when the danger of frost is past. You can also plant bean seeds into the soil any time in May. Fred Morley



Tower Repairs

Gunthorpe’s Fete will take place at Gunthorpe Hall on Sunday 26 July 2009. Whilst we always receive a great deal of support “on the day” the essential planning for the Fete is carried out by a Fete Sub-Committee led by Sue Traverso and Dan Worsley, and the first meeting of this committee will take place in late April/early May. As always we would welcome more “volunteers” to join this committee which is great fun as well as businesslike, and if you are willing and able to offer your services to assist please contact Sue on 01263 861932. As well as being one of the most popular events in the Summer calendar for both the village and many hundreds of visitors, the Fete provides vital income for both the Institute and the Church and the work of the Fete planners is the key to its continuing success and popularity – so please help if you can.

Saint Mary’s Church, with the active support of the Friends of Gunthorpe Parish Church, is making good progress towards the necessary urgent structural repairs to the tower. It is a major project essential to the church if it is to continue to be used in the long term. Substantial further funds will have to be found. We plan to give you a full report on progress and details of the project involved in the next issue of the Lynx. The PCC Annual General Meeting is at 7pm on Friday 27th March. The church architect has kindly agreed to come if possible and talk about the church and the tower. Everyone is welcome. Please come. Just as the Lynx print deadline approached, we were very pleased to hear that English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund have confirmed to the church that it may now make public the fact that they have agreed in principle a grant of £78,000 for the tower repairs. Norfolk Churches Trust has made a very generous additional grant. Also the funds to be made available from The Friends and the Gunthorpe 2008 Village Fete add a magnificent £20,500. However, with an estimated net cost of £131,000 there is a still a potential shortfall of £22,500 which has to be found before December. If anyone meanwhile wants further information, wishes to make a donation to the repair fund or has other ideas for fund-raising, please write to the Chairman of the Parochial Church Council, Blue Tile Cottages, Gunthorpe, Melton Constable, NR24 2PB.

GUNTHORPE VILLAGE GREEN Sandra Warner, on behalf of the Parish Council, is still seeking volunteers to join this year’s roster for cutting Gunthorpe Village Green. The more volunteers we get the less frequently we would need individuals to take a turn – at

Churchyard Clear Up The annual churchyard clear up will take place on Saturday 18 April commencing at 9:00am. Even if you can only spare an hour please come along and help. For those who are able to “stay the course” the usual refreshments will be provided. Please bring your own gardening gloves and pruning tools etc if you have them.


the new, very efficient and pristine metro to (what was then) the tallest building in the world, Taipei 101. What a series of contrasts, the shabby suburbs, the opulent hotel, the street market and now an engineering marvel. Taiwan is subjected to earth quakes quite often and typhoons regularly! To offset the effects of the wind an enormous damper is installed near the top of the building consisting of a giant iron ball hung from steel ropes with fluid dampers attaching it to the structure. To get to the viewing gallery near the top it was necessary to use the fastest lift in the world. 89 floors in 40 seconds yet no sensation of acceleration or change in air pressure. In the evening we flew to Pingtung City, where Yuchiao’s parents live. Their house is approached via a roller shutter gate which opens to reveal a courtyard for eight houses, two blocks of four facing each other: garaging and kitchens on the ground floor, lounge, study and access to the large communal terrace on the first, and bedrooms on the top floor. White tiled on the outside and tiled floors internally - this building could have been in France or Spain! We visited a couple of Dao Temples, outside it seemed a fire continuously burned, people fed false money into the fire so that their ancestors should be wealthy in heaven. Orange and red lanterns lit the side corridors and inside the brightly lit Temples contained effigies of gods. A young couple were there hoping that a god would help them have a child. Occasionally we heard a clatter as fortune sticks were thrown to the floor to foretell the future. The day of the wedding dawned-very warm, humid and breezy, this was a relief as we had been warned that a typhoon was to hit the island that weekend! Yu-chiao left the house very early to have her hair and make-up done and to be dressed in her wedding dress- long and white. Traditionally the groom and his parents would arrive at the bride’s house so that both sets of parents could be honoured and presented with flowers. However as we were staying in the bride’s house, this part of the ceremony took place in the church after the wedding. The bride and groom went to church together in the same car, followed by all those who had gathered at the house. The church was decorated, as here, with the most beautiful flowers, mainly roses, lilies and orchids, all readily available in Taiwan. Whilst the congregation settled, a video of the couple’s lives, comprising still photos was projected onto a large screen.

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. Many thanks once again to all our regular volunteers. Sandra Warner, Parish Councillor

AU REVOIR TO RICHARD JOHNSON Gunthorpe’s loss will be China’s gain as after 21 years in this area Richard Johnson, Albanwise Farming Ltd’s Director, leaves the peace and quiet of North Norfolk to take up a new and challenging post as Director of Agriculture for North East China for Associated British Foods. Richard will be based in Yi’an in Heilongjiang Province – a city of some 13,000 inhabitants – so quite small by Chinese standards, located about 1500 miles NE of Beijing. Richard’s job will be to enhance the range and scale of arable farming in the area for the benefit of the Chinese population, and for him the great attractions include the opportunity to start with a clean sheet and expand food production in a country where the food requirements of the nation are growing in line with their economic growth and changes in eating patterns. Richard has been resident in Gunthorpe and Saxlingham for the last 19 years. Throughout his time with Albanwise he has been a great friend to Gunthorpe and indeed other villages in the area, and he will be missed. It is his intention to return to this area someday, and he plans to retain as many links as he can with the village and North Norfolk. We wish him every success in his new job. As they say in China “Gong Xi Fa Cai”.

TYING THE KNOT IN TAIWAN In issue 64 we told the first part of the story of Gunthorpe residents Ken and Norma Prouton’s journey to Taipei for the wedding of their son Oliver. This is the concluding part of their story. The next day was raining, but it was hot. We ate breakfast by the side of the road, and then made our way via


The service, in Taiwanese, was similar to an English ceremony, except that the main participants entered in strict order, the best man followed by flower girls, bridesmaid, groom and finally the bride and her father. After the exchange of rings and the father’s speech, the bride and groom walked down the aisle followed by all the guests except family and close friends who remained to be photographed. Following the ceremony the relatives ate lunch at a restaurant before the official Pingtung reception in the evening. For those who could not attend the wedding in Pingtung we were treated to another reception in Taipei one week later. During our stay we had no home cooked food, a typical breakfast comprised omelette with spring onion or dumplings filled with vegetables or meat and soy milk all bought locally, followed by exotic fruit- varieties we had never seen before! Lunches were light but the evening meals often consisted of 10 to 13 dishes - soup, fish, meat, vegetables and of course rice were all there, nothing like our Chinese take away, spicier and less fatty and I imagine much healthier. Fortunately we had practised with chop sticks before going out east or we could have starved! We were very lucky that we were with a family that could speak English otherwise we would not have been able to experience so much of the country. Our lasting impressions are of the most welcoming and hospitable people we have ever met; a very beautiful, hot, humid, verdant island with deep ravines, high mountains and exotic flowers and fruits!

There are three levels of action standby which come from the intelligence people (our troops), level 1 - body armour not worn, but within 100 metres, level 2 - body armour with you at all times and level 3 - wear it at all times. I spent 2 days carrying out training in a cabin with 16 other men wearing the full kit, including the helmet, it presented a certain pantomime effect when I was discussing Risk Management. After the first attack, of which there were at least 5 while I was there, my armour stayed with me at all times, you tend to carry it draped over the left shoulder so the steel plates cover the heart. The others all had their names and blood group written across them, with one chap having written under his blood group “Coffee, white, one sugar”. The only water to drink comes from bottles and you are instructed to not even clean your teeth with tap water, and never drink from a bottle that you haven’t opened yourself. It’s amazing how 17 full grown, mature (in age) men, can lay on the floor of a cabin listening to the thump of a rocket and talk naturally, tell jokes and giggle like schoolgirls. While on cabins, I was given VIP treatment, my accommodation was a converted sea container, and after unpacking my belongings, I tried unsuccessfully to open the Louvre blind, with the realisation that there was no window, the blind is there to give the impression that you’re not living in a steel box. Kandahar is a bleak, sandy province on the whole, whereas the Helmand province, I am told, has more vegetation. The sand is not a romantic yellow, as you imagine the Sahara desert, it’s like grey talcum powder, and when the wind blows it stings the face and eyes, and combined with midday temperatures of 35 degrees, it’s a place where you walk slowly so as not to raise the dust - that said, you have to put up with the dust raised by the variety of different military vehicles which are constantly coming and going. The only area which is not completely flat and dusty is a mountain outside the camp known as “Three Mile Mountain”. So called for the obvious reason, because it’s three miles away. This is where “Tommy Taliban” hides when they want to launch things at you, like rockets and suchlike, but it rarely happens around midday, because they like to have a doze in the shade. I remember on the first day when training, a chap came into the training room and said “OK everyone, intelligence reports that Tommy is having a doze on three mile so be prepared for incoming and dress code is two”. I just looked

ANOTHER WORKING DAY Part two This is the last part of Alan’s article – he also provided some photographs of his visit to the middle of a combat zone, but sadly these cannot be included in the Lynx. When the incoming alarm sounds every one drops to the floor, wherever and whoever you are, cover your ears to prevent the blast damaging your hearing, and after 2 minutes run to the nearest concrete bunker, known locally as a “Duck and Dive”, while wearing the standard issue body armour.


at him and said can someone translate for me. So, translation - Intelligence have reported that the Taliban are getting ready for an attack, coming in from Three Mile Mountain so keep body armour with you at all times. Everyone carries a gun. If you’re out of uniform, keeping fit by jogging, which some do, going to the mess for your meal, you never go unarmed. It’s not unusual to go for your evening meal and have to step over flak jackets complete with full magazines while the rifles are leaning against the table. The mess hall can accommodate around 500 people at a time, and there are four sittings. All food is served on a paper plate and all cutlery is plastic, like being at a never ending buffet. I remember sitting at a table with my team while next to us were four young girls, late teens, early twenties, a couple with pony tails, in T shirts with fashion logos wearing jogging bottoms and trainers, all wearing shoulder holsters complete with semi automatic pistols on one side and three clips of spare magazines on the other. This is the norm. It’s strange going into the American PX Store and seeing on the clothes racks, among the T shirts and trainers, custom made armour, with the signs proudly stating that “these flak jackets have room for additional magazines and grenades”. One T-shirt was printed with the slogan, “Life is as good as a full magazine - you want it to go on forever”. Coming away from the camp, those of us catching the air bus back to Dubai waited for our time while all the military flights took off, Nighthawk and Apache helicopter gunships, and Tri-Star airplanes. I sat watching as a platoon of young American soldiers was preparing to go out on patrol. The laughed with each other, and there was some banter going on, as some of them moved away to find some shade, one lad remained seated on the pile of kit they were taking with them, and as it went quiet, it obviously gave him time to think, and his head went down, and that’s when I noticed he wasn’t old enough to shave properly. He had his rifle laid across his knees and I had to ask him if he wouldn’t mind pointing it the other way, as I was sitting looking down the barrel of an assault rifle: he replied “Yes sir, sorry sir” with much emphasis on the “sir” but not his

FINDING YOUR ROOTS Philippa (Pippa) Bunting and her husband Michael have lived in the village of Gunthorpe for more than 25 years. Michael is very much a local Norfolk man but Pippa’s roots go back to the west of the USA where her grandfather, Frank Yates, who had emigrated from England became both a District Attorney and then State Senator in Rock Springs Wyoming before tragically contacting cancer and deciding to return with his family to the UK where he died shortly afterwards. Pippa recently had the chance to fulfil a long held ambition to investigate her grandfather’s US roots. Although Michael and I have been privileged to travel widely we had never been to the USA despite my long held ambition to see where my father had been born, and where my grandfather had achieved local “fame” as a Lawyer, District Attorney and finally State Senator for Sweetwater County, Rock Springs, Wyoming. The chance to achieve this ambition in a very “painless” way came with the offer from friends John and Diane Blakeley to “take us with them” on their next planned trip to the west of the USA, and the availability of very good value flights to Las Vegas. After landing in Las Vegas we spent a few days together soaking up the atmosphere of this unique city – albeit living in a hotel that modelled itself on the European city of Paris complete with ersatz Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. As well as sampling the glitz and glamour of the many themed hotels on Las Vegas Boulevard, or the “Strip”, we managed trips to Death Valley and a spectacular flight to the Grand Canyon before parting company to set about the more serious business of looking for my roots. Whilst the Blakeley’s headed for New Mexico we set off to head north into Utah to the State Capital, Salt Lake City, with a stop in Bryce Canyon en route. Salt Lake City, as well as being of significant geographical and tourist interest is best known as the home of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormons), and a key to unlocking my past was their Family History Library where amongst other items of information of interest to genealogists it has the US Federal Census data. From the 1920 census we found the names, ages and address of my grandfather’s family in Wyoming. Michael anyway loves driving, and he found the US road system a delight to drive on. So with hardly any traffic we were able to get to Rock Springs in a very short time. We started with the museum, which was once the town’s

fault, just what has become the normality of being there.


courthouse and jail, and where my grandfather must have worked for much of his time. The museum’s staff were most helpful and they had plenty of information. We spent the day looking through old newspaper cuttings and learnt much about my grandfather. It was then on to Green River, a small town west of Rock Springs, where, with the help of the librarian and the museum curator we found even more facts. The next door government building provided us with copies of my grandparents’ marriage licence and the petition of naturalisation raised by my grandfather when in 1911, at the age of 20, he decided to emigrate to America. After various short-term minor jobs he had decided to study law starting work as a Court Stenographer. In 1915 my grandmother to be had sailed from England to join him and after their marriage in Rock Springs went on to have four children. By 1922, after qualifying as a lawyer, my grandfather was prosecuting attorney and would have visited the jail and met, amongst others, the infamous outlaw Butch Cassidy – so called because he had been a butcher in the town before turning to a life of crime. In 1926 was elected to the Wyoming State Senate and he remained a senator until terminal ill health forced him to return to England with his family – his return being prompted by the certain knowledge that after his death my grandmother would be well looked after by relatives still in the UK. For both of us this was a very satisfying albeit emotional trip. Finding my family’s home and history was especially moving, as was learning that in the 37 years he had lived my grandfather had achieved so much. Our first visit to the USA was a most enjoyable experience – and one that we plan to repeat as soon as we can. It seems that my grandfather was also living on the East Coast for a while so this gives us a good excuse to go back. Pippa Bunting

CHANGE IN SERVICES For May and during the Vacancy There will be two Family Services and two Holy Communion services in each month. Please refer to page three for details of times and venue. Langham PCC

FRIENDS OF LANGHAM QUIZ NIGHT Thursday 2nd April 7.00pm Langham Parish Room Another FOL quiz night to challenge the best. Teams of four (if possible) £8 per team. Free tea, coffee and nibbles. To reserve your table please contact: John Hughes 01328 830595, David Reville 01328 878989 or Peter Barlow 01328 830606. As always it will be a very entertaining evening so remember it's never to late to book that table. John Hughes, Chairman

LANGHAM LADYBIRDS I am very pleased to report that a few ladies have agreed to take on the organising of this group. Meetings will continue to be held on the second Wednesday of the month in The Parish Room at 7.30 pm. Please come along and enjoy the very interesting evenings arranged for you. Next two meetings (tbc):

Wednesday 8th April- Beekeeping Organiser: Ros Fairhead 830393 A talk on the fascinating subject of keeping bees.

Wednesday 13th May Games & Craft Evening Organiser: Molly Lees 830036 Scrabble & other board games, jigsaws, cards, puzzles & mind teasers – or bring along some craft work to do, with light refreshments to help you along! Maureen Dennis 830731


FRIENDS OF LANGHAM Coffee Morning dates Sat. April 4th. Wed. April 15th. Sat. May 2nd. Wed. May 20th. 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

LINDA BRYAN-PHELPS & THE DAVE LANE QUARTET David Lane – Keyboards Justin Myers – Bass

Pete Wild – Guitar John Phelps – Drums

“MOOD SWINGS FOR SUMMER” Sunday 7th June at 7:30pm Langham Parish Church Tickets £10 from Pauline 830696, Sue 830595 or The Bluebell The Reunion Concert If you want an evening of quality entertainment then be in Langham on June 7th. If you want “A little of what you fancy does you good,” then there should be something for you to enjoy. “Eclectic” - well that’s what this show is all about. Where else would you find songs by the brilliant Billy Joel, Gerry Rafferty, Kirsty MacColl, and the Propellerheads, alongside Charlie Chaplin, Duke Ellington, Anthony Newley, Rodgers and Hart, the Kinks, Lennon/ McCartney, Barbra Streisand, Gershwin, and many more too numerous to mention. And - you have to have at least one Bond Theme! It’s not all singing, the gentlemen can play a bit too! * Show tunes? - maybe. * Country? - well. * Standards? - for sure. * Latin? - yes. * Rock? - not heavy metal! * Pop? - depends how old you are. And don’t forget Mozart – he’s sure to turn up one way or another!

“I suppose we could ask that bank man for a few quid!”


Saturday April 4th. 10am- 12 noon This traditional event will be held in the Parish Room and we look forward to seeing you all. We need your help with contributions of cakes, plants, books, toys, items for the Tombola and Raffle stalls and any unwanted gifts please. All will be most welcome and can be taken to Ann at 30, Binham Road.


This will be held in the churchyard or inside the church if it is raining or maybe even in the Parish Room! There will be the usual coffee morning stalls and refreshments. If anyone would like to bake a cake or bring along books, gifts and bric-a-brac, all will be gratefully received. We look forward to seeing you. If you would like to help on a stall, do get in touch. Proceeds will be for Langham Church General Fund. Please ring for further details. Ann Sherriff Tel: 01328 830605

Linda writes about “The Reunion” Linda met Dave at college. He was very good at the piano. She asked him to accompany her. He did – they formed a group. Linda met Pete on her first summer season. He was the sax and guitar player in the band. He was very good at the sax and guitar. Pete met Dave, Linda’s friend. Pete and Dave shared a flat in Birmingham. They were in different bands. They did some recording together. Dave met Justin in London. He was very good at the bass. They played in West End shows together. John met Linda and Pete. John was very good at the drums. They formed a band. John met Dave. They recorded an album with Linda. Linda was teaching at Gresham’s. Justin was teaching at Gresham’s. Linda told Dave about the great bass player at Gresham’s. Dave said, “Oh – I know Justin!” It’s a small world!!!!!!



EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHS in Langham Parish Room 10:00am- 4:30pm Painting Demonstration – Bob Brandt Calligraphy Demonstration – Ken Bartlett Refreshments served all day Free Entry

On Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th July * To hang framed picture – £2.50 each * * Unframed picture – £1.50 each * * Plus 10% on sold pictures * Instructions and booking forms available from Pauline Bartlett 01328 830696 Closing date for applications – Wed 1st July 2009 Proceeds to be shared between Langham Street Fayre 2010 funds and Langham Church General Fund


Schedule to May 31st 2009 Rate 20p per mile Weekly duties beginning on a Monday: Mar 30th Tel: 830 036 Mar. 23rd Tel: 830 056 th Apr. 6 Tel: 830 097 Apr. 13th Tel: 830 731 Apr. 20th Tel: 830 731 Apr. 27th Tel: 830 821 th May 4 Tel: 830 605 May 11th Tel: 830 348 th May 18 Tel: 830 696* May 25th Tel: 830 847


* These drivers do not go to Norwich..

Many people ask ‘What is Pilates?’

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. 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. People who use the service are advised to bring along plenty of change. In the infrequent event that no driver is available you may like to contact Holt Area Caring Society who deal with door to door lifts for medical associated appointments. They require bookings as far in advance as possible. Their contact number is:01263 711243. Ann Sherriff 01328 830605

Joseph Pilates developed his exercise system from many differing disciplines such as yoga, skiing, boxing and gymnastics in order to strengthen his own weakened body. His success was such that he went on to teach his method to dancers and athletes, helping them to improve their technique; balancing, strengthening and aligning their bodies to achieve maximum performance. The Body Control Pilates Method breaks down the original exercises developed by Joseph Pilates aiming to make the benefits of Pilates available to all – whether you have exercised before or not. Beginners Matwork Classes are not aerobic; the exercises are performed with awareness in a slow, controlled manner. So if you aspire to a longer, leaner and more toned body; come and give it a try! Beginners classes available Tuesday morning and Tuesday evening in Langham Parish Room. Classes in other villages possible. Please contact me for details. Amanda Marshall

MOBILE LIBRARY This will visit Langham on Thursdays – April 9th. April 30th. May 21st. calling each day at: St. Mary’s – 10.00am. Old Post Office - 10.25am. Swan’s Close – 10.50am The Cornfield -11.15am Enquiries: Wells Library 01328 710467

Body Control Pilates Teacher 07799 331676


Body Control Pilates is a Registered Trademark used under licence

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

FLORA TOKENS NEWS Our final total was 848 tokens, that is £169.60 worth. These have been exchanged for cookery equipment which has already been delivered to the school. We have forty nine items including digital scales, a digital thermometer, saucepans, sieves and rolling pins Thank you very much for your help. We look forward to using the equipment in cookery club and lessons. Carol Spinks


A VILLAGE SCHOOLMASTER An account of the careers of Arthur Smith and his wife Amy Ridout and of the village school at Langham, Norfolk, where they taught. This is the second book researched and written by Mr. D.E.Honer about Langham, his first being "Aspects of Langham". This latest book describes how the present Parish Room came into existence, its use as the first Langham school and then goes on to the foundation of the present Langham Village school. It is full of fascinating facts about both life in the village and teaching practices from 1890 to 1920. Arthur Smith was the first headmaster of both schools and served in that position for 30 years. The book is essential reading for ex and present pupils of the school. It is available, as is "Aspects of Langham", from either The Bluebell or from Colin Sherriff Tel: 01328 830605 who produces the book. The cost is £3 and any profits go to the church clock and flag funds. D. E. Honer Quite a few people have asked me, ‘who is this Mr. Honer who writes books on Langham and what is his connection with Langham?’ I contacted Mr. Honer to ask if he would provide this information and the following, in his own words is his reply: “I have adopted Norfolk, or rather a part of it - North Norfolk. How did I, a cockney born and bred, come to this land of sandy beaches, mud flats and fields of barley and oil seed rape? The connection began in 1883 when Mr Florance Rippingall took over his inheritance of Manor Cottage and Manor Farm at Langham. He had been living in Buckingham and employed a young man named Edward Ridout as his coachman and stud groom. When he moved to Langham he took Edward Ridout with him. He had two cottages built for his coachman and gardener in Binham Road (these are the two semi-detached cottages on the right as you leave Langham for Binham). Here is my connection with Norfolk and Langham in

particular; I married one of Edward Ridout's grandchildren. The Ridout family home was as described and illustrated in "Aspects of Langham" and Edward's ten children and eleven grandchildren visited Langham frequently to enjoy their grandparents’ hospitality and life in the countryside. Among them was Margaret whose mother, like some of her sisters, had migrated to London where there was a brighter life and higher wages. In London, Margaret met her future husband, me! Among the family resident in Langham was the eldest daughter Amy who had trained as a pupil teacher in Langham and later as a student teacher in London. She returned to Langham and married Arthur Smith whose pupil she had been. Her career and that of her husband are as described in "A Village Schoolmaster". They lived in the Old Mill House on the Cockthorpe Road. Another teacher was Mrs Ellen Van Damme who spent 40 years at Langham School. She took a great interest in local history, the buildings, the farms and their inhabitants. Ellen collected material from newspapers and books and printed the information so that it could be displayed in exhibitions of local interests. As old residents of the village, Ellen and the Ridouts were life long friends and on our frequent visits to Norfolk we always inspected Ellen's latest discoveries. As years passed we asked her what was to become of the material, Ellen’s husband said that they had approached a writer in London but nothing had come of it. I offered to add it to some research of mine and write it all up as a book suitable for publication. Knowing my experience in writing family histories, she was “delighted to accept”. I should add here that Mr.Honer is now 96 years old and lives in West Didbury. By profession he was a schoolteacher himself and writing family histories was just a hobby. He was kind enough to make me a joint copyright holder of both books to enable me to publish them for the benefit of the village. Colin Sherriff


CRAB SUPPER The Morston Crab Supper, in aid of Morston Church, will be on Sunday 7th June 2009, preceded by a trip to Blakeney point to see the seals and birds. Boats leave Morston Quay at 6.15 pm – with, to follow, a delicious Crab Supper or Chicken Pie with salads and home-made puddings. Bar available: beer, wine, squash etc. Tickets are £14 per head, not including wine, and are available from Mary Athill (01263-740306) or Hope Todd (01263740118). Apply soon! It’s FUN!

REGATTAS The Morston Regatta will be on Saturday 25th July and the Oyster Regatta on Sunday 26th July.



Please put Sunday 23rd August in your diary! Details later.

The Friends of Morston Church Annual Quiz for 2009 (ten teams of eight participating) was won for the sixth year running – by a stunning ten points out of 100 clear - by the Morston Pishmires, a team captained by Graham Lubbock and containing Mary Athill, Jean Chell, Brenda Clarke, Chris Lubbock, Jan Mattocks, Mike Reed and Nigel Starman. We were delighted to welcome - for the first time (and they are the first to book for 2010) - the Langham Bombers (organised by Sheila Glaister with Maureen Sturgess as captain), and the Cockthorpe & Morston Cockles (captain Maurice Matthews, organised by Carole Bean), Carolyn Wright’s Binham Barleybirds, and Sue Jeffery’s Binham Barnacles. From Morston itself came Neil Thompson’s Morston Coastguards, Susy Harrison’s Morston Mouse-hunts, Jane Temple’s Missing the Point, Beetle & Laura Bailey’s Morston Macaroons and David Carnwath’s Norfolk Nattles. Mally Bullard, assisted by many great “cookers” (as one Binham quiz participant from Tokyo once called them) from round the village organised a super supper of flamin’ tasty Cottage Pie and umpteen scrumptious puddings. This year we had a new Round called “Lateral Thinking”, but that didn’t stop the Pishmires. Many congratulations to Graham Lubbock and his Pishmires on Victory Number Six! The evening made £1,141 for Friends Of Morston Church (towards vital church repairs).

CANADIAN GOTTS MYSTERY SOLVED Chris Jarvis of Stiffkey responded to the article “Visit by Military Family” in the last issue with information about the Gotts of Morston & Canada, as under. I have supplemented it [in brackets] with information Chris has given me since his letter: “This family [the Gotts] is related to me through my mother - her maiden name was Pells. Robert John Gotts married Anna Maria Pells at Morston on 18/9/1872. They were 21 and 22 respectively. [Born 1851 and 1850]. Hence Obadiah Gotts’ second name being Pells. I met [their son] Bertie [1894-1978] & [his wife] Olive [1893-1978] about May 1970, when they were over here [from Saskatchewan, Canada] on holiday – possibly their last visit. Olive was a Dowsing from Stiffkey. The reason they were buried at Morston was perhaps because Olive said she would not be buried in Canada, nor in Stiffkey churchyard – which she said was haunted. Their daughter Dorothy [married with children, and their own private ‘plane] made contact with me in September 1991; and then in November her brother Robert with his wife Adeline, brought over his parents’ ashes, which were laid to rest [at Morston] on a Saturday morning with graveside prayers. I attended with my wife Margaret, together with Jack & Betty Parsons. The Gotts who came to visit [on 10th July 2007 with Robert & Adeline] were Bertie & Olive’s grandchildren (Robert & Adeline Gotts’ children): Brian Gotts, Melanie Gotts who married – Sweenie, Naomi Gotts (who married – Lee) with their children: Ben Gotts, Rebecca Sweenie and Laura Lee.” The maiden name of Chris Jarvis’s mother, Isabella,

PARISH COUNCIL DATES Morston Parish Council will meet on the following dates, all of which are Wednesdays, those marked with an asterisk being Meetings with John Sizer, NT, present. 8th April* at 6.30 pm (a site meeting) 20th May* at 7.00 pm (the Annual Report to parishioners following at approximately 7.30 pm) 1st July at 7.30 pm 9th September* at 7.30 pm (a site meeting) 21st October* at 6.30 pm 2nd December at 7.00 pm. There will be no Meeting in August.


THE REVD PETER BOWLES Churchgoers from both Saxlingham and Field Dalling have had the good fortune in recent years to enjoy the stimulus provided by Peter in St. Margaret’s on the first Sunday in every month. His genial presence, wisdom and perceptive interpretation of texts are much appreciated by all.

was Pells. In 1859 the Gotts and Pells had connections with the new Tyne Docks (with its own coal-loading facilities) at South Shields – which attracted thousands of men from especially Norfolk and Northumberland. We presume that Obadiah Pells Gotts, RN, Cpl Herbert Sam Gotts, RASC, Pte Charles William Gotts, RASC mentioned on Morston Church “They Also Served” Board were brothers of Bertie the emigrant.

CORRECTION Apologies to Sheila Harris, our indefatigable, ever reliable and very competent organist: owing to a misunderstanding, I stated that there was no organist in church on Christmas Day. There most certainly was! Mea culpa.

SALSA EVENING IN APRIL Caroline Robson is planning a lively fundraiser in the Village Hall on Saturday 25th April at 7.30pm. An extended lesson of salsa dancing with, of course, plenty of compelling rhythm will be provided by Marlene, an acknowledged expert! Do not miss this experience. There will be the added pleasure of consuming canapés and wine. Tickets @£10 including both refreshments and instruction are available from Caroline Robson on 01328 830298 or John Rayner on 01328 830564. Proceeds to St. Margaret’s.

TOP WOMAN CHEF IN MORSTON Adam Lusher in The Sunday Telegraph of January 18th 2009 under “A woman’s place really is in the kitchen” wrote: “The starred restaurants with women as head chefs last year were: The River Café in West London, The Old Vicarage in Sheffield, The Yorke Arms at Pateley Bridge, North Yorks, Northcote in Langho near Blackburn, Lancs, Morston Hall near Blakeney, Norfolk, where Samantha Wegg is one of the three head chefs and Gordon Ramsey’s eponymous restaurant in west London.” Samantha is (north) Norfolk born and bred, and has been at Morston Hall for 14 years.

WINTER’S FROSTS The snowdrops may be beautifying the village at the moment but another feature of this winter has been the sheer cold at times. Sadly a large chunk of flint wall has collapsed at the centre of the village – the result of frost damage. The wall’s owner is none too pleased. Lets hope the icy cold has killed off some bugs too.

TWO IMPROVEMENTS Thanks to our architect Nigel Sunter and builders Matthew and Sons, we now have a much safer means of getting up and down the lower parts of the tower. A handrail, made of polyethylene and fixed to the stone newel,

SHOVELL DINNER 2009 The Shovell Dinner this year will be on Saturday 17th October, as usual in the Anchor. The Speaker will be the historian and author (of five definitive naval history books), Dr.David Davies. He will speak on “Pepys’s Navy: Ships, Men and Organisation”. All proceeds will go as usual to Friends of Morston Church for church repairs and refurbishment.

QUIZ QUESTIONS by Samphire (Answers on page 11) What do the following East Anglian Dialect terms or words mean in everyday English. Don’t be too glusky (sulky) if you get stuck!: 1) Pishmires. 2) Barnacles. 3) Nattles. 4) Macaroons. 5) Fen-Nightingales. 6) Barleybirds. 7) Mouse-hunts. 8) Harnseys.9) Brawns. 10)Frenchmen.


SHARRINGTON CHURCH NEWS There’s a change of venue for this year’s Easter Coffee Morning – Claire Dubbins has kindly agreed to host it at her house, Lantern Barn, Sharrington. Claire and her husband Roger live in the barn nearest the main road, just opposite Sharrington Hall, and have kindly offered their home and lovely garden for the event. There will be cake, book and plant stalls together with a raffle. There will be a chance to meet and chat with friends and neighbours over a cup of coffee. For those younger guests who need to let off steam, there will be an Easter egg hunt in the garden. All proceeds will go towards the cost of repairing the church ceiling, so please do support this worthwhile event. It takes place on Wednesday 15th April starting at 10.30am. .....books.....books.....books..... Can’t find anything to read? Fed up with all the books on your shelf? Then did you know that at the back of Sharrington Church there is a box of books, all in good condition, a bargain at 50 pence each pop in and have a browse..... PEL

now winds its way from the bottom of the tower all the way up the spiral staircase to the bell-chamber. Much safer all round! The PCC are most grateful to John Kirby of Field Dalling for cunningly re vamping our notice board in the porch.

DATE FOR THE DIARY Thursday 2nd April 2009 – 4.00pm: The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place as usual in St Margaret’s Church. All residents of Saxlingham are welcome to attend.



Dear Peter Garwood’s pen is temporarily silent as he is still recovering from the effects of yet more heroic activity in conjunction with the NHS. We wish him a continued recovery and all best wishes. JHC

On Wednesday March 4th a Spring Coffee Morning was held at Saxlingham Old Rectory by courtesy of Caroline Robson. A good time was had by all and the money raised will be devoted to church repairs.

A STAR IS BORN? Charlie Hunt, son of Church Warden Mary, was cast as a choirboy in the Stephen Poliakoff film 1939. The film is set between present-day London and the idyllic Norfolk countryside in the lead up to the Second World War. We shall watch Charlie’s developing career with interest (Tall oaks from little acorns grow!)


HINTS ON PRONUNCIATION I take it you already know Of tough and bough, and cough and dough. Others may stumble, but not you, On hiccough, thorough, laugh and through. Well done! And now you wish perhaps, To learn of less familiar traps. Beware of heard, a dreadful word That looks like beard and sounds like bird. And then there’s dead, no rhyme for bead, For goodness sake, don’t call it deed! Watch out for meat and great and threat. They rhyme with suite and straight and debt. A moth is not a moth in mother, Nor both in bother, broth in brother. And here is not a match for there, Nor dear and fear for pear and bear. And then there’s dose and rose and lose – Just look them up – and goose and choose, And cork and work, and card and ward, And font and front, and word and sword, And do and go, then thwart and cart. Come, come I’ve hardly made a start. A dreadful language! Man alive, I’d mastered it when I was five!

MORE MEMORIES The best bit about Sunday was that we were allowed to stay in bed until 9 o’clock. No later than nine though, because after breakfast it was Sunday School. The Village was quite equally divided between church and chapel, but we were definitely chapel! It meant Sunday-best clothes, and trying to sit quietly for an hour on hard wooden pews, while my Uncle Charlie, who had cycled over from Wells to take Sunday School, gave the sermon. It was more like an ordinary service in those days, and I struggled to understand his words. Before he cycled back to Wells, he always said to my father ‘Fare thee well, Brother.’ After Sunday School it was Sunday Dinner, which my mother had toiled over all morning. It was cooked on our tiny kitchen range which had an open fire and an oven above it. I could never understand why, if Sunday was supposed to be a day of rest and we weren’t even allowed to play, she had to work so hard to produce this enormous meal. It was always roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. We went for a walk in the afternoon, still in our best clothes, so I think it was more of a stately promenade than a good ramble. Lots of other families would be walking too. In the spring and summer it was a chance to find things for the Nature Table at school. After the walk, another meal – Sunday tea! Always served on a clean white linen table cloth, with cut glass jam dishes, and my mother’s best tea service. She had spent all Friday afternoon making cakes and pastries, again on that small stove, so we always had several sorts of cake for tea. I suppose after that we would read or listen to the wireless – no television in those days – before it was time to clean our shoes ready for school; and go to bed. The only time our Sundays were any different were on the rare occasion in the summer that we took a picnic onto the marsh, or when it was Sunday School anniversary. But that’s another story! Jill Watson

NATURE NOTES Spring is here and we all hope for a better breeding season both for resident and migrant birds. Brown Hares have not done so well recently due perhaps to continued wet weather where the leverets get chilled in their forms. Rabbits proliferate. Am I right in saying that Shelduck numbers breeding along our coast are down? They nest in burrows (rabbit) or in straw stocks. When the ducklings hatch out there is a perilous journey to the salt marshes, sometimes several miles long. I found a string of baby Shelduck on the road by Wiveton Downs. I left my car and herded them on foot all the way down to the river Glaven at Glandford. No sign of parent birds on the way. I fear they probably did not survive. There is talk of releasing Sea-Eagles in our area. Is this wise? We already have plentiful Marsh Harriers and other raptors and an 8ft wing eagle would not say no to a juicy piglet snatched from local out-door pig farms. And Avocets and Terns already have to cope with lots of predators on their colonies. It is important to keep feeding garden birds into early summer. April and May can be cold with few insects. I remember snow in May several times. Norfolk springs are not so balmy as in the West Country – due to the proximity of the cold North Sea, but I believe we have warmer autumns as the sea has warmed up by that time and exerts a more warming influence. Pightle

VILLAGE PLAN Copies of the questionnaire will be distributed to all villagers at around the time this edition of the ’Lynx’ reaches you. The questions have all come from comments made on the mini-survey and at public events and meetings held over the last year. All the answers will be put together to give a


picture of what the village thinks is important and then a report will be produced. The report will be important in convincing Councils of opinion in the village as well as being used to help raise money for things that people want to do. Every individual living in Stiffkey, even if in a second home, should receive a questionnaire. If you by the beginning of April you have not, please apply to Janey Sugden Tel 01328 830040 for a copy. After collection the forms will be analysed and findings presented at meetings at the Village Hall in May. Please watch Village Notice Boards for dates. Steven Bashforth

STIFFKEY CRICKET Captain John ‘the Fish’ Griffin has been hard at work arranging an exciting programme of matches for the coming season; the latest details are as listed below (more to come!). The team is always looking for new talent to strengthen the improving team. If you live in Stiffkey or one of the surrounding villages without a team of your own, then contact John on 01328 830807 or 07795 634925 or turn up at the practice sessions on 23rd April and / or 3rd May at Stiffkey Playing Field 1.30 for 2.00pm start. The current fixture list is: 10th May - Beeston - away 24th May - Hindringham - home 31st May - Rudham - home 7th or 28th June - Saxlingham - home 11th June - Aylsham (20/20 evening game) - home 14th June - Burnham Thorpe - location TBA 21st June - Hindringham - away 5th July - Marlingford - home 19th July - Burnham Thorpe - location TBA 26th July - Rudham - away 30th July - Aylsham (20/20 evening game) - away 2nd August - Beeston - home 16th August - Holkham – home If you think you are not up to playing then come along and watch and be convinced you are good enough. Matches are always interesting, sometimes exiting and skilful, and always amusing! All Sunday games start at 2pm. Steven Bashforth

VISIT TO THE GAMBIA Margaret and I spent two weeks in the warm in February visiting Albaraca School and meeting Sally Bass while we were there. It was a very pleasant 30 degrees most days we were there. It was 30 when we got back to Gatwick late one night, but sadly a different sort of 30! The school is flourishing. One or two problems identified in previous visits have been addressed. The school looks well cared for, and the teachers are making good use of the resources provided. Many thanks to all who have helped us raise money during the last year. The exchange rate now is much less favourable than it was a year or two ago so we need more pounds to convert to the local Gambian currency to pay the wages and provide other basic costs. Sally is doing extremely well. She is working as a fully qualified nurse for an organisation called Bafrow which has several clinics and a small hospital in The Gambia specialising in women’s and children’s health issues. Sally has already helped deliver many babies and has also been asked to give lectures in schools on health matters. At one of these 200 pupils, teachers and parents turned up. Sally was quite un-fazed by this unexpectedly large audience. The music evenings continue to help her funds for future training as a midwife. We have enjoyed two evenings of Viennese music in January and February, which have shown that the musical heritage of this city is much wider than the waltzes, polkas and operettas which feature in the New Year’s Concert. Beethoven, Haydn, Schubert and Bruckner offer music which explores a wide range of human emotions and spiritual awareness. John Adnitt

EASTER EGG HUNT The ever popular Easter Egg Hunt will take place again this year on Easter Day starting from the Easter garden on the knoll. The search begins at 3 o’clock.

CHURCH WINDOWS Many thanks to those who replied to the letter about the window repairs at the Church. By the time this is published the work will have started. Fortunately it is going to take several months, so we will have time to raise the final amounts of money we need. Most of the work will take place off-site with two windows at a time being removed and taken away to workshops near Norwich. The usual pattern of services will not be affected in any way by the work. The missing windows will be boarded up!! We will have an Open Gardens Day on Sunday July 25th and a BBQ on June 27th to raise money for the windows restoration. Watch this space and other advertising for further details. If you would like to volunteer your


garden for July 25th please contact John on 830044 or Keith on 830344. We need at least a dozen around the village for all the visitors we hope to get! Last time we did this it was a huge success and raised over £4,000. We really need another good result! John Adnitt

Norfolk in 1936 when they bought Stow Mill, Paston, as a holiday home,. Thus my childhood was moulded by the silhouette of that lovely old mill, the mill house and glorious childhood days on Mundesley beach. Wartime saw the family temporarily in the West Country and as a schoolboy at Taverham Hall. The school evacuated to South Wales. What vivid memories of the Norfolk coast as an armed camp! All the hotels and holiday camps were requisitioned by the army. Our occasional wartime visits to Paston (using a precious petrol ration) remain for me crystal clear memories. Even in wartime we tried to visit Paston on and off. One incident is worth recording. With father away at the war I was with my mother alone at Stow Mill. It was a hot August afternoon in 1940. Invasion fever was rife. A knock at the door. As a small l6 year old I cautiously opened it to find a soldier in battle dress and forage cap standing with a clip-board. I called my mother from the kitchen and this socalled “tommy” began asking questions about our family and residence- “to complete a survey for defence purposes”. After he had gone mother began to wonder was this genuine? Was he really part of the local military? Who else had he “surveyed”? A quick call to Mundesley police station resulted and P.C. Smith, red-faced and perspiring bicycled up the hill. A further enquiry to the Army H.Q. at the Grand Hotel confirmed that no official surveys had been authorised. An anti-Nazi spy organisation swept into action. The man was caught. He proved to be a German spy and was arrested – and probably executed. We never learnt the outcome. It is difficult for younger people to imagine what wartime Norfolk was like – the constant drone of aircraft, the mined beaches, the hit-and-run raids by German aircraft. (My mother had to take cover in the ditch one day carrying her shopping up from the Grocer (Rusts) from machine gun fire.) The US Bomber Force going out in the morning – the Lancasters of the R.A.F. in the evenings for night raids over Germany, the ration books; the sirens, the fear and then the bombing of Norwich and loss of life. Of course the County Records Office have detailed information but as an adopted son of Norfolk I can look back and remember so much – so clearly and with the feeling that in those war years Norfolk held together with a community sprit, a determination to hold out and put up with shortages and crises. Would we do it again? Keith McDougall

CHURCH SERVICES During the rest of 2009 we will, like all the other 8 parishes in the benefice, have a changed rota of services to take account of the fact that until Joanna is replaced the overall number of services throughout the benefice will have to be reduced. The parochial church council here in Stiffkey has welcomed a proposal to share all services during this period with Langham Church. The first and third Sundays will be services at Langham and the second and fourth at Stiffkey. All will be at 9.30. The Friday morning communion service at Stiffkey will remain. It is a good opportunity to benefit from sharing, and we look forward to it. John Adnitt

VERA CURTIS We are sad to record the death of Vera Curtis, whose funeral was held on Thursday 5th February at St John’s Church. Our condolences go to Alan & family.

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP NEWS A fascinating miscellany of photographs, cuttings and artefacts were brought along to the social evening in January. This included a collection of finds from the churchyard brought along by John Wright, including pottery of many eras, and medieval stained glass. There were many items from the Harrisons, including stone tools and medieval coins. Geraldine Green brought along all manner of artefacts, my favourite was the enormous saw of about 1850 (made in Stiffkey), used to cut ice to free boats whaling in the Arctic. There were also a number of photographs and cuttings which have been donated to the group, and arrangements are being made for their safe keeping. The group’s next venture is to be a walk around the village, led by Geraldine Green and Jill Watson, to take place on Saturday 18th April, meeting at the Red Lion car park at 10 o’clock. The aim of the walk is to pool knowledge of Stiffkey and arouse interest. The walk will take around two hours and end at the Red Lion, where refreshments can, of course be obtained. Membership of the group costs only £5 per year – contact Geraldine Green on 830245 for further information. Steven Bashforth

WARTIME MEMORIES I was pondering about my connections with Norfolk and wondered whether I could really call myself (after 70 years) a ”man of Norfolk” – which Admiral Lord Nelson certainly did in his speech on landing at Yarmouth after the battle of Copenhagen. But he was born at Burnham Thorpe, and went to school at North Walsham. Like him I learnt to sail on Barton Broad. That makes me feel a faint association with our great hero. No; I was born in London and my dear parents Douglas and Katie only put down first roots in


and laptops as part of the school’s investment in ICT provision. The school’s participation in World Maths Day would have been a lot tougher with the old computer hardware. In a unique link-up, Class 3 immersed themselves in mathematical challenges online with children from around the world. As part of the UNICEF Day For Change activities, the School Council organised a casual clothes day to support children in Papua, New Guinea. Pursuing the school’s International Primary Curriculum, country focuses have included Argentina and France and French Club has continued this term. Also as part of the IPC, Class 1 has been looking into food this term along the theme of ‘we are what we eat’, while Class 2 has studied ‘healthy bodies, healthy eating’ and Class 3 has focused on weather and climate. Closer to home but still on a climate-related theme, Years 4, 5 and 6 children were treated to a presentation by Charlie Ward on the local off-shore wind farm development and what it may mean for the locality. All the children in school enjoyed a talk from Jackie Piermont about the benefits of composting and the value of worms and the school’s Eco Warriors have posted their own newsletter on the school’s website at Among other distinguished visitors to the school, we were delighted to welcome local MP Norman Lamb, who was given a special tour by pupils from the school. He seemed to enjoy himself and hopefully gained an insight into how a small village school like Langham can operate successfully.

SCHOOL NEWS The school year at Langham Village School continues to be all action, with lots of sporting and cultural events, plus some more academic and practical activities thrown in for good measure. It is also pleasing to note how much the school is interacting with the wider community in Norfolk and beyond in order to draw upon every possible learning resource. In music, for instance, our Reception, year 1 and year 2 children performed at the Norwich Music Festival at St Andrew's Hall in Norwich. It was the first time the school has competed in this festival and we came a creditable third, with everyone enjoying themselves. Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 children were set to return to the same venue on March 25 to sing in the CASMA (Central Area Schools Music Association) concert. Langham was joining with other schools to focus on the theme of ‘show songs’. Our guitar group have performed at the county’s guitar festival in Norwich, performing a song called Chinese Takeaway, and Drum Club is continuing with Ronnie Prudence every Thursday. Not exactly a Chinese takeaway but Year 4 children have been cooking Normandy Apple cakes with Carol Spinks as part of the Cookery Club activities. Watching someone else perform, Years 4, 5 and 6 had a tremendously exciting visit to the Norwich Playhouse with other local schools to see the Children's Laureate, Michael Rosen. He has a happy knack of maintaining children’s attention and making them laugh, while at the same time inspiring them to read. In preparation for local event Poetry next the Sea, poet and teacher Andy Croft visited the school to work with the children. Andy has written biographies of David Beckham, Rio Ferdinand and Kelly Holmes, so naturally our poems have a PE/sporting theme. The new wooden-construction Resource Room is virtually complete and is looking splendid, receiving many positive comments from all who see it. The children are already swarming upon the new adventurous climbing apparatus and even parents are checking out the ‘rubberised-tarmac’ landing surface, which has an unsettling bounce to it on first encounter. In addition, we hope to have a new cycle shelter constructed soon as part of our effort to encourage cycling and healthy lifestyles. Bill Butlin from the county’s Road Safety team is also returning to the school to conduct his road crossing and cycling proficiency sessions. In the summer 15 children from Langham Village School will be participating in a 9week sports and ICT programme – an innovative blend – at the Grand Slam Learning Centre at Sedgeford. Everyone is already enjoying our new range of desktops


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Local Lynx issue 65 April & May 2009  

The community newspaper for 10 North Norfolk villages

Local Lynx issue 65 April & May 2009  

The community newspaper for 10 North Norfolk villages