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BALE - BINHAM - COCKTHORPE - FIELD DALLING GUNTHORPE - LANGHAM - MORSTON SAXLINGHAM - SHARRINGTON - STIFFKEY

NEWS FROM OUR VILLAGES

FEBRUARY & MARCH 2010

ISSUE 70

Post Office Row, Gunthorpe, c. 1913

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WHAT’S ON in our villages - is a non-profit-making community newspaper, run for the benefit of ten villages.

FEBRURARY 10th Wed. Langham Ladybirds Parish Room 7.30pm 14th Sun. Binham 3rd Annual Pancake Races 12.30pm 14th Sun. Binham Priory Mothering Sunday 11am 18th Thurs. Langham Mobile Library 20th Sat. Morston Annual Quiz & Supper 7pm 24th Wed. Morston Parish Council Meeting 7pm 25th Thurs. Binham Local History Group Medieval Gilds 7.30pm 27th Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club may be cancelled due to building works

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2nd Tues. Binham Sew-A-Handbag class 3rd Wed. Binham Bring & Buy 10-12 11th Thurs. Langham Mobile Library 12th Fri. Binham Memorial Hall FOB presentation & supper 7.30pm 13 Sat Langham Bistro Night Parish Room 7pm 18th Thurs. Stiffkey Local History Group Researching the history of your house 7pm 25th Thurs. Binham Local History Group Railways in North Norfolk 27th Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club 27 Sat. Langham Joy’s Coffee Morning 10-12noon ————————————————————— Mondays: Langham Keep Fit 10-11.30 Binham Babies & Todlers 10-12 Binham Sing For Joy 7.30-9.30pm 1st Monday: Binham Quiz Night at Chequers Stiffkey Mardlers at Red Lion 2.30pm 3rd Monday: Binham Games Night at Chequers 7.30pm Tuesdays: Binham Guild of Artists 10-12 Wednesdays: Binham Yoga 10-12 Binham Youth Group 6-8pm Thursdays: Binham Pilates (am)

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BLAKENEY CATHOLIC CHURCH BACK LANE BLAKENEY Father Michael Simison 12 Hindringham Road Gt. Walsingham Norfolk Tel: 01328 821 353 Priest in Residence Father William Wells (the house behind the church) Service Times Mass for Sunday Vigil Mass: Saturday 6.00pm Sunday Mass: 11.00am

DEANERY NEWS The next meeting of the Deanery Synod is on Thursday March 4th 2010, 7.15pm for 7.30pm at St. Andrew’s Church Hall Holt.

BLAKENEY METHODIST CHURCH HIGH STREET BLAKENEY Minister: The Reverend David Greenaway 8 St. Andrew’s Close Holt. Tel: 01263 712 181 Sunday Services at 3pm For weekday services and details of preachers and any change in times, refer to the ‘Glaven Valley Newsletter’.

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Church Services for Bale and Stiffkey Benefice for February and March 2010 HC=Holy Communion. CFS=Church Family Service. MP=Morning Prayer. BCP=Book of Common Prayer All Communion Services are in traditional language except those marked * Bale Field Dalling

7th February 9.30am HC At Saxlingham

14th February 9.30am HC 11.00am CFS

21st February 9.30am HC At Saxlingham

28th February 9.30am HC 11.00am MP BCP

Saxlingham Gunthorpe Sharrington Binham Morston Langham Stiffkey

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

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

11.00am HC No service 9.30am MP 11.00am CFS 9.30am HC BCP At Stiffkey 9.30am MP

At Field Dalling 11.00am HC 9.30am HC 9.30am HC No service 9.30am HC At Langham

7th March

14th March Mothering Sunday 9.30am HC 11.00am CFS At Field Dalling 9.30am HC 9.30am HC 11.00am HC No service At Stiffkey 9.30am HC

21st March

28th March Palm Sunday 9.30am HC 11.00am MP BCP

Parish

Parish Bale Field Dalling Saxlingham Gunthorpe Sharrington Binham Morston Langham Stiffkey

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

9.30am HC At Saxlingham 11.00am HC No service 9.30am MP 11.00am CFS 9.30am HC BCP At Stiffkey 9.30am HC

At Field Dalling

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

Regular Weekday Services Binham: Tuesday, 6.00pm Evening Prayers, Langham: Wednesday, 10.00am Holy Communion Stiffkey: Friday, 10.00am Holy Communion The Coastal Issues Forum had to be cancelled twice, in December and January due to snow! This will now take place on 16th February when the SMP, Sirens, etc., will be discussed. The briefing workshop event on the North Norfolk Coastal Pathfinder Programme which will cover the successful bid by NNDC for ÂŁ3 million funding was also postponed. This will outline the key elements in the bid and how it can develop local consultative arrangements with individual coastal communities. Following canvassing of local residents in Brinton and Sharrington, there appears to be demand for a regular local bus service, this may be of interest to other villages. The 'adequate' assessment by the Audit Commission's view of NNDC's performance seems mainly to stem from the lack of affordable housing, especially for local people. North Norfolk District Council is working to Keep Norfolk Local. For more information visit www.keepnorfolklocal.com.

DISTRICT COUNCILLORS’ NOTES It may be a New Year, but the unitary proposals for local government in North Norfolk continue. At present the Secretary of State is reviewing the options put forward by the Boundary Committee. The recommendation is for a single unitary council covering the whole area of the county of Norfolk. However, a further legal challenge is being mounted by the five 'Keep Norfolk Local' Councils during the consultation period till 19th January, so the final outcome is still unclear. Shoreline Management Plan - the Environment Agency has confirmed that they will put onto the website a report detailing their actions taken during the four month consultation period. This will include the full set of comments sent in together with an analysis of the responses and action taken. Meetings to discuss the revised plan should commence in February. There is also a further consultation period for the Strategic Environmental Assessment addendum to the draft SMP from 4th January till 19th February. This gives the opportunity for more comments on the environmental report.

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DISTRICT COUNCILLORS’

OPEN CIRCLE

CONTACT DETAILS

February 18th Michele Cockerill, from the House of Colour, will show us how to look ten years younger without surgery. March 18th Philip Walker. ‘A Year in the life of a bee-keeper, and Pensthorpe’ We meet at 7.15 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Hindringham Village Hall. New members are always welcome. Just come along on the night, or ring Secretary Fiona Thompson on 830639.

Jonathan Savory (01328 820719) e.mail:jsavory@north-norfolk.gov.uk - and Joyce Trett (01328 710300) e.mail:jtrett@lineone.net (Binham, Langham & Stiffkey) Mrs Lindsay Brettle (01263 710030) e.mail:Lindsay.brettle@north-norfolk.gov.uk (Sharrington, Field Dalling,/Saxlingham & Morston) Mrs A.R.Green (01328 878273) e.mail:ann.green@north-norfolk.gov.uk (Gunthorpe with Bale)

FAKENHAM CHORAL SOCIETY LENT CONCERT Fakenham Parish Church Saturday March 13th, 7.30pm VERDI REQUIEM Tickets £15 (under 18s free) from 01328 830639 or on the door.

CLEY W.I. Our President Jan Hope stepped down after the Annual Meeting in December. What a lot we have to thank her for – her ideas, eloquence and all the time and leadership she has given to Cley W.I. She will be much missed, but we are fortunate to have Monica White who will become President for 2010. Future speakers:

BATTLEFIELD TOURS 2010 With interest and encouragement from previous tours, Richard Blake is planning two more battlefield tours this summer. Both will be fully escorted and include half-board accommodation. The first (June 19-21 - 2 nights and three days) will coincide with the 195th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, which so drastically affected the futures of two men, their countries and the whole of Europe, and will include a spectacular re-enactment of the battle. The price for this tour will be £325 per person. The second tour (July 22-25 - 3 nights and 4 days) will cover a large area of the WW1 Western Front from Flanders to Picardy and include the battle-sites of Ypres, Vimy and the Somme. The price of this tour will be £425 per person. For further details contact Richard Blake, Plainsfield, Orchard Grove, Kettlestone NR21 0DA. Tel: 01328 822063.Email: rjwblake@tiscali.co.uk.

February 4th Richard Jefferson: ‘Cley’-an interesting Miscellany

March 4th Leanne Thomas: ‘Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve’.

April 1st Elizabeth Foster: ‘My Bees’ Meetings at Cley Village Hall 2.30pm.

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LITERACY & NUMERACY CLASSES Free adult literacy and numeracy classes, will be starting in January at the Blakeney Harbour Rooms. Everyday English on Tuesdays, starting 12th January 6.30 – 8.30pm and Everyday Maths on Thursdays, starting 14th January 6.30 – 8.30pm. The courses relate to things you may need in everyday life, at home or at work, such as writing letters, filling forms and helping the kids with their homework. You work in small friendly groups. For more information about the classes and to book you place on a course, please ring Jacqui on 01692 407526.

SWINE FLU VACCINATION CLINICS For patients registered at: HOLT MEDICAL PRACTICE, MELTON CONSTABLE & BLAKENEY SURGERIES

BE INSPIRED WITH NORFOLK’S GREAT BIG READ 2010

Recommended for: aged six months and up to 65 years of age in the current seasonal flu vaccine clinical at-risk groups; All pregnant women; Household contacts of immuno-compromised people; People aged 65 years and over in the current seasonal flu vaccine clinical at-risk groups. All children aged 6 months to 5 years not in at risk groups. People

Throughout February 2010, Norfolk Libraries will be promoting 12 amazing reads - books that you'll read and instantly want to tell your friends about. The list includes something to tempt everyone - whether you love a good thriller, something to make you laugh or something to move you to tears. We are confident that if you are someone who hasn't read a good book in a long while, then one of these 12 books will get you talking about books once again. As well as borrowing some of our top reads you can also visit the library on Wednesday 17th February where staff will be on hand as your ‘personal shoppers’.     

What are the at-risk groups?  Chronic respiratory disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD);  Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure;  Chronic liver disease, such as chronic hepatitis;  Chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease;  Diabetes requiring insulin or oral hypoglycaemic drugs;  Immuno-suppression (a suppressed immune system), due to disease or treatment.

Want to try something new to read... Stuck in a rut... Where to start - haven't picked up a book for a while... What's new ... Seen the film - now read the book…

The library staff are here to help you – drop-in or book a time 01328 710467 It doesn’t matter if you’re not a library member, it’s free and easy to join and borrow books. If you’d like to share the pleasure of reading, library members are welcome to join our reading groups. Alternatively you can gather a few friends together and form a group of your own and what better way to start than with some of these reads. If you’re already a member of the library and you introduce a friend you can win £100 worth of books of your choice and between 7th and 14th February our request fee has been slashed to just 25p. Full details of Norfolk’s Great Big Read including a list of events, information on the quiz for mobile library customers and information on reading groups can be found at www.library.norfolk.gov.uk alternatively you can pop into any Norfolk Library and ask a member of staff or pick up a list of our 12 amazing reads.

HAVE YOU BOOKED YOURS? If you are in the at-risk groups or have children aged between 6 months to 5 years and would like a Swine Flu vaccine, please book an appointment at Reception desk, or ring 01263 712461

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NOTICE TO ALL PATIENTS REGISTERED AT HOLT MEDICAL PRACTICE, MELTON CONSTABLE & BLAKENEY SURGERIES The surgeries will be closed ALL DAY on Thursday 25th February 2010 for training purposes. For emergencies please telephone the usual number, Holt 01263 712461. Repeat prescriptions & routine appointments will not be available on this date. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Common sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion. Common sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses, and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault. Common sense finally gave up the will to live after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement. Common sense was preceded in death, by his parents, truth and trust, by his wife, discretion, by his daughter, responsibility, and by his son, reason. He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers: -I know my rights -I want it now -someone else is to blame -I'm a victim Not many attended his funeral because so few realised he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

AN OBITUARY PRINTED IN THE LONDON TIMES? Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, common sense, who had been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: -knowing when to come in out of the rain; -why the early bird gets the worm; -life isn't always fair;- and -maybe it was my fault. Common sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when wellintentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place leading to: -reports of a 6-year-old boy being charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; -teens suspended from school for using mouth wash after lunch; -a teacher being fired for reprimanding an unruly student. These “normal” events only worsened his condition.

GOD HELP THE SAILORS ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS God help the sailors on a night like this She would say When tucked up and warm in bed I lay While howling gales in crescendo Found the cracks in rattling windows The tap-tat-tapping of badly fitted doors A dustbin lid rolling along the gardens crazy paved floors Tom-cats’ screeches pulled by the wind Like the distant sound of a child new to a violin All setting young nerves tingling and pleading Not to turn out the light And let in the dark, savage, starless night. Queenie Marshall, 1997

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branches from the Holm oaks strewn across, blocking the way. No traffic has attempted our road. Across the way the snow is pristine, and stuck on all the windward surfaces, twigs all caked with snow in the hedges. It’s starting to snow again but only wet flakes and there’s no wind chill; those of us who need coats pull our collars up. We walk along the field edge; the snow has drifted eight inches deep in places and I am out of breath by the time we find our gap and slide down the snowy ditch into the shelter of the wood. The branches are weighed down and we have to crawl under some, but there is only a dusting of snow underfoot. Emerging to walk on the new track, there is a big hare standing up on the skyline, his size exaggerated by the white field. The clouds are breaking up allowing glimpses of a hazy sun, but the snow continues overhead. It is certainly worth being out early, everything is icing sugar and Christmas cake pretty. In the sheltered green lane there is not much snow, but twigs and branches are full of ice where the snow half melted last night, then froze, clots of snow on every seed-head. An oak tree has had a branch ripped off, but mostly it is the evergreens that suffered from last night’s violence. More hares pop up - first in the field next to the green lane, and then one in Clip street; constrained by the hedges it doubles back, straight at us. All along Clip street the snow has turned to ice. Ice balls fall from high branches, and the shrubs along the farmhouse wall are full of icicles. We come across a car which can’t make it through the snow ( serve them right for taking this narrow lane as a short cut), luckily for them there is a tractor about. We are lucky that there was no power outage, although the lights were flickering a lot. The other side of the village was without electricity this morning, and continued to be so for three days. Jane Wheeler

BALE DIARY 20th Nov 2009 We start out today under the threat of dark grey clouds and a strong wind from the south west, the coastal horizon visibly blanketed in rain; rooks and jackdaws wildly circle above in the wind and join with the geese on the sugar-beet field. The hedgerows are full of colour, amongst dogwood, field maple and ivy, red guelder-rose berries shine out. Along the edge of the wood, showers of leaves tumble out of the sky, in advance of driving rain. We slither down into the ditch and up again into the wood, in search of shelter. A big ivied oak keeps us dry for a while. The wood is full of hazels, their leaves shining like big gold coins in the rain. Dripping trees spatter us as we make our way along the inner edge; once there was a fair track-way along here. The eastern horizon is cut off by the slope, and low clouds blow across shedding more rain. Out in the open we find puddles full of bright leaves. The geese begin to blow across with the cloud, in small groups, squeaking and honking. We cross the meadow, veiled in gusting grey swathes of rain. The willows in this boggy bit of scrub along the bottom are still bright with pale ochre leaves. The green lane offers no shelter, but its colours are gorgeous, the hazels are just at their most yellow. The geese have been congregating in the barley field here, but they don’t like my presence and fly up into the wind, I rush up the lane in search of a good (camera) shot as they peel off back to the sugar-beet. Tall sheaves of bracken line the lower end of the lane, copper fronds bleaching to pale yellow. The tarmac runs with rain water as the edge of a shelf of cloud edges across the sky, blue following behind, and we walk home in the dry. 18th Dec 2009 After a wild night of raging winds and whirling snow, thunderclaps and flashes of lightning the morning is white and peaceful. We walk up to the crossroads and find broken

CHRISTMAS AT ALL SAINTS This year will always be remembered for its snow bound Christmas. Our Carol Service was due on the evening of Sunday, 20th December. However, before then much snow had fallen, snow on snow, not just the inch which one is used to but six or seven times as much. The struggle through deep snow to reach the slippery road proved almost insuperable to many. Much of the Field Dalling Road lost its electricity for three or four days. Regretfully the Church Wardens cancelled the service. We were not alone. Manchester Cathedral, we note, also cancelled their Carol Service for the first time ever. Musically it was a great disappointment as a choir had been brought together to lead the singing. By Christmas Eve the picture was changing rapidly: the snow was melting and the roads were mostly negotiable. To our great relief Canon Cedric Bradbury was able to come from Holt to take Midnight Mass. He has made this journey many times over the years to take our services. We are

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BALE VILLAGE HALL SOCIAL CLUB DRAW November 2009 Samatha Schofield £ 25 Emily Postan £ 10 Tim Schofield £ 5 Jim Peppitt £ 5

December 2009 Glen Preston £ 25 Geta Maude Roxby £10 Peter Nearney £ 5 Leanda Buchschacla £ 5

Christmas Draw

Clare Croft £25

SLIDE SHOW AT VILLAGE HALL Philip West provided a wonderful slide show of historical photographs of farming in this area from the mid nineteenth century until the big changes of the second half of the twentieth century. A charming faded image of women wearing huge sunbonnets tying sheaves of corn; a sad picture, a reminder of how tough life was, of an elderly woman trimming mangolds during the first world war, wearing a sack for an apron and a shawl, her gnarled knuckles bare to the cold; pictures of beautiful tall carthorses ploughing, reaping, harrowing; Tom Dent in charge of the Hindringham plough oxen Nelson and Trimmer. These were amongst hundreds of photographs that evoked an almost forgotten age of rural high employment and low wages, of mostly lost knowledge and skills, of farming techniques that worked with nature and geology, of something called husbandry, which understood that you couldn’t keep taking from the land without giving it something back, and of back-breaking work in all weathers and the exploitation of a labour force that had very few choices. There were fascinating slides showing the infrastructure that supported the export of surpluses around the coast and across the North Sea from the ports and creeks of the area. There were images of maltings at Cley, and Wells, and of four-horse wagons taking the

profoundly grateful. Martin Jacklin (again!) produced a choir, three quarters of which were his family. They sang with great expression, polish and judgement, concentrating the devotional ethos of the service. It was immensely appreciated by a full congregation. What a treat! They opened the service with the Springfield Antiphon, which was discovered in 1549 walled up in a church in Salisbury. It dates from 1300. It is a medieval chant, sung on this occasion by Christopher Jacklin. This was interspersed with five carols of hugely varied provenance. The whole was sung continuously, the two elements dovetailing magically. They also sang a beautiful post communion anthem. The congregation eventually dispersed into the cold night after much chat. It was an uplifting start to Christmas. On December 27th we welcomed a large congregation from the nine parishes for the group service. Afterwards we all enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies.

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sacks of barley to these busy ports. Images of sugar beet harvested by hand and carted by horse to the local railway station, from where it would be taken to the factory at Cantley reminded us of days when you could walk to Thursford from Bale and catch a train. A story unfolded of changes and improvements which have profoundly affected the social fabric of North Norfolk, and laid the foundation for today’s industrialised farming practices and villages bereft of their old life, nourished only by the tourist industry, their cottages, once full of large multi-generational families, now empty half the year as holiday lets and second homes. Soon even living memory of those hardworking days will be lost, and Philip West does us a service by collecting and preserving photographs of past life in North Norfolk. The event produced just under £200 for Addenbrooke’s hospital. Thanks go to the Bale Village Hall social club team for organising it, and to those who brought food for the buffet.

BINHAM PARISH COUNCIL At the start of the year we have lost one of our Councillors to the call of the wild north. David Rose only moved into Binham from Wells in 2002. But in that short time he and his family had made many friends in the village and he had become a member of the Parish Council. Amongst other services to Binham, he built the base and erected the new village sign. As if we haven’t had enough cold weather here this winter, he has moved to northern Scotland. He will not have been under any illusions before he went, as a trip to his new house just before Christmas had to be abandoned when even the local Scottish snow plough couldn’t get through to it! We all hope he will be very happy, and are grateful for the time he spent with us. Three times in the last two years I have written about Local Government Reorganisation and the possibility of an abandonment of the current three-tier system (County, District, Parish) in Norfolk and its replacement by the two-tier model (Unitary, Parish) that is gradually becoming the norm across the country. The plans have been held up by various delaying tactics used by the existing authorities and it certainly looked as if it (on this occasion) the process had stalled. However, central Government is pushing ahead and an announcement is likely either just before, or just after the publication of this magazine. So along with the possibility of a new central Government this year (an election has to be held before 3rd June), we may also have a new local government structure in Norfolk from 2011 or 2012. But the bedrock of the whole system – the Parish – will remain! Keith Leesmith, Parish Clerk keith@leesmith.co.uk 01328 710261

OLD YEAR’S NIGHT Members of Village Hall Committee played host to villagers and friends in the annual Old Year’s Night Party at Bale Village Hall and we were very pleased to see such a good turn out. The evening kicked off with a wonderful homecooked meal of celery soup, a stew of beef in beer followed by a luxurious trifle. Then the entertainment began. Chris Lee challenged our local knowledge with a quiz about Norfolk, including some particularly tough questions on the Norfolk dialect. Richard Scott was triumphant in the bowling competition beating two-time winner Ann Ramm to take home the much-coveted bottle of single malt. Concentration, agility and competitiveness came to the fore when the garden version of pick-up sticks made its first appearance. Happily, no injuries were sustained. On the stroke of midnight we all joined hands, sang Auld Lang Syne and raised our glasses. In retrospect, considering how many empty wine bottles we had to dispose of the following morning, it was then that we took the biggest risk of the night: a game of darts! Some considerable time later, and following lots of pointless technical advice and raucous laughter, Carole Lee delighted us all by getting a dart in the appropriate double. Thanks to Carole because who knows how long we would have been there otherwise! The evening ended just before 2am and revellers made their way home through the village bathed in the brightest moonlight.

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BINHAM PANCAKE RACES The Third Annual Pancake Races will be held on Sunday 14th February on the Memorial Hall playing field at 12.30, the first race at 12.45. Last year over sixty villagers and visitors had a lot of fun, participating in, or just watching, a variety of races for all age groups. The course is not too long, the rules and fairly flexible and hot refreshments will be available. Whatever the weather, it will happen! Teams of four, £8 per team. Individual Children’s and Veteran’s races will be organised on the day. Pans and Pancakes provided. Chef’s hats etc. may be worn. Get together a team and come and join the fun on Valentine’s Day. For further information, contact Maureen at 01328 830362 or Carolyn 01328 830270.

Priory Trust (Charity registration number 1048168), giving the full benefits of charitable status and recovery of tax under the Gift Aid scheme. A constitution has been approved, a bank account set up and a management committee is in place.

MOTHERING SUNDAY 14TH MARCH Come and celebrate Mothering Sunday at Binham Priory on 14th March at 11.00. It will be a special service for all the family and friends, from toddler to Granny and Grandpa.

Chairman Vice Chairman Treasurer Secretary Committee

Michael Calvert Richard Lewis Hilary Brown David Frost Peter Markwell Anne Mason Carolyn Wright

To be joined as ex-officio members by the new incumbent, Revd. Ian Whittle, and a nominee from the PCC. Already some seventy individuals have expressed interest and are now being invited to join. While the aim is primarily fund-raising and providing appropriate physical support, there will be a social aspect, with three events proposed for this year. Friday March 12th, 7.30pm, Binham Memorial Hall, Professor Dr. Keith Brown, Cambridge University will make a presentation, to be followed by supper and the opportunity to put forward suggestions for future activities. On Tuesday 13th April, “The Big Quiz” will be jointly run by the Local History Group and the “Friends” as a fund-raising event with the proceeds split between the Group, the Friends and Wells Hospital. October (date to be announced) A visit to Ely with a guided tour of Ely Cathedral by Tony Hull (Cathedral Guide), lunch and time to look around the historic centre of Ely. We hope that the ‘Friends’ can become an established organisation ensuring, in many ways, a vibrant future for Binham Priory. If you would like to join, or just know more, please contact David Frost, 18 Langham Road, Binham NR21 0DW. 01328 830362, davidfrost226@btinternet.com The annual subscription has been set at £10 for an adult, £15 for a couple and children free.

FRIENDS OF BINHAM PRIORY Last November marked the physical completion of the Access and Conservation Project when the final display case was set up. The six-year project has been very well received and many appreciative comments have been recorded in the Visitors Book. The project team are delighted, and not a little relieved, that the funds raised have completely covered the costs. The challenge is now to utilise the facilities to their full potential. To help towards raising the increased maintenance costs, a “Friends of Binham Priory” has been formed. On the advice of the Charity Commission and HM Revenue and Customs the “Friends” will be an associate of the existing Binham

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BINHAM GUILD OF ARTISTS The group consists of anyone interested in art or craft, beginner or otherwise. Artists with professional experience form part of the group and will gladly advise if needed. We meet every Tuesday morning from 10 to 12 in the Village Hall. A fee of £2 per morning includes coffee and biscuits. A demonstration of painting or craftwork normally takes place on the first Tuesday of every month. In November Martin Sexton’s visit was as instructive and entertaining as ever. He gave a demonstration by painting in watercolour a view of the Priory Church against a dramatic sky. For further information, contact James Bucknill at 01328 830651.

BINHAM VILLAGE HALL On December 10th the Village Hall celebrated its 10th Birthday. Thank you to all who have supported the Village Hall in the past and we look forward to seeing you and any new users at the Hall in 2010. Below is a list of regular events in the Hall:

NSPCC COFFEE MORNING 3RD MARCH At Manor Farm, Binham there will be a Coffee Morning and Bring and Buy in aid of the NSPCC on Wednesday 3rd March 10.00 – 12.00. On Tuesday 2nd March, also at Manor Farm, there is to be an all-day Sew-A-Handbag class at £25 per person – only a few places left. For more information call Beverley at 01328 830208.

Mondays

Babies/Toddlers 10am – 12pm Sing for Joy 7.30pm – 9.30pm Tuesdays Binham Guild of Artists 10am – 12pm Wednesdays Yoga 10am – 12pm Youth Group 6pm – 8pm Thursdays Pilates mornings History Group monthly 7.30pm

We hope to start sewing classes in early 2010. If you would like any information regarding any of the above, or would like to book the Hall for your own event, please ring Liz Brown at 01328 830519 Crockery, cutlery, tables, chairs and tablecloths are available for hire from the Hall.

GAMES NIGHT AT THE CHEQUERS The Games Nights continue. So if you enjoy playing pub games, why not come to the Games Evening at the Chequers on the third Monday of each month. (15th February and 15th March). Try your hand at Dominoes, Shove Halfpenny, Pass the Pigs, Shuffleboard, Crokinole, Cribbage and others. 6.30 if you are going to have a meal or 7.30 for a drink and games. Sue and Mick Jeffery 01328 830886

BINHAM LOCAL HISTORY GROUP Thurs. 25th February. Michael Begley. Medieval Gilds. Thurs. 25th March. Richard Adderson & Graham Kenworthy. Railways in North Norfolk. Thurs. 22nd April. Anne Mason. The Historic Landscape of Thetford Forest.

QUIZ NIGHT AT THE CHEQUERS Quiz Nights continue at the Chequers, thanks to Steve and Alex: the first Monday in the month. Do come along - Monday 1st February and Monday 1st March. 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.

On Tuesday 13th April. “The Big Quiz” will be jointly run by the Local History Group and the “Friends” as a fund-raising event with the proceeds split between the Group, the Friends and Wells Hospital. For more information contact Carolyn Wright. All meetings at 7.30 p.m. in the Binham Village Hall. Refreshments. £2 members, £3 non members. Carolyn Wright cpwrightuk@aol.com (01328 830270)

FLOWER POWER Do you like creating a beautiful display with flowers? Would you like the opportunity to create a small or large arrangement in the Priory Church two or three times a year? We would be so pleased to have some extra help. None of the current flower arrangers are florists – we just enjoy arranging flowers and would gladly offer our help to begin with. If you would like further information, please telephone Brenda Wilde at 01328 830525.

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CHRISTMAS AT BINHAM PRIORY The Nativity Play on Thursday 17th started the celebrations with the largest cast of children we have had for some years. It was a joyous occasion followed by a fine tea. The whole afternoon was a great tribute to all who took part and particularly to Lucy Walduck for her overall organising ability. Saturday evening 19th saw a somewhat reduced Iceni Choir, and eventually a good congregation, all who had battled through the snow, enjoy an up-lifting service of carols and readings. Everyone was warmed for the equally arduous journey home by hot punch and mince pies. Our sincere thanks must go to the Choir and Mark Jones for maintaining the tradition against the odds. The two services on Christmas Eve, the Children’s Service in the afternoon and the Midnight Mass, together with the Family Service of Carols and Readings on Christmas Day, were all very enjoyable and well attended, a fitting celebration of Christ’s birth. The Epiphany Service, lead by the Richeldis Singers, in the afternoon of Sunday 3rd January appropriately completed the festive season. All the Christmas events were greatly enhanced by the splendid flower decorations provided by our talented flower arrangers. The Churchwardens would like to thank Revd Tim Fawcett and everyone who helped in anyway to make this year’s festivities so memorable.

ST ANDREW’S CHURCH As 2010 takes shape and the days lengthen again, we at St Andrews are looking forward to this coming year. We look forward to working with our new Rector, Ian Whittle—more about this and our services later in the spring. We will continue to welcome visitors to the church in 2010—its windows are part of the stained glass trail http:// www.norfolkstainedglass.co.uk whose leaflets are in the church as are other leaflets explaining more of the history and architecture of St Andrew’s. It is a Grade 1 building that has been used regularly for worship for 600 years. We are keen to complete the landscaping and pruning in the new churchyard, now that we have received all the permissions, so that new planting can enhance this peaceful spot. The south-facing bench there is a delightful and sheltered place to stop awhile. Our occasional Saturday morning work parties will continue this year, strimming, mowing, weeding and clearing. Everyone is welcome, especially those who have family in the churchyard. Margaret Smith, Churchwarden, 01328 830546 margaret.smith@pobox.com

BINHAM MEMORIAL HALL 100+ CLUB Winners November: £25 Julia Wright; £10 Judy Byrne; £5 Sheila Law, Andrew Moncur, S. Savory.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Winners December: £50 Alex Bartram, Andrew Taylor; £25 Brenda Wilde; £10 Mrs V.J.R. Lane; £5 Tracy Martin, Mr M Calvert, Lionel Wilde. There are numbers still available. If you would like to join please phone June Read at 01328 830106 or call at 8 Priory Crescent.

Since the previous article was written early in November, Flagship Housing Group has submitted its application to build eight units of social housing on a small plot of farmland already owned by Victory Housing Trust, situated off the Holt Road. To the dismay of many in the village, the application takes very little account of all the many concerns and suggestions made by the Parish Council and interested voters during the consultation process (NNDC’s term for it), which lasted about three years. The initial cautious goodwill towards the scheme has turned into outright opposition, with thirty-three letters of

FOOD FOR THOUGHT Never take friends for granted, keep them safely in your heart, for life is empty without friendship.

No news from Cockthorpe this time.

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CHURCH NEWS PCC REPORT The PCC is delighted to report (as of the last week before Christmas as this is being written) that the tower repair works should at last be underway in March or April 2010. The investigation works earlier in 2009 cost some 20% less than budget. They revealed no unexpected problems. The final approval from English Heritage is awaited: but is confidently predicted, firstly because the tenders for the repairs are a little less than forecast and secondly because (in addition to the money raised by The Friends and otherwise) the PCC has been fortunate in obtaining generous supplementary grants from the The Norfolk Churches Trust, The Archbishops’ Council/ Wolfson Foundation, The Alan Evans Trust/Coutts Bank, Allchurches Trust, The CG Gibson Trust/Deloittes, and The Headley Trust one of The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts – to all of whom the PCC and the village are deeply grateful. The necessary faculty (church planning permission) has been received, despite the notice board and planning notice outside the church being blown away in the worst of the autumn gales. The works are scheduled to take fourteen weeks. The start date is not yet fixed. It could even be February. Two weeks before Christmas Canon Michael Wilson was taken seriously ill. Fortunately, however, he was staying with his family in London, and rushed into St George’s Hospital Tooting where he was well cared for, with expectation of being out again for Christmas Day. He says that in his ward he optimistically worked up a good sermon for Gunthorpe’s Christmas, where he will (when you read this) have been hugely missed. Michael and Vivian and their family have done so much for the church and the village.

objection being sent in and a petition signed by 129 people – about 90 percent of those who were available at the time it was being taken round. The Petition asks for a design proposal that respects Field Dalling’s Policy for Social Housing, which reflects mainstream opinion in the village and has been approved by the Parish Council. The points made in the various letters fall under three headings: first, that the proposal for drainage of foul water is not supported by a proper site investigation, despite one having been commissioned. Second, that the District Council has not followed its own policies as set out in the Core Strategy. Third, that the community is opposed to this particular scheme, for reasons that were well articulated during the past three years. The planning application is to be determined by the Development Control Committee in the near future. Anthony Smith, Parish Councillor

REMEMBRANCE DAY The Remembrance Day service was attended by 37 people, with Ray White, a WW2 veteran himself, laying

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the wreath. The collection came to £153 and this was sent to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

CHRISTMAS DAY CAROL SERVICE The Christmas Day Carol Service in St Mary’s was led by the Revd Peter Hartley with Martin Jacklin on the organ, accompanied by his family on their musical instruments, playing the carols. Readings were given by the younger members of the congregation. Despite the wintry conditions, and the still poor state of Gunthorpe’s roads, some 76 people attended – only 10 less than 2008. Thanks to all who took part and all who decorated the church with flowers and evergreens – thanks also to David Brough for making sure the path was safe and clear of snow. The congregation was also grateful for the mince pies and hot fruit drinks which were served after the service – giving people the chance to stay awhile and greet friends they only see a few times a year.

planning ahead, even Easter Cards. They are priced at 50p each, with a discount for larger quantities. To purchase call Gunthorpe Hall on 01263 861373 and speak to Rod, Sue, Jeremy or Marie. All proceeds will go to the Friends’ Fabric Fund. As a reminder we also have a Friends’ web-site at www.gunthorpefriends.co.uk – do have a look for the latest news of events, pictures from recent events such as the 2009 Fete and, as the site expands, more general information about the village. For example, the letter we have received from BT on our petition for improved Broadband services in Gunthorpe is on the web site. We are also thinking about having a classified section for those people in the village and local community to advertise their wares or services – let us know what you think – there is a comment section on the web site.

FRIENDS REPORT HARVEST SUPPER The 14th of November saw the usual outstanding decoration of the Village Institute by Marie and Jeremy Denholm for the later than normal Friends Harvest Supper held that evening. Although attendance was slightly down the 30+ Friends who were able to attend had a most enjoyable evening thanks to the excellent culinary efforts by members of the Friends Committee. Many thanks to all who contributed the food and drink, donations and the raffle prizes, and to all who came. Overall, thanks to your generosity, the evening raised a very useful £252.00 for the Friends. As previously reported David Stuart-Black has very generously donated to the Friends another run of the blank cards he illustrated with a lovely black and white drawing of the Church. It may now be too late for Christmas, but they are still available to purchase with envelopes and can make great Thank You Notes or General Note Cards or,

NEW YEAR MESSAGE FROM THE FRIENDS COMMITTEE Happy New Year to all from the Friend’s Committee! We hope you enjoyed the Holiday Season and are now settling in to 2010. We plan to have all our usual activities this year and ask for your support and assistance if possible. The participation of more people is what will enable us to support the restoration and maintenance of Gunthorpe’s St. Mary’s Church. Advance warning of our activities will appear in the Lynx, and is also posted in the Friends’ Board outside the Village Institute. The 50/50 club, which is reported on separately, produces the greatest annual income for the Friends, and we are very grateful to John Blakeley and Peter Everett for continuing to run and organize the 50/50 Club for us! Peter has created a great new website for the Friends, which also covers village news of more general interest – details are given above - thanks Peter! At the time of writing Dan and Ginny Worsley have collected a spectacular amount of funding for the Church Tower repairs through their vigilant grant appeals and we congratulate them on their enormous success and thank them so much! A full report will be made when the final details are completed. This past year has surely seen the Village working so well together to promote and preserve the heritage of St. Mary’s and village life for all of us – worshipers and non-worshipers alike. Congratulations and thanks to you all for your support - and may it continue to grow throughout 2010.

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light and place the pots well apart to get good sturdy plants – keeping the compost moist at all times. You can plant a few beetroot in late March and also a few early potatoes and onion sets – but early to mid-April is the best time for most potatoes and beetroot. It is best to work some general fertiliser in to the soil before sowing at the rate of about 125gm (4oz) per square metre. Also sprinkle fertiliser round your fruit bushes and work in with a fork or hoe.

FLOWER GARDEN If you have not pruned your roses get them done now, cutting out damaged wood and weak growths. Cut back to about 30-35cm (12-15 inches) near an outward facing bud. Climbing roses and other climbing shrubs should be checked and loose ends tied back to the trellis or wall hook cutting out weak growth and damaged wood. Any bare-rooted roses or shrubs should now be planted out as soon as possible – adding some blood, fish and bone or Growmore fertiliser round each plant, but keeping the fertiliser off the bare roots. You can start Sweet Peas on a window sill indoors. Soak the seed for 10-12 hours or chip the skin to help germination. Fill your seed trays with compost ready to sow your annual flower seeds on the end of March or in early April. Fred Morley

FOGPC 50/50 CLUB DRAW RESULTS November

December

Bea Kassapian Ebe Sahrlender Martin Swindells Barney Broom Ray White Tom Cutterham John Corney

£20.00 £10.00 £10.00 £ 5.00 £ 5.00 £ 5.00 £ 5.00

Stephen Burton £30.00 Tom Elwell £20.00 George Blunden £15.00 Philip Traverso £10.00 Helen Clare £ 5.00 Nigel Worthington £ 5.00 “Trouble” Worsley£ 5.00 Linda Russell £ 5.00 Adam Raphael £ 5.00

WELCOME

Despite the adverse weather conditions a very successful 50:50 Club Christmas Party was held with the enhanced December Draw on 19 December. Very many thanks to all who donated refreshments, food and draw prizes which allowed a further £112.50 to be raised for the “Friends”. Would you like to win a cash prize as well as supporting the “Friends”? You can still join or renew your membership by contacting either Peter Everett (01263 860035) or John Blakeley (01263 861008) for more information. Membership costs £1.00 per month payable in advance pro rata for the remainder of the Club year until May 2010. There will be no Draw at the end of January as the Institute will not be available. If building work has finished the next Draw and Coffee Morning will be on 27 February, but watch the village notice boards for confirmation of this.

A warm Gunthorpe welcome goes to Victoria Ellender and her daughters Millie (15) and Conny (12) who, together with their dog Murphy, have moved into Gardener’s Cottage. Their pony Elvis is nearby in Sharrington. Victoria is a practice nurse in Sheringham Medical Practice and also offers private consultations in anti-ageing treatments, based in Fakenham. Millie and Conny are both at school in Fakenham. We also warmly welcome Alice Burnet and Andy Griffin, together with their dog Pumpkin, who moved into the Old School House in late November. Alice and Andy moved here from Stiffkey, but originally hailed from London and Bedfordshire. They decided that they wanted to buy their own business in East Anglia and bought the Stiffkey Stores which they have expanded dramatically since taking it over, and which they will continue to run.

FRED’S GARDENING DIARY NOTES FOR FEBRUARY AND MARCH VEGETABLE GARDEN You can plant a few seeds – summer cabbage and lettuce in the cold greenhouse or on a windowsill indoors. They are best sown in single cell trays to avoid root disturbance when planting out. You can plant broad bean seed into your garden, but most small seeds are best left to early April unless the weather is good, when you can plant early carrots and parsnips and Brussels’ sprout seed at the end of March. You can plant tomato seed in 8cm (3 inch) pots indoors in March. When they start to grow give them plenty of

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QUIDENHAM CHILDREN’S HOSPICE Carole Wallace of Wallace and Brown held a charity Christmas Fair on 12 November at White House Farm, Gunthorpe, in aid of Quidenham Children's Hospice. The event was blessed with wonderful weather, and a healthy footfall of people, and it managed to raise just in excess of £1,000. Many thanks go to all volunteers and helpers on the day. If you were unable to attend but would still like to make a donation to this very worthy cause please send it directly to: EACH, QUIDENHAM, Norwich, Norfolk, NR16 2PH or visit their website at www.each.org.uk.

STEVEN JOHN (STEVE) MILLS Very sadly, the village was shocked to learn of the tragic and sudden death of Steve Mills, who died on Boxing Day in Adenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge having collapsed at work on Christmas Eve. He was 45. A keen birder for over 30 years, Steve chose Gunthorpe as a place to settle as he saw the village as being within the heart of North Norfolk’s best bird watching area. He shared his love of nature with the many visitors who rented his newly renovated holiday home in “Herb Cottage”, and as well as bird-watchers he was developing a growing and appreciative clientele who were also taking up his new hobby of moth trapping using non-lethal moth light traps. Steve had recorded some 400 different species of moths visiting Herb Cottage garden. He was a keen and accomplished photographer, and many of his pictures of Gunthorpe can be found on the web-site he had set up to advertise Herb Cottage at www.herbcottagenorfolk.co.uk/ Gunthorpe. Steve had lived in Gunthorpe since the early 1990s and had worked locally as Freight and Shipping Manager for Osprey Foods in Holt for the last 9 years. He became a Parish Councillor in May 1995, and he personally set up a Gunthorpe Home Watch scheme in 1994 acting as the village co-ordinator until he left the Parish Council in August 1999. He remained interested in, and supportive of, parish affairs, and he was coopted as a Councillor again in August 2006 before he resigned on a matter of principle in August 2009. Steve is survived by daughter Sophie and son Sam, Steve’s brother Gary and his mother – to whom we offer our deepest sympathy and condolences for the tragic and untimely loss of their much loved father, brother and son.

BOB’S STORY In this part of Bob’s Story he describes how village families obtained life’s essential goods and services in the first part of the 20th Century. As a reminder this was written in 1978 so there have been many more changes since then. Several tradesmen used to call regularly in the village. Thomas Henry Hawes from Fulmodeston used a horse and four-wheeled cart to deliver bread, although he had a motor-delivery van later on. He was a grocer and draper as well, and his son, Arthur, carried on the business in the “thirties”. Mother didn’t often buy from Mr Hawes as she preferred to bake her own bread and cakes. She would buy a large sackful of flour from whoever came round with it and keep it in two large wooden flour-bins, each holding a hundredweight or so. Archie Pond from Barney came out with groceries from time to time, and Temples from Hindringham came to Gunthorpe for many years. They sold groceries, cakes, minerals, cooked meats, fruit and tobacco. There was a travelling butcher, James Turner from Thornage, whose family were farmers as well, but people didn’t buy much meat when I was a boy. Quite often when a pig was killed in the village it would be shared with friends and

WHAT’S ON Gunthorpe diary dates, watch notice board for full details, are: 30 January 50:50 Club cancelled – Institute Building works 27 February 50:50 Club – may be cancelled subject to completion of Institute Building works 27 March 50:50 Club Mid – April Institute AGM – date to be confirmed

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about things we used to buy, I must mention sweets and other things we children liked. Aniseed balls at six a penny [0.04p] and liquorice “boot-laces” were my favourite sweets, although sister Margaret specially liked Fry’s chocolate cream. At home, prunes and custard were one of our favourite puddings. In the next part Bob continues his story of how village families holidayed and travelled, including some “near death” experiences on the railway crossing. Bob’s story of a changing life in Gunthorpe, which he told to Gunthorpe historian Ray Steffans in 1978 is published in a short illustrated booklet which costs £5.00 and is available through the Gunthorpe Lynx Representative – all profits going to the Village Institute.

neighbours, who might well return the favour later. Rabbits were another local and useful source of meat. Fish was delivered by Charles Earl from Foulsham and later by George Earl and Sons. In my parents’ time there was a fish hawker, George Curson, living in Gunthorpe, but he died in 1901, before I was born. We grew most of our own fruit and vegetables. If we wanted anything special1 such as oranges, dates or nuts, we would probably buy these in Fakenham Market or in Holt or Melton. When we wanted milk, which cost about a shilling [5p] a gallon [4.54 litres] we took our jugs or containers to be filled at Hall Farm, where Fred Loads (Arthur’s father) then was. Usually, two of the children got the milk first thing in the morning, before going to school. Later on we got the milk from Boundary Farm when John Grief was farming there. Later still, when the Everitt family were at Valley Farm, milk was brought round the village by Herbert Everitt. He used to carry a large can of milk on his bicycle, which he pushed along until the can got light enough for him to ride along safely with it. It was in about 1960, when he had moved to “West View” that Herbert stopped his local milk round, and we then started getting bottled milk in the village. Most of our general groceries used to be bought at the Post Office next door, where they kept, butter, cheese, biscuits, tea, cocoa etc. Sugar was weighed out to order and put into stiff, blue-coloured, paper bags. Biscuits were served from cubical tin boxes that had “see-through” lids. Although we could get butter from the farm we usually got it from next door. Granny would cut off the amount required from a large block or slab and it cost about sixpence [2.5p] a pound. I don’t think we ever had margarine, although it had become popular in towns and cities. The stores kept jam in large seven-pound jars and we used to take along our own jars to be filled up. We did the same for syrup and treacle as well. Our jars were either clear glass or the oldfashioned stone type. Some of the brands of goods that I remember were Mazawattee Tea, Camp Coffee in bottles, Fry’s cocoa and England’s Glory matches. Grannie‘s shop also kept such things as dried fruit, cake mixture, spices etc. These were kept in special bins or drawers behind the counter. The shop also served paraffin oil, as I mentioned earlier. This was kept out at the back in a special dispensing cabinet. As I’m talking

GUNTHORPE INSTITUTE Thanks to the awarding of grants from “Awards for All for England” and the “Norfolk Community Foundation (Grassroots)” the Institute Committee has been able to contract for a major package of work to upgrade the Institute – the main works being a new floor, new heating and electrics, better insulation and redecoration. Print deadlines mean that by the time you read this if all has gone according to plan the work should be well underway, and we hope that the next Institute AGM in late March can be held in the newly re-furbished hall. However the works do mean that the Institute will not be available for all of February, and possibly the early part of March. If you want to know more please contact any member of the Institute Committee.

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CHRISTMAS FAIR The weather was not quite as bad as last year but not a lot of sunshine around! In loyal supportive fashion villagers were marvellous and braved the elements to join the festive throng. We all had a very enjoyable morning and raised net proceeds of £655 for the Langham Church General Fund. We are so grateful to all who came and supported us and also to those who helped in so many ways. Competition and raffle results were: Christmas Hamper Carmen Bean Plant raffle Jan Hope Quilt Ros Fairhead Number of Sweets 103 Gladys George 101 Christmas Cake 4lbs 9oz Ken Brown 4lbs 8oz Helen’s House Gill & Steve Broom Thank you to everyone for your support.

LADYBIRDS We ended our 2009 programme with a very pleasant meal at the Blakeney Hotel, arranged by Barbara Allen. The plan for 2010 is to ask members for ideas and hope that we can get a good programme out for everybody’s enjoyment. Please join me at Langham Parish Room on Wednesday February 10th at 7.30 pm when we can discuss our future meetings. March 10th - Mardle Meeting. I look forward to seeing you all. Maureen 830 731

THE CHILDREN’S SOCIETY Donations from the Bluebell collection box together with half of the Christmas Day church collection, enabled us to send £65.43 to the Children’s Society. Thank you to all who gave. Langham P.C.C.

LANGHAM STREET FAYRE

MOBILE LIBRARY

Sat 1st – Tues 4th May Exhibition of Paintings & Photography in Langham Parish Room 10.00am – 4.30pm Sat 24th July Street Fayre Concert with The Sam Smith Singers & Keith Loads Wed 28th July Quiz Night - Langham Parish Room 7.30pm Sat 31st July is Street Fayre Day - For further information about the above or to book a stall please contact Pauline Bartlett on 01328 830696 or stalls@langhamstreetfayre.com Pauline Bartlett Chairman LSF Committee 2010

This will visit Langham on Thursdays – Feb 18th, March 11th, April 1st, calling each day for 20 minutes at: St. Mary’s 10.00am Old Post Office - 10.25am Swan’s Close - 10.50am The Cornfield - 11.15am Enquiries: Wells Library Tel: 01328 710467

WELCOME We would like to welcome Mr. and Mrs. Ray Bannerman to the village. We hope you will be very happy living in Langham.

LEUKAEMIA RESEARCH Dates for your diary: May 22nd July 3rd

Plant Plus Sale Grand Sale

JOY’S COFFEE MORNING SATURDAY MARCH 27TH 10AM - 12 NOON Traditionally this event is held one week before Easter and used to take place in someone’s house in the village. If you would like to offer a venue please ring 830561 or 830605. So watch out for posters with details!

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Parish funds received a welcome boost of approx. £169. Watch the Lynx for the 2010 date but it will be probably about Wednesday 15th December. Edward Allen Chairman

DOUBLE OCTAVE CONCERT On December 9th for the third year running we were once more entertained by Graham Hoskins and his choir and enjoyed a wonderful concert of Advent and Christmas music. Our own Linda Phelps sang a couple of solos accompanied by Wyatt Earp on flute. Poems were excellently read by Jan and John Hope, Jo and Tim Fawcett and a member of the choir. There was quite a bit of audience participation, singing carols and concluding with a performance of Handel’s ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ which was recorded for the BBC. So if you missed the event you might be able to see some of your friends in the photograph on the BBC website! Apparently the BBC are recording performances of this piece of music, nation wide in celebration of 250 years since the death of G. F. Handel. The participants thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Double Octave are sponsored by Travis Perkins and therefore do not charge a fee so the net proceeds of £458.85 will be donated to the Langham Church General Fund. Grateful thanks are extended to Graham Hoskins and his group for a very enjoyable evening. Langham P.C.C.

CHURCH FLAG & FLOODLIGHTS Many thanks to Paul Freeth for attending to the church flood lights and putting up the flag throughout the year. Langham P.C.C. are very grateful for a generous donation from a villager that enabled the church to be floodlit for the twelve days of Christmas. People said how nice it looked. Anyone can request the flood lights to be switched on to commemorate a particular event for a donation of £5 per night. To make arrangements for this please contact me on Tel: 01328 830 605.

FLORA TOKENS NEWS Thank you to everyone who collected Flora tokens for Langham School. Our final total amounted to 705. That equates to £141, to exchange for new cookery equipment. The children now have forty nine new pieces of equipment to use, including measuring jugs, muffin trays, tins of pastry cutters and saucepans. The ‘Cooking with Schools’ tokens will appear on cartons of Flora in January 2010. Please will you start saving them again? Many thanks. Carol Spinks Langham Village School

HELP NEEDED We urgently need willing volunteers to help to clean the church. Two people work together over a two week period for two sessions in a year. The duty slot to be filled is for May 4th – 17th. 2010. We would be very pleased to hear from anyone who could help us out. Please ring Ros 830 393 or Ann 830 605 for details. Thank you in anticipation.

A GASTRONOMIC TREAT The Langham Bistro will be re-opening for one night only on 13th March at 7pm at Langham Parish Room for a Greek meal in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. Tickets £12 from Ann Hill 01328 830198. Please bring your own drinks and glasses and book early to avoid disappointment.

PARISH ROOM The annual carols, mince pies, sausage rolls and sherry was a roaring success with a full house and a perfect way to get into the Christmas Spirit. Great to see the young and elderly, from 2 years up to 86 years. Many thanks to the committee for putting on such an enjoyable evening and to Pauline Bartlett for so ably playing the piano and Peter and Maureen Dennis for running the kitchen. It also goes without saying that the voluntary solo artists (and a duo) were very much appreciated.

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positioned and three feet higher. Pavements and roads may be dug up as each lamp post requires a one metre diameter hole. A survey showed the majority of residents were against more lighting; questioning the need for increased illumination, the cost involved and the amount of energy the whole process will consume. We’ve been fortunate in getting our County Councillor on side, and hopefully we will get just the existing lamps replaced. Latest news: NCC are now discussing turning off all lamps from 12 midnight until 5am. We will discuss this at the next parish council meeting which will have taken place by the time this article goes to print. DOG FOULING Reported by many parishioners to be on the increase. Walking round the village, the amount of visible dog excrement is appalling. SO! A REMINDER. Dog fouling ANYWHERE in the village is an offence and carries an £80 fine which increases to £1,000 if not paid promptly. So to all dog owners, they are your pets, you feed them at one end, clear up what comes out of the other by taking the excrement home and disposing of it properly. Dog owners who do not clear up can be reported to the Parish Council, who will then take the necessary action. TRESPASSING Someone drove a car on to the Playing Field, broke a post to get in and left deep car tracks over quite an area. All very silly and selfish. Repairs will be costly. However all is not lost, whilst the CCTV pictures didn’t give a very clear picture of the car or driver, they’ve gone for enhancement and should reveal the car’s registration number. DVLA will then identify the owner and from them we’ll get the money back. John Hope Chairman

FOL HUNSTANTON PANTOMIME BEAUTY AND THE BEAST On 2nd January 2010 the Friends of Langham took a coach load of people to the pantomime in Hunstanton to see Beauty and the Beast. This was one of the highlights of my holiday as the atmosphere was great. The play was done very professionally and there was lots of audience participation. As we all came out buzzing the coach took us back to Langham, taking a detour through Holt to see ‘The Lights’. This was a great day out and I can't wait until next year! Sophie Schoenmakers (aged13)

LANGHAM CAR SERVICE Schedule to April 4th 2010 Rate 20p per mile Weekly duties beginning on a Monday: Jan 25th Feb 8th Feb 22nd Mar 8th Mar 22nd

Tel: Tel: Tel: Tel: Tel:

830 830 830 830 830

036 847 731 056 606*

Feb 1st Feb 15th Mar 1st Mar 15th Mar 29th

Tel: 830 537* Tel: 830 731 Tel: 830 537* Tel: 830 348 Tel: 830 605

*These drivers do not go to Norwich If the driver for the week is unable to do the trip go to the next on the list. If your appointment is cancelled, please also cancel your car service booking. The roster is also sited in the Bluebell and on the church porch and village notice boards. Please give three days notice wherever possible, except in an emergency. Please bring change. In the infrequent event that no driver is available contact the Holt Caring Society Tel: 01263 711243 giving as much notice as possible. Ann Sherriff Tel: 830605

CHURCH FLOWERS We are most grateful for the work of all the kind people who have provided and arranged flowers in church during the year. Volunteers are always welcome, especially at church festivals. Flowers and foliage can usually be provided from our gardens, so if you would like to help, do get in touch with Margaret Freeth on Tel: 830 561 or with anyone whose name appears on the flower roster in the church porch. Thank you.

PARISH COUNCIL STREET LIGHTING As reported in the E.D.P. Norfolk County Council will renew lamp posts that they control in The Cornfield and St Mary’s (the Parish controls the rest). The posts are old and spares for the lights will become unavailable. In the process NCC want to introduce their new standard, illuminating ALL the roads & pavements resulting in a 33% increase in the number of lights in the Cornfield, 57% in St. Mary’s, many lampposts re-

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THANK YOU FRIENDS OF LANGHAM Thank you to all those involved in the provision and organisation of the tree lights on The Green this Christmas. They looked lovely. A special thank you to Sue and John Hughes whose generosity once again ensured that they shone brightly. A bus load of us would also like to say a huge thank you to the Friends of Langham, who once more very generously provided members with a free pre-Christmas trip to Norwich. It was a very enjoyable occasion!

DIDN’T WE DO WELL! FOR THOSE ASSOCIATED WITH THE 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s & EARLY 1970s

No K.F.C.. McDonalds or pizza takeaways just fish and chips. We didn’t drink water from a bottle. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died! We collected old drink bottles and cashed them in at the corner shop and bought sweets with our treasured money. We were given air guns and catapults as birthday presents. Rugby and cricket had try outs and not everyone made the team and those who didn’t had to learn to deal with the disappointment. Imagine that! At school, teachers were known to hit us with the cane, gym shoes or a board rubber and bullies ruled the playground. If we broke the rules parents never bailed us out! We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility and we learned how to deal with it all. YOU are one of those people. CONGRATULATIONS, WE SURVIVED! So tell your children how brave their parents were! P.S. The big type is because your eyes may not be too good any more at your age!

We survived being born to mothers who may have smoked and /or drank whilst they carried us. They had also maybe taken aspirin, eaten raw egg products, bacon, processed meat, tuna from a tin and they didn’t get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer. After our birth, our baby cots were covered with bright coloured lead based paints. Medicine bottles, doors and cabinets were not made childproof. We were not called Kiore, Blade, Ridge or Vanilla. We would leave home in the morning and play all day as long as we were back home when the street lights came on. No one was able to reach us and we were fine. We would spend hours building Go-karts out of old prams, ride them downhill, only to find out that we had forgotten the brakes! We fell out of trees, got cuts, broken bones and broken teeth but no lawsuits ensued. We rode our bikes with no helmets, rode in cars with no seat belts or air bags and never thought of the risks when hitchhiking. We built tree houses and dens, no Play Stations, video games or X-boxes for us. No mobile phones or internet chat rooms. WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them. We went round to friends houses to play and their Mother would always be in, our Mums didn’t have to go out to work to make ends meet. We ate jam tarts, white bread and real butter and drank sugary soft drinks but we weren’t overweight because we were ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!. The shops closed at 6pm and didn’t open on Sundays but we didn’t starve to death! You could only buy Easter Eggs and hot cross buns at Easter time.

LOVE FOOD, HATE WASTE As the W.I.’s contribution to the Council’s ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ campaign, the Norfolk Federation launched a competition: ‘999 Food Waste Emergency’. Entrants were required to suggest 9 ideas in each of three categories: a) at home b) when shopping c) for a W.I. or community to do. The first two categories are pretty straight forward but the third needs thinking about. Why not try it yourself and see if you can come up with 27 good ideas? Cley W.I. submitted an entry and I’m pleased to tell you, we were one of the three winners. One of our suggestions for the wider community was that local community magazines and newspapers might like to carry a regular ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ feature to which anyone might contribute hints and recipes. So, how about it, Local Lynx readers? To start us off here’s the continuing story of a chicken. First it provided a roast meal for 3 people, with a mixture of roast vegetables. Then it cut cold for 2 people (the

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remaining roast vegetables were tossed in olive oil and balsamic vinegar for a salad). Then all the remaining meat was cut off for a pie (see below) and the carcass plus odds and ends of vegetable and herbs boiled up to make stock, most of which became chicken soup (with added corn) enough for 6 servings.

CHICKEN PLUS PIE - SERVES 6

MORSTON’S ANNUAL QUIZ

 Pieces of cold chicken – try for 8ozs or so  Chopped bacon 6oz. – you can buy excellent value     

SAT 20TH FEB The 2010 Friends of Morston Church Quiz is on 20th February in the Village Hall starting at 7.00 for 7.30 “Eyes Down”. 10 teams (of 8) are being formed, and already a newcomers’ team, The Cromer Crabs, is registered, ready to challenge the long-term champions, Graham Lubbock & his Morston Pishmires, to win the prize and to get their captain’s and team’s name on the coveted Morston Quiz Shield. Having held the cost at £10 a head since we started several years ago, this year’s cost will be £12.00 – including a glass of wine or a soft drink on arrival – and of course a delicious supper, and as usual, a raffle and a cash bar. All proceeds go to Friends of Morston Church for church repairs and maintenance. (Quiz details: from Joc Wingfield, 01263 740431).

packs of bacon off-cuts, or use ordinary rashers 2-3 leeks depending on size, sliced. (I used leeks because I had them. Try mushrooms, corn or peas) ½ pt. chicken stock (you can use a stock cube but better to make your own) 1tbsp. plain flour 1½ oz. butter (or chicken dripping from your roast chicken – extra flavour!) 2tbsp. cream or crème fraiche.

Method: Briefly brown the bacon bits in ½ oz. butter. Add the sliced leeks, toss with the bacon for 3-4 mins. Drain and put to one side. Use the same pan to make a roux with the rest of the butter and the plain flour, then gradually add the stock to make a smooth sauce. Add the chicken pieces, bacon and leeks, stir well and cook gently for 5-10 mins. Add cream or crème fraiche and seasoning to taste. Cool while making pastry.

SHORT PASTRY I used a food processor because I have ‘hot hands’- but you can do it by hand.  170g. block margarine (or ½ marg.½ lard)  300g. plain flour  3 tbsps. cold water.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS The following Parish Council Meetings are planned: Wed 24th February at 7.00 pm. Wed 7th April at 6.30 pm. Site Meeting with John Sizer. Wed 19th May at 7.30 pm. Annual Report to parishioners.

These quantities should line and top a 20cm. pie dish. If using a food processor blend the margarine with ½ the flour and all the water. Then blend in the rest of the flour, bring together in a ball, wrap and cool for ½hour in fridge. Otherwise, rub margarine into flour with finger tips and then

REGATTAS The Morston Regatta 2010 will be on Saturday 14th August. The sailing will commence at approx. 0800 and the Morston Regatta Party will be after the Prizegiving. The Oyster Regatta 2010 will be on Saturday 31st July, and may be extended to include Sunday 1st August as well. (Contact: Neil Thompson on 01263 741172).

gradually add water.

Preheat oven and baking sheet to 190°C (180ºC for fan ovens) 375°F, Gas Mark 5. Divide pastry in half, roll out to line and top pie. Brush edges with water to seal and prick 2 holes in top to allow steam to escape. Brush surface with milk or beaten egg and bake for 30 minutes. Pie can be eaten hot or cold. Jan Hope

CAROL SERVICE It was bright enough at the traditional candlelit Carol Service in All Saints’ on 23rd December to see to read one’s carol sheet. This was largely because of the attractive new “sconces” or reflectors made by Ned Hamond that were hung, four to each of the six pillars. The Collection of £300.00 went 50:50 to the Kelling Hospital and Wells Cottage Hospital.

CAROLLERS ON CHRISTMAS EVE The village waits spearheaded by Jane Temple and Ned Hamond are to be congratulated on – besides carolling – having to brave icy temperatures, icy roads and having to quaff much mulled wine in order to raise £217-56 for the church, beating last year’s total.

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MORSTON NCT BIKE RIDE 2009 This is a correction to the details of the total raised, as shown in the last issue of Local Lynx (#69, page 18): “£908-70 was raised for the Norfolk Churches Trust by our intrepid bikers and pony-trappers. Of this total, Morston church has received 50% i.e. £454-30 back from the Diocese, and is awaiting 50% of the Gift Aid to follow.

HARD ARE THE NIGHTS NOW

BORRELL MYSTERY

Hard are the nights now: The fields at moonrise turn to agate, Shadows are cold as jet; In dyke and furrow, in copse and faggot The frost's tooth is set; And stars are the sparks whirled out by the north wind's fret On the flinty nights now. from The Christmas Tree by C.Day Lewis

Just before Christmas the church was visited by Irene & Geoff Garner of Sandbach, Cheshire, who wrote in the Visitors Book that Irene’s grandmother, Gina Borell, had lived in Morston in the 1880s and that Gina’s parents, George & Emily Borrell were buried here. Although we hold photocopies of the Burial Register going back to 1813, there is no relevant entry we can see, nor are the Borrells listed in the Censuses for Morston dated 1861, 1871, 1881 and 1901. The only names in the Burial Register bearing any resemblance are: 1870. Benjamin Barrett buried aged 61. 1890. Arthur Borrett aged 16. 1900. George Borrott aged 73.

MORSTON QUIZ

SAXLINGHAM CHURCH NEWS

by Samphire (Answers on Page 25) 1. What date was the Spanish Armada? 2. What is agar-agar? 3. What is the collective term for a group of monkeys? 4. What country is officially called Bharat? 5. How many cubic feet in a cubic yard? 6. What does ACAS stand for? 7. Who was the first British actress to win an Oscar for Best Actress? And in what film? 8. How many carats in pure gold? 9. What is described in the USA as a mouse, in Germany as blue and in Britain as black? 10. Name the only two countries of the South American continent which do not border Brazil.

Emergency Repairs to Roof Following torrential rain towards the end of November and subsequently our problem of water leaking through the lead sheeting worsened near where the nave roof meets the east elevation of the tower. The influx caused not only pools on the tiled floor inside the main door but also soaked roof-timbers and rendering. At the same time leaks through the lead sheeting over the vestry became very much worse. Following expert investigation the PCC decided to use the scaffolding already erected for inspection purposes and flintwork repairs to provide safe access to the nave roof and the vestry roof so that workmen could repair the lead roofs. Fortunately the work was completed by Norfolk Lead Sheeting just before the bad pre-Christmas weather arrived. Happily the affected areas are now dry although it will probably take some time for the roof-timbers to dry out. Need for Improved Heating The freezing weather of late has exposed the lack of sufficient electric heaters in church - another heater failed over Christmas. However, even though some equipment has been installed there is likely to be a further delay because of the expensive leadwork just undertaken.

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COMMUNITY BUS SERVICE An extract from the EDP ... LEFT OUT VILLAGERS SIGN UP TO GET BACK ON BUS ROUTE Almost 100 people have signed up to a campaign to restore rural bus links to two remote north Norfolk villages. A volunteer-run community bus service through Brinton and Sharrington, near Holt, has dwindled in recent years, leaving elderly people and those who do not drive with difficulties getting about. Colin Douglas of The Street Sharrington has launched a campaign to add the villages to the timetabled routes connecting the nearest towns of Holt and Fakenham. Mr Douglas said: “The idea had received unanimous support from Brinton Parish Council and the backing of his local county councillor. Our opportunities to access the wider community are few and far between, once you get to Fakenham or Holt from Sharrington and Brinton the world is your oyster. This is the only way some people can contemplate getting to Norwich or Kings Lynn.” The campaign has been taken up by county councillor Dr Marie Strong, who said: “It amazed me to find that the people of Brinton and Sharrington did not have access to the larger areas on public transport. The County Council is genuinely committed to providing access to rural communities and I am working with officers to see if this can be achieved.” The community transport scheme was the first to be trialled in Norfolk and was initially so successful it was introduced in our areas. A Norfolk County Council spokesman said: “We are aware of some local interest in improving the services in the area and are speaking with the local county councillor on the matter.” ....... Anyone who has not already done so can add their support to this campaign by contacting Colin Douglas,

14 The Street, Sharrington. Telephone 01263 860185. The current community bus service is managed on behalf of the County Council by West Norfolk Community Transport Partnership (WNCTP) as a Diala-ride service details on telephone 01533-770310. PJG

SHARRINGTON CHURCH NEWS Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow - and it did until we had so much that the church path had to be swept clear, and lanterns posted along the way to guide our intrepid congregation through the flurries of snowflakes into the warmth and welcome of All Saints. The carol service was well attended however, and although Tim Fawcett could not manage the trek over from Langham, 33 of us from the village gathered to hear the Christmas story told in song and scripture. Lola and Abby Poole helped beautifully with the music and the reading, then once again Alison Summers opened with a solo, singing “I wonder as I wander” to a spell bound audience. Members of the congregation brought up the nativity figures to an empty stable, and by the end of the service the crib was set up for Christmas. The collection was taken in aid of the East Anglian Children’s Hospice, and then mulled wine and mince pies warmed us up before the cold walk home. The snow was still with us when we met for our Christmas Day service. This time the roads were better and Canon Paul Atkins officiated before a gathering of 38. We sang carols around the crib and again heard the words of the Christmas gospel. The church was beautifully decorated and much appreciated by all who attended the services. Now we look forward to the Reverend Ian Whittle taking up his new post and being with us in the New Year. PEL

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The November film show was achieved with the help of Creative Arts East who sponsor village film groups throughout Norfolk and hire out all of the equipment. Paul Booker and Claire Dubbins attended one of their evenings where they learnt the intricacies of putting up the screen (no mean task when it measures 10x10’), laying the cables so health and safety requirements are complied with, and how to run the projector. On the day we were greatly assisted by members of the Holt Community Film Group, who firstly helped us set up the village hall and then in the evening, their projectionist, Barry Pilgrim returned to help Paul with the projector. Barry said later that how impressed he was when Richard arrived and adjusted the projector precisely using his skill and knowledge of the film, he knew it frame by frame and how it should look on the screen. Having collected the equipment from Marsham on the Saturday, it all had to be returned to Wells Library on Monday in readiness for the next group who needed it. Adrian Allenby kindly helped Claire with this task; it was too heavy for one person to manage. Thankfully it all went in her car, although it was touch and go at some stages. Thanks to everyone who helped put the show together particularly to Paul who took on the job of chief projectionist. As a result of everyone’s hard work over £350 was raised to add to the church ceiling repair fund. To set up a village film group requires a high degree of support and commitment. It would be great if we could build upon the interest achieved after “The Gigolos”. If anyone would like to find out more about village film groups with a view to getting involved in setting up our own please contact Paul on 01263 860700, or Claire Dubbins on 01263 862261, who will be happy to put you in the picture! CD

THE GIGOLOS FILM SHOW Saturday 21st November saw a first for Sharrington when the village hall became a cinema for the night, showing Richard Bracewell’s film “The Gigolos” in aid of All Saints church ceiling repairs. Richard is a Norwich based film producer and director, he had kindly agreed to come to Sharrington to introduce his film and tell us a little about the world of film making. A good number turned out on a cold rainy evening, enjoying pre film refreshments including canapés (in true Sharrington tradition). Pippa Long had organised a well stocked Christmas stall with homemade Christmas produce including chutneys, mincemeats, cakes and other festive goodies so people could stock up their larders well in advance. When everyone had settled in their seats Richard gave us a short talk on the film and how it had been made. The premise behind the film came about after his friend Sacha – who was also the leading actor, had been propositioned in France by older women. The resulting film was a touching portrayal of loneliness and relationships – both between the gigolo and his clients and also between Sacha and his assistant. Leading actresses, such as Susannah York and Sian Philipps, played cameo roles as Sacha’s clients. The film was shot in Mayfair giving us all a view of the capital’s most exclusive streets. One of the characters was based upon two figures in the public eye and much fun was had afterwards guessing who they might be! At the end of the event everyone judged the evening a success and it is proposed that if there is sufficient support it might be possible to set up a Sharrington film group with regular film shows.

MORSTON QUIZ ANSWERS (Questions on Page 23) 1.)1588. 2.) Seaweed. 3.) A troop. 4.) India. 5.) 27.4. 6.) Arbitration Conciliation and Advisory Service. 7.) Vivien Leigh in “Gone with the Wind”. 8.) 24. 9.) A black eye. 10.) Chile and Ecuador.

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ST.JOHNS CHURCH NEWS Our Christmas services were memorable and well attended. Many thanks to the Rev. John Wilson from Wells for braving the snow and ice to take our Christingle Service on the 20th and Holy Communion on Christmas morning. Many thanks to all who decorated the church and helped with the Christingles, the mulled wine, the Christmas tree and mince pies. Many thanks also to Eva, Clive, Beverley and Steven for the very eye catching crib on the knoll, and to Jack Grange for helping me put up the floodlights. Carols at the Red Lion went with a real swing as usual on Christmas Eve. We really must get some new carol sheets with different, or preferably no mis-prints. Being urged to “sin in exultation” on Christmas Eve is perhaps not quite right! It should be “sing” of course. We certainly did that!! John Adnitt

season – unlike Roe deer or Red deer. I support the campaign to stop the government agency Natural England releasing Sea-Eagles in Suffolk and/or Norfolk. There is no evidence of them being in East Anglia in recorded history. Enormous effort goes into preserving our Avocet and Tern colonies and with a 8 ft wingspan, impressive as the birds are in their natural habitat of the Hebrides, no respectable Sea-Eagle would say no to snacking on free-range poultry, pigs, lambs – or even pets! No the conservation ‘industry’ in the form of bureaucratic agencies has got this one wrong. One hopes they will cancel their project (my miniature Dachshund says that he is quite pleased with my decision). Pightle

NATURE NOTES Global warming or no global warming our countryside looked very Christmassy this year. My bird feeders have been busy and the still available windfall apples a boon for the Blackbirds and Redwings. Fortunately snow cover was not continuous, but we are not out of the wood yet. February and March can be punishing for wildlife. All of a sudden the paddock has erupted in Mole hills – nest making one supposes, as breeding territories are established, (moles can fight to the death below ground), and come the spring I will have to scatter roll and tidy things up & to encourage meadow grasses. I ran over a Muntjac deer on the A149 between Stiffkey and Morston, Fortunately it was clean kill. One never relishes the task of a coup-de-grace in the dark on a slippery road. Muntjac is everywhere now. Escapees from Woburn Park 50 years ago, they are destructive and round-the-year breeders – with no special runt

STIFFKEY CRICKET CLUB Stiffkey Cricket Club is looking forward to another great summer’s cricket! Stiffkey have spent the winter working on their pitch and installing a permanent net to improve match training. The club, which plays Sunday 35 over matches against other North Norfolk clubs, is looking to expand its squad so if you are looking for some relaxed but competitive cricket then please contact club captain John Griffin on fi@northnorfolkfish.co.uk or field captain Siemon Scamell-Katz on siemon.scamellkatz@tns-ri.co.uk. We’re planning pre season nets in March (weather permitting!). Look forward to hearing from you! Siemon Scamell-Katz

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP The Stiffkey Local History Group has been awarded a grant by the Wells Area Partnership towards the production costs of an historical walking guide to the village. The guide is now available through local outlets. Price £1 or from Geraldine Green Tel 830245. A talk will given by Mike Welland on ‘Researching the History of your house’, at the Village Hall 7pm on 18th March. All welcome, £1 members; £2 non members. The group has been the recipient of miscellany of local newspaper cuttings, photographs and photocopies, if you are interested in helping sort and index them please contact me on 830569. Steven Bashforth

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have been exchanged for new cooking equipment, including measuring jugs, muffin trays, pastry cutters and saucepans, which will all be put to good use by Carol Spink and her Cookery Club members. The Eco team has also visited Wells Study Centre to discuss progress being made towards Green Flag status for the school. If Langham gets a Green Flag, it has a brand new flagpole on which to put it. The flag currently adorning the pole celebrates the school’s International School Award. Maintaining our links with overseas schools, children created Christmas cards to send to French school pen pals. And pupils were fascinated to watch a DVD recording of Cinderella, performed in a recent International Assembly by the Eklavya School in India. Pupils are enjoying the new International Primary Curriculum topics for the spring term, which are (for Class 1) Our World, The Environment, (for Class 2) Fashion, and (for Class 3) Astronomy – Earth, Sun and Moon, and Life on Mars (not the TV show). When the weather allows, Mrs Howes will again be taking small groups of children out onto the field for outdoor art sessions in the Forest Schools club as part of an Early Years Outdoor Learning initiative. Any idea what ‘counting on’ means? It’s just one of the nifty strategies used in modern maths calculation in order to make the subject less daunting for children who don’t take to traditional methods first time. So as to make it less daunting also for parents, Class 3 teachers have presented a couple of briefing sessions. No detention, though, for parents who won’t help with homework! The big event on the school’s horizon is a special opportunity for Key Stage 2 children to sing at the Royal Albert Hall in a Barnado’s Celebration Concert on 16 March. Getting there early for essential rehearsals with all the other children involved will make for a very long day but it should be worth it for this one-off occasion. The repertoire will include modern songs by the likes of Abba, the Bee Gees and Queen and the children are busy preparing under the tutelage of Lyn Wiles. A coach load of parents is likely to be making the trip to provide support. As ever, you can keep up with all the latest activities at the school via the website: www.langhamvillageschool.com.

COASTHOPPER Thanks to all concerned with the operation of the Coasthopper bus service. Throughout the recent extremely bad weather they have continued to give an excellent and friendly service. A lifesaver! Mary Gerrard

SCHOOL NEWS Hopefully by the time you are reading this the extreme winter weather will be a distant memory. The pre-Christmas spell prevented a few children from outlying villages making it in but the school remained open, thanks to all the staff, parents and children who made it through. The New Year onslaught of snow and ice proved more formidable and the school did have to close briefly. The weather could not spoil the Christmas performances, however, which involved the audience joining in some rousing music hall favourites, as well as speciality ‘acts’ such as ‘sawing the pupil in half’! The Christmas Fair was also spared thankfully and raised a whopping £1,000 – thanks to Joanna Phelps and the team of Friends. As part of a range of ‘green’ initiatives, the school is buying a greenhouse for the use of all the children. Money raised on Dress in Green Day totalled £272, which will go towards the purchase. Morrisons tokens will help provide a lot of the greenhouse equipment, however any old staging, pots and paving slabs would be gratefully received. Teacher Vee Hopkins and the self-styled Eco Warriors hope that the greenhouse will be up and running for the spring and that children of all ages will get a chance to witness the growth cycle of plants from beginning to end. When they have grown it, they could also cook it. Flora tokens equating to £141

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Local Lynx Issue 70 - February/March 2010  

The community newspaper for 10 North Norfolk Villages: Bale, Binham, Cockthorpe, Field Dalling, Gunthorpe, Langham, Morston, Saxlingham, Sha...

Local Lynx Issue 70 - February/March 2010  

The community newspaper for 10 North Norfolk Villages: Bale, Binham, Cockthorpe, Field Dalling, Gunthorpe, Langham, Morston, Saxlingham, Sha...

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