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Gunthorpe - Ken Bartlett

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WHAT’S ON - In our villages OCTOBER 1st Sat. Bale Stained Glass Talk at Bale Church 3pm 1st Sat. Bale Harvest supper at Village Hall 7pm 1st Sat. Langham F.O.L. Coffee am. Parish Room 2nd Sun. Stiffkey Church - Harvest Festival 9.30am 3rd Mon. Langham E. Allen film Parish Room 7pm 3rd Mon. Stiffkey Mardlers 2.30pm 6th Thurs. Langham Mobile Library 7th Fri. Binham Harvest Celebration Village Hall 6pm 10th Mon. Bale Fish n’ chips at Village Hall 7pm 12th. Wed. Langham Ladybirds Parish Room 7.30pm 13th Thurs. Stiffkey Music Circle 7pm 14th Fri. Field Dalling Pub Night Village Hall 6pm 15th Sat. Field Dalling Churchyard clear-up 10-12noon 15th Sat. Morston Shovell Dinner Anchor Pub 6.30pm 17th Mon. Langham Fun-Mobility Parish Room 10-11.30 17th Mon. Stiffkey WI 7.30pm 19th Wed. Langham F.O.L. Coffee am. Parish Room 20th Thurs. Binham Open Circle Harvest Supper 22nd Sat. Bale Local History slide show Village Hall 7pm 22nd Sat. Binham Ceilidh at Village Hall 7pm  22nd Sat. Langham Leukaemia Research Sale Parish Room 10-12 23rd Sun Morston NT Walk to Brancaster 8.00am 24th Mon. Langham Fun-Mobility Parish Room 10-11.30 27th Thurs. Binham Local History Group Village Hall 7.30pm 27th Thurs. Gunthorpe PC Meeting Institute 7.30pm 28th Fri. Binham Local Charities Lunch time tbc 29th Sat. Binham Quiz night & supper Village Hall 7pm 29th Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club Institute 10.30am 29th Sat. Gunthorpe Harvest Supper Institute 7.00pm 31st Mon. Langham Fun-Mobility Parish Room 10-11.30

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NOVEMBER 3rd Thurs. Langham Mobile Library 5th Sat. Langham F.O.L. Coffee am. Parish Room 5th Sat.Langham Bonfire night Binham Rd 6pm 6th Sat. Stiffkey Mardlers 2.30pm 7th Mon. Langham Fun-Mobility Parish Room 10-11.30 9th Wed. Langham Ladybirds Parish Room 7.30pm 11th Fri. Bale Fish n’ Chips at Village Hall 7pm 11th Fri. Binham Poppy Coffee Morning Priory Cottage 10-12 11th Fri. Binham Painting Demonstration V.Hall 10.30 onwards 13th Sun. Binham Remembrance Concert Priory 7pm 14th Mon. Langham Fun-Mobility Parish Room 10-11.30 16th Wed. Langham F.O.L. Coffee am. Parish Room 17th Thurs. Binham Open Circle Flower Display 19th Sat. Binham Christmas Market Village Hall 9.30-3.30 21st Mon. Langham Fun-Mobility Parish Room 10-11.30 24th Thurs. Binham Local History Group Village Hall 7.30pm 26th Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club Institute 10.30am 26th Sat. Langham Christmas Fair P. Room 10-12noon 28th Mon. Langham Fun-Mobility Parish Room 10-11.30

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

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: Sunday Mass:

Mondays Binham Quiz Night at Chequers Pub 7.30pm Mondays Binham Pre-School Village Hall in term-time 10-11.30 Tuesdays Binham Guild of Artists Village Hall 10-12 Wednesdays Binham Youth Group Village Hall in term-time 6-8 3rdThursday of month Binham Open Circle HindringhamV.H. 7.15

BLAKENEY METHODIST CHURCH High Street Blakeney New Minister: Rev’d J Pathmarajah Tel: 01263 712181 Sunday Services at 6.30pm For weekday services and details of preachers and any change in times, refer to ‘The Glaven Valley Newsletter’.


Saturday 6.00pm. 11.00am.

Church Services for Bale and Stiffkey Benefice for October and November 2011 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 *

Parish Bale Field Dalling Saxlingham Gunthorpe Sharrington Binham Morston Langham Stiffkey

5.00pm Harvest Service 11.00am HC 9.30am HC BCP At Stiffkey 9.30am Harvest Service

Bale Field Dalling Saxlingham Gunthorpe Sharrington Binham Morston

9th October 9.30am HC

16th October 9.30am HC At Saxlingham 11.00am HC

11.00am Harvest Service

At Field Dalling 11.00am MP 9.30am HC 11.00am HC

9.30am MP CW 11.00am CFS 9.30am HC BCP At Stiffkey 9.30am HC

9.30am MP At Langham

23rd October 9.30am HC 11.00am MP BCP At Field Dalling 11.00am HC 9.30am HC 9.30am HC 9.30am HC At Langham

20th November

27th November

9.30am HC

13th November Remembrance Sunday 9.30am Service of Remembrance

9.30am HC

9.30am HC

At Saxlingham 9.30am HC

At Saxlingham 10.50am Service of Remembrance

At Saxlingham 11.00am HC

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

6th November


Langham Stiffkey

2nd October 9.30am Harvest Service At Saxlingham 9.30am HC

10.50am Service of Remembrance

9.30am MP BCP 11.00am HC 9.30am HC BCP At Stiffkey 9.30am CFS

9.30am Service of Remembrance 10.50am Service of Remembrance 2.00pm Service of Remembrance 10.50am Service of Remembrance

At Langham

9.30am MP CW 11.00am CFS 9.30am HC BCP At Stiffkey 9.30am HC

9.30am HC At Langham

Friday 7th October: Binham Priory; Harvest Service at 6.00pm, followed by ‘Bring and Share’ Supper Sunday 30th October: Holy Communion Group Service at Langham, at 10.30am Friday 11th November (Remembrance Day): Service at 11.00am at Stiffkey War Memorial. Sunday 13th November: Binham Priory at 7.00pm; Gresham’s Choir (Mozart’s and Faure’s Requiems) Regular Weekday Services Binham: Tuesday, 6.00pm Evening Prayers, Langham: Wednesday, 10.00am Holy Communion Stiffkey: Friday, 10.00am Holy Communion Dear Friends and Parishioners, AUTHORITY is like a maze: a maze of thick yew hedges and well trodden gravel paths. A maze has one centre: we will call the centre God. “There is no authority except from God.” A maze generally has two openings – from both you can reach the centre; and once you have, and are standing at the centre, you can find your way out through either of them. Mazes of course can be infuriating places, made up on purpose of blind alleys, twists and turns. If only one could see the thing from the air its plan would be obvious, but this maze called Authority, we have to walk through and therein lies its usefulness, for only as we struggle with an idea do we ever learn anything. And if you’ve ever been in a really good maze, like the one at Hampton Court, then you know that we may well get lost, but that at the end we will emerge knowing the maze like the back of our hand. The state is the instrument of God. This is one of the openings in the maze, and Paul takes us through it. The world is God’s world, but it is subject to the process of inevitable retribution which comes into operation when God’s laws are broken. Paul calls it ‘wrath’. It’s what takes over when individuals or society LET RIP. But the wrath of God does not mean that God is furious with us. It expresses, rather, His responsibility. The New Testament insists on

preserving the recognition that even the most iron laws of cause and effect, physical and moral, represent in the last analysis the operation of God’s love. He is working his purposes out through our civil structures, and so we MUST be involved in them. But it is his will to be known ‘in Christ’; and the Church is the agent of his love; and so we MUST show that by how we behave. When we think about authority, we find ourselves called to responsibility. With Jesus beside us, we are unafraid to be, we are empowered to do. Yours very truly, Ian Whittle

DEANERY NEWS Next meeting of the Deanery Synod Thursday, 20th October 2011 7.15pm for 7.30pm Venue: Holt Church Hall Speaker: Richard Butler Diocesan Secretary ‘How the Diocese supports your local ministry & mission.’ We will have a new Rural Dean by this time, the Reverend Jeremy Sykes. The Reverend Howard Stoker will have retired from the post of Rural Dean, although he will continue to be a parish priest. Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting for the whole evening or just for the talk, which is the first item on the agenda.


travelling to work, to hospital, for essential shopping and to carry out volunteer work. NCC Meetings & Overview and Scrutiny Panels It has concerned me that it is not easy to access information about major meetings: dates and times; agenda topics; decisions taken that can have a profound effect on our lives. Other councillors agreed and as a result a future edition of ‘Your Norfolk’ will contain detailed information as to how you can access information. Even if you are unable to travel to these meetings at County Hall you can still send in questions and/or alert your councillor of your concerns. Wells Recycling Centre To improve visibility an additional stretch of the hedge is to be cut on a regular basis; signs warning of parking on the road have been erected; more bins being cleared on the closure days. As well as May Gurney removing residual and green waste on TuesdayThursday, sub-contractors are removing electrical and glass items. However the planned experiment for Whites to carry out its clearance during quiet times on the open days has been unsuccessful. Also vehicles and/ or trailers have continued to be left on the road. The company has been reminded of the conditions of the trial and I am pursuing the fact that partial closure on open days was not part of the ‘conversation’ regarding a shorter week. Please let me know if you experience problems. Dr Marie Strong: or

DISTRICT COUNCILLOR'S NEWS Affordable Housing - a workshop was held at Cromer on this very important topic especially for local families who are unable to afford accommodation in our area of high property prices and with the additional input of second homes. The allocation of accommodation was explained whether on the General Housing Register or according to the Local Exception Housing Scheme. An updated guide is being prepared by the officers. The need for housing for local families was stressed by the elected members. Keith Johnson, Cabinet Member with Portfolio responsibility for Organisation Development, Planning and Strategic Housing, Faith Davies, our Enabling Officer at NNDC and I are happy to help in any way we can. The Norfolk Coast Partnership Summer Forum was held at Overstrand this year, with presentations on all aspects of the area including tourism and visitors' access. The North Norfolk Pathfinder project was also concentrating on problems and investment in the Happisburgh area. A Health and Wellbeing Opportunities Event was held at Cromer for Parish and Town Councils. Ways in which to help and improve health and social care and the needs of the wider North Norfolk community were explored. Presentations were made on the Aldborough Village Care Scheme and the Potter Heigham Good Neighbourhood Scheme. The Norfolk Rural Community Council's Development Officer suggested ways in which similar schemes could be established and run. Co-ordinators can be reached 5 days a week on 01362 698 216 or Cllr. Lindsey Brettle

07920 286 597.

AUTUMN COFFEE MORNING Glaven District Caring Saturday October 1st 10.30-12noon The Glaven Centre, Thistleton Court, Blakeney Books, Bric-a-Brac, Cakes, Raffle, Tombola etc. Contributions welcome to sell or raffle. Tel: 01263 740762

CAN YOU HELP? Recently there have been several retirements from our ambulance rota and in order to maintain the wonderful service given to many senior citizens in our area by the staff and volunteers at the Glaven Centre we urgently need to recruit more ambulance drivers and attendants. The duty consists of taking out the ambulance (a minibus with a rear lift to take wheelchairs and less mobile

COUNTY COUNCILLOR’S NEWS Buses We all realise that to sustain an effective system of transport particularly in our rural divisions we need more income. Norfolk’s MPs are united in pressing the Government for more money and I am urging our MP to sustain this pressure at Westminster. At County we have agreed to scrutinise the question of income and expenditure for bus travel and bus passes. Perhaps not surprisingly county wide only 50% of travellers pay for their bus ticket. I would surmise far less pay for their ticket when travelling through beautiful north Norfolk. And whilst the Coast Hopper is not at risk I am gathering information showing that it is not simply used by holiday makers but is essential for many residents –


clients) to collect elderly people from Holt, and villages surrounding Blakeney and taking them to the Glaven Centre at Thistleton Court, Blakeney, and returning them home later in the day. We start at 8.45am usually finishing before 11a.m; the afternoon session starts at 2.30pm and finishes about 4.30pm. The crew consists of a Driver and an Attendant: The driver needs to be aged under 70, but there is no age restriction on the Attendant. Instruction will be given and no special licence is needed to drive the ambulance. The name ambulance may be misleading; we do not attend accidents or carry stretchers, and there is NO medical work involved!! If you are available once a month, and are interested in this worth-while and interesting activity please contact Bob Norris, who looks after the ambulance and conducts the training, on 01263 741254. Many thanks, Helen Norris.

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Chronic Heart Disease Chronic Kidney Disease Chronic Liver Disease Immuno suppression due to illness or treatment Certain neurological conditions e.g. Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s. Seasonal Flu vaccinations are not recommended for healthy children or adults under 65 years, if you are unsure if you need a flu vaccination, please ask.

OPEN HOUSE AT THE FRIARY CENTENARY CELEBRATION 1911 - 2011 No 1, Mariners’ Hill, Blakeney Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd October, 2-5 pm All are welcome at this prominent 17th century house overlooking the Harbour Proceeds to: Blakeney Area Historical Society & Friends of St Nicholas’ Church

We will begin booking the Flu clinics from September; please telephone 01263 712461 after 11.30am when the telephone lines are less busy or ask at the reception desk.



Second Hand Books & Tools for Sale Refreshments available

Homewatch is about public reassurance and community and is working well in the parish of Stiffkey. Residents there have formed a few groups around HW Chairman John Pearson. It liaises regularly and is kept up to date with matters of interest to the residents of Stiffkey. The village also has its share of holiday homes and absentee owners find great peace of mind being part of the HW scheme. PCSO Phil Berkeley is the local Homewatch Officer for Binham, Cockthorpe, Field Dalling, Langham, Morston and Stiffkey. Phil is actively promoting the establishment of new Homewatch Schemes within our Parishes and would like the opportunity to talk to village groups. He is also the Crime Prevention Officer for the area, so I am sure it would be a useful opportunity to have him talk to your group. Contact him directly for a booking at

This is an easy and enjoyable form of exercise, again to be held in the Parish Room, Langham, on Mondays, 17th October to 28th November. 10 – 11.30am. £3.50 per session. New members are always welcome.

3 HOURS A MONTH REALLY COUNTS Glaven Centre, Thistleton Court, Blakeney Are you willing to give three hours a month to help Glaven Caring help older people with transport, serving coffees or maybe afternoon tea? Please get in touch with Maureen Buckey on 01263 740762 or email

SEASONAL FLU VACCINATION CLINICS – OCTOBER 2011 HOLT MEDICAL PRACTICE The Seasonal Flu vaccination (which incorporates several strains including swine flu H1N1) is recommended for:  All patients aged 65 or over  Pregnant women  Carers of older or disabled patients  Healthcare workers and poultry workers  Those living in long-stay residential care homes Any person aged 6 months or over in the following clinical risk groups below:  Chronic respiratory disease e.g. COPD  Chronic Asthma  Diabetes  Stroke


Lavers. These films and much more are on the website Once we have raised some funds we will start by restoring Lucy Lavers and returning her to Dunkirk. We estimate this project alone will cost at least £50,000 and take several years. We will film the restoration work to capture progress and the disappearing skills involved. At the same time we hope to arrange for a few suitable wooden working boats to be available for lease to keen and experienced people to ensure their continued use on the water. We will arrange regular open days for Friends of Rescue Wooden Boats and create links with some schools to engage children’s interest. We hope there will be widespread interest in supporting us from people who love wooden boats, from people with connections with working boats or lifeboats and from people with an interest in maritime and naval history, particularly the Dunkirk evacuation. We invite people to join as a “Friend” of Rescue Wooden Boats and to support us by making donations. For further information contact: 07920 760238 or or go to

HOLKHAM HALL FAMILY WALK For Brain Tumour Research & Support Saturday 8th October 2011 10am- 4pm Adults £5, Children FREE Car Parking: £2.50 per car, redeemable on registration or in the café The walks are: 1, 3, 6, or 10 miles. The one mile walk for children has games along the way. Prams, tricycles, wheelchairs and animals on leads are welcome. Find out more on and download a sponsorship form or contact Tel: 01485 572 767.

RESCUE WOODEN BOATS RESCUE WOODEN BOATS is a new charity aiming to “acquire, restore, maintain and use heritage maritime wooden craft and in so doing, provide education into their history, construction, maintenance and use and into the crafts involved in all of these”. Our intention is that the restored working boats and lifeboats will be used actively on the water rather than become museum pieces. It has been started by local craftsmen boat builders David and George Hewitt at Stiffkey, together with wooden working boat enthusiasts Graeme Peart from Saxlingham and Wendy Pritchard from Burnham Norton. So far we have been given two boats, our flagship project Dunkirk veteran Lucy Lavers lifeboat (donated by Dunkirk Little Ships Restoration Trust) and crab boat Black Beauty (donated by Andy Frary of Wells-next-the-Sea). We have identified further possible working boats to acquire and have started filming local fishermen, lifeboat men, and boat builders talking about their lives and crafts and about Lucy

WEA PROGRAMME 2011- 2012 The Wells Branch is delighted to announce its programme of courses for 2011-2012.We hope to see new faces as well as those familiar from previous years. In both Autumn and Spring terms we will have a Tuesday morning course running for 8 weeks and 2 Saturday day schools. If you would like either to book a place on any course or have further details please contact Mary Baker, secretary, on 01328 710883 or


PURCELL’S FIFTH THE BALE CONCERTO The weather was frightening with thunder and lightning, the heavenly percussion announcing the fifth successive visit by students from the Purcell School of Music to Bale Church. The students however were unperturbed. Playing together as an ensemble, “Impulse”, this award winning outreach group, immediately put everyone in happy relaxed mood with a lively rendition of “Circle of Life” from the Lion King. After this rousing start, the musicians demonstrated their individual talents and capabilities over a wide range of composers and instruments. Compared with the Lion King, a solo performance of Bach’s Partita for Flute and then a Serenade for violin and guitar made an immediate and stimulating contrast. Wood’s Saxophone Sonata, described by the performing duet as “quite jazzy”, was followed by a piece, plaintive in tone, for clarinet by Benjamin Britten and then by Bach’s Prelude in D minor on cello. A quartet then returned us to the 20th century with Einaudi’s Le Onne, with next a delightful solo interpretation of a lyrical Chopin waltz. The interval was then preceded by a Saint Saens Wind Trio with a tarantella giving a spirited finish to the first part of the programme. To counter the weather, Bale’s bar staff had very sensibly installed themselves inside the church at the base of the tower. There were no complaints about watered down drinks! Called back at the end of the interval by the sound of spoons in harmony, Impulse presented a medley from The Sound of Music, so well done that we almost expected Julie Andrews to rush in amongst us. Two lieder, Schubert’s Du Bist die Ruh, and Brahm’s Von Ewige Liebe, continued music with a mid-European flavour. Then, proving once again the versatility and talents of Purcell School students, the evening’s entertainment changed dramatically with three pieces, Hanuman, Legend, Elgar’s Cello Suite plus a mystery item in which the audience, suitably led,

participated enthusiastically in song. However all good things must come to an end and so Impulse came together again as an ensemble to give everyone a rousing finale. The Lord of the Dance, flavoured by Aaron Copland and Michael Flatley, rounded off another splendid evening of musical entertainment by these gifted young musicians. John Church

BUTTERFLY GARDEN 24 July 2011 This afternoon the sun came out and it was possible to sit outside on the bench in the wild garden, and read my new book. Butterflies which have not been very visible in the cold and windy weather are starting to appear. A red admiral was sunning itself on the thuya hedge nearby; then suddenly there were four large stunning butterflies spreading their wings; as the sun came out they closed them, and when it went in they opened them. I have been reading the out-of-print book The Butterfly Gardener by Miriam Rothschild and Clive Farrell, published in 1983 (plenty of cheap second hand copies available online). Although the second half, on raising butterflies indoors, or in a greenhouse, is not of great interest to me, the first half is a lovely description of her garden and the butterflies one can attract and encourage by planting and restricted use of chemicals. Her garden consisted of three areas, a typical walled kitchen garden, with the use of an absolute minimum of sprays and insecticides, the house and courtyard, with a “fine profusion of garden flowers and wild species where stone and soil meet around the foundations, in a


sort of grassy border. A visitor looked round at the untamed creepers and broom and the mauve and blue haze of candytuft and flax growing out of the gravel, and remarked uneasily: ‘I don’t believe anyone can LIVE here …’” just my sort of gardener. The third area consisted of an acre of flowering hayfield (I wish) divided from the house by a strip of closely cut lawn. She has a little rant about modern agricultural methods being lethal to both wild flowers and butterflies, “But with time and trouble and experimentation one can get wild flowers to grow in profusion in the grass or mixed in with the good old cultivated varieties”. My garden, full of wildflowers, certainly entertains a good variety of insects, and I get very good pollination on my young apple trees, which bow down under the weight of fruit. Red campion and ladies bedstraw continue to flower as the regular drenchings this summer have reinvigorated growth, selfheal likes the shorter grasses, there is a big clump of tufted vetch visited by wild bees, poppies courtesy of the molehills, and knapweed with its bright purple flowers attracts painted ladies. Yarrow seems to be good for gatekeepers. Buddleia is the main attraction for butterflies in July and early August ; a comma and a peacock sip from the heavily scented flowers as I sit trying to draw the patterns made by knapweed and poppy heads, with butterflies whirring and flapping past my head. They are attracted by the white paper of my sketch book, and land on it, opening their wings and enjoying the heat and light until a sudden movement or a competing butterfly drives them away. Several red admirals, the peacock – who sits there combing out his long tongue with his forefeet – and a surprising painted lady (the first I

have seen this year) come and sit with me. I am going to look for field scabious plugs at the local wildflower centre; they are always an attraction for butterflies where I come across them in hedgerows. I have a little valerian started in my cultivar garden; this is very good for butterflies. Tobacco plants are essential for attracting moths … and of course, one should always have a patch of nettles; several butterflies, including peacocks, red admirals and small tortoiseshell need them to feed their larva. Painted ladies need thistles, which in a small garden are a bit of a sacrifice, and they need clearing away before they seed – as much as the goldfinches would like it if I left them. I have to try Miriam Goldsmith’s recommendation of a gravel path, seeded with lavender, candytuft, red valerian, white clover, field pansy and creeping cinque-foil. This is a lure for butterflies, and would make rather more of my untidy gravel drive. I wish I had Miriam Rothschild’s acre of hay meadow – she writes: “enchanted with the covey of baby partridges calling somewhere in the middle of it .. the mixture of mauve field scabious and purple knapweeds, the almost white seed heads of quaking grass. On warm evenings I walk through it after dark and imagine it stretches away for thirty acres or more on all sides. In the half-light the ghost moth swings among the drying stems. It is John Clare country come back to life.” “…. To see the meadows so divinely lye Beneath the quiet of the evening sky.” Jane Wheeler


Saturday 1st October at 3pm at Bale Church The Reverend Ian Whittle, Honorary Chaplain to the Norfolk Churches Trust will introduce:

A Talk by the Reverend Christopher Wood “Medieval Stained Glass, The Collector’s Eye” followed by refreshments at All Saints Church, Bale. Enquiries from September 1st to Fiona Fraser, or 01328 738243.

BALE VILLAGE HALL NEWS Thanks to all who have supported the village hall by entering the 100 Club draw. For those who still want to join or for those of you who haven’t yet had the opportunity to renew your subscription please contact one of the village hall committee members. We had an excellent turn out for the August Bank


APOLOGIES For some reason we have been unable to trace, the following item appearing on page 12 of the last issue, which was correctly submitted by Carolyn Wright and type-set by Alan Eagle, was in the final stages of publication by us invaded by Gremlins. The correct text appears below. Our sincere apologies to all concerned. Bob and Helen Brandt

Holiday weekend hog roast. Sixty people enjoyed fine food and convivial company. Your support enabled us to raise £300 for village hall funds. Apologies to those whom we were unable to accommodate; book early next year to be sure of your place. Please note, there is always a vegetarian option, and lots of salads. Dates for your diaries in October, November and December: 10th October 7pm – Fish n’ chips 22nd October 7pm Philip West local history slide show 11th November 7pm – Fish n’ chips 9th December 7pm – Fish n’ chips and the Christmas draw 31st December 7.30 Old Year’s Night Celebration To make sure of your place at the Old Years Night Celebration contact a member of the Village Hall Committee. The Committee members are: Margaret Dent, 4 Hindringham Road; Anne and Jim Peppitt, Spinney Cottage; Alastair Macorkindale and Paul Turnbull, Forge Cottage; Ann Ramm; Jane Wheeler, The Old Granary; Carole and Chris Lee, Ivy Cottage; Eileen Spooner, Oak View; and Richard Scott, Clip Street Farm. Bale Village Hall Committee 

TWO FIRSTS! Sylvie Jane, a daughter for Robin and Helen, and a grandchild for her grandparents Jack and Jane Groom. She is a little sweetie! Roger Newman

FRIENDS OF BINHAM PRIORY The first major project largely funded by the Friends of Binham Priory should be complete by the time you read this article. For some time the PCC felt the aging white folding plastic chairs, while very practical for occasional use to supplement the wooden pews and chairs, should be replaced by more comfortable chairs. The Friends identified this as an appropriate project, with some members bringing expertise to help with the selection of a suitable model, balancing the parameters of cost, comfort, durability, appearance to be compatible with existing seating, and the constraints of handling and storage. After some six months of consultation with the PCC and consideration of six different models a fabric covered, padded seat and back, folding, chrome plated frame chair, supplied by Rosehill, was selected. 75 chairs have been purchased by the Friends for delivery in mid September at a cost of over £5,000. The Friends have also been responsible for the design, fabrication and assembly of two purposebuilt storage and handling trolleys for 50 of the chairs, the number most frequently used. The PCC has funded the purchase of the materials for the trolleys. The best of the old plastic chairs will be retained for use in exceptional circumstances or where outside use is considered. Currently the Friends are working with the PCC to identify further projects to enhance the Priory, assisting long-term sustainability of this wonderful building and historic site. For more information on the Friends of Binham Priory and membership application forms please contact David Frost, Honorary Secretary, 18 Langham Road, Binham NR21 0DW, tel: 01328 830362 e-mail:

VILLAGE HALL SOCIAL CLUB DRAW July 2011 Paul Turnbull £25 David Ramm £10 Victoria Waite £5 Sebastian Schofield £5

August 2011 David Ramm Paul Turnbull Ray Painter Carole Lee

£25 £10 £5 £5


DIARY OF A BINHAM FARMER’S SON AGED 34 August 1855 6th We were called up last night to go to Bale but could not get there before Uncle Charles was dead. Wm stayed all night. 11th I went to Bale this morning, they were all very triste John, Dick and Wm had left. I read American poetry with Ems. 15th Dined at Bale. Ems very sad but kind. 16th We all dined at Fakenham today in the new Corn Hall to celebrate the opening, 250 people there, Sir W James, Chairman. 28th Went to Hasling and bought some lambs from Charles Overmeyer. He told me he gave 21/- per acre for this farm. I think it dear at the money. 30th Drove the four to Fakenham, bought 20 tons of Parkins linseed cake at £11.7.6. Tasted some wine at R Silletts. 31st Began carting my wheat, it rides v fast compared with last years. September 1st Did not go shooting today, the first omission for 19 years. Carted some more wheat, very cold weather. 5th The Gov and I went to Hipton fair and bought 10 score of Pettingill’s lambs between us at 29/6! 14th Finished my harvest today but not until quite late, late, late afternoon. 15th My men had their dinner today and their wages. I stayed with them until nearly 11 o’clock at night, Ursula with me. 21st My horse died as anticipated, truly I am very unlucky with horses. 24th Sorted out the Gov’s ewes for him, still very dry, turnips quite gone. 26th Went to the Butley Abbey sale. An innumerable assembly of people - they say 5000 there. Horses made great prices. Norah and Richard Lewis

PRIORY BELL Binham Priory has a single bell, dated 1656, which hangs from the bellcote on the West Gable. It had started to make a plaintiff small sound when rung and on inspection in February it was declared unsafe. Since then it has remained silent. The PCC has received advice from the Diocesan Bell Adviser, has learnt some of the language appertaining to bells, sought estimates from various bell foundries, and now has the Faculty from the Diocese allowing it to have the bell repaired. Scaffolding was to be erected on 15th September at the West End of the Priory allowing access to the bell. This will remain in place for 5-6 weeks whilst the bell is being repaired. The bell will be lowered and taken to the Whitechapel Bell Foundry the following week. This Foundry was established in 1570 so our bell will be in very experienced hands! The cost of this repair work will be met by funds from the PCC and local fund-raising events. Pauline Scott

BINHAM HARVEST CELEBRATION Friday 7th October at 6 p.m This year we are going to celebrate with a Bring and Share Supper in the Priory. This will be immediately following a short Harvest Thanksgiving Service at 6 o’clock. Please come and bring your friends – we look forward to seeing you there. No need to book. Tea, coffee and fruit juice provided.

BINHAM PLAYGROUND PROJECT The committee has been formed with Rebecca Bunting as chairperson and Andrew Marsh as secretary. Our first fundraising event has been held with a coffee morning, making us nearly £250. The village family cricket match gave us £166, and two donations from Andrew Marsh and

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 13th November The Remembrance Sunday Service at Binham Priory will start at 10.50 at the War Memorial.

Remembrance Concert Gresham's Choir and Orchestra. Remembrance Concert with music by Mozart and Fauré at 7 p.m. in the Priory. Retiring collection.

POPPY COFFEE MORNING Friday 11th November 10 am to 12 noon In aid of the Royal British Legion. At Priory Cottage, Langham Road Binham. Entry £1. Cake Stall, Bring and Buy, Raffle and, as usual, lots and lots of books. Carolyn Wright 01328 830270


BINHAM VILLAGE HALL There will be a Ceilidh in the Village Hall on Saturday 22nd October at 7 p.m. Tickets from Liz Brown (830519) at £12, under 16s £6, to include supper. In aid of Hall funds. A date for your diary – the Christmas Supper is to be held on Saturday 3rd December at the Hall. Tickets £6, available from Liz, as above.

LOCAL CHARITIES LUNCH Friday 28th October Invitations will be sent out nearer the time - so keep that date in your diary and I look forward to seeing you all. Alex Wales

Jeremy Taylor of Tracked Dumper Hire have allowed us to bank over £500; so far, a good start but a long way to go. We are holding a Quiz night with a Sausage Supper on October 29th at Binham Village Hall 7.00pm for a 7.30pm prompt start. Bring your own drinks. £8.00 per person, teams to a maximum of 6 people. Teams can be made up on the night if you wish to come but are not in a team. Tickets can be booked up until October 17th from Liz Brown on 01328 830519.

MEMORIAL HALL 100 + CLUB July £25 S Jennings; £10 Bob Thompson; £5 Mrs P Newson, Mr & Mrs Small, Mr T Barnard. August £25 Alex Bartram; £10 Stanley Hewitt; £10 Daniel Hewitt; £5 William Wales, D. Powley, Mrs G Dick. September £25 Mrs G Dick, £10 Jude Robson, Oliver Wales; £5 D. Tann, Alex Howell, Tom Walduck. If anyone would like to join the 100 Club, there are still numbers left. Please call at 8 Priory Crescent or ring June Read on 01328 830106.

BINHAM YOUTH GROUP The Group has grown in strength in the last term with 50 children coming most weeks. We have children aged from 5 years up to 16 years attending on Wednesday evenings from 6.00pm until 8.00pm during school term. Anyone who would like to join us as a helper, however often would be welcome. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the parish councils from Binham, Wells and Warham who have given donations to the group for new equipment. Many thanks Andrew. Andrew and Wendy 01328 830178

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 July Stephen Martyn gave an excellent talk on watercolour painting with several demonstrations to illustrate his method of working. These were very helpful for the group. The Guild’s annual exhibition in August was very well received and the standard of work was high. Proceeds of £782 from sales were given to the Memorial Hall fund. For further information contact James Bucknill 01328 830651.

BINHAM PRE-SCHOOL PLAYGROUP Every Monday morning, during term time, a group of young children with their Mums or Dads meets in the Binham Memorial Hall. The group’s leader Melissa Snell is supported by Sure Start. A range of play activities and equipment are set up ready for a 10am start. The children come from Binham and all our nearby villages, sometimes as many as fifteen little ones. The hall is wonderful for the energetic bike and car riding but also provides space for quieter activities such as dressing up, colouring and sticking, storytelling etc. The group could really do with some additional adult help with the making and serving of refreshments. Everything is provided - it is just hands that are needed. I have been for the last few weeks of the summer term and will continue to help, but it would be great to have a rota of helpers. Could you find time on a Monday morning from 10-11.30am to help? If so please contact me. Many thanks. Pauline Scott 01328 83094

FOOD FOR THOUGHT Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get.


BINHAM VILLAGE HALL CHRISTMAS MARKET Saturday 19th November 9.30am to 3.30pm YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS THIS ONE! Buy your presents early - so many good bargains Toys Boxes Cashmere Pies, puds & tarts Xmas tree presents Stitched textiles & gifts Hessian crafts Wildlife photography Children’s mystery dipper bag Beautiful hand made jewellery Cards Wraps Decorations Products and gifts for the home Hand stitched bags & accessories Jams, chutneys & delicious things to eat Home made cakes, sweets and preserves Handmade Driftwood gifts, Glass lamps & mobiles Embroidered pillows, hearts & pictures Christmas Cake Raffle Crafts Garden stall Books Bottle tombola Pottery Coffee/tea Soup and roll lunch

over 200 artefacts spanning the Middle Saxon to Victorian periods. (720AD to 1900AD). Probably the most important find was part of a Saxon cremation urn. All of the pits were one metre square and the most productive pit with 138 items reached 1.2 metres deep. All finds have been sent to Cambridge and the results will be combined with those from the previous HEFA digs thus building up a comprehensive picture of the earlier inhabitants of our village. We are indebted to our members and volunteers for their sterling work in not always the best conditions. And so on to Dig Three ….. Alan Eagle



Now we have a flag pole. We need your design !!!! Please send your design for our "Binham Flag" to Liz Brown by November 1st. The winner of the design will be announced at the Christmas Supper. For more details ring Liz Brown 01328 830519.

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP Forthcoming talks 27th Oct. Robert Walker. Angelic Roofs of Norfolk Churches 24th Nov. John Smales. The History of Remembrance Sunday. All meetings at 7.30 p.m. in the Binham Village Hall. £2 members, £3 non members. For more information call 01328 830270.

QUIZ NIGHT AT THE CHEQUERS Quiz Nights begin again at the Chequers – thanks to Steve and Alex. As usual it will be on the first Monday in the month – so we hope to see you on Monday 3rd October and Monday 7th November. You don’t need to be part of a team – just come along at 6.30 if you’re going to have a meal – or at 7.30 for a drink and the Quiz.

Community Mini-Dig On the weekend of 23rd/24th July we undertook our second Community Mini-Dig following the protocols set up by Carenza Lewis of Cambridge University. We managed four sites around the village which produced


Recycling No doubt you already know about "skunk". Steve at the Chequers tells me that beer needs to be kept in dark brown bottles to prevent the formation of skunk. Once upon a time we had a very nice recycling bin in the Memorial Hall car park which would take bottles of any colour. Now we have two very smart containers, one for clear glass, and one for green. There is no container for brown glass. Is this progress, or is the Council trying to discourage the drinking of beer in Binham? Binham Housing Trust I have received, via Norman Lamb, a reply from the Treasury about the funding of Housing Trusts. They are a miserable lot because they don't like us telling them exactly how our taxes should be spent. Instead they pointed out that if you give 10% of your estate to charity, the inheritance tax payable on the remainder (after deducting the zero rated amount) reduces from 40% to 38%.I am hoping that some of the Financial Times readers will think of the Binham Housing Trust when planning their inheritance tax. Roger Newman

OPEN CIRCLE On October 20th we will hold our Harvest Supper and Auction, with guests from Stiffkey, Wells and Snoring. At our November 17th meeting the very talented Karen Drake & Gill Markwell will be demonstrating, with flowers and handicrafts, how to decorate for Christmas. Speaking of Christmas, please make a note that our Christmas party meeting will be on December 8th, a week earlier than usual. The Open Circle Women's Club meets at 7.15pm on the third Thursday of each month at Hindringham Village Hall. New members are always welcome - just come along on the night or ring secretary Fiona Thompson on 01328 830639.

BINHAM FAMILY CRICKET 7th August Mike’s Magicians batted first, and made a respectable 68 runs, due mainly to the efforts of two very hard-hitting ladies. It was decided to restrict the game to 20 overs (rather than the prescribed 30) to allow plenty of time for tea, and Tim’s Tornadoes took to the field full of (sadly misplaced) confidence: too many strawberries? Not enough Pimms? – Certainly not enough runs! The Tornadoes failed to raise the required total and Mike’s Magicians won the day. A lovely afternoon was had by all. Congratulations to Mike, and special thanks to Liz, Rebecca and helpers for the excellent teas, to David for the Pimms Bar and especially to Mr Simon Turner of Field Dalling who donated two large trays of strawberries, enabling a total of £166 to be raised for the Binham Play area equipment project. … and more cricket The second game between the two villages again resulted in revenge for a previous defeat. Hindringham batted first and were dismayed to see star batsman Simon Greenwood’s middle stump sent flying by a very fast first ball. The umpire called a No Ball, but unfortunately Simon soon had to retire hurt by a similar delivery. Hindringham dug in and scored a respectable 108, meaning that Binham

SORRY, CONGRATULATIONS, GOODBYE Dear Helen - We do not know how your name became "Hall" in the last issue of LL, but in this issue I am determined it is spelt correctly. Sorry HELEN! Henry and Laura were married in the Priory on 3rd September. We wish you both a long and very happy life together. Mrs Lawton has removed to Lyles House in Hindolveston. It all happened so quickly whilst her daughter Penny was over here from America that Mrs L didn't have a chance to say any "good byes". She has asked me to do it for her via LL. Visiting at Lyles House is 10 to 12, and from 2 to 4pm. George Pearson is still fit and well at the Maltings, Norwich Rd, Fakenham, and would be pleased to see old friends for a mardle. "Don't give him your name, Pike!" This famous line from Dads’ Army came to mind in Trevor's Shop the other morning. A well-known lady said in a loud voice in front of a long queue of customers "Don't tell him anything, it will only get published in LL". So here we go. Wealth One Saturday in August, Howells' Superstore sold more copies of the Financial Times than any other shop in Norfolk supplied by Trevor’s wholesaler. So who are all the very rich people in Binham? I suspect they are holiday makers. More Wealth Trevor and I were talking about money. I remarked that he probably kept his under the bed, which was 6 feet high. “No it's not”, says Trevor, “it's 8 feet high.” So now we know.


needed almost 5 runs per over to win. Despite the efforts of Tom Walduck (2 wickets, including Hindringham Captain Jeremy Greenwood and 10 runs) and his uncle Derek, imported from Suffolk (2 wickets, 1 catch, 39 runs) Binham failed by 6 runs, at 106 for 6 in 25 overs. We were incredibly lucky to miss the thunder, lightning and heavy rain that skirted around the playing field, and had a really enjoyable day. Roll on 2012. Tim Walduck

with this aria. Andreas Scholl, David Daniels and Philippe Jaroussky, plus a delicious video of a very young Aled Jones (don’t you just want to hug him)! There are tenors as well, from Enrico Caruso (before my time), Jussi Bjorling, Fritz Wunderlich, Ian Bostridge but don’t overlook Richard Tauber, who was so much more than the star of Lehar operettas. And Kenneth McKellar, the Scottish tenor, more famous for Rabbie Burns’ ballads. Other voices perform this aria on “YouTube,” like Renée Fleming, Cecilia Bartoli, Marilyn Horne and the late Kathleen Ferrier. But not Janet Baker, though there is so much else by this superb mezzo soprano. Dimitri Hvorostovsky is one of few baritones, but the Korean Choi Hyun-Soo is a real find. As for Sir Thomas Allen, we have him in other songs, like Vaughan Williams’ “The Vagabond” and “Silent Noon.” It is so tempting to wander off with “YouTube,” when it points to other performers and performances. In this way I first heard Philippe Jaroussky and the Korean soprano, Kim Eun-Kyong. Some say “I know what I like” when they mean “I like what I know.” With “YouTube” you soon realise how little you know. The future of recorded music is clearly with the internet. One day I may also be on the Norwich bus with my internet “life support system,” but I don’t think I am ready yet. Ian Johnson

A WORLD OF MUSIC Just as you begin to understand things, it is “All change, please.” I am not so old that I remember wax cylinders, but I had a few 78 rpm records, which were lost when I flew the parental nest. I skipped the 45 rpm stage and went straight to 33 rpm long-playing vinyls. I thought they were great, kept them dust-free but the vinyls themselves were too easily scratched. For me, cassettes were never easy to record or playback. Where are they now? Tidily put away, never played but I am reluctant to dump them, somehow. It’s my age, perhaps. In their place I have my CD collection and my DVD player. My kids explain that I could upload my CD’s onto an MP3 player or Ipod or something, but I am certainly not going there. I once travelled on a Norwich bus with a group of schoolchildren. Every one was plugged in to their “life support systems” and so were many of the adults! Noone was watching life out of the windows. Nowadays, if I want to hear a piece of music I often use the internet. I caught an interesting snatch on the radio, but not the name of the composer. All I heard was that it was a harp sonata by a lady member of “Les Six,” a group of French composers. The internet told me she was Germaine Tailleferre (1892-1983) and - “Hey presto” - there was a video of her harp sonata on “YouTube.” played by Isabelle Moretti, all for free. The internet is like a musical, magic carpet. One of the most famous songs of all time is Handel’s aria “Ombra mai fu,” once known as his “Largo.” It is a male aria sung by Xerxes in praise of a plane tree’s shade, but in Handel’s time it was sung by a castrato, or male alto, because women did not appear on the stage then. Our modern equivalent is the countertenor. I only knew of one countertenor when I was young, Alfred Deller, and here he is on “YouTube” singing several Handel arias, but not this one. Today there are many men who have trained themselves to sing in this high register and several are on “YouTube”




Work has begun on essential repairs to the tower and the chancel roof following months of discussion, surveys and activity on site ensuring that the resident bats will not be harmed. This redundant church which is currently on the English Heritage ‘At Risk Register’ is cared for by the Norfolk Churches Trust who have managed to obtain funding for this expensive restoration work. Because of the dangerous state of the building it has been closed to visitors for the last nine months or so. According to Malcolm Fisher of the Norfolk Churches Trust the problems being addressed are cracking and possible movement in the stonework of the tower due to water ingression and rotting timbers in the chancel roof causing the roof tiles to dislodge and fall. He also explained how the bats, which are a protected species, will be excluded from the tower area while the work is taking place. Under licence, as it not the bats breeding season and they will only be roosting, the inside of the tower will be lit twenty four hours a day. It seems a bit ironic that the parishioners using this church have managed with candle power for almost a thousand years, but electric light will now be available for a few months for the benefit of bats. Let’s hope that the work will be completed and the church open to visitors by Christmas, in time for the candlelit carol service which has not been able to take place for the last two years. Watch this space. Maurice Matthews

Saturday 15 October The next Churchyard Clear-up will take place on Saturday 15 October between 10 am and 12 noon. We are hoping to make good the base of the recently dismantled wall and also give the churchyard a general tidy up before winter sets in. As usual there will be coffee/tea and cake in the break. Contact: John Kirby on 01328 830211

SUMMER FETE Field Dalling with Saxlingham This year's Fete was held on Saturday 13 August in the lovely gardens of Ballyduff, thanks to the generosity of Andrew and Sheelin Cuthbert. A morning of typically English drizzle - stoically borne by the band of helpers erecting gazebos and setting up stalls - fortunately gave way to a perfect summer's afternoon. Families of visitors and local villagers spent a happy two hours enjoying the variety of stalls, sideshows and games, where the coconut shy was a hit in more ways than one! Tea, delicious cakes and strawberries and cream did a roaring trade and all the while the Ugly Dog Skiffle Combo entertained everyone with their foot-tapping music. The Fete raised a grand total of nearly £3,500 which meant that, after deducting expenses, our two churches and shared village hall each received about £960. This was a great effort and a huge thank you must go to everyone who supported the Fete in their various ways - by donations, selling raffle tickets, baking cakes and making produce, moving countless tables and chairs, running stalls and helping on the day. And of course to those who came and generously spent their money! We must also thank the Fete Committee for putting the whole show together so successfully under the chairmanship of Andrew Cuthbert. Andrew has now decided to take a well-earned rest and relinquish the chair to Sue Findlater. Arrangements for next year's Fete are already underway, so watch this space for further news.

VILLAGE HALL HAPPENINGS Second Pub Night Steve & Susie Collins arranged the second Pub Night in the Village Hall on Friday 5th September, and the twenty or so people who attended were able to enjoy a pint or two of proper bitter brewed in Binham, for much less than pub prices. Outside, the evening sun cast soft shadows from the round bales of straw in the adjoining field – a lovely rural Norfolk picture.


FOGPC 50/50 CLUB DRAW July August Zena Churchill £20 Jeremy Denholm £20 Sophie Hinton £15 Matt Kydd £15 Diane Blakeley £5 Roz Tacon £5 Jeremy Denholm £5 Roy Marsden £5 Lynn Marr £5 Nick Elwell £5 Stephen Burton £5 Nicole Delteil £5 Vivienne Wilson £5 We now have 131 members, but always welcome new ones, so if you would like to join us please do so as soon as possible – to “borrow” from another place “you have to be in it to win it”! If you would like more information on the 50:50 Club please contact either Peter Everett on 01263 860035 or John Blakeley on 01263 861008. As always we would again like to thank all those members who have contributed, and continue to contribute, raffle prizes or who organise and provide the monthly refreshments for the 50:50 Club Meetings – your support is invaluable and much appreciated.

Next Pub Night in the Village Hall

Keith Loads on Fri 14th Oct from 6pm For the third and probably last (for 2011) pub night, we have booked the celebrated Norfolk comedian Keith Loads. As before, there will be real ale and other refreshments available at sensible prices, within walking distance (for residents of Field Dalling – and visitors are welcome too!). So put the date in your diary now, and come, chat with your friends and be lightly entertained . If you would like to join in but have children under 16, please call Steve or Susie (830365). Children may attend if accompanied by an adult. If necessary, we will arrange for a separate childrens’ play area with games and snacks.

Christmas Bingo

Fri 2nd Dec from 7:30pm Debbie Ladley’s Christmas Bingo will be held again this year in the Village Hall on Holt Road. It offers an evening of family fun, to which everyone is welcome. There will be lots of prizes, a great raffle and refreshments as well, so put it in your diary now! Doors open at 6pm and the entry fee of just £6 will buy you the Session Book and two Jackpots.

FRED’S GARDENING DIARY Notes for October and November Vegetable and Fruit Gardens You can plant onion sets in October for an early crop next year, which you can start using in May. Also round seed peas and broad beans can be sown in November. Aquadulce is the best broad bean variety to sow at this time of year as they will grow in most soils. Plant about 10cm (4 inches) deep to get a good root system – they can take up to 4 weeks to come up depending on the weather, but will crop sooner than spring sown beans. Prune gooseberry and red currants now cutting out damaged wood and thinning other growth to leave bushes with an open middle to make picking the fruit easy. Rake out all dead growth from strawberry beds,

Refurbishment Project For some months now, a sub-committee has been considering the need for repairs and general modernisation. During the summer, we commissioned a professional Condition Survey and will decide what to do once we have the formal report. But already it is clear that significant repairs will be needed and that these will cost more money than is practical to raise in a small village, however many fetes, bingo evenings and pub nights we hold. The sub-committee would welcome additional members with expertise in village hall design and fund-raising. Please contact the chairman, Mark Gardner on 830755.

Management Committee After nearly six years as Chairman, Anthony Smith has decided to retire from this role at the next AGM in April 2012, partly to be able to devote more time to the 10:10 Trust that he founded and also chairs, a charity that raises funds for the 10:10 Campaign, whose aim is to inspire and encourage us all to reduce our carbon emissions by ten percent a year. From the above, you will see that quite a lot will be happening in the coming months, so if you want to help with the committee work, please contact Anthony (830546) or any committee member. Anthony Smith


digging out deep rooted weeds and taking some new runners from old plants to make a new row. It is best to have three rows or multiples thereof - plant a new row and discard the oldest row each year. New fruit trees and bushes can be planted in November and December. Flower Garden Tea roses can be pruned now and cut down to an outside bud about 30-40cm (12 to 15 inches) from the ground. Remove any damaged wood. Roses will benefit from a layer of compost or farm-yard manure spread around each bush. Prune Floribundas by removing weak growths and any damaged wood. Plant bulbs of Daffodils, Narcissus, Crocus and Tulips now. Plant Crocuses about 8cms (3 inches) deep and Daffodils and Narcissus12-15cms (5-6 inches) deep. If you have large clumps of Daffodils they can be dug up, parted and re-planted further apart. Tulip bulbs can be planted in November – at least twice as deep as the size of the bulb. Wallflowers can be planted in October and will benefit from a dressing of lime before planting as they will not do well on acid soil. Herbaceous plants can be cut down and split up if they have become too big. Use the new growths from the outside of the plants and discard the old growth in the middle. Summer flowering shrubs can be trimmed now to keep them in good shape. You can plant Pansies and Violas and sow Canterbury Bells seeds for flowering next Summer. Fred Morley

ST MARY’S CHURCH NEWS The Fete this year was, as always, a great occasion. Not only did everyone enjoy themselves but a record amount of money was raised to support St Mary’s and the Village Institute. The PCC would like to thank everyone on the Fete Committee and from the village for their hard work in helping to fund the Church for another year. Our thanks also extend to all those local businesses that helped with the organisation and donated prizes The Churches Sponsored Bike Ride was held on September 10th. At the time of going to press we do not know how much will be raised, but many thanks to all who have signed, or plan to sign, sponsorship forms. It is a very enjoyable way to visit the lovely churches in our beautiful countryside and of course to raise much needed funds for our Norfolk churches. Penny Brough Church Warden

VILLAGE FETE 2011 It was not without some trepidation that I volunteered earlier in the year to co-ordinate this year’s Fete. The Traversos, who had run the Fete so magnificently, for so many years, were leaving the Village and passed me the “Fete File” for safekeeping. The File, which Sue had painstakingly put together, was invaluable to me and contained all manner of hints, tips and every detail required to help run the Fete. Even so, I knew I had big boots to fill! I organised an informal Fete Committee to begin the task of co-ordinating this year’s Fete. As ever, those who had helped and supported the Fete, quietly and efficiently for many years, all stepped up to the plate and some new faces joined us too. We had lots of fun planning and organising things; helped along by the odd glass of wine and many people offered to take on roles or tasks which I was able to delegate. With so much “underground” support, there was never any question of us not going ahead … it was an incredible team effort. The day itself was perfect; beautiful weather, huge crowds and a record result for Gunthorpe Church & Village Institute, with a grand total of well over £5000 before deductions, and resulting in the Church & Institute receiving £2458 each – incredible! Included in this total was an anonymous donation of £200 – our heartfelt thanks to our mystery benefactor. Aylsham Band played superbly again for us and everyone enjoyed the cream teas and refreshments – so


much so, that we never seemed to get to the end of the queue! The Fete Committee, friends, visitors and the villagers of Gunthorpe cannot thank Marie and Jeremy enough for once again, opening the beautiful grounds of Gunthorpe Hall for all to enjoy. It is a date now set in many people’s diaries, and one I know many look forward to so much each year. Huge thanks also go to the incredibly hard working staff and team at Gunthorpe Hall. Your efforts do not go unnoticed and we are hugely grateful to all of you. Thank you to everyone who donated prizes, jumble, Tombola items, bottles etc; your generosity knows no bounds! A huge thanks this year also, to all the local businesses that supported our Grand Draw. We had many new prizes including a First Prize to Lunch at BAFTA, £100 cash and vouchers from Bakers & Larners, Byfords, Rutlands, Edgefield Nurseries, to name but a few. This resulted in a record amount of draw tickets being sold. Thank you to all the families and friends who helped run games and stalls on the day – we never take your time for granted and appreciate all your efforts in making the day so much fun for everyone attending. It was lovely to see people of all ages helping each other and having fun. The Plant and Produce Stall looked magnificent; so many people passed on their comments and it was lovely to see everyone walking around clutching their posies of fresh flowers…. The Cake stall sold out as ever and the Jumble was hugely successful – Well done everyone; your hard work and enthusiasm for the day is so much appreciated. Finally, a big thank you from me to my committee members; too many to mention, but you know who you are… you made a very daunting job – a most enjoyable one! Like other village events, it brought people together and proves beyond doubt that Gunthorpe is indeed a special place to be; a village with a humble heart, a genuine community spirit and a sense of pride and fun in all it does. Thank you all so much. A date for your diary – next year’s Fete is on 29 July. Zena Churchill, Fete Coordinator

the 50/50 Club is still available if you would like to join. Do contact him on 01263-861008 if you wish for more information. We can use all the support we can get! Remember – the Harvest Supper has a limited number of seats in the Institute so do phone to book early through Rod, Sue, Jeremy or Marie at Gunthorpe Hall on 01263-861373. Tickets cost £6 for adults and £4.50 for children under 12, with children under 5 free. The Institute will be decorated and the lights dimmed….do come along and join in the fun. Marie Denholm, Chairman

BOB’S STORY In this part of Bob’s Story, narrated now some 30+ years ago, he continues his story of his life in the agricultural community of Gunthorpe in the early 20th Century

I mentioned earlier that the police were involved in connection with the tricks played on old Mrs Payne. They were involved on another occasion when I had left school, and the sale in the last year or two of the Shire Hall at Holt (the old Court House) reminded me of it. Some forty or fifty years ago a Mr George Beales White was living where the Butters now live. Dubbles old shoe shop, then derelict, lay between White’s house and where Mr and Mrs Major live today and the older boys and youths used to play football in the yard from time to time. On one occasion Mr White, got very annoyed because the ball kept thumping against the wall of his house, so he called in the police, and the boys were eventually brought before the magistrates at Holt. They travelled to court in a taxi which they hired from the “Ploughman” at Field Dalling, but White and his wife walked all the way. The boys were let off with a caution so the Whites had their long walk for nothing. Mr White, who died in 1969, had been a gardener at the old Bale Rectory. He didn’t get on very well with the rest of the villagers and had become a little peculiar towards the end of his life. Dubble’s old house was finally pulled down twenty years or more ago. One by one we children left school and started work. Walter was a farm labourer at first and then became a porter at Melton Constable. George trained as a plumber at Melton and worked on the railway for a while. He did the plumbing at Holt Station. My youngest brother Herbert became a carpenter and eventually worked for De Havillands at Hatfield. Margaret went to “live-in” at Houghton Hall, and later moved to London with her employers. Freda went into service in London. As for me, I started working on the land

FRIENDS OF GUNTHORPE PARISH CHURCH The Friends had a very successful Fete BBQ this year. The weather was fine, the spirits high and over £1000 was raised for the Church Fabric Maintenance and Repairs Fund. Thanks to all of you who came and supported the evening! The next Friends’ event will be the Harvest Supper to be held in the Village Institute on Saturday the 29th of October at 7pm. The menu will be Shepherd’s Pie, Carrots and Peas, followed by Autumn Fruit Crumble with Cream and Custard, Coffee, Tea and Mints. Fruit juice will be available, but please bring your own wine. A vegetarian pie will be available (please let us know when you book if you wish to have a vegetarian meal), and we can do a special diet on request if you let us know well in advance (or we can try!). Though, through his thorough organization, John Blakeley collected most subscriptions for the New Year before the AGM, membership for both the Friends and for


for John Grief of Boundary Farm. It was during this time that we moved from Post Office Row to No.7 Swanton Read (where Bob lived until his death in 1987). The Coopers were our neighbours then, and Bersie Cooper is my neighbour still (in 1978). To the other side, where Steve Loose lived in recent years, several families have come and gone over the years. They have included Tubby Bambridge (Reg’s brother), Lennie Smith, Mrs George White and George Winterbone (who used to work for Frank Grief). The Griefs had come to Gunthorpe from Hevingham in 1916 and had Valley Farm at first. At the time I started work they were living in Boundary Farmhouse, where Mrs Amesbury now lives. Two of the sons, Clifford and Frank, went to school here, although Clifford went to Brinton School later on. John Grief’s land covered much the same area as Frank farms today. He did mixed farming and kept pigs, cows and horses, as well as growing corn, hay, mangolds etc. As I was young and inexperienced I was paid only about eight or nine shillings a week for the first few years, although an adult labourer’s wages were then about thirty shillings. My day started at seven o'clock and usually I finished at five in the evening. On Saturdays we worked from seven until twelve and the working week was about fifty hours. Our dinner break was one hour from twelve noon, and most of us would go home then. If we couldn’t get home we took bread and cheese to eat, but at home we would probably have corned beef in the summer and bread and pea-soup in winters. I was given the simpler and lighter jobs to do at first, such as leading the horses in the horse-hoe. The man holding the handles of the hoe could keep his eye on what I was doing. I also filled up carts with mangolds and did other odd jobs according to season. I can still recall my father saying to John Grief soon after I started work “How’s this boy getting on master?” And Grief’s reply, “Oh, he ain’t so bad” ”Well” concluded my father, “If he’s any trouble to you I’ll see to him at home”. Bob’s story of a changing life in Gunthorpe, which he originally told to Gunthorpe historian Ray Steffans in 1978 is published in a short booklet which costs £5.00 and is available through the Gunthorpe Lynx Representative – all profits going to the Village Institute. The booklet contains pictures that it is not possible to include with these extracts.

PARISH ROOM APPEAL LAUNCHED With the main hall floor to be replaced next August and September, we need to raise £20,000 as a matter of urgency. A good start has already generated £5,000 of this sum, but raising the balance will present a real challenge for the village and those who support the Parish Room as an essential focus for local activities. A programme of fund-raising events is being organised, beginning with Edward Allen’s talk and film show advertised below. Please come if you can. Future events will include a Book Sale, an Auction of Promises and a Musical Evening. The traditional Christmas evening of Carols and Mince-pies will be developed to make it a fund-raising as well as a happy community event. We are also launching a dedicated website at: where you will be able to keep up to date with our planned events and through which you will also be able to make donations securely. We will be looking for volunteers to help run events and always welcome other fund-raising ideas. You will be able to leave messages on the website or, for now, email me at: Bob Brandt, Treasurer

AN AFRICAN ADVENTURE Langham to Cape Town - overland and back Monday 3rd. Oct. 7pm Langham Parish Room Edward Allen and his Landrover set off in 1974 and returned 50,000 miles later in 1978 (he did work in Kenya and South Africa so it was not all ‘gap year’.) Come and hear his tales of adventure across the Sahara, Congo and plains of East Africa through a mixture of photograph slides, cine film and recollections. A small donation would be appreciated for the Parish Room Floor Fund. Edward Allen 830276

LEUKAEMIA RESEARCH We could not have chosen a worse day for our Grand Sale. It was really windy, the rain torrential, we had traffic lights in the village and nowhere to park. BUT our very loyal customers came and we managed to make £1418 on the day. I had been selling things through the papers and on boards and the final figure I sent to the fund was £2450.50 - a great result. My very sincere thanks to everybody who supports me and my fund raising. Next Sale: Saturday October 22nd Parish Room 10am-12 noon. Maureen Dennis 01328 830 731


Langham and Langham Village School. Mrs. Sheelah Hay

LANGHAM CAR SERVICE Schedule to December 11th


NB New Rate 25p per mile Weekly driving duties beginning on a Monday Oct. 3rd Tel: 830 696* Nov. 7th Tel: 830 348 Oct. 10th Tel: 830 606* Nov. 14th. Tel: 830 537* Oct. 17th Tel: 830 731 Nov. 21st Tel: 830 847 Oct. 24th Tel: 830 731 Nov. 28th Tel: 830 605 Oct. 31st Tel: 830 624 Dec. 5th Tel: 830 821 *These drivers do not go to Norwich If the driver for the week is unable to do the trip, contact the next person on the list. If your appointment is cancelled, please also cancel your car service booking. Please give three days notice wherever possible, except in an emergency. It would be very helpful if a car booking is made as soon as an appointment is arranged or journey planned so that drivers can arrange their schedule. 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. This roster is also sited in the Bluebell and on the church porch and village notice boards with dates beyond the above schedule after November 9th. We would really like one more driver. Please contact me if you are interested. Ann Sherriff Tel: 830 605

We were very lucky for our August meeting, three young ladies came from Jordan Burr, the hairdressers in Holt. The models were taken from the audience and lots of information given about styles, colour and treatments. A very enjoyable evening. Our next meetings are: October 12th: Past Present and Future Pensthorpe (Open meeting) November 9th: Holt Medical Practice – Sue Preston. Visitors and new members always welcome. Maureen Dennis 01328 830 731

MOBILE LIBRARY This will now visit on a four weekly basis, on Thursdays: October 6th, November 3rd, December 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

HARVEST THANKSGIVING Watch out for posters for details.

STALL ON THE GREEN Total proceeds from our three Saturday mornings amounted to £365 for the Langham Church General Fund. This was only achieved with the loyal support of all those people who brought cakes and produce for us to sell. So, thank you everybody. Thanks also go to the ladies who braved all weathers to man the stall and to John and Sue who housed the stall and kindly provided coffee for the staff! Langham P.C.C

LOST PROPERTY If anyone has lost an item of jewellery in the churchyard please contact one of the following telephone numbers: 01328 830 696 or 01328 830 605.

LES HAY Sheelah would like to thank all those who sent such lovely cards and letters when Les died. The Memorial Service was memorable. Thank you to the Reverend Ian Whittle, the organist Mr. Martin Jacklin and to all the friends who came. Les had chosen the hymns and I am sure he was enjoying them and seeing so many friends there. The service sheet was written and compiled by my grand-daughter Helen, with a little help from the family. If anyone would like one, please let me know. Many thanks for all your donations. Les chose who he wanted to benefit. A total of £210 was raised which was divided equally between Langham Church, The Friends of

5TH NOVEMBER BBQ from 6.00pm. Fireworks at 7.00pm Binham Road.

CHRISTMAS FAIR Saturday November 26th 10am- 12 noon Parish Room Do come along and enjoy this traditional event to raise funds for Langham Church General Fund. Lots of stalls and raffles. We will have to start from scratch with our wares so any contribution of cakes, books, gifts, plants or raffle prizes will be very welcome. Contact Ann at 30, Binham Road


be left. Thank you to those conscientious residents who are personally cutting these areas.

Hollow Lane/ Field Dalling road island This has been reduced in size by about two feet due to motorists driving over it. To maintain the island at this junction and thereby prevent accidents the Parish Council has asked Highways for a more substantial deterrent to inconsiderate motorists.

Parish Clerk HMRC now requires us to be an employer, so being responsible for our Clerk’s income tax. Up to now all Parish Clerks have been self employed and responsible for their own tax and National Insurance liabilities. This change will require extra book keeping etc. which could result in an increase to our costs. Our MP, Mr Norman Lamb, has contacted HMRC on our behalf, hoping to help us with this problem but with no result as yet.

Tel: 830 605 or to Margaret Freeth at Old Manor Barn Tel: 830 561. Thank you.



Sunday 13th. November 10.50 am

The residents of St Mary’s and The Cornfield have had a letter from NCC asking for views regarding the switching off of their street lights from midnight to 5 am. This is being done in the name of cutting costs and saving the planet. A straw poll revealed as many in favour as were against, so we guess NCC will turn them off.

This will be the only service in Langham on this day.

LANGHAM CRAFT FAIR 30th and 31st July Thirty-five hand-picked stall holders enjoyed two days of sunshine for the Fair. Many knew each other (and me) which added camaraderie and fun and there was a great atmosphere. The “posh” tombola provided the gambler with many chances and the wonderful refreshments, organised and made by Jan and Gill, lived up to our high expectations. Thank you both. Many people commented on the quality and variety of handmade goods on sale. This was epitomised by a comment from our Church Warden, who thought the Fair was excellent. “I spent far too much money”! Thanks are once again due to our team of furniture removers and my own helpers. The Fair realised a profit of £1949.66 for Langham Church Building Trust. Pauline Bartlett

Speedwatch/ cross roads No action during the period of the church cross roads realignment, due to the fact that the works were the best form of speed reduction we could have. However it was noticeable that as soon as the work was finished speeding motorist were in evidence. As to the cross roads themselves, it was felt that a great improvement had been achieved in having the STOP line further into the Holt road, giving better and therefore safer views of on-coming traffic. The new pavement has also improved pedestrian safety.

Parish Room In being asked to financially support its refurbishment, the LPC has decided to consider a contribution to the annual running costs, not a lump sum payment. The amount will be decided at the annual finance meeting of the LPC in October.

Street Fayre


The LPC is keen that the 2012 Street Fayre takes place as it benefits the village and local businesses. To enable this requires a lot of support so we appeal to you all to help in some way. Please contact Dave Curtis Tel: 830 535.

Over seventy people gathered on 11th August at the Langham playing field for the annual Rounders event, organised by the Friends of Langham. After some concern about the weather it turned out to be a pleasant evening. While half who gathered drank wine and watched from their chairs, the other half played two rounds of rounders, excellently organised by John Hughes. All age groups participated and the evening was a renowned success. Burgers and sausages at the barbeque were a sell out! A splendid evening all round - here's to next year! Friends of Langham Committee.FOL Rounders 2011

Police Report PC Jason Pegden reported one crime of an attempt to cut away the money box from our telephone box. Fortunately they were disturbed but damage was done. The Police though have evidence and hope to find the offenders. John Hope. Chairman, Langham Parish Council

LANGHAM PARISH COUNCIL Verge grass cutting The verges at road junctions will still be cut by the Highways dept. of Norfolk County Council at no cost to us but that on The Green, Pound and remaining verges would


Most improved from practice day (Bottle of wine) - John Kilmaine in Flapper 1st boat over the line where the member of the crew is under 10 (Boson Whistle) - Anna Padt in Soppi Annabel 1st Gypsy to cross the line (Bottle of wine) - Stuart Farrow in Enchantress



Sun 13th Nov


Morston’s biannual Fun Day was on August 20 With a hurdy-gurdy, over a dozen stalls and about twenty games, it made a net profit of £3307.00 (including £500 in generous donations). Nobody managed to guess the Teddy’s name, but, otherwise, winners were: Treasure Hunt - Carol Bix, Guess the Weight of the Cake - Mike Dixon (guessed 2075g for 2085g), Sweets in a Jar – Elsie Temple (289 guessed for 299); Buzzy Bee: (over 12s): Henry Jelsma, and under-12s: Ben Taylor. Fun Day Committee Chairman Anne Rolfe and her Committee would like to thank all those – not least Norfolketc for making their field available - for helping to make the Fun Day such a success.

Morston’s Remembrance Day Parade this year will be earlier than usual: with the parade of the Royal British Legion standard bearers, trumpeter and wreathlayers forming up at 1.45 pm and the Service taken by the Rev Ian Whittle starting at 2pm. Seven War Dead and three Village Heroes Besides remembering all those who fought and died in the two World Wars, since 2002 Morston has honoured its seven military men on its 2002 War Memorial, not forgetting its two decorated war heroes: Sgt Diamond Jubilee Bean, MM and Colonel Philip Hamond, DSO, MC & Bar (equals two MCs). Now, from new research, we can also remember a third hero: Major Richard Hamond Chaworth-Musters, 236 Bty, 78 (1st East Anglian) Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery (Territorial Army), whose 1917 citation for the Military Cross in the London Gazette of 14th September 1917 reads: “Lt (acting Captain) Richard Hamond Chaworth-Musters, Norfolk Regiment, for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in commanding his company under heavy shellfire. He led with great courage and disregard of danger to the attack of a strongly held concrete redoubt, capturing there 28 of the

MORSTON REGATTA RESULTS (“N/E”denotes “No entries”) Morston Parish Council Trophy: 1st boat across the line: Seafly 653. Mr Moore Major P Hamond Trophy: 1st Morston resident. (Category A): Oyster ‘Swallow’. Mrs G. Kay Hassall Trophy: Overall winner of Cockles, Oysters and Urchins (Category B): Oyster ‘Pearl Fisher’. Mr Shallow Wilson Challenge Cup: (1st Slow Class Boat (Category C): Streaker 1686. A Robinson Morston Regatta Cup: 1st Fast Class Boat (Category D): Seafly 623. Mr Perryman Carter Cup: 1st Single-hander (Category E): Phantom 1165. Mr Beavis John Bean’s Trophy: 1st Under-16 young helm (Category H): Laser 4.7 165288. G Batley Muck Boat Cup (Category I):First Crab Boat. N/E Temple Trophy (Category G):First Catamaran. N/E Athill Trophy (Category F):First Pleasure Boat. N/E

OYSTER REGATTA RESULTS 6 AUGUST 1st place (Model Oyster) - Mr Paul Miller in Plover 2nd place (Neil Thompson Boats Tankard) - David Brough in Pandora 3rd place (Norfolk Etc Plate) - Alan Sankey in Heron Oldest helm (Brass Clock) - Alan Sankey in Heron 1st Junior helm (Bullard Cup) - James Cowan in Beatrice Youngest ballast (Pearl in the Oyster) - Anna Padt in Soppi Annabel Middle of the fleet (Bottle of wine)- Stuart Martin in Mischief Best dressed boat (Box of chocolates)- Graham McMoran in Little Bear Longest married couple sailing together to cross the line (The Harmony Plate) - Morris and Sue Matthews in Vallay Following the fleet home - Mark Hornsby in Anna Elizabeth


enemy and a machine-gun. He set a splendid example to his men.” Dick Chaworth-Musters, M.C. was the elder son of George Chaworth-Musters (1869-1932) (buried at Morston 14th May 1932 by Bishop M.S.O’Rourke, and Mabel (“Marjorie”) Violet Chaworth-Musters (18661948, buried at Morston 18th December 1948). In ca. 1917-26 his parents lived at Field Dalling. He died on 31st December 1941 at Brigg, Lincs, when serving in the above-mentioned active service RA unit, and was buried on 3rd January 1942 by Rev. E.M. Philips, Rector of Bale, at All Saints’, Morston, just south of the east end of the church. He was described as “of Coastguard House, Morston”, where his parents then lived. Major Richard Chaworth-Musters’ and 2Lt Roger Chaworth-Musters’ father, George Chaworth-Musters, was buried at Morston in 1932. Their sister Joan (b.1907), who married “as of Coastguard House, Morston” (1st the Rev. H. Harrison and (2nd Ben Parry, died ca.1950. In 2002 when the dining room flooring was replaced at Coastguard House, a “time capsule” with a Chaworth-Musters Family Tree was found under the old floorboards. This must have been left by Mabel Chaworth-Musters, who lived at Coastguard House after her husband’s death in 1941, until she died in 1948. “Dick” and “Marjorie” had a son, Michael (undertaker, of Nottingham) and a daughter, Susan Jones, both c.80 in 2010. Michael died in 2009. Susan lives at Gosforth in Cumbria. She has a daughter living in France. Dick’s younger brother, 2Lt Roger Chaworth-Musters, 56 Sqn,RFC, of and commemorated at Field Dalling, seconded from the Leicestershire Regiment, was shot down by Luftwaffe ace Werner Voss, in 1916.

grey seals – seem also to have been so attracted to such a propeller noise. The SMRU hopes to identify the propeller types responsible and to report by the end of the year to Marine Scotland as to how the sound of the relevant propellers might be modified.

SHOVELL DINNER 11, SAT 15TH OCT, SEEKS WELLS GUEST The Friends of Morston Church annual Shovell Dinner & Talk this year (dress: “ smart-comfortable”, seating plan) will as usual be at the Anchor Inn on 15th October, starting wit a welcoming glass of wine at 6.30 pm. The talk (7.00-7.45pm) is a rigorously wellresearched, rip-roaring 45-minute naval talk with magnificent slides entitled “Nelson: Afloat and Ashore”, delivered by Dr. Simon Harris, the wellknown, dynamic naval history speaker and biographer of Sir Cloudesley Shovell. The talk will be followed (at 8.15 pm) by a delicious 3-course sit-down dinner Dinner will be followed by a raffle. This is the fifth annual Dinner in memory of Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell (1650-1707) of Cockthorpe (where he was born and where his parents rented a farm from the Calthorpes) and Morston (where he held land) and Lord of the Manor of Wells. His paternal grandfather was married at and buried in Binham and his wife’s family came from Cley. “In his day he was almost as famous as Horatio Nelson was in his.” One of the bravest officers who fought under him was Middie (later Capt) Frederick Marryatt, who saw out his final days at Langham. The Dinner has always been supported by those living in Cockthorpe, Morston, Cley and Langham, who are proud of their heritage, but we have yet to have anyone from Wells come to the Shovell Dinner. Tickets for the Dinner and talk costing £35.00 each will include a welcoming glass of wine or juice on arrival. Tickets available from: Jock Wingfield, Coastguard House, Morston NR25 7BH (Tel: 01263740431). All proceeds will go to Friends of Morston Church (Registered Charity No.1099831) for church repairs or maintenance.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Sun 13 Nov 2.00 pm: Remembrance Service (Parade 1.45) Fri 23 Dec 5pm: Candlelit Carol Service Sat 24 Dec 5pm: Morston carollers rendezvous at Anchor Sun 25 Dec 9.30am: Christmas Day Communion Service Sat 18 Feb 2012: FMC Morston Quiz in Village Hall Sat 22 Jan 6.30pm - VH. Robin ffolkes’ Ladakhs Film



The Daily Telegraph of August 26th 2011 reported that the SMRU (Sea Mammal Research Unit) at St Andrew’s in Scotland stated that nearly all the ninety dead seals actually washed ashore in concentrated groups in Norfolk, Northumberland, Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland and in Scotland including in the Orkneys with corkscrew-shaped injuries last year were consistent with their having being attracted by and then sucked through (or voluntarily swum into) large ducted propellers of certain workboats when they were slowmoving or stationary, “such as when using their motors for dynamic positioning”. The summer fatalities were almost exclusively adult female harbour seals, possibly “being attracted to the sound of the motors, since seals communicate at a similar low frequency roar during the mating season”. The winter fatalities - mostly juvenile

The Great Outdoors 2011 has been the best year for breeding birds on Blakeney Point since the mid-1990s. An abundance of food, limited disturbance from people and predators and with the warm dry spring, the birds have thrived and prospered. Breeding bird figures; 3,562 Sandwich Tern pairs with up to 2000 young fledged, 160 Little Tern pairs with circa 140 young fledged, 92 Common Tern pairs with 90 young fledged, 7 Arctic Tern pairs with 5 young fledged just to name a few. Plus 110 Oystercatchers pairs, 10 Mediterranean Gull pairs, 16 Ringed Plover pairs, 14 Redshank pairs, 102 Meadow Pipit pairs, 31 Skylark pairs and the list could go on; fantastic! All the fences protecting the bird colonies are now down on the Point, except the one on the Far Point to help protect the seals with their juveniles.


Not forgetting the Seals, the low tide seal counts on August 21st - Common Seal: 460, Grey Seal: 285, August 30th - Common Seal: 332, Grey Seal: 145.

Engaging Events On Sunday October 23rd at 08:00 at Morston Quay we mark the start of our Walking Festival week. You can join us and ‘Achieve a FEAT with your feet’ by walking from Morston to Brancaster, a total of 18.7 miles along the Norfolk Coast path. Don’t worry if it sounds too far, you can still be part of it and enjoy the festival by walking the first legs to Stiffkey, Wells or Holkham. There will also be a number of shorter walks downloadable from the internet, with routes around the surrounding reserve throughout the week.

JOINT SOCIAL EVENTS Recently Saxlingham and Field Dalling have seen an increase in social activity in our shared Village Hall thanks to initiatives by various residents. Thus in addition to our very successful friends and neighbours who have met for years on a regular basis, joint coffee mornings now feature on the second Tuesday of most months in the Village Hall from 10-12. The next three dates are 11 Oct., 8 Nov. and 13 Dec. Another venture attracting support is the use of our joint hall for the occasional pub evening, the brainchild of Steve Collins. It’s amazing what subdued side lighting can do to transform a basic village hall!

Points of View Our next ‘2012 and Beyond’ forum will be in early November; we have confirmed dates for next year’s fantastic events to mark the past 100 years of Blakeney Point being in the care of the National Trust. The momentum is gathering, but we still need your support to help deliver some of the ideas like the Lifeboat House opening for refreshments during the centenary week and supporting the ‘Tidal Lands’ exhibition. To find out about the events and how you could get involved and help make it all happen, please contact Iain Wolfe, Visitor Services Manager, National Trust, Friary Farm, Cley Road, Blakeney NR25 7NW.

OUR SUMMER FETE 13TH AUGUST Thanks to the efforts of many energetic people beforehand and the splendid and gratifying support of locals and visitors on the Saturday, the occasion raised well over £900 each for our two churches and shared village hall. Our gratitude to all including retiring Fete Committee Chairman Andrew Cuthbert and Sheelin who made Ballyduff available at short notice and John Holden, who lent a field for parking. Sunshine and the lively band complemented what was a memorable occasion – and a great effort all round in terms of logistics, giving and buying!

MORSTON QUIZ by Samphire (Answers on Page 25) 1.How much blood is in there in the average human adult body? 2.What is the highest possible judo grade? 3.What country has more schools than any other? 4.What three sports feature in the triathlon? 5.What makes the Bolivian city of La Paz virtually fireproof? 6.What grew in the garden of Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary? 7.What do “The Young Ones”, “The Thin Blue Line” and “Blackadder” have in common? 8.1978 was the Year of the Three Popes. Who were they? 9.Along with protons and electrons, what other particle goes to make up atoms? 10.How many bytes are there in a kilobyte of computer memory?

PAINTING DEMONSTRATION Jeremy Barlow, one of our most talented residents, has agreed to give a repeat demonstration of his painting technique in Binham Memorial Hall on Friday 11 November. He will talk about the work in progress, his work as a whole and art in general. The event will begin with coffee at 10.30am, the demonstration beginning at 11am and continuing until lunch at 12.30pm. The process resumes after lunch. Tickets for this fundraiser for St.Margaret’s are £10 to include coffee and a ploughman’s lunch! To apply, contact Caroline Robson on 01328 830298.

REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE Please note that this year the joint Service of Remembrance will take place on Sunday 13 November in Saxlingham Churcn at 10.50am. The names of the fallen in WW1 and WW2 from both Field Dalling and Saxlingham will be read out during the ceremony.

ROBERT BEESON Sadly, Robert Beeson, who lived for many years in the Old Rectory at Saxlingham, died on 2 September after a long and stoic battle against cancer. His funeral and burial took place at St.Margaret’s, Saxlingham on 8 September. A Thanksgiving Service will be held in St.Mary’s Church, Hunstanton on 29 September and a full tribute to Robert will be published in the next issue of Local Lynx.


CHURCH NEWS The highlights of summer in Sharrington Church included a baptism, a lecture and a dedication. Dr Simon Thurley CBE, Chief Executive of English Heritage, delivered our annual Sharrington Lecture, giving as his subject, “Economic Hard Times, Good or Bad for Heritage?” It was a fascinating talk stimulating interesting questions from a packed audience. The Bishop of Norwich chaired the event, which raised over £1000 pounds for church funds. Sharrington residents Claire and Roger Dubbins were delighted that their granddaughter Poppy India was to be christened in All Saints Church. She was a beautifully behaved baby and enjoyed all the attention from Revd. Ian Whittle and the assembled friends and relatives - much to the delight of proud parents Charlotte and Nick. August drew to a close with a special service conducted by a regular visitor to Sharrington, the Ven. Chris Lowson soon to be consecrated as the next Bishop of Lincoln. He dedicated a tapestry kneeler worked by Brenda Young to commemorate the life of Campbell Coe, son of Bobby Coe of Stiles Farmhouse and brother of Claudia Campbell, who died six years ago, had been a keen Norwich City supporter, so the kneeler depicts the Canaries’ badge in glorious yellow and green. We all enjoyed coffee and cake afterwards, and perhaps the new kneeler may encourage other needle workers to come forward? Our Harvest Festival will be held in church on Sunday nd 2 October at 5 pm, please do come along you will be most welcome. Details of this and other services are displayed on our new noticeboard beside the church gate, which has been kindly donated by a member of the congregation. PEL.

It is understandable that there is a reluctance to volunteer for village committees but if several people share the tasks and they are rotated regularly none should be onerous. No immediate solutions to the problems of getting more people to help with running the hall were forthcoming at the meeting. But there will be renewed efforts soon to engage interest in keeping the Village Hall as a viable resource for Sharrington and the wider community of North Norfolk. At the present time both Ann and Bobbie have bravely agreed to continue to keep things going especially the booking arrangements and the 50/50 Club. Ann, Bobbie and Peter should be thanked for all of their hard work and commitment to the running of the Hall and the 50-50 Club. They should be proud of their efforts and dedication. It is hoped that some community spirit can be discovered to ensure that the village hall, a valuable asset for the village and North Norfolk, to enable it to regain some of its former glory . For the time being if you need to arrange booking for Sharrington Village Hall please contact Ann Garwood on 01263 860700 or Bobbie Coe on 01263 860097 or 07887603021.

ANSWERS TO MORSTON QUIZ (See page 24) 1. 8 pints (5 litres). 2. 12th dan. 3. China. 4. Longdistance swimming, cycling and running. [Respectively: 1.5 km, 40 km, 10 km]. 5. Its altitude of 11,909 ft [3630m] lacks the oxygen to sustain a large fire. 6. Silver bells, cockleshells and pretty maids all in a row. [Nursery Rhyme]. 7. They were all written by Ben Elton. 8. Paul VI, John Paul I and John Paul II. 9. Neutrons. 10. 1,024.

SHARRINGTON HALL COMMITTEE AGM The AGM of Sharrington Hall Committee was held in the village hall on Monday 5th September. Ann Garwood, Chair opened the meeting and gave an overview of the expenditure and income of the Hall for the year ending December 31st 2010. A total of £3214.23 had been spent on repairs and renewals in the year most of this was for the much needed refurbishment of the Gents Toilets. Ann Garwood and Bobbie Coe have been the mainstays of the committee for the last 10 years and wished to stand down at the meeting, unfortunately only small number of villagers attended the meeting and no one put themselves forward for the positions of chair, treasurer or secretary (there has not been a secretary for a while). Joy Connolly and Gary Grunwald remain as committee members. Peter Chapman who has been key holder booking clerk and general caretaker of the hall for very many years has also reluctantly decided he needs to give up his post.


true harbingers of winter. We all have to watch for our invasive plants which must be removed; Himalayan Balsam and Japanese Knotweed whose roots are difficult to kill. I had a patch in my garden, and, at last, I think I have eradicated it with fork and sprays. White Mulberry is a great draw for garden birds which always swoop on the berries. Ivy is to be encouraged as cover and (in late winter), a food source (berries), when little else is available for garden birds. My garden is not manicured and I like to think it is wildlife friendly. Rabbits and moles are not my friends however! We want to hear of the fledgling success of terns at Blakeney Point and Scolt Head. Pairs are one thing; successful fledging another. There are too many natural threats to the little chicks. The wardens are dedicated people. Pightle

POSSIBLE CLOSURE OF WELLS SORTING OFFICE I would just like to put into words; my thanks to the people of Stiffkey who were so helpful and eager to put their names to the petition I took round the village recently, on behalf of our wonderful ‘posties’. Unfortunately, I only had the one day to do it in, so I missed a lot of people who may have wanted to add their names. IF it had been decided to close the Sorting Office at Wells, it may have meant that we would lose the cheerful and very helpful people who currently bring our post each day. I, personally, had a lovely card from them thanking me for my trouble, but the important issue was that when the signatures were handed in to Norman Lamb, I was told ‘it made all the difference’. I am sure that by now you have heard that the closure has been cancelled ‘for the time being’. But we will have to keep watching!! Pat Price

STIFFKEY MUSIC CIRCLE We started on Sept 1st with a (sadly) rather modestly attended meeting which raised £55 for Unicef. The fault lay with the organiser (me!) for starting the season off when some members were still on holiday. Others were recovering from or still experiencing those summer family invasions. Oct 13th seems a much more likely date to get us properly launched at 7 pm. John will review some of the real highlights of the past Proms season, some of which some of us were lucky to attend. John Adnitt



For the past three years, the Mardlers have met on the first Monday of each month at 2.30pm at The Red Lion Pub, for a get-together and chat along with some tea/coffee and excellent cake.Why not come and join us? Just £1.00 covers refreshments. We have a raffle and a bring–and-buy stall and normally we have a quiz or beetle drive or similar and occasionally an outing, but always enjoy a ‘mardle’ and a giggle with each other! If you have trouble with transport – we can help. Just call Pat on 830863 and we will see what we can arrange. If you are coming by car, there is lots of parking space at the pub. Any others questions, just phone. The next meeting will be at The Red Lion on the 3rd October 2011 at 2.30pm. Pat Price

Many, many years ago a swimming instructor got fed up with the extra advice two of his protégés were receiving from a well intentioned mum during one of his classes. “Tell Esther Williams on the balcony that I am the instructor,” he told young Rachael Adnitt. The irony was that Mum (Margaret Adnitt) was a confirmed non-swimmer and remained so for another 30 years until she joined Alan’s swimming class at Wells 2 years ago. After gaining her 5 metre certificate Margaret’s progress became unstoppable. She is now practically amphibious and on Sept 4th swam 88 lengths of Wells High School pool (1 mile) to raise over £1300 in sponsorship for Unicef and Albaraca School. Many thanks to all who sponsored her. What next? The Channel? Walking on water? John Adnitt



As autumn closes in, (‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’), we can look forward to a Norfolk Autumn season which is one of my favourites. The East Coast is notorious (in my view) for its bitter springs – though not, possibly, in 2011. The North Sea’s influence is all pervasive – as the sea gets colder over the winter, bitter winds continue off the sea into May. Autumns, on the other hand, benefit from the warmed up and relatively shallow North Sea. The harvest is in, the sugar beet campaign well under way and autumn cultivators in hand. Brown hares bob along the roads. Fieldfares are arriving and Redwings chatter overhead on migration from Scandinavia. They fly mostly at night in flocks. Soon geese will spread their skeins over us;

(FOR UNICEF) The usual pre-Bank Holiday weather was distinctly scarecrow unfriendly. The vicar sat patiently and soggily on his wall near the pub. A large sheep wore his raincoat for several days. Another clerical gentleman kept warm battling with a lion. Other scarecrows appeared cautiously on corners and in gateways. The adjudged winners were the impressive warriors at Warborough House and a whimsical birdwatcher on The Greenway. The overall winner was UNICEF which received £304 from the buckets and collecting boxes. This was very satisfying but would have been even more if some who passed through our village had confined themselves to putting money in. Two special UNICEF buckets and their


contents disappeared altogether. How low can you get?? John Adnitt

STALLS ON THE KNOLL On August Bank Holiday a very enjoyable and sociable gathering of villagers, visitors and migrants from nearby villages helped to raise over £600 in total for the church, the local UNICEF group, and various village causes : The playing field, the village hall, the Mardlers, and Albaraca School. Each cause had its own stall and benefited from its takings. The famous bookstall contributed handsomely to the church and UNICEF. The Stiffkey Local History Group mounted an exhibition including photos of recent village events like the Open Gardens Day, and sold tea and biscuits for its funds. Will this become a regular event?? John Adnitt

SCHOOL NEWS Langham Village School is bursting into life again after the summer holiday. We wish all the best to everyone who has moved on to new schools – Isobel Duncan, Hollie Betts, Luke Newstead, Louis Plater, Alfie Harrod, Emily Everard, Lucy Brett, Mollie Pickels, Isabel Thurston, Maisie Moxon, George Beeson and Nico Payne – and welcome the new starters in Reception and other classes.

Joining the Olympic Spirit The school now proudly displays the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games logos on its letterhead and website, which it is authorised to do as a member of the ‘Get Set Network’. ‘Get Set’ is the official Olympic education programme. The Network is a specially accredited community of schools and colleges which are: demonstrating a commitment to the Olympic Values (friendship, excellence and respect) and the Paralympic Values (inspiration, determination, courage and equality) using the London 2012 Games to inspire learners of all ages to get involved in Values-based projects and activities. To become a member, the school had to submit plans showing its commitment to sport and sporting opportunities for its pupils. Langham Village School now joins almost 4,000 other primary schools around the UK (out of a total primary school population of over 15,000).

CHURCH NEWS We are looking forward to work to improve the drainage on the north side of the church. The soakaways taking vast quantities of rainwater from the roof have clogged up and need to be re-constructed and re-sited to prevent the north wall from becoming thoroughly damp. This work will commence shortly before the winter weather starts. Our Harvest Festival Service will be on October 2nd at 9.30. Please join us for a special Harvest Service and refreshments afterwards, the collection will go to Tear Fund, a Christian charity which devotes much of its resources to improving farming methods and water supplies in poverty stricken parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Looking well ahead, please put Friday Dec 23rd at 3.30 in your diaries for our annual Christingle Carol Service. John Adnitt

Summer Fair The school summer fair, organised by Joanna Phelps and the Friends of Langham Village School, was enjoyed by children and parents alike on Friday 15 July. We were lucky with the weather so the barbecue and refreshments went down a treat, while the giant slide and bouncy castle were awash with children from beginning to end. The event raised £1400 which will be used to support school trips and activities for the children.

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP The group has recently held small exhibitions at Warborough House (open gardens day) and at the Church (Bank Holiday). At the Bank Holiday event we also raised funds towards the publication new revised edition of the Walking Guide to Stiffkey, the first edition of which has now sold out. A small group of members enjoyed a guided tour of historic King’s Lynn on August 19th. The Rev Tony Hodgson, a former curate at Stiffkey is leading a team of members working on a book about the history of Stiffkey, which we hope to have published in the near future. The annual general meeting of the group will take place on 29th November at 7.00pm at the Village Hall. Guest speaker will be Richard Jefferson. For further information please contact Steven Bashforth on 01328 830569. Steven Bashforth

See what the children are up to Don’t forget to keep in touch with all the children’s projects and school news on the school website at You can see the fun Class 1 children (aged 4 – 6) had in the garden growing sunflowers, radishes, potatoes and cabbages; making dens and seashell pictures; visiting the circus; and even an exciting trip to France complete with passports and coach travel (all from the comfort of the classroom). The Class 2 page includes pictures from their ‘Victorian Day’ when all the children (aged 6 – 8) dressed as Victorian school pupils and experienced lessons from that era such as drill, scripture and celebrating the Empire. Class 3’s page shows fabulous slideshows of the children’s activities set to music. You can see them making montage portraits at the Sainsbury Centre and get into the vibe of the action-packed trip to Somerset complete with rock climbing, caving, archery, den building and the view over the scenery at Cheddar. You can even post your own comment after watching. Well worth a visit. Anne-Marie Coe

STIFFKEY WI Our October meeting will be held at 7.30 p.m. on Monday 17th at the Old Hall when we hope to have an original speaker, Mike Wabe, who specialises in bringing history to life. Experiences of him leads us to believe that we shall have a lively and amusing evening! Visitors are Helen Leach very welcome.



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Local Lynx Issue 80 - October/November 2011  

A community newspaper for 10 North Norfolk villages: Bale, Binham, Cockthorpe, Field Dalling, Gunthorpe, Langham, Morston, Saxlingham, Sharr...

Local Lynx Issue 80 - October/November 2011  

A community newspaper for 10 North Norfolk villages: Bale, Binham, Cockthorpe, Field Dalling, Gunthorpe, Langham, Morston, Saxlingham, Sharr...