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ISSUE 81 BALE - BINHAM - COCKTHORPE - FIELD DALLING GUNTHORPE - LANGHAM - MORSTON SAXLINGHAM - SHARRINGTON - STIFFKEY

NEWS FROM OUR VILLAGES

DECEMBER & JANUARY

2011/12

SEASON’S GREETINGS!

Gunthorpe - 1987

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WHAT’S ON In our villages

DECEMBER 1st Thurs. Langham Quiz Night, Parish Room 7.00 1st Thurs. Langham Mobile Library 3rd/ Sat Morston Bluejacket Christmas Party 10-5 4th Sun. Morston Bluejacket Christmas Party 10-5 3rd Sat. Langham FOL Coffee Morning, Parish Room 3rd Sat Langham Crafers Barn Coffee morning 10-12.30 3rd Sat. Binham Christmas Supper, Village Hall, 7.00 3rd Sat. Langham Coffee Morning, Crafer’s Barn. 10.00 8th Thurs. Binham/Hindringham Christmas party 8th Thurs. Stiffkey Music Circle 9th Fri. Bale Village Hall, Fish’n’chips etc 7.00 12th Mon. Binham LH Group Christmas Party, 7.30 14th Wed. Langham Ladybirds, Parish Room. 7.30 16ht Fri. Langham Carols/Mince pies evening 17th Sat. Binham Icene Choir, Priory, 6.30 17th Sat. Gunthorpe FOGP Christmas Party 12.00 19th Mon. Binham Carols round the Tree. 21st Wed. Langham FOL Coffee Morning, Parish Room 23rd Fri. Morston Candlelit Carol Service 5.00 23rd Fri. Stiffkey Christingle Carols 3.30 24th Sat. Morston Carollers rendezvous at Anchor 5.00 24th Sat. Binham Children’s Family Service, 4.00 28th Wed. Morston Parish Council. 7.00 29th Thurs. Langham Mobile Library 31st Dec. Bale Old Years’ Night, Village Hall 7.30

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JANUARY 2nd Mon. Langham Panto Trip, Leaves Bluebell 12.30 7th Sun Binham Epiphany Service - Richeldis Singers 7th Sat. Langham FOL Coffee Morning, Parish Room 12th Thurs. Stiffkey Music Circle 13th Bale Village Hall, Fish’n’chips 15th Sun. Gunthorpe Silent Meditation 4.30-5.00 18th Wed. Langham FOL Coffee Morning, Parish Room 19th Thurs. Stiffkey W.I. Old Hall 7.30 19th Thurs. Binham/Hindringham meeting 22nd Sat. Morston, FMC Morston Quiz 7.00 25th Wed. Morston Parish Council. 7.00 26th Thurs. Langham Mobile Library 26th Thurs. Binham Bridge event 12.30-5.00 26th Thurs.Binham History Group AGM & Talk 7.30 28th Sat. Gunthorpe FOGP Club Meeting 10.30

DISTRIBUTION CONTACT: For all enquiries or offers to help, please contact: Rita White, tel: 01328 830821 EXTRA CHRISTMAS SERVICES & EVENTS December 15th Binham : Nativity Play, 4.30 pm 17th Binham: Iceni Christmas Choir, Lessons and Carols, 6.30 pm 23rd Stiffkey: Christingle, 3.30 pm 23rd Morston: Nine Lessons and Carols, 5.00 pm 24th Binham: Children’s Christmas Eve Service, 4.00 pm 24th Field Dalling: Christmas Eve Service, 6.30 pm 24th Binham: Holy Communion, 11.00 pm January 8th Binham: Epiphany Service with Richeldis Singers, 3.30 pm

Regulars Binham Quiz Night at Chequers, 1st Monday of month Binham Guild of Artists Every Tuesday 10-12 Binham Youth Group, Wednesday evenings Mondays Langham Funmobility, Parish Room 10-11.30

BLAKENEY CATHOLIC CHURCH Back Lane Blakeney

29th Bale: Group Holy Communion Service 10.30 am

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

BLAKENEY METHODIST CHURCH

Priest in Residence Father William Wells (the house behind the church)

High Street Blakeney

Service Times Masses: Wednesday Vigil Mass Sunday

Minister: Jennifer Pathmarajah Tel: 01263 712 181

9.30am Saturday 6.00pm. 11.00am.

Sunday Services at 6.30 pm. For weekday services and details of preachers and any change in times, refer to ‘The Glaven Valley Newsletter’.

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Church Services for Stiffkey and Bale Benefice for December 2011 and January2012 HC=Holy Communion. FS=Family Service. MP=Morning Prayer. BCP=Book of Common Prayer Parish Bale Field Dalling

4th December

11th December

18th December

25th December

9.30am HC At Saxlingham

9.30am HC 11.00am CFS Christingle

6.30pm Carol Service At Saxlingham

9.30am Christmas HC At Saxlingham

9.30am HC

At Field Dalling 11.00am MP 9.30am HC

11.00am HC 5.00pm Carol Service

10.30am Christmas HC 11.00am Lessons & Carols 9.30am Christmas HC

Saxlingham Gunthorpe Sharrington

9.30am MP BCP

Binham Morston

11.00am HC 9.30am HC BCP

11.00am HC

11.00am CFS 9.30am HC BCP

10.30am Lessons & Carols 9.30am Christmas HC BCP

Langham Stiffkey

At Stiffkey 9.30am CFS

9.30am MP At Langham

At Stiffkey 9.30am HC

11.00am Christmas HC 9.30am Christmas HC

Parish

1stJanuary

8th January

15th January

22nd January

Bale

9.30am HC

9.30am HC

9.30am HC

9.30am HC

Field Dalling

At Saxlingham

11.00am CFS

At Saxlingham

11.00am MP BCP

Saxlingham Gunthorpe

9.30am HC

At Field Dalling 11.00am MP

11.00am HC 4.30pm Silent Meditation

At Field Dalling 11.00am HC

Sharrington

9.30am MP BCP

9.30am HC

9.30am MP CW

9.30am HC

Binham

11.00am HC

9.30am HC

9.30am MP CW

9.30am HC

Morston

9.30am HC BCP

9.30am HC BCP

Langham

At Stiffkey

9.30am MP

At Stiffkey

9.30am HC

Stiffkey

9.30am CFS

At Langham

9.30am HC

At Langham

FOR SPECIAL CHRISTMAS SERVICES, SEE PANEL ON PAGE 2

Regular Weekday Services Binham: Tuesday, 6.00pm Evening Prayers, Langham: Wednesday, 10.00am Holy Communion Dear Friends and Parishioners, The end of November marks the beginning of the season of Advent, the Church’s New Year; and the Word itself, Advent, means simply Coming. We start on this day a period of preparation – both a preparation for Christmas when we celebrate the first coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, when he came in great humility; and also a preparation for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, when he will come in great majesty. When we serve others we are really serving a KING. For some modern minds both those words ‘serve’ and ‘king’ are ridiculously old fashioned, summing up certain features of Christianity which some find unattractive. Admittedly few take exception to the Church’s teaching on the love and fatherhood of God. Nor to our insistence on social concern, or care for children and the elderly, and so on. NO! The really offensive things to the modern mind are first Christianity’s supernaturalism: its claim that Jesus is God, made flesh and blood; that he rose bodily from the grave and ascended into heaven; and that he is literally coming again. And secondly, its exclusivism: its insistence that salvation (another old-fashioned word) can be found in no one other than Christ. It was not because the early Christians did not know much about other religions that they proclaimed Jesus Christ as the sole Saviour of the world, but because they knew all too much about them. They proclaimed him not out of narrow mindedness or religious imperialism, but for the sheer joy of knowing and telling that God in Jesus Christ had done enough for the salvation of all mankind. No other sacrifice or salvation was necessary. Peace with God was a gift, available to all – instantaneously – and free. And so we are commissioned both to serve and to bear witness to the weakness and folly of a crucified Messiah, and also to the same Lord by whose power and wisdom the world exists, is sustained and will be judged. To accept this means to accept the overturning of the accepted wisdom of the world. It is not a human possibility – it is a gift of God – a miracle – a new birth from above. We may all seek that birth from above, and we can all receive the filling of the Holy Spirit every day. And full of the Holy Spirit of Jesus, His followers and friends were (and are) both to announce what he had achieved at his first coming; and to summon people to repent and believe in preparation for his second coming. They were (and are) to be his serving witnesses ‘to the ends of the earth’ and ‘to the very end of the age’. We often decorate our houses or churches at this time with an Advent wreath. It is a circle which has no beginning and no end. It represents God’s love and our love. And it is made from evergreens. They are never bare, and represent Christ’s commitment to us and ours to him. And the candles point to Jesus as the light of the world, and remind us too that, filled with his spirit, we will shine as lesser lights in useful service in the world. May I wish you a thoughtful Advent and a joyous Christmas. Yours truly, Ian Whittle

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NATIONAL TRUST: LOCAL UPDATE

PERSONAL ASSISTANT/CARER

We are aware that there is local concern with regard to the proposed Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) and Reference Areas. MCZs originate from the UK government signing up to international agreements that aim to establish an 'ecologically coherent network of Marine Protected Areas’ (MPAs) by 2012. The MPA network will be made up of several designations, including MCZs. Net Gain, part of Natural England and on behalf of the Government, was established to work with stakeholders to identify and recommend MCZs in the English North Sea only. In August 2011 two Reference Areas within Blakeney NNR (National Nature Reserve) were recommended to Government by Net Gain. A public consultation will take place in 2012. The NT is broadly supportive of the MCZ process. With regard to the specific Reference Areas on Blakeney NNR, we will only support these recommendations on the understanding that there will be no adverse impact on our existing management and that the current level of use of these sites by the many stakeholders can be maintained. This includes allowing low-level sustainable use for permitted leisure activities, public access and for activities that support the long shore economy such as fishing.The management and activities currently carried out on these sites are in line with our agreed NNR management plan, SSSI and SAC regulations. These sites are currently considered to be in favourable condition. The NT has for many years maintained the fragile balance between conservation and public access and we look forward to being heavily involved in the consultation process.

required in Langham 16 hours per week, personally employed under independent living Norfolk/Direct payments Hours flexible but would require weekend mornings. Tel: 01328 830975

COUNTY COUNCILLOR’S NEWS Norfolk Community Fund Some useful news: The fund is intended to help build capacity in Norfolk’s small charities, voluntary and community groups in supporting local people. The NCF has £449,000 available to support a grants programme offering one-off grants of £500-£5,000. The Fund will be managed by Norfolk Community Foundation. Details and an application form are on the website www.norfolk.foundation.com. If any group would like my support please contact: marie.strong@norfolk.gov.uk Natural England and Marsh Zoning: Proposals by Natural England to zone off certain areas of marshland from human and domestic animal activity understandably concerned the parishes of Blakeney, Morston, Stiffkey and Cley. Net Gain, the organisation responsible for formulating these proposals, declare all relevant stakeholders were consulted. Yet as County Councillor for three of the parishes I knew nothing – nor importantly did a wide range of marsh users. Therefore along with Norman Lamb MP I met with NE on 28 October to belatedly seek clarification. Amongst a number of questions I asked whether a socioeconomic study had been carried out regarding not simply those who make their main living on the marshes but those who of necessity supplement their income – bait digging, samphire collecting. (Somewhat belatedly Net Gain presented a questionnaire at the meeting described below with a 6 day deadline.) Praise is due to Natural England for attending the meeting on 2 November, organised by Blakeney Parish Council for representatives of neighbouring parishes and users of the marshes – such as bait-diggers, wild-fowlers, boat people. The meeting was challenging but NE representatives managed to remove the concerns of some present and gained valuable information regarding the rights of groups – and indeed the public - to access certain parts of the potential zones. NE also advised it might be possible to re-position one of the zones if good evidence is provided as to an alternative. However I remain concerned that the draft proposals are not what I take to be draft in that they cannot be altered! Therefore despite late engagement with ‘stakeholders’ we are told that Net Gain’s existing proposals will be sent to the Government Minister who will decide which aspects go to public consultation next year. However once factual information has been assembled regarding rights and usage you can be assured that this information will be put in the hands of the Minister. Dr Marie Strong County Councillor

On a separate note the remedial repair work on the bridges at Morston has now been completed. However until the new bridges are installed we request that no more than ten people are on a bridge at any one time. We hope the construction phase of the new bridges will be in early 2012, pending a decision on the bridges’ design. The first grey seal pup was born around 28th October; and we are expecting an influx in the coming weeks as the grey colony occupies the entire far point dunes for up to four months to complete their breeding cycle. Last year there were 747 pups so we will keep counting and update you with the numbers. We wish you a merry Christmas, a happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you in 2012. Iain Wolfe, Visitor Services Manager, Tel/Fax: 01263 740241. Email: iain.wolfe@nationaltrust.org.uk

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INDEPENDENT CUSTODY VISITING Do you know there are volunteers who visit police stations unannounced and in pairs to check the welfare of detained persons and the conditions in which they are held? They are called Independent Custody Visitors and they play a valuable role in maintaining public confidence in this important area of policing. Under the Police Reform Act 2002, all police authorities have a statutory duty to establish and maintain an Independent Custody Visiting Scheme, which involves volunteer members of the public visiting police custody facilities and checking on the welfare of detainees and the physical conditions of the cells. Norfolk has had a Scheme in place since 1998 and there are four designated Panels ensuring visits are undertaken at all of the County's custody facilities. Day-to-day management of the Scheme is undertaken by a Scheme Administrator within the Norfolk Police Authority Chief Executive's office. Independent Custody Visitors come from all sections of the community. They must be aged over 18, reside in Norfolk and be a resident in the UK for at least two years prior to the date of application. No special qualifications are required as full training and support is provided, however Visitors should be good listeners, nonjudgmental and unbiased. The purpose of Independent Custody Visiting is to: provide independent scrutiny of the treatment of detained persons and the conditions in which they are held; and secure a greater understanding and confidence within the local community in respect of the above. With agreement, the Independent Custody Visitors can speak to detainees about their treatment or conditions, and take up any issues of concern with custody staff. A short report of their findings is made prior to leaving the station. Their work provides the Authority (and in turn the local community) with assurance that anyone arrested by the police and held in custody is treated fairly and has access to appropriate facilities. Independent Custody Visitors must be independent and impartial and, when making appointments, care is taken to avoid any potential conflict of interest. Serving police officers and other serving members of Constabulary or Police Authority staff are unsuitable for this reason. The same applies to Special Constables, Justices of the Peace (JPs), Members of the Police Authority and others connected with the criminal justice system. After an initial probationary period of six months, Independent Custody Visitors are appointed for up to a further three years. If you would like more information on the role of Independent Custody Visitors and a chance to read in detail about the visit process, please visit: www.norfolkpa.gov.uk/visiting.cfm or contact the Scheme Administrator, telephone 01953 424455 or email policeauthority@norfolk.pnn.police.uk.

SHED BURGLARIES Our local police Safer Neighbourhood Team remind us to take precautions when leaving valuable items stored in sheds or other outhouses, and not to leave valuable items visible and unattended anywhere visible on your property. For example police are appealing for information after two separate incidents of a shed burglary and theft of pedal cycle in Holt. Offenders stole an old black train lantern from inside a shed on Grove Lane between Saturday 1st October and Monday 3rd October. A bag of cabling was also stolen from outside the shed. During the same period of time a red Raleigh dual suspension mountain bike was taken from outside a house in Grove lane. Prior to the theft the bike had insulation tape around the saddle and will be easily identified if this is still in place. Offenders have then stolen a primus stove from the shed between Monday 3rd October and Monday 10th October. Officers want to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen or heard anything suspicious, or anyone with information about these incidents. Calls should be made to PCSO Rachel Howard at Holt Safer Neighbourhood Team on the new contact number 101 (0845 456 4567 still works as well) or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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DISTRICT COUNCILLOR'S NEWS NNDC's overall strategy is based on the manifesto the Conservative Group stood on at the May elections no increase in council tax, promoting jobs and the economy, housing, caring for our coast and countryside and empowering communities to take control of their own lives. The vision also includes cutting red tape for businesses, making affordable housing demands for developers more flexible and defending against coastal erosion 'wherever practicable'. This has now been presented to Full Council and approved. Changes in refuse collection timetable have now been implemented. I have received complaints which have been dealt with by Richard Garfield at NNDC liaising with Kier, hopefully problems have been resolved. An urgent meeting held at Blakeney discussed the recommended Marine Conservation Zone Reference Areas. Natural England presented their proposals but great concern was expressed by attendees at the lack of consultation with local stakeholders. Blakeney and Morston Parish Councils are taking action. North Norfolk Museums Forum met at the Maltings in Wells. All local museums reported good attendance figures but takings were lower in the shops - a sign of the times? The new tourist and business guide for 2012, Explore, will cover all aspects of arts and culture in our area, with listings for accommodation, travel itineraries, maps, etc., and details will be updated during the year. Details contact: matt.doughty@boudicca.marketing.co.uk. Norfolk Archaeological Services Advisory Committee held a Seminar led by Chief Inspector Mark Harrison to discuss ways to Reduce Crime Against Heritage, which includes our Norfolk Churches. Useful advice was provided to help protect property and deter theft and vandalism. I have been asked to mention Free Legal Advice, available at Merchant's Place, Cromer. Full information on 01603 496623. And Electric Blanket testing - 01603 638455. A reminder from the Safer Neighbourhood Team - the oil in your tanks is valuable, do protect it and, with the darker evenings, pay extra attention to home and vehicle security. Finally, although it is early November as I write this my thanks to the Lynx team and I wish you all a very happy Christmas and New Year. Lindsay Brettle

DEANERY NEWS The Reverend Jeremy Sykes was licensed as our new Rural Dean on 13th October at All Saints Church Briston. Simon Fenn, our Deanery Children’s, Youth and Family Missioner was confirmed and licensed as a Deanery Lay Worker by the Bishop of Lynn on Wednesday 26th October at All Saints Church Upper Sheringham. Next Deanery Synod: March 15th Holt Church Hall.

ALZHEIMER Are you creative, with excellent listening skills and interested in dementia? You sound like the perfect Life Story Book Volunteer for North Norfolk You will spend a couple of hours a week with a collection of photographs and memories of a person with dementia’s life. The benefits for a person living with dementia are the satisfaction of producing the book and enjoying the completed album with others. It is also very helpful communication tool . Helen Dingle 01603 763517 norfolk@alzheimers.org.uk Reg. Charity No. 296645

Fakenham Choral Society Concert

CHRISTMAS BRASS & VOICES Fakenham Parish Church

Saturday, December 17th, 7.30pm Tickets £10 (under 18 free) Tel: 01328 830639 or on door

DISTRICT COUNCILLORS’ CONTACT DETAILS Jonathan Savory (01328 820719). email:jonathan.savory@north-norfolk.gov.uk - and Peter Terrington (01328 711126) email:peter.terrington@north-norfolk.gov.uk (Binham, Langham & Stiffkey) Lindsay Brettle (01263 710030) email:lindsay.brettle@north-norfolk.gov.uk (Sharrington, Field Dalling/Saxlingham & Morston) Ann Green (01328 878273) email:ann.green@north-norfolk.gov.uk (Gunthorpe & Bale)

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CHRISTMAS AT ALL SAINTS CHURCH ‘11 Sunday 18 December 6.30 p.m. Carol service with music, mulled wine and mince pies. Sunday 25 December , Christmas Day. 9.30 a.m. Both services will be accompanied by a choir which will make this a memorable week. Everyone most welcome!

BALE DIARY Seeing pattern 20th Sep 2011 Summer officially over now the last of the swallows have flown south, a slow walk with a recovering elderly dog presents dawdling opportunities with the camera. Everywhere I look there seems to be pattern and structure capable of translation.

BALE VILLAGE HALL NEWS

Why have I not spotted these orange lichens before? They are growing on a cement wall, which to a superficial eye is an ugly anachronism amongst old brick and flint buildings.

We had an excellent turn out for the Harvest Supper. About forty people enjoyed hearty fare and convivial company. Your support enabled us to raise £100 for village hall funds. Philip West’s slide show was fascinating, with more slides of the Preston family farming in the 50’s in Bale, and new slides of Stiffkey, Wells, and Great Walsingham, including the Victorian prison there. Thanks to all those who brought plates of food. We raised £150. Dates for your diaries in December and January: 11th Nov. 7pm – Fish n’ chips 9th Dec. 7pm – Fish n’ chips and the Christmas draw 31st Dec.7.30 Old Year’s Night Celebration 13th Jan. 7pm – Fish n’ Chips To make sure of your place at the Old Year’s 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 Granary; Carole and Chris Lee, Ivy Cottage; Eileen Spooner, Oak View; and Richard Scott, Clip Street Farm. Bale Village Hall Committee

Silvery grey lichens on soft red brick walls; variegated blotching over rusty reds and algae greens …. old hogweed seed heads stand out in the sunshine like sculptural jewels, and even such a mundane and disagreeable thing as a recently flailed hedge still has potential for a strongly drawn embroidery. The hedgerows are still full of charm even though it’s that stub end of summer before autumn colours get going – maiden hair ferns bright green in the cooler wetter weather - a stand of knapweed with seed heads – all the branching stems and repeated shapes make good pattern material. There is still plenty of pretty field scabious, their lavender blue mop heads standing out against the grass. I love plantains – strongly ribbed leaves and upright flowers; all the red stems on the fruiting branches of elderberries – more fractals of repeating smaller and smaller patterns; dog rose hips blaze out of the hedge, with thorned looping stems, quite heraldic. The lime tree seeds are irresistible, hanging like Christmas tree decorations off the small limes in Sharrington road. Further away there are field maples with twiggy branches stuffed full of winged seeds, dark pink and pale green, the most exquisite papery objects echoing the colours of the maple leaves in spring. And young ivy stems climbing up a tree – fat wavy ropes with pretty leaf shapes branching off … perhaps a cable design? Jane Wheeler

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BINHAM PRIORY BELL The eight months silence has been broken! At the service on Sunday 6th November the Rev'd Ian Whittle blessed the re-hung bell. It rang across the fields, a cheerful light sound reflecting perhaps the shape of the bell-cote rather than the solid Norman arches within the Priory. We are delighted to have the bell returned in good ringing condition. Pauline Scott

THE BELLS OF BALE We, the Bale P.C.C., have embarked on the restoration of our peal of bells. This entails work on the bells themselves, renewal of their bearings and, spectacularly, the installation of a new cast iron and steel frame. The present system, a medieval arrangement of wooden beams is picturesque but too difficult to ring. The new frame will also be better for the health of the tower. The history of the bells, a peal of five, is typical of a country church. There were three already in situ in 1480. One of these was recast in 1902, another recast in 1647 and again in 1902. The third, tuned to A is still in good shape. Two more were bought from St Michael at Thorn in Norwich in 1839: these were cast in 1710 and 1440; the latter was recast in 1902. This complete restoration will come to about £65,000. If any of you has an idea of how to help raise this amount, please get in touch. The Holt bell-ringing band has been extremely supportive. They rang regularly here until the bells became unmanageable and are keen to teach some of us to ring. We welcome recruits. Please get in touch if you are interested. Alan Sankey, Oak Farm, Bale. 01328 878 874

FRIENDS OF BINHAM PRIORY The chairs purchased by the Friends were delivered in September as scheduled, and have been used several times. They are proving a comfortable and colourful occasional addition to the Priory furniture. The programme of events for 2012 is being assembled. It will include: Friday 2nd March Annual General Meeting Binham Memorial Hall at 6.30 pm. Refreshments will be available from 7.00 to be followed by The Binham Lecture at 7.30 pm. The speaker will be announced later. All will be welcome to come to the refreshments and the lecture. Saturday 7th July Picnic to Jazz in the Binham Priory Cloisters at 5.00 pm Thursday 6th September - Sunday 9th Heritage Open Days (dates to be confirmed).The Friends will staff the Priory to welcome visitors and offer refreshments. An afternoon visit is being arranged to Wymondham Abbey to include a guided tour by members of the Friends of Wymondham Abbey to be followed by tea. This visit is likely to be in late September or early October. Also, on a date to be arranged, we will be hosting a visit to the Priory by the Friends of Castle Acre church. 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

BALE VILLAGE HALL SOCIAL CLUB DRAW September 2011 Jim Peppitt Brenda Soweter Jim Peppitt Mark Allison

£ 25 £ 10 £5 £5

October 2011 Mary Ramm £25 Patricia Church £10 Jim Peppitt £5 Jean Schofield £5

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DIARY OF A BINHAM FARMER’S SON aged 34

October 1855 2nd Dear little Ems came to spend a few days while the moving is going on at Bale. This was poor Boot’s auction. Tied up my bullocks. 4th Made 37/6 of my wheat today. Had a lot of music with Ems in the evening. She is looking very thin still, poor little dear. 8th I had a distracting toothache and was obliged to have it drawn. 11th A very wet day. George and I went to Fakenham. I made 38/6 of my wheat; dear little Ems left for the cottage. 16th Went to Wighton to see Everitt about some wheat he struck of mine - I find justly. Dear little Ems called back here again to tea. 23rd A very wet day indeed, Managed to get a walk after luncheon but got v wet doing so. Read Macaulay’s Ecclesiastical Biography in the evening. 27th After a very nice morning’s shooting we returned to Hindringham to dinner and found Miss Smith - a curious old lady.

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 September, Diane Bannerman talked about a lifetime involved with Art and Design and brought in a wide variety of excellent examples of her work, making a very interesting morning. In October, Martin Sexton gave yet another very helpful and amusing talk combined with clear demonstrations of how to paint figures that could be added to a landscape. He ended the morning by giving a ‘crit’ of work by members of the group. For further information contact James Bucknill 01328 830651

November 1st We went to Fakenham to dinner and stayed to the meeting for the establishment of a Popular Library. Lord Albemarle, Mr Gurney, Sir W Jones and Mr Blythe spoke. 5th Mr Kendle and Emily left us this morning to Egmere, the old gentleman in great glee. I gave old Cyclops a preparatory gallop. 12th My gardener came to take in my geraniums at Hindringham this morning. 19th I went to meet the artist and he took a sitting of Sally and the Gov, he appears a tolerably sociable little man. 24th I went to Norwich and saw my dog cast in progress. Also bought some books and had luncheon with T.Hudson. 30th Had 3 more cases of pleuro in my bullocks. Richard and Norah Lewis

CHRISTMAS AT THE PRIORY 17th Dec. Sat Christmas readings and carols 6.30 p.m. The Iceni Choir 24th Dec. Sat Christmas Eve Children’s Family Service at 4 p.m. Midnight Holy Communion at 11 p.m. 25th Dec. Sun. Christmas Day. Family Service of Carols and Readings at 10.30 am 8th Jan. Sun. Epiphany Service at 3.30 p.m. with the Richeldis Singers. Everyone welcome.

BINHAM CHRISTMAS SUPPER Saturday 3rd December The Binham Village Hall Christmas Supper is on the first Saturday in December. To reserve a place, please phone Liz Brown on 01328 830519. 7.00 for 7.30. Tickets £6 per person. There will be a Raffle and Tombola for Hall funds

BINHAM YOUTH GROUP Many thanks to the Binham and Hindringham Open Circle for their kind donation of £150 which will be used to buy new equipment. We are now inside the village hall on a Wednesday evening, so if anyone would like to see what goes on, or would like to help out, please come down and join us. Andrew and Wendy 01328 830178

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BRIDGE FOR THE BROOKE Thursday 26th January Bridge event at Binham Village Hall 12.30 - 5.00p.m. Starting with a delicious lunch. (Non players welcome for Lunch). Apply Fiona Bolingbroke-Kent 01263 740751.

This will be in aid of the Brooke Hospital.

BINHAM LOCAL HISTORY GROUP Forthcoming talks Mon. 12th Dec. Our Christmas Party - we are delighted to welcome the Sheringham Shantymen with their Songs from the Sea. Mulled wine, coffee and refreshments. 7.30. Thurs. 26th Jan. A Short AGM at 6.45 followed at 7.30 by a return visit from Prof. Peter Trudgill. More History of the Norfolk Dialect. All meetings at 7.30 p.m. in the Binham Village Hall. £2 members, £3 non members. For more information call 01328 830270

DAI SWASTIKA Recent correspondence in the “Independent” newspaper suggested that German U-boats were renowned for surfacing on dark nights in Cardigan Bay, having developed a taste for Welsh lamb. A doctor in Cardiff wrote in to say that it was a fact that this was going on and they were buying meat at hush hush prices from a local farmer. He was known locally as Dai Swastika and to his Berlin handlers as Jones the Spy. His phone number was given to Berlin by von Ribbentrop who had worked out of Aberystwyth as a wine salesman and had many friends in the area. The thought of von Ribbentrop, then German Ambassador at the Court of St James, flogging Blue Nun or whatever to the citizens of Aberystwyth does stretch one’s imagination somewhat, however the story is helped by the fact that von Ribbentrop was at one time involved in the wine trade in Canada. Also that it was undoubtedly true that the Luftwaffe never bombed Aberystwyth! A further snippet arises from a chance encounter that friends of ours had. When walking on the Cardigan coastal path, they noticed a couple on the beach peering up at the cliffs. Thinking they might be lost, they went to ask if they could help. The husband turned out to be an ex U-boat sailor who remembered berthing in deep water coves in Cardigan Bay to collect water coming from fresh water springs in the cliffs. I wonder if any of your readers know of similar nefarious goings-on off the coast of Norfolk - black market crabs anyone? Richard Lewis

HEEL-TO-TOE (An interesting investigation by two young visitors to Binham this summer) Me and my best friend, Anna, decided to see how many heel-to-toe steps there were roughly in the village from end to end. We walked from the top of the village to the 30 mph sign going out towards the church. We did this in two parts. Over all it totalled up to 1,312 heel-totoe steps. (Me and Anna are both size 5 feet.) Emma & Anna

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

September and October were eventful months for the Newmans. First, I break five ribs, then Su has a car crash. What have been both unexpected and humbling have been the ‘get well’ cards, offers of help and comforting words. It has made recovery easier. Thank you all so much. While I was confined to bed, Su had so much more to do, like the twice daily walk for my friend Shep the Dog. She has bought herself another car (the old one was written off) and the new one is even faster than before. She will be going so fast no on will be able to crash into her again. Seriously, Su you are a star! As a result of my confinement, I have no idea what has been happening in Binham, except for two sad events.

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Archie Howells funeral was held in the Priory on 3rd November. He was a Binham man, and thought to be a confirmed bachelor. Then, unexpectedly, 46 years ago, he found a wonderfully lady school teacher. They got married, he moved away from Binham and became a happy house husband. His final months were endured with great strength of character. Barbara Seals spent her final years in Dorrington House in Wells. Her funeral was held in the Priory on 11th November. Barbara was a delightful lady. We often met in the Priory on a Sunday morning. I always offered her a biscuit and she always declined. What a happy memory. Roger Newman

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BARBARA SEALS died on Tuesday 4th October 2011 From a very young age, Barbara Seals was taking care of people. The first charge that she was given was a young boy called Jack Grange who lived in the house opposite . She would walk him to school each morning because as he put it “surprising I know, but supposedly I was a bit of a naughty boy!” She did well at school and was particularly good at needlework and this was a talent which stood her in good stead throughout her life. She left school at 14, as you did in those days, and when the war came she joined the Women’s Royal Volunteer Service and worked in the N.A.A.F.I. After the war she went to work at Abbey House for Mr and Mrs Case which is when her long association with the Case family began. She looked after Bryan and Ginger Case, and moved in with her son Norman in 1948. Nothing was ever too much trouble for Barbara and everything that she did, she did very well. She became a very good cook and was renowned for her mending. Nobody could turn a collar on a shirt, iron, or darn a sock like Barbara. She was extraordinary. Norman grew up and went to work at Crane Fruehauf. He had two beautiful daughters Georgina and Victoria who both adored Barbara and she was a very proud great grandmother to Charlie, William and Albert. When Bryan and Ginger decided to move to Blakeney, Barbara had a hard decision to make as to whether to stay in her cottage in Binham or move to Blakeney with them. Of course she moved with them and remained with them until they died, coming home at the weekends. She would tell how she could skin a rabbit and cook jugged hare, and always said how happy she was and what wonderful times she had in Blakeney. Although she always told me that she had passed her driving test, nobody can remember her in a car, so when she moved back to Binham her mode of transport became her bicycle. When William and Alex got married and Oliver was born, she then took on the Wales side of the Case family. Hannah came along and from the beginning always had a special relationship with Barbara. She was the most reliable and conscientious person who would do whatever she could to help friends and neighbours, and when they moved away they always kept in touch with her. When she became ill and could no longer look after herself, she moved into Dorrington House in Wells where she spent her last years. She was very comfortable and well looked after there, although she always missed her home. She had many friends and always sat next to Phyllis who will miss her greatly. To sum Barbara up, she was a loyal, quiet and unassuming lady but most of all, she was the best friend anyone could have. Alex Wales

BINHAM & HINDRINGHAM OPEN CIRCLE Our Christmas party will be on Thursday, Dec 8 (a week earlier than usual). Sue Jeffery will be bringing along her wonderful wooden games, there will be masses of delicious food, as always, and lots of time to sit and chat. At the First Meeting of 2012, on Thursday, January 19, our speaker will be Dave King, curator of the North Norfolk Railway, on a Journey through Time. 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.

CAROLS ROUND THE TREE Monday 19th December Once again we will be joined by the Fakenham Brass Band. Please come and join us! Steve and Alex will be providing mulled wine and refreshments will be available. Hope to see you all there. Liz Brown 830519

QUIZ NIGHT AT THE CHEQUERS Quiz Nights continue at the Chequers – thanks to Steve and Alex. As usual it will be on the first Monday in the month – so we hope to see you on Monday 5th December and Monday 2nd January. You don’t need to be part of a team – just come along at 6.30 if you’re going to have a meal – or at 7.30 for a drink and the Quiz..

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BINHAM LOCAL CHARITIES LUNCH

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On 28th October the Parochial Charities and Village Hall Committees hosted another invitation lunch in the Village Hall. This is for retired residents of Binham and Cockthorpe who have lived here for at least ten years. Once again the lunch was a great success and 41 people attended. There was plenty of good food and drink and a great time was had by all. There was a raffle in aid of the children’s play area which raised £62. I hope to see you all again in the spring. Look out for the date in the next Lynx. Alex Wales

Our quiz night was a great evening enjoyed by all involved. We raised £458 on the night through the raffle and the mid evening meal. Many thanks to Liz Brown for preparing the meal and congratulations to Helen and Robin Owen for the excellent questions – especially those ones about bird song! We have also received a donation following a raffle at the senior citizens meal of £62. With Christmas approaching we have nothing else arranged at present but keep your eyes open in the New Year for more events. Many thanks for your support. Andrew Marsh

BINHAM MEMORIAL HALL

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100 + Club Winners

Many thanks to the Binham and Hindringham Open Circle for their kind donation of £150 which will be used to buy new equipment. We are now inside the village hall on a Wednesday evening, so if anyone would like to see what goes on, or would like to help out, please come down and join us. Andrew and Wendy 01328 830178

October. £25 R. Newman; £10 June Read, Mrs E Marsh; £5 Mrs J Cook, Mrs Sue Jeffery, D. Powly. November. £25 Mrs C Wright; £10 Mrs J Cook, Sheila Law; £5 R. Newman, June Read, Nora Lewis 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

FOOD FOR THOUGHT If we try to fill a day with happiness and peace it will increase the chances of the next day being like that also.

No news from Cockthorpe this time.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone.

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YOUR VILLAGE HALL NEEDS YOU! At the time of writing it looks likely that, before long, there will not be enough members on the Village Hall Committee to carry out the administrative tasks that are necessary to keep the village hall open and available for public use. If that were to be the decision of the next AGM in April 2012, then the Committee will return the Title Deeds and keys to our Trustees, the Parish Council, wind up the village hall charity and permanently close the village hall. In a typical year, there are five meetings of the management committee, generally on a Monday evening and each lasting about an hour. Five hours a year. Those serving on the committee all carry a sense of being entrusted with the care of a facility that is important to the entire community. But the work is voluntary, and some members will retire at the next AGM. It is time for a change. Will you take your turn? Refurbishment Project Earlier in the year, we engaged an architect to assess the condition of the building and make some recommendations. Somehow, a rumour got started that someone was planning to demolish the building – what a ridiculous idea! The major, and not-at-all-ridiculous, finding is that the roof and associated guttering need replacing. The existing roof lets water in and most of the heat out. But replacing it is easier said than done because of another, and slightly surprising, finding: that the concrete frames supporting the roof are not strong enough to support a new conventional roof with the associated insulation for today’s regulations. The Refurbishment sub-committee has now completed its work and reported to the Management Committee (on 7th November). We owe them thanks for a great deal of careful and thorough work, nicely presented in a comprehensive report. We can only continue as we are for a limited time before substantial repair or replacement of the roof becomes necessary, costing more than the village hall could afford from its own funds, but probably fundable from various grant-giving bodies and charities. The Committee has had a preliminary discussion of the issues, taking account of the way the village hall is used at present and the fundraising possibilities. It decided to throw the matter open to as wide a public discussion as possible; starting now, and ending with a public meeting sometime early in 2012. If you would like to know more, please speak to any member of the committee. They are: Anthony Smith, John Everitt, Tracey Griffin, Jenny Allison and Sarah Emmett. It is clear what needs to be done, what it would cost and where to go for enough money to do it. Wouldn’t it be a pity to lose the use of a significant community building just because not enough people seemed to care enough about keeping it open? Anthony Smith

CHRISTMAS SERVICES We and Saxlingham are doing things differently this year….Sunday 11 December at 11am will be Christingle, in Field Dalling. On Saturday 24 December at 6:30pm, Christmas Eve, there will be the Service of Lessons and Carols in Field Dalling. Christmas Day Holy Communion will be in Saxlingham at 10:30, as in previous years. Please note: there is no Midnight Service in Field Dalling on Christmas Eve this year - there will be one Midnight Mass for the whole benefice, in Binham Priory at 11:00 pm.

TURNING ONTO THE A148 AT BALE Following an accident I had when turning onto the A148 at Bale in August this year I have studied the junction, which already had the reputation of being a dangerous one, and here are my observations. If you come to a full stop at the Give-Way line, and make your turning decision only there, you have a clear view to both left and right for a safe distance - visibility is fine. If you form your decision even a few feet back from the line, approaching slowly and ready to give way, you cannot see the whole road. A short length of the hedge on the right hand side (between the junction and the BP station) protrudes to mask the nearside of the lane enough to hide a motorbike or a small car in a section of road very close to the junction. Because the road in the distance (at the garage and beyond) is fully visible, the eye is fooled into thinking that the whole road is visible - but close by it is not. This is particularly the case when the hedge is in full leaf and uniform green during the summer. I met a County Council official at the junction recently to discuss this, and he agreed to explore cutting that part of the hedge back further. In the meantime, I recommend that, Give-Way sign or no, all drivers treat that line as a full stop, and read the road only when there. Margaret Smith

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Young Billy is down early to see what Santa has brought and Toby has come to help! But our second view of this happy events differs in 8 ways from the first. Can you spot the differences?

Down 1. Assassin Jack, beyond price (4) 2. Grin with own deformed nail condition (7) 3. Old sea-goers fear nothing! (12) 4. Bird, following directions, found a legal term (6) 6. Unite, agitate and let loose. (5) 7. Canvas ahead! (8) 8. Violent reply is an explosion in the shop! (7-5) 12. A topic - “one under the Queen” (1,7) 15. Confused, is Lunar avoiding people? (7) 16. Phrase about a mountain guide (6) 18. Back to Idi—the fool! (5) 19. Wolf-calls lose their head for birds (4)

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MORSTON CHRISTMAS QUIZ

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Surrounded by all that winter greenery, it would be pleasant to remember the flowers which have delighted us throughout the year. Our word-square hides 25 of them—in one direction or another. To make it easier for you if you are a bit sleepy after a good lunch, no less then 8 flowers start with the letter P, 3 with C and with G, 2 with A and with L, and 1 each with E, F, H, I, R, S and T. You may also find a foreign snake in the grass (A), a garden pest (S) and the flower gardener’s best friend (B).

SIMPLE XMAS BRAINTEASER by Samphire Ben has four dogs, eight hamsters, and seven rabbits, so how many horses does he have?

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WELCOME A warm Gunthorpe welcome goes to Richard (Rich) and Elaine Francis who, with their Golden Retrievers Charlie and Mischa, have moved into Kingfisher Cottage. They have “seen the light” and moved to beautiful North Norfolk from South Norfolk – Long Stratton to be precise, where they had lived since 1979. Rich was a Court Manager and Elaine, who has only recently retired, a Contact Care Officer working for a charity. They have twin daughters, one living locally in Cley and the other in Hadleigh. We wish them every happiness in their new home.

ST MARY’S CHURCH News Once again the Norfolk Churches Trust Sponsored Bike Ride raised a large amount of money from Gunthorpe sponsors. This year it was £944.00 of which St Mary’s will receive over £500.00. Well done, and a big thank you to all the riders, the church sitters and to the sponsors for their very generous support. The Harvest Festival service was a huge success with 30 people in attendance. Thank you to Betty Humphries who officiated at the service and to all who helped decorate the church and who gave produce. As always this was split between the Briston Day Care Centre and the Rainbow Trust in Sheringham. This year we decorated the font in memory of Hilary Craske who loved St Mary’s and who had always decorated the font in the past on such special days. On Saturday 29th October Florence Mae Leithall was christened in the church in front of a congregation of 60. We wish her every happiness and success in her life. The St Mary’s Christmas Service will be held at 11.00am on Christmas Day. We make a big effort to decorate the church and we would welcome any visitors around Christmas to come and enjoy our work! Security A request to everyone to please keep an eye on the church when you are passing by. We have had a recent incident where a man was seen acting suspiciously. The police are aware, and we know that there have been many incidents with churches being at risk. Hopefully, though, if we all do our bit another burglary can be avoided. Monthly Meditation There will be a time of silent meditation in Gunthorpe Church from 4.30 to 5.00 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month. This will begin on January 15, 2012. There will be a short reading around the theme of meditation, followed by Silence, and ending with the third collect from Evensong in the Book of Common Prayer, which begins “Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord". This quiet time will, usually, be led by Richard Redmayne.

FOGPC 50/50 Club Draw Results September October Nicole Delteil £20.00 Yolande Kidd £20.00 Marcus Balwin £15.00 Alan Russell £15.00 Myfi Everett £5.00 Diana Arthurson £5.00 Chrissie Whyman £5.00 Linda Russell £5.00 Rebecca Partridge £5.00 Jane Lamb £5.00 Jo Hartley £5.00 Jo Hartley £5.00 Andrew Rawlinson £5.00 Zena Churchill £5.00 We now have 133 members, but always welcome new ones, so if you are new to the village or 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. The 50:50 Club Christmas Party will be held in the Institute at 12 noon on Saturday 17 December. Admission will be based on the purchase of raffle tickets and will be £2.00 for adults (two raffle tickets) - 5 and under free. Complimentary mulled wine, soft drinks and seasonal fare, including hot sausages, will be provided and there will be a “mega” draw and enhanced raffle.

WHAT’S ON IN GUNTHORPE Gunthorpe diary dates, watch village web-site and notice board for updates and further details, are: 17 Dec. 12 noon, Institute. 50:50 Club Christmas Party 28 Jan. 10.30, Institute. 50:50 Club Meeting

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FRIENDS OF GUNTHORPE PARISH CHURCH

HOSPITAL MATTERS

NNUH Gunthorpe Ward News

On Friday, 14th October the Friends held a Committee Meeting and invited representatives from the PCC and Village Institute Committees to attend. The meeting was as successful as it was last year and all present were pleased for the open forum to discuss Village matters as a ‘whole’. We will invite the joint-group again to our Feb. 2012 meeting. Zena Churchill and her Fete Committee were lavished with praise for their huge success with the Fete. John Blakeley was commended and thanked for all the hard and diligent work he has done to collect and fully record all the Friends Membership and 50/50 Club Subscriptions. These are now all on computer, and we are looking for someone to take over his role next year - please DO come forward if you can be of help. We also want some volunteers to take over the running of the 50/50 club next year. John and Peter have continued to run it for far longer than planned, and the club records are now in “apple-pie” order with a record number of members. We are also grateful that so many in the Village come to help share the load of running the monthly coffee mornings, so please volunteer. My apologies for the need to have a late start to the Harvest Supper - 7:45 this year rather than 7pm. Thankfully, this did not put 38 people off attending, and the Institute’s candle-lit, autumnal theme set the mood for an evening full of fun and laughter. Thanks to all who kindly sent donations when they were unable to attend. This is an event where all the committee members cook and donate the food – many also elect to pay to come themselves… a perfect example of the abundance of good will and community spirit that is so special in Gunthorpe - so a huge thanks to all the committee. Also a special thanks to Brian Churchill for retrieving and setting-up all the Institute furniture at the last minute in time for the event. (I will be on direct dial to Sandra from now on for Institute booking details!) The evening was a very painless and enjoyable way to add £313 to the Church repair fund. Please put Saturday 17th December in your diary for the 50/50 Club Christmas Party at mid-day in the Village Institute. We hope to see many of you there. Happy Holidays and best wishes for 2012 to all from the “Friends” Marie Denholm Chairman

The NNUH Gunthorpe Ward Fund Coffee Morning on 14 Sept. was a great success, and between those attending, and further generous donations from those not able to attend, a total of £370.00 was raised to support the staff and patients on the Ward. Very many thanks to Sandra, Zena, Carole and Diane for making it all happen. Also many thanks to all who came and supported the fund, and a special thanks to all who donated the excellent cake and other refreshments which were enjoyed by all. We have asked the Ward to let us know if there is anything special which they need, and we will also be making the usual Christmas Day deliveries of “comestibles” for the staff and patients on that day. The Stroke Unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital has recently moved to Heydon ward from Gunthorpe Ward. This move has been undertaken to place the unit closer to A&E and diagnostic imaging, and to improve access to hyper-acute care for emergency patients. Gunthorpe Ward is now a Medicine for the Elderly ward and is being run by Sister Josie Royall. We have contacted Sister Royall to see how the village fund may help provide anything needed by the Ward.

Cromer and District Hospital On October 6th North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb toured the new £15 million Cromer and District Hospital and marked the "topping out" of the building at its highest point. Construction work started a year ago with builders Mansell moving on to the Mill Road site. The new hospital will replace the original Mill Road hospital which first opened in 1932 and will provide day treatment, outpatient care, minor injuries, renal dialysis and extended diagnostic services. The new £15 million facilities will include an ophthalmic operating theatre plus new diagnostic services including on-site mammography (breast screening) service, and a DEXA scanner for osteoporosis diagnosis. The exterior of the new hospital is now weatherproof and the external works will all be finished by December. The construction team is also on the second fix of the interior of the hospital. Services will be transferred from the old hospital building to the new hospital in March 2012 and then the old hospital will be demolished to make way for landscaping and car parking. The Minor Injuries Unit on the ground floor will be named after Mrs Bernstein and the procedure unit on the first floor of the new hospital will be named after her sister Muriel Thoms. The audiology unit will be named after Phyllis Cox. The old Davison and Barclay ward areas of the current hospital will be retained and refurbished for use as a permanent renal dialysis unit with room for expansion. The plans for the site also allow room for further expansion if required and affordable in the future. The new hospital project is being funded by the generous Sagle Bernstein and Phyllis Cox legacies. The Hospital Arts Project is also fundraising to create a range of artworks for the new hospital which will follow the theme of sky, sea and land.

VILLAGE WEB-SITE Now that so many families have access to a computer, don’t forget that as well as being able to read the Local Lynx and its back-issues online at www.locallynx.co.uk you can also get up-to-the minute news and village photographs at the Gunthorpe website which offers a range of information at www.gunthorpefriends.co.uk We are happy to have your photographs or news for inclusion on the site - either contact the webmaster (Peter Everett) through the site link or call John Blakeley - details at the village header.

FRED’S GARDENING DIARY Very sadly Fred Morley has a problem with his hand. It is getting better, but he is unable to provide his gardening notes for this issue. He apologises to all of his readers and hopes to return for issue 82.

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FRIENDS OF LANGHAM Pantomime Trip 2012 It’s that time of year again when we all get into the spirit of Pantomime! This year we are off to the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on Monday 2nd January 2012 to see Cinderella. Tickets are now available from Marcel and Cathy Schoenmakers on Tel: 01328 830 537. The coach leaves the Bluebell Pub at 12.30 pm for a 2 pm start. As usual it is free for all Langham children but they must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets for Langham children should be booked before the 10th December 2011. After that date tickets are available for non Langham children at a cost of £8.50 which includes the coach. Tickets for adults are £15.50 which also includes the coach fare. For all you EastEnders fans - the star of the show this year is Sharon Watts, Dirty Den’s daughter! Marcel Schoenmakers

FROM THE REGISTERS Holy Baptism Sophie Megan Kerr

20th September

Funerals Arthur Charles (Chink) Cooke Joyce Patricia (Joy) Rogers

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WELCOME A very warm welcome to all our new families: Christina and Simon; Paul, Lisa, Hollie and Tilly; Paul, Jackie, Charlotte and Kelly; Emma and Jack; Michelle; Vicki and Neil; Rainer and Gaynor. We hope you will all be very happy living in Langham.

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LEUKAEMIA RESEARCH

Bonfire Night November 5th 2011 Over 400 people gathered at the annual firework event run by the Friends of Langham and the Parish Council on Saturday night. The firework display was truly spectacular and lots of people commented that it was the best to date. The BBQ was also a success as over 400 burgers & sausages were sold in just over one hour with delicious vegetable soup and drinks to match. The public were also very generous with their donations in the buckets. Even the weather was kind, not a brolly in sight! Long may this tradition continue as this event has now developed into a big, local crowd puller. Thank you to all those involved for making this such a wonderful event and to all the visitors who created the magical atmosphere. Marcel Schoenmakers.

Our ‘Pound Plus Sale’ in October went well. Although a little chilly outside at least it was dry and the result was good at almost £800. In February 2012 I will have reached 40 years of raising funds for the Leukaemia Research. I had seriously considered giving up but, shock and horror, my brother has been diagnosed with leukaemia of the worst kind. It has come home really hard and having seen first hand what the fund has achieved, I must carry on. So we shall be back in 2012. My thanks to everyone who supports me. Maureen 830 731

MOBILE LIBRARY

QUIZ NIGHT

This will now visit on a four weekly basis, on Thursdays: December 1st, December 29th and January 26th, 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

Parish Room Thursday December 1st 7pm The Friends of Langham are once more holding what has come to be known as a most enjoyable event. Please bring your own drinks and glasses. To book a table - ring John Hughes on Tel: 01328 830 595

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PARISH ROOM NEWS The funding appeal referred to in the last issue was formally launched in October, with the first fund-raising event being an illustrated talk by Edward Allen about his epic trip from Langham to Cape Town (and back!) in a Land Rover many years ago - a trip which political changes would now make impossible. The talk was very well attended and raised a total of exactly £500 to launch the appeal. Word of this event having spread, Edward has been persuaded to give a repeat performance on 21st January. Please come if you missed it the first time around. As we go to press early in November, Edward’s personal letter of appeal to all villagers has resulted in our receiving donations totalling just over half of our target figure of £20,000. Many donations having been gift-aided to allow us to collect an additional 25% in due course from the government. A sincere ‘thank you’ to the many contributors to our fund. With four grant applications also in the pipeline, we now have very real hopes of being able to have the main hall floor replaced during next August and September. This has just been the start of our fund-raising project. On 5th November Julia Thompson’s Treasure Hunt Game was launched. Her squared illustration of the Parish Room, beset by various creatures, was greatly admired. Come and see it and buy your own £1 square at future coffee mornings. The traditional Christmas Carols and Mince-pies Evening, this year on Friday 16th December, will follow the usual pattern save that this year mulled wine will be the preferred beverage (anticipating an early, cold winter). There will be the usual raffle and we will be hoping to raise additional funds towards the project. Entry will be the usual £3 for adults, with children free. Look out for future events each month. These will include a special book sale, a musical evening and a talk by an expert ornithologist about his birding experiences. We would like to have an Auction of Promises as well - but need someone to run it. If you would be willing to volunteer, please let me know. Also contact me if you would like to make a gift-aided donation but haven’t done so yet. Bob Brandt 01328 830056

COFFEE & GLŰHWEIN MORNING Saturday, 3rd December, 10am-12.30pm. Following on from our talk on El Salvador last March, we would like to do another fundraiser for the poor of this Central American country. Everyone is thus warmly invited to Crafers Barn, North Street, for a coffee morning with German Advent cakes, tea, coffee and mulled wine in aid of the Fé y Alegria school in the slums of San Salvador. Homemade nostalgic Christmas cards and other goods will also be on sale. Jutta Davis Tel: 01328 830 677

HARVEST THANKSGIVING As many people were away at this time we joined up with Stiffkey congregation for this celebration and contributed to their ‘Bring and Share’ refreshments following a very enjoyable service.

LADYBIRDS Unfortunately our September meeting was cancelled as the speaker was unwell. In October we had an Open Meeting with an excellent presentation of ‘Past Present and Future Pensthorpe’. How this place has changed and all for the good! Our next meeting is on December 14th, ‘Celebrations Past’ hosted by Jan, Ann and Barbara. We always welcome new members. Just come along or telephone 01328 830 731 and advise Maureen. We meet at 7.30pm in Langham Parish Room.

RAF WINGS APPEAL 2011 LANGHAM COLLECTION Sam Schoenmakers and George Allen (both 13 years old) spent two weekends in October collecting for the RAF wings appeal. They raised a magnificent £110.00 which was slightly down on last year but still a considerable effort. Last year was the best ever collection in one village and as a thank you both Sam and George were invited to RAF Marham for the Family Fun Day which they both thoroughly enjoyed, especially the Red Arrows and the Fly Over displays. The boys would like to thank all Langham villagers for their generosity.

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LANGHAM CAR SERVICE Schedule to February 12th 2012 *NB New Rate 25p per mile Weekly driving duties beginning on a Monday Dec. 5th Tel: 830 821* Jan. 9th Tel: 830 537* Dec.12th Tel: 830 056 Jan. 16th Tel: 830 696* Dec.19th Tel: 830 606* Jan. 23rd Tel: 830 348 Dec.26th Tel: 830 605 Jan. 30th Tel: 830 731 Jan. 2nd Tel: 830 624 Feb. 6th Tel: 830 731 *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 January 9th . We would really like one more driver. Please contact me if you are interested. Ann Sherriff Tel: 830 605

LANGHAM STREET FAYRE 2012 The new committee has been formed and plans are going well for the next Langham Street Fayre, which is taking place on Saturday 28th July 2012. If you are interested in booking a stall please visit the website on www.langhamstreetfayre.com for full details, or contact Christina Cooper by phone on 01328 830207 or by e-mail on stalls@langhamstreetfayre.com We are also looking for volunteers to help on the day, so if you would like to help please contact Dave Curtis by email on info@langhamstreetfayre.com or by phone on 01328 830535.

ALZHEIMER’S SOCIETY Langham Parish Room will open once again as ‘Langham Bistro’ on Saturday 25th February 2012 at 7pm. in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. Don’t miss this opportunity to try our French cuisine. Tickets £14 on sale from 10th January 2012. Contact Ann Hill 16, The Cornfield Tel: 01328 830417. Please bring your own drinks and glasses.

TO COMMEMORATE THE QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE:

NORFOLK CHURCHES TRUST Sponsored Bicycle Ride and Walk Langham P.C.C would like to thank all those who took part in this event on September 10th which raised the truly magnificent sum of £718.85. Half of this amount, £359.43 has been awarded to Langham Church General Fund. We would also like to thank all the people who helped with recording on the day and to Ken Bartlett and John Plummer for their administration duties. We are indeed very grateful to you all. Langham P.C.C.

Langham Glass has designed this stylish paperweight, decorated in red, white & blue, to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. This paperweight will be available exclusively to Langham children who will be under 16 years of age at 31/12/2011, at a cost of £5 each, but also available to Langham adults at the full cost of £10 each.

A full colour image will be shown on posters around the village and at: http://www.langhamstreetfayre.com/ Jubilee2012.htm. In order to gauge the level of interest, please give the following details to the Bluebell pub by 30/11/2011 if you are interested in purchasing one:

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MORSTON 2011 REGATTA RESULTS (AMDT.) 1. (With apologies that the Results in the last issue of Local Lynx on p.22 were the 2010 results). 2. Please note that under Morston Regatta Rules each competitor is only allowed to win one trophy. MORSTON PARISH COUNCIL TROPHY Alan Robinson (1st boat across the line) Seafly 477 MAJOR P HAMOND TROPHY Peter Tibbetts (1st Morston res) Stiffkey Cockle 112 HASSALL TROPHY Dennis Pell (1st Stiffkey Cockle) Stiffkey Cockle 23 WARD TROPHY Judith Shallow (1st Norfolk Oyster) N. O. Pearl Fisher WILSON CHALLENGE CUP Steve Leigh (1st Slow Class boat) OK 1718 MORSTON REGATTA CUP John Myers (1st Fast Class boat) Seafly 644 CARTER TROPHY Rod Jeffries (1st single-hander) Streaker 1685 ATHILL TROPHY David Woodcock (1st pleasure boat. BOD ‘Widgeon’ JOHN BEAN’S TROPHY Jessie Deeley (1st helm under 16) Laser LAPSTRAKE JUNIOR CUP Charlie Williamson (youngest helm) Feva 1277 TEMPLE TROPHY Tom Rickett (1st catamaran) Hobycat 42715 MUCK BOAT CUP Bryan Williams in Gipsy

NCT BIKE RIDE 10TH SEP. 2011 The Norfolk Churches Trust (NCT) makes grants to churches and chapels of all denominations towards repair and restoration costs. Of the monies from its annual Bike Ride (traditionally on the second Saturday in September) half goes to the Norfolk Churches Trust and the other half comes back to the parishes. Since its inception in 1976 the NCT has raised enough money to make grants to more than 580 different churches and chapels to the tune of over £3.6 million. Across the country the results of last year's Ride were 9-10% down on 2009, but Norfolk’s fall was just under 9%, down to £119,806 (which made it the third highest of 34 participating trusts). Norfolk’s record achieved in 2007 was £138,521. Because there has been a fall in charity income generally of 10-11%, the NCT is brainstorming about (a) ways in which the annual Bike Ride could be improved and built upon and (b) as to how more riders or walkers might be attracted. Several possibilities are under discussion, but anyone with any bright, new ideas, please contact Ned Hamond on 01263-740188. On September 10th our stalwart bikers Olive & Billy Hewitt, and Rob and Max Metcalfe were on the road, with cunning route plans - and incredibly they raised £1,002 - from which £501 plus Grant Aid (half of 28p in the £) will come to Morston PCC church funds. And please put Sat 8th September 2012 (to be confirmed) in YOUR diary so that YOU can come and join these four intrepid fundraisers for the next Bike Ride!

MORSTON HALL Having in 2010 won the “Caesar Award for The Good Hotels Guide” under the section “Restaurant with Rooms”, Morston Hall has just been placed at number 50 in The Times newspaper Top 100 Restaurants. Congratulations too to Galton Blackiston (who was “Chef of the Year” in 2001) for recently winning yet another award: the EDP’s “Outstanding Achievement Award”. Morston Hall will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2012 and will be producing a special commemorative magazine by Tracy Blackiston.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS Parish Council Meetings will be held in the Village Hall at 7.00 pm on the final Wednesday of each month, viz: 28 Dec (TBC), 25th Jan, 29th Feb. and 28th Mar.

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O’RIORDAN BLESSING On 15th October at All Saints Church the Rev. Ian Whittle conducted the Blessing of the marriage of newlyweds Dermot & Elizabeth O’Riordan, many of the guests having come from as far afield as Kent. The packed church had been decorated by Morston PCC and looked wonderful. A Reception was held afterwards at Morston Hall.

WHICH CAME FIRST: THE ANCHOR INN OR THE ANCHOR BREWERY?

BLUEJACKET CHRISTMAS PARTY Sat 3 & Sun 4 December, 10am - 5pm All at Bluejacket Workshop welcome walkers, shoppers and general party-minded folk to join us throughout the weekend for mulled wine, hot chocolate and festive nibbles. There will be new guest artists on show in the shop and the workshop plus new stock from the collective. For further information and maps go to www.bluejacketworkshop.co.uk.

Unlike Wells which had some 57 alehouses down the ages (serving many more visiting mariners than here), Morston (population usually about 90-110) had only two - but two at once and side by side: and less than 50 yards apart. Ideal for a pub crawl. In 1836 the pub we now call the Anchor, described as an attractive 16th century building, was run by Robert Butter, and by 1846 Richard Mayes, was (besides being the village shoemaker), innkeeper of the Anchor. In 1836 John Gooch ran the other pub - later called as the Townshend Arms (today’s Point House) - which by 1846 Benjamin Wade had taken over. This was in the days when pubs were single alehouses, brewing their own beer. This and what follows, we know from Holt Licence Registers PS 28/6/1 to 28/12/1 (1878-c.1962) and the ten-yearly censuses from 1841. The first census, however, actually to name the two pubs, was that of 1861. In 1837 in Coslany Street, Norwich, Richard Bullard founded Bullards & Watts Brewery - later to be (just) Bullards’ Anchor Brewery. Bullards was to take over the Anchor Inn in Morston in 1878 - barrels doubtless being sent by rail to Holt by 1883. The 1851 Census for Morston, shows two Innkeepers but does not state which ran which pub. James Ramm or Roman, a “carrier” (pony and trap) - his surname is illegible - (47, born at Wiveton) is listed as “Innkeeper” and his wife, Rebecca (45, born at Blakeney) - and their daughter, Rachael [sic], 22, is listed as “Assistant Innkeeper”. Also living with them was their young son, James Jabes, who was only 6. (In 1859 at Cockthorpe a Henry Ramm, widower, and mercer from Doncaster, married a Jane Harvey. His father, Robert, was a Wesleyan minister). Ramms abound today here in this area. Morston’s second Innkeeper listed for 1851 is Edmund Wordingham, 63, from Stiffkey, and his Morston-born wife, Lydia, also 63, and their granddaughter, Mary Raynon, 7, born at Great Dunham. In 1854 William Grimes apparently took over the Towshend Arms and four years later William Aldridge was the publican at the Anchor. In 1861 another change: the Anchor was now run by John Neal, 33, and his wife, Esther, 29, from Badingham, and his 16-year-old sister, Harriet Celwen (?), (born in “Studdy” (Stody)) described as a “house servant”, rather than “barmaid”. [“?”= illegible], while the Townshend Arms was run by James Long, 35, (Bale-born fisherman) and his wife Margaret, 33, from Sheringham, with their five children under 9. To be continued.

SHOVELL DINNER 2011 The Friends of Morston Church Shovell Dinner, held on 15th October at the Anchor, made £1,378.00. The FMC Committee would like to thank all those who helped make it a success: those who gave donations or raffle prizes, those who organised the raffle, the Anchor staff, and not least those who attended and especially our Guest Speaker, Dr Simon Harris, who gave us a stirring, fascinating talk on Nelson, delivered with passion, intricate knowledge of his subject and with superb slides.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Dec 23 Fri. 5.00 pm. Candlelit Carol Service 24 Sat. 5.00 pm. Carollers Rendezvous with Ned Hamond and Jane Temple in the Anchor 25 Sun. 9.30 am: Christmas Day, Communion Service 2012 Feb 18 Sat. 7.00 for 7.30 pm. FMC Morston Quiz –VH Jan 22 Sat. 6.30 pm. Robin Ffolkes’ Ladakh (India) Development Film for the PCC – VH. This will not now take place.

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PUZZLE PAGE ANSWERS WORD-SQUARE SOLUTIONS Pansy, Peony, Petunia, Phlox, Pink, Poppy, Primrose, Primula, Chamomile, Clematis, Cowslip, Gardenia, Gentian, Gypsophila, Aloe, Arum, Lavender, Lily, Eglantine, Flag, Hemlock, Iris, Rose, Sesame (always open!) and Tulip. The snake was the Asp, the pest was the Snail and the friend was the Bee.

ROBERT BEESON Formerly of The Old Rectory in Saxlingham, Robert Beeson died of cancer on 2nd September aged 69 at homein Ringstead. The major achievement of Robert’s dynamic career in the potato industry was the organization in 1990, 20 years after his move to Norfolk from London, of a merging of several big family enterprises into MBM, handling more than 1m. tons a year and supplying the country’s leading supermarkets. Coming from a family background involving wholesale merchanting of potatoes and other produce in London, Robert, together with his brother Tony, had first worked in new co-operatives to supply Walker’s Crisps as well as growing seed-potatoes and importing out-ofseason supplies. Under the Hillsdown umbrella the business grew even larger, but when Premier Foods took over Robert opted for retirement. The other great enthusiasm in Robert’s life was golf. At one time Captain of the Norfolk team when they won the Anglian League, Robert with Trevor Emery was a five -times winner of the county foursomes. A keen member at Sheringham, Brancaster and Hunstanton, Robert also wrote books in his retirement on golf and golf clubs.

SPOT THE DIFFERENCES 1. Picture on the wall has lost its hanging cord 2. House in picture has gained a chimney 3. Angel has replaced star at top of tree 4. Loco on train has shed a wheel 5. The rig on the boat has been changed 6. Billy’s hair has grown at the side 7. Teddy has gone grumpy and 8. Toby’s collar is larger.

CROSSWORD SOLUTION R E I N D U N R B U G L E Y R A W O R D A B W N S U N T A U U B E I N G J D H E V I C T C O S T A T E

REPAIRS TO CHURCH WINDOWS The large stained glass window at the east end of St. Margaret’s needs to have its horizontal bars replaced as rust is damaging the stone uprights. The PCC hope to have the work completed before the worst of the winter weather. Windows in the nave are bowing so they will need repairing in due course.

E E S C R C O W N S T H E O R P P A

R C R O U U N T G E R E B L A S S T

R U F F N O F T E R I E T E R S A M I N I N L E S T U O L L O W A L U R E S

MORSTON CHRISTMAS QUIZ 1.26th December. 2. Jacob Marley. 3. Norway. 4. Ladies dancing. 5. Christmas cracker. 6. 1984. 7. Turkey. 8. Six. 9. Panettone. 10. “I Saw Three Ships”. 11. Almond. 12. “The Snowman”. 13. Mince pie. 14. Jerez (Spain. In Spanish Sherry is called Vino de Jerez). 15. Tchaikovsky. 16. Mistletoe. 17. Advent (and “Advent Calendars”. The 'coming' refers to the birth of Christ). 18. Canada. 19 Yule aka Yuletide. 20. “Hallelujah”.

CHRISTMAS DAY

BRAINTEASER

Please note - the joint service with Field Dalling held in St. Margaret’s, Saxlingham will begin at 10.30 am.

Six. (The number of letters for each pet gives the amount e.g. ‘dogs’ = 4 letters, so he has four dogs).

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cheese boxes through various gates he had constructed. I never felt on trial but I’m pretty sure we were being assessed as suitable for continuing the family name. Bed time, “sweet dreams” and the end of really enjoyable days. I dunno - I reckon I blame Hitler and the ultra left wing idiots who managed to dismember our ordered lives. And now back to the multi-decibel visitation. All good fun - I think.. PJG Thank you, Peter

IN MEMORY OF DR PETER GARWOOD - AKA AIRBAG In the last edition of the Lynx some readers may have been surprised to read that Dr Peter Garwood had been reappointed as the Sharrington Village Lynx representative. Remarkable as that may have been, and I am sure somehow Peter had a hand in this phenomenon; it was only for one edition!! Sadly Peter died on 1st October 2010. In consultation with Ann, Peter’s wife, and by way of a timely memorial to him, we have selected a piece from the now much sought after first edition (and only edition of 2004) For the smallest reading room, doodles of a rather dozy Doc, a dozier soldier boy and a quirky critic of mankind.

SHARRINGTON CHURCH NEWS In Sharrington, we love harvest so much that we celebrated it in style - twice. The church service was well-attended as always, and we sang the familiar hymns surrounded by gorgeous displays of autumnal flowers and fruits. Revd. Ian Whittle conducted evensong and then we broke into the harvest loaf and shared it with delicious homemade soup. How bizarre that October 2nd was one of the hottest days of the year so hot soup was perhaps not the ideal choice, but nevertheless we all enjoyed the chance to eat and chat together. So much so that two weeks later we got together again to celebrate with a harvest supper and auction in the village hall. Once more Ann Garwood, Claire Dubbins, Robin Burkitt and Louise Walker masterminded a wonderful evening, drawing on help from many other willing people to produce a delicious hot supper. Entertainment came in the form of our popular auctioneer, Claire Rivett, who persuaded us to part with our money in return for a variety of produce, from bread and cakes to jellies and chutneys - finishing in style with a splendid pumpkin. Proceeds were shared between the Church and the Village Hall, each receiving £175. Those of you who attended the wonderful Burns Night supper in Sharrington Village Hall in January and any who sadly had to miss it - will be delighted to hear the Mary Lee is organising another one! The Piper is already booked, so keep the date free, Saturday 28th January 2012, and reserve your ticked nearer the time from Mary Lee or Pippa Long

SECOND COMING & THOUGHTS THEREON The angels came for Easter, just a few short months since the last visitation, and “My -.how you have grown,” etc. For some reason this prompted me to reminisce about my holiday with grandfather. The generation gap can be measured in decibels and I don’t think the gap could be wider nor louder. You will remember - “Don’t speak unless you are spoken to,” “Sit up, shut up and eat up,” when at the table. “Ask permission to leave the table and don’t wave your knife, fork and spoon in the air,” - “Go to bed now.” It was a very special occasion for my brother and me to stay with him. We wore our Sunday best and were always meticulously groomed by mother - “pull your sock up, surely you haven’t forgot your garters again!” We met at the railway station and respectfully shook grandfather’s proffered hand. Our reward was to be given a shiny silver shilling, freshly minted. “How are you, young fellar-me-lad?” “I’m very well thank you Grandfather.” Breakfast was a great treat. The “Full English,” was eagerly taken from the silver salvers on the sideboard - helped by Mother and “Don’t make a mess.” Grandfather sat at the head of the polished dining-room table, immaculately dressed in starch winged collar, black jacket and stripped trousers. His “Times” had been warmed for him on the brass fender in front of the blazing fire. He left the table first and went to the front hall where the maid brought him his spats - light grey and spotless. Then we all went to the hall to see him leave for the office. Further head patting and “Be good young fellarme-lad.” - “Yes, grandfather.” For the evenings he had invented a game which presumably was to help him assess whether we played fair and showed some modicum of decorum. The game was played on the long kitchen table, covered with a velvety dark green cloth with tassels on it. We had to roll

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STIFFKEY MUSIC CIRCLE

SAD NEWS FROM THE GAMBIA

We continue on Dec 8th and Jan 12th after two programmes from Proms including two attended by two of our members. We have reverted to supporting Sally Bass who is studying very successfully in London on a postgraduate course in health care management. However she is finding it very difficult to secure enough work to help finance her living costs in London. We will resume our support for a young musician in Birmingham when Sally has completed her course and returned to The Gambia. December’s evening will focus on those two contrasting composers of somewhat dubious rhyming slang notoriety: Brahms and Liszt. Definitely not to be missed. We have decided to continue meeting at 7 through the depths of winter in defiance, maybe misguided, of those prophets of winter weather doom! We can always change our minds if the snowdrifts pile up. John Adnitt

On September 17th we received very sad news of the sudden death of the headmistress of Albaraca Nursery School in The Gambia. Mrs Fatou Kebbeh had been head of the school for 10 years. She took over at a time when the school needed strong leadership. She provided that and the school flourished. Anyone who has been to the school and been warmly welcomed by Mrs Kebbeh, a character straight from the pages of Ian McCall-Smith, will know just how much she meant to the school, and how much the school meant to her. She loved the children and they loved her. Fatou visited us here in Stiffkey in 2004 and spent time at the schools in Blakeney and Langham. She attended a service at Binham and had a very interesting theological exchange with the visiting Bishop of Lynn. Fatou was a Muslim. Coming to England was a real highlight in her life, and she remembered many enjoyable moments. One evening we were visited in Stiffkey by 30 bikers from Dereham who supported the school and brought pens and books. The sight of Mrs K astride a Harley Davidson was truly memorable, and typical of her robust enthusiasm for life. John visited the school just over a week after the received the news. It seemed the right thing to do. The staff were all clearly shocked by Fatou’s sudden death from a severe heart attack, but full of determination. “We must all work even harder to help the school to stay successful without her.” (Mordou, one of the longest serving teachers). The responsibility for approving a successor will be left in the capable hands of Bakary Jobe and his team of Gambian trustees. Further visits to the school will be made by UK trustees, Rachael in November, Susan Moore in January, and both of us in February. John Adnitt

CHRISTMAS DATES St. John the Baptist’s Church, Stiffkey The Christingle Carol Concert will be at 3.30 on the Friday before Christmas, Dec 23rd. The church will look wonderful, decorated and lit by candles. On Christmas Eve the Red Lion will reverberate to the sound of enthusiastically sung carols from 6.30 to 7.00. On Christmas morning there will be a communion service led by our rector at 9.30. Don’t forget to get the turkey ready before you come! John Adnitt

WI NEWS Stiffkey WI continues to offer friendship and interesting evenings! In January we hope to hear from a long-time practitioner of Reflexology and in February Ray Bannerman has agreed to talk to us on his enthusiasm for Amateur Radio. Further interesting talks are planned for subsequent months. Visitors welcome! Come one – come all!! We expect to meet at the new time of the Third Thursday in each month, 7.30 at Stiffkey Old Hall. Posters will confirm – or contact the Secretary, Helen Leach at

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NATURE NOTES Every effort is being made to combine efficient food production on our farms with protection of wildlife. This is sometimes difficult because the tools farmers have to use include (sometimes) chemicals which are harmful to a wide variety of insects – on which so much of the ‘food chain’ demands. Older people can remember having to wipe down their windscreens quite often to remove squashed insects, No more! But all is not lost. Government schemes are in place to pay farmers to leave uncultivated headlands and to sow nectar mixtures in arable areas. This provides ‘corridors’ for wildlife to migrate. Bees, butterflies, birds and mammals all benefit. Farm subsidies are now very ‘green’. We can look back on 2011 as a patchy breeding season. A nasty disease has struck the Finch family of birds. This is Trichomoniasis – which is caused by a parasite which attacks sinuses, mouths and throats of birds and is often caused by drinking infected water. Birds lose weight, can’t feed and die. Garden feeders and drinking containers must be kept clean at all times. Even then the disease may not be stopped. Greenfinches, Chaffinches, Goldfinches – these all seem very susceptible. Where are all the Hedgehogs we used to see 20 years ago? There seems to be a huge drop in numbers. Badgers can unroll them and eat them alive – ugh! Badgers are on the increase everywhere. Nice animals but they are heavy predators of birds, bumble bees, hedgehogs and we need to be realistic. They are fully protected – unlike the fox. A nasty leaf-miner moth caterpillar is affecting our chestnut trees – causing early leaf die-back although the trees seem to recover each spring. Hopefully it is not so serious as the Dutch elm disease which killed off most of England’s lovely elms over the past 50 years. All this seems to be a tale of woe.

BACON PAPERS This month I have been reading the first two volumes of THE PAPERS OF NATHANIEL BACON OF STIFFKEY. They cover a diverse range of subjects from the building of the Old Hall, affairs of state in the court of Queen Elizabeth 1 to the price of wool, piracy and issues of illegitimacy. One thing that struck me, however, was the use of words that were familiar to me during my rural seafaring childhood that are no longer heard today. For animals there was : Yow (ewe). Dowe (wood pigeon) Nag (a small everyday sort of riding horse) Mete, being fit for or of best practice. To dress meat, to prepare a carcass Writ instead of wrote or written. Busshell, a volume measure equivalent to eight gallons (36.5 litres) and commonly used in the fishing industry until recently. Dryfte weyes, lanes. Mylche neat, milk cow Trowe, a trough for animal feed. Beadstead (bed frame) featherbed tikes (dense woven mattress covers for holding feathers, ticking) bolster (a long pillow) Hoye, a boat. Cricke, creek on the marsh. Tow (flax and hemp fibres) used in rope making such as whelk tows. Poke, in a net. A pocket that stops the fish escaping. Perhaps most singular was the ending of many of the letters with various versions of that old Norfolk phrase that is rarely heard these days and I will finish with its full blown version and say; fare ye well together now. Geraldine Green

But as winter closes in we can enjoy bird spectacles on the coast as migrants pour in, and, no doubt, some joyful Christmas cheer in our villages Pightle

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SCHOOL NEWS Autumn is a busy time for the children and staff of Langham Village School, with the Harvest Festival, Hallowe’en and preparation for Christmas all in a few short weeks. The Harvest Festival took place in Langham Church on Tuesday 18 October, with lovely performances by all the children. Class 1 (aged 4 – 6) sang the nursery classic ‘rainbow’ song with a beautifully simple routine involving ribbons in all the colours. Class 2 performed an acrostic of ‘Harvest Festival’, with each letter representing a different aspect of harvest. Class 3 gave us a ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’ style show with a touch of Mexican dance to follow. The produce sale at the end - including vegetables grown at school by the children themselves - raised £80 for the Quidenham Children’s Hospice so well done all. Also in the Harvest theme, Class 2 (aged 6 - 8) has raised over £20 for a ‘Send a cow’ charity where people pay to guess where cows are hidden underneath pictures of vegetables. The charity gives cows to poor communities in Africa, to provide milk for sale at market and manure to grow vegetables. Any calves produced are given to other families. Harvest Festival was followed by a Hallowe’en Party for all the children at Binham Village Hall, with games galore, spooky snacks and prizes for the best costume - a great chance for them to let off steam . The children of Class 3 (aged 8-11) were inspired by a trip to the National Trust’s Sutton Hoo to create a fabulous art display of Anglo-Saxon armour in the school’s reception area. Good luck to Archie Willis, Thomas Squires and Kieron and Georgina Belton from Class 3, who are representing Langham Village School in an inter-school maths competition on 10 November. Changes to the Board of Governors After several years at the helm of the Board of Governors, Dave Dalton has handed over the role of Chair to Matthew Coe. The school is not letting Dave go that easily and he has kindly agreed to remain on the Board. In addition, Pauline Bartlett has retired as Clerk to the Board after many years of sterling service. Head Teacher Mike Green said: “On behalf of the whole school and the governing body, sincere thanks to Dave and Pauline for the tremendous contribution they have made. We wish Pauline every happiness for a wellearned restful retirement. We are delighted that we will continue to benefit from Dave’s fantastic support and his long experience as a governor.”

Pauline’s departure leaves a vacancy for a new Clerk. This is a part-time paid position with training provided to help the new incumbent get up to speed. The school welcomes applications - speak to Mike Green or Matthew Coe by the end of November if you are interested in the role. School Christmas Fair – put it in your diary! The Christmas fair will take place at the school on Saturday 3 December from 10am to 12 noon. Everyone is welcome, it’s a great opportunity to stock up on some delicious home baking and the children’s hand-made crafts make fabulous gifts, with fantastic raffle prizes to be won and refreshments on hand if you find yourself flagging. We look forward to seeing you there! Don’t forget to keep in touch with all the children’s projects and school news on the school website at www.langhamvillageschool.com. Anne-Marie Coe

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B. A. TREE SERVICES (Tree Surgeon) Free quotes available Full Public Liability Insurance Held 01263 588994 or 07748570121

HAMLYN PEST CONTROL County Council Accredited - NPTA Member Control of Rats, Mice, Wasps etc 01263 860112 or 861587

PROFESSIONAL HAIR STYLIST

A. R. Pigott Painter & Decorator

David Thompson

Salon quality in the comfort of your own home

Call Laura for Appointments 07810 660043 SIVANANDA YOGA CLASS

Cley: 01263 741013

Richard Redmayne 01263 862289

ROBERT HEATON Gardening Services - Grass & Hedge Cutting Tree Pruning & Felling, Blocks & Slabs Laid, Fencing Tel:01328 730 702 Mob: 07748 363 718

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ROBIN PEEL GARDEN SERVICES

Gary Waller Painter & Decorator - Fully Insured

Grass & Hedge Cutting - Fencing Patios & Paths - The complete garden service

Tel:01263 860705 Mob: 07990 993406

Tel: 01328 830694 or 07717 418725

Tuesdays 7.30 - 8.45 pm. All welcome Field Dalling Village Hall

Local Lynx is printed by Century Printing, 132 High Street, Stalham, Norwich NR12 9AZ. Tel/Fax: 01692 582958

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Local Lynx Issue 81 - December 2011/January 2012  

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

Local Lynx Issue 81 - December 2011/January 2012  

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

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