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Approach to Bale - Ken Bartlett

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FEBRUARY 4th Sat. Gunthorpe Institute Social Evening 7pm 4th Sat. Langham F.O.L. Coffee am. Parish Room 6th Mon. Binham Quiz Night at Chequers 7.30pm 8th Wed. Langham Ladybirds Parish Room 7.30pm 9th Thurs. Binham Diamond Jubilee meeting V.Hall 7.30 10th Fri. Bale Fish ‘n Chips Village Hall 7pm 11th Sat. Binham Race Night Village Hall 7pm 11th Sat. Gunthorpe Institute Talk 7.30 for 8pm 11th Sat. Langham Parish Room Book Sale 10-12noon 15th Wed. Langham F.O.L. Coffee am. Parish Room 18th Sat. Morston FMC Quiz Village Hall 7.30pm 19th Sun. Binham Pancake Races V.Hall Field 12.30 23rd Thurs. Bale Gunthorpe & Bale PCC Village Hall 7.30 23rd Thurs. Binham Local History Group Talk V.Hall 7.30 23rd Thurs. Langham Mobile Library 25th Sat. Gunthorpe Institute 50:50 Club Meeting 10.30 25th Sat. Langham Parish Room Alzheimer’s meal 7pm PLEASE NOTE DEADLINE DATE COPY FOR APRIL/MAY ISSUE REQUIRED BY NOON ON 8th MARCH.

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MARCH 2nd Fri. Binham FOBP Lecture Memorial Hall 7pm 3rd Sat. Gunthorpe Mere Place Classical Concert 4pm 3rd Sat. Langham F.O.L. Coffee am. Parish Room 5th Mon. Binham Quiz night at Chequers 7.30pm 7th Wed. Langham Ladybirds Parish Room 7.30pm 9th Fri. Bale Fish ‘n Chips Village Hall 7pm 10th Sat. Langham Parish Room Talk 7.30pm 18th Sun. Binham Mothering Sunday Service Priory 11am 21st Wed. Langham F.O.L. Coffee am. Parish Room 22nd Thurs. Binham History Group Talk V.Hall 7.30 22nd Thurs. Langham Mobile Library 24th Sat. Langham Parish Room Soup Lunch 12-2.30 26th Mon. Stiffkey Music Circle 2 Warborough Place 7pm 28th Wed. Langham Parish Room FOLD AGM 7pm 31st Sat. Gunthorpe Institute 50:50 Club Meeting 10.30

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REGULARS Mondays Langham Fun-Mobility Parish Room 10-11.30 Tuesdays Binham Guild of Artists Village Hall 10-12 Wednesdays (in term-time) Binham Youth Group Village Hall 6-8pm 3rd Thursday in month Stiffkey WI Old Hall 7.30pm 3rd Thursday in month Binham & Hindringham Open Circle at Hindringham Village Hall 7.15pm

BLAKENEY CATHOLIC CHURCH Back Lane Blakeney Father Michael Simison 12 Hindringham Road Gt. Walsingham Norfolk Tel: 01328 821 353

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

Service Times Masses: Wednesday Vigil Mass Sunday

DEANERY NEWS Next Deanery Synod: Thursday March 15th 7.15pm for 7.30pm St. Andrew’s Church Holt. Speaker: Simon Ward. Subject: The Anglican Covenant.

BLAKENEY METHODIST CHURCH High Street Blakeney Minister: The Rev’d J Pathmarajah Tel: 01263 712 181

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


9.30am Saturday 6.00pm 11.00am

Church Services for Bale and Stiffkey Benefice for February and March 2012 HC=Holy Communion. CFS=Church Family Service. MP=Morning Prayer. BCP=Book of Common Prayer All Communion Services are in traditional language except those marked *

Parish Bale Field Dalling Saxlingham Gunthorpe Sharrington Binham Morston Langham Stiffkey Parish Bale Field Dalling Saxlingham Gunthorpe Sharrington Binham Morston Langham Stiffkey

5th February 9.30am HC At Saxlingham

12th February 9.30am HC 11.00am CFS

19th February 9.30am HC At Saxlingham

26th February 9.30am HC 11.00am MP BCP

9.30am HC

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

11.00am HC 4.30pm Silent Meditation 9.30am MP CW 11.00am CFS 9.30am HC BCP At Stiffkey 9.30am HC

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

18th March 9.30am HC At Saxlingham 11.00am HC 4.30pm Silent Meditation 9.30am MP CW 11.00am CFS 9.30am HC BCP At Stiffkey 9.30am HC

25th March 9.30am HC 11.00am MP BCP

9.30am MP BCP 11.00am HC 9.30am HC BCP At Stiffkey 9.30am CFS 4th March 9.30am HC At Saxlingham 9.30am HC 9.30am MP BCP 11.00am HC 9.30am HC BCP At Stiffkey 9.30am CFS

9.30am MP At Langham 11th March 9.30am HC 11.00am CFS At Field Dalling 11.00am MP 9.30am HC 11.00am HC 9.30am MP At Langham

9.30am HC At Langham

At Field Dalling

11.00am HC 9.30am HC 9.30am HC 9.30am HC At Langham

Ash Wednesday (22nd February): Langham, Holy Communion at 10.00am. Regular Weekday Services Binham: Tuesday, 6.00pm Evening Prayers, Langham: Wednesday, 10.00am Holy Communion Stiffkey: Friday, 10.00am Holy Communion Dear Friends and Parishioners,

through an OFSTED inspection, or of the company run by a greedy board of directors, or of the family dominated by one domineering and poisoned person. Contempt, not care for the other, is the characteristic of this sort of ‘programme’. And the only cure is to discover the open secrets of worship and prayer. Christians make brilliant business-people, lawyers, diplomats, cleaners, artists, teachers, advertising executives, and so on… men and women who acknowledge their need of God, the fact that they don’t know best, and their willingness to grow. Such people are lovely to know, and it is open to us all to become such people. It’s a little late for Christmas carols, but this is one which looks forward not just to Spring but to that ultimate Summer to be enjoyed by those who have learned to worship and pray to the Lord once born at Bethlehem:

I have recently been re-reading some of the books of Elizabeth Goudge, first published in the nineteen-forties; and in one of them, ‘The Herb of Grace’ (the name of an ancient inn where the several members of a family find peace), there’s this description of the grandmother’s bedroom at her own neighbouring and very old house: “There was deep peace in it – she did not quite know why, unless it was that for so many years it was here that she had prayed most deeply and most often; so often that now when she opened her bedroom door prayer brimmed up in her automatically as it did when she crossed the threshold of Hilary’s church at Big Village.” Two activities are at the heart of the Christian life: prayer and worship. Churches of course are built for them, but you can pray and worship anywhere. The grandmother in the book found that her bedroom had become her special place. In her quiet way she was one of those people for whom converse with God had become the pivot of their lives; and so she joined the stream of those who are makers under God of salvation history. The Lord is the One who saves his people and judges his enemies but in that process his means is people rather than programmes. The great sin of totalitarian regimes is to put programmes before people. Even in our own more or less democratic country aspects of dictatorship are always there. Think of the agonising worry engendered in schools going

My master hath a garden, full-filled with divers flowers, Where thou may’st gather posies gay, all times and hours, Here nought is heard but paradise-bird, harp, dulcimer, and lute, With cymbal and timbrel and the gentle sounding flute. Oh! Jesus, Lord, my heal and weal, my bliss complete, Make thou my heart thy garden-plot, true, fair, and neat, That I may hear this music clear, harp, dulcimer, and lute, With cymbal and timbrel and the gentle sounding flute.

Yours truly, IanWhittle


SAFEGUARDING THE FUTURE As I write this, early in January, it is time again to consider the future of this community newspaper, which has become established as a valuable link between our villages - and indeed the wider world through our website, advertised at the foot of the front page. It has also proved to be a worth-while advertising medium for the various local, small businesses which support the paper. Over the past six years a great deal has been done towards refining the technology used to publish the paper. It has its own email address, through which submissions are sent to the editors, and we have two very experienced editorial teams which take it in turns to produce issues. However, the Langham Team, in particular, is in need of reinforcement and we would like to hear from anyone in or associated with the ten villages who is familiar with using MS Word and Publisher programs. The process of publication is not itself complicated but it does call for a brief spell of busy activity between the 8th and 15th of the months preceding the dates of issue. We would also like to hear from anyone who is able to work with graphics software and is capable of producing, or amending, artwork for advertisers and the other graphic elements which appear in the paper. Again, the time commitment would not be great for anyone with the necessary experience who is willing to work to short deadlines. If you would like to discuss the implications of either job as a volunteer, please phone me on 01328 830056. Bob Brandt

service, wherever they are in England and Wales. It is also hoped that the introduction of 101 will help divert more non-urgent calls away from the 999 system, freeing up call handlers to deal with genuine emergencies.” The new number should be used to report issues which don’t require an emergency response. For example, people should ring 101 if:  their vehicle has been stolen  their property has been damaged  they suspect drug use or dealing  if they want to give the police information about crime in their area or  if they would like to speak to a local police officer 101 will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When calling 101, the system determines the caller’s location and connects them to the police force covering that area. A recorded message announces which police force the caller is being connected to – and gives them a choice if they are on a boundary between two or more forces. Police call handlers in the local force contact centre will then answer the call and respond appropriately. There is also an option of speaking to an operator, if the caller wishes to contact another force. Calls from landlines and mobile networks cost 15 pence per call, no matter what time of day or the duration of the call. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired can text-phone 18001 101. The new 101 service is not for emergencies. In an emergency, people should always ring 999 for immediate police assistance. An emergency is where:  life is in danger  a serious offence is in progress  a suspect is at a scene  an alleged offender is identified at any location  there is an imminent likelihood of violence/ damage to a person’s property  there is a serious road traffic collision

HEARING AID CLINICS Wed 29 Feb, Fri 30 March & Wed 25 April

TOE-NAIL CLINICS On Fridays 3, 24 February & 9 March Glaven Centre, Thistleton Court, Blakeney

CONTACT YOUR POLICE ON 101 Norfolk Constabulary has introduced a new telephone number for people who want to talk to the police about non-urgent issues. Instead of ringing the current switchboard number of 0845 456 4567, people should dial 101. The introduction of 101 in Norfolk is part of a nationwide initiative which will see all forces adopting the number by the end of the year. It is designed to offer one easy way to contact your local police force to report non-emergency crimes, disorder or anti-social behaviour or to speak to your local police officers. Assistant Chief Constable Kevin Wilkins said: “Everyone knows to ring 999 in an emergency – but research shows that only half of the public know how to contact their local police if they want to talk to them about less urgent issues. The introduction of an easy-toremember, three-digit number should help address this. By the end of the year, people will be able to use 101 to contact their local police force’s non-emergency

HEATING OIL SECURITY ADVICE During the winter’s short days and long nights, Norfolk Constabulary is reminding farms, commercial premises and householders who have heating oil on their premises to remain vigilant. Police are offering a site specific crime prevention survey free of charge from trained officers for


please contact us. We are offering the crime prevention survey so people can be safe in the knowledge that they have taken proactive advice and action to protect their tanks and fuel.” In addition, if a stranger knocks on your door to try and sell you heating oil at a discounted price, be wary. It is likely the individual will be a rogue trader so you should decline and immediately call the police. Always buy from a reputable source.” For more information on a site specific crime prevention survey free of charge from trained officers please email Norfolk Constabulary at or phone 0845 4564567 to speak with a Crime Prevention Officer. In addition, if you witness, or are a victim of oil theft, please report it to Norfolk Constabulary.

anyone requiring further advice. Rising fuel prices inevitably leads to a rise in the cost of heating oil, making it a more attractive proposition for thieves who target fuel tanks. Some tanks have the capacity to store thousands of pounds worth of fuel, so it is worth taking precautionary measures to protect them. Norfolk Constabulary is offering general advice to the public on protecting their fuel. Some general tips include: Check oil levels frequently so you are aware if anyone has tampered with your supply, and consider an electronic oil level gauge which sets off an audible alarm in your house if the oil level drops below a quarter full. Fit a good quality locking device to all fuel tanks – a high quality closed shackle padlock will make access using bolt croppers very difficult. Buying products that carry the ‘Sold Secure’ logo which are tested to withstand attack is advisable. Consider perimeter security for the whole tank, such as a metal cage or fencing. Even a prickly hedge may help deter thieves. Remember, however, that the oil tanker driver will need to access it. Control switches should be located in a secure building and turned off when the tank is not in use. If you’re installing an oil tank or considering repositioning it, they should ideally be situated within sight of nearby occupied buildings. It may not be so aesthetically desirable, but the more remote the better the opportunity to access the tank without being seen. Consider dusk to dawn lighting around the tank so you can see and anyone can be seen. Be considerate to your neighbours and don’t use high powered lights which affect their property. Lighting is not the answer to all problems and site specific advice should be taken where lighting is being considered. DS Jessop from Norfolk Constabulary’s dedicated RADAR team said: “People with heating oil tanks have potentially hundreds of pounds sitting in their garden. People look after their valuables such as laptops and jewellery inside the home, so it makes sense that people apply the same care to their property that is located on the outside of their premises. “It is worth the relatively small outlay to protect your tank and its contents. Oil is an expensive commodity and everyone needs to do their bit to prevent losses – I urge people to remain vigilant for suspicious activity around oil tanks in their community. If you know anyone or have any information that leads to the identity of fuel thieves then

HIGHWAY COMMUNITY RANGERS The Norfolk County Council's Highway Community Rangers make quarterly local visits to our villages to carry out work already identified by the Highways Inspector, but they are also willing to look at additional tasks such as those listed below. If you identify a problem and wish to add any work for attention by the Community Rangers please contact your Parish Council Clerk. • Side out a carriageway or footway (where an encroachment of silt, debris and weeds etc. has reduced the width of the carriageway or footway). • Potholes (mostly identified by inspectors but you may wish to make us aware of the locations which are of concern). • Clear mud and soil from the carriageway (predominantly in rural areas where farm activity has left small deposits on the highway). • Hand sweep carriageway or footway (the routine sweeping service will continue to be provided by the District Council). • Trim hedge to expose sign etc. (purely to free up sign visibility, more significant encroachments can be dealt with via consultation with the landowner). • Soil and seed verge (suitable in the spring where localised damage has occurred. This is not a long term solution to persistent parking damage). • Strim verge grass (this does not affect scheduled grass cutting but is additional to improve visibility on bends and junctions). • Rod and flush drain (offlets and the like at the side of the road which become blocked with silt and weeds). • Clean out gully (digging out by hand the slotted iron drain covers predominantly situated in the edge of the carriageway). • Clear ditch (it is often the case that ditches are privately owned, however if the NCC rely on them for draining highway water the NCC will contribute to their maintenance). • Clear grip (cuttings in the verge to clear standing water from the carriageway. Additional cleaning does not affect the cyclic cleaning schedule of these). • Wash sign, bollard or reflector post (this does not


affect the scheduled annual sign cleaning). • Repair minor kerb defect (loose kerbs can be reset and chipped kerbs can be repaired. Kerb replacement cannot be done by Rangers due to our safe digging practice). • Repair minor footway surface defects (footway potholes or changes in surface height can be cut out and replaced with fresh material).

COFFEE MORNING AT THE AGA SHOP (NEAR BUDGENS IN HOLT) Saturday March 10th. 10.30am – 12.30pm This event is in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. Do come and join us and help to raise funds to provide services for people with dementia in Norfolk. Coffee and delicious cakes and biscuits, £1.50. Raffle and Tombola. Ann Hill 01328 830 198

FAKENHAM CHORAL SOCIETY CONCERT ROSSINI'S Petite Messe Solennelle Fakenham Parish Church Saturday, March 17th, 7.30pm Tickets: £12 (under 18 free) from 01328 830639 or on the door

COUNTY COUNCILLOR’S REPORT Broadband I am delighted to report that we have reached the next stage in bringing better broadband to Norfolk. If we are to secure the best possible private sector partner and deal we need to show how much demand exists across the county. To do this we are asking for an expression of interest from all our residents and businesses. Readers will know that the bigger towns and parishes can produce larger numbers of interested people than small rural parishes. But I believe our small parishes not only have a greater need but can demonstrate this by whole parishes registering. So get your family and friends to register but also your entire parish. And remember all the small businesses, all the embryonic business, need to sign up. You can register in a number of ways: go to sign up and find out more information; get hard copies of separate forms for residents and businesses from our

libraries and mobile libraries; register by simply ‘phoning 0344 800 8023. It is over to you now. (There is absolutely no commitment or obligation in registering your interest at this stage.)

Natural England and Marsh Zoning At a further meeting to discuss Natural England’s proposals those present demonstrated considerable knowledge of the marshes, existing protective measures and ecological research. The representative for Natural England responded to many questions but it was clear that there are questions and indeed counter-proposals outside of NE’s remit. Whilst there is to be a public consultation later next year it is felt that a number of important questions should be addressed prior to the consultation. Therefore Norman Lamb MP has agreed to my request and asked Richard Benyon, Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries, to meet with representatives of the concerned parties.

Langham Village School Langham has received an excellent Ofsted report. Everyone involved – the children, staff, support staff, parents, governors – have all contributed to this well deserved result. It is always said that the ‘buck stops at the top’ so particular congratulations to Headteacher Mike Green.

Government ‘Cash Bonus’ Because NCC froze the council tax the government grant settlement includes £8.6m which the Council intends to spend on: assisting young people into work, delivering more apprenticeships, skills and training; increasing the number of looked after children cared for within the county instead of out of county; investing extra resources in Norfolk’s road networks.

Energy Saving Device Scam People have been buying a plug-in device costing £99 with the promise it will save 40% off energy bills. The device does not work and there is a danger of fire and electrocution. Fraudsters operate under a number of names and if you are contacted you should ring Action Fraud (0300 123 2040) or Consumer Direct (08454 04 05 06). Wishing everyone a safe, healthy and happy 2012 Dr. Marie Strong

DISTRICT COUNCILLOR’S NOTES A special Full Council Meeting of NNDC was held on Wednesday 11th January and no doubt you will have read about it in the press before this edition of the Lynx. Suffiice to say, our aims remain the same - to have no increase in council tax and to provide the very best local services that we can. There have been a few complaints concerning refuse collections. Kier are still refining the new rounds as some were just too big, which has, in a few cases, led to the crews not being able to complete all work on the scheduled day. This should now be resolved and notification made of any day changes. Keir's voicemail is 0300 123 1163 and emergencies can be reported via the council's out-of-hours service on 01223 849782. Led by NNDC, the North Norfolk Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) has just secured European funding to bring forward a comprehensive package of


THE HOME WOODS AND FIELDS 6th Dec 2011 Back from Spain at the end of November, and the Bale woods and fields have so much colour and life in them still it feels like a real homecoming. The low sun’s warm yellowy light brings out the soft rosy oranges of old pan-tiled roofs. The childish joy of kicking one’s feet through fallen leaves – and the joy of noticing every luminous medallion of a hazel leaf, every tan colour oak leaf, small and large, lobed shapes all different, all satisfying. The beech tree still has leaves, in fact most trees still have some left; the hazels in the hedgerows a shower of gold. Once most of the leaves are off, the naked shapes of the hazels in the grove show up their natural tendency to coppice. Holly and guelder rose with bright patterns of red berries; the birds are not hungry enough yet to have stripped them as the weather has been mild through November. Hawthorn berries in abundance and birds feeding on them; bullfinches’ soft piping and the occasional black and white rump vanishing into the hedge. In Cake’s Lane a flock of redwing flip in and out of the hedges as I pass, and several blackbirds rattle their alarm calls. The field maples have mostly shed their leaves but the sun’s glow ignites the twigs and remaining leaves, and bracken stems shine with a brassy rust tinge. Oaks hold onto their leaves longest, and some of the small trees in Cake’s Lane are at their best. Burnt sienna, yellow ochre, indian yellow, gamboge, brown madder, raw umber, green-gold, naples yellow, cadmium orange, venetian red, alazarin crimson, burnt umber, permanent sap green; leaves have colours as beautiful as the old-fashioned names of artists’ watercolours. Jane Wheeler

projects around the North Norfolk coast valued at more than £2.4m. Applications for funding from interested parties are welcome. One already suggested to me is support, possibly via apprenticeships, for younger people to join the fishing industry. The Stody Estate with the River Glaven Conservation Group has won an award from the Norfolk Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England. Their work at Hunworth has greatly improved water quality and biodiversity. Marine Conservation Zones- at the second stakeholder meeting, on 15th December, initiated and hosted by Blakeney Parish Council, Natural England heard further reasons, from a host of user groups, that the proposed reference areas were a monumental mistake. It emerged that Natural England and NetGain, their agents, had drastically underestimated the socialeconomic effects that these proposed no go areas would have. User groups are responding firstly to the Minister Richard Benyon and copying in the Clerk at Blakeney P.C. for collation. Cllr Fitch-Tillett will hand this over the Minister in person later in the Spring. The final public consultation will now take place in December 2012 with final designations expected in early 2013. A governmental survey has also been implemented on marine recreation in England with a focus on the East Coast Region. In what is going to be a very busy year with the Daimond Jubilee and the Olympics, the National Trust is celebrating their Blakeney Point 100th Birthday in early August, Glad about the Glaven at Holt Hall is on Saturday 21st July and the North Norfolk Workout Project has a full programme of sessions for conservation volunteers. Lindsay Brettle District Councillors’ Contact Details: Jonathan Savory (01328 820719) e: and Peter Terrington (01328 711126) e: (Binham, Langham & Stiffkey) Lindsay Brettle (01263 710030) e: (Sharrington, Field Dalling, Saxlingham & Morston) Ann.R.Green (01328 878273) e:


FRIENDS OF BINHAM PRIORY Since setting up the Friends in March 2010, membership has grown to well over one hundred. The aims are to support Binham Priory with fund-raising and practical help, so its future can be assured. The main achievement to date has been the funding of 75 upholstered folding chairs as more comfortable replacements for the plastic chairs nearing the end of their serviceable life. For 2012 the following programme is proposed: Friday 2nd March The AGM in Binham Memorial Hall will precede the Binham Lecture to be given by the former head of MI5, Dame Stella Rimington, “A Life of Surprises”. It is expected that many, not necessarily members, will want to come to the Lecture. The AGM, at 6.15 p.m. is free, open to all. However from 7.00 pm entry to the Lecture (and refreshments) will be ticket only, obtained by application to the Secretary, (David Frost. 18 Langham Road, Binham NR21 0DW, 01328 830362,, £6 members, £8 non-members. Early application is advised, as the seating will be limited. Saturday 7th July “Picnic 2 Jazz” from 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm in the Priory Cloisters. The format will be similar to last year with music again from DixieMix. Bring-your-own picnics, with liquid refreshments available from a cash bar. Further details will be in the next issue of the Lynx. Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th September “Heritage Open Days” at Binham Priory. Again as last year, Friends will be invited to staff the Priory, welcoming visitors and offering light refreshments some dressing in medieval costume. It is hoped that as an added attraction it will be possible to arrange with a local vintage or veteran car group to show some of their prized models on the weekend. Other events are in the planning stage, with dates still to be settled: Friends to host a reciprocal visit to the

BALE OLD YEAR’S NIGHT BASH Bale Village Hall Old Year’s Night party, put on by the Bale Village Hall Social Club, was a great success. Committee members and their friends all worked hard to make it an enjoyable evening. Margaret Dent decorated the hall and the tables to great effect; Alastair Macorkindale and his team slaved over hot stoves for two days to produce a three course meal you would be hard put to match in a good restaurant. Ann Peppitt made up a ferocious quiz which she administered as a digestif between courses, her coolly delivered answers defeating the protestations of those argumentative souls whose brains were sadly curdled by too much Christmas junketing. Charles Layton’s team won. Gamesmaster Chris Lee provided Wii ten pin bowling via projection onto a sheet, dancing and balloons. Ann Ramm won the roll a pound at the whisky bottle for at least the fifth year running, and giant spillikins provided competitive entertainment for those of us who have other skills than throwing coordination. The evening ended with darts at about 2 am. Washing up and clearing up during the evening and the next morning was carried out by those of us who enjoy a good mardle over the sink and don’t suffer too much from hangovers. Money raised for the fabric of the village hall came to £300 with kind donations as well as the tickets. Thanks to all who helped and to Margaret Dent our chairwoman, who keeps us all whipped into shape and drives the village hall project ever onward. Jane Wheeler

BALE VILLAGE HALL SOCIAL CLUB DRAW November 2011 Irene Hindmarsh £25 Susan Buttifant £10 Angus Jones £5 Liz Allison £5

December 2011 Richard Scott £25 Margaret Dent £10 Henry Carter £5 Ann Ramm £5

CHRISTMAS DRAW Grace Allison £ 25


Whatever the weather (and in previous years we have enjoyed frost and snow) – it will happen. Teams of 4. £8 per team. Individual children’s and veterans’ races will be organised on the day. Pans and pancakes provided. Chefs’ hats, etc. may be worn. All money raised will be given to the Children’s Playground Group. So do get together a team and come and join us. For more information call Maureen Frost at 01328 830362.

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 except in January, February and the week in which the annual exhibition takes place. For more information, contact James Bucknill at 01328 830651.

Priory of the Friends of Castle Acre Church probably on Friday 17th August. A visit to Wymondham is being discussed with the Friends of Wymondham Abbey to include a conducted tour of the Abbey and historic features of the town, to be concluded with tea. A possible date is the afternoon of Friday 12th October. It is suggested that travel will be easiest and cheapest by members’ cars. Arrangements can be made to offer lifts when the details have been confirmed. Potential projects for the Friends to support are under consideration with the PCC. When further details are available the aim is to announce a programme at the AGM. For more information on the Friends of Binham Priory and membership application forms please contact David Frost, Honorary Secretary, 18 Langham Road, Binham NR21 0DW. Tel: 01328 830362 e-mail:

BINHAM LOCAL HISTORY GROUP 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. Thurs. 23rd Feb. Trevor Ashwin. Iron Age Forts in North Norfolk Thurs. 22nd March. Martin Woods, Head Gardener at Sandringham. Sandringham Gardens – Then and Now. All meetings at 7.30 p.m. in the Binham Village Hall. £2 members, £3 non members. For more information call 01328 830270.

DIAMOND JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations will take place throughout the country on the extended weekend of June 2 - 5 and plans are afoot in Binham and Cockthorpe to mark 60 years of the Queen's reign with some local celebrations. An open meeting to discuss possible events has been called for Thursday, February 9th, at 7.30pm in Binham Memorial Hall. Everyone is invited and encouraged to come along to help plan a fitting local contribution, giving these villages the opportunity to observe and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime moment in national life. Suggestions include a Service of Thanksgiving in the Priory on Sunday, June 3, at 11am, and a cricket match on the playing field on Monday, June 4, starting at 2pm with a break for a Celebration Jubilee Tea in the Hall. Please come along with your ideas. Offers of practical help with the work involved in organising the celebrations will be doubly welcome.

Digging News Carenza Lewis and her team from Cambridge University (together with teenagers from local schools) will be visiting again on 23rd and 24th May. This will be the fifth MiniDig. Once again we hope to organise another Community Dig in the summer.

Roman Farmstead? Discussions have taken place with Richard Hoggett, the recently appointed Community Archaeologist at the

BINHAM PANCAKE RACES The Fifth Annual Pancake Races will be run on Sunday 19th February on the Village Hall playing field at 12.30. First race at 12.45. The course is not very long, the rules are very flexible and hot refreshments will be available.


Norfolk Historic Environment Service at Gressinghall, on the possibility of BLHG undertaking a significant project to determine the location and outline plan of the Roman Farmstead, thought to be in, or adjacent to, the Memorial Hall playing-field. Initially there will be a critical review of all recorded data, including scrutiny of aerial photographs. If this seems favourable and appropriate agreements are obtained, community activities may be arranged involving field walking, a geophysical survey and some of the Mini Digs. It is hoped to outline this potential project in more detail at the AGM. Carolyn Wright

shop, Art ‘n Craft, Board/Electronic games, Table Tennis, Pool Table, Karaoke, Books, 10 pin bowling. It takes place indoors during the winter and in summer time we use the large playing field or just chill out and make new friends. All staff CRB checked. Andrew and Wendy 01328 830178

DIARY OF BINHAM FARMER’S SON Aged 34 1855 December 4th I called on Aunt Harry and the girls, they would not admit me to their sanctum and were going to tea at the parsonage. 12th Chamberlain called in about insuring my bullocks. He thinks the office will take 3 immediately. A beautiful frosty day for threshing. 19th A very sharp wind and frost so no hunting. I went to Wells about my cattle insurance which I cannot get settled yet. 26th This was our Xmas party, usual guests - Pussie prevented from coming due to measles. 28th Christmas party at O.W. - very large one - 24 in number Eliza and Charlotte were there! 31st Edward left by the 5.30 train this morning. I went hunting at Billingford with Middleton whose horse fell and threw us out coming home. 1856 January 3rd I had a farming ride with Robert and then drove him to Fakenham, the Overmans’ party came in the evening. 14th Sally and I went to Aunt Harriet’s to dinner, it being the Gov’s Audit day, we heard that Mr Gilbert had been appointed our vicar. 21st Thos Hudson came over to breakfast on his way to draw the Captain’s hoggetts. 22nd Went to tea to Aunt Harriet and dear little Ems who was very pleased to see me. Saw a pony which I thought would suit my Aunts. 24th Sold my barley at 19/- very dull in prospect of peace being established. 30th I called at Walsingham this morning, Mr Gilbert our new vicar came to dinner and stayed all night. We liked him. Norah and Richard Lewis

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 February 6th and March 5th. 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.

BINHAM & HINDRINGHAM OPEN CIRCLE Thurs. 16th February: An Andean Horse Adventure. John Labouchere describes his fascinating trek through South America. Partners welcome. Thurs. 15th March: Sue Rivett conducts an Antiques Road Show. Please bring two or three of your unusual or treasured items to be assessed. 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.



Come and celebrate Mothering Sunday at Binham Priory on 18th March at 11 a.m. This is a special service for all the family and friends – from toddler to Granny and Grandpa.

The Binham Youth Group runs at the Binham Village Hall on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m., term time only, ages 5 to 16 years. There is a £1 entry fee, tuck


the nearest child to change the ‘Freeview.’ Do you remember the warning traffic signs showing two “elderly” people, bent double and with walking sticks? That was pretty insulting. In the interests of political correctness, some signs were changed, but the image remains. So, “Elderly” obviously means “Too old to cross the road safely,” and it is true. We have all seen “elderly” people standing nicely on the kerb until the traffic is too close to stop, then off they go! The only one I have knocked down so far was in Spain. Fortunately, the bystanders who helped her to her feet all scolded her for carelessness. So I drove off before they saw we were foreigners and she rang “Spanish lawyers 4 U.” Where was I? To be serious, we all worry about losing our memory, in case it is an early sign of you know what, that thing, dementia. My memory for some things has never been good, as Kathleen keeps telling me. She remembers family things, like birthdays and presents and who did what and when. Typically, I am hopeless at that, but I am better at remembering names, or I used to be. Nowadays, the names do not always pop in my mind, only later when I stop trying. If you think about it, we meet so many people, read about them, hear and see so many on radio and TV, how could we remember all their names? We are doing well if we recall the names of more than a few. In days of yore the only name we knew outside the village was the king, though we might get his number wrong. Henry V or VI, does it matter? We have a lot more “stuff” to remember nowadays, so stick to the old adage “Use it or lose it.” Like physical fitness it is important to keep exercising your memory. Take the example of how to work the VCR, the DVD recorder or those smart phones. No, I don’t mean send for the nearest six-year-old! As with anything we don’t use often, we are sure to forget. We would even forget our PIN number if we did not use it often. Don’t tell me you have more than PIN; that’s just asking for trouble, even if the companies recommend it. Now, what was I going to do before I started on all this? Oh, yes. Get out the ‘Freeview’ instructions. Ian Johnson

BINHAM MEMORIAL HALL 100 + Club Winners December: £50 Jude Robson, £50 M Ulph; £25 Norah Lewis; £10 Alan Eagle, R Winkley; £5 G. Griffiths, B Taylor, A Taylor. 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 Enjoy the journey of achieving your ambitions as much as the destination

“AM I GETTING OLD?” “OH, NO. NOT YOU.” Do you remember these lines from the musical “Gigi”? The trouble is I can’t recall the names of the two old troupers singing it! Now they were old, at least 60. One was Hermione Gingold and the other was a Frenchman. The song was about how you forget things as you get older and it’s true. It has taken me five minutes to remember it was Maurice Chevalier, he of the protruding lower lip. What does “old” mean, anyway? Notice that I say “old,” but I could have said “elderly” or “senior”, which are just euphemisms. It’s all a matter of opinion. My boss asked me once what I meant by “middle aged.” I said “If you divide three score years and ten by two, that makes thirty five!” I was joking, but that put him considerably more than middle aged, whereas we all know that “middle aged” is at least 20 years older than we are. That’s probably also a reasonable definition of “old.” My parents were old, but all parents were in those days. They were both nearly thirty when I was born, but they always seemed old to me. My father once told me off for some impudence or other. “I’m twenty times as old as you!” When I said that meant he was 180, he actually smiled as he clipped me round the ear. Perhaps today’s children still think their parents are old. Now, that is impudence. They say you are as old as you feel, so that settles it. Yet I don’t feel old most of the time, but they say you get grumpy as you get old. That means I have always been old, and now I get grumpy about how we need looking after. Lately it has been all about abuse of the elderly, the cost of care homes, heating costs and so on. They could show they really care by putting up the pensions! It is OK to keep reminding us to have our flu jabs, but do they need to bang on about the transfer of TV to digital, with that tin robot? We can always ask

RACE NIGHT Saturday 11th February Binham Memorial Hall £8 per person including supper. 1st race at 7 p.m. To Pre-book - phone Liz Brown at 01328 830519 or Pay on Door.

No news from Cockthorpe this time.


JOIN OUR GREEN OIL PROJECT An invitation from St Andrews, Field Dalling Community buying of central heating oil now benefits our parish church by 40p for every 100 litres purchased, while costing the buyer no more. Sound too good to be true? Here’s how it works. The community buying arrangement is run through Rix Petroleum who ring members once a quarter to ask how much oil they need. Tankers come to the village once a quarter instead of most weeks, which saves money and is greener too. A delivery of 500 litres is at the same rate as one of 2500 litres making top-ups cheaper. Bills are sent out in the usual way or you can set up a direct debit. The price is competitive and, importantly, is the same however little you order. Premium (K+) oil is available for 2p/litre extra. For most members this is a convenient way to order regularly, but there is no commitment, so if you find oil for less elsewhere, then of course you can buy it. You may also have a device fitted to your tank that tells them how much you need automatically. St Andrew's PCC in Field Dalling has established such a community oil scheme and now has sixteen members. We are now inviting others who live in nearby villages to join it. The scheme is convenient, results in quieter, safer roads and extra income for the church. It is win-win all round. Please give it a thought. If you would like more details, please ring Rix on 01953 457057. Alternatively e-mail me on or ring 0797 9598 020. Ian Newton, Field Dalling & Laxfield

“He solves all that poop-scoop nonsense!” ST ANDREW’S CHURCH I hope your 2012 has started well, after a good end to the old year. At this time in 2011, our large east window was still boarded up with plywood and scaffolding while the structural repairs were carried out. This included taking all the thousands of coloured panes apart, cleaning them and fitting them together again with new lead. To our delight the window was back in place by Easter, and re-dedicated at our Patronal Festival, St Andrew’s Day, at the end of November. The costs of just over £10,000 were met by two grants and by part of a legacy left in his will by Dennis Ellis. Dennis lived all his life in Field Dalling, and attended services at St Andrew’s. He died in 2009. We were overwhelmed by his generosity, which has also enabled us to purchase a full set of new hymn books for the church, and to carry out repairs to the brasses. The balance will be kept for the moment for other improvements to the church or its contents in the future. We look forward to seeing you at services in 2012--the second Sunday every month is our Church Family Service for all ages; on the fourth Sunday we hold a traditional Prayer Book Morning Prayer. Both services are at 11:00, and are shown in the front of Lynx. Margaret Smith, Churchwarden, 01328 830546


Flower Garden If you have not pruned roses they can be cut back to at least half or about 30cm (12 inches). Cut out damaged and weak growth completely. Climbing roses and other climbing shrubs should be checked and tied back to a trellis or wall hooks. Any bare root roses should be planted as soon as possible provided the ground is not too wet. Add some Growmore or blood, fish and bone fertiliser round each plant and lightly fork in. You can start Sweet Peas on a windowsill indoors – soak the seed for 10-12 hours or chip the skin to help germination. Fill your seed trays with compost a few days before sowing your seeds. Fred Morley

FOGPC 50/50 Club Draw Results November December Joy Luscombe £20.00 John Lemberger £25.00 David Ward £15.00 Klaus Ahrens £20.00 Myfi Everett £ 5.00 Andrew Rwlinson £15.00 Carol Aries £ 5.00 Jack Cutterham £15.00 Zena Churchill £ 5.00 Eric Izzard £10.00 David Ford £ 5.00 Fiona Hinton £10.00 Matthew Waldel £ 5.00 Brian 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. Finally – a plea! The present “management” team for the 50:50 Club have now served for 5 years and we plan to “retire” after the May Draw – are YOU willing to take it over – either individually or as part of a team of say two couples? It is actually quite good fun, and if you have a PC and knowledge of Excel and Word it is not an onerous administrative task - we can give you all the information required and help you get started. Ideally we need the new team in place from April so that we can make the transfer as easy as possible. Please think about helping this very worthwhile cause to continue its fund-raising activities for the “Friends”, and to continue the enjoyable monthly coffee mornings.

ST MARY’S CHURCH Christmas Day Service The Christmas Day service was taken by Canon Michael Wilson and was a very happy occasion with some 80 people in the Church. A very big thank you to everyone who helped to make the church look so beautiful. The flowers were gorgeous, and after a very jolly pew polishing and brass cleaning morning everything sparkled. Thank you also to all the young readers who read the lessons so well. We were so lucky to have the Jacklin Family with us once again, and they were superb as always playing and singing “In the Bleak Midwinter” and accompanying the congregation in all the carols. Theodora Richards sang the first verse of “Once in Royal David’s City” and sang a solo again at the end of the service with “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – the latter earning a well deserved round of applause from the congregation – both were beautiful to listen to. Gunthorpe is so lucky to have the support of the Jacklins, and we thank you all very much. Finally we partook of mulled wine and mince pies before leaving a most enjoyable occasion.

Talk by Jerome Starkey We are organising a fund-raiser to raise money to install six candelabra in the church, and we are very lucky to have been offered a talk by Jerome Starkey, a Times correspondent, who has been in Afghanistan for the last five years. He has very kindly offered to share his experiences with us with a talk in St Mary’s. It

FRED’S GARDENING DIARY We are pleased to say that Fred is able to write his gardening notes again – welcome back!

Vegetable Garden If you have not sown broad beans in November you can start sowing from late February and March into April. Sow parsnips and carrots in March along with onion sets, but do not sow if the soil is wet and cold – wait for it to warm up. If you have a greenhouse you can sow some tomato seeds but they require temperatures of at least 12º C (55º F) – grow in seed cells or small pots, and as they grow keep well spaced so they do not grow spindly. Plant into grow-bags or 30cm (12 inch) pots when large enough. Wait until the danger of frost has passed – usually in May, before planting out outdoor varieties.


simple recipe and not a family secret passed through the generations I have decided to share it. 1 lb Bramley cooking apples peeled and diced 10 oz plain flour 4 tsp baking powder 2 tsp cinnamon 6 oz light soft brown sugar 4 oz melted butter 6 fl oz milk Demerara sugar for topping (optional) Oven 180C / gas 4 - 23cm/9inch spring-form cake tin Sift flour, baking powder and cinnamon into a large bowl then stir in soft brown sugar & apples Mix butter, eggs and milk together, stir into dry ingredients until just mixed, empty into greased cake tin sprinkle Demerara over top, cook on middle shelf of oven for approximately 40 - 60 minutes depending on your oven. Then sit back and enjoy!! On behalf of the Institute Committee I would just like to say thank you once again for all the support we receive from the village. We would not be able to do what we do without you. Everyone has worked so hard over the years to raise money to improve Gunthorpe Village Hall and now is the time to enjoy it. We hope to be holding fun events throughout 2012, starting on 4 February. So if anyone has unwanted Christmas presents that would be suitable for raffle prizes we would be very grateful to have them! Thanks. Sandra Warner Institute Manager

should be fascinating. This talk will take place towards the end of February, and the exact date will be confirmed by notices and by word of mouth. You can register your interest by calling Penny Brough on 91263 861477. With every good wish to all for a happy 2012.

WHAT’S ON Gunthorpe diary dates, watch village web-site and notice board for updates and further details, are: 4 February 7.00pm Institute Social Evening with Moroccan style food. BYO Drinks. Cost £5.00 per adult, children (12 and under) £2.00. There will be a raffle of some excellent prizes. To book tickets call Sandra Warner on 01263 862899. 11 February 7:30pm for 8.00pm Institute An illustrated talk by Jenny Kelly on her recent trip to Palestine “Olive Picking in the West Bank”. Free entry, light refreshments and “Fairtrade” Palestinian olive oil for sale. Contact Jenny on 01263 860095 or for more details. 23 February Gunthorpe & Bale Parish Council Meeting Bale Village Hall 7:30pm 25 February 1030 Institute 50:50 Club Meeting 3 March 4pm Mere Place Classical Concert given by David Aitman and Charles Johnston – all proceeds to Friends and Village Institute. 31 March 10:30 Institute 50:50 Club Meeting

Gunthorpe Ward NNUH Fund Although we are still waiting to hear whether the newly organised ward needs anything major we were able to take in some £30.00 of Christmas “goodies” to be enjoyed by the ward staff and patients, on the afternoon of Christmas Day.

Gunthorpe Village Christmas Drinks The Christmas festivities in Gunthorpe began with a drinks party held on Saturday December 3rd. A purely social occasion for all villagers and friends of Carole & Sandy Wallace, who so generously offered the use of their beautiful barn at White House Farm. The barn was the perfect setting for over 50 people to enjoy a seasonal glass of Peach Bellini on arrival and to sample the wonderful & imaginative party food that so many guests had donated.(Gunthorpians - you really should go into catering!). It was a wonderful opportunity for everyone to relax and let their hair down following a busy year of activities, events and fundraising throughout the village. The barn twinkled with dozens of fairy lights and scented candles; the music and wine flowed all evening... Good company and conversation were enjoyed by all and most were sorry to leave! Such has been the positive feedback since the event, we hope to kick start Christmas in the same fashion again this year. And we promise to give everyone just a little more notice this time! Thank you so much to all you wonderful people who helped with food and drinks, at such short notice, before and during the party; you really all are "just a

INSTITUTE NEWS Social Evenings I would like to extend a big thank you to all villagers who yet again turned out in force to support our event on 19th November. This was a fun packed evening and everyone seemed to enjoy the photo quiz and loved the fillings supplied by committee members for the jacket potatoes. The apple and cinnamon cake I made for dessert, also seemed to go down well. As it is such a


NNDC minutes incorrectly state that our local district councillor claimed that the Parish Council accepted the position – saying in effect that the Parish Council had no objections, so steps are being taken to correct this mistake. The Polling Station decision means that for future elections all voters in the two villages will have to vote at the Gunthorpe Village Institute. The Parish Council believes that this decision is neither logical nor democratic, and that the new arrangements will actually mean that some voters in Bale will effectively be disenfranchised by the new arrangements. The Returning Officer is required by law to ensure, inter alia, that a Polling Station is located close to where most of the electors in the polling district live, and to take into account whether there are any convenient public transport links. Clearly a single Polling Station in Gunthorpe satisfies neither of these criteria, and that is without the added problem of crossing a busy A148 at the accident prone Bale Crossroads. Hence the Parish Council intends to make representation to the Electoral Commission to have this decision assessed. However there is no guarantee that this will be successful. If any parishioner wishes to object to these changes please do so by writing directly to the Electoral Commission or to your Parish or District Councillors. An update will be provided after contact with the Electoral Commission. The Electoral Commission website is

phone call away" and it just goes to prove, that amazing things can be achieved whenever there is a will so to do. The biggest thanks of course, must go to Carol and Sandy Wallace whose generosity in providing the venue was so greatly appreciated and enjoyed by us all. We are all now looking forward to all the challenges the New Year will bring, together with all our usual village Events and hopefully many more new ones! Happy New Year everyone! Zena Churchill

RAY AND BERYL WHITE We have received this short note from the children of Ray and Beryl White that all of their many friends in Gunthorpe with fond memories of Ray and Beryl will wish to see. My sisters and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Gunthorpe for their kindness and support, both following the sudden death of our father Ray, and also the sad passing of our mother Beryl 13 months later. Our parents loved their retirement in Gunthorpe and spent 25 happy years at Little House. It was their greatest wish to be laid to rest in the village together, overlooking the Norfolk countryside which they loved. We will never forget your kindness.              Jennifer, Frances and Patricia 

CLASSICAL CONCERT David Aitman and Charles Johnston have kindly offered another of their amazing concerts to help raise money for the Gunthorpe Institute and “Friends”. It will be held on March 3rd 2012 in Mere Place commencing at 4pm in the late afternoon. The programme is entitled "Schubert - From Spring to Winter", starting with a few very light-hearted and tuneful impromptus for solo piano, then moving on to Schubert's most famous voice cycle, “Wintereisse” - a bit more sombre, but still with a fair number of (nearly) sing-along tunes.  The Aitmans have also kindly offered to provide the house, the concert and drinks - but perhaps some people could bring nibbles – please let Diane Blakeley know if you are willing to do this. A minimum contribution of £10 per head or any more that people are willing to

WELCOME A warm Gunthorpe welcome goes to Daniel and Armanda Good who, along with their children Lily (6) and Hannah (9), have recently moved into Pebble House. They moved to North Norfolk from Switzerland a few years ago, initially to Saxlingham, and Lily and Hannah attend Hindringham School. Daniel and Armanda are antiquarian book dealers.

POLLING STATIONS GUNTHORPE PARISH You may already know that the NNDC has authorized the closure of the polling station in Bale village. This is the result of a decision by the Returning Officer who is empowered to make such decisions, despite the very logical objections made by the Parish Council both to the NNDC, and to our District Councillor. However it is also sadly regrettable that


shillings [£1.20] for a 50 hour week. When the men refused to accept the new terms they were “locked out” by the farmers. What started as a small scale local stoppage eventually became a widespread strike. About 16,000 men stopped work, and the official strike that followed lasted for several weeks. Strike pay was 12 shillings [60p] a week for married men and 6 shillings [30p] for single men, and we had to go into Holt to get it. In the end the men reluctantly settled for 25 shillings [£1.25] for a 50-hour week, with overtime at sixpence [2.5p] an hour. In the following year the Agricultural Wages Act increased the wage by three or four shillings. Although the strike settlement had contained a clause that there was to be no victimisation, some workers, particularly those who had taken a leading part in organising the strike, did not manage to get their jobs back. One such victim was James Lynn who was Secretary of the local branch of the NUAW. After the strike he reported back to work. John Grief gave all the other men their orders in the stables and then took the milk-pail into the cow house to do the milking, ignoring James Lynn. As James had been given no orders he followed into the milking parlour and asked “What do you want me to do master?” “Well”, said Grief, “you can go home, you can go where you was the other day when you were on strike”. So James had to go back home jobless. For a while he had to go “on assistance”, and the relieving officer from Wells used to come to see him and bring his money. James was very keen on gardening and so spent much of his idle time working usefully at home. Once he was working in his garden when John Grief passed by and called out to him “Are you on holiday then?” “Yes” replied James, “and a good thing too master. I’m having my holiday and getting paid for it”. Eventually he got work with Mr Norman Green at Hall Farm, Sharrington, and worked also at Binham. He was very good at thatching corn stacks, and while at Binham he used to do this as “piece-work”. His son John (Jack) used to help him. I have a feeling that John Grief would really have liked to have James back working for him, because good labour was not always easy to find and James Lynn had been a good worker. He could do almost any job on the farm, and one of his jobs was looking after the dozen or so horses that were then on the farm. During the strike one of the

contribute is requested. There will be a raffle of a framed picture that Diane Blakeley had kindly donated. Please call 01263 861008 to book your places.

BOB’S STORY In this part of Bob’s Story, narrated now some 30+ years ago, he continues his story of his life in the agricultural community of Gunthorpe in the early 20th Century. Some of those who worked with me included, my brother Walter, Horace Willimott, Bertie Rowe, Tim Bailey, Barry Wright, and James Lynn (who became my father-in-law). Harry Wright (Fred’s father) became a team-man responsible for the horses and I have a story to tell about him later on. Other team-men have been Fred Quantrill, George Brock, William Bartram and Henry Wakefield. George (Chalky) Wood, son of Kirby, was cowman about thirty years ago. Horace Willimott was Rhoda Hall’s father and the family used to live at No I Swanton Road, where Lennie Smith lives. As their house faced the field in which Horace often worked, daughter Rhoda was in the habit of taking cups of tea across from time to time. John Grief didn’t like the practice very much and always referred to that field afterwards as “Cup o’ Tea Field”. And so a new field name was born, for we still call it that today. I stayed with John Grief for about five years, and it was during that time, probably between 1922 and 1925, that the first tractors appeared in Gunthorpe. There was one at Boundary Farm that had to be started with a blow-lamp and Donald Cook had one at Rookery Farm. I think one was an Allis-Chalmers and one a Ford. The men, having been used to horses, found it difficult at first to use the tractor-operated reaper. It was during my early days with John Grief that the Norfolk farm-workers strike took place, in March-April 1923. The National Rate of wages, awarded in 1919, was 36 shillings and sixpence [£1.82] per week, and the farmers tried to reduce wages, offering the men only 24


heir, Sir Edward Delaval, died in 1814 the estate passed to Sir Jacob Henry Astley. Sir Jacob died soon afterwards in 1817 and the estate passed to his son, also Sir Jacob (but re-created the 16th Lord Hastings in 1841) who left Seaton Delaval Hall mostly in the care of a long-standing servant, Mr Huthwaite. Disaster struck in early 1822, when the central block of the house was completely destroyed by fire – and it was left this way until 1859 when shortly before his death, the 16th Lord Hastings commissioned John Dobson to produce a comprehensive restoration scheme. The work was carried out, but the Hall was left unheated and unfurnished, and whilst the then Lord Hastings never completely abandoned the Hall it was only occupied on an occasional basis. In 1891 the 20th Lord Hastings gave the private Chapel of Our Lady to be the parish church for the new parish of Seaton Delaval. During WW1 the Hall and estate were the home of the Northumberland volunteers, one of whom described the Hall as a "freezing, ugly, uncomfortable Hell of a Hole”. After WW1 Dr Barnados took over the camp buildings – using them to bring children for summer holidays “in the open air”. After victory at El Alamein in WW2 the Hall became an internment camp for German POWs from 1943 – the Hall’s historical notes comment that they consumed so much wood that “very few window sills survived the war”. The revival of Seaton Delaval Hall to be the National Trust property it is today (and it is still being renovated) was down to the 22nd Lord Hastings (1912-2007) who restored the fabric and reassembled the collections. He opened the house to the public in 1950 and finally settled at Seaton Delaval in 1990. A visit to the Hall today provides many links to this part of North Norfolk – and in my view it is very sad that Melton Constable Hall is not enjoying the same revival as its Northern cousin, and presumably now never will. John Blakeley

labourers worked on as usual and had been looking after all the horses, thus taking over James’ jobs. Bob’s story of a changing life in Gunthorpe, which he originally told to Gunthorpe historian Ray Steffans in 1978 is published in a short booklet which costs £5.00 and is available through the Gunthorpe Lynx Representative – all profits going to the Village Institute. The booklet contains pictures that it is not possible to include with these extracts.

A NORTHUMBRIAN CONNECTION During a recent visit to Northumberland, a county rich in places to visit, especially if you are a National Trust member, we decided to look at the NT’s newest property to be opened to the public, Seaton Delaval Hall. Driving in from the coast at Seaton Sluice the first thing to catch our eye was a sign for the Melton Constable Hotel – in fact a pub rather than a hotel, but this is, as far as I can see, the only pub/hotel bearing this name anywhere, and we were surprised to find it here. Seaton Delaval Hall was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh for Admiral George Delaval - he was of a junior branch of the Delaval family, the son of George Delaval of North Dissington, in Northumberland. His father left him a legacy of only £100, but he went on to make a large fortune from his naval and diplomatic career. He bought the ancient seat of the Delaval family at Seaton Delaval from his impoverished cousin, Sir John Delaval, the 3rd Baronet, and began an ambitious rebuilding of Seaton Delaval Hall. Sadly he did not live to see the new house completed; in 1723, at the age of 55, he died as a result of falling off his horse. He had no children and left Seaton Delaval Hall to his nephew Francis Blake Delaval. So where, you may be asking, is the connection to Melton Constable? Well it’s back to that old favourite for changing the lines of inheritance – primogeniture. Rhoda Delaval, Francis’ eldest daughter had married Sir Edward Astley of Melton Constable Hall in 1751 and when Francis’ last surviving son, and last legitimate


FROM THE REGISTERS Funeral Ronald George Massingham, aged 90 years. 4th January


Win a Singing Dog & a Surprise Diane Bannerman ( The surprise was a huge box of Thornton’s chocolates) Thank you to everyone for giving all your support! We could not have done it without you! Langham PCC

The collection of £154.80 was all donated to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Children’s Society The Holy Communion Service on Christmas Day was well attended with over 50 people present. The collection was divided between Langham Church and the Children’s Society with the latter receiving £118.55.

DATE TO REMEMBER Saturday 21st April 2012 Rummage Sale in Langham Parish Room


This will be in aid of the Parish Room Floor Fund and organised by Sheila Jenkinson Tel: 01328 830 530. More details in the next issue.

Well at least we did not have snow like we did in 2010 and we made sure we were not fundraising on the same day as the school or Binham! Whether this had any effect on our takings, who knows but together with a late donation and further sales we were thrilled with our grand total of £845!!! (£600 in 2010) for Langham Church General Fund. Quite unbelievable in view of the economic climate. We could not have put on this Fair without things to sell, so grateful thanks are extended to all those very kind people who generously donated lots of lovely goods. Thank you also to those who helped in any way and to all who came and bought and brought. It was all deeply appreciated. Fantastic!

WELCOME A very warm welcome to Sally and Kathryn. We hope you will be very happy living in Langham.



Flower Raffle Davina Landers Hamper Christina Cooper No of Sweets (93) Bob Brandt Wt of Cake (2lbs 6oz) Julia Warwick Helen’s Quilt Pat North Bottle of Whisky Linda Parnell

This will now visit on a four weekly basis, on Thursdays: January 26th, February 23rd, March 22nd 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


On Saturday 21st April we will be holding an OldFashioned Rummage Sale, offering a wide range of items at bargain prices. Over the first weekend in May (5th - 8th inclusive) we will be holding another Art and Photography Exhibition with refreshments. These exhibitions have proved very successful in the past and, as before, demonstrations will be running during the show. Looking further ahead, we are delighted to announce that at 7pm on Tuesday 7th August, Kelvin Boot, a naturalist from the BBC Natural History Unit, will be presenting an illustrated talk on ‘Sea Monsters’. Because work in the Parish Room will then be in progress, please note that this event will be held in the Binham Village Hall. Throughout the year, Barbara Allen will be organising a sunflower growing contest, which will culminate in a Sunday Afternoon Tea and Flower Judging on 7th October. For more information about the art and photography exhibition, or to apply to exhibit, please contact Pauline Bartlett on 01328 830696. For information about any other event please contact Bob & Helen Brandt on 01328 830056. The bookings board in the Parish Room shows graphically how very well-used the hall has become, but there are still vacancies at several weekends. With the hall and kitchen now fully redecorated, and with the hall being available for private functions from only £24 (£12 for a children’s party), why not consider holding your own get-together in the Parish Room? The contact is with Helen Brandt as above.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS Didn’t the village look lovely over Christmas with the lights on the tree opposite the Bluebell and the floodlights on the church? I understand we must thank Friends of Langham and helpers, for the tree lights plus Mr. and Mrs. Hughes for the power supply. The church was brightly lit over the twelve days of Christmas thanks to a generous donation from an anonymous parishioner. A big thank you to them all, on behalf of all the village, for their kindness.

THANK YOU FRIENDS OF LANGHAM As members, once more, we had an excellent FREE trip to Norwich in December by kind permission of this wonderful committee. We enjoyed much better weather this year to shop, eat and shop again! It was a really enjoyable day out which finished with a trip around Holt to view the Christmas lights. Friends of Langham do excellent work for the village but they do need our support. For those who are not members why not join their ‘200 club’? You might even be a winner! Peter Barlow is the Treasurer Tel: 830 606.

SOUP LUNCH WITH COFFEE AND CAKES! Langham Parish Room Sat. 24th March 12 noon – 2.30pm As everyone seemed to enjoy the last one, we thought we would do it again! There will also be a raffle and maybe a couple of stalls. Net proceeds will be for Langham Church General Fund. Admission is free and food will be individually priced. Everyone is very welcome and we look forward to seeing you.

PARISH ROOM NEWS With the Funding Appeal having now (early January) topped £11,000 and with a further £1,440 to come from a submitted claim for Gift Aid Relief, we can be confident of being able to carry out the planned replacement of the main hall floor in August and September of this year. However, fund-raising is by no means at an end and dates have now been fixed for some of the activities trailed in the last issue. All will be held in the Parish Room unless otherwise indicated. On the morning of Saturday 11th February there will be a Mammoth Book Sale. In the evening of Saturday 10th March local ornithologist David Curtis will give a fascinating, illustrated talk about his world-wide bird-watching experiences. On Saturday 14th April, there will be a Musical Evening and Cold Buffet presented by singer-guitarist Nic Page and Friends.


LANGHAM LADYBIRDS ‘Celebrations Past’ was the title of our December meeting. Ann, Barbara and Jan worked really hard to make a very festive evening for us - our thanks to all of them. Now for 2012 – February 8th 7.30pm will be our planning meeting, so please come along with ideas and suggestions for our programme. Of course if any lady would like to take over organising this group please phone me. March 7th 7.30pm – Mardle meeting. Maureen 830 731

LANGHAM CAR SERVICE Schedule to April 1st Weekly driving duties beginning on a Monday Jan. 23rd Tel: 830 348 Feb. 27th Tel: 830 537 * Jan. 30th Tel: 830 731 Mar. 5th Tel: 830 821* Feb. 6th Tel: 830 731 Mar 12th Tel: 830 606* Feb.13th Tel: 830 605 Mar.19th Tel: 830 605 Feb.20th Tel: 830 056 Mar.26th Tel: 830 847 Rate: 25p per mile *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 March 9th. We would really like one more driver. Please contact me if you are interested. Ann Sherriff Tel: 830605

MAMMOTH BOOK SALE Langham Parish Room Saturday February 11th 10am – 12 noon Please come and support this event. All proceeds are for the refurbishment of the Parish Room. For further details contact Maureen Dennis 830 731.

LEUKAEMIA RESEARCH Firstly, I would like to say a huge Thank You to all those who have enquired about my brother and indeed sent their best wishes. It is always good to have support at a time like this. I am pleased to say that he is dealing with the treatment quite well – but still a long way to go. Dates for our sales in 2012 in Langham Parish Room: Saturday May 19th 10am – 12 noon Spring Sale Saturday July 14th 10am – 1.00pm Grand Sale Saturday October 20th 10am–12 noon Pound Plus Sale We look forward to your continued support. Maureen 830 731




A bus filled to capacity with Langham villagers and friends went to see the Cinderella pantomime on Monday 2nd January 2012 at the Corn Exchange in King’s Lynn. This annual performance was kindly organised by the Friends of Langham and was as successful as ever. Everyone got into the spirit of ‘panto’ and there was plenty of singing, dancing and a lot of corny jokes, all loved by both young and old. Our group gave the biggest cheer of the evening when we were mentioned by Buttons! It was pleasing to see that this event was enjoyed by three generations of Langham villagers. Bring on next year! Marcel Schoenmakers F.O.L.

Langham Parish Room Saturday 10th March 7.30pm A talk and slideshow by Dave Curtis which will link back to Edward’s talk and expand on some of the footage he showed. Do come and support this event, the proceeds from which will go towards the Parish Room Refurbishment Fund. Refreshments available. More details will be on posters or go to

FRIENDS OF LANGHAM DOME FOLD AGM will be held in the Parish Room on Wednesday March 28th at 7pm. Please come and hear the latest news of the project to restore the Dome Trainer. We are hoping to also have an illustrated talk on the same evening by Dr Richard Hoggett, Coastal Heritage Officer, on the 1945 aerial survey of the coast and other interesting related items.

LANGHAM STREET FAYRE Saturday 28th July 2012 To date we have received a very good variety and quality of craft stall applications. Children will be well entertained by a Punch and Judy show, Pinxton Puppets and Professor Crump plus children’s games and competitions. There will also be a good mix of music throughout the day. Please don’t forget to save any unwanted Christmas presents as we are always on the look out for bottles, bric-a-brac and books, to be collected nearer the time. Langham Street Fayre Committee

ALZHEIMER’S COFFEE MORNING AT THE AGA SHOP (NEAR BUDGENS) Saturday March 10th. 10.30am – 12.30pm See general section for details. Everyone welcome.

THANKS FROM EL SALVADOR Thank you to all who came to support the December coffee morning, held at Crafer’s Barn, in aid of the Fe y Alegría school in the slums of San Salvador. The fantastic sum of £322 was raised. Sister Cruz, the headmistress, is most likely to use the money towards the wages of a school psychiatrist who treats the children, many of whom suffer from physical and sexual abuse in the slum. Jutta Davis


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Sat 18 Feb: FMC Quiz, Village Hall 7.30pm Fri 20 Apr: PCC AGM, Scaldbeck Barn 5.30pm Sat 5-Mon 7 May: FMC Book Sale, Village Hall Sat 23 June: FMC AGM, Village Hall 6.30pm Sat 28 July: Morston Stall at Langham Street Fayre Sat 8 Sept: NNCT Bike Ride Sat 6 Oct: FMC Shovell Dinner

Buck, now “groom & coachman”, 20, and another grandson, fisherman Edwin Buck, 18. Meanwhile the Anchor was under fisherman Frederick Wordingham (30) and his wife, Emily (25) both from London, with the barmaid - his sister - Mary Ann Wordingham, 23. Then R. John Butter(s) took over for ten weeks, being succeeded by Jeremiah Pierc(e)y.

“MORSTON’S TWO PUBS” PART 2 1865 until “the Temple Takeover” By 1865 W.Hurn had taken over the Anchor and R. Robins ran the Townshend Arms. Yet more changes occurred in 1869, when the Anchor was taken over by Benjamin Barrett (as opposed to Borrett) and the Townshend Arms publican was Nicholas Robins. By 1871 the Anchor was being run by 54-year-old Emily H. Barrett from Alphington in Devon. And I expect her 19-year-old daughter, also an Emily, the schoolteacher, helped out. The cleaning was done by Jane Broughton, 34, who lived there at the Anchor with her children: (sons, 14 and 9, agricultural labourers, and daughters aged 5 and 2). From 1875-1877 “carrier” George Farrow, 38 - no relation of Matthew (1897) or of Stuart and Harry (2010-11) - took over, with his wife, Annie, also 38; and by 1878 John Barnard was chief pint “drawer”. The rival pub, the Townshend Arms, was in 1869-1871 run by Nicholas Robins, 75, from St Keyne in Cornwall (perhaps a buddy of Cornishman Robert Scholler, Head of the Morston Coastguard), and his wife, Catherine, 65, from St Austell, and their granddaughter, Morston-born Catherine Ledner, 11 - still at school, but she would surely have helped out. In 1875-77 George Smith was the T.Arms publican. By 1878 the “time of the Temples running the pubs” had begun – when William Temple, Jimbo’s great grandfather, 58, from Wells (born at Norton, Lincs, on the Humber), being the first. (T.Arms). By 1881 his wife, Sarah Temple, 59, from Wells, had taken over running the Townshend Arms - with her three children, all born in Wells: James, 24, fisherman, Henry, 21, the village blacksmith, and Maria, 15, barmaid. Also boarding at the pub were: Sarah’s grandson, Edward Buck, 9, from Gloucester. By October 1891, Sarah Temple, still running the Townshend Arms (her husband, William of Wells had died only the previous year), was described as “licensed victualler, 68”, so pub grub – one imagines “a Ploughman’s” only - was presumably on the up. Their eldest son, Robert (37) was now a Master Mariner and their second son, James (Ist of 3, 34), was now a seaman and their third son, Henry (“Harry”, 30), continued as blacksmith. Also there was Sarah’s grandson, William

TWO PUBS:"TEMPLE TIMES" PT 3 From 1891 to mid 1896 Jimbo Temple's great grandmother, Sarah Temple, aged 69-74, was running the Townshend Arms, a Letheringsett Brewery House (which in March 1896 had been conveyed by Clement Cozens-Hardy to Morgans). In 1896 The Townshend Arms was being run by Agnes Gray, who in the 1901census is shown as 38, wife of George Gray, the gamekeeper, also 38 (and living there too were their six children aged 1 to 12). In 1912 George Gray departed to run the Bale Oak pub - and Morston's Townshend Arms ceased to trade. (In Bale in 1917 George lost his licence through having a family send-off - after licencing hours - for his son, Ldg Seaman Alec Gray, RN, a Morston man, on leave from Scapa Flow in the Orkneys. This was shortly before Alec's ship, the battleship HMS Vanguard, tragically blew up on 9th July. There were two survivors and 843 men including Alex Gray, aged but 16, were killed.) In the 115 years except for the three years mid 1896 to mid 1899 - the Wells' then Morston Temple family ran one of Morston's two pubs. The Anchor was for eight months in 1897-98 run by Thomas Farrow - no relation of George Farrow (187577) or of Stuart and Harry Farrow (2010-now); and then for six weeks in 1891 by Henry Carter from mid-1898 to mid-1899. Then in June 1899, Jimbo Temple's grandparents, Harry Temple (1861-1934) and his wife Annie, born at Jarrow, Co Durham, took over The Anchor - Harry, the blacksmith being named as the publican from age 38 until he died aged 73 and then Annie running it for a further 25 years (35 in all), from the age of 60 until she died in 1959 at the age of 85. At another house in The Street were Harry's eldest brother, Robert, sailor, 44, and Sarah, Annie's mother-in-law, now 79, and Harry Temple Potter (also a blacksmith), 22, shown as brother of Robert. During Annie's latter years the eldest of her three daughters, (and Jimbo's


aunt) Ann Mary Temple (1903-62, who married Arthur Bullimore in 1947) helped out in The Anchor (still a Bullards' house until 1963, when Bullards was taken over by Watney Mann), until, on her mother's demise in 1959, she took over as the innkeeper until 1967, when her next sister, Doris Temple (another of Jimbo's aunts) took over. In 1989 The Anchor became a Brent Walker house until 1994 when Doris, Jimbo and Jane bought the pub and Doris ran it until she died in 1995, when Jimbo (James Temple III) became the Innkeeper. Tenant publicans since have included Nick Handley (2004-2006) and Stuart and Harry Farrow (2010-now). On 25th August 2006 The Anchor had a bad fire, but is still thriving today! coast on Holkham and Scolt Head National Nature Reserves for the last few years and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role; we are delighted Victoria has joined us. I hope from reading previous articles you may know by now that this year marks the centenary of when the National Trust became the custodians of Blakeney Point to care for this special place for ever for everyone. One hundred years on and Blakeney Point has become the focal point of Blakeney National Nature Reserve, the first Nature Reserve in Norfolk. We have organised a range of special events throughout the year to mark the last 100 years of care and to look to the years ahead. The events include evening talks from our own Wildlife, Conservation and Archaeological consultants, an evening talk from Professor Ken Pye about his scientific research on the Norfolk coast, a four day exhibition called ‘Tidal Lands’ in Blakeney village hall both of which are in conjunction with Blakeney Area Historical Society. In addition we are organising a ‘Point Picnic Day’ in early August for all to enjoy, a number of warden walks during the year and we hope to open the Lifeboat House for a period of time in the summer for refreshments. We hope you can join us for at least one of the events. We are now organising small groups of volunteers, to plan and implement the varying events to mark the past 100 years. To find out about the events and how you could get involved and help make it all happen, please get in touch. Thank you to those for your continuing support. Iain Wolfe, National Trust, Office/Fax:01263 740241

CAROL SERVICE All Saints was packed—roughly 115 seated and 50 standing for the candlelit Carol Service on 23rd December. The Collection—which is traditionally divided between Kelling and Wells Cottage Hospitals— totalled £500.45. The newly repaired organ sounded wonderful.

CAROLLERS The village waits led by Jane Temple and Ned Hamond sang brilliantly round the village and once again beat their record (of 2010) by £5.83, raising £282.78 for the church building fund.

CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE The organ again sounded terrific in the beautifully decorated church for the Christmas Day Communion Service. After the service, those attending were treated to an impromptu ‘momentary’ concert by the Rice family.

FMC QUIZ The village quiz, run by Friends of Morston Church will be on Saturday 18th February in the Village Hall. Eight teams of 8 from Morston, Cley, Langham and Stiffkey are expected. There will be rounds on Sports and Games, Natural History, Geography and Norfolk, Food and Drink, General Knowledge, TV and Films, Music and Picture Identification. Costs will be £12 a head to include a good supper and great raffle.

NATIONAL TRUST: LOCAL UPDATE The photovoltaic panels have been successfully installed, just in time before the really strong winds in December. The Grey seal colony is ever increasing; the Grey seal pup count alone was 850 in late December, with a total colony count of circa 1,800. The strong winds followed by an exceptionally high tide in early December dislodged some new pups from the colony. Two were collected from Morston and then released back on Blakeney Point and an injured one has been sent to the RSPCA centre. In early January we welcomed Victoria Francis to the team as our new Countryside Manager, replacing David Wood. Victoria has been working just along the




Binham Memorial Church proved an excellent venue for Jeremy Barlow, Saxlingham’s resident artist, to raise funds for St. Margaret’s. Fifty-five enthusiasts turned up to experience a memorable masterclass. Questions and answers added interest as the artist supplied layer upon layer of colour, tone and texture. His creation of atmosphere, feeling and visual impact gripped everybody. The event, which included lunch of a Ploughman’s plus wine or apple-juice, raised over £700 thanks to extra amounts generated by a raffle and the sale of prints. The PCC is hugely grateful to Jeremy for his highly engrossing, amusing and impressive display.

Sharrington Church glowed in the flickering candlelight when the village came together for the annual Carol Service in the week before Christmas. Evergreens and flowers decorated every available surface, the brasses shone and all was decked out in its festive best. The glittering Christmas tree stood sentinel over the manger scene, where the figures were placed during the singing of carols. Revd. Ian Whittle led the worship, which was rounded off by the serving of mince pies and mulled wine. On Christmas day we met again for Carols and Communion, conducted by the Ven. Michael Handley and enlivened by the presence of a brace of toddlers, who we are always delighted to welcome whenever they are visiting their Sharrington grandparents. Incidentally if anyone has mislaid a pair of glasses, do check the table at the back of the church! At a time of new calendars and rotas, may I take this opportunity to thank all those who work so hard each week to clean and decorate the church. Your efforts are much admired every Sunday at our services, and also by the visitors who make such appreciative comments in the visitors’ book. PEL

MAINTAINING THE FABRIC The large and striking East Window of St. Margaret’s has been expertly repaired by M.C. Glaziers Ltd of Horsford. They have replaced the horizontal bars, which were corroding, with stainless bars in black paint. There should be no more splintering of the stone uprights.

ATTENDING TO TREES What a transformation has taken place in our churchyard! Of the trio of elms near the north-west corner of the tower, one has been coppiced and the other two have had their canopies greatly reduced. Our horsechestnut has had its crown lifted to lessen its shade. Our two oak trees have been rebalanced, thus enabling the grass underneath to be mown. Yet to be tackled are our six Irish yews: the pair next to the porch will shortly be considerably reduced in height and girth. The other pairs will be dealt with likewise in due course, so that the church becomes more visible and the churchyard looks lighter. John Rayner

THE DIAMOND JUBILEE It has been proposed to hold a street party on June 3rd 2012 in Sharrington to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. It will be on or close to Jubilee Corner and the village hall from Midday. Arrangements at the moment are embryonic but are being led by Pauline Clarke and Brenda Young. Watch this space in the next edition for more details!!


In December members were less unanimous on the merits of some of Liszt’s more extravagant piano music, which formed part of a Brahms-Liszt programme. Brahms was definitely more popular than Liszt, which would have pleased the slightly grumpy old boy! We have changed days and dates to avoid clashes within the hectic whirl of life in Stiffkey. There will be no meeting in February and the next three dates will be the 4th Mondays in March, April and May at 7, (March 26th, April 23rd, and May 28th). We continue to support Sally Bass who will be concluding her studies in London this year. About 12 of us meet regularly and others attend when they are able. We are always pleased to see new faces. Meetings are at number 2 Warborough Place, behind Stiffkey Stores. John Adnitt

STIFFKEY COMES TOGETHER Many years ago NNDC had a plan of creating a path alongside the very dangerous stretch of road between the Red Lion and Greenway. The cost of this at the time was estimated at somewhere in the region of £250,000. For this and many other reasons around archaic systems within local government leading to immense frustration the project failed to come to light. In May this year the newly formed Parish Council decided this project needed re-visiting and were more than ready for the challenge. A working party was formed and what seemed like an almost impossible task commenced. Trees and brambles were cleared manually by a tireless team of volunteers all wanting to be involved for the good of their village. Work on this project was at times very difficult but slowly the obstacles in the way began to fall. Peter Wordingham assisted proceedings in a most generous way with the very kind offer of providing a digger to be operated by his best driver and slowly but surely the path quickly began to take shape. The villagers turned out one Saturday morning armed with shovels and an enthusiasm to see the project through to completion regardless of the 50 tonnes of road planings that stood in their way and had to be moved. Support in the form of Steve White from Norfolk highways was also a welcome sight. The result of this hard work was that by 6pm that same evening the path was almost complete and all for a cost of just under £2,000. (This money was given by some very generous donors from within the village). The hard work and determination by a few people all working for the same goal shows what can be achieved despite the often frustrating and pointless inefficiencies so often demonstrated within local government policy seemingly created to hinder such worthwhile community projects. Jamie Lawrence (Chairman) Stiffkey Parish Counci

CHRISTMAS SERVICES AND CAROLS AT THE RED LION Many thanks to the owners and manager of the Red Lion for their continued support for this traditional event. This year the singing was as lusty as ever and a collection for the local Crisis at Christmas raised £276 which will be added to the collections from the Christmas services at the church. Sadly services at St. John the Baptist’s on Friday 23rd (Christingle Carols), Christmas morning, and New Year’s Day were poorly attended compared with recent years. The church looked lovely with flowers and winter greenery. There is something very special about celebrating Christmas in our church! Would that more would come and enjoy! John Adnitt

CRICKET CLUB AGM & DINNER The Stiffkey Red Lion generously hosted the annual dinner for 2011. A chance was taken to celebrate personal achievements as Mark Hunter won the player of the season award for some fine batting displays, and a few bonus wickets taken. The Clubman of the year once again Jamie Lawrence who continues to work wonders on the wicket, and even manages to gather a team of willing volunteers to refresh the playing square at the end of the season. Not to be outdone, Alison Lawrence was congratulated as she has also gathered a team - who provide the best cricket teas in the area. In the business part of the meeting, John ‘the Fish’ Griffin, continues as club chairman, Siemon ScamellKatz as Captain, Kevin Waddison as Vice Captain, and myself as Treasurer. It was a very satisfactory evening for the treasurer, as donations, sponsorship from the Red Lion, together with the quiz and blind auctions, helped to raise over £400 for club funds. Steven Bashforth

MUSIC CIRCLE In November we had a second programme of recordings from this year’s Proms. Keith and Vivien Horobin introduced excerpts from two works from concerts they attended on hot evenings in August: Elgar’s Violin Concerto, and Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony. The latter was performed by the inspirational Simon Bolivar Orchestra from Venezuela. Its musicians are no longer very young but play with a very special kind of commitment and intensity. Even watching a recording of the last movement was an uplifting experience and gave some indication of what the impact must have been in the Albert Hall.


Stiffkey has over 30 listed buildings, perhaps this should be added, with suitable information for the many passing walkers? Steven Bashforth

NATURE NOTES The capricious weather we have had over the past 3 months has meant nature has been caught out. Plants and spring bulbs have been in flower quite out of season. The geese arrived late this year, and not until Christmas did we see the battalions in their thousands, seeking out the sugarbeet fields. And they are spreading over more inland Norfolk. The mild 2011 autumn meant that winter sown cereals became very ‘forward’ – and hence were subject to mildew. This is why they seemed to turn yellow. Mildew sprays were necessary. The arrival of a ‘Siberian Ruby Throat’ (a very rare visitor), saw hundreds of bird watchers descend on Warham Greens. As usual it was too late. It only stayed a day or two. Why has my mature walnut tree suddenly died? It must have been planted over 100 years ago – it seemed quite healthy until 2010 and then withered and now stands a skeleton. Any suggestions? As usual timber contractors shake their heads and mutter about felling costs and extraction problems. So no financial ‘windfall’ to pay for those Christmas excesses! Alexanders, that fleshy hedgerow plant supposedly introduced by the Romans never seems to die off. It stays green throughout the winter – even if it stays stunted close to the ground. They say it is good eating in salads. Stiffkey Fen (the creation of Lord Buxton) is bursting with bird life and the Avocets will be returning in the Spring to breed and rear their chicks. As a colony breeder they defend their nests against predators like Battle of Britain squadrons rising in aerial combat – a striking sight. Pightle

STIFFKEY WI Happy New Year to all our members, possible members and well-wishers! All are warmly invited to our monthly meetings now scheduled for the 3rd Thursday of each month - 7.30 p.m. at Stiffkey Old Hall. We have some good and varied meetings in view – January - Reflexology with a demo February - Amateur radio March - Being a nun in the 21st century For each meeting we have speakers/practitioners of whom we have confident hopes! Come as a visitor if you haven't sampled us already! Try us out and enjoy a friendly evening with excellent refreshments! Helen Leach

STIFFKEY PILLBOX From Bronze Age remains to the offshore wind farm, the life and times of Norfolk can be followed from Stiffkey. The village itself has Roman remains, a splendid medieval church, a grand Tudor house, Georgian and Victorian mansions, the remains of a Second World War army base and many fascinating farms and cottages from several centuries of our history right through to council built houses and adventurous modern buildings. Stiffkey is a wonderful archaeological, architectural and historical treasure. Over 30 listed buildings and a population of less than 200! With all this in Stiffkey I was surpised to when I read the Stiffkey page of the ‘Norfolk Heritage Explorer’ web-site; one photograph, one photograph…. A pillbox! The pillbox which is passed by walkers on the Coastal path is mid-way between the car park and Bangay Green Way. Reminders of the Second World War are many in this part of Norfolk, but this is a special pillbox – dating from the First, Great War. Britain had been the world power for over a century, the navy ruled the seas, the war would be over by Christmas, but it wasn’t. Could the Kaiser’s army invade? Norfolk looked vulnerable. As zeppelins began to be seen in the skies above Stiffkey hasty defences were planned along the Norfolk coast, including digging up Sheringham Golf Course, flooding the fields at Salthouse and building the Stiffkey Pillbox. The pillbox is well sited, snugly fitted into the hillside, with a commanding 180 degree view over the Marshes. It has an entrance to the rear & two apertures through which to watch for and aim guns at any invaders. A splendid deterrent! This was one lonely defensive position covering miles of coastline. Meanwhile millions were being slaughtered in Flanders fighting over tiny pieces of territory. Now the Pillbox stands, one of less than 40 nationwide to remind us of the fears of invasion 100 years ago.


The Christmas show gives every child the chance to shine on stage. Class 1 (ages 4 – 6) gave a beautiful nativity, while Class 2 (ages 6 – 8) performed a sketch that reminded us that spending time with family and friends is more important than the annual consumer bonanza. Class 3 (aged 8 – 11) rounded off the evening with a skit in which poor old Santa ‘lost his presents, lost his temper and almost lost his marbles’. The show was followed by the school carol concert at Langham Church , always a delightful affair. The Friends of Langham Village School provided mulled wine and mince pies at the end of the concert to give everyone a warming Christmas treat. Led by Joanna Phelps, the Friends also organise the annual Christmas Fair. The children made delightful Christmas crafts and delicious baking, with tea, coffee and bacon butties available as refreshments alongside the mince pies. Thanks to all the parents who contributed raffle prizes and baking, and came along to support the school. The event and an additional hamper raffle raised a fantastic £1355. This will be used to subsidise school trips and activities for the children. After a busy Christmas term, the new year looks set to be equally action packed. On behalf of everyone at Langham Village School we wish you all the best for 2012 and leave you with a corking Christmas cracker from the school show: What do you get if you eat the Christmas decorations? - Tinsilitis. You can read the full Ofsted report and keep in touch with all the children’s projects and school news on the school website at Anne-Marie Coe

SCHOOL NEWS Ofsted inspectors made it an ‘outstanding’ Christmas for the children, parents and staff of Langham Village School when they awarded the school the highest possible grade after their inspection at the end of November. Langham is one of the 6% of primary schools in England and Wales to be rated outstanding. The inspectors said: “Langham provides its pupils with an outstanding quality of education. The inspirational headteacher, his dedicated staff team and the astute governing body, all share the drive, skills and ambition to build on the school’s many successes, with energy and enthusiasm. “Pupils’ personal development is outstanding. They are inquisitive and enthusiastic learners, relishing the innovative curriculum and opportunities for scientific enquiry involved in the beach project. They take strong ownership of their independent learning. Their behaviour is excellent and their uptake of healthy lifestyles is impressive, as is their contribution to local, wider and international communities.” Headteacher Mike Green paid tribute to the pupils, staff, parents and volunteers who all make the school a success: “We’re always working hard to enable the children to have a happy, purposeful and enriching experience. The Ofsted report endorses our philosophy and approach, but any successful institution is there because of everyone who feeds into its ethos. I’d like to thank everyone for their magnificent support, we are all ‘the Langham team’”.

Christmas festivities The inspectors almost had a surprise walk-on part in the school Christmas show, as they arrived in the middle of preparations. Rehearsals were quickly postponed but the show went ahead as successfully as ever in the first week in December. For the first time, the performances took place in Blakeney Village Hall instead of Cley Village Hall, providing space for a larger audience and allowing more family members to attend.




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


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Local Lynx 82 (revised) - February/March 2012  

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

Local Lynx 82 (revised) - February/March 2012  

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