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ISSUE 87 BALE - BINHAM - COCKTHORPE - FIELD DALLING GUNTHORPE - LANGHAM - MORSTON SAXLINGHAM - SHARRINGTON - STIFFKEY

NEWS FROM OUR VILLAGES

DECEMBER & JANUARY

2012/13

SEASON’S GREETINGS!

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WHAT’S ON in our ten villages December

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1st Sat Binham Christmas Supper. 7 for 7.30 1st Sat Langham Christmas Fair in Church, 10-12 noon 7th Fri Langham Carols and Mince Pies, Parish Room 7pm 8th Sat Binham FC Christmas Disco. 7.30-11 8th Sat Gunthorpe Village Christmas Party,White House Farm. 7pm 8th Sat Langham Coffee, Crafer’s Barn 10-12 noon 10th Mon Binham Christmas Meeting, BLHG and FBP 7.30 pm 12th Wed Langham Ladybirds lunchtime meeting 13th Thurs Binham & Hindringham Open Circle. 7.15 14th Fri Bale Fish and Chips. Village Hall. 7 pm 15th Sat Gunthorpe 50:50 Club Christmas Party Gunthorpe Institute. 12 noon 16th Sun Sharrington Carol and Lantern Service. 5.00pm 17th Mon Binham Carols Round the Tree. 7.15 23rd Sun Morston Candlelit Carol Service. 5 pm 23rd Sun Sharrington Holy Communion Service. 9.30am 23rd Sun Stiffkey Christingle Service (mainly for children). 3.30pm 24th Mon Morston Carollers meet at the Anchor. 5 pm 24th Mon Stiffkey Carols in the Red Lion. 5.30pm (note earlier start) 25th Tue Stiffkey Christmas Day Service in St John’s. 9.30 am 25th Tue Sharrington Holy Communion Service. 9.30am 30th Sun Sharrington Holy Communion Service with the Bishop of Lynn, Rt Revd. Jonathan Meyrick. 10.30 am 31st Mon Bale Old Year’s Night. Village Hall

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January

BLAKENEY METHODIST CHURCH

2nd Wed Langham Friends of Langham outing to Aladdin, Theatre Royal, Norwich. Depart The Bluebell at 12.30 pm 11th Fri Bale Fish and Chips. Village Hall. 7 pm 11th Fri Morston PCC at Mrs. Kay’s 17th Thurs Binham & Hindringham Open Circle. 7.15 pm 21st Mon Binham Parish Council Mtg. 7.30 pm 24th Thurs Binham BLHG AGM. 7 pm 24th Thurs Langham Mobile Library 26th Sat Gunthorpe 50:50 Club - to be followed by judging of Baking Competition. Gunthorpe Institute 10:30 am

High Street Blakeney Minister: The Rev’d J. Pathmarajah Tel: 01263 712 181

Sunday Services at 6.30pm. For details of weekday services and preachers, please refer to the current issue of ‘The Glaven Valley Newsletter’. December 5th 6pm – Carols in the courtyard. December 6th 10.15am – Christmas sale with proceeds to Gorakphur Nurseries Fellowship. December 16th 2pm – Carol Service.

BLAKENEY CATHOLIC CHURCH Back Lane Blakeney

Regulars

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

Tuesdays Binham Guild of Artists, Village Hall. 10-12 am Wednesdays in term time. Binham Youth Group, Village Hall. 6-8pm

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

Service Times Masses: Wednesday Vigil Mass Sunday

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9.30am Saturday 6.00pm 11.00am


Church Services for Stiffkey and Bale Benefice for December and January HC=Holy Communion. CFS=Church Family Service. MP=Morning Prayer. BCP=Book of Common Prayer 9th December 2nd December Parish Bale 6.00pm Choral Evensong 9.30am HC Field Dalling At Saxlingham 11.00am Christingle Saxlingham Gunthorpe Sharrington

9.30am MP BCP

Binham Morston Langham Stiffkey

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

Parish Bale Field Dalling Saxlingham Gunthorpe Sharrington Binham Morston Langham Stiffkey

9.30am HC

16th December 9.30am HC At Saxlingham

23rd December 6.00 pm Carol Service 11.00am MP BCP

At Field Dalling 11.00am HC 11.00am Christingle 4.30pm Silent Meditation 9.30am HC 5.00pm Lantern Service with Carols 11.00am HC 9.30am MP At Langham

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

Christmas Day 9.30am HC

At Field Dalling 11.00am HC 9.30am HC

11.00am Lessons and Carols 9.30am Christmas HC

5pm Lessons and Carols 9.30am HC 3.30pm Christingle

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

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13th January

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27th January

9.30am HC At Saxlingham 9.30am HC

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

9.30am HC At Saxlingham 11.00am HC 4.30pm Silent Meditation 9.30am MP CW

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

11.00am HC

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

9.30am HC

9.30am MP BCP 3.30pm Epiphany Service 9.30am HC BCP At Stiffkey 9.30am MP

9.30am MP At Langham

9.30am HC At Langham

15th December: Binham: Iceni Christmas Choir, Lessons and Carols, 6.30pm 24th December: Binham: Children’s Christmas Eve Service, 4.00pm 24th December: Field Dalling: Christmas Eve Service, 6.30pm 30th December: Sharrington: Group Service, 10.00am

Regular Weekday Services Binham: Tuesday, 6.00pm Evening Prayers, Langham: Wednesday, 10.00am Holy Communion Stiffkey: Friday, 10.00am Holy Communion

RECTOR’S LETTER

It is sobering to realise that significant thinkers and leaders, including Nietzsche and Gandhi, were prevented from following Christ because of the poor example of Christians they had observed. If Jesus is Lord, then we will naturally reflect him in what we say, and do and think. General William Booth was once asked to reveal the secret of his success. He hesitated for a moment, then, as tears came into his eyes, he replied: “I will tell you the secret. God has had all there was of me to have. There may have been men with greater opportunities, but from the day I got the poor of London on my heart, and a vision of what Jesus Christ could do, I made up my mind that God would have all there was of William Booth. If there is anything of power in The Salvation Army today, it is because God has had all the ADORATION OF MY HEART, all the POWER OF MY WILL, and all the INFLUENCE OF MY LIFE.” God came down at Christmas. If he has all the adoration of my heart, all the power of my will, and all the influence of my life, HE IS MY LORD. May I wish you a thoughtful Advent and a joyful Christmas. Yours very truly, Ian Whittle

My Dear Friends and Parishioners, Do you remember Blue Peter’s Advent Wreath? A creation of metal coat hangers, tinsel and candles: five lights for the Sundays of Advent and Christmas Day. Perhaps we might make it again this year with greenery and pine cones? I used to go to a church in Holland which had an eight foot wide Advent wreath which was raised and lowered on the Sundays in Advent and huge candle by candle lit. It always reminded me of the carol God Came Down at Christmas. From absolute power and self-sufficiency, from sublime order and ease, from unimaginable glory God came down at Christmas. Deity and humanity were united in the little Jesus. Eternity put on mortality; and our destiny was wrapped up in this. Yet even in the cradle he was Lord. For some, the concept of Jesus as Lord presents difficulties. Lords, of the type who sit in the House of Lords, have status, comparative wealth, power and prestige. And all of these Jesus chose to reject when he became human, and ultimately died. For Jesus the symbols of lordship were memorable and so unexpected: a towel and a basin; a crown of thorns and a cross; and the bread and wine that remind us of that unique event. He made it clear that it was not just a question of acknowledging him as Lord that mattered to him, even though the earliest creed seems to have been simply: “JESUS IS LORD”. It is how that Lordship is worked out in our daily lives, our relationships, our jobs, thoughts and attitudes, that is the test.

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GLAVEN DISTRICT CARING ….Needs Your Time – Could you spare a few hours once a month? We offer a lunch club to the villages surrounding Blakeney, but do need car drivers to collect people from their homes and bring to us at Thistleton Court in Blakeney for lunch and social interaction. This service is so appreciated by those people who do not have transport, or are no longer able to drive. Just two hours once a month would make all the difference to the lives of so many people. Please contact Maureen on 01263 740762 - or visit the Glaven Centre to see what goes on!

LANGHAM ARE YOU READY TO GET FIT FOR 2013?

A BIG HAND! Let’s hear it for the small but dedicated team of illustrators who draw the cartoons for us. I asked someone the other day what they thought of them and they replied ‘Very good. Where do you pinch them from?’

North Norfolk District Council Mobile Gym Service is coming to Langham Village Hall starting on January 7th 2013

Gym 10:00-12:00 Fitness equipment and personal programmes to suit your needs with fully qualified instructors Wyn and Karle who will ensure that you have an enjoyable time and exercise safely, just a simple medical questionnaire to fill out before you start.

They are not ‘pinched’ at all. Each one is prepared individually and uniquely for the paper and generally relates to events which affect our own locality. Notable among the team is David Titterington whose skill as a cartoonist and designer is quite outstanding. We are very honoured to have been able to include so many of his quirky drawings over the years. David has been drawing since childhood and developed his skill as a cartoonist particularly during his years serving with the RAF, when his drawings of fellow servicemen were greatly in demand. He has accumulated many volumes of quite splendid and beautiful drawings, particularly of buildings and landscapes but also including an extended family of wry characters.

KETTLEBELL with Karle 10:30-11:00 Try this great way to get fit. Karle will lead you through this fitness session and help you to burn those unwanted Christmas calories away.

Nordic Walking 10:00-11:00 with Robbie or Wyn Enjoyable walks in and around Langham normally 34 miles distance and poles are provided, numbers are limited so first come basis, this class is suitable for all abilities and fitness levels and a great way to meet new people.

Sadly, ill health has prevented David from drawing for some time but we do wish him well and would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his fine work. BB

Tai Chi 12:30-1:15 Join Karle for this stress busting session, a lovely way to relax and exercise to calming music, very good to reduce blood pressure and stress and suitable for cardiorehab patients.

A QUIZ FOR CHRISTMAS

Zumba Fitness with Wyn

Please go to Page 17 to find out how you can have fun and also help the Parkinson’s UK charity.

Come along and dance the calories away to the fantastic sounds of the Zumba music, this class will leave you feeling exhilarated and full of energy and will help to burn the calories. Both men and women can take part and there is no age limit, minimum age sixteen. If our sessions are well attended then we aim to make all the sessions sustainable for your community, this means that you would have a community gym in Langham all the time more than once per week. All classes are just £2-50 per person and if you do two classes on the same day it is just £4-00. For more information please contact Wyn 01263 516305/07795265671 or e-mail wyn.nurse@northnorfolk.gov.uk . Wyn Nurse, Fitness Manager

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DISTRICT COUNCILLOR’S NEWS The new approach for the 2012-15 Housing Strategy consists of a suite of three documents:  Supporting the delivery of new homes and infrastructure  Making best use of the existing housing stock  Supporting Vulnerable People to Live Independently within the Community and these have now been adopted by NNDC. Also on housing, NNDC has held meetings with elected members and Town and Parish Councils to explain the Housing Allocation Scheme. This should enable more local people to be successful in their application for affordable housing - while keeping within the legal guidelines. The proposal will now go through the process of scrutiny, Cabinet and Full Council. Similarily, the Council Tax Benefits Consultation will be reviewed together with the responses to the draft. The Norfolk Coast Partnership held a conference to explore the concept of 'value' as applied to the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The meeting ended with a debate with members of Anglia Ruskin University, the University of East Anglia and local students. At the last meeting of the Coastal Issues Forum, the North Norfolk Integrated Approach to Coastal Management was introduced. This will offer improved coastal information, develop funding opportunities and implement a wide range of initiatives and schemes for managing the coastal frontage. Over the past few years, publications such as the Shoreline Management Plan, Natural England's proposal to allow villages such as Hickling to be lost to the sea and the recent proposals to prevent human access to the Blakeney area salt marshes has resulted in many communities working together to object to these suggestions. NNDC hopes parishes and communities affected by coastal issues will support the integrated approach. It was good to learn that Norfolk Wildlife Trust oppose the planned Conservation Zone (MCZ) at Blakeney marshes. The Trust joins the National Trust, the District and Parish Council and many local people in opposing the 'no-go' area proposed by Natural England and DEFRA. The postponed Glad about the Glaven was held at Holt Hall in October in splendid sunshine. It was a most enjoyable afternoon with many local organisations and groups contributing to a worthwhile, informative and fun occasion. As usual, Glaven District Caring's coffee morning was well attended. Appreciating all the work involved, it is so important to support these local events. This seems a suitable point at which to wish you all a very happy Christmas and healthy and prosperous New Year. Lindsay Brettle

COUNTY COUNCILLOR’S NEWS Schools: The new Schools National Funding Formula is inappropriate for our rural county so I went with Norman Lamb MP, Head Teachers and County Officers to meet David Laws, Minister for Schools and express our concerns. The Minister listened and gave the assurance that he will investigate the inequalities of the funding system.

Community Construction Fund: Access: www.norfolk.gov.uk/communityconstructionfund for details of grants from £100 to £100,000 to support community building and construction projects. The next round is in March.

Apprenticeships: Apprenticeships Norfolk is intended to create hundreds of new opportunities for young people in Norfolk. Support is available so if you are a business – small or large – please go to www.norfolk.gov.uk/apprenticeships.

Coast Hopper and Rural Buses: The shortfall for the concessionary bus travel scheme has now been reduced by £1.2 million. Still not enough to protect rural bus services and we must continue to press the Government.

Winter Months: Useful information from support for mature residents to gritting routes can be found on www.norfolk.gov.uk/ norfolkwinter. And I wish all a peaceful and safe Christmas and a good new year.

Dr Marie Strong County Councillor Wells Division – Glaven, Priory and Walsingham Parishes.

DEANERY NEWS Blueprint, the Deanery youth group run by Simon Fenn is growing in strength with a core group of 10 young people. He has worked on a Church Project for year 7 pupils with Sheringham High School and other clergy. The family Fun Day was held at Binham to encourage the church to connect to the wider community and raise the profile of our faith in a positive way. Community focused groups, emergency services and volunteers worked well together and produced a fun filled day with over four hundred and fifty visitors. Prayer Space events held at Blakeney and Hindringham Schools have been very successful.

GLAVEN CENTRE CLINIC DATES Glaven District Caring, Thistleton Court, Blakeney, NR25 7PH Tel: 01263 740762. Hearing Aid Clinic: 31 October, 30 November, 19 December. Toe-Nail Clinic: 12 October, 26 October, 9 November, 23 November, 7 December, 21 December, 11 January 2013.

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A SPECIAL CENTENARY VOLUME DREADNOUGHT TO DARING 100 Years of Comment, Controversy and Debate in The Naval Review An absorbing and highly readable outline of a century of naval thinking written by some of the leading lights in contemporary naval history.

ALL SAINTS CHURCH IN DECEMBER

The Naval Review was founded in 1912 by a group of the Navy’s brightest officers and was intended to provide an independent, lively forum for Service debate, and at times it became outspoken enough to be threatened with suppression. For 100 years it has covered contemporary operations, the principles of naval warfare, the Navy’s history, and has also included anecdotes recording the lighter side of naval life. For these reasons it has always been widely regarded as a hugely significant journal of record.

On Sunday 2nd December at 6 p.m. the Kelling Singers, Director the Revd. Angela Dugdale, will lead a service of Advent Carols and Readings, taken by the Rector, the Revd. Ian Whittle. On Sunday 23 December at 6.p.m. there will be our candlelit Christmas Carol Service, with contributions from a choir. Mulled wine and mince pies afterwards. On Christmas Day, Tuesday 25th December, at 9.30 a.m. there will be a service of Holy Communion.

The centenary volume is intended both to celebrate and analyse the impact of the journal over its 100 year history, and comprises a series of specially commissioned articles, divided chronologically and thematically, devoted to subjects that have been of importance to the naval community as reflected in the pages of the journal. Convoys, amphibious warfare, naval aviation, assessments of naval leaders, the Dominion navies, postwar naval influence, the invasion of the Falklands, and partnership with the US Navy—these are just a few of the themes that are explored.

These services are in addition to the regular 9.30 a.m. services on other Sundays. All are most welcome!

For anyone seeking a wide ranging and original account of the Royal Navy’s extraordinary role in world affairs, both in war and peace over the last 100 years, there is no other book that will so stimulate and broaden their understanding. For more information about the book and how to obtain a copy, please contact Rod Lees on 01328 830036 or email rlees@dialstart.net.

LYNX WEBSITE NEWS ‘In More Detail’ page The Editors wish to draw attention to a new page on the Lynx website at www.locallynx.co.uk. Space is always an issue when compiling the Lynx, and from time to time we are given an excellent piece that is just too long to fit into our pages. One such article was the moving address given by Godfrey Sayers at John Bean’s Memorial Service in July. Several people asked for it to be included, so we created the ‘In More Detail’ page and advertised it in the ‘Morston’ section of Lynx86. Godfrey Sayers’ address will be permanently available as part of the Lynx archive. From now on, we will alert the readership of new articles added to ‘In More Detail’ in the general section at the beginning of the newsletter. For readers who do not have access to the internet, please ring Roberta on 01263 740188 to arrange for a paper copy.

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BALE DIARY Cake’s Lane update Since the lane was so kindly cut by the two Field Dalling farmers, George Harcourt and Eric Hotblack (I am so grateful - and also annoyed at the county council since I rang them and they haven't bothered, despite the fact that it is a byroad used as a track, owned by the council and therefore their responsibility, according to their website) I have mostly been walking the dogs there. I have to keep Em on the lead as he is not used to pheasants, which turn his head completely, but he's being very good, on the lead, now I have him on a muzzle loop halter. The lane has been cut to its complete width; hopefully this will last through some of next year too. It means that the primroses will have a good show; they won't be covered up by the undergrowth. It looks like a proper green lane, with its big, full hedges almost meeting overhead where the hazels and field maples have grown into trees. Dog rose with its bright hips is unusual, dogwood and blackthorn predominate between the hazel and field maple, which always has glorious colour; this year yellow seems to predominate - in fact it's early for autumn colour. Mid-November is about the best time, and last year there was still quite a lot of colour in early December. But many of the leaves that had turned and looked so pretty last week, pale yellow against the grey of the fog, were blown off in the storm on Friday night and now decorate the track. The oaks are generally still green, but each one has a different timing; perhaps depending on what sunlight and weather they are exposed to in relation to their neighbours. A big beech further down has lost most of its leaves but there is still a show of orange where it has been sheltered from the wind. Most of the bracken has been cut, so we don't have those beautiful stands of fern-shapes going yellow then rust colour, always at their best when saturated. A few stems remain, but all the wet weather will rapidly finish them off. Some of the older more exposed oaks like the one at the bottom of Clip Street are already looking pretty threadbare. There are no acorns this year, as far as I can see, presumably as a result of the dreadful summer. Jane Wheeler

BINHAM LOCAL HISTORY GROUP As this copy of Lynx goes to press, plans are underway for the Field Walking Training Day on 10th November, to which 40 people have applied to join. Unfortunately owing to the very wet conditions William Wales has been unable to plough the Hall Close Field which we were going to use. Eric Hotblack kindly offered the use of one of his fields in Field Dalling. This particular field is known to have provided a variety of finds in the past and it will be interesting to know more about it. Field Walking, as part of the Roman Binham Project, will take place in January in Hall Close Field.

Meetings Our Christmas Meeting will be on Monday 10th December and this year we will be joined by the Friends of Binham Priory. Our speaker will be Christopher Hartop who will talk about his experiences in researching his recent book ‘Norfolk Summer: Making The Go-Between’, which charts the trials and tribulations of bringing L.P. Hartley’s book to the screen. Copies of Christopher’s book will be available to buy during the evening. Thursday 24th January is our AGM. This will be a short meeting starting promptly at 7pm. Our speaker, at 7.30, will be Peter Wilson. Peter was unable to be with us, as planned, for our Christmas meeting, and he will be speaking to us about the History of the Theatre Royal, immediately following the AGM All meetings in the Village Hall, 7.30 pm £2 members, £4 non-members. Carolyn Wright 01328 830270. email: cpwrightuk@aol.com

BINHAM MEMORIAL HALL 100 + Club Winners October. £25 Beverley Taylor; £10 Lionel Wilde, Richard Lewis; £5 Peter Vawser, Tracy Fowle, Sheilin Cuthbert. November. £25 Andrew Taylor; £10 Violet Dunn, Norah Lewis, £5 Lionel Wilde, Sheilin Cuthbert, Mr T Barnard 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.

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BINHAM PARISH COUNCIL Report and reflections on wind-turbines proposals In September the parish was confronted with one of the most contentious issues for many years. The charged atmosphere was promoted by unrealistic time scales, externally imposed. The issue was the proposals, by a wholly owned subsidiary company of Norfolk County Council, for the erection of six wind-turbines on two sites within the parish and one only a short distance away across the parish boundary. On this one, Hindringham Parish Council would make its own decision. The turbines were described as “micro” with their highest point being 18 metres above the ground. The promoters had not thought it necessary to provide any opportunity for residents to question the proposals, the only information being on the County’s website and those of the turbine supplier. As all turbines were to be on County Council land it would also be the determining authority, all perfectly legal but appearing somewhat contrary to natural justice. The Parish Council, as a formal consultee, put it on the agenda for discussion on 17th September; one of regular bimonthly meetings held in the Memorial Hall and always open to the public. 32 members of the public attended. 15 addressed the meeting, all but one against the proposals with a variety of arguments and posing various questions. To the disappointment of some, the Parish Council was unable to provide answers and opted to send a collection of questions to County Hall requesting a senior representative answer in public at a continuation meeting set for 28th September. Our County Councillor Marie Strong worked tirelessly to ensure the ruling Cabinet at County Hall respected the concerns expressed. In the meantime a group of parishioners were very active in disseminating information, sending individual comments to NCC and placing posters around the village. Late on Wednesday 26th September we heard all three proposals were to be withdrawn. It had been a remarkable month for the parish, raising many philosophical questions regarding the “value” of the landscape, the significance of renewable energy sources, the role of parish councils as the lowest rung of the ladder of democratic decision-making, and the responsibilities we all have for our individual and corporate actions in promoting particular views. I would like to think Binham, as a community, emerged with some credit. It was pleasing to see the younger generation showing spirit and willingness to put effort into supporting their beliefs. With the energy being applied to the Play Area project and the formation of a Binham football team, all are very positive signs for the continuation, and further strengthening, of a strong community spirit. The Parish Council has a role to play and attendance of more residents at the meetings is one way you can help us make balanced judgements. The meetings are bimonthly in the Memorial Hall, usually at 7.30 pm on the third Monday, with coffee/tea being available from 7 pm. Meetings are promoted with posters which include main agenda items, the next one is on 19th November and the following one 21st January next year. Please come and give the Council your views. David Frost, Chairman, Binham Parish Council

CHARITY DOG WALK On Sunday 23rd September there was a Charity Dog Walk, starting from Binham Memorial Hall, to raise money for Cancer Research UK. The weather was overcast but this didn’t stop 60 people turning out, with or without dogs. After a few minutes of walking, the sun came out and it turned into a beautiful day. Unfortunately, most of us have known somebody who has battled cancer, whether it is a family member or a close friend and raising money for Cancer Research UK is a way of helping to hopefully stop it in the future. I was touched by the support of local people who were only too happy to help by donating food or raffle prizes; so, many thanks go to Arthur Howell, Trevor Howell, Ellie Betts, G.J.L., Wells Deli, Big Blue Sky, Mr Jonathon Fryer, Fakenham Garden Centre. I am delighted to say that together we raised £600 which was very gratefully received by Simon O’Leary, the head of volunteer fundraising in Oxford. I would also like to thank Liz Brown for cooking the delicious sausages and mash enjoyed after the walk. It only seems right, that after this great success, this Walk becomes an annual event. So please come along next year (you don’t necessarily need a dog, just come for Alex Wales the walk) on Sunday 22nd September 2013.

FAKENHAM CHORAL SOCIETY CHRISTMAS CONCERT Christmas Cantata by Geoffrey Bush and much loved carols Fakenham Parish Church Saturday, December 22, 7.30pm Tickets £10 from 01328 830639 or on the door

BINHAM CHRISTMAS SUPPER Saturday December 1st in the Village Hall Please contact Liz Brown to book your place at 01328 830519. Tickets £6. 7 for 7.30.

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BINHAM FOOTBALL CLUB We have had a busy time since our last Lynx, we have played a few games against Holt FC, Blakeney FC and the last being a charity match against Hindringham. We hope to have some more friendly matches in the pipe line very soon. Charity - Our squad is going to be doing a sponsored Bike Ride on the 2nd December 2012 we will be starting at Binham then moving on to Blakeney, Holt, Hindringham then back down to Binham for a welldeserved pint in the Chequers inn. All sponsorship will be split between BVFC and a very dear friend of the club’s 10 year old grandson, Adam. Adam has been fighting leukaemia for the past three years. Four months ago he was giving the all clear, unfortunately after a standard check-up he has now been given the earth shattering news that it is back. We are trying to raise the money for him and his two sister’s and one brother to have a day out of Adam’s choice, and North Norfolk‘s Radio Kid’s Trust. All donations and sponsors welcome. Please contact Sammy on 01328 831901. We are also holding our 1st Christmas Charity Disco at the Village Hall on Saturday 8th December 2012 7.30pm - 11pm (look out for advertisement and entry charges closer to the time) proceeds from the night will again be split 50/50 between BVTC & Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research - Beating Blood Cancer Together. We hope you can make it. There will be lots going on, on the night a raffle, Magic Reindeer food to buy and Letters from Santa (posted to a child of your choice at a small charge). Please look out for local advertisement closer to the time. We thank you for all your support and look forward to seeing you at our next match or at the disco. Adam Peden (Manager) Graham Kennie (Assistant Manager) Sammy Peden (Club Secretary).

DIARY OF A BINHAM FARMER’S SON aged 34 During our absence, we had thought nothing much was happening to our hero – wrong! 1856 Aug 27: Dear Ems and I had walk to Hindringham together this evening. Our wedding is fixed for 8th Oct. Sept 27: Went to Norwich and bought my dressing gown and wedding necktie and travelled home with the Duchess. Sept 30: Went today with my father to obtain my marriage licence. October 6th: Edward came down today to be my groomsman 8th: The Charleses arrives in the course of the night. We had a very quiet wedding on a dreadfully wet day. Went to Cambridge. 9th: After seeing Kings College Chapel and Trinity Library, we started for Hastings which we reached quite safely at about 8 o’clock. 11th: Finding being at the hotel too expensive we engaged some lodgings in the Pelham Precinct and also sittings in St Mary’s Chapel for tomorrow. 17th: Drove to Battle Abbey – a beautiful ruin but liked the old Norman church better. 18th: Walked to Lovers Leap and home along the cliffs. 20th: After paying our bill we started for Penge, found v.comfortable lodgings and letters waiting. 21st: Spent whole of day at the Palace and enjoyed it, grounds beautiful in the Autumn sun. 23rd: Went to London tonight to Spring Street, Harriett quite ready to take us to Westminster Abbey. 24th: Saw St Paul’s, British Museum, also chose a piano at Cranmer Beak. 25th: Spent the day in the Crystal Palace and much enjoyed it. 29th: Started after early breakfast, via Norwich then home to our own home which dear Sally had made so nice. Richard and Norah Lewis

BINHAM PLAY AREA PROJECT Great News! We have now ordered the first half of the project. We are going to start with the toddler area first. This will comprise cradle swings, small climbing frame with slide, a spring horse and a play train. We also have enough money to put something in for the older children, which will be the adventure trail and junior swings and a net swing. But don't worry there will be more for the older children when we have raised the remaining funds. We hope to see the equipment in and ready to use by the end of the year, but bearing in mind we do have Christmas coming up, therefore it could run into the New Year. Rebecca Bunting

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FRIENDS OF BINHAM PRIORY On Friday 12th October seventeen Friends were welcomed to Wymondham Abbey with a conducted tour and very enjoyable tea. Interesting architectural and historical comparisons can be made between the Abbey and Binham Priory, both building about the same time, although the Abbey, being better endowed, was on a larger scale. Our hosts, the Friends of Wymondham Priory looked after us really well and a reciprocal visit to Binham is being scheduled for next year’s programme. The final planned event of 2012 was the splendidly imaginative “Fly me to the Moon” multi-media presentation held on Saturday 27th October in the Memorial Hall. Over ninety attended, seated at tables, café-style, and were entertained and informed about the Moon by a variety of readings of poems and articles, music, projected images and dance. Ann and John Prockter, with a script by Andrew Moncur, devised and produced the evening using local talent. Liz Brown with her team provided a splendid supper. Wine and fruit juice flowed sufficiently to help with the enjoyment. On cue at the end of the evening the real Moon appeared in a clear sky and viewing was possible through two telescopes provided by members of the North Norfolk Astronomy Society. The whole event was a great success and £400 added to the funds of the Friends of Binham Priory. The year will close with an invitation for the Friends to join the Binham Local History Group at their Christmas meeting on Monday 10th December 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall, when Christopher Hartop will talk on the making of “The Go-between”. Seasonal food and mulled wine will be available. The committee of the Friends are putting together a range of events for 2013 to raise money to help finance a long term programme of conservation work on the Priory building and also to have social appeal. The Friends will lead the fund-raising in partnership with the Parochial Church Council who will be responsible for the execution of the project. The work may be spread over the next three years. An end of year report will be circulated next month to members including, as far as possible, the dates of events in 2013 and more information about the conservation project. If anyone considers joining as a Friend to help sustain the Priory for present and future generations, or would just like a copy of the report, please contact me. David Frost Secretary, Friends of Binham Priory Tel: 01328 830362 email: davidfrost226@btinternet.com

BINHAM GUILD OF ARTISTS 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. In November Sarah Caswell gave a very lively, instructive and entertaining talk; illustrating her method of using acrylics to carry out very impressive paintings of flowers. Her enthusiasm, clarity of explanation and sense of humour made for a very enjoyable morning. For more information, contact James Bucknill at 01328 830651.

BINHAM PAROCHIAL CHARITIES AUTUMN LUNCH On Friday 12th October the Binham and Cockthorpe Parochial Charities hosted a roast lunch for the retired in the villages. With the support of the Village Hall Committee it was the usual relaxed occasion attended by 40 people. There was a raffle which I am delighted to say raised £70 for Wells Cottage Hospital. The next lunch will be on Friday 3rd of May so make a note in your diaries and invitations will be sent out nearer the time. I look forward to seeing you. Alex Wales

CAROLS ROUND THE TREE Come along and join in with Carols around the Tree on Monday 17th December with the Fakenham Brass Band at 7.15 pm. Refreshments provided. For more information please ring Liz Brown at 01328 830519

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No News from Cockthorpe this month but the residents wish all readers a happy Christmas and a healthy and enjoyable New Year.

BINHAM PRIORY CHRISTMAS SERVICES Sat. 15th Dec. 6.30 pm Service of Carols and Readings for Advent with the Iceni Christmas Choir. Sun. 23rd Dec. NO CHURCH SERVICE 24th Dec. Christmas Eve, 4.00 pm Christmas Eve Service for families. 24th Dec. Christmas Eve, 11.00 pm Midnight Holy Communion. 25th December Christmas Day, 10.30 am Family Service with Carols and Readings. 6th Jan. Epiphany Sunday NO MORNING SERVICE 6th Jan. Epiphany Sunday, 3.30 pm Service of Carols and Readings for Epiphany with the Richeldis Singers.

CHRISTMAS PARTY Sat 15th Dec from 3 – 5 pm in the Village Hall The Village Hall Committee invites you and your family to a Christmas get-together in the Village Hall, with food, drinks, fun activities for the children and raffles for Christmas hampers.

BINHAM & HINDRINGHAM OPEN CIRCLE We will be having our Christmas party at our December 13 meeting (remember it's a week earlier than usual). On January 17 speaker Barry Dennis will be explaining how a murder suspect, who got a top award from Prince Charles, ended up running Wells Community Hospital. 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.

Admission is free for children. Adults are asked to donate at the door. £2 would be gratefully received.

CHRISTMAS BINGO Fri 7th Dec from 7:30pm Debbie Ladley’s Christmas Bingo will be held again this year in the Village Hall on Holt Road. It offers an evening of family fun, to which everyone is welcome. There will be lots of prizes, a great raffle and refreshments as well, so put it in your diary now!

DID YOU KNOW? The income from the manor of Edgefield used to belong to Binham Priory. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries, Henry VIII gave it to William Butts, his personal physician. Butts’ granddaughter married Nicholas Bacon and the village inn called “The Bacon Arms” – now – appropriately “The Pigs”. Norah and Richard Lewis

Doors open at 6pm and the entry fee of just £6 will buy you the Session Book and two Jackpots. Steve Collins 01328 830755

CHRISTMAS SERVICES There will be a warm welcome to everyone at our two Christmas Services at St Andrew’s. On the second Sunday, 9th December, our Church Family Service at 11:00 will celebrate Christingle, including decorated oranges, and candles and, of course, carols. There will be a Service of Lessons and Carols Christmas Eve Monday 24 December at 6:30 pm. There will be Christmas Eve Midnight, and Christmas Day services at other churches in the Benefice; please see the full listing at the front of Lynx. And a Merry Christmas to all! Margaret Smith, Churchwarden Mark Gardner 01328 830755

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FAMILY CHRISTMAS QUIZ by Samphire 1. CAROLS. Fill in the blanks (-) in these carols: 1.1: “The - and the ivy, when they are both full grown” 1.2: “In his master’s steps he trod, where the snow lay -” 1.3: “Fear not, said he, for mighty - had seized their troubled minds” 1.4: “Ding dong - on high, in heaven the bells are ringing” 1.5: “field and fountain, moor and mountain, following yonder - ” 2. TV. What parts do the following play: 2.1: Sunetra Sarker in “Casualty”? 2.2: Chelsea Healey in “Waterloo Road”? 2.3: Jim Carter in “Downton Abbey”? 2.4: Matt Smith in ‘Dr Who”? 2.5: Peter Firth in “Spooks”? 3. FOOD. What is: 3.1: The main fruit in a plum or Christmas pudding? 3.2. A Stiffkey Blue? 3.3: A brandysnap? 3.4: Stollen? 3.5: Sachertorte? 4. FISH, FLOWER OR BIRD? Which are: 4.1: A Bombay Duck? 4.2: A pochard? 4.3: A ragged robin? 4.4: A pintail? 4.5: A blenny or shanny or dory or gobi? 5. BOOKS. In which books were: 5.1: Captain Nemo aka Prince Dakkar? 5.2: Captain Hook? 5.3: Captain Ahab? 5.4: Captain Smollet? 5.5: Lt Cdr Queeg, USN? 6. SPORTS. At what sport/discipline do/did the following excel: 6.1: Victoria Pendleton, MBE? 6.2: Ellie Simmonds, MBE? 6.3: Peter Hanson? 6.4: Mo Farah? 6.5: Laura Robson? 7. WHO/WHAT IS/WAS: 7.1: Frankel? 7.2: “Wiggo”? 7.3: Felix Baumgartner? 7.4: Diagon Alley? 7.5: A Tasmanian devil? 8. LOCATIONS. In what country are: 8.1: The Gobi Desert? 8.2: Split? 8.3: Bratislava? 8.4: Palma (Mallorca)? 8.5: Timbuktu? 9. HISTORY. What of note happened on/in: 9.1: 1956 (late July)? 9.2: 1969 (July 20)? 9.3: 2001 (Sep 11)? 9.4: 1356(Sep 19)? 9.5: 1928 (concerning British women)?

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ST MARY’S CHURCH On October 14th we held our Harvest Festival service, and at the same service we also dedicated the new chandeliers. We were very pleased to welcome members of Ray and Beryl White’s family to this event as one of the chandeliers was a gift from the family in their parents’ memory. It was a well attended service, and we enjoyed wine and nibbles afterwards with the church looking lovely with wonderful arrangements of orange and yellow dahlias. Everyone was so generous with their gifts of fruit vegetables and other produce. Thank you to everyone who contributed and made the church look so festive. The produce was taken to the Holt Youth Project who were very grateful. For those not familiar with this Project it is a most impressive and amazing set up caring for young people with various problems – Nigel Worthington is their patron. Penny Brough

HAPPY BIRTHDAY John Arthurson On Saturday 29th September about 40 people congregated in Gunthorpe Village Hall to celebrate the 90th birthday of John Arthurson, who kindly provided a fine buffet and drinks to be enjoyed by all. Against John's wishes many gave him gifts. John really enjoyed the day and would like to say thanks once again for joining him and the kind gifts. We would also like to thank John for providing us with an opportunity to celebrate with him. John moved to Gunthorpe in 1983, he had already started to be part of the village by helping his father-inlaw Colonel John Morris with a sideshow at the village fete. In 1985 he started printing (on one or other of his three Adana hand presses) the raffle and other draw tickets, fete handbills and various other things for the village, right up until 2004. John continues to support the village whenever he can by attending functions at the Hall.

FOGPC 50/50 Club Draw Results September Maurice Craske David Brough Peggy Corney Victoria L-B Eric Izzard Jeremy Denholm Richard Francis

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

October David Partridge Richard Francis Chrissie Whyman Annette Ward James Worsley Nick Elwell Henneage L-B

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We still have 128 paid up members, but as always we could do more for the “Friends” with even more contributors. So as well as asking those few existing members who may not have done so to renew their subscriptions we always welcome new ones. 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 50:50 Club membership please contact John Blakeley on 01263 861008. The first of the “new” coffee mornings and monthly draws was held in the Institute on Saturday 29th September 2012 and was well attended. They are now planned to continue for the rest of the 50:50 Club “year” to May 2013 with the Christmas Party being held at noon on Saturday 15 December. More information on the monthly meetings can be obtained from Joy Luscombe, Myfi Everett, or Lynn Marr. John Blakeley will continue to look after the membership subscriptions and main draw prizes.

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PARISH COUNCIL NEWS Ambulance Response Times The Parish Council sent two representatives to a meeting on 17 October organised by the Cromer Town Council where managers from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust outlined their plans for re-organising local services, and responded to concerns expressed by many of those attending the meeting regarding what are sometimes seen as unacceptably slow response times in a rural area such as ours. The overall impression given by the managers who spoke was that they are indeed doing their best to provide the best service possible, and they clearly shared some of the frustrations and concerns that many feel with the level of service provision. Their comments clearly indicated that the performance of the Trust in the North Norfolk area may be further affected by the very large savings that the Trust will be obliged to make over the coming years – a saving of £50 million in a budget of £250 million was quoted. In a separate discussion with one of our representatives the deputy CEO of the Trust claimed that their use of clinicians in the call centre operations rooms coupled with their triage computer modelling was right on the assessment of the degree of priority needed on more than 99% of emergency calls (but with well over 800,000 such calls over the whole region every year we pointed out that this could still leave in excess of 8,000 patients region-wide ie more than 20 every day) where it potentially could be wrong. One of the key elements in the Trust’s strategy for meeting its response targets is by sending either a volunteer “first responder” or a single manned paramedic car, and it was claimed that this was because in the North Norfolk area the number of patients actually requiring a transfer to hospital after an ambulance has arrived is less than 60%. However, for the EEAS the 8 minute response time target for a life threatening emergency can be met with the arrival of the volunteer “first responder” (and the “target” clock then stops) albeit they also stated that a “first responder” would always be backed by a paramedic car or ambulance in the fastest possible time. There was a general feeling at the meeting that the use of such volunteers, who can, for example, offer effective defibrillator treatment for heart attack victim, whilst potentially life-saving and very welcome, should not be seen as a substitute for meeting response times with the full service. There was also a concern that the use of region wide response time targets meant that the better results attainable in urban areas were allowing the EEAS to meet overall targets whilst “disguising” much poorer results in a rural area such as ours. There was also a feeling that achieving “targets” was seen by the bureaucrats as more important than the outcomes in some cases. We plan to discuss the results of the EEAS briefing at the next PC meeting on 29 November, but their representatives made it clear that it was important that people with concerns should also be lobbying their MPs since this is as much a political/economic issue as anything else. The EEAS also stressed that it was important that local communities start now to make their concerns and priorities known to the new GP led Clinical Commissioning Groups who will take over responsibility for contracting the EEAS services from April 2013. John Church & John Blakeley Gunthorpe & Bale Parish

FUTURE EVENTS Gunthorpe diary dates are included in the “What’s on” section on p. 2. Watch the village web-site and notice board for updates and further details.

NEWS FROM THE VILLAGE INSTITUTE The year seems to have flown by, and after a disappointing summer, we are now well into autumnal colours, weather and longer evenings. On the evening of 20th October the Village Institute hosted the first autumn/ winter season get together with a Games night, enjoyed by all although there was room for more players. As this edition went to print the Harvest Supper was scheduled on Saturday 10th November with the now traditional shepherd’s pie and autumn crumble – we are sure it will have been a great success. A certain amount of maintenance has been completed in the Hall which doesn’t show but will make life easier in the kitchen and an improvement to our storage. If you remember, we have circulated a flyer asking for interest in a cake baking competition. We have had a number of bakers showing interest, but we would like more. This competition is for cakes only, and we propose having the judging on the 26th January after the 50/50 club meeting. We may, in the future, extend the competition to other bakery items eg bread, biscuits, buns, etc. We hope you think it will be fun to take up the challenge, and I can say Mary Berry is away skiing and is not available to judge! We would like to thank Carol and Sandy Wallace who have been kind enough to offer their barn again as a venue for our Christmas village party on 8th December. At the time of reading this you will have received further details. As this is the last Lynx of the year a happy Christmas to you all from the Institute Committee. Tony Dufour Chair Institute Committee

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FROM THE REGISTERS Funeral James Charles Brown ‘Jim’ aged 85. Cremation 8th Oct.

NORFOLK CHURCHES TRUST Sponsored Bicycle Ride and Walk Langham P.C.C would like to thank all those who took part in this event on September 8th which raised the truly magnificent sum of £540.00. Half of this amount, £270.00 will be awarded to Langham Church General Fund. We would also like to thank all the people who helped with recording on the day and to Ken Bartlett and John Plummer for their administration duties. We are indeed very grateful to you all. Langham P.C.C.

FRIENDS OF GUNTHORPE PARISH CHURCH The Friends Committee met in October along with members of the Village Institute and PCC Committees. It was good to share our views and information. We all find our joint-meetings a friendly and useful way to have an overview of what’s going on in Gunthorpe and confirmation that we are all working together for the benefit of the Village. The joint-Committees will meet together again in May 2013. John Blakeley has done a great job rounding-in the subscriptions for both the Friends Membership and the 50/50 Club, and Myfi Everett, Joy Luscombe and Lynn Marr have started the 50/50 Coffee mornings again, so do watch the board for dates and come along. As this edition goes to print the Harvest Supper is being held on 10 November. The 50:50 Club Christmas Party will be held in the Village Institute on Saturday the 15th of December at 12 noon and we hope as many as possible will attend to share some Holiday Spirit and fun. A very Happy Holiday Season to you all! Marie Denholm

LANGHAM BISTRO We will be open again for one night only on Saturday 23rd February 7pm at the Parish Room for a feast of soups and puddings to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society. There will be, as ever, great food, great service and amazing entertainment. Tickets £10 from 01263 710766 and 01328 830417 Please bring your own drinks and glasses.

To Celebrate the Re-opening of the Parish Room All Villagers are invited to the Traditional Carols and Mince-pies Evening on Friday 7th December at 7 pm. Entry £3 - children free

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MOBILE LIBRARY

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Carole and Frank Blundell and hope that they will be very happy living in Langham.

This will now visit on a four weekly basis, on Thursdays: November 29th January 24th February 21st The 8 week gap between November and January is due to the Christmas holidays. The van will call, each of these, days 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

FRIENDS OF LANGHAM PANTOMIME

‘FARMING—PAST & PRESENT’

Wednesday 2nd January at 2.30 pm.

A QUIZ TO TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS & HELP RAISE MONEY FOR PARKINSON’S UK!

NEW for 2013 – this year we are going to Norwich to see Aladdin at the Theatre Royal. This production promises to match any West End show with some spectacular set pieces and stunning dance routines aimed at all the family.

A quiz sheet is now available to help you pass the time during the dark days of winter! The quiz is designed to give you, your family and friends a lot of fun over the next few weeks including Christmas and New Year. Money raised will go to PARKINSON’S UK (Charity No. 258197) to be used for Research and for Parkinson’s Support Services. Every hour, someone in the UK is told they have Parkinson’s. Because Parkinson’s UK exists, no-one has to face this alone. The charity brings together people with Parkinson’s, their families and carers. There is a network of support groups, a website and a free confidential helpline. Specialist nurses, supporters and staff provide information and training on every aspect of Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s UK is leading the work in UK to find a cure and is getting closer to this all the time. The charity also campaigns to change attitudes and to achieve better services. The work of Parkinson’s UK is totally dependent on donations. Quiz sheets (£1 each) can be obtained either from The Bluebell, Langham, or from Molly Lees at Langham House (01328 830036). Also, if you would be prepared to help sell some quiz sheets, please contact Molly as above.

We only have a limited number of tickets available so please book early to avoid disappointment by calling Marcel or Cathy on 01328 830537. As usual it is free for Langham children but they must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets for adults are £16.00 (non-Langham children £12.50). The coach will leave from The Bluebell at 12.30 pm arriving back at 6.30 pm. For those missing The Bill – the star of the show is Graham Cole who played PC Tony Stamp! The Friends of Langham Committee

FRIENDS OF LANGHAM – BONFIRE NIGHT NOVEMBER 5TH 2012 As usual the F.O.L and the Parish Council put on a spectacular firework display. With the rain pouring down just a few hours before the event there was a chance of the evening being a washout – but the weather improved and lots of people turned out to see the display. The homemade soup, burgers and sausages were delicious and added to the magical atmosphere. This year a different firework arrangement was chosen and it provided a display well worth watching! Well done to all those involved in once again, doing Langham proud with this traditional village event. Thank you too for all your kind donations in the buckets. The Friends of Langham Committee

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PARISH ROOM NEWS As we go to press the main structure for the new floor in the main hall is in place and the splendid solid oak flooring boards have been delivered. The hall now looks less like a building site and more like a kit of parts, with the new skirting boards - cut to size and painted - lying waiting to be fixed once the floor has been completed. With materials being delivered and stacked in the lobby area, it was not, sadly, possible to resume the regular coffee mornings as planned in October, but it was possible to use that part of the building for refreshments during the Leukaemia Research Sale - even if the organisers had to freeze a bit! We are now back on track for the Parish Room to reopen for business early in December and certainly in time for the traditional Carols and Mince Pies (with mulled wine) Evening which will be held on Friday 7th December - See notice on page 16 We do hope that as many as possible from the village will come to celebrate with us the achievement of renewing the main hall floor and, particularly, the huge efforts of so many villagers in raising the funds to let us carry out this essential work. More, of course, needs to be done to bring the Parish Room fully up to the standard we would like to achieve. We look forward to levelling and covering the lobby and kitchen floor, renewing the ceilings throughout, installing new and more attractive lighting, improving insulation and putting in new heating arrangements. We are still looking for someone with relevant experience to organise this final stage of the refurbishment, so please let us know if you are interested in discussing the job. But all the sweat and tears so far have been amply rewarded for those involved by the heart-warming response from the village, evidenced not only by their financial generosity but also by their support of the events which have been put on both to raise funds and also highlight the importance of the Parish Room as a village amenity. Thank you all very much and hope to see you at the Carols Evening. The Parish Room Management Committee

The Langham PCC has been pleased to accept the donation of a fund in memory of Helen Brandt to create and maintain a group of wildflower conservation areas in the churchyard. The border around her home at 28 Binham Road was lovingly tended by Helen into such an area over the years since she moved to Langham and has become very beautiful, particularly during the early summer. A few months ago advice was taken from Dr Bob Leaney, a Norfolk Wildlife Trust Churchyard Conservation Scheme volunteer co-ordinator, who identified a number of traditional wildflower plants within the churchyard and advised upon the creation and management of conservation areas. The aim is, over time, both to make the churchyard a more interesting and attractive place to visit and at the same time reduce the heavy burden of all-over management by mowing. The conservation areas will be chosen and identified on a plan of the churchyard by the Reverend Ian Whittle and Mr. Ray Bannerman, both of whom have extensive gardening and horticultural experience. The chosen areas will be allowed to develop with minimal interference apart from a mid-summer cut back, which will hopefully be undertaken by the Community Pay-back churchyard team. There will be a second clear-up session towards the end of the year which it is hoped can be undertaken by a group of volunteers from the village. Suitable paths through these areas will be kept mown, as will the greater part of the front of the churchyard and the main area to the south. So that it is not suspected that some parts of the churchyard are being merely neglected, it is hoped to set up a display board in the porch or in the church itself to explain the conservation scheme and identify some of the plants (and butterflies) it is hoped will be encouraged to thrive. If you would like to help look after the churchyard (there was a splendid turn-out of volunteers earlier this year) please contact either the Rector (830246) or Ray (831922) to express your interest. Bob Brandt

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WRVS LANGHAM CAR SERVICE Schedule to February 10th 2013 Weekly driving duties beginning on a Monday Dec. 3rd Tel: 830 696* Jan. 7th Tel: 830 056 Dec. 10th. Tel: 830 606* Jan. 14th Tel: 830 537* Dec. 17th Tel: 830 847 Jan. 21st Tel: 830 348 Dec. 24th Tel: 830 605 Jan. 28th Tel: 830 821* Dec. 31st Tel: 830 624 Feb. 4th Tel: 830 731 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 day’s 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.

CHRISTMAS FAIR Langham Church December 1st 10-12noon A reminder for those who have early delivery of the Lynx. We will be in the church for this event as the Parish Room is out of action. Please come and support us in raising money for the Langham Church General Fund.

In the infrequent event that no driver is available – contact the Holt Caring Society Tel: 01263 711243 giving as much notice as possible. This roster is also sited in the Bluebell and on the church porch and village notice boards with dates beyond the above schedule, after January 9th 2013 . Ann Sherriff Tel: 830 605

It will be lovely and warm as we now have a full complement of heaters thanks to help from the Langham Church Building Trust. In the hope that we have assembled a range of goodies we will have a bountiful array for you to peruse! Cakes may be brought on the day and refreshments will be available. We look forward to seeing you. Ann Sherriff Tel: 01328 830 605

LANGHAM GIANT SUNFLOWER COMPETITION The results of the sunflower growing competition were as follows:  Tallest sunflower (9ft. 1 inch): Finnian Sizer (aged 5yrs)  Biggest diameter head (8½ ins) 3 joint winners: Roger Jenkinson, Sylvia Redford and Finnian Sizer.  Most flower heads (8): Sue Hughes. Well done to the winners and thank you to everyone who entered and phoned in their results. Barbara Allen

LANGHAM LADYBIRDS Unfortunately the October meeting was cancelled because of the prolonged flooring job in the Parish Room. By the time you read this we will have had the November meeting in the church with afternoon tea at the Rectory. The next meeting will be in the Parish Room:

* Our thanks from the Parish Room Committee to Barbara for organising this fund-raising event.

December 12th: Christmas meeting at lunch time, details later.

A SPECIAL CENTENARY VOLUME DREADNOUGHT TO DARING

I have not heard from anyone to take over from me for 2013 - come on ladies, there must be someone in the village who would like to take it on. Please phone me on Tel: 01328 830 731 Maureen

100 Years of Comment, Controversy and Debate in The Naval Review - Please see article on Page 6 -

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POPPIES & POPPY DAY By the time you read this, Morston will have held its annual Remembrance Day Parade and Church Service. Although the World War combatants signed an Armistice World War I officially ceased at on the 11th day of the 11th month, Armistice Day Parades and Services are traditionally held at 11.00 a.m. on the Sunday nearest to November 11th; but Morston holds its Parade & Service in the afternoon - in order to gain access to a trumpeter (since they are so often in demand in the towns). Remembrance Day aka Poppy Day or Armistice Day is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem “In Flanders Fields”. Such poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war. Paper poppies are sold by the Royal British Legion [RBL] and Haig Fund – which charities provide financial, social, political and emotional support to those who have served or who are currently serving in the Armed Forces and their dependents. The poppies have two red petals, a green paper leaf and are mounted on a green plastic stem (except in Scotland where are curled and have four petals with no leaf). The sale of poppies is a major source of income for the RBL. The poppy has no fixed price, but is sold for a donation. The black plastic centre of the poppy was marked "Haig Fund" until 1994 but is now marked "Poppy Appeal". A team of about 50 - most of them disabled former British military personnel - work all year round to make millions of poppies at the Poppy Factory in Richmond. Today the RBL's "Poppy Appeal" has a higher profile than any other charity appeal in the UK. In the early years after World War I, poppies were worn only on Remembrance Day itself; but now they are widespread from late October until mid-November every year and are worn not just by the general public, but also by those in public life including especially the Royal Family, politicians and broadcasters. Today too poppies are often seen on cars, lorries and even aeroplanes, buses and trams; and many magazines and newspapers show a poppy on their front cover and some social network users add poppies to their avatars.

COFFEE AND GLÜHWEIN MORNING in aid of El Salvador SATURDAY 8th DECEMBER, 10 am-12.00 noon. It’s that time of year again! Everyone is warmly invited to Crafers Barn, North Street, Langham, for this coffee morning with German advent cakes, tea, coffee and mulled wine. Proceeds are in aid of the Fe y Alegría school in a slum of the country’s capital, San Salvador. Homemade nostalgic Christmas cards and other goods will also be on sale. Jutta and Roger Davis

LEUKAEMIA RESEARCH We were blessed with sunshine for our Autumn Sale so the ‘boys’ were able to be outside the Parish Room whilst we froze inside making tea and coffee! Our other helpers were all kept nicely warm in the church and the proceeds amounted to £803. 40 for the fund. A great result. My thanks to everyone who came, my helpers and to the Reverend Ian Whittle for allowing us to use the church. We shall be back in 2013.

Maureen 830 731

BOOKS WANTED FOR CHARITY SALE Books of all kinds, from holiday paperbacks to serious hardbacks, are wanted for the next mammoth Morston Book Sale, to be held from May 4-6th 2013 in aid of the Friends of Morston Church. Do you have any books to spare? If so, please call Sally Metcalfe on 07813 369145 – and she will arrange collection.

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NATIONAL TRUST: UPDATE Our Warden team on the coast is having a name change. Historically the first NT custodian of Blakeney Point - in 1912 - was Bob Pinchen, a “Watcher”; by 1928 the role title evolved with Bill Eales becoming known as a “Warden”; and this was retained for all successive team members conserving and caring for the coast to date. To reflect a name change within the wider organisation, the role of a “Ranger” has arrived on the Norfolk coast. Importantly, despite the change from Warden to Ranger, the team of Graham, Keith, Eddie and George remains the same as does their role and commitment to their valuable conservation work, developing learning opportunities with the local schools, sharing their knowledge out and about on the coast and much, much more, than meets the eye.

OTHER MORSTONS Hodmedods have - rightly - maintained that there is in the world only one village or settlement called Morston (the name is derived from “Marshtown”). But there are several other streets so called: (1-3) Morston Court, Morston Drive, Morston (Street) and Morston Canes, near Cannock, Staffs; (4) Morston Drift, Kings Lynn; (5) Morston, Thornford, near Sherborne in Dorset; (6) Morston, Dosthill, near Tamworth in Staffs; (7) Morston Drive near Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

The recent low tide seal count on October 20th Common Seal: 68, Grey Seal: 378, on 26th October we recorded the first Grey Seal pup and on 5th November 91 new Grey Seal pups were counted. We expect the grey seal pup number to dramatically rise in the coming weeks, peaking in late December and early January.

BLUEJACKET CHRISTMAS PARTY

If you’re out and about on Blakeney National Nature Reserve and you see a seal that appears to be stranded or in distress and you are concerned for its well being then note the following details and contact our office 01263740241:

Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 December All at Bluejacket Workshop welcome friends, walkers, shoppers and general party-minded folk to join us throughout the weekend for mulled wine, hot chocolate and festive nibbles. There will be extra craft artists on show in both the shop and the workshop plus new stock from the collective. For details and maps, go to www.bluejacketworkshop.co.uk or ring 01263 740144.

1. Exactly where is it? And is it by the water? What time did you see it? 2. Does it have a number sprayed on it? 3. Is it on its own? 4. Are there any obvious signs of injury – cuts / abrasions? 5. Does it look underweight ? and boney and docile or is it round and alert? 6. Was there any nasal discharge (white fluid/blood)? with a hunched back? 7. Has it still got its white fluffy fur or does it look like grey patchy fur?

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY (for the events in the next two months see p.2) Sat 16th Feb. FMC Quiz in Village Hall. May 4-6th FMC Book Sale. Sat 22nd June [NOT 29th]. FMC AGM in the Village Hall Sat 19th Oct. [NOT 5th Oct]. Shovell Dinner 2013 at the Anchor.

As part or the nation-wide NT ‘Walking Festival’ we enjoyed a really interesting and relaxed walk in October, from Stiffkey Greenway to Morston Quay guided and narrated by Graham Lubbock; the highlight of the walk for all who joined us was a very informative talk by local Mussel fisherman Johnnie Webster. Johnnie described his working day, the careful husbandry of the mussel beds, the seed mussels and the challenges faced by the prevailing conditions that shape the surrounding environment. We have a guided ‘Blakeney Point Seal Pup Tour’ on Friday 7th December starting at 10:15. It is a great opportunity to see the arrival of the seal pups and the posturing of the adult bull seals. If you are interested, advanced booking is essential - so please contact the booking office on 08442491895. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from us all - Iain Wolfe, NT Visitor Services Manager. 01263-740241. E: iain.wolfe@nationaltrust.org.uk

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OUR YEW TREES The next stage in our programme of tree-surgery for the churchyard has been completed. The two Irish yews in front of the porch have been severely cut back revealing the south aspect of the church. The trees seem denuded and pitiful but they should look their usual dark green ere long. The other four trees will be be reduced likewise in due course.

FMC RESTRUCTURING

REPAIRS TO NAVE WINDOWS

After ten years, almost to the day, of running Friends of Morston Church, Dominick Harrod and Joc Wingfield are moving aside for younger members to take over the reins. Ten years has seen the FMC set onto a successful and sustainable course. The first 5-6 years saw £10,000 raised p.a. and the last 4-5 has seen the total settle down at £5,000 p.a. – which is adequate and sustainable for a village of 90 or so souls.

On Quinquennial Inspection advice the PCC have decided to seek permission to repair four windows which are bowing badly.The application is a lengthy process but the necessary work should not take long.

NCT CYCLE RIDE Returning to Saxlingham after producing two wellreceived comedy shows by Bristol casts at the Edinburgh Festival, Matthew Lister changed gear – representing his parish in the annual fundraiser run by the Norfolk Churches Trust. And how! Matthew visited 52 churches that day but was foiled by a puncture 30 minutes short of the deadline. We are most grateful to Matthew for his Olympics-style effort which raised well over £200. Next September Matthew’s target is 60 churches in the allotted time.

Pete Tibbetts will take over as the Chief Executive (Chairman) from 1st January, assuming nearly all the responsibilities of both the Committee members mentioned above, although Joc Wingfield (as “PCC-FMC Liaison Officer” again - rather than “Secretary”) will remain for a year or so running the annual Shovell Dinner and Annual Quiz (including acting as Quizmaster). We are all deeply indebted to Dominick Harrod and we all wish Pete Tibbetts well in his new post.

A BLAST FROM THE PAST Saxlingham Gap

SHOVELL DINNER 2012

The wind was Southeast,just where Saxlingham lay, Langham Church full of fumes from the coke, They got in your throat & they fare made you choke Not too good for your singing on Sunday.

The Shovell Dinner at the Anchor, was preceded by a most interesting Talk by a Hanseatic League expert and a former Mayor of Fakenham, Dr Paul Richards, on “The Wash Ports & the Hanseatic League 1250-1550”.

The Vicar was mad, he was that sort of chap, Verger Tom he just casually said, “Tha’s no bloomin’ good you a-mobbing o’ me, Tha’s the wind was in Saxlingham Gap”.

The evening made £1,027 for Friends of Morston Church for church refurbishment and repairs. The FMC Committee would like to thank all those who donated raffle prizes.

Tom whispered to me, “He’s a rum cup-o-tea! I can’t help chach full o’ smoke. He’s allus a-mobbing bout suffin’ he is He’s watcher call a funny old bloke!!” A Langham Dweller

SPECIAL NOTICE No Christmas Day service in Saxlingham. Please ignore other notifications.

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PUZZLE PAGE ANSWERS

FAMILY QUIZ ANSWERS

WORD-SQUARE SOLUTIONS

1. CAROLS. 1:1:Holly. 1.2: Dinted. 1.3: Dread. 1.4: Merrily. 1.5: Star. 2. TV. 2.1: Dr. Zoe Hanna. 2.2: Janeece Bryant. 2.3: Mr. Carson. 2.4: Dr. Who. 2.5: Sir Harry Pearce. 3. FOOD. 3.1: A dried grape or raisin. 3.2: A cockle from off Stiffkey. (cerastoderma edule: they are stained blue by the mud they live in). 3.3: A baking casing filled with whipped cream. 3.4: A fruitcake traditional at Christmas (origionally in in Dresden, Saxony). 3.5: An Austrian chocolate cake. 4. FISH, FLOWER OR BIRD. 4.1: Fish. 4.2: Bird. 4.3: Flower. 4.4: Bird. 4.5: Fishes. 5. BOOKS. 5.1: “Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea” and “The Mysterious Island”. 5.2: “Peter Pan.” 5.3: “Moby Dick”. 5.4: “Treasure Island”. 5.5: “The Caine Mutiny”. 6. SPORTS. 6.1: Track Cycling [“Keirin” i.e. sprint behind a pacer. Gold in Olympics]. 6.2: Men’s Paralympian Swimming. [400m freestyle. Gold in Olympics]. 6.3: Golf. 6.4: 10,000 metres and 5,000 metres. [Golds in Olympics]. 6.5: Lawn Tennis. [Gold in Mixed Doubles in Olympics]. 7. WHO/WHAT? 7.1: Horse. 7.2: Cyclist Bradley Wiggins. (Winner Tour de France & Gold in Olympics in Men’s Time Trial]. 7.3: Austrian Sky diver. Ca. 24 miles free fall including breaking sound barrier].7.4: A fictional (wizarding) street in the Harry Potter books. 7.4: An animal (a small marsupial only found in Tasmania, Australia. 8. LOCATIONS. 8.1: China and Mongolia. 8.2: Croatia. 8.3: Slovakia. 8.4: Spain. 8.5: Mali. 9. HISTORY. 9.1: Suez Canal Crisis. 9.2: 1st Moon Landing (Armstrong)/ 9.3: Al Qaida Attack on the Twin Towers in New York City. 9.4: Battle of Poitiers. 9.5: Emancipation for Women in UK. 10. TEXTING. 10.1: Laugh(ing) Out Loud. 10.2: See you later. 10.3: Too good to be true. 10.4: For crying out loud! 4.5: For ever and ever. 11. OLYMPICS & PARALYMPICS 2012. 11.1: Track Cycling.[C5 Pusuity]. 11.2: Heptathlon. 11.3: Sprints. (100 metres, 100 metres relay and 200 metres). 4.4: Rowing. 4.5: Long Jump. 12. SHAKESPEARE. 12.1: Question. [Hamlet, III, 1]. 12.2: Players. [As You Like It, II, 7]. 12.3: Spot. [Macbeth, V, 1]. 12.4: Caldron. [Macbeth, IV, 1]. 12.5: Kingdom. [Richard III, III, 5].

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SPOT THE DIFFERENCES 1. Santa has woken up! 2. Pussy has acquired a collar. 3. The candle has gone out. 4. The cup has turned white. 5. One hanging card has gone. 6. There are fewer logs. 7. The lower left bauble on the tree has an extra band. 8. The reindeer head has grown ears.

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THOMAS HENRY NEAL 23.3.18 – 6.10.12 Tom, known to many as Tucker, was born, grew up, started work and lived the greater part of his long life in Sharrington. He was known to have a happy disposition and also, as his daughter tells me, had an ability to make light of everything. How important these facets of his nature became. In the mid thirties he started farm work on the Saxlingham Estate owned at that time by Sir Dymoke White; the Manager lived in Sharrington Hall, and the Estate owned land in Sharrington. Apart from the war years Tom worked until retirement on the Estate for three generations of the White Family. With war threatening and despite knowing he was in a reserved occupation Tom joined the Territorial Army. Quite soon when war was declared in 1939 he was summoned by the foreman and told to report immediately for military service. He trained as a cook and early on army life was uneventful but in 1942 it all changed. The Norfolk’s were sent to the Far East. Singapore fell and Tom was one of thousands taken prisoner by the brutal Japanese and forced to work on the notorious Burma Thailand railway. The horror of these years affected his health for the rest of his life. After repatriation he returned to his home in Sharrington, bringing with him a case full of cigarettes which he had collected from all of the non-smokers on his troop ship!! He spent some time at home trying to recover his health and then returned to work, too soon no doubt, because for a while his fellow workers were alarmed by his sudden bouts of shouting. He married Connie Lakey from another large Sharrington family in 1949 and they had two children Sheila and Paul. By the eighties when he retired Sheila was married with two sons, but Paul sadly, was disabled with Parkinson’s disease. Tom and Connie moved to a bungalow in Binham to facilitate caring for Paul. Connie died suddenly in 2000 leaving Tom to care for Paul until he died three years later. Sheila and family living in Costessey had always given as much support as possible but though alone Tom wished to stay in the locality. Fortunately after a while he was able to move to Lloyd Court in High Kelling which he really enjoyed and he stayed well there almost to the end of his years. BMR

THE SHARRINGTON LECTURE Friday 12th October dawned rather damp and overcast initially but it was not too long before the helpers moved in to set up the church, moving some items into the vestry bringing table tops bases and additional seats from the village hall to accommodate the record number of people expected. Flowers were watered the PA system installed and the vacuum cleaner wielded over the carpet one last time. Behind the scenes the Sharrington ladies went to work on a feast of canapés and just before 6pm the first visitors started to arrive, happily a fine evening. It was lovely to see old friends and neighbours as well as those people we probably only see on this occasion once a year. Whilst people were being shown to seats and offered wine and refreshments a whisper went round that our speaker might be delayed due to traffic, hold the canapés! As it happened Andrew Marr was hardly late and duly arrived looking remarkably unflustered to be introduced by the Rt Reverend Graham James, Lord Bishop of Norwich who chaired the entire evening with his usual aplomb. Andrew started his talk with the Diamond Queen full of anecdotes and stories not least of which was Her Majesty’s shake of the head and a wagging finger to the small recording device he had produced. Following this he went on to talk about the History of the World both the book and the TV Series. What a task the mechanics of such a project is difficult to take in especially when we learned the television programme took 17 months to film. What became very clear as the evening progressed was that Andrew Marr was a consummate professional talking at ease about a subject of great interest to him and about which his knowledge shone through. The way he handled some great moments in history was very interesting too; how many of us know about the boy Temujin born in 1162 destined to become Genghis Khan, ruler of the Mongolian Steppes and beyond, once he had destroyed those against him and united the various tribes left under his leadership. Also Kubla Kahn founder of the Yuan Dynasty in China born in 1212 who Marco Polo Venetian Merchant met on his epic journeying. These gentlemen certainly never entered my history lessons to any great extent. There followed an interesting question and answer period with Bishop Graham passing the microphone around and the evening closed with book signing and purchases. A very successful evening indeed and thanks go to all who made it possible in various ways especially to Anne Sloman who secured such a fascinating speaker as Andrew Marr. A magnificent sum of £1,563 was raised.

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CHURCH NOTES As a reminder herewith the arrangements for Christmas: Christingle Service (mainly for children) – Sunday 23rd December 3.30pm. Carols in the Red Lion – 5.30pm Christmas Eve (note earlier start). Christmas Day – 9.30am Service in St John’s. All most welcome and we wish all a happy and joyful Christmas-tide. It seems our PCC has shrunk with 4 members no longer with us, or likely to move soon. Our church is your church; beautiful and in good order at present, as is the churchyard. But our architect’s inspection in September revealed much continuous work is needed on the fabric of our grade I listed church. So it’s business as usual! St John and St Mary’s church is there for worship and quiet reflection, and as a focal village feature. We can host more secular events as well. Meetings, music, melodrama – just get in touch! Visitors to our churchyard will notice our ‘conservation area’ – which is kept rough and allows wild flowers, butterflies and mammals to flourish. We have been helped in the essential annual mowing by a party from King’s Lynn comprising individuals serving community orders. We are very grateful for this help as previous work parties from amongst our congregation find the hard labour involved yearly more challenging. A big welcome to Neil and Emma Cosgrove who have moved into Stiffkey Old Hall with their young family. We wish them a long and happy time in such a beautiful home and we are delighted to know that they love Norfolk and Stiffkey in particular. Keith McDougall

CHURCH NEWS On Sunday 7th October our Harvest Festival Service took the form of Evensong with appropriate Harvest hymns which the congregation sang with suitable gusto. Unfortunately our Rector was burdened with a cold and sore throat but nonetheless he managed the service through to the end without straining his voice too much. Afterwards we were treated to three kinds of delicious soup bread and sausage rolls and the chance to talk to neighbours and friends very pleasant indeed. On Sunday evening 21st October we met in the village hall for Harvest Supper. Tables had been laid earlier in the day and heaters lights and the oven all switched on about an hour before we were due to meet, so it was nicely warmed up. Some 22 people attended and enjoyed a choice of main courses and deserts followed by coffee. We had a variety of items for auction, cakes plants preserves cordials etc. Claire Rivett did her usual magnificent job of extracting money from prospective bidders. It was an enjoyable occasion and the menu seemed to suit everyone if requests for seconds were anything to go by. A grateful thanks to all who helped and most Downton Abbey followers were home in time! A very satisfactory sum of £257.50 was raised. See the “What’s on” section on p.2 for dates for your diary with Christmas on the horizon.

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THREE GOOD STIFFKEY STITCHERS The Stiffkey Church registers give three women who, upon their marriages, gave their profession as 'Mantuamakers' A mantua was a long sleeved coat dress that was popular in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. They had extensive skirts and were highly decorative and expensive since they were made mainly of embroidered silk. They were generally a high class garment which was statutory wear at court even when they had long gone out of fashion right up to the late 1700s. Few survive because of their delicate nature. One was sold for over £80,000 in 2007 and is now in the collection at Kensington Palace. By the time these ladies married the mantua was no longer a garment of fashion but the term 'mantua-maker' was still being used to indicate a person who was capable of making women's clothing of the highest quality. The term would distinguish them from the more common 'dressmaker' or 'sempstress.' In all probability they would have served an apprenticeship of some kind. These three ladies were Ann Maria Dack, Mary Griffin and Maria Dye and their fortunes were mixed. Ann Maria Dack (born 1815) married Mark Larner (shoemaker) at Stiffkey in 1837. Their child Mary was born in 1838 but it seems that both Ann Maria and the child Mary both died before 1841 when the widowed Mark married Ann Baker. Mary Griffin (born 1823 at Stiffkey) married James Moy in 1843. Their daughter Caroline Elizabeth was christened there on 12.5.1844. Sadly Mary also died young and was buried at Stiffkey on 16.1.1846. Even more tragically the young Caroline was orphaned when her father passed away soon after. Happily the child was taken under the roof of the local Rector, the Rev Randall Brereton, where she is given, in the 1851 Census, as orphaned and a scholar. The third lady, Maria Dye (born 1823 in Stiffkey) fared much better. She married George Wordingham in Stiffkey in 1844. They went on to produce eight children and eventually moved north with their family before 1881. Geraldine Green SLHG

GAMBIAN EVENING The Gambian Drumming evening held on October 13th in the Blakeney Harbour Rooms raised £950 for Albaraca Nursery School. It was great fun and the Trustees and children thank all those who attended, helped and supported the event. Vivien Horobin

NATURE NOTES As winter closes in we can look back on a dreadful summer. Maybe the sugar beet prospered and the cereal harvest was not too bad. But wildlife suffered grievously. And I have never known such a bad year for fruit. I gathered 4 plums off our usually heavily laden tree. Usually we make 10lbs of jam. Even the apples have failed – all due to driving rain preventing pollination in April/May. The huge ‘fall’ of thrushes in the foggy period in November was a remarkable affair. Tens of thousands of Redwings, Fieldfares, Thrushes, Blackbirds and Robins smothered the coast from Hunstanton to Cromer. Balked by the fog they lingered on fields and in hedgerows – with rarities like Yellow-browed Warblers a speciality Red flanked Bluetail, which drew hundreds of birdwatchers to Stiffkey. An ornithological freak situation which will long be remembered. Ash tree disease – a fungus, seems to have arrived. Why for goodness sake, the government and Forestry Commission didn’t clamp down on imports earlier is incomprehensible. They have had about 5 years warning from European outbreaks. At least the veterinary authorities are now quicker off the mark with air-borne infectious diseases of sheep and cattle; with control programmes. Try taking an eating apple in your pocket into Australia. You will be hustled off the premises and disinfected! Our border controls are a disgrace. Is the north Norfolk Coast the best nature reserve on Europe? From the Wash to Cromer surely our pristine salt marshes, all protected, are a jewel in the conservation crown. This doesn’t mean to say that traditional shellfish industries, samphire gathering and wildfowling should not continue – as, in fact, they do. A balance can continue with local interests properly respected. Pightle

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Musical mission 25 children from Langham Village School joined some 1200 children from 36 other UK primary schools to sing in the annual Barnardo’s charity concert on Tuesday 6 November, the third year our school has taken part. The event took place in the awe-inspiring surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall in London. It was an emotional occasion for the proud parents who went along, to see so many children singing so beautifully together in such a good cause.

SCHOOL NEWS

The Langham Village School contingent had the distinction of being the furthest travelled participants. For the children and staff who accompanied them it was an exhausting day – the coach left Langham School at 6am in the morning, they rehearsed from 10am till the concert began at 6.30pm, and arrived back at Langham at 1am. Everyone who took part or attended agreed it was well worth the sleepy heads next day.

The first half of the Autumn term seemed to disappear in a flash as Langham Village School dived back into the academic year busier than ever. The season was celebrated in style as always, with a highly entertaining Harvest Festival in Langham Church on 24 October. Class 1 (aged 4 – 6) charmed the audience with a delightful song about fruit and vegetables growing while Class 2 (aged 6 – 9) focused on healthy lunch boxes. Class 3 (aged 9 – 11) brought a rock’n’roll touch to the Harvest and enacted the cycle of sowing, reaping and processing the food we grow in the earth.

A sport for all seasons Children from Langham Village School took part in the Greshams cross-country run on 5 October. Well done to Blue Wilson who came second in the girls under-11 race.

Out and about Class 3 got out and about straight away in the second year of its Beach Project with a trip to Holkham Beach to identify and classify different types of tree. The children were undaunted by the very wet day and enjoyed a good splash around, fortified by hot chocolate provided by Helen Ward who is one of the volunteers accompanying the class. Besides being an opportunity for a fun trip out, the Beach project gives the children the chance to do hands-on scientific and environmental research with the resources we are lucky enough to have on our door-step – very few other UK schoolchildren have such an opportunity. Thanks go to Charlie Ward, one of the school Governors, who initiated the project, and to Natural England for their support. The first year was such a success that the National Trust may also get involved, providing access to their local coastal sites.

As the nights draw in and the weather freshens, archery on the field has given way to fencing, giving the chance to experience a diverse range of sports and keep fit all year round. Farewell Mrs Osborne and welcome Miss Hunt Best wishes to Mrs Osborne in Class 2 who is leaving the school at Christmas following a family move to Reepham. Mrs Osborne has made a tremendous contribution to Class 2 during her time with the school and has taken the lead on artistic activities for the class. A warm Langham welcome to Birgitta Hunt who joins the school to teach in Class 2 alongside senior teacher Vee Hopkins. Countdown to Christmas On top of all its academic and sporting activities the school is now busily preparing for Christmas. The children have designed their own individual Christmas cards and are enthusiastically rehearsing for the Christmas show and carol concert. Over the next few weeks they will be hard at work making crafts and baking for the school Christmas Fayre on Saturday 8 December, 10am – 12 noon. Everyone is welcome to join us at the school for a morning of Christmas festivities with coffee and mince pies, raffle, games and perhaps even an appearance from Father Christmas himself. All funds raised go to support the children’s trips and activities throughout the year.

Class 3 also had a trip to Brancaster Millennium Centre in October to see the wildlife there. The children reported their adventures on the school website - “We saw harvested mussels and oysters, egrets, oyster-catchers, terns, kelp, sea mat and many species unique to the salt marsh. We got extremely muddy whilst jumping the creeks and wading through thick stodgy silt. We saw two areas of sinking sand where a fresh water spring broke through the surface. Most of us had a wonderful time jumping in and being hauled out.” Take a look at www.langhamvillageschool.com to read the full details and see pictures from the day.

You can keep up with all the school activities at www.langhamvillageschool.com, it’s well worth a visit.

A third trip was to Wells beach where the children learned to use compasses and completed a nature hunt.

Anne-Marie Coe

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

HAMLYN PEST CONTROL Fully Insured - NPTA Member Control of Rats, Mice, Wasps etc 01263 860112 or 861587

PROFESSIONAL HAIR STYLIST

A. R. Pigott Painter & Decorator

Salon quality in the comfort of your own home

Call Laura for Appointments 07810 660043 SIVANANDA YOGA CLASS

Cley: 01263 741013

Richard Redmayne 01263 862289

FIREWOOD BRIQUETTES 10kg bags ÂŁ3.20. Discount for 10+ bags Possible local delivery Bunting - Tel: 01328 829253

Gary Waller

ROBIN PEEL GARDEN SERVICES

Inside Out Painter & Decorator and Carpet Cleaning

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

Tel:01263 860705 Mob: 07990 993406

Tel: 01328 830694 or 07717 418725

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

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

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Local Lynx 87 - December 2012/January 2013  

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

Local Lynx 87 - December 2012/January 2013  

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

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