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March 2019

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The Mundford Messenger Editor’s Message

In this Issue

We’ve had a fantastic response to our first issue. You can read a selection of your comments on page 22. We have also had some offers to pay a cover price, however, there is no need as our costs are all covered by our advertisers.

Mundford Parish Council....................6

We are distributing 900 copies, ten issues per year, free to homes in Mundford, Ickburgh, Cranwich, Buckingham Tofts, West Tofts and Lynford Cross. Surplus copies will be left with local businesses. If you didn’t receive a copy last month (or got two), then please let us know.

Historic Mundford ............................ 21

Copies of current and past issues are also available on our website:

Distribution: Patsie & David Allen Tel. 879184 distribution@

Schools ...................................................8 Brownies ............................................. 11 Fundraising ........................................ 13 ToadWatch ......................................... 17 Cinnamon Trust................................. 19 Events .................................................. 24 Sporting Life ....................................... 29

Clubs.................................................... 35 Gardening........................................... 40 Recipes ................................................ 43

Contact Us

We now have enough volunteers to help out for the time being, but more are always welcome, so as to cover incapacity and holidays.

Advertising: Serena Barnes Tel. 07395 263626 ads@

Thank you to the following people for help with this issue: Trevor Lockwood, Sally Dando and Paul Godfrey.

Editor: Rosemary Godfrey Tel. 07395 264449 editor@

Rosemary (editor) , Serena (treasurer) and the Messenger team

Issue 002 Cover photo from online stock library.

The deadline for our April issue is 15th March 2019 All inclusions at our discretion. Visit our website to read our full terms and conditions. 5

Mundford Parish Council Parish Council Elections The Parish Council elections take place on the 2nd May 2019 and we are looking for new Councillors to join the Parish Council. The Parish Council meets on the first Thursday of the month. If you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor please contact the Parish Clerk. Any applications for the position of Parish Councillor have to be completed and delivered to Breckland Council Offices between the 20th March and the 3rd April 2019 by 4.00pm. The Annual Parish Council Meeting will take place at the meeting on 9th May in the Cricket Club at 7.30pm.

Thank you to our Volunteers The Parish Council and residents of Mundford would like to say THANK YOU to our volunteers who joined our litter pick on the 6th February, especially the two newcomers! It was a pleasant day and our team showed up for duty and around ten bags of rubbish were collected. We are always looking for more volunteers and we meet around every 6 weeks, so if you have 1-2 hours to spare and would like to join us please contact the clerk. All equipment is supplied.

Swaffham Road The Parish Council have been chasing Highways to get the repairs to the white fence barriers on both sides of the Swaffham Road done, following the three recent accidents. These are due to take place imminently.

Allotment Waiting List Although the Parish Council currently have no allotments going spare, we could do with having some names on our waiting list. If you would like to be put on this list (this is also open to Cranwich and Ickburgh residents) please contact the clerk.

The Parish Council have also applied for a grant to extend the pavement on the village side of the Swaffham Road to a more suitable crossing point some 45 metres towards Swaffham. We expect to hear from Parish Partnership Scheme at the end of March.

Annual Parish Meeting The Parish Council look forward to seeing members of the village at our Annual Parish Meeting to be held in the Cricket Club on 4th April 2019 at 7.10pm when you can come along and meet the Council and have your say on whatever village matters you wish.

Commemorative Tree Planting The Parish Council have now purchased the tree to be planted near the Remembrance Memorial to 6

Mundford Parish Council commemorate the 100th Remembrance Day Anniversary. This will include a plaque adjacent to the tree.

Parish Office Opening Hours Our new Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer Samantha King is now settled into her position in the Parish Council Office. The Parish Council Office opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 11am. Samantha is always pleased to see anyone who has anything to discuss with the Parish Council or any items to go onto the Parish website.

The Parish Council have also purchased a flag pole for use on specific occasions during the year to be located adjacent to the memorial. We are also replacing the litter bins near the car park with a single bin. These will hopefully be installed during the next few months.

Next Meetings The next three Parish Council Meetings will be held at the Cricket Club on Thursdays:

The New Mundford Messenger Magazine The Parish Council would like to thank all the team responsible for the production and delivery of the new magazine.

7th March 7.30pm Annual Parish Meeting 4th April 7.10pm Annual Parish Council Meeting 9th May 7.30pm

The first issue was extremely well received throughout the village and we congratulate them.

Agendas are posted on the noticeboard and website five working days before each meeting. The public and press are welcome to attend. Dates are subject to change so please check beforehand.

We are pleased to hear that sufficient advertising revenue has been received to ensure the magazine continues for a long time to come. Well done!

Mundford Parish Council Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer: Mrs Samantha King 2a Swaffham Road, Mundford, Thetford, Norfolk, IP26 5EH 01842 879152 The Parish Office is manned Monday to Friday 9.00am-11.00am 7


Mundford C Of E Primary Academy St Leonards St, Mundford, Thetford, IP26 5ED

We are open Monday to Friday 8.30am-4.00pm during term time. We welcome children from 2 years of age through to school age and offer both 15 & 30 funded hours.

01842 878278 churchsidefederation.

Contact us on 07787 205924 or find us on facebook.

1st March is St David's Day! St David is the patron saint of Wales. To mark the day, Welsh people around the world wear one or both of Wales's national emblems - a daffodil and a leek. Special events are also held in his honour. St David was born some time in between 462 and 515 AD, on the south-west coast of Wales, near to where the city of St Davids is today. It is believed that he lived for over 100 years and died on Tuesday 1st March 589. 'Do the little things in life' is a well-known phrase in Wales thought to originate from St David’s last words.


Iceni Academy The year started very well for our students and that has continued into February!

A group of our gifted and talented students had the chance to attend the West Norfolk University Challenge Conference held at the College of West Anglia. I am really pleased to tell you that they were an absolute credit to our Academy and Community. I’m always delighted to win medals but it actually meant just as much to see how they worked with equally talented peers from other schools.

In the last couple of weeks, I met with the Army again about the Combined Cadet Force but, most importantly, I’ve also met contractors arranging the new toilets! I probably shouldn’t be so excited about new toilets but I am! I want our students to have the best I can secure for them.

Our Computing Ambassadors also got competitive and took their skills and enthusiasm to a Lego robot competition which took place at the Forum in Norwich. This was a particular moment of pride for me because they won the trophy for public interaction and this reflects the skills that I want Iceni students to develop.

Since I last updated you, we have also had some more visitors from Primary Partners for various things including sports tournaments and Mandarin masterclasses! We’ve also had the BBC in filming in our Modern Foreign Languages department about how we are bucking the national trend and getting more students engaged with languages. I hope that you enjoy the feature if you see it after half term on Look East.

Over the next few months I am keen to work with you to open up the use of our facilities for those who wish to hire them outside the school day. If you are interested please email Beth at

Continuing the international theme, we also hosted some Chinese students from Bury Language School on an exchange visit to England. During their visit to us the students were buddied up with some of our Year 7s who are studying Chinese.

Thank you for reading and, as always, thank you for your support. I never take it for granted and really appreciate it.

We have continued our efforts to engage our young people in politics too with a visit of Baroness Scott. She was brilliant at engaging with the students and dispelling some myths about life as a peer!

Stephen Plume, Principal Iceni Academy (Methwold) 01366 728333 9


Saturdays 12.00pm-2.00pm at Mundford Bowls Club Homemade soup with a roll Cup of Tea or Coffee Homemade Shortbread (as recipe in February’s Mundford Messenger) Price £3.50 March 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th and April 6th, 13th, 20th All Welcome!


Brownies The girls volunteered to help at Mundford School fete, running a Lucky Dip stall. Our next funding raising event was organising a dog show at North Pickenham. We had stalls of homemade cakes and one selling pet products. The girls took turns working on the stalls or helping the judge with rosettes for the winners. We made a profit of £135.

Mundford Brownies offer a huge variety of activities and would love more members. To whet your appetite here is a summary of what the girls got up to last year. We started with a visit to Methwold Fire station, learning all about keeping safe, avoiding accidents and preventing fires in the home. The fun side of using the fire hose involved everyone getting wet.

The girls worked on badges doing scientific experiments, dabbling in art creations completing Fire Safety badge, First Aid, Sleep Over badge, road safety and working towards many more.

Easter was celebrated with an egg hunt searching for over 200 small eggs.

The Autumn meetings began with Knowing One’s Self and Century Time Travel, with the girls dressing from the period of 1915 to 1960’s.

First Aid instruction earned the girls badges. They also learnt how to do Casualty Makeup with some very realistic big boils, cut knees and burns.

We celebrated the end of First and Second World Wars with music played on a windup gramophone. We had a cinema night with silent movies and an attendant with ice creams and sweeties. The girls embraced how time has changed life.

We started June off with our first Fund Raiser at Morrisons in King’s Lynn earning £117 by bag packing. June was a busy month with the girls learning how to pitch tents ready for our Sleep Over in Swaffham in July. We visited Methwold Fire station again, learning all about the fire engine and practicing with the fire hose, - it was a hot evening so no-one minded getting wet, again!

The girls helped at the Afternoon Tea to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War. They all worked very hard and were well praised. I am very proud of my Brownies, especially for turning out for 11


Remembrance Sunday. We started with the church service and Sophie T, taking the Brownie flag to the altar. At the Mundford Memorial, we and many others placed wreaths.

Wednesdays 6.00pm-7.30pm at Mundford Village Hall for girls aged 7-10yrs in term time only.

A surprise visit from a magician and a trip to the panto rounded off the year. 1st Mundford Brownies are absolutely super girls and I could not ask for a better unit.

Lee England (Brown Owl) 01366 328826 or 07885 735044

Lee England, Brown Owl

Spring is in the air, and we will soon be getting ready for our next Fundraising Event, which is:

We will be having a Raffle, and also a competition for the best Easter Bonnet.

Easter Quiz on Saturday 13th April

Contact Pat 878483, Jan 878324 or Syrena 878692 for further details.

7.00pm for 7.30pm start. At 46 Brecklands. In aid of P.A.C.T. Animal Sanctuary (Reg. Charity No. 1154444) and Friends of Thetford Forest.

Posters will be going up around the village shortly. Further events for 2019 are being planned, and we should have more details in next month’s issue of Mundford Messenger.

Limited amount of tickets available on a first come, first served basis. Price ÂŁ5.00 per person to include one free drink and finger buffet. Please feel free to bring your own drinks. 13



Puzzles Suduko 7







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The object is to fill all the empty squares so that the numbers 1 to 9 appear exactly once in each row, column and 3x3 box.





Word Search Find these spring flowers: horizontally, vertically or diagonally in any direction.



















ToadWatch Patrollers Until the tunnels are in place, the ToadWatch patrollers will continue to do their bit to help the toads. Recently, we were presented with an award for our environmental contribution from the Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership and received a ‘Highly Commended’ in the Community Biodiversity Awards. This award recognised everyone’s efforts in moving thousands of toads safely across our busy roads, thus helping to preserve one of the largest populations of the Bufo Bufo toad in the UK.

I belong to the local ToadWatch group which covers Cranwich, Oxborough and Cockley Cley. It consists of volunteers, who patrol the roads and ‘drift fence trap’ every evening throughout the migration, usually from February to April, depending on the weather. We release toads from the collecting buckets in Cranwich at set times during the day into the designated ponds/lakes nearby. The main movement takes place around dusk on milder and wetter evenings. Unfortunately, as this coincides with one of the peak traffic times, many toads are lost.

A small amount of time given up each spring, not only helps one of our struggling native species, but also clears out the winter cobwebs and fights the post-Christmas bulge. It’s cheaper than any gym and is doing something positive in the process. Extra helpers are always welcome. The bucket traps are emptied during the day during busy spells (an ideal way to introduce youngsters to wildlife) and if anyone can do an odd evening (usually 1-2 hours) per week that is a great help and would be most appreciated.

The long-term plan is to install permanent culvert type tunnels under the A134 at Cranwich to preserve the population for future generations. The Cranwich site topped the Froglife Toads on Roads campaign for the whole of the UK in 2013, proving how important this population is. That year, 8217 toads were moved safely to their breeding pond. This in turn has interested national amphibian organisations who, it is hoped, will help with the tunnel project.

If you would like to come along and help the toad cause, check out the Facebook group ToadWatch Patrollers or call Donna on 07876 324231 to discuss further.

Anne McIsaac 17


Charity The Cinnamon Trust Norfolk

The Cinnamon Trust is the national charity whose wonderful volunteers help people over retirement age and those in the latter stages of a terminal illness by offering all kinds of pet care.

The Cinnamon Trust is a Registered Charity No: 1134680. The Cinnamon Trust is a limited company registered in England and Wales. Registered Office: 10 Market Square, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 4HE. Company Number 07004861

Many elderly or ill pet owners worry about their ability to provide proper care for their animals and start looking to rehome what may be their only companion, this is where our national network of dedicated volunteers step in to offer support enabling them to stay together. We’ll walk the dog for a housebound owner, we’ll foster pets when owners need hospital care, we’ll fetch the cat food, even clean out the bird cage or litter trays. If you would like our help with your pet or are interested in becoming a volunteer please call during office hours 01736 757900 or email or you can check out our website for more details



Historic Mundford

St Leonards Road (Before 1895) A very early image of St Leonards Road (looking east) which, apart from a dirt road and no footpaths, bears little change to what we see today.

These cottages were part of a package which included an Agents House and Farm Premises (on the Lynford Estate) plus these cottages in St Leonards Road. All for the princely sum of cÂŁ12,000.

Note that the garden fences are not those we normally see on the Lynford estate which are typically of a crisscross pattern.

The elderly gentleman with a pail in one hand and (what looks like) his belongings in the other begs the question, is he an itinerant worker, or someone just on his way home, and being followed by his wife?

The thatched cottage on the right before Chalk Cottage is no longer there and of course the cottages on the left which Yolande (Duvernay) Lyne Stephens commissioned and constructed c1875 are relatively newbuilds.

We will never know!

John B. Ellis


Messages Mary Mail RIP Sadly, our mum, Mary Mail, passed away on 24th January 2019. She was well known in the village as she has lived there for about 80 years and had many friends.

Allotments Vacant

Vanessa Elvin (Marys daughter)

The Northwold Combined Charities has more than a dozen allotment plots vacant that desperately need new holders.

Garth Turnball RIP We would like to thank those that kindly sent cards and messages of support after the sad loss of Garth. Thanks also for the donations to the chosen charities of the RSPCA and Cats Protection League, an incredible ÂŁ435 was given. We would like to thank the Cricket Club for the use of the facility and Karen and Stefan for giving up their time, as well as Ladybirds Catering for providing excellent food. Finally, we would like to thank Ann, Penny and Jane from the Mundford Community Car service, without whose help, Jo couldn't have visited Garth as often as she did.

A local farmer will plough the plots in March, if requested. No water supply but a bowser is placed on the plots each summer and kept filled by one of the trustees.

If you are interested contact Helaine Wyett

Jo Turnball and family

A selection of your comments on our first issue we’re so pleased that you liked it! ...a magnificent first edition!

I really enjoyed reading the new magazine and it looks great. It is so good to have a regular village magazine again. ...the village can be most proud. ...we congratulate you on a really great job., love, love the new magazine... 22

Community Groups Arboretum Volunteers on Wednesdays and Sundays 9.00am12.00pm (six morning a month). We maintain the Arboretum (mowing, pruning, tree and shrub planting, bracken and nettle control). We break for coffee and biscuits in the lodge at 10.30am. If you are interested come along or ring Roger Powell on 01842 878585.

Ramblers on Mondays except bank holidays leaving 10.00am from Mundford Cricket Club. Maximum six miles. Followed by a sociable coffee or tea. Try three walks free before joining the Ramblers Association. Arranged by Breckland Brisk Walkers who walk daily, except Saturdays, in six locations. Contact: Keith Thomas 01760 756455.

Bell Ringing at St Leonard’s Church for Sunday Services and special occasions. Tower Captain: J Griggs. We practice on Wednesdays from 6.30pm and welcome new members. Please ring Margaret 01842 878325 before turning up.

Over 60’s first Wednesday of each month 2.00pm at Mundford Village Hall. Contact: Joan or Carol Clarke 01842 878136. Parent & Toddler Group on Thursdays 9:30am-11:30am during term time at Mundford Village Hall. Contact: Joanna Findlay 07534 537600. Facebook ‘Mundford Parent and Toddler Group’

Carpet Bowls on Mondays 7.00pm9.30pm at Mundford Village Hall. Contact: Ann Rayner 01842 878409 or Brian Perry 01842 878435

Running Club on Tuesdays leaving 7.00pm from Mundford Village Hall car park. Are you looking to get fitter? Training for an event? Bored of the gym? Just want to get out of the house? Then this is the group for you. All abilities welcome. Free. Contact: Paul Reeve 07899 805019.

Choir Practice on Saturdays 10.00am11.30am at St Mary’s Church, Cranwich. The Village Voices Choir is a group of amateur singers, with mixed abilities, but enthusiasm and an enjoyment of singing. Just turn up or contact: Felicity Moon 01362 820632. Cycling Group on Sundays leaving from Mundford Village Hall car park. The cycling group rides 20-30 miles. Summer leaving at 8.30am around the byroads. Winter leaving at 9.00am off-road in the forest. Contact: Graham Brickett 01366 328877. 23

Regular Events Monday 9.15am-10.15am 10.00am 6.00pm-9.00pm 7.00pm-9.30pm

Pilates - Village Hall Ramblers - Cricket Club Car Park Pilates (3 classes) - Village Hall Carpet Bowls - Village Hall

Tuesday 7.00pm-8.00pm 7.00pm

Martial Arts - Village Hall Running Club - Village Hall Car Park

Wednesday 9.00am-12.00pm 1.45pm-3.45pm 6.00pm -7.00pm 6.00pm-7.30pm 6.30pm

Lynford Arboretum Volunteers - Arboretum Car Park Over 60’s (1st Wed monthly) - Village Hall Pilates - Village Hall Brownies (term time) - Village Hall Bell Ringing Practice - St Leonard's, Mundford

Thursday Morning 9.30am-11.30am 2.00pm-4.00pm 6.15pm-7.15pm 7.00pm-8.30pm

Forest Group GP (1st Thu monthly) - Village Hall Parent & Toddler Group (term time) - Village Hall Indoor Bowls (winter months) - Bowls Club Zumba - Village Hall Tai Chi - Village Hall

Friday 9.30am-11.30am

Slimming World - Village Hall

Saturday 10.00am-11.30am Village Voices Choir Practice - St Mary's, Cranwich

Sunday At Services 9.00am 9.00am-12.00pm

Bell Ringing - St Leonard's, Mundford Cycling Club (8.30am summer) - Village Hall Car Park Lynford Arboretum Volunteers - Arboretum Car Park

For more information about these events, visit To get your event listed on these pages, please email 24

Events this Month Churches' Soup on Saturdays throughout Lent. Homemade soup with a roll. Cup of Tea or Coffee. Homemade Shortbread. Price £3.50. All Welcome!

Northwold Film Nights 1st March 2019 at 7.30pm Northwold Village Hall "Mamma Mia! Here we go again". Five Years after events of the first "Mamma Mia" Sophie prepares for the grand reopening of the Hotel Bella Donna as she learns more about her mother's past. The brilliant cast includes Lily James, Cher, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan. Doors open at 7.00pm. Show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets £6 on the door or £5 if booked in advance from Ann Howarth 01366 727772.

Mundford Lunch Club 13th March 2019 at 1.00pm Mundford Bowls Club Our Lunch Club offers an informal place for both men and women to meet over a home-cooked meal, followed by an activity, tea and a raffle. £5 per month or make an annual payment of £25. To book, please contact Angela by phone 878680, five days beforehand. For March, the menu is steak, mushroom and ale pie with garlic and parmesan mash, followed by sticky pear and ginger pudding.

West Norfolk Aviation Society 5th March 2019 at 7.00pm - Mundford Bowls Club Meeting of the West Norfolk Aviation Society. A visit to the workshop of WNAS member Roger B, who builds large scale WW1 fighter planes for his personal transport.

Booze & Brushes 15th March 2019 at 7.00pm Mundford Village Hall Join me for a fun creative night while enjoying a drink or two with friends. I will provide all the supplies (not alcohol) for your 2-hour paint class and talk you through each stage step by step. You don't have to be good at painting to complete a 16x20 canvas masterpiece in this class. I have proof! Rosey Hancock - Artist. Refreshments and raffle to raise funds for Mundford Village Hall. Van Gogh Special. Doors open 6.30pm. Tickets £25 from

Parish Council Meeting 7th March 2019 at 7.30pm - Mundford Cricket Club Mundford Parish Council meeting at the Cricket Club, starts 7.30pm. The press and public are warmly invited to attend.

Lent Soup Kitchens 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th March 2019 at 12.00pm - Mundford Bowls Club St Leonard's, St Peter's and St Mary's 25

Events this Month Cricket Quiz and Curry

Horse Race Night

16th March 2019 at 8.00pm Mundford Cricket Club

30th March 2019 at 7.00pm Mundford Cricket Club

Cricket Quiz and Curry. Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start. £1.50 entry. Teams of 5 max. Home cooked curry £4.50.

Horse Race Night in aid of Mundford Youth Football Club. Tickets £2.

A spotlight on the cranes

wear plenty of warm clothes and walking boots or wellies.

Sunday 3rd March 2.00pm-6.00pm

Its boom time for bitterns

Price: Adults £15 Children £7.50 (NonMembers) Adults £12 Children £6 (Members)

Tuesday 26th March 5.00am-8.00am Price: Adults £35 (Non-Members) Adult £28 (Members)

45 minute talk about the status of cranes in Britain. Three mile walk to look for our resident birds. Although sightings aren't guaranteed, March tends to be the best month of the year to see them. Price includes a hot drink and a biscuit. Suitable for children aged 8 and above.

The majority of bittern booming surveys are done in March and April. We are offering a special opportunity for you to join one of the wardens. As well as hearing the birds boom, you are likely to see them in flight. Transport down the reserve, camp chairs, hot drinks and pastries will be provided. Please dress appropriately according to the weather conditions. Weather dependent. Maximum of four people per session.

Ghosts of the fens Sunday 17th March 4.00pm-6.30pm Price: Adults £8 Children £4 (NonMembers) Adults £6 Children £3 (Members)

Booking is Essential. Prices include entrance fees for non-members.

We are very fortunate to have at least two pairs of barn owls nesting on the reserve. Join us for a walk of up to three miles to see these beautiful ghosts of the Fens hunting. Please

To book, contact the reserve office: 01842 863400 or e-mail 26

Church Services Mundford, Hilborough & Oxborough Groups Rev. Linda Lubbe

Methodist Chapel

01842 879990 (covering for Rev. Zoe Ferguson)

Rev. Chris White 01842 753819

3rd March Mundford 9.30am Holy Communion Bodney 9.30am Morning Prayer Gt Cressingham 11.00am Holy Communion Cranwich 3.00pm Evening Prayer

Services are usually held on Sundays at 2.45pm. Please phone the minister beforehand to check whether a service is to take place.

6th March Ash Wednesday Mundford (Group Service) 7.00pm

3rd March Locally arranged

10th March Didlington 9.30am Morning Prayer Gooderstone 11.00am Holy Communion Mundford 3.00pm Stepping Stones

10th March John Browne 17th March Rev. Chris White Holy Communion

17th March Ickburgh 8.00am Holy Communion Mundford 9.30am Holy Communion Oxborough 9.30am Morning Prayer Foulden 11.00am Holy Communion

24th March Rev. Wilkinson 31st March Mr Pat Mottram

24th March Ickburgh 11.15am Morning Worship Mundford 9.30am Morning Prayer Gt Cressingham 9.30am Morning Prayer Cockley Cley 11.15am Holy Communion and Baptism

Catholic Churches

31st March Bodney 9.30am Morning Prayer Hilborough (Group Service) 11.00am Holy Communion

St Thomas of Canterbury, Brandon St Mary’s, Thetford Our Lady of Pity, Swaffham



Sporting Life From the Dug-out ………….After a recent blip in our performances, March promises to be an exciting time for Mundford FC. The 1st team are well placed for a promotion push towards the premier division of the Anglian Combination, a fantastic achievement. The reserves have stabilised their position in div 4 - under the experienced leadership of Stephen Gathercole. Our five youth teams are performing well, with most age groups challenging for honours or potential promotion - they are all a credit to our village. Watch this column for reports on our teams progress as we approach the all important and exciting end of season games View fixtures and results on FA Full Time or Anglian Combination website.

Who’s Head Do you know who this well known head belongs to? The first person to ‘name the head’ at the tea hut wins a free drink……….....WOW!!!

The Backroom Boys Over many years, two familiar figures found working on the Glebe are Doug Rolph and John Marston. Their tireless efforts help to maintain the award winning ground we all enjoy.

Mundford Football Club The Glebe, St Leonards Street

John has served the club as player, secretary and groundsman, since joining MFC in 1964. He is a Parish Councillor, a Village Hall Trustee and Cricket Club committee member. Loves Northampton FC - hates players ’messing up’ his manicured pitch!

Men’s Teams (Anglian Combination) Chairman: Trevor Mouncer 01842 878598 or 07884 445722

Doug joined the club on his return to Mundford after a number of years as a professional player in London. He has served the club as player, youth manager, president and groundsman. Loves Norwich FC - hates committees!

Youth Teams (Norfolk CY League) Secretary: Nick Brown 07981 102858

Come on you Stags!

Thank you both! 29

Sporting Life On the Square ……… After a busy winter of social events, thoughts turn to summer and the clubs ‘raison d'être’ ... Cricket! The recent mild weather has allowed an early start in preparing the square and outfield. The problem caused to the outfield by chafer bugs is recovering well and all is set to produce the high quality cricket pitch for which Mundford is renowned.

This year’s team captains will soon be selected and it will be full steam ahead to field strong sides capable of challenging in their respective leagues. Encouraging and developing our own young players, will as always, be a key objective, as will attracting local, talented, experienced, senior players. If you are a keen cricketer or can help the teams in any way, please come and join us at Mundford Cricket Club –you will be most welcome.

Blast from the Past Celebrations at Mundford Cricket Club in 1981 The 1st X1 win promotion to the then elite Alliance Premier Division, before a number of the top Norfolk teams joined - East Anglian Premier. Can you recognise any of the young supporters?

Mundford Cricket Club

Join us for our popular Quiz and Curry Night

St Leonards Street, IP26 5ED

Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start £1.50pp entry –max 5 in team. Home cooked curry £4.50

Saturday 16th March 2019 Licensed Bar open most evenings and during matches - Pool Table - Darts Big Screen TV. Interested in joining? Just pop into the clubhouse.

Clubhouse: 01842 878168 Chairman: Robin Yates Captain: Chris Brown 30

Sporting Life Bowls and Social Club

Green Open from late April to September

Mundford has an active and successful Bowls and Social Club. Members of the club range in ability from novice up to county standard so we play in a number of competitions and leagues to make sure that everyone, no matter their ability, gets a chance to join in and enjoy themselves.

Informal Carpet Bowls Thursdays at 2.00pm during winter

Social Club Fridays and Saturdays from 8.00pm Bowls Quiz Nights - as advertised

The 'A' team plays to a consistently high standard, frequently topping its Leagues, whilst the 'B' team aims to compete in, and enjoy, all its matches without necessarily expecting to win them.

Mundford Bowls Club West Hall Road, IP26 5DR Secretary: Brian Skinner 878325

The clubhouse is available for hire and a number of clubs and societies already make use of its facilities.

Event Hire (capacity 100) To book, call Val Marsh 878261

Brian Skinner, Secretary

Mundford Recreation Group and Village Hall Trust is a registered Charity No. 279624

Booze & Brushes

100 Club Last year we paid out nearly £300 in prizes. For £2 per month, you could be a winner! Get your application form by calling 03300 100391, from our website or the village hall foyer.

Friday 15th March 2019 7.00pm-9.00pm £25

Mundford Village Hall St Leonards Street, IP26 5DW

Activities at the Village Hall There is a host of activities going on at the hall every week. To find out what's on, visit our website. We also run fundraising events throughout the year.

Secretary: 03300 100391 Hire To book, call 003300 100390 or email 31




Clubs rubbish is now regarded as treasure and it was exhibited here with pride; recoveries included sections of heavy duty communication cables, and a cast iron pot containing HV transformer and circuitry for the ignition of the FIDO petrol burners. These dual purpose devices could provide runway lighting with fog dispersal properties. Are there signs of the emergence of an aviation museum on the horizon?

West Norfolk Aviation Society The scheduled meeting of the WNAS was convened as usual at the Mundford Bowls Club on Tuesday 5th of February. There was no guest speaker on this occasion but, some 30 members gathered at the event with the expectation of participating in a DIY forum designed to provide, and/ or, impart information on aeronautical matters. All the interrogative pronouns were out in force: what, where, when and who, seemed to be the order of the evening but, for some, the whys and the hows were in short supply. A director might have been useful; someone to delegate whether a shyone or a showman should take the floor. But, without the anecdotal prowess of those who had the courage to speak and, the participation by our hosts, Len and Val, the evening would have been a far less jolly affair.

Next month, we look forward to a visit to the workshop of WNAS member Roger B, an unassuming gentleman whose apparent shyness overshadows his technical ability; he builds large scale WW1 fighter planes for his personal transport.

Nigel Tooth, Press Officer The West Norfolk Aviation Society meets on the first Tuesday of each month 7.00pm at Mundford Bowls Club

An additional attraction to the evening’s entertainment was Dennis’ Display: Once discarded wartime



Clubs We have an interesting month coming up at Brandon & District Photography Club, one not to be missed. Just two sessions this month but both are well worth coming to.

Firstly, on Wednesday 13th March we are being visited by Justin Minns, a professional landscape photographer who specialises in capturing atmospheric images of East Anglia for clients including the National Trust. Justin also runs various workshops throughout the year and has been widely published on book and magazine covers to jam jars and puzzles. This will be an evening well worth coming to and not just for members, anyone is welcome to join us on that evening, so please contact us if you would like to come along, on 01842 752217 or email on If you are new to the art of photography then please come along to either of these meetings, meet our members and see how joining us can improve your photographic skills. More experienced photographers are also very welcome at Brandon & District Photographic Club, we all like to share our experiences and knowledge and encourage skilled photographers to join us; we can all learn from each other.

We have one Competition planned for this month, on Wednesday 27th March, images can be submitted in Colour, Mono or Digitally Creative and the set subject this time is in the Creative Digital Section under the title of ‘Looking Up’. This subject has had several members scratching their heads for ideas, so an interesting evening is certainly on the cards. The other two sections, Mono and Colour are both free subjects, so members, please look out your very best photos. For more details please contact Tim Bridge on 01842 81300 or email

Everyone is welcome to join in and we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 13th and/or 27th March, or, of course, on both evenings! Don’t forget you can follow us on facebook and keep up to date with what’s going on. Check out our website on

Denise Whiting, Marketing


Women of Oxburgh - Talks Visit us this Mother's day weekend and find out more about the women of Oxburgh Hall. Talks last approximately 20 minutes and will take place in the Saloon or courtyard depending on the weather. 31st March 11.30am, 1.00pm and 2.30pm

Booking not needed. Free event (admission applies).

Breckland Cancer Support Group

Cancer HOPE Courses Free, small group sessions, each 2.5 hours, over 6 weeks.

Serving the Breckland district of Brandon, Lakenheath, Mildenhall and Thetford.

Bury St Edmunds 26th February to 2nd April The Quaker Meeting House, St Johns Street, Bury St Edmunds.

Monthly meetings held at the Keystone Innovation Centre, Croxton Road, Thetford, IP24 1JD on the second Wednesday of the month 10.30am–12.30pm. Informal gathering for a coffee/chat and occasional speakers.

Thetford 24th April to 29th May Keystone Innovation Centre, Croxton Road, Thetford. To sign up or for more information contact Lilla or Madeline by phone 01284 713023 or email

Phone 07922 525375 or email brecklandsupportgroup 38

Clubs Feltwell Golf Club - A Course to be Proud Of Our AGM will be held on Wednesday 13th March in the Clubhouse at 19.00. All members are encouraged to come along to hear what has been achieved in the past year and what may be in store for the Club in the coming year as well as vote for the vacant positions on the Committee and in the Club. make an evening of it and have a meal, food will be served from 6.00pm. These evenings are growing in popularity, so phone now to book your table for the evening on 01842 827644.

Our members have not been daunted by the cold winter weather, Winter Leagues continue and will very soon draw to a close, when we will see the start of a series of 2019 Friendlies and Club Competitions. We encourage everyone with a current handicap to enter the Club Competitions and put their names up for the Friendlies – a chance for you to play other courses.

Remember visitors are always welcome at Feltwell Golf Club – you don’t have to be a member or even come with a member. Simply, enquire in the office, Pro Shop or the Bar, buy your ticket and enjoy a game of golf. To help encourage visitors to our course we operate a LOYALTY SCHEME for Green Fee players. Be sure to get your card and for every 5 times you use the course you get your 6th game FREE.

The evenings will start to draw out in March, giving us the chance to take advantage of a first-class golf course on our doorstep after work or school hours. There is always “Time for 9” and we welcome all comers to the course, whether you already play or are new to the sport. We have excellent opportunities for lessons and hope to start up some ‘New to Golf’ courses during the summer for both ladies and gents – more information in the next issue.

Follow us on facebook and keep up to date with what’s going on at Feltwell Golf Club. Remember you are never too young or too old to start playing golf and we look forward to seeing you soon at FELTWELL GOLF CLUB

March’s Quiz Night will be held on Thursday 28th March 2019 starting at 7.30pm, however, if you would like to

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Gardening March is the beginning of the busy gardening season. It can be a challenging month too, with unpredictable wind and frosts. Now is also the time to turn your thoughts to summer and your summer planting schemes as many seeds and bulbs should be planted now.

weeds are not controlled they can quickly establish into large patches and choke out the grass, leaving the lawn looking untidy and neglected. There are two main methods of controlling weeds, by hand or with the use of chemicals. Selective lawn weed killers are available in two types, a liquid or all-in-one granular product. If you only have a few weeds then a granular all in one product will also control moss and fertilise the lawn. Where weeds are more prevalent for small areas a ready to use spray weed killer is suitable, or for larger areas a concentrated liquid which can be diluted is preferred. Selective lawn weed killers work better when the weeds are growing rapidly. If you

Over the past couple of months my inbox and social media pages have been full of the same question “what can I do to repair my lawn following last summers drought?”. Now that the soil is warming up its time to start tackling these issues (if you didn’t last autumn). As the grass perished, weeds quickly took hold in the bare soil. If lawn


Gardening choose to use a liquid weed killer make sure to use one that’s suitable for lawns and NOT a total weed killer which will kill the grass too. Once you’ve applied a weed killer its time to move onto the following steps:

overseeding. All of the above will promote a healthy lawn, which will help prevent, not only weeds but many other common lawn care problems. However it is important to remember that if the lawn is not maintained properly, lawn weeds and moss are likely to keep returning.

Cut lawn edges with a half-moon edging iron to ensure they look neat and well shaped. Scarify with a spring-tine rake to remove dead grass, thatch and other debris that will otherwise prevent healthy grass growth.

Top Tips for March: 1. Plant out chitted early seed potatoes, shallots & onions. 2. Protect newly emerging shoots from slugs and snails

Aerate the lawn with a garden fork or hollow-tined aerator to improve drainage and help reduce waterlogging problems and so make the grass grow better.

3. Keep on top of weeds, as they will complete with garden plants for water and nutrients.

4. Sprinkle a general purpose fertiliser in borders around shrubs and perennials.

After aerating, brush a dressing of top soil onto the lawn to further improve drainage and ensure healthy grass growth.

5. Prune winter flowering shrubs such as mahonia, heathers, and winter jasmine as soon as flowering has ended.

Apply a spring lawn fertiliser (if you didn’t use an all-in-one product in step one)

6. As the flowers from daffodil and narcissus bulbs fade, carefully remove the flower head to prevent seed setting, leave the leaves to die down naturally.

The final step is overseeding. This should ideally follow the moss control, scarifying, aeration and feeding as part of the spring lawn care program. The scarification and aeration operations will leave a nice seed bed, which will encourage both germination and establishment. If you have used a weed or moss killer ensure that you follow the manufactures guidelines before

Whatever March brings, I hope you are all able to enjoy some time outside in your garden.

Rachel Sobiechowski BSc (Hons) P&R Garden Supplies 41


Recipes Lemon Posset This is a lovely traditional lemon dessert which pairs perfectly with the shortbread hearts in last month’s magazine, also a perfect dessert for Mother’s Day. Ingredients: 300ml double cream 100g caster sugar 2 lemons ( zest and juice) Method:

1. Put the cream, sugar and lemon juice into a saucepan over a gentle heat to melt the sugar. 2. Increase the heat till almost boiling and stir for 3-4 mins. 3. Remove from the heat and whisk in the lemon juice. 4. Pour the mixture into 4 small pots or glasses and refrigerate for about 3 hours until set. 5. Top with fresh berries and serve with a shortbread biscuit.

Heidi, GLADYS ice Cream & Cakes

Tuesday 5th March is Pancake Day Ingredients: 110g plain flour | Pinch of salt |2 large eggs | 275ml milk/water 1. Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl, make a well in the middle, break the eggs into it and add a little of the milk/water. 2. Whisk the eggs, working in the flour and adding more milk/water a little at a time until all the flour and liquid is incorporated and the batter is smooth. 3. Heat a little vegetable oil in a 17cm heavy-base frying pan until it’s really hot. Wipe excess oil away with kitchen paper. 4. Add approx. 35ml batter to the pan and swirl it around to cover the whole base. After half-a-minute, flip it with a spatula. Serve sprinkled with caster sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice. 43


West Norfolk Community Transport

Through Mundford into Thetford on Monday and Tuesday mornings.

Through Mundford to Tesco in Thetford on Tuesday mornings.

£4 return

£4 return

Pre-book by calling the Swaffham office 0300 123 1145

Pre-book by calling the Kings Lynn office 01553 770310

The Community Car Scheme

This scheme may be used by any resident without access to a car. Please give 48 hours’ notice and avoid phoning at weekends (unless it is a real emergency). A mileage fee is paid to the driver. Contact Ann Shepherd 01842 878872 Volunteer drivers always needed. 45

Norfolk County Council

Mobile Library

For all enquiries about this route (DOW126) please call 01366 383073. Mondays 11-Mar-19 | 25-Mar-19 Cranwich Mundford Mundford Mundford Mundford Mundford Mundford Mundford West Tofts Mundford Mundford Ickburgh

10:05 10:20 10:25 10:40 10:45 11:00 11:05 11:35 11:40 11:55 12:00 12:10 12:15 12:40 12:45 13:00 14:10 14:25 14:30 14:45 14:50 15:10 15:20 15:35

Lay-by Bracken Rise Impson Way Brecklands Fir Close Church Lane Wissey View The Lammas Home Farm The Crown Malsters Close Ashburton Road

IP26 5JN IP26 5JS IP26 5JU IP26 5EF IP26 5EE IP26 5DL IP26 5DZ IP26 5DT IP26 5EN IP26 5HS IP26 5HJ IP26 5JA

Royal Mail Final Collection Times

NHS Blood Donor Sessions Venues Nearest Mundford Harvest Centre, Fengate Drove, Weeting, Brandon, IP27 0PW

Mundford Post Office Monday to Friday 5.15pm Saturday 11.45am

The Guildhall Complex, Cage Lane, Thetford, IP24 2DS

Post box by the Bowls Club Monday to Friday 4.00pm Saturday 9.00am

Swaffham Assembly Rooms, Market Place, Swaffham, PE37 7AB

Post box in Fir Close Monday to Friday 9.00am Saturday 7.00am

Queens Hall, Norwich Road, Watton, Thetford, IP25 6DA To book call 0300 123 2323 or visit 46

Directory Medical Forest Group Practice Brandon Medical Practice Feltwell Surgery West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kings Lynn Macmillan Cancer Support Centre NHS Direct (non-emergency)

01842 810206 01842 810388 01842 828481 01284 713000 01553 766266 01284 713023 111

Police Bedingfeld & Forest Area (non-emergency) 101 or email

Libraries Brandon Thetford

01842 810184 01842 752048

Citizens Advice Bureaus Brandon Thetford

01842 811511 01842 752777

Tourist Information Leaping Hare, Thetford

01842 751975

Councils Breckland District Council Norfolk County Council

01362 656870 0344 800 8020

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The Mundford Messenger - Issue 002  

March 2019. The Mundford Messenger is the magazine for the villages of Mundford, Ickburgh and Cranwich, Norfolk, UK.

The Mundford Messenger - Issue 002  

March 2019. The Mundford Messenger is the magazine for the villages of Mundford, Ickburgh and Cranwich, Norfolk, UK.