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PostHorn The local magazine for Scole & District

In this issue: Ordination Recognition Notable birthday Tributes and memories Meet our young reporter

Winter 2013/14 • Volume 32




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Message from the Editor It was with great sadness that we all learnt of the passing of one of our PostHorn contributors, Tony O' Shaughnessy, a great writer and a real gentleman. I am sure that I will not be the only one that will greatly miss his warm smile and engaging personality. He will be missed. A tribute to Tony is in this edition and I recommend that you read it. Rest in peace and thank you. During our regular team meetings, one of the most discussed items is advertising revenue which has to cover printing costs. In leaner times, businesses will reduce expenses and advertising is seen as one of those costs that can be saved. Magazines with small circulations such as the PostHorn can suffer first and we have indeed seen some reduction in revenue. We believe the community would want the PostHorn to have a secure future and one idea is a choice between a 24 page digital issue which can be viewed free on the internet, and a subscriber based 48 page printed issue costing £5.00 per year and posted out to those subscribers. The free issues which are currently delivered would be phased out over time. If we are to survive these economic cycles, options like these would need to be discussed further. Perhaps you could all let us know what you think of this idea in the coming weeks. In the meantime let’s look forward to Christmas, and on behalf of the team let me wish you all a good one and a happy and more prosperous 2014! Roy Philpot

Contents Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 10 Page 12 - 13 Page 19 Page 21 - 24 Page 27 Page 43

The Story of Santa Claus Thank You Award for Scole United FC Lest We Forget Rosedale Remembers at Christmas Health and Safety Church pages Top Table PC News 3



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The story of Santa Claus Christmas is celebrated the world over as a magical time of the year that brings families together in a celebration of goodwill. Each country has its own traditions, myths and legends associated with this very special time of year. Here in the UK, Father Christmas was originally part of an old English midwinter festival to celebrate the forthcoming Spring. Dressed in green, Old Winter or Sir Christmas as he was known would wander from house to house feasting with families as a sign of goodwill rather than delivering gifts. It was not until the Victorian times that he was seen in red on Christmas cards, as a result of both the charming description of him, popularised by the writer Clement Clarke Moore in his much loved poem of 1822 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' and the red bishop robes as worn by St. Nicholas. The name Santa Claus was created in America when the Dutch settlers, who founded New York, brought with them the legend of Sinter Klaas, the Dutch name for St. Nicholas, a fourth century, red robed, Turkish bishop who cared for the poor and was said to be a patron saint of children. Santa Claus is the American pronunciation of Sinter Klaas. Orphaned and left with a large inheritance as a teenager, St. Nicholas liked to give money to the poor and needy without them knowing. Legend has it that one day he climbed on to a rooftop to drop a purse of gold down the chimney of a father unable to afford the wedding dowries of his three daughters... it landed in a stocking drying by the fire! And so the tradition of a kindly gift bearer bringing presents down the chimney was created. In olden times, St. Nicholas delivered his gifts by hand. Nowadays, Father Christmas has a sleigh and team of reindeer to help him with his task. For this reason his home is where the reindeer live in Lapland, an area in the Arctic Circle that spreads across Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia. It is there that you will also find the proud and traditional nomadic reindeer herders, the Sami. And as they say there - Buorit juovllat! (Merry Christmas!)


Tony O’Shaughnessy Through the pages of PostHorn, Georgie, Mark and Ken would like to thank all those who sent cards of condolence after Tony passed away on 23rd September. Thanks also to friends and neighbours for their love and support, those who gave us flowers and for the many kind words and tributes, and especially for attending Tony's funeral on 8th October. Although Tony's heart and soul was in the Army, he was happy to settle in Scole after his long and distinguished career in The Royal Army Ordnance Corps. This was first as a military photographer and after commissioning, working in Accommodation Services. He loved living here and soon settled into village life joining the Parish Council and Royal British Legion, and with his experience of working for Age Concern (now Age UK) was able to give help and advice to many elderly residents in the village. He loved meeting with people in both The Scole Inn and Crossways discussing national and world matters as well as football, and always had a very definite view on whatever subject came up! It was Tony's wish to be buried in Tidworth Military Cemetery Hampshire and that is where he was laid to rest on 14th October with Military Honours and many family and old Army colleagues present. Georgie, Mark and Ken O'Shaughnessy

St Andrew’s Church Frenze Carols by Candlelight 7pm Tuesday 17th December 2013 Come and enjoy a magical evening of Carols and Fellowship in this historic church. Share mince pies and a glass of mulled wine to warm us at the end of the singing. 7

Harley’s Hints Jobs in the garden for December 1st week

Prune outdoor vines. Complete fruit tree pruning. Earth up spring cabbage. Protect delphiniums from slugs.

2nd week

Keep greenhouse glass clean. Sow onions in heat. Burn fruit tree prunings. Order winter washes.

3rd week

Force rhubarb. Prepare trenches for runner beans. Prune vines and peaches under glass. Topdress fruit trees with sulphate of potash.

4th week

Spray fruit trees with tar oil wash. Manure fruit trees. Order seeds. Prune large flowered clematis. Force mint. See pages 25 and 32 for January and February

Award For Scole Football Club Charter Standard Community Club of the Year On 5th September at the Norfolk FA Gala Awards Evening, held at Carrow Road, home to Norwich FC, Jake Humphrey presented Scole United FC with the Charter Standard Community Club of the Year Award. Seen here receiving the award are Club Secretary Paul Head (right) and Charter Standard Coordinator Ian Constance (left). Scole United is a Club that continues to grow year on year, with 18 teams from Under 7’s right through to Veterans, as well as having plenty of provision for female players. The Club has a philosophy to instil in its players the ambition to continue playing right through to the adult game, and welcomes interest from young people via established links with its local schools. The Club also encourages the development of players, referees, coaches and volunteers by funding training through education courses.


Scole Old Boys Club

This photograph was taken outside The Old Post Office, Diss Road, in the 30’s

We have had some luck with the “Rogues Gallery” photo shown in the last edition of the PostHorn and can now name all but one member of the British Legion. The club is still very interested in obtaining any old photographs of Scole and surrounding area. We will copy and return them, so if you can help with this request please let us know. The Roll of Honour for the First and Second World Wars and Ernest Seaman’s VC citation are both displayed in Scole Church. They have now been photographed and appear in the RBL gallery on our website. We are hoping to add another gallery for Scole Bowls Club. Scole Old Boys Club pre-Christmas Lunch will be on Wednesday 11th December at the Saracens Head, Diss. Dress code is smart casual (sorry no wellies). Unfortunately there is still no positive news to report regarding Trummy’s lost apples but hopefully someone will eventually own up and ease their conscience. Scole Old Boys’ next Club night will be on Thursday 23rd January 2014 starting at 7.30pm in Scole Sports and Social Club. If you require any further information please contact me, Dennis Noble (SEC.) Tel 740688


Scole Old Boys Club tribute to Ernest Seaman VC, a Scole old boy. Ernest Seaman was born on the 16th August 1893 in Heigham near Norwich to parents Henry and Sarah Seaman. Henry and Sarah had two daughters and seven sons, the youngest being Ernest. Ernest’s father passed away while he was still quite young. His mother later married Edward Palmer, the landlord of the Kings Head Bungay Road Scole. The whole Family then moved to Scole with Ernest attending Scole School. He was remembered by his school friends as quiet and reserved, but also as a kind and gentlemanly young lad. Ernest left Scole School and tried a number of jobs before moving to his aunt’s in Felixstowe where he worked as a pageboy at the Grand Hotel. After 3 years working at the Grand Hotel, he emmigrated to Canada in 1912. He returned to England in 1915 and tried to enlist in the Army, but unfortunately was turned down as medically unfit. In the same year he enlisted in the Army Service Corps (canteens) where he worked as a baker. By 1917 with heavy British casualties, more men were needed to fight and Ernest was re-examined and transferred into the infantry. He joined the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He saw considerable action with the 2nd battalion in the Ypres and Passchendaele areas and was promoted to Lance Corporal during this time. On Sunday 29th September 1918, Ernest Seaman, together with his colleagues of A Company, were engaged in fierce fighting near the village of Terhand in Belgium, north of the Menin Road with the right flank of his Company held up by a nest of enemy machine guns. Lance Corporal Seaman with great courage and initiative, rushed forward under heavy fire with his Lewis gun and engaged the machine gun position. He, singled handed, captured two machine guns, killed one German Officer and two German solders and took 12 German prisoners. Later in the day he repeated his heroics by capturing another enemy machine gun post under very heavy fire. He was, sadly, killed immediately afterwards. For this action, Ernest Seaman was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. At Buckingham Palace on 13th February 1919 King George V presented the medal to Ernest Seaman’s Mother Sarah. Finally wouldn’t it be a wonderful and fitting gesture the next time the Village has the opportunity to name a road/close that an Ernest Seaman Road or Close appears high on a priority list of suitable names?

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Rosedale remembers at Christmas Someone to talk to and support you during one of the most difficult times in your life is how the funeral directors at Rosedale Funeral Home see themselves. Created by experienced funeral directors who wanted to offer a caring and personal as well as a very professional service, Rosedale Funeral Home has established itself as a thoughtful company for families to honour and remember loved ones who have died. Christmas can be a very difficult time for the recently bereaved who cannot avoid the reminders that “tis the season to be jolly” but you miss the person who has died and you don’t want to be encouraged to go on as if nothing has happened. For anyone facing their first Christmas without a loved one, Rosedale have available a small booklet entitled “A not so jolly Christmas” offering practical advice on reducing pressure, re-evaluating traditions, re-defining expectations and re-living the memories. There is even a special section for helping children with their loss at Christmas. The booklet is available free of charge from any Rosedale Funeral Home. Every December, Rosedale has traditionally placed a memorial Christmas tree in each of their funerals homes and also in St. Mary’s Church in Diss. These trees are a focal point for bereaved families at a time when their loss may be most acute. Rosedale provides attractive cards for families and friends to write messages for their loved ones, no matter how long ago, or where they died. Each card is carefully hung on one of their Christmas trees, a simple but thoughtful gesture. If you would like to receive a complimentary card, please telephone the funeral home nearest to you, listed below. Over the Christmas period, funeral directors at Rosedale will be working day and night ensuring that the bereaved receive the same high level of service, providing a peaceful family atmosphere for making funeral arrangements, either in a private sitting room at the funeral home, or by visiting the bereaved in their own homes. They don’t just stop with the funeral either; they can offer practical support to stop unwanted mail addressed to the deceased, provide memory boxes and work books for bereaved children as well as resources for parents and teachers – all free of charge, and provide friendship and emotional support at their bereavement support groups. 12

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Billingford Church Thank you to all who have joined our lucky number fund raiser in Billingford. Thanks also to all who have kept the churchyard grass and hedges cut throughout the year, the church clean and flowers arranged. 13

Scole Feather Report by Trevor Raven Autumn is back again, and there are now lots of tits around in our gardens. At this time of the year mixed groups come foraging through the village and surrounding countryside. It is an excellent time to observe and identify: Blue tits, Great tits, Long-tailed tits, Coal tits and Marsh tits. They are all quite common in this area and they love peanuts and bird seed. Sometimes you can witness them all together at the feeders. Have a look at the pictures opposite, and see what you can identify. It can be a sparkling experience on a cold winter afternoon. It’s not just the resident birds that become more conspicuous at this time of the year. On late evenings in Autumn when the air is still, you can sometimes hear birds calling from overhead. A clear but penetrating, far carrying “steeef steeef steeef”. Although you cannot see them in the darkness, they are likely to be the flight calls of Redwings returning to our countryside from their summer habitat in the conifer forests of Northern Europe. They migrate at night in loose flocks arriving mostly in October and November. They come to escape the northern winter, and for the berries, that are plentiful on the trees and bushes in our countryside. In early October Mike, a professional ecologist, reported hearing Redwings flying over Ransome Avenue. When the Spring returns they will go back to their Scandinavian homes. The Golden Plover is an attractive winter visitor to our fields at this time of the year. There is a golden sheen to their wing feathers that glistens in the sunshine. They mix with flocks of Lapwing and I saw some in fields along the A140 road near to the Pulham roundabout. It was sometime after 10pm. The BBC newsreader was droning on, and the weather forecast was depressing. I was thinking of ‘early to bed’, when through the double glazing came the clear “keewic keewic“ call of a female Tawny Owl; repeated at intervals three or four times. When I opened the front door the sound was coming from the Cherry tree only 50 metres in front. Her calls continued until I could hear a reply in the distance, “u-hu-hooo”, a male. Each time she called he replied. Then she flew off. I went to bed feeling happy, and hoping she had met her true love.


Little Egrets

Blue tit The blue head and yellow front make this tit easy to recognise. Three or four birds can be on the feeders together.

Great tit The largest UK tit with a glossy black head and white cheeks. It can be quite a bully at the garden feeders, chasing off smaller birds.

Long-tailed tit If you ever thought that you had to visit a wildlife preserve or a zoo to see little egrets, think again. We saw two birds (not these ones) on the grazing fields opposite the A143 junction at Bungay Road.

Marsh tit

The long-tailed tit is easily recognised with its tiny chestnut colour, and a tail bigger than its body. Coal


The coal tit has a distinctive grey back, black cap, and white patch at the back of its neck. It has a long very thin bill, and it loves peanuts. This small dumpy looking bird has a shiny black cap, black bib and a pale belly. Despite the name, Marsh tits are most often found in broadleaf woodland, parks and gardens. 15

Sue Auckland ordained by Bishop Pictured here with Sue is The Bishop of Thetford The Rt Revd Alan Winton and our Priest in Charge Revd Nigel Tuffnell after the ordination service on 30th September at Scole St. Andrew’s Church.

Bishop of Thetford (left) Revd Nigel Tuffnell (right)

Sue has lived in Scole for over 37 years and is a well-known member of the community. For most of this time she has been a member of St. Andrew's Church. Her qualities of leadership have served her well from Play School to Bible Studies and from leading the Youth Group which first met regularly in church and then at the Pavilion.

Sue eventually became a School Governor at Scole V C Primary School. She is an encouraging presence at the Juniper Group which meets regularly in the Church and is also Vice Chair of Scole PCC. She was licensed as Reader in 2004 and felt called to the Priesthood in 2008. Her Ordination as Priest was both moving and exciting, and the number of people present from the combined Benefices of Redenhall and Scole showed how much Sue is both loved and respected.


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Hello! I’m Elizabeth Davy Some of you may know that I have recently joined the PostHorn team, due to the fact that the producers thought that a “young writer” would be an asset to the journal. Young I am at the age of just ten, climbing through my last year of Primary School. Currently I go to Scole Primary. Despite being small, the school is giving me a brilliant education, so brilliant and fun that I measure my head every day and guess what, each day it’s an inch bigger with knowledge. Lessons are incredibly fun, especially when our head teacher dresses up as weird and wonderful characters in science; nevertheless Scole School is ALWAYS 100% outstanding! This is a big opportunity for me as I have a passion for writing and an ambition to be an author; I love writing stories and am currently writing a story called “Secrets and Lies!” (Look out for it as I may even try to publish it!) I also have a love of singing and have performed at the PostHorn’s most recent party; I am also taking lessons at Diss where I practice various skills and songs. I find them incredibly helpful and fun, but the biggest event at the moment I think, is actually at school where the choir is rehearsing for VIAM Norwich (Voice in a Million). It is an event in which lots of schools take part in singing a number of songs, but if you’d like to learn more why not pop over to their website; Thank you for taking the time to read this!

Thelveton Carol Service You are invited to St. Andrew’s Church, Thelveton on Sunday 22nd December at 11am for a Carol Service. We will sing some of the best-loved carols, hear again the Christmas story, and share fellowship over a cup of tea and mince pies. For children there will be the chance to help decorate the Christmas crib, as well as a tiny angel to take home for the tree. Do join us if you can. 18

Health and Safety by Mike Rayner

When you hear or read the words “Health and Safety� what is your reaction? Do you move swiftly on, do you think that Brussels is at it again or do you give the matter due consideration? Engagement with health and safety is a daily occurrence for us, whether or not we are conscious of it. We hold doors open for each other, rather than let them slam in people’s faces. We wipe up spills to prevent slippage and so on. In doing so we are looking after each other, and discharging the Common Law Duty of Care. One aspect of Highway Engineering is known as Development Management which provides input into the planning process. The intention is not to prevent development from taking place, rather the aim is to ensure that development proposals do not create safety problems on our roads, such as creating blind junctions or accesses, or that the volume of new traffic will not overload the highway network. Where potential problems are identified, solutions are sought which is the case with the majority of planning applications. Only a few recommendations of refusal are made, but where this happens the majority of these decisions are upheld by Central Government Planning Inspectors, if appealed; Norfolk has a higher than average success rate with appeals. Central Government has drawn up standards to be applied on motorways and trunk roads, (A11, A47 and A12 in Norfolk) and they are used throughout Norfolk on the more important roads, such as those radiating from Norwich and the A143 from Gt. Yarmouth through the Waveney Valley to Bury St. Edmunds. In residential areas and streets it is acknowledged that standards applicable to motorways and other important roads, have no relevance and, in recent years, completely new standards have been devised, which rely on all users, be they pedestrians, cyclists or motorists, looking out for each other, ie discharging a duty of care. At one time, at busy highway junctions, guardrails segregated pedestrians from traffic. After experiments in London, guardrails are now used less frequently and existing installations have been removed. You will find that all guardrails have been removed from Oxford Circus. There is much that is good about Health and Safety, but it is acknowledged that it is possible to take things too far and that some of the regulations may be too restrictive. So please keep looking out for each other and you will be doing your part for Health and Safety.


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Rev. Nigel’s Christmas Message As I write this I am also preparing for Remembrance Sunday. As I do so I am particularly attracted by Isaiah 2:4, “God shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” Those words of Isaiah are words of hope in the face of the horrors of warfare. But notice, it doesn’t say that people will learn sense and turn away from war. It says that the only hope for an end to war lies not with our race, but with God. But faced with terrorist acts and war in Afghanistan, all this sounds like nothing more than “pie in the sky,” or like Christmas, a nice idea to keep the children happy. It could seem like that, but only if we knew nothing at all about God. First, these words from Isaiah are about hope for the future. They set out God’s plan for how it all will end. Second, they, like us at the moment, look forward to the coming of Jesus at Christmas. They look forward to Christmas because at Christmas we remember that God hasn’t just left us to live with the mess we’ve made. We remember that God sent his Son right into the worst of it, right into our world of terrorism, warfare and violence. In Jesus we therefore have a way of putting this “pie in the sky” from Isaiah into practice. We can do that by acting in love not hate. We can be peacemakers between our neighbours. We can sooth tensions rather than gossiping about what so-and-so did and so fanning the flames. We can learn to forgive and find that forgiveness is the only way to peace. We can do all this, not because we are better than those who have gone before us, but because, through Jesus, we have the power of God working in us to make us strong enough and brave enough to seek peace. We can even look beyond the tinsel of Christmas and ponder the words of the angels to the shepherds: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace.” (Luke 2:14) Whether you agree with me or not, I wish you a Happy Christmas! God bless you now throughout the New Year, Nigel. 21

Church Contact Details Priest in Charge Assistant Priest Curate Curate Honorary Curate Reader Reader Church Wardens (Scole) Church Secretary Scole Church Treasurers Scole Billingford Benefice

Rev. Nigel Tuffnell Rev. Clive Hudson Rev. Karen Rayner Rev. Sue Auckland Rev. Gerald Epps Lynda Mansfield Jamie Worthington Maurice Cormack Kay Liffen

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From the Records Marriages: September 14th - David Liffen and Kay Travers Baptisms: August 18th - Eva Rose TALBOT September 1st - Henry Jacob LOCKWOOD Funerals: August 28th - Walter Patterson (93) September 16th - Connie Barber (104) October 8th - Anthony O’Shaughnessy (70) Various Items Scole School enjoyed their Harvest Festival Service in St. Andrew’s Church and gifts were given to the Waveney Valley Foodbank. They will be holding their Christmas Carol Service on Thursday December 19th at 9.30am in Scole Church. Classes 3 and 4 Christmas Concert is on Monday December 9th at 2.30pm and Wriggly Nativity by Classes 1 and 2 on Wednesday December 11th in the afternoon and Thursday December 12th in the evening. Please contact the school for details of times and to obtain tickets.


Meditation takes place monthly at the Rectory, Harleston, 7.30pm to 8.30pm on the first Wednesday of the month. Contact Lucy (851148) or Sue (740325) for more information. Look out for short weekly services being held in Scole church on: Wednesdays at 11am, Thursdays at 9.15am and Saturdays at 5pm. Scole Harvest Supper was a most enjoyable feast and many thanks to the helpers, entertainers and all who came to help make it a memorable occasion. Cake and Coffee Mornings - 10am - 12 noon are on the first Saturday of each month at Scole Church. If you enjoy homemade sausage rolls, scones, cakes and a good chat, you won’t be disappointed! Instead, on December 7th, from 11am - 2.30 pm YOU are invited to a Winter Warmer! For the price of £6, enjoy soup, bacon or cheese toasties, and a pudding. Also browse stalls, including cards, crafts, cakes, tombola, a raffle and many more. All are welcome. Donations of cakes, small tombola items and raffle prizes will be gratefully received. Scole Community Christmas Celebration - December 9th at 7.30pm in Scole Church. Rick Wakeman together with Diss Salvation Army Band and other local talent will once again lead us into the Spirit of Christmas. Tickets are £7.50 and include mulled wine and mince pies. Some tickets might still be available from Scole Stores. Christmas Lunch - Georgie O’ Shaughnessy is organising a Christmas Lunch for Scole Church and friends. It will be at the White Horse, Stoke Ash on Wednesday December 4th. The cost is £11.95 for two courses and £14.95 for three, inclusive of coffee/tea, chocolate and mince pie. Anyone interested in going should contact Georgie on 740127 or Lynda on 740401 as soon as possible for menu choices.

Christmas Services St. Leonard’s Church, Billingford Billingford Carol Service is on Sunday December 22nd at 6pm and on Christmas Day there is an informal Family Service and Holy Communion at 9.30am. St. Andrew’s Church, Scole Scole Carol Service is on Sunday December 22nd at 11am and the annual Crib and Christingle service at 4.30pm on Chrismas Eve. Midnight Holy Communion is at 11.30pm. On Christmas Day at 11am there will be an informal Family Service and Holy Communion. 23


Services for Scole and Billingford 1

Sunday Sunday




22 Sunday

9.30am Billingford 11am Scole

Kaleidoscope with Children’s HC

11am Scole

HC & Children’s Church

9.30am Billingford


11am Scole

MP & Children’s Church

11am Scole

Carol Service

6pm Billingford

Christmas 24 Eve (Tuesday)


Carol Service

4.30pm Scole

Crib & Christingle

11.30pm Scole

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9.30am Billingford

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11am Scole

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11am Scole


4.30pm Scole

Celebration Service

9.30am Billingford


February Sunday








11am Scole


11am Scole

HC & Children’s Church

9.30am Billingford


11am Scole

MP & Children’s Church

11am Scole


4.30pm Scole


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For full timetables please visit our website or give us a call Depart Diss Time A Time B Service Time 08:08 08:11 2 06:54 09:33 09:36 2 07:09 11:10 2 07:29 11:50 11:53 2 09:57 13:10 13:13 584 10:50 15:05 584 12:10 17:10 584 13:40 18:05 2 14:35 19:01 584 15:30 11:10 09:57 15:40 13:24 18:10 18:25 09:05 Depart Scole

Local Bus Service Diss Bus Station Monday Time A = Time from - Reeve Close Roundabout to

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Friday Saturday

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Monday to Friday Saturday Sunday

2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 118

Depart Scole 07:01 07:16 07:36 10:04 10:04 13:31 18:32 09:12

Depart Norwich 10:30 14:25 16:30 17:25 18:20 11:10 15:40 17:30 16:55*

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Local Bus Service Long Stratton / Norwich Norwich pick up - St Stephens Stand A * Norwich Bus Station Stand 8

Harley’s Hints Jobs in the garden for January 1st week

Keep winter digging. Prune outdoor vines. Topdress lawns. Renew grease bands. Stake indoor bulbs.

2nd week

Make early sowings in a warm frame. Repair lawns. Sprout seed potatoes. Take chrysanthus cuttings.

3rd week

Prune fuchsias. Sow onions under glass. Tie in raspberry canes. Complete gooseberry pruning.

4th week

Replant herbaceous borders. Divide herbs. Prune fruit bushes. Make first greenhouse sowings. See pages 8 and 32 for December and February 25

Fake electrical equipment can be fatal! What do you do if your laptop charger suddenly stops charging? Not a lot you can do really except buy another one. However, be wary of what you buy. Good quality electrical equipment does cost more to buy, and there are lots of cheap replacements out there, and perhaps not only cheap, but possibly a fake. If you buy genuine equipment it has been properly tested to ensure that it does what it is supposed to do, and in a safe way too. Genuine equipment is rigorously tested for safety. Fake equipment on the other hand is cheaply made, and with no regard to your safety. Once you have bought it, the problem is yours, and they don't care what happens to you. What makes it worse is that they also attach fake labels that supposedly prove it to be the genuine article. It has been shown on television that some chargers not only overheat, but can on occasion explode, causing injury and fire. People are being injured and property damaged because of the sale of fake, faulty, substandard equipment. So what can you do about it? Think supplier - if you buy from a well known company, they have a reputation to protect. Think price - if it looks too good to be true compared with everyone else’s price, it will be too good to be true. And if you buy it, check the labels for sense and spelling as fakes often contain errors. Barry Woods

From your District Councillor This year South Norfolk Council celebrated its ruby anniversary. In the last 40 years, South Norfolk has grown from 80,000 residents to 125,000. As this level of growth continues we need to make sure that our market towns and villages see the benefits. This is why we are working with our towns and villages to bring improvements through our Neighbourhood Fund and our Neighbourhood Boards. In our latest LINK magazine is a centre page pullout of events being held over the Christmas period in South Norfolk and all the details of the bin collection dates. Also in the LINK are features about South Norfolk Pub of the Year Competition and very good news about our local transport scheme Borderhoppa and its successful Lottery bid. You can always contact South Norfolk at or on 01508 533633. I wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year. Best wishes - Jenny Wilby. 26

Top Table In this series of occasional articles, our mystery diner visits restaurants in the vicinity of Scole. Our inspector is anonymous and the establishment is not aware that the PostHorn is present. In late October two of us visited the White Hart in Roydon, just 3 miles from Scole. The White Hart is a traditional village pub, still with its bar and locals. Then in 2011, professional hoteliers Paul Meredith and his wife Helen acquired, it and added a superb gastro pub restaurant, plus a covered patio for 'alfresco' dining and socialising, with a garden and childrens’ play area. I had a Potted Chicken Paté starter followed by Steak and Kidney pudding in a Suet pastry case. My partner had soup and the Duck. We finished with Bread & Butter pudding and Creme Caramel. All the portions were generous, though you had to have a big appetite to finish the absolutely delicious B&B pudding. I did my best. The main dishes came accompanied with separate bowls of mixed vegetables, and we just loved the complimentary 'bucket of chips' placed on the table with the meal - they were brilliant. One of us was driving so we chose a glass of Merlot. Our verdict - the White Hart is conveniently located along the A1066 main road, opposite Roydon village church. This bustling restaurant with a big reputation for its food is the ideal place for a great night out. Expect to pay around £25 a head, though drinks will add to this. The White Hart restaurant is very popular, especially at weekends, so booking is advisable. Our ratings out of 10 Potted Chicken Pâté Smoked Salmon Pâté Bucket of chips Steak and Kidney pudding Duck Bread & Butter Pudding Creme Caramel

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EARSHAM HALL MEMORY REVIVAL 2013 “A glorious day in every way” The Second Earsham Hall Memory Revival Day held on 7 September 2013 was such a great success, that Annabel Stretton-Derham, who lives at the Hall and organised it, is thinking of hosting one every other year (the first one was held 7 years ago)!

Earsham Hall School Cap Picture courtesy of Tiffany Derham

As before, people linked with the Hall came forward (many having heard about the idea through the support of the local press and radio) with their Memories linked with this fascinating stately home on the Norfolk/Suffolk border near Bungay. Served a delicious Afternoon Tea (a speciality from Earsham Hall Tearoom), the guests mingled amongst the displays of the history of Earsham Hall and the accounts and pictures of those associated with its past when it was a family home and a Boys School.

There were many new stories that were told and recorded on the day to add to the ever growing archive. Walter Weavers came with his family and at the age of 92, his incredible memory recounted stories from 1940 and 1941 as if it were yesterday. He was known as Freddie the Footman and recalled the happy times when the Welsh Cook Ms Rogers went to the Chapel in Bungay on Sunday night. As soon as she left the Hall, “Freddie” and his friends set up the gramophone in the kitchen to have their own servants’ dance, teaching the young girls the waltz and quick step! TV series Downton Abbey makes this picture of fun “downstairs” more easy to imagine. Annabel says, “it makes living in the kitchen in 2013 full of the faint sound of the music played nearly 75 years ago”! Earsham Hall School in 1971


Music features a lot in the memories of the people linked with Earsham Hall. A wonderful image is that of the American base on the Estate during the Second World War, located just a few hundred metres from the main House. Working with the munitions that were going to the local airfields such as Seething and Hardwick, the American servicemen made a big impact on the local community and the sound of Glen Miller being played from the speakers around the base can be remembered clearly by those who visited the Hall. The female evacuees had to be moved out of the Hall to the village to “protect” them from getting involved with any of the young American men!! Many of the guests commented how lovely it was to be in the Hall again and how pleased they were to see how the projects taken on by Rupert and Annabel to develop the building further and improve its general appearance, were taking shape. A new sweeping drive was aimed at being ready to welcome the guests, but the sudden rain meant that that its completion was slightly postponed – but it has been delighting those who regularly Guests remembering the past with visit the Hall by taking out the Rupert Derham sleeping policemen that could Picture courtesy of Tiffany Derham be a hazard to low cars!! Freddie the Footman also recalled how Mr Crompton the butler would use the heat left in the oven at the end of the day. He would put a brick into it and when it was warmed sufficiently he would put it quickly into a bag and whisk it up to his bed to keep his toes warm!! Annabel and Rupert are delighted this year, that with the introduction of a new Bio-Mass Heating system, not only are they able to heat the Hall for guests, but it means they will not need to continue with the extreme measures used previously to keep warm during the winter months! The wealth of new information from the Memory Revival Day has been added to the archive and has meant that the Historical Tours of the Hall, many of which come under the Scheme of Invitation to View ( and some privately arranged, can be extended. The aim is that Annabel will be able to show guests more rooms in the Hall and give them an even better idea of what it was like to live in such an unusual building in the past and add the up-to-date reality of what it is like to live and work there in 2013.


Annabel added “I love sharing the Hall and its history with visitors and would like to thank all of the wonderful guests who came to the Memory Revival Day and have added their memoires – it means that I have even more to share with all those who book a Tour”. If you would like any further information about anything in this article, please contact Earsham Hall on 01986 893868 or via the following websites:, and (for the Tearoom)

HARLESTON CHORAL SOCIETY'S CHRISTMAS CONCERT Saturday 14 December at 7.30 pm in St John's Church, Harleston. Come and join us for an evening of choruses from Messiah, and Christmas carols and Readings, with soloists and orchestra. Tickets £10.00 (accompanied children free) from Harleston Tourist Information Centre, or from choir members, or on the door on the night. Our next term starts on Monday 6 January, in Harleston Junior School (7pm start date only, then Mondays at 7.30 pm). We'll be singing Haydn's Creation, which we'll perform on 21 June 2014 - we welcome all singers (especially Tenors), whether or not you've sung in a choir before, and whether or not you can read music. So why not come along and give it a try! Subs £35 per term (some concessions available). Further information from Jo Curry on 01986 875494, or have a look at the HCS website

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Diss First Responders We are delighted to announce the kind offer from Workwear (East Anglia) Ltd to provide us with uniform polo shirts, trousers and safety boots. As a sponsor, the Workwear logo is now resplendent on our Responder car. In addition to our responding on behalf of the East of England Ambulance Service, our fundraising goes on apace. We had a very successful bucket collection at Morrison’s Supermarket in Diss giving our funds a most welcome boost. We have taken part in the EACH Quiz at Palgrave Community Centre where our 3rd place was achieved in spite of two of us having to attend an emergency call. We fared better in the Quiz at St. Mary’s Church, which was run for our benefit and had the very generous amount raised doubled by a member of Barclays Bank Diss. This was because we have been nominated as one of his special charities. No call outs this time and we came 1st in this one! We continue to be dispatched to all corners of our ‘territory’ which can have some frustrations in dark country lanes where our SatNav isn’t set up with the pinpoint accuracy of the ambulance service ones! Our instrument often tells us we have ‘arrived at our destination’ but often we can still be half a mile away from our patient. Then a desperate search up dark drives for a house name or number with our Maglite torches ensues, and occasionally we may have to ask ambulance control to guide us in - which does delay help - but we will always get there if we can. If someone can either put on all the lights in the house or wave a torch to attract our attention then this will help enormously. We have monthly training to keep our skills and knowledge up to the highest standards with input from the other emergency services. This helps us to understand their roles in various emergency situations. Our grateful thanks, as ever, to all who have and continue to support us. Rachel Hillier 01379 740158


Harley’s Hints Jobs in the garden for February 1st week

Prune wintering shrubs. Sow early vegetables under glass. Make and plant rock gardens. Feed fruit trees.

2nd week Feed hardy herbaceous plants. Feed spring cabbage plants. Topdress asparagus beds. Complete the planting of fruit trees. 3rd week

Prune buddleias. Transplant autumn sown onions. Prune autumn flowering raspberries. Plant lily of the valley.

4th week

Start begonias and gloxinias. Prune willows and dogwoods. Sow parsnips and Brussels sprouts. Sow lettuce and radish. Sow sweet peas. Prune fig trees. Spray peaches against leaf curl. See pages 8 and 25 for December and January

2nd & 3rd Sundays of the month at St. Andrew's Church 11am – 12:15 2 x age groups from 3 – 13 years Messy Church events are fun and organised throughout the year. It is a Scole Children's Church form of church for people at all stages We hope you can join us - there's a of their faith journey and of all ages Children's Corner for younger children, for children and adults - that involves or children can be dropped off and creativity, celebration and hospitality. collected at the end when you're welcome to join us for a coffee. We join It typically includes a welcome, a long the congregation for the beginning of creative time to explore a biblical the service and then get together in the theme through getting messy; a short church rooms. We use You Tube clips, celebration time involving story, music downloads, art and the Bible to prayer, song, games and similar; and inspire and generate discussion and an a meal together. exploration of the purpose of God in our lives and how we can respond to this. See the posters and contact We rejoin the service and share with Revd. Karen Rayner (741 223) the congregation what we have done or pick up the Benefice Newsletter at the end of each session. (at the back of the church). 32

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Peter, or Sweeper as he is known to many people, was born on 8th October 1923 at the Gables, Bungay Road, Scole, only 3 doors away from where he lives today. His younger days were spent playing in the grounds of the house and around the village with his younger brother Tony. Sadly, when he was 9, his father died and the family had to leave the Gables and move into rented accommodation. Peter was educated at the Entry House Diss and then the Grammar School. On leaving school his first job was at the Cuthbert Stores as a clerk, but he soon found out this was not for him and his career as a lorry driver began. War had broken out and lorry drivers were sought after. He signed up for the army but was refused due to his bad hearing, and so he joined the Home Guard. His brother Tony was killed while serving with the Merchant Navy in the war which was a terrible blow to Peter. After the war he started work for a firm called Thompsons which took him to the village of Mendlesham where he met Muriel (Midge). They courted and were married at St. Andrew’s Church, Scole in July 1949. They moved to Wayside Scole and started a family of 3 children, Pat, Timmy and Paul. As the family had out grown the small cottage, Peter decided to build his own bungalow in the orchard of Wayside where he still is today. By this time he had also changed jobs and was working for G.N. Rackham of Diss as lorry driver. They offered him extra work as a grave digger but this was very hard as it was all done by hand. He was very good at the job and will even boast today of the number of graves he dug (1,117). Eventually he had to give this up as it was hard on his back and at 65, Peter retired. Only 4 years later he lost Midge his wife to cancer. He managed to carry on with his life, and still looks after himself. You will often see him sitting on the bench near the War memorial, his main topic of conversation being his beloved Scole United Football Club which he managed himself in the early 70's. Today it is managed by his grandson James. When he is not watching football he is enjoying horse racing and dancing on the television.

Billingford Balloon Race Thank you to everyone who supported our balloon race in July. Unfortunately no tickets where returned to me, so therefore we felt the fairest way was to put all numbers in a draw. The winning ticket picked after the Sunday service in August belonged to Gordon Larkins. Sue Redgrave 35

Termly news from Scole Primary School The start of the Autumn term seems a dim and distant memory now but back in September we welcomed new members of staff and new children to our school. Mrs Minns joined us as Year 5 & 6 class teacher and Mrs Stannard and Mrs Ball took up their posts supporting learning in different classes. We also had a number of children who started in September, both in our reception class but also in other year groups, which swelled our numbers to 100 pupils, the highest number we have had for some time. I’m pleased to say that they have settled in very well and are integrated into the life of the school. There have been a number of exciting events at school this term. The majority of our older pupils went on a 3-day residential trip to Hilltop outdoor adventure centre, where they did climbing, zip wires, crate stacking and other pursuits. All of the children and adults who went along had a fantastic time and they were full of stories when they returned. We have also had a professional artist work with all of the children in the school, which was a great experience. Later on in the school year we will also have an author visiting us and also a dance teacher. Members of our choir will be taking part in the ‘Voice in a Million’ concert on December 3rd at St. Andrew’s Hall, Norwich, as part of a mass choir from schools across the region. At Scole we really value the contribution that the arts makes to our curriculum and we are always looking for opportunities to enhance our provision. The remainder of the term is likely to be a very busy one. Class 1 and Class 2 will begin rehearsing for the Christmas production, which will be performed at the end of term and is always one of the highlights of the school year. Our brilliant ‘Friends’ association are busy preparing for the winter fayre on Wednesday December 4th, which begins at 3.20pm (all welcome) and at the end of term we have our visit to the pantomime to look forward to. All in all, a very busy time of the year! Best wishes Mark Carlyle (Headteacher)

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Our Day with an Artist by Amelia & Mae

On Monday and Tuesday 21/22 October an artist named Kirsty O’Leary-Leeson came to Scole Primary School to teach classes 1 to 4 how to improve on their artistic skills. At first she taught Class 1 then Class 4. The very next day she showed classes 2 and 3 how to draw some brilliant images. When Kirsty taught Class 4 she drew a cartoon picture of a head and told us how to make a watery effect with a water-covered paintbrush and a biro pen. We copied what she showed us on to some Harry Potter-based drawings that we crafted with carbon paper and a 6B sketching pencil. After we had had our break, she taught us some new ways of shading, which we also did with Harry Potter images and the same materials we used before. The way of shading is that you have to imagine where the light would be on your picture and press harder where you think the light isn’t hitting the figure to make a darker effect. You then press less hard to make a light effect. We also enjoyed the feeling of using charcoal and chalk. Using the carbon paper and the sketching pencils once again, we drew a zoomed-in face of a character from a film or one of the teachers! After we had done that we shaded then smudged in the portraits with the charcoal and chalk to make brilliant images, which we later displayed in the classroom. We think that when Kirsty came into our school to teach us she did an educational and amazing job of teaching all of the school that you don’t have to be fantastic at art to make a brilliant piece of artwork. She is probably the best person in the world to ever teach an art lesson! Everyone loved it when the brilliant Kirsty O’Leary-Leeson came to Scole School.

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Scole Mothers’ Union In August a social afternoon was held with a Bring and Buy table to raise money for Church funds. The September meeting was cancelled due to members being away on holiday. At the October meeting a short service of Holy Communion preceded the meeting led by Revd Sue Auckland. Future meetings: 11th December - a Deanery Carol Service will be held at St. John's Church Harleston at 2.30pm. 16th January, 2014 - AGM 20th February, 2014 - proposed service of Holy Communion - TBC. The Mothers’ Union meets every 3rd Thursday of the month in Scole Church. All are welcome to join us. ALL MEMBERS OF SCOLE MOTHERS' UNION WISH READERS A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.

Scole Women’s Institute On December 5th there will be a “Christmas Songs and Stories”. This will be provided by Mr Wabe and the competition is, as usual, 4 nibbles to share. In the New Year, on Thursday 2nd January, we will be having a quiz. On 8th February Jim Mautby will be telling us about making wills. All meetings are held at 7.30pm at Hopefield, Norwich Road. Visitors most welcome


Scole and District Gardening Club In September Ken Sammons treated us to an ”Autumn Extravaganza”. It was a truly wonderful array of autumn colours showing the warm oranges, reds and hues of burnt sienna now replacing the vibrant colours of summer. There shouldn’t be any dull gardens through the twilight months with the selection of plants displayed. Our members were delighted to be able to purchase some of these gems on the evening and the scramble for plants during tea and raffle time saw many a cold beverage consumed. Michael Hall followed in October with a very informative talk on companion planting. He came armed with leaflets to demonstrate his expertise. Many gardeners left the meeting with ideas buzzing around their heads on how to enhance their patch. In November it was time to see all the different varieties of roses that are available as Simon White took us through the alphabet with his talk on “A to Z of Roses”. The club members will not be meeting during the dormant months of December and January although we will be busy tucking up our plants for winter and celebrating the friendships formed throughout the year with a Christmas lunch. The Community garden is looking good and the addition of primulas, alliums and tulips should make a pretty show in spring. Thanks go to Brian for keeping the grass around the garden tidy and also to Simon for his generous donation for keeping his “front garden” tidy! We will be kicking off the New Year in February with The Garden Club AGM and if you would like to be part of a friendly organisation, come and see what we get up to. The Club has entered a Christmas tree in Dickleburgh Church as part of the “50 Christmas Trees In A Church” event. This is the 10th anniversary and runs from Sunday December 1st - 8th. Pearl Fisher


Scole and District Bowls Club We are now at the beginning of November and the bowls season finished two months ago. I did tell you that we had won the EBA Norfolk South Two Division and we were duly presented with that fine trophy. David Aldous, our sponsor and EBA Captain said at our recent AGM, that it was the one thing that he wished to achieve, above all, in this 50th Jubilee year, so he was immensely pleased with the result. It has been a splendid performance all round, the season ending with our Border League team in runners up position. We did, however provide the leagues’ Singles Champion, Steve Bartram. It is with great regret that our President of 18 years, Michael Flynn, has decided to stand down; a tremendous supporter of the club and a truly great ambassador for bowls within the County of Norfolk. His place has now been taken by our sponsor, David Aldous, who has shown his pride in the club over many years and intends that we shall go ahead from strength to strength. It was very sad to hear the recent news of the passing of Robin Thomas after a long illness. He was one of our past members who did so much in many ways for the Club. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. We look forward to seeing any of you during the winter break by attending one of our ‘Quiz Evenings’. The next one of these is Saturday November 30th at 7.30pm in the Scole Community Hall. Come and join in the fun of that evening. We wish everyone a very happy, healthy and peaceful Christmas. Robin Shortell (Sec.) 01379 740053

Over 60s Friendship Club This is our last report of 2013. Where has this year gone? We thank the Lord for a lovely sunny day on August 27th when we went to Woodbridge and Aldeburgh and also on October 8th to Highway Nurseries. We look forward to our Christmas Lunch at Thorndon Black Horse on Monday December 9th. Many thanks to everybody who has supported us on our coach trips. May our Lord bless you all for a Peaceful and Joyous Christmas and Happy New Year. Joyce 40

Scole Dominoes Club The season kicked off in October with the Vic Peacock Memorial Cup comprising 3 double and 6 single games. Drawn away in the first round to the Cue Club, Scole went into a 3 nil lead before the excess alcohol took effect and the team finished on the wrong side of a 5-4 finish. The Diss Express was hot on the story of 2 red cards being issued during the game, but these turned out to be early Christmas cards exchanged between two teams. Scole entered 4 pairs in the Pat and John Ward tournament held annually at Brome Social Club. A very creditable performance saw Mick Fairweather and Jenny Clark fight their way to reach the final of the main competition only to be outdone in a close finish by a pairing team from Walsham Le Willows. There was a similar story in the subsidiary competition with Rachel Stevenson and Chris Bartrum losing out in the final to another pairing from Walsham Le Willows. In a post tournament interview from her sickbed (Scole’s first reported flu victim of 2013), Captain June Foreman informed that an appeal may be lodged with the organisers on the basis of the excess number of comfort breaks taken by the opposition. (Did they really have to go together?) At the time of going to press, the team is busy preparing for the first league fixture at Winfarthing Fighting Cocks. This coincides with the weekly pie night at the pub so the hope is the team are not weighed down by expectation and too many of the steak and kidney variety.

From your County Councillor Norfolk County County Council has signed a new contract for maintenance and construction work on Norfolk’s 6,000 miles of country roads which will save the county’s taxpayers £4.4m a year - £53m if the contract runs its full 12 year term. The contact awarded to Lafarge Tarmac is worth up to £480m and includes major maintenance and highways projects. NCC is working to keep you safer on Norfolk’s roads this winter. We have taken delivery of 25 new gritting vehicles and the county’s seven salt barns are full. Last year our road priority network of 2,063 miles was treated 159 times between October and mid April. For further information from gritting to winter events visit I wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year. Best wishes - Martin Wilby. 41

South Norfolk Job Clubs South Norfolk Council Job Clubs are run to help young people aged between 16 and 25 who are looking for work. The project is a result of last year’s Your Neighbourhood, Your Choice survey, which showed that residents wanted more support to help young people find suitable employment. Our friendly team of qualified career advisors and youth workers are on hand to talk through how to apply for jobs and the training opportunities available. The free weekly sessions include: • advice and support • access to information about local opportunities • computers and internet access • business start-up information • training, courses and apprenticeship information • help with CVs, job applications and covering letters • free refreshments To use the library computers, those attending will need to bring their library card or identification to sign up on arrival. Diss Job Club - Tuesdays from 1.30pm - 3.30pm at Diss Library, Church Street. Transport - for those living on a bus route we’ll refund the return fare. Anyone living elsewhere in South Norfolk, please call 01508 533934 to arrange transport. South Norfolk Big Switch and Save - South Norfolk Council is working with other Norfolk Councils to help residents save money on their energy bills. In the last round of the Big Switch and Save scheme local residents saved an average of £111. You can register for free with no obligation and could find a great deal for your gas and electricity. We’ll tell you how much you could save and you decide whether to make the final switch. It’s free, it’s simple and there’s no hassle – you just need an annual statement or your latest energy bill. The easiest way to register is online at If you don’t have access to the internet you can call the energy team on 01603 430627 and we can help you sign up. The closing date for registering is 11th October. You can register five people with one email address so why not help your friends and relatives to register? Heating Oil - we have developed an interactive map of the oil buying groups in Norfolk. You can find your local group and enjoy savings on your oil deliveries. The map is at or you can call the energy team on 01603 430627.


Parish Council News September & October 2013 by Sue Redgrave (There was no meeting held in August) Main Items discussed: Standing Orders, Policies and Procedures were formally updated and adopted. Bridge Road - the planning application is still moving forward as reported in past issues of this magazine. The PC has been assured that improvements to the area will be approved. The PC is as frustrated as the public that everything is moving along so slowly. This has been ongoing for about three years now, but we hope to eventually see the area open for the public to enjoy. Street Lighting - we will continue to monitor our street lights and they will be repaired as and when needed. Dog Fouling - the signs on the playing field seem to have deterred dog owners in the main from walking their pets on the field and children’s play area. There are still some areas that are not so good, the footpath beside the A140 being one. Although the fouling is being picked up, the plastic bags are being thrown into the trees and bushes. This is very antisocial behaviour. Planning Applications - these can be viewed on line at the SNC website. Land on Norwich Road - Mr B Tunmore is in negotiations to develop this land and planning permission for housing is being sought. The area may also incorporate a Village Hall in future if planning is approved by SNC. In the last Local Development Framework, the land was given a red light. Footpaths - the PC would like to thank local resident Richard Housten for volunteering to take on the job of Footpath Warden and for the fantastic work he has done in documenting most of them in our parish, and their present state. External Audit - the PC External Audit of accounts by Mazaars has been completed satisfactorily. Cllr. Pryce has resigned from the PC and we wish to thank her for her contribution whist she was a councillor. There are now 4 vacancies so please consider coming to a meeting to see first hand what happens, then hopefully you will think about joining us. Meetings are held in Scole School on 3rd Monday of every month at 7.30pm. All Welcome. The full minutes can be seen on Parish notice boards, the PC website and also in Scole Stores. 43

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....... Shirley Hall 740636

Community Centre

....... Ian Constance (Manager) 740265

Scole Social Club

....... Pearl Fisher 740753

Scole Domino Club

....... June Foreman 740902

Over 60s Friendship Club

....... Joyce Coleman 740384

Scole & District Bowls Club

....... Robin Shortell 740053

Scole & District Gardening Club

....... Pearl Fisher 740753

Scole Lads FC (boys and girls)

....... Ian Logan 741586

Scole United Football Club

Wednesday 1.30pm - 3pm

....... Vic Buckle 740327

First Team Manager

....... James Last 740568

Reserves Manager

....... Danny Philpot 07795 185671

Scole Parish website


Diss First Responders

....... Rachel Hillier (Co-ordinator) 740158

OTHER USEFUL CONTACT INFORMATION Medical Emergency (out of hours) NHS Direct Norfolk Constabulary (non emergency) Gas (emergencies) Anglian Water Home Watch South Norfolk Council Street lighting, pavements, litter Sara Campbell (Parish Clerk) County Councillor (Martin Wilby) District Councillor (Jenny Wilby) Network Rail (enquiries) Borderhoppa Meadow Green Dog Rescue (Loddon) Tim Page - Scole Bridge Ranger

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01379 741504 01379 741504 08457 484950 01379 854800 01508 548216 01379 788008


POTMAN WITH WHEELBARROW Liven up your garden with a FlowerpotMan This is a quality product made in South Norfolk. For information contact Sales at Potpeople 01379 741285 This Potman with a Wheelbarrow makes a charming and unusual addition to the garden. He is 60cm (2ft) tall, and weighs 8 Kilos. His solid wood wheelbarrow is real and practical. Put flowers in it, or even a favourite Teddy. Potpeople are well-built, lifelike figures based around a steel skeleton clad in all-weather terracotta pots. A potman can remain outside, throughout the year, ignoring wind, rain, ice or snow. Maintenance is negligible with just an occasional Spring clean.

Price is ÂŁ35 including VAT and delivery. Everyone likes the potman. He brightens up the garden, and brings a smile to everyone who sees him.

Commercial builders. Specialists in all Tarmacadam work & hot bitumen spraying, brickweave, road construction, factory maintenance &

( Established 1950) Bungay Road Scole IP21 4DT 01379 740255 (tel) 741181(fax) E-mail :


Great value, great offers, and great service.... with a smile!

Scole Village Stores Asset House, Scole, IP21 4DR Telephone 01379 741494 Stock up for Christmas!! Scole Wines & Spirits at very competitive prices! A great range of beers at great prices too!

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2014!! Stores Thank you for your very valued custom in 2013. The SVS Team. Shop Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 06:00 - 20:00 Saturday 07:00 - 20:00 Sunday 08:00 - 16:00 Bank Hols 07:00 - 17:00

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