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We l c o m e t o P i c k e n h a m s ’ P e r i o d i c a l

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In a London department store: Bargain basement upstairs.

In an office:

Would the person who took the step ladder yesterday please bring it back,or further steps will be taken.

Outside a secondhand shop:

We exchange anything – bicycles, washing machines, etc. Why not bring your wife along and get a wonderful bargain?

In an office:

After tea break staff should empty the teapot and stand upside down on the draining board.

In a health food shop window: Closed due to illness.

At a safari park:

Elephants please stay in your car.

In a farmers field:

The farmer allows walkers across this field for free, but the bull charges.

In a department store:

For anyone who has children and doesn’t know it, there is a crèche on the 1st floor.

On a repair shop door:

We repair anything. Please knock – bell out of order.

Nor th Pickenham Parish Council

This is a brief summary of the meeting held on 6th September 2011. The true agreed minutes will be available after the next meeting. E-mail copies are also readily available on request to the Clerk.

• Bus Shelter update: funding has been secured and work should begin before the winter. • Repairs to the seat on Hillside and tidying up around the Village Sign will shortly be carried out. • Planting around the War Memorial is to be carried out before the Remembrance Day Service. • Work on the Pavilion is progressing and is on target to be completed by next summer. A Questionnaire is to be carried out at the school as a first step towards funding for new play equipment. There has been some damage to the Pavilion from golf balls – if one of your children is using golf equipment on the field, please encourage them not to use the Pavilion for target practice. Next Full Meeting: Tuesday 4th October 2011, 7.30pm, Blue Lion Function Room. Agenda to be displayed on the Notice Board. Mick Lee (Parish Clerk)


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Library bus will stop at: Houghton Lane 14.35 to 14.45 Blue Lion 14.50 to 15.10 Whiteoaks 15.20 to 15.35 Next visit to North Pickenham will be on Thursday 13th October 2011

2 The Bungalows 10.10 to 10.20 South Lodge 10.25 to 10.40 Next visit to South Pickenham will be on Wednesday 6th & 20th October 2011

Rake up fallen leaves and either place them on the compost or pile them up to make leaf mould, burn or bin any perennial weeds or debris that shows signs of fungal infection. This is the best time of the year to take hardwood cuttings and collect any berries from trees and shrubs for seed sowing. Lift and store dahlias, glodioli and summer flowering bulb. Lift and divide rhubarb. Finish off planting spring bedding for next year. Sow sweet peas for next year under cover. Lift and store the reminder of your tender perennials and dahlia tubers and tender summer - flowering bulbs. Start to prepare the ground for planting bare rooted stock for next month. Plant garlic before the weather gets too cold. Finish planting autumn onion sets. Also, sow broad beans but cover them with cloches. Lift parsley and mint and pot to put on the window sill. Tidy up the pond before the water gets too cold to handle, reduce the feeding of fish now the days are getting shorter and the fish are becoming less active and remove any tender plants.

Seasonal Canine Illness

Seemingly acquired from woodland walks, this little understood condition can be fatal and is very quick acting. Symptoms to look out for are vomiting, diarrhoea and lethargy (usually altogether) soon after exercise. The Animal Health Trust has more information: or telephone 01638 751 000

ST ANDREW'S CHURCH NORTH PICKENHAM ‘Discovering God Together’ Autumn Programme 2011

We welcome anyone to join in our church programme. You don’t have to be a regular member of the congregation to join in and take part. If you have any questions or queries please contact either Gillian (440 390) or Carolyn (755 089)

October 2nd North Pickenham October 9th North Pickenham October 16th North Pickenham October 23rd North Pickenham October 30th North Pickenham November 6th North Pickenham

Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity 10am Discoverers Service (CW) Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity 10am Morning Worship (CW) Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity 10am Morning Worship (CW) Bible Sunday 10am Holy Communion (CW) Fourth Sunday before Advent 10am Morning Worship (CW) Third Sunday before Advent 10am Discoverers Service (CW)

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From the Parish Registers

We express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr Joseph Hunt (aged 82) whose funeral took place at the Parish Church of All Saints Necton on the 23 rd August 2011. The ser vice was taken by the Revd Stephen Thorp. May God’s special grace and peace be with you.

Weddings Although not strictly from the parish registers we express our hear tfelt congratulations to Andrew & Denise Scarlett whose Wedding Dedication took place at the Parish Church of S t Andrew’s Holme Hale on the 27 th August 2011. The ser vice was taken by the Revd Stephen Thorp. Also to Mr Bill Shingfield & Mrs Mary Marriott who were married at the Parish Church of All Saints Necton on the 14 th September 2011. The ser vice was taken by the Revd Stephen Thorp. Best wishes and congratulations to you all.

The Pickenham Allotment Trust is a charity, which distributes money at Christmas each year

to eligible households in North Pickenham. Traditionally a gift given for the purchase of coal, the money raised from a let piece of land beyond Houghton Lane is still allotted to residents. To qualify there must be someone in the household of state pension age and who has lived here for at least a year. Last year 57 households each received £23. If you qualify and would like to benefit this Christmas, and in future years, please let me know by the end of October. If you already benefit you will continue to do so, if you would rather not then please let me know. Dr Robin Rayner (Chairman) Hill House North Pickenham

Autumn is well and truly upon us, with some trees beginning to drop their leaves while others turn a lovely gold and russet brown. Winter chills are in the air as farmers struggle to bring in the last few crops as the days get ever shorter. Thankfully, the drought that caused so much damage to some farmers in spring was superseded by rain in early summer, allowing others to produce a harvest that was at least on a par for quality if not better than last year’s crops, according to The National Farmers Union. (8 th September 2011) To be spared a potential disaster is of course a cause for much relief, for at a time when both jobs and markets are uncertain and prices are high due to inflation, it’s a relief to know that a poor cereal har vest won’t make a difficult situation any worse . Sadly, many other countries aren’t so fortunate! Indeed, tens of thousands of people have already died after what is said to be East Africa’s worse drought for 60 years, with the United Nations estimating that 12 million people are in direct need of humanitarian assistance right now across East Africa (Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and Djibouti) with 750,000 people at risk of imminent death in Somalia alone. Naturally these problems are vast and complex and no one is suggesting that there is an easy answer, other than to simply support governments, charities and relief organisations as they struggle to ease the situation and come up with a long term solution. It does however encourage us to be thankful for the many good things that we enjoy and to ‘count our blessings’ rather than take things, as we tend to do, for granted. U p a n d d ow n t h e l a n d C h u rc h e s a re c e l e b r a t i n g h a r ve s t , w h i c h i s a go o d t i m e t o t h a n k G o d f o r h i s p ro v i s i o n (in so many ways) and for all whose work and effort make it

possible, as well as remembering in prayer all those who are in need and less fortunate than ourselves. To this end I’d like to encourage you to join us as we celebrate harvest either at Necton (where we shall also be celebrating the completion of our tower project and God’s good provision through the kind and generous support of villagers and grant making bodies) or at South Pickenham where we will be joined by the Watton Silver Band. I’d also very much like to encourage you to come to our harvest auction which will be held on the evening of Monday 3 rd at Necton Church School where all the profits will go to Tearfund and directly support those whose terrible plight we have been discussing. Yours as ever, Stephen Thorp “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25.40


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Norfolk Constabulary (all but emergencies) 0845 456 4567 S w a f f h a m To w n C o u n c i l C l e r k 01760 722 922 Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 Breckland Council 01362 656 870 Age Concern Helpline 0800 00 99 66 Samaritans 08457 90 90 90 N o r folk Count y Council ( g e n e r a l e n quir ies) 0 8 4 4 8 0 0 8 0 2 0 NCC Highways 0844 800 8009 Dereham library 01362 693 184 Swaffham Community Centre 01760 722 800 (Denis Tallon Iceni Ptnrs) Swaffham Museum (Easter-December) 721 230 722 255 Gas Emergencies 0800 111 999 Anglian Water 0800 771 881 Eastern Region Electricity Emergencies - EDF : 0800 783 8838 Swaffham chemists open until 6pm 721 208 Monday & Tuesday 721 216 Wednesday & Friday Dereham pharmacy is open on Sunday 10am-4pm 01362 692 793

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every Monday from 4.30 calling at White Oaks, Houghton Lane, Latimer Way and finally The Street (opposite the village sign) at 5.45

Whist Evenings ÂŁ1.50 per session including coffee or tea

Held at The Blue Lion function room Contact Eileen 441 639 for more details

Monday 3rd, 17th & 31st October 2011 at 7.30 pm Scores for 8 th August 2011

Scores for 22 nd August 2011

First with 170 was Tony Hails First with 183 was Tony Hails Second with 168 was Shirley Babey Second with 174 was Ruth Paul Half card with 85 was Elsie Rant Half card with 95 was Val Stibbings All levels of experience very welcome whether you are a beginner or if you just want to sharpen up your game. Tuition available.

Down 01 Studier of birds. 13 02 Police of the sea. 10 03 The act of giving off bubbles. 13 04 Firm a ground. 5 05 Low sounding brass musical

instruments. 5 06 Not sanctioned, to loan money? 13 10 Waxing praise for a tuneful poem. 7 11 Moon influenced water movement. 5 16 Offspringer of a male lion and a female tiger. 6

Across 01 Music composed,

arranged with clever planning? 13 07 Eldest offspring. 9 08 Giving printed problem, thrice. 5 09 True to life. 8 12 Monopolise the pig. 3 13 Decorate with needlework. 9 14 Temporary fundings. 5 15 Made void, stopped. 9 17 Omnipotent supreme being. 3 18 Willfully careless. 9 19 Soft natured, suffering sore ticker? 13

Quiz dates for this month are 9th & 23rd October. New teams (up to 6 people) always welcomed. The Curry Night was oversubscribed and sold out quickly. Trevor will be hosting more one off specials nights, possibly monthly – keep your eyes out in the Bar for more details. A Christmas Dinner is also likely to be held sometime in December. We have just celebrated our 7th Anniversary here at The Blue Lion – it doesn’t feel a day over ten years!! Current guest ales include Bonkers Conkers, Tallanton Sunset and Rusty Bucket (from the Brandon Brewery). These guest ales are becoming increasingly popular – why not give them a try? Mick & Caron

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Community Café is taking place on Tuesday afternoons in the school hall at 1:45pm to 2:45pm. All welcome. We are setting up a free community library where adults can borrow books from the collection – any donations of good second hand books will be appreciated. Tuesday Roast Lunch Invitation following on from the success of this in the summer term we are, once again, offering the local community the opportunity to join us for lunch. We can accommodate up to eight people each week. The cost is £3.00 per person. Lunch is served at 12 noon. Please contact the school to book your lunch no later than the Friday morning of the week before you wish to come along. Fund Raising Weekly Cake Raffle – This happens every Friday to help raise funds for the school. More volunteer cake/buns/biscuit providers are needed. Last year we raised £200. 60 Club Draw – For £24 a year you could be included in our monthly draw with a chance of winning a cash prize. Renewal of numbers takes place at the end of November. If you would like to join in with any of our fund raising or book a lunch please contact the school on 01760 440392 or email S


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No . 221 The HaNoveriaNs Part 37

The Death o f Geor g e IV

The public saw little of the King during his last years but, thanks to political problems, this time was anything but peaceful. He quarrelled constantly with his Prime Minister, Wellington, and finally in March 1829 summoned his chief ministers to Windsor where he lectured them for six hours on a number of subjects, mainly the need to uphold the Protestant faith. His technique of persuasion included tears, kisses, brandy, sips of water, threats of abdication, pleas for divine assist ance and a wish to retire to Hanover. At the end he dismissed them all from office! A few hours later, realising he no longer had a government, all were reinst ated. All this hysteria sapped his energy and he never really recovered his health; his heart was failing and by the following April he began to suffer a series of minor strokes and even refused to meet Mrs Fitzherbert, his first love. He died at Windsor Castle in the small hours of the 26th June 1830. Thomas Creevy, Member of Parliament for Thetford and a life-long supporter, wrote “Poor Prinny is really dead and on a Saturday too”. Sunday would have been much more appropriate. Yet few people mourned his passing. Wellington noticed a miniature glittering on his sovereign’s breast and found it to be a likeness of Maria Fitzherbert. It was buried with him in the vault at Windsor and in her house at Brighton a grey haired widow wept bitterly when she heard of this. The new King William IV was the third son of George III and Queen Charlotte and born in 1765.

Early on he was aimed for the n avy. His relationship with his parents lacked the usual warmth,he was never a favourite son perhaps because with fifteen children their love was rather thinly spread and he was only the third son. With the family, court etiquette was rigidly adhered to. For inst ance, sons were not permitted to sit in their parent’s presence, a restriction which made it difficult to have a meal in their compan y. Until 1772 William was brought up in the same nursery as his elder brothers. Then he and his younger brother Edward were sent to Kew Green where two governors supervised their education; General Bude, a Swiss who was an expert on the flavour of tobacco and had an addiction to anchovies, and Dr John Majendie, known as a rather ‘stiff’ clergyman, not a pair to encourage knowledge in rather lively boys.

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Following the successful bid to the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Grant, Age Concern Swaffham & District Befriending Scheme is now “open for business”. Our Befriending Co-ordinator, Jan Naylor, works three days a week, and the scheme needs both volunteers and clients. Jan works Tuesdays, Wednesdays 9am – 5pm and Thursdays 9am – 4pm and has an office at the Town Hall on Thursdays from 9am – 1pm. Anyone is welcome to drop in to see her and find out more about the Befriending Scheme. If you are able to offer a few hours per week to visit someone in their home to be a listening ear, or perhaps accompany them on a trip out, please apply to Jan to be a Befriender. Likewise, if you know of someone who is lonely or isolated who might benefit from someone visiting them regularly, please contact Jan so she can match them up with a suitable volunteer. Contact information is as follows:Jan Naylor, Befriending Co-ordinator, Age Concern, The Town Hall, 4 London Street, Swaffham PE37 7DQ Tel: 07412 775574Email: If you live in Swaffham or any of the 19 villages in a six mile radius and you are interested in becoming a Befriender – we want to hear from you.

With no August Meeting we did have a trip to Peter Beales and saw all the different rose bushes and colours, which were lovely. We also had a nice meal booked there and we had a good afternoon. We had our Annual outing on 5th August, a lovely day in Cambridge. For our September Meeting our speaker was Mrs Mary Miller, with two other ladies calling themselves ‘The Windmill Ringers’. She spoke about all the different bell sounds and notes. They had two bells in each hand, Mary said they would play some pieces of music and it sounded lovely; I think we all enjoyed it. We then had our coffee break, which our bell ringers well deserved. Our competition was won by Kay Tracey for the best ornamental bell. The Speaker for October 11th meeting is being arranged. Sheila Warner presented June Savoury with a lovely pot plant and card from all of us since June and her husband were celebrating their Golden Wedding on 9th September 2011, congratulations. VW South Pickenham Parish Council

The PC held their second meeting under the new format on Friday 16th September @ 6.00 p.m. in the Church. • Nick Padwick was co-opted onto the council, so completing the requisite number of councillors. • Councillor Pitt was thanked for arranging for a replacement village sign, replacing the one which was stolen in July. • Despite rising charges for electricity etc, it was decided to keep the precept at the same rate as in the previous years i.e. £1,000. One of the main costs is the lighting, which is funded by the parish and no longer by Breckland and also insurance costs to cover the lights themselves. The next meeting will be on Friday December 9th at 6.00 p.m. in the SP Estate offices. It would be good to see more people who are interested in their village attending but, if in the meantime, you have any concerns or wish to speak to any of the councillors, please contact them direct and they will be happy to help.

Nor th Pickenham Parish Council Ken Wells


32 Latimer Way

01760 440 702

David Harper

Vice Chairman

1 Brecklands Green

01760 441 168

Jill Ball


39 Latimer Way

01760 441 633

Karina Eagle


Peacock Cottage

01760 440 284

Kevin Hughes


5 Hill View

01760 440 940

Wil Smith


Simon Ward


3 Hill View

01760 440 611

Mick Lee

Parish Clerk

Blue Lion PH

01760 440 289

The Street


Houghton Lane

01760 440 436

Sou th Pickenham Parish Council John Blackburne



01760 756 219

Sue Bloomfield


2 The Street

01760 756 204

Chris & Lyn Pitt


Nick Padwick


1 Bungalow, The Street

01760 756 177

Home Farm

Pickenhams’ Contacts Carolyn Vincent

St Andrew’s Church Secretary

01760 755 089

Jenny Blackburne

All Saint’s Church Secretary

01760 756 219

Sheila Warner

Women’s Institute

01760 440 156

Reverend Stephen Thorp

Rector Benefice of Necton

01760 722 021

Jeni Barnacle

St Andrew’s Primary Head

01760 440 392

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October 2011