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The Cromer Times May 2022

Cromer in Bloom Hit the Buffers

Cromer in Bloom have taken on another forlorn and neglected area to tidy up. In front of Cromer Station, outside the old Buffers pub.

We felt that it was a poor welcome for visitors arriving by train into Cromer with trees covered in brambles and a grass bed full of weeds and rubbish. It has taken us several gardening sessions to improve the area and we will be planting a new garden in the next few weeks. Many locals and visitors passing by have commented on what an improvement it is already.

Many of the gardens Cromer in Bloom look after in Cromer started out like this, and now look considerably better.


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North Norfolk Photographic Society

North Norfolk Photographic Society were pleased to welcome Jim Hartje as our judge for the final digital competition of the season.

Jim is a long-standing judge from Peterborough who, for various reasons, judged the images on Zoom instead of attending in person. There was a high standard of images, particularly wildlife and Jim held back 12 images for awards out of the 66 entries. As this was an open competition, and not on a theme, there was a


Two Commended Awards went to Frederic Landes for Binham Priory at Sunset and Dusk on Cromer Pier whilst Hanne Siebers took the final award for her portrait entitled Benjamin.

Sunrise at the mill by Robbie Spencer North Norfolk Photographic Society meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7.30 at Cley Village Hall. Information about the club, galleries of members photos and programme details are all on our website which is

Wave spirit by Valerie Walker

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Gold Awards went to Robbie Spencer for Sunrise at the Mill and Val Walker for Wave Spirit. Val also obtained a Silver for Broad-bodied Chaser.

Bee-eater with dragonfly by Mick Walker

Not to be outdone, Mike Walker picked up a Silver and 2 Bronze awards for Sea Nettle, Bee-eater with Dragonfly and Purple Heron with Mole Cricket.

Highly commended were Red Deer in the Rain by Barb Gardner, I See You by Lizzie Wallis and Rushing Water by Shirley

Broad-bodied chaser by Valerie Walker

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A Note from the editor

The Platinum Jubilee weekend is almost upon us, the Queen is the first British monarch to have reigned for 70 years, quite an achievement! Most of us get to give up work and enjoy a leisurely retirement. There are lots of celebrations happening to mark this once-in-a-lifetime event.

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Dear Readers,

Glendon House care home in Overstrand is having a fundraising day on Saturday 28th May to raise money for Cancer Research UK. To reach their target care home staff have decided to walk from Overstrand to Holt. They will pass through Cromer, East Runton, West Runton, Sheringham and High Kelling to reach Holt. During their walk staff are hoping for generous donations from the public to help beat this killer disease. Therefore, on behalf of Glendon House staff, I am kindly requesting your support to sponsor them with generous donations during their walk or if anyone would like to contribute through the post please kindly write a cheque payable to Cancer Research UK and send it to Glendon House, 2 Carr Lane, Overstrand NR27 0EA Many thanks, Francisca Nevins, Charity Organiser

Do look in the forthcoming events for something near you.

If you prefer to mark the occasion in a quieter fashion and do something to benefit the environment, why not ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’? This is the Queen’s Green Canopy tree planting initiative to create a legacy to benefit people, wildlife and the environment for the future.

You can get a free ‘tree pack’ by going online at

You can even register your tree on the QGC map and if you are planting as a school or community group, you can have a free tree delivered during the planting season this year.

Whatever you are up to over the Jubilee weekend, bunting at the ready! Enjoy your May magazine.

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Cromer Junior School is looking to recruit new Governors to our team. Whilst we are a member of the Synergy Multi Academy Trust, we rely on our Governing Body to continue to shape our school, celebrating our uniqueness within the broader organization.

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As a Governor you will bring expertise from your particular field, offering us a fresh perspective to the ways in which we operate. Committing to six evening meetings a year, you will gain a real insight into the education of the children we serve in your community. Full training is provided, and you will be able to specialize in a given field of Governance. If this interests you, it would be my pleasure to give you a tour of the school and discuss the opportunity in more detail. To make an appointment, please contact Christine Dancaster, Clerk to the Governing Body. Email: or telephone: 01263 512155


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Following the success of last year’s inaugural “North Norfolk Open Studios” we will again be holding exhibitions of local artists’ work with the opportunity to meet over 130 artists in their studios and to purchase original works without gallery commission fees.

This year the event will run from Saturday 28th May through to Sunday 5th June, covering half term holidays and Jubilee Celebration Bank Holidays. Most studios will be open from 10am to 4pm daily but please check the website to confirm individual studio arrangements before travelling: Leaflets and maps available locally and online.

A local trail has been set up including artists from the Holt, High Kelling, Hunworth and Briston area with three artists new to NNOS this year alongside five who have exhibited before:

Inspired by the beauty of Norfolk, Terrie Clifft [1 Castle Close, Holt, NR25 6FB] enjoys creating unique decorative and functional fused art glass. Her original handmade kiln-fired glass items range from seascapes and landscapes, to penguins, robins and pheasants… not forgetting beautiful Murano glass pendants!

Her husband Ian Clifft [1 Castle Close, Holt, NR25 6FB] is an experienced and talented woodworker who produces a range of freestanding and wall-hung clocks made from reclaimed solid oak with inserts of other timbers or stone. Ian also makes attractive and sturdy lamp bases from oak which are fully fitted with brass bulb and shade holders, a long flex and a plug – ready to ‘plug and play’!

Chris White [The Bungalow, Old Cromer Road, High Kelling NR25 6AJ] is an established local artisan who has run glass workshops for many years. His fused and stained glass works are inspired by nature. He also produces pieces of art work suitable for enhancing your garden all year round. His work is whimsical, functional and decorative.

cards will also be available to purchase… or book a tuition slot!

Tricia Arnold’s [54 Pineheath Road, High Kelling NR25 6RH] artwork is “all about colour, texture and fun!” Tricia’s paintings are mixed media and she particularly enjoys using vivid colour in vibrant acrylics and inks. Tricia will have a range of original works, prints and cards for sale.

Richard Woodfield [22Avenue Road, High Kelling NR25 6RD] is a fine art illustrator who produces incredibly detailed renditions of landscapes and buildings, both local and further afield, using fine liner pens to render the necessary tones and textures. Richard also produces works in gouache and pastels.

Lizzy Harvey [[9 Mill Road, Briston NR24 2JF] is a mixed media artist who produces abstract and semi-abstract work based on nature and the landscape. Lizzy uses inks, watercolours and pastels for her drawings, also experimenting in monoprints and textiles.

It is only 6.3 miles between the studios at Briston and High Kelling, and will provide you with a wonderful opportunity to meet, chat with and support local artists, purchase an original artwork as a gift for yourself or a friend, and to explore the beauty of wonderful North Norfolk!

Well-known local artist Emma Blount [Hunworth Village Hall, Kings Street NR24 2EQ] works both as an illustrator and with glass. She will be holding a stained glass Caroline Houchell [45 Pineheath Road, High and glass painting Kelling NR25 6RH] is both a printer and mixed-media artist. Caroline produces collages, demonstration on Friday 3rd June at monoprints and cyanotypes influenced by 11 a.m. Drawings natural elements and changing seasons, exploring The Sheringham & District of lions, prints and a sense of space. She also runs workshops on Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association was formed in 1950 and today has a Membership of 87, but regretfully we are a generation of the past, only seven of our members are under the age of 65 and staggeringly our average age is 85. Directed by Stephen Richards with ensemble and soloists Not being put off by this we hold regular social events, which attract an average of well over 30 members, plus guests who are always welcome!

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A specially-commissioned Cantata “The Bravest Man” Music composed by Douglas Coombes, Libretto by Paul Rosier “Fantasia On British Sea Songs” by Henry Wood, and other pieces.

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CHESS PROBLEMS by Dr Cedric Lytton 301. Isaak Birbrager, 1 Pr. Shakmaty v SSSR, 1950

301. Mate in two moves

302. Sam Loyd, Musical World, 1860

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302. Mate in two moves

Solution to No. 301: 1. Qa1, threat 2. Qxd4. 1… Kxb42. Rb7; 1… Bxe4 2. Rc7; 1… Kd6 2. Rd7; 1… Be3 2. Rf7; 1… Rd3 2. Rg7. And of course, 1… Rxe7+ 2. Bxe7. Beautifully engineered Pelle theme; five discovered mates by the pinned white R, three by double check when the black Bc6 defends or the black K takes one of his flights (one given by the excellent Key), two more as shut-offs when one of two defensive pieces moves away.

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No. 302 is one for the numerous local OTB players recently featured in this magazine and in several recent issues of Town & Country News, and indeed all local chess players.

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So get cracking, it should be an easy solve from the diagram and minutes could decide the winner!

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The Supporters of the Sheringham Knitters have been working hard and raised £500 for Cromer RNLI.

A cheque for the amount was handed over to John Redmond, Lifeboat Operations Manager at RNLI Cromer. He thanked those concerned for all their efforts, especially Anne Poole and Kate Davis.

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May at the Museum of the Broads

Thursday 19th May Car Boot Sale Overstrand Sports Field NR27 0AB

Car boot sale every Thursday morning from 19th May until mid-September, 8am start, sorry no catering or HGVs, £6 per pitch. Contact 01263 579231

Now the Museum is open, it’s a perfect place to bring family and friends. Situated at the historic Stalham Staithe, there is nowhere better to sit and watch the river either in our sunny café area or outside. We sell drinks, ice creams and confectionary, and you are welcome to bring a picnic too.

Saturday 28th May Langham Bring & Buy Coffee Morning 10am-12noon NR25 7BX

This event will be held in the churchyard if the weather is fine or we could be inside the church or in the Village Hall, so keep a look out for posters and flags! There will be books, bric a brac, gifts cakes and a raffle plus refreshments. If anyone would like to bake a cake or bring along books, gifts, small bric-a-brac or a raffle prize, all will be gratefully received. If you would like to help on a stall, do get in touch. Proceeds are for Langham Church General Fund. We look forward to seeing you. Ann Sherriff 01328 830605

For a unique river trip, book seats on either our steamboat, Falcon, or our accessible electric boat, Marsh Harrier and enjoy spotting wildlife or just relaxing on the water.

Saturday/Sunday May 28/29th Art Sale and Exhibition at St.Michael and All Angels Church, Plumstead

The Museum has new displays and our special exhibition, From Sails to Blades – How wind power shaped the Broads, is proving popular. There are trails and activities for families and dogs are welcome too!

NR11 7LG. Open 10.30am to 4.30pm each day. Local artist John Durdin will be exhibiting many of his wonderful oil paintings, which reflect his love of the countryside around the village of Plumstead also, his travels abroad with his son Chris Durdin. Works by other local artists Mary Millar Watt and Kirsty O’Leary-Leeson will also be on display. 80% of the proceeds from the sale will go to support St. Michael’s Church, which John has served as churchwarden for over 30 years, and 20% to The Honeyguide Conservation Trust, a charity set up by Chris Durdin. For further information please contact

And if you’re after a bargain, come and visit our Boat and Fishing Jumble sale on Saturday 14 May from 0930 to 1230. It’s just £1 entry per person.

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Sing Your Heart Out

Sat 4th & Sun 5th June North Norfolk Creative Makers' Market 10am to 4pm.

Sing Your Heart Out North is a singing workshop for health and well-being which meets at The Lighthouse Cromer Road Sheringham.

The Church Room, Aldborough NR11 7AA. Textiles, photography, painting, prints, jewellery, resin, wood turning, handmade soaps & balms. Serving tea, coffee & fabulous homemade cakes.

They have started in person workshops again. No need to book, just turn up and you will receive a warm welcome. Sessions run between 2pm and 3.30pm.

Pleasaunce Work Party Morning

The dates for summer are: Mondays 16th May, 23rd May, 30th May, 13th June, 20th June, 27th June, 28th July, 22nd August

Saturday, May 21st The Pleasaunce welcomes your help weeding the lovely 5-acre garden to make it really pleasurable for their visitors. Bring some basic garden tools for working outside. Come for the whole morning or even an hour. Any time from 9:30am – 12:45pm.

Refreshments provided! Please let us know if you can come, contact Jess on 578230, email:, or Jill on 579212 email:


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Retro Comedy Comes to Sheringham

A hit West End comedy from the 1980s is coming to Sheringham Little Theatre this June. Described by The Guardian as ‘the most enjoyable piece of theatre seen in months’, One O’clock from the House revolves around the increasingly hilarious events immediately following the unexpected death of the head of a dysfunctional family.

Frank Vickery’s rich dialogue, and beautifully drawn comic characters, soon weave their spell as the audience is taken on a journey featuring almond-free almond cakes, a pet shopping trolley called Rover, and a cruel posthumous joke. Audiences as far and wide as Australia have been thoroughly entertained watching this ordinary family gradually fracture, as it becomes progressively consumed by selfishness and greed!

‘One O’clock from the House’, is being presented by local amateur theatre company, Stage Direct who recently mounted the successful production of ‘Miss Marble Takes a Break’ at the same venue.

Performances will be 16th-18th June commencing at 7.30pm: tickets are available from the Sheringham Little Theatre box office and online at This production is a fundraiser for the Little Theatre!

For further details, contact Nigel Manson of Stage Direct via

North Norfolk u3a ‘Summer Happenings’

time in your life (not necessarily chronological) when you can undertake learning for its own sake. Members are certainly not working towards qualifications they’re simply learning for pleasure. There is no distinction between learners and teachers – everyone could take a turn at being both if they wished.

The North Norfolk ‘u3a’ is 30 years old this year and to celebrate it is holding three events to mark the occasion.

Because the North Norfolk ‘u3a’ covers a large geographical area they will be spread out over the county: Fakenham in May, Sheringham in July and Cromer in September.

If you didn’t know the ‘U3A’ started in France at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Toulouse in 1973. The UK ‘u3a’ movement is based loosely on the French model and aims to encourage groups of people in their third age to come together and continue their enjoyment of learning in subjects of interest to them.

Members of the u3a will be invited to one of the three informal gatherings which will provide the opportunity to socialise with old friends, meet with new and enjoy afternoon tea. The National ‘u3a’ organisation, the Third Age Trust, came into being forty years ago so it’s a great opportunity to celebrate the ‘u3a’ both locally and nationally.

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Holt Festival

Saturday 23rd to Saturday 30th July 2022

The Holt Festival is returning in 2022 with another packed programme of outstanding entertainment. As ever, we have an eclectic mix of the performing arts, from classical to world music, poetry, talks and comedy. There will also be a very special art exhibition featuring John Craxton and Pablo Picasso, and including works by Lucian Freud and Alberto Giacometti, among others. There will also be the annual Sir John Hurt and Sworders art prizes, with the addition of the new Charlotte Fraser ceramics prize. Highlights this year include the effervescent bestselling author Marian Keyes, talking about her latest book, Again, Rachel. Antiques expert and teatime TV favourite from Antiques Road Trip and FLOG IT! Paul Martin, tells us about his passion for beautiful furniture. Writer, poet and national treasure Lemn Sissay reads from his Sunday Times bestselling memoir, My Name Is Why. While world music lovers will be blown Gifts in Wills away by the infectious enthusiasm and joy fund 1 in 4 of of Guinean master musician N’famady our missions Kouyaté and his full band line up on the last night. Find out how you can

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Tiger seen on West Street in Cromer Closing exhibition 11-15 May 2022 famous Breugel painting.

It started with an idea to bring some cheer to the streets during lockdown, and soon there were more than 200 children playing games on Garden Street courtesy of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna who provided a high-resolution image of the

This was soon followed by a that lady in a green dress (van Eyck) on New Street and a Tiger (Rousseau) appearing on West Street. Everybody thought the Scream was the image of the lockdown, so Munch soon came to town.

Over the months 25 quality life-sized reproductions of works from around the world appeared on the streets of Cromer. People loved it: “I love the idea of engaging the public with art in the environment. Taking it out of galleries, which some people either view as elitist or merely not for them” was typical; “I liked the fabulous quality of the reproductions, the excitement of seeing well known pictures in unexpected places, the enjoyment and interest it has clearly given people about the town.”, “This has engaged lots of people who wouldn’t normally look at art or visit a gallery”. Over 99% were really positive about the exhibition.

A huge thanks to the District and Town councils, and all the wall-holders for supporting the exhibition.

All good things must come to an end, and this outdoor exhibition will finish at the end of April. The artworks will then be displayed in a closing exhibition in Cromer Community Centre in Garden Street in the middle of May. Drawing materials will be provided at the exhibition for viewers to use and spend some time “drawing from the masters”.

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for another stunning show, aiming to liven up our streets and to offer yet more impressive online resources.

The Bigger Picture closing exhibition will be in Cromer Community Centre on Wednesday 11 and Friday 13 from 2-4 and all weekend 14/15 May 11-4. More information online at

Watch out for a follow-on outdoor exhibition from September. This time Cromer Artspace are working in partnership with the National Gallery



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Cromer and Sheringham Probus Club

On 5 April, after an excellent lunch at the Links Hotel in West Runton, we enjoyed a talk by Stephen Scott-Fawcett on the topic of “Nepal – now and in the future”. He visited Nepal in 2005 and many times since, and his wife is Nepalese.

He began by giving us some basic facts about Nepal, e.g., it is about half the size of the UK, with a population also about half the size of ours. Geographically there are three main areas: the high Himalayas close to the northern border, then the central ‘hilly’ area (to us still mountainous!), and the fertile plains in the south. 123 languages are spoken and about half of the population speak official Nepali. 80% of the population is Hindu. Until about 1860 Nepal was a collection of many small kingdoms, which thereafter gradually merged and in 1923 Nepal became a single independent nation. Politically it has had its problems, for instance the civil war in the late 1990s and early 2000s and also there is the need for more widely available educational and employment opportunities. The population is patriarchal in many ways, although in the home it is the women who have the say! Transportation is a problem, which is not surprising given the mountainous terrain.

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Natural disasters are also a threat; Nepal is prone to earthquakes (the last was in 2015) and also to mudslides during the monsoon season. Global warming has led to increased snow melt in the mountains, with a build-up of water behind dams, so if any of these should break, the consequences would be disastrous. So, Nepal faces a number of very significant challenges. After some questions from members, the chairman thanked Simon for his very interesting talk.



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We had a very interesting talk by Alex Wiseman from MIND, a countrywide organisation offering help, advice and information to people with mental health problems and lobbying government and local authorities on their behalf. He spoke about the stigma that still exists towards mental health and how we can help to overcome this.

Then on June 8th we will be going on a mystery tour. There are places available on the coach at the moment. The cost is £32 which includes lunch and afternoon tea on the way home. Pick-up 10.30 and drop off 5.30.

There is always a warm welcome for visitors and new members. We charge £2 on the door for members and £3 for visitors.

Further information from: Josie 01263 579748 or email or Jackie 01263 720866 or email

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The AGM for the Sheringham and District Philatelic Society was held on April 11th with 13 members present. All were keen to continue meeting as a Society but it was decided that, in the present Covid infection situation, to entertain ourselves with in-house displays on most occasions. However, Peter Boyce, from Norwich and Norfolk PS will show stamps from New Guinea and Papua and also Greek Architecture on June 13th.

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Aylsham Open Gardens Weekend 18th and 19th June 2022 Gardens in Aylsham will be open over the weekend of 18th and 19th of June. We are pleased to be able to welcome everyone back to this event after a two-year break.

During that time people have been working hard in their gardens, completing new projects to make them interesting, beautiful and inviting. We have over 12 gardens open, half of these are new to the event, so lots of new things to see.

demonstrating how to create and care for bonsai and on the Saturday Eve’s Hill Vegco market garden in Aylsham will be joining the event and be open to the public for a tour and a talk.

The gardens display a variety of styles, large and small, wild and formal. Refreshments will be available with light lunches, teas, cakes and ice-cream. There will also be plant sales. To add interest there will be an artist’s studio open in one of the gardens, another will be

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Aylsham in Bloom which is part of the Aylsham Community Partnership charity runs the event and receives the ticket money which enables the volunteers to maintain the Bloom planting around the town. Money raised by refreshments and plant sales is donated by the gardeners to a charity they choose. This year we are hoping to be able to support, Cromer

National Coastwatch, Cromer Hospital, British Heart Foundation and Redwings Horse Sanctuary amongst others.

Tickets are £5 for one day and £8 for a two-day ticket. Those aged 16 and under are free. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Tickets will be on sale on the open days at the Heritage Centre in St Michael’s Churchyard from 9.30am. Gardens open at 11am.

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Wildlife Garden Competition 2022

On Tuesday 5th April we welcomed Dr Ian Bedford (the Norfolk Bug Man!) with a fascinating look at Companion Planting. Ian explained that by creating a well-balanced garden, it could not only benefit the gardener by improving plant quality and yields, but promote biodiversity too.

Cromer Green Spaces nurtures nature in our urban coastal setting.

We believe that every green space in Cromer is important for wildlife – none more so than our own gardens.

Many artificial fertilisers and controls are not only harmful to the “good guys” such as bees and beetles but can leave residues in the soil for many years, killing off the natural “friendly” bacteria and fungi that form an essential part of the decay cycle which improves soil quality. When under attack from predators such as aphids and caterpillars it has been discovered that some plants send out chemical signals via their roots and leaves to their neighbours informing them that they are “under attack” and they in turn produce their own chemicals to deter the pests! Amazing!

This competition – successfully launched in 2021 – is looking to find the best gardens for nature in Cromer. Big or small, a whole garden or a special corner all qualify. But to provide maximum benefit to wildlife, three elements are key: water, food and shelter. For water this could be a pond, birdbath or even a simple hedgehog drinking dish. Food comes from nectar-rich flowers and plants for insects, berry-bearing bushes or just a well-stocked bird table. Shelter can be provided through the vegetation grown or purpose made – a ‘bug hotel’, or bird box.

Tuesday June 7th Speaker is Julia Dovey " Felbrigg- a History of the Walled Garden" Meeting starts at 2.30 Parish Hall, The Londs, Overstrand. Visitors welcome £3.00 includes refreshments. New members and visitors always welcome. For further information contact Yvonne (secretary)

Wildlife gardening can be great fun for the kids too, so why not encourage them to create a special place for wildlife around your home. To enter, all you need to do is send an email - including a description of your special space for nature (no more than 150 words please) and up to five photos to:

Aylsham & District Flower Club

Aylsham & District Flower Club will be meeting in Aylsham Town Hall on Wednesday 8th June for a Workshop evening led by our Chairman Crystal Dyball. Doors open 7pm for 7.30. Tea/ coffee on arrival if required. Sales table and Flower of the month competition. Crystal has chosen a Basket Arrangement for her demonstration before members and visitors try their own version. All welcome to take part or watch if preferred. This is usually an evening of fun and laughter as well as learning!

Entries must be received by Thursday 30th June 2022. Gardens will be judged in July by a local panel of experts and the results announced during Carnival Week.

There are prizes for the winner and runners-up and a trophy to celebrate the achievements. But the biggest winner of course – will be our local wildlife!

Please contact Crystal for details of what you need to bring. Crystal Dyball: 01603 291190 Visitors £5.

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Finally back after a two year absence, how pleased we are to resume the monthly meetings. Last month we greeted over 30 members & had an inspirational demonstration by our own & much admired, David Wright. The smiles were back on our faces & the last 2 years faded away. At our April meeting, we were treated to “Treasured Moments part 11” with Vicky Hease. A lovely family story with beautiful flowers, using both oasis & chicken wire.

refreshments & a raffle. An annual subscription is £25 & visitors £6. There is ample parking at this venue.

North Walsham & Bradfield Flower Club

The Club meets every 4th Thursday at the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart Hall on the Norwich Rd, North Walsham at 2.30pm. We have

The flower club is affiliated with N.A.F.A.S. If you are a keen flower arranger, like to dabble or looking for a new hobby you are more than welcome to join us.

The next meeting starts at 2.30pm on Thursday 26th May with Jenni Baker, “Colours of India”. If you want to know more: visit us at ‘The Big Bash’ on May 14th 2022, North Walsham Community Centre. Marilyn Pearce [Chair] 01692 404661


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Italian Stargazer Who Wanted a Closer Look By David Abbott

Galileo’s dad wanted to call him Fred. But his mum said he should have a cool name just in case. So, Galileo Galilei it was.

The young Galileo was obsessed with the sky. As his father would say “he was born sunny side up”. But he warned his young son: “Stop looking up all the time or you’ll get run over”.

By an early age Galileo figured there were lots of stars. Lots. And he wondered how he could get a closer look. He considered being loaded into a canon and fired up to see them. But he thought his mother might not be too happy with that.

To the stars? In those days most people didn’t go far. Down the pub and back was as near an adventure as many got. A few brave souls got into boats. Some were never seen again. “That proves,” said his father “the world is flat. They fell off the edge.” He knew his science.

In Galileo’s home town of Pisa some would gaze in puzzlement at the leaning tower. And ask why? Galileo had an idea. Having thrown all kinds of objects from the top and apparently failing to kill anyone, he discovered the speed of fall of an object was not proportional to its weight. Eat your

heart out Aristotle.

In Spring 1609 Galileo heard about an invention in the Netherlands which brought things closer. Aha, he thought. I don’t need a canon after all.

Having mastered the art of lens grinding, he built a 20x magnifying telescope. Then he set it up to look at the Moon and found wasn’t made of cheese. He went on to discover Jupiter’s moons Ganymede, Europa, lo and the rings of Saturn. Not a bad day’s work for a college dropout.

When not gazing skyward he had a terrestrial star which shone bright. He had “an arrangement” with a Venetian woman, Marina Gamba, who told him he needed to get out more. Clearly, he didn’t because they had two daughters and a son.

In those days suggesting the earth goes round the sun wasn’t exactly greeted enthusiastically by the perceived science of the day. As for rocks falling from space, oh come on! The Italian Inquisition was on hand to disabuse people of all such nonsense. The ageing Galileo got on the wrong side of them and was put under house arrest for the rest of his life. At least his mum was right: Galileo had

a better ring to it than Fred.

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What can we learn from celebrities who died without making a will? by Yasmin Knock, Solicitor, Hayes + Storr Solicitors

Celebrities often have professional advisors who look after their business affairs. However, like many people, sometimes they do not get around to making a will. When you die without a will, predetermined laws of intestacy decide who should inherit your estate, and while these laws seek to deal with matters in a fair way, they do not consider modern family structures, family dynamics or personal wishes.

Prince’s lesson for philanthropists Family feuds over who should inherit are harder to settle where there is no will, as the person’s wishes remain unknown. After Prince died, intestacy rules meant that all his assets passed to his siblings, leaving his five half-siblings without a share of his estate. Had Prince made a will, he might have chosen to make gifts to his half-siblings as well. He may also have chosen to leave legacies to the various charities he gave generously to throughout his lifetime, something which cannot be achieved without a will.

Stieg Larsson’s lesson for unmarried couples Author Stieg Larsson, who famously wrote the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, died

intestate. His vast wealth passed to his father under intestacy, leaving his long-term partner with nothing. Unmarried couples are not entitled to each other’s estates, regardless of the seriousness or length of the relationship, so the only way to ensure your partner receives any of your assets is to leave them in a will.

Intestacy rules do not consider the continued management of estate assets like a business or intellectual property such as royalties from music. Amy Winehouse’s intestacy resulted in her £4 million estate being almost entirely depleted within two years of her death after her companies passed into the control of her parents. A will would have allowed her to appoint an appropriate person to manage the companies on behalf of her beneficiaries to ensure they remained viable assets.

Rik Mayall’s lesson in tax planning Intestacy is often not the best approach when it comes to tax planning. When actor Rik Mayall died intestate, his wealth was subject to a substantial inheritance tax liability that might have been reduced has he planned his affairs during his lifetime. One of the most important ways to benefit from available tax savings is with a will.

How we can help We can advise you on how best to pre-empt or manage potential conflicts and how your estate might be affected by various taxes. For further information, please contact Yasmin Knock in the wills and probate team on 01263 712835 or email

Pablo Picasso’s lesson to save delay and costs Without a valid will, a complex and extensive estate can be difficult to deal with, resulting in unnecessary delays and high costs. Whilst an average estate takes around one year to administer, when Pablo Picasso died without a will his estate reportedly took six years to settle and cost approximately $30 million.

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Salvation Army leaders who received funding from the Norfolk Community Foundation to help feed vulnerable people say it has made a huge

Through participation with families directly, other agencies and schools supporting people across Norfolk, the voucher scheme has helped the church and charity develop relationships and build connections for a more joined up community. 12 branches in Norfolk were supported by the Norfolk Community Foundation through its Household Support Fund to purchase and distribute £50 food vouchers.

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agencies who referred families to its Toys and Tins appeal at Christmas. The agencies distributed the vouchers to the families they work with. One agency, supporting young people moving into independent living, used the vouchers to teach budgeting skills through the process of buying staple foods, whilst another worked with a small group to shop and prepare meals together.

Not only did the vouchers assist struggling households with buying essentials, but they also led to The Salvation Amy connecting with people who would not normally use its services. The Salvation Army offers a range of assistance from employment and debt advice to participation in a range of well-being and social activities.

Carol McKean is community manager in Sheringham. She said vouchers were distributed to 150 households.

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She added: “When we were told we had access to funding, we immediately identified lots of families experiencing hardship. People are paying more national insurance; fuel costs have gone up and food costs are spiralling. People are worried and panicking.

“These vouchers made a huge difference to those households who are getting support and eased the strain for a short period of time. The families were hugely grateful.”

Carol said The Salvation Army in Sheringham worked closely with schools, other churches and local children’s services to identify vulnerable people and families. She explained: “We all worked together to meet the needs of families who needed help the most. But any of us may need support as we go forward.”

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I know lots of people don’t even like to acknowledge that their pet could be carrying fleas, but it is fact – If you have a pet, you could have fleas. And the unfortunate part of the problem, as some of you are well aware, is that with the advent of central heating fleas have become a year-long feature. Signs of a heavy flea infestation on your pet include: scratching, biting, showing other signs of discomfort, scabby or irritated skin, and you may see visible signs such as adult fleas or flea dirt. However, some pets (especially cats) will groom adult fleas and flea dirt from their coats making it impossible for their owner to see evidence of a flea problem. Here’s how you can check your pet for fleas (if he/she will cooperate!):

Sit your pet on a bit of white paper and rub its coat vigorously for a few minutes. This should dislodge flea faeces (“dirt”) from the coat which will fall onto the paper. Remove your pet from the paper

It’s that time of year again… the weather is warming up and some of you are thinking about flea control for your pet.

and tip what is left on the paper onto some wet cotton wool or kitchen roll. Over the next minute or so the dried blood in the dark flecks of flea dirt should dissolve to a lighter shade of red.

An important thing to remember is the adult flea represents only 5% of the flea problem. The rest is made up of eggs, worm-like larvae, and the pupa stage.

Fleas are a permanent ectoparasite, meaning that once they land on your pet they stay there until they are removed by grooming or they die. Adult fleas usually live for a matter of days on your pet, but since a female can lay up to 50 eggs a day they have usually deposited 200 eggs in

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Another very important fact involving the flea life-cycle is that once the larva are safe in their cocoons as pupae, there is no product available that will kill them. They can stay protected in this state for months and hatch out in less than a second when your pet is close by. This is one of the reasons year-long, consistent flea prevention is so important If you find evidence of fleas on your pet, it definitely means you should be treating them. But remember, just because you don’t see evidence doesn’t mean your pet isn’t suffering from flea bites. There are now a wide variety of products and formulations for treating and preventing fleas ranging from sprays, spot-on, tablets and injections for cats. An integrated plan consists of using products that will kill adult fleas and products that treat the environment (house, car, kennel, etc).

Speak to your vet about what combination of products would be best for you, your pet, and your home.


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Garden-lovers Gear up for Creake Abbey’s Annual Plant Lovers’ Day On Saturday 28th May the region’s gardenlovers will flock to Creake Abbey, the beautiful monastic site three miles south of Burnham Market in north Norfolk, for Plant Lovers’ Day, its annual botanical bonanza.

Diana Brocklebank Scott, founder of Creake Abbey, said: “Gardening has never been such an important resource for nurturing ourselves as well as the environment. We are all becoming increasingly aware of the impact that wildlife-friendly gardens can have on biodiversity as well as on carbon capture. With the correct care and attention, our gardens should fizz with plant and insect life. Creake Abbey’s Plant Lovers’ Day is the perfect place to refresh your garden, regardless of its size, with new, interesting and healthy plants. Don’t miss out on this chance to put a spring in your step, reinvigorate your garden and help the environment too.”

As always, visitors to Creake Abbey will be offered delicious breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea by the Creake Abbey Café & Food Hall together with takeaway coffee, cake and snacks. The gate opens at 10am and closes at 4pm. Entrance to the plant fair is £5 per adult and there is no charge for under 16s. Dogs on leads welcome but must not be left in cars. Visitors may also browse the wares and

services of Creake Abbey’s seven resident independent shops and services free of charge.

Once again, proceeds from the day will go to Wells Community Hospital Trust at Wellsnext-the-Sea. Over the past 14 years Creake Abbey has raised over £28,000 for the hospital through its annual Plant Lovers’ Day and subsequent donations. The hospital has been providing health and wellbeing services in Norfolk for more than 100 years. Alongside clinics, the hospital is spearheading services for the community including a foodbank, community café, social groups as well as a program of exercise classes. Reg charity no. 1154540 Sarah Peberday, General Manager of Wells Community Hospital Trust, said: “Wells Community Hospital Trust is delighted to be chosen once again to be the beneficiary of the 2022 Plant Lovers’ Day at Creake Abbey. Alongside the many services we offer, our team has developed several initiatives to support the emerging needs of local people of all ages to ensure their health and wellbeing. We are particularly proud of our food bank. Creake Abbey’s vital support will allow all of this hard work for our local community to continue.”

Now in its 15th year, this much-loved horticultural event will showcase the best quality plants from around 30 nurseries from Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex as well as leading nurseries from further afield. Excellent-

value perennials, annuals, exotics, bulbs, shrubs, climbers and classics such as roses will be on offer. Visitors are encouraged to buy direct from the nurseries or pre-order specific plants with collection on the day and to take full advantage of the advice and inspiration on offer from the region’s leading plantsmen.

Please visit for a regularly updated list of nurseries attending the 2022 Plant Lovers’ Day.

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Bothered by Mummy Tummy?

Now you have a safe and effective option to do something about it.

Colishall Cosmetic Clinic provides several effective options including a mini-tummy tuck.

with significant muscle wall laxity or abdominal hernias. It requires a longer scar, wide undermining [which risks blood supply to the skin] hence liposuction is not carried out during this procedure. There is a scar around the belly button as it has to be moved. It is a major procedure that provides a tighter but not necessary slimmer appearance.

What is a mini tummy tuck or mini-abdominoplasty procedure? Mini tummy tuck is a procedure to address stubborn area of stretched, sagging skin and fat on your lower tummy. Pregnancy, aging and genetics are common culprits behind a belly pouch and unfortunately, diet and exercise are often ineffective in helping to get rid of it. If you are bothered by the appearance of your lower abdomen, a mini tummy tuck may help you get the results you want with a relatively short recovery. Mini-tummy tuck reduces sagging skin and fat from lower abdomen improving body contours and silhouette.

Mini tummy tuck is a good option in patients with skin excess in lower part of their belly. Mini tummy tuck is a less invasive option. This uses a relatively short incision in the same area of a C-section scar and avoids the incision around the belly button. This is often performed on women who have mild sagging or post-baby pouch, stretch marks from pregnancy, or C-section scarring. This procedure focuses only on the area below the belly button, not the entire abdomen.

How is mini-tummy tuck different from a full tummy tuck? Full tummy tuck is a major operation performed under general anaesthesia. It is suitable for patients after massive weight loss, patients with severe stretch marks all over their abdomen or in patients

We nearly always add liposuction to our tummy tucks to sculpt the body in 3 dimension. The technique known also as mini lipo-abdominoplasty with no undermining, makes it possible to safely combine liposculpture of the abdomen with lower abdomen skin tightening. Unlike traditional tummy tucks, this operation allows for more contouring of the abdomen. It gives a result that is both tight and shapely.

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake

I decided it should be something retro but appropriate for making and sharing if you are having a get together for the occasion.

I remember my mother making this cake when I was little, and what a treat it was served up with custard, or on special occasions, cream, (or in those days Dream Topping, remember that?).

With the Platinum Jubilee around the corner, I got to thinking what would be a good recipe for this month?

The recipe makes a single layer cake, but for a special occasion you could double the quantity of sponge mix and bake one layer without the pineapple, then sandwich it with your choice of jam and cream or buttercream. A feast fit for a king, or queen!


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Ingredients Large tin of pineapple rings Glace cherries 4 tablespoons soft light brown sugar 235g softened butter plus extra for greasing 175g caster sugar 3 eggs, beaten ½ tsp vanilla extract 175g self-raising flour 1 tsp baking powder 2 tbsp whole milk


Method Preheat the oven to 180C. Thoroughly grease a deep 20cm (8 inch) round cake tin (two if doubling the mixture to make a sandwich cake).

Drain the pineapple rings and dry off on kitchen paper. Melt together the soft brown sugar and 60g of the butter in a saucepan over a gentle heat.

Spoon into the bottom of the cake tin and arrange the pineapple rings in the bottom of the tin. Place a glace cherry on the centre of each ring.

Sift the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl, add the eggs, vanilla, remaining butter and milk and mix with a hand mixer (or by hand) until smooth and well combined. Spoon the mixture over the pineapple rings carefully, level and bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until risen and golden.

When cooked, leave in the tin to cool for a few minutes, run a knife around the edge to loosen and place a serving plate over the tin. Hold the tin and plate together firmly and turn over. Remove the cake tin and leave to cool.

NB: If making a sandwich cake, double the sponge mix ingredients, divide between two cake tins and omit the pineapple and melted sugar/butter mixture for the bottom sponge.

Happy Jubilee, Jo – editor.

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Running Wild!

Nettle and Pea Soup

They say the best things in life are free... which is just as well given how expensive everything else is suddenly becoming. If you’re feeling the pinch financially, one easy way to save some money is with your food shopping. I find that making a meal list for the week (I know, it’s another chore, but so worth it) saves me from falling into the temptation traps set for us by the evil geniuses behind supermarket marketing.

A little olive oil 1 large white onion, finely chopped 1 large jacket potato or a good handful of new potatoes, skin on and chopped into chunks A couple of sticks of celery, chopped 20 to 30 heads of nettle, leaves stripped from the stalk and well washed Vegetable stock Half a small pack of frozen peas, defrosted 4 to 5 sprigs fresh mint, chopped Tsp miso paste, mixed with a little warm water (optional)

Given how important feeding yourself is, and how much we enjoy it, is it really too hard to give yourself half an hour to decide just what you fancy eating for the next week? The other outrageously easy win is to eat wild food. Instead of looking at nettles like the enemy, encourage them in your garden and consider them a crop!

the vegetables, plus a little more. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes and add the peas and mint. Simmer for a further 5 minutes until the peas are tender, then blitz with a hand blender until smooth. Stir through the miso paste to finish and check the seasoning.

Gently fry the onion and celery in a little oil over a medium heat for 5minutes, and then add in the chopped potato. Add the nettles and stir until wilting down, and then the stock to cover

They are so tasty and good for you, and really easy to incorporate into your recipes, as below. They also make a gorgeous tea, when paired with other herbs or even fruit.

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At the moment, you can easily pick Garlic Mustard which can be cooked or eaten raw as a salad, Wild Garlic, which can be gently wilted or again eaten raw in salad, and my favourite at the moment is Cleavers, otherwise known as Sticky Willy, a rampant weed that is incredibly good for you, and can be cooked into soup or brewed into tea.

Save money by getting creative with the wild harvest available to us, and base meals around deals on potatoes, vegetables, pasta and rice. Use more dried beans and pulses in your recipes to bulk them out, such as lentils in bolognaise or chilli and beans in soups and try to bulk buy staples such as tinned tomatoes, frozen vegetables, oatmeal and pasta.

Make your own flat breads and garlic bread with strong wholemeal or white flour, and buy sundried tomatoes and roasted peppers in oil, making use of the oil in the jars for cooking to combat the recent shortages in cooking oil.

And of course, grow your own veg and herbs if you can, to supplement what you buy; seeds are cheap to buy, and you can use old yoghurt or butter tubs and pots to grow your seeds in. When picking wild plants, don’t take the whole plant, try to pick away from busy roads and wash everything well. You can easily check online to identify the right plants to pick. Happy Wild Gleaning!

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Tidal Transit Provides ‘Incredible apprenticeship experience'

East Anglia is one of the UK's major energy industry hubs, and offshore wind energy and its supply chain are important parts of the region's economy and business life.

It already offers many employment opportunities and the anticipated growth of those career paths in the coming years is leading to innovative developments in skills and education, work experience, apprenticeships and graduate programmes for the region's young people.

business centres around the procedures and routines to be implemented by the vessel crews, so as well as being involved in the office based management of HSE, it was imperative that Georgia’s apprenticeship provided for practical experience aboard our CTVs," said Leo Hambro, Tidal Transit's Commercial Director.

Georgia Cuddihy is one such young person, and when asked about her role as the Office and HSE Apprentice at Tidal Transit Limited, she said: "My apprenticeship is proving to be an incredible experience."

Georgia said: "I was introduced to many routines on my first voyage aboard the CTV Eden Rose, including rope techniques, daily maintenance checks, the vessel refuelling process, navigation and watch procedures and chart management.

Tidal Transit has been chartering purpose-designed crew transfer "We travelled from vessels (CTVs) to offshore wind Grimsby to the Racebank Georgia Cuddihy aboard CTV farm developers and operators Offshore Wind Farm, and Eden Rose for over ten years, and Georgia on entering the wind farm Photo credit: Tidal Transit) Cuddihy joined the team at its field we pushed on to an headquarters close to the port SOV (Service Operation Vessel), dropping town of Wells-next-the-Sea, North Norfolk - off and collecting wind turbine technicians; in 2020. this gave me the opportunity to learn about the safety procedures associated with vessel"The HSE management system for a maritime

to-vessel transfer. We also visited a number of wind turbines where, having been taught the correct way to do it, I was allowed to be the crew member transferring the technicians up onto the turbines.

"My second voyage last year was another eye-opener! It was a 5-day trip taking Eden Rose from Grimsby to Barrow in Furness, which involved travelling west through the Caledonian Canal. This exposed me to another set of HSE routines associated with deck management on long passages, the importance of fender placement and watch-keeping duties, to name but two."

Reflecting on her time spent aboard Eden Rose, Georgia said: "When I am drafting method statements and risk assessments, I now feel I have a much better understanding of the practicalities relating to the implementation of HSE policies and procedures."

Leo Hambro is planning for Tidal Transit to be able to offer further apprenticeship opportunities over the coming years, saying: "The importance of increasing the supply of electricity from offshore wind energy in recent announcements made by the UK Government will undoubtedly result in a growth of employment opportunities throughout the industry supply chain. My hope is that there is a corresponding increase in apprenticeship opportunities."




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From North Walsham and District Branch of Cats Protection Paddington and Winnie have now been rehomed, as have two of the older residents in care, Ollie (Irene has now fully recovered from Covid) and Billie. We still have some older cats waiting for someone to offer them a home plus some older kittens who will need experienced cat owners as they are still quite timid having joined us from an outside environment.

There have been many changes introduced since the branch was first set up and one of these is the minimum size of all cat pens used by the Charity to house the cats while they are in our care. This meant that our original pens did not meet the standard required and applied to the three original pens with Stephanie. We were, however, allowed to use the double pen as though it was one pen and the single one for emergency homing. The pens, however, were showing their age and it was decided the time had come to dismantle them. We do still have the two larger pens at Dilham plus the four with Caroline and the two with Irene and we also have the use of some pens with Lesley at her cattery, which all meet the standard required. Having helped to put the original pens up it seems strange not to see them anymore and even stranger now having only two pens to clean.

We have mentioned the Animal Welfare Act in the past and the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes (ADCH), both of which are working to ensure that all animals receive a certain level of care. There are now changes in the pipeline and Defra is currently reviewing the licensing of animal establishments, e.g. commercial boarding of cats and dogs, pet vending etc. At present this only covers establishments licensed at present although it is anticipated that rescue organisations will be added in the future. The Scottish Government has already announced plans for this legislation for registering and licensing

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If you are looking for a cat or kitten (or have any other queries) please give Stephanie a call on 01692 535858. Please be aware that if you are interested in giving one of our cats a home you need to contact by phone rather than by the contact form on our website, where a description and photograph of the cats can be seen. Stephanie does not use a computer for her cat work so there is a delay in responding to enquiries this way and as she deals with enquiries on a first come first serve policy, she may have already spoken to someone who is interested in giving the cat a home.

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Cromer Times May 2022

“No Fault” Divorce is now happening From 6 April 2022 the most radical reform of divorce law for decades came into operation.

Previously a divorce could only be based upon “fault” with a husband or wife blaming the other for the breakdown of their marriage. That has now changed and is no longer required.

The new law includes significant changes in terminology that Solicitors and clients will need to come to terms with. More fundamentally however is the potential for a divorce to take place on a joint application and ending the possibility of someone seeking to defend the divorce.

There is now a minimum period of 20 weeks from the commencement of the divorce to the application for a Conditional Order (previously Decree Nisi).

This is to enable a cooling off period and time for reflection whether it is actually referred to that or not in the legislation. It remains to be seen whether reflection will take place because the vast majority of people starting a divorce will have come to the conclusion that they wanted a divorce before the proceedings were started rather than mid-point. There then remains the same six-week period between

the Conditional Order (Decree Nisi) and Final Order (Decree Absolute) as previously.

A minimum period of 26 weeks now applies to a divorce. This is about the length of time that a divorce was taking place under the old legislation although with all these timescales it is subject to potential difficulties with the digital format and procedure that the Court now has.

There is also the potential for a Respondent to try to delay a divorce by not acknowledging receipt of the application but the opportunities to delay or try to stop a divorce are much more limited under the new rules and procedure.

Overall, the aim is to try to ensure that the divorce itself can take place more amicably. The position remains that in most cases it is rare for a husband and a wife both to want a divorce and it is often only one party that is seeking this whereas the other might be reluctant or not want the divorce at all.

What the new rules do however is to prevent a spouse from defending the divorce and so it is hoped that animosity is prevented over the actual divorce itself. It does not change the situation regarding disputed arrangements for children or financial matters which still have to be dealt with although if the divorce itself is dealt with more amicably the hope is that ancillary aspects are not going to be soured

right from the outset by allegations made in the actual divorce.

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New Norfolk Aviation Group Formed Many residents of North Norfolk will have had first-hand knowledge of aviation activities in this region.

If you have an interest in any aspect of aeronautics –from the history of flight to the exploration of space, then the newly formed Norfolk Aeronautical Group may well be the place for you. It is a Group where you can meet with people who share your interests and which provides monthly talks (live and on Zoom) on aeronautical matters as well as visits and social occasions with like-minded individuals, many of whom have had a professional interest in aeronautics in their careers and others who are just interested in everything to do with this topic.

Formed in January 2022, its membership has grown to 50 + and the Group meets on the second Thursday of the month at Postwick Village Hall, starting at 7:30pm, with an exclusive coffee lounge and bar open from 7:00pm.

Annual Membership costs £30.00 – pro-rated if you join later in the year. Spouses/ partners of members are treated as associate members and can attend the monthly meetings at no cost. Other Guests are welcome for a small admission charge, and if you want to “try before buy” you can come along to a meeting to ensure the Group is for you.

The subscription also includes a monthly 20-page colour magazine sent as a soft copy whenever possible, but also available as a hard copy, a monthly E-bulletin with hyperlinks to various web sites of interest, and, for anyone not on the internet who cannot attend the live meeting, a DVD with a recording of the event.

All meetings are simultaneously transmitted on Zoom for those who prefer to attend virtually and are available post meeting as a download. As well as the monthly meetings we run a virtual raffle for members and associate members, an annual photographic competition and programmes of aviation related visits and social events.

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Hare Coursing Falls After Borderless Success

Hare coursing across the East of England has fallen by almost a third thanks to the success of a “borderless” scheme among police forces.

The crackdown on rural crime comes after Norfolk Police teamed up with six other police forces in September. Incidents of hare coursing across the seven force areas fell from 2044 in


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Norfolk’s rural crime officer, PC Chris Shelley, said: “Hare coursing has a terrible impact on our rural communities: it damages property, threatens people's livelihoods, and subjects people and families to fear and intimidation. “The use of police tactics such as ANPR and the sharing of information, together with the issuing of Community Protection Warnings (CPWs), Community Protection Notices (CPNs) and the granting of Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBOs) has seen a region-wide reduction of coursing incidents by 31 per cent.

“It’s an issue we take very seriously, and we will take prompt and robust action to prevent this happening in Norfolk and pursue anybody committing this crime.”

Sally Robinson, a District Crown Prosecutor for the CPS, said: “Those who commit hare coursing have historically exploited the borders of neighbouring forces to continue their illegal activities, causing the extreme suffering and unlawful killing of hares, whilst also having a harmful effect on our rural communities. “By using the legal expertise of the CPS and the operational knowledge of seven police forces in an innovative and collaborative way to effectively remove those borders, we have collectively built stronger cases for prosecution and made it harder for the perpetrators to offend in the future. The CPS takes wildlife crime seriously and we will continue to work closely with the police and other partners to bring offenders to justice whenever our legal test is met.”

Anyone who sees hare coursing taking place is asked to contact police immediately on 999 and provide officers with a description of the people involved, any registration numbers, vehicle descriptions and the location and direction of travel. Its important people don’t confront hare coursers or put themselves at risk.

If you have information about hare coursing and it’s not currently happening, or have been a victim of the crime, please call 101 or report on it on the Norfolk Police website. If a crime is in progress call 999.


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Mindfulness through Art

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Norfolk County Council Adult Learning Wellbeing Programme Coordinator John Madeley contacted Age Concern North Norfolk last year to see if we were interested in them delivering courses to our clients in the Day Centre. The courses are art and craft based but with mindfulness and well-being at their heart. As face-to-face tutoring might have been difficult, they even gave us a laptop to facilitate on-line courses.

We have had several sessions with the tutor Jennie and have covered art inspired by music, rock painting and fingerprint art. The workshops are fun and give our clients the opportunity to express themselves using a range of art materials and music. The sessions also teach our clients about famous artists and their techniques while looking at strategies to help with well-being. Several people made Easter cards and one gentleman made a ‘Get Well’ card for his wife using his fingerprints to depict a row of balloons. His wife was thrilled to receive it.

All our clients demonstrate exceptional concentration during these workshops and gain a sense of achievement and feelings of well-being and confidence afterwards.

These sessions will continue for several weeks at the centre and are helping support staff to develop future activities building on what they have also learned.

We like to ensure every day at the centre is as varied and interesting as possible and if you would like to try a Taster Day yourself, please ring Alison on 01263 821188 to arrange it.


In 1943 the Allies formed No: 100 Group to provide aircraft for electronic countermeasures and intruder operations over the European continent. The group flew from seven airfields in North Norfolk and included bomber and fighter aircraft. It was manned by both RAF, US and Commonwealth aircrew and groundcrews.

More detailed information on No: 100 Group and the activities of the No 100 Group Association can be found at: The association has held reunions since WWII and the next get together is over the weekend of 20/22nd May 2022.

On Sunday the 22nd May, the association is to hold a memorial service at St Peter’s Church, Haveringland located on the peritrack of the former RAF Swannington, an airfield near Cawston, which was part of the group. The service starts at 1330hrs and will include a wreath-laying, a flypast by a Tiger Moth, followed by 1940s entertainment and a buffet inside the church. All are cordially invited to attend.

The 80th anniversary of the formation of the group will take place on 21st May 2023.








Cromer Times May 2022

North Norfolk Open Studios is Back

Sunset by Lesley Ash

After a very successful first year, North Norfolk Open Studios is back this Spring with even more local artists taking part. 135 local artists have now joined the co-operative, which was formed in December 2020 in the hope of being able to open studios last Spring. As it turned out the studios were allowed to open with appropriate health precautions and over 7,000 locals and visitors took the opportunity to meet artists, see how and where they work, and to buy work.

This year studios all over North Norfolk will be open from 28th May - 5th June, coinciding with the bank holiday and half term week. There will be a preview taster exhibition at The Old Workshop Gallery, Corpusty from 14th May - 5th June featuring a selection of work by participating artists.

from early May.

As before, the studios will be grouped into 14 local trails. Details of all the artists and maps of the trails are available on the website northnorfolkstudios. and brochures will be available in local libraries, shops and tourist offices

The Sheringham trail includes Steven Levitt, Merrilyn Hart, Tony Lee, Ros Copping, Julie K Childs, and Tracey Lees in Sheringham and Steven Paterson in Beeston.

There is also a South of Sheringham trail where Sheringham artist Angie Maddigan is exhibiting with Anna Cloutman, Pia Henderson and Lesley Ash at Camp Farm, West Beckham. Camp Farm is an

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interesting place to visit in itself. The studio is a World War 2 bunker like building which was a lookout post. Tucked away outside West Beckham, it's close to one of the highest points in Norfolk.

Also, part of the South of Sheringham trail are Joannie Sandford Cook and Mo Teeuw in West Beckham, and Victoria and Martin Kurrein in Baconsthorpe.

All the artists are looking forward to welcoming visitors again this year and any necessary health precautions will be observed. It's a great opportunity to buy original work as well as prints and cards directly from artists and to talk to them about their work.

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Do you have a question about dementia care and support? The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital’s annual Dementia Fayre is going virtual next month to provide information and support to people living with dementia and their families.

A panel of experts will be assembled on Thursday 19 May between 1pm and 2pm to field any questions you have as part of Dementia Action Week.

The online question and answer session will be chaired by Prof Nancy Fontaine, NNUH Chief Nurse, and will include representatives from Alzheimer’s Society, Admiral Nurse Service and members of the NNUH team, including Consultant Dementia Lead Sarah Clarke, Dementia Palliative Care Specialist Nurse Lynsey Hannant and Dementia Care Specialist Nurse Jenny Woolgrove.

Liz Yaxley, NNUH Dementia Services Manager, who will also be on the panel, said: “We are thrilled to bring a wealth of expertise together as part of Dementia Action Week to provide as much help and support to people living with dementia, their carers and families and an opportunity to provide an update on our Trust’s dementia support

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Debutants Evie Bates, Bebe King and Razvan Platton all won a gold medal. Evie had a close race in her age group when she touched first in 0:17.31 in winning the 25m freestyle by just three, one hundredth of a second from Elizabeth Ferrier of Diss Otters. Evie, from Sheringham, went on to win bronze in the 50m event in 0:39.76 Bebe's 50m backstroke was also close when the eleven-year-old from North Walsham touched the wall first in 0:46.97 from Great Yarmouth's Jessica Hurren's 0:47.19. There was a double delight for Vikings when Lily Dear captured the bronze in 0:52.82. in the same event.

Razvan - who makes a round trip of twenty - eight miles to train at the Victory pool in North Walsham - won gold in the corresponding boys’ event in 51.51 to add to his bronze medal he achieved in the 50m freestyle in 0.43.67. Bailee Beighton achieved a hat-trick of silver medals. The 25m freestyle in 0:19.18, 25m breaststroke, 0:29.92 and the 50m freestyle with 0:42.56 and seven-year-old Annie Jackson, Vikings' youngest competitor took her first medal home when she came third in the 25m butterfly in 0:41.71

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Members of the East Coast Warriors Football Club are delighted a campaign to fundraise for a new defibrillator at their pitch has finally paid off.

The lifesaving piece of equipment has been installed at Bodham Playing Field following several months of fundraising. Emma Gosling, club secretary, said: "We are extremely proud to have achieved our goal of raising funds to purchase a defibrillator. We feel this is a vital piece of equipment to have. Along with donations from Bodham Playing Fields Committee, Cromer Youth FC and the support of our players’ families, we managed to source enough funds.”


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News from the Club house

next but found Cromer too strong in a 66 shot to 43 victory. David M, Andrew H and Steve H won 24-18, Jean N, George B and Stuart M won 22-9 and David Br, David Be and Philip E won 20-16.

The clubhouse short mat league has finished with Bob A winning the top shot award on 118 points. The leading lady was Janice A on 91 points (2nd place) and Keith P on 89 points. The cup competition saw two thrilling semifinals. Brenda S defeated Val B, 11-5 and John Bl just edged past Jackie P,8-6, in an extra end play off. Unfortunately, Brenda couldn’t find her stunning form of late and was defeated 0-11 in the final. Congratulations to John on his 3rd cup victory and many thanks for organising the events over the winter. It has helped swell the club ‘coffers’ by over £400 and given over 20 members a very enjoyable afternoon throughout the winter.

for the year, a bargain!

If you are not sure you wish to be involved as a club member just yet, then the green is open for the public to play, as and when open. Just turn up with smooth soled, flat shoes, borrow a set of bowls and play for 1 hour at £2 per person or 2 hours for £3.50 per person. We are looking forward to welcoming you.

Spectators are welcome at the Runton Road green, Cromer, at any of our forthcoming fixtures:

The first event of the season saw a club ‘spoon drive’ with 19 members and the mayor enjoying beautiful warm weather. The green played well, especially for winners Ian H (+20) and Chris H (+12), but not so much for Brenda S and Gay B (-20)! The second spoon drive was almost ‘déjà vu’. Ian H won (+21) and Chris H was second (+16). The major ‘loser’ was Tony B (-22)! Unbelievably, Ian H won the 3rd ‘spoon drive’ with a +13 score and Jean N +6. President Philip E had an off day scoring -22!

The first friendly of the season saw a visit from Newark BC and they inflicted a 15-shot defeat upon us, winning on 3 rinks as opposed to Marrams 1 rink victory. Southrepps BC visited

Short mat winners

This season the club are competing in the Men’s NBA league on Wednesday evenings, the mixed Federation league on Tuesday evenings and the mixed NANSA league on midweek afternoons, along with cup competitions. We will play over 20 friendly matches with clubs from as far afield as Southampton and Newark, as well as with teams from within the county and locally. There are matches most weekend afternoons and some in midweek. So, there is a game for you, at a time to suit and at a level of competitiveness to suit also. Added to this, for 22 weeks, 7 days a week you can play a social ‘roll up’ or play in club competition games. Membership is only £65

Sun 15 May 2pm West Runton BC (friendly), Tues 17th May 6.45pm Stalham (Federation), Wed 18th May 6.30pm RG Carter (NBA), Thurs 19th May 2pm Holt Swallows (NANSA), Sun 22nd May 2pm Kings Lynn BC (friendly), Sat 28th May 2pm Spoon Drive, Tues 31st May 6.45pm Swanton Abbott (Federation), Wed 1st June 6.30pm Lakeside Pilgrims (NBA), Thurs 2nd June 2pm Sheringham Morley Tigers (NANSA), Sat 4th June 2pm Jubilee Ladies v Gentlemen, Mon 6th June 2pm Horsham St. Faith BC (friendly), Tues 7th June 6.30pm Club Triples, Thurs 9th June 2pm Weybourne BC (friendly), Sat 11th June 2pm Longthorpe BC (friendly), Sun 12th June 1pm Desford BC (friendly).

The bar is open on Fridays from 7pm for members and visitors. Drinks at club prices!

For more information see the club website at or phone Neil on 01263 513901 or 07814060413.

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