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S A N D R I N G H A M G R O U P o f PA R I S H E S From the Rectory The Cuckoo One of the most iconic sounds of the late spring or early summer is the sound of the cuckoo. It is one of the few birds songs that it instantly identifiable by almost everyone. It is rarely heard before the end of April and by the end of June most cuckoos are on their way south again. When you first hear it each year you think how marvellous and yet, if you didn’t hear it, you might not immediately notice its absence. The sad fact is that there is quite a good chance that one year you might not hear it. There has been as 60% decrease in the number of cuckoos in England over the past 25 years. The reasons why this is happening are unclear and recently there has been much research done to try and establish what is happening. The invention of sufficiently light tracking devices has meant that for the last 3 years cuckoos from Norfolk have been tracked making their journey each year between here and their wintering grounds in central Africa. This migration can take up to 3 months with all sorts of hazards like crossing the Mediterranean and the Sahara Desert. The cuckoo spends less than 2 months in England before departing on its arduous journey back to Africa. The more we discover about the natural world around us, the more marvellous it becomes. One asks what drives a bird like the cuckoo to undertake this 10,000 mile journey every year? May is such a marvellous month with all the trees coming into leaf, things growing vigorously in the garden and the arrival of the summer birds. It is so easy to take it all for granted and yet so much of it is under threat in the same way as the cuckoo is. For instance the diseases we have in so many of our native trees pose an enormous risk to the countryside as we know it. As Christians we believe that God gave us this beautiful world. But we also believe that we were given the responsibility to care for it and to hand it on to future generations in good heart. Population growth, technological advantages and increasing prosperity put so many things under threat. We neglect all these at our peril. I just hope that next year we hear the cuckoo again. Enjoy the summer, Jonathan

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Updates Bishop of Norwich’s Open Gardens

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Village History West Newton Surnames

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After Ascension

Acts 1:6-14

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Acts 2:1-21

John 20:1-23




Isaiah 40:12-17 & 27-31

Mathew 28:16-20



Trinity 1

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Matthew 10:24-39



St Peter

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Matthew 16:13-19



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John 20:24-29



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Genesis 25:19-34

Matthew 13:1-9 & 18-23



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Genesis 28:10-19

Matthew 13:24-30 & 36-43



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Genesis 29:15-28

Matthew 13:31-33 & 44-52



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Genesis 32:22-31

Matthew 14:13-21



Trinity 8

Genesis 37:1-4 & 12-28

Matthew 14:22-33



Trinity 9

Genesis 45:1-15

Matthew 15:10-28



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Exodus 1:8-2:10

Matthew 16:13-20



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Exodus 3:1-15

Matthew 16:21-28



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U P D AT E S Bishop of Norwich’s Open Gardens The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House are one of the fortunate charities to benefit from the Bishop of Norwich’s Open Gardens. Come and join us on Sunday 13th July 2014 between 1pm and 5pm (last entrance is 4.30pm). Entrance is just £3.00 (children and wheelchair user’s free entrance). All visitors will be entered into a free prize draw to win a plant kindly donated by the Bishop’s Gardener. Enjoy a traditional English afternoon with cream teas, lawn games, Punch and Judy, storytelling by the Yarnsmith of Norwich and live music with The Old Wild Rovers shanty singers and Grace Carter singing opera. Our two friendly bears, Hugh and Harmony will also be attending and will be organising a treasure hunt for the children. We look forward to seeing you there! Bishop's Gardens, Bishopgate, Norwich, NR3 1SB

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Funerals 15th April, Mavis Kilham, Wolferton Weddings 22nd March, Robert Gates and Flora Greig, Flitcham PCC Meetings 2nd June, Flitcham 6pm at Poppy Lodge 23rd June, Castle Rising 6pm at the Reading Room 30th June, Wolferton 7pm at the Club 21st July, Sandringham and West Newton 6pm at Sandringham Church

Church Wardens Meeting, 22 July 6pm at The Rectory

Vacancy Please will you help? Sandringham Parish Council requires a volunteer Clerk to help support the interests of residents in Sandringham, West Newton, Wolferton and Babingley. This is an interesting local community role to assist the Council by taking the minutes when it meets 6 times a year and dealing with occasional correspondence. There is no financial responsibility and the role is voluntary. For more information on this worthwhile position please contact Veronica Morriss at, tel: 01485 544447 or any member of the Parish Council. The Sandringham Parish Chairman is Ben Colson of Wolferton. The Councillors are Mr Martin Cove, Mrs Maeve Johnson and Mr Karl Dennis, all of Wolferton, and Mr Cecil Smith, Mrs Jean Mulligan and Mr Philip Woodhouse all of West Newton.


F E AT U R E Cameo Richard Fawssett 1699-1781 by Fred Cooke Some of the most important people in Castle Rising in earlier centuries were the Stewards or Agents. These gentlemen were responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Manor on behalf of the (usually) absentee Lords of the Manor. Richard Fawssett fulfilled this role from 1741 until his death in 1781 at the age of 81, taking over from his predecessor John Fowler. He was agent firstly to Henry Bowes Howard, then to Viscount Andover, to his son Henry Howard and finally towards the end of his life, to Frances Howard. We know little of his early life but he was clearly well educated and literate. He was appointed agent in 1741and apparently moved into the village some fifteen years later. When he arrived in Castle Rising around 1755 with his wife, Elizabeth, they already had a young family of four, including Thomas and William, who themselves later played an important part in the story of the village. Richard was already over fifty years of age when he came to live in Castle Rising having been born in 1699 or 1700. Elizabeth has probably Richard’s second wife because of the age difference and because WOLFERTON STATION there is a record of a marriage between a RichTake a historical journey ard Fawssett and a Sarah Sneeth at Walpole St. Peter (near Wisbech) in 1732 and Richard’s eld- est daughter was called Sarah. Any help with further information would be greatly appreciated

His wife Elizabeth must have been considerably Richard Brown 01977 642 212 (around 20 years) younger. The Fawssetts prob- ably came from the Wisbech area. In all Richard had ten children. Five were born before he came to live in Rising. These were Thomas, Richard, who probably died in infancy, William, Leonard and Sarah who later married John Lowdon of Wisbech. The later five - Matthew, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Matthew and Mary – were born in the village. Both Matthews died in infancy as did Mary. We do not know where they lived but it may have been in the old Mansion House (now Hall Place). The new Mansion House was built during his tenure as agent and he supervised its construction. As Agent, Richard would have been the main person responsible for the smooth running of the manor, which comprised Castle Rising, North Wootton and Roydon. He would be responsible for finding and supervising tenants and collecting rents for the three farms, the two mills and the various burgages. He was also responsible for seeing that the funds for the Hospital and Poor Law were provided, to assure that the Babingley river was kept clear of weeds, the wood products cont. page 22 7




Trinity Hospital 400th Anniversary Celebration Fun Day 28th June 2014 12pm – 5pm Trinity Hospital is 400 this year and special events are planned to mark the event. The Castle Rising History Group will provide a presentation of this nationally important Grade 1 Listed Building which is still in use as originally intended and there will be teas in the grounds. There will be lots of entertainment for children with a bouncy castle, amateur dog show and games. We have a very generous benefactor who has ensured we have an extremely interesting Trash & Treasure Stall and our Raffle Prizes range from: First prize Second prize Third prize

£100 £50 voucher for Christopher William Country Wear Dinner for 2 at The Orange Tree, Thornham And various other prizes 8




Abbey Farm Open Day

Sunday 6th July 2014 This event is a chance to enjoy the landscape and wildlife of Abbey Farm, Flitcham. There are open walks of varying lengths to take at your own pace. You can start these at any time from 8am to 7pm. They go to the farm’s wetlands with a chalk stream and orchid meadows, arable fields and flower-rich grasslands on the chalk hill-tops. There are also four guided walks:  8am: Farmland Birds – led by Edward Cross  10am: The Earth History of Abbey Farm (looking back at how Flitcham’s landscape has been shaped over the last 500,000 years – led by Tim Holt-Wilson)  12am: Farmland Plants (led by Bob Ellis, East Norfolk Plant Recorder)  2pm: Butterflies (led by Norfolk Butterfly Conservation) Light refreshments will be available from 10am to midday to 5pm in aid of Little Discoverers who support local children with motor learning difficulties and delayed development. All walks are free of charge. You are welcome to bring a picnic to have in the garden or out on the farm. Sorry no dogs (except on the public access grassland beside the village sports field). Lychgate Sale Flitcham PCC will be repeating their successful Bake Sale at Sandringham on Wednesday August 6th in aid of St. Mary’s Church. We are very grateful to kind members of the Group who, in the past, have given us delicious cakes, biscuits, sausage rolls and home-made jams to tempt visitors who come to the Sandringham Estate during the summer. If you can help us, please get in touch with Buffy Ross (01485 600018) or Liz Osborne (01485 600285). Contributions can be collected. 9




A Cricket Game of the Highest Order Jonathan Worsley, a Hillington resident, is organising the highest game of cricket ever played, at the top of Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa in aid of Cancer Research, Tusk (an anti poaching charity) and the Rwandan Cricket Stadium Foundation. It is hoped that the group of players, which includes Jonathan's youngest son Hugo, will raise ÂŁ500,000 towards these excellent causes, as well as an entry into the Guinness Book of Records. To support Jonathan and his son through their "Mt Kili Madness" please make donations through Every donation, no matter how small, will help make a BIG difference.

SANDRINGHAM Sandringham Charity Horse Event A couple of times a year Ann Holt with more than just a little help from her husband, Andrew! !!!, put on a horse riding event around Sandringham Park and area for riders of all ages. This has become very popular for riders from quite a large area and is very well organised by them both. This event is put on for a charity of Ann and Andrews choice and this time of year it is usually for Sandringham and West Newton Church. It was held on Sunday 11th May, not the best of weather as it started off rather wet getting out to a rather better day. However, 80 riders took part and after a very enjoyable day Ann and Andrew raised ÂŁ1.130 for Church funds. We really are always most grateful to them both for their wonderful efforts. Many thanks to them both. Margery ( Hooke ) and Peter Rispin




WEST NEWTON Mothering Sunday Mothering Sunday is always a very happy occasion in West Newton Church. A very well attended Service with lots of young folk and their parents and the young choristers to help with the singing. Children give their parents a lovely pot of polyanthus and there are always a few left over for the ladies in the congregation to have a pot as well. Lots of fun and laughter and everyone going home with a happy heart........AND full tummy!!! We are most grateful to a group of ladies who supply lovely home made cakes and juice to drink after the Service. These ladies are good enough to make this wonderful effort after one or two services during the year and it always goes down well. Many thanks the them all. A Special Invitation Colin and Margery Hooke are having their marriage blessed in a Service conducted by Rev Jonathan Riviere on Sunday 7th September in West Newton Church at 2pm followed be a piece of cake and a glass of wine or juice.

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F E AT U R E The Wash in particular fascinates her. A place without human presence, its shifting vistas of mudflat, saltmarsh, sand and open sea combine with changes of weather, time and light to create at times a vast, featureless emptiness. The shifting and blurring of the borders of earth, sky and sea fills her with a sense of awe and sometimes of danger of which she finds excitement in the often iridescent light. The challenge facing her as an artist is to remake on canvas the monumental yet momentary and fluid qualities that she encounters in these environments and their natural phenomena. She paints in her studio, from memories and recollected impressions and from sketches and photographs taken in the field. The approach is reflective, intuitive and often subliminal. She’ll apply, remove and re-apply paint in the very physical manner that oil paint allows. Working over time, repeatedly layering paint and building up the surface of the painting until she has achieved a specific sense of place or atmosphere. Often seeking to balance isolation and absence with a sense of harmonious calm and stillness. The paintings involve a pursuit of things that are indistinct, elusive and ever-changing. She strives for paintings with a liquid, viscous quality where ambiguities of surface and reflection and of depth and distance can combine to convey the ambiguities of land, sea and sky. Lorraine will be exhibiting with the Lilford Gallery at the affordable art fair Hampstead Heath, North London. This will be on the 12-15th June. For four days in June, Hampstead Heath is the place to be for art lovers, with more than 110 galleries bringing a fabulous array of contemporary art. With thousands of artworks by hundreds of artists priced between £40.00 - £4,000, anyone can be an art collector, whatever your budget. / email: 13


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Surnames Below are the 10 most common surnames in West Newton taken from the 1881 census. You can see by the figures below how names have become less or more popular throughout the UK.

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The Frequency column shows the percentage of people in West Newton. For example, a frequency of 13.5802 in West Newton means that 13.5802% of the people in West Newton on census day were called Trundle. The Index column shows the relative probability of finding someone called Trundle in West Newton, compared with the probability of finding them anywhere in Britain as a whole. An index of 1 means that if you pick someone at random from West Newton, you have exactly the same probability of picking someone called Trundle as if you picked at random from the whole of the UK. If the index is higher than 1, then you are more likely to find someone called Trundle here than if you picked from the UK as a whole, and if it’s lower then you are less likely. The actual figure shows the level of probability - for example, a figure of 2 would indicate that you are twice as likely to find someone called Trundle here than in the UK as a whole, and 10 would make it ten times as likely. The index value of 6129.0323 in West Newton means that you are 6129.0323 times as likely to find someone with the surname of Trundle in West Newton than you would be in the whole of the UK at the time of the 1881 census. If you would like to check the popularity of your surname name during the 1881 census go to: Additionally, if you would like to find out wear your surname is predominantly concentrated throughout the UK go to: Justine Cullum 15




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Flitcham Primary School Wow once again life at Flitcham School has been very busy, with lots to celebrate.

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F E AT U R E Sandringham Choir The season of Lent and Easter musically makes great demands on the choir in addition to the usual singing duties each week and this year again there was a considerable amount of music to be rehearsed and sung at the various services in Holy Week leading up to Easter day. The choral repertoire of the choir spanned from Plainsong up to present day composers. The Good Friday service at Hillington church is always looked forward to by the choir as it gives the opportunity to use music to enhance the events leading to the Resurrection. Music that was sung included a setting of Psalm 121 by Barry Rose, The Reproaches with Graham Lake singing the solo parts, the Pie Jesu – from the Faure Requiem sung by the choristers and “Surely he has borne our griefs” – from Handel’s Messiah sung by the choir. As well as the adult choir members the choristers work tirelessly every week in rehearsals and weekly services. In addition to this many of the choristers have achieved success recently in the Associated Board music grade examinations: Grade 1 Singing - Dafydd Roney-Morgan Grade 1 Singing - Mia Underwood (Merit) Grade 2 Violin - Emily Ringwood (Merit) Grade 3 - Singing Grace Owen Grade 3 - Singing Florrie Tyler (Merit) Grade 4 - Singing Faye Thompsett (Merit) Grade 4 Piano - Paige Broadhurst Grade 4 Piano - Florrie Tyler (Merit) Grade 5 Singing - Emily Ringwood Grade 5 Piano - Jeonghun Park Grade 5 Violin - Sungyoon Cho

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There are several Accounts Books preserved in the Norfolk Record Office, which document his careful work and the breadth of his activities. Dence (1980) described some of the difficulties that Fawssett faced during his duties. He had to deal in 1746 with John Parrott, tenant of the Fulling Mill whom Colin Dence describes as the “mad and frantic Miller”. He writes to Viscount Andover that “I have very great reason to complain of this man’s behaviour and ill treatment not only in propagating these false and scandalous Aspersions and abusing me wherever he goes but also in the Great trouble he gives me to pay their rents.”


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F E AT U R E On the grave itself are the simple words. :- “Here lieth interred Mr. Rich Fawssett who Died 24 July 1781 Aged 81 years”.

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Richard Fawssett not only influenced the village through his own activities, but also through his various offspring. His sons Thomas and William were both prominent in the life of the village. Thomas, his eldest son succeeded him as Agent, but also worked with him during his later years as agent. He lived in Wisbech. Thomas died at the age of 48 from a dreadful accident late at night near Outwell. His horse panicked while crossing a bridge over the canal and caused his carriage to fall into the water and in doing so Thomas was killed. Thomas’s successor as Agent was James Bellamy, who married Catherine, William’s daughter and Richard’s granddaughter. Thomas’s younger brother William was a farmer who moved to North Wootton and was a prominent local farmer. After his father’s death he worked closely with his brother, probably dealing with local issues on behalf of Thomas in the latter’s role as Agent. William also played a more prominent role in the village. On the death of Nathaniel Kirby, he became Mayor of the village in 1784 and stayed in that position (in alternate years) until his death in 1808. He was not surprisingly a Howard appointee. His death, apparently of Scarlet Fever, is recorded in a letter from his sonin-law, James Bellamy to Richard Howard (HOW 750). “It is with most feeling concern, I have the painful duty of announcing to you the melancholy event that occurred here last night. Poor Mr Fawssett, after an illness of only 48 hours was taken from u, the attack a complaint in his bowels was so severe that it could not be brought to yield to the Powers of Medicine. Mrs Marshall and Mr Crawford were with him all yesterday administering the best means of relief, but without avail. Mrs B [Bellamy’s wife and Fawssett’s daughter] is in great distress. We have lost a most valuable and true friend and you an equally faithful servant. My mind is too much agitated to enter upon business but will write again.” There was one further important contribution from the Fawssett family to the life of the village. William’s son, also called William had trained in the ministry. He was living at Wymondham at the time of his father’s death in 1808 and along with his sister Catherine had received a substantial inheritance. He had already been appointed Rector of Castle Rising in 1799, and on receiving his inheritance, he must have decided to build a new rectory in the village. A letter from James Bellamy on 26 Oct. 1809 announced that Rev. Mr Fawssett had decided to build a new rectory. Clearly the old parsonage house would not have been suitable for him to live in. This new building, constructed around 1810 still stands to the north of the church. It has been extended by Lord Howard, the current owner of the estate and is currently the residence of him and his family. 24



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Incinerator Defeated I am very pleased to say; on 7th April 2014 the incinerator was finally defeated. Stopping it was the difficult part however; we still need to ensure Norfolk implements a sensible waste strategy. KLWIN and Farmers Campaign acted as a catalyst but the campaigns’ success depended on active community involvement and a core of outstanding politicians. When we asked you to write letters, thousands responded making the difference between success and failure. West Norfolk Borough Council has been exemplary by standing up to County Council pressure. Henry Bellingham led Norfolk’s MPs, effective lobbying on our behalf. Fortunately in 2013 many pro incinerator Councillors lost their seats. April’s victory at County Hall was due to the cross party ‘gang of six’. They are: UKIP leader Richard (Toby) Coke, John Dobson Conservative, Alex Kemp (now Independent), Andrew Boswell Green Party, Richard Bird Independent and Tim East LibDem. They set aside party politics to work together on our behalf. All UKIP and Green Party Councillors honoured their manifesto promises to stop the incinerator. The incinerator could be described as a ‘near miss’ in many ways; if it had continued regardless of the public mandate to stop it, voter participation in future elections might have collapsed. After all, why bother voting ever again, if politicians working together cannot stop the incinerator? Thankfully they did stop it, underlining just how important it is, to consider your vote carefully at every election. If we don’t vote or don’t bother looking at the candidate behind the rosette it is easy to get ‘stuck with’ a second rate politician. Encouraging more people to pay attention to local government politics will help protect our future; we ignore it at our peril. Lastly, Michael de Whalley deserves special recognition for his part in starting the campaign; and Richard from Burton Environmental Consulting, for providing his vital support entirely free of charge, Thank You. Mike Knights Fairgreen Farms, Hill Road, Middleton, PE32 1RN

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Youth Club Meets fortnightly at the Rectory on Thursdays 6.30pm - 8.30pm . New members over 10 are always welcome. Details from Clare Riviere 01485 540 587 The Sunday School Meets weekly in West Newton Church at 9.15am. New members are always very welcome. Please contact Bernice Allen 01485 543425 The Wolf Folk Club at Wolferton Social Club Each Thursday with kick-off time 8.00pm. Admission free. Come and perform or listen to folk songs, poetry, pop classics, instrumental pieces - we all do our own thing. All dates on page 26.

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Why not consider joining the Oil Club? Anyone can join this club and if enough members join from any one village a new village club will be named specifically for you. Summer rates have just been announced at ÂŁ0.4999 pence per litre plus vat. Please find below conditions of purchase: Minimum order 500 litres / Oil type - Kerosene / Delivery within 5 working days No debit card charges / 1.5% charge for credit card payments No cash or cheque payment option 4 wheeler deliveries may take up to 7 working days / Next order date 1st June To join contact : 28

F E AT U R E Kings Lynn Food Bank Many of you are probably aware that Kings Lynn and Hunstanton have opened Foodbanks in recent years, like many towns across the country. People are referred to the Foodbanks by GP’s and Social Services. Some local churches make regular donations to the Foodbank and I wondered if we might do the same.

There is a green box in Sandringham porch on a Sunday but if other parishes would like to contribute items can be left in The Rectory porch or with the Verger. Once a month I will take the items collected to the Foodbank in Kings Lynn. The Foodbank has a list of items which they are always in need of and you will find a copy of this below. Items must be in date - perhaps you could add something extra each week to your shop. I hope you will feel able to support this very local project, many thanks. Clare Riviere Contribution List: Milk (UHT or powdered) Sugar (500g) Fruit juice (carton) Soup Pasta sauces Sponge pudding (tinned) Tomatoes (tinned) Cereals Rice Pudding (tinned) Tea bags/instant coffee Instant mashed potato Rice/pasta Tinned meat/fish Tinned vegetables Tinned fruit Jam Biscuits or snack bar

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D I A R Y June 2nd Flitcham Poppy Lodge, 6pm PCC Meeting 12th Wolferton Social Club 8pm Wolf Club folk music, details page 28 12th Hampstead Heath London, 4 days Art Gallery details page 13 14th S&WNSC, Live evening entertainment - Peter JH 15h S&WNSC, 8pm eyes down Cash Bingo 21st Castle Rising Castle, 6.30pm Picnic & Music details page 8 22nd Wolferton Social Club 8pm Cash Bingo 22nd Castle Rising Reading Room, 6pm PCC Meeting 24th S&WNSC, 7.30pm eyes down Bingo, members only 26th Wolferton Social Club 8pm Wolf Club folk music, details page 28 28th Trinity Hospital 12pm 400th Anniversary details page 8 28th S&WNSC, quiz night Advertise your dates 30th Wolferton Social Club, 7pm PCC Meeting here FREE July 6th Flitcham Abbey Farm, 8am onwards Open Day, details page 9 13th Bishop of Norwich Open Gardens, 1pm - 5pm, details page 5 13th S&WNSC, 8pm eyes down Cash Bingo 10th Wolferton Social Club 8pm Wolf Club folk music, details page 28 20th Wolferton Social Club 8pm Cash Bingo 21st Sandringham Church, 6pm PCC Meeting 22nd The Rectory, 6pm Church Wardens Meeting 24th Wolferton Social Club 8pm Wolf Club folk music, details page 28 26th S&WNSC, quiz night 29th S&WNSC, 7.30pm eyes down Bingo, members only August 7th Wolferton Social Club 8pm Wolf Club folk music, details page 28 9th S&WNSC, Live evening entertainment - Rachal 10th S&WNSC, 8pm eyes down Cash Bingo 17th Wolferton Social Club 8pm Cash Bingo 26th S&WNSC, 7.30pm eyes down Bingo, members only 21st Wolferton Social Club 8pm Wolf Club folk music, details page 28 30th S&WNSC, quiz night


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