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Shouldham News Volume 5 No. 2 Spring 2007

Pedals at the ready! Once again it’s time to straighten your spokes and adjust your saddle in time for the annual village bike ride. This year the event will take place on Sunday 6th May starting at 11am on The Green. The ride will follow the same route as in the past few years, wending its way across the Norfolk countryside, happening upon any Norfolk hostelries that happen to be in the way.

New look Shouldham News This Shouldham News is the first to be designed by Alex Gammie, who, with Debbie Nichols, has kindly agreed to take over from Marita Chapman. Marita worked on many editions of the newsletter, with great flair and much hard graft over several years. She has welldeserved a rest. Thank you Marita! If you’ve any news, views or details of events, please contact Phil Harriss (01366 347244 or 01844 238868/ Or pop a note through the door of ‘Dunromin’ on the Green. Deadline for next issue: Sunday 10th June, 2007.

The total distance is about 25 miles, though the breaks are often and the pace leisurely. At about half way, we’ll stop for a barbecue lunch, cooked for us by Geoff Hipperson and his band of helpers. If you’re planning to come for the lunch, please contact John Dovey (347802) so that we have some idea of numbers.


for re-tuning. This applies particularly to the two smallest bells, which were

Shouldham Open Gardens

added by the Victorians and which – musically – are not a good match with the others. While the bells are away, there is some structural work to be done inside the tower, where two steel beams will be installed and to which the existing timber bell-frame will be attached. With all the fittings renewed, and the bells running on ball-bearings, there should be little need for any major work on the peal for the next century. As we still have about 30 per cent of the total cost (almost £30,000 inc VAT) to raise, it is the PCC’s intention to launch a house-to-house appeal soon. I do hope most families will give a little to support this project to enable the bells to be rung well into the future, bearing in mind that four of them have sounded from our church for over 350 years. To several good people who have already given most generously, All Saints’ congregation says a big ‘Thank you’.

Following the successful Shouldham Open Gardens in 2005, we are hoping to arrange a similar occasion this summer. The proposed date is Sunday June 17th, so please put this in your diaries, and if any of you would like to open your garden for the rest of us to come and admire, please contact: Ian and Rachel Hamilton, Treetops, Norwich Road (347476); or John and Jan McGourty, The Old Rampant Horse, The Green (347919).

Get on motorbike!


Calling all bikers! There’ll be a village ride-out on Sunday 6th May, meeting at 11am on the Village Green – 100 miles out and 100 miles back. Be there or be square! Contact Laura (347727) for details.

Brian Hullah (Churchwarden)

Church Spring clean – can you help?

All Saints’ Church bell restoration project

Although we have a small and dedicated group that cleans it on a monthly rotation, the church really needs a thorough tidying-up. We have set the morning of Saturday 21st April (9am-noon) as the date for a major clean-up. Anyone can help with this, so just turn up with dusters and polish on the day; we shall be most grateful for your help.

Work is due to start on this project on Monday 6th August. The contractors will be Whites of Appleton (Oxon), a family firm with 180 years’ experience in bell-hanging. The refurbishment will entail removing all the six bells, four of which will be taken to the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London 2

Ann Hullah (PCC Secretary)

4.30pm on Saturday 7th July), please contact Sarah Ryan (347457 ( Pitches cost £5 and tables can be provided.

Church Easter services

Brand new for 2007! Shouldham News is pleased

Here’s a list of the services to be held at the churches of Shouldham and Shouldham Thorpe throughout April. Palm Sunday (April 1st): 6pm choral service for Easter at Shouldham. Easter Sunday (April 8th): 9.30am Shouldham Thorpe; 10.45am Shouldham. Sunday 15th April: 8.45am Shouldham. Sunday 22nd April: 6pm Eastertide Songs of Praise at Shouldham Thorpe. Sunday 29th April: 6pm Group service for all the churches in the group at Shouldham.

to announce the birth of two new villagers! Harry Max Spencer Sharrocks, a son to Jenny and Rocksy, was born on the 23rd of January at 2.58am in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, weighing 7lbs 10oz. Mariola Clara Eugenia Presslee, a daughter to Sylvia and Al, was born on the 7th of February at 12.40am, also in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Her birth weight was 10lbs 14.5oz. Congratulations to the parents, and welcome to Mariola and Harry!

Start stalling

Which stalls would you like to see at this year’s Village Weekend? We need volunteers to run the stalls, but also want to know which stalls would be most popular. Do you prefer feeling the sock or batting the rat? Are you shy of coconuts? Perhaps you’re partial to a go on the human fruit machine. Please let Sarah Ryan know on 347457/

Parish Council meeting The Annual Open Meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Monday 23rd April at 7.30pm in the village hall. Please come along if you have any questions for the Parish Council or wish to comment on parish matters. Parish Council meetings are normally held on the second Monday of each month in the village hall, but for April

Car booters needed A car boot sale is set to form part of this year’s Village Weekend festivities. If you would like to book a pitch during the afternoon (from 1pm to 3

and May the dates have been changed to Monday April 16th and Tuesday May 29th.

Carols round the tree Several villagers turned up to sing carols on a very cold night. A big thank you to the Bennett family for the very welcome mulled wine, and to Jan and John for the ‘tree lights’. A collection was made and £42 was sent to Quidenham Children’s Hospice.

Rural Projects Fund grants scheme The Norfolk Rural Community Council has revised its Rural Projects Fund. Grants are now available for a maximum of £1500 to cover up to 75 per cent of total project costs. Applications are welcome from community and voluntary groups whose projects benefit their local community. Groups need to demonstrate that local consultation has taken place and 25 per cent Match Funding is required.

News from the Herbary

The 2007 harvest season at the Herbary (Church Farm, Middle Road, Shouldham Thorpe) will start around 20th April this year, with the first salads and herbs. These will be followed by a wide range of vegetables, all of which will be for sale at the farm shop. Karen and Alec Vallance say they’re happy to deliver produce orders to those villagers who do not have transport. If you’d like to be added to their weekly newsletter, which will give details of what produce is available, please email Karen ( Newsletters will be sent out on Sunday or Monday for that week, starting at the end of April. Karen and Alec are also happy to take phone orders or answer telephone queries on 348175. The Herbary is also holding a farm open day on Sunday 10th June from noon to 5pm. The event (part of the Linking

Types of projects that the fund has supported are: • Play areas and play equipment • Leaflets to promote local walks • Information boards and signs for wildlife and recreational areas • Village notice boards • Village signs • Creating and improving wildlife areas • Bus shelters • Information/welcome packs for newcomers to the village • Art exhibitions and family history groups. For more information and an application form, please contact Pauline High at Norfolk Rural Community Council on 01362 698216 or email 4

Environment & Farming National Farms Open Day) will include a farm walk, machinery display, and farm produce on display.

347636. The club also stages various social functions and dances through the year, and these are not just for bowlers. You can become a social member of the club for £10 per year (£8 concessions).

Fundraising dance at the Bowls Club

The male duo 54321 will perform at the Bowls Club on Saturday 19th May as part of an event to raise money for All Saints’ Church flower festival. The flower festival will be held in the church over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Anyone who would like to help – by making a flower arrangement, baking cakes or manning the stalls – or who wants tickets for the dance, please contact Ann (347814).

Bingo at the Bowls Club Bingo is held every other week at the Bowls Club, usually on a Wednesday night in winter. In summer, the day sometimes changes to fit in with bowls matches, so check the board inside the door for dates.

News from the pub Dave has introduced a new bar menu at the Kings Arms with immediate effect. Another new development is a School Mums Special - coffee or tea plus a portion of homemade gateaux at £2.50 from 2pm to 3pm Mondays to Fridays. Check out the numerous events – live music, quiz nights and discos – in ‘Dates for Your Diaries’.

An invitation to a wedding An exhibition of wedding memorabilia, many from village weddings, will be held at Shouldham Church on Saturday 31st March and Sunday 1st April, from 10am to 4pm. The exhibition will include wedding dresses, photographs etc from the 1950s up to 2006. Refreshments will be available and a raffle will be held. On Sunday evening at 6pm there will be a service at the church for all married couples (and single people, of course!).

Sarah Ryan Independent paediatric occupational therapist. Specialities include children with poor coordination including handwriting difficulties. Tel 01366 347457/

Calling all bowlers If you’d like to play bowls, you’ll be made very welcome at the Bowls Club. If you’ve never played but would like a go, give John a ring on


Dates for your diaries Saturday 31st March and Sunday 1st April, 10am-4pm, All Saints’ Church, Shouldham: AN INVITATION TO A WEDDING. An exhibition of wedding memorabilia from the 1950s to 2006. Refreshments and raffle. On Sunday at 6pm a service will be held. Saturday 7th April, 8pm, King’s Arms: DISCO. Saturday 21st April, 7.30pm, Shouldham Bowls Club: MARK STEEL (guitar/vocalist). Meal at 8pm (roast pork, potatoes, veg, assorted desserts). Tickets £8 available at the bar, or ring Elsie (347636). Saturday 21st April, 8pm, King’s Arms: LLOYD E MOON (singer). Monday 23rd April, 7.30pm, Shouldham Village Hall: PARISH COUNCIL ANNUAL OPEN MEETING. All welcome. Thursday April 26th, Kings Arms: QUIZ NIGHT. Everybody welcome. Sunday 6th May, 11am, The Green, Shouldham: VILLAGE BIKE RIDE. Saturday 19th May, 7.30pm, Shouldham Bowls Club: 54321 (male duo). Meal served at 8pm (braised beef, potatoes, peas, carrots and assorted desserts). Tickets £7.50 available at the bar, or ring Elsie (347636). This function is in aid of the church flower festival; we need help in putting it on, so please support it. Saturday 19th May, 8pm, King’s Arms: LIZA WOLFE (singer). Saturday 23rd – Monday 28th May, King’s Arms: Bank Holiday Real Ale event Thursday May 31st, Kings Arms: QUIZ NIGHT. Everybody welcome. Sunday 10th June, noon-5pm, The Herbary, Church Farm, Middle Road, Shouldham Thorpe: FARM OPEN DAY. Farm walk, machinery display, farm produce on display, etc. Part of the Linking Environment & Farming National Farms Open Day. Saturday 23rd June, 8pm, King’s Arms: ALEX MILLS (singer). Saturday 30th June, 7.30pm, Shouldham Bowls Club: STEVE ROSS (guitar/vocalist). Meal at 8pm (salmon, salads, new potatoes and assorted desserts). Tickets £7.50 at the bar, or ring Elsie (347636). Saturday 7th July, 1pm, The Green, and St Martin-at-Shouldham School field:


VILLAGE WEEKEND. Fete, live music, tractor rides, silly sports, stalls, children’s entertainer, car boot and much much more! 7.30pm, Shouldham Bowls Club: VILLAGE WEEKEND DINNER AND DANCING. Food, live music (from the Ugly Dog Skiffle Band) and disco.


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