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Volume 7 No.1 Winter2008/9

Merry & bright! Welcome to the Winter edition of Shouldham News. In this issue, we bring news of the special bell ringing peal to be heard on December 27th (see page 6), as well as details of all the church services over Christmas (page 5) and a special Christmas quiz (page 3). Look on the back page for all the events that are taking place in or around the village. Next year promises to be exciting for Shouldham, with planning permission being granted for a new village shop. This is due to open in the spring, on Norwich Road at the end of the village. Let’s hope it, and all the village amenities, get the support they need to thrive. Finally, we’d like to wish all our readers a very merry Sledging & snowballing by All Saints’ Church, Christmas and a happy 2009. Sunday November 23rd, 2008

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Dates for your diary Saturday 6th December, 10am-5pm, Shouldham Village Hall: CRAFT & GIFT FAIR. Stalls, refreshments and raffle. In aid of church funds. Entrance 50p, children free. Monday 15th December, 7pm, All Saints’ Church, Shouldham: LESSONS & CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT, & FESTIVAL OF CHRISTMAS TREES. Seasonal refreshments will be served after the service. Wednesday 17th December, 7.30pm King’s Arms: PSYCHIC EVENING WITH RACHEL. Please book a place by phoning the pub on 347819. Thursday 18th December, 8pm, King’s Arms: QUIZ NIGHT. Friday 19th December, 9am-11am, St Martin at Shouldham School: CHRISTMAS FAIR. Saturday 20th December, 8pm, Shouldham Bowls Club: CHRISTMAS DRAW NIGHT. Draw to take place at 9pm, with light refreshments free. Tuesday 23rd December, 7pm, The Green, Shouldham: CAROLS AROUND THE TREE. There will be a collection for Shouldham Cancer Ward if you wish to give. Christmas Eve, Wednesday 24th December, 8pm, King’s Arms: CHRISTMAS DISCO & BUFFET. Free! New Year’s Eve, Wednesday 31st December, 8pm-1am, Shouldham Bowls Club: NEW YEAR’S EVE BUFFET & DISCO. New Year’s Eve, Wednesday 31st December, 8pm, King’s Arms: NEW YEAR’S EVE DISCO & BUFFET. Free! Saturday 24th January, 8pm, Shouldham Bowls Club: LLOYD E MOON. Vocalist, plus meal. Saturday 21st February, 8pm, Shouldham Bowls Club: ROGER WILLIAMS. Guitarist/vocalist, plus meal. Sunday 8th March, SHOULDHAM NEWS DEADLINE. The final date for copy for the Spring edition. If you have any news, views or details of forthcoming events, please contact Phil Harriss (347244 or 01844 238868/philip.harriss@virgin.net). Or pop a note through the door of ‘Dunromin’ on the Green. Electronic copies of the newsletter are on the Shouldham Village website: http://shouldhampc.norfolkparishes.gov.uk/newsletter/ Saturday 28th March, 8pm, Shouldham Bowls Club: MARK STEEL. Guitarist /vocalist, plus meal (more information about prices and meals later). 8


Norfolk teleshopping service Teleshopping is a grocery shopping service delivered by Norfolk County Council as part of its At Home, Not Alone partnership, a range of services within Adult Social Services, designed to help people in Norfolk stay independent in their own homes for longer. Membership is £10 per quarter. If you would like more information on this service, please contact: Theresa Bailey the Teleshopping Co-ordinator, on 01603 729183 Email: teleshopping@norfolk.gov.uk

St Martin at Shouldham C of E VA School It is that time of year again and to help raise funds for the School, once again we are selling our very popular ‘ULTIMATE PLUM PUDDINGS’ which unlike everything else this year remain the same price, a bargain at £4.99. We also have an ongoing sale of Suttons Seeds, at reduced prices compared with the shops and catalogues. Anybody who may be interested please either pop into the school office or telephone Katie Addly on 01366 347487. Thank you for your time and continued support

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VILLAGE SPORT COORDINATOR SCHEME The Village Sport Coordinator scheme has been set up by West Norfolk Sports Council. The idea is to support someone to make sport happen in his or her village. There are no set tasks that the appointee has to undertake, but some of the things that other Village Sport Coordinators do are: Inspire an entry into the West Norfolk Inter Village Games Coordinate a loan of equipment scheme in the village to start up a new activity Form an organising group to receive external grants for village sporting projects Form an organising group to arrange coaching courses and activities for young people and/or other village residents Act as a focal point for sporting information in the village Act as a ‘champion for sport’ for the village, liaising with village organisations including Parish Councils, Village Halls and Playing Field Committees Coordinate a transport scheme to a sporting facility/activity Coordinate a Village ‘Come and Try’ or Activity Day to encourage more people to take part in sport Coordinate school holiday activities in the village The list is not exhaustive and isn’t a list of what we expect from a Village Sport Coordinator. In fact if you are interested and are able to do just a few things from this list then we’d be interested to talk to you about taking on the role. The role is voluntary but we do make an ‘honorarium’/expenses payment of up to £300 in a year. If you are interested then contact the Borough Councils Sports Development Unit on 01553 818015 for a chat and an application form.

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News from the King’s Arms We’ll be offering a special Christmas Day menu this year at £29.95 for three courses. A £15 deposit is payable on booking (book early as places are limited). Kev has also created a pre-Christmas menu (£15.95 for two courses, £18.95 for three courses). Booking is advisable. Also, please remember to book for our Sunday lunch (phone 347819), as it’s regularly a sell out! Come and join our lottery bingo – just £2 per week. The jackpot as of November 20th stood at £300. Starting in the new year, the King’s Arms will be offering ‘OAP specials’ for just £4.95 at lunchtimes from Monday to Friday. Finally, don’t forget our Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve discos, which come complete with a buffet. Free entrance and free buffet!

Christmas quiz See how many Christmas song titles you can guess from the following lines or parts of lines. Answers on page 4

1 ‘… the very sod’ 2 ‘Keep us in the narrow way’ 3 ‘Do the fairies keep him sober for a day?’ 4 ‘… the peal of a bell and that Christmas tree smell’ 5 ‘…pum pum pum’ 6 ‘It doesn’t show signs of pausing’ 7 ‘Everybody pauses and stares at me’ 8 ‘Gosh oh gee, how happy I’d be’ 9 ‘Later on we’ll conspire…’ 10 ‘… io io io’ 11 ‘… the running of the deer’ 12 ‘… and a cup of good cheer’

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All Saints’, Shouldham Commemorative Peal On Boxing Day 1908, a group of six ringers from Shouldham and Fincham rang the first full peal of 5040 changes of Plain Bob Minor on All Saints’ bells in a little over three hours. This was some 38 years after the bells had been renovated and increased during the great restoration of the church in 1870. As near as is practical to the original day, a team of ringers from the Diocesan Association will attempt to mark the centenary by repeating this first peal on Saturday, 27th December 2008, starting at 2pm. Now that our bells have been rehung in modern fittings, it is expected that the present attempt should be completed in about 2 hours 45 minutes. We wish the ringers every success! Brian Hullah Churchwarden

I’m dreaming of a Green Christmas • Because 125,000 tonnes of plastic packaging will be thrown away this Christmas. • Because 333,333 trees will be used for Christmas cards. • Because 83 km2 of Christmas wrapping paper will be thrown away. • Because we are more aware now than ever of our need to cut down on energy usage for our pockets and the future of the planet. • Because Christmas isn’t just about presents, and happiness isn’t at the bottom of Santa’s stocking. • Because the best present we can give our children this Christmas is our love and our time. However you celebrate Christmas, the Downham & District Transition Team wish you all, A very Merry Christmas.

Bernie Barclay

Statistics from the Church of England’s ‘Operation Noah’ Website http://www.operationnoah.org/home What’s Transition? http://www.transitiontowns.org/ 6


Answers to Christmas quiz 1 Good King Wenceslas 2 As With Gladness 3 Merry Christmas Everyone (Slade) 4 I Believe in Father Christmas (Greg Lake) 5 Little Drummer Boy 6 Let it Snow 7 All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth 8 All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth 9 Winter Wonderland 10 Ding Dong Merrily on High 11 The Holly & the Ivy 12 We Wish You a Merry Christmas!

Advertising in Shouldham News Shouldham News is now accepting advertising. The rates are: Classified (up to three lines): £1 Quarter page: £5 Half page: £10 Full page: £20 For further details, or to place an ad in the Spring edition (deadline Sunday 8th March), please contact John Dovey (347802/ john@johndovey.wanadoo.co.uk). Shouldham News is published four times a year and distributed free of charge to all households in Shouldham and Shouldham Thorpe.

Old postage stamps and postcards needed Spare a thought this Christmas by saving all your old postage stamps for children with leukaemia. Also any old postcards, used or new, which I collect for East Anglia Deaf Children. Just pop them through my letterbox at No.2 Rose Villa, 41 Westgate Street. Both are excellent causes. Thanks to Lillian Mummery and her lady golfers for all their support. Mary Relph 4


Christmas services Sunday 14th December, 6pm Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols Boughton Monday 15th December, 7pm Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols Shouldham Tuesday 16th December, 7pm Family Carols Wereham Wednesday 17th December, 6pm Carol Service Marham 7 - 9pm Village Party in All Saints’ Church Boughton Thursday 18th December 6.30pm Carol Service Shouldham Thorpe Friday 19th December, 6.30pm Family Carol Service Beachamwell Sunday 21st December, 4pm Christmas Extravaganza Fincham Monday 22nd December, 3pm Family Carol Service Barton Bendish Tuesday 23rd December 4pm ‘The birth of Jesus’ A service of drama, readings and dance for Christmas Wereham Wednesday 24th December - Christmas Eve, 4pm Crib service Boughton 5pm Crib service Fincham, 11.30pm Midnight Mass Wereham 11.30pm Midnight Mass Shouldham Thursday 25th December - Christmas Day 9am HC with carols Boughton 10am HC with carols Shouldham Thorpe 10.15am HC with carols Barton Bendish 10.45am HC with carols Marham 11.30am HC with carols Beachamwell Tuesday 6th January Feast of the Epiphany 7pm Sung Eucharist Barton Bendish

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Shouldham News Winter 2008