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YOUR NEW-LOOK QUARTERLY Same great content, fab new cover ESSENTIAL VILLAGE NEWS Catch up with what’s been happening and what’s to come WINTER RECIPES A seasonal treat from Joanna Merrills Plus... Your guide to the festive season & onwards

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Useful Contacts Parish Council Chairman Parish Council Clerk District Councillor County Councillor Norfolk Police Safer Neighbourhood Team Church Reverend Chris Martin Reverend Adrian Miller Parochial Church Council Yellow Pages Village Hall Chair Bookings Village Hall Preston Primary School Village Groups Playschool Scout Group Social Club Netball Club Tasburgh Tots Players Eurolink Coffee Pot and Crafts St Mary’s Guild Tasburgh KnitWits Fitness Club (Over 50's) Fat Dad’s Football Martial Arts

Mr Dave Moore 01508 471041 To be advised Florence Ellis 01379 650032 Alison Thomas 01508 530652 Emergency 999 Non-emergency 101

Inc Church News Mrs Pat Crowley Mrs Julia Orpin

01508 470768 01508 498317 01508 471228 01508 470983

Deborah Sacks Mrs Sheila Plunkett Mr Tony Lacey

01508 471002 01508 470485 01508 470870 01508 471189 01508 470454

Amanda Ellis Mr Graham Pates Mr Don Proudfoot Mrs Rebecca Heaser Rebecca Orford Mr Steve Beckett Mr Steve Beckett Mrs Shirley Brooks Mrs Margaret Madgett Mrs Denise Kitchen Mrs Ann Gibbins Mr Bill Wheeler Andrew Gillingwater

01508 470795 01508 471518 01508 471408 01603 812472 01508 471539 01508 471198 01508 471198 01508 470369 01508 471525 01508 470732 01508 470225 01508 471633 07775 890359

Inaccuracies or omissions? Please contact the Parish Clerk 3

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Tasburgh Parish Council, Serving the Village of Tasburgh

Meetings Parish Council meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month, in the Committee Room of the Village Hall at 8pm (refreshments available from 7.30pm). Planning Meetings, if required, are usually held on the first Tuesday of the month, in the Village Hall Committee Room at 7pm. Agendas are posted on the village notice boards and the website at least three days beforehand. Public are welcome to attend all Parish Council meetings; there’s an opportunity to speak or ask questions. Please note, if you would like an item to appear on the agenda, details must be sent to the Clerk at least eight days before the meeting. The Council is unable to make a decision on anything not included on the agenda but can discuss newly raised matters and refer them to the next meeting. Minutes of meetings are posted on the website or are available from the Clerk. Parish Council Surgeries Councillors are always willing to discuss any issues with you; their contact details are on page 7. In addition, Councillors are available on the evenings of their main council meetings (third Tuesday of the month) between 7.30pm and 8pm during which time refreshments are served. 4

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Tasburgh Parish Council, Serving the Village of Tasburgh During August and September, the Council were involved in several meetings concerning South Norfolk Council’s consultation on the Local Development Framework (LDF), looking at those sites that have been proposed for possible development. This led to a public consultation in September alongside the Village Fete, where District Councillor, Florence Ellis, answered questions from parishioners and explained the LDF in detail. There was plenty of interest in the plans and people were encouraged to make their own submissions to the consultation. Ongoing items include: The ‘Grove Lane Bends’ – councillors agreed to seek a feasibility study on practical and cost effective ways forward; Recreational footpath from Low Road to the Heritage Site – discussion and negotiations with land owners is ongoing; Allotments – agreement has been reached with the Village Hall Trustees for access and the Council are now awaiting further details concerning fencing around the site; The Council have agreed that a number of trees will be planted on Church Road to enhance the outlook of the area; Tasburgh Scouts made a presentation at one of the recent meetings highlighting their work with bio-diversity and emphasised how important Burrfeld Park is as part of their ongoing work in this area. They also offered to help with tree planting and ongoing care as part of this work. The Council are committed to Burrfeld Park and the work undertaken there as an enhancement of the pastoral and recreational facilities in the village, and recently were awarded a CPRE Norfolk Award in recognition of the work that has been carried out at the site. 5

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Tasburgh Parish Council, Serving the Village of Tasburgh In September, the Council learnt that Julie King, the Clerk, was to resign having given six years to the service of the Council. The Procedural Advisory Committee have already instigated a recruitment process to find a new clerk and at the time of going to print, 11 people had responded to the advertisements. The Council would wish to thank Julie for her years of dedicated service to the Council. It is with her work that the Council were able to obtain ‘Quality Status’ and so we are deeply indebted to her and wish her well in the future. And finally, to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee next year, 300 bluebells have been planted by volunteers at Burrfeld Park which should make a colourful display next year!

Father Christmas Father Christmas will be paying his annual visit to Tasburgh on Christmas Eve, 24th December. He will be in the Church Porch between 6pm and 7pm.


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Tasburgh Parish Council Contacting the Parish Council If you would like to know more, have any comments about Tasburgh Parish Council and its work or you have any issues you wish to be raised, please contact one of the Councillors or the Parish Clerk. Chairman Dave Moore 16 Henry Preston Road 471041 Vice-chair Geoff Merchant 14 Orchard Way 470606 Councillors Jill Casson 12 Hastings Close 470334 Brian Hill 8 Harvey Close 471011 Tony Lacey 1 Grove lane 470870 Don Proudfoot Aprilia Lodge, Saxlingham Lane 471408 Keith Read Thornly Barn, Saxlingham Lane 470229 Deborah Sacks Glebe Cottage, Low Road 471002 Rachel Simmons 2 Prior Close 471197 Clerk To be advised Website 7

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Burrfeld Park Wildlife Photo Competition Congratulations go to the winners of the Burrfeld Park Wildlife Photo Competition; the photos taken could be of any type of wildlife but had to be taken in Norfolk. The winners were Joe Dawson - in the under 12s category - and Pauline Anderson.

Crab spider eating a hoverfly by Joe Dawson

Comma Butterfly by Pauline Anderson

Joe won a book on garden birds kindly donated by Carole Hill, and Pauline a Marks & Spencer's voucher kindly donated by Roger Burnett. 8

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ART EXHIBITION 10am to 4pm Paintings and works of art by Local Artists Many exhibits for sale Ideal and unique Christmas gifts Teas, Cakes & Homemade Soups Social Club bar

( Registered Charity no. 304085


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Tasburgh Village Hall

It’s been a busy quarter at Tasburgh Village Hall, with ongoing support from our regular user groups, plus a good variety of additional hires – it’s been a bumper year for weddings! Thanks to all who have supported us during 2011. A Better Hall for You... In addition to Trustee Responsibilities, Tasburgh Village Hall Management Committee have been generous in volunteering their time and skills for a variety of work to improve the facilities – in particular we’ve continued the work on the small committee room which now looks smart with new kitchen units in addition to the improved décor from earlier in the year. Work is underway to refurbish the changing rooms and to add an extra WC, enabling greater flexibility in the rooms we can offer for hire, including the potential to support for multiple-hires of the hall at the same time. Tasburgh Village Fete 2011 Thanks to everyone who supported the Village Fete this year. We had stalls run by most of the user groups and the Church, which all appeared to do quite well. There were a few victims of the sudden storm, mainly the scout tent, but we didn’t let that spoil the day. The social club bar was well supported as always. I have not got figures from all the user groups but the Village Hall raised £245. We are looking for ideas for next year, and would welcome your comments. Is there a better time of year (over the summer?), should we have a produce/flower show, what other attractions would you like to see? 10

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Tasburgh Village Hall

If you have any ideas for next year, please get in touch with Graham Pates (01508 471518) or Mel Goodall (01508 470195). Events and Availability Check out our website: for details of upcoming events, or to check availability for your Christmas & New Year hires – remember, you can now book (& pay) online for your convenience.

Tasburgh Village Hall – 300 Club: August



1st £30

D King

B Waters

J Fair

2nd £20

K Read

B Hill

J Willis

3rd £10

Mrs Beckett

I Anderson

T Goose

4th £10

Mrs Stewart

J McKinney

K Read

5th £5

Mrs Symonds

K Hogan

B Waters

If you would like to make a contribution towards the Village Hall, please join the 300 Club. A form can be found on the Village hall website at or obtained from Tony Lacey on 470870. 11

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Tasburgh United Charities The Trustees of Tasburgh United Charities would like to remind parishioners that they have available each year a certain amount of money to be applied in helping the residents of the Parish who, regardless of their age and for whatever reason, find themselves in need of financial help. Assistance can be given by outright grant towards general expenses, by contribution towards a particular expense, a temporary loan or by purchases of equipment for use. Items of further education will also be considered. Remember, the money is there for use by any resident of Tasburgh. All applications are considered in the strictest confidence. If your circumstances are not already known to the Trustees and you feel that they might be able to help you please contact one of the trustees: Mrs. Jill Casson 12 Hastings Close, 470334 Mr. Keith Read, Thornly Barn, Saxlingham Lane, 470229 Mr. Ben Goodfellow, Rookery House, Saxlingham Lane, 470668 Mr. Geoff Merchant, 14 Orchard Way, 470606.


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We are a small and friendly local group supporting mums with babies or toddlers. We meet for play, craft, refreshments and chat. Come along to make new friends for yourself and your child.

Wednesdays, 10 - 11.30am (term-time) Tasburgh Village Hall Committee Room ÂŁ2.00 per family, per session, first session free. For details contact Rebecca Orford (01508 471539)


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Dates for Your Diary Sat 10th & Sun 11th Dec Art Exhibition 10am – 4pm Sat 24th Dec Father Christmas, Church Porch, 6–7pm Sat 18th Feb Eurolink, Wine Tasting If you would like your event listed on this page just let us know.

Church Cycle Ride After participating in the annual Charity ride for the fifth time in succession this year, I thought I would like to say a Thank You to all the generous people who have signed up to the cause over that period. You may be interested to know that the five-year total is almost £1,000.00, which has been increased to £1400.00 when Matched Fundraising from Barclays Bank has been added in the last two years. Ian Anderson


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Mobile Library Timetable Dates of visits to Tasburgh

8th December 22nd December 5th January 2012 19th January 2nd February 16th February 1st March 15th March Stop Arrival Time Valley Road Opposite No. 2 14.40 Valley Road Near No. 27 14.55 Lammas Rd / Henry Preston Rd 15.15 Lammas Rd Near Prior Close 15.35 Orchard Way 16.00 Harvey Close 16.15 Any queries please telephone 01603 222267.

Long Stratton Library Opening Times Monday: 10.00–1.00; 2.00–5.00; Tuesday: 2.00–5.30; Thursday: 10.00–1.00; 2.00–7.30; Saturday: 9.00–1.00.


Departure Time 14.50 15.10 15.30 15.55 16.10 16.45

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Volunteer Drivers Needed Help us support even more people with dementia and their carers locally. We need assistance transporting people with dementia and their carers from their homes to groups within the Norwich area and also throughout Norfolk, providing a return journey several hours later. We also need help at the groups, assisting people living with dementia in joining in with social activities (board games, crafts, singing). It is important you are willing to develop your knowledge of dementia, have good communication skills and the ability to be patient and caring. We can provide ongoing support, good training and any out of pocket expenses Helen Dingle 01603 763517

Plant Sales Once again, a big Thank You to everybody for their wonderful support with ‘Pauline's Plant Sales’. I have recently sent a cheque for £350.00 to the East Anglian Air Ambulance, which I am sure they will be delighted to receive. Pauline Anderson


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Norfolk Community Law Service Update on Services Free Discrimination Advice Clinic 1st Monday of every month, by appointment 1pm - 4pm. Free Legal Advice for Victims of Domestic Abuse Appointments with a solicitor for legal advice and assistance on all types of civil injunction. Appointments available alternate Wednesdays between 10am and 1pm. Free Legal Advice Drop-in The sessions continue to run twice a week, Tuesdays & Fridays 12 noon. A list is opened at 11.15am of those who require advice. Family Law – Tuesdays, Employment Law – Fridays and a general advice solicitor is available at both sessions. Debt Advice Service Available for offenders, ex-offenders and their families, young people aged 16 – 25 years and to clients who currently have a support worker. Migrant Worker Advice We can provide free and independent advice to migrant workers on issues such as employment, discrimination and benefits. Mediation Service Service currently for Norwich City Council housing tenants, to try to prevent repossession hearings for rent arrears. Available to all social landlords. Any queries or to make an appointment please call: 01603 496623 Norfolk Community Law Service Boardman House, Redwell Street, Norwich NR2 4SL

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Could you be the next Tasburgh Village Games Sports Coordinator? You may remember reading in the last edition, that on 12th June Tasburgh, along with 17 other villages, took part in the South Norfolk Village Games at Framingham Earl School. Preparations for Village Games 2012 are now underway and although Graham Pates did a sterling job this year as our Village Games Sports Coordinator, he feels that he is not able to combine this with his many other commitments again next year. The search is therefore on for a Coordinator for 2012. South Norfolk Village Games 2012 will take place on Sunday 10th June at Framingham Earl Sports Centre, followed by the County finals at the UEA Sportspark on Sunday 15th July 2012. The coordinator would take responsibility for putting a team together, there is a small financial incentive to cover costs incurred. If you think this could be you, please get in touch with the Parish Clerk, or Laura Avenal, Rural Sports Development Officer, Active Norfolk, 07795 291256.


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Tas Valley Pre-School and Playgroup T as Va l le y

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Offers pre-school education and play for children 2 ½ years to school age We are now offering 5 sessions a week Monday to Friday 9.30 to 12.30 Tasburgh Village Hall. The new Wednesday morning session offers links to Tasburgh Tots, so that the younger children can enjoy peace in one hall while the older ones are entertained by us. All of our activities are planned to offer learning opportunities while taking children’s interests into account. During the last half-term we have enjoyed lots of autumn activities; conker hunts, leaf painting, making bird feeders and firework pictures, and cooking marrow and squash cakes (the marrow we grew ourselves!). Now in the build-up to Christmas there’s lots of glitter in our craft activities and we are learning new songs to sing to parents on the last day of term. We have close links with Henry Preston and Hapton Primary Schools including some sessions run at the schools to help the children with transitions. As we sent 25 children to the two schools last July, we currently have spaces in all sessions. Eligible for government funding for 3 and 4 year olds. Ask about our special discount for twins! For more information or to register a place please contact: Rachel Clayton 01508 470147 email Or feel welcome to just pop in and see us one morning. 20

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Tas Valley Pre-School and Playgroup Playgroup Paper Skip The paper skip is now parked at the rear of the Village Hall car park. Please continue to bring all of your paper and card down to us – this continues to be a very valuable fundraiser for us. The next dates will be: Saturday 14 January 2012 Saturday 10 March 2012 Saturday 12 May 2012 The skip is manned between 8.30 and 11.30.

Consumer Champions needed Norfolk County Council’s Trading Standards’ team is appealing for volunteer ‘Consumer Champions’ to help people in communities obtain advice and information when they need it most. Consumer Champions will be able offer consumer advice to neighbours and people in their local area, and direct them to the right organisation if they require further information. They will also be able to pass on information or news about scams or rogue traders and let Trading Standards know of any potential consumer problems in the area. Anybody interested in becoming a Consumer Champion can telephone Phil Childs on 01603 638078 or email For more information about Trading Stardards, visit


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Preston Primary School

The new school year has begun. There are a lot of new faces in the Reception (Ladybirds) class and we have a new confident Year 6 ready to follow in the footsteps of the children who left in September. The newcomers, a lovely, lively group of children, look so small. Years 1 to 5 look bright and confident and Year 6 seem to have grown much taller and more mature over the summer holiday. On 16th September years 1 to 6 visited ‘Africa Alive’. It was a lovely day and the weather was very good. We had a talk about the animals where we were able to handle a Giant African Snail, and a snake. We managed to see most of the animals and watched the giraffes and lions being fed. The animals which were in the remotest parts of the park could be seen from the train which ran every half an hour. The visit entailed a lot of walking about but everyone was enjoying themselves too much to notice if their legs were tired. One child was heard to say “this is the ‘bestest‘ time I have ever had” – enough said. It was a very enjoyable day, we managed not to lose anyone (at least we returned with the same number we went with) and the children, as usual, behaved very well. Saturday 1st October was ‘Grounds Day’ on Preston’s Plot, when help was needed to build fences, lay paths, weed flower beds and hopefully build a pond dipping platform. Thanks to all the parents and children who worked very hard the plot has a very professional look. On Friday 7th October we held our Harvest Festival which was attended by parents and friends. A collection at the end of this event raised £1,202 which will be sent to St. Anthony’s Nursery School in 22

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Preston Primary School Malawi. Parent/Teacher appointments were held on 13th and 18th October. School photographs were taken on 18th October so that they will be ready in time for Christmas. School closed for half-term from 24th October to 28th October. Friends organised a Children’s Disco on Friday 21st October. Tuesday 1st November was ‘Bug Hotel Day’ and the children were joined by a member of How Hill’s staff who helped them to build bug hotels with moss, sticks, stones, flower pots and logs. The children were very enthusiastic and proud of their efforts and learned a lot about bugs and their habitat. A Maths Evening for parents of children in years 5 & 6 took place on Wednesday 2nd November. An opportunity for parents to understand the way maths is taught in school today so that they can help their children at home. Boxes for Operation Christmas Child were collected on 14th November and on Friday 18th November the School Council looked at organising events for ‘Children in Need’ more about this in Spring Edition. The Christmas holidays commence on 19th December, there will be more activities during December which will be included in the Spring Quarterly, including the Christmas Play on 13th December (Senior citizens and playgroup at 10.45 a.m.) and 14th & 15th December at 2.15 p.m. for parents.


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Norfolk Police Remember the new non-emergency number – 101 Norfolk Constabulary has introduced a new telephone number for people who want to talk to the police about non-urgent issues. Instead of ringing the current switchboard number of 0845 456 4567, people should dial 101. The introduction of 101 in Norfolk is part of a nationwide initiative which will see all forces adopting the number by the end of the year. It is designed to offer one easy way to contact your local police force to report non-emergency crimes, disorder or anti-social behaviour or to speak to your local police officers. The police rely on the vigilance of communities and would appeal to residents to report all suspicious activity to the police on the following numbers: 999 – emergencies only 101 – Police non-emergency line 0800 555 111 – Crime Stoppers which is anonymous

The Editors of the Tasburgh Quarterly and Church News would like to be among the first to wish you a very merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year. 24

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Recreation for All New Adult Fitness Equipment Thanks to a grant from Norfolk Rural Community Foundation’s ‘Active at 60’ fund, three pieces of adult fitness equipment have been installed on the playing field at the village hall. As the name suggests these are for teenagers and adults and it is hoped that in the future they can be added to to create a whole range of fitness equipment. The grant received covered the cost of the equipment, with installation being funded from Recreation for All funds. Tasburgh Parish Council have now taken on responsibility for the equipment. If you are yet to see or use the equipment, give them a look and a try next time you are at the hall.

Air Skier

Hip Twister

The Rider

Equipment purchased from and photos courtesy of Fresh Air Fitness 25

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Tasburgh Scout Group

We have had a busy term working for lots of badges. We have completed our Healthy Living Badge, have cooked sausages over open fire and have practised knots and lashings Beaver style in Tyrells Wood! Congratulations must go to Noah Bradbury, Ben Way, Jacob Goodall, Scott Leeder, Cody Gray, Matthew Richardson and Mia Howes who have all gained their Chief Scouts Bronze Award. We are running a small waiting list at the moment but if you would like your child to join us please contact Kirsteen on 01508 471739.

We will be starting to run two separate Scout Troops after Christmas, due to the large increase in numbers moving up from Cubs. We have another 10 due to join us during the first half of next year, which will take us to around 45 Scouts. This is far too many for our normal Village Hall sessions, so although we will do some joint activities such as wide games in the woods, most of our sessions will be split and will take place at different locations. We need to double our number of Leaders in order to run the new section. We plan to split our existing Leader team, giving each section someone with experience to run things. Although we are 26

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Tasburgh Scout Group lucky enough to have some parents who often offer to help out, we do need regular commitment every week in order to run two Troops successfully. Our planning for the spring term will start during December, therefore we need replies as soon as possible. If we do not have additional Leaders available at this point, our programme will be based upon meeting on alternate weeks, which is not ideal as the amount of Scouting that our young people are able to do will be halved. If you would like to have a chat about what is involved in being a full-time Scout Leader, please feel free to talk to any of the existing Leadership team. It's great fun – we wouldn't keep doing it if it wasn't! You get to do most of the activities that the Scouts do, and it's very rewarding seeing them grow and develop over their time in Scouts. Paul Williams, Scout Leader

Since the last quarter, we have had another successful Tae Kwon-do evening with slightly more adventurous moves and blocks.


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Tasburgh Scout Group Every Explorer thoroughly enjoyed the evening and there are even thoughts for a leaders evening session! On Sunday, all Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers took part in the annual Remembrance Day parade. The Explorers lead the way with their newly found march and made the parade look professional. A very positive way to set a good example for the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. Everyone was well dressed and looked very smart, a great way to remember those who have lost their lives since World War 1.

Picture courtesy of Jackie and Jim Harlow

Explorers is a great way to meet new friends and gain new experiences. It helps your child develop into a mature young person and is a fun way of gaining skills ready for adult life. If you're interested or have any questions, please don't be hesitant. Visit for contact details.


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If you are interested in knitting, be it beginner or more advanced, then come and join us. We run every other Thursday at Tasburgh Village Hall from 7–9pm. For more details please ring Denise Kitchen on 470732. If anyone has any scraps of wool they want to donate to our club, we would really appreciate it as we knit items for charities.

Craft Fair – Saturday 12th November On behalf of Tasburgh Knit Wits we would like to thank everyone who participated and helped to raise money for PACT & Chedgrave MS Society. We raised an amazing £531.26. Also £103 was raised for children in need.


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Tasburgh Eurolink We are holding a wine tasting evening at the village hall on the 18th February. If past years are anything to go by, this will be another entertaining evening so please book the date and claim your tickets when they go on sale in the New Year. Our Belgian friends will be coming to Tasburgh next May and we are exploring options for their visit. It looks as though the group trip will be to Hardwick to visit the war museum and other treasures, where a mixture of nostalgia, food and good company should make for a good evening. Steve Beckett, Secretary

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Celebrate Safely this Christmas People often get distracted by the hustle and bustle of Christmas and are unaware of the potential fire hazards and toxic threats that can lurk in fairy lights, candles and flammable decorations. The risk of fire in the home is an all year round issue – however, we are particularly vulnerable at Christmas for many reasons, ranging from unsafe electrical decorations, unattended candles through to cooking whilst drunk. Christmas should be a time for celebration rather than tragedy and for this reason Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service is urging the public to take fire safety seriously. Here are our top tips to stay safe from fire this Christmas: 1. Ensure you have a working smoke alarm installed on all levels of your home. 2. Never leave cooking unattended. 3. Never leave candles unattended. 4. Ensure you switch off fairy lights and unplug them before you go to bed, or leave the house. 5. Always use an RCD (residual current device) on outdoor electrical equipment . 6. Don’t overload sockets – ensure only one plug per socket. 7. Make sure cigarettes are extinguished properly and never smoke in bed. 8. Check on older relatives and neighbours this Christmas, as they are at greater risk from fire. 9. Ask the experts – us! 10. And finally, if a fire does break out in the home, then Get out, Stay out and Call 999. For more information on fire safety in the home, or Home Fire Safety Visits, go to, or call us on 0800 9178137.


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Country Notes, by Heidi-Jo Swain Whenever I sit down to write my ramblings about all things country for the Quarterly, there is always a moment of tension when I wonder if there could possibly be anything new or refreshing that I have to share with you. I fill the kettle, turn on my computer take a deep breath and re-acquaint myself with the previous article and the one I produced for the same edition last year. Ordinarily, that process is enough to quell my concerns and set my fingers tapping ‌ however, this morning there is something definitely amiss. My autumn notes were filled with optimism that the forthcoming season would behave itself and boasted cleared borders and the expectation of a garden filled with frost and feathered friends, as well as brisk country walks accompanied by the sharp thrill of ‘dragonfashion’ breath. Sadly however, my prophesising has failed. The garden is still ridiculously green and any cutting back would be disastrous, and as for our feathered friends, well, nature is still apparently more than adequately providing for them. True enough I can hear them singing, even above the din of the A140, but sustenance is not yet required and I am going to have to discard the nuts in the feeders as they are now far from fresh. With this prolonged spell of mild weather in mind I suggest you turn it your advantage and make the most of the great outdoors at night. I have recently discovered that during moonless nights on the North Norfolk coast during November the sea water around shallow salt marshes and within shallow tidal pools offers their own spectacular natural fireworks. The bioluminescence of millions of tiny plankton light up the water turning it blue and green. Sailors of old, I have read, used to believe it was the sunken treasure of sea gods. Couple this expedition with a warming picnic and a spell of star gazing and you will certainly have a night to remember! Closer to home, why not venture out on mild still nights into your own back garden? There you will hear the eerie sounds of nocturnal wildlife going about their secret and often unseen business. Listen 32

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Country Notes, by Heidi-Jo Swain out for the snuffling hedgehog or the haunting cries of a fox in the distance. If you are really lucky and have mature trees nearby you may even hear Tawny owls calling to each other. The female provides the ‘toowit’ and the male responds with ‘towoo’. I have to admit the Tawny is my favourite owl, despite the ghostly charms of the barn owl which I have been fortunate enough, along with my daughter, to see hunting in our own village and not always at dusk and dawn. Mid-morning was the preferred time for the haunting beauty after a night of prohibitive rain, so keep your eyes peeled all you walkers!

Barn Owl in flight Despite the best efforts of the weather we are all aware that Christmas and post-Christmas bills are on the horizon and consequently I am looking for outdoor entertainment on a budget this winter. I have plans to tempt the birds back into the garden with a festive filled tree laden with peanut garlands, coconut shells and fir cones filled with rich homemade treats and seeds. Any dormant shrub will provide enough bare branches to ‘deck the halls’ if you have no access to a tree. I may even dress the bay tree outside our front window as the blue tits can often be seen scavenging upside down for insects on the chilliest days! Access to water is just as important of course so keep shallow dishes topped up and ice free. The much favoured game of pooh sticks, created by AA Milne, can help provide free heating on the coldest winter walks as families become increasingly animated as they struggle with stick 33

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Country Notes, by Heidi-Jo Swain identification and ‘rules’. Locally we have a variety of places to visit close at hand to indulge such childhood passions and get everyone off the sofa and away from the television. Whitlingham Country Park is only a short drive away and plays host to innumerable bird species during the winter – both on the frozen Great Broad and within the peripheral planting. It is a wonderful free local attraction and a great place to walk off those extra calories that seem to settle so readily around the waist during the New Year… For a small fee, the park is offering an educational morning about how birds cope during the winter on December 15th. If you are interested call the visitor centre on 01603 756094.

On a less frugal note, I have been searching for countryside themed gifts, which make unusual presents throughout the year and I have come up with a couple of interesting options for even the most awkward aunt! Did you know that it is now possible to plant or sponsor a tree at various locations throughout the country? New woodlands are being created and mighty old forests re-planted. My favourite find however comes from the Wildlife Trusts throughout the country who offer sponsorship of native wildlife including red squirrels, bats, seals and owls to name just a few. You can even sponsor a hare! I wonder if I’ll be lucky enough to find one in my stocking this December 25th? Festive greetings to one and all, and a final reminder to embrace the great outdoors whatever the weather throws at you! 34

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Long Stratton Medical Practice We had a quiet time in September and October thanks to the excellent weather. Now that autumn has arrived the lurgies are beginning to circulate as we close the windows and get stuffy. Fresh air and exercise are good. Our campaign to tackle the ‘DNA’s (did not attend) has had some success with evidence that we are winning back about ten hours a month of otherwise wasted appointments. Twelve hours to go. Our snotty letters are not always well received but patients that are ill and in pain who need to be seen are very appreciative! We are also looking at those with unusually large ‘Health Footprints’ – those who are not chronically ill who consult six times greater than average – that’s 18x/year! There are a couple of dozen patients in this category who impact on the overall service we provide to the vast majority. We feel Responsibility should go with Rights. Doctors Willis and Kestin plan to reduce their commitment to three days a week from next April – they are NOT retiring for a few years yet! We are delighted to welcome on board Dr Jane Loughridge who will be coming to us from her current position in Beccles – from whence she will be sorely missed. She will share Malcolm and Kathy’s lists. Dr Prash Prabhu will come from Scotland and start to build a new list as we expand. His presence will mean we shall be much less reliant on locums who cannot provide the continuity of care that is such an essential part of good medical care. Our team here do a rewarding job very well thanks to the amazing patients who do so much to make sure that scarce resources are considerately utilised. Times are changing. Institutions and the people who work in them change too. The principles that drive us here at The Long Stratton Medical Partnership will stay the same. The future is looking very bright. Thank you for helping us through the transition. 35

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Recipe of the Season Once again, Joanna Merrills has found some deliciously different ways with seasonal produce. Pumpkin in Syrup

1 kg 500g 1 2 tsp 1 tsp 75g

peeled and seeded pumpkin caster sugar lemon cardamom seeds ground ginger walnuts cream to serve.

Prepare the pumpkin removing any stringy bits. Cut the flesh into 34cm chunks. Place in a large saucepan with 250ml water. Cover with a lid and cook over a low heat for about 15 minutes or until tender. Add the sugar, juice of the lemon, cardamom seeds, ginger and 350ml of water. Return to the heat and stir carefully until the sugar has dissolved. Simmer for about 10 minutes until the syrup thickens. Turn the pieces of pumpkin over occasionally in the syrup. Cool – if the syrup is too thick add a little more water and reheat. Serve cold sprinkled with the chopped walnuts and cream. Serves 8. This dessert is very rich so only serve in small portions. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.


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Recipe of the Season Boozy Quinces 4 1 6tbsp 2 1 1 1 600ml

Quinces lemon clear honey star anise cinnamon stick bayleaf sprig of rosemary red wine Mascarpone cheese to serve

Peel 3 strips of peel from the lemon, avoiding the white pith, put in a large saucepan with the honey, herbs, spices and red wine. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Peel, halve and core the Quinces and place in the saucepan, adding a little water if necessary so that the Quinces are covered. Place a lid on the pan and poach gently for 30-45 minutes until the Quinces are tender, turning once. Remove with a slotted spoon to a serving bowl. Strain the liquid, return to the pan and boil to reduce by a third until the liquid is syrupy. Pour over the Quinces and leave to cool. Serve with Mascarpone cheese. Serves 4, or 8 if the Quinces are large.


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Tasburgh Sports and Social Club Chairman's Blog Winter is upon us but as you can see from our adverts, there are plenty of events taking place at your Social Club. As well as top local acts like ‘G’ on Christmas Eve, ‘Outathablues’ and ‘Stretcher Monkeys’ in the New Year, why not pop in for a winter warmer, a crack at the Christmas Draw and pick up your New Years Eve Disco tickets (the Christmas Draw takes place on Dec 23rd, NYE Disco is free to members and under 16s). For our real ale drinkers we are now serving award winning ales from The Nethergate Brewery, voted Best Brewery of the Year in the new 2012 edition of the Good Pub Guide, we will also be having new guest Lagers over the coming months. The Sports and Social Club now has two successful Ladies’ Darts teams, and in the New Year would like to add a men's team. If you are good on the ocky please get in contact or drop into the club. I'd like to thank all our members for their continued support over the past year and would like to extend an invitation to help further; we are always grateful for help in running the club bar at our events and behind the scenes on our committee. If you feel that you would like to be a bigger part of your club, again please get in contact ( or drop in on one of our club nights. That's all for now, but we'd like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you over the festive period. Don Proudfoot, Chairman. Opening Times Tuesdays and Wednesdays 7pm - 11pm, Fridays 6pm - 11pm


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Tasburgh Players It looks promising for a Player’s return for our 35th year in 2012. We have been going through a challenging time since our last production in 2010, but we had a good meeting with the Village Hall Committee which resolved a few outstanding issues, and are planning to discuss options with the social club at the end of November to see if a detailed agreement can be reached between the two groups. If that is possible we are planning a show with a production during the first full week in June. So watch this space.

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Grateful Thanks and Appeal for Assistance After 25 editions, Jane Mann will be resigning as features editor and proofreader for the Quarterly. Grateful thanks are extended to Jane for her invaluable work over the past six years. If you feel you could take on this role then do contact the Parish Clerk at


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Front Cover The more observant amongst you, will have noticed that the Quarterly is sporting a new-look cover. This was designed by Oliver Proudfoot, the Parish Council are very grateful to Oliver for coming up with such a stunning design.

It is the intention to use a different, seasonal photo for each edition. If you would like to submit a copyright-free photo for a future edition then please e-mail it to the Parish Clerk,, we will of course credit the source!

Next Edition The spring edition of the Quarterly and Church News will be distributed by the end of February. All regular articles to the Parish Clerk, by Sunday 12th February. Many thanks. 43

Quarterly Winter 2011  

Tasburgh Parish Council magazine

Quarterly Winter 2011  

Tasburgh Parish Council magazine