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Tasburgh Quarterly and Church News - Spring 2012



Tasburgh Quarterly and Church News - Spring 2012

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 Mrs Catherine Moore 01603 758148 Florence Ellis 01379 650032 Alison Thomas 01508 530652 Emergency 999 Non-emergency 101

Inc Church News Mrs Pat Crowley Mrs Julia Orpin Deborah Sacks Mrs Sheila Plunkett Mr Tony Lacey

01508 470768 01508 498317 01508 471228 01508 470983 01508 471002 01508 470485 01508 470870 01508 471189 01508 470454

Amanda Ellis 01508 470795 Mr Graham Pates 01508 471518 Mr Don Proudfoot 01508 471408 Mrs Rebecca Heaser 01603 812472 Rebecca Orford 01508 471539 Mr Steve Beckett 01508 471198 Mr Steve Beckett 01508 471198 Mrs Shirley Brooks 01508 470369 Mrs Margaret Madgett 01508 471525 Mrs Denise Kitchen 01508 470732 Mrs Ann Gibbins 01508 470225 Mr Bill Wheeler 01508 471633 Mr Andrew Gillingwater 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 November is the time that the Parish Council have to set the precept for the following year. Whilst there are several on-going projects that require funding, the Council felt that there should be no increase in the amount of council tax for parishioners. Towards the end of 2011, Brian Hill, Deborah Sacks and Julie King together with Carol Hill and Angela Collins attended the CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) Norfolk Awards. They received an award for the work carried out at Burrfeld Park in relation to the conservation of the area. A brass plaque now adorns the entrance to Burrfeld Park and the certificate is displayed in the Committee Room of the Village Hall. Well done to all the volunteers who have given up their time to help gain this award. The Parish Council will be handing over responsibility for the recycling centre to the Village Hall Committee in Spring of 2012 when the current agreement with South Norfolk Council comes to an end. It is understood that the facility will be re-sited towards the entrance of the Village Hall making it accessible to all, and with extra facilities for collection of other materials. The Parish Council had also been asked by South Norfolk Council to look at what facilities would benefit from any funding that might come from the “Community Infrastructure Levy” (CiL). This levy would be imposed on all potential developers and would go towards community projects. The Parish Council’s Development Advisory Committee has identified that the Village Hall, the School, footpaths, cycle paths (including those within neighbouring parishes) and bus routes should all be considered for possible improvement and maintenance. 5

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Tasburgh Parish Council, Serving the Village of Tasburgh Goodbye to a familiar face..... In December 2011, the Parish Council said goodbye to Julie King, who had been Clerk to Tasburgh Parish Council for 6 years. At her last meeting on 20th December the Chairman of the Council, Dave Moore, presented Julie with an engraved vase and some flowers. Julie will continue with her Parish Clerk activities at Saxlingham Nethergate and will still be seen around the village. The Parish Council thanks Julie for her dedicated service over the years and wishes her every luck in the future.

.... and hello to a new one. In December 2011, Tasburgh Parish Council welcomed their new Clerk, Catherine Moore. With a background in local government, Catherine has previously worked with Wicklewood Parish Council and is also Clerk to Kimberley and Carleton Forehoe Parish Council, near Wymondham. Catherine is keen to step up to the new challenges that a larger Parish will bring, and looks forward to meeting residents and finding out more about the area.

Annual Meeting of the Parish Tuesday 24th April, 8pm, Tasburgh Village Hall This is your meeting, an opportunity to express your views about the community of Tasburgh. Hear from Village Groups, learn more about activities in the Parish. Refreshments served from 7.30pm. 6

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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-Chairman 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 Catherine Moore 2 Low Road, Carleton Forehoe 01603 Norwich, NR9 4AP 758148 Website 7

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Tasburgh Village Hall

News and future activities Successful 5th Tasburgh Art Exhibition Despite being the busiest Christmas shopping weekend of the year, the fifth Tasburgh Art Exhibition, held on the 10th & 11th December, was once again well supported by the local community. The exhibition of 130 framed pieces in a variety of mediums was this year supplemented by additional unframed works of a high standard from local amateur and professional artists. Once again there was a fantastic display of colourful art work by pupils from Henry Preston Primary School, including several herds of wonderfully decorated model elephants. Visitors to the exhibition were able to view the art at a leisurely pace, and enjoyed a good selection of home-made cakes and soups. Commission from the sale of art work plus refreshments raised ÂŁ600 for the village hall development fund. Our thanks to all those who contributed to the event. Date for Diary: Next Art Exhibition 17th & 18th November 2012. Village hall development projects We have recently refurbished the village hall committee room so that it now includes a modern kitchen facility and increased meeting space. We are now turning our attentions to installing more energy efficient heaters and completing an upgrade to the adjoining cloakroom facilities. At the other end of the village hall we will shortly be revamping the main kitchen, and outside we will be resurfacing the main car park. Please bear with us during this developmental phase, which we hope will all be completed before the Tasburgh Community Festival on the 23rd June. 8

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Tasburgh Village Hall

Join us for Quiz and Pizza Whether your general knowledge is up to the standard of ‘Mastermind’ or ‘The Million Pound Drop’, join us for our next fundraising event, a fun evening of Quiz questions and Pizza on Saturday 12th May. If you are interested in entering a team (of up to 6 people) please contact Rebecca Orford on 01508 471539. Village Hall now open for Business Bookings The Village Hall has always been a popular venue for family celebrations like birthday and anniversary parties, and we are delighted to have hosted a number of very successful weddings over the last year. We are now extending our range of private hire opportunities to welcome business bookings. We have flexible meeting and presentation spaces in the small hall, large hall and committee room, which can be hired collectively or on an individual basis, with data projection facilities and free wifi available. All rooms are wheelchair friendly. To discuss your requirements or to make a booking please contact our Booking Clerk Mel Goodall on 07969743107 or our Booking Secretary Sheila Plunkett on 01508 470485. Call for Treasurer We are currently seeking a new trustee from the local community who would be prepared to take on the role of Village Hall Treasurer. We would like to acknowledge all the hard work of our outgoing Treasurer Tony Lacey, whose efforts have positively transformed the hall’s accounts. Tony will continue as a trustee and takes up the new role of Promotions Secretary, which includes responsibility for our website. If you would like to find out more about being a Village Hall trustee or the treasurer role please contact Deborah Sacks on 01508 471002. For details on our of our activities visit: 9

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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. Currently meeting last Wednesday of the month in conjunction with Tasburgh Preschool / Playgroup, 10 - 11.30am (term-time) Tasburgh Village Hall ÂŁ2.00 per family, per session, first session free.

For details contact Rebecca Orford (01508 471539) 11

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Tasburgh Quarterly and Church News - Spring 2012

Mobile Library Timetable Changes to the Mobile Library Service visiting Tasburgh from Thursday 16th February 2012 Dates of visits to Tasburgh 15th March 29th March 12th April 26th April 10th May 24th May 7th June 21st June Stop Arrival Departure Time Time Harvey Close 14.15 14.50 Valley Road Opposite No. 2 14.55 15.05 Valley Road Near No. 27 15.10 15.20 Lammas Rd / Henry Preston Rd 15.25 15.50 Lammas Rd Near Prior Close 15.55 16.10 Orchard Way 16.15 16.30 Any queries please telephone 01603 222267.

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


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South Norfolk Council Did you know that South Norfolk Council offer a number of grants and loan schemes that are accessible to residents in Tasburgh? These include: Safe and Warm Grant designed to take people out of immediate risk or situations that may make them leave their homes. Decent Home Loan for major works to bring a property up to the Decent Home standard. Norfolk Equity Loan for major works (or for a disabled person, to help with the purchase of a more suitable home). Disabled Facility Grant to fund adaptations to enable independent living. Gaining Independence Grant to fund more straightforward disabled adaptation cases. Handyperson Service with up to two hours labour for eligible people in receipt of benefits. Winter Warmer Packs comprising of blankets, hot water bottle, thermos flask and other warming items, distributed ahead of cold weather to those identified as at risk. Cold Plan Alert ensuring that those identified as at risk are contacted during adverse weather and helped to stay safe and warm. Emergency Heating Oil during a supply failure, delivered at a cost of ÂŁ25 in 25 litre batches until a bulk supply can be obtained. Portable Electric Heater Loan for periods when existing heating cannot cope. Heating Oil Purchase Loan for the cost of 500 litres of heating oil, administered through the Norfolk Credit Union. Electricity Use Monitor Loan which monitors the cost of using appliances and lights. Free Home Energy Check and installation of low level insulation measures with referral through to approved contractors for any works identified. If you or anyone you know could benefit from any of these services, please contact South Norfolk Council on 01508 533633 or contact District Councillor Florence Ellis (see page 3 for contact details). 14

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Love Paperwork, Hate Paperwork? Paperwork and forms can be confusing, but some people relish the challenge of sorting out a paperwork muddle and getting things straight. At Age UK Norfolk, we know that for many vulnerable people, personal affairs and administration can become a real burden and sometimes this burden threatens their independence. Have you any time to spare to help older or disabled people with their paperwork? Could you spend a small amount of time on a regular basis, helping someone fill in a form, understanding and answering letters, sorting out money problems or simply paying bills? Or do you hate paperwork and the thought of helping someone out in this way makes your head spin just thinking about it? If so, are you good with people - could you chat to an older person either in their own home or on the telephone? Would you be happy helping someone make their bed, do the dishes, do a bit of gardening or teach someone how the use a computer? Whether you love or hate paperwork, we need volunteers to help and support older people in different ways. Age UK Norfolk’s Money Matters Service helps out with paperwork and Active Together, Age UK Norfolk’s Befriending Service, helps older people feel included and less lonely. Both Services operate across Norfolk and are in great need of new volunteers. If you could help please contact Linda Gill at Age UK Norfolk on 01603 787111. Find out more at 15

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Tasburgh Village Hall – 300 Club: December



1st £30

Mrs F Freetham

Mr A Jocelyn

Mr G Pates

2nd £20

Mrs J Merrills

Mr B Waters

A Crawshay

3rd £10

Mrs G West

Mrs A Gillick

Mr A Jones

4th £10

Mr D Dickinson

Mrs P Wright

Mr W Richford

5th £5

Mrs F Pritty

Mr G Watts

Mr D Gibbins

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.

Dates for Your Diary 3rd March

Table Top Sale, 10am, Village Hall

10th March

50/50 Sale, 10am - 12noon, Village Hall

25th March

A Trip to Vancouver, 7pm, Village Hall

24th April

Annual Parish Meeting, Village Hall

12th May

Quiz and Pizza Evening, Village Hall

If you would like your event listed on this page just let us know.

Fundraising Table Top Sale On Saturday 3rd March there will be a tabletop /indoor car boot sale to raise funds for a church-based trip to Uganda. Light refreshments will be available, as well as a raffle. Stall holders can set up from 9am and doors open at 10am until 1pm. If you would like a stall please telephone Brenda on 01508 471567. 16

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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. All of our activities are planned to offer learning opportunities while taking children’s interests into account. In recent weeks we have had a visit from Minimonsters, cooked our own lunch (pizzas and apple crumble) and had adventures as pirates, as well as lots of painting and other craft activities. Our recent Ofsted inspection gave us a grading of ‘Good’ overall, with ‘Outstanding’ for Keeping Children Safe. The report stated that ‘children have fun and enjoy their learning in the inclusive and welcoming atmosphere’. On the last Wednesday of every month we hold joint sessions with Tasburgh toddlers group, which all under 5s are very welcome to attend. We have close links with Henry Preston and Hapton Primary Schools including some sessions run at the schools to help the children make a smooth transition. We currently have spaces in all sessions and are 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 any morning. 18

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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 10 March 2012 Saturday 12 May 2012 Saturday 14 July 2012 The skip is manned between 8.30 and 11.30. 50/50 Sale Saturday 10 March sees the return of our popular 50/50 sales! If you have good quality clothes, toys, books, computer games, CDs or DVDs that you would like to sell, receiving back 50% of the amount raised on them, then please contact Jill on 470334 for more details and a seller’s pack. Please come down to the Village Hall between 10am and 12noon and buy some bargains for yourself – teas, coffees and cakes will also be available. All money raised will go to Playgroup funds.


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Preston Primary School

Welcome to the Spring Term! We have had a very busy time since we last reported in the Quarterly. On 18th November the School Council organised events to raise money for Children in Need. The money collected from the coins in the hall, the sales of cakes and biscuits and the donations to the ‘Dress in one colour’ day amounted to a fantastic £223.39. Well done to everyone involved. On 24th November representatives from the school collected the School ‘Food for Life Partnership ‘ Bronze award from the EcoTech Centre in Swaffham. On 7th December we hosted a coffee morning where parents were invited to ask questions, make suggestions and enjoy a cup of coffee. A further coffee morning has been arranged for 23rd February. On 7th January the Long Stratton High School Choir visited to sing a variety of songs to the children. Some members of the choir were former Preston Primary School pupils, who the children were very pleased to see. On the morning of Wednesday 13th December the school performed the Christmas Play to Senior Citizens and the Playgroup, followed by mince pies (made by the children) and coffee. As usual this was a very enjoyable occasion and greatly appreciated by the audience. The play was repeated on 14th and 15th December for parents and friends. Also on 14th December children were able to purchase gifts for the family from Santa's Secret Stall’, all very professionally wrapped by 20

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Preston Primary School members of staff. This was a good way for the children to learn to choose their own gifts and spend some pocket money. Christmas lunch was on Friday 16th December followed by the Christmas Party and later a celebration assembly. We said a sad goodbye to Mr Dunscombe after twelve years at the school. He will be greatly missed, and our good wishes go with him in his new position at Barford Primary School. School opened again on 4th January and on 11th January Amy Nettleton from the organisation ’Just Different’ visited to speak to the children. The children were very interested to see the lights on the wheels of her wheelchair when she moved about. Amy also brought her specially adapted wheelchair and demonstrated how she played with her basketball team, some of who have been picked to play in the Paralympic Games. It was a very interesting and inspirational morning and the children asked a lot of interesting questions. A cake sale organised by the Friends on Friday 20th January raised £86. On 24th January we had an interesting visit from a representative of ‘Sightsavers’ who spoke about their work in Africa and South America to help cure blindness. On 27th January Years 3 to 6 visited the Castle Museum to learn more about the Romans and the Iceni. Reception and Years 1 & 2 celebrated the Chinese New Year and made lanterns. After School clubs for this term - Tennis Club , and ICT Suite. Also after half term Kuk Sool Won, Film Club and Gardening Club Lunch time clubs, some run by the children themselves - Boys’ Choir, Mixed Choir, ICT club and Speed Stacking Club.


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Tasburgh Scout Group

The Beavers started back after Christmas with an activity based around their promise. We are currently working towards gaining the Imagination badge. The children have worked hard to produce some brilliant ‘shoebox theatres’ and will be acting out a play with puppets they have made. Over the next few weeks we will be going to Attleborough for a circus themed day, having a cooking evening, and following a photo trail around the village. Tasburgh Beavers meet on a Thursday evening at the Village Hall from 5pm until 6.15pm. We have a mixed colony, boys and girls from 6 years old. If you would like your child to join or for more information please contact Kirsteen on 01508 471739.

We started our Autumn Term with a new Cub Leader for the Neptune Pack, Sammy Harlow. It was a busy term up until Christmas with our 47 Cubs in the Poseidon and Neptune packs, including learning about the names of the packs, a night hike from Flordon to Mulbarton chip shop (during which Mike very bravely fended off some over inquisitive and rather lively cattle!), trips to Quasar, and Christmas decoration making. We also had a fantastic turn out for our Remembrance Sunday Parade and learnt about the importance of the day. Now we are half way through the winter term which started off with our annual Group Scout trip to the Pantomime at the Theatre Royal. Activities have included puppet making and producing puppet shows, with each six performing in front of the rest of the cubs and a judging panel for the best puppet. 22

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Tasburgh Scout Group We had a circus skills evening with local mega-star, Dr Ken when the cubs enjoyed plate spinning, tight rope walking and juggling. Also an evening exploring issues around noise with the cubs measuring how loud they can be with a decibel meter - very ear-splitting!! The second half of the term will see a Cub Factor talent show, a wide game on Dunston Common, and a session making bird and bat boxes from kits kindly provided by volunteers from the Norwich RSPB group. They will be put up in Burrfeld Park or around the Village Hall as part of the Environmental Challenge undertaken by all sections of Tasburgh Sea Scouts. The downside of having such a varied programme is that we are very short on space at present. We have just had a large number of Beavers move up and both packs are operating at full capacity. We will always try to ensure that there is space for Tasburgh Beavers to move up, but any children who would like to join as Cubs should still register an interest and we will put names on a waiting list. Please contact Trudy Musgove ( or Sammy Harlow (

Our Spring Term started with Winter Camp, something new for us. It's an activity packed weekend at Gilwell Park near London, the home of UK Scouting. We set off from Tasburgh Village Hall at 5:00pm, stopping for a huge meal at Pizza Hut in Ipswich to ensure the Scouts wouldn't be hungry when we got to camp. We arrived around 9:00pm and after some brief confusion over whether we had all the parts of all the tents (we did!), managed to brave the mud, the cold and the dark to get everything up well before midnight! We chose to have all our meals provided which meant a certain amount of queuing but no washing up or cooking, a very pleasant change. The food was very good, although some Scouts felt that the portions were too small. 23

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Tasburgh Scout Group Luckily they usually had the chance to finish someone else's, so didn't go hungry. Activities on the 2 days included zorbing, ice skating, climbing, surfing(!), abseiling, Segways, archery, shooting, robot football, flight simulators and lots more. All the Scouts took full advantage of the range on offer. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and expended a lot of energy, though they seemed to spend far more time queuing than participating in the activities. Despite a continuous supply of biscuits on the journey, most had fallen asleep by the time we got home. Thank you very much to Newton Flotman school for the use of their minibus and thank you to Alice who drove us all the way there and back!

One amazing experience that is on everyone’s list is to go scuba diving. Whether it’s in the Caribbean or in a swimming pool, either way it’s a great opportunity. The Explorers were fortunate to try out scuba diving at The Hewett School, Norwich. There were 2 sessions that were available and everyone who went said they really enjoyed it. Grace Downer said: ‘It was brilliant and a great experience! I did enjoy it, I felt like a mermaid. The best bit was going in the deep end!’ Matt Harlow agreed: ‘It was amazing, one of the must do’s in your life.’ Roger Knight, assistant Explorer leader managed to get hold of an under water camera to capture the experience (see above). On March 11th, the Scouts and Explorers are helping the happy shoppers at Tesco Harford Bridge by packing bags. We are fund raising to cover the cost of scuba diving and hopefully future events. We will be there for most of the day so come, support us and give your change to us! We will also be attending Water Activities Weekend at Decoy Broad and helping at Tasburgh Community Festival in June. 24

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Tasburgh Scout Group 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. Call either Diane (07969939706) or Roger (01508 470991). A word from the Group Scout Leader, Graham Pates It has been a year since I became Group Scout Leader and I am really proud to say that we have continued to build on the success that Don had brought to the group. We are now providing a great programme of activities to 15 Beavers, 47 Cubs and 35 Scouts as well as having 20 Explorers working in partnership with the group. The Cubs Packs and Scouts Troops are now split into two sub sections each so we can manage such large numbers. None of this would happen without the dedication of the Leaders, Scout Network members, occasional helpers and the Executive Committee, and the members of Explorers who act as Young Leaders. In a busy 2012 we hope to achieve an Environment Award for the group, with each section contributing in various ways. We will be attending a number of camps and sleepovers where we will enjoy many activities and mix with Scouts from different areas. We have been lucky to raise some money through Waitrose in January, and are booked in to do some bag packing at Tesco’s in March. A new fund raising venture has been selling second hand goods via Facebook. We are always grateful for any offers of support - you could join our Exec Committee, help at weekly meeting occasionally or even join our Leadership Team. The only prerequisite is that anyone directly involved with the young people must have a CRB check made, but this is not arduous. If you are unable to help with time directly, then we would always welcome any financial help (on which we can claim Gift Aid) as the costs of running such a large Group are always increasing and we try to keep the subscriptions of the young people down. Finally, it has come to our notice that the car park at the Village Hall can become a bit hectic. If you live near another Beaver, Cub or Scout, please arrange car sharing. This will minimalise the situation and is very helpful for parents leaving and arriving. If you are interested in learning more about Scouts in Tasburgh please contact me on 01508 471518 or take a look on the Scouts section of the village hall website. 25

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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.

A TRIP TO VANCOUVER AND RETURN TO THE GRIZZLY BEARS Sunday 25th March, 7pm at Tasburgh Village Hall. Fancy getting away from it all? Come along to a slide show of Vancouver & surrounding area, with a return to the Grizzlies of Knight Inlet. Tickets ÂŁ4.00 - Minimum & maximum numbers required to hold this event, so please buy your tickets in advance from Pauline Anderson (tel: 01508 470424). In support of the Grizzly Bear "Stop the Hunt Campaign".


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Tasburgh Eurolink It has been a bit quiet since last time so there is not much to report. By the time you read this we will have had our annual wine tasting event on the 18th February, and moved our plans forward for the visit by our Belgian friends on the 18th May. A social gathering at the Hardwick “air base� looks ever more likely with perhaps a little performance by the Tasburgh contingent.

Master Composters Would you be interested in becoming a Master Composter? Master Composters act as ambassadors for home composting in their local community. Composting kitchen and garden waste at home is the most environmentally friendly way of dealing with this biodegradable waste and diverts it from landfill. The program started in 2006 and to date we have trained 150 volunteers in the county (of which 80 are currently active) who spread the word by encouraging friends, neighbours, colleagues and Norfolk residents in general to compost at home. We run one free foundation training course each year, with travel expenses paid. Interested? Contact David Hawkyard on 01603 223328 or 07825 670645.


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Country Notes, by Heidi-Jo Swain Well, true to form the unseasonal weather has continued into winter and probably, by the time you read this, well beyond. National news and sensationalist newspaper headlines may have bemoaned Britain in the grips of all new night time temperature lows but come on, let’s face it, they’ve barely lasted two weeks and now we’re back on preChristmas track. Just to justify my comments I would like it noted that I am writing this the day after ‘the great melt’ and that it is damp, grey and pretty dreary! Being of a naturally ‘half full’ disposition I have to admit that even I have found winter something of a lack lustre affair this time round, with few highlights. The garden has been graced with our flock of long tail tits but few other regular visitors. Robins, blackbirds, a couple of fieldfares and great and blue tits have been about but not in the usual numbers. On a more optimistic note however, we have had the pleasure of playing host to a great quantity of hibernating ladybirds – clusters of between 25 and 30 have been found on the patio furniture all huddled together immobile and unaware of the world that still turns around them. And yesterday, when the snow still lay thick on the fields, we took advantage and went hare spotting. We saw six between Tasburgh and the Cambridgeshire border, some crouched low others bounding across the fields and all easy to spot thanks to the whiteness of their backdrop.


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Country Notes, by Heidi-Jo Swain Slim pickings I agree so now it is time to look forward and brace ourselves for, what I hope, will be a spectacular spring. The arrival of March is always most welcome as the equinox provides us with more hours of daylight than darkness wherever you are in the country. This lengthening of days offers the opportunity to get out and see spring lambs gambolling right on our doorstep in Tasburgh and, if mild, the earliest sightings of butterflies and nest building can also be observed. If you are a keen birdwatcher March is a superb time to have a go at learning to recognise bird song. Summer visitors have yet to return so the task may be easier than you think. Get out early, on a fine day, somewhere you are familiar with and tune in. Scolding blackbirds, robins and blue tits are probably the easiest to identify. Once you are confident in your ‘own patch’ move out and repeat the process, gradually building up your knowledge as you go. Of course all the time you are listening in the woods you can also be looking around for the beautiful wood anemones and violets that fleetingly brighten the woodland floor. I am fortunate enough to enjoy an April birthday and love the sudden burst of new life that goes hand in hand with my own celebrations. Bluebells woods such as those at Bayfield Hall near Holt and Blickling Hall are awash with vast swathes of purple trumpets between now


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Country Notes, by Heidi-Jo Swain and May depending on the weather. Cowslips and primroses offer earthly shades of sunshine and line many verges of the A47 making journeys more interesting to the observant passenger. On the home front we will be ready to welcome back our globe-trotting families of house martins and look forward to a pond full of frogs spawn to fascinate and delight even the more mature amongst us. May Day heralds the dawn of Beltane, the pagan celebration of union and pleasure and the promise of summer to come. It is the month to get up early and enjoy the dawn chorus at its peak and at the other end of the day perhaps attend a nightingale walk such as those arranged by the National Trust, (Sutton Hoo, 12th May ÂŁ8 per person, booking essential). As well as birds, wild flowers and insects are plentiful so dig out your binoculars, shake off the winter blues and enjoy! Wishing you all a fruitful spring filled with sunshine!

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Recreation for All

Next on our agenda for this year is to undertake the work on the new toddler area plus ‘Friend Den’ and Aerial wire at the Village Hall playing field. We’ve narrowed our preferred suppliers to 2, and are working with Playgroup and Toddlers for our final selection of equipment which will enable us to get our funding applications submitted. We will also support Cubs with their plans to provide some bird boxes , as a much nicer alternative to the cigarette box outside the Social Club entrance which a mother bird amazingly chose last year. So, a date for your diary for this year’s Tasburgh Community Festival which raises funds for RFA : Saturday 23rd June 2012 We hope to continue to go from strength to strength with the festival which is a great day out for family and friends as well as our key fundraiser. This year will have an Olympic theme and we’ve already got some great entertainment lined up. Many hands make light(er) work so if you can help with anything on the day we’d love to hear from you. If you have any raffle prizes or would be interested in a table top stall please contact Mel Goodall on 01508 470195 Angela Schug Chair, RFA Tasburgh 01508 470788 /


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(serves 4) 500g 300ml 1 2 175g 175g 20g 20g 250g 30g

Cod fillet milk bay leaf leeks, trimmed and sliced broccoli cut into florets cooked peeled prawns butter plain flour good quality ready made short crust pastry, chilled Gruyere cheese, grated salt and black pepper

Place the cod in a large saucepan with the milk and bay leaf, bring slowly to the boil, turn down the heat and poach gently for about 10 minutes until the flesh flakes easily. The cooking time will vary according to the thickness of the fillets. Blanch the leeks and broccoli for about 3 minutes in a saucepan of boiling salted water. Drain. Lift out the fish, remove and discard the skin and any bones. Strain and reserve the milk. Place the leeks and broccoli in a serving dish and add the flaked cod and prawns.. Melt the butter in a small saucepan, add the flour off the heat mixing until smooth. Return to the heat and cook for a minute. Cool slightly before adding the strained milk. Bring to the boil stirring continuously until thickened. Simmer for 2-3 minutes, season then pour over the pie filling. Coarsely grate the chilled pastry onto a plate then sprinkle over the sauce, finish with the grated Gruyere. Bake in a preheated oven at 200c gas mark 6 for 25-30 minutes until the top is crisp. Serve immediately. 32

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Tasburgh Memories Investing in property is nothing new. In 1779 there was a house in Lower Tasburgh with a butchers shop, stable, barn within a garden, and an orchard. All of this surrounded by 10 acres of arable land, 10 acres of meadowland and 10 acres of pasture. The exact location is hard to identify, being described as having Boyes Marsh to the north and the land of Tasburgh Manor to the south. It might have been near the mill on the edge of common land marshes. It was sold by a Kentishman whose mother came from Forncett. The property was bought by Edmund Marton, a surgeon who sold it to John Browne, as Tasburgh farmer / butcher. In 1780 he let it for a year to John Nickless, a flour merchant of Tasburgh Mill. Between 1780 and 1786 the property came into the Nickless family. Owned by Thomas Nickless, a hairdresser in the City of London, he sold it in 1786 to Joseph Muskett for ÂŁ530. It was tenanted to Richard Reynolds. Mrs Addington has indicated that the original conveyance document is still in existance. If anyone has any stories that I can write up as a historical article related to Tasburgh, please contact me. Dave Moore


Tasburgh Quarterly and Church News - Spring 2012

Tasburgh Sports and Social Club Chairman's Blog May I start by thanking our members who attended an SGM at the beginning of January to discuss evolving the club into a community interest company (CIC). The relevant documents have now been forwarded for registration, and we hope to be accepted by the beginning of our next financial year. The new status would allow the club to further help the Village Hall and community groups. Looking ahead to June we have teamed up with and will be providing a bar for Tasburgh Players to support their summer production, and also Recreation For All who are once again holding a community festival at the end of the month. The committee is run by a team of 11 volunteers, not everyone's expertise, however, lies behind the bar and with a season of bookings, club nights and functions behind us and another in front we are always grateful for further help with bar duties. To that end my I thank Karen Hazell for giving up her free time to come along and work behind the bar at two private functions held recently, with a quick crash course in real ale and how to reach the optics, Karen soon became part of the team. If you feel that you would like to help out like Karen and be a bigger part of the club, please drop in on one of our club nights or contact us at the address below. During the coming months the Club will be holding Saturday Night Live events with local groups, don't miss Throb! on the 3rd March, followed by DYFA and Firewire in April and May. If you can play an instrument or fancy singing with accompaniment, come along and try our bi-monthly Open Mic Session on a Sunday afternoon, the next date is 11th March, 2pm - 5pm. And of course there is our monthly Sunday Quiz, held every 3rd Sunday of the month, Q1 is at 7.30 sharp so get a team together and come along to this well attended night. Please note that these events are open to all, you don't need to be a member to attend. As I've said before; there's always a smile and a welcome for you at the club. Don Proudfoot, Chairman.

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Tasburgh Players On the 13th February we had a presentation evening at the village hall, run by producer Paul Blake, to see if we can cover a show he is planning for the 6th to the 9th June. Hopefully we will have enough players to make this possible in which case we will be back at the hall most Mondays and Wednesdays until the production week with rehearsals. We are working in partnership with the social club who will provide the liquid entertainment and help us with publicity etc. If all goes well we will celebrate the Queen’s jubilee in a lively way that week.

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Front Cover Photo Competition Once again, Oliver Proudfoot has kindly produced the front cover for the magazine. Also, thank you to Sue Hines for supplying the beautiful photo - it truly makes us feel that spring is on the way. It is the intention to use a different, seasonal photo for each edition. If like Sue you have a photo that captures a seasonal feeling, please send it in and the best will be chosen for the front of the magazine. It doesn’t matter which season it is for - we will keep them for future issues! Please submit your copyright-free photo by e-mail to the Parish Clerk, We will of course credit the source!

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Tasburgh Quarterly Spring 2012