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Tasburgh Quarterly and Church News - Summer 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 Julia Orpin Mrs Julia Orpin Deborah Sacks Mrs Sheila Plunkett Mrs Melanie Goodall

01508 470768 01508 498317 01508 470983 01508 470983 01508 471002 01508 470485 01508 470195 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 The Allotments project moved closer to completion when the Parish Council agreed on rental charges to the Allotment Society and also agreed on funding arrangements in order to purchase the land. For those that haven’t been following events, the allotments will be sited on a strip of land to the rear of the Village Hall (behind the row of trees) and an Allotment Society has been formed who will manage the site and issue pitches. It is thought that there will be some land given over to community projects for use by the Playgroup and others. The farmer whose land is adjacent to the site and who the Council are in negotiations with, has already fenced the outer perimeter of the land and it is hoped that by the autumn the Council will be able to hand over the management of the land to the Allotment Society. The Parish Council have also been busy working towards renewal of the “Quality Status” standard. This is an accreditation scheme which sets minimum standards by which the Council works to. The aim is to ensure Councils are working to a high standard and achieve certain goals in order to gain the status. There are several benefits that come with Quality Status; Greater civic pride, more accountable, better able to articulate the needs and wishes of the community, able to work with local community groups, greater credibility and a well trained clerk through a nationally recognised professional qualification - the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA). More can be found at the following web site: In May the Council held the Annual Meeting of the Parish where there was a healthy attendance from villagers and community group leaders. The Parish Council presented its Annual Report which highlighted achievements during the last year and also updates on current projects. The meeting also heard from several local groups, who all gave a synopsis of their work during the last 12 months. 5

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Tasburgh Parish Council

It has been brought to the attention of the Parish Council that dog fouling has become an increased problem in Tasburgh, particularly in public open spaces such as pavements and verges, Burrfeld Park and the Heritage Site. Dog fouling is illegal and anti-social and can lead to a disease called ‘toxocariasis’, which in extreme cases can cause blindness. The whole of South Norfolk is covered by the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996, which makes it an offence not to clear up after your dog on any area of land that is open to the public, with a few exceptions. Offenders can be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £80 (reducing to £60 if paid within 10 days) or if taken to court the fine is up to £1,000. To say you were unaware that your dog had fouled is not a reasonable excuse, meaning that dogs should be exercised under direct supervision at all times. The Parish Council provides dog bins around the village and would be happy to provide details of locations to any dog owner. If any resident has concerns regarding dog fouling, please report these to either the dog warden at South Norfolk Council on 01508 533633 or to the Parish Clerk. The Parish Council has also heard a number of concerns regarding a loose dog in Burrfeld Park. The dog warden has been informed of this problem and has informed the owner of the dog of their legal obligations, therefore it is hoped that this issue is now resolved.


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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 Festival 2012 Following on from the success of the previous two Festivals, this year’s annual Tasburgh Community Festival takes on a distinct Olympic theme. With the promise of their own Olympic Torch Parade through the village, some torch juggling courtesy of Dr Ken, a bird of prey display and a team of very agile dogs, there something for the whole family. If you missed out on a ticket to this years Olympics, you can at least cheer on someone, or something, at Tasburgh instead! This years Festival takes place on Saturday 23rd June and is once again held in the grounds of Tasburgh Village Hall. Money raised from previous events has already been put to good use – you’ll be able to see them at the Festival site. Recreation for All – the organisers and beneficiaries of the event – still have a long way to go to completely redesign and re equip the play equipment, but as they saying goes “every little helps.” “The Festival is our principal fund raiser,” explains RfA Chair, Angela Schug, “without it we wouldn’t be able to continue with our work. Our plans are going well to complete the outside play equipment and this year we hope to have the toddlers equipment in place.” World of Wings, who are based at Leeds Castle, are making the trip to Norfolk with a host of birds that most of us don’t usually get the chance to see close up, let alone soaring above our heads. They will be the main arena event this year and are closely followed by some four legged friends from the Lowestoft Dog Agility Team. 8

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Tasburgh Festival 2012 If you have trouble training your pooch, you’ll appreciate the hard work and dedication the team have training their own mix of highly skilled dogs as they attempt some amazing feats in the Tasburgh arena. And if the kids fancy taking part in some games, Uncle Dougie will be running some “Olympic” games of his own – just for the younger ones! Regular Tasburgh Festival goers will know that the event is famed for its music. In previous years it’s been a headache trying to accommodate the number of bands who are clambering to appear!! So, this year alongside the main stage, there will also be an acoustic stage featuring soloists and stage three will be in the Village Hall. “That way, ” says organiser Tony Lacey, “we can squeeze in even more music and principally feature some of the great talent we have in the village.” Bands such as the Frozen Raspberries, Worlds Apart, The Aftertones and new bands, Underscore and Rampant Horse (featuring Tasburgh’s Matthew Harlow - pictured) will appear on the Main Stage, whilst Long Stratton singer Craig Catchpole will star with others on Stage Two. Add in the usual mix of attractions, stands, a wealth of food and the Social Club Beer Festival with some choice real ales and it all adds up to a great day out for the whole family! 9

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Tasburgh Festival 2012 If you want to join in the torch parade, which will be lead by Josh Worley (who will be one of the Olympic Torch bearers for the “real� torch relay!) then the parade starts at 11am from the Village Sign on Church Road. Meanwhile, music on the main stage starts at 10.45am until 8pm. More information at or follow us on Facebook and on Twitter (@tasfestival) (pictures: Sian Lacey/Tony Lacey)

TASBURGH FESTIVAL 2012 SEEKING VOLUNTEERS Would you like to help out at the Tasburgh Festival? We need volunteers on the day for a variety of tasks from helping to serve teas / coffees to supporting car park arrangements. If you would like to help please phone Gerald or Angela on 01508 470788 10

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Tasburgh Village Hall

News and future activities It’s been a busy start to the year and we’ve been pleased to see that we’re getting lots of bookings for the hall and facilities – from our regular users, the welcome return of some familiar faces plus some new hires (including Zumba, and hosting our first ‘Corporate’ event). If you’re thinking of arranging an event, please do check out our facilities and hire rates – either by checking our page on the website: or by phoning Sheila 01508 470485 or Mel 01508 470195, who will be happy to discuss your requirements. Work has continued with a spruce up of the main kitchen area and completion of the refurbishment of the toilets in the changing room area. At the time of this update we will have hosted the first of several fund raisers to kick start our funds towards sorting out the surface in the car park. We’ve had some innovative suggestions for further ways to raise funds for this necessary cause so please watch out for further details. We have our Annual General Meeting coming up on 26 June 2012 so if you’d like to know more about our activities and plans, what better way than to come along and maybe you’d even like to volunteer to join our committee? CALLING ALL WEEKEND BOWLERS Saxon Bowls Club is running a series of friendly Saturday afternoon bowls sessions. There will be practice games, coaching and internal competitions. Bowlers of all standards including absolute beginners are welcome; just bring a pair of flat soled shoes. Sessions start at 1.30pm. Please contact Chris Lacey on 499700 or Les Forder 470527. 11

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Mobile Library Timetable Dates of visits to Tasburgh

7th June 21st June 5th July 19th July 2nd August 16th August 30th August 13th September Stop Arrival Time Harvey Close 14.15 Valley Road Opposite No. 2 14.55 Valley Road Near No. 27 15.10 Lammas Rd / Henry Preston Rd 15.25 Lammas Rd Near Prior Close 15.55 Orchard Way 16.15 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.


Departure Time 14.50 15.05 15.20 15.50 16.10 16.30

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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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Long Stratton Safer Neighbourhood Team

PC Jim Squires writes: I would like to take this opportunity to introduce the new policing team stationed at Long Stratton. Sergeant Chris Claydon has overall responsibility for the area, and oversees what his officers are engaged in. As the Beat Manager I will work with PCSO Jason Dack and PCSO Liz ELY (who will be joining us shortly) to deal with local priority setting issues and problem solving within our area.

Tasburgh Players Thank you for the Music is our next production which will run from the Wednesday June 6th to Saturday June 9th at the village hall. Tickets are available now priced £8.50 from the box office at Courthouse Occasions in Long Stratton, or if you speak to one of the players an order could be made. Equally, tickets can be ordered via the social club, which is working with us for this show providing the liquid refreshments. Tasburgh Players was set up to celebrate the Queen’s first jubilee in 1977, and it is our tribute to the Queen that we are able to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee and our 35th anniversary during the Jubilee week. Rehearsals are going well, and mostly according to plan, although I suspect things will get progressively tenser as the opening night approaches. The show has songs through the last 35 years with some new pieces added to ones we have performed previously over this time. It is a show not to be missed. 15

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

Pr e- S ch oo l &

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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 made bread and butterfly buns, grown cress and planted peas and beans, some of which we will hopefully plant in our garden along with courgettes and pumpkins. Later this term we will be following themes of ‘The Jubilee’ and ‘The Olympics’, culminating in our own mini Olympic sports day. 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 in the village are very welcome to attend. We have close links with Henry Preston and Hapton Primary Schools and during the forthcoming Summer Term will run some sessions at the schools to help the children make a smooth transition.


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Tas Valley Pre-School and Playgroup Please note that our AGM this year will be held on the last day of term, 22 July, before we say a tearful goodbye to all our leavers. 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.

Playgroup Paper Skip The paper skip is now parked at the rear of the Village Hall car park. A big thank you to all of you who continue to bring your paper and card down to us – this remains a very valuable fundraiser for us. The next dates will be: Saturday 14 July 2012 Saturday 8 September 2012 Saturday 10 November 2012 The skip is manned between 8.30 and 11.30. 17

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Preston Primary School

Welcome to the Spring Term! Summer Term is now in full swing with many activities during and after school. After half term holiday in February there was an additional after school ‘ Martial Arts’ club which ran for six weeks, and weekly Tennis coaching by ‘East Anglian team‘. Film Club after school on Tuesdays has been well attended. The ‘Watercolour Art Club’ on Wednesday afternoons is proving very popular. There have been some beautiful pictures from the children attending these sessions. We have some very promising young artists. Swimming classes for years 3 & 4 from 20th February until 23rd April and from 30th April to 9th July for Years 5 & 6. On 13th March years 5 & 6 welcomed the ‘Community Education Group’ from the Ipswich Road Day Centre . They listened to a talk and have since corresponded with the centre and received some artwork from them in return, which are on display in the school. A ‘Heartstart’ evening with CPR training for anyone over 16 was held on 14th March run by the ‘East Anglian Paramedics‘. On 23rd March an exited Yr.1 and Yr R travelled to Strangers Hall where they enjoyed many activities.


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Preston Primary School The Easter Service at the Church was held on 30th March and a banner made by the children in an earlier workshop with an Easter message made out of footprints, was placed on the front of the altar. Many of the children took part in the service. An Easter egg hunt was held at school later that day. From 26th to 28th March years 5 and 6 were accompanied by members of staff on a residential trip to Patteson Lodge. They had a fantastic time competing in team challenges, finding their way using maps and compasses through woods and went on a boat trip to Blakeney Point where they saw the seals and waded through the mud. The wonderful weather - sunshine every day just added to the enjoyable experience. The school closed for the Easter Holiday from 2nd to 13th April. The after school ‘Garden Gang’ restarted on 1st May. On 8th May work began on the new covered hard-surfaced play area adjacent to the reception classroom. The contractors have fenced off the area so that the playground area is safe for the children. However they have been critically observed by the children at break and lunch time especially when the digger is in action. On 13th and 14th May Years 3 and 4 will be venturing on a Residential trip to Eaton Vale we are hoping for good weather. More about this in the next bulletin. Janet Roberts, who has been our much loved school cook for the last 32 years, is retiring on 20th July 2012. Janet has been an integral part of our school, and has very fond memories of all the children she has cooked for over the years.


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Preston Primary School She will be greatly missed by all of us when she retires, but is intending to have a fabulous and exciting retirement. We are making plans to have a celebration for her, and would like to offer anyone with happy memories of Janet and her cooking (especially toffee cream tart!), the opportunity to contribute to her leaving collection. We would like to send her off on her new adventures with gusto! If you would like to contribute to the school collection, please could you either bring your donation to the school office during school hours, or send to: F.A.O Mrs E Royse School Secretary Preston Primary School Henry Preston Road Tasburgh NR15 1NU The final date for the collection will be 6th July 2012.

Dates for Your Diary 4th June

Diamond Jubilee Bar-B-Q, from 12noon plus Live Concert Broadcast, 7.30pm, Social Club

6th - 9th June

Thank You For The Music, Village Hall

23rd June

Tasburgh Festival, 11am, Village Hall

14th July

Playgroup Paper Skip, 8.30am, Village Hall

If you would like your event listed on this page just let us know. 20

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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) 21

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Tasburgh Scout Group The colony has grown this Term and we now have 24 children at our meetings. This Term we have tasted food from around the world and have celebrated St. Georges Day by making swords and shields and trying to hit the ‘dragon’ with crossbows. At the end of May the colony will be taking part in a sponsored jubilympics where every child taking part will receive a special badge to commemorate the Queen’s Jubilee. Beavers are the youngest members of the Scout movement. They are girls and boys aged between 6 and 8 years old. If you would like your child to join our waiting list please contact Kirsteen on 01508 471739. So far the Cubs have had a busy and exciting summer term. We began with the cubs making up their own rules that they all have to stick to in our sessions. We went to the annual South Norfolk District St George’s Day Parade which was held at Fressingfield this year. Afterwards we were treated to a BBQ and entertained with live music from the band called ‘Walkway’. Many thanks to the cubs that did support Tasburgh in the parade, and it would be great if more Cubs attend next year’s parade as St George is the patron saint of Scouting. A big event for us over the May Day bank holiday weekend was County Cub Camp at the Norfolk Showground. This event, held every 4 years, sees cubs coming together from all around the county to camp together for 2 nights. The cubs had a fantastic time camping as well as enjoying activities such as air rifle shooting, archery, rock climbing, making friendship bracelets, sand pictures, dragonflies and a tournament of ‘It’s A Knockout’ against many other cubs. There is still an exciting programme ahead of us for the rest of this term. We are working towards our cyclist badge with a cycle ride around the local area; Jubilee Olympics which is a sponsored obstacle 22

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Tasburgh Scout Group course to raise money for our group and a charity; an activity at the Eaton Vale Centre and orienteering. Unfortunately we are unable to do our annual water fight at the end of the summer term due to the hosepipe ban. Instead we are doing fun and games without water for a change! Tasburgh Cub section has a large number of cubs split into 2 packs. If any children are interested in joining us we can put their names on a waiting list. Please contact Sammy Harlow our Neptune Cub Pack Leader ( or Trudy Musgrove our Poseidon Cub Pack Leader ( Our Spring term started with the traditional trip to the Theatre Royal to see the pantomime, which all enjoyed. On the first proper week back we split the existing Scout Troop into 2 new Troops, each with its own set of Leaders. Now that we are operating as 2 separate sections we do need additional leaders, especially as one has recently left and another will be leaving at the end of the summer term. If you think you'd be interested, please do get in touch. It doesn't have to be every week, we are happy to arrange a job share where it would only be every 3 or 4 weeks. Thanks to a visit from Dr Ken, the Scouts have tried their hand at juggling, tightrope walking, plate spinning and other circus skills. They also spent an evening learning sign language, and had a night out in the snow practising semaphore and morse code (between throwing snowballs). We've kept the Scouts active this term with trampolining, judo and a night hike plus demonstrating their knot tying skills to create a sedan chair for racing in the Village Hall. Our Senior Patrol Leaders have organised games out in the woods. A health night taught the Scouts how to calculate their body mass index and demonstrated the 23

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Tasburgh Scout Group advantages of all this exercise. The final event of the Spring term was our Challenge night. The Scouts were split into their Patrols and had to complete a series of tasks that tested their ingenuity, planning and teamwork; building the tallest possible tower to support an orange using only dry spaghetti and marshmallows, a racing game on the Wii, constructing a paper plane to fly the longest possible distance, traversing the main hall without touching the floor and moving tennis balls from one bucket to another using only wooden poles and cardboard tubes. Congratulations to our winning team, the Tiger Patrol. Watch out for members of the Scout Group on Sunday 20th May when we'll be litter picking throughout the village and giving the street signs a wash & polish for Scout Community Week! When you enter competition to win amazing prizes, do you think you’re going to win? I bet your answer is no. When Assistant Explorer Leader Roger Knight entered 1st Tasburgh Explorers into a competition to win 7 tickets to the Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace on 4th June, he wasn’t expecting to hear anything of it. He soon received an e-mail confirming that 1st Tasburgh had in fact won tickets! The BBC have teamed with Gary Barlow to get legendary artists such as Sir Tom Jones, Sir Elton John and Stevie Wonder performing along with up to date artists Jessie J, JLS and Ed Sheeran among others to celebrate our Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. It is set to be a big event with an amazing atmosphere. Within the county there are 60 Explorer Units. 1st Tasburgh were one of 4 units selected to attend this experience. The selected Explorer members are Young Leaders that help out within Beavers, Cubs and Scouts at Tasburgh. They include Courtney Young, Daniel Pates, Grace 24

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Tasburgh Scout Group Downer, Matthew Harlow, Rebecca Casson and Luke Mills. They will be accompanied by Diane Bruton. Group Scout Leader Graham Pates said: ‘Well done to Roger and Diane (Explorer Leader) for getting this great opportunity for our Young Leaders. Let’s hope we spot the Tasburgh contingent on the television!’ Keep an eye out for the next Quarterly where we will read about the young member’s experiences! This term, we said goodbye to one of our longest serving Explorers, Emily Poyser. She has been with the unit since it first began nearly 5 years ago. The unit put on games and had a little leaving party for Emily. We hope to see you back soon! Explorers is a great way to meet new friends and gain new experiences. If you're interested or have any questions, please don't be hesitant. Call either Diane (07969 939706) or Roger (01508 470991). Message from the Group Scout Leader 1st Tasburgh Sea Scouts will be busy as we lead up to the summer break. Another event planned over the next term is a Jubilee Olympics on 31st May where the young people will be participating in activities to earn their Diamond Jubilee Badge. We also have our Annual General meeting starting at 6.30pm on 19th July, where as well as the formal election of committee and agreeing of accounts we will be celebrating the end of the scouting year with some awards, a BBQ and some refreshment from the social club bar. As those of you who attended the Annual Parish Meeting will know, we have lost one of our scout leaders recently. Chris Ball has decided to resign after many years of great leadership within the group. This means a real shortage of adults for the age group 10 1/2 to 14. Please contact myself or Paul Williams if you feel you might be able to help us in anyway. 25

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Country Notes, by Heidi-Jo Swain Many residents of Tasburgh are kind enough to tell me how much they enjoy reading this article and I am always flattered, however, today I find myself rather hoping that you all have short memories because if you don’t you are no doubt pining for the Spring we enjoyed last year! Here is a little sample of my opening paragraph: ‘Dusting down the Bar-B-Q in April... picking salad and radishes from the garden at the beginning of May... who would have believed when the Equinox arrived that we were ever going to see the sun again? Being a typical farmer's daughter I could, at this point, make a plea for rain but I will refrain and move on...’ As I sit at the kitchen table typing away with the increasing threat of ominous grey clouds looming on the horizon I find those lines almost laughable. This year my salad and radishes are barely an inch high and as for dusting down the Bar-B-Q… well, you get the idea! This arrival of such relentless rain also seems to be playing havoc with our feathered friends. On the 7th of April I spotted my first house martin but alas none since and the frantic nest building by a solitary robin in the honeysuckle a few weeks ago has been sadly abandoned. I only hope that by the time you read this the worst will have passed and we will be bathed in sunshine. If it is any consolation I have noticed the beautiful cowslips that have colonized great swathes of the A47 and beyond which are out in fine fettle as well as the plentiful bluebells which are breaking through the lush green growth that this abundance of rain has encouraged. When the Quarterly lands on your doormat I sincerely hope the sun has put in an appearance and with this in mind I have chosen to make 26

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Country Notes, by Heidi-Jo Swain a couple of suggestions on how to enjoy our countryside a little differently this summer. One particular event I have spotted is being held at Sheringham Park on the 14th June. It is enticingly billed as ‘Creatures of the night’ and lists such delights as owls, nightjars and the fluorescent light of the glow worm as reasons for putting down that book and getting off the sofa! Tickets are £5.75 and booking is essential. It sounds intriguing but if you can’t get there you can still enjoy a similar experience at home by simply opening the back door and venturing out or perhaps opening a window if it is still raining! If you are patient you may well hear an owl that is close by or the snuffling of a hedgehog searching for his dinner. There may even be the thrill of spotting a swooping bat or two. I am always amazed by their ability to fly so close to the house (and us) without disaster and I know I have ducked on more than one occasion…just to be on the safe side! If it is a warm dry night you could also try making a ‘sugar trap’ for moths. According to the great Bill Oddie, 450g of black treacle, 1kg of brown sugar and 500ml of brown ale mixed up and painted on tree trunks and fences in vertical lines is irresistible! Leave it for a couple of hours and then creep back out to see who’s turned up. He recommends approaching with a torch that is not too bright so you won’t frighten them away and then simply enjoy them in all their splendor! I think I might try that one myself. Let me know how you get on if you do won’t you?


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Country Notes, by Heidi-Jo Swain Should the weather continue to disappoint I would recommend a trip to the Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth. It is a wonderful local museum which chronicles Norfolk’s connection to the coast and fishing industry beautifully and much of it is under cover! Quite often I think it is all too easy to overlook the importance the sea has had on shaping our county and I know I have learnt a lot about ‘our silver darlings’ from the Time and Tide! Their current exhibition which runs until November is called You are Here, The World in Great Yarmouth. It traces the town’s global connections through the travels of sailors and explorers and offers a different insight into the area we live in. For further details check the council tourism website. Whatever the weather this summer I sincerely hope you are all able to get out and enjoy our beautiful countryside.

Tasburgh Village Hall – 300 Club: March


1st £30

Mrs E Knight

Mrs J Davis

2nd £20

Mrs P Moore

Mr J Harwood

3rd £10

Mrs D Jocelyn

C Sher

4th £10

N Pearce

Mr D Bradbury

5th £5

R Watson

Mr L Thompson

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. 28

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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.

Tasburgh Eurolink By the time this newsletter reaches you we will have met, fed and said goodbye to our Belgian visitors for this year. They are due to arrive on the 18th May where the social club has kindly offered to be host at the village hall from about 6.30 pm onwards depending on traffic. We plan to take them to Bressingham on the Saturday and an evening at the Hardwick/Topcroft airfield for a fish and chip supper and a one off show by a few coerced Eurolinkers. We hope the weather is a bit better than of late, but no doubt we will enjoy the weekend no matter what. 29

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Recipe of the Season

Creamy Chicken, Bacon and Corn Chowder Serves 4 to 6 depending on the size of appetites!

45g 4 1 2 1 35g 500ml 125ml 2 2 310g 2 tbs 200g 1

butter or 45ml of oil rashers of streaky bacon medium leek (350g) celery stalks (300g medium carrot plain flour milk single cream medium potatoes chicken breast fillets (400g) can sweet corn chopped chives crusty bread bay leaf seasoning

Cut the bacon into thin strips. Slice and wash the leek, trim the celery and chop finely. Peel and dice the carrot. Melt the butter or oil in a large saucepan, add the prepared vegetables and the bacon. Cook gently until the vegetables have softened. Add the flour, mix well and cook for about one minute.


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Recipe of the Season Allow to cool slightly, then stir in the milk and cream. Bring to the boil and simmer until the mixture thickens. Peel the potatoes and cut into small dice, add to the sauce with the bay leaf. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes or until the potato has softened. Remove the skin from the chicken breasts. Cut the meat into medium chunks, add to the sauce with the drained sweetcorn and chives. Stir well. Pre heat the oven to 180oc, gas mark 4. Spoon the mixture into a 2 litre ovenproof dish, removing the bay leaf. Cut the bread into small cubes and place evenly over the surface of the dish. Bake uncovered on the middle shelf of the oven for about 30 minutes until the top is lightly browned. This dish can be made in advance of cooking but allow a little longer when heating through and browning. It can be frozen after assembling but before the final cooking. Defrost overnight in the fridge. With thanks to Joanna Merrills 31

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Tasburgh Memories This is the 1st part of 2 articles relating to Tasburgh United Charities. My thanks to Ben Goodfellow for the information. Tasburgh United Charities was established in 1928 drawing together the administration of a number of separate funds which had been set up over the years to help local residents in financial need. The origin of some of those funds are closely linked with English social history stretching back many centuries. In the Middle Ages when the founding and funding of religious institutions was thought by the rich and powerful to be a way to gain access to heaven, the Church and the monasteries had become very wealthy and some of that wealth trickled down either directly in the provision of food and shelter for the poor and the sick or indirectly through the provision of employment. The dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII not only enriched the King and his cronies but also removed that support for the local communities they served leading to much hardship and fear of "sturdy beggars". This is probably the origin of the old nursery rhyme which begins "Hark hark, the dogs do bark, the beggars are coming to town...". The growing concern about social unrest led to the establishment of the early Poor Laws in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Local communities had always “looked after their own” but now all parishes were compelled by legalisation to provide work for the able and relief for the disabled and sick by means of a Poor Rate levied on the landowners of the parish. At the same time the charitable status of funds for the relief of “aged, impotent and poor people” was formally recognised and it is from this period that we find the first reference to a charity in Tasburgh. The Meek Charity By his Will dated 17th February 1598 Robert Meek gave to his son 32

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Tasburgh Memories Thomas all his lands in Tasburgh, Stratton and Tharston, subject to an obligation on him and subsequent owners in perpetuity to pay 40 shillings a year (£2) to the churchwardens of Tasburgh for the use of the poor. £2 in those days was a sizeable sum but with no provision for inflation its value declined over the years. As it was not incorporated as part of the Tasburgh United Charities it has to be assumed that by 1928 the collection of that sum had fallen away and no records remain to identify which pieces of land were affected by the charge and who now owns them. The Poor’s Lands Charity This is the first charity mentioned in the constitution of the Tasburgh United Charities and was also known as the Feoffment Charity. It was established on the 25th April 1778 and some of the original documentation from that time still survives. Records refer to three pieces of land in Tasburgh containing 3 ½ acres, a further 9 pieces of land in Flordon comprising 9 ½ acres and a piece of land in Stratton St Michael as being held in trust to apply the rents “to and amongst such poor inhabitants of the parish of Tasburgh as the trustees should consider proper and deserving recipients”. The trustees still have a list of the 32 residents who received payments in 1836, but for the most part records only go back to 1928. By then the land in Stratton St Michael had been exchanged and the land owned in Flordon had been reduced to 7 acres after some of the original land was taken for the building of the railway but a further 1 ½ acres had been acquired in Tasburgh including a building used as a coal shed from which distributions of coal were made to the poor of the parish. This stood on Grove Lane at the bottom corner of the playing field and parts of its foundations can still be seen in the hedge by the entrance rails. 33

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Tasburgh Memories The main block of Poors Land in Tasburgh was in Low Road being part of the field adjoining Hill Crest. In 1928 over two thirds of the field was being used as allotments with the remainder let to Mr Berney-Ficklin of Tasburgh Hall but the allotments fell into disuse and in due course the whole field was let to David Addington of Church Farm. In 1972 the field was purchased by the Depwade Rural District Council who had plans to build more council houses in the village but with the reorganisation of local government in 1974 those plans were dropped. By 1979 the Poor’s Land in Flordon had also all been sold and some of it is now part of the Tas Valley Cricket Ground. The invested proceeds from those sales now provide the bulk of the income distributed annually by Tasburgh United Charities.

Dave Moore Tharston & District WI The social side of our WI is packed with activities this year; so far we have enjoyed a demonstration by Pampered Chef, a visit on a glorious spring-like day in February, to Wattisfield Pottery and on Shrove Tuesday a pancake lunch at the home of our president. 34 members and guests from 6 WIs attended. An incredible 72 pancakes were cooked and some even successfully tossed. They tasted wonderful; they disappeared quickly; not so the washing up! The final verdict? A great success. Our March monthly meeting continued this foody theme with an Indian cookery demonstration by Julie Philpot which filled the hall with a rich aroma of pungent spices and an air of anticipation as we waited for the tasters. We weren’t disappointed. On average 30 members attend our meetings so if you are interested please come and join us at Forncett Village Hall on the second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm For more details contact Jean on 01508 530289 34

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Tasburgh Sports and Social Club Chairman’s Blog Summer is on it’s way, so I am told, lets hope so because there are a few events coming up that the club will be involved with which will involve you as well. If you read our ads in the village notice board and on our sign on the green you will see we still have the monthly Sunday Quiz and the various bands playing at the Saturday Night Live events, as well as the bi-monthly Open Mic and our normal Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday club nights. Many thanks to the members and guests who continue to support all these events. There are many events coming up so put these dates in your diary: On the 4th June, to mark the Queens Diamond Jubilee, the club will be open from 12 noon for a relaxed afternoon, there will be a Bar-B-Q, and a bouncy castle for the children, followed in the evening by the Diamond Jubilee Concert broadcast live from 7.30pm on our big screen. This is a free event and everyone is welcome. On the evening of the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th June, the club will be supplying liquid refreshment’s at Tasburgh Players production, Thank You For The Music. Tickets are £8.50 available from Courthouse Occasions, Long Stratton 01508 530488. We wish them every success and hope this collaboration will continue with their future productions. On to the Tasburgh Festival 2012 on Saturday 23rd June the club bar will be open from 11.00am with a mini-beer festival offering a range of local real ales, continental beers and lagers. Rolling forward again to July, the club will be hosting the annual Village Cricket match, so come and support your team. Looking further ahead we will be showing the Olympic and Paralympic games on the big screen as and when we are open. Then with our commitment to supporting the Village Hall we will be open for The Village Fete Day on Saturday 15th September and the Art Festival on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November. 35

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Tasburgh Sports and Social Club Some other news for you, the club is now a CIC [Community Interest Company] which means we will be able to pass on more of our profit to the the Village Hall, so the more you support the club the more you help the Village Hall and the community of Tasburgh. The directors hope to see you soon, and if you think you can help the club with some unpaid bar work, or in any other way, come and have a chat with us during open hours. Cheers for now Don OPENING TIMES Tuesdays 7:00pm. - 11:00 p.m. Wednesdays 7:00pm. - 11:00 p.m. Fridays 6:00pm. - 11:00 p.m. 3rd Sundays 7:00pm. - 10:30 p.m. STOP PRESS……….Our Pool team have just won The Tunmore South Norfolk Invitation Cup, congratulations to Alan Quinton, Ben Martell, Chris Thirkettle, Dave Casson, Dave Dickerson, Gerald Schug, Gren Dixon, Ian Smith, James Hanton, Peter Key and Ray Dear. Ian Smith was also top scorer in the Tunmore South Norfolk league and won the John Henry Sanderson Memorial Cup in The South Norfolk Friendly league, congratulations to him.

Tasburgh Allotment Society Tasburgh Allotment Society (TAS) are looking forward to the emergence of 18 months of planning, as the proposed site at the bottom end of the Playing field soon becomes the Village Allotment site. The group got together back in December 2010 for the first time, thanks to a call from the Parish Council for green fingered villagers. A working committee was formed by spring 2011 and the group have met every month since to follow the Parish Council’s endeavours to find them a site and to get organised. TAS would like to thank the Parish Council for all their hard work with this and the Village Hall Committee for welcoming us as new neighbours. If you feel you may be interested in TAS please contact the their Secretary Simon Orford on 01508 471539. 36

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Quarterly Summer 2012  

Tasburgh Quarterly Summer 2012

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Tasburgh Quarterly Summer 2012