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Useful Contacts Parish Council Chairman Parish Council Clerk District Councillor County Councillor Norfolk Police Safer Neighbourhood Team Church Reverend Adrian Miller Parochial Church Council Yellow Pages Village Hall Chair Bookings

Mr Dave Moore 01508 471041 Mrs Catherine Moore 01493 749918 Florence Ellis 01379 650032 Alison Thomas 01508 530652 Emergency 999 Non-emergency 101 sntlongstratton@norfolk.pnn.police.uk Inc Church News Mrs Julia Orpin Mrs Julia Orpin

01508 498317 01508 470983 01508 470983

Tony Lacey Mrs Sheila Plunkett Mrs Melanie Goodall

01508 470870 01508 470485 01508 470195 01508 471189 01508 470454

Village Hall Preston Primary School Village Groups Playschool Amanda Ellis 01508 470795 Scout Group Mr Graham Pates 01508 471518 Social Club Mr Don Proudfoot 01508 471408 Netball Club Mrs Rebecca Heaser 01603 812472 Players Mr Chris Austin 01508 471912 Eurolink Mr Steve Beckett 01508 471198 Allotment Society Mr Simon Orford 01508 471359 Coffee Pot and Crafts Mrs Shirley Brooks 01508 470369 St Mary’s Guild Mrs Margaret Madgett 01508 471525 Tasburgh KnitWits Mrs Denise Kitchen 01508 470732 Fitness Club (Over 50's) Mrs Ann Gibbins 01508 470225 Fat Dad’s Football Mr Bill Wheeler 01508 471633 Martial Arts Mr Andrew Gillingwater 07775 890359 Inaccuracies or omissions? Please contact the Parish Clerk tasburghpc@btinternet.com.

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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 Parish Council Report The Parish Council has made some minor changes to its Advisory Committees (AC’s) which meet in between full Council meetings and comprise current Councillors and any invited participants, if it is felt necessary. The aim with the AC’s is that they act as dedicated sub committees which can look at specific schemes remitted to them via the Council in order to free up valuable time at full Council meetings. They then have to report back to the full Council details of their findings together with any recommendations for the Council. These AC’s cover three broad topics – Traffic Solutions, Development and Procedural. Two of these AC’s had met since this report was written and items covered include: Traffic Solutions: The need for cycle paths to Long Stratton and other villages; inconsiderate parking in the village; and speeding. Development: The Local Development Framework and Church Road development with a need to work closely with the developer; affordable housing; the garage on Low Road. Funding for the Vehicle Activated Signs, which will be placed at either end of the Grove Lane bends, has been approved and Norfolk County Council will be undertaking some monitoring of traffic prior to their installation. In that way there should be some statistical data with which to compare the impact the signs will have on traffic. The Council had noticed that the dog bins in the village were not being emptied on a regular basis and reported this to South Norfolk Council. As a result bins are now being emptied, but the Council would like to be informed where this is not the case so it can monitor the situation. 5


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Tasburgh Parish Council The Council gave its support for the introduction of the Post Office facility that was due to open at the Village Hall on Thursday 8th August and that it would be open on two days a week – Tuesday’s and Thursdays as a facility for the village. The Council’s “Emergency Coordinator” Julie Lawrence attended a meeting to outline the registration procedure for villagers wanting to join the scheme to offer services, or equipment in the event of an emergency in the village. The scheme is operated and overseen by South Norfolk Council. Don’t forget that you can read the minutes of all previous Parish Council meetings on our web site at http://tasburghpc.norfolkparishes.gov.uk/agendas-andminutes/minutes-2011/

Inconsiderate Parking in Tasburgh It has been brought to the Council’s attention that there has been a return of the problems caused by people who park their vehicles in an inconsiderate manner. Vehicles have been parked partly, and sometimes fully, on the pavement areas around the village. This limits pedestrian access or forces pedestrians to walk in the road around the vehicles. There have also been occasions where vehicles have been parked across driveways. This exacerbates the problem of the limited space, as residents cannot get vehicles into their driveways and off the road. The Parish Council asks all motorist to be mindful of how and where they park throughout the village.

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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 david.g.moore@homecall.co.uk Vice-Chairman Geoff Merchant 14 Orchard Way 470606 geoffmerchant@btinternet.com Councillors Jill Casson 12 Hastings Close 470334 jillian_casson@btinternet.com Brian Hill 8 Harvey Close 471011 brian.hill2@homecall.co.uk Tony Lacey 1 Grove lane 470870 tony_lacey@btinternet.com Don Proudfoot Aprilia Lodge, Saxlingham Lane 471408 fulmech@macace.net Keith Read Thornly Barn, Saxlingham Lane 470229 k.a.read@btinternet.com Deborah Sacks Glebe Cottage, Low Road 471002 deborah.sacks@btinternet.com Rachel Simmons 2 Prior Close 471197 rachelsimmons1974@yahoo.co.uk Clerk Catherine Moore Jubilee Farm, Fleggburgh Road 01493 Rollesby, Norfolk NR29 5HH 749918 tasburghpc@btinternet.com Website http://tasburghpc.norfolkparishes.gov.uk/ 7


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South Norfolk Council

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Tasburgh Village Hall

Tasburgh Village Hall will celebrate the 60th anniversary of its opening on 8th September. So before I update you on recent developments at the Village Hall I thought I’d give you a very brief history of the hall, taken from “THE HISTORY OF TASBURGH” which was based on the writings of the late Sylvia Addington in the Tasburgh Quarterly of the time, and the Parish Council minutes of the day. “From the wartime salvage fund and from many money raising events including the saving of pennies by the schoolchildren £562 16s 8d had by May 1947 been raised for a village hall. A leading light in the efforts to provide a hall was Mr. K. Riches, chairman of the village hall committee. In 1949 a public meeting was called to discuss proposals for a hall, one being to rent a building. A breakthrough came the next year with the public spirited offer of the gift of two fields covering about four acres by John Everson of Old Hall Farm and his sons Russell and George. Thus the village gained both a playing field and a site for the village hail midway between Upper and Lower Tasburgh. Mrs Rosemary Hastings of Rainthorpe Hall officially opened the hall in September 1953. The original building comprised of a main hall with two small rooms at the rear intended as a kitchen and a committee room.” The hall has changed a lot since then! So to recent developments…. When I wrote in the Spring edition of the Quarterly we had just undertaken a public consultation with regard to options for renewable energy at the hall and were getting some valuable advice from our local energy consultant Jackie Richards (Whole House Energy). However, our plans were to change rapidly following a phone call from South Norfolk Council to our Chair Tony 10


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Tasburgh Village Hall Lacey on the subject of renewable energy. The Council were reviewing a number of projects across Norfolk that might be suitable for a renewable energy fund being administered by Broadland Council. We were extremely fortunate to be chosen as a ‘Showcase’ project for the ‘Green Deal’ fund and were awarded funding to cover all our heating conversion costs. We were also given a very ambitious deadline of only 2-3 weeks for the work to be completed, so things had to move very quickly indeed. Meetings scheduled, plans drawn up, and quotes obtained, the trustees (with advice from Jackie) decided which system best suited our needs. Fortunately the Council went back to DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change) to obtain an extension. It finally came through and potential work was pushed back to a more suitable time for the Hall – the Easter holiday fortnight –with only one wedding slap bang in the middle of it all. But that didn’t seem too much of a problem. Whilst waiting for the Project Manager to draw up a list of works and design the heating system, we were able to complete one of our original aims of improving the heat conservation and aesthetic appearance of the hall by replacing the old metal frame, single pane windows and doors. With the £10,000 grant awarded from the Big Lottery Fund in 2012, a very generous donation of £5,000 from the Tasburgh Sports and Social Club and some of our Development Fund we commissioned Stratton Glass and Windows Ltd to undertake the work. The fantastic final result – we now have a more efficient LPG heating system, improved insulation, energy efficient lighting and some energy conserving PVC-u windows and doors. This arrangement will also allow us to pursue further renewable energy options e.g. Solar PV in the future. Finally to the future…… The first village hall committee in 1953 represented the major organisations in the village at the time: Parish Council, Women’s Institute, Parochial Church Council, Methodist Church, Tasburgh United Football Club and the School Manager. It seems appropriate that in this 60th anniversary year the Tasburgh United Football Club has reformed and returned to be a regular user of the Hall, with children of the village and surrounding area meeting each Saturday for training practice and in the new season competitive games. 11


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Tasburgh Village Hall The Village Hall Trustees are also very pleased to welcome Post Office Ltd who have opened a facility in the main entrance to the hall on Tuesdays at 9:30-12:30 and Thursdays 1:30-4:30, following closure of the main Village Post Office. It took several weeks for work to be undertaken at the hall to provide both a dedicated high speed ISDN line and power for the Post Office equipment, but the facility finally opened on 8th August, being run by the Sub-Postmaster from Mulbarton. A full range of Post Office services will be available so please support and use the facility so that it can continue. Our fundraising efforts are now centred on improving and extending the car park to meet capacity for all the user groups and events at the hall and to provide better disabled access. Our first activity to coincide with the 60th Anniversary weekend will be the Village Hall Fete on Saturday 7th September (12-4pm). It promises to be a fantastic event for all the family and will include all the traditional activities: tombola, raffle, bouncy castle, book and home-produce stalls, wellington-boot throwing competition, football games, teas and cakes, ice-creams, barbecue, and car boot. This year there will also be a children’s fancy dress competition, with two age categories: 6- 10 yrs and 5yrs & under (Judging will be at 3pm). Individual user groups will be raising funds to support their respective causes. If you would like to have a stall, or book a car boot pitch please contact Mel Goodall (01508 470195 or 07969743107). We are keen to support Village Hall user groups and associated societies where possible. In May we held a very successful joint Quiz and Spuds night with the Tasburgh Allotment Society, and our October fundraiser (Saturday 19th) will be a Race Night in conjunction with the Tas Valley Pre-School and Playgroup. This year our Tasburgh Art Exhibition (23rd and 24th November) will also include a children’s art competition. So please look out for posters in the village notice-boards for further details of all these exciting events to come. Rebecca Orford (Village Hall Trustee).

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Recreation for All

At the point of going to print for the summer edition of the Quarterly TasFest (previously The Tasburgh Community Festival) was then about to take place. This year Recreation For All (RFA) decided to raise money not only to develop our community’s recreational facilities but also to support two worthy local charities – The East Anglian Air Ambulance and East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices. TasFest took place on Saturday 8th June from 12 noon until 8pm, and featured six live bands performing on the Main Stage (The Frozen Raspberries, Worlds Apart, Without Motif, Rampant Horse, The Harves and Dark Star) and four bands performing on the indoor stage. The day also featured Tasburgh Sports and Social Club's annual Beer Festival. As always, there was a host of entertainment both in the Main Arena and elsewhere, with everything from Classic Cars, Tank and Military Displays, to Martial Arts Displays. ‘Fun Force’ and Punch and Judy were also on hand to entertain the children. We were also very pleased to have a guest appearance from this year’s Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Stevie Pink. A talented magician from Lowestoft, Stevie has been wowing audiences around the world with his illusions and highly crafted stage shows. Stevie posed for photographs, signed autographs, and was generally very pink!

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Recreation for All

A BIG THANK YOU to all those that attended, the traders, all the bands, our food sellers, the many sponsors and the helpers on the day. Last but not least, a big vote of thanks to the Festival organisers and all from RFA who helped. We were able to raise a fantastic ÂŁ3,750. Following hotly on the heels of Tasfest, RFA held its Annual General Meeting. Many of the existing community group representatives put themselves forward again. We were sad to lose Tony Lacey from the committee, but Tony will still continue to support the organising and running of Tasfest. The date has already been set for 2014, so make a note of June 21st in your diaries. There has been some discussion around the potential for RFA to move more towards a fundraising / advisory organisation, who could be approached for support for ideas from members of the community which meet our constitutional aims around improving recreational facilities within the Village. So canvassing opinion and making decisions on how best to structure RFA going forward will be a key agenda item for the next few committee meetings.

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Mobile Library Timetable Dates of visits to Tasburgh

12th September 26th September 10th October 24th October 7th November 21st November

Stop

Arrival Time 14.15 14.55 15.10 15.25 15.55 16.15

Harvey Close Valley Road Opposite No. 2 Valley Road Near No. 27 Lammas Rd / Henry Preston Rd Lammas Rd Near Prior Close Orchard Way

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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Do you have a 0-5 year old? Are you looking for a fun new group to attend for playtime and friendly chat? Then why not join us!

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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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Tasburgh Eurolink In June, Tasburgh Eurolink held their Annual General Meeting, and the same officers have agreed to continue into our 25th year. We have already agreed a broad programme for next June to celebrate this remarkable achievement. Alan has booked our annual wine tasting for 2014, further details will be given in the next quarterly, but it is always a popular evening. We also plan to have a safari supper next summer.

Dates for Your Diary 7 September 19 October 9 November 23/24 November

Tasburgh Village Fete 12 - 4pm Family Race Night, Village Hall 7pm Craft Fair, Tasburgh Village Hall 10am - 2pm Art Exhibition, Tasburgh Village Hall 10am - 3pm

If you would like your event listed on this page just let us know. tasburghpc@btinternet.com

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Tharston & District WI A rainbow of 100 examples of headwear all made of sinamay, a fabric made from dried banana skins, provided a colourful backdrop as Margaret Simms from “Hats Francise” discussed crins, discs, cocktail hats and just hats at our April meeting. Her message was that there is a hat to suit everyone (and the 32 members and 5 guests all had hats placed on their heads to prove the point!); that a simple black dress and a hat makes a formal outfit; that the same dress worn with different hats and matching pashminas makes different outfits, as people respond to the colour of the accessories not the dress. We were convinced! 34 members turned up for our meeting in June to welcome back Jenny Gibbs, a real life Shirley Valentine and her talk on running a B&B in Turkey. For the benefit of our many new members and those unfortunate enough to miss her first visit two years ago she explained that she was dressed in the traditional costume of her adopted village, that she ended up there having arrived in Turkey with no plans, taken the first bus to anywhere, got off at the terminus, found accommodation, work and a man! Together they had bought an old property and for 6 years had lived in what was a traditional Turkish house while it was being restored. They sold the cotton and olive oil produced on her husband Mustafa’s family’s land. In 2005 following a WI talk the Saturday magazine of the EDP ran an article on her life in which Jenny announced her decision to run a B&B. The telephone rang incessantly. At this point she had no idea of prices, no European toilet or bathroom and no stairs to what would become the guests’ accommodation. But greet the guests Jenny and Mustafa did. All her guests have been to one of her talks and most of them are WI members. 20


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Tharston & District WI

In July we had our annual outing and this year a group of 37 went to Bury St Edmunds. The first part of our day was spent in the cathedral learning about the legend of St Edmund’s gruesome death (how when numerous arrows failed to kill him he was decapitated; how the head was lost and later discovered being protected by a wolf; and how it reattached itself when reunited with the body!). The body is buried on the site of the cathedral. We also learned about the history and development of the cathedral up to the completion of the tower last year. If asked what the most memorable thing about the cathedral is it would have to be the colour. The reds, blues and yellows used to decorate the ceiling and the canopy of the font together with the brilliance of the stained glass in all the windows except the clerestory (which allowed the sunshine to flood in) produced a wonderful, uplifting effect in what is both a parish church and a cathedral. On Saturday 19th October we will be having a quiz night in Forncett Village Hall so start organising your team and come along and enjoy our lasagnes and salads and friendly competition. More details from Jean on 01508 530289.

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Tas Valley Pre-School and Playgroup T as Va ll ey

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Offers pre-school education and play for children 2 ½ years to school age We offer 5 sessions a week Monday to Friday 9.30 to 12.30 At Tasburgh Village Hall. All of our activities are planned to offer learning opportunities while taking children’s interests into account. Our last 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’. For the new term we have spaces in all sessions and we are now able to accept eligible funded two-year-olds, as well as three- and four-year-olds. At the end of last term, we said goodbye to 17 of our children who are moving on to several local schools – we wish them all the best for the future. The occasion was marked with a combined sports day and leavers party, and some brilliant singing of the children’s selected favourite songs. During the last term we also held a very successful sponsored walk around the village hall field – the record number of laps was 10, with many of the children completing 5 or more. 22


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Tas Valley Pre-School and Playgroup Our allotment plot has done very well, despite the dry weather, and we have already harvested potatoes (for potato salad), peas and strawberries, with carrots and runner beans still growing, as well as a ‘triffid’ pumpkin which threatens to take over the entire allotment. We are very proud that there has now been a playgroup in Tasburgh for 45 years. There have been many changes during this time and we face future challenges, but we remain committed to providing a local service where local children can learn, enjoy themselves, and make first friendships that often last for many years. Please continue to support us. For more information or to register a place please contact: Jill Casson on 01508 470334 / 01508 471189 e-mail Jillian_casson@btinternet.com Or feel welcome to just pop in and see us any morning – we are very friendly. Playgroup Paper Skip The paper skip is now parked at the rear of the Village Hall car park. We will take any newspaper, card, magazines, boxes etc. A huge thank you to all of you who continue to bring your paper and card down to us, we know that many of you have for many years and we are very grateful, as this continues to be a valuable fundraiser for us. The next dates will be: Saturday 14 September 2013 Saturday 9 November 2013 The skip is manned between 8.30 and 11.30. 23


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Preston Primary School

The school has had a very busy term since the last bulletin. On Sunday 5th May 7 pupils from Preston Primary represented Tasburgh United in an under 7’s football tournament at East Harling. They played against 6 other teams and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. On 16th May Reception and Years 1 & 2 visited Easton College where they were given a tour to see the farm animals after which they spent some time indoors creating collages with straw, beans, seeds, leaves and other materials. On 21st May members of the Art Group visited Norwich School. Preston Primary and Woodton have been working on an art project with Norwich School and the results of their excellent work was exhibited in the Hostry at Norwich Cathedral from 2nd to 14th July. We have some very talented children and are justifiably proud of their success. May 22nd was the ‘May Music Festival’ which replaced the usual Spring Concert. As usual everything was enjoyed by the audience and reached the usual high standard. Friday 24th May saw the Korfball Tournament and BBQ, which was great fun. Wednesday 5th to Friday 7th June Years 3 and 4 residential trip to How Hill. This was a fun trip enjoyed by all and as usual the children behaved impeccably. On Sunday 9th June five players from Preston Primary and two from Pulham competed in a Tasburgh United under 7’s Mini Summer Tournament held at Diss Town Football Club. This was an enjoyable morning and all the boys returned with medals for their efforts. A 5-a-side Football tournament was arranged for years 5 and 6. On Friday 21st June the Friends organised the now popular Family Fun Night with stalls, bouncy castle, raffle, BBQ and Bar. This was a very successful 24


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Preston Primary School event and with the matched funding from Barclays Bank raised £1,270 for the benefit of our children. Thanks are due to the Friends Committee for all the hard work involved in organising this event. Also on Friday 21st June a Korfball tournament for children from Year 5 and Year 6 was held at UEA which they thoroughly enjoyed. Long Stratton High School ran a Fun Team Building Morning for Year 6 children on Saturday 29th June, and on Tuesday 2nd July the children attended a transition day there. A cricket tournament was arranged for Monday 8th July. Thursday 11th July was School sports day. The weather was wonderful and everyone enjoyed the afternoon . The children competed well and the parents races were also very popular, raising huge cheers. On Friday 12th July Year 6 received cycling tuition and had a test. On Monday 15th July Years 3 and 4 attended an Athletics Festival at UEA Sportspark. Senior citizens were invited to the Dress Rehearsal for the leavers play, ‘Oliver’ on the afternoon of Tuesday 16th July and this was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. The invitation to visit the school and enjoy the children’s enthusiasm is always appreciated and looked forward to. The 17th and 18th July were evening performances of ‘Oliver’ and received packed audiences. It was a very warm evening and an interval for cold drinks was very welcome. The cast obviously enjoyed the experience and the applause was tribute to their enthusiastic singing, acting and precision. This was another fantastic Leavers Play and the standard as usual was high. Thanks are due to the staff for encouraging the children to achieve such brilliant performances each year without fail. Without their input and hard work enjoyable occasions like this would be impossible. Preston’s Got Talent was organised again this year with the final on Tuesday 23rd July. Singers, dancers a magician and a poetry reading were all represented. The leavers service on 24th July at 9.15 was well attended. Both a happy and sad time for Year 6 and not many dry eyes. They all seem to have grown up so quickly over the past year and are full of confidence. We are proud of them and wish them well in their new schools. School re-opens on Thursday 5th September with a new reception intake on Monday 9th September. 25


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Tasburgh Scout Group A word from the Group Scout Leader Graham Pates It was our AGM on 19th of July which was a great event that gave us an opportunity to look back over the year of Scouts in Tasburgh. We met outside as the hall was in use and were very fortunate with the on-going good weather. We had a few special guests at the meeting, including Tim Brown (our Acting District Commissioner), David Moore (Chairman of the Parish Council), Tony Lacey (Chairman of Village Hall) and June Braddock (who usually attends as a number of the awards we give to the Young People are in memorial to Tim). We try to keep the formal part of the meeting quick and to the point, but it in writing my report it made me realise that it has been a difficult year for Scouts in Tasburgh, with some significant changes in leadership. We have seen changes in all sections, with Tamsin Mutty and Chris Ball stepping back from Scouts last summer, Roger Knight leaving Explorers in December, Sammy Harlow leaving Cubs in December (but thankfully continuing to work with Beavers), Diane Bruton leaving Explorers in May, to be replaced by Paul Williams moving from Scouts, and most recently Steven Howes leaving Beavers. We have also lost Allison Brown and Lucia Mutty from the Executive committee. All of these changes have meant us having to juggle people across the different units to try to ensure we continue to run all sections as well as possible and provide a balanced programme of activities. With all the above turmoil things are looking more settled for the future. From September, Trudy Musgrove is moving from Cubs to Scouts which will help fill the gap left by Paul and mean we should be able to run every week again. The Explorer Unit has seen both Sian Lacey and Matt Harlow be appointed to leadership roles and I hope that they begin to work successfully with Paul to carry on the great work started by Roger and Diane. Finally we have some new Exec members joining us, Karen Ball and Angela Schug. I guess all this shows that we can’t rest on our laurels and need to keep moving forward if we are to continue to provide great scouting for the 100+ young people involved in Tasburgh. We have included an advert for more leaders in the quarterly this time, please take a look at it and if you think you would like to know more please contact me. 26


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Tasburgh Scout Group We have had a very busy summer. We joined other Beaver Colonies for a sleepover at the Bidwell centre near Thetford where we had a chance to do some climbing, crate stacking and backwards cooking to name a few of the activities that were on offer. At our weekly meetings we have dug up potatoes from the community allotment, celebrated Independence Day with craft and pancakes, had a bug hunt and picnic at Burrfield Park and ended the term with a games evening with water pistols. Next term we are looking forward to cooking over open fires, doing activities to gain the experiment and safety badges and having a wide game in the dark with glow sticks. Tasburgh Beavers meet on a Thursday 5-6pm at Tasburgh Village Hall. We are the youngest section of the scout group with boys and girls aged 6-8. We do operate a small waiting list at the moment so if you would like your child to join or for more information please contact Kirsteen on 01508 471739. It hardly seems like three months since I last settled down to write the Cubs bit for the Quarterly, but I suppose it must be. It is now time to look back on what we did and plan what we might be doing between now and Christmas (eek!). I know that plans are already afoot for the traditional pantomime visit in January, so watch out for booking forms soon. One of the highlights of the session was an overnight camp organised at quite short notice at the end of June. Those who came along enjoyed two days of glorious summer sunshine at Hautbois campsite. We had help from parents putting the tents up at the start, and managed a range of games, a hike with no cows, great food from Graham, a wide game, a camp fire and even some sleep. Next day there was bouldering (low level climbing) and raft building after a breakfast cooked over an open fire. Well done all who came along and I hope that you enjoyed it as much as I did. Apart from camping, we have had a litter pick around Tasburgh, a wide game in Tyrell’s Wood organised by Young Leader Tom Musgrove, fire lighting, the traditional water fight and an AGM under canvass. We are 27


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Tasburgh Scout Group getting so good at putting up tents that we abandoned the Village Hall and met al fresco. Thanks to all those who came along and congratulations to those Cubs who were presented with their Chief Scout’s Silver Award, which is the highest award a Cub can get. Next term we will be doing indoor cooking, some sports events, learning about Remembrance Day and maybe even some yoga! Finally, we have to announce that Trudy Musgrove will be moving on from running Cubs in the new term. It has been great working with her and we thank her for the hard work put in with planning the sessions that have made Cubs such a success. She has decided to step up to the challenge of being a Scout Leader, as that is where we need people in the Group at present, so she will still be around. And welcome if she wants to come back! As usual, if anybody wants to get involved, please get in touch, either with myself or Graham Pates as GSL. Mike Dawson (mikedawson1@gmail.com) This year the Scouts took advantage of the long summer days with a "Survivalite" camp over 21st-23rd June. This was a survival camp but the "lite" part meant that they were allowed a few luxuries - such as proper flush toilets! The Scouts made some excellent shelters using branches, rope and tarpaulins. Some were simply a rope between 2 trees with a tarpaulin over, others used a frame of straight branches stuck into the ground in a circle, curved together and tied at the top. Unfortunately we managed to choose one of the wettest weekends of the year for our camp and rather than end up with wet, hypothermic Scouts we let them sleep in their tents instead of forcing them to use the shelters! Most of our meals were cooked over open fires, using a range of techniques. Breakfast was cooked with the minimum of equipment - sausages, bacon and even eggs were poked onto sticks and balanced over the fire. For lunch on Saturday we tried 2 different methods of cooking gammon joints. One was spit roasted, the spit resting on 2 "Y" shaped wooden sticks, a handle at one end allowing us to turn it as it cooked. The other was baked in our camp oven, created by digging a small pit, filling it with hot embers and burying a biscuit tin containing the foil28


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Tasburgh Scout Group wrapped gammon. The spit roasted gammon was delicious but hadn't realised just how hot the camp oven would get and the baked gammon was reduced to a small blackened nugget the size of a ping-pong ball! Camp bread was more successful, several forms being baked over the weekend including cheesy poppy-seed bread, and jam filled dough twists. Despite the miserable weather, the majority of the Scouts remained in good cheer throughout the weekend and had a great time beating paths through the 6 foot stinging nettles, roaming the woods, poking sticks in the fire, burning things and generally getting grubby and having fun! This summer the Explorer Unit has been involved in a range of activities. The term kicked off with the Explorers volunteering at TasFest, which involved setting up, fund raising and running the car park. This term Paul organised a navigation evening, using different activities to help improve their navigating abilities, such as recreating a scale model village using the map as instructions. Another activity in the term was the Scouting Skills night, in which the unit were tasked to erect a traditional patrol tent, use a Trangia camping stove, and construct an A Frame using a combination of different knots. Some of our Explorers joined with some of the Sea Scouts at a weekend hike challenge in North Norfolk in July. This was a two day hike activity, the route consisting of approximately 20 miles, visiting many places such as Weybourne, Cromer, Sheringham and Overstrand, and spending two nights at Roughton Mill. The Explorers did extremely well , working well as a team, well done! As usual for a summer term, the term ended with the 1st Tasburgh Sea Scout AGM, where the Explorers was asked to run the BBQ. This year the Achievement Award was given to Daniel Pates, who has been with the unit for many years, and unfortunately will be leaving us in December. The AGM also gave us a chance to say one final thank you to Roger and Diane, who have stepped back after 6 years when the unit was first formed. Next term the Explorers will continue to be tasked with organising some of their own activities which will involve working as part of a team in their patrols. Explorers is a great way to meet new friends and gain new experiences. If you're interested or have any questions, please call either Matt ESL (07816165800), Sian ESL (01508 470870) or Paul ESL (07825725736). 29


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Tasburgh Allotment Society Turned out nice again..... Nature has a way of redressing the balance and this has certainly been evident, as a very cold early spring gave way, finally, to a blistering hot summer. Probably our greatest fear as plot holders would be severe dry weather and that’s just what we got. Drought conditions from May all the way up to very late July. No more 10mm really in ten weeks. This has subsequently led to the very common sight of plot holders struggling from the car park with 10 - 20L water containers in an effort to alleviate the problem. Shed holders, with some captured water from roofs got by for a while but not for long. There was even an example of polythene sheeting laid out to snatch and collect whatever rain might fall. More like a desert island scene from Castaway than simple vegetable growing. It’s at least shown us that that a consistent water supply must be in the pipeline for us and we will make every effort to get water laid on in preparation for next year. Funding will need to be sought and as much of the work done ourselves to make this a possibility. Even with the dry conditions the site really does look like an allotment, and already looks well lived in. Loads of great produce is on show and for those who have put the hours in, the rewards are clear to see. The first year is partly made up of finding your feet though. Learning what may work in future years and what reaps the greatest rewards. What might suit your style of production is also important. Will you make it to the site every evening or more likely once a week? 30


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Tasburgh Allotment Society We’ve had our fair share of pests, although thankfully the rabbit fencing seems to be doing a good job. Moles have popped up to cause a bit of havoc but on a personal note it was pigeons. They were not my favourite example of our feathered friends before being a plot holder. Now their status is solid rock bottom after a complete annihilation of all my Brassicas - cabbages, broccoli, sprouts, the lot; all gone. Quarter of a plot reduced to nothing but stems. It was May, and there was an abundance of all sorts of weeds all over the place for them to eat (to be honest all around my cabbages for starters) but no, my patch along with others really took a beating. Our first major fund raising quiz evening held in partnership with the Village Hall was a roaring success. Our Treasurer, Simon Scott, certainly pushed us to the limits of our brain power with some clever questioning with interesting gardening connections. The baked potatoes (and particularly chilli) were excellent and the drink flowed freely thanks to some efficient table service. The £170 raised for us was most welcome. Our AGM was held at the end of July and a good turnout celebrated a rewarding first year of plot holding. Our Chairman Mick Ireson received the Society’s Club Person of the Year accolade. A kind of plot holders, plot holder of the year award. A look ahead will see us at the Village fete in September where we hope to hold some form of Plot Produce Show. There, we will also, once again, find out amongst other things - who really is,the best wanger of wellies in the village! Simon Orford, TAS Secretary

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Countryside Corner Things that go flutter in the night‌ Moths love lights. Leave a bathroom window open with the light on and chances are you will have one or two visitors flying around the room. Check your walls around outside lights and you will probably find a well camouflaged creature resting on the brickwork. But if you really want to find out what goes on after dark in your garden, you need a moth trap with mercury vapour bulb, the brighter the better. I finally got one for Christmas three years ago and summer nights have never been the same since. On a warm still night it will draw more life out of the darkness than you could ever imagine. It works like this. The light attracts the moths and they are funnelled down into a box, where some perspex stops them getting out again. At this point they settle down among some old egg boxes and wait until morning. This gives a chance to examine them over a cup of coffee and see what has been caught. Over the course of the year, different species hatch out, fly, mate and then die, so there is always a succession of things to catch. Numbers build up and then drop back. Records can be made and data sent in to a website devoted to Norfolk moths, www.norfolkmoths.co.uk. It has observations collected over the years and will show what can be found any night of the year in order of statistical likelihood. And it has pictures, so even the beginner can identify things. So what can you find? We have had over a hundred species in the garden, ranging from tiny micros only a few millimetres long to Privet Hawk Moth (pictured across) at around six centimetres long with a twelve centimetre wing span. The largest catch was a Robin 32


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Countryside Corner which went in searching for a free meal and then could not get out. I released it unharmed, but found little else that morning. Back in July, the Parish Council was good enough to support another ‘moth breakfast’ in Burrfeld Park. About forty people came along and were able to examine the contents of three moth traps, two from Tasburgh and one from Shottesham. It was good for children to examine these creatures close up and pass on their enthusiasm to attendant parents. An added treat was the chance to dissect some Barn Owl pellets kindly provided by the Hawk and Owl Trust at Sculthorpe Moor, near Fakenham. A fascinating opportunity to examine the dietary remains of these silent hunters, which revealed several small mammal skulls along with assorted other bones. And free bacon sandwiches, tea and coffee. With a bit of luck, we will run a similar event next year, so please keep an eye out in the Quarterly or on the notice boards. So don’t worry about your clothes being eaten, but get out into the dark and see what you can find. Mike Dawson

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Recipe of the Season Frozen Lime and Lemon Mousse Pudding 100g 25g 30g 1 1 3 150ml 60g 6g

digestive biscuits butter light muscovado large lemon lime large eggs double cream caster sugar packet gelatine

900g (2lb) loaf tin Lightly oil the loaf tin. Place the digestive biscuits in a medium sized plastic bag, squeeze out the air and tie the end. Crush the biscuits with a rolling pin. Tip into a basin and add the muscovado sugar. Melt the butter, pour over the biscuits and mix well. Sprinkle half the crumbs over the base of the loaf tin and reserve the rest for the top. Put a saucepan half filled with hot water over a moderate heat and bring to a simmer. In a medium sized bowl put the caster sugar, the grated zest from the lemon and lime and the strained juice. Separate the eggs placing the yolks with the sugar and keeping the whites in a separate bowl. Sprinkle the gelatine over the egg mixture. Place over the saucepan making sure the bowl does not touch the simmering water. With an electric hand whisk beat the mixture for approximately 8 minutes until the mixture thickens. Remove the bowl from the heat and continue whisking for three to four minutes. Whisk the double cream to form soft peaks, fold into the cooled 34


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Recipe of the Season lemon mousse. Working quickly wash the whisks thoroughly making sure no grease remains then whisk the egg whites until stiff. Quickly fold into the mousse with a metal spoon taking care not to knock out too much air. Pour into the loaf tin and sprinkle the remaining crushed biscuits over the top. Cover tightly with foil and place in the freezer overnight or until required. Remove the mousse from the freezer into the fridge for 2 hours before serving then turn out onto a serving dish. Serve cut into slices. If any mousse is left over store in the fridge, the texture will just be more mousse like when eaten Serves 6 With thanks to Joanna Merrills

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Tasburgh Memories As we approach September it is worth looking at the only name on the memorial from the Second World War: Michael John Carnac Fisher. 2nd Lieutenant Fisher was serving with the 2nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers (London Regiment) in 1940. His battalion was tasked with holding the northern edge of the Dunkirk perimeter as it steadily shrank under the pressure from the German attack. On the 31st of May, during the German assault which at times completely surrounded the battalion, he was killed. After a strong counterattack by the remains of the 4th division and a successful RAF and naval aviation attack on the Germans the division pulled back and was picked up from the beach. On the 4th of June 1940 Operation Dynamo ended with the rescue of 366,131 allied troops, but the three week Flanders campaign had cost 68,111 British officers and men killed or prisoner of which 2nd Lieutenant Fisher was one. M J C Fisher was born in 1920 the son of William Lawrence Thompson Fisher and Eleanor Mary, nee Pemberton. He was christened in St Peters Church Euston Square, the same church where, in 1917, his parents were married. His father’s home address on the marriage certificate is Burgh House, Fleggburgh. At the time of his marriage William Fisher was a captain in the Royal Fusiliers. His battalion had taken part in the battle of Vimy Ridge in the April and was to take part in the battle of Messines in June, which probably explains the London Marriage under special licence in May. The family lived at Tasburgh House in 1939 but had left by the end of the war. His father died in 1968 at Hatfield in Herts and his mother, probably, in 1978 in Berlin. The 1939 Register of Electors, those adults over 21 who had rights to vote in national and local government elections, show only 3 men from the village away to the military. M J C Fisher is not one of the three as he was not old enough to vote. The three were : Edwin John Albert Lammas of Commerce House Denis William Heley of Fir Cottage Logan Dahne Gates of the Rectory. The register for the Victory Election of 1945 is in two parts. The first is general register of voters who are in the village. This register shows the Fishers had moved away. The second known as the forces register shows a 36


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Tasburgh Memories further 18 eligible to vote. These are all military rather than from the merchant navy, discharged or war worker. These are: Banham A C of Orchard View Cushion C of Riverside Lane Francis F of Nevilla Girleston G D of Fir Cottage Lammas Bertie of Tasburgh Larner E of Glebe Cottage Moore J of Upper Tasburgh Moore Robert of Lower Tasburgh Waller E of Tas Ford

Cadman J A M of Post Office Cushion V of Upper Tasburgh Gates A of The Rectory Lammas Bernard of 1 Council Houses Lammas P of Commerce House Larter F of Lower Tasburgh Moore Reginald of Post Office Riches G of Lower Tasburgh Wheeler J of Tas cottage

This cannot however be the whole list of those who served in the military, the land army, the merchant navy, Bevan Boy or in the range of conscripted occupations. I would like to compile as complete a list as possible before all those who remember these things are gone. Please send the names and any details you think are relevant to the email address below. The list above has one major difference to the list for previous wars: Gates Agness; Larner Elizabeth and Moore Joan. The nursing sisters in the Voluntary Aid Stations of the first world war were largely ignored, in the second war women served in all branches of the military. Did Agnes, Elizabeth or Joan serve as gunners on anti-aircraft sites; plotters in aircraft direction stations; nurses in hospitals close to the front? Did they serve in the UK or as far away as Burma? Someone must know and their service should be recognised in their home village. Bob Davison Tas.war.memorial@gmail.com

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Tasburgh Sports and Social Club Chairman’s Blog It has been a busy quarter since I sat down to write my last blog. We’ve had TasFest 2013 and the Village Cricket Day which was won by Upper Tasburgh [cough cough!], both of which were enjoyable days. I’d like to thank all the staff who volunteered their help yet again on the Festival day, unfortunately it can’t be measured in pints and in truth without the solidarity of the committee and the others who continually provide their time, there would be no bar at all. On top of these two events we have also been busy providing the bar for private hire at 2 weddings, 3 christenings and several birthday parties. In July we also held our Annual General Meeting, after which I was asked by a club member if I could highlight all the donations the club made in the next edition of the Tasburgh Quarterly. In the financial year of 2012 -2013, Tasburgh Sports & Social Club CIC donated a total of £12,814 to causes within Tasburgh. Hazel Dear, our club Treasurer has kindly provided a breakdown of the clubs donations below. The majority, £9,259, was handed to Tasburgh Village Hall, £5000 as a direct donation towards the upgrading of the windows and doors which was carried out in the spring. The club also donated the physical improvements to the club area, such as replacing the old tables to match the new chairs bought the previous year at a cost of £790. We also purchased a star cloth to be hung behind the stage when functions are held in the main hall, and a picnic bench for the patio area, between them these totalled £1,000. After rent of £149, profits totalling £155 from the pool table situated in the small hall were also given directly to Tasburgh Village Hall, as per an agreement with the Village Hall to have the table. Whenever a function is held by a user group, such as the Tasburgh Scouts, Playgroup or Tasburgh Players, or a charity event such as Children in Need and the Village Cricket Day, 20% of the bar takings are given back to the organiser. A total of £1,320 has been donated in this way. The Sports and Social Club donated £1,909 to Recreation for All from the Tasburgh Community Festival day 2012, from the bar takings 38


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Tasburgh Sports and Social Club and sales of beer at our beer tent donated from local breweries. We also supported the Tasburgh United Football Club to pay for training sessions on Saturday mornings, a total of £630 was donated to provide a coach from Norwich City Community Sports Foundation. Without the continued support from the clubs membership and visitors to the club this would not be possible. Thank you Hazel, I hope that this breakdown shows how the initial object of the club has finally come to fruition by helping to promote social and recreational activities in the village. Many thanks to all the members who have renewed their membership, and continue to support the club and its events, if you have not rejoined or are new to the village and would like to become a member it costs £8 for the first year and £3 annually after that. Please feel free to drop in on one of our club nights or drop us a email for any further information. Cheers for now Don.

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