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Tasburgh Quarterly and Church News - Spring 2013


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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 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 Steve Beckett 01508 471198 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


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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 YOUR COUNCIL TAX EXPLAINED..... At its meeting on 15th January Tasburgh Parish Council agreed an increase on the precept, which is the Parish Council’s share of the council tax. In 2012/13 the precept was £14,835 and this has increased in 2013/14 to £16,596.82 - 11.88%. This was a decision that was not taken lightly, and indeed took 4 meetings to agree. The Parish Council wishes to take an opportunity to explain how they arrived at this sum. 2012/13 is a year that has seen enormous successes. The Parish Council was able to purchase the allotment land behind the village hall, drawing on its reserves and taking out a small loan of £5,000. Also, the footpath between Low Road and the heritage field is nearly ready to be opened, following successful purchase and negotiation with landowners. The Parish Council continues to nurture Burrfeld Park, an important wildlife area that is enjoyed by many. On top of this, the day to day running of the Parish Council continues, including grass and verge cutting, administration, and numerous other activities. On top of this, the Parish Council continues to supplement the council tax by applying for as much grant funding as possible. 2012/13 is certainly the ‘year of the grants’ - the Parish Council received £21,470.51 in grant funding which it used for the new fence at the allotments (£1,105.00) and the new toddler play area (£20,365.51). Considering that the precept was nearly £7,000 less than this, the Parish Council has achieved significant success in securing this funding. So why has the Parish Council put up its precept? This carefully considered decision was made to allow the Parish Council to achieve further success in some key areas. This includes £200 towards the footpath from Low Road, adding to the £500 already allocated and 5

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Tasburgh Parish Council allowing the installation of a kissing gate onto the heritage field and a safety fence adjacent to a pond along the route. Also included is £60 to help update the community emergency plan, and £50 to help kickstart a Youth Council. £500 has been allocated to relocating the community defibrilator, currently housed in the school, so that this vital life-saving piece of equipment can be used by anyone at any time. Perhaps the most significant piece of funding is the £5,000 that has been allocated to the Grove Lane Bends. In 2012 the Parish Council commissioned a feasibility study to examine potential solutions for this piece of road. However, any final solution may be a long way off, therefore the Parish Council has allocated £500 to further examination of the outcomes of the feasibility study report; and a further £4,500 (£500 reallocated from a previous project, £2,000 from reserves and £2,000 from precept) towards a pioneering vehicle-activated pedestrian warning scheme. The Parish Council is working with a company to design a bespoke solution, and the sum allocated towards this will provide a significant contribution towards this project. The Parish Council is making an application to the Norfolk County Council Parish Partnership fund, and is confident that it will receive the remaining funding required for this. The Parish Council also plans to make an application to the Norfolk Community Construction Fund, also offered by Norfolk County Council, to enable an access to be created from Church Hill to the heritage field - completing the footpath scheme and providing a safer pedestrian route for residents from Lower Tasburgh to Upper Tasburgh. Applications are also being made to various funds for a zip wire and shelter to complete the play equipment provision in Tasburgh. A copy of the full budget it available online at - and remember, Band D properties only pay £41.81 per year - which is great value for money! 6

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Tasburgh Parish Council New Play Equipment for Tasburgh Youngsters In November 2012 the Parish Council was proud to take delivery of the new toddler play equipment - and what a success it has proved to be!

The play tractor with rocket, 4 way seesaw and double pod swing seat have already been well used by our youngest residents, as well as those from further afield. Of course, there were a few sad moments when the old toddler play equipment was removed, especially as some members of the Recreation for All (the main partner in the project) remembered their childhood days playing on that equipment. A massive thanks must go to the organisations who helped fund the project: the Big Lottery Fund, who contributed £10,000 towards the scheme; Norfolk Community Foundation who awarded £5,000; and Recreation for All, who donated £5,365.51 through their fundraising efforts. The Parish Council plans to hold a grand opening - look out in the next issue of the Quarterly for details.


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Tasburgh Parish Council

Annual Meeting of the Parish ‘Looking Forward’ Tuesday 30th April, 8pm, Tasburgh Village Hall The theme for this year’s Annual Meeting is ‘Funding Local Improvements’. The Parish Plan identified the key areas of focus for the Parish Council and a great deal of work has taken place to improve the services and facilities available in the village. This is your opportunity to tell us what you think should be done with your money and your village in the future. Hear from Village Groups, learn more about activities in the Parish. Refreshments served from 7.30pm.

Burrfeld Park As we look forward to the end of winter, we will also look forward to being able to carry on with improving Burrfeld Park for the benefit of the residents of Tasburgh. We will soon be having volunteer mornings to enable this to happen, if you wish to become involved please contact Carole Hill on 01508 471011. The latest addition to the park is six new signs of the Old English Apple Trees, these are copies of original watercolours, kindly donated to Tasburgh Parish Council by Ruth Walker of Lower Tasburgh. We are hopeful that we may see some of the one thousand bluebells which were planted last year. You will also notice that we built a Bug Hotel last year - we wonder how many guests there have been over the winter? 8

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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 Jubilee Farm, Fleggburgh Road 01493 Rollesby, Norfolk 749918 Website 9

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Tasburgh Village Hall

Tasburgh Village Hall will celebrate the 60th anniversary of its opening on 8th September, and to mark this Diamond Jubilee year we are planning a series of fundraising activities to support our development projects. It was great to see that the first of these, a family-friendly “Race-night” held in mid-February, attracted a relatively new group of supporters to the hall. The highly enthusiastic bunch of equine pundits were able to place token bets on horse races which included the ‘Vile Villains’, ‘Mr and Misses’ and ‘Pasta Plate’. The races were shown on the projector system in the small hall and relayed onto the TV’s so no matter where you were you had a front row seat to view all the action. Thanks go to all those people who sponsored horses in advance helping to make the night a valuable fund-raiser. Our forthcoming events begin with the third run of our popular ‘Quiz and Spuds’ night on May 11th (contact Graham 01508 471518 or Rebecca 01508 471539 to enter your team), peak with our official Jubilee weekend celebrations of Family Fete and Ceilidh on 7th September (keep an eye out on the village notice boards and at for further details), and culminate with the annual Art Exhibition on 23rd and 24th November. So what is all of this fundraising in aid of? What developments are we planning? To start with we are soon to install new double-glazed windows and doors throughout the building, thanks to significant funding from a successful National Lottery grant application and donations from the Social Club. This will not only improve the aesthetics of the hall but also its energy efficiency. 10

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Tasburgh Village Hall One of the main aims of the current trustees is to reduce our running costs by reviewing our energy usage. We held a well attended Energy Consultation event at the end of January. Although the event was probably not as high on the excitement stakes as the horse racing, many members of the village came along to see what options we are considering and to find out more information on how they could improve the energy efficiency of their own properties. The companies represented were offering everything from solar panels and biomass boilers to wind turbines. We are currently getting some further independent advice as to which system(s) would be most appropriate for our building type and usage. Jackie Richards, a consultant from Whole House Energy based in Tasburgh, has kindly offered her services free to us as a community venture and we hope to soon be in a position to make some informed decisions. Next on the list, and taken as a priority from the questionnaire we circulated at the energy consultation, is the car park. We are already preparing a submission to a County Council-based construction fund which we hope will not only massively improve the car park but will also help with access to and from the hall. In just the same way as we did with our energy plans, we are looking to find someone who might be able to help us draw up plans for a new car park and new entrance hall. If you can spare some time to help us, we’d love to hear from you. We are also looking for someone to take on the role of treasurer/book keeper as well. Any contribution you can make would obviously benefit the community as this is an exciting time to be part of our work. If you would like to be involved please contact the Village Hall Management Committee Secretary Angela Schug (T: 01508 470788, E:


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Mobile Library Timetable Dates of visits to Tasburgh

14th March 28th March 11th April 25th April 9th May 23rd May


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.


Departure Time 14.50 15.05 15.20 15.50 16.10 16.30

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Long Stratton Surgery As we emerge from 2012 it is time to look forward to better things this year! The organisational challenges of semiretirement, recruitment, surgery takeovers, new computer systems, NHS reorganisation and a multitude of other crises are now tucked under our belt and we can move forward having survived the storms. Thank you to everyone for your support – it could have been so much worse if we weren’t lucky enough to have such understanding patients. One of the big improvements is that the new computer system, EMISWeb, now allows you to login to your repeat prescription record and order directly online. This will bring about real efficiencies and safety improvements. Ask at dispensary or go online to and fill in the EMIS Access registration. In due course everyone will be able to book appointments and view their medical record online - which has proved very popular in the test sites nationally. We have welcomed our new neighbours at The Mayfields Care Home on the hill above us and are impressed by the facilities although there are significant workload implications. We are liasing closely with the proprietors to make sure it does not impact on our service in the surgery. The biggest threat for 2013 is the final abolition of the Primary Care Trusts and the transfer of a fraction of their powers to the GP-led Clinical Commissioning Groups. The real power lies with the National Commissioning Board who will ensure that “any qualified provider” can bid for services. It will be good to see some private sector competition but ultimately it spells the demise of the Family GP as we have known him – but the same happened to the village garage, high street shop and craftsman. In the meantime we are still here and very happy to have the patients we have! 15

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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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Next Edition The summer edition of the Quarterly and Church News will be distributed by the end of May. Contributions from local organisations are always welcomed and can be emailed to the Parish Clerk for inclusion. We would be particularly pleased to receive recipes, and photos for the front cover. All articles to the Parish Clerk, by Friday 10th May. Many thanks. Front cover photo with thanks to Andrew Collins

Dates for Your Diary 9th March Play Group Paper Skip, Village Hall, 8.30am 10th - 13th April ‘War of the Worlds’, Saxlingham Nethergate Village Hall 12th April Ladies Only Pamper Evening, Wacton Village Hall, 6.30pm 11th May Play Group Paper Skip, Village Hall, 8.30am 11th May Quiz and Spuds, Tasburgh Village Hall

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


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South Norfolk Council Wymondham Job Club Do you know someone aged 16 – 25 who is currently unemployed? Are you a young adult in search of employment? South Norfolk Council is running Wymondham Job Club to give young people the tools they need to find the right job. This includes: - free advice and support - access to information about local opportunities - computers and internet access - business start up information - training / courses / apprenticeship information - help with CVs, job applications and covering letters - free transport / bus ticket refunds. The job club runs on Wednesdays at Wymondham Library, 1.30 – 3.30pm. To find out more, call Sarah Woodger on 01508 533934.


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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? Look no further! We’re hoping to restart the Tasburgh baby and toddler group Monday afternoons at Tasburgh Village Hall 2pm till 3:30pm - £2 per family Please contact Lorna on 01508 471097 to register your interest. We need your support. The more interest we have the more likely it is we’ll be able to restart this much missed group

Please get in touch if you have any unwanted preschool toys you would like to donate to the group. 19

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

P re - S c h o ol


P l a y g ro u p

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’. We have close links with Henry Preston and Hapton Primary Schools and during the year hold sessions at both schools to help the children to make a smooth transition. We currently have spaces in sessions on Mondays to Thursdays, 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: Jack Abigail on 07830 053770 Or feel welcome to just pop in and see us any morning – we are very friendly.


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Tas Valley Pre-School and Playgroup

TIMEWARP 60'S TO 90'S DISCO 16 MARCH 2013 TASBURGH VILLAGE HALL 8PM TO 12AM ÂŁ5 ENTRY FEE WITH ALL PROCEEDS GOING TO THE PLAYGROUP FANCY DRESS RAFFLE COMPLIMENTARY DRINK ON ARRIVAL TICKETS ON SALE AT TASBURGH POST OFFICE OR AVAILABLE AT TAS VALLEY PRE-SCHOOL 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. A big 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. This continues to be a valuable fundraiser for us. The next dates will be: Saturday 9 March 2013 Saturday 11 May 2013 The skip is manned between 8.30 and 11.30. 21

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Preston Primary School

It seems a long while since the Christmas activities at school but as the deadline for reports was November this is the first chance to let you know all that has happened since then. On Saturday and Sunday 17th and 18th November some of the artwork by the children was displayed at the Tasburgh Art Exhibition at the Village Hall. A Christmas Fun Evening was held at school on 11th December and items made by the children during their ‘Money Making’ were for sale. This was very well supported by the parents and a profit of approximately £300 was made. Each class will decide what they would like to purchase with their share. On 17th December The Christmas Play ’It’s a Baby’ was performed in the afternoon to the Playgroup, Senior Citizens and invited guests and was very much appreciated. Repeat performances for parents were held on 18th and 19th December. Once again a very successful show. Congratulations to the children who made it a very special occasion and especially the staff whose hard work and dedication, in spite of all the other activities happening at this time of year, made it all possible. On 20th December Santa’s Secret Stall was in operation with the opportunity for the children to purchase a present and have it gift wrapped ready to give to a parent at Christmas. The proceeds from this raised £128 for charity which this year went to ‘Nelsons 22

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Preston Primary School Journey’, an organisation working with bereaved children. The Christmas Dinner and Party was held on 21st December. School re-opened after the Christmas holiday on 8th January and over the next two weeks heavy snowfalls meant that the school had to be closed three times. On Monday 11th February a skipping workshop was held at school. Lots of the children have purchased skipping ropes so they should be ‘super fit’ by the end of term. On Thursday 14th February the school choir visited Long Stratton High School to join in the ‘Cluster Music Festival’. On Friday 15th February there was a coffee morning at the school. This was an informal get together where parents and carers could ask questions and discuss their views. The Film Club, Strictly Come Dancing, Team Games, and Watercolour Classes are in full swing and lunch time Korfball sessions are being run by Mrs Giacomelli. Gardening Club will re-commence after half term when hopefully the weather will have improved. School will close for half term from 18th - 22nd February. Swimming starts for Years 3 and 4 on February 25th. A whole school trip to Norwich Castle has been arranged for 14th March. Years 5 and 6 will be going on a residential trip to Hilltop from 25th to 27th March. More about this in the next issue. School closes for Easter on 28th March re-opening on Monday 15th April.


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Tasburgh Scout Group 2013 started off with a group visit to the panto. We have celebrated the Chinese year of the snake by painting wooden snakes and Valentines Day by decorating ‘heart’ biscuits. Next Term we will be going on a Easter egg hunt and we will be attending a District ‘Emergency Services’ Day to name a couple of the activities. Tasburgh Beavers is for children between the ages of 6 and 8. We meet at Tasburgh Village Hall during Term time. For more information please contact Kirsteen 01508 471739 Tasburgh Cubs have been very busy already this year and we are looking forward to getting out and about in the village as the evenings get lighter. The term started with our traditional trip to see the panto at the Theatre Royal. Throughout January and February, our Thursday evenings have seen the young people visiting Long Stratton library, making and eating pancakes, building contraptions from newspaper and sticks to protect an egg as it is dropped from a height, drawing maps, taking part in a quiz and completing their communicator badges by, amongst other things, learning Morse Code. You might spot us next month on our Easter Treasure Hunt – you’ll recognise the cubs by their green jumpers, yellow and blue scarves and smiling faces. Autumn 2012 was an action-packed programme. The Scouts constructed their own assault course with a range of things to climb over, through and under. We also played Quasar, went tracking in the woods, tubing (whizzing down a ski slope sitting in a tractor tyre inner tube), crate stacking (getting as high off 24

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Tasburgh Scout Group the ground as you can by building a tower of milk bottle crates) and rifle shooting. The Scouts enjoy cooking and early in the Autumn they used survival skills - skinning and roasting rabbits. For those who weren't so keen, there were the tamer options of marshmallows or sausages cooked on sticks! We had a more civilised evening of cooking too, the Scouts making and decorating biscuits and gooey chocolate puffed rice squares which we sold at the Village Fete to raise funds. Further opportunities to display creative skills included an evening of woggle-making (the woggle is the plaited leather or woven cord thing that we use to hold our Scout scarf in place), t-shirt tie-dye and painting and finally a Christmas Crafts evening where various types of bauble were manufactured. The talent competition gave Scouts a chance to show off their performance skills in musical recitals, martial arts demonstrations and comedy sketches (plus some delicious biscuits too - always a welcome talent to have demonstrated!) Congratulations to our joint winners Macie and Florence! The Scouts also had an opportunity to exercise their general knowledge in a quiz. Remembrance Parade is an important event every year and we paraded from the Village sign to Tasburgh Church. We also had an evening learning what life was really like for the soldiers in the trenches during the First World War. So far this term we've been to the Theatre Royal to see Aladdin and learnt some Tae Kwon Do - luckily we've done First Aid too! Thank you to all our Leaders, Helpers and Young Leaders whose dedication allows our Scouts to enjoy such a great range of activities!


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Tasburgh Scout Group Just before Christmas, we found out some life changing news. Roger Knight was to leave his post as Assistant Explorer Scout Leader at the end of 2012. It was news that came to such a shock not just to us but the rest of the Explorer Unit.

Roger started the Explorer Unit with Diane many years ago, 5 in fact! Ever since then, each invested Explorer has grown to love and look up to Roger. He has been dedicated, (maybe a little too much at times!) and always put 200% into everything that had Explorers written on it. He jumped into every opportunity and always made sure every single Explorer was smiling (as you can see above - the young people decided to ‘peg’ Roger in secret and ended up like this!) On behalf of everyone at 1st Tasburgh Scout Group, we would like to thank Roger for everything he has given the Explorers. He has always worked hard and will be dearly missed. Good luck for the future and hopefully we will see you back visiting! The leadership team is now made up of Diane ESL, Sian AESL and Matthew AESL. Diane is due to leave at the end of May when Paul will be joining the team. Explorers is a great way to meet new friends and gain new experiences. If you're interested or have any questions, please call either Diane ESL (07969939706) or Sian AESL (01508 470870). 26

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LADIES ONLY PAMPER EVENING WACTON VILLAGE HALL, HALL LANE, NR15 2UH Friday 12 APRIL 2013 Appointments start at 7:00 pm and finish by 10:00 pm DOORS OPEN@ 6:30pm - Browse swishing racks, stalls, book any vacant treatment slots and the bar will be open TICKET:


£5.00 pre-paid before the night, and the right to pre-book and pay for treatment slots. Hand your ticket into the bar for one complementary drink £6.00 on the night. Hand your ticket into the bar for one complementary drink £10 per 15 MINUTE TREATMENT - cash only on the night 20 stands with Therapists & Retail Stands A Pay Bar & A Raffle

PLUS A SWISHING PARTYEach Swishette books in her items @£3 per item. All items clean, pressed and on hangers, paired or complete. No item will be returned if not swished at the end of the night. Swish, any clothing, jackets, coats, accessories, handbags, shoes, jewellery please no underwear or swimwear For each item you book in, you get given a token to swish any one item of the rack Swishettes’ get the priority to Swish from 7pm -9pm, everybody can browse from 6.30 onwards From 9pm to 10pm any items left on the racks are sold at £3:00 per item to anyone. Anything left at the end of the night will be donated to Break Charity shop ALL SWISHING ITEMS TO BE BOOKED INTO THE VILLAGE HALL TO VERA ON THURSDAY 11th April 4pm to 7pm For Tickets, pre-booking stalls and payments or any other information or to pre-booking your swishing items before April 11th contact details for me – include Facebook events page or friend me under the name Vera Cruickshank: 01508 536 023, 07532383597 or 53 Hall Lane, Wacton, NR15 2UH 27

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Saxlingham Players present

H G Wells War of the Worlds Adapted for the stage by Jeff Price The play takes place at the broadcasting studio of Radio East Anglia during the end of October to mid November 1940. The blitz has been underway for months, children have been evacuated from London and residents countrywide live in fear of air raids and bombing attacks. Step back in time (1940’s dress optional) and become our ‘live’ studio audience. April 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 at 7-30pm Saxlingham Nethergate Village Hall Box Office 01508 499631 (9am - 9pm) Tickets: £7 - concession £6 Raffle - Licensed Bar - Ronaldo’s Ice Creams Are you looking for an allotment? Use of my garden as an allotment in return for keeping it tidy for me. It is a small garden measuring approximately just under 8m X 7m with a path running through to the front door of my bungalow, back garden also available, similar size. It has been virtually organic for about 12 years now, in Saxlingham Thorpe. Deposit (returnable...T&Cs apply) in return for looking after whole garden including hedges, borders, allotment area and grass area(s). 01508 470247 28

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Tasburgh Allotment Society It’s a cold February evening as I write this and we’ve just had the one of the wettest winters on record. So what on earth can there to be report from the Tasburgh Allotment Society? Dark, damp and cold are not the elements associated with having a good time on your plot! However, there has been plenty of activity and it’s a fine sight to see the various structures that have been erected such as sheds, poly-tunnels, compost bins and cold-frames. We are also now rabbit proof, or maybe that should be; we hope we are rabbit proof. Only time will tell as the spring arrives. But we do have all the fencing in place now and hopefully it will keep the bunnies out, and not inadvertently keep them in! The fencing contractors did leave an impression on a plot or two whilst doing their work, leaving Chairman Mick a patching up job on his plot to say the least. All in all, our honourable Chairman has not had the best first winter, but he’s made of tough stuff and has bounced back from these setbacks with some style. The Society has continued to meet monthly, but over the last few months it’s become more a chat at the plots rather than the formal sit down. So now, as the winter slips away, we wait with anticipation as to what the spring will bring us. Hopefully a bit of a dry out for a start, although I hope I don’t regret that wish as we have no water supply installed as yet. It’s going to be fascinating over the next few weeks watching the further sowings and plantings and looking out for the less obvious attempts of holders utilising plots. Grapes and figs have been rumoured for starters. Don’t hesitate to give us a look if you are in the area. Come along and have a look at what we are doing and also keep an eye out for us at village events. If you are interested get you name down on the waiting list for a plot when they possibly free up in the future. Simon Orford - TAS Secretary. 29

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Recipe of the Season Marbled Chocolate and Orange Cake 225g butter 225g caster sugar 225g self raising flour 4 eggs 1 large orange 15 ml orange juice 5 ml orange flower water (optional) 75g plain chocolate 15 ml cocoa Grease a 900ml (2 pint) loaf tin and line the base and sides with greaseproof paper. Break the chocolate into pieces, put into a small bowl and place over a saucepan of very hot water. Stir when melted. Break the eggs into a basin and beat well with a fork. Cream the butter, add the caster sugar and continue beating until pale and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs being careful not to curdle the mixture. Sieve the flour and gradually fold into the mixture. Transfer half of the mixture into a separate bowl, add the grated orange rind, 15ml of the orange juice and the orange flower water if using. Add the cooled melted chocolate and the cocoa powder to the other half of the mixture. Put alternate spoonfuls of the two mixtures into the prepared tin in two layers. Use a knife or skewer to swirl through the mixture to make a marbled effect, level the surface. Cook in a pre-heated oven at 160c, gas mark 4 for 45 to 60 minutes until the centre of the cake feels just firm when pressed lightly. Turn onto a wire rack to cool. With thanks to Joanna Merrills 30

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Tasburgh Eurolink Our annual wine tasting is on the 23rd February which has been well supported. Our next event is our trip to Linden on the 17th May before our safari supper in June. Next year is our 25th anniversary and we are already looking at various options to make the occasion one to remember.

Tasburgh Players There is a new committee for the Players and they are looking at their options for the future of the group. The group is optimistic that they can put on further productions, and as part of that they are negotiating with the village hall on possible times when a production may be scheduled. In the same context the chair, Chris Austin would be pleased to hear from anyone who may be interested in being part of the group.


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Tasburgh Memories Continuing our look ahead to the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War in 2014, we explore Tasburgh in the early 20th century, and take a closer look at the roll of honour 1914-18. In the census of 2nd April 1911 Tasburgh is recorded as a village of 95 dwellings and 357 souls. The dwellings ranged from 2 to 18 roomed, where the kitchen, living and bedrooms counted but not sculleries, landings, closets, bathrooms, or shops and offices. There were 9 single occupancies and 2 with eleven people living in them. 16 of the properties were named with a further 6 listed as Lower, 11 as Upper, 3 Marl Pit Lane and the remainder simply as Tasburgh. The oldest person in the village was Maria Smith 97, widow living alone in a 2 roomed dwelling in Lower Tasburgh. There were other Smiths living in Marl Pit Bottom, names of roads are frequently mixed up. The oldest man was 81 year old John Shearing living with Eliza his wife of 60 years. The youngest are two girls and a boy recorded as one month. The boy is Frederic Riches, one of the girls was Sylvia Cushion and the other is a daughter to Jeffery Cushion and is recorded as not yet named. She is probably the youngest and was yet to be christened. The population of the village breaks down as follows: 89 children under 12 (twelve was the normal school leaving age). 21 were over 69 and most of these were taking the recently introduced old age pension. The genders were very nearly equally represented, slightly more men than women. There were 77 men of the age groups who would fight the First World War. Employment in the village consisted of 33 separate jobs with the most numerous being farmers and farm labourers. There were 4 dressmakers and 3 boot makers, 2 vermin pest controllers and 1 bait manufacturer but the one I find oddest is Fisherman! In 1918 parliament passed the Representation of the People Act which gave all men over 21 with residential qualification the right to vote. Women had to be over 30 and hold property or be married to a man who held properties. The first election was held on 14th December 1918. The electoral roll for Tasburgh shows 222 eligible parliamentary 32

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Tasburgh Memories voters. 38 of these were marked as NM, naval or military voter. The roll was probably built in the summer of 1918 and the 38 absent voters would still be on active service. The Norfolk Archive Centre holds a Roll of Honour for the village, probably put together before the 3rd of May 1917. It is written on a single sheet of Foolscap audit paper and headed Roll of Honour 1914 1917, and records 57 names. Who wrote the list or why, it does not give any clue. The reason for taking the May date is that it shows Percival Nobbs as on duty and he died on the 3rd of May 1917. It does not record a further 15 names of those from the village who also served. These include those called up after the spring of 1917, and those who had left the village to work elsewhere in the country or the world. The people called up were men aged between 18 and 51. Alfred Goose a railway worker had probably been exempt until 1917 when the need for men after the horrendous slaughter at the battle of Passchendaele overrode the necessity of maintaining the railways at home. Those who had moved away include the two Harbour boys, sons of James and Louisa Harbour. Louisa, 74 in 1918, is on the electoral register still living in the village but James has died. One son lived in London in 1911 as a coalman, the other as a wood sawyer in a barrel works living with his sister in Liverpool. Altogether 72 men associated with the village served during the Great War. Most can be linked to the village either before the war or as families moved for work during the war. Arthur Field however still remains a mystery. After the war in early 1919 the parish council minutes record a need for a suitable remembrance for those who died and on the last Thursday in May 1919 a village meeting was held and a committee set up to secure a memorial. The committee of: Mr Peake; Mrs Hurd; Mrs Kirby; Miss Nelson; Mr Hovell; Mr Reynolds; Mr G Kirby; Mr Bailey; Mrs Gardiner; Mr and Mrs Muirhead, were obviously successful but left no public records. There is no indication who subscribed or paid for the stone or even if they received permission from the bishop to erect it in the grounds of the church. Any information to help clarify this would be gratefully received. Bob Davison, ( 33

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Tasburgh Sports and Social Club Winter seems to be dragging on a bit this year, but if you fancy a brisk walk, a winter Ale or a Dram there is always a warm welcome at the club. Since the last blog we’ve held our own Christmas and New Year celebrations. Thanks to all of you who came and had a great time on both occasions. The directors are now busy again planning this years events and entertainments so keep an eye on the notice boards or your e-mail [please sign up to our mailing list by contacting us at]. 2013 will see the return of our annual Beer Festival, and Inter-Village Cricket Match, as well as Saturday Night Live music with groups like Midnight Circus, Throb! and Without Motif. Both pool teams and our darts team are well into their winter schedule for games both home and away, there is always room for extra players so if you are handy with a cue or a set of darts come along and join in. I have also been asked if anyone knows how to play Bridge and if there would be any interest in the club forming a bridge group, let me know and I will pass the information on. Which brings me to my next subject, Membership Renewals. Please don’t forget to fill in your renewal form which will be sent to you during March for you to return during the first few weeks of April along with £3 remittance. If you are not yet a member this is the perfect opportunity to join and receive a years membership for £8. The club has had another fantastic year, not just its own events but working with the Village Hall supplying the bar and staff for the many birthdays, weddings and other private functions booked in the hall. We enjoy these events, but sometimes it puts a strain on our staffing programme so we would greatly appreciate anyone who would like to help out and volunteer a few hours of bar work, training will be given if you have not done it before.


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Tasburgh Sports and Social Club You do get to meet some interesting people when working behind the bar, which brings me to something I forgot to mention last time. One evening last September a visitor to the club was a Mr Dave Hunting who is researching the history of cycle speedway. He asked if there was anyone in the village who remembers the exploits of the Tasburgh Tigers cycle speedway team. If anyone can remember them please get in touch with Dave his number is 07850 028224 or e-mail or web I am told the Tasburgh Tigers track was where Harvey Close is today. Well I think that’s it for now, don’t forget its your club, we welcome all member’s families and friends, and lets hope spring is not far away. Don Proudfoot Chairman Tasburgh Sports & Social Club Grove Lane, Tasburgh, NR15 1LR

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Tharston & District WI The months of November, December and January have not been what could be considered as typical WI months. Firstly November was an unusually busy month. We had our AGM and if you think that was a meeting when numbers were down you were wrong! This is a popular event. One new member and 3 prospective members joined us. We had invited a representative from Head Office to oversee proceedings as we changed our starting time to 7.30pm, elected 12 to the committee and elected Heather Jeary to be our new president following the retirement of Pat Parsons on completion of her 3 terms in office. With the business part of the meeting over within 30 minutes, 38 members and guests tucked into a fish and chip supper and went on to enjoy the company of friends. Noisy, friendly, warm (and that does not refer to the village hall heaters!). Two outings took place this month: one to the Bird in Hand and the other to “Remember When at Christmas� at the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft. In December we had our Christmas party with another very good turnout and prospective new members joining us. The first meeting of 2013 was attended by 36 members and guests including 4 new members and 2 men, not a regular occurrence for the WI! The attraction was a talk by Pat Wagstaff on the Harvey Family and their connection to Tharston and the surrounding district - perfect for the amateur historian and those simply curious about some of the unusual names in the area. Pat told us about the family memorials in Tharston Church, their mausoleum in the churchyard and the exploits of General Sir Robert Harvey who served in the Peninsular Wars during the first 2 decades of the 19th century and who was involved in many of the battles. On his return to England he purchased Tharston Hall and many farms in the surrounding area.


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Tharston & District WI The Hall retained its name but the farms he renamed after battle sites hence today Chamusca, Cuidad Rodrego, Nivelle and Picton farms are found in our locality. A fascinating talk, which produced a discussion session, indicated just how interested members were in the subject, Unfortunately our social event was cancelled because of the snow. On Thursday 14th March our speaker will be Julie Philpot who will talk about and prepare meals for entertaining so if you would like to join us come along to Forncett Village Hall at our new start time of 7.30pm.

We would like to thank everyone who supported our craft fayre in November. we raised £500 which was shared between Norfolk air ambulance and NANSA. We will be doing another one in November 2013. If you are interested in knitting, be it beginner or more advanced, then come and join us. We run every other Thursday 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. 37

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