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Tasburgh Quarterly and Church News - Spring 2017



Tasburgh Quarterly and Church News - Spring 2017

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

Mr Dave Moore 01508 471041 Tina Eagle 01508 494569 Mrs Florence Ellis 01508 536540 Mrs Alison Thomas 01508 530652 Emergency 999 Non-emergency 101 Church News Mrs Julia Orpin Mrs Julia Orpin

07976 643560 01508 470983 01508 470983

Mr Graham Pates Mrs Sheila Plunkett Mrs Melanie Goodall

01508 471518 01508 470485 01508 470195 01508 471189 01508 470454

Village Hall Preston Primary School Village Groups Playschool Mrs Julie King 01508 470759 Scout Group Mr Graham Pates 01508 471518 Social Club Mr Don Proudfoot 01508 471408 Netball Club Mrs Jackie Milton 01508 470976 Eurolink Mr Alan Jones 01508 470092 Allotment Society Mr Simon Orford 01508 471539 Tasburgh United Football Club 07892 408570 Coffee Pot and Crafts Mrs Valerie Cook 01508 470298 St Mary’s Guild Mrs Margaret Madgett 01508 471525 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 5. 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 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. Councillors Jill Casson 12 Hastings Close 470334 Willie Crawshay The Grange, Low Road 471650 Brian Hill 8 Harvey Close 471011 Geoff Merchant 14 Orchard Way 470606 Dave Moore 16 Henry Preston Road 471041 Keith Read Thornly Barn, Saxlingham Lane 470229 Matthew Read 1 Harvey Close Rachel Simmons 2 Prior Close 471197 Adrienne Watts Grove Cottage 470217 Clerk Tina Eagle 17 Alder Close 01508 Poringland, Norfolk, NR14 7LY 494569 Website


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Tasburgh Parish Council Parish Council Report For some years, the Parish Council has been investigating ways to make it easier to walk around our village, especially in the areas that do not have footpaths. We appreciate that people do like to do ‘the circuit’ of the village, taking in Lower and Upper Tasburgh, but that walking up or down Church Hill can be particularly dangerous as the lane is very narrow and there is nowhere for pedestrians to get out of the way of vehicles. Previously we investigated the possibility of providing stepped access from the hill into the Heritage Field, so providing a safer route for walking. However, at the Annual Parish Meeting last April, a member of the public suggested a much easier solution – providing pedestrian lay-bys at the sides where walkers could safely allow cars to pass. Since then, the council have been looking into this idea. The hedges to both sides have already been cut back to the verge edges, and a meeting has been held with Norfolk Highways Department. This meeting identified areas where two safe passing places for pedestrians could be provided. Therefore, we are hoping that early in the new financial year this work will be completed. This scheme has been accomplished because of an idea raised at last year’s Annual Parish Meeting. The next meeting is on 25 April at the village hall. If you have any ideas at all about improvements you would like to see in your village, however small, please come along and let us hear from you. As you see above, your idea could be implemented. TASBURGH ANNUAL PARISH MEETING 25TH APRIL 2017 TASBURGH VILLAGE HALL 8.00pm (Refreshments from 7.30pm) All Welcome 6

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Tasburgh Parish Council Many of you will already have heard of the Imagined Land Project. This is a very exciting chance to find out about the history of our village and is fully supported by the Parish Council. If you would like to get involved, please read the article later in the magazine on Page 27


Our new facebook page is now up and running

( Here you can keep up-to-date with everything that is happening in and around the village, so please do like us. Remember too that if you have an event you would like to publicise, it can be placed on the information page on our website. Email details to the clerk at

Also, a reminder about the defibrillator which is situated at the side of the village hall. If you do need to use this, you will be given the code to open the box and retrieve the defibrillator when you call for an ambulance. Remember that everyone is welcome to attend Parish Council meetings. Agendas are available on noticeboards or on our website and there is an opportunity to give your views during the public participation item on the agenda. Jill Casson Vice Chair 7

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South Norfolk Council


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Tasburgh Eurolink By the time you read this we will have had our Wine Tasting on February 25th with Brian from Harper Wells. As usual it has been over-subscribed and I’m sure it will have been a most enjoyable evening as it always is. This year it’s our turn to visit our friends in Belgium so a group of us will be travelling to Linden on 27th of April and staying until the 1st of May. The programme for the visit has not yet been announced but whatever we do it will be fun. I’m pleased to say that a host family has been found for the most recent couple to join Eurolink on the Tasburgh side, so, even after 28 years, the twinning continues to thrive and evolve. I don’t know if or how Brexit will affect us, but I do know that the many friendships built up over the years will remain strong. There will be the usual Safari Supper in the summer. I’m afraid the date has not yet been set, but we will know after our next committee meeting on 27th February so look out for that and feel free to contact us to find out. Those who have taken part in the past will tell you how much fun can be had visiting various houses to sample five courses of home cooking (well, five if you count a drink to start and cheese and biscuits with coffee to finish!) Where else could you get such good value at £10 a head? All you have to provide is your own tipple, cutlery, plates and glasses. We are always happy for new people to join us formally to take part in the twinning weekends or to just join us in our activities here in the village. If you would like to know more about Eurolink, who we are and what we do, please do contact us. We are a friendly lot and would love to hear from you.

Contacts: Helen Burnett : Or Alan Jones:


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Tasburgh Village Hall

PROMISES & THANKS It has been another busy six months of fundraising for the Village Hall. As the winter edition of the Quarterly went to press last November we had just held our 10th Anniversary Art Exhibition. We marked the occasion by organising our first amateur photographic competition, with adult and children photographers entering pieces across the four categories of ‘People’, ‘Nature’, Landscape’ and ‘Architecture’. We had some fantastic artistic and original compositions entered. We swiftly followed the art exhibition with the first Village Hall led Auction of Promises, organised by trustees Helen Burnett and Viv Taylor, with invaluable help from Roger Burnett who put together the auction catalogue. We would like to thank all the individuals and companies who made the Auction of Promises so successful by donating goods and services, advertising, helping with the production, printing and distribution of brochures, attending and bidding in person or by sealed bid. TSSC subsidised the printing of the brochure, thirteen local companies advertised in it and many people bought copies, even if they could not attend the auction itself. There were 56 lots to bid for on the night, ranging from a sausage making experience and day with a local beekeeper, to a tour of the Houses of Parliament and a Christmas cake made and decorated by local Great British Bake-off contestant Kate. There was a good turnout with 18 people bidding, and many sealed bids from people who could not attend, who paid between £1 and £200 to obtain the objects of their desires. A very special thank you goes to ourauctioneer David Hughes who ran the proceedings with good humour and coaxed people to bid just a little more for so many of the items. In the end a total of almost £2,000 was raised to go towards the badly needed refurbishment of the toilets – not a glamorous cause but a most necessary one. Most recently we all put on hold any New Year’s resolutions of eating healthily or trying to lose a few pounds (in weight), to indulge in a great range of delicious desserts at the second Village Hall Pudding Night. 10

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Tasburgh Village Hall Our winning pud, with nine public votes, was a superb Oreo cheesecake baked by our youngest pudding contributor Hannah Schug – perhaps a ‘Great British Bake-off’ contestant for the future? Please see the Quarterly’s ‘Date for the Diary’ feature for the Village Hall’s next fundraising activities. Having financially strengthened our ‘Development fund’ through our fundraising efforts we are trying to make some much needed improvements to the halls’ facilities. In January, we bought two new picnic tables for users of the playing field and in February, we purchased two new Belling cookers to give hall hirers more flexible and efficient catering options. We plan to complete the kitchen improvements at a later date, turning our immediate attention to refurbishment of the main hall toilets, and I hope to be able to report that the works are under-way in the next Quarterly article. At this point I would like to thank the Tasburgh Sports and Social Club (TSSC) for paying for the electrical works that allowed the safe installation of our new cookers. This is just the most recent in a series of generous donations TSSC has made to the Village Hall over the last few years, which included the laying of the outside patio area and fencing, and replacement of several doors and windows in the small hall. We hope that the Village Hall Management Committee and TSSC will continue to work in support of each other. Finally, I would like to thank Tony Lacey who recently stood down as Chair of the Village Hall Management Committee. In his role as Trustee, Treasurer and more recently Chair Tony made great strides improving the advertisement and promotion of the hall, for example through establishing the Village Hall website and last year an on-line booking system. Tony was instrumental in improving the efficiency of our running costs – most notably by overseeing the installation of the new heating system and replacement doors and windows, and tirelessly seeking out the best financial deals from our utility providers. As a consequence of Tony’s resignation, we are now actively seeking additional ‘Members of the Public’ to become Trustees. If you are a Tasburgh resident and care about the facilities available to our community, then please consider joining the committee. If you would like to find out more about what is involved, please contact the committee Secretary Rebecca Orford ( 11

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Norfolk County Council

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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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. Identifying those in need of assistance in the village can be our most difficult task. Whilst previously the elderly may have been seen as the obvious persons requiring help, and we continue to support them when we can, in the current economic climate working families may be those with the lowest income. Others could include those temporarily or long term unemployed residents enduring illness, students, or anybody suffering a loss of income for any other reason. We meet to make decisions about distributions twice annually in May and November and for urgent requests on other occasions in-between. Among the factors taken into consideration is a general idea of the family income, for that reason we ask for a few facts about the overall income / expenditure for the applicant’s household. Our application form is simple to complete, all information is kept completely confidential. 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. Geoff Merchant 14 Orchard Way 470606.

Mr Ben Goodfellow Rookery House, Saxlingham Lane, 470668

Rev’d Martin Hartley, The Rectory, Church Hill 07849105554 13

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Tas Valley Pre-School and Playgroup Tas Vall ey

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We run 5 sessions a week Monday to Friday 9.30 to 12.30 at Tasburgh Village Hall. for all children aged 2 to 5 plus a Monday afternoon session 12.30 to 3.30 for pre-schoolers We currently have spaces in all sessions. Funded 2, 3 and 4 year-olds accepted. It is always a busy time for us in the lead up to Christmas. We had a very successful Shopping Evening in November – thank you to everyone who came along and we plan to repeat it again next year. For the children, there was the usual range of pre-Christmas activities. We made Christingles, stockings, gingerbread men, lanterns, baubles, cards and crackers, and had Santa’s grotto as our role-play. We attended the nativity play at the school, and loved our visit to the ‘Living Nativity’ at the church, even although unfortunately illness had seriously depleted our numbers that day. Then the finale for the term was our party and own nativity play. So far this term we have made calendars, had a dinosaur theme, and been all over the world in our role-play aeroplane. We have also made full use of the new cookers at the village hall by making cookies and pizzas, which we then ate for our lunch. Chinese New Year and Valentines Day have been celebrated too. Next, we are planning a Science week – these have proved very popular in the past, and will be making pancakes. Then we will be making presents for Mother’s Day, getting outside to look for signs of Spring (hopefully), and having crafts and activities related to Easter.

For more information or to register a place please contact: Gemma Rose at Or feel free to pop in and see us any time 14

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Do you have a child aged 3 or under? Are you likely to be looking for childcare in the next 2 years? From September of this year, if you work at least 16 hours a week and

earn less than ÂŁ100,000 pa, then you will be entitled to 30 hours of free funded child care if you have a child aged 3 or 4. Tas Valley Pre-school and Playgroup currently opens for 18 hours per week. We are trying to determine the possible future demand for this extended entitlement in the local area, and whether it is sustainable for us to consider opening for longer hours in order to meet that demand. If you do not currently have a child at our playgroup, but feel that you may be interested in the next 2 years, and you could be entitled to the 30 hours For more information please contact our supervisor Jill Casson on 01508 470334 or at 15

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1st Tasburgh Sea Scout Group A word from the Group Scout Leader 2017 got off to a flying start for Tasburgh Sea Scouts as we had our annual trip to the Theatre Royal Panto organised by Kirsteen. We took up the front of the stalls with 177 of us (young people and their families) enjoying the show. It was great to see a couple of our youngsters up on the stage, and I am sure we gave the loudest cheer! We have had a few changes in our leadership team over the last couple of months. Firstly, Kirsteen has stepped down from being Beaver Leader (after a long time!). We are truly grateful for all she has done in the section, and presented her a scrapbook of memories and a rather nice plate. We have not lost her completely from the group, as she has taken over the role of Treasurer from Steve. I am pleased to announce that Karen is looking after the admin side of Beavers while our new leader, Dani, is coming on board which will begin to happen this term. At our AGM last year, we announced that Angela was changing role from being Chairperson to becoming a leader. She is now working with both the Cub and Scout sections which is really great. The role of Chair has passed on to Gerald, who is beginning to get more involved. Paul has started helping at Scouts rather than Explorers last term, and Trudy has swapped to Explorers along with our new Explorer Leader Ryan. We have also now got Charlotte and Tom as leaders at Scouts as they have both turned 18. Our leadership team is very strong but we could do with a few more regular helpers across all the sections to give us some flexibility as not everyone can attend every week. If you feel you could give just one night a month please get in touch. If you do not feel helping on a Thursday or Friday night is really for you then help on the Exec committee would be appreciated.


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1st Tasburgh Sea Scout Group All of our sections are planning exciting activities and events this year which I am sure will keep our 100+ young people both entertained and develop their skills. At the moment our Beaver, Cubs and Explorer sections are all full to bursting, with Scouts slightly lower in numbers as older ones have moved up. We are operating waiting lists for all sections. Unfortunately we missed out on Water Activity Weekend this year. We have attended this camp regularly but it is always over subscribed. We are looking at alternatives. The Cubs are planning a camp in June, and I am sure we will be organising some nights away for the other sections. Looking ahead we are already registered to attend NorJam in 2018. This is a good value but expensive camp for our young people so we will be looking to organise some fundraising activities, please support them when you hear about them. Finally, I can’t leave this report without mentioning Roger Knight. As many of you will know Roger sadly passed away just after Christmas. He (along with Diane Bruton) was instrumental in setting up our Explorer Section, which has grown from around 5 original youngsters to nearly 30. Roger was able to pop in to the Explorer Section just before Christmas, and we shared a hug and a few tears as we discussed the legacy he has left through the formation of this section. A number of our past and existing Explorers were able to attend the service for Roger at St Mary’s Church and I am sure Roger would have been proud to see them there. We have decided to create a new award within the group in Roger’s name, which will be given to one of our Young Leaders to recognise their contribution to the group. This will be awarded for the first time at out AGM in July. Graham Pates

If you feel you could get involved with the Tasburgh Scout Group T please get in touch with me.

Graham Pates (Group Scout Leader) 01508 471518 17

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TASBURGH OUTREACH POST OFFICE TASBURGH VILLAGE HALL Opening Times: Tuesday 9.30am - 12.30pm Thursday 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Tasburgh’s Annual Meeting of the Parish Tuesday 25th April 2017 Tasburgh Village Hall 8pm (refreshments from 7.30pm) All Parishioners are invited to attend 18

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Spring 2017

Farewell from the Hartley family Sadly our time living in Tasburgh is coming to an end. The last (nearly) four years have gone so quickly. It seems like only five minutes ago that I was writing the letter for the quarterly when we arrived, full of optimism and excitement for what lay ahead. We have really enjoyed our time in Tasburgh and have made some really good friends. Thank you for making us feel so welcome, and for all the support we have received during our time here. I’ve had an opportunity to minister to many of you, and it’s been a real privilege to have been able to do so. A new chapter has opened up for us as I prepare to be the next vicar at St Catherine’s, Mile Cross, so we’re not moving far. Please drop in for tea/coffee/beer anytime. This is an exciting opportunity, in a context that I feel God is calling me to work in. An opportunity to use everything that I’ve learnt, in building up the gathered people of God, so they may look outwards to the un-gathered people of God, and share the good news of Jesus Christ with them. One of the first things we noticed was the sense of community here in Tasburgh, and it’s been wonderful to be a part of that. Through the Church of course, but also Freedom Cafe, the School, Social Club and the Uniform organisations. Our final service here is going to be on 30 April 10:30 AM at St Marys Church, it would be lovely to see you there. My prayer for you is that you may be filled with the love and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Blessings Rev Martin 19

This operates in the Long Stratton Area providing emergency help in all sorts of family crises to people referred by local care agencies. Many of you will leave groceries at Tasburgh or Tharston Churches. There is a continuing need for UHT milk, long-life fruit juice, small jars of coffee, instant mash, rice pudding and men’s and women’s toiletries. The organisers are very grateful for the continuing support. Bi-monthly newsletter and more info:

March 1

Ash Wednesday Benefice Service of Penitence and Healing, St Peters Church, Swainsthorpe at 7.30pm April 22 Guild Coffee Morning 10.30-12noon, The Grange, Lower Tasburgh April 30 10.30 am Benefice Service for Martins last service at St Marys, Tasburgh May 17 Martins’ licensing service at St Catherine’s Mile Cross. 7pm May 25-June 4 24/7 prayer week at St Marys, Tasburgh

An international 10 days of prayer based on the Lord's Prayer, from 25 May - 4 June. We will be have a festival of prayer with different events for people of all ages and interests to help you engage with prayer in a variety of different ways. Details of events especially those in Tasburgh and Tharston churches, will be publicized nearer the time.

Tharston Church Warden:

Mrs Pat Read 530 325

Please feel very welcome to come to worship at Tharston Church. The services at Tharston are usually from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer with its traditional language. Please do check service times with the churchwarden or on the Tas Valley website: as unavoidable changes may occur. The Annual Church Parochial Church meeting has been set for Thursday April 27th 7.30 at Tharston Church and all Residents are invited to attend. The Annual Church Fete will be held on Saturday July 22nd and full details will follow later. It is hoped that Tharston Church will be having a new Floor during 2017/2018, as the first stage of a possible re-ordering and it is hoped that a series of fund raising events will take place possibly later in the year with the added aim of rekindling the Village Community spirit. Again full details will announced throughout the village prior to each of the events.

March 19


B.C.P 1662 Holy Communion

March 26

11.00am Mothering Sunday Service

April 9


B.C.P 1662 Holy Communion - Palm Sunday-

April 16


Easter Day Communion

May 21

11.00am B.C.P 1662 Morning Prayer

May 28

11.00am Rogation Service

We are now Recruiting! Come and sing with us. See our article in the main body of the Quarterly.

If you are alone, its very easy to feel isolated, so why not join us. Coffee Pot in the church room can provide you with some company. We are a friendly group who meet every Wednesday from 2-3.45pm, for a chat with tea or coffee & cake. So come along, meet some old friends and make some new ones. All ages most welcome. Contact Val on 470 298

St Mary’s Freedom Café gathers at 10.30 on the first Sunday of every month, at Preston Primary School. We are so pleased to see new people and to welcome back regulars. Please feel welcome to just come to see what it’s about or speak to Andrea on 471 529.

Prayer Visiting from house to house has taken place during the lighter warmer months and we continue to pray for the residents of the village at the fortnightly local house of prayer meeting. If you know of anyone who needs visiting or has a prayer request please contact me. Remember there is a confidential telephone ‘prayer chain’ to offer prayer for any situations that arise in life, which you would value the prayers of others. Contact: Kate on 471 356

Tasburgh Church Wardens:

Julia Orpin 470 983

Kate Cakebread 471 356

A big thank you to everybody who supported St Mary’s gift day. We had a wonderful response raising £6300. We have gift aid to claim back as well, so the final total will be in excess of £7000.

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BCP Morning Prayer Freedom Café, Preston School Compline Holy Communion & Children’s Church Compline All Age Service Compline Mothering Sunday Service Compline BCP Morning Prayer Freedom Café, Preston School Compline Palm Sunday Service Compline All Age Good Friday Service Easter Day Holy Communion Service Word Service Benefice Service for Martins leaving BCP Morning Prayer Freedom Café, Preston School Holy Communion & Childrens Church All Age Worship Service Benefice Praise Service

The Tharston History Society meets every other month, each meeting having a main theme or topic, sometimes with a guest speaker, which we hope helps people to understand and appreciate the people and events which have helped to make Tharston what it is today. We also have some on-going projects that some of our members are undertaking. Whilst our society names Tharston, it is open to others from neighbouring villages; already we have people from villages nearby who join us, including Tasburgh. Should anyone wish to participate please do so and join a group of extremely friendly people, all with an interest in some way with history. We would not be averse to helping others from nearby to find out more about their village and its people, so widening our geographical remit. We also have members who are involved in genealogy, and anyone with similar interests might find our group worthwhile. Anyone interested in getting started on their family tree will find people here to help. We have a website which can be found at containing quite a lot of information and details of our meetings. If you are interested make contact through the website or email Nigel at:

We meet on the first Monday at 2.30pm in Tasburgh, Church Room New members and visitors would be very welcome March 6 - Thailand with Helen Burnett April 3 - Lyn Berwyk Trust with Trixie Dye April 22 - Coffee Morning 10.30am-12noon, The Grange, Lower Tasburgh by kind invitation of Mr & Mrs Crawshay May 8 - Africa 50 Years Ago with Caroline Beer June 5 - Up the Amazon with Steve Beckett Please contact Janet Baker on 471 063 or Ann Crawshay on 470 634 for more information Thank you for all your support at fundraising events.

Cells are vital units of the body - and cells in church life are small groups, which contain the DNA of what it means to be church. We meet to grow in faith, to pray and support each other, to learn from the bible and to join in actively sharing our faith and serving the wider community. New members are welcome to get in touch. Cell Contacts: Andrea Sluman Freedom Cafe Cell, Tuesday evenings 471 529 Kate Cakebread Wednesday evenings in Tasburgh 471 356 Sally Gaze Wednesday evenings in Newton 470 762 Richard Bond Wednesday evenings in Saxlingham 578 093 Andy Cox Thursday evenings in Tharston 471 334 Vicky Ball Thursday evenings in Newton 471 506 Wayne Doman Saturday Special Me Group for people with special needs and their families 471 933 Youth Cells (JAM) meet on Monday evenings 7-8.30 to explore faith and have fun together. Contact:; or 470 762 Parent and Toddler Alpha Group meet on alternate Thursday mornings at Newton Flotman. Contact:; or 470 762

The Local House of Prayer (HOP) meets in Tasburgh, to pray for and bless our community. We would like to invite Christians of all denominations who live here, to join us in this venture, especially if you do not worship at St. Mary’s. Our vision is to see brothers and sisters in Christ, meeting together to pray for the residents of the village of Tasburgh and surrounding area, to be truly blessed and that all will come to know the Living Lord. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10 - 11.15am at 26 Chestnut Road, Tasburgh. If you would like more information or to enquire further please contact Andrea on 471 529. We look forward to welcoming you to our home.

Bible Study Group - Meets on Tuesday afternoons at 2.15pm. New people would be very welcome. Please contact Philip Simmons 499 041 Children’s Church - Tasburgh has a Children’s Church for children aged from three years. This runs on the second and fourth Sunday each month 9.30-10.30am All welcome. Contact Andrea Sluman on 471 529 Emmanuel Group. Local House of Prayer - Meeting weekly, at 10am on Fridays. For more details phone Shirley Brooks 470 369 Local House of Prayer - 1st and 3rd Wednesday Mornings at 10.00am Please phone Andrea 471 529 for further information Music in Worship - If you’d like to sing in Tasburgh Church Choir or explore learning the organ, phone Sarah Norman on 471 505 Prayer - for the parishes takes place every day. Please give prayer requests to a churchwarden, clergy person, prayer box or board in church. On Wednesdays we meet to pray at Tasburgh Church at 9.00am Tasburgh Craft Group - Come and try new skills in a relaxed atmosphere. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month, 10am – 12noon in the Church Room, Tasburgh. Contact Julia on 471 833 Tasburgh Coffee Pot - Come and make new friends at the Coffee Pot. We meet every Wednesday from 2 - 3. 45pm in the Church Room, Tasburgh for a chat with tea or coffee & cake. All ages welcome. Contact Val on 470 298

Team Rector Rev’d Canon Sally Gaze: 01508 470 762 The Rectory, Church Road, Newton Flotman NR15 1QB Team Vicar Rev’d Dawn Davidson: 01508 498 924 The New Rectory, The Street, Saxlingham Nethergate, NR15 1AJ Pioneer Curate and main minister for Tasburgh Rev’d Martin Hartley: 0784 910 5554 The New Rectory, Church Hill, Tasburgh NR15 1NB Contributions for the next Church Newsletter by Friday May 5, 2017

Imagined Land Project

You may have heard that the Norfolk Archaeological Trust has received a Lottery grant to work with local people on the discovery and celebration of Tasburgh Enclosure.

Will you help us to discover the history on your doorstep? We will be publishing a calendar of events soon. But for now there are many ways to get involved: It's all free and training, equipment are provided.

We are looking for: RESEARCHERS- RECRUITING NOW Working with experienced researchers to delve into the archives. This will help us to find out more about how the land and surrounding village have changed over the years. We are looking for about 12 people who can spare some time during the day in March. DIGGERS - IN MAY 2017 All ages to work with experienced archaeologists to identify and excavate 'test pits' around the land. There are plenty of jobs - not just digging. A CREATIVE HISTORY GROUP - TASBURGH in 2017 A key group helping us to make decisions about how we spend the grant. With the help of artistic partners the group will plan community events inspired by the history that we uncover: a discovery day and exhibition, creative summer workshops and a final performance and lantern procession in September. You can read more about the project by visiting and clicking the links to the Imagined Land website and blog, or call Simon Floyd, Project Manager on 0789 6781 574 or email We hope to see you at a discovery in the near future!

Tasburgh Quarterly and Church News - Spring 2017

Preston Primary School

Since the last bulletin in October the school calendar has been very busy On 3rd and 4th of November Netball Club, Garden Gang, Strictly Come Dancing and swimming started. Also on 4th November there was a Tag Rugby event at Long Stratton High School. On Tuesday 15th November it was the SNSSP Cross Country Finals. There were a large number of children in each race and seven out of ten runners qualified for the next round, Congratulations. On 23rd November SNSS Tag Rugby Team Finals. Our highly committed and determined team gained a tenth place. Wednesday 30th November Ladybirds Theatre Trip. To Norwich Playhouse to see “We’re going on a Bear Hunt. An exciting event for the children. Friday 2nd December, Children‘s Market Evening On Tuesday 13th December and Thursday 14th December it was the Children’s Nativity Play. All the school had worked hard for this and as usual it was a lovely event. The singing was excellent and the acting by the younger children amazing. A special performance for Senior citizens and the Playgroup was held on Monday 12th with drinks, mince pies and biscuits. This event is very much appreciated by many older people in the village and is looked forward to each year. If you are retired and have not received an invitation and would like to be included in future, please get in touch with the school and we will add you to our list. Wednesday 15th December – The Living Nativity in the Church was attended by all the children and was a very impressive event. Friday 16th December to Wednesday January 5th - Christmas Break. Wednesday 11th January KS2 swimming Gala at Long Stratton 28

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Preston Primary School Friday 13th January U11 CSF Football Schools Cup. Our team played very well. Tuesday 24th January Swimming Finals at UEA Sports park. We had three pupils qualifying for our school and one pupil has qualified for the Norfolk finals. Friday 3rd February School Disco Tuesday 7th February Year 6 Languages Day at LSHS Thursday 9th February Year 6 Trip to Parliament Friday 10th Norfolk Schools Games Cross Country 13th – 17th February –Half Term The school is to be involved in an archaeological project on the heritage field later this year. Many more events before Easter and they will be included in the next Bulletin Jean Campling

POWER CUT? CALL 105 There is a new national phone number “105” which was launched earlier in the year by electricity network operators for customers to call should they need to report or get information about a power cut in their area. Dialing 105 will put customers through to their local electricity network operator. 105 is just one of the ways that customers can contact their electricity network operator – they can also contact them by phone or via their website, and most network operators are on social media too. 105 is a FREE SERVICE and customers can call 105 no matter who they buy electricity from. 29

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Tasburgh Allotment Society Down on the Allotments It’s the difficult one; the report from the coldest, wettest and darkest months of the year. Maybe if you’ve got winter greens you’ll still have some harvesting to do on your site and of course you could be digging the plot over if the weather allows. But that said, personally I’m not ticking either of those boxes so you might be getting an idea where this report is heading. I have to admit, in all honesty, I’ve simply not been putting the winter hours in. It’s already the start of February and not a sod has been dug over. All plot holders start the year with the dream that this is the year. The year when we will get it all right, we’ll put in the hours and give the plot the attention it deserves. And we really do mean it initially. Then at some point, often as weeds take over in the spring, we feel it begin to slip. I’ve already got that feeling now and it’s only the 5th of February. Partly the problem is the issue of ‘out of sight out of mind’ with allotment ownership. If your garden looks a tip then every day it lets you know but it’s all too easy to forget your allotment exists during the winter. So the first job of the year and I’m already behind with my digging. Excuses..? Yes plenty of those. Allotment holders have a whole bunch of these ready at hand. At this point I’ll throw in the almost constant frozen conditions we’ve had through January and I’m sure I read somewhere that you don’t want to turn frozen soil in. I know I’m really just searching through my well used list of reasons and pulling a random one out though. So it’s the time to do something about it. Its early Sunday morning for me as I write and in keeping With the theme of this report I can’t make it to The plot this morning as I am a bit busy dealing With a dozen or so under 8 year olds and a Bowling party - but this afternoon.................... Yes that’s when I’ll start the digging or is that 30

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Tasburgh Allotment Society rain forecast going to arrive........?? PS. As a follow up; the sun shone, the rain stayed away and I did finally manage that first hour of digging in the afternoon. Others on site had clearly been busy, and the paths were tidy thanks to mowing from Simon Bealing and Chairman Mick. Looks along way to go on my plot but psychologically the start has been made. I’m starting to get that feeling again. Oh yes, this could still be the year when it all comes together..?

Look out for a date to be arranged for a special Village Spring Tidy. Possibly an announcement in the Quarterly and certainly posted on the Village Noticeboards. Also if you fancy adopting a road to keep tidy throughout the year (maybe one you regularly walk or a road close to where you live) please get in touch to add yourself to the Tidy Tasburgh Network Simon Orford TAS Secretary 07867914307 31

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Tasburgh Church Choir

COME & SING! Are you first up for karaoke? Do you sing in the shower and use your hairbrush as a microphone? Most people can sing quite well, but lack of opportunity and confidence often hold them back. Whether you’re a secret Katherine Jenkins, Britney Spears or Gary Barlow, singing in a group of other people is really beneficial, it releases chemicals in our brains that make us feel good and if you watch Gareth Malone or singing shows on TV, you will see what pleasure people take in it. Tasburgh Church Choir is a small group which not only sings at church services but also weddings, the annual carol services and occasionally at other events, such as the Gift Day last November and the World War 1 Memorial concert two years ago. Which were very successful. We want the choir to thrive and develop so that we can continue to serve the village and possibly take on new and more ambitious projects. We are looking for male and female members of from age eight upwards. there is no audition but we do like people to be able to sing in tune. We usually have one rehearsal a month but more if we’re doing something special. While it would be great if some people wanted to join in supporting Sunday services, we also want to recruit a pool of people who are able to sing on other occasions like weddings and the carol concert . If you can read music that’s a bonus but it isn’t essential as we often learn something new by hearing. This is a completely free activity, right on your doorstep, and if we get enough interested people we will organise some singing workshops. If you are interested contact Sarah Norman email or telephone 01508 471505. 32

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Tasburgh Memories The earliest known Tasburgh houses were of wood under thatch. These Saxon houses were in a cluster around the church. They had a room with a door on either side one of which had a porch. One roomed houses were open to the rafters had a hearth on the floor with the smoke escaping through a hole in the roof. Incredibly they were still in existence in Norfolk in the 17th c. Graphically described by Bishop Hall of Norwich as "a silly cot whose thatched spars furred with sluttish soot a whole inch thick. In 1511 Robert Dalle described his house in Tasburgh as made with wrights work, thatching and daubing and fenced around. Brick built Chimneys were the 16th & 17th c status symbols. Yeoman's houses of around 1550 had a large central hall in which family and servants lived where cooking was done on an open hearth. One end had a parlour the other a pantry and buttery used for brewing, dairying and pig curing. The earlier part of Old Hall farm was of this style. Timber framed houses were built until about 1800 but increasingly during the 18th c brick and tiles were used. The Mill House and Tasburgh House were built during this period. In the larger houses the hall as a living room was replaced by a kitchen and parlour Timber cottages were still built by the parish for the poor one being in Marl Bottom. Timber shortages around 1800 meant that clay lump was used especially for farm buildings. The 19th c saw some flint cottages but most were of brick. Two examples The Old Horseshoes and Forge Cottage being built between 1818 and 1840. Dave Moore Thank you to those who responded to my request in the last quarterly for Kellys Directories. It was successful. I am still interested in others 01508 471041 33

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Tasburgh Tips and Treats

FRENCH MADELEINES These little cakes are so pretty and so easy. The best recipe I have found is this one by Michel Roux Jr. Bake a batch of these buttery little French cakes to have with a cup of tea or coffee or to accompany a dessert. One is definitely not enough! You will need a 12-cup madeleine tray. There is a standing joke in my family that I spend all my time in Lakeland and when my sister comes over from Australia it is the first place we visit. However, Lakeland does have a silicone madeleine tray that almost guarantees a problem free bake. Once you have made these you will use it again and again as the recipe is so quick. If you need a batch quickly you can cut down the ‘standing’ time. Only make them on the day of eating and best eaten within an hour of cooking! Ingredients 2 free-range eggs 100g/3½oz caster sugar 100g/3½oz plain flour, plus extra for dusting 1 lemon, juice and zest ¾ tsp baking powder 100g/3½oz butter, melted and cooled slightly, plus extra for Greasing Method 1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Brush the madeleine tray with melted butter or rubbed with a butter paper, then shake in a little flour to coat, tapping out the excess. 2. Whisk together the eggs and the sugar in a bowl until frothy. Lightly whisk in the remaining ingredients. Leave to stand for 20 minutes before carefully pouring into the prepared madeleine tray. 3. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the mixture has risen a little in the middle and is fully cooked through. Transfer the madeleines to a wire rack and leave for a few minutes to cool slightly. Julie Lawrence 34

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CALLING ALL BUDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS IN TASBURGH Do you enjoy taking seasonal photographs? Would you like one of your photographs to be featured on the front page of future Tasburgh Quarterly Magazines? If the answer is YES then we would like to see them. Please email your photographs for consideration to

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Tasburgh Sports and Social Club

Chairmans Blog Since my last blog of November 2016 the club has had a spate of “best evers�. Yes we had the best ever Christmas period which included a full house for the Boxing day afternoon session and the best ever New Years Eve with singing and dancing to the band 2 Up 3 Down going on into the first full hour of 2017. We followed that with the best ever Burns Night on January 27th with our favourite duo The Harvs playing some memorable songs and tunes to a packed house, with vast amounts of haggis, neeps, tatties and lovely gravy with a wee dram of the amber nectar mixed in. A great night was had by all and we will be doing the same next year. The Harvs are booked already! Back in December we had our first Games night which was a idea by one of our members Lee Lowe. It was so successful we are repeating them every 2 months. The next are being held on 24th February and 7th April. If you fancy a game of snakes and ladders, monopoly, or any other board game we can think of then pop into the club for a fun evening.


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Tasburgh Sports and Social Club Looking ahead to other events at the club as well as those advertised on the back of this issue. We will be supporting any event planned for the Imagined Lane Project. For those of you who attended the Open Meeting on February 15th will know this will be very interesting for the residents and village of Tasburgh. An event which we have not yet finalized a date for but could either be in June or July is the return of Valerie Hartzell, the Classical Guitarist who played at the Hall last year. So watch out for the advert for this not to be missed Sunday afternoon

REMEMBER The Club is open between 2pm and 6pm. We will also be open during the 6 Nations Rugby Tournament

All the games on Saturdays and Sundays can be seen on our big screen TV.

FINALLY don’t forget to renew your membership at the end of March. Those of you who get the Club’s Information Newsletter will get their renewal form via e-mail which can be completed and returned to the club with your subscription. If you do not have an email do not worry as the form will be sent out in the post to you. Don Proudfoot Chairman 37

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Tasburgh Parish Council now has a projector with sound facility. This is available free of charge for use by other village groups. If you would like to book it please email the Clerk Dates for Your Diary Saturday 22nd April Tuesday 25th April

Saturday 3rd June

Saturday 15th July

Quiz & Spud Night Village Hall 7pm Annual Parish Meeting Village Hall 8.00pm (Refreshments from 7.30pm) Community Fete, Village Hall & Playing field (please note this will replace the fete normally held in September TSSC Village Fun Day

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


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A large print version of the Tasburgh Quarterly and Church News is available upon request. Please contact 01508 494569. 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 suggestions for regular articles. All articles to the Parish Clerk, by 5th May 2017


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