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Useful Contacts Parish Council Chair Parish Council Clerk District Councillor County Councillor Norfolk Police Police HQ Wymondham Church Church News Parochial Church Council Yellow Pages Village Hall Secretary Bookings

Jill Casson 01508 470334 Tina Eagle 01508 494569 Mrs Florence Ellis 01508 536540 Mrs Alison Thomas 01508 530652 Emergency 999 Non-emergency 101 Rev’d Dawn Davidson Mrs Julia Orpin Mrs Julia Orpin

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Kay Lamb Mrs Sheila Plunkett Mrs Melanie Goodall

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Village Hall Preston Primary School Village Groups Playschool Hayley Defoe 01508 813355 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 Ann Crawshay 01508 470634 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


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 8pm. 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

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


Tasburgh Parish Council Parish Council Report South Norfolk District Council is working with Broadland District Council, Norwich City Council and Norfolk County Council to create a new Local Plan. This will determine where new housing will be placed, as well as allocating space for employment, recreation and other essential infrastructure, and will cover the period up to 2036. Three possible sites for new housing have been put forward for Tasburgh – we have to stress that at this point these only possible sites, nothing has been decided. YOU have the chance to help shape these proposals for the future, and the Councils involved want everybody’s input, not just Parish Councils. The full plan can be viewed at There is also a Roadshow to be held at South Norfolk District Council offices on 22 February, from 10.30 to 4.30, when full details of the plan can be viewed. Please do have your say, as this Plan will affect everybody living and working around Norwich. You can reply to the consultation at the web address above, or paper copies are available from South Norfolk District Council.

COMMUNITY SPEED WATCH SCHEME Following the advertisement in the last Quarterly magazine, we are pleased to announce that a number of people came forward expressing their willingness to join this scheme. Therefore the Tasburgh Community Speed Watch group should soon be up and running. Hopefully this will have an effect on the continuing problem of speeding around the village.

If anyone else would like to come forward, it’s not too late. Please contact the Parish Clerk, or Willie Crawshay, the Scheme Co-ordinator 6

Tasburgh Parish Council

POT HOLES A frequent problem reported to the Parish Council at the minute is that of the numerous potholes around Tasburgh. If these are reported to us, we do in turn report them to Norfolk County Council Highways Department. However, we know that they currently have a huge backlog to repair. It is possible to report potholes yourself at Hopefully, the more people who report particular potholes, the quicker they may be repaired.

TASBURGH ANNUAL PARISH MEETING 24th APRIL 2018 TASBURGH VILLAGE HALL 8.00PM (Refreshments From 7.30pm) **************** Finally, we are pleased to announce that the Parish portion of your Council Tax has been frozen for the year 2018/19. Budgeted expenditure has been retained at broadly the same levels as last year, due to the council ensuring good value for money on all purchases and projects. 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 Chair 7

South Norfolk Council


Tasburgh Eurolink A very quiet few months for the group with plans already in place for 2018, we’ve been ticking over like a well-oiled machine, hardly surprising after 29 years! Many Christmas greetings were sent to our Belgian families and good wishes for the New Year received in return, Christmas cards not being part of their culture. Tickets for our annual wine tasting in the Village Hall on February 24th, have been selling well and, by the time you read this, it will all be over for another year. Read all about it next time. Our attention is now turning to the visit of our Belgian friends at the end of May. The Village Hall is booked to welcome them on Thursday 31st May and the day trip to King’s Lynn on Saturday 2nd June just needs finalising. Information leaflets on King’s Lynn are being written by members of the Tasburgh group ready to go to Linden for translation. Although their English is good, it is hard to follow a guided tour given entirely in a language that is not your own unless you have a little background knowledge! If you see people you don’t know walking around the village between the 31st May and 4th June say “hello”, it could well be some of our Belgian friends. The date for our next Safari Supper has not yet been fixed, but there will certainly be one, so look out for the date in the next edition of the Tasburgh Quarterly.

As ever new members are always welcome to join us in Eurolink. Helen Burnett: Chair Alan Jones: Secretary


Tasburgh Village Hall

Reg. Charity No: 304085

2018 brings a new challenge in the near 70-year history of Tasburgh Village Hall. We have in place an excellent team of trustees with a range of expertise ensuring we meet the Hall’s needs. We are delighted to welcome our new Caretaker, Steve Wells, following a local advert last year. We know there are challenges in hall maintenance and upgrading facilities. We have three sub-committees to deal with Development, Fundraising, Finance and Procedure. We know the hall has cosmetic as well as practical needs and, to that end, fundraising needs to happen urgently. If any group has ideas for joint run events, please contact our Secretary. We recognise, and are thankful for, the support given by all user groups over many years of Hall hire. It is testament to those who started the Social Club 34 years ago that T.S.S.C. provides substantial financial support to improve facilities. We have a complete committee of trustees, but if you have ideas or offers of support for the hall, please make contact with our Secretary. We are a charity, although some financial support comes from Parish Council. Fundraising events, partnership funding, and grant applications are high on our needs list. Run since the ‘80s, we have a monthly lottery (the 300 Club) which we want new members for, so watch out for details. Dave Moore, Chair


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


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.


Tas Valley Pre-School and Playgroup Tas Valley

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We run 6 sessions a week Monday to Friday 9am to 12pm and Tuesday 12pm to 3pm at Tasburgh Village Hall for all children aged 2 to 5 plus a Monday afternoon session for preschoolers 12pm to 3pm Funded 2, 3 and 4 year olds accepted Spaces available for all sessions We have been learning this half term about transport – cars, trains, aeroplanes and tractors, and we’ve enjoyed talking about space and aliens. We will also be making rain gauges, windmills and kites to play with outside. At the end of January we had a visit from a local police officer to talk about safety, and we’re hoping to arrange for the fire service to visit soon too. A date for your diary – we are holding an Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday 24 March, 12-4pm at the village hall. Bring the children, find the Easter clues and win a chocolate egg, plus join in with Easter arts and crafts. We had a brilliant turnout last year and hope lots of you will join in the fun again this year. Tas Valley Preschool & Playgroup is a registered charity and we are managed by a committee of volunteer Trustees. If you are interested in joining the committee or would just like to know a bit more about what is involved, feel free to have a no obligation chat with Jill Casson or existing committee members. We also warmly invite grandparents, aunts/uncles or members of the local community to join the Committee – you do not have to be a parent of a child at the preschool to join.

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30 HOURS FUNDED CHILDCARE From September of this year, if you and your partner work, earning at least the equivalent of 16 hours a week at the National Living Wage (currently £7.50 per hour) and less than £100,000 per annum, then you will be entitled to 30 hours per week free funded childcare for 38 weeks a year if you have a child aged 3 or 4. Tas Valley Preschool and Playgroup currently opens for 21 hours per week, starting at 9.00am. We know that we cannot open for a full 30 hours per week because of the village hall availability. However, at the moment, we are able to offer 21 hours per week and this may increase to 24 hours in Seotenver 2018 (adding a Wednesday afternoon session 12pm to 3pm). Parents can split their funding entitlement between two settings, for example using 21 hours with us and 9 hours with a childminder or other nursery/preschool setting.

Even although we cannot offer the full 30 hours, we will accept children who are entitled to the extended entitlement for the hours that we are open.

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1st Tasburgh Sea Scout Group Following on from our annual trip to the panto at the Theatre Royal (thanks to Kirsteen for organising and sorting out over 190 tickets!) all sections have been very busy this term already. The Beavers have been very active, making bird feeders, working towards their challenge badge and having pancake races. They are looking forward to a District Activity Day in March and also have many other exciting things planned. The Cubs have had a visit to Long Stratton Fire Station and some of them attended a District event where they enjoyed various scouting activities. They have cooked pancakes and also have a packed programme. Scouts have had a night of international cooking, and have presented sketches to parents as part of their Entertainers Badge. All three younger sections will be having a visit from the Hawk and Owl Trust in March which will hopefully be very informative. The Explorer Camp at Roughton Mill was a great success, with a Murder Mystery dinner party written by two of the young people. They have also enjoyed cooking this term, and are beginning to plan some fund-raising for NorJam. We have a few camps to look forward to this year. In May we have the opportunity to go hill walking in the Peak District, and have also been lucky enough to get places at Water Activity Weekend at Decoy Broad. 15

1st Tasburgh Sea Scout Group The highlight of the year will almost certainly be NorJam, where we have 32 young people attending. This is quite an expensive camp for families so we will be continuing our fund raising activities, aimed at reducing the cost where possible. Look out for more news soon. If you feel you could get involved with the Sea Scout Group Contact

Graham Pates (Group Scout Leader) 01508 47151


Tasburgh Sports & Social Club

Chairman’s Blog Well that’s horrible January and February out of the way and spring is almost with us, so why not put those heavy winter coats away and pop down, or up,to the club and enjoy a glass or two of your favourite spring tipple. There is always a warm welcome and someone to chat with, of course if you are out in the garden on a Sunday afternoon put down the spade and fork and come and have a gardeners special while you plan out were to plant the spuds. Just a quick look back now to what’s been going on at the club since my last blog; This Christmas was the best ever, it was great to see everyone getting into the spirit of the season, and also collecting their prizes from the Christmas raffle. Boxing day afternoon was a great success with many Christmas jumpers on parade, I hope they emerge again this year. Our New Year’s Eve was the most successful ever with a very large number of happy people dancing into 2018 with the band Two up Three Down, of course the first of January was not too sharp for a few of us but we had better not dwell on that. To brighten up a dismal first month of the year we celebrated Burns Night on the 26th January a cracking good night was had by all with great entertainment from The Harvs, with Haggis, neeps and tatties served up by Christopher Budds a professional caterer, who by the way is joining the team at the club to look after us when we have events with food, I must say he made a great start with the Haggis, with yours truly doing an Oliver Twist by asking for and getting a second helping. Looking ahead to things coming up at the Club; with the return of the 17

Tasburgh Sports & Social Club Rugby Six Nation’s event we will be open and showing some match’s live on our Big Screen TV, so drop into the Club to check for tails of match’s and times. Don’t forget the monthly quiz which we hold on the third Sunday every month. Teams of four and six with a cash prize and bottles of wine to be won. Sunday March 18th, April 15th and May 20th. March 16th it is a Friday Club Night and also the return of the Shacketon Trio to entertain us for St Patricks night with their great renditions of folk and bluegrass. A night not be be missed so the Guinness, Irish Stew and Soda Bread will be availableat £4 per head. Friday April 13th and Friday 1st June will see the return of this year’s Games Nights. Feel free to bring your own but there are lots of board games available to choose from. Also in April we will be flying the flag for St George with music and songs from The Harvs plus food which could well be that old favourite sausage and mash at £4 a plateful. Looking ahead at events planned we have The Eurovision Song Contest Night on May 12th, and a 1940’s night with a big band and some Glenn Miller music in June watch out for the adverts for this event. So that just about wraps it up from me, but one thing I must remind you is the Annual Membership Renewal due at the end of March. You will have 28 days to renew your membership of the Club at £3. If you don’t renew you will need to re-join for £8 so it makes sense to renew as soon as you get your reminder. If you are still not a member then it’s about time you were! Joining will only cost £8. With drinks at Club prices which are well below what you might expect to pay at a pub.

‘MAKE THE SOCIAL YOUR LOCAL’ In doing so you are also supporting the Village Hall and other groups within the Community. Cheers for now Don “The Don” Proudfoot 18

Spring 2018

Easter is early this year, so by the time you read this, we’ll already be in Lent – traditionally a season of fasting during which we are encouraged to review our spiritual health and perhaps to give something up – in order to release extra time for prayer or some other spiritual discipline, such as Bible reading or meditation. What people choose to give up varies from eating chocolate, to reading the newspaper, to playing electronic games… we take these things up again, once Lent is over, as we celebrate the new life Jesus brings on Easter Sunday. But Lent can be an opportunity to declutter the home as well as the heart. Minimalism is a growing lifestyle choice among a wide range of people and for many reasons – maybe out of care for the environment or care for our mental health. And this too is linked to our spiritual wellbeing. Decluttering the heart involves leaving behind things that hold us back. It will be different for each of us but if we put our lives in God’s hands, He will wipe away our tears, heal our pain, enable us to learn from the past, give us peace for today and hope for the future – for a life enriched with the wisdom and character that is found in Him. Jesus’ death on Good Friday paid for all our wrong and His resurrection opens the way to new life. Easter is all about God’s offer of forgiveness and His welcome home to each one of us. Why not renew your faith this Easter – or perhaps discover it for the first time? Meanwhile, Lent calls us back to basics – to get our priorities in order. To prepare ourselves to appreciate even more the heart of Easter – the new beginning God longs to give us. God bless you during this season of Lent, at Easter and beyond!

Blessings Rev Dawn

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Women’s World Day of Prayer 2.00pm Long Stratton Congregational Church St Marys Guild Coffee Morning 10.30-12noon @ The Grange, Lower Tasburgh Tharston Walk and BBQ - time tbc, starting @ The Chestnuts, Chequers Road Benefice Service 9.30am at St Mary’s Church, Tasburgh

please note: At the current time, due to being short staffed, it is advisable to check service times with the church warden or on the Tas Valley website: as unavoidable changes may occur.

THARSTON CHURCH FETE The Fete will be held at Wheelers Barn by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Massey on July 21st, can you all make a note of this date please.

As part of our re-ordering fundraising for 2018, will be a walk of around 4/5 miles. It will be a circular walk from The Chestnuts in Chequers Road. There will be a Raffle and BBQ and the tickets must be purchased in advance at a cost of £5.00 per person, if you do not wish to walk you can still attend for the BBQ. Full details will be circulated to all households in Tharston during March. The walk is open to all and for those living outside Tharston who would like to support us, please contact: Chris Lawson on 530 055 or

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. Re-ordering Fundraising Following some generous donations and as a result of our fundraising events, our Fund increased in 2017 by nearly £19,000, for this we thank all those made this possible. We hope to continue to hold events during 2018 with a view to carrying out the initial stage of the re-ordering made necessary by the rotting floor. The question of conversion to the Village Community centre will be left for a later date and this will then become a “Village” rather than just a Church project. Public opinion on the intended changes will be sought early in 2018 before we proceed further. Christmas Carols by Candlelight This was on December 15th in a beautifully decorated Church. The large Congregation enjoyed the Mulled Wine, the Mince Pies and the singing, which once again was led by Tasburgh Church Choir. Many thanks to those who attended, helped with decorating the Church and supplied the refreshments with special thanks to the Choir.

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11.00am Matins/Morning Worship 8.00am BCP 1662 Holy Communion 7.30pm Compline for Holy Week No Service – please join Tasburgh at 9:30am 8.00am BCP 1662 Holy Communion 11.00am Matins/Morning Worship 8.00am BCP 1662 Holy Communion 11.00am Matins/Morning Worship

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 Warden:

Julia Orpin 470 983

Following on through Advent to a very busy Christmas time, which was celebrated with Carols, Christingle, Crib Service, Lessons & Carols and culminating in a visit from Bishop Alan, the Bishop of Thetford, celebrating midnight communion on Christmas Eve. The Crib Service was very enthusiastically enacted by children from the village and enjoyed by all the parents and grand-parents who came along. Well done Kate for bringing it all together so successfully. The Living Nativity was performed for Tasburgh & Saxlingham schools, the Playgroup and family & friends, well done to the Open the Book Team and their friends from Café Church. Easter comes early this year, so do all come and join us for our services, all are very welcome.

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THARSTON OPEN GARDENS We had intended to hold this in June 2018, but due to varying circumstances we have had to postpone until 2019, when we hope that we will be able to hold a full event. Once again if there is anyone else who would be prepared to take part would they please contact Chris Lawson who will be pleased to explain what is involved and remember that your Garden does not have to be manicured, it just has to be YOUR Garden.

We donate food to both the Norwich Food bank and the Waveney Foodbank via Long Stratton Church. There is a collection box at the back of Tasburgh Church which is emptied monthly, all donations are very welcome. Tas Valley Team Ministry have donated a total of more than 2,447kg of food up to the end of September. Based on the average weight this would feed approximately 326 people, who are

in crisis, for 3 days.

We meet on the first Monday at 2.30pm in Tasburgh, Church Room New members and visitors would be very welcome March 5 - Roman Art and Architecture with Roger Burnett April 9 - Chip and Chatter with Gerry Adams April 21 - Coffee Morning 10.30-12 noon at The Grange, Lower Tasburgh by kind invitation of Mr & Mrs W Crawshay May 14 - From East Africa to East Anglia with Louise Wright June 4 - Sutton Hoo with Caroline Beer 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 Lesley Cox Wednesday evenings in Newton 471 334 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: Lesley on 471 334 Parent and Toddler Alpha Group meet on alternate Thursday mornings at Newton Flotman. Contact: Andy on 471 334

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 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 Vicar Rev’d Dawn Davidson: 01508 498 924 The New Rectory, The Street, Saxlingham Nethergate, NR15 1AJ

Contributions for the next Church Newsletter by Friday May 4th 2018

Tharston & District WI At our January meeting we welcomed Charles Lewis who spoke of Norfolk in the Stage Coach Age, illustrated with large pictures projected onto the wall. Four days to reach London – perhaps the train is not so bad after all! It was fascinating to see how the journey developed with improvements to both roads and carriages, until the convenience and speed of the railway took over. Our February meeting is on ‘Hooter Holders’ - intriguing! The March meeting features ‘Bags of Love’. We do try to have something quite different. The W.I. always campaigns on topical issues and in January we voted for which resolution we wanted to go forward for further discussion at our May meeting. 2018 marks the 100th anniversary since the first W.I. resolution was passed, which focussed on the need for housing – topical then, topical now. It is also 100 years since some women gained the right to vote and to stand for election to the House of Commons. A new year and many new activities are planned: lunch, afternoon tea and a bluebell walk. Craft afternoons take place in February and March to share ideas and expertise as well as craft days to attend. Some members learning new skills and others are making items for entry into the Upper Waveney W.I.’s Exhibition in Hempnall village hall. This is open to visitors Friday 6th April 7–9 pm and Saturday 7th April 10–5 pm. Marmalade and pancakes take a central role in February within our W.I. A group of our members get together to peel, slice and cook the Seville oranges to make batches of marmalade. This is then sold, to help fund some of our events during the year. Shrove Tuesday is in February and this gives an excuse to feast on savoury and sweet pancakes. An event much enjoyed by members and friends. We meet in Wacton Village Hall on the second Thursday each month at 7.30 Meetings normally have a speaker, a sales table, bookstall and of course, cake and conversation. Come and visit for a friendly evening. Phone Gill on 01508 532468 27

Friends of Imagined Land Tasburgh We have been busy in recent months organising ourselves into two main areas of interest, with a view to carrying on the work which began last year under the Imagined Land project. Both Creative Tasburgh and the Tasburgh History Group are planning activities through the year so look for details in the March Quarterly. In the meantime we are developing a website which will be freely available and will be applying for Heritage Lottery Funding. The sheep which featured in the September 2017 pageant will shortly be moving to new homes so if you walk the village, watch out for them! Finally, we would like to thank Tasburgh Sports and Social Club for generously allowing us to hold general meetings in the Social Club.

The History Group Is being led by Caroline Lowton. They will be researching for an exhibition about the village old and new later this year. If you or your family have memories and anecdotes of Tasburgh in bygone days as well as photographs, paintings, etc. and are willing to share it with us please contact: Caroline on 01508 470343 or email her at There are also plans to organise a test pit weekend in the late Spring/early Summer with support from archaeologist Giles Emery.

Creative Tasburgh Is led by Lyn McKinney and incorporates the Imagined Land Singers. They are planning a couple of events later in the year which will need musical accompaniment. One is an evening of music and readings in November to commemorate the end of WW1. At the moment we have a very capable flute player, but she is a bit lonely and it would be fantastic if we could find other musicians to join her. 28

Friends of Imagined Land Tasburgh So if you are a musician (any instrument) and able to play as part of an informal band, we'd love to hear from you. It will be occasional rather than a regular commitment. If this is something you can do, contact Lyn McKinney, on 01508 470535 or email you want more information or would like to join the umbrella group, FOIL (Tasburgh) or get involved in the Creative or History strands, please contact Adrienne Watts, Chair of Friends Of Imagined Land (Tasburgh), by email at or telephone 470217. If

OUR NEXT MEETING IS BEING HELD Wednesday 14th March 8pm in the Social Club ********* EVERYBODY IS WELCOME

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Preston Primary School

Preston Primary School has been a busy place to be since the last Quarterly. In November, some of the children from Years Three to Six took part in the South Norfolk Cross Country competition at Fritton Lakes. They spent many of their lunchtimes practising and performed extremely well in their races. Four of them made it through to the finals which will be held in late February at Holkham Hall. We look forward to cheering them on and hearing about their success. November was also a time for reflection within school. On Armistice Day, the children and staff gathered in silence around our outdoor labyrinth to share some of the children’s prayers and thoughts. The labyrinth was only completed last summer so having the school assembled around it felt incredibly special In December, we were anything but silent. At the beginning of the month, our oldest children took part in a bell ringing workshop and the school hall vibrated to the sound of bells being rung. Groups of children worked together to perform Christmas Carols using hand bells and the children were surprised to learn about the role mathematical patterns play when bells are rung in a church. “I felt amazed when I learned about blue lines. I never thought it was so complicated and mathematical.” After the bell-ringing, our school hall was filled with the sound of singing and young children practising their lines for our school nativity, the Magical Christmas Journey. The nativity certainly lived up to its name as the children delivered three wonderful performances which many of the audience thought was our ‘best nativity yet’. 30

Preston Primary School Just before the end of term, we held our very own Christmas Food Market. Each class made some edible delights which the children then sold to their families and friends. The treats on sale included chocolate fudge, stained glass cookies, snowman biscuits and chocolate apples. Hot chocolate stirrers and delicious truffles could also be purchased as well as edible reindeer poop! The market was a great success with each class raising enough money to buy some chosen resources for their classrooms. In January, the whole school took part in an activity afternoon to celebrate reaching our first ‘Numberkit’ target - 400 stickers. The ‘Numberkit’ was introduced in September to support each child in learning number facts and knowledge. The children were very proud to have achieved their first whole school target. I wonder how long it will take them to achieve their next target of 700. In the same month, some of the children in Years Five and Six had the opportunity to work with a professional drama team based at the UEA in order to contribute towards the training of paediatric doctors. By assuming the role of patients, the children gained a fascinating insight into how doctors are trained in the real world and had the exciting opportunity of working alongside some professional actors. The children that took part in this training were commended for their mature attitude and helpfulness. January has also been a busy month for our school choir. In the first full week of term, the children attended a very busy workshop at the Theatre Royal in which they explored music relating to the South Asian seasons. The children thoroughly enjoyed learning words from languages such as Tamil and Bengali and following the actions of the conductor on stage. Since then, they have been practising their singing and learning their words with care ready to perform at the music concert at the OPEN in Norwich. The children are incredibly excited by the thought of performing on stage as well as having the opportunity to taste some South Asian food. I will let you know how the concert goes in the next issue of the Quarterly. Georgina Rich Deputy Headteacher 31

Tasburgh Allotment Society The difficulty of writing a seasonal report is the delay in the actual writing getting to the reader. If I write now that I’m looking out of my window and its wet, cold and dark and feels very much in the middle of winter. Then you, reading, may well think ‘what on earth is he talking about?’ Hopefully by the time this is read we will be getting some serious signs of spring. The only serious signs of anything at the allotments right now are of the recent rather windy weather. Following the night of the storm in January, my visit next morning to the site, found our shed (and this is quite a heavy shed) on its back and flattening the rabbit proof fencing. I imagine, during the time it took me to find enough volunteers to haul it back up (thanks to Simon Scott, Colin Symonds and Lloyd Giacomelli), dozens of rabbits made it over the border and are now trapped inside the allotment site, preparing to cause havoc this spring to our plots. I may regret joking / owing up to that. Even more spectacularly than our tipped shed was a very hefty roof that flew a good 20m across the site off Simon Scott’s shed but, at least that proved to Simon that it was well made, as still in one piece. So, wind reports are about as exciting as it gets this time. We have won some funding though, to spruce up the Community plot and thanks to Graham Pates and Aviva for this. It will help with the getting the Playgroup and Beaver / Cubs / Scouts enthusiastic about growing stuff with us on site.


Tasburgh Allotment Society

Don’t forget the OPEN GARDEN DAY 17th June 2018 We are still looking for proud gardeners to show off their hard-work and of course punters to take advantage of the day with a pleasant stroll around our glorious village. We hope to put an aspect or two in place to give it some change from 2016…? Watch for the updates and please do come forward with your garden. Diversity is the key to success

We’ll be going back to later date for The Flower and Produce Show this year as the early setting in 2017 was tough to produce for. Watch this space and village noticeboards for further details. Fancy an allotment yourself? Our carefully coordinated waiting list is about as short as it’s ever been right now so a goodtime to get on it for the future? Imagine it, home grown produce, keeping fit, beautiful valley side setting and being part of a great social community… It sells itself. For more details contact Simon Orford TAS Secretary 07867 914307 Email


KETT’S REBELLION comes to TASBURGH Come to watch or come to sing… Simon Floyd and Charlie Caine, who led the Imagined Land Pageant in the village last year, are returning to Tasburgh on May 19th with their own company to tell the story of one of the most significant events in Norfolk's history. In medieval Norfolk people found themselves struggling, starving and destitute as the common land that supported their livelihoods was being enclosed by rich landowners for profit. In July 1549, led by Wymondham man Robert Kett, a huge number of men and women from across Norfolk marched on Norwich to make their case. They set up camp on Mousehold Heath, took control of the city and called for the king himself to hear their plight. Written with Karl Minns [The Nimmo Twins, Have I Got News For You?], 1549 tells the story of what happened to them over six weeks of summer; from the establishment of their own system of fair representation and justice to their brutal repression by a hired army. Five actors use a blend of story-telling, comedy and song to bring a fun packed and educational show to the village that is suitable for the whole family.

Get Singing! In each place, the show visits the company are enlisting the support of local people to help them sing the songs in a three-hour workshop on the day of the show – 19th May. The workshop is free and all singers will get a free ticket to the evening performance

1549: The Story of Kett’s Rebellion Tasburgh Village Hall Saturday 19th May, 8 pm [free singing workshop 2 pm] Tickets £10 [£8 conc.] available form Norwich Arts Centre on 01603 660352, or on the door. For more information on the show see or contact Simon on 34

Tasburgh Memories This entry is taken from a letter sent to Mrs Addington by the daughter of Albert Matthews the man after whom Matthews Close is named. He moved to Tasburgh from Wymondham in 1907. He was a wheelwright and carpenter by trade and was also the undertaker covering many nearby villages. During the 1st World war he was the parish clerk, rates collector, and votes clerk. The population of Tasburgh during this period was 500. He also started the bowls club after the end of the war. Mr Pitcher started the tennis club together with the bowls both were established on the Mill Meadow between Tasburgh and Flordon. Dance Classes were held in the disused mill. Both the pianist and instructor cycled from Norwich Friday evenings for which they were each paid 5 shillings. A monthly ball was held dancing until 3am. Moonlit nights were preferred as much support for these came from other villages. Mr Curson (Curson Close?) of Old Hall Farm kept the roads clear with his horse drawn snow plough. Mr John Lammas (Lammas Rd ?) was both shopkeeper and Churchwarden. Mr Arthur Riches (Riches Cl?) was a grave digger and sexton. Although crippled he walked daily keeping the churchyard in beautiful condition. Mr Prior (Prior Close?) was a farmer living in Upper Tasburgh. Sir Charles and Lady Harvey (Harvey Close) were resident at Rainthorpe Hall. Mr and Mrs Ficklin were resident at Tasburgh Hall, Mr Ficklin was responsible for erecting the monument situated near the Tharston Rd having found skeletal remains in the marshes. Mrs Gates and Mrs Matthews started the Women’s institute in 1922. Dave Moore 35

Tasburgh Tips and Treats GLUTEN FREE LEMON DRIZZLE CAKE With concerns over the amount of gluten that is consumed in our everyday diet, here is a gluten free alternative. Unless you are diagnosed as gluten intolerant, cutting out gluten completely in your diet is not recommended however it is possible to reduce it by being mindful of the amount eaten in cakes, patisseries, breads and processed foods and still reap some positive health effects. This is another recipe from my sister ‘down under’. This gluten free cake stays beautifully moist and to everyone’s amazement the secret ingredient is mashed potato! Ingredients 200g butter softened 200g golden caster sugar 4 eggs 175 ground almonds (to make it nut free see below) 250g mashed potatoes (cooled) zest 3 lemons 2tsp gluten free baking powder (Supercook does one) For the drizzle 4 tbsp granulated sugar juice 1 lemon If you’d like to make it nut-free as well as wheat free, switch the ground almonds for polenta or wheat-free flour. If you have one, use a potato ricer to mash the potatoes as it will give a light and fine texture.

METHOD Heat oven to 180C, 160C/fan, Gas 4. Butter and line a deep 20cm round cake tin. Beat the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy, then gradually add the egg, beating after each addition. Fold in the almonds, cold mashed potato, lemon zest and baking powder.Tip into the tin, level the top, then bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden and a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Turn out onto a wire rack after 10 minutes of cooling.Mix the granulated sugar and the lemon juice together, then spoon over the top of the cake, letting it drip down the sides..Let the cake cool completely before slicing.

Julie Lawrence 36

Saxlingham Players are performing the play

"Party Piece" A comedy by Richard Harris Saxlingham Village Hall Wednesday 11th Thursday 12th Friday 13th and Saturday 14th April 2018 Tickets are £7 each and can be obtained by ringing Vicky Stocks on 01508 499631 The play takes place in the adjacent back gardens of two families one of which is hosting a ‘house warming’ party Come along and join the fun!


Tasburgh’s Annual Meeting of the Parish Tuesday, 24th April 2018 Tasburgh Village Hall 8pm (refreshments from 7.30pm) All Parishioners are invited to attend


Dates for Your Diary Tuesday 20th March

Saturday 24th March Saturday 24th March

Tuesday 24th April

Saturday 28th April Saturday 19 May

17th June

Newton Flotman Village Hall Murder on the Orient Express 12A Call Christopher Remer to book your tickets 01508 471580 Coffee Pot The Church Room Tasburgh 2-4pm Tas Valley Preschool & Playgroup Easter Eggstravaganza Tasburgh Village Hall 12.-4 pm Annual Parish Meeting Village Hall (Refreshments from 7.30) 8pm Coffee Pot The Church Room, Tasburgh 2-4pm Kett’s Rebellion Tasburgh Villlage Hall 8pm Open Garden Day If you would like your event listed on this page just let us know.

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 4th May 2018 39

TASBURGH CARERS GROUP We support carers and their cared for on a monthly basis by meeting up for companionship, cuppas and of course a biscuit or slice of cake. Meetings are on the 3rd Thursday of the month meeting in the social club room at the rear of the village hall (with wheelchair access) 10.30 -12.30. There will always be a supply of useful information leaflets for carers and a supportive group of volunteers to give you a warm welcome.



Future dates March 15th April 19th May 17th

For further information you can contact the secretary of the group (Rachel Mahoney) email

COST OF ADVERTISING If you wish to advertise in the Quarterly please contact the Parish Clerk, Prices as follows: Greyscale: full page £34.00, half page £24.00, quarter page £12.50 Colour: full page £65.00, half page £45.00, quarter page £25.00. Discount of 10% available to those living and trading in Tasburgh, and a further 5% when four issues are booked and paid for in advance. 40


RETRACE ANTIQUES We will pay a fair price for good quality antique, vintage, unusual & decorative Art & Furnishings Including interior & garden furniture & statuary, pictures, silver & metal ware, ceramics & glass, and fine objects that need a new home Contact Tracey or Gary Bray on 01379 608549 or 07525019762 Email: Bonds Rd, Tivetshall St Mary, Norwich NR15 2BX

A large print version of the Tasburgh Quarterly and Church News is available upon request. Please contact 01508 494569 41






Spring quarterly 2018  
Spring quarterly 2018