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

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

01508 498317 01508 470983 01508 470983

Tony Lacey Mrs Sheila Plunkett Mrs Melanie Goodall

01508 470870 01508 470485 01508 470195 01508 471189 01508 470454

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

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Tasburgh Parish Council, Serving the Village of Tasburgh

Meetings Parish Council meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month in the Committee Room of the Village Hall at 8pm (refreshments available from 7.30pm). Planning Meetings, if required, are usually held on the first Tuesday of the month, in the Village Hall Committee Room at 7pm. Agendas are posted on the village notice boards and the website at least three days beforehand. Public are welcome to attend all Parish Council meetings; there’s an opportunity to speak or ask questions. Please note, if you would like an item to appear on the agenda, details must be sent to the Clerk at least eight days before the meeting. The Council is unable to make a decision on anything not included on the agenda but can discuss newly raised matters and refer them to the next meeting. Minutes of meetings are posted on the website or are available from the Clerk. Parish Council Surgeries Councillors are always willing to discuss any issues with you; their contact details are on page 7. In addition, Councillors are available on the evenings of their main council meetings (third Tuesday of the month) between 7.30pm and 8pm during which time refreshments are served. 4


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Tasburgh Parish Council, Serving the Village of Tasburgh The Annual Parish Meeting was well attended this year. All the village groups gave a report of their activities over the past 12 months and it was encouraging to hear that so many are doing well with numbers in groups like Scouts and Playgroup increasing year-onyear. Top of many people’s agenda has been the sad loss of the village Post Office and Stores due to the retirement of the current subpostmaster and his wife. The Parish Council did hear directly from the sub-postmaster who attended a meeting in March 2011 explaining that Post Office Ltd were intending to close several rural post offices and retain some, but renaming them “Post Office Local” where profit would be commission based. The sub-postmaster noted then that he intended to retire and had put the business on the open market and asked for the villages help in retaining a service in Tasburgh. The Parish Council contacted its advisers, the Norfolk Association of Local Councils, to enquire whether there were any practical steps it could take in relation to supporting the Post Office. Unfortunately the Parish Council has no powers to provide this type of service or support, although it did highlight the closure campaign on its website and urged parishioners to sign the petition to retain a rural service. At the Annual Parish Meeting in 2011 residents were again encouraged to use the Post Office and to write to the MP. Nothing was heard until February 2013 when the Parish Council was informed of the closure of the Post Office due to the resignation by the sub-postmaster. The Parish Council is grateful to Mr & Mrs La Costa for the contribution that they have made to the village but understand their wish to retire. 5


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Tasburgh Parish Council The Chairman of the Village Hall Committee and Parish Councillor, Tony Lacey, reported at the recent Annual Parish Meeting that the Village Hall trustees have offered some space within the hall for an “out reach” service. Post Office Limited have taken up this offer and a sub-postmaster from Mulbarton will offer his services on Tuesdays and Thursdays from mid July. At the April meeting, having reviewed the feasibility report commissioned by the Parish Council in to “The Bends” on Grove Lane, councillors decided to obtain funding from the Parish Partnership Fund of £10,000 to install two vehicle activated signs to warn traffic to slow down approaching the bends from either end. Councillors agreed to shelve any plans to install a footpath due to the potential high costs involved and concerns of possible flooding. Two councillors recently attended a Youth Council run by Rackheath Parish Council. They had been able to recruit several teenagers from the village to hear their concerns and for them to put forward their own solutions to some of the problems they highlighted. Interesting the first two issues were to provide a pelican crossing and some doggie bins! They have gone on to work closely with their Parish Council, running their own events and helping within the community on several projects – one involving the unearthing of some WW2 artefacts which attracted many visitors to the area interested in local history. Tasburgh Parish Council are looking at ways in which to progress their own Youth Council, their first port of call being the Scout group. If anyone would like to help be a part of the group or help run it, please contact the Parish Clerk or a councillor. The toddler equipment has finally been officially opened by Recreation for All, and the Parish Council will now be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the area, as well as the other play equipment on the Village Hall field. 6


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Tasburgh Parish Council Burrfeld Park Spring is here and everything is growing fast at Burrfeld Park. The Hazel Coppice is looking good with primroses, cowslips and bluebells. We haven’t lost too many trees with the hard winter frosts. The apple trees are coming into blossom, so hopefully we will have a few more apples than last year. The water was very high this year in the pond, it even covered the dipping platform. Three newts have been spotted by the waters edge and the ants nest is still going strong in the bio diversity box. We are keeping our fingers crossed that the orchid will appear again this year. On Sunday 21st July we will be having a Burrfeld family breakfast with wildlife, looking at moths, dissecting owl pellets and a bug hunt. It’s completely free, so do come along and have a bacon or sausage roll with tea or coffee, it will held be from 10.00 until 12.00 noon. In the Autumn we will be having a fungi foray. So look out for the notices, details will be published in the next Quarterly.

Next Edition The summer edition of the Quarterly and Church News will be distributed by the end of August. Contributions from local organisations are always welcomed and can be emailed to the Parish Clerk for inclusion. We would be particularly pleased to receive recipes, and photos for the front cover. All articles to the Parish Clerk, tasburghpc@btinternet.com by Friday 9th August. 7


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Tasburgh Parish Council Contacting the Parish Council If you would like to know more, have any comments about Tasburgh Parish Council and its work or you have any issues you wish to be raised, please contact one of the Councillors or the Parish Clerk. Chairman Dave Moore 16 Henry Preston Road 471041 david.g.moore@homecall.co.uk Vice-Chairman Geoff Merchant 14 Orchard Way 470606 geoffmerchant@btinternet.com Councillors Jill Casson 12 Hastings Close 470334 jillian_casson@btinternet.com Brian Hill 8 Harvey Close 471011 brian.hill2@homecall.co.uk Tony Lacey 1 Grove lane 470870 tony_lacey@btinternet.com Don Proudfoot Aprilia Lodge, Saxlingham Lane 471408 fulmech@macace.net Keith Read Thornly Barn, Saxlingham Lane 470229 k.a.read@btinternet.com Deborah Sacks Glebe Cottage, Low Road 471002 deborah.sacks@btinternet.com Rachel Simmons 2 Prior Close 471197 rachelsimmons1974@yahoo.co.uk Clerk Catherine Moore Jubilee Farm, Fleggburgh Road 01493 Rollesby, Norfolk NR29 5HH 749918 tasburghpc@btinternet.com Website http://tasburghpc.norfolkparishes.gov.uk/ 8


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South Norfolk Council

South Norfolk on Show Sunday 14 July 2013 11am - 4 pm South Norfolk Council Long Stratton NR15 2XE A fantastic FREE event showcasing the best of South Norfolk Come and enjoy a fun-packed day out for all the family, hosted by South Norfolk Council. ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ fans will enjoy performances by Ronan Parke, and for animal lovers, there will be ponies and ferret racing. There is a Fun Dog Show between 12noon and 2pm so bring your pet pooch along and be in with a chance to win rosettes and prizes in 6 different categories. With a wide range of children’s activities, workshops and local produce stalls on offer, as well as face painters, stilt walkers, Bollywood dancers, outdoor theatre performers and Vintage fairground rides to keep the crowds entertained, there is sure to be something to appeal to all interests and tastes. The ‘Great South Norfolk Cup Cake Bake Off’ will be showcasing the artistic skills of school children across the district and delicious food outlets and a bar will cater for all your needs. Don’t miss this great day out - we look forward to seeing you there!

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South Norfolk Council

Do you need help with general repairs and small jobs around your home or garden? The Handyperson scheme provides vulnerable people living in South Norfolk with up to 2 hours labour from local, reliable contractors - in many cases for FREE or at heavily discounted prices. If you are means tested and either: aged 65 and over; registered disabled; or suffering from long-term ill health, you are entitled to 2 hours labour and the installation of grab rails, smoke alarms, key safes, door chains and window locks for FREE. The service is available for owner-occupiers, tenants of private landlords, and tenants of registered social landlords or housing association; works that are the legal responsibility of landlords are not covered. For those registered disabled or suffering long-term ill health, but not receiving means tested benefits, the service costs ÂŁ10 p/hour (plus materials). A non-discounted service costs ÂŁ25.00 p/hour (plus materials and VAT if applicable). Supported by our care and repair improvement agency (HIA), the Handyperson scheme offers a safe, reliable and affordable service and complete peace of mind for those in need. Contact our Handyperson Co-ordinator on 01508 533705 to find out if you are eligible to apply. Website: www.southnorfolk.gov.uk

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South Norfolk Council

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Are you concerned about a neighbour and look in to check on their wellbeing, or perhaps do their shopping, or provide the odd hot meal? Or do you provide round the clock care for someone in your household who is ill or disabled, or elderly and frail? However little or much you do, there is a free handbook, a telephone helpline and a website that provides information on where you can get help to support the person you are concerned about or care for. Norfolk Carers Helpline is open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday, and if you call them, they will send you a copy of the handbook. Tel: 0808 808 9876 (free from a landline). Or visit the Norfolk Carers Information website at http://www.norfolkcarersinfo.org.uk. When you think of donating to a charity you probably think of giving money but have you ever thought about giving your time? The East Anglian Air Ambulance is a 365-day helicopter emergency medical service which covers Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire. With a medical crew highly trained in critical care, we bring the emergency room to the patient within 25 minutes, we can then transport them to the most appropriate hospital if needed. Since our launch in 2000, we have attended over 12,500 life-saving missions and we rely on volunteers throughout the region to help us continue this vital work. If you have some spare time, either regularly or occasionally, come and join our team and help the East Anglian Air Ambulance continue to save lives in your area. There are many opportunities available, working behind the scenes in one of our offices or as a public speaker or event supporter, the choice is yours! Visit our website at www.eaaa.org.uk/support-us/volunteer to find out more or ring Victoria on 01603 48940 (victoria.pank@eaaa.org.uk). 12


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If you are interested in knitting, be it beginner or more advanced, then come and join us. We run every other Thursday from 7–9pm. For more details please ring Denise Kitchen on 470732. If anyone has any scraps of wool they want to donate to our club, we would really appreciate it as we knit items for charities.

Dates for Your Diary 8th June 7th July 13th July 14th July 21st July

TasFest 2013, Village Hall and Playing Field Village Cricket Day, Village Hall and Playing Field Play Group Paper Skip, Village Hall South Norfolk on Show, Long Stratton Family Breakfast, Burrfeld Park

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Recreation for All After months of waiting for the outcome of funding sources, Recreation for All in Tasburgh has finally officially opened its new toddler equipment. Consisting of a tractor-cum-space ship together with swings and a see-saw the whole project completes the third phase of the fund raising groups plans which were started in 2010. This project was funded by a grant of £10,000 from the National Lottery and £5,000 from Norfolk Community Trust plus around £3,000 from RfA’s own account, which has been raised from last years successful Tasburgh Festival, the group’s main source of funding. The new play equipment, on the field at Tasburgh Village Hall, will now be the responsibility of the Parish Council who have also taken on the maintenance of the previous play equipment in the village. Recreation for All will remain as a constituted fund raising group and are looking to the final phase of their plans by providing a zip wire. After that, the group will look at other projects in the community that fall under the “recreation” banner. One project that remains a firm fixture for RfA is the annual Tasburgh Festival which this year has been re-named – TasFest. It will not only raise money for the group, but will also benefit East Anglia Air Ambulance and East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH). “We decided that it was time to change one or two things about the Festival. The first one being the name to: TasFest.” Explains organiser, Tony Lacey. “Tasburgh Community Festival is a bit of a mouthful and with today’s social media being a vital promotional tool, it was felt that changing the name to TasFest would fit in perfectly.”

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Recreation for All

“We also decided that even though our original aim of providing play equipment was almost complete, we still wanted to run the Festival as it’s become very popular in the region. So, we invited East Anglian Air Ambulance and East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) to join us.” This year, funds will be donated to both groups who will also have a visible presence at the Festival. Last year saw bumper crowds at the event, which included a bird of prey display, the Lowestoft Dog Agility Team and several live bands. This year’s event won’t disappoint the live music fans with no less than six bands playing throughout the day – all local to East Anglia – and playing a wide range of styles, “Although” as Tony says “rock seems to be the favourite!” It will be held on Saturday 8th June and run from 12 noon until 8pm. The live music and entertainment have now been announced with six local bands performing on the main stage and four younger bands performing inside the village hall. There will be a karate and kung fu demonstration in the arena, displays of tanks and army equipment courtesy of the Royal Norfolk Regiments Living History team, a display of rare and vintage classic cars, traditional Punch and Judy, plus all the usual side shows, rides, craft stalls, food and a beer festival. Recreation for All Secretary Angela Schug said “We’re very pleased to welcome both EAAA and EACH to TasFest 2013 and would encourage everyone to come and join us for a day of live music and family entertainment” 15


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Mobile Library Timetable Dates of visits to Tasburgh

6th June 20th June 4th July 18th July 1st August 15th August 29th August

Stop

Arrival Time 14.15 14.55 15.10 15.25 15.55 16.15

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

Any queries please telephone 01603 222267.

Long Stratton Library Opening Times Monday: 10.00–1.00; 2.00–5.30; Tuesday: 2.00–5.30; Thursday: 10.00–1.00; 2.00–7.30; Saturday: 9.00–1.00.

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Tasburgh Post Office and Store Peter and Denise would like to explain the circumstances behind the decision to close Tasburgh Post Office and Store this April. With the approach of our retirement we felt it best to market the property well in advance in the hope of finding a purchaser to keep the business open and develop it beyond our investment. Our wish was for the shop and Post Office to remain an asset of the community and we pursued every avenue open to us. We are deeply disappointed, not just for ourselves but for the community as a whole, these efforts did not bring about the solution we had worked for. May we say we have become close to many of our customers to one degree or another. It has been an enjoyable pleasure to serve the community of Tasburgh and its surrounding district. The affection and good wishes shown by many has been very touching and appreciated. To this we want to say a big “Thank You�. Denise and Peter La Costa

Tasburgh Village Hall Management Committee is exploring options around providing a Post Office facility within the village hall. Visiting twice a week, most Post Office services would be provided. Look out for further information in the next edition of the Quarterly.

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Tasburgh United Charities The Trustees of Tasburgh United Charities would like to remind parishioners that they have available each year a certain amount of money to be applied in helping the residents of the Parish who, regardless of their age and for whatever reason, find themselves in need of financial help. Assistance can be given by outright grant towards general expenses, by contribution towards a particular expense, a temporary loan or by purchases of equipment for use. Items of further education will also be considered. Remember, the money is there for use by any resident of Tasburgh. All applications are considered in the strictest confidence. If your circumstances are not already known to the Trustees and you feel that they might be able to help you please contact one of the trustees: Mrs. Jill Casson 12 Hastings Close, 470334 Mr. Keith Read, Thornly Barn, Saxlingham Lane, 470229 Mr. Ben Goodfellow, Rookery House, Saxlingham Lane, 470668 Mr. Geoff Merchant, 14 Orchard Way, 470606.

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Tasburgh Eurolink We are heading off to Linden on the 17th May and look forward to meeting up with our Belgian friends on what will I'm sure be a very enjoyable weekend. We are having a safari supper on the 15th June so if you haven't been approached already and want to come along please call on 471198. These evenings are always great fun and good value for money. Our 24th AGM is scheduled for the 26th June. Tasburgh Players After a well attended presentation evening on the 8th April, and a committee meeting on the 15th, we are pleased to announce that Tasburgh Players are back. We aim to stage a performance at the village hall during half term week, October 30th to 2nd November. Rehearsals will start on 20th May with a new director who has helped generate renewed enthusiasm in the group. We hope to build on the success of our 35th anniversary show so watch out for more details and we look forward to your continued support. 19


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Tasburgh Tots Last month we were pleased to hold a re-launch session of Tasburgh Tots. The session was greatly supported by not only families within the village but also from neighbouring areas. In order to raise funds to support the group, we were overwhelmed by the generosity of both large and small companies who provided us with gifts that could be used as prizes for the raffle we held at the launch. The raffle was a huge success raising a fantastic sum of money to give the group a kick-start! The money raised has enabled us to pay essential costs such as insurance, as well as purchasing new equipment and toys for the children. We have already purchased soft mats for use in the ‘baby’ area to make the floor safer and more comfortable for adult and baby. We were also very lucky to have a representative from Creation Station of Diss attend, which saw the children making flags by gluing many different textured craft items to a paper flag provided. In future sessions we hope to have representatives from other companies/groups attend in order to hold further free taster sessions. This will enable parents and guardians to learn what there is to do in the area and to find out what their children may or may not like doing! We hope to provide a laid back but safe environment where parents and guardians can have a chat and give support to others. Last week we saw our first ‘Daddy’ come along with his son and we would encourage more of the Dad’s out there to join us! As for the children, being a child is all about having fun so that is ultimately our aim, but also to give them the chance to make new friends which can only make the transition to school less daunting! In order to keep the group running we do need your support so please, if you haven’t already, come along and join us! We run every Monday afternoon (term time only,) 2pm until 3:30pm, at Tasburgh Village Hall at a cost of £2 per family. We look forward to seeing you! 20


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

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Offers pre-school education and play for children 2 ½ years to school age We offer 5 sessions a week Monday to Friday 9.30 to 12.30 At Tasburgh Village Hall. All of our activities are planned to offer learning opportunities while taking children’s interests into account. Our last Ofsted inspection gave us a grading of ‘Good’ overall, with ‘Outstanding’ for Keeping Children Safe. The report stated that ‘children have fun and enjoy their learning in the inclusive and welcoming atmosphere’. We have close links with Henry Preston and Hapton Primary Schools and during this summer term are holding sessions at both schools to help the children to make a smooth transition. We currently have spaces in sessions on Mondays to Thursdays, and are now able to accept eligible funded two-year-olds, as well as three and four year-olds. Ask about our special discount for twins! With the warm weather finally arriving, we have begun digging and planting our patch on the community allotment. We have already planted strawberries, beans, peas and potatoes, and are planning sunflowers and pumpkins. The children are loving this activity and 22


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Tas Valley Pre-School and Playgroup are quite happy to carry watering cans all the way to the allotments. We are also planning minibeast hunts and lots of painting and messy activities outside, as well as enjoying stories and lunchtimes in the new tractor. Later in the term we will be holding another Sports Day – hopefully not in torrential rain this year – and a sponsored toddle (or run) around the field to raise funds. All in addition to our end of term party and play, which do not usually leave a dry eye in the house. For more information or to register a place please contact: Jill Casson on 01508 470334 / 01508 471189 e-mail Jillian_casson@btinternet.com Or feel welcome to just pop in and see us any morning – we are very friendly.

Playgroup Paper Skip The paper skip is now parked at the rear of the Village Hall car park. We will take any newspaper, card, magazines, boxes. A huge thank you to all of you who continue to bring your paper and card down to us, we know that many of you have for many years and we are very grateful. This continues to be a valuable fundraiser for us. The next date will be: Saturday 13 July 2013 The skip is manned between 8.30 and 11.30am. 23


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Preston Primary School

Since the last bulletin the weather has been very cold and wet but the school has been very busy. Ladybird and Bumblebee classes walked around Upper Tasburgh on 13th February to learn about the history of the village . On 14th February Miss Viigi took the school choir to the Long Stratton Music and Poetry Festival where they performed a song, a poem of their choice and a piece of hand-bell music to 250 children from other schools in our cluster. They then joined all the other children in a prepared song. The whole school trip arranged for the 14th March to the Castle Museum, which included a visit to the Forum for the older children, went very well and was enjoyed by all - although the weather could have treated us better! The School Council arranged a’ Dress in One Colour‘ day for Comic Relief on 15th March . The Friends of Preston Primary organised a Family Easter Egg Hunt and Barbecue on 22nd March raising over £150. There was also an Easter Hat Competition in the morning with an amazing 55 entries. From 25th - 27th March Years Five and Six went on a residential trip to Hill Top. This was three days of Adventure and Challenge. The weather was absolutely freezing but did not deter them from having a really good time. Visitors were welcomed to the Easter Assembly on 27th March. 24


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Preston Primary School

The School closed for the Easter Holiday from 28th March to 14th April. On 25th April a group of Year 6 children went on a Woodland Activity Day at Whitlingham where they built paths and made shelters. The Garden Gang, Watercolour Club, Fencing Club and Skipping Club all recommenced after the Easter Break, and Years 3 and 4 started swimming at Long Stratton High School on 29th April. There has been an emphasis on Road Safety this term. Year R had a talk on awareness and were made aware of the dangers of not wearing seat belts and using child and booster seats. Year 1 worked outside the school learning about listening , looking both ways and crossing the road safely. Year 4 learned cycle control and Year 6 worked on their cycle proficiency. In June a group of children will be working on an Art Project at Norwich School and their work will be displayed in the Hostry in the Cathedral. There are more activities planned for the next two months and we will report on these in the Autumn Bulletin Mrs Sue Bing will be leaving us at the end of the school year after 19 years at Preston Primary. She has seen lots of changes, including the school building almost doubling in size since she has been here. She has been a big part of the school and she will be greatly missed. We all wish her well in her retirement and we hope that we will still see her in school from time to time.

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Tasburgh Scout Group Tasburgh Beavers have had a great start to the Summer Term. We have had a pioneering evening, making 3D shapes out of dry spaghetti and marshmallows. Most of the Beavers have gained the Exploration badge by finding things at Dunston Common. In the coming weeks we are looking at Italy as part of the Global challenge and 15 Beavers are hoping to attend a sleepover at the Bidwell Activity Centre near Thetford. Tasburgh Beaver Colony is full at the moment and we are operating a small waiting list. If you would like your child to join please contact Kirsteen for more details. Cubs is running along nicely with numbers at 32 children supported by five Leaders and two Young Leaders who help take a share in planning and running events. The summer term is perhaps the most fun as we can take advantage of the better weather and lighter evenings to spend as much time out of doors as possible. Recently we had the Cubs down in Burrfeld Park looking for signs of Spring as well as playing Blackbirds and Hawks. If you are puzzled, ask them! We have also had a look the lives of Cubs in Malawi as part of the Global Challenge. Among other things this involved making footballs out of old juice cartons as a practical exercise in recycling. The balls were tested on the football pitch and Connie Blackett managed a hat trick to become leading scorer of the night. By the time you read this, we will have also had a rounders evening and will have visited Long Stratton Fire Station to look behind the scenes there as part of the Community Challenge. Outside the regular Thursday meeting we had an impressive St George’s Day in 26


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Tasburgh Scout Group Wymondham, where Tasburgh led the parade. Our Cubs were smartly turned out and their behaviour made us all proud of them. Well done if you came along. Looking further back, one of our favourite nights was a visit to Seething Observatory before Easter, when we were made welcome by members of the Norwich Astronomical Society. After a great presentation inside, we went outside and the clouds parted giving us clear skies and the chance to see the Moon and Jupiter through the powerful telescopes. We will go back at some point in the not too distant future. We make every effort to provide a balanced programme which we hope gives something to everyone, from traditional hikes, (usually to a chip shop!) to a wonderful dance evening organised by Grace Downer with help from ARTS in Newton Flotman. If you read this and think that you have something to offer, we would love to hear from you. Apart from the urgent need for more uniformed leaders, if you can get us access to exciting or unusual places and events, we would be very willing to take advantage. Please contact either Trudy Musgrove (trudy@bubo.org) or Mike Dawson (mikedawson1@googlemail.com) Our Spring term was very short due to an early Easter, but we've still managed to fit in plenty of activities. The latest of our regular Games Days (a day spent playing various board games, card games and war games) coincided with Chinese New Year and we managed to produce a huge Chinese feast between games. Food also featured on our pancake evening during which the Scouts produced pancakes in a wide range of shapes, colours, thicknesses and textures! We had a good turnout for the St George's Day Parade at Wymondham, where we led the parade. 27


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Tasburgh Scout Group Traditional Scouting skills were displayed during an evening of pioneering when the Scouts constructed various contraptions from poles and rope, some showing great inventiveness. The younger Scouts faced an additional evening of challenges to tax their minds and bodies and more recently enjoyed a nice summer stroll from Tyrrel's Wood to the Chip Inn at Long Stratton. The older Scouts demonstrated their first aid skills and powers of observation during an incident hike around Tasburgh. We've also had a wide game out in the woods, and our Young Leaders have worked hard to put on a number of games for the Scouts. We haven't restricted ourselves to activities on dry land - we've been swimming and have our annual Water Activities Weekend in a few weeks time. We have several camps coming up later this term but due to a lack of Leaders we have been forced to divide the Scouts into 2 Troops that meet on alternate weeks. If we cannot find any additional help, there is a very real danger that the Scout section could be forced to close completely. If you think you might be able to offer help in any form, we'd love to hear from you. Feel free to give our Group Scout Leader Graham Pates a call on 01508 471518 for an informal chat.

Since the leadership change, the Explorers have been organising evenings in their patrol groups. This Spring term they have organised a bacon roll and film night, and den building at Tyrells Wood. The idea of these patrol activities is to build on team work and to learn to work with one another. Both evenings have proved to be very successful and we shall be incorporating these into the coming terms. Sunday 28th April saw the whole district come together to celebrate St Georges Day with a parade in Wymondham. The day consisted of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Network parading and then a 28


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Tasburgh Scout Group short ceremony. Our very own Matt Harlow was awarded his Young Leader belt for completing all of the training modules and missions while he was a Young Leader. He has now become the Young Leader Coordinator for 1st Tasburgh Nelson Explorers. He will assist the current Young Leaders and encourage others to join the scheme. Congratulations!

Coming up, we have our district camp that takes place every bank holiday at the end of May at Decoy Broad. Water Activities Weekend has proven to be very popular with our Explorers and we have approximately 11 going this year. The camp is Friday to Monday and has a huge variety of activities both land and water based. It’s a perfect opportunity to gain friends and try out new and exciting things. We will also be investing the young people that have recently joined the group as Explorer Scouts. A full report of the camp will be in the next Quarterly. Explorers is a great way to meet new friends and gain new experiences. If you're interested or have any questions, please call either Matt ESL (07816165800) or Sian AESL (01508 470870).

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Tasburgh Allotment Society Better Late than Never!

The title refers to the late arrival of this year’s spring. It was certainly overdue when it finally arrived sometime towards the middle or even the end of April I’d guess. Up to that point the ‘Beast from the East’, a seemingly continuous wind blasting across East Anglia, kept the vast majority of the TAS plot holders at home finalising plans for their virgin patches rather than actually carrying any of them out. Not all though as some hardy souls persevered, notably our Chairman Mick. As I write on May 9th seriously warm weather has just arrived although the threat of frosts is not gone yet. Only last week tender emerging potato plants were stirred up a little by nippy nights. The site is very much in full swing now since I last reported in February. Back then, it was hard to get numbers up for the monthly meetings (unsurprising really, as the meetings are held outside on site!). At times this was actually quite practical though, in particular the March meeting when four of us huddled into Number 14, the Chairman’s ever inviting shed - from where a never ending supply of tea flows. Any more turning up for that month’s meeting and they’d have been stuck outside in the cold rain. A month later however and hoards turned up to discuss the latest pressing items and soon after turned the site into a hive of activity. That reminds me to mention that we hope to introduce bees to the site and this should add a valuable component for the much needed insect pollinations. On the growing front, onions are getting away well and potatoes are following. But with the season currently reckoned to be running about three weeks late, many other seed sown crops are still struggling to establish themselves fully. And it’s not been slow for just for us gardeners. The roadside daffodils, of which some are still in bloom, are a great gauge as to how delayed the spring was. Now it will be catch up though and nature has a way of redressing the balance. Old tales tell of late spring arrivals leading to glorious summers. 30


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Tasburgh Allotment Society A work party recently grassed the paths on the last weekend of April and even then we were caught out in a hailstorm. With an emphasis on ‘community spirit’ we will host more of these events and look forward to a great summer of activity both on and off the site. Quizzes, shows and sales are all in the pipeline. A really pleasing site on the plots is the encouragement of the younger generation’s involvement. With assistance from Jill Casson, Graham and Caroline Pates, the Playgroup and Beavers have both made use of the Community area left aside for such use. Potatoes and pumpkins seem to be the favourites for them to have ago at and should give a guaranteed return? The plots are very much part of village life, so please feel free to pop your heads in on the site and ask any of the plot holders what they are up to. Simon Orford - TAS Secretary. simon.orford@jic.ac.uk Bees We are planning to have bees on the allotments. Great news for the bees! They are under threat from pesticides and modern farming methods. They pollinate fruit and flowers, and crops are said to improve by 7% if bees are local in sufficient numbers. What about stings? Well, if you treat the bees with respect there should be no problem. Keep banging the rotovator against the hive won’t help, but if you treat them kindly they will treat you the same. If a bee hits you while you are walking or working, it’s not trying to sting you, it’s just got blown off course while going to and from the hive. Keep still and it will usually fly away. Jumping up and down will only prove painful (but amusing for anyone around you!) Just keep calm and carry on with what you are doing. If you do get stung, it will only hurt for a few minutes before turning into an itch. It’s good to know that more people are interested in beekeeping. If anyone would like help setting up a hive or help with problems, telephone David on 01508 470578. Have a happy summer. 31


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Countryside Corner Birdsong is in the air at present. The BBC has just announced its Tweet of the Day, with a ninety second programme every day for a year, albeit at six o’clock in the morning! If you step outside, it is all around you – not just at dawn, but all day long, with Robins and Blackbirds singing until the sun goes down. Before modern optics allowed good views of birds, sound rather than sight was an important way to identify birds. Consider the Cuckoo, Chiffchaff and Curlew, all named for their song or call rather than any visual features. Our forebears would have marked the seasons by the coming and goings of these familiar noises. I say comings and goings because these birds are migrants, the former two arriving from the south every year and Curlews arriving in large numbers in the autumn to escape harsher weather further north. But one bird that for me is an essential backdrop of the English summer is the Turtle Dove, whose soft, repetitive song makes a perfect accompaniment to a summer’s day. Before the World Wide Web, I would have had to transcribe the sound for you at this point so you could try to imagine it. We are probably all familiar with the Yellowhammer’s song being written as “a-little-bit-of-bread-and-no cheeeese”, which is quite a good way to remember it.

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Countryside Corner Great Tits go “teacher, teacher” and Chaffinches say “pink”. You probably don’t know Simon Barnes’ attempt at the song of Cetti’s Warbler, but as this might be read by minors, I can’t repeat it*. Some bird books resorted to the plain silly; try Lars Jonsson in Birds of Europe (my favourite bird book) with “tsee-u kyirrerirr” for Spectacled Warbler and you get the idea. No, just go to http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/t/ turtledove/index.aspx and listen for yourself. Or type “turtle dove song” into a browser and probably enjoy video as well. Learn the song, and for good measure check out Wood Pigeon and Collared Dove to know the difference.

Along with most summer migrants, Turtle Doves are doing extremely badly at the moment. A quick look at the Norfolk Bird Atlas, published by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), will reveal that in the 25 years up to 2007, numbers in England have declined by 84%. Yes, for every 100 birds that were around in 1982, there were only 16 left in 2007. And it has not got any better since. They face a journey from West Africa where their habitat is changing, run the gauntlet of hunters in the Mediterranean where it is estimated that 100,000 are killed in Malta alone and have to cope with modern agriculture when they get here. As they feed almost exclusively on weed seeds, they face a tough time in our increasingly tidy, sterile countryside. I used to hear them in Tasburgh, but not for the last few years. *But if you look at page 179 of How to be a Bad Birdwatcher you will enlighten yourself!

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Countryside Corner So amid all this gloom, I was over the moon to hear one singing around the back of Hempnall tennis courts on Tuesday this week. Not only that, but it was in the same tree that I have watched one for the last two summers. I have been told that it is probably the same bird that may well have been born in the area and will have travelled to Gambia or Senegal and back three times. Work out the distance yourself; it is mind blowing. If you want to get out and hear some bird song and feel like venturing further than your back garden, try the Heritage Field, Burrfeld Park or Smockmill Common. Best to try early morning before they get too disturbed, but always worth a listen. Check the edges, as some birds like to sing from the cover of bushes or up in trees. Further still, try Whitlingham Country Park, Strumpshaw RSPB reserve for reed-bed specialists or the BTO reserve at Nunnery Lakes, Thetford, which has a variety of habitats and a hide to shelter in if it rains. Mike Dawson, May 2013. Mikedawson1@googlemail.com. @mikedawson28

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Recipe of the Season THAI CHICKEN CURRY 500g boneless chicken breasts 15 ml sunflower oil 1 garlic clove 30 ml Thai green curry paste (Gang Keow Wan) 10 ml Thai fish sauce (Nam Pla) 400 ml can coconut milk 3 kaffir lime leaves 200g green beans. Cooked rice to serve. Serves 4 Remove the skin from the chicken breasts and cut into chunks. Trim the green beans, wash then cut in half. In a deep frying pan heat the oil then add the crushed garlic, cook until just turning in colour. Add the green curry paste, cook for a minute stirring continuously to release the spice flavour. Add the coconut milk and bring to the boil. Add the fish sauce, kaffir leaves and the cubed chicken. Turn the heat down to a simmer and cook for about 6 to 8 minutes until the chicken is cooked. While the chicken is cooking steam the greens beans. Add to the chicken just before serving. Remove the kaffir leaves. To serve place cooked rice into large bowls and then ladle over the chicken and sauce. The sauce is typically quite runny so bowls are more convenient to use. N.B. If using fresh kaffir leaves shred them finely and add to the pan with the green beans. Kaffir leaves give a citrus taste to the dish. If they are not available add thinly shredded lime zest from half a lime with the beans. With thanks to Joanna Merrills 35


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Tasburgh Memories The Contemptibly Small Army Only one name on the memorial belongs to a regular; that of Bertie Ernest Cushion. He was the son of Charles and Ann Cushion. Charles was born in the village about 1864 the son of John Cushion, one of at least 5 children. Charles worked as a teaman, responsible for horses on a farm. There were three other children, one died early but Sydney (born in 1885) worked as a gardener in 1911 and Charles, (1892) was a Coalcaster and his name is on the village record as having served in the war. Bertie (or Herbert, as he is recorded on the memorial) joined the 1st Battalion of the Norfolk Regiment sometime between June 1906 and 1907 at a recruitment held in Starston. Recruitment drives were held across the county - usually at fairs or special events, but occasionally at village pubs. The British Army of the time was made up of the Household units, 3 Guards regiments and a number of Cavalry regiments, the Infantry regiments, mainly county based, the Royal Artillery and a number of specialist units: such as the supply; medical and Royal Flying Corp. Regiments such as the Norfolk’s had three battalions, 1st and 2nd were active and 3rd was a training unit. They would also have an attached Territorial unit which platoons based in local towns within the county. The two main battalions were either posted to the empire or were rebuilding in some garrison town in the United Kingdom. Recruits usually signed on for 12 years, the first 7 of which were usually spent with the active battalion, the remaining 5 were in the reserves. Thus the army had a number of men who were trained and could be called back in an emergency but did not have to be paid. Bertie found himself in 1911 at Begaun India. Here he would hone his infantry skills, rapid aimed fire of at least 15 rounds a minute, the best could in a mad minute fire 30 rounds all hitting the target. Not bad going for a bolt operated 5 clip rifle. He would also learn to march long distances at both quick time and standard pace, all this in full kit under a tropical sun. The battalion trooped back to Belfast in 36


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Tasburgh Memories 1913 and many of the men would go into the reserve but Bertie remained and shipped to France in early August 1914. The battalion first saw action at Mons on the 24th August when they, as the division reserve, were pushed forward to hold a flank; and witnessed one of the last cavalry charges on the western front. That defence cost them 100 men killed and a platoon who did not receive the order to retire. They then marched and fought back through Le Cateau to the Marne up to the Ainse and then across to Ypres. There were some replacements and some of the wounded came back into the line but by the 11th of November 1914 few of the men who left Belfast remained, replaced by new drafts from home. Bertie soldiered on, being in the line at Christmas, and though the division record does not record football it does record gifts being exchanged by some combatants. In April the 5th division attacked and retook Hill 60 just outside the town of Ypres. The hill was made of the material thrown up by the digging of a railway cutting and though not very high made a perfect observation point for the battlefield. The Norfolks were not initially involved but some companies were drafted in as casualties mounted. Just as the battle for the hill stabilised the Germans launched an attack using poisoned gas. The subsequent series of battles lasted until the 25th of May. It was probably during this series of battles that Bertie was wounded dying in the military hospital in June - one of the 15,000 dead. Army Order Issued by Emperor William II, 19 August 1914 It is my Royal and Imperial command that you concentrate your energies, for the immediate present, upon one single purpose, and that is that you address all your skill and all the valour of my soldiers to exterminate first the treacherous English and walk over General French's contemptible little army. Those few regulars who survived the war took the epitaph “The Old Contemptibles� and wore it with pride. 37


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Tasburgh Sports and Social Club Chairmans Blog Many thanks to all the members who have renewed their membership, and who continue to support the club and its activities. If you have not rejoined or would like to become a member it costs £8 for the first year and £3 annually after that. By belonging to the club you help to support the Village Hall: last year, as well as supporting the Village Hall user groups fundraising events, the club contributed £5,000 towards the fitting of new windows and doors to the Village Hall and a further £1,500 pledge to upgrade the CCTV system. At the club we have drinks for all tastes, however our best sellers are obviously our range of beers on draught. We always have 2 lager style beers on sale, both have the full crisp lager flavour; Becks Vier from Bremen in Germany with a 4% abv and Red Stripe from Jamaica at 4.7% abv. Then there is the Belgian beer Leffe which is a true classic with a history dating back to 1210 when it was brewed by the monks at Leffe Abbey. If you love a beer with a really dense frothy head and a refreshing taste of banana and clove, this one’s for you. Its my favourite as an early evening drink but not too much as its 6.6% abv. Our passion at the club is the range of real ales, our temperature controlled cellar keeps the beers and ales at the perfect temperature - 14 to 15 oC (54 to 57 oF) - all year round; something our customers always talk about. We always have real ale from breweries within a 40 mile radius which keeps it local; Green King IPA is always available, this is a classic IPA first brewed at Bury St Edmunds in 1856 for export to India. It has an abv of 3.6% and a fresh hoppy flavour making it a popular one with our regulars along with Woodfordes Wherry, a proper Norfolk ale. First brewed in 1981, this 3.6% abv made from Norfolk barley has a malty, crisp hoppy finish to it and has won many awards in the brewing industry, we also regularly sell other 38


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Tasburgh Sports and Social Club Woodfordes ales such as Once Bittern 4.0% abv and Sundew 4.1% abv, a lovely light summer ale. Our regular guest ales come from Wolf and Growler [Nethergate] breweries, my personal favourite is Old Growler from the Growler brewery in Pentlow, just on the Suffolk/Essex border. Having started brewing in Clare in Suffolk in 1986 they produce a wide range of traditional style ales and porters, and won The Good Pub Guide Brewery of the Year in 2012. As I said my favourite is Old Growler this is a cracking good Porter with an abv of 5%. I love the chocolaty roasted malty aroma and the smack of liquorice on the tongue, no wonder it won Supreme Champion International award in Chicago back in 2004. Another beer of theirs is Lemon Head at 4.1% abv, this spicy/ginger aroma ale with a touch of lemon to taste was the best seller at Tasburgh Community Festival last year and it will defiantly see a return there again this year. Our other guest brewer is Wolf from Besthorpe near Attleborough, popular with our customers is Golden Jackal. This hoppy/citrus flavoured golden ale with a flowery aroma has a 3.7% abv, one you can enjoy while having a chat at the bar. Or perhaps you might like to try Granny Wouldn’t Like It, a dark red, crispy fruity beer at 4.8% abv or Straw Dog, a wheat beer and another of my favourites, it is made from Norfolk wheat and malt and German hops, its a white beer with a very refreshing slightly sweet flavour which is very moreish. Wolf has also won many awards with their beers and ales including Supreme Champion and Silver awards at the Independent Brewers Competition in 2005 and 2008 with Granny and Golden Jackal and many other awards since they started brewing in 1995. If my words have made you fancy trying any of the beers or ales we have, pay a visit to the club or visit our beer tent which we will be running again this year at TasFest on 8th June, or the Village Cricket day on 7th July. In my last blog I asked if anyone knows how to play Bridge and if there would be any interest in the club forming a bridge group so give 39


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Tasburgh Sports and Social Club me a call if you would like to get involved. The club also would greatly appreciate anyone who would like to help out and volunteer a few hours of bar work when we hold functions and special events, training will be given if you have not done it before and its a good way to meet people, just give me a call or pop in the club. Finally, our pool teams have had a good result at the Tunmore South Norfolk Pool League Finals with our ‘B team’ winning division 3 and the Tunmore Invitation Cup, which as it happens was won by our A team last year, so back into the trophy cabinet it goes. Our A team also came 3rd in the Tunmore South Norfolk Pool League, so may I congratulate both teams for their success. The Tuesday night pool team which plays in the South Norfolk Friendly League has also had success with Ian Smith winning the Captains Cup and Gerald Schug going through to the singles final to be played on 14th May at the club. So a really big well done and thank you to all the teams, its great to see such a result for all the effort and support the teams put into the matches. There we are a short blog on what’s been happening at the club, cheers for now . Don Proudfoot Chairman Tasburgh Sports & Social Club Grove Lane, Tasburgh, NR15 1LR info.tasburghsocialclub@gmail.com Opening Times Tuesdays 7 pm - 11 pm Fridays 6 p.m. - 11 pm 40


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