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Tasburgh Quarterly and Church News - Summer 2017



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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 Chair 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

01508 498924 01508 47098 3 01508 470983

Mr Graham Pates Mrs Sheila Plunkett Mrs Melanie Goodall

01508 471518 01508 470485 01508 470195 01508 471189 01508 470454

Village Hall Preston Primary School Village Groups Playschool Mrs Julie King 01508 470759 Scout Group Mr Graham Pates 01508 471518 Social Club Mr Don Proudfoot 01508 471408 Netball Club Mrs Jackie Milton 01508 470976 Eurolink Mr Alan Jones 01508 470092 Allotment Society Mr Simon Orford 01508 471539 Tasburgh United Football Club 07892 408570 Coffee Pot and Crafts Mrs Valerie Cook 01508 470298 St Mary’s Guild Mrs 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


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Tasburgh Parish Council, Serving the Village of Tasburgh

Meetings Parish Council meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month in the Committee Room of the Village Hall at 8pm (refreshments available from 7.30pm). Planning Meetings, if required, are usually held on the first Tuesday of the month, in the Village Hall Committee Room at 7pm. Agendas are posted on the village notice boards and the website at least three days beforehand. Public are welcome to attend all Parish Council meetings; there’s an opportunity to speak or ask questions. Please note, if you would like an item to appear on the agenda, details must be sent to the Clerk at least eight days before the meeting. The Council is unable to make a decision on anything not included on the agenda but can discuss newly raised matters and refer them to the next meeting. Minutes of meetings are posted on the website or are available from the Clerk. Parish Council Surgeries Councillors are always willing to discuss any issues with you; their contact details are on page 5. In addition, Councillors are available on the evenings of their main council meetings (third Tuesday of the month) between 7.30pm and 8pm during which time refreshments are served. 4

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Tasburgh Parish Council, Serving the Village of Tasburgh Contacting the Parish Council If you would like to know more, have any comments about Tasburgh Parish Council and its work or you have any issues you wish to be raised, please contact one of the Councillors or the Parish Clerk. Councillors Jill Casson 12 Hastings Close 470334 Willie Crawshay The Grange, Low Road 471650 Brian Hill 8 Harvey Close 471011 Geoff Merchant 14 Orchard Way 470606 Dave Moore 16 Henry Preston Road 471041 Keith Read Thornly Barn, Saxlingham Lane 470229 Matthew Read 1 Harvey Close Rachel Simmons 2 Prior Close 471197 Adrienne Watts Grove Cottage 470217 Clerk Tina Eagle 17 Alder Close 01508 Poringland, Norfolk, NR14 7LY 494569 Website


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Tasburgh Parish Council Parish Council Report Tasburgh Parish Council invites you as a resident of the Parish to have your say on the South Norfolk Council Community Governance Review 2017 – 2018. What is it? A review of all of the parishes in the South Norfolk district, to ensure that community governance for the district continues to be effective and convenient, and reflects the identities and interests of the community. The review will consider: Parish areas – creating, merging, altering or abolishing parishes The naming of parishes and the style of new parishes The electoral arrangements for parishes (the ordinary year of elections; council size, the number of Councillors to be elected to the Council, and parish warding) Grouping parishes under a common Parish Council or de-grouping parishes Consequential matters – e.g. the effect on existing parishes; dealing with parish assets; resolving issues relating to employees of existing parishes; setting a precept for a new Council; setting a date for the next elections and subsequent electoral cycles.

TO HAVE YOUR SAY PLEASE COMPLETE THE SURVEY: This will only take a short space of time, there are 11 questions in total, and only 7 questions to complete if you are happy with your current Parish arrangements. Closing date for responses is 12th June 2017. If you require any further information please contact the Parish Clerk. On other Parish Council matters, the pedestrian lay-bys on Church Hill should have been installed by the time you read this. Walkers will therefore have a safe place to stand aside when traffic is coming up the hill and will no longer have to jump up onto the bank. 6

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Tasburgh Parish Council We continue to monitor traffic speeds around the village through the ‘SAM’ machines. Data shows that the majority of drivers do observe the speed limits, but a minority still do not. The data that the machines record can be shared with the Police, who can then use this information to decide when and where to set up their own enforcement measures.


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

Finally, next month Dave Moore will stand down after seven years as Chair of the Parish Council. All of the other councillors would like to thank Dave for all of the hard work he has put in over those years. Remember that everyone is welcome to attend Parish Council meetings. Agendas are available on noticeboards or on our website ( and there is an opportunity to give your views during the public participation item on the agenda.

Jill Casson Vice Chair 7

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South Norfolk Council


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Tasburgh Eurolink A group of us have just returned from another enjoyable visit to Linden where we were welcomed like long lost members of the family but treated like royalty when it came to eating and drinking. Everyone has their favourite Belgian beer, there are so many to try, and then the famous chocolates of course. After travelling by train (Euro tunnel), boat (ferry) or plane to get there the whole group met in the Parish hall for a welcome drink as old friends met up and our new couple and their hosts were welcomed to the group. The first full day of the visit, Friday 5th May, was with our host families. Many visited the nearby town of Leuven .The market and botanical gardens were also popular destinations. Others went further afield or caught up with the families of their hosts. Many of us have seen the children grow up, marry and have children of their own. In 28 years, much changes but our friendships have deepened. Saturday the group trip involving all Tasburgh-ites, their hosts and some of the wider group in Linden. We were shown round an amazing animal rescue centre where they care for injured or abandoned native animals and wherever possible, gradually re-introduce into the wild. They also act as the holding centre for exotic animals confiscated by customs at the airport, illegally kept as pets or rescued from “bad� zoos and circuses. Of particular interest were several lions who have only known captivity but will be sent to South Africa to be allowed to roam semi-wild by the Born Free project, and three snow leopards, an endangered animal whom they are trying to resettle in appropriate breeding centres and thus add to the gene pool and eventually help to repopulate their native habitat in central Asia. The afternoon saw us continuing our education round the town of Maaseikith information brochure/quiz sheets tracking down the clues in co-operation with our Belgian hosts but in fierce competition with each other. 9

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Tasburgh Eurolink Of course, there were the usual suspects who preferred to sit in the pub with a beer and chat. On Sunday evening we were back in the Parish Hall for a splendid buffet supper .It was wonderful to catch up with many who are now too frail which prevent them joining in with the exchanges. The evening passed too quickly as old friends exchanged news and enjoyed each other’s company and new friendships were cemented. There is much puzzlement over Brexit in Belgium but not hostility. One person said to me “Britain has often been the only friend who stood up for us, we don’t want to lose you”. The place mats on Sunday were designed by their chairman, Jos Wauters, based on the famous painting “The raft of Medusa” showing Britain as the shipwreck survivors waving goodbye from the raft as the famous symbol of Brussels, the Atomium, sinks beneath the waves. No-one really knows what Brexit will mean, but of one thing I’m sure, the friendship between the Linden and Tasburgh groups will survive! It’s now time to turn our thoughts to the Safari Supper on June 24th. We’ll be setting the theme and menu in the next few days but, whatever is decided, it will be great fun and amazing value for money at £10 a head. All you have to provide is your own tipple, cutlery, plates and glasses. Don’t forget to get your tickets (you can ask any member or simply email your request to one of the addresses below) as numbers will be limited.

Contacts Helen or Alan Jones: 10

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Tasburgh United Charities The Trustees of Tasburgh United Charities would like to remind parishioners that they have available each year a certain amount of money to be applied in helping the residents of the Parish who, regardless of their age and for whatever reason, find themselves in need of financial help. Identifying those in need of assistance in the village can be our most difficult task. Whilst previously the elderly may have been seen as the obvious persons requiring help, and we continue to support them when we can, in the current economic climate working families may be those with the lowest income. Others could include those temporarily or long term unemployed residents enduring illness, students, or anybody suffering a loss of income for any other reason. We meet to make decisions about distributions twice annually in May and November and for urgent requests on other occasions in-between. Among the factors taken into consideration is a general idea of the family income, for that reason we ask for a few facts about the overall income / expenditure for the applicant’s household. Our application form is simple to complete, all information is kept completely confidential. Assistance can be given by outright grant towards general expenses, by contribution towards a particular expense, a temporary loan or by purchases of equipment for use. Items of further education will also be considered. Remember, the money is there for use by any resident of Tasburgh, all applications are considered in the strictest confidence. If your circumstances are not already known to the Trustees and you feel that they might be able to help you please contact one of the trustees: Mrs Jill Casson 12 Hastings Close 470334

Mr Keith Read Thornly Barn, Saxlingham Lane 470229

Mr. Geoff Merchant 14 Orchard Way 470606.

Mr Ben Goodfellow Rookery House, Saxlingham Lane, 470668


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Norfolk County Council

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


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

TIDY TASBURGH NETWORK Many thanks to those who continue to help keep a part of Tasburgh litter free. Recently you may have seen on noticeboards the annual spring clean with backing from SNDC providing grabbers, hi vis wear and bags. The event was held on 2nd April and was mildly supported with Jill Casson and Molly Orford joining me on litter picking duty that morning. ********************** However further backing from Ruth Walker, Carole Hill and Janet Cane, who turned out at alternative times means the village should be looking tidy. Do let me know (01508 471539) or if you’d like to adopt a stretch of road in the village to keep tidy (especially if you one that needs attention – thanks for others who continue to do their bit and for Tina and the Parish Council for helping organise the SNDC village spring clean.


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Tas Valley Pre-School and Playgroup Tas Valley

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We run 5 sessions a week Monday to Friday 9.30 to 12.30 at Tasburgh Village Hall. for all children aged 2 to 5 plus a Monday afternoon session 12.30 to 3.30 for pre-schoolers We will have spaces for all sessions in September. Funded 2, 3 and 4 year-olds accepted. Our Easter ‘Eggstravaganza’ on 1 April was a huge success. Helped no doubt by the lovely weather we had a large group of people attending for the egg hunt, craft activities and usual teas and cakes, and this combined with our Easter raffle raised nearly £900 for new equipment. Thank you to everyone who came along to support us or bought raffle tickets. For the beginning of the summer term, our theme has been ‘Growing’. We have planted cress, pumpkins, peas and potatoes in a sack, and are also running our annual ‘Grow the Tallest bean’ competition, which always seems to bring out the competitive element in our parents. Our next theme will be ‘Minibeasts’, so we will be having bug hunts around the field, and also lots of related craft and cooking activities. Hopefully the weather will be good this term, so that we can have our water, painting and other more messy activities outside. We have recently had an influx of new starters, bringing our total numbers to over 30, so we will have healthy numbers again this year in September. We will be saying goodbye to a number of our children as they leave us for ‘big school’ in July, and we will miss them all, but promise them a party before they go.

For more information or to register a place please contact: Gemma Rose Or pop in and see us at the Hall any weekday morning 30 HOURS FREE CHILDCARE 14

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WILL YOU HAVE A CHILD THAT WILL BE THREE OR FOUR IN SEPTEMBER? From September of this year, if you and your partner work, earning at least the equivalent of 16 hours a week at the minimum living wage and less than £100,000 pa, then you will be entitled to 30 hours per week free funded child care for 38 weeks a year if you have a child aged 3 or 4. Tas Valley Pre-school and Playgroup currently opens for 18 hours per week, starting at 9.30. 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 undertaking a survey of our current parents to see whether it is sustainable to extend our hours or change the times at which we open. It is likely that our hours will change in September of this year, and these changes will be communicated in due course.

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. For more information please contact our supervisor Jill Casson on 01508 470334 or at 15

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1st Tasburgh Sea Scout Group A word from the Group Scout Leader This quarter I thought I would mention some of the activities that we have been running and have planned for the sections.

BEAVERS have enjoyed making dragons for St Georges day, planted runner beans to take home and a hike around Caister. They are planning a visit to Burrfeld park to explore the wildlife and have some team games planned.

CUBS have had a talent night, a speaker from Anglia Water, they had a great time and Eaton Vale Activity Centre on the climbing wall and looking at Survival skills and recently hiked to the Kings Head at Ashwellthorpe for chips. They are also going to Burrfeld Park, doing a first aid course and some outdoor cooking.

SCOUTS have enjoyed studying codes and a look at survival skills. They are doing some pioneering, having a Cowboy Cook Out and also going to look at getting their Street Sports or Photography Badge.

EXPLORERS have been crate stacking at Eaton Vale and cooking at Flordon Common. They are also trying Skirmish later this month. Their big project this term is to produce some short films written, acted and produced by them. Something to look forward to at the AGM. 16

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1st Tasburgh Sea Scout Group On 23rd April we attended the district St George’s Day Parade. This was at Hetherset High School this year and we got to parade in public! Our group ran an opportunity for parents and young people to toast and eat marshmallows sandwiched between chocolate biscuits, always popular. We hope we will be volunteering at Race For Life at the showground again this year through a campaign of community involvement being organised by scouts nationwide and within our own district. We are also getting involved with the Imagine Land Project by joining in the digging of test pits and also some of the creative activities. We are lucky enough to have got places at Water Activity Weekend at the end of May, and have filled 12 Scout and 12 Explorer places. Looking further ahead to 2018 we will be joining in the international jamboree at the Norfolk Showground, and have already started fund raising to try to help with the costs, starting with the Quiz a couple of weeks ago, thank you to those who attended.

If you feel you could get involved with the Tasburgh Scout Group Contact Graham Pates (Group Scout Leader) 01508 47151 17

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Tasburgh Village Hall


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Morningthorpe Recycling Centre Essential Maintenance Works at Morningthorpe Recycling Centre Morningthorpe Recycling Centre will be undergoing essential maintenance work including the installation of new surface water drainage system and repairs to sections of the concrete hardstanding. For the duration of the work the site will be closed to the public from Tuesday 13th June to Friday 4th August. The nearest alternative sites are: • Ketteringham, Station Lane NR9 3AZ (10.9 miles, 20 minutes) • Mile Cross, Swanton Road, Norwich, NR2 4LH (11.2 miles, 30 minutes) • Bergh Apton, Wellbeck Road, NR15 1AU (9.6 miles, 20 minutes) - open Friday – Monday Only • Wymondham, Strayground Lane, NR18 9NA (10 miles, 25 minutes) - open Friday – Monday Only This is part of a programme of works to improve surface water drainage on Norfolk’s Recycling Centres and Morningthorpe will be the final site to be upgraded as part of this programme. The scheme was granted planning consent in January 2017 and an Environmental Permit during 2016. Whilst the drainage work is ongoing, work will also be carried out to the hardstanding. Damage has been caused by general wear and tear over time, particularly in areas where the bins are placed and picked up and along joints in the concrete. The repairs are necessary to ensure the damage doesn’t become a hazard for the staff and public using the sites. On-site signage and advanced warning will be provided, giving information of the nearest alternative available sites for the period of the works. We will closely monitor for any fly tipping during this period. The work will cost around £90,000 and is being managed by Norfolk County Council’s Waste Services. Officer Name: Nicola Young, Waste Infrastructure Manager Email address: Tel No: 01603 224439 19

Imagined Land Project

IMAGINED LAND TAKES A CREATIVE TURN If you haven't already heard, Imagined Land is a Heritage Lottery funded project led by the Norfolk Archaeological Trust that is supporting the people of Tasburgh to discover and celebrate the history on their doorstep. The project focuses on the Heritage Enclosure - a scheduled monument and a significant example of an early hill fort, with a degree of mystery surrounding its origins. By the time you read this we will have dug 10 test pits around the village and at the school, conducted a geophysical survey of the enclosure itself and delved into the many records at the Norfolk Archive Centre to discover new and interesting things about the history of the village. Imagined Land is an ambitious project that will culminate in a communitycreated lantern procession and pageant on the field on Saturday 16th September, with celebrations continuing at the Village Hall and social club into the evening. The final pageant is based on the idea of people coming from four corners, representing four periods of history: Iron Age, Saxon and Viking, Medieval and Modern. In June and July we will be working with the scouts and the children of Preston Primary to make and create songs, stories and structures for the procession. Then over the summer holidays we aim to involve as many people as possible in the celebrations, with activities for all ages to enjoy. A team of volunteers from the village have been helping us to make a programme that will get the village singing, sewing, painting, making, performing and parading. We have employed the services of some great creative facilitators to help us So don't be shy - you don't need any experience to get involved and all activities are designed to include as many people as possible. A full programme will be published at the exhibition launch on July 12th.

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Summer 2017

What is it about the light evenings that we find so attractive? Is it the opportunity for greater productivity that the extra hours of daylight offer? Could it be that we feel more energetic, more awake when it’s light? Light gives life – it certainly encourages plants (and grass!) to grow. It has a positive effect on us physically and mentally – not to mention practically – allowing us to see where we’re going! A familiar Bible passage, used at Christmas as well as at the Good Friday service of Tenebrae (a Latin word meaning ‘shadows’) speaks of Jesus being the light that shines in the darkness of this world. It goes on to say that the darkness has not understood this light. In the spiritual sense, light represents life, truth and righteousness. Some people shy away from this kind of light for fear of exposure. Others are drawn to it for reasons they may not be able to explain. Like physical light, spiritual light has tremendous benefits. The life and light Jesus brings, is life that is everlasting and light that cannot be extinguished. It will warm us through the coldest winter, light our darkest hour, reveal the path before us and lead us safely home. May the Lord bless you with his light and life! Blessings Rev Dawn 21

June 17 June 18 June 25 July 1-2 July 5 July 22 August 5

Saxlingham’s Midsummer Ceildh 7.00pm-11.00pm, Hall Farm, The Green, Saxlingham Nethergate Coffee and Cake 10am-12noon at Mill Cottage, Lower Tharston Visitation Service with Bishop Alan 10.30am at St. Mary’s, Shotesham Festival of Flowers, St Mary’s, Tasburgh Tea and Cake 2.00pm - 4.00pm at The Poplars, The Street, Tharston Tharston Church Fete 2.00pm at Picton Farm, Tharston St Mary’s Guild Coffee Morning, Rookery House, Lower Tasburgh

St. Mary’s Church, Tasburgh

July 1st-2nd See our advert in the main body of the Quarterly.

24th - 27th July, 10am-12noon

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Fun, Games, Craft, Stories, Drama For Ages 5-11 years Parent and toddler activity alongside

We’re planning a fabulous week of fun at the Tas Valley Churches Holiday Club. Booking forms should be the back of church and in schools, next month. If you are an adult or a teenager and can offer to help with craft, drama, prayer, refreshments, games, transport or any other aspect of the club please contact Sally on 470 762. (Please note full safeguarding procedures will be followed).

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. Coffee and Cakes on June 18th 10.00am - 12.00pm at Mill Cottage Lower Tharston by kind invitation of Mr & Mrs Henshaw. Tea and Cakes on July 8th, 2.00pm - 4.00pm at The Poplars, The Street, Tharston by kind invitation of Mr & Mrs E Lambert At both events the cost will be £4.00 per adult and there will be a Raffle with all proceeds going to the Church Re-ordering Fund. On July 22nd we are holding our annual Church Fete in the gardens of Picton Farm by kind invitation of Steve & Bev Smith, commencing at 2.00pm. There will be a Tombola, a Tea Tent and stalls selling Cakes & Produce, Books and Bric a Brac. There will also be draws for Champagne and a £20 note plus some games and of course a Raffle, all proceeds for general Church Funds.

Future events: Church Open Day - September 17th Fireworks display - November 4th. Full details nearer the

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11.00am Baptism 8.00am B.C.P 1662 Holy Communion 10.30am Benefice Service with Bishop Alan at St. Mary’s, Shotesham 11.00am ‘My Church’ 8.00am B.C.P 1662 Holy Communion 11.00am ‘My Church’ 11.00am B.C.P 1662 Holy Communion

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

We would like to thank Kate for her hard work as Church Warden and wish her good luck in the future. We were very sorry to say goodbye to the Hartley Family as they move to St. Catherine's Church in Mile Cross, where new challenges await them. Mart's last service was very well attended and was followed by lunch in the church room with plenty of food, drink and chatter, as everyone came to say their farewells. Rach was presented with flowers and they were also given a beautiful candle and a cheque to see them on their way, with love and blessings. Rev Dawn Davidson will now take on responsibility for St. Mary's and I am sure you will all get to know and support her.

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BCP Morning Prayer Freedom Café, Preston Primary School Holy Communion All Age Service Benefice Service with Bishop Alan at St.Mary’s Shotesham Freedom Café, Preston Primary School Songs of Praise following Festival of Flowers Holy Communion All Age Service Holy Communion Morning Worship BCP Morning Prayer Freedom Café, Preston Primary School Holy Communion All Age Service Holy Communion

SAXLINGHAM’S MIDSUMMER CEILIDH Venue: Hall Farm, The Green, Saxlingham Nethergate Time: 7.00pm – 11.00pm Date: Saturday 17th June Come and enjoy a traditional ceilidh with Shinanikins Ceilidh Band and caller in a barn. With a hog roast roll or vegetarian option and pudding included in ticket price - £12.50. Bar, raffle and games also available. Children 12+ (under parental supervision). Tickets to be purchased in advance from: Carolyn Rush: 01508 498248 or Jo & Alec Stevenson: 01508 49874 The FOSS team at Saxlingham School Fundraising for the village church and school

We meet on the first Monday at 2.30pm in Tasburgh, Church Room New members and visitors would be very welcome June 5 - Up the Amazon with Steve Becket July 3 - Annual Garden Party, 2.30pm at Grange Meadow, Lower Tasburgh by kind invitation of Mr & Mrs Gibbins August 5 - Coffee Morning 10.30am-12noon, Rookery House, Lower Tasburgh by kind invitation of Mr & Mrs Goodfellow September 4 - Nothing is what it seems with Dave Moore Please contact Janet Baker on 471 063 or Ann Crawshay on 470 634 for more information Thank you for all your support at fundraising events.

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

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

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

Team Rector Rev’d Canon Sally Gaze: 01508 470 762 The Rectory, Church Road, Newton Flotman NR15 1QB Team Vicar Rev’d Dawn Davidson: 01508 498 924 The New Rectory, The Street, Saxlingham Nethergate, NR15 1AJ

Contributions for the next Church Newsletter by Friday Aug 4, 2017

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Imagined Land Project DATES FOR YOUR DIARY - ALL EVENTS ARE FREE TO ATTEND Here are some dates for your diaries. Just turn up on the day or contact Simon Floyd, Project Manager at - or phone him on 0789 678 1574. Village Sharing Day • Sat June 10th, 10 am to 4 pm, Village Hall Come and hear what's been discovered in the archives and underground. The morning will feature talks and walks by the archaeological and research teams. In the afternoon there will be an opportunity to meet the creative facilitators and take part in taster sessions in music, craft and creative Writing. Exhibition and Creative Programme Launch • Weds July 12th at Preston Primary School - [times to be confirmed] A display of some of the work done in school and the research undertaken. The exhibition will then move on to the village hall and church, and later to Long Stratton Library. Village Fun Day Saturday 15th July all day- Village Hall Come and talk to some of the Imagined Land Volunteers about the project and give us your ideas about how we should celebrate on 16th September. Creative Writing with Sara Helen Binney • Sat 22nd July, 10.30am - 12.30 pm and 1.30pm - 3.30 pm, Village Hall • Weds 26th July 7.00pm - 9.00 pm, Church Rooms • Thurs 3rd August, 7.00pm - 9.00pm, Church Rooms • Weds 9th August, 7.00 pm– 9.00pm, Village Hall Sara Helen will be supporting people to explore their imaginations of village history, producing material for a village anthology, the updating of the History of Tasburgh booklet and the songs and script for the final pageant. Village Hall Music Days with Charlie Caine • Saturday 5th August 10.30am - 3.30 pm • Sat 2nd September 1030am -3.30 pm Come and meet Charlie who will be leading the music over the summer. Bring an instrument or just come to sing, or just listen. 29

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Imagined Land Project DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Tasburgh Sings with Charlie Caine • Thursday 10th August 7.00pm - 9.00 pm, Church Rooms • Thursday 17th August 7.00pm - 9.00 pm, Church Rooms • Thursday 24th August 7.00pm - 9.00 pm, Church Rooms • Thursday 31st August 7.00pm - 9.00 pm, Church Rooms Charlie will lead people in singing originally created songs inspired by the research discoveries and created by Tasburgh people. Many will be used for the final pageant in September. Making Lanterns with Ali McKenzie of Tin House • Tues 1st August, 10.00am - 4.00 pm Preston Primary School • Sat 12th August, 10.00am – 4.00 pm Preston Primary School Lanterns will add magic and colour to the celebration. Learn techniques and gather materials for making your own. Suitable for over 10s and adults of any age. Designing and Making Banners with Ali McKenzie • Sat 5th August 10.00am – 4.00 pm, Village Hall Come and help us make the banners for our four corners pageant while others sing next door.. Better suited for those with some basic sewing skill. The Big Build with Ali and assistant • Sat 2nd September 10.00am - 4.00 pm , Village Hall • Weds 6th September 7.00pm – 10.00 pm Village Hall Help to make a large central object for the procession, which will be burnt on the field at the final event. The village will decide what the object will be over the summer. Performing the Pageant with Simon Floyd and Charlie Caine • Sat 9th and Sunday 10th September, 10.00am - 4.00 pm, Village Hall Join us as we plan and rehearse the final procession and performance. Final Preparations • Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th September, Village Hall and Preston Primary. More details to follow LANTERN PROCESSION AND IMAGINED LAND PAGEANT • Saturday 16th September, from the four corners, onto the land and later at the Village Hall, from 7.00 pm A culmination of all the work as the village celebrates in style 30

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Preston Primary School

As I am sure you are all aware, Jean Campling has been writing the bulletin for our school for many years. We would like to say a big thank you to Jean for this. Since the last Quarterly, the children and staff at Preston Primary School have been extremely busy taking part in a range of activities and projects and entering several competitions. In mid-February, three of our older children represented the South Norfolk School Sports Partnership in the Norfolk Schools Cross Country races. They all ran extremely well and achieved very good positions in their races. Then in early March, one of our Year Four children represented the same partnership in the Norfolk Schools Swimming Finals. She won several of her races and finished 5th in the county in her final breaststroke race. We are extremely proud of their sporting achievements Since February, all of the children in our school have taken part in specialist sports sessions such as tennis for Years 1 to 5 and cricket for Years 5 and 6. With future cricket competitions coming up, we are sure they will put their skills to good use. The last few months have also seen many of our children out and about on trips. In March the children in Years 5 and 6 spent three amazing days at Hill Top where they challenged themselves in a range of activities such as high rope climbing and obstacle courses. Every child achieved something they were proud of and showed great teamwork. The weather was quite warm for so early in the year and enabled the children to make their own fires to toast marshmallows over. In the same month, the children in Years 1 and 2 visited Easton College Farm. The children had been learning about where their food comes from and how it is grown. 31

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Preston Primary School It was a fantastic opportunity being able to visit a working farm. The children met the newly born lambs and learnt how to make oil by grinding wheat and crushing rapeseed. The following day, Years 3, 4 and 5 visited Norwich Cathedral. They were given a tour of the cathedral and learnt about its history as well as its present day uses. The children in Year 4 then continued on to a Norwich synagogue where they learnt about Jewish customs and practices. The children returned to school buzzing with enthusiasm about their day. As you may be aware, Tasburgh village is taking part in a very exciting project called ‘Imagined Land’ and the school is involved in this too. Over the next few weeks, archaeological digs will take place around the village and in our school grounds. The children will have the opportunity to take part in these digs and to learn about life in Tasburgh in the past. As part of this project, we had a Geodrone Surveyor come to our school to talk to the children about drones and their uses. A drone was then flown over our school recording the children, staff and buildings from above and providing us with some amazing aerial photographs. We will be putting these on to our school website so do look out for them. Over the last two months, the children have also had some wonderful music experiences. On the first day of March, our school choir sang in St Andrews Hall. Although being a small school, we had the smallest choir, we still filled the stage with our confident performance and fine voices. Our older children have also had the opportunity to learn to play drums and to make our school vibrate with their beats and rhythms. They thoroughly enjoyed their drum sessions and gave an enthralling performance to the rest of the school. We have a busy diary for rest of this term and are looking forward to another school residential, our leavers’ play and our archaeological digs. Who knows what we will find! Georgina Rich Deputy Headteacher 32

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Tasburgh Allotment Society Down on the Allotments You do notice the weather when you’re on the plots and it’s a long held tradition to blame any problems you’re having with your green fingers on the climate. So here we go… What a strange month April turned out to be. I had a look at the records and they point to only three rainfalls of any note throughout the entire month totalling around 20mm (more near 50mm is the average over the last 15years). Interestingly though, April of recent years (apart from last year) has not tended to be the showery month of folklore but even so we would have expected quite a bit more than we got. The temperatures started rising in early April and peaked at nearly 25 degrees on Sunday 9th (from a minus 2 degrees the night before) and then the next day it was back down to 12 degrees max. That’s probably enough stats for now. Hopefully some of you are still reading on… Of course, this has thrown plot management into turmoil. Plants assumed the spring was here and then had it cruelly swiped away. The frosts continue to threaten into early May which has resulted in severe damage to the ever-expanding UK wine industry. There are now 133 wineries (doubled in last 10 years and growing) across the UK and as far north as York.

FLOWER & PRODUCE SHOW 15th JULY Please prepare your entries and bring to the Village Hall by 10am on the morning of the 15th July. Remember this is open to all including non Tasburgh residents. Due to the change of date a revised class list will be prepared to reflect the earliness of the season and will appear on village noticeboards or please request one from me (01508 471539) or After the judging the Village Fun Weekender action will follow. 33

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Tasburgh Allotment Society Not too many vines on our plots yet to damage, although some sorry looking potatoes that had peeked out have been stirred up. I left digging late this year‌ very hard conditions... Never again. Pleasing news to report is a welcome to new plot holders who have taken residence in the past few weeks keeping us at maximum capacity and the appearance of two more very fine sheds. Not veryone wants or needs a shed but it does give the site character to have a few. Ours, on the Orford plot, was one of two that tipped over during storm Doris, proving they can add amusement as well as being practical. Both sheds have thankfully made full recoveries.

OPEN GARDEN 2018 After the joys of the last one, another Open Garden event is being planned for 2018. We were bowled over by the enthusiasm in 2016 and would love a repeat. Please let me know if you feel you could exhibit or help in any way. Diversity is key to this event. Feedback from 2016 mentioned the importance of showing off as many types of garden as possible. Big, small, neat, wild, quirky etc. A chance to show off your hard work?

Simon Orford TAS Secretary 07867 914307


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Tasburgh St Mary’s Church

FLOWER FESTIVAL ST MARY’S TASBURGH 1ST AND 2ND JULY This summer promises to be more colourful than usual as St Mary’s Church, Tasburgh prepares to stage a flower festival for the first time in many years. The festival will take place over the weekend of Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July and the church will be open to welcome everybody in the village and visitors from further afield throughout both days. The festival is themed “Notable Norfolk” in order to inspire participants’ creativity and ambition. Expect Lord Nelson, Edith Cavell and the Canaries to be well represented! Funds will be raised for two worthwhile local causes; the fabric of the church (i.e. the upkeep of the ancient building rather than the day to day running expenses) and St Martin’s Housing Trust, a charity which supports homeless people in Norwich and Norfolk. There will, of course, be a variety of refreshments throughout the day together with a plant stall and activities for children. Please put the dates in your diary, plan for lovely summer weather and come along to see and smell the flowers. If you would like to know more or if you feel enthused to help in any way please contact

Claire Crawshay Tel: 01508 471650 or email


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Tasburgh Memories I have republished articles from Sylvia Addington for the last ten years. They are the result of her extensive research which included a publication entitled "Hedgerows of Tasburgh". We have entered a new era of history research with the "Imagine Tasburgh" project. As one strand of the project many village volunteers including me have registered at the Norfolk Archive Centre investigating the extensive information available. I am interested in any Tasburgh Historical articles/paperwork. I have 3 Kellys directories and a further 2 on loan. I am also interested in others also any Norfolk related Whites directories or books by Arthur Mee. They contain a wealth of information. I was recently given copies of paper articles detailing some interesting events in Tasburgh over many years and welcome anything you may have. One of the stated outcomes of the Imagine project is the update/add to of the History of Tasburgh Book written by Steve Beckett and the late John Madgett. Dave Moore

Tasburgh Parish Council now has a projector with sound facility. This is available FREE OF CHARGE for use by other village groups. If you would like to book it please email the Clerk


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Tasburgh Tips and Treats Roasted Stone Fruit with Coconut Date & Oat Crumble This is a variation on the usual crumble puddings that are very comforting but this one is not overly sweet and sugary, making it a healthier alternative. It can also be eaten cold as a breakfast of fruit, yoghurt and oats instead of a muesli or cereal. Makes 12 portions. Cooks in 55 minutes INGREDIENTS 6 oranges 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1 vanilla pod 150 g ripe strawberries 200 g Medjool dates 360 g porridge oats 80 g unsweetened desiccated coconut flakes extra virgin olive oil 2 kg mixed seasonal stone fruit, such as plums, peaches, apricots, cherries 1 tablespoon natural yoghurt METHOD Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6. Halve the oranges and squeeze all the juice into a large roasting dish with the balsamic vinegar. Halve the vanilla pod lengthways and scrape out the seeds, then add both pod and seeds to the dish. Grate in the strawberries, mix together, and pop into the oven to warm through while you prep your crumble and fruit. For the crumble, tear the stones out of the dates and place the flesh in a food processor with the oats and coconut flakes, 1 tablespoon of oil and 130ml of water, then blitz into a crumble. Pour into a roasting tray or dish (30cm x 40cm) and spread out into an even layer. Wash all the fruit, then halve or quarter, removing the stones as you go. Pull the dish of warm, delicious juices out of the oven and gently stir in all the fruit. Return to the top shelf of the oven, place the crumble on the shelf underneath, and cook for 45 minutes, or until the fruit is soft and sticky and the crumble is nicely golden. Stir the crumble occasionally as it cooks to break it up and give it a nice even colour. Serve up however many portions you want while it’s all warm, adding 1 tablespoon of yoghurt to each one. Once cool, decant the rest of the crumble portions into an airtight jar to enjoy in the days that follow, and pop the fruit into the fridge, where it will keep happily for up to 5 days.

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CALLING ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS IN TASBURGH Do you enjoy taking seasonal photographs? Would you like one of your photographs to be featured on the front page of future Tasburgh Quarterly Magazines? If the answer is YES then we would like to see them. Please email your photographs for consideration to 38

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Burrfeld Park Spring is with us again and everything is coming into leaf and flower. We have Daffs, Primroses, Cowslips, Apple Blossom and Bluebells, they are all doing well. A few of the Hazels were coppiced to help let in more light, last year, under a tree a rare fungi called Stiltball was found, hopefully it will appear again this year. A few Water Lillies have been planted in the pond to try to reduce the algae. We had a Work Day on 2nd of April and would like to thank the eleven people who turned up to help and managed to get lots of jobs done. But of course there is always more to do. Following last year’s very successful Moth’s Breakfast, with over 40 people attending, we will be holding another one on Sunday 4th June from 10.00 till 12.00, hoping to see you there. We would like to thank the Parish Council for supporting this event. SAXLINGHAM NETHERGATE BOWLS CLUB Come along and have a go at Bowls at our Green in a picturesque setting on the Playing Field. The club is running taster session and coaching for beginners on Monday mornings at 11.00am.

Experienced Bowlers are welcome too. Contact: Chris Lacey on 01508 499700 39

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Tasburgh Sports and Social Club

Chairmans Blog Many thanks to all the members who have renewed their memberships for another year. Let’s hope it will be another good one for you and a good £3.00 spent. There are a few events coming up for you and the Community of Tasburgh to enjoy. These can be found on the back page of this issue. Of course members will receive the informative monthly newsletter popping up on your computer screens. Since the last blog the club has been very busy as the Tuesday and Friday Club nights have seen a big increase in members enjoying their favourite tipple, while watching various sporting events on our big screen TV. We also had a great St Geoges night with the The Harves entertaining us with another splendid evening of their version of songs old and new, with a standing ovation at the end of the evening. The evening will also be remembered for the very large portions of sausage and mash with lots of onion gravy. Many thanks to Garry and Dominique Fisher for their work in supplying that. Since I last put pen to paper(that’s fingers on keyboards not Accordionas these days!) I am pleased to say that Tasburgh Sports & Social Club took the initiative along with Stacy Rebertson and TSSC Lee Lowe both of Norfolk Carers Support to help get Tasburgh Carers Group up and running. I do hope it will be a big help for those who one way or another find themselves being a Carer. It is a short blog this quarter, so Cheers for now and see you at the Club. Don Proudfoot Chairman 40

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Tasburgh Carers Group We are a new group set up to support carers and their cared for in Tasburgh. 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. The first 2 meetings have been a great success, we have been getting to know each other, chatting and consuming tea/coffee and cakes and deciding on the future of the group. 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 June July 20th, August 17th, September 21st, October 19th, November 16th, December 21st. 15th,

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

POWER CUT? CALL 105 There is a new national phone number “105� which was launched earlier in the year by electricity network operators for customers to call should they need to report or get information about a power cut in their area. 105 is a FREE SERVICE and customers can call 105 no matter who they buy electricity from. 41

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Dates for Your Diary Saturday



Community Fete, Village Hall & Playing Field (please note this will replace the fete normally held in September

Sunday 4th June

Moth Breakfast Burrfeld Park 10-12pm

Saturday 10th June

Imagined Land Project - Village Sharing Day Tasburgh Village Hall 10.00am - 4.00pm

Wednesday 14th June Tasburgh Village Hall Annual General Meeting Refreshments from 7.30pm Thursday 15th June

Tasburgh Carers Group Tasburgh Village Hall 10.30am - 12.30pm

Sunday 18th June Village Hall 12pm

Purple Picnic to raise money for local charity Nelsons Journey. Refreshments will be available including an Open Bar. Raffle prizes and cake donations welcome. Contact Mel Goodall 01508 470195

Saturday 24th June

Eurolink Safari Super. For tickets contact or

1st & 2nd July

Flower Festival Tasburgh St Mary’s Church

Saturday 15th July

TSSC Village Fun Day

Flower & Produce Show If you would like your event listed on this page just let us know.


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


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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


DANCE YOURSELF FIT WITH PEARL Tasburgh Village hall Tuesday evenings 7pm till 8pm, ÂŁ5 per session. Follow my lead easy routines, dancing to 60s music to the presant day. Booking not essential but Preferred. For more information and a friendly chat contact Pearl Text 07799 012397 Phone 01508 578042 Farmcottagebedandbreakfast@

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