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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 Tasburgh Tots Rebecca Orford 01508 471539 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. 3


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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 It has certainly been a busy three months for the Parish Council, with significant progress being made on a number of ongoing projects. The Parish Council is pleased to report that the much-awaited allotments are now up and running. Following a successful opening ceremony which brought together new allotment holders and key members of the community who had made the project happen, the site is rapidly being dug over and planted. The Parish Council is delighted to be working with Tasburgh Allotment Society to provide the allotments, and wish them every success. See pages 32 and 33 for a full report on the opening and the ongoing developments on the site. Another positive step forward for the parish is the provision of a footpath from Low Road (opposite the old Horseshoe pub) to Church Road via the heritage site. The Parish Council is about to complete on the purchase of the part of the footpath from Low Road, and permission has been granted for a footpath linking this to the heritage field. Grant funding is being sought to provide a kissing gate link on the site, as well as steps from Church Hill up to the heritage field. This path will provide a much needed link between Lower and Upper Tasburgh, as well as a safe alternative for pedestrians who use the bends at the Low Road/Grove Lane. Look out for more information and maps in the next issue of the Quarterly. The third project that has seen significant progress is the play equipment. A huge thanks must go to Recreation for All for all their fund raising efforts, as well as their success in gaining significant grant funding for the project. This has meant that the old play equipment at the village hall has been replaced with a new rocket and tractor, four way see-saw, double pod seat swing and double flat swing. Watch out on the village notice boards for details of the official opening ceremony. 5


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Tasburgh Parish Council The next phase of the project will see a zip wire and shelter installed at the playing field. An application for grant funding has been submitted and Recreation for All continue to hold fund raising events to provide new equipment for the village. Tasburgh has recently enjoyed successful recognition as a thriving community. The recent entry in the EDP Pride in Norfolk Awards saw Tasburgh shortlisted in the Under 2,500 Population category, and in the CPRE Green Spaces category for Burrfeld Park. Although just pipped to the top spots, the judges said that Tasburgh had much to commend it, and that the new insect hotel at Burrfeld Park was an attractive addition. See pages 8 to 10 for the entry that was made to the competition. Looking ahead, the Parish Council has a busy year coming up. The Council is considering setting up a Youth Council to represent the young people in Tasburgh. Currently councillors are looking at examples of successful youth councils in Norfolk before moving forward in setting up one in Tasburgh. A feasibility study into provision of a footway at the Grove Lane bends is ongoing. The Parish Council is also considering options for writing a planning brief for the site identified within the South Norfolk Local Development Framework, on Church Road. This will involve consulting the community on how you want to see the site designed, and the Parish Council are keen to ensure that the site is developed in an appropriate way.

NEW PARISH COUNCIL CONTACT DETAILS Tasburgh Parish Council can now be contacted at: Jubilee Farm Fleggburgh Road Rollesby, Norfolk NR29 5HH Tel: 01493 749918 6


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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 749918 tasburghpc@btinternet.com Website http://tasburghpc.norfolkparishes.gov.uk/ 7


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Tasburgh Parish Council Pride in Norfolk, Pride in Tasburgh Following shortlisting at the recent Pride in Norfolk Awards, the Parish Council is proud to highlight the entry that was made in August, showing what a strong and thriving community Tasburgh is. “Tasburgh is a small village with a big community! With just over 1,000 residents, the sense of community in the village is amazing. Here is a flavour of what Tasburgh is about….. The Parish Council produces a regular village magazine, the Tasburgh Quarterly and Church News. With contributions from well over 20 village organisations, this is an interesting read and keeps the community up to date with what is happening, while offering opportunities for residents to become involved. Tasburgh has numerous village organisations, many of whom are well established with a long history in the village. Here are a few of the most notable: The Village Hall, run by a Management Committee of volunteers. This venue is ever growing in popularity and is used by many of the village groups as a regular base; The Playgroup, formed in 1968 and still thriving, offering preschool education for children from 2 ½ years to school age; Tasburgh Players, formed in 1977 when they gave a Jubilee Review at Rainthorpe Hall, moving to the village hall in 1980. In 2012 they put on a production – Thank You For The Music – celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and their 35th Anniversary; Tasburgh Scouts (comprising Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer), formed in 1980 and continuing with over 100 members today – so popular that they operate waiting lists for places; Tasburgh Netball Club, formed in 1984 and still going strong; Tasburgh Knit Wits, who meet weekly in the village hall; 8


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Tasburgh Parish Council Tasburgh Eurolink, formed in 1989 by a twinning link with Linden in Belgium. This group still carries out exchange visits every alternate year, and arrange wine tasting and Safari Supper evenings each year. This is just a small selection of the activities available in Tasburgh. Some of the more notable activities and events in Tasburgh keep the residents busy throughout the year. The Tasburgh Festival is an annual event growing in popularity. Run by the Tasburgh Recreation for All group, who raise money to provide play equipment for the village playing field, the 2012 Festival had an Olypmic torch parade through the village, two music stages, and entertainment for the whole family. This years Festival raised an amazing £2,690.00 towards the play equipment. Recreation for All have also been successful in gaining £15,000 grant funding for toddler equipment, which will be installed in late 2012. Another exciting project that is about to come to fruition is the allotments. For many years Tasburgh Parish Council has sought to provide allotments in the village, and they are finally about to complete the purchase of the site with a view to an official opening on Saturday 29th September. The site will be run by the Tasburgh Allotment Society, a self funded organisation run entirely by volunteers. All the plots have already been reserved – I wonder how long it will be before the Parish Council has to buy an extension! Tasburgh Fete is another popular event in the village. This will be held on 15th September and brings together many organisations to promote themselves in a fun way while raising money for the village hall. All welcome! Another annual event is the Tasburgh Village Annual Cricket Match. Originally planned for July, this was unfortunately rained off. However, the British weather has never put off anyone in Tasburgh, and the teams and supporters are looking forward to the rescheduled 9


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Tasburgh Parish Council match which will take place in early September – weather permitting! This will hopefully follow on from the enthusiastic participation in the Village Games earlier this year. Another success story in the village is the Social Club. Attached to the village hall, this thriving enterprise is well-used, and offers music nights with local bands, open-mic nights, quiz nights, and much more. If anyone in Tasburgh is at a loose end (which would be challenging given what is on offer!) a warm welcome is always offered. Recently, the Club celebrated the Diamond Jubilee with a barbeque and children’s fun afternoon, followed by real ale and the Diamond Jubilee Concert on the big screen in the evening. This was a wonderful social event that brought the young and not so young of Tasburgh together. Finally, the Parish Council is very proud of its environment, and none more so than at Burrfeld Park. The Parish Council, together with an army of volunteers, have transformed a patch of former waste ground into a thriving wildlife area. Open to the public, it boasts boardwalks, ponds, a bug hotel, and regular events are held throughout the year. Burrfeld Park recently won a CPRE Award – a worthy recognition for the hard work that has been put in by so many. This truly is only a flavour of what Tasburgh is about, and the residents and Parish Council are rightly proud of their strong community.”

The Parish Council would like to wish all residents of Tasburgh

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Tasburgh Village Hall

We continue to be busy at the Village Hall – with numerous events hosted including weddings, parties, Zumba, our well-supported fund raising Quiz & Spud evening (with teams up from 9 to 12), children’s Halloween Disco and ongoing user-group support. The 6th Annual Tasburgh Art Exhibition has just been held over the weekend of 17th and 18th November. Once more we had a fantastic display of well over 100 paintings in a range of media by local amateur and professional artists. We were pleased to welcome some new exhibitors including for the first time an artist bringing a selection of handmade precious stone jewellery. The artwork from the Preston Primary School Watercolour club, a collection of cute hedgehogs and colourful landscape scenes, showed some great artistic potential (maybe future exhibitors in their own right). Although the number of visitors to the exhibition was slightly down on previous years, we were pleased with sales in this difficult economic climate, which will help contribute to our hall development fund. Many thanks to all involved with the weekend, including our soup and cake makers. One of our priorities for fundraising is to significantly improve the car park in 2013 – this will require serious investment but is desperately needed in view of the increased numbers of people using the Village Hall – which is fantastic to see. We are looking to make some grant funding applications to complement our own fundraising initiatives. 12


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Tasburgh Village Hall You may have noticed that the long-awaited toddler equipment is being installed on the Village Hall field, thanks to the ongoing fund raising efforts of Recreation For All, and the Parish Council who will then maintain the equipment once installed. We see this as a real success in collaborating with other organisations within the Village. On another positive note, we’ve invested in some new chairs – with great feedback received from those attending both the Quiz & Spud evening, and the Harvest lunch. We do, however, still desperately need a treasurer / book-keeper to join the committee. This means that it either needs to be a vounteer resident from Tasburgh, or a Village Hall User Group representative. In addition, we had no applicants for our paid vacancy as caretaker – whilst our existing caretaker is happy to continue in the interim, we would love to hear from anyone who is interested in this rewarding role. So, thank you to those who have been using the Hall, your ongoing support is much appreciated. We repeat our plea from the last Quartely, in that a few more volunteers to help the committee would make a real difference to us. If you’d like to help or would be interested in our treasurer / bookkeeper or caretaker roles please contact: Secretary: Angela Schug aschug@btinternet.com 01508 470788

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Mobile Library Timetable Dates of visits to Tasburgh

6th December 20th December 3rd January 17th January 31st January 14th February 28th February

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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Join the library…. Join Up January is a great chance to find out more about what your local mobile library can offer you and your family. It's free to join the library and really easy. You can do it online at www.norfolk.gov.uk/libraries or visit your local mobile library and staff will join you up in just a few minutes. If you have ID with you showing your name and address that’s great, but even if you don’t you can borrow a couple of books! Items can be reserved on the libraries website for collection from your mobile library for a small fee. The library has lots to offer, adult fiction and non-fiction subjects like cooking, country life, crafts, transport, war stories, biographies and much more. There is a selection of large print books, audio titles and DVDs. For children we have story books including picture books and easier stories for new readers, books on hobbies and we can provide items to help with school work. All mobile libraries have step lift access; simply inform the driver who will be happy to help. For more information visit your local mobile library, call 0344 800 8006 or visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/libraries Maureen Cornell - Mobile Library Manager Norfolk County Council Library and Information Service

……..and let the story begin

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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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Father Christmas

Father Christmas will be paying his annual visit to Tasburgh on Christmas Eve, 24th December. He will be in the Church Porch between 6pm and 7pm.

Dates for Your Diary 24th December

Father Christmas visits the Church Porch, 6pm

26th January

Village Hall Energy Efficiency Consultation

26th January

Allotment Society Quiz Evening

16th February

Village Hall Fundraising Night

23rd February

Eurolink Wine Tasting Evening, Village Hall

If you would like your event listed on this page just let us know. tasburghpc@btinternet.com

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South Norfolk Council South Norfolk Council services are just a click away All our customers need to get in touch some time, but before you pick up the phone why not see if you can access the service you need online? When you log on to our website homepage you’ll find our online services right in front of you under the headings: Pay for it; Request it; Report it, and Apply for it. At the click of a mouse you can resolve some of our most popular requests for yourself, including setting up a direct debit, paying your council tax, and ordering bulky waste collections. When you click on the links, you are guided through the process stepby-step on our secure site, making it safe, reliable and easy to use. It’s also the fastest way to access these services since our phone lines can be busy, particularly around Christmas time. You can also get specific information relating to your property from the homepage by typing in your postcode in to the My South Norfolk section – when you click ‘search’ it will give you all sorts of useful details like your usual bin collection day and how to contact your local councillor. And the best thing is that you can access all of this every day of the week, at any time of the day or night. So next time you need one of one of our services, try online. Visit www.south-norfolk.gov.uk to find out more and see the full list of what’s on offer under the ‘Do it online’ link.

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Tas Valley Pre-School and Playgroup T as Va l le y

Pr e- S ch oo l &

P l ay gr ou p

Offers pre-school education and play for children 2 ½ years to school age We offer 5 sessions a week Monday to Friday 9.30 to 12.30 At Tasburgh Village Hall. All of our activities are planned to offer learning opportunities while taking children’s interests into account. Having said goodbye to 16 children at the end of last term, we have already welcomed 13 new children this term, so our numbers are very healthy. Many of our recent activities have had an autumn theme; we have spent a lot of time on the field collecting hundreds of conkers and leaves, which we have then painted, printed, counted, hidden and rolled. We have also spent a morning at Hapton School, and celebrated Children in Need day by making spotty buns. The children are currently watching with great excitement as the new Toddlers equipment is built outside, and we have been constructing our own building site with the spare soil. Soon we shall be starting the countdown to Christmas, with lots of glittery craft activities as we make decorations, crackers, cards and calendars, as well as more cooking. On the last day of term, Friday December 21, we shall be having a party and short nativity play for all the children, with hopefully a special visitor popping by. 22


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Tas Valley Pre-School and Playgroup An advance date for your diaries: on Saturday March 16 we shall be holding a ‘Timewarp Disco’ at the Village Hall to raise funds. Another chance for you all to dress up, this time in any style from the 60s to the 90s. Watch out for more details! Our last Ofsted inspection gave us a grading of ‘Good’ overall, with ‘Outstanding’ for Keeping Children Safe. The report stated that ‘children have fun and enjoy their learning in the inclusive and welcoming atmosphere’. We have close links with Henry Preston and Hapton Primary Schools and during the year hold sessions at both schools to help the children to make a smooth transition. We currently have spaces in sessions on Mondays to Thursdays, and are eligible for government funding for 3 and 4 year olds. Ask about our special discount for twins! For more information or to register a place please contact: Jack Abigail on 07830 053770 Or feel welcome to just pop in and see us any morning – we are very friendly.

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, and don’t forget all that wrapping paper or Christmas cards. A big thank you to all of you who continue to bring your paper and card down to us, we know that many of you have for many years and we are very grateful. This continues to be a valuable fundraiser for us. The next date will be: Saturday 12 January 2013 The skip is manned between 8.30 and 11.30. 23


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Preston Primary School

The new school year began on 6th September with the 13 new Year R children starting on Monday 10th. Everyone settled in well to their new classes especially the children in Year 6 who are keen to follow the lead of those who left last term. The school, with the exception of the new reception children, had a trip to Great Yarmouth which was funded by the Friends of Preston Primary. The theme for the trip was ‘The Coast’ and we visited the Time and Tide Museum which is housed in a Victorian herring works and still has a faint smell of kippers which makes you feel hungry. We looked at Scroby Sands wind farm through a telescope from a building near Britannia Pier which everyone seemed to enjoy, especially the bags of ‘goodies’ and windmills which were given to us. After school clubs, The Sports Club and Watercolour Club, have been so well supported that names have had to enter a lucky dip. Those unsuccessful this time will get a chance later. We also have Zumba classes and a Strictly Come Dancing Group, both of which are very popular. An Archery Club, with an early start at 8.00 a.m, began on 2nd October Music sessions for Guitar, Flute, Violin, Keyboard and Drums have already begun. On Wednesday 3rd October the Year 5 and 6 boys played in a series of football matches against St. Mary’s Long Stratton. The results were promising and they are looking forward to a re-match later in the year. 24


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Preston Primary School

School photographs were taken on 16th October . On Friday 26th October we had our annual Harvest Festival with items collected being donated to The Norwich Food Bank. Also in October Declan Kieley came to ‘Preston’s Plot’ to install a slow worm station to encourage the children to appreciate local wildlife. Preston’s Plot is an ideal spot for animals, insects and birds and children seeded it with wildflower seeds. On 29th October school closed for a week for half-term. An ECO conference at Manor Field provided ideas to help the school become eco friendly. On Thursday 8th November parents were invited for tea or coffee and a chat with the opportunity to take part in informal discussions and to offer suggestions and opinions on any issues which are related to the school. The school have again been filling Shoe Boxes for ‘Operation Christmas Child’ to be sent to children in Albania, Belarus, Poland, Serbia and other countries who would not otherwise receive gifts at Christmas, and on 12th November 70 boxes were collected in Tasburgh, 37 of them filled by children and parents from Tasburgh School. On Thursday 15th November the Friends of Preston Primary ran a cake stall in aid of funds. Friday 16th November was Children in Need Day and children were invited to come to school in pyjamas and contribute £1 to charity for the privilege. They would also be bringing along their 1p and 2p coins to make a trail in the hall. More about this in the next issue of the Quarterly.

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Long Stratton High School "Improving" Long Stratton High School celebrates good Ofsted achievement Staff and students at Long Stratton High School, the first Norfolk high school to be inspected under the new Ofsted framework, are celebrating the latest Ofsted inspection that promotes the school from "satisfactory" to "good", notes that “GCSE results, including English and mathematics have improved since the last inspection” and says “outcomes are above the national average”. The school has been judged as “good” across the board and described as an “improving school where standards are rising”. In their report, inspectors describe the high school as “happy and harmonious", says "students feel safe and valued...behave well and enjoy the extensive array of opportunities available”. “Exclusions are very low and attendance is on an upward trend and is above average”, says the report. Inspectors also highlight the “good leadership and management of teaching" that have "fostered improvements ensuring good learning in lessons". Acting Headteacher, John Wilson, said: “I am thrilled that inspectors have recognised the vast improvements we have been making over the last few years. “This report accurately describes our school and should be a source of pride for pupils, parents, staff and governors. I know that if we continue to work together and support each other, our school can continue to improve, as inspectors have pointed out, and a judgement of "outstanding" is well within our reach.” For the full report of our OFSTED inspection please go to http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspectionreport/provider/ELS/121160

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We are a small and friendly local group supporting mums with babies or toddlers. We meet for play, craft, refreshments and chat. Come along to make new friends for yourself and your child. Currently meeting last Wednesday of the month in conjunction with Tasburgh Preschool / Playgroup, 10 - 11.30am (term-time) Tasburgh Village Hall ÂŁ2.00 per family, per session, first session free.

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Tasburgh Scout Group We started the Autumn Term by making Roman helmets and swords which we wore when we visited the Roman fort at Caistor St. Edmund. We have had a visit from the ‘Dogs Trust’ and held a sponsored walk to raise money for them. Several members from a ‘Kuk Sool Won’ martial arts group gave us a fantastic demonstration of what they can do. Several of the children joined in and had a fantastic time. Tasburgh Beavers joined in with 100 other Beavers from all over the district at a District Activity Day at Attleborough. The theme was ‘Nature’ and they made masks, mouse puppets, identified animals from their skulls, and found mini beasts to name just a few of the activities.

CUBS GO TANK-TASTIC! TASBURGH CUBS GO TO THE FORNCETT TANK MUSEUM Tasburgh’s Cubs enjoyed a great visit to the tank museum at Forncett St Peter this Autumn term. They went right inside two tanks and had a chance to hold the guns in the armoury. They learnt a lot of interesting facts about the two world wars. Cubs also learnt how to cook creatively outdoors with blow torches, choccy dough and sizzling sausages. They had a fantastic camp night experience learning how to make a camp fire and how to chop sticks for cooking. The Cubs also received a visit from Marcia Davies from Anglian Water who came to talk about the water cycle, saving water and sewage. They learnt about things that should go down the drains and things 28


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Tasburgh Scout Group that definitely shouldn’t. They also had an evening of learning how to write news articles and wrote this entry for the Tasburgh Quarterly. The end of the summer holidays saw a big adventure for 15 Scouts, 5 Explorer Scouts and 3 Leaders – a long weekend at Caythorpe Court. All were amazed at the luxury of the accommodation – no muddy tents here, Scouts and Explorers had 4-person en-suite bedrooms and Leaders had single en-suite rooms and their own private lounge! Saturday began with archery which we've done many times before but followed by high trapeze which we certainly haven't done before! After lunch we continued our high level activities with a vertical climbing challenge which started easily with a rope ladder, then a trio of car tyres, a climbing wall and finally a cargo net. We also played Aeroball, a cross between basketball and volleyball but played on trampolines. Our evening activity was Robot Wars in which we divided into small groups and constructed a robot around one of our team, using cardboard boxes, sellotape, string and various other materials. Once completed, the robots were blindfolded and had to be ordered around the arena to find bowls of water balloons and flour to throw at each other with predictably messy results! Sunday started wet with raft building. Some managed to build very good rafts and paddled carefully across the lake, staying dry. Others were not so lucky and fell in the water before we'd even left the jetty! After our high level activities, it was a relief to do a low level challenge which didn't require a harness and safety ropes. The Challenge Course was a series of assault courses with balance beams, 29


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Tasburgh Scout Group rope bridges, low walls to climb over, rope swings and other obstacles. Our final activity was one of the best – a high ropes course up in the trees. The task here was to make your way around the course which involved balance beams, swinging bridges, dangling poles, tightropes and scramble nets, all of which were suspended 50 to 60 feet up in the trees. Everyone is keen that we should go to Caythorpe again – food, accommodation and activities are all laid on so that even Leaders get a chance for a rest! Particular thanks are due to Chris and Diane for driving us all there and back. It remains to be seen what the youngsters will think about our next camp where they're expected to put up their own tents, cook their own food and don't have en-suite showers available... The last few months of autumn have brought many things for the Explorers. Starting the term off was the Explorer’s favourite, campfire cooking. They brought numerous sausages, wrapped them tightly in tin foil and watched as they sizzled. The smell of sausages cooking on an open fire is probably the best autumnal smell. For dessert it was melted chocolate in a warm, soft banana, the Explorers favourite. Another favourite on the Scouting to-do list is a hike. Not your typical ordinary hike but one in the dark. On the 21st of September, the Explorers set off from a very damp Flordon and made their way towards Long Stratton and the famous Chip Inn. The evening wasn’t too wet and the weather soon turned and it dried up. Doing a hike in the dark is not just fun and exciting; it gets the Explorers working together ensuring that they all arrive at the destination in good time. It teaches them how to read a map, use a compass and deal with bearings. All can be hard to learn but once mastered, you’ll be able to walk all around the world! 30


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Tasburgh Scout Group Every year, nearer Christmas, the Scouts and Explorers take over Quasar in Norwich. It’s a super fun way of working together as a team and getting to know one another. It’s a good laugh and everyone of all ages can enjoy Quasar, even the leaders have a giggle! The Explorers have some exciting things planned for the rest of the year such as decorating Tasburgh Village Hall, Eaton Vale Winter Camp and a Christmas Party. To celebrate the New Year, the whole of 1st Tasburgh takes a trip to the Theatre Royal to see a pantomime, Aladdin. Explorers is a great way to meet new friends and gain new experiences. If you're interested or have any questions, please call either Diane ESL (07969939706) or Roger AESL (01508 470991).

If you are interested in knitting, be it beginner or more advanced, then come and join us. We run every other Thursday at Tasburgh Village Hall 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. 31


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Tasburgh Allotment Society Tasburgh Allotment Society; Plotting Their Future Together The first sods have been dug over leaving Tasburgh Allotment Society (TAS) pleased to announce that they have taken up residence on their newly formed patch behind the Village Hall. As one journey of planning ends, the new much longer journey of utilising the plots begins. A splendid opening ceremony saw the site formally opened by District Councillor Florence Ellis and Parish Council Chairman Dave Moore. County Councillor Alison Thomas witnessed the handover and District Council Chairman Bob McClenning also attended. TAS Chairman Mick Ireson responded with words of gratitude towards all those involved in getting us to this stage and of the excitement of our future together. Graham Pates arranged a barbeque of bacon rolls and tea, and the sun shone. Currently the plots are going through the initial transformation stage of turning a rabbit infested corner of a wheat field into a working allotment site. At this stage it seems appropriate to thank two nonplot holders for their efforts in getting the ground prepared. Marcus Davison spent a very warm August morning mowing down the standing wheat crop and our Parish Clerk Catherine Moore, together with husband Simon, helped plough the site in mid-September. This gave us the blank canvas we needed and enabled the marking out of plots which were fairly allotted in a grand draw at the opening ceremony thanks to Graham Pates. It has then been fascinating watching the eagerness of plot holders as they start to make their patch their own. Some holders have been ‘less quick’ to make serious progress (he writes, shifting uneasily at the computer) but others have really taken the bull by the horns. First compost bins appeared then stirrings of digging began, in some instances double 32


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Tasburgh Allotment Society digging has been reported (congratulations to those committed plot holders who will undoubtedly reap the benefits of this early hard work). Plantings that that have been taking root have included raspberry canes, strawberries, rhubarb and garlic. Of course it was not long before the first shed arrived and sightings of our esteemed Chairman ‘brewing up at number 14’ have been made . A small area has been left free for village youth groups to make use of. TAS feels it is important to help promote a community spirit at the site and if you feel your group could make use of a small area please contact us. The winter may not seem the best or obvious time to begin work on an allotment plot but a great deal of satisfaction can be had at this time of the year. If lucky, a bright sunny day on the site can be spectacular in early winter, with the low sun spilling light on to trees producing a riot of autumnal colour. There is also something strangely rewarding about removing layers on a cold day after a bit of hefty work such as barrowing horse muck to your plot [with thanks to Redwings Horse Sanctuary for their kind donation of the horse manure!]. TAS would like to take a last chance to thank the Parish Council, especially Geoff Merchant, Julie King, Dave Moore and Catherine Moore for getting us this far. Also thanks to South Norfolk Council for fencing funds, the previous landowner Mr Barnes and the Village Hall committee for welcoming their new neighbours. All of these parties have played vital roles in coming together and helping establish an allotment site that I hope to further report in the future as being a proud addition to an already vibrant community. Coming up: TAS would like announce their first annual ‘quiz and some kind of food evening’ on the last Saturday of January. Please get in touch with me on 01508 471539 or at simon.orford@jic.ac.uk to get further details and enter a team. Or watch the village notice boards for further information. 33


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Country Notes, by Heidi-Jo Swain As I lay in bed last night thinking about the opening sentence to this Quarterly’s Country Notes three words sprung to mind and played out over and over again as I finally fell asleep in the wee small hours. They successfully managed to block out all positive ideas and cheerful anecdotes that I could share and unfortunately, over fifteen hours on, they are still at the forefront of my mind, demanding to be written. ‘Countryside in crisis!’ Simple, to the point, and sadly to my mind, true. Many people think the things that are happening in the countryside at the moment won’t affect them, but they will. They’ll affect us all one way or another. The cost of a loaf, the humble jacket potato, pennies paid for leeks and many other vegetables are set to rise as meagre crops are salvaged whilst others are saturated and left to rot in waterlogged fields. ‘We won’t drill anymore now until the frosts,’ my father, a Fenland farmer, warns me, ‘we just can’t get on the land,’ which begs the question; will next year be any better? And it isn’t just farmers who are suffering. Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Kent are, as I write, currently listed as the top four counties suffering from Ash dieback and then of course there’s the proposed (but currently postponed) badger cull to factor into the equation. Whichever side of the fence you sit on, whether it’s with the farmers having to cull their long established herds or the badgers, there’s heart ache all round. However, in the midst of all this doom and gloom there are things we can do, ways we can support the countryside we live in. My first suggestion is, wherever and whenever possible, to buy local. Support local businesses, growers and suppliers. With Christmas looming on the horizon there is no better time to put your principles into practice – 34


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Country Notes, by Heidi-Jo Swain even if it involves something as simple as buying a locally produced turkey or tree! Secondly, be mindful of where you live and how your actions can affect the surrounding countryside. One way of doing this is to think about what and how you do things in your own patch of garden, which is, of course, your very own slice of Earth watched over by Mother Nature. One idea could be to buy native plant species or only buy those that have been grown in this country. Also, only buy fireworks that are the right size for the space where you intend to let them off. Our garden and cars have been littered with debris this year and I am still finding charred remains in the garden almost a week on but far worse than that are the increasingly popular paper lanterns. The government has finally launched an independent investigation into the impact they are having on the environment but the upsetting photographs of owls and other wildlife ensnared in the metal frames are surely a good enough reason not to light them no matter how pretty they are. Like so many of you I adore the British countryside and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else in the world so let’s strive to remember that it is a privilege to be surrounded by such diverse beauty and not abuse or take it for granted. I urge you all to make the same commitment and hopefully, weather amongst other things pending; we’ll see a brighter horizon in 2013. Ok. Moan over! What’s going on in our region this winter? Rather than list the obvious bird feeding, pond checking routine I thought I’d focus on some water based activities to try and tempt you away from the hearth.

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Country Notes, by Heidi-Jo Swain For all you water sport lovers out there, Whitlingham Country Park are offering an off peak sailing package which is running from now until the end of December. Details of dates and prices can be obtained by ringing (01603) 632307. If you are looking for something rather less strenuous, then how about a boat trip to watch the seals at Blakeney Point? Beans Boats even have gift vouchers available (now there’s a good idea for a local gift), and run every month except January. Booking is advised as the trips are extremely popular. Beans can be contacted on (01263) 740505 but other operators are available. And finally, if the idea of braving the high seas in the depths of winter is all a bit too much then WWT Welney Norfolk may well be the place for you. Throughout the winter months a variety of activities are available including the popular midday and floodlit even wild swan feeds. The centre is open every day apart from December 25th. Further information can be obtained on (01353) 860711. However you choose to spend the forthcoming festive season and beyond I wish you all a very merry Yule.

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Tasburgh Eurolink We have a busy year ahead and we have already booked the Wine tasting at the village hall on the 23rd February so something to look forward to after the Christmas season. We have also chosen the 15th June for our annual Safari Supper so make sure you put these two dates in your 2013 diaries and calendars, or for those of you more technically minded, in your Ipads, Iphones etc. It is our 25th anniversary in 2014 so we are looking at doing something special for that time; if anyone has an idea where 50 or so people can be accommodated please let me know.

Tasburgh Players We had our AGM in the summer and there is a new committee been elected to look at what we can do in the future. Watch this space for more information!

PLANT SALES. Once again Pauline & Ian Anderson would like to thank everybody for their generous support in buying plants throughout this year. We will shortly be sending a cheque for ÂŁ300.00 to CEREBRA, a small charity which offers help & support to Brain Injured Children & Young People. 37


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Recipe of the Season This quarter we enjoy some seasonal Christmas vegetables, with thanks to Joanna Merrills for providing the recipes.

Gingered Brussels Sprouts 450g Brussels sprouts 50g blanched almonds 50g butter 60ml ginger wine 2 pieces preserved ginger 1lemon, 30ml juice and the grated rind seasoning Trim the sprouts. Cook in boiling salted water for 3–4 minutes. Drain. Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the almonds then cook gently until just golden brown. Add the lemon rind, lemon juice, ginger wine and the sprouts. Cook for a few minutes until the sprouts are tender. Chop the preserved ginger finely and add to the saucepan, season and serve immediately.

Glazed Carrots 450 g carrots 25g butter 2 star anise Peel and cut the carrots into rounds or batons. Place in a saucepan and just cover with boiling water. Add the butter and star anise then boil rapidly until just cooked and all the water has boiled away. Remove the star anise before serving. 38


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Recipe of the Season

Pommes Sicilienne 375g 1 1 30g 2.5ml 30ml

old potatoes small orange small onion butter sugar hot milk if required beaten egg seasoning

Chop the onion finely and soften in two thirds of the butter. Simmer the orange whole for 30 minutes, drain. Cut into slices and remove the pips. Chop finely then add to the softened onion with the sugar and seasoning. Cook the potatoes until soft then mash thoroughly. Add the orange mixture with the remaining butter and enough milk to make a firm puree. Divide the mixture into balls the size of a walnut, rolling between the palms of the hand. Put onto a buttered baking tray, flatten with a fork then brush with beaten egg. Place in a hot oven until golden brown, about 5-10 minutes.

Do you have a fantastic recipe that you would like to share with others? If so, please email it to tasburghpc@btinternet.com and we will publish it!

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Tasburgh Memories In this quarter’s Tasburgh Memories, we look ahead to the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War in 2014, and explore the stories behind the names on the Tasburgh War Memorial. This article, focusing on James Barsham Burgess, is the first in a series, with thanks to Bob Davison (tas.war.memorial@gmail.com).

At the going down of the sun and in the morning we shall remember them. This is the standard phrase used each November at remembrance services all over the country not least here in Tasburgh in front of the memorial in the church yard. The names are read out but do we really know who they were? What did they do before enlisting? Are there still descendants living in the village? Who were the other men of the village who served? These questions and some others started me looking into the stories of these men. Their stories illustrate all the aspects of life in the Edwardian era and the self-sacrifice made. I have an idea for each of these men except one; Arthur Field. He appears to have no direct link to the village pre-war and the list of casualties on the Commonwealth War graves register offer no simple link. Any information would be very helpful - see email address above. James Barsham Burgess Born 1897 in the village working as a farm labourer in 1911. The family consisted of father: William born 1864 a farm labourer living in 5 roomed dwelling in Marl Pitt Lane; mother Annie born 1869. He had 5 siblings Ellen 1894, Elsie 1896, Louise 1899, Blanche 1900 and Walter 1902. The record states he was 9th Battalion but his date of death is the 1st of July 1916 the first day of the Somme and the 9th having been badly mauled in September and October 1915 at Loos, only came to the Somme Battle in September. It is also unlikely to have been the 7th battalion as they were committed at 3:28 a m on the morning of the 2nd 40


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Tasburgh Memories July. The probability is that he joined the 8th battalion in Norwich in September 1914, rather than the 9th, all three Kitchener’s battalions were recruited simultaneously. Thus he was part of 18 division XIII Corps which attacked at the eastern end of the front. The attack on 1 July was made by eleven divisions along a fourteen mile front from Montauban to Serre. Haig hoped to capture the German front line along this entire front, then break through their second and third lines, before turning left and rolling up the German lines to the sea. This would prove to be the most ridiculously optimistic plan. Along the northern two thirds of the front virtually no ground was taken. A few lodgements were made in the German front lines, but they were impossible to extend and difficult to support. The British suffered 57,000 casualties on 1 July, the most costly single day in British military history. Thirteen divisions at full strength contained 130,000 men, so the British suffered over 40% casualties in a single day. On the right of the line the picture was a little less depressing. Between Maricourt and Fricourt the British XIII corps captured the entire German front line. To its left the 7th Division (XV corps) failed to take Fricourt, but the 21st Division, also of XV corps, captured 1,000 yards of the line, isolated Fricourt, which the Germans abandoned overnight. The Thiepval memorial carries the name of 73000 British and South African men who died on the Somme battlefield and have no known grave. The other commonwealth nations have their own memorials yet Thiepval is the largest British war memorial in the world. It is easily seen as you drive across northern France away from Calais on the E15 motorway. Written on it are these words: Here are recorded names of officers and men of the British Armies who fell on the Somme battlefields July 1915 to February 1918 but to whom the fortune of war denied the known and honoured burial given to their comrades in death. Here on Pier 1C and face 1D is written the name: James Barsham Burgess 41


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Tharston & District WI The WI, as always, has been very busy during the last 3 months. In August we welcomed visually impaired world triathlon champion Iain Dawson and his wife who gave us an insight into the complexities of juggling work (Iain is a physiotherapist), training and coaching other young athletes. He didn’t compete in the London Olympics as the event wasn’t in the programme but he hopes to compete in Rio in 2016. In September we were visited by Sister Pamela from the All Hallows Anglican Religious Order. She runs the Julian Centre in Norwich and is involved with other organisations providing care and support for those in need. “Tears and Laughter: Tracing your Family History” was the talk given to us in October by Christine Humphries. She disproved any ideas we might have had that genealogy was merely constructing a family tree after hours of rather tedious research. We did indeed see her very impressive tree but of infinitely more interest were the anecdotes about the family members she discovered along the way and the methods she used to bring them to life. Her “scrapbooks” of these individual members contained photographs, certificates, newspaper articles and information gleaned from interviewing other family members and trawling patiently through archives. She visited sites of interest associated with these relatives and in one instance managed to purchase a set of medals through eBay which had belonged to a male relative. All her accounts were told with humour and honesty – not all family members are straight laced and faultless and who would want them to be when conducting this type of research? This year we have worked hard to raise our profile and have been rewarded already with several new members. One such profile raising event was our Chilli and Quiz night on 27th October when we were pleased to welcome over fifty members and guests to Forncett Village Hall. A fun Olympics evening saw us competing in the hobby horse race and the hilarious spitting the marshmallow field event. We had a 46th birthday lunch which was attended by over 30 members. Our membership is going up; I hope you can see why! For more details about Tharston & District WI phone Jean on 01508 530289 42


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Tasburgh Sports and Social Club Chairman’s Blog Well here we are nearly at the end of what has been a very busy year for the club, and before 2013 rears it’s head we still have a few entertaining evenings in December which we hope you will come along and enjoy. On Saturday 8th December we have Norfolk based band Midnight Circus who will be rocking through some of your favourite numbers, entry for the evening is free to members and £3 to non members. Then it’s on to Christmas Eve when the Christmas draw takes place, so if you want the chance for that extra bit of pocket money to spend in the New Year sales come and enjoy the evening, I expect there will be the odd mince pie as well. The club is closed on Christmas Day but if you fancy a stroll and a refreshing libation on Boxing Day, we will be open 12.00 noon till 3.00pm. Next it’s New Years Eve, now here’s a chance for you to really get in the groove and come dressed as your favourite British comedy character, again the event is free to members who produce their membership card and £5 to non members, under 16s with parents free, no admittance after 10.30pm. Advance tickets are available at the bar now, we look forward to seeing you. We now have 2 pool teams playing Tuesday and Thursday evenings and a mixed darts team on alternate Fridays, and as many of the committee take part, staffing the bar has become a bit stretched and as such we have decided to close on Wednesday evenings during the winter months. We always welcome the help of voluntary bar staff, so if you feel you would like to help out once in a while, drop by the club or send us an email. That’s all for now, so from the Directors of the club we hope you all have a pleasant festive period and every good wish for the coming year. Cheers for now, Don Proudfoot, Chairman 43


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Saxlingham Players Present

Dick Whittington and his Cat By Ben Crocker

Saxlingham Nethergate Village Hall December 6th - 7th - 8th at 7.30pm Saturday 8th Matinee at 2pm Adults £7 : Children & concessions £5 Box Office: 01508 499369 (9am-9pm)

SAXLINGHAM (SAXON) BOWLS CLUB We will be holding a quiz and fish/chips night on Saturday 8th December at 7.30pm at the Hempnall Mill centre. Contact Bob Jupp on 499426 or Chris Lacey on 499700 to book your place at £10 each. 44


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Next Edition The spring edition of the Quarterly and Church News will be distributed by the end of February. 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 15th February. Many thanks. Front cover photo with thanks to Pauline Anderson

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