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proposed is at Mablethorpe which is 100 miles away in Lincolnshire.
Wind turbine at Bodham This has been a hot topic all month and promises not to go away. A short report has been posted on the web site as follows:
The debate goes on. We must make our own minds up who to believe. To help you to explore the various opinions and vote, here is what you need to know:
Our MP, Norman Lamb, visited us in Baconsthorpe as part of his annual tour to the villages in North Norfolk. The aim of the tour is to give people the opportunity to meet him and discuss any issues of local concern.
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When he arrived he asked if the twelve of us waiting for him outside the old Post Office were here to discuss the same issue, ie, the Bodham wind turbine. We were and the issue was discussed. In particular, he advised that he always, along with most MPs, adopted a neutral stance on planning matters because he represented all constituents: both those for and against. However, he would contact the relevant bodies with respect to the previous application where the application was turned down those at the meeting argued that the issues expressed then are still relevant. He said he would do what he could about extending the period for comments to be made noting that this had been made when a lot of people are on holiday. He would keep us informed through two present at the meeting. We thanked him for coming and listening to our concerns.
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Church Matters Church Services 2 Oct Trinity 15
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Eucharist Mattins Eucharist Mattins Harvest Festival
Barningham Winter Church Baconsthorpe Church Matlaske Church Hempstead Church Plumstead Church
The singing will be led by Greshamsâ€™ Girls Choir.
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Please join us at Hempstead for our Patronal Festival. The Benefice Choir will lead the singing.
Weekday Holy Eucharist You areÂ most welcome to join us every Thursday morning at 10 am in Matlaske Church for Holy Eucharist.
From the Rectory The Rectory, Matlaske NR11 7AQ 577455
My dear friends September has been a busy and enjoyable month, Our Harvest Festivals at Matlaske and Baconsthorpe were lovely. Special thanks are due to the army of decorators and the Benefice Choir. We have had three other special services which have given much pleasure. The first was the Baptism of Mollie May at Baconsthorpe. There was a large and enthusiastic congregation and it was lovely to see so many children in Church. The second highlight was the Harvest Festival at Strawberry Patch Nursery. We sang and danced as we thanked God for His goodness. The little people have a real sense of wonder which is so often lost as we grow older. The marriage of Brian and Marilyn Clements at Barningham Winter was another joyful occasion. We all enjoyed the singing by the Jubilee Choir and wish the couple every happiness. It is with sadness that we record the death of Pam Whalley who sat so regularly in the north aisle at Matlaske on Sundays. May she rest in peace and rise in glory. We extend our sympathy to Dennis and the family. God bless you all. 
throughout my bird watching years, but only one before in Norfolk, although I know that there have been sightings regularly around the coast, particularly along cliff-top areas, which is their natural habitat. They like to nest on cliffs, and even high buildings in Central London! At one time there were fears that these birds were under threat, but wildlife has a wonderful way of adapting; far more quickly than humans in several cases.
I was greatly privileged recently to see, at a very early hour, a small falcon circling high in the air. Sharp-winged and very fast. I searched my remaining brain cell to think which part of the falcon family this might be in our area. Kestrels hover and fly more slowly. They are larger than this bird appeared. I have seen Merlins in these parts, chasing along hedgerows. It wasn’t a Merlin. Could it be a Hobby? (Small swiftlike). Hobbies are insect eaters, and my instinct was that this falcon was looking for mammals, not insects. And then suddenly, from a great height, it plummeted to the ground at the most astonishing speed. I knew then that I was looking at a Peregrine Falcon. I was so surprised at seeing one so far inland. I have seen many in coastal areas
It’s raining frogs! In a previous article, I mentioned that my dog was traumatised by the presence of a wee frog in his water bowl. I don’t know about you, but I am now finding them everywhere. I had a bath with two the other day! (I wouldn’t let them use the bubble bath though). The survival rate for froglets is normally very low, as they leave the pond for dry land in June and July and get eaten by predators. I have got some very canny froglets! J
7 Oct Fri @ 6:30 pm Film: The Go Between with Julie Christie Norfolk Churches Trust is celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the celebrated film The GoBetween which was shot in Norfolk and had the Royal Premier in Norwich in 1971. The screening will take place at the Hollywood Cinema, Anglia Square, Norwich and will follow an introduction and recollections by members of the original cast. Doors will open at 6:30 pm for a 7 pm screening. Tickets: £25 (Members: £22.50). Contact: 01328 700225
8 Oct Sat @ 7:30 pm Aylsham Music Society (01263 768441) - Claire Harper Jazz Trio 20 Oct Thu @ 1 pm Aylsham Music Society - Violin & Piano - Brahms and Prokofiev 29 Oct Sat @ 3 pm Halloween Treasure Hunt at Blickling Hall Stepping Stones Pre-School, Aldborough are holding a Halloween Treasure Hunt with the kind permission of The National Trust. Come and enjoy a wonderfully spooky afternoon from 3 pm to 6pm. Hunt for clues around the walled garden and parade to win some treasure! There will be various Arts and Crafts activities, Apple bobbing, a Bouncy Castle and Hot Food and Drinks available to warm everybody up. Children £3.50, adults £1.50. For more information please call Stepping Stones Pre-School on 768766.
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Can you see the light? Three switches outside a windowless room are connected to three light bulbs inside a room. How can you determine which switch is connected to which bulb if you are only allowed to enter the room once?
The price of beer A bottle of beer costs £3. The beer is worth £2 more than the bottle. How much is the bottle worth?
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Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to: skid in sideways; Chardonnay in one hand; chocolate in the other; body thoroughly used up; totally worn out and screaming ‘Wow, what a ride!’
Straw for sale Small bales of straw for £2 each from Mrs Gee, Chestnut Farm, Baconsthorpe 577459
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1 Oct Sat @ 1 pm
Barningham Fun Run
Serious and fun-runners alike are invited to enjoy a rare opportunity to run, jog or simply walk the dog through the landscaped grounds of Barningham Hall between 1 pm and 5 pm at the first Barningham 5k-ish Run. The multi-terrain route takes in woodland, grazing land, a circuit of the lake and finishes up the West Avenue towards the front of the Hall, which dates from 1612. A one-mile (1.6k) Junior Run will also take place immediately before the main run starts, with winners medals and goody bags for all finishers. Both races are raising funds for outdoor sports and play equipment for Aldborough Primary School. There will be teas and coffees, hot food and home-made cakes throughout the afternoon in the historic stable courtyard. The one-mile Junior Run commences at 2 pm, with a 2:30 pm start for the 5k-ish Run, staggered by ability. Walkers and dogs are welcome, but dogs must be kept on a lead due to grazing sheep. Registration for runners will cease 15 minutes before each race starts and race numbers will be allocated at this time. Race entry is £5 for over 15s and £3 for under 15s. Entry forms are available from Intersport at Bakers and Larners in Holt; the Spar shop on Aldborough Green and GF White Butchers – or runners can enter on the day. Further details are available from Kirsty White 735575.
3 Oct Mon @ 7:30 pm Baconsthorpe Line Dancing
4 Oct Tue @ 10 am
Hempstead Charcoal Drawing
4 Oct Tue @ 7:30 pm
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6 Oct Thu @ 12:20 pm Mobile Library See page 2 for times
7 Oct Fri @ noon
Plumstead Church – Harvest Flowers
Once again we are hosting the Greshams’ Girls Choir on 9 October at 4 pm for the Plumstead Harvest Thanksgiving (see Church Services). All contributions of flowers and produce, preferably on Friday, 7 October, will be very welcome.
10 Oct Mon @ 11 am
Hempstead Kneeler Group
This month we meet with Betty Hart at The Beeches.
10 Oct Mon @ 7:30 pm Baconsthorpe Line Dancing
11 Oct Tue @ 10 am
Hempstead Charcoal Drawing
11 Oct Tue @ 7:30 pm
Baconsthorpe Indoor Bowls
12 Oct Wed @ 2 pm
Benefice Church Wardens’ Meeting At Baconsthorpe Rectory.
Wed @ 2:30 pm
Hempstead Village Hall Committee Meeting At Orchid Cottage. [ 10 ]
13 Oct Thu @ 7:30 pm
Hempstead Harp Concert
We are delighted that Lucinder Pennick will be coming to Hempstead to give us a recital. Lucinder has an extensive repertoire and has selected a few pieces to delight us entitled a Harp for all Seasons – Tickets in advance: £6 from Ian Summers 710702, 14 The Knoll, Hempstead NR25 6TJ or at the door: £7. Cheques to be made payable to Hempstead Village Hall. Refreshments included.
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Mon @ 7:30 pm Tue @ 10 am Tue @ 7:30 pm Wed @ 7:30 pm Fri @ 7:30 pm
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Compere is Michael Ruston with Helen. Sing-along lively fun performances Rock and Roll music and songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Good Entertainment at £5 per person to include Tea/Coffee and Light refreshments, i.e. sausage rolls and cake. There will be a raffle.
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27 Oct Thu @ 10 am Baconsthorpe Textile Group 31 Oct Mon @ 7:30 pm Baconsthorpe Line Dancing
3 Nov Thu @ 7 pm 10 Nov Thu @ 7:30 pm
Hempstead Play Reading Baconsthorpe Village Hall Committee
11 Nov Fri @ 7 pm
Baconsthorpe Fun Quiz
We will be holding our ever-popular Quiz with Jacket Potatoes supper with various fillings for £5 per person. There will be a raffle. Bring your own tipple, but Tea/Coffee is included.
10 Dec Sat @ 7 pm
Everyone who lives in Hempstead is welcome to come and enjoy the festivities with their guests. There will be seasonal food, cheer and live entertainment. [ 11 ]
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Baconsthorpe News Baconsthorpe Jumble Sale – 10 Jun 2011 Thank you to all who supported our Jumble Sale which raised £178 towards the Village Hall Insurance.
Norman Lamb MP visits the villages – 30 Aug 2011 Our MP visited us in Baconsthorpe as part of his annual tour. Please see page 3.
Youth Club for Baconsthorpe Village Hall? If anyone wishes to start up a youth club in the village hall there are funds available to help set up. Requests should reach the committee before February 2012. Before any money is handed over you must produce certificates to show you are authorised to work with children and young adults. Contact 711320.
Baconsthorpe 200 Club This month's winners are: £25 Suzanne Nott; £10 Mrs Lubbock; £5 Ann Seamam, Doris Hill.
Baconsthorpe – Coronation Year
Baconsthorpe – although I am reliably informed that the picture quality was very poor. As coronation day in June approached houses were decked out with flags and bunting; parties and sports days organised; and some villages looked to create a morepermanent memorial such as a village sign. Hempstead elected to have a coronation tree whilst Baconsthorpe choose to 'do different' with specially-made entrance gates for the new cemetery. History shows that the Hempstead option was the wiser one because Baconsthorpe's gates have long gone! But our photograph provides a reminder of how they once looked. Arthur Pentney I remember, as a child of seven, going to a party at the school where we had lovely jellies in little individual dishes. Our mums had dressed us up in red, white and blue fancy dress and we decorated our bikes with red, white and blue crepe paper. After the party everyone went to a field just past the Rectory where the whole village joined in a time of games, races and competitions. We had a glorious day, going home very tired but very happy.
The reign of the first Queen Elizabeth has always been referred to as a ‘golden age’ and so hopes were high in 1953 that the nation was to see another such Elizabethan Golden age. The country was starting to show some recovery from the effects of the last war. P.S. Why the individual jellies remain stuck Consumer products were starting to become in my mind, I do not know. Perhaps it was available such as the first television set because a few got tossed across the tables which had just made its appearance in (naughty boys). Ro Hardingham [ 13 ]
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Following on from the success of last April’s Saxophone Quartet concert we are pleased to announce that more live music will be taking place in the village hall at 7:30 pm on Thursday, 13 October. Lucinder Pennick, who plays and teaches Harp in the locality will be delighting us with a mix of music. Lucinder is often asked ‘what made you begin the harp?’. She always thinks back to when she was a little girl of seven. She remembers watching the BBC Proms on the television and being captivated by the charm of the instrument. She was lucky enough to have fantastic, supportive parents with a large car! Consequently, she has spent her life so far, studying, practising and genuinely loving everything about the harp and the world of music.
Barningham News Barningham Winter Wedding On a lovely afternoon in September Marilyn Clowes and Brian Clements of Baconsthorpe were married at St Mary's, Barningham Winter. Since May this year Brian has been a churchwarden of St Mary's, replacing Jo Palmer, and has already done sterling work. Marilyn is a talented soprano in the Benefice Choir and has assisted readily with many of our local events. Since their move from Lancashire we have come to know them well. The wedding service, conducted by the Fr Michael Cartwright, was a truly joyous occasion. The Jubilee Choir, Sheringham (of which Marilyn is a member) sang anthems with great skill. Invited guests joined in hymns and responses with gusto. And the bride was simply ravishing in elegant ivory lace! The church was decorated with lots of autumn colour and thanks go to Sarah Buxton for her help. After a jolly time taking photographs (thanks to Clive Rammell from Hempstead) guests adjourned for an elegant tea at Morston Hall. Our heartiest congratulations to Marilyn and Brian and we wish them every continuing happiness in the future. MEW
Congratulations to Jess Castle-Smith on her exceptional A-level results and her place at university. She has now gone off to Leeds to read Graphic and Communication Design. We wish her every success.
Hempstead News Welcome Welcome to Helen Wells who has just moved into Caitlans. The previous owner has removed the nameplate from the cottage gate so can we expect a name change?
Congratulations To Sharon and Brian Hannah on the birth of a third daughter Delilah; a sister for Beau and Matilda.
Hempstead 200 Club This month's winners are: £25 C Carrick; £10 J Wood; £5 M Thurlow, N Sanders, J Parfitt.
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Thank you for the flowers
Awards for Pond Improvements
Thank you to the ladies who decorated St Peter’s for the joint Harvest Festival service. The collection was shared with Barningham. St Peter’s has sent a donation to Christian Aid for the East Africa Food Crisis Appeal. This month’s cover picture is one of the flower arrangements; a fitting tribute to all the flower arrangers throughout the benefice.
Plumstead has won two awards for the improvements to its pond and the surrounding area:
Condolences Condolences to Dennis Whalley and his family on their recent bereavement.
NNDC Environment Awards 2011 Improving Natural Spaces’ category
CPRE Norfolk Award 2011 David Ramsbotham was, on behalf of the Parish Council, presented with a plaque for the NNDC Environment Award, a certificate and prize money of £250 at the awards ceremony at the Green Build event at Felbrigg Hall on 10 September.
Congratulations Congratulations to Peter and Fil Rushmer on the birth of their grandson, Finlay.
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The pond at the heart of this village had become overgrown with willow so an extensive renovation project was initiated. Following the renovation, wildlife has returned whilst the surrounding area has been planted with native shrubs and an adjoining field has been transformed to a vibrant wild-flower meadow. The range of habitats for wildlife has increased and interesting dragonflies in particular have been spotted. The pond pre-dates 1797 and was enlarged in the mid 1800s. Two old items were found during the silt removal including a horseshoe! The project has been well catalogued with some amazing ‘before and after’ photos. The parish council carried out the work with the help of grants to provide a haven for wildlife that local people could enjoy, with sturdy rustic wooden benches; mown pathways and picnic areas. Thanks and well done to everybody who has been involved. [ 16 ]
How well do you know the area? Match the pictures of some local churches with another taken in the same parish. No prizes.
Answers: A H: Little Barningham; B D: Holt; C F: Edgefield; EÂ G:Â Plumstead [ 17 ]
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Hedgerow Fruit Jelly At this time of year there is so much that nature offers us in the way of produce in the countryside. And all for free. The following recipe was made from foraging down one hedgerow and is really delicious. What a lovely reminder it will be of the late summer when eating it spread on toast in the winter! It’s easy, so do it today (or tomorrow)! 1 kg crab apples 1 kg mix of berries blackberrries, elderberries, rosehips, sloes, bullace (also could have rowan berries and haws in the mix though they were not in mine) 1.5 kg sugar more or less, depending on amount of juice 500 ml water (approx) to come about half way up the fruit in the pan. 1. Go for a walk to find and pick the fruit. 2. Remove berries from stalks and wash well. 3. Roughly chop crab apples leaving in the cores (high in pectin which helps the set). 4. Put in a large pan with the water and cook till the fruit is soft and pulpy. 5. Tip the mixture into a jelly bag (or a sieve lined with a clean cotton tea towel), suspended over a bowl.
6. Leave to drain overnight. 7. If you want a prizewinning clear jelly, just let the liquid drip through, but if you want a higher yield and don’t mind it a bit cloudy, next morning squeeze the pulp to extract the last drop of juice. 8. Measure the juice, put in a clean pan with 750 gm of sugar for each litre of juice. 9. Stir over a low heat till the sugar has dissolved, then boil rapidly, skimming off any scum that rises to the surface, until it reaches setting point (check after ten minutes of hard boiling by dropping a teaspoon of jelly onto a cold plate. Put this in the fridge for a couple of minutes, then push your finger through the jelly. If it wrinkles, the jelly is ready). 10. Pour into warm sterilised jars (10 minutes in the oven at 160 C). 11. Put on the lids and tighten immediately and leave to cool.
• You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself. Sam Levenson (1911–1980) • Assert your right to make a few mistakes. If people can’t accept your imperfections, that’s their fault. Dr David M Burns • Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. Scott Adams (1957–), ‘The Dilbert Principle’ • Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations. Steve Jobs (1955–) [ 19 ]
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