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Special Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Edition


See report on page 15

Exhibition of Coronation Memorabilia

© Tessa McCosh

© Tessa McCosh

Wonderful display of red, white and blue

One of the many arrangements of memorabilia

© Tessa McCosh

© Eastern Daily Press/Karen Bethell

Angela Lynn contributed and arranged the children (they would all be pensioners now)

Baconsthorpe Jubilee celebration organisers Theresa Courtauld, Corinne Youngs, Tessa McCosh

Painting competition winners

Archie Tremain aged 4

Sylvie Inglis aged 7 2

Abby Burton-Pye aged 9

Special colour edition


We celebrate the hard work and achievement of all those involved in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee events. What better than to show the prevailing red, white and blue in full colour. This, one-off deviation from black and white, has been sponsored by one of the events for which we are most grateful. See the News section (pages 15–20) for reports on the events. More colour pictures can be found at the end of the newsletter.

It is pleasing to note that there are many good people taking photographs in our area. Please find time to have a look at those mentioned in the news section and also Norman’s pictures of Baconsthorpe Church:

The bells rang out At around noon on Sunday, 3 June the bells in our parish churches rang to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.

© Norman Allen

Cover Photographs I’d be delighted to consider any photographs that you have taken that you think might be suitable for the cover of the newsletter. The main thing is that it should work well in the nearly-square format and have local interest.

© Geoff Wortley

Churchwardens at Barningham Winter

14 Jul Sat @ 6:30 pm

Holt – Choral Concert


Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society perform Carl Orff ’s Carmina Burana and some opera favourites in the Auden theatre. Tickets from 713444.

22 Jul to 28 Jul

Holt Festival

Tickets are available from the box office 711284 between 10 am and 4 pm – 3

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Churchwardens Baconsthorpe: Tessa McCosh 577611 Barningham: Mary Wortley 577246 Brian Clements 570293 Hempstead: Ann Udale 713656 Su Summers 710702     Matlaske: Florence Hunt 577363 Plumstead: Thomas Wormald 577239 John Durdin 577234

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Church Matters Church Services 1 Jul

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9 am Eucharist 3 pm Choral Evensong

Baconsthorpe Church North Barningham Church

Please join us at the annual Patronal Festival service in beautiful North Barningham Church, with members of the Palgrave Society. The Benefice Choir will be leading the singing.

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Please note that this is the only service that day, and will be a Eucharist. After the service there will be the annual Church Lunch at 14 The Knoll, Hempstead. Everyone from all parishes is welcome, even needed! Please ring 710702 to let us know that you are coming. Invitations will be in all churches during July. There is no charge but we will have a donations basket and the proceeds will be sent, as last year, to Norfolk Venda Education Project. More information about this project is in Hempstead Church.

Weekday Holy Eucharist You are 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 (any day but Wednesdays)

My dear friends Holy Days and Holidays Over the next few weeks the Church keeps some major festivals. As I write this, the anniversary of my Priesting is fast approaching – Sunday 24th June, the Nativity of St John the Baptist. Anniversaries are a time to give thanks and inevitably, a pause to look back and remember. I remember the service in Peterborough Cathedral: the kindly but eccentric Bishop Feaver and those who were ordained with me. Jo had a rather splendid new hat and Anna was only twelve! On 29th June we celebrate St Peter – the little Saxon Church in Matlaske has seen countless Patronal days. We have a small but loyal congregation so I hope people from across the Benefice will support Matlaske on that day and stay to enjoy a chat and a glass of wine after the service. St Peter is also celebrated at North Barningham on Sunday, 1st July. Jo sends her greeting from South Carolina where it is apparently a sweltering 93 F today.

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Beef and Orange Casserole

Quark cream ‘Grand Hotel’

1¼ lb stewing steak 1 oz cornflour Seasoning 2 tablespoons corn oil 1 large onion, sliced 1 green pepper, sliced 2 oranges 1 Knorr beef stock cube ¾ pint dry cider

250 g pot of Quark 125 ml double cream or crème fraîche 6 tablespoons apricot jam 25 g ground almonds 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1 tablespoon brandy Little chocolate decorations or grated bar chocolate

• Trim meat and cut into one inch cubes. • Toss in seasoned cornflour. • Heat corn oil in a heavy oven-proof casserole which has a lid. • Add the meat and brown and remove to a plate. • Fry the onion and green pepper in remaining oil for two or three minutes. You might need to add a bit more oil to do this. • Remove thin outer skin of one orange and cut into thin strips (do not use the white part of the peel or the dish will be bitter). • Add any remaining cornflour to the onion and pepper. • Slowly stir in the cider and the juice of both oranges. Bring to the boil and crumble in the stock cube. • Add the prepared orange rind, saving a bit for garnish, and then put in the meat and mix well. • Put the lid on the casserole and if it is not a good fit put a couple of layers of greaseproof paper under it. • Put in oven at 150 C and cook for three hours or until tender. • Garnish with reserved rind. Serves four.

• If you use double cream, beat it until thickish. • Combine Quark, jam, almonds, essence and brandy in a bowl and fold in the double cream. It is easier to use crème fraîche as you just mix all the ingredients together at once. • Pour into individual glass dishes and decorate with chocolate bits. Serves four. Bon appetit!

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Mon @ 7:30 pm Baconsthorpe Line Dancing Tue @ 10 am Baconsthorpe Diocesan Play Van Tue @ 7:30 pm Baconsthorpe Indoor Bowls Wed @ 11:30 am Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving

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A service to celebrate the life of Sheila Perks will take place at St Mary’s Church, Baconsthorpe

6 Jul Fri @ 7 pm

Baconsthorpe Quiz Night


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9 Jul Mon @ 7:30 pm Baconsthorpe Line Dancing 10 Jul Tue @ 7:30 am Matlaske PC Meeting


In St Peter’s Church – Please note change of date

10 Jul Tue @ 10 am Baconsthorpe Diocesan Play Van 10 Jul Tue @ 7:30 pm Baconsthorpe Indoor Bowls 11 Jul Wed @ 7:30 pm Baconsthorpe PC Meeting

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To be held in the Village Hall

12 Jul Thu @ 12:20 pm Mobile Library See page 4 for times 12 Jul Thu @ 7:30 pm Baconsthorpe VH AGM

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We are looking for new members with fresh ideas who would love to see your Village Hall progress. Please come along and bring your friends so you can see for yourselves what we do and how a little commitment can make a lot of difference to a lot of people. Your Nominations for officers can be left in the Letterbox beside the village hall front door or better still come along on the night and have your say. Looking forward to seeing some new faces. Fri @ 10:30 am Coffee and Gossip Hempstead Village Hall

Mon @ 7:30 pm Tue @ 10 am Tue @ 7:30 pm Fri @ 6 pm

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24 Jul Tue @ 7:30 pm Baconsthorpe Indoor Bowls 26 Jul Thu @ 10 am Baconsthorpe Textile Group 28 Jul Sat @ 2:30 am Matlaske Fête

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The Matlaske Fête will be held under the trees inside the Matlaske entrance to Barningham Hall. A huge thank you to everyone who has offered to help and for those who would like to get involved there is still time. Please ring Thomas Courtauld 577250. Please come and support us and have fun! There will be delicious teas served from Mrs Hook’s garden, a raffle, cake stall, bric-a-brac, tombola, books and plant stall as well as all the fun traditional fête games all set to music provided by the wonderful organ. It would be lovely to see you there. Monies from the fete will go to St Peter’s, Matlaske for their heating project and St Mary’s, Barningham Winter.

30 Jul Mon @ 7:30 pm Baconsthorpe Line Dancing 31 Jul Tue @ 7:30 pm Baconsthorpe Indoor Bowls


Further Ahead 3 Aug Fri @ 10:30 am Baconsthorpe Coffee and Gossip


This month we are going on an outing to Ash Tree Farm, Baconsthorpe NR25 6LF. Hope to see you there. Raffle. Good Coffee and Tea. In aid of the Newsletter.

11 Aug Sat @ noon

Baconsthorpe 50/50 Auction


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those of you who visited the church will know what a wonderful job she did. What you will not know is how hard she worked and how many hours she spent on this project – Susie thank you so much. Thank you to Kevin and Yvonne Delaney who within a year of moving into the village were also highjacked and greatly helped to achieve such splendid results. Especial thanks to Yvonne who offered to make, and indeed produced, two sensational cakes to raffle – a crown and a union jack. Happily both were won by benefice residents as was the huge bottle of champagne they donated to complete the raffle. The raffle raised £243. The amount raised at the end of our Jubilee events is £2,225 which will go towards the church roof restoration. So again thank you to everyone who helped, lent items for display and those of you who visited our exhibition. See also in EDP

Baconsthorpe News Jubilee Celebrations What a fantastic weekend of Jubilee Celebrations we had. Beginning with a wonderful meal in the beautifully-bedecked village hall on the Friday evening. Sixty folk from near and far enjoyed a meal of Coronation Chicken followed by fresh fruit salad and meringue. Various tipples were in evidence and eagerly supped as the evening progressed. Lots of chat; reminiscing and general enjoyment followed. Many, many thanks to the chef Emma Youngs and her band of helpers for all their hard work. Next was two days of the Coronation exhibition in St Mary’s Church. A beautifully-decorated church, pillars ablaze in swathes of red, white and blue. Every space taken by wonderful displays of Coronation memorabilia. Again, many visitors browsing the numerous exhibits and soaking up the atmosphere as they met with friends old and new. The weather was glorious, so cups of tea and refreshments were taken outside to be enjoyed in the sunshine. To bring the weekend to a conclusion, a well-attended Evensong was celebrated, at which the Benefice Choir sang. All in all a wonderful weekend that will live long in our memories. A big thank you to those who worked so hard over many weeks to make this possible.

Baconsthorpe 200 Club £25 David Youngs; £10 Sue Arnold; £5 Pat Abbs and Michael Rudd.

Pupil wins Regional Final A team from Sheringham High School, including Baconsthorpe’s Tali Paine (age 14, and Baconsthorpe resident for over six years), won the regional finals of the London 2012 Festival event ‘Shake the Dust’ held in Norwich on the 25th May. The team now goes forward to compete in the National Finals to be held in the London Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on July 7th. Shake the Dust is a national celebration of young people’s voices and the power of the spoken word. A competition where teams of teenagers from all over the country write their own verse, to reflect issues of the day which effect both them and us in the world today, and then go on stage to perform before both audience and judges. More info on

Jubilee Thanks The PCC would like to thank everyone who made this such a successful weekend. Firstly thank you to Emma who cooked Coronation menu supper for 60 people and to the Village Hall committee who let us use the hall free of charge. It was a most enjoyable evening with delicious food and a very happy atmosphere. The PCC highjacked Susie Belbin and asked her to mastermind our Coronation Exhibition and 15

transferred it onto this greedy youngster’s plate where, unnoticed, it was quickly devoured with a large mouthful of lettuce! This same lad went on to become quite a promising footballer so the experience obviously did him no harm at all! Moving on to the ‘big’ school meant we were in for an unpleasant surprise: the meals there were nowhere near as good as those served up by Miss Bumphrey. The accompanying photo shows Eva at her retirement at the school in 1965. She was a dedicated lady with twenty plus years of service with never a day absent or late: a wonderful achievement. Arthur Pentney

Welcome Having watched the development of ‘Lokeside’ Hall Lane over many months, it is now good to welcome Ben and Joy Dowman, who have at last been able to take up residence. They are already taking part in village activities and attended the Jubilee meal which enabled them to meet some of our residents. We wish them many long and happy years amongst us.

Baconsthorpe School Meals Originally pupils at the school either had to take sandwiches for lunch or walk home to get something to eat. Then c1944 a tailormade cook house was built and children were able to get a hot two-course meal for about 2/6d (12.5p) a week! The meals had to be eaten in the classroom so desks needed to be shifted and dining tables positioned every day. The first cook in charge was Miss Eva Bumphrey who lived at Tuppenny Grove. Ably assisted by Mrs Yates, the meals provided were absolutely marvellous. Nothing was ever wasted and if a call was made from Eva for ‘seconds’ there were plenty of takers for a second helping! In those early post-war years of austerity and rationing these meals were for many their main food of the day. The writer wishes to relate one ‘humorous’ incident from those times. One lad had a prodigious appetite and would gulp down his meal with great rapidity. And so when the boy next to me spotted a large orange slug languishing in his salad he surreptitiously

Barningham News Sheila Perks It was with great sadness that on Friday June 8th we learnt of the passing after a short period of illness of Sheila Perks of North Barningham. Sheila, the wife of John our church treasurer over many years, was a very loyal and faithful supporter of the church, the PCC, and the many events which, over the years, she played a part in helping to arrange. Her smile and cheerful comments will be missed by her many friends and all of us. We extend our deepest sympathy to John and his family at this time of loss. A service to celebrate Sheila’s life will take place at 11:30 am on Wednesday 4th July at St Mary’s Church, Baconsthorpe.

Barningham and Matlaske Tea Party Saturday June 2nd saw around 80 people from Barningham and Matlaske, together with friends and relations gather at Barningham Hall for a Traditional Tea Party to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee. Although a cold wind blew the many children who attended were able to enjoy their tea in the garden and games on the lawns, all kept

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amused and involved by the efforts of Jim Pallister and several other hardy helpers. Meanwhile, inside the Hall, a huge table was spread with every type, flavour and description of sandwiches and cakes accompanied by what seemed like a neverending supply of tea. When the loyal toast came round glasses of bubbly were on hand for everyone. This was a great family occasion and both communities extend their thanks to Sara Buxton, Cherry Westgate, Thomas and Amelia Courtauld and the many more who brought food to share or helped in any way, it was a great success. It is doubtful if a better party could have been found anywhere and it will give rise to many very happy memories for years to come.

Hempstead Treasure Hunt The Jubilee weekend Spring Bank Holiday Monday dawned to the prospect of William and Lynda Mack’s Jubilee Treasure Hunt. Around 20 assorted vehicles of all shapes and ages containing assorted folk of all shapes and ages assembled at Court Green. Having been allocated a Larners-style number, we were despatched in sequence at 5-minute intervals armed with three pages of clues, questions and obscure objects to collect. It all started after a few yards and went on from there for 20 miles (or considerably more in our case). We soon learned that any modicum of success relied on attention to the minutest of details along with an unhealthy preponderance to lateral thinking. The number of steps on the side of a telegraph pole, grave robbing (of inscriptions) registration number of an obscure old Fordson in nettles, and small signs on houses were all part of the fun. Creeping into drives we were accosted by more than one householder, firstly suspicious and then downright enthusiastically helpful. No small degree of sneakiness was encountered, including a pub that had neither any beermats nor salt and vinegar crisps but luckily beer. Phone-a-Friend was in evidence – how else would one acquire a Morrison’s carrier bag or last Thursday’s EDP? On returning to the Green, we were faced with buy-a-raffle-ticket-or-face-losing; we gladly succumbed. Over the next hour of social meanderings, scores were totted, technical objections and points of order were duly dismissed and the raffle was drawn. Eventually the scores were announced with the top three teams achieving the miraculous and somewhat dubious scores of 80, 81 and 82 out of 90 respectively. The Drips duly won and £250 was raised for the playing field and the Newsletter. Many heartfelt thanks to William, Lynda and family for a great fun day. After all but one contestant had returned the new Jubilee Tree was duly ‘opened’ by Paul Sanders. JN

Barningham Thanksgiving On Sunday 27th May the congregation of St Mary’s was invited to join with Jim and Mary Pallister in an act of thanksgiving for the safe arrival of their fourth child, Susannah. Numbers were swelled by many of the children who came to witness proceedings as well as relatives and friends of the family. All went well with a very well-behaved baby, not least as she gazed into the eyes of Father Michael as he held her during the blessing. What a very great pleasure and honour it is to welcome Susannah into the Church, and for us all to collectively affirm that we will give prayerful support to her parents in her upbringing.

Hempstead News Leaving Hempstead We wish Nona and Bryan Wright all the best in their new home in Cromer. It will be strange not to see them in the garden of Snowdrops after nearly thirty years with us. Luckily, they will pop back to see us often to continue to take part in village life. 17

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Flag Raising and Jubilee Roast The evening began with a brass fanfare by pupils of Gresham’s School accompanying the raising of the flag. This was followed by the traditional Hog Roast enjoyed by a full house in the village hall. The chairman of the Village Hall Committee, Mike Thody, declared it the ‘Best Hog Roast Ever’ with a toast to the Queen and an impromptu rendition by Jason Matthews on his ukulele to much applause. Thanks to everyone who made this event possible: Liz Buxton for taking charge of the catering and the many who provided sustenance; the new marquee team; Adrian Taylor for masterminding the flag pole and Doug Empsom for engineering it (ingenious!); Lynne Roberts for arranging the brass quartet; Amy Matthews and Sophie Colley for leading the singing and breaking the flag; washeruperers and those who made the hall look great (and tidying up afterwards). And thank you all who came – events like this give the village a buzz.

Hempstead Fête Details below right

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Hempstead Fête On the playing field on Sunday, 19 August at 2 pm. Lots of attractions: Children’s Fancy Dress Competition, Cushing’s Fairground Organ, Fun Dog Show, Books, Bric-a-brac, Cakes, Garden Produce, Huge Raffle, Sideshows of every description and Teas. A real traditional Village Fête, not to be missed. Plus a Celebration of birds in the Church. Please note that volunteers are always needed and welcome, whether to bake cakes, man stalls and side-shows, help to erect marquees and with transport and car-parking. Please get in touch with Mike Thody 711282 if you able to help.

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Matlaske News Bishop’s Art Prize

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Our very own Richenda Riches has won the 2012 Bishop’s Art Prize for final year NUCA students with her sculpture ‘A Prayer to Martha’. Well done Richenda! The sculpture shows hands in prayer with a hand-made tea towel decorated with drawings of women doing work in our local parish churches. The piece is inspired by the Bible story told in Luke 10: 38–42. She said that it was the first time she had shown her artwork in public and is delighted to win the prize. Richenda would like to extend her warmest thanks to all those women in the Parish who kindly let her photograph them at work and become models for the artwork. EDP:

connected all these local churches in remembrance of the Augustinian monk, Thomas Merton, founder of Merton Priory and Merton College Oxford. A further 37 churches with no historical connection with Merton Priory also joined in the ceremony. Altogether nearly a thousand people actually said Nones. According to Sheila Fairbank, founder of the ‘Friends of Merton Priory’ Society, the Sunday Service saw a great deal of activity associated with the Society: ‘Lunches were served; bells were rung; friends invited; information pamphlets put in pews; articles written for church magazines; invitations sent out; refreshments were served and conversations begun; pilgrimages were discussed and plans for next year developed. Ancient and appropriate areas within churches were used and sermons preached on St Thomas a Becket (who trained at Merton Priory), Merton, monasticism and other relevant subjects. Each church highlighted Nones in their own way.’

Plumstead News Local Artist BBC Appearance

Thanks Ted and Vera Norman would like to thank everyone for the kind messages, gifts and cards and good wishes on the occasion of their 63rd wedding anniversary on June 6th.

Nones Church Service On Sunday 29th April the annual ‘Nones’ Service was again held at St Peter Matlaske. All over Britain, at 3 pm precisely, 78 Churches connected through historical links with Merton Priory, said the service of Nones. Nones, a monastic service held at the ‘Ninth’ hour (3 pm) since 1117, 19

Local artist Kirsty O’Leary-Leeson will be appearing in the second BBC2 Series of ‘Show Me The Monet’. Kirsty who lives in Plumstead was short-listed from 3000 applicants to appear in the art world’s version of the X-Factor. She presented her drawing to a panel of art experts called the ‘hanging committee’ to compete for a place in a prestigious exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London. She was successfully voted through to the exhibition which was in April, and her artwork was offered for sale at a guide price, offers to buy the work were made by a sealed bid and after the exhibition the presenter Chris Hollins revealed to the artist how many, if any bids had been submitted. Tune in to see how she fared, the programme runs every weekday from the 9th to 27th July. Visit her website to find out exactly what episode she will be appearing in:

Plumstead Big Garden Party

and patriotic colours of face paint! What with all that and lovely Jubilee mugs and gifts for all the village children plus guest youngsters who attended the party... there was much excitement! A jolly fine raffle was followed by tea and a most splendid Celebration Cake kindly made by Eileen Gibbons – what could be better?! All in all – the Plumstead Chat-ometer registered a noisily cheerful confirmation that a good time was being had by all! As ever, big, big thanks are well deserved by a cast of thousands – ok, I exaggerate again... However – the usual 1st Class Honours to John and Mary Lintott for the excellent venue, plus an ‘A star’ to Mary for being Queen of all things culinary. A commendation for the Plumstead Events Group for generally putting the whole BGP together, with a special mention to Dave Chilvers for his photographic skills ( Endless brownie points to all who contributed to the feast and definitely red, white and blue smartie points to Alastair Brown for supplying beer and bubbly... and to Julie for organising all the children’s gifts. A big hand for all hands on deck on the day and, most of all, a big ‘Thank-you’ to everyone who came – without you... it just wouldn’t have been the same! Lastly, to me... for this! Doreen Lang More pictures on with thanks to Mary Keasley who also supplied our cover photo.

Well – let it not be said that Plumstead wasn’t up there with Herculean Hempstead and Mighty Matlaske, not this time! – Petite Plumstead has outgrown the small corner in the monthly mag and gone regional! As heard on local radio and seen in the press and modern media – our small but beautifully-refurbished famous Information Phone Box was officially ‘opened’ on Bank Holiday Monday by Julie Brown with a flurry of flags, fizzy and a force 9 gale! (give or take). PC Chairman Roy said a few wellchosen words, then everyone fled to the sunny and sheltered confines of Church Farm House garden – a vision in Red, White and Blue – for the Big Garden Party – already a highlight in the village calendar... Ok, this was only the second one, but what could beat it?! It was a really fabulous afternoon – villagers past and present with families and friends enjoyed a sizzling BBQ and a sumptuous buffet of wonderful salads, many donated by members of the assembled company and the rest from the inner sanctum of the Lintott kitchen. Then there were the puddings, the cakes and Judith Banks’ piece de resistance – the Chocolate Fountain! Luckily Dave Chilvers managed to take the group photo before the children had smothered themselves with chocolate

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Bertie’s Ramblings husband-man’s year, George C Homans observes ‘at that time harvest was over, and the bailiff or reeve of the manor would be making out the accounts for the year.’ Does anyone remember this time last year? Crops were struggling and except for sugar beet, never caught up. This year with two inches of rain in the last week everything looks marvellous except for some gappy sugar beet. We, that is my brother, sister and I, farm 280 acres here in Hempstead with a tenanted farm Mill Farm of 280 acres, tenanted by Pat Newall. The land is fairly light but grows good crops of sugar beet, oil seed rape and wheat given the right rainfall. Last year wheat and rape yields were down at least 50%. – ruin and Bertie begging on The Street loomed – but the sugar beet just roared ahead with a record crop so we will survive another year! When I was a farm student I worked on a farm south of Norwich: Abbots Farm, Stoke Holy Cross. I was lucky in that I did not have to pay to be a student but, nevertheless, I went on the books at £0 per week. Which brings me back to my first point. My boss’s father told me that in 19__ his father farmed in Somerset; then bought Abbots Farm. The problem: Michaelmas in Somerset was 29 Sept. They could not move into the Norfolk farm until Michaelmas: 11 October. So they walked! Cows, sheep, pigs et al. Each night after feeding off the verges they found a farmer’s field to camp in. By the 10th October they were at Oxford. So hired a train to Trowse and then walked the final five miles to Stoke Holy Cross on the 11th. Not dissimilarly, I came to Hempstead at Michaelmas 1965. The house was being renovated (to much like it is today!). No water, no electricity and many windows missing. The builders were a bit surprised that I moved straight in... Bertie Harmer

Jason has a rival. I did something stupid last week; I bought a Rheims Cessna 150 L or G-BACO. More about that when I’ve relearnt to fly. I have been farming in Hempstead since 1965. It may interest you that Norfolk celebrates Michaelmas on the 11th of October. Most of the rest of England say it is 29th September. Why? In the sixteenth century it was realised that the calendar had got out of kilter with the seasons and the Pope at the time ordered that ten days were to be eliminated. This is because the current adjustment every four years (each leap year) had not been sufficient to balance the seasons. By the time that Britain got round to making this change in 1752 the adjustment was for 11 days – the 29th September was declared to be 11th October. There were riots throughout the land: ‘Why have you stolen 11 days of our lives?’ So Michaelmas became 29th September and to achieve a closer match each century years, such as 1700 and 1800, are no longer counted as leap years, unless they are divisible by four, such as 1600 or 2000. Norfolk du different and stuck with the old one. What has this got to do with farming? Because it falls near the equinox, Michaelmas is associated in the northern hemisphere with the beginning of autumn and the shortening of days. In medieval England, it marked the ending and beginning of the 21

Barningham and Matlaske

See report on page 16

Jubilee Tea Party

© Michael Westgate

© Michael Westgate

© Inigo Westgate aged 10

© Michael Westgate

Hempstead Raising of the Flag & Diamond Jubilee Feast

See report on page 18

© Ian Summers

© Ian Summers

© Ian Summers


See report on page 17

Treasure Hunt & Jubilee Tree

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© Su Summers


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Opening of the Info Centre & Big Garden Party

© Dave Chilvers

© Dave Chilvers

© Dave Chilvers



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[17] Jul 2012 - Village Diary & Newsletter  

Barningham Group Newsletter for Baconsthorpe, Barningham, Hempstead, Matlaske and Plumstead in North Norfolk

[17] Jul 2012 - Village Diary & Newsletter  

Barningham Group Newsletter for Baconsthorpe, Barningham, Hempstead, Matlaske and Plumstead in North Norfolk