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Village Diary & Newsletter

Community Information and Services

Editor: Ian Summers, 14 The Knoll, Hempstead, Holt NR25 6TJ 01263 710702

Mobile Library Every fourth Thursday Matlaske Plumstead Baconsthorpe

Sub-editor: Su Summers Production: Thomas Wormald Village Correspondents: Baconsthorpe: Ro Hardingham 577262 Barningham: Sara Buxton 577207 Hempstead: Betty Hart 712726 Matlaske: Florence Hunt 577363 Plumstead: Thomas Wormald 577239


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Old Post Office Walnut Farm Council Bungalows Old Post Office The Street Hare and Hounds Telephone kiosk


Holt Library

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9 Church Street, Holt NR25 6BB Tel: 712202 Mon, Wed, and Sat: 9:30 am to 1 pm Fri: 9:30 am to 6 pm Books can be dropped off out of hours in the letterbox labelled ‘bookdrop’ in the blue door. Instructions on

Copy date 20th of the month preceding publication

Postal Subscriptions

Post Office Baconsthorpe Village Hall

£10 per year – Corinne Youngs 577263

Tuesdays Fridays

Advertising Annual: Contact: Mrs D Spalton 711117

12:30 pm to 4 pm 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

For a full range of services offered at this branch and all other enquiries call 712139.

One-off or special requirement: Payment by the copy date. Contact: The editor

Norfolk Constabulary

For Sale & Wants: £1 per 20 words (free if proceeds to Newsletter) Contact: The editor

101 for non-urgent calls Holt Safer Neighbourhood Team e-mail: Police Community Support Officers: Baconsthorpe & Matlaske PCSO Guy Slade Hempstead PCSO Rachel Howard Plumstead PCSO Jason Ford

Village Diary Web Site Where you see these boxes then you can either mNau find out more details about the item on the web site and (for some items) add comments to share your ideas or views. Just enter the code (case-sensitive) into the Address Bar preceded by

Dog Warden 516085 (out of hours 513811)


Holt Area Partnership

Baconsthorpe: Tessa McCosh 577611 Barningham: Mary Wortley 577246 Brian Clements 570293 Hempstead: Ann Udale 713656 Su Summers 710702     Matlaske: Florence Hunt 577363 Thomas Courtauld 577250 Plumstead: Thomas Wormald 577239 John Durdin 577234

Holt Library, 9 Church Street, Holt NR25 6BB Tel: 713456

Norfolk Carers Helpline – 0808 808 9876 Mon–Fri 8 am to 8 pm. Free and confidential listening, support and information for family carers.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily the views of the newsletter. The newsletter apologises if contributed material is not published due to space constraints. All facts are believed to be correct at time of publication. The editor reserves the right to amend material.


Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Edition

Holt Safer Neighbourhood Team

Thank you to everyone who contributed to making our colour edition such a success. We were helped out at the very last minute by my previous employer, Page Bros (Norwich) Ltd with a quick turn round and very reasonable price. Thank you Page Bros. I will have a few spare copies which will be available at the Coffee & Gossip that this month takes place at Ash Tree Farm, Baconsthorpe. Thereafter I will place them in Hempstead Church. And, on the subject of finance, we are delighted to have received support from the following local bodies: Barningham Benefice Baconsthorpe Village Hall Hempstead Parish Council Hempstead Village Hall Matlaske Parish Council Ed

Please note that the Holt Safer Neighbourhood Team has recently changed. We now have three officers who can be contacted for non-urgent calls on number 101 or Baconsthorpe & Matlaske PCSO Guy Slade Hempstead PCSO Rachel Howard Plumstead PCSO Jason Ford Surgeries In the near future they will be undertaking surgeries which is your chance to talk to them about any issues or concerns: Baconsthorpe Bus Shelter: Tues 31st Jul 10 am–11 am Thurs 30th Aug 11 am–12 noon Mon 1st Oct 12 noon–1 pm. Hempstead Village Hall: Wed 8th Aug 2 pm–3 pm Thurs 20th Sep 4 pm–5 pm. Matlaske outside St Peter's Church: Tues 31st Jul 11:15 am–12.15 pm Thurs 30th Aug 12:15pm–1:15 pm Mon 1st Oct 1:30 pm–2:30 pm.

Join us on

Friday 3rd Aug

Plumstead: 29th Aug 4 pm–5 pm outside the church 4th Oct 1 pm–2 pm outside Walnut Farm (the mobile library will be there for the first 15 minutes).

at Ash Tree Farm, The Street, Baconsthorpe NR25 6LF

10:30 -- noon Proceeds to the Newsletter

Quote of the month Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Back numbers of 2011–12 newsletters then select the issue (click « All to see previous year)

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Church Matters Church Services 5 Aug

Trinity 9

12 Aug

Trinity 10

9 am 10:45 am 10:45 am

Eucharist Mattins Eucharist

Plumstead Church Hempstead Church Hempstead Church

The annual Church Lunch will be held at 14 The Knoll, Hempstead after the service. Please note that this is the only service that day, and will be a Eucharist. Everyone from all parishes are welcome, even needed! Please ring 710702 to let us know that you are coming. The lunch is free, 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.

19 Aug

Trinity 11

26 Aug

Trinity 12

2 Sep

Trinity 13

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Barningham Winter Church Baconsthorpe Church Plumstead Church Matlaske Church Baconsthorpe Church Barningham Winter Church

Weekday Holy Eucharist You are most welcome to join us every Thursday morning (except 26th July and 2nd August ) 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 All in this together

This month I’ve stolen a phrase from a politician speaking about the recession. No, I’m not going to write about the economic situation but ‘All in this together’ is at the very heart of Church Life and the Christian Community. Actually, our church attendances are above the national average but, to pinch another phrase (this one beloved by hard-pressed teachers writing reports) we ‘could do better.’ In a United Benefice such as ours it would be wonderful if more people went to one another’s churches – lots do but I hope and pray that more might make the effort. We really are ‘all in this together’ and each person’s Christian Witness really does matter. I really do thank our wonderful Benefice Choir most sincerely. In the last week of June they sang three Choral Evensongs at Plumstead, Matlaske and North Barningham. Three different anthems and psalms – well done Choir! Your ministry of music enriches our worship and gives pleasure to many. God bless you all. 5

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number of Buzzards seen around here recently may also be keeping the balance, which it is what it is all about.

Wind in the Willows I want to talk about experiences of Ratty, Mole and Badger. Regrettably, they are far from the characters in the famous book.

The Willows Miraculously I have two lovely ‘weeping willows’ and several other willow species. (Unusual on such sandy soil). I have heard a Willow Warbler (song on a long descending scale, very high pitched and musical), and also a Chiffchaff (another warbler) which does just as it says on the tin – ‘Chiff Chaff Chiff Chaff ’ repeatedly. Let’s hope the weather lets us enjoy the (gentle) Wind in the Willows! J

Ratty and Mole

Harvest of my Childhood

Drawing by E H Shepard

As the first fields of corn will soon be harvested, I know that as the first rounds are cut by the ‘metal giants’ of today and the unmistakable smell of ripened corn hangs in the air I shall immediately be transported back in my mind to a childhood growing up on the farm next to Baconsthorpe Castle...

Mole My mole is not the same mole as in the famous story. My moles are destroying the garden. My only suggestion to people with the same problem is ‘give up!’ Use the mole earth to re-pot a few tubs and pots. Even the most foul smelling repellents are unlikely to beat them. Of course it’s all down to worms – which is where Badger comes in:

Of my friend and I taking her father’s fourses* out to him in the field as he walked behind the binder being drawn by the horses, round and round the field until the last piece was cut and the rabbits who had been hiding there, scurried off into the distance...

Badger Rare in E Anglia, they do exist in banks on farm tracks etc. They love worms… but at 4:30 am one morning I saw one trying to raid a beehive... They also like honey. Signs of their presence are paths across fields (they always follow the same path), and scratching on trees – they need sharp claws for digging. Of course, farmers are concerned about their presence, because they may transmit Tuberculosis to cattle, and that debate is still ongoing.

Of coming home with scratched arms and legs after a day spent playing in the stubble of the cornfield... Of seemingly endless hot, sunny days when it never rained... The freedom of just being a child in a world that held none of the dangers children of today face.

Ratty Recent weather has driven them to barns and houses for shelter. Whether or not you advocate poison, there are other deterrents, such as plug-in sonic devices etc. A good terrier may help! However the

Do I look back through rose-tinted spectacles? Probably, but it was wonderful. R * Similar to elevenses but at 4 pm.


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Bertie’s Ramblings How not to go to the Royal International Air Tattoo people. I was standing by two Hungarian MIG 29’s (must have been designed by the chap who made my old Fordson Major?) talking to the Chinook display pilots, when the Swedish Gripen NE appeared out of the gloom and landed. It then parked right in front of us. So when some steps appeared I was able to go up and welcome the pilot in my best Swedish. Good PR. Later I saw a uniformed gentleman with a Swedish flag on his shoulder; so I tapped same and he turned out to be the Chief of the Swedish Air Force and knew the only two RSAF people that I did. The most amazing tent was that of the Royal Omani Air Force. Lovely girls in flowing robes and headscarves of all the colours in the rainbow; men sitting crosslegged on the floor with dainty cups of coffee, eating sweetmeats and on a table a set of Bagpipes. They don’t play the bagpipes in Oman? Yes they do – and a sweet young thing gave me one. It nearly cleared the tent.

I was invited to the Royal International Air Tattoo by Marshalls of Cambridge with whom I learnt to fly in 1960 on Tiger Moths. I very nearly did not make it. In fact I was nearly arrested before I even got in. I took a wrong turn at the airfield (Fairford) and got in the queue for Security. A tall blonde lady in khaki with a lovely liver and white spaniel ordered me to ‘open the bonnet and boot.’ She looked in the back and said ‘What’s that?’ Oh dear, in the boot was a rope banger for scaring pigeons. Pyrotechnics definitely not allowed. Then, behind the driver’s seat, she found a reap hook. Was this chap going to blow up or decapitate the Saudi Arabians? Many phone calls later I got to the main reception area and what next? I had mislaid my pass. Calls to Marshalls – no-one there yet at 8:45 am and Windsor Castle (you can’t go much higher except Buck House) and I was in after an hour’s terrific entertainment. Can you believe that I was vetted by eight blondes in this time; the last being a very dainty number in a nice summer dress. The weather was awful and only the Korean Aerobatic Team gave a display but as a result I walked and talked to countless interesting

Every minute just as fascinating... see you next month.


Cornerways Nursery I recently went on a visit to Cornerways Nursery at the Sugar Beet Factory, Wissington by kind invitation of Jack Parfitt and the Holt Machinery Club. All I will say is that 30–40 Norfolk farmers did not say a word (like church mice, in fact) for two hours! Absolutely fascinating. Look them up on It has doubled my consumption of tomatoes – but only Norfolk ones. I have been; but I think someone else should organise a visit. Bertie Harmer 9

July 28 Jul Sat @ 2:30 am 31 Jul Tue @ 10 am

Matlaske Fête Details in July edition Police Surgery: Baconsthorpe

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Bus Shelter until 11 am

31 Jul Tue @ 11:15 am Police Surgery: Matlaske


Outside St Peter’s Church until 12:15 pm

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


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

6 Aug Mon @ 7:30 pm Baconsthorpe Line Dancing 7 Aug Tue @ 7:30 pm Baconsthorpe Indoor Bowls 8 Aug Wed @ 2 pm Police Surgery: Hempstead

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Village Hall until 3 pm

9 Aug Thu @ 12:20 pm Mobile Library See page 2 for times 11 Aug Sat @ noon Baconsthorpe 50/50 Auction

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Viewing from Noon; sale starts at 1:30 pm. Refreshments on sale. If anyone has any Good clean Lots they can be brought to the Hall on Friday the 10th between Noon and 4 pm. No Lots can be accepted after 4 pm on Friday and All unsold Lots must be collected after the Auction. If anyone has anything you would like to be collected or have any Lots you would like us to store or any other queries please ring John 711320.

13 Aug Mon @ 7:30 pm Baconsthorpe Line Dancing 14 Aug Tue @ 7:30 pm Baconsthorpe Indoor Bowls 19 Aug Sun @ 2 pm Hempstead Fête

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On the playing field. Lots of attractions; with Children’s Fancy Dress Competition, Cushing’s Fairground Organ, Fun Dog Show, Books, Bric-a-brac, Cakes, Garden Produce, Huge Raffle, Side-shows 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. Anyone able to help is asked to get in touch with Mike Thody 711282 as soon as possible. 10

20 Aug 21 Aug 28 Aug 29 Aug

Mon @ 7:30 pm Tue @ 7:30 pm Tue @ 7:30 pm Wed @ 4 pm

Baconsthorpe Line Dancing Baconsthorpe Indoor Bowls Baconsthorpe Indoor Bowls Police Surgery: Plumstead

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Outside the church until 5 pm

30 Aug Thu @ 10 am 30 Aug Thu @ 11 am

Baconsthorpe Textile Group Police Surgery: Baconsthorpe

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Bus Shelter until noon

30 Aug Thu @ 12:15 pm Police Surgery: Matlaske


Outside St Peter’s Church until 1:15 pm

30 Aug Thu @ 7 pm

Hempstead Play Reading Group Available to any and everyone. Please contact 710702 for further details.

September 4 Sep Tue @ 7 pm 8 Sep Sat @ 9 am

Matlaske PCC Meeting Churches Cycle Ride

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Just over £120,000 was raised over the eight hours of the event in 2011. This is simply magnificent. Given that we are in the midst of an economic downturn and personal incomes are being stretched, this illustrates just how much people value the work of the Trust and how hard those who took part in the event worked to make it such a success. So now we look to this year’s Ride and Walk.

10 Sep Mon @ 7:30 pm Matlaske PC Meeting 13 Sep Thu @ 7 pm Baconsthorpe VH Meeting

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All welcome.

14 Sep Fri @ 7 pm

Baconsthorpe Jumble Sale


More details nearer the event.

19 Sep Wed @ 7:30 am Hempstead Film Club


New season opens. Membership open to all.

20 Sep Thu @ 4 pm

Police Surgery: Hempstead


Village Hall until 5 pm

26 Sep Wed @ 7:30 pm Hempstead Fun Quiz 11


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Further Ahead 1 Oct Mon @ noon

Police Surgery: Baconsthorpe


Bus Shelter until 1 pm

1 Oct Mon @ 1:30 pm Police Surgery: Matlaske


Outside St Peter’s Church until 2:30 pm

4 Oct Thu @ 1 pm

Police Surgery: Plumstead


Outside Walnut Farm until 2 pm (the mobile library will be there for the first 15 minutes)

12 Oct Fri @ 7:30 pm

Baconsthorpe Beetle Drive


More details nearer the event.

9 Nov Fri @ 7:30 pm

Baconsthorpe – Keith Loads


We have booked the ever-popular and hugely entertaining Keith Loads. £6 per person including a tea/coffee and Buffet Supper. Tickets are now on sale – book early for this very popular evening because tickets are limited. Contact: John 711320, Doris 577489 or Evelyn 577315

16 Nov Fri @ 7:30 pm

Hempstead – King Henry’s Band


Robert FitzGerald and his (absent) friends present a unique entertainment of tuneful music from the 13th to 16th centuries featuring a wide variety of fascinating early instruments. Further details nearer the time.

1 Dec Sat @ 10 am

Baconsthorpe Christmas Fayre


More details nearer the event.

5 Dec Wed @ 7:30 pm Baconsthorpe Christmas Bingo


More details nearer the event.

8 Dec Sat @ 7:30 pm

Hempstead Christmas Party More details nearer the event.

4 Aug Sat @ 2 pm

Thornage Fête


All Saints’ Church Fête 2–4 pm (no admission before 2 pm). Loads of Stalls – Loads of Fun Teas, collectables, nearly new, games, fun dog show, cakes, preserves, books, gardeners’ world, tombola, bottle hoop-la and much more. Come and Enjoy. All proceeds to All Saints’ Church. 13

Baconsthorpe News Baconsthorpe Village Hall News Thank you very much to everyone who supported our Quiz earlier this month. We raised £96 which will go towards the Insurance which is due in early October. Also we are buying some more tables so that we can comfortably seat 100 people. We do have two large gazebo’s 30 x 9 for hire at a cost of £25 plus some smaller ones at a smaller rate also a gas Bar-B-Que for hire at £20. Please contact John 711320 if you are interested at any time. Thank you to the three new people attending our AGM. As a result we have one more committee member, Brian Clements, and two willing volunteers in Debbie and Chris Major. We welcome all the help we can get to run your Village Hall. Our next meeting is on Thursday 13 Sept at 7 pm. All welcome.

The building existed as a public house since 1836 and was initially served by the Trunch Brewery before becoming a ‘tied house’ to Morgans Brewery in 1895. Morgans were one of the big four Norwich breweries and most pubs were tied to one of these; the ‘Hare and Hounds’ being the exception as it existed as a ‘free house.’ The Burton family were the main landlords of the Jolly from 1871 to 1942, Arthur William Burton being the last. Some will only remember the building in a dilapidated state which made it an ideal play area for the local children, although the writer does recall that the local Home Guard section used the pub as its meeting place. This was probably a more-convivial location than either the school or reading room! Morgans must have given up on the pub by the late 1940s as by 1954 it was in a dangerous condition and so was transferred to the village and razed to the ground and used as a car park. Only the two sheds/garages remain of the old building although the name lives on for some of us however: the junction of The Street with Long Lane is still known as ‘Jolly Corner’. The accompanying photograph taken c1934 shows how the building once looked. Standing outside are the licensee of the time

Congratulations A glorious sunny day and beautiful floral displays made the perfect setting for the marriage ceremony of Hugh Powell & Kelly Holden at St Mary’s Church Baconsthorpe on 23rd June. The large congregation of family and friends thoroughly enjoyed the service which was conducted by Rev Michael Cartwright. We wish the happy couple much happiness in their future life together.

Baconsthorpe Jolly Farmers Do you remember Baconsthorpe ‘Jolly Farmers?’ Folklore tells us that Norwich had one public house for every day of the year; but in actual fact during the late 1800s there were even more than that – about 400 in fact. And most outlying villages had their own local: the ‘Cherry Tree’ at Plumstead; the ‘White Horse’ and ‘Hare and Hounds’ at Hempstead; and the ‘Jolly Farmers’ at Baconsthorpe. Locals always called this Baconsthorpe pub the ‘Jolly’ and rarely was its full name used. 14

Arthur Burton and the young girl on the right is Frances Howell who many will remember with affection. Many thanks to one-time Baconsthorpe resident Peter Howell for the photograph and details of the Jolly’s history. Arthur Pentney   Help: Does anyone have a photograph of the Rev Francis Allen c1960s? Please phone 713280. Thank you.



Hempstead Village Hall joins All Saints' Church on the Playing Field for our 38th annual Summer Fête. 2 to 5 pm with Fun Dog Show, Children's Fancy Dress competition, Fairground Organ, Cakes, Bric-a-brac, Plants and Produce, Books, Side-shows, Tombola, Teas and Grand Raffle, and Crafts Exhibition in the church. A vast amount of work involved in all this, and volunteers still needed to help keep this the best Fête around. Contact Mike Thody 711282.

Barningham News Nothing to report this month

Hempstead News Hempstead Olympic Link

Film Club 6th Season opens on Wednesday 19th September with another imaginative programme of Classic Comedies and Westerns. Details in Hall porch. Membership open to all. Join on the night or contact Adrian Taylor 712460.

Several local guns and beaters on the Hole Farm Shoot, including Daphne and Trevor Bloomfield, remember a gifted schoolboy shot called Peter Wilson as regular visitor – and his disastrous skiing accident freezing one shoulder and arm leaving him unable to shoot again. However, Peter was urged to try to shoot one handed like the legendary Norfolk character called David Wiggan who, having lost his left arm in the war, shot with one arm only and did better than most

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others with two. Peter took this advice, first trying it out in the Hempstead Woods and, such was his determination, that he started competing in open clay pigeon competitions. So successful was he that in April he won his class in ‘double trap’ shooting in America with 198 hits out of 200 shots and was selected for the GB Olympic Team. Friends from Hempstead and Plumstead will be supporting him at Woolwich on August 2nd. See also:

David Linkhorn We wish David well after his stay in hospital.

Plumstead News Plumstead Recognition

Hempstead 200 Club

Plumstead hits the big time with a mention in the national magazine ‘The Oldie’ which was set up by a previous editor of Private Eye (you may like to explore it further). One of our readers sent in a snippet from our May edition which, I guess, he found amusing. Maybe it is: ‘As part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, we will be staging a Coronation exhibition in the newly-refurbished telephone box...’

£25 T Collier; £10 J Hurrell; £5 B Hart, R West and K Hill

Plumstead Thanks

Hempstead – Welcome Welcome to Craig and Philippa Uttridge who have moved into Orchard House, Hole Farm.

Eileen and Mervyn Gibbons would like to thank everybody for the help and generosity shown on the occasion of their Golden Wedding.

Matlaske News Jim Fuller

Plumstead Parish Council

We send condolences to Jim’s wife Gillian and family on his death.

Irene Ramsbotham has resigned from the parish council and we thank her for all she has done for the parish. So now we need someone from Plumstead to replace her. Please contact Roy Keasley 577376.

RNLI Collection... ... raised £31.82. Thank you for your contributions.

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Interesting Days Out

Poetry Corner

Gunton Park Historic Sawmill

Ode to Solitude

Did you know that a unique survivor is only a few miles from here? Long ago logs were cut by pitsaw: a man standing on top (the top dog) raised the blade, and the poor devil in the pit below (the under dog) pulled down to make the cut. This was slow, hard work, so why not copy the corn grinders, and use water power to replace the men? Early in the Industrial Revolution this was done; later, steam power and circular saws took over. The last surviving working example in this country of a water-driven up-and-down saw can be found at Gunton Park. It was built in 1825, and stayed important to the Estate for 90 years; then forgotten until rediscovered in the 1970’s. Now it works again and a band of volunteers can be seen cutting up big logs; the pattern of six Open Days each year has been running since 1988. You are very welcome to visit us between 2–5 pm on the fourth Sunday each month from April to September (Aug 26 or Sept 23 for this year). From the A140 between Aylsham and Cromer turn east – when we are open expect signage to lead you in; for satnav addicts try NR11 7HL. The writer is no longer one of the sawyers, but stands around explaining the details to visitors. David Durst

by Alexander Pope (1688–1744) Happy the man, whose wish and care A few paternal acres bound, Content to breathe his native air, In his own ground. Whose herds with milk, whose fields with bread, Whose flocks supply him with attire, Whose trees in summer yield him shade, In winter fire. Blest! who can unconcern’dly find Hours, days and years slide soft away, In health of body, peace of mind Quiet by day, Sound sleep by night; study and ease Together mix’d; sweet recreation And innocence, which most does please, With meditation. Thus let me live unseen, unknown; Thus unlamented let me die; Steal from the world and not a stone Tell where I lie. Submitted by E



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Demerara lemon cake Great for tea or dressed up with fresh summer fruits and ice-cream, yoghurt or cream for lunch or dinner. Serves 8+

Simple and light for summer with new potatoes or rice (both good with a few broad beans and herbs added) plus salad, courgettes or green beans. Serves 8–12.

200 g butter (or half butter/margarine) 200 g demerara sugar 90 g plain flour 90 g ground almonds ½ tsp baking powder zest of large lemon (best unwaxed, juice for syrup) 4 large eggs for the syrup: 2 tbsps demerara sugar the juice of above lemon • Set oven at 165 C/gas mark 3. • Line baking tin (1 lb bread tin good) with greaseproof, baking parchment etc. • Beat butter & sugar together till light and fluffy. • Meanwhile (or before) weigh flour and almonds, mix and sift together with baking powder, for lightness. • Grate lemon and add zest to flour mix. • Beat eggs lightly (with fork but light whisk ok), add to creamed sugar/butter, a little at a time (don’t worry if it curdles slightly; add a little flour if you wish). • Gently fold in flour/almond/zest mix with large metal spoon. • Scoop and gently level into lined tin. • Bake for about 45 mins – insert e.g. metal skewer to test if done (needs to come out clean). When done set aside and prepare syrup (can be left a little). • Gently melt 2 tbsps sugar with reserved lemon juice; skewer warm cake lightly and pour over, so it seeps in. • Keeps well in sealed container. Ali Tyabji


4–5 skinless chicken breasts 8 tbsps lemon juice 2 rounded tsps paprika 1–2 large crushed cloves garlic 1 tbsp or so fresh tarragon 50 g butter (slightly salted) 12–14 sun-dried tomatoes, cut in strips 200 ml cream (any combination of double, single, soured or crème fraîche – add a little stock or stock cube and water if more liquid wanted) I touch of salt J little chilli powder or extra paprika K garnish of rocket leaves (or cress or what you like)

• Thinly slice A across, and put in bowl with B, C, and D. • Chop E and add to bowl, stir contents to coat chicken with mix evenly then leave to absorb at room temp for 30 mins (or longer). • Melt F in large frying pan, lift A from bowl and cook lightly for 3–4 mins on each side (check with knife to see if ‘just’ done). Remove A to plate. • Bubble bowl and pan juices fiercely for 2 mins; remove pan from heat, add H. • Boil mix for 3 mins until sauce thickens slightly. Season to taste with I and J. • Return A and add G to sauce in pan. Heat for 1 min, then put in shallow covered (lid or foil) serving dish. (Keeps for an hour or so on lowest oven heat without spoiling.) • Sprinkle over K to serve. Also good cool. 19


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