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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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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

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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

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them. Many are AIDS babies. Knitters are being asked to knit a small jumper to keep these babies warm. The pattern and details can be obtained from Su Summers 710702, who will also deliver completed jumpers to the collection organiser. Many thanks.

Coffee and Gossip The coffee & tea flowed, the chat grew louder, the trade at the Bring & Buy stall increased, as we sat and enjoyed the company and the sunshine in the lovely garden at Ashtree Farm Baconsthorpe, for this month’s Coffee & Gossip. Many thanks to Corinne & her helpers for inviting us and to all who came and supported from all our parishes. As a result £155 was raised for Newsletter funds. R

Lay Development The Diocese of Norwich is committed to the empowering and equipping of the whole people of God for informed and imaginative Christian discipleship. It wants to support the parishes in their task of deepening the faith of all God’s people and of releasing their gifts for service of many kinds. If you are in interested in this work please contact Caspar James 01603 729819 (on Tuesdays or Wednesdays)

Norfolk Churches Cycle Ride Please give generously when called upon by participants. Thanks. Parish representatives: Baconsthorpe Theresa Courtauld 577323 Hempstead Yvette Gibson 712460 Matlaske Wendy Riches 577736 Plumstead John Durdin 577234

Quote of the month It is better to be approximately right than precisely wrong.

Fish and Chip babies

Calling Benefice knitters: These tiny babies in Kampala need you. They are called Fish and Chip babies because they are sent home from hospital wrapped in newspaper because their families have no clothes for

1 Sep Sat @ 7 pm

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Cantate, the internationally-acclaimed youth and multi-award-winning choir from Hertfordshire, gives a one-off performance to include exciting and uplifting blends of choral classics, African songs, spirituals and a healthy dose of percussion. Free entry with retiring collection.

15 Sep Sat @ 10:30 am

Wolterton Costume and Textile Fair


10:30 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday – 1950s ‘retro-chic’ Displays, fashions, stalls – Organics Day on Sunday, 16 Sep 2012 – 584175

21 Sep Fri @ 7 pm

Edgefield – The Castaways 3


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Church Matters Church Services 2 Sep Trinity 13 9 Sep Trinity 14 16 Sep Trinity 15 23 Sep Trinity 16

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Baconsthorpe Church Barningham Winter Church Hempstead Church Plumstead Church Matlaske Church Baconsthorpe Church North Barningham Church

This is an annual event intended to support Heritage Weekend. We do hope that as many as possible will join us at the service, the only celebration of Holy Communion to be held in this church throughout the year. We hope to be joined by members of the Palgrave Society for whom the church has special meaning.

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Mattins Hempstead Church Eucharist Baconsthorpe Church Choral Patronal Evensong Plumstead Church

9 am 10:45 am

Eucharist Choral Harvest Festival

The Bishop of Norwich will be preaching.

7 Oct Trinity 18

Hempstead Church Barningham Winter 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 Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina So says the song. It was wonderful to see our family – we had the warmest of welcomes from Anna, Glenn and Sam. As some of you know, the purpose of our visit was to look after grandson Sam who had major surgery; he is making an excellent recovery. South Carolina was a new experience for me. The temperature hovered around 115 degrees. Dog walking was quite an experience, particularly when snakes slithered across our path! Small lizards and hummingbirds were frequent visitors when we sat on Anna’s balcony. We enjoyed Sunday services at Trinity Episcopalian Cathedral in Columbia – the American Book of Common Prayer is very similar to our own. There were more than six hundred communicants. The Dean was delighted to welcome us and the Barningham Parishes are now on the Cathedral Prayer List. We shall keep in touch. We spent a delightful evening with Glenn’s parents at their summer house on the shores of Lake Murray – ‘Back porch tea’ is a delicacy in the deep South – iced tea flavoured with vanilla. Quite delicious. We are now recovering from the long flight and pleased to be back home. God bless you all. 5

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The Pesky Wasp What is it about the Pesky Wasp? Why is it so anti us? Our Humble Bumble and Honeybees never make such a fuss. In your face with attitude a brooding moody pest; Whizzing up your trouser leg, sleeve or summer vest. Hovering around your Caesar Salad, with a malevolent look in its eye; Settling on your strawberries, fresh-fruit flan or apple pie... One asks: Why can’t it behave like the silver moth, wishing nobody any harm; Or the wondrous butterfly displaying colour, beauty and charm. There’s the hover, horse and house fly – just an annoyance to their prey; And mosquitoes, mites and midges inflicting a painful ‘nip’ and they are on their way; Some creepy-crawlies, beetles and bugs enjoy life eating only vegetation With never a moments thought of wishing us humans any form of molestation... But the wasp’s a flying Psycho from the moment that it’s born, Oozing hatred, malice, venom, anger and unrelenting scorn. A creature that (if it could) would gladly poke you in the eye And never allow the chance to harass-a-juicy-homo-sapien pass it by. An insect brimming with evil intent of which no praises can ever be sung; A buzzing monster I cannot detest enough because I have just (once again) been stung.


Lettuce Prey... or how to preserve a member of the cabbage family? Lettuce and other members of the lettuce family may have been victims of slugs this year. If you don’t like the idea of slug pellets, the non-toxic solution may be burying a jar of beer in the ground. The slugs die very comfortably in a stupefied state. In the interest of the slugs, watch out for your partner going out with a long straw at night to siphon off a pint! Also cabbage white butterflies (that are in decline at the moment) would have led to a caterpillar infestation. They will have been very busy. Hedgehogs love slugs worms and any offending insects, so bear in mind their needs, before using chemicals.

Snails: well I have a tame one who comes in at night and climbs all over my windows. I haven’t heard the thrushes bashing snails on the cobbles this year, so I hope Henry Hedgehog will have a good lifespan. J


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Bertie’s Ramblings How not to harvest Linseed I had better write a little about farming this month. After a rather frustrating start we have now got well into harvest, although it has not come up to our expectations. Weeks of low temperature, excessive rain and lack of sun means that there has not been a very good grain fill. So our rape grains were on the small size and yields have only been average; although with the drought in America prices have shot up which benefits those who have not sold forward. Wheats are very similar – the heavier land ones sat with their roots in water and are rather shrivelled but I have great hopes for the Hempstead Wheat in light land especially the later ones drilled after Sugar Beet. But who knows? The Joker in the pack has been Winter Linseed. Linseed is generally a spring crop but they have now developed a Winter Strain which we tried last year in one of our worst fields at Fulmodeston. No real problems but not a very good crop. This year we put in 60 acres at Stibbard and upped the seed rate. When it came into flower it was a sight to be seen. One nearly needed dark glasses to look at the brilliant blue. Interestingly, Linseed flowers once a day and the petals drop off. Then it rained and most of it went flat. We spray a desiccant to facilitate harvesting. And so one Monday we get into our Linseed with a brand new Claas Combine. The capsules are quite small so it was difficult to thrash out and we discovered that it was impossible to chop the Haulm. So, everything closed up – drive speed to max – and crunch. When Jack looked there were bits of metal lying behind! Tuesday a fitter repaired the rotor. My son Toby rang Claas – ‘Should we have another go?’ Answer – ‘Yes’. Within 50 yards – crunch. One minute later Mr Claas rang to say ‘Don’t try it.’ Too late; and the combine had to go off 9

to the depot and have a new rotor. All this was quite unnecessary as Toby had been talking to a mate who was cutting Linseed for Mr Claas himself near Bury St Edmunds. He had set fire to his combine three times and had decided that Claas Rotary Combines do not cut Linseed. So we lost three days cutting – we now have three combines on the farm. But at least we can keep two running. The only joy of Linseed is that it is legal to burn the straw so looking forward to 7 am to get back to my pyrotechnical baser instincts and having a good blaze. I bet someone calls the fire brigade! No luck, my son tells me someone is coming in to bale it tomorrow but keeping my fingers crossed they will come late. Linseed is the same plant as flax which used to be grown to make rope. In days of yore there were laws which made it compulsory to grow this crop and I am fairly certain that on my low meadow by the old Manor House there were retting ponds. In those days you cut the entire crop and chucked it into the pond. The water then retted or softened the softer stems to leave the long and strong fibres. I have tried it this year. Three fibres make a piece of string you cannot break. Nor can a Claas. Bertie Harmer

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August 29 Aug Wed @ 4 pm Police Surgery: Plumstead outside the church until 5 pm 8Lvfl 30 Aug Thu @ 11 am Police Surgery: Baconsthorpe Bus Shelter until noon 8Lvfl 30 Aug Thu @ 12:15 pm Police Surgery: Matlaske outside St Peter’s Church until 1:15 pm

September 3 Sep 3 Sep 4 Sep 4 Sep 6 Sep 7 Sep 8 Sep

Mon @ 7:30 pm Baconsthorpe Line Dancing Mon @ 7:30 pm Hempstead PC Meeting Tue @ 7 pm Matlaske PCC Meeting Tue @ 7:30 pm Baconsthorpe Indoor Bowls Thu @ 12:20 pm Mobile Library See page 2 for times Fri @ 10:30 am Coffee and Gossip Hempstead Village Hall Sat @ 9 am Churches Sponsored 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 which is on Saturday 8th September.

10 Sep Mon @ 7:30 am Plumstead PC Meeting


In Plumstead Church. If you were to attend, as any member of the public can, you could see and hear what goes on, and you may be inspired (remember the Olympics?) to have a go.

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

Baconsthorpe Line Dancing Matlaske PC Meeting Baconsthorpe Diocesan Play Van Baconsthorpe Indoor Bowls Baconsthorpe VH Meeting All welcome. Baconsthorpe Jumble Sale Baconsthorpe Line Dancing Baconsthorpe Diocesan Play Van Hempstead Charcoal Drawing

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Open to all: beginner and experienced. Realise your potential in charcoal ably assisted by Mike Thody – our resident artist. Real coffee and chocolate biscuits and chat included @ £3 a session: 10 am until noon. Contact Mike 711282.


18 Sep Tue @ 7:30 pm Baconsthorpe Indoor Bowls 19 Sep Wed @ 7:30 am Hempstead Film Club

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Sixth sparkling season starts! Classic comedies and Westerns every third Wednesday of the month. 7:30 for 7:45 pm in our warm and comfortable Village Hall. Last year’s star-studded programme featured among others Greta Garbo in ‘Ninotchka’, Bette Davis in ‘All About Eve’, Barbara Stanwyck in ‘The Lady Eve’, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Affleck in ‘Shakespeare in Love’ and Glenn Ford in ‘3.10 to Yuma’. This year will see more all-time greats. Details in Hempstead Village Hall porch. Membership (open to all, wherever resident) remains at £5 single, £8 family. Join on film nights or contact Adrian Taylor on 712460.

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Thu @ 4 pm Mon @ 7:30 pm Tue @ 10 am Tue @ 10 am Tue @ 7:30 pm Wed @ noon Wed @ 7:30 pm

Police Surgery: Hempstead Village Hall until 5 pm 8Lvfl Baconsthorpe Line Dancing pWOC Hempstead Charcoal Drawing pWOA Baconsthorpe Diocesan Play Van 243kl Baconsthorpe Indoor Bowls pWOB Community Lunch Club Contact: 577455 – Booking essential Hempstead Fun Quiz 6tTO6

In the Village Hall. Not a lot of general knowledge required to challenge Mike Thody, our genial Quizmaster. But laughter guaranteed and refreshments including Iris’s celebrated sausage rolls, all for £3.50. Singles entirely welcome.

27 Sep Thu @ 10 am

Baconsthorpe Textile Group


Further Ahead 1 Oct Mon @ noon Police Surgery: Baconsthorpe Bus Shelter until 1 pm 8Lvfl 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 8Lvfl outside Walnut Farm until 2 pm (the mobile library will be there for the first 15 minutes)

12 Oct Fri @ 7:30 pm 27 Oct Sat @ 7 pm

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No Late Fête this year – instead a Plumstead Autumn Feast! A celebration of what we do so well – Food! Eat, drink and be merry in Baconsthorpe Village Hall! Book as soon as you like by calling 577718 or 577447 – Tickets are only £5.50. Further info soon.

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 5 Dec Wed @ 7:30 pm Baconsthorpe Christmas Bingo 8 Dec Sat @ 7 pm Hempstead Christmas Get together 11

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procured and entry gained via an upstairs window and the charity was paid out as usual. The local press, presumably tipped off, were there to record all of this and Baconsthorpe had its moment of fame with the accompanying photograph appearing on the front page of the North Norfolk News of 26 April 1957. Despite a vigorous campaign including the hiring of a solicitor to try and retain the use of the Reading Room for the villagers own use, the building was eventually to be sold. Later it was converted into living accommodation know as ‘Clubb Cottage’ presumably a nod to its earlier use by the Village Youth Club when it was a source of enjoyment to many of the local youngsters. Arthur Pentney

Baconsthorpe News Baconsthorpe on the Front Page Do you remember Baconsthorpe Reading Room and the ‘Break in’ of April 1957? The first mention of the Reading Room I can find is in Kelly’s Directory of 1896 when Frederic Merton Webb the then postmaster was listed as Hon Secretary to ‘The Reading and Coffee Rooms.’ A sign over the building can be seen on a picture postcard of 1913 and read ‘Victorians Jubilee’ which must date for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee of 1887. Reading Room or Coffee Shop it may have been but by the 1940s and 1950s the building was used for multitude of purposes: various committees met there; the Parish Council, the Farm Workers’ Union; the Youth Club; and charity distributed. Imagine then the furore when on Easter Monday 1957 the then rector the Rev C Scott-Little was ‘unable’ to hand over the key so that the annual distribution of Newman’s Charity could be handled in the Reading Room. Drastic action ensued; a ladder was

At the time of writing 2 Clubb Cottage is up for sale – your chance to buy a piece of history. Ed Still Wanted A photograph of the Rev Francis Allen c1960s or later to incorporated in a future article. Please contact 713280. Thank you.


Norfolk Churches Cycle Ride

Barningham News

Have you been inspired by the success of Team GB cyclists’ in the Olympics? If so, why not get your cycle out of the shed and raise some much-needed money for The Norfolk Churches Trust. This year it is on Saturday Sept 8th. Sponsorship forms are available from Theresa Courtauld 577323.

See Matlaske Fête article.

Hempstead News Hempstead Church Lunch The annual Church Lunch was blessed with lovely weather and a good meal was enjoyed by all. We will be able to send £446 to Norfolk Venda, the total being made up of the church service offertory, the lunch donations and the annual donation from the PCC. This money is a very timely donation to Venda, as one of their schools in the Venda region of South Africa is in desperate need of paving around the classrooms. When the rains come it becomes a quagmire and the mud gets walked inside. The children themselves are responsible for cleaning the classrooms, so I’m sure that they will be very pleased that we can provide money to get the paving done. Thank you to all who contributed by coming to church that day, and by coming to lunch, by bringing food, washing up or by helping to move tables and chairs into, and at the end, from our garden. It is so much appreciated. S

Baconsthorpe 50/50 Auction The 50/50 Auction was a great success with over 160 lots auctioned off by John Cooper. Thanks to him and everybody who supplied lots and/or helped and supported in any way. The £370 profit will go quite a way to help pay for the Insurance due in October. We have spent over £520 on some more new tables so that your Village Hall can comfortably seat and cater for 100 people.

Baconsthorpe 200 Club £25 Hazel Martin; £10 Russell Harrod; £5 Pat Abbs, Julie Rudd.

Baconsthorpe Moved in Welcome to Kirstie Playfair and her little dog Tilly who have recently come to live at 2 Long Lane.


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at Singing in the Rain at Hempstead Fête Our thanks to Mo and her team who were flat out all afternoon serving teas and a great variety of cakes provided by the village, thanks also to Kass our Olympic Games Maker all the way from Brighton, who poured teas non stop for two hours. Special thanks to Diana who allowed the use of her kitchen, water and electricity and helped with the washing of a never-ending supply of used crockery. Many thanks to Peter who organised the side shows and much else and Jason for the transport and his gang of stalwarts who set up the show and cleared away. The Grand Draw again provided a major part of the proceeds – our thanks to Robin Carver for this vital contribution and organisation.

Two pm at the Playing Field, after days of sublime weather with temperatures approaching 30 degrees, right on cue came the rain accompanied by thunder and lightning. Also on cue was George Cushing’s fairground organ with a rendition of ‘Singing in the Rain’ making a jolly start to proceedings. No need for umbrellas, the rain did not last and soon the sun was out, now with a merciful drop in temperature the show got under way. The stalls, cakes, books, plants and produce, tombola all crammed with goodies were soon busy and continued so all afternoon, a bumper year for bric-abrac with great bargains and choice (where does it come from?). Children’s fancy dress was a disappointment with only two entries this year. Congratulations to the joint winners! The dog show fared much better ably organised by Richard and Annie Brooks, much amusement was had with the introduction of the tunnel, dogs and owners competing to be the first through, with the ‘owner winning’ (what happened to the dog?). Well done Lottie the star of the show who performed all her tasks with aplomb.

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Congratulations to Nicky Sanders a grand draw winner riding sky high with Jason (and his four A levels)! Finally, proceeds reached £2420 profit and will be evenly distributed between All Saints’ Church and Hempstead Village Hall. Once again Hempstead Fête has given a lot of pleasure to all, this little fête held on the playing field next to our church has provided for years a unique setting and continues to be a traditional attraction to both locals and visitors alike. Long may it continue. MT 15

engrossed. The shooting is highly competitive with each heat consisting of six people constantly moving position firing rapidly at the clay targets with every shot being marked on a huge electronic score board. Every shot by one of the British contenders was applauded. It was only with difficulty that we did not also applaud the occasional miss by Peter’s major rivals. When it came to the final Peter was just in the lead but having shot consistently throughout he made mistakes. There was an audible gasp of horror when Peter did his first and only double miss of the day and two of his rivals drew equal. The tension became unendurable. Sweden, Russia and Kuwait’s nerves fortunately also began to fail as they missed the target. But Peter shot his last four birds in style to a great roar of applause that could have been heard at the main stadium three miles away as he won Olympic Gold. With the announcement of two more golds for canoeing it was a happy and indeed elated crowd which left the arena – though for many of us we felt totally exhausted and drained of energy by the tension of the day. They say that the movement of a butterfly’s wing can set off a tempest a thousand miles away. Could a conversation in the Hempstead Woods ten years ago have lead to Olympic Gold? Robin Carver

Hempstead Olympic Gold Link Peter Wilson – Hempstead’s contribution to Olympic Gold? Following last month’s account of how Peter Wilson, then a schoolboy, had been encouraged by Hempstead beaters to try shooting with one arm following an accident and his subsequent success on shooting for Britain in the Olympic ‘double trap’ shotgun event, four of us locals went to the event to provide support. After an exhilarating tour of unknown London on the Dockland’s Light Railway accompanied by colourfully-dressed supporters of shooters of all nations we climbed the hill above Woolwich Arsenal to the arena in the grounds of the magnificent Royal Artillery Barracks. The first people we saw were a more-properly-dressed band of supporters from Peter’s university sporting T-shirts emblazoned with his picture labelled ‘Pigeon Pete’. Some of us had brought newspapers to read when Peter was not shooting in the expectation that watching hundreds of identical clay pigeons being shot by people who rarely missed would become boring. How wrong we were: the papers were never read. Instead we sat for five hours in open stands surviving heavy showers while utterly

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Matlaske News Matlaske Congratulations To Marion and Jim on their marriage and every good wish for the future. Also to Chanelle who was baptised in St Peter’s on 21st July 2012.

Matlaske Fête If ever anyone wants to plan a wedding or party, always coincide it with the Matlaske fête as it never rains! Again, it was a lovely and very happy day. Huge thank yous to everyone who did so much to make it so. It is a great team effort and also many thanks to all our customers for coming and joining in. This year we made a very valuable £1,327 for which St Peter’s Matlaske is very grateful. Several people from Barningham Church helped at the Village Fête at Matlaske at the end of August as part of the workingtogether initiative we are trying to promote in the benefice. With only a small number of people, spread across the five communities, there is a real need for us all to work together and support one another in our fund raising and social events, especially in these difficult times, and the joint Matlaske/Barningham Fête is a good example of how this can work to the benefit of us all.

Hempstead Wedding Hempstead Church was the scene for a beautiful wedding on 11th August; our first for a long time. Lucy Mack arrived by tractor and trailer to marry Daniel Cahill, and the church resounded to joyous music. Many congratulations to them, and we all wish them every happiness.

Wanted for Churches Cycle Ride Sponsors for Team Hempstead as it sallies forth for the Norfolk Churches Trust Sponsored Cycle Ride (or Walk). Hempstead has in the past generously supported this cause (half the proceeds go to our church and half to the Norfolk Churches Trust) and we hope you will do so again this year.

Plumstead News

Riders: It is not too late to sign up and ride on Saturday 8th September. You don’t have to be a Bradley Wiggins – just have a fun day, or morning, or afternoon, cycling to local churches (admiring the scenery as you go), enjoying refreshments at the churches, and finding good people to sponsor you. For sponsorship forms and all details contact Yvette Gibson 712460.

Plumstead PC Officers Plumstead PC will shortly be co-opting someone to fill a recent vacancy. It would be better to have a volunteer rather than a conscript. If you are willing to let your name go forward for consideration, please contact either the Chairman Roy Keasley 577376 or the Parish Clerk Michael Chesterman 861109.

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This month’s winners are: £25 M Thody; £10 L Mack; £5 T Scarff, S Price, V Crocker. 17

Pinewood Park Leisure Club, Holt Road, near Bodham NR26 8TU • Gluten Free • Wheat Free • Dairy Free

with Caroline Jefford ZIN licensed instructor REPS registered Monday 9.30–10.30 am Thursday 5.30–6.30 pm Thursday 7–8 pm ? Mixed ability classes ? Beginners always welcome ? £5 per class – bring a drink

AND delicious for ALL Baconsthorpe

07949 031676

01263 587480 or 07930 539159

C. H. MATTHEWS Plumbing and Heating

Hempstead Taxi Service 8 am until Midnight, Mon – Sat

Juniper Lodge, Hempstead, Holt, Norfolk NR25 6TW Tel: Holt 713374

No Sunday Service

Friendly & Reliable

John Perry-Warnes Your North Norfolk District Councillor Please contact me if I can be of Service concerning the following issues

Memorials in marble, stone and various coloured granites Brochures upon request ? Additional inscriptions

? Housing ? Council Tax ?

Cremation plaques ? House names

? Waste Collection ? Planning Matters ?

Workshop: 01603 755524 Office: 01603 485691 Unit 8 Sawmill Close, The Street, Felthorpe, Norwich NR10 4BH

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Tel: 01263 715577

Cookery Corner

Interesting Days Out Walsingham Abbey Saturday 8 Sept 2012 is an Heritage Open Day when there is free entry to Walsingham Abbey Grounds. The grounds of Walsingham Abbey are famous for the spectacular ruins of the mediaeval Priory and place of pilgrimage. Walsingham has a long history of religious pilgrimage, by tradition dating back to the 11th century, but possibly even more ancient, with origins in pre-Christian practice. ‘Walsingham’ is also two unspoiled North Norfolk villages, Little, or ‘New’ Walsingham, and Great or ‘Old’ Walsingham; both have a wealth of historic buildings. The Georgian Shirehall, for 200 years a courtroom but originally built as a pilgrim hostel, is now a Museum, also providing the entrance to the Abbey Grounds and Tourist Information. Visitors today can enjoy the tranquil atmosphere surrounding the Priory ruins, wildflower meadows, almost 20 acres of woodland romantically green in summer, and river walks alongside the Stiffkey. The Abbey hosts many modern pilgrims, with some visiting in organised groups, but all denominations, or none, are welcome.

Olive Crostine 100 g Black pitted olives (Moroccan from Waitrose) 2 Anchovy fillets 1 big clove of garlic 1 tbsp pine nuts 4 sage leaves (optional) 15 capers (in brine) Olive oil Salt and pepper to taste Lemon juice to taste 6 sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil Put all ingredients in a food processor. Serve with toast or pitta bread M

New High School Exam You only need 4 correct out of 10 questions to pass. Answers next week. Will you pass? 1. How long did the Hundred Years’ War last? 2. Which country makes Panama hats? 3. From which animal do we get cat gut? 4. In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution? 5. What is a camel’s hair brush made of ? 6. The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal? 7. What was King George VI’s first name? 8. What colour is a purple finch? 9. Where are Chinese gooseberries from? 10. What is the colour of the black box in a commercial aeroplane?

Puzzle Page Answers to last month’s puzzles Say what you see: reading between the lines; a glance backwards; just between you and me. Change word: FILE; TILE; TALE; DALE; DATE; DATA Puzzles supplied by Tandem Training (education & training in Norfolk)



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[19] Sep 2012 - Village Diary & Newsletter  

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

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