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Visitors admire pictures at Hempstead Arts Exhibition

Village Diary & Newsletter

Community Information and Services Mobile Library Every fourth Thursday

Editor: Ian Summers, 14 The Knoll, Hempstead, Holt NR25 6TJ 01263 710702 Sub-editor: Su Summers

Matlaske Plumstead Baconsthorpe

Village Correspondents: Baconsthorpe: Barningham: Hempstead: Matlaske: Plumstead:

Ro Hardingham 577262 Sara Buxton 577207 Betty Hart 712726 Florence Hunt 577363 Julie Brown 577447


Holt Library 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.

Copy date 20th of the month preceding publication

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Post Office Baconsthorpe Village Hall

£10 per year – Corinne Youngs 577263

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Advertising Annual: Contact: Mrs D Spalton 711117 One-off or special requirement: Payment by the copy date. Contact: The editor For Sale & Wants: £1 per 20 words (free if proceeds to Newsletter) Contact: The editor

Norfolk Constabulary 101 for non-urgent calls Holt Safer Neighbourhood Team e-mail: Police Community Support Officers: Baconsthorpe & Matlaske PCSO Gary Baxter Hempstead & Plumstead PCSO Rachel Howard Police Direct about crime and policing issues

Churchwardens Baconsthorpe: Tessa McCosh 577611

Dog Warden

Barningham: Brian Clements 570293


Florence Hunt 577363 Thomas Courtauld 577250


Thomas Wormald 577239 John Durdin 577234

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.

Village Web Site Back numbers:

Ann Udale 713656 Su Summers 710702    

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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. 2

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‘Well I’m John, without a Y – don’t see the point in that’. Fine – that told me. Then he asked what work was needed and why. My turn, I thought. I asked why he was so interested. ‘Because I’m the boss’. And so we jested for a while. And then I found out, when I wrote the cheque, it was for John! His dad is a lovely person, and I saw him with his arms around John in the digger teaching him to drive it, it really moved me. (not the digger!). And before he went he said ‘When can I come back?’ But his dad said ‘Don’t worry – school starts again tomorrow! What a shame! J

• Regularly check the oil level in the tank. Note when you have a delivery. • Install security lighting; this could be sensor or dusk-to-dawn lighting which will highlight the tank and area around it. • Lock the tank using a good-quality padlock. • Position tanks in a well-overlooked area. • Consider fencing around the tank making it less visible. Report any suspicious activity to the police immediately on 101 and in the case of an emergency dial 999. Officers at Holt can also provide more crime prevention advice including a crime prevention survey. Contact 101 or

Puzzle Be the last one in the room

When a 6.5 year-old and a 65 year-old get together...

Twelve people are arranged in a circle. We’ll number them 1 to 12 in order going I called in a contractor to work on my place clockwise. Start counting at number 1 until (after recently moving in) to remove you get to the fifth person in the circle, ie, dangerous containers, etc, that I had found on number 5. That person leaves the room. the property. He brought his son with him. Repeat the process, starting with the next He is the 6.5 year-old person. I didn’t think he person (number 6 for the next round) until should be around the dangerous stuff, so I there is only one person left. Note that it’s found some frozen Mars bars and Coke and only people still in the circle that are counted lured him away. in each round. Well; I got interviewed... ‘What’s your Question: Which position would you need name?’ I said ‘Jayne, with a Y in it’. He said to choose to be the last in the room?

12 Oct Sat @ 10 am

Sheringham Come & Sing Mozart’s Requiem

In St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Sheringham NR26 8SA with Nathan Waring (conductor) and Lawrence Tao (piano/organ) – Informal concert at 5.30 pm to which your friends are invited – This is a free event however to assist with administration please book a place in advance by contacting Jo Hurrell 711087 –

12 Oct Sat @ 6:30 pm Edgefield Social Event Celluloid and Beyond – Live performance and sausage & mash supper with bread & butter pudding to follow – 6:30 for 7 pm £10 – Contact Dawn 587379 3

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01263 860112 or 01263 861587

Garden & Home Helpers All basic help for you in your house or garden by husband and wife team from Matlaske. We can do the whole job or simply help you to complete a task. Hourly or fixed-rate prices from £8. References available.

Memorials in marble, stone and various coloured granites Brochures upon request · Additional inscriptions Cremation plaques · House names Workshop: 01603 755524 Office: 01603 485691 Unit 8 Sawmill Close, The Street, Felthorpe, Norwich NR10 4BH

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Church Matters Church Services 29 Sep Trinity 18 St Michael

9 am 4:30 pm

Eucharist Barningham Winter Church Choral Patronal Evensong Plumstead Church Preacher: Her Majesty’s Chaplain of the Savoy

6 Oct Trinity 19

13 Oct Trinity 20

9 am 10:45 am 9 am 10:45 am 4 pm

Eucharist Mattins Eucharist Mattins Evensong

Plumstead Church Hempstead Church Baconsthorpe Church Matlaske Church Plumstead Church

The singing will be led by Gresham’s School Girls Choir

20 Oct Trinity 21

9 am 10:45 am 27 Oct Bible Sunday 9 am 10:45 am 2 Nov All Souls Sat @ 10 am 3 Nov All Saints 10:45 am

Eucharist Mattins Eucharist Mattins Eucharist Choral Patronal Eucharist

Hempstead Church Barningham Winter Church Matlaske Church Plumstead Church Matlaske Church Hempstead Church

Preacher: The Ven John Ashe, Archdeacon of Lynn

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 If you didn’t manage to get to Hempstead Arts Exhibition & Sale you missed a really outstanding event. The exhibits were of a very high standard and showed just how much artistic talent we have hereabouts. Although the exhibition was for church funds it was doubly successful because there was so much help and support from the whole community. It is good to see the Church and the wider Hempstead family creating such a wonderful combined effort. Heartfelt thanks to you all. Our friends at St Michael’s, Plumstead celebrate their Patronal Festival with Choral Evensong on Sunday, 29th September at 4:30 pm. The preacher will be Her Majesty’s Chaplain of the Savoy. Do please come and swell the ranks; it will really encourage our very small but faithful congregation at St Michael’s. Do you like singing? Nothing too ‘high folutin’! You Do. Then please give me a ring if you’d like to give it a try. The Advent Carols and the Christmas Carol Service will soon be upon us and we really could do with a few more voices. Go on! You’ll be made most welcome to join the Benefice Choir. God bless you all 5

T G L GROUNDWORKS Any outside work undertaken from concreting, digger/dumper operations, fencing, patios, bases, footings, oversights, drainage, treatment plants, soakaways, connections, trenching, some BT, electric, gas and water, kerbs and driveways, landscaping, hedges and grass cutting and turfing. Big Green Waste Bag: We deliver a 1 ton bag; you fill it with garden waste, give us a call; it’s picked up and exchanged if needed. Nettles/brambles/weeds/grass, hedge and tree cuttings. Why risk scratching and marking your car wasting time and fuel. Bags can be used for other things by arrangement only. £9 for 1; £16 for 2.

We also hold £5 million public liability and damage waiver; fully trained experienced operations. 7 Stonefield Road, Baconsthorpe NR25 6LP 01263 577746 or 07769 914335

NORFOLK FOREST PRODUCTS Septic Tank Emptying Service 01263 577523 Forestry Contractor Upwood Farm North Barningham Matlaske Norfolk NR11 7LA

24 Gladstone Place, Briston 01263 860333

Family Butcher Poulterer & Game Dealer Licensed to sell Wines & Spirits In-town Butchery at Larners of Holt 01263 710000


Fresh Bread & Cakes from our own bakery Weekly Deliveries in our refrigerated vans

Bertie’s Ramblings interests me because the parish boundaries of Baconsthorpe, North Barningham and Bodham all meet in the centre. This suggests to me that it is a site of some antiquity and possibly importance. But I have hunted high and low and cannot discover anything about its history. Can anyone else do better? The three definitions at the top of the page I found by putting ‘Hell Hole’ into my search engine and the only other entry I could find was: ‘A tree-filled hole, possible an old quarry, situated at the exact junction of three parishes. People on Poor Law funds had to work in the parish quarry: they might have given it this name.’ Bertie Harmer

A place of extreme wretchedness or squalor; an unpleasant or evil place; a place totally lacking in comfort and cleanliness. I think that sums up Baconsthorpe, North Barningham and Bodham perfectly don’t you? Before the Baconsthorpe, North Barningham and Bodham Klu Klux Klan start sharpening their sickles and putting on their hoods to come down here and indulge in a good ole little bit of lynching, I would like to make clear I am talking about Hell Hole. Many of you will now be thinking: ‘What’s the old fool talking about?’ Patience. Hell Hole is a large and deep pit hole which

For Sale, Wants & Missing For Sale Bicycle – Dunlop ‘Breeze’ Sport – All terrain – 26" wheels – Used once – £45 ono – 01263 712831

Cottage, Little Barningham: Monty: Large tabby and white neutered male, short haired, distinctive white stocking on right hind leg, 2 years old – missing since 3 July; Tommy: Slim tabby and white neutered male, short haired, very long tail, extremely friendly, 1 year old – missing since 3 August; Pinkle: Large black neutered male, short haired, plumper than he should be(!!), friendly, 9 years old – missing since 5 September. These cats are all much-loved family pets and we are mystified as to their whereabouts. If you have seen any of these cats or have any information at all about them, good or bad, please notify me. Many thanks. Sally Feistner 577535 or 0780 305 3458.

Wanted Rabbit/guinea-pig hutch and run. Phone 01263 711117 Wanted Cleaner 3 hours per week for domestic cleaning of house and annex. £6.50 per hour. References required. Contact Francis Feilden 713137. Wanted Carer for elderly lady; initially 3 hours (in one session) per week, but may increase, to suit mutually. Duties include general care and companionship, and cooking a meal; possibly also trips out to supermarket and events (mileage paid). References will be required, competitive rates paid. Contact Francis 01263 713137

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Wanted A handfull of grass seed: 710702 Missing Cats The following cats have recently gone missing from Richmond

Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable.

Emma (1816), Jane Austen 7

WILL’S Property Maintenance Inside and Out

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General DIY Jobs, Tiling, Pressure Washing, Mowing, Hedging, Strimming, Guttering, Paths, Patios, Fences, etc.

Emma Youngs

Work carefully undertaken

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Painting & Decorating Gardening

Please contact me if I can be of Service concerning the following issues

Established: 1992

Housing Council Tax

01263 821304 or 07534 455301

Waste Collection Planning Matters

Tel: 01263 715577


Baconsthorpe Village Hall Ideal for Parties and Receptions Fully equipped Kitchen with Matching Crockery for 100 settings New Tables and Chairs

Sheringham: 01263 824444 Holt: 01263 710088 Freefone: 0800 734 44 44

Large Main Hall or Committee Room

Charges: £8 per hour £25 deposit will be required to cover damages or breakages FRIENDLY & RELIABLE SHORT or LONG DISTANCE


To book contact Mrs Doris Hill 01263 577489

What’s On Weekly Events Mondays * 7:30 pm Tuesdays † 10 am Tuesdays ‡ 10 am Tuesdays * 7:30 pm

Baconsthorpe Line Dancing Hempstead Charcoal Drawing Baconsthorpe Diocesan Play Van Baconsthorpe Indoor Bowls

* Not on Bank Holidays     † Starts again on 8 October

Monthly Events 3 Oct Thu @ 12:20 pm 4 Oct Fri @ 10:30 am 7 Oct Mon @ 11 am 16 Oct Wed @ 7:30 pm 31 Oct Thu @ 10 am

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‡ During school terms

Mobile Library See page 2 for times    Hempstead Coffee & Gossip Village Hall     Hempstead Kneeler Group At Rose’s     Hempstead Film Club Contact: 712640     Baconsthorpe Textile Group Contact: 577263    

Special Events 27 Sep Fri @ 6:30 pm

Barningham – Michael Brunson OBE In conversation about his broadcasting career with Steve Benson at Baconsthorpe Village Hall. Tickets (preferably in advance) £12.50 including wine and canapés from John Perks 577359.

11 Oct Fri @ 7:30 pm

Baconsthorpe – Pat Neirney and Danny

A new show of songs and comedy – and very good fun all round. See Baconsthorpe News for details.

23 Oct Wed @ noon

Plumstead Police Surgery Bus Shelter until 1 pm

23 Oct Wed @ 1 pm

Hempstead Police Surgery Bus Shelter until 2 pm

Further Ahead 14 Nov Thu @ 7:30 pm

Baconsthorpe VH Meeting

15 Nov Fri @ 7 pm

Baconsthorpe Quiz

All welcome

£5 per person to include a Jacket Potato supper. Bring your own tipple.

29 Nov Fri @ 7:30 pm

Hempstead Fun Quiz

In the Village Hall, the Hempstead Annual Fun Quiz, hosted by your genial Quizmaster Mike Thody, supported by Iris’s celebrated sausage rolls. No general knowledge needed. Singles welcome. £3.50 guarantees a lot of laughter.

30 Nov Sat @ 9 am

Plumstead Police Surgery Bus Shelter until 10 am

30 Nov Sat @ 10 am

Hempstead Police Surgery Bus Shelter until 11 am 9

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Baconsthorpe 200 Club

General News

£25 Alison Cook; £10 Sheriden Blake; £5 June Dagless and Jonathan Cooper.

Geoff & Mary Wortley

Dolly Gee A large congregation of family and friends gathered at St Mary’s Church on 30th Aug 2013, for the funeral service of Dolly Gee who, before moving to Holt, had lived in the village for many years. In her younger days, as well as raising her family, Dolly worked in the local fruit fields picking strawberries, blackcurrants and gooseberries. Her baking skills were also in much demand in the wider community; especially the delicious cakes she made. Later she became assistant cook at the village school, until its closure in 1983. Before failing health prevented, Dolly was a keen member of the Carpet Bowls Club and was by all accounts an accomplished player. We send our condolences to Steven and Pat, Sally and Richard and their families.

After the Benefice Harvest Festival service held in the beautifully-decorated Baconsthorpe Church, there was a ‘farewell and thank you’ presentation to Geoff and Mary Wortley in the village hall. We are very grateful for all they have done in our community over the last 13 years and wish them well in their new home in Hampshire.

Baconsthorpe News Event in Baconsthorpe

Holy Baptism

11 Oct 7:30 pm Pat Neirney & Danny More details on centre pages

On 1st Sept 2013 at St Mary’s Church – Harry Peter, baby son of Emma and Paul Marsh.

Village Hall News The Jumble sale on Friday the 13th September was very successful and made £190 which will go towards our insurance. We have had to buy oil recently so it’s not surprising your Village Hall running costs are high. Thank you to all who supported us in any way. Please don’t forget to buy your tickets for Pat Neirney and Danny Platton on Friday the 11th October at 7:30 pm. It’s a good evenings all round entertainment for £6 per person to include Tea/Coffee/squash and light refreshments. There will be a raffle. Tickets are available from John 711320 or Evelyn 577315 or any committee member. We have a Quiz on Friday the 15th November at 7 pm. £5 per person to include a Jacket Potato supper. Bring your own tipple. Our next meeting is on Thursday the 14th November at 7:30 pm. All welcome. JC

Congratulations We send best wishes for their future happiness to Laura Peck and Stuart Harper. They were married at St Mary’s Church on 14th Sept 2013.

Barningham News Event in Barningham 27 Sep 6:30 pm Michael Brunson OBE More details on centre pages

Hempstead News Events in Hempstead


4 Oct 10:30 am Coffee & Gossip 7 Oct 11 am Kneeler Group 16 Oct 7:30 pm Film Club 23 Oct 1 pm Police Surgery More details on centre pages

Hempstead 200 Club

ts en Ev

£25 K Stone; £10 D Smith; £5 G Matthews, K Hurrell and J Hurrell.


Congratulations Well Done Rebecca Gee from Becketts Farm Cottage for gaining a first class ^´honours degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Lincoln. Congratulations to Lucy and Daniel Cahill on the birth of their son, Archie Benjamin on 22 Aug; 7 lb 3 oz. Also to proud grandparents William and Lynda Mack. And to David and Sarah Bowden of Chapel Lane on the birth of their baby boy.

For Your Diary Christmas Party and Get Together

Good Bye Good luck to Sandra and Sophie Colley who have moved out of Church Cottage.

All Hempstead residents and their guests are warmly invited – 7 for 7:30 pm in the Village Hall. The Hempstead Follies will take the stage. And there will be a Raffle; your prizes, wrapped and brought on the night, will be very welcome. Bring your own liquid refreshments. Anyone able and willing to provide food or to help in any way is asked to contact Yvette Gibson on 712460.

Charity Lunch The charity lunch took place on Sunday 26th August at Hempstead Village Hall. Thanks to all those that made and donated food and drinks. A magnificent £810 was raised which included Church collection, donations and gift aid. This has been passed on to Norfolk Venda who tell us that it will provide water for a school that has none in South Africa. More details about Venda are available at Francis Feilden

Selbrigg Pond Finally, after a few last-minute delays the piling work to replace Selbrigg Pond’s retaining wall is under way. The work is scheduled to last three months. A temporary access point has been created near to the public footpath bridge, but this will be removed and road bank restored at the end of the programme. The second phase, for which planning permission is about to be sought is the dredging of the pond itself. For this various habitat surveys have been conducted over the spring and summer. May I thank everyone for their understanding during this initial phase. Photos and further details are on website. FF


Resounding Success

them from the depths of degradation.’ The answer probably lies in the last paragraph of Halliwell’s quote above. Hazel Flagg (Carol Lombard) thought to be dying of Radium poisoning is built up by Wally Cook (Frederic March) of the New York Morning Start and becomes a national heroine and is feted by New York. When the diagnosis turns out to be wrong all hell breaks loose. A film to be enjoyed by committed film buffs and historians perhaps! Bring back Jaques Tati. MRT

Hempstead Arts Exhibition and Sale was an enjoyable and successful event. Thank you to everyone who came; those that helped with mounting the exhibition; and with the stewarding and refreshments. Particular thanks go to the artists who allowed us to share their varied work and helped us set up and run the event over the weekend. A big, big surprise is that, all together, over £1560 was raised for church funds.

Film Club Nothing Sacred: ‘Hollywood’s most bitter and hilarious satire with crazy comedy elements and superb wise cracks; an historical monument of screen comedy, though the freshness of the time can’t now be recaptured’ – Halliwell’s The re-screening of David Selznick’s film of Newspaper excess and cheap sensationalism here in Hempstead did not produce many laughs amongst the members (despite wine and Yvette’s wonderful cake). Why, I wonder, was the reason for this? The answer, I suppose, is that we are looking at this with a 2013s gaze. Even the wise cracks seemed lame and heavy-handed. For instance, the doctor (Charles Winninger): ‘I’ll tell you briefly what I think of newspapermen: the hand of God, reaching down into the mire, couldn’t elevate one of

Matlaske News Churches Cycle Ride Thank you to all who manned the porch for the Churches Trust Cycle ride on 14th September. There were new faces this year who are so very welcome. Also, to our new cyclist Roger Kilsby who cycled for us with his son-in-law and grandson. Our thoughts were with David Wooff who has cycled for Matlaske for many years and can no longer do so. He has set a bench-mark indeed. We hope you are gradually getting stronger, David. WR

100th Birthday Celebration Mrs Mary Hook would like to thank all those kind people who sent her cards, flowers and gifts on the occasion of her

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Service & Repair Jon Cooper Dales House, The Street, Baconsthorpe NR25 6AB

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

01263 577527 or 07767 494369 14

100th birthday. The Tea Party celebration at Barningham Hall with Thomas and Amelia Courtauld brought a memorable week to an enjoyable end and gave an opportunity to meet up with old acquaintances as well as more familiar faces. A sincere thank you to everyone.

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Plumstead News Event in Plumstead 23 Oct

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noon Police Surgery More details on centre pages

The North Norfolk ‘Energy Box’ Each Energy Box includes information for residents on a wide range of energy issues, mostly targeted at helping residents reduce their energy costs and finding out about support and advice which is available to them. The box is especially aimed at residents without access to the internet, as it collates a range of materials which are available on-line into one locally-accessible resource. Please contact 577447 to borrow the Energy Box.

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General Repairs • Welding Servicing • Recovery Pre-MOTs and MOTs arranged Tyres Supplied and Fitted Free Courtesy Car

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The flagpole gets its annual check and clean Don’t forget to celebrate your birthday, anniversary or any other special occasion by flying the Union Jack. There’s no charge. Contact Julie Brown on 577447 and she will ensure the flag is raised on your requested date. 15

Is Welcoming Volunteers! Thornage Hall, CCEA provides supported living and day services to adults with a learning disability

The following workplaces need your help: Farming and Gardening, Weaving, Arts & Crafts, Willow Weaving, Wood Working and Textile Please contact 01263 860305 if you are interested


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[31] Oct 2013 - Village Diary & Newsletter  

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

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