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Rider and hounds preparing for the chase at Hole Farm

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

Village Matlaske Plumstead Baconsthorpe

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

Ro Hardingham 577262 Sara Buxton 577207 Vacant Florence Hunt 577363 Vacant


Old time 12:20 pm 13:00 pm 14:25 pm 15:45 pm 16:05 pm 15:00 pm 15:20 pm

New time 12:30 pm 13:15 pm 14:45 pm 16:10 pm Cut 15:20 pm 15:40 pm

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


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.

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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

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

Norfolk Constabulary 101 for non-urgent calls Holt Safer Neighbourhood Team e-mail: Police Community Support Officers: Baconsthorpe & Matlaske PC Nick Smith Hempstead & Plumstead PCSO Jason Ford Police Direct about crime and policing issues

Village Web Site Back numbers:

Churchwardens Baconsthorpe: Tessa McCosh 577611 Barningham: Brian Clements 570293 Amelia Courtauld 577250 Hempstead: Ann Udale 713656 Su Summers 710702 Matlaske: Florence Hunt 577363 Thomas Courtauld 577250 Plumstead: John Durdin 577234 Eleanor Faulkner 577868

Dog Warden 516085 (out of hours 513811)

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. 2

Bodham Wind Turbine

Church services during the interregnum

On Thursday, 13th March Genatec Ltd held a ‘drop in’ meeting at Bodham Village Hall. The meeting was hosted by David and John Mack who presented their plans to make a new application on the same site for a wind turbine 20m lower than the original turbine application. They also plan to take the recent High Court decision not to allow the original turbine to the Court of Appeal.

After Michael leaves us, the Benefice enters a period of interregnum (or vacancy) when services will be taken by visiting priests. In the case of Mattins services, these may be read by Churchwardens. We have decided that, from May, there will only be one service each Sunday, and that this will be at 10 am (a compromise between the two current service times). It is a challenging time, and we ask for your prayerful support as we work towards the appointment of our next Rector. The Churchwardens

Puzzles A famous mathematician, who lived in the eighteenth century, once said that he was x years old in the year x 2. [Reminder: x 2 means x times x.] In what year was he born?

Village Correspondents I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all village correspondents for finding items to be inserted in each newsletter. Two are retiring, namely: Betty Hart and Julie Brown – so thank you especially to them for keeping the news coming in. So, there are now vacancies in both Hempstead and Plumstead. I welcome items for the newsletter from anyone but there are occasions when it is good to have someone in each village listening out for items that will be of interest to our readers. This can include (but is not limited to) notice of people new to the village or leaving; births, weddings and deaths. If you can fulfil this role in either Plumstead or Hempstead then please contact the editor (details on page 2).

Last month’s answer There are just three other fractions less than one that work as simply: 1 16 = 1 19 = 4 49 = = = 4 = 64 = 5 = 95 = 8 = 98

Wanted Bookshelf for the books at the back of Hempstead Church – Su 710702

Mobile Library There will be new times for all the locations visited by the Mobile Library Van as of this month, April 2014. The stop on The Street in Baconsthorpe has been cut. The revised times are published on page 2.

New home-based salon now open in Plumstead

Introductory offer 50% off all Treatments

For Sale Hay for sale 577459


throughout April Call Mel on 07795 164410 For the latest offers please visit 12 Cherry Tree Road, Plumstead NR11 7LQ

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

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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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

Church Matters Church Services 30 Mar Mothering Sunday 9 am Eucharist 10:45 am Benefice Mattins

Plumstead Church Barningham Winter Church

We will be delighted to welcome families to the 10:45 service in which we give thanks for our mothers. Posies will be distributed.

6 Apr Passion Sunday

9 am 10:45 am 13 Apr Palm Sunday 9 am 10:45 am 17 Apr Maundy Thursday 7 pm 18 Apr Good Friday 2 pm

Eucharist Mattins Eucharist Mattins Benefice Eucharist Good Friday Benefice

Baconsthorpe Church Matlaske Church Barningham Winter Church Hempstead Church Matlaske Church Barningham Winter Church

A service of hymns, readings and prayers

20 Apr Easter Day 27 Apr Easter 2 30 Apr Michael 4 May Easter 3

10:45 am 9 am 10:45 am Wed @ 7 pm 10 am

Benefice Eucharist Eucharist Mattins Benefice Eucharist Mattins

Matlaske Church Plumstead Church Baconsthorpe Church Baconsthorpe Church Barningham Winter Church

Weekday Holy Eucharist

Compline: Wednesday’s in Lent

Thursday mornings at 10 am in Matlaske Church for Holy Eucharist.

2 Apr 7 pm Hempstead Church 9 Apr 7 pm Matlaske Church

From the Rectory The Rectory Matlaske NR11 7AQ 577455 (any day but Wednesdays) My dear friends Over and out! I must have written hundreds of ‘magazine’ letters in the last thirty-one years – and this will be my last one! It marks the end of many years as a Parish Priest. During that time the Church of England has seen many changes and weathered a few storms. Jo and self have loved our years here and thank you all for your friendship and support. For the Benefice it is a new beginning and I know that you will support your new Priest as much as you have supported us. New beginnings are the keynote of Easter. New Life, new hope in and through the Risen Lord. I do hope that you will come to my ‘farewell’ service at Baconsthorpe Parish Church on Wednesday, 30th April at 7pm. Jo joins me in sending love to you all – and a very Happy Easter. With every blessing. 5

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.

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Work carefully undertaken

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Bertie’s Ramblings

Queen’s Parade I read the other day that our dear Queen got a bad press when she declined to take the flowers from her well-wishers after the Sandringham Church service saying that she wanted to go home and have lunch with her family. I know exactly how they felt although my slight contretemps with Her Majesty goes back to 1965. The Queen every year inspects one Royal Air Force Station. I didn’t quite know what she had done wrong but in 1965 she came to RAF Bicester in Oxfordshire which was a grass airfield very much in the mould of a classic World War II Aerodrome. It was home to 71 MU (Maintenance Unit) and can’t have been a very exciting station. At this time I was a member of the Oxford University Air Squadron (which was just a lodger unit there) in the giddy rank of Acting Pilot Officer (APO)! Obviously we would have to take part in the ceremonies. So a plan was evolved to have our five De Havilland Chipmunk aircraft displayed with an instructor, student and two airmen

beside each aeroplane. The rehearsal was interesting, as all of us officer cadets were sent off the parade ground as improperly dressed. The reason was that none of our hats passed muster. When we were commissioned we received a £5 hat allowance. (Some bright spark suggested that RAF officers’ hats could be purchased for £1.50 down the Charing Cross Road, which left a useful sum to put into the beer kitty). Hats of a better quality were then borrowed from the regular officers. So came the great day. APO Harmer rigidly at attention on the port (left) side of his aeroplane. Enter Her Royal Highness stage right (starboard). Our commanding officer escorted her down the line, and just as she came into view, he must have said something to her, and as she went past all I saw was the back of her head! You can’t win them all, can you? I consoled myself with the thought that at least she had spent a fair sum of money teaching me to fly. 7

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

Baconsthorpe Line Dancing Hempstead Drawing Sessions Baconsthorpe Diocesan Play Van Baconsthorpe Indoor Bowls * Not on Bank Holidays

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† During school terms

Monthly Events 4 Apr Fri @ 10:30 am Hempstead Coffee & Gossip Village Hall 16 Apr Wed @ 7:30 pm Hempstead Film Club Village Hall 17 Apr Thu @ 12:30 pm Mobile Library Van See page 2 for times Special Events 29 Mar Sat @ 10 am

Baconsthorpe Easter Fayre

If anyone has any prizes and/or can make a cake we would be very grateful. If you want we can collect. Ring John on 711320.

31 Mar Mon @ 9 am

Plumstead Police Surgery

PCSO Ford will be at the bus shelter until 10 am to talk to you about your neighbourhood concerns. If you would like your cycle security marked please bring it along.

31 Mar Mon @ 10:15 am Hempstead Police Surgery PCSO Ford will be at the bus shelter until 11:15 am to talk to you about your neighbourhood concerns. If you would like your cycle security marked please bring it along.

1 Apr Tue @ 10 am

Hempstead Church Spring Clean

All hands to the pump (and broom) to give the Church a spring clean.

3 Apr Thu @ 2:30 pm

Baconsthorpe PCC AGM

At the Old Rectory. All welcome.

4 Apr Fri @ 7:30 pm

Baconsthorpe Entertainment

The Trio we have coming are called Blue Skyes they sing a mixture of Country & Western, Blues, Jazz, 60s Boogie Woogie and more. Tickets are £5 per person to include light refreshments tea/coffee. Tickets are now on sale from John on 711320 or Evelyn on 577315. There will be a raffle.

9 Apr Wed @ 7:30 pm

Baconsthorpe Easter Bingo

Eyes down for a good evening of fun with Good Prizes. Please come along and join us. Contact John 711320 if you can help with an Easter Egg or any prize.

9 Apr Wed @ 7:30 pm

Hempstead VH AGM

In the Village Hall. All villagers are welcome to attend. 98

19 Apr Sat @ 11 am

Barningham Easter Egg Hunt

Once again the garden of Barningham Hall will be host to the Stepping Stones Easter Egg Hunt. The Easter Bunny will have distributed the eggs by 11am, the gates will open and children of all ages will be able to find them until 3.30pm. There will teas, cakes, sausage sandwiches, soup, face painting, crafts and fête games in the stable yard. Admission children £3, adults £2.

21 Apr Mon @ 10 am

Hempstead Church – Coffee and Stalls

Hempstead Kneeler Group are fund-raising in the Church on Easter Monday from 10 am until 3 pm. All contribution welcome. Wed @ 7:30 pm Hempstead PCC AGM Village Hall

23 Apr 24 Apr Thu @ 3 pm

Plumstead Police Surgery

PCSO Ford will be at the bus shelter until 4 pm. More details under 31 March.

24 Apr Thu @ 4:15 pm

Hempstead Police Surgery

PCSO Ford will be at the bus shelter until 5:15 pm. More details under 31 March. Thu @ 7 pm Hempstead Play Reading Village Hall

24 Apr 25 Apr Fri @ 10:30 am

Matlaske Coffee Morning

In aid of St Mary’s, Barningham at Horseshoe Barn, Mannington (on the bends between Matlaske and Saxthorpe). Do come along if you can and bring a friend!

29 Apr Tue @ 10 am

Baconsthorpe Plant Swop and Sale

Plant Sale and Coffee Morning until 12:30 pm. Entrance £2.50 to include coffee and home made biscuits. Proceeds to St Mary’s Church.

Further Ahead 2 May Fri @ 10:30 am

Matlaske Coffee Morning

At Barningham Hall. Book and Cake sales. Everyone welcome. If anyone has any books or cakes to donate please contact Cherry 577827 or Marion 577521.

10 May Sat @ 10 am

Hempstead VH Spring Tidy

Please come and help keep the place looking tidy and welcoming both inside and outside. Just once a year makes all the difference. Pledge offers of help to Tim Scarff 711657 or just come along – everyone is welcome. Mon @ 7:30 pm Matlaske PC AGM In St Peter’s. All welcome

12 May 15 May Thu @ 7 pm 16 May Fri @ 7:30 pm

Baconsthorpe VH Meeting Matlaske Quiz Night

Village Hall

Back by Popular Demand. To be held at The Stables, Barningham Hall by kind permission of Thomas & Amelia Courtauld on Friday 16th May at 7.30 pm. Further details next month but please put this date in your diary now.

17 May Sat @ 7 pm 20 May

Hempstead Hog Roast

Book your place at this popular event – let Ian Summers 710702 know how many will be in your party and remember to mention any dietary requirements. Tue @ 2:30 pm Matlaske PCC Meeting At Hall Farm Cottage 9

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Baconsthorpe News

Thanks The Village Hall Committee would like to thank the Parish Council for having 2 Solar Lights installed on the Car Park. They are making the use of the car park much safer for people visiting the Village Hall as well as anyone using the playing field. It is a muchappreciated necessity for all concerned.

Events in Baconsthorpe 29 Mar 10 am Easter Fayre 3 Apr 2:30 pm PCC AGM 4 Apr 7:30 pm Entertainment 9 Apr 7:30 pm Easter Bingo 29 Apr 10 am Plant Swop and Sale More details on centre pages



Ruth and Frances Clare have left their home at Ten Acres. Both were staunch members of St Mary’s Church and Frances was a valued member of the Benefice Choir. They were great supporters of the Village Hall and, until Ruth’s health sadly deteriorated, could be found running the raffle stall at all the fund raising events. They will be greatly missed and we wish them well.

Welcome to Charlotte and Andrew Coventry who have moved in to The Manor. We wish them every happiness in their new home.

Easter Egg Hunt 2014 Easter Eggs have been hidden in lots of churches around the Diocese – can you find them all?! Go to the on-line map to see which churches have got an egg hidden in them. Visit as many as you can, take a picture of the egg in its hiding place and tweet it to @DioceseNorwich or email it to The person or team who finds the most eggs will win an ethical chocolate hamper! You have from 1–22 April to find as many as you can.

Farewell.. To all our friends in Baconsthorpe and surrounding area. We were sorry not to say good bye to people but many pressures of moving left us unable to tackle many things we would have liked to. We wish that the residents of Ten Acres enjoy life there and are able to involve themselves in village life. We had many happy years in Baconsthorpe and are now looking forward to a new life in West Norfolk. Good wishes for the future to you all. All mail posted to us at Ten Acres is being forwarded. Ruth and Frances Clare

Baconsthorpe 200 Club £25 Mrs Lubbock; £10 Ann Gibbs; £5 S Rowe and Alfie Blake. If you would like to join the 200 Club contact Daphne 577345.

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Barningham News Event in Barningham 19 Apr

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

11 am Easter Egg Hunt More details on centre pages

PCC AGM At the Annual Meeting of Parishioners which was held on the 11th March Brian Clements was re-elected as Churchwarden and Amelia Courtauld was elected as Churchwarden; Sara Buxton as Lay Chairman; Chuffy de Bunsen as PCC Secretary, John Perks as PCC Treasurer, Mary Pallister as Vulnerable Adult Officer and Sara Buxton as Child Protection Officer. Many thanks to Mr and Mrs de Bunsen for their kind hospitality. The next meeting of the council will be held on the 12th June 2014. FRIENDLY & RELIABLE SHORT or LONG DISTANCE

Hempstead News Bed & Breakfast

Events in Hempstead

Ann & Richard Brooks welcome you into their quiet and comfortable home where guests have the use of the whole house and garden which has a tennis court and croquet lawn. Your hearty breakfast can be served anywhere from the beamed oak-furnished dining room to a shady spot in the garden.

31 Mar 1 Apr 4 Apr 9 Apr 16 Apr 21 Apr 23 Apr 24 Apr 24 Apr

Also Self-catering Cottage Church Farmhouse, Edgefield NR24 2AF Tel: 01263 587208 Fax: 01263 587814

10:15 am Police Surgery 10 am Church Spring Clean 10:30 am Coffee & Gossip 7:30 pm VH AGM 7:30 pm Film Club 10 am Church coffee/stalls 7:30 pm PCC AGM 4:15 pm Police Surgery 7 pm Play Reading More details on centre pages

Toading The Toadwatch Patrols at both Rookery Pit in Hempstead and Selbrigg are doing sterling work for the safety of toads. A lot of toads are now on their way home and the migration will probably be over by the middle of April. Literally thousands of toads have been moved off the roads and numbers are up on last year at Rookery Pit. Thank you to motorists who have driven with such care in and out of Hempstead, even stopping to move some themselves (special thanks to Amy and Charlotte!).

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Matlaske News

Litter It has been noticed that there was rather more litter in the village than we would like. Thank you to James Matthews who is picking up litter as part of his work in the community for school. Walkers are certainly noticing the difference he is making.

Event in Matlaske 25 Apr 10:30 am Coffee Morning More details on centre pages

100 Club February Winners: £25 Jodie Radley; £10 Ronda Lines; £5 Veronica Cheney. March Winners: £25 Vera Norman; £10 Angela Gillard; £5 Jackie Bartoff.

Leaving We wish Carole Stow well as she leaves Hempstead. She has been a good friend and enjoyed taking a full part in village life.

Speeding in Matlaske


Many of you are aware that at certain times of the day vehicles are speeding through Matlaske. The consequences could be that a child, elderly person or pet are injured. The Police have been approached concerning this and they have attended the village on several occasions to do some traffic monitoring and the speed safety van has also attended. The advice from PCSO Gary Baxter is that Matlaske need to form a Community Speed Watch Team to help alleviate this issue. Matlaske Parish Council would ask you to consider participating in speed checks on a voluntary basis. The individual sessions would only last half an hour and will be of great benefit to the community. Contact Marion 577521 to discuss how you can help.

To Richard Whyley who has recently bought a house on Chapel Lane.

Thanks To Tim and Peter for repairing and resurrecting the second ‘Please drive slowly through village’ sign. A job well done.

Found in Selbrigg Pond

A gun has been found during the dredging of Selbrigg Pond – it is possibly a Russian 12-gauge Baikal. If you can identify it further or know how it arrived there, please let me know. Francis Feilden 713137.

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Date for your diary This year’s fête will be on Sat, 26 July.


Baconsthorpe Village Hall


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Hempstead Village Hall bookings can be made through Su 710702


To book contact Mrs Doris Hill 01263 577489

Plumstead News

Welcome Welcome to Dulce Roughsedge who has moved into Surrey Cottage. We hope she will enjoy living in Matlaske.

Events in Plumstead 31 Mar 24 Apr

Defibrillator – Rescue Ready The defibrillator is now in the Old Phone Box, The Street, Matlaske NR11 7AQ. It is supported by The East of England Ambulance Service and instructions on access are contained in the phone box. The first step is to phone 999 or 112. Please contact Jim 577521 if you have any queries.

18 Apr Fri @ 10:30 am

9 am Police Surgery 3 pm Police Surgery More details on centre pages

Churchwardens After a remarkable stint of no less than 28 years Thomas Wormald is now retiring as churchwarden of St Michaels and All Saints. He and John Durdin became churchwardens at the same time and have worked tirelessly looking after and restoring our lovely church. It has never looked better and we are very grateful. John Durdin is continuing in the role and we welcome Eleanor Faulkner as the new churchwarden. We wish her well in her new position.

Edgefield – Hot Cross Buns

At Church Farm, Edgefield from 10:30 am – Home-made hot cross buns and coffee – Bring and Buy Produce and Gifts – Cards in aid of ‘Multiple Sclerosis’ – Donations as usual – please come with your friends.

18 Apr Fri @ 7 pm

Blakeney Church – Bach St John Passion

Directed by Angela Dugdale. Admission is free but there will be a retiring collection in aid of the Pilgrim Federations of Church Schools ( Blakeney, Hindringham, Kelling and Walsingham). More details were in the March issue.

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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.

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Lucky Find

Ivo Inglis with the Church Warden of Skeyton Church

Ivo Inglis of Hole Farm, Hempstead has recently been the subject of a Norfolk Church’s conundrum. Whilst exploring in a friend’s wood over the Christmas holidays, he saw something glint among the leaves which caught his eye. He pulled something large out of the earth which turned out to be a gold Chalice! His father at first dismissed it as being brass but on closer inspection it had ‘tell tale’ hall marks. Much detective work followed by the parents of the boys over lunch, which revealed that it was a Chalace made in 1846 by Keith, a specialist at the time in Church silver. The Chalice turned out to be made of Silver Gilt hence the fact it looked gold and was in fact gold-plated silver. The Chalice was then handed to the Police as we assumed it must have been stolen. Unsure about how much time the police would have to trace its owner the Inglises contacted the Diocese who put them in touch with Mr Nigel Bumphrey, an experienced silversmith and a terrier when it

comes to tracking down owners of ‘misplaced’ Church Plate (he reunited Hunstanton with its stolen silverware). He checked the Ecclesiastical Insurance records; the stolen-arts register; contacted the V & A Museum to see if Keith had a sale record for the Chalice with a named Church as the purchaser; asked the Catholic Church in Norfolk and Suffolk; and had an email sent out by the Diocese to all Church Wardens. Finally, the very grateful Church Wardens at Skeyton Church near North Walsham happily came forward. It had been stolen two years previously and had presumably been thrown out of a vehicle into the edge of the wood and been covered by leaves and vegetation Ivo was very kindly given a book token by the Church Wardens in thanks for his eagle eyes! Mr Bumphrey has found some grants that are available for Church silver restoration so it is hoped that it will now be restored to its former glory and put back into good use! 15


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