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Puzzles Words the same across and down M E A T E A S E A S K S T E S T How many grids can you make like this? In particular can you discover the grid using these clues for the four words? 1. Decayed vegetable matter found in bogs 2. Creating an overhanging part of a roof 3. State to be true (definitely obscure) 4. A gull like bird with a forked tail and pointed wings With thanks to Collins Scrabble Word Dictionary for the definitions.
Holt Safer Neighbourhood Team Holt SNT have had a change of personnel. The new PCSO covering Baconsthorpe and Matlaske is PCSO 8462 Keith Clarke. Hempstead and Plumstead will be covered by PCSO 8642 Stacey Barnetson. PC Nick Smith is still the Beat Manager for the Holt area. The following are dates for the May police surgeries. m y at 1 p 28th Ma at 2.15 pm d y a Plumste ad 28th Ma at 11 am y te Hemps orpe 29th Ma at 12 noon y th Bacons 30th Ma e k s a tl a M
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Church Matters Church Services 29 May Ascension Day Thu @ 7 pm Communion
Priest: Rev Brian Faulkner
1 Jun Easter 7
10 am Matins
Priest: Rev Brian Faulkner
8 Jun Whitsunday
10 am Communion
Barningham Winter Church
Priest: Rev Andrew Lane
15 Jun Trinity
10 am Matins
22 Jun Trinity 1
10 am Communion
Priest: Rev Canon Fiona Newton
29 Jun Trinity 2
10 am Matins
6 Jul Trinity 3
3 pm Benefice Evensong* North Barningham Church 10 am Communion Baconsthorpe Church Priest: Rev Julie Wiseman
God Still Loves Us The month of June gives us four special Sundays: the Sunday after the Ascension; the Feast of Pentecost; Trinity Sunday; and two weeks later the Feast of St Peter. The Ascension brings to an end the earthly ministry of Jesus when we celebrate his kingship. Jesus promised that he would not leave his followers bereft but would send them the Holy Spirit which we celebrate at Pentecost. A week later we begin the long season of Trinity by recalling that we believe in one God who is three persons Father, Son and Holy Spirit. On the last Sunday of June we celebrate St Peter the Apostle, for many men and women this is the time of Ordination to the Diaconate and Priesthood, which also means that for many clergy this is the anniversary of their Ordination. So this year I celebrate forty years as a priest and like many of us looking back brings memories, happy but also sad. The important thing though is to go on learning and growing; to allow God to grow closer to me as time goes by. That is the challenge to all of us even if the reality is often two steps forward and one step back and sometimes the other way round. We are not perfect but God still loves us as we are. With every blessing Andrew SSL (who is taking the service on 8 June) * Annual Patronal Festival at St Peterâ€™s Service, North Barningham The service will be conducted by the Rev Canon William Bestelink and we are very grateful to John Richley for agreeing to provide the musical accompaniment for the occasion. This will be the forty-first consecutive year that such a service will be held in the church. This is a Benefice-wide service and we hope that those of you who are able to do so will join us; notwithstanding the counter-attractions of a Sunday afternoon in high summer. 5
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Farewell Farewell Services After thirty-one years as a Parish Priest Michael’s ‘retirement’ began with a packed church at St Peter Matlaske for the Easter Eucharist on April 20th. This was later followed by the Farewell Eucharist on 30th April at St Mary’s Baconsthorpe and again it was a full church for this very special occasion. For once Michael didn’t have to perform two roles as Richard Peaver was the organist. He also had the assistance of Dr Philip Wood as Server and Crucifer; a role he usually fulfils in Norwich cathedral. Miss Frances Jenkinson, Lay Chairman, Holt Deanery also assisted in the reading of a passage from Isaiah. The choir, so ably encouraged and developed by Michael over five years, played an important part in the service. Although few in number their singing of the Sanctus and Benedictus from Schubert’s German Mass as well as other pieces sung during Communion contributed greatly to the solemnity of the occasion. The atmosphere changed to a lighter note at the end of the service when Michael was joined by Jo for the presentation of gifts and a short speech by John Durdin, church warden at Plumstead. A painting of all the churches in the Benefice by Michael Thody, an artist from Hempstead, was presented to Michael and Jo together with a cheque. Refreshments were then enjoyed by everyone and an opportunity for people to express their personal ‘Thanks’ to them for the loyal service they have both given to the Benefice over the last five years. Many personal tributes to Michael and Jo were written in last month’s magazine and all that remains is to wish them a full and enjoyable retirement, remembering that in the best Jane Austen tradition they are only going to be ‘the other side of the Park.’! PW To see more pictures of the service tinyurl.com/farewell-mjc
A Very Big Thank You My Dear Friends Jo and self would like to thank everyone for your support and generosity since we moved into Matlaske Rectory in 2009. Our time in the Benefice has been our happiest in thirty-one years of ordained ministry. There are far too many good souls to mention by name and we have been privileged to be welcomed into the Barningham Winter Benefice family. My last Eucharist as your parish priest was a wonderful gathering of friends from near and far. Jo and I are deeply moved by the choir’s surprise ‘farewell’ song, your generous cheque, the beautiful painting by Mike Thody, flowers for Jo, the rose bush for our new garden – and the welcome bottle of ‘Oh be joyful!’. Now we look forward to a few months of relaxation before I take up the Bishop’s offer of ‘Permission to Officiate’. We go to see our family in South Carolina in mid-June and we shall be there for Sam’s (our grandson) seventeenth birthday. It seems only yesterday that I baptised him at St Peter, Treverbyn in 1997. But enough of my ramblings. You will always have a special place in our hearts and in our prayers. God bless you all 7
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Monthly Events 6 Jun Fri @ 10:30 am Hempstead Coffee & Gossip In Village Hall. 12 Jun Thu @ 12:40 pm Mobile Library Van See page 2 for times Special Events 12 Jun Thu @ 2 pm 13 Jun Fri @ 7 pm
Barningham PCC Meeting Baconsthorpe Bring & Buy
Please come and join us for a traditional Bring & Buy Sale. There will be a cake stall, nearly-new, books, Bric-a-Brac, and also, importantly, as the name suggests a Bring & Buy stall so you can bring along any goods, new items or unwanted gifts that someone else might buy and find something to buy while you are browsing and having a tea/coffee amongst friends. There will also be a raffle. Thu @ 7 pm Hempstead Play Reading Group Village Hall
26 Jun 27 Jun Fri @ 6:45 pm
Barningham Winter Concert
Join the very accomplished Cantilena Choir for a special evening of choral and solo music in Barningham Winter Church – The Soprano, Jayne May-Sysum, is the soloist, and the conductor is Rosemary Kimmins – A donation of £12.50 in support of St Mary’s will ensure a most enjoyable evening. Wine and canapés will be included after which the concert will begin at about 7:30. It is scheduled to end at about 9 pm.
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Further Ahead 7 Jul Mon @ 7:30 pm
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10 Jul Thu @ 7:30 pm
Baconsthorpe VH AGM
Please note that we need more help and ideas to keep your village hall running. We have a lovely modern, spacious hall but our committee needs more help to maintain this community facility. Any nominations for officers, members, Chairman, Secretary etc can be left at the Village Hall or given to any current committee member or ring John 711320 with any offers of help. Please come along and give your support.
11 Jul Fri @ 7 pm
Quiz night returns by popular demand – £5 per person to include a Jacket Potato supper with various fillings, a roll, tea/coffee, there will also be a raffle. Bring your own tipple. Teams of up to 4 persons but please come along on your own as there is always a team that needs you.
20 Jul Sun @ noon
At Hempstead Village Hall in aid of Norfolk Venda Educational Trust. Michele and Ceri Holmes from the charity will be attending the church service in the morning and then joining us for lunch. All welcome from all villages – a really good meal in return for a donation. Put the date on your calendar now!
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We had a successful Jumble Sale on Friday evening the 16th May with £165 raised which will go towards our repair bills and upkeep of your Village Hall.
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Welcome Andrew and Peta Galpin and their daughter Elfie, who have come to live in The Street. We wish them many happy years in our midst.
Plant Swop and Coffee Morning Tuesday 29th April saw the tenth Plant Sale at Baconsthorpe Old Rectory. The amount raised was:
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With only three members on the PCC this would not be possible without the huge contributions made by friends. Providing and wheeling plants up the road, pricing plants, making cakes, manning stalls etc to all of them a huge Thank you. The biggest thank you must go to David and Tessa McCosh who provide the venue and work tirelessly in the preceding weeks to organise and make the event possible. It takes £6,500 a year to run the church. This includes our share of the Rector’s wages, clock and organ maintenance, insurance, wages, heat, etc. Fund raising events are really important in the maintenance of the church and enabling it to stay open. Most people in the village at some stage wish to hold a christening, wedding or funeral in the church and it would not be possible if the church is forced to close through lack of financial support. So thank you to everyone who supported this event. CY
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Recycling at Playground Please could all recycling be put into the recycling bins and not left in bags on the floor in front of them. Please could household waste be taken to the Household Waste Site at Sheringham and not left at the recycling point. We would like to thank all of those who use the recycling bins. All the money that is raised from recycling is used to improve the village facilities. This includes the updating and maintenance of the playground and the recent installation of solar powered street lights at the playground car park. Thank you. Baconsthorpe Parish Council
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Baconsthorpe 200 Club £25 David Hill; £10 Sue Thurley; £5 Maggie Cooper and Ann Gibbs.
Barningham News Events in Barningham 12 Jun 2 pm PCC Meeting 27 Jun 6:45 pm Winter Concert More details on centre pages
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Mrs June Hannant who lived at Barningham Rectory from 1954 to 2004 has died at St Michael’s Court, Aylsham. Mr and Mrs Hannant had 50 years at the lovely old Rectory bringing up their six daughters. A busy farmer’s wife, she was churchwarden to St Mary’s for many years and also belonged to the Women’s Institute and the Mothers’ Union. She loved flower arranging at the church, painting, sewing and being in her garden (when time allowed!). She will be greatly missed by all her family.
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We send our very best wishes to Brian and Marilyn Clements who are moving to Yorkshire. Huge thanks to both of them for all they have done for St Mary’s Church. Brian has been our only churchwarden and has been wonderful in all the time and support that he has given to the church.
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We will miss them both but wish them all the happiness in the world in their new home.
people relatively unscathed are the nudists. And all this accompanied by a very catchy theme tune. If you missed seeing it, more is the pity. We hope for great things to come for next year’s season at Hempstead. CdeB
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6 Jun 10:30 am Coffee & Gossip 26 Jun 7 pm Play Reading Group More details on centre pages
Remember the Bisto Kids with the heads in the air? As people arrived for the Hog Roast a few sniffed the air to get the first whiff of roast pork – and they were not to be disappointed. Seats were chosen, a bag or two were opened and a bottle or three joined the crisps and nuts already on the table and soon we were called forward to have our plate covered with slices of pork, crisp yet soft crackling and as much salad as needed. A few managed an extra – small – helping; then it was time for the sweet course. A variety of home-cooked dishes had been prepared. All looked (and tasted) delicious so it was either a second helping, or as several did, a small sample of two or three. ‘Very tasty, very sweet.’ (Can anyone remember who used to say that on the wireless? And that dates me!) Then it was time to draw the raffle and think about home... Or even a long walk to settle the meal. As usual a very enjoyable evening, but it was disappointing to see a
Hempstead 200 Club £25 G Thurlow; £10 M Scarff; £5 A Fielding, J Loach and M Newell.
The Last Film of the Season What a way to end the season! Well done Adrian for leaving us this special treat. When I first saw this film, way back in 1960, I found it depressing, rather than funny: far too close to reality for comfort. Now, its cynical and exaggerated view of life in the world of industry seems vastly entertaining, including a brilliant performance from Peter Sellers as the shop floor steward! No-one escapes merciless depiction: not the factory workers playing cards, the shop floor steward mouthing political platitudes, the heads of industry enmeshed in elaborate and distinctly crooked money-making schemes, the silly ass of a trainee. The only t sa
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few vacant chairs; as one person mentioned, ‘has the hog roast had its day?’ I hope not – for as long as I have been in the village, there has been a barbecue or hog roast in the summer. Long may they continue. GH
On Easter Sunday in St Peter’s Matlaske anyone sitting near the front of the church would have noticed a rather splendid Paschal candle standing at the side of the altar. This is a present to St Peter’s from Michael and Jo Cartwright.
Matlaske News Coffee Morning
This went ahead with the blessing of Richard and Michelle. Thanks to those who attended and enjoyed the home-made cakes. A donation of £40 from the proceeds was given in remembrance of Aaron.
For some time now the organ used for services at St Peter’s Matlaske has been a small electric organ belonging to Brian and Marilyn Clements of Baconsthorpe. Later this month Brian and Marilyn are moving back to the North of England and they have very generously donated the organ to St Peter’s. Brian will play for the last time on 25th May for morning service.
100 Club £25 Angela Lander; £10 Sally Willis; £5 Summer Batterham.
Sara Buxton was re-elected as Chairman.
The Plumstead collection raised £72.65. Thank you to all who kindly contributed. Nick and Linda Fulford
A big thank you to so many of you for attending and contributing, to what proved to be another evening of brain teasing, fun and merriment, in aid of a good cause! The Christmas Party. Huge thanks again to Thomas and Amelia Courtauld for being so generous in letting us use the Old Stables. What would we do without you! Cherry and Marion
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From the Kelly’s Directory – ? is a parish about 4 miles south-east from Holt station and 3½ north from Corpusty station, both on the Midland and Great Northern joint railway, 8 north from Aylsham station on the London and North Eastern railway and 8½ south-west from Cromer, in the Northern division of the county, North Erpingham hundred and Cromer petty sessional division, Erpingham rural district, Holt county court district, rural deanery of Repps and archdeaconry and diocese of Norwich. The church of St Michael is an edifice of flint in mixed styles, consisting of chancel, nave, north porch (used as a vestry) and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing one bell: the organ was presented in 1875: the church was thoroughly restored in 1873, and has 100 sittings. The register dates from the year 1557. The living is a rectory, with that of Matlaske annexed, joint net yearly value £315 including 37 acres of glebe, in the gift of the Duchy of Lancaster, and held since 1916 by the Rev Joseph Whiteside MA of Trinity College, Oxford, who is also chaplain to Erpingham Institution, and resides at West Beckham. The Methodists meet for worship in a room formerly a cottage. Charles Edward MottRadclyffe esq is Lord of the Manor and chief landowner. The chief crops are wheat, turnips, barley, oats, and some land in pasture. The area is 1,279 acres; the population in 1921 was 160 in the civil and 263 in the ecclesiastical parish.
Private Resident Coltart John Simson, The Orchard Commercial Marked thus * letters should be addressed Edge?eld, Melton Constable. Marked thus † farm 150 acres or over. * Brind Rt Jas farmer, Heath farm Bumphrey Martin, gardener to the Rev Wm Lievesley Stock MA, hon C F Cherry Tree PH (Geo Alfd Gee) Coltart B M (Mrs), poultry farmer, The Orchard. Matlaske 39 Coltart Jn Simson, fruit grower, The Orchard. T N Matlaske 39 England Kate (Mrs), shopkpr Post office. T N Matlaske 34 Grout Wm farmer, Mill farm Jarvis Sidney, gamekeeper to R Deferding esq Plumstead Heath Newstead Jas farmer, Green farm Reynolds Bros. threshing machine owners. Matlaske 55 Reynolds Ernest A. farmer, Mill rd Reynolds Leslie Ernest, shopkpr Reynolds Wltr T farmer Scarf Wm farmer † Seaman Sydney Geo farmer, Church farm Thaxter Jn farmer † Turner Edwd Hy farm bailiff to C E Mott-Radclyffe esq. Plumstead hall
Post & Tel Call Office Letters through Norwich, via Aldborough. The nearest Money Order & Telegraph Office is at Baconsthorpe. With thanks to Alastair and Julie Brown for submitting this extract 14
Bertie’s Ramblings There was I, waiting at the church... I have only ever met two people from Røros. One is my neighbour Rose Carver from Hole Farm. This tale is about the other one: Jo, my Australian cousin. Jo was visiting England in 1995. She is an ace birdologist and we were discussing our visit to Sweden later in the year. I don’t quite know why but I said ‘Why don’t you come and join us for a few days?’ Jo replied ‘Why not?’. So we arranged that we would pick her up from the nearest airport which was Røros in Norway. Scandinavians very sensibly have one church for about six parishes so they tend to be pretty good landmarks and I told Jo we would meet her outside the church at 6 o’clock. After a long journey north into Jamtland we arrived rather late in Funädalen, picked up our keys, unpacked and realised we were a bit pushed to reach Røros by 6 pm. Luckily the roads in Sweden and Norway are superb so I was able to exceed the speed limit by a good margin and we stopped by the church as the bell was tolling six. There was no Jo waiting for us! After an hour; still no Jo. What now? No mobile phones in those days and no Norwegian money to use in a phone box? Luckily, the local hotel took pity on us but proceeded to eat our money at a prodigious rate and we learnt that SAS (Scandinavian Air Services) were on strike! So Jo was not going to appear today. We had a lovely slow drive back to Sweden in glorious evening light when the reindeer
were sitting in the middle of the road which would have been a disaster on our earlier trip. Our landlady rushed in at 9 am to tell us SAS had rung to say Jo was due in at 5 pm today. So we set off in good time back again to Røros. Nearly there and with time to spare an English-Heritage-type sign said ‘Olavsgruva’ which we thought might be an interesting grave site but was a fascinating 1600s copper mine. Sitting in a bush there was a bird I had never seen before called a bluethroat – rather like a robin with a spectacular (you’ve guessed it) blue throat. We picked Jo up from the station in Røros and set off for home. But wait a bit – no Aussie can have seen a bluethroat can she? So it was back to Olavsgruva where, by chance, it was in the same bush next to a bank of snow. Jo’s comment was that she had never in her life been so cold birdwatching but it was worth it! Bertie Harmer 15
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