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Out & About

44 Banter in the saleroom -


46 The secrets of foot reading

stories from our region

Good news from our region

13 Women’s pension campaign

49 Music and song in Rickinghall

17 The timeless story of Romeo

51 Ladies who lunch visit Café

& Juliet at Theatre Royal Norwich

Britannia in Norwich

53 Seasonal recipe for nectarine

Home & Garden

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55 Book review from Bungay

18 Delicious recipe for vegan


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56 On the verge with Norfolk Wildlife Trust

59 Regional reads - what we are loving this issue

61 Primadonna literary festival


62 History in our region - The Old Guildhall, Laxfield

65 Falcon Meadow welcomes Greater Bungay Dog Show

21 Charity Scrapbox on repurposing waste for arts and craft

23 What’s in season - produce for August and September

Shopping, Health & Beauty 67 Village notice board

71 Canine communication with Julia Collins

73 Refreshing Waters, being a musical trailblazer

74 Fashion - be bold this summer

77 Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail

78 Home hacks - apple cider vinegar

Jobs, Money & Business 81 Smart money secrets insurance switch and save

83 South Lopham stores 84 Walking for health, a selection of local group walks

86 Find a local business or service in our directory

24 ‘Dare to Dream’ craft workshops in Norwich

26 Storytelling through illustration

30 On your plot - late summer beauty

33 WIN £100 M&S voucher 35 Breathing new life into Wymondham Woodland

37 Memories of Eye 41 Poetry Corner - Dick Gibson from Frenze near Scole

43 Exercise your brain cells with our crossword


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JODY IS GOLDEN! Harleston garden designer Jody Lidgard has scooped a gold medal at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show with his design for The Montessori Centenary Children’s Garden, in the ‘Space to Grow’ category. Jody’s colourful, child-led and future-driven design showcases a split-level engaging space to nurture children, teaching them about the natural world via futuristic technology. The design features a sunken Victorian greenhouse set among living, edible walls, inspired by the Walipini designs. It leads onto a second space, which showcases hydroponic technology to allow children to grow micro


vegetables and salad leaves. Jody said: “I have designed many show gardens across the UK, but my Chelsea design debut has been something else! Getting a gold medal is a real honour and it does the Montessori movement proud too. This is a garden with a strong message and I’m glad the judges appreciated the Montessori approach to education, which encourages children to discover the world around them.”

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DAISY TAKES UP THE REINS A former Saturday girl at Darrow Farm Equestrian Supplies and Fishing Tackle, just outside Diss, has taken over the long-running business and is expanding the range of products available to customers. Daisy Bundock, 18, has just completed her A Levels at Diss High School and, rather than going straight on to university, she has decided to become a businesswoman and relaunch the shop as Darrow Farm, Pet and Equestrian Ltd.

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SWEET AWARD FOR LOCAL DIABETES GROUP The dedicated and tireless work of The Diabetes UK Wymondham group has been recognised with an Inspire Award from the charity. The group has been running for nearly four years and is committed to raising awareness and understanding of the condition. Last year the group joined forces with a local residential home and began regular peer support meetings to help residents who live with diabetes. They also offer advice and share information with carers at the home. Tony Finon, who collected the award on behalf of the group, said: “I want to thank the committee members for the many hours spent behind the scenes organising and supporting the group’s activities. And a very big thank you to all our guest speakers and members of the public who attend our regular meetings at Fairland Church and Ogden Close in Wymondham. This award is for all of you. Well done!” For more information on the group go to

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Next you will visit the Royal Mews which is home to the Royal Family’s coaches and carriages including the Gold State Coach which has been used in every coronation since 1821. Your Royal Day Out will finish with a tour through the magnificent State Rooms in Buckingham Palace which are used by The Queen for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining. Each room is furnished with many of the treasures from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt and Rubens; sculpture by Canova; and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world.

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Women’s pension campaign GAINS NCC SUPPORT Norfolk campaigners adversely affected by pension reforms have gained the support of Norfolk County Council to help them keep their plight on the agenda.


embers of the Norfolk Broads – PAIN (Pension Action in Norfolk) Group have met Leader of the Council Andrew Proctor at County Hall to hear that the Council has almost unanimously passed a motion to back more than 45,000 Norfolk women who were born in the 1950s, plus many more born in the 1960s, who have had their state pension age increased twice from 60 to 66 by 2020. Mr Proctor will now write to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to call on the Government to reconsider transitional arrangements for affected women.

which helps keep the pressure on the Government to right a wrong affecting not only us but our children and grandchildren in the future.” The group, which has 200 members, campaigns locally against the increase in state pension age for women born in the 1950s and the 1960s. The national campaign group ‘BackTo60’ took the Government to the High Court on 5-6 June for a Judicial Review into how ministers raised the retirement age for women. The result was reserved and will be announced at the beginning of August.

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Theatre Royal Norwich — 3-7 September

ix fast-emerging dance talents are getting the chance to star in a passionate and contemporary adaptation of a Shakespeare classic alongside members of one of this country’s best-known companies. The half dozen have been specially selected to perform in Romeo and Juliet, which is being presented by Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and comes to Norwich Theatre Royal from 3-7 September. The literary world’s story of star-crossed lovers is being injected with youth, vitality and Matthew’s trademark love of storyt ytelling. Casting up-andcoming performers to give added layers to The Bard’s timeless tale of young lo ove was important to the world-renowned choreo ographer. He said: “The thing that really made me want to do it was the opportunity to work with young people. It’s a story about them and d young love. I got even more excited when it was suggested we cast it with young peoplle and work with young creative associates in all the different departmen nts of the show alongside my usual worldclass team. It is all about nurturing them and telling the sto ory.” ry y Romeo and Juliet’s plot also lends itself to choreography because of its themes. Matthew said: “Dance is very goo od at extreme emotions, and Romeo and Juliet as a sttory ry y is certainly full of those. It has passion, love againsst the odds, and several extremes of murder and violence. It’s all those big emotion ns. Shakespeare captured it very ry y well. Young people are very ry y hot headed and react very quickly to things.”

The production is a case of second time lucky for one of the six chosen to perform. Joe Barbrook, who lives near Southwold, was a reserve for a previous New Adventures interpretation of Lord of the Flies, which came to Norwich Theatre Royal. He was later selected to dance in a specially commissioned piece for the company at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, but this will be his first full-length production for them. Taking on the lead roles of Romeo and Juliet will be Cordelia Braithwaite and Paris Fitzpatrick. Cordelia has been dancing with New Adventures since 2013, taking on roles in Swan Lake, The Car Man, The Red Shoes and Cinderella, while Paris spent a year dancing and touring with Northern Ballet after graduation. He also starred in the Early Adventure es tour, showcasing Matthew Bourne’s early work in 20 017, which marked the company’s 30th anniversary ry. y The touring cast also inclu udes Reece Causton, from West Norfolk,, who returns to the theatre after prreviously coming to the Theatre Royal in both Swan Lake and Cinderella for New Adventure es. He is also relishing the chance to mentor some of the dance talent of tomorrow. Reece said: “I see a lot of myself in the young people’s faces and I would have loved to have done something liike this, especially with a company like New Adventures, when I was their age. It is a real honour to help these young artists develop and see the sort of joy they get from m being around us.”

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INGREDIENTS 550g self-raising flour 400g caster sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder Pinch of salt Zest and juice of 2 lemons 200ml rapeseed or sunflower oil 300ml cold water Rosewater flavouring, to taste

ICING 250g icing sugar About 50ml lemon juice (1 lemon) Rosewater flavouring, to taste Dried rose petals Lemon zest

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“Rejects can be transformed into desirables with a bit of creative imagination, giving them a new lease of life and keeping them out of landfill a while longer. We can’t singlehandedly solve the problem of our overflowing landfill sites, but we can do our bit to encourage people to think again before throwing things out. Even if you can’t come up with a use for it yourself, you can bet someone else can!” Scrapbox is an inviting goldmine of re-usable resources such as paper and card, fabrics, yarns and haberdashery items; stationery supplies, foam and plastics, cartons and containers, art and craft paints and brushes. Membership is just £10 for a year’s subscription (which goes a little way towards covering the cost of renting a retail shop and a warehouse), and this gives access to a diverse range of very affordable materials. Tula adds: “Schools and colleges can particularly benefit from these low-cost resources, which lend themselves perfectly to Art, Design and Technology, Science and History projects. Teachers and Teaching Assistants are always amazed at the huge range of products we stock. Particularly popular is the range p , packed p tiples p of 10 of card die-cut shapes, into multiples or 30, which are ideal for class groups.” Scrapbox’s shop is open three da ays a week; Wednesdays and Thursdays frrom 2-6pm and Saturdays from 10-2pm. For further information on how Scrapbox co ould benefit your organisation, or for details of how to become a member or a volunteer, please email info.scrapbox@gm or telephone 016 603 873128.


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Keep an eye on what’s in season and you’ll get the most out of all the fresh local produce that Norfolk and Suffolk have to offer. Juliette from Fredrick’s Fine Foods in Diss shares her favourites for August and September. VEGETABLES


n Courgettes – we love the yellow courgettes, which look so pretty even in ratatouille. Add them to red onion and halloumi cheese for a delicious skewer on your barbecue, or try a courgette and Cheddar cheese quiche – delicious.

n Apricots – if you can get local ones from your farm shop do try them, otherwise the fresh foreign ones are very good. They are such a pretty colour and wonderful raw, in an almond frangipane or even as a tarte tatin – see our recipe in this issue!

n Chicory – not the most popular salad crop in the UK, the leaves are crisp and slightly bitter, but delicious when paired with blue cheese such as Stilton or Roquefort. They also make a tasty and unusual salad with burrata, fennel and orange.

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llustration presents itself in our every day, from the moment we open our eyes. Remembering the very first book we opened to begin learning our very first words, to the characters on our television screens, flyers, billboards, adverts and books, these designs and concepts communicate a whole range of ideas, narratives and lessons to us throughout our lives. Traditionally, illustration was most closely tied with publishing; the reproduction and distribution of printed media. From the age of technology onwards, however, the rise of digital design and multimedia artworks has aided the evolution of illustration, and so the art of illustration has become omnipresent. In children’s story books visuals are used to assist in meaning making; studying the image can make the writing more accessible and thus inclusive, where everyone is able to comment and respond to the story. These illustrations will draw out key parts of the text and allow more observant eyes to explore intricacies, helping to strengthen their relationship with the text. It isn’t only in children’s books that we find imagery constructed to develop our understanding of the world; artworks are used publicly to convey and spread messages, adult books have ambiguous and intriguing cover artwork, packaging is fun and brightly coloured and it makes you feel things and so you buy things. Illustration takes us on a journey, often exhibiting a soup of emotions — wonder, fascination and curiosiity — not forgettiing skill, technique, and co olour palettes. I have had the pleasurre this month of interviewing two fanta astic East

Anglian contemporary illustrators, Sandy Horsley and Beverley Gene Coraldean, who have gifted us a window into the world of illustration. Drawing upon their inspirations, drives and their greatest achievements, employing the art of the narrative, the two have depicted their progress towards a successful career in storytelling. Sandy begins by reflecting on her love for telling and sharing stories, a love she has honed since childhood. A professional background in graphics, illustration and magazine production encouraged her to embark on an MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art (2018), where she concentrated her creative flair that for so long had manifested in painting and printmaking. Inspiration can be drawn from many of life’s attributes. Sandy tells us: “Stories and ideas can come from anywhere and often it’s random and unusual connections and combinations that can lead to the most interesting and enjoyable ideas.” ‘Experimentation’ stands out as a prominent theme in her practice, being thorough in her research, while exploring avenues and concepts through drawing


Art and reflection to yield surprising results. These processes materialise in the studio; a space Sandy portrays to be a room with a view, light-filled and peaceful. It seems that the key to producing a strong, experimental portfolio is having a space to create chaos, to play with ingredients, and to be able to divide your work and living space, forging a healthy relationship with your practice. Sandy secured the ‘Undiscovered Voices’ award (2018), presented by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Her considered processdriven method has earned recognition in the field that has led to impressive accomplishments, including the realising of her fantastically on-trend debut picture book Selfie (2020). Her advice to budding illustrators is to: “Embrace your mistakes and the unexpected marks or splashes you didn’t intend. Be open with your mark-making.” Beverley’s interest and ability in Animation, Illustration and Design stems from MA study at Norwich University of the Arts (2014). Her work depicts incredible re-imagined environments that encompass densely detailed line work, bringing together lifestyle and architecture. While her work, too, can source inspiration from an interpretation of the world around her, the pieces tend to focus on how to produce narrative or retell a story through the construction of location. The mass of detailing starring in Beverley’s artworks allows them to exist flexibly on a range of scales, murals materialising as particularly immersive compositions. The production of her designs as screen-printed posters and book illustrations is a direct springboard to success from the contexts that inspire her practice, though commissions for murals and site-specific projects provide the opportunity to showcase her innovative visions. She tells us of a refreshing recent commission with a user experience company based at St. George’s Works, Norwich, in which a retro game environment design was actualised through the embodiment of tech gear, plants and coffee. Commissions tend to derive from a brief, from shared ideas, a goal, a place where we value collaboration. Beverley says: “Illustration can be an island, so collaborations can get you out of your comfort zone.” Networking as a freelance artist can be integral to your practice, helping you to balance work and social time, prompting you to participate in the exchange of ideas and nurture knowledge with like-minded professionals.

It would come as no surprise to me if the success of our two illustrators had moved you to dig out any long-forgotten books, or unroll commemorative posters, or even start sketching out some patterns and points of interest you’ve stored intrinsically over the years. It is commitment, drive and a desire to express that has fed the journeys of these designers, and I am excited to see their names featuring more and more in our every day. Kristy Campbell (artist and writer) Beverley Gene Coraldean instagram, twitter and facebook: @genealityart Sandy Horsley Instagram: @sandyhorsley



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MEMORIES OF EYE Local historian, Dennis Cross from Diss, shares with us his fascinating collection of old postcards, focusing on a different village in every issue. issue, we take a walk down memory lane lan in Eye. issue This issue

Church Street 1910. Church Street takes its name from St Peter and St Paul Church, and in this view alongside the Guildhall and Grammar School you can see the long-closed Six Bells Public House on the right.

The thatched cottage and castle. This 1912 postcard shows children posing for the camera, as their school was just around the corner at the time.

Magdalen Street, also called Station Road. This view was taken in 1909 outside the entrance to the station and opposite the now-closed Railway y Public House.

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Eye Station and the 3-mile branch line from Mellis was opened on 2 April 1867 by Mellis & Eye Railway Company. A passenger train pulled by a James Holdens GER E22 Class (LNERJ65) 0-6-0 tank locomotive is seen here, having just arrived at the station. Andrew Swift was station master. The passenger service closed on 2 February 1931, but freight traffic continued until 13 July 1964. A poultry processing factory now stands on the site of the station.

This 1915 postcard view of Castle Street shows The Star Public House behind the horse and cart, and on the left is the longclosed Horseshoes Pub. Eye had more than 20 pubs, including The Kings Head, The Crown, The Red Lion, The Cherry Tree, The White Lion Hotel, The Malt and Hops, The Black Swan and The Railway Tavern. The Queens Head is now the only pub in the town. The Norfolk Postcard Club meets regularly in Trowse in Norwich and new members are very welcome. The next meeting is on 11 September. Dennis is also the author of several local history books that can be purchased by contacting him direct.

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BANTER IN THE SALEROOM Neil Latham reflects on the sometimes cheeky humour in the old auction rooms


n the old days, prior to buyers bidding numbers, the auction room was alive with off the cuff banter. For instance Charles Boardman, who as a young man auctioned for Spellman’s in Norwich, was trying to sell a poor old cow and couldn’t get a bid. He had dropped from £20 to asking for any bid at all when old Jack Scott from out of the crowd said: “Can I bid Mr Boardman?” “Of course you can Jack,” came the reply from the auctioneer, relieved at last that someone was interested, only to be told by Jack: “Then I bid you farewell!” It’s surprising what goes through your head while on the rostrum, mostly a play on names. One buyer, a Mr Matthews, always shouted: “Two Ts,” when his name was called, until the auctioneer got fed up and said: “Milk and sugar?” Another buyer who kept shouting the name Nelson was told: “I know, spelt with one eye.” A very smart, well dressed young lady bought a small table and as she took it out to a waiting chaufferdriven Rolls-Royce she was ‘checked out’ by two elderly porters saying: “What a lovely little piece that is,” to one another. “Yes it is,” replied the young lady, oblivious to the fact that they were not talking about the furniture!

then interrupt the auctioneer with a question, usually quite immaterial, but one that a prospective bidder knew the auctioneer could not adequately answer. It was a knock down, a negative and would affect the bidding. Having realised what was happening I was determined to always answer in the affirmative, never say no, but quickly qualify it. Mr Bunn (pictured), from Wymondham, was a lovely man and being a baker always brought the office staff a bag of cakes. I saw him move towards a clock one day and as soon as I asked for bidding for it he shouted: “Does it work, sir?” One would normally have to say that you don’t know, otherwise you could be responsible for all sorts of costs. Anticipating what he was up to I replied: “Yes, that can be made to work.” He never forgot it. Just part of a more natural life prior to technology.

Alfread Preston, from Framlingham, was a legend and earned himself a reputation for a quick retort. Having suffered a lot of gyp from an arrogant horse dealer who got in the ring to look into a horse’s mouth to check how old it was, Alfread told him: “You want to look up the other end, you might learn something.” Dickie Steele, who held the last weekly horse auction in England, told a group of dealers who appeared not to be bidding against one another: “You hang together like pawn brokers balls.” They loved him for it and even filled one of his pockets with paint while he was selling. The auction is the place where supply meets demand and anything that deviated from this would be quickly picked up. The usual thing was to wait until the lot in question was just going to be sold,


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Bunions tell you that you are bending over backwards doing too much for others and not enough for yourself! The degree to which the big toe is deformed towards the little toe shows the degree that you are out of balance in this area of your life. Ask yourself, what would I be doing with my time if I had more time for me?

Foot Reading Many people with bunions can’t answer this and, until they work out what they really want to spend their time on for themselves, they will continue doing too much for others. If you want some clues as to what you would possibly enjoy doing if you had more time, think back to what you did when you were a child in the school holidays. Perhaps you could spend more time doing that now. What does it mean if I have wide feet? Very wide feet are what I call the ‘carthorse’ foot! This person is very, very hardworking. They are constantly doing things and find it very difficult to sit down and do nothing. If I offer you a drink, you will be getting the cups out of the cupboard to help me rather than sitting back and letting me wait on you. What does it mean if I have narrow feet? Very narrow feet are what I call the ‘princess’ foot! You are much happier sitting back and letting others run around after you. “Peel me a grape”! You are very good at delegating to others without appearing to do so! You appreciate the good things in life. What does it mean if I have a high arch? High arches are commonly found on people with strong inner resources. You enjoy spending time on your own. That’s not to say that you aren’t sociable, but if you do go to a party you need the next day as quiet time to re-energise. You are very resourceful, but find it hard to accept help from others because you feel you can do it all yourself.

whose feet grew like this when she gave up her administration job to become a teacher. What does it mean if my feet have shrunk a shoe size? It is possible for your feet to shrink a shoe size because of tension in the tendons and ligaments of the feet. When your feet shrink it’s because something has changed in your life and you now feel you want to take time to assess situations and watch what is happening before you push yourself forward. You no longer need recognition and value your privacy more. You want to sit back and watch before you jump in. What does it mean if I have a gap between my big toe and my second toe? You have delayed reactions between your logical reaction and your emotional reaction. You need to learn to make more space to think before you make decisions. Do you find that you often agree to do something and the next day you think: “Gosh, why did I agree to do that?” Or someone says something to you and the next day you think: “I can’t believe I let them get away with that?” It’s just that your first reaction was your logical reaction, but you hadn’t had time to assimilate how you feel about it. The bigger the gap between these toes, the more the delayed reaction.

What does it mean if I have flat feet? This shows that you love the company of others. You are very sociable and you just don’t like being left on your own. You need lots of support in your life and you’re happy to accept help from others… lots of it! What does it mean if my feet have grown a shoe size? Even though your feet have stopped growing, your feet can grow a shoe size because of a relaxation of tension in the tendons and ligaments of the feet. When your feet go up a shoe size, it’s because something has changed in your life and you now want recognition for your merits. You’re much happier to thrust yourself into the limelight than you were before. I know one person

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n 10 August, the beautiful roundtowered church of St Mary’s, Rickinghall Inferior will be filled with music and song, old and new. Like many other historic churches in the region, St Mary’s is in urgent need of major repairs and the estimated cost is around £80,000. The chancel roof needs substantial work, both inside and out, to ensure the building is watertight, and the ageing guttering and drains also need replacing.

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onto the plate, also there were two decent sized bits of garlic bread and chips. My portion of chicken was so big I took half of it home; and astonishingly there was NO RAW ONION in my salad! There were far too many potatoes for me: did I say last time that Doc Marmite encouraged me to lose weight? Well I have: two stone! So I left most of the spuds with a clear conscience. Finding the loo in this café is a bit of an adventure; the first place I went had two doors, one saying ‘GENTS’ the other ‘DANGER 250 volts’. So I wandered off to the back of the room and found ‘LADIES’ and the separate little quiet room. Now for puds; my brownie was a proper one, not just a slice of leftover chocolate cake, and was delicious — crisp on the outside and gooey in the middle. Alice’s lemon loaf was a good size and reduced her to silence for some minutes. The place isn’t licensed and neither of us wanted coffee, so the very low cost reflects this, but our companions on the table said the coffee was good and hot, and the pot of tea was just right. Bottom line: £23.20.


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From Juliette at Fredrick’s Fine Foods, in Diss This is a great way to use nectarines, peaches or apricots that need using up – cooking them seems to bring out the flavour and juice! The recipe should serve 6-8 people with the addition of some local ice cream. Serves 6-8

INGREDIENTS About 8-10 nectarines or peaches, or 16 apricots cut in half, stones removed 125g caster sugar, plus an extra tablespoon 1 tablespoon water 65g unsalted butter, plus an extra knob Ready made rolled puff pastry

METHOD 01. Using a 25cm oven proof frying pan, cook the 125g caster sugar and the tablespoon of water over a high heat. Do not stir or the sugar will crystalise, but watch the pan carefully as the caramel will turn dark gold quite suddenly. 02. As soon as it does, turn off the heat and stir in the 65g butter to form a rich butterscotch. Leave to cool for a few minutes. Halve and de-stone the

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By David North, Head of People and Wildlife at Norfolk Wildlife Trust

ew wildflower meadows remain in Norfolk, but we probably all have a roadside verge close to where we live. In many areas of Norfolk, it’s along these edges of lanes and roads that we are most likely to spot wild flowers, with some urban verges supporting a surprising diversity of plant species.

Most people will be familiar with common daisies and dandelions, but some will have noticed for a few weeks in spring the white flowers of Danish scurvy grass edging busy main roads, including the A140. Originally a saltmarsh species, this plant has adapted to an environment where winter salting of roads to keep them ice free creates a salty niche in a narrow zone edging many busy Norfolk roads. The flowers of our South Norfolk roadsides mark the changing seasons. February and March see the welcome appearance of celandines and primroses in tones of yellow. April brings patches of magenta with red dead-nettle and the first red campion. May is lacy white with cow parsley. June brings the fire of poppies, sky blues of scabious and waving white heads of ox-eye daisies.

they also help wildlife move through our often hostile modern landscape. These linear grasslands and their fringing hedgerows are vital corridors that birds, bats, badgers, beetles, bees and much other wildlife use, largely unnoticed by us, as their own highways to move through an often inhospitable intensively farmed countryside. Our roadside verges, when managed sensitively, are hugely important for nature. There are 238,000 hectares of road verge grassland in Britain, with Norfolk alone having more than 20,000km. Across

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This succession of flowers is vital for our bees, butterflies and other pollinators that both gardeners and farmers benefit from, as well as supporting myriad other invertebrates. In the longer grass small mammals such as shrews and voles can thrive, and their predators — barn owls, kestrels, foxes, weasels and stoats — all hunt along grassy verges.

Nature Britain, verges support more than 1,000 species of flowering plant, including some species now confined to verges. With the loss of so many natural meadows in Norfolk, today you are more likely to see a cowslip growing on a road verge than in a wild meadow. Even orchid species, from common spotted to earlypurple and bee orchid, can be found thriving on a few Norfolk roadsides. South Norfolk’s verges have also become a vital refuge for the nationally rare sulphur clover. The verges it grows on are perhaps remnants of longvanished former commons and hay meadows. Norfolk Wildlife Trust, in a project called ‘Seeding the Future’, has been working with local community volunteers to gather green hay from South Norfolk roadside verges to establish new refuges for this threatened species. Our Norfolk roadside verges have huge potential to support wildlife, some are quite literally a last refuge for endangered plant species lost elsewhere as our grasslands and meadows succumb to plough, spray and fertiliser; the tools of a modern farmland. In Norfolk more than 100 verges have been designated as roadside nature reserves but, sadly, many others are poorly managed for wildlife. Many are in danger of losing their value because of over-frequent or badly timed cutting regimes that don’t allow plants to set seed. Our landscape heritage is reflected in our road network. Many verges are ancient, lining routes once walked by people long before tarmac and cars. Cuttings and roadside banks reveal a microcosm of our geology and a time capsule revealing plant life once common across a richer and more varied countryside.

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Some wider verges were once hand-scythed with cuttings raked up for hay. Others were originally part of a network of trade and drove roads, perhaps dating back to Roman times. Today they deserve our interest, respect and, most of all, our protection. So next time you take a walk on the verge, remember to enjoy the wild flowers that grow there. They reveal the story of our changed and changing Norfolk countryside.

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Regional Reads


Helaine Becker and Dow Phumiruk Pan Macmillan 9781529005592 £10.99

View our region from a different perspective with this fascinating selection of local titles from Holly Ainley of Jarrolds’ Book Department

Katherine Johnson is the mathematical genius who helped make the historic Apollo 11 moon landings possible, and made sure Apollo 13 returned home safely when the mission was in critical danger. July 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the moon on July 20 1969.

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A selection of Ipswich’s architectural gems, from medieval churches and Tudor treasures such as Christchurch Mansion, to modern masterpieces such as the groundbreaking design of the Willis Building.

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Dr Richard Shepherd Penguin 9781405923538 £8.99 Dr Richard Shepherd has performed over 23,000 autopsies, including some of the most high-profile cases of recent times; the Hungerford Massacre, the Princess Diana inquiry, and 9/11. He has faced serial killers, natural disaster, ‘perfect murders’ and freak accidents. His evidence has put killers behind bars, freed the innocent, and turned open-and-shut cases on their heads. Unnatural Causes tells the story of not only the cases and bodies that have haunted him the most, but also how to live a life steeped in death.

An account of a 1930s childhood growing up in a Norfolk village. This depiction of one boy’s experience blends into a story of a decade, in the aftermath of the Great War, as ex-soldiers ride their old army bikes, ‘widow-women’ are familiar figures and ‘Umbrella Joe’ paces in shell-shock aimlessness.

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rimadonna is a new and inclusive festival celebrating the creative community, giving prominence to work by women and introducing fresh voices alongside famous names in a fun and welcoming environment. Held in the beautiful surroundings of Laffitts Hall, Suffolk, from Friday 30 August to Sunday 1 September, the Primadonna Festival is an entire weekend of eclectic festivities, from interviews, panels, spoken-word performances and workshops, to live music, films and food — and welcomes all genders, on stage and off.

The festival is the brainchild of 17 women from publishing and entertainment. Together, these ‘primadonnas’ have created a festival of brilliant writing, borne out of a desire to give prominence to work by women and spotlight authors from the margins — and to create a thoroughly joyous and accessible experience. The line-up will include brilliant new talent such as writers Elif Shafak, Michael Donkor, Guy Gunaratne, Diana Evans and Amanda Prowse. They will appear alongside comedian and writer Katy Brand, poet Raymond Antrobus and national treasure Sandi Toksvig. Helping represent the men will be Ashley Hickson Lovence, Guy Gunaratne and Michael Donkor. Guy and Michael will introduce their latest work, as well as discuss their recent accolades: winning the prestigious Dylan Thomas Prize and being shortlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize respectively. Luke Jennings, creator of Killing Eve’s kick-ass character Villanelle, will join Michael for a panel entitled ‘Her Breasts Preceded Her into the Room’, which will examine whether men really can write women. For roll-on-the-floor hilarity, Primadonna is delighted to present its very own game show ‘Make Sioned Laugh’, in which host Ayesha Hazarika will invite participants to spend a maximum of three minutes trying to make Sioned Wiliam, Radio 4’s commissioning editor for comedy and one of the Primadonnas, madonnas, laugh.

Some events at the festival are aimed at younger visitors, including an appearance by Konnie Huq, one of Britain’s most loved TV presenters (Blue Peter, The Xtra Factor, King of the Nerds and London Talking) who has signed a three-book deal for her ‘Cookie’ children’s series. Other events include Sandi Toksvig’s funny, inspiring, engaging and very personal conversation, Ada Campe’s surrealist comedy, and magical campfire storytelling sessions. Music will play a huge part in the festival, with the best of local talent and names from further afield, plus some music industry-insider ‘tips for the top’. And you can dance yourself dizzy in the late night disco shed. DJ sets will feature different genres on Friday and Saturday nights. Primadonna will also be running a film shed throughout the festival, with something for everyone. There will also be a late night campfire film; a silent film with live music accompaniment screened outside by the campfire. All the food available at Primadonnna has been selected to give best value for money and the most delicious options, including vegan and gluten free. The beers and ciders have the lowest food mileage of any festival — they will have travelled all of five miles to get there! For more details and to buy tickets go to



The Old Guildhall, Laxfield,


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t the heart of Laxfield, opposite the Church, on the corner of the High Street and Vicarage Road, is a strikingly beautiful ancient building, The Old Guildhall, built around 1520. The villagers had founded a religious guild early in the 15th century, possibly even earlier, dedicated to St Mary and by 1515-1520 had raised enough money to build a really classy timber-framed building for their communal hall. There is evidence it replaced an earlier building on the same site. The guildhall is a timber-framed structure with redbrick infill in a striking herringbone pattern, under a tile roof. But the back is rendered cream and looks like a row of ordinary cottages. The first floor is jettied out over the ground floor level, stretching six bays from east to west. The four easternmost bays originally formed one large room, or hall. You can still see the blocked west entrance to the hall. The main chimney stack and attic floor were inserted in the 17th century and newel stairs around 1600. What were village guildhalls for? There are splendid merchant and artisan guildhalls in cities like Norwich and London, providing fellowship for members, setting standards for their trade, often also fixing prices and establishing apprenticeship rules. But village guildhalls exist throughout England in towns and villages too and their religious origin was quite different; to provide a spiritual insurance policy for a decent burial and prayers for one’s soul after death. Guilds also held social activities and raised money for alms. The meetings and socials were originally held inside churches, but popular opinion steadily moved against this, so special guildhalls were built, like the one at Laxfield.

In the Middle Ages huge importance was attached to the doctrine of purgatory, the staging post where sins could be atoned before reaching heaven. Prayer and charitable giving was a means of getting a leg up out of purgatory, and the prayers of the living could shorten a soul’s stay in purgatory. Praying for the souls of the dead was John Noyes burning at crucial. The Protestant the stake, 1557. Print in Reformation, after Henry the British Museum. VIII’s break with Rome, put a stop to purgatory and all the paraphernalia that went with it. Most religious parish guilds were swept away after the protestant era began in earnest. Laxfield village shoemaker, John Noyes, became a fervent protestant and refused to revert to the Catholic faith when Henry’s daughter Queen Mary I tried to reintroduce it. He was burnt at the stake in the village for his faith in 1557. The Guildhall Museum After the guild closed, the guildhall became a schoolroom in 1597, then Mr Payne’s wholesale business in the 1630s, lodgings for the poor in the 1800s and in living memory the school kitchen and dining hall, a working men’s club, bank, doctors and parish council offices. The guildhall is now home to the Laxfield and District Museum, which has a wonderfully entertaining collection on the upper floor, including early 20th century shop interiors, together with old tools, toys, costumes and even an old loo! There’s lots of information too on the Mid Suffolk Light Railway, which ran briefly between 1904 and 1923, the 19 miles from Haughley to Laxfield, always at a loss. Laxfield and District Museum is open every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 2-5pm from 27 April to 29 September. Group visits are by appointment and it’s FREE!

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Falcon Meadow Trustee Tim Child looks forward to the annual Greater Bungay Dog Show, and reflects on a terrifying legend that has ‘dogged’ the town for centuries!

Then – just as quickly as it arrived – it was gone. The creature didn’t hang about, because later that evening it popped up in a church at Blythburgh, where it killed two more villagers.


oll up, roll up dog lovers…the annual Greater Bungay Dog Show on Falcon Meadow on Sunday 1 September is an event not to be missed. Here is the chance for our much-loved canine friends to take centre stage and show us what they’re made of – and everyone is invited.

A superb fun-filled afternoon for all the family, there will be a dozen different dog show categories – perhaps more Mutts than Crufts – including ‘best pedigree’, ‘best crossbreed’, ‘happiest pooch’ and ‘cutest couple’ (dog and handler in fancy dress). There will also be food and stalls, all set in the beautiful surroundings of Falcon Meadow. Once again, the competition judging will be organised by K9 Capers and proceeds will go to the Falcon Meadow Community Trust. Much of the fun at The Dog Show will come from a deliberate, albeit tongue in cheek, homage to the Bungay Black Dog legend, with a special prize for the ‘best black dog’ from the Bungay area.

So vicious was the Bungay attack that the survivors later ascribed the beast to be a demonic form and, of course, the rest is legend. Perhaps that’s all it ever was, because not only do Bungay folk bear no grudge, they appear to positively relish dog ownership, with hounds in the town among the highest per head of population in Suffolk. There are more than 200 dog walking expeditions per day in Bungay and, yes, this has actually been recorded! The most popular locations are Outney Common, on one side of the Waveney, and Falcon Meadow, which lies on the other. So Bungay is definitely a place that celebrates hounds of all types, and they will be here in force at the Dog Show on 1 September. So come along and join us for what promises to be a ‘paw-fect’ event for all the family! The Greater Bungay Dog Show is on Sunday 1 September, from midday until 4pm. The show is free to attend, but entry into each category is £1 per dog. For more details go to

For those who don’t know, the Bungay Black Dog legend is a ghastly but fascinating story that goes back centuries. It was way back in 1577 when Bungay townsfolk rushed into St Mary’s Church to shelter from a mid-summer thunderstorm. A few thunderclaps later they were joined by a huge black mastiff-type animal which proceeded to attack and savage them, killing at least two outright, and injuring several more.


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Adults £5 Children £2 Under 5’s Free, Vintage Tractors, Steam Engines, Classic Cars, Dog Show, Food & Beverages, Gipping Valley Sheepdogs, Falconry Displays, Motorcycles, Military & More…


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SAT 10TH AUGUST 11AM - 2PM Star Throwers Centre, Melton Road, Wymondham NR18 0AD Already confirmed Bollywood Dancing and Pyjama Drama. All welcome! Garden Games, Refreshments, Pimms Tent, Stalls, Entertainment, Raffle & Tombola. Entry £2 per adult, £1 per child. To book a stall or donate a raffle/tombola prize call 01953 423304 or email


SATURDAY 10TH AUG 6PM Rickinghall Inferior Church, Bury Road IP22 1HA Music and song, old and new performed by The Shakespeare Singers and Hexachordia.


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17TH AUG TO 1ST SEP 11-4PM Solo Art Exhibition, Wingfield Barns Arts Centre, Wingfield. Maria Rosier is a trained teacher of Art and Design who has developed her own style of artwork using shape, texture and colours found in natural forms. Weds to Sun, including Bank Holiday Monday. Private View Friday 16th August 6-8pm.


SUNDAY 18TH AUG 11AM Knettishall Heath Nature Reserve near Thetford IP22 2TQ Celebrating the wildlife, history and culture in local crafts. Come along for craft stalls and demos, not forgetting activities such as bug-hunting and exploring the world of moths!

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EXHIBITION ‘INSPIRED BY NATURE’ ART EXHIBITION 24TH - 26TH AUGUST 10AM Redgrave & Lopham Fen, Low Common Road, Diss, IP22 2HX Original artwork, by local artists inspired by nature, will be on display and for sale in the Learning Centre at Redgrave and Lopham Fen. Tea/coffee and homemade cakes and snacks will also be available. FREE.



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ur dogs are far more intelligent and sensitive than we give them credit for. They know this, even if we don’t. We may not share a verbal language, but with a sense of smell vastly superior to our own and the ability to perceive the energy we project (almost even before we do so), our beautiful, clever companions have us sussed long before it dawns on us that perhaps the reverse is not happening.

I chose my Labradoodle puppy because he had a noble, domed forehead and a particular air about his small, silky body. He didn’t actually come with bow tie and tortoiseshell glasses but, right from the start, it was clear that he was a thinker. Games clearly needed an educational purpose, or he simply wasn’t interested. He had compiled a dossier on me before I’d even considered teaching him more than coming when called and sitting back on his enormous, kangaroo legs to gaze up at me adoringly. Actually, he was profiling my behaviour against his hardwired templates, pegging me within the pack hierarchy and, for good measure, testing just how far freestyle add-ons like adorably tugging at clothing and issuing cute, baby barks could take him. Fast forward (my timeline) to ‘proper training’ – I was deflated to find my previous experience counted for very little. Not entirely ineffectual, my repertoire thinned as requests met with not so much failure but more of an insouciant shrug. What was so clever and infuriating was his ability to translate instructions into an approximation that was technically correct, but not really what I wanted. “My nose is pointier and more sensitive,” he exuded, persistently walking just a few inches ahead of me. Any sort of pressure or tugging met with canine counterforce and if I remonstrated he’d simply study me quizzically. “But you consistently miss all the good smells and edible grot, what is the point of you being in charge?” he would counter. One day, out of frustration, I actually said out loud: “I am going for a walk. You are welcome to come, but I’m sick and tired of nagging. You understand exactly what I’m asking you to do. It’s up to you.”

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Real lives

Music Trailblazer Norfolk journalist, Sandie Shirley, spotlights the inspiring stories of men and women from the region and beyond that have seen them reach for victory. For more stories visit


dramatic divine encounter took Rob Hillman into a radical new realm as a music facilitator and pioneer without prior experience. Rob’s heart and mission changed 25 years ago after receiving a powerful vision of Christ on the cross and a new desire to use music to share God’s love. He was quickly drawn to contemporary music to share the gospel message. Rob also began networking with the American gospel music industry to explore a largely untapped UK outlet for black gospel, reggae, hip hop and much more. He helped release their upbeat rhythm and Godcentred lyrics to those on the margins of society as well as a youthful audience, especially the black community, who were perhaps not well served then by the worship music generally available through the Christian market. “If I was going to reach the tough environments it had to sometimes be done with music they could relate to, and I saw the potential to change lives and communicate the word of God,” says Rob. Later, the opportunity arose to market music CDs abroad and through established UK Christian retailers. He also joined forces with a few Norfolk churches to stage a variety of music performances. Now retired in Ashwellthorpe, Rob remains excited to see the impact a single music track can make to even the most broken of lives. He says: “God always has a plan if we just believe and trust him and sometimes the need is to step out of the ordinary and let the extraordinary take over. Music can really do that.” He recalls when that began. “I had started to go to my local Methodist chapel, and I was intrigued — the people were lovely and there was a strong sense of community. But I was not a Christian, although I was interested in Jesus, mainly from a historical viewpoint.” After returning from a Good Friday service, a series of events unfolded which quickly threw his life into chaos. “Everything I believed in and held dear fell apart and I was facing a seemingly impossible situation. With no idea what to do next I simply fell

on my knees in my living room and cried out to God: “If you are real how do I get out of this mess?” “I looked up and there was an unforgettable vision of Christ on the cross. I immediately knew it was my sin that had put him there, but I received instant forgiveness. As I looked into his eyes, they were full of overwhelming love and compassion.” Rob found reassurance and peace that day. “I was to simply let go of everything and at Christ’s request to use music to reach others for him, but I was puzzled because I knew nothing about music or the industry.” A series of remarkable events soon unfolded. “I met a lady from my local chapel who had studied the bible for years. Talking with her, and sharing my experience, helped deepen both our faiths. From that Godly connection came the offer of a free holiday. I was worn out and close to the edge from the collapse of my life and it proved to be a key to my recovery and future direction.” While there, a “chance” discussion with another guest — a concert pianist —revealed that she urgently needed sheet music to enlarge her repertoire, but she was struggling to get it from publishers in America. Rob soon found the right connection and a huge box of sheet music arrived free of charge; it heralded the birth of his business ‘Spirit Music’, which he sold in 2011 at the age of 69.


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WAVENEY VALLEY SCULPTURE TRAIL 2019 first time. We are also happy to welcome back some of the artists from previous years and know that there is a lot of fascinating and beautiful work being created behind the scenes.” The Trail, which drew almost 4,000 visitors in 2018, is curated again by Sarah Cannell. She said: “My overall vision is to continue to encourage public interaction with contemporary art in a rural setting.” All artwork on the trail will be available for sale and there will be a pop-up gallery in the farmhouse showing prints, paintings, textiles and ceramics. Sculptor Simon Turner


he sixth Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail is set to return to south Norfolk in 2019. Annually attracting thousands of visitors to the region, this year’s trail will feature the work of 38 artists from across the UK. Organised by Waveney & Blyth Arts, the event takes place at The Raveningham Centre, 10 miles south of Norwich, on a three-acre site of lawns, hidden groves, orchards and walkways. Each year the organisation hosts a programme of events that highlights the unique character of the Waveney and Blyth valleys, situated in north Suffolk and south Norfolk. In 2019 the sculpture trail will take place over five weeks, from Friday 2 August to Sunday 8 September, and will include site-specific work, 3-D constructions and sculpture.

Sculptor Simon Turner said: “This is my first time exhibiting at the Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail and I am working on a much bigger scale than normal.” Also showing his work is sculptor Andy Jarrett. He said: “I’m thrilled to be taking part in the Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail 2019, it’s a very special occasion when this many sculptors come together to share so much amazing creativity.” The trail is open every day from 10am until 5pm at The Raveningham Centre, Beccles Road, Raveningham, Norfolk NR14 6NU. Entry is £6 for adults (£5 for members of Waveney & Blyth Arts), under 18s are free. Pay on entry only.

A new area of woodland, which gives views out over neighbouring meadows and pasture land, has been opened up for 2019 to provide a space for large-scale sculpture. Both established and up-and-coming artists will be exploring the theme of The Woven Woodland through their work, using materials, structures and creative ideas in the meadows, woodland and natural spaces at Raveningham. Nicky Stainton, from Waveney & Blyth Arts, said: “We are so excited about this year’s Trail, as almost half the artists are showing work with us for the

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Home Hacks


A wonder product for health and home By author and food critic Michael Chandler


ith the summer months here, many households are enjoying an array of different salads and searching the cupboards for apple cider vinegar to make a delicious dressing. But in this issue of Village People I want to share with you the other amazing ways this wonder product can help health issues and be very useful in the home too. A group with type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure took a spoonful of the vinegar before bedtime, and within a short period of time it improved the insulin sensitivity to meals that are high in sugars and refined carbs. As a diabetic I am one of a large following who enjoy a vinegar drink prior to each meal, as it makes you feel fuller on a smaller portion and helps with weight loss. I add to the drink a pinch of cayenne pepper and a ½ teaspoon of good quality honey. The probiotics in the vinegar help to destroy candida yeast, which forms foot fungus, and due to its high acidic content it can help with heartburn caused by eating spicy foods. It can also help those with acid reflux and heartburn by increasing stomach acid, and this can go on to prevent a backfl flo ow into the oesophagus. We all get a sore throat sometimes, but if you gargle twice a day with apple cider vinegar in water with table salt it will kill the bacteria very quickly and help you feel better faster. This wonder


product with its natural anti-bacterial and antibiotic content can also help with acne, cleaning dirt from the skin, drying out blemishes and continuing to keep skin clear and healthy. Summer sunburn is common, but having a cool bath mixed with the vinegar, along with half a cup of coconut oil and a few drops of essential oils, will quickly ease the pain. Apple cider vinegar is also a great helper to have in your home, especially in the kitchen and bathroom. It acts as a cleaning agent built up with acetic acid that’s safe to use on all surfaces and kills bacteria on a cellular level. Mix one cup of the vinegar with a gallon of water and table salt to remove dirt, grime, mould and E. coli. I have also found the vinegar excellent for removing stains from carpets. Using a damp cloth, blot as much of the stain as you can and then mix a solution of the vinegar with table salt into a spray bottle. Spray the area and then blot again after about three minutes, then repeat until the stain has gone. For a more natural fresh smelling home, avoid the usual commercial air fresheners and deodorising sprays and instead just mix the vinegar with water. Michael Chandler is also a historian, so if you are looking to find historical information on people, homes, buildings or anything else, then please email and quote this magazine for a 15% discount.

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South Lopham

Memories of SOUTH LOPHAM STORES As told to Maggy Chapman by her late grandmother


y grandmother Harriet Emma Bowhill, née Sare, died in 1976 aged 91 and lived all her life in South Lopham. She loved to reminisce to me about the long ago days when her family home, The Stores, was the hub of the village. In 1871, at the age of 21, my great grandfather William Sare married local farmer’s daughter Sarah Rush and purchased a piece of land opposite the now car park of the White Horse pub in South Lopham with a legacy from his uncle. He built the house, which still stands, and shop premises and called it South Lopham Stores. Sarah ran the shop and William, a master shoemaker, made and repaired shoes in an outbuilding at the back, reared 10 children and helped many needy villagers. Sarah rose at 4am every day to bake bread to sell in the shop, using her oven in the wall next to the fire, which could hold 18 loaves at a time. At Easter she made hot cross buns and in summer harvest cakes (similar but flatter) which she sold for a half pence each to local women to take to the men in the fields. Not every housewife was lucky enough to own an oven and many prepared their pies and took them to Sarah to bake. One old lady turned up with a tin containing a blackbird surrounded by sparrows to be baked! It was not uncommon for poorer folk to eat such birds. The shop opened every day except Sunday, and stayed open late on Saturday night so the wives of the farm workers who received their wages on Saturdays could shop – and gossip – while the menfolk went to the White Horse. Travellers called from Ipswich, Norwich, Cambridge and Bury St. Edmunds to supply goods. Sugar in hundredweight bags was collected by pony and trap from Diss railway station, along with many other commodities. Once back at the shop everything was weighed out for customers. Huge lumps of salt were sawn into ‘pennoth’ and ‘hapoth’ sizes. Blue paper squares had to be folded into bags. Apart from general groceries, the shop sold pig meal, maize, coal, all types of machine oil, paraffin

oil and, later, petrol in gallon cans, as well as clothing, haberdashery, boots and shoes – some made by William. A popular line was Sarah and William’s W homemade grap pe and blackcurrant wine! The family had a pony and ‘rally-car’ trap, which Sarah took to Diss twice a week to do errands for herself and other village folk. She would tether the pony in the yard of a particular public house and on her return call in the back room for a glass of port with other ladies. She helped birth babies, some mothers having nothing but a heap of rags on the floor to give birth on, and when late one night a man was taken ill, Sarah drove the pony and trap to Hopton to summon the doctor, then on to Diss for medicine. On Christmas Day, William refused to sit down to lunch until his daughters had distributed a hot meal to the poorest in the village, and every Christmas gave a party in his living room for village children with a Christmas tree bearing penny toys for all, ending with a sing-song around the piano. There will be more of grandma’s South Lopham memories in the next issue.


Local walks


The Central Norfolk Walking for Health group put on 6 or 7 walks a week in Norwich and the surrounding area.


alks are free and where possible end with a coffee and cake. Walks are divided into three ‘grades’ to help you find the best walk for your fitness level: GRADE 1 Suitable for those who have not walked much before, or are recovering from injury or illness. They tend to be on flat or gently sloping ground, with firm surfaces and no steps or stiles. The walks should take no more than 30 minutes.

GRADE 2 Suitable for those looking to increase their activity level. They are between 30 to 60 minutes long, and may include moderate slopes, steps, stiles and the ground may be uneven. GRADE 3 For people looking for more challenging walks. The walks are between 45 to 90 minutes long, and may include steeper slopes, steps, uneven ground and stiles.


All walks start at 10.30 am unless otherwise stated. Grade



Friday 2 Aug (10.30/10.45)

Foundry, Recorder Rd NR1 1BP (0.9/1.5/2.4m)

Friday 2 Aug

Keswick Mill, Waitrose CP, Newmarket Rd NR4 6NU, Coffee in shop (3.6m)

Monday 5 Aug

Bergh Apton VH, Cookes Rd NR15 1AA (1.8/3.3m)

Monday 5 Aug

Eaton Pk CP, South Pk Ave NR4 7AZ, Coffee in Pavilion (1.5m)


Tuesday 6 Aug

Thorpe St Andrew, Rec.Grd, Laundry Ln, NR7 0XP, Coffee @ The Place (2.4m)


Tuesday 6 Aug (19.00)

Loddon Ch.CP, High St NR14 6AH (2.6m)


Wednesday 7 Aug

Sth Walsham, Fairhaven Gdns, School Rd NR13 6DZ (3.3m)


Friday 9 Aug

River&Ridge, Thorn Ln/Rouen Rd NR1 1QT, Coffee in King Centre (1.6m)


Friday 9 Aug

Fundenhall, St Nicolas Ch, Church Ln NR16 1AH, Coffee in Church (3.8m)

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Sunday 11 Aug (11.00)

Whitlingham Broad, New Inn CP, Whitlingham Ln NR14 (2.3/5.0m)


Monday 12 Aug

Yelverton VH, Church Rd NR14 7NU (1.5/2.9m)


Monday 12 Aug

Forum/Marriott’s Way, o/s Forum NR1 (2.6m)

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Tuesday 13 Aug

Mulbarton VH CP, The Common NR14 8AE (2.3/4.2m)

Wednesday 14 Aug

Ranworth Broad, The Maltster’s PH CP, The Staithe NR13 6AB, Coffee in Pub (3.2m)

Friday 16 Aug (10.30/10.45)

Foundry, Recorder Rd NR1 1BP (0.9/1.5/2.4m)


Friday 16 Aug

Caister St Edmund, Roman Town CP NR14 8QL, Coffee in Church (2.7/4.4m)


Monday 19 Aug

Thorpe Marsh, Oaklands Hotel, Yarmouth Rd NR7 1BP, Coffee in Hotel (2m)


Monday 19 Aug

Bramerton VH CP, East Hill Ln NR14 7EQ (2m)


Tuesday 20 Aug

Three Parks, o/s Forum NR1 (2.6m)


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Local walks


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Wednesday 21 Aug

Beighton VH, High Rd NR13 3LA (2.8m)


Friday 23 Aug

Earlham Green, Park CP, University Drive NR4 7J (1.9m)


Friday 23 Aug

Swardeston VH CP, The Common NR14 8DL, Coffee in Cavell Rooms (3.1m)


Monday 26 Aug (BH 11.00)

Bridges, o/s Adam&Eve PH, 12 Bishopgate NR1 1Z (2.5m)


Tuesday 27 Aug

Trowse, Ski Centre CP, Whitlingham Ln NR14 8TN, Coffee in Centre (2.8m)


Tuesday 27 Aug

Great Melton, All Saint’s Ch, Market Ln NR9 3BH, Coffee in Church (2.3/3.9m)

Wednesday 28 Aug

Nth Burlingham, St Andrew’s Ch, Main Rd NR13 4TA, Park on main rd (3.2m)

Friday 30 Aug (10.30/10.45)

Foundry, Recorder Rd NR1 1BP (0.9/1.5/2.4m)

Friday 30 Aug

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