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Se en Churches Newsletter January 2013

Priest-in-Charge: Rev. Marion Harrison, Itteringham Rectory, The Street, Itteringham NR11 7AX. Tel: 01263 587977

Photograph: Ivan Thompson

St Andrew, Blickling; St Andrew, Little Barningham; St Andrew,Wickmere; St Andrew, Saxthorpe with Corpusty; St Mary, Itteringham; SS Peter & Paul, Edgefield; SS Peter & Paul, Oulton and Irmingland.

The New Year begins

As the winter gets into its stride and does its best to freeze us, blow us over, soak us (or all three together) it’s hard to imagine that the snows will melt, the buds will quicken and the birds will return. But we know they will.And just as surely in the bleak midwinter the Church stands as a sign of community and hope in a freezing world. A very happy new year to all our readers. 1

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January Reflection Christmas is over. All the presents have been opened, all the food eaten and the New Year welcomed in. And what better way to start a new year than with a good spring clean. And to get you in the mood here is a poem for you. Spring Cleaning Clean away the cobwebs Make light of dirt and grime Wave high those feather dusters It’s now spring cleaning time For spring’s first day has broken And those windows must be cleaned. Cold winter’s grey has gone away Replaced with fresher scenes. Ah! the joy of such spring cleaning Oh! the joy of household life Sometimes I am the paragon Of a 1950s wife! Of course Christmas decorations are traditionally taken down by January 6th or Twelfth Night. But for the Church twelfth night is the celebration of Epiphany which marks the visit of the magi, the wise men, to the Christ Child. The Church season of Christmastide and Epiphany lasts until Candlemas on 2nd February. This celebrates the Presentation of Christ in the Temple and traditionally is the day the Church takes down and packs away its Crib for another year. But back to spring cleaning. This is also the time that the church makes ready for the coming spring in our Churchyards. Here we too are tidying up. Many of you have marked the Christmas Season by laying wreaths or pot plants or plastic flowers on graves of relatives or loved ones no longer with us. This is a good thing to do, to remember those whom we have loved and still do and those who have loved us in the past. But as with Christmas decorations there comes a time when wreaths and plastic flowers have to be taken away. In accordance with the Church of England Churchyard Regulations, (displayed in Church porches or copies can be obtained from your churchwardens) it is my and the churchwardens’ duty to remove any flowers or wreaths, at our discretion. Neither I nor any of the churchwardens wish to upset or offend anyone who has placed items on family graves. We feel that it is less painful to ask you to remove such items by the end of January than for us to do this. After this date we will remove any that are left. We thank you for your generosity of spirit and cooperation in this delicate matter. And, from the Ministry Team, we wish you all a happy new year. Rev. Marion Harrison 3


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BLICKLING Well, by the time this newsletter is circulated, it will already be 2013, and I hope that all of you have had a lovely Christmas and are about to have a fantastic NewYear. Not too cold, and not too hot, so to speak.What will this fresh year bring to Blickling and how are we all going to spend our time now that Strictly Come Dancing and Homeland have finished on television? Perhaps, one way is to read all of the newspaper’s reviews of what was best about last year and then to curl up on the sofa and get to work! My votes would be for a very funny book called ‘The HundredYear Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared’ and an incredibly moving book by Tom Lubbock,‘Until Further Notice’. Worst film ever was the end of the Twilight series that one of my daughters took us all to (watching that will drive you out for a walk around the lake, even in the worst of the weather), but a good one for a family afternoon in was ‘Moonrise Kingdom’. And if films and books are not up your street, what about using some of those Christmas vouchers to update the music library; my son made me listen and then listen again to a new band called ‘Tame Impala’ and now I can’t get their tunes out of my head. That can be dangerous when trying to sing in Church. Of course, you could also write me an email about what you are planning to do around Blickling in the next twelve months; I’m sure that would be of far more interest to everyone than what I am reading, watching and listening to! Finally, what is all of this nonsense from the new census about Norwich being the most non-religious city in the UK.At least from my point of view, all of my friends from Norfolk are far more spiritual than those that live in London. Here’s to more common sense and less statistics and polls. A Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Evelyn Mary Cook (Molly) (1920-2012) was held at Blickling Church on Monday 17th December. Molly was a member of the Church, serving until a few years ago on the PCC as secretary. She enjoyed reading the lesson in Church and often brought her son and granddaughter to the services. She we will be sorely missed by all. Donations in her memory may be sent to Duckers in White Hart Street,Aylsham for Macmillan Cancer Support. Sam Berwick: 07810 553321

January Groan 1 I was driving up the A11 and my boss phoned and told me I’d been promoted. I was so shocked I almost swerved the car. Then he phoned again to say I’d been promoted even higher and I did swerve lanes.Then he phoned and made me managing director - I skidded right off the road and crashed into a tree. When the police came and asked me what had happened, I said “I careered off the road”. 5



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EDGEFIELD Church News We are very grateful to all who helped with the Carol Service, and particularly to Carol Pennington, who kindly devised the service and officiated. Tickets for the ever-popular Quiz Night in the Village Hall at 7.00 p.m. on Friday 18th January can be obtained at £5 per head from Janet Keymer, Lorna Ross and Angela Turner. Looking further ahead, it is intended to hold a “Pudding Evening” in the Village Hall on Saturday 9th March; details of this event will be advertised in the New Year. Edgefield Village Hall Committee (from Jim Frost) Christmas is upon us and another year almost gone! Friday 7th December saw the Christmas party in the Village Hall go with a real festive bang. With the new chairs, kitchen equipment and a loaned piano to the fore, the hall was packed to the rafters with every inch of space taken. Even Santa paid Edgefield an early visit to give the many children that attended a treat! Christmas songs and carols were sung with gusto and it was clear that by the evening’s end, everyone had had a wonderful time and felt that the Christmas season was well and truly upon us. To add to the feel-good effect, the evening made a profit for the hall of £504.31! On a personal note, I moved to the village a year ago having never lived anywhere other than in towns and cities. My eyes have been opened by the friendliness of this pretty village and the Christmas party just served to underline what a fabulous place this is and remind each and everyone never to take it for granted. Finally a short mention of the “Cream of the Crafts” event that was held in November. Whilst not as many people attended as was hoped, it still proved a successful weekend and the proof of the pudding was the fact that the majority of the stall holders asked if they could come back in the event of another such event, and the profit was £428.83. Happy Christmas to everyone in Edgefield from the committee and look out for our events calendar Richard Peaver: 01263 587486, in the next Newsletter.


ITTERINGHAM We were treated to a night out at the movies and it was.....sociable, memorable and nicely hosted. There was mulled wine and popcorn, candy floss, mince pies and coffee. The film, shot by students, in surroundings familiar to us all, was professional, accomplished and deserved its’ accolades in London and Beijing. “I Love Alma Cogan” filmed around Cromer Pier Theatre is ‘coming soon’. BOOK NOW. Belinda Sanderson is a paper conservator for which she holds an MA. She also carries a BA(Hons) in Art History. She has lived in Itteringham Common for almost twenty years and has now given up her workshop at Houghton Hall to work from home (Tel. 01263 587770). In the New Year she will travel to Dharamsala in Northern India, home to the Dalai Lama, where she hopes to become volunteer to the Tibetan culture in exile. She may take her boy Alfie, six years going on twelve, with her. What adventure! More news in later editions. Sometime in the mid-noughties a new face Christie Cozic, who is leaving the shop Photo:The Author appeared in the village shop. Christine Cozic, originally from the Bordeaux region of Western France, has been a welcome and cheerful addition to the shopscape. She has given much of her own time to the venture and was always dedicated and highly efficient. She is to take up further teaching duties.You will be much missed Christine but ‘bon chance’ from us all. Adieu mais au revoir.....non. A ‘History of the Village Shop’ is now on the shop. Jennifer Hagon, daughter of Helen and Steven, will be seven years old on 3rd January. Hooray. Have a very happy birthday Jennifer and a lovely year. Oliver Vincent (Son of Helen) will be ten on 17th. January. Many happy returns Olly. Have a really good number ten. Alfie Sanderson will be seven on 22nd January. Three cheers for Alfie. Happy birthday and have a ‘great eighth’. The Seven Benefices Carol Service shook the very foundations of ancient St. Marys’ on Sunday 23rd December. A powerful congregation sang from their hearts and The Reverend Marion Harrison conducted a very happy event. Eric Goodman 587278 8

LITTLE BARNINGHAM Happy new year to you all and I do hope you had a good Christmas too, the village was certainly buzzing over the festive period. Barbara would like to say thank you to all for supporting this year’s Christmas hamper. We raised £244 for village hall funds. The prize winners were, first Jean Farmer, second Paul Gallon, third Debbie Love and fourth Hazel Barnes (Itteringham). Thank you to last year’s winner Micheal Gandy for drawing the winning tickets. We had a good evening of soup, rolls and mince pies a good start to the festive season. We then had the Village Christmas lunch with a record number of 44 villagers turning out. The turkey was very tasty, with stuffing, superb roast potatoes and veg, followed by Christmas pudding and trifle. A big thank you to Michael and Derek for the potatoes, Gavin and Ruth for the vegetables and Elly and Jean Cooper for providing desserts. Not only did we have a fabulous lunch, we also had a raffle which raised £116.00 for the charity Crisis at Christmas! Also joining us were new residents Roger and Sue and Pat and Henry and we welcome them to the Village. Thank you to those that stayed behind and cleared up! To an outsider reading this, it would seem that the residents of Little Barningham like to eat and drink, well this, as well as having a good chat may well be true as our next two functions involve just that! The Community Sunday will be on 6th January, as usual please do come along for refreshments and a chat. The following Sunday will be the ‘Big Village Breakfast’ between 9.00 and 10.00, full details will be sent out by flyer. As a small village we are very good at putting on events, but we do need more people on the committee to come up with new ideas and help. The AGM will be held in the Village Hall on Tuesday 19th February at 7.00pm and we would like to invite all residents to this meeting to see how the Hall runs. We look forward to seeing you there. Little Barningham Village Events Sunday 6th January Community Sunday Sunday 13th January ‘Big Village Breakfast’ 9.00 – 10.00am Friday 15th February Pub Games – 7.00pm March Quiz and Chips Sunday 21st April St Georges Day lunch Debbie Love: 01263 577430

January Groans 2 I’ve just seen the window cleaner jumping up and down and shouting angrily outside my house. I think he’s lost his rag.


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OULTON Wow! 2013! Is it me or does everyone feel it’s only five minutes since the millennium. What will this year hold for us all? Have you made your New Year Resolutions and will you keep them? It appears that each decade brings it’s trials and tribulations, not to mention challenges. The start of the New Year will certainly bring a few worries for the benefice as we all put our heads together to develop a new service rota that aims to keep everyone happy (not an easy task) but more importantly, that helps our Pastoral Team do their work to the best of their abilities. Your prayers are needed to help us to all to arrive at the ultimate solution. Community Weekend. This month we are inviting everyone to a soup and roll lunch in church, on Sunday 27th at 12.00. Please check posters nearer the time for more details but this is a date for your new diary. Open Gardens. Now, after all those mince pies it’s time to look ahead to the summer. As previously mentioned, it is still the aim of the PCC to organise our first Open Gardens Oulton, as the main fundraiser, this year, for our much needed church funds. is the time to think about it. Winter is the perfect time to cast a critical eye over your garden and plan your changes. If you’re happy with your plot then why not work off all those accumulated Christmas calories and make use of any windows in the weather to keep your garden looking lovely. It would be useful at this stage if we could have an idea of interest, so if you would either like to open your garden or help in other ways, for example serving refreshments, please contact Sue Hall on the number below and watch this space for further information. Changes to Magazine. During the last year, you may have noticed several changes to the Seven churches Newsletter and the good news is that there are more changes to come. Of course apart from the dates for your diary, we correspondents very much rely on your news so please keep it coming in. A big thankyou to Richard Lynam for his brilliant editorship and to Marian Williams for selling the advertising space. Please note: Due to an early deadline this month, all the Christmas news will be reported next month. Wishing you all a Very Happy New Year. Sue Hall: 01263 734245 15


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SAXTHORPE WITH CORPUSTY An omission from last month’s newsletter: Corpusty and Saxthorpe Youth Club is in serious danger of closing. Every week we need at least 13 members to pay for the Hall hire costs. Please come along and bring your friends, or we may have to close after Christmas until Easter. Mondays 7 – 9pm. IT’S UP TO YOU!! The LinC Christmas Craft Fayre was well attended.Thanks to all who supported it. The profit was £534.0 and will be divided between East Anglian Children’s Hospices (EACH), Corpusty Village Hall, and LinC funds. Special thanks must go to those who donated raffle prizes, particularly: Corpusty Stores;The Gallery, Corpusty;The Duke’s Head Pub, Corpusty; and Posh Pets of Holt. The Toys and Tins Service was taken by Mrs Gill Peat.The story of kind Bishop Nicholas, was read and equated to another kindly old gentleman who comes and gives gifts secretly, at dead of night.Tea and delicious cakes completed the celebration of giving.The Salvation Army was delighted to receive the gifts and thanked everyone who had given so generously. Here follows an extract from the press release about the planning application for a Solar Power plant in Saxthorpe: A packed public meeting at Corpusty Village Hall on 30th November heard how 23,000 solar panels could be spread over one of the most prominent ridges close to Saxthorpe and Corpusty.This landscape is beloved by local people and visitors to the county. If the proposal goes ahead the site would be enclosed by an eight-foot-six-inch high fence with CCTV cameras on nine-foot-high pylons.There would also be seven substantial buildings on concrete platforms. The proposal involves loss of agricultural jobs, as well as sacrificing valuable agricultural land. Indeed, villagers felt that climate change is better resisted by growing crops which absorb carbon, and by putting solar panels on roofs and brown-field sites. The meeting heard that the proposed site adjoins the Conservation Area of Mosseymere Wood, celebrated for its spectacular bluebells, its fungi, mature trees, and many rare species of bird. It is also thought to be the home to badgers. Immediately to the east is the river Bure, an Environmentally Sensitive Area of which the applicant seems ignorant.The proposal also ignores the site’s exceptional archaeological interest. The proposal was overwhelmingly opposed without a single vote in support. Representatives from local government, the developer, the Council for the Protection of Rural England, and the villages of Oulton and Itteringham attended the meeting. For the full release email: North Norfolk Knitters meet 8th January 10-noon. LinC meet 16th January, for a slide show of Canada, by Mr MD Smith. Families Together meet 17th January, 3.30-5.30pm, they will be celebrating Grandparents. Judith Banks: 01263 587319 17

WICKMERE WITH WOLTERTON New Year’s Honours to all the unsung heroes who work to make village life a little bit better! Some recent examples are: Dawn Hembling who produced gallons of delicious soup for the “soup and sweet” evening. Barbara and Terry Shaw who produced and served the delicious mulled wine we consumed after the switching on of the village Christmas tree lights. Lesley Ash who is involved in every communal activity that goes on in the village and has the mind numbing task of writing grant bids. And now she and we have some success! Tesco is donating £1,400 for new village hall tables, blackout blinds, a film screen, digital projector and digital camcorder. We should hear in January about the grant that will enable us to complete the kitchen. Lesley noticed that Reymerston has received a heritage fund grant to transform its village phone box into a village history museum. The phone will be used to dial up information about the village or listen to recorded stories about local families and events. If anyone thinks this is a good idea please have a word with Lesley. Perhaps we will hear more about it at the annual general meeting of the village hall committee on 21st January. Do please try to attend as this will be a big year for the village with its newly completed hall and there is a lot to talk about if we are to make full use of it. Everybody at the Forge is looking forward to family Christmas with the newest family member, young Sonny Elias Poulton - 2months old on New Year’s Eve. He won’t be eating turkey but will sure be star of the show! Finally an apology: the photograph of Wickmere village hall we ran last month was taken by Lesley Ash and not Dom Boddington as the Editor mistakenly put.

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January Groans 3 I told my mate I was thinking of buying a Labrador dog. He said, “Don’t do it, have you seen how many of their owners go blind?” 18

Nature Notes On dark winter evenings, bringing in a log for the fire involves a military-like operation of agility and speed.Too slow, and before you know it, a battalion of uninvited guests, which were loitering outside the back door, barge in... Winter Moths! An ability to create body heat by “shivering,” and having a natural antifreeze substance in their bodies, allows these small creatures to be active in the depths of winter, long after other winged insects have died or sought shelter. Only the males fly, whilst the wingless females sit on tree trunks pumping out pheromones. So potent is this,“eau de moth,” that it can waft half a dozen miles or so, attracting the amorous males’ attention. Once mating is complete, the male’s life is over.The females crawl up into the higher branches, lay their eggs in crevices in the bark, then they too, die. In spring the eggs hatch, and the tiny Winter Moth by Sue Appleby caterpillars burrow into the emerging leaf buds, where they begin to gorge themselves. Having devoured one bud they move to another, then another, again eating them from the inside out. Once stuffed silly and about an inch in length, they send out a,“streamer,” of silk which the wind catches, gently carrying them to the ground.There, in the undergrowth, they take cover, pupate and remain throughout the summer and autumn, before emerging in the winter as adults to begin the whole process again. Deciduous trees are the primary food source for this species, whose Latin name, Operophtera brumata , literally means,” destroyer of fruit.” However, in Northern Scotland, a distinct lack of trees has driven them to feed on the heather, where the caterpillar’s voracious appetites have had a serious impact on the moorland. Across in eastern America and Canada, where they are held responsible for killing 40% of all trees, the moth’s presence has had catastrophic results. First appearing in the 1930s, with no natural predators, populations of this European invader have been able to reach almost plague proportions. Each spring trillions of the pale green caterpillars decimate buds and early foliage, weakening and eventually killing trees. Each winter huge clouds of the moth fill the air. Those little pale brown moths clinging to your window or dancing in front of your car’s headlights, perhaps no longer seem so harmless – they truly are an army marching on its stomach! Sue Appleby 19


Local Arts News So you think you know Norwich? This Norwich Quiz is part of a series celebrating the refurbishment of Norwich Castle’s Colman Art Galleries. Come and join us for a fun afternoon at the Castle, test your knowledge (in a completely non-embarrassng way!) and you may even win a prize! Afternoon tea will be served. Please note: advance booking is essential. Venue: Norwich Castle Date: Sunday 27 January 2013 from 14:00 - 16:00 Price: Adult £7.50,Young Person (4-16) £6.50, Members (Museum Pass Holders, FNM, EAAF, C&TA, NCAS) £6.50 Call 01603 495897 or email uk for more information Bircham Gallery’s New Exhibition Nicolas Ward: 19th January - 6th February Bircham Gallery of Holt have announced their new show featuring the black and white etchings of Nicholas Ward. Nicholas studied at Lowestoft School of Art, St Martin’s School of Art and The Royal Academy Schools, graduating in 1974 and is an elected Associate of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers.As well as creating his own work, he has undertaken commissions for BP and National Grid. He has exhibited regularly at the RA Summer Exhibitions and the National Print Exhibition Nicholas Ward, Gas Hill, Norwich at the Mall Galleries. Eastern Pavilions Launch On January 26th, Eastern Pavilions, a collaborative project involving Norwich Castle Museum and Gallery and ten other regional arts organisations and artist groups, is launched. The portfolio of 12 prints by well-regarded local artists will be introduced by Hannah Higham from the Castle.This event will provide an opportunity to view the works in the portfolio, hear more about their production from those involved in the project. The event is in the Benefactors Room, Norwich Castle Museum from 2–4 pm. Have you thought about joining NCAS? The Norfolk Contemporary Art Society is a voluntary association and charity with over 600 members which champions contemporary visual art, particularly that of local artists. It holds regular exhibitions, the most recent of which were Norfolk Contemporary Art (2010 and 2012) and Elements (2011), all in The Forum. NCAS membership gives you free entry to the Castle Gallery and keeps you up to date with what is going on in the world of art through invitations to private views and a lively programme of monthly events, including lectures by artists and critics, temporary exhibitions, visits and excursions. See for details. 21

Police winter advice Holt Police would like to remind residents to be extra vigilant about preventing crime this Winter. For further advice or to arrange a crime prevention survey please contact Holt police by using the non-emergency no.101


Close curtains when dark to prevent thieves looking in.


Use timer switches so it looks like your are at home.


Secure doors and windows and outbuildings.


Record serial numbers, take photos of valuable items, mark them with a police approved marking system.


Lock your car and never leave property or shopping on show.


Shred personal items to prevent possible identity theft.


Don’t advertise new goods, never leave the empty packaging by the bins.

We are also asking owners of heating oil tanks to take all possible security precautions to safeguard their oil over the winter months. Please report any suspicious circumstances to the police using the non emergency no.101 or in an event of an emergency dial 999

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Village People Marion Harrison thinks her builders who are replacing the Rectory roof have got the Genesis admonition the wrong way round: six days shall they rest and one day shall they labour! Diana Jacob and Alison Mawson from Edgefield successfully completed a challenging trek along the Great Wall of China in November. So far they have raised £3,700 for Holt Youth Project and are very grateful to all who sponsored them. You can still donate to them in person or online via Justgiving. Perhaps some blister cream would be a kind gift too. Merlin and Imogen Waterson of Saxthorpe have enjoyed a brief pre-Christmas visit to Florence while Judith and Michael Banks also of Saxthorpe have been to the Canary Islands. Aubrey Poberefsky of Saxthorpe and Professor Tony Barnett of Corpusty have been busy working with the team trying to stop an ordinary farm turning into a solar farm.We hope the sun shines on all their efforts. Little Barningham’s Derek Wintle and Michael Gandy were up to their hoxters in spuds last month. Derek was in charge of roast potatoes and Michael looked after the mash for the Village Lunch.They may never be able to face a potato again. Edgefield’s 16 year old Clare Mawson has been selected to shoot for the Great Britain Under 19 Rifle Team and will be touring South Africa with them next Easter. She will also be shooting for the GB Under 19 Cadet Team, known as The Athelings, in Canada in the summer.

Birthdays and Anniversaries Coming In February Thanks to the efforts of Marian Williams the Seven Churches magazine has become very successful - we now have more advertisers and readers than ever before and so from the February issue (out end of January) the number of pages in the magazine will be going up from 24 to 28. We will also be introducing some new, regular features one of which is “Birthdays and Anniversaries”. If you or someone you know has a significant birthday or anniversary coming up - they are manly the ones that end in a 5 or a zero, but, of course, we’d like to hear of 18th and 21st birthdays - then please do let us know.There will also be an opportunity for you to add a very short message if you wish. Please phone or email the Editor, Richard Lynam, on 07831 639196 or with details of the birthday or anniversary (yours or somebody else’s) that you want to celebrate. 23

Diary Dates Date Event January 8th North Norfolk Knitters meet 8th Police Mobile Surgery 10th Police Mobile Surgery 13th Big Village Breakfast 16th LinC: Slide show of Canada 17th Families Together 17th Police Mobile Surgery 18th Quiz Night 31st Graves Cleared February 15th Pub Games 19th Village Hall AGM



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Benefice Newsletter - January 2013  
Benefice Newsletter - January 2013