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Se en Churches Newsletter September 2012

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

Photo: 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. www.sevenchurches.org.uk

2012 harvest home to mixed reports

This year’s harvest has brought mixed blessings. Little Barningham farmer Michael Daniels reports his winter and spring barley has achieved good tonnages but local wheat has had more variable results. The lack of July sunshine meant the wheat on many local farms had not matured and some, originally intended for human consumption, has now had to be consigned for animal feed. 1


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September Reflection High days and holidays have come to an end. Grandchildren have gone home, their outside toys put away for another year and if they are like me, grandparents are now recovering from the shock of finding out just how tiring looking after grandchildren can be. The children themselves, like the children from our own villages, are returning to school or going for the first time. Life everywhere is returning to the familiar rhythms and patterns of day to day living. And so what are my reflections on my first summer in Norfolk? It has not been the best of summer weather. In fact the constant rain has caused our farmers some concern for the harvest this year, at least August has given us all some much needed sun. The highlight of this summer for me was our holiday club for school age children that took place in the first week of the holiday, starting at the end of July. For this the rain stopped, thank goodness, and the sun shone. The week was based on the Olympics and St. Paul’s encouragement to run the good race. Activities started with puzzle pages and pictures to colour. We sang songs and heard stories of David. The shepherd boy that became a king, played the harp, wrote and sang psalms, killed giants and was faithful to God. We watched as our play rolled out over the five days. Then a short break for drinks and snacks and outside for games. We all took part in races on the grass and parachute games. Even I kicked off my shoes and joined in. The week ended with a Benefice service on the Sunday when we heard the last episode to our play and ran races and had a parachute game in Church! I don’t know about anyone else but I really enjoyed the week and I can’t wait for next year. August also saw the start of our wedding season. It has been my great joy and pleasure to marry Sonia and Paul in Saxthorpe and Billy and Clair in Little Barningham. As a priest it is a wonderful part of my work to join in Holy Matrimony two people who love each other and wish to commit to each other before God and their friends and families. But of course it is not just uniting two people, it is uniting two families. And families can help newlyweds so much, in good times and bad, always in the background but ready and willing to help when asked. And always ready and willing to show love, patience and consideration for a couple starting out on life’s big adventure together. And so from looking back to looking forward. Harvest is coming. If you would like to donate food or tins for harvest festival but will not be in church to do so, please give items to your newsletter delivery person or contact your churchwardens for information. To everyone in our benefice, those living here, working here or just passing through, I hope your summer has given you new Rev. Marion Harrison memories and much joy to reflect on until next year. 3


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BLICKLING I hope by now, everyone concerned has achieved their hoped for (and I’m sure very well deserved and worked for) exam results and all are looking forward to getting back to school, university, or work. It’s an especially exciting time of life for those who are just leaving home to go on towards new horizons, so good luck to them and make sure you phone home on a regular basis! The summer months have passed unbelievably quickly, in a whirlwind of Blickling cricket, tennis, cycling and horse-riding. Not too much reading was done in the families that I’ve spoken to, but that can wait for the horrible winter season. What is always obvious to me when I speak to people who come to this part of Norfolk to take part in any of these summer activities is how amazed they are at the diverse countryside that we have around us which even includes some hills and valleys - not what many expect when they first come to this part of the country. As Hugh Thomson has written in his highly readable The Green Road into the Trees, “As always when entering Norfolk, I felt like one of Napoleon’s soldiers entering Russia. There were stretches of the last haul to the Wash when I thought wistfully of the Karelian peninsular in northern Russia where at least they greeted you with a glass of vodka in every village across the tundra.” I have nothing whatsoever against the Wash, but I wish Mr Thomson had also walked past Blickling Hall on his travels and written about the incredible countryside that we have; should he decide to do this for his next book, I’ll make sure that there is even a shot of vodka ready for him, even though he surely won’t be in need of it! And talking of visitors to the parish, I have been inundated with requests this summer from groups wishing to come to the Church to do a bit of brass rubbing. Can anyone please tell me why this is such an attractive pastime? I do love our brasses and can spend a long time looking at them and even taking pictures of them; but getting down on hands and knees to rub them. Why, or am I really missing something? Sam Berwick: 07810 553321

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EDGEFIELD Church News At last the better weather arrived in time for the school holidays, and let’s hope everyone had a good holiday. Some people in the village remember Rev. W. R. Ward, who succeeded Canon Marcon as rector. His great-grandson, Graham, came recently, and asked if he could play our lovely organ. It seemed appropriate, as his great-grandfather must have been responsible for installing it. He was the person who had the old organ burnt in the churchyard, saying it was “the work of the devil” after a workman fell and died while removing the old one! Please note that there will be no 8.00 a.m. service of Holy Communion on Sunday, 2nd September. On Sunday, 16th September, at 6.00 p.m., we shall be celebrating our Harvest Festival. It has been an especially difficult time for our farmers this year, struggling with the weather, so do come and join us for our service, which, as usual, will be followed by our Harvest Supper. All contributions of flowers, fruit and vegetables will be very much appreciated, preferably left in the church by 10.00 a.m. on the Saturday morning. This is our Community Sunday for September. Ann Brooks would be very grateful if anyone who has found or seen her hat would kindly ring her on 587208. She thinks it may have been left somewhere during the Edgefield Open Gardens weekend. It is dark navy, rainproof, brimmed, very used, and an old favourite! Edgefield Village Hall Committee We have been busy buying kitchen equipment to further improve our Hall. Our next big event, by special request, is “The Castaways”. This most entertaining group donate their fee to the Air Ambulance and several other worthy charities. We look forward to another enjoyable evening in their company and will include a delicious supper in the ticket price. Please contact Angie Baker for tickets on 01263 587446. We are now collecting 200 Club subs for next year starting September. Please consider joining, to help keep your village hall in good shape. Thank you. Richard Peaver: 01263 587486, rhpeaver@btinternet.com 7


ITTERINGHAM The disclosure of emotions across our green and pleasant parish, and even beyond, was self evident.Whatever views we hold about competitive sports we must surely admire the personal and collective enthusiasm clear from images of expression and purpose perceived in those moments of surge and urge. A hint of national shadow was sunned and dispersed by the opening which in the Itteringham Parish began with a ringing of St. Mary’s bell under the Martin Creed Artwork proposition.The beacon of sound then was deftly announced and spread abroad by Church warden Ray Covell together with Julia Thompson and our youngest campanological apprentice, Jennifer Hagon (photo at left shows Jennifer clutching her homework). Thus this Parish joined with other messengers in all of Jennifer Hagon, miniature campanologist these islands. Clappers were universally clapped and led in to an admiring claptrap* that elicited the applause intended and there followed later the formal ceremonies at Stratford. Before leaving briefly for the City Smoke Sharon had urged James not to ride alone but he was enticed away from safety by the promise of what to him and this writer would have been an irresistible minor adventure. It was a dire and calamitous succumbing to an otherwise trivial temptation. James Savory had achieved much and was lovingly immersed in his chosen new direction. He is missed. Over two years behind the counter at The Village Shop in the Sunday morning slot he was well liked for his zany humour and memorable laugh! Your correspondent could not have wished for a kinder tennis opponent. His suspected mastery of the game was masterfully disguised and hence gave a little credence at least to his challenger, for which he will be forever (for quite a long time anyway), grateful. (A tribute to James also appears in the Wickmere section on page 18). The publication of local author Elspeth Barkers’ latest manuscript has been awaited with a muted though profound eagerness.The book is entitled,“Dog Days” and will be launched midst a fanfare of generous appreciation from all of her fans, as well as from those who are not fans but will likely become so in the short future. The exposure will be by way of a hosted evening at The Book Hive in Norwich on 11th October, to be followed by more at Holt Bookshop (26 October). For further information contact Black Dog on 01603 623771 or email blackdogbooks@gmail.com. Pre-launch orders to any of these.This edition is in softback priced at £11. 95p. In stock at Itteringham Village Shop from mid October. *Claptrap, C18th. Something designed to achieve applause (Oxford Eng. Dict.) 8

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LITTLE BARNINGHAM What a busy summer Little Barningham seems to be having, with residents leaving for pastures new, afternoon teas, barbecues and of course the children (and adults too!) busy making the go-karts! The weather has been a huge help too. So we finally said a fond farewell to one of our long standing and much loved residents Monica Hutchings. The vintage tea party in honour of her departure was well attended. We had a lot of food and cakes served in the best silver teapots and china cups - it was a truly lovely afternoon and a touching speech from Derek Wintle. Ghislaine from Edgefield wanted to thank Pam Daniels and Elly Betts for a delightful afternoon and for all the thought that had gone into the presentation, the dainty food and the fine china. After over 30 years in the village, Monica has moved to Oxfordshire to be closer to her family and we wish her and her menagerie all the very best and look forward to welcoming her back to the village for visits in the future. The Village Barbecue was attended by 43 villagers and their families, and thanks go to Paul and Barbara for hosting the event. Again we had a jam jar tombola, which was a great success, with most people winning something, including the children, one of which won a jar of sand! Thank you to all those that attended and of course the team of helpers who had the task of shifting tables and chairs to and from the Village Hall in the soaring heat! Our next main event in the Village will be the church fete which will be held on Saturday 1st September at 3 o’clock at Meadow Cottage. There will be refreshments, Barbecue, tombola, stalls, bric-a-brac and more. Any donations for tombola and raffle to Pam and cakes, books and bric-a-brac to Barbara. And of course the long awaited go-kart challenge will take place at 4 o’clock, so if you haven’t finished, the deadline is getting closer! Jean Farmer will be hosting a coffee morning on Friday 28th September at 10.30 in aid of the Macmillan Cancer Charity, all welcome to attend. The next village hall event will be the ‘Pub Games Night’ on Friday 28th September at 7.00pm. So if you fancy darts, cards, pool, table football, dominoes come and join us. The cost is £2.50 per person and includes crisps, peanuts and refreshments. We look forward to seeing you there for some noncompetitive fun – and of course some competitive fun too! Debbie Love: 01263 577430 9


Protect your Footpaths As part of CPRE Norfolk’s new ‘Protect our Paths’ campaign, the charity has organised two workshops aimed at existing or potential Footpath Wardens as well as individuals and parish councils who wish to get involved and take action to improve footpaths in their local area.There is a choice of two venues and dates: Thursday September 20th, Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Road, Postwick, Norwich, NR13 5HL or Friday October 5th, Leziate Village Hall, Brow of the Hill, King’s Lynn, PE32 1EN Each workshop starts at 10am and end at 1pm, and include sessions on legal aspects of Rights of Way, case studies of local action, and information on CPRE Norfolk’s new Footpath Warden scheme.There will be also be a Q&A session with a panel of experts, who will be able to answer specific questions about footpath issues. After a break, there will then be an optional walk in the local area (approx 2-3 miles) during which problem footpaths will be identified.Tea and coffee will be provided during the morning session. There is no charge for the workshops. Please contact Katy Jones at CPRE Norfolk katyj@ cprenorfolk.org.uk, tel 01603 761660, for further information or to reserve your place.

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2nd September: Charity Day in aid of Big C: Hall open with wedding display

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Community Weekend

Lt. BARNINGHAM

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ITTERINGHAM

EDGEFIELD

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September 2nd Trinity 13

No Service

8.00am HC BCP

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6.00pm 9.30am Harvest Festival HC CW

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September September 16th Trinity 15 23rd Trinity 16

Community Weekend

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September 9th Trinity 14

CW = Common Worship, BCP = Book of Common Prayer

10.30am Group Service: St Francis of Assisi

10.30am Group Service Lt. Barningham

10.30am Group Service Lt. Barningham

10.30am Group Service Lt. Barningham

September 30th Trinity 17

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WICKMERE Community Weekend

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10.30am Group Service Lt. Barningham

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OULTON Church Fete. A very timely reminder of the Church Fete on Sunday 2nd September in the playground at 2pm. Although some may not receive their magazine in time to read this, hopefully all will have seen the signs and posters. Please support us and enjoy all the fun of a traditional village fete. In so doing you will be helping to raise much needed funds for the maintenance of our lovely medieval church. Harvest Supper. The PCC is planning an harvest supper in church on Saturday 22nd September. All welcome. See posters for further information and join us for a relaxing evening of food and entertainment. Village Meeting. Sixty members of the public attended a meeting in the Congregational Chapel on Wednesday 22nd August at 8pm. The aim of the meeting was to inform and discuss the proposal by Bernard Matthews to install an 80m high wind turbine on the site of the turkey sheds on Oulton Airfield.The meeting was chaired by Paul Killingback,Vice Chairman of Parish Council and the panel of six was comprised David Reger (Bernard Matthews); John Malone (Energy4all); Ian Booker (Farmwind Ltd); Matthew Rooke (BDC Planning Dept.) Greg Peck (CPRE in Eastern England); Lorna Goodwin (NOT - No Oulton Turbine). Despite an orderly,meeting, a very clear message was delivered to the four main players: THE PEOPLE OF OULTON DO NOT WANT A WIND TURBINE! Sponsored Cycle Ride. The Norfolk Churches Annual Sponsored Cycle Ride is on Saturday 8th September. So why not get your bikes out, take a packed lunch and cycle around the many places of worship in this area? Even better, collect as many sponsors as possible and raise money to be equally divided between the Norfolk Churches Trust and the church of your choice. As usual our church and chapel will be open for you to get those sponsor forms signed. Oulton Congregational Chapel. The following day is the open afternoon at this lovely building. The penultimate chance for this year, to bring your friends and family for a cup of tea between 2-4pm. Comings and Goings. Last month we said a sad farewell to Pat and Peter Peat after many years in Oulton. Apart from being such lovely people, their enormous contributions to church life will be very hard to fill: PCC Treasurer, organist, Millennium kneelers project, to name but a few of their talents. We wish them all the very best for their future in Nether Sue Hall: 01263 734245 Wallop. 15


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SAXTHORPE WITH CORPUSTY Norfolk Churches’ Trust held their annual service in Corpusty Church on 22nd July, at which 19 people attended, from Saxthorpe, Corpusty and Aylsham. No preservation has been completed in 2011/2012 as the trust has more pressing demands on its funds from a church in Cockthorpe. Saxthorpe and Corpusty Garden Society have a talk on Climbing and Rambling Roses on 3rd October. North Norfolk Knitters meet on Tuesday, 11th September, at 10am until noon. LinC have a maker of bespoke jewellery, the Arabella Collection coming on 19th September, it is an open evening.Their fish and chip supper, in August was a happy affair and the supper from The Duke was excellent. Families Together meet 20th September, 3.30 – 5.30pm, when they will be giving thanks for the Summer Holidays. Children aged 5 – 11+ are very welcome with their parent or guardian to come and join in the fun and have a cooked supper. The Jesu Bus will be in Corpusty Centre Car Park on each Thursday in September except 20th, between 4 and 5 pm.This is for young people of High School age, where they can relax, get involved in games, crafts, themed sessions, and share x – box 360s, and visit the tuck shop. Corpusty Post Office is a valuable asset and if you are able to sign a petition to stop the government decreasing its services, please call in and get a petition card. Thank you. The Seven Churches Benefice holiday Club was enjoyed by 22 children, 6 junior helpers and 11 adults.The weather was great and many of the Olympic style games were held outside.The Sunday service was well attended by families and friends, who witnessed some of the week’s activities even the parachute games and egg and spoon race in the aisle.Thanks to all those who gave of their time, energy and enthusiasm. St Andrew’s Community weekend, 8th and 9th September, is to be an autumn ‘spring clean’ of the church. If you are free for a little time to help, that would be much appreciated, meet you at 10.0am Saturday or Sunday. Norfolk’s very own answer to the world conker championships is back for its third year, in which young and old do battle to ‘conquer’ their opponents at the ‘Corpusty and Saxthorpe Autumn Fayre’ on Sunday 14th October, 11am until 4pm, at the centre. Come along and listen to a bit of jazz on a Sunday whilst soaking up the atmosphere of a bygone age in the soon to be renovated station building. Attractions include: a famous entertainer showing the kids how to juggle, a story telling tent, bouncy castle and slide, face painting and the chance to meet a magnificent Suffolk Punch. ‘There is something for everyone’. Judith Banks: 01263 587319 17


WICKMERE WITH WOLTERTON James Savory 5 May 1953- 29 July 2012 Born in East Runton, James trained as a lawyer and rose to be Senior Partner in the prestigious firm of Slaughter and May. In his forties he gave up his career eventually moving back to North Norfolk with Sharon to live in Purdy House, Wickmere, which he had used for twenty years previously as a holiday home. Sharon and James were married at Wolterton Hall. James threw himself into village life, bringing his legal skills and a lot of fun and laughter into the fund James and Clea raising events for the village hall. The very successful Wickmere Village street fair highlighted his organisational skills, strong community spirit and commitment to supporting the local community - not to mention, the organisation of the greatest dog show ever! Although not practising as a lawyer, he was always at hand to offer his legal expertise whenever called upon by those who needed help, in particular the Village Hall fundraising committee. James’s warmth, humour, and laughter touched all in the village, especially when out running wearing his traffic light Ethiopian track suit with his oversized brindle lurcher Clea lolloping at his side – a sight that did nothing for a hangover! The spirit of North Norfolk lit his eyes, softened his step, expanded his breath and the deep feeling of home nestled in his breast - Purdy House, Wickmere. He often remarked how lucky he felt to be in such a wonderful place where the stars bounced off the land and twinkled in your dreams. In place of funeral flowers, Sharon has asked for donations to be made to the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Please get in touch with one of the following to make a donation: Gill Boddington 577300, Barbara Shaw Dominic Boddington 577705, Lesley Ash 577566. 01263 577300 18

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Nature Notes Remember the good old days when a mouse was simply a rodent, not a computer gadget, and a virus affected your health not your online security? Webs were spider’s homes, microchips were small French fries and a Blackberry was definitely not something you carried round in your handbag but rather a free food source that at this time of year would see entire families out harvesting from the hedgerows! Whilst today scientists know all about the fruit’s health promoting contents - Salicylic Acid (Aspirin), cholesterol lowering Pectin, and high levels of antioxidants - the humble Blackberry has always been valued as a medicinal fruit, used to treat a whole range of disorders from mouth ulcers to whooping cough, from gout to diarrhoea, even as an antidote for venomous bites in ancient Greece! Traditionally, Blackberries were symbols of generosity and grief – the generosity perhaps Illustration of blackberries by Sue Appleby relating to their plentiful harvest, the grief possibly to the pain inflicted by its prickly leaves and large backward pointing thorns.These act as miniature grappling hooks, enabling the plant to cling on to anything that will bear its weight.When the long stems can no longer find support, their tips drop to the ground, take root and send up a new plant, creating arches of briars that leapfrog their way across the land. The “aggregate” berries (composed of many small beads of fruit) provide a wealth of birds, insects and mammals with a rich, late-summer feed before the run up to colder months. And they are not alone - examination of the remains of a 2,500 year-old peat bog woman revealed she had eaten blackberries - evidence that for thousands of years humans have also eaten the fruit. Old wives advise against doing so after Michaelmas day in October, from which date, they say, the devil spits on the fruit cursing it! A perhaps less ethereal reason for leaving these later fruits is that they become watery and sour, often succumbing to mould. Blackberry plants have historically been utilised in other ways other than simply as food. Farmers planted them in amongst hawthorn, thickening and binding a hedge together.Weavers used the flexible stems in basketry. Undertakers planted them around graves to deter foraging animals and to protect from evil. Cloth workers used the berries to produce a dye as did ancient fashionistas who used it to colour grey hair.... proof that perhaps not all trends change so much after all! Sue Appleby 19


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Art News This is a new section. From this September we are hoping each month to carry news (and views) about our very lively local art scene. If you have an event, exhibition or gallery you think relevant to our 2,000 local readers please do send details to the Editor. Likewise if you have any views about what you have recently seen, do email us. East Anglia Art Foundation has an exhibition in one of the Galleries at The Castle/Museum in Norwich. On until 30th September, it features an exhibition of photographs by Cecil Beaton of our Queen to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee, many unseen before outside her family. Whilst you are at the Castle take a look at the adjacent ‘Norwich School Galleries’ which have reopened after a major face-lift. EAAF members have contributed generously to this renovation project that will provide new insights into the paintings of Cotman, Crome and their contemporaries. So do pop in and take a look and enjoy these much improved galleries. Details on www.eastangliaartfund.org.uk The 17th Norwich Print Fair will be held between 10th and 22nd September at St.Margaret’s Church Gallery, St.Benedict’s Street, Norwich. Open Daily 10am-5pm and Sundays 11am-4pm. Details: www.norwichprintfair. co.uk Bircham Gallery in Holt. From 15 September there is an exhibtion of paintings and prints of rural England by Mary Sumner and also of wildlife sculpture by Jeremy James. Art and Social Change’ from Renaissance to Contemporary Times, a series of ten 1.5 hour lecture/sessions by Judith Stewart starting on Tuesday 18th September, 2.pm, Aylsham. £45. Contact WEA 01263-732637 or 733334

September Groans I went in to a pet shop. I said, “Can I buy a goldfish?” The guy said, “Do you want an aquarium?” I said, “I don’t care what star sign it is”. A horse walked into a pub. The barman said, “Oh hello. Why the long face?”. I fancied a game of darts with my mate. He said, “Nearest the bull goes first” He went “Baah” and I went “Moo” He said “You’re closest.” I went into Postles and said, “Can you sell me a food processor.” The man behind the counter said “Kenwood?”. So I said, “Where is he then?” 21


Scrapheap or Redemption? Amongst Christians there is a sharp division between those who say, “These things are in heathenism, therefore they are not Christian” and those who say “These things are in Christianity, therefore they are not heathen”. J.H. Newman in support of the latter view, wrote: ‘One special way in which Providence has imparted divine knowledge to us has been by enabling [wisdom] to draw and collect it together out of the world’. Genesis 1-11 contains several examples of this. The Babylonian Flood Story (circa 2,000-1800 BC) is closely similar to the Genesis Flood Story. It is the teaching which is unique to Genesis. In the Noah story God sees the wickedness of man and is sorry that he had made him. “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the ground”. What a choice for God - to scrap his creation or to redeem it? His choice through Noah and the ark, reveals his eternal faithfulness to his creation. Even though we forsake God and reject Him, he will never reject us. He chose the way of redemption. This basic teaching bears directly on many current issues such as the purpose of prisons; do we choose rehabilitation or the scrapheap?

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Village People Edgefield’s Richard Peaver recently revealed a small streak of madness: he has chosen several times of his own free will to jump out of a perfectly serviceable aeroplane - mind you, he was wearing a parachute! Congratulations and best wishes to the brides and grooms and their families at two lovely local weddings: Sonia and Paul were married in St. Andrew’s Saxthorpe on 4th August and Billy and Claire married in St, Andrew’s Little Barningham on 11th August. We welcome Reverend Andy and Sue Windross to live in the Benefice - they have moved into the house in Oullton the Peat’s have just vacated. And the first thing they did on arriving was bump into their new neighbours Stephen Morgan and Eleanor Cockerton in surprise, surprise! – The Walpole Arms! Yet another Benefice resident has burst into print! George Catten, of Edgefield, has written a short autobiographical book entitled Scheming It In. It contains many fascinating recollections of the village and agricultural life in the wartime and postwar years, and copies are available, at a modest price, from George. If you visited the Olympics you sat safely in your seat in part thanks to Ryan Hembling of Wickmere who was working on security. Corpusty’s Kathy Lynam has decided to drive more because she feels she is losing her “touch”. North Norfolk road-users beware! St. Mary’s Itteringham would like to thank Jennifer Hagon for ringing the Church Bell on Friday 27th July at 8.12am to celebrate the start of the 2012 Olympic Games. We wish Katie Appleby all the best as she leaves Wickmere for the Falmouth campus of Exeter University - could she have got further away from home? When Little Barningham’s Pam and Michael Daniels went out for a goodbye meal with Geoffrey and Margaret Foot, the next door table admonished Michael to look after his “Dad”! Was Geoffrey looking old or was Michael looking young? And Little Barningham has lost another fixture: Monica Hutchings has moved to Bicester to be near her son, Adrian. Just because there happens to be a giant shopping village there has nothing to do with her move, apparently! Saxthorpe’s Michael and Judith Banks have been entertaining their grandchildren Joshua, Scarlett and Beth recently. Or rather they’ve been “entertaining” them! 23


Diary Dates Date Event Venue September 4th Alpha Course begins Itteringham Rectory 8th NCT Sponsored Cycle Ride Your local church 9th Oulton Chapel Open Day Oulton Chapel 11th North Norfolk Knitters Corpusty Village Hall 13th Pathway to Prayer Itteringham Rectory 15th Costume andTextile Fair 1950s ‘retro chic’ Wolterton Hall 16th Organic Garden Day Wolterton Hall 19th LinC Arabella Collection Visit Corpusty Village Hall 20th Families Together Corpusty Village Hall 28th Lt. Barningham Pub Games Night Village Hall October 3rd Saxthorpe/Corpusty Garden Soc. Corpusty Village Hall 14th Corpusty/Saxthorpe Autumn Fayre’ Corpusty Village Hall

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