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Se en Churches Magazine February 2014

Priest-in-Charge: Rev. Marion Harrison, Itteringham Rectory, The Street, Itteringham NR11 7AX. Tel: 01263 587977 The Seven Churches Benefice includes: St Andrew, Blickling; SS Peter & Paul, Edgefield; St Mary, Itteringham; St Andrew, Little Barningham; SS Peter & Paul, Oulton and Irmingland; St Andrew, Saxthorpe with Corpusty; St Andrew,Wickmere. www.sevenchurches.org.uk

In this issue: Parish Reports: Blickling p.5 Edgefield p.7 Itteringham p. 9 Little Barningham p.11 Oulton p.19 Saxthorpe/Corpusty p. 21 Wickmere p. 25 Nature Notes p. 8 Behind the hymn book p. 10 The MacArthur Grill p. 13 The Benefice Planner p. 14 Photograph: David Wessely

Benefice Service Rota p. 15

Achan stoned p. 16 Norfolk Night Sky p. 17

Winter’s tail

So far we’ve had it relatively warm this winter, although what’s the betting there’ll be a seasonal sting in its tail? But whatever the weather brings this February, we can be sure of one thing: we are partly responsible for our climate. Perhaps this winter is the time to ask ourselves can we do more to preserve our planet? 1

Arts News p.. 24 Village People p. 27 And there’s a Groan as well!


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February Reflection I don’t know about you but this time of year I look for things to cheer me up and make me smile. Recently a friend who knows me well sent me this: I have been diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D. Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder. This is how it manifests itself: I decide to water my garden. As I turn on the hose in the drive, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing. As I start toward the garage, the postman hands me the morning’s mail. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. I lay my car keys on the hall table, put the junk mail in the recycling bin under the kitchen counter and notice that it’s full. So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and empty the bin first. But then I think, I don’t want to forget to pay my bills on time so I may as well pay the bills first. I take my cheque book out and see that there is only one cheque left. My extra cheques are in my desk in the office so I go to my desk where I find my reading glasses that I’ve been searching for all morning. I also discover that the vase of flowers needs water. I decide I’d better put the glasses back on my desk, because first I’m going to water the flowers. I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote someone left on the kitchen table. I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV I’ll be looking for the remote, but I won’t remember that it’s on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the lounge where it belongs. But first I’ll water the flowers. I pour some water in the flowers and manage to spill quite a bit of it on the floor. So I set the remote back on the table, get some paper towels and wipe up the spill. Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do. At the end of the day: the car isn’t washed, the bills aren’t paid, the flowers don’t have enough water, there is still only one cheque in my cheque book, I can’t find the remote, I can’t find my glasses, and I don’t remember what I did with the car keys. Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I’m baffled because I know I was furiously busy all day. And I’m really tired. I realize this is a serious problem, and I’ll try to get some help for it, but first I’ll just check my e-mail.... Don’t laugh – if this isn’t you yet, your day is coming!! 3

Rev. Marion Harrison


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BLICKLING The 2013 Aylsham Show at Blickling Park had record attendance, so record amounts of money can now be donated to 50 local charities: totalling over £52,750.00. Congratulations to the President, 40 council members, charity friends and volunteers for their dedication, running this traditional Agricultural Show in a wonderful setting. Next Show is 25th August, 2014, details: www. theaylshamshow.co.uk (Thanks to Marian Williams for this information) Blickling Bird News: prolonged cold weather last spring had a bad effect on the familiar Barn Owl (often admired on its noiseless flight through the territory of Silvergate and around Abel Heath), as it has been missed by all its regular observers. There seem to be fewer Barn Owls about generally this year, but keen spotters can see Red Kites in this parish, and there are plenty of Buzzards! (Thanks to Bob Farndon for this information) WW1 Centenary: a historical researcher at Blickling Hall has identified all the names on 1st world war graves at Blickling, and is in the process of linking them to the local families. She invites interested parties to contact her if they feel they can add information about this period, or are looking for a family connection. Contact Jessica to forward your queries. This month’s spotlight falls on possibly our most senior and most junior neighbours, pictured here: Vera Wichall (87 years young) and Filip (15 months old). Filip is firmly sandwiched between Vera and his 10 year old sister, Lenka (it stopped him wriggling!) Vera has lived in Silvergate for 47 years, whilst Stuart, Renata, Lenka and Filip Hozzova moved in last autumn. Vera, Filip and Blickling poet, Lenka Hozzova Thanks too to Lenka, for her very apt poem: As the fire is burning on logs, It’s raining cats and dogs. The water turns into a sea, As I sit here and drink my warm cup of tea. Looking through my bedroom window, all I see is rain. I’m going to put my wellies on, and enjoy this rainy day! Finally, Blickling Church Warden Michael Lindsell reports that Stage 1 of the Major Church Repair Programme is now coming to an end and they hope to commission Stage 2 later this Jessica Perry: 01263 735013 year for grant funding of a new roof. More news next month. jessica531@btinternet.com 5


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EDGEFIELD Church News (from Angela Turner) There are still some tickets for the Quiz on 21st February, but do hurry to get them from Lorna or Janet, £5 per head, and bring your own booze. Surely there must be someone in Edgefield who enjoys arranging flowers, and would be willing do a vase in the church? If you are new to the village, please don’t be bashful! We need help badly. It is so good when visitors write appreciative comments in our Visitors’ Book about how nice the place looks, and how delighted they are to find the church open. We would be thrilled to have you join us! Do please ring Angela, tel. 587292. We also need someone to cut the roadside bank by the church car park. Phil Borley would probably oblige, when cutting the grass in the graveyard, but we have to raise a large amount of money each year for our Parish Share, so do not want to spend any more on his mowing. The church needs a lot of volunteers to maintain it, and several have left recently. (From the Treasurer) Parishes can now claim tax relief on collections in church, whether or not a Gift Aid declaration has been made (provided that individual donations do not exceed £20 and are by cash, not cheque – in these cases, a Gift Aid declaration is required, as before). Individually named envelopes for regular giving have therefore been phased out. If a generous person wishes to put more than £20 in the plate, gift aid envelopes are still available in the church. Edgefield Village Hall Committee (from Jim Frost) Further work has been undertaken in the hall with a new ceiling in the kitchen area, to replace the old one which had been water damaged over a long period. We are currently awaiting the replacement of two doors, the fire escape in the main hall and the door for the storeroom. If anyone wishes to see the work already completed, there are a number of photos on display boards in the hall. Two dates for your diaries: 15th March for our Irish evening, with dancing to Compass Moon and an Irish meal; tickets will be available shortly. And our next film night will be Monday 31st March - details to follow in the next magazine. Details of times and venues are on the Benefice Planner on page 14 Richard Peaver: 01263 587486, rhpeaver@btinternet.com 7


Nature Notes I’m no Chris Hoy, but I do enjoy the occasional bike ride. It provides a swift, quiet method of transport, and so a chance to see wildlife that would normally flee on hearing the advance of my size 6 boots. On a recent jaunt I came upon a stoat, skipping about in the middle of the road.As I approached I expected it to disappear into the hedgerow, but a combination of my rapid approach and the species’ rather poor daytime vision caught it off guard. Drawing alongside, I pushed my luck by attempting to stop, but the noise of my bike’s very loud, squeaky brakes proved too much and off it darted, cylindrical body moving with a characteristic arched back and bounding gait. Further north, this stoat would have been in its pure white winter coat – the ermine that provides perfect camouflage in snowy landscapes and has been throughout history the fur of choice for the robes of Illustration of a stoat by Sue Appleby European monarchs.This far south the creature stays a chestnut hue all year round, cream underside and black- tipped tail completing its handsome appearance. Should food be in short supply in springtime, a pregnant female, or Jill, can reabsorb some of the developing embryos.This way, she will only give birth to the number for which there is enough food to sustain. In 1950s Britain, such food shortages were an issue because myxomatosis depleted rabbit numbers.As a result, stoats here nearly became extinct. In 19th century New Zealand however, the opposite problem arose. There, introduced to control booming rabbit numbers, the stoat population exploded and has had a devastating effect on native bird populations ever since. The stoat’s small size is no disadvantage when it comes to hunting. Should they fancy something larger than their regular diet of eggs, mice, voles and insects, their enormous stamina allows them easily to out-chase and wear down a rabbit ten times their size. Should athleticism fail them, the Stoat has one final trick up its sleeve. Performing a frenzied “dance” in front of their quarry, the rather confused rabbit freezes as if hypnotised.With each twirl the stoat edges ever closer until it is within striking distance.Then inevitably, it’s curtains for poor old bunny. Strictly Come Dancing it is not, but the award for most imaginative use of a paso doble must surely go to the stoat! Sue Appleby 8


ITTERINGHAM A National Treasure. To qualify for this title is to say that the subject has gained public affection over many years , not only within their chosen role but also in their own more private areas.They often have not been formally recognised by the attachment of letters before or after their name.

The death of the wonderful Roger Lloyd-Pack triggered a deal of local sadness.

Roger Lloyd-Pack had agreed to accompany Elspeth Barker at the readings of George Barkers’ poetry in St Mary’s last 17th. November (see December correspondence). His absence was due to his rapidly declining health.

Itteringham’s loss could be said to have been considerable, although Simon Gough beautifully filled the void - thank you. Mr Lloyd-Pack, you will be missed and remembered by a nation, and poignantly by this Parish.We are grateful to have had your sixty-nine years. And so! In an ideal world we would all have somewhere to go to spend a couple of hours with friends, acquaintances and even strangers on a Sunday morning in the stark days of February. Our favourite newspapers, scrambled eggs with homemade English muffins or pancakes with berries, maple syrup and yoghurt and a pot of tea or coffee to complete the scene. Sunday 9th February from 9.30am at Bure Valley Community Centre. Centenarians and children are included in this invitation.Well behaved dogs may attend. Stroll along to the Village Hall on the 9th.You will be welcome. (Promoted by the Itteringham Community Association. See full menu at the Village Shop). ....and speaking of meeting, Marion Harrison is launching the first of a monthly social event also to take place at the Community Centre in Itteringham from early March. Date to be published in the next issue. Catch up on parish gossip, find out how your friends are getting on, who has had babies and grandchildren, talk plans for the Spring and bring others with you. Tea, coffee and biscuits and maybe light snacks to enjoy. Stir your stumps. Don’t get stuck in the mud. Make a date for early March. Your company is wished for. (Transport may be available). Shoe and boot spikes now available through the Village Shop. Shop local! Eric Goodman 587278 9


What’s behind the hymn book? Richard Peaver, Edgefield’s talented organist (whom we see regularly at churches throughout the Benefice) is giving us a little background on some of our favourite hymns. This month: Teach me my God and king William Cowper (see last month’s Seven Churches Magazine) said of the metaphysical poems of George Herbert: “I found in them a strain of piety which I could not but admire.” Herbert (1593-1633) was born in Wales. His family was well-connected, and after education at Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge (where he was a Fellow and University Public Orator), he briefly served in Parliament as M.P. for Montgomeryshire. In 1629, however, he entered the priesthood and spent the rest of his short life quietly as a country parson in Wiltshire. Herbert wrote verse in English, Latin and Greek. In what seems a very modern technique, the lines of some of his poems are sometimes composed in allegorical shapes related to the subjects with which they deal. “Teach me, my God and King” was published posthumously under the heading “The Elixir”. This refers to the “philosopher’s stone” (“This is the famous stone / That turneth all to gold”), believed by mediaeval alchemists (not quite as depicted in the Harry Herbert’s bird-shaped poem “Easter Wings” Potter film!) to have the power of turning base metals into gold. For Herbert, everyday actions, when performed for God’s sake, can be transformed and made noble by the “touchstone” (“For that which God doth touch and own / Cannot for less be told”). “His tincture” refers likewise to the alchemist’s transforming “elixir”, which changes something ordinary (“mean”) into something “bright and clean”. The lines “A man that looks on glass, / On it may stay his eye; / Or if he pleaseth, through it pass. / And then the heav’n espy” echo St Paul’s words in I Cor. 13 (“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face.”) Herbert believed that our quotidian lives - including our menial household tasks - are rendered “fine” when our actions are carried out “as for Thy laws”. On a personal note, I chose this fine hymn as one to be sung at my wedding. 10


LITTLE BARNINGHAM The new year started off well with 21 people enjoying coffee, cake and a chat at the Community Sunday coffee morning, the next one will be held on Sunday 9th February. We have people to wish well in the village - Derek Wintle has been in hospital for tests, Michael Daniels has been off work with a bad back, Pam Daniels has had a bad knee and is awaiting a scan, but to top it all is Elly Betts who tripped over a foot stool and broke her leg just above her ankle, but we are pleased to say we can still see her hobbling around the village! On a brighter note we have a baptism in the church in February and that will be for Alisha from Parva Close, we hope they have a lovely celebration.Also celebrating in February will be Chloe from Parva Close who will be two, happy birthday Chloe! Do you remember a couple of years ago we held a Countdown and Chilli evening….Well its back! This will be held on Saturday 22nd February, a ticket for the evening will be £5.00 and this will include chilli, jacket potato and refreshment, as usual bring your own alcohol should you wish.You do not need a team to come along as you will be able to join others on the night.Tickets must be booked in advance so please book with me on 577430. We will be holding a table top sale on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd March, the cost will be £5.00 per table per day and will be held from 10.00-2.00 pm. If you would like to book a table contact myself or Michael Gandy for more information. The Village Hall AGM will be held on Tuesday 18th March at 7.00pm, this meeting is open to all the villagers and it would be good to see some new faces to help with the running of the hall. Its almost time for the Quiz and Chips and this will be held on Saturday 5th April, more details to follow. As the Christmas crafts was such a success with the children, there will be another afternoon of fun events on Easter Saturday. If anyone has anything they would like me to mention Debbie Love: 01263 577430 on this page please do let me know.

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The MacArthur Grill: Fiona French Fiona French has lived in Little Barningham for 15 years but because she is so modest, I wonder how many villagers realize what a distinguished artist and illustrator she is. Fiona trained at Croydon Art college under Bridget Riley, one of Britain’s best-known artists and an obvious influence on her style, and then worked for five years as her assistant before becoming a part-time teacher. One job was giving therapeutic classes to disturbed adolescents. Meanwhile she had been trying to sell ideas for children’s books to publishers. She eventually succeeded and has written more than 30, aimed at 5 to 8-year olds. Several, now out of print, can still be bought on Amazon, including her first, Jack of Fiona French in her studio at home in Little Barningham Hearts, which tells the story of Jack of Hearts’ triumph over the wicked King of Spades, and Bethlehem, Inspired by England’s stained glass windows, which celebrates the first Christmas in the words of the King James Bible. A few of her books are still in print. One, Anancy and Mr Dry-Bone, is based on West Indian folk tales. Another, her greatest triumph, is Snow White In New York with her art-deco illustrations, which in 1986 won the Kate Greenaway Medal, awarded annually for an outstanding illustrated book for children. The winner receives a golden medal. It was a book of ‘astonishing originality’ said one tribute and demonstrates the sense of fun and mischief that those who know her appreciate in Fiona. ‘Snow White is a beautiful jazz baby, protected by seven hot jazzmen. Instead of a wicked stepmother, her arch-enemy is the Queen of the Underworld and her Prince Charming is a crack reporter from the New York Mirror.’ It is indeed a lovely book. Fiona tries to paint every day in her front room studio, awash with light, where she is surrounded by pots overflowing with brushes, crayons, pencils and tubes of oils, gouache and watercolours. Her semi-abstract paintings teem with dazzling patterns, sharp lines and bright colours. She has two more books with publishers. She awaits their verdict which - given that foreign rights are crucial to financing publication - will depend on how overseas publishers react at the April Bologna Children’s Book Fair. 13


The Benefice Planner Date Event

Venue

Time

9th

Coffee Morning

Lt BarninghamVillage Hall

11.00 am

9th

Itteringham Big Breakfast

BureValley Centre, Itteringham

9.30 am

11th

North Norfolk Knitters,

Corpusty Village Hall

10.00 am – noon

14th

Possible Wickmere Pub Night

Wickmere Village Hall

15th

Snowdrop Coffee Morning

The Old Rectory, Saxthorpe

10.00 am

19th

LinC: Julie Slaughter ‘Mardle & Squit’

Corpusty Village Hall

7.30 pm

21st

Quiz Night

Edgefield Village Hall

7.00 pm

22nd

Countdown and Chili evening

Lt Barningham Village Hall

7.00 pm

27th

Coffee, cake and mardle

Edgefield Village Hall

Morning

27th

Families Together Pancake party

Corpusty Village Hall

3.30-5.30 pm

February 2014

See posters for details

March 2014 11th

North Norfolk Knitters,

Corpusty Village Hall

10.00 am – noon

15th

Irish Evening with Compass Moon

Edgefield Village Hall

7.30 pm

18th

Village Hall AGM

Lt Barningham Village Hall

7.00 pm

19th

LinC: Animal Charity - PACT

Corpusty Village Hall

7.30 pm

20th

Families Together

Corpusty Village Hall

3.30-5.30 pm

22nd & Table Top Sale

Lt Barningham Village Hall

10.00 am - 2.00 pm

23rd

Table Top Sale

Lt Barningham Village Hall

10.00 am - 2.00 pm

31st

Film Night

Edgefield Village Hall

7.00 for 7.30 pm

Lt Barningham Village Hall

7.00 pm

Wednedays (Term only) Pre-school ballet class

Corpusty Village Hall

11am - 11.45 am

Most Thursdays Yesu Bus

Corpusty Village Hall Car Park

4.00 – 5.00 pm

April 2014 5th

Quiz and Chips

Regular Events

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Benefice Services Rota: February 2014 February Midweek Holy Communion: 9.00am on Wednesdays at Oulton HC = Holy Communion, MP = Morning Prayer, EP = Evening Prayer, ES = Evensong, FS = Family Service, CW = Common Worship, BCP = Book of Common Prayer

2nd Feb.

9th Feb.

Presentation 4 before of Christ 2 Lent

23rd Jan.

2nd March

3 before Lent

2 before Lent

1 before Lent

9.00 Family Service

Community Weekend

11.00 MP BCP

Blickling

Edgefield

16th Feb.

9.30 am MP BCP RL

Community 11.00 Weekend HC

Itteringham

9.00 HC BCP

11.00 MP BCP GP

Little 9.00 Barningham HC

Community 11.00 Weekend Baptism

8.00 HC BCP

9.30 Community MP Weekend GP

9.00 HC CW

Oulton

9.00 MP GP

9.00 MP BCP SJ

9.00 HC CW

Saxthorpe

8.00 HC BCP

11.00 Family Service

Community 11.00 Weekend Baptism

8.00 HC BCP

Wickmere

11.00 Family Service

8.00 HC BCP

11.00 Family Service

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Achan stoned One of the grimmest accounts in the Old Testament has historically left some scholars so uncomfortable that in some versions they have even gone so far as to omit part of the text. Joshua’s first attack on the city of Ai failed, he believed, because Achan failed to carry out the strict requirements of the ban “Herem” (see last month’s issue for details of Herem). He had broken the integrity of Israel by stealing silver, an ingot of gold and a valuable Babylonian garment from Joshua’s enemies. This failure of Achan’s to follow Herem meant he had transgressed a specific covenant between Israel and the Lord. And his punishment was to be extreme: the total eradication of Achan, the stolen silver and ingot of gold and the robe, and as well as these, his sons and daughters, oxen, donkeys, sheep, tent - everything that belonged to him was to be annihilated. ‘ And Joshua said, Why hast thou troubled us? The Lord shall trouble thee this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned him with stones (Joshua 7: 25 AV). There are two stonings; that of Achan, the guilty party and that of his family which had been contaminated by Achan’s behaviour. And two quite different verbs are used for the two stonings. Why? For Achan, “ragam” is used meaning to stone and revile, or curse. For the family “saqal” is used meaning just stone (to death) which is simply stoning without reviling or cursing. The story of Achan, with its grim ritual, is very uncomfortable reading for us today. As noted earlier, some scholars have sought to dispose of the problem by seeing a textual corruption, or even indulging in omission. For instance, the Jerusalem Bible simply omits the family stoning. But the two different verbs used for the stonings suggest two quite deliberate, separate and different actions. And, what’s more, they suggest several other issues worthy of consideration such as personal and family responsibility and how our behaviour can influence, and be influenced by, the behaviour of others. Something for all families to reflect on, perhaps. Professor Rev. Brooke Lunn 16


The North Norfolk Night Sky David Jackson retired to Oulton after 31 years working for the Royal Greenwich Observatory. This is his final column for this winter but to our, and his many readers’, delight he has agreed to continue writing on astronomy for us starting again in October. These short articles would not be complete without a word about telescopes. My advice is to spend your money on the best quality optics you can afford, and purchase the tube assembly and mount separately. Buy a mounting that will take the biggest telescope you are likely to buy, and do look through the telescope before you buy it! We are 4 years into cycle 24 of the sun’s cycle, and this is likely to be the quietest sun for 50 years. The sun’s cycle affects space weather as well as the weather on Earth. If you want to look at the sunspots BE CAREFUL. NEVER LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN! Seek proper advice and use only equipment designed for solar observations. DO NOT POINT A TELESCOPE AT THE SUN. Sunspots are regions of intense magnetic activity, and appear dark compared to the rest of the sun because they are much cooler. Solar flares eject highly energetic particles into the solar wind. When these strike the earth, they can cause brilliant aurora at the poles, and can also knock out power systems and communication satellites. A relative close-up of a sunspot.

Image courtesy of NASA

Jupiter is riding high in the sky. Look due south around 21.00 (18th February). With a small telescope you should be able to see the coloured belts around the planet and also several of the moons circling. These moons are constantly changing position so it is interesting to watch them going round the planet. Later in the month (22 February) towards midnight, that wonderful cluster of galaxies M84, M86 etc. will be visible in the eastern sky if you have a large telescope. A reminder of just how small and insignificant we really are! This galaxy cluster will be better placed a couple of weeks later, when they will be higher in the sky and the moon will be dark. 17

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OULTON The unusually mild January has been a real treat and signs of Spring are poking through everywhere. However as we all know there’s a long way to go yet until we say farewell to Winter but at least the days are steadily lengthening which always gives a boost. Needlework. During the Communion Service on January 19th Rev. Marion Harrison very kindly blessed another kneeler to add to our collection. This was the sixth one worked by Jenny Steward and brings the total to forty three. On this occasion Jenny chose to depict the Congregational Chapel where she and Ray went to Sunday School as children when there were no classes at church. As can be seen from the photo she has done another brilliant job but if you haven’t seen the full collection yet,it’s worth a visit - the church is always open. Presentation. This year we have been very fortunate to be included in the donations being distributed from The Aylsham Show proceeds. On behalf of the PCC Sue Burton and I attended the reception at the Aylsham Lodge Hotel on Tuesday 21st January and were presented with a cheque for £500 which will be paid into the Church Restoration Fund. We are extremely grateful to the Association for this generous donation. Community Sundays. A comprehensive list of these monthly events for this year is almost completed but also watch out for posters on the notice board. It is hoped that future events will include an evening of live music and an art exhibition, as well as our popular Songs of Praise and Harvest Supper. Also in the very early planning stage is the Church Fete – date soon to be announced, so watch this space. Oulton Annual Box Day. This year the event will take place on Saturday June 21st, which is of course Summer Solstice. Any offers of help before or after will be very gratefully received by organisers Susan Sue Hall: 01263 734245 Mather and Karen Bailey so do get in touch.

February Groan Another extract from a Parish Magazine just like this one: Weight Watchers will meet at 7 pm at St Thomas’s. Please use large double doors at the side entrance. 19


Edgefield Cottage Trust: bungalow to let Edgefield Cottage Trust has a Parish Bungalow available to rent. The bungalow has two bedrooms, central heating, double glazing and a small garden. Preference will be given to those living in the parish of Edgefield or the surrounding area or with close links to Edgefield. Applications should be in writing and made as soon as possible to The Secretary, Mrs. C.W. Humphreys, Melbourne House, Norwich Road, Edgefield, Melton Constable, NR242RL 20


SAXTHORPE WITH CORPUSTY On the last day of the autumn term, Corpusty Primary School Friends selected the winners of the Christmas Draw.The generosity of those who had given prizes, had sponsored the event, plus those who had bought raffle tickets was rewarded with the magnificent sum of £754.00.Thanks are given to all those who took part in the Draw in any way. St Andrew’s Church Wardens respectfully ask that Christmas wreaths are removed from family graves as the spring churchyard tidy-up will be happening in early March. Thank you. There is to be a Snowdrop Coffee Morning,The Old Rectory, on 15th February. If you haven’t witnessed the variety and splendour of this carpet of early spring flowers, then you would be advised to take this opportunity. Please don’t forget that your Village Hall needs you. Both the Treasurer and the Secretary will be leaving in April after many years of very good work. Some A “forest” of catkins at the bottom of Judith’s garden. This view is so very different from the same time last year when the tree was experience may be preferable but Photo: Judith Banks not essential, so if you think you covered in a several of inches of snow! could offer some help please contact Diane Oliver on 01263 584126. A small group of LinC members and a few male visitors enjoyed Mr Barrett’s talk on ‘Railway Nostalgia’.Tunes reminiscent of railway journeys were used to intersperse video clips of railway journeys in Scotland, Cornwall, Gloucestershire and Norfolk. Both the Bure Valley and The North Norfolk Railways were shown with the latter hosting a scene from Dad’s Army on Weybourne Station. A clip of the Kings Lynn to Hunstanton line with Sir John Betjeman giving a commentary, was most illuminating, as was Sir John Gielgud being the voice behind an episode of ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’. Most interesting, though, was a glimpse of a train passing through Corpusty and Saxthorpe station on its way to Melton Constable. At the meeting best wishes were given to Betty Page, who was at the time in hospital after falling and breaking her hip. Don’t forget the mobile Library, which visits our villages on the third Wednesday of the month and has various resting places. Judith Banks: 01263 587319 21


Help improve our long-distance footpaths Significant improvements are planned to the Weavers Way and Paston Way long-distance footpaths and you can help make them. For the duration of 2014, Norfolk Trails, part of Norfolk County Council and the new managing body of the Weavers Way, has been allocated European Transmarche funding designed to improve tourism in rural areas. For our area they have chosen the Weavers Way and Paston Way (see map at left) and their trail corridors. During the last year, the Weavers Way received some 46,000 visits and this year is already looking likely to beat those figures. Norfolk Trails are now looking for volunteers to become Trail Rangers. Their main task will be to walk a short agreed section of the route once every season and fill in a simple report form informing head office if there are any issues. No previous experience or expertise is required, just enthusiasm. All volunteers will receive training and support. To find out more, please either fill in the contact form on their website: www. norfolk.gov.uk/trails or get in touch directly via Polly Bryant on 01603 222765. In addition, new website pages have been developed with lots of downloadable walks designed for beginner/leisure walkers. These vary in type and include both circular and linear walks of varying lengths based on and around the Weavers Way, linking with public transport wherever possible. In addition the signage of the routes will be improved to make them easier to follow for everyone. Finally, as well as local walkers, local tourism businesses can also benefit from this new initiative which is designed to help them make the most of the Weavers Way being in their area.The website mentioned below will give you details and information on how to join the free business directory and potentially access free social media and other training sessions in your area. These initiatives are funded as part of this overall project. Contact Helen.Timson@norfolk.gov.uk directly to find out more about how to make the most of this. 22


Gardens reopen in May. Nature discovery days for children in the February half-term.

Hall open by appointment until spring when Friday afternoon opening resumes.

WALKS OPEN DAILY UNTIL DUSK Car parks and lavatories available at both locations Private parties, weddings, receptions , just contact us: Mannington and Wolterton Estates, Norwich, NR11 7BB. Tel: 01263 584175/768444 or visit www.manningtongardens.co.uk Email: admin@walpoleestate.co.uk

Saxthorpe/Corpusty Neighbourhood Plan In December 2013 North Norfolk District Council agreed to designate Corpusty and Saxthorpe as a planning area.The Parish Council’s steering committee has been offered a grant for £6,800.00 to be spent on researching and writing the Neighbourhood Plan. The Parish Council considered its main objectives on January 21st. These are: • To engender a vibrant, inclusive and caring community. • To enhance and not devalue the architectural and landscape character of the villages and to improve the quality of the housing. • To increase the number of young families. • To improve support and services for an elderly population. • To increase the economic activity in the parish • To take account of the nature and capacity of the roads within the parish • To look at the provision of public transport. If anyone living in the parish wishes to join the steering group, please contact Imogen Waterson on 01263 587610 or email: imogen.waterson@btinternet.com 23


Local Art News New works by James Dodds at Bircham Gallery, Holt 8 February – 5 March 2014 James Dodds is now one of East Anglia’s most acclaimed artists. His paintings, linocuts and books from his own Jardine Press are inspired by his life-long love of the sea and traditional wooden boats. Born in1957 in the east coast Aldeburgh Lobster Boat linocut by James Dodds fishing town of Brightlingsea, he was initially apprenticed at 15 for four years as a shipwright but his love of drawing and painting took him first to Colchester School of Art 1976 - 77 and thence to Chelsea School of Art from 1977 - 80 and finally to the Royal College of Art 1981 - 84 As well as at the Bircham Gallery in Holt, James regularly exhibits at Messum’s Fine Art, Cork St, London. His work has been purchased by Britten-Pears Library, Aldeburgh; Victoria and Albert Museum; Clacton & Rochford Hospitals; Chelmsford and Essex Museums; Ipswich Borough Council Museums and Galleries; Colchester Borough Council; the Horniman Museum, London and many private collectors. In July 2007 James was very pleased to accept the offer of an honorary doctorate from the University of Essex in recognition of his “distinguished contribution to the local community as an artist and defender of our community and natural heritage.” Masterpieces at The Sainsbury Centre On until 24th February, Masterpieces is one of the most ambitious exhibitions in the region’s recent history, celebrating the artistic heritage of East Anglia, from antiquity through to the present day. The exhibition encompasses over 270 masterpieces across many media, including painting, furniture, sculpture, design, jewellery, textiles. The displays are clear and well laid out containing a wealth of stunning treasures. Tickets are £8 adult, £6 concessions, £20 family ticket. Advanced tickets can also be bought in business hours via the Sainsbury Centre Ticket Hotline 01603 598616. Opening Times: Mondays - Closed, Tuesday Saturday 10am - 8pm, Sundays 10am - 5pm. 24


WICKMERE WITH WOLTERTON As Dominic notes at the end of the Parish Report below, this is his last contribution after almost four years of writing for this magazine.The Priest-in-Charge and Editor would like formally to record their gratitude for the dedication, creativity and commitment Dom has brought to his work in and for this magazine. He will be missed. A message from our District Councillor, Norman Smith: Save money on heating oil The December issue of “In Touch”, the newsletter for the Scarrowbeck Group of Parishes, carried a notice regarding the community oil buying scheme established in Erpingham with Calthorpe.This created a considerable amount of interest not only in Erpingham but other Parishes. At the time the scheme covered just Erpingham with Calthorpe. Following discussion with the Norfolk Rural Community Council who promote the service I have arranged for the scheme to cover the NNDC district which I represent which includes Wickmere. Membership is free to all those in the district. It is difficult to establish the amount members save but any saving, however small, is a saving. I should add that I have no financial interest in the scheme. For information my email is smith-norman@btconnect.com Telephone: 01263 768665. There was a very successful “Double Dragon” which took place, at very short notice, on 30th December.Apologies to all who would have liked to have come and didn’t know about it.The Dragoners took a collection for the village hall and raised £45.They also left some drink to be donated to our first pub night. And the first pub night may well be on 14 February – the date won’t be finalised until the committee meeting following the AGM on 27 January. Watch out for the posters confirming the time and date! The AGM of the Village Hall Committee took place on Monday 27 January after this newsletter went to press. We hope there will have been a good turnout with lots of new people bringing fresh ideas and enthusiasm. We are all grateful to the old committee for its hard work over the last six years that has provided the village with its splendid new hall. We hope in the years ahead it will be used for many village and family events. This is my last newsletter after nearly four years of writing. Helen Goulty will continue alone as the Wickmere correspondent, please Helen Goulty: Dominic Boddington do give her all the support you can. 01263 570043 01263 577300 25


Corpusty, Saxthorpe and the Great War One hundred years ago our villages, like many others, experienced catastrophe. But for Corpusty and Saxthorpe the disaster was exceptional, even by the standards of the World War 1. The War Memorial in the Church records 38 names, out of a population of about 600. We believe that the figure represents a higher proportion of the male population than any other village in Norfolk. Those young men deserve to be remembered as more than just names. The School, the Parish Council and the Parochial Church Council are working together on a project which will enable the children in the village to identify who were the Fallen of Corpusty and Saxthorpe. Already people in the village have come forward with photographs and letters which enable us to give faces and identities to these young men. We have found that not all the casualties are in fact recorded on the Memorial: young ‘Gin’ Roberts had emigrated to Australia, returned with the Australian Army to fight on the Western Front, and died of the wounds he received there. There are other tragic stories to tell. The three village organisations have already made an outline application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant to assist with the project, and it has received a very positive response. If we are successful it will help pay for the production of a book in which the findings of the children of the School will be published, so giving the village a permanent record. We are also planning an expedition to the Imperial War Museum, where there will be exhibitions on the Great War. A display of the material found will be mounted in the Church, and there will be a presentation largely by our school children at 11am on the 11th November. The exhibition will then transfer to the Village Hall. This project is not concerned with the politics of the Great War. It is about the tragedy that struck our villages and so many of its families. Do please help us. If you have information that is relevant, please let us know. We are sure that we can pay a fitting tribute to those who experienced this tragedy. Merlin Waterson, The Old Rectory, Saxthorpe, NR11 7BJ 01263 587610 Editor’s Note: If any other Benefice Parish is planning a World War 1 commemoration, please do let the magazine know. 26


Village People Saxthorpe’s Sue and Ian Wylie are very grateful to friends and neighbours for their best wishes, prayers, cards and flowers plus the tasty morsels that have been dropped off after her serious operation. “Hopefully I will be back to arranging Church flowers before too long,” Sue added. Ever a man to think ahead,Wickmere’s Edward Slapp collected thousands of poppy seeds which were broadcast in St Andrew’s Churchyard on Remembrance Day, November 11th last year. So, thanks to Ted, a visit to Wickmere later this year will reward you with a poignant reminder of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1. (Speaking of which, please see Saxthorpe’s Merlin Waterson’s article opposite.) Little Barningham’s Michael Daniels put his back into it a bit too much on New Year’s Day and ended up with what may be a slipped disc! We wish him better soon, especially from the hangover. Congratulations to Wickmere’s Phillida Hurn who on January 21st was elected as 2014 President of the Aylsham Show. A great honour for a great lady! Corpusty dog-owner Lin Seaman has had a tough time with her new puppy first of all her he broke Lin’s foot and now he’s given her a black eye! Blickling’s Mike Swann has made an excellent recovery after his Triple coronary artery bypass late last year – a “hearty” well done to Mike. And speaking of hospital visits Edgefield’s Richard Peaver has recovered sufficiently enough from his recent operation to josh the Editor! Wickmere birthdays are bursting out all over: first a trio of Goulties: Charlie Goulty had his 14th birthday on 29 January, Chelsie Goulty is 17 on Valentine’s Day, and Bob Goulty (and Tony Hurn!) will each feel 112 on 9th, Tom Riches’ 17th birthday is on 12 February, Redmond Shaw reaches double figures on 25 February and finally George Madeley is, we think, mumble, on the 25 February! Wickmere will be lit by birthday cake candles for the next month, it seems! We wish the best of luck to two of the Benefice’s movers (possibly) and shakers: Wickmere’s Robert Paul is hoping to to move to Corpusty if all goes well. And the doyenne of Edgefield and Churchwarden, Angela Turner, is hoping to move to.....Edgefield! It’s lovely to see Corpusty’s Lynn Norrington up and about after her recent trips to the Norwich and Norfolk. In fact she’s been there so often recently she’s probably eligible for a season ticket! 27


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Rev. Marion Harrison, Itteringham Rectory, The Street, Itteringham NR11 7AX. Tel: 01263 587977 Email: marion681@btinternet.com (Day off on Fridays) Rev. Michael Banks, Quarndon, Saxthorpe NR11 7BL Tel: 01263 587319 Email: mbanks@tiscali.co.uk

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