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Se en Churches Magazine June 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.

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. 23 Nature Notes p. 8 Music in Church p. 10 The MacArthur Grill p. 13 The Benefice Planner p. 14 Photograph: Ivan Thompson

Benefice Service Rota p. 15

Village Gardens p. 17

Growing memories

The brilliant yellow of the the rape blossom is now dying back a little, but its golden glory remains as a dazzling memory. The late Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez wrote,“The heart’s memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good.” Let’s hope we all grow golden, magnifying memories of this summer. 1

The Furtive Pathach p. 24 Arts News p.. 26 Village People p. 27 And 2 Groans!


June Reflection Beautiful June. The month of warm summer days and, with luck, only the odd summer shower. And I suppose more than any other month June offers us an invitation to pause, be still, breathe in deeply and feel our oneness with the natural world around us even when that natural world is manmade. For this is the month when our gardens are bursting into bloom forming a riot of shape, colour and perfume to assail the senses. This is the month when all our hard work, clearing and preparing the ground, choosing the plants for that particular spot, mixing colours with an artist’s eye and considering height, spread and form seams time well spent. And now is the perfect time to sit back and enjoy the fruits of all that hard work. I wonder if this is what the psalmist felt God saying to him when he wrote the following words: Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. Our lives are so different to the lives of those we read about in the Bible that a lot of us find it hard to see any similarities and therefore see no way to connect with what the bible may have to say to us. But the truth is human nature does not change. All those thoughts and feelings we have deep inside us, joy, anger, fear, love, desire, disappointment, resentment, are the same thoughts and feelings people have had down through the ages. And if we haven’t changed, God hasn’t changed either. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. What has changed is our relationship with God and our belief in His existence. And I may well be wrong but it seems to me that in our disbelief in the God who is infinitely greater than we are and able to make us whole, we lose hope. Hope that we are cared for greatly and deeply loved by One who can make all things well. This year’s Itteringham May Fair was once again a wonderful success. We extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who gave up their time to help make the day run smoothly. Thank you to everyone who donated food or items for the various stalls. And thank you to everyone who came to enjoy the day. As you may know, the Norfolk Churches Trust hold a service in Corpusty Church each year. This year the service of Evensong will be held on the 6th July at 3.30pm. All are welcome to attend. Rev. Marion Harrison 3


BLICKLING Departures: Life-long resident Phil Farndon is leaving Silvergate soon. Phil grew up in the village and moved into No. 37 after graduating from university. Phil says “I will be sad to leave this beautiful area, but I am looking forward to moving to mid-Norfolk with my girlfriend Susie. I will continue to volunteer with the National Trust countryside department at Blickling, as I have done for the last 12 years. My parents also still live in the village so I will be popping back often and staying in touch with everyone.Volunteering with the Trust has been a real joy over the years because it has allowed me to contribute in keeping Blickling such a special Phil Farndon and Susie - both will be place to live and visit. I get a real kick out of the work, much missed seeing trees and hedges that I helped to plant become features of the landscape that will last for centuries. Work is not always glamorous, but always immensely satisfying. On an average day we might install a farm gate, lead a guided walk, make safe a fallen tree or repair fishing platforms on the lake.” If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, with the Countryside Department or in the Hall, gardens or any other department, you can get in touch with the NT on 01263 738077 or email brian. Arrivals: Andy Taylor and Teri Holt moved to Silvergate in April 2013, and have volunteered at Blickling Hall for over two years. Andy volunteers as a room steward Teri Holt and Andy Taylor ready for Action! and Teri helps in the shop. Photographed here outside their house (where George Mann lived for many years), in their 1940s regalia, they are all set for a Dad’s Army day at Bressingham. Possibly the only film star in the village, Andy took part in a film due to be released in 2015, set on VE night, 1945 and the celebrations that took place in Trafalgar Square and on The Mall. The AGM for Blickling Parish Council is 2nd June at 7.30pm in The Old School Community Centre. The Clerk to the Parish Council is Jacinth Rogers, and you can contact her on 01263 584177. Council members are: Robert Mitchell, (Chairman); Michael Swann, (Vice Chairman); Emily Bambridge; Joan Cottingham; Pat Mead and Michael Jones. Jessica Perry: 01263 735013 To contribute to this page please contact Jess. 5

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EDGEFIELD Church News (from Angela Turner) It has been a quiet month for the church, but the usual services have taken place. There was an enjoyable Rogation Day service at Itteringham, although it was thought more prudent to remain in the church, since the weather was inclement. Edgefield Village Hall Committee (from Jim Frost) I write this the morning after a wonderful evening spent at the village hall with our guest speaker, Henry Cator. Once again, the hall was packed to the rafters for an extremely enjoyable and convivial event. We were treated to a first-class buffet meal, followed by an entertaining after-dinner speech by Henry. Money raised on the night will be donated to the Quidenham Children’s Hospice, as Henry kindly gave of his time for free. A couple of reminders for your diaries: on 21st June at 7.30 p.m. is the ‘Seven Year Hitch’, a tale of a family’s journey around the world in a horse-drawn carriage. This is a free event. On July 14th at 7.00 p.m., we have our next film night, when we will be showing a wonderful film called ‘Children of Heaven’. Hope to see you there! Edgefield Ladies Club are holding an Open Garden and Strawberry Cream Tea in aid of Quidenham Children’s Hospice at Berry Horn, Norwich Road, Edgefield, on Wednesday 18th June at 2.30 p.m. There will be a raffle, bring and buy and plant stall. Richard and Ann Brookes write: Thank you to everyone who sent donations or who came to support our Hot Cross Bun morning on Good Friday.We had a huge turnout; it was fairly chaotic but everyone seemed enjoy the morning. 420 buns were made and nearly all went. We must thank the wonderful helpers who were rushed off their feet for a couple of hours, both in the kitchen and on the sale table, without them it couldn`t happen. Adrian and Sally with their Pheonix Cards were a huge draw and they did very well, Paul Graves very kindly gave us a fantastic hamper of fruit which we raffled and Claire was in charge of this as well as taking orders for portraits of animals or children. Edgefield Nurseries provided a lovely plant stall under the watchful eye of Marina and everything on the sale table was donated including fresh dug parsnips and carrots and some wonderful rhubarb, not to mention the usual home made horseradish and delicious looking apple tarts and cakes. We were thrilled to have made £817.44 and were overwhelmed with the support we had.The Multiple Sclerosis Norfolk Centre were delighted with the outcome and invited us to see their new facilities (near the airport ) for people with M.S. or any other mobility problems. It was a great morning; thank-you all. Richard Peaver: 01263 587486, 7

Nature Notes A trip to any of our sun-dappled becks at present would be rewarded by the sight of a graceful acrobatic display, performed by one of our most beautiful insects, the Banded Demoiselle. Metallic blue males, with a characteristic dark band across their translucent wings, fight their rivals, whilst simultaneously displaying to the green-bronze coloured females. Whilst their dance may seem graceful, it is nevertheless an urgent one, as life for these beauties lasts only a brief week or two. A member of the damselfly family, they are altogether smaller than dragonflies, and are distinguished by the fact that at rest, their wings lie back over the body rather than at right angles. Resting, however, is not something they do an awful lot of, for the fiercely territorial males, incessantly chase and fight the opposition, defending areas of faster moving water. In order to get their girl, they show off their territory by periodically Danded Demoiselle by Sue Appleby flinging themselves into the water and floating a little way downstream. If successful in their attempts to impress, mating will take place, male and female bodies linking together to form a heart shape. The female then lays her eggs, either on emergent plants, or, more usually, under the surface, for it is there that her offspring will spend the majority of their lives, as ferocious predatory nymphs. If the adults are beauties, then these nymphs are most certainly a bit of a beast, eating virtually anything that moves, grabbing the unsuspecting prey by shooting out the lower portion of their mouths and seizing them in their powerful jaws. After a two year reign of terror, the nymphs crawl up out of the water, shed their skin and emerge as winged adults. Change its skin it may, but this particular leopard cannot change all its spots, for in adult form, too, damselflies are menacing hunters. With flying capabilities next to none and all round vision provided by the 30,000 lenses in their compound eyes, they are able to skilfully catch and eat their prey on the wing, grabbing hold with outstretched hind legs. Along with dragonflies, they are truly ancient insects, fossils providing evidence of their existence 325 million years ago - though a wingspan of 30 inches meant that back then, they were more attack helicopter than insect and that trip to a sunny beck-side would have been a very different ball game! Sue Appleby 8

ITTERINGHAM It was long and wearisome and the heat in the kitchen was barely bearable.All parts were awash with activity, indoors and out but....there were no feints, no sightings of bodies bundled from the site, no disorderly chaos. Just a great sigh of relief audible, it is said, as far away as Aylsham Town Hall(not yet confirmed in writing).The effort of all, from Director General to dishwasher, was.....extraordinary.You were magnificent and your magnificence was rewarded with a very happy crowd of ‘Fayreies’ or ‘Fayreites’ who departed the day with pleasure enough to draw them back next year.Your other reward though was the record of money taken of around £3900.As Mr Grace would have said, (he must surely have passed on by now) “You’ve all done....very well”. Amongst the many famous faces seen at the fayre was that of Richard Bryan who gave us ‘Master Chef’, which is still running on the small screen and who owned and directed the Walpole Arms for seven years until around seven years ago. Richard.Your years in the ‘directors chair’ in Itteringham are remembered with great fondness. The Brownies are at St Marys’ on 24th.June and not, as announced last month, the 24th May. Richard Bryan in Summer mode You may remember the name ‘Mike Hemsley’ in connection with the Village Shop. Mike has been integral to the success of the shop for around six years. In that time he has achieved remarkable results. He has been responsible for invaluable fund raising from sources such as The Heritage Lottery Fund, the Plunkett Foundation, North Norfolk District Council and others. He attracted the Samphire brand into stock, developed cafe trading, established a web site Award-winner Mike Hemsley and Facebook and Twitter accounts. His input has been tireless, inventive and profitable. He has been awarded a full time position at NUA, (Norwich University of the Arts ) in his particular speciality of digital imaging. Once retirement from NUA sets in you will be expected to return to Wolterton Road. No rest for you my boy! The gratitude and good wishes of the village, the customers and ‘friends of the Village Shop’ go with you. Cream teas at Glebe House on Saturday 14th June, 2pm to 5pm.Your host is Sandra Walker who will be ably supported by others of the village and beyond, including Rachel Siddell (leader) and her troop of Brownies. The Brownies have created an exhibition ‘Art of Stained Glass’ in St Mary’s - on from Saturday 24th May to 28th June approx. Indeed the involvement of Rachel and her troop was integral to the raising of a grant of £6k towards the repair of a church window. 14th June will be a good day to be in Itteringham.This is a personal invitation to you from the Village to join us. You will be welcome. Eric Goodman 587278 9

The music of the Church A short series on composers who have made major contributions to the music of the Church.This month Sir Arthur Sullivan Born on 13th May 1842, the son of a military bandmaster, Sullivan composed his first anthem at age eight. He was selected as soloist in the boys’ choir of the Chapel Royal where his choirmaster encouraged him and arranged for the publication and performance of his early compositions. In 1856, the Royal Academy of Music awarded the first Mendelssohn Scholarship to the 14-year-old Sullivan, allowing him to study first at the Academy and then in Germany, at the Leipzig Conservatoire. Sullivan began his composing career with a series of ambitious works, interspersed with hymns, parlour ballads and other light pieces. From 1861 to 1872, he supplemented his income by working as a church organist and as a music teacher. In his lifetime he composed 55 hymns many of which are still commonly used today and rather as Ralph Vaughan-Williams also did in a later era, arranged 19 others from previous composers’ works. Among favourite hymns we still use are Onward! Christian soldiers; Hallelujah! Hallelujah!; To Thee, O Lord, our hearts we raise; Nearer, my God, to Thee; Lead, kindly Light; Angel voices, ever singing, and the hymn almost no funeral is complete without: The day Thou gavest, Lord, is ended. Sullivan’s talent and native charm earned him many friends in musical and social circles, including Queen Victoria’s son Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh. In 1870 Sullivan was introduced to William Schwenck Gilbert and in 1871, Sullivan wrote his first opera with W. S. Gilbert, Thespis. The two then went their separate ways, and Sullivan produced his Festival Te Deum (1872), an oratorio, The Light of the World (1873), and other pieces, including incidental music for West End productions of several Shakespeare plays. He also had conducting and academic appointments. In 1875, however, producer Richard D’Oyly Carte reunited Gilbert and Sullivan to create a one-act piece, Trial by Jury, which became a surprise hit. Their 1878 opera H.M.S. Pinafore became an international sensation, as did The Pirates of Penzance (1879) and Patience (1881). Later hits in the series were Iolanthe (1882), The Mikado (1885), The Yeomen of the Guard (1888) and The Gondoliers (1889). Sullivan was knighted for his contributions to music in 1883. In November 1900 Sullivan died at the age of 58, regarded internationally as the finest British composer of the age. His comic opera style, though hugely popular, was not something he dwelt on personally; of all of his vast output, he most deeply poured his spirit into the music he wrote for the Church, his hymns and oratorios. 10

LITTLE BARNINGHAM At the Annual Vestry Meeting on April 30th, Michael and Pam Daniels were re-elected as Church Wardens. Michael and Pam have been looking after our church, as Church Wardens, for 42 years.This really needs a rousing cheer from all of us in Little B. The church is the oldest building in our village and needs constant care.The jackdaws have again been sent packing.They love to build their nests in the dry, sheltering tower. Here is one pulling the long hair out of a Belted Galloway cow who grazes the fields nearby, belonging to Henry and Harry Betts.Their beaks full of the cow’s hair were collected by a gang of five birds at one point, so they have certainly found alternative accommodation. On the 7th May, all the Church Wardens were officially admitted to their duties in a service at St Mary’s Church, Reepham. A A Jackdaw gathers nest upholstery courtesy of a very beautiful service led by Archdeacon John Ashe. tolerant Belted Galloway The church was filled with elected Wardens from Ingworth and Sparham Deaneries, and the singing was fabulous ! Old fashioned handmade scarecrows have mostly disappeared from our modern fields. In their place are loud, very scary, blow-up ones - which nearly promote a heart attack, or silent silhouettes of hawks on the end of long fishing rods. It was a real pleasure to discover a genuine small, handmade scarecrow. Ever since John Smith sadly died in December 2007, the vegetable garden in front of John and Joan’s house has been carefully and well tended by his son, Simon. Simon has made this small scarecrow to guard the newly planted vegetable crop. Very nice, a lovely idea. Elly Betts’s great idea of a ‘Tug-of-War’ team in Little B. has been enthusiastically taken up by a few strong and hopeful men. Their first competition will be at the Heydon Fete on May 26th, Bank Holiday Monday. Very, very good luck ! Community Sunday, June 8th, will take place in the Village Hall from 10.30am onwards. It is Whit Sunday (Pentecost), so Simon’s Scarecrow stands guard! other church services are available in the Parish for those who would prefer it. Please remember ‘The Strawberry Fair’ at Church Farm House on June 14th, at 2 o’ clock. Fiona French: 01263 577400 11


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Foreign Readership

Helen McKenzie, our Web Mistress, reports that the May Online Edition of the Seven Churches Benefice Magazine was read as follows: 67 reads from the UK, 1 read from the USA, and 1 from Viet Nam. Total online reads since we started counting is 69 flick-throughs and 308 reads.

April Groan 1 If at first you don’t succeed, don’t take up sky-diving! 12

The MacArthur Grill: John Gandy An instance of what makes John Gandy’s job as Rare Book Librarian at Blickling Hall so endlessly fascinating is handling a book written in the reign of Elizabeth 1, which belonged to William Cecil, Lord Burghley, her chief minister. He was doing this only last week. Blickling’s is the Trust’s largest library, and along with the privately-owned libraries at Chatsworth, Holkham and Longleat it is one of the most important and spectacular historic country house libraries still in existence. For the past four years, Gandy, 43, who lives in Itteringham, has been cataloguing the library’s 12,500 volumes and he is not John Gandy: Blickling librarian even half way through his Herculean task: he has to read every book, detailing among other information its author, publisher, printer, bookseller and translator, subjects, provenance and bindings, meanwhile, since he works in full view of the public, answering inquiries from visitors. It is tempting when visiting the libraries of stately homes, with their ancient books kept securely locked, to wonder whether they were mainly kept for show. Only one in five of Blickling’s books is in English: the rest include languages such as Latin, Greek, Italian and Hebrew. On the contrary, says Gandy, they were bought to be read: in the past books were the only means of mass communication and knowledge.The oldest book in Blickling is a handwritten manuscript from the early 1100s containing the Dialogues of Pope Gregory the Great. It has a short paragraph containing the Lord’s Prayer in a mix of AngloSaxon and early Middle English. At the other end of the spectrum, there is even a small collection of pornography! His favourite book is an atlas with a text written by a Greek scientist called Claudius Ptolemaeus during the Roman Empire, published in 1482, ten years before Christopher Columbus discovered America. Gandy has worked for the Trust in 15 stately homes. His work is funded from profits made by the secondhand bookshop.Any money the bookshop makes is re-invested back into Blickling, with much of the money being used to buy equipment and materials for the gardens and wider estate. ”I’ve been fortunate that for the past four years a part of the money made by the bookshop has been used to pay for the cataloguing of the library”, he says.“Hopefully this will continue until the work is completed, though there is no guarantee from year to year that any money will be available.” 13

The Benefice Planner Date Event




NGS Open Garden

Oulton Hall

1pm - 5pm


Bure Valley Quilters

Corpusty Village Hall

2pm - 4pm


Blickling Parish AGM

Blickling Old School Centre



PCC Meeting

The Old Rectory, Saxthorpe.



Open afternoon

Oulton Congregational Chapel

2pm - 4pm


North Norfolk Knitters

Corpusty Village Hall

10am - noon


Cream teas

Glebe House garden, Itteringham



Lantern Workshop for Box Day

Pasture Cottage,The Street, Oulton 5pm


Strawberry Fair

Church Farm House, Lt Barningham 2pm


Bure Valley Quilters

Corpusty Village Hall


Edgefield Ladies Club Open Garden & Strawberry Cream Tea

Berry Horn, Norwich Rd, Edgefield 2.30pm

June 2014

2 - 4pm


LinC Summer Buffet

Heather and Brian Monks, Saxthorpe 6.30pm


Families Together ‘Our Families’

Corpusty Village Hall

3.30pm - 5.30pm


Oulton Box Day

Oulton Playing Field



LinC Strawberry Fair

Corpusty Village Hall

11am - 3pm


Talk: David Grant “The 7 year hitch”

Edgefield Village Hall


July 2014 6th


Corpusty Church



Bure Valley Quilters

Corpusty Village Hall

2 - 4pm


North Norfolk Knitters

Corpusty Village Hall

10.0 - noon


Film Night “Children of Heaven”

Edgefield Village Hall

7.00 for 7.30pm

16th 17th

LinC ‘Norfolk Work Houses’, Mr S Pope Families Together The Philippian Jailer with a trailer for Holiday Club ‘Cops and Robbers’

Corpusty Village Hall Corpusty Village Hall

7.30pm 3.30 - 5.30pm

21st 24th

Bure Valley Quilters Corpusty Village Hall Library Van Corpusty School other times posted in Corpusty Stores

27th Jazz in the Yard The Old Rectory, Oulton 28th -1stAug Seven Churches Children’s Holiday Club Corpusty Village Hall ‘Cops and Robbers’ Children 5 - 11 years very welcome, more details later. Regular Events Wednedays (Term only) Pre-school ballet class Corpusty Village Hall Most Thursdays Yesu Bus Corpusty Village Hall Car Park Tuesdays Short Mat Bowls Corpusty Village Hall 14

2 - 4pm 12.10, 6pm 10am - noon

11am - 11.45am 4.00 – 5.00pm 2 pm - 4pm

Benefice Services Rota: June 2014

June 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

1st June

8th June

15th June

22nd June

29th June

Easter 7


Trinity Sunday

Trinity 1

St Peter & St Paul


Community 11.00 Weekend HC


8.00 HC BCP

Little 9.00 Barningham HC BCP

9.30 MP BCP RL

9.00 Family Service

9.00 HC BCP

11.00 am MP BCP GP

11.00 Community HC BCP Weekend GP

8.00 HC BCP

Community Weekend


9.00 MP GP

9.00 MP SJ

9.00 HC CW


8.00 HC CW

11.00 Family Service

Community 11.00 Weekend HC CW


11.00 Family Service

8.00 HC BCP 15

All are welcome to 11.00 Holy Communion at St. Peter and St Paul, Edgefield or to 9.00 Holy Communion at St. Peter and St Paul, Oulton to celebrate with us the Feast Day for St. Peter and St Paul.

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Bragg v Dawkins: Head to Head in Holt

Richard Dawkins

Melvyn Bragg

There will be a rare opportunity to hear Richard Dawkins, Britain’s most famous (or notorious) atheist, debate the existence of God with the agnostic Melvyn Bragg at the Holt Festival at 4pm on July 27. When Dawkins, whose book The God Delusion has sold more than two million copies, debated the motion that organized religion has no place in the 21st century with Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, at the Cambridge Union last year, he lost by 374 vote to 126. But he seldom engages in public debate. Bragg who wrote a chapter on Dawkins in his book on the King James Bible, The Book of Books, is relishing the opportunity to challenge Dawkins. “Richard Dawkins’ lack of faith is not difficult to understand or to share”, he says. “His lack of curiosity about Faith is bewildering. His attacks on it are strange from such a brilliant scholar. “ Tickets can be bought either online at or from The Festival Box Office, Lion House Court, 26a High Street, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 6BJ. - Brian MacArthur

April Groan 2

An engineer was crossing a road one day, when a frog called out to him and said, “If you kiss me, I’ll turn into a beautiful princess.” He bent over, picked up the frog, and put it in his pocket. The frog spoke up again and said, “If you kiss me, I’ll turn into a beautiful princess and stay with you.” The engineer took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it and returned it to the pocket. The frog then cried out, “If you kiss me and turn me back into a princess, I’ll stay with you and be your girlfriend for ever.” Again, the engineer took the frog out, smiled at it and put it back into his pocket. Finally, the frog asked, “What is the matter? I’ve told you I’m a beautiful princess and that I’ll stay with you for ever. Why won’t you kiss me?” The engineer said, “Look, I’m an engineer. I don’t have time for a girlfriend, but a talking frog - now that’s really cool!” 16

Village Gardeners June is the month of long hot days and warm nights so hopefully all our plants are going to grow strong and healthy. Unfortunately things go wrong and plants can be attacked by a range of pests and diseases so this month I am concentrating on pests. Some vegetable varieties are now bred to minimise pest problems. There is now a variety of carrot called flyaway which is resistant to carrot fly, and a potato which is less susceptible to potato blight. If you choose to use chemicals try and avoid ‘systemic’ ones which are taken up by the plant and will remain within it for some time. Use contact chemicals which work quickly on the leaf surface to kill the pest or disease. Many gardeners avoid all chemicals and use a number of techniques to keep crops clean. Covering leeks and carrots with fleece or environmesh will keep away leaf miner and rust on leeks, and carrot fly. Growing strong smelling plants like tagetes among tomatoes helps prevent the tomatoes getting aphids by disguising the smell of the tomato plant. If you regularly inspect your crops and flowers action can be taken early before the problem really takes hold. Spotting the yellow eggs of the cabbage white butterfly before they hatch means you can rub them off the plant. Look out for curled leaves on any plant, particularly on new growth, which indicates aphids. Remove and burn the leaves Keep any eye on potato leaves and look for the brown patches of potato blight. It really is best to spray - if not remove and burn the infected leaves. Keeping the garden free of weeds at all times of the year will improve the health of your garden because weeds act as the host plant for pests and disease. Tomatoes are growing well this year but watch out for blossom end rot, which shows itself as a brown patch on the fruit. To avoid this never let the plants dry out, and it can help to occasionally feed with calcium nitrate. Tomatoes are also susceptible to a magnesium deficiency which causes the leaves to go yellow/ brown between the veins, It is often caused by overfeeding and can be corrected by spraying the leaves with magnesium oxide - Epsom salts. Club root in brasica plants only flourishes in acidic soils. Mixing Lime or limex (which your friendly farmer may give you a bucket of!) with the soil as you plant will keep club root away. You may not have a greenhouse or large vegetable patch but improvise and use a warm sunny corner for a pot, sheltered spot in the garden for a few veg and you will be amazed by the difference in flavour of the humble potato or tomato. Happy gardening. Peter Eglington 01263 587261 17


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OULTON Veterans Day The marquee was erected, the bunting hung, tables decorated and home-made cakes and sandwiches magically appeared. The Veterans and their families arrived and soon the marquee was full to the seams and copious cups of tea were being poured and drunk. This year was also the 20th anniversary of the memorial to those who lost their lives and to commemorate this a beautifully decorated cake (see photo) was cut by members of the Oulton group. After tea a short service was held at the memorial and the Last Post was played by Charlie Jefford. This annual event is always greatly appreciated by the visitors and ensures that “We will remember them”. Chris and Sue especially wish to thank all who helped to make this another memorable day for our visitors. Annual Village Meeting. This beautifully decorated, poppy-strewn cake helped To a lower than average turnout, Chairman make Oulton’s 20th Veteran’s Day memorable. Paul Killingback reviewed the year, describing it as both challenging and extremely busy, predominantly due the number of large scale planning applications on top of the usual workload. Councillor Alison Shaw spoke of the likely impact on Oulton if the proposed Aylsham anaerobic digestor plans go through as we will be one of the feeder villages for it. Other topics raised were the rapidly deteriorating state of Hall Road and the recent interest shown by The National Trust in preserving the remaining war time buildings and providing access to them in the future. This year’s Box Day was outlined by Susan Mather and Stephen Jefford discussed the forthcoming events for the church Community Sundays and the current situation re another application for a Heritage Lottery Grant for urgent repairs. Box Day. Saturday 21st June from 3pm. Oulton Playground. It’s nearly here and you’re all invited! Traditional games, tea and cakes and evening barbeque (bring own BBQ food and drink – salads and bread provided). Children’s Magic Show 5-6pm. Local Jazz Band. But before all that....... Saturday 14th June. 5pm. Pasture Cottage, The Street. Lantern Workshop for all ages. To be used at Box Day. Please bring an empty 5 litre water bottle. Also children’s colouring competition. Sheets available from Sue Hall: 01263 734245 7th June in church, on notice board or on the day. 19

May Day: Corpusty School Report

Traditional dancing of ‘The Spider’s Web’ round the Maypole

During the morning, some of the children worked hard in pairs to create green men and tree spirits.They used clay and stuck them to the trees around the school garden.These hugely entertaining faces were decorated with moss, twigs and leaves. Some children wrote excellent spring haiku which were tied around trees. May garlands and bunting added colour to the garden. My favourite part of the day was the May Pole.

May Day has many traditions and has been celebrated for hundreds of years and here at Corpusty the tradition is still going strong. As the children arrived, dressed as May kings and queens or green men, they noticed the exquisitely decorated gates and railings.Thanks to the Friends for arriving very early with blossom and foliage which created a dramatic opening to the day.

L to R: Phoebe Phelps (seated) Tillie Patten, Jack Jarvis (The Green Man) (seated), Anna Den Engelse, Jude Booker (seated)

The may Pole dancers processed out and strutted their stuff in the playground.They had been practicing for weeks with Mrs Smith! In Ruben Perkins, George Daniels the end the hard work paid off. Everyone enjoyed the spectacle. Dances included the spider’s web and barber’s pole. The parents then joined the children in some country dancing before looking around the May Day garden. It was a really fun day celebrating spring in the sunshine. 20

Report by: Jack, Jasper and Georgia

SAXTHORPE WITH CORPUSTY St Andrew’s Church, Saxthorpe has been maintained by much hard work from a few dedicated people; mowing the car park, tidying the graveyard, and inside the church itself.To those people a very big ‘Thank You’ is sent via these pages. In the church there is a “refurbished, movable pew, which is on trial as part of our Faculty application to the Diocesan Advisory Committee,” reports Brian Monks, St Andrew’s fabric Officer. He continues:“The idea is to make a further 3 pews for the south aisle using existing pew ends and benches.They are light enough for two people to move around the church when we have exhibitions, flower festivals and children’s activities. Most of the time they will probably have their backs to the wall. The refurbished pew Joe Davis and Robert Smith have done a superb job with this pew without damage to the wooden floor or wall panelling. Joe’s partner, Jenny, also did a wonderful job with the staining and waxing of both the pew and the medieval wall panelling.We are awaiting a decision from the DAC in the middle of June”. Further, the space provided by the removal of a couple of pews is available for refreshments for example, after a service, see photo. Let the church wardens know what you think of the renovated pew and the created space. Merlin Waterson writes: In April we heard that our Joyce Pemberton, Heather Monks, application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant towards Michael Banks and organist James a First World War project had been successful.We have been Deveson enjoy the new coffee space! awarded a grant of £6,900 to enable Corpusty Primary School to research ‘Who were the Fallen of Saxthorpe and Corpusty?’ The findings will be drawn together in a book and exhibition. The Strawberry Fair is on 21st June, 11am until 3pm for Nelson’s Journey Charity, the LinC charity for 2014, will include refreshments, cake stall, book stall, children’s toys and clothes, raffle and other stalls. Scones and strawberries for tea. Following the Corpusty Village Hall AGM, Simon Waller and Ann Eglington stood down after years of committed work, for which they were thanked. The new treasurer is Mark van Ree and the new secretary is Deborah Fletcher. Harvey Taylor is the new booking clerk, 587507, email The fees stay the same for regular users, for private/individual bookings the charge is £8.00 per session, a drop in fees; it was considered better for the village hall to be used than not. Please give your National Children’s Society Boxes to Pam Daniels, 577436 or to Judith Banks, 587319. Judith Banks: 01263 587319 21

E-news from the Norwich Diocese The Diocese of Norwich has a lively e-newsletter from which we’ve culled a few items that may be of interest. To find out more about the newsletter or these items please visit: Nominate your project for the Lent Appeal 2015 This year the Diocese raised money for new clergy in Papua New Guinea. If you have any suggestions for the 2015 project, the Bishop of Norwich would like to hear from you.To nominate please consider the following: the project should provide possibilities for education about and engagement with the world and have real links with Norwich Diocese.You can read more about the Lent Appeal and previous projects or to submit your nominations, please contact The Revd Graham Steel, Diocesan Lent Project Co-ordinator: 01493 368210 / Share your skills with your local school! The Dioceses’s schools are looking for talented volunteers to work alongside teachers and enrich their curriculum. Could this be you? Do you have a passion for something which children would enjoy learning about? It could be anything from gardening, cooking, art and crafts, creative writing, history, the environment. Whatever it is,The Diocesan Board of Education would love to hear from you. No teaching experience is needed; our aim is to collate a resource base from a variety of people throughout Norfolk’s parishes. If you are interested and would like to know more about the project please contact Juliet Corbett, Primary Diocesan Schools Support Officer: / 01603 882346. Online Learning: Postgraduate Diploma in Parish Churches The University of York is offering an online learning opportunity for a Postgraduate Diploma in ‘The History, Heritage and Fabric of the English Parish Church’.The course is web-based, offering detailed and practical knowledge of the history and conservation of parish churches. It’s a fantastic opportunity for those caring for and managing churches, whether clergy, lay leaders, diocesan advisors, church architects, heritage professionals, volunteers, or for people who just love churches! For more information on the course and details of how to apply, go to: www. Cromer Vicar to become Bishop Her Majesty the Queen has approved the appointment of The Revd Canon Dr David Court, Vicar of Cromer, as Bishop of Grimsby in the Diocese of Lincoln. David is Vicar of Cromer, Rural Dean of Repps and Honorary Canon of Norwich Cathedral. He will be consecrated in St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday 25 July. 22


Gardens open May-Sept 12-5pm Wed, Thur, Fri: Jun-Aug 11am-5pm Greedy Goose Tearooms 8th June Beginners Guide to Digital Wildlife Photography 20th June Merchant of Venice Rain or Shine Theatre 27th June evening opening in aid of NGS from 6pm

Hall open Fridays until October 31st, 2-5pm and by appointment. Last entry 4pm 20th July Open Day: Hall open 12.30 - 4.30

Stalls in grounds. Nature activities, food, crafts and alpacas!


Car parks (£2.00) and lavatories. Private parties, weddings - just contact us Post: Mannington Hall, Norwich NR11 7BB Email: Telephone: 01263 584175 / 768444 Laurel Walpole writes: Here’s an update on the Knitted Flower Pergola. The total now raised is over £4,000 for John Grooms Court. If you missed it at the Forum, it will be in the horticultural tent at the Royal Norfolk Show on June 25th/26th.

The Furtive Pathach The Furtive Pathach is not some tribal terrorist in foreign parts. It is a grammar term in Hebrew. The Hebrew alphabet consists of consonants only. Where vowels are indicated, this is done by pointing the consonant with a vowel, which is pronounced after its consonant. Thus B pointed with A is BA not AB. A rare exception is the Furtive Pathach, where the vowel is pronounced before its consonant. An example of this is RUACH, where the consonant CH is pointed with A but is not pronounced RUCHA. RUACH is the usual word for breath, wind, spirit, air. It is interesting to note how different languages provide for the many nuances of this root idea. English seems richer in the nuances of meaning, though losing a linguistic link. In Ezekiel’s Valley of Dry Bones [37:1-14] RUACH and its derivatives occur ten times, variously translated in the Authorised Version as spirit, breath and wind. The close linguistic relationship between those three words is thus lost in translation, but there is gain from the different nuances, a typical challenge to translators. Either way, the wind, breath or spirit in Ezekiel’s Valley of Dry Bones is a vivid challenge to us of the work of Holy Spirit in our lives. So, the Spirit is elusive, perhaps. But furtive, absolutely not! 24

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WICKMERE WITH WOLTERTON We have had a lovely May. It seems that May Day passed and suddenly all the trees and hedgerows burst into leaf. The swifts and swallows have returned. The cereal crops have also taken off, they are now above knee height and looking good. On the 2nd May Katie and Bob Maidment gave an illustrated talk on ‘Support Cambodia’, a local charity providing assistance in North West Cambodia. There was a chance to purchase beautiful Cambodian crafts, all proceeds raised went to the charity. £77 was raised, so a big thank you to all who attended. On Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you!) it was the Annual Wickmere Plant Sale. Thankfully the weather was beautiful, and there was a lovely array of seedlings, plants and vegetables. This was all helped along with the tea and coffee and cakes. Thank you very much to George Madeley and Lesley Ash for their organisation. A fantastic £100.00 was raised for village funds.Thanks to all who took part. It is also that time of year again. EXAMS! Good luck to all students at whatever level you are studying. And to all those parents who are either currently walking on eggshells or tired of asking if their little treasures have been revising, hang on in there, the summer won’t be long. This year’s Prom will be on June 28th, so keep your fingers crossed for a lovely dry evening, so the Yr 11 students can arrive in style in all their finery. There were a couple of birthdays missed in the last edition. Belated happy birthday to Paddy Seligman. There was a lot of ‘lovely’ photo of a certain Mark Shaw who celebrated a milestone birthday. I’m sure those pictures will remain in peoples minds for a while! Once again, the electoral officers have said how lovely it is using the village hall, it is warm, dry and very accommodating. It all helps to pass the time. Thank you to Vic Shaw for mowing the grass and cutting the verge to maintain the appearance of a well looked after village amenity. Gill Boddington has passed on some info with regards to walks around Aylsham. There is a new walking group and they are offering a series of guided walks around Aylsham, don’t worry you don’t have to be an experienced walker to join in. Aylsham Wildflower Walk - 21st June at 2pm. Meet at St Michaels Infant School and lasts approx. 11/2 hrs. History of Aylsham - 2th June at 12.30pm. Meet at Bure Valley Railway and lasts approx. 1 hr. History of Aylsham (Inns & Taverns) - 26th July at 12.30pm. Meet at Bure Valley Railway and lasts approx. 1 hr. History of Aylsham (via Marriots Way) - 23rd August at 12.30pm. Meet at Bure Valley Railway and lasts approx. 1 hr. The charge is £2.00 per person, for more information you can Helen Goulty: 01263 570043 contact Sarah on 07879-640676. 25


New show at Corpusty Gallery 14th June - 20th July Corpusty Gallery’s next exhibition is “Pots and Pictures” in which six local potters are matched with a similar number of artists for a mixed exhibition of ceramics, pots and pictures.The ceramicists are Kim Turner, Lorraine Valentine, Felicity Hoyle, Antje Ernestus, Jennifer Williams Jane Bygrave and Bridget O Connell (non-cermic pots), while the artists are Mary Thatcher, Sarah Bays, Joan Wooll, Lilian Shaw, Lizzy Harvey and John Midgley. All welcome. Dancer on a red cushion by Mary Thatcher (detail) Local Jazz. Nice! Saturday 21 June: Museum of the Broads. Summer Jazz Concert. 7.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.Tickets £7.50p. From 01692 581681 or 01692 670754.This is an event for which the band has played in the past and It’s always a great success.The purpose of the museum is to preserve, record and illustrate the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads.You can find more information at Sunday 29 June:The King’s Arms, Reepham. Jazz in the courtyard. Noon. Admission free.This is another venue the band has played at for many years.The music is in the courtyard but if you would like to book a table in the restaurant Tel: 01603 870345. Wood Norton Scarecrow Weekend June 7th and 8th 10am -4pm on both days Opening ceremony by Lucinda Riley local authoress. Entry: adult £2, children £1. Horse and dray rides, craft stalls, refreshments, licensed bar, games, miniature railway, lots of scarecrows and much, much more. Proceeds are shared between the church, village hall and air ambulance. Why not go along and join in for a fun family weekend? Into the Woods with the Holt Festival The 2104 Holt Festival opens on Saturday 19th July and this year is extended by a day to run to Sunday 27th. It is shaping up to be another exuberant week of international music, drama, visual art, literature, dance, comedy, free street entertainment, kids’ shows and workshops. For instace, the organisers have expanded the programme of events in the beautiful Theatre In The Woods at Gresham’s School to cover 3 days and tickets for these shows are available online now at Rich Hall’s Hoedown: Friday 25 July 9.00pm £17/£5 concessions Sandi Toksvig: Saturday 26 July 4.00pm £16/£5 concessions The Bad Shepherds featuring Ade Edmondson + Wreckless Eric: Saturday 26 July 8.30pm £18/£5 concessions Richard Dawkins and Melvyn Bragg: Sunday 27 July 4.00pm £25/£5 concessions (see separate article on page 22) The Stranglers: Sunday 27 July 9.00pm £40/£5 concessions 5 – 30 July 2014 26

Village People Corpusty’s Keith and Jane Frior are immensely proud of their daughter Kirsty Frior who has just been appointed Chief Executive of Wiltshire County Football Association. Come to think of it, the rest of the village should be very proud of her too – as a local girl she attended Corpusty school and as the old saying nearly has it, it takes a village to raise a high-flying football executive! Little London’s David and Anita Morton called a neighbours’ meeting. The only problem was the place they chose was the middle of the road! Congratulations to Wickmere’s Victoria Goulty who has passed her driving test. Now she is busy saving up for the insurance and once she’s got that perhaps she might even get a car! Some very good Saxthorpe news! We are pleased to report the Jean Broughton, is home again after her visit to hospital and is progressing well. And what’s more we are delighted to see Sue Wylie back taking Art Group again. Sue adds “It is nice to be able to get out and see people again, although I do come back from Art Group shattered.” Best wishes to both for continued health improvement. Edgefield’s Nigel and Jane Harrison must have felt they were in for a dry do, so before going on to a recent dinner in Edgefield Village Hall, they popped in to The Pigs for a quick one. But it could just have been they were led astray by Corpusty’s Charles and Yvonne Tyndall! Little Barningham’s Mike Daniels and Itteringham’s Ray Covell have just been on a Holt Machinery Club trip to mid-Wales. So if you’re thinking of going there for a holiday, don’t bother - there’s probably no beer left. Joy and Roy Dykes are great supporters of activities in Corpusty, and Roy has often come to the rescue of an unplanned mishap in the Village Hall! They celebrated their 55th Wedding anniversary on May 23rd. A very Happy Anniversary and we look forward to the Diamond Celebrations! On June 8th, Wickmere’s Bob and Kate Maidment will be embarking on a sponsored walk in aid of the “Support Cambodia” charity. If you can help them please contact 01263 577784, e-mail or facebook www. And you don’t have to walk, just support! Saxthorpe’s Ann and Aubrey Poberefsky had to get their glad-rags out of mothballs - they went to a Royal Garden Party on 21st May! 27

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