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Se en Churches Magazine March 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 Behind the hymn book p. 10 Interview p. 13 The Benefice Planner p. 14 Photograph: David Wessely

Benefice Service Rota p. 15 Zion p. 16

Village Gardens p. 17


When you notice the beauty, grace and silence of an owl’s flight (brilliantly captured here by David Wessely) and compare it with the noisy, clunky, polluting experience of the mechanical travel mankind endures, one can only stand in awe and wonder at Creation.And its Creator. 1

Arts News p.. 24 Village People p. 27 And 2 Groans!


March Reflection Do you remember the ABBA song “Money, money, money”? Well, it seems to me that a lot of what we do in the seven churches of our Benefice is try to collect enough money to keep all our churches going. Recently this has been made harder for us by the changes the Diocese has made to the amount we are being asked to pay in Parish Share. In the past, rural ministries have been substantially subsidised by much larger and more affluent urban parishes. But over the years decline in overall congregation size and thus a drop in the amount of giving has left a deficit in the amount available to subsidise parishes like ours. The Diocese now asks that all Benefices which have a stipendiary priest pay the same amount. And as stated in the question posed by Michael Daniels in our January issue, the amount for this year is £42,000. But this is not the total amount we need to find. The estimated actual cost of keeping each church open for 2014 is: Blickling £6,550; Edgefield £16,960; Itteringham £8,830; L. Barningham £10,420; Oulton £11,540; Saxthorpe £12,495; Wickmere £7,650. These are huge amounts of money and each of our churches is struggling. So why bother? I think that there is a very special relationship between rural churches and the communities they serve. They are often the oldest building within the community, giving us a direct link with the history of our given area. They are the holders of our records and provide a continuing connection with everyone who has lived and been a part of our villages. They provide a safe space to celebrate and give thanks for a safe birth, a marriage, a baptism, a good harvest, Christmas and Easter. As well as celebrations that same space is available for the times of our greatest need, for instance when there is a death or war or when life is just too hard to cope with alone. Down through the ages their walls have become soaked with the prayers of many, witnessing to the ordinary lives of ordinary people, making the space extraordinary. And while you may not agree with me, you may not hold the same belief as me; I think many don’t want to see our Churches close. I know that there are many who support our churches without being actively involved with the Christian faith, and to those people we give our heartfelt thanks for all you do and give. No matter how large or small your gift, the Benefice has need of and will use it. If anyone would like to help us keep our churches open and available to everyone please contact the Churchwardens or leave a donation in the wall safes in our churches, they are emptied every day. And if you are unable to give regularly, please do help Rev. Marion Harrison by supporting our fund raising events. 3


BLICKLING Seed-Swap Sunday: an invitation to all readers of this magazine, on Sunday March 30th, 11a.m for one hour only, to drop by for a chat, swap surplus garden seeds and plants, and maybe any other useful items you would like to ‘pass on’. Bring a flask of coffee (and an umbrella?) if you wish, and share a moment with some friendly faces. The venue is ‘The Bench’, under the walnut tree, right in the middle of Silvergate! This month’s spotlight falls on Andy Daniels, planting strawberry cuttings here, in one of his wonderful hand-built oak trugs. A craftsman in wood, Andy lives in Silvergate with his wife Carla, and manages Yew Turn, specialising in hand-built traditional oak buildings. The barn owl is back: hunting the field edges and Abel Heath again. Voles and mice that normally inhabit the meadows have probably moved to drier ground in this wettest of all winters, and the owls have followed. Whilst on the theme, thanks go to Henry and Charlotte Andy Daniels at work Hunter-Swann for this limerick: A love-sick young barn-owl in Kew Had a pretty young she-owl in view. He twittered, “I oughter Endeavour to court ‘er But I don’t have enough wit to woo!” Here’s another from me: Two Barn Owls sitting on a perch and one says to the other: “Can you smell fish?” WW1 Centenary: Cyril Pert, aged 18, died in 1915, and is buried in Blickling churchyard. His parents, Frederick and Amelia lived at No. 7, Blickling. He is just one of 14 young men from Blickling killed during the war. A detailed list has been drawn up by a local researcher, and can be obtained via Jessica if you want to know more. The Aylsham Show launches its ‘Norfolk Hero Food and Drink Award’ - everyone can nominate a hero, whether it’s their local pub, shop or a neighbour, the deadline is 1st June, 2014. Winners announced at the next Aylsham Show on Bank Holiday Monday 25 August 2014 at Blickling Park. Nominate online, at or fill in a leaflet available in cafés, pubs and shops. Future contributions for this page are very welcome: Jessica Perry: 01263 735013 contact Jessica. 5


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EDGEFIELD Church News (from Angela Turner) The Easter Lilies this year will be £2.22. Please send Angela your order as soon as possible Our wooden ramp has disappeared from the church. This is to help any disabled people up the step into the church, especially those in a wheelchair. Can anyone throw light on this? Our Christmas crib (made from a packing case soon after the war!) has been attacked by woodworm, and badly needs replacing. Is there anyone who enjoys a bit of carpentry, and would like to make a replacement for us? If so, could they do a rough design, so the PCC can approve it before any work is done? It would be so exciting to have a new one, and we would all be very grateful. We still desperately need help with the church flowers, and mowing the church car park bank. Lorna is making progress in hospital after her dreadful fall when she fractured her hip in church, but it is painfully slow, and she needs all our prayers for her recovery. She received her hip replacement on 13th February, having not been well enough for the operation until then. We hope she will be sent to Kelling soon, but if anyone wants to visit her, do please check with the family beforehand. Edgefield Village Hall Committee (from Jim Frost) This month I have several dates for your diaries. We are continuing with our successful film nights and the next three are as follows: 31st March,The Motorcycle Diaries, a film about the young Che Guevara, taking a road trip across South America. 12th May,The Lemon Tree, a film about a Palestinian woman who has an orchard adjacent to an Israeli government minister and 14th July,The Children of Heaven, a touching award-winning film about an impoverished family in modern-day Iran. All films start at 7.30 p.m. Finally, don’t forget our evening with the ex-High Sheriff of Norfolk, Henry Cator, on 16th May. Henry is a highly amusing after-dinner speaker and we expect that tickets, which will go on sale in early April, will sell very quickly, so buy early to avoid disappointment. Details of times and venues are on the Benefice Planner on p.14. Hot Cross Buns On Good Friday April 18th 2014 from 10. 30am onwards at Church Farm, Edgefield, Richard and Annie Brookes invite you to come and enjoy home-made hot cross buns and coffee.There is also a bring-and-buy sale, and produce and gift stalls and Phoenix Cards for sale.This is in aid of Multiple Sclerosis and so donations Richard Peaver: 01263 587486, will be welcome as usual. 7

Nature Notes Despite nature’s best attempts to force us all to grow webbed feet recently, spring is beginning its entrance. Daffodils have emerged, snowdrops are fading and Hazel catkins, having clung on for dear life throughout the gales, are now grown full size and releasing golden pollen. Derived from the Dutch word,“katteken,” (little cat) the name catkin is a reference to their kitten’s tail-like appearance. However,”Lambs tails,” is the more commonly known name, alluding not only to their appearance, but also to a lambing time tradition of decorating farmhouses with catkins, to ensure protection for the flock. Unsurprisingly, being one of our most abundant species, much use has always been made of the wood and nuts of Hazel. But catkins too, have been harvested, providing cattle fodder and an olive coloured pigment for paint. This year’s large numbers of Hazel Hazel Catkins by Sue Appleby catkins would have been said, for many hundreds of years, to predict an imminent baby boom, and as recently as the 1950s country folk held fast to the expression, “Plenty of Catkins, plenty of prams.” Along with such obvious significance as fertility symbols, 18th and 19th century homes and buttonholes alike would be adorned with sprigs of catkins to bring good luck throughout the coming year. Hazel catkins provide valuable pollen for any early bees, giving them much needed protein. However, a scarcity of winged insects at this time of year, dictates that the Hazel relies on the wind for pollination.To use this force of nature to best effect, pollination is completed before leaves, that would otherwise block the passage of pollen through the air, have had a chance to grow. Catkins are the male flowers of the Hazel, each producing about 5 million grains of pollen. Measuring 5-12cm long they are easy to spot.Take a closer look at the branches of a Hazel though, and you will also see bud like structures with sticky crimson fibres protruding from them, reminiscent of miniature Sea Anemones. These are the female flowers, sticky so that any pollen settling on them is trapped, and allowing the fertilisation process to begin. Now whilst we may not feel that spring has sprung quite just yet and still be tempted to stay indoors by the fire, outdoors the regeneration of life most certainly has begun in earnest. Rest assured, warming sunshine and, no doubt, hosepipe bans are just around the corner! Sue Appleby 8

ITTERINGHAM Not Sergeant Pepper...but Sergeant Coe of the ‘North Norfolk Live History Group’ representative of the 5th Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment, Itteringham Group Territorials of the First Great War.The thirty odd members of this dedicated dual gender collection of reality military re-enacters undergo their training each month, out of season at the Itteringham Community Centre. In respectful acknowledgement of the outbreak of hostilities of 1914 the group will be available on The Playing Field, correctly uniformed and with military equipment from 10am till 2.00pm on Sunday 16th. March. Commanding Officer Robert Skinner will be on hand to welcome you.Tea and Woodbines at midday. Meet the military! This was your village army. Come and shake a few hands....and join up. What need Tiffanys when Breakfast at Itteringham is offered? The event of the 9th February was warm, friendly, good humoured and fully subscribed. Destined for closure at 11.30am. eggs were still scrambling after 12.30pm. muffins still hotting, coffee still simmering and dishes still washing. This was Sergeant P. Coe a cheering meet in a month of cheerless news.The conceivers of the event, Jeff and Julia Thompson were supported by many of the parish and their exhaustive efforts were rewarded with a ‘take’ of over three hundred pounds for Village Shop Coffers. If you wish to help at the next ‘Breakfast’ talk with managers at The Shop. Four cheers to Jeff and Julia and their team of cookers and servers and clearers... for they are jolly good fellows. The photo of Chairman of the Parish Council Jimmy Chairman Fowell catches up with world news Fowell is shown engrossed in a soccer report at the Itteringham breakfast over his breakfast on the 9th. Good food, fresh tea and coffee, excellent company and the Sunday papers! Perfect bliss. The distressed window (see August and September 2013 issues of this mag) is saved. A full report and photo will be published in a later issue. The morning coffee social meeting hosted by Rev. Marion Harrison is postponed to April and is to be held in the Rectory. 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: Love divine, all loves excelling Some families display a streak of genius that runs through several branches and generations. The Wesleys are a good example. The Rev John Wesly (sic) (1636-1738), was a Dorset rector who was imprisoned in 1661 for not using the Book of Common Prayer, while his son,The Rev Samuel Wesley (1662-1735) was, by contrast, a notable High Church Anglican, poet, critic and essayist, who fathered nineteen children. His eldest son, also The Rev Samuel Wesley, became Headmaster of Blundell’s. The second son,The Rev John Wesley (1703-1791), founded the Methodist movement. The third son,The Rev Charles Wesley (17071788), accompanied his brother to America, where he became Secretary of Indian Affairs in Georgia. A distant cousin of a later generation was Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, victor of Waterloo and later Prime Minister. (Somewhat incongruously, the “Iron Duke” showed early talent as a violinist, displaying the musical ability characteristic of his kinsmen.) While John was perhaps the most influential of the family, Charles is remembered for writing approximately 6,000 hymns, 26 of which appear in the “New English Hymnal” (and a similar number in “Hymns Old and New”, although sadly Wesley’s oncepopular “Soldiers of Christ, arise” has been expunged; Charles Wesley 1707 - 1788 as the Foreword sternly puts it: “We…decided that militarism and triumphalism were…not appropriate.”). Many of the modern world’s best-loved hymns are by Wesley – “Love Divine”, “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing”, “O, for a Thousand Tongues”, “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” are but a few – but one of the most popular is “Love Divine”, which has become a stock favourite at weddings, despite the non-romantic kind of love that the hymn refers to. The final verse refers to the 24 elders in Rev. 4.10, worshipping God, “who cast their crowns before the throne”. The family genius continued with Charles’s son Samuel (1766-1837), a Roman Catholic convert and the so-called “English Mozart”, and subsequently with Samuel’s son Samuel Sebastian (1810-1876), a fine church composer who is credited with leading the revival of English church music in the Victorian age. This was indeed an extraordinary family of independent-minded geniuses. 10

LITTLE BARNINGHAM Rumour has it, they are on the move! Toad Patrol Update: Little Barningham Toad Patrol will start officially on 24 February for 3-4 weeks depending on the weather. Look out for the patrol and toads crossing in Sweet Briar Lane at dusk. If you would like to volunteer just 45 mins on a couple of early evening shifts would be much appreciated by the other Patrollers - not to mention the toads! All Toad Patrollers need to complete an Insurance Declaration Form to be covered by Froglife. Please contact Eleanor Burton 01263 577720 or email eleanorburton@ for more details and a form. It would be great to have a few more volunteers! The community Sunday will be held in the village hall on Sunday 9th March at 10.30, all are welcome to come along for coffee, cake and a chat. The Church AGM is on 30th April at 7.30 in the Village Hall, the meeting is open to anybody, please come along to support the Church. It was a joy to have Alisha baptised and join our Church. She is very welcome. Unfortunately due to low numbers we had to cancel the Countdown and Chilli evening. The next event to look forward to is the popular Quiz and Chips which will take place on the 5th April and will be hosted by Paul and Barbara Thurtell. Ticket price remains the same at ÂŁ7.50 and includes fish and chips, entry into the quiz, refreshments and a free raffle ticket. This event does get booked up quickly so please book your tickets as soon as you can. Next will be the Table Top Sale on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd March from 10.00 until 2.00pm. You can book a table for both days or just one of them and the price is ÂŁ5.00 per table per day. Michael Gandy organises the event and does a lot of advertising for it, so please do contact him or myself if you are interested. Pam will be having a table on behalf of the Church so if you have anything you would like to donate to her please do let her know. The AGM for the Village Hall will be held on Tuesday 18th March at 7.00pm. The Committee are always looking for more people to join, to give ideas of new events and help run events. I have been on the committee for the last ten years and all of the Committee do a great job in hosting events for the village, but we are always happy to have new members and new ideas, so please come along to the AGM. Contact me on 577430 if you would like more information. Debbie Love: 01263 577430 11


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March Groan 1 My mate Kevin told me Morston Town and Country have opened a brand new shop across the road from his house and it sells only camouflage clothing. He wonders what on earth is going in though. He’s seen 20 people go in but not one come out.


Interview: Anne Brewster Anne Brewster, doyenne of Corpusty history and natural history studies, is, with friends and helpers, organising a new exhibition from 11am to 4pm on Sunday 23rd March 2014 at the Corpusty Village Hall. The funds raised are for the Village Hall.What readers may not know is that this is her fortieth! She and her friend Janet Wilson and the then local vicar, Rodney Hooper, first had the idea for the exhibition in 1976 (the reason this is the fortieth is there were a couple of years in which two exhibitions were held). She and her friends put up displays in the old village hall next to the Duke’s Head pub which were Anne Brewster with one of 8 scrapbooks specifically about the wildlife and its habitat in the villages containing details of all 40 exhibitions. in Corpusty and Saxthorpe. The second exhibition expanded to feature hobbies as well as wildlife and since then they have grown to include local history, local collections, bygones, cooking and crafts, refreshments, plant sales as well as the two original subjects.The exhibitions moved to the new Village Hall in 1997. Anne was born in Wickmere and grew up on a farm and her love of natural history started in her childhood and developed as she grew up. She met her husband Brian in at a dance in Aldborough and they married and moved to Corpusty in 1956. In 1973 Brian set up his own business,Agricultural and Engineering Ltd in Corpusty which supplies and maintains agricultural machinery, particularly Landini tractors.The business is now run by their son Alan but Anne still keeps the books. Her daughter Jane lives locally but works in Norwich. Anne is Vice President of the Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists Society which she joined in 1969.Among many local discoveries she found and recorded harvest mice, the long staked cranesbill, and liverwort. Indeed she spots and records 43 different species of plant and animal.Amazingly she has over forty years worth of diaries and records of the local wildlife - everything from aconite to willow warblers.These records are detailed and assiduously noted so she can actually see how, for instance, the population of harvest mice has changed over the last 45 or so years. Indeed so valuable are her botanical and wildlife records that they have been used to support measures taken by Natural England and she has been commended for her help. She also started and helps run the Nature Group for children at Corpusty School. The pupils love the subject and are extremely lucky to have Anne to work with them. But she recommends natural history as an excellent pastime for everyone and advises: “Take your time, look carefully and be sure to keep a record of what you have seen.” 13

The Benefice Planner Date Event

March 2014




North Norfolk Knitters,

Corpusty Village Hall

10.00 am – noon


Library Van

Corpusty School



North Norfolk Knitters

Corpusty Village Hall

10.00 am - noon


Irish Evening with Compass Moon

Edgefield Village Hall

7.30 pm


Tea and cakes for Syrian Refugees

Corpusty Village Hall,

3.00-5.00 pm.


Commemorative Military Display

Itteringham Playing Field

10.00 - 2.00 pm


Lt Barningham Village Hall AGM

Lt Barningham Village Hall

7.00 pm


LinC: Animal Charity - PACT

Corpusty Village Hall

7.30 pm


Families Together: Messy Gethsemane Corpusty Village Hall

3.30-5.30 pm


Quiz and Chips

Wickmere Village Hall


22nd & Table Top Sale

Lt Barningham Village Hall

10.00 am - 2.00 pm


Table Top Sale

Lt Barningham Village Hall

10.00 am - 2.00 pm


Local Exhibition

Corpusty Village Hall

11 am - 4 pm


Coffee, Cake and Mardle

Edgefield Village Hall

TBC Morning


Seed Swap Sunday

Walnut Tree Bench, Silvergate



Film Night: Motorcycle Diaries

Edgefield Village Hall

7.00 for 7.30 pm

April 2014 3rd

Library Van

Corpusty School



Quiz and Chips

Lt Barningham Village Hall

7.00 pm


Ellie Wright Benefit Bonanza

Corpusty Village hall

2.00 – 5.00pm (tbc)

8th 16th

North Norfolk Knitters LinC North to Alaska Mr M D Smith

Corpusty Village hall Corpusty Village Hall

10.00 – noon 7.30 pm


Families Together invite families from Corpusty Village Hall across the Benefice to come and share in the Easter Story, and celebrate their 3rd Birthday,

3.30- 5.30 pm


Hot Cross Buns and Craft sale

Church Farm, Edgefield

11.00 am


Lt Barningham Church AGM

Lt Barningham Village Hall

7.30 pm

Edgefield Village Hall

7.00 for 7.30 pm

May 2014 12th

Film Night: The Lemon Tree

16 May

An evening with H Cator Esq OBE DL, Edgefield Village Hall former High Sheriff of Norfolk

TBC Evening

Regular Events 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


Benefice Services Rota: March 2014

March Midweek Holy Communion: 9.00am on Wednesdays at Saxthorpe HC = Holy Communion, MP = Morning Prayer, EP = Evening Prayer, ES = Evensong, FS = Family Service, CW = Common Worship, BCP = Book of Common Prayer

9th March

16th March

23rd March

30th March

Lent 1

Lent 2

Lent 3

Mothering Lent 5 Sunday Mothering Sunday Service: Lt Barningham

11.00 HC BCP



11.00 HC


9.00 HC BCP

9.30 am MP BCP

11.00 am Little Community MP BCP Barningham Weekend GP

9.00 Family Service

Mothering Sunday Community Service: Lt Weekend Barningham

11.00 am MP BCP GP

Mothering Sunday 8.00 Service: Lt HC BCP Barningham

8.00 HC BCP

10.30 Mothering Sunday Service


9.00 HC BCP


11.00 Family Service

Community 11.00 Weekend HC

8.00 HC Mothering Sunday Service:: LB

8.00 HC BCP

Mothering Sunday Service: Lt Barningham


9.00 HC CW

Mothering 9.00 Community Sunday MP Weekend Service: Lt GP Barningham

9.00 MP SJ


6th April

8.00 HC

Zion Zion is the stronghold on the south part of the east hill of Jerusalem. It was captured from the Jebusites by David and made his military residence. It is frequently referred to as the citadel or City of David. By contrast, David’s son Solomon built the Temple elsewhere in Jerusalem, distinct from Zion. David is called the sweet psalmist of Israel, traditionally thought to have written most of the psalms. Zion is a favourite theme of the psalms “Sing us one of the songs of Zion”. This has implications for the use of the psalms in Christian worship. Zion suggests military power under David; Jerusalem, inclusive of both Zion and The Temple, is the centre of religious, political and military authority. The movement to establish a homeland for the Jewish diaspora became known as Zionism. This has tended to give the movement an exclusive emphasis, harking back to David’s fortress and his military prowess. The religious dimension of the Jerusalem Temple would, should, counterbalance the military emphasis. “Jerusalem is built as a city that is at unity in itself” and not just itself but a centre of unity for all the peoples of the world. This is its vocation, still to be fulfilled. Professor Rev. Brooke Lunn

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Village Gardeners We are very grateful to have Peter Eglington back this month with professional advice to help us make the most of our gardens At this time of year we can look forward to the pleasures gardening can bring. A little work and planning now will bring its rewards and it is good to reflect on last years successes and failures. Last year I mentioned sowing some early vegetable crops in pots in the greenhouse. Remember to sow the seeds thinly.You can try sugar snap peas, carrots, and baby leaf salads and of course early potatoes such as Swift. When chitting potatoes stand them in egg boxes in a cool light place so that the potatoes develop short stocky shoots - the spare bedroom (if you’ve got one) is ideal!!. Early vegetable crops sown in pots in the greenhouse make In the vegetable garden it is a good an ideal start to the gardening year. idea to prepare the ground for runner beans and sweetpeas.Try and dig in as much compost or well rotted manure as you can as this will hold the moisture during the summer. Broad beans can be planted in the ground, I like a green seeded bean such as Green Windsor or Green Longpod. Pruning in the fruit garden should be completed soon. Apple and pear trees must be kept in control.The aim is to maintain an open structure so that light and air can ripen the fruit.You may have to remove a number of branches to achieve this but just remember that the fruit bearing buds are nice and plump and the longer thinner buds will grow into shoots. Cut off the tips of summer fruiting raspberry canes to stimulate side shoot growth. Blackcurrants need to have the old darker coloured wood cut to the ground. For redcurrants and gooseberries – all the side shoots on the main branches need shortening to 2 or 3 buds.This will give you a crop of big berries and make picking the fruit much easier. It is the perfect time for planting fruit bushes. Most flowering plants are still dormant and it is important to keep the flower garden clean. Make sure you get rid of the weeds whist they are small.Tidy up perennials by removing old growth, and split them if they are too big or to increase number. Roses can be pruned now but it is best to wait a little longer as new growth Peter Eglington 01263 587261 can be damaged by late frosts. Happy gardening. 17


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OULTON ‘March brings breezes loud and shrill. Stirs the dancing daffodil’.............

(Or should that be February)

(and we hope that’s all) with apologies to Sara Coleridge. After all the recent storms and flooding, our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been so dreadfully affected. Village History. Over the next few months The PCC is hoping to develop a History of Oulton display, in the church, and we need your help. If you have any information regarding the history of your house or the part of Oulton you live in, we would be very pleased to hear from you. We are also interested in learning about those brave young men from Oulton who died during WW1, to include as part of the centenary celebrations. An initial meeting will be held in church at 4pm on Sunday March 23rd as part of our Community Sunday programme. All welcome and refreshments will be available. Please join us and bring your pieces of village history or contact Stephen Jefford on 587480 or me, as below. It is hoped that the final display will be a good resource for the inhabitants of Oulton, especially newcomers and children and will also aid us in another bid for grant funding to continue the restoration work of our medieval church. The next PCC meeting is 6pm on March 4th at The Old Rectory. when, apart from the formal business we hope to agree on a date for the fete. Oulton Airfield Appeal. As you may be aware, an appeal has been made in respect of the proposed development on Oulton Airfield. Plans and the Appellant’s grounds of appeal may be inspected at Broadland District Council office and online at www.broadland. . There’s also information on the Parish Council website at http:// and the noticeboard in The Street. All representations must be received by 13th March 2014. A reminder that Shrove Tuesday is on 4th March so get ready for those delicious pancakes. Of course this does represent the beginning of lent and a full list of services can be found in your Sue Hall: 01263 734245 magazine. 19


SAXTHORPE WITH CORPUSTY I must apologise for giving incorrect information about the Mobile Library, I am sorry, I was working from data which was twelve months old. In March the Library Van will visit on Thursday, 6th and then four weeks after that, ie, 3rd April if the present system continues. For times see Corpusty Stores. St Andrew’s, Saxthorpe is planning a tea and cake afternoon, on Sunday 16th March, 3.00pm – 5.00pm at Corpusty Village Hall to which you are invited to bring blankets; sleeping bags; warm clothes for men, women, children and babies; shoes and wellies; nappies; baby wipes; soap; toothbrushes; toothpaste; any medicines new or opened; bandages; plasters; crutches and wheelchairs for Syrian Refugees. These items are sorely needed and will be transported in a container, organized by Sharon Buchan of Wickmere. This will be the 2014 Benefice Lent Appeal. Joshua, Ben and Ellie Wright were delighted when Felicity’s customized tricycle arrived, and Felicity was able to be more mobile. They have planned a Spring Bonanza on 5th April, in Corpusty Village Hall, in order to raise money for their garden to be adapted, again to aid Felicity’s independence. The Bonanza will involve a Grand Raffle, a ‘posh high-tea’, tombola and stalls. Approximate timing 2.00pm until 5.00pm. There was a blue sky with cotton-wool clouds; snow drops and daffodils in the verges, and bird song filled the air. How unspoilt we thought, until, walking up the bypass we were amazed by a speeding motorist who overtook a queue of four cars which were keeping to the speed limit, coming down the bypass. The racer was travelling too fast for me to catch his number. Is there anything we can do to stop an accident waiting to happen? Why not do something different this year? Something where you will meet new friends, enjoy a variety of talks on travel and local interest subjects, learn more about ceramic art and calligraphy, besides getting involved in fund-raising for local charities. This, plus a summer buffet, fish and chips supper, and Christmas Lunch (partners invited) all adds up to a good time. Just come along! LinC meets every 3rd Wednesday at 7.30pm in Corpusty Village Hall. See separate the separate item overleaf on how well Corpusty Primary School Children did in the Cross Country. Congratulations to all concerned! Judith Banks: 01263 587319 21

Corpusty School’s Cross Country Success

Monday 3rd February saw Corpusty Primary School competing in the annual cross country festival organized by the West Norwich and Dereham School Sport Partnership. This year’s event was held in the grounds of Taverham Hall School and attracted 300 entrants from 19 schools. Corpusty sent a squad of 20 athletes who competed over a gruelling 1500m course. As ever, the standard was high with all schools being extremely competitive. After eight races, Corpusty emerged in second place behind the winners, Firside Junior. This was another great result for our children who always show commitment and ability at such events. They also showed a great team spirit as they helped each other warm up and encouraged their friends across the finish line. Despite being one of the smaller schools, Corpusty had more top 10 finishers than any other. Eleven children will go forward to the county finals at Gresham’s in March. Congratulations to all of our runners, but a special mention to Florrie Simpkin and Beth Topp who came second in their races, and to Matthew Waller who was the winner of the Year 6 boys’ race. 22

WICKMERE WITH WOLTERTON Can I start by saying a very BIG thank you to Dominic for his hard work on the parish reports for this magazine; he always found things to fill the mag even when life in Wickmere was low on news. Thank you very much Dom. On 27th Jan the AGM of the Village Hall was held. It was nicely attended.Thanks to all those who took the time to turn up. We welcome a new Chairman in Jonny Pratt, Barbara will remain as Treasurer and Lesley has agreed to fill in for Secretary until the position is filled, possibly by Sharon? There is a Youth Committee of Chelsie and George. Forthcoming events arranged were: Pub Night on 14th Feb. Quiz & Chips on 21st March, Starts at 7.30 with chips at 8.30 - Team numbers and food booking needs to be in advance - please call Lesley on 577566. On 2nd Feb we had a Candlemas Service. Outside was a beautiful sunny day, the church was WARM!! and the candles gave a lovely feel to the service, thank you to Marion. During the service Marion mentioned it was also Groundhog Day, somehow even though the sun was shining I think Phil may have scuttled back into his burrow, judging by the inclement weather we’ve had! Hey ho Helen Goulty: spring IS on its way..... 01263 570043

March Groan 2

The Farmer’s guide to international business. A French Business: You have two cows. You go on strike, organise a riot, and block the roads because you want three cows. A Japanese Business: You have two cows. You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk. A German Business: You have two cows. You re-engineer them so they live for 100 years, eat once a month, and milk themselves. An Italian Business: :You have two cows, but you don’t know where they are so you go and have lunch. 23

Local Art News A new show at the Corpusty Gallery “Spring Review” is the new show at Corpusty Gallery. It features work by Lilian Shaw, Joan Wooll, Peter Solly, Joseph Flack, Doreen Hebron, Maureen Cherry and Maddie Packman. There is a good variety and mix of pictures on the theme of “Spring” and a display of some particularly Raku Bottles by KimTurner Photo: Jill Corbett lovely little raku bottles by Kim Turner. The exhibition continues until Sunday 27 April, but please remember the gallery is closed on Sundays until the Easter weekend. Newcomers at Bircham Gallery Bircham Gallery’s next exhibition showcases new artists and makers taken on at during its anniversary year. The show opens on 8th March and is on until 2nd April. Chamber Music Con Brio The Danish trio Con Brio, based in Copenhagen, and described by The New Yorker as one of the finest piano trios on the current serious music scene are coming to the John Innes Centre, Colney Lane, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7UH at 7.30pm on Saturday 22nd March. Johannes Søe Hansen, Violin, Soo-Kyung Hong, Cello and Jens Elvekjaer, Piano, will be performing: Haydn: Piano Trio in C major, Hob.XV:27; Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No.2, Op.66 and Smetana: Trio in G minor, Op.15. If you enjoy chamber music, this concert is unmissable. Norfolk Contemporary Art 2014, Norwich Form, 3rd - 15th March This is an open exhibition in The Forum, Norwich presenting the very best of contemporary art produced by our Norfolk Contemporary Arts Society members. This very competitive, biennial show has become a regular and much anticipated part of the contemporary art calendar. Submissions were judged by the panel, Carl Rowe (NUA), Frances Kearney (artist) and Sarah Bartholomew (SCVA) and the show provides an exciting crosssection of local contemporary art as well as a great opportunity for you to buy outstanding art works from the region. 24

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

Gardens reopen in May.

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Urgent: Please help the refugees in Syria I am collecting blankets, sleeping bags, warm clothes for men, women and children including babies’ shoes and wellies, nappies, baby wipes, soap, toothbrushes, toothpasteany medicines new or opened, bandages, plasters, crutches, wheelchairs. I can collect from your home or you can leave your contribution at: The Old Rectory, Wickmere NR11 7JE The Deepings, Little Barningham NR11 7AG or Itteringham Post Office by 29th March For more information contact Sharon Buchan on 01263 570195 or 07717746962 25

WIN £10: Young People’s Writing Competition Could you be the next J.K. Rowling? We are announcing the first of what we hope will become an annual Benefice creative writing competition for young people. There are two categories for entrants: Children aged 11 and under Children aged 12-16 Each category carries one first prize of £10 and one second prize of £5. The two prizewinning entries will be published in the Seven Churches Benefice Magazine. Subject Entries should be a story of a maximum of 450 words long (including the opening sentence) and continue on from this opening sentence: “It was a dark, dark night in our village....” Provided their entry starts with this sentence, authors may take their story in any direction; for instance authors may consider writing a ghost story, a crime story, a thriller or something else entirely to show the creativity of their writing! How to submit Entries should be submitted by email with the subject “Dark Night Story” to the Editor at the following email address If emailing is a problem, please get in touch with the Editor by phone to arrange an alternative method of submission (phone number 07831 639196). Closing Date The closing date for submissions is mid-day on Friday March 28th and no extension will be allowed. The winner will be announced in the May issue of the Seven Churches Benefice Magazine. Judging The Entries will be judged independently by Mrs Sue Windross, the Chair of Governors of Corpusty School, and her decision will be final. No correspondence will be entered into about the result. Rules 1. Works are submitted on the understanding they may be published. 2. Works must be solely the work of the entrant 3. Authors agree to submit to the final ajudication of the judge 4. Works must be submitted within the deadline 26

Village People Danielle and Ashley from Elmcroft have taken the drastic step of leaving Little Barningham recently. We wish them all the best in their new home. Sue Windross from Oulton discovered recently in Budgen’s car park what the hand brake in her car is for. She tried leaving it off! Itteringham’s Dennis and Eve Rolfe are in Wales this month to celebrate their Ruby Wedding with their daughter who lives there and with most of the rest of the family, they hope. Here’s to the next forty. Good wishes from all at the Village Shop, from The Common and from your Village.... and have a wild time! Lt. Barningham resident Nicole took her dog Ellie to Newmarket for an operation to restore her sight and we are pleased to report that the operation was a success and we can now see her out on her walks around the village again - more importantly, she can see us! Edgefield’s Janet Keymer came to the Editor’s rescue when he mixed up the hymns at a service of morning prayer. It wouldn’t have been so bad, but he was responsible for choosing them! While on holiday in the Canaries, Saxthorpe’s Michael Banks tripped and broke his fall with his nose. But who should be following him across but a Swedish Ear, NOSE and Throat surgeon who sprang Immediately to his aid, tended his injuries very professionally and pronounced him okay to proceed! Michael still looks like he’s had a nose-job though! After several years as parish correspondent for Little Barningham, Debbie Love has decided to step down. We can only stand back in amazement at how successfully she managed to juggle her time for so long! As from next month (April) the new correspondent for Little Barningham will be Fiona French and we ask everyone in that village to be as supportive as possible of Fiona. After her recent fall and operation Edgefield’s Lorna Ross has now moved to Benjamin Court convalescent home. She is making good enough progress and this has enabled her daughter Diana Jacobs to belatedly join her husband Chris on his six-week business trip to Bogota. UK visiting duties are, of course, still carried out by husband Ian and her son Stuart. 27

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March 2014 seven churches  
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