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Se en Churches Magazine September 2013

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 MacArthur Grill p. 13 The Benefice Planner p. 14 Photograph: Ivan Thompson

Benefice Service Rota p. 15 I have a dream p. 16

An excellent harvest home There was gloom and despondency around the farms in the Benefice earlier this year but, goodness, things have changed! Thanks to the glorious summer, we have had a fine harvest after all. In fact, farmers (and we) have a huge amount to be thankful for. 1

Village Gardens p. 17 Arts News p.. 24 Village People p. 27 And 2 of those terrible Groans


September Reflection This is the month when the late summer blooms give us one last blaze of glorious colour before the end of the flowering season.This is the month that the season of autumn begins to awake and shake the apples from their trees.This is the month when the nights begin to draw in. For us September brings a crashing back to normality after the lazy warm days of summer and the excitement of holidays taken, family visits and exam results received. Well done to all our young people for surviving the tension and achieving their goals. To those who just missed out, good effort and keep on trying, don’t give up, life has so much to offer. Normality in the church, or in this corner of it, sees the return of Open the Book assemblies on Monday mornings in our school, Families Together, our church club for 5 to 11 years olds, every third Thursday of the month in Corpusty and NEW to our children’s ministry Bible Story Toddler Time also every third Thursday of the month based in Corpusty. This is a new venture for our pre-schoolers and will start at 2.15pm. Do come along and meet the other mums in our villages have a tea or coffee while the toddlers play and then listen with them as we explore an old fashioned bible story with a new twist. For those among us of more senior years than 11 and thinking about being confirmed this November, please get in touch.And for the rest of us who may wish to while away the winter evenings in good company for bible study, prayer and good discussion and some answers to those questions about the church you always wanted to ask but never quite managed too, we are starting some house groups in the Benefice for just that purpose. Please do make enquires, phone or get in touch with me and I will give you more information. At the end of September in our Benefice service we will be commissioning three Authorised Worship Assistants (AWAs, Judy Rosser, Stephen Jefford and Richard Lynam. They will be joining our ministry team and help with Sunday services. Please do come and support them on this Sunday and when they take the offices in your local church. The new AWAs will allow us to return to three services a month in our churches and see the return of Community Weekend to those churches that were unable to maintain it during our twinning experiment. Please keep an eye on the rota page for October services. My last item of news for this Autumn is to introduce Revd. Lynn Chapman, assistant Curate, St Peter’s, Sheringham, who will be joining us for a two month rural placement. I know that it goes without saying but please do extend a warm welcome to Lynn when you see her. And now for me, the return to .......reading study.... yes Rev. Marion Harrison and food shopping! 3


BLICKLING As many of you know, I am somewhat of an evangelist about walking as an exercise; it’s good for the soul as well as for the body, and there is nothing in the world better than an early evening stroll or, where my wife is concerned, march around Blickling lake. Later this year, when we are all wearing our new Apple i-watches (or whatever comes next from the i-world), we will even be able to see second by second how many calories we are burning up on our circular route. It is therefore a bit mystifying to me why the latest Blickling craze seems to be rushing as quickly around the lake as possible on something called a segway defined as ‘a two-wheeled motorized personal vehicle consisting of a platform for the feet mounted above an axle and an upright post surmounted by handles.’ Every time that I’ve been for a pleasant walk this summer, I’ve met up with groups of these machines travelling quite quickly (they can go as fast as 12 mph, although I think that is faster than the recommended limit) and although they usually give way to the traditional traveller, at times they seem to think that they own the paths themselves. If the main users of these segways were those not able to walk, I would quite understand, but everyone I’ve seen on them, seems to be under the age of thirty. American shopping mall behaviour comes to Norfolk; whatever next! And talking about exercise, I have also been slightly stunned on the home front as well. I came into the house the other day, to be met by one of my daughters excitedly putting up a metal pole in her bedroom - the kind apparently that you find in the less salubrious venues of Las Vegas. She has assured me that she is going to complete her education, hopefully go on to a decent career and continue to be the well-behaved child of a generally upstanding Churchwarden; but she also clams to have proof that pole dancing is better for the stomach muscles than my daily walk. All I know is that the ceiling of her room now has screws in it that will need repairing within weeks when this new craze burns itself out (why has it been that each of our children has given up their musical instruments on the very day that we finally relented and bought them that first clarinet or trumpet?), that is if she hasn’t brought the roof down on top of her with a dramatic swivel. Segways, pole dancing, it’s definitely time to get back to school and work. I hope anyone in the parish who was waiting for exam results got what they wanted, or at least deserved. And good luck to anyone starting new projects this autumn. Please make them sensible projects along traditional lines! Sam Berwick: 07810 553321 5


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EDGEFIELD Church News (from Angela Turner) The churchyard grass around the graves has been cleared, and the hedges will be cut once harvest is over.We will be in serious need of a kind person to take over the grass cutting of the bank along the car park, and also the strip of grass alongside the car park and the church hedge. Please, please, can you think of someone who would take on this job? The old churchyard looks better than ever. Do go and enjoy a walk round, and see the interesting old gravestones. We had a great baptism recently, when Emma Cletheroe’s two little nieces were christened.These are always happy occasions. The news that Dave and Alison Hill will be leaving us at the end of September is really sad. Dave has been an invaluable Treasurer for the church, and has helped with so much of the maintenance as well. Alison has been a great support for us too, and we shall miss them terribly.Thank you both very, very much for all you have done over the years. Our Harvest Festival, in the form of a “Songs of Praise”, will be at 6.00 p.m. on Sunday, 22nd September.This will be a Benefice and Deanery Group Service, and the idea is for a really good service with lots of singing! Do come and swell the volume, and enjoy drinks and nibbles afterwards.This is instead of our normal Festival. Our prayers and very best wishes go out to Lorna, who has not been at all well. We pray her troubles will soon be sorted out. Edgefield Village Hall Committee (from Jim Frost) Our next event is a film night on 10th September at 7.00 p.m., when we will be showing a beautiful film called ‘Whale Rider’.The picture is about a young Maori girl who overcomes years of male prejudice amongst her peoples.Tickets are £3.50 and are available from any committee member. As usual, home-made ice cream will be available as an added temptation! You may have noticed scaffolding up alongside the hall.This is because work is starting on significant improvements to the roof and storage area of the building.We have managed to obtain a sizeable grant from the landfill site and the work should further enhance the already good facilities at the hall. Details of times and venues for all Edgefield events are on the Benefice Planner on page 14. Richard Peaver: 01263 587486, 7

Nature Notes Our dog is daft! Things buzzing around his head as he lazes in the sunshine WILL sting him if he tries to eat them, and playing ”nose-ball,” with the hedgehogs in our garden is always going to end in tears. Their athleticism may equal his in that they are able to run at over 6 feet a second, climb almost vertically, swim efficiently and in any one night travel anything up to 4 km in their snuffling hunts for food. But when it comes to body armour, a soft nose and lolloping tongue is never going to be a match for 6,000 or so hollow spines protruding outwards when the hedgehog rolls itself into a ball, keeping softer parts tucked well away! Hedgehog by Sue Appleby

Hunting most voraciously in autumn, hedgehogs have to reach a weight of about 600 grams in order to survive the winter when, in hibernation, their heartbeat will drop from a racing 190 beats per minute to a mere 20. Insects, berries, frogs and carrion are all sought after using an acute sense of smell. Victorians utilised the creature’s varied diet, placing hedgehogs under stairs and in cellars in an attempt to clear up their cockroach issues (in doing so they seemed to overlook the fact that the animal’s spines can play host to up to 500 fleas and umpteen ticks!) Eating pretty much anything that’s smaller than themselves they do not however always know what is good for them.They enjoy a drop of milk despite being completely lactose intolerant, and have in the past been suspected of suckling on resting cows udders. In addition a penchant for fatty foods can lead them to develop cardiovascular disease and cancer, diseases more commonly associated with modern day human diets. When faced with pungent smells, hedgehogs will chew away at the source, even when that source is creosote or discarded cigarettes, transferring the aroma to their saliva.This they then spread over their spines, covering themselves in this new scent. One idea is that this may act as a type of camouflage, allowing them to blend in with their surroundings, whilst the sticky coating may also deter any would be predators. Now to me that does not make it an attractive playmate – so why, oh why can my old dog not learn a new trick, keep away and stick to his old tennis balls?! 8

Sue Appleby

ITTERINGHAM The ‘Yanks’ have gone home, the thrilling drone of Rolls Royce Merlin engines no longer fills the air, the bursts of cannon fire at practice from Weybourne coastal station are history.... but every year at the tail of August we are treated to a last Lancaster bomber, a single De Havilland Spitfire and a Hurricane fighter wheeling around over our village. Are any not stirred by this aerial illustration of British resolve? This lovely photo was taken at this year’s Aylsham Show..... and you get the sentiment.

Britain at its glorious best: Hurricane, Lancaster and Spitfire together over the Aylsham show. Photo: David Wessely

The Harvest Festival is to be held this year on Sunday 15th.September. Contributions of produce should be brought to the Church on Friday evening prior or Saturday morning.The harvest looks promising in spite of the trials of climate! Charles and Matt Skinner are once again hosting/organising the Harvest Supper at the Bure Valley Community Centre. Date is Friday 4th October, 7.00 for 7.30pm,Tickets from Charles or Matt are £14 each.Tel 584237.A big turnout is expected this year so book early. The coloured window may be saved! (see August issue). One of our Churchwardens (Derek Turnbull) has applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund for support. However, even if successful the form is that the interested party will raise some at least of the requirement and so please contact Derek on 587259 or Ray on 587659 if you are moved to contribute.A gesture would be of great value to the future of this ancient building....and to our village. A report (see July issue) was to be presented to our visiting Police Officer at their usual ‘surgery’. However, the officer concerned was unable to attend due to a subsequent engagement.The shop was not informed of the cancellation. If you have any matters to discuss it may be best to telephone Holt Police before setting out to be sure that the event will take place.Two of three email addresses were also blocked on the same day but a metaphorical rubber plunger appears to have had some success.Always a questionable addition to services, this ‘surgical’ arrangement may not always be on offer. Eric Goodman 587278 9

What’s behind the hymn book? For the next few months, Richard Peaver, Edgefield’s talented organist (whom we see regularly at churches throughout the Benefice) is going to give you a little background on some of our favourite hymns. This month: The Church’s One Foundation As a curate in Windsor, the Rev. Samuel Stone (1839-1900) was concerned that many of his parishioners did not understand the meaning of the Apostles’ Creed. With this in mind, he wrote twelve hymns, one for each article of the Creed, including in each case an explanation, along with supporting Scriptural references. “The Church’s One Foundation”, the best known of Stone’s hymns, relates to Article 9, which affirms belief in “the holy catholic church” and “the communion of saints.” One archbishop is said to have remarked that “wherever he was called upon to open or dedicate a church, he could always count on two things - cold chicken and ‘The Church’s One Foundation’.” It has been said that this hymn contains “every doctrine…(that Stone) held most dear: (the Church’s) divine origin, its unbroken continuity, its catholicity and essential unity, its orthodoxy, its sacramental grace, its communion with God and the departed saints, its militancy and final triumph.” The third verse (nowadays often omitted) is particularly interesting. One hymn book alludes darkly to the fact that the lines “By schisms rent asunder / By heresies distrest” refer to the “advanced” views of Bishop Colenso of Natal. A Cornishman, John Colenso (1814 -1883) was a Fellow of St. John’s College, Cambridge. In 1846 Colenso became rector of Forncett St. Mary in Norfolk then in 1853 he was invited to become the first bishop of Natal.There, using his own printing press, he produced the first Zulu grammar and English/ Zulu dictionary. Colenso’s sermons, commentaries and biblical criticisms were regarded as so unorthodox that eventually he was excommunicated, although the Privy Council refused to uphold his dismissal from his episcopate. Colenso and his children spent much of the remainder of their lives supporting the Zulu cause Cartoon of Bishop and working for native advancement in South Africa. John Colenso by Carlo Pelegrini (pen-name Spy) So this verse of Stone’s hymn was designed to counteract Colenso’s anathemic views and the whole remains one of the most popular in the Anglican repertoire. However, while Stone created one of the great hymns of the Anglican canon, the radical bishop has his own legacy: a town in the South African province of Natal (now called KwaZulu-Natal) is named after him. 10

LITTLE BARNINGHAM The summer has been in full swing in Little Barningham with village barbecues, country shows and coffee mornings. The village barbecue kicked off events which was kindly hosted by Nicole and Louie in Laurel Barn, we had a record amount of people attend, 67 in total! People arrived with friends and family as well as new people to the village and some old familiar faces. It was a great evening, with lots of chatter and laughter and fortunately the weather was kind enough to us and the rain held off - despite the wind nearly carrying Little Barningham’s Michael Daniels (centre, glass in hand) off the awning and people with it! with some friends doing what he’s good at (glass in hand).. A big thank you to Nicole for allowing us to use her garden, Richard, Gavin and Karl for cooking the food and the ‘Daniels’ for the supplying the superb lamb burgers and sausages. Next to the Village Country Show; it was held in a very windy Parva Close with three trestle tables of competition entries. Our oldest village resident Violet Abbs had the difficult task of judging the entries – everyone was a winner and £440 was raised for church funds, so a big thank you to all who took part and to Ellie Betts for organising the event. Sunday 8th September will be the Harvest Lunch at 1pm in the village hall. Tickets will £5.00 and need to be booked with Pam Daniels. Also on this day is a special birthday in the village when Ken Pearce will be celebrating his 90th birthday – “happy birthday Ken”! Margaret and Geoffrey Foot had a fleeting visit back to the village to catch up with old friends. Robin’s cottage has been sold to a young family and we look forward to welcoming them into the village in the near future. Elly Betts wishes to thank everybody for their kind donations to Barnados, this year raising almost £60.00. A meeting will be held soon to discuss further village events, if anybody has any ideas please do come along to the meeting. A flyer will be delivered advising of the date and time, however if you cannot make the meeting please feel free to either let myself or Gavin know. Missing since 3rd July from Richmond Cottage, Little Barningham, a large tabby and white short haired male neutered cat. Distinctive white stocking on hind leg. No collar or microcip. If anyone has seen the cat please telephone Sally Debbie Love: 01263 577430 Feistner on 577535 any news, good or bad welcome. 11


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The MacArthur Grill: Vic Shaw When Vic Shaw moved from Felbrigg to Wickmere 61 years ago he arrived in a horse and cart. He has lived in the village, man and boy, ever since, going to school at Wickmere and Aylsham High, starting work on the Walpoles’ farms at 15, marrying Linda and raising a daughter and two sons, both of Vic Shaw aboard his beloved Ferguson tractor whom have followed him into local agricultural jobs. He has seen the Post Office and the village shop disappear.Vic is now 67, retired, and was recently presented with a 50-year service award for his work at Hall farm. As he looks back on those 50 years of hard labour Vic reflects that it will be impossible for his sons to experience so many changes as he has seen: the younger generation do not comprehend the sheer hard toil of farm labouring in the 1960s, he says. Take the harvest, for instance. When he helped with the harvest as a boy he got just three half crowns a day for his labour – 37.5p in today’s coinage. As a farm worker from 15 he worked from 7am until sunset. Corners of the fields had to be mown with scythes. The sheaves had to be tied with corn. Before the harvest, the hedges were cut with hooks. A six-foot binder was pulled by horses.Vic would cry with pain at nights because the muscles at the back of his legs hurt so much. Now the job is done by a 35-foot combined harvester. He mucked out a fork and spade. He used to hoe the rows where the beet was being sown – he was paid £5 an acre for a day and a half’s work. Sugar beet then was picked by hand: it would take three hours to load a lorry. Now a harvester loads 20 tons in ten minutes. When he cut kale for the cows it was so cold that his army greatcoat stood up on its own. There were no cabs on tractors. Many of his skills are no longer needed, he says. If it was a hard life, it was also a good one - there was the satisfaction of seeing a field turn green, then gold and back to brown and to be able to think: “I did that.” 13

Brian MacArthur

The Benefice Planner Date Event



September 1st

Charity Day

Mannington Hall

12.00 pm - 5.00 pm


Harvest Festival

St Andrew’s, Saxthorpe

11 am


Lt. Barningham Harvest Lunch

Lt. Barningham Village Hall

1.00 pm


Norfolk Knitters

Corpusty Village Hall

10 am-12 pm


Film “Whale Rider”

Edgefield Village Hall

7.00 pm


Norfolk Churches Trust Cycle Ride

All Churches

9.00 am - 5.00 pm


Alzheimers Soc. 3k & 10k Fundraising Walk Holkham Hall

10.00 am


LinC Honeybird Cakes’ Laura Wyand

Corpusty Village Hall

7.30 pm


Families Together “The Sower”

Corpusty Village Hall

3.30 pm - 5.30 pm


Holt Area Patient Group Behind the Scenes at Holt Medical Practice

7.00 pm


Wickmere Village Grand Opening Party

Wickmere Village Hall

6.00 pm


Travelling Crib

St Nicholas, North Walsham

9.45 am - 12 pm


Deanery Songs of Praise Harvest Festival SS Peter and Paul, Edgefield

6.00 pm


Charity Day

Mannington Hall

12 pm - 5.30 pm


Edgefield Coffee Evening

Valley Farm, Edgefield



Itteringham Harvest Supper

Bure Valley Community Centre

7.00 pm


Lt Barningham Harvest Day Lunch

Lt Barningham Village Hall


14th/15th Costume and Textile Fair:


12 pm - 5pm


Organic Garden Day:


12 pm - 5pm


Film “Whale Rider”

Edgefield Village Hall



LinC Ian Wylie on Cuba

Corpusty Village Hall



Harvest Festival ‘Songs of Praise’

Edgefield Church

6 pm

Valley Farm, Edgefield



November 2nd

Coffee Evening

Regular Events Every Monday Corpusty Youth Club

Corpusty Vilage Hall 7 – 9.00 pm

Most Thursdays Yesu Bus

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4.00 – 5.00 pm

Benefice Services Rota: September 2013 September Midweek Holy Communion: 9.00am on Wednesdays at Little Barningham HC = Holy Communion, MP = Morning Prayer, EP = Evening Prayer, ES = Evensong, FS = Family Service, FT = Families Together CW = Common Worship, BCP = Book of Common Prayer Sept. Sept. Sept. Sept. Sept. 1st 8th 15th 22nd 29th Trinity 14 Trinity 15 Trinity 16 Trinity 17 Trinity 18 Blickling

11.00 am HC BCP


2.00 pm Baptism

11.00 am Service of Commitment and Commissioning 9.00 am HC BCP

and Wickmere

11.00 am FS

Edgefield and Little Barningham

9.00 am MP BCP


11.00 am MP BCP

8.00 am HC BCP

11.00 am at Blickling

11.00 am at Blickling

11.00 am HC

9.00 am FS

11.00 am at Blickling

1.00 pm Harvest Festival

6.00 pm Harvest Songs of Praise

11.00 am at Blickling

11.00 am MP CW

11.00 am Harvest Festival



11.00 am Harvest Festival

9.00 am MP BCP

11.00 am FS & Baptism 9.00 am HC CW


11.00 am at Blickling 11.00 am at Blickling

“I have a dream ...” Just over fifty years ago Martin Luther King shared an amazing dream. “I have a dream … that one day right down in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers”. The dream is a vision of justice and inclusivity, “little black boys and black girls playing with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers”. The dream has touched almost everything that has happened in the western world since. And it has done it because the dream is eternal because justice and inclusivity are at the very heart of God. The Old Testament doesn’t linger long over theory. Pretty soon it gets down to practicalities. To act justly, it says, is a core human calling. And in acting justly the whole community will benefit by mobilizing social power, especially the power of the strong for the well-being of all. Jesus knew that justice for his contemporaries was different from what we understand by the term. He knew that justice isn’t simply keeping the rules, punishing anti social and criminal behaviour. Justice consists of positively being good, seeking out the wellbeing of all. Being excluded from community or denied access to its caring is unjust. When Martin Luther King shared his dream he was offering a vision of eternal Godly justice. He reminds us that justice for God is about inclusion; the inclusion for outcasts, restoration to a community that gives life. King’s dream challenged America. But that’s hardly surprising because God’s vision of justice challenges us all eternally. It leaves us with questions that we need to answer for our community and for ourselves. Who are those, among us now who are suffering injustice? Who are those who we exclude by design or default from our community life? Time to dream!

Rev. Andy Windross

September Groan 1 My friend spied a letter lying on his doormat. On the envelope it said “DO NOT BEND “. So he spent the next 2 hours trying to figure out how to pick the thing up. 16

Village Gardens A number of people have asked me about pruning, so I will try and give you some basic help. We prune to help shape a tree or shrub, keep it healthy and increase production. To decide when to prune a shrub, look at when the plant flowers. If early, for example forsythia - then it is flowering on last years’ growth and needs to be pruned after flowering by removing some of the oldest wood and crowded shoots from the centre of the plant. New growth will then start and these new shoots will bear flowers next year. If the plant flowers later in the year, Pruning stimulates new plant growth for example buddleia, then the flowers are carried on the current years growth and as such should be pruned late in winter to stimulate growth which will then carry the flowers. Fruit trees such as apple or pear can be pruned in winter or late summer. Firstly remove any branches from the centre of the tree to keep it open and air circulating which will prevent disease and promote ripening of the fruit. Then look at the difference between the buds on the tree - the fat ones are the flower and fruit buds and the slim ones growth buds. Trim back the shoots with the slim buds with a diagonal cut close to the bud. Established cordon and espalier trees need pruning in mid summer to shape, prevent over crowding and allow the sun to reach the fruit. Plums are pruned as little as possible and in late summer after fruiting. This allows the wounds to heal quickly which will prevent silver leaf disease entering the tree. When pruning small stems or branches, cut at an angle sloping away from the bud and close to it. When removing large branches cut in two stages. First cut off the branch about 18 inches above the final cut. Then make a second pruning cut at the point where you want the branch to finish. This avoids the branch breaking off and tearing the bark at the final cut. Remember pruning stimulates new growth! The above is only a simple guide as whole books are written on the subject. I am always happy to give advice or a little demo if that would help. Peter Eglington 01263 587261 17

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OULTON And so into Autumn – the season of mellow fruitfulness. Crops and vegetables are harvested and ripened fruit is eagerly gathered for freezing or jam making. How fortunate we are to have had such a good summer. If you wish to give thanks for all these things, please join us for a family friendly Harvest Festival on Sunday 13th October. Time to be confirmed. Maybe your little ones would like to bring a small gift of produce and if you know of someone who would be pleased to accept such a gift afterwards, please let the Churchwardens know. Church News. The Heritage Lottery Grant application has been submitted and a big thankyou goes to Stephen Jefford for all his perseverance in this matter. The request is to cover the repointing of the tower, replacing the heaters with more up to date and economical ones and replacing the rotting wooden plinths with pamments, in-keeping with the rest of the floor. As part of the agreement we, as a parish, need to show that we are also doing our bit to raise as much as possible towards this project and so the fundraising must go on. If you have any ideas, or can help in any way, please contact either Stephen (587480) or one of the Churchwardens (see back page of magazine). The other vital part of the application will be “our commitment to celebrate the heritage of the village and to make the church a community resource.” Please contact as above if you wish to use the church for meetings, exhibitions etc. Following a very enjoyable evening last year we are planning a second Harvest Supper in the church during October in aid of the Tower Fund. Details are yet to be finalised but watch this space and the notice boards, to be ready to purchase your tickets. Norfolk Churches Trust Sponsored Cycle Ride. Saturday 14th September 9-5pm. Have you spent the summer practicing for this event? Now is the time to gather as many sponsors as possible, for either cycling or walking. Forms available from Sue Hall or the church. Also volunteers are needed to steward the chapel and individuals can be sponsored for their time. If you can spare an hour or two, please contact as below and remember that 50% of the money collected goes to the church or chapel of your choice. Oulton Congregational Chapel. The open afternoon this month is Sunday 8th September from 2-4pm. The penultimate time to visit this lovely building, this year. Refreshments served as usual. Finally, good luck to Lizzie Killingback when she does her sky dive on September 8th, in aid of the National Kidney Federation, who support and help kidney patients and their carers. If you would like to sponsor her she can be found at Morgans House in The Street. Sue Hall: 01263 734245 19


SAXTHORPE WITH CORPUSTY Imogen Waterson reports: ‘Work continues to produce a Neighbourhod Plan.This is an official planning tool which gives our Parish the chance to state what its priorities are for: development, preservation, and future changes to Corpusty and Saxthorpe.This is a new power under this Government’s Localism Act, 2011. It does not give the Parish any powers to change the District Council’s Core Strategy but it can add value and detail to that strategy.The Neighbourhood Plan was discussed at the Parish Council meeting on July 16th, where a motion was passed to proceed with the Neighbourhood Plan subject to: designation as a Planning Area, a satisfactory grant application and regular feedback to the Parish Council.The Parish Council would not pay for the NP out of Parish Council income.Any costs which exceeded a grant would have to be found by voluntary contribution. Mark Ashwell, from North Norfolk District Council, advised on the process of application for designation as a Planning Area, the first step before writing a Neighbourhood Plan. He said that NNDC would support Corpusty and Saxthorpe’s Parish Council if they made such an application.’ The Seven Churches’ Benefice Holiday Club, ‘Adventure Cruise’ was enjoyed by young and old alike. It was great to see such enthusiasm in all the activities of craft, acting, singing, games and challenges. As in previous years a superb backcloth for the week, of a cruise liner, was painted by Mary Watson and family. The flower festival at St Andrew’s not only cheered many folk who saw it but raised £1500 towards the alterations to the church.Thanks to everyone who gave so generously of their time, skills and money. The annual Norfolk Churches’ Trust Sponsored cycle ride takes place on Saturday, 14th September from 9.00 am until 5.00 pm. A lovely poem by Claire Cletheroe about Refreshments will be available in the Holiday Club church and most churches that are visited. Please cycle, or sit and record in church or sponsor someone who is doing either of those activities. Forms available from Merlin Waterson, 01263 587610 Mrs Jean Broughton’s Coffee Morning made £237.00 for St Andrew’s Church’s alterations, thanks to Jean for hosting an enjoyable event, supported by a few folk who gave generously. Judith Banks: 01263 587319 21

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September Groan 2 A young Scottish lad and lass were sitting, silently gazing out over Loch Lomond. Finally the girl looked at the boy and said, “A penny for your thoughts Angus.” “Well I was thinkin’ perhaps it’s aboot time we held hands”.The girl blushed, then leaned over and took his hand in hers. Minutes later the girl spoke again, “Another penny for your thoughts, Angus?”“Well, I was thinkin’ perhaps it’s aboot time for a wee cuddle.”The girl blushed, then leaned over and cuddled him. After a while, she again said, breathlessly, “Another penny for your thoughts Angus?”The young man glanced down with a furled brow. “Well, noo,” he said, “I was just thinking iisn’t it aboot time ye paid me the first two pennies?” 22

WICKMERE WITH WOLTERTON Sadly and after a long illness Kenny Hannant died peacefully at the end of July, cared for tirelessly, as ever, by his wife Daphne. Kenny spent his whole working life on the Walpole Estate which he very much enjoyed. He was happily married to Daphne for nearly 46 years and they lived at Squallham for all that time.The many family and friends who live nearby are left with fond and lasting memories.The funeral was held on August 15th at St.Andrews Church,Wickmere and there was a good turnout from the village. Last week the village hall development committee had its first meeting in the newly completed village hall. It looks fabulous and it is all the more satisfying as the result of an amazing collective village effort. Everyone has been involved in some way: through turning up for events, fund raising, buying cards, calendars, plants, garden produce or the T shirt. Particular thanks must go to Parish Council for their support. The Chair of the Council, Lesley Ash, has put hours and hours of work into the tiresome business More high-spirited Wickmere prize-winners of applying for grants. Our builders Terry, Fred and Tim have produced a monument to their skills heading for the Aylsham Show! Photographer: Phillida Hurn that is going to last for generations.The committee noted with sadness the passing of one of the stalwart promoters of the development plan, James Savory, who was responsible for the legal work that secured our 999 year lease of the old Methodist chapel. It discussed the possibility of re-naming the hall The Savory Hall in his memory. If you have views about this please share them. The hall is now open for business.This is not a typical draughty old church hall; it is a small, warm and intimate space with superb facilities, perfect for parties of up to about 50 people. Until we have appointed a bookings secretary please get in touch with the village hall committee secretary Gill Boddington (telephone number below) if you wish to make a booking. Finally, we intend to have a village party to celebrate its formal opening on Saturday 21 September starting at 6pm. Please get this date into your diaries and watch out for the posters around the village with more details. The Helens Goulty and McKenzie write: Following Kenny Hannant’s,Wickmere is very sorry to hear of two further deaths in the village. Mrs Tooley, stalwart babysitter over many years was cheerful, sharp as a tack, and always had a chocolate biscuit for the youngsters. We are also very sorry to report the death of Tony Spooner and extend our deepest thoughts to Karen and all the family - these are sad days for the village. MrsTooley’s funeral is on 5 September at 3pm. Tony Spooner’s funeral details are to be Helen Goulty: Dominic Boddington 01263 570043 01263 577300 confirmed. 23

Local Art News.... Bircham Gallery:Watercolours and Porcelain Bircham Gallery’s latest exhibition opens on 14th September and features two contemporary talents. Sophie Knight, is a member of the Royal Watercolour Society. She has a range of new watercolours of landscape depicting the wild grasses and marsh land of the area and still lifes At the age of 24 Sophie graduated from the Royal Academy of Art , won ‘The Hunting Group Young Person Award’ and became an associate member or the Royal Watercolour Society. Sopjie Knight, R.W.S, Landscape Much of her work is done outside working directly from the landscape or cityscape. Her watercolours are worked in an energetic and vigorous manner, squeezing paint straight onto the paper, scratching in marks and drawing directly with a brush, she aims to retain the freshness and vitality of her visual excitement and record the physical experience of working within the landscape. Sophie’s work is in numerous private collections including The House of Lords,The New Parliamentary Building, London,TSB Bank, Freshfield Solicitors and Pilkingtons International. In addition, well-known potter Sue Paraskeva is also showing one-off pieces and tableware in thrown and altered porcelain.The show opens on 14th September and is on until 9th October 2013. “Hyenas in Petticoats” This 10 week course is about remarkable women of the last 150 years. Mainly concerning the lives of “difficult and troublesome” women who challenged the attitudes of their times, including Mary Wollstonecraft, Elizabeth Fry, Florence Nightingale,Annie Besant and, of course, the Pankhursts. The course starts on Wednesday, 18th September at 2.00 pm at The Friends Meeting House, Red Lion Street,Aylsham. For more information or to book, call 01283 732637 or email The art of Digital Photography: A weekly course starts on 3rd September, 7pm-9pm for four weeks to help beginners to digital photography as well as those with a little more experience. Basic computer skills are desirable (i.e. word processing) however, the course concentrates on the image, rather than the camera itself.The course covers Subjects, Composition, Colour, Contrast., Viewpoints, Scale, Perspective and Lighting and Special Effects. By the end of it you will have explored a wide range of artistic and compositional techniques through practical exercises understand some of the wider choices available to you when taking a photograph. The cost is £75 or £65 for concessions and takes place at Norwich Arts Lab, Unit 1, Fish Market, Mountergate, Norwich. Call Norwich Arts Cenre 01603 660352 or visit for details or to book. 24

Gardens open on Sundays May to September 12pm - 5pm

Hall open Fridays until November 1st and by appointment. 2-5pm, last entry 4pm

Coming in November

Costume and Textile Fair: Sept 14/15th Sept., theme Country House Weekend 10.30 - 5pm Organic Garden Day: 15th Sept,

Special pre-Christmas workshops for cake decorating, gifts and flowers

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 Email:

Charity Day at Mannington Hall Sunday 1st September 2013 from 12 noon to 5.00 pm

In aid of We Care, the local carers charity, here’s an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful gardens and grounds of Mannington Hall at their best. Both floors of the Hall will be open to visitors throughout the day. Ronaldo Ices Lilwalls Hog Roast Stalls and activities galore We are grateful for help throughout the day from members of Aylsham Rotary Club and to Fakenham Lions who have organised the car parking Mannington Hall, Norwich NR11 7BB 01263 584175 EDP We Care Appeal (Reg. Charity 1071671) Norfolk Millennium Trust for Carers 01263 768339

Aylsham Town Band Military Wives Choir RAF Marham Bluebirds Tony Ireland on the keyboard Face Painting and Body Art Magic with Dave Doughnut Children’s’ Entertainer The Rocking Bishop, Bishop Jonathan Meyrick Exhibitions: Aylsham Flower Club, Holt Flower Club Artists: Richard Robjent, David Wessely Phil Daniels Stalls, Raffle, Activities Teas and Ploughmans kindly prepared by the Ladies of Aylsham WI



Village People We wish Saxthorpe’s Michael Banks a quick and positive recovery after his recent surgery. Tony Hurn, the Jose Mourinho of rounders, led his team to a crushing victory in the annual Wickmere needle match. Itteringham’s Ray Covell entered the vegetable competition at Little Barningham fete and cleaned up. His marrow, cabbage and tomatoes were judged the best on the day. Which was very generous of Little Barnigham village rivalry is obviously a thing of the past! At her husband Kenny’s funeral in Wickmere, Daphne Hannant much appreciated the attendance of their previous neighbours, Jasper and Charlotte Vaughan. Good luck and happy landings to Oulton’s Lizzie Killingback when she does her sky-dive on September 8th, in aid of the National Kidney Federation. Call at Morgan’s House in Oulton Street if you’d like to sponsor her. And talking of extreme sports, after 15 weeks of discomfort it’s good to see the doctors have now allowed Saxthorpe’s Justin Frior to walk without the plastic “boot” leg support after his awful water-skiing accident. We wish Wickmere’s Orla Shaw and Ellie Bray good luck in starting high school this month and good luck too to their Wickmere neighbours Tom Riches and Chelsie Goulty who start a new adventure at college. Edgefield Churchwarden Lorna Ross has not been at all well recently. We wish her all the very best and look forward to seeing her back in Church again soon. And speaking of Churchwardens, Little Barningham’s Mike and Pam Daniels’ grandaughter Jasmin scored 7 A*s, 4 As, in GCSEs and was top of her year in Maths. We’re sure she could usefully teach her grandparents a lesson or two, especially on how to keep all the wheels on your combine or how to anchor a canvas awning in a gale! Corpusty’s Tessa Morgan has been putting the rest of the village to shame: she’s been out cycling, running, jogging and dog-chasing all to get fit and make the most of these lovely summer days. 27

Pastoral matters: Rev. Marion Harrison, Itteringham Rectory, The Street, Itteringham NR11 7AX. Tel: 01263 587977 Email: (Day off on Fridays) Rev. Michael Banks, Quarndon, Saxthorpe NR11 7BL Tel: 01263 587319 Email:

Reader: Gill Peat Tel: 01263 734226

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