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BALE - BINHAM - COCKTHORPE - FIELD DALLING

GUNTHORPE - LANGHAM - MORSTON

SAXLINGHAM - SHARRINGTON - STIFFKEY

ISSUE 127

August -

September 2019

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WHAT’S ON VH = Village Hall

AUGUST

2 nd Fri. Binham Priory Afternoon Tea, BP 2.30-4.30pm

3 rd Sat. Binham Priory Concerts, Norwich Baroque 7.30pm

3 rd Sat. Langham Stall on the Green 9.30-11am

3 rd Sat. Morston Regatta, North end Blakeney Cut 8am

3 rd Sat. Morston Regatta prizes & party at Morston Quay 7pm

4 th Sun. Binham Village Show and Fete, MH 1-4pm

4 th Sun. Stiffkey Cricket vs Wombats at home

7 th Wed. Langham Rounders & BBQ, Playing Field 6pm

7 th Wed. Stiffkey R:W:B at Stiffkey Campsite BBQ & music

8 th Thu. Sharrington Craft Group, VH 2-4pm

9 th Fri. Bale fish and chips, VH, 6.45pm

9 th Fri. Binham Priory Afternoon Tea, BP 2.30-4.30pm

9 th Fri. Field Dalling Bereavement Group, Manor Farm Cot. 4pm

10 th Sat. Field Dalling & Saxlingham Summer Fete, VH 2-4pm

10 th Sat. Langham Stall on the Green 9.30-11am

11 th Sun. Stiffkey Cricket vs Norwich Hockey CC at home

13 th Tue. Sharrington ‘Jammin for Scones’, VH 2-4pm

14 th Wed. Field Dalling Coffee Morning, VH 10.30am

16 th Fri. Binham Priory Afternoon Tea, BP 2.30-4.30pm

16 th Fri. Field Dalling Bingo, VH 7.30pm

17 th Sat. Langham Stall on the Green 9.30-11am

18 th Sun. Sharrington Church Barbecue, The Place 12.30pm

18 th Sun. Stiffkey Cricket vs Reepham & Salle away

22 nd Thu. Langham Mobile Library 4.05pm St Mary’s & 4.25pm

The Cornfield

23 rd Fri. Binham Priory Afternoon Tea, BP 2.30-4.30pm

24th Sat. Bale big barbecue, VH, 7pm

24 th Sat. Binham Priory Concerts, Jonathan Sages and Eleanor

Kornas, 7.30pm

24 th Sat. Langham Leukaemia Sale, Village Hall 10am

24 th Sat. Langham Stall on the Green, 9.30-11am

24 th Sat. Sharrington Gordon Giltrap Concert VH 7pm

25 th Sun. Binham Yard Sale, throughout Village , 10am-3pm

25 th Sun. Stiffkey Stalls on the Knoll, Stiffkey Church 10-12noon

30 th Fri. Binham Priory Afternoon Tea, BP 2.30-4.30pm

31 st Sat. Binham Priory Concerts, Civitas, BP, 7.30pm

31 st Sat. Field Dalling Priscilla Bacon Lodge Hospital Coffee

Morning, St Andrew’s Church 10.30am

31 st Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club Institute 10:30am

31 st Sat. Langham Stall on the Green 9.30-11am

SEPTEMBER

5 th Thu. Langham FOL Annual Mystery Trip

6 th Fri. Binham Priory Concerts, Heath Quartet, BP 7.30pm

6 th Fri. Sharrington Gardening Group Alan Gray, talk BMH 6.30pm

9 th Mon. Field Dalling Parish Council Meeting, VH 7.30pm

10 th Tue. Sharrington ‘Jammin for Scones’, VH 2-4pm

11 th Wed. Field Dalling Autumn Special Coffee Morning, VH

10.30am

12 th Thu. Sharrington Craft Group VH 2-4pm

13 th Fri. Bale fish and chips, VH 6.45pm

13 th Fri. Field Dalling Bereavement Group, Manor Farm Cot. 4pm

13 th Fri. Field Dalling Bingo, VH 7.30pm

14 th Sat. St Mary’s Gunthorpe Annual Church Bike Ride

15 th Sun. Sharrington Church Harvest Lunch, VH Time tba

19 th Thu. Binham and Hindringham Open Circle, Emily Waits,

Hindringham VH 7.15pm

19 th Thu. Langham Mobile Library 4.05pm St Mary’s & 4.25pm

The Cornfield

20th Fri. Sharrington Noble Rotters, VH 7.30pm

21 st Sat. Binham Priory Concerts, Xuefei Yang, BP, 7.30pm

25 th Wed. Sharrington Music Night, VH 7.30pm

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28 th Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club Institute 10:30am

REGULARS

Tuesdays Binham Art Group, BMH 9.30am - 12.30pm.

First and third Tuesdays in the month Binham Sew and

Natter, The Gallery in the Chequers, 7-9pm

Wednesdays term time Binham Youth Group BMH 6-8pm

Wednesdays Sharrington Zumba Gold classes VH 2-3pm

Thursdays Field Dalling Carpet Bowls Club, VH 7.30pm

Third Wednesday in the month, Binham Cosy Club, BMH 2-

4pm

Third Thursday in the month Binham & Hindringham Open

Circle Meeting, Hindringham VH 7.15pm

Fourth Thursday in the month Binham Local History Group,

BMH 7.30pm

1 st & 3 rd Saturdays in month Langham Coffee Mornings, VH

10am -12noon

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BLAKENEY CATHOLIC CHURCH

Back Lane Blakeney

Parish Priest, Father Keith Tulloch, Stella Maris,

The Buttlands, Wells next the Sea 01328 713044

Priest in Residence, Father William Wells (the house

behind the church). Service Times:

Masses:

Saturday Vigil Mass 6.00pm Sunday 11.00am

Wednesday 9.30am

BLAKENEY METHODIST CHURCH

Minister: The Rev’d Cliff Shanganya, 8, St.

Andrew’s Close, Holt. NR25 6EL 01263 712181

Email: CliffShanganya@methodist.org.uk

Samantha Parfitt, Steward/Pioneer Rural Church

Planter. sammi.1980@live.co.uk 01263 711824

Sunday Café Church 10am

Thursday 10am Morning Prayer with Holy

Communion every third Thursday


Church Services for the Stiffkey and Bale Benefice for August and September 2019

HC=Holy Communion. CFS=Church Family Service. MP=Morning Prayer. BCP=Book of Common Praye

Parish 4 th August 11 th August 18 th August 25 th August

Bale 9.30am HC 9.30am HC 9.30am HC

Field Dalling

11.00am Animal At Saxlingham

11.00am MP BCP

Blessing Service

Saxlingham At Field Dalling 11.00am HC At Field Dalling

Gunthorpe 11.00am HC 4.30pm Silent Meditation 11.00am MP

Sharrington 9.30am MP BCP 9.30am HC 9.30am MP CW 9.30am HC

Binham 11.00am HC 11.00am HC 11.00am CFS 9.30am HC

Morston 9.30am HC BCP 9.30am HC BCP

Langham 9.30am MP At Stiffkey 9.30am HC

Stiffkey At Langham 9.30am HC At Langham

Parish 1 st September 8 th September 15 th September 22 nd September 29 th September

Bale 9.30am HC 9.30am HC 9.30am HC At Langham

Field Dalling 11.00am CFS At Saxlingham 11.00am MP BCP At Langham

Saxlingham At Field Dalling 11.00am HC At Field Dalling At Langham

Gunthorpe 11.00am MP 4.30pm Silent 11.00am HC At Langham

Meditation

Sharrington 9.30am MP BCP 9.30am HC 9.30am MP CW 9.30am HC At Langham

Binham 11.00am HC 11.00am HC 11.00am CFS 9.30am HC At Langham

Morston 9.30am HC BCP 9.30am HC BCP At Langham

Langham At Stiffkey 9.30am MP At Stiffkey 9.30am MP 10.30am HC

Group Service

Stiffkey 9.30am MP At Langham 9.30am HC At Langham At Langham

Additional Services

Regular Weekday Services

Binham: Tuesday, 6.00pm Evening Prayer, Langham: Wednesday, 10.00am Holy Communion

HOLT DEANERY SYNOD NEWS

Thursday 26 th Sept. 7pm for 7.30pm

St. Andrew’s Meeting Room Holt

Speaker: Aiden Platten, Precentor of the Cathedral

Subject: “Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness”

All welcome for the whole meeting or for the talk alone which

is the first item on the agenda.

RECTOR’S LETTER

Dear Friends and Parishioners,

The months of plenty and fullness are upon us; fruit

and flowers and fat ears of corn.

Some years ago now at Pattesley, near Fakenham, a

lovely lunch was arranged, with a short outdoor Service

to mark Lammas. The first wheat was milled to make

bread, and with a baron of beef and with every local

good thing we celebrated harvest.

Mankind of course always has, and all religions do.

It’s enjoyable, it’s natural and it’s an act of gratitude.

Only the rudest of customers never say thank you to

those who serve them. And have we not, we who live in

this little paradise of fruitful land and bountiful sea,

much to give thanks for?

Should we not reverence our food and those who

provide it? Should we not respect the land and the sea?

And here is ancient wisdom. “And God said, Behold, I

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have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon

the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is

the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for

meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl

of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the

earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green

herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw everything

that he had made and, behold, it was very good.”

The Book of Genesis, chapter 1 verses 29 to 31.

May I wish you Peace and Plenty, Pax et Bonum.

Yours truly,

Ian Whittle The Rectory, Langham 01328 830246


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GOODBYE & HELLO

Thank you Caroline Robson

After agreeing to “temporarily” become the rep for

Saxlingham in April 2017, we would very much like to

thank Caro Robson for supporting the newsletter for more

than two years, and for introducing us to John Pridham who

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COUNTY COUNCILLORS’ NOTES

…from Steffan Aquarone

Climate Emergency

I am now the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for the

Climate Emergency and one of only two opposition

members on the “Task and Finish” group on climate change

on Norfolk County Council.

This group, set up in the wake of the Extinction

Rebellion protests that led to all three parties putting

forward motions on the environment at the last full council

meeting, is considering what Norfolk County Council can

do to deal with climate change. I would welcome your

views on this, and on the subject of the climate emergency

more broadly, on steffan.aquarone.cllr@norfolk.gov.uk

or 01603 327827.

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County Councillors’ contact details:

Dr Marie Strong: County Councillor Wells Division (Glaven,

Priory and Walsingham Parishes) marie.strong@norfolk. gov.uk

or 07920 286 597

Steffan Aquarone: County Councillor Melton Constable Division

( incl. Bale and Gunthorpe Parishes) steffanaquarone@gmail.com

or 07879 451608

DISTRICT COUNCILLOR’S NEWS

…from Richard Kershaw

Local Plan

The consultation period for the new Local Plan has now

drawn to a close. Officers are now looking at the comments

from the public and will review the plan prior to passing it

on the Planning Inspector for review.

Planning

Planning applications show no sign of slowing down.

Please report any issues of concern to me.

Deep History Coast

The launch of the Deep History Coast project is set for

16th July. A free app has been created for visitors to use to

navigate the Historic Coast with interactive information

regarding fossil sites and sites of historic interest. It can be

found at https://apps.apple. com/gb/app/dhc-explorer-ar/

id1457549919 It also lists businesses, restaurants , pubs and

walks.

Priory Ward

It has been an interesting two months getting to meet

residents and parish Councils. Priory Ward covers the

parishes of Binham, Field Dalling & Saxlingham,

Gunthorpe North and South, Hindringham, Langham,

Thursford, Warham and Wighton.

Please get in touch if there are matters you are concerned

about e: richard.kershaw@north-norfolk.gov.uk.

District Councillors’ Contact Details:

Richard Kershaw e:richard.kershaw@north-norfolk.gov.uk

(Binham, Cockthorpe, Field Dalling, Gunthorpe & Bale, Langham

& Saxlingham)

Karen Ward e:karen.ward@north-norfolk.gov.uk (Morston &

Stiffkey)

Andrew Brown e:andrew.brown@north-norfolk.gov.uk

(Sharrington)

GLAVEN CENTRE SERVICES

Thistleton Court, Blakeney

Toe-nail clinics 0900 - 1515

Wednesdays 7, 14, 28 August

Wednesdays 4, 11, 18, 25 September

Hearing Aid clinics 1000 - 1200

Friday 23 August, Wednesday 18 September

Hairdressing 0930 - 1230

Every Wednesday. Ring 01263 740762 to make and

check appointments.

GLAVEN CARING NEEDS YOUR TIME

Could you find a few hours a month to help others?

Are you able to serve coffee and chat to people? Are you

able to drive a small mini-bus? Could you help people on to

the bus without driving? Do you have a talent or skill that

you could share with us? Perhaps you could come along and

entertain us?

We cannot provide this excellent service to Binham,

Blakeney, Cley, Field Dalling, Glandford, Holt, Langham,

Morston, Salthouse, Saxlingham, Thornage or Wiveton

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without the help of volunteers.

Please call us to visit at The Glaven Centre, Thistleton

Court, Blakeney - to view and see what we do. Tel: 01263

740762/ glavencentre1@btinternet.com.

GLAVEN CHARITY WALKS

The Glaven Charity invites you to enjoy a choice of

fundraising walks through the beautiful Glaven Valley on

Saturday 21 September.

Setting off from the Art Café at Glandford - there is a

walk for everyone. A 10k walk follows historic footpaths

and bridal paths through the Bayfield Estate, over the

Wiveton Downs to the coastal path and back. A gentler but

equally glorious 5k circular walk through the Bayfield

Estate crosses open farmland, woodland and wetland.

Landowner Robin Combe will be on hand to talk about the

local bird, insect and plant life. Families with toddlers can

enjoy a gentle stroll (1K) down to Glandford Ford, stop off

at the Glandford Shell Museum and climb the hill up to

Glandford Church, for some child friendly, creative church

brass rubbing.

You can raise sponsorship for your walk or commit

to £10 per walker on the day, or £15 for a Family 1K

walk - please email glavenwalks@outlook.com to

register.

The Glaven Centre is very grateful for your support. All

routes are dog friendly. There is ample car parking and The

Art Cafe have kindly offered their amenities to walkers.

HOLT LIBRARY

For further information about events and to book please

call 01263 712202 or go to www.facebook.com/libholt.

Please check with the library first in case of any changes to

events. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Special events

Space Slime: Friday 2nd August 2-3.30pm. Try your hand

at making different types of slime! £5 per child. Ages 5+

Booking essential.

Crafty Aliens!: Wednesday 7th and Tuesday 20th August

10-11.30am. Alien themed crafts with our Craft and Chatter

group! Make an alien, paint an alien, and lots more! £1 per

child. Different activities at each session. Ages 4+ Booking

essential.

Reading Dogs: 13th August 1.30-2.30pm. Meet PAT dog

Daisy and read her a story! Ages 3+ Booking essential.

Rocket Crafting!: Friday 16th August 3-4.30pm. Come

along for some simple rocket and space chase-themed

activities! Ages 3+ . No need to book, just come along!

Alien Storytime: Tuesday 27th August 11-12noon. Alien

stories and activities! No need to book, just come along!

Stories suitable for 3+ but all ages welcome.

Regular Events

Family History: Every Tuesday 10-12 noon. Drop-in

session with Val and Vic our Family History volunteers.

Please check with library first.

Stay and Play: Tuesdays term time 11-12 noon. Stories,

rhymes, cuppa and chat. Please check with library first.

Natwest Community Banker Drop-in: Last Tuesday in

month 10-12 noon - 27th August.

Computer Support Sessions: Help with tablets too. Every

Wednesday 10-12 noon. Book a free ½ or 1 hour session

with our Library IT Buddy Stephen.

Craft and Chatter: Every Wednesday 10-12 noon.

Chair Yoga: Every Wednesday 2 -3pm (check with tutor

first in case of holiday). £5. To book contact Toni on 07500

887725.

Barn Owl Book Group & Crime Book Group: Check

with library for next meeting.

Just a Cuppa: Every Friday 10.30am-12noon. Come and

join us for a drink and a chat.

MORSTON QUIZ ANSWERS

(Questions on Page 23)

1. Jupiter. 2. “Yesterday”. 3. The Ten Commandments.

4. James I. (Mary Queen of Scots and Charles I). 5. Red.

6. A storm. 7. Fretful. 8. Noon. 9. Kimbolton. 10. Gifted.

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LANGHAM DOME NEWS

So much to report about the Dome in the last two

months that we could probably fill the entire magazine - so

highlights only.

The most important news item was the announcement

on 2 June that Langham Dome’s volunteers and trustees

have been awarded the “Queen’s Award for Voluntary

Service” - the highest national award there is for such

voluntary service and equivalent to a MBE. The award was

created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and

winners are announced each year on 2 June – the

anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. This year, there

were just 281 winners of the Award from across the UK,

and we are very proud that the hard work and commitment

of Langham Dome volunteers and trustees has been

recognised.

Two representatives of the volunteers, Chrissie Halford

and John Allan, attended a garden party at Buckingham

Palace in May as the first part of the Award

ceremonies. If plans work out by the time

you read this there will have been a

ceremony at the Dome on 22 nd July when a

signed certificate from Her Majesty the

Queen, together with a crystal award with

the logo insignia, will have been presented

to FoLD by the Lord Lieutenant for Norfolk, Sir Richard

Jewson KCVO. We also have permission to use the official

QAVS Logo on behalf of Langham Dome.

As many Lynx readers will be aware on 1 June we held

a very successful RAF Langham Reunion and Dome

Heritage Day where we were privileged to welcome

Marshal of the Royal Air Force Lord David Craig to open

the event. The official opening was preceded by a short

Commemoration Service led by Canon Peter Hartley, and at

which Squadron Leader Daniel Dobbins of The Royal

Australian Air Force, now serving in an exchange post at

RAF Waddington, laid a wreath on behalf of the Australian

High Commission Defence Staffs. The RAAF’s 455 Sqn

was based at Langham in 1944 and together with 489 Sqn

RNZAF formed the ANZAC Wing which carried out many

operations to support D Day - so in this 75 th Anniversary

Year it was particularly appropriate for Sqn Ldr Dobbins to

take part in our Reunion ceremonies and for us to remember

the sacrifices made by so many personnel serving so far

from home.

The Reunion

Event included a

display by both

the Hurricane and

Spitfire from the

Battle of Britain

Memorial Flight

and a show stopping display of aerobatics by Steve Carver

(a member of the Global Stars Aerobatic Team) in his Extra

260S. The Leopard Moth built in 1933 and the oldest in age

aircraft ever to be flown across the Atlantic (in 1997) was

also on display. The Norfolk Model Air Force showed some

of its quite outstanding aircraft models adding to the

aviation theme of the day. With the Friends of Langham

Village BBQ, a bar from the Binham Chequers, Ronaldo’s

Ice Cream, some great singing of 1940’s songs by Tara and

the Blighty Belles and support from other local museums

and charities there was something for everyone at the event,

and we have had very positive feedback including fulsome

praise from Lord Craig in the House of Lords - if you would

like to read what he said Google “Hansard” and put

“Langham Dome” in as the search term.

Leopard Moth

Extra 260S Display

If you would like more information on the Dome and

how to become a Friend of Langham Dome (where annual

membership gives unlimited free admission) or to join us as

a volunteer please contact our Dome Manager Joanna

Holden on 07760 193492 or e-mail: jo@langham

dome.org. For more details, including on the 1 June event,

opening hours etc, you can also check our web site at

www.langhamdome.org.

John Blakeley

FARMING UPDATE: MAY AND JUNE

Peas and Quiet

In the last issue I stated that a dry spring would have an

impact on the crops and that some rain would be welcome.

I should be careful what I wish for: in a two week period, at

the beginning of June, we recorded over 100mm (4”) of

rain, much of it coming in a three day spell that took its toll

on my (previously-rather-tall-but-now-significantly-shorter)

winter barley. The weight of the rain combined with the

Photos: John Allan

Photos: John Allan

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weight of the ears of grain, perched atop a tall, slender stalk

means the slightest bit of wind causes it to fall over. In the

farming world, this is called ‘lodging’. Lodging is

particularly irksome because it not only lowers yield and

slows down harvest (it’s difficult for the combine to ‘pick it

up’ off the ground) but the crop has been nursed through the

whole year to then fall at the last hurdle.

Fortunately, things are not all that bad as any negative

effects in the winter barley were vastly outweighed by the

positive effects on every other crop. The wheat and spring

barley, which had started to go a little yellow in places,

turned green again and the sugar beet packed on lots of leafy

growth with the plentiful supply of moisture. The aim with

sugar beet is to achieve full canopy cover by the 21 st of

June, so the plants can intercept as much light as possible

during the long days and turn the energy into sugar.

Peas, too, benefitted from the rain and filled out to give a

good, thick crop before flowering in June. Such is the speed

of their life cycle that by the time you read this all the peas

will have been harvested, frozen and packed up in cold

storage; many may have already been shipped out and

eaten. Pea harvest is one of the most time-critical operations

in farming, as the peas must be frozen as soon as possible

after picking to retain their taste and texture – sometimes in

as little as 150 minutes! As such, it is coordinated by a

specialised team who use four pea viners to harvest most of

the pea crops in the North Norfolk area; they run 24 hours a

day, 7 days a week in order to grab as many peas as possible

at the optimum quality.

Other than the excitement of pea vining the weeks

leading up to cereals harvest are a little quieter so we clean

grain stores, repair kit and take some valuable time off

before the combine starts up. This year we were able to put

on an open day to show people round the farm and

demonstrate some of the things we do. It was fantastic to see

so many people there and meet those of you who live and

work alongside us in the area. It was a great success thanks

to the hard work of the staff and all those who contributed. I

hope a good time was had by all and I look forward to

seeing more of you over the summer period – enjoy the

weather! Jonathan Darby Albanwise Farm Manager

WEA WELLS AUTUMN TERM 2019

Our programme for the coming term follows the same

pattern as previous years with one long course and two

Saturday day schools, and our meetings continue to be held

in the Friends Meeting House, Church Street, Wells-nextthe-Sea,

NR23 1HZ. The only change is that the enrolment

process is now centralised. Details of how to enrol are given

below and for additional help and guidance please contact

our Secretary, Annie Whitelaw on 07856 792186 or at

anniewhitelaw53@icloud.com.

Our long course for this term is ‘The Catastrophic

Century - plague, famine, pestilence and death in the 14th

century’ (Tuesdays 10.30 - 12.30). In a welcome return to

Wells, lecturer Brian Statham will explore the reigns of

Edward I, Edward II and Richard II, and describe how

Henry IV came to the throne. He will highlight the

successes and failures of some of these kings, identify

reasons for dissatisfaction with the Church, evaluate the

importance of the battles of Crecy and Poitiers and

summarise the changes and developments that affected C14

society. The 7 week course (cost £54) begins on 24th

September, with a half-term break on October 22nd.

Our first day school will be held on Saturday 5 October

(10am – 4pm) when Dr Nicholas James, lecturer in social

anthropology at Magdalene College, Cambridge will

present ’The Challenge of the Fens’. Once referred to as the

‘Holy Land of the English’, because of the many

monasteries in the area, the Fens are a unique landscape

with an intriguing history. The course (cost £18) will look at

the Fens, past, present and future, and examine their

ecological and social sustainability.

To enrol on either of the courses mentioned above please

go to www.wea.org.uk/eastern and enter ‘Wells-next-the-

Sea’ in the ‘town or postcode’ box at the top of the page.

This will take you to a webpage listing the Wells’ courses

that are currently booking. Click on the ‘view details’ button

next to the course you’re interested in and then follow the

‘Enrol online’ link at the bottom of the page. Alternatively

you can ring 0300 303 3464 and enrol by phone.

BALE

Contact: Jane Wheeler 01328 878656

design@janewheeler.co.uk

DAVID HAMMOND

The Hammond family has been part of Bale for

generations. David, who died on the 7th May was a typical

member of the clan. Farming has always been at the centre

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of the family's life but its talent found other fields of

distinction. Following the classic pattern David, the

youngest son, took over the running of Manor Farm. His

older brothers, by way of Cambridge, took to careers in

veterinary medicine and engineering. John, the elder, had a

distinguished career at the Royal Dick Vet in Edinburgh,

following the family tradition which goes back to a forebear

who was an FRS.

During David's lifetime there was a huge change in

agricultural practice from labour intensive working to

mechanisation. In the case of Manor Farm some fourteen

men were reduced to two. David took it in his stride and

also found the energy to serve for decades as church

warden.

He was an outstanding games player. At Gresham's he

was in the rugger, hockey and cricket teams at a young age.

On the rugger field and on the cricket pitch one remembers

an attacking, if impetuous, performer. Hockey exactly fitted

his talents. He went on to win more than seventy caps

playing for the county in an era when Norfolk reached the

final of the County Championship. It is not surprising that

he also became an excellent golfer.

His dry sense of humour took leg pulling to extremes

and he used it when playing tennis to great effect. At the

centre there was a modest, rather old fashioned and

affectionate man whom we miss.

Alan Sankey

HUNDRED CLUB DRAW RESULTS

May 19 June 19

Martin Titmarsh £25 Kris Clarke £25

Geeta Maude-Roxby £10 Rose jewitt £10

Christina Broughton £5 Adam Chapman £5

Postan £5 Sybil Nash £5

THE FLOWERS OF THE FOREST

June 2019

Here I am in Scotland in mid-June, where the weather is

cool but sunny in contrast to saturated Norfolk. We went for

a walk at Tentsmuir near the mouth of the Tay estuary – in

fact between two estuaries, the Eden flows out to the south

and the beach here at low tide appears to join up with West

Sands, but in between are sandbanks, quicksands and a

river. Tentsmuir forest's seaward edges are low sandy

hillocks covered with some marram and some machair-type

vegetation, full of flowers. This is an area full of ancient

archaeology, and flint tools used to be turned up by rabbits

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Unfortunately, standard English-Doglish phrase books do not translate the

command, “Bring back my swimsuit this instant or I’ll marmalise you!”

until the myxomatosis disaster. It’s also next to a military

zone. A place full of complications and connections.

To my delight this June it is full of northern marsh

orchids, some bright purple flower heads five inches long. I

was so excited by the orchids I didn’t take enough notice of

all the other flowers. The woods in Scotland have totally

different understoreys to English woods; fern, lichen, and

moss are king, old birches growing out of mossy humps and

cushions.

The next day we went further afield, past Dundee into

Angus, to Montreathmont Forest near Forfar. It’s Forestry

Commission like Tentsmuir, but much of what we walked

was open, some spruce but a lot of scots pine and the forest

floor covered in a mixture of different sorts of ferns and

mosses, heather and bilberry. There are supposed to be

capercaillies, but I think you would have to be up at dawn to

hear them. More flowers – a lot of bugle – occasional

orchids – beautiful dark blue speedwells and something

which I can only think is field forget-me-not as I can’t find

anything closer in Simon Harrap’s very thorough Wild

Flowers, but it stood out as strange, a more intense blue. We

followed some marked paths through open meadow (where

the bugles followed lines across the grass) with alders and

birches, ending up in a wood. We had to push/crawl through

small spruce and gorse on a supposed path, ended up soaked

and our clothes and hair full of pine needles, the spruce

branches low, sharp and painful. At last we fought our way

through to the high gorse edge of the trail; I had to sit on a

gorse bush to allow Bimba through. Real forest bathing.

We travelled further up the coast past Arbroath to a

favourite place, Lunan Bay, where Lunan Water exits from

behind huge dunes that block its valley, between red

sandstone cliffs on one side and metamorphic bluffs of red

and green veined rocks with beach caves on the other. The

grassy dunes and meadows have a different set of flowers

from the ones at Tentsmuir, full of colourful purple and

yellow vetches and very striking wild pansies that look like

a flock of yellow and violet-blue butterflies have settled in

the grass.

At home again, Bale Churchyard has a wonderful show

of wild flowers, better than ever, and there is one perfect

common spotted orchid on the verge at the top of

Sharrington road, very pale pink, its bee-guide markings

deep purple.

JW

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BALE VILLAGE HALL NEWS

The village hall was transformed into an elegant “salon”

on Saturday 25th May, for the “Tea At The Ritz” in aid of

the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Waitresses Maggie and

Terri really got into the spirit in their uniform of black

dresses with white aprons and headwear – quite the 30’s

glamour! – and flowers and greenery adorned the room.

And the waitresses, plus Margaret & Win in the kitchen,

certainly had their work cut out as every table was occupied

and a very large amount of carbohydrate was consumed by

way of sandwiches (with the crusts cut off, obviously!),

scones and cakes.

Maggie’s beautiful flower arrangements were very

enticing raffle prizes and along with some fabulous Abahna

toiletries courtesy of Ed & Claire Croft and a selection of tea

-time goodies, the raffle made a substantial contribution to

the final total raised.

A cheque for £514 was sent to the EAAA, which has

been gratefully acknowledged as a very helpful contribution

to the cause of creating a 24/7 service. Thank you so much

to all who helped put the event together (with a special

mention for our friends at Sharrington Village Hall, who

kindly loaned us suitable tables free of charge) and all who

attended and were so generous in their support.

The Hall was also looking splendid for the Bale Painting

Group Open Day on Sunday 9th June. A wide variety of

work was on display, showing the progress many of the

group have made since its inception under Duncan Thomas.

One or two sales were made and it is hoped that this will

become an annual event.

The next occasion at the Hall (and in Will & Charlotte

Sankey’s field next door) is the Tractor Run on Sunday 14th

July. We’re keeping fingers crossed for good weather (at

time of writing) and a report on how it went will be in the

next Lynx.

Two of the most popular evenings on our annual

calendar are coming up, so please reserve your places as

soon as possible for the Barbeque, 24th August (£15) and

the Harvest Supper, 5th October (£13). The feasting on both

occasions begins at 7pm. Call 01328 822012 or email

balevillagehall@gmail.com to reserve seats.

The monthly social event that is traditionally known as

“Fish & Chips” will be on Fridays 9th August and 13th

September. Please note that the emphasis is on the social

aspect of these gatherings! For those who wish, fish & chips

will be collected from Fakenham (be at the Hall by 6.45 to

get your order in) but if you prefer not to eat, or indeed to

bring your own supper, you are still very welcome. Bring

your liquid refreshment of choice and enjoy a relaxed gettogether

with friends from Bale and further afield. PM

BALE FETE

For the first time in living memory, the weather really let

us down for Bale Fete this year. After some lovely days, the

heavens opened on 8th June and the Hammond family went

into overdrive clearing space in the barns at Manor Farm to

make room for the event.

The rain was pretty relentless all afternoon but,

amazingly, the loyal supporters still arrived to buy from the

usual variety of stalls and to play the traditional games –

most of which seemed to be won by Joanna Hammond! It

was particularly good of the Hammond family to open up

their kitchen as the “wet weather” tea room, which was

made enthusiastic use of.

The amount raised this year was inevitably a little down

on previous (sunnier!) occasions, but with the total standing

at almost £2500, it was a very good effort by all concerned.

It was disappointing that we were unable to enjoy the

band this year but hopefully we will have them back next

time to add to the party atmosphere. Paula Moore

THE PURCELL SCHOOL AT BALE

For around 15 years, the Purcell School for young

musicians has been performing a Sunday afternoon concert

in Bale Church as part of their ‘Impulse’ outreach

programme.

This year was no exception and on 23rd June we

welcomed a lively and talented group of 16 and 17-yearolds

to entertain us on, possibly, the widest variety of

instruments they have brought so far. In addition to the

piano, we had a string quartet, flute, saxophone, harp,

accordion, trumpet and percussion, with some members of

the group performing on several of these. Some of the

pieces were arranged by the students, including the finale of

the programme “Donde Estas, Yolande?”, a fun and

uplifting song performed by the entire group in the form of a

mariachi band.

Some of us were surprised when a member of the

audience – who is very much a regular at the Bale concert –

got up to announce a piano item, in what seemed quite

disparaging terms. It turned out simply to be modesty as

Tim Ambler had composed the piece himself! Carmen

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Labrador Sanchez performed “Farewell to Cley” with great

style, so hopefully the composer approved…

In a Purcell School Concert that was thought to be one of

the best by many of the audience, the outstanding

performance was generally agreed to be by Bradley Ng,

who played a Lizst Ballade on the piano. Bradley combined

technical dexterity with musical sensitivity in a way which

left many of us breathless – a name to remember for the

future.

This is an appropriate point to pay tribute to John

Schofield, who sadly lost his battle with leukaemia and

passed away earlier this year. The Purcell School fittingly

dedicated this year’s concert to him as he has been a

committed supporter since the beginning. It is not

overstating it to say that without John & Jean’s financial

support, the Norfolk concerts would probably not have

taken place. Although he had never been a full-time resident

of Bale, (he was very much a Yorkshireman) John and Jean

bought “The Lilacs” 40 years ago and since lovingly

restoring the property they have been stalwarts of Bale life,

usually here for the fete, the barbecue and other village hall

events and, of course, The Purcell School visit.

John loved the music, sat in the front row and showed

his admiration for the performers with his customary

warmth and enthusiasm. He was also a generous and loyal

member of the church congregation, attending whenever he

was in the village for the weekend, often with a grandchild

or two, and singing lustily from the back. John was a kind

and generous man, a loving family man whose wife,

children and grandchildren were his pride and joy. He will

be very much missed.

Paula Moore

BINHAM

Contact: Liz Brady 01328 830830

lizsdavenport@gmail.com

BINHAM PARISH COUNCIL

At the recent annual meeting of the Binham Parish

Council (PC), we were delighted to welcome the new

NNDC councillor Richard Kershaw. The PC members were

duly elected with one vacancy, an additional individual has

been co-opted. The PC members include Liz Brady (Chair)

and Liz Brown (Vice Chair), Stan Hewitt, Helen Owen,

Pennie Alford, Mike Bond, Kevin Cooke and supported by

Keith Leesmith (Parish Clerk).

As there is very little to report this month, I thought I

would take the opportunity to tell you how the PC is run. It

meets six times each year at 19.30 on the third Monday of

the following months: January, March, May, July,

September and November. The agendas, minutes and other

reports from NNDC and NCC councillors can be found at

www.binhampc.nofolkparishes.gov.uk and are also

posted on the village notice boards (Bus Shelter - Front

Street and Westgate -Warham Road).

The PC welcomes everyone to meetings, tea and coffee

is served half-an-hour before each meeting starts providing

an opportunity to meet and chat informally about village

affairs. We encourage comments from audience members

whenever possible as this enhances the PC’s debate and

decision making on behalf of the Parish.

However, only Councillors are legally entitled to take

part in the debate and vote. Any such involvement however

is always at the discretion of the Chairman.

The PC would always welcomes comments related to

matters arising within the Parish and we hope that we can

assist in any way possible for the betterment of the Parish.

The date of the next meeting is Monday 16th September

at the usual time in the Memorial Hall. Elizabeth S Brady

AFTERNOON TEA IN BINHAM PRIORY

Every Friday afternoon during August

2.30-4.30pm

The afternoon tea is provided by volunteers in the

Church every Friday afternoon during August. Tempting

homemade cakes, scones and biscuits will be awaiting your

visit. Why not come and have a walk around the Priory

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uins and church and stop for tea and cakes.

We would suggest a donation of £2.50 for adults and

£1.50 for children, all proceeds help towards the upkeep of

the Church. We look forward to welcoming you for a visit

and some refreshments.

BINHAM PRIORY CONCERTS, 2019

Summer/Autumn Series

Saturday 3rd Aug. Norwich Baroque

Saturday 24th Aug. Jonathan Sage and Eleanor Kornas

(clarinet and piano)

Saturday 31st Aug. Civitas Ensemble (string quartet with

readings, motets and paintings, a cross-arts venture)

Friday 6th Sept. Heath Quartet (string quartet)

Saturday 21st Sept. Xuefei Yang (classical guitar) by

candlelight.

Advance tickets (£18 per concert) are available from

Maureen Frost, 01328 830362, davidfrost226@

btinternet.com or at the door on the night, but please check

availability.

A QUIET DAY

Tuesday October 1st 10am to 3pm

Priory Church of St Mary and the Holy Cross, Binham

Quiet Days are an invaluable time to pause and reflect

alone, and with small group of others.

They are led by Susanna Gunner, chaplain to the former

Bishop of Norwich, who has a national reputation for her

spirituality and knowledge of art and music.

This will be a day not to be missed for refreshment and

reflection, laughter and learning.

Contact Maureen Frost 01328 830362 or Fiona Newton

01328 830947 for more details.

BINHAM VILLAGE MEMORIAL HALL

After many years of sterling service, the cooker in the

Hall has come to the end of its working life. We are in the

process of ordering a new one and June Read, who so

brilliantly runs the 100 Club, has proposed that some of the

funds raised by the 100 Club go towards paying for it. This

is exactly what the 100 Club is for! June works extremely

hard and the Trustees are so grateful to her. We are going to

name the cooker ‘June 100’! There are some numbers left to

purchase at the very reasonable price of £12 for the year so

please do get in touch to buy one for you or as a present for

a loved one.

The Village Show is scheduled for August 4th from 1-

4pm and we are nearly there. All show entries to be at the

Hall by 11am. The classes are on the Facebook page and

website www.binhamvillagehall.co.uk. Judging will take

place between 11.30am and 1pm and the hall will be open

for viewing and teas at 2pm. Keep an eye out for the

posters. We are looking forward to a day of sunshine and

laughter so do put the date in your diary. Mary Hunt

BINHAM YARD SALE

Sunday August 25th 2019 10am-3pm

Binham will be holding a yard sale, an opportunity to

declutter. The proceeds will be donated to the Nelson's

Journey, a charity for young bereaved children.

Refreshments and maps can be purchased from the

Chequers. If you are interested in holding a yard sale it will

cost £10. In order to put your yard on the map please

contact: Angie 01328 830098, Chrissie 01328 830378 or

Steph 01328 830760.

BINHAM ART GROUP

Plans are well advanced for the Binham Art Group’s

19th Annual Exhibition over the weekend 27th & 28th July.

More than 120 paintings will be on display together with

our popular ‘have a go’ table for aspiring young artists.

Entry is free and this year we are supporting the Wells

Community Hospital as our nominated charity. Each year

the standard of work improves, and this year promises to be

no exception. A full report will posted in the next issue of

the Local Lynx.

Meantime, our soft pastel demonstration on 18th June by

Gareth Jones proved very popular with 21 attendees

enjoying Gareth’s informative and entertaining presentation.

His subject was a seascape with breaking waves and after

lunch 14 ‘students’ applied their newly acquired skills to use

under Gareth’s watchful eye producing some creditable

paintings. A full report with photos has been posted on

News Blog on our website.

Our May monthly competition was won by Brenda

Wilde with a very pleasing portrait of “Annie”, which has

been hanging in the Gallery @ The Chequers. We had a

dead heat in the voting for the June competition with Sandra

Copas’s acrylic painting of “The Rocks” contrasting nicely

with Pauline Taylor’s watercolour of “Peonies”. For more

information about the group visit our website

www.binhamartgroup.weebly.com. John Hill

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BINHAM YOUTH GROUP

Binham Youth group is held in the Binham Memorial

Hall on Wednesdays 6-8 pm, term time only, age 5-16

years, £1 entry fee, tuck shop. All staff DBS checked. We

now have a NO mobile phones policy.

We have art ‘n’ craft, board games, table tennis, pool

table, karaoke, books, 10-pin bowling, indoors during

winter and summer time we use the large playing field and

play equipment or just chill out and make new friends.

“There’s lots of fun” (Ben)

We are always looking for volunteers to help out, even if

only now and again. Contact Amanda Able (01328 830828)

or Andrew Marsh (01328 830178) for further information.

HINDRINGHAM & BINHAM OPEN CIRCLE

Hindringham Village Hall

We are a women’s group that meet on the third

Thursday of each month at 7.15pm.

It would be lovely to welcome new members to our

group. Either come along or ring our secretary Sue Elkins

01328 878487 for more information.

We don't meet in August, our next meeting will be on

19 th September when GP Emily Waits will lead a question

and answer event on women’s health. Sue Elkins

BINHAM LOCAL HISTORY GROUP

Andrew Tullet will give the next talk entitled ‘The

history of Norfolk on a stick - village signs and their stories’

on Thursday 26 th September 2019 at 7.30pm in the

Memorial Hall.

Pennie Alford

CYCLING RACE THROUGH BINHAM

Norfolk played host to British National Road Race

Championships 2019 on Thursday 27th and Sunday 30th

June. The time trials were held at Sandringham on 27th and

the road races on 30th started and finished in Norwich city

centre, with the men covering 125.2 miles and the women

83.5.There was also a Prestige 100 mile ride for amateur

enthusiast cyclists.

The routes headed north out of the city centre, via

Wroxham to Cromer and then westwards to through the

coastal villages of Salthouse, Cley, around the quay at

Blakeney and then through Stiffkey and the Quay at Wells

next to the Sea. The men’s course then looped through

Holkham Hall twice , making up the extra distance, before

beginning the return journey via Warham and passing

through Binham and Hindringham and travelling back to

Norwich via Guist.

At about 11.15am on Sunday 30th spectators and

marshals were gathered around the Chequers inn and the

small village green excitedly

awaiting the sighting of the first

cyclist. This was proceeded by a

rolling road block managed by

police motorbikes to halt the traffic

and pedestrians for obvious safety

reasons for all concerned. It was all

quite a spectacle watching the police First cyclist arriving in Binham.

working in sequence halting the

traffic. And then all of a sudden the first lead cyclist Ian

Stannard came whizzing through at a very fast pace and was

literally gone in a flash up Front Street off to Hindringham

rapidly followed by a motorbike outrider and support

vehicle carrying all the necessary spares. A space of 30

seconds and whoosh! Three more appeared and went

rapidly out of sight followed by the main peloton of riders

that included Britain’s famous world championship sprinter

Mark Cavendish MBE. Then came the main cavalcade of

support cars and motorbikes and emergency ambulance,

horns blowing, people clapping and cheering…and then as

quick as it had come it had all gone and was over.

Later in the afternoon the ladies race came through, the

lead car had a loudspeaker commentary and said ‘oh

another lovely village with a pub!’

The Prestige 100 followed a similar route in between the

two main races. The day was enjoyed by many spectators

and participants and did much to promote our beautiful

North Norfolk for the cyclists.

Pennie Allford

SWIFTS, BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS

A swift return

Every year as regular as clockwork, a set of visitors

return to Binham to spend time enjoying the summer sun

and village life. These are not our usual holiday visitors who

arrive by car but those who fly on the wing all the way up

from their wintering homes in Africa to spend time breeding

here in the UK before beginning the long journey back

south.

These are the common swift (Apus Apus) arriving from

early May and departing early August. In addition we can

expect to see the house martin (Delichon urbicum) arriving

late April early May and departing September/October.

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arn swallow (Hirundo rustica) arriving late March/April

and can be seen till as late as October.

Swift House Martin Swallow

This year the swifts returned to Binham as ever with

clockwork precision on the 8th May, how they achieve their

remarkable journey from Africa with such accurate timing

is one of nature’s wonders. With the use of ringing and

more recently geolocaters by the British Trust for

Ornithology, the mystery of their journeys has been

revealed.

One individual (interestingly called A322!) was tagged

on 21/22 July 2010 in Cambridgeshire and was recorded on

its southward journey back. The bird’s southward route

followed roughly what the ornithologists expected, with the

bird flying through Spain and West Africa, before turning

inland from Senegal, across the continent to the rainforests

of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where it spent much

of the winter. It was always thought that swifts return

journey to the UK came back in a straight northerly

direction. Instead, the bird headed out across the Atlantic

near the mouth of the Congo River in an arc up to Liberia,

pausing there for around ten days before embarking on the

final, rapid leg of its journey back to the UK.

Although A322 completed the last leg of the journey in

five days, other birds tagged took longer. In total, A322

covered 12,400 on its migration. Others went further,

covering distances of more than 17,000 miles which is all

the more remarkable for a creature that has a measurement

of less than 7 inches.

Swifts like to nest in the roofs of old buildings and use

the same nest year after year, just adding fresh material.

Their numbers here in the UK are estimated at around

85,000 breeding pairs. They spend their life almost entirely

on the wing and can mate, as well as eat and feed in flight.

On a July summer evening, it is worth visiting the

Chequers Inn and sitting with a cool drink and watch from

the seats outside on Front Street, the stunning aerial

acrobatic display of these birds as they congregate near to

their nests, literally screaming and wheeling like fighter

pilots over the rooftops and souring up into the sky.

Painted Lady gathering

Another visitor from Africa and the

Middle East puts in an appearance in

the summer months in our gardens.

The painted lady butterfly is a most

attractive migrant visitor. The numbers usually seen are not

significant but every now and again there is a massive surge

in the number. The last time was in 2009. The butterfly

breeds on its journey northwards and it was reported in

March this year from Cyprus by a member of the Butterfly

Conservation Group of very large numbers present.

In the past few weeks, a heatwave in Europe means that

many painted lady caterpillar foodplants may have become

desiccated, rendering them unsuitable for breeding. This

may be an additional factor driving the Painted Lady to

cooler areas to the UK where the foodplants supply remain

nutritious.

On Saturday 15th June, as we walked along Front Street

in Binham it was awash with large clouds of Painted Lady

butterflies swarming around the flowers; in particular they

were enjoying the wild valerian. We managed to count 80.

As at beginning of July the numbers present had diminished

with just occasional ones in the garden. Hopefully the

females are now laying eggs and we shall see local born

painted ladies take flight from late August.

Another visitor to our garden in the

summer is the beautiful day flying

hummingbird hawk moth. It too

enjoys the valerian and can also be

seen at dawn and dusk and even in the

rain!

Pennie Alford

BINHAM MEMORIAL HALL

100+ Club winners

May winners: £25 Polly Hunt, £10 Pennie and Neil Alford,

L.Wynder, £5 Tony Pepper, G Savory, Mike Bond.

June winners: £25 Tony Pepper, £10 David Frost, Oliver

Wales, £5 Paul Frost, Kevin Cooke, Polly Hunt.

If anyone would like to join the 100+ club, please call at

8 Priory Crescent or ring June Read on 01328 830106.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

A saying by 19th century Cree Indian:

Only when the last tree has died

and the last river has been poisoned

and the last fish has been caught, will

we realise that we cannot eat money.

COCKTHORPE

Contact: Maurice Matthews 01328 830350

maurice.matthews@peppard.net

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CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL UPDATE

Update on the money raised at the Cockthorpe

Christmas Tree Festival

Tracey and I went to Norwich to meet the team at the

Neo Natal Intensive Care ward to discuss how to spend the


money as we had raised a staggering amount.

We met the family liaison nurse whose job is to try and

keep families together; even though the baby is premature it

is still very much part of the family. It was both eye opening

and heart wrenching as we take it for granted that all

premature babies would have the same care and attention

from the brilliant doctors and nurses; however they lack

vital equipment. This includes a specialist incubator, the

price of which is mind bogglingly huge - but we could help.

The money that you all helped to raise will enable them

to purchase an electrical board to upgrade an incubator that

monitors, regulates oxygen levels, and administers drugs all

without disturbing the baby; a marvellous and simple

sounding thing but of vital importance. This area only has

five incubators, all at the Norfolk and Norwich so when the

unit is full mothers and babies risk being separated by long

distances.

I would have given them anything to improve the

situation and thanks to all your hard work and generous

donations and the wonderful promise from the Red Socks

Charity who agreed to match us pound for pound, we raised

enough money to give them a another electrical board to

upgrade a further incubator.

I was so proud to present a cheque that will enable them

to keep another tiny Norfolk baby with its family.

A heartfelt thank you to you all.

Juliet Case

FIELD DALLING

Contact: Julie Wiltshire

julie_wilson75@hotmail.com

ST ANDREW’S CHURCH

Animal Blessing Service

Sunday 11 th August, 11am

Animals teach us so much - and challenge some of us a

great deal! This special service is an opportunity to thank

God for his creatures in our care, and to ask for God’s

blessing on them.

Don’t be afraid to bring your dog or cat or rat or spider...

we’ve never (yet!) had a disaster or fight. The pews keep the

animals - and their owners - safely apart! Fiona Newton

Norfolk Churches Bike Ride Sat. 14 th September

Please join the Norfolk bike ride when you can visit as

many of our lovely churches as possible and raise money

for both our own church and the Norfolk Churches Trust,

who support so many Norfolk churches. Last year we raised

an amazing £1,200 which was split equally between the

work of our village church and the Trust. The key to success

is not so much how many churches you visit but how many

friends and family you persuade to sponsor you – so please

start asking now! Forms for sponsorship will be at the back

of the church or available from Sam Duncan (01328

830258) in due course. Ian Newton

CELEBRATIONS AND SAD FAREWELLS

June was a busy month for weddings and funerals.

Packed churches celebrated the weddings of Ruth Thomas

and her fiancé Joe Howard, on Saturday 8 th June, and of

Nina Chang and her fiancé Jonathan Smith on Saturday 22 nd

June .

We held the funeral and burial of Heather Anthony on

Monday June 17 th . Heather lived at Porch House, on the

Langham Road, for many years with her husband Kenneth

who died in 1994. Since then she had lived in Kent near her

daughter.

And also sadly, we bade farewell to Michael Kimmins

on Tuesday June 11 th . Michael was a qualified architect who

produced meticulous drawings in his role in charge of

church fabric, over many years, and saw through many

important projects. In addition, his detailed plan of the

churchyard is still very important today. Although he left the

PCC in the 1990s, he continued to give valuable service to

our worship as our organist, playing initially for four

services a month and drawing on a carefully compiled list of

hymns which he matched with equal care to the lectionary

readings. He has been a faithful servant of the various

churches in our group for many years, and his service was

packed with many from the village and wider community

who came to pay their respects and give thanks for his life.

We offer our love and prayers to Rosemary, Rachel and

their family.

Ian Newton

HOSPICE COFFEE MORNING

Saturday 31 st August, 10.30am

St Andrew’s Church

A coffee morning and more to support building the new

Priscilla Bacon Lodge Hospital in Norwich.

Priscilla Bacon Lodge is the specialist palliative care

hospital in Norwich. As many of you will know, they

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supported my husband John and myself through the latter

stages of John’s illness. The staff and volunteers provided

the most amazing care, but in out-dated and cramped

facilities. There is now an opportunity to build a new

hospital, closer to the main N&N hospital, but we need to

raise £12.5 million to ensure this development can go ahead.

Many of us in this community have needed, or will need

the help of Priscilla Bacon Lodge. Please come along on

August 31 st to support us and tell everyone you can, to come

along also.

Also in support of the project and starting in mid

September, I will be walking the 800 KM of ‘El Camino de

Santiago de Compostela’, just me and a rucksack. It should

take me just over 5 weeks. To find out how to sponsor me,

please come to the coffee morning or email me:

amaundrell@live.co.uk.

Amanda Maundrell

FIELD DALLING & SAXLINGHAM

SUMMER FETE

Saturday 10 th August, 2-4pm, Villagers’ Hall

Our annual fete will be held as usual at the Villagers’

Hall, Holt Road, Field Dalling. Final plans are almost

complete and all the traditional stalls and games will be

present with plenty of things on offer as well as one or two

new ideas. Any final contributions for the stalls can be left at

the Villagers’ Hall on Friday 9 th August and homemade

cakes and buns on Saturday morning. It is our main

fundraising event of the year, and the more we have, the

more we can raise. In addition there will be refreshments

with teas and cake, hot dogs and strawberries and ice cream

throughout the afternoon plus excellent music provided

once again by the Norfolk Jazz Quartet who return by

popular demand.

Everyone is welcome and many of our visitors like to

return each year, so please come and bring your families,

friends and visitors with you. There’s lots on offer, from

trying your luck and having fun with the games, browsing

or purchasing something from the stalls, or just sitting and

enjoying the atmosphere and refreshments whilst listening

to the music and having a chat. Bridget Nicholson

(01328 830614) and the fete committee

200 CLUB

May: £50 John Rayner; £25 Andrew Cuthbert; £15

Steve Collins. June: £50 Fenella Greenfield; £25 Carolyn

Haywood; £15 Julie Wiltshire

VILLAGERS’ HALL

www.fdands.org

Hall Improvements

Funds raised for the village hall continue to be used to

help with building maintenance and improvements.

Hopefully you will have noticed a new bench has been

installed just outside the village hall, a place to rest and chat

with fellow villagers.

Also recently installed is a new set of white PVC glazed

front doors allowing light into the inside hall. As a

consequence a limited number of keys have been issued.

Coffee Mornings

The next coffee morning is on Wednesday 14th August.

Coffee mornings are held every second Wednesday of the

month in the village hall at Field Dalling, 10.30 a.m. to 12

noon. Why not pop in to try the fresh coffee, tea, homemade

cake and biscuits? It’s a great chance to meet new people or

catch up with old friends. Refreshments are free of charge,

but donations are gratefully received. Hope to see you there.

A date for your diary: Wednesday 11th September is the

Autumn Special coffee morning. Mel and Brian Goodale

Important Diary Dates

Bingo Nights: 16 th Aug, 13 th Sep, 11 th Oct, 15 th Nov, 13 th

Dec. Village Fete: 10 th Aug. Autumn Special Coffee

Morning: 11 th Sept. Harvest Supper: 12 th Oct. Christmas

Fair: 23 rd Nov. Parish Council: 9 th Sep, 11 th Nov. Mobile

Post Office: Every Wed, 9.45-10.45am.

PROPOSED HIGHFIELDS

DEVELOPMENT

It has been confirmed by the North Norfolk District

Council that the proposed Highfields scheme will not go

ahead. Thank you to all those who coordinated and

supported the campaign team efforts.

GUNTHORPE

Contact: John Blakeley 01263 861008

jbconsult@btinternet.com

www.gunthorpefriends.co.uk

FOGPC

50/50 Club Draw Results

June

May

David Paton £25.00 Noel Hinton £15.00

Peter Howard £20.00 Fred Worsley £10.00

John Arthurson £15.00 Virginia Worsley £5.00

David Vaughan £10.00 Marcus Aitman £5.00

Isaac Buchanan £10.00 Dorothy Tomic £5.00

Elaine Vaughan £5.00 Joy Luscombe £5.00

Tom Elwell £5.00 Lynn Marr £5.00

Lauren Aitman £5.00

Libby Norton £5.00

The final draw of the 2018/2019 subscription year took

place on 25 th May. The accounts for the year have been

posted on the Friends N/B at the Institute, but the bottom

line is that the 50:50 Club and Coffee mornings contributed

£1,045.62 to the charity in the past 12 months - a small

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increase on the 1017/2018 total. Thanks to all involved for

joining the club and for your support - especially the

members who help with refreshments at the monthly coffee

mornings and Myfi Everett for organising the event.

If you have not already renewed, or are new to the

village and would like to join, can we please ask for the

subscriptions for the next year, ie from now to May 2020

inclusive, to be paid as soon as possible, It costs just £1.00

per month (payable in advance for the remainder of the year

to May 2020) to join and you can get your subscriptions and

more back if you are lucky enough to win a prize. As

confirmed above the 50:50 Club contributes over £1000 per

annum to the “Friends” funds.

Payments can also include your “Friends” membership

of a minimum of £5.00 per annum (or part of a year), and a

cheque, cash or BACS payment of just £17.00 per person

will cover both. Cheques should please me made out to

FOGPC. BACS payments can be made as detailed below,

but please inform John Blakeley (e-mail: jbconsult@

btinternet.com) if you pay by BACS so that records can be

kept up to date and you do not miss the chance to participate

in a future draw. Some subscriptions are already “rolling in”

so thanks if you have already re-joined.

The Friends membership and any other donation, but not

the 50:50 Club subscriptions, can be Gift Aided and if you

have not already completed a form we would, be most

grateful if you could consider doing this – provided you are

and remain a taxpayer of course.

NAT WEST Bank plc

Sort code 53-50-73

Account number 25727532

To once again quote the motto of a somewhat larger

lottery can we remind you that “you have to be in it to win

it!”

Myfi Everett & John Blakeley

ST MARY’S CHURCH NEWS

In May, Jeremy and Marie Denholm very kindly

organised the annual churchyard clear up. What a great job

everyone did and our thanks go to all who helped and

especially Marie and Jeremy It was quite a social affair with

delicious hot sausages provided by The Hall, to enjoy after

all the hard work.

Fred’s bench is in place. Well done John and Diane for

organising it, and thank you to Michael Bunting for securing

it in place. Fred would have been thrilled. It sits tucked

away on the south side and is in a real sun trap. A lovely,

peaceful, place to enjoy.

The annual churches’ bike ride will take place on

September 14th. Sadly, David and I will cycle for St

Mary’s. Would anyone like to join us? Sponsorship would

be most gratefully received! Penny Brough Church Warden

FRIENDS OF GUNTHORPE PC

As we have just finished another year and will have held

our AGM before this issue comes out this is probably a

good time for the Friends committee and I to thank all who

have supported this past year, enabling us to continue to

maintain the fabric of St. Mary’s Gunthorpe Church. By

renewing your membership to The Friends (at a minimum

of £5 per year) and The 50/50 Club (at £12 per year) we are

able to continue this maintenance. Many of you very kindly

add a donation to your £5 annual membership fee and we

are truly grateful for this.

The 50/50 Club, thanks to the diligence of John Blakeley

and Myfi Everett - helped by Nuala and many others -

continues to raise over £1000 a year. What a tribute to all

who run it and participate in it and to support us. We have

started the next year well, and many thanks to who have

responded to John’s ‘hit’. However membership is slightly

down so If you are not a member please consider joining us

– as another well known organisations says ‘You have to be

in it to win it’.

The Committee, as always, has been great. Thanks to

you all for making it fun… for never running out of energy.

For collecting and recording subscriptions John Blakeley

gets the Gold-Star! Thanks for running the 50/50 Club

Coffee Mornings (John, Myfi, Nuala and all who contribute

prizes and refreshments), for delivering our news in the

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village (Doreen and Di Arthurson), to Pippa for all the help

and care required for all our annual functions, to David and

Penny Brough for liaising with us and the PCC, and to

Richard Redmayne, who has now served a year as treasurer

and is kindly keeping us ‘in order’. We continue to have

some joint meetings with the Village Institute and Fete

Committee to remind us all we are on the same ‘team’.

Many thanks to all of them.

As already reported, Fred Morley died in January. He

had lived in Gunthorpe all his life until moving to Kingsgate

Resident Care Home just before his 89th Birthday. He was a

pillar of the Church as Church Warden and Church

Gardener. He embraced all aspects of the Church

wholeheartedly with quiet devotion and a dry sense of

humour. He was a very special man and will be very much

missed. A tree and bench have been added to the

Churchyard in memory of Fred. You can sit there, in the

Churchyard he so dearly loved, and look back at the house

where he lived. How lovely we can always ‘visit’ him there.

The recent Churchyard Clear-Up, though attended by

fewer people, was a great success, as was the 2018 Harvest

Supper. We will know by the time you read this but as ever

we hope for good weather this year for the Fete BBQ on

Saturday 27th July at 7pm in the Gunthorpe Hall Garden

and of course for the Fete itself on the 28 th .

Marie Denholm Friends Chairman

WELCOME

Steve & Alison Snelling

We offer a warm welcome to Steve and Alison Snelling

who, along with children Thomas (17) and Anna (14), have

moved into Victory Cottage. This will be a second family

home and their main home is in Bishop’s Stortford, where

Alison is a primary school teaching assistant and Steve is an

accountant, working in the City. Children Thomas and

Anna are both keen cricketers and hockey players. Both

play cricket at county level albeit for different counties with

Thomas playing for Hertfordshire and Anna for Essex. As

always we hope they will be very happy in their new home

in our friendly and eclectic village community.

We have not said goodbye to the previous owners of

Victory Cottage, Alex and Michelle Worrall, as they have

bought Ashdale - and we look forward to seeing them in

their new village home as well.

Ken & Chris Foster

We also offer a warm village welcome to Ken and Chris

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Foster (and three hens) who have moved to Stonebeck,

which will be their permanent home. Both are retired;

although Ken still does part-time work at Cley Nature

Reserve. They had their own nursery business in

Nottinghamshire before moving to Kelling in 2006 and both

had worked in what was then Emcy’s Garden Centre before

retirement. We wish them a happy and enjoyable life in

their new home.

ALAN JOHN RUSSELL

Albeit rather belatedly we were very sad to hear that

Alan Russell died just before last Christmas, 2018, aged 69.

He had been unwell for some years.

Alan and his wife Linda have owned

Waterloo Cottage for some time but

health problems have meant that they

have not been able to visit it regularly

for some time.

Both Alan and Linda were regular

supporters of village functions and

Alan’s chef skills came to the fore at several events. Alan

joined the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers on

leaving school. On leaving the Army he had an

apprenticeship as a plumber but then went to work on

Estates management for UCH - and whilst there was

granted the Freedom of the city of London for his work on

water filtration systems. Leaving UCH he did further

courses qualifying as a Health and Safety Consultant.

When he worked in Health and Safety he spent some

weeks advising on HSE matters in Afghanistan which led to

him writing an article in the Lynx on his experiences there,

and suggestions from some of us that this was “coals to

Newcastle” and it might be a bit late for HSE advice in this

benighted country.

We offer our deepest condolences to Linda and her

family.

THE 1552 INVENTORY OF GUNTHORPE

ST MARY’S CHURCH GOODS

This extract from the work of Gunthorpe historian Ray

Steffans provides a fascinating insight into our church

almost 500 years ago.

At this time, inventories were made not only to

determine the extent of the physical possessions of the

church. The value of such possessions was estimated item

by item, and the value of the living assessed. At the same

time, statistics were obtained as to the numbers attending

church. From the inventory decisions could be made as to

what could be spared for other churches, or what could be

sold for the benefit of the parish generally or the poor in

particular.

On an historical note, this was the year in which the

revised Prayer Book was legally sanctioned, and when

Cranmer was completing his work on the ''Articles of

Religion”. Organised religion was not in a very healthy

state. Preachers were few, and it was often the case that

laymen were appointed to a living by nobility and gentry.

The living thus became a sinecure and parochial services

became neglected, although this was probably not the case

here at Gunthorpe. Within a year of this Inventory, the

country was to revert to Catholicism, with the accession of


Queen Mary.

The period was not long after the Reformation, and it

was not uncommon for churches to have to dispose of some

of their furnishings and valuables. The Inventory had to be

signed by the parson and by two townsmen, and then passed

to the Commissioners. The latter were, usually, prominent

men in the county. They, or their deputies, might reserve

certain items to be kept by the church concerned. Anything

not so reserved had to be sold.

Our church then, externally at least, would have seemed

much as it is today. The roof covering, however, would

have been different, and there would have been no

gravestones in the churchyard. The tower had been added

since the 1368 inventory, and it then contained three bells.

Two of them were sold and the remaining bell did not

survive for very long - the present bell being of a later date.

It was not long after this inventory that the present

communion cup (dated 1567) was obtained.

The document for Gunthorpe was signed by the parson

''Sir" John Davye ("Sir" being a courtesy title only), the two

churchwardens who signed under him being John Longston

and Robert Stemmes. Longston died here in 1582 and

Stemmes (or Stemys) in 1558. The latter was churchwarden

for Thornage also and signed the inventory for that church

in 1552. For convenience of reading, the original document

has been modernised here, although a short extract from the

original version is given also.

The Inventory begins:

"In primis too payer of chalyce of Sylver gilt weyenge

xxiiij ownces iij quarters whereof one payer weithe xij

ownces iij quarters .... "

The modernised form reads:

"Firstly, two pair of silver-gilt chalices weighing 24¾

ounces one pair being 12¾ ounces and valued at 46 shillings

and 9 (old) pence, and the other being of 12 ounces valued

at 44 shillings (each ounce being valued at three shillings

and eight pence). Also, six copes. one of cloth of gold, or

bawdkyn, valued at 40 shillings, one of blue velvet (20

shillings) one of white damask (6 shillings and 8 pence), one

black cope of Bruges satin (3/4) and two old copes, valued

at 3 shillings and 4 pence, one being green and the other

blue. Seven vestments: one of blue velvet (13 shillings and 4

pence), one of red damask (6 shillings and eight pence), one

of white silk (3 shillings and 4 pence), one of white fustian

(2 shillings), and old vestments (blue and black) valued at

twelve peace each. One silver paxe, part gilt, weighing 7½

ounces, valued at 3/8 per ounce. One silver censer weighing

nine ounces, valued at 3 shillings and 4 pence per ounce.

One tunacle, value sixpence, and three bells in the steeple,

weighing 28 cwt altogether and valued at 15/-per

hundredweight (individual bells weighing 12, 9 and 7

hundredweight). Lastly, three small bells weighing twelve

pounds, together with two clappers, value being 2 shillings

and six pence”. A note at the end of this inventory and

valuation reads: ''Reserved: one bell weighing nine

hundredweight and a chalice weighing 12¾ ounces"

The benefice, or value of the living, is given as 13

pounds 6 shillings and 8 pence (not a great deal higher than

it had been two hundred years before). ''Goods" were valued

at £5, and the ''Stok” of the church at 4 pounds, 13 shillings

and 4 pence. The latter was, usually, the small amount of

money available for charitable purposes, such as the relief of

the local poor. Two explanations should be given. A

"tunacle", now known as a tunicle, is a short Eucharistic

vestment. According to the rank of the wearer it could be

simple or ornate. (In 1965 when this was originally written

this garment would cost over £10, as compared with six old

pence then). The "hundredweight" in those days was 100lb.

GUNTHORPE MUSICIAN DESIGNS

PROGRAMME FOR PRIORY CONCERT

Gunthorpe resident Jane Carwardine is the principal

second violinist of the City of London Sinfonia, and she has

devised a programme of Chamber Music

for the community to be performed by the

Civitas Ensemble at Binham Priory on

Saturday 31st August - commencing at

7:30pm.

The Civitas Ensemble is a new group

formed from outstanding professional

musicians from this country’s leading chamber groups who

seek to create original performances in special architectural

buildings to utilize their unique space and also involve the

community to which they belong.

Civitas members Steve Bingham (Violin) and Brenda

Stewart (Viola) are members of the Bingham String Quartet

which is well known for its numerous recordings, their work

for radio and television and touring here in the UK and

worldwide. Steve is also internationally renowned for his

solo violin recitals and has appeared as guest leader with

several UK orchestras. Brenda also performs with Steve in

“Duos with a Difference” and has recently become the vicar

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of Wells next the Sea.

The other members Jane Carwardine (Violin) and Jane

Fenton (Cello) are founder members of the Guildhall

Strings which went on to win major international prizes, to

tour the world making its Carnegie Hall debut in 1991 and

record for RCA and Hyperion. It has a strong connection

with Gunthorpe as it was formed from a course held at the

Hall and returned several times when preparing for

recordings.

Jane Fenton has also co-founded the International Music

Festival in Alcala Spain and she is the principal cellist of

Garsington Opera.

Jane Carwardine’s previous work in devising similar

music programmes, included the very popular ‘Devil’s

Violin’ performed at the sell out concert at the Wilton

Music Hall London and St Andrews Church in Holt in

February 2017, has been highly acclaimed by the City of

London Sinfonia.

The music to be played by the ensemble for this concert

will include Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Part, Glass and

Macmillan. Two choral works by Byrd and Ola Gjeilo will

be performed, along with readings of poems by Yeats,

Sassoon and Idris Davies. There will be a short meditation

and some local artwork on display. The performances will

be in different parts of the priory to make use of the

wonderful acoustic in an immersive way.

Tickets are £18 and to book contact Maureen Frost

01328 830362 or email davidfrost226@btinternet.com.

Tickets may be available on the door but are limited to 180

places.

LANGHAM

Contact: Christina Cooper 01328 830207

christinacooper27@googlemail.com

FROM THE REGISTERS

Holy Matrimony

Jay Pradip Doshi with Hannah Jane Woodward Thompson

18th May 2019

FRIENDS OF LANGHAM

200 Club Draw Winners

May 2019 £10 June 2019 £20

117 Mr E Allen 151 Mrs I Rossiter

138 Mrs M Freeth 75 Mr P Wright

63 Mr A Laurence 186 Mrs B Newman

165 Mr J Fisher

163 Mrs D Gadsdon

181 Mr E Wenman FOL Committee

FOL ANNUAL MYSTERY TRIP

The FOL would once again like to invite Langham

Senior Citizens to join us on our Annual Mystery Trip on

Thursday 5 th September. Unfortunately this time we have to

limit numbers to 24 maximum, so this will be on a first

come first served basis. Also it involves spending some time

outdoors with a maximum of 5 or 6 steps. As before, we

leave from the Blue Bell at 10am with the same charge of

£15 to include lunch.

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Please contact Peter Barlow on 01328 830606 or John

Hughes on 01328 830595 asap to book your place. FOL

STALL ON THE GREEN

Please Bake For Us!

The cake and produce stall will be open for business on

The Green in Langham for all the Saturdays in August from

9.30-11am, starting on Saturday 3 rd .

We would be very grateful for any contribution of cakes

and produce for us to sell. Proceeds are for Langham

Church General Fund. Come along and see us.

This year Sue Page has offered to oversee this event, her

contact number is 01328 830171 if you would like to

contribute cakes/produce to the stall.

FOL ROUNDERS & BBQ NIGHT

Wednesday 7th August

6pm on the Playing Field

Everyone Welcome

SUMMER SALE

Saturday 24 th August 10-11.30am

Langham Villlage Hall

Good clothes, bric a brac, tools, books, etc.

All at bargain prices. Tea/coffee available.

All proceeds to BLOODWISE (Leukaemia Research).

DINE & DANCE IN A BARN

A huge thank you to all that supported the Dine & Dance

in a Barn on the 8th June. Despite the weather not being

overly kind to us, (at least it didn't rain!) we managed to

raise £622.43 which has been divided equally between The

Street Fayre and The Dome plus a £50 donation to the

village hall in gratitude for the loan of the tables/chairs.

We are immensely grateful to Gold Standard for

providing our live music free of charge and have learned

that a little coleslaw goes a very, very long way (some of us

have only just finished eating it!!).

We have one further fund raising event planned this year

and that is a Christmas lights 'Switch On' on 6th December

at 6.30pm on the Green. There will be carols, mulled wine

and cider, warm mince pies, a raffle and children's

Christmas lucky dip.

The date for next year's Street Fayre is Saturday 22nd

August 2020 and we are looking now for anyone else who

is interested in joining our committee (and volunteers to


help on the day) to make this one bigger and better than

2018. If you would like to be involved in any way, please

contact Debi on (01328) 830767.

EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS

By Julia Sterland at Langham Village Hall

There will be an exhibition of Julia Sterland’s paintings

from 31 st August to 6 th September , 11am to 9pm every day.

Julia is a figurative painter based in the UK and uses oils

and watercolour for her portraits, landscapes and still life

paintings. www.juliasterland.com.

Quick portraits are available throughout the exhibition

for £50 and take about 40 minutes.

For the opening night of the exhibition, 31st August,

from 7-10pm there will be live music (acoustic) from

www.interstellarduo.com. All welcome - refreshments

available and admission free.

LANGHAM EXHIBITION 2019

The exhibition seems to have become an annual event at

which people can meet, chat, enjoy wonderful cakes and

compare ideas about the high standard of paintings on view.

This year provided a variety of interesting and accomplished

work. Sales of ceramics were extremely good and the

cushions seemed to fly out of the door.

This year the exhibition organisation has been much

more of a team effort. I would like to thank Gill Broom, Jan

Hope and Sue Page for their tasty dishes, and all helpers in

the kitchen; the screen and table removal men; Bob with

his “hanging” team who worked so quickly to produce the

pleasing arrangement of pictures; John Hughes who

organised the bunting, posters and wine, serving it with John

Hope and Edward Allen.

I hope my “till” helpers (Sally, Roger, Dave, Sarah, Jan

and Roger) enjoyed their Exhibition experience with the

money! I really appreciated their input as this released me to

spend more time at home with Ken.

Thank you Roger, Colleen, Paul and Ann for giving so

much time and support to me, to Ken and to the Exhibition.

Without your help the preparations just would not have been

completed in time. Label-making is time consuming and

frustrating when sellotape doesn’t seem to stick!

We were extremely pleased to raise £157 to be given to

the local branch of Parkinson’s UK. The exhibition will give

£1,557.24 to Langham Village Hall with a little more

expected later from outstanding Quiz sales.

Raffle Results

1st Prize – Ron Middleton (Bob’s Art Group)

2nd Prize – John Hughes (Langham)

3rd Prize – Pat Web (One of Ken’s Carers)

4th Prize – Sheila Glaister (Langham) Pauline Bartlett

MORSTON

Contact: Jock Wingfield 01263 740431

jocelynwingfield@gmail.com

HOPE TODD

18 th October 1928 – 23 rd June 2019

Hope Todd died at home in Morston. A

memorial service was held in All Saints

Morston on 8th July. The church was

packed with family from the UK and

Australia plus golfing and bridge playing

friends and people who knew her through

Scottish dancing, bowling and so many

other activities she was involved in.

We all knew her as the most positive and outgoing

always cheerful friend. Morston will miss her hugely. The

post-service party was held in Hope’s beautiful garden. She

would so loved to have been there.

JW

DIARY DATES

Sat 20 July 7pm. FMC Impromptu Shakespeare + pie &

pint at Gill Kay’s, Church Farmhouse, Morston, NR25

7AA (Adult: £20; Under-16s: £5). Contact:

petetibbetts@aol.com or 01263-741082 & see:

www.impromptushakespeare.com; E/Tickets from

sandramaymorris@gmail.com.

Fri 26 July Warm up for Oyster & Gypsy Regatta, pm

Sat 27 July Norfolk Oyster & Norfolk Gypsy Regatta.

Contact: rachel@neilthompsonboats.co.uk or tel:

01263-741172

Sat 3 August Morston Regatta. The sailing race will be a

bank start at the North end of Blakeney Cut as usual,

first boat pushing off at 8am. Prizegiving and party

commences at 7pm on Morston Quay at NorfolkEtc.

Sat 12 October 14 th FMC Shovell Dinner in the Anchor.

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BHA NAVIGATION WARNING

Blakeney Harbour Entrance

The entrance channel to Blakeney Harbour, in the

vicinity of the HJORDIS wreck, is changing rapidly.

Currently the primary channel remains as buoyed, but the

entrance channel between the Bar and Harbour Entrance

buoy number 3 is becoming very narrow and can be

extremely hazardous in times of moderate to heavy swell.

Those Mariners familiar with Blakeney Harbour

Entrance may now prefer to enter and leave the harbour

using the new channel (currently not buoyed) which is

opening up from Harbour Entrance buoy number 3 heading

out WNW, running South and West of the HJORDIS

wreck. Great care and local knowledge is required to safely

navigate this channel, ensuring a route is taken where the

swell isn’t breaking.

We are monitoring this situation closely, and suggest

that for the time being Mariners entering the harbour for the

first time should first obtain up to date pilotage information

by phoning Charlie Ward on 01263740377 or 07771

597985. Charlie Ward, BHA 8 July 2019

NATIONAL TRUST UPDATE

Blakeney National Nature Reserve

June brings much new life to Blakeney National Nature

Reserve as many different bird species raise their young and

the first Common Seal Pups are born on Blakeney Point.

We had an unexpectedly early Common Seal Pup birth

when a premature pup was found abandoned on Blakeney

Point at the end of May. He still had his white coat which is

usually shed in the womb in Common Seals indicating that

he was premature. We rescued him and took him to RSPCA

East Winch and passed him over into their care.

We were lucky not to be that badly affected by the

prolonged heavy rainfall we had in mid-June and it actually

brought some much-needed water to Blakeney Freshes. Our

rangers have been keeping an eye on the Eel migration

through the Blakeney Fresh Marsh and have been seeing

small baby eels, also known as Elvers making their way

over the sluices on their journey to the River Glaven.

With the warmer weather we have been having recently

the insect life is benefitting and many bees and butterflies

can be seen flying around. On the weekend of 15-16 June a

very large influx of rather pale and tatty Painted Lady

Butterflies could be seen all along the coast having made its

epic journey from the desert fringes of North Africa, the

Middle East, and central Asia.

Dog restrictions

The dog restrictions are still in place on Blakeney Point

and we kindly ask that you follow any signs or advice given

by the National Trust and do not cross any fence lines you

come across. We recommend that dog owners arriving at

Cley Beach Car Park turn right and following the coast path

along the shingle ridge. These restrictions are to help the

vulnerable ground nesting birds. We thank you for your

cooperation. For more information please see

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blakeney.

Advice

If you are visiting the coast or planning to then we ask

that you please leave BBQs at home and ensure cigarette

ends are disposed of responsibly. The coastline is dry in

these warm temperatures and a fire could quickly take hold

which would be devastating for wildlife. The inaccessibility

of many dune and grassland area adds to the risk &

difficulty of dealing with such an event. Thank you.

Alex Green, Senior Marketing and Communications Officer

PCC CRAB SUPPER

The Crab Supper & Blakeney Point Boat Trip was a

great success, much enjoyed by all. The Village Hall was

beautifully decorated with candles and flowers, the crabs

from Willy Weston were delicious and so too was the wide

selection of salads and puddings, all made by PCC

members.

The PCC would like to thank all those who helped

organise the event, including Ned & Roberta Hamond for

the bar, the boatmen and NT Welcome Staff Sabrina Fenn

and Marianne who accompanied each boat and not least

those who attended.

The evening raised £1,384 for the PCC. Names are

already being taken for next year. Hope to see you then!

THE 2019 SHOVELL DINNER

This will be held at the Anchor on Saturday 12 th

October. The Speaker will be Mr. Tom Harrison with a Talk

entitled “How the Shovell Dinner Became a 3,000-Mile

Passage”. Tom is a local mariner who was so inspired by a

previous Shovell Dinner talk on the Hanseatic Ports that he

decided to explore the North Sea and the Baltic. This is a

talk about his adventures. Tickets at £40 each are available

from now from Pete Tibbetts at 01263 741082, email:

petetibbetts@aol.com.

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MORSTON QUIZ

by Samphire (Answers on Page 6)

1. Which planet has at least 13 moons?

2. Which Beatles song is the most recorded song of all time?

3. What are known as “the Decalogue”

4. The mother and son of which king of England were both

beheaded?

5. In heraldry what color is “gules”?

6. What descriptive term is applied to Force 11 on the

Beaufort scale?

7. What is the only English anagram of “TRUFFLE”?

8. If it’s noon at GMT, what time is it in Casablanca?

9. At which palace did Catherine of Aragon die?

10. What is the only English anagram of FIDGET?

SAXLINGHAM

Contact: John Pridham 01328 831851

jcwpridham@gmail.com

FARM OPEN DAY

On June 29th Albanwise Farming Ltd kindly organised

another day to welcome us to their farm and to show us how

they play their part in producing the food we eat.

It was lovely to hear the chatter of children as we were

ferried around the fields under the expert guidance of Tom

Dye and Jono Darby.The tours included stops to hear from

agronomists, a sugar beet specialist and environmentalist

who enlightened us to their enhancement of the landscape.

As we trundled back into the farmyard how nice it was

to see some livestock up close and personal.

Other attractions included locally produced honey, fresh

peas to sample and even frozen peas to take home!

Interesting information from the Norfolk Rivers Trust

was also on display.

An impressive array of high tech agricultural vehicles

competed for attention with older ones including a restored

and much loved tractor from bygone days.

A sizzling BBQ, home made cakes and locally produced

ales all contributed to a most enjoyable visit.

So thanks to Tom, Jono, Sarah and the team for all their

efforts.

JP

SHARRINGTON

Contact: Claire Dubbins 01263 862261

cdubbins@btinternet.com

www.sharrington.org.uk

BARRY GRISS

18 th July 1946 - 29 th April 2019

Barry was from Harringey in London. He had quite a

difficult childhood at school and also as a young man. He

went to art college and his artistic flair led him into antique

restoration, for which he was highly regarded. Barry worked

very hard and long hours and at the age of 21 purchased his

first house in Winchmore Hill. Barry was a loving and

caring man and although he could be difficult at times he

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had a massive sense of

responsibility for those he loved

and cared for and he could

always be relied upon. Barry

loved the outdoors and enjoyed

his hobbies of falconry, fly

fishing and gardening. He also

enjoyed DIY but hated painting although he always made

an excellent job of it. Barry was also a long suffering

Tottenham Hotspur fan and always had an opinion on their

performance.

Barry lived in Norfolk for over 20 years. He had two

daughters, Sam and Donna, a stepson Leon and also two

grandchildren Lily and London.

Many of you would see Barry walking Sidney, his pride

and joy, every day.

He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and

neighbours. I would like to thank friends and neighbours for

all their love, care and support that has been shown to me at

this difficult time. Rest in peace Barry. Cheryl Griss

GET TOGETHER WITH CRAFT

Sarah continues to come up with some lovely items for

our group to make. A silver cuff was made in our June

meeting introducing many of us to the craft of jewellery

making.

In July we had no meeting but 8 th August sees us

together again and making a modern twist on the age old

peg doll. The tradition of making peg dolls out of wooden

clothes pegs comes from a time when people had little

money to spend on toys. Now they are back in popularity

with the wooden pegs being made into everything from

flower fairies to guardsmen!

Get togethers are the second Thursday of each month in

the village hall from 2 – 4pm with the next being 12 th

September. Why not come along? You don’t have to make

the craft item with Sarah. Bring your own project and enjoy

a chat and a cup of tea. All welcome. Ann Abrams

SHARRINGTON MUSIC

On 7 th June a packed audience raised the roof with

laughter when they were entertained by the brilliant Terence

Blacker. Terence was for many years a columnist for both

The Sunday Times and The Independent and is a successful

author of both children’s and adult novels. A talented

acoustic guitarist, over the last 20 years he has indulged his

interest in creating very amusing self-deprecating and


topical songs which left the audience enthralled.

When Terence learned of our next concert, Gordon

Giltrap who is performing at Sharrington village hall on

August 24 th 2019, he was very keen to return to see the gig.

So, as he was coming anyway, it seemed the perfect time to

ask him if he would like to be the support act for Gordon

that evening. I am delighted to say that he very kindly

agreed, so what an evening it will be.

Gordon Giltrap has been a large part of the music scene

since the late 1960’s. Many guitar legends including Richie

Blackmore (Deep Purple) have cited him as an influence.

Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) and Pete Townshend of The

Who are also admirers of Gordon’s work. In fact Pete is

such a fan that he recently requested Gordon to join him for

a recording session for one of the songs on the next album

by The Who which is due for release later this year. You

can read Pete’s report of that session here: www.thewho.

com/pete-recording-the-who-album/.

Whilst influencing some heavy rock stars, Gordon’s own

compositions are frequently quietly reflective and his style

is unique. He was most famous in the 1970’s when he

toured extensively with ‘The Gordon Giltrap Band’ and

released seminal albums such as ‘Visionary’ and ‘Perilous

Journey’ from which his greatest hit ‘Heartsong’ is taken.

Familiar to millions, it was chosen as the theme tune to the

popular BBC ‘Holiday’ programme with Cliff Michelmore.

Gordon’s contributions to both music and charity were

recognised this year when he was awarded the MBE of

which he is exceptionally proud.

This Sharrington concert offers a chance not only to

experience both performers’ incredible talents in an intimate

venue but to meet them afterwards and get those treasured

old vinyl albums and CDs signed.

The sound quality of the concert will be exquisite with

top quality equipment, requested by Gordon, provided and

monitored by MJPA Hire of Norwich.

The concert commences at 7pm with doors opening at

6.30pm. There is a licensed bar. Tickets, which are strictly

limited in number, cost just £19 and are available by

contacting Chris Abrams either by email on:

abrams.chris2@gmail.com or phoning 01263 861404.

The next music evening will be on Wednesday 25 th

September at 7.30pm when The Tildens will be playing.

You may receive this in time to come along to the July

music evening on Wednesday July 25 th at 7.30pm to hear

the popular Cromer based band Tom Dick and Harry with

the brilliant Brazilian-style acoustic guitarist, Andy

Cleveland. So why not join us?

Further details can be found on the Sharrington village

website here: www.sharrington. org.uk. We look forward

to seeing you there.

Chris Abrams

JOY CONNOLLY

Born on St Valentine’s Day in

1921, Joyce Maude Connolly,

known to all as Joy, passed away

peacefully on June 11 th at

Dorrington House, Wells-nextthe-Sea

at the age of 98.

From an early age Joy was an

accomplished dancer and became

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one of ‘Terry’s Juveniles’ dance troupe travelling around

the British Isles as a support act for many of the stars of the

1930’s. In the 1950’s she opened a pram shop in Watford

providing ‘baby carriages’ as she liked to call them. Phil,

her husband, retired in 1976 and they settled in Sharrington

where they both became involved in village life. As a

founder member of the carpet bowls club she was an

accomplished player and transferred her skills to both

Swanton Morley and Holt outdoor bowls clubs as well as

The Gallows at Fakenham.

Joy loved her garden and at one stage had a highly

productive plot although her ‘Good Life’ aspiration of a

cow, a pig and a goat never actually materialised.

She leaves behind her daughter Philippa and her son

Roger in Brisbane with their partners as well as four

grandchildren and three great grandchildren, and over the

years became an informal grandmother to a number of local

children. In both family and village circles she was seen as

the last of a generation and will be sorely missed. PJM

JOY CONNOLLY MEMORIAL SERVICE

A lovely memorial service for Joy took place on Friday

28 th June at All Saints Sharrington. The first hymn, ‘All

things bright and beautiful’ was perfect in that it conjured

up her smiling face and the tributes enabled us to remember

Joy in her early years here from 1976, not only as a founder

member of the carpet bowls club but introducing ballroom

dancing in the village hall. She was a passionate supporter

of the village hall and liked to be involved in fund raising so

we have a lot to be grateful for. The surprise in the

memorial service was Lucy Kemp singing unaccompanied

two songs, ‘Field of Gold’ and ‘What a Wonderful World’,

which were just beautiful.

Bob and Philippa are quite correct in saying she was the

last of a generation of ladies who have lived and died here

and contributed to village life.

APG

DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES

On Sunday 18 th August there will be a church B-B-Q in

the garden of The Place, Bale Road, Pippa and Perry Long’s

garden. It will commence at 12.30pm, ticket price £10 and

please bring your own drinks. Please phone Pippa on 01263

860613 to book your place.

On Sunday 15 th September there will be a Harvest

Festival Service at 9.30am. We will then be having a harvest

lunch in the village hall, again ticket price will be £10.


Further details will be available nearer the time with flyers

on display around the village, on the Facebook page https://

www.facebook.com/sharringtonchurch/ and on the

village website www.sharrington.org.uk.

Please phone Pippa on the number above for further

details or to reserve a place.

APG

JAMMIN FOR SCONES

‘Jammin for scones’ will continue through the summer

by popular demand. The next meetings in the village hall

will be Tuesday August 13 th and Tuesday September 10 th

from 2-4pm.

At every meeting people have kindly donated more than

enough cash for pay for the village hall. Excess money has

been donated to various charities as follows:

February - Sing your Heart Out, North Group

(singing for mental wellbeing) £41.40

March – Parkinson’s UK £32

April – Hedgehog Haven, North Walsham £44

May – Wells combined charities £36

June – Erpingham Hedgehog Rescue £34

Angela Mason

SHARRINGTON AND DISTRICT

GARDENING GROUP

What a glorious summer it has been for our gardeners –

and with the prospect of more to come as our programme of

events unfolds.

The rarely-open private gardens of Sheringham Hall

were the backdrop to our June meeting. We walked from

the main entrance through beautiful shrubs and trees until

we arrived at the wonderful walled gardens, where we

wandered to our hearts’ content among flowers, vegetables

and greenhouses. A truly magnificent garden, and a feast for

the senses, and pleasantly concluded by tea and cakes in

Upper Sheringham village hall.

Our treasurer Adrian Allenby generously offered his

garden at The Old Barn as the setting for the summer garden

party and over 50 members and their guests enjoyed

exploring the grounds and tucking into the hog roast, salads

and strawberries. A big thank you to Adrian and Alexa King

for all their hard work behind the scenes.

And a lot more behind-the-scenes work was going on in

Sharrington as a collection of four gardens prepared to open

as part of the garden safari planned for 17 th July.

We take a break in August but then it’s time for our bigname

speaker, Alan Gray of the highly acclaimed East

Ruston garden. He will be coming to Binham Memorial

Hall on Friday 6 th September so do remember to book your

tickets, £10 for members and £12 for others. And as you

leaf through the bulb catalogues that are starting to drop

through your letterboxes, don’t forget the pop-up gardening

fair and bulb sale in Sharrington village hall on the morning

of Saturday 5 th October. Lots of lovely bulbs to buy and the

bonus of refreshments!

For further details of membership and events, contact

Robin on 01263 861939 / robin@daubeneyhallfarm.com.

Pippa Long

CHURCH NOTES

Saturday 15 th June, the day of our Strawberry Tea,

dawned fairly bright with the rider of showers later. There

was some lengthy discussion as to whether we should use

the village hall or take advantage of the lovely gardens at

Church Farm House, courtesy of Sarah and Steve George.

The gardens won and the gates opened at 2.30pm to admit

eager visitors anxious to sample strawberries and cream and

tea or all! The cake display was generous to say the least

and included preserves, chutneys etc.

We sold many more raffle tickets and also plants.

However the clouds were beginning to mass all around and

those of our guests sitting in the open moved into the shelter

of various gazebos before the heavens opened just before

3.30pm. It did not last too long and we managed to draw the

raffle without getting too wet. Every cake was sold and we

made just over £700 which is very good indeed.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the afternoon

and especially to Sarah and Steve for letting us use their

garden.

APG

MICHAEL THOMAS HENRY KIMMINS

It is with sadness that we write of the death of Michael

Kimmins, resident of Sharrington since 1993.

Michael was born in 1928 to

Florence and Tom Kimmins. They

lived in East Malling near Maidstone

where Tom and Florence had a

smallholding growing vegetables,

keeping chickens and tending an

apple orchard. It is ironic that

Michael began his life surrounded by

apple trees and ended his life at

Chequers where he had valiantly

tended the apple orchard planted some 30 years ago but

neglected before we moved into the house.

Michael was educated at Christ’s Hospital which gave

him an excellent education, but the regime was tough and

bullying was rife. He was a clever boy easily passing

examinations and finished his school career with distinction

in the Highers examination.

From there he went to Canterbury College of Art and

Architecture which he enjoyed, and it was here that he made

the decision to become an architect. It was a long training

(six years) but he graduated with honours and began his

career first in London and then abroad.

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Sharrington Church

by Michael Kimmins

Michael loved travel and delighted in

going to new towns and countries and

his career blossomed. It helped that he

was a talented linguist and spoke

German and French fluently. By this

time, he was designing large scale

buildings and was delighted when the

London firm he worked for, offered

him the opportunity to work in South

Africa and then some two years later in New Zealand. He

loved the excitement of new places and learned to adapt his

designs to fit in with the surrounding buildings, giving him

valuable experience which served him well throughout his

career.

On his return to England he moved to Norwich and

joined a firm of architects, Fielden & Morson. Michael

enjoyed a very happy and successful time with them and it

was during this period in his life that we met and a year later

married.

In 1977 he was offered the position of chief architect to a

firm of engineers in Berkshire. It was a job he could not turn

down so once more we moved away from Norfolk and

settled in the hamlet of Bradfield near Reading, where we

lived very happily for the next 16 years. His work took him

abroad, to the Middle East, Sri Lanka and Greece, mostly

working on large scale projects. He loved it!

Music always played a large part in his life and he was

an extremely talented pianist and organist loving nothing

better than just sitting at the piano or organ and

extemporising in many different styles. Many of you may

remember the complicated fugues he created from a simple

tune and rather than leave the church people continued to sit

and listen to his performance.

Michael was a talented architect, and in retirement

turned his attention to painting watercolours. Many of you

will have received a Christmas card showing this talent

although it took me a great deal of cajoling to get this

modest man to put brush to the paper!

Michael loved living in Sharrington. As with most of our

houses there was plenty of work to be done before we had

created the lovely home it became following his artistic and

architectural improvements especially in the garden. We

moved here in 1993 and have enjoyed every minute. The

happy memories of our life together, the wonderful friends

we have made will I know, help sustain me through the time

ahead. Michael was a modest man, quiet, patient and loving.

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He would have been amazed by the large number of his

friends and neighbours who came to his funeral and the

many cards and letters sent all echoing their sincere

friendship, admiration and love for this dear man.

Rosemary Kimmins

VILLAGE HALL AGM

The trustees report for 2018, presented to the three

residents who attended the Annual General Meeting of the

village hall on 21 st May, described another year in which the

hall had continued its sound financial progress.

The trustees expressed their thanks to Gary Grunwald

who had retired as both a trustee and member of the

management committee due to ill health. Gary was

principally responsible for securing the grant funding which

energised and facilitated the refurbishment programme. His

hard work and keen Brummie wit will be greatly missed.

The remaining members of the management committee

were re-elected to serve as trustees and David Allison and

Alex Stewart were co-opted as members of the committee

for a further 12 months.

The trustees are keen to recruit new members of the

management committee to ensure that new energy and ideas

secure the hall’s currently bright future.

Post Script: On behalf of the community for whom the

village hall has been a vital asset, the trustees would like to

express their gratitude for the creative spirit that Joy

Connolly brought to the hall during her time in Sharrington.

Roger Dubbins: Acting Chair

STIFFKEY

Contact: Geraldine Green 01328 830245

green978@btinternet.com

GARDEN OPEN DAY

WARBOROUGH HOUSE

Many thanks to all who came to support our garden

opening on a showery afternoon in May. Thank you to the

team who served the teas and washed up. We raised over

£2,500 for the NGS beneficiary charities and St Johns

Church Stiffkey. Arabella and Jonathan Morgan

STIFFKEY LOCAL HISTORY GROUP

Sadly we have to announce that our usual exhibition in

Stiffkey Church on August Bank Holiday weekend has had

to be cancelled. Personal circumstances and a lack of history

aficionados has depleted our workforce at present. Our

group has always looked forward to this event as it brings us

all together. It is an opportunity to meet new people and

educate ourselves and others on the subject of the

fascinating past of our two villages. Also the cake was

pretty good! Our event, run in conjunction with the PPC,

has been a great opportunity to raise funds for the church

fabric fund and we have been delighted to help do that.

Stalls on the Knoll on the Sunday will take place as usual

and we hope our friends and members will support that this

year. Hopefully we will be suitably refreshed for next year.

Geraldine for SLHG


CHURCH NEWS

Since our last report in the Local Lynx two more of

Stiffkey's most senior residents have passed away, Mr.

Stanley Sutton, retired Funeral Director whose service was

held in the church on 24th May, and Mr. Laurence Jordan,

long time Marsh Warden among other employment, whose

funeral was held on 9th July. Both Stanley and Laurence

had served on the parish council for many years, were well

respected and friends to many in the village.

On Saturday 23rd June, The Moorland Voices, organised

by Morag Pepper, held a concert in the church. This was

much enjoyed and the eclectic choice of songs and music

suited every taste. The donations given at the end amounted

to £600 and will go a long way to replacing the electric fuse

box and sockets which are urgently needed.

Saturday 6th July saw the wedding celebrations of

Joshua Bean and Dacious Hunt. The service was conducted

by the rural dean, Revd. Phil Blamire and Helen Barrow

played the organ.

The exhibition by the Local History Group has had to be

postponed to another date, but the Stalls on the Knoll will

still go ahead on Sunday August 25th, 10am - 12 pm.

Anyone wishing to run a stall, or assist on the day please

contact Heather on 830323. Any cakes, produce, plants and

books for the stalls would be very much appreciated. HH

STIFFKEY CRICKET FIXTURES

Sunday 4 th August vs Wombats at home.

Sunday 11 th August vs Norwich Hockey at home 1pm.

Sunday 18 th August vs Reepham & Salle away.

Sunday 8 th September vs Ashby at home 1pm.

Sunday 15 th September vs Thornham at home 1pm.

RESCUE WOODEN BOATS

On 7th August at the Stiffkey campsite we will be

holding a barbecue with live music. We hope many of you

will be able to come along and join us.

Lucy Lavers is back on the water at Wells. This year the

trips are being run on our behalf by Wells Harbour Tours

and they are introducing some new programmes. For more

information and to book a trip call 07747 401222.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those

who help us open the Maritime Heritage Centre in Stiffkey,

but we are in urgent need of more volunteers to cover the

open days through the summer. Our new trustee, George

Parry, has very kindly agreed to help manage the rota and he

will coordinate all the replies. So please - if you have an

hour or two to spare at a weekend do let us know. Duties are

light. Meeting, greeting and showing visitors around. The

pleasure derives from the enthusiasm of the visitors and the

stories they tell. If you can help please email us at info@

rescuewoodenboats.com, fill in the form at the centre or

call George on 01485 210196.

R:W:B

LANGHAM VILLAGE

SCHOOL NEWS

We have had some fantastic weather

recently and have really made the

most of it with lots of exciting outdoor activities and

trips out. Year 6 have had a residential in London,

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which was exciting, and a great success. We took a

flight on The London Eye, went to the National Portrait

Gallery, The Natural History Museum and we saw

‘School of Rock’ at the theatre. We also visited the

Night Zoo Keepers at their offices in Leicester Square

where they showed us how they create their website and

the new Television series. Some of the children have

invented characters, which are featured in the series

shown on Sky TV, and we were able to watch one of the

episodes featuring ‘Vincent Van Melon’ created by Abe

Guppy in Year 6.

Last week was our annual Sports Day; it was a

competitive and fun morning. Lovely to see so many

parents and family members come to support their

children. We have four House Teams, Kittiwakes who

wear yellow t-shirts, Avocets in green, Terns in blue

and in red the Cormorants. Everyone supported each

other really well. Congratulations to the Kittiwakes,

who won for the third year running!

Amber Class chose a beautiful sunny day to go to

Houghton Hall to see the Henry Moore Sculptures.

Quartz class also went in June on not such a sunny day

but had a fantastic and eventful day too. It was a unique

opportunity for the children to see up close such

important works of art in such a beautiful setting. The

sketchbooks they brought back are a lovely record of

the day.

The Year 6 children went to Wells Beach for a

Volleyball tournament where we came first and third.

We are so lucky to have the opportunity to play on the

beach and it was a perfect day for it. The whole school

will go to the beach in the last week of term and we will

combine our day out with a quick beach clean. The

children are keen on reducing the amount of single use

plastic we have in school and are very proactive in

keeping our environment free from plastic and litter,

which may end up in our oceans. One child picked up

all the litter that he could find on his walk to school.

This week is STEM week (Science, Technology,

Engineering and Maths). We have many different

activities happening in each class from the design and

making of electric vehicles to building structures from

spaghetti, blue tack and paper. These structures had to

withstand Miss Hunt’s hair dryer as she pretended to be

the Big Bad Wolf! Tomorrow Amber Class will attempt

to make a stone float!

Next week we have a poetry slam at Sheringham

Little Theatre where the children will compete against

other local school, performing poems they have written.

We also have the Circus arriving at the end of the week,

lots to look forward to!

We are nearly at the end of term now and would like

to wish our Year 6 pupils all the best as they move on to

High School. We hope that they will remember their

days at Langham with affection.

Langham Village School: ‘A place for fun,

creativity, friendship, ambition and discovery.’

Polly Kossowicz - Head teacher

For further information please visit our website

www.langham.norfolk.co.uk or follow us on twitter

@langhamvill.


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Care Services

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Health

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Claire Dye: Physiotherapist 19

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Marianne Atherton Homeopathy 10

Philippa Stancomb Reflexology 17

Pilates at Binham Memorial Hall 7

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