Local Lynx Issue 128 - October/November 2019


The community newspaper for 10 North Norfolk villages





October -

November 2019

Geese over Binham, Autumn 2018

ADS DIRECTORY now on back page and at




VH = village hall


1 st Tue. Binham Quiet Day, Church of St. Mary & Holy Cross,


3 rd Thu. Sharrington Craft Group VH 2-4pm

5 th Sat. Bale Harvest Supper, VH, 7pm

5 th Sat. Langham Clearance Sale, VH 10am-12noon

5 th Sat. Sharrington Gardening Group Fair and Bulb Sale VH, 10am

8 th Tue. Sharrington ‘Jammin’ for scones’, VH 2-4pm

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

11 th Fri. Bale Fish and chips, VH, 6.45pm

11 th Fri. Field Dalling Bereavement Group, Manor Farm Cottage


11 th Fri. Field Dalling Bingo, VH 7.30pm

12 th Sat. Field Dalling Harvest Supper, VH

12 th Sat. Morston Shovell Dinner (ticketed), Anchor 6.30pm

13 th Sun. Binham Harvest Thanksgiving, Priory 11am

13 th Sun. Binham Harvest Lunch, MH 12.30 for 1pm

13 th Sun. Gunthorpe St Mary’s Harvest Festival, Church 11am

13 th Sun. Langham & Stiffkey Harvest Festival, Church 9.30am

17 th Thu. Langham Mobile Library 3.30pm St Mary’s & 4pm

The Cornfield *New Times*

19 th Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club, Institute 10:30am

25 th Fri. Langham Quiz Night, VH 7.30pm


2 nd Sat. Gunthorpe Institute Friends Harvest Supper 7pm

3 rd Sun. Binham Knights Templar Service, Priory 6pm

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

8 th Fri. Bale Fish and chips, VH, 6.45pm

8 th Fri. Field Dalling Bereavement Group, Manor Farm Cottage 4pm

10 th Sun. Binham Remembrance Service, Priory 10.50am

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

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

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

13 th Wed. Sharrington Gardening Group, Andrew Babicz,VH 7pm

14 th Thu. Binham FOBP Tottering Through Life, Annie Tempest,

MH 7 for 7.30pm

14 th Thu. Langham Mobile Library 3.30pm St Mary’s & 4pm

The Cornfield

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

15 th Fri. Field Dalling Bingo, VH 7.30pm

15 th Fri. Sharrington Noble Rotters VH 7.30pm

16 th Sat. Binham Christmas Fair, BMH, 9.15am-2pm

20 th Wed. Sharrington Live Music Night VH 7.30pm

21 st Thu. Langham Dome Talk,VH 7pm

21 st Thu. Sharrington Brinton & Sharrington PC meeting, VH


23 rd Sat. Field Dalling Christmas Fair, VH 10am

23 rd Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club Institute 10:30am

23 rd Sat. Sharrington Christmas Fayre VH 10.30am-2pm

28 th Thu. Binham Local History Group, Gresham Spies, MH


30 th Sat. Binham Christmas Supper, BMH 6.30 for 7pm


Wednesdays term time Binham Youth Group, BMH 6-8pm

Wednesdays Langham Mobile Post Office, VH 8-9am

Wednesdays Sharrington Zumba Gold classes, VH 2-3pm

Thursdays Field Dalling Carpet Bowls Club, VH 7.30pm

3 rd Thursday in month Binham & Hindringham Open Circle,

Hindringham , VH 7.30pm (6.30pm on 17 th October)

4th Thursday in month Binham Local History Group, BMH 7.30pm

1 st & 3 rd Saturdays in month Langham Coffee Mornings, VH 10am -



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has an Ads Directory, an ‘In More Detail’ page and a

Local Charities’ page to cover relevant articles in

greater depth. (Paper copies of website articles are always

available from Roberta on 01263 740188.)


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







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 RuralChurch

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 Bale and Stiffkey Benefice for October and November 2019

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

Parish 6 th October 13 th October 20 th October 27 th October


9.30am Harvest 9.30am HC

9.30am HC


Field Dalling

11.00am Harvest At Saxlingham

11.00am MP BCP


Saxlingham At Field Dalling 11.00am HC At Field Dalling


11.00am Harvest 4.30pm Silent Meditation 11.00am HC


Sharrington 9.30am MP BCP 9.30am Harvest 9.30am MP CW

9.30am HC


Binham 11.00am HC 11.00am Harvest

11.00am CFS

9.30am HC

Thanksgiving Service

Morston 9.30am HC BCP 9.30am HC BCP

Langham At Stiffkey 9.30am Harvest

At Stiffkey

9.30am HC


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

Parish 3 rd November 10 th November

17 th November 24 th November

Remembrance Sunday

Bale 9.30am HC 9.30am HC Service of 9.30am HC


Field Dalling At Saxlingham At Saxlingham At Saxlingham


10.45am Service of 11.00am HC

11.00am MP BCP



10.50am Service of 4.30pm Silent Meditation 11.00am HC


Sharrington 9.30am MP BCP 9.30am HC Service of 9.30am MP CW

9.30am HC


Binham 11.00am HC 10.50am HC Service 11.00am CFS

9.30am HC

of Remembrance

Morston 9.30am HC BCP 2.00pm Service of 9.30am HC BCP


Langham At Stiffkey 10.50am Service of

At Stiffkey

9.30am HC


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

Additional Services

Stiffkey: Monday 11 th November, Remembrance Day Gathering at the War Memorial, 10.45am

Regular Weekday Services

Binham: Tuesday, 6.00pm (October) 3.30pm (November onwards) Evening Prayer

Langham: Wednesday, 10.00am Holy Communion


Dear Friends and Parishioners,

I offer you The Song of The Nightshade Berry Fairy, first

published 1926:

“You see my berries, how they gleam and glow,

Clear ruby-red, and green, and orange-yellow;

Do they not tempt you, fairies, dangling so?”

The fairies shake their heads and answer “No!

You are a crafty fellow!”

“What, won’t you try them? There is naught to pay!

Why should you think my berries poisoned things?

You fairies may look scared and fly away –

The children will believe me when I say


My fruit is fit for kings!”

But all good fairies cry in anxious haste,

“O children, do not taste!”

As children my sister and I gathered everything, but

care was needed. A friend of mine one day dug up the

root of nightshade and grated it into a salad. I’m glad I

wasn’t there. Everyone ended up in the QE. The bright

berries in life can be poisonous. But not all of them; and

I give you The Song of The Blackberry Fairy:

My berries cluster black and thick

For rich and poor alike to pick.

I’ll tear your dress, and cling, and tease,

And scratch your hands and arms and knees.

I’ll stain your fingers and your face,

continued p.4

And then I’ll laugh at your disgrace.

But when the bramble-jelly’s made,

You’ll find your trouble well repaid.

When we were young my sister and I had a firm

belief in fairies, and often lay still in woodland glades…

waiting…; or lingered by quiet bridges…waiting…; and

on a diet of Narnia books addressed dryads in woods

and nyads in pools, throwing garlands about and

pouring libations.

Father: ‘Who’s been at the port?’ Mother: ‘The

children. For the fairies and dryads and nyads, and

boggarts.’ ‘What’s a boggart?’

All this was combined with a strict but cheerful

christian upbringing: the idle protestantism of my

father, and the colourful, determined catholicism of my

mother. The fairies finally gave way to Christ. They had

to. Avoid the nightshade. Devour the blackberries. And

in these autumn days may we turn to our Creator God,

who has turned to us in Christ His Son, and who will

never turn away. Yours truly, Ian Whittle

The Rectory, Langham 01328 830246



October & November at

Holt Surgery Flu Clinics (3 sites)

Booking is essential. Please ring 01263 712461 after

11.30am (when lines are less busy), or pop into any of our

surgeries, to find out if you are eligible for a free vaccination

and/or to book an appointment.

If you do not receive a text or letter, your records

indicate that you are not entitled for a free vaccination.

Kelling Pharmacy can also give eligible patients free

vaccinations and will have a limited number of private

flu vaccinations available for patients who wish to be

vaccinated but do not qualify for a free vaccination.

Shingles Vaccinations Winter 2019

These will be available, free of charge, for the following:

patients who have turned 70 or 78 during 2019; patients

who were eligible in previous years’ programmes (not yet

vaccinated) remain eligible until their 80th birthday. The

Surgery will write to all eligible patients inviting them to

special Shingles clinics.

developer. For developments smaller than 30 units there is

now a sliding scale. The link for developers to register:


site-registra tion.aspx.

Amnesty Days at the Recycling Centre have passed but

please remember the following outlets for items you no

longer need: Wells Men’s Shed: Its members will accept

paint and timber which can be used for their projects

(07486524603). Re-Use Shop: Remember the Re-use shop

is now open at Wells Recycling Centre.

Other Unwanted Items

NCC is appealing for items towards the Syrian refugee

resettlement programme. White goods (including fridges,

freezers and washing machines), bed frames, wardrobes,

chests of drawers and bedside cabinets are needed. NCC is

supporting the Government's Vulnerable Persons

Resettlement Programme by receiving 100 Syrian refugees

over the following two years. To inform NCC of any

available items use the Help Refugees online portal. Small

items can be taken in a box to any Norfolk County Council

Library marked "PFA Team, NML" and the library service

will deliver.

Reduce Period Poverty

NCC and local councils are seeking to reduce period

poverty and end unnecessary embarrassment by providing

sanitary items at county venues such as libraries. But I want

to make you aware of an invidious matter – VAT is charged

on sanitary items. So females including girls and women

with low income pay VAT on top of the cost of items about

which they have no choice. Few will have seen me angry

but if I meet those who voted for this unbelievable and

unacceptable imposition they will do so. You would be

further shocked if you read the list of items about which

people have a choice but on which there is no VAT.

Whenever and whatever happens regarding Europe this

inexcusable tax must be thrown out. Upwards and onwards.

Dr Marie Strong: County Councillor Wells Division (Glaven,

Priory and Walsingham Parishes) marie.strong@norfolk.

gov.uk or 07920 286 597

Marie’s Villages: Binham & Cockthorpe, Blakeney, Brinton

& Sharrington, Barshams & Houghton St Giles, Field

Dalling & Saxlingham; Letheringsett & Glandford, Great

Snoring, Great & Little Walsingham, Hindringham,

Holkham, Hunworth & Stody, , Langham, Thornage & Little

Thornage, Morston, Sculthorpe, Stiffkey, Warham, Wells-next

-the-Sea, Wighton, Wiveton.


…from Cllr. Dr. Marie Strong

BBfN Norfolk and New Housing Developments

Happily I am hearing more about plans for affordable

housing for local residents – including at Warham.

However, I need to emphasise that NCC’s Better

Broadband for Norfolk programme only applies to existing

properties. To ensure any new housing is equipped for

broadband it is important for developers of new sites to

register with ‘Openreach’. It is important because State aid

rules mean BBfNorfolk can only provide a solution for

postcodes that existed at the time when its contract was

being created. However, for sites of 30 units or more

Openreach installs fibre to the premises at no cost to the


…from Cllr. Steffan Aquarone

When Better Broadband for Norfolk began in 2012,

11% of North Norfolk properties had access to speeds of

15Mbps or more. The County Council provided £15million

funding which government matched. This saw coverage in

North Norfolk increase to 74% by late 2015.

“Take up rebates” (i.e. where more people take up new

faster services than anticipated) meant £5.3million more

funding came back to the Council from BT. Some district

councils also made significant contributions. Together, this

allowed the current rollout to take place with a target of

92% coverage in Norfolk by 2020. As at the end June 2019

coverage has already reached 95%.

This has been a welcome benefit to households and

business across Norfolk, but it is widely accepted that the

increase in speeds will only keep up with domestic demand

for so long, and that many businesses (including home

based businesses and home working arrangements) already

require connectivity far in excess of 24mpbs. It is also

generally accepted that continuing to fund Openreach

infrastructure limits improvements to “fibre to the cabinet”

whereas full fibre to the premises (FTTP) solutions are the

long-term desirable solution. The additional benefit is that

full fibre provides greater competition between

infrastructure providers, and not just service providers.

The Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review, published

in July 2018, identified that approximately 10% of UK

premises, largely in rural and remote locations, would be

unlikely to receive FTTP connections by 2033. The

Government’s response, in the form of the Rural Gigabit

Connectivity (RGC) programme , adopts an “Outside In”

approach by seeking to ensure the final 10% of premises are

addressed at the same pace as the rest of the UK. This


strategy is widely accepted as being much more

appropriate for Norfolk than the previous “best value”

approach where the largest number of properties

possible had to benefit from each round, leaving a hard

to reach 5% left over.

BDUK has also adapted its existing Gigabit Broadband

Voucher Scheme to support the delivery of full fibre

connectivity in rural areas. In addition, Government is

looking at options for how to clear and utilise the 700MHz

spectrum band, a regulated and licensed part of the

electromagnetic spectrum. Once cleared, this part of the

airwaves will be available for future mobile broadband

services such as 5G.

Steffan Aquarone: County Councillor Melton Constable

Division ( incl. Bale and Gunthorpe Parishes)

steffanaquarone@gmail.com or 07879 451608


On a beautiful summer’s morning the formal Queen’s

Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) presentation

ceremony took place at Langham Dome on 22 nd July. In the

presence of the Chairman of North Norfolk District Council,

Councillor Dr Clive Stockton, trustees of the North Norfolk

Historic Buildings Trust, the owners of the Dome, and

many of the Friends of Langham Dome’s (FoLD)

volunteers and trustees, a signed citation from Her Majesty

the Queen, together with a crystal

award with the logo insignia, were

presented to Patrick Allen, the

chairman of FoLD, by the Deputy

Lord Lieutenant for Norfolk, Major-

General Sir William Cubitt, KCVO,

CBE, DL. In reading out the citation

Sir William noted that Langham

Dome had been one of only two

Norfolk based organisations to

receive the

Janet & Chris

“Must you really be quite so triumphant when you

beat your own gradchildren at crazy golf?”

Sir William & Patrick

award in 2019, and he offered the

congratulations of both the Lord

Lieutenant and himself to all involved.

After the ceremony with one well kept

secret surprise all were offered a slice of

“Dome Cake” designed and made by

the wife of one of the trustees, Janet

Allen, and one of our longest serving

volunteers, Christine Halford. The

citation and award will now be placed in


the Dome and we have the honour of being able to display

the QAVS symbol in our official correspondence.

In the next issue we will tell the story of a 101 year old

Beaufighter navigator/wireless operator who has recently

written to us with his amazing story of a combined

Beaufighter operation with the ANZAC and RAF North

Coates wings on 15 June 1944.

Why not use the iconic and very good value collection of

Langham Dome Aviation cards for your Christmas

greetings and/or those post-Christmas thank yous. You can

see the collection on the web-site and order through

admin@langhamdome.org and we will deliver orders of 4

cards or more free within the Local Lynx villages. If you

want them posted we will charge the postage rate with no


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 at jo@langhamdome.org. For more details on

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


John Blakeley


Following the success of Tom Allen and Alex Gozney’s

excellent talk on climbing Cerro Aconcagua, at 6,961m

(22,841ft) the highest mountain in the Andes, which was

recently given to support the Dome we are planning a series

of winter talks. The talks will take place in Langham

Village Hall on 21 st November, 23 rd January, 27 th February

and 26 th March commencing at 7.00pm.

Entry will be £7.50 per head to include wine and nibbles,

and all profits will go to support the Friends of Langham

Dome in their work to maintain and improve the Dome. If

people wish to book and pay for all four talks in advance the

cost is just £25 - please e-mail admin@langhamdome.org

or call John Blakeley on 01263 861008. You can pay at the

door or pay in advance for individual talks, but please do

book before the night as shown above. The talks in 2020 are

provisionally planned to cover “Memories of RAF

Langham”, “The Life of Ernest Shackleton” and the

“Phoney War of 1939/1940”. Full details on these talks will

follow in Lynx issue 129 and on our web site at


The first talk, on 21 st November will be given by film

maker and award-winning author Jim Ring. Based on his

book Storming the Eagle’s Nest: Hitler’s War in the Alps,

Jim will explain how the Alps were the seat of the

Resistance, the scene of fierce fighting and pivotal to the

shape of Europe in the post-war years. His account paints a

picture far removed from the great Range as Europe’s

‘playground’ and a place of peace and tranquillity. In a

thrilling talk he will reveal the Alps as a core – and hitherto

neglected - theatre of war in the 1939-45 conflict.

John Blakeley


Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Lincolnshire have

been selected as pilot locations for a new project aimed at

supporting RAF veterans who face loneliness and isolation.

The RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF’s leading welfare

charity, is launching a Community Engagement Worker

scheme to help older RAF veterans get involved in their

local communities. The scheme comes in response to

research carried out by the Fund which highlighted these

challenges as issues which most concern the older

generation of RAF veterans.

Pete Ashcroft, Welfare Projects Manager at the RAF

Benevolent Fund, said: “The Community Engagement

Worker project is just one measure we have introduced to

tackle the issue of loneliness and social isolation among

older veterans. Other new initiatives include telephone

friendship groups and group wellbeing breaks.

This year marks the RAF Benevolent Fund’s centenary

and they are asking the public to help them reach out to the

members of the RAF Family who may have fallen off the

radar and let them know that the Benevolent Fund is here to

help. They want to ensure every RAF veteran, no matter

how long they served, including National Service, receives

the support their service to their country deserves. To get

these people back onto the radar the Fund aims to almost

double the number of people they help – from 53,000 to at

least 100,000 over the next three years”.

The Community Engagement Workers will get to know

the social activities, groups and associations across the four

counties and work with individuals to understand what the

barriers are to them becoming more socially engaged and

help them to overcome that, from attending a veterans’

breakfast meeting with someone for the first time, to

establishing activities where none currently exist.

Susan Grogan of Downham Market will be taking on the

Norfolk Community Engagement Worker role. To refer


someone you believe needs help, or on your own behalf, to

the RAF Benevolent Fund, go to www.rafbf.org or call

0300 102 1919. The pilot scheme will run for two years.



In the UK farming calendar July and August can more or

less be summed up in one word: harvest. The word is

derived from the old English “hærfest” which itself actually

refers to the autumn season, starting in August, as opposed

to the gathering in of crops. However, as the activity

became synonymous with the season the word’s original

meaning was superseded to give its modern significance. Of

course, not all crops are harvested in the summer months –

there is produce being gathered during all months of the

year – but what most of us are referring to is the harvesting

of cereals, such as wheat and barley. These two crops are by

far the most abundant in the UK and their ubiquity has led

to “harvest” becoming a blanket term for the period from

around mid-July to early September, hence the term has

almost gone full circle!

The timing and length of harvest has changed somewhat

in recent history: it starts a little earlier and is often shorter

than it used to be, so what’s the rush? Primarily, it is to do

with making the most of good weather. Grains can be stored

for years if adequately dry but in order to be turned into

flour, say, they must have a moisture content of 15% or less.

When the ambient humidity goes up, so too does the

moisture content of the grain, so harvesting during a hot,

sunny spell is ideal. Grain can be dried once brought back to

store by blowing hot air through it, but this requires energy,

so making the most of the sunshine is crucial and large

combines are able to cover over 100 acres a day in order to

capitalise on good conditions. Quality, too, can suffer if a

ripe grain is exposed to the elements for too long – warm,

damp conditions can lead to the grain shooting while still in

the ear as its surroundings are akin to being in the soil, so it

begins to grow. Once ripe, the sooner the grain is harvested,

the lower the risk.

Another consideration is the following year’s crop.

Obviously, the ground must be cleared before we can begin

cultivations for the next year and crops such as oilseed rape

are ideally planted before the end of August. It was not

unheard of for harvest to stretch into October in the past

century, which would create a timing conflict. The

combined changes in crops grown, earlier planting and

increasing technology have pushed the schedule forward so

that we are now aiming to complete harvest in late-August/

early-September and start focussing on next year.

So, after all that work, what is it we get in return? For

wheat (using rough figures), the conversion rate is as

follows: we drill wheat at 350 seeds/m 2 , which is about

175kg per hectare. In 2015 the UK hit its peak average

wheat yield of 9 tons per hectare, which, working

backwards, is about 18,000 seeds/m 2 , or a return of just over

50 grains per seed planted. Not bad, eh?

Jonathan Darby Albanwise Farm Manager


Autumn Term - Part 2

As usual the second half of our autumn term will consist

of a day school and an AGM, both held in the Friends

Meeting House, Wells-next-the Sea. The day school is on

Saturday November the 9th and we’re pleased to be

welcoming Fiona Savage back to Wells.

Fiona ran a course for us on ‘The Art of John Crome’

earlier this year during which several other artists from the

Norwich School were mentioned, almost all of them men.

This time, by special request, it’s the turn of the ‘Women

Painters of the Norwich School’ and the five Fiona will

focus on are Elizabeth Coppin, Emily Sillett, Emily

Stannard, Eloise Harriet Stannard and Emma Sandys.

Despite social restrictions - and a male dominated 19th

century art world - they were successful and you’ll hear

more about them and their beautiful still-life paintings if you

come along. The course costs £18 and starts at 9.45am.

You can enrol by going to www.wea.org.uk/eastern and

entering ‘Wells-next-the-Sea’ in the ‘town/postcode’ box at

the top of the page. This will take you to the Wells courses.

Click on the ‘view details’ button next to the November 9

course and then follow the ‘Enrol online’ link at the bottom

of the page. Alternatively you can enrol by phone (Tel.

0300 303 3464) or just turn up on the day. For further

details please contact Annie Whitelaw on 07856 792186 or

email anniewhitelaw53@icloud.com.

Our AGM is on Tuesday November the 19th at 10.30am

and it’s free! After a brief business meeting we’ll be

discussing some of the changes that WEA has introduced

recently, in particular the centralisation of the enrolment

process, and the issues these have raised. We’ll be sharing

ideas about how best to deal with these changes and inviting

your comments and suggestions. Then, after coffee, Wells


Harbourmaster Robert Smith is coming to speak to us. He’ll

be talking about his life and work and about his recently

published - and very well received - book ‘Crossing the

Bar’. He’ll have copies with him you can buy and if you

already have the book this will be your chance to get it

signed by the man himself.


Holt Community Cantre, Saturday 12th October

All info: pbarrett731@btinternet.com. Phil Barrett, UCAN


Our big excitement this summer was the official

unveiling of our new minibus livery. Thanks to Norfolk

Superhero, the Wells League of Friends and two other

charitable trusts we’ve been able to purchase two larger

minibuses and have all three frontline vehicles ‘wrapped’

with colourful images that give a clear impression of who

we are and what we do. You may see one of them drive


And there's more excitement to come. Following on

from the success of ‘An Evening with Jane Austen’ last

May, our Patron, Lady Leicester, and Chair of Trustees,

Nicky Milner, have organised another special event in the

Marble Hall at Holkham in aid of Heritage House. It’s on

Saturday, 12 th October at 6.45pm and it’s ‘An Evening with

Tim Bentinck’, also known as David Archer and, in real

life, the 12th Earl of Portland. It will be a real treat for

anyone who’s an Archers fan or fancies themselves as a

temporary member of the Ambridge community because

Tim has written a short Archer’s script that will be

auctioned off on the evening and there will be an

opportunity for people to bid to perform it with him that


Tickets £40, available via the Holkham website include

a glass of champagne and canapés. Tim will also be selling

and signing, copies of his book, ‘Being David Archer: And

Other Unusual Ways of Earning a Living’, and Monica

Vinader is kindly donating some of her jewellery to the

raffle. It promises to be an evening to remember.


For further information about events and to book please

call 01263 712202 or check our Facebook page

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

Free computer help for beginners or those taking the next

step. Thursday 17 th October 2pm – 4pm. Booking essential.

Reading Dogs at Holt Library! Tuesday 22nd October

1.30pm – 2.30pm. Come along and meet Daisy the reading

dog! Booking essential. To book call the library on. 01263

712202 Ages 3+.

Ghost stories and Gothic Fiction Thursday 31 st October

7.30pm – 9pm. Sally Harris, author of Haverscroft, will be

giving a talk on her work and writing gothic fiction, as well

as offering a few writing exercises too! Please bring a paper

and pen. £3 payable on booking - includes refreshments. To

book, contact the library on 01263 712202 or see a member

of staff.

Libraries week takes place from Monday 7 th October to

Saturday 12 th October.

Libraries Week is a national annual campaign which

celebrates the nation’s much loved libraries. There is a

national digital theme, celebrating the role of libraries in the

digital world. In Norfolk we also want to focus the week on

encouraging people to join their local library and promote

all the wonderful things you can do with your library card –

eBooks, eAudio, eMagazines, Open Library etc. giving

people lots of reasons to keep keeping coming back!

Regular Events

Family History Every Tuesday 10am - 12 noon

Drop-in session with Val and Vic our Family History

volunteers. Please check with library first.

Stay and Play Tuesdays term time 11am - 12 noon –

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


Natwest Community Banker Drop in Last Tuesday in

month, 29 th October, 10am – 12noon.

Computer Support Sessions – help with tablets too

Every Wednesday 10am – 12 noon. Book a free ½ or 1 hour

session with our Library IT Buddy Stephen.

Craft and Chatter Every Wednesday 10am – 12 noon

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

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


Barn Owl Book Group and Crime Book Group

Check with library for next meeting

My Norfolk, My Holt

October 17 th – Simon Finch – Voewood

Writing Group Normally every third Friday in month–

check with library first. 1pm – 3pm. 18 th October.


Just a Cuppa

Every Friday 10.30am - 12 noon. Join us for a drink and a



Sat. 19 Oct. from 1-4pm, led by Bob Ward

Copeman Centre, Briston NR24 2LG

Any style of writing inspired by medieval carvings in

local churches; mermaids, gargoyles, humans… For more

details: Charlie casma5346@icloud.com/ 01328 258154 or

James ramsey.jas@gmail.com/ 01263 502309.


Contact: Jane Wheeler 01328 878656



1922 - 2019

Peggy enjoyed her childhood, growing up in a area of

West London not far from Heathrow, which was then a

market garden, highlighting one of the myriad of huge

changes that she witnessed in her 96 years. Working as a

Red Cross nurse during WW2, Peggy decided after the war

that she would like to serve her country further by joining

the armed services. Initially she chose the Royal Navy,

changing to the army after a couple of years when she

realised it would afford her an opportunity to be posted

overseas thereby satisfying her desire for travel. She trained

as a nurse with the QARANC within the army at Kings

College Hospital London. She served postings in Germany,

Cyprus and Hong Kong which allowed her to travel even

further afield in off duty periods. Later she was to return to

the UK, becoming Matron at Millbank Hospital London

where the top officers in the army were treated. She also

attained the rank of Colonel, an achievement matched by

few women at the time.

It was when she retired that Peggy settled in Bale by

chance. Visiting the area with her sister in 1986, she drove

through the village and spotted a house for sale which

subsequently became her home for almost a third of her

long life. She had looked at houses all over the country from

Cumbria to Cornwall but said she knew she would be happy

in Bale. She very quickly became integrated within the

community by actively taking part in all events, fundraising

or otherwise and most importantly for Peggy, joining the

community centred around the Church.

Peggy had a great love of nature and loved watching the

changing seasons in her garden and the fields beyond. She

recently expressed a desire to plant a tree this coming

autumn, the optimum time for tree planting, and having

given it some thought, chose a Bale Oak. The tree will be

planted in her honour with others in a field not far from her

home on November 23rd which would have been her 97th

birthday. She died peacefully on July 13th. All living things

change, the Bale community being no exception. Peggy will

be very sadly missed and remembered with a smile.

Terri Carter



Well, we have lost a very good friend!

Having joined the PCC in 1983 and, almost through to

attending our last meeting on 15th April, Peggy was a

working, practical and erudite member. Starting with

organising the Church Cleaning Rota and keeping the

Electoral Role updated, she then took on the application for

Gift Aid repayments at its inception – and only gave that up

four years ago when she got so ‘fed-up with the constant

changes in completing the HMRC forms’!

We know that, until recently, she lead a full life both

visiting her family and enjoying holidays with friends and

ex colleagues. There was The Bale Gang of Four; Peggy

Burge, Betty and Bill Carter and David Hammond who, for

a long time, played bridge seriously and went out to lunch

together on an almost weekly basis.

Peggy only gave up driving comparatively recently,

when it became absolutely necessary. Let’s remember that

she arranged her own funeral, with relatives Jim (delegated


to take the service) and John (choosing and organising the

flowers in Church) – and, of course, Peggy selected the

readings and hymns.

However, it is the support, both physically and

financially which she generously gave to Bale All Saints

PCC which we will remember and be thankful for. Always

well dressed, here was someone who argued her case; but

was also able to admit – on the rare occasion – that she was


It is easy to see why she reached the eminent rank of

Colonel. She insisted on high standards and had a strong

character and personality. One only had to be in her

company for a short time, however, to be aware of the

humour and generous warmth which lay behind those

bright, intelligent eyes.

Safe journey, Colonel; we will miss you.

Alan Sankey/Margaret Barnes


Ladies Who Sing (amongst whom are three residents

of Lynx parishes) invite you to a concert on Saturday

19th October at 7.30pm in St Andrews Church, Church

Street, Holt, NR25 6BB. Admission free. Retiring

collection in aid of the church and the choir. Musical

Director: Janet Kelsey. Accompanist: Mark Jones, who

will also play a piano solo. The programme will feature

music from the 16th to the 21st centuries and contains

spirituals, folk songs, popular songs and solos, as well

as some of the greatest pieces ever written for female

voices by Elgar, Schubert and Gjielo. You can visit their

website at www.ladieswhosing.org.uk. Bridget Moss


Despite a lingering aroma from muck-spreading on the

previous day and clouds of dust from harvesting on the day

itself, the villagers of Bale, their friends and family sat down

to a stupendous feast at the August Bank Holiday. The

refurbished village hall came into its own with tables laid

outside on the west side of the hall where diners enjoyed the

warm evening sun after a gloriously hot day.

The village hall barbecue was set up and tended by

Robert and son, Joe, in the newly laid-out seating area next

to Margaret’s flower-filled containers. It was very gratifying

to see the area work so well.

Alastair and Paul once again put in many hours of hard

work to produce a fabulous meal: barbecued lamb


accompanied by a mouth-watering selection of unusual

salads and vegetarian dishes. Geeta kindly produced her

now legendary trifle of gigantic proportions. The wine

flowed…and flowed…and the sound of conversation and

laughter rose as darkness fell.

All those who ate and drank so well are indebted to the

usual team of clearer-uppers. Very special thanks go to Joe

Letts who washed up a mammoth pile of dishes and serving

plates before he went home.

All in all, a very special evening that reflected the

generosity and friendliness of Bale and its residents.

Maggie Thomas


The bacon was already sizzling on the stove when the

first of the tractor drivers turned up for the annual Bale

Tractor Run on 14th July. Twenty-three tractors took part,

some with trailers with comfortable seating for friends and

family. All enjoyed bacon and egg rolls, tea and coffee,

before heading off round the villages led by Bale’s own

Margaret Dent. They left the Village Hall at 10.30am and

headed off through Langham and Walsingham, arriving at

Great Snoring Club for coffee and biscuits. A bar was

available for those who fancied something stronger.

From Great Snoring, the procession wound its way

through Little Snoring, Thursford, Hindringham and

Binham before arriving back at Bale Village Hall at 2.30pm.

A selection of rolls, quiche, cake, tea and coffee were

enjoyed by visitors of all ages. Some splendid raffle prizes

were donated and there were lots of lucky winners.

The day was enjoyed by all who took part. The weather

was kind apart from a little shower. The youngsters who

attended were very excited by the variety of vintage tractors

on display in the field.

A donation was made to the East Anglian Air

Ambulance for their Mission 24/7 Appeal which aims to

deliver a twenty-four hour service by helicopter by 2020.

The Bale Village Hall Committee would like to thank

everyone who took part to make the day such a great


Maggie Thomas and Margaret Dent


July 19 August 19

July's results mislaid Mary Turnbull £ 25

apologies Ann Wall £ 10

Eileen Spooner £ 5

Angus Jones £ 5


30th July 2019

After the heat, then rain and a grey glum damp weekend,

the sun was back and it brought a new crop of butterflies

with it - in my garden there were at least six painted ladies

on the buddleia, plus a peacock and two red admirals, and

more of the gatekeepers and large whites/veined whites

which are the most common.

In the rough headland by the wood there are plenty of

thistles which feed all sorts of insects. I found a harlequin

longhorn beetle (Rutpela maculata), with its very long stripy

antennae, and its wasp-imitating yellow and black

wingcases. It’s not in my insect book, or there with another

name. As in my garden, painted ladies consorted with red

admirals, gatekeepers and large whites.

We waded into the long grass and flowers (including

splendid scented marsh thistles) to see if the silver-washed

fritillaries were flying. It was a perfect hot morning for

them, and there are thistles, knapweed and hemp agrimony,

all three favourite food plants. Hemp agrimony loves damp

places and this is a soggy bit of land. Once it was ploughed

and there were big ruts full of water at the edges. Now it has

a wonderful range of wild flowers, including common

spotted orchids, which are spreading out from the scrub

wood - once a wet meadow. And there the fritillaries were,

leopard-spotted and large, flying and feeding together with

the painted ladies. Ten days before on a cool morning there

were none. I didn’t see as many as last year - it was only

9.30 am so maybe a little early in the day. There were about

six and several painted ladies, also a couple of common

blues on the St John’s wort in the middle of the grass.

There's also plenty of fleabane here. Maybe I should try

rubbling in on my skin as an insect repellant, three horseflies

had a go.

After the richness of butterflies off the beaten track, the

lanes seemed barren and empty. Even Clip street lane which

is full of field scabious and St John’s wort had very few

butterflies that morning. Probably not enough thistles, and

the grass field next to it has one kind of grass only, no

flowers, just a little patch of clover at the opposite corner.

Jane Wheeler


The Tractor Run on Sunday 14 th July was again a great

success. The event was so popular this year that an

emergency supply of eggs was needed to provide breakfasts

before the run round the villages began. The funds raised

were split between the East Anglian Air Ambulance and the

Village Hall. A big thank you goes to Margaret Dent for

arranging the event and to all her helpers providing the


The Harvest Supper is on Saturday 5 th October at 7pm. If

you haven’t already booked your place, call Margaret on

01328 878511 immediately! There may be one or two

spaces left and we need to know numbers for the caterers.

Tickets are £13 per person for the supper, bring your own

liquid refreshment.

Fish and Chips will be on Fridays 11 th October and 8 th

November. As described in the last Lynx, the emphasis of

these gatherings is the social side. For those who wish, fish

& chips will be collected from Fakenham (be at the Hall by

6.45pm 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 get-together with friends from Bale and further


Paula Moore


This year’s Harvest Festival service will be on Sunday

6th October at 9.30am. We would love to see you there,

with the church beautifully decorated with fruit, vegetables

and flowers. Donations of produce will be most welcome –

bring them along on Friday or Saturday.

These donations will be taken to the Benjamin

Foundation in Fakenham after the service, to be distributed

among the young people who are supported by the charity.

In addition to the very decorative fresh vegetables, tins and

packaged food with a longer shelf-life would be very


Paula Moore


Contact: Liz Brady 01328 830830



We had a glorious day for the Village Fete and Show –

the weather was fair and lots of people came and had a

lovely time and we are so grateful to Liz Brown and the

committee for working so hard to make it such a success.

Thank you. We’ve had a busy time with weddings and

parties – all of which show off our lovely Hall as a

wonderful venue to hire if you have a special event coming

up. We are already booking into 2020, so do contact us to

book your party.

The new ‘June 100’ cooker has been purchased and will

be installed shortly. June is the person to get in touch with if

you would like to buy your 100 Club number – she has

some left!

We have a date for the Christmas supper (terribly early

but we are always keen to have things for you to put in your

diary).This year it will be on Saturday November 30 th 6.30

for 7pm. More details to follow and please keep an eye on

our Facebook page, website www.binhamvillage

hall.co.uk. or contact Liz Brown (01328 830519). M Hunt



Harvest Thanksgiving Service

Sunday 13th October at 11am

to be followed by a village harvest lunch in the Memorial

Hall 12.30 for 1.00pm. This is a family occasion for all to

celebrate with friends and family. All are welcome. Please

let Liz Brown 013283 830519 or

Maureen Frost 01328 830362 know if you are coming

Knights Templar Service,

Sunday 3rd November at 6pm

Remembrance Service,

Sunday 10 th November at 10.50 am

to be followed by activities in the Memorial Hall (see

details elsewhere)


in the Priory Church of St Mary and the

Holy Cross, Binham

led by the Revd Susanna Gunner,

on Tuesday October 1st, 10am to 3pm

Quiet Days are an invaluable time to pause and reflect

alone, and with small group of others. Susanna Gunner,

chaplain to the former Bishop of Norwich, 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.


Saturday November 16 th 2019

Binham Memorial Hall

Come and see the many sparkling ideas that might help

fill the Christmas stockings this year.

There will be 20 tables offering a wide range of goods

from local arts and crafts to cakes, books and plants.

Refreshments will be available including mulled apple

juice, a particular favourite last year!

Open 9.15am to 2pm, and with full wheelchair access,

the fair promises to be popular.


If you have any books that you do not want, we would

really like to take them off your hands; paperbacks and or


Please contact either Tony Pepper, Tel: 01328 830083

Email:Tonypepper@gmail.com or Humphrey Boon,

Tel:01328 878466 or fullertonsbooks@gmail.com

All proceeds will go to Binham Priory.

Tony Pepper


“Tottering through Life”

A talk by Annie Tempest sculptor,

designer, leading cartoonist and

creator of “Tottering-by-Gently” in

Country Life Magazine.

November 14 th in Binham

Memorial Hall 7.30pm. Doors

open 7pm.

Annie, who lives in Norfolk, grew

up in a cold and crumbling

Yorkshire stately home which

created memories and seeds of inspiration for her award

-winning Tottering cartoon strip which has run in

Country Life for more than 26


Starting out in the world of

cartooning on the Daily

Express, Annie produced a

daily pocket cartoon called

“Westenders”. She soon

progressed to the Daily Mail

where her timely cartoon “The

Yuppies” ran for several years

and won her ‘Strip cartoonist

of the Year’ in 1989. As her

career developed, she embarked on Tottering-by-Gently

and was awarded the prestigious Pont Prize for her

portrayal of the British Character in 2009.

Although humour and illustration have always been

Annie’s first love, her drive to learn has swept her into

more artistic arenas. Her first solo exhibition of

sculpture was held at The O’Shea Gallery, London, in

2012, and was a sell-out. She is now learning the art of

Surface Pattern Design and works regularly in all three

artistic disciplines.

More can be found about the talk and Annie’s work

at www.friendsofbinhampriory.weebly.com and


Tickets £8. Limited seating. Please book in

advance. For tickets email fobptickets@gmail.com.



We had an amazing Annual Exhibition at the end of

July. The Friday evening Preview night was a great success

with an excellent gathering of our Friends and Guests. They

were treated to a wonderful collection of artworks created

by our members, delicious canapes, and plentiful wine.

Over the weekend we had a very good turnout of visitors

who were extremely complimentary of the variety and

general standard of the exhibits. During the three days of the

Exhibition the Group sold 29 pictures painted by 15

different artists. A most satisfying event.

On the 27th August we held our Picture of the Month

competition which was won by Brenda Wilde with her

landscape in oils of ‘Burnham Overy Staithe’. Very close in

second place was Isabel Tipple with her watercolour

‘Stiffkey reflections’. You can see the winning pictures on a

dedicated board at the end of the Gallery at the Chequers.

The Group were invited to get involved with the recent

Concert held at the Priory Church featuring Civitas

Ensemble together with the Richeldis Singers, poetry

readings and meditation. Our task was to produce some

paintings on the theme of the evening which was ‘A Time

to Pause’. The members created 10 delightful paintings

which were displayed in the Church.

Our members will have to get busy painting more

pictures as we will be shortly changing our display in the

Gallery. For more information on the Group please go to

our website www.binhamartgroup.weebly.com. John Hill


Binham Youth Group starts again

Wednesday 4th September

Binham Youth group is held in the Binham Memorial

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

£1 entry fee, tuck shop. All staff DBS checked. And there is

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.


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

Thursday of each month at 7.15pm in Hindringham village


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.

On the evening of 17 th October we meet early at 6.30pm

to celebrate our Harvest Supper followed by an auction of

produce. If you would like to come along and are not

already part of our group please give me a call as its good to

have an idea of numbers for catering.

November 21 st we are back to our normal time and will

see how to make winter wreaths, once the basic skill is

mastered they can be adapted for Christmas in December.

Sue Ellis



The history group generates its small income from

modest membership fees and talks, monthly on the fourth

Thursday during September to April (excluding December).

We meet in the Binham Memorial Hall before the 7.30pm

start of the evening talks.

We look forward to welcoming new members at an

annual cost of £3 single and £5 for couples with reduced

admission to talks of £3. Or if membership is not for you

then you can come along to a talk for an admission of £5.

If you are interested in joining us please email me at

blhg@btinternet.com for further information or call Pennie

Alford 01328 830700.

Next Talks

Thurs 24th October 2019 7:30pm, Chris Armstrong on

Scholars , Saints and Sinners.

Thurs 28th November 2019 7:30pm, Simon Kinder on

Gresham Spies.

Pennie Alford


New Life in the Garden

It has been a very busy time in our garden this

summer welcoming the sight of various garden

birds nesting and raising two to three broods.

For the first time in a long while we were

delighted to have a pair of Song Thrushes

breeding in the garden. The male started singing to attract a

mate at first light in early March sitting atop our silver birch

tree and being very persistent. These birds had been fairly

absent from our vicinity in recent years as their numbers

have sadly declined. Long-term monitoring carried out by

the British Trust for Ornithology shows that the population

in England declined by more than 50 per cent between 1970

and 1995.

According to RSPB only 20 per cent of fledglings and

60 per cent of adults will survive to breed the following

spring. This coupled with the loss and degradation of their

preferred feeding and nesting habitats has placed the species

on the UK conservation status as a category Red, so it was a

pleasure to know that our small corner of Binham played a

small part in offering a nesting sanctuary for these delightful


A prickly challenge

I hate this time of the year when the

sight of dead hedgehogs on the road brings

the sharp focus of what a hard time these

delightful creatures have in just surviving in our modern

world. It’s estimated around 100,000 are killed by vehicles

annually and sadly hedgehog numbers have been in decline.

We have them occasionally visiting our garden at night

enjoying a drink from the dog’s water bowl. Having a

hedgehog in the garden is really beneficial if you’re a

gardener, as they will happily eat all the slugs and snails .

If you find a live hedgehog during the day it's important

to check on them as they are not normally around during the

day. I found one lying exhausted near my neighbour’s front

gate in the hot July sun one Saturday afternoon. I quickly

gave it some water which readily it drank and a tiny amount

of wet dog food which it endeavoured to eat but was very

weak. After picking it gently up and putting it into a wicker

basket with a towel to give it some shade, I rang The Grove

Veterinary Practice in Fakenham. They were very helpful

and advised I take it to them as quickly as possible. So

‘Prickles’ as we called it was delivered there safely for some

immediate attention.

I’m not sure if Prickles survived. I do hope so. There are

a number of people in Norfolk who voluntarily run

independent hedgehog hospitals to give these rescued hogs

and hoglets a chance. One lady called Marian in North

Walsham runs Hedgehog Haven North Norfolk and I

follow her activities via Facebook. Her entry on Saturday

31st August told that she had 47 hedgehogs in residence and

3 baby hogs which I think shows how much they need help

to survive.

Here are a few things we can do to make sure our

gardens are a welcoming place for these helpful hogs:

Provide access routes, small doorways 13 sq cm in

fencing and gateways so they can roam from different


Remove hazards such as drains or holes that could be a

potential trap for visiting hedgehogs, and cover them so

you don’t have any casualties. Get rid of any netting

when you’re not using it, to prevent them getting

entangled or injured.

It’s really important to avoid slug pellets as these can be

mistaken for food. And since hedgehogs eat slugs, your

garden will be even more attractive.

Hedgehogs live anywhere they can find shelter. Log

piles provide a safe, secure site for breeding or

hibernating, and with masses of insects in residence,

there’s a year-round food supply.

Put suitable hedgehog food out and fresh water.


Let a corner of your garden grow wild.

If you have a pond, hedgehogs like to swim but ensure it

has a gently sloping edge for them to climb back out –

stones work perfectly.

Always check compost, bonfires for hibernating

hedgehogs and always take care with use of strimmers

and lawn mowers.

Pennie Alford


During July, Binham donated 51.55 kg of food out of a

total of 2,843.76kg for the area. Thank you to all who


The holiday months were particularly difficult for those

families who rely on school meals to ensure their children

get at least one good meal a day. During the Summer people

– working people – are increasingly forced to rely on

foodbanks and luncheon clubs to supply the food their

children need. At the last count there were 4.1 million

children living below the breadline in the U.K.

We were shocked to see the queues outside the Holt

foodbank during the first 2 weeks of July and a steady

stream of people thereafter, stretching the resources to the


Please continue to help – the need is growing.

Norah and Richard Lewis



100+ Club winners

July winners: £25 Mr G Scott, £10 Mr & Mrs Small,

C & L Brady, £5 Mrs J Calvert, Jude Robson, Paul


August winners: £25 Brenda Cooper, £10 C Fowle,

L Wynder, £5 Mrs S Towsend, Barb Thompson, Alex


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

8 Priory Crescent or ring June Read on 01328 830106.


The wedding took place of Joshua Bean and Dacious

Hunt at St. Johns Church, Stiffkey on 6 th July. Josh who was

born and was resident in Cockthorpe until recently is the son

of Steve and Sadie Bean.


Contact: Julie Wiltshire



Firstly, an invitation to keep in touch with what we are

up to by visiting A Church Near You, Field Dalling where

you will also find a link to our Facebook page.

In addition to our usual services and events we have

recently enjoyed the annual Animal Blessing service which

drew in 28 adults, 6 youngsters and a goodly crowd of dogs.

This was followed by a super coffee morning on August

31 st organised by Amanda to raise money for the new

Priscilla Bacon hospice and to publicise her walk along the

Camino de Santiago. This will take her for 500 miles over

the Pyrenees and along the north Spanish coast. This will be

a real challenge and if you haven’t sponsored her already do

visit her blog at https://www.amandaselcamino.co.uk and

support her via JustGiving at https://www.justgiving.com/


Looking further ahead we have the Harvest Supper on

Saturday 12 th October and Harvest Festival service on the

13 th . Please book for the supper with Lou Shone on 01328

830962 or Susie Collins on 01328 830365. More details in


Our contribution to the progress of humanity

consists in setting our own house in order.


Contact: Maurice Matthews 01328 830350



The christening took place on Sunday 7th July 2019 at

All Saints Church, Cockthorpe, of Wilfred Nicholas Webb,

son of Oliver and Abigail Webb and brother of Edith and


A wonderful service by Reverend Whittle in the

beautiful church was enjoyed by all. Juliet Case


the October Newsletter, but please send any raffle prizes to

Debbie (830582).

The Remembrance Service this year is on Sunday 10 th

November in Saxlingham. We will also be in Saxlingham

for Morning Prayer on 24 th November as the church will be

shut for a short period in November to enable important

work on the nave roof to be carried out.

Finally, all are welcome at our Christmas Fair from

10am to 12.30pm on Saturday November 23rd – more

details in the November newsletter, but please keep the date

free and start baking cakes! Debbie (830582) will be very

pleased to receive raffle prizes.

Ian Newton



On 12 th September I will set off to walk the 800KM of

EL Camino Frances de Santiago de Compostela, just me

and a rucksack. The route will take me from St Jean Pied de

Port in the French Pyrenees, to Santiago de Compostela in

the far North West of Spain. It is an ancient pilgrimage

route, and like the pilgrims and travellers that have walked

the route for a thousand years, I will be staying in the basic

‘refugios’ along the way. The journey will take me about 5

weeks, and I hope to be back in Norfolk by 20 th October.

I am walking for many reasons, but one of them is to

support the fundraising of the new Pricilla Bacon Hospice,

which is sorely needed to support all of us in greater privacy

and dignity at the most desperate points in our lives.

To date, through the amazing kindness and generosity of

many people in our community and beyond, I have received

about £5,500 in sponsorship and support, including £350

from the Coffee Morning on Saturday 31 st August.

If you would like to support me and the Priscilla Bacon

Hospice, please visit my JustGiving page at https://

www.justgiving.com/Amanda-Maundrell2 and follow

my progress on Facebook, and my blog at https://

www.amandaselcamino.co.uk Amanda Maundrell



A day of gale force winds certainly provided some stiff

challenges for the fete this year. Only lots of extra guy ropes

and other fixings, plus hard work and determination by

several helpers enabled some of the gazebos and stalls to be

safely erected outside. Inside the hall there was a hive of

activity and bustle with refreshments and all the usual stalls,

plus some extra ones who had been relocated there to keep

out of the wind.

Once the fete was underway it was a pleasure to

welcome so many visitors, families and friends who,

throughout the afternoon, braved the weather and came to

support it, creating a happy atmosphere both inside and

outside the hall. Sadly the traditional games had to be

cancelled for safety reasons, but The Norfolk Jazz Quartet

enjoyed their new location inside the hall and entertained

everyone with their excellent music.

Happily the challenging weather proved unable to

prevent the afternoon from being a very successful one once

again, thanks to the large team of hard working helpers, all

those who donated things, the visitors who came to support

it and a lot of spirited determination. The proceeds this year

are very similar to those in recent years, and have been split

equally between both Churches and the Villagers’ Hall.

Bridget Nicholson and the fete committee




Broadband is coming to the Villagers’ Hall! This will be

a great addition to the hall’s facilities and will provide us

with options for use within the local community and to

potential customers wishing to book the hall.

At the time of writing, it is not clear when the work

required will be completed but hopefully we will not have to

wait too long.

Thank you to Steve Collins for taking the lead in

arranging this and to Brian and Mel Goodale who supported

tedious installation activities.

Premises Licence

The Village Hall Committee is in the process of

applying for a Premises Licence for the Villagers’ Hall,

which will enable us to sell alcohol. This will provide

opportunities to put on different types of events at the hall

and also a much needed alternative revenue stream. As per

the Public Notice in the article further below, there is a

public consultation period and the community has the

opportunity to respond.

If you do have any questions, you can also direct them to

Julie Wiltshire (julie_wilson75@hotmail.com).

Coffee Mornings

The next coffee mornings are on Wednesday 9th


October and Wednesday 13th November. 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.

Mel and Brian Goodale

Bottle Bank

A reminder to use the blue recycling bank outside the

Villagers’ Hall. The bottle bank is part of a scheme where a

payment is received for its use; this payment is re-invested

back into the village so a great little earner.

Villagers’ Hall Website

Don’t forget to check out the Villagers’ Hall website:

www.fdands.org. On here you will find up-to-date event

information, photos and the latest news as well as being able

to hire the hall.

Adnams Wine Tasting

The Adnams wine-tasting event is on Friday, 6 th

December at 7pm. Please contact Steve and Susie Collins

(steveandsusie100@gmail.com) to confirm your


Important Diary Dates

Bingo Nights: 11 th Oct, 15 th Nov, 13 th Dec

Coffee Mornings: 9 th Oct, 13 th Nov, 11 th Dec

Harvest Supper: 12 th Oct

Parish Council: 11 th Nov

Christmas Fair: 23 rd Nov

Adnams Wine Tasting: 6 th Dec

Mobile Post Office: Every Wed, 9.45-10.45am



New Premises Licence

The Field Dalling and Saxlingham Village Hall

Committee is seeking a new Premises Licence for the Field

Dalling and Saxlingham Village Hall: 84 Holt Road, Field

Dalling, NR25 7LE.

The licence relates to the selling of alcohol at events

anytime between the hours of 07:00 and 23:00 all year


If you wish to object to this application, written

representations with full contact details should be made to

the Licensing Authority below:

Licensing Section, North Norfolk District Council,

Council Offices, Holt Road, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9EN.

Representations should be made by 28/10/2019.

This application may be viewed during office hours at

the above offices.

N.B It is an offence, liable on conviction to a fine up to

level 5 on the standard scale (£5,000), under Section 158 of

the Licensing Act 2003 to make a false statement in or in

connection with this application.


Contact: John Blakeley 01263 861008




50/50 Club Draw Results



Joe Lemberger £20 Andrew Ryde £20

Noel Hinton £10 SandraWorthington £10

Chris Whyman £5 Colin Dewing £5

Jackson Partridge £5 John Lemberger £5

David Vaughan £5 Lynn Marr £5

Carol Finch £5 Diana Arthurson £5

Seana Broom £5 Sam Lemberger £5

We started the new subscription year with 125 members,

but we still welcome more. 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 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. The 50:50 Club contributes over

£1,000 per annum to the “Friends” funds.

Payments can also include your “Friends” membership

of a minimum of £5 per annum (or part of a year), and a

cheque, cash or BACS payment of just £17 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


Myfi Everett & John Blakeley



What a great occasion our fete was, this year. There was

a lovely, happy atmosphere and everyone seemed to be

enjoying themselves. Thank you, on behalf of St Mary’s, to

everyone who worked so hard to achieve such a successful

day. Special thanks go to Marie and Jeremy for hosting us

all at the Hall.

We were delighted that Felix Stevenson preached at the

service on August 25th. It was so special and Michael

Wilson, his grandfather, would have been so proud of him.

This year the Harvest Festival will be held on October

13th. As usual all your gifts of produce will be given to The

Holt Youth Project. Please leave your contributions with me

at Bunn’s Cottage or at the church, no later than Saturday

evening of the 12th. Thank you.

Penny Brough Church Warden


Saturday 27 th July was on and off hard rain all day…

but…the Fete BBQ tables were set up and readied and

wiped dry many times…then in early evening the rain

stopped and the BBQ was held – rain-free! Thank you to all

those brave Village People who came to join us. Between

the BBQ tickets and Raffle we made £771 for St. Mary’s

Gunthorpe Church restoration and maintenance fund - while

having a fun evening.

The next Friends event will be the Harvest Supper in the

Village Institute on Saturday the 2 nd of November at 7pm.

To reserve seats, please phone Gunthorpe Hall on 01263-

861373 - the cost will be £10 for adults, £6 for children 12

and under - and pay on the night. Seating in the Institute is

limited so please book your seats early.

The menu will be shepherd’s/cottage pie, carrots and

peas with autumn fruit crumble to follow served with cream

and/or custard – all home-made and delicious. A vegetarian

option will be available if you book it when you reserve

your seats. Please bring your own wine. Juice, tea and

coffee will be included. There will be a raffle so please

bring some ‘spare-change’. We hope many will attend – we

always have a good time!


A warm if somewhat belated welcome to Sara and Justin

O’Brien and their children Rowan (10) and Hazel (5) who

now live in 2 Springfield, along with their pet cats and

rabbits. Justin is Head of Mathematics at Fakenham

Academy and Sara is an English teacher and is home

schooling their children as well as tutoring others. They

moved here from Hindolveston. We hope they enjoy their

home in our friendly and eclectic village.

including bowling for the pig, bottle fishing, skittles,

coconut shy and welly-wanging.

Thanks to the Aylsham band for playing and providing

the very pulse of the fete. More thanks to the helpers,

especially newly-arrived residents who threw themselves

into the fray. And a special thank you as always to Jeremy

and Marie Denholm and their staff at Gunthorpe Hall who

provide the setting and work so hard in supplying

refreshments to all from a bumper tea-tent which is kept

busy throughout.

Special thanks go to Steffan Aquarone, County

Councillor for our ward, who opened the fete and stressed

the importance of thriving community events such as our

fete, and to Melanie Griggs from Gunthorpe Ward at the

Norfolk and Norwich Hospital who was kind enough to

come and give out the prizes.

As the fete came to a close it was great to see happy

faces hauling away their Grand Draw prizes, plants and

flowers, cakes and treasures from the bottle stall, craft stall,

bric-a-brac and jumble.

Everyone’s hard work paid off and after all expenses the

proceeds this year were an amazing £4,925 to be shared

between the PCC and Village Institute.

One last thank you; somewhere out there is someone, or

more than one person, who are incredibly generous and

have again sent us an anonymous donation of £200 towards

the Fete takings. We would like to thank you for your

extremely kind donation.

Val King 01263 862265 valatt@btinternet.com

Jenny Kelly 01263 860095



Peter Jackson, whose early life in Bullfer Grove was

serialised in Lynx issues 116 and 118, spent part of the the

Second World War as a locomotive fireman based in

Melton Constable before joining the RAF. Living in Briston

at the time he recalls how WW2 started for him. This is

Part One of his story:

As youngsters we had little comprehension of the war

that was brewing in Europe. The papers that came to us

second-hand, and more than often studied from the squares

of paper hanging from the string in the privy, told us of a Mr

Neville Chamberlain, the Prime Minister of England, who

was trying to negotiate with the German leader. Not

understanding what it was all about, and then the questions


After days of heavy rain the 28 th of July, the day of our

Fete, opened not with blue skies but a grey mist over the

gardens of Gunthorpe Hall. This did little to dampen the

spirits of helpers and fete-goers alike. There was a happy

atmosphere which included the usual rush to the fabulous

cake stall, excitement around the jumble and bric-a-brac

stall and unalloyed competitive spirit at the games stalls


asked were more than often replied to with “not for you to

worry about”, or “children are to be seen and not heard”, we

did not really comprehend what was happening. However in

September 1939 and gathered around the radio for the

Special News item that had been forewarned, it was

announced that we were from this moment on at war with

Germany. I doubt many of us had any idea what the full

implications those words had for us were - certainly least of

all myself.

I had but a year to go to school, and already had an after

school job in the West End stores working as errand boy

and general dogsbody. By 1940 food was a very important

issue. Mother trying to bring up a large family always

struggled to find food enough with what they could afford -

no State help for lower the paid in those days. There was

going to be a challenge for all housewives in similar

situations and shortages of what little they could afford. In

our case Father would be bringing home less than three

pounds each week and the things they could afford were

barely enough to keep the wolf from the door as the saying

was. Most villagers had gardens and allotment's to

supplement the larder, these now more than ever would

come into their own.

We all had a number to learn off by heart, "very

important", Father said. Without it he assured us we could

be taken away to prison, as aliens. In addition to the number

each person was issued with a Ration Book from the

Ministry of Food, and a gas mask that came with its own

little cardboard box. Mother made cases for ours and many

other people who on seeing them wanted one. The gas mask

must go wherever we went - not that we ever travelled far. If

I remember rightly, special permission was needed to go

any further than ten miles at the time. My Identity Card

number was TSBB793, and I remember learning all the

numbers to be on the safe side, not difficult as they were all

in rotation.

The material Mother made the gas mask covers from,

was "Barrage Balloon" one that came down in the woods at

Creymere, having broken loose from its moorings during

some military exercise, and was badly torn - I expect it was

of no further use for its purpose. Placards displaying the

words "Have You Got Your Gas Mask" were in evidence

outside Halls and Cinemas. The fear of gas being used was

evident, and we had exercises in using those appliances.

Those who had volunteered for the Home Guard and Fire

Wardens had the military design in its specially adapted

haversack. Very young children had a much larger

contraption that enabled the Mother to put them inside and

bellows to circulate the air operated by hand. There were

pamphlets distributed on how to make an Air Raid Shelter

in the garden, and on how to protect the house from gas

entering - this basically was wet blankets hung over the

doors and windows from inside over a bath of water.

Not forgetting the “Black Out” - after dark all doors and

windows had to be blackened out. There were rolls of black

paper for those luckily enough to find it. The streets were

patrolled by the Wardens ensuring no house emitted any

form of light. any small glimmer would receive a shout

from the Warden “put that light out". Car lights, not that

there were any quantity of them, had to be screened with a

hood that made it virtually impossible to see but a few yards

ahead: also cycles’ lamps had to be covered in the same

manner. Any obstruction one might walk into had to be

painted white.

John Blakeley


Following the success of last year’s village Christmas

party there will be a similar combined party for the Institute

and the 50:50 Club on Saturday 14 th December

commencing at 7.00pm in the Institute. The 50:50 Club

draw for December will take place at this event. Full details

will be included in Lynx issue 129, on the Institute Notice

Board and with a flyer to be distributed in the village and at

the November 50:50 Club coffee morning.


Contact: Christina Cooper 01328 830207



200 Club Draw Winners

July 2019 £10 August 2019 £10

84 Mrs L Terry 9 Mr S Newman

132 Mr P Allen 112 Ms S Glaister

158 Mr M Schoenmaker 11 Ms R Fairhead

76 Mrs Warwick 170 Mrs C Freeth

38 Mr F Blundell 75 Ms P Wright

20 Julia Thompson 142 Mrs G Pannier

FOL Committee



We would like to welcome Charlotte and Adam to

Langham and hope they will be very happy living here.

Langham P.C.C.


Saturday 5 th October

Langham Village Hall 10am-12 noon

Books Gifts * Bric a Brac * Tombola

Bargains galore & remaining goods on sale to clear the

decks for new stock at Christmas.

Admission Free & Refreshments Available

Proceeds for Langham Church General Fund


Would you like to celebrate a special occasion by having

the church floodlights switched on? The cost is £10 per

night in the summer and £20 per night in the winter. Ring

01328 830 276 or 01328 830 605 to make arrangements.


Total proceeds for this event amounted to £450 for

Langham Church General Fund.

Thank you to all who manned the stall during the four

weeks and to all who bought and brought produce and cakes

to be sold. We could not have done it without your generous


Sue Hughes very kindly produced coffee for the

stallholders and her husband John was a great help by

storing the table and putting it in situ each week. The

weather was kind to us for four of the five weeks and once

again it proved to be a pleasant social occasion.

Special thanks go to Mrs Sue Page who kindly stepped

in to oversee the running of the stall this year and made sure

arrangements went smoothly.


Saturday 7 th December 10am-12noon

Langham Village Hall

I know, it doesn’t seem possible that we are thinking

about Christmas as I sit here in the late summer sunshine!

We hope to start afresh with new stock for the Fair but

we can only do this with your help. So please would you all

be kind enough to save your unwanted presents, Christmas

items for the hamper, books, bottles for the bottle tombola

and anything suitable for the raffle for this event. The P.C.C.

would be most grateful.

Goods can be deposited in the porch at 30 Binham Road

any time after 15th November with a note, in order to thank

donors, or items can be collected. Cakes, savouries and

plants can be brought on the day.

We look forward to seeing you and many thanks for

your continued support. Proceeds will be for Langham

Church General Fund. Further enquiries Ann Sherriff 01328

830 605. Langham P.C.C.


After 25 years maintaining the clock Colin Sherriff is

planning on giving up this work at the end of 2020.

The work is not too arduous but usually necessitates

climbing the tower once a week to make small adjustments

to the pendulum and to lubricate the escape mechanism. A

little mechanical knowledge is also an asset so that minor

breakdowns can be diagnosed and rectified.

Therefore would anybody who is interested in carrying

on this work please contact Colin on 01328 830605.


Sunday November 10th at 10.50am

This will be the only service in Langham church on that

day. Please take a special note of the time.


Langham Village Hall Every Wednesday

Did you know that there is a Mobile Post Office van that

visits Langham every week for an hour?

Whilst it may just look like any other delivery van from

the outside, inside this Mobile Post Office van offers most

Post Office counter services such as mail/parcels, foreign

currency, cash and cheque deposits, cash point (through the

chip and pin machine), ebay and Amazon returns, pension

withdrawals, or even buying National Express tickets. This

Mobile Post Office service also extends its services to offer

dry cleaning, greetings cards, bread, cakes, biscuits, batteries

and more….even some treats for dogs!

The Mobile Post Office is accessible and dog friendly.

At the time of writing this article, the van pops into the

Langham Village Hall car park every Wednesday from 8 -


Any future changes to the timetable will be

communicated on the Great Massingham Mobile Post

Office Facebook page or phone 01485 520272.


Illustrated Talk: The Painter’s Progress

by Bob Brandt

At 7pm on Thursday 21st November, Bob will return to

the Langham Village Hall to give a further illustrated talk

about his career as a painter.

This time he will mention some of the incidents and

individuals which/who have played a part in allowing him

to develop his second career as a painter, leading him to be

selected to show his work with major societies in the Mall

Galleries in London, as well as becoming a writer and art


teacher to ‘consenting adults’.

We are hoping for another entertaining evening and

hope you will join us. Light refreshments will be provided.

Entry will be free but a collection will be made for FOL



Saturday 30th November & Sunday 1th December


Following the popular summer exhibition, as part of this

year's Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios, Siobhan Hearn

will be hosting another event this winter. Joining her at

Frogmoor Farm on 30th November & 1st December will be

local artists Molly Lees (Langham resident), Imogen

Kenrick, Liz Pedlow, Angela Nubbert and visiting potter

David Jones, showcasing a selection of wonderful art and


For sale are paintings, prints, glass pieces, pottery,

stained glass decorations, Christmas & greetings cards,

artisan cakes, chocolates and preserves – including whiskey


Come and find your Christmas gifts from 10am – 3pm

each day. The event is free entry and mulled wine & mince

pies will be offered for to you enjoy as you feast your eyes

on all there is to see.

Note: A number of Charities will be benefitting from

some of the proceeds.

Venue details: Frogmoor Farm, Tithe Barn Lane,

Briston. NR24 2JD Tel: 01263 862171


Quiz Nights Are Back!

Now that the dark evenings have descended upon us,

heralding the rapid advance of Autumn, we may all be

wondering what we will be doing during those dark

evenings. Well, fear not! The Langham Village Hall quizzes

will be starting again on Friday 27 th September! So make a

note in your diaries and come along for an enjoyable

evening. The quiz will start promptly at 7.30pm as usual and

there will be a raffle. Any prize donations will be gratefully


The quiz nights will continue on Friday 25th October.

Posters will go up in the village a few weeks before each

quiz, confirming the date so please keep an eye out for



You would have seen building work going on in the

winter months at the Church. The Parochial Church Council

(PCC) sanctioned works to the tune of £15,388.80 for

repairs to the Tower turret where the lead roof was split and

the joists rotten, to the pyramid roof to the Tower where

broken slates were replaced, to all 4 Bell Chamber Louvre

windows where the louvres were rotten, and to some cast

iron guttering which needed replacement.

We were very fortunate to fund this from a grant from

the Norfolk Churches Trust and our own building trust

Langham Church Building Trust (LCBT).

Many of you might not know that the Church building is

owned by the parishioners of the village, not an obscure

church body such as the Church Commissioners, and it is

our duty to maintain it for the future. Some parts are 900

years old and obviously we need to keep building funds to

repair any damage or wear and tear. Whether you are church

goers or not, it is the most historical focus in the village and

we must preserve it for its historical significance and for our

children, grandchildren and further generations.

It has its own dedicated bank account and there is a

"Deed of Covenant" scheme that can be used to set up a

standing order to donate any amount of funds that you can

feel you contribute, a one off, monthly or yearly donation. If

you also are a UK tax payer, the trust can recoup via the Gift

Aid scheme the tax paid by you, currently 25%, which is no

cost to you but the trust will benefit this extra amount.

If you are moved to help, please contact Edward Allen

on 01328 830276 or edwardallen.kgt@gmail.com for

more information.


Langham Church

Sunday 13th October at 9.30am

Come and celebrate the culmination of the farming year

and start of the new one. A joint service with parishioners

from Stiffkey and others.

"All the grain is safely gathered in,

some sold and gone to Lynn".

Please bring produce to be donated to worthy local

causes. Free refreshments after the service.

Edward Allen, Churchwarden



Contact: Jock Wingfield 01263 740431



Sat 12 Oct. 14 th FMC Shovell Dinner, Anchor 6.30pm

Sun 10 Nov. Remembrance Day Service, 1.50pm

Mon 23 Dec. Evening Candle-lit Carol Service at

All Saints Church, 5pm


The FMC’s 14 th Shovell Dinner – commemorating the

Life of Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell of Cockthorpe and

Morston (1650-1707) & Lord of the Manor of Wells - will

be held at the Anchor in Morston on Sat 12 th October,

starting at 6.30 pm. Guests will be greeted with a glass of

wine. Dress: smart, easy.

The 7pm Talk will be “How the Shovell Dinner became

a 3000-mile Passage” - an exploration of the Hanseatic

ports of the North Sea, the Baltic and even the

Mediterranean. The presentation will be by Tom & Heather

Harrison and Neil Foster.

The 3-course Dinner will commence at 8.15pm and will

include Toasts to Shovell and to Nelson. Dinner will be

followed by a Raffle. All proceeds go to Friends of Morston

Church (reg. charity 1099831).

The FMC Committee is delighted to announce that three

of Wells’ Historical Society will be attending.


Blakeney National Nature Reserve

The summer season is now all but over, and we have

good news to report for our breeding bird colonies.

Sandwich terns were late to settle this year and unusually

a large proportion of nests contained two eggs, rather than

the expected one for late settling birds. By the end of July,

403 chicks had been recorded in 788 nests, the highest

productivity recorded on the reserve since 2012. We saw

large amounts of rain in June, which would normally be a

critical time for tern chicks. The fact that Sandwich terns

were slightly later to arrive this year meant that these birds

were still sitting on eggs and were able to weather the

conditions, with the first chick hatching three days after the

heavy rain. The Sandwich terns also nested in a completely

new location this year. Initial roosts were all focussed on Far

Point but then a secondary and bigger roost established in

dunes with a colony of black-headed gulls. This meant that

the colony saw fewer disturbances from predators and were

better situated for our team to keep watch.

The common terns arrived next and had 124 nests by the

end of June. It is thought between 60 and 80 chicks have

fledged this year, although the exact number is hard to pin

down due to where the colony is positioned. This common

tern productivity is the second highest productivity since


Little terns were the last to arrive, with a total of 74

chicks from 108 nests, this has been an above average year

for productivity and the most chicks fledged since 2011.

This is good news for a species in decline, as they face

challenges including climate change, loss of habitat, food

availability and disturbance.

This year’s success at Blakeney is probably down to

good food supply, minimal predation of chicks by other

animals and low disturbance throughout the season.

Productivity is defined by the number of fledged chicks,

divided by the number of nests and is the best way for

rangers to determine how successful a breeding year has

been. In addition to environmental factors, an army of

dedicated volunteers and rangers are present round the clock

throughout the breeding season to monitor these seabirds

and keep disturbance to a minimum on a daily basis.

Pink-Footed Geese have already been spotted on the

Norfolk Coast with 60 seen in Burnham Norton on Monday

2 nd September, a little earlier than the previous couple of

years. It won’t be long before we have the spectacular twice

daily skeins in our skies.

We also now start to look toward preparing for winter

and the arrival of the Grey Seals and their pups. With a

record-breaking 3,012 pups born on Blakeney Point last

year, we can guarantee we are in for another busy season.

Autumn Migrants Ranger Walk

Saturday 26 October 3.30pm-5.30pm

Join us for a guided walk around Blakeney Freshes and

discover the special birds that over-winter on this part of the

coast. The Norfolk Coast becomes home to hundreds of

thousands of birds that chose to spend their winter here.

Learn more about these birds and hopefully experience the

amazing sights and sounds of the thousands of Pink-Footed

Geese as they come in to roost for the night. £10 per adult,

£5 per child. Pre-booking is essential as places are limited.

To book call 0344 249 1895 or online at


The National Trust team sincerely thank the residents of

Blakeney, Cley and further afield in Norfolk including the

many visitors, some of whom arrive specifically to see terns

and seals in the unique setting of Blakeney Point, for their

co-operation and support this season and in the future.

Alex Green – National Trust, Blakeney National Nature




Morston Parish Council Trophy Roger Beavis

(first boat across the line) Phantom 1165

Major P Hamond Trophy Pete Tibbetts

(first Morston resident) Cockle 112

Hassall Trophy

Alistair Lindop

(first Stiffkey Cockle) Cockle 119

Wilson Challenge Cup James Blackwell

(first slow class boat) Laser Radial 178811

Morston Regatta Cup

Simon Hibberd

(first fast class boat) Seafly 620

Carter Trophy

Martin Ibbotson

(first single-hander) Finn 73

John Bean’s Trophy

(first helm under 16)

Alexander Blackwell


Lapstrake Junior Cup Lachlan McLean (9)

(youngest helm) Pico 13338

Wood Trophy

(first fixed seat rowing skiff)

National Trust Trophy

(first sliding seat rowing scull)

Blakeney Men


Vicky Holliday


Please note that under Morston Regatta rules, each

competitor is only allowed to win one trophy.

There were no entries for the following trophies: Temple

Trophy (first catamaran), Ward Trophy (first Norfolk

Oyster), Athill Trophy (first pleasure boat), Muck Boat Cup

(first ex-working boat).


There was an Archbishop named Tait

Who dined tete-a-tete at 8.8.

From the state of his plate

I can truthfully state:

T’was a ‘tater Tait ate at 8.8!


Morston PC has recently decided to install new

boundary fences and plant new hedges. The old western

boundary hedge, fronting Quay Lane, was considered by the

NNDC Tree Officer and private contractors to be dead and

only held together by ivy and other foreign matter. It is

therefore being replaced by a holm oak hedge to be planted

in the autumn when birds have finished nesting and less

traffic is using Quay Lane.


by Samphire (Answers on Page 27)

1 What is the main constituent of natural gas?

2. What is the fastest living creature regularly raced in


3. What turns gin into a pink gin?

4. Henry III put three barleycorns in a line to make what


5. What is the vitamin riboflavin called?


6. What is the second largest island in the world?

7. In which country did the game Bridge originate?

8 What is a "basenji”?

9. Which two Suffolk towns are the background for scenes

in “Pickwick Papers”?

10. Which country built the Mars probe known as Beagle 2?


Contact: John Pridham 01328 831851



Near the junction between

Blakeney Short Lane and Field

Dalling Road, for those who are

unfamiliar with the local

geography, you will now enjoy

the sight of our recently repainted

phone box.

Thanks to Albanwise, a small team of theirs picked an

ideal sunny day to bring this familiar landmark back to life.


I hope some other Saxlingham villagers were able to

enjoy a very special aerial display from about 10.45 on

Saturday, 3 August. This wasn’t the usual fighter jets. For

about 20 minutes north-east of the Church a pair of buzzards

gave a mesmorising performance of soaring and wheeling

aerobatics whilst calling to each other as if in

encouragement – uplifting in more than one sense!


Contact: Claire Dubbins 01263 862261




Having launched season six in May with a tasting of the

wines of North America, the Rotters changed tack rather for

tasting number two.

Ten wines were presented by four members; all

moderately priced; all well-known grape varieties and all

from familiar wine producing areas.

The challenge for members was to work out whether the

presenters were accurately describing the wines which were

served ‘blind’. Was wine one for example, a sauvignon

blanc and, if so, did it come from New Zealand or from the

Loire Valley? Was wine ten a malbec and did it come as all

might expect, from New World Argentina or Old World

Cahors in France?

The competition was fierce and many failed to clear

quite a few hurdles but it was good fun.

Fun made even more hilarious by the wine related

limerick competition won by Susie Collins from Field

Dalling with the following:

There was a young lady from Cromer

Who used to end up in a coma

It was the wine

But that’s not a crime

It’s what you might call a misnomer.

Sanity should have returned in September when we

journeyed around the wines of Spain. Chief Rotter



One of the successful

features of the annual spring

coffee morning held at the

Sloman house in aid of All

Saints church is the auction of

promises. This gives those

present the opportunity to bid

for a range of items – ranging from a meal out to the

sharpening of your kitchen knives by a local butcher.

A popular auction ‘lot’ over the past two years has been

the choice of the theme for a flower pedestal donated by

churchwarden Pippa Long. Previously the opportunity has

been taken to commemorate family anniversaries. This year

it took a different form.

A successful bid earned Sharrington resident Roger

Dubbins the chance to mark Norwich City’s return to the

Premiership. With the help of fan memorabilia that

belonged to the late Sharrington resident Campbell Coe, and

kindly lent by his mother Bobbie, the dazzling yellow and

green display appeared in the east window at the weekend

of 17 th August.

Martyn Sloman


On Saturday, the 24 th August

the village hall played host to

brilliant acoustic guitarist

Gordon Giltrap (left). He was

supported by the talented

singer/songwriter Terence

Blacker who sang some very

amusing songs to commence

the evening. Terence last entertained us in June and returned

to support Gordon who he was very keen to see in concert.

He has kindly agreed to return for a longer gig next year

which I am sure will be very eagerly anticipated.

Gordon began his gig at around 8pm. He has recently

undergone extensive surgery, but fortunately showed no

sign of any discomfort while he entertained us for around

two hours. He used a variety of electronic effects which

required great skill to use effectively. On stage he was

surrounded by a large variety of guitars. Some, he said were

cheaper and had been discovered at car boot sales! He

played one brand-new piece which he had just composed

having bought a Fender Strat copy for just £20 from a car

boot sale about a week ago. One of his guitars was a Gibson

J200 which he had been given by his friend Pete

Townshend of The Who. Indeed Gordon will be heard

playing on their next album which is due for release later

this year. He used this guitar to play his best known piece

‘Heartsong’ before finishing the evening with an energetic

performance of a signature tune entitled ‘Lucifer’s Cage’.

He has a wonderful stage presence and held his audience

enthralled. The time seemed to fly by and it wasn’t long

before he bowed out to a prolonged standing ovation.

Tickets for this event sold out very quickly but Gordon

loves it here and has promised to return next year, so if you

don’t want to miss out next time, please keep an eye on

Sharrington’s website www.sharrington.org.uk or join our

live music email list by contacting Chris at


Following the music evening on 25 th September with

‘The Tildens’, the next live music evening in the village hall

will be on 20 th November when we once again host the

popular and talented trio ‘The Lighters’ along with the

accomplished Hamish Barker. It will be a great evening for

singing long and dancing too should you so wish. Entry is

free and there is a licensed bar. We hope to see you there.

Chris Abrams


With the concert season over for this year we return to

our ever-popular live music nights and, at the end of

November, we host our sixth Christmas Fayre.

Following the departure from the management

committee earlier this year of Gary Grunwald numbers were

further depleted when our most recently co-opted member,

Alex Stewart decided that the demands of work had become

too great for him to commit much time to the affairs of the

village hall.

The remaining committee members join with me in


expressing our thanks to Alex for the refreshing approach

that he brought during his time on the committee.

Roger Dubbins Acting Chair


September saw us making peg dolls, our postponed

event from August. Our creations can be used as Christmas

decorations, getting us well ahead of the season’s


On 3 rd October from 2-4pm in the village hall, we will be

making a card that could be framed, using paint and ink on a

sycamore leaf foraged from the village! A unique gift or a

card to celebrate a special event. In November there will be

another craft group get together on 7 th November.

We encourage people to just come along with their own

projects and enjoy a cup of tea and a natter. If you decide to

make our craft item there is a small fee for materials paid to


On Saturday 23 rd November you can see what Sarah

makes at our annual Christmas Fayre where she and other

talented local people will be encouraging you to buy

something a bit different for Christmas. Ann Abrams


After a quiet summer Zumba classes are set to continue

into the autumn. They take place in the village hall every

Wednesday from 2-3pm and all are welcome.

Zumba Gold is a low intensity dance workout and has

been shown to contribute to improved fitness, heart health,

balance and all-round good health so roll up for a fun time

getting fit with music.

On production of a copy of The Lynx, Fi Riley the

leader, is happy to offer a free taster session to new

participants. Please contact Fi on 07771 650929 for more

information or just turn up at the hall on Wednesday

afternoons to take part.



What a year it has been for the Gardening Group! Our

membership has continued to rise and we now attract keen

gardeners from all over North Norfolk. In fact our

committee feels we could do with a few more willing hands

to steer us through the coming season, so if anyone is able to

help, please contact our chairman Robin Burkitt.

This year’s summer garden safari took place in

Sharrington, with four members kindly throwing open their

garden gates to welcome visitors. No compost corner or

secluded shrubbery was left unexplored as about 50

members and their guests wandered the lanes from Hunt

Hall Farmhouse, via The Old Barn and Daubeney Hall

Farm down to the final stop at The Place, where we all

enjoyed afternoon tea. Many thanks to everyone for all the

hard work they put into their gardens.

Then we all had a bit of a breather before Alan Gray

burst upon the scene with his talk “Pushing the Boundaries”.

He certainly lived up to his reputation as a lively and

entertaining speaker and gave us an informative and vibrant


Autumn heralds a season of bulb planting, so what better

than the Pop Up Gardening Fair and Bulb Sale in

Sharrington village hall on Saturday 5 th October at 10am.

There will be a good variety of spring bulbs on display, also

a new sales area and a café supplying bacon butties and hot

drinks. Please come and bring your friends.

November offers more ideas and suggestions when

Andrew Babicz comes to talk about seasonal container

gardening on the 13th and then we round off the year with a

willow weaving workshop on 5 th December.

For more information on membership or any of these

events, do please contact a committee member or our

chairman robin@daubeneyhallfarm.com. PEL


Sunday 18 th August was the date for our Sharrington

BBQ, and a new venue this year at The Place, courtesy of

Perry and Pippa. At 12 noon the heavens opened for a short

sharp shower and after that wall to wall sunshine! Tables

were dried, cloths put on with cutlery, glasses and so on,

BBQ ignited and in a very short space of time we tucked

into burgers, sausages, various salads and all kinds of

delights cooked by Simon with his usual panache. There

followed a delightful array of desserts with cream but the

piece de resistance was Simon’s homemade ice cream,

chocolate or vanilla, with no sugar or salt – absolutely


We numbered about 27 and without a doubt everyone

enjoyed themselves so a big thank you to Perry and Pippa

for loaning their garden and arranging the sunshine!

Finally, please remember your generous offerings for the

food bank. So many references in the press and on TV this

summer were made about the difficulties for children and

their parents coping without school lunches, but now they

are all back and Christmas is looming on the horizon with

more strain on household budgets. Thank you in

anticipation of your gifts . APG


In the last issue of Lynx No 127, mention was made of a

Harvest Festival service and a harvest festival lunch on 15 th

September. Sadly this did not happen due to various

holidays and such like but we shall be having a Harvest

Festival service on Sunday 13 th October at 9.30am, Holy

Communion, followed by coffee and cake. No lunch though

but do come for the service.


Remembrance Sunday is on 10 th November and again

the service will be Holy Communion at 9.30am. Last year

we had a really good congregation and hopefully this can be

replicated this year.



Not long now before ‘Santa’ will be knocking on your

doors tempting you to buy tickets for the Christmas Draw.

An important annual fund raiser for the village hall, its

prizes have a festive flavour from fowl to fizz. Please

continue your valuable support by buying lots of tickets.

If you would like to donate a prize please get in touch.

The lucky winners will be drawn at the Fayre on 23 rd


Roger Dubbins Acting Chair



On the 23 rd November we will once again be opening

our doors for one of our major hall fund raisers. As always

free entry with a pop up café ably run by Claire and her

team. We have some very lovely exhibitors whose support

each year is very much appreciated.

International photographer David Tipling is one of the

world’s most widely published wildlife photographers,

renowned for his artistic images of birds. He has produced

many books, including his latest ‘A Bird Photographer’s

Diary’ charting his 30 year career in pictures. David writes

regularly for various magazines including Amateur

Photographer. TV and film work include Springwatch and

The One Show. His pictures hang in various collections

round the world and have been exhibited in New York,

Japan and recently the Mall Galleries in London. And now


David is joined by another photographer Roger Tidman

whose collection of framed, mounted and canvas prints,

greeting cards and a Norfolk calendar for 2020 has

Christmas all wrapped up.

Julie Charlesworth will again be joining us with her pet

murals and prints. Why not get the one you love

immortalised for Christmas?

Brinton jewellery designer Zelia Holmes will be

bringing along her delicate silver work.

Our very own Sarah Bell will again be selling her paper

craft and gifts along with Adrian Allenby and Alexa King

with their fantastic beasts.

Of course there will be cakes and preserves and many

other gift ideas. If you are able to contribute small cakes,

preserves and mince pies for the cake stall or can help on the

day please contact Ann Abrams on 01263 861404 or

annie.abrams1@gmail.com or any committee member.

Your help will be much appreciated.

We hope you will join us between 10.30 and 2pm!

Ann Abrams


Contact: Geraldine Green 01328 830245



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I was very sorry to hear about the passing away of

Stanley Sutton. For over fifty years Stanley was Mr

Stiffkey. He was chairman of all the committees and was

heavily involved in the building of the new Village Hall in

1982. He used to hire out the marquee in aid of the playing

field funds and go and put it up at his own expense. He also

bought the football kit for the under 14’s football club 1983-

1990. He always helped anybody at his own expense. He

helped to run the Sunday football club and paid to send out

postcards to players. Stanley was also a first class referee;

firm but fair to all. He ran the Village Hall bingo which

raised funds for the building. Stanley will be very much

missed by all who knew him.

David Webb


In August Margat and I came to Stiffkey for a day and

for the first time went to the church where I was

churchwarden for 10 years and where we worshipped

regularly throughout our 19 years of living in the village up

to 2012 when we moved to the West Midlands.

We were very pleased and impressed by how beautifully

clean the church is and how well maintained the churchyard

is also. We sat on the little seat behind the mower shed and

reminded ourselves of what a peaceful and lovely church St

John the Baptist is and also of some of the events at the

church in our time there including our daughter’s wedding

in 1999 and the wonderful reception and celebrations

afterwards on the lawn of the Old Hall.


There were also christenings of grandchildren, Isabelle

and Alexander, and inevitably very moving funeral services

for members of the community. We are so pleased that

some of our family events are still recorded on kneelers in

the church.

I confess I did also remember those very exasperating

occasions when mowers and strimmers failed halfway

through a session in the churchyard, and also bizarre events

such as when many of the animals in the annual Christmas

crib on the knoll were found one morning waiting patiently

at the nearby bus stop.

Also there was the time when the visiting priest, who

had come from along the coast to take the Christingle

service, had to have his car pushed out of a snowdrift which

had accumulated quickly on the knoll. Fortunately we were

well fortified for this by the strong punch which Keith

McDougall had prepared for us after the service.

Although we enjoy our “new” life closer to family and

with new friends and opportunities, we will always

remember our very happy years in the village, and times

when the church really did bring the community together, to

celebrate or to mourn. It is so good to know that so many

people from the village, recent residents and those who have

lived there for a long time, all play a part in keeping the

church as a place of inspiration and tranquillity.

John and Margaret Adnitt



After an exciting spring term, when we attracted more

riders and many more volunteers, we stopped for our

summer break.

Term started again on 11 th September and we are now

riding on Tuesdays as well as Wednesdays.

Some very talented youngsters have joined the adults

and we are grateful that local schools allow them to

participate. New riders and volunteers are always welcome.

We will be holding our annual fundraising coffee

morning on 14 th November at Glandford Mill, with

Christmas gifts, cards, artwork, scrumptious cakes, scones

and savoury items as well as second hand horse equipment

on sale. You will be very welcome to join us. Coffee and

biscuits will be served for a small donation.



Since we widened our catchment area, the book club has

gone from strength to strength. In August we all enjoyed a

delightful catch up and afternoon tea at Binham Priory and

in September we read The Tattooist of Auschwitz by

Heather Morris which proved to be illuminating. Although

we felt it was quite procedural and not that well written, all

were in agreement about the knowledge gained. 'Enjoy' was

not a word we could use and most of us found it very

interesting, especially the discussion about 'intent' and how

being selfish can actually help others.

The October book is Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

followed by Ma'am Darling by Craig Brown.

We have found Wells Library to be absolutely delightful

in assisting us to find enough copies of books and also


recommending books for future reading. If you are

interested in joining us, we could take a couple more

members, 12 would be our maximum.




At last our group is gathering momentum. We now have

124 members and have some interesting posts recently such

as; art for sale, double bed to give away, rehoming of

chickens, a lost chicken in a garden, a discussion about

traffic in the village and more. If you haven't yet joined

please look for Stiffkey Village on Facebook and ask to

become a member. Sally Vanson 07773800656


Due to family commitments I have not written lately,

however, I feel that the recent months warrant some

comment. In the garden there has been a real lack of insects.

Runner beans and courgettes failed because there was no

fertilization until recently. Thunderflies (thrips) and

houseflies have been minimal. Wasps and horse flies are

also scarce but a visit by a hornet hoverfly was a spectacular

sight. Many may say ‘good job’ but all these small creatures

do important work. Not many things to bite you either in the

night. Butterflies of all species have had a good hatching

this year. The last week of August saw a big hatching of

daddy long legs to the delight of gulls, jackdaws and


The roadside verges looked a picture garlanded with

British wild flowers. The record high temperatures in July

saw the demise of many swallow nestlings in my own barn

and those of others locally. Later broods have been more

successful. Finches, particularly the gold variety have had a

good season and there are large flocks of up to 200 dashing

about. I was amazed to see a spoonbill flying straight past a

flock of black headed gulls, who are experts, at at least twice

their speed directly into a westerly gale. In all, a summer of


Rural Ruth


In August we had one funeral, that of Michael

McGovern, who had moved into the Old Police House and

who, with his family, was a regular member of the church


At the August Bank Holiday weekend, despite the Local

History Society's Exhibition being postponed, stalls were

held on the Knoll on the Sunday morning, with a total of

over £500 being raised. Thanks to all those who once again

helped man a stall and part of the money raised will go

towards the tuning of the organ.

Harvest festival this year will be a shared service with

Langham, at Langham, on Sunday 13 th October, 9.30 a.m.

and will be taken by the Rector. Heather Harrison


(Questions on Page 23)

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B2. 6. Greenland. 7. Turkey. 8. A (small hunting-} dog. 9.

Ipswich & Bury St. Edmund’s. 10. UK.





Nick Hamond Furniture: cabinet-maker 19

Sandra’s Soft Furnishings 25

Care Services

Heritage House, Wells 16

Hindringham Toddler Group age 0-4 front cover


Alison Courtney Acupuncture 16

Claire Dye: Physiotherapist 10

Foot Perfect 26

Gunthorpe Osteopaths 6

Marianne Atherton Homeopathy 14

Philippa Stancomb Reflexology 8

Pilates at Binham Memorial Hall 14

The Body and Face Place 12

Hall Rentals

Binham Memorial Hall 9

Warham Reading Room 24


Blakeney Hotel 18

Morston Swimming Pool 11

Sharrington & District Gardening Group 17

Services and Suppliers

Adam Sexton Domestic Services 4

Aerials 4u 20

Allied Glass: Trade and Domestic Glazing 21

Artificial Grass and Landscaping front cover

Boon-bespoke décor 13

Burnham Motors 7

Butcher Andrews Solicitors 5

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David Thompson Chimney Sweep 6

Dawn’s Dog Walking and Pet Care Services 15

Elv’s Woodburner Services 8

Kaywood Builders 19

Gowards Funeral Services 22

Keeble Roofing Contractor 11

M G Myhill Chimney Sweep 12

Outdoor Cleaning Company 21

P J Electrics 7

Paul Hennessey decorator 24


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Stuart’s Taxi 9

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