BALE - BINHAM - COCKTHORPE - FIELD DALLING
GUNTHORPE - LANGHAM - MORSTON
SAXLINGHAM - SHARRINGTON - STIFFKEY
- January 2020
to all our readers
ADS DIRECTORY now on back page and at
VH = Village Hall
1 st Sun. Langham Xmas Shopping Trip Departs Blue Bell
6th Fri. Field Dalling Adnams Wine Testing, 7pm
6 th Fri. Sharrington Craft Group VH 2-4pm
7 th Sat. Langham Christmas Fair VH 10am -12 noon
10 th Tue. Sharrington ‘Jammin for Scones’ VH 2-4pm
11th Wed. Field Dalling Coffee Morning, 10.30am
11 th Wed. Langham FOL Quiz VH 7pm
12 th Thu. Langham Mobile Library 3.30pm St Mary’s & 4pm
13 th Fri. Bale fish and chips, Village Hall, 6.45pm
13th Fri. Field Dalling Christmas Bingo, 7.30pm
13th Fri. Field Dalling Bereavement Group, Manor Farm
14 th Sat. Cockthorpe All Saints, Christmas Tree Festival 10am
14 th Sat. Gunthorpe Institute & Friends Christmas Party
15 th Sun. Cockthorpe All Saints. Christmas Tree Festival,
15 th Sun. Cockthorpe All Saints, Candle Carol Service with
Cantilena Choir, 3pm
16 th Mon. Binham Christmas Decoration workshop for all
family, The Gallery @ The Chequers 5pm
16 th Mon. Binham Christmas Carols on the Green, The
18 th Wed. Langham Christmas Carols VH 7pm
20 th Fri. Sharrington Noble Rotters VH 7.30pm
21 st Sat. Binham Carols and Readings for Advent and
Christmas, BP 6.30pm
22 nd Sun. Saxlingham Carols by Candlelight, Church 4pm
22 nd Sun. Sharrington Lantern Procession VH 4.30pm &
Carol Service 5pm All Saints Church
22 nd Sun. Stiffkey Church Carol/Christingle Service, 3pm
24 th Tue. Binham Children’s Crib Service, BP, 4pm
24 th Tue. Binham Midnight Holy Communion, BP 11pm
24 th Tue. Langham Church Carol Service 4pm
23 rd Mon. Morston Church Candlelit Carol Service 5pm
24 th . Tue. Morston Village Carol Singing. Anchor 5.30pm
25 th Wed. Binham, Family Service with Carols and Readings,
28 th Sat. Langham Panto Trip Departs Blue Bell 12noon
5 th Sun. Binham Carols and readings for Epiphany 3pm
8 th Wed. Field Dalling Coffee Morning, VH 10.30am
9 th Thu. Langham Mobile Library 3.30pm St Mary’s & 4pm
9 th Thu. Sharrington Craft Group VH 2-4pm
10 th Fri. Bale fish and chips, Village Hall, 6.45pm
10 th Fri. Field Dalling Bereavement Group, Manor Farm
10 th Fri. Field Dalling Bingo, VH 7.30pm
13 th Mon. Field Dalling Parish Council Meeting, VH
20 th Mon. Binham Parish Council Meeting, MH, 7.15 for
23rd Thu. Langham Dome Talk, VH 7pm
25th Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Club Institute 10:30am
31 st Fri. Langham Quiz Night VH 7.30pm
31 st Fri. Sharrington Burns Night Supper VH 7pm
Tuesdays Binham Art Group BMH 9.30am to 12.30pm
First and third Tuesdays in the month Binham, Sew and
Natter, The Gallery in the Chequers, 7-9pm
Wednesdays term time Binham Youth Group BMH 6-8pm
Wednesdays Langham Mobile Post Office VH 8-9am
Wednesdays Sharrington Zumba Gold classes VH 2-3pm
Third Wednesday in the month, Binham, Cosy Club, BMH 2-
Thursdays Field Dalling Carpet Bowls Club, VH 1.30pm
Third Thursday in the month Binham & Hindringham Open
Circle Meeting, Hindringham VH 7.15pm
Fourth Thursday in the month Binham Local History Group
1 st & 3 rd Saturdays in month Langham Coffee Mornings, VH
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BLAKENEY METHODIST CHURCH
Minister: The Rev’d Cliff Shanganya, 8, St. Andrew’s Close,
Holt. NR256EL 01263 712181 Email: CliffShanganya@methodist.org.uk
Samantha Parfitt, Steward/Pioneer
Rural Church Planter. sammi.1980@ live.co.uk 01263 711
Café Church 10am
10am Morning Prayer with Holy
Communion every third Thursday
BLAKENEY CATHOLIC CHURCH
Back Lane Blakeney
Parish Priest, Father Keith Tulloch, Stella Maris, The
Buttlands, Wells next the Sea 01328 713044 Priest in
Residence: Father William Wells (the house behind the
church). Service Times: Masses:
Saturday Vigil Mass
Church Services for the Stiffkey and Bale Benefice for December 2019 and January 2020
HC=Holy Communion. CFS=Church Family Service. MP=Morning Prayer. BCP=Book of Common Prayer. CW=Common Worship.
Parish 1 st December 8 th December 15 th December 22 nd December 25 th December
Bale 9.30am HC 9.30am HC 6pm Carol Service 9.30am HC
Field Dalling 11am CFS At Saxlingham 11am Lessons
Saxlingham At Field Dalling 11am HC 4pm Carols for All At Field Dalling
Gunthorpe 11am MP 4.30pm Silent
Sharrington 9.30am MP BCP 9.30am HC 9.30am MP CW 5pm Lantern Procession 9.30am Family HC
& Carol Service
Binham 11am HC 11am HC 11am CFS 9.30am HC 10.30am Carols &
Morston 9.30am HC BCP 9.30am HC BCP 9.30am HC BCP
Langham At Stiffkey 9.30am MP BCP At Stiffkey 9.30am HC
Stiffkey 9.30am MP BCP At Langham 9.30am HC 3pm Christingle
Parish 5 th January 12 th January 19 th January 26 th January
Bale 9.30am HC 9.30am HC 9.30am HC
Field Dalling 11am CFS At Saxlingham 11am MP BCP
Saxlingham At Field Dalling 11.00am HC At Field Dalling
Gunthorpe 11am MP 4.30pm Silent Meditation 11am HC
Sharrington 9.30am MP BCP 9.30am HC 9.30am MP CW 9.30am HC
Binham 3.30pm Epiphany Service 11am HC 1100am CFS 9.30am HC
with the Richeldis Singers
Morston 9.30am HC BCP 9.30am HC BCP
Langham At Stiffkey 9.30am MP BCP At Stiffkey 9.30am HC
Stiffkey 9.30am MP BCP At Langham 9.30am HC At Langham
17 th December: Binham, 6.30pm. Carols and Readings with the Iceni Choir.
23 rd December: Morston, 5.00pm. Lessons and Carols.
24 th December: Binham, 4.00pm. Crib Service.
24 th December: Field Dalling, 4.00pm. Crib Service.
24 th December: Langham, 4.00pm. Carol Service.
24 th December: Binham, 11.00pm. Benefice Midnight Holy Communion.
29 th December: Sharrington, 10.30am. Group Holy Communion Service.
Regular Weekday Services
Binham: Tuesday, 6.00pm Evening Prayer, Langham: Wednesday, 10.00am Holy Communion
Dear Friends and Parishioners,
The late Autumn and early Winter days are upon us.
‘I heard a bird sing in the dark of December’ wrote
Oliver Herford, one hundred years ago. ‘A magical
thing and sweet to remember, we are nearer to Spring
than we were in September.’ The door has closed upon
Summer, but it will open again. Now is the time for
audit, for checking the list of sheets and towels, for
ordering, if we garden, bulbs and seeds; and making
ready for Growth and Life, which are ahead. Between
come the weeks of cold and wind and rain and snow and
sleet. And in the whole Volcano that erupts at
Christmas: the annual remembrance of the Virgin Birth,
the interruption into the Roman world of the birth of a
Jewish boy who was in Himself, God, fully man and
fully God; who made for us all in his body, our health,
On many Christmas cards we will see robins, deer,
holly and snow; and also Mary, her husband, and Jesus
the Son of God. What do you give a baby? What do you
give to God made human? Well, I give my heart.
May I wish you a thoughtful Advent and a Glorious
Yours most truly,
Ian Whittle, The Rectory Langham 01328 830246
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A REQUEST FROM
THE REV. IAN WHITTLE
When you see a bird in the sky it looks effortless. We,
who live in lovely places, and have ancient churches, which
look effortlessly maintained, are also charged with their
care. Faith usually rests in worship and worship where you
live, but not always. But the Houses of God, built by our
own ancestors, are there for us all: for worship, for the
Services of Baptism, Burial, Marriage and the Celebration
of Life, Hearth and Home.
And there is a cost. Your own, my own, Parish Church
costs, say £2,500 to insure; £800 for lead insurance, £800 to
keep the churchyard cut; repairs; and £65,000 to keep me.
My salary is £24,000. But we belong to a bigger thing to
which we contribute. The Church, which keeps up schools,
hospital chaplaincies, hospice chaplaincies and much else,
only lives by others’ generosity. There the money goes.
I never ask for money, myself. But our parish churches
need our support. We now need committed money. My
salary, as I said, is £24,000 a year and a bit more. It costs me
£15,000 every year on upkeep; and I am happy to pay the
bill. That said, and without complaint, I must tell you that I
do, though, live in debt; and in Victorian times would, quite
possibly have found myself in good company in Debtors’
Your parish church does need you, as much as you need
your parish church. It is your place, your gate of heaven. Do
please think on it.
Every Parish has a Treasurer, and it’s quite easy to find their
name, but if you would prefer, do please telephone me or
write on email: therectory. firstname.lastname@example.org.
We all want to keep and hand on and promote what has
been given to us. If you are able to join this tremendous
story, then Do!
Yours very truly,
COUNTY COUNCILLORS’ NEWS
…from Dr. Marie Strong
Two items about which it is important for you and your
local councils to have a say:
Closing Date 2 nd December:
The independent Local Government Boundary
Commission for England is asking for your views on the
electoral review of Norfolk County Council. The review
will agree new council division boundaries across the
council. • Do you have suggestions about where your
division boundaries should be? • Where do people in your
area go to access local facilities, such as shops and leisure
activities? • Which areas do you identify as your local
community? Your opinion matters. For more information
and interactive maps, visit: consultation.lgbce.org.uk and
www.lgbce. org.uk. Write to: Review Officer (Norfolk),
LGBCE, 1st Floor, Windsor House, 50 Victoria Street,
London, SW1H 0TL Email: reviews@ lgbce.org.uk.
Twitter: @LGBCE Consultation.
Closing Date 10 th December:
Have your say on Norfolk's Council Tax. Go to
www.norfolk.gov.uk/budget to feed back. The council is
proposing a rise of 3.99% for 2020/21 i.e. 1.99% for general
services and 2% for adult social care. (If you are not familiar
with computers ask for assistance at the library or wait for
posted information). Cabinet reviews the matter on 13 th
January and the decision will be set at full Council on 17 th
February. Upwards and onwards.
County Cllr Dr Marie Strong Wells Division - for now
consists of the following parishes - have your say as to what
happens next. Barshams & Houghton St Giles, Binham with
Cockthorpe, Blakeney, Brinton with Sharrington, Field
Dalling & Saxlingham, Glandford with Letheringsett, Great
Snoring, Great & Little Walsingham, Hindringham,
Holkham, Langham, Morston, Sculthorpe, Stiffkey, Stody with
Hunworth, Thornage & Little Thornage, Warham, Wells-next
-the-Sea, Wighton, Wiveton
marie.strong@norfolk. gov.uk or 07920 286 597
…from Steffan Aquarone
In my capacity as Liberal Democrat spokesperson for
climate change, I am pleased to report that the cross-party
Task and Finish Group set up by the council to report on the
climate emergency has made good progress. It all hangs on
whether the council accepts our recommendations at its next
meeting on 25th November*. On the one hand, I am
encouraged by the group’s approach, on the other hand, the
County Council still refuses to declare a climate emergency.
Watch this space...
As we enter into the next phase of the budget-setting
process, my priority as your county councillor will be trying
to lobby for the areas of greatest pressure - in particular the
Minimum Income Guarantee (MIG), the previous cuts to
which the controlling administration shows little sign of
wavering on. The MIG is the level of income below which
households do not have to pay towards the cost of adult
social care. Reducing the MIG to the lowest level it can be
legally has left some of Norfolk’s poorest with £60 a week
less to live on.
[*Not known at the time of going to print.]
Steffan Aquarone: County Councillor Melton Constable
Division ( incl. Bale and Gunthorpe Parishes)
email@example.com or 07879 451608
DISTRICT COUNCILLORS’ NOTES
…from Cllr. Richard Kershaw
The NNDC Corporate plan has now been approved by
Overview and Scrutiny Committee and has the backing of
all parties. The plan will be issued to all Parish Councils and
be put in public buildings.
There was a very positive response at the climate forum
held in North Walsham and Greenbuild at Fellbrigg.
Comments collected by interested parties have been collated
and distributed. Local working groups to be established
The Coastal Forum meetings held at Wells Maltings
were very interesting and provoked healthy debate amongst
the audience. Good to see the coastal communities coming
together over a common concern.
Cllr Richard Kershaw Economic Development &
Employment Portfolio Holder Priory Ward
District Councillors’ Contact Details:
Richard Kershaw e:firstname.lastname@example.org
(Binham, Cockthorpe, Field Dalling, Gunthorpe & Bale,
Langham & Saxlingham)
Karen Ward e:email@example.com (Morston &
Andrew Brown e:firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWS FROM HERITAGE HOUSE
After a summer of cream tea outings (two to the walled
garden at Holkham, one to Wells Sailing Club and one to
Pensthorpe) and an impromptu bus trip to the seaside for our
day visitors, we're now having to think about the big one.
Yes, Christmas is a'coming and although we don't start as
early as some supermarkets we do have to plan ahead. It
started for us over the last weekend of November when we
had three things going on: a stall at Wells ChristmasTide, a
tree in the Wells Christmas Tree Festival and one of our
regular cake and produce stalls in Burnham Market.
Next there's another of the very popular Bingo nights
that are organised and run for us by our care staff. It's on
Thursday, 12 th December and, as usual, it will be held in
Heritage House from 6.30pm. The following weekend, the
14 th and 15 th , there's the 2019 Holkham Festive Food Fair
and once again Heritage House has been lucky enough to be
selected as the beneficiary charity. The format of the
weekend will be much the same as last year and there will
be two grand raffles with really excellent prizes - one each
day. Do come along if you can.
Later in the month, on the morning of Saturday 21 st ,
there's the last of our cake and produce stalls on The Green
in Burnham Market for this year. This is the main event, our
Christmas stall, and as always there will be plenty of cakes
and other festive fare to be had. Your chance to stock up
before the big day. Cakes will also feature largely in our
Grand Christmas Draw - and these are not just Christmas
cakes, they're Trevor Wright Christmas cakes (you may
remember the wonderful array of cakes he and Moira
produced this time last year)! They'll be the star items in the
festive hampers we're currently raffling. Tickets are on sale
now from Heritage House (01328 711333) and from Moira
Wright (07717 222332) and the draw will take place on
Wednesday, 18 th December. Go on, you might be lucky!
WEA WELLS BRANCH
Spring Term 2020
As some of you know our spring term normally starts
with a 7 week ‘long’ course beginning in late January.
Sadly, at the time of writing, that isn’t the case because
WEA has been unable to find us a course and tutor that we
think will appeal to our student group. If the situation
changes in the next couple of months we will, of course, do
our best to let you know but in the meantime we do have
two day schools organised for next term.
The first of these, ‘Country houses and their
Collections’; is on Saturday 25 th January when our tutor will
be Norwich-based art historian Dr. Kajsa Berg. By the 18 th
century, country houses such as Felbrigg, Holkham and
Houghton Hall held some of the most impressive art
collections in Britain. These were the product of a new
fashion for educating the young gentry by sending them on
a Grand Tour of Europe. There they honed their tastes and
emptied their pockets, bringing back paintings and
sculptures. This day school will explore the travels, tastes
and knowledge of the English gentleman as illustrated by
the owners of these and other great houses.
Our second day school will be held on Saturday, 7 th
March when Mark Felton will return to Wells to talk about
the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989 (details to follow
in the February/March issue). Both courses will be held in
the Friends Meeting House, Wells-next-the Sea. Each costs
£18 and they run from 9.45am until 4.00pm with a one hour
break for lunch.
You can enrol online now 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 course required and then follow the ‘Enrol online’ link at
the bottom of the page. Alternatively - and some say more
easily – you can enrol by phoning 0300 303 3464. Or just
turn up on the day.
For help, advice or further details please contact Annie
Whitelaw on 07856 792186 or email
GLAVEN DISTRICT CARING ANNUAL
Notice of change of date:
To be held on Monday 6 th January 2020
Glaven Centre, Thistleton Court, Blakeney at 4pm
Our regular helpers are invited to nominate and vote
for members to the management committee. Please
contact Keith Barnes 01263 740762.
Members of the public are invited to attend.
Copies of the annual report are available on request.
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.
Free ‘Learn My Way’ Computer Sessions Book a
session between 10 and 12 on Fridays, with follow up
session as required. Sessions are on a 1 to 1 basis. You
may bring your own device and connect to wi-fi using
your library card. ‘Learn My Way’ is a step by step
course to help with simple or more complicated skills.
To book on any of the courses please contact Holt
Library on 01263 712202 or email holt.lib@
Fancy volunteering at your local library? We’ve lots
of volunteering opportunities – helping with Bounce
and Rhyme, becoming a friend of the library, helping
with Just a Cuppa and lots more. Just contact us for
Family History Every Tuesday 10am – 12 noon.
Drop-in session with Val and Vic our Family History
volunteers. Please check with library first.
Bounce and Rhyme Tuesdays 10.30am. Stories,
rhymes, cuppa and chat for pre-school children and their
Computer Support Sessions - help with tablets too.
Every Wednesday and Friday 10am – 12 noon. Book a
free ½ or 1 hour session with our library IT-buddy
Stephen or Gary.
Craft and Chatter Every Wednesday 10am – 12 noon
Barn Owl Book Group and Crime Book Group
Check with library for next meeting.
My Norfolk, My Holt Thursday 12 th December –
Martin Garrard, Holt Fish Bar.
Writing Group Normally every third Friday in month–
check with library first. 1pm – 3pm. 13 th December
Just a Cuppa Every Friday 10.30 am – 12 noon. Come
and join us for a drink and a chat.
FAKENHAM CHORAL SOCIETY
directed by Mark Jones
Cantatas & Carols for Advent and Christmas
With soloists Angela Brun and Tom Appleton
Saturday 14 December 2019, Fakenham Parish Church
at the earlier time of 5.30pm
Tickets: £12 (under 16 free) from 01485 544335
or £14 on the door
LADIES WHO SING
The renowned local choral group ‘Ladies Who
Sing’, (amongst whom are three residents of Lynx
parishes) under the direction of Janet Kelsey, invite you
to a Christmas Concert on Saturday 7 th December at
7.30pm in Aylsham Parish Church, Market Place,
Aylsham, NR11 6EL.
Start the festive season with a magical concert
including well-known carols and Christmas favourites.
There will be an opportunity for the audience to join in
with some of these. In addition to such familiar pieces
as Deck the Halls, Away in a Manger (by candlelight)
and Good King Wenceslas there will be a selection of
pieces from Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and two new
pieces by the group’s resident composer Maggi Warren.
The choir will be accompanied by the distinguished
pianist David Neil Jones.
Tickets £10 available in advance from choir
members, Postle’s of Aylsham or on the door. For
further information please see www.ladieswhosing.
LANGHAM DOME NEWS
The Dome has now closed for the winter and will reopen
on Friday 10 th April 2020. However you will see
work on the Spitfire during the winter months, and we
will be having a series of talks to raise money for the
Dome in Langham village hall (the first will have taken
place on 21 st November) - please see the article in Lynx
Issue 128, local notices and our web-site www.langham
dome.org for more details.
In Lynx issue 128 we promised to tell the story of a
101 year old Beaufighter navigator/wireless operator
called Arthur Steel who had recently written to us with
his amazing story of a combined Beaufighter operation
from RAF Langham with the ANZAC and RAF North
Coates wings on 15 th June 1944, and we have decided to
tell it using his own words.
Arthur Steel in 1944 and in May 2019 age 101
“My pilot Tony Adams and I, as his Navigator/WOp,
were part of the 254 Squadron contingent sent to RAF
Langham on the 14 th June 1944 from RAF North Coates, in
torpedo armed Beaufighter NE428 (M) (a Torbeau). We
stayed there overnight and had a thorough briefing, meal
and sleep. For weeks the Dutch Underground had kept us
informed about progress of the two main ships - Coburg-
Schiff of 7900 tons and Gustav Nactigall of 3500 tons,
which we understood were en route to the Baltic for final
We were up early and took off at 0435 hours, forming
up with all the participating Beaus from the Langham Wing
etc. We picked up our Polish escort of Mustang fighters
over Coltishall and headed for the Dutch coast. In front was
the top cover which was to come down steeply to smother
the ships with cannon and machine gun fire. As their fire hit
vessels, the rocket firing Beaus let loose, and smothered the
vessels as the "sitting duck" Torbeaus flew straight and level
to release their torpedoes.
The German convoy was sighted off Schiermonnikoog
and our planes deployed into attack. In addition to the main
ships they were surrounded (we were told) by 18 escorts.
The attack was on and all hell let loose, planes flying over
from every direction. As soon as the torpedoes had been
launched we "jinked" all over the place making
photography very difficult, but I managed some as we got a-
bit further away and levelled out.
Then it was off to Langham. The convoy looked like it
had been hit very hard. I watched one of the big ships slip
stern first under the sea and there were burning and sinking
escorts all around. We were told 17 of 18 were sunk or
beached and burning. The Polish escort leader called our
Wing Leader in an epic sentence which has always
remained with me - "Oh Wing Leader, oh Wing Leader,
what a "BLOODY good show". He was so excited - despite
having no German fighters appearing to fight.
Back at Langham it was obvious many Beaus had been
hit; by a miracle none had been lost. Undamaged planes
landed first and crews went to the control tower to watch the
"cripples" as they belly landed in clouds of grass and soil.
All crews seemed to be safe. We were all debriefed, cleaned
up, had a snack and a "tot of rum" - a Langham tradition.
The planes were checked, re-armed and made ready to do it
all again if necessary. Luckily a Photo Reconnaissance Unit
Spitfire which had checked the attack site reported there was
nothing left to attack - so we went back to North Coates.”
Our Langham historian John Allan has added the
following to Arthur’s story.
“A total of 42 aircraft set off on the mission from
Langham but one 455 squadron aircraft had to abort due to
engine trouble. This was the apparently the very war weary
NE196 "P" which had gained a reputation as being the
slowest Beaufighter on the squadron. Its call sign had hence
become known as P**s Poor. The mission was completed
by 14 aircraft of 254 Sqn and 5 aircraft of 236 Sqn (from the
North Coates wing) with 11 aircraft of 455 Sqn (RAAF)
and 11 aircraft of 489 Sqn (RNZAF) based at Langham,. It
was led by Wg Cdr Tony Gadd the Wing Commander
(Flying) at North Coates. He was awarded an immediate
DFC as a result of the mission. Wg Cdr "Paddy" Burns of
254 Squadron also got an immediate DFC.”
Arthur Steel’s survival to be telling us his story at age
101 following a crash in the sea just weeks later is even
more amazing, and we will tell you what happened in the
As always if you would like more information on the
Dome and how to become a Friend of Langham Dome
(where annual membership gives unlimited free admission)
or to join us as a volunteer please contact our Dome
Manager Joanna Holden on e-mail email@example.com.
For more details on opening hours, talks, etc, you can also
check our web site at www.langhamdome.org. JB
LANGHAM DOME WINTER TALKS
The second talk in the series of Langham Dome
Winter Talks will be given on 23 rd January by the Dome
Historian John Allan, and will be entitled “The Airmen
of RAF Langham’s Past”. John has devoted a great deal
of time and effort into researching the lives of those
who served at RAF Langham in WW2, and especially
those who made the ultimate sacrifice in operations
from there, and this will be a fascinating and personal
link to Langham’s history. The talk will take place in
Langham Village Hall commencing at 7pm. Entry is
£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.
Further talks will be given on 27 th February and 26 th
March, covering respectively “The Life of Ernest
Shackleton” and the “Phoney War of 1939/1940”. Full
details on these talks will follow in Lynx issue 130 and
on our web site at www.langhamdome.org. JB
FARMING UPDATE: SEPTEMBER
Drilling and Deluges
This month’s update marks the first anniversary of this
farming column in the Local Lynx and looking back at that
report things could not be much more different than they
were this time last year. Unlike the ‘Indian summer’ we
experienced in the autumn of 2018, 2019 has brought little
but rain and cloud: in the 40 days from 22 nd September
(when the rain really got going) to 1st November (the time
of writing) we have recorded rain on 30 of them. The 6
weeks from mid-September is the key window for planting
new season winter cereals, which form the bulk of our
rotation, and as such the inclement weather has come at a
very bad time.
The consistency of the rain is as hampering as the
volume, as the soil has no time to dry out between showers,
so working on the land becomes very difficult for several
reasons. Firstly, although seeds require moisture to
germinate, they can have too much of a good thing and wet
soil with rain falling on top can waterlog fields and starve
the seed of air, so they effectively drown before emerging.
Secondly, the soil surface becomes more ‘plastic’ when wet,
which means it can stick to the equipment and in particular
block the drill, but also the soil structure is more easily
damaged by machinery. Thirdly, when there is a lot of rain,
the soil cannot drain effectively so it becomes saturated
through the profile, and tractors find these wet spots every
so often and get stuck. All of these factors mean we have
not planted anywhere near as much winter wheat as we
would like, and given the current forecast it might be that
some fields will be left over winter and planted with a
spring crop, such as barley, instead. We will see what the
next couple of weeks bring.
Despite many farmers’ drills not being as useful as
they’d like this autumn, they are still one of the pillars of
modern agriculture. The goal, when sowing, is to place the
seed at an even depth, evenly spaced from its neighbour and
cover it with soil. The earliest seed drills are thought to have
existed in China from around 200BC, as an alternative to
simply broadcasting by hand over the soil surface, but
Jethro Tull is credited for refining the idea of the horsedrawn
machine in the 1700s and the drills you see working
today are startlingly similar in concept.
The seed is contained in a hopper, which is metered-out
into tubes by a rotating cog – the amount of seed released
can be precisely controlled by the number of revolutions of
the meter. Most modern drills are pneumatic, which means
a high-pressure fan is used to blow the seed along the tubes
until it reaches the coulter. The coulter is either an angled
disc or vertical tine which penetrates the soil to create a slot;
the end of the seed tube will be positioned so that it sits
directly behind the tine or disc and the seed falls straight in
to the slot. A press wheel or set of light tines, or both, then
move soil into the slot so the seed is covered and protected
from the elements. I’m sure Jethro Tull would be impressed
by the size, working speed and refinement of such modern
machines in good conditions, but I bet his would work
better in the wet.
Jonathan Darby Albanwise Farm Manager
Contact: Jane Wheeler 01328 878656
WALKING FROM KELLING
Bale diary 27 th Oct
At last a clear day after so many rainy and very gloomy
ones. A bourbon rose still flowering and beautifully scented
by my gate; I am astonished - summer rain turns the
opening flowers of this particular rose into tiny brown paper
parcels and they don’t open. It’s a climbing version of
Souvenir de la Malmaison.
We were on our way out for a walk from Kelling
reading rooms to Kelling heath and back, via Muckleburgh
Hill; a walk that involves two big hills and wonderful views
of the coast. Muckleburgh hill has low growing oaks around
its double crown, stunted by sea winds and poor soil. You
think you have reached the top and then find there is another
higher point, looking over down the slope to the North Sea.
Astonishing to think that 10,000 years ago you would have
been looking at dry land down there, low chalk and sandy
hills, chained by marshy rivers and lakes, wooded and full
of wild animals, which archaeologists nowadays call
Doggerland. A rich environment for a sparse population of
Mesolithic human hunters. East you look across to
Sheringham and Beeston bump; west over the saltmarshes
and shingle ridge to Blakeney point, Salthouse church and
Then down again through woods on the Weybourne
side, easy to get lost, until you find the gate to the coast
road, walk along the road a bit and through a gap on the
opposite side, with a footpath sign, through tunnels of low
ivy and woody groves up to the eastern edge of the heath.
On this steep slope (Telegraph Hill) it’s not really a heath
any more but a wood. Here you climb up onto the Holt-
Cromer ridge, which is composed of outwash sands and
gravels deposited by rivers at the glacier edge, during the
last Ice age. A steep northward-facing slope which would
have been the glacier margin. Probably Muckleburgh Hill
itself is a "kame", like Beeston Bump, a steep-sided mound
of sand and gravel deposited by the melting ice sheet.
I spotted the snowy white steam cloud from the steam
engine chugging hard to pull its coaches up the gradient to
Holt from Sheringham. The footpath crosses another road,
and then very quickly turns up Holgate hill to the railway
line, the most punishing slope. At the top you are higher
than the railway line which is down in a cutting. I think I
sounded like a steam train puffing up the last and steepest
bit. Then as I walked along I could hear the train coming
back, hooting for the pedestrian crossing then slowing for
the little halt at Kelling, downslope.
Before diving down the steep footpath to Kelling village
again I met some people with a lovely basket of fungi; one
was as big as a loaf of bread. We agreed that the ceps are
over - that’s about the only edible fungi I recognise apart
from field and parasol mushrooms. There was a brilliant
red, and perfect, fly agaric; they coexist with birch trees, and
like most of the fungi we only see as “fruiting bodies” in the
autumn, have extensive networks of hair-like threads which
tap into tree roots, providing minerals and taking sugars in
The landscape changes as you walk down the path; at
first bracken, all colours from palest yellow to bronze and
dark rust, hangs down from high banks and the slopes are
steep and wooded with silver birch. As the slope becomes
less steep there are small paddocks and large grass fields,
oaks and a lot of ash trees, none of which are very old,
probably dating to the disuse of the heath for common
grazing. Recent rains, some extremely heavy – Weybourne
recorded over seven centimeters in one afternoon, whereas
in Bale we only had just over three – have scoured out some
sandy gullies at the top, and dumped sand on the path at the
bottom of the hill.
Back at home in my garden there is more autumn colour
than I saw near the coast – my guelder rose is full of berries
and the leaves are turning very pretty colours. The
hornbeam, which is only nineteen but is quite tall now, has a
lovely display, and the rowan, all berries gone, is a delicate
and elegant garden inhabitant. I put a new one in on the
other side this year. I don’t really have room to plant any
more trees, there are too many already, but my garden is a
little oasis of wilderness amongst more conventional spaces
and the industrial agriculture which we need to feed the
HUNDRED CLUB DRAW RESULTS
September 19 October 19
Geeta Scott £25 Marianne Mitchell £25
Andrea Turnbull £10 Charlie Mitchell £10
Emily Postan £5 Basil Postan £5
Susan Buttifant £5 Les King £5
BALE VILLAGE HALL NEWS
Our traditional harvest supper took place on 5 th
October, with a good number in attendance. This is
always a special event, when the committee members
and other helpers get a “night off” (at least partially) as
caterers come in and look after us with a hearty 3-course
meal. The new team of caterers did an excellent job and
we are hoping they will come again next year.
The next event in the village hall calendar is Old
Year’s night, kicking off at 8pm on 31 st December.
Alastair and his team will be spending days in their
kitchen to come up with something amazing for us to
eat and the quiz to keep us busy between courses will
this year be set by “Hammond Eggs” (their punishment
for winning last year). Tickets, at £15, will be available
in December (01328 822012). Bring your own drinks,
and try to remember some £1 coins if you would like to
play for the whisky.
Early in 2020, we will be circulating a list of events
for the year. If you have any ideas or suggestions for
what should be included, please email
firstname.lastname@example.org. We are a small
committee, so offers to actually put your ideas into
action would be even more welcome.
In the meantime, we look forward to seeing a good
number at “Christmas” fish & chips on 13 th December
and then the regular evening on 10 th January. Please be
at the village hall by 6.45 to put in your order. Raffle
Contact: Liz Brady 01328 830830
CHRISTMAS CAROLS ON THE GREEN
This years’ Christmas Carols with the Fakenham
Town Band will take place on Monday 16th December
at 7.15pm. Mulled cider, mince pies and a BBQ will be
A Christmas decoration workshop in The Gallery @
The Chequers the will also take place from 5pm. This is
designed for the whole family and others who would
like to have some fun and make something to put on the
village Christmas tree.
Everyone is very welcome to these free events and
we look forward to seeing you all.
CHRISTMAS SERVICES AT THE
We extend a warm welcome to everyone at the
Saturday, 21 st December, 6.30 pm
Carols and Readings for Advent and Christmas with the
Iceni Christmas Choir
Christmas Eve, 4pm
Children's Crib Service
Christmas Eve, 11pm
Midnight Holy Communion
Christmas Day, 10.30 am
Family Service with Carols and Readings
Sunday, 5 th January, 3.30 pm
Carols and Readings for Epiphany with the Richeldis
BINHAM VILLAGE MEMORIAL HALL
The hall is having a lovely autumn. The Youth
Group is busy as always with approximately 30 children
involved on a weekly basis – if you have any children
who would be interested in joining then please don’t
hesitate to contact Andy Marsh and all his details are on
the hall website.
The sparkling new June 100 cooker is now installed
and can, rather excitingly, be wheeled out to facilitate
The Christmas supper is on 30 th November at 6.30
We are planning a couple of our own events for 2020
including a quiz night pencilled in for February 8 th but,
as always, keep an eye out on our Facebook page and
the website www.binhamvillagehall.co.uk. Mary Hunt
BINHAM ART GROUP
The group’s “Autumn/Winter” collection which is
currently on display in the Gallery @ The Chequers is
considered by many to be the best yet. Do go along and
see for yourself as there is an amazing range of work in
various mediums and styles. There is something to suit
everyone’s taste. Original works of art always make good
Also in the gallery is the winner of our October “picture
of the month” competition, a painting in acrylics by Robin
Townend titled “Summer Retreat”. The November
competition is on the 26 th and the winner will be up in the
gallery during December.
The group’s Christmas lunch will be held at the
Chequers on the 10 th December, following on from our
usual morning session at the village hall. This is the chance
for all the members to get together and have a good mardle,
whilst enjoying the excellent food put on by the Chequers.
We will be having our annual fortnight’s holiday over
Christmas, that is the 24 th and 31 st December. We meet on
every other Tuesday of the year.
The group is in excellent health with several new
members coming along over the past few weeks. The year
has flown by with an excellent and improving standard of
work being produced by the members, as displayed at the
gallery and at our annual exhibition.
We would like to thank all of you that have supported us
throughout 2019 and in particular Sarah, Simon and the staff
at the Chequers. It has all been very much appreciated. A
picturesque and happy Christmas to you all. John Hill
BINHAM YOUTH GROUP
Binham youth group is held in the Binham Memorial
Hall on Wednesdays 6-8 pm, term time only, age 5-16
years, £1 entry fee, tuck shop. All staff DBS checked. 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.
“It’s a great way to spend your time” (William), “You
can make new friends” (Lily) and “There’s lots of fun”.
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.
BINHAM & HINDRINGHAM OPEN CIRCLE
We are a women’s group that meet on the third
Thursday of each month at 7.15 pm 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.
We have booked the Victorious Bistro in Walsingham
for our Christmas meal on Thursday 5 th December, 6.15 for
6.30 pm. Menus and details were circulated to choose from
and returned by 21 st November.
Our meetings in 2020 start with 16 th January when we
welcome astrologer Claire who is going to give us a zip
round the zodiac.
LOCAL HISTORY GROUP TALK
History of Norfolk on a stick - Andrew Tullett
Our September meeting began with an amusing and
informative talk by Dr. Andrew Tullett on the story of
Norfolk village signs. We are blessed to live in a county that
has so many signs depicting the stories associated with the
villages. The very first village sign was erected in England
in the early 1900s. The Women’s Institute were behind
organising a lot of them. Norfolk still has far more village
signs than any other county in the country.
Andrew began by observing that his journey into
exploring village signs began in a summer of his teenage
years as a reluctant participant to his father’s new found
passion of wanting days out to visit Norfolk village signs
and photographing them. As Andrew recalled it wasn’t
exactly the thrill of his teenage life at that time and he
couldn’t quite appreciate his father’s enthusiasm.
However time moves on and in 2017 to mark the 20 th
anniversary of that past summer expedition he decided to
dig out those photos of his father and do a return tour during
the 218 days of British Summer Time travelling an
astonishing 3,749 miles by foot, cycle and car visiting 508
village signs. To that end he then began to research the
stories behind the signs and set up a facebook group called
Signs of a Norfolk Summer writing up the stories of the
signs and noting what had changed.
Andrew’s talk was very informative and entertaining. He
mentioned that many of the original signs were made by
Harry Carter, an art and woodwork master at Hamond’s
Grammar School in Swaffham who, in 1929, carved a sign
for his home town. By the time of his death in 1983 he had
carved over 200 town and village signs.
Scholars, Saints & Sinners - Chris Armstrong
Our October talk saw a welcome return to Chris
Armstrong to talk to us about his latest research into the
lives of some of Norfolk’s more idiosyncratic clergy of 19 th
and early 20 th centuries. Chris was born into a clergy family
or as he calls it the “family business .Chris’s father, both
grandfathers, great grandfather, uncles and cousin were all
part of the church, so he is well placed to take a discerning
eye to some of the characters that undertook the position of
the rural parson in times gone by.
In his book of the same title, Chris has looked at the
careers of nine clergy, each of whom fit into one of the
categories. It includes, of course, the well-known life story
of The Revd. Harold Davidson of Stiffkey, who sadly met
his end being mauled by an angry lion.
But there are also a number of equally interesting
characters such as The Revd. George ‘Ammunition’ Smith
(1845-1918) who was originally from Docking. He became
a hero through his courage in the Anglo-Zulu war at the
battle of Rorke’s Drift on 22 nd /23 rd January, 1879 where 150
British and colonial soldiers held out against an attack by
4,000 Zulu warriors. A ferocious and bloody battle ensued
and as a noncombative he could have left before the battle
began but chose to stay and play a supportive role by
distributing ammunition to soldiers.
Canon Walter Marcon was born in Edgefield in 1850. A
committed parish priest to Edgefield. Upon his appointment
in 1876, he found the church of St Peter & St Paul in a
particular state of disrepair and collapse. ‘A ruinous Lord’s
house’ was his description and he felt called to act and
rebuild. He set about fundraising to move the church’s
location and to rebuild it and finally in 1884 the task was
complete. There is a delightful stained glass window in the
church dedicated to his memory depicting him riding his
bike as he was well-known for doing.
Next talk: Binham Memorial Hall, 23 rd January 2020,
7:30pm The Story of East Anglian Almshouses - Sarah
Doig £3 members, £5 non members always welcome .
Pennie Alford email@example.com 01328 830700
BINHAM NATURE NOTES
Autumn is the time of the year when the season
brings about the changes in what birds do. For some it
means departures to warmer climates and arrivals for
those who choose to make this beautiful part of North
Norfolk their wintering home.
The first to depart were the swifts who had
successful bred in nearby buildings, my last sighting of
their high flying aerial acrobats over the village was on
9th August and then they were gone. The swallows and
house martins continued balancing on the wires and low
flying into their nests until October and then they too
have gone for sunnier winter climes.
Late September brought the early morning calls of
returning pink foot geese from their breeding grounds in
Spitsbergen, Iceland and Greenland. This species does
not breed in the UK, but large
numbers of birds spend the winter
here. The numbers arriving in
England are on the increase,
according to RSPB about 360,000
birds. Norfolk in particular is a
hotspot, probably due to better
protection. Binham last year saw
very large numbers in the surrounding fields. Other
geese arriving are the brent geese. There are two distinct
races of brent geese. Dark-bellied brent geese breed in
northern Russia and spend the winter in southern and
eastern England. Pale-bellied brent geese breed mostly
in Canada and Greenland and spend the winter mostly
Also coming into view at this time of year are the
flocks of starlings who start to gather in large numbers
These huge flocks of
birds gather together to
roost through the winter
months. Its thought they
do it for safety from
predators and also to
provide warmth to each
other. A starling murmuration is something to behold just as
the sun is setting. It can never be guaranteed but it's a
wonder to behold that so many birds flocking together can
make such spellbinding movements . Last year a large flock
was roosting in Swaffham and attracted many people to
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CHRISTMAS PUZZLE PAGES
(answers on page 26)
SPOT THE DIFFERENCES
(answers on page 26)
1 2 3 4 5
10 11 12
14 15 16 17
1. Troll, losing his tail, in Bale, when composed, wrote 6 down
7. Cool salad ingredient. (8)
8. Bitter—sounds like an old Frenchman! (4).
9. Cut unneeded words when the sea flows back (4)
10. Vane rim produced the goddess of wisdom (7)
12. Bury the spectator and produce someone to question him
14. Book an extra player! (7).
16. Mix up the prison (4)
19. An idea! - shorten the aircraft by 20% (4)
20. A collection point built by Ol’ B-tooth (8)
21. A ship to stop the gale (10).
1. Hello, user—got the bug inside? (5)
2. If you can’t see her, you’ve got to see her for a test! (7)
3. We will comb the ends to find a river in Germany (4)
4. Sore joint? Rub it, Sis, to resolve it (8)
5. Ogre, beaten up around the bend, reveals the villain (5)
6. More green musical show (6)
11. The animal doctor, cutting into a kind of creature, is
deservedly promoted to a higher rank (8)
12. I gives out the cards, showing what I aspire to (6)
13. Place to contain ‘the shower’? (3,4)
15. EU inn? It just produces boredom. (5)
17. It goes round and is the same up and down (5)
18. Apple (Adam’s) hides his answer to the charge (4)
For Grandma, Barbara has draw a picture of her perfect
toy shop. Robert, being a bit jealous, has made 10
alterations to it so he can pretend it’s his. Can you see
what he’s done? Some are really hard to find!
CHRISTMAS PUZZLE PAGES
SAMPHIRE’S CHRISTMAS QUIZ
(answers on page 27)
1. What date is St Stephen's Day?
2. Who was Scrooge's dead business partner In Charles
Dickens' novel A Christmas Carol?
3. Which country traditionally gives London a Christmas tree
for Trafalgar Square?
4. Nine what was it that - in the song “The Twelve Days of
Christmas, did '...my true love brought to me...'?
5. What Christmas item was invented by London baker and
wedding-cake specialist Tom Smith in 1847?
6. In what year was Band-Aid's “Do They Know It's
Christmas?”- the UK Christmas chart-topping record?
7. Which country did St Nicholas come from?
8. How many points does a snowflake have?
9. What is the name of the cake traditionally eaten in Italy at
10. From which Christmas carol is: “And all the bells on earth
shall ring, on Christmas day in the morning”?
11. Marzipan is made (conventionally in the western world)
mainly from sugar and the flour or meal of which nut?
12. Peter Auty sang “Walking In The Air” in what film?
13. In the UK it is traditionally believed that eating a what
each day of the twelve days of Christmas brings happiness the
following year: Sausage; Mince pie; Carrot; or Turkey
14. The fortified wine drink Sherry is named after what town?
15. Who composed the music known as “The Nutcracker
Suite” for the Christmas-themed ballet “The
Nutcracker” (premiered in St Petersburg in 1892)?
16. Under which Puritan leader did the English parliament
pass a law banning Christmas in 1647?
17. Which traditional Christmas plant was once so revered by
early Britons that it had to be cut with a golden sickle?
18. The Latin word meaning 'coming' gave us what term,
which still refers to the Christmas period, and also to a
particular tradition popular with children?
19. In which country does Santa have his own personal
postcode HOH OHO?
20. The early pagan religious winter festival celebrated by
archaic Scandinavian and Germanic people, later absorbed
into Christmas celebrations, is still referred to in what
alternative word for the Christmas season?
21. Name the original eight reindeer from the 'Twas the night
Before Christmas' poem?
22. What are the names of the three wise men said to have
brought gifts to the baby Jesus?
23. What is New Year's Eve called in Scotland?
24. Who wrote How the Grinch Stole Christmas?
SEEKING “LOCAL” LYNX
(sightings listed on page 27)
Back again for another festive stroll,
can you follow our extremely tame wildcat
through the pages of the Lynx? There are 15
opportunities to spot the spotted cat.
by Christina Cooper
(answers on page 27)
Q Y Q S M W S S M D H T
R U T D D A M D O W L N
Q M H C V O R F E H V A
S H C L V K O S T E W S
B E A C H E S W H S R A
G S E N U D V U E E Q E
E G D I R T R A P N S H
E P W B M M L E E T I P
S F A N Z S Y R Y N H P
E R H K S J L A D J E A
C J Y C Q S M H V P O C
V G E X Q I O Z V U H T
1. Some of these are blue flag.
2. You can catch these with a piece of bacon!
3. Holkham Hall & Gunthorpe are home to these.
4. Jumping down these is a seaside favourite.
5. Hundreds migrate here every winter.
6. In March they can be mad!
7. Cley & Blakeney ones are birdwatcher havens.
8. Holt’s trail is named after this mouse hunter.
9. Small wildfowl that tend to run rather than fly.
10. Watch out for these flying out the hedges!
11. These line Wells & Holkham beaches.
12. Britain’s biggest colony breeds at Blakeney Point.
continued from page 13
watch. Titchwell nature reserve reported in late October that
they had about 10,000 starlings gathering for a display.
THE FRIENDS OF BINHAM PRIORY
Talk and Taster Evening with Black Shuck Gin.
7.30pm March 12th 2020. Save the date.
This takes place in Binham Memorial Hall and is open
to everyone. Ticketing details will be available in February.
For updates, visit www.friendsofbinhamriory.weebly.
The Friends’ 10 th anniversary annual general meeting is
at 6pm on the same evening. In due course, FoBP members
will receive a personal invitation to the AGM, together with
an early ticketing alert for the Black Shuck event.
For the month of September, Binham provided 65.85 kg
of food out of a total for the Cromer District of 3708.04 kg.
Many thanks to all who contributed. Since September, we
have had a great contribution from the harvest collection in
the church and this will be reflected in the next report.
Additionally, we have had cash donations in the
collection box in the Chequers that have also helped to raise
further funds from the sales of our book. Special thanks to
all the staff there.
The collection box in Howell’s Superstore provides a
rich haul at every collection date. We are so grateful to
Trevor, Anita and Toby for keeping the box in such a
prominent place in the shop.
Christmas is coming; last reports stated that there are 4
million children living in poverty in this country and that
parents are having to choose “heat or eat” in order to feed
their families. Your continued help will do so much for
those in this situation in our area.
Norah and Richard firstname.lastname@example.org.
BINHAM MEMORIAL HALL
100+ Club winners
September winners: £25 Mark Bartram, £10 Andrew
Cuthbert, J Savory, £5 Mrs J Calvert, Ann and Perry
Hooper, Mrs Pepper.
October winners: £25 J Savory, £10 G Savory,
Sheilin Cuthbert, £5 Mr Marshall, Nicolas Tilley, Alex
Bartram. If anyone would like to join the 100+ club,
please call at 8 Priory Crescent or ring June Read on
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Look ahead to the new year and be hopeful.
Look around and be helpful, and
try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.
Contact: Maurice Matthews 01328 830350
COCKTHORPE CHRISTMAS NEWS
It is that time of year again; summer is becoming a
distant memory, autumn leaves are falling and winter is
knocking on the door and the nights are drawing in.
Now is the time to start planning the annual Cockthorpe
Christmas Tree Festival. Last year we raised a magnificent
amount which enabled the NNUH Neo Natal Unit to
upgrade two incubators to provide intensive care for
premature babies. This may not seem much, but it is truly
lifesaving, the new born babies are fed and administered
drugs for all their needs without being taken out of the
incubator, so the risk of infection and disturbance is kept to
a minimum. Another huge upside is that two local babies
can be near home and family.
So I am again appealing to your goodwill and generosity
to come and support us.
You can do this in many ways: raffle prizes, donations,
sponsorship of a tree or decorating a tree which is provided
at the cost of the tree.
Most important we would love you to come and visit the
church which will be decorated with 24 small trees and an
abundance of fairy lights.
Please come and join us at All Saints Church
Cockthorpe NR23 1QS. Saturday 14 th and Sunday 15 th
December from 10am till 3.30pm.
The festival closes with our Carol Service; once again
led by the fantastic Cantilena Choir on Sunday 15 th at 3 pm.
Contact: Julie Wiltshire
ST ANDREW’S CHURCH
Update on the Church Roof
Pikestaff, our contractors, have made a good start on the
remaining work on the nave roof so there is every reason to
believe that the church will reopen in time for our December
and Christmas services. It kindly rained heavily the day after
they did the first round of patching, so we were able to
check for any remaining leaks!
You need no reminder, of course, that all are very
welcome at our Service of Lessons and Carols, at 11am on
Sunday 22 nd December, where the service will be led by the
Cantelina Choir, conducted by Rosemary Kimmins. Mulled
wine will be served after the service.
And do join us for the Crib Service on Christmas Eve at
4pm, when the shopping is done and we can turn our focus
to the Crib and its occupant.
On Christmas Day there will be a family service
Communion starting at 10am. It generally lasts 40 minutes.
We will be meeting on each Monday before Christmas
in December, at the home of Ian and Fiona Newton, Manor
Farm Cottage, 67 Langham Road, Field Dalling. All are
very welcome at this discussion group - we generally chew
cake as well as ideas. We start with the cake at 4.45pm and
finish the discussion by 6pm. It is particularly good to meet
with friends from other parishes, so do join us for some or
all of the meetings.
Villagers’ Hall Website
Photos of the summer fete and the harvest supper are
available for viewing on the event gallery page at
Adnams Wine Tasting
The Adnams wine-tasting event is on Friday, 6 th
December at 7pm. Please contact Steve and Susie Collins
(email@example.com) to confirm your attendance.
Coffee mornings are held every second Wednesday of
the month in the village hall at Field Dalling, 10.30 a.m. to
12 noon. We serve fresh coffee, tea, homemade cake and
biscuits. It’s a great chance to meet new people or catch up
with old friends. All refreshments are free of charge, but
donations are gratefully received. The next coffee morning
is the Christmas Special on Wednesday 11 th December, with
mince pies, cakes and decorations.
The first coffee morning of 2020 will be on Wednesday
8th January. We look forward to seeing you.
Mel and Brian Goodale
Important Diary Dates
Bingo Nights: 13 th Dec, 10 th Jan, 7 th Feb, 6 th Mar, 3 rd Apr,
1 st May, 29 th May, 26 th Jun
Coffee Mornings: 11 th Dec, 8 th Jan, 12 th Feb, 11 th Mar, 8 th
Apr, 13 th May, 10 th Jun, 8 th Jul, 12 th Aug, 9 th Sep, 14 th Oct,
11 th Nov, 9 th Dec
Parish Council: 13 th Jan, 9 th Mar
Mobile Post Office: Every Wed, 9.45-10.45am
200 CLUB WINNERS
Sept: £50 Ted Hotblack, £25 Tim James, £15 Glyn Thomas.
Oct: £50 Amanda Maundrell, £25 Mark Gardner, £15
A reminder that the Bereavement Group is held on the
second Friday of each month at Manor Farm Cottage, 4pm.
“A wonderful, safe place to say what I want to say, but
can’t say to others.”
Contact: John Blakeley 01263 861008
We were deeply saddened to learn that Barbara Burton
had died in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kings Lynn on
14 th November, aged 90, just as this edition of the Lynx was
going to print. A full tribute to Barbara, who has lived in
Gunthorpe since 1979, will appear in issue 130, but in the
meantime we send our heartfelt condolences to husband
Donald and son Stephen and his family.
50/50 Club Draw Results
Doreen Webster £20 Andrew Ryde £20
Noel Hinton £10 Roland Bohn £10
Sandy Wallace £5 Helen Ford £5
Dorothy Tomic £5 Valerie King £5
Sophie Walder £5 Alex Worrall £5
Tony Dufour £5 Lucy Bent £5
Vivienne Wilson £5 Nigel Ford £5
We started the new subscription year with 125
members and now have 127, 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 £1.00 per month (payable in advance for the
remainder of the year to May 2020) to join and you can
get your subscriptions and more back if you are lucky
enough to win a prize. The 50:50 Club contributes around
£1000 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 for
the full year 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:
firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 rejoined.
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
Don’t forget the combined Institute and 50:50 Club
Christmas Party on 14 th December - an event not to be
missed! The 50:50 Club draw will give back £100 of prizes.
To once again quote the motto of a somewhat larger lottery
can we remind you that “you have to be in it to win it!”
Myfi Everett & John Blakeley
ST MARY’S CHURCH NEWS
On October 13 th we held the Harvest Thanksgiving
Service. Marie Denholm did a wonderful job, as always, of
decorating the church, thank you so much Marie. It looked
very festive with the addition of seasonal fruits and
vegetables. The dry and fresh produce were very gratefully
received by The Holt Youth Project. They give everyone a
hot meal at least once a day so we’re thrilled that we can
offer our contributions to their work. I met Karen Burton
who is now working for the project. Her mother, Hilary
Craske, lived in the village for many years and was a great
supporter of the church. Karen remembers her mother
taking great pride in decorating the font, which she enjoyed.
Alfie Kydd has committed to working for the best part of
three months every Sunday, tidying the churchyard for his
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award. We have already noticed
the difference so thank you so much, Alfie and Yolanda.
Penny Brough Church Warden
FOG PARISH CHURCH
Twenty-four Friends gathered in the Village Institute
on Saturday the 2 nd of November to celebrate Harvest
supper. A shepherd’s pie, vegetables and autumn fruit
crumbly meal was served (with veggie options), some
wine was shared and a very pleasant evening flowed.
We decided this year, rather than having the usual
raffle, we would give all a break and have a ‘free’ raffle
for a box of seasonal, home grown vegetables. Many
thanks to all who joined in!
Christmas approaches and we hope to see as many of
you as possible at the joint Institute / Friends Christmas
party on the 14 th of December at 7pm. Seasonal fayre,
mulled wine (with soft drinks) and an “Eggheads” style
quiz should provide a most enjoyable evening. Happy
holidays to you all! Marie Denholm Friends Chairman
A warm welcome goes to Julian and Hazel
Hammond who have bought Willow Cottage and will
be moving into the village early in the New Year, along
with their 18 month old German shorthaired pointer
called Lucy, who keeps them very busy dog walking.
They retired in November 2018 having run a farm and
farm shop in Lincolnshire, near Market Rasen, called
Sunnyside Up. Julian looked after his herd of Pedigree
Lincoln Red cattle and Hazel ran the shop. Hazel has
also worked as a nurse practitioner in a GP surgery, and
Julian is a qualified pilot on both fixed wing aircraft and
They have 2 daughters. Jessica, also a nurse
practitioner, is married to Keith and has 2 little boys
Lucas age 10 and Oscar age 8. They still live in
Lincolnshire. Nicola lives in London and works as a
television producer. Julian has a Piper Cub plane based
at Langham. Hazel enjoys art and gardening but claims
both not very well.
We wish them very success and happiness in their
LIFE WAS CHANGING
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 2 of his story - the final part will be in issue
Much of the food we ate came from our own gardens
and allotments. It had always been that way so there
was no hardship in that direction. We had learnt from
our grandparents how to hoe potatoes, save seed, salt
down beans, dry peas, pot eggs etc when in good supply
and generally take care of what we had grown. The
hedge rows gave an abundance of good food in season.
Even so, mothers were experimenting and finding new
ways to produce food for the table. Mother had
managed to extract syrup from sugar beet found fallen
off the carts onto the road. I was not keen to use it in my
tea, but preferred a spoonful of jam. We fished and
those fish we had long caught were a welcome addition.
An eel I caught in the stream near the recreation ground
was gladly taken and made into a meal for us. Once a
carton of jars of jam fell off the vehicle when unloading
at the Coop at Melton. Father was one of the lucky ones
and acquired a few jars, and Mother spent hours trying
to extract the broken glass from the mess. She was fairly
successful with the exception of a few small fragments.
At the time we were sheltering Mother’s sister and her
Navy husband from the bombing in London - he was
the lucky one and found a piece of glass on his toast.
Mother now became scared that he might take it up with
the Coop and that Father could get into trouble.
With the heavy bombing of London and Northern towns
Mother took in some of her relations from time to time to
give them respite. It must have been quite a challenge to
feed us all at the time, not to mention the accommodation.
Their ration books had to be registered with one of the local
shops. I expect ours was the Coop at Melton, but it could
have been Mrs Sexton in Hall Street, since I have no
recollection. Coupons were needed for some foods and
points for others, such as tinned meats and dried fruits, most
of which came in from the USA. Having to come across the
Atlantic the ships were subject to attack by German U Boats
and many ship's and crew's were lost just bringing in food to
keep the nation fed, so these foods could not be relied on on
a regular basis. Monthly you might have the points but there
was nothing to spend them on, neither could they be carried
over to the next month. There was little point in getting
more than one could eat at the time, no freezers then. Bread
was not actually rationed, though controlled by the baker
who saw that everyone got their fair share. The flour was
National flour, and it contained much of the bran that had in
the past gone to animal foods, though I am sure it was much
healthier for us. It has since been recorded the outcome of
the war rationing was that people were living to a greater
age and the young were healthier with less problems. There
was a little white flour for a few luxuries, and one of my
first jobs in a bake house found me taking white flour to a
certain house in a nearby village in exchange for chocolate
from London. I wonder who remembers the sweet man at
Hunworth? The rest of any white flour was used to make
those buns with a few currants inside and a shiny top. When
they were on the shelf our baker had many friends. Bread
was not on ration until 1954, and making it rationed was
nothing to do with WW2, but a worldwide shortage of
wheat. Bacon, butter, and sugar were restricted first,
followed by other goods including sweets, petrol, soap, and
furniture. A manufacturer of furniture was called Utility
Furniture. It had a noticeable brand mark with the words
Many changes had taken place in the early days of
the war - things that had stood still from time that
seemed immemorial, had now taken a change never
envisaged especially from the older generation. The
Land Army had been reformed, and by 1943 87,000
women had joined and were contributing to the war
effort on the farms about the countryside - many doing
the work normally attributed to the men. Milking forty
cows by hand before breakfast must have taken
dedication to say the least. Mrs Ada Fisher was one of
those women and cycled morning and night to the Dairy
Farm with her comrade to hand-milk a large heard of
Contact: Christina Cooper 01328 830207
FRIENDS OF LANGHAM
200 Club Draw Winners
September 2019 £20 October 2019 £10
81 Mr D Tombling 180 Mrs B Newman
67 Mr C Sherriff 51 Mrs K Tombling
103 Mr P Adams 76 Mrs Warwick
187 Mr&Mrs R Allen
143 Mr J Laurence
186 Mrs B Newman
FROM THE REGISTERS
Liam and Jaxon Lees 6th October 2019
LANGHAM VILLAGE HALL
Back by popular demand, the Village Hall Carols event,
with refreshments, will be held on Wednesday 18 th
December. Last year’s evening was an evening of fun and
singing of popular carols with all members of the audience
in fine voice having a great time. The evening will start at
In the New Year the quiz night on Friday 31st January
will be held to raise funds towards conservation of Langham
churchyard. Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start and
there will be a raffle. Any prize donations will be gratefully
FRIENDS OF LANGHAM
Norwich Christmas Shopping Trip
Sunday 1 st December
Coach departs Langham Blue Bell at 10am and Norwich
This trip is FREE to all FOL 200 Club members and
family. If you’re not a 200 Club member, then join today
for just £12 a year. This also entitles you to be entered in
our monthly cash draw and enjoy other FOL events.
To book your seats call John Hughes 01328 830595 or
Peter Barlow 01328 830606.
FOL QUIZ NIGHT
The quiz is on Wednesday 11 th December at 7pm in the
Village Hall. Book a table today by calling David Reville on
01328 878989 or John Bennett 01328 831930.
FRIENDS OF LANGHAM
Saturday 28 th December
It’s that time of year again when children and adults look
forward to the annual pantomime outing. This year we are
again travelling to Kings Lynn Corn Exchange to see
Aladdin. As usual it’s free to all Langham children buy they
must be accompanied by an adult.
Tickets for Langham children should be booked before
8 th December. After that date tickets are available for non-
Langham children at a cost of £10 and for all adults £11 –
both include coach travel.
Order your tickets now. Just call John Hughes 01328
830595. The coach departs from outside the Blue Bell at
12noon for a 1.30pm start. We look forward to seeing you
A very warm welcome to Dawn Mee who has been a
resident in Langham for nearly a year but her presence has
only just been discovered! We hope you will continue to be
happy living here.
COME AND CELEBRATE!
Carol Service at Langham Church with traditional carols
and at the new time on Christmas Eve of 4pm.
Saturday December 7 th
10am-12noon at Langham Village Hall
We look forward to seeing you at this traditional event,
raising money for the Langham Church General Fund.
Admission Free and there will be refreshments available
along with the usual stalls of gifts, plants, books, cakes, a
grand raffle, bottle tombola, lucky dip and a Christmas
Cakes and plants can be brought on the day. If there are
any items to be delivered for the sale they can be taken to 30
Binham Road or Tom Bank on Field Dalling Road
preferably before 30th November, if at all possible. Please
ring the number below if you would like any items to be
collected. Many thanks for your continued support.
Ann Sherriff 01328 830 605
Contact: Jock Wingfield 01263 740431
Mon 23 Dec. 5pm Candlelit Carol Service at All Saints
Tue 24 Dec. 5.30pm Village carol singers meet at the
NATIONAL TRUST UPDATE
Blakeney National Nature Reserve
Autumn is nearly at an end and the arrival of the
grey seal pups always heralds the arrival of winter for
the team at Blakeney National Nature Reserve. A little
This small scale but enjoyable event raised £150 for
Langham Church General Fund.
Thank you to all who came to support us, all who helped
on the day and to the stalwarts who delivered the remaining
goods. The bric-a-brac went to ‘Break’ and the books to the
Wells and Walsingham Light Railway who sell books to
obtain funds for the restoration of the trains and carriages.
later than the last few years, the first few pups were
spotted by ranger Carl Brooker on Friday 1 st November.
Four healthy pups were seen with their mums with the
eldest looking to be two to three days old. Last year we
had 3,012 pups born so we still have quite a few births
Naturally the pups are a real draw for visitors, and
we recommend that the best way to see them is by one
of the seal trip providers from Morston Quay. If you do
decide to take the three-mile shingle walk up Blakeney
Point then please respect all signs, fences and any
National Trust team members you may meet. Please
note that there are no facilities for visitors. The seals are
not visible until early December when the numbers have
increased, and the colony has expanded down the Point
towards Cley. We have again recruited a team of
volunteer ‘Seal Rangers’ who will be on hand to speak
to visitors and give advice. With disturbance often being
a real issue for seals, you can read our handy advice on
how to visit the seals responsibly at www.national
Undoubtedly the seal pups are what keeps us most
busy right now but there is other work going on during
this time as we use the quieter season to carry out
important conservation repair work and prepare for
To keep up to date with latest news from the reserve
then please check out our website www.national
trust.org.uk/blakeney or follow us on social media at
NorfolkCoastNT. Alex Green, Senior Marketing &
CHRISTENING OF OTTALIE STICKLER
A christening, by the Rev. Ian Whittle, took place at
the All Saints Day service on 3 rd November at Morston
of Ottalie Emily Stickler, the daughter of Adam and
Arabella Stickler of Sculthorpe and granddaughter of
Mr Richard Peevor, who played the harmonium. Ottalie
looked beautiful in her lace christening robe.
The font was decorated by vases and jam jars of
flowers brought in memory of loved ones whose names
were read out at the service and prayers said.
Mr Peevor is a good friend to Morston and will be
playing for us at the Christmas day service. Before the
service, Mr Homes the organ builder, had come to listen
and cure a clonking noise in the harmonium - and a
mouse nest was found composed of discarded gift aid
envelopes - one contained used chewing gum and they
were dated over a period of five years from 2014 to
2019 (alas, no money). There was tea and coffee in the
church and a good crowd of family and friends. MA
14 th SHOVELL DINNER
On Saturday 12 th October, 39 people assembled at
The Anchor for the 2019 Shovell Dinner to
commemorate the life of Admiral Sir Cloudesley
Shovell, who, in the 17 th Century, owned land around
This year’s speakers were Tom Harrison and Neil
Foster, who gave a very entertaining talk about their
maritime adventures exploring the Hanseatic ports of
the North Sea and the Baltic. We would like to extend
our gratitude to the two of them for the time and effort
that they put in to their preparations.
The Anchor did us proud and produced a delicious 3-
course meal, which was much appreciated by all. The
event raised £885 for the Friends of Morston Church, so
many thanks to all who attended and all those who
helped make the evening such a success. We look
forward to seeing you all again at next year’s dinner,
which is scheduled for Saturday 17 th October. PT
RIP: SUSAN MARY GERALDINE
by Mary Athill
On Saturday 26 th October, Susan Batten was buried at
Morston. The Rev Ian Whittle
officiated and Susan’s nephew,
The Most Reverend Justin
Welby, Archbishop of
Canterbury, gave a personal
address. Taking the committal of
his beloved aunt, Susan and
James’ son, Charles gave a
family tribute, before a large
congregation of family and
In 1940, it was wartime and
two little girls, Jane aged 10 and Susan aged 8, who had
been born in India, were brought back to England to safety
and to live with their politician-uncle R.A. Butler and his
family in Essex.
Iris Portal, their mother, returned to India to be with her
husband Colonel Gervase Portal, he to be part of the
defence of India and Iris to continue her organising and
working, nursing British and Indian troops coming out of
The two girls were then sent to the Junior School
St.Gabriel’s, a small boarding school St Mary’s Wantage in
Berkshire, where I, Mary Hamond, had already been for a
year. Susan and I met for the first time in the hair brushing
queue. Susan didn’t know about queuing or that new girls
were inferior beings and should go last and that “H” comes
before “P”, so there was a slight altercation. She won and
we became friends for 79 years.
When Sue’s mother returned from India in 1944, she
came to Norfolk to look for a family home and to stay here
at Morston with my family. The parents were keen to meet
and became friends, ending up buying “Half Way”, now
“Blakeney House”, from our doctor, Dr.Atcheson, when he
and his second wife, Bridget Page, and all their famous
Bally Duff Labradors moved up to near the church.
The Portals had cousins and friends in Norfolk and
worked for the St John’s Ambulance. We children had
friends, boats and mud-jumping, camping at the watch
house, Sue learning to sail with Fat Freddie Long and
rowing with me in Morston Creek.
On May 29 th 1954 Sue was one of our bridesmaids and
two months later she and dear James Batten were married in
Blakeney Church with their reception of course at Half
Way, which in those days stretched from Little Lane to the
War Memorial, with a small field, an orchard and a large
And this was where Justin Welby was looked after
through his family difficulties by his grandmother, Iris
Portal. He learned to sail his 420 in the harbour.
Susan & James started married life, he as a junior master
at Radley, living in the gatehouse at Radley. They had no
car, no washing machine and very little furniture. Their
house was like an artichoke with “add ons”, so every room
had three outside walls and no central heating.
Andrew went with the Norfolk Regiment to Cyprus and
I had no home of my own and went to stay. Andrew had
sold his own Lagonda sports car and bought an A30 green
van with no windows and I put in the baby, Philip (Sue’s
godson) the gun and the dog and went first to Morston and
then to the Gatehouse.
It was summer and freezing and Sue hated cooking and
couldn’t do housework. “The trouble is, I’m lazy”, she
would say. When I arrived, I looked in one bedroom; there
was no furniture – just a huge pile of dirty washing on the
floor. So we put the washing, and the baby (in a basket), and
Maud the dog in the green van with no windows, and went
to Abingdon to the launderette!!
But things got better by shear hard work. James became
a housemaster at Radley, then the Headmaster of the King’s
School at Taunton, and Sue was there every step of the way.
She learned to cook well. Sue became Chairman of the
Magistrates Court. She was clever, organised, loved her
garden, but she never did learn to sew. I did that for her. She
charmed and kept her cool with naughty children and her
loyalty to James was really tested when they were retiring to
the Farm House at Alby. At Taunton the furniture vans were
outside when James asked her if she would mind
postponing retirement as he had just been asked to take on a
failing prep school nearby, St Michael’s, and turn it round if
possible. “Yes, if that’s what you think we should do”, said
Sue. And they did and retired again three years later: then to
their joy back to Blakeney and worshipping here at
Suddenly illness intervened, necessitating the move to
Surrey with their family close by and wonderful nursing;
but, after 65 years together, working and caring deeply for
each, Sue’s brave heart gave out. I grieve for James and for
myself. We have both lost a dear and loyal friend.
MORSTON VISITORS 2019
1. In August Mark & Sarah Heath of Stoke-on-Trent
were “visiting great uncle Jack Balding & Aunt Nelliie
Balding, always remembered”.
2. Also in August Edwin Richards of West Wickham,
Kent, wrote: “amazing to find so many of my Balding
relations resting and remembered here.”
3. In October Chloe & Adam Powditch of South
Australia “loved seeing our family history. Thank you.”
Adam Powditch is the 7th Powditch generation of Adelaide,
whose Powditch great great great grandfather emigrated in
the 1860s from Morston to Adelaide. We would have loved
to see him.
NCT BIKE RIDE
Anne Rolfe and Ned Hamond have raised £968 for
Morston in the NCT Bike Ride this year, not including the
extra 25%. Well done, you brilliant riders/drivers and thank
you to all the villagers and friends who sponsored them!
FRIENDS OF MORSTON CHURCH
STLL NEEDS YOUR BOOKS
Although there is no annual Morston book sale planned
for 2020, the Friends of Morston Church still needs your
unwanted books. We have raised over £2,000 for the charity
since May by selling books online. Every book donation is
put to good use: we sell some books online, keep others for
future sales and anything that we can’t use gets passed on to
If you have any books to spare, please call Sally
Metcalfe on 07813 369145 or Peter Tibbetts on 01263
CHRISTENING JACK STEWART
A christening took place in Morston church on
Friday 27th September, taken by the Rev. Ian Whittle,
of Jack Alan Kilmaine Stewart, the son of George &
Alice Stewart & grandson of Lindy, Lady Kilmaine,
whose husband Lord Kilmaine is buried at Morston.
The Stewarts had come from New Zealand so that
Jack could be christened at Morston, which they love.
He looked very handsome in his lace and a lovely group
of family and friends attended a tea party in the pub
afterwards. Lindy Kilmaine is an active member of our
congregation and has made several of our new hassocks.
Also Lindy gave us the gift of a spring-clean as the
scaffolding was down at last. The Perrott Family made
the church sparkling for the christening.
MORSTON TAX 1332
Including Rich Widows
Extracted from the county of Norfolk for the
fifteenth and tenth granted to King Edward III
September 1332, returned to the Exchequer 14 October
1333 and listed alphabetically.
This was a fractional tax levied upon moveable
goods at the rates on 1/15 th in rural areas such as
Christian names have been standardised.
Adam Abot 2s
John Alward 0s 8d
Joan Balie 0s 8d
Geoffrey de Bathele** 1s 2d
Alice Bruneman 3s
Hamon*** Chiwel 2s
William Daltoys 0s 8d
Adam de Byllyngford 2s
John de Troyes 0s 8d
Eleanor Dickes 1s
John Dickes 1s
William Drake 1s
Muriel Drid 0s 8d
Adam Ester 1s 2d
William Eyr 1s
William Gerald 0s 8d
Simon Grene 0s 8d
Adam de Grimesbi 3s 6d
John Gubbyngs 1s 8d
Matilda Gubbyngs 0s 8d
William Gubbyngs 0s 8d
Thomas Hestings 1s
Simon Hoppere 1s
William Ivet 1s 6d
Peter Knot 3s 8d
William Knot 1s
William son of Margaret :1s
Robert le Neve 3s 6d
Andrew Norkes 11s
Edmund Pawe 1s 4d
John Potters 2s 6d
Agnes Red 4s 4d
Nicholas Sterman 0s 8d
Nicholas Stork 7s
William Stork 0s 8d
Emma Sweyn 1s 1d
Radulph Walters 8s
Andrew atte Welle 1s 6d
Robert Welle 8s 3d
John Wycher 0s 8d
** Medieval form of “Bale”
*** An archaic male Christian name of Germanic
Contact: John Pridham 01328 831851
Suddenly many of our fields in the village are alive
with the sight of piglets.
Many of you will have seen these and wondered
more about them.
So, as I understand these piglets are a cross between
Duroc, Landrace, Large White and Hampshire.
They are hardy outdoor types with a bit of colour so
that they don’t burn in the sunshine.
They come onto the farm when 28 days old and are
left outdoors which can only be said of 5% of the pigs
in the UK.
The site lends itself to outdoor pigs because the soil
is very light and free draining and there is lots of straw
available for the pigs to bed down on.
Welcome to our newest and youngest member of the
village Sebastian Carter born in September to Hannah
and Rob a brother to Bertie and Eddie at Church Farm.
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT
We hope to see as many of you who can make it to
this on Sunday 22 nd December at 4pm in St Margaret’s.
Contact: Claire Dubbins 01263 862261
BURNS NIGHT SUPPER
The annual Burns Night Supper in aid of All Saints
church will be held again on Friday January 31 st at 7pm
in the village hall. Richard the piper has been booked
and a traditional three course supper will be provided
with haggis and neeps the stars of the evening after cock
a leekie soup and with a dessert to follow. After the
toasts and replies everyone can take to the floor for
some Scottish country dancing.
It’s a great night out and places sell quickly so book
early with Pippa Long on 01263 860613. Tickets are
£15 each and you are asked to bring your own drinks.
Please tell Pippa when booking if you have any dietary
Our get together with craft workshops continue to
build in popularity and I am delighted to continue
hosting workshops in the village hall which usually take
place on the first Thursday of every month from 2 –
By the time this issue of the Lynx has gone to press
we will have made a Christmas card and festive candle
as part of our November meeting.
Next month we will meet on Friday 6th December
for our final festive gathering so why not join us then?
We will make one more Christmas card as well as a
themed paper wreath to adorn your home. We are a
friendly bunch who meet to make and chat. The cost per
workshop varies according to what we make but we
always aim to keep the fee to an absolute minimum. The
price includes all materials, tuition, tea, coffee, biscuits
and a donation to the village hall.
As the first Thursday in January falls on 2 nd January,
we have decided to move our January workshop to
Thursday 9 th January so that we don’t clash with New
Year celebrations. We will return to the first Thursday
of every month from February 2020. Sarah Bell
ACCLAIMED MUSICIAN KEN NICOL
This is advance notice that
on Saturday 1 st February
2020 Sharrington village hall
is delighted to announce that
a concert is to be given by
and acoustic guitarist Ken
Nicol. Tickets are just £10
and are available by
contacting Chris Abrams at
email@example.com or by phone 01263 861404.
Ken is a highly acclaimed musician, singer, songwriter,
playwright and composer and as well as his extensive solo
work he has been a member of Steeleye Span, The Albion
Band and Magna Carta and has worked with artists ranging
from Al Stewart to Phil Cool. His music ranges from folk to
ragtime, blues to rock, ballads to jazz, amazingly intricate
instrumentals to singalong comedy numbers. He has
recording credits on more than 50 albums.
He plays acoustic and electric guitar, resonator guitar, 5-
string banjo, mandolin and ukulele. He has toured
extensively in the UK and throughout Europe, the USA,
Australia and New Zealand.
He is co –host of the internet radio show, Folk Cast
(www.folkcast.co.uk) which has thousands of listeners all
around the world.
Acoustic magazine says: ‘The musicianship is
staggering, seldom are the compositions less than inspired’.
Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. This is a
ticketed, all seated event and tickets are strictly limited in
number. See above for details of purchasing tickets.
There is a licensed bar which, as a courtesy to the
performer will serve drinks before the event and during the
interval only. It will be a great evening and we look forward
to seeing you there.
SHARRINGTON & DISTRICT
We may be winding down in the garden as winter
approaches, but the Gardening Group is still meeting
right up until December with its varied programme of
Many members enjoyed the bulb sale with additional
stalls and hot refreshments, a lovely opportunity to think
about spring colour and browse the sales tables.
Container planting was the subject of our November
meeting and willow weaving comes in December. Then
we really do take a break, meeting again on 5 th February
when we combine our AGM with a talk by Simon
Dodsworth from the English Iris Company. An exciting
gardening year lies ahead, so do look out for the 2020
New members are always welcome, please contact
our chairman Robin Burkitt, robin@daubeneyhall
farm.com for details.
Autumn at All Saints brought a wealth of colour and
scent into the church as the season for chrysanthemums
and dahlias got into full swing, with our dedicated team
of decorators and cleaners making the most of the
We celebrated harvest festival and concluded the
service with our habitual coffee and cake (a delicious
ginger one this year) and sharing of the harvest loaf to
take away and enjoy in our own homes.
Remembrance Sunday came next, and now we look
forward to the Christmas season when we hold our carol
service at 5pm on Sunday 22 nd December. If you feel
like joining the lantern procession, it sets out from the
village hall at about 4.30pm and ensures you arrive at
church in a happy glow from the walk, and ready to join
in the familiar carols and then stay on for mulled wine
and mince pies. We hold a 9.30am service of carols and
family Holy Communion on Christmas Day, which will
be conducted by the rector, and since there is a fifth
Sunday in the month, we welcome everyone in the area
to Sharrington for the benefice service on 29 th
December at 10.30am.
If you have children who can’t get enough of
Christmas tree decorating and want to do more, then we
would love to have some help decorating the church
tree. Please ring Pippa on
01263 860613 and we will
fix a time on Saturday 21 st
We are busy gathering
ideas for next year’s
fundraising activities to
help support the village
church and all help is much
appreciated. We are delighted that Martyn Sloman and
Simon Poole raised an amazing £155 on the sponsored
bike ride organised by Norfolk Churches Trust. Well
done to the pair, who cycled round the benefice to
achieve this total.
CHRISTMAS AND THE FOOD BANK
The village is always very generous throughout the
year and with Christmas fast approaching it would be
lovely if we could pass on some good cheer to those less
fortunate than ourselves. If you are able to donate some
suitable items early in December there will be time to
deliver them to Fakenham so they can be distributed
before Christmas arrives.
Small packets of chocolates, sweets and Christmas
biscuits are always very welcome along with toiletries
such as shower gels and soaps. A special request was
made recently for toothbrushes which were in short
supply, plus as ever the usual basic foodstuffs. Thank
you once again for your continuing generosity – it really
does make a difference.
Contact: Geraldine Green 01328 830245
At the beginning of October, Mr. Roger Bland
offered to take a Morning Service on the first Sunday of
each month, 9.30 a.m. This first service was the day of
the wind and rain, which managed to find its way
through the chancel roof and dripped water all over the
vicar’s chair, an auspicious start!
This is the time of year for giving a huge vote of
thanks to all those who have helped with cutting the
grass and keeping the churchyard looking fantastic, you
only have to read the praises in the visitors’ book. To
those who have helped with the cleaning of the church
and providing the flowers all through the year and last
but not least to those who made such a good job of
cutting the conservation area and clearing all the grass
away. Thank you all, we could not keep this great
building and churchyard without you. Christmas
Services: There will be a Carol/Christingle Service on
Sunday 22 nd December at 3p.m. with mulled wine, soft
drinks and mince pies to follow.
LANGHAM VILLAGE SCHOOL NEWS
We have welcomed six new pupils into our Reception
class this year: Ariana, Bonnie, Violet, Bradley, Eleanor and
Kimberley. They have settled into school really well and are
making great progress. They were particularly good at
singing ‘The Dingle Dangle Scarecrow’ at our recent
Harvest Festival service in the church. It was a lovely
service and families were incredibly generous with their
donations of food for the local food bank.
All the classes are out and about this term. Jet and
Quartz class have both been to Holkham for team building
days. They braved the new high ropes course, which was
challenging but fantastic fun. The children all supported
each other to complete the course. Some even tried it with
blindfolds on talking each other round; very brave and
amazingly trusting! Quartz class had a murder mystery tour
in the house and Jet class went on a bike ride round the
grounds. We are very lucky to be able to provide such
amazing experiences for our children with these facilities
right on our doorstep. Thank you to the instructors at
Holkham who were brilliant.
Amber class are going to Houghton Hall this month for
outdoor adventure activities and Coral class will go to see
Father Christmas at Holkham at the beginning of December.
Last week Jet class went to Brancaster activity centre for a
coastal safari where they walked out onto the salt marsh to
look at the flora and fauna and enjoyed some mud sliding!
There have been a number of exciting sporting
opportunities this term including, tag rugby, cross country,
hockey and a touch rugby tournament in which we came
second. This week we will host another touch rugby
tournament at school, which our coach and England player
Soul Phoenix will referee for us. We were thrilled when one
or our pupils, Herbie Leonard, won the cross country at
Gresham’s. The competition is always tough at this event
with hundreds of children taking part from all over Norfolk,
we are all very proud of his achievement.
At the end of half term Jet class invited their families
into school to share the soup that they made. There were
two flavours made from scratch and they even made the
bread. It was all delicious and a lovely occasion for
everyone to come together to share a healthy homemade
We all enjoyed a skipping workshop this week, every
child learnt to skip, with many children by the end of the
day able to skip forwards and backwards, in double dutch
style and as a team with a group rope. The day finished with
a skipping talent show to celebrate everyone’s new skills
with a rope.
This week we are very much looking forward to a
Bollywood dance day when we will all be learning to dance
Bollywood and Bangra, we can’t wait!
School continues to be a busy place; we now have 90
children. We have a new teacher in Jet class: Mr Barrington
and two new teaching assistants: Miss Cornell and Miss
Crichton. We are very lucky to have such a dedicated,
hardworking staff team.
We are just beginning to think about our Christmas
nativity play, which this year will be held at Alderman Peel
High School. We have big decisions to make about casting
the evil King Herod who has a very important solo to sing!
Langham Village: ‘A place for fun, creativity,
friendship, ambition and discovery.’
Polly Kossowicz - Head teacher
For further information please visit our website
www.langham.norfolk.co.uk or follow us on twitter
(questions on page 14)
L I O N E L B A R T
O C L U O O
C U C U M B E R G A L L
8 S L E S U I
E D I T M I N E R V A
10 S B T 12 E
I N T E R V I E W E R
13 D E 15 S E
R E S E R V E S T I R
16 A N E P R O
P L A N T O L B O O T H
S 19 U E E O O
22 M W I N D J A M M E R
SPOT THE DIFFERENCES - SOLUTION
(questions on page 14)
Bad Robert has changed the name of the shop.
He’s changed the slit on the castle to a window.
He’s added roundels (find out what they are) to the wings of
And changed the colours on the ball.
And the colour of the doll’s hair.
He’s put a sort of of face on the boiler of the engine.
And turned round the flags on the masts of the ship—quite
He’s changed the positions of the soldiers (hard that one!)
Shortened the girl’s plaits.
And pulled the buttons off Teddy’s eyes—really mean!
How many did you get?
FINDING LOCAL LYNX
There are 15 sitings of Local Lynx on the following
pages: 2xcover, 3, 4, 6, 12, 2x14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 26,
27. Happy hunting!
CHRISTMAS QUIZ ANSWERS
(questions on page 15)
1. 26th December 2. Jacob Marley 3. Norway 4. Ladies
dancing 5. Christmas cracker 6. 1984 7. Turkey 8. Six
9. Panettone 10. I Saw Three Ships 11. Almond 12. The
Snowman 13. Mince pie 14. Jerez (Spain. In Spanish
Sherry is called Vino de Jerez) 15. Tchaikovsky 16. Oliver
Cromwell 17. Mistletoe 18. Advent (and “Advent
Calendars”. The 'coming' refers to the birth of Christ)
19. Canada 20. Yule (or Yule-tide) 21. Comet, Cupid,
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Donner, Blitzen (or
Dunder and Blixem - The poem is alternatively titled A
Visit from St Nicholas. 'Twas the night Before Christmas' is
the first line. The poem was first published anonymously in
1823 and is commonly attributed to Clement Clarke Moore,
although some believe Henry Livingston was the true
author. Rudolph was created later in 1939 by copywriter
Robert May for the Montgomery Ward department store
chain, as the main character in a free Christmas promotional
story, which extended the 1823 poem, and was
subsequently turned into the popular song Rudolph the Red-
Nosed Reindeer. Incidentally Donner and Blizten mean
Thunder and Lightning in German.) 22. Balthasar,
Melchior, Caspar (or Gaspar - Interestingly the Bible does
not states state their names, nor even the number of wise
men: "...there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem...
and when they had opened their treasures, they presented
unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh..." from
Matthew 2:1 and 2:11. Thanks A Russell.) 23. Hogmanay
(questions on page 15)
1. Beaches 2. Crab 3. Deer 4. Dunes 5. Geese
6. Hare 7. Marshes 8. Owl 9. Partridge 10. Pheasant
11. Pinewoods 12. Seals
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Claire Dye: Physiotherapist 7
Foot Perfect 9
Gunthorpe Osteopaths 11
Marianne Atherton Homeopathy 24
Philippa Stancomb Reflexology 22
Pilates at Binham Memorial Hall 23
Binham Memorial Hall 4
Warham Reading Room 5
Blakeney Hotel 11
Cockthorpe Christmas Tree Festival front cover
Morston Swimming Pool 4
Sharrington & District Gardening Group 6
Services and Suppliers
Adam Sexton Domestic Services 13
Aerials 4u 12
Allied Glass: Trade and Domestic Glazing 16
Artificial Grass and Landscaping 18
Boon-bespoke décor 21
Burnham Motors 25
Butcher Andrews Solicitors 19
Daren Betts Building and Maintenance 22
David Thompson Chimney Sweep 17
Dawn’s Dog Walking and Pet Care Services 7
Elv’s Woodburner Services 9
Glaven Gardens 26
Kaywood Builders 10
Gowards Funeral Services 16
Keeble Roofing Contractor 6
M G Myhill Chimney Sweep
P J Electrics 12
Paul Hennessey decorator 13
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