Local Lynx No.141 - December 2021/January 2022

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The community newspaper for 10 North Norfolk villages.

ISSUE 141

December 2021

- January 2022

With a special thank you to our

intrepid volunteers who deliver

Local Lynx throughout the year

©AndrewMoncur

ADS DIRECTORY now on back page and at

www.locallynx.co.uk

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WHAT’S ON

VH = village hall

DECEMBER

2 nd Thu. Sharrington Craft Group, VH 2-4pm

3 rd Fri. Field Dalling Adnams Wine Tasting VH 7pm

3 rd Fri. Langham Christmas light switch on, Blue Bell

4 th Sat. Binham Christmas supper, MH, 7pm

4 th Sat. Langham Christmas fair VH 10am – 12noon

5 th Sun. Langham Shopping trip to Norwich – Blue Bell 10am

pick up

8 th Wed. Sharrington Gardening Group, film Holt ‘The

Venue’ 6.30 for 7pm

9 th Thu. Binham Christmas Bingo, MH, 6.30pm eyes down

7pm

9 th Thu. Langham Quiz night VH 7pm

10 th Fri. Bale Fish and chips, VH 7pm

11 th Sat. Binham Children’s party, MH, 4pm

11 th Sat. Cockthorpe Church lights festival

11 th Sat. Langham Children’s Christmas disco VH 3-5pm

11 th Sat. Morston Norwich Rock Choir Morston Quay 2pm

11 th Sat. Sharrington ‘Cutting the Mustard’ band VH 7pm

12 th Sun. Cockthorpe Church Lights Festival

12 th Sun. Morston Landscape painting workshops

14 th Tue. Sharrington Jammin for scones, VH 2-4pm

16 th Thu. Sharrington Noble Rotters, wine tasting VH 7.30pm

18 th Sat. Gunthorpe Institute & 50:50 Club Christmas function

12noon

18 th Sat. Sharrington Lantern procession VH 4.30pm and carol

service at church 5pm

19 th Sun. Saxlingham Carols by candlelight, St.Margaret’s

Church 4pm

21 st Tue. Binham Carols and readings for Advent and

Christmas, BP, 6.30pm

23 rd Thu. Morston Candlelit carol service, All Saints 4pm

24 th Fri. Binham Children’s crib service, BP, 4pm

24 th Fri. Langham Carol service Langham church 4pm

24 th Fri. Morston Carol singers assemble Anchor 5:30pm

31 st Fri. Bale Old Year’s Night, VH 8pm

JANUARY

9 th Sun. Binham, Carols and readings for Epiphany with

Richeldis Singers, BP, 3.30pm

10 th Mon. Binham Parish council meeting, MH, 7.30pm

11 th Tue. Binham Art Group ‘acrylic pour’ demonstration,

MH, 9.30am to 12.30pm

11 th Tue. Sharrington Jammin for scones, VH 2-4pm

14 th Fri. Bale Fish and chips, VH 7pm

21 st Fri. Sharrington Noble Rotters, wine tasting VH 7.30pm

27 th Thu. Sharrington Live music night VH 7pm

29th Sat. Gunthorpe 50:50 Coffee morning 10.30am Village

Institute

REGULARS

Mondays in December Field Dalling Prayer Discussion Group

see p.11 for details.

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

First and third Tuesday in the month Binham, Sew and Natter,

The Gallery in the Chequers, 7-9pm

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

4pm

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

10am -12noon

POST OFFICE AND LIBRARY BUSES

Wednesdays: Field Dalling Post Office at VH 8-8.40am and

Langham Post Office at VH 8.50-9.20am

Fridays: 17 th Dec. and 14 th Jan. Sharrington Library Bus

VH 3.10pm

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NEW CLASH DIARY

If you are arranging a big event, contact your village rep

to add it to our clash diary, then check the diary to see

what else is going on.

February 2022

5 th Sat. Sharrington Forties Afternoon VH tbc

April 2022

30 th Sat. Sharrington Strawbs Concert. VH 7.30pm

June 2022

5 th Sun. Langham Queen’s 70 th Jubilee Street Party

August 2022

13 th Sat. Field Dalling & Saxlingham Summer Fete

20 th Sat. Langham Street Fayre

ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH

Back Lane Blakeney NR25 7NP

Mass on Sunday - 11am

Mass on Wednesday – 9.30am

Holyday of Obligation - 9.30am

www.catholicparishofwalsingham.org

BLAKENEY METHODIST CHURCH

First Sunday - Traditional Methodist Service 10am.

Second Sunday – Café Church 10am.

Third Sunday - Garden Church 10am.

Fourth Sunday - Café Church 10am.

For further information contact:

Samantha Parfitt, Lay Pioneer 07591509653 or

pilgrimchurchpioneer@outlook.com

JOINT MEETING OF HOLT AND

REPPS DEANERY SYNODS

Cromer Parish Hall, 65 Church Street,

Cromer NR27 9HH

Thursday 18 th November 2021, 7.30pm

Tea and coffee available from 7pm. Parish Hall opposite

Boots, next door to Costa Coffee. Nearest car

park: Meadow Road, NR27 9EE.


Church Services for Bale and Stiffkey Benefice for December 2021 and January 2022

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

Parish 5 th December 12 th December 19 th December 25 th December 26 th December

Christmas Day Boxing Day

Bale 9.30am HC 9.30am HC 6pm Lessons & Carols 9.30am HC At Langham

Field Dalling 11.00am CFS 11am Lessons & Carols 10.30am Christmas At Langham

Communion

Saxlingham At Field Dalling 4pm Lessons & Carols At Field Dalling At Langham

Gunthorpe 11.00am MP BCP 4.30pm Silent 11am MP with Carols At Langham

Meditation

Sharrington 9.30am MPBCP 9.30am HC 9.30am HC At Langham

Binham 11am HC 11am MP BCP 11am MP BCP 11am HC At Langham

Morston 9.30am HC BCP 9.30am HC BCP 9.30am MP BCP At Langham

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

Service

Stiffkey 9.30am MP BCP At Langham 3pm Christingle At Langham

Parish 2 nd January 9 th January 16 th January 23 rd January 30 th January

Bale 9.30am HC 9.30am HC 10.30am HC

Group Service

Field Dalling 11am CFS At Saxlingham 11am MP BCP At Bale

Saxlingham At Field Dalling 11am HC At Field Dalling At Bale

Gunthorpe 11am MP BCP 4.30pm Silent

At Bale

Meditation

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

Binham 11am HC 3.30pm Epiphany 11.00am MP BCP

At Bale

Service with the

Richeldis Singers

Morston 9.30am HC BCP 9.30am MP BCP At Bale

Langham At Stiffkey 9.30am MP BCP At Stiffkey 9.30am MP BCP At Bale

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

Additional Services

18 th December: Sharrington, 5pm. Lantern procession and carols

21 st December: Binham, 6.30pm. Carols and readings with the Iceni Choir

23 rd December: Morston, 4pm. Lessons and carols

Christmas Eve: Binham, 4pm. Crib service

Christmas Eve: Field Dalling, 4pm. Crib service

Christmas Eve: Langham, 4pm. Carol service

Zoom evensong on December 5 th and January 2 nd at 5.00pm. For further details

please contact Ian Newton.

on 01328 830947 or email iannewton46@gmail.com.

Please note there may be last minute changes to services.

RECTOR’S LETTER

My Dear Friends and Parishioners,

The year draws to its close, and all things living,

plantwise, shrink away. We, though, cling to life; and so

we should. We are made and equipped to Live, to face

adversity, to take pleasure, to exhibit the virtues:

loyalty, courage, kindness and long-suffering. New Year

seems away off – but the Church’s New Year begins at

Advent: Coming. There are four weeks for the

preparation of ourselves for Death, Judgement, Heaven

and Hell; and then Christmas, the Nativity of Our Lord

and Saviour Jesus Christ. And what a wonder.

Intertwined in all that we do is the heavenly, the

eternal. It’s a time of forgiveness, of persistence, of

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Artwork by Langham School

loving care. But also of recognition, of determination of

absolute glorious declaration. “Unto us a Son is born.

Unto us a Son is given….” And here is our health, our

saving, our ultimate security, our peace; and the whole

created order sings: in science, art, music, simplicity.

May I wish you a thoughtful few weeks before

Christmas; and then, Fire every cannon, ring every bell,

pull every cracker, and proclaim Jesus Christ is born.

And a peaceful, blessed and healthy New Year!

Yours very truly,

Ian Whittle,

The Rectory, Langham 01328 830246


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COMMUNITY nEWS

FAKENHAM CHORAL SOCIETY

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

A Festive Fantasia

Fakenham Choral Society presents its annual Christmas

concert in Fakenham Parish Church on Saturday 11 th

December 2021 at 5.30pm – the choir’s first performance

since March 2020. Musical Director Mark Jones will lead

the performance in his usual exuberant style! Come and sing

along to some popular carols and enjoy a selection of

wonderfully celebratory festive music

The performance will last for 1 hour 15 minutes with no

interval. Free entry. Retiring collection.

HEALTHWATCH UPDATE

Over the last few months, access to a GP has been

flagged up by many people getting in touch with us at

Healthwatch Norfolk.

We know it is worrying and we will continue to work as

the voice of patients. Equally we also co-signed a letter with

GP practice leaders and their teams asking everyone if they

could do their bit to ease pressure on the teams at surgeries

and health centres as well.

This includes making sure we are kind and respectful

when we get in touch with them, use technology if we can

to get in touch with staff as that helps make sure you get

seen by the right person, and go straight to hospitals if you

have an inquiry about waiting times for treatment there.

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It was also a reminder that practices these days have a

large support team with other people who may be able to

help such as pharmacists, physiotherapists, nurse

practitioners, paramedics and social prescribers.

Meanwhile we are asking your help if you are a patient

of the Queen Elizabeth NHS Trust over in Kings Lynn.

We are working with it to see if it can improve the way

it gets in touch about its care and appointments, what form

these appointments should take, and how you would like to

hear about hospital news and information.

A survey is running until the end of January and this is

your chance to have your say. You can find the survey at

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/QEHCommunication/

Alternatively you can request a print or ‘easy read’ version

of the survey by emailing enquiries@healthwatchnorfolk.

co.uk or calling 0808 168 9669. Finally, all of us at

Healthwatch Norfolk would like to wish all Lynx readers a

Merry Christmas and a peaceful 2022. Alex Stewart

LIBRARIES UPDATE

Please note for all events booking is advised, but dropins

welcome where space is available. Check with staff first

that sessions are running.

Tuesdays

Bounce and rhyme: weekly, 2-2.30pm

Wednesdays

Computer help: weekly (booking essential), 2-4pm

Book group: check date with staff, 5.30-6.30pm

Fridays

Crafting for children: weekly, term time only, 3.30-4.30pm

Saturdays

Lego Club: weekly, 2-3pm

Christmas Opening Times

Friday 24th December: Fakenham library closed,

Holt Library 10 – 12 noon, Wells library 9am – 12 noon

25th – 28th December: all closed

29th & 30th December: normal opening times

Friday 31st December: Fakenham Library 2 – 4pm,

Holt library 10am – 4pm, Wells library 9am – 4pm

1st, 2nd and 3rd of January: all closed

From Tuesday 4th January: normal opening times

Volunteers needed

Could you help us offer Bounce and Rhyme at Holt

Library? We are looking for volunteers to help for 30

minutes a week to share rhymes and stories with children.

If you would like to get involved please contact Holt

Library on 01263 712202 or alternatively volunteer

contact@norfolk.gov.uk 01603 774793.

We are also looking for volunteers to help a few

hours every now and then with the garden at Holt

Library. if you are interested please contact the library

No news from our councillors this time.

District Councillors’ Contact Details:

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

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

& Saxlingham) Andrew Brown e:andrew.brown@northnorfolk.gov.uk

(Sharrington) 07970 298695 Victoria Holliday:

(Morston & Stiffkey)victoria.holliday@north-norfolk.gov.uk

County Councillors’ contact details:

Michael Dalby: County Councillor Wells Division - Glaven,

Priory and Walsingham Parishes (incl. Binham & Cockthorpe,

Brinton & Sharrington, Field Dalling & Saxlingham, Langham,

Morston, Stiffkey) Steffan Aquarone: County Councillor Melton

Constable Division ( incl. Bale and Gunthorpe Parishes)

steffanaquarone@gmail.com or 07879 451608


BALE

Contact: Maggie Thomas 01328 822481

maggie2403@icloud.com

FUND-RAISING EVENT

Bale Village Hall

More than 40 people

enjoyed flower arranging

demonstrations by Amanda

Seales, former chairperson of

Holt & District Flower Club.

Mandy is a regular flower

arranger in Norwich Cathedral

and has arranged flowers in

Westminster Abbey. She

entertained the audience with

amusing stories while showing them simple and

inexpensive ways to make a dramatic statement, using jam

jars, small amounts of lace, hessian and ribbon. Her

creations included a sultry display of jam jars covered in

black lace and red ribbon filled with dark red flowers;

pumpkins topped with succulents and air plants; a tiny

garden of flowers and grasses in a container made from

lawn edging and an autumn willow ring that could be

adapted to make a Christmas wreath. Her grand finale was a

sumptuous pedestal arrangement of dahlias and roses with

trailing foliage.

Mandy is passionate about sustainability and uses locally

-grown flowers wherever possible as well as flowers and

foliage from own garden. She hopes to persuade anyone

arranging flowers for their home or church to use

alternatives to floral foam which is not biodegradable.

Instead of floral foam she uses scrunched up chicken wire in

vases and containers: a much cheaper alternative and ecofriendly.

The most delicious cakes and tarts were donated to the

event by Bale residents and Jocelyn Bunting, a volunteer

baker at The Treehouse Café, Holt. £432 was raised for The

Treehouse, a community café that runs groups and activities

for children and adults. Based in Charles Road, the café

raises the money to enable groups to be run for free.

Volunteers bake, garden, wash up and serve in the café. A

patch of land has been developed into a community garden

with meandering paths, flower and vegetable beds. Behind

it is the wild garden with a willow arch, dinosaur mound,

sandpits, toys and lots of space for children to play while

their parents and grandparents enjoy coffee and cake at the

picnic tables.

MT

WILD BALE

The bird food store

Winter is upon us and our feathered friends are fighting

to survive the sort of weather that

causes the highest mortality in

birds. Many familiar species,

including jay, nuthatch and coal tit,

hoard food in individual spots or in

large caches to see them through

periods of cold, snow, rain and

freezing temperatures.

Bird species that hoard are often

birds that do not normally migrate,

such as the jay. Hoarding allows a bird to feed without using

energy to fly great distances.

The jay can bury hundreds of acorns, pine seeds and

even small mammals during the autumn and later recall

exactly where they were cached, even after a fall of snow.

They also remember when they buried them, ensuring that

the most perishable food items are eaten first. They use the

hippocampus in the brain to remember where they have

buried food items and what food items they have hidden.

The hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for

memory and learning, is enlarged in long-distance migrant

birds and we know that they learn their migration map by

studying the sun, which they use as a compass, and the stars

at night. Fledged birds spend two weeks or so looking at the

night sky and the rotation of celestial bodies in order to learn

how to navigate. They also recognise physical features and

can detect the magnetic field that surrounds the earth. This is

strongest at the poles and weakest around the equator but

there is some evidence to suggest that the magnetic field is

being disrupted by low level electronic interference from the

many small electrical items humans now possess.

Effectively most migrating birds know in which direction to

fly and for how many days, taking into account the weather,

and then use physical features to navigate to a precise

location.

This autumn the acorn crop failed in Norfolk and there

was very little beech mast, the two most stored foods for

jays. As a result, we have seen small groups of jays flying

west along the coast in search of food and there have been

more sightings of jays in gardens. This is known as a foodinduced

eruption.

In 1983 I was birding in Kent on the coast near Dover

early one October morning when a group of fifteen jays

flew west over the clifftop in a loose flock. By midday we

had counted 896 Jays moving west in one disjointed group:

an astounding number in one location. A few days later a

flock of one thousand were seen in a field at Land’s End,

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Cornwall. The flock flew out into the Atlantic. These were

jays from Eastern Europe where the acorn crop had

completely failed.

Paul Laurie

VILLAGE HALL NEWS

After an eleventh-hour cancellation from the caterer, the

good folk of Bale pulled out all the stops and created an

excellent feast for harvest supper. Thanks to all concerned

for a very pleasant evening.

At the time of writing, tickets for the quiz on 27 th

November are selling well, thanks to the Bale Village

WhatsApp. This has proved a great way of getting

information around the village and we will be advertising all

future events this way. For those who are not on the

network, posters will also go up on the notice boards outside

the hall and by the telephone box opposite the church and

the Lynx carries details of everything happening and how to

book. If you would like to join the WhatsApp group, please

contact Alastair on 07791 456819.

December fish and chips on the 10 th will be, as usual, a

festive occasion so Christmas jumpers will be welcome!

We will also have the extra 100-club prize draw to help a

lucky participant with their yuletide expenses. Don’t forget

to place your food order by 6pm via WhatsApp,

balevillagehall@gmail.com (now working as it should)

or calling 01328 878355. The same arrangements will apply

for our 14 th January get-together.

Back by popular request – we will be installing a

Christmas tree outside the hall in December and would like

to invite you to get together to sing carols there on Thursday

23 rd December from 4pm. Even if social-distancing rules are

imposed again this winter, we can enjoy each other’s

company in the safety of the outdoors. This is weather

dependant so ‘fingers crossed’ for the rain to hold off that

evening.

Old Year’s Night should be making a triumphant return

on 31 st December at 8pm, Covid-permitting. For those who

are new to the village, this is a very popular event with a

gourmet meal cooked by Alastair and his team plus a few

games and, of course, a hearty rendition of ‘Auld Lang

Syne’ at midnight. Booking will be via WhatsApp,

balevillagehall@gmail.com or call 01328 878914. This

evening is always fully subscribed so please book early to

avoid disappointment! Places will be allocated strictly on a

first-come, first-served basis.

Many and varied ideas have been put forward for events

at the village hall during 2022, so watch this space for

details in the next edition of the Local Lynx. PM

HUNDRED CLUB DRAW RESULTS

If you would like to join the 100 Club, please pay the

annual subscription of £12 into a/c 10142182, sort

code 20-30-81, using 100 and your surname as the

reference. The draw is held on the second week of

each month at fish and chips in the village hall.

September 2021 October 2021

Martin Moore £25 Dawn Baker

Evan Turnbull £10 Evan Turnbull

Hannah Letts £5 Maggie Thomas

Julie Bridge £5 Paul Turnbull

BALE BOOK GROUP

Sisters by Daisy Johnson

Daisy Johnson, a British novelist and short story writer,

was one of the youngest authors to be shortlisted for the

Man Booker in 2018. Sisters tells the

story of two sisters, named July and

September, born ten months apart but,

in many respects, like twins. The New

York Times describes it as “a haunting

story about two sisters caught in a

powerful emotional web and wrestling

to understand where one ends and the

other begins.” There is an intense

emotional intertwining and

interdependence of their lives, shared

feelings and sensations and a strong

attachment to each other:

“When one of us speaks we both feel the words moving

on our tongues. When one of us eats we both feel the food

slipping down our gullets. It would have surprised neither of

us to have found, slit open, that we shared organs that one’s

lungs breathed for the both, that a single heart beat a

doubling, feverish pulse.”

One sister has a terrible dominance over the other but,

despite their dysfunctional relationship, they live together in

a very private world. Their mother, a writer of children’s

books, is depressed and almost detached from her

daughters. Their father, now deceased, had had his own

issues and had left the family. After a traumatic event their

mother takes them away from their home to an isolated and

run-down cottage near the coast where they are mainly left

to fend for themselves.

There is a twist to this story, which everyone but me

spotted at the beginning: July had promised that she would

die before September and, no matter what, September

should survive. The narrative then revolves around this

promise.

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This is a quick and easy read. I found myself wondering

what, if this were a film, the genre would be: a gothic

horror; psychological thriller or a study of relationships, of

loss and grief.

The book did not incite the usual lively discussion.

Group members thought that the author failed to expand on

parts of the narrative which would have made it a better

read. They felt that the subject matter had a lot to offer and

often captivated the reader but that some images and scenes

from the cottage did not hold enough resonance. It was not

a book that anyone wished to revisit but it would make an

easy holiday read.

Ali Courtney

ALL SAINTS’ BALE

Having got into a regular routine of Holy Communion

services at 9.30am on the first and third Sundays of the

month, it is hoped that a variation on this in December and

January won’t cause too much confusion!

In December, Holy Communion will take place on the

first and second Sundays, 5 th and 12 th . We will then be

holding our traditional service of carols and readings at 6pm

on the 19 th . This is a lovely occasion with candlelight, the

Christmas tree, music and words that bring the spirit of the

season. After the service, all are invited to enjoy mince pies

and mulled wine.

In January, in addition to our regular first- and third-

Sunday services on the 2 nd and 16 th , Bale will be hosting the

group service where we welcome visitors from other

churches in the benefice. This will take place on Sunday 30 th

January at 10.30am.

It has been suggested that Bale should support the local

food bank on a regular basis. People were very generous last

year when we placed a collection bin by the Christmas tree

outside the village hall and, in this time of particular

hardship and ongoing austerity, it is felt that a permanent

collection point should be installed in the church porch from

the beginning of December. Please spare a thought, when

doing your supermarket shopping, for those who are

struggling and try to place a little extra ‘something’ in your

trolley to donate to the food bank. Canned and packet goods

are obviously most appropriate.

PM

BALE PAINTING GROUP

The Bale Painting Group restarted in September, with

members making the most of our renovated village hall to

paint, draw and share a few hours doing art.

Pictures we have created are often put up on the walls to

decorate the hall. We change the pictures frequently so this

is an ever-changing gallery.

Future plans include activities such as an open studio

session in the summer and workshops where we will invite

local artists to present new styles and techniques to us.

We have space for a few more people to join us. We

currently meet on Mondays from 1pm to 4pm at Bale

village hall which is on Sharrington Road not far from the

church. The postcode is NR21 0QY.

If you are interested, we look forward to seeing you

soon. You can contact us by email at

TheBalePaintingGroup@outlook.com. Peter Jones

BALE GRAND DRAW

By now you will, hopefully, have received through your

mailbox some tickets for the grand draw. This is usually a

feature of the Bale fete in June but as this has now been

cancelled twice, it was decided to reschedule the draw to

Christmastime. The fete and draw contribute to the upkeep

of Bale church and also to the ongoing costs of the village

hall. This income has been sorely missed over the period of

the pandemic, particularly by the church, which was forced

to close for some time and has had no support by way of

grants.

Please buy/sell as many tickets as you are able: there is

always a good range of prizes! We would ask you to return

ticket stubs, any unsold tickets and monies to Church House

(immediately opposite the church) by the morning of the

19 th December. The draw itself will take place in church

whilst we are quaffing mulled wine and mince pies after the

carol service, which begins at 6pm that evening. PM

GUNTHORPE WITH BALE PC

VACANCY FOR PARISH COUNCILLOR

Are you interested in the life of our community, the local

environment, recreational facilities, local transport,

planning, housing and other local issues? If you live or work

in either Gunthorpe or Bale and are aged over 18, you could

be eligible to become a parish councillor.

The PC meets four times each year. Meetings usually

last no more than two hours and alternate between Bale and

Gunthorpe. You will have the support of the parish clerk, a

paid employee of the council, to direct and support you.

Training is available if you are new to the role to ensure you

get the most out of it.To find out more, contact the Parish

Clerk, Kerry Harris, by email at kerry_gunthorpepc

@yahoo.com or by phone on 01328 822583. MT

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BINHAM

Contact: Liz Brady 01328 830830

lizsdavenport@gmail.com

BINHAM PARISH COUNCIL

A rainbow is forming over the field towards the coast.

Always a fabulous sight, but where is that pot of gold? The

skies are brightening up, the air is still, the roads are busy

with farm traffic carrying the potato and sugar beet harvest.

This time last year, we faced uncertainty about

increasing numbers of Covid positive cases after a lull in the

summer. Dare I say, despite all the restrictions and efforts

Covid has crept up on us again. We have returned to

‘normal’, but unfortunately despite everyone’s best efforts

there are pockets of increased Covid cases not least in our

region (https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/

interactive-map/cases).

It is essential that we must all remain cautious to protect

ourselves and others. Remember the simple things - hand

washing, social distancing, fresh air, wearing face coverings

in crowded spaces, getting tested and vaccinated will all

stand us in good stead in the coming months.

The parish council is busy, not least with planning

issues. One of the responsibilities of the PC is to review

planning applications as a consultee and make comments

either supporting or objecting with relevant reasons. The PC

also endeavours to ensure that any noticed changes to

buildings, land or changes of use comply with North

Norfolk District Council (NNDC) planning regulations

requirements. Details can be found on NNDC planning

portal at https://www.north-norfolk.gov.uk/info/

conservation/.

This approach is compounded by Binham and

Cockthorpe being two of 81 specially designated

conservation areas by NNDC. Conservation areas are of

special architectural or historic interest, the character and

appearance of which is desirable to preserve or enhance.

Development in such circumstances is therefore subject to

stricter planning regulations.

The PC would hope that any residential or business

premises within the conservation areas be mindful of these

regulations, when looking to make any property alterations

to an existing building, adding new structures or changing

of uses. There is also a special onus on owners of listed

buildings to take care to ensure compliance with all the

requirements. Another important topic is trees, these should

not be removed without consultation and approval of the

tree officer at NNDC.

In recent years there has been a turnover of existing

properties particularly in Binham and resultant development

and alterations. The PC will always welcome property

owners to speak to the PC about their intended plans so that

the council members can be informed and ultimately be

consistent in approach to the decision-making process.

The roads continue to be busy, as one would expect, half

term just finished, staycation visitors, potato and sugar beet

harvest and general travelling to and from work and school.

Valuable data is collected by way of SAM2 which is moved

every six weeks. There is a persistent increase in the speed

on two roads (average 39-40mph in 30mph zones), and the

volume of traffic has increased in the last few months. To

this end, and in response to an invitation from Hindringham

PC to join their Community Speed Watch scheme https://

www.norfolk.police.uk/sites/norfolk/files/page/downloads/

csw_flyer_2021_norfolk.pdf, representatives from Binham,

Langham and Hindringham met to discuss a way forward to

tackle similar problems. The PC will discuss at the

November meeting joining Hindringham’s Community

Speed Watch team to determine whether such a scheme

might calm the traffic and secondarily triangulate SAM2

data. If agreement is reached at the meeting, volunteers to

join such a scheme will be sought, further details will appear

on the PC website (https://binhampc.norfolkparishes.

gov.uk).

Christmas approaches, there are numerous activities

being organised by the Memorial Hall trustees, and Binham

Priory as described elsewhere. Each one provides us with a

wonderful opportunity for new and old village residents to

come together and celebrate the season and the joy of

meeting and getting to know each other. It’s great fun, with

Christmas fare to eat and

drink. There is an

opportunity to say to many

a huge thank you for all

you have done in the

village during the last two

years of Covid in keeping

us safe.

We look forward to an

even better display of

spectacular Christmas

lights this year, so do join

in decorating your trees

and houses to mark the

festive season.

To end I thought this

wonderful drawing and

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comment about cows from Verity (8 years old) visiting her

great aunt in the summer will cheer us all up.

“Cows are very nice creatures.

They will only charge at you if you bother them.

The mother cows have udders, they use them to produce

milk for their babies and us.

Please always respect cows. Thank you.”

May I wish everyone a very happy and peaceful

Christmas and a prosperous 2022.

Elizabeth S Brady (Chair Binham PC) and Pennie

Alford (Chair Binham PC Planning subcommittee)

CHRISTMAS SERVICES AT

BINHAM PRIORY

We extend a warm welcome to everyone at the

following services:

Tuesday, 21 st December, 6.30 pm

Carols and Readings for Advent and Christmas

with the Iceni Christmas Choir

Christmas Eve, 4.00 pm

Children's Crib Service

Christmas Day, 11.00 am

Holy Communion

Sunday, 9 th January, 3.30 pm

Carols and Readings for Epiphany

with the Richeldis Singers

BINHAM PRIORY PASSION

Binham Passion Play needs you and

you don’t have to live in Binham

The main parts have been cast, leaving some small parts

still open, with very little to learn, or you could be a member

of the crowd in several scenes. We will also want help

behind the scenes: costumes, make-up, props, car-parking

etc. Rehearsals start in January

For your information: The dress rehearsal will be on

Sunday 11th April and three main performances Tuesday

13th to Thursday 15th, all in the early evening.

If you are interested, please contact David Frost 01328

830362 or davidfrost226@btinternet.com

BINHAM VILLAGE MEMORIAL HALL

www.binhamvillagehall.co.uk

Christmas is nearly here which is so exciting. 2022 is

just around the corner which seems rather astonishing. The

Hall has had a pretty good 2021, all things considered, and

we are all very much looking forward to having a good

2022 – even if we do have everything crossed, keep

touching wood and carry-on avoiding walking under

ladders.

We had an excellent harvest lunch at the beginning of

October and a week later, a phenomenal quiz night. Andy

Marsh, chair of the trustees, was an excellent quizmaster

and Liz Brown and her crack team produced a delicious

supper. There were about 35 of us and we raised £260 after

all the costs were deducted and everyone had a wonderful

evening. We are looking forward to the next one!

This issue should be with you by the beginning of

December so there still might be time to book in for the

Christmas supper on December 4th at 7pm and Christmas

bingo on December 9 th , 6.30 for eyes down 7pm but if not,

then we are also having a children’s Christmas party on

December 11 th at 4pm and lastly carols around the tree is on

Monday December 20th at 7.15pm at The Chequers with

Fakenham Town Band. Refreshments will be served and a

collection to pay for the band. If you’ve already got your

2022 diary handy, the wonderful young singers from

Gresham’s School are coming on February 9th with what

promises to be a super concert of ‘Songs from the Shows’.

Keep an eye on the Facebook page, website and posters

around the village nearer the time for up-to-date details.

We are very hopeful that we might have dedicated wifi

by the New Year. This will be very useful for people who

are using the hall whether it be for a party, painting or

pilates. We might manage to get an Instagram hashtag going

too!

Don’t forget the 100 Club – there are still numbers

available.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us to

all of you.

Mary Hunt and Liz Brown

BRIGHTEN UP BINHAM

We do hope you’ve enjoyed our flower boxes this year,

they are now planted up for winter with still a bit of colour.

If you would like to be involved, with watering or planting

up please give Liz. (07435 788221) or Janet (01328

830652) a ring.

We look forward to next year with lots of bulbs in the

boxes there should be lots of colour. Thank you very much

for all your lovely comments made during the year about

the boxes

Liz Brown and Jan Hewit

THE FRIENDS OF BINHAM PRIORY

We eased gently back into action in September with a

special members drinks party to mark the 10th anniversary

of the Friends of Binham Priory. It was more than a year

late as our anniversary was in 2020 but the event was a great

success, and it was lovely to see so many of you again.

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At the time of writing, we are preparing for our Autumn

talk on November 27th. Guest speaker, Peter Brookes, was

to have appeared last year. When we announced the new

date, tickets sold out rapidly amongst members before even

being advertised to the public. Peter, political cartoonist for

The Times, will review his work on contemporary political

life with a presentation entitled “Desperate Times”.

We are also looking to the future, planning events for

next year and working on projects to benefit Binham’s gem

building, Binham Priory Church. We will have more on this

in early Spring 2022 and will put our news on our website,

www.friendsofbinhampriory.weebly.com.

For anyone considering becoming a member, there are

forms to download on the website and they can also be

collected from our display stand inside the priory. The

website has news on Binham events as well as local pictures

and plenty of information about the work of The Friends.

Carolyn Raymond

BINHAM ART GROUP

The Art Group now boasts 30 members and each week

we usually get about 20 artists attend class. We now have

three Binham residents in the group with many others from

neighbouring villages within the Lynx catchment area.

Binham Village Memorial Hall is such an inspirational

venue for us to paint and draw. Our artists work is varied

many using watercolour, others using acrylics and oil

(which are now water based!) as well as watercolour pencils

and inks. It’s always been our practice to do your own thing

and we share ideas, techniques and knowledge with other

group members which makes it both interactive and

enjoyable.

We meet every Tuesday morning from 9.30 to 12.30

with a coffee break midway through. Once a month, on the

last Tuesday of each month, we hold a ‘picture of the

month’ competition where group members vote on the

picture, they consider to be the best from that month’s work.

The winning picture is then displayed in The Gallery at The

Chequers for the following month, it is also displayed on the

home page of our website too.

About every other month, we invite visiting

accomplished artists to give us a demonstration of their

work. This is sometimes followed by a workshop where you

get a chance to apply what you’ve learned. These sessions

are also open to non -members and we post details of these

upcoming events on the news page on our website. There

will also be occasional demonstrations of different painting

techniques and on 11 th Jan 2022, yours truly will be

demonstrating the ‘acrylic pour’ technique with

pyrotechnics and all. A good way to start the New Year off

and always a lot of fun.

By the time the Lynx goes to press we will have held our

1st Winter Themed Exhibition at the Binham Christmas

Fair on Nov 20th. We will report that in the next issue.

For more information about our Group and examples of

our work please visit our website www.binham

artgroup.weebly.com.

Robin Townend

BINHAM YOUTH GROUP

Due to the current high infection rates for Covid in

school age children we feel it would be irresponsible to reopen

youth group at this time, with children from at least

five different schools attending the group we do not want to

be super spreaders of the infection. As much as we would

like to be back, we feel it is best for both children and staff.

As soon as the situation improves, and we feel it is safe to

do so we will let you all know.

from all at Binham Youth Group

HINDRINGHAM AND BINHAM

OPEN CIRCLE

Well, we’ve managed two meetings this year but as I

write this numbers of infections are escalating and who

knows what we will be able to do safely in November and

December.

All I can do is tell you our plans and promise to email

members with updates as the meetings approach. If you’re

not a member and or are interested in becoming one and not

on the email list do get in touch on Tel: 01328 878487

Future events

18 th November: an evening with ‘Wool Heritage from

sheep to garments’. We hope to have other crafters with

items to sell.

9 th December: To celebrate Christmas together, a meal

somewhere, subject to restrictions and staff shortages in

hospitality is planned.

In the next few weeks, I hope to start arranging evenings

for 2022. If anyone has an interesting contact, please get in

touch as above.

Sue Elkins

BINHAM MEMORIAL HALL

100+ Club winners

September winners: £25 Alex Bartram, £10 Donna

Cook, Sheila Law, £5 Sheilin Cuthbert, Mary Hunt, Helena

Marsh. October winners: £25 Sue Jennings, £10 Andrew

Moncur, Robin Townend, £5 Emma Solvodari, Paddy

Bartram , Mike Ulph.

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

8 Priory Crescent or ring June Read on 01328 830106.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

If you have good thoughts, they will shine

out of your face and you will always look

lovely.

A Roald Dahl quote

DUNCAN BAKER M.P.

N. Norfolk Conservative Assoc: 01692 558458

www.duncanbaker.org.uk

JEROME MAYHEW M.P.

Broadland Conservative Assoc: 01603 865763

www.broadlandconservatives.org.uk

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COCKTHORPE

Contact: Maurice Matthews 01328 830350

maurice.matthews@peppard.net

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS IN

COCKTHORPE CHURCH

Saturday 11 th and Sunday 12 th December

Christmas is approaching fast and I really do hope we

can all spend it with our loved ones. I do not think we have

come out of the Covid-19 pandemic so we all need to

continue to look after each other.

We will not be holding a Christmas tree festival in

the Cockthorpe church this year, instead we are

going to light up the interior of the church with

pretty colourful bottles, doves for peace, poppies

for remembrance, and fairy lights for magic and hope.

The NHS has struggled through the pandemic and so

have a lot of mothers with new born babies, so please let’s

raise some money for the NICU ward at the Norfolk and

Norwich.

Please I am asking everyone to visit the church and

donate a small amount so that we can help.

I would like to ask the Langham and Blakeney school

children to draw and decorate the doves of peace and write a

goodwill message.

Please let us all be grateful for the beautiful place in

which we live and hope that we have a lovely time. JC

FIELD DALLING

Contact: Julie Wiltshire

julie_wilson75@hotmail.com

ST ANDREW’S CHURCH

We are sorry that we have decided, in the light of

growing Covid numbers, to postpone our Christmas Fair to

next year, but we very much look forward to welcoming

folk to our Christmas services in our large and airy church!

As well as the monthly Zoom Evensong on Sunday 5th

December at 5pm and our family service on Sunday 12th

December at 11am, we are holding special Christmas

services which we hope will appeal to all tastes. The family

service in December will be followed by a chance to chat

together over coffee, mulled wine and mince pies.

On Sunday 19th December, at 11am, we will celebrate

the story of Christmas in story and singing at our service of

lessons and carols. At 4pm on Christmas Eve we will come

together round the stable at our crib service – a very short

and informal service.

At 1030am on Christmas morning we will share in a

communion service to give thanks for the birth of Christ.

You are all most welcome.

We enjoyed a good crowd at our harvest festival service

on 17th October; this raised just over £140 for Afghan

refugees. In addition, gifts of food were taken to Glaven

caring and to the food bank at Morrisons. There was also a

moving moment before lunch, when Ian Whittle asked

God’s blessing on the bench given to us by Dee and Van

Beggarly, of Florida, in memory of their daughter Lori.

They hope that it will be a good place for us to rest awhile.

Ian Newton

BEREAVEMENT GROUP

Friday 10 th December at 4pm

To be held at Manor Farm Cottage, Field Dalling.

Support group for those who are dealing with loss, enabling

fears and worries to be freely expressed and allowing

healing to take place. Contact Fiona Newton on 01328 830

947 or fionanewton46@gmail.com.

DISCUSSION GROUP

On the four Mondays of December, there will be a

chance to discuss our experience and understand of prayer.

The Group will be run from our kitchen at Manor Farm

Cottage, 67 Langham Road - but it will also be on zoom, so

as to include our friends from Suffolk, Warwickshire,

Florida, Scotland and North Carolina! All are warmly

welcome. For more details contact Fiona at:

fionanewton46@gmail.com or 07810 058 215.

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CHRISTMAS EVE CRIB SERVICE

Our Christmas Eve crib service will have a theme of

Angels. So, if any little person you know would like

to come with wings or a halo attached, they would

be most welcome!

200 CLUB

It is a pleasure to announce that Carolyn Hayward is to

take over the running of the village's 200 Club from 1st

November 2021. Should you wish to contact her it is best by

email as follows: cvhayward@btinternet.com.

The lucky winners for September and October are:

Sept: £50 Kathy Chestney; £25 John Kirby; £15 Julie

Wiltshire

Oct: £50 L.Anthony; £25 John Ridley; £15 Emma

Deterding

Nov: £50 Mariana Botova; £25 Fenella Greenfield; £15

Vincent Lane.

Steve and Susie Collins

ADNAMS WINE TASTING

Friday 3 rd Dec @ 7pm, VH

We are pleased to announce that our annual wine tasting

by Adnams will return to the Villagers’ Hall. All purchases

will be discounted by Adnams. No need to book, just come

along on the night.

GUNTHORPE

Contact: Jane Paton 07989 534145

jacarwardine@googlemail.com

MANY THANKS, JOHN

John Blakeley was a huge help to me when I first took

over as editor of the Lynx. He has always guided me in the

right direction and kept a sensible eye on our accounts each

year. I look forward to reading his articles for many years to

come.

And welcome to the team, Jane

Huge thanks to Jane Paton for joining as the new

Gunthorpe rep.

RH (Ed.)

FOGPC

50/50 Club Draw Results

September

October

Gertraud Shaw £20 SophieWalden £20

Jessie Worsley £15 Joe Lemberger £15

Vivienne Wilson £10 Diane Blakeley £10

Sarah Worsley £5 Noel Hinton £5

Elaine Vaughan £5 Sarah Worsley £5

Marianne Atherton £5 Donald Burton £5

We presently have 141 members, but we would

welcome more - so if you are new to the village or have

been here awhile and not yet joined would you consider

joining us? If you would like more information on the 50:50

Club please contact either Myfi Everett on 01263 860035 or

John Blakeley on 01263 861008.

As a change to the plans announced at the last 50:50

Club Coffee Morning, I can now confirm that the Village

Institute and 50:50 club plan to hold a joint Christmas

function commencing at 12 noon on Saturday 18 th

December. As well as an enhanced monthly draw and raffle

for the 50:50 Club there will be a Christmas buffet and

gluhwein (mulled wine) whilst stocks last. Soft drinks will

also be available. There is no charge for the event, but

donations, which will be split between the Institute and

50:50 Club will be most welcome. We are limited by the

institute’s capacity so if you plan to attend can you please let

either Myfi (01263 860035) or myself know by phone or e-

mail. If necessary, we will allocate attendance based on first

come first served basis.

John Blakeley

ST MARY’S CHURCH NEWS

Enormous efforts were made by many people to produce

an exceptionally fine display of fruit, vegetables and

flowers, and tins and dried food, for the harvest festival.

This took place with a good attendance at morning prayer

on Sunday 10 October. Most gratifying was the warmhearted

acceptance of it all, gathered together in about ten

boxes, by the Holt Youth Project, which many of you will

know. It does important work for the significant number of

young persons who are not so advantaged as others in the

neighbourhood; it has a long connection with Gunthorpe,

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supported over the years by two of our distinguished

residents who prefer to remain anonymous. We were also

delighted to have the boxes received at the Project by Karen

who is from the Grieff family of Gunthorpe. Thank you

everyone for such generosity.

Great gratitude is also due, again, to Ben Williamson of

Field Dalling for taking time from his duties as a soldier to

ride for St Mary’s in the Norfolk Churches Trust annual

September Bike Ride. Ben is the great nephew of the still

much missed and remembered Fred Morley who did so

much throughout his lifetime for St Mary’s. Ben got round a

record number of churches, and his peddling and that of

David and Penny Brough will have made a real difference

to our dwindling financial resources.

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (CHRIS)

WATKISS

Former Gunthorpe home owner

Christopher Robin Watkiss sadly

passed away peacefully in the Lister

Hospital in Hitchin. aged 89, on 13 th

October 2021. He is survived by his

wife Barbara, his son Michael, two

daughters Susan and Julia, eight

grandchildren and nine greatgrandchildren.

Barbara and Chris were married 65 years ago and

created a business in the printing industry and

manufacturing. They wanted to have some family time

away from the business so bought and renovated Holme

Cottage in Gunthorpe in 1964. The family would often fly

in their Cessna aeroplane to their airstrip alongside the

Brinton road in Gunthorpe and became very much part of

the village life.

Chris was always inventive and designed a rotary

collator for his printing business which he built in the barn

at Holme Cottage with local craftsman Roy Bullen from

Hindringham. This new design went on to be a great

success and Chris and Barbara purchased the Old School in

Hindringham as a workshop before expanding to factories

in Bedfordshire to cope with worldwide demand. Chris

went on to win the British Design Awards for this invention

and the later Vario Collator.

They sold Holme Cottage in 1994 but kept in touch with

their friends in Gunthorpe. The Old School in Hindringham

has now been converted to a home by their daughter Susan

and husband Paul who will visiting Norfolk regularly, and

the local links will remain.

Although an extremely successful businessman Chris

was a staunch family man and loved his wife, children,

grandchildren and great grandchildren. He will always be

remembered for his infectious smile and positive attitude.

We send our deepest condolences to the family.

FRIENDS OF GUNTHORPE PC

It is great that the Friends 50/50 Club meetings have

resumed in the Village Institute – with many thanks to Myfi

and John and all attendees – offering a chance to start to get

together again and resume some ‘normal-life’ occasions.

The Friends harvest supper, however, presents a

different set of Covid-issues to tackle – the shared food

preparation and service, which is an intrinsic part of the

event itself - cold weather requiring heating on and doors

closed - a crowded room full of village people sharing the

meal and the evening together (not just a few “round” the

table being served by masked strangers). So we have

decided to postpone it and think of another more suitable

way to gather. As soon as we can we will put a suitable plan

into action. Anyone who wishes to help or has an idea

please let us know! However, as you will have seen in the

50:50 Club article we are, rules permitting, holding a joint

Institute and 50:50 Club Christmas gathering on 18 th

December.

I want to thank John Blakeley for his energy and

responsible leadership in all he does for The Friends and

Gunthorpe village! He is leaving his position of many years

as Gunthorpe Rep for the Lynx after this issue, and we

thank him from the bottom of our hearts.

A happy Autumn and holiday season to you all and

many thanks for your continued support of The Friends.

Marie Denholm Friends Chairman

WECOME

A belated, but still very warm, welcome to the village

goes to Chris and Ellie Metcalf who together with their

children Sage (8), Ellis (5) and Remy (3), not forgetting

their Jack Russell terrier “Digger”, who have moved to

Dumpling Cottage. Ellie is in her final year of counsellor

qualification at Bromley College and Chris is an executive

director for natural resources and construction in the

Howden Specialty Group. Chris knows Norfolk well as he

has several family connections here. As always, we offer

our best wishes for them to enjoy living in our friendly and

eclectic village community.

NEW VILLAGE LYNX REP

After some 15 years as the village rep for the Local Lynx

I am handing over this task to a willing volunteer

replacement, Jane Paton from Gardener’s Cottage, although

I still plan to write some of the articles to support her. A big

thank you goes to all who have supported me by providing

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articles for the magazine – please do the same for Jane if

you possibly can. Jane’s contact details are: tel: 07989

534145 and e-mail jacarwardine@googlemail.com.

LANGHAM

Contact: Christina Cooper 01328 830207

christinacooper27@googlemail.com

NEW LYNX REP NEEDED!

After almost five years since volunteering to take on the

role as the village representative for Langham, I have

decided to hang up my trusty PC and pass on the role to

someone new.

Would you or anyone you know be interested? The role

will take up only a couple of hours every other month, and it

is a great way of meeting others within the village and

becoming part of the community, as well as finding out

everything that’s going on!

As we are just one of the 10 villages in the Lynx, it is

also a lovely way to meet and get to know other village reps

and our neighbouring North Norfolk folk.

If you would like more information and have a chat

further about what being a rep involves (you will need

access to a PC/tablet with Microsoft Word), please contact

me by email christinacooper27@gmail.com or telephone

01328 830207. Thank you. Christina Cooper – Lynx Rep

COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

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Call for Volunteers to run a Community

Speedwatch Group

With the agreement and support of the Langham Parish

Council, I am now trying to re-establish an active

Community Speedwatch Group in Langham. In order to be

able to function, this group must have:

a minimum of six volunteers

volunteers must all be over 18 years of age

volunteers must be willing to contribute a minimum


of 1 hour per week

full training will be provided (both online and

practical training in the village).

So, can I please ask any fellow villagers who are willing

to volunteer to take part in this new Community

Speedwatch Group to either message through the Langham

Facebook or else contact me directly via email at

ajgsmith@btconnect.com.

Also, in a more general sense, can I please ask for your

wider thoughts, feedback and suggestions on the topic of

traffic speeding in Langham. Thank You. Alan Smith

EXERCISE AND

BOUNTIFUL REWARDS

Do you want to get outdoors and exercise more? Or

enjoy the benefits of eating your own organic home grown

fruit and vegetables? Or maybe grow some beautiful cut

flowers? Or plant some bulbs now ready for tulips and

daffodils in the Spring?

If the answer is yes to any of the above, allotments are

available in Langham now for rent. For a small fee each

year you could be the proud tenant of a plot to achieve any

of the above and more.

Contact Cavin on 01328 830444 for more information.

LIGHT UP LANGHAM

THROUGHOUT DECEMBER

Following the great success of our ‘Light Up

Langham’ campaign last winter to brighten the

lives of everyone during the pandemic, we thought

it would be wonderful to do it again, but hopefully

with a much happier Christmas this year!

So, as before, please can you light up where you

live in any way you wish, from the traditional Christmas

tree in the window, to strings of lights on houses, fences or

hedges, or in the trees or bushes in your garden! Displays in

windows, or even on roofs (at your own risk!!) – it can be

big or small – anything goes.

There are no prize winners, just the enjoyment of

spreading happiness and lighting up the village for the

month of December to celebrate the festive season.

Happy Christmas to you all!

MEMORIES OF JEAN FULLER

I wanted to write just a few words to say how much I

miss my twin sister Jean every day. We did so much

together and sometimes could be a bit naughty but it was

harmless fun.

When we left school age 16 we both worked in

Blakeney for Haywards the grocery and paper shop. Our

first job was delivering the newspapers, then grocery orders

in the morning. We were out all weathers and I think it

toughened us up a bit! We did all this on heavy old (what

they called in those days) trade bikes, and both used to get

chilblains on our toes in the winter time.


In the afternoons we would spend filling up shelves and

doing stocktakes when required. Some days we loved to

play practical jokes such as one of us hiding in some of the

large cardboard boxes when we’d emptied the stock and the

other not giving the game away as to where one of us had

gone. Another time, we knew the manager was afraid of

frogs and toads, so we filled the saddle bag of her bike with

them as there were always lots in the yard behind the shop,

and she nearly screamed the place down poor lady!

We also played an awful trick on the shop assistant in

charge of the fruit and veg. We always had sweets and she

was always asking us for one, but never offered us any of

hers, so one day we wrapped a piece of chewing gum in

another sweet wrapper and gave it to her, not realising she

had false teeth, so she ended up with her top & bottom teeth

sticking together! She never asked us for sweets again!

These are just a few of the happy memories I have of my

twin sister that I wanted to share. Below is a short poem,

from Jean’s nephew Craig.

Twin sisters always together, never apart

Separated by life, but never in heart

You will be with me forever, the memories I’ll hold dear

Wherever I go, whatever I do, you’ll always be right here.

Joan Smith, Swans Close

THE LANGHAM DOME

After a very busy summer, the Dome is now closed for

the winter. The plan is to reopen for Easter, which is the

weekend of 16 th /17 th April.

Despite not being able to open until the end of May,

because of the Covid restrictions, we have nonetheless had a

record number of visitors during the summer. A huge thanks

to all involved particularly the volunteers, who turn out

regularly to give their time, for no reward, except the

satisfaction of maintaining and promoting something so

special. Their dedication is regularly recognised in

TripAdvisor reviews, which consistently reward us with 5

stars!

We would also like to thank all you ‘locals’ who have

visited and brought friends and family to visit us, who might

otherwise not have known about us. Please continue to do

so next year!

Patrick Allen

FESTIVITES AT THE BLUE BELL

As Christmas is approaching, we will be varying our

winter opening hours, which are currently Wed - Sat from

4pm and Sundays serving a roast from 12pm.

Christmas week opening hours will be as follows:

Monday 20 th -21 st closed as normal, Weds 22nd - Friday

24th open from 4pm, 25th and 26th closed, 27th - 31st open

from 4pm. 1st and 2nd January open for lunch only. The

rest of January we will be closed

New Year’s Eve we will be running a fabulous menu

and the bar will be open till 1am. If you haven’t booked for

Christmas or New Year yet, please call us on 01328 830630

to join in the celebrations.

Best wishes to you all for a fabulous Christmas and New

Year, and thanks again for your support this year which has

really seen us through! Abby, Mitch & all the Team

FRIENDS OF LANGHAM

Halloween Party Success

Our Halloween party on the 31st in the village hall was

an overwhelming success. There were around 50 children

attending and they all had an absolute blast with the

entertainer and the PTA supplying wonderful cakes.

Thank you so much to those who supported the trick or

treat trail afterwards with pumpkins and sweets, the children

thought walking around the village as a group in the dark

(with lanterns and high viz!) and trick or treating the houses

was fabulous. Listening to parents’ comments the organisers

felt that this was very successful in engaging both parents

and children who perhaps might not normally partake in

village activities.

CHRISTMAS LIGHT SWITCH ON

Christmas kicks off in Langham on Friday 3rd

December! At 6.30pm gather for the Christmas light switch

on outside the Blue Bell.

Light switch on will be at 6.45pm followed by

carols, with mulled wine, a raffle, and Mother

Christmas in her grotto 6.30-7pm ish (weather

permitting, or she might come and sit in the pub.)

Do book in at the pub asap if you would like

dinner around this time.

The road will be closed for a short period of time for this

event.

Once again we are asking people to Light Up Langham,

so if you would like to light your house up and lift peoples’

spirits please do join in, last year was wonderful with many

houses looking beautiful.

Friends of Langham

NORWICH SHOPPING TRIP

Sunday 5 th December

If you haven’t already booked your place on the

Norwich Christmas shopping trip get your names on the list

as we are nearly full! Free to 200 club members, £5 for nonmembers.

The coach leaves outside the Blue Bell at 10am,

and will leave Norwich at 3.30pm. Already done your

Christmas shopping? Come along for a boozy lunch!

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CHRISTMAS PUZZLE PAGES

CHRISTMAS CROSSWORD

By Bob (answers on page 30)

SPOT THE DIFFERENCES

by Bob (answers on page 30)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

8 9

9

10 11

12 13 14

15 16

17 18 19 20

21 22

23 24

(Two clues are NOT cryptic)

Across:

1. Does this spaniel not chase hens? (6).

4. Goes furtively downhill (6).

8. The leading Indians raised a question, intent to find a countryman

(5).

9. Likes a joint, this woodworker (7).

10. A Prosecco wine-maker staggers to gate B (7).

11, 12. Our wish to you. (5, 9)

17. It’s ironic to loose to lose a rouble and discover a Greek

civilisation (5).

19. Work to perform surgery (7).

21. Get ransom, hiding the back of the boat (7).

22. A sudden chill, being trapped in the brig or prison (5).

23. What to do with any left-over pudding on Boxing Day? Eat

her mixture! (6).

24. Dad, she gets confused sheltering from the sunlight (6).

Down:

1. Gets up a hundred arms (6).

2. To a chick, cut short and agitated, “You’re confused!” (7).

3. She lit embers to hide the richest people (5).

5. Birthplace of a cat we see every couple of months (7).

6. Hair-raising image found on the nose of the Memphis Belle

for example (3-2).

7. Stays around Romeo, a wild cat? No, lots! (6).

9. Change one of those sci-fi beings found in films, without

hesitations (9).

13. Patrick Shawcross has a two-wheel vehicle hidden away

(7).

14. No good Degas was treated, and was caught (7).

15. The marsh-boomer has lost its tail and is annoyed (6).

16. Dee, far off, it’s frightening (6).

18. The poet says it’s under a market town in Wales! (5).

20. Once green, but now green and yellow, the electrician

knows it’s a troubled planet (5).

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Years ago, dear old Grandpa took me on a painting trip

with him to Provence, and recently I found the painting I

did of him and the other students. I photocopied it, but

Grandpa was a stickler for copyright, and to my amazement,

when I made a second copy it was different in six

ways from the first. Can you see what had changed?

BREAKOUT LYNX

(locations on page 30)

Local Lynx has moved on

and is out and about this

Christmas. Warning! He is not

wearing a mask. There are 20

opportunities to spot him. RH


CHRISTMAS PUZZLE PAGES

WORDSEARCH

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

can you find:

CALLINGBIRD DRUMMERSDRUMMING FRENCHHEN

GEESELAYING GOLDRINGS LADIESDANCING

LORDSLEAPING MAIDSMILKING PARTRIDGE

PIPERSPIPING SWANSSWIMMING TURTLEDOVE

THIS YEAR THE LYNX IS

SAYING THANK YOU TO SO

MANY PEOPLE

It has been a completely joyous exercise

putting the Christmas newsletter together this

year; so much excitement and renewed energy, so

much community spirit on display.

I may not remember everyone, but here’s to a fantastic

team that keeps the Lynx afloat.

Thank you to… our incredible deliverers, regular article

writers, one-off article writers, headteachers, councillors,

librarians, fete organisers, charity organisers, artists,

photographers, events celebrators and those who share their

good news and sad news with us; our rector, the administrator

for the benefice, Century Printing and our great advertisers, our

ad designer, our treasurer, individual donors and the PCs and

PCCs who support the paper through the years. Our distributor,

proof readers, our village reps and last, but never least, our

readers. Wishing you all a peaceful holiday season. RH (Ed.)

Artwork by Langham Village School

CHRISTMAS QUIZ

by RH (answers on page 30)

1. What does COP26 stand for?

2. What are the 5 colours of the Olympic rings?

3. What is the UK’s most popular girl’s name in 2021?

4. What are the 4 time zones of the United States?

5. How many permanent teeth does a dog have?

6. What is the most sold flavour of Walker’s crisps?

7. What is someone who believes in

antidisestablishmentarianism opposed to the

disestablishment of?

8. Which is longer a mile or a nautical mile?

9. Which country in the world is believed to have the

most miles of motorway?

10. Who was the 9 th Doctor in Doctor Who?

11. According to its website, how many calories in a

regular Big Mac (to the nearest 10)?

12. Which state was Donald Trump born in?

13. Which city is further west, Bristol or Edinburgh?

14. What do the French call the English Channel?

15. How many permanent members are on the UN

Security Council?

16. How many hearts does an octopus have?

CHILDREN’S QUIZ

by RH (answers on page 30)

1. What are traditionally hidden inside a Christmas

pudding?

2. What is the name of the character in Charles

Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ who gets visited by

the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future?

3. Which foreign city has donated a huge Christmas

tree to the people of Britain every year since 1947

always displayed in Trafalgar Square?

4. How many days are there on a traditional advent

calendar?

5. In the song ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ how many

gold rings does the singer’s ‘true love’ give him?

6. There are 365 days in a year. What number day is

Christmas Day?

7. What is the last day of Christmas called?

8. What is ‘Happy Christmas’ in Spanish?

9. What’s the name of the ballet traditionally

performed around Christmas each year?

10. Stollen is a cake with fruit and marzipan,

traditionally eaten at Christmas and originating from

which country?

11. Who introduced the Christmas tree to the UK?

12. What is a female turkey called?

13. Which unusual ingredient did Victorian cooks use in

mince pies?

14. If you’re born on Christmas Day, what’s your star

sign?

15. Because of the time difference, do the people of

Australia get to celebrate Christmas Day before we

do in the UK, or after us?

16. What’s the fun name for the sausages wrapped in

bacon traditionally eaten with the Christmas dinner?

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Call Debi on 01328 830767 or Abby on 07873110857 or

email friendsoflangham@gmail.com to book your place.

QUIZ NIGHT IS BACK!

Thursday 9th December

Join us for the annual Christmas quiz in the village hall,

£2 per head in teams of up to four, payable on the door.

Great quiz, prize money, raffle, bring your own booze and

nibbles. Arrive 7pm for 7.30pm start - call Debi on 01328

830767 or Abby on 07873 110857 or email friendsof

langham@gmail.com to book your spot. Booking

essential as we are nearly full already.

CHILDRENS CHRISTMAS DISCO

Saturday 11th December

From 3-5pm a children’s Christmas disco party will be

held in the village hall organised by Friends of Langham.

Disco, limbo, prizes and bubbles galore.

All children with a Langham connection welcome

(school, grandchildren, etc). Free entry but donations

appreciated. Nibbles for the children, hot chocolate and

mulled wine available.

WE NEED YOU!

We are looking for a treasurer for the Friends of

Langham and Street Fayre; nothing too onerous, flexible

working hours. Please contact Abby or Debi if you can help

out!

If you would like to help out on the Street Fayre day,

helping on a stall, helping with parking, or the raffle etc,

please contact the volunteer co-ordinator Abby on

abbywilson91@hotmail.co.uk or call 07873 110857.

We need plenty of volunteers to make it a great day so

please let me know if you can spare an hour or more on the

day to help out.

If you would like a commercial stall please email our

stalls co-ordinator Debi on langhamstreetfayre@gmail.com

or call 01328 830767.

200 CLUB

Have you joined the 200 club yet? It’s £15 per person,

there is a cash prize draw every month and it is raising funds

for the village activities and amenities.

Join by the 8th December to be part of our Mega

Christmas draw: 1st Prize £100, 2nd Prize £50, 3rd Prize

£25. This will be drawn at the quiz on the 9th.

You should have had the paper slip through your door,

but it’s not too late to join in. Email friendsof

langham@gmail.com with your name, address and

contact number, then make payment to account name: The

Friends of Langham, sort code 20 30 81, account number

1039 4734. Use the reference 200 followed by your

surname. If you’d prefer to join up using paper and cheque/

cash, call Debi or Abby, using the contact numbers in ‘We

Need You’ article.

As a few people have asked, previous members will be

keeping their old numbers.

WELCOME

A very warm welcome to Liam, Sandra and son Jamie.

Also to Ann and Trevor Jones, who are looking forward

to following their hobby of birdwatching. Welcome also to

Sylvie, Peter and mother Avril, who, after travelling to

Norfolk over the past 45 years are settling here. We hope

you will all be very happy living here in Langham.

Langham PCC

COME AND CELEBRATE!

Carol Service at Langham Church with traditional carols

on Christmas Eve at 4pm.

Please look at posters beforehand, in case any

restrictions necessitate changes. All Welcome.

CHRISTMAS FAIR

Saturday 4th December 10am - 12noon

Langham Village Hall

We look forward to seeing you at this traditional event,

raising money for the Langham Church General Fund.

Admission Free.

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 hamper. Cakes,

preserves and plants can be brought along on the day. If any

person has items for the fair that they are unable to deliver to

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the church beforehand, please ring any of the numbers

below. Many thanks for your continued support. 01328

830276, 830175, 830605. Langham PCC

FROM THE REGISTERS

Funeral

Mrs Jean Susan Fuller 2 nd November 2021

13 th May 1946 – 16 th October 2021

THE TREEHOUSE

Charles Road, Holt

Langham Church is now a collection point for The

Treehouse Community Fridge and Larder, part of a range of

projects run at The Treehouse for children and adults in Holt

and the surrounding villages. If you would like to support

this wonderful venture please leave food donations in the

clearly marked box at the back of the church.

If you would like to see what The Treehouse is like, it

has a marvellous café, with lovely gardens outside, tended

by volunteers. For further information go to

www.thetreehousecafe.co.uk

Langham PCC

RECENT CHURCH FUNDRAISING

ACTIVITIES

Stall on the Green - With a few more donations

received, the grand total reached an amazing £914.57

NCT bikeride - Our two bikers visited a total of 50

churches. Our grateful thanks to William Morton, Rob Lee

and all our recorders in the church.

Clearance sale - Total proceeds: £227.77, including

donations of £101.57. Thank you to all our supporters for

their help and contributions.

Langham PCC

VILLAGE HALL NEWS

Sadly we have had to cancel the annual carols,

mincepies, sausage rolls and mulled wine evening. We feel

the rise of Covid cases, the close proximity of everyone, and

no through ventilation means it is not sensible or fair to put

this event on.

Coffee Mornings

The restart went off with a bang on 4th October, with 27

people attending. The second scheduled one did not happen

but the third on 6th November went well with 24 people

having a mardle and a coffee.

The first one in December is combined with the

Christmas Fayre on the 4th and the next one will be on the

18th December.

We decided not to have one on the 1st Saturday in

January, New Year’s Day but have moved it to 8th January.

Watch the notice board and Facebook for details of the

ones to follow.

MORSTON

Contact: Martin Cardoe 07973 885665

mcardoe@msn.com

CAROLS ON MORSTON QUAY

On Saturday, 11 th December at 2pm the National Trust

on Morston Quay will be entertaining a special visit from

the Norwich Rock Choir! A free event to bring the local

community together, come along and enjoy hot drinks and a

live music performance against the winter wonderland

backdrop of Blakeney National Nature Reserve. The café

will be open and free parking is available for National Trust

members. What better way to entertain the family and get

some fresh December air and enjoy a sing along?

ALL SAINTS CHURCH TYMPANUM

Restoration & Conservation Completed

In April 2021, the PCC launched its Tympanum Appeal

in a bid to raise the remaining funds required to restore and

conserve the tympanum which is situated in the chancel

arch of All Saints, Morston.

With the £75,000 funds

required almost raised, work

finally started in early

September. It has been a

project which has been on

the ‘back burner’ for well over a decade so to see the

scaffolding being erected early on a Monday morning ready

for work to commence was such an amazing sight.

The conservation team has spent the last eight weeks

painstakingly cleaning the old boards, removing the old

varnish, treating each individual woodworm hole, reattaching

old paint before applying a new varnish, all using

CHURCH NEWS

The insurance company have accepted a quote for the

repair to the flagpole and tower roof so we look forward to

flying the flags again when work is completed.

We are grateful to Trevor Jones and Alan Smith who

have been busy on the tractor mower and strimming the

churchyard to get on top of the overgrowth, and Gail Hull

and Rosemary Gosney for cleaning up the overgrown

pathway.

Roll on next year when we hope we will be on top of it!

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traditional materials and methods approved by the Diocese.

The results are spectacular; what looked like old brown

boards now reveal a highly decorative tympanum, the

colours of which have not been enhanced and are as

originally painted.

During the work we were fortunate that several

specialists in medieval wall paintings, wood type and ageing

and chancel screens and tympanums were able to visit and

see the tympanum and the rest of the church. Their expertise

and knowledge will add to the understanding of the history

of the tympanum and its place in the church. Whilst the site

work is complete, further work remains to be done into the

history of the tympanum.

If you get a chance then do visit the church to see what

has been achieved. There will be further updates as more

information is made available about the history of the

tympanum and it is hoped that the conservation team will

return next year to give an illustrated talk about their work

and their findings. This has been an exciting time for All

Saints Church and the PCC is hugely grateful to all those

Trusts and individuals who have supported us and enabled

this pipe dream to actually become a reality – thank you to

all of you.

15 TH SHOVELL DINNER

East Coast Sailing Barges

After the enforced delay of a year the 15th Shovell

Dinner was held at The Anchor on Saturday 16 th October.

This year’s speaker was Charlie Ward, who gave an

enthralling talk about East Coast sailing barges; the

hardships endured by the skipper and crew and the skills

needed to navigate, not only in the open sea, but also along

many miles of inland waterways. He also spoke about the

building of his sailing barge “Juno” and gave a fascinating

insight into the difficulties in designing a modern boat

without losing its traditional look. Charlie’s enthusiasm for

the subject shone through and ensured the rapt attention of

the audience.

We have had very complimentary feedback about the

talk and we would like to extend our thanks to Charlie and

Helen for making it a very special event. The Anchor did us

proud and produced a delicious three course meal, which

was much appreciated by all. The event raised just over

£1,000 for the Friends of Morston Church, so many thanks

to all who attended and all those who helped make the

evening such a success. It was lovely to feel the return to

some kind of normality. We look forward to seeing you all

again at next year’s dinner, which is scheduled for Saturday

15 th October 2022.

STORM ATHILL AND RICHARD

HOLLINGSWORTH WEDDING

On 4 th September, Storm Athill and Richard

Hollingsworth were married by the Reverend Ian Whittle in

All Saints Church, Morston. The church was beautifully

decorated by the bridal party, with

flowers especially grown for the

occasion in friends’ gardens together

with local hedgerow plants and

branches, which provided a truly

magical and elegant setting. Their

parents Christopher Hollingsworth and

Paula Slater, William Athill and Lady

Elizabeth (Liza) Campbell led a joyous

congregation of close friends and

family, some of whom had travelled from as far as Scotland,

America and Kenya to celebrate the happy couple’s day.

Storm’s Grandparents, Mary and Andrew Athill had been

married at the same church in 1954 and since then the

family have celebrated many weddings of sons and cousins

as well as 11 baptisms.

It had always been Storm’s lifelong cherished wish to be

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married there and afterwards to hold the reception in her

grandmother’s garden on the edge of Morston marsh. After

wind and drizzle, the sky cleared to reveal a gorgeous sunny

day and guests gathered around a beautifully decorated

marquee lit by strings of twinkling lights. Tables were

adorned by Storm and Richard’s friends with more

colourful flowers and hedgerow plants. The pretty striped

napkins, salt dishes, shell candle holders and paper

chandeliers were all handmade by the bride.

The wedding feast began outside on the lawn with

oysters and champagne, canapes and cocktails. Speeches

and a raucous singing of Tom Lehrer’s The Irish ballad

(Rickety-Tickety-Tin) followed dinner, which was a

sumptuous Willy Athill speciality, spit roast BBQ lamb,

together with salads and followed by raspberries and

meringues made by Paula Slater and Mary Athill. Dancing

to a band and disco with several talented friends also

singing and playing music continued well into the early

hours.

BONNIE’S CHRISTENING

On Saturday, 25th September, Bonnie Rose Elizabeth

Wright, the daughter of Rebecca and James Wright and

sister of Charlie was baptised by the Reverend Ian Whittle

in All Saints Church, Morston. The wonderful congregation

of 80 had to squeeze tightly into the church as they battled

scaffolding which had been erected for

the cleaning and restoration of the

Tympanum.

Bonnie’s grandparents, Peter and Carol

Bix and Chris and Debbi Wright,

together with godparents Vikki Smith,

Abi Wright and Tom Graver, as well as

brother Charlie joined in the singing of

All Things Bright and Beautiful played

by Martin Jacklin on the Harmonium.

Two-year-old Bonnie looked adorable dressed in a very

pretty pink and silver dress together with sparkling silver

shoes. She was momentarily startled by the proceedings but

soon recovered her composure at a lovely family party that

followed in Binham village hall to celebrate the occasion.

CRAB SUPPER AND SEAL TRIP

On 16 th September, in

delightful early evening sun and

calm waters, over 60 people

gathered on Morston Quay to

enjoy an extremely pleasurable

and entertaining boat trip out to

Blakeney Point in the good

hands of the Temples and Beans. En route, visitors were

captivated by Jim Temple’s yarns drawing on his

considerable depth of knowledge on local landmarks, sea

and bird life, as well as a number of boats moored in the pit;

particular attention being given to Juno, an East Coast Barge

built by local resident Charlie Ward. On arrival at the point,

the grey seals were spotted doing what they do best,

lounging around on the beach and in the water totally

oblivious to those watching.

On return to dry shore, guests were provided with a very

special Morston welcome in the Village Hall where a

delicious local crab supper,

together with wine, drinks, salads

and fabulous puddings made by

the hard-working PCC proved to

be very popular. Thanks to all

involved on their terrific efforts.

The event was a great success and raised over £1,600 for All

Saint’s Church, Morston.

NCT BIKE RIDE

On 11 th September, local residents Peter and Pippa Sharp

donned their cycling gear to raise funds and participate in

the annual Norfolk Churches Trust Bike Ride. The medieval

churches of Norfolk are an iconic part of our landscape and

this event has been running for over 30 years. Last year the

event raised a record breaking £175,000 in Norfolk. Funds

raised are divided between the church of the participants

choice and the Norfolk Churches Trust who provide grants

for repairs to the county’s beautiful and historic churches.

Norfolk has the largest number of medieval churches for

one area in the world and desperately need our help if they

are going to be around for the next generation to appreciate.

On a gorgeous cycling day, Peter and Pippa visited 34

different churches, raised £1,345 and were quite moved by

seeing some of the great and small churches clearly still

much loved by their congregations. A big thank you to all

those who sponsored them and to Peter and Pippa on their

accomplishment.

CANDLELIT CAROL SERVICE

Time Change to 4pm

Please note that the start time for this year’s candlelit

carol service at All Saint’s Church on Thursday 23 rd

December is being moved to 4pm. In an effort to ensure that

this joyous occasion is able to withstand and accommodate

any potential Covid restrictions that may or may not be

implemented by the Government, it has been agreed that an

earlier start will ensure that the service will go ahead either

inside or outside the church.

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EDEN MULLANE

Christmas Landscape Painting Workshop

On Sunday 12 th December Eden

returns with two sessions (9am - 1pm

& 2pm - 6pm) in a winter edition of

her landscape painting workshops.

Join her for a creative session learning

painting techniques, with inspiration

from the amazing views across

Morston Quay. Eden, a professional

artist will demonstrate methods using

acrylic paint to create vibrant work

from the comfort of the lookout at Morston.

All painting supplies and easels are provided. The indoor

lookout does involve stairs and all participants will need to

be able to manage this. To book tickets please email;

blakeneypoint@nationaltrust.org.uk. Profits raised by

the National Trust will be donated to the Blakeney National

Nature Reserve countryside fund; participating will help

keep this place special for the future.

With a select few tickets (£45) at each session available,

this festive event will also include hot drinks and mince

pies. What better way to give someone special a unique

Christmas present, or a chance to sit down with friends and

catch up over painting whilst having fun.

1 ST GREY SEAL PUP OF 2021 BORN

Annual winter wildlife spectacle underway

One of Norfolk’s annual winter wildlife spectacles has

commenced with the first grey seal pup spotted on 29 th

October at Blakeney National Nature Reserve, which is

cared for by the National Trust, on the north Norfolk

coastline.

The very first seal pup was born on the point in 1988.

Since then, the site has grown to become England’s largest

grey seal colony, with numbers born increasing from just 25

pups in 2001 to 4,000 in 2020.

It’s believed this is due to low levels of disturbance and

mortality during the first few key weeks of life and a lack of

natural predators.

This year, National Trust rangers are anticipating around

4,500 new arrivals at Blakeney Point. Global numbers are

estimated to be around 300,000 with British and Irish waters

supporting about 40 per cent of the grey seal population.

The colony at Blakeney has now become so large that it

is almost impossible to record the number of pups

precisely. Until a few years ago, the pups were counted

individually by rangers and volunteers walking carefully

through the colony, but from last year, numbers of newborns

and weaned pups - which will have moulted their

white fur but will be much smaller than the adults – were

recorded in just one specific area to give an indication of the

overall size of the colony.

SHINE A LIGHT FOR MORSTON 2021

It was fabulous last year so let's do it again and

spread some joy with Christmas lights. Perhaps

you can light up your house, garden, gate, door -

whatever is possible during December.

SAXLINGHAM

Contact: John Pridham 01328 831851

jcwpridham@gmail.com

WELCOME

At Heydon Cottage West we welcome Ryan Smith and

Rosie who have moved in.

Having studied at Cirencester, Ryan is now assisting

Jono at Albanwise.

We hope that they will enjoy living in the village.

ST MARGARET’S BATS PROJECT

The work has finished and more boxes have been

installed in the bat loft which will be left open until April

next year. Once this has been shut and all five access holes

to the body of the church sealed then

the only access will be to the bat loft

and the silence chamber.

However, it doesn’t seem so far

that the bats have shown any interest

in the silence chamber.

Monitoring is ongoing but we are

coming to the end of the season and

we hope that the boxes are being

occupied.

The boxes are heated so we do

hope that they will prove desirable.

In April, a non-return “flange” will be installed in the

south transept so that if, for example, the door is left open in

error they can exit but not enter via that route.

WILDCATS WANTED

Chloe Robson, who completed her Level 1 FA coaching

award in football in 2019, has become coach and

coordinator for Fakenham FC’s Wildcats for girls aged 5-11

years. If any girls in the benefice would like to join the

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group, training takes place on Saturday mornings from 9–

10am at Fakenham Football Club just off the Morrisons’

roundabout on Clipbush Lane. The first session is free, then

it’s £2 a week thereafter.

SHARRINGTON

Contact: Claire Dubbins 01263 862261

cdubbins@btinternet.com

www.sharrington.org.uk

FOODBANK AND CHRISTMAS

Although the very practical collection of non-perishable

food items collected round the font for our harvest festival

in October was less decorative than the traditional bounty of

field and garden, the 30.7 kilos we took to the collection

point at the Fakenham Salvation Army for the mid-Norfolk

food bank were greatly appreciated.

We are now looking towards Christmas and are hoping

to exceed last year’s magnificent total of 79 kilos.

Unfortunately the need is as great as ever. People cannot

just turn up at the food bank with a hard luck story. They

have to be referred by social services or similar agency and

so those who use it are genuinely in need. And we know

that as the effects of the pandemic are still being felt,

demand is steadily increasing. The generosity of donors in

our village is impressive, not just for the quantities given but

for the thought that goes into the bags left in the church.

Traditionally we concentrate on children in the run up to

Christmas, and of course we will continue to do that this

year, but we have also been asked to remember teenagers

who are often overlooked. We will put a separate box out

for toiletries such as shower gel, deodorants etc., to prevent

the chocolate Santas smelling too exotic. We are also asked

to remember those with special food needs, such as gluten

free. It is interesting that the supermarkets are increasingly

devoting quite large sections to these product, though it is

worth checking the sell by dates. We will deliver the

Christmas collection no later than mid-December.

The church is open from dawn till dusk every day and

donations can be put in the plastic box (to keep the mice

from getting them first) or just left by the font. Just one or

two extra items in your shopping trolley will make all the

difference to the contribution the village as a whole can

make.

Anne Sloman

THE CIRCUS: PART TWO

In 1962, 15 year old, circus obsessed, Brian Austen ran

away to the circus; Count Larzard’s Anglo-American

Circus. Brian wasn’t paid by the troupe, but they did feed

and clothe him. However, since there wasn’t much room to

spare, he had to sleep amongst the

act’s snakes. “I always said to Gerry

Cottle, the only thing I learned from

the Anglo-American was to do

nothing they did, because it always

ended in chaos”. The circus didn’t

have a tent at this time so they

circled their lorries and set up seats

in the middle.

Brian’s job was as a horse groom

but he taught himself various circus

skills that included knife throwing,

with his girlfriend as the target. He

circa 1963

also discovered an aptitude for the technical and logistics

side of running a circus which came in handy when they

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went on tour in South Africa and arrived to find their

promoter had vanished along with the money. Brian built

seats for the outdoor circus using wooden pallets discarded

by a car factory.

He recalls “We were the first circus ever to go into

Swaziland. I remember places where they had never seen a

circus and the sight of someone on stilts was frightening to

them”.

Brian and the count’s sister-in-law, Mavis, ran away

from Larzard’s circus whilst in Africa. To earn money to get

back to the UK, he worked on the South African railways,

cleaning coaches and collecting coke bottles for the 6d

deposit. Once back home they joined the James Brothers

circus where he met Gerry Cottle, a stockbroker’s son who

had big ideas about owning Britain’s biggest circus.

It was probably Brian who spotted the crumbling

Embassy Circus in 1970. With Brian’s technical know-how

and Gerry’s flair for publicity, they changed its name to

‘Cottle & Austen Circus’. They opened their new show on

6 th July, 1970 in Sturminster Newton, Dorset, in a small

second-hand tent that had previously been used for flower

shows. There were five performers, Gerry and Betty Cottle,

Brian, his girlfriend Mavis and one other.

In 1974 Brian and Gerry dissolved their partnership.

What became of the Anglo-American Circus is unknown

but Brian went on to become the promoter of ‘The Chinese

State Circus’ and ‘Moscow State Circus’, and the biggest

player in the British circus industry. Brian also builds

bespoke aluminium seating for circuses under the name

‘Austen Fabrications’ and formed his own seating hire

company, one of the largest in the UK.

His old partner, Gerry Cottle, however is the most wellknown

circus name with Cottles circus running from 1974

to 2003. Sadly Gerry Cottle died of Covid in January this

year but Brian and his family are still working in the circus

world he loves.

Anne Abrams

THE ROTTERS RETURN

After what seemed like an eternity of abstinence, the

Noble Rotters Wine Club made a careful but triumphant

return to Sharrington village hall on 23 rd September.

And what tempted members to cast aside their Covid

cares? Nine wines from the Found range launched fairly

recently by Marks & Spencer. Priced at between seven and

ten pounds a bottle, the range is designed to ‘tempt

customers to go outside their comfort zone’.

With an eye still on risk management in terms of room

layout, ventilation, service and the absence of the usual

communal nibbles, four white, one rosé and four red wines

were there for the tasting. In wine parlance, the evening had

started on a rather ‘closed’ note; as much to do, I suspect,

with the fact that members had spent so long down their

burrows than the unusual nature of the wines. There were

whites from Gascony, South Africa, Greece and Italy

featuring grape varieties like Gros Manseng and

Moschofilero and a rosé from the Vinho Verde region of

Portugal made from a mix of Touriga Nacional and

Espadeiro. By the half way mark, the atmosphere had rather

opened up and, as the reds went round the table, it felt more

like times of good cheer might just be around the corner.

The red wines had been found in Sicily, Spain, Greece, and

Argentina and featured grape varieties like Cabernet Franc

and Mazuelo.

All pretty reasonable wines with no real stand-out

winner but a successful jump back into the wine pool and,

as one member confessed, the wines were rather less

uplifting than the social atmosphere.

Encouraged by the success of the evening, season six has

been launched and, by the time of publication, there will

have been a vertical tasting of six different vintages of the

Saint-Emilion, Grand Cru, Chateau Juguet in November.

In December we plan our customary Christmas tasting

with two more tastings in 2022. The first, in January, will

pitch the wines of Lidl against those of Aldi. Chief Rotter

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

The Christmas lights in the village of Sharrington and in

all the ten parishes of the benefice last year, lit up what had

promised to be a rather gloomy Christmas with

restrictions in place for the festive season. Trees

outside village halls and churches and in gardens

were festooned with lights and people made a real

effort to bring light and joy into the dark days of

December.

When the Lynx village reps got together at the last

meeting everyone agreed that it would be a good idea to

repeat the exercise again this year.

So now, as you are preparing Christmas decorations in

the house, think about some lights in the windows, outside

lights in hedges and fences if practicable and maybe leaving

your curtains open in the early evening to let the dog

walkers see your Christmas trees inside.

Sharrington put on a really good show last year so let’s

see if we can do even better this Christmas. CD

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SHARRINGTON VILLAGE HALL

As the festive season approaches, the lights are coming

on in Sharrington, literally, as some of the villagers have put

Christmas lights up in trees and hedges and in windows.

The village hall committee have also placed a Christmas

tree outside the hall, with lights and decorations for all who

pass by to see and enjoy. It all adds to the warm feeling

generated by the spirit of Christmas, which promises to be

much more enjoyable than last year.

Work on improvements to the village hall are reaching

completion, with the room behind the stage having been

refurbished, re-decorated and, thanks to a very generous

donor in the village, re-carpeted. It is now ready to serve as

a meeting room for small groups, or a backstage room for

performing artists and bands, as music acts return to

perform at the hall in 2022.

Also looking ahead to the new year in 2022, a date for

your diaries is Saturday 5 th February when the village hall

will be hosting a 1940’s themed event. Guests will be

treated on arrival to the sight of vintage cars and their

owners in 1940’s attire. Once inside, afternoon tea and

cakes plus a bar will be available, with musical

entertainment provided by the Swingtones and a surprise

cabaret act. Do come and join us and feel free to dress up in

1940’s outfits if you wish.

Tickets will be available in the New Year from Chris

Abrams abrams.chris2@gmail.com.

It just remains for me on behalf of the village hall

committee to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a

wonderful New Year.

David Webb Chairman

LIVE MUSIC NIGHTS AT THE

VILLAGE HALL

Sharrington music evenings aim to provide both a stage

and an audience for talented performers in Norfolk. Our

next free-to-enter live music night will be on Thursday 27 th

January. This features the very talented band ‘The Third

Degree’. This is a five piece band. They play a wide range

of music from blues to rock. Their set features songs by Eric

Clapton, JJ Cale, Joe Bonamassa, Fleetwood Mac, Cheryl

Crow, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, Bad Company, the Who,

ZZ Top, Mott The Hoople and many more…

Before that event, however we have a concert. A few

years ago we hosted a very talented band called ‘Cutting the

Mustard’ and since then have had many requests for them to

return. I offered them a gig on Saturday 11 th December and,

thankfully, they have accepted. You can find out more about

them here: https://cuttingthemustard.band/. Entrance will be

just £5 and we anticipate a good attendance. It will be an

evening of great music from very talented musicians and

there will be a lot of laughter and fun. We are limiting

tickets to a sensible number bearing in mind the Covid

situation so, if you would like one, please email me at

sharringtonvh@gmail.com.

There is further news of The Strawbs’ gig which has had

to be postponed but Dave Cousins of The Strawbs has said

they will be honouring his pre-Christmas gig commitments

before he commences his international tour in May. So it

really looks like their gig will take place here on 30 th April

When first announced it sold out very quickly but I am

collecting names of those interested for a potential second

gig on 1 st May which might be an afternoon event. If I can

get enough names, they will perform the gig. Please email

me at the address below if you are interested and I will add

you to the list.

Next year’s calendar is almost full as you can see on our

website www.sharrington.org.uk.

Additionally on Saturday 5th February, we are hoping to

host a Forties afternoon and later in the year internationally

renowned guitarist Gordon Giltrap will be returning. We

will tell you more about these events once a few more

details are finalised.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list please

email me at sharringtonvh@gmail.com.

We look forward to welcoming you to the hall soon.

Chris Abrams

SHARRINGTON AND DISTRICT

GARDENING GROUP

On Thursday 16 th September members met in Field

Dalling Villagers hall to hear Andrew Sankey’s talk on

cottage cures and superstitions. It was a welcome

opportunity to catch up after the summer’s break for a glass

and a chat before listening to Andrew’s often surprising

tales aimed to refresh, clarify, and extend our knowledge of

the medicinal properties of certain plants and the

superstitions surrounding them.

The annual bulb sale, following close on the heels of this

event on Saturday, also in Field Dalling, was successful.

Our ‘bulb pickers’ always try to choose the more unusual

varieties and offer them at competitive prices. It seems

members are beginning to find the destructive winds of

recent seasons frustrating as the shorter varieties of daffodil

and narcissus proved popular.

Sadly, neither of our October events went ahead quite as

planned. Luckily we were able to inform members in good

time of the cancellation of the Dr. Twigs Way talk but at

the last minute the curtain simply failed to rise for the

assembled audience on Jim Paine’s ‘Secret Life of Plants’.

Hopefully the opportunity for a chat over a glass of wine

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and plenty of canapés went some way towards

compensating and an improvised ‘Gardeners Question

Time’ led by Pippa Long, where problems and tips were

shared, involved us all in some useful discussion.

We look forward to our film night on 8 th December at

The Venue in Holt, previously Holt Community Centre.

The film is ‘Five Seasons: the gardens of Piet Oudolf’. For

tickets contact Pippa Long on philippalong@hotmail.co.uk

Barbara Wiles

GET TOGETHER WITH CRAFT

Our December meeting is in the village hall on 2 nd

December. We will be making a zero-waste Christmas

wreath using materials that can be recycled or repurposed,

although the wreath can be used year after year.

Booking is essential for this one as places are limited.

Cost for the workshop, including tuition, materials,

refreshments and £4 donation to the village hall is £10. This

is very good value for money as many other wreath making

workshops are four times as much and the wreath only lasts

for the one season.

Please contact me at mrssarahlouisebell@gmail.com to

book your place.

We are very much in the festive spirit with our recent

workshops making Christmas items but are having a rest in

January. We will be back on the 4 th February with a guest

tutor, Angela, when we will be rock painting. Sarah Bell

JAMMIN FOR SCONES

The monthly events are continuing through the winter in

Sharrington village hall with folk getting together to share

music, poetry and singing. The next session is on Tuesday

14 th December and in January we will be meeting on

Tuesday 11 th January. 2 - 4pm is the time for both events.

Please contact Angela Mason at

mason378@btinternet.com if you need any further

details or just turn up and join in. You will be most

welcome.

NORFOLK CHURCHES TRUST

BIKE RIDE

On 11 th September the annual

Norfolk Churches Trust bike ride

took place and Sharrington church

was represented by three cyclists,

Martyn Sloman, Andy Bakewell

and Ben Harvey.

Setting off from our church in the

morning they visited all ten churches in the benefice,

cycling 20 miles and, with sponsorship, raising in excess of

£250.

Meanwhile back in Sharrington the church was visited

by 35 cyclists from other parishes in Norfolk and all were

appreciative of being welcomed by our team of volunteers

throughout the day. Some took away with them an apple or

pear to sustain them on their trips which were offered to

them when they signed

Amongst its many roles, the Norfolk Churches Trust

helps to support churches with grants and advice for their

upkeep, restoring works of art in the churches as well as

offering talks and other entertainments. With so many

medieval and older churches in Norfolk its work is of

immense value.

If you are interested to find out more, or possibly

become a member, please visit www.norfolkchurches

trust.org.uk or pick up a leaflet in our church. CD

CHURCH NEWS

In 2018 an old lime tree on the far side of the churchyard

blew down in a storm, landing neatly amongst the

gravestones. In September of this year, George Moore

presented us with a lovely turned bowl made by Colin

Green from wood salvaged from the tree. It is inscribed

underneath with the words ‘Made

from a lime tree blown down in

Sharrington churchyard 2018’ We

were delighted to receive it and use it

with pleasure as our collection bowl

every Sunday. Thank you to both of

them.

We do not often have christenings

in our village but recently we had had two: Archie Riggs

and India Rivett. Our very best wishes go to both of them

and their families.

The village carol service will be held on Saturday 18 th

December at 5pm. As usual it will be preceded by a lantern

procession for those who feel able, which will leave the

village hall at 4.30pm.

All are welcome to our Christmas Day service at 9.30am

and further details will be circulated in the village, posted on

the church noticeboard and on the All Saints Facebook page

nearer the day.

TP

STIFFKEY

Contact: Dr.Sally Vanson 01328 830560

dr.sallyvanson@gmail.com

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REP’S REPORT

The nights are drawing in and the smell of woodsmoke

is permeating the village reminding us that it’s time to get

those chimneys swept if not done earlier in the year.

It’s been great to see some new events being run locally.

Villagers have been joining the badminton group in

Blakeney village hall on Mondays between 6pm and 8pm.

Some residents also attended the fireworks display on

Blakeney Quay.

Local hobby artists joined Liz Hawkins for a day of

cutting and print making. Liz uses a vinyl which is softer

and easier to cut with the very sharp knives; much improved

on the lino we all used at school. It is a great way to make


celebration cards and to illustrate books and poems.

Following the successful oyster evening hosted by the

legendary ‘John the Fish’ in September, 5th November saw

villagers and guests from further afield enjoying a wine

tasting evening at the Red Lion. The fun, informative and

informal evening started with an initial wine tasting of

Corney & Barrow's Royal Warrant Holders own label

wines, followed by a 4-course dinner personally selected by

the Stiffkey Red Lion head chef. This is an annual event so

look out for it next year.

We are currently being challenged with traffic lights in

the village. The Parish Council were given very short notice

of traffic lights in Church St running from 14th October for

six to eight weeks. They tried to get it delayed until after the

half term break but to no avail so once again we have been

struggling with fumes and short tempers. Hopefully all will

be complete well before Christmas.

Wishing everyone a wonderful, healthy and safe festive

season and a very happy and successful 2022 and

remember, anyone is welcome to send items in about ‘Life

in Stiffkey’. It would be lovely to hear more about some of

our new neighbours as well as historic memories from the

longer-term residents. dr.sallyvanson@gmail.com

THIS MONTH’S RECIPE

Fat Rascals - Makes six large rascals.

6 oz self-raising Flour

6 oz plain flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

5 oz butter

4 oz soft brown sugar

Zest only of 1 x lemon and 1 x orange

1 x teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 x teaspoon nutmeg

5oz sultans/raisins

2 x eggs

2fl oz creme fraiche or full fat milk

To decorate: 6 glacé cherries sliced in half, 18 x

whole almonds

Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees. Line a sheet tray with

baking paper.

Sieve the flours, baking powder and spices into a bowl.

Rub in the butter. Add the sugar, zests, and dried fruit. Mix

well. Beat the eggs - reserve approx. 1/4 egg for glazing.

Add cream or milk to eggs. Pour into the main bowl. Mix

well.

Turn out and make 6 x large mounds. Glaze with

remaining egg. Decorate the top with the cherries for eyes,

and the almonds for teeth.

Place in oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Serve

warm with butter or treat like a scone and serve with jam

and cream. Lovely with a hot drink after a coastal walk.

NORTH NORFOLK BOOK WORMS

The Ice by Laline Paull

Members are really enjoying meeting up face to face

again, especially as we have some new group members. We

chose The Ice to read because we so enjoyed The Bees by

Laline Paull earlier in the year.

This book was suspenseful and vivid - a novel that

cannot easily be categorised as it contains elements of

dystopian science fiction, thriller,

courtroom drama and eco-political tract,

with significant elements of the history of

polar exploration thrown in. A heady mix,

perhaps, but it all works and is effectively

woven together. It is set in a future in

which the Arctic icecap has largely

melted. As the novel opens, a luxury liner

is crawling slowly along the shores of

Svalbard, searching for polar bears to sate

the appetites of demanding wealthy tourists.

A bear is finally found, and the passengers are all merrily

taking photographs of it when, without any warning, there is

a sudden tremor, and the glacier on which the bear stands

starts crumbling into the sea. As huge boulders of ice

collapse away from the glacier, a human body is revealed.

Once stability returns, the body is retrieved. This plot allows

Laline Paull to explore the conflicting arguments supporting

and opposing mineral exploitation of the Arctic Circle. She

manages this deftly, using separate characters to put forward

their respective ideas, all handled objectively through the

filter of the inquest. Interspersed with the story, in between

each chapter, Laline Paull interpolates extracts from various

classic accounts of Polar explorations, which offer

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intriguing contextual insights into different aspects of the

emerging story.

There are some big topics touched on here: the opening

of shipping channels over the North Pole, the political and

military ramifications, the melting of the ice, the wealthy

tourists who demand to see the polar bear they were

promised in the holiday brochure, business executives who

take the money and avoid asking difficult questions because

that’s the easiest and most convenient thing to do. This is a

novel about greed and love. How greed can destroy

everything: not just business, but friendships, families and

ultimately the ice. A couple of members were left feeling

vaguely dissatisfied and felt as if it started out as a

thoughtful novel about climate change, but at a later draft

was turned into a thriller.

The environmental message seemed preachy at times,

the business sections were factual and dry, both of which

took the edge off the suspense. Perhaps it would have been

more thrilling if various viewpoints had been juggled so the

lies, risks, double-crossing and betrayals happen in real

time, rather than the past. However all agreed that Paull

controls the plot very effectively, gradually letting more

information and new avenues of thought emerge and

continuing to throw up new twists.

In terms of member numbers, we are now about full. We

could possibly squeeze in one more person and it would be

nice to have another man to balance the perspectives of

what we are reading.

To join the bookclub email dr.sallyvanson@gmail.com.

STIFFKEY VILLAGE FACEBOOK

We now have an incredible 386 members with at least

one joining each week. While the majority are from the

local area we do get visitors joining and although they don’t

contribute often, it’s a good way to advertise events to them.

Advertising is being controlled as much as possible and the

group now develops organically and needs a lot less

management so thank you to all.

CHURCH NEWS

At the present time there are two services per month,

first Sunday 9.30a.m. Morning Service and third Sunday

9.30a.m. Holy Communion led by the Vicar.

There was no Service of Remembrance on the second

Sunday in November as the joint service that day was at

Langham, however a gathering at the war memorial was

held on Thursday 11th at 10.45a.m. with the reading of the

names of those involved in both world wars, prayers, and

the laying of the wreath.

It has been good to see that this summer has brought

back the visitors to our church, and they have left some

wonderful comments in our visitors’ book with appreciation

for all our hard-working volunteers.

We have been informed that there have been some

worrying ideas from the top of the Church of England to get

a motion passed in General Synod to get powers to close

parish churches and to sell off the vicarages, especially

when a present vicar retires, and the benefice goes into

interregnum. If this is passed it may be that the only way to

avoid the closure of our church and churchyard when our

present Rector retires is to make the church pay for itself. At

the moment, partly due to the covid pandemic, we cannot

cover all the monies that we need to pay annually, which

include Parish share, insurance, electricity, Rector's

expenses etc. It will be essential that if we wish to continue

to have an active church, we shall have to raise funds next

year. Anyone with ideas for this, ways of using the building

and the offer of help to do this and keep something of our

old village for future generations, please let us know.

There will be a Christmas carol service with mulled

wine and mince pies this year at Christmas, the date and

time has yet to be confirmed, however posters will be put up

in good time to let everyone know.

HH

TALES FROM THE RIVERBANK

As summer faded into Autumn the trout activities took a

noticeable dive (no pun intended!). However, as the track

and angle of the sun changed it began to light up an area

under overhanging bushes previously in shadow. This

allowed us to see an interesting collection of about four

trout, led by the biggest we have seen thus far. Nicknamed

‘Nessie’ as it’s a monster, this one dominated the patch

feeding on insects closest to the surface, while the other

smaller trout stayed deeper. Whether this represents a

hierarchy for feeding I don’t know, but it certainly looked

like it.

I’m amazed anything can catch a trout, because the

speed they exhibit when catching flies is astonishing, but

they certainly do get caught because we’ve seen it happen.

A cormorant had one in its mouth, and we had a skeleton on

our lawn stripped of all flesh. Hopefully the balance

between trout breeding and predators is a good one.

The dredger came along recently - a digger with a

modified bucket. Working along the hedge and bank in the

field opposite, it was pulling out big clumps of weed, reeds

and debris and dumping it onto the ground. I couldn’t resist

having a closer look, and I’m glad I did because I was able

to rescue a few bullhead fish which had got caught up in the

weeds and were stranded. I didn’t even know these fish

were in the river as you don’t see them. They are bottom

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dwellers which hide under stones and hunt at dusk and

dawn, with heads as big as their body - a bit like a miniature

monk fish. Based on how many I saw there must be a lot in

the river; a sign of good health, I’m sure.

While fish activity has waned bird certainly has not. One

of our most interesting sightings is of a little owl that has set

up his territory around the river. He is active day and night,

making a very distinctive screech which he deploys very

often, sometimes triangulating this from several vantage

points to denote his realm. We have seen him clearly on

many occasions, enhanced with a telescope and we can see

he is a keen groomer. Indeed, there is a spot he favours for

this in a hawthorn hedge which is now nicknamed the ‘owl

spa’.

I was sat out at dusk recently on a clear night as a strange

shape flew overhead towards the owl spa, resulting in a big

noisy commotion as the little owl warned the intruder off. I

must confess I had to check my first impression of the

visitor in my RSPB guide, but it was, as I suspected, a

nightjar. I’ve only seen them at rest before, so it was good to

see one in flight, although my little owl doesn’t agree.

I know pigeons aren’t the most interesting of birds, but I

must give a special mention to one hero. This fellow landed

full square in the river, wings extended and I expected to see

it slowly drown. I’ve seen one land in the Thames before

and it was completely stuck until someone fished it out. Not

so this one, and to my complete surprise, with a few

powerful beats it took off from the water like a mallard.

They make tough pigeons in Norfolk.

M.H

MARITIME HERITAGE CENTRE

Alex Larrabee has started a You Tube channel showing

the time lapse of moving the Susie Q. The boat is no longer

sitting in the dirt in a field but on a trailer in a barn, as a

cradle is being built to set her into on the barn floor to begin

work.

Old Susie Q was built in the early 1930s by the owner of

Ellis Camps on Moosehead Lake, a man by the name of

Roy Ellis and his partner in boat building Alvah Weed. She

was custom built but inspired by a Chris Craft. Alvah and

Roy also built about 15 Swampscott Dories for the camp to

use, as well as a 38' cabin cruiser named the Pontiac. Alvah

built a 42' cabin cruiser named the Alert. They may have

built others, but these were the boats used at the camp and

there are records of. She is built out of what appears to be an

oak frame with cedar sides and a mahogany deck and

coaming. The original windshield is missing but we are

working to get old photos of her with her original that was

flat and laid back at a slight angle. She is powered by a 1929

Marmon straight 8 that is her original powerplant and

hopefully will remain her powerplant. She is surprisingly

solid, for the amount of grey wood there is due to the

combination of her cedar sides, and due to the fact that her

bilges and non-visible interior were all coated in tar.

STIFFKEY LOCAL HISTORY GROUP

It was with some pleasure that the Stiffkey Local History

Group was able to hold its relaunch meeting on Saturday

9th October 2021 when existing and potentially new

members defied both the rival attraction of a glorious sunny

autumn afternoon and any residual Covid driven concerns

about public meetings indoors to confirm continued interest

in the group and its activities.

The acting chairman, John Wykes, welcomed the

assembly, and began by reviewing the achievements of the

group over a number of years. These included annual

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exhibitions (of which extracts were on display), guest

speakers, outings and publications.

The secretary, Andrew Roe, then talked about projects

which were under active consideration by the committee,

including a permanent archive facility and further

publications. This prompted very useful contributions from

a number of those present, and some general enthusiastic

discussion. It was flagged that both projects may, if pursued,

require commitment from members outside the committee

with appropriate skill sets.

Separate and apart from archive and publication

activities, it was also acknowledged that annual exhibitions

were an attractive way of keeping the group’s activities in

the minds of the wider public. The chairman brought the

formal element of the meeting to a close by stating that the

committee would now set about arranging an AGM, of

which details would follow; and he invited all in attendance

to take refreshments and continue the discussions which had

begun .Notice of the AGM will be given in due course.

Andrew Roe, Secretary, Stiffkey Local History Group

PARISH COUNCIL VACANCY

Stiffkey Parish Council Vacancy and

Contact Details

We are pleased to announce that, after some interest, we

have filled the casual vacancy and our parish council is now

up to full strength. We would like to thank all of those who

expressed an interest in joining the council and encourage

anyone who may not have been successful on this occasion

to try again in the future.

The parish council would like to take this opportunity to

remind the parishioners of Stiffkey that the best way to

contact the parish council is via the parish clerk, Catherine

Moore. Contacting us in this way will ensure any query or

concern is dealt with as efficiently and quickly as possible.

Catherine can be contacted via our website

www.stiffkeyvillage.org or directly via email clerk@

stiffkeyvillage.org or telephone 01493 253041.

Traffic Lights on Church Street

By the time you receive this, the first stage of lights on

Church Street should be completed. The parish council has

been informed that the second stage will be for a period of

six to eight weeks from February 2022. While the parish

council has no control over the timing or placements of the

traffic lights, if you do have any concerns, please get in

touch via email clerk@stiffkeyvillage.org or via our website

www. stiffkeyvillage.org.

Volunteering

The parish council is always looking for volunteers,

whether it is to help with footpath maintenance,

maintenance of the war memorial or simply to assist with

prescription deliveries for those unable to get out. If you

think you can help, please get in touch via email

clerk@stiffkeyvillage.org or via our website www.

stiffkeyvillage.org. Thank you.

Winter Health

The parish council has been asked to remind everyone

that both the Covid booster jab and the flu vaccine are

currently available to everyone over the age of 50 and those

with certain health conditions. If you think this applies to

you, please speak to your GP or local pharmacy for more

details.

You can also keep well this winter by wearing a mask in

crowded places and washing your hands frequently, heating

your home at 18°C (65°F) or higher if you can. If you need


help to pay for heating got to www.gov.uk/browse/benefits/

heating.

Use NHS 111 if you have an urgent, but not life

threatening, medical need. If you do need urgent care, NHS

111 can book you into A&E, urgent treatment centres, GP

surgeries, pharmacies, emergency dental services and walkin

clinics.

JOHN SAMUEL GREEN

1945 - 2021

John Samuel Green was born in

Stiffkey in 1945 at his

grandparents’ home in The

Greenway. He was the middle

child of three. He was the last

descendant of a family that can be

traced back over two hundred and

fifty years in the village who bore

the surname Green.

There was a strong tradition of

both royal and merchant navy

connections throughout that time. Many of these men

returned to Stiffkey to become longshore fishermen in their

later years. John followed that route after leaving school. He

spent time with the Lowestoft deep sea fishing fleet working

off Iceland. He loved the life but chose to return to Stiffkey

in order to help his father who was having health issues at

the time. When he had the chance to return, the ‘cod wars’

had deepened so John established himself as a longshore

fisherman at Stiffkey.

In 1968 he married and produced two wonderful

daughters. He always said that he was glad not to have sons

as he could see that his way of life was a dying one, and he

was correct. John continued to work on the shore fishing

from his boat, picking samphire, cockling, fishing for sea

trout at night, whelk fishing at Wells and building a good

business farming mussels that he sold locally. He also

helped run Temple’s ferries so that visitors could see the

seal colony at Blakeney harbour. He had a spell as warden

on Blakeney Point which he enjoyed and where he built the

wooden walkway, but he found being employed was not to

his liking.

John was a private man and was happiest being alone.

Tragically ill heath took hold over 25 years ago which was

to have serious consequences for him. Following double

brain surgery he was impacted by increasing neurological

issues which resulted in him being diagnosed with a very

rare and devastating degenerative neurological condition.

John battled this with great courage and fortitude despite the

lack of understanding from many quarters. In later times he

enjoyed model making especially of boats and birds. The

last year of his life was spent at Meadow House in

Swaffham where he he was loved and cosseted by all the

staff there and where he passed peacefully on 23rd October

2021.

Condolences and support from the village go to his wife

Geraldine.

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PUZZLE PAGES ANSWERS

CROSSWORD SOLUTION

(questions on page 16)

C O C K E R S L O P E S

L H L A I T

I R A Q I T E N O N E R

M O T 9 R G U A

B O T T E G A H A P P Y

S I N A S

C H R I S T M A S

B I F N F

I O N I C O P E R A T E

T E K R A G A

T R A N S O M R I G O R

E T H T E E

R E H E A T S H A D E D

SPOT THE DIFFERENCES - SOLUTION

(questions on page 16)

1. A second lamp has appeared on the house in the

background.

2. A strap for her bag can now bee seen on the shoulder of the

student on the left.

3. …. And she is painting the Mona Lisa!

4. The café sign has changed.

5. The student on the right has lost some of his stripes,

6. …..And someone has pinched Grandpa’s hat.

If you want to know, this was in Roussillon, famous for its

sands which were used to make paints with colours from

yellow ochre to burnt sienna and burnt umber.

BREAKOUT LYNX

Lynx has been spotted and no mask in sight! Find

him on pages 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 13, 15, 16, 17, 21, 3 x 22,

27, 2 x 30 and 2 x 31.

CHRISTMAS QUIZ SOLUTIONS

(questions on page 17)

1. The 26th meeting of the Conference of Parties. 2. Blue,

yellow, black, green and red. This design is symbolic; it

represents the five continents of the world, united by

Olympism, while the six colours are those that appear on all

the national flags of the world at the present time. 3. Olivia.

4. Pacific, Mountain, Central & Eastern. 5. Forty-two.

6. Cheese & Onion. 7. The Church of England. 8. A nautical

mile.(1.15 mile) 9. China. 10. Christopher Eccleston.

11. Five hundred and eight. 12. New York. 13. Edinburgh.

14. La Manche. 15. Five. China, France, Russian

Federation, UK & USA. 16. Three.

CHILDREN’S QUIZ

(questions on page 17)

1. Coins. 2. Ebeneezer Scrooge. 3. Oslo in Norway. 4. 24.

5. Five. 6. 359. 7. Twelfth Night. 8. Feliz navidad. 9. The

Nutcracker. 10. Germany. 11. Prince Albert (and Queen

Victoria). 12. A hen. 13. Minced meat. 14. Capricorn. 15.

Before us. (Sydney is 11 hours ahead.) 16. Pigs in blankets.


LANGHAM VILLAGE SCHOOL NEWS

Our first half term back in school was a busy one.

Year 6 had a residential trip to

Bawdsey Manor in Suffolk. They

took part in lots of exciting

outdoor adventures; a zip wire,

huge swing and a climb and leap

of faith from a very high pole.

They also did orienteering and

outdoor evening games in the

dark. It was a fantastic trip in a

very beautiful location and a

good start to their last year here

at Langham.

We are happy to be able to

resume our sporting tournaments at Alderman Peel High

School and so far, we have had a touch rugby afternoon

with Burnham Market and Wells primary schools. We

took two teams and were pleased to come 2 nd and 5 th .

The children in Years 5

and 6 have been taught

touch rugby every week

by Soul Phoenix who

plays for the England

team.

Amber class have been

learning about farms in

geography and enjoyed a

day at Holkham. They

went to the ‘Holkham

Stories’ exhibition followed by a deer safari. They

looked at the crops growing in the farm and even

harvested some sugar beet.

Early in September, the whole school were involved

in a super skipping workshop, learning many new skills

with a visiting expert. Skipping is very popular at

playtimes and a great way to keep fit.

Year 5 and 6 really

enjoyed four days of

cycling both on site and on

the road. This was

provided free of charge.

We believe this to be an

essential skill to learn at

this age so that children are

safe when out on their

bikes.

Alongside all these

exciting trips and

activities, we have been

involved in equally

exciting learning.

Jet Class have learnt about ‘Extreme Earth’ Studying

the Earth's greatest natural and extreme disasters and

weather phenomena, from raging tropical storms to

violent erupting volcanoes to terrifying towering

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tsunamis.

Quartz Class have been studying fascinating facts

about Europe, and the names, locations and features of

European countries and

capitals.

Amber Class have

learnt about the

countryside and

explored a working

farm. They have found

out about arable,

livestock and dairy

farms and the

difference between

them. They have

studied the features of a farm and used a map to

navigate, as well as thinking about the differences

between life in the country and life in a busy town.

Coral Class have successfully completed their first

half term in school and have

been learning about new

beginnings, classroom

routines and about making

friends. They have enjoyed

the outside area, which

includes a fairy garden and

dinosaur world.

Langham Village School -

‘A place for fun, creativity,

friendship, ambition and

discovery.’

For further information please visit our website

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

@langhamvill.

Artwork by Langham Village School


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Sandra’s Soft Furnishings 25

Shirehall Antiques, Holt 18

Care Services

Community Heartbeat advice leaflet back cover

Hindringham Toddler Group 27

Gardening

DB Garden Services 9

Finlay Newton Garden Services 5

Glaven Gardens 13

J.P.S. Gardening 7

Hair/ Health

Alison Courtney Acupuncture 28

Claire Dye: Physiotherapist 13

Foot Perfect 5

Gunthorpe Osteopaths 7

Marianne Atherton Homeopathy 31

Philippa Stancomb Reflexology 8

Pilates at Binham Memorial Hall 10

Tudor Barber Shop, Walsingham 6

Hall Rentals

Binham Memorial Hall 22

Warham Reading Room

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Leisure

The Blue Bell, Langham 15

Sharrington Gardening Group

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Services and Suppliers

Allied Glass: Trade and Domestic Glazing 24

APW Plumbing and Heating 8

Boon-bespoke décor 23

Burnham Motors 21

Butcher Andrews Solicitors 11

Chris Wells Construction, Ltd 6

Clearview Pest Control 15

Darren Betts Building and Maintenance 21

David Thompson Chimney Sweep 9

Elv’s Stoves: Woodburner Services 12

Goldfinch Grave Tending 10

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Keeble Roofing Contractor 26

Morston Boat Yard 28

Norfolk Woodburners Stoves 25

Paul Hennessey 14

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