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The Mallard

Easter Edition

Issue 294 March 2016

Tennis & Multi-Sports Club Achieves


Norfolk Club of The Year - See Page 8

Dance to Kenny & the Motives


On April 2nd - See Page 9

New Bus Service for Great Massingham

est Norfolk Community Transport is delighted to announce the start of a new,


scheduled bus service through Great Massingham from April 2016. The new
service will link the village with Kings Lynn with four return services each day,
Monday to Friday and also provide a daily return service to Fakenham, also from
Monday to Friday. There is potential for a Saturday service later in the year.
This service, which is supported by Parish Councils, Norfolk County Council and
key organisations along the route, will be the first conventional bus service to be operated by West Norfolk Community Transport. The bus service will be branded Go
Bus. A distinctive logo and colour scheme are being developed for the bus, but this
may not be fully ready by launch date.
Key features of the service are as follows:

The service will be scheduled and run to a fixed time table no need to book.

Bus stops will be at the Village Shop and the Massingham Medical Practice.

Fares can be paid on board. Contactless card payment equipment will be installed later this year.

Concessionary passes will be accepted subject to normal carrier conditions.

The Go Bus will connect with the Norfolk Green X8 service at Harpley Turn
for travel to and from Kings Lynn. The Go Bus will travel all the way to and
from Fakenham.

Through tickets to Kings Lynn bought on the Go Bus will be accepted by


Stagecoach in Norfolk.

Service commencement date - Monday 4th April 2016.


Towards the end of March, West Norfolk Community Transport will arrange delivery of
an advertising flier and a timetable for all households in Great Massingham. The Bus
will also visit the Massingham Village Shop and the Medical Practice in the week
before launch date, in order to build awareness of the launch of the service and to
answer questions from the community.
www.wnct.co.uk
West Norfolk Community Transport
(WNCT) is a
Company Limited by Guarantee,
Registered Charity Number 1069180.
Tel: 01553 776971
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Histry Bits

KISSING THE CAT


Before health problems intervened, Ant Robinson was a familiar sight around the village
with his trusty metal detector. He made many fascinating discoveries but nothing compared to the simple lead disc he picked up one day during building work at Abbeyfields.
On one side of the disc were stamped two crude faces marked with the letters SPA:SPE.
On the other side was a name: GREGORIUS PP VIIII. What Ant had found was the seal
from a medieval papal bull, a document issued by popes to communicate decisions about
important church matters to monasteries and abbeys throughout Europe - including, presumably, the tiny Augustinian priory at Massingham.
The seal would have been threaded onto a length of coarsely-woven tape, which was
then attached to the document to prove its authenticity. The letters SPA:SPE stood for
Saint Paul and Saint Peter, and GREGORIUS was Pope Gregory the Ninth, who reigned
from 1227-1241.
Gregory was not a nice human being. He launched a much-feared Grand Inquisition,
using torture to combat the rise of a devil-worshiping German sect known as the Luciferians. Concerned that the heresy would spread, he issued a papal bull, warning clerics
and lay people to beware of the growing influence of the sect. The text of the bull,
known as Vox In Rama, still exists and describes the activities of the sect in vivid detail.
Its initiation ceremony, it was alleged, began with a meal, after which members of the
sect would stand up, and a statue of a black cat would come to life, walking backwards
towards them with its tail erect.
First the new initiate and then the master of the sect, were required to kiss the cat on its
buttocks. Unpleasant, you might think, but nowhere near as unpleasant as the fate that
lay in store for the poor cat. Vox In Rama was the first of many official documents to
condemn black cats as an incarnation of Satan. It was a feline death warrant. From then
on, until well into the nineteenth century, it was the duty of good Christians to slaughter
black cats on sight.
It is intriguing to imagine the scene
in the chapter house at Massingham
as the Prior read out the text of the
bull, which had just arrived from
Rome, bearing what had to be the
exact same seal as the one that Ant
found; the monks eyes popping as
one lurid detail followed another.
Lets hope none of them owned a
Papal Seal - Front
Papal Seal - Back
pet cat.
David Miller
Historical
Society
9, School Road
16th March
7.30 - 9pm

PHOENIX GROUP

th

Harpley Village Hall, 7.30 pm, 9 March


Lorraine Cannell talks about Pearls and
Gemstones. There will be items for sale.
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Craft and Chat

Mondays 14th and 28th


March from 2 to 4pm,
Village Hall Bar

Mallard News
Thank You For Your Kindness

In this issue
New Bus Service
Histry Bits
Thank You
League of Friends
Village Spring Clean
Mobile Library
Village Hall Events
West Norfolk Folk
Quiz Night
Fishing Reminder
Baby & Toddler
Gert & Daisy
Strollers
Tennis News
Film Club
Photo Competition
Cinnamon Trust
Coffee Morning /Sale
Dance
Tai Chi
Xmas Lights Update
Parish Council
Dog Safety
Church News
Church Services
Biodiversity Project
Dates for your Diary

Thank you is never going to be


enough for the kindness of friends
and the support of strangers in
Great Massingham, for myself and
my partner Phil, after my life altering surgery and our tragic loss of
Emma, our daughter.
Special thanks must go to our
friends and neighbours in Mill
Lane (you know who you are) and
the Revd Judith Pollard.
We are so proud to say we live in
this village.
Jo and Phil

Hospital League of
Friends Collection
Thank you to everyone who donated money for the Kings Lynn
Hospitals League of Friends.
A sum of 327.07 was collected
in Great Massingham. Your help
was very much appreciated.
Peter W. Frost

The Village
Spring Clean
Our annual clean up
around the village is on
Saturday 19th March
at 10am.
Meet us at the Well.
Bring gloves, wellies
and, perhaps, a rake.
The clean up only takes
about two hours. Black
bin liners will be provided
and some litter pickers.
Believe it or not it is a lot
of fun and Great Massingham looks all the better
for our efforts! Please
come and join us.
Andrew Bickerton

MOBILE LIBRARY
VISITS
15th March and
12th April

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service

Sue and Mark would like to welcome you to


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Brand new luxury


B & B and Holiday Lets
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Choose locally from a range of hundreds of fabrics,


all supplied at discount prices.
Poles, tracks and all accessories also available

Phone/Fax - Alison 01553 840 245

West Norfolk Glass

Mark Large

Suppliers of high quality, affordable,


double glazed windows & conservatories

DSA Approved Driving Instructor

Tel:

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School Rd.

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Village Hall

VILLAGE HALL REGULAR EVENTS


Keep Fit
Wed.12.30 to 1.30pm
Bingo
Fridays at 7.30pm
Auction
Sundays
Coronation Club (4th Wed.) 2pm - 4pm
Baby &Toddler
Thurs. 10am - 11.30am
Folk Spot
Sundays 7pm -10pm
Craft & Chat
(2nd & 4th Mon) 2 - 4pm
Short Mat Bowls
Mondays 2-4 pm to April
SMB League
Wednesdays 7 - 10 pm
Competition
until March.
Quiz Nights
Thursdays, once a month

MARCH QUIZ NIGHT

Thursday, March 24th


at 7.30pm.
Village Hall Bar. See you there!
FISHING SEASON
REMINDER
This is a reminder that the
fishing season ends on 15th
March and will resume again
on June 16th.

MARCH - WEST NORFOLK RADIO


VILLAGE HALL BAR, 7 - 10 pm
Free entry. Audience & musicians welcome
No live shows on 20th or 27th
th
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Live broadcast - featuring Daniel
Nestlerode, mandolinist, accompa
nied by guitarist Paul Ballantyne.
13th Live broadcast - Ludlam Pikes, a
quartet from Norfolk/Suffolk and
Two Bit Operators, a Folk band.
Watch our facebook page for details
www.westnorfolkradio.co.uk

Great Massingham Baby and Toddler

EVERY THURSDAY
10am - 11.30am at the Village Hall
Come and join the
fun, meet new friends.
Note: Rachael expects
her baby in March.
1.50
Cover has been arranged.
However, please look on
Tea
Facebook for up
and
Snack
Cake
to date details.

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Seamstress
Dress Making

Alteration

Loose Covers

Curtains

For all your


gardening
Requirements

telephone
Patrick Jacques
07976981270

The Old Swan, Gt. Massingham 01485 520151

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S & R Reeve

GUITAR TUITION
All styles and levels

All building work undertaken


Quality assured. Renovation & newbuild

Drums and other


instruments

Stephen Reeve
07879 885521

Reasonable Rates
Contact Andy Graham
01553 630747

15, Cross Street, Harpley, Kings Lynn PE31 6TJ


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Mole Catcher
Call Steve

Taylors Tails & Turnips

Your Local Pet Care and Gardening Service


mobile : 07799258666
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01485 520142
07745 163149

No Mole, No Charge!
email: steveoutthere66@gmail.com
Ducklings Pre-School

CARLTONS SOLID FUELS

c/o Gt. Massingham Primary School


Weasenham Road

Approved coal and


solid fuel merchant
For Quality Fuels at the
Best Prices

Weekdays. Mornings & Afternoons.

Call Pip Armitage


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Phone: 01485 520637


Mobile: 07780 776576

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Lynn Road
West Rudham
Norfolk
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General Building Work


Barn Conversions
Extensions
Conservatories
Hard Landscaping
Kitchens/Bathrooms
Floor & Wall Tiling
Decking

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3 Weasenham Rd
Gt.Massingham PE32 2EY

Oyster
House
Bed & Breakfast
Mrs. Veronica Prentice
Phone O1485 528327
www.oysterhouse.co.uk

Call 07786 618787 or


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Gert & Daisy......

How are yew gitting on tergether?


We got our sledges owt the other day but we hint hed ter use em. The weather int too
bad and today the sun is luvly. Gud job anall with the kids off school. When ours were
little they wus owtside in all weathers, baby in the pram, and that never did them no
harm.
We hear there is a table top sale up the hall on March 5 th. Thatll be a gud toime ter git
yer Mothers Day present or git rid of last years unwanted one.
We hev heard there is a new service in the village meals on wheels. Our lovable, caring
carer, Janice, has bin driving round the village with a dish of spaghetti Bolognese on her
car bonnet. Next week that cud be bangers and mash so let her know if you find an odd
sausage here and there.
We dint go ter the Toad meeting agin this year but we see the signs are up in Little
Massingham. Thas a bit too cold fer hanky-panky on the road we think. How do the toad
patrollers know if the toads are cumin or going? Some poor toads could hev done what
they wanted in the pond and were on their way back when they got picked up and put in
the pond agin.
We hear the bus service may be improved in the not too distant future. No doubt we will
awl git to hear about it in toime.
Its bin a fairly quiet month, thank goodness, and looks loike spring is coming.
Dew yew keep atroshing until next toime.
Gert and Daisy
Thought of the month: Why is it that your nose runs and your feet smell?
cutting across to the Raynham Road and
the rest of us turning right back to the first
gatehouse and up to the turkey farm again.
Here we all met up and walked back into
Massingham, causing a few traffic hold-ups
on the way.
The weather had been unseasonably mild
and, although quite windy, there was no
rain and the sun made a valiant effort to
break through the cloud cover. Our walk
was made more pleasurable by the songs of
Song Thrushes, Robins and Dunnocks and
we were also treated to the sight of a number
of brown hares running and sparring over
the fields. The hawthorn was also coming
into leaf in places.
Our walk ended at the Rose and Crown,
Harpley, where most of us feasted on the
excellent roast lunches. The next Strollers
will probably be on Sunday 20th March but
it could be on Easter Sunday.
Andrew Bickerton

The First Stroll of 2016

On 21st February thirteen Strollers went on


the first walk since December. The weather
forecast was very uncertain so we kept the
distance to 4.4 miles and our route took us
on roads and lanes for easier walking.
We left the Well at about 9.40 and made
our way through the village to the Rudham
junction. Here we were caught up by two of
our members from the big city of Lynn and
then we made our way up to the turkey farm
and down the lane to the old railway gate
house. We decided to take the high road
and climbed the hill to Crosss Grave. Who
said that Norfolk is flat! We then turned
right walking down hill towards the other
gate house, near the Grange farm entrance.
This route by the gorse bushes and pines is
reputedly where flocks of Goldcrests can be
seen. (John M take note!)
At the corner we stopped for a breather and
then our party split into two groups, some
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FUN FRIENDLY
ZUMBA CLASSES
Harpley Village Hall Mon. 7 - 8 pm
Wed. 9.30 - 10.30 am
Leziate Village Hall Thurs. 6.30 - 7.30 pm

Classes 4 each. For further information


please contact Julie Austin on

07721 774 198


Meadowvale Bed & Breakfast
Gayton PE32 1QT

01553 636531
Stunning location.
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www.meadowvalebedandbreakfast.com

DOGS AT HOME
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Your dogs will be treated as one of the family for
the duration of their stay. Daily walks & spacious
grounds for your dog to play in.
Love and cuddles guaranteed!

The Dabbling Duck


A warm welcome guaranteed from
all the staff at the Dabbling Duck.

The Paddocks, Station Road,


Little Massingham

Contact Donna on 07793 737 312

Open all day every day


Bar 12-11pm Mon.-Sat. & to 10.30pm Sun.
Morning Coffee & Tea 10am to noon
Afternoon Tea & Cake 3 - 5.30pm
Breakfast 8 -10am Lunch 12 - 2.30pm
Dinner 6.30 - 9.00pm Mon. to Thurs
Dinner 6pm - 9.30pm Fri. & Sat.
Sunday Service - midday to 8pm
Real ales and full wine list. Great Food.

To Book Phone: 01485 520827


For that special occasion

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Theatre

Painter & Decorator


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Gt. Massingham
01485 520768
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etc.

A professional & reliable service at a price


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Mallard News
A Little Bit of Tennis Heaven
This was how Richard Palmer, President
of Norfolk LTA, described Great
Massingham at the presentation of LTA
Aegon Awards, at Easton College, on
8th February.
The Tennis and Multi-sports Club was
honoured with the Norfolk Club of the
Year award which was presented by
Michael Downey, Chief Executive of
the LTA.
Arthur Allen, who received the award
on behalf of the club, also won the
Award for Outstanding Achievement.
Well done Arthur!
Ali Ward, Penny Andersson, Irene Allen, Clare Parker and Annie Lawton were there to
hear Michael Downey talk about LTA's national plans to increase participation in tennis,
something Great Massingham has been very successful in achieving.
The Club now has a new website,
http://clubspark.lta.org.uk/greatmassinghamtennis or google
Great Massingham tennis to find the site and the links to our excellent village web-site.
Tennis & Multi Sports Club

Pet Photo Competition

T h e Fi l m C l u b

Raising money for


PACT ANIMAL SANCTUARY
(Norfolk & Suffolk) &
Docking and Massingham Doctor Surgery

Thursday March 17th, 7pm for 7.30pm,


Massingham Village Hall, 4 entry.
Refreshments available.

The Lady in The Van

1 to enter with
Medal and Rosettes to 3rd place
There are 42 classes which
are made up of
A Dog section,
a Cat section and
Other Animal Section.

British comedy-drama film written by Alan


Bennett and starring Maggie Smith & Alex
Jennings. A true story of Mary Shepherd,
an elderly woman living in a dilapidated
van on Bennetts driveway for 15 years....
Next Film

21st April

HOW TO ENTER:
You Can enter online or by post
Contact 01485 578380 or e-mail
photocompetition2016@hotmail.com
for class list and entry form.

Entries close 30th April 2016

The Dressmaker

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The Cinnamon Trust Great Massingham
The Cinnamon Trust is the national charity whose wonderful
volunteers help people over retirement age and those in the
latter stages of a terminal illness by offering all kinds of pet
care. We urgently need dog walking volunteers to help a resident of Great Massingham and their lovely dog a 7 year old
Fox Terrier who would love to go for a good walk. If you
would like to help we would be delighted to hear from you.
What happens if illness, injury or just the fact that we all get older eventually affects our
ability to look after our four legged companions? A large number of elderly or ill pet
owners become very worried about their ability to care for their pets, feeling that their
only option is to rehome them, this is where our national network of dedicated volunteers
step in to offer support enabling them to stay together.
Well walk the dog for a housebound owner, well foster pets when owners need hospital
care, well fetch the cat food, even clean out the bird cage or litter trays.
We always need new volunteers so even if you can only spare
an hour a week we would love to hear from you.
Please call during office hours 01736 758707 or email us at volunteer@cinnamon.org.uk
or check out our website for more details at www.cinnamon.org.uk

Tai Chi

VILLAGE HALL
Coffee Morning and
Table Top Sale

Tai Chi is a relaxing and de-stressing


form of exercise that can enhance your
mental health. Suitable for all ages 10+.
5 an hour, 12 week term.
Taught by Yang Xu of the Association of
Traditional Chinese Medicine (UK).
Interested?
Dates and times to be confirmed and
subject to numbers. Contact Yang Xu on:
01553 674 086 or e-mail
yang.china.33@hotmail.com

Saturday 5th March


11am to 1pm at the Hall
Please come along and enjoy coffee &
cake and view all that is on offer.
5 per table. To book a table call Mel on 07833 475 864

DANCE TO
Kenny and The Motives
Great Massingham Village Hall
Saturday April 2nd 8.30pm to 11.30pm
Tickets 6 in advance and 7 at the door
Kenny and the Motives are a Swingin sixties fivesome
from Norfolk. Good music not to be missed.
Tickets available from Mel Whitmore 07833 475 864 ,
the Village Hall or the Village Store.
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Mallard News
Village Green Christmas Lights - Update and Thanks from Mick Wingell
Ryan Brown, who organised the Christmas event this time round, has agreed to now
taken over the project on a permanent basis. As such, I would like to thank Ryan, Scotty,
Sam Molyneux and conscripted passers - by for help with erecting the pole and then
removal of the pole, over last few years.
Also, many thanks to Andrew and Rosemary Bickerton who, as well as storing the
pole, have also provided the power for the lights. (Yes he did know about it!)
Thank you also to Tim Collins who provides the special switch, Julian and the choir
for the Carols on several occasions and the Dabbling Duck and staff for their generous
support, not only on the night but also when we set up and remove the cable and pole.
(The hot coffee is most welcome.) Thank you also to my wife, Elaine, who insisted that
we carried on sharing sweeties around, a tradition started by Tim Collins and the Youth
Club and no doubt one we will continue!
However, the BIG thanks should go to the two people who set it all up - Peter Kerry and
Martin Wooldridge - the villagers who supported them and those of course, who turn up
to make it a Special Event for the Village each year.
The lights have been noticed and appreciated by visitors and the Bucket Collection has
raised funds for local charities. The Lavender Mob raised 82 during the 2015 switch on
and provided the music and carols.
I am pleased that Ryan will ensure that the event will continue and hope that support for
it will always be there.
Mick Wingell
A huge thank you to you Mick too. It is a special event that gets Christmas underway
and a lot of its success is down to your contribution. Very much appreciated by us all.
sociation had refused to play any part in

Parish Council February Meeting

Seven councillors attended. Also present was Mr. tackling this problem.
Dobson (County Councillor) & five parishioners. Next meeting, Mon. 21st March, 7.30 pm.

A County Council budget proposal for an


increase of 3.98% is to be considered by
County Councillors on 22nd February.
A request for bus shelters to be provided
received favourable comments and the prospect of taking advantage of a County Council scheme to assist with the project is to be
investigated. Details of two new services
travelling to both Kings Lynn and Fakenham for local villages were given. Thanks
were expressed to Mr. & Mrs. Bridger for
all their hard work in enabling this to happen.
Concern was expressed at the amount of
rubbish, including a number of old tyres,
dumped on land at the rear of properties on
the Summerwood Estate. It was particularly
disappointing that Freebridge Housing As-

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Postbag....Dont Let Dogs Roam Alone!


Many villagers are concerned that some
dogs are running free in our village, not
on a lead and not with their owners.
Many people, children especially, are
afraid of dogs and being faced with one
that is not on a lead is very upsetting.
Also, a roaming dog is more inclined to
attack another dog and this has happened
recently in Kings Lynn and resulted in
the death of two dogs on leads that were
attacked. We dont want the same thing
happening here in our village.
We know most owners act responsibly
but PLEASE all dog owners walk your
dogs on leads and keep everyone safe.

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Neil Brodie

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Message to all Parishioners


March is a Funny Month!
Not funny ha ha but an odd mix of highs and lows and contrasting emotions as we travel
in our hearts with Christ on his journey to Jerusalem.
There is deep personal reflection (for those of us who take Lent seriously); then, later in
the month, we feel the pain and passion of Holy week as we remember Christs suffering
humiliation and death on the cross. And then, in complete contrast again, the joyful
celebration of Easter day and resurrection.
Whats even odder is that, in the midst of this journey toward and then celebrating Easter,
the story is broken into on the fourth Sunday of Lent (this year 6 th March) as it is always
kept as Mothering Sunday - a day when Mothering in all its forms is celebrated.
So, within the church, March will bring a mixture of emotions, highs and lows serious
reflection, sadness and indeed joy. Bit like life really!
Thinking about mothering - The list of characteristics associated with mothering is long
and varied. We could say those who mother us are determined, protective, nurturing,
passionate, generous, sacrificial, brave, joyful, trusting and faithful and ever present, even in
sorrow, grieving and caring. Mothering demonstrates a love that is stronger than death.
We call God Our Father we could equally say our mother (Jesuss) wept tears over
the people of Jerusalem as a mother weeps for her children, longing to gather them like
a hen gathers her chicks.
A love stronger than death is also a description of Gods love for us.
We all yearn to be mothered dont we? Without someone to look out for our interests, to
defend us, to protect us; to enable us to learn our purpose in life, without someone to
model trust, faith, and joy; without someone who will love us enough to let us go our
own way; without someone to take the risk of loving us, even knowing that that love
may bring them pain; without someone to stand with us in our times of greatest suffering
without someone to do those things for us, we are missing something crucial. And if
we ourselves have nobody for whom we can do these things, we are also missing out.
As we think about our own lives, our experiences of mothering or of being mothered, we
remember with thanksgiving the people who have done those things for us. And that
might well include people other than our birth mothers, for mothering is not only done
by mothers we can all do mothering!
On the cross, Gods love is nailed firmly to the world so as never to let it go. A truly
parental love is one that would give anything and everything for the child. This is the
love of God that we see on the cross but this is also the love that we are called to have
for one another and for all of Gods creation. When we love like that, we make our
Mothering-God visible in the world.
Happy Mothering Sunday, and a Very Happy Easter.
Much Love, Revd Jane

Funeral at Little Massingham

Lucy Mountain 11th February


Lucy, who died on 24th January, will be
sadly missed. She was very much involved
in village life and was a regular worshipper at St Andrews. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.
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SHOEBOXES UPDATE
We have been notified that our
shoeboxes went to Albania. In
all, 29,511 were sent from UK
to Albania just some of the
11.2 million packed globally.

Church Services
Date
nd

2 March
Wednesday
4th March

February
Time

Service

9.00 am Holy Communion


11.00 am Womens World Day of Prayer

Location
Harpley
Grimston

6th March
9.30 am Family Service
Mothering Sunday 11.00 am Holy Communion

Harpley
Great Massingham

13th March

10.30 am Group Holy Communion


4.00 pm The Gap

Grimston
Roydon

20th March

9.30 am Holy Communion


11.00 am Family Service
11.15 am Sung Holy Communion

Little Massingham
Great Massingham
Harpley

24th March
Maundy Thursday

10.00 am Holy Communion

Harpley

25th March
Good Friday

11.00 am Liturgy of The Cross

Great Massingham

27th March
Easter Day

11.00 am Holy Communion

Great Massingham

Monthly Benefice Prayer Meeting, Sunday 6th March at 3pm, at St Nicholas, Gayton.
For more news please visit our benefice website at www.ggmbenefice.uk

CHURCH NEWS
Easter Lilies - A reminder
that March 10th is the final day
to order lilies to be displayed
at our Easter Day service. This
is a wonderful display to help
us celebrate our movement from Lent to
Eastertide. The lilies are 2 each. To order
call Gladys Newton on 520772 or myself,
Steve Hudson, on 520450.
If anyone could help decorate the church
with lilies on Saturday 26th March (Easter
Saturday) at 10am it would be appreciated.
I would like to express our thanks to Gladys
for her excellent work with the flowers over
many, many years. Gladys is now stepping
down and handing over to Anna Burpitt.
Many, many thanks, Gladys.
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Church Gates
As many of you will have seen, our gates
at the front of church are very dilapidated.
For aesthetic, safety and security reasons
we have had to order some new seasoned
oak gates and posts. These will take up to
four weeks to prepare and install.
Unfortunately, they come at a great cost,
2,933 to be precise. To protect our
church lead these are necessary but obviously a strain on our funds and we would
be very grateful for any donations to help
us. Please contact me on 520450 if you
feel you could help.
Church Security
We would thank Mr Brun and his family
for all the work and help they have given
to help us protect our beautiful church.
Stephen Hudson

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Useful Numbers
Organisation

Contact

Phone No.

Allotment Association

Gill Goold

07513125964

Borough Council

Mike Tilbury

520340

British Legion & Bell Ringing

Denys Winner

520598

Bowls Club

Peter Wadham

520796

Church Contacts

Revd Judith Pollard


or Revd Jane Holmes

01485 601 251


01553 636227

Community Car Scheme

Office

520823

Coronation Club

Pam Hales

520236

County Council

John Dobson

534989

Doctors

Massingham Surgery

520521

The Film Club

Arthur Allen/Barry Talbot

520628/07818 807 738

Fishing Warden

Nigel Yates

520844/07527 866 055

Football Club

Barry Talbot (seniors)

520653

Guide Trefoil Guild

Shirley Rae

520259

Massingham Historical Society

Anthony Robinson

520455

Tennis and Multi-Sports Club

Arthur Allen

520628

Parish Council

Kevin Webb (Clerk)


Vic Cross (Chair)

01328 855 046


520387

Pre-School

Pip Armitage

07807 185 746

Police

Non-emergency

101

School

Ann Beardall

520362

Village Hall

Hall & Bar & Vic Cross

520588/520387

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Biodiversity Project
Much good work was done on our biodiversity site last year and the range of established
plants has continued to expand. The number of species logged has now reached 126.
This will increase further following an extensive planting of the woodland fern Polystichum setiferum (the Soft Shield Fern) in April. It will also soon be time for our first
working party of the year. This has been arranged for Saturday 12th March starting at
about 10 am at the site off the Weasenham Road. If you are free that morning please
join us. You will be very welcome. The first jobs will be removing the piles of hay that
have overwintered on the wildflower meadow, attending to the recently planted blue bell
area and to the intended site for the ferns plus some general post-winter clearing of paths
and margins. A rake and a garden fork would be helpful but not essential. There will be a
tea and coffee break at about eleven oclock (see photograph below).
For the past two years we
have held an open garden day
to help raise funds for new
plants etc. These have proved
enjoyable occasions and on
Sunday 26th June this year,
the garden at Long Barn,
Kennels Farm will be open to
visitors in aid of the Project.
More details will follow
nearer the time.
Mike Jackson
Dates for your Diary March
Date
5 March
6/13 March
12 March
14/28 March

Event
Coffee Morning/ Table Sale

Time
11am -1pm

Place
Village Hall

West Norfolk Folk

7 - 10 pm

Village Hall Bar

Biodiversity Project
Craft & Chat

10 am
2 - 4 pm

Weasenham Road Pond


Village Hall Bar

15 March
16 March
17 March
19 March
20 March
21 March

Mobile Library
Historical Society
Film Club
Village Spring Clean
Strollers Walk
Parish Council Meeting

24 March

Quiz Night

From 11 am
7.30 - 9 pm
7 for 7.30
10 am
9.30 am
7.30 pm
7.30 pm

As Timetabled
9, School Road (The Barns)
Village Hall
At the Well
At the Well call 520 307 to confirm.
Village Hall
Village Hall Bar

This parish magazine is published every month for the residents of Great and Little Massingham with the support of the
Great Massingham Parish Council, the Parochial Church Council and Massingham Village Hall Trustees.

www.greatmassingham.net

Editor :

Bev Randall 01485 520 899 or 6 Abbeyfields Gt Massingham


e-mail : mallard.editor@btinternet.com
Treasurer : David Baines
01485 520 966
Website : Caroline Boyden 01485 521 816

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Next
closing date

20th March