Issue Number 210 - March 2014

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Brownies go Stargazing

Natural History exhibition at Great Cressingham

The Brownies from 3rd Watton and 1st Saham Toney recently visited the Ormiston Academy, Norwich for an opportunity to look at the stars. They all enjoyed different aspects of the afternoon. "I enjoyed the phases of the moon because it was very interesting." "I liked looking through the telescopes and binoculars, and I learnt a lot."

"I liked it because I made a friend and because we did the order of the planets." They also took part in a fun quiz and ended the afternoon having learnt a lot and they all earned their Stargazer badge. If you would like to know more about Brownies please visit or call 0800 169 5901. 5-14 years who are already on the ‘waiting list’ to join. Being part of the Girlguiding movement is so rewarding and enables fantastic opportunities for children and adults. We can offer support to those taking their Duke of Edinburgh scheme, it will also look very favourable on your CV. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We need you so please give Joanne Oxborough, District Commissioner of Watton District Guiding a ring on (01760) 441046 for information.

Rainbows, Brownies and Guides need you!

PLEASE HELP to keep Rainbows, Brownies and Guides running. Some of the units are very short staffed and if we do not get any new adult helpers to join our guiding team then units will have to close. There are so many girls between

Fish, Fossils, Fur and Fowl is an Exhibition of Natural History at Great Cressingham Victorian School which runs from Friday February 28th - Monday March 3rd, 11am 4pm daily. Admission is free, with a collection for Save The Children in Syria, and there is tea, coffee and cakes. Sally North is celebrating 20 years at her Victorian School for which she has won 2 National Awards for excellence in Heritage education. Her remarkable natural history collection is the focus of her current exhibition. It is now all the more relevant to modern schoolchildren with the revival of 'nature' in the Forest School curriculum. She also has a working electromagneto machine to demonstrate Michael Faraday's first principals of electricity and a Victorian working model of a steam engine. Her collection of childhood - books, toys, clothes, samplers, etc is enhanced by its setting in the carefully restored Victorian schoolrooms - lit only by oil lamps and heated by a 'Tortoise' stove. Over 20,000 schoolchildren with their teachers have visited since the Victorian School opened in 1993 and hundreds of others have come to her exhibitions or Open Days. All this has been achieved without charging even a farthing. Sally and Tom North bought the disused Victorian School in Great Cressingham in 1993 never imagining that in 2014 Sally would have completed 20 years as curator/ headmistress. For more details of this extraordinary place please visit Telephone 01328 838230

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‘If Music be the food of Love..’ – Dance on!

Valentine’s day was celebrated in exuberant style this year at the Queens Hall when over 60 energetic people enjoyed an Inner Wheel Barn Dance specially themed to honour the occasion. The Hall was festooned with hearts, ribbons, balloons and table decorations and there was a real feeling of fun and enjoyment in the air. The music was provided by the wonderful Shinanigans group under the leadership of George who calls the dances. With great skill and good humour he encourages, chivvies and occasionally despairs of, those he is trying to instruct! During the interval a delicious salad supper was served by the members of Inner Wheel and this time the main course was followed by home-made shortbread biscuits – shaped as hearts of course. There was also a Raffle with various lovely prizes. The profit from this event was £197.70 which will go to charities supported by Inner Wheel. Club members met this month for a business meeting when the Officers and Committee for

Inner Wheel Year 2014 -15 were elected. In addition, using information from the Federation, members voted for those they wished to serve the organisation at National and International levels. Regular readers will know that for the Inner Wheel Club of Watton, when one event door closes there are always several others about to open. On February 26th another of the popular Lunchtime Concerts will be held in the Queens Hall, this time featuring ‘3’s company’ with a musical miscellany brought to us by Colleen and Colin Harris and David Kett, accompanist. The concert will, as usual, be followed by a light lunch. (tickets £5 from Mullengers) Then, on Saturday March 1st ‘Come up for Coffee’ from 9:30-11:30 and, at the same time, enjoy some of the famously delicious home-made goodies provided by the Inner wheel members. The final concert of this season will take place on April 2nd – more details later. Lesley Cowling. Club Correspondent running. It is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels, all surfaces and all weather conditions.A sociable activity which appeals to all fitness levels. Equipment is provided whilst on the courses and walks if needed so you’ll have no outlay of expensive gear! Courses are planned for March and once you've completed you may join the organised walks. So if you have a love of the outdoors, want to exercise, want some "me" time, want to lose weight, enjoy exercising with others, want to improve your strength, health and well being or all of the above, then Nordic Walking is for you! Contact: or phone/text 07989 071544.Come on give it a go, you've nothing to lose only half an hour of your time but plenty to gain!

If you can walk, you can Nordic Walk!

Following a previously successful FREE taster session early February, more dates have been arranged: Saturday 15th March and Saturday 5th April both 9.30am -12pm at Watton Sports Centre. Nordic Walking uses specially designed poles to enhance your natural walking pattern. Nordic Walking becomes a genuinely whole body exercise that can be enjoyed at many levels, from walking for health to athletic Nordic

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Wayland In World War One

Do you have ancestors who fought in WWI? Was your ancestor killed or did he return? Do you have stories, diaries, mementoes, photos and other items of interest from family who were affected by the War? Do you know of ways in which local people and your community were affected? Across the country local heritage and community groups are seeking the answers to these questions as they prepare to commemorate the events of the First World War. The Wayland Partnership Heritage Group is in the process of entering a bid to Heritage Lottery to fund a project researching the impact of WWI on our rural community. Initially enquiries have been very favourably received by HLF and our bid is being encouraged. Although we will be researching the lives and ancestry of the men from the Wayland area who served, our main interest is the impact of the War on our area. We have a number of ideas already. We estimate that about 160 men from the Wayland area were killed, or died of the effects of war. In such a close-knit community how many of these were actually related, increasing the impact on families across the area? Did many men fall in the same battles or areas of warfare, or even on the same day? Did many suffer from disease and illness related to the conditions and climates in which they served? Did survivors of the war suffer long-term effects? The men left farms and estates as well as businesses in order to serve; what happened to their jobs and roles; who took them on? Or did the running of those farms and businesses have to change? Did the women take on many of the men’s jobs? The farms and other agricultural enterprises depended on markets such as those in Watton; was there any direct impact on these? We also hope to learn how many of the survivors returned to their former jobs and how many chose a new way of life in other parts of the UK or the world. Did many of the returned suffer from disability and illness as result of their service? Despite the war some kind of daily life had to continue and we are also

Left The dedication of the War Memorial c 1921. Right Sgt Thomas Adcock of Watton who was killed and has a Memorial in St Mary’s Church Yard interested in this aspect of the impact of war. Was there any effect on school life? What measures and responses did parish councils take? Did local entertainment cease or change, or was there an increase in some types of entertainment as part of the war effort? What fundraising efforts did local communities make? Do letters home or parish magazine articles survive? It is a common belief that the declaration of war was a popular move, but was this true locally? What were local attitudes to the war? Did these attitudes change as the war went on? One of the most emotive ways in which the experience of the men was recorded was through poetry. Poets such as Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon have left us with a very graphic picture of their view of war. We hope to engage members of our community, especially the young, in a modern response to war via poetry and creative writing. It may be that you always wanted to know a bit more about a family member’s war service. The Heritage Focus group, and its member groups which are working in the various Wayland villages, can help you get started. For example, we have a taster session on internet research on March 3rd from 2.30pm to 6pm which can be used for family or local history research as well as WWI. Please contact Wayland House on 880202 or Bronwen on 483741 if you would like some authority, and in this case it is the Environment Agency. Obviously there was not much they could have done about the tremendous seas and hurricane force winds, but they have been criticised for the lack of dredging in the Somerset Levels. Yes, they may well have been at fault, but very probably the cause lies with the various governments that have been in charge over the last few years, each of which have been making cut after cut all across the board, from hospitals, police, defence and so on. But every crisis has to find someone to blame. In foreign parts, when volcanoes erupt, accusations of inefficiency are promptly levelled against meteorologists for nor giving enough warning. Yet they are equally castigated when they suggest that danger is imminent, but in the event the eruption does not take place. A fine example of a no-win situation. Much publicity was given to the Prime Minister’s announcement that the sufferers from flooding would be entitled to financial re-imbursement, but subsequent reports show that there will be no free-for-all payments, and any benefits may well be subject to all sorts of restrictions. Bur at least there will be some measure of relief for those who have suffered for the last month or two. There have been calls for the billions of pounds set aside for the proposed HS2 railway line to Birmingham to be diverted to flood relief, which would appear to be to book a place or, indeed, if you have any interest in the project at all, want to know more or can offer some information. We plan an open day on August 4th to enable people to ask more questions and hopefully bring items to show us such as photos and documents, offer memories and so forth which will benefit the project. Full details to be announced soon.

Willie Anthony, shoeing smith, and his sister Kate Anthony, both of Thompson. a reasonable solution, for surely the homes of thousands of people are more important than the facility for a few travellers to reach Birmingham twelve minutes earlier. On a more local note, our Queen has been shown attending various Norfolk affairs, such as the Newton Women’s Institute and the opening of a new Village Hall at Thornham, and one can but admire her fortitude in being able to cope with all these engagements, all of which entail quite long periods of standing about, while giving them her undivided attention. Being of a similar age, I know I could in no way cope with such situations without calling for a chair to take the weight off my feet. And I would certainly not be able to accept graciously the myriad posies and bouquets that it seems the British public considers it essential to shower upon all royal persons. Small wonder that a little girl had to suffer disappointment recently when an equerry decided that enough was enough. But I suppose that the local florists depend on this habit, so Her Majesty is prepared to put up with it, on their behalf. And finally, I read that the latest craze is for ‘Selfies’, or photos taken of one-self on a mobile phone. How daft can one get ? Surely we all know what we look like, and a glance in the mirror is quite enough. But what do I know ? Good afternoon.

A Quick Look Round

By Orbiter Obviously the main talking point of the day is the floods in the south and west country, although the recent heavy rains have brought them nearer to home, with several roads being under water in the local area causing delays for motorists, while at the time of writing we have been very lucky that the power outages that usually accompany storms have so far not come to pass in our area. Fingers crossed there. The chaos caused by the heavy seas has been immense, and we have all seen the pictures of the railway at Dawlish, which was said to be out of action for six weeks or so. Some hopes! I am sure that it will be months before that line can re-open, for not only the existing damage must be repaired, but the sea is not likely to cease its constant onslaught any time soon. Even in normal summer weather it keeps up a constant battering on that sea-wall, so any work will be beset by unending difficulties. By the time you read these notes about four weeks will have passed without the repairs even having been commenced, with perhaps even the planning stage not yet reached. Of course with every disaster there are calls for blame to be laid at the door of


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Someone was certainly able to find the Citizens Advice Bureau in Watton just before Christmas. There was a break in at the premises and the petty cash was stolen, a window was broken and there was minor damage to property inside the CAB cabin on Harvey Street. CAB is here in Watton every Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 3.00 p.m. and we are at the moment in the Cabin on Harvey Street, near to the Youth Centre. Our premises may not look particularly inviting but you can be assured of a welcome and access to advice. CAB aims to provide the advice people need for the problems they face. This advice is free, independent, confidential and impartial and is provided to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. So if you need advice come along and see us or use the website or the helpline 08444 111 444

Citizens Advice Bureau in Watton – Where are we?

In Your Garden
with Lotta Potts
This year it's difficult to know where to start with March. Mild winter with huge amounts of rain and strong to gale-force winds. That seemed to start in autumn and was still going along in the middle of February. If it continues the gardening season will be put back weeks for many of us. Those unfortunates who have been flooded will be advised to forget the whole thing until a bit of restoration may be possible, even until next year. That sounds truly awful but if the water table has risen or rivers overflowed with the additional hazards of damaged drains then keep off it. Take advice from experts, not amateurs like me with no experience of flooding. Having said all that, it may be that spring will continue in normal fashion. Bulbs, of course, are the early harbingers of spring and are increasing daily in March. The advantage of the mild winter is an early start for snowdrops aconites, hellebores and some varieties of crocus with the collections open to visitors in February. It's worth a visit and many will still be open with even bigger displays. It's also the time for planting certainly snowdrops and aconites 'in the green' (dug up from nurseries either still in flower or when the flowers have just gone over) rather than try dry bulbs in autumn. It might seem counter-intuitive but works. A tip I heard on the radio is to plant snowdrops deeply. I must admit when I have bought these wonderful little flowers I have been surprised by the length of the leaves. It seems that these bulbs like moist but not waterlogged soil and in our Breckland sandy soil they should be planted so that the white blanched parts of the leaves are buried. This would explain why my snowdrops are about two inches tall instead of the advertised six. Yes, I did buy them in the green. This is also the time to split large clumps and redistribute them. Maybe you have a friend who has a large clump or two... On the subject of splitting clumps, March is the month to divide perennials. These stalwarts should be coming through this month. Dig them up and divide them into several pieces, each with good roots and shoots. There are several methods advocated for this: put two garden forks back to back in the middle and force them apart. It works all right as long as you possess two garden forks and a strong back. Alternatively use a sharp spade and chop your way into the middle of the clump, avoiding your feet or attack them with a large knife, an old bread knife being ideal. Make sure the usual operator of this knife gives permission, otherwise wash it well. Once you have several pieces of the original plant you can throw away the centre that is finished. Replant the pieces you want

Norfolk Wildlife Trust
To ask a question about the Norfolk’s Wildlife please call the Norfolk Wildlife Information Service. Wildline 01603 598333 9am - 5pm Mon - Fri. E-mail Website Further details and Membership enquiries 01953 498467 Local group E-mail: A Talk “ The Future of NWT Cley Marshes”. Tuesday March 18th 7.45pm-9.30pm. Venue; Watton CCC, 57 High Street Watton. A presentation by NWT‘s Head of Fund Raising, Nik Khandpur. Followed by refreshments and raffle. Cost: Members £2 Non members £3

to keep (in threes or fives is best) and any over can be given away or potted on for the plant sales that will be coming up in the next couple of months. These are good sources of well-grown economically-priced plants for people who are just starting off or want to fill the space by the re-organisation. Individual plants will only need this brutal treatment every three years or so. More vigorous ones maybe every five years. There's a reason for all this apparently pointless activity. Experienced gardeners read on and I will attempt to be brief. Plants naturally grow outwards as well as up. The roots will reach out for soil that isn't exhausted so that eventually the healthy growth is round the outside of the plant and the middle is bald with a cluster of old bare stems. Thus it makes sense to get rid of that bit and re-plant the good bits and so increasing the stock. I was at a lecture once where the speaker had renovated a large overgrown and very old garden. It was an important one and she still had the original plans but one point she made for those of us with less imposing property was that if your border was made from new or is an old one, it is worth digging the lot out every five years and dividing all of the plants at once. Needless to say she employed gardeners but you get the idea. Other rejuvenation or pruning that should be done now is cut back overgrown climbers such as large-flowering clematis that flower in summer. These should be cut back enough to remove top-heavy growth from last year or a very light tidy or you'll lose flowers later. Other climbers should have some of the oldest stems taken back to ground level. It's best to unravel them first and then you can see what else needs to be done to make the plant more productive. Pests and weeds will be starting to appear this month. If you feed the birds you will already have a small army of pest controllers for the bugs and caterpillars. Larger pests are moles which are becoming active now. People with pristine lawns hate moles. People who don't have pristine lawns also resent having to deal with molehills. These are useful as they are usually consist of fine soil but the surface may well dip where the mole's runs go. Worm-casts don't cause this type of damage but again the soil is very fine, being worm fertiliser. Both types of little hills can be brushed across the grass as top dressing (when it's fine and dry) or collected to use in potting compost. This is little comfort to gardeners who want rid of them. If you have a cat you may find the odd body about but this is a bit hit and miss. Villages usually have a mole catcher or two but it's probably best not to enquire too closely as to methods if you are a bit sensitive. The activity will decrease as

the season wears on but if moles are a real issue for you Google Jasper Carrott and moles. I won't spoil it for you but it is quite hilariously funny and I do know someone who uses this method. While you are debating moles you will probably notice that the grass is beginning to grow even faster than in the mild weather of winter. You can start to mow as long as the grass isn't too wet – hover is probably the way to go if it is wet and long. Otherwise set the blades to the highest level and off you go and try not to think about this labour of love or a weekly nuisance for months ahead. Sow hardy annuals. These are useful if you have a whole garden or a bed to fill and a few inexpensive packets of seeds will do the job. The best way is to mark out areas for each variety then sow the seed thinly in straight lines inside the areas. This means you can sort out the plants from the weeds as they will certainly appear however carefully you have cultivated the soil. Thin out the seedlings as well so the plants have enough room to grow – the more thinly you can sow the less thinning out you have to do. Replant the thinnings or find a friend who can use them. This is the last chance to plant bare-root trees and shrubs. Container-grown ones can be planted any time but from now on will need more attention in the way of watering while they establish. Don't be too quick with the feed for anything as a late frost will damage the soft growth early feeding will encourage. Vegetables can be started now but I think it's a bit fanciful and might work for real experts who have the time or staff to run about with fleece if it gets a bit cold. Start things like peas and beans indoors and if you have a propagator an early sowing of tomatoes is possible. Yes I know some of you will be yelling at me that you already have tomatoes well on from seed sown in January or February but for those of us without a heated greenhouse or poly-tunnel to grow them on all we have is very pale and leggy seedlings. It's best to wait so they can keep growing. Have a browse round the seed catalogues if you haven't already done so or read the labels on the racks of seeds in the sheds and garden centres. Read the labels carefully as not all of them are as clear as they might be. If all else fails it whiles away a dull ten minutes. Hopefully the wet and windy and very mild winter is going to give way to a proper spring this year. We were in deep snow last year and let's keep our fingers crossed that we don't have a repeat. As you know they'll be in full cry as soon as you take your eye off them so if you can see soil keep weeding!


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Great Hockham Gardening Club

On Wednesday 12th February we had a presentation by Tim Fuller. Tim is the owner of the 'Plantsman's Preference' nursery at Church Rd, South Lopham. He is an ornamental grasses and woodland Perennials specialist and has been a member of the RHS' Floral Trials panel since 2008. He gave us a very informative and comprehensive talk with lots of super suggestions and advice with supporting photographs on 'Herbaceous Perennials'. He brought along and sold several plants that he'd recommended. 18 members attended this meeting on a really foul, wet and windy afternoon... so windy, the hall doors kept blowing open! The competition entries were good this month.... Flower: 1st: Jane Dalton, 2nd: Sue Cunningham, 3rd: Dave Thomas. Veg/Fruit: 1st Dave Thomas, 2nd: Sue Thomas. Photo: 1st Jane Dalton, 2nd Hazel Dunn, 3rd : Pat Scott. Well done! NB. All future meetings are now scheduled for the afternoons. Arriving at 2pm to set up for a 2.30 start. It is a great time to join our club. It is only £10 per person to join for the whole year and there are lots of benefits - free monthly meetings and refreshments, social events, speakers and visits as well as discounts at selected garden centres and cheaper seeds. So if you have an interest in gardening and like to mix with people who share the same interest we are a very friendly club and we would love to welcome you. Our next meeting is on Wednesday MARCH 12th, At Edinburgh Hall, Harling Rd. Time: 2pm for 2.30 start. Talk by Jan Saunt entitled 'The National Garden Scheme' So do come along remember your first meeting is FREE! ALL WELCOME. Refreshments, Raffle & Competitions Don't forget to bring an entry for the flower, the fruit or vegetable and the seasonal photo competitions... Anyone needing a lift to meetings or raise any issues should notify me or our Chairman, Ed Szczepanowski, tel : 483589 as soon as possible before the meeting. Thank you. Jane Dalton ( Secretary) Tel : 498694

Ashill and Holme Hale Garden Club

Mid-Norfolk Flower Club

This year is a very special one for the Club as we celebrate our 60th birthday in May when we shall have a national demonstrator at our meeting. To suit this demonstrator we have to change from our usual Tuesday to Thursday 8th May, but more of this in the April Wayland News. This month our meeting is on Tuesday 11th March when Melissa Sheldrake will show us a "Box of Delights". In April we have to change our week (to accommodate the Blood Donors) to Tuesday 1st April when Jacqui Aldous will demonstrate "Entertainment 2". Visitors are always welcome and we look forward to seeing you. We meet in the Queen's Hall at 2.15 pm.

On 15th January 30 members enjoyed another delicious annual lunch at the Wagon and Horses in Griston. A very enjoyable start to the new year. Our first meeting of 2014 on 23rd January saw a change to the scheduled programme. Unfortunately, Dr Ian Bedford had to postpone his visit until July. Gardeners' Question Time was brought forward and a panel of six members with a wide range of experience, chaired by David Green, answered questions from the audience. Understandably, there were several questions about successful over-wintering of plants and also the jobs which can be done in January and February. This resulted in a lively discussion among members and a variety of suggestions were made, including cleaning, chitting potatoes and sowing broad beans and leeks. Even sweet peas can get an early start in a heated greenhouse and sowing them in the cardboard inner tubes from toilet rolls is a money saving tip. Taking root cuttings can also be done between November and March and is also a cost effective way of increasing stock. Susan Luff, club secretary, gave a demonstration of two different methods. The root cutting should be about 3 to 4 inches long with any side shoots removed. Thin roots, such as those of primulas, should then be laid across the top of the potting compost mixed with grit (eg Perlite) and then covered with about half inch of the compost mixture. However, for thicker roots, such as those of the oriental poppy, the cutting should be cut straight across at the top and on an angle at the lower end before being pushed to the bottom of the potting mixture. For both methods; water and then put in a cold frame or greenhouse until about April when the shoots can be re-potted or planted out. Other questions related to problems in the garden such as moss in the lawn and the gardener's constant enemies, pests and diseases. Gary Moore, one of the panel members and fuschia expert, suggested spraying with diluted Fairy Liquid for control of aphids and a teaspoon of Listerine in a pint of water to combat rust. He also recommended Provado. Although this is manufactured primarily for the control of vine weevil, Gary says it is also excellent for many other pests such as white fly. March 27 John Bridge 'Growing Vegetables', April 24 Ian Roofe 'Herbaceous Perennials', May 14 Coach Outing to Fullers Mill Garden, West Stow

Have you got or been given a Smartphone? Are you bemused, befuddled, in danger of giving up with it? Do you know your 4G from your Android, your Apps from your WiFi? Are you planning to buy a new one? Do you know your Android from your Blackberry or what about a Windows phone? Tablet Training Comes To Town As Well No not that sort of Tablet! Slim and lightweight, Tablets are a new type of internet-enabled computer that work in a similar way to Smartphones. Have you got or been given a tablet? Are you bemused, befuddled, in danger of giving up with it? Do you know your 4G from your Android or IPad, your Apps from your WiFi? Are you planning to buy a new one so what is a tablet PC good for? That partly depends on what kind of operating system (OS) it runs. You have three main choices in this department: Android, iOS for iPad, or Windows. The Wayland Partnership and the Wayland Business Centre can help. We would like to run training courses this Spring at Wayland House in Watton High Street but this is dependent on the level of interest. For £15 you will receive three hours of expert but unbiased training in how to use your device spread over three sessions/days. The start date is yet to be confirmed but it would most likely be mid to late March 2014. If you would like to register your interest or would like more information, call Iain on 01953 880204 or call in to Wayland House in Watton High Street.

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Project Linus Norfolk has been busy making, collecting, checking, labelling and passing on your donated quilts to children in Norfolk to keep. These are children who have been unfortunate enough to have been admitted to the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital; attended Nelson’s Journey owing to a close family bereavement or have found a temporary home with the Haven Project. In addition individual children who are seriously ill, bereaved or traumatised are included. To help us to continue with this work our main fund raising event this year will be a Quilt & Sewing Exhibition at Barn Ruche, Thetford Road, Watton on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th May from 10 am-4pm and Sunday 18th May from 10 am -2pm. We hope you will make a note of this in your diaries and come to support us, whilst having the opportunity to look at beautiful quilts and items made by local people, some of which will be for sale. The coach trip we organised in January to the Fabric Guild in Leicester was very enjoyable and we purchased some lovely fabric for making future Linus Quilts (and of course for ourselves). The Fabric Guild also generously donated some fabric. We are planning another visit, by coach, in September this year. We have two workshop days in the near future for creating blocks which will be used in making more lovely quilts for Linus. The first is “Whacky Houses” being hosted by The Well at Ashill on Saturday 15th March. The second one is a “Sun Bonnet Sue” on Friday 4th April in Watton. Places are limited and so need to be booked, please contact Lesley on 01953 883400 to do so. We thank you for your support, whether through participating in our coach trips, coffee morning or this year our Exhibition; donating quilt fabric or making and donating the lovely finished quilts we receive. Without this we would not be able to give “A Quilt is a hug you can keep” to the Children in Norfolk. Thank you.

Project Linus Norfolk - keeping busy

It may seem a long way off, but our Spring Show this year will be held in the Bradenham Village Hall as usual, on Saturday 12th April. Schedules are available should you wish to enter and the hall is open for entries from 11am - 1pm. At 3.30pm the hall will open to the public with teas and coffee being served. The following week, on Thursday 17th April, we are pleased to say that Anema's Nursery in Toftwood is giving us a demonstration/workshop showing us how to make the best of our hanging baskets. The time is yet to be settled, but it is likely to be earlier than the normal meeting time. New members, as always, are welcome to come along to any of our meetings which are held on the third Thursday of each month at 7.30pm in the village hall. The Village Sports Day will be on Monday 26th May this year and due to the success last year of our book stall we would ask anyone who is thinking of doing a cull of their books in the next few months to keep us in mind. We will arrange to collect if you let us know you have some to spare. All queries/information from Marianne on 01362 820744

Bradenham and District Horticultural Society


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Come to a Spring Coffee Morning and meet the new Vicar of Watton, The Rev’d Gerry Foster
at St. Mary’s Church, Watton on Saturday 5th April 2014 10.30 12Noon. Delicious refreshments, cakes & raffle

Letters to the Editor
National Service and the RAF If I say National Service and Royal Air Force, many of your readers will show an interest. First introduced during the Second World War, National Service was introduced again in 1947 when other conflicts were brewing or were active, such as Korea, Suez, Cyprus and Aden. Many served in the 1950's during the Cold War in Germany.Many of your readers are some of the thousands of men who served at some time or other as electricians, engine mechanics, cooks, airframe fitters, radio and radar mechanics and operators.Who did they serve with? Would they like to meet up with them again? There is now an Association standing by to reunite them with their old service pals, as others have found out.Quarterly magazines, reunions and membership lists are all available to members. For further information about the National Service (Royal Air Force) Association please feel free to contact me from which you can obtain a membership application. Mr A Moore, Chairman Norfolk Branch The National Service (Royal Air Force) Association, 24 Rothbury Road, Wymondham Norfolk. Telephone 01953 604988 Buying Oil In January I saw an article in the Watton and Swaffham Times written by one of their correspondents who had received complaints from readers that there was no competition on oil prices as there are too few suppliers in Norfolk and Suffolk and long waiting times for delivery which had led to running out of fuel. Also mentioned was a buying club set up some years ago in Bungay that had over 500 members and asked for comments from readers. I sent an email back of how I investigated oil prices online 18 months ago and found The which has between 50-100 affiliated buying groups in Norfolk. I joined the club under my village name of Griston which now includes Watton and Gt Cressingham and we now have 40 members. I was sent some flyers by the club which I left at the pubs in Griston and Caston also their Village Hall. The information was also featured on the Caston Website and thanks to that the Caston and Gt Ellingham club have 50 members. Each club is put together on post code numbers ie Griston is IP25 6. Owing to our membership numbers we now have a monthly delivery for which you receive an email normally on the first week-end of the month, with the negotiated price from a local supplier, to place an order by Monday with delivery by Friday. The minimum order is 500 litres but best of all you can order 6,7,8,9,1000 litres or more and everyone pays the same price per litre so no more 900 litre minimum for the best price and a help with cash flow. The Oil Club has 2800 clubs with over 30,000 members across the UK. All you need is to go online and sign up, all the information is on their homepage. You are under no obligation to buy from the club if you as an individual can find a better price. The club must be having an effect as in January for the first time in over 20 years I had a call from a supplier asking me if I wanted any oil! John Smith, Griston.

On 23rd January Rotary Scholar Seol Song, from South Korea, who is a post-graduate student at the UEA, gave us a delightful and insightful talk about her country, language and experiences in her ‘business globalization’ studies.

Rotary Roundup

As part of her studies she has travelled widely, including some time in France, and she spent a year in San Salvador helping with the emancipation of women in business. The picture shows Seol (pronounced Ciol) with Club President Roy Challand. Last month we told readers that we are now celebrating our Diamond Jubilee year, and The Wayland News published a picture of the inaugural meeting of Watton Rotary Club on 6th May 1954. Ideas about the identities of those in the picture are still coming in and are still welcome. As an aid towards identification, here is a list of members at the time, names that, we feel sure,

will be known to older Wattonians: George Adcock, Hubert Adcock, Alexander Askew, Frank Carter, David Coryn, Kazimierz Dwornik, Bernard Failes, Cecil French, John Fairhead, Derek Horsburgh, Lewis Leek, Wilfred Ling, Edward Madoc, Archibald Norris, Eric Ogden, Robert Park, Frank smith, Evan Stokes, John Tyrrell, George Wolstenholme and Victor Woods. Tickets for “Jazz at the Queen’s Hall on March 14th”, with DixieMix, East Anglia’s leading traditional jazz sextet, are available from Adcocks. At £10 including supper the price is unchanged since we started the Jazz evenings in 2007. Following that gig, the next ‘jubilee’ fundraising event will be one our occasional “Sunday Afternoon at the Queens Hall” sessions on 11th May, when we have a reprise of the acclaimed Buddy Holly tribute group “Rave On”. If you were with us the last time you will know how good they are well worth seeing again. If you missed the event, catch up this time! Finally, on 1st February our oldest member, Peter Beech (pictured), celebrated his 90th birthday. At our weekly meeting 2 days prior, President Roy gave him a special birthday a card signed by all members, and Mary, the Hare & Barrel 'Boss', paraded in with a sparklers-adorned chocolate birthday cake. Martin Anscombe connected to products bought in shops or to shops themselves and the overall theme is retail. TICKETS ARE ONLY £5 EACH they include refreshments, teas and coffees but please bring your own bottle. The shop have generously decided to share the proceeds around the Community of Rocklands, so when purchasing please state who you wish support, being the Churches, the School, the Village Hall, the shop itself. Tickets can be obtained by ringing Shirley on 01953 488567 or from the Rocklands Community Shop when it re-opens following closure, in March. The quiz also includes family entertainment. music. You may feel encouraged to get up and join in.A trip to the Ice Show at the Theatre Royal, Norwich on the 19th of March has been booked. The first pick -up will be at Great Ellingham at 1:00 pm. Last pick-up will be in Attleborough at approximately 1:30pm.April sees the end of our year and the beginning of another. It is also the time for our AGM. So if anyone wants to leave the committee or feels that they have something to give to the club in the form of fresh ideas for its continued existence, please make yourself known to Mrs. Joyce Briggs. The AGM will be held on the 9th of April which is our club meeting day 2pm till 4pm. Advance notice that our SPRING FAIR will be on the 17h of May. Your generosity will enable us to put on a good show. The usual donations are requested for the bottle stall, good quality items for the tombola, bric -a-brac and lots of cakes for the cake stall.New members always welcome. Contact Allyson Blandford 01953 488103. (Sec.)

The Rocklands Community Shop are hosting a Trivia quiz to close their celebrations of the launch of the shop. The quiz will be held at the Rocklands Village Hall on Saturday 22nd March 7pm For 7.30pm start. Tables will be 6 to 8 maximum although any number of people are welcome, even individuals who will be slotted into table teams. All questions are answered within tables. There is an optional fancy dress of anything

Rocklands Trivia Quiz

We at Breckland Funeral Services are looking to find a star, the Pride of Breckland. They must be over 18, from any walk of life, but, the one thing they must be is extraordinary. We want to recognise an individual who has improved the lives of those around them in their local community and reward them with a chaffeur driven limousine to The Willow House Public House, Watton for dinner for two on Friday 28th March. Nomination forms can be picked up from Laura at Breckland Funeral Services, 25 Norwich Road, Watton, or you can email and request a form from The closing date is Wednesday 19th March. The nominations will be judged by the Mayor of Watton, Lorraine McCarthy and the town clerk Jacqui Seal.

The Pride of Breckland Award

For The Over 50'S Of Rocklands And The Surrounding Districts. Venue: The Village Hall, The Street, Rocklands.12th of February was a wild, wet and windy afternoon but most of our members braved the weather and turned up to enjoy a Valentine themed quiz dreamt up by our quiz expert Margaret Witt. We learnt some surprising facts and surprised ourselves with knowing more than we thought we did about the subject of "Valentine's Day." The raffle followed the tea break and we wound up the proceedings for the afternoon with the ever popular game of "Hoi!" The task for the letter "J" was won by Mrs. Brenda Beales of Rocklands. The letter "K" will be the next task.We are in for a treat at our meeting on the 12th of March when we will be able to enjoy a demonstration of Line Dancing by Fliss and company. Lots of lively

Shellrock Circle Club

What to see and do in Wayland in 2014

About Wayland Dragonfly Gallery Town Team Heritage

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recent years it has become rather commercialised, is an ancient celebration, originally when people returned to their ‘Mother Church’, and also in celebration of Mary, Mother of Jesus, and to appreciate our mothers, as today, by giving posies of spring flowers. Anybody researching family history prior to 1837, will realise how difficult it becomes to actually discover who the women in our families were. Church and secular records did not always recognise women in their own right, and they were often known as ‘wife of’ or ‘widow of’. Mothers were often not even named at children’s Baptisms. In spite of the fact that it cannot be disputed that a mother having given birth, was a mother, the same cannot be said of who an actual father might be! The study of DNA, which puts a scientific slant onto family history, can identify our hereditary. And anybody who thinks that family history is boring or irrelevant, may like to consider genetics, and how we become who we are, all related to history really! It has been discovered, maternal DNA, unlike paternal DNA, can take us back to one of seven female individuals, who we are all descended from. All females, carry their mothers DNA, back to one of these 7 individuals, and pass it on to the next generation, males carry their mothers DNA, but do not pass it on to the next generation. This is a very simplistic version, of a complicated concept. Although the paper trail and historical records to our maternal ancestry may not be very good, nature remembers who our mothers were, in our DNA, and give us clues to our maternal ancestry. The next Carbrooke Heritage meeting in Carbrooke Village Hall on 19th March at 7pm (if you plan on attending, please contact us beforehand as the date is unconfirmed). All welcome to our informal meetings. Web: Email: Facebook: Carbrooke History and Heritage. Angela Weatherill 885353

Watton Country Market

The Ovington Crower
Waal wot dew yew rekkun on orl tha rearn weer bi hevin, hent we lucky thet hent lioke thar hevin in tha west o tha cuntry. Horry still kip fillin up sanbags, an yew kin hardly git inta his propty now, thas like a grat ole worl orl arownd his ole cottige. He’ll be orlright iffen thars nuther wor, thet’ll teark a tank ter git inter his tearta plot. Hare yew gittin on tergitha, hev yew orl bin tryin owt thet new parth alonga tha Dereham rood, my missus reckun thas jist tha job an she kip a workin along it jist ter git a bar o soap or packit biskits from tha shops in Watton, blarst she’ve dun a mile or tew tha larst cuppla weeks. Thas a rare gud job tho an yer gotta hand it tew tha ole Parish Cowncil, thar dun a thar best oova gittin it dun. I give tha ole Charwummen a gret ole slap o tha back wen I sore har up the rood totha day, cor blarst she wor suffin rore, I forgot I hed a fork in my hand wen I dunnit. Orl I wonted tew dew was say thankyew my wummin, but she warn’t hevin any o my squit, an rekkuned I wos a wearst o spearce, neerly as bad as Horry she say. Thas funny she sed that, cos I’m shure i gotta a walentine card from har larst week, mind yew I hed so menny thet wos hard tew no who thar cum from. My missus wos not best pleesed abowt orl tha poost thet cum thru tha dore, speshully as they wos neerly orl fer me, orl them purty envaloops an crosses orl acrorse tha back. Dint no I wos ser poplar. Horry sed he only got tew or tree tha yare, well thas only tew be spectid, orl tha ole mawthas o his aerge hev orl moved away or sum onnem hev sadly passed oova. Boy Fred sed tew me up tha pub tha otha nite, “Horry hev fergot orl abowt wot cortin wos orl abowt, an iffen he fownd a mawtha ter teark him on he woont no wot tew dew wi har” I worn’t so sure abowt thet, I’re sin him a gawpin at the yung mawthas thet goo hoss ridin trew tha willage on a satdi mornin. NEX DAY. I hadter leave this yistdy tha missus she say tew me she say “I fancy a roost parsnip fer dinner Sid” she say “Kin yew dig wun up forrus” “Well yis” I say “Jist gius a minit thas hossing down wi rearn agin” I stood at the winda fer bout an hour an thet nivva let up fer a minit. The missus kep mobbin me cos she wanted ter git tha dinna on, so I put a sack oova my hid and got my speard owta the shid. Yew need a gud speard cos tha ole parsnips goo down wun helluvva way. As sune as I stood on the gardin, i new I wos in trubble, I went in oova tha top of my warta boots. Then I coont get the dam things owta tha mud an arta a bit my feet cum owt but left tha boots ahind, cor blarst, i hed a new pair o socks my missus hed bort me fer me birthday an thar was in wun helluva mess. I thort thas tew leart now an I best git har a parsnip an hoop she oont nootis the mud up tew my knees. Waal tha ole parsnip dint need a lot o pullin thet dam near flooted owt, but I got reely wrong alonga har wen she see tha steart of my clooths, an corse I’d left my boots out in the gardin and they wos fillin upa warta wot wi orl thet rearn. So time I’d clent myself up and washed my dutty clooths thet wos abowt time fer bed, warnt allowed up tha pub neetha, thet dint matta tew much cos tha wos still chukkin it down. I jist hoop we git a bit o dry now soze I kin git my warta boots back. Horry sez heez gittin worrit cos thars shoor tew be a hoospipe ban afore long an his teartas in his geenhowse hefta be wartared reglar, he dew like his arlies duz Horry. Goo ter hell, thas stopped rearnin, I betta mownt a reskew oprashun on my boots, so I shell see yer nex time orl bein well. My ole granma yewsed tew say. “It’s a pity we carn’t live in tha parst. . . thet wud be so much cheepa” Cheerio. . . and Dew yew kip a troshin. Boy Sid

Dance Away
at the Queens Hall
Ballroom, Latin and Sequence dancing at the Queen's Hall, March 3rd, April 5th, May 3rd 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. admission £4

“Rain, rain, go away, come again another day.” What awful weather we have had over the past few months, with seemingly constant rain and only rare glimpses of the sun. We know we have got away (so far) relatively unscathed compared to other parts of the country, but the dismal weather is still really depressing. This is why we would like to express our thanks to all our customers who come in to see us virtually every week whatever the weather. Obviously the selection of fruit and veg is quite limited, but our handcrafters always have a splendid and very reasonably priced range of goods, and farm fresh eggs are always available. Our bakery section offers many tempting items from savoury to pastry products and cakes of all sizes. Last year we appealed for anyone interested in cooking for our market to please come forward. Now we are asking again as our need is greater than ever as some of our regular bakers have had to reduce the amount they produce, and hence we have a ready market for anybody who would like to produce for us. As well as turning your skill to a more profitable use, you get to join a like-minded team and meet new people. Why not ask one of our friendly ladies for more details when you come in. If an informal chat would be more convenient, please call our Secretary, Mrs Susan Luff on 01760 440521. We are at Watton Christian Community Centre every Wednesday between 8.30 and 11.30. We very much look forward to seeing you there. Also, in the hall next door, light refreshments are available during the morning, courtesy of the members of the Methodist Church.

Carbrooke Heritage Group

The Wayland Heritage Group are applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund, for help with commemorating WW1, it is hoped a book and DVD can be produced to cover the whole Wayland area, reflecting the effect the war had on, and left on our rural community. How were the farms affected by many of the young men leaving for war, did crops have to change, were horses requisitioned from local farms, how did the women left behind cope and adapt, did war technology have any effect on the area, and what were the legacies of the conflict. If you are keen to get involved, please contact the Wayland Partnership in the first instance on 01953 883915. This is more a project recording local effects, rather than just studying the death of a particular soldier; Carbrooke Heritage Group (contact details below) would like to hear from anyone with any interest in, or information relating to, the parish of Carbrooke in particular. It is hoped to launch, with an open day in Watton, when people can come along and share stories, papers or items of interest. At the end of March we celebrate ‘Mothering Sunday’, which although in

The return of Neil Storey as the speaker at the January meeting was a resounding success. Members had a hilarious and also a squeamish insight into how our ancestors cured their ailments. Neil demonstrated some of the processes and equipment used in those times and it was not for the feint hearted. Alan’s Pub Lunch Group is meeting at The Windmill in Necton on Thursday 13th March. Brian’s Group will meet on Tuesday 25th March at The Bell in Saham Toney. Susan Page is taking the Garden Visit Group to West Beckham for the Snowdrop walk on Sunday 2nd March. Final payment for members booked on the Spring Holiday to the Isle of Wight from 5th to 9th May is due at the February meeting. We have one twin room available on this holiday which is now open to non members. Contact Ron on 01953889951. The A.G.M will be held at the C.C.C on Thursday 27th March. Nomination forms for the Committee are available from the Secretary. Nominations should be returned to the Secretary by Friday 14th March 2014. The next monthly meeting is on Thursday 27th March for the AGM. For further information on the National U3A go to

Watton & District U3A


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Carbrooke Church News

Great News! At last we have been given the go ahead to install a toilet in the Church, the work is due to start at the beginning of March, and be finished by Easter. It will also include repairs to the Vestry (or North Porch) which is in a very sorry state. It was the main entrance to the church at one point, and has been used as the Vestry for clergy to get ready, for storing important items, and also as a Sunday School, with an ancient Priests room above. When the toilet is installed, take a moment to look up at the ceiling which is very ornate, considering the former uses of the room. Outside the decorations in the stonework are amazing too, and will soon be restored to their former glory. The installation of a toilet will be a great benefit to us all, enabling us to hold more events and activities in the church, and providing comfort to Baptism, Wedding and Funeral parties. Sadly we have had two Funerals during February. On 5th Jack Clarke, was laid to rest at the age of 95, having spent most of his life in Carbrooke. Members of the Royal Marines from Portsmouth attended the service, and the ‘Last Post’ was played which was very moving. Jack had served as a Royal Marine both before and

during WW2. On 6th February, the Church was packed for the Funeral of Peter Smith who did a lot of voluntary work at Watton Sports Centre, especially maintaining the grounds. He was involved in the organisation of football in Norfolk and at Norwich City's Field of Dreams centre. We offer our condolences and prayers to the families of Jack and Peter. On 30th March it will be Mothering Sunday, when we appreciate all that our mothers have done for us, please come along, as ‘Carbrooke Young Believers’ will be leading the service, and spring posies will be handed out. Afternoon Tea and Cake will be served in the Village Hall on Friday 28th February, and 28th March 2pm. We invite you to come along for a chat, bring your children, or your parents! Carbrooke ‘Faith Hope & Charity’ Church Lottery, took place on Sunday, 16th February, and was drawn by Rev. Jane Atkins 11.30am over our coffee and biscuits. The winners were: 1st (£40) Jean Riley (No:91); 2nd (£20) Susan Youngs (No:72); 3rd (£15) Sara Dunn (No:14 ) The Draws will take place in Carbrooke Church, on every 3rd Sunday, with prizes as follows: (1st Prize: £40) (2nd Prize: £20) (3rd Prize: £15). John Stainer. First performed by the choir in 1979, we are delighted to return to St Cuthbert’s Church in Thetford on Sunday 6th April and hope that everyone who loves this music will come along and join in the audience hymns. No tickets – there will be a retiring collection to support St Cuthbert’s Development Fund. The young organist Polina Sosnina, who is known in a number of local churches, will accompany the choir and soloists Paul Harrison and Andrew Weeks are once again joining Thetford Singers to sing the Tenor and Bass solos. The performance starts at 3.00 pm and lasts for an hour, we hope you will stay for refreshments afterwards. On Saturday 3rd May Thetford Singers will be sharing the stage at Thetford’s Guildhall with the Stuart Singers from Gloucestershire who are on tour in East Anglia. We hope our regular followers will enjoy this opportunity to see another choir in action. Also performing at this concert will be the piano duet sensation ‘Four Hands in Harmony’ so you will get three musical treats for the price of one! Tickets for this will be available from Leaping Hare more details on our website. Another date for your diary in our special year is our Gala 40th Anniversary Concert at the Guildhall on Saturday 19th July. We hope that music lovers who have not yet tried a Thetford Singers concert will join our regular followers in enjoying a sample of our repertoire from the past four decades. More details on

Money, Money, Money

We all need it and we certainly all want to keep as much of it for ourselves as possible but recently I heard a story which, from a lawyer’s perspective, was just appalling because the loss suffered should and could have been so easily avoided. Let me explain: a wife and husband decided to divorce. They obtained the divorce papers free of charge from the Court office, followed the information notes issued by the Court office (which is not legal advice) on how to complete the forms and then issued the petition and got it under way. Decree Nisi was pronounced and Decree Absolute was granted quite smartly thereafter. What a doddle and a saving in legal fees of about £495 plus VAT as well! Husband and Wife get along well and Husband transfers the house into the sole name of Wife expecting she will pay him his full share later on. They are still friends after all so why wouldn’t she? Husband re-marries and in that moment his ability to access the Court was terminated, and his former wife now no longer wants to give him any money. Not paying £495 plus VAT just

cost him in reality his life’s savings everything he has - and he is now left to start over again, as if straight out of school. All he can do is use, if he has the energy, the rigid non- matrimonial legislation which will be considerably more expensive and will be unlikely to result in a satisfactory outcome. The first thing he did wrong? He didn’t see a family law specialist who knows not just how to obtain a divorce but more particularly the answers to all of the “what happens if.....” questions each of which are inextricably linked to a Decree dissolving the marriage. It wouldn’t have mattered that he didn’t know what questions to ask because a reasonably competent family law specialist would be expected to pass on all information necessary to protect the interests of the client. The second thing was how he completed the divorce petition and the steps not taken in consequence of this. Had a lawyer made the mistake Husband would have been entitled to expect payment under the lawyer’s insurance policy and he wouldn’t have lost out in the end. By Karen Fox of Spire Solicitors LLP, 40 High Street Watton (formerly GHP Solicitors) 01953 882864/01603 677046 appreciated the contrasting characters; depictions of people from all classes and backgrounds brought together whether at the front or in civilian life; the emotions, pathos and horror of the physical, emotional and mental damage and stories told were considered moving , gripping and fascinating. Unusually several thought it finished too quickly compared with many books which seem far too long. Some admitted that the cover and title made them think this would be light ‘Chick Lit’ which was very far from the truth. The descriptions of horrific injury and the beginnings of the reconstructive plastic surgery of today made us appreciate how far we have come and how fortunate we are. We suspect the emotional and psychological damage to those experiencing war is continues to be more difficult to repair. This is one book we would not hesitate to recommend. The book for discussion on 19th March is The Colour Purple by Alice Walker. services and resources which are locally available to them. Our activity is crucial to helping smokers on the road to victory and towards a healthier and wealthier smoke-free life.” Total Health Pharmacy has helped many people to quit smoking and the smoking cessation clinic offers one to one appointments throughout the week. The annual No Smoking Day campaign is run by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and encouraged one million smokers to make a quit attempt last year. For more information and support to help you quit as well as an online forum where you can talk and get motivation and support from thousands of quitters, visit or visit Total Health Pharmacy at 14 Gregor Shanks Way, Watton or call 01953 881157

Shipdham & District Book Group

Stainer's Crucifixion by the Thetford Singers

Thetford Singers celebrate 40 years of music making this year. Our theme for the year is ‘the community and our history’. This theme is epitomized in our first concert which is the Eastertime favourite The Crucifixion by

The book for discussion on 19th February was My dear I wanted to tell you by Louisa Young. The title comes from the standard postcard wounded soldiers had to fill in to send home during World War I. The author describes the life of the characters before, during and shortly after the war with a wealth of detail. It includes the naivety of most who signed up whether singly or in groups. Fact inevitably appears side by side with fiction, most notably about the work of the pioneering plastic surgeon Major Harold Gillies at the Queen’s Hospital in Sidcup. The book was universally approved by the membership some of whom were moved to tears whilst reading although enjoying it at the same time. All

Prepare for No Smoking Day

Smokers in the Watton and Wayland area are being urged to prepare for battle and attempt to give up cigarettes for good on No Smoking Day which takes place on Wednesday 12 March 2014. This year’s No Smoking Day has a ‘V for Victory’ theme which is set to inspire hundreds of thousands of smokers to win the fight against cigarettes. Total Health Pharmacy in Watton will have information and advice on No Smoking Day to inspire quitters and send them on the road to victory. Smoking Cessation Advisor, Geoff Ray said: “No Smoking Day is a great opportunity for us to encourage and support smokers in Watton and the surrounding area to quit alongside hundreds of thousands of other people across the UK. “We know that quitting isn’t easy but we want to reassure smokers that support is available to them and that they can win the battle against cigarettes. “There’s a much higher chance of succeeding with support and this is why Total Health Pharmacy is spreading the word to smokers about the range of


in church on Shrove Tuesday - 4th March 11am – 2pm
Savoury and sweet pancakes will be served

Church Times and News

Watton Churches Together
Service Calendar for March
St. Mary’s Church, Watton 1st, 3rd & 4th Wednesday at 9.30am Holy Communion 2nd Wednesday Morning Worship Church Office opens Tues, Wed & Thurs 9am-1pm Tel: 01953 881252

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Breckles, Caston, Great Hockham, Griston, Merton, Stow Bedon & Thompson Worship Calendar for March
Ash Wednesday - 5th March 7:00pm Imposition of Ashes, Holy Communion, Caston Sunday 9th March - 1st Sunday of Lent 9:00am Matins (BCP), 10:30am United Holy Communion Sunday 16th March - 2nd Sunday of Lent 9:00am Matins (BCP) 10:30am United Holy Communion Sunday 23rd March - 3rd Sunday of Lent 10:30am United Holy Communion

Sun 2nd Wed 5th Sun 9th Sun 16th Sun 23rd

Sun 30th

8.00am Holy Communion 10.00am Holy Communion Ash Wednesday 7.30pm Holy Communion & Imposition of Ashes 8.00am Holy Communion 10.00am Holy Communion 12.30pm Holy Baptism 8.00am Holy Communion 10.00am Holy Communion 8.00am Holy Communion 10.00am All Age Worship 12.30pm Holy Baptism 6.30pm Choral Evensong Mothering Sunday 8.00am Holy Communion 10.00am A Service for Mothering Sunday 12.30pm Holy Baptistism

Merton Thompson Gt. Hockham Breckles Caston

Tuesday 25 March The Feast of The Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary 7:00pm United Holy Communion Thompson Sunday 30th March - 4th Sunday of Lent (Mothering) 9:00am Mothering Sunday All-Age Service Merton 10:30am United Holy Communion Gt. Hockham Sunday 6th April - 5th Sunday of Lent (Passiontide) 10:30am United Holy Communion Griston Watton area Food Bank donations received at all regular Sunday morning services ‘THE WAY’ YOUTH GROUP (ages 11+) Friday, 21st March, other Church youth groups, 7:00pm, Necton Enquiries: Mr. Graham Penfold Tel.: 07770 650971; Email:

Watton Methodist Church Every Wednesday the Church is open for quiet reflection and prayer between 10.15am & 11.30am It’s your quiet place. At 10.30 there is a half-hour Midweek Service in the Large Vestry led by the Minister or a Church Member. Minister: Deacon S Sowerby 01953 881035 Sun 2nd 10.45am Mrs E Warby 6.30pm Mrs J Roebuck Fri 7th 2.30pm Annual Women’s World Day of Prayer Service Sun 9th 10.45am Mr B Lawrence 6.30pm Mr A Warby Sun 16th 10.45am Rev D Greenaway Holy Communion 6.30pm Own local arrangement Sun 23rd 10.45am Mrs S Greenaway 3.00pm Circuit Songs of Praise at Thursford—no evening service Sun 30th 10.45am Deacon S Sowerby 6.30pm Mr D Fisher Pentecostal Church, Dereham Road, Watton Children have their own programme during the Sunday morning services Sun 2nd 10.30am Commissioned by Christ Examine the context Sun 9th 10.30am The first question, answer and charge Sun 16th 10.30am The second question, answer and charge Sun 23rd 10.30am The third question, answer and charge Sun 30th 10.30am Mother’s Day Family Service Roman Catholic Community Each Sat 5.30pm Mass at Watton Methodist Church St. Nicholas’ Church, Ashill Tuesdays at 10.00am Holy Communion Sun 2nd 9.30am Lay Led Morning Worship Sun 9th 9.30am Family Holy Communion Sun 16th 9.30am Morning Worship Sun 23rd 9.30am Holy Communion Sun 30th Mothering Sunday 9.30am All Age Worship Sun 2nd Sun 9th Sun 16th Sun 23rd Sun 30th St. George’s Church, Saham Toney 11.00am Morning Worship 11.00am Family Holy Communion 11.00am Morning Worship 11.00am Holy Communion Mothering Sunday 11.00am All Age Worship

All Saints Church, Threxton
Sunday 2nd March 10am
Bob Greef, Garder/Steward from Oxborough Hall, was the speaker at our February meeting and he spoke about the "media and gardening". He told us about Cecil Henry Middleton, head gardener to the Sitwell family, who was born in 1886 and died in 1945. Mr Middleton wrote several books about gardening and a few of our members had either read or owned one or some of them. He was also one of the earliest radio and television broadcasters on gardening for the BBC. John* and other members asked Bob various questions about gardening and the talk ended with us thanking him for coming to see us again after a successful visit last year. * The Watton Two has been reduced to the Watton One recently as John's partner in crime, Rod, has gone on the missing list! I expect he will be back soon and it will the be business as usual!! (Ed: I thought John had a forlorn look about him recently!). Our March meeting will be on the 10th at 10.15am. This will be a slightly shorter meeting due to our annual lunch at Necton. The group meets at the Pentecostal Church, Watton and we are extremely grateful to them for the use of their facilities. For details of the group, or any questions you may have please phone Helen, 01953 884713, leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Diabetes UK

S.S. Peter & Paul’s Church, Carbrooke Sun 2nd 10.30am Family Holy Communion Sun 9th 10.30am Morning Worship Sun 16th 1030am Holy Communion Sun 23rd 10.30am Lay Led Morning Worship Sun 30th Mothering Sunday 10.30am Lay Led Morning Worship Sun 2nd Sun 16th Sun 30th St John the Evangelist Church, Ovington 9.30am Holy Communion 10.30am Lay Led Morning Worship Mothering Sunday 10.30am Lay Led Worship

Because of unforeseen circumstances we have had to vacate the building. The work will continue while we look for new premises. The centre has helped many people and will leave a void in many people's lives that regularly come into the centre.We are looking for premises on the High Street to continue the work we do. We know it will take time for this to all be put in place, but watch this space. We are Christians and we have seen God work in the Centre and many times in people lives.I thank all the people who are continuing to support us and all those who have helped us in the past.A massive thank you for all the people who helped with emptying the place. Jan MacKenzie

The Colin Mackenzie Support Centre

Wed 5th March 2pm Meeting tea and chat at Watton CCC. Mon 17th March 12 for 12.30pm Lunch at Griston Wagon & Horses

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Plan Your Holiday Health
With New Local Travel Clinic
If you’re travelling abroad this year you may be venturing into countries where your health could be put at risk. In the rush to arrange passports, holiday money and a new holiday wardrobe, it is easy to overlook your holiday health. Many countries, both within the EU and outside, require some basic vaccinations some of which are available via the NHS and some which must be purchased privately. In addition there are many practical tips and advice that can help you to enjoy a happy and healthy holiday. Total Health Pharmacy in Watton has opened a fully accredited Travel Clinic providing all travel vaccinations, malarial advice and general travel advice. The clinic provides a tailored individual

service to ensure that you are fully prepared for a safe and enjoyable travel experience. The clinic operates an appointment system throughout the week and appointments are often available at the weekend, including Sundays. There is a small charge for the service which is redeemable against any vaccinations purchased from the clinic. Lead Pharmacist, Balazs Varadi said “People often struggle to find time to book a travel appointment and subsequent vaccinations. We are able to offer a range of appointments throughout the week and weekend and we provide a very comprehensive level of personalised advice. We would urge people to consider their holiday health very carefully” More information about the Travel Clinic can be obtained from the pharmacy by calling 01953 881157 or visiting 14 Gregor Shanks Way, Watton, Norfolk, IP25 6FA Total Health Pharmacy is open 7 days a week from 8am until late and is opposite the Watton Medical Practice The meeting finished with a hilarious game of beetle Members have chosen the East Anglia Air Ambulance to support during 2014 and will be holding a coffee morning at the Community Centre in Watton High Street on Saturday April 12th from 10.00 to 1200. There will be a bring and buy stall and, of course, lots of homemade cakes. A percentage from the proceeds will form part of our total donation for the year. On March 13th our meeting will start with a sale of clothes, jewellery and accessories, and will be followed by a talk when our president Pat Holdscroft will tell us about her son who overcame disabilities to help others. New members and visitors are always welcome, just come along to the Community Centre by 7.30pm or for further details ring Hazel Gillingham on 01953 881510. now have a newly created library area and other quiet group work areas in school. Do come and visit us if you are interested in sending your child to our school, please make an appointment to have a look round. We welcome all new enquiries, please see Miss Bell’s contact details above, thank you. Table Top Sale Well done to the school and class council whose Table Top sale on 24th January raised £64.00. They were fund raising to buy additional playground equipment. Thank you to all for your support. New Class Council Well done new councillors! The new class reps have been voted into post and they are as follows for the spring term:Year 1 - Daisy Aldridge, Year 2 Heidi Dunnett, Year 3 - William Davis, Year 4 - Harry Moore, Year 5 - George Davis, Year 6 - Mark Cooper The Chairman is Craig Gwillim, the Secretary is Beth Childerhouse and the Treasurer is Sian Lount and the Councillors will continue to meet once a fortnight.

Maurice 'Jack' Clarke
Maurice Clarke was born in December 1918 and throughout his long life was known to all as Jack. His father ran his own business as a jeweller and watchmaker in Stowmarket, where Jack spent his early years. The sudden death of his father led to the family being split up with Jack staying with his Grandparents at Earsham, whilst his Mother took employment with Mr James Bond in North Norfolk, whom she later married. Their move to run the village shop in Carbrooke meant the family were reunited, and Jack's life in Carbrooke began, a life that was to see him set down firm roots in this lovely Norfolk Village and raise a family of his own. Jack's wife, Enid remembered, “He was a popular young man because of the ready supply of sweets he always had in his pocket from the family shop’s sweet counter!” Jack stayed at Carbrooke School until he was 11, then went to Watton School until starting work at Crawfords Poultry Farm in the village. It was while he was working on the farm that he met other young men particularly one Gerald Fotherby. The two travelled to Norwich and signed on as regulars in the Marines and a whole new exciting chapter of Jack's life was about to start, one that would see him travel the world as a Marine and test himself in many of the most dangerous theatres of WW2. A test he was to pass with great courage. After an initial 6 month training period, in which his squad, the 254th Kings, were chosen to be part of the prestigious Royal Tournament at Olympia. Following the excitement of Olympia he embarked upon his travels initially to the Far East aboard the Cruiser Manchester; it was during this time that War broke out. He served throughout the War initially as an Anti- Aircraft Gunner aboard The Manchester. He took part in the Atlantic Convoys, the Malta Convoys and the arduous Arctic Convoys, only recently receiving the Arctic Star for his part in this vitally important aspect of the war effort. He was wounded when evacuating our Troops from the failed Norwegian Landings and again after the Manchester was Torpedoed on the Malta Convoys. After the war in Europe ended, Jack was aboard HMS Howe in the Far East where after a prolonged stay in Sydney, the Howe about to depart and the Battle of Sydney took place. This was a Battle like no other in the war; while on this longer-than-usual stay, members of the crew formed certain liaisons and attachments with the local girls, and in order to clear the ship of love lorn civilians the fire hoses were turned on the ladies in order to encourage their departure. Thus was the Battle of Sydney fought, the only injuries being broken hearts. (This and many other exploits of “Marine Jack” can be read in much more detail in the excellent book of

Watton Evening Women's Institute

We were delighted to welcome three visitors to our last meeting, they joined members in sampling a delicious array of puddings from lemon meringue pie and baked plum tart to lime cheesecake and fresh raspberries in jelly with, of course lashings of fresh cream. It gave members to opportunity to chat and catch up with all the new things happening within the WI. A new craft group has been formed and will meet later in the month whilst the new Diners Club will have their first lunch in March.

Caston VA Primary School
Ad hoc cleaning help needed at Caston Primary School We are looking for someone who could be available at short notice to assist with general cleaning duties, if required. This would be, in the main, to stand in if there is ever an occasion when Mr. Smith (our caretaker/cleaner) is unable to come in to school. Pay rates and other information can be obtained from Miss Bell, please contact her in the school office tel: 01953 483304 or please email: Training would be provided. Many thanks. New Year, new classroom bases All classrooms were relocated over the Christmas period and in September we will be offering 3 full-time classes, for the following age ranges:- Reception, Years 1 and 2; Years 3 and 4; Years 5 and 6 We are most fortunate to have a modern building with lots of space indoors and outdoors and

the same name penned by family friend Robert Chalmers). Demob time came and despite a wish to remain as a regular Marine this was not to be and as a result of his service injuries he was returned to civvy street. Jack moved back in with his family in Carbrooke and it was at this time that he re kindled his friendship with Enid and on 3rd August 1950 they were married and set up home in Yew Tree Cottage. One year later his first son Paul was born and 3 years later in 1954 John, his second son arrived. Jack worked initially at the Timber yard in Watton firstly for Bardwell’s and continued his working life throughout the many changes of ownership that the business had until his retirement. In 1972 Jack and Enid moved from Yew Tree Cottage into a newly built bungalow where a happy and contented family life was lived until his death. Jack was a great family man and imbued both of his sons with a love of the outdoors, animals and especially his dogs. He kept Pigs Goats, Geese and Chickens. It really was ‘The Good Life’ at Yew Tree Cottage and The Russets. He greatly enjoyed game shooting with his sons Paul and John and was a good shot; the training on the anti aircraft guns aboard the Manchester gave him a natural eye for a high bird. As a countryman he was not averse to a deal or two through the course of his life. Jack once sold a goat and an hour or two later the goat had escaped from its new home and had arrived back at Yew Tree Cottage. It was thought that he sold this particular goat more than once. At this time he had a business making fencing panels all beautifully crafted. Jack was never an idle man and filled every hour with his honest endeavours. Well into his eighties he would accompany his granddaughter Bobbie to her riding lessons and would cycle with her when she hacked out, greatly enjoying both the company of his grand-daughter, the horses and the outdoors. Jack took great pride in escorting his wife Enid to the many Art Exhibitions where her work was hung, particularly the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition which they attended regularly over many years. Jack suffered from dementia during the latter few years of his life and passed away during his 95th year. He has left behind a large loving family that has been enriched by the part that he played in all their lives. Jack is survived by his wife Enid, 2 sons 4 grand children and 6 great grand children, all who have happy and inspiring memories of a wonderful man whose example of how to live a full and enriching life through both the good and the bad that life presents us with, will remain as a guiding light for the years to come to all of them. Jack's wife Enid summed up her life with Jack. “We met during a time of happy innocence and were a lifelong loving couple. Jack was a loyal, generous, wonderful husband throughout his whole life”. What better epitaph could a man have?

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The 2013 Richmond Park Golf Club Captain, Colin Chapman, travelled with other members of the club to Sheringham, in order to present a cheque of £1,550 to Sheringham Woodfields School, the chosen charity of the Captain. Matt Smith, Business Manager of the School, received the cheque. He then gave them a tour of the school, and impressed the members with the modern facilities, the one-to-one teaching and the positive ambiance of the school itself. The school has up to 90 pupils from a wide geographical area of Norfolk, all with complex learning difficulties, which require special teaching at varying levels. Over the years G.C.S.E. and ‘A’ level qualifications have been achieved. Matt Smith thanked Colin Chapman and all the members of Richmond Park Golf Club, Watton, who had taken part in the fund raising. “Contributions like this,” he said, “will make a lot of difference to the school and the pupils during 2014.” The photo shows Colin Chapman presenting the cheque to Matt Smith. Also included is Rod Murphy and his grandson Kian, a pupil of the school, and Kian’s mum.

Richmond Park Golf Club Members Visit To Sheringham Woodfields School

Ronnie gets on his bike for his 90th

The Detail is in the glass
My name is Marie Dawe, I am a glass artist and have been working with glass for over 8 years. For some artists, learning how to make or fashion the end product is a long and sometimes arduous task. Some do not have a natural affinity with the material they use and have to fight to conquer it . . . in that, I am lucky. From the first effort, I have enjoyed and found myself at home with all the 'sharp bits'. That is not to say I don't struggle with the art I wish to create, ask my husband, he knows! I spent my first day with a local craftsman who took me through the technicalities of copper foiling (otherwise known as the Tiffany technique ). He warned me that I would cut myself and pointed out where the plasters were kept. Fear was a friend during those first few glass shaping moments, but as the day ended I was delighted to see my fingers intact and unadorned by pink sticky plastic. . . and I was totally hooked on glass. Realising very quickly that I wanted to progress through other techniques which would allow me to create the things I envisioned, I taught myself to lead windows and made a fair number for myself and then as commissions. Still not where I wanted to be. My lovely husband bought me a small kiln with which to produce stained glass, but soon I realised the potential for glass fusing. This is where I am today, my work is far more advanced than the first few tentative efforts, but there is always further to go. I now have five kilns of varying size and am able to produce works from pendant size to fully fused windows. You can see some of my work in exhibition, called "DETAIL" by Marie Dawe at The Wayland Dragonfly Gallery in Watton, from 15th March for 1 week with a preview on the evening of 14th March. 7pm to 8.30pm. There are some free tickets available, please contact Susan on 01953 880205

Picture: Roger Turner A familiar sight on his bike around Watton, Ronnie Thompson wanted to celebrate 90th in February which he did with a ride around Merton Green. Ronnie's wife, Kathleen (Left), and his sister Jean Brock (right) kept an eye on him along with friends Gay and John Skipper and Roger Turner and then after they went for a dinner in Thetford. Ronnie has had a fascinating life starting in the war working in forestry, then he was 16 years at Smithson and Burroughes Agricultural Engineers on Norwich Road and then twenty three and a half years with Abels Removals. His ambition now, he says, is to visit the New Forest – and maybe have a ride around there too!

Is someone’s drug taking affecting your life?
Are you a parent or carer affected in any way by drugs & alcohol? Are you looking for some information and advice around substance abuse? If you are worried by a change of behaviour by your son or daughter or someone in your care and are looking for a safe and confidential place to come and have a chat, please pop along to our open evening. At Wayland House on Tuesday 25th March 7pm until 9pm. We are looking to provide help and support to parents and carers free of charge! The Matthew Project will be providing information and advice about recognising the signs and symptoms, and a point of contact to give you all the support you need.


Saturday 10th May, 7pm Carbrooke Church

Keith Skipper
A Norfolk treasure presents an evening of ‘Norfolk squit' and music. To raise funds for Carbrooke Church. Tickets £8 inc. wine & refreshments, accompanied children free. Tickets available from Jan Godfrey (Wayland Partnership Office 01953 883915) Angela Weatherill 01953 885353 or Members of Carbrooke PCC. Email:

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Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu Anniversary Dinner 2014

Sat Sat 1st 1st Sat Sat 1st 1st Mon 3rd Sat 8th Sat 8th Tues 18th Fri 14th Sat 15th Tues 18th Inner Inner Wheel Wheel Coffee Coffee Morning Morning Queens Queens Hall Hall 9:30-11:30 9:30-11:30 FOCC FOCC Quiz Quiz Evening Evening 7pm 7pm Wells Wells CCC CCC See See ad ad Dance Away at10 the Queens HallHills 8pmMethodist Church Coffee Morning - 11.30 Saham Coffee Morning 10 - 11.30 Methodist 7.45pm NWT Talk - TheSaham FutureHills of NWT CleyChurch Dixie Mix at The see Queens Marshes.WCCC. ad Hall See Advert Cast 4 Annual Craft Fair 10am cast Village Hall 7.45pm NWT Talk - The Future of NWT Cley Marshes.WCCC. see ad Sat 22nd Saham WI Jumble Sale 9.30am Wells CCC Fri 28th FOCC BINGO at Ashill CC 7pm Eyes Down 7.30pm Tues 15th 7.45pm NWT The History of Thetford Forest. WCCC


April April

Tues 15th 7.45pm NWT The History of Thetford Forest. WCCC

Always read the articles for more events not listed here!

This year sees Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu celebrating 24 years at the top. Once again the annual dinner was held in Boremwood - where Ishin Ryu was founded by Kevin Pell in 1990 - the club has gone from strength to strength and now boasts clubs and students all around the world. This year’s event was, as usual, a sell-out affair with guest speakers from our chosen

charity “Scottys little Soldiers” once again cakes were donated by “Edible Elegance” of Attleborough and also a wonderful array of gifts were donated by the military Dojos, Kanazawa Judo Club, Nigel Thomas and some great offerings by Sokes personal students. Thanks to all for the generosity shown. Aside from raising money for a worthy

cause it was also a night of celebrating the success of Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu as it enters its quarter century. Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu, which now has its headquarters in the village of Caston, looks forward to another year of adventures with the extended Ishin Ryu family and we all look forward to celebrating 25 Years this time next year.

Tom's Kickboxing Academy (TKA) which is now a Children's University approved club in Shipdham that first opened its doors to the public nearly two years ago and has just hosted it sixth grading since its launch. Pictured Left: Purple-Blue stripes: Left to Right: Josh Wyatt 1st Dan Black Belt, Tom Oldridge 2nd Dan Black Belt Examiner/Instructor, Scott Gibbons 1st Dan Black Belt, Jordan Franklin Blue Stripe, Bryce Adams Blue Stripe, Emily Bluckley Blue Stripe, Katie Long Purple Stripe. Pictured Below: Orange-Green Stripes (Left to Right) Tom Oldridge 2nd Dan Black Belt Examiner/Instructor, Josh Wyatt 1st Dan Black Belt, Ethan Alderton-Macleod, Jack Hewitt Yellow Stripe, Scott Gibbons 1st Dan Black Belt, Ryan Ferrari Yellow Stripe, Gary Long Orange Stripe, Joseph Alderton Macleod Yellow Stripe, Corie Ewen Green Stripe, Garth Adams Yellow Stripe, Brook Ewen Green Stripe. If you would like to join TKA contact either by facebook, email: or phone 07585663905.

Tom’s Kickoxing Academy


Saturday 22nd March 9.30 - 11am
Wells Cole Community Centre, Bell Lane, Saham Toney. Clothes - Bric-a-Brac, Toys, Books, Tea, Coffee. Entrance 30p
Jumble can be collected by telephoning 01953 884880

Proceeds to Saham WI

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