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Issue No. 157 incorporating The Wayland News, Attleborough & District News and The Wymondham News May 2010

Cold comfort A real red-letter day

for Wells Cole
Representatives of the users of Wells Cole Community Centre in
Saham have heard how the centre‘s future is now in jeopardy after
financial reserves have been reduced to minimal levels by an
inefficient and faulty heating system.
After numerous complaints from users about poor heating at the hall,
and at the invitation of the Parish Council, the new management team
met with councillors to discuss the possibility of a grant towards a
replacement heating system. But reporting the outcome, the Chairman,
Mr John Glascock, said that he was very disappointed with the reception
and subsequent negative feedback from the council.
―They surprised us by asking for 3 years worth of audited accounts
and a full business plan‖ said Mr Glascock ―But they must be aware
we cannot produce the accounts as there do not appear to be any
audited accounts since 2002 and during some of that time, the centre
was managed by the very people who are now asking for them.‖
Speaking from the floor, past Chairman, Mr Roger Harrold, said that
one of the reasons he had resigned as Chairman of the Centre in
2008 out of frustration at being unable to get the accounts presented
for audit and as a result potential auditors were lost.
Facing accusations of ―jumping ship‖ from others in the room, Mr
Harrold insisted had had made it clear on many occasions that he would
be resigning, and also said that in his time, the management committee
members organised events had helped to raise the reserves.
/Continued on Page 5

Postman Keith Gilbert delivering Eileen and Kenneth Gunnell their Royal Greeting and inset, Mr Roy Ivory,
Chairman of Watton Town Council, presents an arrangement of flowers and a card on behalf of the town council.

It was a real-red letter day for Eileen and for Sperry Gyroscopes towards the end of them, initially living in Brandon.
Kenneth Gunnell when they celebrated their the war. At the end of the war, Eileen joined Discovering they were under the flight path
60th Wedding Anniversary at their home in the Auxiliary Territorial Service for 3 years for RAF Lakenheath when aircraft returned
Brandon Road, Watton during April. The and then became a telephonist with the home after service overseas, they moved to
Vice Chairman of Watton Town Council, GPO. Watton in 2001.
Mr Roy Ivory called on Eileen and Kenneth Kenneth, ―not bearing to be apart from her Not being able to resist the traditional
to present them with a card and a lovely after she joined the ATS‖ joined the Army question, I asked them both for the secret to
arrangement of flowers from the council. in 1945 and ended up serving twenty two a happy marriage.
And then, shortly after, Mr Keith Gilbert, and a half years with the Royal Army ―Doing as I‘m told!‖ said Kenneth
another Watton Town Councillor, called on Medical Corps and then became an laughing.
the couple but in his working capacity as a Educational Welfare Officer for 14 years ―Give and take . . . what‘s his is mine and
postman, to deliver a congratulatory card before taking early retirement to setup his what‘s mine my own‖ replied Eileen with a
from Her Majesty the Queen! own gardening business. smile every bit as mischievous as Ken‘s.
Originating from the London area, Eileen Eileen and Kenneth moved to Norfolk, after Well, whatever it is, Ken and Eileen
and Kenneth met when they both worked their home in London became too much for definitely seem to doing well on it.

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Swedish Massage and
Hot Stone Massage
Appointments available at
BROOM HALL Gardening
Country Hotel Club
Saham Toney We are all looking forward to
warmer days and none more so than
Your Local Three Star Hotel gardeners, who have already been
busy planning and preparing for the
growing season ahead. But even the
most experienced of gardeners can
learn more and by belonging to such
a club as the one in East Harling,
that is just what they can do, as well
as enjoy good company, they can
Telephone: 01953 882125 join outings to gardens and nurseries. Continued on Page 2
Mid-Norfolk Times Page 2 News
East Harling
Gardening Club Wild West Carnival Joyce Grenfell
continued from front page . . .
The club has been running since
1982, meeting once a month for a
Citizens of Watton; make space in
your diary for Watton Carnival with
its ‗Wild West‘ theme on Sunday
lunches will be available from 12
Noon until 2 pm.
Watton Methodist Church will be
at Attleborough WI
variety of gardening related activities. 13th June. The venue is Watton High hosting the Flower Festival from Betty Stacey, our President, welcomed the war she made two tours abroad
In addition, it arranges a summer Street, the admission free and it 11th – 13th June. This year‘s theme members & guests to our March with ENSA. She became famous for
holiday based in different parts of the promises to be a fun filled is ‗Read All About It!‘ and is based Meeting. Jerusalem was sung and her monologues. Joyce was President
country in order to visit the best of inexpensive family day out aimed at around newspapers headlines, there apologies for absence were given. The of her local WI & Jacqueline gave a
British gardens. incorporating all generations and will be a evening concert on Friday branch business was read & humorous rendition of The Committee
There is an annual plant sale which cultures. 11th and a service of Festival Praise arrangements for The Mad Hatter‘s Meeting. We were treated to other
has become increasingly well This year we will have the newly on Sunday. The church will be open Tea Party on April17th & the Spring favourites such as Old Tyme Dancing,
supported and offers a wide range of formed band from 864 Watton Air throughout the day on Friday, Fayre on May 22nd were discussed. Nursery School & Shirley‘s
annual and perennial plants, plus Cadets marching us through the High Saturday and Sunday and will be The evening‘s speaker was Jacqueline Girlfriend‘s Picnic. Jacqueline also
salad, vegetable and fruit plants. This Street, and Margaret Devine from the serving light refreshments. Tevlin on ―Joyce Grenfell.‖ Jacqueline sang songs associated with Joyce,
sale is on Saturday, 15 May from Twinning Association and our Over the last few years we have has researched the lives of many including I‘m Going to See You
10am – 12 Noon. It is held in the Old Carnival Committee are already busy had a fantastic turnout from young famous women, including Queen Today, which was written for Reggie
School Hall, School Lane, East making preparations for the Carnival p e o p l e . Th e c h i l d r e n fr o m Victoria & Jane Austin & brings them when he returned from the war.
Harling. Easy to find, the lane is Princess and attendants, who will be Westfield Infants and Watton to life with words & song. Joyce was She hated the gawky, ugly image of
between the two pubs on Market leading the parade in a horse drawn Junior Schools have really gone to born in 1910 with an American her film roles & decided to concentrate
Street. Why not come along to buy a carriage. town with their costumes and have mother, who was the sister of Nancy on One Woman Shows. Virginia said
fresh supply of plants for your garden There will be live entertainment, done our community proud. I‘m Astor & spent many of her younger that she made fun without malice.
– all at bargain prices. music, and demonstration from local sure we are all looking forward to years at the Astor home on the Joyce died from cancer in November
clubs throughout the day at Chaston seeing what ingenious ideas they Cleveden Estate. Her friend, Virginia 1979. She was married to Reggie for
Graham, said that she was in love with 50 years. Jacqueline had taken us back
CAR BOOT & Place, and a variety of stalls and
fairground attractions, including a
come up with this year. By order of
the Sheriff, please remember life & was never bored. At events at to different era of entertainment &
Nancy Astor‘s house Joyce was always
CRAFTS Bucking Bronco for those who dare. Watton High Street is an alcohol
the wallflower, but loved
evoked memories of years gone by.
Eileen Bowhill gave the vote of thanks.
St. Mary‘s Parish Church will be free zone.
Sat 15th May 9.00am running the Festival of Hobbies at the For further details contact Steve Jolly eavesdropping & wrote down peoples‘ The result of the competition – for an
St Mary’s Church Car Park, Queens Hall, Watton on Sunday 13th on: - 07729333002 or Cheryl Clayton conversations. She wanted to be a old school prize book was 1) Brenda
from 10 am – 4.30 refreshments and ballerina, but attended RADA for one Spencer. 2) Anne Tinker. Our next
Watton Contact 01953 on: - 01953 882260.
term, then left after she met Reggie meeting is on April 28th at 7.30p.m.
882936. Car Boots £4.00 Grenfell & married him in 1929. when the speaker will be John
No Need to Book Free ‘Is It Legal?’ training She became a radio critic & in 1939
gave her first stage performance in the
Everett on ―Bees & Honey.‖ The
competition is a spoon for honey.
successful, The Little Revue. During Anne Tinker.
Great Ellingham
Recreation Centre for community groups
Fish & Chip Community groups and organisations
are due to benefit from a free training
structure and provide the knowledge
to make improvements for the benefit
Old Buckenham Players
Supper & Horse day in Swaffham provided by
Breckland Council on 27 May.
of the communities they serve.‖
The training session will take place Second from last in
The ‗Is it Legal?‘ session will from 10am – 4pm on 27 May at the
Race Night provide participants with an Swaffham Assembly Rooms. The
the sack race
understanding of basic legal issues event is completely free of charge
Friday 14th May on topics such as the duties of a and even includes lunch, Old Buckenham Players' next friends learning his life skills in the
7pm for 7.30pm start trustee, what a ch aritable refreshments and plenty of handouts. production will be Second from last backstreets and then public school.
organisation can and can‘t do, The training will be conducted by
At the Recreation Centre, in the sack race by Michael Birch The play aims to make the audience
constitutions and powers and Community Matters, The National (adapted from the novel by David both love and pity Henry in equal
Watton Road, Great Ellingham
employing and managing staff. Federation of Community Nobbs). measure and pokes fun at his
Bar and Raffle Cat Lang, Community Development
Officer at Breckland Council
Organisations which has been
supporting community associations
Second from last in the sack race family and mentors as he hurls
has been adapted for the stage from headlong towards his 18th birthday.
Tickets £6 from: commented: and similar organisations since 1945. the writings of the author of Reggie The play blends a mix of short, fast
―All too often community groups and Places are strictly limited and will be
Pat 01953 452492 projects can encounter problems issued on a first come, first served
Perrin fame. It is a wry, funny and -paced scenes together with music,
Jean 01953 453375 entertaining play which traces the sound and visual images to draw
which can frustrate the good basis. To register or find out more ups and downs of young Henry you into Henry‘s world of pleasure
Anne-Marie 01953 455939 intentions of those involved. please contact Catherine Lang on Pratt who was born in 1935 in a and pathos.
Mike 01953 453874 This is a great opportunity for groups 01362 656870 or email back-to-back in northern England. Performances will take place at Old
to check if they have a sound Henry‘s childhood is disrupted first Buckenham Village Hall on
The Fun Event of the Year!!!
by the war, then by the Thursday 20, Friday 21 and
death of his mother and, Saturday 22 May at 7.30pm at Old
soon after, the death of Buckenham Village Hall. Tickets
his father too. Henry is are priced at £6 and available from
entrusted to the care of Old Buckenham Post Office, Nuts
his social climbing ‗n‘ Bolts in Attleborough or by
Aunty Doris and Uncle phoning 01603 810373.
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Women’s Parkers know their ABC

Tr adi tiona ll y, wo me n have
received lower state pensions than
men. This is partly because some
women historically paid lower
National Insurance (NI)
contributions, but largely due to
them having broken work patterns
as a result of caring for children
and family members.
The next decade will see the
following changes to state pension
State pension age for women will
The qualifying period for a full
basic state pension will reduce
Rules for buying additional NI
credits will change.
Between 2010 and 2020, the state
pension age for women will
gradually increase from 60 to 65
to bring it in line with the state Picture: Submitted
pension age for men. The staged
increases will apply to women Pupils from Parkers School, Saham Toney praised the children on their preparation
born between 6th April 1950 and recently took part in the Norfolk County and delivery. The children enjoyed
5th April 1955; then, from 2024 to Music and Speech Festival in Norwich. performing and also watching the
2046, the state pension age for They performed 'The ABC' by Spike performance of others and were delighted
both men and women will Milligan. This was very well received by to receive a 'Highly Commended'
gradually rise from 65 to 68. Adjudicator, Anne Harris-Norman who certificate.
From 2010, people only need 30
years of NI contributions or
credits to get a full basic state Norfolk Credit Union announces
pension, rather than the current 44
for men and 39 for women. There another 3% Dividend
is no phasing of this change, so if
a woman reaches her 60th Norfolk Credit Union Ltd. was pleased to If you wish to find out more about credit
birthday prior to the 5th April announce at it‘s annual general meeting, held unions, do please contact us: Norfolk Credit
2010, she will still normally need this year in King‘s Lynn, that members who Union Ltd. 01508 533842 on the web at
39 years for the full state pension, save with the credit union will receive a 3%
whilst a woman whose birthday is Dividend on their savings for the year Your local branch is Wayland Community
a day later on the 6th April 2010 September 2008 – 2009. Bank, Wayland House, High Street, Watton
will only need 30 years. Deferring All profits apart from some minor Where you will be welcome by our
retirement until after 6th April administrative costs, and a contribution to volunteers.
2010 will not help, as it is the date our reserves required by the F.S.A., are You can make an appointment by
of birth that is the determining returned to our members. Our members ‗phoning 01953 883915 or just drop in
factor. are our shareholders – there are no other during opening our times: Mondays 1 pm
A related change sees the shareholders. – 3 pm, Tuesdays 9 am – 1 pm, Thursdays
introduction of a new carer‘s This is the second year running when we 9 am – 11am. You can also visit our web
credit, which will help mothers have been able to give this dividend of 3%. site at
and carers qualify for larger state
pensions. The credits will be
payable on a weekly basis,
meaning that someone caring for
part of a tax year will get
Remember When at the
protection, whereas they currently
do not.
It is possible to fill the gaps in
Queens Hall
your records for the previous six
years by paying voluntary NI
contributions, which will help to
boost the level of basic state
pension you will get. In addition,
those who reach state pension age
between 6th April 2010 and 5th
April 2015 and already have 20
qualifying years may be able to
buy an additional six years
contributions for tax years from
1975/76 onwards. However, this
will not be suitable for everyone.
Voluntary contributions cannot
increase the basic state pension
above the full rate and those who
may fall back on means-tested
benefits in retirement may see
little or no benefit.
It is important that all women are
aware of the upcoming changes,
how you will be affected and the
options available. Picture: Submitted
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content of this article is for fun from the 1940‘s to the 70‘s when NEIL and even some ABBA. Don‘t Miss this
information purposes only and SANDS and his cast of West End performers, wonderful trip down memory lane.
does not constitute advice. return to The Queens Hall on Wednesday Tickets are just £8 from Adcocks of
12th May with their brand new production for Watton – 01953 881248
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Wells Cole News from Rocklands School

Continued from page1
Mr Glascock said that in the 6
months he had been Chairman; he
had gone through the Minute Book
and discovered that ―problems with
the heating were known about as far
back as 2002 but that no action had
been taken.‖ He also highlighted the
accounts which showed as much as
£18,000 in the reserves in 2004 but
which today, stood at just £900. As
a result, said Mr Glascock, unless
the heating system is replaced as a
matter of urgency the centre faces
closure when the money runs out.
It has been estimated that a
replacement heating system will
cost in the region of £26,000 but
offers of help had been received
from users who felt they could do
the job themselves whilst still
c o mp l yi n g wi t h l e gi s l a t ive
requirements could reduce that to Picture: Submitted
The management committee have Builders have been in the school this tour and rode on many forms of you could possibly hold on to any
started a fund raising programme month; unfortunately the school transport and had tickets clipped. unwanted linens/clothes, we would
and had so far secured £1900. In chimneys started to move in the They finished with a well deserved be most grateful. The date will be
their letter, Saham Parish Council, wind (always a risk in a beautiful old ice cream and a coach ride home. announced shortly and parent
had suggested that money could be school building), and the bricks were The school is very much looking volunteers will collect bags from
best put to use in insulating the carefully taken down. The forward to the forthcoming events: your doorstep.
building but Mr Glascock pointed chimneys have been capped and Class 2 has been studying JR The afternoon of the penultimate
out that most donors expected their hopefully will be replaced, more Tolkien‘s The Hobbit in school and day of school was full of Easter
gifts to be ring fenced and used only firmly, during the summer. We have are off to see the stage show of the activities. All pupils had an
for the replacement heating system. also had a smart new pathway to the Hobbit at the Norwich Theatre opportunity to make an Easter
Suggestions from the floor were school gate installed to allow Royal in June and Class 2 and 3 will bonnet, decorate an egg cup and
made that perhaps Saham Parish disabled access. also be taking part in a Gandalf make a bookmark and other
Council could make a grant towards The health and fitness scheme; Storytelling workshop in May, and delights. Easter bonnets were
the insulation costs and show their The Golden Mile, is going very Class 3 is off to Smockshill judged on the last day of term and
support for the centre. This, it was well. Children are proudly Common, Newton Flotman for a the happy winner and runners-up
felt would inspire the community to
get behind the cause.
exclaiming how many laps they
have done during the breaks, and I
Woodland Activity Day in June. The
final event planned so far, is a school
took home the first chocolate of
the season. The Easter crafts were
The Hare &
Mr Harrold said that ―Saham Parish personally know of several visit to the dress rehearsal of followed by Easter Bingo; pitting Barrel Hotel
Council had a responsibility to the complaining of sore thigh muscles Sleeping Beauty by the English the pupils‘ number recognition and
whole parish and not just users of the the day after; they must be Youth Ballet at Norwich Theatre speed against the head‘s voice as Originally an old manor house dating back
working hard. Royal. As ever, all these trips would she bravely called the numbers in to 1806, we offer 16 en-suite bedrooms,
centre. The last appraisal had revealed
Class 1 hugely enjoyed their trip to not be possible without the support proper form. Great fun was had by 10 of which have been converted from
that only three percent of village
the East Anglian Transport of our enthusiastic and hardworking all and made a jolly end to a very the old Coach House Stables
residents made use of the centre and it
would difficult for the council to Museum on the last day of term. Parent-Teacher Association and the busy and chilly term. We look ‘Noted for Good Food’
support without full information.‖ This complemented the work they services of volunteer parents. We are forward to getting the shorts and
Speaking later, Mr Harrold said he have been doing in class on modes very grateful for their invaluable summer frocks out for next term. Extensive Bar & Restaurant Menu
thought that ―Given the right of transport over the years. The contribution to our school. For further information about bookings advisable at all times
information and provided the business museum itself is a hidden gem in Th e s c h o o l i s c o l l e c t i ng school activities, student projects A relaxing Conservatory ~ Beer Garden
plan was sustainable the council Carlton Colville, Norfolk, manned Sainsburys‘ and Tesco‘s vouchers and the opportunity to keep up to Patio ~ Bar ~ Restaurant
would do all it could to support the by very enthusiastic volunteers (there is also a box in the village date with events, visit our website: Games Room ~ Car Park ~ Courtyard
centre.‖ with some wonderful examples of shop) and also unwanted DVDs
But adding as a personal comment trolley buses, trams and other aged and CD albums, if you think you Visit the Parent page for school
Try our Traditional
―There was no guarantee at this point vehicles immaculately restored can help in anyway please drop term dates, and the calendar for Sunday Lunch
that the Parish Council would standby and in full working order. The stuff at the school. We are also information and school events Discounts for large bookings always negotiable
the centre.‖ pupils were treated to a personal planning a textiles collection, if throughout the year. Children Always Welcome

80 Brandon Road, Watton.

Caston Open Norfolk and Norwich Tel: 01953 882752
Association for the IAN WILTON
Gardens, Garage Blind information days GENERAL BUILDER
Sales & Boot Sale The Norfolk and Norwich
Association for the Blind (NNAB),
with poor sight. Last year its
community workers made nearly For all your building needs....
Mobile Equipment and 8000 separate visits to individuals
Many of the houses in Caston are available from the village hall each Information Centre will be based in their homes and over 4000 NEW BUILD, EXTENSIONS
opening their gardens on Saturday day and the entrance fee to gardens in Sainsbury's car park, people visited the six equipment GARAGES, RENOVATIONS
and Sunday 15th & 16th May will be £4.00 per person which
between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm. gives entrance to all the gardens for
Attleborough, on Tuesday 11th, centres in Norwich, King's Lynn, ALTERATIONS, ROOFING
Wednesday 12th, and Thursday Great Yarmouth, Cromer, Diss and
Refreshments will be served in the both days. 13th May and at Tesco's car park the Mobile. It receives no state FASCIAS, GUTTERING
Village Hall on both days and Please do come and support this in Watton on Tuesday 8th, funding, relying entirely on PLASTERING, DECORATING
afternoon teas at one of the gardens event which is in aid of much
on each day. needed Village Hall funds.
Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th legacies and donations. CERAMIC TILING, PATIOS
June. On board will be information In Norwich it has a residential
Additionally many houses will also Any enquiries about this event can and equipment that will help Blind home and 20 sheltered flats as well FENCING
be holding a garage sale from 10.00 be made to Wendy Chapman on and Vision Impaired people to lead as a volunteer presence in all four
am on the Saturday and there will 01953 483756 or Stephanie No job too small
as much of an independent hospital eye clinics in the County.
be a Car Boot Sale on at the Blincow on 01953 488495. lifestyle as is possible. Over 250 active volunteers are an Local friendly service
Village Hall on the Saturday also Details are also on the Caston NNAB celebrated its 200th essential part of the organisation.
commencing at 10.00 am. O n l i n e w e b s i t e - Anniversary in 2005. Throughout For more information please see Call Ian for a free estimate
Maps and entrance tickets are the County it helps 20,000 people 07917 284098/01953 483192
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Ovington Prize Bingo Monday May 10th
Crower Eyes Down 7.30pm All Welcome
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gooin‘ s on in the ole willage jest laertly. I
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owt, a young Mawther from up the east end Tuesday 16th May.7.45pm. A presentation by NWT Breckland Field officer
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Annie tripped oova ‗n orl, an blow me ifen followed by refreshments and raffle. Venue: Watton CCC, High Street
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leg. Cos orl this mischif set our ole Chairman
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tha gals was a gittin so dash me if he dint
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The wedding took place at Thetford The bride was given away by her than likely to be layin orl oova tha rood.
Registry Office between Patricia father and Patricia wore a cream halter- Horry ‗n me went an hed a look at them
Godfrey, daughter of John Rix and neck gown with a beaded bodice. allotments tha other day, well I‘re gotta hand
Mary Murphy of Watton, and Andrew Witnesses were Rita Eastell and it tha boys ‗n gals, thar got the grownd orl
Alderton son of Flory Alderton and the Melanie Alderton and the reception pulled down, and moost of them hev got thar
late Walter Alderton of Cressingham. was held at Richmond Park Golf Club. taters in.
Thars several ole shuds up, an dungles bein‘

Barbara’s day
made, cos the weatha‘s bin on thar side ent it?
Thar wos this young mawther standin on one o‘
the plots a gawpin down at tha grownd loike
she‘d a lorst suffin, so Horry, he allus hafta
stick his nose in, say to har he say. ―Wos up my

at Rocklands bewty, hev yu dropped suffin?‖. She looked up

and sed ― Oh, hello my good man‖
Blarst she did tork posh. ―No I‘m looking for
my potatoes, they don‘t seem to be growing‖
On Wednesday 19th May from 10 are coming along. The compost ―Oh‖ sed Horry, ―When did yu put em in
a.m. to mid afternoon, we will once heap is a great attraction especially then?‖ ―Last weekend, I thought they would
again hold our annual Garden Party as so many of us are growing be ready for me to have some new potatoes
Day at "Cheyney", Low Lane, (Opp. organically! for Sunday lunch, it‘s most annoying‖
the School), Rocklands. There will This is our most important fund- Horry sorta seemed lorst fer words thar for a
be Ploughman's Lunches with a raising event in aid of All Saints minute. He say ― Wared yu git tha seed from
selection of salads and homemade Church, schoolroom and churchyard. then gal?‖ ―From that nice man in Watton
desserts plus teas and coffees on This last year we have had many of High Street‖ she say ―They were called
request. In addition we will have the flints re-placed and re-positioned Rocket and he told me they would be up in
our usual stalls including homemade around the church porch, the chancel absolutely no time at all‖ I say ―I reckon he
cakes and jams, bedding and and the schoolroom. The was a pullin yor leg Miss, thar ent nuthin
herbaceous plants as well as varieties schoolroom woodwork and outside that‘ll grow thet quick‖ ―Dear me‖ she say
suitable for planters - geraniums, fence have also been re-painted ―What on earth shall I do?‖ Horry he say ―I
trailing petunias, begonias and busy Although almost all of our team have spect you mostly git your taters from the
lizzies. Our popular bric-a-brac and turned 70 now and we can boast a supermarket?‖ ―Well no actually‖ she say ―
book stall will once again be wide range of ailments and dodgy My father usually supplies me with all my
'manned' by Maureen and her team as health conditions including bad fresh vegetables‖
well as Tina and Shirley on the backs, creaky knees, wobbly hips, ―Humph‖ say Horry ―Best yu keep on tha rite
tombola and raffle, all our prices are excruciating feet, etc. But we are all side o yor ole man then cos yu arnt gooin to
very reasonable and there are lots of still very young at heart, energetic git much orfa hare fer a while yet, but du yu
bargains. and keen to give everyone a good keep a troshin gal, yore duin orl right‖
Do come along and spend some time day and support the lovely church We hed a bit of a larf arter we got owta har
with us. You are very welcome to which we are all so proud of. sight, but she wos werry keen, yu cud see
wander around the garden to check Needless to say, excellent weather thet.
on how John's vegetables and fruit has been ordered! Barbara I shell hafta hev a word or two with boy Geff
when I see him agin, tellin thet pore gel them
We‘re spectin suffin grand from the ole boy
Old Buckenham at tha fish an no chip shop, cos his bin doin
sum reharsals in tha village hall laertly.
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Medieval Norfolk’s relationship with Upstairs at the Acorn

North Sea uncovered in new exhibition ‗Over Here‘ will be the first of a
number of talks and workshops
interval refreshment,
with the proceeds after expenses going
planned to take place over the summer to the Wayland Partnership, the
People with an interest in the history of events and circumstances that have one of only two examples of such months in the Acorn Conference community charity (1081310) which
Norfolk will have the chance to find helped to shape our county will find documents from the fourteenth century Centre at Wayland House. works to support the economic, social
out about the role the North Sea has this exhibition fascinating.‖ known to exist in the UK. The Local resident Ken Godfrey, has and cultural well-being of the Wayland
played in shaping the county‘s past at a The exhibition is being held to commission appoints the mayor and represented the two groups of area.
new exhibition that opens next week. coincide with a major international five other burgesses of Lynn to muster Americans based at Watton and The Second event is a workshop by
‗Norfolk and its North Sea World in the conference at the University of East the men of the town for its defence Griston during World War Two, for textile artist Linda Turner. Linda will
Late Middle Ages‘ will open at the Anglia, ‗East Anglia and its North against the French. more than forty years and during that be showing her work in the Dragonfly
Norfolk Record Office in Norwich on Sea world‘, which runs from Trade and commerce with the Low time has been able to bring together an Gallery at Wayland House at the
Tuesday (13 April). The exhibition tells Tuesday, 13 to Thursday, 15 April. Countries, Scandinavia and particularly amazing collection of photographs beginning of June in her exhibition
the story of the county‘s relationship The conference will include with the German Hanse trade donated by those who served here, and ‗Quilt Inspirations‘ and on Saturday
with the North Sea and the countries contributions from scholars working association are explained through an equally amazing number of 12th will be inviting local stitchers to
bordering it, with items relating to in Iceland, Denmark, the Netherlands numerous documents from King‘s entertaining tales and anecdotes about spend a relaxing and enjoyable day
international trade, exchange of ideas, and Belgium, together with those Lynn and Great Yarmouth. For their time in the area. On May 5th at putting their favourite photographs
naval affairs, defence and war on show. based in the UK. Delegates will visit example, there are sumptuously 7.00pm Ken will be sharing his onto fabric and combining with some
Documents written in Latin, French, the exhibition at the Record Office decorated letters patent of Henry VI, photographs and the story of the 3rd precious fabric scraps to form a quilted
English, Dutch and Low German all during the three-day conference and issued in 1428, confirming Henry IV‘s Strategic Air Depot and 25th Bomb collage which they can stitch and
feature in the exhibition and receive an introduction to the exhibits grant, made in 1404, of powers of self- Group, using the excellent facilities embellish with creative abandon! The
demonstrate that during the fourteenth from Norfolk County Archivist Dr government to English merchants in available in the Acorn Centre. cost of this really special day will be
and fifteenth centuries – the period John Alban. Prussia, Scandinavia and the Hanseatic Tickets for this event are limited and just £25.00. Places can be booked at
covered by the exhibition – Norfolk Dr Alban said: ―Perhaps the most regions. must be pre-booked. They are available Wayland House Reception (01953
was a vital and significant link between exciting documents in the exhibition Another important document is the from reception at Wayland House 883915).
England and the continent. are those that detail the extensive Great Yarmouth customs account for (01953 883915) at £5.50 including
A wide range of documents from the defensive measures taken to protect 1379-80, which shows a port heaving
Record Office and the King's Lynn Norfolk in 1385-6. This was during with vessels from the Baltic, Germany
Borough Archives have been collated the Hundred Years' War when there and the Low Countries. The Yarmouth
for the exhibition, and artefacts from
the Norwich Castle Museum will also
was thought to be a high threat of a
French invasion and the King's spies
accounts are significant as being one of
only three series of English local
Coming soon . . .
be on show.
Derrick Murphy, Cabinet Member for
suggested this would happen in East
Anglia. A document from the time
customs accounts which survive
locally, and they are by far the most Saham Toney Village Fete
Cultural Services on Norfolk County details the guns that lined the four extensive and complete.
Council which operates the Record and a half miles of Norwich's city ‗Norfolk and its North Sea World in the
Office, said: ―The North Sea has played walls. Although the section of wall Late Middle Ages‘ is open now and Saham Toney Village Fete will be selling handmade cards, bags, cakes,
an important role in Norfolk‘s past. It dates from a slightly later period, will run until Tuesday, 13 July at the held on July 10th at the Wells Cole etc. and demonstrations of country
has been both friend and foe to the examples of gun ports can still be Norfolk Record Office, located in the Community Centre, Bell Lane, crafts such as rake making. The Wl
county over the years and today seen today in Norwich at Cow Archive Centre on the County Hall site Saham Toney starting at 1 pm. will provide teas, there will be
Norfolk‘s tourism industry and Tower.‖ in Norwich. Admission to the Attractions will include a Rabbit burgers, ice cream and the bar will be
international trade links still owe much Other items on display include an exhibition and centre is free, for more Slide, Bouncy Castle, Birds of Prey, open. This will be the best village
to its North Sea links. extremely rare original municipal information and centre opening hours, and Face Painting among others. fete in the area so put the date in your
―Anyone interested in discovering the commission of array for King‘s Lynn, visit There will be a number of craft stalls diaries and bring the family.
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Hackers, Tackers and Stuffers SUNDAY AFTERNOON TEAS

Hosted by St. Mary’s Church in May
16th May Watton Christian Community Centre 2.30pm until 4.00pm
All welcome—please come along and bring family and friends


Wednesday 5th May 2.00pm Meeting at Watton CCC
Monday 17th May 12.30pm for 1pm Lunch at Griston Wagon &

Coffee at the Queens Hall

9.30am to 11.30am
Farmers Market Day-
Saturday 1st May

Watton Town Council

Picture: MNT
Presentation of Quilts to Rebecca Gorman. From left to right: Wendy Rice and Freda O’Brien (Castle Quilters),
Councillor’s Surgeries
Pat Phillips, Rebecca Gorman (Linus Norfolk Coordinator), and Jane Londcaulk.
Come and talk to a Councillor and make your
Our Open Evening on 23rd March was Rebecca Gorman, a Norfolk coordinator Thank you to all who participated or
very successful learning a great deal from for ProjectLinus, came to receive quilts helped in any way and gave generously. views known in a comfortable and relaxed
our guests whilst enjoying ourselves. The from us and, through two former long On Monday 12th April we had an all day atmosphere at The Surge, behind the Co-Op
combination of raising money for charity, term members, from Castle Quilters. workshop making more quilts for Linus
listening to interesting people, buying ProjectLinus is an international or preparing them for members unable to Farmers Market Day
fabric and drinking coffee and tea whilst organisation initially making quilts for attend to finish. Our current project
eating chocolate biscuits made for an
interesting and entertaining evening.
terminally ill and traumatised children in
the USA but now worldwide. In Norfolk,
involves fat quarters and we welcome
donations of these together with other
Saturday 1st May
Rob from Sew & So‘s in Bungay gave us
an update on the work supporting an
quilts go to children‘s hospital wards and
hospices; a hostel for teenagers with
cotton fabric, including larger pieces for
backing together with unused fleece and
from 10am to 12 Noon
orphanage in Thailand. In the last couple learning and behavioural difficulties run by wadding. The day was productive and
of years, since their previous visit to us, BREAK (which is entirely self-funded); also extremely enjoyable.
they have bought new beds and had a Haven refuges for abused women and At our meeting on 27th April we will be cv
kitchen fitted. He also fulfilled a request
from this Christian establishment for a
children; the Bishop‘s Gateway project for
refugee children who have witnessed and
working on the Heart cushions for those
who have had surgery for breast cancer. James Ball CARPETS
Father Christmas outfit. He duly experienced horrific injuries and This is one of several changes to the
purchased one for less than £5.00 which unimaginable violence and anyone in need original programme; including the
SHOWROOM: 49 High Street, Watton
cost £15 to post! The Orphanage is in an
area still too dangerous to visit but Rob
and Verona are ceaselessly raising
from premature babies to the age of 18.
They are also self-funding and only raise
money for stamps, wadding and materials
cancellation of a workshop to be given
by a visiting tutor on 24th May. For up to
date details of this and all our activities
money and giving generously to this
project. We all gave in to temptation and
for those who have none.
With donations, a raffle and the sale of
please visit our Blog on http:// or call me, Sue Hart on 883288 
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towards unit at Addenbrookes Hospital

Yes, this magnificent sum was raised Addenbrookes Hospital which treats too many to name without missing Monday 3rd May Shepreth Wildlife Park 9am & 4pm Return Adult £20 Child £12
in memory of Christopher Earp held at young people with cancer from all over someone out. A huge ‗Thank you‘ to Saturday 15th May Bury St Edmunds 9.30am & 3pm Return Adult & Child £5
the Wells Cole Community Centre at Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire all these people and of course the Saturday 22nd May Gordon Boswell Romany Museum & Springfields 9am
Saham Toney on Friday 26th March So many people help to make this supporters who came along to play on Adult £14 Child £11
Sunday 23rd May Houghton Hall & Bircham Windmill 9.30am & 4pm Return
£753.00 is now being sent, in memory event possible from those who kindly the night. Without all this support the
Adult £19 Child £11
of Christopher, to The Teenage Cancer donate prizes, make delicious cakes for evening would not have been the Saturday 29th May Southwold & Dunwich for Fish & Chips 9.30am & 4pm Return
Trust (Registered Charity No. the refreshments, put the tables and success it was. Thank you once Adult £20 Child £15
1062559) towards the building of a chairs out and clear away at the end, again, Elaine Skinner Sunday 30th May Southend Airshow 8am & Return After Last Display
dedicated Teenage Cancer Unit at make tea and wash up, and more – far Adult £15 Child £12
Saturday 5th June Barnsdale Gardens 9am & 4pm Return Adult £20 Child £15
Saturday 5th June Johnny Marks Showboat Adult £28
Saturday 12th June Hunstanton 9.30am & 4pm Return Adult £8 Child £5
Awareness day raises profile of deaf people in Norfolk Sunday 13th June Somerleyton Hall 9.30am & 3pm Return
Adult £17.50 Child £11.50
Did you know that deafness is one of the Sensory Support Unit, the event will help Member for Community Services, said: Thursday 17th June Fakenham 9.30am & 1.30pm Return Adult & Child £5
most common disabilities and affects one promote the support available from local ―Deafness is an issue that affects a lot of Saturday 17th July Country Company Showboat Adult £28
Saturday 14th August 50's & 60's Evening with Cardy & Coke Adult £28
in seven of the UK's population? Among organisations that work with the deaf people and this day is an excellent way of Saturday 28th/Monday 30th August BBQ Cruise Evening Adult £24
older people deafness can affect as many as community. raising awareness and letting people know Wednesday 8th December Thursford Evening Show Adult & Child £37.50
three in four people and it is also one of the During the day, there will be performances what services are available to them.‖
least understood disabilities, because of its by students from The Colman School and Norfolk Council on Deafness is made up of Holidays 2010 (Please ring for Itineraries)
hidden nature and people may not always City of Norwich School, British Sign representatives from many of the county‘s Sunday 30th May – Saturday 5th June Lake District
be aware that you are deaf, deafened or Language taster sessions, sign-language health, education and public services - Friday 23rd – Tuesday 27th July Isle of Wight
hard of hearing. storytelling, a singing choir, DC Dream including Norfolk County Council‘s Friday 10th – Sunday 12th September Emmerdale Weekend
Now Norfolk Council on Deafness is Dancers – Line Dancing and a quiz. Community Services and Children‘s Friday 26th – Monday 29th November Turkey & Tinsel at Folkestone
aiming to raise awareness of the condition The Norfolk Deaf Association's 'Listen Services - and meets regularly to discuss, 2010 Brochure Out Now! For more details please phone:

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and help that is available by holding a deaf Here Bus' will also be providing a hearing plan and provide a range of opportunities
awareness festival on Wednesday 5 May at support service where hearing aid users can for the deaf community.
the Forum in Norwich, from 10am to 4pm. check their hearing aids. For more information contact Stephen
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Mid-Norfolk Times Page 10 Gardening

Watton Ballroom Dancing

Association In your Garden with Lotta Potts
Queen’s Hall, Watton 8 to 11.00 Admission £3.50
May is usually one of the best months in the capacity; it adds nutrients to the soil as it cuttings by leaving them outside for
Saturday May 1st & Saturday June 5th garden, sunshine has warmed the soil and is broken down. gradually increasing periods of time. Start
Mike 01953 882799 everything is growing well. Unfortunately, Mulch is best applied now or the autumn with only the warmest part of the day,
there's often a sneaky late frost in May. when the soil is moist. If you apply and build up to overnight exposure.
Keep some fleece handy. If the frost gets mulch once the soil is dry in summer, it Doing this for 10-14 days before planting
your beans a second sowing will probably can actually stop any new moisture them outdoors permanently (whenever
work. getting to the plants. However, there are a the risk of frost has passed), will reduce
Apart from late frosts, we can also get few downsides: depending on what kind any check to their growth while
caught out by unexpected strong sunshine. of mulch you use, slugs and snails can establishing in their final position.
There's nothing worse than finding a make a home in it. If plants with mulch Thin out direct sowings of hardy annuals.
greenhouse full of plants wilting in the heat. are attacked, scrape away the mulch This is best done in two or three stages at
That's where some automation comes in immediately surrounding them. It could fortnightly intervals. Final spacing should
useful. I have automatic vent openers fitted. be said this just makes the slugs‘ journey be between 10-20cm (4-8in), using the
These aren‘t expensive and can be fitted to a bit longer. Also, in my opinion, mulch upper limit for tall or spreading plants,
most greenhouses if they weren‘t included. prevents seedlings growing. This year, and the lower limit for smaller plants.
Watering can be another issue in despite the fearsome winter, I have found Prick out indoor sowings when they are
greenhouses. Self-watering kits are self-sown seedlings flourishing once the large enough to handle without damage.
available but if this is neither necessary nor weather improved. If I had mulched they Hoe borders to prevent annual and
affordable just remember that small plants would have disappeared and if I did it perennial weeds from spreading and
in warm greenhouses are as keen on a now I‘d kill them. I guess the best place seeding themselves.
freezing cold shower straight from the tap is around shrubs and herbaceous plants Sweet peas need training and tying in to
as most people. Keep one or preferably two that are permanent plantings. Even dry their supports to encourage them to climb
watering cans in the greenhouse so the grass clippings can make a suitable mulch and make a good display.
contents are at least a degree or two above around established plants such as trees Pinch out the leading shoots on plants
that coming out of the tap. and shrubs, particularly at the back of a such as Chrysanthemum and Helianthus
If, like me, you're a vegetable grower then border where the mulch is less obtrusive. to encourage bushy plants. However, if
you'll perhaps had problems with the carrot Sprinkle a thin layer onto the soil where it tall thin sprays are preferred, they can be
root fly. Not only does the little beast go for will slowly rot down. The clippings also left un-pinched, perhaps removing a few
carrots, but also causes problems with can be dug into the top few centimetres of buds to encourage larger blooms.
parsnips and even celery. The fly‘s maggots soil, which will speed up its rotting Liquid feed plants in containers every
cause the damage, killing seedlings and process. Make sure there is no sprouting two to four weeks.
tunnelling just under the skin of more meadow grass among the sprinklings Keep tubs, hanging baskets and alpine
mature plants, leaving brown tunnels Things to be doing: troughs well watered.
behind. The fly is active in April and May, Plant up hanging baskets and patio Remove faded wallflowers and spring
using its incredibly sensitive scent radar to containers with summer bedding; bedding from beds and containers, to
target the crops. The fly tends to fly near to Propagate shrubs using softwood make space for summer plantings.
the ground and vertical barriers around root cuttings; Trim formal hedging such as Pot on plants showing signs of being root
beds are somewhat effective at keeping box; Clear spring bedding and continue bound. You can tip out the root balls of
them away but the best course of action is deadheading spring bulbs, dividing unhappy looking containerised
to cover with some fine mesh netting. Also overgrown clumps of daffodils specimens, to see if they are indeed pot
it‘s a good idea to thin the seedlings at dusk particularly if they came up ‗blind‘ ie bound or if they are suffering from some
when the flies have gone to bed. didn‘t flower. Apply a liquid fertiliser to other problem.
Disturbance apparently increases the foliage spring bulbs after they have flowered, to Inspect lilies for the scarlet lily beetle as
scent. Carrots and parsnips really do well in encourage good flowering next year, and the larvae can strip plants in days. The
raised beds where you can ensure a deep help prevent daffodil blindness. beetles have a clever trick. If disturbed
light soil. If the bed is high enough the fly Allow the foliage of daffodils and other they fall to the ground, turn over and
will fly by below the level of the bed. By spring-flowering bulbs to die down become invisible. Put a pale cloth or
using a protection kit you can easily cover naturally. paper under the lilies to catch them! The
with fleece, without crushing the foliage Feed fish as they become active and feed larvae are extremely unpleasant. To
below. For ground sown crops, #fleece pond plants with aquatic fertilizer; protect themselves they are covered in
tunnels provide the same protection and Propagate perennials from basal cuttings; their own droppings so they look just like
improved growing conditions without a lot Earth up potatoes; Plant out summer something a passing bird left. Use gloves!
of effort. Oddly enough my companion bedding at the end of the month; Vine weevil larvae can be a serious pest
planting book suggests that carrots and Regularly hoe off weeds; Open of containerised plants, and become
parsnips don‘t really get on. Another way to greenhouse vents and doors on warm active this month. Tip out the rootball of
avoid carrot root fly is to grow carrots with days; Mow lawns weekly; Check for suspect plants, and inspect for the
onions. I haven‘t tried it before but will do nesting birds before clipping hedges. creamy, orange-headed maggots, which
so this year. The middle of May can be one of the tend to curl up into a ‗C‘ shape. There are
A good idea, if it‘s really dry, is to soak driest times of year and most gardens will various chemical and biological controls
the seed drills before sowing then water begin to dry out. Initially, this is a benefit available. Better still remove and squash.
with a fine rose on the can or hose once because the soil will reach an ideal Very satisfying. Vine weevils can‘t fly.
the seeds are covered and this will settle consistency for seed sowing. However, as They don‘t run too fast either so are fairly
everything in. Boiling water for the drill drying continues, there may be easy to catch. They resemble small brown
is recommended for parsley. No idea why insufficient water to keep the seedlings beetles.
unless it‘s to break the seed coat. going. Use water butts to collect Aphids can multiply rapidly during mild
Keep successional sowings of salad crops rainwater. Open rain-catchers are a start, spells. This year there have been lots of
going to avoid a glut, every two weeks is but fixing the butt to your down-pipe will overwintering ladybirds that appeared in
the norm. enable you to collect rainfall from your April so aphids should be controlled by
Mulching is said to be one of the most house or shed roof as well. Target your them
important gardening tasks, whatever your watering to when and where plants need Continue to protect lily, delphinium,
skill level. A mulch is simply a covering it - often at fruit set and fruit swelling hostas and other susceptible plants from
of material over the soil between plants times, or coming up to flowering. slugs and snails. If using slug pellets,
that will reduce the need for watering and Divide clumps of herbaceous perennials spread them very thinly, not in little
prevent weeds from gaining a foothold, that you want to propagate. Bamboos and heaps. There are some now on the market
provided it is put on damp soil. There are clumps of bulbs or rhizomes can be divided that claim to be harmless to wildlife but
basically two types: loose mulches which in the same way. Cutting back clumps of if, like me, you are more interested in
can be organic, such as bark chippings, or spring-flowering perennials such as protecting the birds and hedgehogs that
inorganic, such as gravel; and sheet Pulmonaria and Doronicum can encourage might eat them, try a slug pub or two. Old
mulches such as mulch matting, a fresh flush of foliage. Divide primroses margarine, cream or small ice cream tubs
polythene or a piece of old carpet. after flowering. Divide hostas as they come can be used. Put a small amount of
Apart from looking good but not in the into growth. Spreading and trailing plants (cheapest) beer or milk in the bottom and
case of old carpet, an organic mulch can become tatty and patchy, trimming bury it so the rim is proud of the soil by
offers six main benefits: them back after flowering encourages fresh about ½ to 1 inch. This is to prevent
it helps the soil retain moisture; it growth and new flowers. beetles falling in. What you do with the
insulates the soil keeping it warm in Put supports in place for herbaceous merry/drowned slugs is up to you. I
winter and cool in summer; it suppresses plants before they are too tall, or for those probably mentioned this before, but you
weed growth; it provides food for - like peonies - that produce heavy never know, there might be a new reader!
earthworms and other soil creatures; it blooms. Have a very merry May and don‗t wreck
improves soil structure and water-holding Harden off plants raised from seed and your back.
News Mid-Norfolk Times Page 11

Ashill cubs help bring Easter Watton European Teenagers’ Summit

colour to St Nicholas Church University of Youth Councillors from both Wayland
and Swaffham Youth Councils have
Young People will debate, with Euro
Deputies and forward their suggestions
the Third Age been selected to represent the U.K. in
the European Teenagers Summit,
for the improvement of the European
Youth Action Strategy.
(U3A) which will be held in May this year in
Timisoara, Romania.
Lisa Clayton, aged 17, speaking in her
role as Chairperson to the Wayland
A total of Seventy Teenage Youth Council and who will be
Fifty six members attended The representatives from Seven European participating, said ―This is an exciting
Annual General Meeting of the Countries will be attending a opportunity and a great privilege to be
Watton U3A on Thursday 25th weeklong summit in order to further representing my Country at European
March 2010 and the following their development in becoming active Level‖.
Management Committee was European Citizens; comprising of a The Project is financed by the
elected. variety of Workshops e.g. Education, European Commission through Youth
Chairman Ron Upton – Vice Participation, Free Time Activities, in Action, Action 3.1.
Chairman Ken Philips – Secretary Discrimination and Racism, they will Thanks to ―Children‘s Services,
Margaret Upton – Treasurer Marion learn decision making processes at Western Area Youth Work,‖ for
Smith – Membership Secretary Local, National and International making both Travel Arrangements and
Maureen Russell – Group Co- levels. Concluding in a Conference at supplying Youth Workers to
ordinator Rita Hellard – Speakers TIMISOARA‘S Town Hall where the accompany our Young People.
Brenda Bracewell – Committee
Members Margaret Smith, Diane
Coles and Brian Cubby.
The Chairman reported that three of
A Midsummer Rocklands Shindig
the four objectives set a year ago Celebrate Midsummer at the music. We all love the Rum Brothers
had been achieved. Local awareness Midsummer Shindig in Rocklands and have asked them to play for us
of the Group was now more evident Manor Meadow (between Watton & again – they provide the sort of music
mainly due to regular media reports. Attleborough) on Saturday 19th June, you really want to jig to. Bring your
The membership had increased by 6.30 p.m. The gates open at 5 p.m. for picnic, chairs, rugs, cushions – and
twenty five per cent and many you to choose your picnic site in the you.
Picture: Submitted members had participated in the meadow and to wander around the Sparkling wine and Strawberries and
Cubs from the 1st Ashill Pack had a recently, they followed that with an four outings that had been arranged. gardens before the music starts if you Cream will be on sale and you might
colourful start to their Easter ‗anti-litter campaign‘, to help gain The fourth objective to increase the wish. The Village Singers are thirty like to join in the singing during ―The
holidays! Having been invited to go the Global Conservation award. They individual Group Activities had not voices strong and what a sound they Proms‖. Tickets £10.00 Children
along and create an ‗Easter Garden‘ designed colourful posters which are been realised although the make – you have to hear them to £5.00 from 01953 483226 or Rockland
at St Nicholas Church in the village, now displayed around the village, introduction of History and Pub believe how good they are under the Manor, Scoulton Rd., Rocklands,
they duly turned up to help brighten and from comments received these Lunch groups had changed the direction of Neville Moon who really NR17 1UW.
the Church for the Easter season. seem to be working too! The Cubs formats. knows his onions when it comes to
They used moss, sticks, twigs, are now looking forward to their next However the formation of two
leaves, stones, colourful pot plants event, which is a cycle ride in Computer Groups has recently been
and a good deal of imagination to Thetford Forest with family and established and with new Leaders
create their lovely Easter garden. As leaders during their Easter holidays for the Garden Visits and Croquet
you can see from the picture, their and of course to their forthcoming activities we will have fifteen active
hard work certainly paid off! Pack camp! Groups in the coming year.
The Cub Pack has been having a very Anyone interested in joining 1st The Chairman thanked the

Kick Out the Tubby Telly

busy time lately! Not content with a Ashill, and enjoying the fun and committee, especially those who
visit to the Hunstanton theatre to see activities, call Brian Lee on 01760 were retiring, for their help and
‗Tales from the Jungle Book‘ 440693. dedication over the past years.
The Secretary gave a comprehensive
resume of the activities and events The great SONY trade-in deal is back
Attleborough Heritage Group undertaken in 2009/2010 and the
Treasurer presented the Financial
with up to £100 allowance on your
old Tubby Telly. And with a
Statement that showed a healthy FREE 5 Year Guarantee
―Railways are a comeback industry‖, images of majestic engines puffing balance for the year. He thanked there has never been a better time
announced Mr Gerald Siviour as he out clouds of smoke, workaday Ken Philips for assisting in the
to kick out the old analogue set and
began his delightful and well- diesel cars and sleek modern preparation of the accounts. The
illustrated talk to a fascinated multiple unit trains. Gerald get yourself an incredible SONY
Auditors Barbara Anderson and
audience of members and guests of reserved his true railway passion Alan Bickers were thanked for their Bravia Digital LCD TV in time for the
Attleborough Heritage Group on until towards the end of his talk work and were duly elected for the Digital Changeover
Saturday 27 March. Mr Siviour‘s when he spoke about the Heritage next year.
talk, entitled ‗The Changing Railway Railways in East Anglia and, in Presentations were made to the
Scene in Norfolk‘ indicated his particular, the North Norfolk retiring Treasurer Ian Abbey and to
comprehensive knowledge of the Railway and the Mid-Norfolk Margaret Smith in appreciation for
railways of East Anglia, from the Railway, both are excellent tourist arranging of teas at meetings over
investment boom of the 1840s which attractions. He also emphasised the the past years.
opened up towns like Brandon,
Thetford and Attleborough, through
importance of Community
Railways in the County.
The meeting concluded with The
Chairman giving a short talk on the
Trade-in and a FREE
to the second boom of the 1880s,
nationalisation in the 1940s and
The Group's next illustrated talk for
members and guests will be on
history of the U3A.
Members are reminded that 5 Year Guarantee
privatisation three decades ago. Saturday 22 May at 7.00 for 7.30 pm subscriptions for the year 2010/2011
The story initially led us from
Liverpool Street to Norwich with
in St Mary's Church Hall,
Attleborough. This will be a talk by
are now overdue.
A new trip has been organised for
on a new digital
diversions along branch lines and
focussed not only on the transition
Rosemary & Peter Salt entitled
"Changes in the Norfolk
Wednesday 30th June. We go by
coach to Holt where we board the
from steam to diesel power but also Countryside." Tickets and full details Poppy Line Steam Train (reserved
on the enormous transformation in from the Heritage Room, Soma coach) to Sherringham. Then by
railway architecture brought about House, Station Road, Attleborough, coach to Cromer with plenty of free
by changes in both passenger and NR17 2AS tel 01953 455553 or time for lunch etc Final stop is
freight traffic. The audience saw 455877. Bircham Windmill for cream tea.
All inclusive cost £17pp. PLUS trade in your old video and get
New Year Members programmes
Craft Market at the Queens Hall are now available at monthly £50 off a Digital DVD Recorder
meetings or from the Membership
Thank you to everyone who attended cards, knitwear, glassware, wooden Secretary. All this plus FREE delivery and connection
the Craft Market in 2009. We items, Jewellery and some unusual The speaker at the 27th May
managed to raise £778.40 for items as well. meeting is Mike Wabe with ―Life of
Macmillan Cancer Care and Support
in Norfolk.
Opening times will be 9.30am to
2pm and admission will be free.
a WW2 Bomb Aimer‖
The membership Secretary can be 32 - 34 High Street, Watton
The next Craft Market in the Queens Refreshments will also be available. contacted on 01953 885358. For
Hall will be on 15th May 2010.
There will be a good selection of
Next date for 2010 is 2nd October. If
you require any further information
further information on the National
U3A go to
Tel: 01953 881248
locally handmade items including please call Brenda on 01953 885559. email:
Mid-Norfolk Times Page 12 News

Calling all Photographers Great Ellingham (St. James) Scout Group

The fourth annual ‗Breckland Photography conceptual. The possibilities are endless in With young people from the will be holding it's A.G.M. at uncles, friends and anyone with a
Competition‘ is now open. this category. villages of Great and Little the Crown P.H. Church Street, desire to help to attend.
Organised by Breckland Council with the The competition closes on Friday 3rd Ellingham, Rocklands, Hingham, Great Ellingham - 7.30p.m. In these times of austerity and
support of partners – Wayland Partnership, September 2010 and photographs should be S cou lto n, Shr oph a m an d This is a formality we have to cut backs, Scouting offers the
The Iceni Partnership in Swaffham, Dereham delivered by hand to any of the designated Attleborough, the Scout Group do. We are a registered charity best value for money youth
Area Partnership, Dereham Library, Thetford delivery venues. Entries will be judged by a has grown into one of the more and a member of the Scout activities to young people.
Arts Centre and Zuari Café in Attleborough - professional panel, and the winning successful groups within the Association. Once again, the Being a helper could give you
the competition will run throughout the photographs will be displayed in a touring Southern Norfolk District. Executive committee, Leaders, access to the activities, a
Spring and Summer. It will culminate in a exhibition hosted in turn by each of the five We have four sections within the Helpers and friends of the chance to learn new skills
touring exhibition later this year. Entrants can Breckland market towns. Group, Beaver Scouts for six to Group will come together to (training available) and become
submit photographs under any of the Entry forms and further details of the eight year olds, Cub Scouts for celebrate another successful involved in helping young
following categories: competition categories, regulations and eight to ten and a half year olds, year. This year the format will people to develop their skills
Nature in Breckland photograph delivery venues can be found on the Scouts, ten and a half to be different, a quick run and experiences. With flexible
This can include landscapes, plants, animals the Breckland Council website at fourteen and within the last year through the annual reports, volunteering every little helps.
or wildlife in their environment. The judges www. breckl and. g ov.u k/ we have formed The Hunters election of committee etc then We need you, because you need
are looking for aesthetic appeal, beauty in the calling_all_photographers. Forms are also Explorer Scout Unit for 14 to 18 we will have a chance to meet us!
natural environment and images that are available from Wayland House in Watton, year olds. Altogether we now S o n j a M a y, a r e g i o n a l Please come along to the Crown
distinctively Breckland. Zuari Café in Attleborough, Iceni at have over 70 members. This has development officer with the on Thursday 20th. May, 7.30
Architecture in Breckland Swaffham Community Centre, Dereham been achieved because of the Scout Association. p.m. to find out how your little
This may include historical or modern Library and 2new Horizons / Tourist hard work and dedication of the Sonja will enlighten us on 'Flexible bit can provide so much. Need to
buildings within Breckland. The judges are Information Centre in Thetford. For any leaders and their assistants, Volunteering', how to make the job know more - contact Dennis
looking for hidden gems in the district, queries about the competition, contact parents and helpers, and the of running the Group easier, how Leech, Group Scout Leader on
capturing unique features, character and Breckland Council Arts Officer, Sam committee, both past and present. to find funding etc. We need all 01 953 453375.
detailing of buildings. Dawson, on 01362 656870. On the 20th May, the Group parents, grandparents, aunts, PLEASE COME - thank you.
Active Breckland
Photographs should capture movement and New Councillor
action. This may be through sporting activity
or events, work and local industry, objects, for Watton
From the Wayland Chamber of Commerce
people or wildlife. The judges are looking for
John Rogers has joined Watton Town
originality and a creative view on this. At its March meeting the It was agreed to support and be New members were agreed and
Council as a Councillor filling the recent
Creative Breckland Chamber Committee discussed involved in an initiative by welcomed: SMJ Financial
vacancy. He is the Watton Ward
This category is about experimentation, the work towards the launch of Breckland Pride to stage a 5-a- Ser vices, Quality P eople
Councillor for Norfolk County Council and
allowing you to use software and equipment a new website - surveys have side football tournament and (recruitment), Jonathan Banks
also a Breckland District Councillor and
for manipulate your image. Photographs been distributed to Chamber related activities on 24th July to Garden Services and Steggles
Carbrooke Parish Councillor. Mr Rogers
should capture new ways of seeing people or member businesses for design coincide with the culmination Larner Property Services.
has been involved in local politics for
places and there should be a connection to the views and ideas. of the World Cup - watch out The Wayland Chamber of
many years and brings with him a great
district. Images may be figurative, abstract or A series of high profile for more details of this! Commerce can be contacted
deal of knowledge and experience.
Business Breakfast Forums is Other discussions about the through the Secretary:
planned for the year; on 26th town‘s CCTV and recent secretary@wayland-

Drome Garage April, 26th July and 26th

October 2010. Both member
and non-member businesses are
welcome to attend - booking is
outdated newspaper coverage of
Watton resulted in the Secretary
being asked to write letters to
Breckland Council and the, 07979 264047
or 01760 440837 or write to
Wayland Chamber of
Commerce, Wayland House,

Norwich Road, Watton, Thetford, essential. For more information

contact the Chamber Secretary.
Eastern Daily Press
High Street, Watton, IP25 6AR.

Norfolk. IP25 6HW

Tel: (01953) 881343 Fax:(01953) 882923 Nossa solidariedade à
For servicing and MOTs for all comunidade polonesa
makes including diesel Queridos Leitores desde ja queria dar os pesames ha Comunidade Polaca
que se encontra de "luto" pelo sucedido.
A tragica noticia da morte do Presidente da Polonia o Sr. Lech Kaczynski .Num total
de 96 mortos , 88 eram cidadaes e Oficiais Polacos , incluindo a Esposa do
Presidente. Realmete uma situacao jamais vista, uma vez que o Presidente se deslocava com a comitiva para
uma homenagem a 22 000 prisioneiros de guerra ,que aconteceu ha 70 anos atras.
Tambem trago uma informacao que no futuro vos possa ajudar.
Numa pagina do council via internet , eu obtive a seguinte informacao: O escritorio de Solicitadores, WF
Smith & Co em Watton, oferece os seguintes servicos: Problemas com Dividas , Emprego , Familia , Casa e
outros . Ajuda gratis / baixo custo se elegivel, CLS fundos se elegivel. Com acesso a Interpretes em
Portugues , Polaco e Alemao. Espero que esta informacao lhe possa ajudar.
Nasze sympatie dla polskiej społeczności
Drodzy czytelnicy z powodu tragedii która dotknęła Naród Polski chciała bym wyrazić
szczere słowa współczucia .Razem z wami jesteśmy pogrążeni w żałobie .Razem z
Prezydentem Lechem Kaczyńskim i jego Żoną a także bliskimi współpracownikami Rządu
samolot lecący do Smoleńska na obchody uczczenia rocznicy mordu Katyńskiego gdzie 70
lat temu Rosjanie zamordowali kilkadziesiąt tysięcy Polskich oficerów rozbił się podczas
lądowania.W katastrofie tej zginęło łącznie 96 osób.
On your PVCu Replacement Ja daję wam informacje która może pomóc wam w przyszłości.
Windows, Doors and Jeśli masz problem ze spłatą długów , pracodawcą,rodziną , rachunkami i wiele więcej.Możesz odwiedzić
Sunlounges. kancelarie adwokata WF Smith & Co w Watton. Pobieramy niskie opłaty bądż wcale.Jeśli kwalifikujesz się
do dofinansowania z CLS Funding. Mamy tłumaczy Polskich, Portugalskich oraz Niemieckich. Mam
Plus!We have no pushy sales nadzieję że informacje te będę mogły wam pomuc.
reps, all appointments are Email
undertaken by
Our sympathies to the Polish community
Ray Harman(Proprietor) Dear Readers since already wanted to give condolences to the Polish Community who is "mourning" for
what happened. The tragic news of the death of the President of Poland Mr. Lech Kaczynski. A total of 96
dead, 88 were Polish citizens and officials , including the wife of the President.
Really a situation not seen since, the President was travelling with an entourage to honour the 22,000
prisoners of war, what happened there 70 years ago.
Unit B, Yaxham Rd, Also bring an information that can help us in the future. In a page from the council thru the internet I got the
following information: The Solicitors firm of WF Smith & Co in Watto,offers the following services:
Dereham Problems with Debt, Employment, Family, Home and others. Help for free / low cost if eligible, CLS
(behind Halfords) funding if eligible. With access to interpreters in Portuguese, Polish and German. I hope this information can
help you. Email
News Mid-Norfolk Times Page 13

Join in the Watton Westfield Multiskills Champions Again!

Big Lunch 2010

Imagine a summer‘s day on which biggest set of street parties since the
millions of us, throughout the UK, sit Golden Jubilee, and 80% said they
down to have lunch together – in the felt closer to their neighbours as a
middle of our streets, around our result.
tower blocks and on every patch of You can get involved by:
common ground. The food, 1) Organising a Big Lunch - it‘s
entertainment and decorations we really easy. The Big Lunch website is
will have grown, cooked or created packed full of information to help
ourselves. It‘ll be a day to break kick start your planning step by step.
bread with our neighbours, to put a We‘ve got the tools, inspiration and
smile on Britain‘s face. Well, resources to make it as simple, and
imagine no more. It‘s called The Big fun, as possible. Search for existing
Lunch and this is your invitation to Big Lunches in your street or area or
join the fun. add your own using our special Big
The Big Lunch is inviting you and Lunch map.
all 61 million people across the UK 2) Spreading the word – tell your
to sit down and have lunch with your friends, family and colleagues about Picture: Submitted
neighbours, in the middle of your The Big Lunch and encourage them
street on Sunday 18th July as a to get involved. We have leaflets and At a recent Multiskills Tournament the Westfield teacher who led the sportsmanship and behaviour. In
simple act of community. posters to download from our for all the schools in the area, Multiskills Team, reported that it the picture above you can see the
An Eden Project initiative, The Big website to help and you can join us Watton Westfield Infant and was an afternoon of fun, team winning team. Westfield will look
Lunch encourages communities to on Facebook, follow us on Twitter Nursery School sent a team along games and skill. She also felt forward to the next tournament in
come together through growing food and be inspired by Big Lunch stories and won !!!!! Miss Shelley Thomas, enormously proud of the children‘s the Summer Term.
and flowers; creating street music, art on our blog.

Ladies Fashion Show

and theatre; dressing the street and, To find out more visit
of course, cooking and eating
together., have a chat
with the team on 0845 850 8181 or Events at
It took place for the first time last email
At Great Hockham Village Hall
year and there were over 8,000
lunches in every kind of community
If you would like to hold a Big
Lunch in Breckland and need help to
Watton Monday 10th May @ 7.30pm
all across the UK. Up to a million organise it please contact Cat Lang,
people took to the streets in the Breckland Council on 01362 656870.
Library Outfits by She Fashions, Attleborough
Admission £4.00 Free Refreshments & Nibbles, Raffle In
New Book Club The Six Book Club is a
aid of Great Hockham Yoga Group Tickets from
Clube De Get behind friendly fun new reading group starting in
Watton Library on Wednesday 5th May 6pm - June on 01953 498343
Boliche de Break for The 7pm. We will be reading popular fiction and
sharing our thoughts about the books we read
Royal Norfolk in the group and other books we've enjoyed. If
Show Ball
Take up for tables at this year‘s Royal
Norfolk Show Ball, the 2010 Norfolk
you would like to start your own reading
group you can come along as well and find
out how the library service can support you.
It's free and we'll even give you a cuppa!
MOTs £35.00
Please contact Watton Library on: 01953
Celebration Ball on Friday 25 June at
Neaton) the showground has been fast and
furious and a reserve list for tickets is
881671 for further information.
Smashing Saxons Discover what Saxon life
O nosso clube estά in Norfolk was like and make a Saxon clay
aberto a todos os now in operation.
Portugueses para The evening will be a celebration of
thumb pot to take home. This free family
event is at Watton library on Thursday 3rd
assistir ou jogar ― Bola the best that Norfolk has to offer, June
de relvado ―, Lown
Bowls conosco.
Treino e aulas de ensino sobre o
supporting Break, a charity that brings
the best possible care to vulnerable
people in our community. The menu,
2.00 – 3.00pm. No need to book but children
must be accompanied by an adult.
Silver Surfers - Computers for the
Tel: 01362 820416
jogo e regras serao dadas a quem wine list, music and entertainment are Terrified Free, friendly 2 week course for
estiver interessado. all organised and Break is really older people. An introduction to the Internet

Freshl y Cooked Especiall y For You

Now In Our 6th
A prόxima época começa no grateful to Anglia Farmers for their and email for complete beginners. Friday 21st
principio de Abril e termina no support in so many ways. May 10.30am -12.00pm. Booking is essential
final de Setembro. However, sponsorship opportunities so please contact Watton Library on: 01953

Successful Year
A inscriçao anual do clube é de £45 are still available, starting at as little as 881671 to book your place. Further courses
T he Best Traditional Fish & Chips

por ano. £250 for an advertisement in the will be held later in the year, including Family
O clube abre das 14.00h. άs 14.30h. programme or to display corporate history on the Internet. Keep looking in your
The Right ‘Plaice’
todas as Terças-feiras , Quartas- identity on a cheese cart or coffee Mid Norfolk Times for details of these and
feiras , Sάbados e Domingos. station, £500 to sponsor a dessert other library events.
Durante o Inverno o clube estά display with corporate identity, £1,000
aberto todos os Sάbados das to display corporate identity on the
Book of the Month A Year in the Province by
Christopher Marsh to get the best!
10.00h. as 11.30h. para encontros e floral displays and £1,500 to sponsor
The tale of ridiculous, yet heroic Jesus
um cafézinho. the welcome champagne reception. Sanchez Ventura, an Andalusian peasant
With over 800 guests, there is also the
Todos serão bem vindos
opportunity to sponsor one of the four
whose wife Begona tires of the heat, the 9 Middle Street, Watton
lemons and the tranquillity of Spain, and
Watton (Loch seating areas for £2,000 - or all four! persuades the family to relocate to Belfast. Frying on Tuesday to Saturday
The organising team have already
Neaton) Bowls Club received many generous donations of
The problems he experiences with the culture,
from 11.30am to 1.45pm
Our Club is open to all Portuguese politics and not least strange colloquialisms
Nationals to come and play Lawn
vouchers and merchandise for the and subtleties of language are hilarious. His and 4.30pm to 8.00pm
envelope prizes, but would welcome
Bowls with us. Coaching and tuition daughters revel in their new found freedom Closed Sunday and Monday
more donations. All companies and
in how to play the game would be and, despite the comic mishaps and problems “Gone fishing!”
individuals making a donation to the they encounter, Jesus and Begona soon make
given if required. The playing prize draw will be mentioned in the Don’t forget our Thursday Lunchtime Delivery
season starts in early April and ends a big impact in their adopted country. This is
programme. Any donation towards the the funniest book I have read for a long time, I Service for the Housebound and Elderly only.
at the end of September. An annual evening, would be really help towards There is no charge for delivery - you pay only the
subscription to join the club is laughed out loud on nearly every page.
raising as much as possible from the 'A Year in the Province', is available from normal take-away prices.
£45.00 per year evening.
Club Days (Roll Ups) are Tuesdays, your local library or mobile library. If the Plaice your order before
For further information on the ball and
Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays sponsorship opportunities, please
book you want isn't available you can request 11am on a Thursday
14.00 for 14.30 start. it for a small charge and it will be delivered to
contact Sarah Bunn, sarah.b@break- the library of your choice. Children's books WET FISH available from 9am daily
Winter opening each Saturday for 01603 670106 or Gillian are free to request, giving you a choice of
coffee morning 10.00 until 11.30
All are welcome
Bolam, thousands of titles across Norfolk Library and Telephone 01953 882 401
01603 670103. Information Service.
Mid-Norfolk Times Page 14 News

2010 Virgin Mrs. A. Kate Chapman

London Marathon Augusta Kate was born at Litcham on May
20th 1920, the only child of Gladys and
thing about feeding people. In times of
stress apple pies were delivered and

– Nearly there
Tom Milford. The family lived at Sporle whenever people came to the house they
until Tom was appointed Manager at the Co were always offered coffee and something
-op in Watton in 1929 when they moved to to eat. Sunday lunch was very frequently
As this edition of the Mid Norfolk Times went to press, a house along the Thetford Road – Kate shared with someone who was alone and in
Marathon runner and local pharmacist Geoff Ray was lining up was very fond of telling people about the need of a bit of company. When Cecil
at the start of the 2010 Virgin London Marathon with thousands time when, soon after they moved in, the became ill she re-focussed her attention and
of other eager runners waiting for the starting gun. end of the house fell out. As it was just looked after him; driving him out in the car,
Readers will have to wait for next month‘s edition to find out how before Christmas they had to be given pushing the wheelchair and generally
well Geoff did but as he limbered up for the start Geoff was ‗room at the inn‘ and they were invited to ensuring that his life continued to be as rich
focused on finishing the 26 miles in gratitude for the enormous stay at The Gables. Later they moved to a and full as possible.
support he has received from friends, family and customers. house in Brandon Road, on the site where Kate was always associated closely with the
Geoff Ray of Total Health Pharmacy in Watton is running the Tom Milford Place now stands. Methodist Church – being involved in fund
London Marathon in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance Kate attended school at Sporle and Watton raising for a long while. However, her
(Registered charity number 1083876) which receives no lottery and then won a scholarship to Thetford greatest triumph in church was Bright Hour
funding or government grants, and relies upon fund raising to Grammar. She hated school especially which she built up to about 35 members.
provide a vital emergency service to our rural area 365 days a disliking her time at Thetford. However, it She was secretary for 29 years and used to
year. You can still make donations to Geoff‘s fundraising at was through school that she met Cecil who go round collecting people up in the car.
Total Health Pharmacy, 14 Gregor Shanks Way, Watton was to become her husband. They were Later she became President. She also did
(opposite the Watton Medical Practice) or by visiting cycling back from the station one day and her fair share of flower arranging, and used Cecil was fooling about and knocked her her not inconsiderable skills as a
off her bike. She injured her legs badly, had salesperson to part people from their cash;
to have two weeks off school and began a she liked baking, and enjoyed hosting
relationship which lasted in total for 57 events and meetings – especially at the
years. house in Norwich Road.
Disillusioned with working for the Co-op, When changes were proposed and new
Kate‘s father set up in a grocery business in ideas suggested, Kate was inclined to see all
Harvey Street; she helped him prepare the flaws and generally become somewhat
orders although mostly her role was to look negative. But, and it‘s an important but,
after her mother who was wheel chair once a scheme had been adopted she would
bound. get behind it and back it to the hilt. As a
Kate and Cecil were married in 1942 - he pastoral leader for many years she kept in
had 48 hours leave to get home get married touch with the members of her group and
and get back again to the barracks in tried to offer help and support where it was
Prestatyn where he was stationed at that needed. In addition to these activities Kate
time. Kate continued to live at home. After was a member of the group which brought
the war Cecil took over his father‘s coal Women‘s World Day of Prayer to this area,
business and Kate helped him with the and she work tirelessly for Christian Aid.
paperwork, continued to help her father and When Kate‘s family caring duties allowed, Meals on Wheels.
look after her mother. she became very interested in other things. In these later years Kate found it very
HJC Ltd Motor Engineers Much of Kate‘s life was spent caring for
people. Soon after her mother died, her
The one subject she liked at school was
history and she was involved with the WEA
difficult to accept the help which she
had always given to other people: she
father became ill so she cared for him. She helping to write a book called Watton in an hated to be so infirm and so dependent.
Servicing & MOT preparation to all makes of kept an eye on her parents-in-law who lived Earlier Age. She also joined the Steering She had a lot of illness and spent long
modern cars & light commercials at Saham. There was also a great aunt at Committee which was formed to try and get periods in hospital. When she was
Swaffham and one of the weekly rituals a museum in Watton. She took up painting finally unable to continue to live at
Tyres, Exhausts, & Batteries supplied and fitted was catching the 12 o‘clock train to and became quite an accomplished artist. home she became a resident at
Swaffham on a Saturday to visit Auntie, As a long standing member of the Wayland Shipdham Manor Care Home where she
Courtesy cars available always taking some dinner in a basin for her Guild of Artists she would take part in their was looked after with an extraordinary
to reheat the next day! Kate really had a annual exhibition. For a time Kate also did level of love and care until she died.
Ask for Steve at: 5 Linmore Court Threxton Rd
Industrial Estate Watton YOU ARE INVITED TO A
Photographic Exhibition South Africa again with a
Tel: 01953 889924 of
touch of Mozambique
African Wildlife & Culture
by David Jessup
at Woods Restaurant,
and Swaziland
By David and Carolyn Jessup
Richmond Park Golf Club, Watton on We have noticed a sad decline in public discipline in Kruger National Park since we
Saturday 5th June 10 - 4pm first went 6 years ago. There are a number of general Rules laid down by the Park
Sunday 6th June 10 - 3pm authorities but unfortunately not many staff to ensure that they are adhered to. These
Rules are handed to every Park visitor on arrival. The most obvious rule is ―STAY
Entrance by donation only IN YOUR VEHICLE‖. Unless in a designated area visitors must remain inside their
All proceeds will go to helping improve the vehicle. No part of your body may protrude from a window or sunroof and doors
life of Zulu families in Africa should remain closed at all times.
I‘m sure it wont be a surprise to learn that this rule is widely broken. On this trip we
have seen a man get out of his car to take a photograph of a Spotted Hyaena which
was standing less than 20 meters away from him. This is a very dangerous animal
with a very strong vice like bite. Also dangerous are Hippopotamus and on a
separate occasion a man got out quite near to a pod of about 25 Hippos which were
out of the water. You wouldn‘t feel very comfortable with your head in a Hippos
mouth !! These massive animals kill more humans in Africa than any other animal.
In spite of their size they can run at speeds of up to 40km an hour.
Now from the wildlife to Soccer. As I‘m sure most people are aware the Soccer
World Cup is due to take place in South Africa in our summer of 2010. It is sure to
attract thousands of foreign visitors and new stadia have been built where the
matches are due to be played and new roads constructed to take the additional
traffic. Billions of Rands have been ploughed in to help ensure the success of this
very high profile competition, but I can foresee problems.
Towards the end of 2009 there were ugly demonstrations near the new stadium in the
City of Nelspruit (soon to change its name to Mbombela). The scenes were apparently
reminiscent of the apartheid era with Police firing several warning shots and the angry
mob hurling rocks at the peace keepers. The rioters were all children with ages ranging
from 6 to 18 who were trying to discourage workers from entering the stadium and
threatening to disrupt further building unless they received new schools. Just one year
earlier during a similar protest they burned down their temporary classrooms with all
their books, claiming it was too hot to concentrate in them.
News Mid-Norfolk Times Page 15

Wayland Scout Group Brownies

at the
1st Watton Brownies to one
step closer to completing
their Adventure 100
Challenge at Easter, when
they held a Race Night.
Wearing their handmade
Easter bonnets and "dressed
to the nines", they could
have gone to Ascot! We had
a fun evening racing all
manner of things the length
of the hall. The win-up rats
were definitely the fastest,
but the waddling chicks had
the "aahh" factor. As our
last meeting before the
Easter holidays, it was a
As we reach the end of our first term it Bull Roarers as part of their Global super end to a busy term.
is a good time to reflect on what we work. During the Easter break a group
have been up since the beginning of the of Scouts and Cubs helped the Leaders
year. Considering we only started in clear out the stores (above) to prepare SANCTUARY COUNSELLING
January, we have had a very successful
for the new camping equipment that is
on the way ready for their first camp in
Both the Scouts and Cubs have settled
into the Scout HQ in Watton and the
The lighter evenings mean we can look Heritage Group It’s good to talk! Counselling can help
really great news is that both Sections forward to taking more of our The Heritage Centre is open every Thursday from
have grown in numbers. programme outside, something we are 9.30 am to 3.30 pm. Why not come along and meet
if you’re struggling to cope with:
Over the last term the Cubs have done all looking forward to. the team and have a coffee and chat? We provide a Relationship difficulties Bullying/Abuse
a number of activities including As a Group we would like thank public resource for: Bereavement Addictions
painting a life size Cub, made sweets, everyone that has been involved in Researching family history and local history; the Stress Depression
learnt about disaster relief with Shelter getting us up and running, out identification of vulnerable standing buildings and Sanctuary offers a confidential low-cost counselling service with
Box, made rope and learnt to tie reef Committee, parents and the local landmarks professionally trained counsellors, who work on a short-term or long-term
knots and of course plenty of games. community for their support. Plus a big Student and school projects; offering an basis. Call us on 01953 880922 to arrange an appointment.
The Scouts have also had a busy thank you to all the Cubs and Scouts opportunity to capture precious memories of the Appointments are available 6 – 9pm Tuesdays and 9.30am – 1pm Wednesdays.
Sanctuary Counselling Service is part of River Ministries (Norfolk), registered charity number 1054419
term, the highlight being a night that make it all worthwhile every week. Attleborough area by simply reminiscing; we have
hike. They have also started the We look forward to an exciting and fun facilities to ―digitalise‖ donated photographs,

Need small home improvements?

Shelter Box Challenge and are packed summer term. documents and similar items. This is available to
working on their Global and Creative If you are interested in joining us for anyone wishing to record their own memories for
Challenge badges. either Cubs or Scouts, please get in posterity. Why not join us and become a member?
They have made sculptures out of
recycled materials and made and
decorated salt dough Boomerangs and
touch. Contact Paul Cutts 01953
884243 or email us on
Access to the above research and information
facilities, quarterly newsletters and entry to events
at reduced cost. Annual Subscription £5 per
Keith Huish
person. Skilled & Experienced Carpenter
Details from The Heritage Centre, Soma House,
Need funding for your Station Road, Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 2AS
Tel: 01953 455877 or 455553 e-mail
Doors, windows, locks . . . no job too small. website Free no obligation estimate.
community project?
Dates for your 2010 Diary
K R H Carpentry Services
Come to the Fair 22 May ―Changes in the Norfolk Countryside‖. An
illustrated talk by Peter & Rosemary Salt - further
details from Heritage Centre.
01953 (Watton) 882484 – Mobile 07746 114285
Breckland Council is supporting constitutions and how to sell your 30 May Attleborough‘s Development. A walk that
voluntary and community groups in organisation to potential funders. looks at the Victorian Development that doubled
the district in finding and applying for Cat Lang, Community Development the size of Attleborough and compares it to the
funding by holding a funding and Officer said; "The previous fair held current proposals for the development to the south
advice fair on Tuesday 18 May from was a wonderful opportunity to meet of the town. The walk starts from the Heritage
10.00am to 3.30pm, at the Eco Tech funders and find out what is available. Centre at 2.30 pm
Centre in Swaffham. It's a great opportunity to get inside 27 June Medieval Attleborough. A walk into
The event has attracted over 120 their head to find out what they are Attleborough‘s medieval past from St Mary‘s
community groups who have secured looking for to make applications Church to the old market place. The walk starts
their place on the day and 22 successful.‖ from the Heritage Centre at 2.30 pm
organisations will be attending to There will be displays with 25 July Pub Crawl around the Town. A walk
provide advice and guidance on this information on the various funds and around the centre of Attleborough looking at the
sometimes complex issue. application forms. Funding is available past and present locations and history of Beer
Local voluntary and community for a wide range of projects from play Houses, Inns and Public Houses. The walk starts
organisations will be able to get help areas, community buildings, sports and from the Heritage Centre at 2.30 pm
on accessing all types of large and arts. Community Matters and other 22 August A walk from the War Memorial down
small grants, from local charitable support organisations will be on hand Queen‘s Road and back through the cemetery.
trusts to government and national to provide project development Looking at the past and the present. This walk will
funding. support. start at 2.30 pm at the War Memorial.
Officers will be on hand to provide Breckland Council are committed to Tickets are available for all walks from the
practical advice on how to complete supporting and promoting a vibrant Heritage Centre £1.00 members and £2.00 non-
funding application forms to increase voluntary sector. As part of this members. Tea and coffee will be served at the
the number of good quality commitment it has held funding fairs Centre following each walk.
applications and income for groups in over the last few years to help non 18 September By popular request – Heritage Cyder
the district. profit making organisation operating in Evening at the Connaught Hall, Attleborough.
Representatives from The Big Lottery, the district Illustrated talk static displays and social get
Heritage Lottery Fund, and Lloyds The previous funding fair attracted together. More details from the Heritage Centre.
TSB, Breckland Council and over 100 people from over 20 13 November Coffee Morning at St Mary‘s
Community Matters will be giving organisations and attendees said they Church Hall, Attleborough, 10.00 –11.30 am.
presentations on various funding found it very useful to talk to each Raffle, Cakes etc. followed in the evening by
opportunities from 10.45am to 3.30pm other to getting funding tips and advice ―Norfolk in the Great War‖ Illustrated talk by
and other funders will be there until on how to make successful Peter & Rosemary Salt. Details from the
3.30pm to discuss funding projects, applications. Heritage Centre.
Mid-Norfolk Times Page 16 News

Watton Medical Practice Watton Where did they come from

Pantomime and where did they go to?
– Staying in touch The Blenheim crews of 1940
The Partners would like to inform our able to book up to 3 weeks in advance.
Frank Harbord DFM died 19th January 2010
patients that Dr Tim Gibbs has decided We are often asked why the The group had a very successful The fourth of 6 children Frank was
to retire after 24 years of being a receptionist asks for a brief reason for Pantomime this year and would like born in September 1918 – two
partner with the practice. Dr Gibbs has needing to see the doctor or nurse to take this opportunity in thanking months before the Great War ended,
been an excellent GP to our patients when you want an appointment. The everyone for their help and support; on the Hamptons Estate at Hadlow
and he will be very sorely missed by us request to do this has come from the we really could not do it without near Tonbridge in Kent, where his
all. We all wish Dr Gibbs a long and doctors to ensure that our patients are you. Following our pantomime we father worked as a chauffeur, his
happy retirement and wish both him seen by the person who can deal most were able to make a donation to the parents however soon moved to the
and Mrs Gibbs good health for the appropriately and most quickly with First Response Team in Watton. In small village of Little Casterton near
future. We will be recruiting a partner their condition. March we held our A.G.M, the Stamford in Lincolnshire.
to replace Dr Gibbs‘ position and hope We are open for pre-booked following officers were elected Frank Frank attended the village
to have some news in the next few appointments from 7am on Tuesday Chairman - Stephanie Easter school and secondary education was
weeks. and Thursday and until 8.30pm on a Vice Chairman - Adrian Spencer at the Blue Coat School in Stamford.
For the next 4 months Dr Richard Wednesday. On a normal day we are Secretary - Sandra Skipper Leaving at the age of 14 his early
Nickinson will be on a placement at the open from 8.30am until 6pm, on a Treasurer - Matt Denny. employment was as a delivery boy
surgery. I hope that you will join with Friday we are open from 8.30 am – On May 20th we will be holding our for International Stores although he In 1946 He returned to England and
us in welcoming Dr Nickinson to the 4pm. This amounts to 49.5 hours a Pantomime Auditions and everyone had a strong interest in aviation and married Phyllis and two years later
surgery. week over the age of 16 are welcome. engineering subjects encouraged by Frank‘s son was born and the family
We have altered the appointment When we are not open, there are other These will take place in the Green schoolboy magazines. His boyhood moved to Peterborough. He worked
system this year, in line with patient services available for our patients; Room at the Queens Hall at 7.30pm. hero, Albert Ball VC, was, like Frank for Peter Brotherhood, a diesel
feedback. This allows our patients to For general health or medication a shy and sensitive man as well as a engine manufacturer, in
brave military aviator. Peterborough as a draftsman. In 1952
book up to 3 weeks ahead with a
doctor of their choice (providing the
questions use NHS direct 08454647
For medication questions and minor
Two thoughts After working for International he moved to Welwyn Garden City
Stores Frank wanted to better himself and a job with the De Havilland
clinical need is suitable for a doctor.)
Unfortunately, by allowing advance
illness use your local pharmacy
For more serious health issues call the
on redundancy and saw an advert for a job in a local aircraft company at Hatfield. In 1953
booking, the number of patients not GP out of hours service on 01603 488 Your Job Search engineering factory, and they helped his second child was born and in
attending their appointments has 488 Thoughts from a Career Coach him study at evening class for ONC 1962 another daughter was born.
increased significantly. We now have For all GP type issues call The Timber Firstly, don't take it personally. and HNC in Mechanical Frank had moved job again to
1 in every 15 appointments or 6% Hill Health centre in Norwich 0300 Redundancy does not mean that your Engineering. English Electric at Stevenage where
NOT kept. I am sure that you will 0300 333 This is open 8am – 8pm 7 personal value has reduced; it means In 1938 he applied for aircrew he worked on guided weapons and
agree that this is neither acceptable not days a week. that the business you were working training and after rigorous selection
sustainable. Please let us know if you For genuine accidents or for medical for cannot fund the post you held processes was accepted. He joined
cannot attend your pre-booked emergencies go to your nearest A & E anymore. Your skills are still valuable the RAF and went off to
appointment. Phone us, fax us or use department, or if necessary dial 999 to a well funded business. Northampton for training to be a
the comments option on the web page; General good health and wellbeing: Secondly, people find that one of Navigator on the Blenheim tactical If you are over 65 and have not ever the most depressing aspects of bombers. His expertise in geometry,
to let us know that you cannot attend. had a pneumonia vaccination, please redundancy is that it is an indication algebra and trigonometry stood him
The new appointment system seems to contact us and book an appointment to that the whole business sector they in good stead.
be working well so far; but to again have one. have worked in is suffering a crisis. It was when he was stationed at
clarify the procedure Stay fit and active; eat a sensible and This is the time to evaluate which of Swanton Morley in Norfolk that
To be seen on the same day that you healthy diet with 5 portions of fruit or your skills are transferable; for Frank met his future wife Phyllis, on
need to be seen, please call between vegetables every day. instance people skills are relevant to a bind date organised by her sister
8.30am and 10am. You will be If you are a smoker, make a quit date all business sectors. Not all industry Doris.
assessed by a member of the Same Day and come and see us for direction to a sectors have collapsed - read the He was soon in the thick of things
Team (doctors and nurses) who will stop smoking service. good news business stories in the and in May 1940 Frank was flying
treat you. It will not usually be Take responsibility for your own press and ask yourself how your daily over France as navigator on the
possible to select a clinician of choice health needs. Take your prescribed skills and experience could help that Bristol Blenheims of 82 Squadron
if you need to see a doctor on the same medication as directed; follow up on type of business. based at Watton, life expectancy for
day. regular tests if you have an illness David Bridge is a Career Coach with Blenheim crews in those times was
To ask for a visit please call before that needs regular monitoring, pick Ma yfair Coa ching P ractice. as little as 14 days, however, Frank
11am we can not guarantee a specific up information leaflets or use the Telephone somehow survived. then moved back to Hatfield when
doctor for any visit. internet to stay well; keep simple 01379 650045 In his book ―Bomber Command‖, Max both English Electric and Hawker
To ask for test results or to ask any everyday medicines in your medicine Hastings, includes a whole chapter Siddeley which had succeeded De
about 82 Squadron, based at Watton in Havillands became part of British
question please call after 10am.
To book ahead to see a doctor or nurse
cabinet – ask your pharmacy for
assistance with this. Carbrooke May and June 1940. The attrition rate
was appalling although the sense of
During those years at Welwyn Garden
call after 10am. Usually you will be
Village Fete walking with history was intense.
Frank often quoted Shakespeare and
City Frank‘s lifelong interest in
engineering frequently came in useful.

Ladies Day at A date for the diary

Saturday June 26th 2010 at 1pm
Henry V‘s speech on the eve of
Agincourt with great feeling. Flying
He had a succession of old Ford motor
cars starting with a 1933 model ―Y‖,
Carbrooke Village Millennium with 2 Group Bomber Command until through a succession of Prefects to
St. George's Church Green – opposite Carbrooke Church
This year‘s fete will build on the
1941, Frank now with 105 Sqn was
posted off to Malta , the most bombed
Ford Consuls. He spent many hours
under those cars changing clutches,
long tradition of Carbrooke place on earth at the time. gearboxes and even engines with the
The Friends of St George's Saham ticket alone! Our ladies have a
Village fetes with an emphasis on The day after arriving in Malta Frank aid of an elaborate gantry and a series
Toney are to hold a Special Ladies reputation for serving good food,
a great family afternoon out on the and his crew led eight aircraft on a of pulleys.
Day at St George's Church, Saham which they will wish to maintain.
Millennium Green with an low level raid on shipping in Tripoli In 1988 at the age of 70 he ran the
Toney, on Tuesday 25th May 2010. Following lunch sit back and be
agricultural theme and is a joint harbour at dusk. They managed to London marathon and for a time
Gentlemen will not be refused entertained by Linda Scholes who is
venture involving the Church, get away without loss. Another became a regular at local half
a d mi s s i o n ! Th e d a y w i l l to give a talk with the interesting title
Millennium Green, Playgroup, incident, on Frank‘s 23rd birthday in marathon events winning a number
commence with coffee from 10.30 of 'The Yanks are coming'. Linda is
School, and Village Hall. 1941, involved eight Blenheims of cups and medals as the oldest
a.m. followed by a flower becoming well known in the area as a
Last year the fete returned to its making an attack on a convoy competitor.
arranging demonstration to be public speaker with a terrific sense of
roots with an exciting display of making for Tripoli. After the attack In the latter part of the 1990‘s he was
given by Margaret Thomas, who humour, so you will not be
agricultural vehicles and one of the Blenheims plunged into persuaded to write his memoirs of
will guide beginners through the disappointed. The day will conclude
machinery alongside huge long the sea. Frank reported the position life in the RAF during the war which
display techniques, and give some by 2.30 p.m. to allow time to collect
distance haulage vehicles and a of the dinghy containing the crew he published as a book called
practical and perhaps new ideas to the children from school!
star prize of an evening out on the and the next day the RN submarine ―Familiar Voices‖. The book was
the more advanced flower A s up erb r a ffl e and o th er
combine harvester at the peak of HMS Utmost picked up the survivors well received in the aviation press
arrangers. attractions are being arranged to
harvest time. and carried them back to Malta. and many copies were sold in shops,
Following the morning enable you to contribute to the fund
Penalty shoot outs, darts In 1943 Frank was awarded the DFM via web sites and by mail order.
demonstration lunch will be served raising for the upkeep of St
competitions, cake stalls and card for his coolness in combat and Frank was a great survivor and re-
with a glass of wine for you to George's Church. All this for £7.50.
stalls sit alongside the open bar, devotion to duty in Europe, Malta invented himself many times;
enjoy. Those of you who have been Please call now for tickets from
cider sales and a fresh local produce and Burma. He continued flying Grocer‘s boy, engineer, military
to one of the Friends events will be Saham Post Office or Beverley on
barbeque with the usual raffles and mostly in India, for the rest of the aviator, marathon runner and author,
familiar with the quality of the food 881802, Carol 850291, Sheila
prize games for all to enjoy. war in different roles and, a great survivor who loved the
served by our ladies. The lunch 882722, Audrey 881788, Marlene
Come and join in on June the 26th – miraculously, survived many scrapes. English countryside.
could be well worth the cost of the 881148 and Angela 889988.
all welcome
News Mid-Norfolk Times Page 17
Community Centre (7.30pm) and advice surgeries at Wayland House.
It does your heart good Diabetes UK have a chat.
June is going to be quite busy too. It
An officer from Peddars Way is
usually available on Tuesday
We were thoroughly entertained at is our 20th birthday and in place of a mornings from 9.00am to 11.00pm.
beneficial, so they make and give our April meeting by a Victorian normal meeting we will have a
From the Editor them to anyone - women and men - Prison Officer who came to speak to birthday party at the home of a
Connexions Connexions Norfolk,
provide a free drop in service for
I sometimes think of myself as a bit who have experienced breast cancer. us about "Life & Death in a member. Once again we will be young people at Wayland House
of a cynic; you may have come to that As if that wasn‘t enough, the meeting Victorian Gaol." present at Watton Carnival and also every Wednesday. They offer advice
conclusion yourself from some of my was also told of the ―Last Cuddle‖ Mike, the Prison Officer, also brought take part in the Methodist Flower on a range if topics including health,
other editorials! But every now and quilts. These quilts, again made by with him various items from that era Festival. housing and employment. Call them
again, I come across something that members of Norfolk Quilters, are which prisoners had allocated to them, On 5th June a Coffee Morning will on Freephone 080 800 13219 to make
restores my somewhat jaded faith in used to wrap still born babies for as well as some "punishing" be held at 14 Kingfisher Way, there an appointment.
humanity. parents to have their last cuddle. They equipment and "hanging" will be a raffle, bring and buy table, Wayland Community Bank The
Recently I attended a meeting of the are then able to keep that quilt for all memorabilia. My two volunteers for cake stall etc.- all welcome. We Wayland Community Bank, a branch
Hackers, Tackers and Stuffers group time as a permanent reminder of the the demonstrations, John & Rod, look forward to meeting some of of the Norfolk Credit Union, is open
for the purpose of taking a picture or child that was lost to them. forged excuse notes but Mike was you there. We also look forward to at Wayland House on Monday‘s from
two to go with their article. One of I have to say I find it quite humbling able to continue without their input visiting BBC Radio Norfolk in July. 1.00pm to 3.00pm, Tuesday‘s from
the subjects of the evening was that in these days of financial scandal, and they were relegated to the back of To contact us ring Pat on 01953 9.00am to 1.00pm and on Thursday‘s
Project Linus which I knew was when even our own MPs have been the room. Mike and his "persuader" 882275 or Barbara 01953 882595 from 9.00am to 11.00am. No
something to do with quilts but not ripping us off - but are still asking us were warmly thanked and hopefully
appointment is necessary. The
really of interest to me. Well, it turns to vote for them - that there are he will be back next year in another
Norfolk Credit Union is a member of
out that Project Linus donates free
homemade ―security‖ quilts to
wonderful people in this world who
give their time, money and skills
On May 10th our speaker will be Wayland the Financial Services Compensation
Scheme, which means that your
seriously ill, abused, bereaved or
traumatised children from premature
freely just to make life a little bit
better for others less well off.
Jason Houghton, Osteopath. He has
visited us before and is extremely Partnership money is as safe as in any Bank or
Building Society. It‘s the place to
birth to 18 years old. What‘s more,
local quilters have, through their
Local quilters would welcome
donations of spare cotton fabric,
popular with our group. The meeting
starts at 10.15am at the Pentecostal News come for simple borrowing and secure
There's room at Wayland House In saving.
organisation, Norfolk Quilters, wadding, unused fleece and even Church, Old Dereham Road, Watton,
always been strong supporters of sewing threads which would be used whom we thank for the use of their recognition of the difficulty in finding Wayland Partnership
facilities, all welcome. low cost meeting and training space in
Linus and many members make to good effect, and our local quilting
Looking to the future, at our Wayland, the Wayland Partnership is Spring Craft Fair
quilts for the project, with the number group, the Hackers, Tackers and The latest in our very successful
donated to date being in excess of Stuffers can be contacted through Sue September meeting we are very launching a SPRING THROUGH TO
fortunate to have as our guest SUMMER promotion and is offering Craft Fairs is being held on
3,400! Hart on 01362 822536. Saturday 1st May between
Members of that same organisation And if you see anything about Project speaker Richard Lane, OBE meaningful discounts to local
President of Diabetes UK. More community groups and organizations. 10.00am – 2.00pm at the Queens
also produce ―Heart Cushions‖ which Linus, make a point to find out about Hall, Watton. Admission is free.
are small heart-shaped support it and make a point to support it, details will be available later, but for Call us on 01953 880204 or pop in to
more information about our group Wayland House in Watton High We are delighted to offer you a
cushions for people who have had you‘ll find it will be a very pleasant c elebration of local craft s
surgery for breast cancer. If someone antidote to the self serving attitudes of and our meetings, please phone Street, tell us who you are and what
Helen, 01953 884713, leave a you want and we will tell you about including walking sticks, fly
underwent surgery as long as ten today. dressing, greetings cards, candles,
years ago, a heart may still be found message and I will get back to you the spaces available and what deals
as soon as possible. we can offer you. Alternatively mail jewellery, corn dollies, wood- for more turned items, engraved and stained
glass, embroidered items, original
Inner Wheel Club of Watton New Year’s information.
Community Support Services
Available at Wayland House Just a
paintings, handmade cushions,
photography and much more. If
We met at the home of Lesley Cowling followed with all the skills they foster.
to hear about the Air Cadets A chaplain is attached to every Resolution? reminder of the information and
support services available at Wayland
you are looking for something
different and if quality and
organisation. Jason Allan from the squadron and available for advice and We were delighted to welcome House. affordability are important to you,
Dereham Branch was our speaker and listening. The funding is mainly from Linda Kerr from the Redwings Breckland Council Customer Services you will find what you are looking
with the help of his laptop he gave us a the RAF and all trips and equipment is Horse Sanctuary to our meeting in - If you need advice on council tax, for at a Wayland Partnership craft
very educational insight into the aims found for the Cadets or in the case of April when she told us about the how to get a bus pass or the cost of a fair.
and workings of the Cadets. Fostering trips heavily subsidised. wonderful work being done across senior rail card, a Breckland Council
the spirit of adventure and encouraging Cadets are involved in the community the country on behalf of not only Presence Officer is available at
leadership qualities and good
citizenship are some of the aims to
helping at shows, festivals and
displays. It sounds an ideal association
horses but ponies, donkeys and
mules as well. They have been
Wayland House between the hours of
9.00am and 4.30pm every Wednesday
The Day
strive for. There are nationally 46,000
Air Cadets, the largest youth
organisation in the UK. The age range
for active young people and gives them
added experience and qualifications to
put on their CVs.
established for 25 years and have
visitor centres (free entry) in
and 9.00am and 4.00pm every Friday.
Closed for lunch between 1.00- Gaymer’s
Norfolk Essex & Warwickshire. The 1.30pm on both days. No appointment
is 13 to 20 and all the helpers and
organisers are volunteers. One of the
Jason was thanked by Joanny Palmer.
The next part of the meeting was the
Norfolk one is at Caldecott Nr Gt.
Yarmouth and is open from 10am-
is needed – just call in at Main
Breckland Council’s Housing Advice
principal reasons to join is to fly. All
Cadets get the opportunity to get
induction of Lesley Cowling as a full
member. She was welcomed for the
5pm every day from 27th March to
31st October. You can even join and Homelessness Service - Bombed
airborne. They can gain certificates and second time as she has been an their Adoption club which Breckland Council‘s Housing Advice A memory recorded by the
at 18 if they show enough potential get honorary member. contributes towards the care and and Homelessness Service is has a Attleborough Heritage Group
75% of a pilot‘s licence, this is gained The lunchtime concert in March was feed for rescued animals regular half day surgery for homeless ―I was staying with my
usually with a view to having a career presented by Pamela Warren, Ken It may seem a bit late in the day for people and customers at risk of Grandmother, Mrs F Jones, at
in the RAF. They get the chance to go Davis, Brenda Davis and Patrick New Year resolutions but it is in homelessness in the Watton area on Warmans Farm which was on
gliding, even solo if they show Monk. Karen Smith was at the piano. May that we always vote on the WI Tuesdays from 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm. If Hargham Road in Attleborough. I
aptitude. Adventure training to develop We were delighted to make a profit of Resolution that is being put forward you are at risk of losing your home was standing on the kitchen table
leadership qualities takes place in the £309.58 to go to our many charities. for debate nationally. We are all and would like to see a Housing looking out of the window which
Lake District, Peak District and Wales. Forthcoming events: Strawberry Tea aware of how difficult it can be to Advisor, call Breckland Council on faced Hargham Road (the railway
They can ski in Europe and are able to 17th June in Brenda Davis' garden. know whether some food has 01362 656870 or mail line ran parallel to Hargham Road)
go on exchange training schemes in 2pm – 4pm. Entrance £2.50 includes actually been produced or just when a plane flying very low passed
many other countries including tea, delicious strawberries and cake. packaged here and that is why, at The Council‘s website – the window.
Germany, Canada, Ghana etc. Duke of Judy Wilson our National AGM to be held in – has a I shouted to my Mother ―Quick
Edinburgh Award Schemes are Cardiff in June, the resolution being housing section with some useful look, the plane has a picture on its
debated is This meeting urges the information. tail.‖ My Mother grabbed me by the
Government to introduce clear and Norfolk County Council Registrars legs and threw me under the table.
Wayland Agricultural Society mandatory country of origin
labelling on all meat, poultry and
Office Norfolk County Council‘s
Watton Register office is at Wayland
Immediately we heard pop pop pop
rattling on tin. My Mother thought
Young Achiever of the Year 2010 fish products sold in this country.
Over very many years the WI has
House during the hours of 1.00 to
4.00pm every Thursday for the
the plane had machine-gunned
Russell‘s Granary (now demolished)
Nominations are invited for the their achievements and their been at the forefront of bringing the registration of births, deaths and which was located nearer the top of
Wayland Agricultural Society Young aspirations. Applicants will be attention of the Government to bear general advice. Appointments should Hargham Road. Then there was a
Achiever of the Year 2010. The award required to show passion and on many issues that concern us all. be made through the Registrars office loud bang. It was not until later (no
is designed to recognise outstanding enthusiasm as well as a sound After the serious part of our May as usual. For Marriages and Civil telephones in those days) that we
dedication and contribution to knowledge of their category. The 11th meeting we will be enjoying a Partnerships telephone 01842 766848, heard in fact it was Gaymer‘s
agriculture, horticulture, wildlife or any award is sponsored by Weco craft evening with the emphasis on for Births and Deaths telephone 01842 factory which had been bombed.‖
other rural related sector or industry. Engineering of Watton. friendly chatter and exchange of 754115 or mail Marion Williamson‘s (née
All entrants must be under 21 years of All nominations must be made in ideas and skills. For any lady Semmence) memories of the day,
age. All entrants will be required to writing to: Attn: Mrs Bridget Hall, wanting to find out more about the Peddars Way Housing Association during the Second World War, when
demonstrate and share their Wayland Agricultural Society, Broom WI this would be an ideal evening Peddars Way Housing, the largest a single German bomber raided the
commitment and involvement to their Hall, Richmond Road, Saham Toney, to pop in to Watton Christian provider of affordable homes in the Cyder factory and works by the
related subject. This should include Thetford, Norfolk IP25 7HJ Eastern Region offer free drop in railway station in Attleborough.
Mid-Norfolk Times Page 18 Gardening
Tomato – Tomayto
Gardening in Navasota, Texas with Helen Quinn
Sunday 13th June 10am to 4.30pm The Bluebonnets have dwindled to a
sparse few after a spectacular show in
out to be a magnificent
specimen plant – I
Admission Adults £2.00 Children under 12 –50p mid-April. As you can see from the probably won‘t eat it, but
photos, they are really miniature lupines. can hardly wait until it
Family Ticket £5.00 They draw tourists from all over the blooms! I remembered to
Refreshments will be available 10am—3.30pm place, and all along the roadsides cars are feed the strawberries this
and Lunches between 12 noon and 2pm parked and Mum, Dad and the children year, which made a big
are taking pictures of each other amidst a difference! Had a great
sea of blue. Especially popular for crop.
Picture: Submitted
Cinema Club pictures of dogs and babies! Hands up
everyone who thought Texas was all
Wells Cole Community Centre, Saham Toney cowboys, cactus and rattlesnakes?
The temperature is climbing and the
Saturday May 29th, Invictus hummingbirds are back. The feeders are
(Nelson Mandela, Real Life Drama) up and filled with the usual mixture of 4
Sat June 26th June A Single Man parts water to 1 part sugar (red food
12A BAFTA BEST ACTOR – COLIN FIRTH colouring optional – most of the feeders
Entrance £4.00, fully licensed bar, wheel chair access, free parking, have red on them to attract the birds.)
raffle in interval. Free draw ticket to win the film of the night. For In the garden the tomatoes, peppers,
more information please ring 01953 883394 or purchase a ticket eggplants and cucumbers are coming along
well – maybe this year there will be
from Saham Post Office.
something ready for the County Fair
The WCCC needs a new heating system and all profit from horticulture divisions in June. I dug up a
the evening goes towards this project. huge rosemary bush to make way for more
vegetables, and have dozens of cuttings
rooting to sell at our local Farmers‘ Market.
ART @ Stoke Ferry Church These markets are becoming very popular
now, and while all the towns around us
(PE33 9SF )
have one, our town seems to have a hard
Free Entry Exhibition time getting one together. I sell vegetables
22nd May to 6th June Open Daily 10 - 5 if I have enough to part with, bedding plants
and herbs, fresh cut herbs, marmalade and
Free adjacent parking and easy access All Are Welcome. Around
jellies, herbal vinegars and baked goods Picture: Submitted
100 exciting new pictures by acclaimed local artists - wildlife; land
such as banana bread, pineapple-cheese
and seascapes; flowers; abstracts; still life and figures. bread, and zucchini (courgette) bread. This Fortunately the turtle family did not Southern Plantations, and botanical
Contact Teresa Waller on year I am trying a new herb, Stevia. This is discover the vegetable garden, especially gardens. I‘m told that this is the best
01366 501369 for more details. being highly promoted as a natural the lettuce, to which I understand they are time to visit because of the great
sweetener to replace all ―unhealthy‖ very partial. display of azaleas, which don‘t grow
sugars, corn syrups, etc. I am also trying I‘m off in the morning to Savannah, here on our alkaline soils. Hopefully
fennel this year, and the cardoon is turning Georgia, to sample great seafood, old they will be blooming on schedule!

Bradenham & District Horticultural Society

Saturday 10th April was perfect for the So to the winners: 11. Single Bloom not listed above: 1st June
Spring Show: gloriously warm, sunny The Spring Cup for most points in the Martin; 2nd Ralph Kinsley; 3rd Joan
and most of all dry! Unfortunately we flower section - Ralph Kinsley Loveday; HC Judy Atkinson
had fewer entrants and entries this year The Bill Aylott Cup for the best 12. Cactus or Succulent: 1st Pauline
than last. Norwich were playing at arrangement of flowers ‗This Green and Middleton; 2nd June Martin; 3rd Ralph
home (they drew) and there was a horse Pleasant Land‘ - Geoff Twelftree Kinsley; HC Geoff Twelftree
race. These factors added to the The Hendry Plate for most Points in the 13. Orchid: 1st June Martin; 2nd Judy
weather may have contributed to the domestic section - Judy Atkinson Atkinson
low turnout. However, 15 entrants The Sid Lancaster Salver for the most 14. Flowering Pot Plant: 1st Geoff
produced 111 (Nelson‘s for cricket points in show - Judy Atkinson Twelftree; 2nd Ralph Kinsley; 3rd Joan
lovers) entries of very high quality. It Class Results: Loveday
Bales Browne Accountancy was interesting to note that due to the
late spring we had more entries for
1. Daffodil, trumpet as long as or longer
than petals: 1st Libby Cossins; 2nd June
15. Non-flowering Pot Plant: 1st Geoff
Twelftree; 2nd Ralph Kinsley
Services Limited tulips this year and the hyacinths were
stunning. The scent in the hall was
Martin; 3rd Pauline Middleton; Highly
Commended (HC) Geoff Twelftree
16. Arrangement ‗This Green and Pleasant
Land‘: 1st Geoff Twelftree; 2nd Peggy
Accounts preparation for Sole traders, almost intoxicating. The double 2. Daffodil, trumpet more than 1/3 length Twelftree
Limited Companies and Partnerships daffodils were largely missing as they of petals: 1st Ralph Kinsley; 2nd Pauline 17. Jar of Marmalade: 1st Judy Atkinson;
Personal, Limited Company, and Partnership Tax Returns are still in bud, very frustrating for the Middleton; 3rd Geoff Twelftree; HC June 2nd Peggy Twelftree
Book-keeping PAYE VAT Returns people who normally enter them. After Martin 18. Jar of Jam: 1st Peggy Twelftree; 2nd
the Show, when we opened the Hall for 3. Daffodil, trumpet no more than 1/3 Judy Atkinson
Karen Bales ACCA MAAT Bsc (Hons) teas, it was very good to see a large length of petals: 1st Jackie Priestley; 2nd 19. Jar of Chutney: 1st Judy Atkinson; 2nd
number of visitors and I am told we Joan Loveday; 3rd Ralph Kinsley; HC Peggy Twelftree
Telephone 01953 884019 recruited more members. Pauline Middleton 20. Light Fruit Cake: 1st June Martin; 2nd
We had a lovely surprise visit from 4. Daffodil, double flowers: 1st Judy Judy Atkinson; 3rd Jackie Priestley; HC
118 Norwich Road, Watton, Thetford, Norfolk. IP25 6DU Wayland Radio. Paul Young and Atkinson; 2nd Ralph Kinsley; 3rd Geoff Julie Stacey
Email: Gabbie Sharp arrived to interview some Twelftree 21. Cheese Straws: 1st Judy Atkinson; 2nd
of our winners and President, Allison 5. Daffodil, multi-headed: 1st Jackie June Martin; 3rd Pauline Middleton
Griffiths. Gabbie presents the Priestley; 2nd Judy Atkinson; 3rd June 22. Shortbread Pieces: 1st Julie Stacey; 2nd
Gardening Show on Fridays, 1200- Martin; HC Ralph Kinsley Mary Marriott; 3rd Judy Atkinson
1300 and Sundays 1300-1400, just in 6. Daffodil, miniature: 1st June Martin; 2nd 23. Fruit Scones: 1st Mary Marriott; 2nd
All your plumbing R.S. Plumbing & time for GQT on Radio 4. Wayland
Radio broadcasts on 103.7FM so we
Sheila Sorrell; 3rd Pauline Middleton; HC
Ralph Kinsley
Belinda Ashman; 3rd Peggy Twelftree
24. Handicraft: 1st Jackie Priestley; 2nd
and heating needs
Heating must have a listen, especially as they 7. Tulip: 1st Judy Atkinson; 2nd Ralph Julie Stacey; 3rd Libby Cossins; HC Mary
persuaded Geoff Twelftree to part with Kinsley; 3rd Geoff Twelftree; HC Joan Marriott
some of his monthly Topical Tips. Loveday Our next meeting will be held on
Boiler Servicing, Installations and Gabbie and Paul were kind enough to 8. Tulip, miniature: 1st June Martin; 2nd Thursday, 20 May at 7.30pm in the
stay for the presentation of the Judy Atkinson; 3rd Geoff Twelftree Village Hall, when our speaker will be
General Plumbing All work undertaken. silverware, shared tea with us and even 9. Hyacinth: 1st Ralph Kinsley; 2nd Jackie Mr. L Speller on Acer Cultivars. As
CORGI Registered won a raffle prize! I hope they will join Priestley; 3rd June Martin; HC Judy ever, all are welcome. Also we shall
Telephone 01953 883829 us for the Autumn Show on 4th
September as I am sure they would
10. Polyanthus: 1st June Martin; 2nd Ralph
have a Plant Stall at the Annual Village
Sports Day and Fete on the green,
07836 267 419 enjoy the auction that ends that day‘s
Kinsley; 3rd Joan Loveday; HC Geoff
Monday 31 May (Bank Holiday)
Gardening Mid-Norfolk Times Page 19

Attleborough and District Great Hockham DEREHAM &

Horticultural Society Gardening Club News
There was a very pleasing attendance competition, but hopefully now that On Wednesday, 14th APRIL, village green at 6.45pm to arrive
of members and guests at the March
meeting who much enjoyed a
spring has at last arrived we will see
more entries next time. Winners were
DEREK ARCHER talked to us
about his ORCHID collection and
there for a 7pm start.
HORN FAIR on MAY 30th.
Hoe Road, Longham, Dereham NR19 2RP
powerpoint presentation ―Images of Shirley Penfold (any variety of daffodil how to grow these beautiful plants. Members are asked to bring plants,
Japan‖. Speaker Len Speller opened and three stems of flowers), John He brought along just a few of his flowers, vegetables, garden Rehoming Cats and Providing
with some basic Japanese phrases and Darlow (any vegetable) and John magnificent collection and showed equipment etc. to sell on the day Advice & Help With Neutering
then took us on a journey through a Phoenix (any flowering bulb, corm or us the rest in flower on screen. His for our plant stall and to volunteer OPEN 7 Days a
land of contrasts; the concrete jungle of tuber). examples, some over 40 yrs old, their services for help to me as
modern urban Japan being interspersed The May meeting will be on ranged from the smallest to the soon as possible. Week 11am to 3pm
with colourful temples and beautiful Wednesday 19th May at 7.30pm in the largest forms and from rare UK
orchids to those species from
We will need sandwiches, cakes,
scones, biscuits etc. for the
Telephone . . .
Japanese gardens. Something of the main hall at Attleborough Junior
culture of Japan also came over, with
its emphasis on politeness, tidiness and
School. The talk will be on the subject
of ―Bulbs for small Gardens‖ and as
Japan. He told us the best way to
keep orchids at home and many of
refreshment stall too. Take these to
Jill at Nurses House please. Many
01362 687 919
desire to conform. always we will be very pleased to us realised we have been killing thanks. We hope lots of you will
The prolonged cold weather cut the welcome guests as well as members. ours with kindness; as they need support this unique event, and buy
number of entries for the table humidity, by standing on damp
gravel and yet the pot needs to be
excellent value plants from us as
well as enjoy our home-made cakes Attention All
well drained. Water and feed and on the refreshment stall. See you

Ashill Garden Club leave to drain before replacing in

the gravel based pot.
A very informative, entertaining
Our thanks to Chris Dalton who
entered our Village Green in the
Improve your soil, keep weeds
talk, inspiring us all to have a go at Telegraphs ‗Most Lively Village
On the 15th April Ashill Garden chrysanthemums, and the club were growing these tricky but incredibly Green‘ competition and guess down and keep moisture in with
Club was treated to a visit by Mr R L most appreciative of Mr Sutton‘s exotic plants. Derek judged the what? We are in the final 4 and Sterilized Mushroom
Sutton, a noted member of the informative discussion. flower competition; 1st Patsy have won a year‘s membership to
Norfolk Chrysanthemum Society. The next Garden Club meeting will Peachey, 2nd David Peachey and the ‗Open Spaces Society‘ and so Compost
This was a most opportune visit; now take place on the 27th May, during 3rd Shona Levy. A good selection far £50! Watch this space… We
that Spring has finally arrived , we which Graeme Simmonds will of entries to choose from this will use the money towards filling The ideal mulch and
all need help in preparing for sowing discuss historical objects we might month, so congratulations to the the flower boxes at the entrances to
and planting. Mr Sutton took the find in our own gardens. This winners. the village. In fact, thanks to our soil improver
Garden Club members through should be an inspiring discussion, Our next meeting, on Wednesday £50 grant from Breckland Pride
various aspects of horticultural care since members are asked to bring 12th May, will be our first earlier this year the boxes have Only £1.50 per Bag
required before during and after the along items they may have found in OU TS IDE V ISI T to the looked beautiful this Spring and Delivered free (min 5 bags)
growing season. their garden or at the beach. JAPANESE GARDEN at the OLD our thanks to the members of the
For instance, cleanliness in the Stop press: we still have tickets BAKERY, Caston and afterwards Club responsible for their upkeep. Watton area
greenhouse is vital, and Mr Sutton available for the trip to Stody refreshments will be at the home of For more information look us up
described how he is able to keep Lodge Gardens. This will take 2 of our members, at Brook House, on our website: 01953 881969
the greenhouse free of pests with place on the 12th May and will Dukes Lane. www.greathockhamgardeningclub.
the liberal use of Jeyes fluid and give members and their friends the This garden is well known by our Or ring me on the number
Milton, among other things. He chance to wander through some of speaker too as he is responsible for below. We are a very active,
explained how to clean flower pots t h e t en a cr e s o f b e auti fu l all the ‗green‘ planting there and friendly club, always keen to DY-FIT FOR LIFE
with bleach, and was able to Rhododendrons and Azaleas which told us it is one of the largest increase our membership and now EXERCISE TO MUSIC CLASSES
demonstrate by the use of slides, are in bloom each May. This outing Japanese gardens in the country is a great time to join. If anyone Watton Sports Centre, Dereham Road.
how even flower pots of some is also combined with a trip to and well worth seeing. So hope would like a lift to meetings please All the sessions are designed to promote stamina,
antiquity can be kept fresh and Holt, the historic Georgian city, lots of you will come along, share give me a call. Jane Dalton strength and flexibility whilst taking into account
the fitness level and ability of participants.
clean with appropriate care. and promises to be a ―grand day lifts if possible; we will leave the (Secretary) 01953 498694
Mr Sutton also had some practical out‖. Please contact John Vincent if General Aerobics Mondays 7pm
tips involving the use of bubble you require tickets – telephone An hour long, as energetic as you wish!**
wrap in the greenhouse and the
mixing of soft soap with
01760 440320.
Finally, it may seem like a long
Ovington Gardening Club Nifty Fifties Fridays 11am
A challenging workout for
insecticide. These guidelines, being way off, but the Committee are "recycled teenagers"**
The April meeting was a talk on The May meeting will be at the Gentle Option Fridays 10am
of a practical and economical busy making arrangements for the
‗setting up a wormery‘ by Jan Hunt village hall from 10-12 noon on 40 minutes duration, no floorwork. Problems such as
nature, were very useful, as were Annual Flower Show on the 27th
who gave us an insight into the Saturday 15 May when we will be arthritis and joint replacement are taken into account.
the instructions on how to plant the June, and the Vegetable Show on
trials and tribulations of starting a running our plant stall, coffee and ** Please bring a mat for floorwork
growing tips pinched out of the 26th August. You might like to Please note there will be no classes during the
wormery from scratch. The cakes and the raffle to bolster our
chrysanthemums, to produce ―free‖ pencil these dates in your diary, half-term holiday Monday 31st May to
methods used to keep the worms in funds. So, if you need any plants,
plants. The talk finished with slides either to show or just come along Friday 4th June inclusive
a tip-top condition were discussed, come and see us first! Any further
of some fine specimens of and enjoy yourself. For further details, please contact
with more about what not to do, information can be obtained from
and to throw away the instructions Ed on 01953 885848 or Carol on Diane Cuthbert
which came with the unit! 01760 440719. 01953 850275
Breckland Flower and The Tea Dance
RSA/YMCA Qualified Teacher
Classes held during term-time

Garden Club It‘s the Sunday Tea Dance and they‘ll all be here today

Members and visitors enjoyed the winner in the Old Hands class was
Aches and pains forgotten, dance the afternoon away.
Foxtrots, quicksteps, waltzes, some are slow but some still nifty,
With memories of how it was way back in nineteen-fifty.
Norman‘s in the toilet and he‘s struggling to pee,
'Flower Girls' demonstration at Ursula Jackson who also won the
April's meeting entitiled Here
Comes Summer. Sheila Bullen and
Joy Tumore took a 'holiday in
Rachel Tarry Trophy for the Best
Exhibit (no entries in New Hands)
and Ann Norris was the winner in
He‘s got trouble with his prostate and he‘ll likely miss his tea.
Eddy‘s got a new love that he met in Thornton Heath,
She does a lovely tango, but she hasn‘t any teeth.
His latest fancy footwork nearly broke his partner‘s neck,
Scotland' which reminded us of the the 'From Your Garden'
pink and purple hues of heather competition with three stems of She mistook his outside swivel for a travelling contra check. A Professional Machine
whilst 'the picnic' - in a hamper - daffodils. Ida‘s had her hair done and she‘s ready for a saunter,
included bright sunny gerberas. Next meeting will be held on She had a vindaloo last night and it‘s coming back to haunt her. Quilting Service
Designs for a church wedding Thursday 13th May 2010 at 2pm Florrie‘s mini-skirt‘s revealing when she‘s spinning in the jive,
included candles, pink lilies, when Mrs Rosemary Ward will be She really shouldn‘t wear a thong, approaching eighty-five. !!! You do the patchwork !!!
They‘ve had their tea and cake and chat and a little laugh,
carnations and green talking on Container Gardening.
Then gamely rise with creaking knees to face the second half.
I do the quilting
ch r ysanthe mu ms. Herb ac eous The competitions will be for a
borders were interpreted by parallel 'Foliage Arrangement' for the Betty Norman‘s made it back in time for rumba number one, For Quilting
arrangements and white blooms. Warburton Trophy, and three stems His cucaracha‘s very neat, but he‘s left his flies undone.
Two large urns held the final of blossom. Vera‘s fallen over in a massive crimplene heap, Wadding & Backing Prices
designs which included a wide Visitors are always welcome. Bert‘s got indigestion and Mabel‘s fast asleep.
variety of foliage, green carnations Further details from Pat 01953 It‘s last waltz time and up they get for Humperdink‘s old tune
and white lilies.
The Flower Arranging competition
457315 or Sally 01953 788712 And then: Goodbye, Good luck, take care, God willing see you soon.
Anon (Sent in by Edith Pleasance who is suffering writer‘s block)
Tel: 01953 882484
Mid-Norfolk Times Page 20 News

SUPPORT YOUR The historic Parish Rainbow’s puddings

LOCAL SHOPS Churches of Norfolk help Big C
And get your copy of the
Mid-Norfolk Times
By Frank Wilder
Prior to the introduction of WILLIAM SALTER
at these businesses the railway into Norfolk in Yarmouth Stage Coach Man
1844 with the building of Died October the 9th 1776
Thorpe station, the pace of Aged 59 years
Rocklands life in the county, and
indeed, the whole country,
Here lies Will Salter, honest man
Deny it, Envy if you can
Post Office & Stores was determined by the speed
of the horse which governed
True to his business and his Trust
Always punctual always just.
The Street, Rocklands everything from the races at His horses, could they speak, would tell
Newmarket to the ploughing They loved their good old master well.
01953 483 217 of fields, the transport of His uphill work is chiefly done
Car Tax, Lottery, Fresh Milk crops and the towing of His Stage is ended, Race is run
canal barges. One journey is remaining still,
The fastest commercial To climb up Sion's holy hill.
Great Ellingham vehicle was the PO Mail And now his faults are all forgiv'n
Coach, established in 1784, Elijah like drive up to heaven
Village Stores & P.O. which ultimately managed Take the Reward of all his Pains
about 8-10mph on the And leave to other hands the Reins.
Long St, Gt Ellingham macadam roads built from
01953 452 155 1816 onwards and which Sacred
Post Office, Fresh Bread & Milk Daily usually travelled at night. A To the memory of
daily service from Norwich Picture: Submitted
to London was established Who on the 20 of Dec 1806
Quick Stop in 1785 and ran until April
The stagecoach was a
In the 79th Year of his Age was
unfortunately killed near this spot
On Thursday 25th March 2010, 2nd
Watton RAF Rainbows and Leaders
presented Lesley Cologne,
and the Managers of Tesco's and Co-
op Watton and to everyone who sold
tickets for the event, for their
Church Street, Attleborough having been thrust down and trampled
somewhat slower vehicle on by the horses of a Waggon. Tho Community Fundraising Manager of generosity and support. We are
01953 458 036 carrying, as it did, more his Life was humble yet it is deserving the Big C Cancer Charity with a extremely delighted by the amount
Italian Wines 2 for £5 Wide range passengers and with several of imitation. He was a worthy & useful cheque for £251.66, which is 50% of raised, and we will be able to use the
stops (stages) on its journey. Member of Society an honest the total amount raised from their money raised to help fund sleepovers
of Polish Foods available Farm horses, ploughing or really successful Pudding Evening and provide equipment for the
& industrious Labourer.
moving heavily laden carts, READER held on Friday 5th March 2010. The Rainbows. We currently have 17
usually managed 2-4mph – Rainbows and Leaders would Rainbows and are desperately
Old Buckenham Stores walking pace. Horses used
If thou drivest a team be careful
& endanger not the Life of especially like to say a big thank you looking for some more adults to help
The Green, Old Buckenham for recreational purposes another or thine own. to Simon Rowling of Broom Hall us having fun at our weekly meetings
01953 860219 were usually ridden at the Hotel, Sue of the Dutch Flower and when we have sleepovers, if you
If you purchase goods from the shop costing over 'canter' - about 10-17mph – a speed round tower divided by three bands Parade and Hannah Daniels for can help us, please contact Jo Jacklin
£40 (excluding the post office, cigarettes, lottery apparently known as the with each stage marginally smaller providing free manicures or hand and on 01953 880112 or email
and Paypoint) in one transaction then you will be 'Canterbury Gallop'. A galloping than the one below and deep C15 arm massages. Gary of Little Gary's for more
entitled to claim a bottle of Italian wine (worth £5) horse could travel at about 25- chequered battlements above. The Plaice, Denise of Spoilt for Choice information
30mph, but only for a short twin triangular headed bell
distance. openings are clearly Saxon but are
Lovells Post Office Both William Salter, Yarmouth surrounded by Norman carved
stage coach man, and John Fox, billets, so the church must belong to Jarrolds -The city’s
& Stores were working men and would not the so-called C11 overlap.
have been paid a great deal and yet The treasure of this church may be
Market Place, New Buckenham each has as his memorial, a well seen in the C15 south porch – a
carved and decorated mural highly decorative Norman doorway
Jewel in the Crown
01953 860 351 monument, that of William Salter at with concentric bands of chip
Haddiscoe and of John Fox at carving, zigzags and scalloping and
Colney. It is obvious that both were above it, in a niche, a seated figure, Wayland Women in Business
held in high regard by their a rare piece of Norman sculpture, a
Village Stores contemporaries who must have vested priest with hands raised and
contributed to the cost of these what may be a dove overhead. The
Yet another full house attended our
March lunch, we introduced two
Sharon Gibbons from SG Therapy
and Lyn Ratcliffe from Jamie @
Market Street, East Harling splendid and unusual memorials. door itself is covered with splendid exhibitor stands and a raffle, both Home.
proving very successful and great Wayland Women in Business has
01953 718115 The round towered church of St. ironwork of very early date,
Andrew at Colney must be the most probably locally made. Lots of fun. received some funding from the
A wide range of products in stock familiar church in Norfolk, standing interesting things inside including a Guest speaker Pat Crawford gave Participatory Budget Fund which
Anne and Kevin Ledgard as it does just across the road from small black slab, halfway down the an amazing and enlightening talk will enable us to set up a much
the Colney Lane entrance to the nave, to Bele, the wife of Peter, son about her successful career after needed website, watch this space.
Norfolk and Norwich hospital. It is of Peter the Dykegraaf (master of losing her sight, her dedication to Baroness Gillian Shephard has
Londis Banham Anglo-Saxon in origin with three the dykes) who died in 1525. Great
blocked double –splayed windows. changes were wrought in this area
helping the blind is truly amazing.
The Wayland Women in business
kindly invited the group along to
the Houses of Parliament, there are
meetings are open to everyone. forty tickets available on a first
01953 887320 John Fox's memorial is over the of the marshes by Dutch drainage
tower entrance door. experts. The memorial slab to Although most attendees are come first served basis. The coach
Your Local Village The rest of the church is in C19 William Salter was originally fixed
restorer's Decorated style. on the outside of the south wall of
running businesses, please do not
let this deter you from coming. We
will leave from Watton, tour of
Parliament, cream tea at Central
Supermarket St. Mary, Haddiscoe, which stands the churchyard but was moved into
on an escarpment at the eastern end the church when the wall collapsed.
were pleased to see a number of
employed and retired ladies this
Hall Westminster, some free time
in Westminster, and a two course
of Haddiscoe marshes also has a time and a number of ladies who dinner in Newmarket on the Return

Londis Methodist Church June

are seeking to return to the work
Our next lunch will be held at Broom
journey. This fabulous ladies day
out is on Tuesday July 6th prices to
be confirmed.
Hall Saham Toney on Wednesday All are welcome. Ticket sales will
News Extra Flower Festival 2nd June 12-2pm £13.50 per ticket
which includes a hot lunch, a glass of
be circulated in the next few weeks.
For further details please contact
High Street, Attleborough, Watton Methodist Church will be There will be a Concert on the
wine and tea and coffee served with Jane Richards 01953 885554
handmade truffles. We are pleased to
(Opposite Sainsburys) hosting their annual Flower Festival Friday evening, 11th June, again
announce our guest speaker is Suzie Clare Rowling 01953 488993
once again this year. This year it this is a change to the usual
01953 453 257 will be open to the public over three Saturday concert.
Abel. Suzie is the spokeswoman for
Jarrolds Department store in
Ann Lusher
days, Friday the 11th, Saturday the Please book the dates now. More
Newspapers & magazines 12th and Sunday the 13th June information and tickets for the
Norwich and is coming to talk to us
Wide range of confectionery, tobacconist about the running of the store and Clair Rylands 01953 880146
2010. On the Sunday it will become concert will shortly be available, so
fashion. There will be two exhibiters,
Wide range of Wines, Beers and Spirits part of the Carnival activities. watch this space!
News Mid-Norfolk Times Page 21

Shaken by an earthquake Cash boost for JB’s Catering

Takeaways Made To Order
Letter from Australia by
Chris O’Connor
at some stage in the future and
Adelaide will be damaged. It's just a
matter of time."
Community Radio Gaymers Industrial Estate
I don‘t know if you have ever lived
through an earthquake but I did the
He said SA experienced at least one 0777516 9265
magnitude 3.8 quake a year, and
other night and it was one of the most
Adelaide faced the greatest risk of
frightening events I have ever
experienced. Lying in bed at 11.30 on a
Friday night I suddenly heard this
earthquake damage out of any major
capital city due to its large number of Candy Cave
volatile fault lines.
massive explosion and then everything
Friday's quake was a wake up call to Chapel Street, Shipdham
shook and I mean everything – pictures
on the wall, vases on the cupboard etc
communities and authorities to be 01362 823111
better prepared in the event of a more
– and then within seconds another one. Newsagents and convenience store
destructive tremor.
It sounded as if an ammunition factory
"This is the fourth relatively small
had blown up such was the impact of
the noise.
I had no idea it was an earthquake and
earthquake in just a few weeks, which
is unusual," he said. Ashill Food & Wine
"This earthquake was possibly up to a
nor did my neighbours so there we all
magnitude of even four and it's only
Picture: Submitted 1 Hale Road, Ashill
were in our dressing gowns looking
around for a fire, something, anything
the depth (of the quake) that saved you Theresa Hewitt presenting Station Manage Dave 01760 440932
from damage. Hatherly with a cheque for £24,000 Fresh bread and milk, news and grocery.
that would tell us what it was. Finally
"I think at the moment there is a high Alcohol. Paypoint
one neighbour sauntered down the
probability of an earthquake in this
road. He‘d lived through a quake Our local radio station on to us and help us to further
same area of the Adelaide metropolitan 107.3fm, Wayland Community develop the distinct service we
before and knew all about it.
area, state emergency services should
We all know that earthquakes occur all
over the place, regardless of where the
be looking at their procedures again
Radio in Ashill is celebrating a
£24,000 grant from Breckland
are offering to the district.
We're enormously grateful for
Wayside Farm Shop
and what they need to be doing to
fault lines are. And it is somewhat
different from California, where you
respond to an earthquake.
Council to further develop the
station which provides
the support the Council has
offered us."
Stow Bedon
can see most of the earthquakes happen
"People who manage schools and volunteering opportunities and The station currently has more Fresh Seasonal Vegetables
hospitals ought to also be making sure
on major fault lines that they know are
they are not vulnerable."
greater community cohesion. than 50 volunteers and was Home Produced Pork
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moving. The station offers work originally started because of
What makes it even worse is the experience and volunteer the lack of a radio station to
The South Australian earthquakes are
experts say they have no way of placements for people to learn serve the Watton and
spread out far and wide, though there
predicting them. "There's always the media and general life skills. Swaffham area and
are more in the hills than on the flats
which makes me feel even less
insecure given that I live in the hills of
chance of something bigger, but the
probability of that is really quite low.‖
"If there are a lot of these in the next
The stations programmes and
initiatives are particularly
surrounding villages. The
whole of the studio complex is Londis Banham
Adelaide and this quake occurred five targeted at young people, over disabled friendly and fitted out
kilometres from where I live.
An earthquake specialist put it this way
couple of months some people might
get upset, but this is close enough to
45s and migrant communities
although the output it proving
with professional equipment,
the radio mast delivers a strong
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normal - except we don't usually have
―it is quite common for people to be very popular across all ages. signal across the broadcast
able to hear and see an earthquake
them down here, we usually see them D a vid H ath e rl y, St at ion area. Your Village Superstore
up in the Flinders, further north of Manager for Wayland Radio, Cllr Theresa Hewett, Executive
without feeling it. He said the
Adelaide" And I had dreams of retiring said: "We launched the station member for Communities said;
earthquake compression waves were
to that area of the world. on a shoestring last August, "Community radio gives local
equivalent to sound waves. As the
Friday's seismic activity was about and it's already a valuable people a real voice. Wayland
waves come up through the ground it is
20km underground. Police and resource for local community Radio makes a great
possible to hear low-frequency sound
emergency services were inundated groups and popular with our contribution to Breckland
waves. It does sound like a rumbling as
with emergency calls from across the audience. The grant from communities, because its
it comes and goes."
state as people near the epicentre Breckland Council will enable strength lies in that it is run by
"When you are closer it tends to be
reported the sound of an "explosion". us to enhance our public local people, for local people,
more a big boom sound, but what
More than 500 calls were logged information broadcasts; we will about local issues. This
people actually hear is a probably a
within hours of the quake hitting; with be working with other local fu ndin g wil l he lp gi ve
little subjective and probably
shockwaves felt up to 100km away and agencies to ensure that their community radio a much
depends on where they are and what
as far as Kangaroo Island, but by the information is reaching our needed boost at this stage in its
they are doing."
light of day the State Emergency audiences more efficiently. development."
Well mate, to me it sounded like a
Service had reported no structural That will make a big difference
bomb going off in my backyard and,
believe me, thousands of people were
And what did I do after the quake? – I
jolted from their sleep when a
magnitude 3.8 quake - the state's
went back to bed and began to read a
book and then asked my wife ―did the
Prayer of the Heart Activities
strongest in more than 20 years - struck
earth move for you too darling?‖
just south of Mt Barker at 11.27pm on
Post Script: After filing this story, the
at Watton Methodist Church
Friday. Its shockwaves were felt across Comprising Christian Meditation and Bi Monthly Worship. For
the state.
West Australia Goldfields have been
those seeking reflective prayer, mid week worship with a more
hit by possibly the largest earthquake
It was the largest of four tremors that
ever in Australia, five days after the reflective and contemporary feel, and those who enjoy exploring 07759 948 830
has struck close to Adelaide in the past their faith by reading spiritual books old and new. Christian 01953 881 382
South Australian quake. It closed the
19 days, with three recorded near Meditation No meditation on 3rd May, Monday 17th May
Kalgoor Lie Super Pit, damaging
Kuitpo, including a 1.9 magnitude ‗Walking the Labyrinth‘ with Rev Mary Cousins, Next Monday
buildings and burying a teenage girl
tremor on April 2.
Australian Seismological Centre
under rubble. Seismologist David
Jepsen said the quake was the largest to
Evening Worship 28th June 7.30pm in the Vestry
Spiritual Journey Book Club—more dates later
director Kevin McCue said it was only
"a matter of time" before SA
hit the area in 25 years and possibly the
largest ever.
On Monday 7th June Anne McDonnell of the World Community
for Christian Meditation will be with us to speak briefly about MAINTENANCE
experienced a repeat of the 5.5 WCCM and John Main. We would like to welcome new folk to all
magnitude quake of 1954 that caused
Geoscience Australia seismologist
our meetings.
For all your internal and external
David Jepsen said the quake hit about
$70 million damage across Adelaide.
10km southwest of Kalgoorlie and was maintenance works
"I think we probably haven't seen the
fairly shallow.
worst yet, but the probability would be
―People in Kalgoor Lie would have Has Your PC Slipped a KITCHENS & BATHROOMS
pretty small that it will happen in our FITTED WALL & FLOOR TILING
lifetime," he said.
experienced strong shaking. We would
expect people up to several hundred
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That really makes me feel like moving
to . . . well there is no place to really
kilometres away would have felt it.
―This is the largest event in the last 25
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move to as they occur all over the
world. I just wish they didn‘t happen in
years in this region and it might be the
largest since we started recording.‖
wont work now? Whatever your needs give me a call
my backyard!
―The quake was significantly larger Quick response promised
And now the cruncher; just when you
thought it would be safer than say
than the mining explosions that For all manner of computer Free estimates Call Richard on
regularly rocked the towns, Mr Jepsen
California for instance, Dr McCue says
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that in places like Adelaide, very few
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Mid-Norfolk Times Page 22 News

The sight and sounds of

tractors, more tractors
and even more tractors
Well over four hundred veteran It was a very friendly occasion, a
tractors left Tibenham Airfield on photographer's delight and even the
Sunday 4 th April for their run sun shone occasionally. The sound
around the local roads and stopped of all those engines and the smell
for their lunch break on Old of diesel will remain in people's
Buckenham Green. memories for years to come.
What a spectacle they made - first Picture: Churchwarden John Frost
driving into the village centre, then braved the long ladders to get to
parking up in row after row, having the top of All Saints church tower.
some lunch and then off round the Thanks to his efforts, we can all
lanes again to return to the Airfield. share this view and get a better idea
The local Old Ram Tractor Club of just how many tractors there
did the organising of this national were on the Green at old
event that brought tractors and their Buckenham.
Picture: John Frost drivers from all over the country.

SSAFA 125 and other stuff . . .

What a busy month! I really don‘t know festivals this summer. Norfolk Branch News: The Branch has
where to start. Of course! SSAFA125 is the Phil Packer is a man and a half. In 2008 he been very busy over the last year.
best place to start, of course, but before I do suffered terrible spinal injuries whilst on SSAFA Norfolk helped 558 cases and
I would like to put out an appeal for a duty as a Major in Afghanistan. He has raised over £300k from various charities
volunteer or two? entered for the London Marathon and will for these cases.
We urgently need volunteers for the be taking 26 hours –yes 26 hours! to Sadly, there has been a marked increase in
Thetford District and for Downham complete the course. Each mile has been the number of broken marriages in the
Market. If you have a few spare hours and nominated to a charity and on the SSAFA region and £29k was needed to help the
you are interested in people this may be for mile he will be accompanied by Marine families move on to a new start.
you. You will be given full training and Andy Grant. To sponsor Phil and Andy go There are now 3 prisons in the region,
support by some very friendly people and to HMPs Wayland, Bure and Norwich and
you will meet some some very interesting And for the cooks amongst you, Gary SSAFA Norfolk continues with its Prison
people. We would love to hear from you so Rhodes has contributed to a brand new In-Reach programme. We do need
please ring or email cookery book, Simply Cyprus. It took a volunteers for this scheme, too. If you have
for details. year for the volunteers to compile it and experience of prison visiting or social work
So back to SSAFA 125. This is the children from the British Forces Primary we would love to hear from you.
campaign to celebrate the first 125 years of Schools illustrated it. And finally, just for information SSAFA
SSAFA Forces Help. The very first or Forces Help work with Help for Heroes but
National Collection Day raised more than That is just a small sample of the wonderful our roles are completely different. SSAFA
£74,000, pretty good for a first effort, don‘t things peeps are doing to raise funds and FH bought the two Houses at Selly Oak
you think? £250 came from the dear awareness for SSAFA Please remember and Headley Court for the families to stay
customers of CO-OP Watton and another our aim is FIRST IN> LAST OUT and we in while visiting injured relations, H4H are
£400 from Fakenham team. In 2011 the will stay with you for a lifetime to help you. building the swimming court at Headley
collection day will 14 May! So watch out Locally, we are going to be busy this year. Court. They are also responsible for the
for details and if you would like to help; 28th April – presentation at Robertson proposed 12 Recovery Centres, the first of
just ring that number. Barracks Swanton Morley which opened in Edinburgh recently. is now open for 16th/17th July Weeting Steam Rally SSAFA look after everyone for life. If your
business. You can buy all sorts of SSAFA 28th July – Sandringham Flower Festival Gran or Grandad needs help, if your Mum
goodies on there, such as mugs, polo 1st August – The 133rd Wayland and Dad need help, if your wife needs help,
shirts, pens, limited badges, bracelets and Agricultural Show if children of serving men and women need
you will also be able to buy them from us These are a few of the places you can find help SSAFA will always be there. You just
when we appear at the local fairs and us this summer; please come and talk to us. need to ring this number 01 603 403322

Dragonfly Gallery
Spring exhibition
The Dragonfly Gallery at Wayland whose drawing of the
House was packed with artists and Babes in the Wood has
friends at the preview for the Spring been used for the cover of
Exhibition, the first in 2010. Fourteen the 2010 Chamber of
artists from across the region were Commerce Directory. The
showing a range of visual art from pencil attention to detail in


drawings to pastels, acrylics, oils and art Bethany‘s work shows a
photography. maturity beyond her years. Picture: Submitted
During the event the Town Mayor, Cllr At the other end of the


Margaret Holmes pictured with jan scale is miniature artist, Enid Clarke She is the daughter of ‗Come Dancing‘
Godfrey, re-launched the Gallery under from Carbrooke, member of the Royal Icon, Peggy Spencer who with her late
its new name saying how fortunate the Society of Miniature Artists whose husband Frank trained formation dancing
Safely and Professionally Cleaned Wayland area is to have such a facility to exquisite still life work is admired teams for the original show. Peggy, now
support the cultural life of the wherever she exhibits and indeed two of almost 90, visited the Gallery on its first
call Mike Barrett at Clean-Tech community and encourage artists. her three paintings were sold within 24 day and spent about an hour looking at
Those attending the preview agreed that hours of the opening. the exhibition and chatting with local
For a FREE no obligation quotation the standard of work in this exhibition The Gallery was also delighted to residents who had met her in their
was very high. The youngest artist welcome Helena Anderson from Kings younger days and with the press. Peggy
Telephone 01485 609 223 showing her work was 15 year old Lynn to this exhibition. Helena is a was delighted with the exhibition and the
Tea, Coffee and Red Wine stains removed totally 100% Bethany Vargeson, who is currently professional artist who specialises in gallery and clearly very proud of her
Payment by major credit and debit cards welcome working towards her GCSE art exam and portraits, in particular animal portraits. daughter‘s talent and contribution.
News Mid-Norfolk Times Page 23

Attleborough High School working Prize Bingo

Saturday 15th May
to become even greener Doors Open 6.45pm
On Tuesday 30th March
Attleborough High School ran an
some exciting and innovative
recycled projects and arrived at
Eyes Down 7.30pm
extremely successful day long, intelligent and creative solutions for Proceeds in aid of Great
whole-school Environment Day. sustainability issues. The day
The ambitious aim was to really culminated in a celebration of the Ellingham (St James)
ingrain environmental issues in the day's activities in a series of
consciousness of students, staff and assemblies in the afternoon, with 32 Scout Group
the community. This was a groups giving presentations of the Charity Number 1062603
completely new venture for the answers they have arrived at.
school with all students off time Lead teacher for the environment
table from years 7 through to Sixth and conservation Joel Rodker said
Formers working in tutor groups that AHS was taking seriously the
with staff on a specific recycling or government's target for all schools
sustainability project. The day was to be sustainable by 2020. "This
organised by Geography teacher makes sense on so many levels. We
and Lead teacher for the are addressing urgent problems such
environment and conservation Mr as energy use and deforestation so
Joel Rodker, with Assistant that our students can enjoy the same
Headteacher Carmina McConnell. quality of life and wonders of nature
A number of visitors attended on that were able to benefit from. They
the day - from local government, are learning valuable skills which
Green peace and artists who use will give them the advantage in any
recycled objects - and they were on area of employment and enable
hand to give presentations and lend them to make important choices in
their expertise. their lives. And we are helping to
Staff and students selected a range reduce the impact our school and
of projects to work on including community has on the environment.
designing clothes for a fashion When given the chance young
show made of recycled materials, people are always keen to show
making films using state of the art how much they care about the
green screen technology, making planet and their neighbours,
sculptures, making bird boxes, whether they are next door or on the Recycling for a better future at Attleborough High School
writing a 'green newspaper', other side of the world.
auditing the school's waste and AHS is already involved in a county Scandinavia to share strategies for difference and the Environment Day
making jewellery and furniture from wide project called ANSWER reducing energy use. Staff and on the 30th was a chance to put
recycled objects. which links Norfolk schools with students at AHS and across Norfolk some of this enthusiasm into action.
During the day students produced each other and with schools in are committed to making a

Watton Rotary roundup Firefly meets Dragonfly

One of the annual deviations from our Richard Akister, did likewise at An exhibition of original designs, teacher. She has experience in
normal weekly evening meeting at the Brandon Rotary, accompanied by 9 of hand painted on silk, as well as many art forms having worked
Crown Hotel is an outing to the Debut our members. watercolour and acrylics by and taught for over 30 years in
Restaurant at the Norwich College of Yet another of our changes from the Norma and Alan Ashcroft will the world of design and
Arts & Technology. Some years ago, routine of Thursday meetings takes take place from May 15th to 22nd technology. Alan is a ―self
we decided that a formal Rotary place on the 5th Thursday of April. We from 10 till 4pm and 10 till 1pm taught‖ artist working in silk
Christmas Dinner with our partners call it ―Scatter Week‖. We cancel our on Saturday at the Dragonfly painting but now primarily in
was becoming a bit unnecessary with meeting but not the attendance Gallery, Wayland House, High watercolours and acrylics. Both
all the other activities going on around requirement; instead members are St, Watton. are former members of the Guild
that festive period. Our partners expected to attend a meeting at any Alan & Norma Ashcroft are of Silk Painters and regularly
muttered a bit because they do like other Rotary Club, which, to count, partners in Painting on Silk demonstrate this art form
joining in with us from time to time. they must do within 2 weeks. It is known as ―Firefly Art‖. Norma throughout the Eastern Region.
Listening, as we always try to do, we relatively easy to find another club to initially trained in Haute Couture Free Preview Evening Tickets
searched around for something else at a go to: in a radius of some 15 miles of in London before training as a contact 01953 880205
different time where we could sit down Watton there are 6 clubs and within 30
to a special meal. The Debut miles there are three times as many,
Restaurant was suggested and thus it
came to pass, and someone dubbed it
with a wide choice of days and times -
some are breakfast meetings! For
Wayland House
―The UnChristmas Dinner‖!! Just
before Easter, for the fourth year, we
pictures see our website:
Learning Programme
donned our DJs – and the ladies their We are pleased to report that moneys
The IT for Beginners 6 week course has been so well subscribed that we
finery – and headed off to Debut where are still rolling in to the ShelterBox
have put on a second session, which will be held on Fridays from 10.20 –
the whole meal is prepared and served campaign on the back of the Haiti
12.30, starting on April 16th. Some of those interested in Creative Writing
by the students. Part of our raison disaster. St Mary‘s Church has raised
were not able to do the course during the day so this has been moved to an
d‘être of using Debut is that it falls the cost of at least another box, and
evening slot – on Tuesdays from 6.30 – 8.30 starting on June 8th. Topics to
within our commitment to young Wayland Community High School the
be covered will include short stories, personal writing, poetry and writing
people and we know that many of our price of 2 boxes. Clearly, Haiti
for children, but will also cover planning, style and structure. Those
local youngsters go on to NORCAT. required an enormous number of tents,
interested should contact Jan on 01953 880202.
Another meeting deviation takes place and still does; because of this the
in April. The Brandon Rotary club ShelterBox stock has been depleted
meets on Thursday evenings, the same
as we do. So, once a year, we have an
‗exchange‘. This involves a number of
and donations being received at the
ShelterBox HQ now go to replenishing
stock ready for other disasters -
Bygone Transport Rally
our members going to Brandon with population displacing earthquakes and 1pm Monday 31st May, Bradenham
our President, who then officiates at the floods are occurring at a rate that
Brandon meeting, reciprocated by their makes it difficult to keep up the flow of Village Green
members with their President coming the much needed humanitarian aid.
to Watton. Thus Brandon Rotary Since Haiti, ShelterBoxes have also Vintage Tractors, American Cars & Trucks, Lorries
Club‘s President Kevin Hamilton been sent to remote parts of Chile Motorcycles, Military Vehicles
presided over the Watton‘s Rotary (earthquake), Fiji (cyclone) and Classic Fords & Minis invited
meeting on 8th April, with 6 of his Uganda (landslides).
members in attendance. Our President, Martin Anscombe Horse & Carriage Rides, Beer Tent
Mid-Norfolk Times Page 24 News

Saham Through the Ages with John Newton

I am sure that many people in Saham will Watton up to the time of the opening of the
remember John Newton, whose family lived turnpike road between Cambridge and
in the parish for several generations. John Norwich which was routed south of the
moved to Wiltshire more than twenty years Watton Brook (or as older Wattonian‘s might
ago, but while he lived here he applied his know it, the River Wissey) and so directed
legal-trained mind to recording and trade and official functionaries to Watton
assembling Saham history. He has kindly rather than Saham.
offered to return to Saham to give a public The evening will run from 6pm to 9pm and we
presentation on ―Saham through the Ages‖. hope to provide refreshments, a raffle and
John‘s talk, supported by pictures and other activities, a small exhibition on Saham
slides, will describe village living by Saham Heritage and as the main event,
conditions and life-styles, spanning the John‘s illustrated talk. Please do make a note
period of the Battle of Hastings in 1066 up of the date and place and come along for an
to more recent times, as seen through the instructive and entertaining evening - and
eyes of a number of colourful historical bring your friends.
figures who lived in Saham. Date & Time: Saturday 12th June from 6pm at
It must be remembered that Saham was a the Wells Cole Community Centre, FREE
village of some regional importance in much Entry. For more information call me, and
of this period. At the time of the Norman watch for publicity.
invasion it was ―held‖ by, that is owed feudal Brian Mitchell;; 889550
dues to, the King himself and had a Fair, Pictured right is the Old White Horse in
directly under royal warrant. It was larger than Saham Toney

BROOM HALL Work Capability Assessments for Employment And Support Allowance – ESA
Country Hotel Citizens‘ Advice is concerned with
how sick and disabled people are
face further hardship by either having
to claim JSA, which is a less
not required to look for work.
A Wiltshire bureau reported that a
Citizens‘ Advice believes that a
much more sophisticated approach is
Saham Toney being assessed for Employment and supportive benefit, or, in many cases, client with Parkinson‘s disease had needed, that not only looks at a
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2008 to replace the existing fighting unfavourable decisions at a was found fit for work despite being considers supporting medical
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It aims to give more help to those pressure of their situations. In these minutes, a tendency to fall, the variability of a person‘s condition
who might, with support, be able to cases, the system risks moving deteriorating speech and and the external barriers they face in
work. already vulnerable people even concentration - he slurred his words finding work.
Wednesdays Steak Night Since ESA was introduced, CAB further away from a return to the and could not control saliva, and had If you have been affected by
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Monday to Saturday 6.30 – 8.30 (WCA). Examples of CAB clients in A CAB in London saw a former A CAB in Leeds reported a client fairer outcome.
Tuesday to Saturday 12.00 – 2.00 this situation include people in the engineer in his 50‘s who was who, following an attack by a gang
advanced stages of Parkinson‘s working as a driver. After feeling ill during which he was shot at and
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and some who are dealing with acute hospital where he was admitted with with anxiety and depression. The glass are back
short-term health problems, such as heart disease and required a triple man, who had consistently worked
Ltd. awaiting open heart surgery. bypass. About three weeks after he‘d throughout his life until this point, at Watton
Unit 2, Coughtrey Industrial Estate Citizens‟ Advice has produced a been discharged he started to feel now finds it hard to leave the house
Church Road, Griston. IP25 6QB report - 'Not working - CAB extremely ill again. He went back to and suffers flashbacks, but is Country
evidence on the ESA Work hospital and after a series of new undergoing medical treatment and
Fitted Kitchens Capability Assessment‟ - which tests was diagnosed with inoperable counselling as he wants to return to Market
outlines concerns with the limited and incurable stomach and liver work as soon as he can. He failed his With spring weather finally
effectiveness of the assessment. cancer. Although he was advised to WCA and was found fit for work. He arriving we are now seeing fresh
Internal Doors Claimants undergo a medical test,
which should assess what they can
continue taking regular exercise, he
found walking and breathing
feels completely let down by the
system and believes the test didn‘t
cut flowers on our counters as well
as the first of the spring plants and
do, but the evidence shows that the difficult, was in constant pain and take into consideration the true vegetables. Etched glass is also
test doesn‘t account for the suffered a number of uncomfortable impact of his situation, because the back in our range of gift items.
complexities of many illnesses and side effects from both his cancer and questions were focused so much Our knitters, wood workers,
disabilities. Citizens Advice is heart medication. At his WCA he towards prescriptive questions which jewellery maker and greetings card
hearing numerous reports of hurried was found fit for work on the basis just require ‗yes‘ or ‗no‘ answers. He makers continue providing a wide
medicals, where medical examiners that he remarked how he walked says he felt like he was on trial and range of gift items for your delight.
miss vital details, make unjustifiable daily (although not far and not that he was being branded a benefits The cooks have a delicious variety
assumptions and don‘t place enough without discomfort) and could raise cheat, when all he wanted was of cakes and savouries and fresh
emphasis on the impact of mental his hands above his head (once). enough time to get himself better eggs arrive straight from an Ashill
health issues on the ability to work. None of his medical consultants before returning to work. He farm every week. Do come and see
Free Quotations & The report shows how, for these could believe the decision. He appealed the decision and was us on any Wednesday morning
Full Planning Service people, failing the WCA can have an recently appealed the original successful and is now in the group between 8.30 and 11.30 a.m. in the
enormously detrimental effect. By decision and was successful in being for people needing extra support and Watton Christian Community
01953 881243 being told they must find work, they put into the support group for people time before finding a job. Centre.

& Applestore Gallery Caston Village Fete will be held at
Greenwich Villa, Griston Road, Caston
Telephone/Fax 01953 883488
55 High Street, Watton
Saturday, 5th June 2pm
For quality out of print books, Fine Bindings and
Parking near Caston School
Collectable Editions. New Books including local and Stalls, games, competitions, Books, bric-a-brac,
children’s classics. cakes, plants, BBQ, Raffle & Tombolas,
Visit the Applestore Gallery on the first floor, Watton Silver Band. All Proceeds to Caston Church
exhibiting the Paintings of Kevin Robinson and his Everyone welcome to join us for our
complete range of East Anglian prints including Watton
and Wymondham. traditional village fete!
Church Times Mid-Norfolk Times Page 25
Breckles, Caston, Great Hockham, Griston, WATTON CHURCHES TOGETHER
We all make Merton, Stow Bedon, Thompson
Worship Calendar: May 2010 Service Calendar for May 2010
Sunday 2nd May

mistakes 10:30 am United Holy Communion

Stow Bedon
St. Mary‟s Church, Watton
1st, 3rd & 4th Wednesday at 9.30am Holy Communion
2nd Wednesday Morning Worship Church Office opens Tues,
Thought for the month from Roger Pawsey, 9:00 am Matins Merton Wed & Thurs 9am-1pm Tel: 01953 881252
10:30 am United Holy Communion Thompson
Watton Pentecostal Church Sun 2nd 8.00am Holy Communion
Its true we all make mistakes, it doesn‘t matter who we are or what 3:00 pm Farm Walk and Prayers, Chase Farm, Caston
10.00am Holy Communion
we do we all make mistakes. Now some mistakes are just THURSDAY 13TH MAY—FEAST ASCENSION DAY 12 Noon Holy Baptism
embarrassing, for instance, I was in a posh hotel restaurant in 7:00 pm United Holy Communion Gt Hockham Sun 9th Christian Aid Week
Chennai. Looking at the menu I noticed that there was naan bread 8.00am Holy Communion
and buttered naan bread. I asked the waiter what the difference was SUNDAY 16TH MAY
9:00 am Matins (BCP) Gt. Hockham 10.00am Holy Communion
and with a kindly smile he said ―we spread butter on one but not Thur 13th Ascension Day
the other‖. Embarrassing maybe, but no real harm was done. 10:30 am United Holy Communion Breckles
7.30pm Holy Communion
There are mistakes that are embarrassing but some are more SUNDAY 23RD MAY—PENTECOST Sun 16th 8.00am Holy Communion
important and it is only over time that they are revealed such as the 9:00 am Holy Communion (BCP) Merton 10.00am Holy Communion
men who predicted . . . 10:30 am United Holy Communion Caston Sun 23rd Pentecost
―I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." 8.00am Holy Communion
Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943. SUNDAY 30TH MAY—TRINITY SUNDAY
10:20 am Sunday Club Gt. Hockham 10.00am All Age Worship Service with the
―This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously Methodist Congregation
considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently (ages 4-11, church room)
10:30 am United Holy Communion Gt Hockham 12 noon Holy Baptism
of no value to us.‖ Western Union internal memo, 1876. 6.30pm Choral Evensong
―Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.‖ Marechal (Festival of Church‘s title: The Holy Trinity)
Sun 30th 8.00am Holy Communion
Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre. SUNDAY 6TH JUNE
―We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.‖ 10:20 am Sunday Club Griston
Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.
Watton Methodist Church
(ages 4-11, ‗Manorcourt‘ Day Centre, Manor Rd.) Every Wednesday the Church is open for quiet reflection and
Events in the future and the things we say about them can often 10:30 am United Holy Communion Griston prayer between & 12.00noon
embarrass us as our predictions go astray, while there are other (Festival of Church‘s patrons: Sts Peter and Paul) It‟s your quiet place. At 10.30 there is a half-hour Midweek
mistakes that are much more serious because they cause hurt to
Service in the Large Vestry led by the Minister or a Church
other people. How we deal with our mistakes is important as it
helps to determine our character. If we learn to say sorry as soon as
For all our parishes… Member.
we realise that we have made an error, we are strengthening our „The WAY‟ Youth Group (ages 11+) Sun 2nd 10.45am Mr Richard Hempstead
Sundays 2nd and 16th May 7 - 8 pm, Rectory 6.30pm Mrs E Wright
character. I remember watching an old John Wayne movie where
Sun 9th 10.45am Miss J Woor
he says ―Never apologise it‘s a sign of weakness‖ but this is not
Pram Services: Wednesdays, 10:15 am 6.30pm Local Arrangement
true; having the awareness to recognise when we have made a
For parents or carers with children aged 0 - 5 Sun 16th 10.45am Mrs S Mann
mistake and having the courage to say sorry is really a great
6.30pm Rev B Eagle
strength in life. Enquiries: The Revd. Bob Nichols: Tel.: (01953) 483222; Sun 23rd Pentecost
Then there are the mistakes that have greater implications, for Email: 10.00am United Service at St Mary‘s, Watton
example here is one such story called the bear facts:
6.30pm Mr D Fisher
―A man was walking through a wood looking at the trees, and the
Sun 30th 10.45am Mr J Hull
bright blue sky. He said to himself how wonderful that all this
came about by time and chance through evolution. Suddenly he
All Saints Church, Threxton 6.30pm Mrs E Warby
heard a noise and a great brown bear came after him and he ran at
top speed. It was getting nearer and raised its arms to grab the man Sunday 2nd May at 10am Roman Catholic Community
Each Sat 5.30pm Mass at Watton Methodist Church
when the man cried out "God help me!"
The bear stopped still, the wind died down, the clouds ceased to
move and a light shone down from heaven. A voice said "Yes!" Pentecostal Church, Dereham Road, Watton
"Do I take it you now want to be a Christian?" "Oh no! " said the There is a Noah's Ark Sunday and King's Kids for children
man "I could not do that after all these years, but could you make during the Sunday morning services
the Bear into a Christian?" The voice said "Yes!" The clouds began Sun 2nd 10.30am ‗In Christ‘ - ‗In Christ we are Saints‘
to move and the wind began to blow and the bear lowered his arms 6.00pm Alpha Course and meal ‗Why did Jesus Die?‘
and put his paws together and said, "For what we are about to Sun 9th 10.30am Family Service
receive may . . . !‖ 6.00pm Alpha Course and meal
We all make mistakes. ‗How can we have Faith?‘
Sun 16th 10.30am ‗In Christ‘ ‗In Christ we are Chosen‘
6.00pm Alpha Course and meal
‗Why and how do I Pray?‘
Sun 23rd 10.30am ‗In Christ‘- ‗In Christ we are Adopted‘
6.00pm Alpha Course and meal
‗Why and how should I read the Bible?‘
Sun 30th 10.30am ‗In Christ‘- ‗In Christ we are
Marked with the Holy Spirit‘
6.00pm Alpha Course and meal
‗How does God Guide us?‘

St. Nicholas‟ Church, Ashill

Tuesdays at 10.00am Said Holy Communion
Sun 2nd 9.30am Lay Led Morning Worship
Sun 9th 9.30am Morning Worship
Sun 16th 9.30am All Age Worship
Sun 23rd 9.30am Holy Communion

St. George‟s Church, Saham Toney

Sun 9th 11.00am Morning Worship and Holy Baptism
Sun 16th 11.00am All Age Worship
Sun 23rd 11.00am Holy Communion
Petrified of Your Computer?
S.S. Peter & Paul‟s Church, Carbrooke
You don’t need to be! Sun 2nd
Sun 9th
Benefice Service of Holy Communion
All Age Worship
Ring Lesley Horn Sun 16th
Holy Baptism
Holy Communion
For 1 to 1 beginner’s support in your own home Sun 23rd 10.30am Lay Led Morning Worship
Friendly, patient and knowledgeable help with using your Sun 30th 10.30am Group Service of Holy Communion
computer to find things on the Internet, email your family
& friends, “Listen Again” on the BBC® iPlayer® and do St John the Evangelist Church, Ovington
Thursdays at 8.00am Said Holy Communion
your shopping without leaving your home Sun 9th 9.00am Holy Communion

01953 881 885 Sun 23rd 9.30am Lay Led All Age Worship
Mid-Norfolk Times Page 26 Sports News

Norfolk's route for the

Tour of Britain cycle race unveiled
Hip Hop
Legends Banxy and Jody Schroeder
will be passing on their passion for
hip hop dance to local boys aged 11
– 16 years in a series of classes that
will culminate in a performance at
the Lord Mayor‘s procession in
Norwich later this year.
The project, organized and funded
by Breckland Council in partnership
with Parkwood Leisure and Norfolk
Dance, will begin with weekly
classes coached by renowned hip
hop dancer Jody Schroeder (aka
‗Fuz‘); these will provide an
introduction to the various moves
and styles of hip hop. Sessions will
be held at Dereham Leisure Centre
on Fridays from 4 – 5.30pm, starting
on 7th May and running until July
After the first four classes, the
venture will step up a gear with a
One hundred and seventeen miles of Sandringham estate. The first Sprint Caister, the riders finally reach Great four-day residency during June half-
Norfolk's roads will be the route for stage of the race will take place past Yarmouth - where the finish of the term when Banxy joins the young
dance artists helping them develop
the county's largest ever live sporting the Visitors Centre at Sandringham. race will be on South Beach Parade.
and rehearse a special performance
spectacle, as the Tour of Britain - From there the race heads toward Derrick Murphy, Norfolk County
piece; this will be the curtain-raiser
cycle race heads across Norfolk on Hunstanton, through Dersingham, Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet
Thursday September 16. taking in old Hunstanton, then member for Cultural Services, said: to Zoo Nation‘s performance at the
Lord Mayors Procession on July
The Tour of Britain is the UK's following the coast road to "Whilst our landscape doesn't offer
10th. A veteran of hip hop dance,
biggest professional bicycle race and Brancaster. The first King of the an upward climb of the Alps, the
Banxy trained at Swindon Dance
a centrepiece of the British sporting Mountain stage (title given to the cyclists will have to cover a longer
calendar - with live television best climber in a cycling road race) distance than any other leg of the and the London Studio Centre, and
has spent the last 15 years teaching
coverage in the UK, live Internet takes place as the road nears Tour, and we've used the landscape
and performing across the UK and
coverage, and further television Burnham Deepdale, with the riders that we do possess to come up with a
broadcast in more than 100 countries. then carrying on through Burnham challenging route.
The Tour is also the biggest free to Market toward Holkham and then As well as the economic benefits the Following on from the residency,
the remaining Friday classes will be
spectate sporting event in the UK - heading through the grounds of race will bring to Norfolk through
taken up with rehearsing and
attracting around a million spectators Holkham Hall. increased tourism and business
perfecting the performance piece in
to the roadside. - Heading toward Wells next the Sea, revenues, it is hoped that the Tour
The eight-day event will head the second Sprint will take place on will boost local interest in cycling readiness for the Procession.
Rob Walker, Breckland Council
through Norfolk at stage six with the quayside. and sport in general, particularly
Sustainable Communities Manager
some of the world‘s top cyclists From there the cyclists stay on the among children and young people,
competing for the right to wear the coast road, through Sheringham to adding to the work that the County
yellow jersey as stage winner, on a West Runton, where they turn off Council is already doing as part of ―There‘s been such a fantastic
response to the dance taster sessions
tour route that has been chosen to toward Aylmerton - which is where the approach to the London
and weekly classes that we‘ve run
highlight iconic and regeneration the second King of the Mountain Olympics in 2012. The race also
so far in the district, we wanted to
areas of Norfolk. takes place. provides an opportunity to promote
Over the past five years, Olympic, - From Aylmerton to Holt, the route Norfolk nationally and trial something more ambitious.
This project will give youngsters the
Wor ld and Co mmon we al th heads through the market town internationally as a destination and
opportunity to benefit from expert
Champions have ridden the Tour of toward Saxthorpe, then on to demonstrate that it has everything
tuition and a more intensive
Britain and securing a stage of the Aylsham - riding past Blickling Hall. needed to host events on a grand
race for Norfolk is a coup for Then on through Alysham to Buxton, scale. programme, and then demonstrate
what they have learned in a high
Norfolk County Council - who has Hautbois, and Coltishall. Hugh Roberts, CEO of The Tour of
profile performance‖.
been in talks with the organisers of - From Coltishall the route heads into Britain, said:
Whilst the first four weeks will
the race for around a year in order to Norwich, following the ring road to ―We are extremely pleased to be
bring the Tour to the county‘s roads. Grapes Hill, with the third Sprint bringing the 2010 Tour of Britain to provide an introduction to the
Specific location timings will be taking place up Grapes Hill. The Norfolk. Our partners Norfolk various moves and styles of hip hop
dance, those enrolling on the half-
announced at a later date, but the race cyclists then ride past City Hall and County Council have provided us
term course will be committed to the
will begin from Tuesday Market the Forum, before making their way with the confidence that the stage in
following four weeks of rehearsals
Place in King's Lynn on Thursday down to Prince of Wales Road, onto Norfolk will be challenging one for
morning, before ending mid- Riverside and then the third King of the riders and at the same time an in preparation for the celebration
piece on July 10th.
afternoon on South Beach Parade in the Mountain takes place up Gurney exciting one for all the spectators.
For more information and to book a
Great Yarmouth. Road. ―To be able to show what Norfolk
place on the course please contact
- From Tuesday Market Place, the - Leaving the city, the cyclists follow has to offer to the huge cycling
riders will do a short circuit in King's a Broads route, through Salhouse, fanbase of Western Europe as a boost Stefan Clifford, Breckland Council
Sports Development Officer, on
Lynn, before heading out toward Wroxham, Hoveton, Horning, and to cycling tourism in the region is an
01362 656870.
Castle Rising and then to the Potter Heigham. Heading on to especially exciting prospect.‖
Sports News Mid-Norfolk Times Page 27

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Watton United First Team Back Row (Left to Right): Derek Hunt (Assistant Manager) Mark Allibone, Henry Armes, Kev
Bloomfield, Ben Smart, Andrew Morris, Scott Cruikshank, Gareth Leggett, Mike Callaghan, Vince Harwood (Manager)
Front Row (left to right): Stu Chrystall, Paul Woods, Mark Woods, Chris Bray, Jimmy Walker, Kev McKeever.

First Team - Sat 10 Apr 2010 League the pacy winger for a 1-1 chance that
Beccles Town 3 Watton United 2 was saved well.
Watton United FC
After the midweek game against Beccles However, football is a game of 90 Forthcoming Events
a few weeks ago, Watton‘s Management minutes, and with only 2 minutes 4th Annual Golf Day - £35 per person /
team of Harwood and Hunt knew remaining Watton lost concentration £140 per team (x4) - Richmond Park Across Down
exactly what to expect here today, with when a corner was taken quickly and the Golf club - Friday 25th June. Ticket 7 Irving Berlin classic (6) 1 Could 8 across join? (4)
college meadow similar in size and centre midfielder rose unchallenged includes full 18 holes of golf, BBQ , 8 This wood is a long shot (6) 2 Very small BSA bike (6)
stature (but not in playing surface) to the from the edge of the area of head over Breakfast roll, and prizes. To play in the 9 Notice they've died (4) 3 Vital part of toiletry (7)
Dereham Road pitch. Woods who had stepped off the post. tournament contact Paul Woods on 10 MP's claim for an Essex 4 PTA do Take responsibility
They had identified Anthony Martin, A better performance that deserved 07917 361762 or email pen (8) (5)
younger brother of Norwich City FC‘s more for the Watton team, but 11 Sailors bed (7) 5 Notably out of the ordinary
Chris Martin, as the goal threat, and unfortunately when you‘re at the Dance - Kenny & The Motives - local 13 Fabric (5) (6)
today welcomed back Gareth Leggett bottom, any luck seems to have deserted band Kenny and the motives are 15 3 wheeled bike (5) 6 Reel test our new home (8)
from university to bolster the back line you!!! Man of the Match: Gareth performing at Watton Sports Centre 17 VTOL A/C (7) 12 Revoke formally (8)
with Armes and James Brown still Leggett (main hall) on Saturday 28th May - 20 Get grime to measure three 14 8 across will get you on
unavailable. Their tactics worked in the Reserves Sat 10 Apr 2010 League Doors open 8pm till late - tickets (£6 minutes (3,5) here (7)
first half, playing a flat back 4, 3 in Bungay Town Reserves 3 Watton each) available from Watton Sports 21 Imitate (4) 16 Something to pack your
midfield and 3 upfront. United Reserves 2 Centre 01953 881281 - email 23 Sound of the seas from troubles in (3,3)
In the opening exchanges Walker Yet again Manager Wilkins and Griffith artist (6) 18 The best time so far (6)
troubled the Beccles inexperienced left were let down by players on the The club have planned our AGM for 24 Roman goddess of the 19 My pet has nothing in it
back numerous times, with his pace and morning of this away fixture. Now Thursday 3rd June (Watton Sports dawn (6) (5)
dribbling ability, and the defence. It was second from bottom in the league after a Centre - 7pm) - It‘s been a tough 22 Free of extraneous
this outlet which finally led to Watton 2 point deduction for cancelled fixtures, season, with lack of commitment from elements of any kind (4)
opening the scoring when Mark they surely can‘t cancel any more games local players causing some games to be

Scribble Pad
Allibone headed in a Mark Woods in their hunt to stay in Division 4. called off, and folding of the A team at
corner from the right. However his young team today showed the beginning of the season...
However, a miss-kick from Cruikshank hope for next season, with Luke Jones We are looking for more committee
in Watton‘s goal only minutes after and Jono Franklin yet again performing members to help out with running of the
drew Beccles level, when their striker well against an experienced Bungay club and more support from the local
controlled and delivered the ball back team. With Merv Brown draft in from community to join up if the club is
with the keeper stranded. In recent the first team bench at Beccles, Watton going to carry on and exist, if you can
weeks Watton‘s heads would have almost sneaked a well earned point, help, email
dropped, but their character shone going in 1-1 at half time with a goal for more information.
through, and they again took the lead from Jones.
with a great passing move from left to However, with only 12 fit players,
right was finished off coolly by the
advancing Morris from 10 yards.
Watton couldn't change things and they
went down near the end 3-2 after Merv Richmond LAST MONTH’S PUZZLE
The winner of the £10 prize last month was: Mrs Eileen Ward,
Watton haven't been leading at half time Brown had pulled them back to 2-2.
since the turn of the year, but the first
half performance warranted this lead,
Man of the Match: Luke Jones
Under 18s Mon 29 Mar 2010 League
Park Golf Walnut Grove, Watton. Well done Eileen for getting
Planar and not mistakenly putting Planer (22 across) as many did.
with Mark Allibone performing well in Wisbech Town 5 Watton Junior
a new central midfield role, and
Bloomfield, Walker and Leggett all
Under 18's 2
Watton played away to Wisbech who on
Club Senior
showing their class at this level, The the night proved to be the better team.
latter restricting the dangerous Martin to
no efforts on goal.
Watton had to reshuffle their team as a
couple of key players were missing.
The managers urged Watton to build on Watton battled hard in the first half and The inter club match season started with a
this lead by pressing the game as they went in at halftime with the score at 1-1. good win over local rivals Dereham by 5
had in the first 45 minutes, as the next The second half saw Watton drop their matches to 1.
goal was crucial. However 15 minutes heads and they just seemed to be 2nd to However, since then we have not done so
in, Watton suffered a setback when a every ball and not physical enough this well with defeats against Swaffham by
shot from the edge of the area slipped in was a shame as Watton didn‘t show how 2 1/2 to 3 1/2,Diss by 1 to 5, Kings Lynn
under Cruikshank to draw Watton level. they can actually play. Hopefully they by 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 and Feltwell by 1 1/2 to 4
As with Watton‘s season, they had some will learn from this performance. 1/2.
early chances in the second period, but Watton lost 5-2 with both Watton goals Stableford winners in March were Dave
couldn‘t convert, that vital 3rd goal. coming from Blake. Flack, Tom Carter, Ken Auckland, Roy
With 20 minutes left, Beccles changed Man of match goes to Jake Scent who as Fleming.
tactics, and pushed centre back Barham the youngest player on the field stepped The first Monthly stroke play medal was
upfront, and this almost instantly in at left back and done a good job. One won by Gerry Knox with a net 68 playing
provided dividends, with him releasing for the future. off a handicap of 10.
Mid-Norfolk Times Page 28 News

Richmond Park EVENTS DIARY

Golf Club – ACC = Ashill Community Centre, Hale Road, Ashill; Watton CCC = Watton
Christian Community Centre; Wells CCC = Wells Cole Community Centre,
Junior Section Saham, AHG = Attleborough Heritage Group, AGC Ashill Garden Club,
The Juniors played their second ADHS = Attleborough & District Horticultural Society, BDHS = Bradenham &
competition of the year on District Horticultural Society, BFGC = Breckland Flower & Garden Club,
Wednesday 14th April, there were six EHGC East Harling Gardening Club, GHGC Gt. Hockham Gardening Club
prizes on offer as well as a special OGC = Ovington Garden Club,
Wee Wonders prize on the day. The
winner on the day was Liam Owen May
with a fantastic net score of 47 Sat 1st Spring Fair Queens Hall 10 till 2pm See Article
Stableford points winning by just 4 Wed 5th 7pm Over Here Talk by Ken Godfrey on Americans at
points, second was Tom Weatherill Watton See article ―Upstairs at the Acorn‖
with 43 points, third was Lucy Mon 10th Fashion Show by She Fashions, Gt Hockham. See Ad
Tilbrook with 40 points and fourth Weds 12th AGC Visit to Japanese Garden, Caston. See article.
was Jack Bambridge with 39 points. Wed 12th Remember When at the Queens Hall, Watton
In the Wee Wonders section of the Thurs 13th BFGC Container Gardening - Talk See article.
competition the winner was Joel Sat 15th OGC Sale/Coffee morning @ Ovington Village Hall
Spillman with 23 points. Winner of Sat 15th EHGC Annual Sale 10am See article.
Nearest to the Pin was Lucy Tilbrook. Sat 15th } Firefly meets Dragonfly at the Dragonfly Gallery
The presentation was made by Lisa Sat 22nd }Wayland House, Watton. See article.
Neat of Smith & Pinching. Tues18th 7.45pm NWT Talk. The Breckland Reserves and
The Juniors were also presented with their Management. Watton CCC. See ad
their Club Shirts which have been Wed 19th 10 Barbara‘s day at Rockland See article.
kindly sponsored by Total Health Wed 19th ADHS Bulbs for Small gardens. 7.30pm See article.
Pharmacy and Wayland Garage. Thurs 20th BDHS Acer Cultivars 7.30 See article.
The event also hosted a raffle – and Thurs 20th Watton Pantomime Auditions See article
the Juniors would like to say a very Sat 22nd Changes in Norfolk Countryside - Illustrated talk. AHG
big thank you to all the local business Tues 25th Ladies Day at St Georges Sham Toney See article.
people in Watton that made it all Thurs 27th AGC Historical items found in gardens - See article.
possible. The event was also attended Thurs 27th Watton U3A ―Life of a WWII Bomb Aimer‖ See article.
by the main sponsors of the Juniors – Fri 28th Dance Kenny & The Motives Watton Sports Centre See ad.
Total Health Pharmacy, Smith & Sun 30th Hockham Horn Fair
Pinching and Wayland Garage. Sun 30th Attleborough‘s Development - Walk 2.30pm AHG See Art.
Everyone had a very enjoyable day. Mon 31st Bradenham Village Fete on The Green
Thurs 17th Strawberry in Brenda Davis' garden Watton. 2pm – 4pm.
Richmond Park Golf Club Ladies Section Ent. £2.50 includes tea, delicious strawberries and cake.
Thurs10th 7.45pm NWT Evening Guided Walk.
The last month has been a lot more served at the interval. she scored a hole-in-one on the par 3, 6th Thompson Common Reserve
productive for the ladies of Richmond Park The annual coffee morning was a washout hole (164 yd), using her driver. A great Fri 11th } Watton Methodist Church Flower Festival
Golf Club. The Coronation Foursomes was as far as visitors coming to play golf was achievement. Sat 12th : See Article
won by Diane Pitman and Eileen Chard, concerned, but the event was well Results: March Stableford Div 1 Mrs Sun 13th } Wild West Watton Carnival Day
and they will be going forward to represent supported by the lady members and a total Margaret Lockwood 34 pts Div 2 Mrs Sat 19th Stow Bedon & Breckles Fete 2pm to 5pm
the club at the regional final. of £343.20 was raised for club funds. Rosie Sutterby 28 pts Div 3 Mrs Cherry Stow Bedon Hall, Lower Stow Bedon.
The Lady Captain, Mrs Sheila Hill, Thank you to all who attended. Lawn 21 pts Sat 19th 6.30pm Rockland Shindig in Rockland Manor Meadow
organised a Charity Bridge day and raised The lady Vice Captain, Mrs Ann Achilles, April Medal Div1 Mrs Ann Achilles net Sat 26th Carbrooke Village Fete 1pm See article.
a wonderful total of £502. had a particularly memorable day when she 70 Div 2 Mrs Rosie Sutterby net 76 Div 3 Sun 27th AGC Annual Flower Show See article.
Thirty six people attended and tea/coffee came out for a few holes with her husband, Mrs Dorothy Stephenson net 85 Sun 27th Medieval Attleborough Walk 2.30 AHG
and cakes supplied by the golf club were on his first outing after a knee operation -


Programme – May, June & July H. BRETT & SON W.C. LITTLEPROUD & SON
Monumental Masons ~ Craftsmen in Stone of BRADENHAM
7.45 p.m. at the Call for our Brochure or ‘A genuine, family owned & run business
Watton Christian Community Centre offering a caring, traditional & affordable service‟
Weds, May 19th. Visit to Azsu Alpacas near Shipdham. Written estimates always provided Memorials supplied
Home visits can be arranged
Weds, June 16th. Barbara Miller - The Norwich Shoe Trade. Personal supervision Pre-Paid Funeral Plans available
Weds July 21st. David Yaxley - Sheringham Hall and Park
also Fireplaces, House Names etc. Arrangements may be discussed in the privacy of your own home

For more information on the Watton Society and a 75 NORWICH ROAD, WATTON,
programme to December 2010 telephone Judy Kerr 01953 NORFOLK, IP25 6DH Tel: 01953 881501
Tel: (01760) 440269 (24 hrs)
882613 or email Established over 60 years

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