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The Wayland Players get
HEATSTROKE in the afternoon!

Yes! We have listened to our audience
comments and, this April, you will have the
choice of attending a performance of
‘Heatstroke’ by Eric Chappell at the Queens
Hall either in the evening on Thursday 21st
April to Saturday 23rd April or at a matinee
performance on Saturday 23rd. Tickets are

now on sale at Adcocks, priced £7
Heatstroke is a deft mix of farce and mystery
in which assumed identities, breakneck pace
and hilarious mishaps, plus the tension and plot
reversals of a thriller, give the Spencers a
Spanish holiday they will never forget.
Has-been actor Howard arrives with a young

Queens Hall
Annual General

managed by a Committee of Trustees, which
includes representatives of the user
organisations, but we also have room to
include any interested local people who may
feel they have something to offer as
members of the Committee.
The Annual General Meeting will be held in
the Greenroom on Tuesday 26th April at
7.30pm, and members of the public are

This year will mark the Sixtieth Anniversary
of the opening of the Queens Hall in 1956
after four years of hard work by local
volunteers, who not only raised the money
by organising a multitude of events, but also
rolled up their sleeves and carried out the
digging, bricklaying and all the other skills
needed to convert a WW2 Air Force hangar
into a venue with an amazing sprung timber
dance floor and a well-equipped stage for
musical and theatrical events. Since then
thousands of local people have enjoyed the
remarkable facilities, and have continued to
maintain and improve this Watton landmark.
Probably the most important word in the
first sentence was ‘volunteers’.
We still
rely on the constant support of the local
organisations whose regular meetings
provide the bulk of the income needed to
fund the hall in a time of ever-increasing
As a registered Charity the Queens Hall is

Ovington Village
Hall Quiz
Round Britain, quiz teams are preparing for
the Ovington Village Hall Quiz on 23rd April
at 7.30pm. You don’t have to be an egghead to
mastermind a team. It takes just a minute to
‘phone 01953 885848 and enter a team of 4.
For a mere £7.50 a head it will only connect
you to like-minded people for an evening of
blockbusting fun with a full buffet supper. So,
don’t hesitate and become the weakest link,
that would be pointless as space is limited!
Join the chase to be top of the form and enter
your team A.S.A.P.
I’m sorry I haven’t a clue why you would want
to be anywhere else on Saturday 23rd April!

actress for a naughty break at the same villa as
the Spencers, which is then invaded by two
strange characters in search of a lost holdall.
Can things get any worse?
Oh yes, they can!
We do hope to see you there.
Jenny Mann, Director of ‘Heatstroke’

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Dance Away at
The Queens Hall

Russells Circus is back in town!

The award winning Russells International Circus is
back in Watton on the pony sale field on Thetford road
from 13th until 17th April. This years show is
promising to be the best yet featuring a strong cast of
over 20 international performers including from the
Romanian state circus the Andrei troupe with hair
raising stunts on the Russian swing, and for the first
time ever under the Russells Big Top the Duo Stefan
on the mighty Wheel of Death.
Other new acts this season also include John Fossett
riding a motorbike on a high wire and the breath-taking
Tropicana troupe direct from Cuba. This amazing
troupe of highly skilled acrobats will leave your heart
pounding as they effortlessly fly through the air
performing triple somersaults with ease from the
All of this plus magic illusions, aerial feats and of
course hilarious comedy from Watton's own Alex the
Clown and Amanda Russell.
On Wednesday all seats are just £6.99 and on other
nights prices vary. To book your tickets log onto or call the box office on
07752 218 805.

Birthday Party
to celebrate
our Queen's
90th birthday

Open to all families and everyone living in
Watton. On Sunday April 24th at Watton Youth
And Community Centre Harvey Street Watton
from 2-5pm.
Entertainment includes Uncle Razz and Aunty
Pearl with their family fun workshop sponsored
by Andrew Francis
Bouncy castle (sponsorship welcomed), Phoenix
Pipes and Drums, and Watton Silver Band will
be playing, and there will also be a Drill
performance by our local Army Cadets. Old
fashioned side stalls and competitions,
Refreshments available or bring a picnic.
Teas, coffees and squash available sponsored by
Eirlys Johnson + big patriotic birthday cake bake
off competition,
2 classes - Adults sponsored by Broom Hall
Hotel School children sponsorship to be
Simply bake a birthday cake fit for the Queen
can be fruit, sponge, or cup cakes
Have fun make as patriotic as possible .
Entry forms available from Watton Town
Council, Wayland Hall Watton or their website
and Wayland Partnership.
All cakes to be taken to Watton Youth And
Community Centre between 12-2pm on the 24th
All cakes to be available to be eaten on the day.

Ballroom, Latin and Sequence
Dancing 8pm to 11pm Admission £4
April 2nd, May 7th & June 4th

Another Busy
month for Inner

I have just been searching my Thesaurus for
another word for ‘busy’ – why? Because I always
start my report by saying how busy the members of
Inner Wheel have been. But that’s the truth of it.
We have been busy, and no other word will do!
Since the last issue of Wayland News we have held
a very successful and enjoyable Lunchtime
Concert, run a Coffee Morning for Queens Hall
maintenance, held a planning committee meeting
and heard an excellent speaker from the St.Martin’s
Housing Trust in Norwich.
Once again Queen’s Hall was full for the
Lunchtime Concert presented this time by three
ladies who work under the title ‘Three’s Company’.
A complete departure from the musical acts we
often have – these ladies perform poetry and they
are wonderful. Together they presented a wide
variety of poems and prose, both modern and
traditional, from the amusing to the spine-chilling,
and the audience was enthralled. As always the
entertainment was followed by the serving of a
light lunch – so many light lunches, in fact, that we
almost ran out of food, so get your tickets early for
the next event on March 30th. It is good to report
that the Concert added £322 to the IW charity
The weather on the day of the Coffee Morning was dire
– heavy rain and strong, cold winds. The fear was that
we would have no customers but we were wrong. Our
terrific band of supporters turned out in large numbers
and the members were kept active serving lots of
coffee, tea and cakes. Queens Hall benefitted by £185
from this initiative.
Plans put in place at Committee were mainly for
another Lunchtime Concert when the entertainment

will be provided by Pennyless, a small group of
musicians from Lincolnshire who play a variety of
instruments and who are described as ‘quirky,
inspirational, thoroughly inventive and distinctly
English!’ Tickets already selling fast, don’t miss this. A
different kind of musical event is planned for April
22nd when Breckland Harmony will be presenting a
concert entitled ‘Springtime Serenade’, in the
Methodist Church at 7:30. (Tickets £6)The main choir
will be supported by the ‘Harmonettes’ a small group
who sing a capella, and also the ‘Breckland Js’ who
are the junior singers. As always tickets for both events
are available from Mullengers.
At the monthly IW meeting the speaker was Derek
Player from the staff of the St.Martin’s Housing
Trust a charity which supports the homeless in
Norwich and other parts of Norfolk. He gave a
moving talk about the history of homelessness, the
various ways that the problem has been tackled
over centuries and the multifarious work of St.
Martins. After questions and discussion, Pam
Challand expressed the thanks of the meeting and
President Pauline Baldry presented Mr. Player with
a cheque in support of this work.
Lesley Cowling Club Correspondent

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Number Please
By Ken Knowles
On the bus to Norwich the other week I
noticed that about half the women
passengers had mobile phones to their ears
and spent most of the journey engaged in
conversation, while the children and
teenagers also had phones, but were quietly
texting their friends or playing computer
No harm in that, apart from one woman
who insisted on making her calls in such a
loud voice that most of the other passengers
were annoyed, though were too polite to
voice their feelings.
On arrival at Norwich and walking down
the main shopping streets, once more it
seemed that many of the pedestrians were
holding telephone up to their ears, often
bumping into others simply because their
attention was otherwise engaged.
All this brought to mind the days of my
youth in London when telephones were a
rarity to most working or even middle class
families. In my school there were about
400 pupils, but if more than ten of them
could boast that their homes contained a
phone it would be most surprising.
Of course shops and businesses had them,
but the private individual would have no
need, since if none of his acquaintances
were similarly equipped there would be noone to call. If ever calls were needed to be
made, one would have to find a phone box,
and there was usually one somewhere
within a radius of about half a mile, or there
might well be a local shop that displayed a
sign that proclaimed “You May Telephone
From Here”. Of course for these and phone
box calls a small fee had to be paid, and in
the latter one had to initiate the process by
inserting two pennies into a slot marked
‘A’ in a box below the handset. Then one
would lift the receiver off the retaining
cradle, which would have the effect of
connecting you to the operator, who would
ask “Number please ?” From that moment
on you would be known as the ‘Caller’ and
any subsequent conversation from the
operator would include that appellation in
standard phrases, such as “You’re through,
Caller, please press button A”, or possibly
“Your call will cost xxxxx, please insert
this amount in slot A, Caller”, or “there is
no reply from your number, Caller”. In that
case one would press button ‘B’, when

Fun Dog Show
at St Mary’s

Saturday May 14th from 12 noon for 1pm
start. St Mary’s Church, Watton are proud
to be hosting this happy event during
May. There will be 13 classes and the first
three winners of each class will be
presented with a colourful rosette.
This Dog Show will be a Fun show with
the dog’s owners paying just £1.50 per dog
entered into the ring before each class.
The winners of each class will be entered
into ‘The Best in Show’ and the overall
winner will have another Rosette presented
to the ’top dog’ of the whole show. (In the
judge’s opinion of course!)
There will be an assortment of stalls
including Tombola and Raffle stalls plus a
BBQ will be up and running from midday.
For those who don’t want a cooked lunch,
teas and other refreshments will be served
throughout the duration of the show.
The judges will include our very own
Vicar, the Rev’d. Gerry Foster, our Curate
Rev’d. Deborah Hamilton-Grey and
Margaret Cator, who is very well-known to
those of you who frequent our Church
We look forward to a ‘sunny’ afternoon
with plenty of fun and laughter, so for all
you ‘doggie lovers’ please bring your dog/s

your twopence would be returned
(hopefully – for sometimes some naughty
boy might have put chewing gum in the
works, which he would later remove and
collect your money).
Later on, when London Telephone
Exchanges were equipped with the
automatic dialling systems, the same
procedures were observed, except that the
caller would dial the number himself, and
only involve the operator if any difficulty
had presented itself.
The dialling system depended on seven
digits, the first three being in the form of
capital letters, representing the name of the
Exchange, plus four numbers. The
exchange names were originally intended
to reflect the location, such as MAYfair or
CHIswick,or in the case of my own local
one, CLIssold, called after the Park of that
name that formed part of the Borough of
Stoke Newiington. Where the initial three
letters of the local name coincided with
those of other districts, use was made of the
titles of famous personalities associated
with the area, such as in Hackney, where
the exchange was called AMHerst, after the
local Lord of the manor, while
Twickenham bore the name POPesgrove,
after the poet Alexander Pope, who had
once lived in that district.
The business of finding suitable names for
all these different telephone exchanges
must have posed some interesting
problems, when it is realised that by the
time direct dialling for the London area had
been completely provided they totalled
over two hundred and fifty in number.
With the system using four numerals, this
meant that each exchange could provide no
more than 9999 lines, so as the use of
phones became widespread, it was
sometimes necessary to have more than
one exchange in the same area, as in the
Borough of Islington, which was
accommodated by TERminus (reflecting
the adjacent station at King’s Cross), as
well CLErkenwell and CANonbury, two
Of course the City of London, being the
hub of the financial world, boasted the
most Exchanges, being served by AVEnue,
BIShopsgate, CENtral, CITy, LONdon
Wall, MANsion House, METropolitan,
MINcing Lane, MONarch, MOOrgate, and
ROYal, while the most famous of all
telephone numbers was that of Scotland
Yard, which everyone in the country could

quote as WHItehall 1212, though its fame
was soon overshadowed by the code 999
which was introduced in 1937 as a quick-to
-dial number to summon emergency
services, though for some time the most
dialled letters were TIM, to contact the
Speaking Clock, on which the dulcet tones
of a young lady informed one of the exact
time every ten seconds throughout the day.
Eventually the demand for telephones was
so great that the use of exchange names had
to be abandoned and numerical dialling,
hugely extended, was introduced covering
not only the London area, but the whole
country, and in due course the whole
Nowadays almost everyone has a personal
phone, if not a land-line, and push buttons
have super-ceded dials, and most folks feel
lost if, for any reason, contact with the
outside world is interrupted.
It seems a pity that all the efforts of the
engineers who went to so much trouble
inventing suitable names for all those
original exchanges have gone to waste, but
they can justly be proud of the ingenuity
they displayed in making it all so much
easier for all the London subscribers to use
the telephone system. It seemed so much
more friendly to be able to dial
AMBassador or CUNningham or some
such name followed by the number, and
three letters followed by four figures were
easier to remember than just seven
Of course nowadays things are so much
easier when we have facilities for our own
instruments to retain lists of any numbers
we may need to call, and with just one
touch of a button the connection is made
for us with no further effort involved. And
all except the cheapest modern phones have
so many extra ‘apps’ that they are virtually
unrecognisable as simply a means of
enabling one to speak to someone else.
Seeing children as young as three using
phones with ease it is amusing to recall that
when my home was first added to the
system in 1943, my mother, if required to
answer an incoming call, would hold the
receiver nervously to her ear, petrified in
case some harm awaited her, while in the
remaining twenty years of her life I am sure
she never ever dared to make an outside
call herself !
Today, many women of her age would not
feel properly dressed without a phone
handy, but that, so they say, is progress.

and support this event which is in support
of the upkeep of our lovely St Mary’s
More details from Sharon 07505686154,
David 07934426541 or the Church Office
on 01953 881252.
Follow us on Twitter @StMarysWatton.

occasions which can be purchased at the
PO counter.
Another great thing about our Post Office,
is that it is easy to park and we have
exceptionally long opening hours as our
Post Office is open all the time that the
shop is open. These are:Mon-Fri 7.30am-6.30pm, Sat 7.30am5.30pm and Sun 8.30am-1pm

Rocklands PO

With the problems of Watton Post Office
recently many customers have been
coming across to Rocklands Post Office,
which is sign-posted (via the shop) off
B1077 near Ridgeons and is situated along
The Street. Although we are Post Office
Counters we do provide a large number of
services and what people really like is the
fact that they can also get refreshments as
well at the Rocklands Café, as well as
doing their shopping. Customers are also
assured of a warm and friendly service
from the Post Office and Community shop
Many of the popular services we do are:Cash withdrawals (free of charge), Banking
cheque deposits, including HSBC, Parcels,
stamps and stamp books, bill payments,
home shopping returns, Car tax, Foreign
Currency can be ordered, and Euro’s/
Dollars are available at counter. Phone topups, Electric key top-ups, as well as the
very popular ‘One4all’ gift cards, for all


Watton Town Council has allotment sites
at Thetford Road and at the rear of the
cemetery in Church Road. The annual
renew of allotment leases will take place
in April and it is likely some allotments
will become vacant at that time. If you
might be interested in leasing an
allotment please contact the Town
Council office on 01953 881007 or
Allotments will be allocated on a first
come first served basis. To qualify to
hold an allotment in Watton you must be
a resistant of the town.
More information, including conditions
of the Allotment Tenancy Agreement,
can be seen on the Town Council website

April 2016

In Your Garden
with Lotta Potts
I apologise for being a bit ahead of myself
(or too optimistic) for March. Spring
hadn't really sprung had it? First week
monsoon and second snow. My excuse is
the deadline, boy Julian please note. This
deadline the sun is shining for the second
day in a row and it does do that appropriate
spring thing of getting rather cold when the
sun goes down followed by a frosty night
and maybe a foggy morning. It's nice to
note that the frosty nights are less frosty
and I'm not waking up to enough frost to
think we had snow. By the time you get
this it will be April, Easter is past – I hope
you had a good one without too much overindulgence – the clocks have gone forward
and it's time to get stuck in.
First, though, have a good look around
when you're out and about. All sorts of
blossom will appear as April wears on.
Some started in March and by the end of
the second week despite the horrible
weather all the large-flowered magnolias
from Shipdham into Dereham were
showing bud. There were some wild
cherry and blackthorn but these tend to be
discreet flowers but once they have got
going it looks as though the trees are
surrounded with a pale cloud. OK I'm
waxing lyrical but these brave flowers and
the green haze of hawthorn make me think
it's spring or pretty close to it.
The other things are scents. Some of the
daphnes will be flowering now and some of
the winter-flowering scented shrubs may
have hung on. The wintersweet is over. It
flowered again quite prolifically despite its
haircut last summer and I am still not so
sure about its scent. There are still a few
flowers on the Christmas box but the scent
is poor now. Some viburnums are coming
into flower and will have a lovely scent.
Check out the flowering shrubs in the
garden centres and have a good sniff before
you buy. You might be in for a pleasant
Take care with ribes, the
flowering currant. Its pink version is pretty
and should flower soon but beware if you
cut it for the vase as to my nose it has a
distinct odour of cat. I believe the yellowflowered variety is cat-free but I haven't
seen or smelt this one. On this subject,
now is a good time to plant shrubs and
perennials. See if there's a rack of plants
that have been neglected or are at the end
of their season. Most of these will be
looking a bit scruffy and will be reduced,
some quite a lot. They are well worth a
punt as a bit of tlc will bring them back to
life for next year. If they are pot-bound this
will prevent their taking in water so sink
the lot, pot and all, in a bucket of water for
a really good soak. Once the compost is
wet you will be able to untangle some of
the roots and either plant out or re-pot in
good compost. It's quite possible you will
be able to separate the one pot-bound
specimen into several new ones. I wouldn't
go beyond four divisions as the poor thing
might be in a bit of shock. A bit of pruning
out of dead material won't go amiss either,
even if it looks even scruffier but with
regular watering and appropriate feeding it
will soon perk up. Try and avoid the
bedding unless you can keep the plants
under cover and well protected as most
bedding is half-hardy. It is too early for
hardy bedding as well so wait until next
It's interesting to note that the forsythia that
should have flowered in March is showing
no inclination to do so by the middle of the
month. It occurs to me that traditionally
you would see forsythia in full bloom
underpinned by narcissus. Not this year, at
least not in my patch as most of the
narcissus flowered early.
If you have fruit trees these will also be
coming into flower but a hard frost will see

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off the blossom. If frost is forecast and the
tree is of a reasonably size it might be
worth covering the blossom so as to
preserve at least some of your crop.
The veg plot is filling up nicely. If you
chitted spuds then now is the time to plant
them, either in the ground or containers.
Either way they need a decent covering as
they will need to be earthed up remarkably
quickly. They should be planted in rows
far enough apart so that they can be
covered by the soil in between. Potatoes
emerge from the ground very quickly so
the covering process is quite frequent. If
you are a tidy gardener you end up with
those lovely ridges in straight lines with the
foliage just appearing. If you are like me
and plant way too close you finish up with
an area that resembles an archaeological
dig or an infestation of giant moles. I have
been known to rush out and buy bags of
compost to cover the potato foliage. Poor
planning. Potatoes do actually crop well in
large pots or bags. You can buy strong
bags made specially for the purpose and
will last for years. I can recommend them,
having tried to improve the planning but
really finish up with more seed potatoes as
I 'have those bags as well'. I always think
the results are worth it. For a small garden
just stick with earlies. These varieties are
rarely available in the shops and beat the
ones that are in the shops hands down. If
you are partial to a potato you can't beat the
flavour of one you picked our of the
catalogue, chitted, planted, dug and rushed
to the pan. Have plenty of butter handy.
If you have a metre or so square you can
commit to permanent planting, why not try
asparagus? They are very easy to grow and
ten crowns could be accommodated in this
relatively small area. I think people are put
off as they believe they need to wait years
to eat anything. Admittedly the standard
instructions are to plant, take nothing the
next year, a few spears the year after that
then a decent crop thereafter.
breeders have now developed new strains
that can be cropped from the year after
planting. After they're in all they need are
water and weeding with a mulch in autumn
after the ferns have yellowed and cut.
These are pretty in themselves and placed
strategically will give a six or seven foot
screen! This paragraph was lifted from last
year's April rambling as I think it worth
repeating for those who didn't grow
asparagus last year. Again the flavour of
the spears cut from close to the kitchen is
unbeatable. If you like asparagus that is.
Ignore me if you don't like it.
It is recommended to sow seeds outdoors
this month. That works if the weather
behaves itself and there are few pests ready
to eat the seeds and the shoots should they
germinate. You can beat the system by
sowing on a windowsill in a tray or pot
covered with a plastic bag. You can also
get windowsill propagators. These are just
the right width and come with seven
oblong trays with covers. Some are selfwatering and some are electric. Either way
they aren't too expensive and look a lot
better which might not offend others who
use the room and/or dust the windowsills.
Other propagators are available, with or
without heating but I find these are too big
for indoors and as my greenhouse is not
equipped with either power or heating of its
own it's not really for me. The downside is,
of course, I sowed all sorts of seeds in
March. The packets all said germination
14-21 days. No, up they all came within a
week so it was a scramble to find trays and
small pots to prick them out and now the
windowsills are covered in narrow trays
full of other trays with seedlings in. Be
There's no getting away from it. The lawn.
If you were able to avoid cutting it last
month due to the wet and frost it's highly
likely you'll need to make a start this
month. Start off once a fortnight with the

mower blades on the highest setting but if
the weather is nice and mild you'll be at it
once a week in no time. Repairs can be
made this month, either scratching up the
damaged area and sowing seed or cutting
away damaged edges, turning the turf
around so the damaged bit is inside with a
tidy edge outside and seed over the patch.
My answer would be to cut away the
damaged grass area and plant something
There is also a
recommendation to sow seed for a new
lawn this month but really only if you
cannot wait until autumn, much better.
Lawns can be laid from turf any time of
course. The feeding and moss treatment is,
in my opinion, best left until next month.
That's about it really apart from as ever,
keep weeding.

Ashill and Holme
Hale Garden Club

Despite a seasonal cold spell in February
snowdrops, daffodils, crocus, iris and
hyacinths flowered early due to the mild
winter. Members were, therefore, looking
forward to Tony Goode's advice on the
subject of 'Spring Bulbs'. Unfortunately,
Tony was forced to cancel his talk at
short notice due to illness. Undeterred,
chairman David Green co-opted four
brave members to join him on a panel for
'Gardeners' Question Time'. A free flow
of suggestions and advice from the panel
and the audience developed into a
pleasant and informative afternoon and
an opportunity for everyone to get
involved. Thanks go to the panel,
Richard Leighton, Jackie Hill, David
Green, Gary Moore and Rosemary
What's on for the next three months:
April 28th Ian Roofe - 'Summer Baskets'
May 11th Coach outing to Helmingham
Hall, Stowmarket
May 26th Shelagh Ashe - 'Colour in
the Garden'
June 23rd Jane Clark - 'A Crafter's
June 26th ANNUAL

Bradenham & District
Horticultural Society
On SATURDAY APRIL 16th we will be
holding our SPRING SHOW in the
VILLAGE HALL. It will be interesting
to see how the unpredictable winter and
early spring have influenced the array of
spring flowers, though what is certain is
that they will be bound to provide a feast
for the senses. The SHOW will be OPEN
FROM 3.30PM, so do come along to
view the exhibits whilst enjoying
afternoon tea.

Diabetes UK

25 members were at our March meeting,
which was slightly shorter due to our
annual lunch date. 19 members attended
the lunch excellently arranged, as always,
by Shirley.
The main topic of the meeting was the
10th anniversary of the group, in
The format for the
celebtation has been outlined, along with
some other ideas for the occasion. More
details will be announced later, so watch
the local press for details!!
Our April meeting will be on Monday
11th, 10.15am, at the Pentecostal Church,
Watton (who we thank for the generous
use of their facilities). Our speaker will
be Mike Wabe and he will be telling us
about "Britain's First Serial Killer" and
apparently it's not Jack the Ripper!!
For further details of the group or any of
our meetings, please leave a message on

Gt. Ellingham &
District Flower Club

We meet every 3rd Monday, monthly for demonstrations, workshops,
garden visits etc.
We are associated to NAFAS and we are a very friendly club that would
love to welcome more members. Membership is £25 per year, £5 per
visit as a guest. We have lots going on! We meet at Rocklands Village
Hall, NR17 1DU 7.30pm
Cost £8 - tickets from Telephone :
This will be held at Rocklands Village Hall Starts 1.30pm (Doors
open1pm) Afternoon tea & cake included. Raffle/tombola.
Demonstrations by Brenda assisted by Jane
We are hoping for lots of support with this to raise lots of money for
these wonderful local charities . . . If anyone can offer anything for the
raffle or even tombola that would be much appreciated. The most
important thing of all is to get lots of people to the event - so PLEASE
come along!!
Our APRIL meeting is on Monday the 18th at 7.30pm The
demonstration is entitled 'A Stitch in Time' and is by Ms Wendy
Goodliff. If you would like more information or a lift to meetings please
telephone me or email. Jane Dalton, Secretary

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April 2016

April 2016

The Wayland News Page 7

Breckland Cats Protection
Now that Spring is on its way, its
time to think about protecting your
cat from fleas and other parasites.
Fleas are the most common skin
parasite. Adult fleas live permanently
on their animal host and the female
flea produces eggs at a rate of 50 a
day. The eggs fall off the cat and
hatch into larvae in 2 to 16 days.
They then change into immobile
pupae in a cocoon.
An adult
develops in the cocoon and awaits
signals suggesting the presence of a
cat, such as heat, carbon dioxide and
vibrations. The flea will emerge and
attach to the host in seconds. If no
host is present, the flea can wait in the
cocoon for up to 2 years. In the right
conditions the whole cycle can be
completed quickly. Centrally heated
homes with fitted carpets provide
ideal conditions - warm and humid for fleas to develop all year round.
An itchy cat or insect bites on human
ankles maybe the only signs of
infestation. Unless cats are allergic to
flea bites, they often show
remarkably little response. Fleas
move around at great speed making
them difficult to spot. The best way

Tha Ovington

to check is to place the cat on a sheet
of white paper and comb it
meticulously. A fine-toothed flea
comb may trap one or two fleas, but
black specks of ‘flea dirt’ - flea
droppings consisting of undigested
cat blood - can usually be found on
the paper. When placed on damp
cotton wool ‘flea dirt’ slowly
dissolves producing bloody streaks.
Flea dirt or white eggs may also be
found where the cat sleeps.
For effective control, adult fleas on
the cat must be killed and reinfestation from the environment
prevented. Products intended for
dogs should not be used on cats, as
they can be toxic. The new, safe and
most effective flea control products
are available from veterinary
surgeries where advice on their use is
Some flea control
treatments also kill ticks, and internal
parasites such as roundworm and
tapeworm. And also ear mites and
biting lice. Check with your vet - if
you live near the forest you may need
a product that kills ticks as well. You
need to treat all the animals in your
household with appropriate flea

Tha owld wetha hev tunned wholly queer, thort I
wos abowt reddy tew git my wooly jumpa orf, and
then thet snew orl oova tha plearce.
Enny way, har yew gittin on tergitha, thas a bit
worritin abowt Norrige City, tha hent dun a lotta
good leartly, thort tha mite hev beat Swansea larst
Satdi, but thar run owta steem rite at tha end.
I shell hefta send ower owld Cowncil
Chairwummen up ter gi them a wud or tew,
or a ding o tha lug, cor blarst sheed hev them orl of
a slarva an they dassn’t lose the ball or tha gearm
fer luv nor munny.
Torkin abowt ower Cowncil, tha hev bin getting
orl crors abowt tha local plan wos bin sarculearted
by tha distric cowncil, larst I heard thar rekkuned
thet hed bin writ by sum wun wot hent hed a mite
o skoolin. Thar hev writ back an towld em ter git
thar act tergitha.
Dunt spouse thet’ll dew a lotta gud, tha lot at
Breckland hev tew much munny tew cownt since
thar got a pay rise.
The Church peeple hev got tharself orl ‘cited
abowt tha Heritage munny and thars meetins orl
tha time on how tew meark shure tha munny git
spent proper like.
I see tha owld wicar hev got a new car.
Horry hent bin tew well leartly, rekkun heese
cumin down wi suffin thas gooin abowt.
He missed gooin up tha pub larst Satdi, so thet
mus be seerus.
My missus she say “Sarve him rite, duzzy ole fule
wunt hev nuthin dun tew his hoom, thas cowld
and runnin wi warta down tha walls, wos he spect”
I towld har thet howse hev bin like thet since his
granfer wos alive an hees bin gorn this 60 year.
Mind yew thar hev hed tha ‘lectric put on since

treatment for their species.
You may also need to treat carpets
and furnishings and a spray is
available from your vet. Frequent
vacuuming can help to reduce the
numbers of fleas, but it will not
eliminate them. These products are
specifically for the environment and
should never be used on the cat itself.
If your cat goes outside, it is
inevitable that he will pick up fleas.

then. An Horry allus hev a fire lit fer Chrismus.
I orlmust forgot tew ‘pologise fer not givin yew a
bitta squit larst munth, only we wus gitten stuck
inta tha plowing reddy fer tha years beet, but
rekkun thet hent gunna be wuth it cos thar ent no
munny in it enymore, sugar hent gud fer yew so
thar sayin we mussent grow so much.
I spose we shall hefta start putting howses onna
tha land, thet seem ter pay well an tharse hunnerts
of people wot hent got noware ter live, so thay
Got my seed tatas orl chittin up, but sharnt git em
in by gud Friday if thet dunt warm up a bit, boy
Barry hev set his in his grinhowse so he’ll git
newuns afore were got ‘em in.
My missus shees yelling agin, thas teatime she
say, got sum flootas fer tea she say, thar’ll stick
tew yar ribs.
So fare yew well tergitha an I’ll see yew nex
munth, dew yew kip a troshin. Boy Sid

It is therefore your responsibility to
protect him and your home from a
flea infestation. Most flea treatments
need to be administered regularly every 4 - 6 weeks. Fleas can become
resistant to flea treatment, so check
with your vet that you have the latest
treatment that is effective.
For help or advice, or assistance with
the cost of neutering, please call us on
01842 810018. Rita Thompson

Can you help Tony
identify who these
chaps are?

'Together' by Links &
layers' - Art Exhibition

'Links and layers' is a mixed media interest
group of seven individuals, all currently living
and working in Norfolk.
Disciplines represented include painting,
drawing, glass work, sculpture, millinery and
Saturday 19th March - Saturday 2nd April Open
Good Friday 10 – 1pm. Preview Coffee
Morning - Saturday 19th March 10.00 - 12.30 Homemade Cakes
Opening Times: Monday to Friday 10.00am 4.00pm, Saturday 10am – 1pm Contact Susan
Hollingworth Arts & Events Manager 01953
880205 The Dragonfly Gallery, Wayland
House, High St, Watton, IP25 6AR

Tony Brooks from Thompson sent in this picture
and wonders if any readers can remember who
these chaps are?
I think they may be Norwich City footballers
though I could be wrong. The occasion, I am sure,
is the crowning of the Carnival Queen in the
Market Place during the early 1960's.
If you can help Tony please ring him on 01953
483088, or email

April 2016

Watton Short
Mat Bowls Club

Why not come and try out the game at Barn Ruche, Watton? Our roll
-up days are Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9am to 12.30pm.
Refreshments are available
We are a competitive club but also have a social side. All are
welcome but you would need flat soled shoes or slippers.

The Wayland News Page 8

New Lettings
Business in

Mayor of Watton,
Mr Ken Birch
"formally" opened a new business in
Watton "Kyber Lettings" in March.
Kyber Lettings has been set up by local
businessman Lee Moxham who many
people will know through his heating and
plumbing company “Art Tech Ltd”.
Lee said "Having had the benefit of being a
landlord for the past 25 years and the
experience renting my properties through
agencies I decided to set up Kyber Lettings
to give the landlord and tenant a unique
service with a personal touch. We will treat
your property like our own and advise you
"We offer three packages, including a
fully managed agreement which will take
the day to day strain out of renting".
"Our checks on tenants minimise the
possibility of rent arrears through
stringent vetting and guarantors and we
will give you a discounted rate (on our
management fee) if you have more than
one property and also, we will not charge
you or your tenant for contract renewal.
And there are no hidden costs".

Lee Moxham, Cllr Ken Birch, Mr Nathan Monaghan and Sandra Gosling
"We intend to make Kyber lettings a “One
Stop Shop” for renting in the Watton area"
Kyber Lettings also offer "quick response"
property repairs for both emergency and
routine work via “Property Care and
Repair” who are trusted local tradesmen.
They offer this repair service not just to
landlords but anyone who needs their help.

Lee is working alongside Mr Nathan
Monaghan and Sandra Gosling
Lee urges any landlord who would like to
discuss how Kyber Lettings could help to
contact him on 01953 885694 or call in to
the office at Dereham Road (just off the
High Street) in Watton.

Thank You

signed the petition to come and find out
more and to understand exactly how the
cuts could affect them and their families in
this local community”
As a reminder there are a number of ways
in which you can help safeguard our
1.Please sign the petition against these
We need 100,000 signatures for these cuts
to be considered for debate in Parliament.
This is a nationwide issue so talk to your
family and friends, wherever in the UK
they may live and encourage them to sign
the petition too.
2. Write to your local MP to express your
concerns that they will support their
community’s healthcare interests in
Parliament. To find out who your local MP
is enter your postcode onto
For the immediate Wayland area, your MP
is George Freeman who can be contacted
emailing or writing to
him at George Freeman MP, 8 Damgate

Street, Wymondham, Norfolk, NR18 0BQ.
His website is
3. Get involved in the social media
website and
follow them on Facebook for regular
updates and to share their information.
4. Share your experiences of how your
local pharmacy has helped you. No matter
how big or small the issue your pharmacy
may have helped you in some way. We
want the government to understand how
important the local pharmacy network is to
communities. If you have any stories or
comments then direct them to Healthwatch
Norfolk, an independent body with
statutory powers. They can be contacted as
Telephone 0808 168 9669 or Email
Total Health Pharmacy at 14 Gregor
Shanks Way, Watton is open 7 days a week
from 8am until 11pm Monday to Friday
and 8am to 8.30pm Saturday and Sunday,
offering pharmacy services plus other
services and healthcare advice. To find out
more about the campaign call in or phone
01953 881157


of the town (more than once) He was a
high profile Mayor always busy and
interested and very much in evidence at
town events. One of his greatest
achievements was concerned with the
expansion and renovation of the Wayland
Hall to be used as a Day Care Centre for
the elderly. It was also the place from
which the ‘Meals on Wheels’ service
operated. Working with fellow councillors
of the time, Roy Rudling and Garnet
Mitchell, Cyril drove this project forward.
He was responsible for the acquisition of
the first ‘Town Ambulance’ (not a medical
vehicle) which transported people to the
Centre each time. In fact it was Cyril who
drove the round collecting up the first
visitors to the newly ready – and not yet
quite officially opened – Day Care Centre
on October 29th 1979. Cyril Cadman’s
contribution to the town was, indeed,
considerable. It is very regrettable that cuts
to funding have almost destroyed such
services for the elderly and have changed
the usage of the Wayland Hall once again.
Just beside the back entrance to Queens
Hall is Kittell Close so called to remember
three generations of the Kittell family who
were prominent in the town for many years.
Bob Kittell opened his cycle shop at the

west end of the High Street (where Lings is
now) just after the first World War. He
later sold some of the early motor cycles
and also offered a repair service. He played
in the town band and was one of the two
soloists at the event held in 1920 to
dedicate the War Memorial – in its original
position. Bob would also conduct the Band
on some occasions. His son, Jeffery took
over the business when he returned after
Army service during and later Bob’s
grandson, Roger, became manager at Lings
thus continuing the association with all
things two-wheeled for many years. Jeffery
Kittell was one of the small group of
wonderful men who, in the 1950s built
Queens Hall often working long hours after
their daily jobs were done to give us the
splendid facility which we enjoy today.

Following the announcement by the
Government of a reduction in pharmacy
funding of £170million, there has been an
active campaign against the cuts locally,
with Total Health Pharmacy in Watton
encouraging people to contact their local
MP and to sign a petition against the cuts.
Geoff and Rachel Ray, owners of family
business Total Health Pharmacy, wanted to
express their thanks via this newspaper.
“We have been overwhelmed by the
support and kind words from our customers
at what is a very worrying time for
especially as the Government have been
very unclear as to exactly what the cuts will
entail. We can’t express enough our
gratitude for the many hundreds of
customers who have come to the pharmacy
to show their support against the cuts and to
sign the petition. It is at times like this that
you realise the value of ‘community’ and
appreciate how vital and valued are the
services that you provide.”
“This is likely to be a long campaign and
we would encourage people who haven’t

By Lesley Cowling
Continuing our journey round the street and
road names in Watton we move further
along Harvey Street to Nelson Court and
Hamilton Close. Their origins are, of
course, obvious: and as far as I know they
are thus named because of the general
Norfolk association with Admiral Nelson
and his ladyfriend Lady Hamilton and not
because there is any evidence to suppose
they ever ‘slept here’!! As the old Dereham
Road meets the ‘bypass’ this road becomes
Cadman Way whilst on the other side of
the traffic lights going towards Thetford it
is Memorial Way. When the roads were
named there was some local suggestion that
these names should be reversed since the
War Memorial used to be sited at the
entrance to Church Walk: the road name
would therefore have embedded that fact in
history. However, Cadman Way it is and as
such it honours the work of one of the most
energetic and lively people ever to move
into the town. Cyril Cadman and his wife
Bella moved to Watton from the London
area and immediately set about making a
difference in one way or another. Cyril
became a Councillor and later was Mayor

Wednesday Coffee
Morning new times

Thanks to all our lovely customers – we
love to see you each week. New times to
suit you – 9.20am to 12 Noon starting April
6th How about givin us a try? In the
Watton Christian Community Centre in the
High Street every Wednesday morning.
We look forward to seeing you!

The Wayland News Page 9


By Chris O'Connor
We always know that when
summer arrives in Australia two
things are going to occur. One is
fairly obvious – it gets hot, very
hot; and the other is that
somewhere in this vast land there
will be bushfires and like it or not
people will lose the lives, their
homes – everything they once
called their own.
But this year has been different.
While we have had our share of
bushfires and loss of life as a
result, the temperature has been
higher than normal and although
we are now officially in autumn
the heat is not going away, far
from it.
As I sit writing this it is 3 in the
morning and the temperature
outside is an all enveloping 25
degrees Celsius. Normally it
would be around 5.
To put it mildly the nation is
sweltering and although there has
been a lot of rain it has not
dropped the temperature, simply
raised the humidity levels to
around 90%, which is pretty
horrible to work, walk or even
relax in. Thank goodness for air
The country is experiencing warm
weather as the mercury climbs
above average in most areas,
during a month usually reserved
for a cool change according to the
oracle on weather in this nation,
the Bureau of Meteorology
Only small areas along the
Australia and along the central
Queensland coast have recorded
temperatures so far this month.
BOM senior climatologist David
Martin said the hot start to autumn
showed a "clear trend" toward
warmer weather across the
country. (An understatement if
ever there was!)
"Some of the more significant
heatwaves during spring and
autumn have occurred when
conditions have been dry, and it
has been a very dry second half to
the monsoon season," he said.
Melbourne sweltered through its
hottest March night on record a
few nights ago when temperatures
hovered at 30 degrees Celsius,
only dipping
slightly after
midnight. A severe heatwave has
been sweeping Victoria for almost
a week, and the overnight
temperature smashed the previous
record of 26.9C set in 2008.
Hot conditions continued in the
north of the state with temperatures
reaching as high as 39C.
Canberra (the national capital) has
consecutive March days of above
consecutive days above 26C and
the forecast shows the warm
weather is set to continue.
typically-dry South
Australia, which is sweating under
a blanket of humidity and heavy
rain. Stay warm!

April 2016

Watton Rotary Roundup

As presaged last month, our President,
Paul Chubbock, duly ‘walked the dome’
on 23rd February, Rotary Day. Between
80 and 90 Rotarians from all over Britain
took part at the O2 dome at Greenwich
with the aim of raising money through
sponsorship for 2 causes – End Polio
Now and Rotary’s Roller Barrel project to
provide an effective means of carrying
clean water in remote areas instead of
carrying jerry cans or buckets. It is
anticipated that over £15,000 will have
been raised once all sponsored monies
have been collected and collated, Paul’s
contribution is expected to exceed £550,
much of it raised through his Just Giving
page, which enables Gift Aid and is still
at The picture shows Paul atop
the Dome.
Our crocuses, symbolic of the End Polio
campaign, managed to bloom in at least 2
spots in Watton on 27th February, the last

day of Rotary Week.
On 9th March, we had our annual “UnChristmas” dinner at the City College
Norwich Debut Restaurant. Our numbers
were slightly down due to illness but it
was an excellent dinner and enjoyable
evening. All the cooking and service was
undertaken by students at various levels
in the college’s Hotel, Hospitality &
Catering department.
Our Projects Committee is currently
working on our annual vocational awards,
where Watton Rotary Club seeks to
recognize an individual and a group that
has given exceptional service in some
way to the local community. Our full title
includes “& District” so in seeking
potential nominations we are not confined
to just Watton and Wayland. We can be
contacted through our website:
on this or any other matter.
Martin Anscombe

Great Hockham
Gardening Club

that would last a lifetime, advice that may
have come a little late for most of us!
Martyn then demonstrated the preparation
of the different types of plant material
including root and leaf cuttings. I have to
say that personally, looking at the leaf
cuttings in a little pot impressed me the
most. How a plant can grow to maturity
from a scrap of leaf seems almost
Finally, he talked about hormone rooting
compound: if you’ve had it for more than
a year, it’s no good. The active ingredient
will have deteriorated. If you hope to keep
it, it will last longer in the fridge.
Wednesday’s weather was somewhat
inclement, perhaps why at 21, our
attendance was down a little on last
month. Never mind, the summer is
Other Business
Not organized by our club, but a
worthwhile cause, is a Charity Flower
Arranging Demonstration. This event is
hosted by Great Ellingham & District
Flower Club and will be conducted by
Brenda Tubb, a regular and much valued
judge at our annual summer show and by
our own Jane Dalton. It is in aid of the
East Anglian Air Ambulance and
Macmillan Nurses. It will be held at
Rocklands village hall on Saturday 9th
April. Doors open at 13:00 for a 13:30
start. Tickets are £8.00, from Jane at
01953 498694, tea and cake included.
Next Meeting
All our meetings are at Hockham village
hall, on the second Wednesday of the
month, 13:30 to set up for a 14:00 start.
The next meeting is on Wednesday 13th
April and will be a talk by Robert
Maidstone entitled Our Little Little

Propagation: Now is the time when we
are all thinking of working hard on our
gardens so we can stop working and
enjoy them. Our speaker in March could
help with that. Martyn Davey is Head of
Faculty Landbased at Easton & Otley
College. He has worked there for fifteen
years and is now a regular on Radio
Norfolk so who better to advise us on
propagating from our own garden plants.
Martyn began with softwood cuttings by
outlining the type of plant material
suitable for propagation: the current
seasons growth, pest and disease free and
not in or about to flower, as those primed
to produce seed are less inclined to
develop roots. Small shallow pots, plugs
and shallow trays are suitable for these
types of cuttings.
Hardwood cuttings require larger, deeper
pots, filled with a suitable compost and
topped off with a layer of vermiculite.
Pearlite can be used to lighten the
compost and retain moisture.
Martyn recommended using a peat based
multi purpose compost. He discussed at
length the ethical issues of this saying that
in his experience the recycled garden
material sold commercially could be a
very variable commodity, possibly
containing unknown substances. A good
peat free choice would be those based on
coir, but this involved air miles, so you
take your choice. With coir the surface
can dry out before the lower layers
leading to possible over watering.
The importance of good cutting tools was
discussed saying that it was worth laying
out money on a good pair of secateurs

The Wayland News Page 10

April 2016

Can you help?

An appeal to Buckle, Williams and Cooper
Families please can you help?
Is your name Buckle, Williams or Cooper? If
so you may be able to help. I am hoping to
find a photograph of Herbert Cooper from
Caston who was killed in action in August
1917 near Ypres, Belgium.
The beneficiary of Herbert Cooper's will was
Miss Ethel Williams. Ethel was one of 5
children born to George and Elizabeth
Williams in Tottington (or Merton). In 1911
she was living with her sister Lilian and
brother-in-law John Whalebelly in Watton.
She was probably still at the same address, in
Norwich Road, Watton, in 1916 when
Herbert made his will.
Herbert was killed, as we have said
previously, in August 1917.
In 1921 Ethel married Frederick Buckle and
they had two children, Charles born 1922 and
Joyce born 1925. Are you one of their
descendants? I am assuming Ethel was
Herbert's girlfriend or maybe fiancée and we
are hoping she had a photograph of him.
Do you have this photograph or any
information that might lead to its discovery?
Herbert is remembered on the Caston War
Memorial (above) and he is one of four of
our men who we do not have a photograph
of, the others being Harry Green, Horace Tye
and Lenny Tye.
Please telephone Mrs Jane Horner on 01953
483627 if you can help.

What’s on at
St Mary’s

Thur 7th April 3-5pm Messy Church at St
Mary’s Church, Watton. Fun, food,
Children, please bring an adult.
Fri 15th April 7.00pm QUIZ NIGHT at St
Mary’s Church, Watton. Tables of 4, £10,
please bring your own drinks and nibbles.
Proceeds to St Mary’s Church To book your
table please contact the Church Office 01953
Wed 27th April 3.30-4.45pm ‘Stop Gap’ at
the Blenheim Centre, Tedder Close, Watton.
An after school Club for all the family.
Sat 30th April 7pm for 7.30pm Murder
Mystery Evening in a Marquee at St Mary’s
Church, Green, tickets £10 to include food,
please bring your own drinks. Booking
essential, tickets and further information from
Jennifer Baker 01953 884036 or the Church
Office 01953 881252.
Church Watton ‘100 Club’ St Mary’s Church
are starting a ‘100 Club’. Tickets are £12.00
for the year, (i.e. £1.00 per month) with the
chance to win £50.00 in the monthly draw.
Tickets to be purchased as soon as possible
for the first draw on 17th April. If you are
interested please telephone Cath on 01953
885811 for further details.

welcomes visitors

flower arrangements and also containing
an extensive used book sale. Proceeds
here are devoted to church funds.
On the Sunday only, the Village Hall
enters into the weekend activities, open
from11am to 5pm with a table top sale to
entice visitors for a bargain .
Both sites have ample and free parking.

Shipdham &
District Book

This book was enjoyed by the membership,
with one exception, commenting that it was
obvious that it was published nearly a
decade ago when the world seemed very
different for immigration. It was felt that
Lev was an example of the most worthy of
temporary immigrants wanting to work and
help in the UK and his own country.
Several people wanted to know what
happened to his restaurant once he
achieved his ambition but feared it might
fail, through the poverty of the local
population, while others felt it would
succeed as many people in Europe eat
out more than in the UK because they
live in small flats and single rooms. Rose
characterisation and ability to move the
story on giving clear pictures through
‘showing’ not ‘telling‘. One person founf
the book depressing and described it as
‘grey’ whilst confessing to not having
finished reading it.
The book to be discussed in April is The
Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.

IT Training for
Older People

Hotel on Wednesday 30th March.
The project has been funded by
Norfolk Community Foundation until
the end of March but we are going to
carry it on for as long as we have
willing volunteers to teach people. We
currently have a few free slots on a
Monday or Tuesday available, so if
you, or anyone you know would like
free, tailored one-to-one support with
IT please get in touch asap as they are
sure to get booked up.
If you, or someone you know could
benefit from this project either as a
learner or a tutor please get in touch
with Suzanne on 01953 880204 or

Only a few miles out of Thetford, the
village of Wretham opens up at the start
of May as local people work together to
welcome visitors.
At Wretham Lodge (IP24 1RL),
the former village rectory, the
National Gardens Scheme gardens
will be open to the public on
Sunday and Monday May 1st and
2nd, from 11am to 5pm on both
The current owners have lavished
years of design and practical work
in the site, with its sweeping
lawns, tree planting, herbaceous
borders and walled garden, all of
them on view.
The May opening comes because
the traditional opening time at
Easter was too early this year.
Admission is £4 for adults with
children free and money raised
goes to NGS charities.
Across the road, at St. Ethelbert’s
church, hot and cold refreshment
and home-made cakes will be
available over the same times on
each day, in a church filled with

On 16th March the group discussed The
Road Home by Rose Tremain. First
published in 2007 it tells of Lev, a widower
in his forties, travelling from Auror, a
village in an unspecified country in Eastern
Europe when the sawmil, where he
worked, closes. He reaches London
seeking work so he can send money to his
mother, 5 year old daughter and best friend.
His first job is delivering leasflets
advertising a Muslim kebab shop, before
washing dishes at a five star restaurant
named GK Ashe, where he watches and
listens in order to learn about high class
cooking. Lev meets Lydia a translator from
his home country; a divorced Irish plumber
called Christie, his landlord; Sophie, a
young chef, and Ruby a rich elderly lady.
His ambition is to somehow raise the
money to open a restaurant in his own

Generation Connections is a Wayland
Partnership project to match older
people with young people to help older
people to use technology such as smart
phones or tablets and to give young
people valuable skills such as working
with people. It started in January and
has continued to go from strength to
strength with a great group of 6 young
people ranging in age from 13 to 22,
supporting older people, some for the
very first time, to use tablets or smart
phones. One of the learners, Christine
Woodsford, commented “I get up on a
Tuesday and think great, IT training
today – it really has been so useful to
me. I take notes at each session, have a
play during the week and come back
with a whole lot of new questions that
I need help with.”
To celebrate the success of the project
and to thank the volunteers for giving
their time we are organising an
Afternoon Tea party at Broom Hall

St Mary’s,
Watton Open

Commencing Wed 20th April, the
Church will be open Wed 10.30-3.00pm
& Thurs10-12.30pm. You are welcome
to come into church to enjoy the peace
and tranquillity, say a prayer or just to
look round. Church members will
welcome you and serve refreshments.

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'Enrich with Stitch'

This exhibition by Hardingham
Textile Group is being held in the
Lincoln Hall, Hingham, on Saturday
30th. April and Sunday 1st. May,
from 10.00am until 4.30pm. The
exhibition is our first 'solo' one and
promises to be interesting.
Refreshments will be available and
raffle tickets will be on sale. Entry is
free and many items will be for sale.
We look forward to seeing you as the
support we have received in past
years has been a joy to us all.


On a recent very wet Wednesday
morning the number of market
stalls on Watton High Street
numbered just five - not so many
years ago there were considerably
more. This is a sad indication of
the gradual decline of the
traditional market town, where all
businesses, whether large or small,
have been struggling to survive in
an increasingly competitive and hitech world.
The fact that Watton Country
Market continues to trade after
over forty years is a testament to
all our producers, helpers and
customers. We are also fortunate to
have a permanent home, every
Wednesday morning between 8.30
and 11.30 in the Christian
Community Centre. In addition to
our business, the church volunteers
offer somewhere to sit, drink and
eat in the adjoining room.
Our green fingered Marketeers are
now busy sowing seeds and
nurturing plants, so we will soon
be offering a tempting range of
bedding and container subjects for
instant effect plus hardy perennials
for year round interest. Fruit and
veg is obviously seasonal, but
when ready will be fresh, local and
flavoursome. Bakery is always on
offer, whether sweet or savory, as
are jams,chutney, marmalade and
honey. Our crafters continue to
display a wide range of items
handicrafts and jewellery. Local
eggs are also available in many
Why not pop in to see us - you just
might be surprised in what we have
to offer!

April 2016

Bowls Club

New to Watton or new to bowls? If
you are interested in playing bowls
for the very first time or have limited
experience we start the 2016 season
on Sunday 17th April.
We have an excellent Bowling Green
at Watton Sports Centre, situated off
Dereham Road. We form an integral
part of the Sports Centre and as such
we have the full use of the Centre’s
refreshment bar, changing rooms and
car parking.
We have bowling sessions on
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
afternoons at 2.30pm and Friday
evenings from 6.00 pm especially for
beginners. Initially for two weeks the
sessions will be free and Club Rules
relaxed regarding dress code. If you
could wear flat-soled shoes this
would be appreciated, but if not
appropriate slipovers will be
available. We also have a selection
of bowls for your use.
So do please come along to these
sessions regardless of your age.
We are a very friendly and sociable
club with other events held
throughout the year.
We are affiliated to Norfolk County
(Bowls England) Association and we
have league fixtures in the County
League, the Ashill and District
League and the Age Concern
League. We also play many
friendlies and host Touring Clubs
and County matches. In addition we
have numerous internal and external
If you would like any further details
or other information then please
Club Captain: John Hunter ~ 01953
882419 ~ 0794 1670925
Club Secretary: Sonia Exley ~ 01953
799064 ~ 0799 0821056
Watton Sports Centre ~ 01953

treatments at
Broom Hall

Anna Yeomans has opened a new
calming and relaxing treatment room at
Broom Hall Country Hotel. Anna has a
wealth of knowledge when it comes to
beauty treatments with over 18
years experience in the beauty
industry working for a variety of
companies including Virgin
Atlantic and Estée Lauder.
Anna offers a wide range of
beauty treatments specialising in
Eve Taylor facials and High
Definition Brows. Anna also
offers waxing using hot wax for
sensitive areas, Bio Sculpture Gel
polish. Anna has recently added
Evo Gel nail colour to her list of
treatments offering a quicker
drying nail colour which contains
Vitamin A and E. Evo Gel allows
air to get to the nail and leaves a
beautifully healthy nail once the
gel is removed.
Anna’s new treatment room at
Broom Hall Country Hotel is
situated in the main hotel and has
been simply decorated to create a
truly tranquil and peaceful setting.
There is plenty of free parking

What Watton
WWW-Fighting the Over
Development of Watton

Approximately 100 people attended
the Queen’s Hall recently for the
Planning Appeal by Gladmans re their
proposed development of 180
dwellings on the Thetford Road,
opposite the Hopkins Homes site now
under construction.
WWW members read statements
Partnership, The Watton Medical
Practice and The Impact on the
Wayland Woods written by Paul
Newport. Cllr Wassell read a
statement received from our MP
George Freeman.
All of these reports together with the
audience participation called for the
Inspector to reject this appeal due to
the site being adjacent to Wayland
Wood and the consequent damage to
the general habitat and wildlife
together with Watton’s unsustainable
development allowed to date. The
Inspector’s decision will be published
Another Planning Appeal by Hopkins
Homes is being held on Wednesday
6th April at the Watton Sports Centre
commencing at 10.00am against
Breckland Council’s rejection of their
dwellings on the Saham Road. This
site has over the past six years been
dismissed by Breckland Council three
times and an Inspector once.
It is vitally important that you voice
your opinion together with WWW
members at this appeal hearing.
Please support us.
At the present time Watton has 600
houses approved for development
with a further 590 seeking planning or
appeal approval all within two miles
of the town centre. These totals do not
include development on the old
Watton Airfield site at Carbrooke.
The Planning applications for
and use of the hotel swimming pool ,
lunch, dinner or afternoon tea can all be
added to your beauty treatments. Pamper
packages and pamper parties are all
Quote Wayland news when booking
Evo gel nails £15 instead of £20 offer
ends 31st April 2016.
Contact Anna for more information and
to book 07824 882049 visit or contact
Broom Hall Hotel on 01953 872 125

Portland Avenue and Mallard Road
could be on the Planning Committees
agenda for either 4th or 24th April.
Breckland Planning recently held
their final consultation meeting at the
Queen’s Hall on the Breckland Local
Plan covering the period up to 2036.
comments to Breckland Council on
compensation via developers 106
agreements (financial support for
local amenities) lack of a Public Park,
swimming facilities and employment
opportunities plus the general poor
infrastructure of roads etc. It was also
noted that this important meeting was
not well advertised to the general
public. WWW have set up a
government sponsored petition under
the heading “Petition if the Planning
Application the Decision is Final”. To
sign this petition please click the link
below and share!
WWW is actively looking to increase
its base with professional expertise in
related fields. If you can assist please
contact us via our website.
Full details on Planning Applications
can be found on Breckland Council
Go to Planning>Search>Search for
Planning Applications - Enter
Application Reference No - Press
Letters should be sent to: The Chief
Planning Officer, Elizabeth House,
Walpole Loke, Dereham NE19 1EE
E Mails to
Telephone Planning Office 01362
65212. All correspondence MUST
quote the relevant Application
Reference Number.
Letters to local M.P George Freeman
should be addressed to 8. Damgate
Street Wymondham NR18 0BQ
For further information or you wish to
help our group go to

Watton U3A
meets the RSPB

Murray Brown from the RSPB gave
Watton U3A members an entertaining
and informative talk last month. He told
us, with the aid of some stunning slides,
about the work the RSPB are doing in the
Brecks; particularly the life and habitat of
the stone curlew which has been a priority
in the Brecks since the 1980’s. The
Brecks cover 1000 square kilometres and
supports over 28% of rare species in the
UK. It is an area which is crucial to stone
curlews and the Brecks has over two
thirds of these birds in the UK. Murray
told us that in the Middle Ages stone
curlews were thought to cure jaundice
with a stare from their distinctive yellow
eyes! The RSPB are aiming at the next
generation by getting children involved in
activities. The newest project is called
Wings over The Brecks. The speaker for
April will be Patrick Thompson with part
3 of his Talks on the Royal Family.
We will continue to collect membership
renewal subscriptions. The last day for
renewal of your membership is 30 April.
If you have not paid by then you will need
to reapply for membership.
At the February meeting Anita brought in
a variety of snowdrops which she grows
in her garden to show the members.
The garden visits group enjoyed a visit to
West Beckham on Sunday 28th February.
Watton U3A had two teams in a quiz at
Ashill Community Centre on Saturday
27th February and they came 2nd and 4th.
24 members enjoyed a tour of Ely
Cathedral followed by a visit to Stretham
Garden Centre for lunch on Thursday 3rd
The No. 1 pub lunch group will be going
to The Windmill at Necton on Thursday
14th April and the No 2 pub lunch group
will visit The White Horse at Longham
on Tuesday 26th April.
Please contact our Membership Secretary,
Anita Taylor on 01953 881110 if you
would like to become a member of the
Watton U3A, or would like further
For further details on the National U3A,
go to

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Watton Churches Together
St. Mary’s Church, Watton Follow us @StMarysWatton
If I can be of help to you please do not hesitate to contact me,
on 01953 881439, I shall be available at church on Tuesdays
between 10.30am and 12 noon - Gerry Foster
1st, 3rd & 4th Wednesday at 9.30am Holy Communion
2nd Wednesday Morning Worship
Tuesdays 7.30am - 8am, Thursdays 5pm - 5.30pm
Saturdays 9.30am - 10am Parish Prayers
5pm - 6pm Pray & Praise
Church Office opens Tues, Wed & Thurs 9am-1pm
Tel: 01953 881252
Sun 3rd

Holy Communion
10.00am Holy Communion
Sun 10th 8.00am
Holy Communion
10.00am Informal Holy Communion
Sun 17th 8.00am
Holy Communion
10.00am Holy Communion
11.45am Annual Church Meeting
4-5.15pm Café Church, Blenheim Centre
Sun 24th 8.00am
Holy Communion
10.00am 4th Sunday at 10
12 noon Holy Baptism
Sun 1st May 11am Marquee Service on St Mary’s Church Green
.Watton Methodist Church
Every Wednesday the Church is open for quiet
reflection and prayer between 10.15am & 11.30am
It’s your quiet place. At 10.30 there is a half-hour Midweek
Service in the Large Vestry led by the Minister or a Church
Member. Minister Rev E Reddington 01760 720858
Sun 3rd
Sun 10th
Sun 17th
Sun 24th


Section Service at Swaffham
Mrs E Wright
Mr B Ogden
Mr A Warby
Mr D Summers
Mrs E Warby
Rev B Winner Women’s Anniversary Service
Rev E Reddington

Roman Catholic Community
Each Sat 5.30pm Mass at Watton Methodist Church

Sun 3rd
Sun 10th
Sun 17th
Sun 24th
Sun 3rd
Sun 10th
Sun 17th
Sun 24th

St. Nicholas’ Church, Ashill
Tuesdays at 10.00am Holy Communion
Lay Led Worship
Family Holy Communion
10.45am Annual Church Meeting
Morning Worship
Holy Communion
St. George’s Church, Saham Toney
11.00am Lay Led Worship
11.45am Annual Church Meeting
11.00am Family Holy Communion
11.00am All Age Worship
11.00am Holy Communion

S.S. Peter & Paul’s Church, Carbrooke
10.30am Family Holy Communion
10.30am Morning Worship
10.30am Holy Communion
12 noon Annual Church Meeting
Sun 24th 10.30am Lay Led Worship
Sun 3rd
Sun 10th
Sun 17th

Sun 3rd
Sun 17th
Sun 24th

St John the Evangelist Church, Ovington
Holy Communion
10.30am Lay Led Worship
12.30pm Annual Church Meeting

All Saints Church, Threxton
Our next service at All Saints Threxton will be on
Sunday 1st May at 11a.m. A warm welcome to all.

April services "An everyday life of faith"
Sundays at 10.30am
Sunday School during the Morning Service
17th April: All age Family Service
Everyone welcome

Wed 6th 2pm Tea and chat at Watton CCC
Mon 18th 12 for 12.30pm Lunch at Griston Waggon & Horses

April 2016

Thought for the
Month - What is
Fr Gordon Williams (Roshi) Our Lady
of Pity Catholic Church Swaffham
The word ‘meditation’ is similar to the word
medicine. Both meditation and medicine are
a means of healing, of caring and paying
attention. The practice of meditation is
universal to almost all traditions and
religions of the world. To be silent and still
calms the mind whether one thinks of it as
meditation or not. To walk in the woods and
hear the rustle of the pines and feel the deep
impenetrable mystery that lies at the root of

By Orbiter
As I start to write these notes Spring has
arrived. I know this because it has become a
lot colder and snow showers have been
appearing from time to time, although things
are beginning to settle down now.
But Spring is not just about the weather, it is
the time when a young man’s fancy turns to
furniture sales – those things that always
must end on Sunday. If we choose to watch
commercial television we are bombarded
with so many adverts on the subject that one
is tempted to wonder if they are really
effective. But what is certain is that the big
furniture stores are almost completely
deserted, both of customers and sales staff,
except at those times when sales are on. So if
you are weary after a morning shopping and
have an hour before your bus home, pop into
the nearest sofa showroom, and put your feet
up. No-one will be there to disturb you.
Of course the big issue of the month is the
battle between those of our leaders who wish
for an exit from the EU, and those who are
desperate for us to stay in, but with all the
speeches and personal appearances these
ministers are making all around the country,
we may wonder if any actual governing is
going on in Westminster. A recent television
news clip showed a local MP making an
impassioned plea on some subject and there
seemed to be only one other person in the
House, apart from the Speaker. Hardly
A glance at the education scene reveals a
plea from some well-meaning person to ban
all budding rugby players from tackling, on
the basis that serious injuries can result. This
seems, on the face of it, to be quite a
reasonable suggestion, though on a bigger
scale than that mooted several years ago
against the seemingly harmless schoolboy
game of Conkers. But every sporting activity
carries some risk, for instance cricket, in
which solid balls are hurled at an opponent at
express speeds, footer, and, most dangerous
of all, hockey, in which the danger of being
hit by a hard ball is augmented by wildly
flailing sticks. Add in the dangers inherent
in the direct contact sports of boxing and
wrestling, and it surprising that so many
youngsters wish to take part, but hazards are
a way of life, and if accidents are to happen
they will occur anywhere, whether on the
sports field or in the home.
But many of us are past the days of playing
sports and have reached the time of life when
one of our most energetic exercises is to
write letters to distant relations. Or used to
be, for the news is that in a week or so the
cost of a first -class stamp will go up to 64p,
while the cheap ones will be only 55p !
No wonder not many people bother to write
these days. It seems incredible that at one
time a second-class stamp cost just a halfpenny, while a penny one guaranteed that
your letter would be delivered in time for the
addressee to read it over his breakfast.
Three weeks ago we enjoyed (?) Mothering
Sunday, on which we honoured the most

all life is universal. The inner spirit is calmed
and we feel a sense of being present to the
great Source of all life. In our ever
increasingly busy lives it is necessary to find
some solitude among the beauty of nature
and restore our link with the great mystery.
When we are present to that which we
cannot explain, the thinking mind moves to
the heart. The heart is another universal
symbol of that deeper part of our humanity,
the inner self, or the ‘True Self’. When the
heart opens we move deeper than the mind.
This is the path of meditation.
In order to practice meditation it is necessary
to set aside some time to practice. So what
do I mean by ‘practice’? A meditative
practice is anything we undertake with heart
as a way of awakening. The practice of
meditation isn’t always sitting still and silent

in a certain posture, it might take other forms
as well, such as a meditative walk in nature,
a slow thoughtful reading of Scripture or
poetry. It might be painting or music. It’s not
so much what you do but whether your
‘practice ‘ opens the inner heart. Does your
practice bring you into the presence of
Many people today are searching for a
deeper meaning to life. The pace of life
makes us feel that life is running away at a
pace we cannot slow down. We can slow this
rush down by bringing into our lives a
meditation practice. If we are faithful to daily
time for quiet silent sitting or reflective
reading, or a slow walk in the early morning
or evening, gradually, very gradually we
begin to deepen our awareness the wonder of
this life. Try it and see what happens!

respected member of our family, but have
you realised how many other so-called
special times fill up our calendars these
days ?
We have always recognised the religious
festivals, as well as political ones, such as
May Day, Empire Day, and Armistice Day,
and Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday) while
sporting occasions have encroached over the
last century, such as Boat Race Day, Cup
Final Day, Grand National and Derby Days,
the last two being marked in offices and
work places by an obligation for all and
sundry, tea lady to managing director, to
spend sixpence on the ‘Lucky Sweep’.
(Probably 50p or even a pound these days).
Recent additions have been Red Nose Day
and all manner of other charity event days as
well as special weeks, such as National Pie
Week, National Sausage Week, and Giving
up Smoking Week, while other special ones
have invited us to cycle, ramble, shop, give
up this, that or something else, Eat British
Pork or Buy English Cheese, and so on,
while one day this month was deemed
International Women’s Day, though exactly
what that entailed I cannot think, (probably
to do with my age).
Guy Fawkes Day, Alexandra Rose Day,
Lady Day and Oak Apple day ( in some
areas), plus Bank Holidays and the various
Saints Days complete the years, so it seems
there aren’t many ‘ordinary’ days left, and
no doubt they, too, will disappear in favour
of special ones in due course.
It has been announced that our TV screens
are soon to be showing new issues of old
favourite comedy shows, such as ‘Are you
being served ?’, ‘Hancock’s Half Hour’,
‘Porridge’, Till Death Do us Part’, and
‘Keeping Up Appearances’, which seems to
indicate that the BBC has accepted that there
is a complete lack of quality in any of the socalled comedy programmes currently being
Modern sit-coms rarely sustain their promise
for more than a few minutes before lapsing
into a flow of bad language, but
unfortunately bringing back old favourites
with new casts is rarely a successful step, for
comparisons to the original artists are
inevitable, and even repeating the old scripts
can reveal that tastes in humour have
probably changed over the years.
Films of favourite shows usually do no
better, as can be judged from the recent
screening of ‘Dad’s Army’, which, despite
valiant efforts of the actors concerned, the
critics tell us did not quite reach the required
standard, and this failing has usually been
present whenever similar attempts have been
made to transfer from one medium to
another. It has also been suggested that a
film of ‘Downton Abbey’ may be on the
way, but as this not a comedy programme it
could well be successful.
Many adverse comments have been directed
at BT in the last few months with regard to
their inability to supply adequate broadband
coverage to many parts of the country, to
which the company repeatedly stress that
90% of the population is very well served.
This may well be true, and sounds great,
unless you are unfortunate enough to be one

of the other 10%.
There will be a similar situation after the
coming referendum – millions will be
delighted at the outcome, but millions of
others will be devastated, in the same way
that General Elections invariably divide the
More division comes on the subject of
opening and closing. The first concerns
Sunday shopping, and it seems that the
proposal to extend the present allowed hours
has been shelved, a decision which is
perhaps reasonable, for if we know that the
shops will close at a certain time we will visit
them before that hour, so they will not lose
money for shutting.
But regarding closing, the decision to close
many of the County Courts is a much more
serious matter, for already we know that
legal and criminal cases are beset by long
delays, with trials being heard today in
respect of crimes that were committed two or
more years ago, which can in no way be in
the interest of justice.
All other
considerations apart, imagine being asked to
appear as a witness in a local matter and then
realising that you might be expected to travel
to the other side of the county, possibly on
several consecutive days. Lawyers would be
similarly affected, which will make the
already astronomically high legal costs, even
With the trend for closing Police Stations
already well established, one wonders if the
legal system will for much longer retain its
reputation as the best in the world. .
Also on the theme of closing, over the last
twenty years or so there has been a great
reduction in the number of green-grocers in
our high streets, and in many towns they
have disappeared altogether, so that we are
obliged to obtain our fruit and vegetables
from super-markets and street market stalls.
With these closures one item seems to have
vanished also – fresh green peas. Only
occasionally are they available, and with
their absence one of the simple pleasures of
life, that of sitting in the morning sunshine
shelling peas. The only similar delight is
topping and tailing gooseberries, but to me
shelling peas was the best, and is it
imagination that suggests that tinned peas
don’t taste quite so good ? Good afternoon.

April 2016

Councillor’s Chat
With Cllr Claire Bowes
News from Norfolk County Council
Following the recent County Council
budget meeting vital front line services
that were at threat from cuts have been
saved. After entering into budget
negotiations with the Alliance, the
Conservative Group were successful in
getting support for their demands at the
budget setting meeting. Cuts had been
proposed to the fire service, recycling
centres, libraries, road maintenance,
museums and other front line services.
Conservative demands to reverse the
cuts and save services were included in
the final budget and the proposals in
full were:
 Reverse the closure of fire stations
 Restore Norfolk Arts Service grants,
 Reverse Norfolk Museum Services
lone working proposal
 Reverse Museums service redesign
 Reverse saving on Norfolk Record
Office (Search Room new archives and
conservation work).
 Restore Norfolk Record Office
opening hours and specialist archive
 Restore libraries material spend and
associated staff
 Save Historic Environment Service
 Assure
 Re-open Docking recycling centre
 Restore full time opening at Ashill,
Heacham and Morningthorpe recycling
Additional to these, another proposal
from the Conservative Group to create
a new pot hole and small projects fund
of £1.5 million was agreed. This will
ensure not only good quality roads but
also a good standard of road safety.
Funding of £380,000 for 122 small
scale highway projects across Norfolk
was approved by the Council’s
Transport Committee on 11 March.
The money from Norfolk County
Council’s Parish Partnership scheme
will be matched by Parish and town
councils who were invited in June 2015
to put in bids for funding for schemes
important to their local area.
The most popular bids have been for
vehicle activated signs, which has seen
44 applications for signs which in most
cases are to remind drivers of their
speed and known as SAM2. This year
the Norfolk Safety Camera Partnership
contributed £80,000 towards SAM2
bids boosting the total available Parish
Partnership funding to £380,000 and
emphasises the important role that the
Parish Partnership Programme can have

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in casualty reduction initiatives.
News from Breckland District
On 8th March I attended the Gladman
development Appeal Hearing at the
Queen’s Hall in which Gladman
(speculative developers) appealed
against Breckland Council Planning
Committee’s decision to refuse their
application for a development of 180
dwellings outside Watton and adjacent
to Wayland Wood, a designated Special
Site of Scientific Interest which is also
of great heritage value to Watton and
the Wayland area. The appeal was well
attended by members of the public. The
appeal inspector conducted proceedings
in an open and fair manner, taking care
to make sure that the views of the
public who attended were fully heard. I
hope, that in his deliberations, he gives
all due weight to the local arguments
around character, ecology and heritage
of the area. His decision should be
made in the next few weeks.
At the end of February Breckland
Council voted to agree a budget that
will protect frontline services and
invests in the district’s future.
By making a small increase in Council
Tax - the first for three years – (whilst
still remaining the lowest in the
Country) Breckland members agreed to
support a budget which delivers a
balanced position and is backed by a
sound financial plan for the future.
The budget will enable the authority to
invest in its market towns, protect
community grants and support and back
local business.
The budget also provides for support to
market towns centres through a pilot
Business Rates Reduction Scheme in
Dereham. This pilot is part of
Breckland’s wider Market Towns
Initiative (MTI) to support all five of its
market towns (Attleborough, Dereham,
Swaffham, Thetford and Watton) by
working with town councils, partners
and local businesses to reinvigorate
town centres.
At the same meeting, members also
approved a recommendation to give
additional support to residents who
formerly served with the armed forces.
supports war pensioners and war
widows through disregarding the first
£10 of war pension income when
Housing Benefits. The decision to
provide war pensioners with additional
support by disregarding all war pension
income when assessing claims could
see the Council providing up to an extra
£10,000 to these customers.
Breckland Council has picked up an

international award for its work to help
environmentally friendly. The district
council scooped a Bronze prize in the
National and Regional Government
category of
the Green World Awards. The award
scheme looked at examples from
around the world of government
organisations, agencies, companies and
individuals which during 2015
improved environmental performance,
encouraged efficient use of resources,
and supported sustainable development.
Breckland was the only UK council to
receive one of the prestigious awards.
In its category, the council came up
against competition from government
organisations based in Poland,
Malaysia, Colombia, United Arab
Emirates, and Bosnia & Herzegovina.
The council helps businesses to access
grant funding to help them invest in
more efficient processes and energy
reduction measures. This helps
companies to become greener while
reducing operating costs and boosting
competitiveness, which has further
supported business growth and job
creation throughout the eastern region.
Over the last few years, Breckland has
helped to bring in more than £15
million of investment for local
companies from local, national and
international funds, and is on course to
have supported businesses to reduce
carbon emissions by more than 10,000
Claire Bowes, Norfolk County and
representing Watton
For County matters please contact me
For District matters please contact me
Mobile 07789 796 937

Thank you
from H Brett
and Son

The partners and staff at H Brett &
Son, Monumental Masons, held a
successful coffee morning “Time for
a cuppa” in aid of Dementia UK on
Wednesday March 2nd. They would
like to thank everyone who came and
all who contributed including the
cake makers. £123.40 was raised and
they thank everyone for their
generosity. H Brett & Son look
forward to seeing you all at their
MacMillan coffee morning in

Sufferers and
Carers - Join
‘Our Day Out’
Join ‘Our Day Out’ in Dereham,
Watton and Attleborough – activity
afternoons for people living with
dementia and their carers. Norfolk
charity, Creative Arts East, is keen to
spread the word about the ‘Our Day
Out’ programme for people living with
early to mid stage dementia and their
carers in Breckland. In partnership with
Breckland District Council, the charity
are hosting monthly activity afternoons
in Watton, Dereham and Attleborough
aimed at giving people a chance to
socialise and try new things in a safe
and understanding environment.
‘Our Day Out’ monthly events are free
and allow people to get involved or just
to come along and watch. Past
activities have included: Arts and
Crafts, Drumming, Printmaking, Film
Screenings, outings to Gressenhall
Museum and much more. The team at
Creative Arts East are eager for more
people to find out what is on offer in
Dereham, Watton and Attleborough,
and join the groups already enjoying
the fun and rewarding afternoons.
Creative Arts East’s Deputy Director
Elly Wilson said “In April we will be
having an afternoon of live music
featuring a fantastic classical music
performance in Dereham, Attleborough
and Watton! We would love more
people to come along and join their
local group; you can share a cuppa,

May Day
At St Mary’s Church, Watton
St Mary’s Church are delighted to have
the use of a large Marquee on the
Church field for May Day Celebrations.
The day will open with a Marquee
Service at 11am in the Marquee,
followed by a traditional May Fair on
the field. A BBQ will be running from
12 noon to 2pm with tea and cakes
from 2pm until 4.30pm.
There will be lots of village games with
various stalls, face painting and a very
active clown with dozens of twisty
balloons plus a raffle and for those who
enjoy dancing, get out your dancing
shoes and come and DANCE

enjoy some cake and have the
opportunity to try something new! It’s
an informal, friendly environment and
everyone is welcome. You can
participate as much or as little as you
like, it’s not pressurised in any way,
and is a lot of fun”.
In Watton the event is on Thursday
21st April from 2pm to 4pm at
Centre, In Dereham on Friday 8th
April 2pm to 4pm at The Meeting
Point, Jubilee Suite, St Withburga
Lane, Dereham, NR19 1DF and for
Attleborough Thursday 22nd April
1:15pm – 3:15pm please call 1953
The aim of ‘Our Day Out’ is to
encourage people living with early
stage dementia, and their carers, to
share enjoyable experiences and
memories through activities taking
place in their local community and
most importantly just to have a great
The sessions are friendly,
informal, and a perfect way to meet
new people who are also living with
Participants find the sessions a “real
good giggle” and enjoy being part of a
group. Quotes from others who have
been coming to the afternoons include:
“My husband really enjoys his 'Our
Day Out' and talks about it at home”.
“Thank you very much for what you
organise, it is very much appreciated.”
“The staff are terrific”
If you want to get involved, book a
place at any of the sessions in
Dereham, Watton or Attleborough, or
simply find out a bit more, please get in
touch by contacting 01953 713390 or
We will be having an event during the
afternoon to pick and crown our May
princess therefore we are appealing for
girls who would like to be considered
for this to come dressed for the
occasion. Likewise, if there are any
boys who would like to be the
princess’s consort then we will also be
delighted to welcome them.
The afternoon will be a busy one with
lots of fun and laughter so please come
and support this event which is in aid of
helping with the running costs of our
lovely Church, here in Watton, which
joyfully serves the townspeople people
of Watton and surrounding area.
More details from Paul Wetherill on
01953 884213 or the Church Office on
01953 881252
You can find us on the web at and follow us
on Twitter @StMarysWatton.

April 2016

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The Wayland
Challenge 2016
The Wayland Partnership is inviting
local photographers to enter their
pictures of Norfolk into the Wayland
Photography Challenge. This is an
opportunity for them to show visitors
from near and far, the quality and
variety of their work.
Terms and conditions: There will be
two sections:
Amateur – anyone who takes
photographs entirely for pleasure
Professional - Anyone who earns
money from their photographs either
occasionally or as a full-time
Subject: There are no restrictions on
subject except that the pictures must
be taken in Norfolk, preferably in
Wayland or the Brecks
Entries: Photographers may enter up
to three pictures, which should have
been taken within the last 12 months.
These should be either A3 or A4 size
and mounted (not framed). There will
be a charge of £3.00 for each entry
(total fee no more than £9.00) which
will be put towards the prize fund.
Judging: The Challenge will be
officially launched on June 18th and
entries must arrive at Wayland House
by 4.00pm on July 1st. Depending on
the number received these will be
shortlisted and the shortlisted
photographs will be displayed in the
Dragonfly Gallery from July 27th to
August 31st, creating the summer
show in the Gallery. Before the
exhibition is opened to the public the
photographs will be judged by a
panel. In addition there will be a
‘Peoples’ Choice’ award with visitors
to the Gallery voting for their
favourite. Three awards will be made
at the end of the Exhibition: Best professional entry, Best amateur
entry, Peoples’ Choice
The decision of the judging panel is
How to enter: Select your photographs
(up to three) printed on A3 or A4
photo paper and mounted and placed
in a large envelope or plastic folder.
Your full name should be written
clearly on the reverse of each
photograph with the date taken and a
title for each picture. Entries should be
handed in to Reception at Wayland
House, together with a completed
entry form. On this occasion entries
cannot be accepted electronically as
they will be displayed in the Gallery.
Hard copies and electronic copies of
this information and entry form are
available from Wayland House. A
condition of entry is that the Wayland
Partnership has permission to use any
of the entries in their marketing and
publicity to promote the Wayland
For more information, or for copies of
the Entry pack, please contact 01953 880202 0r 01953 880205

What do Breckles, Caston, Great
Hockham, Griston, Stow Bedon,
Thompson, have in common. Apart
from being pleasant villages to live
in? Well, one answer could also be
that they all have rather old churches
that need heating and regular
maintenance and that costs money.
What do you do when you have tried,

with varying degrees of success, the
usual list of fundraising events that
everybody else does?Try something
new? That is exactly what Lois Gill
thought three years ago. Could she
combine the skills of those who had a
hobby? Why not try and combine
Flower Arranging with Knitting? That
is what led her to see if the skills of
the many, mostly ladies, who find
knitting a relaxing pastime, could be
put to a rather ambitious project.For
many, to knit yet another four inch
square to make up a blanket, can
become boring. So, why not knit
something else,? Flowers? Cakes?
Birds?, . . You might have guessed by
now that these were the strange ideas
that eventually became The Blossom
and Yarn Festival which was held in
July last year to raise funds to support
the churches within The Wayland
Group of Parishes. New ideas are
never easy to get off the ground, but
Lois was able to gather sufficient
support to give the idea a try out. For
example, one member of the
congregation had a large quantity of
wool from a house clearance. To
make the event more interesting, a
theme was required. This problem
was solved by looking through the
church calendar which presented the
answers Easter, Harvest, Weddings,
and so on. This gave those
participating plenty of ideas and
needled started clicking.Flowers and
cakes were not the only items knitted.
Taking a chance, one enterprising
group knitted their version of the
Bishop! When they first took It to him
to gather his reaction, not only did he
approve, but agreed to be
photographed next to it. Lois also
brought with her some of the items
that had been knitted. These included
"Percy", a life size peacock! So, how
do you follow that? Yes, knitting has
begun in earnest for Blossom and
Yarn 2017. A lot was learned from the
first one. Next time it will be not just
knitting, but the organisers wish to
invite those with associated skills such
as needlework, felting, textile, sewing
and crochet. Already helpers are
coming forward wanting to be in at
the start.Lois invited us to help too. As
the project has grown, other skills are
now required to make the 2017 event
successful .If you cant knit or sew,
there is a need for other help on the
organisation side, such as secretarial,
ticket booking, brochure and
advertising, publicity and many other
aspects of staging a public event. The
best way to make contact is viawww. where there are
still some photographs taken last year,
or Lois can be contacted on 01953
488157 and on Facebook – search for
Blossom and Yarn

West Norfolk
Aviation Society

The members of The West Norfolk
Aviation Society enjoyed the product
of Steve de Roek's photographic,
editing and special effects skills at
their March 1st meeting. Steve, a
member of the Society, showed
mainly aircraft photos, some genuine
but others composed by trickery for
publication in books and journals, as
well as some stunning wildlife
images. His presentation, now
becoming almost an annual event, was
again very well received. He is
already booked for another show in
The next WNAS' meeting will be on
April 5th in Methwold's Social Club
when WNAS member Chris Abrams,

former V Force and DC8 Captain,
will describe "The Avro Vulcan in
Service". Visitors and new members
will be welcome to all our meetings
and are encouraged to go to http://
uk/ for details of our programme and
of how to find us.

Come and Sing

Why not come along and join
Breckland Harmony in a day of
singing on Saturday June 25th at St.
Mary’s Church, Watton. We will be
practicing and performing a selection
of songs from the shows titled ‘On
Broadway’. Funds raised will be
given to charities including East
Anglian Childrens’ Hospices (EACH)
and the restoration of the church
The event will start at 10am and finish
at 4pm with breaks for refreshments
and lunch.
All singers young and old, women,
men, and accompanied children of
about 11 years and over will be made
very welcome.
The charge for the day will be £10
with a reduction for families.
For further details ring Julia Grover
01953 4836 54 or e - mai l

'SCRAP' Cart
Gravity Race
This is a wacky race and you NEED
to WIN The COMPETITION Spring bank holiday: Monday 30 May
2016You must make a cart that you
can sit in or on. It must not have any
form of motive power, engine, pedals,
sail, etc.
Your cart should be made from scrap
material. Old bicycles, prams and
buggies are all good donor scrap for
the mechanicals. Plywood, cardboard
and timber are easily used materials
for a chassis / body.
The competition is the sum of two
1. Judges will award points for design,
original ideas and imaginative use of
scrap material; points will be deducted
for use of new stuff (except safety
2. Timed runs will be made, with the
quickest cart earning most points. The
race will commence from a fixed
sloping platform giving each cart a
consistent 'push-off', then it is just the
road incline to keep you going!
Your cart will need to get under a 1m
high bridge, negotiate at least one
chicane, before taking on the
infamous 'allotment corner' and then it
is a high speed 'amble' to the finish
line outside the village hall. We might
think up some other devious obstacles
before event day, so make sure you
have good control.
For more details, 'the rules', track
location map and construction
examples and restrictions see:

Shellrock Circle

For Rocklands and the surrounding
Venue: The Village Hall, The Street,
Rocklands (Contact: Secretary
Allyson Blandford 01953 488103)
The number of members attending the
meeting on Wednesday 9th March
was much depleted which was not
surprising considering the dreadful
Our speaker was Mr Simon White –
Manager at Peter Beales Roses. He

started by explaining the changes to
the company since the deaths of
members of the Beales family some 2
to 3 years ago. It is now owned by a
Canadian couple.
The very interesting talk included a
slide show of over 20 gardens located
within East Anglia with comments
and descriptions of specific features of
the gardens. A hand out was issued
stating the names of the gardens and
their approximate locations.
Thanks were offered to Mr White for
a most informative talk.
After a break for tea and biscuits, the
raffle was drawn.
The table
competition for letter “G” was won by
Joyce for her “grater”.
The next meeting on 13th April 2016
will be the A.G.M. , usual time
14.00hrs to 16.00hrs when the
competition letter will be “H”
New members always welcomed. No
age limit.


Have you ever wondered about the
attractive old building set back from
the road, just before you get to the
Junior School?
This building, which dates back to the
1830s was designed to house “......four
poor married couples of the age of
over 60 years who have resided in the
parish for not less than 30 years” and
was given to the town by one Edward
Stevens and was to be run by
Fast forward some 180 years and
inevitably much has changed. You
now see 4 ‘bijou’ dwellings with
modern kitchens and bathrooms. Not
surprisingly the conditions of entry
have changed too! What does remain,
however, is the requirement that they
should be run by a group of Trustees.
The Trustees oversee all that needs to
be done to maintain the smooth
running of the Almshouses, appoint
residents and ensure the efficient use
of resources.
At the moment there are two
vacancies for Trustees and if you
think you are interested and available
for meetings which are held every two
months, we would be pleased to hear
from you.
For further information please contact
Mrs Mary Watts, email address

What goes on
with Project
Linus Norfolk?

On Saturday 16th April from 9-30am3 pm there will be an open Project
Linus Workshop at Watton Christian
Community Centre, High St , Watton
IP25 6AB. If you would like to join us
in making and finishing quilts for sick
and traumatised Norfolk childrenthere
are a limited number of places for
hands on involvement. To book a
place and find out what you will need
to bring ring Alexandra on 01362
850922 or email
If you are not able to join us in
making the quilts you are very
welcome to call in for tea or coffee,
possibly even a slice of cake, and find
out more.
For further information about the
work of Project Linus Norfolk ring
Jane on 01953 884215 or look on the
Blog at htsqgroup.blogspot.

April 2016

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Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu
We’ve had another fantastic month back at
Honbu. Now finishing the second month
into the year and Ishin Ryu is back into full
swing once again. Everyone is working
hard to fulfil those Ishin Ryu ideals, with
hard work and even harder training. This is
looking to be a positive year once again.
With February drawing to a close let’s take
a look back on the things the students have
done and conclude it.
Firstly Congratulations and well done to
our students of the month so far:
From the infant class - Megan Margrie.
And from the junior class - Max Margrie, it
certainly is a double act of brother and
sister… maybe a bit of healthy sibling
rivalry. Both have enjoyed the opportunity
of sitting with me at the front of the line-up.
Let’s see who has worked hard for the next
student of the month.
This next month coming up will see our
march grading’s (Wednesday 9th and
Friday 11th) so as that gets closer we have
been practicing grappling in both classes, as
well as the addition of some new moves
including throws such as shoulder wheel.
They may be required to do this for the
grading, but everyone seems confident with
learning this new throw. On top of this will

be plenty of fitness for the upcoming
grading’s, but this is something that will
never be dropped at Ishin Ryu.
We’ve also had some new medals awarded
to some of our students for filling their
booklets, congratulations to Alife Thomas,
Max Beard, Mia Woodhouse and Jasmine
Herbert. Im sure all will admire the shiny
additions to their medal collections.
new addition to the classes include Jack
Beard who has moved up to the juniors and
Sam Devonport who has moved up from
the Juniors to the Teenagers.

On February 28th Yudansha and students
all had the opportunity to attend a First aid
seminar including members of the teenage
class. So everyone who attended now holds
a first aid license. Let’s hope they won’t
need to use it too much…
Finally I want to conclude with a thank you
to all the students and Yudansha on
bringing a great start to the year. Let’s hope
next month is as prosperous. If you are
interested in any of our classes or events
please get in touch with the registrar at
Ishin Ryu Headquaters on 01953 483795

members who have joined us is to be held
at our President, Anita’s home at the end of
this month in order to learn more about the
WI over a cup of tea/coffee. We are
delighted that our membership is
continually growing.
It was really good to meet up with the
Wayland Group which consists of
members from Saham Toney and Watton
Evening WIs, where we heard Rachel
Duffield speak so eloquently of Edith
Cavell, a Norfolk born nurse during First
World War. Edith was celebrated for
saving the lives of soldiers from both sides
without distinction, and also helped over
200 Allied soldiers escape. This was
extremely interesting and all those
attending were enthralled.
Our last monthly meeting was slightly
different in that instead of our usual venue,
we had a tour of Breckland Astronomical
Observatory, Gt Ellingham. We were able
to view the dark night sky through tripod
telescopes before entering the observatory
for most informative talks and heard how
the observatory domed roof was sourced
and reassembled by committed members of
the observatory club piece by piece. We
were then invited to climb the stairs where
the main telescope is kept to view a
magical night sky through the revolving
open observatory roof which enabled us to

view Orion and many other stars which
made this a most interesting experience.
You may have seen WI Members, friends/
husbands/partners participate in a litter pick
in Loch Neaton. This was in response to a
call by Breckland Council who supplied the
bags and hand-held pickers and as a ‘thank
you’ a grant of £186 has been given to
finance a finger buffet to acknowledge the
efforts of all those involved and to
commemorate the Queen’s birthday and
her request for Britain to be tidy (‘Clean for
the Queen’). This reminded our Members
of the KEEP BRITAIN TIDY campaign
which was originally set up by a conference
of 26 organisations. The conference was
initiated by the WI after a passed resolution
at its 1954 AGM to start a national antilitter campaign. In 1977 the first ‘Clean for
the Queen’ was launched for the Queen’s
Silver Jubilee and now in 2016 she has
repeated her request to celebrate her 90th
If you would like to join us, our next
meeting is to be held at Watton Christian
Community Centre 14th April at 7.30pm
where our speaker, Ann Newmeir’s
intriguing title is ‘My Suitcase, Mr
Patience and HIM!’ Please contact Hazel
Gillingham 01953 881510 for further
details or just turn up, you will be most

this recipe for yourselves – ‘you won’t’
Joyce says ‘find it a recipe book!’
 12 ozs. S.R flour
 1 teaspoon baking powder
 1 teaspoon dry mustard
 5 oz margarine
 6 oz Mature cheese (grated)
 1 oz Parmesan cheese
 2 medium eggs, beaten
 5 - 6 fl. oz milk
Heat oven to 200 degrees C .
In a large bowl mix together the flour,

baking powder mustard and pepper. Rub
the margarine into this mix until it
resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add cheese
and mix again. Add eggs and milk and
combine to form a soft, but not too
sticky, dough. Turn out onto a floured
surface and roll out. Cut out scones and
place on greased baking tray.
Bake for 15 minutes. When baked and
cooled, serve split and buttered for a tasty

Evening WI
Now Spring has officially arrived, we
eagerly anticipate our visit to Thetford
Garden Centre with the Diners Club.
Ladies may enjoy a lunch and then delight
in the colourful displays of spring bulbs and
maybe purchase one or two for their own
gardens. Our last Diners Club at Chattels,
Dereham was a great success, where the
staff of the Coffee Shop were extremely
friendly and welcoming and who said they
would be happy to host us in the future.
A ‘Pamper Day’ was held at a members
home where Alison, the therapist, gave
manicures/pedicures and a range of
treatments to those members who had
booked a session. The day included a light
lunch of homemade soup and rolls along
with coffee and cakes during the day whilst
resting by an open log fire. Relaxed ladies
then journeyed home after a fantastic day.
Some Members travelled by bus to the
Forum, Norwich to attend a free day of
events to celebrate ‘Women Reaching
Women (Different Lives, Different
Stories). This included crafts, quizzes,
various stalls selling jewellery and other
items. Ladies were also asked for their
mother’s recipes, bygone ones such as tripe
soup and another, onion roly-poly which
were suggested and then pinned onto a
tree. A choir performed and ladies joined in
to make a quilt with various talks also part
of the day.
Craft Club is growing substantially which
is excellent as this means more hands to
make items to sell at forthcoming events.
We continued making cards, gift tags with
many other ideas’ being suggested for
future meetings. Another great morning
over tea/coffee chatting whilst fingers
were kept busy.
A ‘Get Together’ to welcome new

Recipe of the
Month Cheese Scones

This month’s Tuesday Fellowship recipe
comes from our spritely oldest member,
Mrs Joyce Symonds who regularly
makes these delicious scones for our
various events. At one time the Cook
Supervisor at the Junior School, Joyce
has been baking all her life so do try out

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April 2016

Tom's Kickboxing Academy

Tom's Kickboxing Academy (TKA) a
children’s university approved martial
arts academy in Shipdham that opened its
doors four years ago and has just hosted
its 12th grading since its launch. The
grading took place at the Academy’s
premises at the Shipdham Pavillion
Centre on 21st February.
The grading hosted two groups of
students. The first group were grading
from red-green stripe. The picture shows
(Left to Right) Matthew Cutting Green

Stripe, Reece Henderson Green Stripe,
Tom Oldridge 2nd Dan Black Belt
Examiner/Instructor, Jordan Franklin 1st
Dan Black Belt (Examiner), Bethany
Jackson Yellow Stripe, Holly Dodsworth
Orang Stripe, Bonnie Chamberlin, Emily
Buckley 1st Dan Black Belt (Examiner),
Sam Sheldrake Red Stripe, Thomas
Sheldrake Red Stripe.
Group two in the second grading features
Purple-Black Stripe:
Examiners: Nic Sheldrake1st Dan Black

Wayland Men's Ashill Harmony
Shed update
On a wet and windy Wednesday
morning we were joined by 11 intrepid
men to talk about the idea of setting up
a Men’s Shed in Wayland.
A Men’s Shed is ‘a safe, friendly
environment for local men, of all ages,
to socialise and skill share, whilst
working on community projects'.
There was lots of positive discussion
about the idea of setting up a shed
and it was felt that this would be a
great project that is really needed.
The Wayland Partnership will support
the project in its set-up phase by
getting a group up and running,
applying for funding and identifying
If you would be interested in
attending the next meeting of the
group to help get this off the ground
we would love to see you on
Wednesday 6th April, 10am at
Watton Sports Centre.
If you would like further information
or you are able to help in any way,
please contact Jez by email at or
phone 01953 883915.

The choir sang for World Peace Day on
Sunday 21st February 2016 and invited the
public to come along to hear them. The
entrance fee was a raffle ticket for £2.00
and the chance of course to win a raffle
prize. Members of the choir provided
prizes and cakes for the 'High Tea' served

Belt, Tom Oldridge 2nd Dan Black Belt,
Jordan Franklin 1st Dan Black Belt.
Students: Carl Patterson Purple Stripe,
Krista Everett Purple Stripe, Ryan Ferrari
Black Stripe and Gary Long Double
Brown Stripe.
If you would like to join TKA and
become a member or find out more
information please contact either by
Facebook, email: or phone
after the event. The afternoon was a
resounding success and with donations
received for the 'High Tea' and raffle the
choir have been able to send £160.50 to
UNICEF. Thank you to everyone who
attended and made it such a lovely couple
of hours on a dull Sunday afternoon. The
choir really appreciated the reaction from
the audience and thoroughly enjoyed
Thanks go to Heather Dack for her hard
work rehearsing us and organising it all.

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