FREE - Issue Number 234 - May 2016

in digital & online at

Generation Connections: IT Training for Older
People by Young Social Action Volunteers

On Wednesday 30th March the Generation
Connections learners and young volunteers
came together at Broom Hall Hotel to
celebrate the success of the project and to
thank the volunteers for giving their time. It
was a lovely event and all the participants
were presented with a certificate.
The project provides one to one IT training
to older people in using laptops, smart

phones or tablets, delivered by young
people who want to gain new skills. We are
currently fully booked but if you would
like to be added to a waiting list please get
in touch.
We are always keen to welcome young
volunteers to the project which would
mean we could offer extra sessions, so if
you are aged between 13 and 24 please get

in touch to find out more. This is great
experience for Duke of Edinburgh award
schemes, applications to colleges/university
or for job applications.
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 email:

Men’s Shed

Barbara's Day
in Rocklands

will be 13 classes and the charge will be
£1.50 per dog, per class. The first three in
each class will receive a lovely rosette and
the Best Dog in Show will receive another
There will be many stalls including raffle
and tombola with a BBQ up and running
from noon and teas & cakes being served
throughout the afternoon.
The Dog Show is for much needed Church
Funds so we look forward to a ‘sunny’
afternoon with plenty of fun and laughter
which is for much needed funds for our
lovely St Mary’s Church.
For more details ring Sharon 07505 686
154, David 07934 426 541 or
The Church Office 01953 881 252

The Wayland Men’s Shed team is
progressing well. The main focus for the
group at the moment is to visit other Men’s
Shed groups to learn from their experience,
to apply for funding to set up the Shed and
to identify potential venues for the Shed to
be based in. We are looking for empty
premises such as agricultural buildings,
industrial units, mobiles or even a spare bit
of land that we could put a building on
that could be used for the purpose of the
Shed. If you think you could help with
this please get in touch.
If you would be interested in attending the
next meeting of the group to help get this
much needed project off the ground we
would love to see you on Wednesday 4th
May, 10am the Hare & Barrel Hotel,
Watton. All welcome! If you would like
further information or you are able to help
in any way, please contact Jez by email at or phone
Suzanne on 01953 880204.

On Wednesday May 18th 10am-3.30pm
John and Barbara Scase cordially invite
you to join them at Cheyney, Low Lane
Rocklands, near the shop and the School,
off The Street for their Annual event of
Barbara’s Day which is held to raise
funds for the upkeep of the Church,
churchyard and Old Schoolroom of All
Saints School. This is a very important
fund-raiser for the Church which raised
£2000 last year. Ploughman’s lunches
will be served between 12pm and 2pm
served with delicious sweets and teas and
coffees will be available all the time.
There are various stalls ranging from
plants, bric-a-brac, woodwork, homemade cakes and home-made preserves as
well as a tombola and a raffle. If you are
coming from outside Rocklands follow
the B1077 towards Ridgeons and you
will see the shop signs pointing along the
Street. This event is under cover if wet.

Fun Dog Show
St Mary's
Event Cancelled at
St Mary’s Church, Watton Fun Dog Show

Griston Homewatch

circumstances, the Griston Homewatch event
scheduled for Monday 2nd of May has been
cancelled to be rescheduled at a later date.

on the Field! Saturday May 14th 12 noon
for 1pm start.
We look forward to entertaining lots of
dogs and their owners at the Show. There

Allotment plots
available in Ovington

Have you ever thought about having an
It’s a treat to go to the allotment and pick
a few fresh vegetables for your dinner, or
to nip down for a few fresh salad leaves
and growing your own can give you a
tremendous feeling of achievement.
Don’t try to grow everything, just grow
what you like, grow what you think you
will eat and gradually try other things.
Try some runner beans, peas, lettuce,
beetroot, spring onions, sweetcorn. See
how it goes.
Contact Krissy on 886866 for more

The Wayland News Page 2

Friends of St Andrew's

Plant Sale

May 2016

Watton Knitters and Stitchers Group
Celebrate their First Anniversary

Saturday 14 May 10 - 12 Noon in Bradenham Village Hall
Bedding, baskets, basket plants, salads, strawberries & more. Tea
and coffee will be available.

Meeting once a month in the Christian
Community Centre in Watton High Street,
the Watton Knitters and Stitchers recently
celebrated their first anniversary.
One of over 130 branches of Norfolk
Knitters and Stitchers, the group get
together once a month to put needles and
crochet hooks to good use.
Every month the members bring in the
handmade items which they have created
to give to charity. “Every month, we
receive an astonishing amount of
beautifully crafted items.” said Rayne
Stoner, the group’s organiser. “The love
and care put into this work is amazing.
Every piece of work, from a knitted square

to a crocheted blanket, a gown for a
premature baby, a hat for a merchant
sailor, or jumper for a child in an African
orphanage is gratefully received.”
With the support of the Norfolk Knitters
and Stitchers behind them, the Watton
group benefit from their expert help and
distribution to the various charities.
“Many items are donated to local charities,
including the Falconer Trust, PACT and
Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.”
“We have a lovely time together and are
always most welcoming to new
members. If you would like to try our
meetings out, just come along on the day
and we can show you what we do. We

have our get-togethers on the afternoon
of the second Thursday every month,
between 2pm and 4pm.” Rayne said.
“The meeting fee is just £1.50 and
includes refreshments. We always serve
a much needed cup of tea in the
afternoon – knitting and nattering is
thirsty work!”
Members are pleased to share their skills
and ideas with others, so don’t worry if
you are a complete novice, you’ll be very
welcome to join the group.
If you have any queries, or items that you
would like to donate please contact Rayne
on 01953 885095 or email

Breckland Cats

Service, then we will arrange to bring
your cat or cats into the care of one of
our nearby branches or adoption centres.
Once there, our dedicated volunteers and
staff would care for them as we would
for any cat that needs our help. We
would then look after your cat or cats
while we try to find them a new loving
home that matches their personality and
needs. Many people who register with
our Cat Guardians service also choose to
remember Cats Protection in their will,
as a result of the time and effort we are
willing to exert to secure the welfare of
their cats. These gifts are vital to us, as
more than half of the work we do to help
cats and kittens throughout the UK is
funded by this incredible generosity.
You can register your cat or cats by
calling our team on 01825 741 291 or
email us at cat Of
if you need any more information or
help, they are there to help you.
The RSPCA also have a scheme called
Home for Life, which gives you the
peace of mind that there can still be a
bright future ahead for your beloved pet.
Obviously they take dogs as well as cats.
They are on hand to look after your pet
and do all they can to find a new loving
home with someone who can give them
everything they need. If you have any
questions about Home for Life, or would
like to register with them, call 0300 1230
239 or email
There is another worthy charity called
The Cinnamon Trust which specialises
in the relief of anxiety faced by elderly
and terminally ill people and their pets,
thereby saving a great deal of human
sadness and animal suffering. The
Trust’s primary objective is to respect
and preserve the treasured relationship

between owners and their pets. They
have a national network of over 15,000
community service volunteers who
provide practical help when any aspect
of day to day care poses a problem, for
example walking the dog for a
housebound owner. The Trust also
provides long term care for pets whose
owners have died or moved to residential
accommodation which will not accept
pets. To register, or if you have any
questions, contact them on 01736
757900 or write to them at The
Cinnamon Trust, 10 Market Square,
Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 4HE.
Rita Thompson, Breckland Cats
Protection. For help or advice, or if you
need assistance with the cost of
neutering, please call us on 01842

We at Breckland Cats Protection would
never deny an elderly person from
adopting one of our cats. Especially if
the elderly person lives alone and needs
a cat for companionship. We appreciate
that they may not want a kitten, as they
may climb up legs and then the curtains.
They race around a lot and can easily trip
someone up, or even worse, get trodden
on. An older cat is always better for an
older person. Most of them just want a
comfortable bed, food and a lap to
cuddle up on.
However, an elderly person needs to
have a contingency plan for the cat, if
something should happen to them. If you
have a friend or family member that will
take care of the cat in those
circumstances, that is fine. But if not
there are several options available.
Cats Protection offer a Cat Guardians
Service. If you pass away and have
registered with our Cat Guardians

Village Hall –
Spring Bank

Come along to join in the fun on
Monday 30 May when the Parish
Council are organising the ‘Wacky
Scrappy Gravity Race’. The village hall
will be open for refreshments from 12 –
4 pm with a BBQ as well as the usual tea
and cakes. There will be a massive book
stall inside the hall, a tombola and one or
two fun games, not forgetting the stressbusting Aunt Sally. For those wishing to
enter a cart in the race, it is not too late.
Visit the website to find details on
applications (

May 2016

A Quick
Look Round
May arrives, and hopefully the
summer comes with it, for with the
sun in evidence the world seems a
wonderful place.
The annual plethora of sport is upon
us with the Boat Race and the Grand
National already done, but all eyes
are anxiously turned towards our
local Premiership football team, for
at the time of writing the Canaries are
fighting to save their status in the top
echelon. But at least the Norfolk fans
are faithful, with full houses reported
week after week, despite their woes,
unlike those following some other
clubs that are also struggling, for we
see grounds half empty and
thousands heading for the exits midway through matches, as soon as a
goal is conceded.
But, what a wonderful football
season it has been, with a different
team heading the League for a
change, with, for once, the richest
proceedings, while at the other end
the struggle against relegation
continues right to the very last day.
But the one thing is certain and that is
that several managers will lose their
jobs, for these days, it seems, only
success counts, and whereas not so
long ago success meant finishing in
the top half of the table, now even
coming third is seen as failure.
And so we now reach the annual
human cattle
enormous sums are traded in transfer
fees in an effort to recruit the players
deemed to be essential for success
next season, with ridiculously high

Coming Soon
– Christian
Aid Week

Over recent years the Watton area
has tried hard to maintain a longestablished tradition of fantastic
support for Christian Aid, one of the
principle charities seeking to help
developing countries to become
autonomous in producing food,
managing education and healthcare,
and encouraging individuals to reach
their potential. The need continues
and hopefully, with the help of
Wayland News readers, the support
will too.
Christian Aid Week this year runs
from 15th – 21st May 2016 and
there are a number of ways in which
we hope people will want to be
envelopes will be available for
individual donations. These will be
distributed at the churches when we
hope members will take two each (or
more!) one for themselves and the
other for a friend or neighbour. Most
activities will take place on
Wednesday 18th May when, once
again, Watton will be ablaze with red
and white as collectors appear in the
High Street to carry out a street
collection: please give generously
when you spot the distinctive tabard!
At lunchtime on the same day a Soup
Lunch will be held at the Watton
Christian Community Centre. Come
along and enjoy delicious HOME
MADE soup with a roll and a cup of
tea or coffee. No set charge but of
course, donations are requested for
the work of Christian Aid.

The Wayland News Page 3
salaries as incentives to the men
themselves. Already the England
captain earns (?) more than £250,000
a WEEK, which sounds a shade
more modest than a million, which is
many, many times higher than that
paid to our Prime Minister.
Of course there are many playing in
the lower divisions who do not
receive any more than the average
working man, while in some cases
their clubs have been fighting the
threat of liquidation and salaries mav
not even been paid at all, until some
rich benefactor has come to the
Let us hope that the lucky elite make
the appropriate provision for when
they have to retire, probably in their
late thirties, unlike several of our
World Cup winning heroes of 1966,
who have been reported as having to
sell off their medals in order to stave
off penury in their old age.
But in the real world, where serious
matters are dealt with, one of the
talking points has been about Easter
Eggs, and some folks are really
disturbed because shops have ceased
to stress the word Easter, simply
calling them Chocolate Eggs, despite
rhe fact that these items appear many
weeks each side of the Holiday, and
anyway no-one has ever established a
religious connection. Similarly Hot
Cross Buns are rarely sold hot, and
any association with Easter vanished
years ago, as now they seem to be
available throughout the year.
Of all the trends that come and go,
there is one that is beyond my
comprehension, probably due to my
age, and that is the craze for taking
‘Selfies’. Why anyone would want a
bad picture of themselves (and selfies
are always of a terrible standard, out
of focus and/or wonky) I cannot

think. To spoil a beautiful backdrop
of the English countryside, or a
famous landmark, with a grinning
face (one’s own !) seems about as
daft as it is possible to get. But
thousands do it, so perhaps it is me
who is out of step.
But there is more to worry about than
selfies, for the researchers have been
at work again and once more they tell
me that my choice of diet is all
wrong. It seems that everything in
my food cupboard contains too much
salt or sugar, or both, and that unless
I change my ways forthwith there is
no hope for me
I should drink more coffee says one
source, but less coffee according to
another, while tea is equally the
subject of argument, while wine will
either lead me to an early demise or
to running six marathons a month.
And milk is bad for babies, they say,
despite the fact that it is part of the
natural diet of all creatures.
Do these university researchers ever
study anything useful, or in sufficient
depth, or are they just making fun of
Now the new way of paying a bill
with a credit card is simply to wave it
close to a machine, with no PIN
number required, which certainly
makes things quicker, but is it safer ?
The banks seem to think it is O.K.,
but if someone finds or steals your
card what protection is there ? Yes,
the maximum spend is £20, but there
is more than one shop in every
But banks are no longer the customer
friendly places that used to be a
feature of their adverts. Interest on
deposit accounts is virtually nil,
though that is not necessarily their
fault, for national rules apply, but
they nevertheless have the use of our

money, so it is a liberty for them to
make a charge sometimes simply
because we don’t make any
transactions during a particular
period. We are expected to pay for
NOT using their services. A bit like
some of the mobile phone companies
who remove their service should you
fail to use your equipment for a
couple of months. Why should you
not be able to use or not use your
phone, provided that you have paid
your dues ?
And Insurance companies have a
somewhat similar set-up. Suppose
that you are in hospital and while you
are away some person damages your
car, and admits liability.
YOUR next premium will be
increased, even though you were
Most annoying of all is your policy
document, which will contain pages
of not just SMALL print, but
MINISCULE schedules that would
defy the most keenly sighted person
to read without the aid of a
microscope. These will remain
closed doors to you for ever unless
you have to make a claim, when the
odds are that your particular one will
be disallowed.
But there is some good news for our
Fish & Chips, as stocks of North Sea
cod are said to be back to normal so
restrictions will no longer apply,
though I must say that though
shortages have been recorded by our
newspapers, I have never come
across a fish shop with no cod.
Perhaps I have always been lucky.
Finally are days getting shorter, for
several times recently I have seen
notices outside eating establishments
that proclaim “All day breakfasts
served till 3 p.m.” ?
Good afternoon.

The people of Watton and District are
always amazingly generous – please
continue to support this worthwhile
For further details, offers of help etc.
please contact Paul (01953 884213)
or Lesley (01760 441094)
Lesley Cowling

appetite for our afternoon visit to the
nursery in July. Simon concluded his
talk by reminding us not to forget
What's on for the next three months:
May 11th Coach outing to
Helmingham Hall, Stowmarket
May 26th Shelagh Ashe 'Colour in
the Garden'‘; June 23rd Jane Clark 'A
Crafter's Garden'; June 26th
July 28th Gary Moore 'Fuchsias'

Autumn Show will be held,
celebrating the results of our
summertime labour in the many
flower and edible exhibits. Some of
the classes are open to nonmembers, so even if you are not a
Society member, but would like to
take part then please contact the
chairman, Marianne Kilmartin, on
information. Now is the time to be
planting those seeds!
In the meantime, the Society will
have both a plant stall and a book
stall at Bradenham’s Sports, Fete &
Vintage Vehicles Day on Monday
30th May. WANTED! Books for
the book stall – children’s, fiction,
paperbacks – all will be most
welcome. Please deliver to 4
Admiral Close, Bradenham, or if
you prefer you can bring them
along to the stall on the day itself.

Ashill and
Holme Hale
Garden Club

For our March meeting Simon White
from Peter Beales Roses made a
welcome third visit. His illustrated
talk entitled 'Singing the Blues' took
us on a journey through the year
looking at the surprising variety of
blue flowers. This has become a very
fashionable colour for the modern
garden and can be found in
everything from spring flowers, such
as muscari, pansy, chionodoxas and,
of course, the aptly named bluebell,
to summer flowers, such as
campanula, cornflower and iris, and
then the later flowering clematis,
ceanothus and hydrangea.
There is no true blue rose but purple
ones include Blue for You, Blue
Moon, Blueberry Hill and Rhapsody
in Blue. Whilst endeavouring to
maintain Peter Beales' original aims
for the cultivation of roses, the
nursery in Attleborough now
includes a wide variety of plants and
a more comprehensive shop. Simon
brought along a small selection for
sale including a few tools and
accessories and during the tea
interval members enjoyed a little
retail therapy. This whetted the

Bradenham &

This May’s meeting will take place
in the Village Hall on Thursday
May 19th at 7.30pm when the talk
will be “Out on a Wing”, which
promises to be a tantalising insight
into the art of falconry. Our
horticultural appetites will be
whetted later in the year with Bob
Greef’s talk on wildlife gardening
at the July meeting, and Brian
Hedges’ slide show presentation of
“A Flower Arranger’s Garden” in
August. Everyone is welcome to
come along to all of these meetings,
so do make a note on your
calendars and in your diaries of the
Society’s meetings on the third
Thursday of these months, and if
you decide to join the Society then
the wider calendar of members’
social events will also be yours to
Another important date to note is
Saturday September 3rd, when our

What's on at
St Mary's

Sunday 8th May 4 - 5.15pm
Superhero Sunday at St Mary’s
friendship and a Superhero story.
Optional to come dressed up.
Wed 25th May 3.30-4.15pm ‘Stop
Gap’ at the Blenheim Centre, Tedder
Close, Watton. An after school Club
for all the family.
Thursday 2nd June 3 - 5pm Messy
Church at St Mary’s Church, Watton.
Fun, food, friendship. Children,
please bring an adult.

Dance Away at
The Queens Hall
Ballroom, Latin and Sequence
Dancing 8pm to 11pm Admission £4
May 7th, June 4th & July 2nd

The Wayland News Page 4

May 2016

In Your Garden
With Lotta Potts
The experts will tell you to avoid planting
anything tender until the risk of frost is past. How
do you know? This is typical advice for May.
Gardening gurus will have had us planting out all
sorts of things and sowing seeds but the weather
gurus are full of doom and gloom. Not a cloud in
the sky? Frost. Lots of cloud? Thunder and
lightning with maybe a spot of hail. I suppose
that's a bit dramatic. However, it's like every
other month, see what the weather's doing against
what you want to do (or should be doing) and try
to sort something out. So, onward.
I read an article in the press in mid-April which
was very timely. I make no apology for stealing a
few bits of it as it's a subject close to my heart.
When I was a child we had a lovely bluebell
wood close by. We called it a wood but it was
basically a few trees, mainly willow, that grew on
the banks of a stream. In the spring it lived up to
its name. The conditions were perfect: fertile
moisture-retentive soil with leafmould, under the
trees which were coppiced so that when in flower
the bluebells had all the light necessary then when
the canopy closed in late May and June they
finished flowering and had a rest during the hot
weather (not that that happened too often). All
these wonderful bulbs were native English
(British if you prefer). The point of all this? A
plea not to plant Spanish ones. Whilst quite
pretty these are scent-free and very sturdy. They
are so sturdy they cross-pollinate with the natives
so that with both the Spanish and the hybrids
proliferating soon we shall have no native scented
bluebells. This would be a crime against nature
so I am asking you now the season is upon us to
look out for Spanish bluebells or hybrids and get
rid of them. How to tell? It's quite easy. The
native is slender and curves slightly at the top of
the flower stem. The bells are deep blue to
blueish purple and hang mainly to one side of the
stem. The leaves are narrow, dark green and
pointed. They also have that glorious scent. The
Spanish and hybrid ones are stiffer in the stem,
the bells are all round the stems, they have little or
no scent and the leaves are noticeably large and
wider, almost floppy. If you are able to take a
walk in a bluebell wood just marvel at what we
have. Please leave the flowers as they'll die
before you get them home (if they don't they're
Spanish so well done). If you want some for your
garden don't dig up wild bulbs, it's illegal. Plenty
of sheds and garden centres sell pots so you can
ensure they are natives. If you buy mail order
make sure the seller states native and bred for
sale. If you aren't sure give them a call and ask.

Wow, I didn't expect to bang on that long. Boy
Julian can edit if he wants.
So what else should we be doing in May?
Carrying on with flowers, new ones will be
appearing daily but if you don't have an
established garden or one that has been neglected
then you can make a start with flowers that will
appear this year – annuals. The joy of annuals is
they come in seed form that can go straight in the
soil and are bursting to grow. You need to have
reasonably clean soil to start with so dig it over,
removing the real horrors as you go such as
dandelion, ground elder, bindweed and daisies.
Make sure you have all the bits of root out or they
will come back. Rake the top over and sow the
seeds according to the packets. Some people like
to sow in straight lines but this looks a bit odd
unless in a cutting garden and others draw shapes
in the soil, outlining in sand, and sow patches.
You can sow patches scatter-gun style but if you
sow in straight lines inside the shapes any weed
seedlings can be identified if they're in between
the rows and got rid of.
Some of the best are pot marigolds, nigella,
Californian poppy, our native poppy. Make
sure you buy seeds of flowers you like. Most
of the annuals will seed about abundantly and
next year you could be going daft trying to
identify and remove the ones you dislike. You
can grow these in beds, borders, pots,
containers and the same way get a packet of
vegetable seeds. The easiest are lettuces, peas
(these will need support), carrots. Read the
packet instructions carefully. Don't buy
anything that suggests starting off under glass
or in a propagator if you don't have such things.
Some annuals will germinate in a pot covered
with a plastic bag on a sunny window sill but
that's not guaranteed. Many vegetables can also
be grown in containers and some in hanging
baskets. Salad baskets with small lettuce,
tumbling tomatoes, radishes, and herbs can
look fantastic. They need a lot of looking after.
Strawberries in baskets are popular but again
they mustn't dry out. Probably the best baskets
would be the ones with solid sides as
strawberries are perennials and with care will
last a couple of years.
It's a good idea to remember to 'succession'
sow. Sow a few seeds today then a few more
in two weeks and so on until you reach the end
of the sowing season as shown on the packet.
It won't look much but by the time they've all
come up you'll wonder what you are going to
do with a couple of dozen lettuces. I'm one of
the people who take issue with seeds-men who
put lots of seeds in a packet. For instance most
gardeners insist on sowing fresh parsnip seeds
every year. How many need 2000? They are
tiny seeds but I'm sure companies like

Thompson & Morgan, Suttons et al have
machines to fill packets. The same goes for
beans and peas. In a small garden with an even
smaller veg patch or even a few pots it's
unlikely you'll get through a couple of hundred
peas and the same of beans. Let's face it if you
grow runners you only need a couple of plants
and there'll be enough to feed the average
street. Calm down Lotta, peas and beans do
last a year or two. I always trial sow a few on
damp kitchen paper before buying any more.
It's surprising how long they do last if you keep
them cool and dry.
Some shrubs need to be pruned this month. All
those that have finished flowering like
forsythia and flowering currant should be
pruned once the flowers have finished. It's
very easy. Look at the shoots that have dead or
dying flowers at the tips, follow them down to
a young sideshoot that hasn't flowered and cut
off the flowered stem just above it. Simple.
Then go over the rest of the bush and repeat. If
you have an elderly plant now's the time to
rejuvenate it. Remove one or two of the
thickest and barest stems as close to the ground
as you can. This will encourage young stems
then this time next year Three or four years on
you will have replaced all the old stems
without noticing! Forsythia and flowering
currant are very forgiving as regards pruning. I
saw a forsythia in mid-April and I think the
owner is trying to turn it into a standard. It's
nearly there and should look brilliant next year.
These two will also make hedges with the
advantage that other things can be grown
through in the summer.
clematis would work as would annual climbers
such as nasturtiums and even sweet peas.
Climbers and wall shrubs need to be tied in
before the weight becomes too much and the
whole thing collapses. Just tie-in the shoots
you want to keep and cut back or remove any
that are growing away from the support so that
those left will thicken up the shape and produce
better flowers later. Whilst you are checking
shrubs, look at any variegated ones and remove
any shoots that have grown plain green. If not
these will grow more strongly than the
variegated ones and eventually take over.
Whilst you are tidying up don't forget to deadhead
daffodils, tulips and any other bulbs that have
finished flowering as they will happily make
seedheads rather than direct the food from the sun
down to the bulb for next year's flowers. Please
don't tie the leaves in knots or remove them for
tidying's sake. They need them leaves!
That's about my word allocation or Julian will be
tearing out his hair [quite – there is very little
left!] and we don't want that. So there's only one
other thing: as usual, keep weeding.

‘Dad’s Stovies’
Recipe of the Month
This recipe comes from Scotland and has been supplied by
Tuesday Fellowship member, Helen Robertson who prefaces it
by saying ‘I made this when I didn’t have enough meat left
over for the second day’
It is printed exactly as written!
Peel and prepare tatties, cut into chunks, also onions cut into
nice wee bits. Hoo much you use depends on hoo mony
mooths you are feedin. Cook on the hob in a wee drop of water
until soft – you may need to add mair.
When the vegetables are cooked, add left over mince or any
kind of meat or gravy – the flavour comes from the meat.
Season to taste. Dish oot sup up and enjoy!
English translation!
Cook potatoes and onions all cut up in a little water until soft.
The quantity depends on the number of people you are feeding.
Add more water if required. Add left over meat, that’s where
the flavour comes from. Season to taste. Dish out. Enjoy.

May 2016

The Wayland News Page 5

Watton Rotary Roundup

May Day Celebrations at
St Mary’s Church, Watton

Please come and support St Mary’s Church at this fun event on
Sunday May 1st from 11am to 4.30pm
The day will open with a Marquee Service at 11am in the Marquee on
the Church Field followed by a BBQ from 12-2pm with Teas and
Cakes from 2-4.30pm.
So many things to suit everyone during the afternoon, whatever your
age, and lots for children, including paper plane making – whose will
travel the furthest? A professional clown with fancy balloons and of
course the choosing of a May Princess and Consort.
We are appealing for teams for the Tug of War so all organisations
take note! This will be a traditional May Fayre with plants, tombola,
popcorn, ice-creams, maypole dancing and much, much more, so
please come and join us for an afternoon of fun and laughter. / Follow us @StMarysWatton.

We were privileged to entertain 5 students
from Wayland Academy at our evening
dinner meeting on April 11th. They were
the winners and runners up in 2 of 4
competitions the club is sponsoring in
years 7 and 8 of the Academy in the
current school year. The students were
accompanied by their teacher, Mrs Mandy
Beckwith, who gave a powerpoint
presentation to illustrate their work.
The first competition was about
mathematics, or tessellation to be precise,
where the students were required to
produce on squared paper shapes in pattern
formats. The winner was Konrad

Augustyn with a most unusual pattern,
which is best described as interlocking
propellers. The runner-up was Amelia
Golden with triangles within triangles.
The second competition was an old
favourite – Young Chef. Each candidate
had to produce a 2-two course meal, either
starter and main or main and dessert,
within a given time. A judging panel of
staff and Rotarians considered all relevant
aspects from taste to presentation.
The winner was Megan Green with a
starter of spicy chicken skewers and a
lamb cutlets main dish with potato slices
and a baby tomato and kale side. Deryn

Blackwell came second with a Mexican
lasagne and Strawberry cake. Megan
Evans was third with tuna steak with
roasted vegetables and sweet salsa, and a
chocolate pudding desert.
Parents joined us after dinner for the
presentations; each student received a
certificate, with winners receiving a £30
cash prize, and the runners up £15 each.
The picture shows the students with
their certificates with Mrs Beckwith and
President Paul just behind.
A further 2 competitions will be reported
upon following a presentations evening in
June. Martin Anscombe

Great Ellingham
and District
Flower Club

So thanks to everyone who came along and
contributed in any way. It was great to
receive so much support.
Our meeting in May is an outside Garden
Trip and is changed from our usual 3rd
Monday of the month to meeting at Peter
Beales Roses on Monday the May 9th at
6pm. They are giving us a talk about their
preparations for the Chelsea Flower Show
and we are hoping for a sneaky preview of
their stand as well as strolling round the
lovely rose gardens, we then go on to The
Stag, Attleborough, for a Carvery meal.
Cost £12. Both Postcodes: NR17 1AY.
Please let me know if you would like to

attend as we have to book the places at
the Stag in advance.
If you would like more information or a
lift to meetings please telephone me or
We are associated to NAFAS and we are
a very friendly club that would love to
welcome more members. We meet
every 3rd Monday, monthly for
demonstrations, workshops, garden
visits etc. Membership is £25 per year,
£5 per visit as a guest.
We have lots going on! We meet at
Rocklands Village Hall, NR17 1TR,
7.30pm - Jane Dalton.

On 9th APRIL we had our Charity Flower
Arranging to raise funds for EAST
This proved to be a resounding success on a
wet and miserable afternoon. We had over 80
people there and raised the fantastic sum of
£800 to split between our 2 charities. The
flowers were absolutely beautiful!

The Wayland News Page 6

May 2016

Popular Pennyless play for Lunchtime Concert
The current season of Lunchtime Concerts
organised by the Inner Wheel Club of
Watton came to an end in March when a
large audience enjoyed music provided by a
Folk Group from Lincolnshire called
Pennyless. The name comes from two of
the four-person group – one called Penny
and the other Les!
Described on their website as ‘Inspirational
and quirky’ the band plays a wide range of
music on a variety of different instruments:
violin, guitar, flute, bouzouki and . . .
washboard! They have appeared on Radio
and television playing their original
compositions along with music from
Medieval times to the Beatles. The Band’s
musicianship was brilliant and their rapport
with the audience, delightful.Following the
entertainment guests enjoyed a light lunch
prepared and served by Inner Wheel
At the recent meetings plans were
confirmed for coming events most
importantly the Strawberry Tea which this
year will be a special celebration in honour

Watton WI
Easter has come and gone and the
gardens are coming into bloom so it
was great for those that attended the
Lunch Club at Thetford Garden Centre
who, having planted, now eagerly
await to view in their own gardens, the
delightful flowers they purchased. The
next Lunch Club will be held at the
Hare & Barrel, a venue we have
frequented before.
A ‘Get Together for New Members’
was held at our President, Anita’s
home. Seven new members attended
this gathering where a brief history and
background of the WI, its setup and
how it is run was given in an informal
atmosphere. This was a delightful
afternoon chatting with other new
members where a delicious fresh cream
gleefully devoured along with tea and
Further ‘new members’
gatherings will be held in the evening
for those members who were unable to
attend due to other commitments.
Our April speaker, Ann Newmeir’s talk
was titled ‘My Suitcase, My Patience
and HIM’. Ann told stories, memories
and anecdotes of her exploits on
holidays accompanied by her husband
alias ‘HIM’ all told with much humour.
Ann also displayed her collection of
over 40 baseball caps which she had
worn on her travels along with
beautiful handcrafted tablecloths she
had purchased from all over the world.
Another interesting and funny talk and
much enjoyed by us all. At the end of

of the Queen’s 90th Birthday. This will be
held on Tuesday 14th June (2-4pm) in the
garden at 30, Thetford Road. Entry £4,
payable on the gate, which will include tea,

strawberries, shortbread and cake and, this
year, a glass of Fizz to toast Her Majesty.
Lesley Cowling, Club Correspondent.

our meeting a Member read a poem
entitled ‘When I’m an Old Lady’ by
Joanne Bailey Baxter – we all smiled
as the poem set out a picture of an old
lady living with her children acting in
an uninhibited childlike way doing
just what she wanted with a twinkle in
her eye and a smile on her lips,
humorous ‘pay-back’ do you think?
‘Home Fires’ Series 2 has returned to
our screens, this is a loose
dramatization depicting WI in wartime
Britain showing how women joined
together during this difficult time
fighting to maintain and improve daily
living. WI still fight for many causes
where injustice is found, and at our
next meeting in May we will be voting
on the merits of two proposed
Resolutions so although you will be
most welcome to join us the meeting
will have a more official feel. We will,
however, also be having a social side
to the meeting so please feel free to
join us. The votes will then be taken by
a delegate to the National Meeting to
be passed.
Previous Resolutions/
Campaigns have been perused and,
where necessary, Government lobbied
and laws changed – ‘the WI, a force to
be reckoned with, ha ha’
Due to the fantastic increase in our
numbers, (33 ladies from all works of
life) we will now be using both rooms
at WCCC on our meeting nights as a
trial, one for the meeting and the other
for members to socialize over
refreshments freely without the
restraints of rows of chairs. This gives
the opportunity to view the many
items on our sale table including those

made at the monthly Craft Club. You
may be looking to make new friends or
just have a chat with other likeminded
women, so you will be most welcome
to come and visit us at one of our
Please contact Hazel
Gillingham our secretary on 01953
881510 for further information.

Bradenham &
Society Spring

Despite the awful weather our Spring
Show on Saturday 16 April was well
supported. The silverware winners are as
Sid Lancaster Plate for highest points
in Show: Ralph Kinsley
Spring Cup for highest points in
Flower Section: Ralph Kinsley
Hendry Plate for highest points in
Domestic Section: Marina Mitchell
Bill Aylott Cup for Best Flower
Arrangement: Barbara Steward
We were well supported by visitors for
tea so all in all a good day. Readers are
invited to our Autumn Show on 3rd
September either for teas at 3.30 or to
enter our open classes. Contact for these
is Show Secretary, Marianne Kilmartin,
on 01362 820744 or

May 2016

Great Hockham
Gardening Club

For our last indoor meeting of the 201516 season we welcomed 25 members and
also welcomed two guests, Judith and
David, who we hope will join our club.
Our Little Lodgers
Our talk this month was given by Robert
Maidstone (pictured below) on the many
and varied creatures that co-exist with us
in and around our homes.
Robert started by listing those animals
found in the immediate surroundings
including sparrows, starlings, mice and
bats, all of whom have come to rely on

Royal Trivia Quiz

Hosted by the Rocklands Community Shop
Saturday 14th May Village Hall 7pm for
7.30pm start Tickets £5
The Rocklands Community Shop are hosting
a Royal Trivia quiz on Saturday 14th May in
the Rocklands Village Hall to raise funds for
Rocklands to hold a Street Party on Saturday
June 12th.
The quiz is being organised by Shirley
Colenutt of ‘Halloween Quiz’ fame and will
have a theme of Red, White and Blue or
Royal. There will be prizes for best dressed,
best table, best decorated royal themed cakes
and anything else that people can come up
with. All questions are answered within
tables, and any number can come along.
Tables will be made up of sixes to eights, but
fewer numbers may be asked to join up to
make up a larger table team. Refreshments
are provided but bring you own bottle.
Tickets are £5 each and are available from the
Rocklands Community Shop. The quiz
normally finishes about 10.30pm. Children

The Wayland News Page 7
us to some extent. Robert felt that the
decline of sparrows was due to bought
bird food. In times past sparrows would
scavenge on food fed to our livestock.
We don’t tend to have this as a cottage
industry so much now, so if you want to
encourage sparrows, you might want to
feed them layers mixture.
Moving into the house we have mice, of
several kinds, bats, rats and the like. If
you want to encourage bats, they need
somewhere warm,
Robert went on to talk about wasps,
honey bees, bumble bees, butterflies, and
moths. Apparently, tortoiseshell and
peacock butterflies prefer slightly
different conditions to hibernate:
temperature; peacocks
don’t mind a variable
Lacewings, hoverflies,
crane flies, ants, spiders
Robert said that the
spiders was due to
predation by daddy-longlegs having migrated
north due to climate
advice was – if you
brush one off your skin,
it will only return to
bother you further. Far
better to let it feed,
whereupon it will depart
to lay its eggs and leave
you alone. We were told

that mosquito larvae will purify stagnant
water making it fit to drink – although it
would be advisable to keep ones teeth
We heard about ants, dust mites, moths,
crickets, cockroaches (have smelly feet),
silverfish and slugs. Apparantly there is a
slug that is quite rare that you are very
lucky should you find that it has taken up
residence in your house.
The larvae of several insects are of
interest: if, when cooking, you pour flour
into a pile, returning later to find it
somewhat flattened, may be an
indication of guests. Robert has three
draws in which he breeds mealworms,
which are supplied to the local hedgehog
Fleas, head lice, bed bugs and fungal
bacteria brought up the rear of an
interesting talk that we hope did not
cause members too much irritation.
This months competition results
Floral: First: Chris Dalton. Second:
Hazel Dunn. Third: Jill de Ruyter.
Fruit / Vegetables: First: Hazel Dunn.
Second: Sue Thomas.
Seasonal Photograph: First: Hazel Dunn.
Second: Hazel Dodgson. Third: Sue
Other Business Don’t forget the Horn
Fair, Sunday 11th of May: plants, cakes,
or other finger food to sell to help
maintain our low subscription fees.
Next meeting The next meeting is out
first outdoor visit. This is to Wretham
Lodge, Church Lane, Wretham, IP24
1RL. The convoy will leave the green at
Hockham at 1420.
If you require a lift, get there at 1415.

are welcome to join in the fun, and there will
be a prize for best dressed child, but the quiz
is not specifically designed for children,
although they may be able to answer some of
the questions. Any queries please ring 01953
488567 and ask for Shirley. It is advised to
book early as the quizzes do usually sell quite

signposted on the day). We are delighted
to announce that RAZZ and AUNTIE
PEARL, the official NORWICH CITY
MATCH DAY CLOWNS will be back
with us again this year, to amuse and
entertain one and all.
In addition to the clowns, there will be
lots to entertain you throughout the
afternoon, from listening to a jazz band,
browsing through the book stall, having
your face painted, admiring the vintage
cars on display, or simply enjoying
afternoon tea and homemade cake!
Other stalls include crafts and produce,
tombola, bric-a-brac, plants, cakes, lucky dip
and ice cream. New for 2016 – a toy stall!
A variety of traditional games will be
available for you to try your hand. The
village stocks will also be available! The
children from Caston primary school will be
providing some entertainment.
Admission Free! Organized in aid of Stow
Bedon and Breckles Churches and local
We look forward to seeing you there!

Stow Bedon &
Breckles Village

A traditional summer fete for all the
family to enjoy! You are warmly invited
to come along to the Stow Bedon &
Breckles village fete on Saturday 25th
June between 2pm and 5pm. We are
very fortunate that we are able to hold
the fete, as last year, in the lovely
grounds of Stow Bedon Hall, Lower
Stow Bedon. – situated off the B1111, 5
miles south of Watton (it will be well

Wayland Dementia Café
to run two times a month

From June we are holding the Wayland Dementia Cafe twice a
month on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday We are a friendly group,
providing a safe and relaxed environment, for those living with
dementia and especially their carers.
The leaders have completed dementia training and three have
nursing backgrounds and personal experience with dementia.
During the morning we share coffee, conversation and biscuits and
with the help of volunteers, play games, look at memory books and
explore memory boxes. For part of the morning, one of the
dementia team runs a separate session for carers, to share their
problems and to support each other. It is sometimes a relief to find
another carer experiencing the same difficulties.
The Wayland Partnership set up the Wayland Dementia Café as a
part of its Dementia Friendly Communities project. We have now
been running for a year, celebrating the occasion with a lunch out at
The Willow House everyone included during April. Jan Godfrey of
the Wayland Partnership , recently made a successful bid for more
funding and this extra money enables the Cafe to open on another
day in the month, and also allows us to buy more equipment to use
for those living with dementia. If you have any spare time,
especially young people, to become a volunteer, we would love to
see you. Dementia training will be offered. Any enquiries are taken
at The Wayland Partnership office Tel 01953 883915. e-mail
Our next meeting is on Tuesday May 3rd 10 am to 12 Noon. at the
Christian Community Centre in the High Street and in June we are
open on Tuesday 7th and Tuesday 21st. from 10 am to 12 Noon

The Wayland News Page 8

May 2016

May 2016

What Watton
WWW-Fighting the Over
Development of Watton

The six year saga to build houses off
the Saham Road continued on April
6th at the Watton Sports Centre where
the Government Planning Inspector
heard the second appeal by Hopkins
Homes to build on this site. This
follows Breckland Councils earlier
refusal to allow the development of
73 dwellings. A below par of only 46
residents attended.
WWW members read objection
statements from George Freeman
M.P, The Wayland Partnership, and
The Watton Medical Practice.
Breckland and local Councillors,
together with members of the public,
voiced their objections to the
Inspector of the unsuitability of the
site to Watton's overall unsustainable
infrastructure to support more
development at the present time. The
statement from the Watton Medical
Practice commented that in 2012 8
Doctors were serving 12000 patients
where today there are only 4 Doctors.
This is becoming a crisis for the
practice and they would have to
consider their options if this fast
unsustainable growth in the practice
population continues.
The Inspector is expected to give his
decision on this Appeal within 6
A decision on the earlier Thetford
Road Appeal to build 180 homes is
due this month.
Planning reference 3PL/2015/024 for
177 dwellings off Mallard Road is
being heard by Breckland Council on
Monday 25th April at Dereham. The
RSPB are still opposing this
application due to the developers

News from
Committee of the Rocklands
Community Shop have decided to
computerise all their stock.
Although a lot of this work can
be done whilst the shop is open,
it will be necessary to close the
shop for a short period in order to
complete the transaction on the
computer. This is going to be
done over the second Bank
Holiday in May and will mean
that on Sunday 29th May the
shop will be open from 8.30am
until 10am for normal shop
opening and then papers only will
be on sale outside the shop until
1pm. The shop will be closed
Bank holiday Monday May 30th,
except newspapers will be on sale
outside the shop. It may be
possible that the café could
remain open during these days,
but this is yet to be confirmed
and please see notices posted at
shop for
any further
information. We apologise to all
inconvenience that this may
cause, but it will be worthwhile
once it is done.

The Wayland News Page 9
revised plans to preserve the Stone
Curlews habitat being unacceptable.
We urge all WWW supporters to
attend the Council meeting to show a
solid front to our objections to
develop this site.
The current state of Watton and
Districts mass development is 6oo
houses now under construction or
approved to build and 590 awaiting
planning permission. If all approved
this could give an estimated
population growth in excess of 3000.
WWW have set up a government
sponsored petition under the heading
“Petition if the Planning Inspector
refuses a Planning Application the
Decision is Final”. To sign this
petition go to UK Government
Petitions and search under planning
WWW is actively looking to increase
its base with professional expertise in
related fields. If you can assist please
contact us via our web site.
Have your say in making Watton a
better place to live.
Full details on Planning Applications
can be found on Breckland Council
Go to
Planning Search>Search for Planning
Reference No>Press Search.
Letters should be sent to - The Chief
Planning Officer, Elizabeth House,
Warpole Loke,Dereham NE19 1EE
E Mails to:
Planning Office 01362 65212
All correspondence MUST quote the
Letters to Local M.P George Freeman
should be addressed to 8. Damgate
Street Wymonham NR18 0BQ
For further information or you wish to
help our group go to
The shop will be hosting a Street
party for Rocklands on Sunday
June 12th and to pay for this
event they will be hosting a
Royal Themed, red, white and
blue trivia quiz at the Rocklands
Village Hall on Saturday May
14th doors open at 7pm, tickets
£5, refreshments provided, but
bring your own bottle, to raise
funds to pay for the Street Party,
anybody is welcome at this event.
The quiz is organised by Shirley
Colenutt, which means that a fun
evening will be had by all.
Tickets can be obtained in the
The shop could not function
without their band of willing
volunteers to help run it and, as
ever, they are always on the
lookout for more volunteers to
come forward. If you have a few
hours to spend in a week (not
necessarily every week) please
enquire at the counter and
training will be on hand for you.
If you have a special occasion
coming up and would like a
personalised card for it, please
ring Shirley 488567 and a card
will be created for you. All
proceeds go into the shop.
A reminder that the Rocklands
Post Office is open all the hours
that the shop is open including
Saturday afternoons and Sunday
mornings and open until 6.30pm
on weekdays.
Shop & PO Opening: Mon-Fri:
7.30am5.30pm, Sun 8.30am-1pm

Tha Ovington Crower

Dew yew know thas bin everso quiet in
tha willage of leart, even tha ole
Cownsil Chairwummen hent bin
hollerin abowt tha plearce, an
gittin on tew Horry abowt his ole
hins mearking a row fust thing in
tha morning. My missus she say
“Orl the folk hev gorn away” she
say. Tha hent cos I see ole missus
F hossin parst on har bike tother
day, an Horry is allus on tha
He hed a bittov a scare larst munth, his
neffew wos tearkin ill an had tew goo
inta hospittle fer an operashun. Tha
doctor told him thet wot he hed was suffin wot run in tha famly an
he orta git his relearshuns checked owt. Cor blarst Horry wos up tha
sargry the nex day, bangin on tha door an demandin tew see a
Cos he hed a lowd o tests an wos sent up tew tha hospittle anorl, but
tha rekkuned fer his aerge he wos strong as a horse.
Cor he wos suffin happy abowt that, an I hent hed tew buy a pint fer
nigh on a week now.
Tha Cowncil hed a litter pick threw tha willage tha otha week an
dint they find sum rare ole rubbish, funny wot
peepal chuck away hent it. Cos tha distric
cowncil niva cum an picked it up fer nigh on a
fortnit an sum of o tha bags wos nearly walkin
up the rood tew tha dump on thar own.
I spose we shell hefta hev a bittof a dew fer tha
Queens Birthday, summwun sed we orta set
light ter suffin big so thet shew up orl tha way
tew Lunnun. We hent hed menny wolunteers
tew set lite tew a stack o bearles as yit, so I
rekkun orl tha folk wot smoke shud orl git
tergitha an draw hard on thar fags an see wot
thet dew.
Boy Timbo he say tha ole goo cart rearce
hev tractid loods o intrest an he reckons
thet’ll goo on orl day. Cos thar orl saying
thet’’l eetha end in tears or a lood o
bloodshed, even so I rekkun thet’ll be a bit
of fun. Horry is still putting his ‘trapshun
ter githa, I dunt think thet’ll git past the
zaminers ter be honest, thas orl of 10 foot
long an muss weigh cloos onna tun.
Niva sin so much ole iron in wun heep since
Billy Friend shut up shop in Griston rood.
Thar gooin ter start from up Chuch Rood at tha
toppa tha hill an run downhill rownd a sharpish
corna an hoop ter stop afore thar git tew the
Willage Horl. Fer them wot hent got propa
brearks, thars gooin ter be a bearle or tew
acrorse tha rood, cos if tha miss thet thar oonly
thing in the way will be poor ole Mr P’s front
geart, or a hefty ole ‘lectric pole.
Thet hent till tha larst bank holday in May so
yew’ll hefta wait tew find owt iffen tha
popaleartion of tha Willage hev gone inta a
decline till June.
Well thas gitten on orlreddy so I shell wish
yew well and dew yew kip a troshin.
Boy Sid

The West Norfolk
Aviation Society

The West Norfolk Aviation Society hit gold
again by asking one of our members, Chris
Abram, to give a talk on the Vulcan bomber
which he flew in RAF service. Interspersed
with photos, video clips and personal
anecdotes, Chris amused and informed his
audience (composed for the first time ever of a
nearly even split
between ladies and
gentlemen ) about the antics of young crews
with powerful aeroplanes when they think they
can get away with it.
That one pilot
experienced and survived 22 separate engine
failures in Vulcans astonished us all.
The WNAS' next meeting will be on May 3rd.
Member David Allen will describe "The Berlin
Airlift". Visitors and new members are always
made welcome at our meetings and are
encouraged to go to:
for details of our programme and of how to find
us. However, please note that the Social Club has
had to close and we will have a new venue next
month, which will be announced on the website.

The Wayland News Page 10

Watton Churches Together
St. Mary’s Church, Watton Follow us @StMarysWatton
Open Wed 10.30-3pm & 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.
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—8.00am, Thursdays 5.00pm—5.30pm
Saturdays 9.30am—10.00am Parish Prayers
5.00pm—-6.00pm Pray & Praise
Tel: 01953 881252
Sun 1st
Holy Communion
11.00am Marquee Service on Church Green
Thur 5th Ascension Day
Group Service of Holy Communion
Sun 8th
Holy Communion
10.00am Informal Holy Communion
Super Hero Sunday
Sun 15th 8.00am
Holy Communion
10.00am Holy Communion
4-5.15pm Café Church, Blenheim Centre
Sun 22nd 8.00am
Holy Communion
10.00am 4th Sunday at 10
Choral Evensong
Sun 29th 8.00am
Holy Communion
10.30am Group Service of Holy Communion at
St George’s Church, Saham

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 1st
10.30am Rev E Reddington Holy Communion
Rev B Winner
Sun 8th
10.30am Louise Cooke a talk on her work in
the neonatal unit at NNUH.
Mr J Winner
Sun 15th 10.30am Mrs S Mann
Rev E Reddington Holy Communion
Sun 22nd 10.30am Rev R Wakelin
Mr M Reddington
Sun 29th 10.30am Rev E Reddington Holy Communion
Rev A King

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

St. Nicholas’ Church, Ashill
Tuesdays at 10.00am Holy Communion
Sun 1st
Lay Led Worship
12 noon Holy Baptism
Sun 8th
Family Holy Communion
Sun 15th 9.30am
Morning Worship
Sun 22nd 9.30am
Holy Communion

St. George’s Church, Saham Toney
Sun 1st
Sun 8th
Sun 15th
Sun 22nd
Sun 29th


Lay Led Worship
Family Holy Communion
All Age Worship
Holy Communion
Group Service of Holy Communion

S.S. Peter & Paul’s Church, Carbrooke
Sun 1st
Sun 8th
Sun 15th
Sun 22nd


Family Holy Communion
All Age Worship
Holy Communion
Lay Led Worship

St John the Evangelist Church, Ovington
Sun 1st 9.30am Holy Communion
Sun 15th 10.30am Lay Led Worship

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

Watton Pentecostal Church
Dereham Road, Watton
Sunday mornings 10.30am
Sunday 15th May Family Service and Barbecue

May 2016

Thought for the Month

By Rev Gerry Foster, St Mary's Church, Watton
May is a time when we hope to move on from the refreshing
traditional April showers we’re experiencing today, to more
settled Spring warmth and sunshine. The blue, pink and white
bells are already flowering which we don’t often enjoy so early
and the daffodils are still flourishing as I look out on the garden.
Mind you, the weeds seem to be having a terrific growth spurt
too! I’m no gardener, but I do appreciate all that is ‘growing on’
around me and going on around me….
Sometimes it’s easy to miss all the good things happening – the
breaks in the clouds – to truly enjoy the beauty of the world’s
gifts. That sounds more like Harvest: ‘all good gifts around us
are sent from heaven above’…… Let’s not wait till Harvest to be
thankful for all we can see and experience of the creation and the
Creator and also all the positive, helpful, kindnesses shown often
quietly to individuals and through groups and organisations.
Yesterday taking a service I was reminded that sheep don’t have
the shepherd visible all the time, but he knows them and where
they are. It’s true of our Heavenly Father – he knows us and
where we are and even though we can’t see him, he never leaves.
Just as Spring comes and the sun warms, so is his love and his
care are there in the clouds and in the sunshine of life. May we
discover and rediscover the warmth of His Presence.
Every Blessing: Gerry

Streetwise – the
Journey Continues

Leaving Cadman Way behind at the traffic lights we cross over
onto the road towards Thetford. The first part of the road is
Memorial Way obviously named because of the site of the War
Memorial. Opposite the car park at Memorial Way is Frederick
Fitt Court named after another prominent townsman of time gone
by. Fred was born in Garvestone and came to live in Watton on
his return from being a Far East Prisoner of War. He was on the
original fund-raising committee for Queens Hall and a member
of the band of volunteers who built the Hall. He helped for many
years with the then-famous Saturday Night Dances (the only
place to be on a Saturday night!) and Monday night Bingo,
raising money for FEPOW and Watton Town Football Club. He
was a Town, District and County Councillor for Watton and also
a Magistrate. He believed strongly in the power of community
working together to achieve great things.
Further along Thetford Road is Donald Moore Gardens named
after another public spirited member of the town. Donald was a
baker, one of at least three in Watton, with a shop opposite to
where Cecil Amey’s Opticians is now. He would be making and
baking loaves into the early hours of the morning and then
deliver them, in a great big wicker basket, during the afternoon.
In his ‘spare’ time Donald was active in the community as
Captain of the volunteer Fire Brigade: he also worked hard for
the Hospital (more of which in a moment) especially by
organising the Watton Hospital Football Cup Competition – an
annual affair. The Victoria Cottage Hospital was built by public
subscription on a piece of land given by Lord Walsingham. It
was opened in 1897 to mark Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee:
the building still stands and to it Victoria Court owes its name.
I learned about the origin of the name Monkhams Drive whilst
buying eggs at the Country Market one Wednesday morning.
Monkhams Drive is also off Thetford Road, next to the garage.
Apparently, the land on which it was built belonged at one time
to a Mrs. Minns, grandmother of the late Ray Minns of
Carbrooke. She gradually began to sell off the land for housing
and decided to call the area ‘Monkhams’ after a family she had
worked for many years previously.
Sources: David Fitt, Julian Horn, Audrey Minns & ‘Grandad’s

Art @ Stoke Ferry Church

The All Saints Painters are once again holding their annual
exhibition in the All Saints Church, Stoke Ferry, Norfolk,
PE33 9SF, June 4th – June 19th 2016, 10am-5pm daily, by
kind permission of the owner Kit Hesketh Harvey. Producing
approximately 100 pieces of art for sale between them
including pottery and greeting cards, seven local artists come
together this year for the popular exhibition of their work. The
Artists are: Isobel Bartholomew (Botanical Artist), Patsy
Hood (All Media), Frank Logan (Potter and Oil Painter),
Sheila O’Brien (Watercolourist), Hilary Sherrington, (Mixed
Media Collage), Anne Wormack (Watercolourist) and for the
first time Toni Arthur-Hay (Oil Painter).
Entry is free and there is disabled access and parking.

Wed 4th 2pm Tea and chat at Watton CCC
Mon 16th 12 for 12.30pm Lunch at Griston Waggon &

'Stories in the Stitches'
Hazel Lee - Textile Art Exhibition
Saturday 7th May - Saturday 21st May
To include examples of quilts, applique, embroidery and quilling
Coffee Morning/Launch Event Saturday 7th May 10.00 - 12.30
The Dragonfly Gallery, Wayland House, High St, Watton.
Opening Times: Mon to Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday 10am - 1pm
Contact Susan Hollingworth
Arts & Events Manager 01953 880205

Saturday, 4th June 2pm
Church Farm, The Green, Caston. NR17 1DB
Enjoy a traditional village fete & listen to The New Buckenham
Silver Band. Sideshows, stalls, tombolas and games
Grand Draw (£100 1st Prize)
Books, bottle stall, cakes, plants, bric-a-brac, treasure hunt, Icecreams, tasty BBQ and delicious refreshments
Vintage Tractors, Egg throwing competition and much, much
more !! Parking available
All proceeds to Holy Cross Church, Caston

(Part Time)
Caston Parish Council is seeking to appoint a Parish
Clerk on a part time basis. This is an interesting and
varied position where some knowledge of operating
spreadsheets is desirable but word processing is
essential. Knowledge of internet banking and cash
book accounting would be an advantage.
Training courses are available and becoming
conversant with the legal requirements of Parish
Council duties will enable the Clerk to advise
councillors accordingly. Remuneration will be in
accordance with the Society of Local Council Clerks
Further details can be obtained by
emailing the Council Chairman:
attaching a contact telephone number.
Alternatively please feel free to call David on 01953
488 495 for an informal chat.

May 2016

The Watton &
District Trefoil
Guild Garden

The Watton & District Trefoil Guild
will be hosting a Garden Party on
Wednesday 15th June by kind
permission of Maurice Cornelius at
Foxes Cottage, 17 Bell Lane, Saham
Toney from 2 – 4 pm and invite you
to join us. Afternoon Tea will be £5
per person and we will be raising
Norfolk’s Archive Resource Centre
which is being built in the grounds
of the Patteson Lodge Activity
Centre at Coltishall. The Archive
Resource Centre (ARC) will
provide a purpose built archive
store for Girlguiding Norfolk’s
large collection of historically
important items, including uniforms
through the ages and items donated
by some of Watton & District
Trefoil Guild members. The ARC
will be available for all members of
Girlguiding from the youngest
Rainbow, Brownies, Guides, Senior
Section, Leaders and Trefoil
members, other guiding/scouting
members and other organisations
for hire during term time. As well
as delicious home made sandwiches
and cakes we will have a Bring &
Buy Stall, Garden Quizzes and

Watton U3A

Watton U3A held their Annual
General meeting on Thursday 24th

The Wayland News Page 11
March. 46 members attended and
the committee for the next year was
elected. Any member who has not
paid their subscription for this year
can do so at the April meeting after
which they will need to re-apply.
The speaker for the April meeting
was Patrick Thompson with part 3
of his Talks on the Royal Family.
We entered a team in a quiz on 18th
March where we came a very
creditable second. The team
consisted of four members where as
the other teams taking part
numbered six so well done.
The No 1 pub lunch group went to
The Windmill at Necton on
Thursday April 14th and the No2
pub lunch group went to The White
Horse at Longham on Tuesday 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 details.
For further details on the National
U3A, go to

The Shannon
Reilly Trio will
be playing at

The Shannon Reilly Trio will playing
at Ashill Community Centre on
Saturday 21st May at 7.30pm in aid of
Community Centre funds.
Contact Edna on 01760 441 374 or
Keith on 01760 441 196 to find out
more. Should be a great night for Jazz

Circle Club

Watton Society Watton in Bloom

For Rocklands And
The Surrounding

Venue: The Village Hall, The Street,
English 01953 457890.)
Our New Year started on the 11th of
April and saw some changes to the
committee. Our Secretary
Allyson Blandford had to stand down
due to domestic problems. Also
standing down were Reg and Gillian
Ellis. Chairwoman Margaret English
thanked those present, giving special
thanks to Allyson for her tireless
work for the Club and Reg and
Gillian for their work in organising
the entertainment schedule.
The Treasurer, Margaret Witt
reported on the Club’s finances which
appeared healthy.
The committee stood down only to be
re-elected. The position of Secretary
was open and there being no offers
from the floor, Margaret Witt
volunteered to act as Secretary and
Treasurer until a new Secretary can
be found.
The afternoon continued with the
raffle, tea-break and finished with
games of "Bingo!"
The task for April was won by
Chrissie Alderton of Rocklands with
a very realistic hedgehog. The task for
next month will be for the letter "I."
On the 11th of May, we shall be
entertained by a representative of the
charity “The Lions”
Uusual time14:00 to 16:00 hrs.

Judging of this annually awarded Silver
Plate took place weeks commencing 4th
and 11th April. By changing from the
previous late Summer judging a different
variety of garden enthusiasts has emerged.
Although we have experienced a cold
start to the Spring some very colourful
and sturdy flowers were on display in
front garden beds. Watton soils seem to
be particularly suited to Magnolia shrubs
which can be seen throughout the town

and housing estates.
These variously coloured varieties set off
plantings of tulips, primroses and
primulas long after early snowdrops,
crocuses, aconites and daffodils have
faded. Some gardeners prefer low
growing spring flowering heathers in a
wide range of maroons and purples.
Pictured presenting the award to Mr and
Mrs Ronald and Margaret Smith is Mrs
Beryl Bunning Deputy Mayor.

Project Linus
Norfolk Open

and complete quilts sustained by tea,
coffee and cake.
Other interested people dropped in to
see what was happening and partake of
contributions to help with the cost of
hiring the hall.
Thank you to all those who helped in
whatever way.

This took place on Saturday 16th April
at the Watton Christian Community
Centre. Members of HTS were joined
by several visitors helping to work on

The Wayland News Page 12


"Dragon": A fabulous reptilian
monster with wings and huge
claws last seen when over
seventy held their convention in
Norwich a few months ago! This
was the subject of a very
interesting illustrated talk given
by Anne and Brian Lawrence last
month.The photographs were of
all the beautiful dragons which
were dotted around Norwich for
the Go Dragon event. Many were
difficult to find and although
they had a map to guide them it
was not all that accurate. Some
dragons were displayed in
gardens which made good
photographs just that more
difficult to obtain. To complete
their collection they had to visit
the city three times. These visits
were not just to hunt dragons,
but in doing so, Anne and Brian
found a number of other
interesting items to photograph
For example, not many
visitors would expect to find
thatched houses in quiet lanes in
a large city. To list all the
dragons would take pages but a
few notable examples were
"Wonder Woman" based on the
TV character (last century for
younger readers!) "Soup Dragon"
decorated with paintings of tins
of soup, "Buzz", decorated with
bees, and "Bling" which was
Rhinestones. All the work on
display was the result of many
dedicated hours from some really
imaginative artists.
school children were not left out.
Many schools and individuals
produced their own decorated
miniature dragons After the
event, the dragons were sold to
raise funds for BREAK, which
many will know is a charity
which has
been providing
services to vunerable young
people for over forty years. For
example it has a residential home
for disabled young people and
money raised from the event will go
to support this and their other
activities.We meet at the WCCC on
the first and third Tuesday of the
month at 2.30pm
See you there?

May 2016

Bridge Club Presentations

Saham Toney Bridge Club held their
annual dinner and presentation of trophies
at The Hare and Barrel Hotel last Saturday.
Winners of the John Cleverly cup were
Chris and Diny Hardy and the winners of
the Derrick Savage trophy were David
Sawyer and Rosemary Martin.
Saham Toney Bridge Club meet every
Thursday evening at Broom Hall Hotel in

Saham Toney. Play commences at 6.45pm
and finishes about 10pm. We are a very
friendly club playing duplicate bridge.
New members are very welcome.
If you are new to the area and would like to
learn to play bridge, please contact Elaine
Aberdeen at
or ring 01953 882005.

Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu
Here ends another
brilliant month for
Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu,
so looking back on
these fantastic few
weeks, we’ve seen
the Infant and
Junior grading’s
commence and at
Honbu everyone
passed with flying
colours, with
celebrations and
shiny new
colourful belts all
round. Everyone’s
working hard from
Infants through to
Teenagers, as we
all smash it with
plenty of fitness
and discipline (some things never change)
With the teenagers grading’s fast
approaching in the summer they’ve been
busy with fitness and syllabus work as well
as plenty of grappling to prepare for the
Championships in two months on May 22st.
With the infants we have our student of the
month: Dylan Coultham who like all others
deserves it for his great work during
training living up to true Ishin Ryu spirit.
Dylan has only been training for a few
months but he is always polite and
respectful and gives 100% to his training.

and Dylan Grappling
In our juniors we have our student of the
month, a relatively new face to juniors who
moved up a few months back: Jonas
Heritage, even though he moved up quite
recently he’s not afraid to muck in with all
the others. Jonas was originally a
Thompson student who has been with the
club a few years now- he has made a
successful transition up to the juniors and is
always and absolute pleasure to teach.
If you an enquiry please contact Ishin Ryu
Headquarters on 01953 483795 or check
out our website

Page space is allocated strictly on a first come, first served basis. Deadline
is 12 Noon on 16th of the month preceding publication and that is the last
date and time that copy will be considered for inclusion. Arrival of copy
before deadline does not guarantee inclusion, if you wish to be certain
your entry gets published, then please make sure it arrives in plenty of
time otherwise you may still be disappointed. If you are submitting on
paper you MUST sign and include your contact details with each item.
If you do not, the item will NOT be published.
You can contact Julian by ringing (01953) 858908.
You can write to 8 Princess Close, Watton IP25 6XA

The e-mail address is
Views expressed in articles in The Wayland News are those of the
contributors and may not reflect the
views of the publisher or printers.
While every care and effort has been taken to ensure accuracy,
the publisher cannot accept responsibility for errors or omissions.

This issue of the The Wayland News was published by:
Julian Horn, 32 High Street, Watton IP25 6AE
and printed by:

Sharman & Company Ltd, Newark Road
Peterborough PE1 5TD. Phone: 01733 424 949