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Fountain Hair & Beauty support
East Anglian Air Ambulance

A recent Coffee morning held by
Fountain Hair and Beauty of Watton
raised £308.80 for our local air
ambulance. Louise (above right) and her
staff at the hairdressers on Thetford road,
welcomed a number of clients, friends
and family, who were keen to support
and dig deep to raise this money. Whilst,
enjoying a friendly chat over a cup of
coffee or tea and cake they waited to see
if they had been lucky enough to win the

raffle prize of a luxury beauty treatment
package including, a facial, manicure and
blow dry worth £100
Gill Smith (centre) who volunteers for
the East Anglian Air Ambulance
thanked all those who so keenly gave
of their time, baked cakes and
supported this event. The two Air
Ambulances based at Norwich and
Cambridge now fly longer hours and
cost £10.2 million a year to run. They

attend on average between 4 and 5 callouts a day and rely on the generosity of
the general public to keep this service
Louise, owner of the
business, commented “I have always
been keen to support this worthwhile
cause, you never know when you
might need it, although you hope you
don’t”. If you would like to support
EAAA or learn more please visit

Funding boost
for the Wayland

will present this to the public for a vote
as part of a fun family environment
themed event to decide which areas we
will work on, aiming for 1 project in
each community (14 in total). We will
run workshops that will give volunteers
the practical skills and confidence to
deliver the ideas. We will then put the
ideas into practice through planting,
growing, sowing, building or tidying.
At every stage we will build in
sustainability, such as looking at low
maintenance options or plants that selfseed freely etc. The project will be
delivered by the Wayland Partnership
working with partners such as local
councils, village hall committees,
schools or churches.
Suzanne Rhind, Business & Community
Development Manager said: “We are
delighted to be awarded this funding to
deliver a very practical project across the
whole of the Wayland area that will not
only improve local greenspaces and
increase pride in the community, but that
will also give people new skills and
provide opportunities to make new
Postcode Local Trust exists to fund
community groups and charitable
organisations through a variety of grant
giving programmes. To do so, the

Trust relies solely on funding from the
proceeds of tickets sales from People’s
Postcode Lottery. When you sign up to
play People’s Postcode Lottery, your
postcode is your ticket. It costs £10 for
10 draws paid monthly in advance with
prizes every day. A minimum of 27.5%
goes directly to charities across Great
Britain and internationally.
If you would like to find out more or get
involved with the project please contact
Suzanne on 01953 880204 or email

The Wayland Partnership Development
Trust has received £18,079 thanks to
players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
The funding boost from Postcode
Local Trust will enable the Wayland
Partnership to deliver a one year
environmental project known as the
‘Wayland Growing Together’ project.
The project will bring together people
to identify small areas of land that are
unloved that could be used for
environmental projects such as tree
planting, wildflower sowing, tidying
up or installing wildlife homes. We
will recruit volunteers to form steering
and working groups and then map the
area to see where land is available. The
mapping will be done by volunteers
and may consist of videos, photographs
or talking to residents. This will form a
record of green spaces in the area. We

Café Church

We welcome you to join Watton
Churches Together for ‘Café Church’
at The Blenheim Centre, Tedder Close,
Watton IP25 6JL, 4.00 – 5.15pm on
Sundays 19th June and 17th July and
always a third Sunday of the month.
And, ‘Stop Gap’ After School Club /
Café is at The Blenheim Centre on
22nd June, 27th July and always a
fourth Wednesday of the month. This
is in partnership with Sure Start
Children’s Centre, Watton.
Please come along and find friendship,
fun and food! All free.
Please contact Revd Gerry Foster for
more information: 01953 881439

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June 2016

June 2016

A Quick Look
So June arrives, which would normally
be good news as we expect summer to be
with us, but this year who knows what to
expect ? Ever since last October the
weather seems to be trapped on a
trampoline, with temperatures bouncing
up and down from day to day, and from
one end of the UK to the other. For
instance in one period Aberdeen was first
the warmest place and then the coldest
alternately for almost a fortnight, while
in the last week of April the warmest day
of the year that far (68.5 degrees F.) in
the south of England was followed by
temporary closures of the runway at
Norwich airport due to snow. Just to
show how topsy- turvy things have been,
probably the two finest days of the whole
winter were Christmas and Boxing day. I
blame the government !
But a bit of a surprise came early in May
when summer did suddenly overtake us,
but by the time shorts and sun-glasses
were located it had gone.
But whatever the weather the local scene
continues to be dominated by protests
against the many building development
applications that are in the pipeline.
This subject does not appear to have a
satisfactory solution anywhere in sight,
for on the one hand the population
explosion is
even if
immigration could be curbed, so building
new houses is essential, and the
relaxation of the Green Belt restrictions
could be seen by some as a sensible
measure. The thinking behind that is that
if your box is overfull you get a bigger
box, but like all seemingly simple
solutions, difficulties present themselves
at every turn.
Of course no-one wants to see the green
countryside swallowed up by housing, so
the Green Belt was introduced in 1935 to
avoid the urban sprawl that threatened
the lands around London, and later in
1947 councils all over the country were
allowed to use similar schemes, which
received popular acclaim. Of course it
was not realised that eventually the same
areas would eventually be bursting at the
seams, and the crucial time has now
arrived when some amendments are
The big objection emphasised by
protesters is that there are still plenty of
spaces within the ‘envelopes’ that remain
unbuilt upon, so the developers should
be forced to use them first. Unfortunately

Boo & Hiss in
training to
be Maplins
“Dear Mum and Dad,
It’s getting very exciting here at Maplins
– we’ve just had a load of new
Yellowcoat recruits join us. They’re part
of some theatre company from Watton,
the Boo & Hiss I think they said.
Anyway, they seem a jolly bunch and I
think they’ll fit right in. They’ll be in
training for 3 months and then they’ll
have trial runs on 29th and 30th
September and 1st October at the Queens
Not much has happened since I last
wrote. The life of a chalet maid doesn’t
change much from week to week,
although these new lads and lasses might

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the old bugbear of money comes into
play, for a new wide open space is much
more profitable to build on than small
plots dotted her and there within towns
and so they are avoided as much as
Some observers think that legislation
should be introduced to ensure that
permission for the new Green Belt sites
should be conditional on filling up those
inner spaces first, but this would appear
to be completely impractical, since
legislation invariably breeds loopholes so
further difficulties and delays would
continually present themselves.
And then there is the ongoing point
about infra-structure, mainly centred on
roads, sewers and medical services. Even
if the developers constructed surgeries
on every site, where are the doctors to
staff them to come from ?
Of course all objections are subjected to
examination by the appropriate planning
inspector, but sometimes although his
personal feelings may be in their favour,
the strict rules set by government may
compel him to over-rule them. And so it
goes on.
One of the events that has shocked the
business world last month was the
announcement of the demise of British
Home Stores, and though it seems likely
that the real causes may not be known
for some time, any closure of such stores
must be a matter of regret to all.
It may well be that by the time you read
these notes either a reprieve has been
arranged or another major player has
taken over the premises, but otherwise it
will be a sad day for Norwich should the
building remain empty.
Of course it could be that the popularity
of big stores has waned and they have a
limited future, and certainly my own
impressions of the modern shopping
experience is not favourable, for the
customer is no longer afforded the type
of service – pampering if you like – that
he enjoyed in previous times.
For instance, in many big stores, sales
assistants are fewer, and the staff that are
around seem to merely be there to tidy
up the clothes that may have been
disturbed by customers and when one
does find an article to one’s liking, it is
necessary to walk right to the far side of
the store in order to pay, which can
literally be over a hundred yards away
and usually involves standing in a long
But the inconveniences of modern
shopping are the least of our concerns
this month as we are about to vote on the
big issue of whether we wish to stay in
the EU or not.
shake things up a bit, for a while at least.
Gladys is still bossing everyone around
as usual, when she’s not batting her
eyelashes at Mr Fairbrother.
Cathcart still terrifies me so I try and
keep out of her way as much as possible.
As you both know, I dream of being a
Yellowcoat myself one day and Mr
Fairbrother says he’ll put in a good word
with Joe Maplin for me. Gladys can be a
bit fierce sometimes but she’s not half as
scary as Miss Cathcart.
Mr Partridge is still as grumpy as ever, I
really don’t know why he’s a Punch and
Judy man – he hates kids! He moans
about having to share a chalet with Fred,
says it stinks of horses all the time.
Mind you, he’s right, it does pong a bit.
And Ted’s still up to his old tricks,
scamming campers for a few extra quid.
If Joe Maplin ever found out, Ted’d be
out on his ear I reckon.
Anyway, I’d better get on. I’ll keep you
posted as to how the new recruits are
getting on. Write back soon.
Lots of love,

We are all well aware of the moans and
groans that we have made over the last
few years over the inconveniences or
hardships caused by decisions emanating
from Europe, but the difficulty is being
able to judge if we would be better off
staying under EU control or operating
Unfortunately we cannot rely on
information given by the so-called
political experts, because none of them
seem to agree, so it is just a case of
making our own personal choice. It is
obvious that if we elect to stay ‘in’ then
we shall have to put up with more of the
same things that have annoyed us in the
past, but if we opt out things could be
worse, although we would hope they
would be better.
Meanwhile we are confronted with so
many situations on the home front that
need to be addressed, one of them being
the availability of broadband throughout
the country, which the government
assured us would be an immediate target,
only to say, just days later, that this
would not be provided, since not
everyone wanted it. Surely what is
regarded as an essential service should
be there for all to enjoy. No doubt
government ministers all live in areas
that are well served by BT, just as they
aren’t affected by the troubles that assail
our hospitals and medical centres. I am
sure the prime minister would never have
to wait a fortnight for an appointment to
see his doctor, or to wait hours receive
attention should he be unfortunate
enough to suffer an injury.
On the subject of health there have been
a number of tragedies recently caused by
allergic reactions to various foods such
as nuts, and we have learned that
children have suffered great distress
simply being next to someone merely
opening a packet of certain substances.
In my school days the worst one might
find was that certain fruits might, if eaten
to excess, cause one to come out in spots,
but nothing worse, and it was not until
after the Second World War that the
introduction of peanut butter was later
blamed for troubles that were
subsequently known as allergies
One wonders, at times, if Mother Nature
is trying to get her revenge on society for
some reason, for allergies were never
known in previous times, at least in any
serious form.
Well, by next month we will know
whether we are British once more, or still
part of the EU though either way we will
still muddle through. Meanwhile come
back summer.
Good afternoon.

70 Years
of Singing with
the mid-Norfolk

Mid Norfolk Singers are giving a concert
of stirring British music on Saturday 2nd
July in Castle Acre Church. Items will
include ‘Zadok the Priest’ by Handel,
Parry’s ‘I was Glad’ and a James Bond
medley together with well-known songs
from around Britain. Tickets will be
available on the door.
The choir which rehearses in Dereham
has 80 members and is celebrating 70
years since its formation. Membership is
drawn from a wide area and includes 4
singers from Saham. New members are
always welcome. We recently enjoyed
performing Haydn’s Creation in St
Andrew’s Hall in Norwich.
Further details can be found on our

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June 2016

In your Garden
with Lotta Potts

So will it be 'June is busting out all over' or
'flaming June' (this can be a matter of fact or a
curse)? It seems difficult that the astounding
display from the spring flowers and trees could
possibly be bettered by anything June can
produce. I hope it proves me wrong as if it all
peters out we're going to feel disappointed. We
should be following the cherries, magnolias,
amelanchiers and bulbs with lilacs and then the
real over the top summer flowers.
It's in one of my reference books that the garden
looks like the top of a chocolate box for a couple
of months. That page is illustrated by a
photograph of a corner of a garden with white
rambling roses on a fence, delphiniums in three
shades of blue in front then alchemilla and
sundry other small flowers in front again.
Interestingly there's a lot of foliage that looks
like it might flower in a few days. Now there's
something to aspire to! But there again, why
not? Most of us have a rose or two and it's easy
to underplant with alchemilla and hardy
geraniums. As well as looking great these will
spread, the alchemilla will seed madly and they'll
keep the weeds down.
There was a saying among old gardeners that if
you plant a rose you should put a clematis in the
same hole. One has to assume they meant
climbing roses and that it's as well to make sure
that pruning one won't ruin the other. It's
possible by choosing the right combination that
you can extend the season by having the clematis
flower earlier or later than the rose but again
pruning can be tricky. Maybe it's safer to have
both flowering at the same time then it all
becomes a little simpler. On the subject of roses,
whatever you need: ramblers, climbers, bush,
hybrid tea, do make sure they have a scent. It
doesn't seem to matter how many different rose
scents there are, they never seem to clash. A
prime example of this is at the big shows
undercover where the growers are all exhibiting
at once. You could feel 'heady' to the point of
intoxication with all the roses pushing out scent
at once. The only time I ever found it difficult
was when I was followed round by a very
elegant woman wearing a really heavy perfume
(I think it was Opium). At a flower show!
That's all sorts of gossipy stuff, how about June?
This is a wonderful time to shop as buying plants in
flower in pots or containers means you know
exactly what you are getting. The downside is that
these will need a bit more tlc and water as the
summer goes along than if you had raised the
plants from seed or seedlings or bare root earlier in

the year. Those would have required extra at the
time so you have to put in the effort one way or the
other. One thing they will all need is deadheading.
Unless planted specifically for the hips, the roses
certainly need dead-heading regularly as will sweet
peas. For both these species you could call it liveheading as cut for vases they bring the season
indoors. If you don't remove the flowers from
sweet peas make sure the seed pods are cut off as
once they ripen the plant thinks that's job done and
will stop flowering. The way to rescue the
situation is to remove the pods and any flowers that
have made the effort, then flowering will
commence again but it takes a little time.
Spring bulbs need a bit of attention. Some can be
left in situ but others need to be dug up for storage
until autumn planting comes around. Ones to leave
are naturalised anything plus daffs, snowdrops
grape hyacinths and bluebells. There are some that
arguably need to be dug up: tulips and hyacinths in
the ground and any bulbs in containers. Tulips and
hyacinths are from the eastern Mediterranean area
where they get a good baking in summer. A
baking summer occasionally happen here but they
are happier dug up and stored somewhere dry and
airy either on trays or in nets. Tulip growers will
tell you to treat them as annuals, starting again in
late autumn. Well they would say that wouldn't
they? The point being that they are grown for
maximum flower the spring after planting and after
that they will not flower again as spectacularly
whatever you do. If you need the space it's as well
to dig up spring bulbs once the foliage has died
down and dry off to store. On the other hand if you
plant tulips deep enough they will appear again. I
have left both types of bulbs in year on year and it
does work but the flowers definitely shrink
compared to those stored correctly. Bulbs in
containers certainly should be removed and stored.
You can use the containers again as well but
whatever you plant in there will need fresh
compost. You can cheat a bit if you plant hardy
annuals as these will grow in poor soil or used
compost but do cheer it up a bit with some fresh
mixed in.
Spring perennials such as primroses and
pulmonarias that kept flowering through May
should be cut back and divided. This is normally a
job for May but with a late spring such as we had
this year these varieties will keep going longer.
Hellebores should have flowered stems removed
and if you are lucky there will be seeds to collect or
maybe even seedlings that can be transplanted. It's
unlikely that these will be true to the plant they
came off so it's interesting to see what turns up in
the way of flower. You might even get a new
commercially viable variety. Don't hold your
breath and there probably isn't a fortune in it.
If you grow veg the plot or pots will be in full cry
now. Once you start to harvest early sowings there

will be gaps so clear out any roots or weeds and
boost the soil with a bit of fertiliser and sow some
more. All the usual salads and summer roots can
still be sown (specially if you kept up with
successional sowing). Now there are new varieties
that suggest they can be sown to harvest well into
autumn, peas being a good example. An obvious
choice is radish but I was surprised to learn you can
still sow main crop carrots. I've not been
successful with carrots but will have another go,
specially as the sowing time is longer than I
thought. Now is the time for frost-tender veg such
as outdoor tomatoes and cucumbers as well as
sweetcorn, French and runner beans, all sorts of
squashes and pumpkins can all be direct sown into
the ground. I have to say I prefer to start them off
indoors so you can see what is or isn't going to
germinate. Not many people have time to stare
day in and day out at bare soil to see if the veg
will come up. Better to be sure and plant out the
seedlings once they have made a decent size.
Slugs, too, prefer tiny plants to established ones
so that's a hazard avoided. If you keep feeding
the birds and encourage hedgehogs you've pretty
much eliminated the slug and snail problems.
Unfortunately the hedgehog population is
diminishing with no definite reason why. The
mild winters could be partly to blame as the
hedgehogs don't hibernate properly – keep
waking up but there's little or no food and the
hoglets don't reach the required weight to make
it through the cold weather. Another issue could
be these new-ish Spanish slugs that grow to
fantastic size and the only way is to dunk them
in buckets containing bleach and salt in the
water. These creatures make more and stickier
slime than our natives which might make it
difficult for hedgehogs to eat. I hope you aren't
eating your tea! In fact the most effective way to
deal with the mollusc population is to go our of
an evening through spring and summer and
collect them for disposal by your favourite
means. A little financial outlay on a drop of beer
or lager for them also works. Put a shallow layer
in an old margarine or ice cream tub then bury
the container so that the top is an inch or two
above the surface then check it in the morning.
You will, I promise, be surprised. Try to make
the height above the soil sufficient that beetles
can't fall in. Beetles are friends! They might not
be pretty but will polish off pests as well.
Whatever June brings there will be at least some
clement weather so that you can do that most
enjoyable bit of gardening – sit and look at it,
maybe with a glass of something cool – and
wonder at nature and how those little scraps of
brown dust have suddenly become large and
attractive or productive plants. Of course there
will be the more unwelcome ones so keep

June 2016

Great Ellingham’s
Teddy Bear Festival

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Big Bash for H.M.

The Methodist Wednesday Coffee Morning is celebrating
H.M.'s 90th birthday with a free coffee morning. Yes you
read it correctly, free coffee for H.M. (and you) on
Wednesday 22nd June at the Watton Christian Community
Centre from 9.30am to 12 noon. Our regular friends are
welcome and so are you. Come along and experience our
friendly Coffee Morning for yourself.

A Serenade and a
Celebration for Inner Wheel

Letter to the Editor Planning Application

Preparations for the 13th annual Great Ellingham Teddy Bear
Festival are underway and this year promises to be the best yet.
The list of events includes a Garage Sale day, an Art
Exhibition with a Preview Evening of entertainment, a Craft
Day, a Golden Oldies Music Night, an Evening of
Mediumship and the festival will be ending with its most
ambitious event yet – “Tedfest”. This will be a family festival
day of live music, a great variety of food, activities such as
climbing walls and bungee trampolines, games and
entertainment for all ages. And not forgetting the bears
themselves of course; these will be on display around the
village from Saturday 2nd July. For information on any of
these events or about the festival, please visit the NEW website

Diabetes UK

At our May meeting we welcomed back an old friend to the
group, Dr Patrick Thompson. He is a lovely man with a
wealth of experience in all manner of things! On this occaision
Patrick gave us an insight into his early life up to and including
being employed within the Royal Household. His talk was
sprinkled with anecdotes relating to his journey along the way.
He finished his visit to us by relating to us his extremely
moving memories of his father - a true hero. Patrick was very
warmly thanked and he will be visiting us again next year for
another special talk.
Our next meeting will be at the Pentecostal Church (who we
thank for the generous use of their facilites) on Monday June
13th, 10.15am. We will be starting the meeting at the Church,
then we hope to be able to make a return visit the Fire Station
for a closer look at the Fire Appliance and how it is used in an
emergency situation, operational duties permitting of course.
For details of our group and any of our meetings, please email or phone 01953 884713, leave a
message and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

I am in the process of putting in a planning application to
Breckland District Council for the part change of use to a
building in Watton. As living in Watton myself all of my
life I understand planning has become a very thorny subject
to everyone that it affects, hence why I am writing to you to
see if you think it would be in the towns interest to have
some information published in inform people prior to the
The proposal that is being put forward to the council is for
Ventura House on the old RAF Watton site. It is to change 4
empty offices out of the 6 available into very spacious 1 and
2 bed homes which will all have ample parking and large
green communal areas. These offices in question are
currently vacant and have been vacant for quite a few years,
regardless of advertising and very competitive rates.
Hearing concerns in the local area there are 2 offices remain
out of the 6 units to maintain a balance of employment in the
I do feel that this proposal would be a positive development
for the town, with minimal impact on infrastructure, for a
number of reasons. First it would be recycling an old
underused building on a brown field site, this would save
any need for further development and construction
expanding the town on green field sites. This in turn has the
added benefit as the building is already connected to all of
the utilities and services so no additional strain would be put
onto the networks, with the benefit of no roadwork's to
congest the town.
While I have heard of concerns as the suitability of this area
for residential use I would invite people down to have a look
at it themselves. The area has massively changed in the last
12 months, now with a new gym with around 560 members,
along with a children soft play and children's nursery.
If anyone would like any more information on the site please
contact Harvey Woodyatt on 07732358968.
ED: Because development and planning is a 'hot-topic'
locally, With Mr Woodyatt's permission, I forwarded this
letter to What Watton Wants to get their views on this type
of development and approach – their response is as follows:
“The members [What Watton Wants] views are generally in
favour of such a development that will make use of four
unused offices and leaving two for future employment
opportunities. This development could be considered as
sustainable and beneficial to the local community especially
if the properties are sold to local residents.”
Linda and Brian Hinkins from Saham responded directly to
me: “How wonderful that a prospective applicant can
approach the public and WWW informing them of his
intentions. This proposal will not conflict with infrastructure
issues as no construction will be taking place but should
benefit the community because of it's conversions to sizes
being 1 and 2 bedrooms. Lets hope these will be offered to
local people as there is a shortage of this type in this area.”

Watched by Gill Upton, IW member Carole Haythorpe
lights the candle to the future.
Since the last report in the Wayland
News, life has been decidedly
‘social’ for the members of Inner
Wheel as they have enjoyed a
Concert and a Birthday Supper.
Entitled ‘Springtime Serenade, and
held in the Methodist Church, the
Concert was given by Breckland
Harmony a well known ladies’
choir of which IW President,
Pauline Baldry is a member. The
Choir is conducted by Julia Grover
and the varied programme included
songs from the shows, classical
pieces and other favourites. The
ladies were joined by the
Harmonettes, a small group who
sing unaccompanied and also the
Breckland Js which is
enthusiastic Junior Choir. The
evening raised a total of £231 for
charities supported by Inner Wheel.
One of the highlights of the Inner
Wheel year is always the Birthday
Supper – the occasion when the
formation of Watton Club is
celebrated. Visitors from across the
District joined Watton members at
Queens Hall and welcomed the
Forsdyke and other District
introductions, candles were lit for
Inner Wheel Past, Present and
Future and greetings were received
from the President of Watton
Rotary Club, Paul Chubbock. Later
he joined President Pauline to cut

the specially made, and beautifully
iced birthday cake. The speaker was
Bryan Thurlow . As ‘The Perennial
Mr Potter’ he gave a most
entertaining, amusing and sometimes
poignant tour de force of life as a
gardener at a Big House during the
first half of the 20th century. His
presentation was very well received
by an extremely attentive audience
and Vice President Heather Hewson
expressed the thanks of those
present. Following this members and
guests enjoyed a delicious buffet
supper which concluded with the
serving of birthday cake.
The next Inner wheel event is the
Strawberry Tea on June 14th at 30,
Thetford Road by kind invitation of
Mr and Mrs Ken Davis. This event
is to be a celebration of the
Queen’s Big Birthday: Her Majesty
will be attending fresh from her
successful appearance at ‘Blossom
and Yarn’. There will be all the
usual stalls and attractions, tea will
be served and will include cake,
strawberries and cream and this
year a special extra, a glass of fizz
to toast Her Majesty. In keeping
with the Royal theme, all proceeds
will be sent to Prince Harry’s
project which works with the
poorest children in Lesotho. This is
a not-to-be-missed occasion so we
look forward to seeing you there.
Lesley Cowling Club Correspondent.

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June 2016

2nd Watton (RAF) Brownies

Our Brownie pack has been working
towards their gardening badge, as you can
see from the photograph they have been
growing cress from seeds. Some of them
have grown really well and the girls cannot
wait to eat them. They have also been
growing sunflower seeds and broad beans
in a jar which are coming on very well.
Then hopefully the sunflower seeds and
broad beans can be planted out in the
garden and flourish. The Brownies have

really enjoyed doing this as they can watch
nature and see how things grow.
At Brownies we have fun with games,
outdoors activities craft, singing and
working together.
If your daughter would be interested and
she is between 7-10 yrs old the please
contact us on the following
We meet on Thursday evening in Watton.

WI News

made by our Craft Club and a Bring & Buy
table which Members viewed during our
refreshment break.
Our Speaker for our next meeting on 9th
June will be Julie Kirkham from Alby
Stained Glass. This sounds as if it will be
an interesting and illuminating talk. You
are most welcome to join us at WCCC and
should you wish any further information
please contact our Secretary, Hazel
Gillingham on 01953 881510 who will
pleased to speak to you.
As previously mentioned we also invite
you to our Summer Coffee Morning on
11th June where you may partake
homemade cakes and maybe pick up a few
homemade pressies made by our ladies.
We hope to see you there.

The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations have
been in full swing across the country and we
too had a party joined by our husbands,
partners and friends to commemorate the
event starting with singing the National
Anthem and a toast to Her Majesty. This was
followed by delicious delicacies accompanied
by lots of chatting and laughter.
Craft Club met this month to continue
making saleable items in preparation for our
Summer Coffee Morning to be held on
Saturday, 11th June (10am-12 noon) at
WCCC. During the Craft morning some
members worked on our entry for the Norfolk
Show in the category of ‘A Box of Dreams’.
Diners Club met at Hare & Barrel and
although attended by a smaller number of
ladies than usual, due to holidays etc, there
was a delightful intimate atmosphere. Our
next lunch will be held at The Eagle, Great
Hockham, a new venue for us. Always nice
to visit new places, as the saying goes ‘variety
is the spice of life’.
This month’s meeting debated two
Resolutions, one for supermarkets to
voluntarily reduce Food Waste and the other
for Appropriate Care in hospitals for people
with dementia. There was a good discussion
and many points raised for and against. The
results of our ballot will be taken by our
elected Member to the AGM in June to vote
on our behalf. We also had a sale of items

Ovington Coffee

St John’s Church, Ovington, are holding
a Coffee Morning on Saturday, 18th
June, from 10 – 12, in the Village Hall.
We will be having a raffle, tombola
(including kiddies’ tombola) cakes,
crafts, jigsaws and more.
Come and meet your friends for Coffee,
Cake and Chat.
This will be instead of the usual garden
fete and all the proceeds will go to St
John’s Church.

‘off the High Street’

Just off the High Street are three more areas
of the town –though strictly speaking they
are not ‘streets’ – whose names give
glimpses into times past and allow us to
meet characters from an earlier age.
Durrants Yard is reached through the
opening inbetween ‘Spoilt for Choice’ and
Smith’s Butchers and its association with
the Durrant family continues to this day
since Mrs. Ann Durrant is still resident in
this delightful corner of the town. The
business was founded by George C Durrant
who was a Tea Dealer, and grocer with
further departments which provided
Dressmaking and Millinery services. They
also had a ‘Mourning Department’ with a
‘New Hearse’ George Durrant was one of
two gentlemen who provided the town with
the recreational area ‘Loch Neaton’ The
business was carried on by George’s son
and then his grandson. The property, which
is now ‘Spoilt for Choice’ continued
trading in the town for many years; its
Outfitters and Drapery business being the
last to close. The grandson, Richard but
always known as Dick, was like his
grandfather, very public spirited and a great
benefactor to the town. He was another of
the townsmen who had the vision and the
skill and who gave the time to the building
of the magnificent Queens Hall.
Chaston Place is the area around the Co-Op
and Boots the chemist and the origin of the
name is not entirely clear to me. It seems that
there were two people by name of Chaston
working in the vicinity in the past. One was a
harness maker and the other, a Benjamin
Chaston, was a wine merchant. Both worked
from premises on the opposite side of the road
and both were, at separate times, clearly
integral to the community I have not been able
to discover more precise details: perhaps a
Wayland News reader can come to my aid –
that would be wonderful.
Goddards Court is to the left of the
approach to the public car park next to the
Methodist Church. Again details are a bit
sketchy but it seems that the land was
farmed by a Mr Goddard. Between the two
wars the Wayland Show was held on two
huge meadows where the Library, Wayland
House, George Trollope Road, East, West
North and South Roads are now. This was a
massive event and the way into it was
through Mr Goddards’s farm yard, where
the vet’s surgery is now.
Incidentally, my mother always referred to
Beechwood Avenue ( also off the High
Street,) as ‘Worms Yard,’ claiming that it
was so called because a vet called Mr
Worm lived there. I regarded this
information with scepticism as Mum was
not averse to a bit of creative thinking.
However, in researching this contribution to
Streetwise I discovered in Kelly’s Directory
1883 that her claims were actually true!
Sources: Watton through the Ages George
Jessup. Watton in an earlier age (WEA)
Kelly Directory 1883 & 1902.

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Tha Ovington
Hare yew
gitten on
peepal, thas
bin a bit of
a chearnge
in the owld
wether of
leart hint it?
Blearzin hot wun minute an nuff ter
flee yer tha next.
No matter, orl tha vegterbals hev got
gooin an orl we hefta worrit abowt
now is tha ole frorst or tew. Got an
owld sack or tew ter hull oova tha
teartas iffen thet git tew cowld.
Cos boy Barry hev bin digging new
teartas fer sum time now, an blarst me
hent they sum soolers an orl.
We hed tha owld annyewl Parish
meetin larst week, thas ware orl the
peepal stan up an tell orl sorts of tearls
abowt how well thar clubs or meetins
are gooin. Tha owld Chair wummen
wernt hevin any owld squit from sum
of tha speekas an sune towld them tew
sit down an shutup. She’ve got wun of
them owld wooden hammers wot she
bang on hare tearbal an thet sune hev
them wot are running on a bit gooin orl
Seems moost peepal in tha willage are
happy with tha way tha cownsil are
running things, tew be honest nun of
em are gooin ter challenge tha
chairwummen cos sheeze a force tew
be rekkuned with.
I think sheezes orlrite tho.
Horry hed a narrer escape tha otha
week. member me tellin yew how he
wos so pleezed at not bein ill an wos
given us orl a free drink or three, wot
he hent sed wos thet he had hed a win
on tha lottry, so hed a few bob tew
Sittin in tha pub wos this mawtha
wot kep givin Horry the eye,
speshully wen he got a hanfull of ten
pownd nootes owta his pocket tew
git us a rownd o beers. We wos
torkin abowt how tha city mite be
gooin down agin wen she cum up
tew Horry an sed she wos a fan on of
Norrige City an wos gooin ter drink
fer them ter stay up but wos short of
munney, cos her hubby hed run orf
with hare nearbor an tuk orl har
munney ter buy tha new wummen
joolwry an stuff. Horry wos took by
hare story an kep buyin hare mor
booze. I’de hed a wud with tha
landlord an he meard shure hare
drinks ware a bit tew strong so she
sune started tew fall oova.
I hed a kwiet wud wi Horry an he
sune cort on an we hed an arly nite.
He did run on abowt this mawtha fer
sum time arfta, an I think he wos
sorta took wi hare.
Cummin up sune we got tew hev a
goo at mearkin a sort of goo cart, an
hev a rearce down Chuch rood, thas
orl rite fer tha yungens but I rekkun
thas arskin a bit tew much fer us
owld boys tew goo hossin down
Chuch rood with our behinds a bit
tew close tew the rood.
We hed a bitta ova dew for tha
Queens birthday., tha beacon wos lit,
an moost peepal hed a good larf an a
drop o suffin gud tew kip owt tha
My missus kip a mobbing thet thas
time fer me ter git up woodin hill, so
I’ll git a cup o suffin hot an git up
them stairs,
See yew orl nex time an dew yew
kip a troshin.
Boy Sid

June 2016

Members of Phoenix Pipes & Drums Band
to play for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth

Members of the Watton Based Phoenix Pipes
& Drums Band have been individually
selected to form a massed Band of Pipes &
Drums to play for Her Majesty Queen
Elizabeth, on Sunday 12th June outside
Buckingham Palace, and for the Guests at the
Patrons Lunch in the Mall.
Stan Hebborn, Pipe Major for the Phoenix
Pipes and Drums and also a Senior Executive
Officer of the Southern Highlanders Pipes &
Drums, was approached by the organisers of
the Patrons Lunch and asked to form a Band
of 90 Pipers and Drummers to perform for
the guests in a parade, culminating in a Royal
Salute at the palace. The massed Pipes and
Drums will be leading the Parade.
Stan said, “I was very pleased when I got the
call, as although both Bands have performed
at a number of high-profile ceremonial
engagements in the last 12 months, including
the 200th Anniversary Waterloo Parade from
Horseguards to Buckingham Palace last June,

and a formal dinner in St. James’ Palace last
July, this is probably the greatest honour and
privilege for all of us taking part, and for the
Phoenix Pipes & Drums to be able to pay
respects to her Majesty on her Birthday and
on behalf of the residents of Watton is truly
wonderful!” The Band will be lead by Senior
Drum Major Paul Lumley, of the Southern
Highlanders Pipes & Drums.
The following Members have been selected
to participate in this event;
Stan Hebborn (Watton), Natasha Rudd (17
from Carbrooke), Catherine Lee (17 from
Watton), Jamie Currie (15 from Griston),
David Collingsworth (Corpusty), Gemma
Collingsworth (Fakenham), Jennie Fishlock
Stan has also drawn a number of performers
from other Pipe Bands all around the Country
who will be representative of their respective

What Watton Wants

supports the activities of the WWW group and
indeed it was at his suggestion at a public
meeting in the Queens Hall that such a groups
formation would benefit the town.
WWW has noted that NHS England have failed
to respond to Breckland Councils request for
submissions against various planning application
hearings. This with our current medical practice
concerns. We await feedback from our letters.
WWW members have noted some comments
on local social media. We would stress that we
are not against further housing developments in
and around Watton but it needs to be
accomplished over a longer period and with
sustainable infrastructures. Also the majority of
our members are not personally overshadowed
by developments in their backyard they have a
genuine interest in Watton and keeping it as a
Market town. If you are of the same opinion then
why not play an active part in our activities.
The current state of Watton and District's mass
development is approved applications 780
houses with 410 pending decisions.
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 website:
Letters should be sent to- The Chief Planning
Officer, Elizabeth House, Warpole 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 Wymonham
NR18 0BQ. For further information or you wish
to help our group go to

A further large scale housing development of up
to 180 dwellings off the Thetford road has been
approved by the Planning Inspectorate. The site
is opposite the Saddlers Rise development of 110
houses now under construction and extends up to
the Barn Ruche corner where a roundabout will
be built to serve the new properties. The main
objection to this development was its close
proximity to The Wayland Wood and the
harmful impact building would have on the
woods Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). This
together with Watton's frail infrastructure and
including the grave concerns voiced by the
Medical Practice Manager on the amount of
development being authorised locally was
dismissed by the Inspector. We can only hope
that potential buyers of all these new properties
are fully aware of the substantial problems facing
this growing population in Watton.
Breckland Council Planning Committee recently
rejected the proposal to develop nearly 200
houses on the Mallard Road site despite being
recommended for approval by Breckland
Planning Officers. The main concern for the
rejection was the sites close proximity to a
Special Protection Area and its incursion into the
stone curlew buffer zone..The RSPB
representative voiced strong opposition to this
proposed development. Over 240 objections had
been submitted by Watton residents. Local
Councillors Keith Gilbert called the proposal
Disgraceful and Claire Bowes stated it was An
Eroding of Our Natural Heritage. We will now
await the possible appeal by the developer
against our elected councillors decision made on
our behalf.
WWW members are to meet with our local M.P
George Freeman on Friday 20th May to discuss
the many residents concerns on the extreme over
development of Watton. George Freeman

June 2016

Service To Go
Live In Watton
Last year we reported about the
NHS Electronic Prescription Service
(EPS) being rolled out nationally. It
is about to happen in Watton and
local pharmacies and the GP surgery
are currently preparing to embrace
this new technology to improve the
prescription service that is offered
prescriptions has caused some
concern amongst local residents.
Geoff Ray, Senior Pharmacist at
Total Health Pharmacy in Watton
explains the concept as follows;
“The electronic prescription service
(EPS) is merely a way to streamline
the way prescriptions are delivered
between your GP and your chosen
pharmacy. We have had a number
of people concerned that they will
need to have a computer or
computer skills. This is not
necessary. EPS allows the GP to
electronically send your prescription
to your chosen pharmacy. For the
system to work, it requires you to
nominate which pharmacy you
would like to receive your
prescription from. Otherwise the
surgery computer doesn’t know
where to send the prescription to.
The key point to making the system
work is to ensure that you have
nominated your pharmacy. And that
is very straightforward to do”.
“The ‘Go Live’ date for Watton and
Wayland is September so we, like
many community pharmacies, have
been encouraging people to
nominate their preferred pharmacy
for EPS to ensure that all our

Shipdham &
District Book
The book discussed on 2oth April was
The Rosie Project by Graeme
Simsion. The main protaganist and
narrative voice is Don Tillman a
professor of genetics, undiagnosed
but with many of the symptoms of the
Asperger’s spectrum. He decides to

The Wayland News Page 8
customer records are up to date in
good time for the service to start.
With your consent, all we do is
activate your nomination on our
computer which is then picked up
by the EPS system. So when the
EPS system goes live you can rest
assured that there will be no
interruption in your prescription
A summary of the service is as
Is this service right for you?
Yes, if you have a stable condition
and you:
 don’t want to go to your GP
practice every time to collect your
repeat prescription.
 collect your medicines from the
same place most of the time or use
a prescription collection service
It may not be if you:
 don’t get prescriptions very often.
 pick up your medicines from
different places.
How can you use EPS?
You need to choose a place for your
GP practice to electronically send
your prescription to. This is called
nomination. You can choose:
 a pharmacy.
 a dispensing appliance contractor
(if you use one).
 your dispensing GP practice (if
you are eligible).
Ask any pharmacy that offers EPS
or your GP to add your nomination
for you. You don’t need a computer
to do this. Just consider what will
most suit your needs.
Can I change my nomination or
cancel it and get a paper
Yes you can. If you don’t want your
prescription to be sent electronically
tell your GP. If you want to change
or cancel your nomination speak to
any pharmacist that offers EPS, or
your GP practice. All organisations
offering EPS link to the same
system so the electronic system will
record your choice in order to know

where to send your prescription. But
if you change your nomination tell
them before your next prescription
is due or your prescription may be
sent to the wrong place.
Is EPS reliable, secure and
Yes. Your electronic prescription
will only be seen by the same
people in GP practices and
pharmacies that see your paper
prescription now.
Says Geoff Ray of Total Health
Pharmacy, “Questions that I am
commonly asked about EPS include;
Do I need a computer?
No, you don’t have to have a
computer. Your prescription is
created electronically by your
surgery and sent electronically to
the pharmacy of your choice. All
you need to do is tell your pharmacy
or surgery where you wish you
prescriptions to be sent to.
What do I do about ordering my
You continue to order your
prescription in the same way as you
currently do. Remember, Total
Health Pharmacy offers a telephone
prescription ordering service for
certain local surgeries.
But how will I get a repeat form if
I need to order my prescription?
Your pharmacy will issue you with
a repeat form with your prescription
which will contain the items
authorised for repeat by your
But What if I Don’t Nominate a
Your GP surgery will not know
where to send the electronic
prescription which may delay the
supply of your medication. It may
also require you to physically visit
the surgery to obtain your
For more information about EPS
visit, or pop
into Total Health Pharmacy at 14
Gregor Shanks Way, Watton, IP25
6FA or call 01953 881157 .

produce a questionnaire which should
help him find the ideal wife. He meets
Rosie, unsuitable on almost every
score but with whom he embarks on
another project to establish the
identity of her biological father by
acquiring DNA samples using
somewhat bizarre and unethical
This was very well received by the
members who found it amusing and
very readable. It also revealed much
about the Asperger’s syndrome

without being boring and serious.
As a side line the readers learned a
great deal about mixing cocktails.
There was a little confusion over
placing the setting which was
actually Melbourne in Australia
whilst incorporating a trip to New
York. All felt they would
recommend it whilst others have
already begun to read the sequel.
The Book for discussion in May is
Talking to the Dead by Harry

Celebrating A Big Birthday!

Eager customers snap up their copies of 'Pieces of Eight-y
Whilst not having reached – yet – her
Majesty’s magnificent milestone, the
Tuesday Afternoon Fellowship at the
Methodist Church recently celebrated its
own Big Birthday in some style. It was
eighty years ago that the decision was
taken to start a ladies’ group at the
Church, meeting on Tuesday afternoons,
and this has continued without a break
ever since. It is not clear whether this is a
record but even the President of the
Methodist Conference has acknowledged
that it is a great achievement, something
to be marked and celebrated.
The celebrations extended over two days
with a Coffee Morning and Exhibition on
the Saturday followed by a celebration
service, led by Rev. Barbara Winner, and
lunch on the Sunday. The Coffee
Morning also included the launch of the
appropriately entitled ‘Pieces of Eight-y’.
The book makes lively and interesting
reading being a compilation of memories,
views, poems, opinions and experiences.
At £2:50 it is a ‘snip’ and all profits will
be donated to the Methodist Church and
Wayland First Response. A competition
invited people to guess the combined age
of all the Fellowship ladies (there are 35
of them!) and this was won by Georgina
Manning with a ‘spot on’ estimate of
2,760 years! The Exhibition, which was
displayed in the Church gave visitors a
rare opportunity to see the diverse talents
and interests of this lively group – from
lace-making to painting, from petit point
to baking and lots more as well.
On Sunday the Church was full with

members and friends all keen to be part
of this splendid celebration. Brightly
coloured scarves were waved as organist
David Roebuck led the congregation in
singing cheerful hymns mostly chosen by
the ladies themselves. Taking for her
theme the words on the Fellowship logo –
Fun, Friendship and Faith – Rev. Barbara
unpacked three ‘presents’ each containing
references to these three aspects of
Fellowship life. Coffee was served at the
end of the service along with birthday
cake. This was actually a great quantity
of cup cakes arranged in an ‘80’ and all
beautifully iced by member Eirlene
Nettleship. A delicious lunch for
members and guests followed in the
Community Centre.
It was indeed a weekend to remember
and a fitting celebration of a group which
has given much to its members and to the
wider community over so many years.
Lesley Cowling. Secretary.

'Story Bags' at
St Mary's

Please come to ‘Story Bags’ on
Mondays 9.30 – 10.30am (not Bank
Holidays) at St Mary’s Church Watton.
Play, bible story, drink/snack and
friendship. For babies, toddlers, preschool children and parent/carers.
Contact Revd Gerry Foster T: 881439;
M: 077305 86839

June 2016

Almost certainly, for most of us, you can
guarantee an inward groan when
someone invites you to see holiday
photographs. Well not always, and
certainly not when the presenter happens
to be Barbara Winner! This was no
ordinary holiday photo session, no
multiple pictures of little Johnny eating
ice cream for example. Barbara,
appropriately dressed in a "Stars and
stripes" outfit, opened her presentation
on her visit to America by introducing
her photograph of the Statue of Liberty.
This is In the form of a woman wearing
flowing robes and a spiked crown
holding aloft a torch and broken chain
symbolising the overthrow of tyranny.
It was not until getting up close that it
was realised that it is over 300feet high
in total and the figure herself over
150feetThe next point of interest to
visitors was Ellis Island, which from
1892 until it was closed in 1954, was the
headquarters of the Immigration Service.
It has been estimated that around 20
million immigrants passed through over
that period.
Onward to Texas, which was the main
reason for the visit. Barbara reminded us
that everything in Texas is big, this
included the dogs belonging to her son.
The state has an area of around 260,000
square miles or to put it another way,

Ashill & Holme
Hale Garden

Ian Roofe's creation of a summer hanging
basket attracted a record audience of over
70 members to the April meeting. His talk
and demonstration were both informative
and entertaining.
The various types of basket and lining
were discussed. While this is often a
matter of personal preference, the overall
need is to provide sufficient water
retention and allow drainage. The cheapest
lining to use is old plastic compost bags.
Ensure the black side is outermost and
make holes for drainage about 2" up from
the bottom. If using other liners, a disc of
plastic at the bottom will help to provide a
reservoir of water. Alternatively, water
retaining crystals/gel is extremely helpful
but heed the manufacturer's guidelines.
Two scoops is enough for a good sized
basket. Also, adding slow release fertiliser
pellets to the compost will avoid the need

Dance Away at The
Queens Hall
Ballroom, Latin and Sequence
Dancing 8pm - 11pm Admission £4
June 4th, July 2nd & August 6th

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800 miles in one direction and 700 miles
in another. One of the churches visited
claims to have a congregation of 11,000.
No that is not a mistake, everything is
big. We were informed that 90 percent
of Texans have a Bible but also 90
percent of the population own a gun!
For many of us the mention of the word
"Alamo" brought back memories of a
certain Davy Crockett, a man with a
funny hat, who was the subject of a
popular song sometime ago. This
sparked off memories of other songs
which we sang with gusto remembering
that "The Stars are Bright Deep in the
Heart of Texas" and "The Yellow Rose
of Texas" Not quite up to "Choir of the
Year" standard but we had a go..
Barbara explained to us that Texas was
once under Spanish rule, although at one
point in its history in was claimed by
The Alamo started life as a mission
chapel, but over the years was a fortress,
a supply depot, and a shrine. Today it is
a museum owned by the Texas state.
The next call was to the NASA complex
in Houston where various items were on
display. It is not until you get up close
that you can see how big the rockets
really are.
To Barbara, some of them looked as
though they would take up most of
Watton High Street, after all they have
to launch loads of around a hundred
tons. Which once again reminded us that
EVERTHING in Texas is BIG.
Well that's all folks, as they say. Watch
this space.
We meet again in September.
for feeding throughout the season. Lastly,
when filling the basket with compost
ensure there is a sufficient lip for watering.
Remember 1" of water will permeate
about 8".
When it comes to adding the plants the
adage of 'right plant, right place' applies as
much to baskets and pots as it does for
those in garden beds. Fuchsia, begonia,
nepeta and creeping jenny will thrive in
shade. While pelagonium, petunia, bacopa
and trailing verbena love the sun. Ian
packed 8 plants into his basket and there
was an audible gasp from the audience
when he removed all the flowers. He
encouraged everyone to be brave
gardeners and explained that flowering
was far too early. He promised that this
tough love would ensure a better display
What's on for the next three months:
June 23rd Jane Clark 'A Crafter's
July 28th Gary Moore 'Fuchsias'
August 25th AGM & Vegetable show

Breckland Cats
Ed: Please be warned some of the details in
this story are quite distressing
We recently had a very upsetting story. A cat
was taken to the vet by her owner, as she had
already given birth to a dead kitten, and the
second kitten was stuck, half in and half out of
her and she was screaming in pain. The vet
nurses were very traumatised by her suffering.
The owner couldn’t afford to pay for any
treatment so she were handed over to us. The
vet immediately took her to theatre and under
anaesthetic removed the second kitten, which
sadly was dead too. But he found there was a
live kitten still inside her which he removed by
caesarean section. She was neutered at this
time too.
The next day mum and kitten were doing well
and she is a very happy cat. She is now in our
care and her fosterer has called her Hope and
the baby is Harry. They are both tabby and
will need new homes in about 8 weeks time.
Hope is a very friendly cat and loves cuddles
and lots of attention. She is such a good mum
that she has taken on two other kittens from a
mother cat in our care who had 5 kittens and
was struggling to feed them all. They now
have 3 kittens each which is much better for
both of them especially Harry who would need
the company of other kittens when he is a bit
older. However, if Hope had been neutered in
the first place, she would not have gone
through such a terrible experience.
Also in our care are some adult cats that
have been with us for some time and would
love to have a forever home. Lulu and Lady
are 8 year old sisters and have always been
kept inside. When a new baby arrived in the
household, it was discovered that the baby
was allergic to the cats, so they have come
to us. They are very sweet cats, whom I am
sure would love to venture outside. They
maybe very wary at first, but with patience
they would start to enjoy the sunshine and
the big outdoors. They maybe homed
together or separately.
Summer is a 3 year old black and white cat
who at first appears to be very friendly. She
rubs round our legs and enjoys a fuss, but
suddenly she may take a swipe at her fosterer
We feel that this may be due to the fact that
she is in one of our pens and is not happy
being confined all the time. Once she is in a
home where she has the chance to go outside,
she will probably be fine. However this cat
cannot be homed with children under 12 and
needs a patient and understanding owner.
All our cats are neutered, vaccinated and micro
chipped. The adoption fee is £50 which helps
towards our huge veterinary fees.
For more information go to our website or our face book page,
Cats Protection Breckland Facebook. You can
call us on 01842 810018 for information,
advice or help with the cost of neutering.

West Norfolk
Aviation Society
The West Norfolk Aviation Society has enjoyed two meetings in 8
days. The first, on Monday 25th April, was a short notice seminar
on the F22 from two Raptor pilots on a short tour of duty at
Lakenheath from the USA, who were surprised at their audience's
level of knowledge about the aircraft. Nevertheless, the visitors were
able to provide lots more information in the Q+A session at the end
of the evening and after their introduction to a Norfolk brew. Our
thanks go to The Wellington pub in Feltwell for their hospitality and
to the pilots for their visit.
The second meeting on Tuesday 3rd May, again at The Wellington,
featured our own illustrious secretary, David Allen, who gave a talk
on the Berlin Airlift. Having spent time there as a school boy in the
early ‘50s and later, at a time when the infamous wall was being
constructed, the foundation was set for his future career. This
appetiser presented the ideal introduction to the archive film which
The WNAS' next meeting should be on June 7th, but the topic is yet
to be decided. However, visitors and new members are always made
welcome at our meetings and are encouraged to go to:
for details of our
programme and for directions to our venue.

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Watton Churches Together
St. Mary’s Church, Watton Follow us @StMarysWatton
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.
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 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 5th
Holy Communion
10.00am Holy Communion
Sun 12th 8.00am
Holy Communion
10.00am Informal Holy Communion
Sun 19th 8.00am
Holy Communion
10.00am Holy Communion
4-5.15pm Café Church, Blenheim Centre
Sun 26th 8.00am
Holy Communion
10.00am 4th Sunday at 10 with
Holy Baptism & Marriage Blessing
12 Noon Holy Baptism
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 5th
Sun 12th
Sun 19th
Sun 26th


Mrs E Warby
Rev E Reddington
at Great Ellingham
Rev J Forsdyke
Mr S Lynn
Rev R Wakelin
Rev J Simmonds
Local Arrangement

Roman Catholic Community
Each Sat 5.30pm Mass at Watton Methodist Church
St. Nicholas’ Church, Ashill
Tuesdays at 10.00am Holy Communion
Sun 5th9.30am Lay Led Worship
Sun 12th 9.30am Family Holy Communion
Sun 19th 9.30am Morning Worship
Sun 26th 9.30am Holy Communion
Sun 5th
Sun 12th
Sun 19th
Sun 26th

St. George’s Church, Saham Toney
11.00am Lay Led Worship
11.00am Family Holy Communion
11.00am All Age Worship
11.00am Holy Communion

S.S. Peter & Paul’s Church, Carbrooke
Sun 5th10.30am Family Holy Communion
Sun 12th 10.30am All Age Worship
Sun 19th 10.30am Holy Communion
Sun 26th 10.30am Lay Led Worship
Songs of Praise with The Rt Rev’d
Jonathan Meyrick, Bishop of Lynn
followed by a bring & Share Meal
St John the Evangelist Church, Ovington
Sun 5th
Holy Communion
Sun 19th 10.30am Lay Led Worship

All Saints Church, Threxton
Our next service will be Sunday 5th June at 11a.m
Everyone is welcome to join us

Watton Pentecostal Church
Dereham Road
"KING OF KINGS" Sunday mornings 10.30am
Sunday 12th June: Celebration and Thanksgiving Service
for The Queen's 90th birthday.

Wed 1st 2pm Tea and chat at Watton CCC
Mon 20th 12 for 12.30pm Lunch at Griston Wagon & Horses

June 2016

Thought for the
The Rev. Eleanor Reddington,
Methodist Church
Dear Friends, Some of you may know that I
like swimming. Obviously I swim in a
swimming pool, but I much prefer
swimming in open water. A few years ago
now, I signed up to join an organised group
swimming in a couple of the Lakes in the
Lake District. I turned up at the hotel where I
was staying, and the owner carried my bag
to my room for him. As he turned to go, he
looked at me as I stood there balanced on my
elbow crutches, and said “Er, are you, umm,
swimming?” “yes”. There was a pause and
he said “Oh” and went off looking slightly
stunned. Later on, when I joined the group, I
got some funny looks and then the group
leader asked me my name, so I told him, and
he looked at his list, back at me, then back at
his list again and said “Are you swimming?”
I grinned and replied “Yes.”

Great Ellingham
Chit Chat
The Recreation Centre, Watton Road,
Great Ellingham (Between Rocklands
and Attleborough)
We are a completely self-funding group
who meet every Wednesday morning
between 10 and 12 noon. We do not
charge but just rely on donations for the
coffee/tea/biscuits which are served all
morning. Every week we have a raffle
which helps to fund the group. We now
have between 45 and 60 folk meeting
every week, with around 90 ‘on the books’
– we encourage all ages from small babies
to the elderly – one or two being in their
nineties! This mixed age-group works
extremely well because young learn and
from old the older we are we certainly
continue to learn from the youngsters!
We are recognised by Norfolk County
Council and actually have a couple of folk
with Dementia attend with their Carers.
On the first Wednesday of each month
Rosa Musgrave gives treatments re
massage, reiki etc. in a separate room for

Coffee Morning

St John’s Church, Ovington, are holding a
Coffee Morning on Saturday, 18th June,
from 10 – 12, in the Village Hall.
We will be having a raffle, tombola
(including kiddies’ tombola) cakes, crafts,
jigsaws and more. Come and meet your
friends for Coffee, Cake and Chat.
This will be instead of the usual garden
fete and all the proceeds will go to St
John’s Church.

It’s a reaction I get quite often when I turn
up somewhere to swim for the first time, and
I realise there are all sorts of safety factors,
and practicalities, which have to be taken
into consideration. Although I enjoy
watching people’s reactions, it does raise a
more serious issue.
How often do we look at someone and make
a value judgement. “They couldn’t possibly
do that.” They wouldn’t want to do that”.
These are just two of the assumptions we
make about someone, or on their behalf,
without actually asking them. We look at
them, and promptly make a judgement about
someone, without giving them the
opportunity to make up their own mind.
Often, if we take the trouble to ask we may
be surprised by their response.
If, like me, you’ve watched one or 2 of the
programmes about the Invictus Games, or
the Choir Gareth Malone has got together,
you may well have been inspired by their
reactions to their injuries. They have
candidly admitted that they struggled to
come to terms with what happened to them,
and families and friends have also struggled

with what happened. What has come across
very strongly is that those taking part want to
challenge themselves and become the best
they can now be, and that they want to be
accepted as people who can still make a
contribution to society. They may have to do
things differently now, but they have still got
plenty to offer.
It’s very easy to categorise people, and
assume that because they are different (that
could be a physical or mental disability, or it
could be that they come from another
country and culture, for instance) they are
somehow “inferior” to us, or not as good as
we are. Even when we know someone well,
it’s easy to assume they won’t like
something, or won’t want to do something
rather than allowing them to make their own
decisions and choices.
We each want others to treat us with respect,
and allow us to make our own choices (and
sometimes, mistakes), so surely we should
give the same respect to others. Jesus said
“Love one another”. Is there someone, or
perhaps several people, whom we need to
treat differently today? Eleanor.

group members who have booked. There
is no charge for these 20 minute
treatments however any donations will be
sent to Starthrowers, the Wymondham
Cancer Charity at the end of the year.
On the last Wednesday of each month
approximately 12 of the group have a
singing session in a separate room; they
practice their breathing and learn songs.
This is a fun sing-song with the singers,
last month,making a superb job of ‘What
shall we do with a Drunken Sailor’ in
rounds. We hope to be able to ‘do a turn’
at our Christmas do if their confidence
continues to grow!
We will also be holding our own internal
Craft Fair later in the year which will end
up with an auction of goods.
We have regular coach outings the most
recent being Blickling and Bluebells on
May 5th – needless to say we were blessed
with extremely good weather. Our next
outing will be to Holt and The Little
Theatre in Sheringham to watch Shirley
Valentine and on December 22nd we will
be taking a 55 seater coach to Thursford
for the afternoon performance of The
Christmas Spectacular. I still have seats
left for this trip should anyone wish to join

us. We will be picking up in Watton and
the cost for coach and theatre will be £40.
On the second Wednesday of every month
many of the group go out for lunch to a
different pub or restaurant with group
members sharing cars.
Because of the wonderful support of the
group we have recently donated £450 (half
the cost) of a defibrillator for the village of
Great Ellingham and also given £340 for a
trolley and tables to Great Ellingham
Recreation Centre. We have also £60 set
aside for twinning a compost toilet in
Africa and sent £250 to Starthrowers. We
will be having a Coffee morning later in
the year for Marie Curie or MacMillan.
When our funds build up then money is
sent to a Charity chosen by the Group
Chit Chat means so much to so many
people and is a catalyst for so many other
organisations and events which are going
on around the County. We are a kind
group who support each other through
good and bad times. We welcome folk
from all over Norfolk, therefore if you
have an hour to spare why not pop in for
coffee and meet new friends!
Ann Reeve 07733211410

Recipe of the Month

Day 1. Mix fruit and sugar together, cover
with hot tea and stir well. Keep covered
and allow to soak overnight.

This month’s recipe comes from Tuesday
fellowship member Pam Gable who says
that it was given to her by her Auntie who
lived in Tonypandy, South Wales. It is
very popular when served at Afternoon


500g self-raising flour
500g mixed fruit, washed and drained
350 g. soft brown sugar
425ml hot tea
2 eggs beaten
Pinch mixed spice & ½ teaspoon of salt

Day 2. Add beaten eggs, flour, mixed
spice and salt and mix thoroughly.
Grease loaf tins and pour in mixture.
Bake in the centre of the oven for
1½ hours at 170 degrees C

‘Stop Gap’ at the Blenheim Centre,
Tedder Close, Watton.
Wed 22nd June 3.30-4.15pm An after
school Club for all the family.

June 2016

Bowls Club

Watton Bowls Club started their new
season away to Bradenham in the EBA
Central 2 League on Wednesday 27th
April. On a very cold evening the result
was a conclusive 4-1 win for Watton.
Harry Moult’s rink with Graham
Vellam, Kevin Abbott and Keith
Bennett produced the best result with a
convincing 20-6 win. Malcolm
Hamilton with David Violet. Richard
Relf and Brian Ledbetter came from 39 down to win 16-11. Although Peter
Myhill, Kevin Wilson, Ted Prior and
John Walkling went down by 11-18
they won the last 5 ends with 10 shots
and thereby ensuring the overall 2 shot
points went to Watton.
This was followed by a home match
against Feltwell resulting in a very
close 3-2 win.
Richard Exley, Malcolm Hamilton,
Richard Relf and Brian Ledbetter
produced the only win of 26-15. Harry
Moult, Graham Vellam, Kevin Abbott
and Keith Bennett lost 16-21, whilst
Peter Myhill, David Violet, John
Walkling and Kevin Wilson although
losing 14-19 picked up six shots on
20th end thereby gaining the extra 2
points for shots.
A third victory was then recorded
playing away to Swaffham ‘B’.
Richard Exley, Peter Myhill, Richard
Relf and Brian Ledbetter won 24-13.
Harry Moult, Graham Vellam, Kevin


This was our first outdoor meeting of
the season. It was just down the road
at Wretham Lodge. Thirteen of the
members attended.
Wretham Lodge is a large, knapped
flint house built in 1810 set in ten
acres. The owners, Ian Salter and
Gordon Alexander, gave us the
option of finding our own way
around or having the guided tour.
Wisely, we chose the latter as the
gardens are extensive and it would

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Abbott and Keith Bennett won 28-17,
whilst John Hunter, David Violet, John
Walkling and Kevin Wilson lost 21-23
having recovered from 5-17 down to
draw level at 18-18.The final result 4-1
and shots 73-53.
The County Pairs Competition
commenced on Thursday 28th April.
Watton were represented by two
pairs both playing away to Hingham.
Harry Moult and Malcolm Hamilton
lost 8-21 to David Sherman and
Colin Harris, whilst new member
Andy Sindle partnered Kevin Wilson
and won 21-13 against brothers Roy
and David Bailey. The winners of
those matches were then matched
together in round two at Watton.
Kevin Wilson with John Hunter
replacing Andy were 0-8 down
before pulling back to 10-10, but on
the day the Hingham pair reigned
supreme and ran out 22-15 winners.
Also in round two, Peter Myhill and
Graham Vellam lost at Diss against
David Catchpole and I.Dunnett 1128. They could not overcome their
opponents home advantage as they
only won 6 of the 20 ends played. In
the County Triples Competition 1st
round Watton’s Peter Myhill,
Graham Vellam and Kevin Wilson
playing away to Dereham St.
Nicholas’s Vince Piffero, Peter
Richmond and Simon Turner were 16
-11 shots in front with two ends to
play. Unfortunately losing those ends
resulted in 16-17 defeat.
Both ACL Teams started their season
away to Bradenham. The ‘A’ lost 0-

6. Graham and Sandy Vellam with
Eileen Barrett went down 11-14
whilst Charles Newman, Val Baldry
and Brian Ledbetter lost 9-21. The
‘B’ Team won 4-2. Richard and
Sonia Exley with Keith Bennett
winning 19-10 and Richard and Carol
Relf with Margaret Bowdidge
The in house challenge match
between the Captain and President
was held on Saturday 8th May in
perfect bowling conditions. President
Ron’s team overcame John’s team by
three shots. On the following
Saturday Captain John introduced
Australian Pairs to the club and all 12
players enjoyed the new format.
The following dates and the
opponents to be noted for home
matches in June:
In the EBA league on the 8th
Shipdham, the 15th Bradenham and
the 29th Swaffham ‘B’
ADL on the 21st Aldiss Park Robins,
noting that Ashill ‘B’ have
withdrawn from the league
ACL ‘A’ on the 3rd Hethersett. The
annual Coral Cup sponsored by Coral
bookmakers of Watton on Sunday
is contested between
Bradenham, Connaught, Harling,
Hingham, Shropham and Watton.
The Local Charity Day in aid of
EACH is held on Saturday 18th and
finally a friendly match in the
afternoon of the 23rd against
Swaffham. Check our web site for
further details of all matches:

have been easy to miss some parts of
Close to the house on one side is a
formal garden containing clipped
yews, large pots containing a variety
of bulbs, trimmed lawns and gravel
pathways. As you move out there are
containing peonies hellebores and
tulips. The well-kept borders give
way to large areas of wildflower
hellebores, fritillaries, and narcissi.
There are many mature trees
throughout the garden including a
magnificent copper beach, close to
the house. If vegetables are your
thing there is a walled garden
exceeding half an acre, kept so trim
and tidy it was as pleasing to the eye

as the other parts of the garden. The
owners are happy to accept dogs on
leads, but judging by the noisy
reception, the guinea fowl are not.
Out tour of the garden ended with
tea, coffee and cake, home baked by
our hosts.
For those interested, Ian opened the
nearby church for us to visit.
The Horn Fair
Great Hockham Gardening Club was
also involved with the Great
Hockham annual Horn Fair. We ran
three stands to raise money to keep
our subscriptions so incredibly low
(£10.00 per annum).
Next meeting: Our next visit is to
Bellflower Nursery, on Wednesday,
8th June. Leave Hockham village
green at 1330 to arrive for 1430.

What’s on at
St Mary’s
Thursday 2nd June 3 - 5pm
Messy Church at St Mary’s Church,
Watton. Fun, food, friendship.
Children, please bring an adult.
Sunday 12th June 3-5pm
Come celebrate the Queen's birthday
with a Vintage Afternoon

Tea. Yummy finger sandwiches,
cakes and scones, soft lights and
dreamy violin music!
Tickets £10.00, please call Margaret
at the Parish Office on 01953 881252
for tickets. Places are limited so book
early to avoid disappointment.
1.10pm Wed 13th July Lunchtime
concert - Violin & piano recital;
1.10pm Wed 17th August
Lunchtime concert - Ukulele Band
Sat/Sun 31 July Banners & Bloom
Flower Festival
Winners of St Mary’s Church 100
Club. April No 68 Margaret Cator,
May No 24 Ellie Nethaway

Art Pebbles and Jute Bags
Workshop at the Wayland
Dragonfly Gallery

Saturday June 11th 10am – 1pm
Elizabeth Reed, local artist, will be
hosting this colourful and exciting
workshop, suitable for all ages and
abilities. All the materials will be
provided. Bring your own apron.
Liz has already hosted a wellattended acrylic workshop at the
Dragonfly Gallery and
forward to two more acrylic
workshops later in the year:Breckland Landscape on Saturday,
August 6th, Winter Landscape on
Saturday, November 19th
Liz has exhibited widely across the
Eastern Counties, and looks forward
to a solo exhibition at Wayland
Dragonfly Gallery running from

October 1st – 15th.
This year she has been busy with
solo shows at the lovely Fairhaven
Woodland and Water Gardens in
early spring, and at Hoveton Hall
Gardens in the café courtyard on
May 15th & 16th. This year Liz has
also been invited to exhibit at The
Forum in Norwich, Trimingham and
Hempnall. She is a member of the
Wymondham Art Club and the local
Urban Sketchers group. As a former
art shop manageress she has a wide
knowledge of working in different
mediums and enjoys drawing with
and inks,
painting in
watercolours and oils, and intaglio

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Watton U3A

At our April meeting we were
entertained by Patrick Thompson
who gave us the third of his talks on
the Royal Family. This time he
enlightened us to the costs of royal
weddings from Queen Victoria
through to Prince William. The talk
was very illuminating and highly
entertaining. The speaker for June
will be Sian Hogarth telling tales of
a wild Victorian butterfly collector
(in costume) – Margaret Fountaine.
In April Watton U3A entered two
teams in a Quiz at Ovington and one
of the teams came second.
The No 1 pub lunch group will be
going to the White Horse at
Longham on Tuesday 14 June and
No 2 pub lunch group will be going
to the FFolkes Arms at Hillingdon
on Tuesday 28 June.
The garden visit group visited
Lexham Hall on Sunday 22 June.
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


At this time of the year, the seasonal
produce is Increasing, as is the
choice of plants. We have eggs all
The time, jams, honey and baked
goods, both sweet and savoury.
Last few weeks we have had home
made Soup, quiches and most of
these goods are suitable for freezing.
Handicrafts, knitwear, jewellery and
Greeting cards. Want something
personalised? just ask. You will find
us in the Watton Christian
Wednesday (except January )
From 8.30 - 11.30. All the goods on
sale are produced by our members,
so if you have never come in before
why not give us a visit to see what
we offer. Fancy some tea or coffee
this is served by the church
volunteers in the adjacent hall.

June 2016

Richmond Park Golf Club Ladies Section

Richmond Park Ladies played for The
Curtis Cup, a trophy donated by a previous
Lady Captain, Mabel Curtis. It was played
in Stableford format and the winner, with
34 points, was Maureen Flack. The runner
up with 32 points was Yvonne Shaw and in
third place with 31 points was Margaret
Broadbent. Pictured is Maureen Flack
being presented with The Curtis Cup by
Lesley Matthews the Ladies’ Captain.
Maureen also received a prize of a garden
pot planted with seasonal flowers.
On Sunday 8th May the ladies of

News from
Ishin Ryu
Ju Jitsu

And so ends another solid month at
Ishin Ryu's Headquaters Honbu Dojo.
As well as the usual medals and awards,
this month was one to remember as Soke
Kevin Pell was recognised once more
for his contribution to the arts.
On this occasion a number of Soke’s
nearest and dearest students made the
long trip to Lilleshall in Shropshire to a
very well organised “British Martial
Arts” awards dinner.
Apart from a fabulous meal and some
considerable time spent in the bar) it
was worth the trip just to see Soke
receive the much coveted “Organisation
of the Year” award, beating off some
very stiff competition.
Congratulations to Kevin Pell Hanshi,
much deserved.
So, back to the future of Ishin Ryu – that
being the little people.
This month Student of the Month awards

Richmond Park Golf Club went to
Sheringham to play in the first round of the
Gillieson Cup, a Norfolk inter-club
knockout competition. To their absolute
delight, they won the match 2 – 1.
Lesley Matthews, the Ladies’ Captain said
it was a very exciting day. The first game
was won, a second was lost and the
remaining game was very close but the
girls kept their nerve and won the game on
the 18th hole!
Richmond Park Ladies’ next round will be
played at Eaton Golf Club on June 12th.
were issued to Isaac Porter (Friday
Infants) Isaac is a bundle of fun and
energy, he always try’s 100% in class
and is a great competitor (I think he
hates losing as much as Sensei Andy
H!!) Well Done Isaac, well deserved.
Student of the month for Juniors was
awarded to Cassius Francis (Friday
juniors) Cassius is a great and dedicated
student. Always polite, he tries really
hard at his chosen art and has great Ishin
Ryu knowledge. Well done Cassius.
Recently started in the Friday class is
Cassius’s sister Sienna, she’s coming for
you Cassius!!
Progress awards have been awarded this
month to Jasmine Herbert and Isobel
Bradbury and Joshua Luckett – well
done all
This month has also seen Sempai
Vearnon Johnson return to hallowed
ground- Big V and his wonderful wife
Sharon have recently returned to
England after living in America, it’s a
pleasure to see him back in his dogi and
back in the dojo – welcome home the
Johnson family.
If you are interested in anything Ishin
Ryu then contact our headquarters on
01953 483795 or check out our website

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