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Beryl Bunning is our
new Town Mayor

Hello, I am Beryl Bunning, and I am very honoured, privileged, and proud
to be your Mayor for the coming year. I have been educated and brought up
in Watton and married at St Marys Church to John. Together we raised our
family and ran our business which started, as many of you will remember,
in what is now Mullenger Estate Agents as Johns Discount Store. This
changed over the years, going to where Total Therapy is now and then
finally to where Bet Fred is. Our name changed to “Johns” and our product
range changed too over time ending with our lovely range of beds for all
the family. We always sold curtains and blinds, which we still do today
from home.
My aims are for the Council to work more with all the local organisations,
and to be there for our public. The Town Council will be having a presence,
hopefully once a month, in the weekly market where you can come and talk
to us and raise your concerns, as many of you are already doing. We have
held two already and have enjoyed chatting and listening to your problems.
Although we have a restricted budget and limited powers, we will, despite
what is said about the Council try to assist where we can. We have
vacancies for Councillors, so come and join us and ‘Love Where You
Live’. Help make our lovely little town the envy of the other Market
Towns. We can only achieve this if we all work together, so please talk to
us. My Mayors Charities for the year are
both local organisations, our Community
“Queens Hall” and the “Charlotte Harvey
Trust Youth and Community Centre”, both
of which are a big asset to Watton.
Watton Town Council would like to thank
Wayland Junior Academy, Wayland
Academy, Wayland Partnership, Tescos,
Co-op and Edwards Newsagents for
holding Community Chest boxes to collect
the vouchers in the EDP. Unfortunately we
were not awarded anything towards a pump
track at the Youth and Community Centre
in Harvey Street, but in the March awards,
were successful in being awarded £250 for
Kitchenware at the Centre. So a really big
thank you to you all for collecting and
saving your tokens for us. There are no
vouchers this month, but the EDP is hoping
to publish them again in July so we would
be grateful for your continued support to
help us raise money to improve the
facilities at the Youth and Community
Centre. Thank you from Watton Town
I was delighted to welcome on the 14th
May to Wayland Hall for a Civic
Reception, our Twinning friends, from
Weeze with their host families.
presentation was made to their Mayor
Ulrich Francken of a canvas picture of
Wayland Hall.
A presentation was made by their Mayor to
Watton Town Council of a picture
depicting the different events that have
happened during the past 29yrs of
twinning. This has now been displayed and
can be seen in the entrance lobby at
Wayland Hall. One project, which has
taken longer than first thought to come to
fruition is our Jubilee Garden, but much

Top Victorian
Magicians at
Village Hall

In partnership with Creative Arts East
LIVE, we are proud to present an
evening with Morgan & West and

work has been done on this by Councillor
Gilbert and his partner Rita whom with
the wonderful staff of the Norwich and
Peterborough Building Society have done
membrane and physically digging the
garden over to enable the roses and other
plants to be seen. As we would like to
make it a “Community Garden” any
offers of rose bushes, bulbs etc. to give a
good show in the spring would be much
appreciated. Norwich and Peterborough
branch manager Mrs Sharon Clark, is
happy for people to leave donated rose
bushes at the Watton branch.
Alternatively they can be left at the Town
Council Offices. We are also hoping to
plant some Apple Trees, which members
of the public can pick fruit from.
Hopefully, by the time you read this
benches for the garden will have been
delivered and fitted, and the gardens will
have been opened for you all to enjoy. It
would be lovely if a band of volunteers
could be formed to help keep and
improve the Jubilee Gardens so if you
could spare one or two hours a month,
then please contact Cllr Gilbert on 01953
880172, or the Office on 01953 881007.
their “Parlour Tricks” on Saturday 16
July at 7.30pm. Time travelling magic
duo Morgan & West present a brand
new show chock full of jaw dropping,
brain bursting, gasp eliciting feats of
The dashing chaps offer up a plateful
of illusion and impossibility, all
served with wit, charm and no small
amount of panache. Be sure to wear a
hat as Morgan & West might just
blow your mind. Tickets (£10 adults,

A structural survey has been conducted
on the Clock tower in the High Street and
tenders are now being sought for the
remedial work suggested. Watton Town
Council hopes this can soon be carried
At Breckland Council’s planning meeting
on May 31st, the decision regarding an
amendment to a 106 agreement which is
long outstanding and which should be
beneficial to Watton Town Council was
adjourned for a site inspection to take
place. More delaying tactics!
Led by the British Legion, fellow Town
Councillors and I will be at the Service
at the War Memorial on Thetford Road
Car Park at 7.30am on July 1st to
remember those who lost their lives at
the Battle of the Somme 100yrs ago.
Please join us in this service of
remembrance. Afterwards tea and
coffee with your councillors at
Wayland Hall will be on offer.
Cllr Beryl Bunning Chairman of
Watton Town Council. I can be
e-mail:, or telephone
01953 881265

£6 children under 16) are available
from the village hall any Monday
morning between 10 and 12, or phone
01953 885848 for reservations. Don’t
miss an evening of unparalleled
Also, make a date in your diary for
our next show on 15 October when
the Foundry Group will be performing
their hilarious story-telling show
“Gilbert, No Sullivan”.

The Wayland News Page 2

July 2016

Off we go again! Inner Wheel AGM & Handover

Left Out-going President, Pauline Baldry with this year’s President Heather Hewson
As always the June meeting of the Inner
Wheel Club of Watton was, in fact, two
meetings: the Club monthly meeting and
then the AGM. Members were helped
considerably in coping with this by the
traditional Supper provided by the outgoing President, Pauline Baldry.
Once well-fed and ‘watered’ the ladies got
down to business. One major agenda item
was to agree on the charities which would
benefit from funds raised. The Club
receives fantastic support from the
community for all its events and thus was
able to donate £150 to each of the following
– the choice being determined by members’
vote: East Anglian Air Ambulance,
Wayland Dementia Café, Norfolk Stroke

Association, Nelson’s Journey, The
Thursday Club, Alzheimer’s Research,
Norfolk Carers and EACH. Plans were also
made for the upcoming Strawberry Tea
held this year to celebrate the Queen’s 90th
birthday and supporting Prince Harry’s
Project in Lesotho. Arrangements were also
made for attendance at the Club Officers’
Assembly, a garden meeting (with Pimms!)
in July and an outing to the Cromer Pier
Show in August.
During the coffee break the remains of the
Birthday cake were served and, thus
fortified, the proceedings moved to the
AGM. President Pauline gave a resume of
her year, citing various highlights including
World Inner Wheel Day and the Birthday

Supper. The meeting also received reports
from Club Officers. At the close of the
evening Pauline thanked Stella and Brian
Leonard for hosting the meeting this year
and presented Stella with an orchid: Pam
Challand (secretary) presented the President
with a silver framed photograph.
President Pauline then handed the Collar
of Office to Heather Hewson, wishing
her well as she leads the Club for the
next year. Heather responded with
thanks to Pauline for her hard work, and
she expressed hope that the coming year
will be happy and healthy for the
members of the Inner Wheel Club of
Lesley Cowling Club Correspondent.

Streetwise Vincent Place

almost Royal progress- to various
places in the country. One main
purpose of his visit was to attend the
Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the city
of Vancouver where he unveiled a
statue of George Vancouver and
presented the city with a civic mace .
A formal banquet was held in honour
of his visit. He also went to a Rotary
meeting in the city. Later in the visit
and again dressed in all his finery, he
opened a railway station in London,
Ontario – with a golden key - and then
took a ride on a train. He was
accompanied on this exhausting trip by
his wife, Lady Christine Vincent
whom he had married in 1901. As he
made an informal departure on
September 3rd 1936 he pronounced
himself to have been ‘almost killed
with Canadian hospitality’ The
Vincents’ departure referring to Sir
Percy as ‘London’s jovial Mayor’. It is
clear that he made a terrific impact on
this historic visit. Sir Percy died at his
home in Purley, Surrey, on January
22nd 1943 at the age of 74 .
Sir Percy Vincent had a brother, Lacey
who followed in his father’s footsteps
and became a Druggist, Chemist and
wine and spirit merchant trading in the
family shop in Watton. He supplied
veterinary medicines such as ‘Cleansing
drinks for cows after calving’ and
‘Vincent’s powders for ewes’. For
humans he also made his own
concoctions such as Balsam of Honey

for all chest complaints. In addition to
this he was selling ale and stout in 18
gallon casks, at one shilling (about 5p) a
Although I have no evidence to prove
this, it seems likely therefore, that
Vincent Place takes its name from one or
the other – or possibly both – of these
two colourful and enterprising brothers.
Sources: Online records: Montreal
Gazette Sept 1936. Wikipedia, London
Also ‘Watton through the Ages’ –
George Jessup.

Did you know that Watton can boast its
very own Dick Whittington? Moving
west along the High Street on my
Streetwise journey around the town, I
arrived at Vincent Place: about which I
thought I knew nothing and I didn’t
really know where to start looking. Then
I remembered my father telling me that a
local person had once become Lord
Mayor of London and I thought his
surname was Vincent. This was at least a
line of inquiry I could pursue and what
an interesting discovery I’ve made!
Percy Vincent was the son of a
pharmacist, Lacey Andrews Vincent,
who kept a chemist and druggist store in
the shop adjacent to the clock tower
(now Adcocks) in Watton. Percy was
born in the town in 1868 and as a young
man he moved to London to be
apprenticed to a draper. In time he
established his own textile business and
became a very highly respected member
of the London business community. In
1926 he was appointed Sheriff of
London and was knighted the following
year. He became Mayor in 1935 and
whilst in office he travelled with his
wife, Christine, to Canada being the first
Lord Mayor of London to make such a
visit. There they had a wonderful time,
feted at every turn. He travelled with his
entourage and all the Civic Regalia – an

Day trip to the
Fabric Guild
with Project
Linus Norfolk

Once again Project Linus Norfolk is
organising a coach from Watton to the
Fabric Guild in Leicester on Thursday
22nd September at a cost of £18. Any
profits will go towards Project inus
Norfolk. This is another opportunity to
purchase quality fabrics at good prices,
equipment, haberdashery and much more
as well as enjoying a day out.
If you are interested please contact Pat
on 01953 882966 or email
for details.

July 2016

A Quick Look

Well that’s Flaming June out of the way,
though not many of us saw much of the
Flaming bit, but at least nothing
particularly devastating happened around
these parts, weatherwise. Other areas may
not have been so lucky, as may be
confirmed by patrons of the Suffolk Show,
which seems to attract the worst of what
the weather world has to offer every year.
The Wayland villages all did their bit in
celebrating Her Majesty’s official birthday
with special Coffee Mornings, Afternoon
Teas, Concerts and Charity events of all
kinds, to the extent that one wonders what
the festivities will be like when she reaches
her century.
In London there was the biggest tea party
ever held, and of course the weather did
not let them down, and true to tradition
gave everyone a good soaking.
Meanwhile the Big Vote took place to
decide our future vis-à-vis the EU, and no
doubt there are mixed feelings over the
result. Unfortunately publishing deadlines
mean that these notes are written before
the outcome is known, so no further
comment is appropriate.
Locally the application for permission for
the establishment of a Crematorium at
Scoulton has caused uproar in the area, for
though initially the proposal was approved,
it seems that the next stage of
From the view of a non- local resident the
prospect of such a facility seems to be an
excellent one, since for relatives the
current delays in cremations of up to a
month, both at Earlham and King’s Lynn,
is most undesirable, and Scoulton is
admirably placed centrally between
Dereham, Watton, Wymondham and all
the villages in between.

Christian Aid 2016
It really wasn’t a very nice day, rainy
and cool, but, nothing daunted, the loyal
collectors were out in town on May 18th
sporting their red tabards and with their
red tins, collecting for Christian Aid, the
charity which works to improve the lives
of some of the poorest people in our
The street collection realised £316. 36,
which, given the weather, was a good
result: thank you to the generous people
of Watton and district.
In addition a Big Soup Lunch was held
in the Watton Christian Community
Centre and donations there amounted to
£558.42. A church collection of £529.85
brought the total to £1404.63 which has
been forwarded to Christian Aid.
Many thanks to everyone who supported
this in any way.
Lesley Cowling. CA Organiser.

Funding boost for
the Wayland
Development Trust

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

The Wayland News Page 3
Nationally the touchy subject of wind
turbines has taken a new turn with one of
the main developers now saying that onshore turbines are fairly useless, as the
winds inland are insufficient to keep them
turning at a practical rate. Could it be that
the withdrawal of some government
subsidies has suddenly made the winds die
down ?
And we are now told why our cars do not
produce the high mileage per gallon of fuel
that manufacturers promise in the sales
brochures. Unfortunately the reasons are
so complex that the explanations are
almost beyond understanding so that it
easier just to accept that the claimed
consumption figures are just sales talk.
Luckily in spite of these discrepancies
most modern cars do operate much more
efficiently than their ancestors, and do,
actually, attain quite good consumption
On the subject of cars, it seems that their
efficiency has now reached the stage
where they are so quiet that false noises
have to be provided so that drivers know
when to change gear, daft as that may
seem. And extra noises are having to be
built into electric cars for the protection of
pedestrians as they may not hear them
coming and step out into the road, which
they think may not be good for them.
If you are a smoker, you may be amused to
learn that your cigarette packets are to be
printed with even more unfriendly
messages. Amused because no smoker
ever reads what’s on the packet anyway –
if the government’s tax disincentives and
discouragement a few more words will
make no difference.
Hardly a week passes without some expert
coming up with some new pronouncement,
and this week’s star prize goes to the
medical men who assert that statins are
useless, since high cholesterol has nothing
to do with heart failure, and their use is
therefore pointless. Added to last month’s
statement telling us that butter, milk,

cheese and all the other fat containing
products that were previously to be
avoided at all cost, are as safe as houses,
this gives rather a negative view to the
value of experts. We await the next
startling announcements with interest.
After enjoying the most interesting football
season for many years, with surprises at
both ends of the Premier league it seems
that the game has once again fallen into
disrepute with the outbreak of extreme
violence and hooliganism in France at the
European championships. Why is it that a
small minority has such a low mentality
that they spoil things for the rest of the
population ?
Perhaps it has something to do with the
legal system that seems to do little to curb
anti-social behaviour, with crimes being
punished (?) with sentences of so many
hours community service, whatever that
might entail.
A spot of good news, at least for Marks &
Spencer employees is that there is to be an
end to piped music throughout their stores.
I don’t think the general public will notice
the loss, since customers are not on the
premises for long, but the staff may
appreciate the new arrangements, for taped
music only lasts for so long before the
same tunes come round again. This is most
noticeable every December when the
Xmas tapes are used, for there only about a
score of Christmas songs, a tape of which
lasts less than an hour, so a shop assistant
working an eight hour day, and probably
twenty days throughout December will
have heard each song at least a hundred
and fifty times !
Mentioning Christmas reminds me that we
have now passed the mid-summer point,
and everything is now downhill, and the
way time flies that means . . .
Finally, every morning I am awakened
by the birds giving their versions of the
Dawn Chorus. Why don’t they ever sing
the Verse ?
Good afternoon.

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 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 self-seed freely etc. The
project will be delivered by the
Wayland Partnership working with
partners such as local councils, village
hall committees, schools or churches.
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
If you would like to find out more or
get involved with the project please
contact Suzanne on 01953 880204 or

Stow Bedon
Church Coffee

Stow Bedon Church Welcome you all
to join us at the Queens Hall Watton
on Saturday 2nd July at 9:30am till
11:30am for Coffee and homemade
scones. sausages rolls, and a wide
variety off cakes.
Also on sale homemade jams,
marmalade and lemon curd together
with gifts, puzzles, and books. Light
lunches will be served from 11:30
onwards untill we close at 1:30pm.
All proceeds will go to our ongoing
restoration fund.
The roof and external renovations have
almost been completed, now comes the
internal work.
Please come along and join us for a
chat with old and new friends, coffee
and cake £1:50. We hope to see you
Stella Leonard PCC sec

The Wayland News Page 4

Dance Away at The
Queens Hall
Ballroom, Latin and Sequence Dancing
8pm - 11pm Admission £4
July 2nd, August 6th, September 3rd

July 2016

The Hoarders
By John Egerton
I didn’t realise it until recently, but
we are all hoarders, and our homes
are filled with things we don’t really
This was impressed upon me when
I was called upon to help clear out a
property on behalf of friends who
unfortunately needed to be taken
into care, with no relatives to act for
Obviously a firm of professional
house clearers would take away
most things, but there were
numerous personal items that
needed to be sorted out, and it was
these that caused the most surprise,
as they revealed a depth of
hoarding, of which the owners were
probably unaware, but which had
developed over the years.
For instance, in one cupboard there
was a pile of tea-towels two feet
high, while in a drawer were several
rolls of sellotape, each hardly used,
together with countless new
envelopes and notepads.
Every drawer in every room was
crammed with items that had
obviously been put there with a
purpose at some time in the past, but
had been forgotten.
In the wardrobes were clothes and
shoes, reflecting the various changes
in fashions over many years, these
filling so many large bags, that
journeys to the local charity shops
seemed to fill my trips into Watton
for some weeks.
In every room I found so many
small items that had amassed over
the years that it suddenly occurred
to me that perhaps there were many
things in my own house that should
have been disposed of long ago.
So I determine to have a good look
round, and sure enough I soon
discovered that I, too, am a hoarder.
I was surprised, on turning out the
shoe cupboard, that there were at
least three pairs of good shoes that I
had forgotten all about, including
one pair for use on the tennis court,
even though my sporting days
finished long ago.
In the wardrobe were trousers that I
last wore goodness knows when,
while the drawers are crammed with
various jumpers that I have acquired
over the years.
I know that is my fault. I know,
because sometimes at Christmas my
wife will present me with a new
one, together with the words “Now
perhaps you will stop wearing that
old one. It’s disgusting !”.
Wives don’t seem to realise that a

man likes to wear the same familiar
things, and of course I continue to
keep the old one in use as long as
possible, but promising that it will
just be ‘in the house’, until
eventually it has to be relegated to
‘working only’ status. Meanwhile it
is adding to the hoard.
Unlike my wife, whose hoarding
comes from a woman’s opposite
way of thinking about clothes. She
will announce “We’re invited to
Joan’s 50th anniversary party, so I
will need a new dress”. When I
point out that she had a new outfit
only last month for Freda’s wedding
she will say “Yes, but Joan was
there and she will remember it “.
Thus another dress joins the
And then there is the book-case.
There are countless books on
Cooking, even though my wife is an
excellent cook, and enough
Gardening manuals to suggest that
we live at Kew, while there are
fiction books galore that we enjoyed
at first but never open again. I
suppose we only keep them because
empty shelves on a bookcase do
little for our ‘street cred’.
All these examples of un-intentional
hoarding have made us realise how
cluttered we have become, and now
we organise a regular turn-out, with
deliveries to the charity shops or the
local tip every month or so.
If our hoarding in the house came
about accidentally, the same is not
true for my garage, or at least the
part used for D.I.Y. purposes, for in
there I am definitely a Hoarder, and
I am proud of it. Over the years, as
things break down or wear out, I
always make a point of stripping
them of all bits that I think may
come in handy, such as hinges,
screws, nuts and bolts and pieces of
wood, however small.
This may appear miserly, but
numerous minor repairs have been
made possible simply because there
has been a suitable item I have kept
in store.
And it is so much better to be able
to make an instant repair with one of
those short bits of timber than to
have to wait until the next trip into
town, when a new piece will
necessitate buying a two-metre
length, most of which simply be
added to the ‘store’.
And one cannot reasonably ask a
shop-keeper for “One screw,
The things I hoard un-willingly are
paint tins. Every so often my wife
announces a change in colour
scheme for one of our rooms, which
of course entails the
purchase of a new tin of
paint, but at the end of the
job there is always some
paint left in the tin, so it
goes into the rack with all
the other tins containing
just a little. Common
sense would tell me to get
rid of these old tins, but
the local Tip will only take
empty ones – any with
even small dregs in are not
acceptable (they have to
go to special centres
somewhere) so my stock
of nearly empty paint tins
So, yes, I am one of the
hoarders, and no doubt we
all are, however much we
may think to the contrary.
Just take a look in that
cupboard, and see.

Evening WI
At our last meeting our speaker was
Julie Kirkham from Alby Stained
Glass, who, along with her colleagues
Jan and Richard, gave a most
interesting talk explaining the
in using
copperfoil, lead work and fuse glass.
During the talk, Julie demonstrated
the copperfoil method by making an
ornament of a 3D stain glass sheep. A
multitude of stain glass was on show
including a magnificent Tiffany lamp
and many other delightful pieces.
Much interest was shown by those of
us lucky enough to be present and
hopefully a workshop will be held
later in the year for members to make
their own Christmas stain glass items.
Also at this meeting our entry for the
Norfolk Show in the decoupage ‘Box
of Dreams’ category was on display
along with entries in the knitted
section. A table sale of items made
by Craft Club, books, plants and our
Bring & Buy were also on offer.
These were also on sale at our
Summer Coffee Morning which was
well supported and where homemade
cake was ravenously consumed and

Several ladies attended a’ Cream Tea
Chemistry’ workshop organised by
Rachel Rusholme
Pilcher and led by scientist Dr Natalie
Fey from Bristol University . We
investigated the science involved as to
why various flours react in certain
ways , extracted pectin, and even
made plastic from milk.
extremely surprising and illuminating
We are looking forward to the Diners
Club this month which will be held at
Broome Hall.
Many of our members will be visiting
Goodestone Water Gardens where
they will be taken on a guided tour.
The gardens will be particularly
splendid at this time of the year and
mobiles and cameras will be at the
ready I am sure to record the beauty.
Our next speaker will be Melissa
Sheldrake and her title is ‘Take a
Seat’. All are welcome to join us as a
guest (nominal guest fee for the
evening which also includes tea/
coffee/cake). If you wish any further
information prior to your visit please
Gillingham on 01953 881510 or just
make yourself known at the door. We
meet at WCCC and our next meeting
is on 14th July at 7.30pm we hope to
see you there.

Diabetes UK

Unfortunately, the weather took a
turn for the worse by the end of our
visit, so we said a hurried - but none
the less heart felt - thank you to Mick,
Wayne & "Fletch", for allowing us to
look around the engine and giving us
such a useful and very interesting
look at the world of a Fire Fighter.
Our next meeting will be on Monday
July 11th, 10.15am. Our speaker will
be one of our members, Tom
Thurston, who will be talking to us
about Heavy Horses. We meet at the
Pentecostal Church, Watton and we
thank them for the generous use of
their facilites. For details of the
me or phone
me, 01953 884713, leave a message
and I will get back to you as soon as I

1.8 Million
People Say No To
Pharmacy Cuts

patients and customers has been
incredible and must prompt the
Government to reconsider their ill
thought out proposals. Your local
pharmacy is a vital part of the
community providing care and advice
without appointment and, at Total
Health Pharmacy, 7 days a week from 8
until late which includes weekends”
“The services that we provide at Total
Health Pharmacy include, free blood
pressure testing, free NHS health
checks, help with taking medication
and medicines use reviews, sexual
health services including C Card
contraception, and pregnancy testing;
Healthy Start Vitamins, disposal of
unwanted medicines, NHS smoking
clinic, support for Carers, private and
NHS flu vaccination service, electronic
ordering and delivery and of course
there is always a pharmacist on duty to
advise you without an appointment
being needed”
Total Health Pharmacy at 14 Gregor
Shanks Way, Watton is open 7 days a
week from 8am until 11pm Monday to
Friday and 8am to 8.30pm Saturday
and Sunday providing community
pharmacy services plus other services
and healthcare advice. Call in or phone
01953 881157

Our June meeting was one of two
halves! For the first half we met at
the Pentecostal Church, as usual, for
coffee and a chat, then for the second
half we went to the Fire Station to
have a close look around the Fire
Appliance. We were welcomed by
Mick, Wayne & "Fletch" who then
went on to talk to us about the
equipment on board and we were able
to see some pieces at close range and
hear what some of the items are used
It is amazing how much
equipment they carry around on the
engine and to hear about what each
piece is for. From the largest item the
engines carry, right down to the
smallest, every piece is stowed away
in it's place and is there ready to be
used as and when required.

On Tuesday 24th May politicians,
pharmacists and patients met in
Westminster to deliver the petition
protesting against the impending
pharmacy cuts. A record 18 million
people across the UK have signed the
petition to give their support to their
local pharmacy after the Government
announced, without consultation, that
they would be cutting pharmacy funding
by £170 million, including indications
that a third of all community pharmacies
nationwide would close. Patients have,
justifiably, been concerned and as well
as signing the petition have been
lobbying their MPs to ensure that their
concerns are heard.
The petition was ‘the biggest healthcare
petition ever said The National
Pharmacy Association (NPA).
NPA chairman Ian Strachan said, “It is
clear that the Department of Health has
misjudged how people feel about
local pharmacies and has not thought
through the implications of its
policies for those patients and
communities in greatest need”.
Geoff Ray of Total Health Pharmacy in
Watton said, “The support from

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Watton Rotary Roundup
Apologies for the absence of this column
last month; it disappeared in the cloud, it
However, the 1st July marks start of a new
Rotary Year - worldwide and for our club.
David Branson takes over from Paul
Chubbock as Club President but more of
this next month. The last 10 weeks of our
Rotary year has been a very busy period.
At the end of April a Rotary Scholar from
California, reading for an MPhil at
Cambridge, addressed the club; the
following evening was our President’s
Lady’s ‘night’ – an activity/venue chosen
by President Paul’s wife, Alison. Nineteen
members and partners partook of an early
supper at the Great Ellingham Crown
nearby Breckland
Astronomical Society's facility.
A highlight was our annual vocational
awards evening. The ‘individual’ cup was
presented to Lois Gill, the inspirational
founder and creative director of the
Blossom & Yarn displays last July in 6
parish churches of the Wayland Group; the
4-day event raised over £32,000. We
understand Lois is orchestrating another
event with the theme “7 Days –The
Creation” to take place in July next year
(the theme does not necessarily have to be
taken as religious). The group award,
actually a couple, went to Babs and Collan
Muskett in recognition of the superb
annual Christmas Lights show at their
home in Norwich Road, which, since
2010, has raised over £12,500 for the East
Anglian Air Ambulance. In the picture
(top), Lois is on the left, then President
Paul, and Babs & Collan on the right; an
example of a knitted figure (Her Majesty)
is in front.
We also had the 2nd tranche of Wayland
Academy competitions – Young Poet and
Young Designer - pictured left. The young

poets were set the theme of ‘Conflict’ and
a 2-stage adjudication process produced
some amazing results. The winner was
Ben Cardy, with Emily Rumer and Emma
Lowry as closely runners-up – all 3 read
their poems at our 9th July meeting. We all
agreed with our adjudicator, retired
English teacher Rtn Peter Cowling, who
remarked on the incredibly high standard
and maturity shown by these 14 year olds,
further endorsed by their delighted teacher,
Joanna Paterson.
Unfortunately, due to exams, the design
students could not attend this meeting but
their teacher, Stephanie Fraser, came along
to receive the awards on their behalf. The
winner, Amy Studer, designed and made a
frock, apparently a perfect on her. Runnerup Jack Darge produced a large pop-up
story-book, a far more complex task than
one would at first imagine.
After a few trials at social events, we have
now launched a new fundraising initiative:
A “Game of Squares”. Myhills on the
south side of Watton High Street, and
Watton Edwards News opposite them have
kindly supported our idea. On a counter in
each shop is a sheet of 100 numbered
squares; players simply have to write their
name and contact number in one or more
squares and put £1 per square into the
associated collecting box. As soon as all
squares are sold, a number is randomly and
independently drawn, and the owner of
that number wins £50 – simple and great
odds! A full sheet is replaced with a new
one and the cycle is repeated. The profit on
each sheet is placed in Watton Rotary’s
Trust Fund Account [Reg Charity Number
1046649] from which regular donations
are made to local, national and
international causes supported by Rotary.
This game comes within the Lotteries Act
and we are licensed accordingly.


open from 10am until about 5pm
during Saturday and Sunday and will
close about 4pm on Monday. On
Monday there will be refreshments in
the Schoolroom as well as the flowers
in the Church. Follow the B1077
between Attleborough and Watton and
follow the signs out to the Church. Go
down the Street (towards the shop –
indicated opposite Ridgeons) and
either turn left up Mill Lane (Opp
Village Hall) and right towards the
Church or continue along the Street
take right fort past School.
Rectory Road and Left again and
follow through to the Church. Entrance
is free but all money made will go
toward the upkeep of the Church,
Churchyard and Schoolroom.

This year’s Rocklands Flower Festival
will be held at All Saints Church (on
the hill) for 3 days from Saturday 9th
July until Monday 11th July. On
Saturday and Sunday as well as the
Church being beautifully decorated
refreshments of teas, coffees and cakes
being served in the Old Schoolroom
bric-a-brac and plants on sale and a bar
-b-que will operate around 12noon
until about 2pm. The Church will be

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July 2016

Har yew gitten on tergetha, bet yew
dunt know whetha tew teark orf yar
shut or put on a top coot. Tha ole
weatha hent meard up its mind yit,
cud be Summer wun minute an’
Winter tha nex.
Blarst me thet ware suffin cowld wen
tha ole Parish Cowncil put on thet
rearce by orl sorts o’ goo carts, wot
wus meard owta ole scrap iron wot
moost ovvus wud hev hossed oova
tha hidge.
Thet tunned owt tew be a gret ole day
for hevvin a bitta fun, sum o tha
‘trapshuns wot ware rearcin down
Chuch rood, corsed sum gret larfs, it
wos a wunda how nun of ‘em cum
apart, or run orf tha rood an sent sum
of them wotchin into hospital.
Cos nuthin goo on in Ovington
withowt a gud blow out and tha
mawtha’s from the willage horl did
us proud, as thar allus dew, an meard
a fair bitta munny an orl.
Them ole sossidges and burgers went
down a rare treat cos o’ tha wetha
being a bit on tha teartas side.
Thas a gud ‘sprise wen tha ole
Cowncil git suffin rite, an we hed
people cum from as far away as
Saham Toony an Griston, jist tew see
how Ovington dew jollificearshuns. I
hev heard thar might dew it agin nex
year, an hoop thare gooin tew git folk
from far an wide tew hev a goo.
The rearce wos wun by yung Marcus
who with his ole man hed meard a
soola of a cart, but as I sed orl ovvem
ware speshul.
I rekkun moost of tha specteartas wos
hoopin fer sum masterful crashes, an
jist in cearse thar wos a pile up, they
hed sum fust eardas on dewty, but
they dint hev nuthin tew dew.
Horry dint enta tha year, cos wen he
tested his cart tha week afore thet
tunned oova an he wos sent inta a
whool bunch o stingin nettles, he put
on his parts an took tha cart up tew
tha tip, sarve him rite. Cos weer bin
on teliwishun tew, ower ole

Watton Wants
WWW-Fighting the Over
Development of Watton

partna from tha Fish an no Chip shop
wos on an gi us sum idee of wot goo
on in his parlor. Did enny of yew see
Thar wos a competishun with otha
‘stablishments wot dew grub an stuff,
an ower boy an his missus cum
second, which dint goo down tew
well thas fer shure.
Tha ole camra man kep tearkin
picters of tha willage sign, which
looked a treet as boy Peter hent
long gi it a lick o pearnt.
Tha Chuch wardins hev bin
wukkin on gittin tha munny from
the Heritearge Peepal spent on
dewin up tha owld plearce. Seems
thars a lotta wuk need dewin ter
kip it from forlin down. Thas bin
thar fer nine hunnert years so
enny munny will be well spent
tew kip it upright fer anutha nine
hunnert. Cos Horry sez he
remembers it bein bilt, lookin at
the steart of him I reckon he mite
be rite. I kin remember wen thar
put on a new roof sum wile agoo
we ware arsked tew buy a tile and
hev ower nearme scratched on tha
back of thet tile.
Mite git tew see my nearm agin
iffen thar heffta teark any tiles orf.
Thas hossin down wi rearn agin so
I’d better go an see if my ole shud
roof hev sprung a leak, shall heffta
git a new wun afore long I rekkun.
So fare yew well tergitha and dew
yew kip a troshin.
Dunt fergit. Sum men git wot thar
deserve, others remain single.
Boy Sid

Further expansion to Blenheim
Grange Development.
An additional 106 houses have
been approved by Breckland
Council to further expand the
Blenheim Grange Development on
the old airfield site at Carbrooke.
These houses will be build on land
adjacent to Lancaster Road and
the development will include
additional local amenities and a
residents have reacted favourably
to this site expansion.
The Portal Avenue application for
80 dwellings was recently discussed
by Breckland Council and a
decision was deferred until the
Planning Committee Members had
viewed the site to fully understand
the proposed access roads that the
local residents require modified
including the exclusion of Portland
Avenue as a site access. Councillors
were also concerned on the
proposed density of houses and
their architectural aspects. The site
visit is scheduled for Friday 24th
June and the application will be

Ashill and
Holme Hale
Garden Club
During the winter months our
Chairman, David Green, attended a
series of lectures by Shelagh Ashe
development. He was so impressed
he persuaded Shelagh to condense
the course into a talk for members
at the May meeting instead of her
intended presentation of 'Colour in
the Garden'.
As Shelagh took us on a journey
from the Egyptian gardens in
1400BC to the present day, the
most apparent feature was how

Planning Committee on Monday
27th June.
Both the Lancaster Road and Portal
Avenue applications have been
objected to by The Watton Medical
Practice due to their shortage of
medical resources to cope with
further increases to the rapid growth
of Watton's population.
WWW members recently met with
our M.P George Freeman to air
their frustrations with present
Government policies that has
attracted the over development of
Watton. George Freeman stated that
he agreed that there were flaws in
the present planning laws and was
sympathetic with the towns over
development problems.
George pointed to the lack of an
approved local or neighbourhood
plan that had led to developers
targeting Watton and other
Breckland towns. He promised to
look into why there are still delays
into the publication of the
Breckland Local Plan. He also
promised to facilitate meetings
with Anglian Water, Highways,
Natural England and locally
affected bodies such as health
services to discuss possible
solutions going forward. WWW
members had prior to the meeting
expressed their disappointment at

the meeting being restricted to
twenty minutes.
Following this meeting WWW have
requested a meeting with local
councillors Michael Wassell, Claire
Bowes and Keith Gilbert to review
our options.
Whilst no new development
applications are reported for Watton
in Ashill applications have been
lodged for two developments on the
The current state of Watton's mass
applications and houses under
construction 886 with 410 pending
planning or appeal decisions.
Could you or do you know of
anyone who is able to offer WWW
especially with Planning and/or
Legal backgrounds to assist us in
contesting the present flaws in the
Planning laws and to take our cause
to a higher level?
Have your say in making Watton a
better place to live by individually
developments being thrust upon us.
Applications can be found on
Breckland Council website
For further information or you wish
to help our group go to

styles (like those of the fashion
world) keep changing but also use
influences from an earlier era. Until
the 18th century, gardens were
controlled environments where man
dominated nature; from the order
and discipline of the Romans'
straight lines and clipped box to the
geometric layouts of the Italian
Renaissance and their symbols of
status and wealth, such as Louis
14th's Palace of Versailles. But then
attitudes in the UK began to change
and we started to embrace nature.
Capability Brown, among others,
swept away formality in favour of a
minimalist style of curves, vistas of
land, lawn and water. This English
Landscape Movement did not last
long and by the end of the 18th
century a little formality was back in
the form of regimented flower beds.

Since then, more natural planting has
herbaceous borders. However, after
the second world war there was no
longer the man power to maintain
these and so now you are more likely
to see mixed borders which include
Looking at our (often small) domestic
gardens one can see how we are still
influenced by the various styles of the
past, from the Greeks' use of
architecture to Beth Chatto's plant
What's on in the coming months:
SHOW (open to the public from
July 13th Afternoon visit to Peter
Beales Roses
July 28th Gary Moore 'Fuchsias'
August 25th AGM & Vegetable Show

July 2016

The Wayland News Page 7

Great Hockham
Gardening Club

For our June meeting the summer
weather seemed to have finally
arrived although it only brought out
twelve of us.
Our venue was The Bellflower
Nursery located in the old walled
garden at Langham Hall. Langham
Hall was built around 1700 on the
proceeds of the ‘sugar trade’. The
walled garden, covering around 3 ½
acres, was added between 1780 and
1790 to supply the house. The garden

was more than simply a utility asset
as buyers from Newmarket were
usually given a conducted tour on
their way to do business at the stud,
not now operating. It was still used as
a kitchen garden right up to the 1970s
Bellflower Nursery is run by Sue
Wooster (Above) and contains the
National Collection of alpine
campanulas. Exhibiting these at
Chelsea won Sue a gold medal.
We were given a very interesting tour

of the garden, which contained far
more than campanulas. Sue explained
that the garden layout had been kept
to the original as far as possible and
there was some planting, particularly
some apple trees, that gave the
impression of also being original. In
addition to the plants, the walls and
associated buildings were most
impressive. There was the original head
gardener’s cottage forming part of the
garden wall. Next to the cottage was a

boiler room that would have heated a
large greenhouse, now gone. The tour
ended with a retail opportunity, which
as usual in these circumstances, was
much subscribed to.
Wednesday 13th July is our next
outdoor meeting to Manor Farm,
Coston, Barnham Broom NR9 4DT.
Guided tour and refreshments
included. Lifts provided at the village
green at 14:00 to arrive at the venue
by 14:30.

Important Notice The schedule for
the Summer Show has an error in the
photography section. Charles Dickens
did not write Cricket on the Heath,
but he did write Cricket on the
Hearth. Please submit photographs
with reference to the game of cricket.
The error was entirely mine.
Apologies to all.
Edward Szczepanowski:
Secretary, Great Hockhan Gardening

Bradenham &

Brian Hedges slide show presentation
of “A Flower Arranger’s Garden”
takes place on Thursday August 18th,
and promises to be a feast for the
eyes. Later in the year on November
17th, Jim Paine is going to talk to us
about how climate change is affecting
our lives as gardeners.
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 remember, if you decide to join
the Society then the wider calendar of
members’ social events will also be
yours to enjoy.
A reminder that on Saturday
September 3rd our Autumn Show
will be held, and that some of the
classes are open to non-members, so
even if you are not a Society member,
but would like to take part then
Marianne Kilmartin, on 01362
820744 for further information.

Watton U3A
In the May meeting Jeremy Cameron
us excerpts from his book “Never
Second Hand gave
again” about a walk from the Hook of
Holland to Istanbul. He told us about
Book Sale
the many walks across different

in 2017 to Bournemouth.
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

This July’s meeting will take place
in the Village Hall on Thursday
July 21st at 7.30pm when Bob
Greef will present his talk on
wildlife gardening. Whilst the
images from BBC’s Springwatch
are still fresh in our minds, it will
be a good time to increase our
understanding as we learn how to
encourage a wide selection of
species into our gardens. You are
all welcome to come along,
including budding naturalists, so
please don’t think that you have to
be a keen gardener to attend,
because this is not the case!

Following a successful pilot book
sale at Griston Parish Church in
May, a second one will be held in
July. Proceeds from this event will
go towards providing a new heating
system for the Church. Bookworms
young, old and in between are
invited to come and browse.
There will be Fiction, Non Fiction,
Childrens and Special interest;
something for everyone. There will
Refreshments, and Cakes for sale

So make a note:
Griston Parish Church, Church
Road, Griston, Sat. July 23rd, 10.00
till 4.00, Grand Second hand Book
Sale and Cake Stall

countries that he has attempted.
Because he has Parkinson’s disease his
speech is affected and when he walks
he practises his speech along the way,
singing as he goes.
The speaker for July will be Mark
Taylor with “Friendly Invasion” US
Air force 1. Training new pilots in
Watton in WW2.
The Garden Visit group visited Elsing
Hall on 26th June.
The No.1 pub lunch group will be
going to The Red Lion at Hockwold on
Tuesday 12 July. The No.2 pub lunch
group will be going to the Waggon and
Horses at Griston on Tuesday 26 July. .
We will be collecting the money for the
RHS Hyde Hall visit. The cost is £23.
A subcommittee is organising a holiday

Charity Car
Wash for EACH

We're proud to be supporting East
Anglia's Children's Hospices here at
Breckland Funeral Services, so we
are hosting a Charity Car Wash!
On Saturday 9th July from 8am
until 1pm you can have your car
washed by professionals for just £5.
Why not have a cup of tea and a
biscuit while you wait? All
donations gratefully received and
all proceeds will go to the charity.
Contact Verity 01953 881 229 for
more information.

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July 2016

Watton Twinning Association

We recently enjoyed a long weekend
Friday evening to Tuesday visit from our
friends from Weeze (our Twin Town). As
usual we had a very busy itinerary.
On the Saturday morning the Weeze
Burgermeister Uli Francken, our visitors
and Watton Twinning members received a
very warm Welcome Reception from
Watton Town Council in the Council
Chamber with a delicious Cream Tea home
baked by Diane Devine, gifts were
exchanged by the Burgermeister and
Watton Town Mayor Beryl Bunning. Our
visitors were hugely surprised and
thoroughly enjoyed the music played by
Piper George Rokahr from The Phoenix
Pipes and Drums.
After this the
Burgermeister visited our local radio
station Brecks Radio (106.9) and was very
impressed with what he saw and while
talking to Roy Ivory was interested in
whether a link could be made to the local
radio station near Weeze. The rest of the

day was spent with their host families.
On the Sunday we took a coach and
minibus to Thursford, this was a huge
success with our visitors as they had never
experienced anything like it before, after
spending three hours there listening to the
array of organs, looking at the magnificent
traction engines, riding on carousels and
listening to Robert Wolfe play the fantastic
Wurlitzer Organ for half an hour, we then
went on to Cromer for the rest of the day,
although it was chilly, it was dry and our
visitors always enjoy going to the coast.
Monday morning was spent with their host
families and at 3pm we all went to College
Farm in Thompson for an absolutely lovely
afternoon with Coffee and Kuchen (cake) a
favourite pastime in Germany. Catherine
Wolfenstone (owner of this lovely old
historic house) served us a super array of
home baked scrumptious cakes with tea
and coffee outside in her lovely garden, a
very enjoyable afternoon.

At 7pm we had Open House in my garden
for everyone with drinks and snacks. It
was a nice relaxing evening for everyone to
move around and chat about everything
and about our visit to Weeze next year
when our Twinning Association will be
celebrating our 30th Anniversary.
Tuesday morning our visitors returned
home to Weeze after having a most
enjoyable time with us in Watton.
My special thanks to Mayor Beryl
Bunning, Watton Councillors and Town
Clerk Jane Scarrott for their support and the
excellent welcome they gave to the Weeze
Burgermeister and visitors. It is very much
If you are interested in joining us and
making a link with a German family in
Weeze please contact me by telephone or
email below for more information.
01953 883317
or visit
Margaret Devine (Chair)

Shipdham &
District Book

We celebrated our 11th anniversary,
overlooked in April, with chocolate cake.
The book discussed on 15th June was a
God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson. This was
described by the author as ‘A Companion
Book’ rather than sequel to her earlier
publication, Life After Life. It centres on
Teddy who becomes a bomber pilot in
World War II and we see the war and its
aftermath through his eyes together with
the terrible discovery of what he and others
had actually done through their actions. As
in the previous novel it moves backwards
and forwards chronologically. We see
Teddy through to old age together with his
daughter, Viola, and grandchildren.
It was agreed that this was not an easy read
and there was relief that we were already
familiar with some of the characters. Viola
is a singularily unpleasant character
especially towards her father with whom
she shares a secret although niether knows
that the other is aware of this. Most
acknowledged that Atkinson is a very
clever writer and detailed researcher. We
disliked her less pleasant characters whilst
liking Teddy for whom there is great
sympathy. It helped to reveal the horrors of
the actions on both sides in this war and
explain the later pacifism of many
participants in it. It has an unexpected
ending and thus is not a book to skip
through. Whilst some found it too long it
was agreed that the effect would not be the
same if it had been shorter.
At this meeting we enjoyed afternoon tea
and raised £55 for Assistance Dogs.

Urgent – We
Need Your Help!

Talking to the Dead by Harry Bingham was
the book discussed on 18th May. Detective
Constable Fiona Griffiths is helping to
investigate the murder of a drug using
prostitute and her daughter. She uncovers a
platinum credit card which had belonged to
a wealthy, long dead tycoon in the
possession of the murdered woman. Fiona
Griffiths is no ordinary detective and uses
some unorthodox methods befitting her
personality and every aspect of her life,
unexplained until the end. The book
contains unbelievable violence, not always
from the criminal elements.
The book led to a very interesting and
eclectic discussion. Whilst not liking the
dark side and extreme violence most agreed
that it was well written if unbelievable. We
had realised that Fiona had a strange past
including a mystery health condition
neither revealed until the end of the book.
Most doubted that she would ever have
been appointed to the police service and
certainly not been retained. It is an
intriguing read for which the word
‘enjoyed’ seems inappropriate but all but
one finished it, some read it twice and
others have moved on to read the sequel. It
should not be read at bed time but is

Do you have some spare time? Do you love
working with children? Ever wanted to do
voluntary work? ARE YOUR ANSWERS
Watton District Guiding Association
desperately need Leaders otherwise we will
have to close our Rainbow Unit. Rainbows
are little girls aged between the ages of 5
and 7. Full training will be given and you
will be required to undergo a DBS police
check and receive First Aid Training.
Being a Leader of any section of Guiding is
very rewarding and to see the girls faces
when they have achieved something new or
learned a new song or game is truly
uplifting. For a chat and more information
please ring Jayne Eastwood on 01953
880076. Please, please help!!!!
Calling all pudding lovers – if you are
available on Wednesday 6th of July
between 7.00pm and 9.00pm we are
holding a Pudding Evening at Watton
Youth & Community Centre, Harvey
Street, Watton. Come along for 2 hours of
paradise if you love puddings. Ticket price
£5 to include glass or wine or fruit juice but
please bring along your favourite pudding.
Children tickets price - £2. Tickets
available from Jayne – 01953 880076
Looking forward to seeing all you pudding
lovers – forget the diets for one night.
Jayne Eastwood District Commissioner

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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 - 8am,
Thursdays 5pm - 5.30pm Saturdays 9.30am - 10am Parish
Prayers. 5pm - 6pm Pray & Praise
Church Office opens Tues, Wed & Thurs 9am-1pm
Tel: 01953 881252
Sun 3rd
Holy Communion
10.00am Holy Communion
Sun 10th 8.00am
Holy Communion
10.00am Informal Holy Communion
Super Hero Sunday
Sun 17th 8.00am
Holy Communion
10.00am Holy Communion
4-5.15pm Café Church, Blenheim Centre
Sun 24th 8.00am
Holy Communion
10.00am 4th Sunday at 10
12 noon Holy Baptism
Choral Evensong
Sun 31st 8.00am
Holy Communion
10.30am Flower Festival
Group Service Songs of Praise
Watton Methodist Church
Every Wednesday the Church is open for quiet reflection and
prayer between 10.15am & 11.30am It’s your quiet place. At
10.30 there is a half-hour Midweek Service in the Large Vestry
led by the Minister or a Church Member.
Minister Rev E Reddington 01760 720858
Sun 3rd
10.30am Rev E Reddington
Rev E Reddington
Sun 10th 10.30am Mr B Ogden
Mrs E Warby
Sun 17th 10.30am Miss J Woor
Mr A Warby
Sun 24th 10.30am Rev R Wakelin
Mr & Mrs M Cook
Sun 31st 10.30am Mr A Warby
Rev B Trinder
Roman Catholic Community
Each Sat 5.30pm Mass at Watton Methodist Church

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

St. Nicholas’ Church, Ashill
Tuesdays at 10.00am Holy Communion
Lay Led Worship
Family Holy Communion
Morning Worship
Holy Communion

Sun 24th

St. George’s Church, Saham Toney
11.00am Lay Led Worship
11.00am Family Holy Communion
& Holy Baptism
11.00am All Age Worship
12.15pm Holy Baptism
11.00am Holy Communion

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

S.S. Peter & Paul’s Church, Carbrooke
10.30am Family Holy Communion
10.30am All Age Worship
10.30am Holy Communion
10.30am Lay Led Worship

Sun 3rd
Sun 17th
Sun 24th

St John the Evangelist Church, Ovington
Holy Communion
10.30am Lay Led Worship
Songs for a Summer Evening

Sun 3rd
Sun 10th
Sun 17th

Watton Pentecostal Church, Dereham Road
Sunday mornings 10.30am Everyone Welcome
Sunday 17th July: Away Day at High Lodge

All Saints Church, Threxton
Our next service will be on Sunday 3rd July
at 11am A warm welcome to all.

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

July 2016

In your garden
With Lotta Potts

So June. Good heavens. Late May to mid-June was truly
awful. More monsoon June. I think more plants drowned in
my garden than suffered drought. The upside was, of course,
that once there was a little warmth everything shot up
jubilantly but it was impossible to keep on top of things in the
downpours. Standing about on soggy soil is a bad idea as
well. OK so let's be optimistic and look at July.
This month should produce the best flowers of the year.
According to Mr. T if you don't have good flowers in July you
aren't trying. A bit harsh but just look at the possible
penstemons, fuchsias, continental cascade
perlargoniums (the ones you see in pictures of Swiss chalets
covered in them), cleome, roses, clematis and these are the
ones I have picked out that go on from July until October.
There are lots more that peak July to September but you see
the point.
One of the main tasks that never seems to end is
deadheading. If you cut flowers for the vase you are doing
the same thing with a longer stem. Once a stem of
something like lupins or delphiniums has finished, cut it
right back either to side-shoots with buds or into the crown.
This tidies it up and you may be rewarded with a later flush
of smaller flowers. Annuals, too, should be deadheaded.
This is basically boring but if you do it daily it's not too bad
and once frustrated the plant will keep producing flowers.
Let them run to seed and they stop. Sweet peas are really
bad at this Pick for the vase as often as possible. They are
martyrs to pollen beetles. These tiny black insects are
harmless but charmless so it's advised to pick the stems,
sink them in a container of water and put them in a dark
place at the back of the garage or shed with the window
open. In theory the little beetles should fly out to the light
and back to the sweet peas. Deadheading also gives you the
opportunity to check for pests and diseases, not to mention
weeds. All this can be nipped in the bud whilst making the
beds and borders look better. A little extra deadheading comes
under the subject of pruning. Shrubs to prune: forsythia (if
not done earlier), philadelphus (mock orange) can get awfully
straggly, some roses particularly ramblers. These may need a
real haircut back to withing 6” of the main stems otherwise
they get totally out of control. Privet and other fast growing
hedges should be cut and finally the dreaded wisteria. Some
experts seem to love making a mystery of this. It's actually
quite simple. Decide the boundaries and cut back the new
whippy growth to 6” or so within the area. Cut back or out
completely anything growing in the wrong direction. Don't be
afraid as it's very difficult to kill and left to its own devices
will have the tiles off your roof, the gutters down and next to
no flowers next year or if there are any they will be buried in
the mess. You will probably need to prune wisteria again in
late winter.
If it should dry out in July don't water the lawn. Grass will
regenerate as soon as a drop of rain falls on it. Keep cutting
with the mower blades higher than normal so weeds can't grow
and it will still look tidy. The better side is that if it all goes
brown you don't need to cut at all. The exception is if you
made a new lawn in spring. It should be able to cope on its
own but sometimes a little help is needed. It seems strange
now to think that years ago gardeners would reach for the
hose/sprinkler at the first sign of a sunny day. Now we have
meters and a better appreciation of how much grass can take
care of itself we just leave it to it and save some cash.
The other thing to cater for in July for many people is a
holiday. I have gone on about this for years – some of you
may remember but it's always best to be reminded.
Security is the main feature. If you go on holiday in July
don't have pots and baskets out the front. It's a real giveaway to anyone up to no good if the containers have died –
nobody home to care for them. It's another one if they
suddenly disappear – round the back for easy care for a
friend or neighbour so nobody home. It's better to have
spring ones that would be expected to go and then plant up
autumn or winter ones when you get back, showing a
succession that won't draw attention. If you are fortunate
enough to have help in the garden it's worth paying out for
extra hours and the incentive of any veg, salads, fruit that
ripens while you're away. Group any containers into a shady
area and soak. This works if there's nobody to water them and
they should last a couple of weeks. Make sure all tools and
especially ladders are locked away out of sight. If you have a
side gate then lock that too. In the absence of paid help see if
you can get a gardening friend or neighbour to take charge.
Add all the incentives of produce and flowers and do the same
for them. If you are really lucky they might be the sort of keen
gardeners who go away in the winter!
I have shortened this as I have an idea boy Julian is
overwhelmed with reports on street parties and other
celebrations in aid of Her Majesty's birthday but whilst
wishing her all the best the last words have to be – keep

Thought for the Month
By Fr Gordon Williams, Our Lady of Pity Catholic Church

Coping with loss through stillness
One of my favourite stories in the Old Testament can be found in
2. Samuel 12.16-25. King David’s son was gravely ill and he
pleaded with God for his child. He kept a strict fast and prayed
through the night for his child. His officials kept a close watch
on him, but on the seventh day the boy died. What will the king
do now they thought? But the King surprised them. He went and
bathed, put on fresh clothes went to the sanctuary to prostrate
himself before God, and then he returned and asked for food to
be served. His aids thought this was strange behaviour. They said
to the king, ‘when your son was ill you fasted and wept, but now
that your son has died you get up and take food. King David
replied: ‘when my son was alive I would have done anything to
save him, but now he is gone, he cannot come to me, but I can
come to him’.
King David’s response is an example of coming to terms with
unchangeable loss. Life is precious, and we have to go on living
even in the face of great loss. Anyone who has experienced the
loss of a loved one sees the world differently. God can seem very
absent, very silent. And yet, it is sometimes that in the very
absence and silence that God is present, offering quiet stillness. I
think of the psalm, ‘Be still and know that I am God’ (Ps 46: 10).
In loss and grief sometimes all we can do is be still. The stillness
is a way of being present to the mystery.
We cannot understand death. We all face it. We all have our
thoughts and questions about it. Only faith admits us to death’s
secrets. . Faith tells us deep within our heart that death is not the
end of the road, but a gateway to something beyond our
understanding. In the psalm (46.10) God is gently calling us to
be attentive. ‘Be still and know that I am God’. This is a very
special kind of stillness, it’s a way of being present to what we
cannot understand. In this stillness we learn how to be with what
is. This is a contemplative practice anyone can do not just when
dealing with grief and loss, but whenever we are feeling
overwhelmed by life. Learning to be present to what is demands
faith, for it is a presence beyond words. Deep silence is the
meeting place with the divine.
Fr Gordon Williams, Our Lady of Pity Catholic Church

What’s on at St Mary’s
Church, Watton

The Winner of the June 100 Club was no 80 Anne Stead
SUMMER RECITALS at St Mary’s Church, Watton at 1.10pm to
be followed by lunchtime treats.
13th July Bach to Einaudi, violin and piano
17th August Music by the Watton U3A Ukulele Band
Donations for the ongoing Ministry of St Mary’s Church
Church, Watton
A Festival featuring our handmade banners with beautiful flower
arrangements, Refreshments and live music
Opening Saturday 30th 10.00-4.00pm Sunday 31st 12noon –
4pm For further details contact The Church Office 01953 881252

July 2016

The Wayland News Page 10

School Staff - 1980’s? Looking Back

Kath Glenn kindly allowed me to copy this picture of the Junior School Staff around 1980 - although neither of us are sure of
the exact year. While we know some of the names in the picture can you help identify them please?
Even if you only know who one or two are , I would appreciate you jotting the names down on a piece of paper, together
with their position in the picture and dropping that into Julian Horn, care of Adcocks in the High Street. Thank you.

Feline Care
Cat Rescue
Open Day
Cat lovers will be heading to Feline Care
Cat Rescue for their ever-popular summer
Open Day on Sunday 10 July. Highlights
of this family-friendly day will include a
mega hamper lottery, tombolas, arts and
crafts, home-made treats, bric-a-brac,
refreshments and plenty of friendly cats to
make a fuss of. The Ukulele Orchestra of
Spalding will provide the live music.
Doors are open from 12pm to 3pm and
entry is just £1 (50p for kids aged three
and over.)
Disabled parking is available. Feline
Care Cat Rescue is in Roudham Road,
East Harling, NR16 2QN.


Everyone’s a Superhero! Please come to
St Mary’s Watton on Sunday 10th July
4.00 – 5.15pm and join in the fun,
friendship, food and superhero story!
Dressing up optional (but good fun!).

Kaleidoscope –
A Solo
Exhibition by
Patricia Welsh

I have been involved with the
Dragonfly Gallery since 2006, when
it was first opened, exhibiting
pictures and crafts on a regular basis
when my husband and I lived in
Morley St Botolph. At that time I
was a member of the Spooner Row
Art Club and Wymondham Art Club.
That was 10 years ago, where has the
time gone?
My one-woman show is entitled
“Kaleidoscope: A Medley of Paper,
Canvas and Wood” and includes my
framed paintings in watercolour,
acrylics on box canvas together with
greeting cards of my pictures,
bookmarks etc. I do not have a
favourite media or style, painting
very much according to what inspires
me and the mood I am in at the time,
sometimes something tranquil other
times I like to let rip with lots of
Pyrography is my main craft hobby

Country Market

Now that summer has finally arrived,
why don't you come to the Country
market in the Christian Community
Centre in Watton. We have lots of plants
for hanging baskets and tubs available.
Why not take a look at what our bakers
have made, lots of items just right for the
picnic box.
Have a special birthday coming up, we
can make cards personalised to your
Also personalised candles can be
ordered, suitable for special events like
weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and
new babies. Etc etc. we are here every
Wednesday 8.30 - 11.30 am and when
Why not go into the adjoining
room for tea and coffee and chat.

Try Indoor Bowls

Dereham Indoor Bowls Club, Leisure
Centre, Station Rd. East Dereham, Will
be having an open day on Saturday 23rd
July from 10am til 2pm for anyone
wanting to see what bowls is all about.
Families very welcome
Bowls supplied, plus a free cuppa.
Qualified coaches will be in attendance.

and used to be called “poker work”
centuries ago, when it was often the
task of the local blacksmith to make
signs etc using a hot poker. It
became much more refined and
beautiful examples of it can be found
in country houses. Today an electric
tool with a “hot wire” is used. I am
very fond of decorating wooden
items of all kinds, some are very
simple kitchen items, others of a
more ornamental nature, firstly,
burning the outline, often with the
Norfolk Poppies we all love and then
painting the designs.
The exhibition contains a very wide
variety of items in a wide range of
prices and whether the item is a
personal choice or a gift, there is
plenty to choose from.
Saturday 9th July - Saturday 23rd
July: Free Admission. Coffee
Morning Opening: Saturday 9th July
10am - 1pm
Photographs, Crafts, Gifts, Greeting
Cards. Monday - Friday 10.00 4.00pm, Saturday 10.00 - 1.00pm
The Wayland Dragonfly Gallery
Wayland House, Watton, Norfolk,
01953 880205

Zimbe! Come
Sing the Songs
Of Africa

Thetford Singers are joined by children
from Admirals Academy to perform
this acclaimed choral piece composed
by Alexander L’Estrange, accompanied
by a Jazz band.
Zimbe! is a brilliant fusion of
traditional African song and Jazz.
The music is accessible and instantly
likeable to all ages. Zimbe! is at times
touching and moving, at other times
funky and grooving and all of the time
incredibly uplifting.
Come and enjoy a different experience.

July 2016

The Wayland News Page 11


Cats And
The Law

Much of the law in relation to animals
has now been consolidated in the
Animal Welfare Act 2006 which
applies in England and Wales, The
Animal Health & Welfare (Scotland)
Act 2006 and the Welfare of Animals
Act (Northern Ireland) 2011.
The Act contains provisions which are
aimed at preventing cruelty and
promoting and ensuring the welfare of
The Act applies to both domestic and
feral cats. In addition to cruelty
offences, the Act now places an
obligation on owners, as well as those
in charge of or responsible for cats to
ensure that their welfare needs are met,
emphasising the need for a suitable
environment. A place to live, a suitable
diet, to exhibit normal behaviour
patterns, to be housed with, or apart
from other animals, and to be protected
from pain, suffering, injury and
The penalties for committing an
offence of cruelty or for failing to
provide for an animal’s welfare needs
include a ban from owning animals, a
fine of up to £20,000, or a six month
prison sentence.
Cats are regarded in law as the
‘property’ of their owner. The theft of
a cat is treated as an offence under the
Act, in the same way as theft of any
other property.
A cat that is lost or has strayed is
generally regarded as the property of

Bowls Club

In the County Singles Competition 2nd
round, Kevin Wilson representing Watton,
played at home against Karl Staff of Long
Stratton and won 21-18. In the next round
at home again this time playing Tony
Chuter of Shotford, Kevin despite leading
18-14 was unable to prevent Chuter taking
the next seven shots for a 21-18 away win.
Richard Exley, John Hunter and Malcolm
Hamilton were away at Thetford in the
County Triples 2nd round, going down 1218 against Mike Holbrook, Nolan Newbury
and David Stone. Next in the County Fours
Richard Exley, John Hunter, Malcolm
Hamilton and Kevin Wilson were drawn
away again to Bill Gathercole and his rink
at Mundford. Despite taking an early lead
they dropped 4 shots on 3 consecutive ends
and never recovered, finally going down 15
Watton’s performances and results in the
men’s EBA have been very good. At home
to R G Carter ‘B’ they won 3-2 (58-51
shots) Richard Exley, Malcolm Hamilton,
David Violet, and Brian Ledbetter lost 1619. Harry Moult, Graham Vellam, Kevin
Abbott and Keith Bennett won 27-12,
whilst John Hunter, Peter Myhill, John
Walkling and Kevin Wilson lost 15-20.
The winning form continued with a 4-1
win (46-35 shots) away at Wicklewood.
Graham Vellam, Kevin Abbott, Richard
Relf and Keith Bennett won 17-8. John
Hunter, Kevin Wilson, John Walkling and
Len Green, playing his first league match,
won 18-7, whilst Richard Exley, David
Violet, Brian Ledbetter and Malcolm
Hamilton lost 11-20.
In their sixth match Watton, in second
position, were at home to the leaders
Shipdham. Both teams started as
undefeated this season. In a very tightly
contested match the home team maintained
their good form with a 3-2 win (68-63
shots) Despite losing two of the three rinks,

Celebrating Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday
12.30pm to 4.30pm at Ashill Community Centre
Bar-B-Que - Refreshments - Plate Smashing - Ashill Harmony Choir
- Stalls - Raffle - Tombola - Games- Bouncy Castle
and much, much more! In aid of CC Funds

the original owner. It is therefore
necessary to make all reasonable
endeavours to
locate the original
owner whenever possible.
Because the law regards cats as
property, an offence may be committed
under this Act if a person, without
lawful excuse, kills or injures a cat
belonging to another person.
Is a commonly held view that cats have
a ‘right to roam’ wherever they wish.
The Road Traffic and Dangerous Dogs
Acts do not apply to cat owners. Cats
are less likely to cause injury to people
or damage to property than other
animals. However, cat owners do have
a general duty at law to take reasonable

care to ensure that their cats do not
cause injury to people or damage to
Cats Protection is a welfare and
rehoming charity and as such, is not set
up to investigate or prosecute animal
welfare offences, whereas the RSPCA
is structured in this way. If you do
suspect an animal is being neglected or
subjected to cruelty, you should call
the RSPCA’s 24 hour cruelty line on
0300 1234 999.
For help or advice, or if you need help
with the cost of neutering, please call
us on 01842 810018.
Rita Thompson.

John Hunter, Kevin Wilson, John Walkling
and Brian Ledbetter, 20-24, and Richard
Exley, Dick Mikulik, David Violet and
Malcolm Hamilton 21-25, Harry Moult
once again proved the winning rink 27-14
with Graham Vellam, Kevin Abbott and
Richard Relf. The return fixtures will now
commence with Bradenham visiting
Watton on the 16th June.
A slow start in the Ashill and District
League. The first match of the season was
at home to Connaught Yew. The visitors
won 6-2 (52-49 shots) Pat and Ted Prior
with Dick Mikulik lost 14-23. Steff
Hubble, John Walkling and Richard Exley
won 19-10, whilst Margaret Bowdidge,
Kevin Abbott and Kevin Simpson lost 1619. Unfortunately Ashill ‘B’ have
withdrawn from the league, which reduces
the number of matches to ten.
An inconspicuous start in the Age Concern
League. The ‘A’ team are still looking for
their first win after four matches. Three
home matches all resulted in 0-6 defeats.
Against Winburgh they lost both triples by
a total of 18-42 shots, followed by Ashill
Badgers 19-48 shots, then 17-51 shots to
Hethersett. The ‘B’ team at home to
Shropham Red were also on the losing side
0-6 (23-47) Carol Relf, Keith Bennett and
Kevin Simpson 13-19. John Seage in his
first league match with Pat Prior and
Richard Relf 10-28. Gressenhall have
pulled out of this league, as they cannot
manage to field a team of six players. A
disappointing sign of the times it would
Graham Vellam, Peter Myhill, John
Walkling and Len Green won the Club
Fours, held on The 22nd May. By winning
two of their three matches they had a
superior shot difference to second place
Richard and Sonia Exley with Kevin
Abbott and new member Gordon
Stanbridge. However in the Club Triples,
on the 4th June, Gordon playing with Steff
Hubble and Dick Mikulik were undefeated
in all three of they matches and declared
the worthy winners.
The eighth event of the Watton Coral Cup

was held on Sunday12th June, and for the
third time Watton came out on top. The ‘A’
team of Richard Exley, John Hunter, Pat
Prior and Kevin Wilson beat Bradenham
‘B’ 22-16 whilst Harry Moult, Graham and
Sandy Vellam and Malcolm Hamilton of
the ‘B’ team beat Hingham ‘A’ 19-16.
Connaught finished in second place,
Hingham third, followed by Bradenham,
Shropham and Harling.
Home matches and events to note for July:
The Club 2 Wood Pairs on Sunday 17th.
The ADL team playing Connaught Elm on
Tuesday 19th. In the EBA on Wednesday
20th against Wicklewood in the
penultimate match. The ACL matches on
Friday 22nd v Dereham St Nicholas and
29th v Bradenham ‘A’ and ‘B’. Ron
Hurrell’s Presidents Day is held on
Saturday 30th. Also to be noted is the
Nowak Trophy (in memory of a past local
builder) played at Mundford on Sunday 10
July between Bradenham, Connaught,
Mundford and Watton.
It is with much sadness to announce that
June Walker passed away on 2nd June.
Although she finished outdoor bowling
about three years ago she will be
remembered by fellow bowlers within the
county for her devotion and love of the
game. June joined the club in the early
nineties and regularly played in the
Breckland Ladies League and the Ashill
and District League and in many other club
events. She was Ladies singles champion in
2008 and finalist in 2010. On five
occasions she won the Club Triples
between 2004-2011.
With her husband Ken they won the 4
wood pairs in 2001. Her other success
included the Memorial trophies for the
Dave Eversden, the Gwen Sharland and
the Frances Law. She played for several
years at Ashill indoors before converting
to the short mat game for which she
quickly became an efficient and
competitive bowler. She enjoyed the
theatre and the U3A was another of
June’s many interests.

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Kuk Sool Won

One of the fastest growing Martial Arts currently is
Kuk Sool Won and two students from the Watton
and Attleborough clubs graded for their Black Belt
on the 3rd June at the University of East Anglia.
Emma Coppack (pictured) from the Watton club
achieved her 1st Dan Black belt and Norman
Stillwell from Attleborough graded for 2nd Dan,
both were presented with there Certificate of Dan by
the Grandmaster
In Hyuk Suh on 4th June at the UEA, the
presentation being a culmination of the weekends
European competition and Grading topped off with
a fantastic exhibition of Martial Arts.
Master Andy 5th Dan who runs the classes with his
Son Master Thomas was pleased with their
performance particularly so with Norman who has
Aspergers Syndrome.
I am very proud of Norman he has worked very
hard and overcome a lot of hurdles that make
learning in this type of activity a challenge for him,
but he especially loves the weapons training, staff,
sword etc, which keep him motivated.
Kuk Sool Won is an activity that all the family can
participate in and enjoy for years of good health and
fitness while learning self defence.
Anybody who would like to come and train with us
please visit our website at for class times and locations. Call
or text Andy on 07775890359.

July 2016

Toms Kickboxing

Are you looking to get fit or try something new? meet new people?
And to get in shape, Why not give martial arts a go. Tom's
Kickboxing Academy is a fully insured and established academy
based at Shipdham Centre on Bullock Park.
TKA has been open for 4 years and is run by head instructor Tom
Oldridge a 2nd Dan belt with 10 years experience in the industry.
All of our instructors are first aid trained and CRB trained and are
1st Dan black belt and above with years of experience under there
belts to help you with all your martial arts needs.
Just want to do fitness, not a problem. We also tailor the exercises
and the sessions to help you work on mainly fitness.

Recipe of the

This month’s recipe comes from
Rev Barbara Winner who says
‘When I was working as a Social
Worker it was a tradition to take
it in turns to bring cakes into the
office on a Friday to help us look
forward to the weekend. (Well…
at least for those who were not
on emergency duty)
The problem for me was to make
a cake which wouldn’t be eaten
by my gannet sons before I left
for work on Friday morning.
Fortunately none of them were
very keen on dried fruit so this
one worked a treat.’
 1 cup of sugar (any kind you
have in the cupboard)
 7oz tin crushed pineapple (or
crush your own, its wonderful

for stress relief!)
1lb of dried fruit mixture
4oz Margarine or butter
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon mixed spice (or
chilli if like me you like a bit of
 1 cup of plain flour
 1 cup of SR flour (but don’t be
fussed about the types of flour
– I had no idea what I was
putting in half the time and it
always came out OK)
 2 eggs well beaten (another
good stress buster)
Mix together the first four
items listed and bring to the
boil. Set aside to cool. Sift the
flour, spices and soda and fold
into cooled mixture. Beat in the
eggs. Pour into a pre-greased
tin and bake in a moderate
oven for 1 ½ - 2 hours.
Enjoy with a favourite drink.

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