FREE - Issue Number 237 - August 2016

A smoke free Parker's School

Cllr Gordon Bambridge with the winning sign at Parkers Primary School (Saham Toney) and (from left) competition
winner Ruby Brown and runners up Layla Wright and Katherine Welsh
A sign designed by a schoolgirl from
Ovington went up on the gates of Parkers
Primary School in Saham Toney, making the
school the first in the district to adopt a
voluntary ‘Smoke-free Zone’ code.
Ruby Brown (age 5), who is a pupil at the
school, was a category winner in a Breckland
Council competition which challenged
children to design a sign asking adults not to
smoke in areas used by children.
The winning entries have now been
transformed into signs and these will go up in
areas where the voluntary smoke-free code is
to be adopted, such as entrances to schools
and nurseries, and in public play areas.
Parkers Primary School clearly has an
abundance of talent as one winner and four of
the runners up in the district-wide
competition attend the school. Runners up
Layla Wright (age 4) and Katherine Welsh
(age 5) were among those on hand to see
Ruby’s winning sign put in place today. The
other runners up from the school are Isla
Gillespie (age 11) and Katelyn Mallinson

(age 11).
Breckland Council's Executive Member for
Public Protection, Cllr Gordon Bambridge,
said: “Children in the district really got
behind this initiative and we had a fantastic
response to the competition. The standard of
entries was extremely high and I’m
delighted that some of the children who took
part were able to attend today to help put up
the very first sign.
“We know that children who see smoking as
part of everyday life are more likely to take
up the habit themselves, so getting the
message across in areas like this really helps.
The aim of our project is not to prevent
people from smoking, but asking them to do
so responsibly, away from where children
play or congregate.”
To reinforce the message, officers from
Breckland Council took part in the school’s
morning assembly to congratulate the
winners and runners up and explain the
dangers of breathing in cigarette smoke.

8 - 10 June 2017

Save the date!

The Wayland Festival (formerly the
Watton Festival) is moving to a new
summertime slot for 2017.
The exciting new programme will
include an interactive Children's
Party as well as a Jazz Picnic.
Entertainment at the Queens Hall will
feature local favourites including a
new show from Rachel Duffield,
along with nationally acclaimed
comedy and musical performances.
Friends of the Festival will get first
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Watton County Junior School Staff January 1975

I knew readers wouldn’t let me down! A terrific response to the picture published last month has led to the identification of everyone on this photo. As you can see it is
from January 1975 and according to Anne Stimson, it was a very cold day! Starting with the back row moving from left to right and then towards the front . . .
Back row Mary Oldridge, Kathy Parker, Betty Forder, Kath Glenn, Margaret Woolnough, Avis Chamberlain, Chris Club, Margaret Reynolds, Vera Willimott.
Second Row: Mary Riches (welfare assistant), Margaret Greenwood (School Sec.), Ann Brown, Dorothy Learmonth, Barbara Bristow (part visible), Sue Amison, Mrs
Boardman, Joyce Symonds (part visible), Jean Cross, Pauline Raey, Veronica Riches, Beryl Whiting, Betty Fox, Beyrl Brannan, Joy Yaxley
Third Row: Joyce Spooner, Judy Wilson, Sandra Arden, Bill Porter, Bob read (Headmaster), Pat Newton, Elsie Levell, Joyce Poole, Kathleen grix
Front Row, John Levell, Cliff Rule, Ann Scott, Patsy Carpenter, Anne Stimson, Rod Broughall, Karen Woodyatt

Emma Nuule –
Soprano in Concert
in St. John’s Church
Global award winning soprano Emma
Nuule will be performing a wide
repertoire of popular classics and
West End favourites during her
performance in Ovington Church on
Friday 26th August at 7.30 pm.

Emma studied at The Central School
of Performing Arts and then furthered
her career after having professional
training with Marie Vassiliou. She
has been mentored by David and
Carrie Grant from the BBC and has
won many awards.
Emma will include in her concert O
mio babbino cara, Ave Maria, Nella
Fantasia, When I have sung my songs
to you and many more well-known
pieces. This will be a friendly
welcoming evening in the glorious

surrounds of this wonderful little
church that is in the throes of
restoration work, via the Heritage
Lottery Fund, and lends itself for this
There will be a welcoming reception
prior to the concert and refreshments
during the interval, and tickets are
available at £12.00 each from
Adcocks in Watton High Street,
Watton Church Office (Tuesdays –
Thursdays 9 till 1) 01953 881252, or
by ringing John Hardy 01953 889920.

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, plus
haberdashery and
much more as well as enjoying a
day out.
If you are interested please
contact Pat on 01953 882966 or
email for

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Has summer finally arrived! At the
Watton Country Market at the
Methodist church hall We have had
a change of layout for the summer.
We want to be able to show you
everything we grow, cook and
make to it's best. Some people like
it and some don't. So we will
continue for now with this layout
and may revert back to old layout
in the winter.
We have been having the seasonal
fruits, veg starting to come in. New
potatoes, raspberries freshly picked
Locally produced eggs are always
a hit by our Loyal customers.
Besides our normal scrumptious
cakes, we have recently had home

baked pizza's and quiche. If you
have not visited us before, why
don't you come and take a look.
We are a very friendly bunch and
only too happy to take orders for
anything that we produce, from
cooked items to knitted items ( we
have lots of new baby items,
blankets and booties) we are open
at 8.30 - 11.30 every Wednesday
morning rain or shine.

morning with the room buzzing
with chat. Our thanks go to Beryl
Warren, Val Semlyn, Sue Tanner
and Bryan Leonard for their help
on the day, and to our cake makers
for the splendid cakes and food
Stella Leonard PCC Secretary.

Boo & Hiss

Stow Bedon
training going
Church Coffee well at Maplins
“Dear Peggy,
Thanks for your letter love, glad to
What a great result!!!
A big
thank you to our loyal supporters,
who came to our annual coffee
morning on 2nd july at the Queens
Hall Watton. We raised £361:00
towards our church restoration
fund. It was a busy and enjoyable

In your garden
With Lotta Potts
It's August already. I thought after last year
disappeared so quickly I would try to slow
this one down a bit. Needless to say it didn't
work, at least not so far. The weather hasn't
helped either as we seem to have gone from
wet winter to wet spring to wet (to the middle
of July) summer. Oh dear. At least the
flowers have largely caught up and are now
really putting on a show. The downside is, if
you can call it that, the overwhelming rainy
months have resulted in very vigorous
growth. I already wrecked a pair of secateurs
on a bush that has grown over one of the
paths. I don't even like the thing but it's too
big to dig out and its neighbours have thorns.
Who plants a thorny bush next to a path?!
Last month I went on a bit about holidays for
gardeners in July but omitted to mention
indoor plants. If you have nobody to look
after them take them all into the bathroom,
put the plug in the bath and add an old towel
or two. Better still use a blanket and soak the
material well. Water the plants well and put
them in and add more water to a depth no
higher than half way up the smallest pot.
They will keep nicely for up to a fortnight. If
the room faces west or south draw the
curtains or blinds to keep out any sun we
might get. If you have only a few, this works
just as well in the kitchen sink. I have seen a
rather Heath Robinson arrangement
illustrated using a chair and the pots arranged
round it. On the chair was a bucket with
strips of material hanging over with one end
in the bucket and the other ends one in each
pot. The idea was that the bucket was almost
filled with water and the strips of material
used as wicks. I emphasise this was only an
illustration and nobody I know has owned up
to trying it. Neither have I as the bath works
well. A few last words about August holidays
– cut the grass. If you leave it short it won't
come to any harm if there's dry weather. If it
rains it won't grow completely out of control.
If we have a monsoon that's a whole different
So here we are, holiday over or not due yet,
what's to be done in the garden? Hopefully a
lot of harvesting, a bit of pruning and a lot of
looking at it. If you just got back it's best to
have a good look round and see if anything
needs immediate attention. If August follows
the rest of the year it could well be that
watering is unnecessary but if that's the case
the lawn will need cutting. If you haven't
time try to neaten the edges 'for now' as this
will immediately improve the looks of both
the lawn and the borders behind. Whilst
doing that try to remove any really obvious
weeds. If you are still short of time just snap
their heads off so they don't seed. The bare
stems will blend in nicely with everything
else, specially if they have a few undamaged
leaves. This is one trick I have done and it

hear things are ok with you and
that you’ve got a bit of excitement
in your life.
What did you say the name of
those new recruits were? The Boo
& Hiss Theatre Company? Never
heard of them! But if you like them

does work. The funny thing is that if you
have a drought period once you've done the
quick fixes, these weed stems will stand out
as thriving when everything else is getting
crisp. At least you can then go and remove
the ones you forgot in the first place. Yes,
that too and yes it works!
This is a month for a deadheading spree.
Roses need regular inspection for dead and
dying flowers. Take these off with a good
length of stem, the idea being that once the
dead heads are removed the bush will not
look as though it's been attacked with a knife
and fork. If the stem is taken back to a bud or
a leaf it will look fine. Don't worry if this is a
long way down – less pruning to do in
autumn. Annuals also need deadheading as
once they set seed that will be it, job done, so
no need to carry on with flowering. If this
has happened it's a good excuse for a
shopping trip as the non-flowering annuals
can be replaced by something that will go on
until autumn. Most of these plants will be
perennials so if you can afford only one, it's a
gap filled for years.
One of my favourites is sedum in all its
shapes and sizes. The best-known is Autumn
Joy which will keep going well into October
or even longer if it's mild. The flowers on
this variety are a bright-ish pink and although
prime flowering month is September, it will
bud up nicely this month. Iceberg has white
flowers and Brilliant a more vivid pink than
Autumn Joy. One I am looking for is
Atropurpureum with pink flowers but the
stems and foliage are dark purple. New
varieties are coming along (same as
everything else) and I expect this type of
colour change will become popular. It would
go nicely with other purple/bronze leaf plants
such as some of the heucheras.
Other plants at their best now include hardy
fuchsias, Phlox paniculata which doesn't start
until well into the summer and will stand out
when most other perennials are coming to an
The phygelius capenensis (Cape
figwort) was introduced a few years ago and
looks remarkably like fuchsia from a distance
or even a very large penstemon. Although
very attractive and comes in many colours it
isn't a herbaceous perennial but a shrub with
tender stems that die down in winter like
hardy fuchsias do but it can go to six feet by
two. Be warned! The perovskia (Russian
sage) will have clouds of blue flowers.
Again, this is quite spectacular but a smaller
one has been developed so it might be as well
to look for Little Spire, rather than the
original Blue Spire, which does need
propping up and fairly drastic pruning in
spring. Japanese anemones start flowering in
July and keep going till October.
These need a bit of understanding as they
tend to take a while to settle in.
Unfortunately this can mean you think
they've died so get removed. Let them be but
once they like their surroundings they will

then they’re good enough for us.
Three months training you say?
Well maybe we’ll come up and see
you at the end of September, see
how they’ve all got on. We could
do with a laugh.
You take no notice of that Gladys
Pugh – she’s a right’un that one! If
you want to be a Yellowcoat then
go for it lass, we’ll support you all
the way. There’s nowt wrong with
dreaming, and if it’s not meant to
be, then there’s nowt wrong with
being a chalet maid either.
There’s not much news from our
end either. Your brother had a bit
of a win on the horses last week.
He likes a flutter, bit like that Ted
at your place, anyway he bought
another racing pigeon with his
winnings and he’s called it Peggy.
He thought you’d like that.
Well you take care love and we’ll
see you in September.
Love, Mum and Dad”

gallop about quite nicely or become a
nuisance depending on how much room you
are prepared to let them have. They are
shallow-rooted so excess can be removed
quite easily. They have a habit of facing the
sun so bear this in mind when planting. We
can't leave the subject of flowers for August
without mentioning the showstopper dahlias.
Classic late summer flowers that aren't
completely hardy. There are so many
varieties, shapes and sizes that to go into any
detail would take up even more of the paper
than I already do. The downside – earwigs
love them. People decorate their areas with
upturned plant pots filled with straw or
newspaper or whatever trapping material
they fancy and put the pots on sticks. Maybe
they don't get hordes of the little pests
everywhere else. There are so many plants
that will keep going well into the autumn or
even early winter so there's no need to think
that once July is over the garden should
gradually be put to bed by October to be
ignored until next Easter. Pick a nice day and
go to a stately home, of which there are
plenty round here, and see how their borders
are kept going for ages.
If you have veg you will know that lots of
things are ready for harvesting now and quite
a lot of it will go in your best friend: the
As far as potatoes are concerned the second
earlies will be in full swing and unless you
are vigilant so will the blight.
If you are first time grower of spuds blight
occurs in a warm, humid (or even very rainy)
period in July to August. The very first early
potatoes will be finished before it arrives so it
mainly affects second earlies and maincrops.
When it does it starts off with brown,
chocolatey shades in spots. These will
spread to blotches and these turn black. The
leaves are first affected but if left the blight
will run down the stems into the crop beneath
which in turn will go soft and then to vilesmelling mush. This alarming outcome can
be avoided by simply cutting all the leaves
and stems down to the ground at the first
sign. The potatoes will be fine but will not
grow any bigger. Just dig them as needed
and enjoy!
Month on month it's a good idea to take
photographs of your garden to see what
works, what doesn't and what should be
somewhere else. If you want to move
something (it's better to wait until autumn or
spring) then mark it with a label or even a bit
of string so you'll remember.
If you have a truly tidy mind keep a journal,
not necessarily day-to-day but planting dates,
results, plants to be moved etc. as this will
save a great deal of frustration next year
when you spot that whatever it is in the
wrong place again! We always think we can
remember these things and, of course, we
As ever, keep weeding.

August 2016

Prince Frederick
Duleep Singh,
the Black Prince
of Stow Bedon
Some of us are familiar with the history of
Prince Frederick Duleep Singh. He lived in
Stow Bedon from 1906 to 1909.
Prince Frederick Duleep Singh was the
second son of the deposed and exiled
Maharaja Duleep Singh of the Punjab.
Prince Frederick was born in London in
1866 and spent his childhood at the family
home in Elveden, Suffolk.
attended Eton School and gained an MA in
history at Magdalene College, Cambridge.
In 1906 Frederick took up residence at
Breckles Cottage (renaming it Breckles
House), Stow Bedon as a tenant of Charles
Bateman Hanbury. He was often referred
to locally as “The Black Prince”. He
installed a tennis court and planted a fig tree
on the south wall of the house.
Frederick Duleep Singh developed his
interest in local history and churches and
contributed to a number of local and
national periodicals including Country Life.
Frederick formed a collection of paintings,
prints and other items of local interest.
Frederick appears to have been a strong
royalist, visitors to Breckles House recalled
seeing an oil painting of Oliver Cromwell

Le Char-a-Banc

By Ken Knowles
I have recently returned from a coach-based
holiday in Torquay, the area known as the
English Riviera, and the thing that
impressed me most was the difference
between this trip and the last time I went to
Devon by coach, in 1950.
Firstly I recall that in those days the coach
was just a means of getting there, for all
ages, as an alternative to going bv train,
whereas today coaches are largely used
only by older folks, usually as part of a
package deal with a hotel, which includes
tours throughout the duration of the stay.
The younger generations nearly always
travel by car.
Back in 1950 coaches were often known as
char-a-bangs, the word being a lazy
pronunciation of the French word
indicating ‘a line of chairs’ that were
carried on the back of a lorry to form an
early type of pleasure transport. At least in
London it was more common for folks to
say they were going by ‘chara’ than by
coach, as the latter produced visions of a
cab pulled by one or two horses.
Holidays in those times required one to
book accommodation in a guest house, or a
bed& breakfast establishment, most likely
by post, since few people had telephones,
followed by a search for a local coach firm
to reserve seats for a journey on the
appropriate dates. Some people just booked
the transport, and then looked for ‘digs’
after they arrived, for there were usually
plenty of windows with cards advertising
These days most holidays catering for
oldies are organised by the many coach
companies that bombard us with brochures
covering tours in every part of the country,
as well as abroad, and everything is done to
make the holiday stress-free, with pick-up
points at numerous locations, from whence
your cases are taken care of, only to reappear outside your hotel room, and your
journey will be made in the comfort in a
modern vehicle. (Even ones ten years old
are luxurious compared with those 1950
‘bangers’, which dated from before the
Second World War). In those days the
driver would climb into a cab above the
engine, completely separate from the main
body of the coach, and thus totally remote
from his passengers, steering his vehicle

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hanging upside down in the dining room.
Prince Frederick lived at Breckles House
until 1909, when he secured a long lease for
Blo' Norton Hall, where he spent the rest of
his life until he died in 1926.
His sisters, Princess Sophia
Suffragette Princess) and Princess Bamba
were regular visitors. Princess Sophia was
the subject of a recent BBC2 documentary
on 29th June 2016.
In 1921, Prince Frederick bought Ancient
House in Thetford and gave it to the town
as a museum. His collections were donated
to Thetford Museum the Museum of
Inverness and Norfolk Record Office. His
collection of paintings were given to the
Guildhall in Thetford. The Duleep Singh
Collection of books, photographs and
pamphlets are available to view by
appointment at the Thetford Public Library
(01842 752048).
Frederick served in the Suffolk and Norfolk
Yeomanry and was promoted through the
ranks. In 1901, he was transferred to the
Norfolk yeomanry as Major. In 1909, he
resigned from the yeomanry, but at the
outbreak of the Great War 1914 he
It was Prince Frederick who brought his
father's body back to his beloved Elveden
for burial. The grave, beside those of the
Maharanee Bamba and their youngest son
Albert, is still a place of pilgrimage for
In 1999 a statue to Prince
Frederick’s father was unveiled in Thetford
on Butten Island by Prince Charles.

The fascinating history of
the Last Maharaja of the
Punjab and his children is
detailed in two books
written and compiled by
historian Peter Bance
Sovereign, Squire and
Rebel Maharajan Duleep
Singh and The Duleep
Singhs, the Photograph
Victoria’s Maharaja both
available to buy from the
Thetford Museum.
The feature film “The
Black Prince” has recently
been completed and is due
for general release in
2016. The film relates the
story of
the changing
fortunes of the Maharaja
and his family to their
eventual demise.
Peter Bance has also
agreed to present a talk on this subject at a
local venue, which we hope to arrange later
this year.
The Stow Bedon History Group is
interested in collecting any local stories or
Frederick’s period of residence at Breckles
House, Stow Bedon, including links to
Breckles Hall and local churches.
If you have any information please contact:
Ann Cuthbert 01953 483128 or email

from the highest position of all, whereas
today most coaches have their engines
underneath the passenger compartment so
that the driver can sit within the main body,
in the very lowest seat of all, from where he
can maintain constant contact with his
who are all seated high up, above the
engine compartment as well as the large
well used to contain all the cases, wheelchairs and other bits of luggage, with seats
of varying degrees of comfort, and with the
benefit of large windows, from which to
enjoy the view.
In the old days windows were often the
cause of strife, as they were nearly all
designed to be opened as required, and
often an open window would cause more
draught to the passengers behind the one
who opened it, thus generating bad
feelings. Additionally if they were loose
enough to open they would invariably
rattle, whether shut or not, which was a
constant source of annoyance.
In today’s coaches there are no opening
windows, and air-conditioning is supplied
via vents that can be adjusted by knobs or
switches above the seats, although the
conditions rarely suit everyone, so that
many arms are frequently seen to be
waving in the direction of the controls.
In the old coaches the luggage was usually
stowed in a huge ‘boot’ at the rear, though
some had an extra roof rack, reached via a
built-in narrow ladder on the back of the
coach, and in bad weather one could only
hope the cases were waterproof, as the
cover used was often not much more than a
cloth sheet.
While the shapes of the older vehicles
were always fairly standard, the newer
ones become more and more streamlined,
and often suggest the arrival of spaceships, with their large protruding wing
mirrors sometimes looking quite
menacing, and the windows are tinted so
that one cannot see from outside who is
in there, if anyone is.
But if there is a difference in the
transport enjoyed by the modern
traveller, the greatest change has come in
the roads it occupies. Our driver made
use of motorways for almost all of our
journey, using the A14, M6, M42, and
M5, which for the purpose of a speedy
trip were excellent, but extremely boring.
The trouble is that main roads today do not

actually go TO anywhere, they only go
NEAR. For instance our local A47 no
longer goes through Swaffham, Dereham
or Norwich, but instead passes a mile or so
away, and similarly while the motorway
signs mentioned place like Kettering,
Corby, Birmingham and Worcester, these
towns were by-passed completely.
My old 1950 journey took me, via the main
roads of the day, through the very heart of
all the many towns and villages on the way,
which on a Saturday often were busy with
market stalls, so that our progress, though
often at a snail’s pace,
was full of interest. There was always
something to see, if only to admire the
point-duty policeman, with his fore-arms
covered in white sleeves, who tried to keep
the traffic on the move.
An essential feature of all long-distance
travel is the comfort stop, and in 1950 the
driver would pull up at the venue of his
choice, no doubt where the local café or
pub gave him a free meal in return for
providing thirty or more customers . One
stop I recall was in the high street in
Marlborough (Wiltshire) where maybe up
to 20 coaches would be gathered parked
next to each other, and it was quite
interesting to walk behind them and note
the various place-names indicating from
whence they had come,while at the front
one could read the names of the
manufacturer, mainly AEC, Leyland or
occasionally Maudslay.
Today the comfort stops are taken at
Motorway Service Stations, which had
earned themselves a bad name when first
opened, but are now much improved.
Back in those old days coach drivers
would usually wear lightweight coats and
caps in the colours of the company they
worked for, and they always displayed a
large round badge denoting their license to
drive passenger service vehicles.
Nowadays it seems there is a universal
dress consisting of black trousers and white
In spite of all the comforts of modern
travelling, the actual journeys along the
main roads and motorways with nothing to
see but traffic can be boring compared with
days when we shared the roads with horse
and carts and local shoppers , and enjoyed
the local sights.
But which is best, progress or nostalgia?
That is just a matter of opinion,

Prince Frederick Duleep Singh at Old Buckenham Hall, 1904

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August 2016

favourite Clown
comes home for a
Summer Season
at Melsop Farm Park

After several years break, a very familiar face will be appearing
at Melsop Farm Park this summer. Local clown, Alex Morley,
will be performing shows to all of Melsop's visitors throughout
the summer holidays.
Alex began his professional career as a clown at the age of 14 at
Melsop Farm before packing his bags and running away with the
circus where he still works full time at the renowned Russell's
International Circus.
Alex said 'it's great that this year I have time in my tour schedule
to come back to Melsop Farm. It's a special place to me as it is
where I started my career and I am very excited to be back'
Alex, who is always a favourite with children of all ages, will be
bringing some of his fellow circus performers along to take part
in the shows at Melsop which will include magic, circus skills,
games and prizes, mascot characters including a cheeky minion
and of course Alex's award winning clowning. There will also
be face painting, balloons and photo opportunities with Alex and
the mascots after every performance.

The shows will take place on the 28th, 29th and 30th of
July at 12.30pm and 2.30pm and then every Thursday
and Saturday at 12.30pm throughout the summer
holidays. For more information please call Melsop
farm park on 01953 851943

N&P Donations to
Local Charities

Votes from people in Watton have helped the
Watton Sports and Recreational Centre secure first
place and a £500 donation in Norwich &
Peterborough (N&P) Building Society’s Charity
Choices campaign.
Watton Thursday Club came in second place to
win £300 and Museum 4 Watton came third to
collect £200 after the two-week-long public vote
where shoppers were asked to decide who they
wanted to receive the biggest share of £1,000.
Sharon Clark, manager of the Watton N&P branch,
said: “We had a brilliant response to the campaign
from our members, local shoppers and residents,
but of course the real winners here are the charities
– all of whom do a fantastic job of providing
invaluable support in our local community.
“Because each and every vote helped secure
pounds for the charities it felt right that the decision
of splitting the money was put in the hands of our
members and local people. I can’t thank everyone
enough for coming in to our branch during the
voting period to make their vote count – I’m sure
the money will make a real difference locally.”
The Deputy Mayor of Watton, Cllr Stan Hebborn,
was invited to present the charities with their
Cllr Hebborn said: “I am really pleased to have
been asked to present the donations on behalf of
the N&P Building Society to the three recipients.
This is yet another example of the N&P’s
commitment and involvement within the local
community. It is clearly evident that a great deal
of research into the various local community
projects was undertaken by Julie Gilding, the
staff member who organised the Charity Choices
“On behalf of the residents of Watton, most, if not
all of whom will benefit in one way or another
from these donations, I would like to thank the
N&P, as knowing the background of each recipient
group, I am well aware that the sums awarded are
much needed, and will be put to good use.
Only last week Watton Town Council were
acknowledging the Branch Manager, Sharon Clark
and her team who gave up some of their own time
to help prepare the Jubilee Rose Garden for the use
of the community of Watton. We are very lucky to
have such a community focused team in our local
branch and I look forward to working with them
again in the future.”

Cllr Hebborn (right), N&P’s Julie Gilding (centre) and charity representatives

Ashill & Holme Hale Garden Club

The club staged two events in June. At our regular monthly meeting Jane Clark
from The Old Art Room Studio in Swaffham spoke about her garden at Quilter's
Cottage, Marham and its inspiration for her art and craft work. Jane is multitalented using her flowers to create drawings, paintings, metal sculptures, dying,
printing, felting and quilting. She has travelled extensively and holidays are seen as
an opportunity to learn new skills, from shearing sheep in Shetland to the creation
of beautiful fabrics from India. She works principally from her log cabin studio at
the cottage but the new studio in Swaffham is proving to be very popular and Jane
is keen to teach and share her techniques. Examples of her work can be seen online at and
The following Sunday was the annual flower show. Worries that the event
would be a disappointment because of the cold wet summer proved to be
unfounded. On the day members rose to the challenge and a record 262 entries
were received. Four judges shared the difficult task of deciding the winners of
each category. Sue Colbourne from the Dutch Flower Parade in Watton
brought her expertise to the floral exhibits, Carol Thompson tasted the cakes,
local artist Chris Hollick considered the various craft items and Colin
Catchpole adjudicated the photographic competition. They commented on the
excellent standard of exhibits but all agreed that the Best in Show this year
should go to Sue Baldwin for her wonderful painting of a sheep. Many thanks
to all who made this yet another great show.
What's on in the next three months:
 August 25th Charlotte Philcox 'Secrets of the Soil' (note change to
previously advertised)
 September 7th Coach Outing to Gunby Hall and Gardens, near Skegness
 September 22nd AGM and Fruit & Vegetable Show
 October 27th Julia Srigley 'Increasing Colour all the Year Round'

August 2016

It’s Trip and
Treat time with
Inner Wheel!
The Inner Wheel Club of Watton
approaches the month of June with
heightened anticipation at the prospect
of two popular events : the Strawberry
Tea held in the delightful surroundings
of a true English Country Garden and
the Summer outing.
Once again Ken and Brenda Davis
opened their garden for the Strawberry
Tea (right) which this year was also a
celebration of the Queen’s 90th
birthday. Red, white and blue bunting
fluttered from buildings and trees and
the members were asked to ensure that
their clothing was similarly patriotic.
As the big day approached breath was
held in many house-holds and weather
forecasts were watched. As a
hospitality tents and
gazebos were erected to provide some
cover should the heavens open, but the
day dawned warm and the sun made
more than just a guest appearance. Well
over one hundred people came to enjoy
strawberries and cream, shortbread and
cake all washed down with freshly
made tea or coffee. Thus fortified they
then visited the stalls selling cakes,
books, plants and bric a brac and had
the odd flutter on various competitions.
The event was attended by Her
Majesty – in knitted form (fresh from
her role at last year’s Blossom and
Yarn Festival). A very special highlight

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came in the form of two pipers, Stan
Hebborn and his colleague (fresh from
their appearance at the Patrons’ Picnic)
who played appropriate music to the
assembled company after which the
National Anthem was sung and the
Queen toasted with a glass of fizz.
In keeping with the Royal theme it had
been decided that the proceeds would
be sent to Sentebale which is Prince
Harry’s Project in Lesotho: a display of
beautiful coloured photographs gave
an insight into this work and a letter
from Kensington Palace sending good
wishes for the occasion was also on
display. Towards the end of the
afternoon the heavens did open but not
even a heavy storm could spoil such a
lovely day. Thank you to Brenda and
Ken for their hospitality and thank you
to those who came and helped to raise
an astonishing £1000 for the Sentebale
Two weeks later it was the 13th annual
outing so perhaps it was inevitable that
a few mishaps would occur. Thirty
seven members and friends gathered on
a warm, sunny morning to board the
coach only to hear that it had returned
to the depot with an electrical fault.
Fortunately this was quickly fixed and
the group set off only 30 minutes later
than planned. The destination was
Constable Country so the first stop was
East Bergholt where a Guide joined the
party. Visits were made to the churches
at both East Bergholt and Dedham and
to East Bergholt House with its
beautiful garden opened especially for
the group. There was also time to
squeeze in a stop at an Arts and Crafts

centre for a spot of retail therapy, though the later
start meant that Flatford Mill could not be
included in the itinerary as originally planned.
Another slight mishap occurred when three of the
party went missing but they were eventually
found safe and well! The visit included a
delicious lunch in East Bergholt and there were
those who could even manage tea and cakes later
in the afternoon. Just like the Strawberry Tea the
weather was warm and sunny most of the time –
on the way home heavy rain did nothing to
dampen the spirits of all who had enjoyed a lovely
day out. Thank you to Brenda Davis for
organising it.
Lesley Cowling Club Correspondent.

Skeleton launch
heralds busy time
for museum group

Letter to
the Editor
Housing, Flooding
and Planning
The decision to grant planning
permission to Hopkins homes for 73
houses in Saham Road is both
disappointing and irresponsible.
There have been many arguments
against this development put forward
by the residents all of which have
been eroded by planning policies.
The most overbearing of these
objections being flooding. We have
only been in Watton (Blackhorse
Close) for just under 3 years and in
that time we have experienced
unacceptable problems with the
drainage system which apparently
have been experienced since theses
dwellings were constructed.
Whenever there is a modest rainfall

the main sewer in Saham Road simply
cannot cope resulting in raw sewerage
coming up the inspection chambers
(we have even had this in the bath!!!)
and this together with the backwash of
rainwater floods our driveway and
runs down the end of the drive ending
up in the field behind the drive which
is permanently flooded.
This field, we understand, is the
lowest part of the town and a natural
drainage point for floodwater which
will undeniably be compromised and
It seems that in granting the appeal,
the inspector has dismissed the
flooding objections suggesting this
can be dealt with “at local level” . . .
Are Hopkins Homes building a new
sewer system for the town??... or do
we accept having sewerage in our
streets and drives and tolerate this
distasteful and unhealthy frequent
Tony & Janice Grima

On Thursday June 23rd the latest exhibit
acquired by the Museum4Watton group was
unveiled at Wayland Hall, Watton by Dawn
Urry of Bennett Homes and The Mayor of
Watton, Mrs Beryl Bunning in front of a
gathering of invited guests.
In 2010 a skeleton, believed to be of a Roman
was discovered during groundworks for the
‘Signals’ development by Bennett Homes and
subsequently excavated by archaeologists from
Northampton University.
Bennett Homes have financed the creation of
a full size model of the skeleton as found and
kindly given it to the Museum4 Watton
group on permanent loan. They have named
him ‘Hero’.
The full size model of the skeleton has gone
on public display and it may be seen at
Watton Antiques and Collectables Centre at
Breckland Business Park on Norwich Road
(IP25 6UP), along with a small display of
artifacts and literature about the Museum 4
Watton group.
The centre is open 7 days a Week from 10.00
a.m. to 4.30 p.m. and there is no charge for
admission or viewing the exhibit (although
any donations to the group are always
gratefully received). There is an excellent
tearoom as well.
Owner of the centre, Julia Lumsden (pictured
above left) said she was very pleased to be the
first host to Hero and wished the Museum 4
Watton group success in their plans to open a
Museum in Watton. The skeleton will be at the
Centre until the end of August.
In the meantime, Watton Town Council have
agreed that the Museum 4 Watton group may
establish a permanent museum in Wayland
Hall subject to agreement on the legal
The group’s volunteer co-ordinator, Jackie
Greenbrook said that if anyone wishes to
help once the museum is open she would
very much like to hear from them at

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Olympic Week at Westfield
Infant & Nursery School

At the beginning of July all the children at Watton Westfield Infant & Nursery School enjoyed an action packed Olympic Week,
culminating on Friday 8th July with a bumper fun day!
They all completed either a Triathlon or Heptathlon of events such as climbing, Ju Jitsu, tennis, relay races, tri-golf, making a healthy
fruit salad, and designing Olympic medals.
Sponsorship was collected in aid of the school fundraising project for new outside play equipment and our nominated charity, Walking
with the Wounded.
The day was rounded off by our popular annual Family Fun Night where we opened up the school field to all our families to come and
enjoy sports and games in our beautiful grounds.
Thank you to everyone who supported us, including local businesses Tesco, Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu, Highline, Babaco and Whippy Nick.
Thande, Jacey and Bethany perfecng their


balance on the bouncy hoppers

The Alfie

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August 2016

Great Hockham Gardening Club
July Outside Visit

Twenty members attended our July outside visit to Manor Farm, Barnham Broom, some of us
a little late having been held up by the train. As we arrived it began to rain, but undeterred, we
carried on. The rain then quickly cleared and the sun shone, at least from time to time.
Manor Farm is a 17th century brick house with 18th century alterations. The house is
reputed to stand on a medieval moated site, and has a massive stack and late 17th century
garden walls. The nearby barn also dates to the 17th century and was originally a house
or other domestic building associated with the main house, before being converted into a
barn in the 18th century. The barn has a 17th century pedimented door and an arched
window similar to one in the house.
We were greeted by Alan Hambro who gave us a leisurely and detailed tour of the
gardens, pointing out the various items of historical and horticultural interest.
The gardens at Manor Farm are quite varied. There are formal layouts, woodland walks,
a walled vegetable garden, and wildflower meadows. One area I thought to be a
wildflower border was quite the opposite.
All ‘wildflowers’ are eradicated and the area is then sown with what is known as an
annual mix. It’s always a wonder that one person, Alan, is able to keep it looking so well.
If there is one thing better than visiting a wonderful garden, it’s visiting a wonderful
garden with tea and cakes at the end. Alan (for it was he, again) provided us with a
lovely spread, which members laid into, ensuring none went to waste.
Our next meeting is on 10th August and is to Hoecroft Nurseries – and is the last of our
outdoor meetings for 2016. Where does the time go?

Watton Rotary Club has installed a
New President, David Branson. The
ceremony took place at our meeting of
30th June, the day before the start of
the Rotary New Year – the Rotary year
runs from 1st July to 30th June for all
the 28,000 or so Rotary clubs
throughout the world so as not to
conflict with any other ‘New Year’
1st July this year also had another,
special, significance as it was the 100th
anniversary of the start of the Battle of
the Somme. Watton folk joined in a
short ceremony of remembrance at the
Wall Memorial at 7.30am that morning
(Lower right picture). Rotarian Pat
Murphy was the parade commander –
the previous evening Pat had been
inducted as Watton Rotary’s VicePresident. The picture shows, left to
right, their happiness Paul Chubbock,
outgoing president, new president
David Branson, and new vicepresident Pat Murphy!
Also on 30th June, one week later than
planned (our 23rd June meeting was
cancelled because, in common with
many places around town, our venue
became flooded due to the late
afternoon deluge), we welcomed 2 new
members: Mike Baker, a recent
newcomer to Watton, has been a
Rotarian for 25 years and was a
member of the Herne Bay Rotary Club
until his transfer to us. Michael
Haythorpe has been a Wattonian and
connected with the roofing industry for
many years and now that he is semiretired is able to offer his services to us.
We are very pleased to receive both
Michaels into the club – we now have 3
‘Michaels’ to add to the 3 Davids, 3
Peters, 2 Pauls, 2 Martins, 2 Ivans and
the other 12 unduplicated forenames!
A reminder that the best lottery odds to
be had in town is Rotary’s “Game of
Squares”, which can be found in
Newsagents. The chance of winning
£50 is, simply, 1 in 100 for each square
purchased. With shop counter space at
a premium, just ask the staff if you
can’t find the squares sheet. The Hare
& Barrel Hotel will soon become the
third location to have the “Game of
Squares” as a regular feature.
Martin Anscombe

The scene at Watton War Memorial at 7.30am on the 1st July for the Remembrance of
the start of the Battle of the Somme. This scene was repeated at many memorials across
the country and whistles were blown marking the battle’s start just as it was in 1916.

Diabetes UK
Tom Thurston, one of our members, spoke
to us about the "History of Heavy Horses"
at our July meeting. Tom is a member of
several societies regarding heavy horses
and rare breeds. There are four breeds of
heavy horse: Clydesdale, Percheron, Shire
and Suffolk Punch and they played a
pivitol role in the agricultural revolution as
the oxen the farmers had been using were
to slow and they couldn't pull the "new"
farm equipment. Heavy horses were also
used in mines, quarries, mills, factories,
docks and along canal tow paths. In World
War 1 500,000 horses were sent to France

and very few came back. Heavy horses can
be seen today at shows, demonstrations,
farm parks and are still used by some
breweries. Tom was warmly thanked by
the members for his extremely informative
Julie Button will be our speaker at our next
She will be talking about
Dementia. We will be meeting at the
Pentecostal Church, (who we thank for the
generous use of their facilities), at 10.15am
Monday August 8th. For any information
about our group, please phone Helen,
01953 884713, leave a message and I will
get back to you.
Or you can email me

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August 2016

All change at Spire as Adrian Retires

L to R: Jo Tinson, Jenny Tullis, Karen Fox, Wendy A’Court, Sheila Edwards, Julia Fowler, Sian Carrel, Adrian Goldring.
Spire Solicitors LLP are sad to say
goodbye to Adrian Goldring who will
be retiring from their Watton office on
29 July following which he and his
secretary, Karen Reid, will transfer to
the firm’s Dereham office with Adrian
finally leaving the firm (and the legal
world) at the end of the year.
Adrian joined Greenland Houchen, one
of the forerunners of Spire Solicitors
LLP, in the October gales in 1987! He
has served the local community in
Watton and the surrounding area
gradually specialising in property and
Wills and Probate work since then.
Adrian qualified as a solicitor in
January 1980 after serving his Articles
(as they used to be known) in
Chelmsford and Arundel and worked as
an assistant solicitor in Petworth and
Storrington before moving with his then

young family back to Norfolk.
Adrian’s friendly presence and
extensive experience of this area of the
Law has been of undoubted benefit
over the years to clients and colleagues.
That and his unflappable demeanour
will be missed by all.
Adrian is looking forward to retirement
with his wife, Shirley, who will be
leaving her post as Deputy Manager at
the Big C Centre in Norwich at the
same time. They plan to get out walking
on the hills as well as spending more
time travelling to catch up with their
four sons around the globe, including
their three year old granddaughter in
Spire is delighted to welcome Jo Tinson
to Watton to take over the running of
the office and to continue to provide the
Watton community with legal advice

Wayland Job
and Careers
The first Wayland Job and Careers Fair,
organised by the Wayland Partnership,
was held at the Queens Hall in Watton
on Tuesday June 28th., Twenty-six
exhibitors from local businesses, the
care, hospitality, volunteer and retail
sector, the Job Centre, the colleges,
training and apprenticeship providers
and the armed forces, attended to
recruit staff or students or offer
information, advice and support.
The event opened at 1pm with a flurry
of visitors and closed at just before
seven when the heavens opened. One
hundred and sixty people visited the

Fair, more than one third of whom were
unemployed; the rest were students or
employed. We were pleased to
welcome the Mayor of Watton,
Councillor Beryl Bunning and Mr John
Bunning to the event
The exhibitors were enthusiastic about
the event, and were especially pleased
with the number attending which led to
calls for further events in the future.
Attendees were similarly enthusiastic,

and assistance. Jo will continue to be
supported by Sheila Edwards and
Wendy A’Court.
The Watton office also welcomes Jo’s
secretary Jenny Tullis, previously of the
Dereham office, together with Julia
Jo is an Associate Solicitor with Spire
Solicitors LLP and is relocating from
the Dereham office where she has
worked for the past five years.
Jo started her life in Suffolk and studied
a Law Degree at the University of
Huddersfield and the Legal Practice
Course with BPP in Leeds. Jo returned
to Norfolk in 2010 prior to joining the
firm. Jo brings the enthusiasm of youth
and a sense of humour, as well as an
undoubted capacity for hard work and
considerable experience in her areas of
with one female visitor being invited
for an interview on Friday, and another
had not expected to find anything to
suit her but had two good leads.
The Wayland Partnership Team were
very pleased with the event’s success
and have set a provisional date for the
2017 event of March 28th. Suzanne
Rhind, Business & Community
Development Manager said. “The event
was held in response to demand
expressed through our Jobs in Wayland
Facebook group and the success of the
day has shown that there is a real need
to provide quality, local information for
people looking for employment in the
Wayland area”.
Jan Godfrey, Chair of the Wayland
Partnership said, “Thanks are due to all
the exhibitors, the Partnership staff and
especially to the volunteers who did the
research and recruitment of exhibitors
to make the event happen.”

Big Bash for H.M. at the W.C.C.C.

We put up the bunting, set out the
cakes, boiled the water and wondered
if Watton folk would enjoy their free
coffee and cake. We needn't have
worried - laughter, chat, coffee, tea
and cake were all abundantly present.
Our regular customers and our visitors

enjoyed the happy atmosphere and
we who were serving happily talked
with everyone. After all the washing
up was done and the bunting stowed
away, we decided we enjoyed it all we hope you did too.


“Git yew oova tew tha tracter shed
Horry thars the ole Massy coupled up
reddy tew goo, meark a start on tha ten
aerca an I‘ll cum oova arta my brekfas
an see how yore gooin on”
Horry kin drive a tracter, but heese
more yewsed tew an old Standard
Fordson than these high falutin
machines ware yew dunt hefta git orf
yore seat tew dew enny couplin up.
As sune as tha farmer hed gone in for
his brekfas, Horry hossed rownd tew
mine an sed wood I cum an show him
how ter git the thing started and wot
wos all tha knobs an dials fer.
Give him his dew, he sune got the hang
of it an shot orf down the rood tew
meark a start. He hent quite got tha
hang of tha gears an wen he got tew tha
ten aerca, he wos hossing up an down
tha fild in top gear an tha hay wos
gooin orl oova tha plearce. Tork abowt
larf, nearly bort my own beer. I sune
put him right an wen Farmer P tunned
up he wos almost happy with tha
results, farmers are nivva really happy
as yew probly know.
Wen we went down tha pub tha evenin,
I got anutha cuppla pints owta Horry,
thas gittin tew be a habit I ent in no
hurry tew break.
Did yew orl git a bit wet larst munth
wen we hed orl thet rearn, cor blarst
dint thet cum down, the roods in tha
willage orl looked like propa rivers, an
tha pore foolks wot live at bottom o tha
hills wos in a rite pickal. Tha Fire ingin
wot cum owt coon’t dew ennything cos
thar wos no where tew pump tha worta
tew, thet jist run back agin. Dun’t wont
anutha storm like thet.
Well I’re hed my ordas, got tew goo an
pick sum runners an pull a few carrots
fer tewnites dinna. We dew live well
orf tha land in Ovington.
My missus she say “ The cost of livin is
allus ‘bowt tha searm--- orl yew’ve got.
Dew yew kip a troshin tergitha.
Boy Sid.

Well thas Summer oova I rekkun, ware
hed fower days wiowt rearn, an now
thas lookin black oova Wills Mothers,
so weel more then likely tew git anutha
sooking afore long.
Hare yew gitten on tergitha then, gittin
yore teartas up yit, cor blarst I’re got
sum soolas tha year, bowt time I beat
ole Horry in the spud stakes. His hev
got tha blite an he dunt rekkun on gittin
much of a crop.
Torkin of Horry, I hedta larf larst week,
old farmer P hev hed a marstaful crop o
hay tha year an he wos gittin ahind in
gittin it orl in afore thet rearned agin.
He cum rownd tew Horry’s an arsked if
he cud give ‘em a hand to tun the
swathes oova afore thet ware baled,
Horry hed to think abowt thet for a
while and when Mr P offered him a
quid or two oova tha gooin rearte,
Horry nearly got orl ‘thusiastic.
Nex morning arly (for Horry), he
tunned up at tha farm wi his ole pitch
fork oova his showlda and say tew
Farmer “Right Marsta, ware dew yew
wont me tew start”
Farmer lukked him oova an sez “ Wos
tha fork fer Horry?” “Well marsta” he
say “Yew wont yore hay tunned oova
yew sed, an I’m orl reddy ter git stuck
in, an I allus yewse this ole fork cos
thet did my granfer and my ole chap
well enuff, wos yore problem then?”
“Thas like this Horry, were got nigh on
thutty earcas tew tun an I rekkun yew’ll
be hare cum Chrismus if yew are gonna
yews thet ole tewl, no disrespect fer
yore ansesters ole partna.”
“Wos yore anser then marsta?” Horry

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Dance Away at
The Queens Hall
Ballroom, Latin and Sequence Dancing
8pm - 11pm Admission £4
August 6th, September 3rd
No dance in October

August 2016

Bowls Club

In only their second match in the Ashill &
District League on 14th June, Watton
were away to Dereham St Nicholas. Dick
Mikulik with Pat and Ted Prior lost 1024. Richard and Sonia Exley with John
Walkling lost 13-17, whilst Kevin
Simpson, Kevin Abbott and Sandy
Vellam won 19-11. Result 2-6 and shots
42-52. Then at home to Aldiss Park
Robins a 0-8 defeat and on shots 35-72.
Undaunted the mixed triples travelled to
Connaught Yew and came away with a
fine 6-2 win, 54-40 on shots. Harry
Moult, Charles Newman and
Hubble won 18-14. Graham and Sandy
Vellam with Pat Prior won 24-10. Peter
Myhill, Richard and Carol Relf lost 1216.
The annual charity day on Saturday 18th
June raised £68 for EACH (Children’s
Hospice). The event finished with the
club’s BBQ for 26 players and guests.
One of the club sponsors, local butcher
Steven Smith, supplied the burgers,
sausages and chicken portions.
To date the Watton EBA’s men team
remain unbeaten in their league Central
2.They carried on in June with a 4-1away
win at Feltwell 65-57 shots. Harry Moult,
Graham Vellam, Kevin Abbott and
Richard Relf won 23-11. Richard Exley,
Kevin Wilson, David Violet and Malcolm
Hamilton won 26-21, whilst John Hunter,
Peter Myhill, Ted Prior and John
Walkling lost 16-25. This was followed
with two more victories. A 5-0 home win
against Bradenham, 83-32 shots, and a 41away win at RG Carter ‘B’, 68-54 shots.
Harry Moult, Graham Vellam, Kevin
Abbott and Richard Relf won 17-10 then
31-18. Richard Exley, Kevin Wilson,
David Violet and Keith Bennett won 2910 then lost 17-20, whilst John Hunter,
Peter Myhill, Charles Newman and
Malcolm Hamilton won 37-12, and with
Ted Prior replacing Newman won 20-16.
In the Graves Cup played at Mundford on
the 25th June against Northwold the result
was a convincing win for Northwold’s 5
mixed triples. Played over only 12 ends
due to the wet conditions the final score
on shots was 68-36.
The Age Concern League has not
produced good results for Watton’s two
teams. The ‘A’ team lost 0-6 away to
Winburgh, and the ‘B’ team lost 2-4 away
to Mattishall. However the ‘A’ team
finally came good with an excellent 6-0
away win against Shropham Green, shots
35-17. Harry Moult, Charles Newman
and Len Green won 20-6, whilst Graham
and Sandy Vellam with Eileen Barrett
won 15-11. The ‘B’ team also at
Shropham against their Red team lost 0-6
and on shots 22-43. John Seage, Carol
Relf and Kevin Simpson lost 11-21.
Margaret Bowdidge, Richard Relf and
John Hunter lost 11-22.
In the annual friendly at Cromer on
Saturday 2nd July the five triples lost 4-1

Tom Milford Place.
Last month Vincent Place required quite
a lot of research to discover the
information needed: this month is
different since Tom Milford was my
grandfather whom I remember well and
with great affection.
Tom (never Thomas) Woodrow Milford
was born in Devon but moved to
Norfolk and worked at the Co-op (first
at Swaffham and then Watton) in the
early 1920s. He then established his
own Grocery business in Harvey Street
– known in those days as Back Street –
where he worked for many years until
his natural tendency to generosity led
him into difficulties as he was inclined
to give away more than was good for
financial viability. In the end, the
business had to go. In those days there
was very little pre-packaging. Butter,
lard and cheese were cut from huge
slabs, weighed and wrapped in
greaseproof paper, sugar was weighed
from sacks into thick blue paper bags,
the tops of which were closed with an

and 93-68 shots. Kevin Wilson, Richard
Relf and Brian Ledbetter won 15-13.
The 30th anniversary of the Nowak
Charity Cup was held at Mundford on
Sunday 10th July. Also competing were
Connaught, Watton and a mixed team of
All Stars.The home team came out
winners on 18 points with Connaught in
second place on 16 points.
Joe Nowak escaped from Poland at the
outbreak of the Second World War and
made his way to England. Upon settling
in Watton he joined with Harvey Day to
set up the building firm of Day &
Nowak.Their new homes included
Churchill Close, Nelson Court and
Charles Avenue. Although Joe did not
play bowls he was well respected and in
his generosity he set up a match between
local clubs for the benefit of a local
charity. On this occasion the grand sum of
£350 was raised for Norfolk Air
Home matches and events to note for
August: The ADL team play Dereham St
Nicholas on Tuesday 2nd and Swaffham
on Wednesday 17th The ACL matches
on Thursday 4th ‘B’ team against
Mattishall, Friday 5th ‘A’ team against
Hingham and Friday 12th both ‘A’ and
‘B’ against Shropham Green and Red. On
Sunday 14th the club Anniversary
Triples. Also to be noted is Saturday 20th
against Colchester touring team.

Recipes of
the month
Summer Sponge Cake
and Lemon Squash
I have been waiting, none too patiently (!)
for the weather to improve so that sharing
summer recipes is a good idea. At last the
sun is out and its nice and warm so this
month two Fellowship ladies are
encouraging you to into the kitchen to
make somethings for those lazy hazy days
ahead. (we hope)
First is Georgina Manning’s recipe for
Lemon Squash – this has been popular in
her family for years.
1 large lemon (washed), ½ oz Citric Acid,
8oz sugar, 1 pint boiling water
Method: Slice the lemon into a large jug
or basin. Add sugar and citric acid. Pour
boiling water into jug and stir until sugar
is dissolved. Cover and leave to stand
overnight. Strain and bottle and keep in
fridge. When using, dilute to taste.
Summer Cake
6 oz. softened butter, 6 oz caster sugar, 3
eggs beaten, 4 teaspoons boiling water.
Filling: 3oz.unsalted butter, softened, 4oz
icing sugar, sifted, Few drops vanilla
essence. Icing: 6 oz. icing sugar, 2
teaspoons lemon juice
Method: Preheat oven to 180 degrees and
grease two 8” round cake tins and line
bases with paper. Beat together sugar and
butter until light and fluffy. Gradually
beat in eggs and then fold in flour. Stir in
boiling water and divide mixture between
pans. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes until
intricate series of folds. Bacon was
sliced on the bacon slicer, and thereby
hangs another tale. All the time I knew
him, Grandad had only two fingers on
his left hand. This was because the other
two got in the way of the slicer. The
story goes that he wrapped them in a
handkerchief and went to the Cottage
Hospital where they stitched up his hand
and presumably discarded the fingers!
At first Grandad had a delivery bike
with a big basket on the front and later
he had a van, filled with goods, which
he took on his rounds to nearby villages.
Grandad was a townsman in the true
sense of the word. He was on the Parish
Council, heavily involved in the
Hospital Carnival Week, the Football
Cup and the British Legion, for which
he was awarded their Gold Badge. He
also founded the Army Cadet Unit in
Watton and he would be so pleased to
know that this still thrives today. For
many years he was in charge of the
Remembrance Day Parade complete
with baton and a very loud voice. He
was immensely proud of this honour
and took his duties very seriously,
spending time with the Scout Troop and

lightly browned. Cool in pans for 5
minutes then turn out onto wire racks to
cool completely.
To make filling beat the icing sugar and
butter together and stir in the vanilla.
Sandwich cakes together
For icing, mix icing sugar and lemon
juice together adding a little water if
necessary. Spread over top of cake and
decorate with crystallised flowers.

Men’s Shed

This is your opportunity for men of all
ages to meet other people and undertake
various interesting projects such as
woodworking, metalworking, crafts and
hobbies, or become involved in meeting
local community needs.
Our aim is to meet up for a chat, cuppa,
develop new friends and learn and pass on
new skills.
With this in mind, the Wayland Men’s
Shed team is progressing well. A
committee has now been formed and we
would like to thank Richard Adams
(Chairperson), Bob King (Secretary) and
John Chamberlain (Treasurer) for taking
on these crucial roles. We are currently in
discussions about options for premises
and will be looking to apply for funding
to get the Shed up and running over the
coming months. The group is now keen to
attract new members who can help with
this planning stage and to build on the
great start that this vibrant, welcoming
group has made to support the Shed once
it is up and running. They will be having a
stall in the Health & Wellbeing marquee
at the Wayland Show so come along and
chat to some of the guys who will be
If you would be interested in attending the
next meeting of the group to help get this
much needed project off the ground we
meet on the first Wednesday of each
month, with the next meeting on
Wednesday 3rd August, 11am, at St
Mary’s Church Rooms, Watton. All
welcome! If you would like further
information please visit our website , follow us on
Facebook @waylandmensshed or if you
are able to help in any way, please contact
Suzanne Rhind at the Wayland
Partnership on 01953 880204 or email

Watton U3A
At our June meeting we were
entertained by Sian Hogarth who
regaled us with tales about Margaret
Fountaine, a Victorian butterfly
collector, who was born in South Acre,
near Swaffham. Sian was dressed in
Victorian costume and illustrated the
tales with slides of butterflies and
photographs of Margaret Fountaine and
her family. The tales, which were
sometimes quite racy, were taken from
journals kept in a tin trunk which was

opened 100 years after her death,
according to her wishes.
The speaker for August will Joan
Khurody with a talk on her book “Noone mentioned bandits” plus the joys
and sadness of self publishing.
Members of the group visited Holkham
Hall on Thursday 2nd June. Apart
from the hall where they have an
outstanding art collection, there was a
Bygones Museum and a History of
Farming Exhibition, where we were
able to see a film showing the work
carried out throughout the farming year.
Due to the inclement weather we were
unable to enjoy the lake with its islands
and wooded slopes, nevertheless we
had a most enjoyable day.
We will be visiting The Royal
Horticultural Society,
Hyde Hall
Flower Show at Rettendon, near
Chelmsford on 4th August.
Please contact our Membership
Secretary, Anita Taylor on 01953
881110 if you would like to become a
member of the Watton U3A, or would
like further details.
For further details on the National U3A,
go to

The Happy
Project Teddy
Bear's Picnic

The Happy Project have been beavering
away in the background planning some
exciting activities.
On Tuesday 23rd August at 12 Noon
until 2pm we are hosting a Teddy Bears
Picnic at Great Cressingham on the play
area outside the Village Hall. Should
the weather be wet! We will be in The
Village Hall. So bring your picnic rugs,
food and drink, find your spot and
enjoy the company of others.
The event is free and is for people of all
ages so no matter what your age come
and join us. We plan to play some
games and have an art activity too!
On Thursday 25th August 2016 it is the
turn of Watton! A Teddy Bears Picnic
will take place at 12noon until 2:00 pm
at The Youth Centre field in Harvey
Street, if wet we will be in the Youth
Centre, so bring your picnic and your
picnic rugs and join us there.
Once again it is an all age event and it
is free! We plan to play some games
and have an art activity.
In both cases don’t forget to bring your
The HAPPY Project is also working
with the Library in Watton to start a
games group. Games will be Scrabble,
Draughts, Chess or Dominoes unless
you have another idea!
Contact Jean on 01953 880235 if you
are interested or have any ideas for an
Looking forward to hearing from you!

Tom Milford with Cadets from Watton Army Cadet Force which he
founded. Left to right: Doug Escott, Chris Horn, Mick Escott, Barry Cator.
The dog is called Buff. Picture taken in Tom’s front garden, late 1950’s
the Guide Company endeavouring to
teach them how to march, how to carry
their Colours properly and how to
ensure that shoes were very, very shiny
indeed! He lived for 32 years in a house

on the site where Tom Milford Place
now stands and for me it is special that
he is commemorated in this way.
Lesley Cowling

The Wayland News Page 13

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 around. Church
members will welcome you and serve refreshments.
If I can be of help to you please do not hesitate to contact me,
on 01953 881439, I shall be available at church on Tuesdays
between 10.30am and 12 noon - Gerry Foster
1st, 3rd & 4th Wednesday at 9.30am Holy Communion 2nd
Wednesday Morning Worship
Tuesdays 7.30am—8.00am, Thursdays 5.00pm—5.30pm
Saturdays 9.30am—10.00am Parish Prayers
5.00pm—-6.00pm Pray & Praise
Church Office opens Tues, Wed & Thurs 9am-1pm
Tel: 01953 881252
Wed 3rd
Sun 7th
Sun 14th
Sun 21st
Sun 28th

Service of Confirmation &
Renewal of Baptismal Vows led by The Rt Rev’d
Dr Alan Winton, Bishop of Thetford
Holy Communion
10.00am Holy Communion
Holy Communion
10.00am Informal Holy Communion
Mayor’s Civic Service
Holy Communion
10.00am Holy Communion
Café Church at The Blenheim Centre
Holy Communion
10.00am 4th Sunday at 10

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 7th
Sun 14th
Sun 21st
Sun 28th


Mr M Reddington
Rev E Reddington
Rev E Reddington
Mr A Warby
Local arrangement
Rev A King
Mrs J Roebuck
Mrs E Wright

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

St. Nicholas’ Church, Ashill
Tuesdays at 10.00am Holy Communion
Sun 7th
Lay Led Worship
Sun 14th 9.30am
Family Holy Communion
Sun 21st 9.30am
Lay Led Worship
Sun 28th 9.30am
Holy Communion

St. George’s Church, Saham Toney
Sun 7th11.00am Lay Led Worship
Sun 14th 11.00am Family Holy Communion
Sun 21st 11.00am Lay Led Worship
Sun 28th 11.00am Holy Communion

S.S. Peter & Paul’s Church, Carbrooke
Sun 7th
Sun 14th
Sun 21st
Sun 28th


Family Holy Communion
All Age Worship
Holy Communion & Holy Baptism
Lay Led Worship

St John the Evangelist Church, Ovington
Sun 7th
Sun 21st
Sun 28th


Holy Communion
Lay Led Worship
Songs for a Summer Evening

Watton Pentecostal Church
August Services
Ask, Seek, Knock * All Star * Family Services
Fun for all ages
No Service Sunday 28th August

All Saints Church, Threxton
Our next service at All Saints Church Threxton will be on
Sunday 7th August at 11am A warm welcome to all.

No meetings in August. AGM 7th September at Watton
Christian Community Centre

August 2016

Thought for
the Month
From Rev Gerry Foster, St Mary's Church.
I asked the children in the Biffa Club (Bible is
Fun For All) “What is a mistake?” The reply
“when you do something wrong you might not
mean to do”. Might not ‘mean’ to do, of course
suggests sometimes we do and sometimes we
don’t, for a whole raft of reasons – which can be
reasonable or not.
“What happens if we make a mistake?” was a
follow-up question.
“We need to say sorry and make it right”, was
the quick answer that came back.
Jesus said “Let the children come to me, and do
not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven
belongs to such as these”. Children ‘get things’
which we overcomplicate as adults. We often
‘lose our way’ because of life’s experiences.
There is a way back through the words of the

A Quick Look
Well quite a bit seems to have happened since
my last look round, the main thing being the
referendum. I expect you have heard the result
as it was mentioned in some of the national
newspapers, but in case you missed it we voted
to leave Europe, and the first to take any action
in that direction was the England football team.
Although it was obvious that a Brexit vote
would presage a protracted period of upsets, the
immediate effect was quite astonishing, with infighting in all the political parties, and even the
Prime Minister taking umbrage to the extent of
But while Westminster tries to sort out the
governmental problems, we are beset with all
sorts of local ones, the first being the flooding
that affected Watton and adjacent areas due to
the heavy rainfall in recent weeks. This
confirmed the arguments put up by the various
factions opposing development here until
drainage deficiencies are addressed.
While it is bad enough for the established folks
in the town, what a shock for those who have
just taken up residence on the new estate on
Thetford road to find their brand new properties
under water.
But it was nice to see a bit of good news for a
change, and congratulations must be afforded to
all who have worked to provide the new Jubilee
Rose Garden next to the Tesco store. Any such
project to enhance the appearance and reputation
of the town can only be a good thing.
On that subject I see that renovations to the
Clock Tower, which is nearly three hundred
years old, are about to start, so perhaps the
opportunity will be taken to restore the missing
arrow on the weather vane. It may be
remembered that when I commented on the fact
that the winds were blowing ‘one short’, about
five years ago, a council member said that the
item was being kept in a cupboard until such
time as . . . Perhaps that time is now.
Local and county councils come in for criticism
from all sides, and sometimes they must think
“we just can’t win”, one such situation being
that of roadside verges.
When these are cut the various wildlife
organisations protest, saying that the verges are
natural havens for all kinds of insects, birds and
small animals, and should be allowed to
flourish, with just an occasional trim.
This year, whether in response to these protests
or merely to save money, many of these verges
have been left un-cut far longer than usual, but
the monsoon-like weather has caused them to
grow out of all usual proportions so that on
many roads, junctions have become serious
hazards since visibility is often completely
restricted by the long grasses, and so the moans
come from the motoring factions.
You are quite right – you just can’t win.
Sometimes people say how they miss the days
when Watton had a railway, but from what I
read in the national press I feel that perhaps we
are better off without. Hardly a travel bulletin on
local radio passes without news of serious
disruptions to rail services, while complaints
about new ticketing systems get more numerous
every day.
Besides the bewildering anomaly that means
that sometimes it can be far cheaper to buy one
ticket to a destination halfway along your route
and another for the second part of your journey,
rather than one direct ticket, there is the ever
increasing requirement for tickets to be obtained

Prayer from Jesus, which many of us were
taught at school “Forgive us our trespasses as
we forgive those who trespass against us”.
The word ‘trespass’ is one not often used. It can
be seen near private property or dangerous
machinery plants and the message is “Keep out”
for your own safety.
For our own safety, Jesus gave us a plan of how
to live lives which are at peace with our
neighbours, at peace with ourselves and at peace
with Him. When we get it wrong, there is a way
back out of danger . We say sorry, we forgive
others and we forgive ourselves.
In the Biffa Club I spoke of the disciple Simon
Peter, who said “No” three times, that he ever
knew Jesus because he was afraid when Jesus
was arrested and condemned to death. Peter
was human like us and made mistakes. Jesus
died and rose again and he stood on the seashore
making breakfast, but he didn’t just give the
disciples food to restore them after a night’s
fishing, but spiritual food in the form of
restoration after Peter’s mistake. He asked Peter

if he loved him and Peter said “Yes” three
“Why did he do that?” I asked the children in the
Biffa Club. Jesus wanted Simon Peter to have
another chance; so the mistake was made right”.
“Why do you think that was important to Simon
Peter?” “So he and Jesus could be friends again
and show how much Jesus cares!”
And Simon Peter became the first leader of what
became the Christian Church. If it wasn’t for him
and others who followed Jesus, despite all the
mistakes, millions wouldn’t have known about
Jesus Christ, whom Christians believe is “the Way,
the Truth and the Life”…because He cares.
Jesus does care, in all the mistakes of the world,
the country and our lives…he cares enough to
be punished for it so we could be made right
when we’re sorry, and allow that peace that
passes all understanding to flow back.
Now that sounds like a good plan…”Yes!”
declared the children in the Biffa Club!”……
Have a safe and a restful and a peaceful time
over these weeks. Gerry

from machines, or on-line. Unfortunately
machines are not yet programmed to answer
queries, or deal with sudden changes caused by
Oh for the days when the clerk in the booking
office could tell you where to change for
Chipping Sodbury, what time the train departed,
what cheap rates were available, and how much
you would have to pay, before issuing a ticket
through the date machine, with its bang-bang
And parking tickets for your car are becoming
more and more complicated. Simple enough to put
a couple of coins in a meter one might think. But
no, the trend is for you to be asked questions for
which the answers have to be ‘typed’ in, the main
one being “What is the registration number of the
vehicle ?” Many people can’t recall that
information offhand, particularly if you have
bought the car recently, or are driving a hire-car, so
you have to walk all the way back to read the
number plate. Of course you could enter the first
number that comes into your head, but there is the
worry that somehow you will come unstuck that
way. Why does life become so complicated ?
Any sports fans amongst us will have been
delighted to see Andy Murray win at Wimbledon,
and it was only right that credit was given to his
coach. But doesn’t it seem strange that one of the
greatest tennis players of the age, just like the best
golfers and athletes, has to admit that he has to rely
on someone else to tell him how to play ?
One would imagine that to be the top man, he
would be advising everyone else how to attain the
same proficiency, but it would seem that the old
adage about there being some that teach and some
that perform makes good sense. Admittedly in
Andy’s case his coach was himself a former
champion, but many of the leading instructors have
enjoyed no personal practical success.
One other point about Wimbledon – wasn’t it good
to see the players attired in the traditional white
clothing ? Perhaps I am old-fashioned, but when I
see Andy in some other tournaments, when he is
wearing black trainers and socks, with a rough Tshirt, I think he looks a bit like some tramp who
has been pulled in off the local high street. And the
women this year all seem to have been well served
by their fashion designers.
Nearly every week it seems that some ‘experts’ or
other will pronounce a new dietary aid that they
assure us will ensure longer and healthier lives,
and as I write the flavour of the week falls to the
pomegranate. Apparently this fruit contains
everything we need to keep us going longer, but if
it is so good why have the scientists taken so long
to find out ? Perhaps the scientists aren’t very
Now I am sure we have all been intrigued by the
introduction of self-drive cars, although perhaps
the announcement of the first accident to one of
these may have dampened our keenness
somewhat. It seems that the many on board
computerised sensors were defeated by a once-in-a
-million situation. Of course everything in life can
be similarly affected however careful we may be,
but it does serve to remind us that too much
dependence on computers is no good thing. From
time to time, fortunately only very rarely, we are
affected by computer failures, such as when
banking systems fail, or aircraft controllers are
unable to operate. 99.999 per cent of the time they
work perfectly, but it is that odd fraction point one
per cent that causes the bother.
But although some car designers forecast that by
2030 our cars will completely driver-less, I think
that is most unlikely. After all we were long ago
assured that regular travel to the moon would be
with us before the end of last century. Need more
be said ?
Meanwhile here on earth the search begins for a

new manager for the England football team. This
thankless task (for unless England actually reach
the final of the World Cup and win it, he will for
ever be looked upon as a failure, however well he
has operated) has brought forth suggestions
involving men from all countries. But surely it is
essential that the successful candidate is an
Englishman. If this is the ENGLISH national team,
and if every player must be English, then surely the
manager should be English too.
At least that is my view. I would put my own name
forward, but I am a bit busy these days. Good

Watton Evening WI

Hurrah – ‘FIRST’ prize for Watton at the Royal
Norfolk Show’s WI decoupage ‘Box of Dreams’
category as voted by members of the public who
visited the exhibits. All members contributed,
either in producing the entry or by suggesting
their ‘dream’ which were posted on leaves of a
fantasy tree which was part of the entry.
All those participants in the newly formed
Walking Group, led by one of our members,
enjoyed a pleasant stroll to Merton where we
viewed the Merton Stone. The Stone, believed
to be a glacier erratic, is a piece of rock lifted
and deposited once ice melted and reputed to be
the largest in Britain.
Lunch club visited Broome Hall where all
enjoyed the food, pleasant surroundings and
time together.
At this month’s meeting, Mellissa Sheldrake
gave a most interesting talk entitled ‘Take a
Seat’. This was an informative and humorous
insight into childrens chairs through the Ages
and background information about events of the
era, beginning with the 17th century with a
Wainscot Chair. This is an intricate carved and
ornate oak chair which originated around the
time of the Plague and the Great Fire of London.
Others included a Chippendale/Heppelwhite
style embroidered Mahogany chair of the late
1700s, a Correction chair from the rein of Queen
Victoria – this was to correct posture of young
children and almost a piece of torture for the
poor souls who had to endure this, a Bentwood
Rocking chair from the time of sinking of
Titanic and finally a childs chair of today ……a
gaudy, plastic, garden stackable chair……hmm
wonder what the future chairs hold for our
unsuspecting offspring.
Also after our speaker, our member Leigh
presented a Delegates Report following her visit
to National Annual Meeting held in Brighton.
Both the proposed resolutions (Appropriate care
in hospitals for people with dementia, and,
Avoid Food Waste, Address Food Poverty) were
passed and would be adopted and campaigned
for by the WI.
Goodestone Water Gardens was the outing this
month and enjoyed by all who attended the tour
and especially the cake and tea afterwards – in
typical WI style.
This month the Craft Club gathered for the first
time in the evening thus allowing more
members to be creative who may otherwise be
unable to attend the morning sessions. This was
a great success and therefore the evening
sessions will continue.
We are not having a speaker at our next meeting
on 11th August as we have an Italian Theme
Evening, complete with a competition of
decorating a mask. There will be appropriate
drinks and nibbles so should be a really
interesting meeting. However you are most
welcome to join us at WCCC at 7.30pm (guest
fee of £3.50), or should you wish more
information please contact Hazel Gillingham
our Secretary on 01953 881510.

August 2016

The Wayland News Page 14

Wayland Women
in Business tenth

her marriage to an Indian and the
challenge of facing prejudice, her life
in rural India and her eventual return
to the UK in the late eighties.
We were captivated by snippets from
Joan’s second book, ‘Into the Night
with a Stranger’ – a work of fiction
based on Joan’s personal experience
of life in India. Joan also provided us
with a photographic exhibition of her
time in India.
Wayland Women in Business is a
networking group for ladies from all
walks of life whether running their
own business, employed, seeking
employment or retired. We hold
quarterly lunches at Broom Hall,
Saham Toney, the next one being on
Wednesday 28th September. Our
speaker will be Jo Wilson from Unity
in Diversity. Please see our website
for details (booking essential)

first book

millionaire, but she convinces him
that she has no family, nowhere to
live and no other options.
Sophie brings out a side of Aaron
that even those closest to him didn’t
know existed. For twenty years he has
not left his house, as he gets to know
her he realises that he would do
anything for her, even die for her, as
her seduction of him goes on she uses
his infatuation of her to entice him
out, baby steps at first before a fullyfledged trip away from the house.
While she is happy with her new
found life, she decides to abandon her
families plan for her. After they
placed her in the midst of Aaron’s
universe she was supposed to
manipulate him into sleeping with
her, she would let them know, so that
they could blackmail him.
Before she undertook the task she had
been warned that Aaron Tyler was a
pervert who liked nothing more than
to sleep with underage girls, what she
discovered was the sweetest man she
had ever met, and found she could not
go through with the original plan, for
once in her life she felt like part of a
While she deviated from the plan,
friction between her family increased.
The pressure and strain on their
relationship, resulting in a violent
split and her dad taking things into his
own hands having realised that it is
his daughter they put in harm’s way,
and deciding that he will do anything
to get her back and to punish anyone
that gets in his way.
With her dad prepared to do anything,
things get eventful at Aaron’s house
when he turns up to retrieve his
daughter, a man on a mission who
will stop at nothing to protect his
‘Hard Candy’ is available as a
paperback or kindle version on

We were delighted that Jan Godfrey
and Suzanne Rhind from the Wayland
Partnership were able to join us for
our tenth anniversary celebrations on
15 June, as the group was their
brainchild at its commencement in
2006. We particularly appreciated
their help in cutting the cake!
Our inspirational speaker was Joan
Khurody who published her first book
(her autobiography)
Mentioned Bandits’ at the age of 80 –
a perfect example that it is never too
late to take on a new challenge. Joan
entertained us with her life story,
beginning in rural Suffolk, through
her education at Reading University,

Local author, Craig Mullins, was born
in Luton in 1971. He is a trained chef
and worked in the industry for nearly
twenty years. He currently works as a
courier in Norwich, although would
like to write full time should the
opportunity arise.
He lives with his wife Tina and their
cat Tia Maria in Norfolk since
moving there in 2003 from
Hertfordshire. His hobbies include
writing and painting, along with
various other crafts. The cover of
‘Hard Candy’ is taken from one of his
original oil paintings
He also enjoys music and reading,
invariably listening to Jazz while he
Synopsis: “When Aaron Tyler hears a
noise at his door late one Saturday
night, he couldn’t imagine how the
events would change his life. A
recluse who never leaves his house,
his only interaction is with his three
members of staff. One night his world
is interrupted by a knock at his front
door. Confronted by a broken and
bloody girl collapsed on his doorstep,
he makes the decision to help her – a
decision that will transform his life.
Over the course of several weeks, his
life is reawakened by the seduction of
Sophie - the young girl. But her
hidden agenda could ruin everything,
with her family manipulating her for
their own gains, dysfunctional at best,
violent and abusive at worst. At
fifteen, Sophie has no business living
in the home of a forty year old

What’s on at
St Mary’s

Church, Watton at 1.10pm to be
followed by lunchtime treats.
17th August Music by the Watton
U3A Ukulele Band Donations for the
ongoing Ministry of St Mary’s

at St Mary’s Church, Watton
A Festival featuring our handmade
banners with beautiful flower
arrangements. Refreshments and live
Opening Saturday 30th July 10 4pm Sunday 31st July 12 Noon –
For further details contact The
Church Office 01953 881252

August 2016

Health &
Wellbeing at
the Wayland

Excitement is building ahead of the
2016 Wayland Show on Sunday 7th
August as we finalise details for the
Wayland Partnership Health and
Wellbeing marquee. This year we
welcome additional stalls to the
marquee and will have a wide variety
of organisations in attendance
including the ever popular Pets as
Therapy with their wonderful dogs
(and owners!), Boots Pharmacy,
Norfolk, Breckland Nordic Walking,
the Daisy Programme, Wayland
Dementia Café, and Breckland
Growing Buddies to name but a few,
as well as a variety of stalls offering
beauty and complementary therapies
and even a Palm Reader!
The Health & Wellbeing marquee
can be found near the main entrance
to the Showground, so please come
in and see us where you will be
guaranteed a warm welcome and lots
of advice, information and treats to
keep you happy and healthy. We look
forward to seeing you there! If you
would like any more information,
please contact Suzanne Rhind at the
Wayland Partnership on 01953
email .
The Health & Wellbeing Marquee is
just one of the many attractions on
offer at this year’s show. Visit for full
details and to purchase tickets at the
discounted pre-show rate.

What Watton
Wants WWW
Fighting the Over
Development of Watton
Another 153 homes have recently
been approved on two sites in Watton
bringing the total now pending or
under construction to over 1000 with
560 being approved this year alone.
After six years in trying Hopkins
permission after an appeal to the
Planning Inspectorate to build 73
house off the Saham Road. Over the

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applications have been refused by
Breckland Council and once by a
Planning Inspector. With Breckland
Council not having a five year supply
of deliverable housing sites available
as required by the National Planning
Framework the Planning Inspectorate
has now granted permission to build
even though the site is outside the
present settlement boundary and
subject to flooding from both rain
and sewage flowing in from the
immediate area. Anglia Water have
been commissioned to carry out a
Development Impact Assessment to
identify off site improvements to
rectify this problem.
Breckland Council have recently
given permission to Bennett Homes
to build 80 houses at Portal Avenue.
This development will entail the
felling of 18 mature trees with
existing preservation orders. Local
preservation of existing green space
and to maintain the existing green
verges to the Norwich Road that
would preserve established trees were
not upheld by the Council.
The recent flooding experienced in
Watton has shown that the planning
objections on flooding and drainage
issues raised by so many residents
and highlighted by WWW is factual.
The natural drainage is being eroded
by developers and planners who are
allowing building on our greenfield
sites. New homes built on the
Thetford Road site, that was once a
source of natural drainage, were
among many local houses flooded.
The recently approved Saham Road
site provides natural drainage to a
wide area and part of this site was
under two feet of water at the
height of the recent storms. The
Inspectors reply to residents
application due to the flooding and
drainage issues was “This will be
dealt with at a local level”. We
assume that action at a local level
must be actioned by Anglian Water
in conjunction with Breckland
Council and the developers.
Residents have recently been
informed by Anglian Water that
some drainage pipes in the area are
insufficient size to accommodate
the water flow and in another
instance Anglian Water stated that
they were unable to offer any
reassurances on surface water
responsibility of Norfolk County
At a recent WWW meeting,

Councillors Michael Wassell and
Claire Bowes were urged to
influence where possible both
Breckland and Norfolk Councils to
restrict further development in and
around Watton in flood effected
areas. Questions were also raised if
Capita (Brecklands outsourced
effectively taking into account local
issues such as flooding. Michael
Wassell explained in detail that
Capita are required to work strictly
within the National Planning
recommendations to the Council
Planning Committee in accordance
with its guide lines.
Councillors agreed to request
representation from both Breckland
and Norfolk CC to discuss the
flooding problems at a special
meeting with the Town Council
now being arranged. It was also
requested that local Parish Councils
be represented.
With a newly appointed Parliament
it was agreed that WWW would
write to the Prime Minister setting
out the problems facing residents
and Councillors with the current
planning laws.
WWW was represented at the Local
Plan Working Group organised by
Breckland Council on Tuesday 19th
An appeal has been lodged by
Tesini to the Planning Inspector
development of 177 houses at
Mallard Road. A hearing date has
yet to be published.
A planning application has been
submitted to build 10 houses
opposite Mill Lane in Saham
Toney. This site is near to known
flood risk area and surface water
would need to be pumped off the
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.
For further information if you
should wish to object to any
application or you wish to help our
group, please go to our website at:

Richmond Park Ladies Section

Following the torrential rain storm on
Referendum Day, when Richmond
Park Golf Club was flooded and
several bridges were damaged or
entirely washed away, the course
understandably was closed for some
time. The back 9 holes were open
again fairly quickly afterwards but
the front 9 were the worst affected
and took a little longer.
However, on Monday 11th July, with
the flood water subsided and a
temporary bridge in place, the Ladies
of Richmond Park were able to play
their annual 18 hole Stableford
Secretary’s Salver. This trophy was

presented to the Ladies Section some
years ago by Mrs Barbara Coverdale.
It was a breezy day interspersed with
squally showers but the course had
recovered amazingly well and the
result was as follows:
1st and winner of the Secretary’s
Salver, with a score of 32 pts. Julie
Ellis 2nd with a score of 28 pts.
Margaret Taylor
3rd with a score of 27 pts. Jeanette
In the photograph (above) Julie Ellis
(Centre) received the Salver from
Ladies’ Secretary Lesley Davis (left)
accompanied by Ladies’ Captain
Lesley Matthews (right).

Ward Gethin

ensure a smooth handover, before his
planned retirement.
The premises at 9 Park Street will
continue to offer the local service
embracing the traditional values of
Ward Gethin Archer Solicitors. The 11
strong Partnership and their team of
lawyers and support staff are
committed to serving their local areas,
characteristics of each region and are
committed to serving local people with
all their legal requirements.
Managing Partner Chris Dewey said,
"We will continue to strive to provide
all our clients with the same high
quality services they are already used
to, and we are all looking forward to
committing to, and expanding, the
business in Chatteris.”
‘John Thorogood one of our current
Partners has moved from our Ely office
to Chatteris, and will be working with
the existing teams to develop the
services already provided.’


Ward Gethin Archer solicitors are once
again expanding their presence across
Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.
The firm is delighted to announce the
acquisition of G Cartwright & Co on
17 June 2016. Eight branches now fly
the banner of Ward Gethin Archer: Ely
and Chatteris in Cambridgeshire;
Dereham, Watton and Swaffham in
central Norfolk; and offices in King’s
Lynn and Heacham thrive closer to the
Norfolk coastal regions.
G Cartwright & Co, owned and run by
Gordon Cartwright, has been based in
Chatteris, Cambridgeshire for over 40
years, providing local clients with
private client, property and family legal
services. Gordon will remain with the
business for the next few months to

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August 2016

Ishin Ryu Ju
Jitsu Gradings
As usual the day started with a large group
of nervous teenagers – quieter than usualtraipsing into the dojo to lay out their kit for
a full equipment inspection. We positively
encourage maximum effort in everything
our teenagers do, so that must include their
appearance . . . clean and tidy (polished)
shoes are a must. This isn’t about how
smart a parent can make their child, its how
smart they can make themselves!
Clearly there had been an internal e-mail
regarding hair, nearly all the girls were
turned out with matching tight braids –
very neat!
Immediately after the inspection and quick
photo opportunity it was change into Gi’s
and out onto the streets of Caston for the
traditional Ishin Ryu barefoot run.
(although optional for this age group, the
barefoot run is a longstanding tradition at
adult gradings and as usual all the kids
participated) On this occasion we were
lucky to have missed the downpour but that
still left loads of puddles and a team of
soggy kids
The first candidates – grading to White Red
- entered the dojo (for some this is their
first grading at this age group or even their
first trip to Honbu Dojo) after a shaky start
– and a few extra burpees for being too
quiet!- they all settled in well and passed.
Next in was candidates for Yellow Belt.
There were to be no directional mistakes in
this little group as they had all written Left
and Right on the back of their hands (Katy
King had already started this trend with a
bold L and R on her feet for the barefoot
run) unfortunately this is where we suffered
our first fail of the day and one of the
candidates was asked to leave the grading –
commiserations, come back stronger and
wiser next time. The remainder of the

group went on to be successful and passed
their grading. Sensei Del was no doubt
doubly proud of his students today as two
of them in this group were his own
children! Well done Shannon family.
Following Yellow was Mia South and
George Goldsmith going for Orange belt –
this group was originally much bigger but
some choosing to wait till the next grading,
Jo Kemp being on crutches and George
ward at home sick in bed it soon dwindled
to just the two. Not that it made any
difference, they performed brilliantly and
passed with flying colours.
After Orange came Linnden going for
green belt, well known for being the first
“Big boys” belt because of all the throws, it
was doubly difficult as Linnden had to do
the grading against Sebastian Weatherill
(our resident Uke ragdoll) it has been a
pleasure and a privilege to grade Linnden
who is possibly the politest young boy I
have ever had the pleasure to meet. He has
steadily progressed up the grades, shedding
weight and working hard to achieve his
goals – today was no different, it was a
further pleasure to award him his green
As Linnden progressed with his grading the
two senior grades of the day (Katy King
and Grace Munday – going for Brown

Belt) were sent out on a 3 mile run as part
of their grading. Ishin Ryu specialises in
making gradings tough and teenagers are
treated no differently. Every belt from
Brown up has a road run (some even have a
cheeky swim- but today was just a run!)
Immediately on their return, they were
changed and into the dojo for a basic fitness
test of 40 press ups, sit ups, leg raises and
burpees- all before we even start the actual
technical bit!!
As expected, the girls performed
excellently – it was a pleasure to call them
brown belts (just after I made them do
another 100 burpees!!)
And so the certificates and belts were
proffered, a multitude of photographs were
taken and we all trundled to the nearby pub
for a well-deserved dinner. – tell a bunch of
teens that mobile phones are banned (fear
of more burpees) for the duration of dinner
and see what a bunch of little chatter boxes
they are!!!
Finally, from Sensei Del and myself….
Well done to all of our teenage students
(pass or fail) you continue to impress and
inspire us.
If you are interested in Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu
please contact the registrar at Ishin Ryu
Headquarters on 01953 483795 or take a
look at

Carl Patterson and
Nick Sheldrake . . .
Representing Britain

Tom's Kickboxing Academy has been open since 2012 and
has been a well known established local club. We recently
attended a competition in which we have qualified for a
chance to represent team GB in Johannesburg, South
We have two mature students Carl Patterson, Nic Sheldrake
who are going to this event in October and we are very
proud of them.
We have to attend 5 team GB training session in
Attlebourgh with other selected local martial artists. This is
a very rare opportunity and are looking forward to
representing Great Britain.
If you are interested in joining TKA Tom Oldridge 3rd Dan
on 07585 663905 or

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