FREE - Issue Number 238 - September 2016

Watton Twinning Association

On Sunday July 17th we held our
annual Cream Tea & Quiz
Afternoon. This was very well
attended and included Watton Town
Mayor Beryl Bunning and husband
John, it was a very hot but very
enjoyable day. As we are still in the
year of our Queens 90th Birthday
celebrations the theme for the quiz
was The Royal Family, which
everyone found very interesting and
some found it a little tricky but it
was all good fun.
For people who do not know about
The Watton Twinning Association
which includes not just Watton but
all the Wayland villages, here is a
little insight into who we are and

what we are about:We will be Thirty Years old next
year and it is the turn of Weeze our
twin town in Germany to host the
celebrations and as in the past, it
will be something well worth
looking forward too.
Like many other clubs in Watton
that have been going for many
years, our member numbers have
dwindled somewhat, due to
members age, illness, passing away,
families and children growing up
and moving away etc.
We have a small committee and
hold six meetings a year to decide
what we would like to do at the six
events we like to run per year, some

just social and some to increase our
funds. These funds are needed to
give our visiting friends an
enjoyable and memorable time
when they visit us every other year.
Twinning is about nurturing new
friendships and learning about new
cultures. We have a “twin family”
that visit us in our homes and
become our friends and enjoy our
way of life and we then visit them
in their homes to do the same. I
have been “twinned” for twenty
nine years and have made many
friends and visited many lovely
places in Germany during this
time. My “twin family” have
become an extension of my own

Membership is just £10 per year
for a family and £7 for a single
adult, which isn’t a huge amount
but is necessary to pay our public
liability insurance, stationery costs
If you are interested in joining us
and making a link with a German
family in Weeze or just becoming
a member to meet our other
members socially please contact
me by telephone or e.mail below
for a chat and more information.
Tel:- 01953 883317 or or visit
Margaret Devine (Chair)

A place for
nature in your

As the newly appointed Project
Worker I am very pleased to be
able to announce the launch of this
exciting new community initiative.
Its aim is to bring together people
to identify small areas of land in
their communities that are unloved
environmental projects eg. Tree
planting, wildflower sowing,
tidying up, or installing homes for
wildlife. So, Plant. Grow. Sow.
Tidy and importantly build in

Funding is available for Watton
and the Wayland Villages with
‘green areas’ being identified,
mapped and recorded. Successful
projects (one per village) will be
decided by public vote if
necessary at a community event.
The project will be delivered by
the Wayland Partnership working
with partners such as Parish
Committees, schools or churches.
The project is open to people of all

ages with an interest in improving
their local environment. If you
have an idea, would like to
volunteer or donate expertise,
seeds etc. PLEASE get in touch,
Pamela Morgan. The Wayland
Partnership Development Trust,
Wayland House, High Street,
Watton, Norfolk, IP24 6AR.

Responding to expressions of
interest in environmental projects
Partnership have secured funding
from the Postcode Local Trust for
the Growing Together Project

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All Saints Wayland Show Spring Ball raises £14,000 for charity
Coffee and
Tea Event
You are all welcome to All Saints
Church, Threxton for our coffee and
tea event which will take place on
Saturday, 24th September between 10
am and 1pm. Not only will we have
some delicious homemade cakes and
biscuits for you to purchase together
with some local produce, but there
will also be a selection of books and
handmade cards.
How about having a go at our
Tombola? We will also be raffling a
voucher for a cake of your choice
from the wonderful ‘B’s Bakes of
Watton’, brilliant if you have a
special celebration coming up!
A wonderful opportunity to socialise
and meet other people. We’ll start
you off with a cup of coffee or tea
and a biscuit for £1 and hopefully you
will be tempted by our other goodies
too. All proceeds will be going to out
‘Round Tower Renovation Project’.
We hope you will all join us and look
forward to seeing you there.

Goes at the

Come and join us at the Dragonfly
Gallery, Wayland House, High St,
Watton As we celebrate our 10th
Anniversary With a new mixed media
exhibition featuring local artists:
“Anything Goes” Mediums to
include, Acrylic, Watercolour, Silk
Painting, Oil, Pastel, Mosaic, Textile,
September 10th – 24th 10am – 4pm.
Wine Reception & Preview Evening
7.00, Friday 9th September to
include: Autumn Prize Raffle - First
Prize Handmade Quilt, 2nd Prize
£100, 3rd Prize £50 For more

The Wayland Agricultural Society held
a very successful fundraiser in the
shape of their Spring Ball. Held at the
delightful Lynford Hall near Mundford
in April, the organising team of Adrian
and Steph Soskin, Claire Bowes and

Shirley Scott put on a marvellous
evening which was a sell-out. Many
supporters and their guests and very
generous sponsors had a really
enjoyable with a great dinner followed
by dancing until the early hours. With

the help of Kevin Bowes’ fundraising
efforts and Fabian Eagle's masterful
auctioneering and the generosity of
Barclays Bank partial match funding,
the evening raised the magnificent total
of £14,000 for the Alzheimer's Society

hit a high note
at St Mary’s

and in the future. When the church was re
- ordered in 2012, it was originally hoped
that the organ would be refurbished at the
same time, but there was insufficient
funding to do both projects. Three years
ago the team at the church set to work on
the fund raising, with a programme of
lunchtime concerts, quiz nights, an
auction of promises and many other
events to restore the much loved organ.
One particular fund raising aspect, was
the special ‘Let’s make history together’
project, where people sponsored different
parts of the organ and wrote a dedication
or memory in a leather-bound book to
form part of the church archive.
Grants were also gratefully received from
the EDP Community Chest, the On
Organ Fund, R C Snelling Charitable

Trust and the Geoffrey Watling Charity.
Lorraine Eldridge, Church Organist, said
“When we were first faced with the
challenge of raising £37,000 we knew it
was a tough one to take on, but with great
support from people in the church, the
town, local community and from further
afield, it has been made possible. We
greatly appreciate the many, who have
helped us achieve this target. Once
restored, the organ will enhance the wide
range of musical life in Watton and the
surrounding area. It will also provide a
vital teaching resource for both young and
mature music students.”
The work, which is being carried out by
W & A Boggis of Roydon near Diss, will
begin in early September and it is hoped it
will be completed by Christmas.

Organ fundraising target
has been met!
The hard work of the fund raising team at
a Norfolk church will be celebrated with
the news they have reached their target to
refurbish the organ within its walls. The
organ at St Mary’s Church in Watton,
which dates from 1877, was altered and
enlarged in 1975, but more recently
expert assessments said it was in need of
substantial refurbishment, to enable it to
be played to its full potential, both now

in Norfolk. Pictured at the presentation
are: Steph Soskin, Jenna Veneziani
Alzheimer’s Society), Claire Bowes,
Shirley Scott and Adrian Soskin (all of
the organising committee)

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A Quick Look

Since my last notes there have been quite a
few changes nationally, the main one
being the appointment of a new Prime
Minister, this time the first woman to hold
that post in England since Mrs. Thatcher.
Who said that women don’t get a fair
crack of the whip when we have the fairer
sex in charge here, as well as in Scotland
and Germany, with another lady battling
for the top job in America ? At least Mrs.
May can be confident that she couldn’t
make more of a mess of things than some
of the men.
Already she has indicated that changes
will be made in several directions, and in
education in particular, but we will have to
wait a while, because proposals always
have to be discussed and voted on, and
frequently we find that things don’t pan
out in the way originally foreseen.
On the face of it taking education and the
health schemes back to where they were in
1950 might seem to be a good idea, for
they both worked very well before
successive governments messed about
with them, no doubt with good intentions,
and the old adage of not mending things
that aren’t broken seems apposite, but the
enormous changes in the size and make-up
of the population over the years pose
enormous problems.
It seems that a new threat to our peace of
mind is on the horizon in the form of
drones, the latest ‘toy’ that has become,
not only a menace to aircraft, but the
subject of schemes with the object of using
them for deliveries of goods to all and
Of course the practicalities have to be
closely examined and it is difficult to
imagine the prospect of widespread use of
these, but the possibilities cannot be
ignored. Picture the scene in which you are
laying comfortably in a deck chair,
blissfully soaking up the rays of the
summer sunshine, when an alien machine
swoops down and dumps a package from
Amazon in your lap. And if there is no
fence around your garden the package may
well be intended for the person next door !
That is the more humorous way of looking
at drones, but there is the threat to security
that cannot be ignored, as they could
obviously be put to more ominous uses.
But to more personal matters, and in

Griston Book
Sale thank you

Griston Church would like to say a HUGE
THANK YOU to everyone who supported
our previous book sale on 23rd July. The
total raised on the day was a magnificent
£276.25, which has kick-started our
Heating Fund. So grateful thanks to those
who donated items to sell; to those who
worked so hard both in the build-up & on
the actual day; and to our customers, who
came, ate, chatted, and bought. We hope
you enjoy your purchases!
We are now looking to the final Grand
Second Hand Book Sale of the year, on
Saturday 1st October, when we hope to do
even better. There will of course be books
for sale, LOTS of books, (fiction, fact,
special interest, children's, bargain corner,)
with no book priced at more than £1, and
all a different selection from last time.
There will be refreshments to tempt you,
including hot soups, teas and coffees, hot
chocolate, homemade cakes & savoury
snacks. We will be selling plants, both
indoor and garden varieties, and produce
such as jams & chutneys too. We look
forward to seeing you all at Griston
Church on Saturday 1st October, between
10am and 4pm.

particular that of being recognised when
we try to telephone our bank. It seems that
voice recognition is to be introduced
whereby in the first instance we will be
required to read a paragraph of text two or
three times and our recorded voice will be
our ‘password’ guarding all future
transactions. What will happen to the
young male whose voice breaks after his
initial recording, or if you have laryngitis
when you need to sort out a later request ?
What with ‘iris recognition’, fingerprints,
signatures, and remembering the name of
your teacher at nursery school, dealing
with your bank is becoming a bit of a
farce, especially with interest rates being
almost nil, with the stated threat of
requiring you to pay a fee for letting them
have your money to play with.
Have you been to see your doctor lately ?
Not for over five years ? Then according
to a recent proposal you should be
removed from his list of patients. One
would have thought you would have been
due for a small reward in recognition of
the fact that you had not bothered him, but
it seems that Use it or Lose it is being
taken to a ridiculous extreme.
Personally I went from the age of nine to
that of thirty- one without ever visiting my
doctor, but I would not have been best
pleased if he had refused to see me when I
eventually needed treatment.
Of course the thinking, however woolly,
behind the idea was because surgeries and
hospitals are being overwhelmed by the
numbers of patients, which is inevitable
with a vastly increasing population. I don’t
mind putting my head on the block, as it
were, by saying that everyone should pay a
pound for each visit.
Yes, we all had National Insurance
deductions from our wages, so everything
should be free, just as it was envisaged at
the beginning. But everything is different
now, with treatments available that were
not even dreamed of even thirty years ago,
and I think that a nominal fee of a pound
would not be unreasonable. Unfortunately
there is the danger that once a fee is
introduced, some future authority would
increase it, as happened with parking
There, having made myself unpopular,
what’s next for me to look round ?
Oh, yes, there is the well-worn furore
about honours, brought to the fore by
David Cameron with his Resignation
Honours list. Not being up in such matters
I am unclear as to how long a prime

minister has to serve before such a list is
permitted, but if there is no time limit,
could Mrs. May resign next week and give
all her cronies peerages ?
Leaving my ignorance aside, the granting
of Honours will always prove contentious.
Whether for bravery in the field, charitable
works, or for services rendered beyond the
call of duty in everyday walks of life, the
granting of honours as recognition, while
an admirable concept, ignores the
thousands of others whose deeds may be
equally noteworthy but receive no
And whether politicians, who are merely
carrying out their elected duties should be
honoured at the whim of a departing
individual, is highly debatable.
Of course the big event of the month has
been the Olympic Games, and it is good to
see that Team GB has done well, with
medals galore coming their way. One
noticeable feature has been the number of
close finishes in many of the competitions,
with times between winners differing by
only hundredths of a second. Placings in
such circumstances must depend on the
modern timing and camera equipment,
especially in some of the swimming races ,
where sometimes as many as six
competitors may appear, to the naked eye,
to have finished together.
But in contrast to the hectic and exciting
team events, I have been captivated by the
Equestrian events wherein the horses seem
to be transformed into ballet dancers,
The extreme sedateness is so alien to the
general frenetic bustle of the rest of the
Olympics, that it is hard to believe that
these horses are, indeed, real.
Deadlines dictate that these notes are
written halfway through the Games, but so
far they seem to have exceeded
expectations in every respect, apart from a
scare about the condition of water in the
main pool. Every Olympics, including the
one held in London four years ago, have
been preceded by dire forecast as to the un
-readiness of the stadia, but things always
seem to get started in time. This year there
has been the Zika outbreak to cause great
concern, and even led to the withdrawal of
individuals, but at the moment it would
seem that thing have turned out alright.
After all the exertions involved in
watching these happenings I think I am in
need of a rest, so I will now retire, as the
late Sir Terry Wogan would have said, to
lie down in a darkened room.
Good afternoon.

Anyone who has items to donate,
especially plants & produce, please
contact Keith & Caroline on 880153, and
we will most happily come & collect. We
are a small but enthusiastic bunch of
volunteers, & would love to have more
people to share our fun. If you would like
to help out, again please contact us.
Thanks, Caroline.

methods, including cutting down a plastic
milk bottle to create a handy scoop and
growing standards in large tubes made
from food containers. He also showed how
easy it is to propagate from cuttings using
biodegradable compressed pellets (a plug
for Myhills - excuse the pun) and how to
prepare plants for overwintering. As they
originate from a hot humid climate it is
important to keep potted plants in the
greenhouse during the winter at a
minimum temperature of 40 degrees and
water with one teaspoon only every
After refreshments Margaret explained
that they were members of Fuchsia Lore
(also known as the Tea Pot Club) and
displayed a selection of the fuchsia
memorabilia they have collected, from
glassware and porcelain to pictures and
bedlinen. Apparently, you can make wine
from fuchsias. It must be delicious as the
bottle was empty!
What's on in the next three months
September 7th Coach outing Gunby Hall
and Gardens, near Skegness
September 22nd AGM and Vegetable
October 27th Julia Srigley Increasing
Colour all the Year Round
November 24th June Moy Christmas
Wreath Demonstration

Ashill & Holme
Hale Garden

Gary and Margaret Moore are long
standing members of the Garden Club and
passionate about fuchsias. In the past they
have brought along some wonderful
displays and this year Gary won first,
second and third prizes in the fuchsia class
at our annual flower show. So at the July
meeting Gary gave members the benefit of
his experience on the subject.
Having been introduced into Europe from
Haiti by a French monk in 1646, there are
now 20,000 varieties and the original plant
was named after a German doctor called
Fuchs. Gary believes that gardening
should not be an expensive hobby and
shared some of his innovative ideas and

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What Watton
Fighting the Over
Development of Watton
On behalf of WWW, our Chairman,
Paul Adcock, recently wrote to the
Prime Minister, Theresa May, putting
the case for reform in the planning
system to help us fight the flood of new
housing we are experiencing.
For your interest this is the text sent to
the Prime Minister.
Dear Mrs May
Over the past few years, our local
community has faced an onslaught of
planning applications for large scale
housing developments that have all but
destroyed the rural nature of our
Norfolk market town and overwhelmed
local infrastructure.
Completed developments, and those
now in the pipeline, have caused
widespread anger and discontent in
the town. Recognising the potential
threat posed by this, our Town
Council hosted a packed public
meeting to allow the community to
air its views.
The meeting, which was attended by
our local Conservative MP, Mr
George Freeman as well town and
district councillors, proved lively and,
at times, ill tempered. But it did show
that the community accepts the need
for more housing, but demands
supportive of the place where we live.
The greatest anger was directed at the
inappropriate developments from the

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national, ‘no win, no fee’ investment
groups who describe themselves as
promotion”. These companies are
trawling the English countryside for
potential development sites of
greenfield land on the edge of town &
village settlements.
By exploiting the impotence of local
democracy caused by the Localism
Act and the National Planning Policy
'developers', who are in fact nothing
more than 'get rich quick' investment
groups, are perceived to be causing
the greatest damage.
Our MP, Town and District
Councillors were all sympathetic to
the concerns expressed. But one after
another they acknowledged that it
was the prevailing Government
policy which was making it very
difficult, if not impossible, for the
‘normal’ planning system to operate.
As a result of that meeting, a
community action group named What
Watton Wants (WWW) was formed
to campaign for measured and more
sustainable development.
Despite the former Prime Minister’s
promotion of the Localism Act as a
means of putting power back in the
hands of the people, it has in fact
taken power away from us, and has
silenced our voice in the development
of our communities.
That Act contains the infamous
“Presumption in favour of sustainable
development” which coupled with the
requirement for a “five year land
supply” imposed by the NPPF,
provides the loopholes routinely
exploited by developers, bullying

councils and forcing unwanted and
inappropriate developments onto
powerless communities.
applications which have been rejected
by our elected Town Council,
rejected by our elected District
Council and have attracted hundreds
of letters of objections from residents
including expressions of ‘grave
concerns’ from our local NHS
overturned on appeal by the Planning
And, rubbing salt into the wounds,
not only are we forced to pay through
the Council Tax to defend ourselves
against this onslaught, in some cases
we have been forced to pay the
developer’s costs as well.
All this has caused immense anger
locally, and contributed to a despair
for democracy that was perhaps,
illustrated in the outcome of the EU
In your speech of July 13th,
following your appointment as Prime
Minister, you said:
“We will do everything we can to
give you more control over your
lives. When we take the big calls,
we’ll think not of the powerful, but
you. When we pass new laws, we’ll
listen not to the mighty but to you.
When it comes to taxes, we’ll
prioritise not the wealthy, but you.
When it comes to opportunity, we
won’t entrench the advantages of the
fortunate few. We will do everything
we can to help anybody, whatever
your background, to go as far as your
talents will take you.”
We ask you to urgently investigate

Shipdham &
District Book
Our 20th July meeting started early, at
noon, as we were entertained to lunch by
our ever generous Ashill member and her
husband in their beautiful garden. They
had created a ‘pavilion’ for the occasion
under a large bunting bedecked gazebo.
Fortunately the weather was lovely and
we were able to remain there for our
discussion. Donations were made for the
Local Home Hospice Group as it is our
custom on such occasions whereby we
give to a charity of the host’s choosing.
The book discussed was The Kashmir
Shawl by Rosie Thomas. The novel
moves between Wales and Kashmir with
different generations of the same family.
In the 1940s Nerys Watkins accompanies
her new minister husband on a
missionary posting to India. Deep in the
heart of Kashmir lies the lakeside city of
Srinagar where the British live on carved
wooden houseboats and dance, flirt and
celebrate ignoring the war. However
events catch up with them and the men
go away to fight. Nerys is caught up in a
dangerous relationship and is far less
innocent when reunited with her
husband. Many years later her
grandaughter, Mair, clearing her father’s
farm house in Wales comes across a
buatiful kashmir shawl and lock of
child’s hair. She travels to Kashmir to
trace her grandparents’ roots.
Most loved this book with all agreeing that
is very well researched and written. A
couple found the scenic, travelling
descriptions too long with too much
‘telling’ and not sufficient ‘showing’
although most found this a strong point. All
were fascinated by the shawl and the
accurate description of the lives of the
weavers and agreed that the characters

the unfairness and imbalances built in
to current planning law, which are
clearly in favour of the 'powerful' and
the 'wealthy' speculators to the
detriment of local democracy and our
As we said before, our local MP,
George Freeman, is fully aware and
familiar with the pressures facing not
only us but many, many others in
Norfolk and the rest of the country.
I would reiterate that we are not
against all development. We seek
balanced, sustainable development
that ensures the delivery of much
needed homes in parallel with the
infrastructure, care provision and
essential to a healthy, happy life.
All we have seen so far are
insensitive developments bringing
unsustainable housing growth with no
social, medical or employment
benefits and the community sliding
into a state of despair, anger and fear
for the future.
We have attempted to keep our letter
brief and of course we would be more
than happy to supply more detailed
information if required.
We appreciate that you are faced with
an unprecedented task after the
referendum, but we do hope that you
will treat these issues seriously since,
in part, the concerns expressed above,
have contributed to Britain finding
itself in the position is does today and
your having to lead us out.
Yours sincerely
Paul Adcock
Chairman, What Watton Wants.

were well drawn. It brought home to us
how different life was in the 1940s
compared with today whan even those who
have not travelled are informed by
television, films, the internet etc. The
innocence of Nerys seems like something
from centuries ago rather than decades.
The discussion on 17th July was about A
Small Part of History by Peggy Elliott the
theme of which is the wagon trains on the
Oregon Trail centred on one in 1845 seen
through the eyes of the women. It is told
through different narrative voices and
fictional diaries. The central Springer
family leave a seemingly prosperous farm
to take this leap into the unknown. They
face undreamt of hazards and deaths with
few surviving.
Only one member did not like this book,
enjoy is probably the wrong word
although it whetted our appetites for
more information on this subject not
based on the Cowboy and Indian films of
our youth. These women had no idea of
what faced them and took all the
domestic accoutrements of their known
19th century lives, many of which were
shed en route. They were moving for life
not going on a holiday so rolling pins,
flat irons even large Victorian inherited
furniture were important. We found it
moving as they experienced hunger to
the point of starvation; extreme weather;
crossing of unexpected rivers; at least
one death by being crushed by having a
heavy wagon roll down hill; babies
whose only sustenance came from
sucking on a rag after the death of the
mother; learning from native Americans
that moss could be used as nappies for
babies and for female bleeding and far
more. Our conclusion was that the
mistakes were through ignorance, these
trails led the way for the railroads and it
helps to explain the tough, brash
American persona seen in descendants of
the survivors. This is not a light read but
definitely a gripping one with several
having read it more than once.

Circle Club
For Rocklands And The
Surrounding Districts
Venue: The Village Hall, The Street,
Rocklands. (Contact Margaret
English 01953 457890.)
Our August meeting was well
attended. The meeting opened with a
minute’s silence for our member Tom
Howe who passed away recently.
Birthday greetings were offered for
Margaret English and Therese Sills
who were unfortunately unable to
The speaker for August was David
Morton who gave a very interesting
talk and slide show on cars. This took
the form of a question and answer
discussion on not only cars but
microwaves, Concorde
and satellites Even if you weren’t a
driver or knew very little about such
things David made the answers very
After drawing the raffle and a break for
a cup of tea and biscuits, the winner of
the competition for the letter “K” was
announced as Margaret W. with her
miniature fruit knife.
The next meeting will be on
Wednesday 14th September when the
speaker will be Rosemary Jones of
The British Ornithology Society.
The next competition letter will be
“L” for September.
If anyone would like to come along to
any of our meetings they would be
very welcome, usual time 2pm until
4.00 pm.

Help! Local
Pharmacies are
under threat

Earlier in the year Total Health Pharmacy
in Watton took up the national campaign
against the proposed cuts to pharmacy
funding that would severely impact on the
local service provided and could see up to
3,000 local pharmacies close.
An overwhelming response from very
concerned communities saw the largest
ever healthcare petition to be taken to 10
Downing Street with over 2 million
signatures collected nationally.
The government planned to make an
announcement on the planned cuts in July
but that date passed and with a new Prime
Minister, a new Pharmacy Minister and
parliament adjourning for the summer
recess, the original timescale for imposing
changes to pharmacy funding is unlikely to
be implemented without proper notice.
Your local pharmacy does not want the
campaign to stop and the next stage is to
lobby your local MP. The ‘Support Your
Local Pharmacy’ Campaign is encouraging
people to write to their local MP to express
concern about the proposed cuts.
You can find out who your local MP is via
the website and
following the links or by visiting
Geoff Ray, pharmacist and owner at Total
Health Pharmacy said “I would like to
thank our customers for their incredible
support and the tremendous number of
signatures we collected in the pharmacy.
The threat of the cuts is still very real and
we would like to keep the pressure up so
we are encouraging people to lobby their
MP. With the ever increasing pressures on
local NHS services it is vital that the local
community pharmacy

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Great Hockham Gardening Club

We were indeed fortunate to have a
beautiful afternoon for our August
outside visit to Hoecroft Plants near
We had a guided tour and talk by the
proprietor, Jane Lister, ably assisted by
Brenda. The garden was started about
twenty years ago and specializes in
ornamental grasses, coloured leaved
and variegated plants. There are several
areas, some having been in existence
for nearly all of the twenty years, others
only recently developed. As well as
examples of the nursery’s specialties
there were many mature trees, all
planted soon after the garden was
started. It’s always far better to visit
during good weather, but the grasses
were particularly beautiful when backlit
by a full sun. The tour ended with tea,
coffee and biscuits – and the inevitable
purchasing of plants.

Coming back
from the brink

As the hand rearer for Breckland Cats
Protection, I take in any kitten or kittens
that are not weaned and cannot feed
themselves. Some of them have been as
young as one day old, two days old or a
week old. There are a variety of reasons
why these kittens don’t have a mother
cat. Some have been deliberately
dumped and found by a member of the
public, sometimes the kittens are born in
somebody’s garden, and then something
has frightened the mother cat away or
sometimes they are just found under a
hedge maybe, with no sign of the
mother. Other times the kittens are in our
care with the mother cat, but are not
gaining weight or even losing weight.
Kittens need constant feeding from their
mum and her warmth as well. They
cannot control their body temperature at
such a young age, so it is just as
important to keep them warm, as it is to
feed them. I feed them on specialist
kitten milk formula which I obtain from
our vet, and the volume the kittens
receive is determined by their weight. I
weigh the kittens every morning and
calculate how much milk they can have
in a day, divided by the number of times
they need feeding. Under a week old, its
every 2 and a half hours which equates to
10 times in 24 hours, which means night
time feeds as well. Night feeds continue
until they are 3 weeks old, but less
Although I try my hardest to keep the
kittens alive, sadly they don’t all make it.
And the situation can change very
quickly. I can feed them at say 10am and
they are fine, yet when I am ready to
feed them at 12.30pm, something has
changed. Either they refuse the food or
are too weak to suck from a bottle.

This was the club’s final outside visit
for this season and we now
concentrate on our annual flower,
vegetable and home produce show on
Sunday, August 21st. All welcome to
contribute: details at
This is followed by our AGM on
September 14th, followed by the new
season of events in October – new
members welcome.
Edward Szczepanowski

Friendly Invasion by US
Airforce 1 at Watton U3A

At the July meeting we were entertained by Mark Taylor who told
us about training new pilots in Watton in WW2. Mark was dressed
as an US Airforce man, we were asked to imagine that we were
new pilots just arrived in Watton and he told us, in an American
accent, about the strangeness in language ,transport, money, food,
accommodation and weather and how to behave with the local
people. He had the members laughing with his comments and his
jokes. Altogether he was a very entertaining speaker. Enjoyed by
The speaker for September will be Jon Read telling us about the
Red Dragon & the Tylwyth Teg (set in North Wales).
At the September meeting we will be taking names for the
Bletchley Park outing in November. The date and the price will be
given at the August meeting.
The No 1 pub lunch group will be going to The Waggon and
Horses at Griston on 8th September and the No 2 pub lunch group
will be going to the Lynford Hall on Tuesday 27th September.
On Thursday 4th August 33 members travelled by coach to the
RHS gardens at Hyde Hall, Rettenden for the flower show. A very
enjoyable day was had by all. Lots of plants bought!
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.

Oooops! - Watton
County Junior
School Staff
January 1975 again!

I messed up last month!! So with apologies to
Joyce Long who was left off the list of names,
the back row should have read as follows: Mary
Oldridge, Kathy Parker, Betty Forder, Kath
Chamberlain, Joyce Long, Chris Club, Margaret
Reynolds, Vera Willimott.
This year this situation has happened
several times. The first kitten was just
under 4 weeks old and I had had her
since she was 10 days. It is very unusual
for a kitten to die at this age, usually it is
when they are really tiny and have been
through a traumatic experience before
they reach me. This little kitten refused
food and was limp, so I took her to the
emergency vet, where they kept her in
and tried to revive her, but sadly they
were unsuccessful. The next time it
happened a few months later, I was sure
the 2 week old kitten Kiwi was going to
die, as I had tried to feed her, but the
milk just came down her nose, and I was
worried that it would go onto her lungs. I
rushed her to the emergency vet again,
who thought there was little hope. They
kept her in for the day, giving her
injections of saline under the skin every
hour to rehydrate her. Between the vet
Katy and Tina the vet nurse Kiwi was
brought back from the brink. Much to
my surprise they rang me at 5pm and
said she was now fine
and could come back
home. Kiwi is doing
well and thriving now.
Then this weekend,
another 4 week old
kitten looked as if he
was going to die. One
feed he was fine, the
next feed he was limp
and lifeless, but still
breathing. He had had
a bout of diarrhoea
and was on antibiotics.
I began syringing
mouth, but he was
unable to swallow, so I
massaged his throat
and hoped the fluid
was going into his

tummy. I repeated the procedure every
hour with small amounts of fluid and a
few hours later he began to improve,
swallowing the fluid and appeared a bit
more lively. He had his dose of liquid
antibiotic at the usual time, which I put
into the rehydration support. Another
few hours later and he was more or less
back to normal and able to drink the fluid
from a bottle with a teat. By the next
morning he was crying for food at 5am
and had both fluid and a little mashed up
solid food.
I find I am never sure about kittens
survival until they reach 6 weeks of age.
Fingers crossed for the next litter.
If you need help or advice or assistance
with the cost of neutering, call us on
01842 810018, or visit our website or Facebook page,
cats protection breckland Facebook.
Rita Thompson
Pictured below are Kiwi and Tina, the
veterinary nurse who helped to bring her
back from the brink.

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September 2016

Civic Service
for Watton's
new Mayor

A congregation of approximately 125 attended
the Civic Service to welcome the 2016 Watton
Town Mayor, Beryl Bunning.
The Mayor was piped into and out of the Church
by Richard Daplyn, a member of The Phoenix
Pipes and Drums Band which is based in
Thanks should go to all those at St Mary’s
Church who assisted with the service and
refreshments. The Civic Service which takes
place annual for each new Mayor confirms the
Mayors dedication to the Town.
The Mayor greatly appreciates the number of
people who attended the service to support her
and she is hoping to see lots of people both
when she has a tombola stall at Watton Carnival
on September 11th and at a coffee morning she
is holding at the Town Council office on
September 14th.
Money from the Church Service collection will
be split between St Mary’s Church and the
Mayors two charities which are The Charlotte
Harvey Trust and The Queens Hall. Any other
money raised by the Mayor during her year will
be divided between her two local charities.
Pictured left are (l to r) Cllr Beryl Bunning, Rev
Gerry Foster, Vicar of St Mary’s, Watton and
the Mayor’s Consort, John Bunning.
Picture by Mark Bunning Photography.

Watton Bowls
The Watton EBA’s men team finished in
a creditable second place in league
Central 2. The last three matches resulted
in a 1-4 home defeat to Swaffham ‘B’
shots 58-59, followed by 4-1 home win
against Wicklewood shots 72-70. Harry
Moult, Graham Vellam, Kevin Abbott
and Richard Relf won 22-19 then lost 14
-27. Kevin Wilson, Andy Sindle, David
Violet and Keith Bennett lost 19-21 then
with Richard Exley returning to replace
Andy won 30-22, whilst John Hunter,
Peter Myhill, Ted Prior and Malcolm
Hamilton lost 17-19, and with John
Seage replacing Ted Prior won 2821.Finally at Shipdham against the
league champions losing 0-5 on shots
The Ashill league continues with the
final match on 17th August. Results from
match numbers 5 and 6 starting with a 62 home win against Connaught Elm,
shots 57-47, followed by a 4-4 draw
away to Swaffham, shots 49-48. Richard
and Sonia Exley with Charles Newman
18-14 and 14-15 scores for both matches.
At home Peter Myhill with Richard and
Carol Relf 19-20. Kevin Simpson, Kevin
Abbott and Steff Hubble 20-13. Then
playing away Malcolm Hamilton, Kevin
Abbott and Val Baldry 15-17. John
Hunter, Ted Prior and Steff Hubble 2016. Next a 3-5 away defeat against
Connaught Elm, shots 42-58. Graham
and Sandy Vellam with Val Baldry won
18-12, whilst Harry Moult, Charles
Newman and Steff Hubble drew 16-16.
Another home win 6-2 against Dereham
St Nichols, on shots 51-40. Graham and
Sandy Vellam with Val Baldry lost 1115. Harry Moult, Richard Relf and Steff
Hubble won 25-11. Peter Myhill, Charles
Newman and Carol Relf won 15-14. In
the penultimate match Watton suffered a
0-8 away defeat at Aldiss Park Robins.

The Age Concern League playing in the
afternoons saw the ‘A’ team finally
coming good with an excellent 6-0 away
win against Shropham Green, shots 3517. 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. Both teams were then at
home to the Bradenham teams. The ‘A’
team won 6-0, shots 29-23. Graham and
Sandy Vellam with Eileen Barratt 13-12.
Charles Newman, Jim Adams and Val
Baldry 16-11. The ‘B’ team lost 2-4,
shots 28-34. Richard Relf, Kevin Abbott
and David Violet 16-13. Kevin Simpson,
Keith Bennett and Carol Relf 12-21. This
was followed with the ‘A’ team winning
5-1 against Hingham, on shots 34-19.
Graham and Sandy Vellam with Len
Green 13-13. Charles Newman, Malcolm
Hamilton and Val Baldry 21-6. An
excellent home win for the ‘B’ team 6-0
against Mattishall shots 33-21.Richard
Relf, Kevin Abbott and Margaret
Bowdidge 17-8. Kevin Simpson, Keith
Bennett and Carol Relf 16-13. The ‘A’
team away against Hethersett lost 2-4
with Graham and Sandy Vellam with Val
Baldry winning 15-14. At home to
Shropham Green they lost 2-4. Charles
Newman, Malcolm Hamilton and Len
Green winning 15-9. The ‘B’ team at
home to Ashill Foxes lost 0-6.
On Saturday 23rd July Watton were
selected as the neutral venue for the
Ladies National Top Club Competition
between Acle, Norfolk winners and
Littleport, Cambridgeshire winners. The
match consisted of singles, pairs, triples
and fours with Acle’s only defeat
occurring in the triples.
Ellen Falkner the England international
lost 15-21 in the singles to the Acle
captain Sheila Stacey.
Following last month’s report on the

Nowak Charity Cup held at Mundford,
the grand sum of £350 was raised for
Norfolk Air Ambulance.
On Ron Hurrell’s President Day the
bowls club were treated to an excellent
afternoon of bowling followed by a
scrumptious afternoon tea. The grand
sum of £387 was raised during the
season in aid of EACH the Children’s
Hospice, Ron’s chosen charity.
In the return annual friendly match at
home to Cromer the result was a
resounding victory by 113-56 shots.
There were wins all round from the four
triples and the one pair.
The next friendly at Thetford saw the
home team winning by 93 to 85 shots.
There were wins for Peter Myhill, John
Walkling and John Seage 22-12 and for
John Hunter, Alan and Steff Hubble 279.
In the Club Anniversary Triples there
were six teams involved each playing
three games of six ends. With two wins
and a draw Graham and Sandy Vellam
with Jim Adams were the worthy
Home matches and events to note for
Saturday 3rd Club Competition Finals
for the Ladies and Men’s Singles and the
4 Wood Pairs. Tuesday 6th against
Gravesend touring team. Thursday 8th
the second leg of the Ashby Shield
against Bradenham. Sunday 11th
friendly Kings Lynn. Wednesday 14th
club event followed by fish and chip
supper. The final event is the Club 2
Wood Pairs on Sunday 18th.
Another bowls member has sadly passed
away. Peter Bowdidge and Margaret his
wife only joined the club towards the end
of the 2014 season.
Unfortunately Peter became ill at the
beginning of this year and died on the
16th July. Although new to bowls and
during his so very short membership he
gave his all as a regular player during

September 2016

The Wayland News Page 9

Have You
Thought you might like to see what
I've been up to since I left the The
Village Florist Watton. A few friends
and myself approached Mag's and
Sarah the owners of the shop to see if
we could put on an Art Exhibition for
a local charity, our choice being
commissions of sales plus a draw will
go to this worth while cause
After just over two years of retirement
between looking after parents I have
been able to pursue a passion I've
always wanted to do but have never
had the time to, learn to paint, don't
get me wrong I've not been idle!
Mags and Sarah are kindly letting us
have free run of the shop, BUSINESS
The exhibition will open Friday 30th
September with an invited audience
from 10 till 4 business as usual, this
will include light refreshments.
Our exhibition will run Friday 30th
September to Saturday 8th October
this includes Sunday 2nd October 10
till 4
We look forward to seeing all our
Friends and Customers Old and New
Regards to all From Alison and
Right Alison, Mags and Sarah

Tha Ovington
Evenin’ ter orl on yer, hoop yer in fine
I ‘spect yer’ll orl gittin ‘cited bowt tha
‘lympics wos gooin on arownd now.
Me an Horry hossed down tew tha willuj
horl larst week, jest tew sit in on wun o
tha Parish Cowncil meetins, cos thars
orften a bit o ruckshuns.
Thet started orf as yewshul wi orl tha
cowncillers swearin blind tha hent got no
intrest in wos cumin up on tha ‘genda,
we knew tew onnem wos hoopin ter bild
a grat ole howse alonga Sahan rud.
Polertishuns, I wunt gi yew a shillin fer
tha lottonem.
Tha ole Chairwummen dint teark no
nootise, and cum up wi a a moshun thet
Ovinton ort tew put on thar own
She say thet we orta hev a marrerthun
arownd tha Cressent, hev a bike ride
around ole Smitthies fild, cos he hent
grone northin on it fer years. We orta git
a swimming team up an hev a rearce
rown Loch Neetun, fer jimnasticorl
events we cud jump oova ole farmer p’s
geart cos thas suffin high, or stan onna
rownd bearl an see how far yew cud kip
Cor blarst she dew runnon, but hefta hev
a larf cos wen she drew breth an lukked
up she wos sittin on har own. Orl onus
hed snuk owt tha door, cearse we got
wolunteered fer sum o tha duzzy idees
she cum up wi’. We hent gotta owt tha
horl grownds afore she hollered owt,
“Dew yew git backinhare afore I cum
arta yew wi my broom” Horry he luked
at me an he say “Goo tew hell Sid” he
say “We betta goo back cos sheel put up
tha rearts nex year an thet’ll mean wun
less pint ovva Satdi nite”
We orl crep back inna tha horl, orl tha
cowncillers lukin suffin subdewed.
Tha Chairwummen, bort hare wooden

hammer down on tha tearble hard an sed
“I propose we hev Ovington ‘Lympics
like wot I jus sed, orl in fearvor” no
arnser from tha cowncillers, so she holla
owt “Orl aginst then” Orl thar hands
went up.
She lukked pretty savvidge, an wos jist
abowt ter git har parts on wen Boy J sez
“Why dunt we hevva compertishun ter
see hoose got tha best ‘lottment an
hoohev tha best wegges an stuff?” Cos
he dint say heeze gotta grat ole ‘lottment
thas fulla teartas an marra’s.
“Yis” say tha otha cowncillors “Thas a
gud idee, I’ll second that motion” sez har
leardyship, hoose also got a gud show of
flowers up thar.
Tha orl agreed wi’ thet thort, and tha
Chairwummen say “Who shell we git
tew judge the ‘lottments then?”
Goo tew hell iffen thar dint orl luk at
Horry an me. I sed “No way, I’m dewin
harvist fer than ex two or tree wiks”
“I’ll dew it” say Horry, thar wos a bit o
mutrin rownd tha tearble, but thar
rekkuned no wun else wud teark on tha
job, so he got it.
Tha ‘lottment committee wos towld an
thar sorted owt orl tha ‘rangments and
leard on a BBQ.
Horry hed a luk arownd up thar an hed
a wud or tew wi sum o tha foolk who
ware scrappin abowt ter git ther plots
lukkin ship shearp. My Missus she say
wen he cum parst owers on his way
hoom, he wos holdin a grat ole sack an
thet sownded like it was full of bottles
cos thet ware clinkin a rare lot.
Cum tha day of judgin, an Horry stood
up an give owt tha winners, an then jist
got on his bike an wos orf up tha rud
like a shot, follered by a lot of folk
hollarin fer his blood. Mind yew he
shared owt sum o tha booze he’d got
wi me, so orls well thet ends well I
Hefta goo, my missus say thas time I
wos abed. Dew yew kip a troshin

Diabetes UK
We welcomed Julie Button as the speaker
to our August meeting. Julie came to talk
to us about Dementia and becoming a
Dementia Friend. She gave a thoroughly
informative and educational talk that
included how we perceive people who
have Dementia, how we can be more
understanding, trying to stop the stigma
associated with it and how to be a
Dementia friend. Julie also did a couple
of interesting "exercises" with us - they
were real eye openers. Julie was very
warmly thanked and I think we all
understood much more about Dementia
thanks to her.
Once again we are very fortunate to have
Professor Jeremy Turner (from the Elsie
Bertram Diabetes Centre) as our speaker
for September. Hopefully he will be
answering some questions that our
members would like help with. We will
be meeting at the Pentecostal Church,
Watton, who we thank for the generous
use of their facilities, 10.15am on
Monday September 12th.
Also we have a very special event
happening on Monday 12th December. It
will be our 10th Anniversary this year and
we will be holding a special celebration at
the Church. There will be a light lunch
served and we hope to have former
speakers and members as guests and a
representative from the Eastern region of
Diabetes UK. There will be a short
history of how the group started and how
the future is lookin for us and members of
the Pentecostal Church are invited too so
we can say a special "thank you" to them
If you would like any further details of
any of our meetings, please email or phone 01953
884713, leave a message and I will get
back to you.
PS We will also be at the Watton
Carnival on Sunday September 11th, so
please come and say hello.

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The Impact of
World War One
on Wayland

On August 4th the Wayland Heritage
Group celebrated the end of a two year,
Heritage Lottery funded project. The
project was launched on August 4th
2014 – the 100th anniversary of the
outbreak or the first World War, so it
was fitting that it should end on the
same date. Over the two years, groups
from the Wayland communities have
researched the impact of the War on,
for example, family life, women, or
Agriculture across the area. There have
been events and exhibitions in some of
the villages and in November there was
an inspirational and moving exhibition
and commemoration when candles
were lit while the names of the fallen
from each community were read aloud.
Since November the focus has been on
bringing all strands of the research
together into a book- an interesting and
readable story of a rural Norfolk
community in wartime, which is the
main outcome of the project, together
with three memorial trails and a DVD
of research material.
Copies of the book can be ordered at a
special introductory price from the
Wayland Partnership office at Wayland
House. Hardback copies are £18 and
Paperback copies at £12.

Scoulton Village
Hall Quiz and
Chips are back
The monthly ‘Quiz and Chips’ will
recommence on Saturday September
24th at 7.30 pm. Also October 29th
and November 26th. Tickets with or
without food are available in
advance from Tony and Julia Grover
01953 483654.
The Hall, now with a larger kitchen,
is available for hire at very
reasonable rates for morning,
afternoon and evening sessions. A
Petanque terrain is also available for
hire. Telephone jane Gutteridge
01953 850096 or 077610040954, or

September 2016

Fun In The Sun For Watton Inner Wheel

The Summer has arrived at last and with it has
come a much needed period of rest and relaxation
for the ladies of the Inner Wheel Club. The July
meeting took place on a beautiful evening in Val
and Peter Semlyen’s lovely garden. A refreshing
glass of Pimm’s was served on arrival along with
some seriously yummy nibbles. The ladies were
able to try their skill at some games on the lawn
and sharpen their wits with a gardening quiz
devised by President Heather Hewson. Inevitably

there was some business to attend to but this was
mercifully short and to the point and everyone
returned home having had a thoroughly enjoyable
There being no meeting in August some of the
members had a trip to the seaside instead, going to
Cromer on another lovely day for lunch and then a
visit to the famous traditional end of the pier show.
This outing was also greatly enjoyed by all who
were able to go.

In September the wheel starts turning again and
October 12th sees the start of a new season of
Lunchtime Concerts in Queens Hall. The
entertainment on this occasion will be provided by
the ever-popular ‘West End Waiters’ with a new
and varied programme to amuse and entertain you.
As always this will be followed by a light lunch so
book the date and tickets will be available in early
September. See you there!
Lesley Cowling Club Correspondent.

Carnival Time

entertain you with his amazing vocals and ‘Badge’
the good time rock and roll band, as well as
demonstrations by local groups.
There will be a free attraction for the younger
generation which has been generously sponsored
by Watton Town Council, other sponsors include:
Wayland Chamber of Trade & Commerce;
Ridgeons Builders Merchants; Adcocks Electrical;
A-Plant Lux; Tim Mobile Disco Network; and
Watton Edwards News.
The Carnival is set to close at 4.00pm- If you need
any further details please do hesitate in contacting
Steve Jolly on 07729 333002 or Cheryl Clayton on

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 24th & 25th and will be
open each day from 10 am -5pm.
As usual we will be exhibiting a great variety of
pictures in different media. This is not surprising
as the group consists of an variety of people who
between them have had interesting careers.
There are a number of qualified teachers who
have taught here and abroad with various
specialities, such as music and art as well as
special needs, an ex member of the red arrows,
and the territorial army, a designer for TV, a
florist, a person with a language degree someone
who was part of a film crew, plus two members
born in Hingham and have lived in Norfolk all
their lives.
If you would like any further details about the
group which meets once a fortnight on a Tuesday
afternoon. Its an informal group, but help is
always available for beginners, and we have all
day workshops during the year taken by
professional teachers, do contact either of the
names below.
The EXHIBITION will be open daily 10am -5pm
on SEPTEMBER 24th & 25th. Entry is FREE and
there are refreshments and a raffle.
See you at the exhibition!

Watton Carnival will take place on Sunday 11th
September with the venue being Watton High
Street. As always it is free admission and promises
to be a fun filled day with its 'At the Movies'
Keeping with tradition we will once again be
opening the carnival at 11.00am with a special
open-air morning service led by Watton Pentecostal
Church. The official opening ceremony will take
place at 11.45 by the Town Mayor Councillor
Beryl Bunning.
This year’s parade starts at 1.00pm and will be led
by Watton fire brigade and its wonderful crew,
followed in close pursuit by the Town Mayor and
Princesses and Princes from the Wayland area,
thanks to Breckland Belle Classic Carriage and
Breckland Funeral Service for providing luxury
transportation and The Village Florist for supplying
the posies. Keep a close look out for our new
Mascot, just in case you didn’t know Watton
derives its name from: wat being the local dialect
word for hare, and ton for barrel, so we shall be
introducing Hareton whom we think will represent
our Town perfectly.
There will be live music and entertainment on stage
throughout the course of the day and back by
popular demand ‘Dale Bullimore’ who will

Ever Popular Art
Exhibition In

The annual exhibition of the Hingham &
Hardingham Art Group will be held in the

September 2016

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Watton Evening WI Italian Night Fun

August has, so far, been quite eventful
for members of the WI . . . our meeting
took on an Italian flavour when, in
place of a speaker, we had a fantastic
social evening.
After the general
notices, the evening started with a
Members had decorated their masks
and what an imaginative array of
beautiful masks there were. We voted
for our favourite mask and eagerly
awaited the result. We then proceeded
into the other room where the
Committee had arranged tables adorned
with Italian flags and delicious
refreshments of meat platters, various
breads/biscuits, fruits, olives and
refreshing drink all finished off with
‘just one Cornetto’. This was followed
by a quiz. The mask competition was
won by Sally with close runner-up,
Sandra. We usually have a thought
provoking reading at the end of our

meetings and last month a humorous
poem was read by Karen. This month
Hazel read the ‘Mayonnaise Jar and
Coffee’ bringing our lives back in
prespective to remember the important
things and not to get enveloped by the
inconsequential things but to remember
that there should always be time for a
cup of coffee with friends. Everyone
enjoyed the evening and thanks was
given to the Committee for their hard
work in making it a memorable
Wayland Show seems to have come
around so quickly this year and we were
delighted to speak to those of you that
visited us there.
The Walking Group explored the
village of Thompson this month. This
is proving to be a great way of catching
up with other members whilst enjoying
our lovely countryside.
Evening gathering of the Craft Club is

proving to be well attended and along
with the morning session things are
well on the way in producing items for
our stand at this year’s carnival in
September. The Carnivals theme is ‘At
the Movies’ I wonder if you can guess
our costumes? Come along and see if
you chose correctly.
The Old Bell, Saham Toney was the
venue of the Lunch Club and a pleasant
time was had by all those members that
As always you are very welcome to join
us for our next meeting on 8th September
held in the WCCC at 7.30pm (guest fee
£3.50) when our speaker is Mark Taylor
his title ‘Wonderful Things’. Should you
wish more information, please telephone
our Secretary, Hazel Gillingham on
01953 881510. Alternatively you may
prefer to come and have a chat with one
of our members at our stall during the
Watton Carnival.


uncompleted sheets before embarking
upon new ones.
The Game of Squares can be now be
played at 3 locations in town, it is
now available in the Hare and Barrel
Hotel as well as Myhills and Watton
Edwards Newsagents.
Next month, on Friday 21st October,
the second of this
year’s “Jazz at the
Queens Hall”
concerts is
scheduled in the
Queens Hall.
Once again
featuring the
DixieMix, East
Anglia’s highly
acclaimed Jazz

sextet, which
will be celebrating the 10th anniversary
of their formation in November. Tickets
(£12, including light supper) will be
available in Adcocks from 15th
September. We are hoping that Brecks
Radio will be able to broadcast a live
taster at the start of the evening.

August is a quiet month for the
Watton Rotary Club; some members
are away and our meetings are less
well attended; however, business and
planning continues and we are
looking forward to Carnival on
Sunday 11th September. We expect to
have our now-traditional ‘bottle straw
draw’ stall, which we expect to be
located between the Town Sign and
the pedestrian crossing. We will also
be running our “Game of Squares”
from the stall, completing any current

Have you heard
about The
Crafty Swap

Maybe you no longer need those
knitting needles but would like to take
up painting ? Then why not swap your
item, or we can help if you want to
finish that Cross Stitch Kit or give you
advice on upcoming craft workshops.
Donations have already started to
come in and we have a fantastic
selection to choose from..but we need
more.A large space is available where
you can rummage among the crafty
bits & pieces to see if you would like
to take anything and all we ask is that
you bring something to replace it with
however large or small.The aim is to
bring people together to exchange
ideas to talk knitting, painting,
mosaics just a nice friendly
environment where you can meet like
minded people and enjoy a coffee &

By Ken Knowles
It was a miserable day in Robin Hood’s
bay, and raining in Burton-on-Trent
And the weather seemed likely to worsen
the further west that one went.
In Shipton-on-Stour at a quarter to four
the hail was three inches deep,
While at Stockton-on-Tees it was up to
your knees (if you swept it all up in a
In Stow-in-the-Wold it was ever so cold
while in Leamington Spa there was snow,
And at Moreton-in-Marsh the wind was so
harsh, folks couldn’t stand up ‘gainst the
At Chester-le-Street the ice froze your
feet, though at Wells-next-the-Sea it was
But at Staunton-on-Wye fog covered the
sky and nobody thought it was funny
At Newcastle-on-Tyne at twenty past nine
the gloom was deeper than ever
And at Grange-over-Sands men were
wringing their hands in the face of such
terrible weather.
At Barton-le-Clay at the end of the day the
temperature fell below zero,
While at Blackborough End the folks had
to spend the night at the pub (Norfolk
On the Isle of Wight there was no peace
that night for the noise of the storm was so
And for the people of Ryde there was
nowhere to hide from the non-stop thunder
and lightning.
At East and West Locking the gale was so
shocking they had to close the main street,

biscuit. Wednesdays 10am to 1pm at
The Dragonfly Gallery, Watton.
Contact Susan Hollingworth on
telephone number 01953 880205
But at Llandrindod Wells there were
alternate spells of sunshine, snow showers
and sleet.
At Berwick-on-Tweed the
Northumberland breed of sheep were
marooned on the tops
While at Alderley Edge two men used a
sledge just to get their supplies to the
At Saham Toney a boy on a pony went out
at a quarter to five with a man and a dog –
They got lost in the fog and were never
again seen alive.
At Chalfont-St-Giles the cats on the tiles
were forced to run helter skelter while at
A young girl on her own spent the night in
an Anderson shelter,
And at Shipton-on-Swale in the teeth of
the gale the dogs were going berserk,
while at Stanford-le-Hope they just
couldn’t cope with the effort of getting to
But in Bigbury Bay there was sunshine all
day and sailors were out in their boats and
at Sandwich in Kent the populace went
around without any coats.
And so it did go, with both heat wave and
snow and rain like the Indian monsoon,
but believe it not That’s just what we got
that year on the fourteenth of June
So the moral is clear to all of us here, we
must watch the forecast on the tele
If we are in doubt before venturing out in
shorts, shirt sleeves or wellie.
But whenever they say there’ll be sunshine
all day it can be the ultimate folly
To venture too far (unless going by car)
without a raincoat or brolly.

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Dance Away at
The Queens Hall
Ballroom, Latin and
Sequence Dancing
8pm - 11pm Admission £4
September 3rd, No dance in
October, November 5th

September 2016

Streetwise . . .
Regal Court

This month – and possibly next – I thought I’d have
a change from researching the people who have
given their names to areas in the town and
concentrate instead on some other reasons for
streets and roads being named as they are. Some
are obvious, others less so, and all have a story to
Regal Court a small, relatively recent, development
just off Norwich Road, is so named because it is the
site where the Regal Cinema once stood. Yes,
Watton had a cinema! In fact films were shown
from the earliest days of such ‘modern’
entertainment. Silent movies were shown in a hutlike building at the Norwich Road end of Priory
Road and the first talking pictures were shown at
Wayland Hall. However, in 1938 a purpose built
cinema was opened as part of the East Coast
cinema chain and that stood where Regal Court
now is.
Going to the Regal was no trip into the local flea pit
– this cinema was a high class establishment. Set
back from the road with its own car park and
bicycle shed, it was entered by mounting six wide
steps to a glass fronted foyer. There the Manager
Peter Candler, impeccable in his black tie and
evening suit, would wait to welcome everyone and
keep a beady eye on any potentially troublesome
youths! Having purchased a ticket from the booth
in the corner people were shown to their red, plush,
tip up seats by uniformed usherettes lighting the
way with a deft use of a torch. It was a full
programme with two films the ‘B’ film supported
the main ‘A’ feature. There were also trailers and of
course the Pathe newsreel. With today’s media
availability it is hard to imagine the excitement of
seeing important current events as grainy black and
white images on the big screen. Apparently there
was a rumour once that Gracie Fields was coming
to the Regal but that turned out to be just a telegram
from the singer wishing everyone well for a special
event. Before the Queens Hall was built it was the
biggest ‘Hall’ in the town seating around 400, and
as such it was used by the local school for Prize
Giving ceremonies. With the advent of television
the Regal gradually began to lose its appeal and it
was finally closed in 1973.
Also on the same site was a building which was
originally a Church Army Canteen during the
Second World War. In 1953 this was bought by
Harmers, a clothing factory, which employed
around 57 local people, mostly ladies. Their
principle job was I believe, to make the trousers for
postmen’s uniforms. This factory closed in 1983,
both buildings were used for other purposes for a
time and then demolished at regal court rose from
the ashes.
Sources: George Jessup – Watton through the Ages
Denis Bishop – Norfolk at the Pictures
Cecil Chapman – Grandad’s Watton Book 1
Right the staff at the cinema around the time of
its opening. Left to right: unknown, unknown,
Ronald Caddy, Joe Swan, Frank Ward, Miss
Balls, Sylvia Algar, Bridget Page

This was the first Cinema to be opened in Watton circa 1916 situated alongside "Betty Hoggs Lane"
which is now the footpath that cuts from Norwich Road near the rectory to Priory Road. The small
window on the right was where the entrance charge was paid. As can be seen in the picture later
became the British Legion Club.

The Regal Cinema which opened on the 8th Feb 1937, served many purposes as well as a cinema

Recipe of the Month
Apple cake ready for the apple season!
This recipe is supplied by Tuesday Fellowship
member Marian Morgan who, unsurprisingly with
a name like Morgan, is Welsh. She says the cake –
Teisen Afal – is lovely served warm with cream or
ice cream so bake it and enjoy!
10oz Self Raising Flour, 6oz butter, 4oz Demerara
Sugar, ½ lb cooking apples, A little milk.
Rub together the flour and butter until it resembles
fine breadcrumbs. Peel and dice apples and add to
the mixture. Add milk slowly to bind mixture and
tip into a greased baking tin.
Bake for about 40-45 minutes at 170 degrees C
My apologies to Pat Holdcroft I forgot to
acknowledge her as the supplier of last month’s
recipe for Summer Sponge
If you are wondering who the ladies are who come
up with these delicious recipes, why not come
along and meet them at the Tuesday Afternoon
Fellowship at the Watton Community Centre at
2:30 on the first and third Tuesdays of each month
starting again on September 6th.

The Return Of
Jazz to
St. Margaret’s

Breckles Church is hosting
another very popular Jazz
Concert on Friday, 23rd
September at 7.30pm. Four

professional and very talented
musicians are returning to
enthral us with an evening of
Oxborough with his saxophone
and clarinet, Phil Brook, guitar,
Bob Dore, drums and Kevin
Willoughby, bass. With the
excellent acoustics at Breckles
church the musicians really
welcome you to come along and
enjoy a great evening. We

provide good refreshments, a
licensed beer and wine bar and
good parking.
Find us on the B1111, 4 miles
south of Watton, post code
NR17 1EW. Tickets are £12.00
and include a glass of wine and
refreshments. Proceeds for
church funds. Tel. Karen, 01953
498408 or at the door, but we
do prefer to know how many to

September 2016

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
Sun 4th
Holy Communion
10.00am Holy Communion
Super Hero Sunday
Sun 11th 8.00am
Holy Communion
10.00am Informal Holy Communion
Sun 18th 8.00am
Holy Communion
10.00am Holy Communion
Café Church at The Blenheim Centre
Sun 25th 8.00am
Holy Communion
10.00am 4th Sunday at 10
Choral Evensong
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 4th
10.30am Mrs A Fox
Local Arrangement
Sun 11th We will be joining 11.00am the Carnival Service at
Chaston Place
Rev’d B Winner
Sun 18th 10.30am Mr N Hodson
Rev E Reddington Harvest Festival
Sun 25th 10.30am Rev E Reddington Holy Communion
Mrs J Roebuck
Roman Catholic Community
Each Sat 5.30pm Mass at Watton Methodist Church
St. Nicholas’ Church, Ashill
Tuesdays at 10.00am Holy Communion
Sun 4th
Lay Led Worship
Sun 11th 9.30am
Family Holy Communion
Sun 18th 9.30am
Morning Worship
Sun 25th 9.30am
Harvest Thanksgiving

Sun 18th
Sun 25th

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

Sun 4th
Sun 11th
Sun 18th
Sun 25th

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

Sun 4th
Sun 18th

St John the Evangelist Church, Ovington
Holy Communion
10.30am Harvest Thanksgiving

Sun 4th
Sun 11th

All Saints Church, Threxton
Our next Service is an Informal Holy Communion
Sunday 4th September at 11am
We are holding a Coffee Morning on Sat. 24th September
from 10am to 1pm - Everyone Welcome

2pm 7th September AGM at Watton Christian CC

Watton Pentecostal Church
September Services - Sundays at 10.30am
“Wonderful To Us”
Sunday 11th September 11.00am
Watton Carnival Service in the High Street
Everyone Welcome

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Thought for the Month
From Rev Eleanor Reddington, Watton methodist Church
Dear friends, Are you a sports fan? If you are then there’s been a
feast of sporting events over the summer: Wimbledon, Cricket Test
Matches, the Euros and now the Olympics, with the Paralympics
coming up, not to mention the start of the football season.
If you’re not interested in sport, then I apologise for a sporting
theme for this month’s letter.
I think sport has a lot to teach us, even those who aren’t interested
in it, and those who joyfully gave up any sort of sporting activity
when they left school! I love swimming, preferably outdoors, and
preferably long distances. I know I’m never going to be good
enough to win races, even long distance ones, but that doesn’t stop
me from becoming the best I can be. I time how long it takes me to
swim a mile in the pool, and also to swim the same distance
outside. Then I try to beat my own time. However, to do this I have
to go regularly. It’s no good me not swimming for 2 or 3 weeks,
and then expecting to swim faster the next time I go to the pool.
I’ve got to put in the training - which means making the time to
swim regularly, focussing on different parts of my stroke, and
gradually my times will improve.
Isn’t that a lesson for all the different parts of our lives - if we want
to be the best we can be, we’ve got to spend time training,
practising or whatever. We may have to ask someone to help us
(the coach, to keep to the sporting theme), but we’ve still got to put
in the time and commitment ourselves. Think of something you
really struggled to do - can you remember the sense of achievement
when you did it?
Life isn’t about doing great things, it’s about doing the little things
as well as we can - and when we do let’s reward ourselves with our
own gold medal - because what we’ve achieved is as great and
important as that to us. Eleanor.

What’s on at St Mary’s
Church, Watton

Saturday 1st October 3-4.30pm Harvest Cream Tea. Raffle,
Produce, Paper Quiz. Come along and view the Harvest floral
decorations, whilst enjoying tea and cake. Proceeds towards the
ministry of St Mary’s Church
Wed 28th September 3.30 - 4.45pm ‘Stop Gap’ at the Blenheim
Centre, Tedder Close, Watton. After school Club for all the family.
Date for your diary: Sat 29th October 7.00pm at St Mary’s
Church, Watton Jackie Raven, singer & entertainer, bringing you
the memorable hits from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. More details in
next month’s edition.
The Winner of the August 100 Club was number 81 Helen Clay

Watton Country Market

Held every Wednesday 8.30am – 11.30am. Held at the Methodist
Church hall. Watton High Street.
Summer is the time for weddings and Anniversaries, we are only to
pleased to help you in choosing, ordering cards, candles or gifts.
All can be personalised. Soon we will be thinking about what to
make ready for Christmas, don't forget posting by surface mail
starts in September with Australia needing to post early. So if you
want to order anything special please come see us ASAP.
Seasonal produce ha been coming in slowly, everything is a bit
behind due to the adverse weather we had in the spring. We have
now started getting new potatoes, runner beans, tomatoes etc.
Our bakers have had plenty of choice in the cake sections, with
some unusual savouries e.g. pasta bakes, pizza, quiche and sausage
rolls (these are very popular). Not forgetting the homemade jams
and honey.
We have a good selection of fresh farm eggs. So why not come and
have a browse, everyone is welcome, young or old, no obligation to
buy. Tea and coffee is served in adjoining room by the Methodist
church. They welcome everyone. We look forward to seeing you.

Letter to the Editor

I am writing to you to bring to your readers’ attention the rare
genetic condition tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC).
Not many people have heard of TSC, but every month 10 babies
will be diagnosed with this rare genetic condition in the UK
alone. And there are currently an estimated 9,000 adults and
children living with TSC in the UK today.
Caused by a mutation in the TSC1 and TSC2 genes, tuberous
sclerosis complex results in the growth of benign tumours on the
brain, eyes, skin, kidneys, heart and lungs, and can also result in
epilepsy, autism and learning difficulties. It is an extremely
challenging condition for which there is no known cure.
The Tuberous Sclerosis Association (TSA) is the only UK
charity dedicated to providing support for people with TSC. If
any of your readers would like more information about TSC, or
would like to support us in our fundraising activities towards
finding a cure for this condition, then please go to, or follow us on Twitter @uktsa or
like us on Facebook at

Bradenham & District
Horticultural Society

On Saturday September 3rd we will be holding our Autumn Show in
the Village Hall, so please do support your community by coming to
see the show whilst enjoying afternoon tea, when the doors open to
the public at 3.30pm. Some of the classes are also open to nonmembers, so if you want to participate in the Show, please contact
our Chairman, Marianne Kilmartin, on 01362 820744 for details.

September 2016

In your Garden
with Lotta Potts
'September Song', 'It Might as well Rain until September',
'September in the Rain'. All perfectly good songs but tend to
be a bit depressing and gloomy. Of course September may
well be bright, cheerful, dry and sunny. On the other hand it
might follow the pattern of the rest of the year and be a bit of
a wash-out at least in part. All we can do is get on with
what's possible. It's the month when the children go back to
school so those of us who can will probably be planning our
holiday about the middle to end of the month. This is quite
sensible really as most of the prices are lower now than in
high season and in the garden many things will be over and
those that are still going will be fewer than in July or August
so you have a better chance of persuading a friend or
neighbour to water if necessary and harvest fruit and veg.
It's largely a question of keeping it tidy: deadheading, cut
out completely flowered stems of perennials and use the
results of these tasks to start a compost heap if you don't
already have one. If you have either a heap or a bin you will
now have lots more material! Maybe time to start a second
so that you don't end up with a permanently uncomposted
heap. Ideally, of course, we all would have at least three
large bins made of slats or old pallets. We could then start
off accumulating material in the first, layering it nicely in the
second and as time goes by turning it all from one to another
and back again. Monty Don will no doubt be demonstrating
this soon. Yeah. Right.
For those of us with a more modest bit of ground and a
couple of plastic bins it's easier. Just keep everything going
in and stir it round until it's too heavy. Start the second and
use the compost out of the first. Even in a north-facing wind
tunnel the plastic will warm up quickly and you will have
compost within six months. It will take that long to fill a bin
in a small garden anyway and it does have the advantage of
taking kitchen waste – nothing cooked, no meat. Tea bags
tend to take a long time but even if you put them in with the
rest of the compost the bags will fade (or blow) away.
The flower most people associate with September is the good
old Michaelmas Daisy. The botanical name was Aster for
all the varieties but I just read an article that last year
botanists decided that we need seven different names,
including Aster. However, if you think that the most popular
types of Aster were either novi-belgii or novi-angliae, most
of the new names retain these add-ons. Thus Aster novibelgii is now Symphyotrichum novi-belgii. I have no idea
how you say that! I doubt that all the sheds and garden
centres will have the new names already so it should be
interesting to see how it all develops. Still, the good news is
that you can still get flowers from deepest purple to pure
white and heights from nine inches to three feet. It should
therefore be possible to avoid the ones that are martyrs to
downy mildew where plants look as though they have been
sprinkled with talcum powder.
Some clematis come into their own now and are well worth
having. Varieties of tangutica are the ones to look out for.
The flowers are small but they produce large fluffy seedheads, sometimes at the same time so you get twice the
display. A good well-known variety is Bill MacKenzie that
has golden-yellow flowers with purple centres and huge seed
-heads. As with most clematis these need deep, fertile soil
with roots in the shade but the flowers will grow into the
light. Don't plant in a north-facing aspect but otherwise any
will do. Callicarpa is a shrub for autumn into winter. It's a
bit of a Marmite job as it develops vivid orange and red
foliage but has clusters of bright purple berries that can last
until Christmas. These can be a bit off-putting. Cyclamen
hederifolium, on the other hand, is universally popular with
flowers opening before the leaves which are very attractive

Are You A Risk

That’s the question that local pharmacy Total Health
Pharmacy is asking, the answer being “Yes, you are, if you
don’t know your blood pressure”
When was the last time you had your blood pressure tested?
Have you ever had it tested? Perhaps you feel perfectly well
and live a healthy and active life.
High blood pressure is the biggest known cause of death and
disability in the UK due to the strokes, heart attacks and heart
disease it causes. It is also a risk factor for kidney disease and
dementia. Importantly, high blood pressure doesn’t
discriminate and feeling generally fit and well doesn’t mean
you don’t have it.
1 in 3 people in the UK have high blood pressure and more
than 5 million people don’t know they have it which is why it
is referred to as the silent killer. ‘Know Your Numbers’ week
is the nation’s biggest blood pressure testing event run by UK
charity ‘Blood Pressure UK’. The aim is to encourage
everybody to have their blood pressure checked at official
pressure stations around the UK. The event is free and takes
no more than a few minutes of your time.
Geoff Ray, senior pharmacist at Total Health Pharmacy in
Watton said “Know Your Numbers Week is an ideal
opportunity to have your blood pressure tested especially if
you have never had it tested before. It’s free, quick and
painless and you don’t need to make an appointment. Just pop
in to the pharmacy when it suits you.”
“This is our 9th year supporting Know Your Numbers Week
and every year we have identified people with high blood
pressure who had been completely unaware of it. High blood

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and last all winter. These little pale beauties are fully hardy
and the flowers will go on until November. They like welldrained soil with lots of humus in light shade so round the
edges of shrubs would be ideal.
There are some lovely bulbs to be had in September,
colchicum, autumn crocus, galtonia (look like tall
snowdrops), gladioli, schizostylis that look like small gladioli
for those who prefer smaller versions, nerine, sternbergia
lutea. I keep meaning to get some of these as they are hardy,
spread into patches and bring a bit of sunshine in their yellow
flowers. A bit of botanics here for those not in the know,
anything described as 'lutea' has yellow flowers. I only found
out a while ago and being a show-off needed to tell everyone
else. You all knew to start with! I do, however, have a few
nerine bowdenii under a south-facing wall and their pretty
pink flowers never fail to cheer me up. They don't need a lot
of looking after as long as they're reasonably well sheltered
and keep on going. On the subject of bulbs, now is the time
to plant most of the spring flowering ones, such as daffs in
containers with winter bedding and in the ground. Do make
sure they go in deep enough – at least three times their height
– as if they are too shallow in a couple of years they won't
flower. Leave tulips and hyacinths until late October/
November as they are late starters and may well rot in damp
ground if planted too soon. Make sure when buying that the
bulbs are plump and firm without signs of cuts or bruising.
Small green sprouts at the tips of the bulbs are acceptable but
avoid any with long pale shoots. Get in line early for
prepared bulbs for Christmas. There, that dreaded word but
if you want the glorious scent of hyacinths, now's the time.
This is a good time to try a small experiment. If you have a
bit of border that's been cleared, try sowing hardy annuals. If
you think about it this does make sense as the annuals from
this year will have set seed (if you didn't manage to
deadhead) so if they dropped the seed they will have been
fresh. This is the time to collect ripe seed from foxgloves,
delphiniums and anything else you want to increase for next
year. Maybe try sowing some of those as well. Aquilegias
will probably have done it all by themselves already but if
you are cutting back the dead stems you will hear the rattle of
seeds and if you look carefully you'll see the tiny plants from
this exercise last year.
As far as veg is concerned, it's harvesting all the way. Later
this month you can plant onion, shallot and garlic sets. I have
done this two years in a row now and am impressed with the
way it works. I have now harvested all the onions, garlic and
shallots (slightly before the paper's deadline) and they look
pretty good. You can also sow onion seed but I have to admit
to using sets. Spring onions labelled as 'winter hardy' can be
sown and winter lettuce. I haven't tried this but will have a
look for seed. I suspect this might be an exercise in slug
Lawn enthusiasts still have work to do. If it's mild then
obviously the grass will grow, albeit slowly, but will still
need cutting. Trim off the edges, hopefully for the last time,
so that it looks tidy for the winter. Autumn feed can be
applied but don't use up left-lover spring feed as this will
promote soft growth that gets knocked back in cold weather.
If there's moss either leave it alone as it's green or rake it out
together with accumulated thatch. Just to give you a bit more
exercise you could spike it as well, stick in a garden fork
about four inches deep every few inches. This improves
drainage where the grass is compacted. If you have a large
area look at hiring a tool for the job. If you're starting a new
lawn now's the time to sow seed or prepare for turf-laying
next month into November. The soil needs the same
preparation, weed and stone-free, level, tread down, rake,
tread down, rake – think about employing one of those lawn
expert firms!
So there we are but even if you can only manage a few
minutes at a time, keep weeding.
pressure can be easily managed with medication but not if
you don’t know you have it”.
So don’t be a risk taker, find out if you are at risk by visiting
Total Health Pharmacy in Watton during Know Your
Numbers Week (12th to 18th September)
Total Health Pharmacy is opposite the Watton Medical
Practice at 14 Gregor Shanks Way in Watton and is open
from 8am until late 7 days a week.

Ovington Supper

Tickets are available for the Ovington Supper Evening at the
Village Hall on Saturday 24th September, in aid of village
hall funds. Priced at only £7.50 a head, they can be obtained
from the hall any Monday morning between 10 and 12 or by
ringing 01953 885848 to reserve yours. This price includes a
choice of home-cooked casseroles and delicious desserts,
followed by coffee or tea. There is no bar, so BYOB, but
there will be a raffle. This is always a popular event, so hurry
and book as space is limited!
Our next show in the village hall, sponsored by Creative Arts
East Live, will be on Saturday, 15th October at 7.30pm. The
Foundry Theatre Group will be bringing us their hilarious
story-telling entitled “Gilbert, No Sullivan”. As the title
implies, the stories are those of the Victorian writer W.S.
Gilbert, but without the music of Sir Arthur Sullivan. The
multi-talented cast of 2 bring the many characters of the
stories to life in a most ingenious and entertaining way.
Tickets cost £10 for adults, £6 for children under 16, and are
available from the hall on Monday mornings or ring 01953
885848. Don’t miss it!

September 2016

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Richmond Park
Golf Club
Section Open

Richmond Park Ladies Section

It has been a busy summer of golf for the ladies of Richmond Park, the
course having recovered amazingly well after the earlier flooding.
On Monday 25th July, in perfect golfing weather, the Ladies of Richmond
Park played one of the highlights of their golfing calendar, The Windfall
Trophy, an 18 hole Stableford Competition. After finishing their rounds the
ladies changed into their finery and sat down for a buffet lunch prior to the
prize giving.. In fourth place was Chris Whyatt with 34 points, 3rd place was
taken by Julie Ellis with 37 points, in 2nd place was Maureen Flack with 38
points but in 1st place, winning The Windfall Trophy, with an amazing score
of 47 points, was Sandy McCormack.
The photograph below shows Sandy McCormack (left) receiving the
Windfall Trophy from Ladies Captain, Lesley Matthews.

Event Organiser Alan Smith presenting home team winners' prizes to Jim
Chapman and Brian Rees

Alan Smith presenting winners' prizes to Alan Spinks and John Clark of Gt
Yarmouth & Caister GC

Ladies Invitation Day was held
on Friday 12th August having had
to be postponed due to the earlier
flood. However the ladies were
rewarded with perfect golfing
weather and they and their guests
enjoyed a great day out on the
course. The format was Better
Ball and the worthy winners with
a score of 43 points, were Jane
Playford and her guest Helen
Duncan from Ryston Park Golf
Afterwards everyone enjoyed a
welcome carvery meal before the
prizes were presented by Ladies
Captain Lesley Matthews.
The photograph of the prize
presentation right, shows Helen
Duncan on the left, Ladies
Captain Lesley Matthews in the
centre and Jane Playford on the

The morning after the Referendum Day
Storms it was hard to imagine the Open
Competition going ahead on 21st July. The
course was almost completely flooded, the
river and accompanying ditches all
overflowed and many of the wooded
bridges destroyed, or in some cases
washed away.
Four weeks later, after an enormous effort
by the green keeping team, contractors and
a little help from mother nature all 78
golfers teed off on a golf course which
was almost completely back to normal.
The golfers came from both local and
more distant clubs, in some cases as far
away as Hertfordshire and south Essex to
support and enjoy this event.
Despite the aftermath of the storm
damage, and possibly helped by having all
bunkers designated Ground Under Repair
some very good scores were returned.
Winners of the visitors competition with
45 Stapleford points were Alan Spinks and
John Clark from Gt Yarmouth & Caister
Golf Club with runners up Patrick
Hayward and Lee Edwards turning in a
very respectable 42 points beating Dave
Tasker and Chris Brooks from Spalding
into 3rd place on countback. Roy
Townsend and Mike Shoot came in 4th
with 41 points.
Winners of the home team competition
(sponsored by Watton Service Centre)
were Jim Chapman and Brian Rees with a
score of 45 points. Second place went to
Bill Luck and his guest Shaun Nettleship
with 42 points just ahead of Glyn Long
and Nigel Larkins by virtue of a better
back 9 score.
A hole-in-one competition sponsored by
Adcocks of Watton failed to be won, the
nearest being Richmond Park player Alan
The Seniors’ Open Day was designated a
Charity Day supporting East Anglian Air
Ambulance – this year’s charity nominated
by Snrs’ Captain George Travi.
A total of £416 was raised for EAAA by a
raffle of prizes kindly donated by RPGC
members and local businesses and a sale
of previously-owned golf clubs.
All in all wonderful sunny day on a great
golf course in good company – with a
mixture of feelings about the quality of

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September 2016

Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu at the Wayland Show

So this was Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu’s 3rd
venture into the Wayland Show, as usual
we were lucky with the weather and
although the day started a bit overcast
there were definitely a few of us who
went home a bit sunburned!
As usual the day started early doors with
arrival on the outskirts of Watton ready to
erect gazeebo’s, put down matts and fly
the flag for Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu.
After bacon butties and a few coffee runs
we were ready to start and although our first
demonstration in the main arena wasn’t
until mid-morning, we commenced the day
with a fab children’s class run by Sempai

Jack from The London clubs.
This was followed by a dash to the
central show area to put down some more
matts and prep the compere for our Ishin
Ryu introduction. Despite being a
national club, our roots are very much in
the Norfolk area, with the main
headquarters being based in the pretty
village of Caston- so we love the
opportunity to show case at the local
The first demonstration was a dazzling
success, with a display from Sensei Trevs
childrens team followed by a full adult
demonstration from novice belts up to Dan

grades, culminating in a Ki (striking)
demonstration by sensei’s Andy and Del.
The day continued with a further 4
demonstrations and in between classes run
by Sempai Jack and Sempai Richard.
The day was rounded off a treat by the
private BBQ provided by Scott from The
Waggon and Horses at Griston- as usual,
top notch food – Thank you – already
looking forward to next year.
If you are interested in learning the art of Ju
Jitsu or fancy a new challenge, contact the
registrar at Ishin Ryu Headquaters on
01953 483795 or visit us at

Griston Church
Open Day and
Archive Event

Partnership Heritage Group Book “ The
Impact of World War One on Wayland”
and information on the men named on the
War Memorial and those who served and
Other church history and
memorabilia will be displayed. Teas,
coffee and cakes will be available.

Tombola Stall at the Carnival for the
Mayors charities, The Queens Hall and
Watton Youth and Community Centre,
on September 11th, so come and take part
in the Carnival Procession, and all the
Carnival Fun.
Looking forward to meeting you all.
On Wednesday September 14th Come
and enjoy a cup of Tea or Coffee and
refreshments with your Mayor and
Councillors in Wayland Hall. Try your
luck on our Tombola or Raffle, super
prizes. Coffee Morning from 9.30am1pm. A warm welcome awaits all

To celebrate the completion of the tower
repair project and launch new Church
Guides and Heritage Trail an Open Day
and Archive Event will be held on
Saturday 10th September 10am to 4pm.
There will also be a World War One

Watton Town

Watton Town Council will be having a

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