FREE - Issue Number 239 - October 2016

Has Wayland
got talent?
Alex is on a
‘Search for a
Star . . .’

If anyone can recognise true talent is, then it
must be Alex Morley, resident Producer and
Director at Russells International Circus for
5 years and also producer of circus shows for
others famous circuses such as Billy Smart's
Circus and The Nederlands National Circus.
Born and bred in Wayland, Alex started his
career when he first performed as a clown at
Melsop Farm Park, in Breckland 10 years
ago. And on a recent return visit, Alex saw a
unique opportunity to bring a Christmas
Spectacular to the middle of Norfolk for the
first time ever.
As the Farm itself will be closed when the
animals are brought in for the winter, Alex
saw that the rest of the Park's facilities such
as Indoor Soft Play Area, Outdoor Play Area,
Cafeteria for refreshments and hot meals and
most importantly indoor toilets for children,
would make an ideal venue for a unique
Christmas show and experience, never seen
in Breckland or possibly Norfolk before.
Alex has already assembled a cast of
professional acts for the show, including
acrobats from the famous Romanian State
Circus. But Alex wants to give something back
to the Norfolk community that supported him
in the early stages of his performing career, and
he is offering Norfolk talent, young and old,
the chance to get their big break in front of live
audiences in a highly professional show.
This is a fantastic and rare opportunity for
anyone wanting to get their foot on the
ladder to stardom, and no matter what your
act, comedian, dancer, singer or magician,
Alex wants to hear from you!
You must be over the age of 16 and be
available for shows between the 26 th
November and 23 rd December – though you
wont have to commit to every one if, for
example, college or studies limit your
availability. And you will be paid!
To get more details and arrange an audition
please contact Alex Morley by email to
alexmorleyproductions@gmail.com
The Show will be running from 26 th
November until 23 rd December at Melsop
Farm Park, Ellingham Road, Scoulton, Near
Watton, NR9 4NT

The Wayland
Players rehearse
Earnestly!
Summer is officially over, although Mother Nature
does not seem to have received the memo, and the
Wayland Players are in rehearsal for their autumn
production on November 17th, 18th and 19th.
Dare I mention ‘handbags’ or the pastime of
‘Bunburying’?
Yes, we have turned to that most English of classic

PLEASE HELP YOURSELF - IT’S FREE!!!!

Help Westfield Infant &
Nursery School & SureStart
bag some of Tesco's cash

Watton Westfield Infant & Nursery School with
the SureStart Children’s Centre is bidding to bag
a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of
Help initiative. Tesco has teamed up with
Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative,
which see grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000
– all raised from the 5p bag levy – being
awarded to environmental and greenspace
projects.
Three groups in each of Tesco’s 416 regions
have been shortlisted to receive the cash award,
and this month shoppers are being invited to
head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they
think should take away the top grant. Watton
Westfield Infant & Nursery School with
SureStart Children’s Centre is one of the groups
on the shortlist.
The project involves improvements on the
shared field area to remove old, damaged
equipment and to replace it with adventure play
equipment, a pergola and large scale planters to
allow children and their families to enjoy healthy
activities and lifestyles together.
Acting Head Teacher, Amy Futers, and
Children’s Centre Manager, Kirsty Massie, agree
that ‘the Tesco Bags of Help funding will help
us work with our children and their families, as

part of our local community, to enhance their
physical development and to encourage them to
make healthy choices.’
Sam Blackbeard, Watton Tesco Store Manager,
said ‘I am delighted that Watton has been
successful in securing funding’.
Voting is open in stores from 26 September to 9
October. Customers will cast their vote using a
token given to them at the check-out in store
each time they shop.
The Westfield Infant and Nursery School project
is up for the public vote in the Watton, Dereham,
Swaffham, Fakenham and King’s Lynn stores.
Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at
Tesco, said: “We are absolutely delighted to
open the voting for round two. There are some
fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t
wait to see them come to life in hundreds of
communities.”
Groundwork’s national Chief Executive,
Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help is giving
our communities both the funding and the
support to create better, healthier and greener
places for everyone to enjoy.
“We’re looking forward to learning the results of
the customer vote and then supporting each
group to bring their project to life.”

comedies ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ in
which two young men about town invent
fictitious alter egos and invalid friends in order
to escape from burdensome social obligations.
Oscar Wilde called it ‘a trivial comedy for
serious people’. I think modern audiences find
the play’s high farce and witty dialogue the
reason that the play has remained enduringly
popular.
There will be more about the exploits of Jack, call
me Ernest, Worthing and his friend Algernon
Moncrieff in next month’s Wayland News. For
the moment, please note the dates and remember
that there will be a matinee on the Saturday as well

as an evening performance. Tickets will be
available from the Players’ honorary box office,
Adcocks, Watton High Street from Monday 17th
October. Jenny Mann, Director

Breaking News

We're letting you know early about our
Christmas Market. We are Watton Methodist
Church, the one on the High Street, and on
Saturday morning 19th November we will pack
the WCCC with stalls and games for all the
family. Come and enjoy a coffee or stay to
lunch, we will be pleased to meet you.

The Wayland News Page 2

October 2016

October 2016

Streetwise by
Lesley Cowling
Clarence Court, Constable Court
and Black Horse Close
More places this month which are named
because of things which used to be on the
sites where these dwellings now stand.
The dental surgery at Clarence House
occupies one of the most imposing
properties along the High Street; the
exterior has changed little over the years
and even inside the rooms still bear
witness to wealth of the people of
yesteryear who inhabited this place. One
family was called Whalebelly and they
were butchers by trade, the slaughter
house for the animals being located
behind the property with access in Harvey
Street. The house stands on a relatively
small piece of land so further land was
acquired over the road. This land lay
behind the wall to the Methodist church
car park – at the back of the Stevens’
Almshouses, and it was used chiefly as an
orchard. Thus Clarence Court stands on
the land which was once the orchard
belonging to Clarence House.
Constable Court, along George Trollope
Road is self explanatory although there
may be those who do not know that the
whole of the Wayland Partnership
building, and the TIC and Library the hub
of law and order in the town. The Police
station, complete with cells for locking up
miscreants, was facing the High Street
whilst the adjoining building on George
Trollope Road was the Court House for
the local Magistrates Court. All that
remains of that era is a small Police
presence at the west end of the Wayland
House, and the name Constable Court.
Black Horse Close is just off the Saham
Road but the pub after which it is named
was on Brandon Road opposite the
Junior School. It seems it was opened as
a Beerhouse in 1854 and the first
licensee was a mere 16 years old.
Subsequently there were seven more
landlords and one lady who eventually
died at the age of 99 in 1984. In 1960
the pub was granted a full licence this
having been transferred from the Crown
at Ovington. In the early 20th century
there was a good trade in beer especially
from men tramping home – thirsty –
after a hard days work. Cecil
Chapman’s book ‘Grandad’s Watton’
records his grandad’s walk to work from
Saham taking ‘the best part of some
time’ and observes that there was delay
on the return journey because ‘ by then
the Black Horse was open! After gaining
the full licence, surprisingly trade began to
fall off and, with only 80 barrels of beer
being sold within the last year, the pub
finally closed in November 1967.

Recipe of
the Month

This month’s recipe is for those who, like
the contributor, are suffering from
quantities of tomatoes and courgettes all
ripened and ready at the same time. It
might be especially useful for those with
husbands who are fed up with sliced
tomatoes served up with absolutely every
meal. The recipe is called Glut Soup.
You will need:
 About 5 small washed new potatoes ,
halved, or 1 large baking potato peeled
and cubed.
 I onion sliced
 1 tablespoon olive oil (or similar)
 8 – 10 nicely ripe tomatoes
 3 small-ish courgettes thickly sliced.
 2 teaspoons of Boullion vegetable stock
powder.
 1 ½ pints of hot water.
Method:
In the oven heat the oil in a baking tray/
roasting dish and roast the potatoes and
onion for about 10 minutes.
Add the tomatoes and the courgettes,
coating them in the oil. Season with salt
and freshly ground pepper or use garlic salt

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HAVE YOUR
SAY!

North Wales based developers, Tesni
Homes, are appealing the decision to
refuse planning permission for 177
dwellings on land to the south of Mallard
Road in Watton.
The Appeal will take the form of a
hearing and may last up to five days. It is
likely the Appeal will be heard in the
New Year.
HOWEVER, the deadline to make an
objection to the Planning Inspectorate is
OCTOBER 19th 2016.
Given the pressure on Watton’s
infrastructure now, AND that two more
developments have been approved on
Appeal by the Planning Inspectorate, the
prospect of another 177 dwellings is
beyond belief.
However, the developer will attempt to
exploit Government policy to win their
Appeal.
If you feel strongly that a further
development of this size is not in
Watton’s and the community’s interest
PLEASE write with your objection to:

The Planning Inspectorate, Room 3/O,
Temple Quay House, 2 The Square,
Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN.
The Appeal Reference, APP/F2605/
W/16/3154813 must be quoted.
Additionally 3 copies of your letter must
be sent. For those of you handwriting
your letters, Adcocks will photo copy
your letter for you (free of charge) to save
having to write it out 3 times!
Alternatively you can email your
objections to:
peter.koza@pins.gsi.gov.uk,
again,
quoting the Appeal reference number.
Here is a quote from Tesni’s website:
“At home in either a rural or an urban
setting, each Tesni home is testament to
our empathy for natural materials, to our
design
expertise
and
to
our
understanding of the importance
of
ecologically-innovative
and
responsible building.
Outside, a Tesni home adds real value to
its surrounding community and
environment, while inside, it is calm and
comfortable and filled with warmth and
light. A bright modern space you’ll love
to come home to.”
One of our local councillors described the
planned development as “One of the

worst he’d ever seen”, with proposed 3
story dwellings bordering existing
bungalows. It would also stop a possible
future link road from Brandon Road to
the Thetford Road.
Flood risk issues can no longer be ignored
either, as the recent storm sadly
demonstrated - with even some of the
new properties on Thetford Road being
flooded! Further development will only
add to the risk.
Wherever you may live in the Wayland
area, the prospect of a further 177
dwelling has implications for everyone so
PLEASE, PLEASE take a little time and
let the Planning Inspectorate know your
feelings!
The actual Hearing gives the opportunity
for members of the community to speak,
so if you feel that is something you would
like to do, please make it known on your
letter.
Sadly two democratically decided
planning permission refusals have been
overturned by the Planning Inspector,
may we collectively do our best to try and
prevent a third!
What Watton Wants
www.whatwattonwants.co.uk

Watton Rotary Roundup

In late August, at our last meeting of that month, we
were enthralled by a presentation about Medical
Detection Dogs. Using man’s best friend’s ability to
detect minute changes in the smell in human breath
or fluids enables early detection or diagnosis of such
problems as cancer or diabetes.
Some dogs are trained to detect medical conditions
from samples sent to the centre near Milton Keynes;
others are allocated to specific patients in the home
environment having been trained to give a warning
of the likely onset of a problem associated with, for
instance, diabetes – particularly useful for children.
Despite saving lives and diagnostic time, Medical
Detection Dogs are not funded by the NHS; it is a
charity dependent of donations – we were pleased to
donate from our Charities Fund.
One of our members has frequently travelled to
Nepal, and we have supported a number of projects
there, including school building. Following the
devastating earthquake in April last year, we looked
for and found a local organisation to use the cash we
had collected towards relief work.
It was the Namaste Community Foundation, founded
in 2003 and based in Prohara just outside the affected
area. Following another small donation recently, we
discovered that the charity’s founder was visiting the
UK. We were delighted, and privileged, that Visma
if liked. Return the vegetables to the oven to
roast for a further 10 – 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and put in saucepan. Add
stock dissolved in the hot water and boil up
quickly, then simmer very gently for 20
minutes. Remove from heat and leave to cool.
Blend mixture to a fairly smooth consistency –
it won’t become completely smooth but
blending helps to combine the flavours
wonderfully.
When ready, reheat gently and serve with a
swirl of single cream on top.

Raj Paudel was able to visit our little club to tell us
about his work the day before he was due to return to
Nepal. He presented us with a solid brass Buddha in
appreciation of support – the picture shows President
David receiving the statue from Visma.
A correction to our statement about our Game of
Squares initiative last month: because of security
considerations we have decided to withdraw it from
retail sites for the time being. The Town Carnival
provided the opportunity to do so. The partially
completed sheets at Myhills and Watton Edwards
Newsagents were combined and added to at
Carnival.
At the end of day 80 squares had been sold, and a
draw revealed the winner was from Brandon; on the
50/50 principle of the game he won £40. We will be
reviewing our options for the Game of Squares,
meanwhile thanks to everyone who took part over
the weeks and on Carnival Day.
Including income from our straws’ tombola, a sum
of £300 has been added to our Charities Fund.
Thanks again to Cheryl and here team for organizing
Carnival
Don’t forget our “Jazz at the Queens Hall” on Friday
21st October with DixieMix; Adcocks are our ticket
agents - £12, including light supper.
Martin Anscombe

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October 2016

Tall Tales &
Bonkers Ballads in
Ovington

If you enjoy a good laugh then come to
Ovington Village Hall on Saturday 15 October
for an entertaining evening of wit and silliness
from The Foundry Group. In association with
Creative Arts East Live, they are bringing their
hilarious show “Gilbert (No Sullivan)” to
Ovington Village Hall. Before writer W.S.
Gilbert met composer Arthur Sullivan to form
theatre’s most famous partnership, he wrote
stories – absurd, outrageous, hilarious stories –
and wildly funny poems.
Now, for the first time, three of his funniest
tales and two of the best-loved comic ballads
come to the stage in this inventive adaptation
by Mitchell & Nixon, writers of hit shows
“Those Magnificent Men” and “Big Daddy v.
Giant Haystacks”. Performed by David
Mounfield (‘Count Arthur Strong’s Radio
Show’ R4) and Brian Mitchell (‘The Ornate
Johnsons’ BBC4), “Gilbert (No Sullivan)” is
both the perfect night out for fans and a great
introduction to one of England’s wittiest
writers.
Tickets costing £10 for adults, £6 for under
16s, are available from the village hall any
Monday morning or by ringing 01953 885848.
There may be some available on the door, but
book early to avoid disappointment as it’s only
a small hall!

Hackers, Tackers
and Stuffers

If you enjoy sewing related activities, or even
if you fancy having a go, come and see us on
the 2nd or 4th Tuesday of each month between
7 and 9 pm in the Christian Community
Centre, High St Watton. You are welcome to
just have a cup of tea and chat. It doesn’t
matter if you are very experienced or a raw
beginner, you will be just as welcome. We are
also a mine of information on local sewing
related events and sources of materials etc
Activities include: patchwork; quilting; fabric
bag and box making; Heart Cushions for
people who have had Breast Surgery and many
more, usually based on ideas from members or
requests from charities and voluntary
organisations.
Occasionally
we
have
demonstrations and workshops, at others we
take our own current projects and sit and sew
and chat. There is no pressure. For further
information ring Jane on 07809702357 or Sue
on 01362 822536.

Councillors Chat

With Cllr Claire Bowes
On 12th September I was very pleased to
attend the presentation of certificates and
medals to children who had taken part in this
year's summer reading challenge at Watton
Library.
The challenge this year also
celebrated 100 years of wonderful children's
author, Roald Dahl, and was very popular and
well subscribed. A big well done to all who
took part.
The Library Service has launched Spydus
Mobile, a free app that residents can download
onto their smartphone or tablet to access
library services and manage their membership
at any time, "on the move".
The app allows users to search for books,
place holds on interesting items, download ebooks and e-audio books, keep track of their
library account and manage their loans.
People who aren't library members can also
use Spydus Mobile to scan barcodes on books,
CDs, DVDs and other items, using their
device's camera while they're out and about,
and then search for available copies at their
local library.
To download Spydus Mobile for Apple and
Android devices visit the App Store or Google
Play and select Norfolk Library and
Information Service.
For those interested in pursuing a new
qualification or furthering their interest in a
subject, the County Council offers a
comprehensive
adult
learning
course
programme. Full details of the new Autumn
programme can be found on the County
Council website.
The County Council are looking for people
who would like to become ‘Love Food Hate
Waste’ volunteers who are willing to share
their knowledge with others to help to reduce
the amount of food we waste.

In the UK each year households throw away 7
million tonnes of food and drink. This costs
the average family with children about £700 or
the equivalent of £60 per month. Waste that is
not recycled or composted is currently
disposed of in landfill sites. This is a costly
method of waste disposal and is damaging to
the environment.
Love Food Hate Waste volunteers will be
trained in issues regarding food waste and
equipped with tools and ongoing support to
help others in their local community to make
the most of their food, reduce food waste and
save money.
Anyone over the age 18 can join the scheme
and will receive free training, a resource pack
and ongoing support from their programme co
-ordinator and Waste Reduction Officers.
The next training course will take place on
Saturday 1 October 2016 at the Green Britain
Centre in Swaffham.
For more information email
lovefoodhatewaste@norfolk.gov.uk.
The results of the public consultation on the
proposed combined authority devolution deal
for Norfolk and Suffolk have now been
published. The figures indicate that the
majority of those consulted agree with the
principle of devolution, but the majority did
not favour a mayoral model.
A summary of all responses will be reported to
the Secretary of State. If the Secretary of State
thinks that the necessary statutory tests have
been met, he will lay a draft order before
Parliament. However, only if all the local
councils and the LEP that endorsed the
proposed deal in June approve the order will
plans progress. There will be a meeting of the
County Council to consider this on Thursday
3rd November 2016.
As I write, Ash dieback disease, is set to be
discussed by county councillors at a meeting
of the Environment, Development and
Transport Committee.
Members will consider measures which will
allow the county council to effectively manage
the implications of the disease which is
already affecting trees in Norfolk including the
Wayland area. These measures could include
seeking financial support from Defra, and
looking at how the county council can work
with landowners to minimise costs to the
authority.
Norfolk was one of the first areas in the
country where Chalara was identified and
councillors will hear how Norfolk is leading
the way nationally in work to tackle the
problem. Details of our methodology and early
survey results were well received at the
national Ash Dieback Safety Intervention
Meeting organised by Defra, and national
body the Tree Council, are now keen to share
our methodology with other authorities in the
country.
Finally, for residents who are new to the area
and would like to learn a bit more about our
local Breckland heritage and environment a
good website to visit is
www.breakingnewground.org.uk
Breaking New Ground is a landscape
partnership supported by the County Council
and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund
which is delivering a range of exciting
Heritage and Landscape Projects in the heart
of the Brecks and a monthly newsletter is
published on the site.
Claire Bowes, County Councillor, Watton
Division.
Claire.bowes@norfolk.gov.uk
07789796937

take it down into the soil producing smaller
but stronger plants. Also there is no need to
dig (hurrah!) as this disturbs the worms which
are mainly active in the first four inches
of earth.
As an organic gardener, Charlotte uses leaf
mould to help retain moisture in the soil and
home made compost to replace nutrients. But
if the small orange tiger worms are still
working in the compost heap it is not yet ready
for use on the garden. Charlotte also extolled
the virtues of seaweed in various forms and
the growing of green manure, such as phacelia.
However, while you can improve the
composition of the soil in your garden, it is
virtually impossible to permanently alter its
acidity or alkalinity. Having tested the PH
with one of the many kits available at the
Garden Centres, it is best to work with nature
and stick to those plants best suited to the
conditions.
What's on in the next three months:
27th October Julia Srigley 'Increasing Colour
all the Year Round'
24th November June Moy 'Christmas Wreath
Demonstration'
8th December CHRISTMAS PARTY

Ashill and Holme
Hale Garden Club

College Farm hosted Lavender’s Lunch on
4th September in the picturesque grounds of
the house. After a slightly damp start to the
day the weather improved and the lunch was
a great success with over 130 people
attending. This lunch is an annual event and
is one of the highlights in the Thompson
year. The proceeds from the lunch will go
towards St. Martin’s church fund raising.
September 11th was the day of St. Martin’s
Harvest service and lunch. After the service
lunch was served in the church and outside
in the grounds. This was a variety of very
tasty homemade soups and crusty bread
followed by seasonal fruit crumbles and a
glass of wine. Everyone enjoyed the lunch
on a beautiful sunny day.
A new venture for the church will be an
evening of storytelling with Peter and Dave.
The theme is “Into the winter”. The evening
will start at 7pm. There will be light
refreshments and entry is £5 on the night.
Everyone is welcome. Please feel free to
bring cushions, blankets etc to make
yourself cosy.

In August Charlotte Philcox made her third
visit to talk, this time, about 'The Secrets of
the Soil'. Being the holiday season the
audience was somewhat smaller than usual but
nonetheless enthusiastic to hear what Charlotte
had to say about the samples of soil they had
brought from their gardens.
A well balanced loam is a mixture of clay, silt
and sand. Charlotte explained the properties of
each element and showed how you can feel
this by rubbing the soil with your thumb and
squeezing and rolling it in your hand. The
earthworm is a must for healthy soil as it
breaks down organic matter and leaves holes
for water and roots to penetrate. The worm is
so important that Charles Darwin wrote a
whole book about it. Research has shown that
using artificial fertilizers produces large leafy
plants but they then attract pests and few
worms. Whereas a two inch layer of garden
compost on the surface will attract worms to

Bradenham &
District Horticultural
Society

We held our annual Autumn Show on
Saturday, 3rd September.
Despite the
unfriendly weather during most of the growing
season we received a respectable 91 entries
from 11 exhibitors. The morning was dry and
reasonably bright but by the time the hall
opened to the public at 3.30pm it was pouring
with rain. This meant that our guests were
fewer than previously which was unfortunate
but even gardeners can't always get the
weather they want or even at the times they
want it. Mixed feelings on the rain there!
Our winners of Silverware were;
Autumn Shield awarded for highest points in
Show – Michael Simmons; Chairman's Cup
awarded to the lady (not Shield winner) with
highest points in Show – Barbara Steward;
Gentlemen's Cup awarded to the gentleman
(not Shield winner) for highest points in Show
– Simon Hillier; Sid Lancaster Cup awarded to
the winner of the Trug of Vegetables –
Michael Simmons; Sid Lancaster Plate
awarded to the winner of the Bowl of Fruit –
Barbara Steward; W.I. Horticultural Cup
awarded for the best Flower Arrangement –
Barbara Steward; Michael Simmons Cup
awarded for the best Vegetable in Show –
Barbara Steward for her Trug of Vegetables;
Woolnough Trophy awarded for the best Vase
of Flowers – Helen Parnell-Cook for her
Roses; President's Plate awarded for highest
points in the Domestic Section – Barbara
Steward
Thanks to all who exhibited, all who came for
tea and our judges Sandra and Fred Howard,
Gina Scleater and Michael Simmons.
Hope to see you at our Spring Show Saturday
08 April 2017. Marianne Kilmartin Show
Secretary 01362 820744

Sensational
September in
Thompson

October 2016

A Quick Look
Round
by ORBITER
How time flies, it seems hardly a few
weeks since Easter, but here is October
already. Maybe the time has flown
because of all the things that have
happened in the last three months, such
as the Queen’s 90th birthday
celebrations, the referendum and the
Olympics, both for the fit and the
disabled, as well as the appointment of
a new Prime Minister, not to mention
the summer, which made a belated but
very welcome appearance.
The most important of these was, of
course, the referendum, since this will
have a great influence on our lives
later on in the future, but as in all such
matters, the losers, those who opted to
remain in the EU are lobbying for
another vote, almost like schoolboys
who lost a ‘toss’ would immediately
claim “Best of three”. Hopefully Mrs.
May will ignore those calls for a rethink, as irrespective of the merits of
the views of either side, continual
uncertainty will be of no benefit to
anyone.
One of the main worries that come
with the Brexit campaign is that of
immigration, not just the entry to
Britain by the thousands of desirable
visitors, but of the steady stream of
illegals that reach our shores regularly.
The numbers of the latter can only be
guessed at, but must be quite
considerable as we read, from time to
time, of small boats arriving at remote
coastal locations, and if some are
spotted then obviously there must be
others who arrive unseen.
In typical British fashion, just at the
time we need them most, coastguard
stations have been reduced in numbers,
while Protection Vessels are so few as
to be almost non-existent. Of course,
with hundreds of miles of coastline to
patrol this could only be done with a
reversion to the conditions we endured
during the Second World War, when
almost all seaboard areas were out of
bounds to all of us. And with millions
arriving each year at our air and
seaports, it is impossible for every
illegal immigrant to be detected.
But we humble citizens can leave that
problem to our rulers, and keep our
fingers well crossed.
Meanwhile the good news comes from
the medical front, whose back-room
boys have been waging a continuous
war against all the ailments that beset
us, such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer
and dementia and many other afflictions,
and hardly a week goes by without the
announcement of a break- through with
cures on the way. Unfortunately every
report seems to end with the note that the
new drug will be available in five or ten
years, or that, if available now, has to
wait until sanctioned by the EU, which
will also take ages. Always jam
tomorrow!
Much discussion has taken place recently
on the subject of parents taking children
away on holiday in term time, and later
about their youngsters arriving at school
incorrectly dressed, but surely the answer
must be that rules are rules, and just as in
all walks of life, they can sometimes
seem a bit un-necessary, but to accept
infringements by the few reflects unfairly
on the many. I remember when my
school had a rule that required any
prefect who saw a boy without his cap
on, on the way to or from school, to
report that boy to the headmaster for
punishment. This may have been a bit
over the top, but luckily most of our
prefects seem to have had slightly
defective eyesight at crucial times!
Many of us will have enjoyed watching
our athletes performing in the recent
Olympics, and admired their fine
performances, though the television
coverage was grossly biased in favour of
the UK entrants, since hardly ever did we
see an American, even though they won
more medals than we did. But no doubt
all countries were similarly favoured by
their own broadcasters.
The one annoying thing about our own

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BBC was their penchant for switching
channels so frequently. Enjoying an
event on BBC One, we might be
informed that coverage was being
continued on BBC Two, and thirty
minutes later it was back to One or
even Four. The Para-Olympics, shown
for hours on Channel Four, fortunately
was not spoilt by these silly
interruptions.
I see that the authorities have been
holding auditions for a new announcer
for the Speaking Clock, the telephone
service that for many years has told us
the time at ten second intervals
throughout the whole day, obtainable
in the old days by dialling TIM. This
service was also useful for office
workers, who would pick up the phone
and dial the letters when the boss came
near, to give the impression they were
working!.
But why do they need a new
recording? The number of times in a
day hasn’t changed, as far as I’m
aware, and the original voice could not
be bettered.
I was astonished, when reading my
national newspaper last week, by a
couple of items of outstanding
perspicacity, the first being that due to
the hot weather sales of ice-cream have
soared, and the second was the forecast
by the A.A. that traffic over the Bank
Holiday weekend would be heavier
than ever. What wise individuals
worked those out ?
It was sad to read of the increased
number of deaths that have occurred
on Norfolk’s beaches in recent weeks,
and it has been suggested that this may
have been partly due to the lack of
lifeguards.
But
they
are
a
comparatively recent addition to our
safety services, except on such
hazardous sites, such as the surfing
beaches in Cornwall, so one wonders
why locally things have become so
dangerous. Perhaps folks are becoming
more venturous, or more careless.
With the onset of Brexit, there have
been some frivolous suggestions that
we might revert to the old Imperial
measures that we knew years ago, with
feet and inches, and currency including
shillings and pence. Actually we never
did really accept the new ways
entirely, as we still float between
systems.
A while back babies were weighed in
kilos, but we are back with bouncing
babes reported in pounds and ounces,
and aircraft ascend to heights in feet,
and one can still order 3inch drainpipes in 3 metre lengths, although
completely new measures have been
un-officially introduced – we no longer
describe a plot in acres, but in ‘football
pitches’, while long lengths are shown
as ‘long as London double-decker
buses’, as if we know just how long
they are, or if they are the same length
as our local ones.
Apparently the police station in
Thetford has joined the many that are
no longer open to the public to take
their troubles to in person. This is said
to be progress, and the cops are
available by phone. But when I find
that wallet in the street,
where do I take it to ? Or take my
driving licence within twenty-four
hours ?
Good afternoon.

Diabetes UK

Once again, we were privileged to
have Professor Jeremy Turner,
Consultant Diabetologist and Clinical
Director from the Elsie Bertram
Diabetes Centre, as our speaker in
September. Our members were asked
beforehand about what they would like
to ask Jeremy and as his time was
limited, he was able to go through the
list. Among the questions asked were
the subjects of injection sites, blood
sugar levels, blood pressure and the
presence of ketones, all of which are
important to people with Diabetes. As
usual with Jeremy's visits, one thing
led to another and other topics relating
to the original ones were included in
his talk! He was very warmly thanked
for giving up some of his valuable time

to come and see us.
Our next meeting will be on Monday
October 10th, 10.15am, at the
Pentecostal Church - whom we thank
for the generous use of their facilities.
At this meeting, one of our members
will be bringing in some home-made
food that people with Diabetes can eat.
Plans are well underway for our 10th
anniversary celebrations in December.
If there are any founder members I
have not yet contacted, who would like
to attend, please could you email me at
the address below.
Finally, thank you to all the people
who visited us at our stall at the
carnival. Thanks to your generosity
we raised £133.15 for group funds.
Thank you again, it was a lovely day
weather wise and our helpers all had a
good time.
Please email me at
rjwhrt56@btinternet.com if you would
like any information about the group,
or leave a message 01953 884713 and
I will call you back.

In your Garden
with Lotta Potts

I was recently given a new book. RHS
Gardening Month by Month and in
case of any confusion a smaller bit of
information on the front cover 'What to
do when in the garden'. So now we
know what it's about. It's a small book
in the sense that rather than the
standard A4 page it's more like half so
therefore it is very thick indeed. You
may think how appropriate for Lotta.
Obviously I started with October for
this article. Bearing in mind I am
writing this in our mid-September
heatwave I was a little taken aback by
this statement 'snow begins to fall this
month'. Reading on it refers only on
high ground in the north. Whew! So it
goes on about Autumn chill, increasing
gales, decreasing sunshine, more
rainfalland that snow. Makes you
want to hibernate.
As in previous years the main things to
do for this month are housework outside.
The greenhouse crops such as tomatoes
and cucumbers should be just about
finished. Any unripe tomatoes can be
left on a light window sill or put into a
drawer – either way they will ripen or if
you have a lot of them have a go at green
tomato chutney. Now the greenhouse is
free of growing things you have a great
opportunity to tidy it out and put away
all those tools and balls of string that
were lost and find them a proper home.
Then clean the shelves and wash the
glass inside and out. You'll get wet and
bad tempered but just think how much
ahead you'll be come spring. As a bonus
you could sow hardy annual seeds in an
unheated greenhouse, the best known
being sweet peas and then you really will
have an early start. If you have frosttender plants they can be brought in now.
Most spring bulbs can be planted now in
containers or outdoors except for tulips.
Planting these in November reduces the
chance of the virus 'tulip fire' and they
don't need such a long growing time as
narcissus.
Now the greenhouse is season-ready
and if it's not raining begin the outdoor
autumn tasks. Sometimes cutting back
dead stems and foliage reveals plants
beneath which are struggling for light.
Now is a good time to move them! I
found a lovely hardy fuchsia in the
summer that had been hidden under a
shrub. Thinking it stood little chance
of survival I moved it and crossed my
fingers.
Lo and behold it's now
sprouting and might even have a
flower before the frosts.
Whilst
cutting back it's a good chance to do a
bit of weeding. Those things will keep
going seemingly without light or air or
water.
Pull them out!
They've
probably seeded but at least you've
reduced their chances. Once all this is
done you can see what is over-crowded
or in the wrong place and this is really
the best time to remedy these problems
as the soil is warm and should be
easily worked. If you have compost
ready you can put some in the planting
holes to give the plants you've moved a

good start. A good watering helps as
well. Best to do this in the morning in
case the nights are cold.
If you prepared the ground for a new
lawn in September now is the time to
lay turf or sow seed. Turf is probably
a safer bet as frost will see off tiny new
growth from seed. If you don't have
the area dug, trodden, raked etc etc
then best to do all that stuff now and
sow in the spring. For established
lawns slow down on the mowing, tidy
the edges, keep leaves off the grass and
give it an autumn feed. A spiking with
a garden fork pushed in every few
inches does wonders for compacted
lawns to get air in and wonders for the
gardener's waistline.
If that's too
daunting you can buy or hire tools for
this but even these have to be pushed
about so there's still exercise to be had.
Once that's done apply a top dressing
to beef up the soil. Sprinkle a very
thin (1/4” or 5mm) layer of fine
material. On our sandy Breckland soil
the best stuff is sifted top soil or bags
of ready made turf dressing – I have to
say I read about this but have not seen
it. Soil does the job! Once you've
thrown this about attack it with a stiff
yard brush or twiggy besom. Don't
bury the grass or you'll kill it.
Some of the pleasantest tasks are to do
with a bit of tidying up in the shrubs.
Roses can be half-pruned now to
reduce the risk of wind rock and it's
these prunings that can be used as
cuttings. Take a straight stem about a
foot long without leaves and put it (or
them) in a slit trench in a spare bit of
ground. The trench is easy, push the
blade of a spade into the ground about
eight inches and slip the cutting in
behind it. Remove the spade and push
the soil together behind the cutting and
leave well alone until next year. That's
it. Free roses! Some will take and some
won't but let's face it for a very little
effort and no money it's worth a try.
Another shrub that probably needs a cut
back is buddleja. Once this has flowered
it's a scruffy sight and will suffer wind
damage so take the secateurs to it.
Check with the label first.
Some
evergreens should be pruned this month,
Leylandii being one. My view is about a
foot from the ground.
So there we are, housework outdoors.
Not too bad was it? However, keep
weeding!

Autumn Spectrum
- Art Exhibition
Elizabeth Reed, local artist, will be
hosting this colourful and exciting
Exhibition, a spectrum of art and
design with acrylic and watercolour
paintings depicting floral and local
landscapes together with cards, prints
and craft items.
Elizabeth has exhibited widely across
the Eastern Counties, and looks
forward to a solo exhibition at
Wayland Dragonfly Gallery October
1st – 15th.
This year she has been busy with solo
shows at the lovely Fairhaven
Woodland and Water Gardens in early
spring, and at Hoveton Hall Gardens in
the café courtyard on May 15th &
16th. This year Liz has also been
invited to exhibit at The Forum in
Norwich, Trimingham and Hempnall.
She is a member of the Wymondham
Art Club and the local Urban Sketchers
group. As a former art shop
manageress she has a wide knowledge
of working in different mediums and
enjoys drawing with pen and inks,
painting in watercolours and oils, and
intaglio printing.
Preview Coffee Morning, Saturday 1st
October 10 – 12.30pm. Home made
cakes
and
refreshments.
Free
admission
Original Paintings and Crafts by
Elizabeth Reed @ The Wayland
Dragonfly Gallery, Wayland House,
High St, Watton. IP25 6AR
Saturday October 1st – Saturday 15th
October, 10am – 4.pm Weekdays,
Saturday 10 – 1pm
Contact Susan Hollingworth 01953
880205 for further information.

October 2016

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2nd Watton
(RAF) Brownies

At the end of August 17 brownies
accompanied by the leaders went on a
days outing to go ten-pin bowling at
Dereham. We left Watton on a very
sunny hot day travelling by bus to
Dereham nearly filling the Konect bus.
We had 2 games of bowling and then
we all had some lunch which the girls
were ready for. Afterwards we went
across to the swing park, where the
brownies had ice lollies which went
down well as it was very hot day.
Afterwards we went an sat under the
trees and had some games.
We then left Dereham on the 1500hrs
bus to come home to Watton. All the
girls told me that they had a lovely day
out.
If your daughter is aged between 7-10
yrs old and you think she would be
interested email
2ndwattonRAFhotmail.com

All at Sea – with
a Canon!

At their recent meeting the ladies of the
Inner wheel Club of Watton were taken
on a fascinating voyage of discovery
travelling to the West indies, the
Falkland Islands and many other places.
Leading this trip was Canon Sally
Theakston – now Parish Priest for
Dereham and district – who was for six
years a Chaplain in the Royal Navy.
Sally told how she was brought up in
Driffield, East Yorkshire, studied
Environmental Sciences at UEA and
was later ordained as a Deacon in St
Paul’s Cathedral. Ministry in various
parts of London followed as part of
which Sally had close associations with
the work of the Sea Cadets. As women
became admitted to the Priesthood so
Sally became one of the first to be
ordained as a priest. A chance remark
from a colleague after a Sea Cadets’
Committee meeting led her to explore
the possibility of becoming a Chaplain
and eventually after an extremely
gruelling period of training, Sally was
appointed the first woman Chaplain to
the Royal Navy. She explained that six
RN ships came under her pastoral care
each one named after a UK city. Life
on board could be tough especially as
the only woman afloat – taking a
shower, for example, was very
challenging, but she greatly enjoyed the
experience and especially the travelling
despite suffering from incurable seasickness. The ladies were fascinated by
her unusual story and several questions
followed the talk, after which Beryl
Brannan expressed the thanks of the
meeting.
After the coffee break plans were laid

Organist pays a
nostalgic church visit
for future events as the Club geared
up for activity following the Summer
break. The new season of Lunchtime
Concerts opens on October 12th at 12
noon when the West End Waiters will
be delighted to serve up a new
programme of music, fun and
laughter with their audience. (Tickets
£5 – to include a light lunch).
Then…..dare I say this? Its not long
until Christmas. Don’t miss any of
the following: Pretty Parcels and
Cakes on a stall at the Festive Market
(Nov 27th), Christmas Coffee
Morning at Queens Hall (Dec 3rd)
and of course, what you’ve all been
waiting for, the Inner Wheel
Christmas Lunchtime Concert (Dec
7th)featuring the ladies themselves –
with great support from the West End
Waiters.
More details later but please book the
dates and come and join us.
Lesley Cowling Club Correspondent

Former church organist at St Mary at Watton, John
Phoenix, paid a nostalgic visit to Breckland at the
end of August to play in a village church once
again. St. Ethelbert at Wretham, a church building
normally closed but readily opened on request,
opened its doors to visitors on all the Sundays in
August and Mr. Phoenix took advantage of the
experiment to play the James Corps organ installed
in the building 150 years ago.
He was organist at Watton for 22 years and has held
a similar post at St Mark, Lakenham, in Norwich,
for the last 15. The 76 year old remembered that,
during his time at Watton, he was called on to play
at a midnight service at Wretham on an Easter
Saturday - and was delighted years later to return to
the keyboard.
The August experiment attracted around 50 people
to the Victorian church over the four Sundays, with
visitors coming from Kings Lynn, the Norwich and
Bury St Edmunds areas and more locally, with the
longest traveller a holidaymaker from the
Netherlands.
While visitor numbers were modest, all of them
were genuinely interested in the building and its
surroundings, including the display of memorabilia
on Czech and Polish aircrew which flew from
Wretham airfield during WW2.

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October 2016

Narcisa - pretty
as a picture

5 year old Narcisa Maria dreams of
becoming a model and her father,
Andrian, is helping her get a start on that
career.
Narcisa, who lives in Watton, was born in
the Republic of Moldova, came to
Watton with her parents and is now
taking her first steps on the ladder to
become a model.
Andrian said “Narcisa started on her
career a month ago and is trying hard to
become more confident with new people.
It is very hard for her because she is only
five but I will do everything I can to
help her fulfil her dream.
Photo by Top to Toe

Watton
Country
Market
Watton's
Norfolk
Country
Market has been going for
42years. Producers have come
and gone. But we still have
some that have been here from
nearly the beginning. The layout
has changed a few times, but the
concept has not changed. The
country market has a motto
COOK. CRAFT. GROW. All
producers are members of a cooperative enterprise, called
Country Markets.
There are many markets in

Norfolk, as well as in rest of
England and Wales. COOK You
can buy a variety of home baked
cakes and savouries, home made
jams, honey and sometimes
chutney. CRAFT we have card
makers, knitters, people that
sew and jewellery makers.
GROW this depends on time of
year, we grow plants, vegetables
and fruit. The Watton Country
Market meets every Wednesday
8.30am - 11.30am at the
Methodist Church hall, Watton
High Street. The Methodist
church helpers also have a tea/
coffee morning in the adjoining
room. We would love to see
you, so why not come take a
look at what we do.

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

October 2016

Great Hockham
Gardening Club

September is the start of our new season
of events and kicked off with our AGM.
An AGM can be seen by some as rather
boring, but as an organisation open to
everyone, we are obliged to provide one.
This year continued our usual format of
giving members an opportunity of airing
their views while moving on to the
refreshments and photo review of the past
year with a respectable haste. It’s at this
moment that the committee is anxious
about other members staging a coup and
taking over the running of the club.
Unfortunately, this year it didn’t happen,
again.
Wherever I go I seem to hear the same
story: local clubs and associations are
finding it more and more difficult to find
the people to take on the tasks of running
those groups when the current
incumbents find they are getting past it.
The gardening club is suffering the same
fate. As far as our monthly meetings are
concerned, I think we are managing OK,
but the summer show is something else.
Without winding on about the ins and
outs of things, the committee have
decided to go outside the club and, to a
greater or lesser extent, amalgamate with
the organisations of the village. It was
hoped to have a meeting with ‘the village
elders’ by the time of the AGM, but this
has not been possible.
The other event around this time is the
Summer Show, which although took
place in August, was later than the
publication date for that month.
The Summer Show
As far as the necessary work is concerned
the show is the biggest event of the year.
We felt that this year’s show was a
success although our entries were down
on last year. To give some idea of how
the show is organised I will give you a
potted version of what usually happens.
In the days just after the show, the
trophies are taken for engraving and then
re-presented to the winners. Also at
around that time is when we make sure
we have the judges available for the date
of the next year’s show. Soon after this
we contact various sources to hire the
village hall and all the different bits of
stuff that we need, like the black cloths,
photo boards etc. Around about February,
when it looks likely that we can actually
run the show, we have a meeting to sort
out the categories. This is based on what
categories we might add that we have not
included previously and what categories
from the last show were given little or no
support and therefore removed this year.
Floral art and photography are usually
included and the likely subjects discussed.
These are chosen, not as some people
might think to annoy, but to stimulate
the imagination. Around May the
schedule is compiled and distributed to
the judges, club members and the
general public via the web site. The
required stationery is either purchased
or printed and the Banksian medal
obtained from the RHS.
About four weeks before the event we
recheck that all the people previously
contacted have not forgotten, moved
away or met their demise. In the
preceding couple of days all the kit
reserved earlier is collected from the
various sources. The preceding
Thursday evening is taken up by
printing a card for each entry. These
cards both identify each entrant and
entry - and predict the space needed to
accommodate those entries in the hall
when setting out on Saturday The
preceding Saturday requires the setting
up of the village hall, which involves
arranging the tables, boards, photo
display and the black cloths.
At the show all the judges do is judge.
That is all they do. But the opinions of
the judges must be recorded, written on
the winner’s certificates, recorded on a
results sheet, which is handed to the
recorder who transfers it to Mr. Excel.
The stewards who are drawn from the
club membership do this. Club
members are also asked to staff the sale
of teas and cakes. Other members
provide refreshments for the judges and

stewards and running the raffle. This all
adds up to about a dozen members who
are willing (and able) to give it a go.
This year we offer thanks to the following
people without whom the show would not
be possible.
Judges: Peter Fermin, Brenda Tubb and
Lyn Jones. Stewards: Sue Cunningham,
Jane Dalton, Prue Szczepanowski and
Mary Watkins. Raffle: Val Long and
Margaret Linge. Selling teas & cakes: Val
Hester and Linda Mawby. Judges &
steward's refreshments: Jill De Ruyter.
Ushers to direct competitors: Mike Hall
and Cees De Ruyter. Heavy lifting. Chris
Wiltshire, Chris Garrod and Matt
Cunningham. Grass cutting at back of
hall: Chris Dalton.
And finally to the winners of the various
categories this year.
Trophies
Best 5 – 8 entry - Gilchrist Cup - Poppy
Bell Best exhibit in handicraft Edinburgh Hall Cup - Eric Rogers. Best
exhibit in home produce - Wilson Plate Hazel Dodgson. Best exhibit in flowers Garrod Rose Bowl - Paul Bell. Best pot
plant - Breckles Challenge Trophy - Paul
Bell. Best exhibit in vegetables - Great
Hockham Plate - Jane Dalton. Best
display of five vegetables - Joe Bray
Trophy - Paul Bell. Lady with most
points in show - Breckland Bowl - Jane
Dalton.
Overall most points in show - RHS
Banksian Medal - Jane Dalton.
Best kept village garden - Heathley Cup Mrs H Thompson.
Certificates
Certificate and Medal - Isobel Pavey
Aged 5. Certificate and Medal - Freya
Sharp Aged 7. Floral Art - Worshipful
Company
of
Gardeners
Ed
Szczepanowski. Best fruit in show –
raspberries - Sue Thomas. Best tasting
Tomato - Jane Dalton. Extreme
Vegetable – marrow - Martin Bell. Best
Photograph in show - Ed Szczepanowski.
Best Hanging basket in village - Fiona
Allen.
Next meeting
Our next meeting will be held on
Wednesday 12th October, 14:00 for
14:30. Our speaker will be Ric Staines on
Protected Cropping/Allotment Gardening.

Growing
Together Project

Plans and preparations are now well in
hand for the exciting new Wayland
Partnership initiative ‘The Growing
Together Project’.
This project which is open to Watton and
the Wayland Villages aims to seek out
green spaces with public access within
our communities that need a little (or a
lot) of TLC.
This could be overgrown, neglected areas
or projects that are already established
that need help in expanding, redeveloping
or replanting. Ideas already coming
forward include replanting saplings in a
Coronation Tree Walk, tree planting in
existing Millenium Green and Woodland
Projects, and regenerating a village nature
reserve.
The hope is to include all ages and
members of our communities and with
this in mind other great ideas include
building and putting up ‘homes for
wildlife’ like bird boxes, and simple
homes for insects, frogs and toads. So
activities that all the family can get
involved with.
All Parish Councils have been informed,
articles are being published in Parish
Magazines and a glossy poster, featuring
our brand new ‘watering can’ logo will no
doubt be making an appearance on a
notice board near you soon.
There is lots of local knowledge and
experience of wildlife, conservation and
the natural world out in our communities.
This, supported by our national and local
branches of environmental charities such
as The Woodland Trust, Natural England
and Norfolk Wildlife Trust will ensure
the projects get the support they will need
to progress.
With everyone, at every level, working
towards
creating
beautiful
environmental spaces for
our
communities, the Growing Together

Project really will encompass its meaning
in every sense of the words.
So, if you, your school, your Parish
Council, Gardening Club, Village Hall
Committee, Youth Club etc etc etc have
any ideas for worthy projects please,
please let us know.
If you have knowledge, a love of wildlife,
plants, and habitats or simply a passion
for our amazing natural world think about
volunteering. Together we can make
these projects happen, nurture nature and
have some fun along the way!
Please contact me Pamela Morgan at the
Wayland
Partnership.
Email
pamela.wayland1@gmail.com

back and I have heard that Santa
himself will make Watton his No. 1
spot to greet all the Children. Bookings
are being taken for the Trade and Charity
Stalls, please contact Daniel on
danielfishlock@gmx.co.uk
BUT we have a problem - WE WOULD
LIKE TO SHOWCASE A YOUTH
MARCHING BAND. Despite many
enquiries we cannot find one SO if you
know of one please contact Cllr Beryl
Bunning on 01953 881265 or
jandb42@icloud.com or contact Town
Clerk Jane Scarrott on 01953 881007.
Thank you all and would love to hear
from you re. a Youth Marching Band for
Sunday November 27th 1-4pm.
Mayor Beryl Bunning

Watton U3A goes
Wayland Men's
on An Indian
Shed
Journey
At our meeting in August we were taken
on a journey to India by our own author
Joan Khurody. Joan gave us a whistle
stop pictorial tour of her life in India. This
told of her life growing up then meeting
her Indian husband-to-be at Reading
University. She told us fascinating details
of how she married and went to live in
India at the age of 24. Now married for
57 years so at that time a mixed marriage
was very unusual. The cultural
differences were very different and very
difficult. The first seven years of life in
India was the inspiration for her first book
“No-one mentioned bandits” which she
self published. Since then Joan has
written a second book which is fiction.
An extremely fascinating and informative
talk.
Our speaker in October will be Chris
Bell the Weatherquest TV presenter with
his second talk.
The ukulele group entertained an
audience of 130 people in St. Mary’s in
August.
The No 1 pub lunch group will visit The
Waggon and Horses in Griston on
October 13th. The No 2 pub lunch group
will visit The White Horse at Longham
on 25th October.
We will be collecting the money for the
Bletchley Park visit at the October
meeting. The cost is £28.
We are organising a holiday to
Bournemouth and surrounding area next
May and there are still places available.
Please contact our Membership Secretary,
Anita Taylor on 01953 881110 if you
would like to become a member of the
Watton U3A, or would like further
details.
For further details on the National U3A,
go to www.u3a.org.uk

Mayor's Mardle

With Cllr Beryl Bunning
Wow! I write this on what must be the
hottest September day for many a long
year. Thank you to all the Wattonians,
who came and supported our Tombola
at this year’s Carnival. A total of
£158.95 was raised for my Mayors
Charities – the Queens Hall Watton and
the Charlotte Harvey Trust Youth and
Community Centre.
Thank you also for supporting our
Coffee Morning on September 14th in
Wayland Hall. Special thanks go to
Megan and her Community team from
Tesco’s for their support at this event.
Thank you.
Update from the Council on the work to
be done on the Clock Tower: we have
heard this week, before any work can
start on the tower, we must have a Bat
Survey undertaken. Depending what
that reveals, further surveys may be
needed. Yet more delays to this project
I am afraid.
We are very pleased to announce that
Watton Town Council will be
sponsoring a Public Firework Display
this year for the people of Watton and
Wayland to enjoy. FREE entrance to
all.
Plans are going well for the Festive
Market on Sunday November 27th. We
have the City of Norwich Pipe Band,
Uncle Razz and Aunt Pearl walkabout
clowns and Balloon modellers. The
Scratby Reindeer/Donkeys will also be

Wayland Men’s Shed group is continuing
to go from strength to strength following
really positive attendances at both the
Wayland Show and Watton Carnival.
These were fantastic opportunities to
promote the group and to talk to men
about what will hopefully be on offer.
There seems to be a lot of interest and we
hope that once premises are found the
group will flourish. In the meantime the
group are busy behind the scenes working
to identify premises, develop partnerships
with local organisations, secure funding
and put the necessary paperwork in place
to make sure the group will be operating
according to Health & Safety guidelines.
Whilst this necessary (but not overly
exciting!) work goes on, the group have
decided to start a social meeting every
Wednesday at 11am at Wayland House in
Watton as a way for men to get to know
each other better and to mull over what
the Shed might have within it when it is
up. It also offers the opportunity to look at
what practical small-scale projects we can
work on in the meantime, such as
electronics or amateur radio. Sometimes
these meetings may take place at other
venues such as a local pub. Although this
is all during the day at present, once the
Shed opens there will be evening sessions
for those who are at work or busy with
other commitments during the day,
ensuring that anyone who wants to come
can do so.
If you would be interested in attending
the next committee meeting this will be
on Wednesday 5th October, 11am, at St
Mary’s Church Rooms, Watton. All
welcome! If you would like further
information please visit our website
www.wayland.org.uk, follow us on
Facebook @waylandmensshed or if you
are able to help in any way, please contact
Suzanne Rhind at the Wayland
Partnership on 01953 880204 or email
Suzanne@wayland.org.uk.

What’s on at St
Mary’s Church,
Watton

The Winner of the 100 Club September
draw was number 98 Robert Darts
Sat 1st October 3-4.30pm Harvest
Cream Tea (Booking not necessary)
Raffle, Cakes, 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 26th October 3.30-4.45pm ‘Stop
Gap’ at the Blenheim Centre, Tedder
Close, Watton. An after school Club
for all the family.
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. Tickets £6.00 available from the
Church Office 01953 881252, and
Adcock’s Shop, High Street, Watton.
Proceeds towards the ministry of St
Mary’s Church.
Wed 2nd November 7.30pm All
Souls’ Day Solemn Requiem Mass at St
Mary’s Church, Watton Faure’s
Requiem sung by The Horatio Singers,
organist Ben Miller

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Watton Churches Together
St. Mary’s Church, Watton
www.stmaryswatton.org 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.
End of Open Church Season Thurs 20th October
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 margaret@churchadm.freeserve.co.uk
Sun 2nd 8.00am
Holy Communion
10.00am Harvest Holy Communion
Sun 9th
8.00am
Holy Communion
10.00am Informal Holy Communion
Sun 16th 8.00am
Holy Communion
10.00am Holy Communion
4.00pm
Café Church The Blenheim Centre
Sun 23rd 8.00am
Holy Communion
10.00am 4th Sunday at 10 &Holy Baptism
Sun 30th 8.00am
Holy Communion
10.30am
Group Service of Holy
Communion at St Nicholas’ Church, Ashill

Watton Methodist Church
www.wattonmethodist.btck.co.uk
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 2nd 10.30am Mrs K Cutter
6.30pm
Mrs E Warby
Sun 9th
10.30am Mr B Ogden
6.30pm
Rev B Winner
Sun 16th 10.30am Mr J Miles
6.30pm
Rev E Reddington Holy Communion
Sun 23rd 10.30am Rev E Reddington Holy Communion
6.30pm
Rev A Richardson
Sun 30th 10.30am Mrs E Warby
6.30pm
Rev A King

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

St. Nicholas’ Church, Ashill
Tuesdays at 10.00am Holy Communion
Sun 2nd 9.30am
Lay Led Worship
Sun 9th
9.30am
Family Holy Communion
Sun 16th 9.30am
Morning Worship
Sun 23rd 9.30am
All Age Worship at All Saints Tide
At this special service, we will be remembering those we have
loved, but are now in God’s care. There will be an opportunity
for the names to be collected when you arrive and they will be
read out in prayer during the service; a candle will be lit to
remind us that they rest in the light of Christ.
Sun 30th 10.30am Group Service of Holy Communion

St. George’s Church, Saham Toney
Sun 2nd
Sun 9th

11.00am
11.00am

Lay Led Worship
Harvest Thanksgiving
Family Holy Communion
Sun 16th 11.00am All Age Worship
Sun 23rd 11.00am All Age Worship at All Saints Tide
At this special service, we will be remembering those we have
loved, but are now in God’s care. There will be an opportunity
for the names to be collected when you arrive and they will be
read out in prayer during the service; a candle will be lit to
remind us that they rest in the light of Christ.

S.S. Peter & Paul’s Church, Carbrooke
Sun 2nd
Sun 9th
Sun 16th
Sun 23rd

10.30am
12 noon
10.30am
10.30am
10.30am

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

St John the Evangelist Church, Ovington
Sun 2nd
Sun 16th

9.30am
10.30am

Holy Communion
Pet Service

All Saints Church, Threxton
The next service will be our Harvest Thanksgiving on
Sunday 2nd October at 3pm, everyone welcome.

Thought for the Month
Sitting by the Fire
The days have shortened and there is a sense that autumn is here. Autumn
is a thoughtful time. It has a special beauty of its own with wonderful earthy
smells in the early morning. It brings the clear autumn sky and the bright
moon at night. But it also means dark nights and dark mornings are on their
way! The darkness of autumn and winter do bring others moments to
savour. One of them is sitting by the fire. In my last presbytery there was a
wood burner and I loved to sit by it and watch the flames. It reminded me of
my childhood days when we sat by the coal fire in winter often the only heat
in the house. It was a special focal point of gathering and warming. For our
ancestors when the sun went down it was time to light the fire. For millions
of years we humans sat around fires gazing into the flames and embers with
the cold and darkness on our backs. It would have been a time for story
telling or sharing the events of the day past. Or maybe just to sit by and be
thoughtful. The fire was comforting, magical and necessary for survival!
Nowadays this necessity has gone, and with it all opportunity to be still and
thoughtful. In today’s world houses are built without fire places. They are
deemed unnecessary and impractical, or maybe an occasional luxury to
create a certain mood, like we see in some nice old pubs! All we do now is
switch on the central heating and switch on the lights! We can light up our
homes and switch on the heat instantly. Now I realise that I might not want
to return to those harsh days, and I’m not so pleased when the central
heating isn’t working! but I do lament the loss of something that our
modern lives do not give us., something our ancestors had. We fill our lives
with busyness and with endless doing of things. Life gives us very little time
nowadays for just being. We have precious few occasions for the mind to
just be at peace and to just settle by the fire.
Instead we watch television at the end of the day. We submit ourselves to a
bombardment of noise and ‘entertainment’. We fill our heads with endless
news and trivia and other peoples adventures. Watching television leaves
less and less room in the day for stillness and peace. It has the capacity to
soak up our time, our stillness and our lives! I once heard television
described as ‘bubblegum’ for the mind! Of course, television is not bad in
itself, but we do need to filter it in our daily lives. Don’t let it rob you of
precious moments.
We can develop other habits to bring ourselves back to some stillness.
Sitting still and connecting with your breathing, just being present to your
life is a way of bringing calm a bit like sitting by the fire. If we allow
ourselves to just be there in the moment, we can stumble upon an ancient
stillness that was always there not unlike the people of a simpler time found
by sitting by the fire.
Fr Gordon Williams, Our Lady of Pity Catholic Church Swaffham

The HAPPY Project

The HAPPY Project had a great time at Watton Carnival, lots of people
visited the stall and made many positive comments about the activities that
we are providing in a bid to encourage folks to join in.
The games afternoon in Watton Library happens on a Friday afternoon from
1:30 to 3:30 we play all kinds of games, if you have a favourite bring it
along with you and teach us how to play it. This is not formal, it’s a fun
afternoon open to all and its free!
The HAPPY Project are starting a new social club, with a difference, it’s aim
is to enable people to make friends so that they have company to visit the
cinema, theatre, enjoy a trip to the coast or visit a stately home. It is not a
lonely hearts or singles club! For example, you may be in a partnership and
your spouse or partner does not enjoy visiting gardens or does not share the
same taste as you in films so who do you go with? Well we will have the
answer one of the members of the club, we don’t have a name yet, that will be
decided at the first meeting which is on Thursday 29th September at Watton
Sports and Social Club, Dereham Road, Watton. Do come down and see us.
We held Teddy Bears Picnics in Watton and Great Cressingham in August,
not many families attended, but those that did enjoyed themselves. As a
result of the picnic in Great Cressingham we are holding family art and craft
sessions in Great Cressingham Village Hall, by the time you read this we
will have held the first session where we will be making and decorating
cupcakes as well as planning future activities, so watch the various
calendars and What’s on Columns for information on further events.
If you have any ideas of activities you would like to see happen in Watton,
Ashill or Cressingham Villages, do let me know, I can be contacted by
email: jean@wayland.org.uk or by telephone on 01953 880235, my mobile
is 07856 876920.
The HAPPY Project is funded by The Peoples Health Trust through an
application made by The Wayland Partnership Development Trust and is
aimed at meeting the needs of lonely and isolated people.

Long Stay Cats
Needing Loving Homes

Tabby cat Jack was a stray who was found in very poor condition. This was
due to the fact that he had not been neutered, had been bitten by another cat,
and a large abscess had formed by his tail. Once in our care he was put on
medication and eventually he made a full recovery. He has also now been
neutered, vaccinated against Feline Enteritis, Cat Flu and Feline Leukaemia,
microchipped and flea’d and wormed.
Jack is a lovely friendly boy and he would prefer to be in a home where
there are no other cats or dogs or young children. After his past life, he
needs a quiet loving forever home where he will be happy to be curl up on a
lap and made a fuss of. He is just 2 years old.
Lady is a black and white lost soul looking for a human companion who can
give her a kind, calm and understanding home. She has been in the same
home for all of her 8 years, but due to changes in her owners circumstances,
she has come into our care. She is a little nervous at first, but once she gets
to know you her loving nature will shine through, and she loves to play. She
has been micro chipped, neutered, vaccinated and flea’d and wormed.
The adoption fee for either of these cats is £50, which goes towards the cost
of the vet fees. Jack and Lady come with 28 days free pet insurance. If you
are interested please contact Ann on 01953 681092.
For help or advice, or if you need assistance with the cost of neutering,
please contact us on 01842 810018, or go to our website cats.org.uk/
breckland or face book page, Cats Protection Breckland Facebook.

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October 2016
The Carnival Princesses and Princes. From Left to right: Jessica A, Gerry Rigg, Riley Minns, our Marilyn, Lola
McIlwaine, Ruby Minns and Ashley Sayer. The Carnival organisers are really grateful to Top to Toe Hair Saloon for
their sponsorship and the Princesses magical makeover.

NHS Flu Jabs
Once again available from your local
community pharmacy
The pharmacy team at Total Health
Pharmacy in Watton are once again offering
free NHS flu jabs following last year’s
successful national pharmacy flu vaccination
scheme.
As with last year, all adults aged 65 years
and over, and those aged 18 years or over
and in clinical risk groups, can receive a free
of charge NHS flu jab at community
pharmacies across Norfolk, often without the
need for an appointment. People in at-risk
groups include pregnant women and those
with certain medical conditions including
asthma and diabetes. Pharmacists will be
providing the same flu vaccination as those
offered by GPs and patients can be assured
that their GP practice will be notified that
they have been vaccinated.
Nearly 600,000 people chose to have their
flu jab administered in a community
pharmacy during 2015/16. NHS flu
vaccination services provided by community
pharmacists have shown that the convenience
of pharmacy’s walk in service gives the NHS
benefits in increasing uptake of the vaccine
in eligible groups of people and helping meet
World Health Organization vaccination
targets. Patients have been overwhelmingly
positive in their feedback on the pharmacy
flu service.
Geoff Ray, senior pharmacist at Total Health
Pharmacy in Watton said:
“As a community pharmacist I am really
excited about the start of this year’s Flu
Vaccination Service. I have been offering
vaccinations and other public health services
for several years and my patients have been
extremely positive about these. There is so
much that community pharmacists and their
teams can do to help people with their
medicines and their health”.
“Community pharmacies are the most
accessible healthcare locations. Many people
may choose pharmacy because they are
unable to attend GP clinics due to factors
such as their work hours and because they
can visit pharmacies in a variety of locations

and without the need to book an
appointment. This will be of particular value
in flu vaccinations, where we can really help
the NHS to meet its vaccination targets. In
2015/16, more than 60% of all community
pharmacies in England provided the national
service to almost 600,000 people. This shows
that patients value the convenience of being
able to choose to have their NHS flu
vaccination from their local pharmacy.”
Total Health Pharmacy is open 7 days a
week, Monday to Friday from 8am to 11pm
and at weekends, Saturday and Sunday 8am
until 8.30pm. The pharmacy is situated at 14
Gregor Shanks Way opposite Watton
Medical Practice and can be contacted on
Tel : 01953 881157

Watton Evening WI
Watton Carnival, always a highlight of the
year, this year had the theme 'At the Movies'
so it was enviable that members would dress
as the 'Calendar Girls', a film about WI
members who made a calendar to raise
money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma
research when one of the ladies' husband
died of Lymphoma. The logo of the
campaign is a sunflower so several members
dressed as calendar girls gave out sunflowers
to the crowd from the parade. More
calendars, a film, play and now a musical
have raised millions of pounds for this
worthy cause.
Members of Watton Evening WI have listen
to, taken part in and learn a diverse range of
things this month. They were taken back to
Egypt in the 1920's when Mark Taylor spoke
of the discoveries of Howard Carter at a
recent meeting. Carter was a sickly child and
was sent to two Aunts at Swaffham for his
health. Going to Egypt at the age of 17 he
became fascinated by all that he saw.
Carter became quite unpopular with the
Egyptian authorities when he became Chief
Inspector of Egyptian Antiquities however he
was determined and found many artifacts and
put into place many new practices which
preserved the finds.
Lord Carnarvon sponsored Carter to find
tombs in the Valley of the Kings but after

many years of exploration Lord Carnarvon
became disenchanted and gave Carter one
last
chance.
When
he
discovered
Tutankhamen's incredible tomb in 1922, he
wired Carnarvon to come immediately so he
had to wait until Carnarvon arrived with his
entourage before entering. What was
discovered was the best preserved tombs and
artifacts every found. Carter spent ten years
bringing all the things out. He died in 1939
of Hodgkin's Disease at the age of 64.
Our lunch club, in fact, enjoyed a delicious
afternoon tea at Bawdeswell Garden Centre ,
the walking group visited Merton and the
craft groups have been busy preparing for
both the Carnival and the Festive Market
where we will sell craft items as well as our
usual popular tombola and bran tubs.
A team of members took up the challenge by
Thompson WI for a rounders match held
appropriately during WI Sports Week.
Margaret Herbert was congratulated on
producing white ribbons which will join
hundreds of others when they are made into a
white ribbon logo which will be displayed at
the Forum in Norwich at the end of
November supporting 'Say No to Violence',
an organisation concerned with violence in
the home and in the workplace.
So many things, wonderful things as Howard
Carter would say.
Visitors ( fee applies) and New members are
always welcome just come along to our
meetings on the second Thursday of the
month at Watton Christian Community
Centre starting at 7.30pm or ring the
Secretary Hazel Gillingham (01953 881510)
for further details.

Carbrooke Modern
Sequence Dance
Club
We meet at Carbrooke Village hall on
Thursday at 7.30pm free tuition followed by
social dancing until 10pm Admission £3
New members welcomed. First visit free!
Contact Brian Wells 01603412809 or email
wellsbrian3@sky.com

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Boats ahoy!
3rd Watton Brownies and 1st Saham Toney
Brownies have just come back from their
holiday at Patteson Lodge Activity Centre in
Coltishall and what fun they had! After
arriving, they unpacked their belongings and
made their beds. The Brownies had a tour of
the premises and then went outside to explore.
It was here we met some Guide Leaders and
their Guides who were camping in the field
adjacent to us. The Guide Leaders asked us if
we could judge the fires they were making to
cook on. We were asked to say if we thought
it was a good fire or a bad one. The Guide
Leaders seemed to twist our arms into saying
that theirs’ was a good one. The Brownies
then went back inside to make tablemats to do
with the theme for the holiday which was
Wind in The Willows by Kenneth Grahame.
They were put into two groups the Kingfishers
and the Moorhens as these are mentioned in
the story and the Leaders were named after the
animals. Then we all had tea and started on
jobs. The Brownies took it in turns in their
groups to be Maids and Cooks. We had some
lovely meals including pasta and meatballs in
tomato sauce, Fish with potato wedges and
Toad-in-the-hole. Some Brownies were
horrified at thought that one of the Leaders
might get eaten. Toad did her best to reassure
them that she wouldn’t be! We had a surprise
visitor on the first night who was our District
Commissioner Jayne Eastwood. She came to
award Julie Jennings with her 10 year Service
Badge and Victoria Rutterford with her 5 year
Service Badge. Congratulations to them.
The second day was spent enjoying some of
the activities available at Patteson Lodge and
being blessed with the best weather we could
have. There was a very large sand pit and also
a large boat called ‘HMS Patteson’. These two
things lent themselves to a lot of imaginative
play. I heard stories of ‘Brownie overboard’
followed by, what seemed, a very successful
rescue only to see the Brownie having to fall
in the sea again as the acting wasn’t quite
right! Then in the sand pit various tasty cakes
were being baked and castles were being built.
They also enjoyed the Jungle Climber and
sports equipment. Later that day they took part
in a Mosaic Trail where they had to find
various mosaics that were all to do with
Girlguiding. Each Mosaic had a letter in
Braille which made up an anagram to solve.
Later the Brownies had the opportunity to
make their very own mosaic tiles. In the
evening we had a campfire where we sang
campfire songs and ate toasted Marshmallows.
Our last full day was spent on an outing going
on the Bure Valley Railway steam train to
Wroxham and then on the ‘Queen of the
Broads’ with Broads Tours. This was followed
with a picnic near the river and finally, shopping.
When we returned to Patteson Lodge the
Brownies, with great enthusiasm, asked if they
could play outside again. Where they found their
energy from I really don’t know. In the evening
they wrote about things they had enjoyed about
the holiday. Here are some of the many positive
comments.
‘I have enjoyed playing with some new friends.’
‘. . . .I also enjoyed going on the boat and the
train. The train was very wobbly . . . . . . . . BEST
HOLIDAY EVER’

‘It was so fun making the mosaics and playing
outside . . . . . . I really would like to come back
to Patteson Lodge. Thanks for the best holiday
ever!’
‘I loved the second night, I slept well but on the
first night I didn’t sleep well. Brown Owl read
Wind in the Willows I was very sleepy BUT I
LOVE BROWNIES!’
‘This Brownie Holiday has been a huge amount
of fun especially when we ate toasted
marshmallows.’
My thanks, and on behalf of the Brownies, goes
to Rachel Skipper, Julie Jennings, Victoria
Rutterford and Yasmine Smee for all their hard
work and also to Suzanne, Keziah and Jenny for
their extra support. Without people like them
Brownies wouldn’t have the opportunity to do
the things they do.. If you would like to find out
more about Girlguiding please visit
www.girlguiding.org.uk - from Bryony Horn

Letter to the Editor

Please may I use the Wayland News to
express my sincere thanks to seven wonderful
people (neighbours, passing strangers and a
GP) who came to the rescue of my husband
John when he collapsed (having suffered a
stroke) at the bus stop near us in Norwich
Road. Their quick thinking and kindness is
much appreciated by us both and our family.
Thank you! Barbara Winner

Volunteers Needed

Do you remember those early years? . . .
Sleepless nights, tantrums & teething.If you
have parenting experience Home-Start
Swaffham & District would love to hear from
you. We have families waiting for support
and all we ask is for a couple of hours a week
commitment.
We offer a prep course
accredited through CERTA which takes place
one day a week for 8 weeks. Term time
9.30am—1.30pm.So, if you think you can
make a difference to a family needing a little
help call us today to find out more.
Volunteers will be subject to an enhanced
DBS check. We are also looking for trustees,
for more info contact us on:Home-Start
Swaffham & District, The Community Centre,
Campinglands, Swaffham, PE37 7RB Tel:
01760 721271 Email:
admin@homestartswaffham.org.uk

Jenny's Macmillan
Coffee Morning

The Macmillan coffee morning at 95, Nelson
Court will be held on Tuesday, 1st November
from 10.30am till 12noon. We will have our
usual Bring and Buy and other stalls and we
look forward to seeing everyone once again.
Dave and Jenny Simons.

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October 2016

Watton Hockey Club Needs You!

Feeling inspired by the gold medal won in Rio
by the British hockey team? Want to be part of
a team where you can get fit while having lots
of fun? Then come and have a go with Watton
Hockey Club. We are keen to welcome new

players, from beginners to seasoned pros, of
all ages and gender. We train at Watton Sports
Centre.
Under 12s Boys and Girl 6:15-7:30PM
Thursdays;

Ladies 7:45-8:45PM Thursdays;
Men 7:30-9:00PM Wednesdays
Come and have some fun like these talented
young stars of the future!

Watton Bowls Club

in the men’s singles Malcolm Hamilton from 4
-11 in errors against Richard Exley ran out the
winner by 21-17. In the 4 wood pairs Kevin
Wilson and John Hunter at 16-6 up managed to
hold off a late challenger from Andy Sindle
and Harry Moult with a 19-16 victory. The 2
Wood Pairs is scheduled for Sunday 18th
September, having been cancelled twice during
the season.
In the first leg of the Ashby Shield played at
Bradenham the home team won by 16 shots.
There were wins from Graham Vellam, Jim
Adams and Carol Relf 16-11, and from John
Hunter, Ted Prior and Steff Hubble 19-15. In
the second leg Bradenham won by 5 shots, 7772 and were therefore the worthy winners this
year. Celia Ashby, the instigator of this event,
was in attendance and she presented the shield
to Bradenham.
With league matches concluded there were
several friendlies and other matches to fulfil.
A home friendly match against Swaffham
resulted in a 4 shot win for the visitors. Of the
four mixed triples there were wins for Richard
Relf, John Seage and Margaret Bowdidge 21-10,
and for Dick Mikulik, Kevin Abbott and Val
Baldry 20-14.
Colchester bowls club on tour, having played

first at Connaught then arrived at Watton. From
the six mixed rinks each club won three games
with the home team winning 119-111 on shots.
Peter Myhill, Alan Hubble, Kevin Abbott and
Carol Relf won 23-14. Richard Exley, Jim
Adams, Ron Hurrell and son Michael each
sharing half of the game, and Sonia Exley won
19-10. Harry Moult, Malcolm Hamilton, John
Walkling and Steff Hubble won 25-19. Then
Gravesend the next touring team were
entertained at the bowling green with 5 rinks
of bowling. The visitors only won one game
with the match result 100-75 shots to Watton.
In the final match of the season Kings Lynn
bowls club were the visitors in the first
friendly between the clubs. The result was a
resounding victory for Watton with five out of
the six triples winning and in shots by 117-74.
The regular Saturday coffee mornings at 10.00
will start on the 1st October in the club room.
This enables the members to keep in touch
with each other during the closed season.
Anyone is welcome especially if interested in
bowling.
The AGM is on Wednesday 19th October at 2.00
pm in the club room. The presentation dinner is
being held at Broom Hall on Saturday 29th
October, 7.00 for 7.30 pm commencement.

In the final match of the Ashill league Watton
lost 2-6 at home to Swaffham. Malcolm
Hamilton, Richard Relf and Steff Hubble
winning 18-16. Unfortunately this result meant
that they finished in last position in Division 3
on shot difference to Connaught Elm.
The ACL ‘A’ team away against Ashill
Badgers won 4-2, on shots 26-25, with
Graham and Sandy Vellam with Eileen Barrett
winning 14-10. The ‘B’ team also at Ashill
against the Foxes won 4-2, on shots 30-22.
Richard Relf, John Seage and Margaret
Bowdidge winning 17-6. They then visited
Dereham St Nicholas going down by 2-4, shots
25-36. Kevin Simpson, Carol Relf and Kevin
Abbott won 16-9. In the final matches of the
Age Concern League the ‘A’ team lost 0-6
away to Hingham. The ‘B’ team won 6-0
playing at home against Dereham St Nicholas.
Richard Relf, Kevin Simpson and Margaret
Bowdidge won 24-11. The second game was
conceded by Dereham having come with only
one triple.
In the club competition finals Steff Hubble
came from 6-10 down to overcome Margaret
Bowdidge 21-12 in the ladies singles. Likewise

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